Ringbelles Roundup (December 30, 2014) –New beginnings, Heidi Lovelace, Hudson Envy & Dragonita bound for STARDOM & more

In the fifth grade, my guidance counselor proposed that my class put together a collage of what we intend to be when we got older. Chef, nurse, singer, florist, work in the XFL (no really), Secretary of State and more were among the choices, but I had to be the odd ball. The nerve I had to paste pictures of Chyna giving someone the Military Press and Lita performing a moonsault onto an opponent along with pictures of art (I am an artist) not only shocked my classmates, but also gave me the courage to stand firm in my dream. At eleven years old, nothing mattered but wrestling, I had given all my Barbies to Goodwill and brought action figures. The whole “he or she can’t wrestle” or “This angle sucks” did not matter to me back then because wrestling was so cool to me and I wasn’t ashamed of it. As I got older things changed, known as the “girl that watches professional wrestling” became hard and at times embarrassing.

As a wrestling fan, I get the redundant, “You know that stuff’s fake right?” or the rare “Oh that’s cool.” I have been defending my passion for it as long as I can remember, even more when it comes to women’s wrestling. Over the last several years, I’ve been questioned more times than I could count about my willingness to support something that was “only good for eye candy.”

In 2010, I joined Angrymarks as a co-host of their Tuesday night show, called Ring the Bell, being on with three additional personalities that shared their own view on wrestling was intimidating; till that point I had only one friend my entire life that loved it as equally or more than me and completely understood. The experience gave me the opportunity to be vocal about wrestling, whether I disliked or liked something a huge weight lifted from my shoulders and I felt free to do so and not regret it. Fast-forward to 2012, noticing that women’s wrestling was not being covered to the fullest; I decided to take on the duty myself and provide an outlet for those fans week in and out, the Angrymarkette Newsfeed. Gathering news items, results and everything in between from various websites and condensing it down to an organized piece that is not only readable, but brings about conversation takes a great amount of patience, hard work  and dedication.

After four years at the site, this past April I stepped away completely. It was a tough decision, but it was for the best. I honestly felt dissatisfied with continuing to cover women’s wrestling in detail all for listeners to hear negative commentary on the podcasts from others. No one criticized what I wrote, but its disheartening to push for something to be taken seriously when not everyone else sees the bigger picture. Between that, my run with Ring Sirens magazine (no longer in publication) ending and life happening faster than I could control, I needed a new direction.

This brought me to Ringbelles.

PWPonderingsMy time here has been short, but I feel I shared some of my best work with you all and want to continue to do so for as long as I can. For those wondering, the Ringbelles Roundup is continuing after the site’s departure, as I have accepted Lee’s offer to do so.

Last week, my mentions and direct messages were shot with multiple inquiries and interest from other websites- I am nothing but grateful for those that expressed interest and respect that there is an audience for women’s wrestling and were willing to throw their hat in the race to add the best coverage to their site.

With that said, I am proud to announce that starting next week, the Ringbelles Roundup will become an official part of Pro Wrestling Ponderings going forward. If you happened to catch the Year in Review show up on the site, I dropped the announcement towards the end after having a great two-hour conversation with Jerome, Jennifer and Dave that was nothing short of positivity and laughter. Their coverage of independent wrestling alone is remarkable, whether its through podcasts, reviews or posting the latest results. I have a huge amount of respect for their love and use of their platform to raise awareness of indy wrestling as a must-see product.  I feel this is a perfect fit and I’m just excited to be a part of something great.

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Heidi Lovelace, Hudson Envy and Dragonita are the latest competitors to be heading over to Japan. Last week, World Wonder Ring STARDOM announced that all three competitors would be making their first trip to the country to take up training and competition. In addition, the promotion has announced all it’s cards for the month of January. This Sunday’s show at Shinkiba 1st RING will feature Io Shirai and Mayu Iwatani teaming up against Act Yasukawa and Kairi Hojo. Takumi Iroha will be taking on Kris Wolf, Hatsuhinode Kamen in a three-way match, Kaori Yoneyama goes up against Momo Watanabe and Reo Hazuki, and Yoshiko will face Koguma and Nanae Takahashi in the main event.

STARDOMThe January 11th show at Shinkiba 1st RING will see Lovelace, Hudson and Dragonita make their debuts for the promotion, as Lovelace teams up with Yasukawa against the current AWS Women’s Champion and Kris Wolf. Yasukawa and Wolf’s growing rivalry reached a high back on December 23rd at “Yearend CLIMAX” as Wolf was bloodied at the hands of Yasukawa. Dragonita will be in singles action against Kyoko Kimura. Kamen will be taking on Iroha, Shirai goes up against Watanabe and the current Goddess of STARDOM Champions Takahashi and Hojo and Koguma take on Hazuki, Iwatani and Yoshiko in trios action.

Yoshiko will be defending the World of STARDOM Championship against Nanae Takahashi as part of the promotion’s fourth anniversary show at Korakuen Hall on January 18th. The show will also feature Iwatani making her third title defense as Wonder of STARDOM Champion against Kairi Hojo and the High Speed Championship will be also be on the line as Shirai takes on Yoneyama. Lovelace, Hudson and Dragonita have yet to be announced for the show.

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Got any news, results or upcoming events that you want to tell everyone about? Are you a female wrestler looking to tell us about upcoming bookings? Are you a fan who went to a show and saw a match, and would like to tell others about it – what you liked, what you didn’t and would like to encourage others to check it out for themselves? If so, send me a tweet here and I’ll direct you to my email address.

