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.

SHIMMER Volume 69

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)

Big matches announced for SHINE 22; Several SHINE stars off to China with WWN

It’s been a newsworthy 24hrs at WWN (World Wrestling Network) HQ today as promoter Sal Hamaoui announced the marquee matchups for next Friday’s SHINE 22 event, as well as participants for the much anticipated WWN tour of China in November.

Ivelisse by Modern Myth PhotographyAs it’s one of those SHINE events which syncs up its international talent with SHIMMER (and other female wrestling promotions), there are a number of high profile “dream match” type encounters for some of the fly-in talents, not least in the main event where the reigning SHINE Champion Ivelisse Velez defends her title against Australia’s finest, Madison Eagles, in what is sure to be a hard-hitting match. Although Eagles’ W/L record in SHINE isn’t particularly impressive, she brings a worldwide record that is practically second to none, being a former SHIMMER and PWWA Champion.

Also in international action, New Zealand’s Evie returns to the promotion, to take on Valkyrie member Allysin Kay, while Australia’s “Rate Tank” Kellie Skater teams with the Lucha Sisters of Mia Yim & Leva Bates to take on the newly formed ‘Valifornia’ stable, under the tutelage of So Cal Val. At this point, Valifornia comprises the tag team of BTY (Marti Belle & Jayme Jameson) and former SNS Express member Nevaeh.

The only other announced match so far is for the SHINE Tag Team Titles, as the champions Legendary (Malia Hosaka & Brandi Wine) will defend their titles against The Buddy System of Heidi Lovelace & Solo Darling. It’s worth noting here that not only are The Buddy System coming off a win at SHINE 21 against Jayme Jameson & Amanda Rodriguez, but back at SHINE 17 when the Tag Team Titles were first established, The Buddy System actually defeated Legendary in the opening round of that tournament. Could we see an upset title change? Quite possibly. The show is up for pre-order as usual at WWNLive.com

Although the full card was not announced as promised, Sal Hamaoui has decreed that the rest of the card would be available on Monday if you’re still not sure. There are matches still to be announced featuring Taylor Made, Su Yung, Saraya Knight, Nikki Storm, Rhia O’Reilly, La Rosa Negra, Thunderkitty, Justine Silver and the debuting Aussie star KC Cassidy.

WWN China PosterAs far as the China tour is concerned, there are four SHINE related talents currently booked to join a WWN Tour also featuring wrestlers from EVOLVE, DGUSA and FIP. Alongside DGUSA Champion Ricochet, FIP Champion Trent Baretta and more, the shows will feature SHINE Champion Ivelisse Velez, Su Yung, Allysin Kay and Mia Yim – so there’s an excellent chance that the SHINE Championship may feature its first international title defence.

The tour takes in the following four dates
November 10th – Yicheng City, Hebei Province – Golden Sport Hall
November 12th – Emei City, Sichuan Province – Emei Sport Hall
November 14th – Chengdu City, Sichuan Province – Wen Jiang Sport Center
November 16th – Beijing – Wan Shi Da Stadium

Interestingly, one half of the former Minnesota Home Wrecking Crew, and former SHIMMER Championship contender, Lacey, has been announced as the Event Hostess for the tour. Lacey has lived in China for some years.

Ivelisse photo via Modern Myth Photography

Ringbelles Roundup (23 September 2014) – OVW’s vanishing women’s division, Bellatrix secures TV deal & more

ODB Serena Deeb OVWOhio Valley Wrestling has a rich history when it comes to women’s wrestling. With working relationships with both WWE and TNA over the last decade and a half, it has seen some of the most successful names in the top flight promotions cut their teeth and hone their skills. Some, like Mickie James, Lisa Marie Varon (Victoria/Tara), Katarina Waters (Katie Lea/Winter) and Gail Kim worked for the promotion after being signed to WWE. Others like Beth Phoenix, Jillian Hall and ODB moved to Louisville, KY to be in the right place to improve and be noticed, while some like Serena Deeb moved there to learn from scratch. Its Women’s Championship history is a litany of big names, and it has a big presence for what is essentially a local promotion.

So it comes as a big disappointment that OVW has seemingly phased out its women’s division for the time being.

