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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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

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Ringbelles Roundup (9 December 2014) – Bye Brittany, welcome back Santana Garrett, Charlotte appears on Raw & more

Santana GarrettA lot of things happened at last Friday’s SHINE 23 event – as angles go, probably too many as it was overkill by the time the main event rolled around – but integrated into all the post-match beatdowns and screwy finishes was the return of one Santana Garrett, who entered the ring from through the audience in Ybor City, FL and confronted her former tag team partner Amber O’Neal, who had turned heel a few months ago. Saying that Amber was better than this, she tried to talk some sense into her former friend, but Amber was having none of it – renaming herself Amber Gallows and making sure we all knew her allegiance was with the Bullet Club.

The pair fought in the semi-main of the show with Santana getting the pinfall before Gallows attacked a member of the ring crew to regain the heat she could have maintained had she been booked to win. However, aside from the fact that her re-emergence and return match in SHINE after a year away was not advertised and consequently generated zero dollars for the promotion, the big question was how she could work the show despite being a member of the TNA roster, and they’re not keen on talent working iPPVs…

As it turns out, the former Brittany is no longer under contract to the promotion. After 9 months where she went from superfan of Madison Rayne to having a same-sex crush with all the subtlety of a cordless drill to the head to being a jilted heel to coming onto former stalker Samuel Shaw and then becoming his main squeeze, a lot was packed into the 26-year old’s 12 months with the promotion – and as a consequence, none of it stuck. She was thrown from one angle to another without any time to let things settle and was doomed from early on. It’s mostly because of the rushed Trish Stratus-Mickie James facsimile without the chance to let fans get used to who Brittany really was. Consequently her heel turn after just four months in the promotion didn’t really resonate and she was beaten all of the time so her momentum was killed Brittany Madison Rayne Santana Garrettas both a heel and babyface by the time summer was over. Consider this – Brittany wrestled just 12 matches for TNA during her time there, and won none of them. Not one. She even lost at Knockouts Knockdown 2 to Mia Yim, so the visitor beat the resident member of the roster, which is never a good sign.

After such a disappointing run where she was grossly miscast as a sleazy heel and hindered from being given the dreaded losing streak, it’s no real surprise that she decided to cut her losses and leave the company while it’s in its lull period as part of the transition between Spike and Destination America. She showed up at SHINE on Friday and also got in touch with the Cauliflower Alley Club – which awarded her the Future Legend moniker earlier this year – to inform them that she is ready to accept bookings for 2015 and is supplementing her income with modelling.

Tellingly, Garrett posted a message on her Facebook yesterday saying “Life is too short to be unhappy”, though Ed Laredo – who was in attendance at SHINE on Friday and wrote a report for the Wrestling Observer website – “I talked to Santana after the show and she said she might not be done with TNA; just waiting for everything to settle down with the move to Destination America and there is still a chance she may be brought back – but until then she is very happy to be back with SHINE”.

If it is the end for Brittany, it’s hard to argue that her run was anything but a disappointment. I would imagine that she has been able to glean some experience of things around working for TV – including things like time cues, camera awareness and so on – which she can use in the future. Hopefully her time in TNA doesn’t harm her marketability as far as possibly working for WWE is concerned either – she received a tryout in September last year in a match against current NXT Women’s Champion Charlotte where she fell to the Natural Selection. As an Orlando native, she is in the perfect position to get noticed and here’s hoping that her role in the opposition does not work against her. As a babyface, she is very likeable and easy to get behind and she can also work heel – albeit being more suited to being a cheeky and prissy villain rather than being dark and dastardly. I hope that she gets another – and more satisfying – bite of the cherry in the future.

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WWE
Charlotte defeated Mia Yim in less than a minute on last week’s NXT as a foil for a segment involving Charlotte, her next Women’s Title challenger Sasha Banks and their respective associates Bayley and Becky Lynch. It ended with Becky distracting Charlotte enough for Sasha to nail a lungblower and end the segment standing over her rival with the title belt held aloft… NXT Diva Devin Taylor will be a contestant on the next season of ABC’s The Bachelor under her real name of Brittany Fetkin. It kicks off next month… Carmella worked babyface at an NXT house show on Thursday, teaming with Bayley in a losing effort against Sasha and Becky, then the result was reversed on Saturday… AJ Lee accompanied her husband CM Punk to UFC 181 on Charlotte Natalya WWESaturday… Charlotte made her first appearance on the main roster on Sunday’s house show in Charlotte, NC. She, Emma & Alicia Fox defeated Paige and Brie & Nikki Bella when Charlotte rolled up Brie for the win. Paige blamed the twins afterwards and the Bellas argued… Charlotte also made her first TV appearance on last night’s Raw where she lost to Natalya in what was meant to be an advert for her match this week at R Evolution. Why the bookers thought a defeat would be the right choice baffles me, but she looked great in defeat. Elsewhere on Raw, AJ – who won the Slammy award for Diva of the Year – defeated Summer Rae and also promised to win the Divas Title back from Nikki Bella at TLC on Sunday… A new commercial aired for season 3 of Total Divas – Summer Rae and Naomi were not featured in it… Summer Rae and Alicia Fox will visit member of the US Armed Forces abroad as part of the annual Tribute to the Troops show.

TNA
Kay Lee Ray lost out in the final of British Boot Camp 2. She and Rampage Brown were beaten to the contract by Mark Andrews. KLR lost her test match against Gail Kim and in a weird way to end the show, Dixie Carter pointed out their shortcomings before picking a winner.

North America
Reby Sky announced on Friday that she and husband Matt Hardy are expecting their first child… Samantha Starr won the Vicious Outcast Wrestling Women’s Championship on Friday by beating Madisynn. On the same show, Mandy Leon became the number one contender by beating Jessie Heidi Lovelace Dave MuscarellaKaye… Nikki Valentine held onto the Lucky Pro Wrestling Women’s Championship on Friday. She defeated Vanity… Heidi Lovelace became the first female winner of the Young Lions Cup when she beat Missile Assault Ant on Chikara’s show on Saturday… Kate Carney upset Jaida on Saturday’s Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling card in Vancouver to make it to the final of the ECCW Women’s Championship tournament. She and Cat Power will face off to crown a new titleholder on January 3… Kc Spinelli beat Alexia Nicole on Saturday’s Pure Wrestling Association show to retain her PWA Elite Women’s Championship. Her next defence will be on January 24 against Courtney Rush on PWA’s first all-women show… Vivian Vachon will be inducted into the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame next May… There’s a tribute to female wrestling coming on May 23 next year in Wilmington, NC. Called Lasting Legacy: A Tribute To Women In Wrestling, its headliner will be Trish Stratus… Veda Scott turned heel on RD Evans on Sunday’s Ring of Honor iPPV… Barbi Hayden defends the Lone Star Women’s title against Tessa Blanchard on Lone Star Wrestling’s January 17 show in Cypress, TX… Candice LeRae will make her first defence of the Family Wrestling Entertainment Women’s Championship on February 7 against Veda Scott – who is part of this documentary about intergender wrestling. Give it a watch.

Japan
Contrary to most joshi retirements, Tomoka Nakagawa won her final two matches that she would wrestle in Japan. She and Kellie Skater defeated Hikaru Shida & Kaho Kobayashi in the opening match of Thursday’s OZ Academy event, while she joined up with Jungle Jack 21 stablemates AKINO & Aja Kong to beat Dynamite Kansai, Mayumi Ozaki & Kyoko Kimura in the main event. Nakagawa will wrestle her final dates in the US next spring as part of the SHIMMER tapings… Io Shirai is a double champion in Stardom again. The High Speed Champion teamed with Mayu Iwatani & Takumi Iroha on Sunday to beat Artist of Stardom titleholders Kaori Yoneyama, Tsubasa Kuragaki & Hatsuhinode Kamen… Command Bolshoi & Kyoko Kimura retained the JWP and Daily Sports Tag Team Championships on Sunday. They defeated Arisa Nakajima & Hanako Nakamori in the main event of the JWP show… Neko Nitta became Ice Ribbon’s Triangle Ribbon Champion for a record-setting sixth time on Sunday by beating defending titleholder Cho-un Shiryu & fellow challenger Konaka.

Europe
Ruby Summers faces Chardonnay at Empress Pro’s debut show next month… German Wrestling Federation Women’s Champion Blue Nikita held onto her title on Saturday by beating Brenda Lady Jaguar LLFStar… Bellatrix 11 takes place on Saturday with an 8-woman tournament to crown a new British Champion, while World titleholder Liberty faces RQW European Women’s Champion Sammi Baynz in a non-title match.

Mexico
Lady Jaguar was unmasked after losing the main event of Friday’s Lucha Libre Femenil show. She was beaten by Alicia, who had put her hair on the line. She revealed that her name was Veronica Quintanilla, a 7-year pro from Monterrey. Elsewhere on the card, NWA World Women’s Champion Barbi Hayden went to a draw with LLF Champion Princesa Maya.

