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

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

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

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

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

This brought me to Ringbelles.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 WWE

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

TNA

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

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

North America

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

Japan

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

Europe

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

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Results

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming Shows

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

February 7: KANA Pro (Japan)

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

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

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

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

February 22: Bellatrix 12 (Norwich, England)

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

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

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

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

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

– Ciara Reid

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

– 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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Survivor Series: Bella ruse gifts Divas Title to Nikki, and a clean sweep elimination match

Naomi Paige WWENikki Bella challenges AJ Lee for the WWE Divas Championship as part of Survivor Series, while eight women compete in an elimination match.

Natalya, Naomi, Emma & Alicia Fox v Paige, Summer Rae, Layla & Cameron

The Background

• Not much really. Paige and Alicia Fox used to be buddies, though that relationship went south when Paige failed to regain the Divas Championship from AJ Lee at Hell in a Cell last month. Meanwhile, Naomi and Cameron have been squabbling since the summer and Natalya is seemingly having problems with husband Tyson Kidd, who is seemingly more interested in his own success than his wife’s.

The Match

• Captains Natalya and Paige kicked off proceedings with headlocks and escapes before tagging out to Layla and Emma for a couple of sequences, before Paige took to the ring to establish dominance again, though an attempt to climb to the top did not pay off for the former Divas Champ, as she suffered a superplex from Emma.

• Cameron tagged in for the first time to attack the Australian but Emma made the tag to Naomi who flew into the ring with a crossbody. The match saw its first breakdown as all women got into the ring to fight and Naomi took advantage to eliminate Cameron with an O’Connor Roll.

• Summer Rae made her first legal appearance in the match to attack Naomi but Alicia Fox managed to get in and attack the three remaining heels with a running crossbody before dispatching Layla with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker.

Summer Rae Emma WWE• Summer Rae didn’t fare well against Natalya as she ate a low dropkick and discus clothesline for her trouble before tagging in Paige who had to quickly fight out of a Sharpshooter attempt with the help of Summer, who tired to imitate Paige with the knees in the ropes. It didn’t work out that well and didn’t impress her partner either. Emma got in to lock in the Tarantula and hit the Emma-mite Sandwich on Summer before executing the Emma Lock for the tap out, leaving Paige on her own.

• Not liking the odds, the Briton attempted to walk out but was thrown back into the ring by Emma, though Paige was able to get the edge before the Aussie tagged in Natalya, though she ate a big Paige super kick before rebounding with a German Suplex.

• Paige countered Naomi’s split-legged moonsault but walked into an Fox forearm before suffering Naomi’s Rear View and a headscissors spike to secure the clean sweep for her team.

Thoughts

• No real story to the match but it was fine for what it was. Paige was the star of the match as the story centred around a lot of Divas trying to get their hands on her or trying to impress her, in the case of Summer Rae.

• I can’t really say that anyone really elevated themselves though. Emma had a lot of ring time but her stock is unlikely to rise, while Naomi’s match-winning stuff doesn’t mean a whole lot in the grand scheme of things. The match was what it was, and the commentators didn’t give a crap, talking about lame Survivor Series teams of years gone by. It showed you just how much interest you should have paid to the match.

Nikki Brie Bella AJ Lee WWEWWE Divas Championship
AJ Lee v Nikki Bella

The Background

Nikki Bella turned heel on sister Brie at SummerSlam and then defeated her in their first PPV singles match at Hell in a Cell in order to make Brie her personal assistant for 30 days. Following that, Nikki won a battle royal to become number one contender to AJ Lee’s Divas Championship.

• Most recently, Nikki has forced Brie to dress up as AJ to taunt her opponent, while AJ returned the favour on Friday’s SmackDown by coming out in Nikki’s gear.

The Match

• It wasn’t really a match. Brie got up onto the apron while holding the Divas Title just after the opening bell rang and kissed AJ. This allowed Nikki to nail the champ with a forearm and hit the Rack Attack for the title-winning pin. Brie seemed happy that her sister had won the championship, and the commentary team made out that this was like when AJ kissed Brie’s now-husband Daniel Bryan back at WrestleMania XXVIII, causing him to lose the World Heavyweight Title to Sheamus.

Brie Nikki Bella AJ Lee WWEThoughts

• So the heel turn and personal assistant thing was all a ruse so Nikki could win the Divas Title? Does that mean we’ve had three months of our lives wasted on this terrible storyline? Or does it mean that Brie has come round to Nikki’s way of thinking and is doing what she has to do to make things right with her sister? None of this was foreshadowed, so none of it makes any sense.

• More to the point, why do I care about Brie’s heel turn? It’s not like she’s been that sympathetic as a babyface so I’m not rattled by her actions here. There are too many question marks for me to even comprehend what’s going on. All I know is that this match/angle sucked.

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Ringbelles Roundup (16 September 2014) – WSU alleged disloyalty, latest Diva goings-on and more

Drew-CordeiroWomen Superstars Uncensored is the top story of this week’s Roundup, but not because of what was a particularly underwhelming show on Saturday, with the most newsworthy items of Resurgence being the demise of Pegaboo – who was torn apart by DJ Hyde as a symbolic killing off of the character – The Juicy Product holding on the Tag Team Championship as part of their quest to show that equality in wrestling goes both ways, and Jessicka Havok being pulled from the show by TNA. Rather, the most pertinent talking point occurred the following morning on a wrestling forum.

It’s common knowledge that Hyde and Combat Zone Wrestling are now the sole owners of WSU. CZW took a part-ownership last October as part of a deal with then-owner Drew Cordeiro, following an agreement for WSU to hold event in the afternoon ahead of CZW shows at the Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees, NJ along with holding the secret shows at CZW’s training facility. This led to a complete transfer of power in May of this year, with Cordeiro walking away after close to two years in charge of the company following its purchase from Sean McCaffrey.

At the time of his departure, Cordeiro encouraged fans to carry on supporting the product, and said that he was proud of the developments made during his time in charge, which included an improvement in in-ring talent, better matches and better production values. Attendance numbers steadily increased – though not by a huge amount – and the promotion as a whole looked much more professional. However, Cordeiro revealed in a post at the ZandigFans website that he was swimming upstream when it came to getting members of the roster to fall in line with his plans.

Drew Cordiero quote

Bear in mind that the statement seen in the screengrab above is only one side of the story and it is unlikely that the wrestlers being accused of disloyalty are hardly going to reveal themselves in order to offer a differing opinion, but it’s an interesting accusation. There are no details on who was being disruptive or what storylines had to be altered as a result but there are some names who where known for being supportive of McCaffrey such as Alicia and Brittney Savage, who both publicly slated Cordeiro’s running of WSU in February 2013, while Leva Bates also intimated in a tweet around the same time that a number of names were upset. More recently, Jessicka Havok was banned from the promotion and stripped of the World Title when she elected to choose a booking for TNA rather than defend the belt against LuFisto as had been previously advertised, though she was brought back into the promotion following the transfer to CZW.

The accusation also makes out that some wrestlers were in it for the money rather than having a desire to expand WSU’s drawing power. It’s strange – the product was not as polished or well-received under McCaffrey’s ownership but had the loyalty of the roster, though that loyalty dissolved when Cordeiro took the helm and improved the all-over appearance of the business. It will be interesting to see what happens with Hyde running show. Will he have the support of the roster? We’ll see.

6 LuFisto Allysin Kay WSUSpeaking of the roster, the quality of the wrestlers is better overall than in the McCaffrey days but there is little going on as far as storylines and character development goes. Resurgence featured six matches where only one had a real story behind it – which turned out to be the best of the lot – though there were some good performances from the likes of Jenny Rose, Marti Belle, Niya Barela, Athena, Hania, Allysin Kay and LuFisto. However, what draw is there for potential paying customers without a real reason for them to be having these matches? There is a regular group of wrestlers, so it should no be difficult to do some episodic booking for them in order to create attractive storylines and build up new challengers for LuFisto to defend the World Championship against – though it seems that Sassy Stephie is next in line because of her association with Hyde. Like Kay, her win-loss record is not the best, and that creates a belief among fans that she is unlikely to win the title – or that if she does, she isn’t that deserving based on her past results, though this can be explained away as being in a privileged position with Hyde getting her the perks rather than a sparking run of victories. With virtually every promotion boasting a women’s division or all-female roster holding a show between now and the end of November, it’s going to take a lot to separate yourself from the pack, especially if the fans you are talking to have a finite amount of money. WSU needed to do what it can to make itself a priority.

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We’ve posted three videos this week: footage of Shazza McKenzie’s first PWWA Championship defence against Jessie McKay, and two retros – one of Nikki Storm against Carmel Jacob from 2009 and bundle of contests from the 1950s which took place in Chicago, IL.

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WWE
Summer Rae worked both Superstars and SmackDown last week. She was beaten by Naomi in a Total Divas showcase on Thursday’s broadcast and was defeated on Friday’s show by Paige, who took the opportunity to antagonise her frenemy AJ Lee by using AJ’s Black Widow submission hold. Lee, who was offering commentary on the match then took to the ring to retaliate by taking out Summer’s Slayer teammate Layla with the Paige Turner before skipping off while Paige tried to yell at her. Paige’s SmackDown character work was great – her promo before the match which involved AJ and Nikki Bella was wonderfully condescending. The amalgamation of the two feuds continued on Raw last night when Paige and Nikki defeated AJ and Brie, with Paige getting the Brie Nikki Bella WWEpin on Brie with the RamPaige, before Nikki assaulted her sister with the Rack Attack. Paige skipped inside the ring, while AJ did the same outside… Elsewhere on Raw, Naomi beat Cameron in a stinker where neither woman shone. Cameron told the referee to count Naomi down despite the fact that she was trying to pin her former partner while she was on her face – something that Matt “Evan Bourne” Sydal said that Taryn Terrell did while in training. In the end, Cameron actually tapped out before Naomi’s submission hold was properly applied… Charlotte defeated Bayley to retain her NXT Women’s Championship at Takeover 2 on Thursday. Sasha Banks came out afterwards to attack Bayley but Charlotte made the save. The trio then had a verbal set-to on the post-show. Charlotte’s development is utterly amazing.

TNA
The Impact Wrestling episode where Dixie Carter was driven through a table by Bully Ray received one complaint to the UK industry regulator OFCOM last month on the grounds of gender discrimination. The complaint wasn’t followed up… The Beautiful People dissention continued on last week’s Impact when Velvet Sky was revealed as the covergirl of the 2015 Knockouts Calendar, much to the chagrin of Angelina Love. Havok came out afterwards, and Gail Kim went after her, but was sent into the guardrail for her troubles. Sky and Love then pushed Brittany into harm’s way and she ate a chokeslam before Havok left with Kim’s Knockouts title belt. Gail and Havok fought again backstage later in the show.

North America
Seleziya Sparx is consulting with legal experts after being reportedly banned from the United States for five years after being stopped twice at the Canada/US border on Friday and Saturday… Heidi Lovelace retained the AAW Heritage Championship on Friday, beating Davey Vega… D’Arcy Dixon was stripped of her number one contender status for the RESISTANCE Pro Women’s Championship because of her attack on titleholder Mickie Knuckles at the promotion’s show last month. Instead, Angel Dust got the title shot but was beaten by Knuckles… Raze won the 4th Razeannual Luna Vachon Memorial Lunacy Cup at Friday’s Vendetta Pro Wrestling show by beating Laura Palmer, Kikyo Nakamura, Sage Sin Supreme and Andrea The Giant in a gauntlet match… Nicole Matthews is still the Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling Champion after former titleholder Bishop was disqualified in their rematch on Friday. Kaitlin Diemond made her debut in the promotion, and was beaten by Jaida… Christina Von Eerie won Quintessential Pro Wrestling’s women’s tournament, which was held on Saturday. Weirdly, he beat Joey Ryan in the final, as Von Eerie was to win the tournament on a bye after Veda Scott and Candice LeRae went to a double count out in the semi finals. Ryan stepped in to make sure Von Eerie didn’t have an easy ride to the tournament victory… Angelus Layne made her return to action at Dreamwave’s Good as Gold show on Saturday, close to four months after breaking both wrists on during a dive at an IWA Mid-South show. She was part of the main event rumble match… SHIMMER has revealed that its joshi contingent for the upcoming DVD tapings next month will all be debuts, except for Tomoka Nakagawa and Kana… You have probably noticed but it’s now been confirmed: Mercedes Martinez is taking a leave of absence from the ring after close to 13 years of performing. The 33-year old lost the NCW Femmes Fatales International Title last month, which was her last match for now… Allysin Kay, Jasmin, Mia Yim, Jenny Rose and Annie Social have been added to the Absolute Intense Wrestling Girls Night Out tapings next month. Chasity Taylor will make her debut, and Mary Elizabeth Monroe will make her first appearance at a GNO since the original show in May 2009… Heidi Lovelace v Angie Skye has been added to SMASH Wrestling’s CanUSA Classic this Sunday… Courtney Rush will defend the NCW Femmes Fatales International Championship against ongoing rival Cheerleader Melissa at Femmes Fatales XVI on October 25. The pair have been feuding for more than a year and neither holds a victory over the other. They have fought to no-contests and also drew an Iron Woman Match. Rush won the title by making Mercedes Martinez tap out so the feud between she and Melissa can continue. A win over the reigning SHIMMER Champion – though she could have lost the belt by the time this match rolls around because the SHIMMER tapings are the previous week – would be a huge boost in Courtney’s credibility as International Champion and as a main-event talent.

