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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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? Would you want to discuss your feelings on any particular subject about women’s wrestling as part of The Soap Box? Send us an email!

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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

– Lee Burton
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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.

Tickets for XWA’s We Need a Hero show are available now by clicking this link.

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.

SHIMMER volumes 69-70 live results

It's SHIMMER time againAfter a monumental title change at the conclusion of yesterday’s DVD tapings, SHIMMER returns for another two shows with Nicole Matthews looking to kick off her title reign in style against challenger Evie – though she has history working against her. The New Zealander got the win in their first encounter in the promotion earlier this year on volume 66 and is also on a four-match winning streak, so she could be seen as the favourite going into this title match.

Elsewhere, Tag Team Champions Tomoka Nakagawa and Kellie Skater face a tough challenge from Saraya Knight and Mayumi Ozaki who formed an alliance after yesterday’s tapings which also saw Rhia O’Reilly brought into the fold. Grudges will come to the fore with Jessicka Havok looking to dismantle Portia Perez, while the fallout from volume 68’s main event also sees Cheerleader Melissa and Athena square off.

Kay Lee Ray faces Kana, AKINO battles Mia Yim, Courtney Rush takes on Nikki Storm and Vanessa Kraven goes up against Crazy Mary Dobson over the course of today’s double tapings.

As with yesterday, NHB GirlsReid Allen is providing us with results so keep hitting refresh to see them come in as they happen.

SHIMMER Volume 69

1. Courtney Rush pinned Nikki Storm with the Deep Sea Diverticulitis.
– Marti Belle came out to cut a promo but was interrupted by Madison Eagles, who was still angry over yesterday’s events. Eagles says she wants to fight, even though the doctor doesn’t recommend it, leading to…
2. Madison Eagles beat Marti Belle with Hellbound.
3. Kimber Lee & Cherry Bomb defeated Heidi Lovelace & Solo Darling. Solo was pinned by Cherry after the Lungblower/German Suplex combination. The Kimber Bombs then said they wanted a Tag Team Title shot.
4. Rhia O’Reilly pinned Xandra Bale with the Rhiadjustment after Bale was distracted by Miss Natural.
5. Jenny Rose beat Veda Scott, Candice LeRae & Leva Bates in a 4-way. Rose pinned Scott with a Flatliner.
6. LuFisto defeated Nicole Savoy with a Burning Hammer.
7. Tsukasa Fujimoto & Kaori Yoneyama beat Sassy Stephie & Nevaeh. Fujimoto pinned Stephie with the Venus Shoot.
8. Cheerleader Melissa beat Athena via referee stoppage. Melissa legitimately knocked out Athena with a curb stomp and the match was stopped when Melissa applied the Kondo Clutch. Athena was helped to the back.
9. Kana made Kay Lee Ray tap out to the Kana Lock.
10. Portia Perez beat Jessicka Havok via DQ when Havok attacked referee Bryce Remsburg.
11. Mia Yim pinned AKINO with a Firebird Splash.
12. SHIMMER Tag Team Championship – Kellie Skater & Tomoka Nakagawa (c) defeated Saraya Knight & Mayumi Ozaki to retain the titles. Nakagawa pinned Ozaki with the 120% Schoolboy.
13. SHIMMER Championship – Nicole Matthews (c) pinned Evie with the Vancouver Maneuver to retain the title.

SHIMMER Volume 70

1. Nikki Storm beat Kaori Yoneyama with the Eye of the Storm.
2. Vanessa Kraven pinned Crazy Mary Dobson with a chokebomb.
3. Allysin Kay & Taylor Made defeated KC Cassidy & Bambi Hall. Cassidy was pinned with a wheelbarrow/cutter combination.
– The Global Green Gangsters came out for an interview which was interrupted by the Canadian Ninjas. Nicole Matthews says neither of them will ever be THE Champion. Tomoka Nakagawa laid out Matthews and posed with the SHIMMER Title.
4. Kay Lee Ray beat Candice LeRae with a Gory Bomb and Swanton Bomb.
5. No DQ – Saraya Knight & Mayumi Ozaki defeated Solo Darling & Heidi Lovelace when Ozaki pinned Darling following a Polish Hammer with a chain wrapped around her fist.
– Saraya grabs Daffney after the match but Daffney hits her in the groin.
6. Veda Scott pinned Thunderkitty with her feet on the ropes for leverage.
7. Evie defeated Jenny Rose with a TTYL.
8. AKINO beat LuFisto with a Saito Suplex.
9.  Miss Natural bested Xandra Bale with a Jumping Spike Piledriver.
10. Mia Yim defeated Tsukasa Fujimoto via Package Piledriver.
11. Kana made Courtney Rush submit with a Rings of Saturn.
12. Athena made Cheerleader Melissa tap out to the Red Wedding (cross-leg STF).
13. SHIMMER Championship – Nicole Matthews (c) v Tomoka Nakagawa – the match didn’t last long, with Portia Perez breaking a pin off a Fisherman’s Suplex and the match gets thrown out. Kellie Skater wants to fight
14. SHIMMER Tag Team Championship – 3G (Kellie Skater & Tomoka Nakagawa) vs Canadian Ninjas (Portia Perez & Nicole Matthews) – the Kimber Bombs attacked and the tag match was thrown out. Jessicka Havok entered the ring, followed by Madison Eagles who gave everyone  a round of stunners. Eagles and Havok demanded an 8 Woman No DQ tag
15. Jessicka Havok, Madison Eagles & 3G defeated the Kimber Bombs & the Canadian Ninjas with a Hellbound, a Hangover and a Chokeslam.

