Ringbelles Roundup (2 December 2014) – Rhia O’Reilly hits career high, Tomoka Nakagawa to say goodbye, and more

Rhia O'ReillyRhia O’Reilly has been plugging away for a while now and it seems that 2014 has been the year where it has started to come to fruition. With a nomadic aspect, the 29-year old has never really rooted herself in any promotion but has made appearances in numerous outfits. While she has been the focal point of PROGRESS Wrestling’s women’s division – enjoying a win streak until it was put to an end at the hands of Pollyanna Peppers – it has always been Pro Wrestling: EVE with whom O’Reilly has had the greatest ties. She made her official debut on the promotion’s first show in May 2010 and has worked on every show, including after the promotion’s integration with XWA Wrestling a few months ago. It therefore seems fitting while she has enjoyed a reign with th Bellatrix British Championship that her first top championship is the EVE belt.

Wearing a bright green dress and sporting a little top hat, Rhia was every inch the Irish leprechaun when she started out. Cutting her teeth in EVE, World Association of Wrestling and Extreme World Wrestling, she found herself across the Atlantic less than a year after her debut. Taking her gear to Berwyn, IL, O’Reilly found herself working two pre-show matches ahead of the SHIMMER tapings in March 2011, losing to Brittany Force in singles competition and teaming with Jett Riley to defeat Force and December the following day.

While it could have been seen as a bit premature, it got her noticed and saw her amongst many of her peers in order to accrue more knowledge and develop. She found herself graduating to the main roster 12 months later and got her first win on the DVD tapings by beating Taylor Made – Rhia O'Reillythough it wasn’t necessarily her success rate which caused such a spark with herself and the fans. Instead, it was her simple catchphrase which got her over, with “Oh really? O’Reilly!” becoming so popular that it was being yelled even when she wasn’t wrestling – or wasn’t even on that particular series of tapings. That helped to propel her to being aligned with Saraya Knight and then to form a trio with Mayumi Ozaki on the most recent shows and see her enjoy a victory over the trio of Heidi Lovelace, Solo Darling and Leva Bates, a tag team win over Bates and Veda Scott as well as a singles success against Xandra Bale.

Back in the UK, O’Reilly spent a lot of 2014 harnessing a great rivalry – and then a partnership – with Addy Starr, with the pair wrestling in numerous promotions like LCW Roses and PROGRESS before seeing it move to XWA Wrestling in October. The XWA win led to her being granted another shot at the Pro Wrestling: EVE Title after beating champion Nikki Storm in May last year via DQ – though this time, the contest was made No Disqualification and would guarantee a winner. In the end, a Rhiadjustment DDT onto the belt was enough for O’Reilly to capture the title – though she suffered a fairly serious knee injury in the match which has forced her to cancel bookings for the rest of 2014.

Despite the agony of the ailment, O’Reilly must be wholly satisfied with her year which has seen her go from being a safe hand in the ring to being someone who is receiving genuine focus and investment by promotions, which should help to catapult her to the next level in 2015. Coupled with being in the best shape of her career, sound wrestling skills and a catchphrase which is so beautifully simple and memorable, it looks like Rhia should ascend to new heights next year.

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Tomoka NakagawaTomoka Nakagawa wrestled her final OZ Academy match on Sunday, losing loss to Aja Kong in the main event in Nagoya, Japan. Her final match will be on Thursday, with the 33-year old teaming one more time with her Global Green Gangsters partner Kellie Skater against Hikaru Shida & Kaho Kobayashi.

Since announcing her retirement in June, Nakagawa has been tremendously busy – as is customary with joshis who make their intentions known to quit the wrestling business. With more than 60 matches under her belt since the middle of the year, Tomoka’s busiest months have been the last two, with more than 30 contests in just that 8 week period. Demonstrating her versatility as a tag team wrestler, she has also racked up a few more title wins, claiming the Pro Wrestling WAVE Tag Team Championship for a second and third time as well as claiming the OZ Academy doubles straps with Hiroyo Matsumoto. Meanwhile, Nakagawa is still one half of the SHIMMER Tag Team Champions, which provides a question mark as to what is going to happen with those titles.

With her success in both Japan and the US, Tomoka can be very proud of her accomplishments – as well as ushering in the trend of bringing in young joshis to expand their profiles in America and work with international talents. As one of the original quartet of wrestlers from S-Ovation, she was everyone’s favourite dirty little cheater before turning into a beloved babyface alongside Skater as part of 3G. Nakagawa will be missed.

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Also on the website in the last week, two video posts – one was a relatively obscure SHIMMER Tag Team Title match with Ashley Lane and Nevaeh working heel against challengers Mary Elizabeth Monroe and Hailey Hatred, as well as Ice Ribbon’s recent Yokohama Ribbon event headlined by Tsukasa Fujimoto against Aoi Kizuki.

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WWE
Layla and Summer Rae shoved a pumpkin pie in Natalya’s face on last Tuesday’s episode of Main Event in more childish garbage that you wouldn’t expect to see the men do. Natalya beat Layla in a singles match on the show… Charlotte will defend the NXT Women’s Championship against Sasha Banks on December 11’s Takeover: R Evolution show… Nikki Bella’s promo following her win Nikki Bella WWEover Emma on last Friday’s SmackDown was slashed by a third, partly because under different circumstances, it could be seen as garnering support. The full promo was: “I’m not going to say trashy, classless things like Ms. Lee did because unlike Ms. Lee, I actually care about the kids that sit in this audience. It’s time that everyone heard the real truth about AJ Lee. Yes, we heard over and over and over again your sob story. Yes, we have heard over and over about how hard you worked. But you wanna know what? I have worked harder. The biggest difference between you and me is that I don’t have to go tell everyone so they like me. And most important, that is what makes me fearless. You wanna know why you don’t have any friends? It’s because you’re so threatened by anyone who doesn’t like you. AJ, I want you to take a good hard look at what a woman is, a real woman, a classy woman! I want you to take a look at what a real Divas champion looks like. AJ, I want you to know that forever, through these fearless eyes, you will always be that pathetic manipulating little girl from New Jersey”… Last night’s Raw did nothing to help explain why Brie turned heel and joined sister Nikki. This storyline still sucks. The twins lost to AJ Lee and Naomi – the latter of whom was chosen to be AJ’s partner as part of a fan vote – when Nikki tapped out to the Black Widow. Noelle Foley also appeared in a segment with father Mick on the show… If you’re keeping track, Alicia Fox worked on the heel team for a six-woman tag match in Springfield, MO on Sunday. The inconsistency behind her character is staggering.

TNA
Kay Lee Ray advanced to the final three of British Boot Camp on Sunday. She, Grado, Mark Andrews and Al Snow lost to Angelina Love, Rampage Brown, Dave Mastiff & Noam Dar.

