Rhia 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 – though 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.
Tomoka 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.
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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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 over 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.
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.
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 Kay 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.
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.
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.
Dark 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.
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
November 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
November 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
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
December 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
December 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
– Lee Burton
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