Thoughts

• I’m on the road back home to Minnesota and have had some time to collect my thoughts about all that happened over this past weekend. In the grand scheme of things, this was a bit of a strange weekend with how pretty much all the major matches and developments happened very early in the weekend. There was certainly good stuff worth checking out on the final two days but you definitely got the feeling that the climax had already happened.

• Pretty much the entire weekend revolved around the war between the Canadian Ninjas and Madison Eagles & Jessicka Havok. J Hav was already targeting Portia Perez for hitting her in the head with a wrench in the Spring but the interesting development was the escalation in the Nicole Matthews and Madison Eagles feud. Before this weekend, their rivalry was treated very lighthearted with a lot of playful banter and poking fun at each other over things like taste in coffee. But that seems like a distant memory now that they’re throwing fireballs at each other. One of the better moments of the weekend was Madison’s first appearance after the fire incident where she appeared genuinely upset about how Nicole had suddenly changed from a goofball to diabolical and wondered if this was Nicole’s plan all along when they became friends. For someone as skilled and dominant as Eagles, this was a nice bit of vulnerability shown from her that I think really helped make her even more sympathetic to the fans than just getting burned would have.

Jessicka Havok Portia Perez Kristin Roper• Meanwhile, Jessicka Havok finally was able to get her hands on Portia Perez but her bloodlust proved to be her undoing as she wouldn’t stop pummeling her despite referee Bryce Remsburg’s pleading. And after Havok forcefully shoved Bryce out of the ring, he had no choice but to disqualify her and award the win to Portia. Afterwards, Nicole appeared shouting “We won!” and the two celebrated like they won the tag titles. And in the main event, despite Madison Eagles showing up to assault Nicole before her title defense against Evie, Matthews was able to leave with the championship after a spirited battle with the Kiwi.

• The plot for the next volume got started with the Global Green Gangsters doing an interview in the ring to discuss the Kimber Bombs requesting a shot at the tag team championships and that looked like it was heading for Tomoka Nakagawa discussing her upcoming retirement. However, Nicole and Portia gatecrashed, incredulous why so much attention was being given to Nakagawa. Nicole said that no matter how long Tomoka held a tag team title, she would never hold Nicole’s title and that prompted Tomoka to attack the Ninjas and send them scurrying. This led to the main event of Nicole defending the SHIMMER Championship against Tomoka. But as we would find out, the actual main event was far bigger.

• The initial title match was thrown out rather quickly as Portia Perez interfered after about three minutes. This caused an irate Kellie Skater to come to the ring who wanted to fight because her friend got screwed out of a title shot, even offering to put up the tag titles as incentive to get the Ninjas to agree to a match. This brought out the Kimber Bombs who presumably were upset their challenge got passed over and they ended up attacking 3G and getting *that* title match thrown out. So then finally Jessicka Havok and Madison Eagles rushed the ring (the latter with four Stone Cold Stunners for the Ninjas and Kimber Bombs) and demanded to team with 3G for a No Disqualification 8 woman tag match. And after disposing of the Kimber Bombs and sending Nicole fleeing from receiving a retaliatory fireball, Portia was left all by her lonesome to take everyone’s finishing moves and get pinned to end the weekend.