Australia & New Zealand
Harley Wonderland deliberately got herself counted out in her Riot City Wrestling Women’s Championship defence against Demi Bennett last Saturday.

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Results

November 29: Premier British Wrestling (Dumbarton, Scotland) – Liam Thomson & Carmel b Kenny Williams & Lucy Cole

December 2: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Goya Kong, Marcela & Skadi b Dalys, La Seductora & Zeuxis

December 3: Pro Wrestling WAVE (Tokyo, Japan) – Moeka Haruhi b Hiroe Nagahama; Mio Shirai & Rina Yamashita b Hikaru Shida & Kaho Kobayashi; Ayako Hamada & Yuu Yamagata b Sawako Shimono b Mari Apache; Tomoka Nakagawa & Yumi Ohka b SAKI & MIZUKI; Kaho Kobayashi won a battle royal

December 3: Lucha Underground (Los Angeles, CA) – Sexy Star & Fenix b Chavo Guerrero & Pentagon Jr.

December 3: Rockstar Pro Wrestling (Dayton, OH) – Dave Crist b Jerrod Harris & Samantha Heights in a 3-way

December 4: OZ Academy (Tokyo, Japan) – Tomoka Nakagawa & Kellie Skater b Hikaru Shida & Kaho Kobayashi; Makoto Oishi b Mitsuhisa Sunabe; Manami Toyota & Hamuko Hoshi b Kyusei Sakura Hirota & Moeka Haruhi; Tsubasa Kuragaki, Kaori Yoneyama, Syuri & Kagetsu b Yumi Ohka, Mio Shirai, Miyako Matsumoto & Police; Tomoka Nakagawa, AKINO & Aja Kong b Dynamite Kansai, Mayumi Ozaki & Kyoko Kimura

December 4: WWE Superstars (Tulsa, OK) – Paige b Emma

December 4: WWE NXT (Orlando, FL) – Charlotte b Mia Yim

December 4: WWE NXT house show (Orlando, FL) – Becky Lynch & Sasha Banks b Bayley & Carmella

December 5: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – KAZUKI b Rabbit Miyu; Kayoko Harumya b Yako Fujigasaki; Leon b Erin; Arisa Nakajima & Hanako Nakamori b Command Bolshoi & Raideen Hagane

December 5: House of Pain Evolution (Mansfield, England) – Toni Storm b Chardonnay

December 5: Fight Club Pro (Wolverhampton, England) – Chris Brookes b Dan Moloney, Eddie Dennis & Nixon Newell in a 4-way

December 5: WWE Smackdown (Oklahoma City, OK) – Naomi b Brie Bella

December 5: Lucky Pro Wrestling (Clinton, MA) – Brandon Webb, Buddy The Litle Evil Elf & Mistress Belmont b Lover Jake, Mike Paiva & Christian Casanova; Nikki Valentine b Vanity Vixen

December 5: Vicious Outcast Wrestling (Connellsville, PA) – Samantha Starr defeats Madisynn to win the VOW Vixens Championship; Mandy Leon b Jessie Kaye

December 5: SHINE 23 (Ybor City, FL) – Ivelisse Velez b Amanda Rodriguez; Amber O’Neal v Luscious Latasha went to a no-contest; Allysin Kay b Crazy Mary Dobson; Marti Belle & Jayme Jameson b Heidi Lovelace & Solo Darling; Vanessa Kraven b Leva Bates; Thunderkitty b Leah Von Dutch; Taylor Made b La Rosa Negra; Malia Hosaka & Brandi Wine b Kimber Lee & Cherry Bomb; Santana Garrett b Amber Gallows; Nevaeh b Mia Yim via DQ

December 5: St Louis Anarchy (Alton, IL) – Angelus Layne b Candice LeRae

December 5: Atlanta Wrestling Entertainment (Temple, GA) – Devyn Nicole b Jordynne Grace

December 5: Squared Circle Wrestling (Binghamton, NY) – Jessicka Havok b Veda Scott

December 5: Lucha Libre Femenil (Monterrey, Mexico) – Polly Star b Flor de Loto, Baby Puma & Guerrera Negra in a 4-way; Barbi Hayden v Princesa Maya went to a draw; Alicia b Lady Jaguar

December 6: Sendai Girls (Sendai, Japan) – Alex Lee b Kaho Kobayashi; Eiger b Kyusei Sakura Hirota; Sawako Shimono b Tomoko Miyagi; DASH Chisako & KAORU b Kellie Skater & Tsubasa Kuragaki; Meiko Satomura b Kagetsu

December 6: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Maki Narumiya b Yuri Kotobuki; Tsukasa Fujimoto & 235 b Hamuko Hoshi & Akane Fujita; Risa Sera b Maya Yukihi; Kurumi & Yuka b Aoi Kizuki & Tsukushi

December 6: Riot City Wrestling (Adelaide, Australia) – Demi Bennett b Harley Wonderland via count out

December 6: New European Championship Wrestling (Hessdorf, Germany) – Jessy Jade b Maria

December 6: German Wrestling Federation (Berlin, Germany) – Blue Nikita b Brenda Star

Kc Spinelli Alexia Nicole TabercilDecember 6: Fight Club Pro (Wolverhampton, England) – Chris Brookes b Nixon Newell

December 6: British Championship Wrestling (Kilmarnock, Scotland) – Kay Lee Ray b Kasey Owens

December 6: Pure Wrestling Association (Kitchener, ON, Canada) – Kc Spinelli b Alexia Nicole

December 6: East Coast Wrestling Association (Woodbury Heights, NJ) – Candy Cartwright b Gabby Gilbert

December 6: Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling (Vancouver, BC, Canada) – Nicole Matthews b Alex Plexis; Kate Carney b Jaida

December 6: WWE house show (Fairfax, VA) – Naomi & Natalya b Cameron & Summer Rae

December 6: WWE NXT house show (Citrus Springs, FL) – Bayley & Carmella b Becky Lynch & Sasha Banks

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

December 6: DREAMWAVE (LaSalle, IL) – Alex Castle & Markus Crane b Candice LeRae & Joey Ryan

December 7: Stardom (Tokyo, Japan) – Reo Hazuki b Kris Wolf & Momo Watanabe; Yoshiko b Mystique; Kairi Hojo & Koguma b Act Yasukawa & Kellie Skater; Nanae Takahashi b Miho Wakizawa; Io Shirai, Mayu Iwatani & Takumi Iroha b Kaori Yoneyama, Tsubasa Kuragaki & Hatsuhinode Kamen to win the Artist of Stardom Championship

December 7: Pro Wrestling WAVE (Miyagi, Japan) – Shu Shibutani b Hiroe Nagahama; Mika Idda & Kyusei Sakura Hirota b Kaho Kobayashi & Rina Yamashita; Cherry & Kana b Fairy Nipponbashi & Kyusei Ninja Ranmaru; Sawako Shimono b Moeka Haruhi; Hikaru Shida, Yumi Oka & Misaki Ohata b Ayako Hamada, Yuu Yamagata & Mari Apache

December 7: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – KAZUKI & Eri b Yako Fujigasaki & Yua Hayashi; Eiger b Rabbit Miyu; Leon b Raideen Hagane; Kayoko Haruyama b Aki Shizuku; Command Bolshoi & Kyoko Kimura b Arisa Nakajima & Hanako Nakamori

December 7: Ice Ribbon (Gifu, Japan) – Koyuki Hayashi b Kyuri; Aoi Kizuki & Miyako Matsumoto b Meari Naito & Akane Fujita; Shinya Ishida & Yasushi Sato b Koji Iwamoto & Ryo Sato; Tsukushi b Yuka; Hamuko Hoshi, Kurumi & Manami Kanda b Mio Shirai, Aoi Ishibashi & Maya Yukihi; Maki Narumiya & Risa Sera b Tsukasa Fujimoto & 235; Neko Nitta b Cho-un Shiryu & Konaka to win the Triangle Ribbon Championship

December 7: Ray Produce (Osaka, Japan) – Takoyakida & Ultimate Spider Jr. b Koharu Hinata & Makoto; HAYATA, Ray & YO-HEY b Apple Miyuki, Kanjyouro Matsuyama & Tadasuke; Syuri b Kagetsu; Dump Matsumoto, Quiet Storm & Zeus b Ray, The Bodyguard & TORU

Nikki Storm Kay Lee Ray Lana Austin Viper Tony KnoxDecember 7: PAID Promotions (Morecambe, England) – Kay Lee Ray b Nikki Storm, Viper & Lana Austin in a 4-way

December 7: WWE house show (Charlotte, NC) – Charlotte, Emma & Alicia Fox b Paige and Brie & Nikki Bella

December 7: Black Diamond Wrestling (Weirton, WV) – Sera Feeny b Madysinn

December 7: Destiny Wrestling (Mississauga, ON, Canada) – Cherry Bomb b Leah Von Dutch

December 7: AAA (Guadalajara, Mexico) – Sexy Star & Taya Valkyrie b Faby Apache & Ivelisse Velez

December 7: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Dark Angel, Marcela & Princesa Sugehit b Amapola, La Comandante & Tiffany via DQ

