A quick look at the fortunes of the two twin acts in women’s wrestling at the moment…
Nikki Bella won a Halloween Costume battle royal on SmackDown to become the number one contender to the WWE Divas Championship after Alicia Fox and Paige bundled each other out of the ring, handing Nikki the win. Brie Bella was advertised but was not there – the story was that Nikki sent her off to do charity work so she would not be eligible for a title shot.
Nikki beat Emma on last night’s Raw and then instructed Brie to slap titleholder AJ Lee, who was sitting at ringside doing commentary. Reluctantly, Brie did it and was knocked to the floor for her trouble before AJ went after Nikki, who scooted away.
We’re about a week and a half into this gimmick of Brie having to be Nikki’s personal assistant for 30 days after losing their match at Hell in a Cell, and I can see how it’s benefiting Nikki. She has had plenty of opportunities to show off her heel persona by bullying her twin about, abusing her and forcing her to do things which Brie feels are morally questionable – such as distracting Naomi on last week’s Raw. When you couple it with the fact that she has wrestled on both Raws and the SmackDown since Hell in a Cell and has been booked very favourably with her Rack Attack gaining her victories in the matches against Naomi and Emma, you can see how things are looking up for the “evil” Bella ahead of her title match, whenever that may be – presumably Survivor Series, as that will be day 28 of Brie’s service so she will still be at Nikki’s beck and call.
However, I’m struggling to see how Brie will come out of this looking more impressive. Her strong set is her wrestling and she’s not doing any of that, while her character and promo ability is a country mile behind her sister, so she’s being overshadowed in any segment where personality needs to be shown. She’s also being put in humiliating segments and was left laying with just one AJ Lee forearm, which doesn’t do much good for her credibility. It seems as if Brie Mode* has been disabled and won’t be as functional when it is reactivated. Perhaps her redemption will come if Nikki wins the Divas Championship and Brie beats her to take the title, but she will have to do a lot to overcome how flaccid she is looking at the moment.
*By the way, let us not forget the true meaning of Brie Mode is to be disgustingly drunk and a complete embarrassment to friends and family, not to engage a new level of toughness as is what it seems to imply on WWE TV rather than on Total Divas.
Kasey and Leah Owens were put through to the UK finals of British Boot Camp 2 but they were on shaky ground for a while when they fluffed their wrestling drills, though they pulled themselves together and shone during the freestyle segment. They had originally impressed with their charisma and also had the judges warm to them when Leah said she would step aside for her sister if only one of them could go through, which Samoa Joe said was “very noble”. They billed themselves as the “anti-Blossom Twins” as they are more rock and roll and less about cupcakes, and the Blossom Twins were pretty much buried by Gail Kim as she said they were about to be called up to TV and they quit. I don’t know how true that is, but it looks like Hannah and Holly won’t be back any time soon.
Miss Louise Jane and Skarlett were also featured in a montage of rejected contestants – the former was portrayed as a bit arrogant, and described herself as “100% English beef” and dismissed Scotland, wales and Northern Ireland, despite having the Union Flag on her gear rather than the St George’s Cross, while the latter was perceived as a bit scary and also talked about her age.
Kasey and Leah will take on Nikki Storm and Kay Lee Ray in an 4-way match on Sunday’s broadcast in a match which took place back in August. We were there and we can tell you that it was a hell of a showing, and we’ll have a report after it’s broadcast.
I have to say that this series has been excellent so far. The audition process has been entertaining and helped the viewer to learn a bit about each person and helped you to develop an impression of them, be it positive or negative – and there haven’t been any wholly shocking auditions designed to poke fun, which is welcome. If TNA had only the same sort of treatment had been applied to Havok, who still hasn’t had any sort of promo time yet – fans would have been able to connect with her in a much stronger way.
We’ve got a few videos on the site this week, including a look at the women’s division in Covey Pro Wrestling featuring the likes of Mary Elizabeth Monroe, Nyla Rose and Amber Rodriguez, as well as a Retro looking at Rachel Summerlyn and Jessica James’ tag team.