The last time the Women’s Championship was defended was at the start of the summer when Lei’D Tapa retained the title at the June 7 Saturday Night Special when she beat Jessie Belle and Ray Lyn in a 3-way. At the time, it seemed that she was set to defend against Belle and Mary Elizabeth Monroe – considering Jessie was the former titleholder and Mary was in line for a shot after beating Lyn in the previous week’s TV episode – but Monroe didn’t make it to the show. Since then, there has been no women’s matches on TV, with the only contests being a few dark matches before the tapings with Monroe wrestling TNA new face Rebel – the most recent of which was on August 20. With the departure of Lylah Lodge (and possibly Ray Lyn & Monroe), the impending retirement of Jessie Belle and Tapa seemingly back in Charlotte, NC, the promotion’s female roster is in tatters.

A fan contacted OVW to find out what was going on with the women’s division and received this response, which was posted on the OVWMania website:

‘At this time we do not have Women’s wrestlers who can fully commit to being apart of OVW for a variety of reasons. Being apart of OVW extends beyond just appearing for our television show therefore we do not feature them. If this upsets you then realize there are other companies out there who are fully dedicated to Women’s wrestling. All it takes is a Google search.’

The statement can be broken down into two halves. The first two sentences makes it seem as if it is struggling to find women to commit to OVW – though it does not specify what duties they are expected to undertake, if they are required to attend a minimum number of training sessions or whether there is also a sticking point of money coming into play, but OVW clearly has its Lei'D Tapareasons for not having many females on the books at the moment. However, the final two sentences feel much more terse and snide, ostensibly urging anyone who wants to see women’s wrestling to go elsewhere as it won’t be happening in OVW for the foreseeable future.

It’s such a shame considering how the promotion presented a 4-way ladder match for the Women’s Championship a year ago this month featuring Taeler Hendrix, Tapa and the Blossom Twins in a well-received contest which main-evented that week’s TV show. At the time, OVW was coming off the well-executed – yet hurriedly concluded – same-sex romance storyline involving Hendrix and Heidi Lovelace, and was set to have a big contest on the cards with Tapa challenging Trina Thompson for the title – though the belt was vacated when Thompson suffered an injury, leading to the ladder match to determine a new champion.

If it so desired, OVW could try and book the likes of Crazy Mary Dobson and Mickie Knuckles (who used to work in the promotion as Izza Belle Smothers and also held the title) as they have licences to wrestling in the state – as Kentucky is one of the few places left in the US where you need documentation to legally wrestle – though it would still leave a very shallow roster.

It could be that OVW has suffered since TNA pulled its working agreement as part of a cost-cutting measure, though the promotion still presented women’s wrestling in the three and a half years between its arrangement with WWE ending in February 2008 and striking up the TNA deal in November 2011, with the title being traded between the likes of Deeb, the Blossoms, Hendrix, Epiphany and Lady JoJo. OVW was always an attractive option for wrestlers as it gave them the chance of working weekly TV and getting the experience of working to cameras and time frames, though it seemingly isn’t generating the pull that it used to.

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PWInsider reports that Diva storylines may get more risqué in the future – nothing like the Attitude era, but just with a more mature edge to it. It claimed that the spot a few weeks ago where Layla pulled Rosa Mendes’ gear down to reveal her bare bottom may not have been an accident… Kendall Skye has left WWE after requesting her release and revealing her departure on Friday. Former Hollywood stuntwoman Kendra Smith had wrestled around 20 matches on the NXT house show loop since her debut in May last year after signing with the company 3 months before, but was yet to make her first TV appearance. She also had experience in Muay Thai and kickboxing… Dana Brooke made her NXT debut last week, teaming with Sasha Banks to beat Bayley & Alexa Bliss… Sasha Banks released a videoblog last Thursday sending a message to Charlotte, saying she wants to become the NXT Women’s Champion… AJ Lee won the Divas Title at Night of Champions on Sunday in a 3-way involving defending titleholder Paige and fellow challenger Nikki Paige WWEBella. Nikki wasn’t involved in the decision and sister Brie didn’t have an effect on the outcome, so it makes one wonder why Bella was involved in the match in the first place. The win will mean AJ Lee is back on the road, considering she is wearing the title again – she hasn’t been doing the house show loop recently, with Paige defending the belt against Natalya… On last night’s Raw, Natalya beat Summer Rae in a fallout from Total Divas when Natalya kicked Summer out of her car. Elsewhere, Brie and Nikki Bella talked some more – and you can read Stew’s thoughts on their feud by clicking here. Nikki said she wanted exclusive rights to the Bella surname, then insulted Brie’s husband Daniel Bryan, which prompted Brie to try and put her sister in the Yes Lock before Nikki scooted away. Afterwards, AJ wrestled Nikki and made her tap out to the Black Widow to write her out of the title picture. Paige was on commentary saying she and AJ were no longer friends or frenemies. She had also changed her character and look by dropping the skipping and going back to wearing all black instead of purples and reds.

