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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Results

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 11: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

February 22: Bellatrix 12 (Norwich, England)

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

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

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

– Lee Burton
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Plenty of fallout over Natalya v Charlotte from Monday’s Raw

Charlotte Natalya WWEThere’s been a huge reaction over the booking for the match between Natalya and Charlotte from last Monday’s Raw. As it was described in this week’s Wrestling Observer, “You could seriously have a monkey with a lobotomy in charge of creative and he’d make a smarter call than this.”

If you didn’t see the show or see our report in Tuesday’s Roundup, Natalya got the victory over the NXT Women’s Champion in less than three minutes when she reversed a figure-four attempt into a cradle for the pin. The contest was Charlotte’s debut on Raw and was meant to be an advertisement for the titleholder’s defence against Sasha Banks on tonight’s live NXT: R Evolution show. Quite how Charlotte getting pinned in a short contest against the woman who she beat to win the title in the first place helps to build her profile is anyone’s guess, and it wasn’t like it didn’t have people within WWE arguing against the decision at the time that it was made.

Observer author Dave Meltzer says he received a lot of feedback from people within the company “all totally mystified how this actually happened”. The contest started as Natalya v Charlotte but was then changed to a tag team contest where Charlotte was to have got the winning pin but was turned back to the original matchup with Natalya winning – and even she thought that everyone would be better served with Charlotte getting the victory, and should receive a lot of credit for being unselfish and thinking of others before herself. Triple H also admitted afterwards that he would not have gone with a Nattie win, but the decision was made from above – as in, Vince McMahon.

This topic was brought up by Mike Johnson from PWInsider during the conference call to hype tonight’s NXT show, where Triple H put the decision down to time constraints – the match length was cut to make way for more Slammy awards – as well trying to downplay her being beaten in her debut in a match which should have gone longer or should have seen her win:

Charlotte HHH“Yeah, you know, one of the difficult things about live programming is – it’s live – and times are crunched; times are tweaked. Having been in a million different things going on that night, I can’t speak to the exact amount of time that they were given, or had but the show is in flux; it’s live. I am sure, I, just having seen what happened that night, I know they were given more time than that, but by the time they get there, things go over, things get crunched. We have a lot of responsibility to make within that show, commercials and it’s not just, we can’t just throw things on the air. They are what they are.

Would we have preferred to have given them more time? Hell, I would have liked to have given them the time I gave them at the NXT special and be able to showcase what they do.

As far as the decision of who went over, Nattie or Charlotte or anything like that – those decisions are heavily debated and made. It is what it is.

At the end of the day, for me, it’s about promotion. When you look at what they have done in NXT and everyplace else, the amount of the people that see them there compared to the amount of people who will see them on Monday Night Raw with the whole world watching is, is – the difference is mind boggling, and just for them to be exposed in that vein is massive.

It isn’t to get Charlotte…you know, a lot of people say, ‘Oh, it was her debut and all those things.’ Well, it was, in some ways. But, it’s not like she’s going to be on there again next week and by the time she’s is back on Raw and ready to be competing on Raw on a regular basis and performing on Raw, you’re going to see a different Charlotte and see it presented in a different way. It was really just exposure.

As far as what the outcome was, that can be debated. You know, I put out a picture of her and I last night because she was so emotional afterwards and came back and it was just such a positive for everybody involved. For Nattie. For her. They were just so excited for getting the opportunity and getting to do it the way that they did and you know, you can go back and pick apart bits and pieces of it, but when you overall look at it in the bigger plan, six months from now, a year from now, two years from now, whenever it is, no one is going to go, ‘Well, they killed her on her debut.’ The bigger picture is involved.”

Charlotte WWEAs well as distancing himself from the booking on Monday, Triple H seems to be trying to be diplomatic with the way things went as publicly going against his father-in-law probably wouldn’t be too prudent. It’s funny how Charlotte’s debut is almost dismissed as being nothing too monumental and will be forgotten about as it does not reflect well on the impact the TV show has. If it is the case that nobody remembers the match, let’s hope that the booking is more favourable towards her the next time she appears on the main roster.

Incidentally, we’ll be back tomorrow with reaction to her NXT Women’s Title defence against Banks. You can watch it on the WWE Network.

– Photos by WWE (1,3), Triple H (2)

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.