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PWInsider reports that Triple H is high on Alexa Bliss at the moment. Sasha Banks is also getting positive reviews but it’s said they want her work to be less stiff. Bayley and Charlotte are also getting a lot of love but it’s said that Bliss and Banks are more favoured than Bayley… Paige defeated Natalya on last week’s Main Event and licked her face during the match. Creepy. Tyson Kidd was also on commentary during the match and talked about himself for most of the match, ignoring his wife in action… JoJo was the ring announcer for the house show in Syracuse, NY at the weekend. Alicia Fox beat Paige on the show… AJ Lee and Lilian Garcia had travel issues getting to Buffalo, NY for Raw. Emma and Renee Young also lost their luggage. Garcia also worked the show with a respiratory infection… Fans at last night’s NXT house show said that Charlotte’s successful defence of the Women’s Championship over Sasha Banks stole the show. Charlotte’s making a habit of it.
Madison Rayne officially turned heel on last week’s Impact Wrestling. The heavy teasing began two week previously when she pulled Taryn Terrell’s tights to become number one contender to the Knockouts Championship and the pair teamed up on last Wednesday’s show but Rayne refused to tag in during their match against the Beautiful People. In the end, Madison walked into the ring, knocked down Angelina Love & Velvet Sky before booting Taryn in the head and delivering the Rayne Check (Barbie Crusher) before leaving the ring, allowing Love & Sky to get the win… TNA is holding a Twitter Q&A on Friday with Havok, Taryn Terrell, Reby Sky & Veda Scott ahead of the Knockouts Knockdown PPV being made available later in the day. Scott and Marti Belle are currently being profiled on the company’s website.
SHINE has announced that it’s 24th show will take place on January 23 next year. It had already been revealed that SHINE 23 will be on December 5. Amber O’Neal and Crazy Mary Dobson return at SHINE 23 – hopefully their story will continue following O’Neal’s heel turn on Dobson at SHINE 20 in June. Tina San Antonio also returns to the promotion for the first time since SHINE 7 in February 2013, while Vanessa Kraven will make her debut… Heidi Lovelace advanced to the finals of the Young Lions Cup on Saturday after beating Eddie Smooth in the first round and then winning the 6-way semi final. Kimber Lee also qualified for the 6-way by beating Eddie Smooth. Lovelace will face Missile Assault Ant in the final on December 6… Candice LeRae & Joey Ryan advanced in DREAMWAVE’s Tag Team Tournament on Saturday by beating the Osirian Portal in the first round… Seleziya Sparx regained custody of her dog Peanut after beating Jasmin in a Ladder Match at Alpha 1 Wrestling on Sunday. You can see the whole feud by clicking here… Hometown hero Nicole Matthews main-evented Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling’s Port Coquitlam show on Saturday, defeating Jaida… Jenny Rose will challenge LuFisto for the Women Superstars Uncensored Championship on Saturday. Tessa Blanchard and D’Arcy Dixon will make their debuts on the card – Blanchard challenges Niya Barela for the Spirit Title while Dixon wrestles Mickie Knuckles a day after they face off in a steel cage for the RESISTANCE Pro Women’s Championship… Alternative Wrestling Show and Wrestling Cares Association is bringing back the Race for the Cup tournament, which was won last year by Katarina Leigh… Kimber Lee and Cherry Bomb may be great teammates, but they face off at Beyond Wrestling on November 29 with their regular male tag team partners. Kimber Lee and Drew Gulak will battle Cherry Bomb and her husband Pepper Parks.
Ayako Hamada and Yuu Yamagata regained the Pro Wrestling WAVE Tag Team Championship on Wednesday by beating Tomoka Nakagawa and Kyoko Kimura. Hikaru Shida also retained her Regina Di Wave and Revolution Championship Wrestling Titles in her match against Mari Apache… Riho won the IWA Triple Crown Championship on Sunday, defeating Emi Sakura in the main event of Gatoh Move’s show… Tomoka Nakagawa was unsuccessful in her challenge for the OZ Academy Openweight Championship, losing to titleholder Tsubasa Kuragaki on Sunday… Successful defences for the Wonder of Stardom and Goddesses of Stardom Champions yesterday – Mayu Iwatani beat Miho Wakizawa while Nanae Takahashi & Kairi Hojo retained their belts by beating former World of Stardom titleholder Io Shirai & reigning champion Yoshiko. Kellie Skater also made her Japan return on the show, beating Reo Hazuki.