TNA
Havok won a battle royal on last Wednesday’s Impact Wrestling to become the number one contender to Gail Kim’s Knockouts Championship. Rookie Rebel fractured her arm during the match in what was only her second match in the promotion… Brooke and boyfriend Robbie E’s quest on The Amazing Race starts on CBS this Friday.

North America
Amazing Maria has undergone complete reconstructive surgery on her ACL for a second time. She’ll likely be out for more than six months… Allysin Kay will challenge Athena for the Absolute Intense Wrestling Women’s Title in the main event of Girls Night Out 13 on October 4. KC Cassidy will make her US debut on the show when she faces Nikki Storm… Kimber Lee took a hell of a beating in her defeat at Chikara’s King of Trios Night 1 show on Friday. She, Lace Steel & Jolly Roger were beaten by 17, Jigsaw and The Shard. Thunderkitty also lost on Night 1 – she was teaming with Marion Fontaine and Jervis Cottonbelly, who lost to the Devastation Corporation… Barbi Hayden retained the NWA World Women’s Championship on Saturday’s NWA Houston show by beating Peyton Gates. She then took the microphone and turned heel, saying that changes were coming. Her next defence in the promotion will be on October 25 against Delilah Vanessa Kraven Steve ArgintaruDoom… Lords of Pain reported that Sunny suffered some sort of seizure during an autograph session in Middletown, NY on Sunday. She responded to the reports saying she got dizzy and fainted because she had not eaten for some time… Amazing Kong’s been talking about possibly retiring, but isn’t going to make a big deal of it. She told SLAM! Sports “[Y]ou never know how many more of these I’m going to do. I’m not a big announcer of, ‘Hey, I’m going to retire.’ I think I’ll say, ‘Okay, that was my last match’”… Speaking of Kong, she captained the USA team in Sunday’s SMASH CanUSA Classic show, though her side was beaten by Team Canada – in a reversal of last year’s result. Vanessa Kraven turned on countrywoman – and MVP of the night – Courtney Rush after the medals were presented… Celeste Bonin, Gail Kim and Dark Angel all attended the Olympia bodybuilding show in Las Vegas at the weekend… Barbi Hayden lost the Anarchy Championship Wrestling Televised Title to Jojo Bravo on Sunday… Seleziya Sparx and Jasmin will compete in a Ladder Match for Alpha-1 Wrestling on November 2 for ownership of Sparx’s dog, Peanut. Jasmin dognapped Seleziya’s pet back in July and has been taunting her ever since.

Japan
Aoi Kizuki is the next challenger for Tsukasa Fujimoto’s ICEx∞ Championship… Mayumi Ozaki & Kyusei Sakura Hirota captured the vacant OZ Academy Tag Team Championship earlier today when they beat Aja Kong & Tsubasa Kuragaki in the tournament final. The belts were held up after Hiroyo Matsumoto’s ACL injury meant that she and Tomoka Nakagawa could no longer defend the titles… Io Shirai may be in line for a shot to regain the World of Stardom Championship after winning this year’s 5*STAR GP tournament earlier today. She beat reigning champion Yoshiko to take the tournament.

Europe
We forgot to mention it in the last Roundup, but congratulations to Destiny, who is pregnant… Kasey and Leah Owens beat Viper and Bete Noire at Insane Championship Wrestling’s show on Sunday. The twins may be on the verge of a heel turn… Viper takes on Sammii Jayne on October 18’s Scottish Wrestling Alliance show in Motherwell, Scotland. Fiona Fraser will be the guest referee… Leah Von Dutch will wrestle Nikki Storm for the first time on October 24 for the SWA’s show in Glasgow… Bellatrix – which has its Bellatrix X card coming up this Sunday and is discussed by Miss Mina on our latest Fight Like A Girl interview – announced earlier today that it had secured a TV deal with MyChannel, which broadcasts on the satellite TV. Sunday’s event will now be a TV taping and will be broadcast on the new show, which premieres on November 1.

