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

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

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

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

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

This brought me to Ringbelles.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 WWE

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

TNA

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

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

North America

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

Japan

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

Europe

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

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Results

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming Shows

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

February 7: KANA Pro (Japan)

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

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

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

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

February 22: Bellatrix 12 (Norwich, England)

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

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

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

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

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

– Ciara Reid

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

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

© Ringbelles

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WSU Breaking Barriers live results

WSU Breaking BarriersWe have come full circle with Female Fight Season. Women Superstars Uncensored kicked off proceedings on September 13 with the Resurgence iPPV and it also bookends the proceedings with Breaking Barriers, taking place in Voorhees, NJ today.

Headlining the card is WSU Champion LuFisto defending the title against Jenny Rose, who is enjoying a five match winning streak, while Kimber Lee and Annie Social both have to win their singles matches against JT Dunn and David Starr respectively to try and earn another crack at the Tag Team Championship. Elsewhere, Niya Barela puts the Spirit Title on the line against the debuting Tessa Blanchard, while fellow debutante D’Arcy Dixon faces rival Mickie Knuckles.

You can read a full write-up of the card by clicking here, and if you can’t watch the event on iPPV we will be providing results below. Just keep hitting refresh to get the latest goings-on as they happen.

1. Nevaeh bested Jewells Malone with a Death Valley Driver.
– Sassy Stephie entered to address the crowd flanked by Mademoiselle Rachelle and a mystery woman, later identified as Amanda Rodriguez. Stephie stated her feud with Jessicka Havok was not over, that she has a new job within the backstage of WSU (explaining her corporate dress attire) and then turned her attention to LuFisto, indicating that she was not impressed with her behaviour.
2. Leva Bates defeated Brittany Blake with a Pepsi Plunge
3. Annie Social pinned David Starr with a roll-up
4. Cherry Bomb was victorious over Solo Darling with the Best Superkick Ever
5. WSU Spirit Championship: Niya Barela (c) retained her championship against Tessa Blanchard with a DDT. After the match, she attacked Tessa Blanchard and Nevaeh ran out to make the save.
6. Hania defeated Athena with a frog splash
7. Mickie Knuckles beat D’Arcy Dixon with a pump-handle slam
8. Kimber Lee defeated JT Dunn with a ganso bomb
9. WSU Championship: LuFisto (c) retained her championship against Jenny Rose with a power bomb
– After the match, Sassy Stephie made her way to the ring and got in LuFisto’s face, Mademoiselle Rachelle and Amanda Rodriguez used the distraction as an opportunity to kick LuFisto from behind and the trio beat the WSU Champion down. LuFisto fought back, getting in Sassy Stephie’s face and then made the mistake of turning her back on her, toward the crowd. Stephie attacked her again, leaving LuFisto lying in the ring as the event came to a close.

Thoughts:

• I found the opening match with Navaeh and Jewells Malone to be a bit short and would have liked it to be a bit longer, give them an opportunity to build a story and give the crowd a chance to invest.

• Sassy Stephie rocked the corporate attire as she announced she was now working behind the scenes of WSU, but made sure to be clear that her feud with Jessicka Havok was not over and she has her attention on LuFisto. The segment was good, and I particularly enjoyed the crowd taunts with the ‘Rosebud’ theme.

• Annie Social is looking to be in fine form, as the feud between herself and Kimber Lee and The Juicy Product continues. I am a pretty big fan of inter-gender wrestling, especially amongst individuals who make it look good, aren’t afraid to take risks and show no fear. There’s nothing worse then having an inter-gender match where the opponents are afraid to hit each other. Pleasingly, the interactions between Social/Lee and The Juicy Product have represented every thing that I feel should be present in these type of matches, making them entertaining and invoking the emotions necessary to get a crowd invested. The only thing that I disliked actually had nothing to do with these matches at all, but rather the commentary. In parts, seemed to be full of in-jokes/comments and slights toward the competitors which really could have done without.