Nikki Storm beat Kay Lee Ray in a No DQ contest on Friday and Pollyanna Peppers on Saturday to retain her Pro Wrestling: EVE title in a return for the promotion as part a collaboration with XWA Wrestling. Also on the Saturday show, Rhia O’Reilly defeated Addy Starr and KLR beat Jimmy Havoc in a hardcore match… Pollyanna was meant to wrestle Jinny at PROGRESS on Sunday by her opponent said she was injured and couldn’t compete, but attacked Pollyanna as she left the ring. The pair will wrestle on January 4… Two more Pollyanna notes – she challenges Addy Starr for the Interpromotional Women’s Championship at British Empire Wrestling on November 16, and she is going to be called out by Chris Walker on Pro Wrestling Chaos’ show on the 29th. Miss Peppers may be the busiest female wrestler in the UK at the moment… Viper will defend her Showcase Pro Wrestling Women’s National Title against Leah Owens on November 29… After holding two exhibition matches, Empress Pro has announced that it will hold its first full card on January 17. Bete Noire and Nixon Newell have been announced… Nikki Storm, Viper, Lana Austin & Kay Lee Ray will face off in a 4-way for PAID Promotions on December 7.
Sexy Star was featured in the debut episode of Lucha Underground last Wednesday. She lost to Son of Havoc in a short match which was preceded with a video package introducing herself and that she wrestles to inspire every girl who needs an inspiration. It was a great introduction which WWE and TNA could do well to emulate.
Australia & New Zealand
Cremator & Vixsin beat Siren Monroe & Tommy Hellfire in a mixed tag match at Melbourne City Wrestling’s 4th Anniversary Show. KC Cassidy defeated Miami on the same show… Michelle K Hasluck returns to the ring on Friday after a year away to have a child. She teams up with Kira Sommers against Miss Fortune & Daisy Chayne for Snakepit Pro Wrestling.
October 28: ATTACK Pro Wrestling (Cardiff, Wales) – Mark Andrews & Pete Dunne b Teen Wolf & Nixon Newell
October 28: All Star Wrestling (Aldershot, England) – Leah Von Dutch b Sammy Baynz
October 28: WWE Main Event (Houston, TX) – Paige b Natalya
October 29: Pro Wrestling WAVE (Tokyo, Japan) – Cherry, Koharu Hinata & Rina Yamashita b Mika Iida, Yua Hayashi & Kaho Kobayashi; Kyusei Sakura Hirota b Sawako Shimono; Shu Shibutani & Moeka Haruhi b Sumire Natsu & Yumi Ohka; Mio Shirai b Hiroe Nagahama; Dynamite Kansai, Fairy Nipponbashi & Melanie Cruise b Misaki Ohata, Kana & Tsukasa Fujimoto; Hikaru Shida b Mari Apache; Ayako Hamada & Yuu Yamagata b Kyoko Kimura & Tomoka Nakagawa to win the WAVE Tag Team Championship
October 29: All Star Wrestling (Gravesend, England) – Leah Von Dutch b Bubblegum
October 29: TNA Impact Wrestling (Bethlehem, PA) – Angelina Love & Velvet Sky b Madison Rayne & Taryn Terrell
October 29: Lucha Underground (Los Angeles, CA) – Son of Havoc b Sexy Star
October 30: REINA (Tokyo, Japan) – Kana b Koharu Hinata; SYU*RI & Ray b Black Jujidan #1 & Black Jujidan #2; Arisa Nakajima b Haruka Kato; Leon & Tomoka Nakagawa b Makoto & Maki Narumiya; Kyoko Kimura & Masaaki Mochizuki b Syuri & Shiro Koshinaka