Again thank you to everyone that has continued to support Ringbelles over the years and I wish you all a Happy New Year!

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 WWE

Nikki Bella was named WWE’s Second Most Unexpected Breakout Star of 2014. In a list compiled by WWE.com, the WWE Divas Champion’s infamous “died in the womb” quote landed at the number two spot on WWE’s latest Top 10: Most Memorable Quotes of 2014. AJ Lee’s “talent is not sexually transmitted” line in reference to Brie and Nikki landed at number seven on the list. Both lines were tasteless, it says something about the company when those are deemed “memorable.” Charlotte and Natalya’s NXT Women’s Championship match from NXT Takeover was ranked sixth on WWE.com’s 25 Greatest Matches of the Year list. Brie Bella’s match against Stephanie McMahon at SummerSlam was also made the list, ranked at number twenty-four…Speaking of Charlotte, she successfully retained the NXT Women’s Title over Sasha Banks for a second time on last week’s episode…Naomi wrestled Alicia Fox on Friday Night Smackdown, winning following a split-legged moonsault. The Usos defeated The Miz and amien Mizdow for the WWE Tag Team Championship last night, it appears the “rocky” marriage storyline between Naomi and Jimmy Uso is done…Meanwhile WWE is continuing on with the storyline between Natalya and Tyson Kidd. On Monday Night RAW, Tyson Kidd caught Nikki Bella as Natalya knocked her off the apron. Once again seeing her husband show sympathy towards another woman besides herself, Natalya allowed the distraction to be her downfall. Nikki Bella picked up the win following a Rack Attack after blindsiding Natalya with a clothesline to the back..Mandy Leon has been on the road with WWE this past week as a rosebud for the recently turned “heel,” Adam Rose

TNA

With the transition to Destination America in full swing, the company has revealed a newly redesigned Knockouts Championship. It’s seen on their official Instagram account that the new belt is sporting a traditional look, a black leather strap with the blue gems as opposed to the white leather strap with red gems… The first set of episodes of Impact Wrestling will be taped on January 7-8th, the following day the company will pre-tape their all-cage event, “Lockdown” which will be aired on Destination America instead of pay-per-view, all taking place in New York City…Brooke Tessmacher has confirmed that she and Robbie E are no longer together. Tessmacher made the announcement on Facebook, stating that the couple had separated before filming for CBS’ Amazing Race had wrapped.

“NO, I am no longer with Robbie E. We filmed the race this past summer and separated by the end of filming. I am so so incredibly happy in my life and have fully moved on. Hope you guys can as well.”

North America

More matches have been announced for Valkyrie Women’s Wrestling’s next show on January 23rd.  Davienne will be taking on Miss Diss Lexia and Jennifer Cruz will be taking on Deonna Purrazzo, the latter three will be making their debuts. Nyla Rose will also be making her in-ring debut… Sassy Stephie will be defending the Fury Championship against LuFisto and Veda Scott in Marietta, Ohio on April 25th. Winning the championship this past April, the match will be her second title defense; successfully retaining against Allysin Kay back in June… Mia Yim and Santana Garrett are set to go one-on-one n the SHINE Wrestling showcase match for Full Impact Pro’s upcoming show on January 10th. The match will be non-title…Samantha Starr will be taking on Mandy Leon for Vicious Outcast Wrestling on January 10th under non-title contention… Amber Gallows became the Global Championship Wrestling Women’s Champion over the weekend, defeating Tracy Taylor… Mickie James announced her engagement to TNA star Magnus.. LuFisto will be wrestling Heidi Lovelace this Friday for Rockstar Pro Wrestling in Dayton, Ohio… In addition, Barbi Hayden’s NWA World Women’s Championship will be on the line this weekend against Veda Scott. Inspire Pro Wrestling provided an in-depth backstory here.

Japan

Arisa Nakajima & Tsukasa FujimotoThe anticipated double title match between Tsukasa Fujimoto and Arisa Nakajima took place on Sunday. First, Fujimoto retained the ICEx Infinity Championship against Nakajima in the main event of Ribbonmania, landing her tenth title defense. Nakajima wore attire in the fashion of Azumi Hyuga on the show. Mio Shirai retained the Union Fly to Everywhere World Title over Tsukushi and Maki Narumiya and Risa Sera picked up their eighth title defense as International Ribbon Tag Team Champions over Yuka and Kurumi… That evening, Nakajima retained the Openweight Championship against Fujimoto in the main event of JWP’s year-end show, “Climax.” Also on the show, Rabbit Miu successfully retained against Eri, the JWP Tag Team and Daily Sports Women’s Tag Team Titles changed hands as Leon and Ray defeated current titleholders Command Bolshoi and Kyoko Kimura. This is Mascara Voladoras’ first run with the titles… Kana is the new REINA World Champion after beating Syuri via referee stoppage on Friday. Kana now holds the promotion’s top title and the REINA Tag Team Champions with Nakajima… Tsubasa Kuragaki will be defending the OZ Openweight Championship against Kagetsu on January 11th. The show will also feature the return of Sonoko Kato taking on former titleholder AKINO… Riho retained the IWA Triple Crown Title against Emi Sakura in the main event at the Itabashi Green Hall on Saturday. The promotion has announced the date for their first show at Korakuen Hall for August 13, 2015.

