Rhia O’Reilly becomes Pro Wrestling: EVE Champion

Rhia O'ReillyEvery wrestler should have some sort of Achilles Heel – some sort of weakness that means that they are not an invincible athlete. Shawn Michaels sold head injuries in 1995-6 following a real concussion in order to draw sympathy as a babyface; Brock Lesnar‘s heel run in 2003 was littered with tap-out defeats, showing his was susceptible to submission holds, and Undertaker‘s bogey wrestler is Lesnar, whom he has never defeated in a singles contest.

Nikki Storm seems to have discovered her own kryptonite in the form of Rhia O’Reilly. The mouthy Scot was racking up the successful defences as Pro Wrestling: EVE Champion, turning back challenges in her home country as well as in England, Japan and Romania – however, her only blip in her run came in her match with the Fighting Irish as she got herself disqualified in their match in May last year at Queen of the Ring. With the return of EVE last month, the backlog of challengers started to be cleared and O’Reilly was at the front of the queue due to her win over the titleholder. Announced as a no count-out, no-DQ affair with no possibility of a no-contest added to the stipulations, we were guaranteed a winner – and it was a big victory for the challenger.

According to Martin Bentley who was in attendance at last night’s XWA Wrestling show in Colchester, England, the finish came after O’Reilly jumped from the ropes and injured her knee which almost caused the contest to be stopped. Arrogantly, Storm taunted her opponent while Rhia demanded that the match continue and saw the challenger catch Nikki with her Rhiadjustment double-arm DDT onto the EVE title belt for the championship-winning pinfall. So distraught with the defeat, Storm sat on the canvas for close to 20 minutes and was only coaxed out of it because the crew wanted to dismantle the ring.

However, the title win came at a cost, and that was damage to O’Reilly’s knee. In a Facebook post, the new champion – who had her official first match on the EVE’s debut show back in May 2010 – said:

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Undoubtedly, this is the biggest victory in what has been a big few months for the 29-year old. As well as getting into the best shape of her career, expanding her wrestling ability, teaming with Saraya Knight and Mayumi Ozaki in SHIMMER, sharing ring time with LuFisto and being a focal point for the emerging Empress Pro outfit based in England, this championship win is the cherry on top of what has to be a very satisfying cake.

– Photo by Rhia O’Reilly

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Fierce Females – Come and Say G’Day live results

Fierce Females Come And Say G'DayAfter a slow start to 2014, Fierce Females has really hit a confident stride, culminating with tonight’s Come and Say G’Day show in Glasgow, Scotland, headlined with Kay Lee Ray defending her Scottish Championship against Leah Von Dutch. Also on the card, Viper attempts to stop Layla Rose‘s rampage through the roster, Nikki Storm continues her fight against Hardcore Glamour in a rematch from Priscilla, Queen of the Walkabout against Sara, while Fiona Fraser and Courtney seek to settle their stalemate with a Three Stages of Hell match.

Elsewhere, Bellatrix‘s Liberty and Sammi Baynz face the Owens Twins, and Chanel makes her Fierce Females debut against Carmel Jacob.

We’ll have all the results below, courtesy of Ben Ward, Martin Alexander and Keeley – thanks to you all.

1. Viper pinned Layla Rose with the Viper Bomb.
2. Carmel Jacob beat Chanel with an elevated DDT – Sara and Kay Lee Ray attacked Chanel after the match.
3. Sammii Jayne defeated Bete Noire with the Daycutter.
4. Nikki Storm made Sara tap out to a double undertook crossface. Kay Lee Ray and Carmel Jacob had been sent to the back before the match.
5. Three Stages of Hell: Courtney defeated Fiona Fraser
Regular rules: Courtney won the first fall via DQ when Fraser used a chair.
Submissions only: Fraser won the second fall with an armbar submission
Glasgow Street Fight: Courtney won the third fall with a Dragon Sleeper tap out.
6. The Owens Twins (Leah & Kasey) beat Sammi Baynz & Liberty. Leah pinned Sammi following a kick to the face. Liberty – who was squabbling with Baynz throughout the match – didn’t seem to mind the defeat.
– Bete Noire and Debbie Sharpe had an altercation prior to the main event.
7. Fierce Females Scottish Championship: Kay Lee Ray (c) pinned Leah Von Dutch with a Gory Bomb. Carmel and Sara came out for a post-match beatdown, with Viper, Noire and Storm making the save.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Results

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

November 23: WWE Survivor Series (St Louis, MO) – AJ Lee v Nikki Bella

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

November 28: Shropshire Wrestling Alliance (Dawley, England) – Ryan Smile & Pete Dunne v Chris Brookes & Nixon Newell

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

November 29: Showcase Wrestling (Dumfries, Scotland) – Viper v Leah Owens

Kay Lee Ray Addy StarrNovember 29: XWA Wrestling (Colchester, England) – Nikki Storm v Rhia O’Reilly; Addy Starr v Kay Lee Ray

