Ringbelles Roundup (December 30, 2014) –New beginnings, Heidi Lovelace, Hudson Envy & Dragonita bound for STARDOM & more

In the fifth grade, my guidance counselor proposed that my class put together a collage of what we intend to be when we got older. Chef, nurse, singer, florist, work in the XFL (no really), Secretary of State and more were among the choices, but I had to be the odd ball. The nerve I had to paste pictures of Chyna giving someone the Military Press and Lita performing a moonsault onto an opponent along with pictures of art (I am an artist) not only shocked my classmates, but also gave me the courage to stand firm in my dream. At eleven years old, nothing mattered but wrestling, I had given all my Barbies to Goodwill and brought action figures. The whole “he or she can’t wrestle” or “This angle sucks” did not matter to me back then because wrestling was so cool to me and I wasn’t ashamed of it. As I got older things changed, known as the “girl that watches professional wrestling” became hard and at times embarrassing.

As a wrestling fan, I get the redundant, “You know that stuff’s fake right?” or the rare “Oh that’s cool.” I have been defending my passion for it as long as I can remember, even more when it comes to women’s wrestling. Over the last several years, I’ve been questioned more times than I could count about my willingness to support something that was “only good for eye candy.”

In 2010, I joined Angrymarks as a co-host of their Tuesday night show, called Ring the Bell, being on with three additional personalities that shared their own view on wrestling was intimidating; till that point I had only one friend my entire life that loved it as equally or more than me and completely understood. The experience gave me the opportunity to be vocal about wrestling, whether I disliked or liked something a huge weight lifted from my shoulders and I felt free to do so and not regret it. Fast-forward to 2012, noticing that women’s wrestling was not being covered to the fullest; I decided to take on the duty myself and provide an outlet for those fans week in and out, the Angrymarkette Newsfeed. Gathering news items, results and everything in between from various websites and condensing it down to an organized piece that is not only readable, but brings about conversation takes a great amount of patience, hard work  and dedication.

After four years at the site, this past April I stepped away completely. It was a tough decision, but it was for the best. I honestly felt dissatisfied with continuing to cover women’s wrestling in detail all for listeners to hear negative commentary on the podcasts from others. No one criticized what I wrote, but its disheartening to push for something to be taken seriously when not everyone else sees the bigger picture. Between that, my run with Ring Sirens magazine (no longer in publication) ending and life happening faster than I could control, I needed a new direction.

This brought me to Ringbelles.

PWPonderingsMy time here has been short, but I feel I shared some of my best work with you all and want to continue to do so for as long as I can. For those wondering, the Ringbelles Roundup is continuing after the site’s departure, as I have accepted Lee’s offer to do so.

Last week, my mentions and direct messages were shot with multiple inquiries and interest from other websites- I am nothing but grateful for those that expressed interest and respect that there is an audience for women’s wrestling and were willing to throw their hat in the race to add the best coverage to their site.

With that said, I am proud to announce that starting next week, the Ringbelles Roundup will become an official part of Pro Wrestling Ponderings going forward. If you happened to catch the Year in Review show up on the site, I dropped the announcement towards the end after having a great two-hour conversation with Jerome, Jennifer and Dave that was nothing short of positivity and laughter. Their coverage of independent wrestling alone is remarkable, whether its through podcasts, reviews or posting the latest results. I have a huge amount of respect for their love and use of their platform to raise awareness of indy wrestling as a must-see product.  I feel this is a perfect fit and I’m just excited to be a part of something great.

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Heidi Lovelace, Hudson Envy and Dragonita are the latest competitors to be heading over to Japan. Last week, World Wonder Ring STARDOM announced that all three competitors would be making their first trip to the country to take up training and competition. In addition, the promotion has announced all it’s cards for the month of January. This Sunday’s show at Shinkiba 1st RING will feature Io Shirai and Mayu Iwatani teaming up against Act Yasukawa and Kairi Hojo. Takumi Iroha will be taking on Kris Wolf, Hatsuhinode Kamen in a three-way match, Kaori Yoneyama goes up against Momo Watanabe and Reo Hazuki, and Yoshiko will face Koguma and Nanae Takahashi in the main event.

STARDOMThe January 11th show at Shinkiba 1st RING will see Lovelace, Hudson and Dragonita make their debuts for the promotion, as Lovelace teams up with Yasukawa against the current AWS Women’s Champion and Kris Wolf. Yasukawa and Wolf’s growing rivalry reached a high back on December 23rd at “Yearend CLIMAX” as Wolf was bloodied at the hands of Yasukawa. Dragonita will be in singles action against Kyoko Kimura. Kamen will be taking on Iroha, Shirai goes up against Watanabe and the current Goddess of STARDOM Champions Takahashi and Hojo and Koguma take on Hazuki, Iwatani and Yoshiko in trios action.

Yoshiko will be defending the World of STARDOM Championship against Nanae Takahashi as part of the promotion’s fourth anniversary show at Korakuen Hall on January 18th. The show will also feature Iwatani making her third title defense as Wonder of STARDOM Champion against Kairi Hojo and the High Speed Championship will be also be on the line as Shirai takes on Yoneyama. Lovelace, Hudson and Dragonita have yet to be announced for the show.

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Got any news, results or upcoming events that you want to tell everyone about? Are you a female wrestler looking to tell us about upcoming bookings? Are you a fan who went to a show and saw a match, and would like to tell others about it – what you liked, what you didn’t and would like to encourage others to check it out for themselves? If so, send me a tweet here and I’ll direct you to my email address.

Again thank you to everyone that has continued to support Ringbelles over the years and I wish you all a Happy New Year!

