Paige scores top spot in the PWI Female 50

Paige wweWe were wrong.

We believed it was a two horse race between AJ Lee and Paige for the top spot in the Pro Wrestling Illustrated Female 50 and we went for AJ because of her long reign with the WWE Divas Championship through the judging period of the year up to September. As it turns out, she was the runner up behind her former frenemy, who has jumped 11 places from last year’s list to reach the top spot. Taking into account titles won, win-loss records, quality of opposition, technical proficiency, overall activity and momentum, the 22-year old has risen to the top of the pack with her NXT Women’s Title reign and two spells with the Divas Championship.

2012 and 2013 winners Gail Kim and Cheerleader Melissa take 3rd and 4th respectively, with LuFisto coming a very respectable 5th. Other welcome new entries to the upper echelon include Ivelisse Velez (7), Courtney Rush (8) and Charlotte (10) – and you can expect the reigning NXT Women’s champ to be even higher next year considering her development to this point.

Big jumps include Brittany, Cameron, Bayley & Mia Yim, while Madison Eagles – who was 14th last year – is a noticeable active name missing from this year’s rundown.

Here’s the full list (last year’s placing in parentheses, or NL for not listed):

Gail Kim TNA1. Paige – WWE (12)
2. AJ Lee – WWE (9)
3. Gail Kim – TNA (6)
4. Cheerleader Melissa – Independent (1)
5. LuFisto – Independent (21)
6. Angelina Love – TNA (NL)
7. Ivelisse Velez – Independent (NL)
8. Courtney Rush – Independent (23)
9. Natalya – WWE (13)
10. Charlotte – WWE (NL)
11. Madison Rayne – TNA (NL)
12. Barbi Hayden – Independent (NL)
13. Jessicka Havok – TNA (4)
1 Saraya Knight Bacardi Bellatrix14. Saraya Knight – Independent (3)
15. Brittany – TNA (45)
16. Brie Bella – WWE (22)
17. Cameron – WWE (37)
18. Kacee Carlisle – Independent (7)
19. Bayley – WWE (47)
20. Mia Yim – Independent (41)
21. Kellie Skater – Independent (15)
22. Mercedes Martinez – Independent (10)
Athena Dave Muscarella23. Athena – Independent (25)
24. Nikki Bella – WWE (32)
25. Alicia Fox – WWE (35)
26. Cherry Bomb – Independent (28)
27. Su Yung – Independent (NL)
28. Kimber Lee – Independent (NL)
29. Emma – WWE (38)
30. Nicole Matthews – Independent (26)
31. Leva Bates – Independent (40)
32. Nikki Storm – Independent (NL)
33. Candice LeRae – Independent (NL)
34. Mickie Knuckles – Independent (NL)
35. Portia Perez – Independent (29)
Gail Kim Taryn Terrell TNA36. Taryn Terrell – TNA (17)
37. Nevaeh – Independent (39)
38. Marti Belle – Independent (NL)
39. Naomi – WWE (24)
40. Velvet Sky – TNA (11)
41. Becky Lynch – WWE (NL)
42. Veda Scott – Independent (43)
43. Amber O’Neal – Independent (42)
44. Sassy Stephie – Independent (36)
45. Christina Von Eerie – Independent (30)
46. Crazy Mary Dobson – Independent (NL)
47. Jessie Kaye – Independent (NL)
48. Heidi Lovelace – Independent (NL)
49. Angie Skye – Independent (NL)
50. Kat Von Heez – Independent (NL)

So what do you think? Leave a comment below about whether you think PWI made the right choice, and discuss where your favourite placed – or if they missed the list.

– Photos by WWE (Front page, 1), TNA (2,5), Dave Muscarella (4)

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NCW Femmes Fatales XVI results – Courtney Rush defeats Cheerleader Melissa

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After 15 months of stalemates, the deadlock between Courtney Rush and Cheerleader Melissa was finally broken at last night’s NCW Femmes Fatales XVI show with Rush defeating her rival in the main event to successfully defend her Femmes Fatales International Championship.

The pair went to a double DQ in July last year and their Iron Woman Match this April ended in a stalemate. They were also opponents in the 4-way in August where Rush won the title but Melissa and LuFisto eliminated each other, meaning that Rush was still without a decision over the then-SHIMMER Champion. However, there were no questions left unanswered after last night’s event in Montreal, QC, Canada, as Courtney made Melissa tap out to the Sharpshooter following a crazy No-DQ, Falls Count Anywhere match which saw Rush dive 15 feet from the balcony to the floor.

Elsewhere on the show, LuFisto held onto the Women Superstars Uncensored Championship by defeating Mia Yim, Vanessa Kraven‘s issues with Mademoiselle Rachelle, Sassy Stephie and Jody D’Milo, while Angie Skye threw out a challenge to Portia Perez. You can check out the results below courtesy of NCW Femmes Fatales with additional exclusive information from Pat Laprade – whose book Mad Dogs, Midgets and Screw Jobs is well worth a read.

1. Kaitlin Diemond defeated Missy with a Barbie Crusher.
2. Mary Lee Rose & Pink Flash Kira beat Bettie Rage & Deziree. Kira pinned Deziree with a top rope splash.
– Angie Skye came out to challenge Portia Perez to a match at Femmes Fatales XVII on April 4 next year for Portia’s open contract. Perez wasn’t in attendance due to an injury she suffered last week at SHIMMER. Mademoiselle Rachelle came to the ring with Sassy Stephie and Allysin Kay to tell Skye to stop whining and leave the ring.
3. Kc Spinelli defeated Allysin Kay & Xandra Bale in a 3-way. Spinelli pinned Kay for the victory.
4. Combat de Rue: Saraya Knight beat Sweet Cherrie.
5. Vanessa Kraven defeated Jody D’Milo via DQ following interference from Sassy Stephie, who hit Kraven with her crutch after faking a knee injury. Angie Skye made the save, leading to…
6. Sassy Stephie & Jody D’Milo beat Vanessa Kraven & Angie Skye after Allysin Kay hit Kraven with the crutch.
7. WSU Championship: LuFisto (c) pinned Mia Yim with a Burning Hammer and Tiger Bomb to retain the title.
8. Femmes Fatales International Championship – No DQ, Falls Count Anywhere: Courtney Rush (c) made Cheerleader Melissa tap out to the Sharpshooter to retain the title.
– After the match, Saraya Knight came out and went face-to-face with Rush.

SHIMMER volumes 69-70 live results

It's SHIMMER time againAfter a monumental title change at the conclusion of yesterday’s DVD tapings, SHIMMER returns for another two shows with Nicole Matthews looking to kick off her title reign in style against challenger Evie – though she has history working against her. The New Zealander got the win in their first encounter in the promotion earlier this year on volume 66 and is also on a four-match winning streak, so she could be seen as the favourite going into this title match.

Elsewhere, Tag Team Champions Tomoka Nakagawa and Kellie Skater face a tough challenge from Saraya Knight and Mayumi Ozaki who formed an alliance after yesterday’s tapings which also saw Rhia O’Reilly brought into the fold. Grudges will come to the fore with Jessicka Havok looking to dismantle Portia Perez, while the fallout from volume 68’s main event also sees Cheerleader Melissa and Athena square off.

Kay Lee Ray faces Kana, AKINO battles Mia Yim, Courtney Rush takes on Nikki Storm and Vanessa Kraven goes up against Crazy Mary Dobson over the course of today’s double tapings.

As with yesterday, NHB GirlsReid Allen is providing us with results so keep hitting refresh to see them come in as they happen.

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1. Courtney Rush pinned Nikki Storm with the Deep Sea Diverticulitis.
– Marti Belle came out to cut a promo but was interrupted by Madison Eagles, who was still angry over yesterday’s events. Eagles says she wants to fight, even though the doctor doesn’t recommend it, leading to…
2. Madison Eagles beat Marti Belle with Hellbound.
3. Kimber Lee & Cherry Bomb defeated Heidi Lovelace & Solo Darling. Solo was pinned by Cherry after the Lungblower/German Suplex combination. The Kimber Bombs then said they wanted a Tag Team Title shot.
4. Rhia O’Reilly pinned Xandra Bale with the Rhiadjustment after Bale was distracted by Miss Natural.
5. Jenny Rose beat Veda Scott, Candice LeRae & Leva Bates in a 4-way. Rose pinned Scott with a Flatliner.
6. LuFisto defeated Nicole Savoy with a Burning Hammer.
7. Tsukasa Fujimoto & Kaori Yoneyama beat Sassy Stephie & Nevaeh. Fujimoto pinned Stephie with the Venus Shoot.
8. Cheerleader Melissa beat Athena via referee stoppage. Melissa legitimately knocked out Athena with a curb stomp and the match was stopped when Melissa applied the Kondo Clutch. Athena was helped to the back.
9. Kana made Kay Lee Ray tap out to the Kana Lock.
10. Portia Perez beat Jessicka Havok via DQ when Havok attacked referee Bryce Remsburg.
11. Mia Yim pinned AKINO with a Firebird Splash.
12. SHIMMER Tag Team Championship – Kellie Skater & Tomoka Nakagawa (c) defeated Saraya Knight & Mayumi Ozaki to retain the titles. Nakagawa pinned Ozaki with the 120% Schoolboy.
13. SHIMMER Championship – Nicole Matthews (c) pinned Evie with the Vancouver Maneuver to retain the title.

