Ringbelles Roundup (9 September 2014) – Total Divas returns, social media mayhem & more

Brie Nikki Bella WWETotal Divas returned to E! on Sunday for a third season and pulled in 1.2 million viewers. That’s up by around 200,000 on the premiere of season 2 and as with previous seasons, the show is being advertised through matches and angles on WWE Raw. However, unlike in previous seasons where the matches and angles would be relatively short or minor, things are different this time around, and it’s seen the Divas division take a noticeable backwards step in the quality of both matches and storylines.

There are the throwaway matches we’re seeing – including Rosa Mendes and her “babysitter” Natalya losing to Summer Rae and Layla on Main Event last Tuesday, as well as to Paige and AJ Lee last night on Raw, which saw Rosa work the bulk of the matches, which meant that match quality was low. That latter match is something of an annoyance as the Divas Championship feud is seemingly being shuffled to one side to hype a TV show which the majority of Raw viewers don’t watch, as the Total Divas viewers don’t tend to watch wrestling either. Having said that, the Paige and AJ feud seems to be stagnant at the moment, though there is the Night of Champions match coming up – more on that coming soon – which may see more interaction with Nikki Bella – though she’s in her own storyline and it’s probably best if Paige and AJ stay a country mile away from it, as it’s responsible for some of the worst TV that WWE has produced in some time… and it’s down to Total Divas.

Full disclosure: I’ve never watched an episode of Total Divas, so I’ve never commented on the show itself, only the fallout which happens on WWE TV, which I do watch. The reviews for season one were done by Stew, and even her grew tired of it so we didn’t bother with season two – partly because the amount of crossover was minimal so it wasn’t relevant. Now though, it’s more relevant.

The season 3 influence on WWE is deeper than we would have imagined. It has been reported by Figure Four Online that the Bella Twins split is part of the show’s season long story, requested by E! in order to create a dramatic narrative for the show, and will possibly see them reconcile at the end of this current run. That means that WWE writers are being dictated to by an external influence, and we have to live with it as the story can’t be dropped as it will mess up the lineage of Total Divas. All the backstory melodrama may work for a TV show where the viewers don’t have as much reference of the history of the Bella Twins but for viewers of Raw and SmackDown, they know that there has never been a hint of dissension between Brie and Nikki since their debut six years ago, so it’s hard to accept the cheating and theft stories which we’re being fed. Lance Storm pointed out that it’s hard to know how a viewer should feel about the accusations – if they’re true, then how are we supposed to have sympathy for the babyface Brie, while if they’re lies, why are the commentators saying that these claims hold no water and can’t be substantiated?

While the promos so far have been lowlights of recent weeks, things got worse on last night’s Raw and produced a real casualty in the process.

Brie and Nikki took to the ring for another week to talk, which has been established isn’t either of their strong points – though the latter is the better of the two, possibly because she has the stronger dialogue to work with. Their set-to was mediated by Jerry Springer, who gained fame in the late 90s for his car-crash TV talk show which WWE partly used as a blueprint for its Attitude run, along with things like South Park and ECW. Springer’s relevance to pop culture is far less and it is confusing as to which audience he was brought in to attract as the 18-34 age range which was around in 1998 has largely moved on while the children that WWE aims itself Nikki Brie Bella WWEtowards these days won’t know him as that huge star of 15 years ago. While he still hosts his show, it’s lost in the shuffle and doesn’t have the cultural impact that it used to – partly because it’s accused as being as predetermined and staged as pro-wrestling.

The Bella saga brought in the immediate family like their mother and father – with their mother essentially siding with heel Nikki to urge Brie to appease her sister instead of chastising the one who’s being the arse about all of this – as well as producing their brother live on the show, with him taking Brie’s side. This all ended in another crappy roll-about brawl which saw the Bellas and Stephanie McMahon – who came out to help break the pair up – rolling and stepping all over Springer, who had to be taken from the ring on a stretcher suffering from bruised ribs and a twisted ankle. A 70 year old man ended up being injured for this interminable feud which is well on the way to being the worst feud in wrestling anywhere this year – and that includes the Samuel Shaw storyline involving him stalking Christy Hemme in TNA.

We asked you on our Facebook and Twitter about what you thought of the segment. The reactions were universally negative, with comments like “torture”, “Katie Vick level”, “one of the dumbest segments ever to air on television”, “stupid”, “a pathetic waste of time”, “Wrestlecrap induction material” and “worse than Gaddafi”.

It will have to run for at least another month as well, as the blow-off isn’t happening at Night of Champions. Unfortunately, we may have to deal with this until Hell in a Cell on October 26 – so that’s at least seven more weeks of this.

The subsequent question is: should we be okay with a show which isn’t watched by the majority of wrestling fans being allowed to overlap into WWE programming and create some truly rotten TV?

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Ringbelles tweetA funny thing happened to us at Ringbelles on Friday, and it all started off so normally.

We posted up details of the Divas Championship match announced for Night of Champions which had yet to be broadcast in the US but had been shown elsewhere in the world. We posted it when we did because WWE had posted the YouTube video of Stephanie McMahon making the announcement, so it was fair game at that point – but it exploded on Twitter when Divas Champion Paige retweeted it, leading to us getting a snapshot at what her life must be like on social media.

Within minutes, our notifications blew up with fans of the Brit favouriting and retweeting our message. Within 12 hours, it had been retweeted 171 times and favourited by 271 people. As of press time, that’s jumped to 201 retweets and 329 favourites – and that’s just for one message posted by Paige. A quick look at her Twitter account shows that similar things happen every time that she posts something. That’s a lot of bombardment by fans.

The torrent of messages include things like supportive comments, insults, pleas for her to follow back or retweet something, and it’s something that wrestlers in this social media world have to quickly learn to control. This sort of thing was not an issue five years ago when Twitter was tiny and Facebook was not such an immediate medium. Consider having to learn this as you go – it must be a daunting prospect, and means that your private life becomes even trickier. After all, in the past a wrestler could leave an arena, sign a few autographs and smile for a few photos before going back to their hotel, shutting the door and cutting themselves off from it all. However, smartphones and laptops mean that the fans are in your hotel room, your home and everywhere that you have tech for getting online. Besides, the pressure to have that connection with fans must be huge. You don’t want to ignore them but to speak to them too often means that you’re constantly replying to messages, so it must be hard to get the balance right.