November 29: Beyond Wrestling (Providence, RI) – Kimber Lee & Drew Gulak v Cherry Bomb & Pepper Parks

November 30: Southside Wrestling (St Neots, England) – Kay Lee Ray v Nixon Newell

November 30: Queens of Combat (Winston-Salem, NC) – Mickie James v Tessa Blanchard; Joey Ryan & Candice LeRae v Mia Yim & Leva Bates; Sojo Bolt & Dani Jackson v Amber O’Neal & Jessie Kaye; Angelina Love v Nevaeh

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

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

December 5: SHINE 23 (Ybor City, FL)

December 6: CHIKARA (Philadelphia, PA) – Heidi Lovelace v Missile Assault Ant

December 7: PAID Promotions (Morecambe, England) – Nikki Storm v Viper v Lana Austin v Kay Lee Ray

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

January 17: Empress Pro (High Wycombe, England)

January 23: SHINE 24 (Ybor City, FL)

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

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

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Kay Lee Ray advances in British Boot Camp 2 – now with video

Kay Lee Ray Nikki Storm Kasey Leah Owens British Boot CampAfter thrilling the crowd at York Hall in London, England, Kay Lee Ray found out she would be advancing to the United States portion of the TNA British Boot Camp 2 contest. Despite not getting the win in the 4-way match featuring Nikki Storm as well as Kasey and Leah Owens, the high-flying redhead impressed judges Samoa Joe, Gail Kim and Al Snow enough to be one of six competitors – and the only female – to make it through to the next stage.

The match itself was won by Storm, who pinned KLR with a flash roll-up after her fellow Scot had taken out both twins with a Swanton Bomb. Viewers saw pretty much all of the contest when it was broadcast on the show, though the entrances and pre-match antics were cut. However, I was in attendance at the tapings back in August and can fill you in on what you wouldn’t have seen on TV.

As you could see on the show, there was a lot of love given to Kay Lee’s aerial skills and how she executes them very well. Countering a double backdrop by the Owens into a double dropkick, doing a tope through the ropes onto her three competitors and delivering a gorgeous springboard dropkick, she certainly caught the attention of the crowd and had them rooting for her via her spectacular offence. She certainly got the attention of the judges and it is very understandable as to why she advanced. Plus, when you consider her gear and overall look is very unique, she will likely impress when she wrestles in the US portion of the show.

Leah Owens British Boot CampThe Owens Twins billed themselves as a package deal in the competition and it only seems fair to comment on them as one act here. Here’s the short assessment – I haven’t seen them have a better match than in this 4-way. They were sharp, smooth and carried themselves so well. They squabbled during the match as the pair argued who should get the winning pin, but their double-team moves were top-end. Both should be very proud of themselves after a great couple of years which have seen them grow so much. Moving from Belfast to Glasgow and spending time in Japan has really paid off, though the judges may have been accurate to not put them forward at this point – but they’re going to keep getting better, so keep an eye on them.

If Kay Lee Ray had what it took to make it to the next stage, then Nikki Storm must have had a decent shout at it too. What you didn’t see on the show was that after each match, the competitors stood in the ring and head comments from the judges, who were on a platform in the entranceway. Storm played the petulant and cocky heel role the whole time, preening herself when she was being praised and looking bored and irritated whenever something nice was said about her fellow competitors. You got a glimpse of what she was like when she flicked her hair and stomped out of the ring after being told that she wouldn’t be moving on to the US portion. Like with the audition process, she was in character the whole time, and her persona shone through with everything she did. While choosing KLR is by no means a mistake, I feel that they Nikki Storm Kay Lee Ray British Boot Campmay have made an error by passing on Nikki, as I can’t think of anyone who is more ready for television than her.

Still, all four women excelled in their match. All got to showcase their talents and nobody overshadowed anybody else, and every single one of them should be very proud of themselves. They have done British wrestling and women’s wrestling a great service and all will have seen their stock rise as a result.

So do you think the judges made the right choice? Should Kay Lee Ray have gone through, should it have been someone else and should the judges have picked more than one woman? Have a watch of the whole episode below and sound off in the comments.

Pro Wrestling: EVE Championship rematch booked for November 29

Nikki Storm Rhia O'Reilly EVEBack in May of last year, Pro Wrestling: EVE had something of a bottleneck when it came to challengers for Nikki Storm‘s title.

It started three months previously when Carmel Jacob was meant to challenge then-champion Emi Sakura on the Preston City Wrestling show the day before No Man’s Land 2. Unfortunately, Sakura’s flight from Japan was delayed meaning that she didn’t make it to the building on time. As a result, Jacob never received her shot, which she is still waiting to get. The following day, her Glamour Gym partner Sara-Marie Taylor won the Three Minute Warning match to earn a crack at the title which ended up in the hands of Storm for a second time.