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 WWE

Nikki Bella was named WWE’s Second Most Unexpected Breakout Star of 2014. In a list compiled by WWE.com, the WWE Divas Champion’s infamous “died in the womb” quote landed at the number two spot on WWE’s latest Top 10: Most Memorable Quotes of 2014. AJ Lee’s “talent is not sexually transmitted” line in reference to Brie and Nikki landed at number seven on the list. Both lines were tasteless, it says something about the company when those are deemed “memorable.” Charlotte and Natalya’s NXT Women’s Championship match from NXT Takeover was ranked sixth on WWE.com’s 25 Greatest Matches of the Year list. Brie Bella’s match against Stephanie McMahon at SummerSlam was also made the list, ranked at number twenty-four…Speaking of Charlotte, she successfully retained the NXT Women’s Title over Sasha Banks for a second time on last week’s episode…Naomi wrestled Alicia Fox on Friday Night Smackdown, winning following a split-legged moonsault. The Usos defeated The Miz and amien Mizdow for the WWE Tag Team Championship last night, it appears the “rocky” marriage storyline between Naomi and Jimmy Uso is done…Meanwhile WWE is continuing on with the storyline between Natalya and Tyson Kidd. On Monday Night RAW, Tyson Kidd caught Nikki Bella as Natalya knocked her off the apron. Once again seeing her husband show sympathy towards another woman besides herself, Natalya allowed the distraction to be her downfall. Nikki Bella picked up the win following a Rack Attack after blindsiding Natalya with a clothesline to the back..Mandy Leon has been on the road with WWE this past week as a rosebud for the recently turned “heel,” Adam Rose

TNA

With the transition to Destination America in full swing, the company has revealed a newly redesigned Knockouts Championship. It’s seen on their official Instagram account that the new belt is sporting a traditional look, a black leather strap with the blue gems as opposed to the white leather strap with red gems… The first set of episodes of Impact Wrestling will be taped on January 7-8th, the following day the company will pre-tape their all-cage event, “Lockdown” which will be aired on Destination America instead of pay-per-view, all taking place in New York City…Brooke Tessmacher has confirmed that she and Robbie E are no longer together. Tessmacher made the announcement on Facebook, stating that the couple had separated before filming for CBS’ Amazing Race had wrapped.

“NO, I am no longer with Robbie E. We filmed the race this past summer and separated by the end of filming. I am so so incredibly happy in my life and have fully moved on. Hope you guys can as well.”

North America

More matches have been announced for Valkyrie Women’s Wrestling’s next show on January 23rd.  Davienne will be taking on Miss Diss Lexia and Jennifer Cruz will be taking on Deonna Purrazzo, the latter three will be making their debuts. Nyla Rose will also be making her in-ring debut… Sassy Stephie will be defending the Fury Championship against LuFisto and Veda Scott in Marietta, Ohio on April 25th. Winning the championship this past April, the match will be her second title defense; successfully retaining against Allysin Kay back in June… Mia Yim and Santana Garrett are set to go one-on-one n the SHINE Wrestling showcase match for Full Impact Pro’s upcoming show on January 10th. The match will be non-title…Samantha Starr will be taking on Mandy Leon for Vicious Outcast Wrestling on January 10th under non-title contention… Amber Gallows became the Global Championship Wrestling Women’s Champion over the weekend, defeating Tracy Taylor… Mickie James announced her engagement to TNA star Magnus.. LuFisto will be wrestling Heidi Lovelace this Friday for Rockstar Pro Wrestling in Dayton, Ohio… In addition, Barbi Hayden’s NWA World Women’s Championship will be on the line this weekend against Veda Scott. Inspire Pro Wrestling provided an in-depth backstory here.

Japan

Arisa Nakajima & Tsukasa FujimotoThe anticipated double title match between Tsukasa Fujimoto and Arisa Nakajima took place on Sunday. First, Fujimoto retained the ICEx Infinity Championship against Nakajima in the main event of Ribbonmania, landing her tenth title defense. Nakajima wore attire in the fashion of Azumi Hyuga on the show. Mio Shirai retained the Union Fly to Everywhere World Title over Tsukushi and Maki Narumiya and Risa Sera picked up their eighth title defense as International Ribbon Tag Team Champions over Yuka and Kurumi… That evening, Nakajima retained the Openweight Championship against Fujimoto in the main event of JWP’s year-end show, “Climax.” Also on the show, Rabbit Miu successfully retained against Eri, the JWP Tag Team and Daily Sports Women’s Tag Team Titles changed hands as Leon and Ray defeated current titleholders Command Bolshoi and Kyoko Kimura. This is Mascara Voladoras’ first run with the titles… Kana is the new REINA World Champion after beating Syuri via referee stoppage on Friday. Kana now holds the promotion’s top title and the REINA Tag Team Champions with Nakajima… Tsubasa Kuragaki will be defending the OZ Openweight Championship against Kagetsu on January 11th. The show will also feature the return of Sonoko Kato taking on former titleholder AKINO… Riho retained the IWA Triple Crown Title against Emi Sakura in the main event at the Itabashi Green Hall on Saturday. The promotion has announced the date for their first show at Korakuen Hall for August 13, 2015.

Europe

Candice Lerae will be heading back overseas in the new year. First up, she will be returning to Southside Wrestling Entertainment on February 28th as she, Saraya Knight, Kay Lee Ray and a competitor to be announced will be a part of a four-way match to crown the first-ever Queen of Southside. Going into March, Lerae and Joey Ryan will be apart of WXW Germany’s 16 Carat Gold shows… Nikki Storm will be wrestling Sammii Jayne on Scottish Wrestling Alliance’s January 4th show in Pollockshaws, Glasgow… Nadia Sapphire versus Nixon Newell has been added to Empress Pro’s debut show on January 17th.

