Ringbelles Roundup (December 30, 2014) –New beginnings, Heidi Lovelace, Hudson Envy & Dragonita bound for STARDOM & more

In the fifth grade, my guidance counselor proposed that my class put together a collage of what we intend to be when we got older. Chef, nurse, singer, florist, work in the XFL (no really), Secretary of State and more were among the choices, but I had to be the odd ball. The nerve I had to paste pictures of Chyna giving someone the Military Press and Lita performing a moonsault onto an opponent along with pictures of art (I am an artist) not only shocked my classmates, but also gave me the courage to stand firm in my dream. At eleven years old, nothing mattered but wrestling, I had given all my Barbies to Goodwill and brought action figures. The whole “he or she can’t wrestle” or “This angle sucks” did not matter to me back then because wrestling was so cool to me and I wasn’t ashamed of it. As I got older things changed, known as the “girl that watches professional wrestling” became hard and at times embarrassing.

As a wrestling fan, I get the redundant, “You know that stuff’s fake right?” or the rare “Oh that’s cool.” I have been defending my passion for it as long as I can remember, even more when it comes to women’s wrestling. Over the last several years, I’ve been questioned more times than I could count about my willingness to support something that was “only good for eye candy.”

In 2010, I joined Angrymarks as a co-host of their Tuesday night show, called Ring the Bell, being on with three additional personalities that shared their own view on wrestling was intimidating; till that point I had only one friend my entire life that loved it as equally or more than me and completely understood. The experience gave me the opportunity to be vocal about wrestling, whether I disliked or liked something a huge weight lifted from my shoulders and I felt free to do so and not regret it. Fast-forward to 2012, noticing that women’s wrestling was not being covered to the fullest; I decided to take on the duty myself and provide an outlet for those fans week in and out, the Angrymarkette Newsfeed. Gathering news items, results and everything in between from various websites and condensing it down to an organized piece that is not only readable, but brings about conversation takes a great amount of patience, hard work  and dedication.

After four years at the site, this past April I stepped away completely. It was a tough decision, but it was for the best. I honestly felt dissatisfied with continuing to cover women’s wrestling in detail all for listeners to hear negative commentary on the podcasts from others. No one criticized what I wrote, but its disheartening to push for something to be taken seriously when not everyone else sees the bigger picture. Between that, my run with Ring Sirens magazine (no longer in publication) ending and life happening faster than I could control, I needed a new direction.

This brought me to Ringbelles.

PWPonderingsMy time here has been short, but I feel I shared some of my best work with you all and want to continue to do so for as long as I can. For those wondering, the Ringbelles Roundup is continuing after the site’s departure, as I have accepted Lee’s offer to do so.

Last week, my mentions and direct messages were shot with multiple inquiries and interest from other websites- I am nothing but grateful for those that expressed interest and respect that there is an audience for women’s wrestling and were willing to throw their hat in the race to add the best coverage to their site.

With that said, I am proud to announce that starting next week, the Ringbelles Roundup will become an official part of Pro Wrestling Ponderings going forward. If you happened to catch the Year in Review show up on the site, I dropped the announcement towards the end after having a great two-hour conversation with Jerome, Jennifer and Dave that was nothing short of positivity and laughter. Their coverage of independent wrestling alone is remarkable, whether its through podcasts, reviews or posting the latest results. I have a huge amount of respect for their love and use of their platform to raise awareness of indy wrestling as a must-see product.  I feel this is a perfect fit and I’m just excited to be a part of something great.

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Heidi Lovelace, Hudson Envy and Dragonita are the latest competitors to be heading over to Japan. Last week, World Wonder Ring STARDOM announced that all three competitors would be making their first trip to the country to take up training and competition. In addition, the promotion has announced all it’s cards for the month of January. This Sunday’s show at Shinkiba 1st RING will feature Io Shirai and Mayu Iwatani teaming up against Act Yasukawa and Kairi Hojo. Takumi Iroha will be taking on Kris Wolf, Hatsuhinode Kamen in a three-way match, Kaori Yoneyama goes up against Momo Watanabe and Reo Hazuki, and Yoshiko will face Koguma and Nanae Takahashi in the main event.

STARDOMThe January 11th show at Shinkiba 1st RING will see Lovelace, Hudson and Dragonita make their debuts for the promotion, as Lovelace teams up with Yasukawa against the current AWS Women’s Champion and Kris Wolf. Yasukawa and Wolf’s growing rivalry reached a high back on December 23rd at “Yearend CLIMAX” as Wolf was bloodied at the hands of Yasukawa. Dragonita will be in singles action against Kyoko Kimura. Kamen will be taking on Iroha, Shirai goes up against Watanabe and the current Goddess of STARDOM Champions Takahashi and Hojo and Koguma take on Hazuki, Iwatani and Yoshiko in trios action.

Yoshiko will be defending the World of STARDOM Championship against Nanae Takahashi as part of the promotion’s fourth anniversary show at Korakuen Hall on January 18th. The show will also feature Iwatani making her third title defense as Wonder of STARDOM Champion against Kairi Hojo and the High Speed Championship will be also be on the line as Shirai takes on Yoneyama. Lovelace, Hudson and Dragonita have yet to be announced for the show.

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Got any news, results or upcoming events that you want to tell everyone about? Are you a female wrestler looking to tell us about upcoming bookings? Are you a fan who went to a show and saw a match, and would like to tell others about it – what you liked, what you didn’t and would like to encourage others to check it out for themselves? If so, send me a tweet here and I’ll direct you to my email address.

Again thank you to everyone that has continued to support Ringbelles over the years and I wish you all a Happy New Year!

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 WWE

Nikki Bella was named WWE’s Second Most Unexpected Breakout Star of 2014. In a list compiled by WWE.com, the WWE Divas Champion’s infamous “died in the womb” quote landed at the number two spot on WWE’s latest Top 10: Most Memorable Quotes of 2014. AJ Lee’s “talent is not sexually transmitted” line in reference to Brie and Nikki landed at number seven on the list. Both lines were tasteless, it says something about the company when those are deemed “memorable.” Charlotte and Natalya’s NXT Women’s Championship match from NXT Takeover was ranked sixth on WWE.com’s 25 Greatest Matches of the Year list. Brie Bella’s match against Stephanie McMahon at SummerSlam was also made the list, ranked at number twenty-four…Speaking of Charlotte, she successfully retained the NXT Women’s Title over Sasha Banks for a second time on last week’s episode…Naomi wrestled Alicia Fox on Friday Night Smackdown, winning following a split-legged moonsault. The Usos defeated The Miz and amien Mizdow for the WWE Tag Team Championship last night, it appears the “rocky” marriage storyline between Naomi and Jimmy Uso is done…Meanwhile WWE is continuing on with the storyline between Natalya and Tyson Kidd. On Monday Night RAW, Tyson Kidd caught Nikki Bella as Natalya knocked her off the apron. Once again seeing her husband show sympathy towards another woman besides herself, Natalya allowed the distraction to be her downfall. Nikki Bella picked up the win following a Rack Attack after blindsiding Natalya with a clothesline to the back..Mandy Leon has been on the road with WWE this past week as a rosebud for the recently turned “heel,” Adam Rose

TNA

With the transition to Destination America in full swing, the company has revealed a newly redesigned Knockouts Championship. It’s seen on their official Instagram account that the new belt is sporting a traditional look, a black leather strap with the blue gems as opposed to the white leather strap with red gems… The first set of episodes of Impact Wrestling will be taped on January 7-8th, the following day the company will pre-tape their all-cage event, “Lockdown” which will be aired on Destination America instead of pay-per-view, all taking place in New York City…Brooke Tessmacher has confirmed that she and Robbie E are no longer together. Tessmacher made the announcement on Facebook, stating that the couple had separated before filming for CBS’ Amazing Race had wrapped.

“NO, I am no longer with Robbie E. We filmed the race this past summer and separated by the end of filming. I am so so incredibly happy in my life and have fully moved on. Hope you guys can as well.”

North America

More matches have been announced for Valkyrie Women’s Wrestling’s next show on January 23rd.  Davienne will be taking on Miss Diss Lexia and Jennifer Cruz will be taking on Deonna Purrazzo, the latter three will be making their debuts. Nyla Rose will also be making her in-ring debut… Sassy Stephie will be defending the Fury Championship against LuFisto and Veda Scott in Marietta, Ohio on April 25th. Winning the championship this past April, the match will be her second title defense; successfully retaining against Allysin Kay back in June… Mia Yim and Santana Garrett are set to go one-on-one n the SHINE Wrestling showcase match for Full Impact Pro’s upcoming show on January 10th. The match will be non-title…Samantha Starr will be taking on Mandy Leon for Vicious Outcast Wrestling on January 10th under non-title contention… Amber Gallows became the Global Championship Wrestling Women’s Champion over the weekend, defeating Tracy Taylor… Mickie James announced her engagement to TNA star Magnus.. LuFisto will be wrestling Heidi Lovelace this Friday for Rockstar Pro Wrestling in Dayton, Ohio… In addition, Barbi Hayden’s NWA World Women’s Championship will be on the line this weekend against Veda Scott. Inspire Pro Wrestling provided an in-depth backstory here.

Japan

Arisa Nakajima & Tsukasa FujimotoThe anticipated double title match between Tsukasa Fujimoto and Arisa Nakajima took place on Sunday. First, Fujimoto retained the ICEx Infinity Championship against Nakajima in the main event of Ribbonmania, landing her tenth title defense. Nakajima wore attire in the fashion of Azumi Hyuga on the show. Mio Shirai retained the Union Fly to Everywhere World Title over Tsukushi and Maki Narumiya and Risa Sera picked up their eighth title defense as International Ribbon Tag Team Champions over Yuka and Kurumi… That evening, Nakajima retained the Openweight Championship against Fujimoto in the main event of JWP’s year-end show, “Climax.” Also on the show, Rabbit Miu successfully retained against Eri, the JWP Tag Team and Daily Sports Women’s Tag Team Titles changed hands as Leon and Ray defeated current titleholders Command Bolshoi and Kyoko Kimura. This is Mascara Voladoras’ first run with the titles… Kana is the new REINA World Champion after beating Syuri via referee stoppage on Friday. Kana now holds the promotion’s top title and the REINA Tag Team Champions with Nakajima… Tsubasa Kuragaki will be defending the OZ Openweight Championship against Kagetsu on January 11th. The show will also feature the return of Sonoko Kato taking on former titleholder AKINO… Riho retained the IWA Triple Crown Title against Emi Sakura in the main event at the Itabashi Green Hall on Saturday. The promotion has announced the date for their first show at Korakuen Hall for August 13, 2015.

Europe

Candice Lerae will be heading back overseas in the new year. First up, she will be returning to Southside Wrestling Entertainment on February 28th as she, Saraya Knight, Kay Lee Ray and a competitor to be announced will be a part of a four-way match to crown the first-ever Queen of Southside. Going into March, Lerae and Joey Ryan will be apart of WXW Germany’s 16 Carat Gold shows… Nikki Storm will be wrestling Sammii Jayne on Scottish Wrestling Alliance’s January 4th show in Pollockshaws, Glasgow… Nadia Sapphire versus Nixon Newell has been added to Empress Pro’s debut show on January 17th.

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Results

December 25: Producciones Sanchez (Ciudad Nezahualcoyotl, Estado de Mexico, Mexico) –Bugambilia, Diosa Atenea & Lady Dragon b Golden Bull, India Mazahua & Star Fire

December 26: Absolute Intense Wrestling (Cleveland, OH) – Veda Scott, Alexia Nicole & Jasmin b Tessa Blanchard, Jennifer Blake & Heidi Lovelace; Rickey Shane Page b Candice Lerae, Dick Justice, Eric Ryan, Flip Kendrick & Joshua Singh

December 26: WWE Friday Night Smackdown (Sioux City, IA) – Naomi b Alicia Fox

December 26: WWE Live (Rosemont, IL) – Naomi, Charlotte & Natalya b Camero, Sasha Banks & Summer Rae

December 26: Vendetta Pro Wrestling/ National Wrestling Alliance (Santa Maria, CA) –Raze b Sage Sin

December 26: WWE Live (New York City NY) – Alicia Fox & Emma b Brie Bella & Nikki Bella

December 26: REINA Joshi Puroresu(Tokyo, Japan) – Kyoko Kimura b Raideen Hagane; Haruka Kato & Eri b Yuiga & Hamuko Hoshi; Yuji Kito & Koharu Hinata b Keizo Matsuda & Alex Lee; Arisa Nakajima b Rina Yamashita; Maki Narumiya & Kagetsu b Mika Iida & Meiko Tanaka; Dump Matsumoto & Yumiko Hotta b Goya Kong & Muñeca de Plata; Lin Byron b Makoto; Kana b Syuri(c)

December 27: Global Championship Wrestling (Pell City, AL) – Amber Gallows b Tracy Taylor(c)

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

December 27: Gatoh Move (Tokyo, Japan) – Cherry b Fukin Kitazawa; Kaori Yoneyama, Madoka, Sayaka Obihiro & PSYCHO b Antonio Honda, SAKI, MIZUKI; Kagetsu b Kotori; Riho(c) b Emi Sakura

December 27: WWE Live (Cincinnati, OH) – Charlotte, Naomi & Natalya b Cameron, Sasha Banks & Summer Rae

December 27: WWE Live (Uniondale, NY) – Alicia Fox & Emma b Nikki Bella & Brie Bella

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

December 27: Ice Ribbon(Warabi, Japan) – Aoi Kizuki & Hamuko Hoshi b 235 & Akane Fujita; Kurumi & Kyuri b Maki Narumiya & Maya Yukihi; Tsukasa Fujimoto b Meari Naito; Risa Sera & Tsukushi vs Mio Shirai & Yuka – time limit draw

December 27: I Believe I Wrestling (Orlando, Florida) – Josh Hess b Santana Garrett

December 28: Ice Ribbon Ribbonmania (Tokyo, Japan) – Cherry & Maya Yukihi b Shu Shibutani & Kyuri; Meari Naito & Neko Nitta b 235 & Akane Fujita; Hamuko Hoshi & Mochi Miyagi b Miyako Matsumoto & Yuri Kotobuki; Kayoko Haruyama b Aoi Kizuki; Mio Shirai(c) b Tsukushi; Maki Narumiya & Risa Sera(c) b Kurumi & Yuka; Tsukasa Fujimoto (c) b Arisa Nakajima

December 28: K-DOJO (Chiba, Japan) – Bambi & Kaji Tomato b Hikaru Shida & Masao Inoue; TAKA Michinoku & Kaori Yoneyama b Kengo Mashimo & Yuma

