Femmes Fatales XV Live Results: Courtney Rush wins NCW:FF Championship

main-pubFFXVTonight at the Centre LGH in Montreal, NCW:Femmes Fatales presents ‘Femme Fatales XV’ – headlined by an all-star four way elimination match for the Femmes Fatales International Championship between champion Mercedes Martinez and challengers LuFisto, Cheerleader Melissa and Courtney Rush. We’ve already run down the card, match-by-match, earlier this week – and tonight we’ll be bringing you live updates from the show.

1. Kimber Lee pinned Missy following the Kimtasm
-. There was a drawing for the entry order for the Gauntlet Match. The first two announced were Mistress Belmont and Angie Skye. Portia Perez shoved Belmont onto Skye and behind the promoter Stephane Bruyere’s back, she changed her entry number for the Gauntlet.
2. Mary Lee Rose & Pink Flash Kira beat Addy Starr & Kaitlin Diemond when Rose pinned Starr with a Shimmering Warlock.
-. After the match, Diemond beat up Starr really badly
3. Vanessa Kraven pinned Sassy Stephie (w/ Mademoiselle Rachelle) with a sitout powerbomb
4. Gauntlet Match: Portia Perez won the match over Angie Skye, Diana Hall, Veda Scott, Mistress Belmont and Xandra Bale
-. Order of elimination: Diana Hall eliminated by Angie Skye; Veda Scott eliminated by Angie Skye; Mistress Belmont eliminated by Angie Skye; Angie Skye eliminated by Xandra Bale after Portia Perez superkicked her; Xandra Bale was eliminated by Portia Perez who had her feet on the ropes and held the tights after rolling through on a Bale top rope cross body.
5. Sweet Cherrie pinned Kc Spinelli with her Stunner
6. Femmes Fatales International Title/4 Way: Courtney Rush defeated Mercedes Martinez (c), LuFisto & Cheerleader MelissaNEW CHAMPION
– Order of Elimination: LuFisto and Cheerleader Melissa both eliminated via double pinfall after LuFisto hit Melissa with a bridging Tiger Suplex; Martinez eliminated by Rush via Sharpshooter submission

Credit for results to the handsome and talented Pat Laprade. His book “Mad Dogs, Midgets and Screwjobs” is available wherever fine books are sold. Buy one. Buy two for luck. Also available digitally.

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This Weekend: Femmes Fatales XV features all-star title four way

This weekend, NCW:Femmes Fatales returns to action with ‘Femmes Fatales XV’, the second FF show in a row to feature a fatal four way for the NCW:FF International Championship – but while Femmes Fatales XIV back in April saw three unheralded ‘first time challengers’ take a tilt at Mercedes Martinez‘ championship belt underneath a main event of Cheerleader Melissa vs Courtney Rush, this time the championship is back front and centre with a four way between Mercedes Martinez, Cheerleader Melissa, Courtney Rush and local favourite LuFisto.

4 Way Main

This one is very much likely to be the best match on the show – the sheer density of talent in one place would suggest that it’s a match that will be very difficult to see go wrong – and with the four way at Femmes Fatales XIV establishing that this match will also be completed under elimination rules, we’re looking at seeing three of the four competitors in the match being defeated/eliminated before we can declare a winner. Certainly, it’s been pretty much impossible to even slide a cigarette paper between Courtney Rush and Cheerleader Melissa in Montreal of late, with the two going to a Double DQ at Femmes Fatales XII and then drawing 1-1 in a 30-minute iron woman match at FFXIV. In fact, the draw result last time out was ensured by Champion Mercedes Martinez, but rather than eliminate them both from contention, they both ended up getting this shot, along with LuFisto, who was also involved in the post match brawl.

Underneath the main event, there’s a six woman match for an “open contract”, which will give the winner an opportunity to book a match against any opponent or with any stipulation.

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The six competitors – Portia Perez, Angie Skye, Diana Hall, Veda Scott, Mistress Belmont and Xandra Bale – will draw numbers between 1 and 6, with numbers 1 & 2 starting in the ring. Once a decision takes place, the wrestler who drew number 3 will enter, with a one on one format continuing until everybody but one has been eliminated. The last remaining competitor will receive the right to the match of her dreams – or at least that’s our understanding of the match. NCW:FF management have promised the possibilities of some twists too. So we’ll see… there are possible big rewards in this one, and with a six woman field with no obvious favourites, this one is definitely one to watch.

Next up is a match between two rising stars – Missy, who has stepped up massively on the last couple of Femmes Fatales shows and really begun to show herself as one of Quebec’s more talented youngsters, will get a great opportunity to be in the ring with (and possibly defeat) Kimber Lee!

