Ringbelles Roundup (2 December 2014) – Rhia O’Reilly hits career high, Tomoka Nakagawa to say goodbye, and more

Rhia O'ReillyRhia O’Reilly has been plugging away for a while now and it seems that 2014 has been the year where it has started to come to fruition. With a nomadic aspect, the 29-year old has never really rooted herself in any promotion but has made appearances in numerous outfits. While she has been the focal point of PROGRESS Wrestling’s women’s division – enjoying a win streak until it was put to an end at the hands of Pollyanna Peppers – it has always been Pro Wrestling: EVE with whom O’Reilly has had the greatest ties. She made her official debut on the promotion’s first show in May 2010 and has worked on every show, including after the promotion’s integration with XWA Wrestling a few months ago. It therefore seems fitting while she has enjoyed a reign with th Bellatrix British Championship that her first top championship is the EVE belt.

Wearing a bright green dress and sporting a little top hat, Rhia was every inch the Irish leprechaun when she started out. Cutting her teeth in EVE, World Association of Wrestling and Extreme World Wrestling, she found herself across the Atlantic less than a year after her debut. Taking her gear to Berwyn, IL, O’Reilly found herself working two pre-show matches ahead of the SHIMMER tapings in March 2011, losing to Brittany Force in singles competition and teaming with Jett Riley to defeat Force and December the following day.

While it could have been seen as a bit premature, it got her noticed and saw her amongst many of her peers in order to accrue more knowledge and develop. She found herself graduating to the main roster 12 months later and got her first win on the DVD tapings by beating Taylor Made – Rhia O'Reillythough it wasn’t necessarily her success rate which caused such a spark with herself and the fans. Instead, it was her simple catchphrase which got her over, with “Oh really? O’Reilly!” becoming so popular that it was being yelled even when she wasn’t wrestling – or wasn’t even on that particular series of tapings. That helped to propel her to being aligned with Saraya Knight and then to form a trio with Mayumi Ozaki on the most recent shows and see her enjoy a victory over the trio of Heidi Lovelace, Solo Darling and Leva Bates, a tag team win over Bates and Veda Scott as well as a singles success against Xandra Bale.

Back in the UK, O’Reilly spent a lot of 2014 harnessing a great rivalry – and then a partnership – with Addy Starr, with the pair wrestling in numerous promotions like LCW Roses and PROGRESS before seeing it move to XWA Wrestling in October. The XWA win led to her being granted another shot at the Pro Wrestling: EVE Title after beating champion Nikki Storm in May last year via DQ – though this time, the contest was made No Disqualification and would guarantee a winner. In the end, a Rhiadjustment DDT onto the belt was enough for O’Reilly to capture the title – though she suffered a fairly serious knee injury in the match which has forced her to cancel bookings for the rest of 2014.

Despite the agony of the ailment, O’Reilly must be wholly satisfied with her year which has seen her go from being a safe hand in the ring to being someone who is receiving genuine focus and investment by promotions, which should help to catapult her to the next level in 2015. Coupled with being in the best shape of her career, sound wrestling skills and a catchphrase which is so beautifully simple and memorable, it looks like Rhia should ascend to new heights next year.

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Tomoka NakagawaTomoka Nakagawa wrestled her final OZ Academy match on Sunday, losing loss to Aja Kong in the main event in Nagoya, Japan. Her final match will be on Thursday, with the 33-year old teaming one more time with her Global Green Gangsters partner Kellie Skater against Hikaru Shida & Kaho Kobayashi.

Since announcing her retirement in June, Nakagawa has been tremendously busy – as is customary with joshis who make their intentions known to quit the wrestling business. With more than 60 matches under her belt since the middle of the year, Tomoka’s busiest months have been the last two, with more than 30 contests in just that 8 week period. Demonstrating her versatility as a tag team wrestler, she has also racked up a few more title wins, claiming the Pro Wrestling WAVE Tag Team Championship for a second and third time as well as claiming the OZ Academy doubles straps with Hiroyo Matsumoto. Meanwhile, Nakagawa is still one half of the SHIMMER Tag Team Champions, which provides a question mark as to what is going to happen with those titles.

With her success in both Japan and the US, Tomoka can be very proud of her accomplishments – as well as ushering in the trend of bringing in young joshis to expand their profiles in America and work with international talents. As one of the original quartet of wrestlers from S-Ovation, she was everyone’s favourite dirty little cheater before turning into a beloved babyface alongside Skater as part of 3G. Nakagawa will be missed.

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Also on the website in the last week, two video posts – one was a relatively obscure SHIMMER Tag Team Title match with Ashley Lane and Nevaeh working heel against challengers Mary Elizabeth Monroe and Hailey Hatred, as well as Ice Ribbon’s recent Yokohama Ribbon event headlined by Tsukasa Fujimoto against Aoi Kizuki.

