Ringbelles Roundup (23 December 2014) – Awards, Natalya talks lots of stuff and more

2013 awards Mercedes MartinezRingbelles usually goes to the trouble of creating physical awards for its year-end honours but things have been a bit strained in the last few months, so there’s no glass trophy for this year’s winner. However, after considering not doing them due to the intention of closing, I’ve decided to write a little bit about the awards which we did want to highlight.

Last year’s victor of the top prize was Mercedes Martinez, who had excelled as NCW Femmes Fatales International Champion and was also a very solid hand in SHINE and SHIMMER, though she decreased her bookings in 2014 and eventually stepped away from the ring after dropping the International belt to Courtney Rush in August.

There are just two awards this year – that’s because the Discovery of the Year honour was going to be dumped anyway. The reason is because there’s a big disparity between when we discover someone and when others do the same. For example, Nikki Storm won last year’s Discovery title even though we’ve been championing her for years, but she made a big splash on US fans with her antics at SHIMMER so we went with it despite it not making the most sense. As a result, the Wrestler of the Year and Breakout Star of the Year will be the ones we’ll look at.

Let’s start with the latter, which was a very competitive category. Sammi Baynz was given consideration for being so great at Bellatrix’s shows in 2014, wrestling Blue Nikita three times and also having another entertaining outing against Liberty. In addition, she made a good impression in her Scottish debut where she took on Viper at Fierce Females’ Mad Maxine show in July and returned in August to team with Liberty against the Owens Twins. Kay Lee Ray also received a lot of thought for turning heel in Fierce Females, and making it to the final three of TNA’s British Boot Camp 2 show. She also held Southside Wrestling’s Speed King title for a lot of the year and won the first Aerial Assault match held in Europe, beating five men to do so. Had she won British Boot Camp, she may have snared the award. Mia Yim also received a look after winning both the SHINE Tag Team and singles championships this year, as well as receiving her first SHIMMER title shot in April, though was unsuccessful in that attempt.

Heidi Lovelace Dave MuscarellaHowever, the Breakout Star of the Year title goes to Heidi Lovelace, who showed her versatility in matches all across North America. While she showed her comedic and light-hearted side in SHINE alongside Solo Darling, she also decided to work IWA Mid-South’s reprisal of the Queen of the Deathmatches tournament, beating Hudson Envy in a Tacks, Ladders and Canes match before losing to Ludark Shaitan in a Fans Bring The Weapons contest. That also goes along with her well-received work in SHIMMER, impressing in both singles and tag team action.

Heidi has also excelled in intergender competition, making it to the quarter finals of Absolute Intense Wrestling’s JT Lightning Invitational Tournament before losing to Michael Elgin, and also scored the AAW Heritage Title by beating Matt Cage – though her work in Wrestling Is Fun has helped her to break new barriers for women in wrestling. Lovelace fought through two matches – including a six-way elimination match – to make it to the final of the Young Lions Cup tournament, which she won earlier this month by beating Missile Assault Ant in the final, showcased in the pre-show of Chikara’s Tomorrow Never Dies iPPV. In doing so, she became the first female victor of the cup and also solidified her as a well-appreciated performer who has the ability to adapt her style for different types of matches against different opponents. It’s a safe assertion to say that the Punk Rock Rag Doll will climb even higher in 2015.

So, the other award is the Wrestler of the Year honour, which was a pretty tough call. Paige has been winning accolades all over the place this year after winning the WWE Divas Championship on two occasions as well as holding the NXT and Divas belts at the same time. She also racked up quite a few successful defences on PPV before turning heel and really ratcheting up her character work. Elsewhere, LuFisto had one of her best years by winning the Women Superstars Uncensored World Championship by beating Mickie Knuckles, Allysin Kay and Jenny Rose, as well as getting into an angle with WSU owner DJ Hyde and his hand-picked star Sassy Stephie which led to the Wounded Owl Ronin going after Hyde with a knife on a Combat Zone Wrestling show. In addition, she almost wrested the SHIMMER Championship from Cheerleader Melissa at volume 63 in April and undergoing a mild heel turn the following week before reverting back to being a babyface. However, our winner has showed off her wrestling skills at a main event level and has also showed how she can verbalise too.

Ivelisse VelezIvelisse Velez started off the year by winning the SHINE Championship from Valkyrie cohort Rain but was kicked out of the group because of her victory and turned babyface in the process, which saw her get over huge with the fans. Successful defences over Mercedes Martinez, Saraya Knight, Nevaeh and Madison Eagles all followed, along with an entertaining 60 minute draw against Serena Deeb before dropping the belt to Mia Yim in China last month. In addition, she has been able to display more character development since dropping the belt by getting obsessive over winning it back, shown by her aggression levels in her win over Amanda Rodriguez on the last show and then getting involved in Yim’s defence against Nevaeh which led to the match ending in a DQ win for the challenger. While this is all a good example of how she has evolved her persona, it has also been demonstrated in new ventures.

Velez signed on for Lucha Underground and has proved herself to be an entertaining heel who can irritate on the microphone. Teaming up with Son of Havoc, she has been tormenting Sexy Star, which las led to the pair engaging in a feud, which also saw her debut for AAA in Mexico where the roles were reversed and Sexy was the heel with Ivelisse working as the babyface. When you factor in how much her star has risen in the last 12 months and how much more marketable she was this time a year ago, you can understand why Ivelisse has earned Ringbelles’ Wrestler of the Year award, and also makes you wonder how both WWE and TNA had the chance to have her on their books and both let her slip through their fingers. I don’t understand wrestling sometimes…

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Natalya WWENatalya spoke to the Mirror UK about things like Total Divas – where she claimed the tensions between she and husband Tyson Kidd was genuine, as well as the reaction to her being booked to beat Charlotte in less than 3 minutes on Raw earlier this month:

“We don’t control a lot of things in WWE, it’s live TV, you can’t control how long you’re going to get. Sometimes you’re going to get 20 minutes and sometimes you’re going to get 20 seconds, you just have to maximise those minutes and do the best you can.”

She also discussed the difference between the Divas wrestling in NXT and on WWE’s main roster:

“That’s why I go to NXT, any chance I get, I go to NXT. I want to be on Raw, I want to be on SmackDown, and NXT, and Total Divas, and Main Event, and Superstars, and I want to be on the WWE app – because I want to take any moment I can to get TV time and I want to tell stories.

“The girls and the guys in NXT are extremely fortunate because Triple H has taken NXT under his wing. I tell Triple H this, I look around the room and make sure no one’s looking, and I tell him it’s my favourite show. It’s my favourite show because the Superstars and Divas do get time and it’s a cool show because you get to watch these different characters grow and come to life.”

It seems as if there is a lot of love being openly directed towards NXT at the moment without trying to knock the main product as a result. Natalya was very diplomatic with her praise and dodged criticising her bread and butter.

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This is the final Ringbelles Roundup before this website departs but I am happy to say that this portion of the site may continue on after our departure. Contributor Ciara Reid has accepted my offer of taking it over and posting it elsewhere, though where that may be is still up for discussion – so if you’re interested in having it, send her a tweet at @ciara92189.

