WSU United – LuFisto vs Mickie Knuckles – Live Coverage

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It looks like it might well be an eventful day in WSU-land today, with the promotion running their “United” iPPV (available via CZWiPPV.com) from their traditional home of the Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees, NJ. Not only is there the intriguing main event of WSU World Champion LuFisto defending against Mickie Knuckles, but you’ve got the shadow of the former WSU Champion (who was stripped of her title and banned for life a mere two months ago) Jessicka Havok promising to show up uninvited.

Also on the show, the WSU Tag Champions of C.U.N.T. (Annie Social & Kimber Lee) will defend their titles against the unique combination of Veda Scott and “The Boy Diva” Rick Cataldo; Jenny Rose gets her wish to challenge a legitimate joshi legend when she takes on Mima Shimoda; Hania The Huntress takes on “Portugal’s Perfect Athlete” Shanna and Mia Yim returns to WSU action!

Live coverage from the Flyers Skate Zone is available via CZWiPPV.com (including 14 days VOD access), but otherwise, we’ll be keeping you up to date with results as they come in right here!

The show kicks off with a mic spot Niya pronounces that she is the best female wrestler in the company. She’s interrupted by Neveah, after exchanging some words, they have a stand-off.
1. Jewells Malone bested Jessie Kaye with a school boy roll up
2. Shanna defeated Hania The Huntress with a dragon suplex
3. Jenny Rose got the win over Mima Shimoda
After the match, Jessicka Havok entered via the crowd with the original WSU championship.  DJ Hyde demanded security remove her, but she wouldn’t let them come close as she was armed with a chair. DJ Hyde created an Uncensored Rules match between Mia Yim & Jessicka Havok to start right now.
4. Jessicka Havok beat Mia Yim with the air raid crash
5. Neveah defeated Brittany Blake
Post-match, Niya attacked Neveah with the WSU Spirit title. Brittany attempted to assist and was smashed in the head with the belt for her trouble. Niya left the ring both Neveah and Brittany laid out.
6. WSU Tag Team Championship: Annie Social & Kimber Lee (c) retained their championship against Veda Scott & Rick Cataldo, after Kimber Lee pinned Rick Cataldo
After the match, The Juicy Product (JT Dunn & David Starr) entered and after a slap from Annie Social, attacked the WSU Tag Team Champions. A pin to Kimber Lee and The Juicy Product left with the WSU Championship.
7. WSU World Championship: LuFisto (c) retained her championship against Mickie Knuckles by a choke submission.

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Review: WSU Secret Show #3 – Havok defends against Shanna, Alpha Female throws people through walls

Nevaeh WSU Secret Show 3 by Get Lost PhotographyTomorrow, Women Superstars Uncensored returns to iPPV with “United” – a show headlined by the two big winners of the last “Queen and King of the Ring” show – new WSU World Champion LuFisto and newly crowned “Queen” Mickie Knuckles – in what will be the Canadian’s first defence of her title. Of course, there’s the added wrench in the machinery that is Jessicka Havok – the previous WSU Champion, who was fired and “banned for life” only two months ago, but who has threatened to show up and intrude on the event. Given that she still considers herself the WSU Champion, a possible showdown with LuFisto (or Knuckles) is on the cards, alongside one with WSU/CZW management DJ Hyde. We will, as usual, be back with live coverage of that show tomorrow.

Unlike most WSU iPPV shows, this time, there’s no “Secret Show” taking place the night before the main event, but thanks to StreamWSU, we’ve been watching Secret Show #3 from the day before WSU Mutiny earlier this year.

As I’ve said before about these shows, these are shows for the hardcore fan rather than the first-time fan. It’s a very rough around the edges show, the venue is a parking garage with two sides of the ring up against walls, wrestlers may or may not have entrance music depending on the whim of the technology gremlins at any time – but for people (like me, and hopefully you) who like these wrestlers already, the Secret Shows are usually a fun way of getting a little more content out of these WSU weekends. In saying that though, this show in particular promised something a little bit special. Following a last minute substitution in the main event of Mutiny (which saw Alpha Female gazump Shanna for the iPPV WSU Title shot), Shanna’s title challenge was switched to this show – making her match with Jessicka Havok the biggest and most important match to date on the Secret Show series. With Alpha Female also debuting on this show, might this be the best Secret Show to date? Let’s find out.