October 30: A-Merchandise (St Ives, England) – Nixon Newell b Nadia Sapphire
October 30: All Star Wrestling (Gravesend, England) – Leah Von Dutch b Bubblegum
October 30: WWE NXY (Orlando, FL) – Carmella b Emma
October 30: WWE NXT house show (Largo, FL) – Bayley b Becky Lynch
October 31: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Meari Naito & Yuka b Kurumi & 235; Miyako Matsumoto b Mio Shirai; Tsukasa Fujimoto, Maki Narumiya & Risa Sera b Aoi Kizuki, Hamuko Hoshi & Mochi Miyagi
October 31: A-Merchandise (Broxbourne, England) – Nixon Newell b Nadia Sapphire
October 31: XWA Wrestling (Sudbury, England) – Nikki Storm b Kay Lee Ray
October 31: WWE SmackDown (Houston, TX) – Nikki Bella won a battle royal
October 31: Lucha Libre Femenil (Monterrey, Mexico) – Lady Azteca b Ayira; Polly Star b Amazona and La Chacala in a 3-way; Tsunami b Angelica; Lady Jaguar b Alicia
November 1: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Miyako Matsumoto b Mochi Miyagi; Tsukasa Fujimoto besiegt 235 & Mio Shirai; Cherry v Maki Narumiya went to a time limit draw; Kurumi & Sera Risa b Hamuko Hoshi & Yuka
November 1: Tokyo Joshi Pro (Saitama, Japan) – Miyu Yamashita & Erin b KANNA & Shoko Nakajima; Chikage Kiba & Akane Miura b Shoko Nakajima & Yuka Sakazaki; Miyu Yamashita & Ai Shimizu b Nonoko & Erin
November 1: Melbourne City Wrestling (Melbourne, Australia) – Tommy Hellfire & Siren Monroe v The Cremator & Vixsin
November 1: Flemish Wrestling Force (Limsburg, Belgium) – Leah Von Dutch v Katey Harvey
November 1: XWA Wrestling (Colchester, Essex) – Rhia O’Reilly b Addy Starr; Nikki Storm b Pollyanna; Kay Lee Ray b Jimmy Havoc
November 1: Futureshock Wrestling (Prestwich, England) – Danni Hunter v Lana Austin went to a no-contest
November 1: Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling (Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada) – Skarlet b Mary Jane; Nicole Matthews b Jaida
November 1: DREAMWAVE (LaSalle, IL) – Candice LeRae & Joey Ryan b Amasis & Ophidian
November 1: Wrestling Is Fun (Norristown, PA) – Kimber Lee b JT Dunn; Heidi Lovelace b Eddie Smooth; Heidi Lovelace b Kimber Lee, Arctic Assault Ant, Will Ferrera, the Proletariat Boar of Moldova & Joe Black in a 6-way
November 1: Pro Wrestling Now (Fayetteville, NC) – Mary Elizabeth Monroe b Sidney Black
November 1: SoCal Pro (Oceanside, CA) – Ashley Grace & Kitana Vera b Casanova Fantastico & Incendio Calavera
November 1: New England Championship Wrestling (Stoughton, MA) – Alexxis Nevaeh & Davienne b Mistress Belmont & Sammi Lane
November 1: Ohio Valley Wrestling (Louisville, KY) – Jessie Belle b Rebel
November 1: Oddity Wrestling Alliance (San Diego, CA) – Sage Sin b Amazona, Datura & Ruby Raze in a 4-way
November 1: Lucky Pro Wrestling (Clinton, MA) – Nikki Valentine defeats Ramona Romano; Natalia won a battle royal; Davienne & Taeler Hendrix b Alexxis Nevaeh & Kaitlin Diemond
November 1: Coastal Wrestling Federation (Mesquite, TX) – Gail Kim & Jessica James v Angelina Love & Angel Blue
November 1: Xtrem Mexican Wrestling (Ecatepec de Morelos, Mexico) – Ludark Shaitan b Felina Metalica