– Photos by WWE

Ringbelles Retro: Former WWE Diva v Future WWE Diva – Ivory v Natalya

Natalya IvoryIt’s a clash of generations for this Retro as the past meets the future on the independent scene. On October 8, 2006, Big Time Wrestling held a show in Newark, CA with the Extreme (now Elite) Canadian Championship Wrestling Supergirls (now Women’s) Title on the line.

The titleholder Ivory – a woman who got her start in Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling in 1986 and won the WWF/E Women’s Championship on three occasions before being released from her contract in 2005 – put the belt on the line against Nattie Neidhart. While not a rookie – the third-generation wrestler had been stepping into the ring for around six years by this point and had toured the United Kingdom and Japan – she was seen as the fresh-faced upstart with a chip on her shoulder in her challenge to the veteran, who was enjoying her 20th year in the industry at this point.

Neidhart would go on to sign with WWE in January 2007 before debuting on the main roster a year later under the guise of Natalya, holding the Divas Championship one time at the end of 2010 and currently on her third season of Total Divas, which seems to be shaping her career these days.

We’ve spoken to Ivory for the Women Of Wrestling Podcast, and she remains the only wrestler whom we have had to split over two episodes because of the sheer bulk of information delivered. You can listen to the first half where she talks about GLOW, standing up Ricky Steamboat and bimbos in wrestling by clicking here; and if you would rather listen to her talk about her WWE years including working with the Fabulous Moolah and Mae Young, Miss Kitty being a locker room poison, her WrestleMania X-Seven match with Chyna and what the deal was with the purple scarf, click here. To be honest, they’re both worth your time, so download and have a listen to a fascinating women taking no prisoners.


Ringbelles Retro: Natalya & Kharma face off in Japan

Natalya WWESome of the wrestlers you see on TV have storied histories in multiple countries from before they ever sign a contract. An immediate example is NXT’s Becky Lynch who wrestled in the UK, Europe, Japan, Canada and the US before taking an extended leave of absence due to a serious cranial injury. Paige worked across Europe and North America before moving to the United States. In this Retro, we look at current WWE Diva Natalya and former Diva and TNA Knockouts Champion Kharma/Awesome Kong wrestling in Japan.

Kong – wrestling as Amazing Kong – debuted in Japan in 2004 after being invited to train with All Japan Women, as she discussed in her first Women Of Wrestling Podcast with us five years ago. This Retro match comes from Natalya’s second tour of the country – she wrestled as Nadia Hart in mid-2004 before coming back in November the following year as Nattie Neidhart and entering a feud with Kong.

Have a watch of the contest below and see what Natalya and Kharma were like years before they ever set foot in a WWE ring.

Ringbelles Roundup (15 July 2014) – Diva storylines, Natalya legal weirdness, British Boot Camp 2, WSU

Alicia Fox Cameron Nikki Bella WWEAfter the Charlotte v Natalya match at NXT Takeover in May, Stew wrote a Soap Box entry about how it could lead to a new wave of attention for the WWE Divas. It seems that it may have come true.

Look around WWE TV at the moment. There are four storylines involving women and they are intertwining with each other, creating a division rather than having a champion and a new challenger every so often. The great thing about the storylines is that they all vary.

For example, AJ Lee and Paige’s programme is based around the Divas Championship and the wait for Paige to turn full-blown heel; Naomi and Cameron’s spat is former partners where one member has got a bit too big for her boots; the Bellas against the Stephanie McMahon is the tried and tested authority figure against wrestler story, while Layla and Summer Rae’s deal has been over a man – admittedly, that’s the weakest reason of the lot.

Let’s have a look at what’s been going on over the last week as we run up to Battleground this Sunday.

Nikki Bella was put into a handicap match against five Total Divas co-stars. Natalya & Naomi didn’t want to be part of it while Eva Marie, Summer Rae and Rosa Mendes were into it. It also saw Cameron do a run-in after the bell to go after Nikki, with Naomi chasing her away.

AJ Lee and Cameron wrestled on SmackDown with AJ showing why she’s the titleholder by dominating her opponent, causing the former Funkadactyl to scoot out of the ring and back off, only to be thrown back into the ring by her former partner and fall victim to a Shining Wizard.