Japan
Mio Shirai ran a show on Thursday featuring talent from the four promotions to which she in contracted – UNION, Ice Ribbon, Pro Wrestling WAVE and OZ Academy. The main event was a six-woman Dangerous Weapons & Barbed Wire Board Death Match… Makoto and Maki Narumiya will head to Mexico next month to wrestle for CMLL… Arisa Nakajima racked up her fourth successful title defence of the JWP Openweight Championship yesterday, beating Leon.

Europe
Following her heel turn on a previous House of Pain: Evolution show, Nixon Newell picked up a count-out victory over Zak Northern on Saturday. It was easier than she imagined as Nothern left the ring, refusing to fight her… Sammi Baynz won the vacant Herts and Essex Wrestling Women’s Championship on Saturday by beating Bacardi.

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Results

September 5: Lucha Libre Femenil (Monterrey, Mexico) – Sadica b Tsunami & Guerrera Negra in a 3-way; LuFisto v Hudson Envy went to a no-contest; Jordynne Grace b Angelica; Lady Flammer b Lady Jaguar & Justiciera in a 3-way; Alicia b Princess Maya

September 9: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – La Comandante, Tiffany & Zeuxis b La Vaquerita, Marcela & Princesa Sugheit

September 10: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Misaki Ohata b Shiori Akiba & Miyako Matsumoto in a 3-way; Tsukasa Fujimoto b Meari Naito & Cherry in a 3-way; Risa Sera v Rabbit Miyu went to a time limit draw; Neko Nitta b Mio Shirai & Maki Narumiya in a 3-way

September 10: Combat Zone Wrestling (Blackwood, NJ) – Irritating Igor b Brittany Blake

September 11: Mio Shirai Produce (Tokyo, Japan) – Mio Shirai b Misaki Ohata & Tsukasa Fujimoto in a 3-way; Neko Nitta b Mika Iida; Hamuko Hoshi & Hiroshi Fukuda b Yumi Ohka & Masayuki Mitomi; Dynamite Kansai & Aja Kong b Shuji Ishikawa & SAGAT; Mayumi Ozaki, Shu Shibutani & Yuko Miyamoto b Mio Shirai, Maki Narumiya & Isami Kodaka

September 11: WWE Superstars (Baltimore, MD) – Naomi b Summer Rae

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

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

September 12: House Of Pain: Evolution (Mansfield, England) – Jim & Lee Hunter b Chris Brookes & Nixon Newell

September 12: AAW (Berwyn, IL) – Heidi Lovelace b Davey Vega

September 12: WWE SmackDown (Baltimore, MD) – Paige b Summer Rae

September 12: WWE House Show (White Plains, NY) – Paige b Natalya

September 12: Vendetta Pro Wrestling (Santa Maria, CA) – Raze b Laura Palmer, Kikyo Nakamura, Sage Sin Supreme & Andrea The Giant in a gauntlet match

September 12: RESISTANCE Pro (Chicago, IL) – Crazy Mary Dobson & Thunderkity b Camron Star & Lucy Mendez; Mickie Knuckles b Angel Dust

September 12: Squared Circle Wrestling (Rome, NY) – Cherry Bomb b Nevaeh

September 13: House Of Pain: Evolution (Derby, England) – Nixon Newell b Zak Northern via count out

September 13: Target Wrestling (Newcastle, England) – Saraya Knight b Kasey Owens

Vanessa Kraven Courtney Rush TabercilSeptember 13: Herts and Essex Wrestling (Braintree, England) – Sammi Baynz b Bacardi to win the HEW Women’s Championship

September 13: SMASH Wrestling (Oshawa, ON, Canada) – Vanessa Kraven b Courtney Rush

September 13: Proving Ground Pro (Lincoln, IL) – Lucy Mendez & Randy Ray b Nina Monet and Bull Bronson

September 13: Women Superstars Uncensored (Voorhees, NJ) – Jenny Rose b Marti Belle; Cherry Bomb b Miss Diss Lexia; Nevaeh & Brittany Blake b Niya Barela & Jessie Kaye; Sassy Stephie b Solo Darling; Athena b Hania; JT Dunn & David Starr b Annie Social & Kimber Lee; LuFisto b Allysin Kay

September 13: Combat Zone Wrestling (Voorhees, NJ) – DJ Hyde b Kimber Lee via DQ

September 13: SoCal Pro (Oceanside, CA) – Kitana Vera b Bruce Gwarstein

September 13: Premier Wrestling Xperience (Thomasville, NC) – Tessa Blanchard b Ronni Nicole

September 13: Quintessential Pro Wrestling (Las Vegas, NV) – Christina Von Eerie b Kahmora; Heidi Lovelace b Ivelisse Velez; Candice LeRae b Laura James; Veda Scott b Hudson Envy; Christina Von Eerie b Heidi Lovelace; Veda Scott v Candice LeRae went to a double count out; Christina Von Eerie b Joey Ryan

September 13: Underground Empire Wrestling (Sun Valley, CA) – NY Knockout Nikki v Sage Sin went to a no-contest

September 13: Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling (Vancouver, BC, Canada) – Nicole Matthews b Bishop via DQ; Jaida b Kaitlin Diemond

September 13: WWE House Show (Springfield, MA) – Paige b Natalya

September 13: WWE House Show (Jackson, MS) – Brie Bella, Eva Marie & Naomi b Alicia Fox, Cameron & Nikki Bella

September 13: WWE NXT House Show (Starke, FL) – Alexa Bliss & Becky Lynch b Kendall Skye & Sasha Banks; Bayley b Charlotte

September 14: No Limit Wrestling (Naas, Ireland) – Kazza G b Katey Harvey

September 14: Apex Pro Wrestling (Ventura, CA) – Sunami & Terra Calaway b Buddy Royal & Sage Sin; Savannah Riley b Shelly Martinez

September 14: WWE House Show (Boston, MA) – Paige b Natalya

September 14: WWE House Show (Monroe, LA) – Brie Bella, Eva Marie & Naomi b Nikki Bella, Cameron & Alicia Fox

September 14: Wrestling Eclipse (Oshawa, ON, Canada) – Xandra Bale b Beautiful Beaa

September 14: AAA (Cancun, Mexico) – Dinastía, Jennifer Blake & Octagoncito b Mini Abismo Negro, Mini Psycho Clown & Taya Valkyrie

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

Cameron Naomi WWESeptember 15: Ice Ribbon (Yokohama, Japan) – Kyuri b Shiori Akiba; Kurumi & Mochi Miyagi b Akane Fujita & Aoi Ishibashi; Makoto Oishi & Neko Nitta b Cherry & Meari Naito; Aoi Kizuki & Hamuko Hoshi b Tsukasa Fujimoto & Yuuka; Mayumi Ozaki b Miyako Matsumoto; Maki Narumiya & Risa Sera b Rabbit Miu & Tsukushi

September 15: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – Tsukushi b Yako Fujigasaki; Eri Susa & Kayoko Haruyama b KAZUKI & Rydeen Hagane; Hanako Nakamori b Yuki Shizuku; Command Bolshoi & Tomoka Nakagawa b Rabbit Miu & Yume Hayashi; Arisa Nakajima b Leon

September 15: WWE Raw (LaFayette, LA) – Paige & Nikki Bella b AJ Lee & Brie Bella; Naomi b Cameron

Upcoming

September 19: Southside Wrestling (Sheffield, England) – Joey Ryan & Candice LeRae v Kay Lee Ray & El Ligero; Morgan Webster, Tyler Bate & Dan Moloney v Nixon Newell, Jonathan Gresham & Chris Brookes

September 20: Newcastle Pro Wrestling (Charlestown, Australia) – Madison Eagles & Mick Moretti v Ryan Eagles & Robbie Eagles

September 20: Westside Xtreme Wrestling (Wickede, Germany) – Svetlana Kalashnikova v Nixon Newell

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

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

September 21: SMASH Wrestling CANUSA Classic (Toronto, ON, Canada) – Amazing Kong v LuFisto; Allysin Kay v Vanessa Kraven; Kimber Lee v Xandra Bale; Cherry Bomb v Courtney Rush; Taeler Hendrix v Leah Von Dutch; Heidi Lovelace v Angie Skye; Veda Scott vs Jewells Malone

September 21: Anarchy Championship Wrestling (Austin, TX) – Solo Darling v Athena

Paige AJ Lee Nikki Bella Night of Champions WWESeptember 21: WWE Night of Champions (Nashville, TN) – Paige v AJ Lee v Nikki Bella

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

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

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

September 27: Ronin Pro Wrestling (Miami, FL) – Leva Bates v Dynamite Didi

September 27: Alternative Wrestling Show (South Gate, CA) – Raze v Melissa Coates

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

September 28: Bellatrix X (Norwich, England) – Sammi Baynz v Blue Nikita; Liberty v Allysin Kay; Penelope v Violet O’Hara; Lady Lory v Erin Angel; Miss Mina v Skarlett; Amy-Lee Krammer v Shax; Chanel v Saraya Knight

September 28: Alternative Wrestling Show (Hemet, CA) – Leah Von Dutch & Kahmora v Melissa Coates & Sage Sinn

September 29: OZ Academy (Tokyo, Japan) – Aja Kong & Tsubasa Kuragaki v Mayumi Ozaki & Kyusei Sakura Hirota

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

Leah Owens Audrey Bride Hikaru ShidaOctober 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: American States Wrestling Alliance (Mansfield, OH) – Nevaeh v Samantha Heights

October 4: Absolute Intense Wrestling Girls Night Out 13 & 14 (Cleveland, OH)

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

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

October 10: SHINE 22 (Ybor City, FL)

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

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

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

October 18: DOA Wrestling (March, England) – Penelope v Chanel v Addy Starr

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

October 24: Valkyrie Women’s Wrestling (Brooklyn, NY) – Sumie Sakai v Kacee Carlisle; Kimber Lee v La Rosa Negra

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: NCW Femmes Fatales XVI (Montreal, QC, Canada) – Jodi D’Milo v Vanessa Kraven

October 26: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland)

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

November 8: Women Superstars Uncensored (Voorhees, NJ)

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

November 16: British Empire Wrestling (London, England) – Dragonita v Dean Michael

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

November 23: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland)

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

– Lee Burton
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Ringbelles Roundup (26 August 2014) – Bella battles, forgotten Funkadactyls, and SHINE Title challengers

Brie Nikki Bella WWEA funny thing has happened with the Bella Twins over the course of the summer. I have found myself having less and less time for Brie and more and more time for Nikki.

It can’t even be an argument about exposure making me fatigued with Brie, as Nikki has spent more time on TV over the past few months due to Brie quitting the promotion as part of her storyline to stand by her husband Daniel Bryan. Maybe it because when we have seen Brie, she has been involved in the higher profile segments and has been overshadowed from a performance perspective by Stephanie McMahon. Hell, she was even overshadowed in the wrestling aspect at SummerSlam before being defeated thanks to Nikki’s heel turn.

Granted, Nikki is not much of a promo or actress either, but her performance on last night;s Raw in particular gave me a little bit of hope, as she showed fire and aggression in yelling down her sister – the contents of which we we get to in a moment – as well as the heated attack on bother her and Jerry Lawler, who was acting as a mediator at their in-ring summit. On the other hand, Brie’s acting of being bewildered and upset has felt hokey and as if she’s trying to act upset rather than being upset. Her attempts to force out tears last night were especially bad.

