Ringbelles Roundup (2 December 2014) – Rhia O’Reilly hits career high, Tomoka Nakagawa to say goodbye, and more

Rhia O'ReillyRhia O’Reilly has been plugging away for a while now and it seems that 2014 has been the year where it has started to come to fruition. With a nomadic aspect, the 29-year old has never really rooted herself in any promotion but has made appearances in numerous outfits. While she has been the focal point of PROGRESS Wrestling’s women’s division – enjoying a win streak until it was put to an end at the hands of Pollyanna Peppers – it has always been Pro Wrestling: EVE with whom O’Reilly has had the greatest ties. She made her official debut on the promotion’s first show in May 2010 and has worked on every show, including after the promotion’s integration with XWA Wrestling a few months ago. It therefore seems fitting while she has enjoyed a reign with th Bellatrix British Championship that her first top championship is the EVE belt.

Wearing a bright green dress and sporting a little top hat, Rhia was every inch the Irish leprechaun when she started out. Cutting her teeth in EVE, World Association of Wrestling and Extreme World Wrestling, she found herself across the Atlantic less than a year after her debut. Taking her gear to Berwyn, IL, O’Reilly found herself working two pre-show matches ahead of the SHIMMER tapings in March 2011, losing to Brittany Force in singles competition and teaming with Jett Riley to defeat Force and December the following day.

While it could have been seen as a bit premature, it got her noticed and saw her amongst many of her peers in order to accrue more knowledge and develop. She found herself graduating to the main roster 12 months later and got her first win on the DVD tapings by beating Taylor Made – Rhia O'Reillythough it wasn’t necessarily her success rate which caused such a spark with herself and the fans. Instead, it was her simple catchphrase which got her over, with “Oh really? O’Reilly!” becoming so popular that it was being yelled even when she wasn’t wrestling – or wasn’t even on that particular series of tapings. That helped to propel her to being aligned with Saraya Knight and then to form a trio with Mayumi Ozaki on the most recent shows and see her enjoy a victory over the trio of Heidi Lovelace, Solo Darling and Leva Bates, a tag team win over Bates and Veda Scott as well as a singles success against Xandra Bale.

Back in the UK, O’Reilly spent a lot of 2014 harnessing a great rivalry – and then a partnership – with Addy Starr, with the pair wrestling in numerous promotions like LCW Roses and PROGRESS before seeing it move to XWA Wrestling in October. The XWA win led to her being granted another shot at the Pro Wrestling: EVE Title after beating champion Nikki Storm in May last year via DQ – though this time, the contest was made No Disqualification and would guarantee a winner. In the end, a Rhiadjustment DDT onto the belt was enough for O’Reilly to capture the title – though she suffered a fairly serious knee injury in the match which has forced her to cancel bookings for the rest of 2014.

Despite the agony of the ailment, O’Reilly must be wholly satisfied with her year which has seen her go from being a safe hand in the ring to being someone who is receiving genuine focus and investment by promotions, which should help to catapult her to the next level in 2015. Coupled with being in the best shape of her career, sound wrestling skills and a catchphrase which is so beautifully simple and memorable, it looks like Rhia should ascend to new heights next year.

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Tomoka NakagawaTomoka Nakagawa wrestled her final OZ Academy match on Sunday, losing loss to Aja Kong in the main event in Nagoya, Japan. Her final match will be on Thursday, with the 33-year old teaming one more time with her Global Green Gangsters partner Kellie Skater against Hikaru Shida & Kaho Kobayashi.

Since announcing her retirement in June, Nakagawa has been tremendously busy – as is customary with joshis who make their intentions known to quit the wrestling business. With more than 60 matches under her belt since the middle of the year, Tomoka’s busiest months have been the last two, with more than 30 contests in just that 8 week period. Demonstrating her versatility as a tag team wrestler, she has also racked up a few more title wins, claiming the Pro Wrestling WAVE Tag Team Championship for a second and third time as well as claiming the OZ Academy doubles straps with Hiroyo Matsumoto. Meanwhile, Nakagawa is still one half of the SHIMMER Tag Team Champions, which provides a question mark as to what is going to happen with those titles.

With her success in both Japan and the US, Tomoka can be very proud of her accomplishments – as well as ushering in the trend of bringing in young joshis to expand their profiles in America and work with international talents. As one of the original quartet of wrestlers from S-Ovation, she was everyone’s favourite dirty little cheater before turning into a beloved babyface alongside Skater as part of 3G. Nakagawa will be missed.

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Also on the website in the last week, two video posts – one was a relatively obscure SHIMMER Tag Team Title match with Ashley Lane and Nevaeh working heel against challengers Mary Elizabeth Monroe and Hailey Hatred, as well as Ice Ribbon’s recent Yokohama Ribbon event headlined by Tsukasa Fujimoto against Aoi Kizuki.

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WWE
Layla and Summer Rae shoved a pumpkin pie in Natalya’s face on last Tuesday’s episode of Main Event in more childish garbage that you wouldn’t expect to see the men do. Natalya beat Layla in a singles match on the show… Charlotte will defend the NXT Women’s Championship against Sasha Banks on December 11’s Takeover: R Evolution show… Nikki Bella’s promo following her win Nikki Bella WWEover Emma on last Friday’s SmackDown was slashed by a third, partly because under different circumstances, it could be seen as garnering support. The full promo was: “I’m not going to say trashy, classless things like Ms. Lee did because unlike Ms. Lee, I actually care about the kids that sit in this audience. It’s time that everyone heard the real truth about AJ Lee. Yes, we heard over and over and over again your sob story. Yes, we have heard over and over about how hard you worked. But you wanna know what? I have worked harder. The biggest difference between you and me is that I don’t have to go tell everyone so they like me. And most important, that is what makes me fearless. You wanna know why you don’t have any friends? It’s because you’re so threatened by anyone who doesn’t like you. AJ, I want you to take a good hard look at what a woman is, a real woman, a classy woman! I want you to take a look at what a real Divas champion looks like. AJ, I want you to know that forever, through these fearless eyes, you will always be that pathetic manipulating little girl from New Jersey”… Last night’s Raw did nothing to help explain why Brie turned heel and joined sister Nikki. This storyline still sucks. The twins lost to AJ Lee and Naomi – the latter of whom was chosen to be AJ’s partner as part of a fan vote – when Nikki tapped out to the Black Widow. Noelle Foley also appeared in a segment with father Mick on the show… If you’re keeping track, Alicia Fox worked on the heel team for a six-woman tag match in Springfield, MO on Sunday. The inconsistency behind her character is staggering.

