Ringbelles Roundup (23 December 2014) – Awards, Natalya talks lots of stuff and more

2013 awards Mercedes MartinezRingbelles usually goes to the trouble of creating physical awards for its year-end honours but things have been a bit strained in the last few months, so there’s no glass trophy for this year’s winner. However, after considering not doing them due to the intention of closing, I’ve decided to write a little bit about the awards which we did want to highlight.

Last year’s victor of the top prize was Mercedes Martinez, who had excelled as NCW Femmes Fatales International Champion and was also a very solid hand in SHINE and SHIMMER, though she decreased her bookings in 2014 and eventually stepped away from the ring after dropping the International belt to Courtney Rush in August.

There are just two awards this year – that’s because the Discovery of the Year honour was going to be dumped anyway. The reason is because there’s a big disparity between when we discover someone and when others do the same. For example, Nikki Storm won last year’s Discovery title even though we’ve been championing her for years, but she made a big splash on US fans with her antics at SHIMMER so we went with it despite it not making the most sense. As a result, the Wrestler of the Year and Breakout Star of the Year will be the ones we’ll look at.

Let’s start with the latter, which was a very competitive category. Sammi Baynz was given consideration for being so great at Bellatrix’s shows in 2014, wrestling Blue Nikita three times and also having another entertaining outing against Liberty. In addition, she made a good impression in her Scottish debut where she took on Viper at Fierce Females’ Mad Maxine show in July and returned in August to team with Liberty against the Owens Twins. Kay Lee Ray also received a lot of thought for turning heel in Fierce Females, and making it to the final three of TNA’s British Boot Camp 2 show. She also held Southside Wrestling’s Speed King title for a lot of the year and won the first Aerial Assault match held in Europe, beating five men to do so. Had she won British Boot Camp, she may have snared the award. Mia Yim also received a look after winning both the SHINE Tag Team and singles championships this year, as well as receiving her first SHIMMER title shot in April, though was unsuccessful in that attempt.

Heidi Lovelace Dave MuscarellaHowever, the Breakout Star of the Year title goes to Heidi Lovelace, who showed her versatility in matches all across North America. While she showed her comedic and light-hearted side in SHINE alongside Solo Darling, she also decided to work IWA Mid-South’s reprisal of the Queen of the Deathmatches tournament, beating Hudson Envy in a Tacks, Ladders and Canes match before losing to Ludark Shaitan in a Fans Bring The Weapons contest. That also goes along with her well-received work in SHIMMER, impressing in both singles and tag team action.

Heidi has also excelled in intergender competition, making it to the quarter finals of Absolute Intense Wrestling’s JT Lightning Invitational Tournament before losing to Michael Elgin, and also scored the AAW Heritage Title by beating Matt Cage – though her work in Wrestling Is Fun has helped her to break new barriers for women in wrestling. Lovelace fought through two matches – including a six-way elimination match – to make it to the final of the Young Lions Cup tournament, which she won earlier this month by beating Missile Assault Ant in the final, showcased in the pre-show of Chikara’s Tomorrow Never Dies iPPV. In doing so, she became the first female victor of the cup and also solidified her as a well-appreciated performer who has the ability to adapt her style for different types of matches against different opponents. It’s a safe assertion to say that the Punk Rock Rag Doll will climb even higher in 2015.

So, the other award is the Wrestler of the Year honour, which was a pretty tough call. Paige has been winning accolades all over the place this year after winning the WWE Divas Championship on two occasions as well as holding the NXT and Divas belts at the same time. She also racked up quite a few successful defences on PPV before turning heel and really ratcheting up her character work. Elsewhere, LuFisto had one of her best years by winning the Women Superstars Uncensored World Championship by beating Mickie Knuckles, Allysin Kay and Jenny Rose, as well as getting into an angle with WSU owner DJ Hyde and his hand-picked star Sassy Stephie which led to the Wounded Owl Ronin going after Hyde with a knife on a Combat Zone Wrestling show. In addition, she almost wrested the SHIMMER Championship from Cheerleader Melissa at volume 63 in April and undergoing a mild heel turn the following week before reverting back to being a babyface. However, our winner has showed off her wrestling skills at a main event level and has also showed how she can verbalise too.

Ivelisse VelezIvelisse Velez started off the year by winning the SHINE Championship from Valkyrie cohort Rain but was kicked out of the group because of her victory and turned babyface in the process, which saw her get over huge with the fans. Successful defences over Mercedes Martinez, Saraya Knight, Nevaeh and Madison Eagles all followed, along with an entertaining 60 minute draw against Serena Deeb before dropping the belt to Mia Yim in China last month. In addition, she has been able to display more character development since dropping the belt by getting obsessive over winning it back, shown by her aggression levels in her win over Amanda Rodriguez on the last show and then getting involved in Yim’s defence against Nevaeh which led to the match ending in a DQ win for the challenger. While this is all a good example of how she has evolved her persona, it has also been demonstrated in new ventures.