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Results

December 25: Producciones Sanchez (Ciudad Nezahualcoyotl, Estado de Mexico, Mexico) –Bugambilia, Diosa Atenea & Lady Dragon b Golden Bull, India Mazahua & Star Fire

December 26: Absolute Intense Wrestling (Cleveland, OH) – Veda Scott, Alexia Nicole & Jasmin b Tessa Blanchard, Jennifer Blake & Heidi Lovelace; Rickey Shane Page b Candice Lerae, Dick Justice, Eric Ryan, Flip Kendrick & Joshua Singh

December 26: WWE Friday Night Smackdown (Sioux City, IA) – Naomi b Alicia Fox

December 26: WWE Live (Rosemont, IL) – Naomi, Charlotte & Natalya b Camero, Sasha Banks & Summer Rae

December 26: Vendetta Pro Wrestling/ National Wrestling Alliance (Santa Maria, CA) –Raze b Sage Sin

December 26: WWE Live (New York City NY) – Alicia Fox & Emma b Brie Bella & Nikki Bella

December 26: REINA Joshi Puroresu(Tokyo, Japan) – Kyoko Kimura b Raideen Hagane; Haruka Kato & Eri b Yuiga & Hamuko Hoshi; Yuji Kito & Koharu Hinata b Keizo Matsuda & Alex Lee; Arisa Nakajima b Rina Yamashita; Maki Narumiya & Kagetsu b Mika Iida & Meiko Tanaka; Dump Matsumoto & Yumiko Hotta b Goya Kong & Muñeca de Plata; Lin Byron b Makoto; Kana b Syuri(c)

December 27: Global Championship Wrestling (Pell City, AL) – Amber Gallows b Tracy Taylor(c)

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

December 27: Gatoh Move (Tokyo, Japan) – Cherry b Fukin Kitazawa; Kaori Yoneyama, Madoka, Sayaka Obihiro & PSYCHO b Antonio Honda, SAKI, MIZUKI; Kagetsu b Kotori; Riho(c) b Emi Sakura

December 27: WWE Live (Cincinnati, OH) – Charlotte, Naomi & Natalya b Cameron, Sasha Banks & Summer Rae

December 27: WWE Live (Uniondale, NY) – Alicia Fox & Emma b Nikki Bella & Brie Bella

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

December 27: Ice Ribbon(Warabi, Japan) – Aoi Kizuki & Hamuko Hoshi b 235 & Akane Fujita; Kurumi & Kyuri b Maki Narumiya & Maya Yukihi; Tsukasa Fujimoto b Meari Naito; Risa Sera & Tsukushi vs Mio Shirai & Yuka – time limit draw

December 27: I Believe I Wrestling (Orlando, Florida) – Josh Hess b Santana Garrett

December 28: Ice Ribbon Ribbonmania (Tokyo, Japan) – Cherry & Maya Yukihi b Shu Shibutani & Kyuri; Meari Naito & Neko Nitta b 235 & Akane Fujita; Hamuko Hoshi & Mochi Miyagi b Miyako Matsumoto & Yuri Kotobuki; Kayoko Haruyama b Aoi Kizuki; Mio Shirai(c) b Tsukushi; Maki Narumiya & Risa Sera(c) b Kurumi & Yuka; Tsukasa Fujimoto (c) b Arisa Nakajima

December 28: K-DOJO (Chiba, Japan) – Bambi & Kaji Tomato b Hikaru Shida & Masao Inoue; TAKA Michinoku & Kaori Yoneyama b Kengo Mashimo & Yuma

December 28: JWP Climax 2014 (Tokyo, Japan) – Yako Fujigasaki b Yua Hayashi; Rabbit Miu (c) b Eri; KAZUKI, Jaguar Yokota & Raideen Hagane b Manami Toyota, Tsukushi & Neko Nitta; KAORU b Kayoko Haruyama; Hanako Nakamori b Kana; Leon & Ray b Command Bolshoi & Kyoko Kimura (c); Arisa Nakajima(c) b Tsukasa Fujimoto

December 28: DIANA (Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan) – Kyoko Inoue b Kaoru Ito , Keiko Aono , Sareee, Meiko Tanaka, Megumi Yabushita & Kaho Kobayashi

December 28: Tokyo Women’s Wrestling(Tokyo, Japan) – Ai Shimizu b Erin & Nonoko; Shoko Nakajima and Yuka Sakazaki b KANNA and Chikage Kiba; Miyu Yamashita b Akane Miura

December 28: K-DOJO (Chiba, Japan) – Hiro Tonai & Kaori Yoneyama b Ayumu Honda & Bambi

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

December 29: WWE Monday Night RAW (Washington, DC) – Nikki Bella b Natalya

December 30: WWE Live (Richmond, VA) – Charlotte, Emma & Alicia Fox b Sasha Banks, Cameron & Summer Rae

Upcoming Shows

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

January 4: Scottish Wrestling Alliance (Glasgow, Scotland) – Debbie Sharpe vs Viper; Sammii Jayne vs Nikki Storm

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

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

January 10: Vicious Outcast Wrestling (Connellsville, PA) – Samantha Starr vs Mandy Leon

January 11: OZ Academy (Tokyo, Japan) – AKINO vs Sonoko Kato; Kagetsu vs Tsubasa Kuragaki(c)

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

January 17: Clash Wrestling (Taylor, MI) – Leah Von Dutch vs Jasmin

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

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

January 18: Anarchy Championship Wrestling (Austin, TX) – Jessica James vs Jojo Bravo; Athena vs Su Yung(c)

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

January 23: Wrestling Cares Association /Alternative Wrestling Show (South Gate, CA) – Nicole Savoy; Sage Sin; Savanah Riley; Kikyo Nakamura; Hania; Brittany Wonder; Christina Von Eerie; Taeler Hendrix; Raze; Kahmora; Datura; Marriah Moreno

January 23: Valkyrie Women’s Wrestling (Woodbury Heights, NJ) – Kacee Carlisle(c) vs Mistress Belmont; La Rosa Negra vs Aja Perera; Davienne vs Miss Diss Lexia; Jennifer Cruz vs Deonna Purrazzo; Nyla Rose

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

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

February 7: KANA Pro (Japan)

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

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

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

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

February 22: Bellatrix 12 (Norwich, England)

February 28: Southside Wrestling Entertainment (Essex, England) – Candice Lerae vs Kay Lee Ray vs TBD vs Saraya Knight

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

April 4: NCW Femmes Fatales (Montreal, QC, Canada) – Courtney Rush vs Saraya Knight; Portia Perez vs Xandra Bale; Sassy Stephie, Allysin Kay & Jody D’Milo vs Vanessa Kraven, TBA & TBA