December 28: JWP Climax 2014 (Tokyo, Japan) – Yako Fujigasaki b Yua Hayashi; Rabbit Miu (c) b Eri; KAZUKI, Jaguar Yokota & Raideen Hagane b Manami Toyota, Tsukushi & Neko Nitta; KAORU b Kayoko Haruyama; Hanako Nakamori b Kana; Leon & Ray b Command Bolshoi & Kyoko Kimura (c); Arisa Nakajima(c) b Tsukasa Fujimoto

December 28: DIANA (Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan) – Kyoko Inoue b Kaoru Ito , Keiko Aono , Sareee, Meiko Tanaka, Megumi Yabushita & Kaho Kobayashi

December 28: Tokyo Women’s Wrestling(Tokyo, Japan) – Ai Shimizu b Erin & Nonoko; Shoko Nakajima and Yuka Sakazaki b KANNA and Chikage Kiba; Miyu Yamashita b Akane Miura

December 28: K-DOJO (Chiba, Japan) – Hiro Tonai & Kaori Yoneyama b Ayumu Honda & Bambi

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

December 29: WWE Monday Night RAW (Washington, DC) – Nikki Bella b Natalya

December 30: WWE Live (Richmond, VA) – Charlotte, Emma & Alicia Fox b Sasha Banks, Cameron & Summer Rae

Upcoming Shows

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

January 4: Scottish Wrestling Alliance (Glasgow, Scotland) – Debbie Sharpe vs Viper; Sammii Jayne vs Nikki Storm

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

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

January 10: Vicious Outcast Wrestling (Connellsville, PA) – Samantha Starr vs Mandy Leon

January 11: OZ Academy (Tokyo, Japan) – AKINO vs Sonoko Kato; Kagetsu vs Tsubasa Kuragaki(c)

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

January 17: Clash Wrestling (Taylor, MI) – Leah Von Dutch vs Jasmin

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

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

January 18: Anarchy Championship Wrestling (Austin, TX) – Jessica James vs Jojo Bravo; Athena vs Su Yung(c)

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

January 23: Wrestling Cares Association /Alternative Wrestling Show (South Gate, CA) – Nicole Savoy; Sage Sin; Savanah Riley; Kikyo Nakamura; Hania; Brittany Wonder; Christina Von Eerie; Taeler Hendrix; Raze; Kahmora; Datura; Marriah Moreno

January 23: Valkyrie Women’s Wrestling (Woodbury Heights, NJ) – Kacee Carlisle(c) vs Mistress Belmont; La Rosa Negra vs Aja Perera; Davienne vs Miss Diss Lexia; Jennifer Cruz vs Deonna Purrazzo; Nyla Rose

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

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

February 7: KANA Pro (Japan)

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

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

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

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

February 22: Bellatrix 12 (Norwich, England)

February 28: Southside Wrestling Entertainment (Essex, England) – Candice Lerae vs Kay Lee Ray vs TBD vs Saraya Knight

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

April 4: NCW Femmes Fatales (Montreal, QC, Canada) – Courtney Rush vs Saraya Knight; Portia Perez vs Xandra Bale; Sassy Stephie, Allysin Kay & Jody D’Milo vs Vanessa Kraven, TBA & TBA

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

April 25: Remix Pro Wrestling (Marietta, OH) – LuFisto vs Veda Scott vs Sassy Stephie (c)

– Ciara Reid

– Photos by PWPonderings(1), STARDOM(2), WWE(3), Kenji Misaki(4), Southside Wrestling Entertainment(5), Yuichi Kojima(6), Ichiban Drunk(7), Empress Pro(8), Remix Pro Wrestling(9)

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Ringbelles Roundup (25 November 2014) – 200th edition, Mickie James discusses possible return & more

Ringbelles front pageWelcome to edition 200 of the Ringbelles Roundup. With its inception taking place before the website was officially launched, the Roundup’s first edition was on February 1, 2011 and was pretty slim. These days, the newsletter is usually between 3,500 and 4,500 words but has swelled to more than 5,000 on certain special occasions. It’s been a big undertaking and I’m proud for it to have been posted every Tuesday, without fail for 200 straight weeks.

To mark the occasion, I’ve thrown the main body of the Roundup open to you. I took to Facebook and Twitter, saying that if there was any question about the website that you wanted answered, I would consider it. With that in mind, here are the queries I received…

– What did you and Stew feel was missing from online coverage of women’s wrestling that inspired you to start the site? – Martin Bentley

Honestly, it was complete coverage. Some site focussed on WWE and TNA with a nod to the indies. Some focussed on joshi and there were others who looked at places like Britain or Mexico – bit nothing really tried to touch every base that it possibly could. We felt that all women’s wrestling, no matter how big or small should be given a spotlight – and that spotlight wouldn’t be on the big guns and let the others try and catch some light. Whatever was most important at that moment got our attention as it was based on merit, not what promotion you find yourself wrestling for.

Granted, we could be better at covering things like lucha and joshi but we do our best to give them focus when we can. We like to think that when it comes to all-women shows around the world, we’re the best place to look, even though we can’t cover everything as there are so many hours in the day and Stew and I always had full-time jobs to balance.

For example, this Roundup isn’t knocked up on the Tuesday, as trying to compile a 4,000 word document on just one day each week would be an impossibility – it needs additions at all times during the week. When you couple that with shows that we attend or cover – with SHIMMER trips being the trickiest – as well as other newsworthy items going on during the week, this is close to being a full-time (unpaid) job.

– How come your audio shows are so much better quality than most others? – Dave Muscarella

If you mean audio quality, we do our best to upload them at a higher bitrate, which is why Women Of Wrestling Podcasts are limited to 90 minutes because of our upload limits these days, which also means that mammoth shows like the Christmas 2012 show with six guests can’t happen again without a dip in quality.

If you mean content-wise, I think it’s because we let the guest do most of the talking. When I listen to some other podcasts – especially the ones presented by former wrestling personalities – I find myself being frustrated by the guests being cut off or overshadowed by a presenter who just has to spout some words of wisdom or a superfluous anecdote. I have a rule that if I choose four random points in a podcast and hear the presenter’s voice more than twice, I give it a miss. Let the guest talk – that’s why you have them on in the first place – and don’t be afraid to ask the tough questions.

We also do a lot of research. We check out histories, key points and also check previous interview with other sites so we’re not raking over the same ground again. Instead, we look for a new spin on a previously covered topic. Stew and I were very proud for coming up with original questions and have often been thanked by guests after recordings for finding new things to discuss.

Finally, structure – instead of just going chronologically through a career we nail key points and try to group subjects together if we can. Nothing we do is really revolutionary – we just wanted to produce interviews that we would like to listen to.

– Why do you only interview people for My Name is if they make the first move? – James

It’s a gesture of intent. My Name Is was designed to be for new faces to introduce themselves to a wider audience or to try and raise your profile to the next level. All we ask is that the wrestler themselves shows that they are ready to boost their own image and we will always roll out the red carpet. After all, if you’re not ready to shout about yourself, why should you expect anyone else to do the same for you?

On a side note, it’s nice to jump back and listen to past MNI interviews and compare it with the position they find themselves in now. Seleziya Sparx and Viper were early interviewees, and look at how great they are now.

– Do you make use of online translators for your Japanese news or do you have a person providing information? – David Falcon

The honest truth is that online translators are a life saver. It’s not the most accurate thing ever as Japanese to English translations are very literal and don’t make much sense as a result but you try to negotiate your way through it. As for the results, sites like Purolove are far better than we could ever be when it comes to joshi – though that site’s in German so the translator still comes in handy.

Incidentally, Ciara is a far stronger follower of joshi that I am and she produces some excellent stuff.

– How do you choose your interviewees? What’s the best podcast you have done and why? Dream interview – if you could interview anyone in the world, who would it be?

We tend to try and schedule WOW Podcast guests based on what they’re going to be doing and make that the centre-point of the interview. The more interesting the activity – as well as their history – makes them a good chat. Fight Like A Girl interviews usually have a stronger focus on what is going on at that particular time but can also tend to go off on tangents, but aren’t a career overview.

I’m not sure about best, but one of my favourites is the second Ivory interview, which was recorded a week after the first. I was late arriving home from work for the interview so Stew spoke to her for a few minutes until I got ready and she didn’t moan or complain – and when I got online she asked me how I was doing and if I’d had a good day at work. This was a former WWE Women’s Champion taking a genuine interest, and I was really touched by it. What followed was a really natural and easy interview which was so much fun to record. I also enjoyed our first Courtney Rush interview and part of the post-show chat was so hilarious that part of it was spliced into the show – if you’re interested, it’s the Meese Are Dicks conversation.

As for dream guest, we have a list of people and they are grouped into certain levels. Ivory was in that list, as are Wendi Richter, Madusa, Stacy Keibler and more. Some are pipe dreams while others felt more realistic. Personally, I’d say Richter would be my top choice, while Stew wanted Missy Hyatt.

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Originally, I wanted the Roundup to be a female version of the Wrestling Observer with some editorial content at the start – I don’t know if I accomplished it but I’m glad that so many people read it every week. There’s nothing else like the Roundup out there at the moment, and I’m glad that there is a one stop document for fans of women’s wrestling to know what’s going in around the world. Thanks to everyone who reads it.

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Got any news, results or upcoming events that you want to tell everyone about? Are you a female wrestler looking to tell us about upcoming bookings? Are you a fan who went to a show and saw a match, and would like to tell others about it – what you liked, what you didn’t and would like to encourage others to check it out for themselves? Would you want to discuss your feelings on any particular subject about women’s wrestling as part of The Soap Box? Send us an email!

Also, we add loads more links, video and thoughts on women’s wrestling on our Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Like and follow us for even deeper coverage.

Meanwhile, if you want one of our t-shirts, click here and pick which shop is best for you. We have stores for the US/Canada (which also ships to Australia) and one for the UK and mainland Europe. Check out the Wrestling Yay, SHIMMER Like A Girl and No Limits 2.0 designs, as well as the Evielution and Free AK47 shirts which we are selling at cost price, and the brand new I Am Not A Bad Person and WoMan Up shirts.

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WWE
Charlotte is booked for the Raw in Greenville, SC on December 9 and the SmackDown tapings the following day in Columbus, GA. She also spoke to the Huffington Post about living up to father Ric’s legacy, saying “The biggest thing holding me back is fear. Being afraid to fail and not live up to such a legacy my dad has made. I do feel the pressure, but I also feel the drive. My dad was really hard on me as a kid in sports, so this is no different”… Alicia Fox got a surprise win on Paige on last week’s Superstars when she caught her former friend in a small package… Becky Lynch pinned Bayley with a handful of tights on Thursday’s NXT… Following on from last week’s Raw when Nikki Bella made sister Brie dress up as AJ Lee for an “exhibition match”, Lee dressed up as Nikki for her win over Brie on SmackDown. Bella won the Divas Title at Survivor Series when Brie kissed AJ to cause the distraction and the quick end. Brie looked happy that her sister had won the belt, and then she beat AJ last night on Raw with the help of Nikki Brie Bella WWENikki – with AJ zinging the sisters by saying talent is not sexually transmitted as a jibe at Brie’s marriage to Daniel Bryan and Nikki’s relationship with John Cena, seemingly overlooking the irony that AJ herself is married to CM Punk. There was no explanation as to why Brie turned, which – when you take into account how much airtime was dedicated to this heap – must make the Bella feud the most redundant and awful Diva storyline in years. Incidentally, talk that AJ is on her way out of WWE are untrue, according to the Wrestling Observer, that her title loss went as planned (though the participants didn’t know it was to be less than a minute long until the final moments before the match) and it wasn’t done to quickly write her out.

TNA
Taryn Terrell won the Knockouts Championship on last Wednesday’s Impact Wrestling – the final on Spike ahead of the promotion’s move to Destination America in the new year. She beat Havok and Gail Kim in a 3-way when she pinned Kim with a sunset flip to score the title… Kay Lee Ray impressed in her workout time in the ring on last week’s British Boot Camp. She worked against DJ Z.

North America
Stephane Bruyere and NCW Femmes Fatales have parted ways. Writer Pat Laprade will take over the role of Talent Coordinator… Hudson Envy defeated Cheerleader Melissa on Saturday’s Alternative Wrestling Show event to retain the Women’s Championship – only it was by DQ when Melissa refused to stop choking her opponent with her wrist tape… Former WWE Women’s and Divas Champion Beth Phoenix is to be honoured at April’s 50th Annual Cauliflower Alley Club Reunion… Mickie James spoke to the Miami Herald about becoming a mum, saying she had a pretty intense delivery and that she has been getting advice from fellow first-time mum Trish Stratus. She was also asked about a possible return to WWE and was pretty candid: “I think, ‘I’m better than 90 percent of the talent on TV now. Why am I going to step to the side to just train the future?’ I’m not ready to do that, and I’m not trying to be arrogant and self-absorbed. I can see how it can come off that way, but it’s the truth. You look at least 75 percent or at least 80 percent on TV now. I know in my heart of hearts that I can draw more money than them and that I am better than them. I can put more asses in the seats than them”… Melanie CruiseMelanie Cruise returned from three months in Japan and has struck gold already. She beat Mickie Knuckles on Saturday’s Strong Style Wrestling show to win the vacant Allied Independent Wrestling Federations’ World Women’s Championship… Ivelisse Velez revealed that she has been working with a torn rotator cuff in her shoulder for the last nine years, and hurt her back just before her release from WWE developmental in 2012 and was only given two weeks of rehab, regardless of whether it solved the problem or not. She has also said that her shoulder is slowly recovering… Four more matches have been announced for SHINE 23 to go along with Mia Yim defending her newly-won championship against Nevaeh. Legendary’s Malia Hosaka and Brandi Wine put the Tga Team Championship on the line against the Kimber Bombs; Heidi Lovelace and Solo Darling take on Marti Belle and Jayme Jameson; Taylor Made faces La Rosa Negra and Thunderkitty will battle Leah Von Dutch.