North America
Rosie Lottalove/Betsy Ruth returned to wrestling on Friday under the name of Andrea. She was beaten by La Rosa Negra on a NWA Signature Pro Wrestling show… Mickie James has wrestled her first match since giving birth in September. She defeated Tessa Blanchard on the Queens of Chaos 3 show. Also on the card, LuFisto and Jessicka Havok wrestled to a double count out – with both angling for a return match – and Mia Yim & Leva Bates beat Joey Ryan and Candice LeRae in the main event… Lei’D Tapa wrestled her first match in five months last Saturday when she beat Amazing Kong at WrestleCade… The Kimber Bombs exploded on Saturday’s Beyond Wrestling show when Cherry Bomb teamed with husband Pepper Parks to beat Kimber Lee and Drew Gulak. The women hugged afterwards. Reunited the following day, the Kimber Bombs made it to the semi-finals of Beyond Wrestling’s Tournament for Tomorrow 3 by beating Darius Carter & TJ Marconi, but were eliminated by Eric Corvis & Myke Quest… Mia Yim’s first defence of the SHINE Championship takes place on Friday when she defends the belt against Nevaeh, who has a pinfall win over the new titleholder. In some weird booking, Ivelisse Velez has tumbled down the card and she’s wrestling Amanda Rodriguez, while Amber O’Neal and Crazy Mary Dobson – who were last seen on SHINE with O’Neal turning heel on Dobson – are wrestling Luscious Latasha and Allysin Mio Shirai StardomKay respectively… Heidi Lovelace attempts to become the first female to win CHIKARA’s Young Lions Cup on Saturday when she faces Missile Assault Ant in the tournament final.

Japan
Mio Shirai showed up at a Stardom press conference last week to challenge sister Io to a match for Mio’s self-produced show coming next year. Io – who has had little contact with her sister in the three years since she left the Triple Tails stable – said that she can’t accept as she is under contract to Stardom but if the promotion books her for the match then she will do it… ICEx∞ Tsukasa Fujimoto and JWP Openweight Champion Arisa Nakajima will put their titles on their line against each other in separate matches on December 28. Fujimoto will put her belt up at RibbonMania at Korukuen Hall in Tokyo in the afternoon, and Nakajima’s defence will be later that night at the same venue for Climax 2014… Kaori Yoneyama celebrated 15 years since her debut on Saturday when she teamed with Madoka to beat Tsubasa Kuragaki & PSYCHO.

Europe
Chris Walker called out Pollyanna on Saturday’s Pro Wrestling Chaos show – she came out to confront him but was attacked. Wild Boar made the save… Rhia O’Reilly, she and Addy Starr will face Bete Noire and Viper in the main event of Empress Pro’s debut show on January 17… Danielle Hunter retained her FutureShock Wrestling Women’s Championship on Sunday, beating Australia’s Toni Storm… Southside Wrestling is to introduce a women’s title on February 28. Called the Queen of Southside, it will be contested in a 4-way – so far, Saraya Knight is the only announced participant.

Mexico
Dark Angel Sarah StockDark Angel won her eighth CMLL bodybuilding championship on Wednesday… Chavo Guerrero wrestled Sexy Star on last Wednesday’s Lucha Underground show. He got the win via DQ when Sexy hit him with a low blow after the referee seized a chair from her… Ivelisse Velez made her AAA debut on Friday when she was introduced as a technica. She and Faby Apache defeated Sexy Star and Taya Valkyrie. Velez pinned Sexy with an exploder suplex… Estrellita will be out of action for close to a month after suffering a spinal injury in the trios match on Friday’s CMLL show. She was dropped on her head by Dalys with a piledriver and will need to be in a neck collar for two weeks… Marcela will defend the CMLL World Women’s Championship against Syuri in Tokyo, Japan on December 12.

Australia & New Zealand
Kellyanne English beat Savannah Summers on Saturday to win the Warzone Wrestling Women’s Championship… Demi Bennett’s rematch against new Riot City Wrestling Women’s Champion Harley Wonderland will take place this Saturday… Madison Eagles returns to Melbourne City Wrestling on December 13 for the first time in more than three years. She faces KC Cassidy.

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Results

November 25: WWE Main Event (Fort Wayne, IN) – Cameron b Naomi; Natalya b Layla

November 25: CMLL (Guadalajara, Mexico) – La Comandante, La Seductora & Zeuxis b Lluvia, Marcela & Skadi

November 26: Pro Wrestling WAVE (Tokyo, Japan) – Shimono Sawako, Mari Apache & Kyusei Hirota Sakura b Tomoka Nakagawa, Kana & Kaho Kobayashi; Mio Shirai, Misaki Ohata & Tsukasa Fujimoto b Shimono Sawako, Mari Apache & Kyusei Hirota Sakura; Mio Shirai, Misaki Ohata & Tsukasa Fujimoto b Ayako Hamada, Yuu Yamagata & Hiroe Nagahama; Yumi Ohka, Mika Iida & Hikaru Shida b Moeka Haruhi, Fairy Nipponbashi & Rina Yamashita; Mio Shirai, Misaki Ohata & Tsukasa Fujimoto b Shu Shibuya, Cherry & Meari Naito

November 26: Lucha Underground (Los Angeles, CA) – Chavo Guerrero b Sexy Star via DQ

November 27: Rockstar Pro Wrestling (Dayton, OH) – Lufisto & Ganger b Samantha Heights & Kyle Maverick; Lufisto, Ganger, Jake Crist, Dave Crist, & Nevaeh) b Kyle Maverick, Draven, Great American Beast, Samantha Heights & Mikael

Carmella Leva Bates WWENovember 27: WWE NXT (Orlando, FL) – Carmella b Leva Bates

November 28: Diana (Kawasaki, Japan) – Megumi Yabushita b Koharu Hinata; Keiko Aono & Mask De Sun b Raideen Hagane & Meiko Tanaka; Jaguar Yokota & Sareee b Kaoru Ito & Kaho Kobayashi; Yumiko Hotta & KAORU b Kyoko Inoue & Tomoko Watanabe

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

November 28: Signature Pro Wrestling (Tampa, FL) – La Rosa Negra b Andrea

November 28: WWE SmackDown (Fort Wayne, IN) – Nikki Bella b Emma

November 28: Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling (Richmond, BC, Canada) – Scotty Mac & Nicole Matthews b MR2 & Jaida

November 28: Absolute Intense Wrestling (Cleveland, OH) – Davey Vega b Alex Daniels, Joshua Singh, Veda Scott, Louis Lyndon & Flip Kendrick in a 6-way

November 28: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Dalys, La Comandante & Tiffany b Estrellita, Goya Kong & Princesa Sugehit

November 28: AAA (Mexico City, Mexico) – Faby Apache & Ivelisse Velez b Sexy Star & Taya Valkyrie

November 29: YMZ (Tokyo, Japan) – Kaji Tomato b Byi; Mio Shirai b Hatsuhinode Kamen; Hiro Tonai & Sayaka Obihiro b Tank Nagai & Yuma; Kaori Yoneyama & Madoka b Tsubasa Kuragaki & PSYCHO

November 29: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Aoi Kizuki b Akane Fujita; Yuka b Kyuri; Tsukasa Fujimoto & 235 v Hamuko Hoshi & Kurumi went to a time limit draw; Maki Narumiya & Mio Shirai b Miyako Matsumoto & Tsukushi

November 29: Warzone Wrestling (Berwick, Australia) – Kellyanne English b Savannah Summers to win the Warzone Women’s Championship

November 29: Scottish Wrestling Entertainment (Dundee, Scotland) – Layla Rose b Kasey Owens