It’s been said in the past that Brie was the better wrestler of the twins, but that could possibly come into question too. Nikki’s work against Emma on Main Event last Tuesday showed a nice heel aggression and swagger, and she has her own moveset, unlike Brie who has seemingly adopted her husbands repertoire at the expense of her own.

Brie Bella WWEAdmittedly, I still fear for the time when these two will have to fight, as a number of variables are on the table. It could be like the two occasions when WWE tried to have Matt Hardy turn on brother Jeff – the first time was shat on by the fans while the second had more heat but it still felt like nobody really wanted them to fight. It could be that without Stephanie McMahon in the fold that the interest in the contest will see a noticeable dip from SummerSlam and both will be held responsible for it as it doesn’t have them under the protection of the McMahon umbrella. It could be a great wrestling match or it could be a mess – though we won’t know until it happens because they haven’t wrestled each other on TV before. However, I feel that for it to be a contest that fans will be clamouring for, it needs Brie to step up on the acting front by generating some genuine sympathy – and that could be difficult when you consider the basis for Nikki’s turn.

Last week, Nikki talked a load of waffle about how Brie always held them back as kids and how Brie was the goody-goody while Nikki was overlooked or overshadowed. Those accusations were repeated at this week’s summit but when Brie told her to stop lying, Nikki said that she would and brought out a more plausible reason for her hostilities by saying that she was the one who was punished for Brie’s resignation as she was put into handicap matches so she could be beaten down while Brie watched at home on TV and did nothing to help, which is all true. In that sense, it makes it difficult to feel sorry for Brie as Nikki has a real point.

Mick Foley once said that a heel has got to believe that what they are doing is right no matter how screwed up their logic may be. This is hugely true in this case as Nikki’s aggression may not necessarily be condoned but her reasons for being so upset are seemingly valid. It is now up to the writers to make us feel as if Brie is hard-done-by and for Brie herself to make us feel sorry for her and want her to stand up to her angry sister, otherwise she’s going to come up on the short end of the stick again.

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Cameron Naomi WWEOne by-product of the Bella split is that it has totally overshadowed the Funkadactyls disbanding which took place in early July. After spending a couple of months teasing a split between Cameron and Naomi, the pair came to blows and had their first match in the pre-show of Battleground. It was a rotten contest which Cameron won in just over three minutes. The pair faced off on opposite sides of a tag match eight days later on Raw when Naomi got the win… and that’s it. They were involved in a 6-woman tag team match on a house show in Texas at the start of August but there has been no continuance of their feud. In fact, Naomi hasn’t been on TV at all this month and Cameron’s only August appearance was on the 7th when she beat Emma for seemingly no reason, as Emma has been winning a few matches on TV this month and Cameron hasn’t been seen since.

While part of the reason for their respective absences may be down to the Divas Title picture and the Stephanie/Bellas situation taking up valuable space, another issue may be that WWE seemingly had no idea what they wanted to do with Cameron and Naomi following the split. In fact, it looks like they didn’t even have that much interest in them having a blow-off match, considering their only singles match lasted a grand total of 192 seconds on a PPV hype show. Both have also suffered by changing their appearances, as Cameron’s schoolgirl look was a step down from her Funkadactyls gear, while Naomi’s braids and chequered outfit made her look like a backing dancer in a turn-of-the-century Puff Daddy music video.

Both must feel disappointed as a heel turn should have given Cameron a new lease of life but saw her blow up on the launchpad and become a jobber to the stars while Naomi went from challenging for the Divas Championship to being on the endangered list within six weeks. Even Alicia Fox’s fall from grace hasn’t been that spectacular.

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7 Ivelisse Velez SHINEJessicka Havok defeated Allysin Kay in the main event on Friday’s SHINE 21 show before bowing out to move on to pastures new. Elsewhere, SHINE Champion Ivelisse Velez beat Nevaeh after the Gem City Queen earned the right to challenge for the title by winning a 4-way which also involved Leah Von Dutch, Amazing Kong and Su Yung.

Havok’s victory was discussed in the first episode of our new podcast series called Promoters’ Corner, with NCW Femmes Fatales booker Stephane Bruyere suggesting that Kay could have won in order to create a new challenger for Velez’s title. As it stands, Havok winning means that Kay is left having to gain traction again and there is no obvious answer as to who is next in line for a SHINE Championship match.

Considering the absence of Serena Deeb through injury, there is a distinct dearth of credible names to step up for a shot but some time could have been created and set up a story for her in the process. For example, Su Yung could have won the 4-way on Friday and lost to Velez, while Kay could have beaten Havok – meaning she had two straight wins over her rival – and then challenged Ivelisse at SHINE 22. Should Deeb be healthy by SHINE 23, it would have meant that Ivelisse would have seen off two Valkyrie members, setting her up to beat the leader and put that series to bed before moving on to other options.

This is all conjecture though, as what is done is done and may not have been viable any other way. For example, a condition of Havok being allowed to compete on the show considering her deal with TNA may have been that Jessicka would have to win the match, as it customary for TNA to do when loaning its stars out to indie promotions – either that or they can’t lose clean. It may be that in a situation like a Dog Collar and Chain Match where there is no possibility of something like a no-contest or a DQ, SHINE may have been painted into a corner and had to go with that option despite it not being able to lead to anything, regardless of the post-match Valkyrie beatdown outside the building.

5 Ivelisse Velez Nevaeh SHINENone of this is meant to discredit Nevaeh’s match with Velez as it was very good and told the best story it could, considering that she had never been portrayed as a title contender, and she may be eligible for another shot considering she had Ivelisse down for more than 3 following a German Suplex but the referee was in no position to count. However, considering the international talent heading in for SHINE 22 in 6 weeks time, we may be more likely to see Ivelisse against someone in a one-off affair which bears little resemblance to ongoing storylines.

In short – SHINE needs some proper contenders, and fast.

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We’ve had two interviews on the website in the past week – as well as the aforementioned Promoters’ Corner, we have also had a Women Of Wrestling Podcast with Heidi Lovelace where we get the blame for her taking part in the IWA Mid-South Queen of the Deathmatches tournament. We also have a compilation of various ALS Ice Bucket Challenge videos, a video of Yoshiko winning the World of Stardom Title and a Retro from the 1950s showing that progress goes at a crawl.

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WWE
Natalya beat Paige on last week’s SmackDown with the Sharpshooter after AJ Lee distracted Paige by trying to steal the Divas Championship belt. Paige defeated Natalya on last night’s Raw, with AJ coming out after the match to skip around the ring, which saw Natalya nail Paige with a discus clothesline – sore loser, eh? Afterwards, AJ gave Paige a hug and the champion looked AJ Lee Paige WWEreally uncomfortable with how she was being mentally out-foxed… Rosa Mendes has been talking about her role in Total Divas season 3, but it has also been revealed that she has never won a singles match in WWE by pinfall or submission since her debut in main roster debut in 2009. Her sole victory came on the February 25, 2011 episode of SmackDown when she defeated Michelle McCool via DQ. How is this woman still employed?… Maryse Ouellet-Mizanin and Barbie “Kelly Kelly” Blank were backstage at last night’s Raw.

TNA
Gail Kim defeated Angelina Love in a Last Woman Standing match on last week’s Impact Wrestling… Congratulations to Christy Hemme, who announced in an interview with FitPregnancy that she was 5 and a half months pregnant, and is due on New Year’s Eve. Hemme, 33, says she found out she was expecting in the same week that she was added to the creative team… ODB’s left TNA and her profile has been moved to the Alumni section of the company’s website. She has also starting soliciting for bookings. The 36-year old former Knockout Champion’s last match on TV was back in April, and that’s only one of two contests that she’s had on Impact Wrestling this year. Velvet Sky has also removed her TNA status from her Twitter profile recently.

North America
Kimber Lee & Annie Social will challenge JT Dunn & David Starr for the Women Superstars Uncensored Tag Team Championship on September 13. The Juicy Product won the straps at United on July 12 after the Chicks Using Nasty Tactics beat Veda Scott and Rick Cataldo in their scheduled defence… Candice LeRae will face Rickey Shane Page, Johnny Gargano and Veda Scott in singles matches as part of Absolute Intense Wrestling’s Wrestle Rager weekend at the start of September… Marti Belle was involved in a car crash on Thursday night after her boking at New York Wrestling Connection in Deer Park, NY. It’s why she didn’t make it to SHINE 21… SHINE 22 is scheduled for October 10 and will featured international names considering it’s the week before SHIMMER. Therefore, you can assume that Madison Eagles, Nikki Storm, Evie, Kellie Skater and Rhia O’Reilly will be in Berwyn the next weekend… Mickie Knuckles retained the RESISTANCE Pro Women’s Championship on Friday by beating Crazy Mary Dobson with a Superplex. She was attacked by former titleholder D’Arcy Dixon afterwards, solidifying the former champion’s heel turn in the promotion… Nicole Matthews made Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling history on Hikaru ShidaSaturday when she defeated Bishop to become the first female ECCW Champion. As a result, she has elected to vacate the Women’s Championship… Captains collide at next month’s SMASH Wrestling CanUSA Classic when Team Canada’s LuFisto will wrestle Team USA’s Amazing Kong.

Japan
Ariya & Makoto defeated Yumiko Hotta & La Comandante to win the REINA World Tag Team Championship last Wednesday… Hikaru Shida won the Regina di WAVE Championship on Pro Wrestling WAVE’s 7th Anniversary show on Sunday. Elsewhere on the card, Melanie Cruise made her Japan debut, losing to Kana via armbar… Meiko Satomura, Kyoko Kimura, DASH Chisako and Ray will be part of the International Pro Wrestling Festival in Pyongyang, North Korea this Saturday and Sunday in the first show in the secretive country since World Championship Wrestling and New Japan Pro Wrestling co-promoted a show there in 1995. Bull Nakano and Akira Hokuto defeated Manami Toyota and Mariko Yoshida on that card… Speaking of Kimura, she has been replaced in the upcoming Stardom 5*STAR Grand Prix by Kris Wolf, presumably because of her taking the North Korea booking.

Europe
Pro Wrestling: EVE has announced that it will return as part of the revival of the XWA promotion in Colchester on November 1. Champion Nikki Storm, Kay Lee Ray and Rhia O’Reilly have been announced. It appears to be a mixed show in the same vein as US promotions like Absolute Intense Wrestling and Inspire Pro Wrestling… Penelope challenges Miss Mina for the DOA Sirens Championship in Malmo, Sweden this weekend… Fierce Females runs its latest show this weekend. It’s headlined by Kay Lee Ray taking on April Davids and Carmel Jacob & Sara battling Nikki Storm and a mystery partner. It should also offer some answers as to why Kay Lee decided to join up with hated enemy Carmel.

Australia & New Zealand
Shazza McKenzie made her first successful defence of her PWWA Championship on Saturday. She defeated Jessie McKay. Madison Eagles and Mick Moretti won the PWA Tag Team Championship on the same show… Harley Wonderland won a 3-way involving Izzy Shaw and Savannah Summers on Saturday to become the number one contender to Demi Bennett’s Riot City Wrestling Women’s Championship. The pair have been squabbling for a while… A photo has been doing the rounds online showing the women who took part in the WWE tryouts in Melbourne earlier this month. Along with the names already mentioned like Sara Jay, Toni Storm and Savannah Summers, we also had Jessie McKay, Evie and curiously, Hiroyo Matsumoto… Mercedes Martinez has vacated the IndyGurlz Australia Championship, after what New Horizons Pro Wrestling described as “a situation beyond both parties’ control”. A new champion will be crowned in November… Britenay and Evie will settle their differences on Saturday when they wrestle to decide who is the rightful Impact Pro Wrestling Women’s Champion… Global Force Wrestling says that it’s secured partnerships with Australasian promotions like PWA Australia, Impact Pro Wrestling and Riot City Wrestling. That means the likes of Madison Eagles, Shazza McKenzie, Demi Bennett, Savannah Summers, Harley Wonderland and Evie could be on their radar.

