Ringbelles Roundup (23 December 2014) – Awards, Natalya talks lots of stuff and more

2013 awards Mercedes MartinezRingbelles usually goes to the trouble of creating physical awards for its year-end honours but things have been a bit strained in the last few months, so there’s no glass trophy for this year’s winner. However, after considering not doing them due to the intention of closing, I’ve decided to write a little bit about the awards which we did want to highlight.

Last year’s victor of the top prize was Mercedes Martinez, who had excelled as NCW Femmes Fatales International Champion and was also a very solid hand in SHINE and SHIMMER, though she decreased her bookings in 2014 and eventually stepped away from the ring after dropping the International belt to Courtney Rush in August.

There are just two awards this year – that’s because the Discovery of the Year honour was going to be dumped anyway. The reason is because there’s a big disparity between when we discover someone and when others do the same. For example, Nikki Storm won last year’s Discovery title even though we’ve been championing her for years, but she made a big splash on US fans with her antics at SHIMMER so we went with it despite it not making the most sense. As a result, the Wrestler of the Year and Breakout Star of the Year will be the ones we’ll look at.

Let’s start with the latter, which was a very competitive category. Sammi Baynz was given consideration for being so great at Bellatrix’s shows in 2014, wrestling Blue Nikita three times and also having another entertaining outing against Liberty. In addition, she made a good impression in her Scottish debut where she took on Viper at Fierce Females’ Mad Maxine show in July and returned in August to team with Liberty against the Owens Twins. Kay Lee Ray also received a lot of thought for turning heel in Fierce Females, and making it to the final three of TNA’s British Boot Camp 2 show. She also held Southside Wrestling’s Speed King title for a lot of the year and won the first Aerial Assault match held in Europe, beating five men to do so. Had she won British Boot Camp, she may have snared the award. Mia Yim also received a look after winning both the SHINE Tag Team and singles championships this year, as well as receiving her first SHIMMER title shot in April, though was unsuccessful in that attempt.

Heidi Lovelace Dave MuscarellaHowever, the Breakout Star of the Year title goes to Heidi Lovelace, who showed her versatility in matches all across North America. While she showed her comedic and light-hearted side in SHINE alongside Solo Darling, she also decided to work IWA Mid-South’s reprisal of the Queen of the Deathmatches tournament, beating Hudson Envy in a Tacks, Ladders and Canes match before losing to Ludark Shaitan in a Fans Bring The Weapons contest. That also goes along with her well-received work in SHIMMER, impressing in both singles and tag team action.

Heidi has also excelled in intergender competition, making it to the quarter finals of Absolute Intense Wrestling’s JT Lightning Invitational Tournament before losing to Michael Elgin, and also scored the AAW Heritage Title by beating Matt Cage – though her work in Wrestling Is Fun has helped her to break new barriers for women in wrestling. Lovelace fought through two matches – including a six-way elimination match – to make it to the final of the Young Lions Cup tournament, which she won earlier this month by beating Missile Assault Ant in the final, showcased in the pre-show of Chikara’s Tomorrow Never Dies iPPV. In doing so, she became the first female victor of the cup and also solidified her as a well-appreciated performer who has the ability to adapt her style for different types of matches against different opponents. It’s a safe assertion to say that the Punk Rock Rag Doll will climb even higher in 2015.

So, the other award is the Wrestler of the Year honour, which was a pretty tough call. Paige has been winning accolades all over the place this year after winning the WWE Divas Championship on two occasions as well as holding the NXT and Divas belts at the same time. She also racked up quite a few successful defences on PPV before turning heel and really ratcheting up her character work. Elsewhere, LuFisto had one of her best years by winning the Women Superstars Uncensored World Championship by beating Mickie Knuckles, Allysin Kay and Jenny Rose, as well as getting into an angle with WSU owner DJ Hyde and his hand-picked star Sassy Stephie which led to the Wounded Owl Ronin going after Hyde with a knife on a Combat Zone Wrestling show. In addition, she almost wrested the SHIMMER Championship from Cheerleader Melissa at volume 63 in April and undergoing a mild heel turn the following week before reverting back to being a babyface. However, our winner has showed off her wrestling skills at a main event level and has also showed how she can verbalise too.

Ivelisse VelezIvelisse Velez started off the year by winning the SHINE Championship from Valkyrie cohort Rain but was kicked out of the group because of her victory and turned babyface in the process, which saw her get over huge with the fans. Successful defences over Mercedes Martinez, Saraya Knight, Nevaeh and Madison Eagles all followed, along with an entertaining 60 minute draw against Serena Deeb before dropping the belt to Mia Yim in China last month. In addition, she has been able to display more character development since dropping the belt by getting obsessive over winning it back, shown by her aggression levels in her win over Amanda Rodriguez on the last show and then getting involved in Yim’s defence against Nevaeh which led to the match ending in a DQ win for the challenger. While this is all a good example of how she has evolved her persona, it has also been demonstrated in new ventures.