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WWE
Layla and Summer Rae shoved a pumpkin pie in Natalya’s face on last Tuesday’s episode of Main Event in more childish garbage that you wouldn’t expect to see the men do. Natalya beat Layla in a singles match on the show… Charlotte will defend the NXT Women’s Championship against Sasha Banks on December 11’s Takeover: R Evolution show… Nikki Bella’s promo following her win Nikki Bella WWEover Emma on last Friday’s SmackDown was slashed by a third, partly because under different circumstances, it could be seen as garnering support. The full promo was: “I’m not going to say trashy, classless things like Ms. Lee did because unlike Ms. Lee, I actually care about the kids that sit in this audience. It’s time that everyone heard the real truth about AJ Lee. Yes, we heard over and over and over again your sob story. Yes, we have heard over and over about how hard you worked. But you wanna know what? I have worked harder. The biggest difference between you and me is that I don’t have to go tell everyone so they like me. And most important, that is what makes me fearless. You wanna know why you don’t have any friends? It’s because you’re so threatened by anyone who doesn’t like you. AJ, I want you to take a good hard look at what a woman is, a real woman, a classy woman! I want you to take a look at what a real Divas champion looks like. AJ, I want you to know that forever, through these fearless eyes, you will always be that pathetic manipulating little girl from New Jersey”… Last night’s Raw did nothing to help explain why Brie turned heel and joined sister Nikki. This storyline still sucks. The twins lost to AJ Lee and Naomi – the latter of whom was chosen to be AJ’s partner as part of a fan vote – when Nikki tapped out to the Black Widow. Noelle Foley also appeared in a segment with father Mick on the show… If you’re keeping track, Alicia Fox worked on the heel team for a six-woman tag match in Springfield, MO on Sunday. The inconsistency behind her character is staggering.

TNA
Kay Lee Ray advanced to the final three of British Boot Camp on Sunday. She, Grado, Mark Andrews and Al Snow lost to Angelina Love, Rampage Brown, Dave Mastiff & Noam Dar.

North America
Rosie Lottalove/Betsy Ruth returned to wrestling on Friday under the name of Andrea. She was beaten by La Rosa Negra on a NWA Signature Pro Wrestling show… Mickie James has wrestled her first match since giving birth in September. She defeated Tessa Blanchard on the Queens of Chaos 3 show. Also on the card, LuFisto and Jessicka Havok wrestled to a double count out – with both angling for a return match – and Mia Yim & Leva Bates beat Joey Ryan and Candice LeRae in the main event… Lei’D Tapa wrestled her first match in five months last Saturday when she beat Amazing Kong at WrestleCade… The Kimber Bombs exploded on Saturday’s Beyond Wrestling show when Cherry Bomb teamed with husband Pepper Parks to beat Kimber Lee and Drew Gulak. The women hugged afterwards. Reunited the following day, the Kimber Bombs made it to the semi-finals of Beyond Wrestling’s Tournament for Tomorrow 3 by beating Darius Carter & TJ Marconi, but were eliminated by Eric Corvis & Myke Quest… Mia Yim’s first defence of the SHINE Championship takes place on Friday when she defends the belt against Nevaeh, who has a pinfall win over the new titleholder. In some weird booking, Ivelisse Velez has tumbled down the card and she’s wrestling Amanda Rodriguez, while Amber O’Neal and Crazy Mary Dobson – who were last seen on SHINE with O’Neal turning heel on Dobson – are wrestling Luscious Latasha and Allysin Mio Shirai StardomKay respectively… Heidi Lovelace attempts to become the first female to win CHIKARA’s Young Lions Cup on Saturday when she faces Missile Assault Ant in the tournament final.

Japan
Mio Shirai showed up at a Stardom press conference last week to challenge sister Io to a match for Mio’s self-produced show coming next year. Io – who has had little contact with her sister in the three years since she left the Triple Tails stable – said that she can’t accept as she is under contract to Stardom but if the promotion books her for the match then she will do it… ICEx∞ Tsukasa Fujimoto and JWP Openweight Champion Arisa Nakajima will put their titles on their line against each other in separate matches on December 28. Fujimoto will put her belt up at RibbonMania at Korukuen Hall in Tokyo in the afternoon, and Nakajima’s defence will be later that night at the same venue for Climax 2014… Kaori Yoneyama celebrated 15 years since her debut on Saturday when she teamed with Madoka to beat Tsubasa Kuragaki & PSYCHO.

Europe
Chris Walker called out Pollyanna on Saturday’s Pro Wrestling Chaos show – she came out to confront him but was attacked. Wild Boar made the save… Rhia O’Reilly, she and Addy Starr will face Bete Noire and Viper in the main event of Empress Pro’s debut show on January 17… Danielle Hunter retained her FutureShock Wrestling Women’s Championship on Sunday, beating Australia’s Toni Storm… Southside Wrestling is to introduce a women’s title on February 28. Called the Queen of Southside, it will be contested in a 4-way – so far, Saraya Knight is the only announced participant.