Australia & New Zealand
Megan-Kate EvieImpact Pro Wrestling New Zealand Women’s Champion Britenay defeated Brook Duncan on Saturday in a match where a fan vote decided that Megan-Kate would be the ref. After counting the fall, Megan-Kate took off her referee shirt to reveal a BFF top, indicating a reunion with Evie – this time as heels… Mick Moretti and Madison Eagles defeated Ryan and Robbie Eagles at Newcastle Pro Wrestling’s show on Saturday.

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Results

September 16: WWE Main Event (Biloxi, MS) – Brie Bella b Cameron

September 17: TNA Impact Wrestling (New York, NY) – Havok won a battle royal

September 18: WWE NXT (Orlando, FL) – Charlotte b Emma

September 18: WWE NXT House Show (Wauchula, FL) – Dana Brooke & Sasha Banks b Alexa Bliss & Bayley

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

September 19: Chikara (Easton, PA) – 17, Jigsaw & The Shard b Kimber Lee, Lance Steel & Jolly Roger; Blaster McMassive, Flex Rumblecrunch & Max Smashmaster b Thunderkitty, Marion Fontaine & Jervis Cottonbelly

September 19: Southern Wrestling Entertainment (Shepherdsville, KY) – Crazy Mary Dobson b Lylah Lodge

September 19: WWE SmackDown (Biloxi, MS) – Paige b Nikki Bella

September 19: WWE House Show (Charleston, WV) – Paige b Natalya

September 19: WWE NXT House Show (Orlando, FL) – Alexa Bliss & Bayley b Sasha Banks & Dana Brooke; Charlotte b Becky Lynch

September 19: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Zeuxis b Goya Kong, Estrellita, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit, Amapola, Tiffany & Dallys la Caribeña in a cibernetico

September 20: Chigusa Nagayo Produce (Nagoya, Japan) – Rabbit Miyu b Yua Hayashi; Dump Matsumoto & Yumiko Hotta b Tomoko Watanabe & Takako Inoue; Kayoko Haruyama b Raideen Hagane; Bolshoi Kid b Eiger; Nanae Takahashi, Ayako Hamada & Yuu Yamagata b KAORU, Megumi Yabushita & Kyoko Kimura

September 20: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Mochi Miyagi b Meari Naito & 235 in a 3-way; Maki Narumiya & Miyako Matsumoto b Mio Shirai & Yuri Kotobuki; Kurumi v Yuka went to a time limit draw; Aoi Kizuki, Hamuko Hoshi & Risa Sera b Tsukasa Fujimoto, Kyuri & Tsukushi

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

September 20: Impact Pro Wrestling (Mt Albert, New Zealand) – Britenay b Brook Duncan

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

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

September 20: WWE House Show (Huntsville, AL) – Brie Bella, Emma & Naomi b Nikki Bella, Eva Marie & Cameron

September 20: NWA Houston (Cypress, TX) – Barbi Hayden b Peyton Gates

September 21: Kyusei Ninja Ranmaru Produce (Osaka, Japan) – Yumi Oka & YO-HEY b Billy Ken Kid & Hibiscus Mii; Kana) & Arisa Nakajima v Tsukasa Fujimoto & Misaki Ohata went to a time limit draw; Eri Susa won a battle royal; Hikaru Shida, Rina Yamashita & Manami Toyota b Kyusei Ninja Ranmaru, Ayako Hamada & Yuu Yamagata; Hikaru Shida, Rina Yamashita & Manami Toyota b Kyusei Ninja Ranmaru, Ayako Hamada & Yuu Yamagata

September 21: Gatoh Move (Tokyo, Japan) – Makoto b MIZUKI; YAZAWA b Emi Sakura, Sayaka Obihiro, Ryuichi Sekine, Kaji Tomato & DJ Nira; Riho & HARASHIMA b Kaori Yoneyama & Madoka

September 21: Diana (Ikarabi, Japan) – Cherry b Koharu Hinata; Jaguar Yokota & Kaoru Ito b Tomoko Watanabe & Megumi Yabushita; Mima Shimoda b Keiko Aono; ZAP T & ZAP I b Kyoko Inoue & Sareee

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

Heidi Lovelace Angie Skye Steve ArgintaruSeptember 21: SMASH Wrestling CANUSA Classic (Toronto, ON, Canada) – Kimber Lee b Xandra Bale; Veda Scott b Jewells Malone; Cherry Bomb v Courtney Rush went to a double DQ; Vanessa Kraven b Allysin Kay; Angie Skye b Heidi Lovelace; Taeler Hendrix b Leah Von Dutch; Courtney Rush & Xandra Bale b Cherry Bomb & Kimber Lee; LuFisto b Amazing Kong

