Stephane Bruyere parts ways with NCW Femmes Fatales

Tomoka Nakagawa trolls StephaneIn an unexpected announcement, Stephane Bruyere has stepped down from the role of talent coordinator for Canadian promotion NCW Femmes Fatales after five and a half years in the role. The statement on the promotion’s website reads:

“It’s with regret that I announce the resignation of Stephane Bruyère as Talent Coordinator, effective immediately.

Stephane has been the leader of NCW Femmes Fatales since its creation on April 2009. As a Talent Coordinator, he gave great opportunities to local stars and brought top performers to Montreal. Without Stephane, Femmes Fatales wouldn’t have had the success it has today.

It is with warmest personal regards that we wish Stephane success in his future endeavors and thank him for all his hard work, patience and dedication.”

In his time in the role, Bruyere has helped to establish Montreal as a great hub for female wrestling and has made the city a very desirable place for talent. In addition, the Femmes Fatales International Championship has become one of the premiere female titles in North America with veterans like LuFisto and Mercedes Martinez holding the belt, as well as providing the next step for promising talents like Kalamity and Courtney Rush. Meanwhile, Quebec-based wrestlers like Angie Skye, Deziree, Missy, Sweet Cherrie, Pink Flash Kira and more have received more international exposure through the promotion.

In a statement to Ringbelles, Bruyere explained: “I just needed some changes… sometimes you need to know when to turn the page. I’ll be taking some relax time. I’m not sure what I’ll do in wrestling for now… but one thing for sure is that I will continue my role in SHIMMER.”

Stephane’s role will be taken over by Mad Dogs, Midgets and Screwjobs author Pat Laprade with assistance from some other names. He told us that “What the women’s scene needs to know is that nothing will change. What Stephane did was a heck of a job and Femmes Fatales wouldn’t be where it’s at without him – we want to continue that great job he did. With any changes like this Ayako Hamada with her Wrestler Of The Year award, presented by Stephane Bruyere Joshi4Hopethere’s always a few things being done differently but we want to keep the reputation that Femmes Fatales has and everything that comes with it.” Laprade’s first show will be on April 4, with Courtney Rush defending the International Championship against Saraya Knight.

Bruyere has been a big supporter of this website over the years. He took the 2012 Wrestler of the Year award to Japan for us to present it to Ayako Hamada, and has also spoken to us on a number of occasions to discuss his ethos and feelings about wrestling. For examples, have a listen to our Women Of Wrestling Podcasts from October 2011 and December 2012 as well as a Promoters’ Corner earlier this year. Thanks for the great memories, Stephane.

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NCW Femmes Fatales XVI results – Courtney Rush defeats Cheerleader Melissa

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

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

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

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

Ringbelles Roundup (14 October 2014) – SHIMMER weekend is looming, Kay Lee Ray makes history & more

Stewart Allen Lee Burton Amazing KongFirst off, thanks to everyone for their comments, messages and the like over the passing of Stewart Allen overnight on Sunday. The outpouring of emotion for him on social media has been hugely overwhelming and proves just how much he meant to so many people as well as how the wrestling community bands together in times of sadness.

I’m also glad that so many of you appreciated the comments I wrote on the website yesterday – it was the least I could do for someone who became one of my best friends over the seven years that I knew him. To see it shared around to commemorate such a great man makes me happy for him.

It’s still weird to think that I’m not going to chat garbage with him for hours on end. Wrestling, Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, the Ultimate Fighting Championship, films… these all got covered in great length – so much so that we discussed recording them and uploading them as a podcast filled with random flotsam and jetsam about whatever came to mind, though we agreed that it would feel like a silly vanity project. In retrospect, I wish we had recorded them to listen back to – though that brings me to another point.

I’ve also seen speculation online about the future of this very website. Apart from it being someone premature and a bit tactless, the honest answer is that I don’t know. This is a joint project which Stew and I spent six months preparing and have been running for more than three and a half years. Continuing Ringbelles solo would be is a decision which will not be made without a clear head and a lot of discussion with people whose opinions I value. There’s a lot to think about and now is certainly not the time to do it.

So with that said, let’s look at what’s coming up this weekend.

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Kana SHIMMERA tribute will be paid to Stew at SHIMMER Women Athletes at the Eagles Club in Berwyn, IL which he visited on 12 different occasions between April 2008 and April this year. He’s seen 50 of the 66 shows in person and this weekend promises to be as star-studded as any of the shows in the past – though there has only been two wrestlers who have been officially announced so far.

Cheerleader Melissa and Kana will square off on volume 67 on Saturday afternoon with the former’s singles championship on the line. Kana is on a four-match win streak while Melissa is 18 months into her second reign with the title, and each has a win over the other – Melissa in singles action while Kana holds a tag team victory.

With only one match announced, the promotion’s Saturday tapings will likely be a sell-out, which is hugely commendable on a number of levels. While other groups have recently experienced issues with generating big crowds – Absolute Intense Wrestling, SHINE and Women Superstars Uncensored have seen limited numbers – SHIMMER has managed to get virtually every seat sold with just one match announced and nobody else officially announced for the roster. What we do know is that there will be 38 women on Saturday and 40 on the Sunday so the events should be chock-full of matches – and we have some idea on who will be there based on the advertising.

Heidi Lovelace SHIMMERInstead of naming talent, SHIMMER has produced adverts with photos of some of the women who have appeared in the past, hinting that they will be there again. Therefore, you can be pretty confident that Nikki Storm, Athena, Cherry Bomb, Jessicka Havok (presumably because SHIMMER is a DVD product it doesn’t tread on TNA’s toes), Kay Lee Ray, Veda Scott, Mia Yim, Leva Bates, Crazy Mary Dobson, Madison Eagles, Nicole Matthews, Evie, LuFisto, Marti Belle, Thunderkitty, Nevaeh and Heidi Lovelace will be part of the proceedings. Also, SHIMMER has posted a few videos on its Facebook and Twitter with recurring talents like Mayumi Ozaki and Kaori Yoneyama featured, so they may be part of the joshi contingent.