Mexico
Dark Angel Sarah StockDark Angel won her eighth CMLL bodybuilding championship on Wednesday… Chavo Guerrero wrestled Sexy Star on last Wednesday’s Lucha Underground show. He got the win via DQ when Sexy hit him with a low blow after the referee seized a chair from her… Ivelisse Velez made her AAA debut on Friday when she was introduced as a technica. She and Faby Apache defeated Sexy Star and Taya Valkyrie. Velez pinned Sexy with an exploder suplex… Estrellita will be out of action for close to a month after suffering a spinal injury in the trios match on Friday’s CMLL show. She was dropped on her head by Dalys with a piledriver and will need to be in a neck collar for two weeks… Marcela will defend the CMLL World Women’s Championship against Syuri in Tokyo, Japan on December 12.

Australia & New Zealand
Kellyanne English beat Savannah Summers on Saturday to win the Warzone Wrestling Women’s Championship… Demi Bennett’s rematch against new Riot City Wrestling Women’s Champion Harley Wonderland will take place this Saturday… Madison Eagles returns to Melbourne City Wrestling on December 13 for the first time in more than three years. She faces KC Cassidy.

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Results

November 25: WWE Main Event (Fort Wayne, IN) – Cameron b Naomi; Natalya b Layla

November 25: CMLL (Guadalajara, Mexico) – La Comandante, La Seductora & Zeuxis b Lluvia, Marcela & Skadi

November 26: Pro Wrestling WAVE (Tokyo, Japan) – Shimono Sawako, Mari Apache & Kyusei Hirota Sakura b Tomoka Nakagawa, Kana & Kaho Kobayashi; Mio Shirai, Misaki Ohata & Tsukasa Fujimoto b Shimono Sawako, Mari Apache & Kyusei Hirota Sakura; Mio Shirai, Misaki Ohata & Tsukasa Fujimoto b Ayako Hamada, Yuu Yamagata & Hiroe Nagahama; Yumi Ohka, Mika Iida & Hikaru Shida b Moeka Haruhi, Fairy Nipponbashi & Rina Yamashita; Mio Shirai, Misaki Ohata & Tsukasa Fujimoto b Shu Shibuya, Cherry & Meari Naito

November 26: Lucha Underground (Los Angeles, CA) – Chavo Guerrero b Sexy Star via DQ

November 27: Rockstar Pro Wrestling (Dayton, OH) – Lufisto & Ganger b Samantha Heights & Kyle Maverick; Lufisto, Ganger, Jake Crist, Dave Crist, & Nevaeh) b Kyle Maverick, Draven, Great American Beast, Samantha Heights & Mikael

Carmella Leva Bates WWENovember 27: WWE NXT (Orlando, FL) – Carmella b Leva Bates

November 28: Diana (Kawasaki, Japan) – Megumi Yabushita b Koharu Hinata; Keiko Aono & Mask De Sun b Raideen Hagane & Meiko Tanaka; Jaguar Yokota & Sareee b Kaoru Ito & Kaho Kobayashi; Yumiko Hotta & KAORU b Kyoko Inoue & Tomoko Watanabe

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

November 28: Signature Pro Wrestling (Tampa, FL) – La Rosa Negra b Andrea

November 28: WWE SmackDown (Fort Wayne, IN) – Nikki Bella b Emma

November 28: Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling (Richmond, BC, Canada) – Scotty Mac & Nicole Matthews b MR2 & Jaida

November 28: Absolute Intense Wrestling (Cleveland, OH) – Davey Vega b Alex Daniels, Joshua Singh, Veda Scott, Louis Lyndon & Flip Kendrick in a 6-way

November 28: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Dalys, La Comandante & Tiffany b Estrellita, Goya Kong & Princesa Sugehit

November 28: AAA (Mexico City, Mexico) – Faby Apache & Ivelisse Velez b Sexy Star & Taya Valkyrie

November 29: YMZ (Tokyo, Japan) – Kaji Tomato b Byi; Mio Shirai b Hatsuhinode Kamen; Hiro Tonai & Sayaka Obihiro b Tank Nagai & Yuma; Kaori Yoneyama & Madoka b Tsubasa Kuragaki & PSYCHO

November 29: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Aoi Kizuki b Akane Fujita; Yuka b Kyuri; Tsukasa Fujimoto & 235 v Hamuko Hoshi & Kurumi went to a time limit draw; Maki Narumiya & Mio Shirai b Miyako Matsumoto & Tsukushi

November 29: Warzone Wrestling (Berwick, Australia) – Kellyanne English b Savannah Summers to win the Warzone Women’s Championship

November 29: Scottish Wrestling Entertainment (Dundee, Scotland) – Layla Rose b Kasey Owens

November 29: Showcase Wrestling (Dumfries, Scotland) – Sara b Viper

November 29: XWA Wrestling (Colchester, England) – Kay Lee Ray b Addy Starr; Rhia O’Reilly b Nikki Storm to win the Pro Wrestling: EVE Championship

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

November 29: I Believe In Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Santana Garrett b Miguel Baez