Elsewhere on the show, Layla and Summer Rae decided that fighting over Fandango was dumb as he was revelling in all of the attention and stoking the fire at the same time, so they abandoned their match against each other with the former object of their affection as referee, beating him up and dancing (awkwardly) together. The dancing buddies continued their torment of Fandango on last night’s Raw and then flirted with Dolph Ziggler, who couldn’t believe his luck – though considering his fortunes, I wouldn’t expect them to keep their attention on him for too long.

Meanwhile, Nikki Bella was put into another handicap match – this time against Alicia Fox and Cameron – with the crowd getting behind Nikki’s plight. She’s still being punished for her sister Brie quitting and hitting Stephanie McMahon so she’s being put into tag team matches with Paige AJ Lee WWEBrie but they’re handicap encounters because Brie is banned from the building. Fox got the pin with a wacky armbar/headscissors/DDT combination, continuing her unstable gimmick – though quite why Naomi didn’t come out to be Bella’s partner to face Cameron is puzzling, especially considering the former tag partners are slated to wrestle on Sunday’s PPV pre-show.

The big deal was AJ Lee and Paige’s development, which also dispelled the rumours which were going round that Vince McMahon didn’t want Paige on the mic again, as since losing the belt she’s done much more talking than wrestling on TV. Lee defeated Eva Marie in rapid order while Paige was on commentary talking up her Battleground opponent and making out like they were friends while they’re more like frenemies. After the match, AJ hopped onto the announcers’ table and the pair exchanged some cordial words with a simmering tension between them before AJ cut it short and skipped away. The gimmick here is that Paige is technically a heel but is still acting and working like a face, though AJ knows that the betrayal is coming and is ready for it.

Exhausting stuff, but very welcome. Each story has its own directions, they intersect and they are episodic. I’ve no idea who’s behind this new focus on the Divas division, but bravo – keep it up.

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NatalyaAdmittedly, Natalya is not one of the multitude of Divas in a storyline, despite her being half of the match which arguably kickstarted this range of programmes going on at the moment. However, she has had some (ridiculous) legal issues to deal with.

PWInsider reported that a hand-written lawsuit was issued on June 27 by Christopher Donnelly – a man who is currently jailed in Pennsylvania – and threatened to go to the media if he did not receive $250,000 in damages for mental and psychological trauma. The lawsuit contained a number of outlandish claims which included that the former Divas Champion was a dominatrix who beat him in hotel rooms across the country over a four year period up to 2009 – which would precede her signing with WWE and even before competing in SHIMMER – as well as forcing him to undergo extreme sexual abuse and to prostitute himself in Miami, FL.

A Florida judge dismissed the lawsuit on July 7, saying the it had delusional language and did not have any standing under the law of the state.

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TNA British Boot Camp 2TNA announced a second series of British Boot Camp, the “reality” show which saw Rockstar Spud sign with the promotion and also featured Hannah and Holly Blossom. Unofficially revealed by Challenge TV the day before President Dixie Carter could make the announcement, a press release was later issued by TNA, saying the company will be holding open tryouts with the best twelve being taken to the United States and the field being whittled down to the top two, who will compete in New York City. The winner will receive a TNA contract while three runners-up will be part of the 2015 Maximum Impact tour in the UK next January.

Gail Kim has been announced as one of the three judges who will be assessing the applicants along with Samoa Joe and Al Snow – the latter of whom could offer a conflicting opinion to Kim about women’s wrestling based on Snow’s thoughts on how women should wrestle – so it seems as if TNA is encouraging women to sign up for the show. The judges aspect makes the show more like WWE’s Tough Enough than the first run of British Boot Camp, which felt more like a fly-on-the-wall documentary.

While Spud may be enjoying a lot of TV time on Impact Wrestling, it seems as if the TNA experience saw the Blossoms go in a different direction after their one-year developmental deals with the company expired. They returned to Louisville, KY to carry on their time in Ohio Valley Wrestling – both had spent considerable time in the promotion before signing up for British Boot Camp – and Hannah made a couple of appearances on TNA TV after their appearances on the UK tour, but they were never really called up for any major reason. Both have elected to take an extended break from wrestling since January, both have married and Holly has relocated to Florida with her husband. While stepping back into the ring isn’t totally out of the realms of possibility, it seems that neither has plans to wrestle again for the foreseeable future. Considering their media attention through the show, it seems that TNA failed to capitalise on the investment they had made.