In May, EVE held its Queen of the Ring show in Nottingham, England which saw Shanna defeat Leah Von Dutch, Kay Lee Ray and Sakura to secure her own title match at WrestleFever 2, though the promotion went into hiatus after this show so it didn’t happen. Also on the show, Storm was beaten by DQ in her defence against Rhia O’Reilly, so Nikki still had the spectre of the Fighting Irish looming over her. Four contenders who all had a claim at a championship challenge, and following its comeback last weekend, the backlog within EVE looks like it will be cleaned up.

It was announced earlier today that Storm will defend the EVE title against O’Reilly at XWA Wrestling‘s show on November 9 in Colchester in a rematch from Queen of the Ring with a clear winner promised, as the match will not have count-outs or disqualifications and cannot end in a no contest. When you consider the actions both took last May – Rhia used the belt on her opponent behind the referee’s back while Nikki did the same later on a got caught – you can anticipate that neither woman will be hesitant to turn up the aggression to get the win.

Since their last encounter, both have made big strides. O’Reilly has warred with Addy Starr in some very well-received matches around the country and has impressed in her latest United States trip where she had a career highlight in wrestling LuFisto at SHIMMER, while Storm has adopted the moniker of Best Wrestler in the Galaxy, has made a splash in the US and found herself on TNA‘s radar thanks to the latest season of British Boot Camp. Both wrestlers are better both in ability and character than they were 18 months ago, and this should make for a stronger return match.

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Pro Wrestling: EVE returns in XWA collaboration

Pro Wrestling EVE ChampionshipBritain’s Pro Wrestling: EVE promotion has been absent for close to 18 months. Reasons for the disappearance are still merely rumours with nothing officially being said, but it’s now back as part of a collaboration with the similarly returning XWA Wrestling promotion which was previously based in the north of England. Instead of having standalone all-women shows, EVE has now been integrated into XWA with multiple matches under the EVE banner, partially similar to what is going on with promotions like Absolute Intense Wrestling in the United States and Smash Wrestling in Canada, and has a nod to EVE’s Special Edition shows which featured matches from both genders. EVE returned this weekend with a series of matches to mark its revival.

Champion Nikki Storm retained the belt in a No DQ match on Friday evening in Sudbury, England by beating fellow Scot Kay Lee Ray in a match where the fallen challenger was attacked by Jimmy Havoc as part of his efforts to be re-inserted into the XWA Heavyweight Title tournament. That was followed up last night in Colchester when KLR defeated Havoc in a hardcore contest.

Elsewhere on last night’s Please Don’t Die card, Storm notched up her sixth successful defence by beating the increasingly impressive Pollyanna Peppers, while Rhia O’Reilly and EVE debutante Addy Starr continued their feud which has spanned promotions across the country, with O’Reilly getting the victory with her Rhiadjustment DDT.

It’s encouraging to see EVE return and with a different mindset to before, aiming itself to an older audience rather than catering to families. It separates them from Bellatrix, who are billed as being more family friendly, and offers similarities to Fierce Females in Scotland, though it’s different as it is set to be integrated with XWA and sees story lines with male and female performers being intertwined. Some may be disappointed that bona fide EVE shows could possibly be a thing of the past and that the title of the shows is XWA rather than EVE, but this means that the promotion (or division, as it may be now) can continue under promoter Dann Read‘s direction.

What do you think about EVE being back? Is it good to see it return and can offer a new aspect to the women’s wrestling scene, or has it been too long and things have moved on in its absence? Let us know in the comments.

Fierce Females’ Priscilla, Queen of the Walkabout results

Fierce Females posterFierce Females’ charity show in aid of Cancer Research UK saw a range of different females give their time to raise money for a good cause, produced some debuting talent and also saw some storyline developments along the way.

Headlining the show was the feud between Nikki Storm and Hardcore Glamour with Sara leading the charge for the heels, but the show ended with Storm picking up some allies in her battle against Sara, Carmel Jacob and Fierce Females Scottish Champion Kay Lee Ray.

You can see results below from the show in a rainy Glasgow courtesy of Ben Ward and Martin Alexander

– Sara started the show by calling out Nikki Storm, which leads to a mass brawl which emptied the locker room.
– A new Fierce Females title was also announced, named the Internet Championship.
1. Leah & Kasey Owens defeated Faith Lehaine & Nadia Sapphire. Kasey beat Sapphire with a bridging pin.
2. Fiona Fraser defeated Bete Noire via referee stoppage with an arm bar following a distraction from Debbie Sharpe. Bete was not set to tap out either.
3. Layla Rose beat Courtney with a front slam. Fraser attacked Courtney before the contest began.
4. Sammii Jayne defeated Lana Austin.
5. Viper beat Violet O’Hara. Viper carried her defeated opponent to the back afterwards.
6. Danni Hunter pinned Violet Vendetta with a handful of tights.
7. Layla Rose defeated Fiona Fraser in a bonus match. Afterwards, the announcement was made that Fraser and Courtney will face each other next month in a Three Stages of Hell match.
8. Nikki Storm beat Sara via DQ after Faith Lehaine and Nadia Sapphire interfered. Bete Noire and Viper made the save.