Ringbelles Retro: Ashley Lane & Nevaeh work heel against Hailey Hatred & Mary Elizabeth Monroe

Ashley Lane NevaehDid you know that inaugural SHIMMER Tag Team Champions Ashley Lane (now TNA‘s Madison Rayne) and Nevaeh enjoyed as many successful title defences away from the Eagles Club in Berwyn, IL as in it? That’s right – as well as beating the Canadian NINJAs, the International Home Wrecking Crew and the tandem of Amazing Kong & Sara Del Rey, the Ohio natives also racked up title defences elsewhere – and we’ve got one of those matches from November 11, 2008 for today’s Retro.

The interesting thing about this Tag Team Title defence is that their opponents are two women who – at that point – had not set foot in a SHIMMER ring. While Hailey Hatred debuted for the promotion in October 2011, Mary Elizabeth Monroe has never been booked for the group. However, the MEM of today is a much different creature to six years ago – dubbed the Rated G Superstar, she is a statuesque bombshell who’s into rainbows and has rediscovered her enthusiasm for wrestling after a few years of sporadic bookings in lesser-known promotions – it’s possible that she will find her way to Berwyn in time.

The interesting thing about this match from Heartland Wrestling Association‘s High Def show in Middletown, OH is the demeanour of the champions. Babyfaces to the end as a team in SHIMMER, the pair work heel in this match against their popular opponents. Watch the match below and check out a different side to Ashley Lane and Nevaeh.

In Video: Hailey Hatred, just before her disappearance

Hailey Hatred during her JWP Openweight title reign. Photo courtesy: JWPHailey Hatred vanished off the face of the earth in August of last year. She deleted her Facebook accounts and her Twitter, and has gone completely AWOL. There have been claims that she is in the US, while other accounts say she is still in Japan – though nothing has been confirmed and anyone who does know is respecting her privacy by not divulging the details. However, that’s all fine – in order to get away from everything and to be left alone, she’s essentially gone incommunicado, so more power to her. Wherever she is, we hope that she’s happy.

Recently, Kasey Owens posted footage of a number of her matches from her three months with Ice Ribbonwhich she talked about with us on her return to the UK – and one of them was one of Hailey’s final matches before she disappeared. The pair teamed up to face Hamuko Hoshi and Kurumi at Tokyo’s Shinjuku FACE on July 14, three weeks before her final contest to date. You can see the contest after the jump. Continue reading “In Video: Hailey Hatred, just before her disappearance”

Ringbelles Roundup (23 July 2013) – Divas Title 5th birthday, Knockouts division & more

Beth Phoenix Divas ChampionThe WWE Divas Championship turned 5 years old on Saturday, and has evolved from the secondary title on the SmackDown brand to being the top belt in the promotion. Some would argue that in that time, the prestige of the primary women’s title in the biggest wrestling promotion in the world has dropped for various reasons, but it’s what we’re being presented, and it would be worth a look to see what state the title and the division itself is in right now.

Announced on June 6, 2008 by then-GM Vickie Guerrero so the women on her roster would have their own title, with the inaugural champion being Michelle McCool, who made Natalya tap out at that year’s Great American Bash. At the time, McCool was the pet project for WWE’s future, having been in the original Diva Search in 2004 and floating around for a long while before hitting a groove as a wrestler. However, she was a pretty unexciting one – and despite defeating Maryse a number of times over the course of the next month, it was the French Canadian who wrested the title from her in December of that year, which saw McCool turn heel on friend and special ref Maria Kanellis after the contest’s conclusion.

Maryse embarked on what is still the longest Divas Championship reign in the title’s history at 216 days, but her matches were pretty poor, and could not compare to the Raw brand’s women’s roster which was seeing the likes of Melina, Mickie James and Beth Phoenix competing over the Women’s Championship. However, during Maryse’s reign, she was drafted from SmackDown to Raw and took the belt with her, while Women’s Champion Melina went in the other direction. Continue reading “Ringbelles Roundup (23 July 2013) – Divas Title 5th birthday, Knockouts division & more”

Io Shirai, Dark Angel win major titles and Yuzuki Aikawa retires at historic "Ryogoku Cinderella" event

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It was a historic day today at the fabled Ryogoku Kokugikan (Sumo Hall) in Tokyo as Stardom presented Ryogoku Cinderella – their most ambitious card to date – in the hallowed building, and it was a day of change, as three of the promotion’s titles changed hands while the curtain came down on the career of Yuzuki Aikawa. Attendance was announced at 5,500, though it seems from live reports that the actual attendance was quite a bit smaller than that (inflated attendances are fairly common in wrestling worldwide, but especially in Japan – although reports last week suggested 3,000 tickets had been sold), which while impressive for a joshi crowd in 2013 appears disappointing given the size of the venue and the hopes/expectations Stardom had to have had for the event.