September 21: Anarchy Championship Wrestling (Austin, TX) – Paige Turner b Baby Dumplins, Livi Loca, Paula Fate, Stan Summers, Starr Venus in a 6-way; Angel Blue b Darin Childs; Athena b Solo Darling; Jojo Bravo b Barbi Hayden to win the ACW Anarchy Televised Championship

September 21: WWE Night of Champions (Nashville, TN) – AJ Lee b Paige & Nikki Bella in a 3-way to win the WWE Divas Championship

September 21: LEGEND (Tlalnepantla, Mexico) – Vaneli b Diosa Atenea, Dulce Luna, India Mazahua, Lady Dragon, Princesa Mohicana, Sexy Angel & Sexy Girl in a cibernetico

September 22: Daijo (Osaka, Japan) – Yuu Yamagata, Hikaru Shida & Mika Iida b Kana, Tomoka Nakagawa & Kaho Kobayashi; Kuinshinbo Kamen b Kyoko Kimura; Fairy Nipponbashi, Kyusei Ninja Ranmaru & Hibiscus Mii b Benten-Musume, Misaki Guriko & Nyanbar; Ayako Hamada b Rina Yamashita; Yumi Ohka b Sawako Shimono

September 22: WWE Raw (Memphis, TN) – Natalya b Summer Rae; AJ Lee b Nikki Bella

September 23: OZ Academy (Tokyo, Japan) – Manami Toyota b Yumi Ohka; Kagetsu & Hikaru Shida b AKINO & Kaho Kobayashi; Mio Shirai b Hamuko Hoshi; Dynamite Kansai & Ayako Hamada b Tomoka Nakagawa & Misaki Ohata; Mayumi Ozaki & Kyusei Sakura Hirota b Aja Kong & Tsubasa Kuragaki to win the OZ Academy Tag Team Championship

September 23: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – Arisa Nakajima & Yako Fujigasaki b KAZUKI & Raideen Hagane; Command Bolshoi b Yua Hayashi; Leon & Hanako Nakamori b Kayoko Haruyama & Rabbit Miyu

Io Shirai Yoshiko StardomSeptember 23: Stardom (Tokyo, Japan) – Miho Wakizawa, Reo Hazuki & Maya b Hatsuhinode Kamen, Kris Wolf & Azumi; Mayu Iwatani b Koguma; Kyoko Kimura b DASH Chisako; Yoshiko b Takumi Iroha; Kairi Hojo b Star Fire; Kaori Yoneyama b Cheerleader Melissa via count out; Io Shirai b Nanae Takahashi; Io Shirai b Yoshiko

Upcoming

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

September 26: RESISTANCE Pro (Willowbrook, IL) – Angel Dust v Crazy Mary Dobson

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

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: 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: Coliseum Championship Wrestling (Evansville, IN) – Marriah Moreno v Mickie Knuckles

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

Nikki Storm KC CassidyOctober 4: Absolute Intense Wrestling Girls Night Out 13 (Cleveland, OH) – Tessa Blanchard v Veda Scott; Athena v Allysin Kay; Nikki Storm v KC Cassidy

October 4: Absolute Intense Wrestling Girls Night Out 14 (Cleveland, OH) – Taeler Hendrix v Mary Elizabeth Monroe

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

October 5: Futureshock Wrestling (Stockport, England) – Danni Hunter & Bete Noire v Lana Austin & Viper

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: Scottish Wrestling Alliance (Motherwell, Scotland) – Viper v Sammii Jayne

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

October 24: Scottish Wrestling Alliance (Glasgow, Scotland) – Nikki Storm v Leah Von Dutch

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

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: NWA Houston (Cypress, TX) – Barbi Hayden v Delilah Doom

Cheerleader Melissa Courtney RushOctober 25: NCW Femmes Fatales XVI (Montreal, QC, Canada) – Jodi D’Milo v Vanessa Kraven; Courtney Rush v Cheerleader Melissa; Portia Perez v Xandra Bale

October 26: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland)

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

November 2: Alpha 1 Wrestling (Hamilton, ON, Canada) – Seleziya Sparx v Jasmin

November 8: Women Superstars Uncensored (Voorhees, NJ)