Velez signed on for Lucha Underground and has proved herself to be an entertaining heel who can irritate on the microphone. Teaming up with Son of Havoc, she has been tormenting Sexy Star, which las led to the pair engaging in a feud, which also saw her debut for AAA in Mexico where the roles were reversed and Sexy was the heel with Ivelisse working as the babyface. When you factor in how much her star has risen in the last 12 months and how much more marketable she was this time a year ago, you can understand why Ivelisse has earned Ringbelles’ Wrestler of the Year award, and also makes you wonder how both WWE and TNA had the chance to have her on their books and both let her slip through their fingers. I don’t understand wrestling sometimes…

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Natalya WWENatalya spoke to the Mirror UK about things like Total Divas – where she claimed the tensions between she and husband Tyson Kidd was genuine, as well as the reaction to her being booked to beat Charlotte in less than 3 minutes on Raw earlier this month:

“We don’t control a lot of things in WWE, it’s live TV, you can’t control how long you’re going to get. Sometimes you’re going to get 20 minutes and sometimes you’re going to get 20 seconds, you just have to maximise those minutes and do the best you can.”

She also discussed the difference between the Divas wrestling in NXT and on WWE’s main roster:

“That’s why I go to NXT, any chance I get, I go to NXT. I want to be on Raw, I want to be on SmackDown, and NXT, and Total Divas, and Main Event, and Superstars, and I want to be on the WWE app – because I want to take any moment I can to get TV time and I want to tell stories.

“The girls and the guys in NXT are extremely fortunate because Triple H has taken NXT under his wing. I tell Triple H this, I look around the room and make sure no one’s looking, and I tell him it’s my favourite show. It’s my favourite show because the Superstars and Divas do get time and it’s a cool show because you get to watch these different characters grow and come to life.”

It seems as if there is a lot of love being openly directed towards NXT at the moment without trying to knock the main product as a result. Natalya was very diplomatic with her praise and dodged criticising her bread and butter.

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This is the final Ringbelles Roundup before this website departs but I am happy to say that this portion of the site may continue on after our departure. Contributor Ciara Reid has accepted my offer of taking it over and posting it elsewhere, though where that may be is still up for discussion – so if you’re interested in having it, send her a tweet at @ciara92189.

Ciara used to write something similar when she was linked with Angrymarks so she has the ability to cover wrestling from all over the world, and will put her own personal stamp on it. Hopefully this will mean that women’s wrestling fans looking for a weekly fix of what is going on globally will still have somewhere to get it.

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WWE
Nikki Bella retained her Divas Championship by beating Naomi on Tuesday’s live SmackDown show. It was set up on the Main Event show broadcast earlier. Naomi is currently in a strained relationship with husband Jimmy Uso, which means that when you consider the issues between Natalya and Tyson Kidd, WWE has two rocky marriage angles going on at the same time… Becky Becky Lynch Bayley WWELynch’s heel turn kicked up a notch when she tapped out Bayley on last week’s NXT with her new submission hold, the Four Leaf Clover… It was 1-1 for Emma last week. She lost to Paige on Main Event but beat Summer Rae on Superstars… Alexa Bliss has been beating Carmella & Dana Brooke in 3-way matches on the latest NXT house shows… Speaking of Dana, she will be representing WWE at next year’s Arnold Classic bodybuilding event. She will be competing in the fitness division. She told WWE.com, “My dreams are coming true. It’s like Christmas came early for me. I cannot feel more honored. This just shows how much WWE wants their athletes to succeed. I’m blessed. I will not let the WWE Universe down”… Former developmental talent Shaul “Raquel Diaz” Guerrero is engaged to current NXT talent Aiden English… Developmental Diva Dasha Kuret ring announced NXT’s show in Tampa, FL last Friday… Paige was named Diva of the Year by Rolling Stone magazine… Following in AJ Lee’s footsteps, Emma has launched her own personal website, entitled tenilledashwood.com… Natalya pinned Brie Bella on last night’s Raw before knocking Nikki off the apron, leading her holding the Divas Title belt. Looks like Nattie’s next in line.

TNA
Brooke Tessmacher and Robbie E were eliminated from The Amazing Race last week, missing out on the $1m prize.

North America
Jessica James will make her SHINE debut next month as part of SHINE 24. Meanwhile, after what happened at SHINE 23, a 6-woman tag team match has been announced for on January 23. Kimber Lee, Cherry Bomb & Leah Von Dutch will face Legendary members Malia Hosaka, Brandi Wine & Thunderkitty… Speaking of Hosaka, she will be honoured with a Retired Women’s Wrestling Award by the Cauliflower Alley Club next April. Someone at the CAC later noticed the error and removed the “retired” part of the title… Two matches have been announced for Women Superstars Uncensored’s next show on February 21. Hania and Athena face off again, though this time it will be under Tables Ladders and Chairs rules, while Kimber Lee & Annie Social get another shot at Tag Team Championship JT Dunn and David Starr after beating them in individual matches on the last show… Athena challenges Su Yung for the Anarchy Championship Wrestling American Joshi Championship on January 18… Athena also defended her Absolute Intense Wrestling Women’s Championship on Saturday at Metroplex Wrestling’s show in Bedford, TX. She beat Claudia by curb stomping her onto thumbtacks and making her tap out to the Red Wedding… Nevaeh is eyeing up a February return from her knee injury.