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1. Nikki Storm beat Kaori Yoneyama with the Eye of the Storm.
2. Vanessa Kraven pinned Crazy Mary Dobson with a chokebomb.
3. Allysin Kay & Taylor Made defeated KC Cassidy & Bambi Hall. Cassidy was pinned with a wheelbarrow/cutter combination.
– The Global Green Gangsters came out for an interview which was interrupted by the Canadian Ninjas. Nicole Matthews says neither of them will ever be THE Champion. Tomoka Nakagawa laid out Matthews and posed with the SHIMMER Title.
4. Kay Lee Ray beat Candice LeRae with a Gory Bomb and Swanton Bomb.
5. No DQ – Saraya Knight & Mayumi Ozaki defeated Solo Darling & Heidi Lovelace when Ozaki pinned Darling following a Polish Hammer with a chain wrapped around her fist.
– Saraya grabs Daffney after the match but Daffney hits her in the groin.
6. Veda Scott pinned Thunderkitty with her feet on the ropes for leverage.
7. Evie defeated Jenny Rose with a TTYL.
8. AKINO beat LuFisto with a Saito Suplex.
9.  Miss Natural bested Xandra Bale with a Jumping Spike Piledriver.
10. Mia Yim defeated Tsukasa Fujimoto via Package Piledriver.
11. Kana made Courtney Rush submit with a Rings of Saturn.
12. Athena made Cheerleader Melissa tap out to the Red Wedding (cross-leg STF).
13. SHIMMER Championship – Nicole Matthews (c) v Tomoka Nakagawa – the match didn’t last long, with Portia Perez breaking a pin off a Fisherman’s Suplex and the match gets thrown out. Kellie Skater wants to fight
14. SHIMMER Tag Team Championship – 3G (Kellie Skater & Tomoka Nakagawa) vs Canadian Ninjas (Portia Perez & Nicole Matthews) – the Kimber Bombs attacked and the tag match was thrown out. Jessicka Havok entered the ring, followed by Madison Eagles who gave everyone  a round of stunners. Eagles and Havok demanded an 8 Woman No DQ tag
15. Jessicka Havok, Madison Eagles & 3G defeated the Kimber Bombs & the Canadian Ninjas with a Hellbound, a Hangover and a Chokeslam.

Thoughts

• I’m on the road back home to Minnesota and have had some time to collect my thoughts about all that happened over this past weekend. In the grand scheme of things, this was a bit of a strange weekend with how pretty much all the major matches and developments happened very early in the weekend. There was certainly good stuff worth checking out on the final two days but you definitely got the feeling that the climax had already happened.

• Pretty much the entire weekend revolved around the war between the Canadian Ninjas and Madison Eagles & Jessicka Havok. J Hav was already targeting Portia Perez for hitting her in the head with a wrench in the Spring but the interesting development was the escalation in the Nicole Matthews and Madison Eagles feud. Before this weekend, their rivalry was treated very lighthearted with a lot of playful banter and poking fun at each other over things like taste in coffee. But that seems like a distant memory now that they’re throwing fireballs at each other. One of the better moments of the weekend was Madison’s first appearance after the fire incident where she appeared genuinely upset about how Nicole had suddenly changed from a goofball to diabolical and wondered if this was Nicole’s plan all along when they became friends. For someone as skilled and dominant as Eagles, this was a nice bit of vulnerability shown from her that I think really helped make her even more sympathetic to the fans than just getting burned would have.

Jessicka Havok Portia Perez Kristin Roper• Meanwhile, Jessicka Havok finally was able to get her hands on Portia Perez but her bloodlust proved to be her undoing as she wouldn’t stop pummeling her despite referee Bryce Remsburg’s pleading. And after Havok forcefully shoved Bryce out of the ring, he had no choice but to disqualify her and award the win to Portia. Afterwards, Nicole appeared shouting “We won!” and the two celebrated like they won the tag titles. And in the main event, despite Madison Eagles showing up to assault Nicole before her title defense against Evie, Matthews was able to leave with the championship after a spirited battle with the Kiwi.

• The plot for the next volume got started with the Global Green Gangsters doing an interview in the ring to discuss the Kimber Bombs requesting a shot at the tag team championships and that looked like it was heading for Tomoka Nakagawa discussing her upcoming retirement. However, Nicole and Portia gatecrashed, incredulous why so much attention was being given to Nakagawa. Nicole said that no matter how long Tomoka held a tag team title, she would never hold Nicole’s title and that prompted Tomoka to attack the Ninjas and send them scurrying. This led to the main event of Nicole defending the SHIMMER Championship against Tomoka. But as we would find out, the actual main event was far bigger.

• The initial title match was thrown out rather quickly as Portia Perez interfered after about three minutes. This caused an irate Kellie Skater to come to the ring who wanted to fight because her friend got screwed out of a title shot, even offering to put up the tag titles as incentive to get the Ninjas to agree to a match. This brought out the Kimber Bombs who presumably were upset their challenge got passed over and they ended up attacking 3G and getting *that* title match thrown out. So then finally Jessicka Havok and Madison Eagles rushed the ring (the latter with four Stone Cold Stunners for the Ninjas and Kimber Bombs) and demanded to team with 3G for a No Disqualification 8 woman tag match. And after disposing of the Kimber Bombs and sending Nicole fleeing from receiving a retaliatory fireball, Portia was left all by her lonesome to take everyone’s finishing moves and get pinned to end the weekend.

• I apologize for writing so much about that one feud but that was really the only thing of consequence that happened over the weekend. There were a couple miniature spats that got reasonably resolved before the conclusion of Volume 70 but nothing that really seems like it will continue further. Athena and Cheerleader Melissa had a match based on Athena pinning Melissa in the title match on 68 and later in that match, Melissa’s distraction caused Athena’s elimination. But Athena got legitimately knocked out early in the match by a Curb Stomp and the match was ended shortly after. Once it was decided she was okay, a rematch with the stipulation of knockout or submission falls only got signed that Athena won. Elsewhere, Saraya Knight and LuFisto briefly continued their feud from the Spring but by Sunday, both parties were busy with other things. Mia Yim and AKINO had a singles match based off their interactions in the big trios match on Volume 67. And on the undercard, Xandra Bale and Miss Natural traded victories. So despite regular acts being there and as entertaining as ever, it really felt like much of the shows were in a holding pattern.

Kay Lee Ray Evie Kristine Roper• Four of the people who made big strides, though, were people just starting or still fairly young in their SHIMMER careers. Scotland’s Kay Lee Ray returned to Berwyn and really broke out this weekend with four singles matches that ranged from great to outstanding. She was put in the ring with a bunch of established talent and really impressed against all of them. Her matches with Evie, Kana and Candice LeRae were all wonderful and while her match with Kimber Lee didn’t quite measure up to the other three, it was still a very solid, very hard-hitting outing.

• And although I touched on them in my Saturday recaps, AKINO and Nicole Savoy were both very welcome additions to the roster. AKINO capped off her weekend with the aforementioned match with Mia Yim and then faced LuFisto, someone AKINO had a hand in training. They were well on their way to a spectacular match that just when it was getting really exciting, ended prematurely for my taste after an AKINO Saito Suplex. Nicole Savoy also got to try her hand against the Wounded Owl Ronin on the previous volume and had another incredible match. This was more like a match out of All Japan Pro Wrestling in the 1990’s with all the brutal strikes and dropping each other on their head and neck. Who knows what the future holds in regards to AKINO returning but Nicole Savoy is absolutely one to pay attention to. Even though she only had two matches and lost them both, she really held her own with two double-tough opponents in Heidi Lovelace and LuFisto and she certainly has the potential to be a major player in SHIMMER over the next couple years.

• Finally, this weekend saw the Berwyn debut of Canadian veteran Vanessa Kraven who immediately made an impact. I already touched on her match with Jessicka Havok, a match that I believe is the closest SHIMMER will ever come to a climactic fight from a Gojira film, but her other match of the weekend was a dismantling of Crazy Mary Dobson. Kraven is also someone to watch in the future because she has a complete set of skills that she can bring to matches. She has a wide array of power moves, she has the speed and agility to fly if necessary and her strikes rival the hardest ones of Mercedes Martinez. With SHIMMER feeling like it’s in a transitional phase, someone like Vanessa Kraven could really make an impact sooner than later.

• That will wrap up my sort of general thoughts for the weekend. However, I will be back on my home site of NHB Girls later in this week to provide a more thorough breakdown of the weekend for the Australasians who competed. Otherwise, that will do it for me for the SHIMMER tapings of October 2014. I have a need to thank Lee Burton for giving me the chance to share my thoughts with you readers. Even though it still breaks my heart that it’s not Stew’s column you’re reading, I hope I did him and his legacy justice this weekend because everything done this weekend by everyone in the Berwyn Eagles Club was done with his memory in mind and wanting to make him proud. Until next year, this is Reid Allen signing out.

– Photos by Kristine Roper

SHIMMER volume 67-68 live results: New Champion crowned

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SHIMMER‘s contribution to this Female Fight Season kicks off today with a double DVD taping featuring 38 wrestlers and sees its first show headlined with a titanic encounter, with Cheerleader Melissa putting the SHIMMER Championship on the line against Kana with each wrestler claiming a win over the other in the promotion. Elsewhere, four joshis will make their SHIMMER debuts as AKINO, Tsukasa Fujimoto, Kaori Yoneyama and Mayumi Ozaki all look to make a big first impression, and it seems like Ozaki is gunning for Saraya Knight.

Portia Perez is seemingly looking to make peace with Jessicka Havok after accidentally hitting her in the head with a wretch on the last taping and the Coffee Cold War between Madison Eagles and Perez’s partner in crime Nicole Matthews is also expected to carry on.

We’ll update this post with all the results as they come in courtesy of Reid Allen, and he has also agreed to let us know about the big matches and moments from the first day of this bumper weekend of wrestling. Sit back, keep hitting refresh, and we’ll watch it all unfold.

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Before the tapings began, Allison Danger took to the ring to eulogise our dearly departed friend Stew Allen. There was a five bell salute in his memory.