TNA
Kay Lee Ray advanced to the final three of British Boot Camp on Sunday. She, Grado, Mark Andrews and Al Snow lost to Angelina Love, Rampage Brown, Dave Mastiff & Noam Dar.

North America
Rosie Lottalove/Betsy Ruth returned to wrestling on Friday under the name of Andrea. She was beaten by La Rosa Negra on a NWA Signature Pro Wrestling show… Mickie James has wrestled her first match since giving birth in September. She defeated Tessa Blanchard on the Queens of Chaos 3 show. Also on the card, LuFisto and Jessicka Havok wrestled to a double count out – with both angling for a return match – and Mia Yim & Leva Bates beat Joey Ryan and Candice LeRae in the main event… Lei’D Tapa wrestled her first match in five months last Saturday when she beat Amazing Kong at WrestleCade… The Kimber Bombs exploded on Saturday’s Beyond Wrestling show when Cherry Bomb teamed with husband Pepper Parks to beat Kimber Lee and Drew Gulak. The women hugged afterwards. Reunited the following day, the Kimber Bombs made it to the semi-finals of Beyond Wrestling’s Tournament for Tomorrow 3 by beating Darius Carter & TJ Marconi, but were eliminated by Eric Corvis & Myke Quest… Mia Yim’s first defence of the SHINE Championship takes place on Friday when she defends the belt against Nevaeh, who has a pinfall win over the new titleholder. In some weird booking, Ivelisse Velez has tumbled down the card and she’s wrestling Amanda Rodriguez, while Amber O’Neal and Crazy Mary Dobson – who were last seen on SHINE with O’Neal turning heel on Dobson – are wrestling Luscious Latasha and Allysin Mio Shirai StardomKay respectively… Heidi Lovelace attempts to become the first female to win CHIKARA’s Young Lions Cup on Saturday when she faces Missile Assault Ant in the tournament final.

Japan
Mio Shirai showed up at a Stardom press conference last week to challenge sister Io to a match for Mio’s self-produced show coming next year. Io – who has had little contact with her sister in the three years since she left the Triple Tails stable – said that she can’t accept as she is under contract to Stardom but if the promotion books her for the match then she will do it… ICEx∞ Tsukasa Fujimoto and JWP Openweight Champion Arisa Nakajima will put their titles on their line against each other in separate matches on December 28. Fujimoto will put her belt up at RibbonMania at Korukuen Hall in Tokyo in the afternoon, and Nakajima’s defence will be later that night at the same venue for Climax 2014… Kaori Yoneyama celebrated 15 years since her debut on Saturday when she teamed with Madoka to beat Tsubasa Kuragaki & PSYCHO.

Europe
Chris Walker called out Pollyanna on Saturday’s Pro Wrestling Chaos show – she came out to confront him but was attacked. Wild Boar made the save… Rhia O’Reilly, she and Addy Starr will face Bete Noire and Viper in the main event of Empress Pro’s debut show on January 17… Danielle Hunter retained her FutureShock Wrestling Women’s Championship on Sunday, beating Australia’s Toni Storm… Southside Wrestling is to introduce a women’s title on February 28. Called the Queen of Southside, it will be contested in a 4-way – so far, Saraya Knight is the only announced participant.

Mexico
Dark Angel Sarah StockDark Angel won her eighth CMLL bodybuilding championship on Wednesday… Chavo Guerrero wrestled Sexy Star on last Wednesday’s Lucha Underground show. He got the win via DQ when Sexy hit him with a low blow after the referee seized a chair from her… Ivelisse Velez made her AAA debut on Friday when she was introduced as a technica. She and Faby Apache defeated Sexy Star and Taya Valkyrie. Velez pinned Sexy with an exploder suplex… Estrellita will be out of action for close to a month after suffering a spinal injury in the trios match on Friday’s CMLL show. She was dropped on her head by Dalys with a piledriver and will need to be in a neck collar for two weeks… Marcela will defend the CMLL World Women’s Championship against Syuri in Tokyo, Japan on December 12.

Australia & New Zealand
Kellyanne English beat Savannah Summers on Saturday to win the Warzone Wrestling Women’s Championship… Demi Bennett’s rematch against new Riot City Wrestling Women’s Champion Harley Wonderland will take place this Saturday… Madison Eagles returns to Melbourne City Wrestling on December 13 for the first time in more than three years. She faces KC Cassidy.

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Results

November 25: WWE Main Event (Fort Wayne, IN) – Cameron b Naomi; Natalya b Layla

November 25: CMLL (Guadalajara, Mexico) – La Comandante, La Seductora & Zeuxis b Lluvia, Marcela & Skadi

November 26: Pro Wrestling WAVE (Tokyo, Japan) – Shimono Sawako, Mari Apache & Kyusei Hirota Sakura b Tomoka Nakagawa, Kana & Kaho Kobayashi; Mio Shirai, Misaki Ohata & Tsukasa Fujimoto b Shimono Sawako, Mari Apache & Kyusei Hirota Sakura; Mio Shirai, Misaki Ohata & Tsukasa Fujimoto b Ayako Hamada, Yuu Yamagata & Hiroe Nagahama; Yumi Ohka, Mika Iida & Hikaru Shida b Moeka Haruhi, Fairy Nipponbashi & Rina Yamashita; Mio Shirai, Misaki Ohata & Tsukasa Fujimoto b Shu Shibuya, Cherry & Meari Naito

November 26: Lucha Underground (Los Angeles, CA) – Chavo Guerrero b Sexy Star via DQ

