A funny thing has happened with the Bella Twins over the course of the summer. I have found myself having less and less time for Brie and more and more time for Nikki.
It can’t even be an argument about exposure making me fatigued with Brie, as Nikki has spent more time on TV over the past few months due to Brie quitting the promotion as part of her storyline to stand by her husband Daniel Bryan. Maybe it because when we have seen Brie, she has been involved in the higher profile segments and has been overshadowed from a performance perspective by Stephanie McMahon. Hell, she was even overshadowed in the wrestling aspect at SummerSlam before being defeated thanks to Nikki’s heel turn.
Granted, Nikki is not much of a promo or actress either, but her performance on last night;s Raw in particular gave me a little bit of hope, as she showed fire and aggression in yelling down her sister – the contents of which we we get to in a moment – as well as the heated attack on bother her and Jerry Lawler, who was acting as a mediator at their in-ring summit. On the other hand, Brie’s acting of being bewildered and upset has felt hokey and as if she’s trying to act upset rather than being upset. Her attempts to force out tears last night were especially bad.
It’s been said in the past that Brie was the better wrestler of the twins, but that could possibly come into question too. Nikki’s work against Emma on Main Event last Tuesday showed a nice heel aggression and swagger, and she has her own moveset, unlike Brie who has seemingly adopted her husbands repertoire at the expense of her own.
Admittedly, I still fear for the time when these two will have to fight, as a number of variables are on the table. It could be like the two occasions when WWE tried to have Matt Hardy turn on brother Jeff – the first time was shat on by the fans while the second had more heat but it still felt like nobody really wanted them to fight. It could be that without Stephanie McMahon in the fold that the interest in the contest will see a noticeable dip from SummerSlam and both will be held responsible for it as it doesn’t have them under the protection of the McMahon umbrella. It could be a great wrestling match or it could be a mess – though we won’t know until it happens because they haven’t wrestled each other on TV before. However, I feel that for it to be a contest that fans will be clamouring for, it needs Brie to step up on the acting front by generating some genuine sympathy – and that could be difficult when you consider the basis for Nikki’s turn.
Last week, Nikki talked a load of waffle about how Brie always held them back as kids and how Brie was the goody-goody while Nikki was overlooked or overshadowed. Those accusations were repeated at this week’s summit but when Brie told her to stop lying, Nikki said that she would and brought out a more plausible reason for her hostilities by saying that she was the one who was punished for Brie’s resignation as she was put into handicap matches so she could be beaten down while Brie watched at home on TV and did nothing to help, which is all true. In that sense, it makes it difficult to feel sorry for Brie as Nikki has a real point.
Mick Foley once said that a heel has got to believe that what they are doing is right no matter how screwed up their logic may be. This is hugely true in this case as Nikki’s aggression may not necessarily be condoned but her reasons for being so upset are seemingly valid. It is now up to the writers to make us feel as if Brie is hard-done-by and for Brie herself to make us feel sorry for her and want her to stand up to her angry sister, otherwise she’s going to come up on the short end of the stick again.
One by-product of the Bella split is that it has totally overshadowed the Funkadactyls disbanding which took place in early July. After spending a couple of months teasing a split between Cameron and Naomi, the pair came to blows and had their first match in the pre-show of Battleground. It was a rotten contest which Cameron won in just over three minutes. The pair faced off on opposite sides of a tag match eight days later on Raw when Naomi got the win… and that’s it. They were involved in a 6-woman tag team match on a house show in Texas at the start of August but there has been no continuance of their feud. In fact, Naomi hasn’t been on TV at all this month and Cameron’s only August appearance was on the 7th when she beat Emma for seemingly no reason, as Emma has been winning a few matches on TV this month and Cameron hasn’t been seen since.
While part of the reason for their respective absences may be down to the Divas Title picture and the Stephanie/Bellas situation taking up valuable space, another issue may be that WWE seemingly had no idea what they wanted to do with Cameron and Naomi following the split. In fact, it looks like they didn’t even have that much interest in them having a blow-off match, considering their only singles match lasted a grand total of 192 seconds on a PPV hype show. Both have also suffered by changing their appearances, as Cameron’s schoolgirl look was a step down from her Funkadactyls gear, while Naomi’s braids and chequered outfit made her look like a backing dancer in a turn-of-the-century Puff Daddy music video.