1. Kimber Lee & Cherry Bomb defeated Bambi Hall & KC Cassidy. Lee pinned Hall follow a lungblower/German suplex combination.
2. Heidi Lovelace pinned Nicole Savoy with a frog splash.
3. Sassy Stephie beat Crazy Mary Dobson with the Kiss My Sass.
4. Athena made Nikki Storm tap out to a modified Bow and Arrow. As a result she will be part of a triple threat SHIMMER Title match on the next volume.
5. Portia Perez beat Courtney Rush via DQ when Jessicka Havok came out to attack Perez. Rush was not happy with Havok’s interference causing her to lose.
6. Nevaeh pinned Jenny Rose with a Death Valley Driver.
7. No DQ – Mayumi Ozaki pinned Saraya Knight with a spinning backfist. The pair shook hands afterwards and then went to the bar.
8. Evie pinned Kay Lee Ray with the TTYL.
9. LuFisto beat Rhia O’Reilly with the Burning Hammer.
– Knight came out afterwards to attack LuFisto – Ozaki also came out and it turns out that Ozaki, Knight and O’Reilly are a unit.
10. Nicole Matthews v Madison Eagles went to a draw. Matthews pinned Eagles while in a sleeper hold but tapped out at the same time.
– The winner was meant to move on to the triple threat title match on volume 68, so referee Bryce Remsburg says both will advance and the main event will now be a 4-way.
11. Kaori Yoneyama, AKINO & Tsukasa Fujimoto defeated Kellie Skater, Tomoka Nakagawa & Mia Yim. Yoneyama pinned Skater with a senton.
– Afterwards, Yoneyama and Fujimoto challenged Skater & Nakagawa for the Tag Team Championship. 3G accepted.
12. SHIMMER Championship – Cheerleader Melissa (c) beat Kana after 10 curb stomps and 2 Air Raid Crashes to retain the title.

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1. Cherry Bomb pinned Thunderkitty with an inside cradle.
2. Xandra Bale defeated Miss Natural by countering the Natural Disaster with an inside cradle. Natural attacked Bale afterwards.
3. Marti Belle beat Solo Darling with the Stroke.
4. Kay Lee Ray pinned Kimber Lee with a Gory Bomb and Swanton Bomb.
5. Leva Bates defeated Nevaeh with a Cutter after escaping a Death Valley Driver.
6. Nikki Storm beat Candice LeRae with the Eye of the Storm.
– Courtney Rush came out to say that she was initially upset with Jessicka Havok causing her to be disqualified, but says she’s past it now. She then called out Veda Scott.
7. Courtney Rush made Veda Scott tap out to the Sharpshooter.
8. AKINO pinned Heidi Lovelace with a Saito Suplex.
9. Vanessa Kraven beat Jessicka Havok via count out following a distraction by Portia Perez.
10. No DQ – Saraya Knight & Mayumi Ozaki defeated Kana & LuFisto. LuFisto was pinned by Knight following interference from Rhia O’Reilly.
11. Evie pinned Mia Yim with the TTYL.
12. SHIMMER Tag Team Championship – Kellie Skater & Tomoka Nakagawa (c) defeated Kaori Yoneyama & Tsukasa Fujimoto to retain the titles. Nakagawa pinned Yoneyama following the Hangover.
13. SHIMMER Championship: Fatal Four Way Elimination – Nicole Matthews defeated Cheerleader Melissa (c), Madison Eagles & Athena to win the SHIMMER Championship.
– Athena eliminated Cheerleader Melissa following a Hellbound from Eagles, Vancouver Maneuver from Matthews and then the O Face.
– Matthews pinned Athena with a tights-assisted roll-up.
– Matthews pinned Eagles after she launched a fireball at Madison.

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Thoughts

Nicole Matthews Portia Perez SHIMMER• Hello, good readers of Ringbelles! I am Reid Allen from NHB Girls and I have been asked by Lee to provide the live recaps of this SHIMMER weekend. And to start, I’d like to borrow a quote from the great John Oliver and say, “Let’s all just acknowledge for a moment that this is weird. It looks weird, it feels weird, it even sounds weird.” I wish more than anything that it was Stew’s words you were reading right now instead of mine. So I hope I do him, Lee and all you readers justice with this recap…

• First of all, I want to go on record and say that for my money, SHIMMER Volume 67 may be the single greatest card ever put on by the promotion. Before yesterday, I’d have said that Volume 65 held that distinction in a landslide but 67 certainly made a very strong case for being in the conversation. Seven of the twelve matches were in the range of “great” to “outstanding.” And while 65 had a greater number of matches in that range, I feel that the best stuff delivered by 67 eclipsed the best matches on 65. So it’s a tough judgment to make about which was truly “better.” I’d advise that you buy the DVDs as soon as they’re released and judge them for yourself because both are well worth your money.

• Now, moving on to the big news of the day and that is the crowning of Nicole Matthews as the new SHIMMER Champion, who bested Madison Eagles, Athena and former champion Cheerleader Melissa in an elimination match to earn the gold. While the tactics she ended up using to ultimately claim the championship are certainly controversial and will no doubt be hotly debated for the duration of her reign, nobody can deny that Nicole is certainly worthy of representing the company as champion. She has grown into one of the finest wrestlers in the world today and her reign will no doubt be filled with some classic defenses to add to her resumé.

• Anybody who doubts her skills should be sat down and forced to watch her match against Madison Eagles from Volume 67. Those two went out and put on one of the best displays of technical wrestling ever seen in the promotion. Both girls were absolutely surgical with their offense as they dissected key limbs of their opponent with Eagles focusing on the arm and Nicole tearing apart Madison’s bad knee. It was very reminiscent of Bret Hart‘s masterpieces from the 90’s and it even threw out direct shout out to a couple by replicating the finish of his match against Roddy Piper at WrestleMania VIII and Steve Austin at Survivor Series 1996. But this had the added element of after Nicole using the turnbuckle to flip back over Madison and pin her to the canvas, she submitted to Madison’s submission hold during the count and so the match was declared a draw, letting both girls advance to the title match on the next volume.

Nicole Matthews Madison Eagles Ichiban Drunk• One thing that is for certain is that in addition to a furious Madison Eagles, Nicole will have no shortage of prospective challengers wanting a shot at her title. There were several very impressive debuts as well as some exciting new developments from ones familiar to the fans. The joshi contingent that came over for these shows were all impressive. And while Mayumi Ozaki seems to be more focused on raising hell after aligning herself with Saraya Knight and her prodigy Rhia O’Reilly, the remaining debuts all certainly made very strong impressions. The one who stood out most for me was AKINO who unleashed a flurry of some of the hardest kicks I’ve ever heard live. Tsukasa Fujimoto and Kaori Yoneyama both brought a ton of speed, energy and athleticism to their matches as well. I would be happy to see all four return in the future.

• Another extremely impressive debut was from Nicole Savoy. She may have had the most impressive debut match I’ve seen from somebody not coming in with any real fanfare. She and Heidi Lovelace had an absolute cracker of a match in just the second match of the tapings. This match was preformed at such a pace and with such intensity that it would not have looked out of place going five or six matches later on the card. They really set the standard for what the rest of the locker room would need to try and eclipse later. And while there did end up being an abundance of great matches, this one should not be overlooked in the grand scheme of things. Be sure to keep an eye on Nicole Savoy because even from just her one match, it was very apparent that she has the potential to become a serious force in the future.

• Elsewhere, a couple of favorites added a new wrinkle to their personalities that will keep things interesting for their future opponents. Nikki Storm seems like she’s dangerously close to snapping and really getting violent. While during her entrance and prematch speeches, she was her usual overconfident, vain and downright hilarious self, once the bell rang she frequently had wild outbursts of punches and choking before she’d take a few deep breaths and reign herself back in. Who knows what may happen if she ever decides to not worry about keeping her cool? And Courtney Rush did away with her usual jovial entrances by eliminating all the dancing, singing along with her theme and greeting the fans. Rush was clearly all business in her first two matches of the day against two of her chief rivals, Portia Perez and Veda Scott. Now that Rush has achieved revenge on Veda for her tactics in their Volume 66 match, we may see a return to a happy Courtney on the remaining volumes.

Vanessa Kraven Jessicka Havok Kristine Roper• Speaking of Perez, she is living very dangerously with her antagonizing of Jessicka Havok. The two got into a brawl during Portia’s match with Rush after Havok stormed the ring, seeking revenge for Portia accidentally hitting her with a wrench at the previous taping. Portia returned the favor later during Havok’s match with Vanessa Kraven. And real quick, I just want to tangent and rave about how great that match was. Two of the biggest women ever to compete for SHIMMER went face to face and had a very physical, very entertaining war. But Perez ended up being the difference maker as she came out to distract Havok, allowing Kraven to brutalize her on the outside and secure a countout win. When Portia and Havok inevitably collide, we may see Jessicka Havok provide some truly graphic violence against the Canadian.

• That will conclude my initial thoughts for now. I will be back tomorrow to wrap things up and provide news of any further happenings from an already memorable tapings. If you’d like to follow along with all the results as they happen, I will be on Twitter providing all the results and highlights live from the Eagles Club, or do a search for the hashtag #AAWSHIM to get not only my coverage but several others also in attendance. See you tomorrow.

Photos by SHIMMER (1), Ichiban Drunk (2), Kristine Roper (3)

Team Canada win the 2014 Smash Wrestling CanUSA Classic

Allysin Kay Heidi Lovelace Cherry Bomb Kimber Lee Veda Scott Amazing Kong Taeler Hendrix LuFisto Xandra Bale Angie Skye Vanessa Kraven Leah Von Dutch Jewells Malone Courtney Rush TabercilA year on from the show where she broke her collarbone – well, pre-show to be exact – Courtney Rush picked up MVP honours as part of a successful night for she and her Team Canada members at the 2014 Smash Wrestling CanUSA Classic. In a turnaround from last year’s result, the hosts picked up the team victory, but also saw division following the presentation of the medals.

Vanessa Kraven – who defeated Rush on Smash’s September 13 show and also beat Allysin Kay on last night’s event – attacked the MVP and left the ring to the confusion of her compatriots and the fans, though the reasoning will likely come out in due course. A possible claim could be that she deserved the MVP honour because of her win over Courtney and getting a win over Kay while Rush took two bites of the cherry (pun intended) to get a victory for her country, but we’ll see.

When we spoke to Xandra Bale last month she promised that this year’s CanUSA Classic would be bigger than last year’s event, and she was right – the number of participants swelled from 10 to 14, and also saw storylines both interwoven into the card and coming off the back of it. Reports from the fans in attendance were calling it a great show by the time intermission came around, so it may be worth seeking this show out when it is released.

You can find results from the event at the Canlan Sport Complex in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada below, courtesy of Smash Wrestling.