• I apologize for writing so much about that one feud but that was really the only thing of consequence that happened over the weekend. There were a couple miniature spats that got reasonably resolved before the conclusion of Volume 70 but nothing that really seems like it will continue further. Athena and Cheerleader Melissa had a match based on Athena pinning Melissa in the title match on 68 and later in that match, Melissa’s distraction caused Athena’s elimination. But Athena got legitimately knocked out early in the match by a Curb Stomp and the match was ended shortly after. Once it was decided she was okay, a rematch with the stipulation of knockout or submission falls only got signed that Athena won. Elsewhere, Saraya Knight and LuFisto briefly continued their feud from the Spring but by Sunday, both parties were busy with other things. Mia Yim and AKINO had a singles match based off their interactions in the big trios match on Volume 67. And on the undercard, Xandra Bale and Miss Natural traded victories. So despite regular acts being there and as entertaining as ever, it really felt like much of the shows were in a holding pattern.

Kay Lee Ray Evie Kristine Roper• Four of the people who made big strides, though, were people just starting or still fairly young in their SHIMMER careers. Scotland’s Kay Lee Ray returned to Berwyn and really broke out this weekend with four singles matches that ranged from great to outstanding. She was put in the ring with a bunch of established talent and really impressed against all of them. Her matches with Evie, Kana and Candice LeRae were all wonderful and while her match with Kimber Lee didn’t quite measure up to the other three, it was still a very solid, very hard-hitting outing.

• And although I touched on them in my Saturday recaps, AKINO and Nicole Savoy were both very welcome additions to the roster. AKINO capped off her weekend with the aforementioned match with Mia Yim and then faced LuFisto, someone AKINO had a hand in training. They were well on their way to a spectacular match that just when it was getting really exciting, ended prematurely for my taste after an AKINO Saito Suplex. Nicole Savoy also got to try her hand against the Wounded Owl Ronin on the previous volume and had another incredible match. This was more like a match out of All Japan Pro Wrestling in the 1990’s with all the brutal strikes and dropping each other on their head and neck. Who knows what the future holds in regards to AKINO returning but Nicole Savoy is absolutely one to pay attention to. Even though she only had two matches and lost them both, she really held her own with two double-tough opponents in Heidi Lovelace and LuFisto and she certainly has the potential to be a major player in SHIMMER over the next couple years.

• Finally, this weekend saw the Berwyn debut of Canadian veteran Vanessa Kraven who immediately made an impact. I already touched on her match with Jessicka Havok, a match that I believe is the closest SHIMMER will ever come to a climactic fight from a Gojira film, but her other match of the weekend was a dismantling of Crazy Mary Dobson. Kraven is also someone to watch in the future because she has a complete set of skills that she can bring to matches. She has a wide array of power moves, she has the speed and agility to fly if necessary and her strikes rival the hardest ones of Mercedes Martinez. With SHIMMER feeling like it’s in a transitional phase, someone like Vanessa Kraven could really make an impact sooner than later.

• That will wrap up my sort of general thoughts for the weekend. However, I will be back on my home site of NHB Girls later in this week to provide a more thorough breakdown of the weekend for the Australasians who competed. Otherwise, that will do it for me for the SHIMMER tapings of October 2014. I have a need to thank Lee Burton for giving me the chance to share my thoughts with you readers. Even though it still breaks my heart that it’s not Stew’s column you’re reading, I hope I did him and his legacy justice this weekend because everything done this weekend by everyone in the Berwyn Eagles Club was done with his memory in mind and wanting to make him proud. Until next year, this is Reid Allen signing out.

– Photos by Kristine Roper

SHIMMER volume 67-68 live results: New Champion crowned

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SHIMMER‘s contribution to this Female Fight Season kicks off today with a double DVD taping featuring 38 wrestlers and sees its first show headlined with a titanic encounter, with Cheerleader Melissa putting the SHIMMER Championship on the line against Kana with each wrestler claiming a win over the other in the promotion. Elsewhere, four joshis will make their SHIMMER debuts as AKINO, Tsukasa Fujimoto, Kaori Yoneyama and Mayumi Ozaki all look to make a big first impression, and it seems like Ozaki is gunning for Saraya Knight.

Portia Perez is seemingly looking to make peace with Jessicka Havok after accidentally hitting her in the head with a wretch on the last taping and the Coffee Cold War between Madison Eagles and Perez’s partner in crime Nicole Matthews is also expected to carry on.

We’ll update this post with all the results as they come in courtesy of Reid Allen, and he has also agreed to let us know about the big matches and moments from the first day of this bumper weekend of wrestling. Sit back, keep hitting refresh, and we’ll watch it all unfold.

SHIMMER volume 67

Before the tapings began, Allison Danger took to the ring to eulogise our dearly departed friend Stew Allen. There was a five bell salute in his memory.