Japan
Hikaru Shida’s joint Pro Wrestling WAVE Regina di WAVE and Revolution Championship Wrestling title defence against Mio Shirai on Sunday’s WAVE show ended in a 30 minute time limit draw… Mio Io Shirai StardomIt’s confirmed: sisters Mio and Io Shirai will wrestle on February 14 on Mio’s self-produced show. It was made official after today’s Stardom show after Io’s match where she teamed with Mayu Iwatani & Masaaki Mochizuki to beat the retiring Miho Wakizawa as well as Manami Toyota & Genki Horiguchi. 35-year old Wakizawa is stepping away after 18 years of competition… Two title changes on Diana’s show earlier today. Keiko Aono defeated Manami Toyota to win the singles title while Jaguar Yokota & Sareee beat KAORU & Mima Shimoda to win the tag straps. The show was topped off with Kyoko Inoue beating Yumiko Hotta in a No Ropes Barbed Wire Current Blast Time Bomb Death Match.

Europe
As you would expect, Southside regular Kay Lee Ray has been added to the 4-way to crown the first Queen of Southside. Debuting Saraya Knight is the other person who has been announced.

Mexico
Lucha Underground is interested in signing Dark Angel, according to the Wrestling Observer. Considering she’s part of CMLL and Lucha Underground has ties with AAA, that could be a difficult ask.

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Results

December 16: WWE Main Event (Grand Rapids, MI) – Paige b Emma

Naomi Nikki Bella WWEDecember 16: WWE SmackDown (Grand Rapids, MI) – Nikki Bella b Naomi

December 16: CMLL (Guadalajara, Mexico) – Zeuxis b Princesa Sugehit

December 17: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Hamuko Hoshi & Akane Fujita b Miyako Matsumoto & Yuri Kotobuki; Neko Nitta b Maya Yukihi; Maki Narumiya v Meari Naito went to a time limit draw; Arisa Nakajima & Risa Sera b Tsukasa Fujimoto & Hanako Nakamori

December 17: Union Tokyo, Japan) – Cherry & Ladybeard b Riho & Sayaka Obihiro; Mio Shirai b Ryu Gouma

December 17: WWE Tribute to the Troops (Columbus, GA) – Naomi, Emma & Natalya b Paige and Nikki & Brie Bella

December 18: WWE NXT (Orlando, FL) – Becky Lynch b Bayley

December 18: WWE NXT house show (Tampa, FL) – Alexa Bliss b Carmella & Dana Brooke in a 3-way

December 18: WWE Superstars (Detroit, MI) – Emma b Summer Rae

December 18: AAA (Mexico City, Mexico) – Jennifer Blake & La Jarochita b Cinthia Moreno & Sexy Lady

December 19: Diana (Kawasaki, Japan) – Megumi Yabushita b Meiko Tanaka; Keiko Aono & Mask De Sun b Kaho Kobayashi & Koharu Hinata; Kaoru Ito b Tomoko Watanabe; Jaguar Yokota, Kyoko Inoue & Sareee b Yumiko Hotta, KAORU & Mima Shimoda

December 19: WWE NXT house show (Jacksonville, FL) – Alexa Bliss b Carmella & Dana Brooke in a 3-way

December 19: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Dark Angel, La Vaquerita & Marcela b Amapola, Dalys & La Seductora

December 20: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Shu Shibutani & Miyako Matsumoto b 235 & Kyuri; Maki Narumiya b Yuka; Risa Sera v Kurumi went to a time limit draw; Tsukasa Fujimoto & Aoi Kizuki b Hamuko Hoshi & Tsukushi

December 20: Attack Pro Wrestling (Bristol, England) – Pete Dunne & Mark Andrews b Nixon Newell & Chris Brookes

December 20: 4 Front Wrestling (Bristol, England) – Nadia Sapphire b Chardonnay

December 20: WWE house show (Winnipeg, MB, Canada) – Natalya b Paige

December 20: Metroplex Wrestling (Bedford, TX) – Athena b Claudia

December 20: WWE NXT house show (Lakeland, FL) – Alexa Bliss b Carmella & Dana Brooke in a 3-way

Tsukasa Fujimoto Tsukushi Resuner YokoyamaDecember 21: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – Yako Fujigasaki b Haruka Kato; Eri b Yua Hayashi & Raideen Hagane in a 3-way; Kayoko Haruyama b KAZUKI; Command Bolshoi & Kyoko Kimura b Leon & Hanako Nakamori; Arisa Nakajima & Tsukushi v Tsukasa Fujimoto & Rabbit Miyu went to a time limit draw

December 21: Pro Wrestling WAVE (Osaka, Japan) – Fairy Nipponbashi b Moeka Haruhi; Yuu Yamagata b Hiroe Nagahama; Yumi Ohka b Kaho Kobayashi; Kana b Rina Yamashita; Shu Shibutani b Mika Iida; Misaki Ohata b Sawako Shimono; Hikaru Shida v Mio Shirai went to a time limit

December 21: Stardom (Osaka, Japan) – Kris Wolf b Momo Watanabe; Act Yasukawa & Kellie Skater b Kaori Yoneyama & Hatsuhinode Kamen; Io Shirai b Mystique; Kairi Hojo & Koguma b Reo Hazuki & Takumi Iroha; Nanae Takahashi & Miho Wakizawa b Yoshiko & Mayu Iwatani

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

December 21: Insane Championship Wrestling (Glasgow, Scotland) – Layla Rose b Sammii Jayne