Results
1. Beyond Wrestling Showcase: Shynron pinned JT Dunn with a rana pin.
2. Mickie Knuckles pinned Kimber Lee with a pump handle driver. Jewells Malone made the save after the bell when Knuckles continued to attack Kimber.
— Barbi Hayden cut a promo, explaining that she was above wrestling on this show, as she was a World Champion now (she’s the NWA World Women’s Champion)
3. Santana Garrett & Amber O’Neal beat Nevaeh & Christina Von Eerie when Garrett pinned Von Eerie after a Shining Star Press.
4. Alpha Female destroyed Barracuda Britney, leading to…
5. Alpha Female defeated Jenny Rose via submission (Full Nelson)
6. Athena pinned Hania following an O-Face.
7. Intergender Match: Candice LeRae pinned Chris Dickinson following a Ballsplex
7. WSU World Championship: Jessicka Havok pinned Shanna with a Demon Drop to retain her championship.

• Interestingly the show starts with a men’s match – a Beyond Wrestling Showcase, in fact – pitting JT Dunn vs Shynron. Given Drew Cordeiro’s ownership in both WSU and Beyond Wrestling, it’s probably not a surprise at all to see something like this, as he tries to create a crossover between his two brands. The two guys did a really good job getting the show off to a good start with an athletic match, ending when Shynron pinned Dunn with a rana pin in about ten minutes.

• Next up was Mickie Knuckles vs Kimber Lee. This was predominantly a showcase for Knuckles, Mickie Knuckles vs Kimber Lee WSU Secret Show 3 by Get Lost Photographywho was really magnificent in using her size to dominate Kimber Lee for a lot of this match. Knuckles was in a weird mood, licking things and generally using head games, mixing up strong wrestling and reversals with a more violent style. Honestly, I thought Knuckles took too much of this match, suffocating Kimber at times and dominating her a bit too much – yes, Knuckles had a big match the next day with Jewells Malone, but KL was challenging for the tag titles, and this match didn’t do much for her at all. Knuckles’ pump handle driver ended the match, but Mickie continued to beat down Kimber afterwards with headbutts, eventually drawing out Jewells Malone to run her off.

• Barbi Hayden cut a promo next, claiming that she was too important now she was NWA World Women’s Champion to wrestle on shows like this… eventually this drew out Santana Garrett and Amber O’Neal, which eventually led into the next match.

• Nevaeh & Christina Von Eerie came out to “The Trooper” by Iron Maiden, which ruled pretty hard – and they proceeded to wrestle Santana & Amber in what appeared to be an all babyface match until CVE & Nevaeh kind of adopted that heel role. The match was perfectly fine, if unspectacular, and ended when Santana was able to take advantage of what looked like a Von Eerie miscue on an attempted springboard, hit Sole Food and finished her with the Shining Star Press. With Garrett challenging Barbi Hayden the following afternoon, this was the right finish.

• Next up was a pretty strong showcase for the debuting Alpha Female, taking on Barracuda Alpha Female vs Barracuda Brittney WSU Secret Show 3 by Get Lost PhotographyBrittney (who we’ve seen once before at the Uncensored Rumble). A total squash, ending with a Dominator like finish. This drew out Jenny Rose, who is one of Brittney’s trainers – leading to an impromptu challenge and an Alpha Female vs Jenny Rose match – which resulted in further domination. Rose was at one point thrown into a wall which cracked under the force, leaving a hole. Rose gets in a little offence, such as a crucifix and a spear, but Alpha snuffs her out and wins with a Full Nelson. Superb way to build up Alpha Female ahead of her match with Jessicka Havok, crushing two competitors in a row. Rose totally took one for the team here.