Ciara used to write something similar when she was linked with Angrymarks so she has the ability to cover wrestling from all over the world, and will put her own personal stamp on it. Hopefully this will mean that women’s wrestling fans looking for a weekly fix of what is going on globally will still have somewhere to get it.

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WWE
Nikki Bella retained her Divas Championship by beating Naomi on Tuesday’s live SmackDown show. It was set up on the Main Event show broadcast earlier. Naomi is currently in a strained relationship with husband Jimmy Uso, which means that when you consider the issues between Natalya and Tyson Kidd, WWE has two rocky marriage angles going on at the same time… Becky Becky Lynch Bayley WWELynch’s heel turn kicked up a notch when she tapped out Bayley on last week’s NXT with her new submission hold, the Four Leaf Clover… It was 1-1 for Emma last week. She lost to Paige on Main Event but beat Summer Rae on Superstars… Alexa Bliss has been beating Carmella & Dana Brooke in 3-way matches on the latest NXT house shows… Speaking of Dana, she will be representing WWE at next year’s Arnold Classic bodybuilding event. She will be competing in the fitness division. She told WWE.com, “My dreams are coming true. It’s like Christmas came early for me. I cannot feel more honored. This just shows how much WWE wants their athletes to succeed. I’m blessed. I will not let the WWE Universe down”… Former developmental talent Shaul “Raquel Diaz” Guerrero is engaged to current NXT talent Aiden English… Developmental Diva Dasha Kuret ring announced NXT’s show in Tampa, FL last Friday… Paige was named Diva of the Year by Rolling Stone magazine… Following in AJ Lee’s footsteps, Emma has launched her own personal website, entitled tenilledashwood.com… Natalya pinned Brie Bella on last night’s Raw before knocking Nikki off the apron, leading her holding the Divas Title belt. Looks like Nattie’s next in line.

TNA
Brooke Tessmacher and Robbie E were eliminated from The Amazing Race last week, missing out on the $1m prize.

North America
Jessica James will make her SHINE debut next month as part of SHINE 24. Meanwhile, after what happened at SHINE 23, a 6-woman tag team match has been announced for on January 23. Kimber Lee, Cherry Bomb & Leah Von Dutch will face Legendary members Malia Hosaka, Brandi Wine & Thunderkitty… Speaking of Hosaka, she will be honoured with a Retired Women’s Wrestling Award by the Cauliflower Alley Club next April. Someone at the CAC later noticed the error and removed the “retired” part of the title… Two matches have been announced for Women Superstars Uncensored’s next show on February 21. Hania and Athena face off again, though this time it will be under Tables Ladders and Chairs rules, while Kimber Lee & Annie Social get another shot at Tag Team Championship JT Dunn and David Starr after beating them in individual matches on the last show… Athena challenges Su Yung for the Anarchy Championship Wrestling American Joshi Championship on January 18… Athena also defended her Absolute Intense Wrestling Women’s Championship on Saturday at Metroplex Wrestling’s show in Bedford, TX. She beat Claudia by curb stomping her onto thumbtacks and making her tap out to the Red Wedding… Nevaeh is eyeing up a February return from her knee injury.

Japan
Hikaru Shida’s joint Pro Wrestling WAVE Regina di WAVE and Revolution Championship Wrestling title defence against Mio Shirai on Sunday’s WAVE show ended in a 30 minute time limit draw… Mio Io Shirai StardomIt’s confirmed: sisters Mio and Io Shirai will wrestle on February 14 on Mio’s self-produced show. It was made official after today’s Stardom show after Io’s match where she teamed with Mayu Iwatani & Masaaki Mochizuki to beat the retiring Miho Wakizawa as well as Manami Toyota & Genki Horiguchi. 35-year old Wakizawa is stepping away after 18 years of competition… Two title changes on Diana’s show earlier today. Keiko Aono defeated Manami Toyota to win the singles title while Jaguar Yokota & Sareee beat KAORU & Mima Shimoda to win the tag straps. The show was topped off with Kyoko Inoue beating Yumiko Hotta in a No Ropes Barbed Wire Current Blast Time Bomb Death Match.

Europe
As you would expect, Southside regular Kay Lee Ray has been added to the 4-way to crown the first Queen of Southside. Debuting Saraya Knight is the other person who has been announced.

Mexico
Lucha Underground is interested in signing Dark Angel, according to the Wrestling Observer. Considering she’s part of CMLL and Lucha Underground has ties with AAA, that could be a difficult ask.

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Results

December 16: WWE Main Event (Grand Rapids, MI) – Paige b Emma

Naomi Nikki Bella WWEDecember 16: WWE SmackDown (Grand Rapids, MI) – Nikki Bella b Naomi

December 16: CMLL (Guadalajara, Mexico) – Zeuxis b Princesa Sugehit

December 17: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Hamuko Hoshi & Akane Fujita b Miyako Matsumoto & Yuri Kotobuki; Neko Nitta b Maya Yukihi; Maki Narumiya v Meari Naito went to a time limit draw; Arisa Nakajima & Risa Sera b Tsukasa Fujimoto & Hanako Nakamori

December 17: Union Tokyo, Japan) – Cherry & Ladybeard b Riho & Sayaka Obihiro; Mio Shirai b Ryu Gouma

December 17: WWE Tribute to the Troops (Columbus, GA) – Naomi, Emma & Natalya b Paige and Nikki & Brie Bella

December 18: WWE NXT (Orlando, FL) – Becky Lynch b Bayley

December 18: WWE NXT house show (Tampa, FL) – Alexa Bliss b Carmella & Dana Brooke in a 3-way

December 18: WWE Superstars (Detroit, MI) – Emma b Summer Rae

December 18: AAA (Mexico City, Mexico) – Jennifer Blake & La Jarochita b Cinthia Moreno & Sexy Lady

December 19: Diana (Kawasaki, Japan) – Megumi Yabushita b Meiko Tanaka; Keiko Aono & Mask De Sun b Kaho Kobayashi & Koharu Hinata; Kaoru Ito b Tomoko Watanabe; Jaguar Yokota, Kyoko Inoue & Sareee b Yumiko Hotta, KAORU & Mima Shimoda

December 19: WWE NXT house show (Jacksonville, FL) – Alexa Bliss b Carmella & Dana Brooke in a 3-way

December 19: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Dark Angel, La Vaquerita & Marcela b Amapola, Dalys & La Seductora

December 20: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Shu Shibutani & Miyako Matsumoto b 235 & Kyuri; Maki Narumiya b Yuka; Risa Sera v Kurumi went to a time limit draw; Tsukasa Fujimoto & Aoi Kizuki b Hamuko Hoshi & Tsukushi

December 20: Attack Pro Wrestling (Bristol, England) – Pete Dunne & Mark Andrews b Nixon Newell & Chris Brookes

December 20: 4 Front Wrestling (Bristol, England) – Nadia Sapphire b Chardonnay

December 20: WWE house show (Winnipeg, MB, Canada) – Natalya b Paige

December 20: Metroplex Wrestling (Bedford, TX) – Athena b Claudia

December 20: WWE NXT house show (Lakeland, FL) – Alexa Bliss b Carmella & Dana Brooke in a 3-way

