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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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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Ayako Hamada and Yuu Yamagata win the WAVE Tag Team Champions for a second time, Hikaru Shida retains & Ryo Mizunami’s return

Hamada & Yamagata 2 Tomoka Nakagawa and Kyoko Kimura’s reign as WAVE Tag Team Champions is no longer a thing. Yesterday at Pro Wrestling WAVE’s “Virgin Code,” Ayako Hamada and Yuu Yamagata unseated Kimura and Nakagawa of the titles in the main event at Korakuen Hall. Beating Sakura Hirota and Mika Iida in the finals of the 2014 Dual Shock WAVE (the promotion’s tag team tournament) to become champions, Revolucion Amandla has lost in their first title defense. For the third time this year, the WAVE Tag Team Championship has changed hands. This time the titles have found their way back around the waists of Yuu Yamagata and Ayako Hamada, known as “Las Aventureras.”

Winning last year’s Dual Shock tournament, Las Aventureras defeated Cherry and Shu Shibutani for the WAVE Tag Team Championship following an Air Raid Crash from Yamagata to Shibutani. From there, Las Aventureras were successful in their first two title defenses, but failed in their third against Isami Kodaka and Yuko Miyamoto-making them the first male competitors to hold the titles. Kodaka and Miyamoto dropped the titles to Iida and Hirota as part of a three-way involving Yamagata and Hamada. Sakura Hirota and Mika Iida’s reign lasted through 52-days after successful defenses against the likes of Misaki Ohata and Mio Shirai to advance to the finals of the tournament and against Kyusei Ninja Ranmaru and Hibiscus Mii.

A year to the day they originally captured the titles for the first time, Ayako Hamada and 10712747_285601164982423_8236364081297358941_nYuu Yamagata are once again champions. The Regina di WAVE Championship and the Revolution Championship Wrestling Women’s Championship were on the line as Hikaru Shida successfully retained against Mari Apache. Shida wrapped up the match following a Three Count of Soul, picking up her second title defense as Regina di WAVE Champion and first as RCW Women’s Champion.

Also on the show, Sumire Natsu celebrated her one-year anniversary in the company, teaming up with Yumi Ohka in losing effort to Shibutani and Moeka Haruchi. Hiroe Nagahama made her official debut, taking the loss to Mio Shirai. Melanie Cruise, Dynamite Kansai and Fairy Nipponbashi defeated Tsukasa Fujimoto, Misaki Ohata and Kana as Cruise got the Chokeslam on Ohata. Sakura Hirota defeated Sawako Shimono and Rina Yamashita, Koharu Hinata and Cherry defeated Mika Iida, Kaho Kobayashi and Yua Hayashi following a Lariat from Yamashita to Hayashi. After the match, Yamashita made a challenge to Rabbit Miu for the for the JWP Junior/POP Championship.

Ryo MizunamiRyo Mizunami’s return to the promotion is scheduled for the February 11th show. Sent to the sidelines following a right meniscus and ligament rupture earlier this year, during a press conference it was announced that Mizunami’s injury required surgery and could potentially see her out of action up to months or more. Yumi Ohka was on hand for the announcement, citing that Pro Wrestling WAVE and ZABUN are behind Mizunami through recovery. Mizunami appeared on yesterday’s show, her first match back will be against Ohka on February 11, 2015 at the Korakuen Hall.

Photos courtesy of Pro Wrestling WAVE, Kazushi Mitsuhashi

Information courtesy of JoshiFans, Cagematch, Pro Wrestling WAVE

In Video: Melanie Cruise vs Tomoka Nakagawa

Cruise vs NakagawaBack in August, Pro Wrestling WAVE’s booker GAMI had announced that a “tall gajin” would be debuting in time for the promotion’s seventh anniversary. It turned out that a towering Chicago native in Melanie Cruise would be the competitor fitting that description. The six-foot frame of Cruise crossed paths with Kana on that show, with Cruise taking the loss at Shinjuku FACE. But Cruise has managed to bounce back since that loss with singles victories over Shuu Shibutani and Sawako Shimono. Cruise is currently involved in the ongoing 2014 Dual Shock WAVE tournament as she is partnered up with Moeka Haruchi. Known as “Merazoma,” Cruise and Haruchi managed to make it past the first round, defeating Cherry and Shibutani(Classic Gals), but picked up a loss against Tsukasa Fujimoto and Mio Shirai in the quarter finals on Wednesday.