November 29: Showcase Wrestling (Dumfries, Scotland) – Sara b Viper

November 29: XWA Wrestling (Colchester, England) – Kay Lee Ray b Addy Starr; Rhia O’Reilly b Nikki Storm to win the Pro Wrestling: EVE Championship

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

November 29: I Believe In Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Santana Garrett b Miguel Baez

November 29: WrestleCade (Winston Salem, NC) – Lei’D Tapa b Amazing Kong

November 30: OZ Academy (Nagoya, Japan) – Moeka Haruhi v Koari Yoneyama went to a time limit draw; Manami Toyota b Kagetsu; Tsubasa Kuragaki & Hikaru Shida b Yumi Ohka & Mio Shirai; Dynamite Kansai & AKINO b Mayumi Ozaki & Kyusei Sakura Hirota; Aja Kong b Tomoka Nakagawa

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

Vanessa Kraven Heidi Lovelace TabercilNovember 30: Beyond Wrestling (Providence, RI) – Kimber Lee & Cherry Bomb b Darius Carter & TJ Marconi; Eric Corvis & Myke Quest b Kimber Lee & Cherry Bomb

November 30: Smash Wrestling (Scarborough, ON, Canada) – Vanessa Kraven b Heidi Lovelace

November 30: Premiere Wrestling Xperience (Winston Salem, BC) – Harlem Bravado & Lance Bravado b Candice LaRae & Joey Ryan

November 30: WWE house show (Springfield, MO) – Natalya, Naomi & Emma b Alicia Fox, Summer Rae & Cameron

November 30: Queens of Combat (Winston-Salem, NC) – Miss Diss Lexia b Savannah Evans; Amanda Rodriguez b Crazy Mary Dobson; Sojo Bolt & Dani Jax b Jessie Kaye & Roni Nicole; Neveah b Angelina Love; Mickie James b Tessa Blanchard; Jessicka Havok v LuFisto went to a double count out; Leva Bates & Mia Yim b Candice LeRae & Joey Ryan

November 30: AAA (Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Mexico) – Australian Suicide & Ivelisse Vélez b Dark Cuervo & Sexy Star via DQ

December 1: WWE Raw (Tulsa, OK) – AJ Lee & Naomi b Nikki & Brie Bella

Upcoming

December 5: SHINE 23 (Ybor City, FL) – Mia Yim v Nevaeh; Malia Hosaka & Brandi Wine v Kimber Lee & Cherry Bomb; Heidi Lovelace & Solo Darling v Marti Belle & Jayme Jameson; Taylor Made v La Rosa Negra; Thunderkitty v Leah Von Dutch; Allysin Kay v Crazy Mary Dobson; Leva Bates v Vanessa Kraven; Ivelisse Velez v Amanda Rodriguez; Amber O’Neal v Luscious Latasha

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

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

December 6: Riot City Wrestling (Adelaide, Australia) – Harley Wonderland v Demi Bennett

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

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

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

Vanessa Kraven Kimber Lee Veda Scott Xandra Bale Cherry BombDecember 12: REINA (Tokyo, Japan) – Marcela v Syuri

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 11: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland)

January 17: Empress Pro (High Wycombe, England) – Bete Noire & Viper v Addy Starr & Rhia O’Reilly

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

January 23: SHINE 24 (Ybor City, FL)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Results

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 11: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland)

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

January 23: SHINE 24 (Ybor City, FL)

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

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

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

– Lee Burton
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The Soap Box: Talking SHIMMER’s latest title change

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Madison Eagles Nicole Matthews Ichiban DrunkThere has been a lot of talk throughout the week about the finish of the main event of SHIMMER Volume 68 on Saturday night, in which Nicole Matthews became the sixth wrestler to win the SHIMMER Championship following a fireball thrown at the face of Madison Eagles, concluding a four way elimination match that also featured the former champion Cheerleader Melissa and Athena. In amongst the shock from people who did not attend the show that a fireball was used in a women’s promotion, a theme emerged from the conversation – namely that of overbooking.

This piece is inspired from listening to the Pro Wrestling Ponderings Weekly Newscast, where the assertion was made that Matthews’ title win was marred by the fact that three referees were knocked out of commission, and that she then resorted to using a fireball on Eagles in order to secure the championship. In case you may think I am writing this to say that’s wrong couldn’t be further from the truth. Those are the facts – three referees were indeed incapacitated in the closing stretch of the matchup, and Matthews did indeed light up some flash paper and throw it in Eagles’ face. On the surface, and to any fans who just read the results and weren’t in the Berwyn Eagles Club on Saturday night, that does indeed come across as overdoing it in order to get to an end destination that could have been easier to reach.

What I’m setting out to explain are the reasons why the finish came about the way it did, and the lengthy backstory to support it. And for this, we have to go back nearly a full year to October 19th 2013, and SHIMMER Volume 58.

On that night, following a successful comeback run in SHIMMER after 18 months out of wrestling, Eagles issued an open challenge to see if anyone could defeat her. Up stepped Matthews – even though she claimed she had an unbeaten streak of her own, this was comedy, as it came the volume Nicole Matthews Ichiban Drunkafter she and Portia Perez lost the Tag Team Titles to the Global Green Gangsters. Regardless, the two proceeded to have a fantastic match that ended in a 20 minute time limit draw, which both wrestlers refused to extend.

Following this, Eagles and Matthews exchanged barbs with each other, mainly based on their preferred coffee chains, and then formed an uneasy and slightly comical alliance, dubbed the “Worst Best Friends”, which included an unsuccessful attempt at 3G’s Tag Team Titles at Volume 62 in New Orleans this April. Eagles would suffer a broken wrist on Volume 63 in a match with Heidi Lovelace, which limited the storyline somewhat, although there was some development when Matthews publicly declared her intentions to ask for the rematch knowing full well that Eagles was injured – and according to Eagles, Matthews actually drove her to the hospital. This made it seem that when Eagles was 100%, the relationship with Matthews would kick up another gear.

As it turned out, it went from second to top gear. The main piece to set up the events of Volume 68 came earlier in the day on Volume 67. Upon hearing that Athena and Nikki Storm were to battle for number one contendership for the SHIMMER Championship, Eagles and Matthews agreed that they would have their rematch, but only if the same stipulation was put in place for their match. Feeling that the fans deserved a winner between the two, SHIMMER management agreed to the request.

Bret Hart Steve AustinEagles and Matthews proceeded to have a match just as good as their Volume 58 bout, maybe even better, as there was a goal to work towards on this occasion. The finish was wonderful – in a tribute to Bret Hart vs. Steve Austin at Survivor Series 1996, Eagles had Matthews in a sleeperhold, but Matthews was able to kick off the turnbuckle pads and pin Eagles in the middle of the ring. Only problem was, unlike Hart and Austin that night at Madison Square Garden, Matthews also tapped out to Eagles’ sleeper. Referee Bryce Remsburg was only able to detect Matthews’ pin, but fellow referee PJ Drummond came out to explain to Remsburg that Matthews had submitted. It was eventually agreed that both situations cancelled each other out, and another draw was declared, resulting in both Eagles and Matthews qualifying for the Volume 68 main event.