The other sticking point for potential applicants is whether they see themselves going to WWE in the future. AJ Styles, Matt Morgan, Christopher Daniels, Kazarian, Hernandez, Alex Shelley, Chris Sabin, SoCal Val, Mickie James and more have left TNA in the last 18 months or so and none have been signed to WWE, and it appears that former TNA names aren’t in high demand up north. Someone who enters – and possibly wins – the show may open the TNA door, but may be sealing the WWE one shut in the process. With TNA’s future looking shaky at the moment, it may be a short-sighted decision.

Still, some will go for the immediate attention and possible benefits by appearing on the show. It will be interesting to see what women from the UK elect to take the plunge.

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Jesiscka Havok DJ Hyde WSUWomen Superstars Uncensored has ushered in a new era of ownership following the departure of Drew Cordiero and the ascension of Combat Zone Wrestling boss DJ Hyde, who became a co-owner last year after WSU and CZW started running shows on the same day as well as sharing talent for events like Queen and King of the Ring. As an outgoing message, Cordiero wrote a Facebook post saying “Just because my time with WSU has come to an end doesn’t mean you should stop supporting the organization. Some of the hardest working women I’ve ever met still wrestle for WSU. I’m proud of WSU’s growth for the two years that I was in charge and anticipate even more growth under DJ Hyde’s leadership. I’ve learned a lot working closely with DJ and he has helped me improve as a promoter, a personality, and a person.”

However, Hyde’s first show in full charge saw two controversial issues which overshadowed LuFisto making her first successful defence of the WSU World Title by beating Mickie Knuckles, Shanna and Hania gaining many plaudits and Jenny Rose defeating Mima Shimoda.

The first incident on Saturday’s United show directly involved Hyde and the return to the promotion of Jessicka Havok – which conclusively proves that being “banned for life” really means “banned for 71 days” – with her holding the old WSU title belt and demanding to be reinstated to the promotion, which happened after she defeated Mia Yim with an Air Raid Crash. However, fans seemed to get bent out of shape for Hyde’s stipulation if Havok lost, which would see Jessicka have to provide oral sex to DJ on the next show.

Obviously, this didn’t happen – and there was never any prospect of it happening. It was said to gain heat and was obviously successful, given the reaction which took place on social media after the event. It also saw Hyde’s plan blow up in his face as Havok won and was reinstated, which means that his headaches with Jessicka will continue. If anything, I would be more upset with the pair spitting in each other’s faces again, as it’s beyond unsanitary. In this situation, the sexist demand by a man drunk with power saw him humiliated within minutes and he was made to look stupid for underestimating a woman’s ability and determination.

JT Dunn David Starr WSU TheJuiceeeThe WSU Tag Team Championship ended up in the hands of men later on as the Juicy Product snared the straps after attacking Chicks Using Nasty Tactics following Annie Social and Kimber Lee’s win over Rick Cataldo and Veda Scott. There was a great deal of upset at the beating and title change, but you can’t judge this all just on the result of one show.

JT Dunn and David Starr have a gimmick of “collecting” tag team championships and Dunn has had some great matches with Kimber Lee in Beyond Wrestling, so the pair have history. Their matches have been hard-hitting outings which have seen Lee earn huge praise for her efforts, workrate and storytelling. The Juicy Product’s winning of the belts isn’t going to last – they’ll be beaten for the championships by a female team who will stand up for their gender. The team has also spent the last few days releasing videos promoting their match against the Young Bucks later this month where they have paid Kimber, Nevaeh and Havok to say that they are predicting a win for Dunn and Starr, only for them to say they like the Bucks instead. Lee was knocked out by a JT punch; Nevaeh hit Starr with a forearm when they tried to attack and Havok yelled at them to keep their distance, to which they complied. It shows how they are happy to take their lumps when the time is right – and that time will come.

Remember, this promotion is called WOMEN Superstars Uncensored – there is no way that a woman will be bested by a man once the storyline has run its course. Look at Chris Dickinson, who thoroughly beat up Addy Starr and teamed up with Shanna to take part in intergender matches, turning him babyface in the process – but he has also had his comeuppance along the way after being beaten by LuFisto in May, which saw him admit his respect for the victor. Over the course of a number of shows, he gained admiration for the women in the promotion.