• Tessa Blanchard made a good debut, whilst she did look unsure in parts by the time the match was properly underway she looked in her element. Niya retained her championship though, and attacked Tessa after she was declared the winner. Nevaeh sprinted out to make the save, and declared that she would get her shot at Niya’s WSU Spirit Championship in February.

• Before intermission hit, Hania vs Athena was the Match of the Day, Hania attacking Athena before the bell rang and it was an all-out brawl. It was captivating in parts, and just when you thought Athena had the match won, Hania hit the frog splash and got the pin.

• After intermission, the action kicked back in with D’Arcy Dixon and Mickie Knuckles, which was an explosive from the time the bell rang. D’arcy’s debut was really impressive and I am looking forward in seeing how she progresses in the future.

• Kimber Lee and JT Dunn put on another solid match, and again I really enjoyed it. I think creating this dynamic of having these type of matches on the WSU shows, is setting them a part from other women’s promotions right now and for me, it makes me want to buy more of the events as I want to see what happens next.

• The main event saw LuFisto defend her championship against Jenny Rose. The match at different points had the fans swinging from each women as to who to cheer for. I think this is a sign of a solid match and makes it great to watch as it culminates into a complete story. There was something missing for me though, so I will be watching this match again to see if I can see what I missed. After the match, Sassy Stephie seized the opportunity to attack LuFisto with her assistants, Mademoiselle Rachelle and Amanda Rodriguez. The event closed with Lufisto lying in the ring, and me hoping that she gets some revenge at the next WSU event on February 21, 2015.

– Rhi

Full WSU Breaking Barriers lineup revealed; two title matches, two debuts & a big return mentioned

WSU Breaking Barriers

Women Superstars Uncensored has announced a stacked card for its Breaking Barriers show on the afternoon of November 8 with two debuts and a surprise being promised for the iPPV.

As we announced in Tuesday’s Roundup, Hania and Athena will face off again after their contest at Resurgence in September which was won by the Fallen Goddess. The future of the Tag Team Championship scene will also be cleared up as Chicks Using Nasty Tactics and titleholders the Juicy Product will face off in separate singles matches – Kimber Lee takes on JT Dunn while Annie Social battles David Starr in one-on-one affairs with the stipulation being that the women have to win both matches to get another shot at the belts in the future.

Two titles will be on the line at the event at the Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees, NJ. LuFisto will defend the WSU Championship against Jenny Rose with the challenger enjoying a five match winning streak dating back to February. After beating Hania twice, Barracuda Britney, Mima Shimoda and Marti Belle, she is in one for the biggest title opportunity of her career. LuFisto has made no secret about her injuries – she’s dealing with a broken hand and also had been unwittingly working for LuFisto WSUseveral months with a separated shoulder, so she may be ripe for the picking after a heavy year. Incidentally, the Wounded Owl Ronin also had to deal with owner DJ Hyde and his hand-picked favourite Sassy Stephie, and Stephie will explain her association with the boss as well as their attack on the titleholder at the end of Resurgence.

Elsewhere, Niya Barela puts the Spirit Championship up against debutante Tessa Blanchard, who has impressed a great many people over the past year. However, WSU is questioning why Barela is ducking the challenge of Nevaeh, who has recently been chasing the champion. The Gem City Queen will be in the building as she’s wrestling a returning Jewells Malone, so Nevaeh may also be a factor in this Spirit title match.

Cosplayers collide with Leva Bates – who makes her first WSU appearance in more than two years – and Brittany Blake locking up, Cherry Bomb faces Solo Darling – who made a strong first impression in the promotion back in September – and D’Arcy Dixon will make her WSU debut against longtime rival Mickie Knuckles, just one day after the pair face each other in a cage match for Knuckles’ RESISTANCE Pro Women’s Championship.

Finally, WSU is hinting at a major return at the event but haven’t revealed any hints about who it is or in what capacity. We’ll find out on November 8. The iPPV isn’t available for pre-order yet, but keep checking here to find out when it’s available.