November 29: WrestleCade (Winston Salem, NC) – Lei’D Tapa b Amazing Kong

November 30: OZ Academy (Nagoya, Japan) – Moeka Haruhi v Koari Yoneyama went to a time limit draw; Manami Toyota b Kagetsu; Tsubasa Kuragaki & Hikaru Shida b Yumi Ohka & Mio Shirai; Dynamite Kansai & AKINO b Mayumi Ozaki & Kyusei Sakura Hirota; Aja Kong b Tomoka Nakagawa

November 30: Futureshock Wrestling (Stockport, England) – Danielle Hunter b Toni Storm

Vanessa Kraven Heidi Lovelace TabercilNovember 30: Beyond Wrestling (Providence, RI) – Kimber Lee & Cherry Bomb b Darius Carter & TJ Marconi; Eric Corvis & Myke Quest b Kimber Lee & Cherry Bomb

November 30: Smash Wrestling (Scarborough, ON, Canada) – Vanessa Kraven b Heidi Lovelace

November 30: Premiere Wrestling Xperience (Winston Salem, BC) – Harlem Bravado & Lance Bravado b Candice LaRae & Joey Ryan

November 30: WWE house show (Springfield, MO) – Natalya, Naomi & Emma b Alicia Fox, Summer Rae & Cameron

November 30: Queens of Combat (Winston-Salem, NC) – Miss Diss Lexia b Savannah Evans; Amanda Rodriguez b Crazy Mary Dobson; Sojo Bolt & Dani Jax b Jessie Kaye & Roni Nicole; Neveah b Angelina Love; Mickie James b Tessa Blanchard; Jessicka Havok v LuFisto went to a double count out; Leva Bates & Mia Yim b Candice LeRae & Joey Ryan

November 30: AAA (Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Mexico) – Australian Suicide & Ivelisse Vélez b Dark Cuervo & Sexy Star via DQ

December 1: WWE Raw (Tulsa, OK) – AJ Lee & Naomi b Nikki & Brie Bella

Upcoming

December 5: SHINE 23 (Ybor City, FL) – Mia Yim v Nevaeh; Malia Hosaka & Brandi Wine v Kimber Lee & Cherry Bomb; Heidi Lovelace & Solo Darling v Marti Belle & Jayme Jameson; Taylor Made v La Rosa Negra; Thunderkitty v Leah Von Dutch; Allysin Kay v Crazy Mary Dobson; Leva Bates v Vanessa Kraven; Ivelisse Velez v Amanda Rodriguez; Amber O’Neal v Luscious Latasha

December 5: St Louis Anarchy (Alton, IL) – Candice LeRae v Angelus Layne

December 5: Squared Circle Wrestling (Binghamton, NY) – Jessicka Havok v Veda Scott

December 6: Riot City Wrestling (Adelaide, Australia) – Harley Wonderland v Demi Bennett

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

December 11: WWE NXT (Orlando, FL) – Charlotte v Sasha Banks

Vanessa Kraven Kimber Lee Veda Scott Xandra Bale Cherry BombDecember 12: REINA (Tokyo, Japan) – Marcela v Syuri

December 13: Melbourne City Wrestling (Thornbury, Australia) – Madison Eagles v KC Cassidy

December 14: Smash Wrestling (Mississigaua, ON, Canada) – Vanessa Kraven v Kimber Lee v Veda Scott v Xandra Bale v Cherry Bomb

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

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

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

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

January 4: Inspire Pro Wrestling (Austin, TX) – Jessica James v Kimber Lee

January 11: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland)

January 17: Empress Pro (High Wycombe, England) – Bete Noire & Viper v Addy Starr & Rhia O’Reilly

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

January 23: SHINE 24 (Ybor City, FL)

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) – Courtney Rush v Saraya Knight; Portia Perez v Xandra Bale

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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.

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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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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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Ringbelles Roundup (4 November 2014) – Bella Twins, Owens Twins, and other news not involving twins

Nikki Bella WWEA quick look at the fortunes of the two twin acts in women’s wrestling at the moment…

Nikki Bella won a Halloween Costume battle royal on SmackDown to become the number one contender to the WWE Divas Championship after Alicia Fox and Paige bundled each other out of the ring, handing Nikki the win. Brie Bella was advertised but was not there – the story was that Nikki sent her off to do charity work so she would not be eligible for a title shot.

Nikki beat Emma on last night’s Raw and then instructed Brie to slap titleholder AJ Lee, who was sitting at ringside doing commentary. Reluctantly, Brie did it and was knocked to the floor for her trouble before AJ went after Nikki, who scooted away.