Men who are wrestling women or booking women on their shows are not misogynists. In fact, they’re the exact opposite, as men who don’t respect what these women are doing would not want to have any part of what is going on. Hyde may have made sexual comments to Havok but he was happy to be the fall guy who was made to look stupid, and also lost to Nevaeh on a CZW show – he’ll no doubt be humiliated again. Dunn and Starr will be beaten and put down when the time is right, and it will be a big feather in the cap of whoever does it.

On a final note – anyone who is upset at men winning a women’s championship should also be annoyed at Chyna winning the WWE Intercontinental Title, Jacqueline capturing the Cruiserweight belt, or LuFisto winning the North Shore Pro Wrestling Heavyweight Championship or CZW Iron Man Title. Equality works both ways.

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It’s been a relatively quiet week on the site – partly due to work commitments by Stew and me suffering the upheaval of moving house. Thanks to NHB Girls’ Rhi Lockwood for stepping into the void and covering the WSU results for us. Elsewhere, we’ve posted two matches – Kay Lee Ray jumping off a car against Sammii Jayne and Demi Bennett battling Savannah Summers – had a review of the most recent WSU Secret Show and a Fight Like A Girl interview with Kaitlin Diemond where among other things, she discusses how a WWE tryout works and the feedback she received.

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WWE
WWE travelled to Japan last week for a quick tour. Paige made Alicia Fox made the trip for the Divas… Summer Rae defeated Bayley on last week’s NXT to become the number one contender for Charlotte’s Women’s Championship… Despite going their separate ways on NXT two weeks ago, Charlotte and Sasha Banks teamed up at WWE’s house show at Madison Square Garden on Saturday. They lost to Natalya & Nikki Bella… Becky Lynch’s gimmick may be getting tweaked. She had new gear and music at the weekend’s NXT house shows… Thea Trinidad once again worked as one of Adam Rose’s Rosebuds on last night’s Raw. She must be on the verge of signing by now. Ring Of Honor trainee Mandy Leon was also part of the entourage.

TNA
Gail Kim defeated Angelina Love, Madison Rayne & Brittany to retain the Knockouts Championship on last week’s Impact Wrestling.

North America
Inspire Pro Wrestling is holding a show on July 27 in Austin, TX where there are five women’s matches on the ten match card. Heading up the pack is Barbi Hayden defending the NWA World Women’s Championship against Mia Yim in the main event. Elsewhere we have Jessica James v Miss Diss Lexia v KC Warfield, Leva Bates v Paige Turner, Athena v Kat Green and Solo Darling v Delilah Doom… Seleziya Sparx will take on Eddie Kingston at Absolute Intense Wrestling’s Chik Tormenta Superluchasintergender show on July 26… As well as having their own individual intergender matches at the AIW Battle of the Sexes show on July 26, Athena and Heidi Lovelace will wrestle for Athena’s Women’s Championship at the All In afternoon show… Amazing Maria worked a dark match at last Wednesday’s Ohio Valley Wrestling tapings. She was beaten by Jessie Belle… Chyna says that if WWE ever approached her for a return, she would consider it… Ivelise Velez retained her SHINE Championship ladt Friday by beating Shanna on a Full Impact Pro iPPV. Shanna claimed she had won after she pinned Velez, but both her hand and Ivelisse’s hand were on the ropes. The champion scored the win with a Code Red… Nicole Matthews defeated Veronika Vice on Saturday to hold onto her Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling Women’s Championship… Luchadora Chik Tormenta beat Alissa Flash (Cheerleader Melissa) on to win the River City Wrestling Phoenix Championship… Courtney Rush retained the Acclaim Pro Wrestling Women’s Championship on Saturday, beating Kc Spinelli. Elsewhere on the show, Portia Perez became the number one contender to that title by winning a 6-way match.