Japan
Maki Narumiya was injured from a Miyako Matsumoto double foot stomp during a tag match on last Wednesday’s Ice Ribbon show. The match had to be stopped when she suffered breathing issues… Former JWP Openweight Championship rivals Kana and Arisa Nakajima won the vacant REINA World Tag Team Championship last week, defeating Lin Byron and Syuri in a tournament final. Byron actually turned heel on her partner to facilitate the title change… Tomoka Nakagawa wrestled her final S-Ovation show on Monday ahead of her retirement in a couple of weeks. Called Last Shot, she and Kyoko Kimura lost to Aja Kong & Misaki Ohata in the main event…

Europe
Kay Lee Ray and Paul London went to a double DQ on Saturday’s Kamikaze Pro event when they double chokeslammed the referee before deciding that they were both winners… Speaking of KLR, she retained the Fierce Females Scottish Championship on Sunday when she pinned Leah Von Dutch. Elsewhere, Nikki Storm got past Hardcore Glamour’s Sara to try and get closer to another shot at Kay Lee, while Courtney beat Fiona Fraser in a Three Stages of Hell match to settle their differences. Fraser gave up the first fall via DQ when she used a chair and then got the quick tap out with an armbar when the contest went to submission rules. However, the subsequent Glasgow Street Fight was eventually won by Courtney when she made Fiona tap out to a Dragon Sleeper, beating her opponent at her own submission game. The next show is on January 11 when there will be Team Hardcore Glamour v Team Storm in a 5-on-5 elimination match… Destiny announced on Facebook that she is retiring from the ring after 13 years. She’s currently pregnant… Addy Starr suspects her hand may be broken… Viper, Violet O’Hara, Nadia Sapphire, Rhia O’Reilly and Ruby Summers have been added to Empress Pro’s debut show in January.

Mexico
Zeuxis defeated CMLL Mexican National Women’s Champion Estrellita last Wednesday. It was meant to be a title match but was downgraded. After the victory, Zeuxis demanded a title shot… Sexy Star defeated Ivelisse Velez on last Wednesday’s Lucha Underground. Having said that, there were some very marked edits in the contest. Sexy Star also appeared on behalf of the promotion at the Latin Grammys last Thursday.

Australia & New Zealand
KC CassidyMadison Eagles won the vacant IndyGurlz Australia Championship on Friday in a 4-way also involving Saraya Knight, Evie and Demi Bennett. Eagles retained the strap the following evening by beating Knight in a singles match… KC Cassidy won the first Vera and Jenny Cup as part of Melbourne City Wrestling’s charity show on Sunday, beating Evie and Toni Storm in a 3-way in the final.

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Results

November 17: CMLL (Puebla, Mexico) – Amapola, Tiffany & Zeuxis b Estrellita, Goya Kong & Marcela

November 18: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Zeuxis b Estrellita

November 19: Pro Wrestling WAVE (Tokyo, Japan) – Mika Iida b Rina Yamashita; Mari Apache & Sawako Shimono b Kaho Kobayashi & Shu Shibutani; Kana b Moeka Haruhi; Melanie Cruise b Hiroe Nagahama; Hikaru Shida & Yumi Ohka b Mio Shirai & Misaki Ohata; Ayako Hamada & Yuu Yamagata b Tomoka Nakagawa & TAKA Michinoku

November 19: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Meari Naito b Akane Fujita; Aoi Kizuki b Raideen Hagane; Rutsuko Yamaguchi b 235 & Risa Sera in a 3-way; Miyako Matsumoto & Eri Susa b Tsukasa Fujimoto & Maki Narumiya; Risa Sera b Takumi Iroha

November 19: TNA Impact Wrestling (Bethlehem, PA) – Taryn Terrell b Havok & Gail Kim in a 3-way to win the Knockouts Championship

November 19: Combat Zone Wrestling (Blackwood, NJ) – Brittany Blake, Frankie Pickard & Persistent Percy b Ben Ortiz, Jonathan Evans & Trooper Audubon

November 19: Lucha Underground (Los Angeles, CA) – Sexy Star b Ivelisse Velez

November 20: REINA (Tokyo, Japan) – Arisa Nakajima & Kana b Eri & Haruka Kato; Syuri & Lin Byron b Makoto & Maki Narumiya; Kyusei Sakura Hirota & Miyako Matsumoto b Dump Matsumoto & Yumiko Hotta via DQ; Dump Matsumoto & Yumiko Hotta b Kyusei Sakura Hirota & Miyako Matsumoto; The Winger & Alex Lee b Yuji Kito & Koharu Hinata; Kyoko Kimura b Kellie Skater; Arisa Nakajima & Kana b Syuri & Lin Byron to win the REINA World Tag Team Championship

November 20: WWE Superstars (Roanoke, VA) – Alicia Fox b Paige

November 20: WWE NXT (Orlando, FL) – Becky Lynch b Bayley

November 20: WWE NXT house show (Tampa, FL) – Sasha Banks b Charlotte

November 21: Pro Wrestling WAVE (Warabi, Japan) – Mika Iida b Eri Susa; Fairy Nipponbashi b Yako Fujigasaki; Sawako Shimono, Rabbit Miyu & 235 b Kaho Kobayashi, Rina Yamashita & Raideen Hagane; Yua Hayashi b Hiroe Nagahama

November 21: New Horizons Pro Wrestling (Perth, Australia) – Madison Eagles b Saraya Knight, Demi Bennett & Evie to win the IndyGurlz Australia Championship

November 21: Southside Wrestling Entertainment (Sheffield, England) – Chris Brookes & Nixon Newell b Kay Lee Ray & El Ligero

Heidi Lovelace Ichiban DrunkNovember 21: WWE SmackDown (Knoxville, TN) – AJ Lee b Brie Bella

November 21: WWE NXT house show (Cocoa Beach, FL) – Sasha Banks b Charlotte

November 21: Strong Style Wrestling (Goshen, IN) – Melanie Cruise b Mickie Knuckles to win the AIWF World Women’s Championship; Jack Thriller b Heidi Lovelace

November 22: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Tsukushi b Akane Fujita; Tsukushi b Kyuri; Tsukushi b 235; Maki Narumiya & Risa Sera b Miyako Matsumoto & Meari Naito; Kurumi & Yuka b Tsukasa Fujimoto & Aoi Kizuki

November 22: Kyusei Sakura Hirota Produce (Tokyo, Japan) – Arisa Nakajima b Mio Shirai & DASH Chisako; Leon & Ray b Mask AGO & Mari Apache; Saku Uematsu b KAORU; Ayako Hamada & Yuu Yamagata b Gabai-jichan & Gabai-bachan; Meiko Satomura b Kyusei Sakura Hirota; Meiko Satomura b Kyusei Sakura Hirota; Meiko Satomura b Kyusei Sakura Hirota

November 22: Stardom (Fukushima, Japan) – Kairi Hojo b Momoe Watanabe; Kris Wolf b Mystique; Kellie Skater b Miho Wakizawa; Yoshiko & Reo Hazuki b Kaori Yoneyama & Hatsuhinode Kamen; Io Shirai, Mayu Iwatani & Takumi Iroha b Nanae Takahashi, Koguma & Kairi Hojo

November 22: Tokyo Joshi Pro (Tokyo, Japan) – Shoko Nakajima b KANNA; Ai Shimizu b Chikage Kiba & Yuka Sakazaki in a 3-way; Nonoko & Akane Miura b Miyu Yamashita & Erin

November 22: New Horizons Pro Wrestling (Perth, Australia) – Madison Eagles b Saraya Knight

November 22: Kamikaze Pro (Birmingham, England) – Nixon Newell b Charlie Garrett; Kay Lee Ray v Paul London went to a double DQ

November 22: Proving Ground Pro (Petersburg, IL) – Lucy Mendez, Mario Andrew Crivello, Perry Winkle, Peter Schwanz & Randy Ray b Cousin Gator, Duke Cornell, Joey Anderson, Krotch & Melanie Cruise

November 22: Empire Stare Wrestling (Lockport, NY) – Pepper Parks & Cherry Bomb b Joey Ryan & Candice LeRae

November 22: Alternative Wrestling Show (South Gate, CA) – Hudson Envy b Cheerleader Melissa via DQ

November 23: Melbourne City Wrestling ‘Fight For A Cause’ (Hampton Park, Australia) – Evie b Shazza McKenzie; Toni Storm b Siren Monroe; KC Cassidy b Miami; Demi Bennett b Savannah Summers; Vixsin b Izzy Shaw; KC Cassidy b Evie & Toni Storm in a 3-way

Courtney Fiona Fraser mrdavidjwilsonNovember 23: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland) – Viper b Layla Rose; Carmel Jacob b Chanel; Sammii Jayne b Bete Noire; Nikki Storm b Sara; Courtney b Fiona Fraser; Leah & Kasey Owens b Sammi Baynz & Liberty; Kay Lee Ray b Leah Von Dutch

November 23: HXC Wrestling (Manchester, England) – Nadia Sapphire & Faith Lehaine b Pollyanna & Lana Austin

November 23: Tidal Wrestling (Leeds, England) – Lana Austin b Nixon Newell & Addy Starr in a 3-way

November 23: Smash Wresting (Mississauga, ON, Canada) – Candice LeRae & Joey Ryan b Cherry Bomb & Pepper Parks

November 23: WWE Survivor Series (St Louis, MO) – Nikki Bella b AJ Lee to win the WWE Divas Championship

November 24: Ice Ribbon (Yokohama, Japan) – Mio Shirai, Yuka & Yuri Kotobuki b 235, Akane Fujita & Kyuri; Tomoka Nakagawa & Mochi Miyagi b Tsukushi & Maya Yuhiki; Cho-un Shiryu b Neko Nitta & Miyako Matsumoto in a 3-way to win the Triangle Ribbon Championship; Kurumi b Yuka; Maki Narumiya & Risa Sera b Cherry & Meari Naito; Tsukasa Fujimoto b Aoi Kizuki

November 24: S-Ovation “Last Shot” (Tokyo, Japan) – Tomoka Nakagawa & PSYCHO b Kaori Yoneyama & Madoka; Mayumi Ozaki b Eiger; Ray & Yuu Yamagata v Leon & Tsukasa Fujimoto went to a time limit draw; AKINO b Kellie Skater; Aja Kong & Misaki Ohata b Tomoka Nakagawa & Kyoko Kimura

November 24: JWP (Osaka, Japan) – Yako Fujigasaki b Yua Hayashi; KAZUKI & Raideen Hagane b Jaguar Yokota & Eri Susa; Command Bolshoi b Leon; Rabbit Miyu b Rina Yamashita; Arisa Nakajima & Hanako Nakamori b Kayoko Haruyama & Misaki Ohata

November 24: Sendai Girls (Fukuoka, Japan) – Kagetsu & Kaho Kobayashi b Ray & Alex Lee; Eiger b Kyusei Sakura Hirota; Kyoko Kimura b Tomoko Miyagi; Ayako Hamada b DASH Chisako; Aja Kong & Tsubasa Kuragaki b Meiko Satomura & Syuri

November 24: Stardom (Fukuoka, Japan) – DASH Chisako b Kellie Skater; Kyoko Kimura & Kris Wolf b Kaori Yoneyama & Hatsuhinode Kamen; Mayu Iwatani b Mystique; Yoshiko, Takumi Iroha & Reo Hazuki b Nanae Takahashi, Miho Wakizawa & Kairi Hojo; Io Shirai b Koguma

November 24: WWE Raw (Indianapolis, IN) – Brie Bella b AJ Lee; Natalya & Tyson Kidd b Adam Rose & The Bunny

Upcoming

November 28: Shropshire Wrestling Alliance (Dawley, England) – Ryan Smile & Pete Dunne v Chris Brookes & Nixon Newell

November 29: Warzone Wrestling (Berwick, Australia) – Savannah Summers v Kellyanne English

November 29: Showcase Wrestling (Dumfries, Scotland) – Viper v Leah Owens

November 29: XWA Wrestling (Colchester, England) – Nikki Storm v Rhia O’Reilly; Addy Starr v Kay Lee Ray

November 29: Beyond Wrestling (Providence, RI) – Kimber Lee & Drew Gulak v Cherry Bomb & Pepper Parks

November 30: Southside Wrestling (St Neots, England) – Kay Lee Ray v Nixon Newell

November 30: Futureshock Wrestling (Stockport, England) – Danielle Hunter v Toni Storm

November 30: Queens of Combat (Winston-Salem, NC) – Mickie James v Tessa Blanchard; Joey Ryan & Candice LeRae v Mia Yim & Leva Bates; Sojo Bolt & Dani Jackson v Amber O’Neal & Jessie Kaye; Angelina Love v Nevaeh; LuFisto v Jessicka Havok

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

December 5: SHINE 23 (Ybor City, FL) – Mia Yim v Nevaeh; Malia Hosaka & Brandi Wine v Kimber Lee & Cherry Bomb; Heidi Lovelace & Solo Darling v Marti Belle & Jayme Jameson; Taylor Made v La Rosa Negra; Thunderkitty v Leah Von Dutch

Candice LeRae Angelus LayneDecember 5: St Louis Anarchy (Alton, IL) – Candice LeRae v Angelus Layne

December 6: CHIKARA (Philadelphia, PA) – Heidi Lovelace v Missile Assault Ant

December 7: PAID Promotions (Morecambe, England) – Nikki Storm v Viper v Lana Austin v Kay Lee Ray

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

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

January 4: Inspire Pro Wrestling (Austin, TX) – Jessica James v Kimber Lee

January 11: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland)

Empress Pro posterJanuary 17: Empress Pro (High Wycombe, England)

January 23: SHINE 24 (Ybor City, FL)

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

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

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Ringbelles Roundup (14 October 2014) – SHIMMER weekend is looming, Kay Lee Ray makes history & more

Stewart Allen Lee Burton Amazing KongFirst off, thanks to everyone for their comments, messages and the like over the passing of Stewart Allen overnight on Sunday. The outpouring of emotion for him on social media has been hugely overwhelming and proves just how much he meant to so many people as well as how the wrestling community bands together in times of sadness.

I’m also glad that so many of you appreciated the comments I wrote on the website yesterday – it was the least I could do for someone who became one of my best friends over the seven years that I knew him. To see it shared around to commemorate such a great man makes me happy for him.

It’s still weird to think that I’m not going to chat garbage with him for hours on end. Wrestling, Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, the Ultimate Fighting Championship, films… these all got covered in great length – so much so that we discussed recording them and uploading them as a podcast filled with random flotsam and jetsam about whatever came to mind, though we agreed that it would feel like a silly vanity project. In retrospect, I wish we had recorded them to listen back to – though that brings me to another point.

I’ve also seen speculation online about the future of this very website. Apart from it being someone premature and a bit tactless, the honest answer is that I don’t know. This is a joint project which Stew and I spent six months preparing and have been running for more than three and a half years. Continuing Ringbelles solo would be is a decision which will not be made without a clear head and a lot of discussion with people whose opinions I value. There’s a lot to think about and now is certainly not the time to do it.

So with that said, let’s look at what’s coming up this weekend.

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Kana SHIMMERA tribute will be paid to Stew at SHIMMER Women Athletes at the Eagles Club in Berwyn, IL which he visited on 12 different occasions between April 2008 and April this year. He’s seen 50 of the 66 shows in person and this weekend promises to be as star-studded as any of the shows in the past – though there has only been two wrestlers who have been officially announced so far.