Tsukasa Fujimoto Tsukushi Resuner YokoyamaDecember 21: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – Yako Fujigasaki b Haruka Kato; Eri b Yua Hayashi & Raideen Hagane in a 3-way; Kayoko Haruyama b KAZUKI; Command Bolshoi & Kyoko Kimura b Leon & Hanako Nakamori; Arisa Nakajima & Tsukushi v Tsukasa Fujimoto & Rabbit Miyu went to a time limit draw

December 21: Pro Wrestling WAVE (Osaka, Japan) – Fairy Nipponbashi b Moeka Haruhi; Yuu Yamagata b Hiroe Nagahama; Yumi Ohka b Kaho Kobayashi; Kana b Rina Yamashita; Shu Shibutani b Mika Iida; Misaki Ohata b Sawako Shimono; Hikaru Shida v Mio Shirai went to a time limit

December 21: Stardom (Osaka, Japan) – Kris Wolf b Momo Watanabe; Act Yasukawa & Kellie Skater b Kaori Yoneyama & Hatsuhinode Kamen; Io Shirai b Mystique; Kairi Hojo & Koguma b Reo Hazuki & Takumi Iroha; Nanae Takahashi & Miho Wakizawa b Yoshiko & Mayu Iwatani

December 21: Tidal Championship Wrestling (Leeds, England) – Lana Austin & Ruby Summers b Nixon Newell & Violet O’Hara

December 21: Insane Championship Wrestling (Glasgow, Scotland) – Layla Rose b Sammii Jayne

December 22: WWE Raw (Minneapolis, MN) – Natalya b Brie Bella; Naomi, Alicia Fox & Emma b Paige, Cameron & Summer Rae

December 22: CMLL (Puebla, Mexico) – Amapola, La Comandante & Zeuxis b La Vaquerita, Lluvia & Princesa Sugehit

December 23: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – Arisa Nakajima, Command Bolshoi & Rabbit Miyu b Leon, Raideen Hagane & Yua Hayashi; Kayoko Harumya b Yako Fujigasaki; Hanako Nakamori won a battle royal

December 23: Diana (Kawasaki, Japan) – Yuiga & Hamuko Hoshi b Kaho Kobayashi & Koharu Hinata; Eiger & Mask De Sun b Arisa Nakajima & Raideen Hagane; Takako Inoue & Cherry b Keiko Aono & Megumi Yabushita; Tomoko Watanabe b Meiko Tanaka; Kaoru Ito b Manami Toyota to win the Diana World Championship; Jaguar Yokota & Sareee b KAORU & Mima Shimoda to win the Diana World Tag Team Championship; Kyoko Inoue b Yumiko Hotta

December 23: Stardom (Tokyo, Japan) – Reo Hazuki b Momo Watanabe; Act Yasukawa b Kris Wolf; Koguma b Kyoko Kimura, Kaori Yoneyama, Hatsuhinode Kamen, Mystique & Kellie Skater; Io Shirai, Mayu Iwatani & Masaaki Mochizuki b Miho Wakizawa, Manami Toyota & Genki Horiguchi; Yoshiko b Saki Akai; Nanae Takahashi & Kairi Hojo b Takumi Iroha & Risa Sera

Upcoming

December 26: Absolute Intense Wrestling (Cleveland, OH) – Tessa Blanchard, Jennifer Blake & Heidi Lovelace v Veda Scott, Alexia Nicole & Jasmin

December 27: Squared Circle Wrestling (Elmira, NY) – Cherry Bomb v Mickie James

December 27: AAW (Berwyn, IL) – Heidi Lovelace v Chris Sabin

Kimber LeeDecember 28: Ice Ribbon Ribbonmania (Tokyo, Japan) – Tsukasa Fujimoto v Arisa Nakajima

December 28: JWP Climax 2014 (Tokyo, Japan) – Arisa Nakajima v Tsukasa Fujimoto

December 28: Beyond Wrestling (Providence, RI) – Kimber Lee v David Starr

January 3: Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling (Vancouver, BC, Canada) – Cat Power v Kate Carney

January 4: Scottish Wrestling Alliance (Glasgow, Scotland) – Debbie Sharpe v Viper

January 4: PROGRESS Wrestling (London, England) – Jinny v Pollyanna

January 4: Inspire Pro Wrestling (Austin, TX) – Barbi Hayden v Veda Scott; Jessica James v Kimber Lee

January 11: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland)

January 17: Empress Pro (High Wycombe, England) – Bete Noire & Viper v Addy Starr & Rhia O’Reilly; Ruby Summers v Chardonnay; Nikki Storm v Pollyanna

January 17: Lone Star Wrestling (Cypress, TX) – Barbi Hayden v Tessa Blanchard

January 18: Alpha-1 Wrestling (Hamilton, ON, Canada) – Seleziya Sparx v Allysin Kay

Athena Su YungJanuary 18: Anarchy Championship Wrestling (Austin, TX) – Jessica James v Jojo Bravo; Athena v Su Yung

January 23: SHINE 24 (Ybor City, FL) – Malia Hosaka, Brandi Wine & Thunderkitty v Kimber Lee, Cherry Bomb & Leah Von Dutch

January 23: Valkyrie Women’s Wrestling (Woodbury Heights, NJ) – Kacee Carlisle v Mistress Belmont; La Rosa Negra v Aja Perera

January 24: Pure Wrestling Assocation (Kitchener, ON, Canada) – Kc Spinelli v Courtney Rush; Kaitlin Diemond v Beautiful Beaa; Jewells Malone v Alexia Nicole; Holly Madison v Silvie Silver; Ingrid Isley v Skylar Rose

February 7: Family Wrestling Entertainment (Jamaica, NY) – Candice LeRae v Veda Scott; Taeler Hendrix v Katarina Leigh

February 8: Tidal Championship Wrestling (Leeds, England) – Violet O’Hara v Nixon Newell

February 14: Mio Shirai Produce (Tokyo, Japan) – Mio Shirai v Io Shirai

February 21: Women Superstars Uncensored (Voorhees, NJ) – Hania v Athena; Kimber Lee & Annie Social v JT Dunn & David Starr

February 22: Dragon Pro Wrestling (Newport, Wales) – Nixon Newell v Pollyanna

February 22: Bellatrix 12 (Norwich, England)

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

April 4: NCW Femmes Fatales (Montreal, QC, Canada) – Courtney Rush v Saraya Knight; Portia Perez v Xandra Bale

April 11/12 – SHIMMER Women Athletes (Berwyn, IL)

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Ayako Hamada and Yuu Yamagata win the WAVE Tag Team Champions for a second time, Hikaru Shida retains & Ryo Mizunami’s return

Hamada & Yamagata 2 Tomoka Nakagawa and Kyoko Kimura’s reign as WAVE Tag Team Champions is no longer a thing. Yesterday at Pro Wrestling WAVE’s “Virgin Code,” Ayako Hamada and Yuu Yamagata unseated Kimura and Nakagawa of the titles in the main event at Korakuen Hall. Beating Sakura Hirota and Mika Iida in the finals of the 2014 Dual Shock WAVE (the promotion’s tag team tournament) to become champions, Revolucion Amandla has lost in their first title defense. For the third time this year, the WAVE Tag Team Championship has changed hands. This time the titles have found their way back around the waists of Yuu Yamagata and Ayako Hamada, known as “Las Aventureras.”