The footage sees Cruise taking on one-half of the SHIMMER Tag Team Champions in Tomoka Nakagawa back on September 7th at Shinkiba 1st RING. Cruise’s first trip over to the country will see her current stay last three months, missing the back-to-back cards for AIW’s Girls Night Out and the upcoming SHIMMER 67-70 tapings. Following her departure, Nakagawa will be wrapping up her ten-year career with her final show scheduled for December 4th. Feel free to comment with your thoughts on Cruise’s arrival in Japan.

Photography courtesy of WAVE

Ringbelles Roundup (19 August 2014) – Bayley’s Hug Life, Courtney Rush’s biggest win, news & more

Bayley WWEBayley officially became the number one contender for the NXT Women’s Championship on last Thursday’s programme when she defeated Sasha Banks by reversing the Just Facelock into a pin, playing on the last match involving the pair where Bayley was forced to tap out to that move. Charlotte came out at the end to raise Bayley’s hand, but the challenger doesn’t trust her because of their history, as Charlotte attacked Bayley to join the Beautiful Fierce Females last November, ending their friendship in the process.

Essentially, the high profile contest between the NXT Women’s titleholder and happy-go-lucky doe-eyed fangirl has been on the cards since then, and they will face each other at the Takeover 2 live show in three weeks. They have been wrestling each other on recent NXT house shows in preparation, which is probably necessary to make sure that Charlotte capitalises on the high praise she received for her match against Natalya back in May. Things are a little different this time as while Bayley has six years of experience, it’s still less than Natalya and could mean for a more awkward affair if everyone isn’t on the same page. Considering how many times they are wrestling on house shows – four times in the last month – and how much work they are presumably putting in at the Performance Center, things should be fine.

The match itself is a curious one. Bayley has really taken off among the fans who visit NXT’s TV tapings. With wacky waving inflatable arm flailing tube men, bright colours and happy music, she is infectiously fun and taps into the same sort of awe and excitement that fans get around wrestlers from time to time. She has been known to offer hugs to wrestlers – so much so that fans chant “Bayley’s gonna hug you” during her matches and her finish known as the Belly-to-Bayley is more amusingly titled the Hugplex… which it is, when you think about it.

AJ Lee was described as being outside what was considered the template for what a WWE Diva should be. Paige’s early gimmick was to be outside the mould by calling herself the Anti-Diva. However, they are still more Diva-esque than Bayley – and like AJ and Paige, it doesn’t matter to the fans at Full Sail University, who have wholly embraced her kooky, naïve nature – though that naivety has been slightly eroded by Charlotte’s betrayal and her feud with the BFFs, which Charlotte Bayley WWEyou could argue she “won” considering the stable split up. It’s almost as if they’re fed up of what they’re being told what a woman should be and are happy for the diversity which is slowly emerging – and if the chips fall a certain way, she could be NXT’s third Women’s Champion.

The possibility of this happening may be higher than you may think as there is talk of fast-tracking Charlotte to the main roster sooner rather than later. Should that happen, she would have to drop the title, as Paige vacated the belt when she graduated up so having both champions vacating the title doesn’t help with the title’s momentum. Besides, having Bayley as champion will be a great feel-good moment and will set the table for defences against Sasha Banks, who is probably next in line to get the championship.

Not bad for a woman who before signing for WWE was an entertaining wrestler, but was lacking a real character. Now she’s brimming with it, and is a prime example of what the company’s Performance Center can do.

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Courtney Rush Karen BroadwayCourtney Rush’s quest to become NCW Femmes Fatales International Champion has been more than a year in the making, and was not killed off due to her suffering a broken collarbone at a very inopportune time.

Rush’ run towards the title came about because of Kalamity taking a sudden absence from wrestling, and saw her slotted into the number one contenders’ match at Femmes Fatales XII last June, though the match ended in an inconclusive fashion when both women were disqualified. The pair were meant to clash again at the following show but Courtney suffered the aforementioned broken bone, removing her from the contest. Rush was to be replaced by Xandra Bale, but the Suicide Blonde broke her fibula, ruling her out and seeing Melissa eventually put into the main event tag team match, meaning that the original rematch could still take place at Femmes Fatales XIV under Iron Woman Match rules.

