Women 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.
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.
Speaking 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.
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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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 pin 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.
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.
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 annual 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.
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.
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.
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
September 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
September 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
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
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: 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
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: 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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