Europe

Candice Lerae will be heading back overseas in the new year. First up, she will be returning to Southside Wrestling Entertainment on February 28th as she, Saraya Knight, Kay Lee Ray and a competitor to be announced will be a part of a four-way match to crown the first-ever Queen of Southside. Going into March, Lerae and Joey Ryan will be apart of WXW Germany’s 16 Carat Gold shows… Nikki Storm will be wrestling Sammii Jayne on Scottish Wrestling Alliance’s January 4th show in Pollockshaws, Glasgow… Nadia Sapphire versus Nixon Newell has been added to Empress Pro’s debut show on January 17th.

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Results

December 25: Producciones Sanchez (Ciudad Nezahualcoyotl, Estado de Mexico, Mexico) –Bugambilia, Diosa Atenea & Lady Dragon b Golden Bull, India Mazahua & Star Fire

December 26: Absolute Intense Wrestling (Cleveland, OH) – Veda Scott, Alexia Nicole & Jasmin b Tessa Blanchard, Jennifer Blake & Heidi Lovelace; Rickey Shane Page b Candice Lerae, Dick Justice, Eric Ryan, Flip Kendrick & Joshua Singh

December 26: WWE Friday Night Smackdown (Sioux City, IA) – Naomi b Alicia Fox

December 26: WWE Live (Rosemont, IL) – Naomi, Charlotte & Natalya b Camero, Sasha Banks & Summer Rae

December 26: Vendetta Pro Wrestling/ National Wrestling Alliance (Santa Maria, CA) –Raze b Sage Sin

December 26: WWE Live (New York City NY) – Alicia Fox & Emma b Brie Bella & Nikki Bella

December 26: REINA Joshi Puroresu(Tokyo, Japan) – Kyoko Kimura b Raideen Hagane; Haruka Kato & Eri b Yuiga & Hamuko Hoshi; Yuji Kito & Koharu Hinata b Keizo Matsuda & Alex Lee; Arisa Nakajima b Rina Yamashita; Maki Narumiya & Kagetsu b Mika Iida & Meiko Tanaka; Dump Matsumoto & Yumiko Hotta b Goya Kong & Muñeca de Plata; Lin Byron b Makoto; Kana b Syuri(c)

December 27: Global Championship Wrestling (Pell City, AL) – Amber Gallows b Tracy Taylor(c)

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

December 27: Gatoh Move (Tokyo, Japan) – Cherry b Fukin Kitazawa; Kaori Yoneyama, Madoka, Sayaka Obihiro & PSYCHO b Antonio Honda, SAKI, MIZUKI; Kagetsu b Kotori; Riho(c) b Emi Sakura

December 27: WWE Live (Cincinnati, OH) – Charlotte, Naomi & Natalya b Cameron, Sasha Banks & Summer Rae

December 27: WWE Live (Uniondale, NY) – Alicia Fox & Emma b Nikki Bella & Brie Bella

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

December 27: Ice Ribbon(Warabi, Japan) – Aoi Kizuki & Hamuko Hoshi b 235 & Akane Fujita; Kurumi & Kyuri b Maki Narumiya & Maya Yukihi; Tsukasa Fujimoto b Meari Naito; Risa Sera & Tsukushi vs Mio Shirai & Yuka – time limit draw

December 27: I Believe I Wrestling (Orlando, Florida) – Josh Hess b Santana Garrett

December 28: Ice Ribbon Ribbonmania (Tokyo, Japan) – Cherry & Maya Yukihi b Shu Shibutani & Kyuri; Meari Naito & Neko Nitta b 235 & Akane Fujita; Hamuko Hoshi & Mochi Miyagi b Miyako Matsumoto & Yuri Kotobuki; Kayoko Haruyama b Aoi Kizuki; Mio Shirai(c) b Tsukushi; Maki Narumiya & Risa Sera(c) b Kurumi & Yuka; Tsukasa Fujimoto (c) b Arisa Nakajima

December 28: K-DOJO (Chiba, Japan) – Bambi & Kaji Tomato b Hikaru Shida & Masao Inoue; TAKA Michinoku & Kaori Yoneyama b Kengo Mashimo & Yuma

December 28: JWP Climax 2014 (Tokyo, Japan) – Yako Fujigasaki b Yua Hayashi; Rabbit Miu (c) b Eri; KAZUKI, Jaguar Yokota & Raideen Hagane b Manami Toyota, Tsukushi & Neko Nitta; KAORU b Kayoko Haruyama; Hanako Nakamori b Kana; Leon & Ray b Command Bolshoi & Kyoko Kimura (c); Arisa Nakajima(c) b Tsukasa Fujimoto

December 28: DIANA (Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan) – Kyoko Inoue b Kaoru Ito , Keiko Aono , Sareee, Meiko Tanaka, Megumi Yabushita & Kaho Kobayashi

December 28: Tokyo Women’s Wrestling(Tokyo, Japan) – Ai Shimizu b Erin & Nonoko; Shoko Nakajima and Yuka Sakazaki b KANNA and Chikage Kiba; Miyu Yamashita b Akane Miura

December 28: K-DOJO (Chiba, Japan) – Hiro Tonai & Kaori Yoneyama b Ayumu Honda & Bambi

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

December 29: WWE Monday Night RAW (Washington, DC) – Nikki Bella b Natalya

December 30: WWE Live (Richmond, VA) – Charlotte, Emma & Alicia Fox b Sasha Banks, Cameron & Summer Rae

Upcoming Shows

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

January 4: Scottish Wrestling Alliance (Glasgow, Scotland) – Debbie Sharpe vs Viper; Sammii Jayne vs Nikki Storm

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

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

January 10: Vicious Outcast Wrestling (Connellsville, PA) – Samantha Starr vs Mandy Leon