December 8: WWE Raw (Greenville, SC) – Natalya b Charlotte; AJ Lee b Summer Rae

Upcoming

December 11: WWE NXT (Orlando, FL) – Charlotte v Sasha Banks

December 12: REINA (Tokyo, Japan) – Marcela v Syuri

December 13: Melbourne City Wrestling (Thornbury, Australia) – Madison Eagles v KC Cassidy

December 14: Pro Wrestling Kingdom/Shropshire Wrestling Alliance (Dawley, England) – Lana Austin v Bubblegum

December 14: Smash Wrestling (Mississigaua, ON, Canada) – Vanessa Kraven v Kimber Lee v Veda Scott v Xandra Bale v Cherry Bomb

Tessa Blanchard Jennifer Blake Heidi Lovelace Veda Scott Alexia Nicole JasminDecember 14: WWE TLC (Cleveland, OH) – Nikki Bella v AJ Lee

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 11: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland)

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

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

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

January 23: SHINE 24 (Ybor City, FL)

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

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

February 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

– Lee Burton
– Photos by TNA (2), WWE (3), Dave Muscarella (4), Lucha Libre Femenil (5), Tabercil (6), Tony Knox (7)
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JWP & Ice Ribbon’s champions face each other twice on December 28

Tsukasa Fujimoto Arisa NakajimaThe next title defences for JWP Openweight Champion Arisa Nakajima and Ice Ribbon ICEx∞ Champion Tsukasa Fujimoto have been announced, and it offers a range of possible outcomes. That is because they will be facing each other for their respective titles, but it won’t be a winner-takes-all situation.

Instead, they will each defend their respective titles on the same day in 30-minute time limit contests. Fujimoto will put her belt on the line against Nakajima in the main event of Ice Ribbon’s RibbonMania 2014, which will take place at Tokyo, Japan’s Korukuen Hall on the afternoon of December 28. Later that day in the same building, Nakajima will defend her title against Fukimoto in the main event of the JWP Climax 2014 event. It’s an unprecedented situation which could lead to a unified champion.

Tsukasa was nominated as the next challenger for the Openweight title by Arisa herself on October 26 after the 25-year old beat Hanako Nakamori to hold onto her championship and rack up her fifth successful defence in the 11 months since the start of her second reign. Meanwhile, four-time titleholder Fujimoto has turned back nine successful challenges in her 16 months with the ICEx∞ gold, with wins agains the likes of former titleholder Maki Narumiya and Manami Toyota – the latter of whom is the reason why the title changed from having a 60kg weight limit to being open to wrestlers of any size.

It is conceivable that Nakajima could roll into Climax as a double champion – or if 31-year old Fujimoto retains at RibbonMania, she will then be in line to unify the titles for herself. Two other options include the competitors swapping the championships or each finishing the day with the same championship which they already held. All will become clear as both promotions close out the year in just over a month’s time.

Ringbelles Roundup (15 July 2014) – Diva storylines, Natalya legal weirdness, British Boot Camp 2, WSU

Alicia Fox Cameron Nikki Bella WWEAfter the Charlotte v Natalya match at NXT Takeover in May, Stew wrote a Soap Box entry about how it could lead to a new wave of attention for the WWE Divas. It seems that it may have come true.

Look around WWE TV at the moment. There are four storylines involving women and they are intertwining with each other, creating a division rather than having a champion and a new challenger every so often. The great thing about the storylines is that they all vary.

For example, AJ Lee and Paige’s programme is based around the Divas Championship and the wait for Paige to turn full-blown heel; Naomi and Cameron’s spat is former partners where one member has got a bit too big for her boots; the Bellas against the Stephanie McMahon is the tried and tested authority figure against wrestler story, while Layla and Summer Rae’s deal has been over a man – admittedly, that’s the weakest reason of the lot.

Let’s have a look at what’s been going on over the last week as we run up to Battleground this Sunday.

Nikki Bella was put into a handicap match against five Total Divas co-stars. Natalya & Naomi didn’t want to be part of it while Eva Marie, Summer Rae and Rosa Mendes were into it. It also saw Cameron do a run-in after the bell to go after Nikki, with Naomi chasing her away.

AJ Lee and Cameron wrestled on SmackDown with AJ showing why she’s the titleholder by dominating her opponent, causing the former Funkadactyl to scoot out of the ring and back off, only to be thrown back into the ring by her former partner and fall victim to a Shining Wizard.

Elsewhere on the show, Layla and Summer Rae decided that fighting over Fandango was dumb as he was revelling in all of the attention and stoking the fire at the same time, so they abandoned their match against each other with the former object of their affection as referee, beating him up and dancing (awkwardly) together. The dancing buddies continued their torment of Fandango on last night’s Raw and then flirted with Dolph Ziggler, who couldn’t believe his luck – though considering his fortunes, I wouldn’t expect them to keep their attention on him for too long.

Meanwhile, Nikki Bella was put into another handicap match – this time against Alicia Fox and Cameron – with the crowd getting behind Nikki’s plight. She’s still being punished for her sister Brie quitting and hitting Stephanie McMahon so she’s being put into tag team matches with Paige AJ Lee WWEBrie but they’re handicap encounters because Brie is banned from the building. Fox got the pin with a wacky armbar/headscissors/DDT combination, continuing her unstable gimmick – though quite why Naomi didn’t come out to be Bella’s partner to face Cameron is puzzling, especially considering the former tag partners are slated to wrestle on Sunday’s PPV pre-show.

The big deal was AJ Lee and Paige’s development, which also dispelled the rumours which were going round that Vince McMahon didn’t want Paige on the mic again, as since losing the belt she’s done much more talking than wrestling on TV. Lee defeated Eva Marie in rapid order while Paige was on commentary talking up her Battleground opponent and making out like they were friends while they’re more like frenemies. After the match, AJ hopped onto the announcers’ table and the pair exchanged some cordial words with a simmering tension between them before AJ cut it short and skipped away. The gimmick here is that Paige is technically a heel but is still acting and working like a face, though AJ knows that the betrayal is coming and is ready for it.

Exhausting stuff, but very welcome. Each story has its own directions, they intersect and they are episodic. I’ve no idea who’s behind this new focus on the Divas division, but bravo – keep it up.

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NatalyaAdmittedly, Natalya is not one of the multitude of Divas in a storyline, despite her being half of the match which arguably kickstarted this range of programmes going on at the moment. However, she has had some (ridiculous) legal issues to deal with.

PWInsider reported that a hand-written lawsuit was issued on June 27 by Christopher Donnelly – a man who is currently jailed in Pennsylvania – and threatened to go to the media if he did not receive $250,000 in damages for mental and psychological trauma. The lawsuit contained a number of outlandish claims which included that the former Divas Champion was a dominatrix who beat him in hotel rooms across the country over a four year period up to 2009 – which would precede her signing with WWE and even before competing in SHIMMER – as well as forcing him to undergo extreme sexual abuse and to prostitute himself in Miami, FL.

A Florida judge dismissed the lawsuit on July 7, saying the it had delusional language and did not have any standing under the law of the state.

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TNA British Boot Camp 2TNA announced a second series of British Boot Camp, the “reality” show which saw Rockstar Spud sign with the promotion and also featured Hannah and Holly Blossom. Unofficially revealed by Challenge TV the day before President Dixie Carter could make the announcement, a press release was later issued by TNA, saying the company will be holding open tryouts with the best twelve being taken to the United States and the field being whittled down to the top two, who will compete in New York City. The winner will receive a TNA contract while three runners-up will be part of the 2015 Maximum Impact tour in the UK next January.

Gail Kim has been announced as one of the three judges who will be assessing the applicants along with Samoa Joe and Al Snow – the latter of whom could offer a conflicting opinion to Kim about women’s wrestling based on Snow’s thoughts on how women should wrestle – so it seems as if TNA is encouraging women to sign up for the show. The judges aspect makes the show more like WWE’s Tough Enough than the first run of British Boot Camp, which felt more like a fly-on-the-wall documentary.

While Spud may be enjoying a lot of TV time on Impact Wrestling, it seems as if the TNA experience saw the Blossoms go in a different direction after their one-year developmental deals with the company expired. They returned to Louisville, KY to carry on their time in Ohio Valley Wrestling – both had spent considerable time in the promotion before signing up for British Boot Camp – and Hannah made a couple of appearances on TNA TV after their appearances on the UK tour, but they were never really called up for any major reason. Both have elected to take an extended break from wrestling since January, both have married and Holly has relocated to Florida with her husband. While stepping back into the ring isn’t totally out of the realms of possibility, it seems that neither has plans to wrestle again for the foreseeable future. Considering their media attention through the show, it seems that TNA failed to capitalise on the investment they had made.

The other sticking point for potential applicants is whether they see themselves going to WWE in the future. AJ Styles, Matt Morgan, Christopher Daniels, Kazarian, Hernandez, Alex Shelley, Chris Sabin, SoCal Val, Mickie James and more have left TNA in the last 18 months or so and none have been signed to WWE, and it appears that former TNA names aren’t in high demand up north. Someone who enters – and possibly wins – the show may open the TNA door, but may be sealing the WWE one shut in the process. With TNA’s future looking shaky at the moment, it may be a short-sighted decision.