As for storylines, LuFisto could possibly renew her quest for the SHIMMER Championship, Matthews and Eagles will likely continue their coffee war, Havok may have her sights set on Portia Perez after Portia accidentally knocked out Jessicka with a wrench, causing her to lose to Lovelace. Speaking of Heidi, she, KLR, the Kimber Bombs and Evie all came out of the last weekend with strong momentum so their ascents may continue. Either way, everyone who will be in attendance over Saturday and Sunday are sure to get a treat.

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Elsewhere on the website this week, we’ve had joshi footage including the final defence of the Wrestling New Classic Women’s Title and the final show in the Stardom 5*STAR GP. We also posted a great Retro featuring Ivory v Natalya from 2005 and also had a fun interview with Leah Von Dutch about SHINE, her European tour and investing in your own brand.

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WWE
Torrie Wilson tweeted that Eva Marie is her favourite WWE Diva, saying there was “something about her”… Paige was featured in the Malaysia edition of FHM Magazine as part of the promotion’s tour of the country – the first in more than a decade. In the interview, she said that Lita, Steve Austin and Bull Nakano were her favourite wrestlers growing up… Vickie Guerrero was invited to SmackDown’s 15th anniversary show last week but declined due to her current work commitments… The Bellas finally had some physical interaction in a match on last week’s Main Event. Nikki, Cameron, Summer Rae & Layla defeated Brie in a handicap match when Nikki used the Rack Attack on her sister… Layla walked out on AJ Lee during the tag team match against Paige and Alicia Fox on last night’s Raw. The Divas Champion still got the win by pinning Fox with a Shining Wizard before beating up Layla. It seems like Fox is there to be the cannon fodder to protect Paige from being beaten. Elsewhere, Brie Bella, Natalya & Naomi beat Nikki Bella, Summer Rae & Cameron with Brie pinning her sister after escaping the Rack Attack. The sisters will face each other at Hell in a Cell on October 26 with the loser having to be the winner’s personal assistant. No, really. This feud is the pits, and quite why WWE didn’t wait for Brie to get her first pin over Nikki until the PPV is beyond me.

TNA
Madison Rayne earned a shot at the Knockouts Championship after beating Angelina Love and Taryn Terrell in a 3-way on last wee’s Impact Wrestling… TNA President Dixie Carter apologised on Friday for a tweet that seemed to poke fun at the typhoon headed for Japan, which has already caused fatalities. She also deleted a tweet where she asked if Bound For Glory would discover a new Eddie Guerrero. Friday was not a good social media day for Dixie… Havok successfully defended the Knockouts Championship at Bound For Glory in Tokyo, Japan on Sunday by beating Velvet Sky with a bearhug.

North America
Saraya Knight will face Sweet Cherrie in a Combat de Rue (Street Fight) at NCW Femmes Fatales XVI later this month… Femmes Fatales has also announced the date for its 17th show. It will take place on April 4 next year… They fought earlier this year and on November 22, they will clash again. Hudson Envy will put her Alternative Wrestling Show Women’s Championship on the Maria Kanellisline against Cheerleader Melissa… Lucky Pro Wrestling Women’s Champion Davienne teams with Taeler Hendrix against Rosita & Alexxis Nevaeh on November 1… Congratulations to Maria Kanellis, who married Mike Bennett on Friday. Ring Of Honor held a bachelor party show for Bennett the previous evening where Heather Patera, Leah Von Dutch & Veda Scott defeated Crazy Mary Dobson, Scarlett Bordeaux & Taeler Hendrix… Ivelisse Velez retained the SHINE Championship against Madison Eagles on Friday. Elsewhere, Legendary retained the Tag Team Championship by beating the Buddy System and Leah Von Dutch scraped past Saraya Knight with a DQ victory… Tessa Blanchard beat Tina San Antonio, Renee Michelle & Jenny Rose to win the Eat Coast Wrestling Association Women’s Championship on Saturday. Nikki Addams, Candy Cartwright and Gabby Gilbert replaced Chasity Taylor, Jessie Kaye and Terra Calaway, who were all announced for the show… Kitana Vera teamed with SoCal Crazy on Saturday to win the SoCal Pro Tag Team Championship from David E. Jones & Ryan Stone… Deep Southern Championship Wrestling ran an all-women show on Saturday with Kacee Carlisle beating the Black Widow in the main event… Mick Foley’s daughter Noelle, 20, is reportedly training to become a wrestler. Standing close to 6 feet tall, she is certainly a striking young woman.

Japan
LLPW-X ran a rare show at the weekend. Shinobu Kandori, Dump Matsumoto & Yoshiaki Fujiwara defeated Genichiro Tenryu, Chigusa Nagayo & Yumiko Hotta in Saturday’s main event… Tsubasa Kuragaki unseated AKINO yesterday to win her first OZ Academy Openweight Championship. AKINO’s reign lasted for 537 days, making her the longest reigning singles champion in the promotion’s history.

Europe
Debbie Sharpe stood in for Shanna in the 3-way on Discovery Wrestling’s debut show on Saturday. She and Sammii Jayne lost to Viper… Kay Lee Ray won Europe’s first ever Aerial Assault match on Sunday’s Southside Wrestling show when she defeated Ryan Smile, Shane Strickland, Rich Swann, El Ligero & Will Ospreay to retain the Speed King Title – though she’s renamed it the Speed Kimber Lee Kay Lee Ray 1Queen Title. She also beat Kimber Lee the previous evening with her belt on the line. Kimber’s UK debut was on Thursday when she beat Violet O’Hara – Violet has been told to take some time off after suffering an undisclosed injury during the match… Blue Nikita and Lady Lory had their first ever match against each other on Saturday for Svensk Wrtestling Syd. Nikita won a street fight… Speaking of Lory, she puts the Italian Championship Wrestling Women’s Title on the line against former titleholder Queen Maya this Saturday… Violet O’Hara and Fiona Fraser have been added to Fierce Females’ charity show taking place on October 26.