November 15: Riot City Wrestling “City Chicks” (Adelaide, Australia)

November 15: True Grit Wrestling (Leeds, England) – Lana Austin v Nixon Newell

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)

November 23: SMASH Wrestling (Mississauga, ON, Canada) – Candice LeRae & Joey Ryan v Cherry Bomb & Pepper Parks

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

– Lee Burton
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Fight Like A Girl: Britenay

Britenay

2014 has treated Britenay rather well. After winning the Impact Pro Wrestling Interim New Zealand Women’s Championship in February, she ended any arguments over who was the rightful holder when she defeated Evie to become the undisputed champion. It is a storyline which has seen her turn babyface, and as she tells us, is the highest moment in her seven year career.

In this 15 minute chat, Britenay talks about how she is staying true to her character despite turning face, providing stability to the Women’s Title after lots of controversy surrounding the belt, Saturday’s match at Rival Turf as well as how she took the day off from work to recover from the damage she expected to receive, and she also discusses what she has coming up in her future.

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Undisputed IPW NZ Women’s Champion crowned

BritenayStability seems to have come to Impact Pro Wrestling‘s New Zealand Women’s Championship following today’s Rival Turf show in Auckland where the controversy over who was the rightful titleholder was cleared up.

The belt has had a turbulent existence, which has been well documented here at Ringbelles. Evie became the first titleholder in August 2012 though the title was made vacant after the company closed, despite it being off the scene for only a few months. When a new champion could not be decided, the title was handed to Emmy Driver, a woman with no wrestling experience. Evie began the hunt to regain the championship though it was made vacant after Driver fled the ring during their title match, with Evie claiming the belt for a second time in a 4-way last December and turning heel to join the Investment stable.

During her extended time away from New Zealand where she wrestled in Japan and the United States, IPW elected to crown an Interim Champion, with Britenay – who had turned babyface in the wake of Evie’s heel turn – snaring the title in the decider against Olivia Shaw. This irked the Team Kick member, who stole the physical belt upon her return to New Zealand in May, though Britenay nicked it back soon afterward, leaving us with a disputed title and a match set up in a Falls Count Anywhere contest to determine who would be the rightful titleholder.

In the end, it was Britenay who won the match and the Undisputed New Zealand Women’s Championship with a powerbomb into the wall of the Lynfield Recreation Centre before getting the pin with The Extreme Makeover.

When approached for comment, Britenay exclusively told Ringbelles:

No one knows you better than your greatest rival.

I had a great time being the Interim Champion & though the fans made me feel like a champion during that time, I wouldn’t feel like the Champion until I defeated my longest rival & the then Champion, Evie.

I’m looking forward to the challenges of being the IPW NZ Women’s Champion and the Challengers that come with defending the belt.

As mentioned in the opening line, this means the title should receive some stability. It isn’t had the easiest lineage since its inception two years ago this month, but hopefully things will settle down over the months to come.

UPDATE: Why not have a listen to the new champion talk about the match in her own words? Click here to jump to our Fight Like A Girl interview with Britenay!

– Photo by Britenay

In Video: the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge compilation

Stephanie McMahon Ice BucketIf you have a Facebook or Twitter, you can’t have missed the phenomenon which is the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which sees people dump buckets of ice water on themselves in order to raise money and awareness for the ALS Association – ALS stands for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as motor neurone disease or Lou Gehrig’s disease. The gimmick is that you donate money to the Association or dump the ice bucket over your head, though those who go for the chilly option are also encouraged to make a donation anyway. Once you accomplish the task, you’re allowed to challenge others to do the same. The challenge has also been adapted by some so they donate to other charities, but it all counts.

Of course, this has gravitated towards wrestlers, so we’ve collected as many of them as we can for your amusement. Let us know in the comments which video was your personal favourite.

Stephanie McMahon (featuring the Four Horsewomen)

Summer Rae

Alexa Bliss

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Eva Marie
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Nikki Bella

Bete Noire

Kellie Skater

Evie

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Kimber Lee

Jessie Belle Smothers

Sassy Stephie

Leah Von Dutch

Thea Trinidad
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Dixie Carter

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Beth Phoenix

Eve Torres

Maryse Ouellet

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Candy Cartwright

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Celeste “Kaitlyn” Bonin
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“Hardcore” Heather Owens

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La Rosa Negra

Trina Michaels