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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Results

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

November 1: Melbourne City Wrestling (Melbourne, Australia) – Tommy Hellfire & Siren Monroe v The Cremator & Vixsin

November 1: Flemish Wrestling Force (Limsburg, Belgium) – Leah Von Dutch v Katey Harvey

November 1: XWA Wrestling (Colchester, Essex) – Rhia O’Reilly b Addy Starr; Nikki Storm b Pollyanna; Kay Lee Ray b Jimmy Havoc

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

November 23: Melbourne City Wrestling ‘Fight For A Cause’ (Hampton Park, Australia)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

December 5: SHINE 23 (Ybor City, FL)

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

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

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

January 17: Empress Pro (High Wycombe, England)

January 23: SHINE 24 (Ybor City, FL)

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

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

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Kay Lee Ray makes Japanese debut; Emi Sakura retains Pro Wrestling: EVE title

Time certainly flies. Scotland’s Kay Lee Ray competed in her first match in Japan earlier today as part of Emi Sakura‘s Gatoh Move promotion, a little over two weeks since it was announced that she was going to be heading over there. However, when you’re flying by the seat of your pants, things tend to be more exciting, so you can only imagine how she’s feeling right now.

Her debut on the show in Itabashi, Tokyo, Japan was not a victory, as she and former Ice Ribbon starlet Riho were beaten by the Queens Revolution – namely former JWP and Daily Sports Tag Team Champions Hailey Hatred and Kaori Yoneyama, marking the first time the pair have linked up in more than a year. However, the defeat did not involve Ray’s shoulders being pinned to the mat, as it was Riho who took the fall when Yoneyama rolled her up while the 20-year old gaijin was on the arena floor. Continue reading “Kay Lee Ray makes Japanese debut; Emi Sakura retains Pro Wrestling: EVE title”

Ringbelles Roundup (6 November 2012) – experiencing live wrestling, Femmes Fatales and more

Allysin Kay, Santana Garrett, Ryo Mizunami, Heidi Lovelace, Thunderkitty, Su Yung, Shazza McKenzie, Angelus Layne, Sweet Cherrie, Mary Lee Rose, Deziree, Missy, Medianne, Xandra Bale, Leah Von Dutch, Jewells Malone, Serphentina, Angie Skye & Pink Flash Kira all share a common thread with me in relation to all the wrestling I’ve seen in the last few weeks – seven shows since October 26, and two more to come this weekend, where I can add Kaori Yoneyama and Angelina Love to that list. They are all wrestlers who I have seen live for the first time, and I think that’s a massively important thing to be excited about.

While at SHIMMER, the discussion took place about Lexie Fyfe’s announcement as part of the heel team for the elimination match which headlined volume 50, with the assertion that if you merely read the results, or even saw it on DVD, it would not generate the same reaction or experience as watching it live. At the Berwyn Eagles Club, RPM by Sugar Ray hit and there was a wave of excitement as the recognition sunk into fans’ heads, realising that Fyfe would be wrestling her first SHIMMER match since May 3, 2009, where she and Malia Hosaka fell to Ariel and Nikki Roxx. It was a nice throwback to a previous generation, and provided a lovely nostalgic feeling. Had you just seen the result on paper, or knowing that it was going to happen, it may not have garnered the same buzz. Continue reading “Ringbelles Roundup (6 November 2012) – experiencing live wrestling, Femmes Fatales and more”

Ringbelles Roundup (4 September 2012) – Ice Ribbon exodus, Cameron's woes, WSU & more

As we reported at the weekend, Riho is leaving Ice Ribbon after being with the promotion for the entire existence of the company. She’s leaving following her match against Aoi Kizuki on September 23 to focus on her high school entrance exams. Now 15 years old, Riho debuted at the age of 8 and won the ICEx60 Championship when she was 12. When she returns, she says it will not be for Ice Ribbon but for her trainer Emi Sakura in Thailand.

Riho’s departure is the latest in an expanding list of wrestlers who have left Ice Ribbon in the last 12 months or so. Chii Tomiya (now Micro), Ray, Makoto and founder Emi Sakura have all said their farewells, while Dorami Nagano has been missing since June, Sayaka Obihiro hasn’t had a match since July and Hikari Minami is also taking some time away to prepare for high school. For the most part, none of these acts have been replaced, and precious few have debuted in the last year.