January 11: OZ Academy (Tokyo, Japan) – AKINO vs Sonoko Kato; Kagetsu vs Tsubasa Kuragaki(c)

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

January 17: Clash Wrestling (Taylor, MI) – Leah Von Dutch vs Jasmin

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

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

January 18: Anarchy Championship Wrestling (Austin, TX) – Jessica James vs Jojo Bravo; Athena vs Su Yung(c)

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

January 23: Wrestling Cares Association /Alternative Wrestling Show (South Gate, CA) – Nicole Savoy; Sage Sin; Savanah Riley; Kikyo Nakamura; Hania; Brittany Wonder; Christina Von Eerie; Taeler Hendrix; Raze; Kahmora; Datura; Marriah Moreno

January 23: Valkyrie Women’s Wrestling (Woodbury Heights, NJ) – Kacee Carlisle(c) vs Mistress Belmont; La Rosa Negra vs Aja Perera; Davienne vs Miss Diss Lexia; Jennifer Cruz vs Deonna Purrazzo; Nyla Rose

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

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

February 7: KANA Pro (Japan)

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

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

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

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

February 22: Bellatrix 12 (Norwich, England)

February 28: Southside Wrestling Entertainment (Essex, England) – Candice Lerae vs Kay Lee Ray vs TBD vs Saraya Knight

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

April 4: NCW Femmes Fatales (Montreal, QC, Canada) – Courtney Rush vs Saraya Knight; Portia Perez vs Xandra Bale; Sassy Stephie, Allysin Kay & Jody D’Milo vs Vanessa Kraven, TBA & TBA

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

April 25: Remix Pro Wrestling (Marietta, OH) – LuFisto vs Veda Scott vs Sassy Stephie (c)

– Ciara Reid

– Photos by PWPonderings(1), STARDOM(2), WWE(3), Kenji Misaki(4), Southside Wrestling Entertainment(5), Yuichi Kojima(6), Ichiban Drunk(7), Empress Pro(8), Remix Pro Wrestling(9)

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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.

Ringbelles Roundup (18 November 2014) – Mia Yim reaches the next level, Diva return and departure talk & more

Mia Yim2014 has seen a lot of women ascend to new heights and break into that main event echelon of wrestlers. It started in January with Ivelisse Velez scoring the SHINE Championship after defeating veteran Rain before going on a 10-month run with the belt, racking up more than a dozen successful title defences against the likes of Madison Eagles, Serena Deeb, Shanna, Saraya Knight and Mercedes Martinez. NCW Femmes Fatales has crowned a new International Champion in the form of Courtney Rush, who ascended to that main event status with a year-plus long war against Cheerleader Melissa, and cemented her spot as a top-liner by decisively beating Melissa on the promotion’s most recent show. In SHIMMER, Melissa’s reign as the champion came to a halt when she was eliminated first in a 4-way match which saw Nicole Matthews capture the gold and rack up a successful defence against Evie. The trio had been bubbling under for quite some time and this year has seen them be given the opportunity to take it to the next level. Last weekend, a fourth woman was added to the list.

Mia Yim had been the nearly woman when it came to winning a top title over the last 18 months. She was the losing finalist in the SHINE Title tournament last summer; she fell to Cheerleader Melissa in her SHIMMER Championship challenge back in April; she lost to NWA World Women’s Champion Barbi Hayden in July and she was defeated by LuFisto in her attempt to become Women Superstars Uncensored Champion last month. She even missed out on winning the SHINE Title back in May when she and Ivelisse went to a no-content on a Full Impact Pro event. However, her consistent performances and enhanced ability to connect with an audience did not go unnoticed and it culminated with her pinning Velez with a Package Piledriver on Sunday to win the SHINE belt in front of more than 10,000 spectators in Beijing, China as part of WWNLive’s tour of the country.

As I mentioned at the time, the match featured a range of styles like hard strikes, suplexes, submission holds and aerial moves as the pair were given a decent amount of freedom to show a curious audience what female wrestlers could do. It would be fair to say that the Chinese audience probably wasn’t that au fait with what professional wrestling was all about but I found it to be a pretty decent match with the exception of a couple of squirmy moments. The most obvious one was Yim’s 450 splash seeing her land on her feet and then flop onto a prone Ivelisse, who had spent a long time shifting herself on the mat to get into the right position for the move – it didn’t look good at all.

Ivelisse Velez Mia YimMia’s title victory sets her up pretty nicely for 2015 and could be a harbinger of things to come. Yim has made huge strides in connecting with an audience, making moves matter and has also been trying to improve her promo skills – which is arguably the weakest part of her act – and she deserves a lot of credit for the measures she has taken to better herself over the year. However, it’s doubtful that she will score another big title in the near future as SHIMMER and Femmes Fatales have their own new champions that they will want to establish and push while LuFisto seems to be on a collision course with Sassy Stephie over the WSU belt – though Yim is in a prime position to make herself the figurehead of SHINE. Plus, when you consider that she is seemingly on WWE’s radar after working the most recent NXT tapings, it seems that there are a lot of bright prospects in store for the promising 25-year old.