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Results

August 19: WWE Main Event (Phoenix, AZ) – Nikki Bella b Emma

August 19: I Believe In Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Chasyn Rance b Brittany

August 20: CMLL-REINA (Tokyo, Japan) – Alex Lee b Miyako Matsumoto; Maki Narumiya b Kaho Kobayashi; Syuri & Kyoko Kimura b Marcela & La Silueta; Ariya & Makoto b Yumiko Hotta & La Comandante to win the REINA World Tag Team Championship

August 20: Gatoh Move (Bangkok, Thailand) – Riho & Blue Lotus b Emi Sakura & Peppermint

August 20: TNA Impact Wrestling (New York, NY) – Gail Kim b Angelina Love

August 20: Ohio Valley Wrestling (Louisville, KY) – Mary Elizabeth Monroe b Rebel

August 21: WWE Superstars (Las Vegas, NV) – Emma b Alicia Fox

August 21: WWE NXT (Winter Park, FL) – Charlotte b Becky Lynch

August 21: WWE NXT (Largo, FL) – Alexa Bliss & Becky Lynch b Carmella & Kendall Skye via DQ; Bayley b Charlotte

August 21: New York Wrestling Connection (Deer Park, NY) – Marti Belle & Rick Cataldo b Chrissy Rivera & Jolly Roger

August 22: WWE SmackDown (Phoenix, AZ) – Natalya b Paige

August 22: RESISTANCE Pro (Willowbrook, IL) – D’Arcy Dixon b Paloma Starr, Angel Dust & Lucy Mendez in a 4-way; Mickie Knuckles b Crazy Mary Dobson

1 Amanda Rodriguez Heidi Lovelace SHINEAugust 22: SHINE 21 (Ybor City, FL) – Nevaeh b Leah Von Dutch, Amazing Kong & Su Yung in a 4-way; Heidi Lovelace & Solo Darling b Jayme Jameson & Amanda Rodriguez; Thunderkitty b Justine Silver; Kimber Lee & Cherry Bomb b Jessie Belle Smothers & Sassy Stephie; Taylor Made b La Rosa Negra; Malia Hosaka & Brandi Wine b Leva Bates & Mia Yim; Ivelisse Velez b Nevaeh; Jessicka Havok b Allysin Kay

August 22: WWE (Stockton, CA) – Emma & Nikki Bella b Alicia Fox & Layla

August 22: Classic Championship Wrestling (Oshwekan, ON, Canada) – Holly Madison b Skylar Rose & Cassie Cool in a 3-way

August 22: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Dark Angel, La Vaquerita & Princesa Sugehit b Amapola, Dalys & La Seductora

August 23: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Shiori Akiba v Kyuri went to a time limit draw; Yuka b 235; Neko Nitta b Maki Narumiya & Risa Sera in a 3-way; Tsukushi & Kurumi b Tsukasa Fujimoto & Miyako Matsumoto; Tsukushi & Kurumi b Tsukasa Fujimoto & Miyako Matsumoto; Tsukasa Fujimoto & Miyako Matsumoto b Tsukushi & Kurumi

August 23: Pro Wrestling WAVE (Tokyo, Japan) – Cherry b Kyusei Sakura Hirota & Kyusei Ninja Ranmaru in a 3-way; Moeka Haruhi b Rina Yamashita; Kana & Fairy Nipponbashi b Sumire Natsu & Tsukasa Fujimoto; Ayako Hamada, Yuu Yamagata & Sawako Shimono b Yumi Ohka, Mika Iida & Misaki Ohata

August 23: Riot City Wrestling (Wayville, Australia) – Harley Wonderland b Izzy Shaw & Savannah Summers in a 3-way

August 23: Pro Wrestling Alliance (Casula, Australia) – Shazza McKenzie b Jessie McKay; Mick Moretti & Madison Eagles b The Hive, The Green Nation, Blue Oni & Instagraham and the Samoan Warriors in a Gauntlet Match to win the PWA Tag Team Championship

August 23: Scottish Wrestling Entertainment (Dundee, Scotland) – Viper, Sammii Jayne & Felix Fortune b Christopher Saynt, Mickey & Nikki Storm

August 23: Warriors Of Wrestling (Staten Island, NY) – Rosita b Jennifer Cruz

August 23: WWE NXT (Fort Pierce, FL) – Becky Lynch & Alexa Bliss b Kendall Skye & Carmella; Bayley b Charlotte

August 23: WWE (San Diego, CA) – Paige b Natalya

August 23: WWE (Sacramento, CA) – Emma & Nikki Bella b Alicia Fox & Layla

August 23: Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling (Vancouver, BC, Canada) – Nicole Matthews b Bishop to win the ECCW Championship

August 24: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – Rabbit Miyu b Yako Fujigasaki; Hanako Hanayashiki b Eiger; Maki Narumiya & Risa Sera b Command Bolshoi & Yua Hayashi; KAZUKI b Raideen Hagane; Kayoko Haruyama & Leon b Arisa Nakajima & Tsukushi

August 24: Stardom (Tokyo, Japan) – Kyoko Kimura v Koguma went to a double count-out; Reo Hazuki b Kris Wolf & Hatsuhinode Kamen in a 3-way; Star Fire b Kaori Yoneyama; Takumi Iroha b DASH Chisako; Kairi Hojo b Nanae Takahashi; Cheerleader Melissa b Io Shirai; Mayu Iwatani b Yoshiko

Kana Melanie Cruise Youji KawauchiAugust 24: Pro Wrestling WAVE (Tokyo, Japan) – Cherry b Shu Shibutani; Mio Shirai, Misaki Ohata & Tsukasa Fujimoto b Sumire Natsu, Rina Yamashita & Kaho Kobayashi; Kana b Melanie Cruise; Kyoko Kimura b Sawako Shimono; Dynamite Kansai b Fairy Nipponbashi; Kyusei Sakura Hirota & Mika Iida b Isami Kodaka & Yuko Miyamoto and Ayako Hamada & Yuu Yamagata in a 3-way to win the WAVE Tag Team Championship; Hikaru Shida b Yumi Oka to win the Regina di WAVE Championship

August 24: Insane Championship Wrestling (Edinburgh, Scotland) – BT Gunn & Chris Renfrew b Grado & Colt Cabana and Kay Lee Ray & Stevie Boy to win the ICW Tag Team Championship

August 24: Anarchy Championship Wrestling (Austin, TX) – Angel Blue b Athena & Jessica James in a 3-way

August 24: WWE (Bakersfield, CA) – Paige b Natalya

August 24: WWE (Fresno, CA) – Emma & Nikki Bella b Alicia Fox & Layla

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

August 25: WWE Raw (Anaheim, CA) – Paige b Natalya

Upcoming

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

August 29: Showcase Pro Wrestling (Dumfries, Scotland) – Sara v Leah Owens

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

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

August 30: Melbourne City Wrestling (Tullamrine, Australia) – Kellyanne English v KC Cassidy

August 30: Scottish Wrestling Entertainment (Dundee, Scotland) – Christopher Saynt v Glen Dunbar v Sammii Jayne v Viper v Nikki Storm

August 30: Kamikaze Pro (Birmingham, England) – Nixon Newell v Violet Vendetta

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

Leah Owens Rhia O'Reilly Fierce FemalesAugust 31: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland) – Sammii Jayne v Nixon Newell; Layla Rose v Miss Cole; Kay Lee Ray v April Davids; Nikki Storm & TBA v Carmel Jacob & Sara; Viper v Lana Austin; Kasey Owens v Bete Noire; Leah Owens v Rhia O’Reilly; Courtney v Fiona Fraser

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

September 5: Absolute Intense Wrestling (Cleveland, OH) – Rickey Shane Page v Candice LeRae

September 6: Tidal Wrestling (Darlington, England) – Ruby Summers v TBA

September 6: Absolute Intense Wrestling (Cleveland, OH) – Johnny Gargano v Candice LeRae

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

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

September 7: PROGRESS Wrestling (London, England) – Pollyanna Peppers v Rhia O’Reilly

Candice LeRae Veda ScottSeptember 7: Absolute Intense Wrestling (Cleveland, OH) – Candice LeRae v Veda Scott

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

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

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

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

September 13: Target Wrestling (Newcastle, England) – Kasey Owens v Saraya Knight

September 13: Women Superstars Uncensored (Voorhees, NJ) – JT Dunn & David Starr v Kimber Lee & Annie Social

September 13: Quintessential Pro Wrestling (Las Vegas, NV) – Jillian Hall v Christina Von Eerie; Veda Scott v Serena Deeb; Candice LeRae v Laura James; Kahmora v Ivelisse Velez

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

September 19: Southside Wrestling (Sheffield, England) – Joey Ryan & Candice LeRae v Martin Kirby & Kris Travis

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

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

September 21: SMASH Wrestling CANUSA Classic (Toronto, ON, Canada) – Amazing Kong v LuFisto

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 10: SHINE 22 (Ybor City, FL)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 26: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland)

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

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

November 23: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland)

– Lee Burton
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Ringbelles Roundup (29 July 2014) – Stephanie McMahon is awesome, plus a discussion on blood in women’s wrestling

Stephanie McMahon Brie Bella WWEThe conclusion of last night’s Raw saw the real main event of SummerSlam take shape.

Sure, the final match on the show in Los Angeles on August 17 will be John Cena against Brock Lesnar, but last night’s episode was a show-long arc which took the next big step in the feud between Brie Bella and Stephanie McMahon and ending with a match being set between the two.

The programme began with a recap from last week where McMahon struck Bella – who was a paying customer – and her subsequent arrest. Later on, Stephanie talked to husband Triple H backstage about what it was like being in a police cell, and how their plan for the evening needed to work. The plan was revealed as the couple went to the ring in order to ask Brie to join them, though they were interrupted by Chris Jericho, who reprised his feud with Stephanie from 2000-2002 and for a brief spell in 2009 (ignoring their alliance for about a month around WrestleMania X8) and busted out some decade-old insults. It all meant that Stephanie – who barely said a word during the segment but was still the focal point because of her sorrowful remorse and then frustration at Jericho’s jokes – would have to wait to speak to Brie.

McMahon was seen knocking on the Divas’ locker room door, which was answered by Brie’s sister Nikki, who said that her twin would be in the building later on. That meant Stephanie coming out for the final segment of the programme to speak to Brie, and then tried to bargain her way out of a battery charge. She said Nikki would no longer be put into handicap matches and would also receive a raise, though that wasn’t enough for Brie, who said that she wanted her job back. McMahon argued that one Bella was enough for WWE, so Brie said that she would see Stephanie in court – in fact, she said it three times during this piece – to which the boss lady relented, saying that Brie was reinstated. As things appeared to be over, Bella said she had one more demand, which was a match at SummerSlam. Stephanie asked her if she wanted a Divas Title match or a Total Divas showcase, but Bella said she wanted a match against her, which Stephanie was reluctant to agree to, and did so seemingly in tears – but showed that she was up for her first contest since she lost to her father at No Mercy 2003 – by slapping Brie off the apron to the floor, which led to the pair having a pull-apart brawl. It was a spectacular segment, and 90% of the credit for it – as well as the entire feud in general – has to go to Stephanie, and that’s something I wouldn’t have said a year ago.

You see, be her heel or face, Stephanie McMahon was a complete pain in the neck in the past. As timid Steph entering a relationship with Test or getting kidnapped by the Undertaker, she was as wooden as you would expect a 22-year old to be. Her heel turn was helped in that she was aligned with Triple H and had storylines with the charismatic Kurt Angle and Jericho over that time. She then had a minor miracle against Trish Stratus at No Way Out 2001 and was shoehorned into the Invasion storyline as the owner of ECW, which didn’t suit her character and saw her irritating-level go astronomical into go-away heat, which culminated with her splitting with HHH (in storyline) and then being banished from the company just after WMX8.

Her absence lasted 115 days, as she returned as the babyface General Manager of SmackDown and was involved in feud with Eric Bischoff, Sable and father Vince, but also saw the babyfaces sliming up to her – including John Cena, who rapped about how good looking Stephanie was, which was pretty lame for the man who was the coolest face in the company at the time – before being made to vacate the position in the aforementioned No Mercy match.

She’s had a couple of cameos over the years – taking a Stone Cold Stunner from Steve Austin in 2005, being the General Manager for a few weeks in 2008 and again the following year, as well as being beaten up by Randy Orton in the build-up to him against HHH at WrestleMania 25, but made a Stephanie McMahon 2 WWEfull-time return to the roster about a year ago as part of the Authority, and has been stellar in being the ultimate person to hate. She started by being a thorn in the side of Daniel Bryan, which led to her raising the ire or Brie Bella while Bryan was forced out of action due to injury a couple of months ago.

Since her comeback, her character has been amazing, and she has eliminated the over-acting and screechy voice which she had during her original heyday over a decade ago, and replaced it with a cooler exterior and a real ability to be able to hold the crowd in the palm of her hands. Moreover, while Paul Heyman is notably great at creating money promos, Stephanie has been even better at getting under the skin of fans around the world and has even managed to do something that Heyman hasn’t done in recent years – elevate other wrestlers.