Australia & New Zealand
The title v title clash between the Riot City Wrestling and Warzone Wrestling Women’s Champions ended inconclusively. Harley Wonderland attacked Demi Bennett during her match with Savannah Summers on Saturday to cause the DQ… Megan-Kate no-showed Impact Pro Wrestling’s show on Saturday. She had been called out by Britenay… NHB Girls is teaming with Melbourne City Wrestling for an all-woman charity show on November 23. Called Fight for a Cause, it’s raising money for Breast Cancer Network Australia.

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Results

October 7: WWE Main Event (Philadelphia, PA) – Nikki Bella, Cameron, Summer Rae & Layla b Brie Bella

October 7: CMLL (Guadalajara, Mexico) – La Comandante, La Seductora & Zeuxis b Dark Angel, La Vaquerita & Lluvia

October 8: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Cherry & Meari Naito b Akane Fujita & Kurumi; Mio Shirai b Shiori Akiba; Cho-un Shiryu b Miyako Matsumoto; Neko Nitta & Mika Iida b Risa Sera & Rabbit Miyu

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

October 8: TNA Impact Wrestling (Bethlehem, PA) – Madison Rayne b Angelina Love & Taryn Terrell in a 3-way

October 8: Combat Zone Wrestling (Blackwood, NJ) – Brittany Blake b Brooke Danielle

October 9: Chigusa Nagayo Produce (Kumamoto, Japan) – DASH Chisako b Raideen Hagane; Bolshoi Kid b Hamuko Hoshi; Dump Matsumoto & Yumiko Hotta b Mima Shimoda & Takako Inoue; Tomoko Watanabe b Megumi Yabushita; Meiko Satomura & Takumi Iroha b KAORU & Maki Narumiya; Maki Narumiya won a battle royal

October 9: REINA (Tokyo, Japan) – Makoto & The*Winger b Vancouver Cat & Macho*Pump; Miyako Matsumoto b Koharu Hinata & Yuji Kito in a 3-way; Alex Lee b Eri Susa; Ray & Koyuki Hayashi b Leon & Shiori Akiba; Syuri & Makoto b Kyoko Kimura & Kaori Yoneyama

October 9: WWE NXT (Orlando, FL) – Sasha Banks b Becky Lynch

October 9: WWE Superstars (Brooklyn, NY) – Naomi b Cameron

October 9: WWE NXT House Show (Orlando, FL) – Alexa Bliss, Bayley & Charlotte b Becky Lynch, Carmella & Dana Brooke

October 9: Deep Southern Championship Wrestling (Rome, GA) – Jessica Wetmore b The Black Widow

October 9: Ring Of Honor (Merrionette Park, IL) – Heather Patera, Leah Von Dutch & Veda Scott b Crazy Mary Dobson, Scarlett Bordeaux & Taeler Hendrix

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

October 10: WWE SmackDown (Philadelphia, PA) – AJ Lee b Alicia Fox

October 10: WWE NXT House Show (Citrus Springs, FL) – Becky Lynch, Carmella & Dana Brooke b Alexa Bliss, Bayley & Charlotte

October 10: White River Wrestling (Fishers, IN) – Camron Star b Ray Lyn

October 10: Santino Bros Wrestling (Bell Gardens, CA) – Raze b Seville Alvarez

Madison Eagles Ivelisse Velez SHINE 22October 10: SHINE 22 (Ybor City, FL) – Su Yung b Amanda Rodriguez; Rhia O’Reilly b KC Cassidy; La Rosa Negra b Thunderkitty; Nevaeh, Marti Belle & Jayme Jameson b Kellie Skater, Mia Yim & Leva Bates; Taylor Made b Nikki Storm; Leah Von Dutch b Saraya Knight via DQ; Malia Hosaka & Brandi Wine b Heidi Lovelace & Solo Darling; Allysin Kay b Evie; Ivelisse Velez b Madison Eagles

October 11: LLPW-X (Tokyo, Japan) – SAKI & MIZUKI b Sayaka Obihiro & Riho; Emi Sakura b Eiger; Manami Toyota & Bolshoi Kid b Jaguar Yokota & DASH Chisako; Takako Inoue, KAORU b Ayako Hamada & Tomoka Nakagawa; Shinobu Kandori, Dump Matsumoto & Yoshiaki Fujiwara b Genichiro Tenryu, Chigusa Nagayo & Yumiko Hotta

October 11: Union (Tokyo, Japan) – Shuji Ishikawa, SAGAT & Ryu Gouma b Mio Shirai, Cherry & Ladybeard

October 11: Riot City Wrestling (Adelaide, Australia) – Dean Brady & Blair Alexis b Green S.M.A.S.H & Kellyanne English; Demi Bennett b Savannah Summers via DQ

October 11: Svensk Wrestling Syd (Malmo, Sweden) – Blue Nikita b Lady Lory

October 11: Discovery Wrestling (Edinburgh, Scotland) – Viper b Sammii Jayne & Debbie Sharpe in a 3-way

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

October 11: RESISTANCE (Minneapolis, MN) – D’Arcy Dixon & Crazy Mary Dobson b Paloma Starr & Mickie Knuckles

October 11: Deep Southern Championship Wrestling (Blue Ridge, GA) – Rock C b Kira Khaotic; Bebe b Jessica Wetmore; Tiffany Roxx b Miranda Rights; Dementia D’Rose b Aja Perera; Kacee Carlisle b The Black Widow