Some wrestlers choose to remove themselves from the situation. Hailey Hatred vanished from the social media sphere more than a year ago while Saraya Knight took her personal page off Facebook, preferring to correspond on a business level on Twitter instead. Likewise, Serena Deeb keeps her dealings to Twitter and has scaled back the posts she makes. With more than 85,500 followers, she falls short of the attention that Paige gets with her 369,000 – but we approached her to get her thoughts on having a social media presence when being a recognised figure.

Serena Deeb“I find it amazing that we can connect through social media today with people all over the world,” she says. I personally choose to share posts and tweets that I find inspiring or that could potentially speak to someone at the right moment and do good in their world. I find the internet and media is so filled with negativity so I really aim to contribute a positive perspective.

“It’s very important to keep in mind that what we post about on social media is powerful,” continues Deeb. “Each individual has a choice on what they present to this world.”

That sentiment could apply to both wrestlers and fans. While I’m not saying that fans can’t voice their feelings on a match that they didn’t particularly like, personal pot-shots are not cool. Sure, performers in the public eye are conditioned more than most to let insults wash over them but they can’t help to make some kind of scar over time. Let’s just be excellent to each other, and cut down on the personal insults and quit begging for follows.

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WWE
Bayley Charlotte WWEDevelopmental Diva Veronica Lane (Erika Ann Hammond) left WWE on Wednesday after requesting her release. The former pageant model debuted late last year before being injured and was most recently working as a ring announcer and backstage interviewer… Charlotte beat Alexa Bliss on last week’s NXT ahead of her Women’s Championship defence against Bayley at Takeover 2 this Thursday. After the match, the challenger came out to say that she was going to take the title and advised Charlotte to take her more seriously. She again extended her hand, only to be pie-faced by Charlotte, but she rebounded with the Hugplex. Considering Charlotte has refused to shake Bayley’s hand so far, I would imagine that regardless of the outcome (though I’m calling a Bayley win) that the pair shake hands at the end as Bayley gains Charlotte’s respect… The pair worked the main event of the NXT show in Citrus Springs, FL on Saturday and reportedly received rave reviews… Charlotte held a Q&A on Twitter where she said that she says a prayer for her late brother Reid before each match, and says that she has her first t-shirt coming out soon.

TNA
Gail Kim beat Taryn Terrell on Wednesday’s Impact Wrestling to retain the Knockouts Championship. President Dixie Carter called Terrell v Kim “the best feud in women’s wrestling”. Jassicka Havok (or just Havok) made her first appearance in the promotion following weeks of hype, destroying both Gail and Taryn with Air Raid Crashes… Brittany apparently has her eyes on Samuel Shaw… The wrestlers who made it to the US portion of British Boot Camp wrestled on one of the PPV tapings Roanoake Rapids, NC on Saturday. Angelina Love managed the heels while Al Snow represented the faces. At least one woman made it through to the final six.

North America
Maria Kanellis Ring of Honor Andrea KellawayKarlee Perez (FKA Maxine in WWE) signed to wrestle for Lucha Underground. Candice LeRae has apparently turned down an offer. The show has recorded its first two episodes with Perez managing while Sexy Star and Ivelisse Velez wrestled. No spoilers, and we’ll report the results when they’re televised at the start of next month… A sixth member has been added to both Team USA and Team Canada ahead of September 21’s SMASH Wrestling CanUSA Classic. Taeler Hendrix (USA) will face Leah Von Dutch (Canada)… Heidi Lovelace, Nikki Storm, Veda Scott, Thunderkitty, Tessa Blanchard, Alexia Nicole and Angel Dust join Women’s Champion Athena as being announced for Absolute Intense Wrestling’s Girls Night Out tapings on October 4… Maria Kanellis and her fiancé Mike Bennett have created a championship belt called the Title of Love. It was debuted on Ring of Honor’s show in Toronto at the weekend… Miss Diss Lexia will make her Women Superstars Uncensored debut at Resurgence this Saturday. Her opponent will be Cherry Bomb… Maryland Championship Wrestling’s Women’s Championship tournament is underway. Amber Rodriguez defeated Kylie Pierce via forfeit after Pierce revealed that she could no compete because of having to have hand surgery, while Jessie Kaye advanced by beating Renee Michelle… Courtney Rush successfully defended the NCW Femmes Fatales International Championship against Leah Von Dutch on Saturday.

Japan
Kairi Hojo Youji KawauchiTsukushi celebrated her 17th birthday by wrestling 11 straight matches on Saturday’s Ice Ribbon show… Kairi Hojo needed stitches for a split lip after Sunday’s Stardom show where she went to a time limit draw with Kaori Yoneyama. Cheerleader Melissa was beaten by Nanae Takahashi in the main event.

Europe
Chanel told the Barbwire Blog that she received a WWE tryout at the same time that she worked as one of Adam Rose’s Rosebuds back in May… Addy Starr says she will be part of Pro Wrestling: EVE’s return in November… Penelope’s first defence of her DOA Sirens Championship will be on October 18 when she faces Addy Starr and Chanel in a 3-way. You can see a match between Penelope’s two challengers which took place in DOA by clicking here… Nixon Newell (who joined us for the best My Name Is interview to date over the weekend) will wrestle Svetlana Kalashnikova at Westside Xtreme Wrestling’s show on September 20… Pollyanna Peppers ended Rhia O’Reilly’s unbeaten PROGRESS streak when she pinned her on Sunday… Lady Lory regained the Europe Catch Tour Association Women’s Championship from Saraya Knight on Saturday… Dragon Pro Wrestling is holding a four woman tournament on October 5 to determine a new Women’s Champion. The semi-final matches are Addy Starr v Pollyanna Peppers and Rhia O’Reilly v Nixon Newell.

Mexico
Hudson Envy, LuFisto and Jordynne Grace all worked in Mexico at the weekend for Lucha Libre Femenil. We couldn’t find results for the shows but we’ll include them in next week’s Roundup if they show up.

Australia & New Zealand
A 4-way match has been announced for the IndyGurlz Australia Championship, which has been vacated by Mercedes Martinez. Saraya Knight, Madison Eagles, Evie and Demi Bennett will fight it out at New Horizons Pro Wrestling’s November 21 show.