Still, some will go for the immediate attention and possible benefits by appearing on the show. It will be interesting to see what women from the UK elect to take the plunge.

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Jesiscka Havok DJ Hyde WSUWomen Superstars Uncensored has ushered in a new era of ownership following the departure of Drew Cordiero and the ascension of Combat Zone Wrestling boss DJ Hyde, who became a co-owner last year after WSU and CZW started running shows on the same day as well as sharing talent for events like Queen and King of the Ring. As an outgoing message, Cordiero wrote a Facebook post saying “Just because my time with WSU has come to an end doesn’t mean you should stop supporting the organization. Some of the hardest working women I’ve ever met still wrestle for WSU. I’m proud of WSU’s growth for the two years that I was in charge and anticipate even more growth under DJ Hyde’s leadership. I’ve learned a lot working closely with DJ and he has helped me improve as a promoter, a personality, and a person.”

However, Hyde’s first show in full charge saw two controversial issues which overshadowed LuFisto making her first successful defence of the WSU World Title by beating Mickie Knuckles, Shanna and Hania gaining many plaudits and Jenny Rose defeating Mima Shimoda.

The first incident on Saturday’s United show directly involved Hyde and the return to the promotion of Jessicka Havok – which conclusively proves that being “banned for life” really means “banned for 71 days” – with her holding the old WSU title belt and demanding to be reinstated to the promotion, which happened after she defeated Mia Yim with an Air Raid Crash. However, fans seemed to get bent out of shape for Hyde’s stipulation if Havok lost, which would see Jessicka have to provide oral sex to DJ on the next show.

Obviously, this didn’t happen – and there was never any prospect of it happening. It was said to gain heat and was obviously successful, given the reaction which took place on social media after the event. It also saw Hyde’s plan blow up in his face as Havok won and was reinstated, which means that his headaches with Jessicka will continue. If anything, I would be more upset with the pair spitting in each other’s faces again, as it’s beyond unsanitary. In this situation, the sexist demand by a man drunk with power saw him humiliated within minutes and he was made to look stupid for underestimating a woman’s ability and determination.

JT Dunn David Starr WSU TheJuiceeeThe WSU Tag Team Championship ended up in the hands of men later on as the Juicy Product snared the straps after attacking Chicks Using Nasty Tactics following Annie Social and Kimber Lee’s win over Rick Cataldo and Veda Scott. There was a great deal of upset at the beating and title change, but you can’t judge this all just on the result of one show.

JT Dunn and David Starr have a gimmick of “collecting” tag team championships and Dunn has had some great matches with Kimber Lee in Beyond Wrestling, so the pair have history. Their matches have been hard-hitting outings which have seen Lee earn huge praise for her efforts, workrate and storytelling. The Juicy Product’s winning of the belts isn’t going to last – they’ll be beaten for the championships by a female team who will stand up for their gender. The team has also spent the last few days releasing videos promoting their match against the Young Bucks later this month where they have paid Kimber, Nevaeh and Havok to say that they are predicting a win for Dunn and Starr, only for them to say they like the Bucks instead. Lee was knocked out by a JT punch; Nevaeh hit Starr with a forearm when they tried to attack and Havok yelled at them to keep their distance, to which they complied. It shows how they are happy to take their lumps when the time is right – and that time will come.

Remember, this promotion is called WOMEN Superstars Uncensored – there is no way that a woman will be bested by a man once the storyline has run its course. Look at Chris Dickinson, who thoroughly beat up Addy Starr and teamed up with Shanna to take part in intergender matches, turning him babyface in the process – but he has also had his comeuppance along the way after being beaten by LuFisto in May, which saw him admit his respect for the victor. Over the course of a number of shows, he gained admiration for the women in the promotion.

Men who are wrestling women or booking women on their shows are not misogynists. In fact, they’re the exact opposite, as men who don’t respect what these women are doing would not want to have any part of what is going on. Hyde may have made sexual comments to Havok but he was happy to be the fall guy who was made to look stupid, and also lost to Nevaeh on a CZW show – he’ll no doubt be humiliated again. Dunn and Starr will be beaten and put down when the time is right, and it will be a big feather in the cap of whoever does it.

On a final note – anyone who is upset at men winning a women’s championship should also be annoyed at Chyna winning the WWE Intercontinental Title, Jacqueline capturing the Cruiserweight belt, or LuFisto winning the North Shore Pro Wrestling Heavyweight Championship or CZW Iron Man Title. Equality works both ways.

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It’s been a relatively quiet week on the site – partly due to work commitments by Stew and me suffering the upheaval of moving house. Thanks to NHB Girls’ Rhi Lockwood for stepping into the void and covering the WSU results for us. Elsewhere, we’ve posted two matches – Kay Lee Ray jumping off a car against Sammii Jayne and Demi Bennett battling Savannah Summers – had a review of the most recent WSU Secret Show and a Fight Like A Girl interview with Kaitlin Diemond where among other things, she discusses how a WWE tryout works and the feedback she received.

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WWE
WWE travelled to Japan last week for a quick tour. Paige made Alicia Fox made the trip for the Divas… Summer Rae defeated Bayley on last week’s NXT to become the number one contender for Charlotte’s Women’s Championship… Despite going their separate ways on NXT two weeks ago, Charlotte and Sasha Banks teamed up at WWE’s house show at Madison Square Garden on Saturday. They lost to Natalya & Nikki Bella… Becky Lynch’s gimmick may be getting tweaked. She had new gear and music at the weekend’s NXT house shows… Thea Trinidad once again worked as one of Adam Rose’s Rosebuds on last night’s Raw. She must be on the verge of signing by now. Ring Of Honor trainee Mandy Leon was also part of the entourage.

TNA
Gail Kim defeated Angelina Love, Madison Rayne & Brittany to retain the Knockouts Championship on last week’s Impact Wrestling.

North America
Inspire Pro Wrestling is holding a show on July 27 in Austin, TX where there are five women’s matches on the ten match card. Heading up the pack is Barbi Hayden defending the NWA World Women’s Championship against Mia Yim in the main event. Elsewhere we have Jessica James v Miss Diss Lexia v KC Warfield, Leva Bates v Paige Turner, Athena v Kat Green and Solo Darling v Delilah Doom… Seleziya Sparx will take on Eddie Kingston at Absolute Intense Wrestling’s Chik Tormenta Superluchasintergender show on July 26… As well as having their own individual intergender matches at the AIW Battle of the Sexes show on July 26, Athena and Heidi Lovelace will wrestle for Athena’s Women’s Championship at the All In afternoon show… Amazing Maria worked a dark match at last Wednesday’s Ohio Valley Wrestling tapings. She was beaten by Jessie Belle… Chyna says that if WWE ever approached her for a return, she would consider it… Ivelise Velez retained her SHINE Championship ladt Friday by beating Shanna on a Full Impact Pro iPPV. Shanna claimed she had won after she pinned Velez, but both her hand and Ivelisse’s hand were on the ropes. The champion scored the win with a Code Red… Nicole Matthews defeated Veronika Vice on Saturday to hold onto her Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling Women’s Championship… Luchadora Chik Tormenta beat Alissa Flash (Cheerleader Melissa) on to win the River City Wrestling Phoenix Championship… Courtney Rush retained the Acclaim Pro Wrestling Women’s Championship on Saturday, beating Kc Spinelli. Elsewhere on the show, Portia Perez became the number one contender to that title by winning a 6-way match.

Japan
Alpha Female has announced that she is to leave Stardom. She was due to be part of the 5*STAR GP but that’s not going to happen as she is to move to the United States for a new opportunity which she is yet to reveal, but may not be to do with wrestling. She says she may be back next year… Io Shirai racked up her 10th successful World of Stardom Championship defence last Thursday, beating Meiko Satomura. Next up will be Yoshiko, who earned her shot by winning a 4-Remei Asuka Resuner Yokoyamaway on the same show. Remei Asuka also made her debut on the show – her gimmick is that she has a nice bottom. She is bi-lingual and has been translating for Alpha Female… Manami Katsu wrestled her final match on Sunday’s JWP show, being defeated by Rabbit Miu. The 19-year old, 3-year pro’s highlight was holding the JWP Junior and Princess of Pro-Wrestling Championships for 482 days. Meanwhile, Arisa Nakajima is still JWP Openweight Champion – she beat DASH Chisako on the same show… Act Yasukawa had surgery to correct near blindness in her right eye.

Europe
Blue Nikita beat Penelope at Saturday’s German Stampede Wrestling. Penelope described it as the best match of her career… Speaking of Penelope, she turned heel in a Bellatrix showcase match at a World Association of Wrestling show earlier this month, aligning herself with co-owner Axl Lynch and Sammi Baynz… Lana Austin and April Davids wrestled to a no contest on Sunday’s FutureShock show when Women’s Champion Danni Hunter slapped the referee. It was announced that Hunter will defend the title against both Austin and Davids in a 3-way on August 10.