October 11: SoCal Pro (Oceanside, CA) – Kitana Vera & SoCal Crazy b David E. Jones & Ryan Stone to win the SCP Tag Team Championship

October 11: East Coast Wrestling Association Women’s Championship tournament (Carneys Point, NJ) – Jenny Rose b Annie Social; Gabby Gilbert b Nikki Addams; Renee Michelle b Candy Cartwright; Tessa Blanchard b Tina San Antonio; Jenny Rose b Gabby Gilbert; Tessa Blanchard b Renee Michelle; Tessa Blanchard b Jenny Rose to win the ECWA Women’s Championship

October 11: WWE NXT House Show (Lakeland, FL) – Becky Lynch, Carmella & Dana Brooke b Alexa Bliss, Bayley & Charlotte

October 12: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – Leon b Himeka; Command Bolshoi & Kayoko Haruyama b Yako Fujigasaki & Yua Hayashi; Hanako Nakamori & Aki Shizuku b KAZUKI & Raideen Hagane

October 12: Tokyo, Japan (Tokushima, Japan) – Ray b Eiger; Meiko Satomura & DASH Chisako b ZAP & KAORU; Aja Kong & Kyoko Kimura b Manami Toyota & Kagetsu

October 12: Stardom (Tokyo, Japan) – Kris Wolf b Reo Hazuki & Azumi in a 3-way; Yoshiko b Miyako Matsumoto; Star Fire & Mystique b Miho Wakizawa & Koguma; Io Shirai & Mayu Iwatani b Kaori Yoneyama & Hatsuhinode Kamen; Nanae Takahashi & Kairi Hojo v Takumi Iroha & Risa Sera went to a time limit draw

October 12: Pro Wrestling WAVE (Akita, Japan) – Misaki Ohata & Tomoka Nakagawa b Shu Shibutani & Alex Lee; Mio Shirai b Kaho Kobayashi; Cherry b Rina Yamashita; Kana b Koharu Hinata; Hikaru Shida & Syuri b Moeka Haruhi & Melanie Cruise; Ayako Hamada, Yuu Yamagata & Mari Apache b Mika Iida, Kyusei Sakura Hirota & Yumi Ohka

October 12: Diana (Kawasaki, Japan) – Keiko Aono b Meiko Tanaka; Mima Shimonda b Koyuki Hayashi; Kyoko Inoue & Sareee b Megumi Yabushita & Kaoru Ito

October 12: TNA Bound For Glory (Tokyo, Japan) – Havok b Velvet Sky

Kimber LeeOctober 12: Southside Wrestling (St Neots, England) – Jim & Lee Hunter b Kimber Lee & Drew Gulak; Kay Lee Ray b El Ligero, Will Ospreay, Ryan Smile, Rich Swann & Shane Strickland

October 13: OZ Academy (Tokyo, Japan) – Yumi Oka & Mio Shirai b Sareee & Kaho Kobayashi; Dynamite Kansai, Manami Toyota & Ayako Hamada b Arisa Nakajima, Syuri & Hamuko Hoshi; Tomoka Nakagawa b Kaori Yoneyama; Aja Kong b Hikaru Shida; Mayumi Ozaki & Kyusei Sakura Hirota b Danshoku Dino & Makoto Oishi; Tsubasa Kuragaki b AKINO to win the OZ Academy Openweight Championship

October 13: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – Leon b Tsukushi; Mima Shimoda b Yua Hayashi; Yumiko Hotta b Yako Fujigasaki; KAZUKI & Raideen Hagane b Kayoko Haruyama & Rabbit Miyu; Arisa Nakajima & Command Bolshoi b Hanako Nakamori & Aki Shizuku

October 13: WWE Raw (Atlanta, GA) – AJ Lee & Layla b Alicia Fox & Paige; Brie Bella, Naomi & Natalya b Cameron, Nikki Bella & Summer Rae

October 14: Gatoh Move (Tokyo, Japan) – Emi Sakura b Fukin Kitazawa; Riho, Sayaka Obihiro & “Kotori” b Kaori Yoneyama, Hatsuhinode Kamen & Madoka

Upcoming

October 18: Italian Championship Wrestling (Torino, Italy) – Lady Lory v Queen Maya

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

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

October 18: SHIMMER: Women Athletes (Berwyn, IL) – Cheerleader Melissa v Kana

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

October 19: Squared Circle Live (Toronto, ON, Canada) – Seleziya Sparx v John Greed

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

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

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

October 25: Scottish Wrestling Entertainment (Dundee, Scotland) – Nikki Storm v Leah Von Dutch

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

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

October 25: Alternative Wrestling Show (South Gate, CA) – Raze & Sage Sin v Nicole Savoy & Candice LeRae

Sweet Cherrie Saraya KnightOctober 25: NCW Femmes Fatales XVI (Montreal, QC, Canada) – Jodi D’Milo v Vanessa Kraven; Courtney Rush v Cheerleader Melissa; LuFisto v Mia Yim; Kc Spinelli v Sassy Stephie; Pink Flash Kira & Mary Lee Rose v Bettie Rage & Deziree; Saraya Knight v Sweet Cherrie

October 26: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland)

October 26: Kamikaze Pro (Birmingham, England) – Nixon Newell v Leah Von Dutch

October 26: Smash Wrestling (Mississauga, ON, Canada) – Vanessa Kraven v Portia Perez v Heidi Lovelace v Kimber Lee

October 26: WWE Hell in a Cell (Dallas, TX) – Brie Bella v Nikki Bella

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

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

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

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

November 1: Lucky Pro Wrestling (Clinton, MA) – Davienne & Taeler Hendrix v Rosita & Alexxis Nevaeh

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

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

November 8: Women Superstars Uncensored (Voorhees, NJ)