Winning last year’s Dual Shock tournament, Las Aventureras defeated Cherry and Shu Shibutani for the WAVE Tag Team Championship following an Air Raid Crash from Yamagata to Shibutani. From there, Las Aventureras were successful in their first two title defenses, but failed in their third against Isami Kodaka and Yuko Miyamoto-making them the first male competitors to hold the titles. Kodaka and Miyamoto dropped the titles to Iida and Hirota as part of a three-way involving Yamagata and Hamada. Sakura Hirota and Mika Iida’s reign lasted through 52-days after successful defenses against the likes of Misaki Ohata and Mio Shirai to advance to the finals of the tournament and against Kyusei Ninja Ranmaru and Hibiscus Mii.

A year to the day they originally captured the titles for the first time, Ayako Hamada and 10712747_285601164982423_8236364081297358941_nYuu Yamagata are once again champions. The Regina di WAVE Championship and the Revolution Championship Wrestling Women’s Championship were on the line as Hikaru Shida successfully retained against Mari Apache. Shida wrapped up the match following a Three Count of Soul, picking up her second title defense as Regina di WAVE Champion and first as RCW Women’s Champion.

Also on the show, Sumire Natsu celebrated her one-year anniversary in the company, teaming up with Yumi Ohka in losing effort to Shibutani and Moeka Haruchi. Hiroe Nagahama made her official debut, taking the loss to Mio Shirai. Melanie Cruise, Dynamite Kansai and Fairy Nipponbashi defeated Tsukasa Fujimoto, Misaki Ohata and Kana as Cruise got the Chokeslam on Ohata. Sakura Hirota defeated Sawako Shimono and Rina Yamashita, Koharu Hinata and Cherry defeated Mika Iida, Kaho Kobayashi and Yua Hayashi following a Lariat from Yamashita to Hayashi. After the match, Yamashita made a challenge to Rabbit Miu for the for the JWP Junior/POP Championship.

Ryo MizunamiRyo Mizunami’s return to the promotion is scheduled for the February 11th show. Sent to the sidelines following a right meniscus and ligament rupture earlier this year, during a press conference it was announced that Mizunami’s injury required surgery and could potentially see her out of action up to months or more. Yumi Ohka was on hand for the announcement, citing that Pro Wrestling WAVE and ZABUN are behind Mizunami through recovery. Mizunami appeared on yesterday’s show, her first match back will be against Ohka on February 11, 2015 at the Korakuen Hall.

Photos courtesy of Pro Wrestling WAVE, Kazushi Mitsuhashi

Information courtesy of JoshiFans, Cagematch, Pro Wrestling WAVE

In Video: Some Oz Academy

Oz Academy Here at Ringbelles, we have posted a bunch of matches from over in Japan. Promotions like World Wonder Ring STARDOM, Ice Ribbon, Pro Wrestling WAVE, REINA Joshi Puroresu(just to name a few) have been featured on this website. But in comparison, OZ Academy has not received that same amount of attention, but not on purpose. Majority of these shows we’ve stumbled across have either been uploaded to Dailymotion or YouTube, making it easier to access. Therefore the availability allows us to share them with you as well.

OZ Academy has a show scheduled for Sunday, headlined by the Openweight Championship match, Tsubasa Kuragaki will make her first title defense as champion against Tomoka Nakagawa. The rest of the card is here. The promotion will be holding another show on November 8th and closing out the month at the Nagoya Club Diamond Hall on November 30th.

The video features the promotion’s “Heart On Wave“show at Shinjuku FACE back on September 23rd. The show featured a decider for the vacant OZ Academy Tag Team Championship between Mayumi Ozaki and Sakura Hirota against Aja Kong and Tsubasa Kuragaki, as Hiroyo Matsumoto’s untimely injury forced she and Tomoka Nakagawa to vacate the belts. The rest of the card consisted of two singles matches-Yumi Ohka taking on Manami Toyota and Mio Shirai meeting Hamuko Hoshi. Besides the title match, there were two additional tag team matches-including Hikaru Shida and Kagetsu wrestling Kaho Kobayashi and AKINO and the latter between Misaki Ohata and Nakagawa agaisnt Ayako Hamada and Dynamite Kansai.

Photo courtesy of Oz Academy

Video courtesy of RealHero via Dailymotion

Kuragaki to defend the Openweight Championship against Tomoka Nakagawa

Tsubasa Kuragaki Last Monday, Tsubasa Kuragaki ascended the Oz Openweight Championship by defeating AKINO in the main event at Korakuen Hall. The 19-year veteran stood tall with the promotion’s flagship championship as the current titleholder’s 537-day reign ended in her eighth title defense following a Hammer Wing from the challenger. Nearly one year to the day she wrestled her final match as a competitor on the JWP roster, Kuragaki snagged her fourth singles title in her career, her second title since becoming a freelancer(currently Artist of STARDOM Champion), becoming the fifteenth Oz Academy Openweight Champion.

However, Kuragaki’s first title defense been announced for Oz Academy‘s upcoming show at Shinjuku FACE. At “Face Off,” Kuragaki will be defending the Openweight Championship against the soon-to-be retired Tomoka Nakagawa. Back on March 30th, Oz Academy kicked off a tournament to nominate the next challenger to the Openweight Championship, involving Hiroyo Matsumoto, Nakagawa, Hikaru Shida, Sakura Hirota, Kagetsu and Kuragaki, the winner would go onto face AKINO for the title as part of the June 4th show. Nakagawa fended off Shida Hirota and bested Kuragaki in the finals on May 11th, her unsuccessful attempt at the title handed AKINO her seventh defense.

Despite her loss, AKINO has set a record-breaking eighteen-month run as champion, becoming the longest reigning and the most successful titleholder in the promotion’s history with back-to-back wins over opponents like Mio Shirai, Sonoko Kato, Ayako Hamada and Leon. For Nakagawa, the title shot comes a month and two days ahead of her impending retirement from professional wrestling. Aside from holding the defunct SMASH Divas Championship in November of 2011, it’s possible that Nakagawa could end her career on a high note with another singles title run.

Hikaru Shida & Aja Kong Also announced for the show, the ongoing feud between Aja Kong and Shida continues, as Kong will be teaming up with Mari Apache against Shida and Kagetsu. Ahead of the match, Shida will be defending the Regina di WAVE Championship and the Revolution Championship Wrestling Women’s Championship against Apache at Shinkiba 1st RING on October 29th for WAVE’s “Virgin Code.” Following their debuts at SHIMMER this past weekend which you can read about here and  here, Mayumi Ozaki, Kaori Yoneyama and AKINO will be in tag team action as well-Ozaki, and Miyako Matsumoto will be taking on Kaho Kobayashi and Dynamite Kansai as AKINO, Syuri and Yoneyama will be taking on Yumi Ohka, Kyoko Kimura and Mio Shirai. There will also be a singles match between Sakura Hirota and Manami Toyota.

Photos and Information courtesy of Oz Academy, Pro Wrestling WAVE, Cagematch,

Ringbelles Roundup (26 August 2014) – Bella battles, forgotten Funkadactyls, and SHINE Title challengers

Brie Nikki Bella WWEA funny thing has happened with the Bella Twins over the course of the summer. I have found myself having less and less time for Brie and more and more time for Nikki.