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

April 25: Remix Pro Wrestling (Marietta, OH) – LuFisto vs Veda Scott vs Sassy Stephie (c)

– Ciara Reid

– Photos by PWPonderings(1), STARDOM(2), WWE(3), Kenji Misaki(4), Southside Wrestling Entertainment(5), Yuichi Kojima(6), Ichiban Drunk(7), Empress Pro(8), Remix Pro Wrestling(9)

– Data collated from (but not limited to) Cagematch, joshifans.com, PuroLove, Dramatic DDT, Luchablog, Lords Of Pain, Wrestling Observer, Open The Puroresu Gate, Ringstars, PWInsider, NHB Girls, North Starz, WrestlingData

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Kana and Arisa Nakajima become the REINA World Tag Team Champions

Kana REINAREINA Joshi Puroresu has been on a bit of resurgence. In 2013, the promotion established a working relationship with Wrestling New Classic, as their female competitors became affiliated with both promotions, going into effect in January of this year. Six months later, Wrestler New Classic officially closed its doors after coming to terms on an agreement with Keiji Mutoh that sought its male roster be integrated over into WRESTLE-1. Over the years, REINA has dealt with its own setbacks due to changes within management that seen the promotion be rebranded and re-launched, the future of its current roster looked uncertain. However, Makoto, Syuri, Lin Byron, Haruka Kato and on regular competitors in Yumko Hotta, Dump Matsumoto, Alex Lee and Aki Shizuku have remained affiliated with the promotion to this day, as more competitors have been brought in.

With Syuri as the current and reigning REINA World Women’s Champion and luchadoras La Silueta and Amapola holding the CMLL-REINA International Junior Heavyweight Championship and RENA-CMLL International Championship respectively, the promotion crowned their new REINA World Tag Team Champions in Arisa Nakajima and Kana yesterday at Shinkiba 1st RING. Debuting back on August 30th under her role as storyline consultant, Kana made the decision to strip Ariya’ and Makoto of the titles, making it the fourth time the REINA World Tag Team Titles were declared vacant. Her shenanigans continued. On September 30th, she disgraced the WNC Women’s Championship by referring to the title as “garbage” and tossing it outside the ring, this occurred following Syuri’s final defense of the belt against Makoto in the main event. The first former champions wanted to preserve the posterity of the title by locking in a briefcase for good, but Kana’s antics turned the sentimental moment into a pull-apart brawl.

Kana & Arsa Nakajima REINA A tournament was held on yesterday’s show to determine the new champions. In the first round, Nakajima and Kana defeated Eri (Eri Susa) and Haruka Kato following a German Suplex Hold from Nakajima on Kato. Syuri and Lin Byron also made it past the first round, besting former champions Makoto and Maki Narumiya. In the finals of the tournament, Lin Byron turned on her partner as Kana and Nakajima delivered Double Buzzsaw Kicks to Syuri to become the REINA World Tag Team Champions. For the new titleholders, this is Kana’s first run with a championship in REINA. Despite her previous affiliation with Wrestling New Classic in the past, she never competed under the promotion. Nakajima is now a double champion, currently holding the JWP Openweight Championship.Also on the show, Kellie Skater picked up a loss to Kyoko Kimura. Dump Matsumoto and Yumiko Hotta defeated Sakura Hirota and Miyako Matsumoto in a rematch. In addition, Alex Lee and The Winger went over on Koharu Hinata and Yuji Kito.

Photos courtesy of Yuichi Kojima

Information courtesy of Joshifans, Cagematch, Joshiresu

In Video: The final defense of the WNC Women’s Championship

Syuri vs Makoto WNC As mentioned in this week’s Roundup, Syuri successfully defended the Wrestling New Classic Women’s Championship against Makoto as part of last Tuesday’s show for REINA. It turned out to be the final defense of the title as it was officially retired. The match held significance as the first two champions fought one last time for the title. Syuri originally dropped the title to Makoto in her first defense back on March 31, 2013 at Shinjuku FACE. From there, Makoto dropped the strap to Lin Byron that April and would have another run at the championship as part of a three-woman round-robin tournament for the vacated belt, involving her, Syuri and Serena Deeb.

Deeb walked out as the victor, but the title went back to Syuri last September, making her a two-time champion and the most successful with five title defenses within her 377-day reign. Through her time of contention Syuri’s collection amassed to four titles, collecting the CMLL-REINA International Championship, the REINA World Women’s Championship that she still currently holds and earning her first kickboxing title, the Krush Women’s Championship. With the promotion closing its doors back in June, the female roster has continued to be affiliated with REINA Joshi Puroresu to this day. For the second time Syuri has become the final holder of a championship, winning its predecessor, the SMASH Divas Championship back in February 2012 by defeating Kana. At Shinkiba 1st RING, the story of the WNC Women’s Championship was brought full circle as Syuri stood tall and the belt was locked away in the briefcase for good.

Photography courtesy of Yuichi Kojima

Video courtesy of Monster Zero! via Dailymotion

 

Ringbelles Roundup (5 August 2014) – Stephanie & Brie main event Raw again, AJ Lee v Paige announced for SummerSlam

Stephanie McMahon Brie Nikki Bella WWENot much going on in the world of women’s wrestling this week, so it’s just a few nibs in the top stories this week.

Stephanie McMahon and Brie Bella’s feud once again main-evented Raw, despite last week’s great segment not doing so well with the TV audience. This time was for a contract signing for their SummerSlam match where the pair got to throw a few verbal jabs at each other, and while Brie did her best with her dialogue the delivery was still nowhere close to McMahon’s work, which is still carrying this feud.

Brie cracked a poor joke about being someone’s toy when she was in prison which didn’t going over well with the live crowd, and then said she was going to embarrass Stephanie at SummerSlam, gaining retribution for herself, sister Brie, the Big Show, the Rhodes family and everyone else that the Authority has messed around. The comments were brushed off by McMahon who promised to tear Brie’s heart out before hitting Nikki with the binder containing the contract, and delivered a Pedigree to her while Triple H trapped Brie in the corner. Brie eventually fought free but also suffered a Pedigree to close the show with the Authority standing tall.