We’re about a week and a half into this gimmick of Brie having to be Nikki’s personal assistant for 30 days after losing their match at Hell in a Cell, and I can see how it’s benefiting Nikki. She has had plenty of opportunities to show off her heel persona by bullying her twin about, abusing her and forcing her to do things which Brie feels are morally questionable – such as distracting Naomi on last week’s Raw. When you couple it with the fact that she has wrestled on both Raws and the SmackDown since Hell in a Cell and has been booked very favourably with her Rack Attack gaining her victories in the matches against Naomi and Emma, you can see how things are looking up for the “evil” Bella ahead of her title match, whenever that may be – presumably Survivor Series, as that will be day 28 of Brie’s service so she will still be at Nikki’s beck and call.

Brie Bella WWEHowever, I’m struggling to see how Brie will come out of this looking more impressive. Her strong set is her wrestling and she’s not doing any of that, while her character and promo ability is a country mile behind her sister, so she’s being overshadowed in any segment where personality needs to be shown. She’s also being put in humiliating segments and was left laying with just one AJ Lee forearm, which doesn’t do much good for her credibility. It seems as if Brie Mode* has been disabled and won’t be as functional when it is reactivated. Perhaps her redemption will come if Nikki wins the Divas Championship and Brie beats her to take the title, but she will have to do a lot to overcome how flaccid she is looking at the moment.

*By the way, let us not forget the true meaning of Brie Mode is to be disgustingly drunk and a complete embarrassment to friends and family, not to engage a new level of toughness as is what it seems to imply on WWE TV rather than on Total Divas.

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Kasey Leah Owens Tony KnoxKasey and Leah Owens were put through to the UK finals of British Boot Camp 2 but they were on shaky ground for a while when they fluffed their wrestling drills, though they pulled themselves together and shone during the freestyle segment. They had originally impressed with their charisma and also had the judges warm to them when Leah said she would step aside for her sister if only one of them could go through, which Samoa Joe said was “very noble”. They billed themselves as the “anti-Blossom Twins” as they are more rock and roll and less about cupcakes, and the Blossom Twins were pretty much buried by Gail Kim as she said they were about to be called up to TV and they quit. I don’t know how true that is, but it looks like Hannah and Holly won’t be back any time soon.

Miss Louise Jane and Skarlett were also featured in a montage of rejected contestants – the former was portrayed as a bit arrogant, and described herself as “100% English beef” and dismissed Scotland, wales and Northern Ireland, despite having the Union Flag on her gear rather than the St George’s Cross, while the latter was perceived as a bit scary and also talked about her age.

Kasey and Leah will take on Nikki Storm and Kay Lee Ray in an 4-way match on Sunday’s broadcast in a match which took place back in August. We were there and we can tell you that it was a hell of a showing, and we’ll have a report after it’s broadcast.

I have to say that this series has been excellent so far. The audition process has been entertaining and helped the viewer to learn a bit about each person and helped you to develop an impression of them, be it positive or negative – and there haven’t been any wholly shocking auditions designed to poke fun, which is welcome. If TNA had only the same sort of treatment had been applied to Havok, who still hasn’t had any sort of promo time yet – fans would have been able to connect with her in a much stronger way.

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We’ve got a few videos on the site this week, including a look at the women’s division in Covey Pro Wrestling featuring the likes of Mary Elizabeth Monroe, Nyla Rose and Amber Rodriguez, as well as a Retro looking at Rachel Summerlyn and Jessica James’ tag team.

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WWE
Paige NatalyaPWInsider reports that Triple H is high on Alexa Bliss at the moment. Sasha Banks is also getting positive reviews but it’s said they want her work to be less stiff. Bayley and Charlotte are also getting a lot of love but it’s said that Bliss and Banks are more favoured than Bayley… Paige defeated Natalya on last week’s Main Event and licked her face during the match. Creepy. Tyson Kidd was also on commentary during the match and talked about himself for most of the match, ignoring his wife in action… JoJo was the ring announcer for the house show in Syracuse, NY at the weekend. Alicia Fox beat Paige on the show… AJ Lee and Lilian Garcia had travel issues getting to Buffalo, NY for Raw. Emma and Renee Young also lost their luggage. Garcia also worked the show with a respiratory infection… Fans at last night’s NXT house show said that Charlotte’s successful defence of the Women’s Championship over Sasha Banks stole the show. Charlotte’s making a habit of it.

TNA
Madison Rayne officially turned heel on last week’s Impact Wrestling. The heavy teasing began two week previously when she pulled Taryn Terrell’s tights to become number one contender to the Knockouts Championship and the pair teamed up on last Wednesday’s show but Rayne refused to tag in during their match against the Beautiful People. In the end, Madison walked into the ring, knocked down Angelina Love & Velvet Sky before booting Taryn in the head and delivering the Rayne Check (Barbie Crusher) before leaving the ring, allowing Love & Sky to get the win… TNA is holding a Twitter Q&A on Friday with Havok, Taryn Terrell, Reby Sky & Veda Scott ahead of the Knockouts Knockdown PPV being made available later in the day. Scott and Marti Belle are currently being profiled on the company’s website.