Both must feel disappointed as a heel turn should have given Cameron a new lease of life but saw her blow up on the launchpad and become a jobber to the stars while Naomi went from challenging for the Divas Championship to being on the endangered list within six weeks. Even Alicia Fox’s fall from grace hasn’t been that spectacular.
Jessicka Havok defeated Allysin Kay in the main event on Friday’s SHINE 21 show before bowing out to move on to pastures new. Elsewhere, SHINE Champion Ivelisse Velez beat Nevaeh after the Gem City Queen earned the right to challenge for the title by winning a 4-way which also involved Leah Von Dutch, Amazing Kong and Su Yung.
Havok’s victory was discussed in the first episode of our new podcast series called Promoters’ Corner, with NCW Femmes Fatales booker Stephane Bruyere suggesting that Kay could have won in order to create a new challenger for Velez’s title. As it stands, Havok winning means that Kay is left having to gain traction again and there is no obvious answer as to who is next in line for a SHINE Championship match.
Considering the absence of Serena Deeb through injury, there is a distinct dearth of credible names to step up for a shot but some time could have been created and set up a story for her in the process. For example, Su Yung could have won the 4-way on Friday and lost to Velez, while Kay could have beaten Havok – meaning she had two straight wins over her rival – and then challenged Ivelisse at SHINE 22. Should Deeb be healthy by SHINE 23, it would have meant that Ivelisse would have seen off two Valkyrie members, setting her up to beat the leader and put that series to bed before moving on to other options.
This is all conjecture though, as what is done is done and may not have been viable any other way. For example, a condition of Havok being allowed to compete on the show considering her deal with TNA may have been that Jessicka would have to win the match, as it customary for TNA to do when loaning its stars out to indie promotions – either that or they can’t lose clean. It may be that in a situation like a Dog Collar and Chain Match where there is no possibility of something like a no-contest or a DQ, SHINE may have been painted into a corner and had to go with that option despite it not being able to lead to anything, regardless of the post-match Valkyrie beatdown outside the building.
None of this is meant to discredit Nevaeh’s match with Velez as it was very good and told the best story it could, considering that she had never been portrayed as a title contender, and she may be eligible for another shot considering she had Ivelisse down for more than 3 following a German Suplex but the referee was in no position to count. However, considering the international talent heading in for SHINE 22 in 6 weeks time, we may be more likely to see Ivelisse against someone in a one-off affair which bears little resemblance to ongoing storylines.
In short – SHINE needs some proper contenders, and fast.
We’ve had two interviews on the website in the past week – as well as the aforementioned Promoters’ Corner, we have also had a Women Of Wrestling Podcast with Heidi Lovelace where we get the blame for her taking part in the IWA Mid-South Queen of the Deathmatches tournament. We also have a compilation of various ALS Ice Bucket Challenge videos, a video of Yoshiko winning the World of Stardom Title and a Retro from the 1950s showing that progress goes at a crawl.
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Natalya beat Paige on last week’s SmackDown with the Sharpshooter after AJ Lee distracted Paige by trying to steal the Divas Championship belt. Paige defeated Natalya on last night’s Raw, with AJ coming out after the match to skip around the ring, which saw Natalya nail Paige with a discus clothesline – sore loser, eh? Afterwards, AJ gave Paige a hug and the champion looked really uncomfortable with how she was being mentally out-foxed… Rosa Mendes has been talking about her role in Total Divas season 3, but it has also been revealed that she has never won a singles match in WWE by pinfall or submission since her debut in main roster debut in 2009. Her sole victory came on the February 25, 2011 episode of SmackDown when she defeated Michelle McCool via DQ. How is this woman still employed?… Maryse Ouellet-Mizanin and Barbie “Kelly Kelly” Blank were backstage at last night’s Raw.
Gail Kim defeated Angelina Love in a Last Woman Standing match on last week’s Impact Wrestling… Congratulations to Christy Hemme, who announced in an interview with FitPregnancy that she was 5 and a half months pregnant, and is due on New Year’s Eve. Hemme, 33, says she found out she was expecting in the same week that she was added to the creative team… ODB’s left TNA and her profile has been moved to the Alumni section of the company’s website. She has also starting soliciting for bookings. The 36-year old former Knockout Champion’s last match on TV was back in April, and that’s only one of two contests that she’s had on Impact Wrestling this year. Velvet Sky has also removed her TNA status from her Twitter profile recently.