November 27: Rockstar Pro Wrestling (Dayton, OH) – Lufisto & Ganger b Samantha Heights & Kyle Maverick; Lufisto, Ganger, Jake Crist, Dave Crist, & Nevaeh) b Kyle Maverick, Draven, Great American Beast, Samantha Heights & Mikael

Carmella Leva Bates WWENovember 27: WWE NXT (Orlando, FL) – Carmella b Leva Bates

November 28: Diana (Kawasaki, Japan) – Megumi Yabushita b Koharu Hinata; Keiko Aono & Mask De Sun b Raideen Hagane & Meiko Tanaka; Jaguar Yokota & Sareee b Kaoru Ito & Kaho Kobayashi; Yumiko Hotta & KAORU b Kyoko Inoue & Tomoko Watanabe

November 28: Shropshire Wrestling Alliance (Dawley, England) – Chris Brookes & Nixon Newell b Ryan Smile & Pete Dunne

November 28: Signature Pro Wrestling (Tampa, FL) – La Rosa Negra b Andrea

November 28: WWE SmackDown (Fort Wayne, IN) – Nikki Bella b Emma

November 28: Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling (Richmond, BC, Canada) – Scotty Mac & Nicole Matthews b MR2 & Jaida

November 28: Absolute Intense Wrestling (Cleveland, OH) – Davey Vega b Alex Daniels, Joshua Singh, Veda Scott, Louis Lyndon & Flip Kendrick in a 6-way

November 28: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Dalys, La Comandante & Tiffany b Estrellita, Goya Kong & Princesa Sugehit

November 28: AAA (Mexico City, Mexico) – Faby Apache & Ivelisse Velez b Sexy Star & Taya Valkyrie

November 29: YMZ (Tokyo, Japan) – Kaji Tomato b Byi; Mio Shirai b Hatsuhinode Kamen; Hiro Tonai & Sayaka Obihiro b Tank Nagai & Yuma; Kaori Yoneyama & Madoka b Tsubasa Kuragaki & PSYCHO

November 29: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Aoi Kizuki b Akane Fujita; Yuka b Kyuri; Tsukasa Fujimoto & 235 v Hamuko Hoshi & Kurumi went to a time limit draw; Maki Narumiya & Mio Shirai b Miyako Matsumoto & Tsukushi

November 29: Warzone Wrestling (Berwick, Australia) – Kellyanne English b Savannah Summers to win the Warzone Women’s Championship

November 29: Scottish Wrestling Entertainment (Dundee, Scotland) – Layla Rose b Kasey Owens

November 29: Showcase Wrestling (Dumfries, Scotland) – Sara b Viper

November 29: XWA Wrestling (Colchester, England) – Kay Lee Ray b Addy Starr; Rhia O’Reilly b Nikki Storm to win the Pro Wrestling: EVE Championship

November 29: Beyond Wrestling (Providence, RI) – Drew Gulak & Kimber Lee b Pepper Parks & Cherry Bomb

November 29: I Believe In Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Santana Garrett b Miguel Baez

November 29: WrestleCade (Winston Salem, NC) – Lei’D Tapa b Amazing Kong

November 30: OZ Academy (Nagoya, Japan) – Moeka Haruhi v Koari Yoneyama went to a time limit draw; Manami Toyota b Kagetsu; Tsubasa Kuragaki & Hikaru Shida b Yumi Ohka & Mio Shirai; Dynamite Kansai & AKINO b Mayumi Ozaki & Kyusei Sakura Hirota; Aja Kong b Tomoka Nakagawa

November 30: Futureshock Wrestling (Stockport, England) – Danielle Hunter b Toni Storm

Vanessa Kraven Heidi Lovelace TabercilNovember 30: Beyond Wrestling (Providence, RI) – Kimber Lee & Cherry Bomb b Darius Carter & TJ Marconi; Eric Corvis & Myke Quest b Kimber Lee & Cherry Bomb

November 30: Smash Wrestling (Scarborough, ON, Canada) – Vanessa Kraven b Heidi Lovelace

November 30: Premiere Wrestling Xperience (Winston Salem, BC) – Harlem Bravado & Lance Bravado b Candice LaRae & Joey Ryan

November 30: WWE house show (Springfield, MO) – Natalya, Naomi & Emma b Alicia Fox, Summer Rae & Cameron

November 30: Queens of Combat (Winston-Salem, NC) – Miss Diss Lexia b Savannah Evans; Amanda Rodriguez b Crazy Mary Dobson; Sojo Bolt & Dani Jax b Jessie Kaye & Roni Nicole; Neveah b Angelina Love; Mickie James b Tessa Blanchard; Jessicka Havok v LuFisto went to a double count out; Leva Bates & Mia Yim b Candice LeRae & Joey Ryan

November 30: AAA (Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Mexico) – Australian Suicide & Ivelisse Vélez b Dark Cuervo & Sexy Star via DQ

December 1: WWE Raw (Tulsa, OK) – AJ Lee & Naomi b Nikki & Brie Bella

Upcoming

December 5: SHINE 23 (Ybor City, FL) – Mia Yim v Nevaeh; Malia Hosaka & Brandi Wine v Kimber Lee & Cherry Bomb; Heidi Lovelace & Solo Darling v Marti Belle & Jayme Jameson; Taylor Made v La Rosa Negra; Thunderkitty v Leah Von Dutch; Allysin Kay v Crazy Mary Dobson; Leva Bates v Vanessa Kraven; Ivelisse Velez v Amanda Rodriguez; Amber O’Neal v Luscious Latasha

December 5: St Louis Anarchy (Alton, IL) – Candice LeRae v Angelus Layne

December 5: Squared Circle Wrestling (Binghamton, NY) – Jessicka Havok v Veda Scott

December 6: Riot City Wrestling (Adelaide, Australia) – Harley Wonderland v Demi Bennett

December 6: CHIKARA (Philadelphia, PA) – Heidi Lovelace v Missile Assault Ant

December 7: PAID Promotions (Morecambe, England) – Nikki Storm v Viper v Lana Austin v Kay Lee Ray

December 11: WWE NXT (Orlando, FL) – Charlotte v Sasha Banks

Vanessa Kraven Kimber Lee Veda Scott Xandra Bale Cherry BombDecember 12: REINA (Tokyo, Japan) – Marcela v Syuri

December 13: Melbourne City Wrestling (Thornbury, Australia) – Madison Eagles v KC Cassidy

December 14: Smash Wrestling (Mississigaua, ON, Canada) – Vanessa Kraven v Kimber Lee v Veda Scott v Xandra Bale v Cherry Bomb

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

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

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

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

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

January 11: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland)

January 17: Empress Pro (High Wycombe, England) – Bete Noire & Viper v Addy Starr & Rhia O’Reilly

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

January 23: SHINE 24 (Ybor City, FL)

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

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

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

– Lee Burton
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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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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? Would you want to discuss your feelings on any particular subject about women’s wrestling as part of The Soap Box? Send us an email!