Velez signed on for Lucha Underground and has proved herself to be an entertaining heel who can irritate on the microphone. Teaming up with Son of Havoc, she has been tormenting Sexy Star, which las led to the pair engaging in a feud, which also saw her debut for AAA in Mexico where the roles were reversed and Sexy was the heel with Ivelisse working as the babyface. When you factor in how much her star has risen in the last 12 months and how much more marketable she was this time a year ago, you can understand why Ivelisse has earned Ringbelles’ Wrestler of the Year award, and also makes you wonder how both WWE and TNA had the chance to have her on their books and both let her slip through their fingers. I don’t understand wrestling sometimes…

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Natalya WWENatalya spoke to the Mirror UK about things like Total Divas – where she claimed the tensions between she and husband Tyson Kidd was genuine, as well as the reaction to her being booked to beat Charlotte in less than 3 minutes on Raw earlier this month:

“We don’t control a lot of things in WWE, it’s live TV, you can’t control how long you’re going to get. Sometimes you’re going to get 20 minutes and sometimes you’re going to get 20 seconds, you just have to maximise those minutes and do the best you can.”

She also discussed the difference between the Divas wrestling in NXT and on WWE’s main roster:

“That’s why I go to NXT, any chance I get, I go to NXT. I want to be on Raw, I want to be on SmackDown, and NXT, and Total Divas, and Main Event, and Superstars, and I want to be on the WWE app – because I want to take any moment I can to get TV time and I want to tell stories.

“The girls and the guys in NXT are extremely fortunate because Triple H has taken NXT under his wing. I tell Triple H this, I look around the room and make sure no one’s looking, and I tell him it’s my favourite show. It’s my favourite show because the Superstars and Divas do get time and it’s a cool show because you get to watch these different characters grow and come to life.”

It seems as if there is a lot of love being openly directed towards NXT at the moment without trying to knock the main product as a result. Natalya was very diplomatic with her praise and dodged criticising her bread and butter.

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This is the final Ringbelles Roundup before this website departs but I am happy to say that this portion of the site may continue on after our departure. Contributor Ciara Reid has accepted my offer of taking it over and posting it elsewhere, though where that may be is still up for discussion – so if you’re interested in having it, send her a tweet at @ciara92189.

Ciara used to write something similar when she was linked with Angrymarks so she has the ability to cover wrestling from all over the world, and will put her own personal stamp on it. Hopefully this will mean that women’s wrestling fans looking for a weekly fix of what is going on globally will still have somewhere to get it.

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WWE
Nikki Bella retained her Divas Championship by beating Naomi on Tuesday’s live SmackDown show. It was set up on the Main Event show broadcast earlier. Naomi is currently in a strained relationship with husband Jimmy Uso, which means that when you consider the issues between Natalya and Tyson Kidd, WWE has two rocky marriage angles going on at the same time… Becky Becky Lynch Bayley WWELynch’s heel turn kicked up a notch when she tapped out Bayley on last week’s NXT with her new submission hold, the Four Leaf Clover… It was 1-1 for Emma last week. She lost to Paige on Main Event but beat Summer Rae on Superstars… Alexa Bliss has been beating Carmella & Dana Brooke in 3-way matches on the latest NXT house shows… Speaking of Dana, she will be representing WWE at next year’s Arnold Classic bodybuilding event. She will be competing in the fitness division. She told WWE.com, “My dreams are coming true. It’s like Christmas came early for me. I cannot feel more honored. This just shows how much WWE wants their athletes to succeed. I’m blessed. I will not let the WWE Universe down”… Former developmental talent Shaul “Raquel Diaz” Guerrero is engaged to current NXT talent Aiden English… Developmental Diva Dasha Kuret ring announced NXT’s show in Tampa, FL last Friday… Paige was named Diva of the Year by Rolling Stone magazine… Following in AJ Lee’s footsteps, Emma has launched her own personal website, entitled tenilledashwood.com… Natalya pinned Brie Bella on last night’s Raw before knocking Nikki off the apron, leading her holding the Divas Title belt. Looks like Nattie’s next in line.

TNA
Brooke Tessmacher and Robbie E were eliminated from The Amazing Race last week, missing out on the $1m prize.

North America
Jessica James will make her SHINE debut next month as part of SHINE 24. Meanwhile, after what happened at SHINE 23, a 6-woman tag team match has been announced for on January 23. Kimber Lee, Cherry Bomb & Leah Von Dutch will face Legendary members Malia Hosaka, Brandi Wine & Thunderkitty… Speaking of Hosaka, she will be honoured with a Retired Women’s Wrestling Award by the Cauliflower Alley Club next April. Someone at the CAC later noticed the error and removed the “retired” part of the title… Two matches have been announced for Women Superstars Uncensored’s next show on February 21. Hania and Athena face off again, though this time it will be under Tables Ladders and Chairs rules, while Kimber Lee & Annie Social get another shot at Tag Team Championship JT Dunn and David Starr after beating them in individual matches on the last show… Athena challenges Su Yung for the Anarchy Championship Wrestling American Joshi Championship on January 18… Athena also defended her Absolute Intense Wrestling Women’s Championship on Saturday at Metroplex Wrestling’s show in Bedford, TX. She beat Claudia by curb stomping her onto thumbtacks and making her tap out to the Red Wedding… Nevaeh is eyeing up a February return from her knee injury.