Kimber Lee & Annie Social will challenge JT Dunn & David Starr for the Women Superstars Uncensored Tag Team Championship on September 13. The Juicy Product won the straps at United on July 12 after the Chicks Using Nasty Tactics beat Veda Scott and Rick Cataldo in their scheduled defence… Candice LeRae will face Rickey Shane Page, Johnny Gargano and Veda Scott in singles matches as part of Absolute Intense Wrestling’s Wrestle Rager weekend at the start of September… Marti Belle was involved in a car crash on Thursday night after her boking at New York Wrestling Connection in Deer Park, NY. It’s why she didn’t make it to SHINE 21… SHINE 22 is scheduled for October 10 and will featured international names considering it’s the week before SHIMMER. Therefore, you can assume that Madison Eagles, Nikki Storm, Evie, Kellie Skater and Rhia O’Reilly will be in Berwyn the next weekend… Mickie Knuckles retained the RESISTANCE Pro Women’s Championship on Friday by beating Crazy Mary Dobson with a Superplex. She was attacked by former titleholder D’Arcy Dixon afterwards, solidifying the former champion’s heel turn in the promotion… Nicole Matthews made Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling history on Saturday when she defeated Bishop to become the first female ECCW Champion. As a result, she has elected to vacate the Women’s Championship… Captains collide at next month’s SMASH Wrestling CanUSA Classic when Team Canada’s LuFisto will wrestle Team USA’s Amazing Kong.
Ariya & Makoto defeated Yumiko Hotta & La Comandante to win the REINA World Tag Team Championship last Wednesday… Hikaru Shida won the Regina di WAVE Championship on Pro Wrestling WAVE’s 7th Anniversary show on Sunday. Elsewhere on the card, Melanie Cruise made her Japan debut, losing to Kana via armbar… Meiko Satomura, Kyoko Kimura, DASH Chisako and Ray will be part of the International Pro Wrestling Festival in Pyongyang, North Korea this Saturday and Sunday in the first show in the secretive country since World Championship Wrestling and New Japan Pro Wrestling co-promoted a show there in 1995. Bull Nakano and Akira Hokuto defeated Manami Toyota and Mariko Yoshida on that card… Speaking of Kimura, she has been replaced in the upcoming Stardom 5*STAR Grand Prix by Kris Wolf, presumably because of her taking the North Korea booking.
Pro Wrestling: EVE has announced that it will return as part of the revival of the XWA promotion in Colchester on November 1. Champion Nikki Storm, Kay Lee Ray and Rhia O’Reilly have been announced. It appears to be a mixed show in the same vein as US promotions like Absolute Intense Wrestling and Inspire Pro Wrestling… Penelope challenges Miss Mina for the DOA Sirens Championship in Malmo, Sweden this weekend… Fierce Females runs its latest show this weekend. It’s headlined by Kay Lee Ray taking on April Davids and Carmel Jacob & Sara battling Nikki Storm and a mystery partner. It should also offer some answers as to why Kay Lee decided to join up with hated enemy Carmel.
Australia & New Zealand
Shazza McKenzie made her first successful defence of her PWWA Championship on Saturday. She defeated Jessie McKay. Madison Eagles and Mick Moretti won the PWA Tag Team Championship on the same show… Harley Wonderland won a 3-way involving Izzy Shaw and Savannah Summers on Saturday to become the number one contender to Demi Bennett’s Riot City Wrestling Women’s Championship. The pair have been squabbling for a while… A photo has been doing the rounds online showing the women who took part in the WWE tryouts in Melbourne earlier this month. Along with the names already mentioned like Sara Jay, Toni Storm and Savannah Summers, we also had Jessie McKay, Evie and curiously, Hiroyo Matsumoto… Mercedes Martinez has vacated the IndyGurlz Australia Championship, after what New Horizons Pro Wrestling described as “a situation beyond both parties’ control”. A new champion will be crowned in November… Britenay and Evie will settle their differences on Saturday when they wrestle to decide who is the rightful Impact Pro Wrestling Women’s Champion… Global Force Wrestling says that it’s secured partnerships with Australasian promotions like PWA Australia, Impact Pro Wrestling and Riot City Wrestling. That means the likes of Madison Eagles, Shazza McKenzie, Demi Bennett, Savannah Summers, Harley Wonderland and Evie could be on their radar.