Shirai as ChampionIn title changes, Io Shirai won the World of Stardom Title (aka “The Red Belt”) from Alpha Female, who drops the title that she won last month from inaugural champion Nanae Takahashi. Alpha’s transitional run lasted just 43 days, but you have to imagine Shirai is now going to be considered Stardom’s “ace” going forward. It was a bad day for Monster-Gun, as the recently dominant stable lost the Goddesses of Stardom (Tag) Titles also, as Kyoko Kimura & Hailey Hatred fell to the team of Hoshow Tennyo (Kairi Hojo and Natsumi Showzuki) when Hojo upset Hatred. The other new champion in Stardom is Dark Angel (aka Sarah Stock), who won the decision match against Act Yasukawa to determine only the second ever Wonder of Stardom champion. That title had been vacated earlier this month by inaugural champion Yuzuki Aikawa ahead of her retirement.

Speaking of Aikawa, she fought one of her toughest rivals one last time – finally losing to Yoshiko in her farewell. During her retirement ceremony, the ring was bathed in yellow streamers. The win for Yoshiko sets her up as the first challenger for Io Shirai’s World of Stardom title – with that match announced for Stardom’s June 2nd show back at Korakuen Hall. Click through for full results. Continue reading “Io Shirai, Dark Angel win major titles and Yuzuki Aikawa retires at historic "Ryogoku Cinderella" event”

Monster-gun members win Stardom titles

Alpha Female Kyoko Kimura Hailey Hatred StardomThe reign of inaugural World Of Stardom Champion Nanae Takahashi is over. Her run with the title – which began on July 24, 2011 – came to an end at today’s Korukuen Hall show in Tokyo, Japan at the hands of Alpha Female.

The 6’1″ German – who went to a 30 minute draw with the Takahashi last October – snared the title in the main event of the show which was hyped by a hell of a show poster last month. The win is a massive boost for Alpha as she is the first European to hold any top joshi championship – which is a landmark moment and something that she can use as a marketing point in the future – and remains undefeated in the promotion. More pressing is the fact that as champion, she has a future in Stardom as she will have to defend the belt at some point.

Alpha is one quarter of the imposing Kimura Monster-gun stable, which enjoyed more success on the card… Continue reading “Monster-gun members win Stardom titles”

In Video: Gaijin collide – Hailey Hatred v Jenny Rose

Jenny-rose-vs.-Hailey-HatredDid you watch Absolute Intense Wrestling’s Girls Night Out 8? If not, you can still buy it at Smart Mark Video, and it’s worth it, as there are three matches well worth your $10. However during the interval, AIW screened a match from GNO6 between Hailey Hatred and Jenny Rose – though due to a technical issue, the conclusion of the match wasn’t shown. AIW put that right this weekend by uploading the match to YouTube… and what a match it was.

Both Hatred and Rose have spent the last few years of their respective careers in Japan – Hatred primarily with JWP, while Rose’s character was born in Diana, casting her Jamilia Craft gimmick to one side to start afresh. Both returned to the US for brief periods of time last year, and their paths crossed in Cleveland, OH on April 15 last year. Click the jump to watch. Continue reading “In Video: Gaijin collide – Hailey Hatred v Jenny Rose”

WOW Podcast #52 with AIW's John Thorne

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Episode 52 with AIW Promoter John Thorne

This Friday, Absolute Intense Wrestling brings their Girls Night Out franchise to iPPV via Smart Mark Video – so we’ve invited one of the AIW owner/promoters John Thorne onto the show to explain exactly why you should consider paying $14.99 of your hard earned cash on the show. We talk preparations for the show on the final week, Taylor Made‘s late pull-out and the addition of Addy Starr, the idea of iPPV (and whose idea it was) and the financial state of the company. We go back to the early days of GNO and talk about how important Hailey Hatred was to getting the first show off the ground, favourite shows so far, and how they’ve improved through each event. We talk the current status of former AIW Women’s Champions Mickie Knuckles and Jessicka Havok, touch on an AIW Women’s Champion who never was, and the 2012 ascent of Allysin Kay and Mia Yim to the main event – including the amazing finish to their Steel Cage match last August. We discuss the Indiegogo campaign to get Athena to GNO 7 last year, and John offers his opinion on some of the WSU/Drew Cordeiro twitter-drama from last week, and touches on an aborted GNO/WSU invasion/merger angle. We talk Allysin Kay’s mystery opponent for Friday (and maybe get a hint…), the formation of The Social Network and help give the final push for the iPPV on Friday. Some really interesting insight here from someone who was anything but a women’s wrestling fan a few years ago.

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