Also, we add loads more links, video and thoughts on women’s wrestling on our Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Like and follow us for even deeper coverage.

Meanwhile, if you want one of our t-shirts, click here and pick which shop is best for you. We have stores for the US/Canada (which also ships to Australia) and one for the UK and mainland Europe. Check out the Wrestling Yay, SHIMMER Like A Girl and No Limits 2.0 designs, as well as the Evielution and Free AK47 shirts which we are selling at cost price, and the brand new I Am Not A Bad Person and WoMan Up shirts.

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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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In Video: Mary Elizabeth Monroe vs Nyla Rose & Amber Rodriguez in title action at Covey Pro

Nyla Rose & Selene Grey Covey Pro Covey Pro Wrestling is not a promotion that is talked about often. Like other promotions, its forced to take the backseat to conversations involving its competitors, as majority of indy wrestling fans tend to support those with bigger audience. Growing up in Virginia, I had no knowledge of independent wrestling or that there were promotions operating within the state. It wasn’t until I started following the career of a young Alexis Laree (Mickie James) that KYDA Pro Wrestling of Manassas, Virginia was brought to my attention. Vanguard Championship Wrestling (Norfolk, Virginia), Maryland Championship Wrestling and West Virginia Championship Wrestling are just some of the promotions that are running within proximity, in addition to the occasional shows from other promotions like Ring of Honor.

On a Saturday night back in 2010, I came across Covey Pro while channel surfing. Going through the list of local channels available to me, I noticed it said “wrestling” and immediately I turned to it. The show was taped in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia and featured former WWE Superstar Tatanka. I admit, keeping up on the promotion has not been a top priority, but seeing a women’s division has been more incorporated into the product, just might bring me back into catching the show on Saturday nights. For starters, Mickie James, Jessie Belle (McCoy) and Mary Elizabeth Monroe (going by Mary Elizabeth Hatfield) are former women’s champions in the promotion. Back in April of 2011, James defeated Hannah Blossom to become the first titleholder; she dropped the belt to Belle that November. From there the title was traded back and forth between Jessie Belle and Mary Elizabeth Monroe, making Monroe a three-time champion.

The first video sees Nyla Rose taking on Mary Elizabeth Monroe for the Covey Pro Women’s Championship. Defeating Monroe with a Muscle Buster from the top rope, Rose picked up the tournament win with her feet on the ropes to become the champion. The match took place a year ago, as this episode was leading up to the then upcoming Paddle on the Pole title match between Rose and Amber Rodriguez. Rodriguez retained after rolling up a distracted Nyla Rose for the win, Rose believed she had won the match, though the referee had initially counted to three, he realized that Rodriguez’s foot was under the rope and threw out the call.

That leads us into last week’s episode, which seen the current champion defending against the debuting Selene Grey, with Rose as the special guest referee. The show starts with a message from Grey to Rodriguez, saying that she is going to take her title. The match starts around the twenty-eight minute mark with some word exchanged between both competitors. Frustrated with the referee’s counting, Rodriguez confronted Rose, all for Selene Grey to capitalize on the distraction and rolled her up for the win. Grey’s first title defense is scheduled for this weekend’s card in Gettysburg, PA, defending against both Rodriguez and Rose.

Video courtesy of Covey Pro on YouTube

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Ringbelles Roundup (30 September 2014) – Trish talks about the current Divas, plus a preview of Girls Night Out

AJ Lee Trish StratusTrish Stratus spoke about the current crop of WWE Divas and while she was complimentary, it was tinged with criticism.

“Right now you see the girls with the girls, which is fine, but you can only do so much with the same characters. Unfortunately, they don’t have super developed characters at the moment,” she told CBS News. “The potential is there because there’s some great workers. That’s what we had at the moment things shifted for us. We had the right things.”

I got to get in the ring with The Rock and Kurt Angle… Big Show tossed me over the top ropes. Certainly, those things all resonate with the fans.”

The WWE Hall of Famer and record-setting Women’s Champion seems to like what the current crop like AJ Lee and Paige are doing, but having them align themselves with male characters may not necessarily work out. Brie Bella seems to have regressed in her development as both a wrestler and a character since she became more integrated with her husband Daniel Bryan – while Nikki seems to be fine without associating herself with main squeeze John Cena, even though to do so would compromise Cena’s squeaky clean gimmick to be seen with his bitchy other half. While AJ Lee WWEStratus may claim that wrestlers like Paige need more development, at least the growth is coming while being independent of a guy rather than because of it. If you look at AJ Lee’s history, it’s filled with alignments with men like Primo, Daniel Bryan, Kane, CM Punk and Dolph Ziggler – and she enjoyed the best push of the wrestling aspect of her career when she stood by herself.

Sure, Trish enjoyed her first main event alongside Triple H against The Rock and Lita in the summer of 2000, though she was no great wrestler at the time and was there more because of the way she looked rather than the strength of her character – which was still in the process of being shaped. When Lita main evented Raw around the same time, the storyline was focussed on The Rock, Triple H and Kurt Angle’s impending SummerSlam main event and her Women’s Title challenge against Stephanie McMahon was the sideshow – albeit one with a popular outcome.