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WWE
AJ Lee has launched her own website. Called aj-brooks.com, the URL is an amalgamation of her wrestling gimmick and her real-life married surname. Figure Four Online speculated that AJ may be on the way out of WWE – with a big indicator possibly being if she loses the Divas Championship to Nikki Bella at Survivor Series on Sunday. Speaking of which, Nikki made sister Brie dress up as AJ as part of an “exhibition match” between the pair on last night’s Raw, which AJ Lee Nikki Brie Bella WWEessentially meant that it was meant to look staged. In the end, the real AJ – who appeared at ringside for commentary – distracted Nikki to allow Brie to score the surprise pin. Nikki then attacked her sister with AJ making the save before beating up Brie as well. It’s hardly the best way to sell that her title may be in jeopardy this Sunday, and hardly endears her in that she beats up on a put-upon Brie. In addition, that was Brie’s first singles pinfall win over Nikki in this feud, and it was thrown away as part of a bullshit match. This assistant storyline sucks… Paige edged out AJ Lee to top the Pro Wrestling Illustrated Female 50 list for 2014… The constant flip-flopping of Alicia Fox between face and heel continued during the European tour. While she worked babyface against Cameron on last Tuesday’s main event, she was on the heel side of six woman tags on the house shows… Alexa Bliss suffered a busted nose during her match against Sasha Banks, which was shown on last week’s NXT. Banks then cut a promo setting her sights on Women’s Champion Charlotte… Beth Phoenix spoke to WWE.com about her life as a mother, as well as her in-ring career, saying she enjoyed the heel role: “I always enjoyed being a villain more, probably because you get to do and say a lot of things you wouldn’t do in real life. And I felt like given what my physique and personality was, it kind of fit that way.” She also talked about her Divas of Doom partnership with Natalya, which had bags of potential but never really went anywhere, saying “We had been pitching and pitching to wrestle each other… We had been begging and begging and begging, but then it kind of became this organic thing where they just put us together and boom.” When asked about a possible return, she pitched out the old “never say never” line, but I doubt we will see her back… On a similar note, there have been indications that Maryse and Eve Torres are considering a return to wrestling.

TNA
Taryn Terrell beat Madison Rayne on last week’s Impact Wrestling when she avoided the Rayne Check and nailed her Cutter finisher. Earl Hebner – who Rayne manipulated during her last heel run but was not acknowledge here – was the referee for the match… On last weekend’s British Boot Camp, Kay Lee Ray found out that if she advances to the final 3 of the competition she will face Gail Kim in a singles match.

North America
Bishop is refusing to give Nicole Matthews a rematch for the Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling Title. Meanwhile, Cat Power has reached the finals of the Women’s Title tournament, which will be held on January 3… Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has cut ties with RESISTANCE Pro, which he helped to found. The promotion has been very high on women’s wrestling since its inception and the Women’s Championship was the first belt to exist… Missile Assault Ant got ready for his Young Lions Cup final match against Heidi Lovelace next month by beating Kimber Lee in singles action on last weekend’s CHIKARA show… LuFisto will wrestle Jessicka Havok at the Queens of Combat 3 event on November 30. The pair were meant to wrestle at Women Superstars Uncensored’s Queen and King of the Ring event in May but Havok was banned from the promotion and stripped of the World Title for choosing to work for TNA on the day of the show… Kimber Lee will make her Inspire Pro Wrestling debut on January 4 when she takes on Jessica James… Amy “Lita” Dumas has been working with the female talent at Maryland Championship Wrestling. She worked there in her very early days under the name Angelica… Melanie Cruise and Mickie Knuckles wrestle on Friday’s Strong Style Wrestling for the vacant AIWF World Women’s Championship.

Japan
Tomoka Nakagawa wrestled more than 40 minutes on last Wednesday’s Pro Wrestling WAVE show as part of five singles matches as part of a retirement series. She won one, drew one and lost three.

Europe
Lana Austin Nixon Newell Tony KnoxSaraya Knight is the new DOA Sirens Champion. She beat Addy Starr as part of a World Association of Wrestling v DOA Wrestling show on Saturday. The title had been vacated after Penelope decided to take some time away from the ring… Lana Austin’s been using her charms to get an advantage. She beat Nixon Newell at True Grit Wrestling’s show on Saturday while her feet were clearly on the ropes – but the referee ignored it because he’s got a crush on Lana… Viper’s open challenge at a charity show for fellow wrestler Kris Travis saw her easily defeat Erin Night, so she demanded another opponent. That turned out to be Ruby Summers, who was also easily dispatched. Male competitor T-Bone then answered the call and put her away with a Tombstone – but not before she headbutted him so hard that she ended up with a massive lump on her forehead… Toni Storm returns to the UK at the end of this month. One of her first bookings is against Danielle Hunter for Futureshock Wrestling on November 30 with Hunter’s Women’s Championship on the line… Following in the footsteps of her Bellatrix counterparts, Chanel makes her Fierce Females debut on Sunday when she takes on Carmel Jacob.

Mexico
Amazona & Angelica defeated Dark Magic & Estrella Negra and Polly Star & Tsunami as part of a 4-team, one night tournament on Friday to win the vacant LLF Tag Team Championship.

Australia & New Zealand
Harley Wonderland won the Riot City Wrestling Women’s Championship on Saturday by beating Demi Bennett in the main event of City Chicks Unleashed 3. Kellyanne English was meant to wrestle but suffered an injury just before the show… Congratulations to Jessie McKay, who got married on Sunday… Miami will step away from the ring after Friday’s Melbourne City Wrestling charity show. She faces KC Cassidy in a match which has been building up for a year as part of the three semi-final matches, with all three winners going forward to a triple threat final for the Vera & Jenny Cup.