It can’t even be an argument about exposure making me fatigued with Brie, as Nikki has spent more time on TV over the past few months due to Brie quitting the promotion as part of her storyline to stand by her husband Daniel Bryan. Maybe it because when we have seen Brie, she has been involved in the higher profile segments and has been overshadowed from a performance perspective by Stephanie McMahon. Hell, she was even overshadowed in the wrestling aspect at SummerSlam before being defeated thanks to Nikki’s heel turn.

Granted, Nikki is not much of a promo or actress either, but her performance on last night;s Raw in particular gave me a little bit of hope, as she showed fire and aggression in yelling down her sister – the contents of which we we get to in a moment – as well as the heated attack on bother her and Jerry Lawler, who was acting as a mediator at their in-ring summit. On the other hand, Brie’s acting of being bewildered and upset has felt hokey and as if she’s trying to act upset rather than being upset. Her attempts to force out tears last night were especially bad.

It’s been said in the past that Brie was the better wrestler of the twins, but that could possibly come into question too. Nikki’s work against Emma on Main Event last Tuesday showed a nice heel aggression and swagger, and she has her own moveset, unlike Brie who has seemingly adopted her husbands repertoire at the expense of her own.

Brie Bella WWEAdmittedly, I still fear for the time when these two will have to fight, as a number of variables are on the table. It could be like the two occasions when WWE tried to have Matt Hardy turn on brother Jeff – the first time was shat on by the fans while the second had more heat but it still felt like nobody really wanted them to fight. It could be that without Stephanie McMahon in the fold that the interest in the contest will see a noticeable dip from SummerSlam and both will be held responsible for it as it doesn’t have them under the protection of the McMahon umbrella. It could be a great wrestling match or it could be a mess – though we won’t know until it happens because they haven’t wrestled each other on TV before. However, I feel that for it to be a contest that fans will be clamouring for, it needs Brie to step up on the acting front by generating some genuine sympathy – and that could be difficult when you consider the basis for Nikki’s turn.

Last week, Nikki talked a load of waffle about how Brie always held them back as kids and how Brie was the goody-goody while Nikki was overlooked or overshadowed. Those accusations were repeated at this week’s summit but when Brie told her to stop lying, Nikki said that she would and brought out a more plausible reason for her hostilities by saying that she was the one who was punished for Brie’s resignation as she was put into handicap matches so she could be beaten down while Brie watched at home on TV and did nothing to help, which is all true. In that sense, it makes it difficult to feel sorry for Brie as Nikki has a real point.

Mick Foley once said that a heel has got to believe that what they are doing is right no matter how screwed up their logic may be. This is hugely true in this case as Nikki’s aggression may not necessarily be condoned but her reasons for being so upset are seemingly valid. It is now up to the writers to make us feel as if Brie is hard-done-by and for Brie herself to make us feel sorry for her and want her to stand up to her angry sister, otherwise she’s going to come up on the short end of the stick again.

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Cameron Naomi WWEOne by-product of the Bella split is that it has totally overshadowed the Funkadactyls disbanding which took place in early July. After spending a couple of months teasing a split between Cameron and Naomi, the pair came to blows and had their first match in the pre-show of Battleground. It was a rotten contest which Cameron won in just over three minutes. The pair faced off on opposite sides of a tag match eight days later on Raw when Naomi got the win… and that’s it. They were involved in a 6-woman tag team match on a house show in Texas at the start of August but there has been no continuance of their feud. In fact, Naomi hasn’t been on TV at all this month and Cameron’s only August appearance was on the 7th when she beat Emma for seemingly no reason, as Emma has been winning a few matches on TV this month and Cameron hasn’t been seen since.

While part of the reason for their respective absences may be down to the Divas Title picture and the Stephanie/Bellas situation taking up valuable space, another issue may be that WWE seemingly had no idea what they wanted to do with Cameron and Naomi following the split. In fact, it looks like they didn’t even have that much interest in them having a blow-off match, considering their only singles match lasted a grand total of 192 seconds on a PPV hype show. Both have also suffered by changing their appearances, as Cameron’s schoolgirl look was a step down from her Funkadactyls gear, while Naomi’s braids and chequered outfit made her look like a backing dancer in a turn-of-the-century Puff Daddy music video.

Both must feel disappointed as a heel turn should have given Cameron a new lease of life but saw her blow up on the launchpad and become a jobber to the stars while Naomi went from challenging for the Divas Championship to being on the endangered list within six weeks. Even Alicia Fox’s fall from grace hasn’t been that spectacular.

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7 Ivelisse Velez SHINEJessicka Havok defeated Allysin Kay in the main event on Friday’s SHINE 21 show before bowing out to move on to pastures new. Elsewhere, SHINE Champion Ivelisse Velez beat Nevaeh after the Gem City Queen earned the right to challenge for the title by winning a 4-way which also involved Leah Von Dutch, Amazing Kong and Su Yung.

Havok’s victory was discussed in the first episode of our new podcast series called Promoters’ Corner, with NCW Femmes Fatales booker Stephane Bruyere suggesting that Kay could have won in order to create a new challenger for Velez’s title. As it stands, Havok winning means that Kay is left having to gain traction again and there is no obvious answer as to who is next in line for a SHINE Championship match.

Considering the absence of Serena Deeb through injury, there is a distinct dearth of credible names to step up for a shot but some time could have been created and set up a story for her in the process. For example, Su Yung could have won the 4-way on Friday and lost to Velez, while Kay could have beaten Havok – meaning she had two straight wins over her rival – and then challenged Ivelisse at SHINE 22. Should Deeb be healthy by SHINE 23, it would have meant that Ivelisse would have seen off two Valkyrie members, setting her up to beat the leader and put that series to bed before moving on to other options.

This is all conjecture though, as what is done is done and may not have been viable any other way. For example, a condition of Havok being allowed to compete on the show considering her deal with TNA may have been that Jessicka would have to win the match, as it customary for TNA to do when loaning its stars out to indie promotions – either that or they can’t lose clean. It may be that in a situation like a Dog Collar and Chain Match where there is no possibility of something like a no-contest or a DQ, SHINE may have been painted into a corner and had to go with that option despite it not being able to lead to anything, regardless of the post-match Valkyrie beatdown outside the building.

5 Ivelisse Velez Nevaeh SHINENone of this is meant to discredit Nevaeh’s match with Velez as it was very good and told the best story it could, considering that she had never been portrayed as a title contender, and she may be eligible for another shot considering she had Ivelisse down for more than 3 following a German Suplex but the referee was in no position to count. However, considering the international talent heading in for SHINE 22 in 6 weeks time, we may be more likely to see Ivelisse against someone in a one-off affair which bears little resemblance to ongoing storylines.

In short – SHINE needs some proper contenders, and fast.

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We’ve had two interviews on the website in the past week – as well as the aforementioned Promoters’ Corner, we have also had a Women Of Wrestling Podcast with Heidi Lovelace where we get the blame for her taking part in the IWA Mid-South Queen of the Deathmatches tournament. We also have a compilation of various ALS Ice Bucket Challenge videos, a video of Yoshiko winning the World of Stardom Title and a Retro from the 1950s showing that progress goes at a crawl.