Japan
Alpha Female has announced that she is to leave Stardom. She was due to be part of the 5*STAR GP but that’s not going to happen as she is to move to the United States for a new opportunity which she is yet to reveal, but may not be to do with wrestling. She says she may be back next year… Io Shirai racked up her 10th successful World of Stardom Championship defence last Thursday, beating Meiko Satomura. Next up will be Yoshiko, who earned her shot by winning a 4-Remei Asuka Resuner Yokoyamaway on the same show. Remei Asuka also made her debut on the show – her gimmick is that she has a nice bottom. She is bi-lingual and has been translating for Alpha Female… Manami Katsu wrestled her final match on Sunday’s JWP show, being defeated by Rabbit Miu. The 19-year old, 3-year pro’s highlight was holding the JWP Junior and Princess of Pro-Wrestling Championships for 482 days. Meanwhile, Arisa Nakajima is still JWP Openweight Champion – she beat DASH Chisako on the same show… Act Yasukawa had surgery to correct near blindness in her right eye.

Europe
Blue Nikita beat Penelope at Saturday’s German Stampede Wrestling. Penelope described it as the best match of her career… Speaking of Penelope, she turned heel in a Bellatrix showcase match at a World Association of Wrestling show earlier this month, aligning herself with co-owner Axl Lynch and Sammi Baynz… Lana Austin and April Davids wrestled to a no contest on Sunday’s FutureShock show when Women’s Champion Danni Hunter slapped the referee. It was announced that Hunter will defend the title against both Austin and Davids in a 3-way on August 10.

Mexico
Silueta will return to Japan for a fifth time next month as part of the working partnership with CMLL and REINA. La Commandante, Marcela & Estrellita will also be heading over… Hair and masks will be on the line on August 1 at CMLL’s Juicio Final event in Mexico City. Princesa Blanca (hair) & La Seductora (mask) take on Marcela (hair) & Princesa Sugeheit (mask) with both members of the losing team making a sacrifice. Blanca says she’ll also retire if she loses.

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Results

July 8: WWE Main Event (Ottawa, ON, Canada) – Naomi, Natalya, Eva Marie, Rosa Mendes & Summer Rae b Nikki Bella in a handicap match

July 9: Ohio Valley Wrestling (Louisville, KY) – Jessie Belle b Amazing Maria

July 9: Rockstar Pro Wrestling (Dayton, OH) – Lufisto v Crazy Mary Dobson went to a no contest

July 10: Stardom (Tokyo, Japan) – Remei Asuka b Reno Hazuki; Hiroyo Matsumoto & Miho Wakizawa b Hatsuhinode Kamen & Kaori Yoneyama; Yoshiko b Kyoko Kimura, Nanae Takahashi & Alpha Female in a 4-way; Dr. Wagner Jr., Kairi Hojo & Mayu Iwatani b Black Tiger, Koguma & Takumi Iroha; Io Shirai b Meiko Satomura

Gail Kim Angelina Love Brittany TNAJuly 10: WWE (Tokyo, Japan) – Paige b Alicia Fox

July 10: WWE NXT (Winter Park, FL) – Summer Rae b Bayley

July 10: TNA Impact Wrestling (Bethlehem, PA) – Gail Kim b Angelina Love, Madison Rayne & Brittany in a 4-way

July 10: IWA Mid-South (Clarksville, IN) – Thunderkitty b Mistress Burgandi

July 11: Tokyo Women’s Wrestling (Tokyo, Japan) – Miyu Yamashita b Akane Miura; Chikage Kiba b Erin; Nonoko & Yuka Sakazaki b KANNA & Shoko Nakajima

July 11: WWE (Tokyo, Japan) – Paige b Alicia Fox

July 11: Scottish Wrestling Entertainment (Fife, Scotland) – Sammii Jayne b Debbie Sharpe

July 11: WWE SmackDown (Ottawa, ON, Canada) – AJ Lee b Cameron; Layla v Summer Rae went to a no contest

July 11: Pro Wrestling All Stars of Detroit (Melvindale, MI) – Randi West b Heather Patera

July 11: Full Impact Pro (Ybor City, FL) – Ivelisse Velez b Shanna

July 11: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Amapola, Princesa Blanca & Zeuxis b Dark Angel, Estrellita & Marcela

July 12: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Kurumi & Kyuri b Meari Naito & Miyako Matsumoto; Tsukasa Fujimoto b 235; Mio Shirai b Yuri Kotobuki; Maki Narumiya & Risa Sera b Hamuko Hoshi & Manami Katsu; Tsukushi b Yuuka