November 2: Gatoh Move (Tokyo, Japan) – Sayaka Obihiro, Ryuichi Sekine b Antonio Honda & Fukin Kitazawa; Command Bolshoi b DJ Nira; Sareee b “Kotori”; Masako Takanashi v Hanako Nakamori; Riho b Emi Sakura to win the IWA Triple Crown Championship
November 2: OZ Academy (Tokyo, Japan) – Manami Toyota b Kyusei Sakura Hirota; Manami Toyota b Kyusei Sakura Hirota; Manami Toyota b Kyusei Sakura Hirota; Yumi Ohka, Kyoko Kimura & Mio Shirai b AKINO, Kaori Yoneyama & Syuri; Mayumi Ozaki, Miyako Matsumoto b Dynamite Kansai & Kaho Kobayashi; Aja Kong & Mari Apache b Hikaru Shida & Kagetsu; Tsubasa Kuragaki b Tomoka Nakagawa
November 2: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – Sareee b Raideen Hagane; Yumiko Hotta b Yua Hayashi; Kyoko Kimura b Yako Fujigasaki; Leon b Ray; Tomoka Nakagawa b Rabbit Miyu; Arisa Nakajima, Hanako Nakamori & Aki Shizuku b Command Bolshoi, Kayoko Haruyama & KAZUKI
November 2: Melbourne City Wrestling (Essendon, England) – Cremator & Vixsin b Siren Monroe & Tommy Hellfire; KC Cassidy b Miami
November 2: PAID Promotions (Morecambe, England) – Viper b Kasey Owens
November 2: Insane Championship Wrestling (Glasgow, Scotland) – Liam Thomson & Carmel Jacob b Stevie Boy & Kay Lee Ray
November 2: Alpha 1 Wrestling (Hamilton, ON, Canada) – Seleziya Sparx b Jasmin
November 2: WWE house show (Syracuse, NY) – Alicia Fox b Paige
November 2: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Dark Angel, Lluvia & Princesa Sugehit b Dallys la Caribeña, La Seductora & Zeuxis
November 3: Stardom (Tokyo, Japan) – Kellie Skater b Reo Hazuki; Kyoko Kimura & Kris Wolf b Kaori Yoneyama & Hatsuhonode Kamen and Star Fire & Mystique in a 3-way; Takumi Iroha & Risa Sera b Koguma & Kurumi; Mayu Iwatani b Miho Wakizawa; Nanae Takahashi & Kairi Hojo b Io Shirai & Yoshiko
November 3: Tokyo Joshi Pro (Tokyo, Japan) – Akane Miura b Erin; Chikage Kiba b Yuka Sakazaki; Nonoko b Ai Shimizu; Saki Akai b Shoko Nakajima; Miyu Yamashita b KANNA
November 3: Pro Wrestling WAVE (Yamanashi, Japan) – Tomoka Nakagawa b Hiroe Nagahama; Melanie Cruise & Moeka Haruhi b Mika Iida & Kaho Kobayashi; Rina Yamashita b Kyusei Sakura Hirota; Shu Shibutani b Sawako Shimono; Ayako Hamada, Hikaru Shida & Yuu Yamagata b Kana, Marie Apache & Yumi Ohka
November 3: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – Leon b Boriishi; Bolshoi kid b Hawaiian Bolshoi; Arisa Nakajima, Rabbit Miyu & Yua Hayashi b Hanako Nakamori, Raideen Hagane & Yako Fujigasaki
November 3: WWE NXT house show (Citrus Springs, FL) – Charlotte b Sasha Banks
November 3: WWE Raw (Buffalo, NY) – Nikki Bella b Emma
November 7: Snakepit Pro Wrestling (Pooraka, Australia) – Michelle K Hasluck & Kira Sommers v Miss Fortune & Daisy Chayne
November 7: RESISTANCE Pro (Lockport, IL) – D’Arcy Dixon v Mickie Knuckles
November 8: 4 Front Wrestling (Bristol, England) – Nadia Sapphire v Chardonnay
November 8: Ultimate British Wrestling (Royston, England) – Lulu v Jezabeth