1. Kimber Lee (USA) defeated Xandra Bale (Canada) with a Ganso Bomb following interference from Cherry Bomb. [USA 1-0 Canada]
2. Veda Scott (USA) beat Jewells Malone (Canada) with a bridging Saito Suplex [USA 2-0 Canada]
3. Cherry Bomb (USA) v Courtney Rush (Canada) went to a double DQ. [USA 2-0 Canada]
– Following the decision, Rush and Bale challenged the Kimber Bombs to determine who would get the point.
4. Vanessa Kraven (Canada) downed Allysin Kay (USA) with a sitout chokebomb. [USA 2-1 Canada]
5. Angie Skye (Canada) bested Heidi Lovelace (USA) with a corner Death Valley Driver. [USA 2-2 Canada]
6. Taeler Hendrix (USA) beat Leah Von Dutch (Canada) with a small package. [USA 3-2 Canada]
7. Courtney Rush & Xandra Bale (Canada) defeated Cherry Bomb & Kimber Lee (USA). Rush made Bomb submit to the Sharpshooter. [USA 3-3 Canada]
8. LuFisto (Canada) pinned Amazing Kong (USA) with a bridging German Suplex. [USA 3-4 Canada]

– Photo by Tabercil

Ringbelles Roundup (16 September 2014) – WSU alleged disloyalty, latest Diva goings-on and more

Drew-CordeiroWomen Superstars Uncensored is the top story of this week’s Roundup, but not because of what was a particularly underwhelming show on Saturday, with the most newsworthy items of Resurgence being the demise of Pegaboo – who was torn apart by DJ Hyde as a symbolic killing off of the character – The Juicy Product holding on the Tag Team Championship as part of their quest to show that equality in wrestling goes both ways, and Jessicka Havok being pulled from the show by TNA. Rather, the most pertinent talking point occurred the following morning on a wrestling forum.

It’s common knowledge that Hyde and Combat Zone Wrestling are now the sole owners of WSU. CZW took a part-ownership last October as part of a deal with then-owner Drew Cordeiro, following an agreement for WSU to hold event in the afternoon ahead of CZW shows at the Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees, NJ along with holding the secret shows at CZW’s training facility. This led to a complete transfer of power in May of this year, with Cordeiro walking away after close to two years in charge of the company following its purchase from Sean McCaffrey.

At the time of his departure, Cordeiro encouraged fans to carry on supporting the product, and said that he was proud of the developments made during his time in charge, which included an improvement in in-ring talent, better matches and better production values. Attendance numbers steadily increased – though not by a huge amount – and the promotion as a whole looked much more professional. However, Cordeiro revealed in a post at the ZandigFans website that he was swimming upstream when it came to getting members of the roster to fall in line with his plans.

Drew Cordiero quote

Bear in mind that the statement seen in the screengrab above is only one side of the story and it is unlikely that the wrestlers being accused of disloyalty are hardly going to reveal themselves in order to offer a differing opinion, but it’s an interesting accusation. There are no details on who was being disruptive or what storylines had to be altered as a result but there are some names who where known for being supportive of McCaffrey such as Alicia and Brittney Savage, who both publicly slated Cordeiro’s running of WSU in February 2013, while Leva Bates also intimated in a tweet around the same time that a number of names were upset. More recently, Jessicka Havok was banned from the promotion and stripped of the World Title when she elected to choose a booking for TNA rather than defend the belt against LuFisto as had been previously advertised, though she was brought back into the promotion following the transfer to CZW.

The accusation also makes out that some wrestlers were in it for the money rather than having a desire to expand WSU’s drawing power. It’s strange – the product was not as polished or well-received under McCaffrey’s ownership but had the loyalty of the roster, though that loyalty dissolved when Cordeiro took the helm and improved the all-over appearance of the business. It will be interesting to see what happens with Hyde running show. Will he have the support of the roster? We’ll see.

6 LuFisto Allysin Kay WSUSpeaking of the roster, the quality of the wrestlers is better overall than in the McCaffrey days but there is little going on as far as storylines and character development goes. Resurgence featured six matches where only one had a real story behind it – which turned out to be the best of the lot – though there were some good performances from the likes of Jenny Rose, Marti Belle, Niya Barela, Athena, Hania, Allysin Kay and LuFisto. However, what draw is there for potential paying customers without a real reason for them to be having these matches? There is a regular group of wrestlers, so it should no be difficult to do some episodic booking for them in order to create attractive storylines and build up new challengers for LuFisto to defend the World Championship against – though it seems that Sassy Stephie is next in line because of her association with Hyde. Like Kay, her win-loss record is not the best, and that creates a belief among fans that she is unlikely to win the title – or that if she does, she isn’t that deserving based on her past results, though this can be explained away as being in a privileged position with Hyde getting her the perks rather than a sparking run of victories. With virtually every promotion boasting a women’s division or all-female roster holding a show between now and the end of November, it’s going to take a lot to separate yourself from the pack, especially if the fans you are talking to have a finite amount of money. WSU needed to do what it can to make itself a priority.

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We’ve posted three videos this week: footage of Shazza McKenzie’s first PWWA Championship defence against Jessie McKay, and two retros – one of Nikki Storm against Carmel Jacob from 2009 and bundle of contests from the 1950s which took place in Chicago, IL.

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WWE
Summer Rae worked both Superstars and SmackDown last week. She was beaten by Naomi in a Total Divas showcase on Thursday’s broadcast and was defeated on Friday’s show by Paige, who took the opportunity to antagonise her frenemy AJ Lee by using AJ’s Black Widow submission hold. Lee, who was offering commentary on the match then took to the ring to retaliate by taking out Summer’s Slayer teammate Layla with the Paige Turner before skipping off while Paige tried to yell at her. Paige’s SmackDown character work was great – her promo before the match which involved AJ and Nikki Bella was wonderfully condescending. The amalgamation of the two feuds continued on Raw last night when Paige and Nikki defeated AJ and Brie, with Paige getting the Brie Nikki Bella WWEpin on Brie with the RamPaige, before Nikki assaulted her sister with the Rack Attack. Paige skipped inside the ring, while AJ did the same outside… Elsewhere on Raw, Naomi beat Cameron in a stinker where neither woman shone. Cameron told the referee to count Naomi down despite the fact that she was trying to pin her former partner while she was on her face – something that Matt “Evan Bourne” Sydal said that Taryn Terrell did while in training. In the end, Cameron actually tapped out before Naomi’s submission hold was properly applied… Charlotte defeated Bayley to retain her NXT Women’s Championship at Takeover 2 on Thursday. Sasha Banks came out afterwards to attack Bayley but Charlotte made the save. The trio then had a verbal set-to on the post-show. Charlotte’s development is utterly amazing.

TNA
The Impact Wrestling episode where Dixie Carter was driven through a table by Bully Ray received one complaint to the UK industry regulator OFCOM last month on the grounds of gender discrimination. The complaint wasn’t followed up… The Beautiful People dissention continued on last week’s Impact when Velvet Sky was revealed as the covergirl of the 2015 Knockouts Calendar, much to the chagrin of Angelina Love. Havok came out afterwards, and Gail Kim went after her, but was sent into the guardrail for her troubles. Sky and Love then pushed Brittany into harm’s way and she ate a chokeslam before Havok left with Kim’s Knockouts title belt. Gail and Havok fought again backstage later in the show.

North America
Seleziya Sparx is consulting with legal experts after being reportedly banned from the United States for five years after being stopped twice at the Canada/US border on Friday and Saturday… Heidi Lovelace retained the AAW Heritage Championship on Friday, beating Davey Vega… D’Arcy Dixon was stripped of her number one contender status for the RESISTANCE Pro Women’s Championship because of her attack on titleholder Mickie Knuckles at the promotion’s show last month. Instead, Angel Dust got the title shot but was beaten by Knuckles… Raze won the 4th Razeannual Luna Vachon Memorial Lunacy Cup at Friday’s Vendetta Pro Wrestling show by beating Laura Palmer, Kikyo Nakamura, Sage Sin Supreme and Andrea The Giant in a gauntlet match… Nicole Matthews is still the Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling Champion after former titleholder Bishop was disqualified in their rematch on Friday. Kaitlin Diemond made her debut in the promotion, and was beaten by Jaida… Christina Von Eerie won Quintessential Pro Wrestling’s women’s tournament, which was held on Saturday. Weirdly, he beat Joey Ryan in the final, as Von Eerie was to win the tournament on a bye after Veda Scott and Candice LeRae went to a double count out in the semi finals. Ryan stepped in to make sure Von Eerie didn’t have an easy ride to the tournament victory… Angelus Layne made her return to action at Dreamwave’s Good as Gold show on Saturday, close to four months after breaking both wrists on during a dive at an IWA Mid-South show. She was part of the main event rumble match… SHIMMER has revealed that its joshi contingent for the upcoming DVD tapings next month will all be debuts, except for Tomoka Nakagawa and Kana… You have probably noticed but it’s now been confirmed: Mercedes Martinez is taking a leave of absence from the ring after close to 13 years of performing. The 33-year old lost the NCW Femmes Fatales International Title last month, which was her last match for now… Allysin Kay, Jasmin, Mia Yim, Jenny Rose and Annie Social have been added to the Absolute Intense Wrestling Girls Night Out tapings next month. Chasity Taylor will make her debut, and Mary Elizabeth Monroe will make her first appearance at a GNO since the original show in May 2009… Heidi Lovelace v Angie Skye has been added to SMASH Wrestling’s CanUSA Classic this Sunday… Courtney Rush will defend the NCW Femmes Fatales International Championship against ongoing rival Cheerleader Melissa at Femmes Fatales XVI on October 25. The pair have been feuding for more than a year and neither holds a victory over the other. They have fought to no-contests and also drew an Iron Woman Match. Rush won the title by making Mercedes Martinez tap out so the feud between she and Melissa can continue. A win over the reigning SHIMMER Champion – though she could have lost the belt by the time this match rolls around because the SHIMMER tapings are the previous week – would be a huge boost in Courtney’s credibility as International Champion and as a main-event talent.