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Results

November 11: WWE Main Event (Liverpool, England) – Alicia Fox b Cameron

November 11: WWE house show (Brighton, England) – AJ Lee b Paige & Nikki Bella in a handicap match

November 11: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Estrellita, Goya Kong & Lluvia b Dalys, Tiffany & Zeuxis

November 12: WWNLive (Emei, China) – Mia Yim b Su Yung; Ivelisse Velez b Allysin Kay

November 12: Pro Wrestling WAVE (Tokyo, Japan) – Kaho Kobayashi & Kana b Mari Apache & Sawako Shimono; Mika Iida b Hiroe Nagahama; Ayako Hamada & Rina Yamashita b Hikaru Shida & Mio Shirai; Melanie Cruise v Yumi Ohka went to a time limit draw; Shuu Shibutani b Tomoka Nakagawa; Cherry b Tomoka Nakagawa; Tomoka Nakagawa b Moeka Haruhi; Tomoka Nakagawa v Yuu Yamagata went to a time limit draw; Misaki Ohata b Tomoka Nakagawa

November 12: WWE house show (Newcastle, England) – Naomi, Natalya & Emma b Cameron, Summer Rae & Alicia Fox

November 12: WWE house show (Paris, France) – AJ Lee b Paige & Nikki Bella in a handicap match

November 12: TNA Impact Wrestling (Bethlehem, PA) – Taryn Terrell b Madison Rayne; Knux, Crazy Steve & Rebel b Jessie, DJ Z, Angelina Love & Velvet Sky

November 13: WWE house show (Glasgow, Scotland) – Naomi, Natalya & Emma b Cameron, Summer Rae & Alicia Fox

Sasha Banks Alexa Bliss WWENovember 13: WWE NXT (Orlando, FL) – Sasha Banks b Alexa Bliss

November 14: World Wrestling Network (Emeishan City, China) – Allysin Kay & Su Yung b Ivelisse Velez & Mia Yim

November 14: WWE SmackDown (Liverpool, England) – Natalya b Layla

November 14: WWE house show (Braunschweig, Germany) – Natalya, Emma & Naomi b Cameron, Summer Rae & Alicia Fox

November 14: Scottish Wrestling Alliance (Cumbernauld, Scotland) – Courtney & Debbie Sharpe b Nikki Storm & Viper

November 14: Pro Wrestling 4U (Newcastle-Under-Lyme, England) – Pollyanna b Violet Vendetta via DQ

November 14: Maryland Championship Wrestling (Joppa, MD) – Amber Rodriguez b Jessie Kaye

November 14: Northeast Wrestling (Danbury, CT) – Velvet Sky b Jake Manning

November 14: Lucha Libre Femenil (Monterrey, Mexico) – Baby Hagar b Aero Chika; Amazona & Angelica b Dark Magic & Estrella Negra via DQ; Polly Star & Tsunami b Estrella Divina & Guerrera Negra; Lady Jaguar b Alicia & Baby Puma in a 3-way; Amazona & Angelica b Polly Star & Tsunami to win the LLF Tag Team Championship

November 15: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Hamuko Hoshi & Kurumi b Aoi Kizuki & Miyako Matsumoto; Mio Shirai b Kyuri; Tsukasa Fujimoto b Koyuki Hayashi; Tsukushi & Yuuka b Maki Narumiya & Risa Sera

November 15: Riot City Wrestling “City Chicks” (Adelaide, Australia) – Rachel Rose b Blair Alexis; Vixsin b Daisy Chayne; Toni Storm b Siren Monroe & Savannah Summers in a 3-way; Izzy Shaw & Miss Fortune b Michelle K Hasluck & Aria Gracie; Harley Wonderland b Demi Bennett to win the RCW Women’s Championship

November 15: Norwegian Wrestling Federation (Oslo, Norway) – Grom Gravalid & Knoke b Miss Mina, Natasja & Tommy P in a handicap match

November 15: Fight Club Finland (Helsinki, Finland) – Julia Kyy, King Kong Karhula & Pyöveli Petrov b Mikko Maestro, Sara Elektra & Sly Sebastian; Heimo Ukonselkä b Jessica Love

November 15: WWE house show (Frankfurt, Germany) – Naomi, Natalya & Emma b Cameron, Summer Rae & Alicia Fox

November 15: World Association of Wrestling/DOA Wrestling (Bury St Edmunds) – Saraya Knight b Addy Starr to win the DOA Sirens Championship

November 15: True Grit Wrestling (Leeds, England) – Lana Austin b Nixon Newell

November 15: CHIKARA (Haverhill, MA) – Missile Assault Ant b Kimber Lee

November 15: I Believe In Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Brandon Scherer & Joey Mayberry b Gabriel Black & Santana Garrett

November 16: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Neko Nitta b Koyuki Hayashi; Cherry, Meari Naito & Yuri Kotobuki b 235, Kurumi & Tsukushi; Maki Narumiya & Risa Sera b Tsukasa Fujimoto & Yuka

November 16: JWP (Asakusa, Japan) – Yako Fujigasaki b Yume Hayashi; Kayoko Haruyama b Aiger; Akira Kibishi & Command Bolshoi b KAZUKI & Rydeen Hagane; Kana b Rabbit Miu; Ray b Arisa Nakajima, Hanako Nakamori & Leon in a 4-way

November 16: Diana (Kawasaki, Japan) – Koharu Hinata b Meiko Tanaka; Jaguar Yokota & Sareee b Keiko Aono & Yuiga; Kaoru Ito b Megumi Yabushita