December 22: WWE Raw (Minneapolis, MN) – Natalya b Brie Bella; Naomi, Alicia Fox & Emma b Paige, Cameron & Summer Rae

December 22: CMLL (Puebla, Mexico) – Amapola, La Comandante & Zeuxis b La Vaquerita, Lluvia & Princesa Sugehit

December 23: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – Arisa Nakajima, Command Bolshoi & Rabbit Miyu b Leon, Raideen Hagane & Yua Hayashi; Kayoko Harumya b Yako Fujigasaki; Hanako Nakamori won a battle royal

December 23: Diana (Kawasaki, Japan) – Yuiga & Hamuko Hoshi b Kaho Kobayashi & Koharu Hinata; Eiger & Mask De Sun b Arisa Nakajima & Raideen Hagane; Takako Inoue & Cherry b Keiko Aono & Megumi Yabushita; Tomoko Watanabe b Meiko Tanaka; Kaoru Ito b Manami Toyota to win the Diana World Championship; Jaguar Yokota & Sareee b KAORU & Mima Shimoda to win the Diana World Tag Team Championship; Kyoko Inoue b Yumiko Hotta

December 23: Stardom (Tokyo, Japan) – Reo Hazuki b Momo Watanabe; Act Yasukawa b Kris Wolf; Koguma b Kyoko Kimura, Kaori Yoneyama, Hatsuhinode Kamen, Mystique & Kellie Skater; Io Shirai, Mayu Iwatani & Masaaki Mochizuki b Miho Wakizawa, Manami Toyota & Genki Horiguchi; Yoshiko b Saki Akai; Nanae Takahashi & Kairi Hojo b Takumi Iroha & Risa Sera

Upcoming

December 26: Absolute Intense Wrestling (Cleveland, OH) – Tessa Blanchard, Jennifer Blake & Heidi Lovelace v Veda Scott, Alexia Nicole & Jasmin

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 4: Scottish Wrestling Alliance (Glasgow, Scotland) – Debbie Sharpe v Viper

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

January 4: Inspire Pro Wrestling (Austin, TX) – Barbi Hayden v Veda Scott; 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; Ruby Summers v Chardonnay; Nikki Storm v Pollyanna

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

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

Athena Su YungJanuary 18: Anarchy Championship Wrestling (Austin, TX) – Jessica James v Jojo Bravo; Athena v Su Yung

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

January 23: Valkyrie Women’s Wrestling (Woodbury Heights, NJ) – Kacee Carlisle v Mistress Belmont; La Rosa Negra v Aja Perera

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

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

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

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

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

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

February 22: Bellatrix 12 (Norwich, England)

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

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

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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

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In Video: Ice Ribbon’s show from November 24th: Fujimoto defends the ICEx∞ Championship/Tomoka Nakagawa’s final appearance

Tsukasa Fujimoto vs KizukiMonth from now, Tsukasa Fujimoto heading into her tenth title defense as ICEx∞ Champion at Ice Ribbon‘s year-end annual show “RibbonMania.” Just a few days ago, its announced that Fujimoto’s next challenger would be in the form of a current champion outside the promotion. It turned out; current JWP Openweight Champion Arisa Nakajima would be the competitor stepping up to the plate, as her title is also on the line. On December 28th, Fujimoto will be defending her title against Nakajima in the main event of RibbonMania at Korakuen Hall. That same day, same building, Fujimoto will be challenging Nakajima for the Openweight Championship as part of JWP’s “Climax.” A possible unification of the titles could happen, as this wouldn’t be the first time Fujimoto or Nakajima have unified championships.

The video features the entire show from November 24th, featuring Fujimoto retaining the ICEx∞ Title against Aoi Kizuki after two Venus Shoots. The International Ribbon Tag Team Championship is also on the line as champions Maki Narumiya and Risa Sera (STAP) take on Cherry and the soon-to-retired Meari Naito. Yuuka wrestled twice on the show, taking on Kurumi in singles action and teaming up with Mio Shirai and Yuri Kotobuki against Akane Fujita, Kyuri and 235 to open the show. Tomoka Nakagawa also appeared on the show, she and Mochi Miyagi took on Maya Yuhiki and Tsukushi; Nakagawa’s final match in Ice Ribbon. Moreover, Neko Nitta makes her first title defense as Triangle Ribbon Champion against Miyako Matsumoto and Chon Shiryu. Peep the entire show; share with us your comments about the show on our Facebook and Twitter.

Photos courtesy of Ice Ribbon, Kazushi Mitsuhashi

Video courtesy of Gaijins Stuff via YouTube

Ringbelles Roundup (11 November 2014) – A big week for the Brits, praise for Charlotte & Ivelisse, and more

Nikki Storm Kay Lee Ray Kasey Leah Owens British Boot CampWithout even planning it – as this website is wont to do – Ringbelles seems to have been on a bit of a British love-fest over the last week.

It started last Wednesday with the announcement of the next step in the revival of Pro Wrestling: EVE, with the title being put on the line by Nikki Storm against the only challenger she has been unable to beat. The last time she and Rhia O’Reilly fought, the challenger won via DQ, so this contest is going to have no count outs of DQs, and cannot end in a no contest. In addition, the November 29 XWA Wrestling show which it will take place on will also see Kay Lee Ray take on Addy Starr.