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Results

August 31: Inspire Pro Wrestling (Austin, TX) – Barbi Hayden b Athena

September 2: WWE Main Event (Lincoln, NE) – Layla & Summer Rae b Natalya & Rosa Mendes

September 2: WWE dark match (Lincoln, NE) – Naomi b Cameron

September 3: TNA Impact Wrestling (New York, NY) – Gail Kim b Taryn Terrell

September 4: WWE NXT (Winter Park, FL) – Charlotte b Alexa Bliss

September 5: Pro Wrestling 4U (Newcastle-Under-Lyme, England) – Nixon Newell b Pollyanna Peppers

September 5: WWE House Show (Terre Haute, IN) – Paige b Natalya

September 5: WWE NXT House Show (Cocoa, FL) – Bayley b Charlotte

September 5: WWE SmackDown (Lincoln, NE) – Paige b Brie Bella

September 5: Santino Bros Wrestling (Bella Gardens, CA) – Ruby Raze b Biagio Crescenzo

September 5: Maryland Championship Wrestling (Nottingham, MD) – Amber Rodriguez b Kylie Pierce via forfeit; Jessie Kaye b Renee Michelle

September 5: Absolute Intense Wrestling (Cleveland, OH) – Rickey Shane Page b Candice LeRae

September 5: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Dark Angel, Estrellita & Goya Kong b La Comandante, Tiffany & Zeuxis

September 6: Hikaru Shida Produce (Osaka, Japan) – YO-HEY & Koharu Hinata b Kyusei Ninja Ranmaru & Taiyo Kamen; Tomoka Nakagawa & Hibiscus Mii b Arisa Nakajima & Rina Yamashita; Kaori Yoneyama b Mika Iida; Hikaru Shida b Kana

September 6: Sendai Girls (Sendai, Japan) – Rabbit Miyu b Alex Lee; Kyusei Sakura Hirota b Raideen Hagane; Meiko Satomura b Command Bolshoi; DASH Chisako & Kaho Kobayashi b Dump Matsumoto & ZAP via DQ; Kagetsu b Ray

September 6: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Tsukushi v Mio Shirai went to a time limit draw; Tsukushi b Shiori Akiba; Tsukushi b 235; Tsukushi b Meari Naito; Tsukushi v Neko Nitta went to a time limit draw; Tsukushi v Risa Sera went to a time limit draw; Tsukushi v Maki Narumiya went to a time limit draw; Aoi Kizuki b Tsukushi; Kurumi b Tsukushi; Tsukushi v Tsukasa Fujimoto went to a time limit draw; Tsukushi b Yuka

September 6: Tokyo Joshi Puroresu (Tokyo, Japan) – Chikage Kiba b Ai Shimizu; KANNA b Yuka Sakazaki; Miyu Yamashita & Erin b Nonoko & Syoko Nakajima

September 6: RAD:PRO Wrestling (South Shields, England) – Sammii the Dolly & Switch b Freya Frenzy & Vulture to win the EmbryoniX Mixed Tag Team Championship

Courtney Rush TabercilSeptember 6: Europe Catch Tour Association (Aire-sur-la-Lys, France) – Lady Lory b Saraya Knight to win the ECTA Women’s Championship

September 6: Anarchy in Angus (Angus, ON, Canada) – Courtney Rush b Leah Von Dutch

September 6: Absolute Intense Wrestling (Cleveland, OH) – Candice LeRae b Johnny Gargano

September 6: Hoosier Pro Wrestling (Columbus, OH) – Stompin Steve & Lylah Lodge b Wicked Clown & Scarecrow Fast Eddie

September 6: GOUGE (Raleigh, NC) – Kacee Carlisle b Samantha Starr

September 6: WWE NXT House Show (Citrus Springs, CA) – Bayley b Charlotte

September 6: WWE House Show (Dayton, OH) – Paige b Natalya

September 6: WWE House Show (Hampton, VA) – Brie Bella, Eva Marie & Naomi b Alicia Fox, Cameron & Nikki Bella

September 6: Battleground Pro Wrestling (La Habra, CA) – Alexis Darevko, Ali Hussein, Anton Voorhees & Sasha Darevko b Brittany Wonder, Johnny Plinko & The Riv

September 6: I Believe In Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Brittany, Maxwell Chicago & Rhett Giddins b Chico Adams, Tim Zbyszko & Blake Archer

September 7: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – Eri Susa b Yua Hayashi; Kayoko Haruyama b Yako Fujigasaki; Eiger b Bolshoi Kid & Hanako Hanayashiki in a 3-way; Kana & Ray b KAZUKI & Raideen Hagane; Leon & Neko Nitta b Arisa Nakajima & Rabbit Miyu

September 7: World Woman Pro Wrestling Diana (Kawasaki, Japan) – Sareee b Rosa Bonita; Kyoko Inoue & Kaoru Ito b Keiko Aono & Yuiga

September 7: REINA (Saitama, Japan) – Maki Narumiya b 235; Alex Lee b Kyusei Sakura Hirota; Makoto b Haruka Kato; Syuri & Tsukushi b Kurumi & Risa Sera

September 7: Pro Wrestling WAVE (Tokyo, Japan) – Mio Shirai & Yuu Yamagata b Mika Iida & Misaki Ohata; Tomoka Nakagawa b Melanie Cruise; Kyoko Kimura, Hikaru Shida & Cherry b Shu Shibutani, Ayako Hamada & Kyusei Sakura Hirota; Sumire Natsu, Kaho Kobayashi, Sawako Shimono & Yumi Oka b Moeka Haruhi, Rina Yamashita, Kana & Tsukasa Fujimoto

September 7: Stardom (Tokyo, Japan) – Kris Wolf b Reo Hazuki & Hatsuhinode Kamen; Kairi Hojo v Kaori Yoneyama went to a time limit draw; Kyoko Kimura b Takumi Iroha; Yoshiko b Koguma; Io Shirai b Star Fire; DASH Chisako b Mayu Iwatani; Nanae Takahashi b Cheerleader Melissa

September 7: PROGRESS Wrestling (London, England) – Pollyanna Peppers b Rhia O’Reilly

September 7: Scottish Wrestling Alliance (Glasgow, Scotland) – Viper b Sammii Jayne; Bete Noire & Nikki Storm b Courtney & Manlon

September 7: Absolute Intense Wrestling (Cleveland, OH) – Veda Scott b Candice LeRae