Japan
Hikaru Shida’s joint Pro Wrestling WAVE Regina di WAVE and Revolution Championship Wrestling title defence against Mio Shirai on Sunday’s WAVE show ended in a 30 minute time limit draw… Mio Io Shirai StardomIt’s confirmed: sisters Mio and Io Shirai will wrestle on February 14 on Mio’s self-produced show. It was made official after today’s Stardom show after Io’s match where she teamed with Mayu Iwatani & Masaaki Mochizuki to beat the retiring Miho Wakizawa as well as Manami Toyota & Genki Horiguchi. 35-year old Wakizawa is stepping away after 18 years of competition… Two title changes on Diana’s show earlier today. Keiko Aono defeated Manami Toyota to win the singles title while Jaguar Yokota & Sareee beat KAORU & Mima Shimoda to win the tag straps. The show was topped off with Kyoko Inoue beating Yumiko Hotta in a No Ropes Barbed Wire Current Blast Time Bomb Death Match.

Europe
As you would expect, Southside regular Kay Lee Ray has been added to the 4-way to crown the first Queen of Southside. Debuting Saraya Knight is the other person who has been announced.

Mexico
Lucha Underground is interested in signing Dark Angel, according to the Wrestling Observer. Considering she’s part of CMLL and Lucha Underground has ties with AAA, that could be a difficult ask.

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Results

December 16: WWE Main Event (Grand Rapids, MI) – Paige b Emma

Naomi Nikki Bella WWEDecember 16: WWE SmackDown (Grand Rapids, MI) – Nikki Bella b Naomi

December 16: CMLL (Guadalajara, Mexico) – Zeuxis b Princesa Sugehit

December 17: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Hamuko Hoshi & Akane Fujita b Miyako Matsumoto & Yuri Kotobuki; Neko Nitta b Maya Yukihi; Maki Narumiya v Meari Naito went to a time limit draw; Arisa Nakajima & Risa Sera b Tsukasa Fujimoto & Hanako Nakamori

December 17: Union Tokyo, Japan) – Cherry & Ladybeard b Riho & Sayaka Obihiro; Mio Shirai b Ryu Gouma

December 17: WWE Tribute to the Troops (Columbus, GA) – Naomi, Emma & Natalya b Paige and Nikki & Brie Bella

December 18: WWE NXT (Orlando, FL) – Becky Lynch b Bayley

December 18: WWE NXT house show (Tampa, FL) – Alexa Bliss b Carmella & Dana Brooke in a 3-way

December 18: WWE Superstars (Detroit, MI) – Emma b Summer Rae

December 18: AAA (Mexico City, Mexico) – Jennifer Blake & La Jarochita b Cinthia Moreno & Sexy Lady

December 19: Diana (Kawasaki, Japan) – Megumi Yabushita b Meiko Tanaka; Keiko Aono & Mask De Sun b Kaho Kobayashi & Koharu Hinata; Kaoru Ito b Tomoko Watanabe; Jaguar Yokota, Kyoko Inoue & Sareee b Yumiko Hotta, KAORU & Mima Shimoda

December 19: WWE NXT house show (Jacksonville, FL) – Alexa Bliss b Carmella & Dana Brooke in a 3-way

December 19: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Dark Angel, La Vaquerita & Marcela b Amapola, Dalys & La Seductora

December 20: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Shu Shibutani & Miyako Matsumoto b 235 & Kyuri; Maki Narumiya b Yuka; Risa Sera v Kurumi went to a time limit draw; Tsukasa Fujimoto & Aoi Kizuki b Hamuko Hoshi & Tsukushi

December 20: Attack Pro Wrestling (Bristol, England) – Pete Dunne & Mark Andrews b Nixon Newell & Chris Brookes

December 20: 4 Front Wrestling (Bristol, England) – Nadia Sapphire b Chardonnay

December 20: WWE house show (Winnipeg, MB, Canada) – Natalya b Paige

December 20: Metroplex Wrestling (Bedford, TX) – Athena b Claudia

December 20: WWE NXT house show (Lakeland, FL) – Alexa Bliss b Carmella & Dana Brooke in a 3-way