Mexico
Silueta will return to Japan for a fifth time next month as part of the working partnership with CMLL and REINA. La Commandante, Marcela & Estrellita will also be heading over… Hair and masks will be on the line on August 1 at CMLL’s Juicio Final event in Mexico City. Princesa Blanca (hair) & La Seductora (mask) take on Marcela (hair) & Princesa Sugeheit (mask) with both members of the losing team making a sacrifice. Blanca says she’ll also retire if she loses.

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Results

July 8: WWE Main Event (Ottawa, ON, Canada) – Naomi, Natalya, Eva Marie, Rosa Mendes & Summer Rae b Nikki Bella in a handicap match

July 9: Ohio Valley Wrestling (Louisville, KY) – Jessie Belle b Amazing Maria

July 9: Rockstar Pro Wrestling (Dayton, OH) – Lufisto v Crazy Mary Dobson went to a no contest

July 10: Stardom (Tokyo, Japan) – Remei Asuka b Reno Hazuki; Hiroyo Matsumoto & Miho Wakizawa b Hatsuhinode Kamen & Kaori Yoneyama; Yoshiko b Kyoko Kimura, Nanae Takahashi & Alpha Female in a 4-way; Dr. Wagner Jr., Kairi Hojo & Mayu Iwatani b Black Tiger, Koguma & Takumi Iroha; Io Shirai b Meiko Satomura

Gail Kim Angelina Love Brittany TNAJuly 10: WWE (Tokyo, Japan) – Paige b Alicia Fox

July 10: WWE NXT (Winter Park, FL) – Summer Rae b Bayley

July 10: TNA Impact Wrestling (Bethlehem, PA) – Gail Kim b Angelina Love, Madison Rayne & Brittany in a 4-way

July 10: IWA Mid-South (Clarksville, IN) – Thunderkitty b Mistress Burgandi

July 11: Tokyo Women’s Wrestling (Tokyo, Japan) – Miyu Yamashita b Akane Miura; Chikage Kiba b Erin; Nonoko & Yuka Sakazaki b KANNA & Shoko Nakajima

July 11: WWE (Tokyo, Japan) – Paige b Alicia Fox

July 11: Scottish Wrestling Entertainment (Fife, Scotland) – Sammii Jayne b Debbie Sharpe

July 11: WWE SmackDown (Ottawa, ON, Canada) – AJ Lee b Cameron; Layla v Summer Rae went to a no contest

July 11: Pro Wrestling All Stars of Detroit (Melvindale, MI) – Randi West b Heather Patera

July 11: Full Impact Pro (Ybor City, FL) – Ivelisse Velez b Shanna

July 11: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Amapola, Princesa Blanca & Zeuxis b Dark Angel, Estrellita & Marcela

July 12: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Kurumi & Kyuri b Meari Naito & Miyako Matsumoto; Tsukasa Fujimoto b 235; Mio Shirai b Yuri Kotobuki; Maki Narumiya & Risa Sera b Hamuko Hoshi & Manami Katsu; Tsukushi b Yuuka

July 12: Newcastle Pro Wrestling (New Lambton, Australia) – Rachel Rose & Demi Bennett b Harley Wonderland & Madison Eagles

July 12: German Hurricane Wrestling (Nauheim, Germany) – Svetlana Kalashnikova b Stella

July 12: German Stampede Wrestling (Marburg, Germany) – Blue Nikita b Penelope

July 12: Empress Pro Wrestling (High Wycombe, England) – Pollyanna Peppers b Rhia O’Reilly

July 12: I Believe In Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Su Yung b Sweet Thang Willie

July 12: DREAMWAVE (LaSalle, IL) – Candice LeRae b Bucky Collins

July 12: Pro Wrestling All Stars of Detroit (Ann Arbor, MI) – Randi West b Heather Patera

July 12: River City Wrestling (San Antonio, TX) – Chik Tormenta b Alissa Flash to win the RCW Phoenix Championship

July 12: Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling (Vancouver, BC, Canada) – Nicole Matthews b Veronika Vice

July 12: WWE NXT (Tampa, FL) – Becky Lynch b Carmella

July 12: WWE (New York City, NY) – Nikki Bella & Natalya b Sasha Banks & Charlotte

July 12: Women Superstars Uncensored (Voorhees, NJ) – Jewells Malone b Jessie Kaye; Shanna b Hania; Jenny Rose b Mima Shimoda; Jessicka Havok b Mia Yim; Neveah b Brittany Blake; Annie Social & Kimber Lee b Veda Scott & Rick Cataldo; JT Dunn & David Starr b Annie Social & Kimber Lee to win the WSU Championship; LuFisto b Mickie Knuckles

July 12: Acclaim Pro Wrestling (Greely, ON, Canada) – Courtney Rush b Kc Spinelli; Portia Perez b Vanessa Kraven, She Nay Nay, Jody D’Milo, Kaitlin Diemond & Angie Skye

July 13: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – Kayoko Haruyama, KAZUKI & Rydeen Hagane b Hanako Nakamori, Leon & Yako Fujigasaki; Command Bolshoi b Yume Hayashi; Rabbit Miu b Manami Katsu; Yumiko Hotta b Sachie Abe; Arisa Nakajima b DASH Chisako

July 13: Pro Wrestling WAVE (Tokyo, Japan) – Misaki Ohata & Moeka Haruhi b Rina Yamashita & Shuu Shibutani; Hiroyo Matsumoto b Sakura Hirota; Yumi Ohka b Mika Iida; Ayako Hamada & Yuu Yamagata b Kana & Sawako Shimono; Kaho Kobayashi b Risa Sera; Natsu Sumire b Fairy Nihonbashi; Tsukasa Fujimoto b Kyoko Kimura & Tomoka Nakagawa in a 3-way

July 13: Union (Osaka, Japan) – Ladybeard & Mio Shirai b Cherry & Hatsuhinode Kamen

July 13: FutureShock Wrestling (Stockport, England) – Lana Austin v April Davids went to a no contest

Seleziya Sparx TabercilJuly 13: SoCal WrestleFest (Los Angeles, CA) – Ruby Raze b Kitana Vera

July 13: Squared Circle Wrestling (Mississauga, ON, Canada) – Alexia Nicole b Cherry Bomb; John Greed b Seleziya Sparx via count out

July 14: WWE Raw (Richmond, VA) – Alicia Fox & Cameron b Nikki Bella; AJ Lee b Eva Marie

July 14: CMLL (Puebla, Mexico) – Lluvia, Marcela & Princesa Sugehit b La Seductora, Princesa Blanca & Tiffany via DQ

Upcoming

July 19: ATTACK! Pro Wrestling (Bristol, England) – Lana Austin v Nixon Newell

July 19: Valkyrie Women’s Wrestling (Brooklyn, NY) – Kimber Lee v Cherry Bomb; La Rosa Negra v Nevaeh; Davienne v Mistress Belmont; LuFisto v Kacee Carlisle; Jessie Brooks v Samantha Heights; Angel Dust v Sumie Sakai

July 19: Pure Wrestling Association (Kitchener, ON, Canada) – Kc Spinelli v Leah Von Dutch

July 20: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland) – Leah & Kasey Owens v Sara Marie Taylor & Carmel Jacob; Kay Lee Ray v Nikki Storm; Sammi Baynz v Viper

July 20: WWE Battleground (Tampa, FL) – Naomi v Cameron; AJ Lee v Paige

July 20: Smash Wrestling (Toronto, ON, Canada) – Cherry Bomb v Xandra Bale

July 25: RESISTANCE Pro (Willowbrook, IL) – D’Arcy Dixon v Angel Dust

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

Athena Heidi Lovelace AIWJuly 26: Absolute Intense Wrestling (Cleveland, OH) – Veda Scott v Gregory Iron; Athena v Louis Lyndon; Rickey Shane Page v Kimber Lee; Eddie Kingston v Seleziya Sparx; Heidi Lovelace v BJ Whitmer; Jasmin v Davey Vega; Athena v Heidi Lovelace

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sachie Abe to retire

Sachie AbeWe’re halfway through the year and the continuous announcements of impending retirements have become routine more than before. Today, Sachie Abe decided that her eighteen-year career would be finished up on August 17th as part of JWP’s show at the Korakuen Hall, making it her final appearance as an active competitor. Starting her journey back in April of 1995, the then 20-year old Abe began her career with JDStar(then simply known as Jd’), hosting a range of competitors from Bison Kimura, Esther Moreno, Lioness Asuka, Megumi Kudo to founder Jaguar Yokota.

In 1998, she began working for ARSION and would ultimately leave Jd’ Star all together. Abe was one of the many competitors that left the promotion in disagreement towards the “Athress”(athlete-actress) concept being pushed more as opposed to the established wrestlers on the roster. In the wake of ARSION’s closure in 2003, Abe joined Mima Shimoda, Mika Nishio and the rest of the former roster for the launch of Yumiko Hotta’s AtoZ.