That contest also ended without a clear winner as the 30 minute time limit expired with each wrestler boasting one decision over the other, so both were inserted into a 4-way match for the championship at Saturday’s Femmes Fatales XV, which also incorporated LuFisto and titleholder Mercedes Martinez.

Rush ended up winning the title by making the champion tap out to the Sharpshooter, proving the 30-year old with her highest-profile title win to date, and also means that she has challengers ready-made. For example, there is still the threat of Cheerleader Melissa who was eliminated at the same time as LuFisto due to a double pin, which means that Rush is yet to secure a decisive victory over her rival. A win over her would solidify her title reign and really catapult her into a true main event status.

The title change also ushers a new era for the promotion, as Martinez had held the belt for 504 days – though not a record, as Kalamity’s run with the title checked out at 539 – so it freshens up the possibilities for title matches and feuds. It is also the first time that the title has been held by a wrestler who is neither a Quebec native or a a well-established veteran. Rush’s reign gives her an opportunity to elevate herself from perennial challenger to bona-fide championship material, and could see that perception carried over into other promotions – and it’s something that Femmes Fatales can boast about down the line.

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Elsewhere on the site, we’ve got a review of the Alternative Wrestling Show’s 4th Women’s Tournament which took place back in May, and we also have a big apuestas match from CMLL with hair and masks on the line.

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WWE
Paige WWEPaige repeated her actions from last week’s Raw on SmackDown when she came out during AJ Lee’s match against Eva Marie, causing AJ to jump out of the ring and attacking her rival, causing her to be counted out… At SummerSlam, Paige pinned AJ with the RamPaige to win the Divas Championship on her 22nd birthday. Meanwhile, Stephanie McMahon defeated Brie Bella after Brie’s twin sister Nikki turned on her… Both storylines continued on Raw when Stephanie stood by the side of Nikki, who said that she turned because Brie was always treated more favourably, and never mentioned how she was the one who took the brunt of the abuse when Brie quit in June. Brie came out to confront her sister and was slapped, causing her to leave the ring in tears. Nikki’s promo was overacted, but was nowhere near as bad as Brie trying to look upset – and why WWE is going with a soap opera backstory instead of dealing in the reality which we’ve seen is such a head scratcher. Elsewhere, AJ did the distraction job during Paige’s match with Natalya, causing her to be pinned by the Queen of Harts. AJ came in claiming that she wanted to give Paige a hug but the new champion scooted up the aisleway… Emma took a nasty spill to the floor during her match with Alicia Fox on SuperStars last week. It was from the move where Fox holds her victim in a pavement slam position and them dumps them through the second rope to the outside. Emma came up clutching her shoulder – which required surgery a few years ago because of repeated dislocations – but finished the match without a problem, beating Alicia with the Emma Lock… Former WWE developmental Diva Anna Bogomazova (AKA Anya) is considering taking legal action against the company for releasing her while recovering from surgery for a broken arm… The Bella Twins were asked by the LA Sports Times who they would like to induct them into the WWE Hall of Fame if they ever received the honour. Brie chose Natalya, while Nikki went for her other half, John Cena. Summer Rae chose Stephanie McMahon… Speaking of Stephanie, she has two t-shirts out – one of which you saw on Raw last night which trolls Daniel Bryan’s Yes shirt – but she has said that the profits will go towards a charity she and husband Triple H set up in the memory of Connor Michalek, who died from brain cancer at the age of 8… Sasha Banks did an interview WWE.com saying that she’s glad to be rid of her former BFF teammates Charlotte and Summer Rae.

TNA
Gail Kim defeated Taryn Terrell, Velvet Sky and Angelina Love to retain the Knockouts Championship on last week’s Impact Wrestling. The continued growing dissension within the Beautiful People was furthered during the match. That reunion has been a huge flop… Former WWE employee Matt Sydal (Evan Bourne) talked about Terrell’s early days of training during a Kayfabe Commentaries interview, mentioning that she had so little knowledge about wrestling that she went for a cover once when her opponent was lying on their stomach… The female applicants who made it to the match stage of British Boot Camp received good praise from judges Al Snow, Gail Kim and Samoa Joe on Saturday.