Japan
Mio Shirai ran a show on Thursday featuring talent from the four promotions to which she in contracted – UNION, Ice Ribbon, Pro Wrestling WAVE and OZ Academy. The main event was a six-woman Dangerous Weapons & Barbed Wire Board Death Match… Makoto and Maki Narumiya will head to Mexico next month to wrestle for CMLL… Arisa Nakajima racked up her fourth successful title defence of the JWP Openweight Championship yesterday, beating Leon.

Europe
Following her heel turn on a previous House of Pain: Evolution show, Nixon Newell picked up a count-out victory over Zak Northern on Saturday. It was easier than she imagined as Nothern left the ring, refusing to fight her… Sammi Baynz won the vacant Herts and Essex Wrestling Women’s Championship on Saturday by beating Bacardi.

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Results

September 5: Lucha Libre Femenil (Monterrey, Mexico) – Sadica b Tsunami & Guerrera Negra in a 3-way; LuFisto v Hudson Envy went to a no-contest; Jordynne Grace b Angelica; Lady Flammer b Lady Jaguar & Justiciera in a 3-way; Alicia b Princess Maya

September 9: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – La Comandante, Tiffany & Zeuxis b La Vaquerita, Marcela & Princesa Sugheit

September 10: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Misaki Ohata b Shiori Akiba & Miyako Matsumoto in a 3-way; Tsukasa Fujimoto b Meari Naito & Cherry in a 3-way; Risa Sera v Rabbit Miyu went to a time limit draw; Neko Nitta b Mio Shirai & Maki Narumiya in a 3-way

September 10: Combat Zone Wrestling (Blackwood, NJ) – Irritating Igor b Brittany Blake

September 11: Mio Shirai Produce (Tokyo, Japan) – Mio Shirai b Misaki Ohata & Tsukasa Fujimoto in a 3-way; Neko Nitta b Mika Iida; Hamuko Hoshi & Hiroshi Fukuda b Yumi Ohka & Masayuki Mitomi; Dynamite Kansai & Aja Kong b Shuji Ishikawa & SAGAT; Mayumi Ozaki, Shu Shibutani & Yuko Miyamoto b Mio Shirai, Maki Narumiya & Isami Kodaka

September 11: WWE Superstars (Baltimore, MD) – Naomi b Summer Rae

September 11: WWE NXT Takeover 2 (Winter Park, FL) – Charlotte b Bayley

September 12: Target Wrestling (Carlisle, England) – Kay Lee Ray b Kasey Owens

September 12: House Of Pain: Evolution (Mansfield, England) – Jim & Lee Hunter b Chris Brookes & Nixon Newell

September 12: AAW (Berwyn, IL) – Heidi Lovelace b Davey Vega

September 12: WWE SmackDown (Baltimore, MD) – Paige b Summer Rae

September 12: WWE House Show (White Plains, NY) – Paige b Natalya

September 12: Vendetta Pro Wrestling (Santa Maria, CA) – Raze b Laura Palmer, Kikyo Nakamura, Sage Sin Supreme & Andrea The Giant in a gauntlet match

September 12: RESISTANCE Pro (Chicago, IL) – Crazy Mary Dobson & Thunderkity b Camron Star & Lucy Mendez; Mickie Knuckles b Angel Dust

September 12: Squared Circle Wrestling (Rome, NY) – Cherry Bomb b Nevaeh

September 13: House Of Pain: Evolution (Derby, England) – Nixon Newell b Zak Northern via count out

September 13: Target Wrestling (Newcastle, England) – Saraya Knight b Kasey Owens

Vanessa Kraven Courtney Rush TabercilSeptember 13: Herts and Essex Wrestling (Braintree, England) – Sammi Baynz b Bacardi to win the HEW Women’s Championship

September 13: SMASH Wrestling (Oshawa, ON, Canada) – Vanessa Kraven b Courtney Rush

September 13: Proving Ground Pro (Lincoln, IL) – Lucy Mendez & Randy Ray b Nina Monet and Bull Bronson

September 13: Women Superstars Uncensored (Voorhees, NJ) – Jenny Rose b Marti Belle; Cherry Bomb b Miss Diss Lexia; Nevaeh & Brittany Blake b Niya Barela & Jessie Kaye; Sassy Stephie b Solo Darling; Athena b Hania; JT Dunn & David Starr b Annie Social & Kimber Lee; LuFisto b Allysin Kay

September 13: Combat Zone Wrestling (Voorhees, NJ) – DJ Hyde b Kimber Lee via DQ

September 13: SoCal Pro (Oceanside, CA) – Kitana Vera b Bruce Gwarstein

September 13: Premier Wrestling Xperience (Thomasville, NC) – Tessa Blanchard b Ronni Nicole

September 13: Quintessential Pro Wrestling (Las Vegas, NV) – Christina Von Eerie b Kahmora; Heidi Lovelace b Ivelisse Velez; Candice LeRae b Laura James; Veda Scott b Hudson Envy; Christina Von Eerie b Heidi Lovelace; Veda Scott v Candice LeRae went to a double count out; Christina Von Eerie b Joey Ryan

September 13: Underground Empire Wrestling (Sun Valley, CA) – NY Knockout Nikki v Sage Sin went to a no-contest

September 13: Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling (Vancouver, BC, Canada) – Nicole Matthews b Bishop via DQ; Jaida b Kaitlin Diemond

September 13: WWE House Show (Springfield, MA) – Paige b Natalya

September 13: WWE House Show (Jackson, MS) – Brie Bella, Eva Marie & Naomi b Alicia Fox, Cameron & Nikki Bella

September 13: WWE NXT House Show (Starke, FL) – Alexa Bliss & Becky Lynch b Kendall Skye & Sasha Banks; Bayley b Charlotte

September 14: No Limit Wrestling (Naas, Ireland) – Kazza G b Katey Harvey

September 14: Apex Pro Wrestling (Ventura, CA) – Sunami & Terra Calaway b Buddy Royal & Sage Sin; Savannah Riley b Shelly Martinez

September 14: WWE House Show (Boston, MA) – Paige b Natalya

September 14: WWE House Show (Monroe, LA) – Brie Bella, Eva Marie & Naomi b Nikki Bella, Cameron & Alicia Fox

September 14: Wrestling Eclipse (Oshawa, ON, Canada) – Xandra Bale b Beautiful Beaa

September 14: AAA (Cancun, Mexico) – Dinastía, Jennifer Blake & Octagoncito b Mini Abismo Negro, Mini Psycho Clown & Taya Valkyrie

September 15: Stardom (Osaka, Japan) – Kairi Hojo v Io Shirai; Cheerleader Melissa v Star Fire; Kaori Yoneyama v Nanae Takahashi; Kyoko Kimura v Yoshiko; DASH Chisako v Koguma; Mayu Iatani v Takumi Iroha

Cameron Naomi WWESeptember 15: Ice Ribbon (Yokohama, Japan) – Kyuri b Shiori Akiba; Kurumi & Mochi Miyagi b Akane Fujita & Aoi Ishibashi; Makoto Oishi & Neko Nitta b Cherry & Meari Naito; Aoi Kizuki & Hamuko Hoshi b Tsukasa Fujimoto & Yuuka; Mayumi Ozaki b Miyako Matsumoto; Maki Narumiya & Risa Sera b Rabbit Miu & Tsukushi

September 15: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – Tsukushi b Yako Fujigasaki; Eri Susa & Kayoko Haruyama b KAZUKI & Rydeen Hagane; Hanako Nakamori b Yuki Shizuku; Command Bolshoi & Tomoka Nakagawa b Rabbit Miu & Yume Hayashi; Arisa Nakajima b Leon

September 15: WWE Raw (LaFayette, LA) – Paige & Nikki Bella b AJ Lee & Brie Bella; Naomi b Cameron

Upcoming

September 19: Southside Wrestling (Sheffield, England) – Joey Ryan & Candice LeRae v Kay Lee Ray & El Ligero; Morgan Webster, Tyler Bate & Dan Moloney v Nixon Newell, Jonathan Gresham & Chris Brookes

September 20: Newcastle Pro Wrestling (Charlestown, Australia) – Madison Eagles & Mick Moretti v Ryan Eagles & Robbie Eagles

September 20: Westside Xtreme Wrestling (Wickede, Germany) – Svetlana Kalashnikova v Nixon Newell

September 20: Pride Wrestling (Glasgow, Scotland) – DCT & Viper v Mr Byers & Fiona Fraser

September 21: Insane Championship Wrestling (Glasgow, Scotland) – Leah & Kasey Owens v Bete Noire & Viper

September 21: SMASH Wrestling CANUSA Classic (Toronto, ON, Canada) – Amazing Kong v LuFisto; Allysin Kay v Vanessa Kraven; Kimber Lee v Xandra Bale; Cherry Bomb v Courtney Rush; Taeler Hendrix v Leah Von Dutch; Heidi Lovelace v Angie Skye; Veda Scott vs Jewells Malone

September 21: Anarchy Championship Wrestling (Austin, TX) – Solo Darling v Athena

Paige AJ Lee Nikki Bella Night of Champions WWESeptember 21: WWE Night of Champions (Nashville, TN) – Paige v AJ Lee v Nikki Bella

September 23: Stardom (Tokyo, Japan) – Kaori Yoneyama v Cheerleader Melissa; Io Shirai v Nanae Takahashi; Star Fire v Kairi Hojo; Koguma v Mayu Iwatani; Kyoko Kimura v DASH Chisako; Yoshiko v Takumi Iroha

September 26: Lucky Pro Wrestling (Hudson, MA) – Nikki Valentine v Davienne

September 27: Scottish Wrestling Alliance (Glasgow, Scotland) – Nikki Storm v Bete Noire

September 27: Ronin Pro Wrestling (Miami, FL) – Leva Bates v Dynamite Didi

September 27: Alternative Wrestling Show (South Gate, CA) – Raze v Melissa Coates