November 9: Squared Circle Wrestling (Toronto, ON, Canada) – Hania v Alexia Nicole v Jasmin

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

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

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

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

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

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

MCW NHB GirlsNovember 23: Melbourne City Wrestling Fight For A Cause (Hampton Park, Australia)

November 23: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland)

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

November 29: Warzone Wrestling (Berwick, Australia) – Savannah Summers v Kellyanne English

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

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

April 4: NCW Femmes Fatales (Montreal, QC, Canada)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Results

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming

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

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

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

October 3: Family Wrestling Entertainment (Brooklyn, NY) – Ivelisse Velez & Tommy Dreamer v Candice LeRae & Joey Ryan; Hania v Veda Scott

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

October 4: Revolution Championship Wrestling (Barcelona, Spain) – Audrey Bride v Leah Owens v Hikaru Shida

October 4: Empress Pro (High Wycombe, England) – Addy Starr v Pollyanna Peppers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 10: SHINE 22 (Ybor City, FL)

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

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

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

October 12: TNA Bound For Glory (Tokyo, Japan) – Havok v Velvet Sky

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 26: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland)

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

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

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

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

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

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

November 8: Women Superstars Uncensored (Voorhees, NJ)

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

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

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

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

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

November 23: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland)

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

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

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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)

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Ringbelles Roundup (2 September 2014) – Bella boredom, jumbo Female Fight Season & more

Brie Nikki Bella WWE“You two, stop – you sound like two little immature girls.”

Without even the slightest hint of irony, that’s what Nikki Bella said to AJ Lee and Paige on last night’s Raw, completely overlooking the absolute petty sibling rivalry crap between she and sister Brie which saw the latter show some aggression.

The show had three segments called Growing Up Bella where Nikki talked about how Brie stole her prom date, stole her driving licence and crashed a car and how Nikki had to take Brie’s exams because she was the smarter sister. All this ret-conning of the Bella history is very forced and in truth, gives fans a reason to have sympathy for Nikki if all the Brie stories are true. How this is supposed to command sympathy for Brie is beyond me.

Unfathomably, Stephanie McMahon – who had managed to escape this daytime soap-opera stuff – interjected herself back into the sisterly feud, and sucks Paige and AJ Lee into the mix as a by-product.

In a show of solidarity, Stephanie granted Nikki a shot at the Divas Championship, which brought Brie out to ask if this whole feud was about getting a crack at the title. AJ Lee then came out to question Stephanie’s decision to name a number one contender when she is still owed a rematch after being beaten at SummerSlam. Lastly, Paige took to the ring to say if there’s a talk about the Divas Championship then the Divas Champion should be there.

It’s at this point that Nikki made that quote before telling Brie that she would forgive her if she quit, and as Brie went to leave, she then turned around and shoved her sister, seeing Paige also go to the mat as Nikki fell. As Brie left, AJ picked up the belt and skipped around before Stephanie forced her to hand it over before returning the title to Paige.

Brie Nikki Bella Stephanie McMahon Paige AJ Lee WWEIt was a confusing segment which makes me wonder why the Bellas are floating around the Divas Championship when they haven’t even had a singles match yet. Why did these two feuds have to be intertwined when they were so separate? I know this sounds like hypocrisy considering how I praised WWE a few months ago for mixing Diva feuds but this is the wrong time for these two storylines to intersect. AJ and Paige is moving along nicely – see the news below to see the SmackDown developments – and the Bellas need to have at least one singles match before talk of title shots should exist.

Again, Brie was a disappointment with her mic work and acting while Nikki was slightly better but was nothing worth writing home about. AJ’s hostility with Stephanie was interesting, as was Paige’s brief dealings with McMahon considering the pair haven’t shared a ring since the titleholder’s ascension to the main roster in April. However, AJ was very patronising in her conversation with Stephanie – so when you consider how Brie is being portrayed in a bad light, you had five women in the ring and all of them came off as unlikeable… though that was fine for the three heels.

Pro Wrestling Illustrated tweeted that the Bella feud is the worst sibling rivalry since Billy v Bart – in reference to the Smoking Gunns breakup in 1996 – though the original Matt Hardy v Jeff Hardy storyline in late 2001 was probably more of a damp squib. While condemnation is probably a little premature when it comes to the Bellas, this isn’t shaping up well at all.

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Bellatrix audienceThe next Female Fight Season will last close to two months and will feature every major women’s promotion in the western world.

It starts a week on Saturday with Women Superstars Uncensored before things head to Canada the following weekend for SMASH Wrestling’s second CanUSA Classic show and then across the Atlantic seven days later for Bellatrix X in Norwich, England. October kicks off with Absolute Intense Wrestling’s Girls Night Out 13 and 14 tapings in Cleveland, OH on October 4 and SHINE 22 happening six days later featuring international talent coming over for SHIMMER, which has its four DVD tapings the weekend after. There will be two shows the following weekend with NCW Femmes Fatales on the Saturday and a Fierce Females charity show on the Sunday, and Pro Wrestling EVE returns in Colchester, England on November 1.

It’s an especially bumper period – especially when you consider that no promotion has two separate dates booked around that time. It means that we will have a lot to cover on this website and we hope to provide you with the best coverage possible.

However, as a fan, it’s impossible to make it to all of these shows, so consumers will have to carefully pick and choose which events they wish to attend live or purchase on iPPV if that option exists. It may be that the women’s wrestling bubble is swelling to bursting point and the strongest will survive due to ticket sales along with DVD, MP4 and iPPV revenue.

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Elsewhere on the site this week, we’ve posted the full Fierce Females Mad Maxine show from July, as well as a Soap Box about whether Knockouts are better than Divas. Click any of the green links you see to jump to the stories.