August 19: WWE Main Event (Phoenix, AZ) – Nikki Bella b Emma
August 19: I Believe In Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Chasyn Rance b Brittany
August 20: CMLL-REINA (Tokyo, Japan) – Alex Lee b Miyako Matsumoto; Maki Narumiya b Kaho Kobayashi; Syuri & Kyoko Kimura b Marcela & La Silueta; Ariya & Makoto b Yumiko Hotta & La Comandante to win the REINA World Tag Team Championship
August 20: Gatoh Move (Bangkok, Thailand) – Riho & Blue Lotus b Emi Sakura & Peppermint
August 20: TNA Impact Wrestling (New York, NY) – Gail Kim b Angelina Love
August 20: Ohio Valley Wrestling (Louisville, KY) – Mary Elizabeth Monroe b Rebel
August 21: WWE Superstars (Las Vegas, NV) – Emma b Alicia Fox
August 21: WWE NXT (Winter Park, FL) – Charlotte b Becky Lynch
August 21: WWE NXT (Largo, FL) – Alexa Bliss & Becky Lynch b Carmella & Kendall Skye via DQ; Bayley b Charlotte
August 21: New York Wrestling Connection (Deer Park, NY) – Marti Belle & Rick Cataldo b Chrissy Rivera & Jolly Roger
August 22: WWE SmackDown (Phoenix, AZ) – Natalya b Paige
August 22: RESISTANCE Pro (Willowbrook, IL) – D’Arcy Dixon b Paloma Starr, Angel Dust & Lucy Mendez in a 4-way; Mickie Knuckles b Crazy Mary Dobson
August 22: SHINE 21 (Ybor City, FL) – Nevaeh b Leah Von Dutch, Amazing Kong & Su Yung in a 4-way; Heidi Lovelace & Solo Darling b Jayme Jameson & Amanda Rodriguez; Thunderkitty b Justine Silver; Kimber Lee & Cherry Bomb b Jessie Belle Smothers & Sassy Stephie; Taylor Made b La Rosa Negra; Malia Hosaka & Brandi Wine b Leva Bates & Mia Yim; Ivelisse Velez b Nevaeh; Jessicka Havok b Allysin Kay
August 22: WWE (Stockton, CA) – Emma & Nikki Bella b Alicia Fox & Layla
August 22: Classic Championship Wrestling (Oshwekan, ON, Canada) – Holly Madison b Skylar Rose & Cassie Cool in a 3-way
August 22: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Dark Angel, La Vaquerita & Princesa Sugehit b Amapola, Dalys & La Seductora
August 23: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Shiori Akiba v Kyuri went to a time limit draw; Yuka b 235; Neko Nitta b Maki Narumiya & Risa Sera in a 3-way; Tsukushi & Kurumi b Tsukasa Fujimoto & Miyako Matsumoto; Tsukushi & Kurumi b Tsukasa Fujimoto & Miyako Matsumoto; Tsukasa Fujimoto & Miyako Matsumoto b Tsukushi & Kurumi
August 23: Pro Wrestling WAVE (Tokyo, Japan) – Cherry b Kyusei Sakura Hirota & Kyusei Ninja Ranmaru in a 3-way; Moeka Haruhi b Rina Yamashita; Kana & Fairy Nipponbashi b Sumire Natsu & Tsukasa Fujimoto; Ayako Hamada, Yuu Yamagata & Sawako Shimono b Yumi Ohka, Mika Iida & Misaki Ohata
August 23: Riot City Wrestling (Wayville, Australia) – Harley Wonderland b Izzy Shaw & Savannah Summers in a 3-way
August 23: Pro Wrestling Alliance (Casula, Australia) – Shazza McKenzie b Jessie McKay; Mick Moretti & Madison Eagles b The Hive, The Green Nation, Blue Oni & Instagraham and the Samoan Warriors in a Gauntlet Match to win the PWA Tag Team Championship
August 23: Scottish Wrestling Entertainment (Dundee, Scotland) – Viper, Sammii Jayne & Felix Fortune b Christopher Saynt, Mickey & Nikki Storm
August 23: Warriors Of Wrestling (Staten Island, NY) – Rosita b Jennifer Cruz
August 23: WWE NXT (Fort Pierce, FL) – Becky Lynch & Alexa Bliss b Kendall Skye & Carmella; Bayley b Charlotte
August 23: WWE (San Diego, CA) – Paige b Natalya