North America
East Coast Wrestling Association is to hold a tournament on October 11 to determine a new Women’s Champion after Renee Michelle and Jessie Kaye went to a double pin earlier this month, causing the title to be held up. They will both be in the tournament along with Jenny Rose, Heidi LovelaceAnnie Social, Tessa Blanchard and Chasity Taylor… Heidi Lovelace became the first woman to win an AAW singles championship on Friday night when she defeated Matt Cage to win the promotion’s Heritage Title… SHINE has released the rest of the card for Friday’s SHINE 21 iPPV, which is being described as Havok’s Last Stand, as Jessicka Havok will face Allysin Kay one last time with stipulations which are yet to be announced. Elsewhere, Taylor Made takes on La Rosa Negra, Thunderkitty wrestles Justine Silver, and Heidi Lovelace & Solo Darling battle Marti Belle & Jayme Jameson… The Kimber Bombs beat Vanessa Kraven and LuFisto on SMASH Wrestling’s show at the weekend and continued their attack after the bell, causing Kraven and LuFisto’s Team Canada members for September 21’s CanUSA Classic – Jewells Malone, Xandra Bale and Courtney Rush to hit the ring to make the save. It was also announced that Amazing Kong is the captain of Team USA, leading Kimber Lee, Cherry Bomb, Veda Scott and Allysin Kay… Tessa Blanchard will compete at Valkyrie Women’s Wrestling’s show on October 24… Hudson Envy will make her NCW Femmes Fatales debut on October 26 for Femmes Fatales XVI.

Japan
Melanie Cruise is travelling to Japan this week to work with Pro Wrestling WAVE. Booker GAMI says she will be there for three months, so that rules her out of the the next SHIMMER tapings… Ice Ribbon held its eighth Teens event in Tokyo on Thursday. Rabbit Miu (18) & Tsukushi (16) defeated Risa Sera (22) & Takumi Iroha (21) in the main event… Speaking of Rabbit Miu, she won the JWP Jr and POP Championships for a second time on Sunday, defeating Sareee. Elsewhere, Sachie Abe retired from wrestling after 18 years of competition following a series of matches, ending with KAZUKI defeating her… Carlos Amano has retired due to a brain stem injury. She’s had to stop immediately, so she has already wrestled her final match. The 38-year old’s last contest was on May 11’s OZ Academy show – she and Manami Toyota lost to Dynamite Kansai & Kaori Yoneyama. The 19-year veteran’s first title was back in 2000 when she and Command Bolshoi snared the JWP Tag Team Championship, and she has won two OZ Academy Openweight titles between 2008 and 2010… The cards for Stardom’s 2014 5*STAR Grand Prix have been announced, with shows throughout September. You can see the listings here.

Europe
Fierce Females has announced another show, which will take place on October 26. It’s a charity show with the proceeds going to Cancer Research UK… Kimber Lee will face Kay Lee Ray at Southside Wrestling on October 11 as part of the Combat Zone Wrestling collaboration taking place that weekend. Kay Lee Ray will defend the Southside Wrestling Speed King Championship against five opponents on October 12 in what will be Europe’s first ever Aerial Assault match… Speaking out Southside, they welcome Candice LeRae and Joey Ryan on September 19 in Sheffield in what will be their first UK appearances… Allysin Kay has been announced for Bellatrix X, which will take place on September 28. No opponent has been revealed yet… Kerry Cabrero & Bacardi won a mixed tag team tournament held by UK Main Event Wrestling on Saturday.

Mexico
Canada’s Taya Valkyrie became the first non-Mexican to win the AAA Reina de Reinas Championship on Sunday when she defeated Faby Apache at TripleMania XXII, breaking her nose in two places in the process. She later revealed that her next goal is to get the hair of both Apache and Jennifer Blake.

Australia & New Zealand
Izzy Shaw v Savannah Summers v Harley Wonderland takes place at Riot City Wrestling on Saturday to determine the next challenger for Demi Bennett’s Women’s Championship.