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WWE
Bayley beat Sasha Banks on last week’s episode of NXT. There’s talk that Banks could be instrumental in the Charlotte v Bayley Women’s Title match set to take place at Takeover 2… Naomi has revealed that she has undergone a procedure to correct a problem with the orbital fracture she suffered earlier this year. No word on when that procedure took place… Paige made Emma tap out to the PTO on SmackDown. AJ Lee came out again after the bell to offer Paige some chocolates in a heart-shaped box but Paige wouldn’t oblige until AJ yelled at her to try one – which she did, but spat it back out on AJ. Looks like Paige doesn’t want to be faux friends anymore. Two attire notes from this segment – AJ was wearing a Celestial Bodiez tank top in recognition of her friend Celeste “Kaitlyn” Bonin while Emma is finally wearing kneepads, Crazy Mary Dobson WWE Rawwhich her legs will be grateful for in years to come… Crazy Mary Dobson was the Miz’s make-up girl on last night’s Raw, while Heather “Miss Natural” Patera was in the segment with Bo Dallas. Also on the card, Cameron, Rosa Mendes and Eva Marie teamed up, if you can fathom such a thing. They took on Naomi, Summer Rae and Layla in a Total Divas advertisement. The match went 90 second before the schmoz no contest. It was a big waste of time but was mercifully brief.

TNA
Taryn Terrell became the number one contender for Gail Kim’s Knockouts Championship on last week’s Impact Wrestling. She defeated Madison Rayne, who displayed some heel tendencies by putting her feet on the ropes to try and get the pin late on in the match. Terrell won with an Ace Crusher… Jessicka Havok debuts on tomorrow’s episode of Impact… The latest season of The Amazing Race featuring Brooke and her boyfriend Robbie E will kick off on September 26.

North America
Allysin Kay (Team USA) will take on Vanessa Kraven (Team Canada) at September 21’s SMASH Wrestling CanUSA Classic. Cherry Bomb battles Courtney Rush, while Kimber Lee faces Xandra Bale and Veda Scott steps into the ring against Jewells Malone… Speaking of Allysin Kay, she will challenge LuFisto for the Women Superstars Uncensored World Championship on September 13, and will also face Liberty for the Bellatrix World Title on September 28. The curious thing about the WSU match is that it looks like they were shaping up for a LuFisto v Jessicka Havok match with their respective versions of the World Title on the line – though WSU says Havok will be at the show… Former WWE talent Shaul “Raquel Diaz” Guerrero is reportedly training with the I Believe In Wrestling crew in Orlando, FL… As part of her quest to take down Vanessa Kraven, Mademoiselle Rachelle has recruited Jodi D’Milo. They will wrestle at NCW Femmes Fatales XVI on October 25. Mia Yim will make her Femmes Fatales debut on that date… Lucha Underground is a new promotion coming to the El Rey network, premiering on October 6. Luchadora Sexy Star has been announced, with Candice LeRae, Ivelisse Velez, Angela Long (FKA Savannah in WWE developmental) and Karlee Perez (FKA NXT’s Maxine) also reported to be involved… Courtney Rush’s first defence of the CNW Femmes Fatales International Championship will be this Saturday in Angus, ON, Canada when she faces Leah Von Dutch… Thunderkitty beat Randi West in a cage match on Saturday’s Pro Wrestling All Stars of Detroit show… Kimber Lee and Thunderkitty have been announced for CHIKARA’s King of Trios weekend on September 19-21. Kimber Lee will partner Jolly Roger and Lance Steel while Thunderkitty will wrestle alongside Jervis Cottonbelly and Marion Fontaine… Candice LeRae, Heidi Lovelace, Athena and Heather Patera are featured on the poster for the AAW show in Berwyn, IL which will take place the day before SHIMMER… Solo Darling will make her Anarchy Championship Wrestling debut on September 21 when she takes on Athena.

Japan
Kyoko Kimura & Ray defeated DASH Chisako & Meiko Satomura on the first day of the International Pro Wrestling Festival in Pyongyang, North Korea on Saturday. Satomura & Ray beat Kimura & Chisako on the second day… Mio Shirai won the Union Fly to Everywhere Championship from Ladybeard on Sunday… La Silueta defeated Maki Narumiya on Saturday to win the CMLL-REINA International Junior Championship… Tsukasa Fujimoto beat Dump Matsumoto via DQ on Ice Ribbon’s Wonderland 2014 show on Sunday. Neko Nitta also won the Triangle Ribbon title for a fourth Hiroyo Matsumoto Tomoka Nakagawatime… Hiroyo Matsumoto and Tomoka Nakagawa have forfeited the OZ Academy Tag Team Championship after Matsumoto revealed that she needed surgery on her left ACL and meniscus. The next champions will be decided on September 29 between Aja Kong & Tsubasa Kuragaki and Mayumi Ozaki & Kyusei Sakura Hirota… REINA is said to be looking for an American star who can arrive at the end of September and stay until the end of October. A full-time contract is on offer if that woman impresses.

Europe
As well as the World Title match mentioned earlier, a number of other matches have been signed for Bellatrix X on September 28. Fresh off her heel turn, Penelope will challenge Violet O’Hara for the British Championship, Queen of the Ring Lady Lory takes on Erin Angel, Miss Mina faces Skarlett, Amy-Lee Krammer battles Shax and Chanel is booked against Saraya Knight… We have our first date set for 2015. It’s from new promotion Rock N’ Wrassle, based in Nottingham, England. Lana Austin, Fearn Wai, Violet O’Hara and Kandy Leigh are seemingly going to be part of it… Penelope won the DOA Sirens Championship on a GBG Wrestling show in Gothenburg, Sweden on Friday by beating Miss Mina. The pair wrestled again the following night, with Mina retaining her Nordic Women’s Wrestling Alliance Championship, and they fought again on Sunday where Mina held onto the Dansk Pro Wrestling Women’s belt… Mia vacated the Total Action Wrestling Women’s Championship after beating Astronomica on Saturday’s show… Saraya Knight defeated Lady Lory to win the Europe Catch Tour Association Women’s Championship… Viper beat DCT and Danny Boy to win Showcase Pro Wrestling’s Caledonian Cup tournament on Saturday. Also on the card, Leah Owens defeated Sara to become the number one contender to Viper’s Women’s Championship… Kay Lee Ray retained her Fierce Females Scottish Championship on Sunday’s Strewth Sheila show by beating April Davids. Later in the day at Insane Championship Wrestling’s show, Liam Thompson and Carmel Jacob defeated KLR and Stevie Boy – with Carmel wishing Kay Lee all the best after the match. They hugged and then attacked each other. Could KLR be taking an absence from ICW – and even the UK for a while?