The next piece we posted was a surprising show announcement as Bellatrix revealed that it would be holding one more event in 2014 to crown a new British Champion following Penelope vacating the belt. We also posted the premiere episode of Bellatrix’s TV show which was broadcast on November 1. At the time, it was announced that there would be an Ultimate Champions match featuring the World Champion, British Champion, RQW European Champion and Queen of the Ring to determine who was the best in what would be an annual showcase to commemorate the passing to Stewart Allen, though it was filmed before the Bellatrix 11 announcement and we’ve been told the match will take place next year. Having said that, it would be a bit difficult to have the match on the next show as there is no British titleholder at the moment…

Sunday saw the transmission of the TNA British Boot Camp UK finals show which was recorded back in August, with Nikki Storm winning a 4-way also involving Kay Lee Ray, Leah Owens and Kasey Owens, but it was KLR who received the nod to go forwards to the US portion of the show as one of the top six finalists. Reading comments around the internet, it seems as if everybody is happy for the high-flying redhead, but also feel that Storm should have been considered.

Speaking of Storm, she must be the only person to be on a TNA show on day and then on a WWE show the next as she was one of Adam Rose’s Rosebuds on last night’s Raw held in Liverpool, England. She was joined by previous Rosebuds Miss Louise Jane and Amazon Ayesha Ray, while Leah Von Dutch, Carmel Jacob and Sara-Marie Taylor also joined the party. Also on the show, Brie Bella lost to Divas Champion AJ Lee on Raw, but sister Nikki attacked the titleholder after the match and left her laying before berating her sister for losing. Things still aren’t going well for Brie.

Paige Alicia Fox WWEOn the flip side, Paige’s second Raw in her home country was a more successful outing than her first appearance in May when she was beaten by Alicia Fox in a flat match in the middle of Alicia’s push. Since then Paige has turned heel, befriended Fox, dumped her (making Alicia a de facto babyface in the process) and the pair started feuding again. Receiving a monster pop, the Brit worked as a face to defeat Fox with the RamPaige to the delight of the crowd.

All in all, it’s been a positive week for British talent. In fact, it’s a great place to be a women’s wrestling fan at the moment with layers of experience so you have veterans, well travelled stars, promising trainees, eager newcomers and more. In every pocket of this amalgamation of nations are interesting characters with a wealth of talent. If you’re a fan of women’s wrestling and you haven’t had much of a look at what’s going on in the United Kingdom, why not take a look – there’s bound to be someone who catches your attention.

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WWE
Interesting dynamic for the Diva tag match in London, England on Wednesday: it was Nikki Bella and Paige against AJ Lee & Brie Bella, but Nikki said that as per the stipulations of Hell in a Cell where Brie had to be her assistant, she wanted her sister to join her as a manager, so it became a handicap match with AJ on her own. In the end, the Divas Champ got the win when Brie’s Yes chants on the outside distracted Nikki and she was rolled up for the pinfall. A similar thing happened the following day in Birmingham, and again in Manchester on Friday… Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks beat Charlotte and Bayley on last Thursday’s NXT. Charlotte was desperate to get her hands on Banks, who refused to tag in to take on her former stablemate in the BFFs… Nikki Brie Bella Hottest Red Carpet Looks 2014 MTV EMANatalya’s ongoing troubles with husband Tyson Kidd continued on last Friday’s SmackDown when she was beaten by Summer Rae after being distracted by her other half barking orders at her… Nikki Bella’s Divas title challenge against AJ Lee will take place at Survivor Series on November 23… Speaking of the Bellas, they appeared at the MTV Europe Music Awards in Glasgow, Scotland last weekend… Ric Flair was part of a Q and A on MassLive.com and was asked about daughter Charlotte. He said “She’s going to be the best female wrestler they’ve ever had.” He may be biased, but he may have a point. It’s also worth noting that she has been billed as Charlotte Flair for the WrestleMania 31 ticket party… Eva Marie revealed last week that she’s recovering from an unspecified injury. She hasn’t been on TV since September – can’t say I’ve noticed that she was gone… Lance Storm wrote a piece saying that she believes former Women’s Champion Madusa/Alundra Blayze should be in the WWE Hall of Fame: “When you compare Madusa’s 17 yr career (14 yrs in major promotions) to those already in the HOF, how can she not be a viable candidate?. The only reason I can come up with to deny her, her spot in the WWE HOF is possible heat left over from her dumping the WWF Women’s Title into the trash on WCW Nitro”.

TNA
Havok retained the Knockouts Championship last Wednesday by beating former titleholder Gail Kim… Brooke Tessmacher – who is still in the Amazing Race with Robbie E – told the Miami Herald that she was interested in a Knockouts Title shot: “I hope in January to be on the U.K. tour. I’m looking forward to working with Jessicka Havok. I would love to see what I can do in the ring against her”.