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Results

August 13: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Kurumi & Tsukushi b Akane Fujita & Miyako Matsumoto; Tsukasa Fujimoto b Koyuki Hayashi; Maki Narumiya b Rina Yamashita; Rabbit Miu & Tsukushi b Kyuri & Risa Sera

August 13: Rockstar Pro (Dayton, OH) – Crazy Mary Dobson b Heidi Lovelace

August 14: Ice Ribbon Teens (Tokyo, Japan) – Mai Ichii v Sakura Tsubaki went to a time limit draw; Cherry, Meari Naito & Sachie Abe b 235, Akane Fujita & Yako Fujigasaki; Kaho Kobayashi & Tsukushi Risa Sera Youji KawauchiRydeen Hagane b Kyuri & Natsu Sumire; Fairy Nihonbashi, Manami Kanda & Yume Hayashi b Koharu Hinata, Koyuki Hayashi & Tsukushi; Koguma & Kurumi b Sareee & Yuuka; Rabbit Miu & Tsukushi b Risa Sera & Takumi Iroha

August 14: WWE Superstars (Portland, OR) – Emma b Alicia Fox

August 14: WWE NXT (Winter Park, FL) – Bayley b Sasha Banks

August 14: TNA Impact Wrestling (New York, NY) – Gail Kim b Taryn Terrell, Angelina Love & Velvet Sky in a 4-way

August 14: Fighting Back With Cancer (Ottawa, ON, Canada) – Angie Skye b Eve & Kira in a 3-way

August 15: WWE SmackDown (Seattle, WA) – Eva Marie b AJ lee via count-out

August 15: Real Canadian Wrestling (Edmonton, AB, Canada) – Skarlet b Melissa Coates

August 15: AAW (Berwyn, IL) – Heidi Lovelace b Matt Cage to win the AAW Heritage Championship

August 15: TNA (Indiana, PA) – Madison Rayne b Angelina Love

August 16: Ice Ribbon (Warabi, Japan) – Hamuko Hoshi v Akiba Shiori went to a time limit draw; Kurumi & Kyuri b Cherry & Akane Fujita; Risa Sera b Yuka; Tsukasa Fujimoto & Tsukushi b Maki Narumiya & Rina Yamashita

August 16: Europe Catch Tour Association (Oye-Plage, France) – Lady Lory b Emilie Sauvage

August 16: Futureshock Wrestling (Stockport, England) – Danni Hunter b April Davids & Lana Austin in a 3-way

August 16: UK Main Event Wrestling (Maidstone, England) – Bacardi & Kerry Cabrero b Sakura Lily & Furio; Faith Lehaine & Crazy Billy Duffy b Joel Lightning & Nadia Sapphire; The Phantom & Felony b Dow Jones & Marcella; Doug Williams & Jenna b Joseph Conners & Violet Vendetta; Kerry Cabrero & Bacardi b Crazy Billy Duffy & Faith Lehaine; Doug Williams & Jenna b The Phantom & Felony via DQ; Kerry Cabrero & Bacardi b Doug Williams & Jenna

August 16: NCW Femmes Fatales XV (Montreal, QC, Canada) – Kimber Lee b Missy; Kira & Mary Lee Rose b Addy Starr & Kaitlin Diemond; Vanessa Kraven b Sassy Stephie; Portia Perez b Angie Skye, Diana Hall, Mistress Belmont, Veda Scott & Xandra Bale in a Gauntlet Match; Sweet Cherrie b KC Spinelli; Courtney Rush b Cheerleader Melissa, LuFisto & Mercedes Martinez in a 4-way to win the NCW: Femmes Fatales International Championship

August 16: I Believe In Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Brittany, Jason Cade & Sweet Thang Willie b Chasyn Rance, Josh Hess & Oso Panda

August 16: Premier Wrestling Xperience (Hickory, NC) – Tessa Blanchard b Rachel

August 16: TNA (Washington, PA) – Madison Rayne b Velvet Sky

August 16: Vendetta Pro Wrestling (Simi Valley, CA) – Raze b Sage Sin Supreme

August 16: Conflict Wrestling (Kitchener, ON, Canada) – Jewells Malone b Aiden Rayne

August 16: WWE (San Jose, CA) – Layla & Natalya b Paige & Rosa Mendes

August 16: NWA Branded Outlaw Wrestling (San Antonio, TX) – Barbi Hayden v Jessica James