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After two really solid performances in the singles ranks (a loss to Sassy Stephie at Femmes Fatales XII and a win over Niya Barela at Femmes Fatales XIII), Missy was entered into the championship four way at the last show, and although she came up short, it was not by much – as she outlasted both Angie Skye and Leah Von Dutch en route to being last eliminated by Mercedes Martinez. As an opportunity to get back on winning ways, Kimber Lee is anything but an easy option – although it is worth noting that Kim is yet to manage a win in Femmes Fatales competition, losing to LuFisto at Femmes Fatales XII and in a tag match at Femmes Fatales XIII. This one has all the hallmarks of a show stealer.

Revenge is the order of the day in the next match, as Mademoiselle Rachelle has vowed that she will have her revenge against Vanessa Kraven. Rachelle won’t be stepping foot in the ring though (at least legally), as she has charged Sassy Stephie with defeating “The Mountain”

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Vanessa Kraven was the mystery secret weapon for ‘Team Mary Lee Rose’ at Femmes Fatales XIV, assisting Mary Lee Rose and Pink Flash Kira to victory over Rachelle’s team of Stephie, Jody D’Milo and Anna Minoushka… even spearing Rachelle after the match. Embarrassed and hurt by this, Rachelle is using her most trusted deputy in her quest for revenge. Can Stephie get the job done or will Rachelle end up on the wrong end of Kraven again?

The last two matches feature returns to the promotion of Canadian talents who haven’t been around in some time, such as Kc Spinelli‘s return (for the first time since Femmes Fatales IX) against local hero Sweet Cherrie

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… and making her first appearance since the inaugural Femmes Fatales show in 2009, the “Queen of Crazy” Addy Starr returns as part of a Quebec vs Ontario tag team match…

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Ontarian Starr will team with fellow Ontario Top Team member Kaitlin Diemond to take on the popular Quebec duo of Mary Lee Rose and Pink Flash Kira.

To be part of the show, you want to be able to get yourself to the Centre LGH in Montreal on Saturday evening. Doors open at 18:30 for VIP ticket holders and 19:00 for general admission with the first bell scheduled for 19:45. The Centre LGH is at 10015 Avenue des Bruxelles, Montreal, H1H 4R1. Tickets are available at the door or by pre-order by sending $27 for VIP or $17 for regular via paypal to payment@ncw.qc.ca. If you can’t be there in person, we’ll have live results on the site this Saturday night.

WOW Podcast #71 with Mia Yim

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Episode 71 with Mia Yim

“You guys should have Mia Yim on your Podcast” is something we’ve heard for what seems like years. Well, we finally got around to asking her – and we’re pretty confident that you’ll find it was worth the wait. A monster of an interview, clocking in at over 100 minutes, touching on pretty much every aspect of her career to date from her initial training and inspirations to get involved in the business right up to her challenge this weekend for Barbi Hayden‘s NWA World Women’s Championship at Inspire Pro Wrestling in Texas. Subjects up for discussion include… Mia’s history of being bullied at school and how pro-wrestling helped her self confidence – and how her own debut match in 2009 inspired someone else to completely turn their life around, her training in Virginia, followed by joining both the ROH and CZW training schools, her gear, feuding with Greg Excellent in CZW – leading to the big TLC blow-off (and generally about just how underrated Greg Excellent really is). We touch on DJ Hyde and the mini controversy over his “BJ Club” comments at WSU a couple of weekends ago. We discuss the most influential voice in Mia’s early years, getting to go to Japan really early in her career (and being considered one of the “big” girls in Japan), wrestling Manami Toyota, and which Joshi stars she feels she works best with. We talk her knee injury earlier this year and how it played into her SHIMMER weekend in April, and how she changed her style to compensate. We discuss adjusting her style in general, working smarter in the ring and the major part Mercedes Martinez has to play in mentoring that. Obviously the Lucha Sisters and her time in SHINE is up for much happy discussion, including Leva‘s cosplay ideas and how they felt winning the first ever SHINE Tag Titles. We talk Mia’s infamous feud with Allysin Kay in AIW, from the nose-breakery to the crazy steel cage match, working in TNA for two consecutive Knockouts Knockdown PPVs, and Mia’s wacky road trip story involves one Robert Evans! Enjoy!

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Volcano Girls’ 10 year anniversary

volcano girlsIWA Mid-South is working on cultivating a new women’s division involving the likes of Angelus Layne, Heidi Lovelace, Jordynne Grace, Mickie Knuckles, Thunderkitty, Randi West and more, though today is the tenth anniversary of what was arguably the peak of the promotion’s original stab at it.

Emanating from Hammond, IN on May 30, 2004, Volcano Girls featured a tournament to crown the first ever NWA Midwest/IWA Mid-South Women’s Champion and was won by Lacey. It was also the blueprint for SHIMMER: Women Athletes which kicked off last year when the booker of the women’s division Dave Prazak and IWA Mid-South promoter Ian Rotten had a falling out. At this point though, their relationship was pretty healthy and culminated in this celebrated show.