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WWE
Natalya beat Paige on last week’s SmackDown with the Sharpshooter after AJ Lee distracted Paige by trying to steal the Divas Championship belt. Paige defeated Natalya on last night’s Raw, with AJ coming out after the match to skip around the ring, which saw Natalya nail Paige with a discus clothesline – sore loser, eh? Afterwards, AJ gave Paige a hug and the champion looked AJ Lee Paige WWEreally uncomfortable with how she was being mentally out-foxed… Rosa Mendes has been talking about her role in Total Divas season 3, but it has also been revealed that she has never won a singles match in WWE by pinfall or submission since her debut in main roster debut in 2009. Her sole victory came on the February 25, 2011 episode of SmackDown when she defeated Michelle McCool via DQ. How is this woman still employed?… Maryse Ouellet-Mizanin and Barbie “Kelly Kelly” Blank were backstage at last night’s Raw.

TNA
Gail Kim defeated Angelina Love in a Last Woman Standing match on last week’s Impact Wrestling… Congratulations to Christy Hemme, who announced in an interview with FitPregnancy that she was 5 and a half months pregnant, and is due on New Year’s Eve. Hemme, 33, says she found out she was expecting in the same week that she was added to the creative team… ODB’s left TNA and her profile has been moved to the Alumni section of the company’s website. She has also starting soliciting for bookings. The 36-year old former Knockout Champion’s last match on TV was back in April, and that’s only one of two contests that she’s had on Impact Wrestling this year. Velvet Sky has also removed her TNA status from her Twitter profile recently.

North America
Kimber Lee & Annie Social will challenge JT Dunn & David Starr for the Women Superstars Uncensored Tag Team Championship on September 13. The Juicy Product won the straps at United on July 12 after the Chicks Using Nasty Tactics beat Veda Scott and Rick Cataldo in their scheduled defence… Candice LeRae will face Rickey Shane Page, Johnny Gargano and Veda Scott in singles matches as part of Absolute Intense Wrestling’s Wrestle Rager weekend at the start of September… Marti Belle was involved in a car crash on Thursday night after her boking at New York Wrestling Connection in Deer Park, NY. It’s why she didn’t make it to SHINE 21… SHINE 22 is scheduled for October 10 and will featured international names considering it’s the week before SHIMMER. Therefore, you can assume that Madison Eagles, Nikki Storm, Evie, Kellie Skater and Rhia O’Reilly will be in Berwyn the next weekend… Mickie Knuckles retained the RESISTANCE Pro Women’s Championship on Friday by beating Crazy Mary Dobson with a Superplex. She was attacked by former titleholder D’Arcy Dixon afterwards, solidifying the former champion’s heel turn in the promotion… Nicole Matthews made Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling history on Hikaru ShidaSaturday when she defeated Bishop to become the first female ECCW Champion. As a result, she has elected to vacate the Women’s Championship… Captains collide at next month’s SMASH Wrestling CanUSA Classic when Team Canada’s LuFisto will wrestle Team USA’s Amazing Kong.

Japan
Ariya & Makoto defeated Yumiko Hotta & La Comandante to win the REINA World Tag Team Championship last Wednesday… Hikaru Shida won the Regina di WAVE Championship on Pro Wrestling WAVE’s 7th Anniversary show on Sunday. Elsewhere on the card, Melanie Cruise made her Japan debut, losing to Kana via armbar… Meiko Satomura, Kyoko Kimura, DASH Chisako and Ray will be part of the International Pro Wrestling Festival in Pyongyang, North Korea this Saturday and Sunday in the first show in the secretive country since World Championship Wrestling and New Japan Pro Wrestling co-promoted a show there in 1995. Bull Nakano and Akira Hokuto defeated Manami Toyota and Mariko Yoshida on that card… Speaking of Kimura, she has been replaced in the upcoming Stardom 5*STAR Grand Prix by Kris Wolf, presumably because of her taking the North Korea booking.

Europe
Pro Wrestling: EVE has announced that it will return as part of the revival of the XWA promotion in Colchester on November 1. Champion Nikki Storm, Kay Lee Ray and Rhia O’Reilly have been announced. It appears to be a mixed show in the same vein as US promotions like Absolute Intense Wrestling and Inspire Pro Wrestling… Penelope challenges Miss Mina for the DOA Sirens Championship in Malmo, Sweden this weekend… Fierce Females runs its latest show this weekend. It’s headlined by Kay Lee Ray taking on April Davids and Carmel Jacob & Sara battling Nikki Storm and a mystery partner. It should also offer some answers as to why Kay Lee decided to join up with hated enemy Carmel.

Australia & New Zealand
Shazza McKenzie made her first successful defence of her PWWA Championship on Saturday. She defeated Jessie McKay. Madison Eagles and Mick Moretti won the PWA Tag Team Championship on the same show… Harley Wonderland won a 3-way involving Izzy Shaw and Savannah Summers on Saturday to become the number one contender to Demi Bennett’s Riot City Wrestling Women’s Championship. The pair have been squabbling for a while… A photo has been doing the rounds online showing the women who took part in the WWE tryouts in Melbourne earlier this month. Along with the names already mentioned like Sara Jay, Toni Storm and Savannah Summers, we also had Jessie McKay, Evie and curiously, Hiroyo Matsumoto… Mercedes Martinez has vacated the IndyGurlz Australia Championship, after what New Horizons Pro Wrestling described as “a situation beyond both parties’ control”. A new champion will be crowned in November… Britenay and Evie will settle their differences on Saturday when they wrestle to decide who is the rightful Impact Pro Wrestling Women’s Champion… Global Force Wrestling says that it’s secured partnerships with Australasian promotions like PWA Australia, Impact Pro Wrestling and Riot City Wrestling. That means the likes of Madison Eagles, Shazza McKenzie, Demi Bennett, Savannah Summers, Harley Wonderland and Evie could be on their radar.

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Results

August 19: WWE Main Event (Phoenix, AZ) – Nikki Bella b Emma

August 19: I Believe In Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Chasyn Rance b Brittany

August 20: CMLL-REINA (Tokyo, Japan) – Alex Lee b Miyako Matsumoto; Maki Narumiya b Kaho Kobayashi; Syuri & Kyoko Kimura b Marcela & La Silueta; Ariya & Makoto b Yumiko Hotta & La Comandante to win the REINA World Tag Team Championship

August 20: Gatoh Move (Bangkok, Thailand) – Riho & Blue Lotus b Emi Sakura & Peppermint

August 20: TNA Impact Wrestling (New York, NY) – Gail Kim b Angelina Love

August 20: Ohio Valley Wrestling (Louisville, KY) – Mary Elizabeth Monroe b Rebel

August 21: WWE Superstars (Las Vegas, NV) – Emma b Alicia Fox

August 21: WWE NXT (Winter Park, FL) – Charlotte b Becky Lynch

August 21: WWE NXT (Largo, FL) – Alexa Bliss & Becky Lynch b Carmella & Kendall Skye via DQ; Bayley b Charlotte

August 21: New York Wrestling Connection (Deer Park, NY) – Marti Belle & Rick Cataldo b Chrissy Rivera & Jolly Roger

August 22: WWE SmackDown (Phoenix, AZ) – Natalya b Paige

August 22: RESISTANCE Pro (Willowbrook, IL) – D’Arcy Dixon b Paloma Starr, Angel Dust & Lucy Mendez in a 4-way; Mickie Knuckles b Crazy Mary Dobson