North America
SHINE has announced that it’s 24th show will take place on January 23 next year. It had already been revealed that SHINE 23 will be on December 5. Amber O’Neal and Crazy Mary Dobson return at SHINE 23 – hopefully their story will continue following O’Neal’s heel turn on Dobson at SHINE 20 in June. Tina San Antonio also returns to the promotion for the first time since SHINE 7 in February 2013, while Vanessa Kraven will make her debut… Heidi Lovelace advanced to the finals of the Young Lions Cup on Saturday after beating Eddie Smooth in the first round and then winning the 6-way semi final. Kimber Lee also qualified for the 6-way by beating Eddie Smooth. Lovelace will face Missile Assault Ant in the final on December 6… Candice LeRae & Joey Ryan advanced in DREAMWAVE’s Tag Team Tournament on Saturday by beating the Osirian Portal in the first round… Seleziya Sparx regained custody of her dog Peanut after beating Jasmin in a Ladder Match at Alpha 1 Wrestling on Sunday. You can see the whole feud by clicking here… Hometown hero Nicole Matthews main-evented Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling’s Port Coquitlam show on Saturday, defeating Jaida… Jenny Rose will challenge LuFisto for the Women Superstars Uncensored Championship on Saturday. Tessa Blanchard and D’Arcy Dixon will make their debuts on the card – Blanchard challenges Niya Barela for the Spirit Title while Dixon wrestles Mickie Knuckles a day after they face off in a steel cage for the RESISTANCE Pro Women’s Championship… Alternative Wrestling Show and Wrestling Cares Association is bringing back the Race for the Cup tournament, which was won last year by Katarina Leigh… Kimber Lee and Cherry Bomb may be great teammates, but they face off at Beyond Wrestling on November 29 with their regular male tag team partners. Kimber Lee and Drew Gulak will battle Cherry Bomb and her husband Pepper Parks.

Japan
Nanae Takahashi Kairi Hojo Youji KawauchiAyako Hamada and Yuu Yamagata regained the Pro Wrestling WAVE Tag Team Championship on Wednesday by beating Tomoka Nakagawa and Kyoko Kimura. Hikaru Shida also retained her Regina Di Wave and Revolution Championship Wrestling Titles in her match against Mari Apache… Riho won the IWA Triple Crown Championship on Sunday, defeating Emi Sakura in the main event of Gatoh Move’s show… Tomoka Nakagawa was unsuccessful in her challenge for the OZ Academy Openweight Championship, losing to titleholder Tsubasa Kuragaki on Sunday… Successful defences for the Wonder of Stardom and Goddesses of Stardom Champions yesterday – Mayu Iwatani beat Miho Wakizawa while Nanae Takahashi & Kairi Hojo retained their belts by beating former World of Stardom titleholder Io Shirai & reigning champion Yoshiko. Kellie Skater also made her Japan return on the show, beating Reo Hazuki.

Europe
Nikki Storm beat Kay Lee Ray in a No DQ contest on Friday and Pollyanna Peppers on Saturday to retain her Pro Wrestling: EVE title in a return for the promotion as part a collaboration with XWA Wrestling. Also on the Saturday show, Rhia O’Reilly defeated Addy Starr and KLR beat Jimmy Havoc in a hardcore match… Pollyanna was meant to wrestle Jinny at PROGRESS on Sunday by her Pollyanna Peppers Jinny JGosPhotographyopponent said she was injured and couldn’t compete, but attacked Pollyanna as she left the ring. The pair will wrestle on January 4… Two more Pollyanna notes – she challenges Addy Starr for the Interpromotional Women’s Championship at British Empire Wrestling on November 16, and she is going to be called out by Chris Walker on Pro Wrestling Chaos’ show on the 29th. Miss Peppers may be the busiest female wrestler in the UK at the moment… Viper will defend her Showcase Pro Wrestling Women’s National Title against Leah Owens on November 29… After holding two exhibition matches, Empress Pro has announced that it will hold its first full card on January 17. Bete Noire and Nixon Newell have been announced… Nikki Storm, Viper, Lana Austin & Kay Lee Ray will face off in a 4-way for PAID Promotions on December 7.

Mexico
Sexy Star was featured in the debut episode of Lucha Underground last Wednesday. She lost to Son of Havoc in a short match which was preceded with a video package introducing herself and that she wrestles to inspire every girl who needs an inspiration. It was a great introduction which WWE and TNA could do well to emulate.

Australia & New Zealand
Cremator & Vixsin beat Siren Monroe & Tommy Hellfire in a mixed tag match at Melbourne City Wrestling’s 4th Anniversary Show. KC Cassidy defeated Miami on the same show… Michelle K Hasluck returns to the ring on Friday after a year away to have a child. She teams up with Kira Sommers against Miss Fortune & Daisy Chayne for Snakepit Pro Wrestling.