Cheerleader Melissa and Kana will square off on volume 67 on Saturday afternoon with the former’s singles championship on the line. Kana is on a four-match win streak while Melissa is 18 months into her second reign with the title, and each has a win over the other – Melissa in singles action while Kana holds a tag team victory.

With only one match announced, the promotion’s Saturday tapings will likely be a sell-out, which is hugely commendable on a number of levels. While other groups have recently experienced issues with generating big crowds – Absolute Intense Wrestling, SHINE and Women Superstars Uncensored have seen limited numbers – SHIMMER has managed to get virtually every seat sold with just one match announced and nobody else officially announced for the roster. What we do know is that there will be 38 women on Saturday and 40 on the Sunday so the events should be chock-full of matches – and we have some idea on who will be there based on the advertising.

Heidi Lovelace SHIMMERInstead of naming talent, SHIMMER has produced adverts with photos of some of the women who have appeared in the past, hinting that they will be there again. Therefore, you can be pretty confident that Nikki Storm, Athena, Cherry Bomb, Jessicka Havok (presumably because SHIMMER is a DVD product it doesn’t tread on TNA’s toes), Kay Lee Ray, Veda Scott, Mia Yim, Leva Bates, Crazy Mary Dobson, Madison Eagles, Nicole Matthews, Evie, LuFisto, Marti Belle, Thunderkitty, Nevaeh and Heidi Lovelace will be part of the proceedings. Also, SHIMMER has posted a few videos on its Facebook and Twitter with recurring talents like Mayumi Ozaki and Kaori Yoneyama featured, so they may be part of the joshi contingent.

As for storylines, LuFisto could possibly renew her quest for the SHIMMER Championship, Matthews and Eagles will likely continue their coffee war, Havok may have her sights set on Portia Perez after Portia accidentally knocked out Jessicka with a wrench, causing her to lose to Lovelace. Speaking of Heidi, she, KLR, the Kimber Bombs and Evie all came out of the last weekend with strong momentum so their ascents may continue. Either way, everyone who will be in attendance over Saturday and Sunday are sure to get a treat.

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Elsewhere on the website this week, we’ve had joshi footage including the final defence of the Wrestling New Classic Women’s Title and the final show in the Stardom 5*STAR GP. We also posted a great Retro featuring Ivory v Natalya from 2005 and also had a fun interview with Leah Von Dutch about SHINE, her European tour and investing in your own brand.

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WWE
Torrie Wilson tweeted that Eva Marie is her favourite WWE Diva, saying there was “something about her”… Paige was featured in the Malaysia edition of FHM Magazine as part of the promotion’s tour of the country – the first in more than a decade. In the interview, she said that Lita, Steve Austin and Bull Nakano were her favourite wrestlers growing up… Vickie Guerrero was invited to SmackDown’s 15th anniversary show last week but declined due to her current work commitments… The Bellas finally had some physical interaction in a match on last week’s Main Event. Nikki, Cameron, Summer Rae & Layla defeated Brie in a handicap match when Nikki used the Rack Attack on her sister… Layla walked out on AJ Lee during the tag team match against Paige and Alicia Fox on last night’s Raw. The Divas Champion still got the win by pinning Fox with a Shining Wizard before beating up Layla. It seems like Fox is there to be the cannon fodder to protect Paige from being beaten. Elsewhere, Brie Bella, Natalya & Naomi beat Nikki Bella, Summer Rae & Cameron with Brie pinning her sister after escaping the Rack Attack. The sisters will face each other at Hell in a Cell on October 26 with the loser having to be the winner’s personal assistant. No, really. This feud is the pits, and quite why WWE didn’t wait for Brie to get her first pin over Nikki until the PPV is beyond me.

TNA
Madison Rayne earned a shot at the Knockouts Championship after beating Angelina Love and Taryn Terrell in a 3-way on last wee’s Impact Wrestling… TNA President Dixie Carter apologised on Friday for a tweet that seemed to poke fun at the typhoon headed for Japan, which has already caused fatalities. She also deleted a tweet where she asked if Bound For Glory would discover a new Eddie Guerrero. Friday was not a good social media day for Dixie… Havok successfully defended the Knockouts Championship at Bound For Glory in Tokyo, Japan on Sunday by beating Velvet Sky with a bearhug.

North America
Saraya Knight will face Sweet Cherrie in a Combat de Rue (Street Fight) at NCW Femmes Fatales XVI later this month… Femmes Fatales has also announced the date for its 17th show. It will take place on April 4 next year… They fought earlier this year and on November 22, they will clash again. Hudson Envy will put her Alternative Wrestling Show Women’s Championship on the Maria Kanellisline against Cheerleader Melissa… Lucky Pro Wrestling Women’s Champion Davienne teams with Taeler Hendrix against Rosita & Alexxis Nevaeh on November 1… Congratulations to Maria Kanellis, who married Mike Bennett on Friday. Ring Of Honor held a bachelor party show for Bennett the previous evening where Heather Patera, Leah Von Dutch & Veda Scott defeated Crazy Mary Dobson, Scarlett Bordeaux & Taeler Hendrix… Ivelisse Velez retained the SHINE Championship against Madison Eagles on Friday. Elsewhere, Legendary retained the Tag Team Championship by beating the Buddy System and Leah Von Dutch scraped past Saraya Knight with a DQ victory… Tessa Blanchard beat Tina San Antonio, Renee Michelle & Jenny Rose to win the Eat Coast Wrestling Association Women’s Championship on Saturday. Nikki Addams, Candy Cartwright and Gabby Gilbert replaced Chasity Taylor, Jessie Kaye and Terra Calaway, who were all announced for the show… Kitana Vera teamed with SoCal Crazy on Saturday to win the SoCal Pro Tag Team Championship from David E. Jones & Ryan Stone… Deep Southern Championship Wrestling ran an all-women show on Saturday with Kacee Carlisle beating the Black Widow in the main event… Mick Foley’s daughter Noelle, 20, is reportedly training to become a wrestler. Standing close to 6 feet tall, she is certainly a striking young woman.

Japan
LLPW-X ran a rare show at the weekend. Shinobu Kandori, Dump Matsumoto & Yoshiaki Fujiwara defeated Genichiro Tenryu, Chigusa Nagayo & Yumiko Hotta in Saturday’s main event… Tsubasa Kuragaki unseated AKINO yesterday to win her first OZ Academy Openweight Championship. AKINO’s reign lasted for 537 days, making her the longest reigning singles champion in the promotion’s history.

Europe
Debbie Sharpe stood in for Shanna in the 3-way on Discovery Wrestling’s debut show on Saturday. She and Sammii Jayne lost to Viper… Kay Lee Ray won Europe’s first ever Aerial Assault match on Sunday’s Southside Wrestling show when she defeated Ryan Smile, Shane Strickland, Rich Swann, El Ligero & Will Ospreay to retain the Speed King Title – though she’s renamed it the Speed Kimber Lee Kay Lee Ray 1Queen Title. She also beat Kimber Lee the previous evening with her belt on the line. Kimber’s UK debut was on Thursday when she beat Violet O’Hara – Violet has been told to take some time off after suffering an undisclosed injury during the match… Blue Nikita and Lady Lory had their first ever match against each other on Saturday for Svensk Wrtestling Syd. Nikita won a street fight… Speaking of Lory, she puts the Italian Championship Wrestling Women’s Title on the line against former titleholder Queen Maya this Saturday… Violet O’Hara and Fiona Fraser have been added to Fierce Females’ charity show taking place on October 26.

Australia & New Zealand
The title v title clash between the Riot City Wrestling and Warzone Wrestling Women’s Champions ended inconclusively. Harley Wonderland attacked Demi Bennett during her match with Savannah Summers on Saturday to cause the DQ… Megan-Kate no-showed Impact Pro Wrestling’s show on Saturday. She had been called out by Britenay… NHB Girls is teaming with Melbourne City Wrestling for an all-woman charity show on November 23. Called Fight for a Cause, it’s raising money for Breast Cancer Network Australia.

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Results

October 7: WWE Main Event (Philadelphia, PA) – Nikki Bella, Cameron, Summer Rae & Layla b Brie Bella

October 7: CMLL (Guadalajara, Mexico) – La Comandante, La Seductora & Zeuxis b Dark Angel, La Vaquerita & Lluvia

October 8: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Cherry & Meari Naito b Akane Fujita & Kurumi; Mio Shirai b Shiori Akiba; Cho-un Shiryu b Miyako Matsumoto; Neko Nitta & Mika Iida b Risa Sera & Rabbit Miyu

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

October 8: TNA Impact Wrestling (Bethlehem, PA) – Madison Rayne b Angelina Love & Taryn Terrell in a 3-way

October 8: Combat Zone Wrestling (Blackwood, NJ) – Brittany Blake b Brooke Danielle

October 9: Chigusa Nagayo Produce (Kumamoto, Japan) – DASH Chisako b Raideen Hagane; Bolshoi Kid b Hamuko Hoshi; Dump Matsumoto & Yumiko Hotta b Mima Shimoda & Takako Inoue; Tomoko Watanabe b Megumi Yabushita; Meiko Satomura & Takumi Iroha b KAORU & Maki Narumiya; Maki Narumiya won a battle royal

October 9: REINA (Tokyo, Japan) – Makoto & The*Winger b Vancouver Cat & Macho*Pump; Miyako Matsumoto b Koharu Hinata & Yuji Kito in a 3-way; Alex Lee b Eri Susa; Ray & Koyuki Hayashi b Leon & Shiori Akiba; Syuri & Makoto b Kyoko Kimura & Kaori Yoneyama

October 9: WWE NXT (Orlando, FL) – Sasha Banks b Becky Lynch

October 9: WWE Superstars (Brooklyn, NY) – Naomi b Cameron

October 9: WWE NXT House Show (Orlando, FL) – Alexa Bliss, Bayley & Charlotte b Becky Lynch, Carmella & Dana Brooke

October 9: Deep Southern Championship Wrestling (Rome, GA) – Jessica Wetmore b The Black Widow

October 9: Ring Of Honor (Merrionette Park, IL) – Heather Patera, Leah Von Dutch & Veda Scott b Crazy Mary Dobson, Scarlett Bordeaux & Taeler Hendrix

October 10: Southside Wrestling (Nottingham, England) – Kay Lee Ray & El Ligero b Kimber Lee & Drew Gulak

October 10: WWE SmackDown (Philadelphia, PA) – AJ Lee b Alicia Fox

October 10: WWE NXT House Show (Citrus Springs, FL) – Becky Lynch, Carmella & Dana Brooke b Alexa Bliss, Bayley & Charlotte

October 10: White River Wrestling (Fishers, IN) – Camron Star b Ray Lyn

October 10: Santino Bros Wrestling (Bell Gardens, CA) – Raze b Seville Alvarez

Madison Eagles Ivelisse Velez SHINE 22October 10: SHINE 22 (Ybor City, FL) – Su Yung b Amanda Rodriguez; Rhia O’Reilly b KC Cassidy; La Rosa Negra b Thunderkitty; Nevaeh, Marti Belle & Jayme Jameson b Kellie Skater, Mia Yim & Leva Bates; Taylor Made b Nikki Storm; Leah Von Dutch b Saraya Knight via DQ; Malia Hosaka & Brandi Wine b Heidi Lovelace & Solo Darling; Allysin Kay b Evie; Ivelisse Velez b Madison Eagles

October 11: LLPW-X (Tokyo, Japan) – SAKI & MIZUKI b Sayaka Obihiro & Riho; Emi Sakura b Eiger; Manami Toyota & Bolshoi Kid b Jaguar Yokota & DASH Chisako; Takako Inoue, KAORU b Ayako Hamada & Tomoka Nakagawa; Shinobu Kandori, Dump Matsumoto & Yoshiaki Fujiwara b Genichiro Tenryu, Chigusa Nagayo & Yumiko Hotta

October 11: Union (Tokyo, Japan) – Shuji Ishikawa, SAGAT & Ryu Gouma b Mio Shirai, Cherry & Ladybeard

October 11: Riot City Wrestling (Adelaide, Australia) – Dean Brady & Blair Alexis b Green S.M.A.S.H & Kellyanne English; Demi Bennett b Savannah Summers via DQ

October 11: Svensk Wrestling Syd (Malmo, Sweden) – Blue Nikita b Lady Lory

October 11: Discovery Wrestling (Edinburgh, Scotland) – Viper b Sammii Jayne & Debbie Sharpe in a 3-way

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

October 11: RESISTANCE (Minneapolis, MN) – D’Arcy Dixon & Crazy Mary Dobson b Paloma Starr & Mickie Knuckles

October 11: Deep Southern Championship Wrestling (Blue Ridge, GA) – Rock C b Kira Khaotic; Bebe b Jessica Wetmore; Tiffany Roxx b Miranda Rights; Dementia D’Rose b Aja Perera; Kacee Carlisle b The Black Widow

October 11: SoCal Pro (Oceanside, CA) – Kitana Vera & SoCal Crazy b David E. Jones & Ryan Stone to win the SCP Tag Team Championship

October 11: East Coast Wrestling Association Women’s Championship tournament (Carneys Point, NJ) – Jenny Rose b Annie Social; Gabby Gilbert b Nikki Addams; Renee Michelle b Candy Cartwright; Tessa Blanchard b Tina San Antonio; Jenny Rose b Gabby Gilbert; Tessa Blanchard b Renee Michelle; Tessa Blanchard b Jenny Rose to win the ECWA Women’s Championship

October 11: WWE NXT House Show (Lakeland, FL) – Becky Lynch, Carmella & Dana Brooke b Alexa Bliss, Bayley & Charlotte

October 12: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – Leon b Himeka; Command Bolshoi & Kayoko Haruyama b Yako Fujigasaki & Yua Hayashi; Hanako Nakamori & Aki Shizuku b KAZUKI & Raideen Hagane

October 12: Tokyo, Japan (Tokushima, Japan) – Ray b Eiger; Meiko Satomura & DASH Chisako b ZAP & KAORU; Aja Kong & Kyoko Kimura b Manami Toyota & Kagetsu

October 12: Stardom (Tokyo, Japan) – Kris Wolf b Reo Hazuki & Azumi in a 3-way; Yoshiko b Miyako Matsumoto; Star Fire & Mystique b Miho Wakizawa & Koguma; Io Shirai & Mayu Iwatani b Kaori Yoneyama & Hatsuhinode Kamen; Nanae Takahashi & Kairi Hojo v Takumi Iroha & Risa Sera went to a time limit draw