Drummond’s availability to notice that Matthews had tapped out for me was the major Chekov’s Gun that made the Volume 68 finish work and make sense in the context of the storyline. If he had not seen the submission, Matthews would have claimed her win over Eagles, and gone into a three way with Melissa and Athena for the championship, instead of a four way with Eagles also involved. So for Nicole’s plan to work, she needed to make sure that every single referee in SHIMMER was knocked out when the time was right. If just one referee noticed that Matthews was planning to disfigure Eagles to the point of being stunned for a three count, then that would be a disqualification, even in a four way elimination match, and Matthews couldn’t take that chance. It’s similar in ways to movies where the villain needs to commit a crime so disgusting that in addition to killing the main target, they also need to kill every possible eye-witness in order to get away with it.

Sure, Matthews could have just blasted Eagles with a steel chair or something to that extent, but if you’ve watched the Canadian Ninjas for any extended period of time, then you’ll know that they’re based very heavily on Memphis territory heel tag teams, who use stalling tactics, bump all over the place for the babyface team, and then use the most nefarious means ever to steal victories. The most famous heel in the Memphis territory was a certain Jerry “The King” Lawler, and one of his most celebrated traits was the amount of fireballs he threw at opponents. So given the influences of Matthews and Perez, what else would Nicole do to cement herself in SHIMMER folklore and claim the biggest prize in the promotion?

Madison Eagles Ichiban DrunkBeing there in the front row on Saturday night, I cannot forget the disgusting stench that came following the launch of the fireball. I could still smell it the next morning. And leaving the Eagles Club at gone 11pm on Saturday night (thanks to technical difficulties between the two volumes), I was kind of surprised to read that people weren’t happy about the finish due to the overbooking. And they’re entitled to think that way, but when you consider the roots of the storyline, and the roots of how Nicole Matthews has been booked over the past several years, in addition to the events of earlier in the day, then you can truly appreciate why the SHIMMER booking committee went with what they did. And the bottom line is that one of the most entertaining partnerships of the past year in the company is now it’s hottest… no pun intended.

Martin Bentley
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SHIMMER volumes 69-70 live results

It's SHIMMER time againAfter a monumental title change at the conclusion of yesterday’s DVD tapings, SHIMMER returns for another two shows with Nicole Matthews looking to kick off her title reign in style against challenger Evie – though she has history working against her. The New Zealander got the win in their first encounter in the promotion earlier this year on volume 66 and is also on a four-match winning streak, so she could be seen as the favourite going into this title match.

Elsewhere, Tag Team Champions Tomoka Nakagawa and Kellie Skater face a tough challenge from Saraya Knight and Mayumi Ozaki who formed an alliance after yesterday’s tapings which also saw Rhia O’Reilly brought into the fold. Grudges will come to the fore with Jessicka Havok looking to dismantle Portia Perez, while the fallout from volume 68’s main event also sees Cheerleader Melissa and Athena square off.

Kay Lee Ray faces Kana, AKINO battles Mia Yim, Courtney Rush takes on Nikki Storm and Vanessa Kraven goes up against Crazy Mary Dobson over the course of today’s double tapings.

As with yesterday, NHB GirlsReid Allen is providing us with results so keep hitting refresh to see them come in as they happen.

SHIMMER Volume 69

1. Courtney Rush pinned Nikki Storm with the Deep Sea Diverticulitis.
– Marti Belle came out to cut a promo but was interrupted by Madison Eagles, who was still angry over yesterday’s events. Eagles says she wants to fight, even though the doctor doesn’t recommend it, leading to…
2. Madison Eagles beat Marti Belle with Hellbound.
3. Kimber Lee & Cherry Bomb defeated Heidi Lovelace & Solo Darling. Solo was pinned by Cherry after the Lungblower/German Suplex combination. The Kimber Bombs then said they wanted a Tag Team Title shot.
4. Rhia O’Reilly pinned Xandra Bale with the Rhiadjustment after Bale was distracted by Miss Natural.
5. Jenny Rose beat Veda Scott, Candice LeRae & Leva Bates in a 4-way. Rose pinned Scott with a Flatliner.
6. LuFisto defeated Nicole Savoy with a Burning Hammer.
7. Tsukasa Fujimoto & Kaori Yoneyama beat Sassy Stephie & Nevaeh. Fujimoto pinned Stephie with the Venus Shoot.
8. Cheerleader Melissa beat Athena via referee stoppage. Melissa legitimately knocked out Athena with a curb stomp and the match was stopped when Melissa applied the Kondo Clutch. Athena was helped to the back.
9. Kana made Kay Lee Ray tap out to the Kana Lock.
10. Portia Perez beat Jessicka Havok via DQ when Havok attacked referee Bryce Remsburg.
11. Mia Yim pinned AKINO with a Firebird Splash.
12. SHIMMER Tag Team Championship – Kellie Skater & Tomoka Nakagawa (c) defeated Saraya Knight & Mayumi Ozaki to retain the titles. Nakagawa pinned Ozaki with the 120% Schoolboy.
13. SHIMMER Championship – Nicole Matthews (c) pinned Evie with the Vancouver Maneuver to retain the title.

SHIMMER Volume 70

1. Nikki Storm beat Kaori Yoneyama with the Eye of the Storm.
2. Vanessa Kraven pinned Crazy Mary Dobson with a chokebomb.
3. Allysin Kay & Taylor Made defeated KC Cassidy & Bambi Hall. Cassidy was pinned with a wheelbarrow/cutter combination.
– The Global Green Gangsters came out for an interview which was interrupted by the Canadian Ninjas. Nicole Matthews says neither of them will ever be THE Champion. Tomoka Nakagawa laid out Matthews and posed with the SHIMMER Title.
4. Kay Lee Ray beat Candice LeRae with a Gory Bomb and Swanton Bomb.
5. No DQ – Saraya Knight & Mayumi Ozaki defeated Solo Darling & Heidi Lovelace when Ozaki pinned Darling following a Polish Hammer with a chain wrapped around her fist.
– Saraya grabs Daffney after the match but Daffney hits her in the groin.
6. Veda Scott pinned Thunderkitty with her feet on the ropes for leverage.
7. Evie defeated Jenny Rose with a TTYL.
8. AKINO beat LuFisto with a Saito Suplex.
9.  Miss Natural bested Xandra Bale with a Jumping Spike Piledriver.
10. Mia Yim defeated Tsukasa Fujimoto via Package Piledriver.
11. Kana made Courtney Rush submit with a Rings of Saturn.
12. Athena made Cheerleader Melissa tap out to the Red Wedding (cross-leg STF).
13. SHIMMER Championship – Nicole Matthews (c) v Tomoka Nakagawa – the match didn’t last long, with Portia Perez breaking a pin off a Fisherman’s Suplex and the match gets thrown out. Kellie Skater wants to fight
14. SHIMMER Tag Team Championship – 3G (Kellie Skater & Tomoka Nakagawa) vs Canadian Ninjas (Portia Perez & Nicole Matthews) – the Kimber Bombs attacked and the tag match was thrown out. Jessicka Havok entered the ring, followed by Madison Eagles who gave everyone  a round of stunners. Eagles and Havok demanded an 8 Woman No DQ tag
15. Jessicka Havok, Madison Eagles & 3G defeated the Kimber Bombs & the Canadian Ninjas with a Hellbound, a Hangover and a Chokeslam.