1 Amanda Rodriguez Heidi Lovelace SHINEAugust 22: SHINE 21 (Ybor City, FL) – Nevaeh b Leah Von Dutch, Amazing Kong & Su Yung in a 4-way; Heidi Lovelace & Solo Darling b Jayme Jameson & Amanda Rodriguez; Thunderkitty b Justine Silver; Kimber Lee & Cherry Bomb b Jessie Belle Smothers & Sassy Stephie; Taylor Made b La Rosa Negra; Malia Hosaka & Brandi Wine b Leva Bates & Mia Yim; Ivelisse Velez b Nevaeh; Jessicka Havok b Allysin Kay

August 22: WWE (Stockton, CA) – Emma & Nikki Bella b Alicia Fox & Layla

August 22: Classic Championship Wrestling (Oshwekan, ON, Canada) – Holly Madison b Skylar Rose & Cassie Cool in a 3-way

August 22: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Dark Angel, La Vaquerita & Princesa Sugehit b Amapola, Dalys & La Seductora

August 23: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Shiori Akiba v Kyuri went to a time limit draw; Yuka b 235; Neko Nitta b Maki Narumiya & Risa Sera in a 3-way; Tsukushi & Kurumi b Tsukasa Fujimoto & Miyako Matsumoto; Tsukushi & Kurumi b Tsukasa Fujimoto & Miyako Matsumoto; Tsukasa Fujimoto & Miyako Matsumoto b Tsukushi & Kurumi

August 23: Pro Wrestling WAVE (Tokyo, Japan) – Cherry b Kyusei Sakura Hirota & Kyusei Ninja Ranmaru in a 3-way; Moeka Haruhi b Rina Yamashita; Kana & Fairy Nipponbashi b Sumire Natsu & Tsukasa Fujimoto; Ayako Hamada, Yuu Yamagata & Sawako Shimono b Yumi Ohka, Mika Iida & Misaki Ohata

August 23: Riot City Wrestling (Wayville, Australia) – Harley Wonderland b Izzy Shaw & Savannah Summers in a 3-way

August 23: Pro Wrestling Alliance (Casula, Australia) – Shazza McKenzie b Jessie McKay; Mick Moretti & Madison Eagles b The Hive, The Green Nation, Blue Oni & Instagraham and the Samoan Warriors in a Gauntlet Match to win the PWA Tag Team Championship

August 23: Scottish Wrestling Entertainment (Dundee, Scotland) – Viper, Sammii Jayne & Felix Fortune b Christopher Saynt, Mickey & Nikki Storm

August 23: Warriors Of Wrestling (Staten Island, NY) – Rosita b Jennifer Cruz

August 23: WWE NXT (Fort Pierce, FL) – Becky Lynch & Alexa Bliss b Kendall Skye & Carmella; Bayley b Charlotte

August 23: WWE (San Diego, CA) – Paige b Natalya

August 23: WWE (Sacramento, CA) – Emma & Nikki Bella b Alicia Fox & Layla

August 23: Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling (Vancouver, BC, Canada) – Nicole Matthews b Bishop to win the ECCW Championship

August 24: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – Rabbit Miyu b Yako Fujigasaki; Hanako Hanayashiki b Eiger; Maki Narumiya & Risa Sera b Command Bolshoi & Yua Hayashi; KAZUKI b Raideen Hagane; Kayoko Haruyama & Leon b Arisa Nakajima & Tsukushi

August 24: Stardom (Tokyo, Japan) – Kyoko Kimura v Koguma went to a double count-out; Reo Hazuki b Kris Wolf & Hatsuhinode Kamen in a 3-way; Star Fire b Kaori Yoneyama; Takumi Iroha b DASH Chisako; Kairi Hojo b Nanae Takahashi; Cheerleader Melissa b Io Shirai; Mayu Iwatani b Yoshiko

Kana Melanie Cruise Youji KawauchiAugust 24: Pro Wrestling WAVE (Tokyo, Japan) – Cherry b Shu Shibutani; Mio Shirai, Misaki Ohata & Tsukasa Fujimoto b Sumire Natsu, Rina Yamashita & Kaho Kobayashi; Kana b Melanie Cruise; Kyoko Kimura b Sawako Shimono; Dynamite Kansai b Fairy Nipponbashi; Kyusei Sakura Hirota & Mika Iida b Isami Kodaka & Yuko Miyamoto and Ayako Hamada & Yuu Yamagata in a 3-way to win the WAVE Tag Team Championship; Hikaru Shida b Yumi Oka to win the Regina di WAVE Championship

August 24: Insane Championship Wrestling (Edinburgh, Scotland) – BT Gunn & Chris Renfrew b Grado & Colt Cabana and Kay Lee Ray & Stevie Boy to win the ICW Tag Team Championship

August 24: Anarchy Championship Wrestling (Austin, TX) – Angel Blue b Athena & Jessica James in a 3-way

August 24: WWE (Bakersfield, CA) – Paige b Natalya

August 24: WWE (Fresno, CA) – Emma & Nikki Bella b Alicia Fox & Layla

August 25: Conwy County Wrestling (Llandudno, Wales) – Jezabeth b Nadia Sapphire

August 25: WWE Raw (Anaheim, CA) – Paige b Natalya

Upcoming

August 29: Shropshire Wrestling Alliance (Dawley, England) – Pete Dunne & Ryan Smile v Chris Brookes & Nixon Newell

August 29: Showcase Pro Wrestling (Dumfries, Scotland) – Sara v Leah Owens

August 29: British Championship Wrestling (Kilmarnock, Scotland) – Liam Thomson & Carmel Jacob v Grado & Kay Lee Ray

August 30: Impact Pro Wrestling (Auckland, New Zealand) – Britenay v Evie

August 30: Melbourne City Wrestling (Tullamrine, Australia) – Kellyanne English v KC Cassidy

August 30: Scottish Wrestling Entertainment (Dundee, Scotland) – Christopher Saynt v Glen Dunbar v Sammii Jayne v Viper v Nikki Storm

August 30: Kamikaze Pro (Birmingham, England) – Nixon Newell v Violet Vendetta

August 30: Svensk Wrestling Syd (Malmo, Sweden) – Miss Mina v Penelope

Leah Owens Rhia O'Reilly Fierce FemalesAugust 31: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland) – Sammii Jayne v Nixon Newell; Layla Rose v Miss Cole; Kay Lee Ray v April Davids; Nikki Storm & TBA v Carmel Jacob & Sara; Viper v Lana Austin; Kasey Owens v Bete Noire; Leah Owens v Rhia O’Reilly; Courtney v Fiona Fraser

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

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

September 6: Tidal Wrestling (Darlington, England) – Ruby Summers v TBA

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

September 6: North Shore Pro Wrestling (Montreal, QC, Canada) – Sassy Stephie v Pink Flash Kira

September 7: Stardom (Tokyo, Japan) – Star Fire v Io Shirai; Nanae Takahashi v Cheerleader Melissa; Kairi Hojo v Kaori Yoneyama; Koguma v Yoshiko; Takumi Iroha v Kyoko Kimura; Mayu Iwatani v DASH Chisako

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

Candice LeRae Veda ScottSeptember 7: Absolute Intense Wrestling (Cleveland, OH) – Candice LeRae v Veda Scott

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 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

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

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

September 13: Women Superstars Uncensored (Voorhees, NJ) – JT Dunn & David Starr v Kimber Lee & Annie Social

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

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

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

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 28: Bellatrix X (Norwich, England) – Sammi Baynz v Blue Nikita

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 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 18-19: 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)

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 23: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland)

– Lee Burton
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Hikaru Shida wins the Regina di WAVE Championship

Hikaru Shida Youji KawauchiIt has been a hell of a month for Hikaru Shida. After winning Pro Wrestling WAVE‘s 2014 Catch The WAVE league at the end of July, she capitalised on her crack at the promotion’s top title by defeating Yumi Ohka at WAVE’s 7th Anniversary show at Shinjuku FACE in Tokyo, Japan to become the second Regina di WAVE Champion. The former Ice Ribbon ICEx60 titleholder secured the victory after 21 minutes with her Three Count running knee strike.