It’s a fair argument that Paige, AJ and the rest may not be as popular as Lita and Stratus were at their peak but at this point if they succeed they can claim all the credit – similarly if they bomb it can’t be blamed on their alignment with men. Besides, the pair have been feuding for six months, while Lita and Trish battled on and off for six years. The correct writing could get the new stars over without ever having to associate themselves with the males – and would that not be the most positive feminist statement that WWE could make?

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AIW Girls Night Out posterFemale Fight Season continues this weekend with Absolute Intense Wrestling’s Girls Night Out tapings which feature a mixture of stars, fresh faces and one return after an extended absence.

The main event of GNO13 is a rematch from the previous taping earlier this year with Athena defending the Women’s Championship against Allysin Kay – who is hoping it’s third time lucky when it comes to title challenges in the last month. Considering the match where Kay lost the belt was an impromptu contest, it will be interesting to see the dynamic when both are billed as being ready for each other.

Elsewhere we have international returns in the shape of Nikki Storm and Xandra Bale, as well as the US debut of KC Cassidy, who will take on Storm in a first-time ever encounter. There are also some domestic debuts by second-generation wrestler Tessa Blanchard as well as Chasity Taylor, who will be coming in from North Carolina. The return comes in the form of Mary Elizabeth Monroe, who hasn’t been at a GNO since the first one in 2009.

AIW has invested a lot in women’s wrestling in the last year. As well as having the GNO shows, the promotion has spent a lot of time working with people like Athena, Seleziya Sparx and Heidi Lovelace – which included a Battle of the Sexes intergender event over the summer which seemed to go over well. These GNO shows will be intriguing in the sense that it is providing a platform for wrestlers to make big impressions, and will be highlighted by the stars to draw in the audience. It will certainly be worth a watch.

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We’ve had a mixed bag of stuff on the website this week: there’s been a Retro with Ayako Hamada and Faby Apache teaming with their respective fathers, a video of Sasha Banks before she signed with WWE, an interview with Violet O’Hara where she talked about getting Match of the Night at Bellatrix X – which she accomplished – and a prediction for who will win this year’s Pro Wrestling Illustrated Female 50.

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WWE
AJ Lee Paige WWEAJ Lee is such an unlikeable babyface. After sitting at the commentary desk watching Paige beat Naomi with a ropes-assisted roll-up on Main Event, she took to the ring and hit Paige in the back of the head with the Divas belt for no reason. It’s the most heelish thing that’s been done in the Paige/AJ feud since Paige turned on July 21. Speaking of that feud, it was nudged along on Raw with Paige saying that Alicia Fox – who was beaten by AJ on the show – was her new best friend. Elsewhere on Raw, Brie Bella beat Eva Marie and Cameron in a handicap match set up by sister Nikki, and Layla defeated Rosa Mendes in the latest Total Divas advert… Bayley secured another shot at the NXT Women’s Championship after beating Alexa Bliss on last Thursday’s show. She then issued the challenge to Charlotte, who accepted – their match will take place on Thursday… The Wrestling Observer reports that Vince McMahon has a rule in place that none of the Total Divas cast can be Divas Champion. There is also the proviso that he’s always liable to change his mind at the drop of a hat. Speaking of the Observer, it reported that AJ Lee had been a victim of the nude photos hacking scandal which has been going on this month. It’s not true – the alleged photo is not her, and she said so on Twitter at the weekend… Cameron worked at the Performance Center earlier this year in the hope of improving. It may not have worked… A self-professed insider posted on Reddit that the Bella Twins may fight in a Hell in a Cell match at the PPV with the same name. It seems unlikely though. AJ Lee and Paige are rumoured to be fighting at the show though… Tamina Snuka says she is doing agility ladder drills as part of the rehab of her ACL.

TNA
It was thought to be very unlikely that there would be a Knockouts match at Bound For Glory in Tokyo, Japan on October 12 after Wrestle-1’s Jimmy Suzuki tweeted “We have too many good cards and having difficulty make it less than 10… Sorry but I don’t think there will be a room for girls this time”. After that was said, it was announced yesterday that there would be a women’s match after all – Havok will face Velvet Sky in what appears on paper to be a heel v heel match… Speaking of Havok, she faces Gail Kim with the Knockouts Title on the line on tomorrow’s Impact Wrestling episode.

North America
Mickie James and her boyfriend Magnus have welcomed their first child into the world. Donovan Patrick Aldis was born on Thursday morning… LuFisto will defend the Women Superstars Uncensored Championship at NCW Femmes Fatales XVI on October 25 against the debuting Mia Yim… Since she’s unable to be part of Absolute Intense Wrestling’s Girls Night Out shows this weekend, Seleziya Sparx has lined up another booking – she’s defending the Conflict Wrestling Women’s Championship against Jewells Malone in a No DQ, Falls Count Anywhere match… Nikki Valentine became the first Lucky Pro Wrestling Women’s Championship on Friday by beating Davienne in a cage match… Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling titleholder Nicole Matthews retained her title by beating Danny Deeds on Saturday. Elsewhere on the show, a tournament kicked off to determine a new Women’s Champion with Cat Power beating Violet… LuFisto – who told Wrestle Talk TV that protege Kalamity has now retired – went after DJ Hyde with a knife on Saturday’s Combat Zone Wrestling show for his murder of Pegaboo on WSU’s show earlier this month. Nevaeh beat Kimber Lee in a WSU showcase match on the same event… Hudson Envy held Heather Patera Kimber Lee AAWonto the Alternative Wrestling Show Women’s Championship at the weekend by beating Leah Von Dutch… Angelus Layne challenges Gary Jay for the St Louis Anarchy Championship on Friday in a 2 out of 3 falls match… Heather Patera and Kimber Lee are teaming up for AAW’s Tag Team Championship tournament taking place on October 17… Portia Perez made a grandstand challenge to Ronda Rousey on Twitter for her to show up to fight her at SHIMMER. Don’t bet on it happening though. Incidentally, SHIMMER says the advance ticket sales for the tapings coming up in two and a half weeks are the best ever and it’s expecting a legit sellout on Saturday when you factor in the walk-up sales.

