First 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.
A 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.
Instead 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.
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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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.
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.
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 line 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.
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.
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 Queen 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.
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
October 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
October 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
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
October 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
November 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
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