August 17: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – Raideen Hagane, Yako Fujigasaki & Yua Hayashi b Fairy Nipponbashi, Rina Yamashita & Sumire Natsu; Rabbit Miyu b Sareee to win the JWP Junior & POP Championships; Kayoko Haruyama, Leon & Hanako Nakamori b Arisa Nakajima, Meiko Satomura & Kana; Command Bolshoi & Kyoko Kimura b KAORU & Mima Shimoda; Jaguar Yokota & Megumi Yabushita b Sachie Abe & KAZUKI; Jaguar Yokota & Megumi Yabushita b Sachie Abe & KAZUKI; KAZUKI b Sachie Abe

August 17: OZ Academy (Tokyo, Japan) – Manami Toyota b Kyusei Sakura Hirota; AKINO b Kaho Kobayashi; Yumi Ohka, Mio Shirai & Kyoko Kimura b Hiroyo Matsumoto, Kagetsu & Hikaru Shida; Tomoka Nakagawa b Mayumi Ozaki; Aja Kong & Tsubasa Kuragaki b Kaori Yoneyama & Dynamite Kansai

August 17: Stardom (Sendai, Japan) – Azumi b Maaya; Kaori Yoneyama b Hatuhinode Kamen & Alpha Female in a 3-way; Miho Wakizawa b Reo Hazuki; Takumi Iroha b Kris Wolf; Io Shirai, Mayu Iwatani & Yoshiko b Kairi Hojo, Koguma & Nanae Takahashi

August 17: Insane Championship Wrestling (Edinburgh, Scotland) – Carmel Jacob & Sara b Leah & Kasey Owens

Kimber Lee LuFisto TabercilAugust 17: HXC Wrestling (Manchester, England) – Sam Bailey & Lana Austin b Mikey Whiplash & Violet Vendetta

August 17: SMASH Wrestling (Toronto, ON, Canada) – Cherry Bomb & Kimber Lee b LuFisto & Vanessa Kraven

August 17: I Believe In Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Brittany & Chasyn Rance b Ashleigh Lynn Ford & Joey Mayberry; Cherry Lane & Mike Reed b Lizzie Parris & Gabriel Black,; Brittany & Chasyn Rance b Cherry Layne & Mike Reed

August 17: Wrestling For Charity (Redwood City, CA) – Kikyo Nakamura b Jack Flag

August 17: AAA TripleMania XXII (Mexico City, Mexico) – Aerostar, Jennifer Blake, Mascarita Sagrada & Pimpinela Escarlata b Mamba, Mini Abismo Negro, Sexy Star & Súper Fly; Taya Valkyrie b Faby Apache to win the Reina de Reinas Championship

August 17: CMLL (Guadalajara, Mexico) – Zeuxis b Lluvia

August 17: WWE SummerSlam (Los Angeles, CA) – Paige b AJ Lee to win the Divas Championship; Stephanie McMahon b Brie Bella

August 18: WWE Raw (Las Vegas, NV) – Natalya b Paige

August 18: CMLL (Puebla, Mexico) – Estrellita, Goya Kong & Lluvia b Amapola, La Seductora & Tiffany

Upcoming

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

August 22: SHINE 21 (Ybor City, FL) – Leah Von Dutch v Amazong Kong v Nevaeh v Su Yung; Ivelisse Velez v TBA; Malia Hosaka & Brandi Wine v Leva Bates & Mia Yim; Kimber Lee & Cherry Bomb v Jessie Belle Smothers & Sassy Stephie; Jessicka Havok v Allysin Kay; Taylor Made v La Rosa Negra; Thunderkitty v Justine Silver; Heidi Lovelace & Solo Darling v Marti Belle & Jayme Jameson

August 23: Riot City Wrestling (Wayville, Australia) – Izzy Shaw v Savannah Summers v Harley Wonderland

August 24: RESISTANCE Pro (Willowbrook, IL) – Paloma Starr v D’Arcy Dixon v Angel Dust v Lucy Mendez

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

August 29: Shropshire Wrestling Alliance (Dawley, England) – Pete Dunne & Ryan Smile v Chris Brookes & Nixon Newell

August 29: British Championship Wrestling (Kilmarnock, Scotland) – Liam Thomson & Carmel Jacob v Grado & Kay Lee Ray