North America
Terra Calaway announced on Wednesday that she would be “stepping away from the professional wrestling ring for the foreseeable future”… Heidi Lovelace lost the AAW Heritage Championship to Christian Faith on Friday… Mickie Knuckles beat D’Arcy Dixon in a cage in the main event of RESISTANCE Pro’s show on Friday to retain her Women’s Championship… LuFisto retained her Women Superstars Uncensored Championship on Saturday by beating Jenny Rose before being laid out by Sassy Stephie – who now has an administrative role in WSU – and her cohorts Mademoiselle Rachelle & Amanda Rodriguez. Niya Barela beat the debuting Tessa Blanchard to hold onto her Spirit Title while Annie Social and Kimber Lee beat David Starr and JT Dunn respectively in singles matches to earn another shot at the Tag Team Championship… Seleziya Sparx had a chance to show off her strength during a 6-way match at Squared Circle Wrestling on Sunday. She powerbombed Preston Myles onto her other wrestlers outside, and hoisted two wrestlers onto her back for a Samoan drop before taking a belly to back suplex with them both on her shoulders. That woman’s got some strength… Jessie Belle’s comeback from her short retirement has struck gold. She beat Sera Feeny on Sunday to win the Renegade Wrestling Alliance Women’s Championship… WWNLive held its debut show in China yesterday with Ivelisse Velez beating Su Yung to retain the SHINE Championship.

Japan
Mio Shirai Yumi Ohka Tsukasa Fujimoto Mayumi Ozaki Battle-NewsSisters and former Triple Tails members Mio Shirai wants to wrestle her sister Io as part of Mio’s second self-produced show involving Pro Wrestling WAVE, Ice Ribbon, Union and OZ Academy. Io left the stable in 2011 to pursue a singles career, while Mio and Kana continued as a tag team, renamed Triple Tails S… Match announcements have started for Tomoka Nakagawa’s retirement show on December 4. She, AKINO & Aja Kong will take on Dynamite Kansai, Mayumi Ozaki & Kyoko Kimura in a six woman tag. In addition, Nakagawa & Kellie Skater will team up to face Hikaru Shida & Kaho Kobayashi.

Europe
Faith Lehaine, Nikki Storm and Addy Starr have been added to Empress Pro’s lineup for its debut show in January… Pro Wrestling Kingdom’s Kings and Queens tournament which was due to take place this Friday has been cancelled.

Mexico
Ivelisse Velez made her Lucha Underground debut on last Wednesday’s episode – she and Son of Havoc lost to Chavo Guerrero and Sexy Star. Sexy rolled up Havoc for the pin, getting some redemption after her defeat to him in a singles match the previous week. Jim Ross watched the show and blogged about it, saying “Happy to see Ivelisse on Lucha Underground as she was one of my favorites in FCW in Tampa back in the day while training for a WWE career. Tough, physical Harley Wonderlandwoman of which there are too few of in today’s mat game. I wish her the best”… Zeuxis has challenged Estrellita for the CMLL Mexican National Women’s Championship, though her request was refused… Marcela, Goya Kong and Muneca de Plata will head to Japan to wrestle for REINA on December 12 and 26.

Australia & New Zealand
Harley Wonderland made a tactical retreat ahead of her match at last weekend’s Riot City Wrestling show. She was meant to face Kellyanne English in a Pick Your Poison match set up by Women’s Champion Demi Bennett but she lied and said that she was injured and had her “sister” Marley Wonderland take her place – English won the match. Later on Bennett defeated Harley’s hand-picked opponent Siren Monroe but was attacked by Wonderland and Monroe after the match, injuring her leg, with Kellyanne making the save. Bennett is set to defend the Women’s Title against Wonderland at this weekend’s City Chicks 3 show – meanwhile English will take on Monroe.

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Results

November 4: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – La Seductora, Tiffany & Zeuxis b Estrellita, Goya Kong & Princesa Sugehit

November 5: Pro Wrestling WAVE (Tokyo, Japan) – Misaki Ohata b Hiroe Nagahama; Mio Shirai b Rina Yamashita; Shu Shibutani b Kaho Kobayashi; Fairy Nipponbashi b Mika Iida & Yumi Ohka in a 3-way; Mari Apache b Sawako Shimono; Ayako Hamada & Yuu Yamagata b Moeka Haruhi & Melanie Cruise

November 5: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Hamuko Hoshi b Yua Hayashi; Mochi Miyagi b Meari Naito; Miyako Matsumoto b Neko Nitta & Rabbit Miyu in a 3-way; Aoi Kizuki & Hanako Nakamori b Tsukasa Fujimoto & Maki Narumiya

November 5: WWE house show (London, England) – AJ Lee b Nikki Bella & Paige

November 5: Lucha Underground (Los Angeles, CA) – Chavo Guerrero & Sexy Star b Son of Havoc & Ivelisse Velez

November 5: TNA Impact Wrestling (Bethlehem, PA) – Havok b Gail Kim

November 6: WWE house show (Dublin, Ireland) – Natalya, Emma & Naomi b Summer Rae, Layla & Cameron

November 6: IWA Mid South (Clarksville, IL) – Mary Elizabeth Monroe b Randi West

November 6: WWE NXT (Winter Park, FL) – Becky Lynch & Sasha Banks b Charlotte & Bayley

November 7: Snakepit Pro Wrestling (Pooraka, Australia) – Miss Fortune & Daisy Chayne b Michelle K Hasluck & Kira Sommers

November 7: WWE house show (Birmingham, England) – AJ Lee b Nikki Bella & Paige

November 7: WWE house show (Belfast, Northern Ireland) – Natalya, Emma & Naomi b Summer Rae, Layla & Cameron

November 7: Scottish Wrestling Alliance (Ardrossan, Scotland) – Viper b Sammii Jayne