Nanae Takahashi Mayu Iwatani Resuner YokoyamaNovember 16: Stardom (Tokyo, Japan) – Takumi Iroha b Momo Watanabe; Yoshiko b Kellie Skater & Reo Hazuki in a 3-way; Hatsuhinode Kamen & Kaori Yoneyama b Koguma & Miho Wakizawa; Io Shirai & Mayu Iwatani b Mystique & Star Fire; Kairi Hojo & Nanae Takahashi b Chris Wolf & Kyoko Kimura; Kairi Hojo & Nanae Takahashi b Io Shirai & Mayu Iwatani

November 16: World Wrestling Network (Beijing, China) – Mia Yim b Ivelisse Velez to win the SHINE Championship

November 16: Insane Championship Wrestling (Edinburgh, Scotland) – Stevie Boy & Davey Boy b Liam Thompson & Carmel Jacob

November 16: TravAid (Sheffield, England) – Viper b Erin Night; Viper b Ruby Summers; T-Bone b Viper

November 16: Tidal Wrestling (Newcastle, England) – Kay Lee Ray b Robbie Ryder

November 16: Alpha Omega Wrestling (Indio, CA) – Tab Jackson b Crystal Michelle

November 16: Anarchy Championship Wrestling (Austin, TX) – Jessica James b Angel Blue, Livi Loca & Scotty Santiago in a 4-way;

November 17: WWE Raw (Roanoake, VA) – Brie Bella b Nikki Bella

Upcoming

November 21: New Horizons Pro Wrestling (Perth, Australia) – Saraya Knight v Demi Bennett v Evie v Madison Eagles

November 21: Strong Style Wrestling (Goshen, IN) – Mickie Knuckles v Melanie Cruise

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

Miami KC CassidyNovember 23: Melbourne City Wrestling ‘Fight For A Cause’ (Hampton Park, Australia) – Evie v Shazza McKenzie; Siren Monroe v Toni Storm; Miami v KC Cassidy

November 23: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland) – Courtney v Fiona Fraser; Viper v Layla Rose; Nikki Storm v Sara; Carmel Jacob v Chanel

November 23: HXC Wrestling (Manchester, England) – Nadia Sapphire & Faith Lehaine v Pollyanna & TBA

November 23: WWE Survivor Series (St Louis, MO) – AJ Lee v Nikki Bella

November 23: SMASH Wrestling (Mississauga, ON, Canada) – Candice LeRae & Joey Ryan v Cherry Bomb & Pepper Parks; Courtney Rush v Vanessa Kraven

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

Danielle Hunter Toni StormNovember 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

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

December 5: SHINE 23 (Ybor City, FL) – Mia Yim v Nevaeh

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

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

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

January 17: Empress Pro (High Wycombe, England)

January 23: SHINE 24 (Ybor City, FL)

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

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

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Mia Yim wins the SHINE Championship in China

Mia Yim Trevin_AdamsMia Yim struck gold at today’s final WWNLive show in China as part of its week-long tour of the country. Following victories over Su Yung and Allysin Kay in the last few days, Ivelisse Velez lost the SHINE Championship to Mia in Beijing in what was one of three title changes on the tour – Rich Swann beat Trent Baretta on Friday to win the Full Impact Pro World Title and Johnny Gargano regained the Dragon Gate USA Open the Freedom Gate Championship on the Beijing show.

The match (which you can watch here and starts at the 52 minute mark) was a hard-hitting yet good-natured affair with the pair exchanging chops and kicks, power moves like Exploder and German suplexes as well as submission holds like the bow and arrow, triangle choke and even the Lasso from El Paso. The fight spilled to the outside in the closing minutes which saw Mia almost counted out and suffer Velez’s Vertigo Kick for a near fall but avoided a top rope Code Red and rebounded with a 450 splash – though it wasn’t her best execution of the move. Yim’s Package Piledriver attempt was broken up and Ivelisse nailed a Scorpion Kick, though she was countered as she tried to climb to the second rope and was nailed with the Package Piledriver for the title-winning pinfall.

Afterwards, she said “Winning the SHINE Title in Beijing is so special. Thank you all – but I will be back to defend this.”

Mia Yim Ivelisse VelezThe victory makes the 25-year old the first woman to have held both SHINE’s singles and Tag Team Championship – the latter was with Leva Bates between February and June this year. She was a fingernail away from becoming the first ever titleholder in July last year but lost in the tournament final to Rain, and she also went to a no-contest with Velez in a SHINE Title match on an FIP show back in May. The new champion has had a very impressive couple of years with title wins and commended performances and that has been rewarded with her biggest victory to date – though she has a first defence on the horizon.

We found out last month that whoever returns from China with the title will face Nevaeh in the main event of SHINE 23 on December 5, which creates an interesting dynamic for Yim. The reason is that Mia was pinned by Nevaeh as part of a six-woman tag team match at SHINE 22 so it appears that the challenger will have a definite edge against the new champion. When you couple in the Gem City Queen’s new affiliation with Jayme Jameson, Marti Belle and manager SoCal Val as part of the Valifornia stable, it seems that the numbers game could work against Yim. One thing which could work in her favour is that Mia also holds a victory over Nevaeh as part of a SHINE Tag Team Championship match at WWNLive’s A Wrestling Odyssey back in April, so it could be a pretty even contest.