October 12: Pro Wrestling WAVE (Akita, Japan) – Misaki Ohata & Tomoka Nakagawa b Shu Shibutani & Alex Lee; Mio Shirai b Kaho Kobayashi; Cherry b Rina Yamashita; Kana b Koharu Hinata; Hikaru Shida & Syuri b Moeka Haruhi & Melanie Cruise; Ayako Hamada, Yuu Yamagata & Mari Apache b Mika Iida, Kyusei Sakura Hirota & Yumi Ohka

October 12: Diana (Kawasaki, Japan) – Keiko Aono b Meiko Tanaka; Mima Shimonda b Koyuki Hayashi; Kyoko Inoue & Sareee b Megumi Yabushita & Kaoru Ito

October 12: TNA Bound For Glory (Tokyo, Japan) – Havok b Velvet Sky

Kimber LeeOctober 12: Southside Wrestling (St Neots, England) – Jim & Lee Hunter b Kimber Lee & Drew Gulak; Kay Lee Ray b El Ligero, Will Ospreay, Ryan Smile, Rich Swann & Shane Strickland

October 13: OZ Academy (Tokyo, Japan) – Yumi Oka & Mio Shirai b Sareee & Kaho Kobayashi; Dynamite Kansai, Manami Toyota & Ayako Hamada b Arisa Nakajima, Syuri & Hamuko Hoshi; Tomoka Nakagawa b Kaori Yoneyama; Aja Kong b Hikaru Shida; Mayumi Ozaki & Kyusei Sakura Hirota b Danshoku Dino & Makoto Oishi; Tsubasa Kuragaki b AKINO to win the OZ Academy Openweight Championship

October 13: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – Leon b Tsukushi; Mima Shimoda b Yua Hayashi; Yumiko Hotta b Yako Fujigasaki; KAZUKI & Raideen Hagane b Kayoko Haruyama & Rabbit Miyu; Arisa Nakajima & Command Bolshoi b Hanako Nakamori & Aki Shizuku

October 13: WWE Raw (Atlanta, GA) – AJ Lee & Layla b Alicia Fox & Paige; Brie Bella, Naomi & Natalya b Cameron, Nikki Bella & Summer Rae

October 14: Gatoh Move (Tokyo, Japan) – Emi Sakura b Fukin Kitazawa; Riho, Sayaka Obihiro & “Kotori” b Kaori Yoneyama, Hatsuhinode Kamen & Madoka

Upcoming

October 18: Italian Championship Wrestling (Torino, Italy) – Lady Lory v Queen Maya

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: SHIMMER: Women Athletes (Berwyn, IL) – Cheerleader Melissa v Kana

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

October 19: Squared Circle Live (Toronto, ON, Canada) – Seleziya Sparx v John Greed

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; Kimber Lee v La Rosa Negra v Hania; Mia Yim v Jessie Brooks

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: Scottish Wrestling Entertainment (Dundee, Scotland) – Nikki Storm v Leah Von Dutch

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

October 25: Alternative Wrestling Show (South Gate, CA) – Raze & Sage Sin v Nicole Savoy & Candice LeRae

Sweet Cherrie Saraya KnightOctober 25: NCW Femmes Fatales XVI (Montreal, QC, Canada) – Jodi D’Milo v Vanessa Kraven; Courtney Rush v Cheerleader Melissa; LuFisto v Mia Yim; Kc Spinelli v Sassy Stephie; Pink Flash Kira & Mary Lee Rose v Bettie Rage & Deziree; Saraya Knight v Sweet Cherrie

October 26: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland)

October 26: Kamikaze Pro (Birmingham, England) – Nixon Newell v Leah Von Dutch

October 26: Smash Wrestling (Mississauga, ON, Canada) – Vanessa Kraven v Portia Perez v Heidi Lovelace v Kimber Lee

October 26: WWE Hell in a Cell (Dallas, TX) – Brie Bella v Nikki Bella

October 31: XWA Wrestling (Sudbury, England) – Nikki Storm v Kay Lee Ray

November 1: Melbourne City Wrestling (Melbourne, Australia) – Tommy Hellfire & Siren Monroe v The Cremator & Vixsin

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

November 1: XWA Wrestling (Colchester, Essex) – Rhia O’Reilly v Addy Starr

November 1: Lucky Pro Wrestling (Clinton, MA) – Davienne & Taeler Hendrix v Rosita & Alexxis Nevaeh

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

November 8: 4 Front Wrestling (Brisol, England) – Nadia Sapphire v Chardonnay

November 8: Women Superstars Uncensored (Voorhees, NJ)

November 9: Squared Circle Wrestling (Toronto, ON, Canada) – Hania v Alexia Nicole v Jasmin

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; Lola & Nina Samuels v Astronomica & Nightshade

November 22: Alternative Wrestling Show (South Gate, CA) – Hudson Envy v Cheerleader Melissa

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

MCW NHB GirlsNovember 23: Melbourne City Wrestling Fight For A Cause (Hampton Park, Australia)

November 23: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland)

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

November 29: Warzone Wrestling (Berwick, Australia) – Savannah Summers v Kellyanne English

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

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

April 4: NCW Femmes Fatales (Montreal, QC, Canada)

– Lee Burton
– Photos by Gilda Pasquil (3), Maria Kanellis (4)
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© Ringbelles

Review: Alternative Wrestling Show 4th Women’s Tournament (31 May 2014)

AWS RosterThere is a lot of attention put on women’s promotions across the US, with groups like SHIMMER, SHINE and Women Superstars Uncensored and others getting a lot of column inches. Meanwhile, there are also outfits like Absolute Intense Wrestling, Inspire Pro Wrestling and Anarchy Championship Wrestling who are giving women a larger platform than most. The thing is that we hardly ever cast an eye over the West Coast – and that’s a horrible oversight considering there are quite a few women in the California area who are making impressions.

To that end, we’re taking a look at Alternative Wrestling Show’s 4th Women’s Tournament which took place back in May. It featured some names which you would likely know and others you may not, highlighted by Cheerleader Melissa and Serena Deeb facing each other in – to our knowledge – their first singles match ever. Seriously, how could this match not have happened before this year?!

Results
Tournament First Round
1. Cole Pistol beat Kikyo Nakamura with a crucifix
2. Christina Von Eerie defeated Kahmora with a back duplex
3. Nicole Savoy bested Datura with the Royal Butterfly
4. Amazona pinned Candice LeRae by countering a sunset flip
Tag Team Match
5. Raze & Sage Sin defeated Allie Parker & Kitana Vera. Raze pinned Parker following a Cobra Clutch Saito Suplex.
Tournament Semi Finals
6. Christina Von Eerie made Cole Pistol tap out to the Tequila Sunrise
7. Amazona defeats Nicole Savoy by submission
Singles Match
8. Cheerleader Melissa pinned Serena Deeb with the Air Raid Crash
AWS Women’s Title Match
9. Hudson Envy (c) beat Brittany Wonder with the Air Raid Crash
Tournament Final
10. Christina Von Eerie made Amazona tap out to a Cobra Clutch
12 Person Tag Team Match
11. B-Boy, Hector Canales, Joey Ryan, Lil Cholo, Rick Knox & SoCal Crazy beat Allie Parker, Candice LeRae, Datura, Kahmora, Kikyo Nakamura & Kitana Vera. Knox pinned Vera with a schoolboy

Cole Pistol Kikyo Nakamura Larry Carlin AWS• The commentators did a good job introducing me as a first time viewer to the show, laying out the history for Cole Pistol and Kikyo Nakamura. There were also at least half a dozen gun-related puns for Pistol, which I appreciated. They veered into the cliched sexist commentary from time to time but reeled themselves in when they felt they were going too far.

• As for the match, it was mostly technical with wrist locks and headlocks, but then opened up to allow Nakamura to deliver some more clubbing shots, though I don’t think she needs a standing moonsault in her repertoire if she is working heel. Pistol got the win with a crucifix after Nakamura went for a lazy cover following a pump handle slam. Nothing terrible, but it wasn’t hugely exciting either.

• Christina Von Eerie’s match with Kahmora upped the intensity level, but the kicks to the back after a snapmare is already overdone on this show, and we’re only into the second match. I’m not sure if Von Eerie was working heel, but she was much more aggressive with her opponent and the match-winning back suplex looked pretty scary. Kahmora’s offence was pretty nonexistent.

• Nicole Savoy and Datura had quite a few mis-steps at the start, mostly when the luchadora attempted armdrags that Savoy wasn’t ready for, as well as more kicks to the spine. However, there were plus points like Datura’s smoothness and aggression, as well as Savoy’s released German and Dragon suplexes tied in with her heel swagger. Despite this match not being the cleanest affair, I enjoyed their hard work.

Raze Kitana Vera Larry Carlin AWS• Amazona pinned Candice LeRae by countering a sunset flip in around 80 seconds. While it was a shocker, it seems a waste for the best wrestler in the tournament to go out in less than a minute and a half.

• Raze is clubbering. She’s aggressive and no-nonsense, which works for her heel gimmick. Sage Sinn’s work seemed to be more flashy and generated excited reactions from the fans, which was all wrong for a heel, and it was highlighted by her going for a tope in the closing moments of the match. I can’t say that I cared too much for Kitana Vera’s selling, and Allie Parker’s hot tag didn’t last long. It just felt like a long squash, and the only one of the four who stood out was Raze.

• More kicks to the back in the tournament semi final between Christina Von Eerie and Cole Pistol, along with some big chops by both women. There was a nice moment where Von Eerie countered a headscissors attempt with a sidewalk slam after falling prey to the same move earlier in the contest, and the contest was set up to make it seem like Christina was too experienced and smart for her opponent.

• Nicole Savoy’s matches do seem to have an increased sense of drama about them, and her battle against Amazona was better than against fellow luchadora Datura in the first round. Amazona kicked out of the Royal Butterfly and locked in a pretty unique submission hold which had elements of the Cattle Mutilation to it for the tap out. I like Savoy, and would be happy to see more of her.

Serena Deeb Cheerleader Melissa Larry Carlin AWS• Please – do you really need me to tell you that Cheerleader Melissa v Serena Deeb was great? With hard-hitting, great chain wrestling and intensity which was far higher than anything else on the show, this was the Match of the Night. While the finish was hot – the referee got wiped out with a Deeb spear so wasn’t there to count when Serena hit the same move on Melissa, only for the SHIMMER Champion to avoid the second attempt and connect with the Air Raid Crash – it was the little things that I liked such as babyface Serena popping the crowd by doing three armdrags. No headdrops, dangerous suplexes or crazy dives – just armdrags. Great stuff.

• Hudson Envy has been generating some buzz over the past year, and it’s easy to see why. With her striking appearance and tattoos, she certainly stands out from most other female wrestlers out there at the moment. It is also evident that she is getting mentoring from LuFisto, as her AWS Women’s Championship defence against Brittany Wonder had a LuFeel about it.

• While the previous contest was a precision outing, this was more like a HOSS FIGHT, and I had a good time watching it. The match spilled to the outside for a considerable amount of time, but it was inside the ring where I saw a couple of moves which really impressed me. One was Envy reversing an Irish whip with a huge Capo Kick, and then turning a monkeyflip into a Tornado DDT. Hudson Envy Brittany Wonder Larry Carlin AWSEnvy finished the Ultragirl off with an Air Raid Crash – which would look like a booking snafu, considering it was the finish of Melissa v Serena, but it makes sense when you consider that the AWS Women’s Champ and SHIMMER titleholder have been feuding, and saw Melissa come out after the match to deliver an Air Raid Crash to her rival.

• Von Eerie v Amazona in the tournament final completely fell apart. A few miscues aside, things seemed to be going in the right direction until about nine minutes in when Amazona seemed to lose all sense of what she was doing and the match degenerated into a mess for the next seven minutes. After a bunch of moves – broken up by some really weird stand-offs – Von Eerie got the win out of nowhere with a Cobra Clutch. Strange, strange, strange.

• The main event was a 12-person comedy match, with the sixth man on the men’s team being referee Rick Knox, who refuse to officiate the contest because of the harsh treatment he had received from women on previous shows.

Candice LeRae Larry Carlin AWS• As for the match, it was about 20 minutes of comedy spots and about 10 minutes of moves. The finish came following a series of LeRae Ballsplexes and Ryan retaliating with a Boobplex on Nakamura before Knox got the flash pin with a schoolboy, underlined with a fast count by referee Ray Rosas. The men celebrated as if it was a major victory for their gender, which was a nice role reversal on how many treat women when they beat a man. The show ended with the guys dancing to The Village People’s Macho Man.

• So, to final thoughts. It seems as if the crowd had a lot of fun, though I could have done without the one woman chanting “Amazona” throughout all of her matches. It also seems as if the fans are regular visitors as they were clued up with the characters and their storylines, and they also got into the comedy aspect of the main event. The wrestling was fine for the most part, though there was a definite step-up in match quality when Serena Deeb and Cheerleader Melissa took to the ring. Of the wrestlers who I had not seen before, I liked Nicole Savoy and Brittany Wonder, and also appreciated Raze working heel. Sage Sin would be better suited as a babyface, and I would like to see more of Cole Pistol and Kikyo Nakamura to get a better impression of them. However, I would urge everyone to keep an eye out for Hudson Envy, as she is interesting, aggressive and has earned the confidence of the AWS promoters – evidenced by her working a feud with Melissa. AWS’ 4th Women’s Tournament is not world-beating, though it’s probably worth a look. Interested? You can download the 125 minute show for $12 by clicking here.

– Photos by Larry Carlin/AWS

Ringbelles Roundup (5 August 2014) – Stephanie & Brie main event Raw again, AJ Lee v Paige announced for SummerSlam

Stephanie McMahon Brie Nikki Bella WWENot much going on in the world of women’s wrestling this week, so it’s just a few nibs in the top stories this week.

Stephanie McMahon and Brie Bella’s feud once again main-evented Raw, despite last week’s great segment not doing so well with the TV audience. This time was for a contract signing for their SummerSlam match where the pair got to throw a few verbal jabs at each other, and while Brie did her best with her dialogue the delivery was still nowhere close to McMahon’s work, which is still carrying this feud.

Brie cracked a poor joke about being someone’s toy when she was in prison which didn’t going over well with the live crowd, and then said she was going to embarrass Stephanie at SummerSlam, gaining retribution for herself, sister Brie, the Big Show, the Rhodes family and everyone else that the Authority has messed around. The comments were brushed off by McMahon who promised to tear Brie’s heart out before hitting Nikki with the binder containing the contract, and delivered a Pedigree to her while Triple H trapped Brie in the corner. Brie eventually fought free but also suffered a Pedigree to close the show with the Authority standing tall.

It wasn’t as hot as the reinstatement segment last week or the arrest the episode before, but served its purpose to forward the story.