November 7: Tidal Championship Wrestling (Darlington, England) – Kay Lee Ray b Ruby Summers & Nixon Newell in a 3-way

Mickie Knuckles D'Arcy Dixon PunkVinylNovember 7: WWE SmackDown (Albany, NY) – Summer Rae b Natalya

November 7: RESISTANCE Pro (Lockport, IL) – Crazy Mary Dobson b Lylah Lodge; Mickie Knuckles b D’Arcy Dixon

November 7: AAW (Merrionette Park, IL) – Christian Faith b Heidi Lovelace to win the AAW Heritage Championship

November 7: Santino Bros Wrestling (Bell Gardens, CA) – Ruby Raze b Hoss Hogg

November 7: Orlando Pro Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Cherry Layne v Lizzie Parris went to a no contest

November 7: Anarchy Championship Wrestling (Austin, TX) – Jeff Gant & Jessica James b Angel Blue & Dick Money

November 7: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Dark Angel, La Vaquerita & Marcela b Amapola, Dalys & La Comandante

November 8: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Maki Narumiya b Hiroe Nagahama; Mio Shirai b 235; Shu Shibutani & Cherry b Risa Sera & Hamuko Hoshi; Tsukasa Fujimoto & Yuka b Aoi Kizuki & Kurumi

November 8: Riot City Wrestling (Wayville, Australia) – Kellyanne English b Marley Wonderland; Demi Bennett b Siren Monroe

November 8: Pro Wrestling Showdown (Purmerend, Netherlands) – Katey Harvey b Leah Von Dutch

November 8: Italian Championship Wrestling Academy (Copiano, Italy) – Cheyenne, Irene & Queen Maya b Doblone, Kraken & Teschio; Andy Manero, Simon Silas & XPress b Cheyenne, Giant Gulio & Queen Maya

November 8: House of Pain Evolution (Kirkby-In-Ashfield, England) – Chris Brookes & Nixon Newell b Caz Crash & Sam Wilder

November 8: WWE house show (Manchester, England) – AJ Lee b Nikki Bella & Paige

November 8: WWE house show (Minehead, England) – Natalya, Naomi & Emma b Layla, Summer Rae & Cameron

November 8: Ultimate British Wrestling (Royston, England) – Lulu b Jezabeth

November 8: Women Superstars Uncensored (Voorhees, NJ) – Nevaeh b Jewells Malone; Leva Bates b Brittany Blake; Annie Social b David Starr; Cherry Bomb b Solo Darling; Niya Barela b Tessa Blanchard; Hania b Athena; Mickie Knuckles b D’Arcy Dixon; Kimber Lee b JT Dunn; LuFisto b Jenny Rose

November 8: Anarchy Championship Wrestling (Austin, TX) – Jojo Bravo b Angel Blue, Dick Money, Jack Jameson, Jeff Gant & Kyle Hawk in a 6-way

November 8: Warriors of Wrestling (Staten Island, NY) – Joey Ace b Darius Carter, Jessie Brooks, Matt MacIntosh, Michael Massacre & TJ Marconi in a 6-way

November 9: Ungrateful Wrestling (Saitama, Japan) – Mika Iida & Kaho Kobayashi v Aoi Ishibashi & Manami Kanda went to a time limit draw; Koharu Hinata b Miyako Matsumoto; Koharu Hinata b Miyako Matsumoto; Miyako Matsumoto b Koharu Hinata; Hikaru Shida b Sareee

November 9: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Hamuko Hoshi b 235; Yuri Kotobuki & Kurumi b Meari Naito & Tsukasa Fuijmoto; Maki Narumiya & Risa Sera b Kurumi & Yuka

November 9: TNA British Boot Camp (London, England) – Nikki Storm b Kay Lee Ray, Kasey Owens & Leah Owens in a 4-way

November 9: WWE house show (Leeds, England) – Natalya, Naomi & Emma b Layla, Summer Rae & Cameron

November 9: Renegade Wrestling Alliance (West Newton, PA) – Jessie Belle b Sera Feeny to win the RWA Women’s Championship

November 9: Anarchy Championship Wrestling (Austin, TX) – Dick Money, VG Allin, Wade Olsen, Angel Blue & Paige Turner b Chris Trew & Jojo Bravo, Jessica James & Steve O Reno

Seleziya Sparx TabercilNovember 9: Squared Circle Wrestling (Toronto, ON, Canada) – Hania b Alexia Nicole & Jasmin in a 3-way; Kris Chambers b Seleziya Sparx, John Silver, Preston Myles, Alessandro Del Bruno & Qefka the Quiet in a 6-way

November 10: WWNLive (Grand Epoch City, China) – Mia Yim b Allysin Kay; Ivelisse Velez b Su Yung

November 10: WWE house show (Bournemouth, England) – Natalya & Emma b Summer Rae & Layla; Naomi b Cameron

November 10: WWE Raw (Liverpool, England) – Paige b Alicia Fox; AJ Lee b Brie Bella

Upcoming

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

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

November 15: Riot City Wrestling “City Chicks” (Adelaide, Australia) – Demi Bennett v Harley Wonderland; Kellyanne English v Siren Monroe

November 15: World Association of Wrestling/DOA Wrestling (Bury St Edmunds) – Saraya Knight v Addy Starr