September 28: PAID Promotions (Morecambe, England) – Kay Lee Ray v Carmel Jacob

September 28: Bellatrix X (Norwich, England) – Sammi Baynz v Blue Nikita; Liberty v Allysin Kay; Penelope v Violet O’Hara; Lady Lory v Erin Angel; Miss Mina v Skarlett; Amy-Lee Krammer v Shax; Chanel v Saraya Knight

September 28: Alternative Wrestling Show (Hemet, CA) – Leah Von Dutch & Kahmora v Melissa Coates & Sage Sinn

September 29: OZ Academy (Tokyo, Japan) – Aja Kong & Tsubasa Kuragaki v Mayumi Ozaki & Kyusei Sakura Hirota

October 3: Family Wrestling Entertainment (Brooklyn, NY) – Ivelisse Velez & Tommy Dreamer v Candice LeRae & Joey Ryan; Hania v Veda Scott

October 4: Warzone Wrestling (Berwick, Australia) – Toni Storm v Savannah Summers

Leah Owens Audrey Bride Hikaru ShidaOctober 4: Revolution Championship Wrestling (Barcelona, Spain) – Audrey Bride v Leah Owens v Hikaru Shida

October 4: Empress Pro (High Wycombe, England) – Addy Starr v Pollyanna Peppers

October 4: Family Wrestling Entertainment (Brooklyn, NY) – Maria Kanellis v Ivelisse Velez; Candice LeRae & TBA v Veda Scott & Christina Von Eerie

October 4: American States Wrestling Alliance (Mansfield, OH) – Nevaeh v Samantha Heights

October 4: Absolute Intense Wrestling Girls Night Out 13 & 14 (Cleveland, OH)

October 5: Dragon Pro Wrestling (Newport, Wales) – Addy Starr v Pollyanna Peppers; Rhia O’Reilly v Nixon Newell

October 8: Tidal Wrestling (Leeds, England) – Violet O’Hara v Kimber Lee

October 10: SHINE 22 (Ybor City, FL)

October 11: Southside Wrestling (Nottingham, England) – Kay Lee Ray v Kimber Lee

October 11: East Coast Wrestling Association Women’s Championship tournament (Carneys Point, NJ)

October 12: Southside Wrestling (St Neots, England) – Kimber Lee & Drew Gulak v Jim & Lee Hunter; Kay Lee Ray v El Ligero v Will Ospreay v Mark Andrews v Rich Swann v Shane Strickland

October 18: DOA Wrestling (March, England) – Penelope v Chanel v Addy Starr

October 18-19: SHIMMER: Women Athletes (Berwyn, IL)

October 24: Valkyrie Women’s Wrestling (Brooklyn, NY) – Sumie Sakai v Kacee Carlisle; Kimber Lee v La Rosa Negra

October 25: Southside Wrestling (Stevenage, England) – Mark Andrews v El Ligero v Will Ospreay v Rich Swann v Kay Lee Ray v Curry Man

October 25: NWA Branded Outlaw Wrestling (San Antonio, TX) – Kat Green & Danny Ramons v Athena & Mathew Palmer

October 25: NCW Femmes Fatales XVI (Montreal, QC, Canada) – Jodi D’Milo v Vanessa Kraven

October 26: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland)

November 1: Flemish Wrestling Force (Limsburg, Belgium) – Leah Von Dutch v Katey Harvey

November 8: Women Superstars Uncensored (Voorhees, NJ)

November 16: Tidal Wrestling (Newcastle, England) – Kay Lee Ray v Shax

November 16: British Empire Wrestling (London, England) – Dragonita v Dean Michael

November 21: New Horizons Pro Wrestling (Perth, Australia) – Saraya Knight v Demi Bennett v Evie v Madison Eagles

November 23: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland)

March 14: Rock N’ Wrassle (Nottingham, England)

– Lee Burton
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Ringbelles Roundup (9 September 2014) – Total Divas returns, social media mayhem & more

Brie Nikki Bella WWETotal Divas returned to E! on Sunday for a third season and pulled in 1.2 million viewers. That’s up by around 200,000 on the premiere of season 2 and as with previous seasons, the show is being advertised through matches and angles on WWE Raw. However, unlike in previous seasons where the matches and angles would be relatively short or minor, things are different this time around, and it’s seen the Divas division take a noticeable backwards step in the quality of both matches and storylines.

There are the throwaway matches we’re seeing – including Rosa Mendes and her “babysitter” Natalya losing to Summer Rae and Layla on Main Event last Tuesday, as well as to Paige and AJ Lee last night on Raw, which saw Rosa work the bulk of the matches, which meant that match quality was low. That latter match is something of an annoyance as the Divas Championship feud is seemingly being shuffled to one side to hype a TV show which the majority of Raw viewers don’t watch, as the Total Divas viewers don’t tend to watch wrestling either. Having said that, the Paige and AJ feud seems to be stagnant at the moment, though there is the Night of Champions match coming up – more on that coming soon – which may see more interaction with Nikki Bella – though she’s in her own storyline and it’s probably best if Paige and AJ stay a country mile away from it, as it’s responsible for some of the worst TV that WWE has produced in some time… and it’s down to Total Divas.

Full disclosure: I’ve never watched an episode of Total Divas, so I’ve never commented on the show itself, only the fallout which happens on WWE TV, which I do watch. The reviews for season one were done by Stew, and even her grew tired of it so we didn’t bother with season two – partly because the amount of crossover was minimal so it wasn’t relevant. Now though, it’s more relevant.

The season 3 influence on WWE is deeper than we would have imagined. It has been reported by Figure Four Online that the Bella Twins split is part of the show’s season long story, requested by E! in order to create a dramatic narrative for the show, and will possibly see them reconcile at the end of this current run. That means that WWE writers are being dictated to by an external influence, and we have to live with it as the story can’t be dropped as it will mess up the lineage of Total Divas. All the backstory melodrama may work for a TV show where the viewers don’t have as much reference of the history of the Bella Twins but for viewers of Raw and SmackDown, they know that there has never been a hint of dissension between Brie and Nikki since their debut six years ago, so it’s hard to accept the cheating and theft stories which we’re being fed. Lance Storm pointed out that it’s hard to know how a viewer should feel about the accusations – if they’re true, then how are we supposed to have sympathy for the babyface Brie, while if they’re lies, why are the commentators saying that these claims hold no water and can’t be substantiated?

While the promos so far have been lowlights of recent weeks, things got worse on last night’s Raw and produced a real casualty in the process.

Brie and Nikki took to the ring for another week to talk, which has been established isn’t either of their strong points – though the latter is the better of the two, possibly because she has the stronger dialogue to work with. Their set-to was mediated by Jerry Springer, who gained fame in the late 90s for his car-crash TV talk show which WWE partly used as a blueprint for its Attitude run, along with things like South Park and ECW. Springer’s relevance to pop culture is far less and it is confusing as to which audience he was brought in to attract as the 18-34 age range which was around in 1998 has largely moved on while the children that WWE aims itself Nikki Brie Bella WWEtowards these days won’t know him as that huge star of 15 years ago. While he still hosts his show, it’s lost in the shuffle and doesn’t have the cultural impact that it used to – partly because it’s accused as being as predetermined and staged as pro-wrestling.

The Bella saga brought in the immediate family like their mother and father – with their mother essentially siding with heel Nikki to urge Brie to appease her sister instead of chastising the one who’s being the arse about all of this – as well as producing their brother live on the show, with him taking Brie’s side. This all ended in another crappy roll-about brawl which saw the Bellas and Stephanie McMahon – who came out to help break the pair up – rolling and stepping all over Springer, who had to be taken from the ring on a stretcher suffering from bruised ribs and a twisted ankle. A 70 year old man ended up being injured for this interminable feud which is well on the way to being the worst feud in wrestling anywhere this year – and that includes the Samuel Shaw storyline involving him stalking Christy Hemme in TNA.

We asked you on our Facebook and Twitter about what you thought of the segment. The reactions were universally negative, with comments like “torture”, “Katie Vick level”, “one of the dumbest segments ever to air on television”, “stupid”, “a pathetic waste of time”, “Wrestlecrap induction material” and “worse than Gaddafi”.

It will have to run for at least another month as well, as the blow-off isn’t happening at Night of Champions. Unfortunately, we may have to deal with this until Hell in a Cell on October 26 – so that’s at least seven more weeks of this.

The subsequent question is: should we be okay with a show which isn’t watched by the majority of wrestling fans being allowed to overlap into WWE programming and create some truly rotten TV?

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Ringbelles tweetA funny thing happened to us at Ringbelles on Friday, and it all started off so normally.

We posted up details of the Divas Championship match announced for Night of Champions which had yet to be broadcast in the US but had been shown elsewhere in the world. We posted it when we did because WWE had posted the YouTube video of Stephanie McMahon making the announcement, so it was fair game at that point – but it exploded on Twitter when Divas Champion Paige retweeted it, leading to us getting a snapshot at what her life must be like on social media.

Within minutes, our notifications blew up with fans of the Brit favouriting and retweeting our message. Within 12 hours, it had been retweeted 171 times and favourited by 271 people. As of press time, that’s jumped to 201 retweets and 329 favourites – and that’s just for one message posted by Paige. A quick look at her Twitter account shows that similar things happen every time that she posts something. That’s a lot of bombardment by fans.

The torrent of messages include things like supportive comments, insults, pleas for her to follow back or retweet something, and it’s something that wrestlers in this social media world have to quickly learn to control. This sort of thing was not an issue five years ago when Twitter was tiny and Facebook was not such an immediate medium. Consider having to learn this as you go – it must be a daunting prospect, and means that your private life becomes even trickier. After all, in the past a wrestler could leave an arena, sign a few autographs and smile for a few photos before going back to their hotel, shutting the door and cutting themselves off from it all. However, smartphones and laptops mean that the fans are in your hotel room, your home and everywhere that you have tech for getting online. Besides, the pressure to have that connection with fans must be huge. You don’t want to ignore them but to speak to them too often means that you’re constantly replying to messages, so it must be hard to get the balance right.