As for the title change itself, there are positives and negatives which could be gleaned from the title change. While nobody could deny Mia’s credentials and her deservedness to hold the SHINE Championship, it does seem strange that Ivelisse’s 296 day run with the belt comes to an end as part of what is essentially an exhibition match rather than as part of an ongoing storyline. Velez has been fending off the challenges of Valkyrie since winning the belt and had also been gaining credibility by beating some very impressive names and having equally impressive matches. However, her reign has not seen much storyline development since Valkyrie leader Serena Deeb had to take time off due to injury – though had she returned to the US with the belt, she would have also had a match with Nevaeh with some backstory as the pair fought over the SHINE Championship at SHINE 21 with the challenger having a legitimate gripe as Nevaeh seemingly had the match won with a German Suplex but there was no referee available to count the fall.

Still, Ivelisse has seen her profile skyrocket since winning the belt in January and has loads of great prospects on the horizon. For Yim, she has the opportunity to be the focal point of a promotion after having shots at the SHIMMER and Women Superstars Uncensored titles. This is her opportunity to ascend to the next echelon, and we’re confident that she will not disappoint.

Photos by Mia Yim (front page), Trevin Adams (1)

NCW Femmes Fatales XVI results – Courtney Rush defeats Cheerleader Melissa

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After 15 months of stalemates, the deadlock between Courtney Rush and Cheerleader Melissa was finally broken at last night’s NCW Femmes Fatales XVI show with Rush defeating her rival in the main event to successfully defend her Femmes Fatales International Championship.

The pair went to a double DQ in July last year and their Iron Woman Match this April ended in a stalemate. They were also opponents in the 4-way in August where Rush won the title but Melissa and LuFisto eliminated each other, meaning that Rush was still without a decision over the then-SHIMMER Champion. However, there were no questions left unanswered after last night’s event in Montreal, QC, Canada, as Courtney made Melissa tap out to the Sharpshooter following a crazy No-DQ, Falls Count Anywhere match which saw Rush dive 15 feet from the balcony to the floor.

Elsewhere on the show, LuFisto held onto the Women Superstars Uncensored Championship by defeating Mia Yim, Vanessa Kraven‘s issues with Mademoiselle Rachelle, Sassy Stephie and Jody D’Milo, while Angie Skye threw out a challenge to Portia Perez. You can check out the results below courtesy of NCW Femmes Fatales with additional exclusive information from Pat Laprade – whose book Mad Dogs, Midgets and Screw Jobs is well worth a read.

1. Kaitlin Diemond defeated Missy with a Barbie Crusher.
2. Mary Lee Rose & Pink Flash Kira beat Bettie Rage & Deziree. Kira pinned Deziree with a top rope splash.
– Angie Skye came out to challenge Portia Perez to a match at Femmes Fatales XVII on April 4 next year for Portia’s open contract. Perez wasn’t in attendance due to an injury she suffered last week at SHIMMER. Mademoiselle Rachelle came to the ring with Sassy Stephie and Allysin Kay to tell Skye to stop whining and leave the ring.
3. Kc Spinelli defeated Allysin Kay & Xandra Bale in a 3-way. Spinelli pinned Kay for the victory.
4. Combat de Rue: Saraya Knight beat Sweet Cherrie.
5. Vanessa Kraven defeated Jody D’Milo via DQ following interference from Sassy Stephie, who hit Kraven with her crutch after faking a knee injury. Angie Skye made the save, leading to…
6. Sassy Stephie & Jody D’Milo beat Vanessa Kraven & Angie Skye after Allysin Kay hit Kraven with the crutch.
7. WSU Championship: LuFisto (c) pinned Mia Yim with a Burning Hammer and Tiger Bomb to retain the title.
8. Femmes Fatales International Championship – No DQ, Falls Count Anywhere: Courtney Rush (c) made Cheerleader Melissa tap out to the Sharpshooter to retain the title.
– After the match, Saraya Knight came out and went face-to-face with Rush.

Kacee Carlisle becomes the first Valkyrie Champion

Kacee Carlisle Valkyrie Women's WrestlingKacee Carlisle‘s underhanded tactics which served her so well in Valkyrie Women’s Wrestling‘s first two shows earlier this year – where she knocked out Jessie Belle with some brass knuckles and then got sneaky to get LuFisto disqualified – paid off for a third time as she defeated Sumie Sakai on last night’s show to end her opponent’s undefeated streak in the promotion and claim the Valkyrie Women’s Wrestling Championship in the process. A chair shot to Sumie’s back followed by a DDT was enough to claim the title on last night’s card in Brooklyn, NY which pulled in its most impressive crowd yet and also saw a blistering match to crown a new number one contender.

Kimber Lee, La Rosa Negra and Hania tore the house down in their 3-way earlier in the event, with a Ganso Bomb seeing Kimber earn the first shot at Carlisle, presumably on the next show. You can see all the results below, courtesy of the ever-present Dave Muscarella, who was in attendance.

1. Nikki Addams pinned Tina San Antonio with a roll-up.
2. Aja “Super” Perera defeated Roni Nicole with a leg lariat.
3. Kimber Lee beat La Rosa Negra & Hania in a 3-way. Negra was pinned following a Ganso Bomb.
4. Jessie Brooks pinned Mia Yim following an Exploder Suplex.
4. Mistress Belmont defeated Mary Elizabeth Monroe with a full nelson slam.
5. Valkyrie Women’s Wrestling ChampionshipKacee Carlisle beat Sumie Sakai with a chai shot and DDT to win the title.

– Photos by Dave Muscarella (front page), Valkyrie Women’s Wrestling (1)

SHIMMER volumes 69-70 live results

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

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

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

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

SHIMMER Volume 69

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

SHIMMER Volume 70

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

Thoughts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Photos by Kristine Roper