November 8: Women Superstars Uncensored (Voorhees, NJ) – LuFisto v Jenny Rose; Niya Barela v Tessa Blanchard; Kimber Lee v JT Dunn; Annie Social v David Starr; Athena v Hania; Nevaeh v Jewells Malone; Solo Darling v Cherry Bomb; D’Arcy Dixon v Mickie Knuckles; Leva Bates v Brittany Blake
November 8: Neo Wrestling (Niagara Falls, ON) – Cherry Bomb v Skyler Rose
November 9: TNA British Boot Camp (London, England) – Nikki Storm v Kay Lee Ray v Kasey Owens v Leah Owens
November 9: Squared Circle Wrestling (Toronto, ON, Canada) – Hania v Alexia Nicole v Jasmin
November 10: World Wrestling Network (Grand Epoch City, China) – Ivelisse Velez v Su Yung; Mia Yim v Allysin Kay
November 11: World Wrestling Network (Chengdu City, China) – Ivelisse Velez v Allysin Kay; Mia Yim v Su Yung
November 12: World Wrestling Network (Emeishan City, China) – Ivelisse Velez & Mia Yim v Allysin Kay & Su Yung
November 13: World Wrestling Network (Beijing, China) – Ivelisse Velez v Mia Yim
November 14: Pro Wrestling 4U (Newcastle-Under-Lyme, England) – Pollyanna v Violet Vendetta
November 15: Riot City Wrestling “City Chicks” (Adelaide, Australia)
November 15: World Association of Wrestling/DOA Wrestling (Bury St Edmunds) – Saraya Knight v Addy Starr
November 15: True Grit Wrestling (Leeds, England) – Lana Austin v Nixon Newell
November 16: Tidal Wrestling (Newcastle, England) – Kay Lee Ray v Shax
November 16: British Empire Wrestling (London, England) – Dragonita v Dean Michael; Lola & Nina Samuels v Astronomica & Nightshade; Addy Starr v Pollyanna
November 22: Alternative Wrestling Show (South Gate, CA) – Hudson Envy v Cheerleader Melissa
November 21: New Horizons Pro Wrestling (Perth, Australia) – Saraya Knight v Demi Bennett v Evie v Madison Eagles
November 23: Melbourne City Wrestling ‘Fight For A Cause’ (Hampton Park, Australia)
November 23: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland) – Courtney v Fiona Fraser
November 23: SMASH Wrestling (Mississauga, ON, Canada) – Candice LeRae & Joey Ryan v Cherry Bomb & Pepper Parks; Courtney Rush v Vanessa Kraven
November 29: Warzone Wrestling (Berwick, Australia) – Savannah Summers v Kellyanne English
November 29: Showcase Wrestling (Dumfries, Scotland) – Viper v Leah Owens
November 29: Beyond Wrestling (Providence, RI) – Kimber Lee & Drew Gulak v Cherry Bomb & Pepper Parks
November 30: Southside Wrestling (St Neots, England) – Kay Lee Ray v Nixon Newell
November 30: Queens of Combat (Winston-Salem, NC) – Mickie James v Tessa Blanchard; Joey Ryan & Candice LeRae v Mia Yim & Leva Bates; Sojo Bolt & Dani Jackson v Amber O’Neal & Jessie Kaye; Angelina Love v Nevaeh
February 22: Dragon Pro Wrestling (Newport, Wales) – Nixon Newell v Pollyanna
December 5: SHINE 23 (Ybor City, FL)
December 6: CHIKARA (Philadelphia, PA) – Heidi Lovelace v Missile Assault Ant
December 7: PAID Promotions (Morecambe, England) – Nikki Storm v Viper v Lana Austin v Kay Lee Ray
January 4: PROGRESS Wrestling (London, England) – Jinny v Pollyanna
January 17: Empress Pro (High Wycombe, England)
January 23: SHINE 24 (Ybor City, FL)
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
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