Tsukasa Fujimoto Tsukushi Resuner YokoyamaDecember 21: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – Yako Fujigasaki b Haruka Kato; Eri b Yua Hayashi & Raideen Hagane in a 3-way; Kayoko Haruyama b KAZUKI; Command Bolshoi & Kyoko Kimura b Leon & Hanako Nakamori; Arisa Nakajima & Tsukushi v Tsukasa Fujimoto & Rabbit Miyu went to a time limit draw

December 21: Pro Wrestling WAVE (Osaka, Japan) – Fairy Nipponbashi b Moeka Haruhi; Yuu Yamagata b Hiroe Nagahama; Yumi Ohka b Kaho Kobayashi; Kana b Rina Yamashita; Shu Shibutani b Mika Iida; Misaki Ohata b Sawako Shimono; Hikaru Shida v Mio Shirai went to a time limit

December 21: Stardom (Osaka, Japan) – Kris Wolf b Momo Watanabe; Act Yasukawa & Kellie Skater b Kaori Yoneyama & Hatsuhinode Kamen; Io Shirai b Mystique; Kairi Hojo & Koguma b Reo Hazuki & Takumi Iroha; Nanae Takahashi & Miho Wakizawa b Yoshiko & Mayu Iwatani

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

December 21: Insane Championship Wrestling (Glasgow, Scotland) – Layla Rose b Sammii Jayne

December 22: WWE Raw (Minneapolis, MN) – Natalya b Brie Bella; Naomi, Alicia Fox & Emma b Paige, Cameron & Summer Rae

December 22: CMLL (Puebla, Mexico) – Amapola, La Comandante & Zeuxis b La Vaquerita, Lluvia & Princesa Sugehit

December 23: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – Arisa Nakajima, Command Bolshoi & Rabbit Miyu b Leon, Raideen Hagane & Yua Hayashi; Kayoko Harumya b Yako Fujigasaki; Hanako Nakamori won a battle royal

December 23: Diana (Kawasaki, Japan) – Yuiga & Hamuko Hoshi b Kaho Kobayashi & Koharu Hinata; Eiger & Mask De Sun b Arisa Nakajima & Raideen Hagane; Takako Inoue & Cherry b Keiko Aono & Megumi Yabushita; Tomoko Watanabe b Meiko Tanaka; Kaoru Ito b Manami Toyota to win the Diana World Championship; Jaguar Yokota & Sareee b KAORU & Mima Shimoda to win the Diana World Tag Team Championship; Kyoko Inoue b Yumiko Hotta

December 23: Stardom (Tokyo, Japan) – Reo Hazuki b Momo Watanabe; Act Yasukawa b Kris Wolf; Koguma b Kyoko Kimura, Kaori Yoneyama, Hatsuhinode Kamen, Mystique & Kellie Skater; Io Shirai, Mayu Iwatani & Masaaki Mochizuki b Miho Wakizawa, Manami Toyota & Genki Horiguchi; Yoshiko b Saki Akai; Nanae Takahashi & Kairi Hojo b Takumi Iroha & Risa Sera

Upcoming

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 4: Scottish Wrestling Alliance (Glasgow, Scotland) – Debbie Sharpe v Viper

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

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

January 11: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland)

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

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

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

Athena Su YungJanuary 18: Anarchy Championship Wrestling (Austin, TX) – Jessica James v Jojo Bravo; Athena v Su Yung

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

January 23: Valkyrie Women’s Wrestling (Woodbury Heights, NJ) – Kacee Carlisle v Mistress Belmont; La Rosa Negra v Aja Perera

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

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

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

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

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

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

February 22: Bellatrix 12 (Norwich, England)

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

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

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Malia Hosaka to be given Retired Women’s Wrestling Award… despite still being active

Farewell to Malia Hosaka. Photo: Gilda PasquilWell, this is awkward.

Despite still wrestling and currently holding one half of the SHINE Tag Team Championship, Malia Hosaka is to be presented with the Cauliflower Alley Club’s Retired Women’s Wrestling Award at next April’s reunion in Las Vegas, NV. To make it seem even weirder, that presumably means that Beth Phoenix is being given the active wrestling honour at the same ceremony, despite hanging up the boots more than two years ago.

Regardless of the foul-up, Hosaka is a prime candidate for an honour. As well as being a current holder of the SHINE doubles titles, the 27 year pro has also worn the NWA World Women’s Championship – albeit for a solitary day back in May 1996. Trained by Misty Blue Simmes, the 45-year old competed for the Ladies Pro Wrestling Association and also worked for the trifecta of top US promotions in the 1990s, taking booking for Extreme Championship Wrestling as well as working for World Championship Wrestling and having a developmental deal for the World Wrestling Federation – though her opportunity for the latter was cut short as plans to anonymously introduce her was thwarted when she was recognised for her past work and was in line to accompany Essa Rios in early 2000 but was overlooked in favour of Lita.