Leaving Ice Ribbon in April has paid very quick dividends for the 26-year old former actress. She went freelance after six years with the promotion, though had been spending increasing amounts of time accepting bookings with other groups such as the aforementioned WAVE as well as the likes of JWP, Sendai Girls, OZ Academy and SHIMMER. She is also working on producing shows under her own banner of Oshiri Ressha de Go! – or Go By Buttock Train in English, reflecting her increased focus of taking selfies of her rear and and writing messages on them when she comes out to wrestle – with the first show set to take place on Thursday.

Today’s Regina di WAVE title victory is the biggest of her career to date. Pegged early on in her career as the “Future Ace” of joshi, it took her a little while to ascend to the top of Ice Ribbon, winning the ICEx60 belt in at RibbonMania 2011 in December of that year, and main-evented Bull Nakano‘s farewell show the following month. Going it alone has worked out so far for Shida, and it seems that WAVE has a lot of confidence in their new champion.

– Photo by Youji Kawauchi

Hikaru Shida is 2014 Catch the WAVE, Mayu Iwatani Is Crowned Champion & New WAVE Tag Team Champions

Hikaru Shida WAVE 2014 Yesterday, Hikaru Shida defeated Misaki Ohata in the finals of the round-robin tournament with the Three Count of Soul at twelve-minutes and twenty-three seconds to become the 2014 Catch the WAVE league champion. Pro Wrestling WAVE’s annual tournament kicked off back on May 5th at the Korakuen Hall to seven hundred-fifty in attendance. This year’s tournament involved the traditional two blocks that divided competitors based on their age. Shida, Misaki Ohata, Sawako Shimono, Mio Shirai, Mika Iida, Hiroyo Matsumoto and Moeka Haruchi would be competing in the “Tsuyayaka”(Glossy) block for competitors within their twenties. While Tomoka Nakagawa, Yuu Yamagata, Tsukasa Fujimoto, Yumi Ohka, Shu Shibutani, Sakura Hirota and Kyoko Kimura would be representing the “Adeyaka”(Elegant) block for competitors in their thirties.

On day one of the tournament, Shida scored two points following a win over Mio Shirai. By June 22nd, Shida had gathered ten points in total. With wins over Hiroyo Matsumoto, Moeka Haruchi, Sawako Shimono and two separate time limit draws against Mika Iida and Misaki Ohata, leading to the competitors collecting one point each, Shida sat at the top of the Tsuyayaka block and the league all together. On yesterday’s show, Ohata defeated Tsukasa Fujimoto in the quarterfinals and Yumi Ohka in the semi finals, as Shida bested Tomoka Nakagawa in her semi finals round. Defeating last year’s winner, Shida has officially became number one contender to Yumi Ohka’s Regina di WAVE Championship. Back on April 20th, Shida was granted a title shot upon her return from SHIMMER and was unsuccessful as Ohka picked up her seventh title defense following a Big Boot. This time around, Shida has the momentum ad could possibly put an end Ohka’s inaugural reign as champion(currently at 498-days and counting) and win her first championship as a freelancer.

The final standings of the tournament are as follows:

Tsuyayaka

Hikaru Shida [10]

Hiroyo Matsumoto [9]

Misaki Ohata [8]

Mika Iida [6]

Mio Shirai [5]

Moeka Haruchi [3]

Sawako Shimono [1]

Kaho Kobayashi Adeyaka

Yumi Ohka [8]

Tsukasa Fujimoto [7]

Tomoka Nakagawa [7]

Kyoko Kimura [7]

Kyusei Sakura Hirota [6]

Shuu Shibutani [5]

Yuu Yamagata [2]

In addition, Pro Wrestling WAVE held it’s first Catch the Young WAVE tournament, as Kaho Kobayashi defeated Sumire Natsu and collected the prized $500, 000. The first annual tournament got off to a shaky start, as Shiori Akiba was forced to forfeit her final two matches due to suffering headaches and memory impairment. With Akiba out, the promotion announced that there would be a single-elimination tournament between the four remaining competitors in Kobayashi, Natsu, Risa Sera and Fairy Nipponbashi. Kobayashi bested Sera and Natsu defeated Nipponbashi, as all four competitors finished with six points a piece. Rina Yamashita finished with five points and Akiba with just one point.

The WAVE Tag Team Championship changed hands on the show as Yuko Miyamoto and Isami Kodaka defeated Ayako Hamada and Yuu Yamagata (Las Aventureras), becoming the first male competitors to have held the titles. A midst the bit of controversy that was around the title change at United, Hamada and Yamagata became the longest reigning champions at 270-days. Furthermore, Kodaka and Miyamoto already have challengers for their titles, as Sakura Hirota and Mika Iida defeated Mio Shirai and Kyoko Kimura and Cherry and Shu Shibutani in a three-way match to become the next contenders.

Mayu IwataniA new Wonder of STARDOM Champion was crowned at the Sports Center in Nagoya, Japan as Mayu Iwatani defeated Miho Wakizawa. Back in June, the title was officially declared vacant in part to then current champion, Act Yasukawa’s ongoing battle with Grave’s Disease. Due to complications with her disease, Act Yasukawa was hospitalized throughout the month of April, forcing her upcoming title match against Yoshiko at the promotion’s April 20th show at Shin-Kiba 1st RING to be scrapped with her taking on Nanae Takahashi instead. Yasukawa opted to work her final match on June 1st as part of an eight-woman tag team match before taking an indefinite hiatus from competition, leaving the championship’s future in question.

World Wonder Ring STARDOM announced that there would be a four-woman tournament scheduled for yesterday’s show, pitting Iwatani against Kairi Hojo and Wakizawa up against Takumi Iroha. The two finalists went over their opponents respectively and went on to face each other in the decision match, with Iwatani getting the Mahika de Mayu on Wakizawa for the win. Like the current World of STARDOM Champion and High Speed Champion Io Shirai, Iwatani is too a double champion as she is one-third of the Artist of STARDOM Champions with Wakizawa and Hiroyo Matsumoto (“Tawashis”) and now holds the promotion’s second tier title.

Photographs courtesy of STARDOM, Pro Wrestling WAVE

Information courtesy of STARDOM, Pro Wrestling WAVE