While Heyman has been the mouthpiece behind Brock Lesnar, he has faltered in getting over the likes of Ryback, Curtis Axel and Cesaro, while there is more interest in Brie Bella than in any other point in her 6-year career, and sister Nikki has also received some residual benefits by being victimised by Stephanie with all the handicap matches. Using nothing more than verbiage, three slaps and a quick catfight, Brie Bella v Stephanie McMahon is possibly the real money feud which will culminate at SummerSlam – and the fact that McMahon has already received a level of comeuppance from Vickie Guerrero recently hasn’t made a difference, partly because it hasn’t been acknowledged since it happened.

The support for Stephanie’s work seems to be pretty universal. There is support for her character, promos, acting, reacting and every facet which you would expect from a non-wrestler in WWE. If Ringbelles had a Non-Wrestler of the Year award, Stephanie McMahon would be receiving it, hands-down.

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Candice LeRae Joey Ryan“Attn ladies in wrestling…stop carving yourselves to shreds. Nuff said.”

Velvet Sky sent that tweet on Sunday and it caused a shedload of reactions from different people. One person accused of her of sending the non-specific message in the direction of Candice LeRae and Veda Scott, who both bled on Saturday night in their respective main event matches at Pro Wrestling Guerrilla and Absolute Intense Wrestling. LeRae bled after being struck in the face with a steel chair as she and Joey Ryan dethroned The Young Bucks to win the PWG Tag Team Championship in a Guerrilla Warfare Match, while Scott pinned Greg Iron in the cage match main event of the Battle of the Sexes show, which ended with Veda leaping from the top of the structure where a table was sat across two corners, driving herself through her former AIW Tag team Championship partner, who was lying on his own table.

It could just be a coincidence that Sky made that statement on the same weekend that these matches took place, or it may have more behind it – but the tweet itself has been somewhat polarising. While some fans and wrestlers have supported the sentiment, others have come to the support of Scott and LeRae by saying they’re free to do whatever they like. Honestly, both sides are probably right.

Blading oneself is something I would never encourage, but there are circumstances where I can see the logic behind doing it. Both of these matches are feud ending situations where the storylines have been ongoing for some time. LeRae and Ryan have been feuding with the Young Bucks for close to a year while Scott and Iron have teamed and then warred over the last 20 months. If there was ever a time in these feuds to increase the drama with blood, this was probably it. True, some would argue that you shouldn’t really need to cut yourself in front of a crowd of a couple of hundred, and it’s still questionable when you’re competing in front of tens of thousands, but at least the payoff is better in the latter instance – though the final decision to cut is down to the wrestler themselves, and if they can square it with themselves and feel it’s worth it, that’s their business and nobody else’s.

Veda Scott AIWOne tweeter argued with Velvet’s advice by insinuating that undergoing cosmetic surgery in order to secure more bookings shouldn’t be encouraged either – referring to how Sky, like many other wrestlers, have elected to go under the knife, be it to become more marketable or for reasons outside of wrestling. It may have been a cheap shot, but some may argue that there is some validity to the point – nobody can judge the reasons for what someone does to their own body, so why can’t everybody live and let live?

If you want to blade in a match or you want to have cosmetic surgery, go for it. If you can square it with yourself and you’re happy with your decision, what’s stopping you?

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We’ve had two new interviews on the website this week. We’ve got a My Name Is with Amanda Rodriguez, as well as a Women Of Wrestling Podcast with Mia Yim on a slew of topics, and she’s very open and honest with them all. We also have two matches – an intergender match involving Kimber Lee against JT Dunn, and Kc Spinelli winning the Pure Wrestling Association Elite Women’s Championship from Leah Von Dutch.

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WWE
Lana was back delivering promos on Main Event last Tuesday ahead of Rusev’s match against Jack Swagger, which ended in a DQ win for the American – though there was no mention of “recent current events” like there was at Battleground just over a week ago. It’s telling that the feud has been moved from Raw and SmackDown on cable and network TV respectively to a WWE Network-only show… Charlotte defeated Summer Rae on last week’s NXT to successfully defend her NXT Women’s Championship. The match was painfully dull and the usually enthusiastic audience chanted “boring”, even breaking out the Mexican wave… Two of the WWE Diva feuds were interwoven on SmackDown when Paige wrestled Naomi. Skipping out like Divas Champion AJ Lee – on whom she turned during last week’s Raw – Paige then cut a short promo says despite what happened, with the Briton saying that she still liked AJ, and still liked Naomi, though it was painfully obvious as to how disingenuous she was being. Just as they were about to lock up, Cameron’s music hit which distracted Naomi, allowing Paige to attack her from behind, nail the RamPaige Paige AJ Lee WWEand then get the tap out win with the PTO before skipping away. Cameron then took to the ring to beat up on her former friend. Incidentally, Naomi’s new look does little for her. The braids and taxicab look is a step back from her Funkadactyls style… Elsewhere on Raw, Paige apologised for her attack on AJ saying she was young and impetuous. The Divas Champion came out to say she was having none of it, and Paige said AJ was “crazy” if she didn’t believe her. The pair ended up fighting. Naomi also got a measure of revenge when she and Natalya defeated Cameron and Alicia Fox… The Wrestling Observer claims that Nikki Bella may turn heel on her sister Brie after their storyline with Stephanie McMahon comes to an end. The pair have also answered questions from WWE.com about the feud… Speaking of Brie Bella, she was with husband Daniel Bryan when the pair returned to their home in Phoenix, AZ on Thursday night to find two burglars escaping from their property. Bryan managed to restrain one, who was later arrested. They had only moved into the home 10 days previously… AJ Lee and Paige have started wrestling each other on the road. Hopefully, this will make for a smoother match when they next wrestle on TV… Summer Rae and Layla’s tandem is nicknamed “Slayers” – with the ‘S’ from Summer and ‘lay’ from Layla. It really is Lay-Cool mark II.

TNA
It was announced last Wednesday that Brooke has signed a new multi-year deal with the company… Gail Kim’s Knockouts Championship defence against Taryn Terrell on last week’s Impact Wrestling went to a no-contest after the Beautiful People interfered. The match was nowhere close to the quality of their Last Knockout Standing or Ladder Matches from last year before it was thrown out – possibly because this was Terrell’s first match in the 6-sided ring… Kazarian and Christopher Daniels recently did a shoot interview where they discussed the horrendous Claire Lynch storyline where AJ Styles was accused of cheating on his wife with her. They said she had no idea what she would be doing when she auditioned for the role, and they said she “wasn’t ready” for the “wacky world of pro wrestling”. Considering she worked at the Universal Resort, it could have been Leva Bates who landed that role.

North America
Jessie Belle Smothers has announced that she is to retire from wrestling, writing on Twitter that “I’ve done my best to chase my dream but sometimes Ya gotta realize you’ve done all you can”. Her final match will take place in October. The 28-year old debuted in 2010, losing to to her SNS Express tag team partner Sassy Stephie before debuting in Ohio Valley Wrestling in April the following year. She became part of the Smothers Twisted Daughters with her “sister” Izza Belle Smothers (Mickie Knuckles) and won the promotion’s singles championship on two occasions. She was also involved in a controversy with Tracy Smothers in 2012 who wanted her to stop using the surname, though things smoothed over. She is married to Ryan Howe, who was a competitor on the 2011 season of WWE’s Tough Enough and is also a member of the OVW roster… Former TNA Knockouts Champion Katarina Leigh Waters has been announced as the General Manager of California promotion Apex Pro Wrestling. Her first show will be on August 16… Marti Belle regained the New York Wrestling Connection Starlets Championship on Thursday, beating Rick Kimber LeeCataldo and defending champion Chrissy Rivera in a 3-way… Kimber Lee suffered the mother of all shiners on Thursday. When we asked her what happened, she called it a “freak accident”… D’Arcy Dixon was more heelish in her win against Angel Dust at RESISTANCE Pro’s show on Friday. Elsewhere on the card, Thunderkitty defeated Lucy Mendez… Jessicka Havok’s been selling all of her merchandise at rock-bottom prices, calling it a “close-out sale”… Hudson Envy defeated her trainer LuFisto on Friday to retain her Alternative Wrestling Show Women’s Championship… Mistress Burgandi beat Mickie Knuckles in a Taped Fists Match on IWA Mid South’s Friday show – Heidi Lovelace was the referee… Athena retained her AIW Women’s Championship by submitting Heidi Lovelace on Saturday’s matinee show… Barbi Hayden beat Mia Yim on Sunday’s Inspire Pro Wrestling show to retain the NWA World Women’s Championship. Rachel Summerlyn also made what was promoted as her final appearance in a wrestling ring. Her final match was in February last year.

Japan
Tokyo Women’s Wrestling’s biggest show will take place on Saturday when they hold a card at Shin-Kiba 1st Ring… Mayu Iwatani won the vacant Wonder of Stardom Championship on Sunday, defeating Kairi Hojo & Miho Wakizawa in a one-night, four-woman tournament… Hikaru Shida won Pro Wrestling WAVE’s 2014 Catch The Wave League on Sunday, beating Misaki Ohata in the final. Meanwhile two men hold the promotion’s Tag Team Championship, with Isami Kodaka & Yuko Miyamoto beating Ayako Hamada & Yuu Yamagata to take the straps – you can see more on those stories here.

Europe
Nadia SapphireLeah & Kasey Owens have been confirmed for TNA’s British Boot Camp 2 auditions this Thursday… Another blood injury happened on Saturday, but this one was accidental: Nadia Sapphire cut her head open on a board during her Coventry Pro Wrestling Women’s Championship defeat to Lizzy Styles. She had to be taken to hospital to get the wound glued shut.

Mexico
Taya Valkyrie pinned Faby Apache in their trios match on Sunday ahead of AAA’s TripleMania Reina de Reinas Championship match next month… Silueta has challenged Zeuxis for her CMLL-Reina International Junior Championship after beating her on Sunday.

Australia & New Zealand
Carmen Rose suffered a broken arm on Saturday’s Impact Pro Wrestling show during the tag team match alongside Britenay against Evie & Olivia Shaw. She got it from blocking one of Evie’s kicks. Rose and Britenay won, but Evie stole the Women’s Championship belt again.

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Results

July 19: Tokyo Women’s Wrestling (Tokyo, Japan) – Miyu Yamashita & KANNA b Yuka Sakazaki & Erin; Shoko Nakajima b Ai Shimizu; Nonoko b Chikage Kiba

July 21: REINA (Yokohama, Japan) – Keizo Matsuda & Kazuhiro Tamura b Yuji Kito & Yoshihiro Doguchi; Tsukushi b Alex Lee; Makoto b Kyusei Sakura Hirota; La Comandante b Kurumi; Maki Narumiya & Neko Nitta b Syuri & Kaho Kobayashi

July 22: Pro Wrestling WAVE (Tokyo, Japan) – Kana & Natsu Sumire b Hikaru Shida & Sakura Hirota; Tomoka Nakagawa b Moeka Haruhi; Ayako Hamada & Yuu Yamagata b Kaho Kobayashi & Tsukushi; Mika Iida b Sakura Hirota; Mio Shirai, Misaki Ohata & Tsukasa Fujimoto b Cherry, Kyoko Kimura & Shuu Shibutani; Yumi Ohka b Sachie Abe

July 22: All Pro Wrestling (Burlingame, CA) – Candice LaRae & Joey Ryan b Brittany Wonder & Marcus Lewis

July 23: Rockstar Pro (Dayton, OH) – Miss Diss Lexia b Duke Beefhammer

July 23: Ohio Valley Wrestling (Lousiville, KY) – Rebel b Mary Elizabeth Monroe

July 24: WWE NXT (Winter Park, FL) – Charlotte b Summer Rae

July 24: WWE (Tulsa, OK) – AJ Lee b Paige

July 24: TNA Impact Wrestling (New York City, NY) – Gail Kim v Taryn Terrell went to a no-contest

July 24: Evolution Pro Wrestling (Clarksville, IN) – Ian Rotten & Mistress Burgandi v Joseph Schwartz & Randi West went to a no contest

July 24: New York Wrestling Connection (Deer Park, NY) – Marti Belle b Chrissy Rivera & Rick Cataldo in a 3-way to win the NYWC Starlets Championship

July 25: WWE SmackDown (Orlando, FL) – Paige b Naomi

July 25: Independent Wrestling Entertainment (Dexter, ME) – Cali Capone b Mistress Belmont

July 25: Juggalo Championship Wrestling (Kaiser, MO) – Mad Man Pondo & Crazy Mary Dobson b The Butler & The Maid