1. Kimber Lee & Cherry Bomb defeated Bambi Hall & KC Cassidy. Lee pinned Hall follow a lungblower/German suplex combination.
2. Heidi Lovelace pinned Nicole Savoy with a frog splash.
3. Sassy Stephie beat Crazy Mary Dobson with the Kiss My Sass.
4. Athena made Nikki Storm tap out to a modified Bow and Arrow. As a result she will be part of a triple threat SHIMMER Title match on the next volume.
5. Portia Perez beat Courtney Rush via DQ when Jessicka Havok came out to attack Perez. Rush was not happy with Havok’s interference causing her to lose.
6. Nevaeh pinned Jenny Rose with a Death Valley Driver.
7. No DQ – Mayumi Ozaki pinned Saraya Knight with a spinning backfist. The pair shook hands afterwards and then went to the bar.
8. Evie pinned Kay Lee Ray with the TTYL.
9. LuFisto beat Rhia O’Reilly with the Burning Hammer.
– Knight came out afterwards to attack LuFisto – Ozaki also came out and it turns out that Ozaki, Knight and O’Reilly are a unit.
10. Nicole Matthews v Madison Eagles went to a draw. Matthews pinned Eagles while in a sleeper hold but tapped out at the same time.
– The winner was meant to move on to the triple threat title match on volume 68, so referee Bryce Remsburg says both will advance and the main event will now be a 4-way.
11. Kaori Yoneyama, AKINO & Tsukasa Fujimoto defeated Kellie Skater, Tomoka Nakagawa & Mia Yim. Yoneyama pinned Skater with a senton.
– Afterwards, Yoneyama and Fujimoto challenged Skater & Nakagawa for the Tag Team Championship. 3G accepted.
12. SHIMMER Championship – Cheerleader Melissa (c) beat Kana after 10 curb stomps and 2 Air Raid Crashes to retain the title.

SHIMMER volume 68

1. Cherry Bomb pinned Thunderkitty with an inside cradle.
2. Xandra Bale defeated Miss Natural by countering the Natural Disaster with an inside cradle. Natural attacked Bale afterwards.
3. Marti Belle beat Solo Darling with the Stroke.
4. Kay Lee Ray pinned Kimber Lee with a Gory Bomb and Swanton Bomb.
5. Leva Bates defeated Nevaeh with a Cutter after escaping a Death Valley Driver.
6. Nikki Storm beat Candice LeRae with the Eye of the Storm.
– Courtney Rush came out to say that she was initially upset with Jessicka Havok causing her to be disqualified, but says she’s past it now. She then called out Veda Scott.
7. Courtney Rush made Veda Scott tap out to the Sharpshooter.
8. AKINO pinned Heidi Lovelace with a Saito Suplex.
9. Vanessa Kraven beat Jessicka Havok via count out following a distraction by Portia Perez.
10. No DQ – Saraya Knight & Mayumi Ozaki defeated Kana & LuFisto. LuFisto was pinned by Knight following interference from Rhia O’Reilly.
11. Evie pinned Mia Yim with the TTYL.
12. SHIMMER Tag Team Championship – Kellie Skater & Tomoka Nakagawa (c) defeated Kaori Yoneyama & Tsukasa Fujimoto to retain the titles. Nakagawa pinned Yoneyama following the Hangover.
13. SHIMMER Championship: Fatal Four Way Elimination – Nicole Matthews defeated Cheerleader Melissa (c), Madison Eagles & Athena to win the SHIMMER Championship.
– Athena eliminated Cheerleader Melissa following a Hellbound from Eagles, Vancouver Maneuver from Matthews and then the O Face.
– Matthews pinned Athena with a tights-assisted roll-up.
– Matthews pinned Eagles after she launched a fireball at Madison.

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Thoughts

Nicole Matthews Portia Perez SHIMMER• Hello, good readers of Ringbelles! I am Reid Allen from NHB Girls and I have been asked by Lee to provide the live recaps of this SHIMMER weekend. And to start, I’d like to borrow a quote from the great John Oliver and say, “Let’s all just acknowledge for a moment that this is weird. It looks weird, it feels weird, it even sounds weird.” I wish more than anything that it was Stew’s words you were reading right now instead of mine. So I hope I do him, Lee and all you readers justice with this recap…

• First of all, I want to go on record and say that for my money, SHIMMER Volume 67 may be the single greatest card ever put on by the promotion. Before yesterday, I’d have said that Volume 65 held that distinction in a landslide but 67 certainly made a very strong case for being in the conversation. Seven of the twelve matches were in the range of “great” to “outstanding.” And while 65 had a greater number of matches in that range, I feel that the best stuff delivered by 67 eclipsed the best matches on 65. So it’s a tough judgment to make about which was truly “better.” I’d advise that you buy the DVDs as soon as they’re released and judge them for yourself because both are well worth your money.