August 23: WWE (Sacramento, CA) – Emma & Nikki Bella b Alicia Fox & Layla
August 23: Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling (Vancouver, BC, Canada) – Nicole Matthews b Bishop to win the ECCW Championship
August 24: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – Rabbit Miyu b Yako Fujigasaki; Hanako Hanayashiki b Eiger; Maki Narumiya & Risa Sera b Command Bolshoi & Yua Hayashi; KAZUKI b Raideen Hagane; Kayoko Haruyama & Leon b Arisa Nakajima & Tsukushi
August 24: Stardom (Tokyo, Japan) – Kyoko Kimura v Koguma went to a double count-out; Reo Hazuki b Kris Wolf & Hatsuhinode Kamen in a 3-way; Star Fire b Kaori Yoneyama; Takumi Iroha b DASH Chisako; Kairi Hojo b Nanae Takahashi; Cheerleader Melissa b Io Shirai; Mayu Iwatani b Yoshiko
August 24: Pro Wrestling WAVE (Tokyo, Japan) – Cherry b Shu Shibutani; Mio Shirai, Misaki Ohata & Tsukasa Fujimoto b Sumire Natsu, Rina Yamashita & Kaho Kobayashi; Kana b Melanie Cruise; Kyoko Kimura b Sawako Shimono; Dynamite Kansai b Fairy Nipponbashi; Kyusei Sakura Hirota & Mika Iida b Isami Kodaka & Yuko Miyamoto and Ayako Hamada & Yuu Yamagata in a 3-way to win the WAVE Tag Team Championship; Hikaru Shida b Yumi Oka to win the Regina di WAVE Championship
August 24: Insane Championship Wrestling (Edinburgh, Scotland) – BT Gunn & Chris Renfrew b Grado & Colt Cabana and Kay Lee Ray & Stevie Boy to win the ICW Tag Team Championship
August 24: Anarchy Championship Wrestling (Austin, TX) – Angel Blue b Athena & Jessica James in a 3-way
August 24: WWE (Bakersfield, CA) – Paige b Natalya
August 24: WWE (Fresno, CA) – Emma & Nikki Bella b Alicia Fox & Layla
August 25: Conwy County Wrestling (Llandudno, Wales) – Jezabeth b Nadia Sapphire
August 25: WWE Raw (Anaheim, CA) – Paige b Natalya
August 29: Shropshire Wrestling Alliance (Dawley, England) – Pete Dunne & Ryan Smile v Chris Brookes & Nixon Newell
August 29: Showcase Pro Wrestling (Dumfries, Scotland) – Sara v Leah Owens
August 29: British Championship Wrestling (Kilmarnock, Scotland) – Liam Thomson & Carmel Jacob v Grado & Kay Lee Ray
August 30: Impact Pro Wrestling (Auckland, New Zealand) – Britenay v Evie
August 30: Melbourne City Wrestling (Tullamrine, Australia) – Kellyanne English v KC Cassidy
August 30: Scottish Wrestling Entertainment (Dundee, Scotland) – Christopher Saynt v Glen Dunbar v Sammii Jayne v Viper v Nikki Storm
August 30: Kamikaze Pro (Birmingham, England) – Nixon Newell v Violet Vendetta
August 30: Svensk Wrestling Syd (Malmo, Sweden) – Miss Mina v Penelope
August 31: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland) – Sammii Jayne v Nixon Newell; Layla Rose v Miss Cole; Kay Lee Ray v April Davids; Nikki Storm & TBA v Carmel Jacob & Sara; Viper v Lana Austin; Kasey Owens v Bete Noire; Leah Owens v Rhia O’Reilly; Courtney v Fiona Fraser
September 5: Pro Wrestling 4U (Newcastle-Under-Lyme, England) – Pollyanna Peppers v Nixon Newell
September 5: Absolute Intense Wrestling (Cleveland, OH) – Rickey Shane Page v Candice LeRae
September 6: Tidal Wrestling (Darlington, England) – Ruby Summers v TBA
September 6: Absolute Intense Wrestling (Cleveland, OH) – Johnny Gargano v Candice LeRae
September 6: North Shore Pro Wrestling (Montreal, QC, Canada) – Sassy Stephie v Pink Flash Kira