July 25: RESISTANCE Pro (Willowbrook, IL) – Thunderkitty b Lucy Mendez; D’Arcy Dixon b Angel Dust

July 25: IWA Mid-South (New Albany, IN) – Mistress Burgandi b Mickie Knuckles

July 25: Alternative Wrestling Show (South Gate, CA) – Hudson Envy b LuFisto

July 25: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Amapola, Princesa Blanca & Zeuxis b Goya Kong, Marcela & Silueta via DQ

July 26: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Cherry b Akane Fujita; Kurumi & Manami Kanda b 235 & Kyuri; Rabbit Miu v Tsukushi went to a time limit draw; Tsukasa Fujimoto & Yuuka b Mio Shirai & Yuri Kotobuki

July 26: Impact Pro Wrestling (Auckland, New Zealand) – Britenay & Carmen Rose b Evie & Olivia Shaw

July 26: Scottish Wrestling Entertainment (Dundee, Scotland) – Viper b Nikki Storm

July 26: Scottish Wrestling Entertainment (Perth, Scotland) – Sammii Jayne b Debbie Sharpe

July 26: Coventry Pro Wrestling (Coventry, England) – Lizzy Styles b Nadia Sapphire to win the CPW Women’s Championship

July 26: Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (Reseda, CA) – Candice LeRae & Joey Ryan b Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson to win the PWG Tag Team Championship

Veda Scott AIWJuly 26: Absolute Intense Wrestling (Cleveland, OH) – Athena b Heidi Lovelace; Seleziya Sparx b Alexia Nicole; Bobby Beverly b Angel Dust; Hania b Colin Delaney; Davey Vega b Jasmin; Jenny Rose b Tyson Dux; Rickey Shane Page b Alexia Nicole; Seleziya Sparx b Eddie Kingston; BJ Whitmer b Heidi Lovelace; Athena b Louis Lyndon; Veda Scott b Gregory Iron

July 26: WWE (Edmonton, AB, Canada) – Emma & Natalya b Alicia Fox & Rosa Mendes

July 26: WWE (Oklahoma City, OK) – AJ Lee b Paige

July 26: IWA Midwest (Pekin, IL) – Mickie Knuckles b Thunderkitty

July 27: World Woman Pro Wrestling Diana (Kawasaki, Japan) – Yuiga b Koyuki Hayashi; Eiger b Keiko Aono; Sareee b Kaho Kobayashi; KAORU & Mima Shimoda b Kaoru Ito & Tomoko Watanabe; Kyoko Inoue & Manami Toyota b Yumiko Hotta & Mask De Sun

July 27: JWP (Nagoya, Japan) – 235 & Neko Nitta b Yako Fujigasaki & Yume Hayashi; Hanako Nakamori & Masashi Aoyagi b KAZUKI & Otoko Sakari; Command Bolshoi & Kayoko Haruyama b KAORU & Rydeen Hagane; Rabbit Miu defeats Leon; Arisa Nakajima b Sachie Abe

July 27: Stardom (Tokyo, Japan) – Mayu Iwatani b Kairi Hojo; Miho Wakizawa b Takumi Iroha; Nanae Takahashi b Alpha Female, Kaori Yoneyama & Hatsuhinode Kamen in a 4-way; Yoshiko & Reo Hazuki b Io Shirai & Koguma; Mayu Iwatani b Miho Wakizawa to win the Wonder of Stardom Championship

July 27: Pro Wrestling WAVE (Tokyo, Japan) – Mika Iida & Kyusei Sakura Hirota b Shu Shibutani & Cherry and Mio Shirai & Kyoko Kimura in a 3-way; Misaki Ohata b Tsukasa Fujimoto; Tomoka Nakagawa b Hiroyo Matsumoto; Isami Kodaka & Yuko Miyamoto b Ayako Hamada & Yuu Yamagata to win the WAVE Tag Team Championship; Sawako Shimono & Rina Yamashita b Moeka Haruhi & Fairy Nipponbashi; Misaki Ohata b Yumi Ohka; Hikaru Shida b Tomoka Nakagawa; Kana & Sakura Hirota b Kyusei Ninja Ranmaru & Hibiscus Mii; Kyusei Ninja Ranmaru & Hibiscus Mii b Kana & Sakura Hirota; Tomoka Nakagawa b Hiroyo Matsumoto, Tsukasa Fujimoto & Yumi Ohka in a 4-way; Kaho Kobayashi b Sumire Natsu; Hikaru Shida b Misaki Ohata

July 27: Kamikaze Pro (Birmingham, England) – Nixon Newell b Marshall X

July 27: Insane Championship Wrestling (Glasgow, Scotland) – BT Gunn & Chris Renfrew b Kay Lee Ray & Stevie Boy to win the vacant ICW Tag Team Championship

July 27: Beyond Wrestling (Providence, RI) – Kimber Lee b Silver Ant

July 27: WWE (Dallas, TX) – AJ Lee b Paige

Kaitlin Diemond Skyler Rose TabercilJuly 27: WWE (Calgary, AB, Canada) – Emma, Layla & Natalya b Alicia Fox, Eva Marie & Rosa Mendes

July 27: Crossfire Wrestling (St Catharines, ON, Canada) – Skylar Rose b Kaitlin Diemond

July 27: Inspire Pro Wrestling (Austin, TX) – Athena b Kat Green; Delilah Doom b Solo Darling; Jessica James b Miss Diss Lexia & KC Warfield in a 3-way; Leva Bates b Paige Turner; Barbi Hayden b Mia Yim

July 27: Ring Of Honor (Laurel, DE) – Veda Scott & Jenny Rose b Hania & Mandy Leon

July 27: AAA (Ecatepec, Mexico) – Mamba, Sexy Star & Taya Valkyrie b Faby Apache, Jennifer Blake & Pimpinela Escarlata

July 27: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Silueta b Zeuxis

July 28: WWE Raw (Houston, TX) – Naomi & Natalya b Cameron & Alicia Fox

Upcoming

August 1: Preston City Wrestling (Preston, England) – April Davids v TBA

August 2: Mid Atlantic Memories (Charlotte, NC) – Taryn Terrell v Amazing Kong

August 3: Mid Atlantic Memories (Charlotte, NC) – Tessa Blanchard v Chasity Taylor

August 3: Wrestling Is Fun (Easton, PA) – Heidi Lovelace & Equinox v Oleg the Usurper & Jaka

August 8: House Of Pain: Evolution (Mansfield, England) – Violet Vendetta v Nixon Newell v Ruby Summers v Felony

August 8: Pro Wrestling All-Stars of Detroit (Melvindale, MI) – Hudson Envy v Thunderkitty v Randi West

August 9: Melbourne City Wrestling (Craigieburn, Australia) – Evie v Toni Storm

August 9: Southside Wrestling (Nottingham, England) – Martin Kirby v Kay Lee Ray

August 9: SMASH Wrestling (Brantford, ON, Canada) – Courtney Rush v Allysin Kay

August 10: Pro Wrestling Kingdom (Birmingham, England) – Nixon Newell & Chris Brookes v Ryan Smile & Lana Austin

August 10: FutureShock Wrestling (Stockport, England) – Danni Hunter v Lana Austin v April Davids

August 10: Insane Championship Wrestling (Edinburgh, Scotland) – Nikki Storm v Viper

August 10: Southside Wrestling Entertainment (St Neots, England) – Robbie X v Jimmy Havoc v Zak Northern v Kay Lee Ray

August 16: NCW Femmes Fatales XV (Montreal, QC, Canada) – Mercedes Martinez v LuFisto v Cheerleader Melissa v Courtney Rush; Missy v Kimber Lee; Vanessa Kraven v Sassy Stephie; Addy Starr & Kaitlin Diemond v Mary Lee Rose & Pink Flash Kira; Sweet Cherrie v Niya Barela

August 16: Conflict Wrestling (Kitchener, ON, Canada) – Seleziya Sparx v Jewells Malone

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

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

August 17: AAA TripleMania XXII (Mexico City, Mexico) – Faby Apache v Taya Valkyrie

Brie Bella Stephanie McMahon SummerSlamAugust 17: WWE SummerSlam (Los Angeles, CA) – Brie Bella v Stephanie McMahon

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

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

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

August 31: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland)

September 6: Tidal Wrestling (Darlington, England) – Ruby Summers v TBA

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

September 13: Women Superstars Uncensored (Voorhees, NJ)

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

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

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

Shanna Hikaru ShidaOctober 3: 4 Front Wrestling (Swindon, England) – Shanna v Hikaru Shida

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

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

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

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

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

November 23: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland)

– Lee Burton
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Ringbelles Roundup (22 July 2014) – Lana heat, Paige turns, Stephanie McMahon arrested, Fierce Females

Lana WWE“You blame Russia for the recent current events? In fact, you Americans should be scolded for your warmongering in Afghanistan and Iraq. You Americans should be insulted and afraid.”

It seems as it “current events” is an abstract term which was used during a promo by Lana at WWE Battleground on Sunday. However, “recent current events” is likely to be referring to the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over the skies of Ukraine last Thursday, killing 298 people from countries including the Netherlands, Malaysia, the United Kingdom and the United States. It was a horrible tragedy which has increased tensions between Russia and the US, UK and more. There was discussion as to how this may affect WWE’s ongoing storyline involving Russia supporters Lana and Rusev against US defenders Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter, which is using the real life political tensions between the two countries to forward a storyline. As it turns out, WWE wasn’t going to deviate from its plan, and even (possibly) referred to real incidents to forward its programme.

The comments by Lana received a lot of mainstream international coverage with media companies criticising WWE for invoking a real incident to generate heat and money. It’s not the first time that WWE has done it either. The bulk of the 1980s had antagonists like the Iron Sheik, Nikolai Volkoff and others stirring up emotions around issues like the Iranian Revolution and the Cold War, with wrestlers like Hulk Hogan, Sergeant Slaughter, Hacksaw Jim Duggan and Corporal Kirchener defending the United States. Slaughter was involved in a serious media backlash in 1991 when he became an Iraqi sympathiser during the first Gulf War – a real conflict where soldiers were dying – and while the ground aggressions ended early in the year, it was continued within WWE TV to keep his heat going. However, the backlash saw fans walk away in their thousands.

A lesser incident took place in 2003 when WWE created La Resistance to capitalise on France’s decision to not supply troops for the second Gulf War, though it did not generate as much mainstream anger. Two years later, there was real anger generated by a poor decision around the time of the July 7 terror attacks in London, England.

The Muhammad Hassan character was designed to generate anger, though it went over the line from being about an American Muslim character trying to defend Islam to him becoming a terrorist character following his drafting to SmackDown, leading to he and masked men trying to strangle the Undertaker with piano wire. The filming of the angle took place two days before the blasts, and while WWE cut the segment from the UK transmission on July 8, it was left in everywhere else in the world and caused such anger that the Hassan character was no longer allowed on SmackDown and was written out of the promotion soon afterwards.

LanaThe negative reaction to what happened with last week’s plane attack prompted WWE to release a statement to F4Wonline.com:

“Last night’s segment during WWE’s Battleground event was in no way referring to the Malaysia Airlines tragedy. The storyline with characters Rusev and Lana has been a part of WWE programming for more than three months. WWE apologizes to anyone who misunderstood last night’s segment and was offended.”

It’s debatable about whether WWE was referring to the missile attack. It was mentioned in such a way that the company could have plausible deniability if the backlash occurred – which it did. While many fans say they’re not upset or angry with Lana’s promo – which was scripted for her – it’s arguable that wrestling fans have become conditioned to let stuff slide. However, while WWE likes to claim it has its own universe, it still exists within the real world, and it’s doubtful that others would share the same lack of anger towards the promo. The real world also includes WWE’s shareholders, so it clearly had to do something to quell the frustration.

How this will affect Lana and Rusev remains to be seen. She was cut off by The Great Khali’s promo when she tried to deliver her usual promo on last night’s Raw, and F4W reports that the storyline with Rusev and Swagger is to be quietly dropped. Worst case scenarios may see Lana and Rusev removed from TV until the genuine international tensions ease, though this is unlikely.

Lana has done a great job in forwarding her character and generates great heat, regardless of how cheap that heat may be. Let’s hope that the writers letting things get too close to the bone doesn’t affect her marketability in the future.

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AJ Lee Paige WWE RawLet’s go chronologically with what’s been happening on WWE TV, shall we…?