As well as SHINE, Hosaka worked a great deal of the SHIMMER DVD series, debuting on volume 3 and parting ways with the promotion following volume 32. While she experienced success as a singles wrestler, her most prominent role was as one half of The Experience tag team, working alongside Lexie Fyfe. At the moment, she is a quarter of the Legendary stable with championship teammate Brandi Wine, former WWF Women’s Champion Leilani Kai and golden era throwback Thunderkitty.

SHINE 23 live results: New champion Mia Yim defends her title, plus the Kimber Bombs go for gold

SHINE 23 posterMia Yim makes her first defence of the SHINE Championship which she won last month during WWNLive’s tour of China at tonight’s SHINE 23 show in Ybor City, FL. She defends the belt against number one contender Nevaeh, who has an edge over the new titleholder after getting a pinball win over Yim at SHINE 22 in October in a six woman tag team match. However, with Mia still rolling from her title win three weeks ago, will that be enough to turn back the challenge of the Gem City Queen?

Elsewhere, Kimber Lee and Cherry Bomb attempt to wrest the Tag Team Championship from Malia Hosaka and Brandi Wine, though the numbers are against them as the reigning titleholders have Leilani Kai and new recruit Thunderkitty by their side to offer a helping hand – though TK is also wrestling tonight against Leah Von Dutch.

Elsewhere, Vanessa Kraven is making her debut, Amber O’Neal and Crazy Mary Dobson return to action and as well as representing Nevaeh, Valifornia boss SoCal Val will lead BTY‘s Jayme Jameson and Marti Belle into battle against Heidi Lovelace and Solo Darling.

There’s still time to order the show by clicking here, but we’ll be bringing you results as they happen, so keep refreshing the page. We’ll also have thoughts on the show coming tomorrow.

– Before the event began, we got to see Yim’s victory over Velez in Beijing.
– The show began with an in-ring Mia Yim interview saying that she plans to hold onto the SHINE Championship for as long as she can, and that she is looking forward to she and Nevaeh going one on one tonight. Ivelisse Velez came out to congratulate the new champion but said Yim didn’t deserve the title shot in the first place and she would be coming for a rematch.
1. Ivelisse Velez made Amanda Rodriguez tap out to the Lasso from El Paso.
2. Amber O’Neal v Luscious Latasha went to a no-contest when Santana Garrett came into the ring to confront Amber over her heel turn. Santana said that she is ready to wrestle her former tag partner tonight, and O’Neal renamed herself as Amber Gallows, and said Garrett is now on the Bullet Club’s hit list.
3. Allysin Kay pinned Crazy Mary Dobson with a discus lariat.
4. BTY (Marti Belle & Jayme Jameson) defeated The Buddy System (Heidi Lovelace & Solo Darling). Jameson pinned Lovelace with her feet on the ropes. BTY went after Heidi’s knee after the bell and dumped Daffney off the apron.
5. Vanessa Kraven beat Leva Bates with a choke bomb.
6. Thunderkitty pinned Leah Von Dutch after reversing a sunset flip and holding onto Leilani Kai for leverage.
7. Taylor Made defeated La Rosa Negra after knocking her out with some brass knuckles. Taylor attacked Negra after the bell but Ivelisse Velez made the save.
8. SHINE Tag Team ChampionshipLegendary (Malia Hosaka & Brandi Wine) (c) defeated the Kimber Bombs (Kimber Lee & Cherry Bomb) to retain the titles. Wine pinned Kimber after Thunderkitty and Hosaka rammed her into the ring post. Legendary went for a beatdown after the match until Leah Von Dutch made the save.
9. Santana Garrett beat Amber Gallows with a jackknife pin. Frustrated, Gallows beat up a member of the ring crew after the match.
10 SHINE ChampionshipNevaeh defeated Mia Yim (c) via DQ after Ivelisse kicked Nevaeh in the head. Nevaeh, Yim and Velez fought after the bell, with Ivelisse knocking out two referees and kicking boss lady Lexie Fyfe.

Thoughts

Allysin Kay Crazy Mary Dobson SHINE 23• Wrestling-wise, SHINE 23 was a heck of a show with some great performances from some and saw some really pleasant surprises from others. With four matches fully deserving of two thumbs up, that’s the good bit. However, there were two negatives which were repeatedly seen throughout the broadcast and both of them come down to overbooking.

• Let’s talk about those four matches which were big successes. First off is Allysin Kay v Crazy Mary Dobson, which had a great story to start with Kay showing sportsmanship by shaking hands, holding open ropes and being a good egg about everything. However, the veil slipped when Dobson started to get the better of her in the feeling-out process and Allysin gave her opponent a cheeky kick as she climbed back into the ring to give her the edge. With some great near falls and some dramatic work from both, this was another example of Kay’s resurgence and Dobson’s ability to entertain without needing to work hardcore.

• Vanessa Kraven made a great impression in her SHINE debut in what was probably Leva Bates’ best match in the promotion in 2014. Working the big v small dynamic very well, the pair Vanessa Kraven Leva Bates SHINE 23showcased their most positive attributes. Nice work by both.