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; Addy Starr v Pollyanna

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

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

November 23: Tomoka Nakagawa “Last Shot” (Tokyo, Japan) – Tomoka Nakagawa, AKINO & Aja Kong v Dynamite Kansai, Mayumi Ozaki & Kyoko Kimura; Tomoka Nakagawa & Kellie Skater v Hikaru Shida & Kaho Kobayashi

AJ Lee Nikki BellaNovember 23: Melbourne City Wrestling ‘Fight For A Cause’ (Hampton Park, Australia)

November 23: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland) – Courtney v Fiona Fraser

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

Kay Lee Ray Addy StarrNovember 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: 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

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photos courtesy of Pro Wrestling WAVE, Kazushi Mitsuhashi

Information courtesy of JoshiFans, Cagematch, Pro Wrestling WAVE

In Video: Some Oz Academy

Oz Academy Here at Ringbelles, we have posted a bunch of matches from over in Japan. Promotions like World Wonder Ring STARDOM, Ice Ribbon, Pro Wrestling WAVE, REINA Joshi Puroresu(just to name a few) have been featured on this website. But in comparison, OZ Academy has not received that same amount of attention, but not on purpose. Majority of these shows we’ve stumbled across have either been uploaded to Dailymotion or YouTube, making it easier to access. Therefore the availability allows us to share them with you as well.

OZ Academy has a show scheduled for Sunday, headlined by the Openweight Championship match, Tsubasa Kuragaki will make her first title defense as champion against Tomoka Nakagawa. The rest of the card is here. The promotion will be holding another show on November 8th and closing out the month at the Nagoya Club Diamond Hall on November 30th.

The video features the promotion’s “Heart On Wave“show at Shinjuku FACE back on September 23rd. The show featured a decider for the vacant OZ Academy Tag Team Championship between Mayumi Ozaki and Sakura Hirota against Aja Kong and Tsubasa Kuragaki, as Hiroyo Matsumoto’s untimely injury forced she and Tomoka Nakagawa to vacate the belts. The rest of the card consisted of two singles matches-Yumi Ohka taking on Manami Toyota and Mio Shirai meeting Hamuko Hoshi. Besides the title match, there were two additional tag team matches-including Hikaru Shida and Kagetsu wrestling Kaho Kobayashi and AKINO and the latter between Misaki Ohata and Nakagawa agaisnt Ayako Hamada and Dynamite Kansai.

Photo courtesy of Oz Academy

Video courtesy of RealHero via Dailymotion

Kuragaki to defend the Openweight Championship against Tomoka Nakagawa

Tsubasa Kuragaki Last Monday, Tsubasa Kuragaki ascended the Oz Openweight Championship by defeating AKINO in the main event at Korakuen Hall. The 19-year veteran stood tall with the promotion’s flagship championship as the current titleholder’s 537-day reign ended in her eighth title defense following a Hammer Wing from the challenger. Nearly one year to the day she wrestled her final match as a competitor on the JWP roster, Kuragaki snagged her fourth singles title in her career, her second title since becoming a freelancer(currently Artist of STARDOM Champion), becoming the fifteenth Oz Academy Openweight Champion.

However, Kuragaki’s first title defense been announced for Oz Academy‘s upcoming show at Shinjuku FACE. At “Face Off,” Kuragaki will be defending the Openweight Championship against the soon-to-be retired Tomoka Nakagawa. Back on March 30th, Oz Academy kicked off a tournament to nominate the next challenger to the Openweight Championship, involving Hiroyo Matsumoto, Nakagawa, Hikaru Shida, Sakura Hirota, Kagetsu and Kuragaki, the winner would go onto face AKINO for the title as part of the June 4th show. Nakagawa fended off Shida Hirota and bested Kuragaki in the finals on May 11th, her unsuccessful attempt at the title handed AKINO her seventh defense.

Despite her loss, AKINO has set a record-breaking eighteen-month run as champion, becoming the longest reigning and the most successful titleholder in the promotion’s history with back-to-back wins over opponents like Mio Shirai, Sonoko Kato, Ayako Hamada and Leon. For Nakagawa, the title shot comes a month and two days ahead of her impending retirement from professional wrestling. Aside from holding the defunct SMASH Divas Championship in November of 2011, it’s possible that Nakagawa could end her career on a high note with another singles title run.

Hikaru Shida & Aja Kong Also announced for the show, the ongoing feud between Aja Kong and Shida continues, as Kong will be teaming up with Mari Apache against Shida and Kagetsu. Ahead of the match, Shida will be defending the Regina di WAVE Championship and the Revolution Championship Wrestling Women’s Championship against Apache at Shinkiba 1st RING on October 29th for WAVE’s “Virgin Code.” Following their debuts at SHIMMER this past weekend which you can read about here and  here, Mayumi Ozaki, Kaori Yoneyama and AKINO will be in tag team action as well-Ozaki, and Miyako Matsumoto will be taking on Kaho Kobayashi and Dynamite Kansai as AKINO, Syuri and Yoneyama will be taking on Yumi Ohka, Kyoko Kimura and Mio Shirai. There will also be a singles match between Sakura Hirota and Manami Toyota.

Photos and Information courtesy of Oz Academy, Pro Wrestling WAVE, Cagematch,