It wasn’t as hot as the reinstatement segment last week or the arrest the episode before, but served its purpose to forward the story.

Incidentally, the Wrestling Observer says that Brie isn’t being blamed for the dip in ratings in last week’s go-home angle as that would also see blame being apportioned to Stephanie – and that’s not going to happen…

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AJ Lee Paige WWEJust before Raw went on the air, the announcement was made that AJ Lee will defend the WWE Divas Championship against former champion Paige.

The Briton shoved AJ off the stage following the Divas Champion’s squash win over Rosa Mendes on SmackDown, which saw AJ put into a neck brace and carried away on a stretcher. Paige – who yelled that AJ was fine and that she was overreacting to the fall – skipped away afterwards. WWE.com ran a piece saying that AJ suffered whiplash, though it was all part of the angle.

Lee was absent from Raw this week selling the injury while Paige was the subject of a backstage interview saying that she and AJ are still friends and how she is looking forward to facing her idol at SummerSlam.

As we said at the time, losing the Divas Championship may be the best thing that could happen to Paige, and that has been proven. She now has purpose, character and a hot feud that fans have invested in. She and AJ have also started working on the house show loop which should help iron out the issues we saw in their match at Battleground, which should lead to a more entertaining and tidy encounter.

It’s also tough to guess who will win the SummerSlam match. Should AJ win, it will help her babyface character but not do much for Paige’s credibility in the process. If Paige recaptures the title, it’s creating a hot potato with the belt but will do wonders for her heel gimmick. It should also generate a decent reaction with the crowd at the Staples Center in what will be the first Divas Title match at SummerSlam since 2011 where Kelly Kelly defeated Beth Phoenix.

AJ will also return to action on Main Event this evening.

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Finally, a portion of WWE’s roster is in Australia this week for some house shows which will also see a fair few independent wrestlers getting tryouts before the Melbourne show tomorrow. Savannah Summers and Toni Storm have been mentioned as well as New Zealand’s Sara Jay. Considering the large numbers of names getting a go, it will be surprising if WWE says no to them all, but it’s possible.

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We’ve posted a couple of videos on the website this week: one is from Wrestlicious, which has the match between Felony and Glory for the promotion’s crown; and we have also featured a First Blood Match between D’Arcy Dixon and Mickie Knuckles for the RESISTANCE Pro Women’s Championship, which features a controversial ending.

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WWE
Slayers’ torment of Fandango continued on SmackDown when they helped Diego get a win over him, and again on Raw… Paige spoke to WWE Magazine about why she wears Dr Martens boots since making her main roster debut. “I’m used to it. You have to break them in so I had to wear them on the streets. They’re very good, very British. I’m sticking to my guns. I’m really happy they’re back in fashion again because I love them and I own a pair, so I might as well put these babies on”… NXT Women’s Champion Charlotte defeated Becky Lynch in a non-title match on last week’s show. Lynch’s gimmick has been altered from the stereotypical Irish dancing and music to something a lot more intense and exciting, which is good. The match was also better than Charlotte’s snoozefest with Summer Rae. Incidentally, the next NXT special will take place on September 11, where Charlotte will defend the title against Bayley – with the pair having a set-to backstage in last week’s episode… Former Total Divas cast member Jojo is now a backstage interviewer on NXT… WWE’s disappointing financial losses announced on Thursday led to some redundancies, and the talent roster didn’t escape the cuts. Dani Jackson – who was signed after a tryout at the Performance Center in December and reported for duty in May – was let go. She hasn’t wrestled at any live event and never made it to television… Vickie Guerrero revealed that she is now working for a pharmacy company.

TNA
No Knockouts matches on last week’s Impact Wrestling, though Angelina Love and Velvet Sky explaining that they interfered in the Gail Kim/Taryn Terrell match because they feel the Beautiful People should be the focus of the Knockouts division. Love also promised an announcement next week. This company has so many “announcements” that they’ve lost all meaning. The other big thing was a tease for the debut of a new Knockout. No name was mentioned, but you can see from the picture that it’s likely to be Jessicka Havok – which explains her selling off all of her merchandise at knockdown prices. It seems as if a letter will be revealed every week, which means her debut could be at the end of this month.

North America
Hudson EnvySerena Deeb won’t be challenging for the SHINE Championship for a second time at SHINE 21 as she is injured. Instead, Ivelisse Velez will defend the belt against the winner of Leah Von Dutch, Amazing Kong, Nevaeh & Su Yung. Elsewhere, Malia Hosaka & Brandi Wine will put their newly won Tag Team Championship on the line against former titleholders Leva Bates & Mia Yim… Crazy Mary Dobson takes on Heidi Lovelace this weekend for Strong Style Wrestling… Hudson Envy won the Alpha Omega Wrestling Women’s Championship on Sunday, beating Pris… LuFisto and Warhed went to a time limit draw at the weekend’s Deathproof Wrestling show – the stalemate was beaten when LuFisto won a karaoke contest. Elsewhere on the show, Eric Cairnie successfully defended his Deathproof Title against Jewells Malone in a barbed wire tables match with a piledriver through the table… Maria Kanellis will put her Family Wrestling Entertainment Women’s Championship on the line against Ivelisse Velez on October 4. Velez will also be in action for FWE the day before where she will team up with Tommy Dreamer to face Candice LeRae and Joey Ryan in a mixed tag team match… Taryn Terrell was originally supposed to wrestle Amazing Kong for NWA Mid Atlantic Memories at the weekend but she didn’t wrestle, though she was at the event. Jessie Kaye replaced her and was beaten in a squash. Stacy “Miss Kitty” Carter, Chasity Taylor and Tessa Blanchard were also in attendance.

Japan
Sachie Abe is out of action at the moment, possibly with an injured right eye… Mio Shirai is putting together a joint event next month as part of the four contracts she signed earlier this year, so it will feature wrestlers from Union Pro/DDT, WAVE, OZ Academy & Ice Ribbon, and will also have a death match.