• Hania vs Athena was definitely the most competitive and athletic of the WSU matches on the show. Lots of back and forth action, progressive moves and aggression. Hania’s actual execution is fantastic… everything she does she hits damn near perfectly. Best match on the show, though for me personally it lacked a babyface/heel dynamic. That being said though, this was thoroughly enjoyable. Athena got the pinfall with a crushing O-Face, but Hania left a really positive impact with this match. Kudos all round.

• I was pretty sure I was going to love Chris Dickinson vs Candice LeRae before they had even Candice LeRae Ballsplex Chris Dickinson WSU Secret Show 3 by Get Lost Photographylocked up, and I’m pleased to confirm that my faith was not misplaced. Dickinson is fantastic at working these intergender matches as the sleazy “Dirty Daddy”, and LeRae is super sympathetic and easy to support. Before the match, Dickinson proclaimed that “I am the greatest women’s wrestler EVER… and I don’t even have a vagina!” This was in some ways reminiscent of the Dickinson/Addy Starr intergender matches in WSU, where Dickinson was so totally overpowering his female opponent, rag-dolling them around, and only coming unstuck when the female gets to use technique and leverage. It wasn’t quite as unsettlingly violent as the Starr match, however, and Candice was able to pin Dickinson with a Ballsplex to win the match. Thoroughly enjoyable.

• The main event then… Jessicka Havok vs Shanna… and well, I enjoyed this match but Jessicka Havok vs Shanna WSU Secret Show 3 by Get Lost Photographypresumably to give Havok as strong a push as possible going into her match with Alpha Female the next day, this was almost all Havok. Shanna played her role really well, but that role wasn’t as a credible challenger for J-Hav’s title – it was as a chickenshit heel who knew she had very little chance against Havok and spent much of the match trying to stay away from her opponent. There were a couple of brief Shanna rallies where she might have pulled off the upset and Chris Dickinson helped out at ringside too, but otherwise this was 90% Havok, finishing things off with a Demon Drop (Air Raid Crash). Post match, there was a confrontation between Havok and DJ Hyde, which resulted in Hyde spitting in Havok’s face and Havok returning the favour. “I am the champion until I say I am done”, quoth Havok, which is interesting considering the state of play going into WSU United tomorrow night.

• The full show on StreamWSU lasted a short 1hr 37mins, so this is a very, very easy (and quick) watch. If you have StreamWSU or are considering signing up, I recommend that if you don’t find the time to watch the whole show, go out of your way to watch Hania vs Athena and Dickinson vs LeRae, while the Alpha Female showcase matches are impressive, if not particularly competitive. As usual, a fun and diverting show. Looking forward to seeing Secret Show #4 debut on StreamWSU soon, I hope.

Photography by Get Lost Photography

In Video: Heel Kay Lee Ray? Surely not!

Kay Lee RayGoogle crashed last August; Twitter went down in March and Facebook also fell over last month. This video is more momentous than all of those incidents.

Kay Lee Ray is the quintessential babyface. With a big smile, flame-red hair and daredevil arsenal, she is someone who fans naturally find themselves cheering for. Imagine how weird it would be to see KLR as a heel, antagonising fans and being an absolute bumstain to people. Well, wonder no more as we have a match from French promotion Ouest Catch where such a thing happened.

Watching her contest against Shanna from March is like trying to write with the other hand – it just feels wrong, but is fun at the same time.

Alright, maybe we’re being a bit overdramatic here but it’s still a strange sensation to see the high-flying Scot playing the villainous role. Have a watch below to see it all unfold.

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

WSU Queen & King of the Ring 2014 Live Coverage

WSU Queen and King of the RingIt’s the start of what can be termed a “new era” in Women Superstars Uncensored this afternoon at the Flyers Skate Center in Voorhees, NJ. WSU Owner Drew Cordeiro inherited Jessicka Havok as his World Champion when he took over the promotion in 2012, and had stuck with her as the promotion’s top name… at least until a brief statement on facebook just over a week ago confirmed that her 733 day reign was over, she was stripped of her title and “banned for life”. Although no reason was given at the time, after PWInsider outed Havok as being part of TNA‘s Knockouts Knockdown PPV taping today, it seems we can put two and two together here.