Thoughts

• I’m on the road back home to Minnesota and have had some time to collect my thoughts about all that happened over this past weekend. In the grand scheme of things, this was a bit of a strange weekend with how pretty much all the major matches and developments happened very early in the weekend. There was certainly good stuff worth checking out on the final two days but you definitely got the feeling that the climax had already happened.

• Pretty much the entire weekend revolved around the war between the Canadian Ninjas and Madison Eagles & Jessicka Havok. J Hav was already targeting Portia Perez for hitting her in the head with a wrench in the Spring but the interesting development was the escalation in the Nicole Matthews and Madison Eagles feud. Before this weekend, their rivalry was treated very lighthearted with a lot of playful banter and poking fun at each other over things like taste in coffee. But that seems like a distant memory now that they’re throwing fireballs at each other. One of the better moments of the weekend was Madison’s first appearance after the fire incident where she appeared genuinely upset about how Nicole had suddenly changed from a goofball to diabolical and wondered if this was Nicole’s plan all along when they became friends. For someone as skilled and dominant as Eagles, this was a nice bit of vulnerability shown from her that I think really helped make her even more sympathetic to the fans than just getting burned would have.

Jessicka Havok Portia Perez Kristin Roper• Meanwhile, Jessicka Havok finally was able to get her hands on Portia Perez but her bloodlust proved to be her undoing as she wouldn’t stop pummeling her despite referee Bryce Remsburg’s pleading. And after Havok forcefully shoved Bryce out of the ring, he had no choice but to disqualify her and award the win to Portia. Afterwards, Nicole appeared shouting “We won!” and the two celebrated like they won the tag titles. And in the main event, despite Madison Eagles showing up to assault Nicole before her title defense against Evie, Matthews was able to leave with the championship after a spirited battle with the Kiwi.

• The plot for the next volume got started with the Global Green Gangsters doing an interview in the ring to discuss the Kimber Bombs requesting a shot at the tag team championships and that looked like it was heading for Tomoka Nakagawa discussing her upcoming retirement. However, Nicole and Portia gatecrashed, incredulous why so much attention was being given to Nakagawa. Nicole said that no matter how long Tomoka held a tag team title, she would never hold Nicole’s title and that prompted Tomoka to attack the Ninjas and send them scurrying. This led to the main event of Nicole defending the SHIMMER Championship against Tomoka. But as we would find out, the actual main event was far bigger.

• The initial title match was thrown out rather quickly as Portia Perez interfered after about three minutes. This caused an irate Kellie Skater to come to the ring who wanted to fight because her friend got screwed out of a title shot, even offering to put up the tag titles as incentive to get the Ninjas to agree to a match. This brought out the Kimber Bombs who presumably were upset their challenge got passed over and they ended up attacking 3G and getting *that* title match thrown out. So then finally Jessicka Havok and Madison Eagles rushed the ring (the latter with four Stone Cold Stunners for the Ninjas and Kimber Bombs) and demanded to team with 3G for a No Disqualification 8 woman tag match. And after disposing of the Kimber Bombs and sending Nicole fleeing from receiving a retaliatory fireball, Portia was left all by her lonesome to take everyone’s finishing moves and get pinned to end the weekend.

• I apologize for writing so much about that one feud but that was really the only thing of consequence that happened over the weekend. There were a couple miniature spats that got reasonably resolved before the conclusion of Volume 70 but nothing that really seems like it will continue further. Athena and Cheerleader Melissa had a match based on Athena pinning Melissa in the title match on 68 and later in that match, Melissa’s distraction caused Athena’s elimination. But Athena got legitimately knocked out early in the match by a Curb Stomp and the match was ended shortly after. Once it was decided she was okay, a rematch with the stipulation of knockout or submission falls only got signed that Athena won. Elsewhere, Saraya Knight and LuFisto briefly continued their feud from the Spring but by Sunday, both parties were busy with other things. Mia Yim and AKINO had a singles match based off their interactions in the big trios match on Volume 67. And on the undercard, Xandra Bale and Miss Natural traded victories. So despite regular acts being there and as entertaining as ever, it really felt like much of the shows were in a holding pattern.

Kay Lee Ray Evie Kristine Roper• Four of the people who made big strides, though, were people just starting or still fairly young in their SHIMMER careers. Scotland’s Kay Lee Ray returned to Berwyn and really broke out this weekend with four singles matches that ranged from great to outstanding. She was put in the ring with a bunch of established talent and really impressed against all of them. Her matches with Evie, Kana and Candice LeRae were all wonderful and while her match with Kimber Lee didn’t quite measure up to the other three, it was still a very solid, very hard-hitting outing.

• And although I touched on them in my Saturday recaps, AKINO and Nicole Savoy were both very welcome additions to the roster. AKINO capped off her weekend with the aforementioned match with Mia Yim and then faced LuFisto, someone AKINO had a hand in training. They were well on their way to a spectacular match that just when it was getting really exciting, ended prematurely for my taste after an AKINO Saito Suplex. Nicole Savoy also got to try her hand against the Wounded Owl Ronin on the previous volume and had another incredible match. This was more like a match out of All Japan Pro Wrestling in the 1990’s with all the brutal strikes and dropping each other on their head and neck. Who knows what the future holds in regards to AKINO returning but Nicole Savoy is absolutely one to pay attention to. Even though she only had two matches and lost them both, she really held her own with two double-tough opponents in Heidi Lovelace and LuFisto and she certainly has the potential to be a major player in SHIMMER over the next couple years.

• Finally, this weekend saw the Berwyn debut of Canadian veteran Vanessa Kraven who immediately made an impact. I already touched on her match with Jessicka Havok, a match that I believe is the closest SHIMMER will ever come to a climactic fight from a Gojira film, but her other match of the weekend was a dismantling of Crazy Mary Dobson. Kraven is also someone to watch in the future because she has a complete set of skills that she can bring to matches. She has a wide array of power moves, she has the speed and agility to fly if necessary and her strikes rival the hardest ones of Mercedes Martinez. With SHIMMER feeling like it’s in a transitional phase, someone like Vanessa Kraven could really make an impact sooner than later.

• That will wrap up my sort of general thoughts for the weekend. However, I will be back on my home site of NHB Girls later in this week to provide a more thorough breakdown of the weekend for the Australasians who competed. Otherwise, that will do it for me for the SHIMMER tapings of October 2014. I have a need to thank Lee Burton for giving me the chance to share my thoughts with you readers. Even though it still breaks my heart that it’s not Stew’s column you’re reading, I hope I did him and his legacy justice this weekend because everything done this weekend by everyone in the Berwyn Eagles Club was done with his memory in mind and wanting to make him proud. Until next year, this is Reid Allen signing out.

– Photos by Kristine Roper

SHIMMER volume 67-68 live results: New Champion crowned

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SHIMMER‘s contribution to this Female Fight Season kicks off today with a double DVD taping featuring 38 wrestlers and sees its first show headlined with a titanic encounter, with Cheerleader Melissa putting the SHIMMER Championship on the line against Kana with each wrestler claiming a win over the other in the promotion. Elsewhere, four joshis will make their SHIMMER debuts as AKINO, Tsukasa Fujimoto, Kaori Yoneyama and Mayumi Ozaki all look to make a big first impression, and it seems like Ozaki is gunning for Saraya Knight.