September 7: WWE House Show (State College, PA) – Paige b Natalya

September 7: WWE House Show (Salisbury, MD) – Brie Bella, Eva Marie & Naomi b Alicia Fox, Cameron & Nikki Bella

AJ Lee Rosa Mendes WWESeptember 7: AAA (Hidalgo, Mexico) – Eterno & Taya Valkyrie b Bengala & Faby Apache

September 7: Lucha Memes Fest (Coacalco de Berriozabal, Mexico) – Arez b Keira; La Silueta b Dark Angel and Marcela and Zeuxis in a 4-way

September 8: WWE Raw (Baltimore, MD) – Paige & AJ Lee b Natalya & Rosa Mendes

September 8: CMLL (Puebla, Mexico) – Amapola, Dalys & Zeuxis b Dark Angel, Estrellita & Lluvia

Upcoming

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

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

September 12: Squared Circle Wrestling (Rome, NY) – Cherry Bomb v Nevaeh

September 13: Stardom (Tokyo, Japan) – Takumi Iroha v Koguma; Kyoko Kimura v Mayu Iwatani; Yoshiko v DASH Chisako; Cheerleader Melissa v Kairi Hojo; Star Fire v Nanae Takahashi; Io Shirai v Kaori Yoneyama; Veda Scott v Jewells Malone

September 13: UK Wrestling (Wakefield, England) – Heidi Katrina v Shanna

September 13: House Of Pain: Evolution (Derby, England) – Nixon Newell v Zak Northern

September 13: Target Wrestling (Newcastle, England) – Kasey Owens v Saraya Knight

September 13: SMASH Wrestling (Oshawa, ON, Canada) – Courtney Rush v Vanessa Kraven

September 13: Women Superstars Uncensored (Voorhees, NJ) – JT Dunn & David Starr v Kimber Lee & Annie Social; LuFisto v Allysin Kay; Athena v Hania; Nevaeh & Brittany Blake v Niya Barela & Jessie Kaye; Miss Diss Lexia v Cherry Bomb

September 13: Quintessential Pro Wrestling (Las Vegas, NV) – Hudson Envy v Christina Von Eerie; Veda Scott v Serena Deeb; Candice LeRae v Laura James; Kahmora v Ivelisse Velez

September 14: Wrestling Eclipse (Oshawa, ON, Canada) – Xandra Bale v Beautiful Beaa

September 15: Stardom (Osaka, Japan) – Kairi Hojo v Io Shirai; Cheerleader Melissa v Star Fire; Kaori Yoneyama v Nanae Takahashi; Kyoko Kimura v Yoshiko; DASH Chisako v Koguma; Mayu Iatani v Takumi Iroha

September 19: Southside Wrestling (Sheffield, England) – Joey Ryan & Candice LeRae v Martin Kirby & Kris Travis; Morgan Webster, Tyler Bate & Dan Moloney v Nixon Newell, Jonathan Gresham & Chris Brookes

September 20: Westside Xtreme Wrestling (Wickede, Germany) – Svetlana Kalashnikova v Nixon Newell

September 20: Pride Wrestling (Glasgow, Scotland) – DCT & Viper v Mr Byers & Fiona Fraser

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

Kimber Lee Xandra BaleSeptember 21: SMASH Wrestling CANUSA Classic (Toronto, ON, Canada) – Amazing Kong v LuFisto; Allysin Kay v Vanessa Kraven; Kimber Lee v Xandra Bale; Cherry Bomb v Courtney Rush; Taeler Hendrix v Leah Von Dutch

September 21: Anarchy Championship Wrestling (Austin, TX) – Solo Darling v Athena

September 21: WWE Night of Champions (Nashville, TN) – Paige v AJ Lee v Nikki Bella

September 23: Stardom (Tokyo, Japan) – Kaori Yoneyama v Cheerleader Melissa; Io Shirai v Nanae Takahashi; Star Fire v Kairi Hojo; Koguma v Mayu Iwatani; Kyoko Kimura v DASH Chisako; Yoshiko v Takumi Iroha

September 26: Lucky Pro Wrestling (Hudson, MA) – Nikki Valentine v Davienne

September 27: Ronin Pro Wrestling (Miami, FL) – Leva Bates v Dynamite Didi

September 28: PAID Promotions (Morecambe, England) – Kay Lee Ray v Carmel Jacob

September 28: Bellatrix X (Norwich, England) – Sammi Baynz v Blue Nikita; Liberty v Allysin Kay; Penelope v Violet O’Hara; Lady Lory v Erin Angel; Miss Mina v Skarlett; Amy-Lee Krammer v Shax; Chanel v Saraya Knight

September 28: Alternative Wrestling Show (Hemet, CA) – Leah Von Dutch & Kahmora v Melissa Coates & Sage Sinn

September 29: OZ Academy (Tokyo, Japan) – Aja Kong & Tsubasa Kuragaki v Mayumi Ozaki & Kyusei Sakura Hirota

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

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

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

October 4: Family Wrestling Entertainment (Brooklyn, NY) – Maria Kanellis v Ivelisse Velez; Candice LeRae & TBA v Veda Scott & Christina Von Eerie

October 4: American States Wrestling Alliance (Mansfield, OH) – Nevaeh v Samantha Heights

October 4: Absolute Intense Wrestling Girls Night Out 13 & 14 (Cleveland, OH)

October 5: Dragon Pro Wrestling (Newport, Wales) – Addy Starr v Pollyanna Peppers; Rhia O’Reilly v Nixon Newell

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

October 10: SHINE 22 (Ybor City, FL)

October 11: Southside Wrestling (Nottingham, England) – Kay Lee Ray v Kimber Lee

October 11: East Coast Wrestling Association Women’s Championship tournament (Carneys Point, NJ)

October 12: Southside Wrestling (St Neots, England) – Kimber Lee & Drew Gulak v Jim & Lee Hunter; Kay Lee Ray v El Ligero v Will Ospreay v Mark Andrews v Rich Swann v Shane Strickland

Penelope Chanel Addy StarrOctober 18: DOA Wrestling (March, England) – Penelope v Chanel v Addy Starr

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

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

October 25: Southside Wrestling (Stevenage, England) – Mark Andrews v El Ligero v Will Ospreay v Rich Swann v Kay Lee Ray v Curry Man

October 25: NCW Femmes Fatales XVI (Montreal, QC, Canada) – Jodi D’Milo v Vanessa Kraven

October 26: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland)

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

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

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

November 23: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland)

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

– Lee Burton
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Review: Alternative Wrestling Show 4th Women’s Tournament (31 May 2014)

AWS RosterThere is a lot of attention put on women’s promotions across the US, with groups like SHIMMER, SHINE and Women Superstars Uncensored and others getting a lot of column inches. Meanwhile, there are also outfits like Absolute Intense Wrestling, Inspire Pro Wrestling and Anarchy Championship Wrestling who are giving women a larger platform than most. The thing is that we hardly ever cast an eye over the West Coast – and that’s a horrible oversight considering there are quite a few women in the California area who are making impressions.