Europe
Fierce Females is promising four debuts for its next show on August 31 in Glasgow, Scotland. The double main event will see Kay Lee Ray and Nikki Storm picking each other’s opponents as part of a Pick Your Poison deal. Ray will have to face April Davids, while Nikki Storm will have to find a partner to face Sara and Carmel Jacob. Nixon Newell, Miss Cole and Layla Rose will all make their debuts… Speaking of Nixon, she and Lana Austin will compete in a six-person ladder match at Pro Wrestling Kingdom’s September 27 show in Birmingham, England… Lana Austin, Miss Louise Jane, Melanie Price, Skarlett and fitness competitor Melanie Schofield have been added to the TNA British Boot Camp 2 auditions. If you would like to be part of the audience where the 12 going forwards will be chosen, click here… Addy Starr will face La Seductora & Princesa Blanca CMLLPollyanna Peppers for Empress Pro on October 4… Lady Lory won the Wrestling Alliance Company Women’s Championship on Saturday by way of winning a battle royal.

Mexico
La Seductora had her head shaved & Princesa Blanca unmasked and retired after they were beaten by Marcela & Princesa Sugehit Silueta is the new CMLL-REINA International Jr Champion. She beat Zeuxis on Sunday… Quick note: Faby Apache’s AAA Reina de Reinas title defence against Taya Valkyrie at TripleMania on August 17 will only be the second of her 17 month reign.

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Results

July 29: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Dark Angel, Goya Kong & Lluvia b Dalys, La Seductora & Tiffany via DQ

July 29: I Believe In Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Yamamoto, Chasyn Rance & Brittany b Mike Patrick, Leo Brien & Justin Michaels

Hamuko Hoshi Youji KawauchiJuly 30: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Masked Tsukka & Neko Nitta b Kyuri & Kurumi; Aoi Kizuki b Meari Naito, 235, & Akane Fujita in a 4-way; Mio Shirai v Tsukushi ended in a time limit draw; Maki Narumiya, Risa Sera & Yuka b Tsukasa Fujimoto, Hamuko Hoshi & Miyako Matsumoto

July 30: Ohio Valley Wrestling (Louisville, KY) – Mary Elizabeth Monroe b Rebel

July 31: REINA (Tokyo, Japan) – Leon b Kaho Kobayashi; Neko Nitta & Rydeen Hagane b Alex Lee & Tsukasa Fujimoto; Masaya Takahashi & Yuji Kito b Kazuhiro Tamura & Keizo Matsuda; Dump Matsumoto b Mascara Reina; Dump Matsumoto b Mascara Reina; Arisa Nakajima & Maki Narumiya b Syuri & Tsukushi; La Comandante & Yumiko Hotta b Makoto & Ray

July 31: WWE NXT (Winter Park, FL) – Charlotte b Becky Lynch

August 1: Preston City Wrestling (Preston, England) – April Davids b Nikki Storm

August 1: WWE SmackDown (Corpus Christi, TX) – AJ Lee b Rosa Mendes

August 1: WWE NXT (Largo, FL) – Charlotte b Bayley

August 1: Olde Wrestling (Lakewood, OH) – ThunderKitty b Heidi Lovelace

August 1: Wisconsin Pro Wrestling (Green Bay, WI) – Peter Schwanz & Stacey Shadows b Melanie Cruise & Joey Avalon

August 1: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Marcela & Princesa Sugehit b La Seductora & Princesa Blanca

August 2: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Risa Sera b 235; Aoi Ishibashi b Miyako Matsumoto; Mochi Miyagi b Maki Narumiya & Tsukasa Fujimoto ina 3-way; Kurumi & Kyuri b Tsukushi & Yuuka

August 2: Wrestling Alliance Company (Dampremy, Belgium) – Lady Lory won a battle royal to win the WAC Women’s Championship

August 2: Mid Atlantic Memories (Charlotte, NC) – Amazing Kong b Jessie Kaye

August 2: WWE (Lubbock, TX) – AJ Lee b Natalya & Paige in a 3-way

August 2: WWE NXT (Starke, FL) – Charlotte b Bayley

August 2: Ohio Valley Wrestling (Louisville, KY) – Rebel b Mary Elizabeth Monroe

August 2: Northeast Wrestling (Fishkill, NY) – Mark Shurman, Rob Araujo & Velvet Sky b Jake Manning, Reby Sky & Shovelhead Chuck

August 2: Vendetta Pro Wrestling (Santa Maria, CA) – Hudson Envy & Tyler Bateman b Ricky Ruffin & Terra Calaway

August 2: Wrestling For Charity (San Jose, CA) – Julio Pedroza & Kikyo Nakamura b Amazona & John Redito

August 2: Dynamo Pro Wrestling (Fenton, MO) – D’Arcy Dixon v Lucy Mendez went to a no-contest

August 2: Hoosier Pro Wrestling (Columbus, IN) – Lylah Lodge & Stompin Steve b Crazy Mary Dobson & Mad Man Pondo

August 2: Universal Independent Wrestling (Buchanan, GA) – Pandora b Mickie Knuckles to win the UIW Women’s Championship

August 2: World Xtreme Wrestling C4 (Orwigsburg, PA) – Niya b Autumn Breeze

August 3: World Woman Pro Wrestling Diana (Kawasaki, Japan) – Kaoru Ito b Mask de Sun; Megumi Yabushita b Sareee; Kyoko Inoue b Keiko Aono

August 3: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – Rydeen Hagane & Yako Fujigasaki b Command Bolshoi & Yume Hayashi; KAZUKI b Kayoko Haruyama; Hanako Nakamori & Leon b Arisa Nakajima & Rabbit Miu

Jewells Malone TabercilAugust 3: Insane Championship Wrestling (Edinburgh, Scotland) – Kay Lee Ray & Stevie Boy b Carmel Jacob & Liam Thomson

August 3: Deathproof Wrestling (Toronto, ON, Canada) – Lufisto v Warhed went to a time limit draw; Eric Cairnie b Jewells Malone