Portia Perez is seemingly looking to make peace with Jessicka Havok after accidentally hitting her in the head with a wretch on the last taping and the Coffee Cold War between Madison Eagles and Perez’s partner in crime Nicole Matthews is also expected to carry on.

We’ll update this post with all the results as they come in courtesy of Reid Allen, and he has also agreed to let us know about the big matches and moments from the first day of this bumper weekend of wrestling. Sit back, keep hitting refresh, and we’ll watch it all unfold.

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Before the tapings began, Allison Danger took to the ring to eulogise our dearly departed friend Stew Allen. There was a five bell salute in his memory.

1. Kimber Lee & Cherry Bomb defeated Bambi Hall & KC Cassidy. Lee pinned Hall follow a lungblower/German suplex combination.
2. Heidi Lovelace pinned Nicole Savoy with a frog splash.
3. Sassy Stephie beat Crazy Mary Dobson with the Kiss My Sass.
4. Athena made Nikki Storm tap out to a modified Bow and Arrow. As a result she will be part of a triple threat SHIMMER Title match on the next volume.
5. Portia Perez beat Courtney Rush via DQ when Jessicka Havok came out to attack Perez. Rush was not happy with Havok’s interference causing her to lose.
6. Nevaeh pinned Jenny Rose with a Death Valley Driver.
7. No DQ – Mayumi Ozaki pinned Saraya Knight with a spinning backfist. The pair shook hands afterwards and then went to the bar.
8. Evie pinned Kay Lee Ray with the TTYL.
9. LuFisto beat Rhia O’Reilly with the Burning Hammer.
– Knight came out afterwards to attack LuFisto – Ozaki also came out and it turns out that Ozaki, Knight and O’Reilly are a unit.
10. Nicole Matthews v Madison Eagles went to a draw. Matthews pinned Eagles while in a sleeper hold but tapped out at the same time.
– The winner was meant to move on to the triple threat title match on volume 68, so referee Bryce Remsburg says both will advance and the main event will now be a 4-way.
11. Kaori Yoneyama, AKINO & Tsukasa Fujimoto defeated Kellie Skater, Tomoka Nakagawa & Mia Yim. Yoneyama pinned Skater with a senton.
– Afterwards, Yoneyama and Fujimoto challenged Skater & Nakagawa for the Tag Team Championship. 3G accepted.
12. SHIMMER Championship – Cheerleader Melissa (c) beat Kana after 10 curb stomps and 2 Air Raid Crashes to retain the title.

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1. Cherry Bomb pinned Thunderkitty with an inside cradle.
2. Xandra Bale defeated Miss Natural by countering the Natural Disaster with an inside cradle. Natural attacked Bale afterwards.
3. Marti Belle beat Solo Darling with the Stroke.
4. Kay Lee Ray pinned Kimber Lee with a Gory Bomb and Swanton Bomb.
5. Leva Bates defeated Nevaeh with a Cutter after escaping a Death Valley Driver.
6. Nikki Storm beat Candice LeRae with the Eye of the Storm.
– Courtney Rush came out to say that she was initially upset with Jessicka Havok causing her to be disqualified, but says she’s past it now. She then called out Veda Scott.
7. Courtney Rush made Veda Scott tap out to the Sharpshooter.
8. AKINO pinned Heidi Lovelace with a Saito Suplex.
9. Vanessa Kraven beat Jessicka Havok via count out following a distraction by Portia Perez.
10. No DQ – Saraya Knight & Mayumi Ozaki defeated Kana & LuFisto. LuFisto was pinned by Knight following interference from Rhia O’Reilly.
11. Evie pinned Mia Yim with the TTYL.
12. SHIMMER Tag Team Championship – Kellie Skater & Tomoka Nakagawa (c) defeated Kaori Yoneyama & Tsukasa Fujimoto to retain the titles. Nakagawa pinned Yoneyama following the Hangover.
13. SHIMMER Championship: Fatal Four Way Elimination – Nicole Matthews defeated Cheerleader Melissa (c), Madison Eagles & Athena to win the SHIMMER Championship.
– Athena eliminated Cheerleader Melissa following a Hellbound from Eagles, Vancouver Maneuver from Matthews and then the O Face.
– Matthews pinned Athena with a tights-assisted roll-up.
– Matthews pinned Eagles after she launched a fireball at Madison.

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Nicole Matthews Portia Perez SHIMMER• Hello, good readers of Ringbelles! I am Reid Allen from NHB Girls and I have been asked by Lee to provide the live recaps of this SHIMMER weekend. And to start, I’d like to borrow a quote from the great John Oliver and say, “Let’s all just acknowledge for a moment that this is weird. It looks weird, it feels weird, it even sounds weird.” I wish more than anything that it was Stew’s words you were reading right now instead of mine. So I hope I do him, Lee and all you readers justice with this recap…

• First of all, I want to go on record and say that for my money, SHIMMER Volume 67 may be the single greatest card ever put on by the promotion. Before yesterday, I’d have said that Volume 65 held that distinction in a landslide but 67 certainly made a very strong case for being in the conversation. Seven of the twelve matches were in the range of “great” to “outstanding.” And while 65 had a greater number of matches in that range, I feel that the best stuff delivered by 67 eclipsed the best matches on 65. So it’s a tough judgment to make about which was truly “better.” I’d advise that you buy the DVDs as soon as they’re released and judge them for yourself because both are well worth your money.

• Now, moving on to the big news of the day and that is the crowning of Nicole Matthews as the new SHIMMER Champion, who bested Madison Eagles, Athena and former champion Cheerleader Melissa in an elimination match to earn the gold. While the tactics she ended up using to ultimately claim the championship are certainly controversial and will no doubt be hotly debated for the duration of her reign, nobody can deny that Nicole is certainly worthy of representing the company as champion. She has grown into one of the finest wrestlers in the world today and her reign will no doubt be filled with some classic defenses to add to her resumé.

• Anybody who doubts her skills should be sat down and forced to watch her match against Madison Eagles from Volume 67. Those two went out and put on one of the best displays of technical wrestling ever seen in the promotion. Both girls were absolutely surgical with their offense as they dissected key limbs of their opponent with Eagles focusing on the arm and Nicole tearing apart Madison’s bad knee. It was very reminiscent of Bret Hart‘s masterpieces from the 90’s and it even threw out direct shout out to a couple by replicating the finish of his match against Roddy Piper at WrestleMania VIII and Steve Austin at Survivor Series 1996. But this had the added element of after Nicole using the turnbuckle to flip back over Madison and pin her to the canvas, she submitted to Madison’s submission hold during the count and so the match was declared a draw, letting both girls advance to the title match on the next volume.

Nicole Matthews Madison Eagles Ichiban Drunk• One thing that is for certain is that in addition to a furious Madison Eagles, Nicole will have no shortage of prospective challengers wanting a shot at her title. There were several very impressive debuts as well as some exciting new developments from ones familiar to the fans. The joshi contingent that came over for these shows were all impressive. And while Mayumi Ozaki seems to be more focused on raising hell after aligning herself with Saraya Knight and her prodigy Rhia O’Reilly, the remaining debuts all certainly made very strong impressions. The one who stood out most for me was AKINO who unleashed a flurry of some of the hardest kicks I’ve ever heard live. Tsukasa Fujimoto and Kaori Yoneyama both brought a ton of speed, energy and athleticism to their matches as well. I would be happy to see all four return in the future.