Since then, Sachie Abe has enjoyed three reigns as JWP Tag Team Champion, holding the title on two occasions with her “The☆WANTED?!” partner KAZUKI  in 2006 and 2007 and for a third time with Aja Kong with the unified Daily Sports Women’s Tag Team Championship in 2010. Abe also formed “Hysteric Babe” with Arisa Nakajima back in 2006 and have continued to work together over the years.

The 39-year old is the fifth joshi to retire from the sport this year alone. Natsuki*Taiyo finished up at the top of this month, whereas Yuhi bowed out in March. Manami Katsu’s final match is scheduled for July 13th and current SHIMMER Tag Team Champion Tomoka Nakagawa will be finishing up on December 4th. Sachie Abe’s final match will be at JWP’s annual “Pure Slam” on August 17th.

Ringbelles Roundup (10 June 2014) – Cauliflower Alley Club honourees, Fierce Females & Bellatrix

Santana Garrett Thomas J. RudeTNA’s Brittany became only the third woman in the history of the Cauliflower Alley Club to receive the Future Legend award. Given the honour under her real name of Santana Garrett, the 26-year old follows in the footsteps of Mariko Yoshida (2006) and Cheerleader Melissa (2004).

Four years into her career and currently on the verge of a heel turn in TNA, Brittany is getting an opportunity to portray a character. While working on the indies, she did not have much of a chance to develop a persona in SHINE and was booked more sporadically in SHIMMER. While the way her character is being booked in TNA may be up for debate, she is getting to learn some valuable attributes like working for TV, hitting cues, working to time and so on.

“It’s been a heck of a year,” she said to SLAM Wrestling. “I am so grateful for the opportunity to be able to work with some of the best. I debuted in TNA against Gail Kim and beat her, which was huge. I think the experience I got while working for SHIMMER and SHINE helped prepare me for TNA. It has been a blast with TNA so far.

“I was very shocked and excited, and I think that showed as I was going up there,” she added. “I didn’t have a speech prepared or anything. You look at some of the past winners, like Cheerleader Melissa and Kurt Angle. Those are some big shoes to fill. It was overwhelming.”

While Melissa marketed herself on the Future Legend name, it means that Brittany is unlikely to do the same. She used the name in TNA while wrestling as Alissa Flash, so it is doubtful that too much of a deal will be made about it, though it is certainly a flattering award to receive.

It may also not be the golden chalice that the name lends itself to be. While the Future Legend award has gone to the likes of Angle (2000), Chris Benoit (weirdly, in 2001 when he was challenging for the WWF Championship), Frankie Kazarian (2005) and Takeshi Morishima (2007), it has also had its fair share of misses. Still, that’s the chance you take when you make such a bold prediction. Nevertheless, it is a big honour for Britanny to receive so it is now up to her to do her best to make good on it. We’re sure she’ll give it her all.

Cheerleader Melissa Debi Pelletier Thomas J RudeMeanwhile, the first female Future Legend recipient upgraded to receive the Active Women’s Wrestling award. Cheerleader Melissa has certainly accomplished a huge amount in the decade since she was first honoured at Cauliflower Alley, winning two ChickFight tournaments and being the first woman to win the SHIMMER Championship on two occasions. In addition, she has wrestled under two gimmicks in TNA as Raisha Saeed and Alissa Flash, and has also worked on WWE TV – coming tantalisingly close to being offered a contract as a potential female member of Muhammad Hassan’s entourage in 2006.

“I was approached by WWE to be that female character,” she told SLAM. “But they changed their mind and it ended up being only one wrestler and one manager. But with that information being known out there, that got back to Dutch [Mantell] and it fit the image that he wanted to create with Raisha Saeed so that’s when the ball started rolling.

“I am satisfied with how my career has been in the past years,” she said. “I don’t regret anything. I enjoyed the last 10 years. I didn’t know where wrestling was going to take me and I’m very satisfied with where it brought me so far.”

Debi Pelletier received the 2014 Women’s (Retired) Award. She debuted in the summer of 1983 after just two weeks of training from her future husband Jay York – using the gimmick of the Killer Tomato. She also wrestled for Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling as Dallas and competing in the American Wrestling Association as Killer Tomato again. She also wrestled against the likes of Sherri Martel and Wendi Richter during her AWA run, though was done by the end of 1986. It was a curious choice for the award considering the brevity of her time in the ring and her lack of impact on the industry.

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Kay Lee Ray Sammii Jayne mrdavidjwilsonAfter a quiet start to 2014, Fierce Females is regaining its traction. A breakaway from Insane Championship Wrestling was accompanied by the decision to hold smaller shows to build up to their supercards means more potential storylines, more opportunities for talent to wrestle and more exposure for the produce by putting the smaller cards on YouTube. The latest of these shows took place on Sunday in Glasgow where Scottish Champion Kay Lee Ray defended her title against Sammii Jayne – who won the right to challenge for the belt by beating Bete Noire and Viper earlier this year.

The match was a raucous affair which saw the action spill not just out of the ring but out of the building, with Kay Lee leaping onto Sammii from the roof of a nearby parked car. In the end, the title stayed where it was, but it was a great opportunity for Jayne to ascend to the main event of a Fierce Females card and successfully carry the load. It’s encouraging that while Fierce Females could stick with the established big names the country has produced, it is giving rising talent an opportunity to push themselves.

Ray’s next challenger will be Nikki Storm, who was cheered by a heel-supporting contingent on the show. Storm defeated Noire and Debbie Sharpe to earn the shot and set up a match which – unfathomably – hasn’t taken place in the duration of Fierce Females. In fact, to our knowledge, the last time the pair fought in a singles match was September 2012. That’s unfathomable considering the circles they’re in and the companies they both work for, but there you go.

That contest will take place at the Mad Maxine supercard in late July, though there is also another match which has been announced for the show. Following Carmel Jacob and Sara Marie Taylor defeating Leah Owens and emergency partner Viper – as well as the attack on Kasey Owens injured ankle after the bell – the pair will face the Owens Twins in a Tag Team Elimination Last Woman Standing Match. Kasey’s injury should have healed up by then, and then we should see a resolution of a story which started in April with Sara and Carmel getting wins over Leah and Kasey respectively. It seems that the heels have the advantage considering their run of wins, but with the rules being thrown out of the window, we could see a turning of the tables.

It’s something of a relief for Fierce Females to be gathering steam again. It presented one of our favourite shows on 2013, and it’s nice that the momentum is building, and is giving the huge depth of talent in Scotland its own all-women shows.

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Ballatrix IXBellatrix IX (stylised to read as BellatrIX) takes place on Sunday in Norwich – and like Fierce Females, it will predominantly feature local talent in a one-night tournament. Queen of the Ring was skipped over last year but it is back for this card which will determine a new monarch of the promotion.

The “outsider” names of Lady Lory and Bacardi are in action against Penelope and Saraya Knight respectively in the opening round, with Destiny taking on Erin Angel and Scarlett wrestling World Champion Liberty in the remaining two quarter finals. The brackets have not been revealed yet so we’re not aware of potential semi final and final contests, but there is the chance of a number of entertaining outings, considering there is a lot of talent in those eight names. However, the top contender for Match of the Night comes in the other announced contest.

The original contest between RQW European Champion Sammi Baynz and Blue Nikita at Bellatrix VIII in March was a rip-roaring, hard-hitting affair in what we proclaimed as the best on the card. Baynz won after Nikita was hit in the back of the head by Axl Lynch, allowing the titleholder to gain the pinfall on an unconscious challenger. Nikita protested against the interference but the decision stood, though she was granted an opportunity to earn another shot by getting a slot in the Bellatrix Rumble due to a slot opening because of injury to Skarlett. In the end, she entered the fray late and got the win by last eliminating Lory.

Considering what was presented in March, we’re confident it should be another barn-burner of a match. The interesting thing will be how they change things up to thrill the audience even further. However there are other factors to consider, such as whether Lynch will be a thorn in Nikita’s side once again and whether she can overcome that to win the belt. Baynz has enjoyed a hell of a renaissance since her return at the end of last year and stole the show on the Bellatrix v SHIMMER show last November in her title win over Liberty. Can she go three for three in Match of the Night honours at Bellatrix? Don’t bet against it.

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Elsewhere on the site, we have posted videos of Natsuki☆Taiyo’s retirement show as well as a match from earlier this year between Serena Deeb and Mia Yim. Oh, and the Women Of Wrestling Podcast made its return after a four month hiatus – we talked to Sassy Stephie about a range of things like the Lingerie Fighting Championships, being considered a veteran, WSU and her engagement as well as plans for the wedding reception.