To that end, we’re taking a look at Alternative Wrestling Show’s 4th Women’s Tournament which took place back in May. It featured some names which you would likely know and others you may not, highlighted by Cheerleader Melissa and Serena Deeb facing each other in – to our knowledge – their first singles match ever. Seriously, how could this match not have happened before this year?!

Results
Tournament First Round
1. Cole Pistol beat Kikyo Nakamura with a crucifix
2. Christina Von Eerie defeated Kahmora with a back duplex
3. Nicole Savoy bested Datura with the Royal Butterfly
4. Amazona pinned Candice LeRae by countering a sunset flip
Tag Team Match
5. Raze & Sage Sin defeated Allie Parker & Kitana Vera. Raze pinned Parker following a Cobra Clutch Saito Suplex.
Tournament Semi Finals
6. Christina Von Eerie made Cole Pistol tap out to the Tequila Sunrise
7. Amazona defeats Nicole Savoy by submission
Singles Match
8. Cheerleader Melissa pinned Serena Deeb with the Air Raid Crash
AWS Women’s Title Match
9. Hudson Envy (c) beat Brittany Wonder with the Air Raid Crash
Tournament Final
10. Christina Von Eerie made Amazona tap out to a Cobra Clutch
12 Person Tag Team Match
11. B-Boy, Hector Canales, Joey Ryan, Lil Cholo, Rick Knox & SoCal Crazy beat Allie Parker, Candice LeRae, Datura, Kahmora, Kikyo Nakamura & Kitana Vera. Knox pinned Vera with a schoolboy

Cole Pistol Kikyo Nakamura Larry Carlin AWS• The commentators did a good job introducing me as a first time viewer to the show, laying out the history for Cole Pistol and Kikyo Nakamura. There were also at least half a dozen gun-related puns for Pistol, which I appreciated. They veered into the cliched sexist commentary from time to time but reeled themselves in when they felt they were going too far.

• As for the match, it was mostly technical with wrist locks and headlocks, but then opened up to allow Nakamura to deliver some more clubbing shots, though I don’t think she needs a standing moonsault in her repertoire if she is working heel. Pistol got the win with a crucifix after Nakamura went for a lazy cover following a pump handle slam. Nothing terrible, but it wasn’t hugely exciting either.

• Christina Von Eerie’s match with Kahmora upped the intensity level, but the kicks to the back after a snapmare is already overdone on this show, and we’re only into the second match. I’m not sure if Von Eerie was working heel, but she was much more aggressive with her opponent and the match-winning back suplex looked pretty scary. Kahmora’s offence was pretty nonexistent.

• Nicole Savoy and Datura had quite a few mis-steps at the start, mostly when the luchadora attempted armdrags that Savoy wasn’t ready for, as well as more kicks to the spine. However, there were plus points like Datura’s smoothness and aggression, as well as Savoy’s released German and Dragon suplexes tied in with her heel swagger. Despite this match not being the cleanest affair, I enjoyed their hard work.

Raze Kitana Vera Larry Carlin AWS• Amazona pinned Candice LeRae by countering a sunset flip in around 80 seconds. While it was a shocker, it seems a waste for the best wrestler in the tournament to go out in less than a minute and a half.

• Raze is clubbering. She’s aggressive and no-nonsense, which works for her heel gimmick. Sage Sinn’s work seemed to be more flashy and generated excited reactions from the fans, which was all wrong for a heel, and it was highlighted by her going for a tope in the closing moments of the match. I can’t say that I cared too much for Kitana Vera’s selling, and Allie Parker’s hot tag didn’t last long. It just felt like a long squash, and the only one of the four who stood out was Raze.

• More kicks to the back in the tournament semi final between Christina Von Eerie and Cole Pistol, along with some big chops by both women. There was a nice moment where Von Eerie countered a headscissors attempt with a sidewalk slam after falling prey to the same move earlier in the contest, and the contest was set up to make it seem like Christina was too experienced and smart for her opponent.

• Nicole Savoy’s matches do seem to have an increased sense of drama about them, and her battle against Amazona was better than against fellow luchadora Datura in the first round. Amazona kicked out of the Royal Butterfly and locked in a pretty unique submission hold which had elements of the Cattle Mutilation to it for the tap out. I like Savoy, and would be happy to see more of her.

Serena Deeb Cheerleader Melissa Larry Carlin AWS• Please – do you really need me to tell you that Cheerleader Melissa v Serena Deeb was great? With hard-hitting, great chain wrestling and intensity which was far higher than anything else on the show, this was the Match of the Night. While the finish was hot – the referee got wiped out with a Deeb spear so wasn’t there to count when Serena hit the same move on Melissa, only for the SHIMMER Champion to avoid the second attempt and connect with the Air Raid Crash – it was the little things that I liked such as babyface Serena popping the crowd by doing three armdrags. No headdrops, dangerous suplexes or crazy dives – just armdrags. Great stuff.

• Hudson Envy has been generating some buzz over the past year, and it’s easy to see why. With her striking appearance and tattoos, she certainly stands out from most other female wrestlers out there at the moment. It is also evident that she is getting mentoring from LuFisto, as her AWS Women’s Championship defence against Brittany Wonder had a LuFeel about it.

• While the previous contest was a precision outing, this was more like a HOSS FIGHT, and I had a good time watching it. The match spilled to the outside for a considerable amount of time, but it was inside the ring where I saw a couple of moves which really impressed me. One was Envy reversing an Irish whip with a huge Capo Kick, and then turning a monkeyflip into a Tornado DDT. Hudson Envy Brittany Wonder Larry Carlin AWSEnvy finished the Ultragirl off with an Air Raid Crash – which would look like a booking snafu, considering it was the finish of Melissa v Serena, but it makes sense when you consider that the AWS Women’s Champ and SHIMMER titleholder have been feuding, and saw Melissa come out after the match to deliver an Air Raid Crash to her rival.