WSU Championship: LuFisto (c) v Jenny Rose
WSU Spirit Championship: Niya Barela (c) 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

NCW Femmes Fatales XVI results – Courtney Rush defeats Cheerleader Melissa

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After 15 months of stalemates, the deadlock between Courtney Rush and Cheerleader Melissa was finally broken at last night’s NCW Femmes Fatales XVI show with Rush defeating her rival in the main event to successfully defend her Femmes Fatales International Championship.

The pair went to a double DQ in July last year and their Iron Woman Match this April ended in a stalemate. They were also opponents in the 4-way in August where Rush won the title but Melissa and LuFisto eliminated each other, meaning that Rush was still without a decision over the then-SHIMMER Champion. However, there were no questions left unanswered after last night’s event in Montreal, QC, Canada, as Courtney made Melissa tap out to the Sharpshooter following a crazy No-DQ, Falls Count Anywhere match which saw Rush dive 15 feet from the balcony to the floor.

Elsewhere on the show, LuFisto held onto the Women Superstars Uncensored Championship by defeating Mia Yim, Vanessa Kraven‘s issues with Mademoiselle Rachelle, Sassy Stephie and Jody D’Milo, while Angie Skye threw out a challenge to Portia Perez. You can check out the results below courtesy of NCW Femmes Fatales with additional exclusive information from Pat Laprade – whose book Mad Dogs, Midgets and Screw Jobs is well worth a read.

1. Kaitlin Diemond defeated Missy with a Barbie Crusher.
2. Mary Lee Rose & Pink Flash Kira beat Bettie Rage & Deziree. Kira pinned Deziree with a top rope splash.
– Angie Skye came out to challenge Portia Perez to a match at Femmes Fatales XVII on April 4 next year for Portia’s open contract. Perez wasn’t in attendance due to an injury she suffered last week at SHIMMER. Mademoiselle Rachelle came to the ring with Sassy Stephie and Allysin Kay to tell Skye to stop whining and leave the ring.
3. Kc Spinelli defeated Allysin Kay & Xandra Bale in a 3-way. Spinelli pinned Kay for the victory.
4. Combat de Rue: Saraya Knight beat Sweet Cherrie.
5. Vanessa Kraven defeated Jody D’Milo via DQ following interference from Sassy Stephie, who hit Kraven with her crutch after faking a knee injury. Angie Skye made the save, leading to…
6. Sassy Stephie & Jody D’Milo beat Vanessa Kraven & Angie Skye after Allysin Kay hit Kraven with the crutch.
7. WSU Championship: LuFisto (c) pinned Mia Yim with a Burning Hammer and Tiger Bomb to retain the title.
8. Femmes Fatales International Championship – No DQ, Falls Count Anywhere: Courtney Rush (c) made Cheerleader Melissa tap out to the Sharpshooter to retain the title.
– After the match, Saraya Knight came out and went face-to-face with Rush.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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)

WSU Resurgence live results – LuFisto defends the World Title against Allysin Kay

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Today could be the start of a big two weeks for Allysin Kay. She challenges LuFisto for the Women Superstars Uncensored World Championship as part of today’s Resurgence card taking place in Voorhees, NJ, then she heads over to the UK in a fortnight to take on Bellatrix World Champion Liberty in the main event of Bellatrix X. Kay hasn’t set foot in a WSU ring so far this year – she was meant to be at the Mutiny show in February but injury forced her out, and she and Sassy Stephie lost the Tag Team Titles when Stephie was given Jessicka Havok as a replacement partner, which didn’t work out for the best. You can see if she can win her first world title by ordering the iPPV today from Highspots.tv.

The aforementioned Tag Team Titles are also on the line as the Chicks Using Nasty Tactics attempt to regain the straps from the Juicy Product‘s JT Dunn and David Starr in a rematch following their unscheduled contest at United in July. Dunn and Starr came out to show Kimber Lee and Annie Sccial that equality works both ways by winning a title earmarked for women to add to their collection of tag team championships. We’ll see if C.U.N.T. can kick off a second reign this evening.