July 12: Newcastle Pro Wrestling (New Lambton, Australia) – Rachel Rose & Demi Bennett b Harley Wonderland & Madison Eagles

July 12: German Hurricane Wrestling (Nauheim, Germany) – Svetlana Kalashnikova b Stella

July 12: German Stampede Wrestling (Marburg, Germany) – Blue Nikita b Penelope

July 12: Empress Pro Wrestling (High Wycombe, England) – Pollyanna Peppers b Rhia O’Reilly

July 12: I Believe In Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Su Yung b Sweet Thang Willie

July 12: DREAMWAVE (LaSalle, IL) – Candice LeRae b Bucky Collins

July 12: Pro Wrestling All Stars of Detroit (Ann Arbor, MI) – Randi West b Heather Patera

July 12: River City Wrestling (San Antonio, TX) – Chik Tormenta b Alissa Flash to win the RCW Phoenix Championship

July 12: Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling (Vancouver, BC, Canada) – Nicole Matthews b Veronika Vice

July 12: WWE NXT (Tampa, FL) – Becky Lynch b Carmella

July 12: WWE (New York City, NY) – Nikki Bella & Natalya b Sasha Banks & Charlotte

July 12: Women Superstars Uncensored (Voorhees, NJ) – Jewells Malone b Jessie Kaye; Shanna b Hania; Jenny Rose b Mima Shimoda; Jessicka Havok b Mia Yim; Neveah b Brittany Blake; Annie Social & Kimber Lee b Veda Scott & Rick Cataldo; JT Dunn & David Starr b Annie Social & Kimber Lee to win the WSU Championship; LuFisto b Mickie Knuckles

July 12: Acclaim Pro Wrestling (Greely, ON, Canada) – Courtney Rush b Kc Spinelli; Portia Perez b Vanessa Kraven, She Nay Nay, Jody D’Milo, Kaitlin Diemond & Angie Skye

July 13: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – Kayoko Haruyama, KAZUKI & Rydeen Hagane b Hanako Nakamori, Leon & Yako Fujigasaki; Command Bolshoi b Yume Hayashi; Rabbit Miu b Manami Katsu; Yumiko Hotta b Sachie Abe; Arisa Nakajima b DASH Chisako

July 13: Pro Wrestling WAVE (Tokyo, Japan) – Misaki Ohata & Moeka Haruhi b Rina Yamashita & Shuu Shibutani; Hiroyo Matsumoto b Sakura Hirota; Yumi Ohka b Mika Iida; Ayako Hamada & Yuu Yamagata b Kana & Sawako Shimono; Kaho Kobayashi b Risa Sera; Natsu Sumire b Fairy Nihonbashi; Tsukasa Fujimoto b Kyoko Kimura & Tomoka Nakagawa in a 3-way

July 13: Union (Osaka, Japan) – Ladybeard & Mio Shirai b Cherry & Hatsuhinode Kamen

July 13: FutureShock Wrestling (Stockport, England) – Lana Austin v April Davids went to a no contest

Seleziya Sparx TabercilJuly 13: SoCal WrestleFest (Los Angeles, CA) – Ruby Raze b Kitana Vera

July 13: Squared Circle Wrestling (Mississauga, ON, Canada) – Alexia Nicole b Cherry Bomb; John Greed b Seleziya Sparx via count out

July 14: WWE Raw (Richmond, VA) – Alicia Fox & Cameron b Nikki Bella; AJ Lee b Eva Marie

July 14: CMLL (Puebla, Mexico) – Lluvia, Marcela & Princesa Sugehit b La Seductora, Princesa Blanca & Tiffany via DQ

Upcoming

July 19: ATTACK! Pro Wrestling (Bristol, England) – Lana Austin v Nixon Newell

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

July 19: Pure Wrestling Association (Kitchener, ON, Canada) – Kc Spinelli v Leah Von Dutch

July 20: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland) – Leah & Kasey Owens v Sara Marie Taylor & Carmel Jacob; Kay Lee Ray v Nikki Storm; Sammi Baynz v Viper

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

July 20: Smash Wrestling (Toronto, ON, Canada) – Cherry Bomb v Xandra Bale

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

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

Athena Heidi Lovelace AIWJuly 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 9: Melbourne City Wrestling (Craigieburn, Australia) – Evie v Toni Storm

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Lee Burton
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