• Another extremely impressive debut was from Nicole Savoy. She may have had the most impressive debut match I’ve seen from somebody not coming in with any real fanfare. She and Heidi Lovelace had an absolute cracker of a match in just the second match of the tapings. This match was preformed at such a pace and with such intensity that it would not have looked out of place going five or six matches later on the card. They really set the standard for what the rest of the locker room would need to try and eclipse later. And while there did end up being an abundance of great matches, this one should not be overlooked in the grand scheme of things. Be sure to keep an eye on Nicole Savoy because even from just her one match, it was very apparent that she has the potential to become a serious force in the future.

• Elsewhere, a couple of favorites added a new wrinkle to their personalities that will keep things interesting for their future opponents. Nikki Storm seems like she’s dangerously close to snapping and really getting violent. While during her entrance and prematch speeches, she was her usual overconfident, vain and downright hilarious self, once the bell rang she frequently had wild outbursts of punches and choking before she’d take a few deep breaths and reign herself back in. Who knows what may happen if she ever decides to not worry about keeping her cool? And Courtney Rush did away with her usual jovial entrances by eliminating all the dancing, singing along with her theme and greeting the fans. Rush was clearly all business in her first two matches of the day against two of her chief rivals, Portia Perez and Veda Scott. Now that Rush has achieved revenge on Veda for her tactics in their Volume 66 match, we may see a return to a happy Courtney on the remaining volumes.

Vanessa Kraven Jessicka Havok Kristine Roper• Speaking of Perez, she is living very dangerously with her antagonizing of Jessicka Havok. The two got into a brawl during Portia’s match with Rush after Havok stormed the ring, seeking revenge for Portia accidentally hitting her with a wrench at the previous taping. Portia returned the favor later during Havok’s match with Vanessa Kraven. And real quick, I just want to tangent and rave about how great that match was. Two of the biggest women ever to compete for SHIMMER went face to face and had a very physical, very entertaining war. But Perez ended up being the difference maker as she came out to distract Havok, allowing Kraven to brutalize her on the outside and secure a countout win. When Portia and Havok inevitably collide, we may see Jessicka Havok provide some truly graphic violence against the Canadian.

• That will conclude my initial thoughts for now. I will be back tomorrow to wrap things up and provide news of any further happenings from an already memorable tapings. If you’d like to follow along with all the results as they happen, I will be on Twitter providing all the results and highlights live from the Eagles Club, or do a search for the hashtag #AAWSHIM to get not only my coverage but several others also in attendance. See you tomorrow.

Photos by SHIMMER (1), Ichiban Drunk (2), Kristine Roper (3)

SHINE 22 live results – Ivelisse Velez faces Madison Eagles and the Buddy System go for gold

SHINE 22 poster SHINE is presenting its Female Fight Season show with a card littered with international talent, headlined with Ivelisse Velez defending the SHINE Championship against Australia’s Madison Eagles in the main event. However the imports can be found up and down this show with New Zealand’s Evie battling Allysin Kay, Aussie Kellie Skater linking with Leva Bates & Mia Yim against SoCal Val‘s new Valifornia stable of Nevaeh, Jayme Jameson & Marti Belle, Briton Saraya Knight taking on Leah Von Dutch – covered in our most recent Fight Like A Girl interview with Von Dutch – Scotland’s Nikki Storm going against Taylor Made, Australian KC Cassidy making her US debut against Su Yung after being forced to miss last weekend’s Absolute Intense Wrestling Girls Night Out shows due to travel issues and Ireland’s Rhia O’Reilly battling Justine Silver.

Elsewhere on the card, Solo Darling and Heidi Lovelace look to capitalise on their recent string of victories in their Tag Team Championship challenge against Malia Hosaka and Brandi Wine, and La Rosa Negra faces a clash of styles as she takes on throwback wrestler Thunderkitty.

You can order the show and watch live on WWNLive, but we’ve also got results coming as they happen below, so keep hitting refresh for the latest updates.

1. Su Yung beat Amanda Rodriguez via referee stoppage with The Purge.
2. Rhia O’Reilly pinned KC Cassidy following the Rhiajustment DDT
3. La Rosa Negra defeated Thunderkitty with a frog splash.
4. ValiforniaNevaeh & BTY (Marti Belle & Jayme Jameson) beat Kellie Skater & The Lucha Sisters (Mia Yim & Leva Bates). Nevaeh pinned Yim with a bridging German Suplex.
5. Taylor Made defeated Nikki Storm with a Cutter.
6. Leah Von Dutch beat Saraya Knight via DQ when Knight delivered a low blow to the referee.
7. SHINE Tag Team Championship: Legendary (Malia Hosaka & Brandi Wine) (c) defeated The Buddy System (Heidi Lovelace & Solo Darling). Wine pinned Darling following a double-team Gordbuster by Brandi and Thunderkitty. BTY also interfered to distract Lovelace.
8. Allysin Kay pinned Evie with a discus lariat.
9. SHINE Championship: Ivelisse Velez (c) beat Madison Eagles via referee stoppage with a guillotine choke. The pair shook hands afterwards.

– The show ended with an Ivelisse promo which brought out Valkyrie, with Allysin Kay saying she deserved a shot at the title during the WWNLive tour in China. Mia Yim also came out as a representative on that tour, and they were all interrupted by SoCal Val, who pointed out that Nevaeh would be getting the next shot at SHINE 23 on December 5 against whoever returns from the tour with the belt.

Allysin Kay Evie SHINE 22• Predictably, the imports did not fare well in the win-loss bracket at SHINE, as they were ostensibly used to push the regular roster. That’s fine, but it did mean that the results for SHINE 22 were pretty predictable for the most part. That said, the wrestling was of a decent to good standard and there were some standout performances.

• Depending on your preference, the Match of the Night could be either Evie/Allysin Kay or Ivelisse Velez/Madison Eagles. Both were great encounters which differed in their approach but both did a great job. Evie v Kay saw more strike-based offence, which you would expect from the visiting New Zealander, but it also featured some great heel work from Allysin, who is finding her groove again and is putting in some really enjoyable performances. The top moments of the match all centred around Evie’s corner Yakuza Kick, as she missed the first and ended up in a tree of woe, and Kay had the same thing happen to her when she tried to imitate/mock her opponent. Evie finally nailed it in a moment which featured a great bit of camerawork which made her look like she appeared from nowhere. In the end, Evie’s kicks weren’t enough to stop Kay, who got the win with a big discus lariat.

Madison Eagles Ivelisse Velez SHINE 22• The size difference between Eagles and Velez was striking, especially when you consider that the challenger has bulked up recently to make herself look even more imposing. The usual fork-based stuff was there at the start but was tossed to one side for a really good battle which furthered Velez’s credibility as champion – and there should be no denying her abilities by now, considering her run of great matches. Her Vertigo Kick failed to get the job done but she kept returning to choke-based offence like the guillotine and a dragon sleeper to try and get the win. In the end, persistence paid off as Eagles passed out.