Some have benefited. Kurumi has come on leaps and bounds to the point where she is one half of the International Ribbon Tag Team Champions; Aoi Kizuki returned at Christmas and has been a smiling presence since then; Maki Narumiya has improved too, and names like Hamuko Hoshi and Maeri Naito have also had more attention bestowed onto them. However, the top of the card looks a little sparse these days, with ICEx60 Champion Hikaru Shida and Tsukasa Fujimoto heading things up, names like 14-year old prodigy Tsukushi the next level down (and presumably will also be thinking about school soon), and Narumiya and Kizuki also around there. Continue reading “Ringbelles Roundup (4 September 2012) – Ice Ribbon exodus, Cameron's woes, WSU & more”

In Video: The Ice Ribbon "sun" bows out

It is strange to call someone a veteran when they are just 15 years old, but that moniker holds true for Riho. Having debuted on Ice Ribbon‘s third ever show at the age of 8, she has been a mainstay in the promotion for its entire existence. However, real-life and loyalties to her trainer will see her bid farewell to Ice Ribbon and seek new challenges elsewhere…

Open The Puroresu Gate reports that at the roundtable which usually concludes Ice Ribbon cards, the former ICEx60 Champion – who won the belt when she was 12 from Miyako Matsumoto, was the youngest person to main event a Korukuen Hall show, and was the first person to win the promotion’s Triple Crown of ICEx60, Triangle Ribbon and International Ribbon Tag Team Titles – announced that she would leave the promotion to focus on her upcoming high-school exams, similar to fellow former champ Hikari Minami (though Minami is planning to return), and is also looking to rejoin the side of her trainer Emi Sakura in Thailand – possibly as part of her growing Gatoh Move outfit at some point in the future.

Following her announcement, Aoi Kizuki requested to be Riho’s final Ice Ribbon opponent at the Korukuen Hall show on September 23, which was accepted. Tsukasa Fujimoto then described Riho as “the sun of Ice Ribbon”, saying she was Ice Ribbon and vice versa. Continue reading “In Video: The Ice Ribbon "sun" bows out”

Review: ICE Ribbon "RibbonMania" (25 Dec 2011)

This is a new review style for Ringbelles, and one that I’ve adopted (with blessing) from Thomas Holzerman on The Wrestling Blog. I’ve never seen the need for huge swathes of play-by-play recapping, so this format appeals to me. It hopefully will tell you all you need to know about the show, and what I thought about it in an easy to read and digest format. It’s my first time reviewing a show like this, so feel free to offer any suggestions or opinions… thanks.

“Just Starting Out In The World Of Pandemonium”
(show subtitle)

Highlights
• The opening video of Emi Sakura walking along the painted lines on a road, and being joined on her journey by various members of the Ice Ribbon roster was quite lovely. Whimsical, carefree and actually quite cinematic. Emotional too, as Sakura wiped tears from her eyes over her imminent departure from ICE Ribbon (she would wrestle her last match for the promotion on January 7th, citing “personal reasons”)
• To fit the 2hr time block, some of the undercard matches are clipped/joined in progress, but there’s more than enough to enjoy about each of them, from Aoi Kizuki’s happiness, a fairly inconsequential elimination tag match (which includes over-the-top-rope elimination rules) and the bizarre nature of the Ice Ribbon vs UMA Corps match.
• The first ever ICEx60 Champion Seina retired on the show in a match with her little sister Riho.
Minori Makiba also retired, having been special referee for Seina vs Riho.
• Both Makiba and Seina had apparent farewell speeches read to them by friends from the past, each complete with dipped lights and background music. Former IR competitor Makoto returned to read Makiba’s sendoff, while Hikari Minami was apparently overcome and unable to read the her speech for Seina. Riho read it instead, and the speech apparently called for one final match between Minami & Seina.
• Seina therefore had two “retirement” matches back to back, essentially – Neither the match with little sister Riho nor the impromptu match with Minami were particularly long, but both were dripping in emotion.
• The semi main event was a three way mixed tag match – which seemed quite storyline based, and was unfortunately fairly incomprehensible to me. There was dancing. A lot of dancing. Shenanigans too. A lot of shenanigans.
Hikaru Shida overcame her peer Tsukasa Fujimoto to become the ICEx60 Champion for the first time.

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Show Review: Ice Ribbon "Ice's Adventures In Wonderland 2011" (21 August 2011)

It’s fair to say that we at Ringbelles have become quite the fans of Ice Ribbon – on the back of their weekly, free to air 19pro Ustream show, the easily accessible English information about the product (on twitter, tumblr and facebook) and the fact that their wrestlers are just really fun to watch – so when I got the chance to watch Ice Ribbon’s most recent Korakuen Hall show a mere two weeks after it happened, I jumped on it. Ice Ribbon usually run shows at their small Warabi Dojo in the Saitama area, but every so often they run Korakuen Hall in Tokyo (one of seemingly hundreds of promotions that run there regularly), and this most recent edition, entitled “Ice’s Adventures in Wonderland” promised the most enticing IR lineup at Korakuen this year.

The ethereal intro video introduces the main stories running into the show – Manami Toyota mentoring and encouraging Tsukushi, Sayaka Obihiro returning to face the challenge of JWP’s Kaori Yoneyama, Makoto’s final appearances (for now) with the company before heading off to SMASH, the feisty Riho challenging SMASH’s head man TAJIRI and the ICEx60 Title defense of Tsukasa Fujimoto against the dynamic Hikari Minami.
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