Incidentally, the Wrestling Observer says that Brie isn’t being blamed for the dip in ratings in last week’s go-home angle as that would also see blame being apportioned to Stephanie – and that’s not going to happen…

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AJ Lee Paige WWEJust before Raw went on the air, the announcement was made that AJ Lee will defend the WWE Divas Championship against former champion Paige.

The Briton shoved AJ off the stage following the Divas Champion’s squash win over Rosa Mendes on SmackDown, which saw AJ put into a neck brace and carried away on a stretcher. Paige – who yelled that AJ was fine and that she was overreacting to the fall – skipped away afterwards. WWE.com ran a piece saying that AJ suffered whiplash, though it was all part of the angle.

Lee was absent from Raw this week selling the injury while Paige was the subject of a backstage interview saying that she and AJ are still friends and how she is looking forward to facing her idol at SummerSlam.

As we said at the time, losing the Divas Championship may be the best thing that could happen to Paige, and that has been proven. She now has purpose, character and a hot feud that fans have invested in. She and AJ have also started working on the house show loop which should help iron out the issues we saw in their match at Battleground, which should lead to a more entertaining and tidy encounter.

It’s also tough to guess who will win the SummerSlam match. Should AJ win, it will help her babyface character but not do much for Paige’s credibility in the process. If Paige recaptures the title, it’s creating a hot potato with the belt but will do wonders for her heel gimmick. It should also generate a decent reaction with the crowd at the Staples Center in what will be the first Divas Title match at SummerSlam since 2011 where Kelly Kelly defeated Beth Phoenix.

AJ will also return to action on Main Event this evening.

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Finally, a portion of WWE’s roster is in Australia this week for some house shows which will also see a fair few independent wrestlers getting tryouts before the Melbourne show tomorrow. Savannah Summers and Toni Storm have been mentioned as well as New Zealand’s Sara Jay. Considering the large numbers of names getting a go, it will be surprising if WWE says no to them all, but it’s possible.

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We’ve posted a couple of videos on the website this week: one is from Wrestlicious, which has the match between Felony and Glory for the promotion’s crown; and we have also featured a First Blood Match between D’Arcy Dixon and Mickie Knuckles for the RESISTANCE Pro Women’s Championship, which features a controversial ending.

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WWE
Slayers’ torment of Fandango continued on SmackDown when they helped Diego get a win over him, and again on Raw… Paige spoke to WWE Magazine about why she wears Dr Martens boots since making her main roster debut. “I’m used to it. You have to break them in so I had to wear them on the streets. They’re very good, very British. I’m sticking to my guns. I’m really happy they’re back in fashion again because I love them and I own a pair, so I might as well put these babies on”… NXT Women’s Champion Charlotte defeated Becky Lynch in a non-title match on last week’s show. Lynch’s gimmick has been altered from the stereotypical Irish dancing and music to something a lot more intense and exciting, which is good. The match was also better than Charlotte’s snoozefest with Summer Rae. Incidentally, the next NXT special will take place on September 11, where Charlotte will defend the title against Bayley – with the pair having a set-to backstage in last week’s episode… Former Total Divas cast member Jojo is now a backstage interviewer on NXT… WWE’s disappointing financial losses announced on Thursday led to some redundancies, and the talent roster didn’t escape the cuts. Dani Jackson – who was signed after a tryout at the Performance Center in December and reported for duty in May – was let go. She hasn’t wrestled at any live event and never made it to television… Vickie Guerrero revealed that she is now working for a pharmacy company.

TNA
No Knockouts matches on last week’s Impact Wrestling, though Angelina Love and Velvet Sky explaining that they interfered in the Gail Kim/Taryn Terrell match because they feel the Beautiful People should be the focus of the Knockouts division. Love also promised an announcement next week. This company has so many “announcements” that they’ve lost all meaning. The other big thing was a tease for the debut of a new Knockout. No name was mentioned, but you can see from the picture that it’s likely to be Jessicka Havok – which explains her selling off all of her merchandise at knockdown prices. It seems as if a letter will be revealed every week, which means her debut could be at the end of this month.

North America
Hudson EnvySerena Deeb won’t be challenging for the SHINE Championship for a second time at SHINE 21 as she is injured. Instead, Ivelisse Velez will defend the belt against the winner of Leah Von Dutch, Amazing Kong, Nevaeh & Su Yung. Elsewhere, Malia Hosaka & Brandi Wine will put their newly won Tag Team Championship on the line against former titleholders Leva Bates & Mia Yim… Crazy Mary Dobson takes on Heidi Lovelace this weekend for Strong Style Wrestling… Hudson Envy won the Alpha Omega Wrestling Women’s Championship on Sunday, beating Pris… LuFisto and Warhed went to a time limit draw at the weekend’s Deathproof Wrestling show – the stalemate was beaten when LuFisto won a karaoke contest. Elsewhere on the show, Eric Cairnie successfully defended his Deathproof Title against Jewells Malone in a barbed wire tables match with a piledriver through the table… Maria Kanellis will put her Family Wrestling Entertainment Women’s Championship on the line against Ivelisse Velez on October 4. Velez will also be in action for FWE the day before where she will team up with Tommy Dreamer to face Candice LeRae and Joey Ryan in a mixed tag team match… Taryn Terrell was originally supposed to wrestle Amazing Kong for NWA Mid Atlantic Memories at the weekend but she didn’t wrestle, though she was at the event. Jessie Kaye replaced her and was beaten in a squash. Stacy “Miss Kitty” Carter, Chasity Taylor and Tessa Blanchard were also in attendance.

Japan
Sachie Abe is out of action at the moment, possibly with an injured right eye… Mio Shirai is putting together a joint event next month as part of the four contracts she signed earlier this year, so it will feature wrestlers from Union Pro/DDT, WAVE, OZ Academy & Ice Ribbon, and will also have a death match.

Europe
Fierce Females is promising four debuts for its next show on August 31 in Glasgow, Scotland. The double main event will see Kay Lee Ray and Nikki Storm picking each other’s opponents as part of a Pick Your Poison deal. Ray will have to face April Davids, while Nikki Storm will have to find a partner to face Sara and Carmel Jacob. Nixon Newell, Miss Cole and Layla Rose will all make their debuts… Speaking of Nixon, she and Lana Austin will compete in a six-person ladder match at Pro Wrestling Kingdom’s September 27 show in Birmingham, England… Lana Austin, Miss Louise Jane, Melanie Price, Skarlett and fitness competitor Melanie Schofield have been added to the TNA British Boot Camp 2 auditions. If you would like to be part of the audience where the 12 going forwards will be chosen, click here… Addy Starr will face La Seductora & Princesa Blanca CMLLPollyanna Peppers for Empress Pro on October 4… Lady Lory won the Wrestling Alliance Company Women’s Championship on Saturday by way of winning a battle royal.

Mexico
La Seductora had her head shaved & Princesa Blanca unmasked and retired after they were beaten by Marcela & Princesa Sugehit Silueta is the new CMLL-REINA International Jr Champion. She beat Zeuxis on Sunday… Quick note: Faby Apache’s AAA Reina de Reinas title defence against Taya Valkyrie at TripleMania on August 17 will only be the second of her 17 month reign.

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Results

July 29: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Dark Angel, Goya Kong & Lluvia b Dalys, La Seductora & Tiffany via DQ

July 29: I Believe In Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Yamamoto, Chasyn Rance & Brittany b Mike Patrick, Leo Brien & Justin Michaels

Hamuko Hoshi Youji KawauchiJuly 30: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Masked Tsukka & Neko Nitta b Kyuri & Kurumi; Aoi Kizuki b Meari Naito, 235, & Akane Fujita in a 4-way; Mio Shirai v Tsukushi ended in a time limit draw; Maki Narumiya, Risa Sera & Yuka b Tsukasa Fujimoto, Hamuko Hoshi & Miyako Matsumoto

July 30: Ohio Valley Wrestling (Louisville, KY) – Mary Elizabeth Monroe b Rebel

July 31: REINA (Tokyo, Japan) – Leon b Kaho Kobayashi; Neko Nitta & Rydeen Hagane b Alex Lee & Tsukasa Fujimoto; Masaya Takahashi & Yuji Kito b Kazuhiro Tamura & Keizo Matsuda; Dump Matsumoto b Mascara Reina; Dump Matsumoto b Mascara Reina; Arisa Nakajima & Maki Narumiya b Syuri & Tsukushi; La Comandante & Yumiko Hotta b Makoto & Ray

July 31: WWE NXT (Winter Park, FL) – Charlotte b Becky Lynch

August 1: Preston City Wrestling (Preston, England) – April Davids b Nikki Storm

August 1: WWE SmackDown (Corpus Christi, TX) – AJ Lee b Rosa Mendes

August 1: WWE NXT (Largo, FL) – Charlotte b Bayley

August 1: Olde Wrestling (Lakewood, OH) – ThunderKitty b Heidi Lovelace

August 1: Wisconsin Pro Wrestling (Green Bay, WI) – Peter Schwanz & Stacey Shadows b Melanie Cruise & Joey Avalon

August 1: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Marcela & Princesa Sugehit b La Seductora & Princesa Blanca

August 2: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Risa Sera b 235; Aoi Ishibashi b Miyako Matsumoto; Mochi Miyagi b Maki Narumiya & Tsukasa Fujimoto ina 3-way; Kurumi & Kyuri b Tsukushi & Yuuka

August 2: Wrestling Alliance Company (Dampremy, Belgium) – Lady Lory won a battle royal to win the WAC Women’s Championship

August 2: Mid Atlantic Memories (Charlotte, NC) – Amazing Kong b Jessie Kaye

August 2: WWE (Lubbock, TX) – AJ Lee b Natalya & Paige in a 3-way

August 2: WWE NXT (Starke, FL) – Charlotte b Bayley

August 2: Ohio Valley Wrestling (Louisville, KY) – Rebel b Mary Elizabeth Monroe

August 2: Northeast Wrestling (Fishkill, NY) – Mark Shurman, Rob Araujo & Velvet Sky b Jake Manning, Reby Sky & Shovelhead Chuck

August 2: Vendetta Pro Wrestling (Santa Maria, CA) – Hudson Envy & Tyler Bateman b Ricky Ruffin & Terra Calaway

August 2: Wrestling For Charity (San Jose, CA) – Julio Pedroza & Kikyo Nakamura b Amazona & John Redito

August 2: Dynamo Pro Wrestling (Fenton, MO) – D’Arcy Dixon v Lucy Mendez went to a no-contest

August 2: Hoosier Pro Wrestling (Columbus, IN) – Lylah Lodge & Stompin Steve b Crazy Mary Dobson & Mad Man Pondo

August 2: Universal Independent Wrestling (Buchanan, GA) – Pandora b Mickie Knuckles to win the UIW Women’s Championship

August 2: World Xtreme Wrestling C4 (Orwigsburg, PA) – Niya b Autumn Breeze

August 3: World Woman Pro Wrestling Diana (Kawasaki, Japan) – Kaoru Ito b Mask de Sun; Megumi Yabushita b Sareee; Kyoko Inoue b Keiko Aono

August 3: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – Rydeen Hagane & Yako Fujigasaki b Command Bolshoi & Yume Hayashi; KAZUKI b Kayoko Haruyama; Hanako Nakamori & Leon b Arisa Nakajima & Rabbit Miu

Jewells Malone TabercilAugust 3: Insane Championship Wrestling (Edinburgh, Scotland) – Kay Lee Ray & Stevie Boy b Carmel Jacob & Liam Thomson

August 3: Deathproof Wrestling (Toronto, ON, Canada) – Lufisto v Warhed went to a time limit draw; Eric Cairnie b Jewells Malone

August 3: WWE (San Antonio, TX) – Nikki Bella, Emma & Naomi b Alicia Fox, Rosa Mendes & Cameron

August 3: Mid Atlantic Memories (Charlotte, NC) – Tessa Blanchard b Chasity Taylor

August 3: Wrestling Is Fun (Easton, PA) – Oleg the Usurper & Jaka b Heidi Lovelace & Equinox

August 3: Furious Wrestling Society (Clarksville, IN) – Sabrina Sixx b Mistress Burgandi via DQ

August 3: Alpha Omega Wrestling (Palm Desert, CA) – Hudson Envy b Pris to win the AOW Women’s Championship

August 3: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Sileuta b Zeuxis to win the CMLL-REINA International Jr Championship

Upcoming

August 8: House Of Pain: Evolution (Mansfield, England) – Violet Vendetta v Nixon Newell v Ruby Summers v Felony

August 8: Pro Wrestling All-Stars of Detroit (Melvindale, MI) – Hudson Envy v Thunderkitty v Randi West

Heidi Lovelace Arik CannonAugust 8: Absolute Intense Wrestling (Cleveland, OH) – Obariyon v Veda Scott; Heidi Lovelace v Arik Cannon

August 9: Melbourne City Wrestling (Craigieburn, Australia) – Evie v Toni Storm

August 9: Southside Wrestling (Nottingham, England) – Martin Kirby v Kay Lee Ray

August 9: SMASH Wrestling (Brantford, ON, Canada) – Courtney Rush v Allysin Kay

August 9: Strong Style Wrestling (Elkhart, IN) – Crazy Mary Dobson v Heidi Lovelace

August 10: Pro Wrestling Kingdom (Birmingham, England) – Nixon Newell & Chris Brookes v Ryan Smile & Lana Austin

August 10: FutureShock Wrestling (Stockport, England) – Danni Hunter v Lana Austin v April Davids

August 10: Insane Championship Wrestling (Edinburgh, Scotland) – Nikki Storm v Viper

August 10: Southside Wrestling Entertainment (St Neots, England) – Robbie X v Jimmy Havoc v Zak Northern v Kay Lee Ray

August 16: Europe Catch Tour Association (Oye-Plage, France) – Lady Lory v Emilie Sauvage

August 16: NCW Femmes Fatales XV (Montreal, QC, Canada) – Mercedes Martinez v LuFisto v Cheerleader Melissa v Courtney Rush; Missy v Kimber Lee; Vanessa Kraven v Sassy Stephie; Addy Starr & Kaitlin Diemond v Mary Lee Rose & Pink Flash Kira; Sweet Cherrie v Niya Barela

August 16: Conflict Wrestling (Kitchener, ON, Canada) – Seleziya Sparx v Jewells Malone

August 17: Insane Championship Wrestling (Edinburgh, Scotland) – Leah & Kasey Owens v Carmel Jacob & Sara

August 17: HXC Wrestling (Manchester, England) – Sam Bailey & Lana Austin b Mikey Whiplash & Violet Vendetta

August 17: SMASH Wrestling (Toronto, ON, Canada) – Cherry Bomb & Kimber Lee v LuFisto & Vanessa Kraven

August 17: AAA TripleMania XXII (Mexico City, Mexico) – Aerostar, Jennifer Blake, Mascarita Sagrada & Pimpinela Escarlata v Mamba, Mini Abismo Negro, Sexy Star & Súper Fly; Faby Apache v Taya Valkyrie

August 17: WWE SummerSlam (Los Angeles, CA) – Brie Bella v Stephanie McMahon; AJ Lee v Paige

August 22: Hybrid Pro Wrestling (Sunderland, England) – Kirsty Love v Freya Frenzy

August 22: SHINE 21 (Ybor City, FL) – Leah Von Dutch v Amazong Kong v Nevaeh v Su Yung; Ivelisse Velez v TBA; Malia Hosaka & Brandi Wine v Leva Bates & Mia Yim

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

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

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

Kay Lee Ray April DavidsAugust 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

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

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: Women Superstars Uncensored (Voorhees, NJ)

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

September 21: SMASH Wrestling CANUSA Classic (Toronto, ON, Canada)

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

October 3: 4 Front Wrestling (Swindon, England) – Shanna v Hikaru Shida

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

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

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

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

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

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

November 23: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland)

– Lee Burton
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Ringbelles Roundup (29 July 2014) – Stephanie McMahon is awesome, plus a discussion on blood in women’s wrestling

Stephanie McMahon Brie Bella WWEThe conclusion of last night’s Raw saw the real main event of SummerSlam take shape.