Regardless, WSU pushes on with a brand new main event, namely the crowning of a new WSU World Champion in a rematch of WSU’s Match of the Year so far – Athena vs LuFisto. The previous match between the two, at February’s Mutiny event, was an outstanding match, won by LuFisto with a Burning Hammer. It’s going to take more than just a single Burning Hammer or an O-Face from Athena to win the title today though, as they will battle 2/3 Falls for the title. In addition to that, there’s the annual Queen and King of the Ring tournament, featuring stars of both WSU and CZW in a mixed tag tournament to crown new royalty, an NWA World Women’s Title defence, an Uncensored Opportunity for two rising stars, and another Mutiny Rematch! You can still order the iPPV and watch live on CZWiPPV.com (with 14 days of VOD access), or click through where we’ll keep you up to date with the show. Continue reading “WSU Queen & King of the Ring 2014 Live Coverage”

WSU Secret Show #4: LuFisto silences Chris Dickinson

Mickie Knuckles Paloma Starr Dave MuscarellaAs has become customary ahead of a Women Superstars Uncensored iPPV, the promotion precedes the event with a Secret Show the day before with very little detail on who will be participating or the matches which will take place. Yesterday’s card was topped by LuFisto taking on everyone’s favourite misogynist Chris Dickinson in the only announced match, and the show culminating with a staredown and handshake between LuFisto and Mickie Knuckles – who spent a lot of time in her match against Paloma Starr licking “everything and everyone”, according to Dave Muscarella, who was in attendance.

Elsewhere, Athena prepared for her WSU World Championship decider against LuFisto later today – which she was drafted into due to WSU’s firing of Jessicka Havok and stripping her of the title last week – by squaring off against Jewells Malone, while Nevaeh set her stall ahead of tomorrow’s NWA World Women’s Championship challenge against Barbi Hayden by taking on Angelus Layne.

Click the jump to see all the results courtesy of Dave. If you’re still on the fence on whether to order Queen and King of the Ringclick here to do that – you can check out this week’s Roundup for the match listing and recent history affecting the main event. Continue reading “WSU Secret Show #4: LuFisto silences Chris Dickinson”

Ringbelles Roundup (6 May 2014) – WSU title tumoil, Terri Runnels talks and more

Jessicka HavokFor one reason or another, title matches haven’t gone according to plan for Women Superstars Uncensored in the last 18 months or so. It took an age for Kimber Lee and Annie Social to win the Tag Team Championship from Sassy Stephie and Allysin Kay – and even then, Kay wasn’t there for the title change at Mutiny after picking up an injury the night before – and two World Title matches were called off. LuFisto’s title challenge to Jessicka Havok for last May’s Queen and King of the ring had to be abandoned because of the Super Hardcore Anime exploding her kneecap with a moonsault to the floor at SHIMMER 53 the previous month, and Athena’s match with Havok booked for August’s Uncensored Rumble had to be scrapped the day before after she suffered a massive shoulder injury during the Secret Show.

However, a year on from the first abandoned match, LuFisto v Havok was set for Saturday’s Queen and King of the Ring following LuFisto beating Athena in a titanic clash to become number one contender again – though a spanner was thrown into the works last Thursday when WSU announced it had fired (or “banned for life” as its statement said) Jessicka Havok and stripped her of the WSU World Championship after holding the belt for around two years.

No reason has been given for the firing, and WSU isn’t discussing the matter – though we have had it confirmed that it is not a work or storyline. That’s not to say that Havok will never be back – as you should never say never – but this isn’t part of an angle to bring her back in the future. We also approached Jessicka for comment but she declined to discuss the matter at this time. Continue reading “Ringbelles Roundup (6 May 2014) – WSU title tumoil, Terri Runnels talks and more”