• Von Eerie v Amazona in the tournament final completely fell apart. A few miscues aside, things seemed to be going in the right direction until about nine minutes in when Amazona seemed to lose all sense of what she was doing and the match degenerated into a mess for the next seven minutes. After a bunch of moves – broken up by some really weird stand-offs – Von Eerie got the win out of nowhere with a Cobra Clutch. Strange, strange, strange.

• The main event was a 12-person comedy match, with the sixth man on the men’s team being referee Rick Knox, who refuse to officiate the contest because of the harsh treatment he had received from women on previous shows.

Candice LeRae Larry Carlin AWS• As for the match, it was about 20 minutes of comedy spots and about 10 minutes of moves. The finish came following a series of LeRae Ballsplexes and Ryan retaliating with a Boobplex on Nakamura before Knox got the flash pin with a schoolboy, underlined with a fast count by referee Ray Rosas. The men celebrated as if it was a major victory for their gender, which was a nice role reversal on how many treat women when they beat a man. The show ended with the guys dancing to The Village People’s Macho Man.

• So, to final thoughts. It seems as if the crowd had a lot of fun, though I could have done without the one woman chanting “Amazona” throughout all of her matches. It also seems as if the fans are regular visitors as they were clued up with the characters and their storylines, and they also got into the comedy aspect of the main event. The wrestling was fine for the most part, though there was a definite step-up in match quality when Serena Deeb and Cheerleader Melissa took to the ring. Of the wrestlers who I had not seen before, I liked Nicole Savoy and Brittany Wonder, and also appreciated Raze working heel. Sage Sin would be better suited as a babyface, and I would like to see more of Cole Pistol and Kikyo Nakamura to get a better impression of them. However, I would urge everyone to keep an eye out for Hudson Envy, as she is interesting, aggressive and has earned the confidence of the AWS promoters – evidenced by her working a feud with Melissa. AWS’ 4th Women’s Tournament is not world-beating, though it’s probably worth a look. Interested? You can download the 125 minute show for $12 by clicking here.

– Photos by Larry Carlin/AWS

A good half year for… Serena Deeb

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Welcome to what has become a tradition for Ringbelles – a rundown of the wrestlers who have enjoyed a good start to the year. In the past, we have featured five or six names who have had a positive six months but this time we have a whopping eight of them, as well as the final article where we list the others who have done a good job. We start with a woman who has been part of the longest women’s match in the western world in 2014 – though there is more to speak about in the last six months when it comes to Serena Deeb

After dipping her toes back into the wrestling waters in 2013 following an 18-month layoff due to a big concussion – one which threatened to put her out of wrestling for good – Deeb kicked off 2014 by making her debut for SHINE Wrestling in a mid-card match against Santana Garrett at SHINE 16. However, she would make a further contribution later in the night as she turned heel to align herself with the Valkyrie stable, ostensibly replacing Rain as its leader. Victories over Angelina Love and Mercedes Martinez – the latter described by us as “engrossing” and “fantastic” – put her within touching distance of a SHINE title shot Allysin Kay Taylor Made Su Yung April Hunter Serena Deeb SHINEagainst reigning champion Ivelisse Velez, and that was underlined as Deeb got a pinball over the titleholder as part of the 10-woman elimination tag team main event at SHINE 19, and went on to win the match alongside Taylor Made. All the pieces fell into place for Velez v Deeb for the championship, and it took place at SHINE 20 last Friday, which ended up being an hour-long broadway which left both women battered, bruised and totally sore. It was some way to kick off her 28th birthday weekend.

While Serena’s highest-profile work of the year has taken place at SHINE, she has also worked elsewhere to great accolade. She produced the match of the night at Queens of Combat‘s debut show in early March against Taeler Hendrix, as well as at Pro Wrestling Syndicate Bombshells later that month against Mia Yim. She also ventured to Californian promotion Alternative Wrestling Show in May as part of a losing effort against Cheerleader Melissa, though the bulk of her wrestling so far in 2014 came in the more remote areas of Canada as part of an all-women touring promotion.

Serena vs Taeler Queens of CombatThe end of April and half of May was spent working with the Beauty Slammers group around Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, mostly wrestling Beautiful Beaa but also against Bambi Hall and Dark Angel Sarah Stock in a 3-way to determine a Beauty Slammers champion – with Stock emerging as the winner. The tour was the most intensive since returning from her concussion and she came through it without any issues, which is certainly a welcome piece of news.

2014 has seen Serena spend much of her time working heel – a big departure from the rousing babyface which she has been for most of her career on the indies, not taking into account her time in WWE developmental or on the main roster – and it is something at which she has proved very adept. Avoiding the need for flashy moves and adopting a “no wasted motion” attitude, her move set is more calculating and sinister, and it has given her the opportunity to display some brilliant facial expressions. Her look when she attempted to spear Velez at SHINE on Friday was one of an obsessed, manic individual with a one-track mind and really helped to add flavour to what was an-already absorbing match. As we have pointed out in the past, Deeb is so beautifully old-school in her work and attitude towards wrestling – and it is an ethos which serves her very well.

Some would argue that she has not wrestled enough dates to really be considered in this list, but this is certainly a case of quality over quantity. When a wrestler goes into the ring against Serena, she can be assured of a top contest against a woman who is supremely confident when it comes to working an opponent as well as the audience, regardless of whether it is a local spot show or an iPPV. Most – if not all – of the matches Deeb has had this year have been Right Hand Coming at SHINE 18in consideration for being the best on the card, and that is a testament to someone who clearly knows what they are doing.

Quite what is in store for Serena for the second half of the year is unclear. There is likely a SHINE Championship rematch in her future, though we could not really speculate on if she will be part of SHIMMER‘s DVD tapings in October. Once an integral and valuable member of the roster, she has missed the last two sets of tapings – though this may be by choice, as working a potential 4 matches in 48 hours may be a stretch for someone who suffered such a serious injury to her brain. Wherever Deeb chooses to work for the rest of this year, she is certainly someone who is worth going out of your way to see live. Should her next six months be similar to the previous six, we may be discussing her in further detail for our Year End Awards.