Sure, the final match on the show in Los Angeles on August 17 will be John Cena against Brock Lesnar, but last night’s episode was a show-long arc which took the next big step in the feud between Brie Bella and Stephanie McMahon and ending with a match being set between the two.

The programme began with a recap from last week where McMahon struck Bella – who was a paying customer – and her subsequent arrest. Later on, Stephanie talked to husband Triple H backstage about what it was like being in a police cell, and how their plan for the evening needed to work. The plan was revealed as the couple went to the ring in order to ask Brie to join them, though they were interrupted by Chris Jericho, who reprised his feud with Stephanie from 2000-2002 and for a brief spell in 2009 (ignoring their alliance for about a month around WrestleMania X8) and busted out some decade-old insults. It all meant that Stephanie – who barely said a word during the segment but was still the focal point because of her sorrowful remorse and then frustration at Jericho’s jokes – would have to wait to speak to Brie.

McMahon was seen knocking on the Divas’ locker room door, which was answered by Brie’s sister Nikki, who said that her twin would be in the building later on. That meant Stephanie coming out for the final segment of the programme to speak to Brie, and then tried to bargain her way out of a battery charge. She said Nikki would no longer be put into handicap matches and would also receive a raise, though that wasn’t enough for Brie, who said that she wanted her job back. McMahon argued that one Bella was enough for WWE, so Brie said that she would see Stephanie in court – in fact, she said it three times during this piece – to which the boss lady relented, saying that Brie was reinstated. As things appeared to be over, Bella said she had one more demand, which was a match at SummerSlam. Stephanie asked her if she wanted a Divas Title match or a Total Divas showcase, but Bella said she wanted a match against her, which Stephanie was reluctant to agree to, and did so seemingly in tears – but showed that she was up for her first contest since she lost to her father at No Mercy 2003 – by slapping Brie off the apron to the floor, which led to the pair having a pull-apart brawl. It was a spectacular segment, and 90% of the credit for it – as well as the entire feud in general – has to go to Stephanie, and that’s something I wouldn’t have said a year ago.

You see, be her heel or face, Stephanie McMahon was a complete pain in the neck in the past. As timid Steph entering a relationship with Test or getting kidnapped by the Undertaker, she was as wooden as you would expect a 22-year old to be. Her heel turn was helped in that she was aligned with Triple H and had storylines with the charismatic Kurt Angle and Jericho over that time. She then had a minor miracle against Trish Stratus at No Way Out 2001 and was shoehorned into the Invasion storyline as the owner of ECW, which didn’t suit her character and saw her irritating-level go astronomical into go-away heat, which culminated with her splitting with HHH (in storyline) and then being banished from the company just after WMX8.

Her absence lasted 115 days, as she returned as the babyface General Manager of SmackDown and was involved in feud with Eric Bischoff, Sable and father Vince, but also saw the babyfaces sliming up to her – including John Cena, who rapped about how good looking Stephanie was, which was pretty lame for the man who was the coolest face in the company at the time – before being made to vacate the position in the aforementioned No Mercy match.

She’s had a couple of cameos over the years – taking a Stone Cold Stunner from Steve Austin in 2005, being the General Manager for a few weeks in 2008 and again the following year, as well as being beaten up by Randy Orton in the build-up to him against HHH at WrestleMania 25, but made a Stephanie McMahon 2 WWEfull-time return to the roster about a year ago as part of the Authority, and has been stellar in being the ultimate person to hate. She started by being a thorn in the side of Daniel Bryan, which led to her raising the ire or Brie Bella while Bryan was forced out of action due to injury a couple of months ago.

Since her comeback, her character has been amazing, and she has eliminated the over-acting and screechy voice which she had during her original heyday over a decade ago, and replaced it with a cooler exterior and a real ability to be able to hold the crowd in the palm of her hands. Moreover, while Paul Heyman is notably great at creating money promos, Stephanie has been even better at getting under the skin of fans around the world and has even managed to do something that Heyman hasn’t done in recent years – elevate other wrestlers.

While Heyman has been the mouthpiece behind Brock Lesnar, he has faltered in getting over the likes of Ryback, Curtis Axel and Cesaro, while there is more interest in Brie Bella than in any other point in her 6-year career, and sister Nikki has also received some residual benefits by being victimised by Stephanie with all the handicap matches. Using nothing more than verbiage, three slaps and a quick catfight, Brie Bella v Stephanie McMahon is possibly the real money feud which will culminate at SummerSlam – and the fact that McMahon has already received a level of comeuppance from Vickie Guerrero recently hasn’t made a difference, partly because it hasn’t been acknowledged since it happened.

The support for Stephanie’s work seems to be pretty universal. There is support for her character, promos, acting, reacting and every facet which you would expect from a non-wrestler in WWE. If Ringbelles had a Non-Wrestler of the Year award, Stephanie McMahon would be receiving it, hands-down.

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Candice LeRae Joey Ryan“Attn ladies in wrestling…stop carving yourselves to shreds. Nuff said.”

Velvet Sky sent that tweet on Sunday and it caused a shedload of reactions from different people. One person accused of her of sending the non-specific message in the direction of Candice LeRae and Veda Scott, who both bled on Saturday night in their respective main event matches at Pro Wrestling Guerrilla and Absolute Intense Wrestling. LeRae bled after being struck in the face with a steel chair as she and Joey Ryan dethroned The Young Bucks to win the PWG Tag Team Championship in a Guerrilla Warfare Match, while Scott pinned Greg Iron in the cage match main event of the Battle of the Sexes show, which ended with Veda leaping from the top of the structure where a table was sat across two corners, driving herself through her former AIW Tag team Championship partner, who was lying on his own table.

It could just be a coincidence that Sky made that statement on the same weekend that these matches took place, or it may have more behind it – but the tweet itself has been somewhat polarising. While some fans and wrestlers have supported the sentiment, others have come to the support of Scott and LeRae by saying they’re free to do whatever they like. Honestly, both sides are probably right.

Blading oneself is something I would never encourage, but there are circumstances where I can see the logic behind doing it. Both of these matches are feud ending situations where the storylines have been ongoing for some time. LeRae and Ryan have been feuding with the Young Bucks for close to a year while Scott and Iron have teamed and then warred over the last 20 months. If there was ever a time in these feuds to increase the drama with blood, this was probably it. True, some would argue that you shouldn’t really need to cut yourself in front of a crowd of a couple of hundred, and it’s still questionable when you’re competing in front of tens of thousands, but at least the payoff is better in the latter instance – though the final decision to cut is down to the wrestler themselves, and if they can square it with themselves and feel it’s worth it, that’s their business and nobody else’s.

Veda Scott AIWOne tweeter argued with Velvet’s advice by insinuating that undergoing cosmetic surgery in order to secure more bookings shouldn’t be encouraged either – referring to how Sky, like many other wrestlers, have elected to go under the knife, be it to become more marketable or for reasons outside of wrestling. It may have been a cheap shot, but some may argue that there is some validity to the point – nobody can judge the reasons for what someone does to their own body, so why can’t everybody live and let live?

If you want to blade in a match or you want to have cosmetic surgery, go for it. If you can square it with yourself and you’re happy with your decision, what’s stopping you?

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We’ve had two new interviews on the website this week. We’ve got a My Name Is with Amanda Rodriguez, as well as a Women Of Wrestling Podcast with Mia Yim on a slew of topics, and she’s very open and honest with them all. We also have two matches – an intergender match involving Kimber Lee against JT Dunn, and Kc Spinelli winning the Pure Wrestling Association Elite Women’s Championship from Leah Von Dutch.

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WWE
Lana was back delivering promos on Main Event last Tuesday ahead of Rusev’s match against Jack Swagger, which ended in a DQ win for the American – though there was no mention of “recent current events” like there was at Battleground just over a week ago. It’s telling that the feud has been moved from Raw and SmackDown on cable and network TV respectively to a WWE Network-only show… Charlotte defeated Summer Rae on last week’s NXT to successfully defend her NXT Women’s Championship. The match was painfully dull and the usually enthusiastic audience chanted “boring”, even breaking out the Mexican wave… Two of the WWE Diva feuds were interwoven on SmackDown when Paige wrestled Naomi. Skipping out like Divas Champion AJ Lee – on whom she turned during last week’s Raw – Paige then cut a short promo says despite what happened, with the Briton saying that she still liked AJ, and still liked Naomi, though it was painfully obvious as to how disingenuous she was being. Just as they were about to lock up, Cameron’s music hit which distracted Naomi, allowing Paige to attack her from behind, nail the RamPaige Paige AJ Lee WWEand then get the tap out win with the PTO before skipping away. Cameron then took to the ring to beat up on her former friend. Incidentally, Naomi’s new look does little for her. The braids and taxicab look is a step back from her Funkadactyls style… Elsewhere on Raw, Paige apologised for her attack on AJ saying she was young and impetuous. The Divas Champion came out to say she was having none of it, and Paige said AJ was “crazy” if she didn’t believe her. The pair ended up fighting. Naomi also got a measure of revenge when she and Natalya defeated Cameron and Alicia Fox… The Wrestling Observer claims that Nikki Bella may turn heel on her sister Brie after their storyline with Stephanie McMahon comes to an end. The pair have also answered questions from WWE.com about the feud… Speaking of Brie Bella, she was with husband Daniel Bryan when the pair returned to their home in Phoenix, AZ on Thursday night to find two burglars escaping from their property. Bryan managed to restrain one, who was later arrested. They had only moved into the home 10 days previously… AJ Lee and Paige have started wrestling each other on the road. Hopefully, this will make for a smoother match when they next wrestle on TV… Summer Rae and Layla’s tandem is nicknamed “Slayers” – with the ‘S’ from Summer and ‘lay’ from Layla. It really is Lay-Cool mark II.

TNA
It was announced last Wednesday that Brooke has signed a new multi-year deal with the company… Gail Kim’s Knockouts Championship defence against Taryn Terrell on last week’s Impact Wrestling went to a no-contest after the Beautiful People interfered. The match was nowhere close to the quality of their Last Knockout Standing or Ladder Matches from last year before it was thrown out – possibly because this was Terrell’s first match in the 6-sided ring… Kazarian and Christopher Daniels recently did a shoot interview where they discussed the horrendous Claire Lynch storyline where AJ Styles was accused of cheating on his wife with her. They said she had no idea what she would be doing when she auditioned for the role, and they said she “wasn’t ready” for the “wacky world of pro wrestling”. Considering she worked at the Universal Resort, it could have been Leva Bates who landed that role.

North America
Jessie Belle Smothers has announced that she is to retire from wrestling, writing on Twitter that “I’ve done my best to chase my dream but sometimes Ya gotta realize you’ve done all you can”. Her final match will take place in October. The 28-year old debuted in 2010, losing to to her SNS Express tag team partner Sassy Stephie before debuting in Ohio Valley Wrestling in April the following year. She became part of the Smothers Twisted Daughters with her “sister” Izza Belle Smothers (Mickie Knuckles) and won the promotion’s singles championship on two occasions. She was also involved in a controversy with Tracy Smothers in 2012 who wanted her to stop using the surname, though things smoothed over. She is married to Ryan Howe, who was a competitor on the 2011 season of WWE’s Tough Enough and is also a member of the OVW roster… Former TNA Knockouts Champion Katarina Leigh Waters has been announced as the General Manager of California promotion Apex Pro Wrestling. Her first show will be on August 16… Marti Belle regained the New York Wrestling Connection Starlets Championship on Thursday, beating Rick Kimber LeeCataldo and defending champion Chrissy Rivera in a 3-way… Kimber Lee suffered the mother of all shiners on Thursday. When we asked her what happened, she called it a “freak accident”… D’Arcy Dixon was more heelish in her win against Angel Dust at RESISTANCE Pro’s show on Friday. Elsewhere on the card, Thunderkitty defeated Lucy Mendez… Jessicka Havok’s been selling all of her merchandise at rock-bottom prices, calling it a “close-out sale”… Hudson Envy defeated her trainer LuFisto on Friday to retain her Alternative Wrestling Show Women’s Championship… Mistress Burgandi beat Mickie Knuckles in a Taped Fists Match on IWA Mid South’s Friday show – Heidi Lovelace was the referee… Athena retained her AIW Women’s Championship by submitting Heidi Lovelace on Saturday’s matinee show… Barbi Hayden beat Mia Yim on Sunday’s Inspire Pro Wrestling show to retain the NWA World Women’s Championship. Rachel Summerlyn also made what was promoted as her final appearance in a wrestling ring. Her final match was in February last year.

Japan
Tokyo Women’s Wrestling’s biggest show will take place on Saturday when they hold a card at Shin-Kiba 1st Ring… Mayu Iwatani won the vacant Wonder of Stardom Championship on Sunday, defeating Kairi Hojo & Miho Wakizawa in a one-night, four-woman tournament… Hikaru Shida won Pro Wrestling WAVE’s 2014 Catch The Wave League on Sunday, beating Misaki Ohata in the final. Meanwhile two men hold the promotion’s Tag Team Championship, with Isami Kodaka & Yuko Miyamoto beating Ayako Hamada & Yuu Yamagata to take the straps – you can see more on those stories here.