Japan
Following her month-long participation in the Stardom 5*STAR GP, Cheerleader Melissa has been named as a US advocate for the promotion in order to see which Americans could be useful in the promotion.

Europe
Kimber Lee’s been booked into another match for Southside Wrestling’s collaborative weekend with Combat Zone Wrestling. She will team with Drew Gulak against Kay Lee Ray & El Ligero in Nottingham, England on October 10… They will fight again: after at least three contests over the course of 2014, Rhia O’Reilly and Addy Starr will wrestle as part of Pro Wrestling: EVE’s return at XWA’s show on November 1… Sammi Baynz beat Blue Nikita in the main event Builders’ Cage Match at Bellatrix X on Sunday to retain her RQW European Women’s Championship. Elsewhere on the card, Chanel scored her first win the promotion by beating Saraya Knight following interference from Baynz, Liberty defeated Allysin Kay to hold onto the Bellatrix World Championship, and Penelope beat Violet O’Hara in a cracker to win the British Title. The show ended with a massive brawl between Sammi and Saraya… Nikki Storm will defend the Pro Wrestling: EVE Championship against Kay Lee Ray in a No DQ, No Count Out match on October 31’s XWA Wrestling show. It’s her first defence since her DQ loss to Rhia O’Reilly in May last year.

Mexico
Estrellita is out at the moment with a rib injury, meaning her scheduled challenge for Xeuxis’ CMLL Mexican Women’s Championship has been postponed.

Australia & New Zealand
Harley Wonderland is demanding that her title challenge to Riot City Wrestling Women’s Champion Demi Bennett be delayed until a time of her choosing… There will be an intergender match at Melbourne City Wrestling’s 4th Anniversary Show on November 1. Tommy Hellfire & Siren Monroe face The Cremator & Vixsin.

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Results

September 23: Gatoh Move (Tokyo, Japan) – Sayaka Obihiro b Emi Sakura; Riho b Sayaka Obihiro; Riho b Hatsuhinode Kamen; Madoka b Riho; Madoka v Makoto went to a draw; Kaori Yoneyama b “Kotori”

September 23: WWE Main Event (Little Rock, AK) – Paige b Naomi

September 23: CMLL (Guadalajara, Mexico) – Marcela, Silueta & Skadi b Amapola, Dalys & Tiffany

September 24: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Risa Sera b Akane Fujita; Miyako Matsumoto b Meari Naito; Mio Shirai & Yuri Kotobuki b Hamuko Hoshi & Shiori Akiba; Maki Narumiya & Makoto b Tsukasa Fujimoto & Koyuki Hayashi

September 25: Ray Produce (Tokyo, Japan) – Makoto & Koharu Hinata b Kikutaro & Hamuko Hoshi; Tomoka Nakagawa b Gabai-jichan & Cho-un Shiryu in a 3-way; Command Bolshoi b Kaho Kobayashi; Ray & SYU*RI b Leon & Meiko Satomura

September 25: WWE Superstars (Memphis, TN) – Naomi b Alicia Fox

September 25: WWE NXT (Orlando, FL) – Bayley b Alexa Bliss

September 26: Pro Wrestling WAVE (Tokyo, Japan) – Mika Iida b Rabbit Miyu; Sawako Shimono b Koharu Hinata; Fairy Nipponbashi b Kyuri; Sumire Natsu b Shiori Akiba; Kaho Kobayashi & Risa Sera b Rina Yamashita & Manami Kanda

September 26: WWE SmackDown (Little Rock, AK) – Layla & Summer Rae b Natalya & Rosa Mendes

September 26: NWA Signature Pro (Tampa, FL) – Leva Bates & Mia Yim b La Rosa Negra & Solo Darling

September 26: Lucky Pro Wrestling (Hudson, MA) – Nikki Valentine b Davienne to win the LPW Women’s Championship

September 26: RESISTANCE Pro (Willowbrook, IL) – Crazy Mary Dobson b Angel Dust

September 26: WWE House Show (East Rutherford, NJ) – Natalya b Paige

September 26: I Believe In Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Santana Garrett b Joey Mayberry

September 26: Santino Bros Wrestling (Bell Gardens, CA) – Ruby Raze b Ali Hussein

September 26: CMLL (Zumpango, Mexico) – Australian Suicide & Faby Apache b Eterno & Sexy Star

September 27: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Maki Narumiya b Akane Fujita; Maki Narumiya b 235; Kurumi & Kyuri b Miyako Matsumoto & Shiori Akiba; Kurumi v Yuka -went to a time limit draw; Tsukasa Fujimoto & Risa Sera b Aoi Kizuki & Yuri Kotobuki

September 27: Tokyo Joshi Pro (Tokyo, Japan) – KANNA b Ai Shimizu; Yuka Sakazaki b Chikage Kiba; Miyu Yamashita & Shoko Nakajima b Nonoko & Erin

September 27: Scottish Wrestling Alliance (Glasgow, Scotland) – Bete Noire b Nikki Storm

September 27: American Wrestling Rampage (Killarney, Ireland) – Kasey Owens & Leah Owens b Kazza G in a handicap match

September 27: Combat Zone Wrestling (Dayton, OH) – Nevaeh b Kimber Lee

September 27: Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling (Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada) – Cat Power b Violet; Nicole Matthews b Danny Deeds

Leah Von Dutch Hudson Envy Chad SimplicioSeptember 27: Ronin Pro Wrestling (Miami, FL) – La Rosa Negra b Leva Bates; Solo Darling b Justine Silver via DQ

September 27: Alternative Wrestling Show (South Gate, CA) – Raze b Melissa Coates; Hudson Envy b Leah Von Dutch

September 27: West End Wrestling (Stowe, PA) – Annie Social b Amber Rodriguez

September 27: Pro Wrestling Riot (Titusville, FL) – Chasyn Rance b Santana Garrett