Emma made her return to TV following her shoplift arrest, firing and re-hiring earlier this month by beating Cameron on Main Event in a match which was more about forwarding the loser’s feud with Naomi, who was on commentary and made the save for the Australian after the bell. On SmackDown, Eva Marie and Alicia Fox abandoned their match to attack special ref Nikki Bella, while AJ Lee and Paige’s frenemy dynamic continued as they defeated Summer Rae and Layla in tag team action. AJ tagged herself in at the end to make Summer tap out to the Black Widow and Paige was not pleased about it. AJ extended her hand but Paige responded with a hug.

At Battleground, Cameron pinned Naomi in the pre-show with a tights-assisted roll-up, while AJ beat Paige with the Shining Wizard on the main card, though the expected heel turn did not happen. We had to wait until last night’s Raw for that, as Paige attacked AJ following their tag team victory over Emma and Natalya, when AJ got the submission win the the Black Widow. The fans got into the attack, which is a positive sign.

Elsewhere on Raw, Summer Rae and Layla continued their torment of Fandango by helping Zack Ryder beat him – much like they did the night before with Adam Rose – and things leapt forward in the programme the Bella Twins and Stephanie McMahon.

Stephanie McMahon Brie Bella WWENikki Bella has been put into handicap matches as of late as a punishment for sister Brie slapping Stephanie and quitting the promotion. The latest saw her face a seemingly jobber quartet of Alicia Fox, Cameron, Eva Marie & Rosa Mendes, though Brie was at ringside as a fan to support her sister. This brought out McMahon, who bad-mouthed Brie and tried to have her thrown out of the building but Bella produced a ticket. Stephanie then slapped Brie, who then tried to hop the rail to fight back – which saw her get ejected from the building. Later on, Stephanie was confronted by two officers who arrested her on suspicion of battery and was led from the building to jail. Brie – who somehow got back into the building to make the accusation – tried to get at Stephanie while she was in cuffs. It generated a great reaction and was a well-executed couple of segments. This also potentially leads into Brie v Stephanie at SummerSlam with the proviso that Brie drops the charges, and with in the stipulation that if she wins, she is reinstated to WWE.

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Kay Lee Ray Carmel Jacob Sara mrdavidjwilsonFierce Females was in something of a lull at the start of this year. That lull is now a distant memory thanks to what has been described as a blinding card last Sunday topped off with an angle which is the first real storyline surrounding the belt since the title’s inception 14 months ago.

There has been a support for Nikki Storm on recent Fierce Females shows, and it led to a double turn in the Scottish Championship main event between she and the defending Kay Lee Ray. After years of fighting, Kay Lee aligned herself with Carmel Jacob and Sara to form a heel trio who managed to get the title match thrown out, turning Storm babyface in the process. It should lead to a rematch between the two down the line, but could also see Nikki facing Carmel and Sara in some fresh matches which should create intrigue.

Also swelling the roster on this show was four representatives from Bellatrix, with Penelope, Liberty, Sammi Baynz and Saraya Knight all making the trip with varying success. However, it seems as if Baynz and Knight are likely to return considering their partnership in Fierce Females, taking out Viper in the semi-main. It allows the promotion to create some new angles – though there’s the possible issue of things being a little heel heavy. With KLR, Carmel, Sara, Saraya, Sammi, Debbie Sharpe, Fiona Fraser and others in the mix, it feels like the babyfaces are a little outnumbered. Hopefully this is a potential issue which can be quelled in the smaller shows before Fierce Females returns with its next big event on November 23 in Glasgow.

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WWE
Rosa Mendes has been doing promotional work for WWE in Mexico… Jillian Hall says she will be at today’s SmackDown tapings in Orlando, FL… The Wrestling Observer claims that Thea Trinidad will be part of the next Tough Enough season following her role as being a travelling Rosebud with Adam Rose… Natalya v Charlotte from NXT Takeover has been ranked as the best singles match in WWE so far this year. Coming in at number 2 in its top 10, it was beaten by the Shield v the Wyatt Family at Elimination Chamber… Natalya told CBS Baltimore that she once drunk-dialled Stephanie McMahon… Eva Marie was given a rough time by the fans at the recent NXT tapings during her match against Bayley. We’ll see how it’s tidied up in post-production for its broadcast in a few weeks… Figure Four Online says the reason why Layla & Summer Rae have been put together in a faux Lay-Cool guise is as a kneejerk reaction to TNA’s Beautiful People reunion. Obviously, they couldn’t go with Michelle McCool as she’s retired. Having said that, the pair were on opposite sides of the ring in a six-woman tag team match at Saturday’s house show in Tallahassee, FL… Paige told WWE.com that she was excited about her first trip to Japan earlier this month. She beat Alicia Fox in the two shows in Tokyo with her PTO finisher, which went over well – which it would, as joshi legend Bull Nakano used to use it… Kaitlyn spoke to the Baltimore Sun about leaving WWE, saying if the division when she left was more like how it is now then her decision may have been trickier. She was also backstage at Raw last night, but insisted it wasn’t leading to a comeback.

TNA
Rebel from the Menagerie made her wrestling debut on Wednesday’s Ohio Valley Wrestling tapings. She beat Jessie Belle in a dark match, with Mary Elizabeth Monroe making the save for Rebel after Jessie tried a post-match attack… Madison Rayne defeated Brittany in a no-DQ match as part of TNA’s first episode of it’s Impact Wrestling tapings in New York City… In an interview with Fanatix, Brooke (who seems to have officially dumped the “Tessmacher” element of her name) says the Knockouts division is at an “ultimate high”. I know there’s towing the company line, but that statement is pretty delusional.

North America
Veronica Ticklefeather has quit the wrestling business. She has insisted that she is neither pregnant or getting married, but says it’s time for a new chapter. Coincidentally, her cousin Sammy Geodollno is also leaving in October to “to take care of her grandmom in New Orleans”, much like when El Generico went to help orphaned children in Mexico when Sami Zayn was signed to WWE… Courtney Rush and Allysin Kay compete on SMASH Wrestling’s August 9 show to hype the upcoming CanUSA Classic, which will be held on September 15. Following her victory over Xandra Bale (who was returning from a fractured wrist in February which she suffered in her comback match from a broken fibula last October) on Sunday, Cherry Bomb declared her allegiance to Team USA, which means she will join Kimber Lee, Veda Scott, Allysin Kay and a captain who is yet to Kc Spinelli Tabercilbe announced. LuFisto captains Team Canada, with Bale, Vanessa Kraven, Courtney Rush and Jewells Malone also on the side… Women Superstars Uncensored’s next show will be on September 13… Rain hinted that we may see her make further appearances at SHINE… Veda Scott – who joined us on the most recent Women Of Wrestling Podcast talking about a wealth of subjects – had a fan thrown out of Friday’s Ring Of Honor show after he grabbed at her. A note to fans – keep your hands to yourselves… Congratulations to Kc Spinelli, who defeated Leah Von Dutch on Saturday to win the Pure Wrestling Association Elite Women’s Championship. Beautiful Beaa became the number one contender for the belt by beating Jodi D’Milo… Kacee Carlisle and Sumie Sakai will wrestle to crown the first Valkyrie Women’s Wrestling Champion on the promotion’s next show. Carlisle beat LuFisto via DQ on Saturday while Sumie Sakai defeated Angel Dust, maintaining their respective unbeaten streaks. Elsewhere, the Cherry Bomb v Kimber Lee match didn’t happen because Cherry’s train was delayed for an ungodly amount of time after a boulder fell onto the tracks… Quintessential Pro Wrestling has announced an 8-woman tournament for September 13 in Las Vegas, NV. The competitors will be Serena Deeb, Jillian Hall, Ivelisse Velez, Candice LeRae, Veda Scott, Laura James, Kahmora & Christina Von Eerie.

Japan
Despite announcing her intentions to leave Stardom, Alpha Female retained the Goddesses of Stardom Championship. She and Kyoko Kimura defeated Takumi Iroha & Io Shirai on Sunday… Risa Sera will be out of action for a while after suffering bleeding from her left ear during her Ice Ribbon International Ribbon Tag Team Championship defence yesterday. She was hospitalized for further examination.

Europe
Pro Wrestling Kingdom is planning to run an intergender tag team tournament in Birmingham, England on November 14. Called Kings and Queens, it features Leah Owens on the poster… Penelope challenges Miss Mina for the Nordic Women’s Wrestling Association Championship on August 30’s Svensk Wrestling Syd show in Malmo, Sweden… Violet O’Hara will face Kimber Lee as part of a Tidal Wrestling v Combat Zone Wrestling show on October 8 in Leeds, England… Nixon Nixon Newell Lana AustinNewell defeated Lana Austin at ATTACK! Pro Wrestling’s show on Friday, but they teamed up later on to collectively win the promotion’s 24:7 Championship from Mark Andrews and Pete Dunne, but lost it in a handicap match to Mike Bird… Mia defeated Jezabeth on Saturday to win the Total Action Wrestling Women’s Championship.

Australia & New Zealand
Following a spat over who is the rightful holder of the Impact Pro Wrestling New Zealand Women’s Championship, Interim Champion Britenay and Carmen Rose will take on former titleholder Evie and Olivia Shaw this weekend… Adelaide’s The Advertiser ran a report on some of the city’s wrestlers who will be receiving WWE tryouts next month. Savannah Summers was one of them, and Demi Bennett was also featured – even though at 17, she was told she was too young to take part. She says she’ll get a tryout when she turns 20…

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Results

July 16: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Kurumi b Akane Fujita; Kaho Kobayashi b Meari Naito; Mio Shirai & Miyako Matsumoto b Hamuko Hoshi & Manami Kanda; Tsukasa Fujimoto & Yuuka b Neko Nitta & Risa Sera

July 16: WWE Main Event (Fayetteville, NC) – Emma b Cameron

July 16: Ohio Valley Wrestling (Louisville, KY) – Rebel b Jessie Belle

July 17: WWE NXT (Winter Park, FL) – Sasha Banks b Alexa Bliss

July 17: WWE Superstars (Richmond, VA) – Naomi b Rosa Mendes

July 17: TNA Impact Wrestling (New York City, NY) – Madison Rayne b Brittany

July 17: IWA Mid-South (Clarksville, IN) – Mickie Knuckles b Mistress Burgandi

July 18: Total Action Wrestling (Milton Keynes, England) – Mia b Jezabeth to win the TAW Women’s Championship; Toni Storm b Nightshade

July 18: ATTACK! Pro Wrestling (Bristol, England) – Nixon Newell b Lana Austin; Lana Austin & Nixon Newell b Mark Andrews & Pete Dunne to win the 24:7 Championship; Mike Bird b Lana Austin & Nixon Newell to win the 24:7 Championship

July 18: WWE SmackDown (Fayetteville, NC) – Alicia Fox v Eva Marie went to a no contest; AJ Lee & Paige b Summer Rae & Layla

July 18: WWE (Pensacola, FL) – Paige, Summer Rae & Nikki Bella b Alicia Fox, Rosa Mendes & Layla

July 18: AAW (Berwyn, IL) – Matt Cage b Davey Vega, Flip Kendrick & Heidi Lovelace in a 4-way

July 18: TNA (Louisville, KY) – Gail Kim b Velvet Sky

July 18: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Dalys, La Seductora & Princesa Blanca b Lluvia, Marcela & Princesa Sugehit

July 19: Union (Tokyo, Japan) – Ladybeard & Kaori Yoneyama b Cherry & Mio Shirai

July 19: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Tsukasa Fujimoto b Akane Fujita; Hamuko Hoshi & Mochi Miyagi b 235 & Kyuri; Risa Sera b Kurumi; Kurumi & Yuuka b Aoi Kizuki & Maki Narumiya

July 19: REINA (Tokyo, Japan) – Ariya & Yuji Kito b Kaho Kobayashi & Masaya Takahashi; Aki Shizuku b Alex Lee; Dump Matsumoto b Miyako Matsumoto; Neko Nitta & Syuri defeat Haruka Kato & Tsukasa Fujimoto; Makoto & Ray b La Comandante & Yumiko Hotta via DQ

July 19: World Wide Wrestling League (Edinburgh, Scotland) – Carmel Jacob b Sara

July 19: Pro Wrestling Elite (Ayr, Scotland) – Carmel Jacob b Viper, Nikki Storm & Kay Lee Ray

July 19: Fight Factory Pro Wrestling (Dublin, Ireland) – Katey Harvey b Pollyanna Peppers & Siren in a 3-way

LuFisto Kacee Carlisle Evan Slamminphotos ArnowJuly 19: House Of Pain: Evolution (Mansfield, England) – Nixon Newell b Violet Vendetta