Europe
Nadia SapphireLeah & Kasey Owens have been confirmed for TNA’s British Boot Camp 2 auditions this Thursday… Another blood injury happened on Saturday, but this one was accidental: Nadia Sapphire cut her head open on a board during her Coventry Pro Wrestling Women’s Championship defeat to Lizzy Styles. She had to be taken to hospital to get the wound glued shut.

Mexico
Taya Valkyrie pinned Faby Apache in their trios match on Sunday ahead of AAA’s TripleMania Reina de Reinas Championship match next month… Silueta has challenged Zeuxis for her CMLL-Reina International Junior Championship after beating her on Sunday.

Australia & New Zealand
Carmen Rose suffered a broken arm on Saturday’s Impact Pro Wrestling show during the tag team match alongside Britenay against Evie & Olivia Shaw. She got it from blocking one of Evie’s kicks. Rose and Britenay won, but Evie stole the Women’s Championship belt again.

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Results

July 19: Tokyo Women’s Wrestling (Tokyo, Japan) – Miyu Yamashita & KANNA b Yuka Sakazaki & Erin; Shoko Nakajima b Ai Shimizu; Nonoko b Chikage Kiba

July 21: REINA (Yokohama, Japan) – Keizo Matsuda & Kazuhiro Tamura b Yuji Kito & Yoshihiro Doguchi; Tsukushi b Alex Lee; Makoto b Kyusei Sakura Hirota; La Comandante b Kurumi; Maki Narumiya & Neko Nitta b Syuri & Kaho Kobayashi

July 22: Pro Wrestling WAVE (Tokyo, Japan) – Kana & Natsu Sumire b Hikaru Shida & Sakura Hirota; Tomoka Nakagawa b Moeka Haruhi; Ayako Hamada & Yuu Yamagata b Kaho Kobayashi & Tsukushi; Mika Iida b Sakura Hirota; Mio Shirai, Misaki Ohata & Tsukasa Fujimoto b Cherry, Kyoko Kimura & Shuu Shibutani; Yumi Ohka b Sachie Abe

July 22: All Pro Wrestling (Burlingame, CA) – Candice LaRae & Joey Ryan b Brittany Wonder & Marcus Lewis

July 23: Rockstar Pro (Dayton, OH) – Miss Diss Lexia b Duke Beefhammer

July 23: Ohio Valley Wrestling (Lousiville, KY) – Rebel b Mary Elizabeth Monroe

July 24: WWE NXT (Winter Park, FL) – Charlotte b Summer Rae

July 24: WWE (Tulsa, OK) – AJ Lee b Paige

July 24: TNA Impact Wrestling (New York City, NY) – Gail Kim v Taryn Terrell went to a no-contest

July 24: Evolution Pro Wrestling (Clarksville, IN) – Ian Rotten & Mistress Burgandi v Joseph Schwartz & Randi West went to a no contest

July 24: New York Wrestling Connection (Deer Park, NY) – Marti Belle b Chrissy Rivera & Rick Cataldo in a 3-way to win the NYWC Starlets Championship

July 25: WWE SmackDown (Orlando, FL) – Paige b Naomi

July 25: Independent Wrestling Entertainment (Dexter, ME) – Cali Capone b Mistress Belmont

July 25: Juggalo Championship Wrestling (Kaiser, MO) – Mad Man Pondo & Crazy Mary Dobson b The Butler & The Maid

July 25: RESISTANCE Pro (Willowbrook, IL) – Thunderkitty b Lucy Mendez; D’Arcy Dixon b Angel Dust

July 25: IWA Mid-South (New Albany, IN) – Mistress Burgandi b Mickie Knuckles

July 25: Alternative Wrestling Show (South Gate, CA) – Hudson Envy b LuFisto

July 25: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Amapola, Princesa Blanca & Zeuxis b Goya Kong, Marcela & Silueta via DQ

July 26: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Cherry b Akane Fujita; Kurumi & Manami Kanda b 235 & Kyuri; Rabbit Miu v Tsukushi went to a time limit draw; Tsukasa Fujimoto & Yuuka b Mio Shirai & Yuri Kotobuki

July 26: Impact Pro Wrestling (Auckland, New Zealand) – Britenay & Carmen Rose b Evie & Olivia Shaw

July 26: Scottish Wrestling Entertainment (Dundee, Scotland) – Viper b Nikki Storm

July 26: Scottish Wrestling Entertainment (Perth, Scotland) – Sammii Jayne b Debbie Sharpe

July 26: Coventry Pro Wrestling (Coventry, England) – Lizzy Styles b Nadia Sapphire to win the CPW Women’s Championship

July 26: Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (Reseda, CA) – Candice LeRae & Joey Ryan b Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson to win the PWG Tag Team Championship

Veda Scott AIWJuly 26: Absolute Intense Wrestling (Cleveland, OH) – Athena b Heidi Lovelace; Seleziya Sparx b Alexia Nicole; Bobby Beverly b Angel Dust; Hania b Colin Delaney; Davey Vega b Jasmin; Jenny Rose b Tyson Dux; Rickey Shane Page b Alexia Nicole; Seleziya Sparx b Eddie Kingston; BJ Whitmer b Heidi Lovelace; Athena b Louis Lyndon; Veda Scott b Gregory Iron

July 26: WWE (Edmonton, AB, Canada) – Emma & Natalya b Alicia Fox & Rosa Mendes

July 26: WWE (Oklahoma City, OK) – AJ Lee b Paige

July 26: IWA Midwest (Pekin, IL) – Mickie Knuckles b Thunderkitty

July 27: World Woman Pro Wrestling Diana (Kawasaki, Japan) – Yuiga b Koyuki Hayashi; Eiger b Keiko Aono; Sareee b Kaho Kobayashi; KAORU & Mima Shimoda b Kaoru Ito & Tomoko Watanabe; Kyoko Inoue & Manami Toyota b Yumiko Hotta & Mask De Sun

July 27: JWP (Nagoya, Japan) – 235 & Neko Nitta b Yako Fujigasaki & Yume Hayashi; Hanako Nakamori & Masashi Aoyagi b KAZUKI & Otoko Sakari; Command Bolshoi & Kayoko Haruyama b KAORU & Rydeen Hagane; Rabbit Miu defeats Leon; Arisa Nakajima b Sachie Abe

July 27: Stardom (Tokyo, Japan) – Mayu Iwatani b Kairi Hojo; Miho Wakizawa b Takumi Iroha; Nanae Takahashi b Alpha Female, Kaori Yoneyama & Hatsuhinode Kamen in a 4-way; Yoshiko & Reo Hazuki b Io Shirai & Koguma; Mayu Iwatani b Miho Wakizawa to win the Wonder of Stardom Championship

July 27: Pro Wrestling WAVE (Tokyo, Japan) – Mika Iida & Kyusei Sakura Hirota b Shu Shibutani & Cherry and Mio Shirai & Kyoko Kimura in a 3-way; Misaki Ohata b Tsukasa Fujimoto; Tomoka Nakagawa b Hiroyo Matsumoto; Isami Kodaka & Yuko Miyamoto b Ayako Hamada & Yuu Yamagata to win the WAVE Tag Team Championship; Sawako Shimono & Rina Yamashita b Moeka Haruhi & Fairy Nipponbashi; Misaki Ohata b Yumi Ohka; Hikaru Shida b Tomoka Nakagawa; Kana & Sakura Hirota b Kyusei Ninja Ranmaru & Hibiscus Mii; Kyusei Ninja Ranmaru & Hibiscus Mii b Kana & Sakura Hirota; Tomoka Nakagawa b Hiroyo Matsumoto, Tsukasa Fujimoto & Yumi Ohka in a 4-way; Kaho Kobayashi b Sumire Natsu; Hikaru Shida b Misaki Ohata

July 27: Kamikaze Pro (Birmingham, England) – Nixon Newell b Marshall X

July 27: Insane Championship Wrestling (Glasgow, Scotland) – BT Gunn & Chris Renfrew b Kay Lee Ray & Stevie Boy to win the vacant ICW Tag Team Championship

July 27: Beyond Wrestling (Providence, RI) – Kimber Lee b Silver Ant

July 27: WWE (Dallas, TX) – AJ Lee b Paige

Kaitlin Diemond Skyler Rose TabercilJuly 27: WWE (Calgary, AB, Canada) – Emma, Layla & Natalya b Alicia Fox, Eva Marie & Rosa Mendes

July 27: Crossfire Wrestling (St Catharines, ON, Canada) – Skylar Rose b Kaitlin Diemond

July 27: Inspire Pro Wrestling (Austin, TX) – Athena b Kat Green; Delilah Doom b Solo Darling; Jessica James b Miss Diss Lexia & KC Warfield in a 3-way; Leva Bates b Paige Turner; Barbi Hayden b Mia Yim

July 27: Ring Of Honor (Laurel, DE) – Veda Scott & Jenny Rose b Hania & Mandy Leon

July 27: AAA (Ecatepec, Mexico) – Mamba, Sexy Star & Taya Valkyrie b Faby Apache, Jennifer Blake & Pimpinela Escarlata

July 27: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Silueta b Zeuxis

July 28: WWE Raw (Houston, TX) – Naomi & Natalya b Cameron & Alicia Fox

Upcoming

August 1: Preston City Wrestling (Preston, England) – April Davids v TBA

August 2: Mid Atlantic Memories (Charlotte, NC) – Taryn Terrell v Amazing Kong

August 3: Mid Atlantic Memories (Charlotte, NC) – Tessa Blanchard v Chasity Taylor

August 3: Wrestling Is Fun (Easton, PA) – Heidi Lovelace & Equinox v Oleg the Usurper & Jaka

August 8: House Of Pain: Evolution (Mansfield, England) – Violet Vendetta v Nixon Newell v Ruby Summers v Felony

August 8: Pro Wrestling All-Stars of Detroit (Melvindale, MI) – Hudson Envy v Thunderkitty v Randi West

August 9: Melbourne City Wrestling (Craigieburn, Australia) – Evie v Toni Storm

August 9: Southside Wrestling (Nottingham, England) – Martin Kirby v Kay Lee Ray

August 9: SMASH Wrestling (Brantford, ON, Canada) – Courtney Rush v Allysin Kay

August 10: Pro Wrestling Kingdom (Birmingham, England) – Nixon Newell & Chris Brookes v Ryan Smile & Lana Austin

August 10: FutureShock Wrestling (Stockport, England) – Danni Hunter v Lana Austin v April Davids

August 10: Insane Championship Wrestling (Edinburgh, Scotland) – Nikki Storm v Viper

August 10: Southside Wrestling Entertainment (St Neots, England) – Robbie X v Jimmy Havoc v Zak Northern v Kay Lee Ray

August 16: NCW Femmes Fatales XV (Montreal, QC, Canada) – Mercedes Martinez v LuFisto v Cheerleader Melissa v Courtney Rush; Missy v Kimber Lee; Vanessa Kraven v Sassy Stephie; Addy Starr & Kaitlin Diemond v Mary Lee Rose & Pink Flash Kira; Sweet Cherrie v Niya Barela

August 16: Conflict Wrestling (Kitchener, ON, Canada) – Seleziya Sparx v Jewells Malone

August 17: Insane Championship Wrestling (Edinburgh, Scotland) – Leah & Kasey Owens v Carmel Jacob & Sara

August 17: SMASH Wrestling (Toronto, ON, Canada) – Cherry Bomb & Kimber Lee v LuFisto & Vanessa Kraven

August 17: AAA TripleMania XXII (Mexico City, Mexico) – Faby Apache v Taya Valkyrie

Brie Bella Stephanie McMahon SummerSlamAugust 17: WWE SummerSlam (Los Angeles, CA) – Brie Bella v Stephanie McMahon

August 22: Hybrid Pro Wrestling (Sunderland, England) – Kirsty Love v Freya Frenzy

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

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

August 31: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland)

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

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

September 13: Women Superstars Uncensored (Voorhees, NJ)

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

September 21: SMASH Wrestling CANUSA Classic (Toronto, ON, Canada)

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

Shanna Hikaru ShidaOctober 3: 4 Front Wrestling (Swindon, England) – Shanna v Hikaru Shida

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

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

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

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

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

November 23: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland)

– Lee Burton
– Photos by WWE (Front page, 1,2,5), Joey Ryan (3), Absolute Intense Wrestling (4,8), Kimber Lee (6), Nadia Sapphire (7), Tabercil (9)
– Data collated from (but not limited to) Cagematch, joshifans.com, PuroLove, Dramatic DDT, Luchablog, Lords Of Pain, Wrestling Observer, Open The Puroresu Gate, Ringstars, PWInsider, NHB Girls, North Starz, WrestlingData

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IWA: Mid South – Queen of the Death Matches 2014 – Live coverage

IWA-MS_new_logoToday is IWA: Mid South‘s “Royal Day of Death”, as the Midwest promotion present tournaments for both ‘Queen of the Death Matches’ and ‘King of the Death Matches’ from The Rustic Frog in New Albany, Indiana.

The ‘Queen’ tournament features a mix of regular IWA:MS names such as Heidi Lovelace, Thunderkitty and Randi West alongside debuts for the likes of Jewells Malone (replacing the injured Mickie Knuckles), Hudson Envy and hardcore luchadora Ludark Shaitan, and it takes up the afternoon slot on this ‘Royal Day’. There’s also a non tournament attraction, with LuFisto taking on Jordynne Grace.

We have results courtesy of Alex Castle, in attendance.

1. Non Tournament: LuFisto pins Jordynne Grace following a Cradle DDT
2. Quarter Final – TLC*: Heidi Lovelace pinned Hudson Envy following a powerbomb off a ladder onto a pile of tacks.
3. Quarter Final – Your Ass Is Glass Deathmatch**: Randi West pinned Mistress Burgandi following a frogsplash off the top rope onto Burgandi through a pane of glass held up by two chairs.
4. Quarter Final – Hardcore Bondage Deathmatch***: Thunderkitty beat Jewells Malone via barbed-wire assisted choke.
5. Quarter Final – Barefoot Four Corners of Pain****: Ludark Shaitan pinned Kiki Rose
6. Semi Final – Homerun Derby*****: Randi West pinned Thunderkitty following a facebuster on a chair
7. Semi Final – Fans Bring The Weapons: Ludark Shaitan pinned Heidi Lovelace after a slam off the top onto Christmas ornaments.
8. Final – House of Glass Deathmatch: Randi West beat Ludark Shaitan to win the 2014 Queen of the Death Matches title.

* Tacks, Ladders & Canes
** Panes of Glass, Bundles of Tubes, Pits of Glass
*** Barbed Wire Dog Collar/Cat of Nine Tails on a Pole
**** Tacks, Tubes, Mousetraps, Rubbing Alcohol
***** Thumbtack/Toothpick Bat