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Summer Raw Sasha Banks Charlotte WWEBest wishes to Tamina Snuka, who has had knee surgery to repair the ACL and meniscus in her left leg. It’s claimed she suffered it during a match – her final contest was a loss against Paige at the SmackDown tapings on May 27 – and she may be out for the rest of the year… Summer Rae returned to NXT last week during Charlotte’s match against Bayley. Summer raised Charlotte’s hand after her win and then went after Bayley, with Charlotte and Sasha Banks joining in – so Rae is back in the Beautiful Fierce Females stable. Paige and Emma made the save… Speaking of Paige, she successfully defended her Divas Championship against Cameron on Superstars in a contest where the challenger was more heelish than ever. Naomi was not impressed with her buddy’s attitude… Carmella (Leah Van Damme) and Devin Taylor (Brittany Fetkin) made their in-ring debuts at NXT’s house show in Tampa, FL on Friday… Paige defeated Alicia Fox again on Raw. Fox then went after her tag team partner Aksana after the match as part of her latest wobbler. Elsewhere on the show, Summer Rae attacked Layla backstage by pouring milk over her head and then slamming it into the make-up table… Natalya talked to CBS Minnesota about Stephanie McMahon, saying “When she’s on, you don’t want to take your eyes off the screen, you want to see what she’s doing next. You don’t worry if she’s a woman or a man, you don’t care she’s Vince McMahon’s daughter. Whatever she’s doing is really, really good”.

TNA
Taryn Terrell is expected to return to Impact Wrestling at the promotion’s tapings in Bethlehem, PA this week. She went away last year to have her first child and competed at the Knockouts Knockdown PPV last month… On last week’s Impact, Brittany apologised to Madison Rayne for coming on strong in the ring on the previous episode and offered to help Rayne in her Knockouts Championship challenge to Angelina Love, but was rejected. She still came to the ring during the match which annoyed Madison – and led to Velvet Sky blinding Rayne with hairspray so Love could get the win. Brittany did nothing to stop Velvet.

North America
The full SHINE 20 card’s been announced. As well as SHINE Champion Ivelisse Velez v Serena Deeb, Leva Bates and Mia Yim put the Tag Team belts on the line against the winner of a four corner survival match earlier in the night between Sassy Stephie & Jessie Belle Smothers, Kimber Lee & Cherry Bomb, Malia Hosaka & Brandi Wine and Heidi Lovelace & Solo Darling. Elsewhere, Allysin Kay and Jessicka Havok seek to end their feud in a Last Woman Standing Match. Taylor Made was booked against La Rosa Negra but she’s been pulled for some reason. Instead, Negra will face Shanna… LuFisto has been announced for next month’s Valkyrie Women’s Wrestling show in Brooklyn, NY… Brittany has been pulled from the Remix Pro Wrestling show on June 21 due to a conflict of scheduling – instead, Allysin Kay will challenge Sassy Stephie for the Fury Women’s Championship… Mary Elizabeth Monroe missed last weekend’s Ohio Valley Wrestling Saturday Night Special – she was meant to face Women’s Champion Lei’D Tapa and Jessie Belle in a 3-way with the belt on the line. Ray Lyn took her place and was pinned by Tapa, who retained her title… Lylah Lodge has announced that she last left OVW… Amanda Rodriguez won the Pro Wrestling Syndicate Bombshells Majestic Championship on Saturday by pinning La Rosa Negra as part of a six-woman tag team match on Saturday. Tatevik the Gamer was meant to be on the card but reportedly no-showed… Cherry Bomb suffered a tore ligaments in her ankle in her match against Vanessa Kraven at Smash Wrestling on Sunday, and it will keep her out for around two weeks. Kraven won the match via referee stoppage… Ivelisse Velez and Candice LeRae face each other at Full Impact Pro’s show in June 22. Velez’s SHINE Championship will not be on the line… Hudson Envy defeated Jacob Tarasso in a Good Housekeeping match on Empire Wrestling Federation’s show on Friday… Renee Michelle won the East Coast Wrestling Association Women’s Championship from Jessie Kaye on Saturday.

Japan
Tomoka Nakagawa’s announced her intention to retire from wrestling on December 4 – though that may just be a domestic retirement and she may wrestle a few more dates overseas in early 2015. The 32-year old 9-year veteran still holds the SHIMMER Tag Team Championship with Kellie Skater and the OZ Academy double straps with Hiroyo Matsumoto… DASH Chisako is the next challenger for Arisa Nakajima’s JWP Openweight Championship after beating Kayoko Haruyama, Rabbit Miu and Risa Sera Maki Narumiya Youji KawauchiKAZUKI in a one-day tournament… Maki Narumiya and Risa Sera are still the Ice Ribbon International Ribbon Tag Team Champions after being the Lovely Butchers on Saturday’s 8th Anniversary show.

Europe
Rhia O’Reilly plowed through four women on Sunday’s IPW:UK/Progress card as part of a gauntlet match but was quickly beaten by Tennessee Honey.

Mexico
Taya Valkyrie became the number one contender to Fabi Apache’s AAA Reina de Reinas Title after winning a cibernetico last Wednesday… Amapola admitted to Fuego En El Ring to being a little stagnant before winning the CMLL-REINA International Championship, and wants to rack up a racord number of defences. She also says she wants to beat Marcela and Dark Angel for their hair in apuesta matches.

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Results

June 3: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Amapola, Tiffany & Zeuxis b Estrellita, Goya Kong & Lluvia

June 4: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Rabbit Miu b Yuuka; Hamuko Hoshi & Tsukasa Fujimoto b Akane Fujita & Meari Naito; Kaho Kobayashi & Makoto b Akiba Shiori & Risa Sera

June 4: OZ Academy (Tokyo, Japan) – Sonoko Kato b Kyusei Sakura Hirota; Kagetsu v Mio Shirai went to a time limit draw; Kaori Yoneyama & Madoka b Manami Toyota & Kanjyuro Matsuyama; Arisa Nakajima & Hikaru Shida b Mayumi Ozaki & Yumi Ohka; Aja Kong, Tsubasa Kuragaki & Kyoko Kimura b Dynamite Kansai, Ayako Hamada & Hiroyo Matsumoto; AKINO b Tomoka Nakagawa

June 4: Tokyo Women’s Wrestling (Tokyo, Japan) – Shoko Nakajima b Miurakane; KANNA vv Yuka Sakazaki went to a time limit draw; Miyu Yamashita v Erin went to a time limit draw; Chikage Kiba b Nonoko

June 4: Rockstar Pro Wrestling (Dayton, OH) – LuFisto b Samantha Heights

June 4: AAA (Guanajuanto, Mexico) – Taya Valkyrie b Sexy Star, La Jarochita, La Magnifica, Mary Apache, Cinthia Moreno & Sexy Lady

June 5: Pro Wrestling WAVE (Warabi, Japan) – Mika Iida & Sumire Natsu b Moeka Haruhi & Tsukasa Fujimoto; Kaho Kobayashi v Shiori Akiba went to a time limit draw; Hiroyo Matsumoto v Misaki Ohata went to a time limit draw; Kyoko Kimura b Shu Shibutani; Risa Sera v Rina Yamashita went to a time limit draw

Cameron Paige WWEJune 5: WWE Superstars (Indianapolis, IN) – Paige b Cameron

June 5: WWE NXT (Winter Park, FL) – Charlotte b Bayley

June 5: TNA Impact Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Angelina Love b Madison Rayne

June 6: Scottish Wrestling Alliance (Cumbernauld, Scotland) – Nikki Storm b Courtney

June 6: Pro Wrestling 4 U (Newcastle Under Lyme, England) – Jenna b Violet Vendetta

June 6: WWE SmackDown (Cincinnati, OH) – Natalya b Alicia Fox

June 6: WWE (Detroit, MI) – Eva Marie & Nikki Bella b Aksana & Rosa Mendes

June 6: TNA (Bowie, MD) – Angelina Love b Gail Kim

June 6: Empire Wrestling Federation (Covina, CA) – Hudson Envy b Terrazo

June 6: WWE NXT (Tampa, FL) – Carmella b Devin Taylor; Alexa Bliss & Becky Lynch b Charlotte & Sasha Banks

June 6: Empire Wrestling Federation (Covina, CA) – Hudson Envy b Jacob Tarasso

June 6: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Marcela, Princesa Sugheit & Silueta b Dalys, La Seductora & Princesa Blanca via DQ

June 7: Ice Ribbon (Kitazawa, Japan) – Kaho Kobayashi & Koharu Hinata b Rabbit Miu & 235; Mio Shirai b Akane Fujita; Shiori Akiba b Kyuri; Meari Naito & Neko Nitta b Kurumi & Yuka; Tsukasa Fujimoto b Yuri Kotobuki; Shu Shibutani b Miyako Matsumoto & Cherry; Maki Narumiya & Risa Sera b Hamuko Hoshi & Mochi Miyagi

June 7: Yuiga Produce Indie Girls Fighting (Tokyo, Japan) – Haruka Kato b Space Pink; Sakura Hirota b SAKURA; Bikushi & Micro b Choco & Yuko Miyamoto; Aki Shizuku v Yuiga went to a time limit draw

Sammii Jayne Rad Pro WrestlingJune 7: Newcastle Pro Wrestling (New Lambton, Australia) – Bee Boy & Rachel Rose v The Blue Oni & Shazza McKenzie