July 19: Valkyrie Women’s Wrestling (Brooklyn, NY) – Kimber Lee b Nikki Addams; Jessie Brooks b Samantha Heights; La Rosa Negra b Nevaeh; Sumie Sakai b Angel Dust; Mistress Belmont b Davienne; Kacee Carlisle b LuFisto via DQ

July 19: TNA (Lexington, KY) – Gail Kim b Velvet Sky

July 19: WWE (Tallahassee, FL) – Nikki Bella, Paige & Summer Rae b Layla, Rosa Mendes & Alicia Fox

July 19: CWF Mid-Atlantic (Gibsonville, NC) – Su Yung b Amanda Rodriguez

July 19: Maryland Championship Wrestling (Joppa, MD) – Reby Sky b Shelly Martinez

July 19: Pure Wrestling Association (Kitchener, ON, Canada) – Beautiful Beaa b Jodi D’Milo; Anthony Fiasco & Alexia Nicole b Ryan Swift & Skylar Rose; Kc Spinelli b Leah Von Dutch to win the PWA Elite Women’s Championship

July 19: Steel Domain Wrestling (Hopkins, MN) – Stacy O’Brien b Miss Natural

July 20: OZ Academy (Tokyo, Japan) – Tsubasa Kuragaki b Mika Iida; Manami Toyota b Kagetsu; Mayumi Ozaki & Sakura Hirota b Yumi Ohka & Mio Shirai; Hiroyo Matsumoto b Hikaru Shida; Dynamite Kansai & Aja Kong b AKINO & Tomoka Nakagawa

July 20: Stardom (Tokyo, Japan) – Azumi b Maaya; Kairi Hojo & Nanae Takahashi b Kaori Yoneyama & Yoshiko; Kyoko Kimura & Alpha Female b Takumi Iroha & Io Shirai

July 20: Gatoh Move (Tokyo, Japan) – Kaori Yoneyama b Fukin Kitazawa; Kazuhiro Tamura & Hanako Nakamori b Madoka & DJ Nira; Hiroyo Matsumoto b Kuinshinbo Kamen; Nanae Takahashi & Emi Sakura b Riho & Kotori; Danshoku Dino b Sayaka Obihiro

July 20: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland) – Saraya Knight b Bete Noire; Debbie Sharpe b Penelope; Sammii Jayne b Liberty; Leah & Kasey Owens b Sara & Carmel Jacob; Viper b Sammi Baynz; Fiona Fraser b Courtney; Kay Lee Ray v Nikki Storm went to a no-contest

July 20: WWE Battleground (Tampa, FL) – Cameron b Naomi; AJ Lee b Paige

July 20: Anarchy Championship Wrestling (Austin, TX) – Athena & Jessica James b Donny Brookes & Dylan Dunbar; Angel Blue b Ricky Romida

Xandra Bale Cherry Bomb TabercilJuly 20: Smash Wrestling (Toronto, ON, Canada) – Cherry Bomb b Xandra Bale

July 21: Ice Ribbon (Warabi, Japan) – Kurumi & Kaho Kobayashi b Meari Naito & Akane Fujita; Hamuko Hoshi, Mochi Miyagi & Manami Kanda b 235, Kyuri & Yuri Kotobuki; Tsukushi & Rabbit Miyu b Makoto & Aoi Kizuki; Maki Narumiya & Risa Sera b Mio Shirai & Yuka; Tsukasa Fujimoto b Neko Nitta

July 21: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – Leon v Sachie Abe went to a time limit draw; Command Bolshoi & Kayoko Haruyama b Rydeen Hagane & Yako Fujigasaki; Arisa Nakajima, Leon & Yume Hayashi b Hanako Nakamori, KAZUKI & Rabbit Miu

July 21: WWE Raw (Miami, FL) – Alicia Fox, Cameron, Eva Marie & Rosa Mendes b Nikki Bella; AJ Lee & Paige b Natalya & Emma

Upcoming

July 25: RESISTANCE Pro (Willowbrook, IL) – D’Arcy Dixon v Angel Dust; Thunderkitty v Lucy Mendez

July 25: Alternative Wrestling Show (South Gate, CA) – Hudson Envy v LuFisto

Olivia Shaw Evie Britenay Carmen RoseJuly 26: Impact Pro Wrestling (Auckland, New Zealand) – Britenay & Carmen Rose v Evie & Olivia Shaw

July 26: Scottish Wrestling Entertainment (Perth, Scotland) – Sammii Jayne v Debbie Sharpe

July 26: Absolute Intense Wrestling (Cleveland, OH) – Veda Scott v Gregory Iron; Athena v Louis Lyndon; Rickey Shane Page v Kimber Lee; Eddie Kingston v Seleziya Sparx; Heidi Lovelace v BJ Whitmer; Jasmin v Davey Vega; Athena v Heidi Lovelace

July 27: Kamikaze Pro (Birmingham, England) – Nixon Newell v Marshall X

July 27: Inspire Pro Wrestling (Austin, TX) – Barbi Hayden v Mia Yim; Jessica James v Miss Diss Lexia v KC Warfield; Leva Bates v Paige Turner; Athena v Kat Green; Solo Darling v Delilah Doom

July 27: Ring Of Honor (Laurel, DE) – Veda Scott & Jenny Rose v Hania & Mandy Leon

August 1: Preston City Wrestling (Preston, England) – April Davids v TBA

August 2: Mid Atlantic Memories (Charlotte, NC) – Taryn Terrell v Amazing Kong

August 3: Mid Atlantic Memories (Charlotte, NC) – Tessa Blanchard v Chasity Taylor

August 8: Pro Wrestling All-Stars of Detroit (Melvindale, MI) – Hudson Envy v Thunderkitty v Randi West

August 9: Melbourne City Wrestling (Craigieburn, Australia) – Evie v Toni Storm

August 9: Southside Wrestling (Nottingham, England) – Martin Kirby v Kay Lee Ray

Allysin Kay Courtney RushAugust 9: SMASH Wrestling (Brantford, ON, Canada) – Courtney Rush v Allysin Kay

August 10: Pro Wrestling Kingdom (Birmingham, England) – Nixon Newell & Chris Brookes v Ryan Smile & Lana Austin

August 10: FutureShock Wrestling (Stockport, England) – Danni Hunter v Lana Austin v April Davids

August 10: Insane Championship Wrestling (Edinburgh, Scotland) – Nikki Storm v Viper

August 16: NCW Femmes Fatales XV (Montreal, QC, Canada) – Mercedes Martinez v LuFisto v Cheerleader Melissa v Courtney Rush; Missy v Kimber Lee; Vanessa Kraven v Sassy Stephie; Addy Starr & Kaitlin Diemond v Mary Lee Rose & Pink Flash Kira; Sweet Cherrie v Niya Barela

August 16: Conflict Wrestling (Kitchener, ON, Canada) – Seleziya Sparx v Jewells Malone

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

August 17: AAA TripleMania XXII (Mexico City, Mexico) – Faby Apache v Taya Valkyrie

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

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

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

September 6: Tidal Wrestling (Darlington, England) – Ruby Summers v TBA

September 13: Women Superstars Uncensored (Voorhees, NJ)

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

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

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

October 3: 4 Front Wrestling (Swindon, England) – Shanna v Hikaru Shida

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

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

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

November 23: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland)

– Lee Burton
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Battleground: AJ Lee takes down Paige; Cameron gets past Naomi

Paige AJ Lee WWEFormer Funkadactyls Naomi & Cameron square off in the WWE Battleground pre-show, while AJ Lee defends the Divas Championship against former titleholder and frenemy Paige on the main card.

WWE Divas Championship
AJ Lee v Paige

The Background

• Paige shocked everyone when she won the Divas Championship from AJ Lee in an angle/match the day after WrestleMania XXX, then went on to successfully defend the belt at Extreme Rules, Payback and Money in the Bank.

• AJ returned the day after MotB and convinced Paige to defend her title there, and won it back in another angle/match. Since then, Paige – who turned heel in the match but is still acting like a babyface – is being as nice and supportive of AJ as possible, though AJ knows the knife to the back is coming. The pair have teamed up on a couple of occasions with success, but there is the underlying tension of Paige threatening to pull the trigger and go full heel.

The Match

• Paige came out all happy and smiling, applauded AJ during the champion’s entrance, and the pair shook hands at the start of the match before Paige took the advantage with a thrust kick to the face following the exchange of some early victory roll attempts. The Briton went to work with kicks, slams, knees in the ropes and a clothesline before locking in a surfboard to wear her opponent down.

• AJ responded with a tornado DDT before the pair spilled to the floor, seeing the titleholder being thrown into the barricades. After throwing her opponent back into the ring, the challenger went to the top rope but was cut off by AJ, though she suffered a top rope sunset slip – which was presumably meant to be a sunset powerbomb – for a two-count.

AJ Lee WWE• Fighting back with an upkick, AJ attempted a crossbody from the second rope but was caught, though countered it into a Black Widow attempt. Paige managed to free herself with a hiplock and connected with a Paige Turner for a near-fall. Stunned, she went for the PTO but AJ rolled through before nailing a Shining Wizard for the pinfall.

Thoughts

• This match has come in for some criticism online – with claims that it was too sloppy and was a disappointment. While I see the validity of those arguments, I don’t think I hated it anywhere near as much as others. Yes, the spill through the ropes was messy and the top rope sunset powerbomb didn’t really come off, but they fought through those mishaps – which could happen to any wrestler, in fairness – to put together a decent little contest which drew in the crowd, even though the commentators were messing around with making jokes for the early portion of the match.

• I thought as a contest, it was fine – but probably falls short of the massive expectations many had for it. It wasn’t perfect, but when you consider how few times they have actually wrestled in proper matches rather than the title-switching angles – twice, in fact, and they took place on house shows a year ago – you can imagine that they aren’t totally comfortable wrestling each other yet. They need more matches on the road to get them ready for an inevitable rematch. Hopefully that rematch will have Paige as the proper heel, as the expected full turn which we thought we would see did not take place, and more of the frenemy talk continued in a post-match video, which you can see below.

• Story-wise, what was Paige trying to do by encouraging AJ to fight back? That makes no sense. Also, directors – make sure we can’t hear the wrestlers talking to each other. There were at least three occasions where you could hear them talking through spots.

• All in all: not bad, not brilliant, but a base for the future.

Naomi Cameron WWENaomi v Cameron

The Background

• Cameron started getting delusions of grandeur after Paige’s win over Alicia Fox at Payback as she confronted the then-Divas Champion to demand a match, and was soundly defeated twice. Naomi wasn’t happy with her partner’s rudeness or attitude.

• Naomi defeated Paige in a non-title match and Cameron celebrated as if it was her own victory, shoving Paige after the bell and getting a beating for her trouble. Naomi, embarrassed by Cameron’s actions, did nothing to save her.

• Cameron was at ringside for Naomi’s title challenge at Money in the Bank but looked bored by the whole affair and openly cheered when Paige was winning. The pair came to blows two weeks ago on Raw after they were beaten by AJ and Paige, with Cameron – who had done nothing for the whole match – tagged herself in and was pinned following a Paige Turner.

The Match

• Cameron tried to run in the early going but then got in a cheap kick and took Naomi down with a hair pull before throwing her to the outside to ram her into the apron.

• Back inside, Cameron stretched Naomi with a surfboard and Naomi missed a dropkick when she made it to her feet. However, a jack-knife pin attempt by Cameron was countered so Naomi mounted her former partner to rain down punches, and did the same following a Thesz Press.

• Cameron tried to make a run for it but was stopped and thrown into the barriers before being thrown back into the ring – though she countered an Irish Whip by running Naomi throat-first into the rope before rolling up her former partner to get the tights-assisted pin.

Cameon Naomi WWEThoughts

• Cack. I accept that this was on the pre-show and it needed to be TV-match length, but the action was weak and nothing really happened.

• Cameron is still sub-par when it comes to wrestling. She failed to run the ropes properly and looks all over the place. Her character is good but once the bell rings, the wrestling skill is lacking. This hurts the more athletic and exciting Naomi, as she has to work to her opponent’s capabilities – which aren’t many.

• The win helps Cameron’s new gimmick but leaves Naomi in a difficult situation. A month ago she was challenging for the Divas Championship in a pretty exciting match and now she’s here, losing to Cameron in a couple of minutes. I would imagine that the pair will have another match but I can’t imagine it going much longer or being much better than this without a few shortcuts. It’s a feud which had to happen but this isn’t helping Naomi much at all.

– Photos by WWE