SHINE 20 live results: Ivelisse defends against Serena Deeb

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Tonight, live from the Orpheum in Ybor City, FL, SHINE Wrestling presents its twentieth instalment, headlined by what promises to be a killer match between the top babyface and the top heel in the promotion – Champion Ivelisse Velez and challenger Serena Deeb, representing the Valkyrie stable. It’s pretty much the biggest match that the promotion can put on right now, and comes on the heels of Serena’s clean pin over the Champ last month at SHINE 19 in the Elimination Match main event.

Elsewhere, Allysin Kay and Jessicka Havok are planning on putting their rivalry to rest – by knocking out their opponent for a count of ten in a Last Woman Standing match, and the Lucha Sisters will make another defence of their SHINE Tag Championship against the winner of a Four Corner Survival match featuring the Kimber Bombs, Legendary, the S-N-S Express and the Buddy System. We talked to one half of the Kimber Bombs – Cherry Bombyesterday on the Women of Wrestling Podcast, and she is confidently predicting victory for herself and birthday girl Kimber Lee.

You can still order the show live (if you’re still in time) or the VOD soon after at WWNLive.com, and meanwhile, we’ll be covering the live results as they come in right here.

1. Four Corners Survival: Legendary (Malia Hosaka & Brandi Wine) defeated S-N-S Express (Sassy Stephie & Jessie Belle Smothers) vs Buddy System (Heidi Lovelace & Solo Darling) & Kimber Lee. Hosaka pinned Kimber following a Legendary double-team Gordbuster.
2. Crazy Mary Dobson beat Amber O’Neal via DQ after O’Neal used a steel chair.
3. Su Yung defeated Justine Silver via referee stoppage following The Purge and the Yellow Fever.
4. La Rosa Negra pinned Shanna with a Frog Splash.
5. Candice LeRae beat Nevaeh when she reversed a Backpack Stunner into an O’Connor Roll.
6. SHINE Tag Team Championship: Legendary (Malia Hosaka & Brandi Wine) beat Lucha Sisters (Leva Bates & Mia Yim) to win the SHINE Tag Team Championship. Wine pinned Yim after Leilani Kai tripped Mia during a quebrada attempt.
7. Last Woman Standing: Allysin Kay beat Jessicka Havok when Su Yung hogtied Havok’s legs so she couldn’t get up.
8. SHINE Championship: Ivelisse Velez v Serena Deeb went to a 60 minute time limit draw.

Thoughts

17 Ivelisse Velez Serena Deeb SHINE 20 2• Let’s start with the main event – which, like Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels’ Iron Man Match at WrestleMania XII, I’m sure will produce polarising opinions. Some will say it was too long, too drawn out and wasn’t as exciting as other matches on the card (ones which we will cover later on). Others will say it was like wrestling used to be – a struggle between two equally-matched competitors, featuring a number of physical twists and turns. I’m in the latter category. I loved this match and the story which they told.

• There was no wasted motion in this contest, where half the story was told by what physically happened, and the other half was by the emotions they drew from me. On the physical side of things, Deeb spent good portions of the match working on the arm and leg of the titleholder, before reverting to the back. Velez counterbalanced with her own attack of Serena’s leg with kicks, and also looking for submissions from moves like a guillotine choke. Visually, Deeb was fantastic with her facial expressions as she looked cool and cocky at some points, confused and frustrated at her inability to get the win, and damn near manic at other times when she smelt victory.

• The big points out of the match were that neither woman hit their finisher – Deeb attempted two spears, one of which saw her hit the ring post while the other was countered into a guillotine – while Velez’s sole attempt at the Vertigo Kick saw the challenger move and her connect with the referee. In fact, that ref bump worked into the big controversy of the contest as Deeb went for her second spear which was blocked into the choke, and Serena clearly tapped out while the referee was trying to shake to cobwebs, only to then get to the rope to cause the official to break the hold.

18 Ivelisse Velez Serena Deeb SHINE 20 3• The two came face to face but didn’t shake hands afterwards, so we’re looking at a rematch. Hopefully they won’t go an hour again for their own sakes as the Orpheum was reportedly at a sweltering heat, which you would imagine for Florida in June. Both women were puddles by the end, and Deeb’s pristine white gear had turned a murky grey. They had been through the mill for our entertainment, and I thank them for it.

• The big surprise of the night was the SHINE Tag Team Championship changing hands, as Legendary won their Four Corner Qualifier and then downed the Lucha Sisters to win the belts, thanks to some interference from Leilani Kai, who was introduced at the start of the show as backup for Malia Hosaka and Brandi Wine. It’s just a shame that the two matches which comprised this title change were nothing to write home about.

• The four-way which opened the show had a spanner thrown in the works straight away as Cherry Bomb didn’t make it to the show, meaning that Kimber Lee went it alone against Legendary, the Buddy System and the SNS Express. In fact, she was doubly solitary as each team had representation on the outside with Kai, Daffney and Nevaeh respectively. Lee’s decision to fly solo saw her baby face herself to the crowd, and she certainly fought as such.

• The match itself was a chaotic mess which did nothing for me. There was always stuff happening but it didn’t feel important. Hosaka was the MVP, working for much of the contest and taking a lot of bumps – strange, when you consider she and Wine would be working again later in the evening. The finish came when Kai pulled Daffney off the apron to cause the distraction, leading to the double team Gordbuster on Kimber and a confusing few moments where both members of Legendary scooted out of the ring only for Malia to come back in for the pin.

10 Leilani Kai Malia Hosaka Brandi Wine SHINE 20• The Tag Team Championship match felt like the decision was made to have the finish in mind and to call the rest in the ring, which led to some instances where the left hand didn’t know what the right hand was doing. A prime example was Mia Yim going for a quick hurricanrana on Hosaka only for Malia to not take the bump. It felt like the Lucha Sisters were going for stuff at 100mph without it meaning much. Credit to Malia again for working her socks off though – it’s a pity that her efforts didn’t lead to higher quality contests.

• The title change itself also came out of nowhere, so it makes one wonder if external forces are affecting either Yim or Leva Bates. We’ll see, but it also makes you wonder who Legendary’s challengers will be considering they beat every team in the promotion in one night.