Some wrestlers choose to remove themselves from the situation. Hailey Hatred vanished from the social media sphere more than a year ago while Saraya Knight took her personal page off Facebook, preferring to correspond on a business level on Twitter instead. Likewise, Serena Deeb keeps her dealings to Twitter and has scaled back the posts she makes. With more than 85,500 followers, she falls short of the attention that Paige gets with her 369,000 – but we approached her to get her thoughts on having a social media presence when being a recognised figure.

Serena Deeb“I find it amazing that we can connect through social media today with people all over the world,” she says. I personally choose to share posts and tweets that I find inspiring or that could potentially speak to someone at the right moment and do good in their world. I find the internet and media is so filled with negativity so I really aim to contribute a positive perspective.

“It’s very important to keep in mind that what we post about on social media is powerful,” continues Deeb. “Each individual has a choice on what they present to this world.”

That sentiment could apply to both wrestlers and fans. While I’m not saying that fans can’t voice their feelings on a match that they didn’t particularly like, personal pot-shots are not cool. Sure, performers in the public eye are conditioned more than most to let insults wash over them but they can’t help to make some kind of scar over time. Let’s just be excellent to each other, and cut down on the personal insults and quit begging for follows.

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WWE
Bayley Charlotte WWEDevelopmental Diva Veronica Lane (Erika Ann Hammond) left WWE on Wednesday after requesting her release. The former pageant model debuted late last year before being injured and was most recently working as a ring announcer and backstage interviewer… Charlotte beat Alexa Bliss on last week’s NXT ahead of her Women’s Championship defence against Bayley at Takeover 2 this Thursday. After the match, the challenger came out to say that she was going to take the title and advised Charlotte to take her more seriously. She again extended her hand, only to be pie-faced by Charlotte, but she rebounded with the Hugplex. Considering Charlotte has refused to shake Bayley’s hand so far, I would imagine that regardless of the outcome (though I’m calling a Bayley win) that the pair shake hands at the end as Bayley gains Charlotte’s respect… The pair worked the main event of the NXT show in Citrus Springs, FL on Saturday and reportedly received rave reviews… Charlotte held a Q&A on Twitter where she said that she says a prayer for her late brother Reid before each match, and says that she has her first t-shirt coming out soon.

TNA
Gail Kim beat Taryn Terrell on Wednesday’s Impact Wrestling to retain the Knockouts Championship. President Dixie Carter called Terrell v Kim “the best feud in women’s wrestling”. Jassicka Havok (or just Havok) made her first appearance in the promotion following weeks of hype, destroying both Gail and Taryn with Air Raid Crashes… Brittany apparently has her eyes on Samuel Shaw… The wrestlers who made it to the US portion of British Boot Camp wrestled on one of the PPV tapings Roanoake Rapids, NC on Saturday. Angelina Love managed the heels while Al Snow represented the faces. At least one woman made it through to the final six.

North America
Maria Kanellis Ring of Honor Andrea KellawayKarlee Perez (FKA Maxine in WWE) signed to wrestle for Lucha Underground. Candice LeRae has apparently turned down an offer. The show has recorded its first two episodes with Perez managing while Sexy Star and Ivelisse Velez wrestled. No spoilers, and we’ll report the results when they’re televised at the start of next month… A sixth member has been added to both Team USA and Team Canada ahead of September 21’s SMASH Wrestling CanUSA Classic. Taeler Hendrix (USA) will face Leah Von Dutch (Canada)… Heidi Lovelace, Nikki Storm, Veda Scott, Thunderkitty, Tessa Blanchard, Alexia Nicole and Angel Dust join Women’s Champion Athena as being announced for Absolute Intense Wrestling’s Girls Night Out tapings on October 4… Maria Kanellis and her fiancé Mike Bennett have created a championship belt called the Title of Love. It was debuted on Ring of Honor’s show in Toronto at the weekend… Miss Diss Lexia will make her Women Superstars Uncensored debut at Resurgence this Saturday. Her opponent will be Cherry Bomb… Maryland Championship Wrestling’s Women’s Championship tournament is underway. Amber Rodriguez defeated Kylie Pierce via forfeit after Pierce revealed that she could no compete because of having to have hand surgery, while Jessie Kaye advanced by beating Renee Michelle… Courtney Rush successfully defended the NCW Femmes Fatales International Championship against Leah Von Dutch on Saturday.

Japan
Kairi Hojo Youji KawauchiTsukushi celebrated her 17th birthday by wrestling 11 straight matches on Saturday’s Ice Ribbon show… Kairi Hojo needed stitches for a split lip after Sunday’s Stardom show where she went to a time limit draw with Kaori Yoneyama. Cheerleader Melissa was beaten by Nanae Takahashi in the main event.

Europe
Chanel told the Barbwire Blog that she received a WWE tryout at the same time that she worked as one of Adam Rose’s Rosebuds back in May… Addy Starr says she will be part of Pro Wrestling: EVE’s return in November… Penelope’s first defence of her DOA Sirens Championship will be on October 18 when she faces Addy Starr and Chanel in a 3-way. You can see a match between Penelope’s two challengers which took place in DOA by clicking here… Nixon Newell (who joined us for the best My Name Is interview to date over the weekend) will wrestle Svetlana Kalashnikova at Westside Xtreme Wrestling’s show on September 20… Pollyanna Peppers ended Rhia O’Reilly’s unbeaten PROGRESS streak when she pinned her on Sunday… Lady Lory regained the Europe Catch Tour Association Women’s Championship from Saraya Knight on Saturday… Dragon Pro Wrestling is holding a four woman tournament on October 5 to determine a new Women’s Champion. The semi-final matches are Addy Starr v Pollyanna Peppers and Rhia O’Reilly v Nixon Newell.

Mexico
Hudson Envy, LuFisto and Jordynne Grace all worked in Mexico at the weekend for Lucha Libre Femenil. We couldn’t find results for the shows but we’ll include them in next week’s Roundup if they show up.

Australia & New Zealand
A 4-way match has been announced for the IndyGurlz Australia Championship, which has been vacated by Mercedes Martinez. Saraya Knight, Madison Eagles, Evie and Demi Bennett will fight it out at New Horizons Pro Wrestling’s November 21 show.

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Results

August 31: Inspire Pro Wrestling (Austin, TX) – Barbi Hayden b Athena

September 2: WWE Main Event (Lincoln, NE) – Layla & Summer Rae b Natalya & Rosa Mendes

September 2: WWE dark match (Lincoln, NE) – Naomi b Cameron

September 3: TNA Impact Wrestling (New York, NY) – Gail Kim b Taryn Terrell

September 4: WWE NXT (Winter Park, FL) – Charlotte b Alexa Bliss

September 5: Pro Wrestling 4U (Newcastle-Under-Lyme, England) – Nixon Newell b Pollyanna Peppers

September 5: WWE House Show (Terre Haute, IN) – Paige b Natalya

September 5: WWE NXT House Show (Cocoa, FL) – Bayley b Charlotte

September 5: WWE SmackDown (Lincoln, NE) – Paige b Brie Bella

September 5: Santino Bros Wrestling (Bella Gardens, CA) – Ruby Raze b Biagio Crescenzo

September 5: Maryland Championship Wrestling (Nottingham, MD) – Amber Rodriguez b Kylie Pierce via forfeit; Jessie Kaye b Renee Michelle

September 5: Absolute Intense Wrestling (Cleveland, OH) – Rickey Shane Page b Candice LeRae

September 5: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Dark Angel, Estrellita & Goya Kong b La Comandante, Tiffany & Zeuxis

September 6: Hikaru Shida Produce (Osaka, Japan) – YO-HEY & Koharu Hinata b Kyusei Ninja Ranmaru & Taiyo Kamen; Tomoka Nakagawa & Hibiscus Mii b Arisa Nakajima & Rina Yamashita; Kaori Yoneyama b Mika Iida; Hikaru Shida b Kana

September 6: Sendai Girls (Sendai, Japan) – Rabbit Miyu b Alex Lee; Kyusei Sakura Hirota b Raideen Hagane; Meiko Satomura b Command Bolshoi; DASH Chisako & Kaho Kobayashi b Dump Matsumoto & ZAP via DQ; Kagetsu b Ray

September 6: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Tsukushi v Mio Shirai went to a time limit draw; Tsukushi b Shiori Akiba; Tsukushi b 235; Tsukushi b Meari Naito; Tsukushi v Neko Nitta went to a time limit draw; Tsukushi v Risa Sera went to a time limit draw; Tsukushi v Maki Narumiya went to a time limit draw; Aoi Kizuki b Tsukushi; Kurumi b Tsukushi; Tsukushi v Tsukasa Fujimoto went to a time limit draw; Tsukushi b Yuka

September 6: Tokyo Joshi Puroresu (Tokyo, Japan) – Chikage Kiba b Ai Shimizu; KANNA b Yuka Sakazaki; Miyu Yamashita & Erin b Nonoko & Syoko Nakajima

September 6: RAD:PRO Wrestling (South Shields, England) – Sammii the Dolly & Switch b Freya Frenzy & Vulture to win the EmbryoniX Mixed Tag Team Championship

Courtney Rush TabercilSeptember 6: Europe Catch Tour Association (Aire-sur-la-Lys, France) – Lady Lory b Saraya Knight to win the ECTA Women’s Championship

September 6: Anarchy in Angus (Angus, ON, Canada) – Courtney Rush b Leah Von Dutch

September 6: Absolute Intense Wrestling (Cleveland, OH) – Candice LeRae b Johnny Gargano

September 6: Hoosier Pro Wrestling (Columbus, OH) – Stompin Steve & Lylah Lodge b Wicked Clown & Scarecrow Fast Eddie

September 6: GOUGE (Raleigh, NC) – Kacee Carlisle b Samantha Starr

September 6: WWE NXT House Show (Citrus Springs, CA) – Bayley b Charlotte

September 6: WWE House Show (Dayton, OH) – Paige b Natalya

September 6: WWE House Show (Hampton, VA) – Brie Bella, Eva Marie & Naomi b Alicia Fox, Cameron & Nikki Bella