September 7: Stardom (Tokyo, Japan) – Star Fire v Io Shirai; Nanae Takahashi v Cheerleader Melissa; Kairi Hojo v Kaori Yoneyama; Koguma v Yoshiko; Takumi Iroha v Kyoko Kimura; Mayu Iwatani v DASH Chisako
September 7: PROGRESS Wrestling (London, England) – Pollyanna Peppers v Rhia O’Reilly
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
September 13: UK Wrestling (Wakefield, England) – Heidi Katrina v Shanna
September 13: Target Wrestling (Newcastle, England) – Kasey Owens v Saraya Knight
September 13: Women Superstars Uncensored (Voorhees, NJ) – JT Dunn & David Starr v Kimber Lee & Annie Social
September 13: Quintessential Pro Wrestling (Las Vegas, NV) – Jillian Hall v Christina Von Eerie; Veda Scott v Serena Deeb; Candice LeRae v Laura James; Kahmora v Ivelisse Velez
September 15: Stardom (Osaka, Japan) – Kairi Hojo v Io Shirai; Cheerleader Melissa v Star Fire; Kaori Yoneyama v Nanae Takahashi; Kyoko Kimura v Yoshiko; DASH Chisako v Koguma; Mayu Iatani v Takumi Iroha
September 19: Southside Wrestling (Sheffield, England) – Joey Ryan & Candice LeRae v Martin Kirby & Kris Travis
September 20: Pride Wrestling (Glasgow, Scotland) – DCT & Viper v Mr Byers & Fiona Fraser
September 21: Insane Championship Wrestling (Glasgow, Scotland) – Leah & Kasey Owens v Bete Noire & Viper
September 21: SMASH Wrestling CANUSA Classic (Toronto, ON, Canada) – Amazing Kong v LuFisto
September 23: Stardom (Tokyo, Japan) – Kaori Yoneyama v Cheerleader Melissa; Io Shirai v Nanae Takahashi; Star Fire v Kairi Hojo; Koguma v Mayu Iwatani; Kyoko Kimura v DASH Chisako; Yoshiko v Takumi Iroha
September 26: Lucky Pro Wrestling (Hudson, MA) – Nikki Valentine v Davienne
September 28: Bellatrix X (Norwich, England) – Sammi Baynz v Blue Nikita
October 3: Family Wrestling Entertainment (Brooklyn, NY) – Ivelisse Velez & Tommy Dreamer v Candice LeRae & Joey Ryan; Hania v Veda Scott
October 4: Warzone Wrestling (Berwick, Australia) – Toni Storm v Savannah Summers
October 4: Empress Pro (High Wycombe, England) – Addy Starr v Pollyanna Peppers
October 4: Family Wrestling Entertainment (Brooklyn, NY) – Maria Kanellis v Ivelisse Velez; Candice LeRae & TBA v Veda Scott & Christina Von Eerie
October 8: Tidal Wrestling (Leeds, England) – Violet O’Hara v Kimber Lee
October 10: SHINE 22 (Ybor City, FL)
October 11: Southside Wrestling (Nottingham, England) – Kay Lee Ray v Kimber Lee
October 11: East Coast Wrestling Association Women’s Championship tournament (Carneys Point, NJ)
October 12: Southside Wrestling (St Neots, England) – Kimber Lee & Drew Gulak v Jim & Lee Hunter; Kay Lee Ray v El Ligero v Will Ospreay v Mark Andrews v Rich Swann v Shane Strickland
October 18-19: SHIMMER: Women Athletes (Berwyn, IL)
October 24: Valkyrie Women’s Wrestling (Brooklyn, NY) – Sumie Sakai v Kacee Carlisle
October 25: Southside Wrestling (Stevenage, England) – Mark Andrews v El Ligero v Will Ospreay v Rich Swann v Kay Lee Ray v Curry Man
October 25: NCW Femmes Fatales XVI (Montreal, QC, Canada)
October 26: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland)
November 1: Flemish Wrestling Force (Limsburg, Belgium) – Leah Von Dutch v Katey Harvey
November 16: Tidal Wrestling (Newcastle, England) – Kay Lee Ray v Shax
November 23: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland)
– Lee Burton
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