August 30: Impact Pro Wrestling (Auckland, New Zealand) – Britenay v Evie

August 30: Svensk Wrestling Syd (Malmo, Sweden) – Miss Mina v Penelope

August 31: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland) – Sammii Jayne v Nixon Newell; Layla Rose v Miss Cole; Kay Lee Ray v April Davids; Nikki Storm & TBA v Carmel Jacob & Sara; Viper v Lana Austin

September 5: Pro Wrestling 4U (Newcastle-Under-Lyme, England) – Pollyanna Peppers v Nixon Newell

Sassy Stephie Pink Flash KiraSeptember 6: Tidal Wrestling (Darlington, England) – Ruby Summers v TBA

September 6: North Shore Pro Wrestling (Montreal, QC, Canada) – Sassy Stephie v Pink Flash Kira

September 7: Stardom (Tokyo, Japan) – Star Fire v Io Shirai; Nanae Takahashi v Cheerleader Melissa; Kairi Hojo v Kaori Yoneyama; Koguma v Yoshiko; Takumi Iroha v Kyoko Kimura; Mayu Iwatani v DASH Chisako

September 11: WWE NXT Takeover 2 (Winter Park, FL) – Charlotte v Bayley

September 12: Target Wrestling (Carlisle, England) – Kay Lee Ray v Kasey Owens

September 13: Stardom (Tokyo, Japan) – Takumi Iroha v Koguma; Kyoko Kimura v Mayu Iwatani; Yoshiko v DASH Chisako; Cheerleader Melissa v Kairi Hojo; Star Fire v Nanae Takahashi; Io Shirai v Kaori Yoneyama

September 13: UK Wrestling (Wakefield, England) – Heidi Katrina v Shanna

September 13: Women Superstars Uncensored (Voorhees, NJ)

September 15: Stardom (Osaka, Japan) – Kairi Hojo v Io Shirai; Cheerleader Melissa v Star Fire; Kaori Yoneyama v Nanae Takahashi; Kyoko Kimura v Yoshiko; DASH Chisako v Koguma; Mayu Iatani v Takumi Iroha

September 20: Pride Wrestling (Glasgow, Scotland) – DCT & Viper v Mr Byers & Fiona Fraser

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

September 21: SMASH Wrestling CANUSA Classic (Toronto, ON, Canada)

September 23: Stardom (Tokyo, Japan) – Kaori Yoneyama v Cheerleader Melissa; Io Shirai v Nanae Takahashi; Star Fire v Kairi Hojo; Koguma v Mayu Iwatani; Kyoko Kimura v DASH Chisako; Yoshiko v Takumi Iroha

September 26: Lucky Pro Wrestling (Hudson, MA) – Nikki Valentine v Davienne

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

Ivelisse Velez Candice LeRaeOctober 3: Family Wrestling Entertainment (Brooklyn, NY) – Ivelisse Velez & Tommy Dreamer v Candice LeRae & Joey Ryan; Hania v Veda Scott

October 4: Warzone Wrestling (Berwick, Australia) – Toni Storm v Savannah Summers

October 4: Empress Pro (High Wycombe, England) – Addy Starr v Pollyanna Peppers

October 4: Family Wrestling Entertainment (Brooklyn, NY) – Maria Kanellis v Ivelisse Velez; Candice LeRae & TBA v Veda Scott & Christina Von Eerie

October 8: Tidal Wrestling (Leeds, England) – Violet O’Hara v Kimber Lee

October 11: Southside Wrestling (Nottingham, England) – Kay Lee Ray v Kimber Lee

October 11: East Coast Wrestling Association Women’s Championship tournament (Carneys Point, NJ)

October 12: Southside Wrestling (St Neots, England) – Kimber Lee & Drew Gulak v Jim & Lee Hunter; Kay Lee Ray v El Ligero v Will Ospreay v Mark Andrews v Rich Swann v Shane Strickland

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

October 24: Valkyrie Women’s Wrestling (Brooklyn, NY) – Sumie Sakai v Kacee Carlisle

October 25: NCW Femmes Fatales XVI (Montreal, QC, Canada)

October 26: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland)

November 1: Flemish Wrestling Force (Limsburg, Belgium) – Leah Von Dutch v Katey Harvey

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

November 23: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland)

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Melanie Cruise is heading to Japan

Melanie Cruise Ichiban DrunkMelanie Cruise has been making huge strides over the last 18 months, and that isn’t a pun because of her lofty 6 foot tall frame. It was around a year ago that we interviewed the Chicago, IL native about how she seemed to have gotten to grips with working as a taller wrestler – as she admitted that she regularly faces men who are the same size or larger as her so when she faces women she had difficulty adjusting to being the bigger competitor – and she has also harnessed the ability to work comedy as well as being the tough bruiser.