September 6: Battleground Pro Wrestling (La Habra, CA) – Alexis Darevko, Ali Hussein, Anton Voorhees & Sasha Darevko b Brittany Wonder, Johnny Plinko & The Riv

September 6: I Believe In Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Brittany, Maxwell Chicago & Rhett Giddins b Chico Adams, Tim Zbyszko & Blake Archer

September 7: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – Eri Susa b Yua Hayashi; Kayoko Haruyama b Yako Fujigasaki; Eiger b Bolshoi Kid & Hanako Hanayashiki in a 3-way; Kana & Ray b KAZUKI & Raideen Hagane; Leon & Neko Nitta b Arisa Nakajima & Rabbit Miyu

September 7: World Woman Pro Wrestling Diana (Kawasaki, Japan) – Sareee b Rosa Bonita; Kyoko Inoue & Kaoru Ito b Keiko Aono & Yuiga

September 7: REINA (Saitama, Japan) – Maki Narumiya b 235; Alex Lee b Kyusei Sakura Hirota; Makoto b Haruka Kato; Syuri & Tsukushi b Kurumi & Risa Sera

September 7: Pro Wrestling WAVE (Tokyo, Japan) – Mio Shirai & Yuu Yamagata b Mika Iida & Misaki Ohata; Tomoka Nakagawa b Melanie Cruise; Kyoko Kimura, Hikaru Shida & Cherry b Shu Shibutani, Ayako Hamada & Kyusei Sakura Hirota; Sumire Natsu, Kaho Kobayashi, Sawako Shimono & Yumi Oka b Moeka Haruhi, Rina Yamashita, Kana & Tsukasa Fujimoto

September 7: Stardom (Tokyo, Japan) – Kris Wolf b Reo Hazuki & Hatsuhinode Kamen; Kairi Hojo v Kaori Yoneyama went to a time limit draw; Kyoko Kimura b Takumi Iroha; Yoshiko b Koguma; Io Shirai b Star Fire; DASH Chisako b Mayu Iwatani; Nanae Takahashi b Cheerleader Melissa

September 7: PROGRESS Wrestling (London, England) – Pollyanna Peppers b Rhia O’Reilly

September 7: Scottish Wrestling Alliance (Glasgow, Scotland) – Viper b Sammii Jayne; Bete Noire & Nikki Storm b Courtney & Manlon

September 7: Absolute Intense Wrestling (Cleveland, OH) – Veda Scott b Candice LeRae

September 7: WWE House Show (State College, PA) – Paige b Natalya

September 7: WWE House Show (Salisbury, MD) – Brie Bella, Eva Marie & Naomi b Alicia Fox, Cameron & Nikki Bella

AJ Lee Rosa Mendes WWESeptember 7: AAA (Hidalgo, Mexico) – Eterno & Taya Valkyrie b Bengala & Faby Apache

September 7: Lucha Memes Fest (Coacalco de Berriozabal, Mexico) – Arez b Keira; La Silueta b Dark Angel and Marcela and Zeuxis in a 4-way

September 8: WWE Raw (Baltimore, MD) – Paige & AJ Lee b Natalya & Rosa Mendes

September 8: CMLL (Puebla, Mexico) – Amapola, Dalys & Zeuxis b Dark Angel, Estrellita & Lluvia

Upcoming

September 11: WWE NXT Takeover 2 (Winter Park, FL) – Charlotte v Bayley

September 12: Target Wrestling (Carlisle, England) – Kay Lee Ray v Kasey Owens

September 12: Squared Circle Wrestling (Rome, NY) – Cherry Bomb v Nevaeh

September 13: Stardom (Tokyo, Japan) – Takumi Iroha v Koguma; Kyoko Kimura v Mayu Iwatani; Yoshiko v DASH Chisako; Cheerleader Melissa v Kairi Hojo; Star Fire v Nanae Takahashi; Io Shirai v Kaori Yoneyama; Veda Scott v Jewells Malone

September 13: UK Wrestling (Wakefield, England) – Heidi Katrina v Shanna

September 13: House Of Pain: Evolution (Derby, England) – Nixon Newell v Zak Northern

September 13: Target Wrestling (Newcastle, England) – Kasey Owens v Saraya Knight

September 13: SMASH Wrestling (Oshawa, ON, Canada) – Courtney Rush v Vanessa Kraven

September 13: Women Superstars Uncensored (Voorhees, NJ) – JT Dunn & David Starr v Kimber Lee & Annie Social; LuFisto v Allysin Kay; Athena v Hania; Nevaeh & Brittany Blake v Niya Barela & Jessie Kaye; Miss Diss Lexia v Cherry Bomb

September 13: Quintessential Pro Wrestling (Las Vegas, NV) – Hudson Envy v Christina Von Eerie; Veda Scott v Serena Deeb; Candice LeRae v Laura James; Kahmora v Ivelisse Velez

September 14: Wrestling Eclipse (Oshawa, ON, Canada) – Xandra Bale v Beautiful Beaa

September 15: Stardom (Osaka, Japan) – Kairi Hojo v Io Shirai; Cheerleader Melissa v Star Fire; Kaori Yoneyama v Nanae Takahashi; Kyoko Kimura v Yoshiko; DASH Chisako v Koguma; Mayu Iatani v Takumi Iroha

September 19: Southside Wrestling (Sheffield, England) – Joey Ryan & Candice LeRae v Martin Kirby & Kris Travis; Morgan Webster, Tyler Bate & Dan Moloney v Nixon Newell, Jonathan Gresham & Chris Brookes

September 20: Westside Xtreme Wrestling (Wickede, Germany) – Svetlana Kalashnikova v Nixon Newell

September 20: Pride Wrestling (Glasgow, Scotland) – DCT & Viper v Mr Byers & Fiona Fraser

September 21: Insane Championship Wrestling (Glasgow, Scotland) – Leah & Kasey Owens v Bete Noire & Viper

Kimber Lee Xandra BaleSeptember 21: SMASH Wrestling CANUSA Classic (Toronto, ON, Canada) – Amazing Kong v LuFisto; Allysin Kay v Vanessa Kraven; Kimber Lee v Xandra Bale; Cherry Bomb v Courtney Rush; Taeler Hendrix v Leah Von Dutch

September 21: Anarchy Championship Wrestling (Austin, TX) – Solo Darling v Athena

September 21: WWE Night of Champions (Nashville, TN) – Paige v AJ Lee v Nikki Bella

September 23: Stardom (Tokyo, Japan) – Kaori Yoneyama v Cheerleader Melissa; Io Shirai v Nanae Takahashi; Star Fire v Kairi Hojo; Koguma v Mayu Iwatani; Kyoko Kimura v DASH Chisako; Yoshiko v Takumi Iroha

September 26: Lucky Pro Wrestling (Hudson, MA) – Nikki Valentine v Davienne

September 27: Ronin Pro Wrestling (Miami, FL) – Leva Bates v Dynamite Didi

September 28: PAID Promotions (Morecambe, England) – Kay Lee Ray v Carmel Jacob

September 28: Bellatrix X (Norwich, England) – Sammi Baynz v Blue Nikita; Liberty v Allysin Kay; Penelope v Violet O’Hara; Lady Lory v Erin Angel; Miss Mina v Skarlett; Amy-Lee Krammer v Shax; Chanel v Saraya Knight

September 28: Alternative Wrestling Show (Hemet, CA) – Leah Von Dutch & Kahmora v Melissa Coates & Sage Sinn

September 29: OZ Academy (Tokyo, Japan) – Aja Kong & Tsubasa Kuragaki v Mayumi Ozaki & Kyusei Sakura Hirota

October 3: Family Wrestling Entertainment (Brooklyn, NY) – Ivelisse Velez & Tommy Dreamer v Candice LeRae & Joey Ryan; Hania v Veda Scott

October 4: Warzone Wrestling (Berwick, Australia) – Toni Storm v Savannah Summers

October 4: Empress Pro (High Wycombe, England) – Addy Starr v Pollyanna Peppers

October 4: Family Wrestling Entertainment (Brooklyn, NY) – Maria Kanellis v Ivelisse Velez; Candice LeRae & TBA v Veda Scott & Christina Von Eerie

October 4: American States Wrestling Alliance (Mansfield, OH) – Nevaeh v Samantha Heights

October 4: Absolute Intense Wrestling Girls Night Out 13 & 14 (Cleveland, OH)

October 5: Dragon Pro Wrestling (Newport, Wales) – Addy Starr v Pollyanna Peppers; Rhia O’Reilly v Nixon Newell

October 8: Tidal Wrestling (Leeds, England) – Violet O’Hara v Kimber Lee

October 10: SHINE 22 (Ybor City, FL)

October 11: Southside Wrestling (Nottingham, England) – Kay Lee Ray v Kimber Lee

October 11: East Coast Wrestling Association Women’s Championship tournament (Carneys Point, NJ)

October 12: Southside Wrestling (St Neots, England) – Kimber Lee & Drew Gulak v Jim & Lee Hunter; Kay Lee Ray v El Ligero v Will Ospreay v Mark Andrews v Rich Swann v Shane Strickland

Penelope Chanel Addy StarrOctober 18: DOA Wrestling (March, England) – Penelope v Chanel v Addy Starr

October 18-19: SHIMMER: Women Athletes (Berwyn, IL)

October 24: Valkyrie Women’s Wrestling (Brooklyn, NY) – Sumie Sakai v Kacee Carlisle

October 25: Southside Wrestling (Stevenage, England) – Mark Andrews v El Ligero v Will Ospreay v Rich Swann v Kay Lee Ray v Curry Man

October 25: NCW Femmes Fatales XVI (Montreal, QC, Canada) – Jodi D’Milo v Vanessa Kraven

October 26: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland)

November 1: Flemish Wrestling Force (Limsburg, Belgium) – Leah Von Dutch v Katey Harvey

November 16: Tidal Wrestling (Newcastle, England) – Kay Lee Ray v Shax

November 21: New Horizons Pro Wrestling (Perth, Australia) – Saraya Knight v Demi Bennett v Evie v Madison Eagles

November 23: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland)

March 14: Rock N’ Wrassle (Nottingham, England)

– Lee Burton
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