August 3: WWE (San Antonio, TX) – Nikki Bella, Emma & Naomi b Alicia Fox, Rosa Mendes & Cameron

August 3: Mid Atlantic Memories (Charlotte, NC) – Tessa Blanchard b Chasity Taylor

August 3: Wrestling Is Fun (Easton, PA) – Oleg the Usurper & Jaka b Heidi Lovelace & Equinox

August 3: Furious Wrestling Society (Clarksville, IN) – Sabrina Sixx b Mistress Burgandi via DQ

August 3: Alpha Omega Wrestling (Palm Desert, CA) – Hudson Envy b Pris to win the AOW Women’s Championship

August 3: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Sileuta b Zeuxis to win the CMLL-REINA International Jr Championship

Upcoming

August 8: House Of Pain: Evolution (Mansfield, England) – Violet Vendetta v Nixon Newell v Ruby Summers v Felony

August 8: Pro Wrestling All-Stars of Detroit (Melvindale, MI) – Hudson Envy v Thunderkitty v Randi West

Heidi Lovelace Arik CannonAugust 8: Absolute Intense Wrestling (Cleveland, OH) – Obariyon v Veda Scott; Heidi Lovelace v Arik Cannon

August 9: Melbourne City Wrestling (Craigieburn, Australia) – Evie v Toni Storm

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

August 9: SMASH Wrestling (Brantford, ON, Canada) – Courtney Rush v Allysin Kay

August 9: Strong Style Wrestling (Elkhart, IN) – Crazy Mary Dobson v Heidi Lovelace

August 10: Pro Wrestling Kingdom (Birmingham, England) – Nixon Newell & Chris Brookes v Ryan Smile & Lana Austin

August 10: FutureShock Wrestling (Stockport, England) – Danni Hunter v Lana Austin v April Davids

August 10: Insane Championship Wrestling (Edinburgh, Scotland) – Nikki Storm v Viper

August 10: Southside Wrestling Entertainment (St Neots, England) – Robbie X v Jimmy Havoc v Zak Northern v Kay Lee Ray

August 16: Europe Catch Tour Association (Oye-Plage, France) – Lady Lory v Emilie Sauvage

August 16: NCW Femmes Fatales XV (Montreal, QC, Canada) – Mercedes Martinez v LuFisto v Cheerleader Melissa v Courtney Rush; Missy v Kimber Lee; Vanessa Kraven v Sassy Stephie; Addy Starr & Kaitlin Diemond v Mary Lee Rose & Pink Flash Kira; Sweet Cherrie v Niya Barela

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

August 17: Insane Championship Wrestling (Edinburgh, Scotland) – Leah & Kasey Owens v Carmel Jacob & Sara

August 17: HXC Wrestling (Manchester, England) – Sam Bailey & Lana Austin b Mikey Whiplash & Violet Vendetta

August 17: SMASH Wrestling (Toronto, ON, Canada) – Cherry Bomb & Kimber Lee v LuFisto & Vanessa Kraven

August 17: AAA TripleMania XXII (Mexico City, Mexico) – Aerostar, Jennifer Blake, Mascarita Sagrada & Pimpinela Escarlata v Mamba, Mini Abismo Negro, Sexy Star & Súper Fly; Faby Apache v Taya Valkyrie

August 17: WWE SummerSlam (Los Angeles, CA) – Brie Bella v Stephanie McMahon; AJ Lee v Paige

August 22: Hybrid Pro Wrestling (Sunderland, England) – Kirsty Love v Freya Frenzy

August 22: SHINE 21 (Ybor City, FL) – Leah Von Dutch v Amazong Kong v Nevaeh v Su Yung; Ivelisse Velez v TBA; Malia Hosaka & Brandi Wine v Leva Bates & Mia Yim

August 25: Conwy County Wrestling (Llandudno, Wales) – Nadia Sapphire v Jezabeth

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

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

Kay Lee Ray April DavidsAugust 31: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland) – Sammii Jayne v Nixon Newell; Layla Rose v Miss Cole; Kay Lee Ray v April Davids; Nikki Storm & TBA v Carmel Jacob & Sara

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

September 11: WWE NXT Takeover 2 (Winter Park, FL) – Charlotte v Bayley

September 12: Target Wrestling (Carlisle, England) – Kay Lee Ray v Kasey Owens

September 13: Women Superstars Uncensored (Voorhees, NJ)

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

September 21: SMASH Wrestling CANUSA Classic (Toronto, ON, Canada)

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

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

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

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

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

October 4: Family Wrestling Entertainment (Brooklyn, NY) – Maria Kanellis v Ivelisse Velez

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

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

October 24: Valkyrie Women’s Wrestling (Brooklyn, NY) – Sumie Sakai v Kacee Carlisle

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

November 23: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland)

– Lee Burton
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Wrestling New Classic is no more…or is it?

SyuriYesterday it was announced WRESTLE-1 and Wrestling New Classic had come to terms on an agreement that would be going into effect on July 1st as AKIRA, Ysukue Kodama, Koji Doi, Jiro “Ikemen” Kuroshio, Rionne Fujiwara and TAJIRI would officially be a part of the WRESTLE-1 roster. According to Puroresu Spirit, all male talent within Wrestling New Classic will be integrated over into WRESTLE1 going forward. Founder TAJIRI will be making his debut for the promotion on July 21st at the Korakuen Hall while the rest of the talent are still in talks to begin on July 12th. TAJIRI has cited that since he has been the producer for Wrestling New Classic that is looking forward to becoming an active competitor and stepping away from that position and will be apart of Keiji Mutoh’s proposed global expansion of WRESTLE-1 and future developments.

With that said, WNC will be going on definite hiatus following their June 26th show at Shinjuku FACE, featuring Syuri taking on Aki Shizuku. It’s female talent, Makoto, Kaho Kobayashi, Lin Byron, Haruka Kato and WNC Women’s Champion Syuri will all still be affiliated with WNC-REINA, through the promotion’s established working relationship with REINA Joshi Puroresu. In the wake of the announcement, up and coming competitor Koharu Hinata has decided to split with the promotion. Hinata debuted last July and featured on number of cards, even going up against the likes of Dump Matsumoto.