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Results

October 28: ATTACK Pro Wrestling (Cardiff, Wales) – Mark Andrews & Pete Dunne b Teen Wolf & Nixon Newell

October 28: All Star Wrestling (Aldershot, England) – Leah Von Dutch b Sammy Baynz

October 28: WWE Main Event (Houston, TX) – Paige b Natalya

October 29: Pro Wrestling WAVE (Tokyo, Japan) – Cherry, Koharu Hinata & Rina Yamashita b Mika Iida, Yua Hayashi & Kaho Kobayashi; Kyusei Sakura Hirota b Sawako Shimono; Shu Shibutani & Moeka Haruhi b Sumire Natsu & Yumi Ohka; Mio Shirai b Hiroe Nagahama; Dynamite Kansai, Fairy Nipponbashi & Melanie Cruise b Misaki Ohata, Kana & Tsukasa Fujimoto; Hikaru Shida b Mari Apache; Ayako Hamada & Yuu Yamagata b Kyoko Kimura & Tomoka Nakagawa to win the WAVE Tag Team Championship

October 29: All Star Wrestling (Gravesend, England) – Leah Von Dutch b Bubblegum

October 29: TNA Impact Wrestling (Bethlehem, PA) – Angelina Love & Velvet Sky b Madison Rayne & Taryn Terrell

October 29: Lucha Underground (Los Angeles, CA) – Son of Havoc b Sexy Star

October 30: REINA (Tokyo, Japan) – Kana b Koharu Hinata; SYU*RI & Ray b Black Jujidan #1 & Black Jujidan #2; Arisa Nakajima b Haruka Kato; Leon & Tomoka Nakagawa b Makoto & Maki Narumiya; Kyoko Kimura & Masaaki Mochizuki b Syuri & Shiro Koshinaka

October 30: A-Merchandise (St Ives, England) – Nixon Newell b Nadia Sapphire

October 30: All Star Wrestling (Gravesend, England) – Leah Von Dutch b Bubblegum

October 30: WWE NXY (Orlando, FL) – Carmella b Emma

October 30: WWE NXT house show (Largo, FL) – Bayley b Becky Lynch

October 31: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Meari Naito & Yuka b Kurumi & 235; Miyako Matsumoto b Mio Shirai; Tsukasa Fujimoto, Maki Narumiya & Risa Sera b Aoi Kizuki, Hamuko Hoshi & Mochi Miyagi

October 31: A-Merchandise (Broxbourne, England) – Nixon Newell b Nadia Sapphire

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

October 31: WWE SmackDown (Houston, TX) – Nikki Bella won a battle royal

October 31: Lucha Libre Femenil (Monterrey, Mexico) – Lady Azteca b Ayira; Polly Star b Amazona and La Chacala in a 3-way; Tsunami b Angelica; Lady Jaguar b Alicia

November 1: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Miyako Matsumoto b Mochi Miyagi; Tsukasa Fujimoto besiegt 235 & Mio Shirai; Cherry v Maki Narumiya went to a time limit draw; Kurumi & Sera Risa b Hamuko Hoshi & Yuka

Siren Monroe Vixsin Cory Lockwood PhotographyNovember 1: Tokyo Joshi Pro (Saitama, Japan) – Miyu Yamashita & Erin b KANNA & Shoko Nakajima; Chikage Kiba & Akane Miura b Shoko Nakajima & Yuka Sakazaki; Miyu Yamashita & Ai Shimizu b Nonoko & Erin

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 b Addy Starr; Nikki Storm b Pollyanna; Kay Lee Ray b Jimmy Havoc

November 1: Futureshock Wrestling (Prestwich, England) – Danni Hunter v Lana Austin went to a no-contest

November 1: Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling (Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada) – Skarlet b Mary Jane; Nicole Matthews b Jaida

November 1: DREAMWAVE (LaSalle, IL) – Candice LeRae & Joey Ryan b Amasis & Ophidian

November 1: Wrestling Is Fun (Norristown, PA) – Kimber Lee b JT Dunn; Heidi Lovelace b Eddie Smooth; Heidi Lovelace b Kimber Lee, Arctic Assault Ant, Will Ferrera, the Proletariat Boar of Moldova & Joe Black in a 6-way

November 1: Pro Wrestling Now (Fayetteville, NC) – Mary Elizabeth Monroe b Sidney Black

November 1: SoCal Pro (Oceanside, CA) – Ashley Grace & Kitana Vera b Casanova Fantastico & Incendio Calavera

November 1: New England Championship Wrestling (Stoughton, MA) – Alexxis Nevaeh & Davienne b Mistress Belmont & Sammi Lane

November 1: Ohio Valley Wrestling (Louisville, KY) – Jessie Belle b Rebel

November 1: Oddity Wrestling Alliance (San Diego, CA) – Sage Sin b Amazona, Datura & Ruby Raze in a 4-way

November 1: Lucky Pro Wrestling (Clinton, MA) – Nikki Valentine defeats Ramona Romano; Natalia won a battle royal; Davienne & Taeler Hendrix b Alexxis Nevaeh & Kaitlin Diemond

November 1: Coastal Wrestling Federation (Mesquite, TX) – Gail Kim & Jessica James v Angelina Love & Angel Blue