June 7: Pride Wrestling (Glasgow, Scotland) – Viper b Nikki Storm

June 7: RAD:PRO Wrestling (South Shields, England) – Vulture b Sammii The Dolly; Freya Frenzy b Switch; Debbie Sharpe b Danny O’Dochery

June 7: German Wrestling Federation (Berlin, Germany) – Blue Nikita b Brenda Star, Micaela & Vanessa La Bestia in a gauntlet match

June 7: New European Championship Wrestling (Hessdorf, Germany) – Jessy Jade b Stella

June 7: Northeast Wrestling (Ansonia, CT) – Reby Sky b Alexxis Nevaeh

June 7: Wrestling For Charity (San Jose, CA) – Kikyo Nakamura b Tab Jackson

June 7: WWE (Las Cruces, NM) – Paige b Alicia Fox & Natalya in a 3-way

June 7: WWE (Madison, WI) – Nikki Bella & Eva Marie b Aksana & Rosa Mendes

June 7: East Coast Wrestling Association (Newark, DE) – Renee Michelle b Jessie Kaye to win the ECWA Women’s Championship

June 7: Ohio Valley Wrestling (Lousiville, KY) – Lei’D Tapa b Jessie Belle & Ray Lyn in a 3-way

June 7: Pro Wrestling Syndicate (Rahway, NJ) – Jessie Kaye, Hania & Amber Rodriguez b Missy Sampson, La Rosa Negra & Annie Social (Amber won the Majestic Championship)

June 7: Northeast Wrestling (Ansonia, CT) – Reby Sky b Alexxis Nevaeh

June 7: Buffalo Championship Wrestling (Niagara Falls, NY) – Jennifer Blake b Beautiful Beaa

June 7: AAA (Veracruz, Mexico) – El Elegido, Faby Apache, Mascarita Sagrada & Pimpinela Escarlata b Mamba, Mini Abismo Negro, Sexy Star & Silver King

June 8: World Woman Pro Wrestling Diana (Kawasaki, Japan) – Sareee b Koharu Hinata; Kaoru Ito b Koyuki Hayashi; Keiko Aono & Mask de Sun b Kyoko Inoue & Kaho Kobayashi

June 8: JWP (Itabashi, Japan) – Manami Katsu b Raideen Hagane; DASH Chisako b Kayoko Haruyama; Command Bolshoi, Sachie Abe & Rabbit Miu b Arisa Nakajima, Yua Hayashi & Kana; KAZUKI b Aki Shizuku; Hanako Nakamori b Leon; Aki Shizuku b Raideen Hagane; DASH Chisako b Rabbit Miu; KAZUKI b Hanako Nakamori; Manami Katsu b Yua Hayashi; Arisa Nakajima b Sachie Abe & Kana in a 3-way; Kayoko Haruyama & Leon b Command Bolshoi & Kyoko Kimura; DASH Chisako b KAZUKI

June 8: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland) – Nikki Storm b Bête Noire; Debbie Sharpe b Courtney; Viper b Fiona Fraser; Nikki Storm b Debbie Sharpe; Carmel Jacob & Sara Marie Taylor b Leah Owens & Viper; Kay Lee Ray b Sammii Jayne

June 8: Tidal Wrestling (Leeds, England) – Violet O’Hara b Ruby Summers & Felony in a 3-way

June 8: IPW:UK/Progress (Swanley, England) – Tennessee Honey b Evian Sky, Jinny Sandhu, Mischa East, Rhia O’Reilly & Rosie Leigh in a gauntlet match

June 8: Pro Wrestling Revolution (Watsonville, CA) – Kikyo Nakamura b Kitana Rivera

June 8: WWE (Rochester, MN) – Eva Marie & Nikki Bella b Aksana & Rosa Mendes

June 8: WWE (Rio Rancho, NM) – Paige b Alicia Fox & Natalya in a 3-way

June 8: I Believe In Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Brittany b Su Yung & Lizzie Parris in a 3-way

June 8: SMASH Wrestling (Etobicoke, ON, Canada) – Vanessa Kraven b Cherry Bomb

June 9: WWE Raw (Minneapolis, MN) – Paige b Alicia Fox

Upcoming

June 13: Queens of Combat (Charlotte, NC) – Heidi Lovelace v Marti Belle

June 13: All Pro Wrestling (Daly City, CA) – Cheerleader Melissa v Reby Sky

June 14: Pro Wrestling Alliance (Casula, Australia) – Evie v Shazza McKenzie

June 14: Melbourne City Wrestling (Tullamarine, Australia) – Miami v KC Cassidy; Siren Monroe v Toni Storm; Savannah Summers b Miki Fortune

June 15: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Tsukasa Fujimoto v Risa Sera

Kasey Owens Nikki StormJune 15: Target Wrestling (Kendal, Scotland) – Kasey Owens v Nikki Storm

June 15: Bellatrix 9 (Norwich, England) – Blue Nikita v Sammi Baynz; Saraya Knight v Bacardi; Destiny v Erin Angel; Lady Lory v Penelope; Liberty v Skarlett

June 15: British Empire Wrestling (Mitcham, England) – Pollyanna Peppers v Addy Starr

June 21: Great Bear Promotions (Middlewich, England) – Nixon v Lana Austin

June 21: Remix Pro Wrestling (Marietta, OH) – Allysin Kay v Sassy Stephie

June 22: Full Impact Pro (Maitland, FL) – Ivelisse Velez v Candice LeRae

June 27: True Grit Wrestling (Leeds, England) – Violet O’Hara v Lana Austin

June 27: SHINE 20 (Ybor City, FL) – Sassy Stephie & Jessie Belle Smothers v Kimber Lee & Cherry Bomb v Malia Hosaka & Brandi Wine v Heidi Lovelace & Solo Darling; Su Yung v Justine Silver; Leah Von Dutch v Amber O’Neal; Taylor Made v La Rosa Negra; Nevaeh v Candice LeRae; Jessicka Havok v Allysin Kay; Leva Bates & Mia Yim v TBA; Ivelisse Velez v Serena Deeb

June 28: Warzone Wrestling (Wendouree, Australia) – Savannah Summers v Siren Monroe v Harley Wonderland

June 28: IWA Mid South Queen of the Deathmatches (New Albany, IN) – LuFisto v Jordynne Grace

June 29: Anarchy Championship Wrestling American Joshi Queen of Queens (Austin, TX)

Veda Scott AIWJune 29: Absolute Intense Wrestling (Cleveland, OH) – Veda Scott v Gregory Iron

July 1: Pure Wrestling Association (Cambridge, ON, Canada) – Kc Spinelli v Beautiful Beaa

July 6: British Empire Wrestling (London, England) – Dragonita v Dean Michael; Toni Storm v Kasey Owens

July 12: German Hurricane Wrestling (Nauheim, Germany) – Svetlana Kalashnikova v Stella

July 12: Empress Pro Wrestling (High Wycombe, England) – Pollyanna Peppers v Rhia O’Reilly

July 12: Women Superstars Uncensored (Voorhees, NJ) – LuFisto v Mickie Knuckles

July 19: Valkyrie Women’s Wrestling (Brooklyn, NY)

July 20: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland) – Leah & Kasey Owens v Sara Marie Taylor & Carmel Jacob; Kay Lee Ray v Nikki Storm

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

August 16: NCW Femmes Fatales XV (Montreal, QC, Canada) – Mercedes Martinez v LuFisto v Cheerleader Melissa v Courtney Rush

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

– Lee Burton
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Ringbelles Roundup (6 May 2014) – WSU title tumoil, Terri Runnels talks and more

Jessicka HavokFor one reason or another, title matches haven’t gone according to plan for Women Superstars Uncensored in the last 18 months or so. It took an age for Kimber Lee and Annie Social to win the Tag Team Championship from Sassy Stephie and Allysin Kay – and even then, Kay wasn’t there for the title change at Mutiny after picking up an injury the night before – and two World Title matches were called off. LuFisto’s title challenge to Jessicka Havok for last May’s Queen and King of the ring had to be abandoned because of the Super Hardcore Anime exploding her kneecap with a moonsault to the floor at SHIMMER 53 the previous month, and Athena’s match with Havok booked for August’s Uncensored Rumble had to be scrapped the day before after she suffered a massive shoulder injury during the Secret Show.

However, a year on from the first abandoned match, LuFisto v Havok was set for Saturday’s Queen and King of the Ring following LuFisto beating Athena in a titanic clash to become number one contender again – though a spanner was thrown into the works last Thursday when WSU announced it had fired (or “banned for life” as its statement said) Jessicka Havok and stripped her of the WSU World Championship after holding the belt for around two years.

No reason has been given for the firing, and WSU isn’t discussing the matter – though we have had it confirmed that it is not a work or storyline. That’s not to say that Havok will never be back – as you should never say never – but this isn’t part of an angle to bring her back in the future. We also approached Jessicka for comment but she declined to discuss the matter at this time. Continue reading “Ringbelles Roundup (6 May 2014) – WSU title tumoil, Terri Runnels talks and more”