• La Rosa Negra’s continued run of entertaining and exciting matches continued against a Taylor Made who has come on leaps and bounds this year. Negra has a great ability to turn it up into a high gear at a moment’s notice and Taylor’s evolution as a heel is great to see. Both should be very happy with how 2014 has gone for them.

• Finally, there was the main event with Mia Yim tempering her athleticism to showcase it at the right moment as well as working the crowd – plus, her promo ability is getting much better, which is great to see. As for Nevaeh, she is so crisp and precise with her work and she has no wasted motion. She’s a great heel and it’s fantastic to see her being given a chance to work at the very top of the card.

• Elsewhere, Ivelisse’s growing obsession with winning the SHINE Title again saw her make quick work of Amanda Rodriguez, but the latter didn’t have the shortest night’s work as that went to Luscious Latasha, whose match with Amber O’Neal was used as a foil to rebrand the Bullet Babe and set up a match against her former tag team partner Santana Garrett – whose surprise return to SHINE throws up questions about her status with TNA. The match Amber O'Neal Gallows SHINE 23between herself and the renamed Amber Gallows also made you wonder why Santana was heeled up in her Brittany guise too…

• BTY and the Buddy System’s match showcased each member of the match well, while Leah Von Dutch’s face turn has seen her continue the Dino Hunter gimmick but go after the heels in Legendary, though she fell to Thunderkitty in a night dominated by heel victories, also demonstrated by Malia Hosaka and Brandi Wine’s win over the Kimber Bombs.

• So here’s the thing: the main event angle involving Nevaeh being pissed off at Ivelisse’s interference costing her a title victory and Mia Yim also being annoyed at not getting a decisive win over Nevaeh which ended with a 3-way brawl and Velez attacking Lexie Fyfe was a hot angle, but it was muddied by the sheer number of unclean finishes and post-match shenanigans.

• O’Neal and Latasha’s match went to a no contest because of Santana coming into the ring to break up proceedings, BTY/Buddy System had a screwy ending and an angle after the bell. There was another illegal leverage pin in the Thunderkitty/LVD contest, Taylor Made used brass knuckles to beat La Rosa Negra and there was a beatdown with saw Ivelisse come to the rescue in a moment which felt superfluous, and then there was another run-in save in the Tag Team Title match which ended with interference. The penultimate match had Amber beat up the ring crew member to retain some heat in a moment which wouldn’t have been needed had she just won the match, and then came the main event DQ and brawl. Of the ten matches, six had finishes with illegal activity while six of them also had stuff happening after the match was over. Too much stuff meant that they all became muddied by the end.

Ivelisse Velez Lexie Fyfe SHINE 23• Also, Su Yung on the poster but not at the show. A rare faux pas in the advertising there.

• It may feel like I’m having a downer on the show but I’m not. I just feel that the main event ending would have had more gravitas had it been the one of only a couple of pieces of extra-curricular stuff on the show, rather than being the fifth match in a row to have excess booking. Still, there’s a potential 3-way title match coming for SHINE 24 next month and Valifornia & Legendary are still strong, while Valkyrie is still hanging in there.

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

SHINE 21 live results – Havok’s Last Stand

SHINE 21 front pageSHINE returns from a summer hiatus with what’s being billed as Jessicka Havok‘s final appearance in the promotion. She faces Allysin Kay in the final match in their feud which has been running since last October and has yet to establish a clear victor. They will compete in a Dog Collar Match where all members of Valkyrie will be banned from ringside.

Elsewhere on the SHINE 21 card from the Orpheum in Ybor City, FL, another Valkyrie name will compete for a shot at the SHINE Championship. Su Yung takes on Nevaeh, Leah Von Dutch and Amazing Kong in a 4-way with the winner facing titleholder Ivelisse Velez later in the broadcast.

Tag Team Champions Legendary are also in action as they defend the straps against former titleholders the Lucha Sisters, and Jessie Belle Smothers makes what is thought to be her final SHINE appearance before her retirement later this year. Here, she teams with SNS Express partner Sassy Stephie against the Kimber Bombs – and there’s another tag team contest as the Buddy System battles the BTY tandem of Marti Belle & Jayme Jameson.

There’s still time for you to order tonight’s iPPV at WWNLive.com, though we will bring you the results as they happen below. Just keep hitting refresh for the updates.