• That would have been a better finish had the same thing not happened in the opening contest with Su Yung using the Purge on Amanda Rodriguez – who stepped into KC Cassidy’s spot, as she was moved to face Rhia O’Reilly due to Justine Silver being hospitalised. It was a big Su Yung Amanda Rodriguez SHINE 22squash win in the end, but it showed off the continuing deterioration of Yung, who is now dragging her feet as she walks and looks like she can barely maintain her own balance.

• As mentioned, Cassidy v O’Reilly was a last minute change and barring some awkward moments near the end, both should be happy with their match. Cassidy has a fantastic look and she also has ability to back it up. Nothing to complain about here.

• Leah Von Dutch played the sympathetic heel role in her match with Saraya Knight. It would be incorrect to say she was a face but she had face tendencies in that she was beaten up and trying to draw some emotion from the audience against the bullying veteran. In the end, the finish was a diplomatic one as Von Dutch got the win via DQ when Knight kicked referee Frankie Leah Von Dutch Saraya Knight SHINE 22Gastineau below the belt after he broke up her Bridal Rocking Horse submission attempt. Knight loses nothing with the defeat, Von Dutch’s record against senior members of the roster remains intact – nobody really loses.

• There was another heel v heel match on the card with Nikki Storm facing Taylor Made and it wasn’t clear who we were meant to hate or like more than the other. Storm was her usual over-animated self and she made full use of the camera around ringside to convey emotion, which was something that a lot of the roster forgot to do. The match itself wasn’t much but a foil to start a situation with Valkyrie and La Rosa Negra as she stole a pair of brass knuckles that April Hunter had tried to pass to Taylor during the match.

• This SHINE audience loves La Rosa Negra, and she didn’t let them down in what could have been a car wreck of a match against Thunderkitty. Instead, they employed the use of Leilani Kai and Noemi Bosques to create more heat from the outside. Kai – who really needs to stop eating the plaid trucker shirts – worked as a great annoyance on the outside and helped TK get some proper heel heat. It also worked well for Negra’s comeback, which was hot, exciting and looked great. The frog splash at the end was a thing of beauty. If the top two matches were the two best of the show, this takes a very comfortable bronze.

• Similarly, there was a lot of interference and outside antics in the Tag Team Championship match. Considering this match was meant to involve four women, it ended up seeing nine involved in the mix. Kai and Thunderkitty were running interference for Malia Hosaka and Brandi Wine; Daffney was dosing Solo Darling up on sugar for the hot tag and Jayme Jameson & Marti Belle came out at the end to keep Heidi Lovelace out of play. It was constantly busy, and the action was fine. Considering our fandom for the Buddy System we were disappointed at their defeat but Legendary still have steam left in them and the stable is looking pretty healthy.

Nevaeh Kellie Skater SHINE 22• While on the subject of BTY, the Valifornia stable made its presence felt with a big win over Kellie Skater and former doubles champs Mia Yim and Leva Bates. Nevaeh was the one who got the biggest rub following a relatively pedestrian six woman tag match with a German Suplex pin on Yim to help in her quest to rise up the ladder. However, their interaction was felt across the whole show. As well as the match and the interference later in the broadcast, SoCal Val commentated on Storm’s match with Taylor Made and also ran down the roster after the main event. Val has skills on the mic and it’s nice to see her getting a chance to use them. It’s also worth noting that with the debuts of Legendary and Valifornia that Valkyrie seems to have been pushed out of the spotlight somewhat.

• Positioning Nevaeh as the next challenger for the SHINE Championship is fine by me. She’s been consistent and really proved herself in her title defeat to Ivelisse on the last show. It’s about time that a promotion stuck a rocket underneath her as she’s got plenty to brag about, and with Val as a mouthpiece for her, it means that she can get on with the wrestling. Smart work.

• So all in all, SHINE 22 was a series of entertaining exhibition matches with some storyline dotted around the place and some well-travelled cannon fodder to boot. It managed to forward some elements, which was good, but we’ll see how it carries the momentum when it returns on December 5 with its regular group of wrestlers.

Big matches announced for SHINE 22; Several SHINE stars off to China with WWN

It’s been a newsworthy 24hrs at WWN (World Wrestling Network) HQ today as promoter Sal Hamaoui announced the marquee matchups for next Friday’s SHINE 22 event, as well as participants for the much anticipated WWN tour of China in November.

Ivelisse by Modern Myth PhotographyAs it’s one of those SHINE events which syncs up its international talent with SHIMMER (and other female wrestling promotions), there are a number of high profile “dream match” type encounters for some of the fly-in talents, not least in the main event where the reigning SHINE Champion Ivelisse Velez defends her title against Australia’s finest, Madison Eagles, in what is sure to be a hard-hitting match. Although Eagles’ W/L record in SHINE isn’t particularly impressive, she brings a worldwide record that is practically second to none, being a former SHIMMER and PWWA Champion.

Also in international action, New Zealand’s Evie returns to the promotion, to take on Valkyrie member Allysin Kay, while Australia’s “Rate Tank” Kellie Skater teams with the Lucha Sisters of Mia Yim & Leva Bates to take on the newly formed ‘Valifornia’ stable, under the tutelage of So Cal Val. At this point, Valifornia comprises the tag team of BTY (Marti Belle & Jayme Jameson) and former SNS Express member Nevaeh.

The only other announced match so far is for the SHINE Tag Team Titles, as the champions Legendary (Malia Hosaka & Brandi Wine) will defend their titles against The Buddy System of Heidi Lovelace & Solo Darling. It’s worth noting here that not only are The Buddy System coming off a win at SHINE 21 against Jayme Jameson & Amanda Rodriguez, but back at SHINE 17 when the Tag Team Titles were first established, The Buddy System actually defeated Legendary in the opening round of that tournament. Could we see an upset title change? Quite possibly. The show is up for pre-order as usual at WWNLive.com

Although the full card was not announced as promised, Sal Hamaoui has decreed that the rest of the card would be available on Monday if you’re still not sure. There are matches still to be announced featuring Taylor Made, Su Yung, Saraya Knight, Nikki Storm, Rhia O’Reilly, La Rosa Negra, Thunderkitty, Justine Silver and the debuting Aussie star KC Cassidy.

WWN China PosterAs far as the China tour is concerned, there are four SHINE related talents currently booked to join a WWN Tour also featuring wrestlers from EVOLVE, DGUSA and FIP. Alongside DGUSA Champion Ricochet, FIP Champion Trent Baretta and more, the shows will feature SHINE Champion Ivelisse Velez, Su Yung, Allysin Kay and Mia Yim – so there’s an excellent chance that the SHINE Championship may feature its first international title defence.

The tour takes in the following four dates
November 10th – Yicheng City, Hebei Province – Golden Sport Hall
November 12th – Emei City, Sichuan Province – Emei Sport Hall
November 14th – Chengdu City, Sichuan Province – Wen Jiang Sport Center
November 16th – Beijing – Wan Shi Da Stadium

Interestingly, one half of the former Minnesota Home Wrecking Crew, and former SHIMMER Championship contender, Lacey, has been announced as the Event Hostess for the tour. Lacey has lived in China for some years.

Ivelisse photo via Modern Myth Photography