Elsewhere on the card, Athena and Hania square off in what should be a high-flying battle; Nevaeh & Brittany Blake face Spirit Champion Niya Barela & Jessie Kaye; Miss Diss Lexia makes her WSU debut against Cherry Bomb; Jenny Rose battles Marti Belle, and one Jessicka Havok’s attendance has been confirmed – though it’s unclear as to whether she is wrestling.

We will be watching the show and updating this report with results, and will have a review later – if you’re watching too, feel free to leave comments below on what you think of the show.

1. Jenny Rose pinned Marti Belle with an Oklahoma Roll.
2. Cherry Bomb defeated Miss Diss Lexia with the Best Superkick Ever.
3. Nevaeh & Brittany Blake beat Niya Barela & Jessie Kaye. Nevaeh pinned Kaye with a German Suplex. Kaye and Barela fought to the back.
– Sassy Stephie came out to say that she had no opponent because “making an Impact” is more important than wrestling at WSU, in reference to her ongoing feud with Jessicka Havok. Solo Darling came out to challenge Stephie, leading to…
4. Sassy Stephie defeated Solo Darling with the Kiss My Sass.
5. Athena pinned Hania following the O-Face.
6. WSU Tag Team Championship: The Juicy Product (JT Dunn & David Starr) (c) beat Chicks Using Nasty Tactics (Annie Social & Kimber Lee). Starr pinned Social following a spiked Tombstone Piledriver.
7. WSU World Championship: LuFisto (c) defeated Allysin Kay with the Burning Hammer. DJ Hyde and Sassy Stephie came out after the match to threaten LuFisto, telling her to stand by his side and support him – she refused, saying she would rather die on her feet than live on her knees. Hyde wiped LuFisto out with a chairshot, busting her open, then dismembered Pegaboo.

Thoughts

• First off, despite it being advertised, Jessicka Havok was not there. Worse still, there was no announcement of her not being in attendance at any point in the show so I was left in the final angle of the show expecting her to make an appearance which never came. WSU has since informed us that TNA pulled her from the show.

• Second, a word on the advertising. There was hardly any of it – so much so that I needed a reminder that the show was taking place, and a friend of mine who was aware that there was a WSU show coming up completely forgot about it. Combat Zone Wrestling may need to spend more time solely advertising to the women’s wrestling fans instead of grouping them together with the CZW faithful.

• Thirdly, the show itself was perilously short. Starting around 15 minutes late and incorporating a 15 minute interval, the event was all done at just over two hours. It feels pretty short for an iPPV which cost $15.

1 Marti Belle Jenny Rose WSU• So, to the matches. Unfortunately, the undercard felt pretty weak – not because of the talent involved but because there was precious little build up for any of the contests. That lack of hype for them meant that they felt somewhat inconsequential. Take Jenny Rose v Marti Belle for instance – what was actually a tale of Rose coming off the back of the biggest win of her career over Mima Shimoda at United was barely toughed upon before showtime. As for the match, I enjoyed it. There was some really nice mat wrestling to start which didn’t feel like them going through some pre-arranged counters, but like they were struggling to exchange and battle. Belle looked the best that I’ve seen her in a while and Rose’s ascension up the WSU ranks continued with the pinfall win in what was a tidy outing for the American Joshi.

• This was my first experience of Miss Diss Lexia, and I was surprised at how little character was displayed for someone who has such a gimmicky name. She had the perfect foil to work with in Cherry Bomb – who was so excited in her entrance as she received the streamer treatment, saying “this must mean I’m good, right?!” – but she just came across as a white meat babyface. It probably didn’t help that the match wasn’t up to much, and the BSE finish was actually a kick to Lexia’s midsection. Not the best iPPV debut for Miss Diss.