• Elsewhere, Amber O’Neal turned heel against Crazy Mary Dobson, who was substituting for Leah Von Dutch who couldn’t make it to the show. O’Neal started out working babyface but started using more aggressive tactics and then completed the turn when she went under the ring to grab a chair to use as a weapon against her plucky opponent. She then made a gun with her fingers, put it to Mary’s head and yelled “Boom, bitch”, which is reminiscent of New Japan’s Bullet Club stable, of which her husband Doc Gallows is a member. I expect there to be a rematch, which I happily welcome. Bullet Club O’Neal should be interesting.

• Su Yung’s SHINE gimmick is so intriguing and interesting. Justine Silver’s character isn’t, and served as cannon fodder to get over Yung’s heel schtick. Su’s new finisher setup known as The Purge saw her pull a white glove from her tights and plunge them into Silver’s mouth, rendering her unconscious before locking in the Yellow Fever for the referee stoppage. I am fascinated with Yung and want to see more.

13 Allysin Kay Jessicka Havok SHINE 20• In fact, we *did* see more of Su, as she managed to return to ringside to hogtie Jessicka Havok’s legs to gift Allysin Kay the victory in their Last Woman Standing match. As for the action, it was what you would expect from these two, but with the 10 count rules in effect. If I’m honest, I would have preferred this to be the end of their hostilities as the feud started 8 months ago, but it looks like they’re going to fight again because of the screwy ending and because of Havok curing a rather large chunk of Kay’s hair after the match.

• Another new promotion, another great first impression by Candice LeRae. Her match with Nevaeh was well received and should expand her growing legion of fans. Getting the win over someone who is part of an established stable is also a good sign for the future.

7 La Rosa Negra Shanna SHINE 20• Rounding off our report is the match that would probably have been your Match of the Night if the main event wasn’t to your tastes. Shanna and La Rosa Negra have crazy chemistry and proved that their match at SHINE 18 wasn’t just a case of the stars aligning. This was great stuff, peppered with comedy from Portugal’s Perfect Athlete – who was wearing quite the Brazil replica kit – using a football to score a penalty between Negra’s uprights. If you pardon the pun, it wasn’t perfect – as a hurricanrana attempt by La Rosa didn’t come off and ended up looking like a powerbomb counter, but they carried on as if Negra still had the advantage. Had she sold it and Shanna made it look like it was her plan all along, it would have been better. Having said this, this was a top contest which I really, really enjoyed.

• So SHINE 20 was a smorgasbord of wrestling. Some comedy, some shocks, some excitement and a big main event, offering something for everyone. If the main event isn’t your thing, you have Shanna v La Rosa Negra to grab your attention. Good stuff.

– Lee Burton

In Video: Serena Deeb v Mia Yim

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We’ve been on a Serena Deeb trip recently. So let’s keep going with a match which she publicly acknowledged as one she really enjoyed:

Yep – Deeb was particularly enthused with her match against Mia Yim from Pro Wrestling Syndicate Bombshells 9 from Avenel, NJ on March 8. Much like Deeb, Yim has enjoyed a very successful 2014, winning the SHINE Tag Team Championship in February, having a corker with Athena at Absolute Intense Wrestling Girls Night Out 11 and receiving her first SHIMMER Championship opportunity in April at volume 65.

Considering the roll that both were on, it was always a likelihood that the pair would put together a quality outing. You can see for yourself below.

Ringbelles Roundup (3 June 2014) – Charlotte v Natalya, Serena v Ivelisse & Natsuki☆Taiyo retires

Charlotte WWEThere have been many plaudits for Charlotte’s NXT Women’s Championship tournament victory over Natalya at Takeover last Thursday, and with good reason. It was a great match which played to both women’s strengths – and with Charlotte’s father Ric Flair and Natalya’s uncle Bret Hart in their respective corners, it added to the drama of the whole deal. Given a big video package to hype it, a seal of approval from former titleholder and reigning WWE Divas Champion Paige, big entrances – along with new music for Charlotte which is a dance track with Flair’s theme sampled – 17 minutes to have a contest which built up to a fever pitch and shows of respect after the bell, the match was a home run and the best contest of the show.

The match itself was great, with the pair exchanging holds at the start and Charlotte looking to beat Natalya at her own technical wrestling game and Natalya taunting Flair by delivering a “whoo” right at him. Charlotte got the edge with a dragon screw from the apron which probably worked better in theory than in practice, and went for a risky moonsault which didn’t pay off. It gave Natalya the opening to lock in a Sharpshooter before Charlotte beautifully reversed it into a figure four leglock and ended with her hanging off the apron for extra leverage. Back in the ring, she abandoned her plan to re-apply the hold in order to lock in a Sharpshooter of her own while looking square at Hart in what was a great moment. Natalya fought loose but was kicked away, allowing Charlotte to nail her Bow To The Queen facebuster for the clean pin. Seriously, this match was brilliant and is worth going out of your way to watch.

It’s even more startling considering Charlotte debuted less than a year ago and didn’t start training until mid-2012. She’s been promoted as being a natural in the ring, and there’s a lot of evidence to support that. Coupled with her gymnastic ability, height and physique, she is certainly a great prodigy for the Divas division, but let’s not get too carried away yet. Continue reading “Ringbelles Roundup (3 June 2014) – Charlotte v Natalya, Serena v Ivelisse & Natsuki☆Taiyo retires”

Review: Queens of Combat (March 21, 2014) – Serena Deeb vs Taeler Hendrix steals debut Highspots show

Taeler vs Serena Queens of CombatFor quite a while now, Highspots.com has not been happy just being a purveyor of fine wrestling merchandise – they’ve also been involved in creating it, from sponsoring wrestling shows, creating online video content on YouTube to producing quality shoot interviews – and in Queens of Combat, a new venture based out of their home city of Charlotte, NC, they’re looking at entering the growing DVD market for all women’s shows. It bears many of the hallmarks of what you’d expect a debut show to be – just five matches, but with a few notable stars along with some more local talent.

They’ve already got a second show booked, for June 13th, with what looks like an even stronger lineup, so hopefully things are looking bright going forward. Let’s take a look at the debut event, available now on Highspots (naturally) on both DVD and Blu-Ray. Click through after the cut for results and opinion on the debut release. Continue reading “Review: Queens of Combat (March 21, 2014) – Serena Deeb vs Taeler Hendrix steals debut Highspots show”