-. SHINE Wrestling “Boss Lady” Lexie Fyfe oversaw a presentation to Rain where she was awarded a replica of the SHINE Championship belt.
1. Nevaeh beat Leah Von Dutch, Amazing Kong & Su Yung in a Four Corner Survival Match when she pinned Von Dutch with a Death Valley Driver. She will get a shot at SHINE Champion Ivelisse later in the show.
-. So Cal Val was seen at ringside during the matches, apparently scouting.
2. Heidi Lovelace & Solo Darling beat Jayme Jameson & Amanda Rodriguez (subbing for Marti Belle) when Lovelace pinned Rodriguez after The Buddy System hit their double team “You’ve Got a Friend In Me” (Double Snapmare Driver)
3. Thunderkitty defeated Justine Silver via sleeperhold.
4. Kimber Lee & Cherry Bomb beat Jessie Belle Smothers & Sassy Stephie when Kimber pinned Jessie Belle following a Swanton Bomb.
5. Taylor Made pinned La Rosa Negra after using brass knuckles passed to her by April Hunter.
6. SHINE Tag Team Championship: Malia Hosaka & Brandi Wine (c) beat Leva Bates & Mia Yim when Hosaka pinned Bates. Prior to the pinfall, Thunderkitty laid out Bates with a shot with the Tag Championship Belt.
-. Post match, Legendary, Leilani Kai and Thunderkitty continued the beatdown on The Lucha Sisters until The Kimber Bombs made the save. The Kimber Bombs were also beaten down, leaving the heels standing tall at the end.
7. SHINE Championship: Ivelisse Velez (c) pinned Nevaeh after the Code Red.
8. Dog Collar Match: Jessicka Havok pinned Allysin Kay following an Air Raid Crash from the second rope through a table.

SHINE 22 will be on October 10th.

Thoughts

1 Amanda Rodriguez Heidi Lovelace SHINE• On paper, SHINE 21 was one underwhelming card. With only the Dog Collar and Chain Match providing any real excitement because of its lengthy story to get to this point, it wasn’t helped by having no real title match and a lack of history behind most of the other contests. However, this did not stop some wrestlers from pulling out some stellar performances.

• The show didn’t start very well, considering it came to air a quarter of an hour late due to the inclement weather and then kicked off with an underwhelming 4-way match which plodded along. The highlight was Su Yung’s continued descent into utter delirium, while having three heels and one babyface – who worked sparingly in the match meant that there wasn’t much for the fans to get behind. A disappointment was Von Dutch, who wasn’t her usual dependable self for some reason, though everyone is entitled to an off-night. Nevaeh’s victory was a surprise, though we’ll touch on why that was the case later.

• The match also saw SoCal Val make the first of at least three appearances in the entranceway, assessing her opponents and making notes on her tablet. It felt like the 2014 version of Alexandra York.

• Marti Belle missed the show due to being involved in a car crash the previous day which wrote her car off. As a consequence, Jayme Jameson – who seems to have inexplicably turned heel since her last appearance in SHINE – brought out Amanda Rodriguez to team with her against the Buddy System. Solo Darling was her usual adorable self while Heidi Lovelace did her best to make sure that Solo retained focus, and also took a lot of the punishment during the match. Solo’s hot tag came to a weird halt when Jayme started jaw-jacking with her, which killed the flow of the comeback somewhat, but the faces got the win with their double-team Snapmare Driver, before indicating that they wanted a Tag Team Championship match. As a contest, it was fine, but nothing to get excited about.

• Thunderkitty and Justine Silver put on a decent old-school match which slowed down the pace with technical wrestling but also allowed the fans to react to the crowd work. TK got the win with her sleeperhold when Silver passed out, much to the delight of the audience, who had invested into her relatively quickly – which helped for what she did later on.

3. Jessie Belle Smothers Kimber Lee Sassy Stephie SHINE• Like the Buddy System, the Kimber Bombs – now babyfaces after Kimber Lee’s heroic actions on the last show where she went it alone in a 4-team match – also indicated that they wanted a crack at the doubles straps following their win over the SNS Express. This was probably the most entertaining match to this point with some nice tag team work which we have come to expect from both tandems. Smothers took the fall, which seems appropriate considering she was not going to be coming back due to her retirement.

• I don’t know what Taylor Made has been up to or what qualities La Rosa Negra has to bring the best out of her opponents, but this was a damn fine outing. Negra has been racking up some strong performances, and this was Taylor’s best singles match to date. With some great heel work on her part and some real aggression, something clicked for her and I hope it sticks around. In fact, I hope these two wrestle again considering the screwy finish.

• I’ve no idea what the deal was with the Tag Team Championship match. The Lucha Sisters beat up Malia Hosaka for the entire match and were set to win when Thunderkitty nailed Bates with one of the title belts to hand the victory to Legendary. Logically, the finish makes sense as TK is a supporter of all things old-school, and nothing in SHINE is more old-school than the current doubles champions. However, the match had no real heat because the faces were winning the whole time and never looked to be in trouble.

• The Kimber Bombs came in to make the save but got wiped out by the champions, TK and Leilani Kai, which made little sense on the face of it considering they wanted the belts and should have cleaned house – though they won’t be challenging at the next show as Kimber Lee will be in the UK with Combat Zone Wrestling when the SHINE 22 is due to take place.