September 28: Pro Wrestling WAVE (Osaka, Japan) – Mio Shirai b Moeka Haruhi; Melanie Cruise b Sawako Shimono; Misaki Ohata b Shu Shibutani; Mika Iida & Sakura Hirota b Sumire Natsu & Rina Yamashita; Dynamite Kansai & Fairy Nipponbashi b Kana & Kaho Kobayashi; Yuu Yamagata, Mari Apache & Ayako Hamada b Hikaru Shida, Yumi Oka & Tomoka Nakagawa

September 28: Chigusa Nagayo Produce (Takasaki, Japan) – Leon b Yua Hayashi; Yumiko Hotta & Takako Inoue b Dump Matsumoto & ZAP; Kayoko Haruyama b Rabbit Miyu; Nanae Takahashi b Koguma; Command Bolshoi & Arisa Nakajima b KAORU & Mima Shimoda

September 28: Sendai Girls (Niigata, Japan) – Hanako Nakamori b Raideen Hagane; Eiger b Alex Lee; Manami Toyota & Tsubasa Kuragaki b Kagetsu & Ray; Meiko Satomura & DASH Chisako b Aja Kong & Kyoko Kimura; DASH Chisako won a battle royal

September 28: Ice Ribbon (Kanagawa, Japan) – Tsukasa Fujimoto b 235; Jun Kasai & Miyako Matsumoto b The Winger & Mochi Miyagi; Tsukasa Fujimoto, Maki Narumiya & Risa Sera b Akane Fujita, Kurumi & Tsukushi

September 28: PAID Promotions (Morecambe, England) – Kay Lee Ray b Carmel Jacob

September 28: Scottish Wrestling Alliance (Beith, Scotland) – Courtney b Viper

13 Chanel Saraya Knight BellatrixSeptember 28: Bellatrix X (Norwich, England) – Erin Angel b Lady Lory; Amy-Lee Krammer b Shax; Penelope b Violet O’Hara to win the Bellatrix British Championship; Chanel b Saraya Knight; Liberty b Allysin Kay; Karama & Leah Elise b Holly Burage & Elsie; Skarlett b Miss Mina; Sammi Baynz b Blue Nikita

September 28: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – La Vaquerita, Princesa Sugehit & Skadi b La Comandante, La Seductora & Zeuxis

September 29: WWE Raw (Rosemont, IL) – Layla b Rosa Mendes; Brie Bella b Cameron & Eva Marie; Alicia Fox b AJ Lee

September 29: CMLL (Puebla, Mexico) – La Comandante & La Seductora b La Vaquerita & Lluvia

Upcoming

October 3: House Of Pain Evolution (Mansfield, England) – Nixon Newell v Violet O’Hara

October 3: Premier British Wrestling (Lambert, Scotland) – Kasey & Leah Owens v Kay Lee Ray & Lucy Cole

October 3: St Louis Anarchy (Alton, IL) – Gary Jay v Angelus Layne

October 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: Revolution Championship Wrestling (Barcelona, Spain) – Audrey Bride v Leah Owens v Hikaru Shida

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 4: Ring Wars Carolina (Lumberton, NC) – Devyn Nicole v Katie T

October 4: Coliseum Championship Wrestling (Evansville, IN) – Marriah Moreno v Mickie Knuckles

October 4: American States Wrestling Alliance (Mansfield, OH) – Nevaeh v Samantha Heights

October 4: Conflict Wrestling (Kitchener, ON, Canada) – Seleziya Sparx v Jewells Malone

October 4: Absolute Intense Wrestling Girls Night Out 13 (Cleveland, OH) – Tessa Blanchard v Veda Scott; Athena v Allysin Kay; Nikki Storm v KC Cassidy; Taeler Hendrix v Xandra Bale; Angel Dust v Chasity Taylor; Annie Social v Thunderkitty

October 4: Absolute Intense Wrestling Girls Night Out 14 (Cleveland, OH) – Taeler Hendrix v Mary Elizabeth Monroe; Tessa Blanchard v Chasity Taylor; Xandra Bale v Angel Dust

October 5: Dragon Pro Wrestling (Newport, Wales) – Addy Starr v Pollyanna Peppers; Rhia O’Reilly v Nixon Newell

October 5: Futureshock Wrestling (Stockport, England) – Danni Hunter & Bete Noire v Lana Austin & Viper

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

Kay Lee Ray Kimber LeeOctober 10: Southside Wrestling (Nottingham, England) – Kay Lee Ray & El Ligero v Kimber Lee & Drew Gulak

October 10: SHINE 22 (Ybor City, FL)

October 11: Discovery Wrestling (Edinburgh, Scotland) – Shanna v Viper v Sammii Jayne

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: TNA Bound For Glory (Tokyo, Japan) – Havok v Velvet Sky

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: DOA Wrestling (March, England) – Penelope v Chanel v Addy Starr

October 18: Scottish Wrestling Alliance (Motherwell, Scotland) – Viper v Sammii Jayne

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

October 24: Scottish Wrestling Alliance (Glasgow, Scotland) – Nikki Storm v Leah Von Dutch

October 24: Valkyrie Women’s Wrestling (Brooklyn, NY) – Sumie Sakai v Kacee Carlisle; Kimber Lee v La Rosa Negra; Tessa Blanchard v Nikki Addams; Kimber Lee v La Rosa Negra v Hania; Mia Yim v Jessie Brooks

October 25: Southside Wrestling (Stevenage, England) – Mark Andrews v El Ligero v Will Ospreay v Rich Swann v Kay Lee Ray v Curry Man

October 25: NWA Branded Outlaw Wrestling (San Antonio, TX) – Kat Green & Danny Ramons v Athena & Mathew Palmer

October 25: NWA Houston (Cypress, TX) – Barbi Hayden v Delilah Doom

LuFisto Mia YimOctober 25: NCW Femmes Fatales XVI (Montreal, QC, Canada) – Jodi D’Milo v Vanessa Kraven; Courtney Rush v Cheerleader Melissa; LuFisto v Mia Yim

October 26: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland)

October 31: XWA Wrestling (Sudbury, England) – Nikki Storm v Kay Lee Ray

November 1: Melbourne City Wrestling (Melbourne, Australia) – Tommy Hellfire & Siren Monroe v The Cremator & Vixsin