Australia & New Zealand
Britenay defeated Evie in a Falls Count Anywhere match on Saturday to win the Undisputed IPW New Zealand Women’s Championship. Click here to listen to an interview with her.

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Results

August 24: Pro Wrestling Ulster (Belfast, Northern Ireland) – Viper b Katey Harvey

August 26: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – La Vaquerita, Lluvia & Skadi b La Comandante, La Seductora & Zeuxis via DQ

August 27: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Kurumi v Shiori Akiba went to a time limit draw; Kurumi b Kyuri; Hamuko Hoshi b Meari Naito; Maki Narumiya & Mio Shirai b La Silueta & Miyako Matsumoto; Tsukasa Fujimoto & Risa Sera b Tsukushi & Yuka

August 27: Gatoh Move (Tokyo, Japan) – Madoka b Fuki Kitazawa; Kaori Yoneyama & Sayaka Obihiro b SAKI & MIZUKI; Riho & DJ Nira b Emi Sakura & Masa Takanashi

August 27: TNA Impact Wrestling (New York, NY) – Taryn Terrell b Madison Rayne

August 28: Hikaru Shida Produce (Tokyo, Japan) – Kaho Kobayashi & KAZUKI b Cherry & Micro; Arisa Nakajima b Kyusei Ninja Ranmaru; Syuri & Tomoka Nakagawa b Kagetsu & Rina Yamashita; Kengo Mashimo b Atsushi Maruyama; Kana & Kenny Omega b Hikaru Shida & Masato Tanaka

August 28: WWE NXT (Winter Park, FL) – Bayley b Sasha Banks

August 29: Snakepit Pro Wrestling (Pooraka, Australia) – Miss Fortune b Daisy Chayne, Flame & Kandi Luv in a 4-way

Penelope Miss Mina Trygve FinkelsenAugust 29: GBG Wrestling (Gothenburg, Sweden) – Penelope b Miss Mina to win the DOA Sirens Championship

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

August 29: Showcase Pro Wrestling (Dumfries, Scotland) – Viper defeated DCT; Viper defeated Danny Boy; Leah Owens b Sara

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

August 29: WWE SmackDown (Ontario, CA) – Paige b Emma

August 29: Pro Wrestling Guerilla (Reseda, CA) – Joey Ryan & Candice LeRae b Frankie Kazarian & Christopher Daniels and Rich Swann & Ricochet in a 3-way

August 29: Combat Zone Wrestling (Blackwood, NJ) – Brittany Blake b Brooke Danielle

August 29: WWE NXT House Show (Tampa, FL) – Carmella & Sasha Banks b Becky Lynch & Kendall Skye; Charlotte b Bayley

August 29: Pro Wrestling All Stars of Detroit (Melvindale, MI) – ThunderKitty b Randi West

August 30: International Pro Wrestling Festival (Pyongyang, North Korea) – Kyoko Kimura & Ray b DASH Chisako & Meiko Satomura

August 30: CMLL-REINA (Tokyo, Japan) – Mima Shimoda, Leon & Yuji Kito b Arisa Nakajima, Miyako Matsumoto & Masaya Takahashi; Haruka Kato b Alex Lee; Dump Matsumoto & Yumiko Hotta b Tsukasa Fujimoto & Tomoko Watanabe; Ariya & Makoto b Cherry & Kaho Kobayashi; La Silueta b Maki Narumiya to win the CMLL-REINA International Junior Championship; Marcela b Syuri

August 30: Tokyo Women’s Wrestling (Tokyo, Japan) – Ai Shimizu b Erin; Chikage Kiba b Shoko Nakajima & Akane Miura in a 3-way; Nonoko & Miyu Yamashita b Yuka Sakazaki & KANNA

August 30: Impact Pro Wrestling (Auckland, New Zealand) – Britenay b Evie to win the Undisputed IPW New Zealand Women’s Championship

August 30: United Pro Wrestling (Beenleigh, Australia) – Toni Storm b Sara Jay

August 30: Melbourne City Wrestling (Tullamarine, Australia) – Kellyanne English v KC Cassidy went to a no contest

August 30: Europe Catch Tour Association (Loon-Plage, France) – Saraya Knight b Lady Lory to win the ECTA Women’s Championship

August 30: Total Action Wrestling (Dunstable, England) – Mia (c) def. Astronomica; Nightshade b Nina Sparkles

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

August 30: Scottish Wrestling Entertainment (Dundee, Scotland) – Christopher Saynt b Glen Dunbar, Sammii Jayne, Viper & Nikki Storm in a 5-way

August 30: IPW: UK (Snodland, England) – Jimmy Havoc & Rhia O’Reilly b Heidi Katrina & Paul Synnot

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

August 30: Pro Wrestling Guerilla (Reseda, CA) – Candice LeRae b Rich Swann

August 30: WWE NXT House Show (Palatka, FL) – Alexa Bliss & Becky Lynch b Carmella & Kendall Skye; Bayley b Charlotte

August 30: Great North Wrestling (Hawkesbury, ON, Canada) – Silvie Silver b Mileena