2 Niya Barela Brittany Blake WSU• Brittany Blake is a CZW trainee, so this match did the best it could to show what she could do. With a look like former WSU Tag Team Champion Miss April (AKA AJ Lee) she is a slip of a thing who was able to execute her flying moves on larger opponents Jessie Kaye and Niya Barela, and did well selling the prolonged beating before the hot tag. While Kaye is doing her best to develop a look, it’s still a work in progress – while Barela’s heel mannerisms have really come along. It looks as if Niya is heading towards a Spirit Title defence with Nevaeh, who got the pin on Jessie after the champion avoided being the one taking the fall. The fight between the heels probably wasn’t worth it.

• Sassy Stephie and Mademoiselle Rachelle came to the ring with something to say, and was seemingly another pot-shot at Havok, who Stephie may have been scheduled to wrestle, though we’ll never know for sure. Declaring that she was without an opponent, out came Solo Darling to make her sugar-induced WSU debut. As fun as always, Solo was a sweetheart and Stephie did well to make sure she was as disliked as possible. Stephie’s Kiss My Sass victory was the fourth match in a row without any real impetus for it to happen, which took us to an intermission.

3 Hania Athena WSU• Match quality took an upswing after the break with Athena against Hania, but I disagree with the numerous people who declared this the Match of the Night. While it was a well-executed aerial contest, it had no real story to it and just felt like some very well thought out spots rather than being a physical struggle. That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy it – I found it to be a really entertaining match with some neat high-flying, sweet suplexes and slick slams, but it didn’t have a tale being told. Also, I really don’t buy into Hania’s howling gimmick – it reminds me of the very first episode of Tough Enough where Taz criticises an applicant for howling during a promo and says that it isn’t credible. Plus, it’s too high-pitched to feel scary, and besides, shouldn’t a huntress be quiet and stalk their prey?

• That brings us onto my call for MOTN. We’ve enthused in the past about Kimber Lee’s skill at working intergender matches, and it was certainly on show here as she and Annie Social challenged JT Dunn and David Starr for the WSU Tag Team Championship. Dunn and Starr were forced into getting a makeover by Rick Cataldo before the match and came out in one-piece leotards and fluorescent tutus, coupled with scowls on their faces. The match started with the challengers in confident mood but were led into a false sense of security until Dunn punched Lee square in the face before removing their feminine gear to wear their regular trunks instead in what was a ruse by Cataldo and the Juicy Product. Kimber took most of the beating until finally tagging out to Social – who has worked hard to get into the best shape that she’s been in around five years – who went to work on the titleholders. However, their lack of size hindered their ability to do damage and she was pinned following a spike Tombstone in what was a hell of a contest.

5 LuFisto Allysin Kay WSU• So to the main event, where you have to accept that Allysin Kay is getting a title shot without much reason, as she has been absent for close to a year and her last match in WSU was a defeat. The opening of the match saw WSU Champion LuFisto go after Kay’s legs, explaining to the ref that her opponent was very tall, which is logical. Kay rebounded by attacking the ribs and back to stop LuFisto from throwing her around, which also made sense. This led to a few nice moments on the apron where LuFisto kicked out Kay’s legs to take her to the floor, only for the challenger to deliver a back suplex onto the edge of the ring. In the end, it was the Burning Hammer which was the difference maker to end a title defence which – like much of the card – lacked a real reason for taking place.

• The post-match angle saw DJ Hyde, Stephie and Rachelle come out to try and get LuFisto to fall in line but the champ refused before being laid out with a chair shot to the head, busting her wide open hardway, according to LuFisto’s comment which was caught on the camera. Hyde then pulled all the limbs off Pegaboo to the squeals of LuFisto, so one could assume that WSU is looking to line up Stephie v LuFisto in the future, though that wasn’t clear.

7 LuFisto WSU• In fact, much of WSU’s immediate future is unclear. You could guess at that WSU Championship match, and we may get Nevaeh v Niya down the line, but it’s hard to see what else is coming up. This felt like a show which happened because CZW also had a show that day, rather than there being any great need to see any of these matches, with the exception of the Tag Title affair. If there was a show you could afford to miss, this would be it – which is a shame, because it incorporated the demise of Pegaboo after more than five years of service.