6 Ivelisse Velez Nevaeh SHINE• While Nevaeh and Ivelisse Velez put on a really great match, the crowd weren’t into it. This may be because of Nevaeh’s history in the promotion, as she has never really been portrayed as being a title contender. Having said that, both women did all they could to make it a dramatic contest, as Nevaeh channeled Brock Lesnar by trying to take out the champion with her finisher in the first few seconds of the match. Velez kicked out of the Backpack Stunner and occasionally fought back, Ricky Steamboat-style, but the challenger kept the pressure on and grew more and more frustrated as she was unable to get the win.

• In the end, the referee got wiped out by some errant feet and Nevaeh appeared to have the win following a German Suplex. However by the time the ref came round, Velez had enough energy to kick out, creating the argument that if the official had been in position, we would have a new champion. Ivelisse snared the win soon after with a Code Red which looked more like a sunset flip to retain the belt in a really good match that deserved a better build-up and a better crowd reaction.

8 Jessicka Havok Allysin Kay SHINE• Fittingly, the final match between Allysin Kay and Jessicka Havok was the best of their feud, and they made full use of the Dog Collar stipulation by using leverage to yank each other into ring posts or to the floor, as well as utilising the chain to punish their opponent’s body. In the end it was a table which was a deciding factor as Havok delivered an Air Raid Crash to Kay from the second rope and through the timber to secure the decisive three-count.

• After saying her farewells to the fans the camera stayed with Jessicka as she was greeted by members of the roster backstage but saw her trapped outside of the building with Valkyrie attacking her. Yung delivered a mist and then locked in The Purge while Kay insulted her enemy before the faces manage to drive Valkyrie away.

• I have mixed feelings about the result of the main event. I’m sure that SHINE wanted to give Havok her moment in the sun and a happy ending as she bowed out as the winner of her feud, though in doing so the roster is left with the loser having to rebuild momentum. You could have avoided the post-match attack designed for Kay to get her heat back by just having her win in the first place and leaving the ring, allowing Havok to deliver her goodbye promo as planned. However, SHINE may be taking a gamble by assuming that Jessicka may not be gone for that long and if her future employers go belly up that she may be back in the new year. Should that happen, this programme may rumble on – though it seems a shame that the winner of the feud is still left laying, meaning that there is an argument that each has elicited a post-match revenge on her opponent on consecutive shows, considering that Allysin had her hair cut after winning the Last Woman Standing match at SHINE 20.

10 Jessicka Havok Allysin Kay SHINE• Overall, SHINE 21 had its moments. The main event was the Match of the Night but there wasn’t much on the undercard which plays into what else has been going on in the promotion. Thumbs up to Jessicka Havok, Allysin Kay, Nevaeh, Taylor Made, Ivelisse Velez and La Rosa Negra for their great work but it came on a show which ultimately didn’t matter very much.

SHINE Championship match announced for August 22

BOF IvelisseThey went to a one-hour draw in their battle for the SHINE Championship on a sweaty June evening as part of SHINE 20, and the stage is set for a colossal rematch between titleholder Ivelisse Velez and challenger Serena Deeb. Considering their outing last time – which we loved – we are thoroughly excited to see the pair go at it once against as part of the main event of SHINE 21 on August 22… wait – that match isn’t happening?!

That’s right, instead of following up with a Velez/Deeb rematch there has had to be some rejigging after VP Lexie Fyfe revealed that Serena is out with an undisclosed injury. As Fyfe revealed in the video, there will still be a SHINE Championship match and the challenger will be determined on the same evening as part of a 4-way involving Amazing Kong, Leah Von Dutch, Nevaeh and Deeb’s Valkyrie cohort Su Yung. While Yung and Kong have win-loss records which would justify them being eligible to become the number one contender, Von Dutch and Nevaeh aren’t sporting the best victory ratio in SHINE history – for example, LVD has just one win in the promotion.

The other possible issue is the same one which we had with the similar situation which took place involving the Tag Team Championship at SHINE 20 – in that the babyface champion goes into a title defence with a distinct advantage over her challenger who has already wrestled one match. It makes it difficult for a baby face to command sympathy when they are clearly fresher than their opponent. Admittedly the underdog challengers came through in June to win the doubles straps, but it didn’t make the fallen champions look very formidable.

Speaking of which, both parties involved in the Tag Team Title situation on the last show meet again at SHINE 21, with new champions Legendary (Brandi Wine and Malia Hosaka) defending the belts against former holders the Lucha Sisters (Mia Yim & Leva Bates).

Elsewhere, Jessicka Havok is booked for the show and her rival Allysin Kay is billed alongside Made In Sin partner Taylor Made, so it makes you wonder if there will be a continuance to their feud. Considering what else could be going on with Havok in the near future, it may be time to wrap things up. Thunderkitty will also make her debut, and the Kimber Bombs have been announced for the show after Cherry Bomb missed the last one due to travel issues, inadvertently turning her tag team partner Kimber Lee babyface.