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

November 1: XWA Wrestling (Colchester, Essex) – Rhia O’Reilly v Addy Starr

November 2: Alpha 1 Wrestling (Hamilton, ON, Canada) – Seleziya Sparx v Jasmin

November 8: 4 Front Wrestling (Brisol, England) – Nadia Sapphire v Chardonnay

November 8: Women Superstars Uncensored (Voorhees, NJ)

November 15: Riot City Wrestling “City Chicks” (Adelaide, Australia)

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

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

November 16: British Empire Wrestling (London, England) – Dragonita v Dean Michael; Lola & Nina Samuels v Astronomica & Nightshade

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

November 23: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland)

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

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

– Lee Burton
– Photos by WWE (1,2,4), Chad Simplicio (6)
– Data collated from (but not limited to) Cagematch, joshifans.com, PuroLove, Dramatic DDT, Luchablog, Lords Of Pain, Wrestling Observer, Open The Puroresu Gate, Ringstars, PWInsider, NHB Girls, North Starz, WrestlingData

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WWE Network counts down "Top 10 Dangerous Divas"

WWE Countdown
This week, the WWE Network‘s ‘Countdown’ show featured a top 10 countdown of what they termed the ‘Top 10 Dangerous Divas’, as voted for by the WWE Universe. We’re not sure how long ago the voting took place for this edition of the show, nor when the show was mostly put together (a shaven headed CM Punk is seen commenting on some of the entries, for example), but it was nonetheless an interesting hour of programming – full of excellent clips of some of the more notable female performers over the years in the WWE.

It’s not a list to be taken seriously by any means, but it does reflect an interesting point. Of the top 10 ‘Dangerous Divas’ listed (and you can quantify that term however you wish), only Stephanie McMahon is still with the company – and while Stephanie and a number of the current WWE Divas are seen commenting on their predecessors, it did give the impression that there is nobody around today who has anywhere near the impact that some of the previous generations did. Most of the top 10 you could probably guess (and the usual two you’d expect were indeed at numbers 1 and 2) – and while a few others were mentioned in passing (there was a brief mention of Miss Elizabeth at the start of the show – one of several women credited with being “the first Diva” on this show), and Mickie James, Luna Vachon and AJ Lee all had somewhat of an honourable mention during a quick diversion into the sub-genre of “Crazy Chicks”, there was no love on the countdown for many former champions, including the likes of Ivory, Wendi Richter, Victoria and Michelle McCool – although most of them were seen in clip form at some point in passing. On the other hand, unless she was in the absolute briefest of clips, it looks like one-time trailblazer Chyna wasn’t even shown for a second.

The countdown in full…

10. SunnyTrish and Lita

9. Alundra Blayze

8. Sable

7. The Fabulous Moolah

6. Sensational Sherri

5. Mae Young

4. Stephanie McMahon

3. Beth Phoenix

2. Trish Stratus

1. Lita

Any thoughts on the top 10? Missed your favourite? Surprised at a ranking? Feel free to let us know via social media or in the comments below. The ‘Dangerous Divas’ episode of WWE Countdown will be airing on the live WWE Network feed throughout the week at various times, but is available on demand at any time.

— Stew Allen

WWE Network counts down “Top 10 Dangerous Divas”

WWE Countdown
This week, the WWE Network‘s ‘Countdown’ show featured a top 10 countdown of what they termed the ‘Top 10 Dangerous Divas’, as voted for by the WWE Universe. We’re not sure how long ago the voting took place for this edition of the show, nor when the show was mostly put together (a shaven headed CM Punk is seen commenting on some of the entries, for example), but it was nonetheless an interesting hour of programming – full of excellent clips of some of the more notable female performers over the years in the WWE.

It’s not a list to be taken seriously by any means, but it does reflect an interesting point. Of the top 10 ‘Dangerous Divas’ listed (and you can quantify that term however you wish), only Stephanie McMahon is still with the company – and while Stephanie and a number of the current WWE Divas are seen commenting on their predecessors, it did give the impression that there is nobody around today who has anywhere near the impact that some of the previous generations did. Most of the top 10 you could probably guess (and the usual two you’d expect were indeed at numbers 1 and 2) – and while a few others were mentioned in passing (there was a brief mention of Miss Elizabeth at the start of the show – one of several women credited with being “the first Diva” on this show), and Mickie James, Luna Vachon and AJ Lee all had somewhat of an honourable mention during a quick diversion into the sub-genre of “Crazy Chicks”, there was no love on the countdown for many former champions, including the likes of Ivory, Wendi Richter, Victoria and Michelle McCool – although most of them were seen in clip form at some point in passing. On the other hand, unless she was in the absolute briefest of clips, it looks like one-time trailblazer Chyna wasn’t even shown for a second.

The countdown in full…

10. SunnyTrish and Lita

9. Alundra Blayze

8. Sable

7. The Fabulous Moolah

6. Sensational Sherri

5. Mae Young

4. Stephanie McMahon

3. Beth Phoenix

2. Trish Stratus

1. Lita

Any thoughts on the top 10? Missed your favourite? Surprised at a ranking? Feel free to let us know via social media or in the comments below. The ‘Dangerous Divas’ episode of WWE Countdown will be airing on the live WWE Network feed throughout the week at various times, but is available on demand at any time.

— Stew Allen

Ringbelles Retro: Melina v Mickie James – Falls Count Anywhere

Melina Mickie JamesTwo years ago, WWE released a Falls Count Anywhere DVD featuring a bunch of brawls over a 20 year span. There is also one women’s match featured on the set, and that’s the match we have for you today.

Melina‘s defence of the WWE Women’s Championship against Mickie James on the March 5, 2007 episode of Raw and spilled backstage, which led to interference by Victoria and Torrie Wilson, and also kickstarted Ashley Massaro‘s title challenge at WrestleMania 23, with the former Diva Search winner serving as the guest ring announcer for this match and getting involved after the bell.

Speaking of which, the ending to this match is utterly terrifying, and not in a good way. Click the jump to see what we mean. Continue reading “Ringbelles Retro: Melina v Mickie James – Falls Count Anywhere”