Prazak wrote a post about it on the SHIMMER Forum – here are a few excerpts: Continue reading “Volcano Girls’ 10 year anniversary”

Volcano Girls' 10 year anniversary

volcano girlsIWA Mid-South is working on cultivating a new women’s division involving the likes of Angelus Layne, Heidi Lovelace, Jordynne Grace, Mickie Knuckles, Thunderkitty, Randi West and more, though today is the tenth anniversary of what was arguably the peak of the promotion’s original stab at it.

Emanating from Hammond, IN on May 30, 2004, Volcano Girls featured a tournament to crown the first ever NWA Midwest/IWA Mid-South Women’s Champion and was won by Lacey. It was also the blueprint for SHIMMER: Women Athletes which kicked off last year when the booker of the women’s division Dave Prazak and IWA Mid-South promoter Ian Rotten had a falling out. At this point though, their relationship was pretty healthy and culminated in this celebrated show.

Prazak wrote a post about it on the SHIMMER Forum – here are a few excerpts: Continue reading “Volcano Girls' 10 year anniversary”

Ringbelles Roundup (27 May 2014) – WWE Diva booking, wrestlers venturing into MMA & more

Alicia Fox WWEWWE really is baffling sometimes.

In order to build up to Paige’s Divas Championship defence against Alicia Fox this Sunday at Payback, Fox was booked to lose clean to Emma on last night’s Raw. After the match, Alicia threw another wobbler, attacking the victor, giving people wedgies, stripping them of their t-shirts and pouring soft drinks over herself and ringside fans.

Quite how Alicia Fox losing builds up anticipation for her match against Paige in five days is beyond me. By all rights, she should be winning to make her appear to be a threat, but instead she’s falling to Emma, whose star is pretty low at the moment. The issue is that her most marketable attribute comes after her losing, so it makes you wonder what will happen on Sunday. Should she win, she can’t lose it at ringside. That makes you think a Paige win is more likely, but her booking since winning the belt hasn’t showcased her that favourably. Sure – for the most part she is winning, but she still needs that strong story with possible promos so people can get to know her a bit more. At the moment she’s the champion who gets beaten up, hits a move and wins – which hardly puts her over as a dominant titleholder.

It’s a rough situation. Should Paige win at Payback, Fox gets to go off on one but doesn’t make her any conceivable threat, and having her win the belt would help with her credibility and help to build up more names in the division. However by doing that, you cut the legs off Paige and make it look like her reign was the fluke that her detractors claimed. Someone is losing big on Sunday, and we’ll have to wait and see who that will be. Continue reading “Ringbelles Roundup (27 May 2014) – WWE Diva booking, wrestlers venturing into MMA & more”

Ringbelles Roundup (20 May 2014) – AJ Lee getting married, the hole left by her WWE absence & more

AJ Lee CM PunkSo AJ Lee is getting married. Congratulations to her. Her fiancé CM Punk made the announcement at a Chicago Cubs game last week that the pair are tying the knot next month, and his soon-to-be bride was standing to the side of the broadcast booth as he made the revelation.

This upcoming wedding is another in the apparent slew of nuptials taking place in WWE at the moment. With Natalya & Tyson Kidd, Naomi & Jimmy Uso and Daniel Bryan & Brie Bella all getting wed in the past year, there’s a lot of romance in the air, and so much of it is going on in public too.

I remember that fans never really knew that Randy Savage and Elizabeth were a couple – which made for a disappointing kayfabe situation where they were married in storyline in August 1991 and then divorced in real life a year later – while it wasn’t initially a point that Goldust and Marlena were husband and wife during their early run, though it became a storyline in 1997 and they divorced two years after that. Marc Mero and Sable were never acknowledged as being together, and her subsequent marriage to Brock Lesnar hasn’t been brought up either. Heck, even Triple H’s marriage to Stephanie McMahon wasn’t made explicit to fans until 2009 during The Game’s build up to his dire WrestleMania 25 match against Randy Orton, though the pair had been married and divorced in storyline and then tied the knot for real in 2003, with insider nods to their relationship made in 2007 and onwards.

There are others, but legit marriages between wrestlers never seemed as big of a deal as it is now. There have been real weddings televised by WWE in the past, such as Uncle Elmer getting wed as well as Gangrel and Luna Vachon making it official on Halloween in 1994, but it seems that with the company’s venture into “reality” TV with Total Divas has put more of an emphasis on the private lives of the women involved in wrestling. This is also spilling over into the main WWE TV product, with Daniel Bryan having to show vulnerability to protect his wife Brie, which some argue is hurting his character – though the opposite viewpoint could be made, saying that she adds another dimension to his persona. Either way, there are certainly more couples now than there has been in a while. Continue reading “Ringbelles Roundup (20 May 2014) – AJ Lee getting married, the hole left by her WWE absence & more”