November 1: Xtrem Mexican Wrestling (Ecatepec de Morelos, Mexico) – Ludark Shaitan b Felina Metalica

November 2: Gatoh Move (Tokyo, Japan) – Sayaka Obihiro, Ryuichi Sekine b Antonio Honda & Fukin Kitazawa; Command Bolshoi b DJ Nira; Sareee b “Kotori”; Masako Takanashi v Hanako Nakamori; Riho b Emi Sakura to win the IWA Triple Crown Championship

November 2: OZ Academy (Tokyo, Japan) – Manami Toyota b Kyusei Sakura Hirota; Manami Toyota b Kyusei Sakura Hirota; Manami Toyota b Kyusei Sakura Hirota; Yumi Ohka, Kyoko Kimura & Mio Shirai b AKINO, Kaori Yoneyama & Syuri; Mayumi Ozaki, Miyako Matsumoto b Dynamite Kansai & Kaho Kobayashi; Aja Kong & Mari Apache b Hikaru Shida & Kagetsu; Tsubasa Kuragaki b Tomoka Nakagawa

November 2: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – Sareee b Raideen Hagane; Yumiko Hotta b Yua Hayashi; Kyoko Kimura b Yako Fujigasaki; Leon b Ray; Tomoka Nakagawa b Rabbit Miyu; Arisa Nakajima, Hanako Nakamori & Aki Shizuku b Command Bolshoi, Kayoko Haruyama & KAZUKI

November 2: Melbourne City Wrestling (Essendon, England) – Cremator & Vixsin b Siren Monroe & Tommy Hellfire; KC Cassidy b Miami

November 2: PAID Promotions (Morecambe, England) – Viper b Kasey Owens

November 2: Insane Championship Wrestling (Glasgow, Scotland) – Liam Thomson & Carmel Jacob b Stevie Boy & Kay Lee Ray

Seleziya Sparx Jasmin TabercilNovember 2: Alpha 1 Wrestling (Hamilton, ON, Canada) – Seleziya Sparx b Jasmin

November 2: WWE house show (Syracuse, NY) – Alicia Fox b Paige

November 2: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Dark Angel, Lluvia & Princesa Sugehit b Dallys la Caribeña, La Seductora & Zeuxis

November 3: Stardom (Tokyo, Japan) – Kellie Skater b Reo Hazuki; Kyoko Kimura & Kris Wolf b Kaori Yoneyama & Hatsuhonode Kamen and Star Fire & Mystique in a 3-way; Takumi Iroha & Risa Sera b Koguma & Kurumi; Mayu Iwatani b Miho Wakizawa; Nanae Takahashi & Kairi Hojo b Io Shirai & Yoshiko

November 3: Tokyo Joshi Pro (Tokyo, Japan) – Akane Miura b Erin; Chikage Kiba b Yuka Sakazaki; Nonoko b Ai Shimizu; Saki Akai b Shoko Nakajima; Miyu Yamashita b KANNA

November 3: Pro Wrestling WAVE (Yamanashi, Japan) – Tomoka Nakagawa b Hiroe Nagahama; Melanie Cruise & Moeka Haruhi b Mika Iida & Kaho Kobayashi; Rina Yamashita b Kyusei Sakura Hirota; Shu Shibutani b Sawako Shimono; Ayako Hamada, Hikaru Shida & Yuu Yamagata b Kana, Marie Apache & Yumi Ohka

November 3: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – Leon b Boriishi; Bolshoi kid b Hawaiian Bolshoi; Arisa Nakajima, Rabbit Miyu & Yua Hayashi b Hanako Nakamori, Raideen Hagane & Yako Fujigasaki

November 3: WWE NXT house show (Citrus Springs, FL) – Charlotte b Sasha Banks

November 3: WWE Raw (Buffalo, NY) – Nikki Bella b Emma

Upcoming

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

November 7: RESISTANCE Pro (Lockport, IL) – D’Arcy Dixon v Mickie Knuckles

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

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

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

November 8: Neo Wrestling (Niagara Falls, ON) – Cherry Bomb v Skyler Rose

November 9: TNA British Boot Camp (London, England) – Nikki Storm v Kay Lee Ray v Kasey Owens v Leah Owens

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

November 10: World Wrestling Network (Grand Epoch City, China) – Ivelisse Velez v Su Yung; Mia Yim v Allysin Kay

November 11: World Wrestling Network (Chengdu City, China) – Ivelisse Velez v Allysin Kay; Mia Yim v Su Yung

November 12: World Wrestling Network (Emeishan City, China) – Ivelisse Velez & Mia Yim v Allysin Kay & Su Yung

November 13: World Wrestling Network (Beijing, China) – Ivelisse Velez v Mia Yim

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

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

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: Melbourne City Wrestling ‘Fight For A Cause’ (Hampton Park, Australia)

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Lee Burton
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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.

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)

– Lee Burton
– Photos by WWE (1,2,4), Chad Simplicio (6)
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