• Now, moving on to the big news of the day and that is the crowning of Nicole Matthews as the new SHIMMER Champion, who bested Madison Eagles, Athena and former champion Cheerleader Melissa in an elimination match to earn the gold. While the tactics she ended up using to ultimately claim the championship are certainly controversial and will no doubt be hotly debated for the duration of her reign, nobody can deny that Nicole is certainly worthy of representing the company as champion. She has grown into one of the finest wrestlers in the world today and her reign will no doubt be filled with some classic defenses to add to her resumé.

• Anybody who doubts her skills should be sat down and forced to watch her match against Madison Eagles from Volume 67. Those two went out and put on one of the best displays of technical wrestling ever seen in the promotion. Both girls were absolutely surgical with their offense as they dissected key limbs of their opponent with Eagles focusing on the arm and Nicole tearing apart Madison’s bad knee. It was very reminiscent of Bret Hart‘s masterpieces from the 90’s and it even threw out direct shout out to a couple by replicating the finish of his match against Roddy Piper at WrestleMania VIII and Steve Austin at Survivor Series 1996. But this had the added element of after Nicole using the turnbuckle to flip back over Madison and pin her to the canvas, she submitted to Madison’s submission hold during the count and so the match was declared a draw, letting both girls advance to the title match on the next volume.

Nicole Matthews Madison Eagles Ichiban Drunk• One thing that is for certain is that in addition to a furious Madison Eagles, Nicole will have no shortage of prospective challengers wanting a shot at her title. There were several very impressive debuts as well as some exciting new developments from ones familiar to the fans. The joshi contingent that came over for these shows were all impressive. And while Mayumi Ozaki seems to be more focused on raising hell after aligning herself with Saraya Knight and her prodigy Rhia O’Reilly, the remaining debuts all certainly made very strong impressions. The one who stood out most for me was AKINO who unleashed a flurry of some of the hardest kicks I’ve ever heard live. Tsukasa Fujimoto and Kaori Yoneyama both brought a ton of speed, energy and athleticism to their matches as well. I would be happy to see all four return in the future.

• Another extremely impressive debut was from Nicole Savoy. She may have had the most impressive debut match I’ve seen from somebody not coming in with any real fanfare. She and Heidi Lovelace had an absolute cracker of a match in just the second match of the tapings. This match was preformed at such a pace and with such intensity that it would not have looked out of place going five or six matches later on the card. They really set the standard for what the rest of the locker room would need to try and eclipse later. And while there did end up being an abundance of great matches, this one should not be overlooked in the grand scheme of things. Be sure to keep an eye on Nicole Savoy because even from just her one match, it was very apparent that she has the potential to become a serious force in the future.

• Elsewhere, a couple of favorites added a new wrinkle to their personalities that will keep things interesting for their future opponents. Nikki Storm seems like she’s dangerously close to snapping and really getting violent. While during her entrance and prematch speeches, she was her usual overconfident, vain and downright hilarious self, once the bell rang she frequently had wild outbursts of punches and choking before she’d take a few deep breaths and reign herself back in. Who knows what may happen if she ever decides to not worry about keeping her cool? And Courtney Rush did away with her usual jovial entrances by eliminating all the dancing, singing along with her theme and greeting the fans. Rush was clearly all business in her first two matches of the day against two of her chief rivals, Portia Perez and Veda Scott. Now that Rush has achieved revenge on Veda for her tactics in their Volume 66 match, we may see a return to a happy Courtney on the remaining volumes.

Vanessa Kraven Jessicka Havok Kristine Roper• Speaking of Perez, she is living very dangerously with her antagonizing of Jessicka Havok. The two got into a brawl during Portia’s match with Rush after Havok stormed the ring, seeking revenge for Portia accidentally hitting her with a wrench at the previous taping. Portia returned the favor later during Havok’s match with Vanessa Kraven. And real quick, I just want to tangent and rave about how great that match was. Two of the biggest women ever to compete for SHIMMER went face to face and had a very physical, very entertaining war. But Perez ended up being the difference maker as she came out to distract Havok, allowing Kraven to brutalize her on the outside and secure a countout win. When Portia and Havok inevitably collide, we may see Jessicka Havok provide some truly graphic violence against the Canadian.

• That will conclude my initial thoughts for now. I will be back tomorrow to wrap things up and provide news of any further happenings from an already memorable tapings. If you’d like to follow along with all the results as they happen, I will be on Twitter providing all the results and highlights live from the Eagles Club, or do a search for the hashtag #AAWSHIM to get not only my coverage but several others also in attendance. See you tomorrow.

Photos by SHIMMER (1), Ichiban Drunk (2), Kristine Roper (3)