August 31: Pro Wrestling WAVE/OZ Academy (Osaka, Japan) – Ayako Hamada, Yuu Yamagata & Tomoka Nakagawa b Mayumi Ozaki, Yumi Ohka & Mio Shirai; Dynamite Kansai b Moeka Haruhi; AKINO & Kagetsu b Manami Toyota & Tsubasa Kuragaki; Kyusei Ninja Ranmaru & Hibiscus Mii b Kyusei Sakura Hirota & Sumire Natsu; Aja Kong & Sawako Shimono b Misaki Ohata & Rina Yamashita; Hikaru Shida b Mika Iida

August 31: Pro Wrestling WAVE/OZ Academy (Osaka, Japan) – Benten Musume & Police Man b noki-A & Nyanber; Sawako Shimono b Rina Yamashita; Melanie Cruise & Misaki Guriko b Dynamite Kansai & Fairy Nihonbashi; Ayako Hamada & Yuu Yamagata b Aja Kong & Tomoka Nakagawa; Mika Iida & Sakura Hirota b Hibiscus Mii & Kyusei Ninja Ranmaru; Kana & Mayumi Ozaki b Natsu Sumire & Yumi Ohka

Tsukasa Fujimoto Dump Matsumoto Youji KawauchiAugust 31: Ice Ribbon (Tokyo, Japan) – 235, Kyuri & Aoi Kizuki b Rabbit Miyu, Koyuki Hayashi & Shiori Akiba; Miyako Matsumoto & Alex Lee b Meari Nairo & Akane Fujita; Hamuko Hoshi & Mochi Miyagi b Cho-un Shiryu & Yuri Kotobuki; Arisa Nakajima b Yuka; Neko Nitta b Leon & Shu Shibutani in a 3-way to win the Triangle Ribbon Championship; Tsukasa Fujimoto b Dump Matsumoto via DQ; Kurumi & Risa Sera b Tsukushi & Maki Narumiya

August 31: Union (Tokyo, Japan) – Cherry b Kaho Kobayashi; Mio Shirai b Ladybeard to win the Fly to Everywhere Championship

August 31: International Pro Wrestling Festival (Pyongyang, North Korea) – Meiko Satomura & Ray b Kyoko Kimura & DASH Chisako

August 31: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland) – Rhia O’Reilly b Leah Owens; Layla Rose b Lucy Cole; Viper b Lana Austin; Sammii Jayne b Nixon Newell; Carmel Jacob & Sara b Nikki Storm & Viper; Kasey Owens b Bete Noire; Courtney v Fiona Fraser went to a double count out; Kay Lee Ray b April Davids

August 31: Dansk Pro Wrestling (Copenhagen, Denmark) – Miss Mina b Penelope

August 31: Insane Championship Wrestling (Glasgow, Scotland) – Liam Thomson & Carmel Jacob b Kay Lee Ray & Stevie Boy

August 31: Pro Wrestling Guerilla (Reseda, CA) – Johnny Gargano b Candice LeRae

August 31: I Believe In Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Chasyn Rance, Jesus Rodriguez & Tristan Keali’i b Brittany, Maxwell Chicago & Sweet Thang Willie

August 31: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Estrellita b Dalys

September 1: WWE Raw (Des Moines, IA) – Layla, Naomi & Summer Rae v Cameron, Eva Marie & Rosa Mendes went to a no-contest

Upcoming

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: Anarchy in Angus (Angus, ON, Canada) – Courtney Rush v Leah Von Dutch

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

September 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; Veda Scott v Jewells Malone

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

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

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

September 13: Women Superstars Uncensored (Voorhees, NJ) – JT Dunn & David Starr v Kimber Lee & Annie Social; LuFisto v Allysin Kay; Athena v Hania; Nevaeh & Brittany Blake v Niya Barela & Jessie Kaye

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; Morgan Webster, Tyler Bate & Dan Moloney v Nixon Newell, Jonathan Gresham & Chris Brookes

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

Jodi D'Milo Vanessa KravenOctober 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 16: Tidal Wrestling (Newcastle, England) – Kay Lee Ray v Shax

November 23: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland)

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

– Lee Burton
– Photos by WWE (front page, 1-2), OZ Academy (5), Trygve Finkelsen (6), Youji Kawauchi (7)
– 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

© Ringbelles

New Podcast: Promoters’ Corner #1 with Stephane Bruyere

970925_10153289241105078_1227448748_nPromoters’ Corner #1
Stephane Bruyere of NCW:Femmes Fatales & IWS

Welcome to a new podcast here at Ringbelles, adding to our already stacked lineup – the Promoters’ Corner. We’ve interviewed a number of promoters and bookers throughout our five years of podcasting – sometimes as guests on the Women of Wrestling Podcast, sometimes on Fight Like A Girl – but for the first time we’re separating out these podcast guests into their own category, as we give listeners a different look at the wrestling business… the minds behind the mayhem. Our first guest is a two-time ‘Booker of the Year’ in Quebec (as voted for by www.lutte.com) and the man who has guided NCW:Femmes Fatales since its inception, Stephane Bruyere.

In this hour long discussion, we discuss Stephane’s thoughts on the recent Femmes Fatales XV show in Montreal, the importance and relevance of title belts in 2014 (or should we say “championships”?), whether a championship or a wrestler is ever beyond rehabilitation by a good booker, how Stephane got started in booking wrestling, knowing your audience, the biggest “missed opportunity” female talent in Quebec in the last ten years, the changes in WWE’s handling of its women’s division since Charlotte/Natalya at NXT Takeover, TNA’s lack of new female talent, whether Jessicka Havok is enough to reinvigorate that division, and the end of the SHINE 21 iPPV from the weekend which saw Havok go over in her ‘Last Stand’.

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NCW:FF on the www | NCW:FF on twitter

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