Take the April SHIMMER tapings, for instance. On the first day, the 27-year old worked a 3-way with Nikki Storm and Kay Lee Ray where she played the straight act for Nikki’s antics in a contest which was described by us as “immense fun”. Cruise worked against Yumi Ohka the next day and she demonstrated that she has a knack of working with hard-hitting joshis, demonstrated in the past with her contests against Hiroyo Matsumoto and Ayako Hamada. So impressed were we at Cruise’s development that we picked her out as being a good candidate for a female roster for the impending Global Force Wrestling, and it seems that she has impressed others too.

Last week, Pro Wrestling WAVE booker GAMI announced that a “tall gaijin” would be part of the promotion’s 7th anniversary show on August 24. Yesterday it was revealed that said wrestler would be Melanie Cruise, who must have ticked the right boxes in her match against Ohka in April. It was also confirmed to us by Cruise that she will be staying in Japan for three months, so that will likely mean that she will factor into quite a lot of WAVE’s shows – and they run quite a lot, so she may be receiving some considerable ring time. Cruise may work the roster in the same way that Alpha Female did for WAVE’s rivals Stardom, considering they are the same height, though Cruise is leaner and more agile while Alpha is more muscular.

This trip also means that Melanie will not be part of the SHIMMER tapings this October, though her experience level will likely have received a considerable boost should she return for the spring 2015 shows.

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SHIMMER volumes 65-66 live results

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We’re back for a second day of DVD tapings for SHIMMER, with questions being raised about LuFisto‘s current intentions. After being denied another chance at the SHIMMER title in the near future while Cheerleader Melissa still holds the belt, she came out to try to help Yumi Ohka win the strap in the main event of volume 64, but was rebuffed for her actions. The pair came to blows after Melissa retained the championship, leading to LuFisto and Ohka meeting as part of the volume 65 card today.

Elsewhere, Melissa defends the title against Mia Yim following Yim’s wins over Hikaru Shida and Mercedes Martinez, while Shida and Martinez will face off in a first-time ever match. Following her walking out of their tag team match yesterday, Veda Scott will wrestle Leva Bates in a rematch from volume 62, but with more hostile feelings abound.

Meanwhile in tag team action, Kimber Lee and Cherry Bomb square off against Ray and Leon, while Kellie Skater and Tomoka Nakagawa defend the Tag Team Championship against Saraya Knight and Rhia O’Reilly.

As with yesterday, we will have ongoing results after the jump courtesy of the Twitters of Reid Allen and Dave Muscarella, so keep refreshing to get the updates as they happen. Continue reading “SHIMMER volumes 65-66 live results”

SHIMMER volumes 63-64 live results

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The bumper weekend of DVD tapings that is SHIMMER is upon us with more than 30 of the world’s top female talent descending on the Eagles Club in Berwyn, IL for what will be around 40 matches over the next two days.

Following the controversial ending of SHIMMER 62 last week in New Orleans, LA, LuFisto will team up with tag partner Kana to take on Mercedes Martinez and SHIMMER Champion Cheerleader Melissa, looking to get some revenge following her loss in her title challenge, and to possibly secure another crack at the championship at some point over the weekend.

Elsewhere, we may see friction within the Canadian Ninjas following Nicole Matthews‘ decision to team with Madison Eagles to unsuccessfully challenge the Global Green Gangsters for the Tag Team Championship last week – a move which raised the hackles of Portia Perez, who tweeted her displeasure at the development.

You can read more about what we could see over the next four DVD tapings by looking at this week’s Roundup, but we will also be bringing you live results courtesy of the Twitters of Reid Allen and Dave Muscarella, who we thank for their constant great work in getting the word out to the rest of us – and Stew will be back after the tapings for some in-depth thoughts. Click the jump to see the results – and keep hitting refresh to make sure you’re up to date. Continue reading “SHIMMER volumes 63-64 live results”