However, the promotion had suffered losses in the past, back in 2012 Kana abruptly quit after not receiving compensation for four months. Kana stated in an interview with Ringstars following a loss to Nagisa Nozaki in the Women’s Championship tournament, that she contacted the promotion’s President, Tsutomu Takashima concerning the matter and was met with no acknowledgement. Instead, the “World Famous” competitor became a freelancer again and the decision has served her right.

Currently in her second reign, Syuri has continued to hold the title while collecting the REINA World Women’s and CMLL-REINA International Championships. On March 16th, she added a mixed martial arts title, the KRUSH Women’s Championship, accumulating to four championships in total. Syuri dropped the CMLL-REINA International Title to Amapola during a cross-promotional tour with Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) in Mexico City, Mexico on April 20th. Her collection has dwindled down to three, but Syuri has an upcoming fight against Kanako Taniyama for the Krush Women’s Title on July 13th and will also be performing with acting group, Mizuiro Kakumei, from June 20-22nd.

As for the remainder of the roster, Lin Byron received her rematch for the the WNC Women’s Championship against Syuri back in November. In March, she(under her persona as “Ray“) Lin Byron Alex Lee La Comandanteand Leon vacated the REINA World Tag Team Titles, ushering in an eight-team tournament. Byron has resumed her heel character, donning all black attire in both promotions and has self-produced two shows this year. Kaho Kobayashi and Makoto won the vacated titles and loss them to Shizuku and Ariya the following month. Makoto and Kobayashi will be challenging Risa Sera and Maki Narumiya for the International Ribbon Tag Team Championships on REINA’s June 29th show. The winners will be defending the titles against Yuka and Mio Shirai on July 21st for Ice Ribbon.

Keiji Mutoh reportedly has stated that he wants a joshi division within WRESTLE-1 at some point. Hikaru Shida, Kyoko Kimura, Hiroyo Matsumoto, Mio Shirai, “Amazon” Ayesha Ray, Kellie Skater, Syuri, Bambi, Hinata, Hibiscus Mii, Makoto and AKINO have all appeared under the promotion since its launch, including Ice Ribbon’s Tsukasa Fujimoto, Risa Sera, Maki Narumiya, STARDOM’s Yoshiko, Mayu Iwatani, Shu Shibutani, Ryo Mizunami, DIANA’s Sareee, Kaoru Ito and Gatoh Move’s Emi Sakura, Riho and Kotori. As part of their working relationship, the promotion was part of TNA’s One Night Only pay-per-view, “Outbreak.” The show featured Gail Kim against then Knockouts Champion Madison Rayne in a non-title contest ahead of their Steel Cage Match at Lockdown. On the other side, REINA Joshi Puroresu has suffered its own setbacks, consequently forced its relaunch in 2012. But the current roster consists of on regular competitors like Mima Shimoda, La Comandante, Dump Matsumoto and has featured international talent from “Crazy” Mary Dobson, Alex Lee, Seleziya Sparx, Allysin Kay to Jenny Rose.

Photography courtesy of Yuichi Kojima

Ringbelles Roundup (27 May 2014) – WWE Diva booking, wrestlers venturing into MMA & more

Alicia Fox WWEWWE really is baffling sometimes.

In order to build up to Paige’s Divas Championship defence against Alicia Fox this Sunday at Payback, Fox was booked to lose clean to Emma on last night’s Raw. After the match, Alicia threw another wobbler, attacking the victor, giving people wedgies, stripping them of their t-shirts and pouring soft drinks over herself and ringside fans.

Quite how Alicia Fox losing builds up anticipation for her match against Paige in five days is beyond me. By all rights, she should be winning to make her appear to be a threat, but instead she’s falling to Emma, whose star is pretty low at the moment. The issue is that her most marketable attribute comes after her losing, so it makes you wonder what will happen on Sunday. Should she win, she can’t lose it at ringside. That makes you think a Paige win is more likely, but her booking since winning the belt hasn’t showcased her that favourably. Sure – for the most part she is winning, but she still needs that strong story with possible promos so people can get to know her a bit more. At the moment she’s the champion who gets beaten up, hits a move and wins – which hardly puts her over as a dominant titleholder.

It’s a rough situation. Should Paige win at Payback, Fox gets to go off on one but doesn’t make her any conceivable threat, and having her win the belt would help with her credibility and help to build up more names in the division. However by doing that, you cut the legs off Paige and make it look like her reign was the fluke that her detractors claimed. Someone is losing big on Sunday, and we’ll have to wait and see who that will be. Continue reading “Ringbelles Roundup (27 May 2014) – WWE Diva booking, wrestlers venturing into MMA & more”

Ringbelles Roundup (29 April 2014) – TNA Knockouts, SHINE 19 main event, Fierce Females goes it alone

Velvet Sky Angelina Love TNAI’m stumped by the TNA Knockouts Division.

On one hand, it’s got a sense of direction with the reforming of the Beautiful People, a new champion in Angelina Love, a babyface Gail Kim, Madison Rayne having a superfan/annoying gnat in Brittany, and the promotion gearing up for a second Knockouts Knockdown PPV taping. On the other, it’s resorted to a gimmick which was done to death and peaked in 2008, has Gail Kim in a face role for which she is fine but less effective than being a heel, a damp squib of a title reign coming to an end and things feeling a bit stagnant.

Part of me feels optimistic that storylines can be brought about with the Beautiful People’s reign of terror and a triumvirate of Kim, Rayne and Brittany looking to stop it – though the latter may easily switch to being a heel after being rejected by Madison enough times – and the likes of ODB in the sidelines with Taryn Terrell expected back at some point. I can also credit TNA for putting together a storyline which culminated at a pay-per-view and had the correct result to keep the wheels turning.

So why can I not get more enthused about the division? Continue reading “Ringbelles Roundup (29 April 2014) – TNA Knockouts, SHINE 19 main event, Fierce Females goes it alone”