Survivor Series: Bella ruse gifts Divas Title to Nikki, and a clean sweep elimination match

Naomi Paige WWENikki Bella challenges AJ Lee for the WWE Divas Championship as part of Survivor Series, while eight women compete in an elimination match.

Natalya, Naomi, Emma & Alicia Fox v Paige, Summer Rae, Layla & Cameron

The Background

• Not much really. Paige and Alicia Fox used to be buddies, though that relationship went south when Paige failed to regain the Divas Championship from AJ Lee at Hell in a Cell last month. Meanwhile, Naomi and Cameron have been squabbling since the summer and Natalya is seemingly having problems with husband Tyson Kidd, who is seemingly more interested in his own success than his wife’s.

The Match

• Captains Natalya and Paige kicked off proceedings with headlocks and escapes before tagging out to Layla and Emma for a couple of sequences, before Paige took to the ring to establish dominance again, though an attempt to climb to the top did not pay off for the former Divas Champ, as she suffered a superplex from Emma.

• Cameron tagged in for the first time to attack the Australian but Emma made the tag to Naomi who flew into the ring with a crossbody. The match saw its first breakdown as all women got into the ring to fight and Naomi took advantage to eliminate Cameron with an O’Connor Roll.

• Summer Rae made her first legal appearance in the match to attack Naomi but Alicia Fox managed to get in and attack the three remaining heels with a running crossbody before dispatching Layla with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker.

Summer Rae Emma WWE• Summer Rae didn’t fare well against Natalya as she ate a low dropkick and discus clothesline for her trouble before tagging in Paige who had to quickly fight out of a Sharpshooter attempt with the help of Summer, who tired to imitate Paige with the knees in the ropes. It didn’t work out that well and didn’t impress her partner either. Emma got in to lock in the Tarantula and hit the Emma-mite Sandwich on Summer before executing the Emma Lock for the tap out, leaving Paige on her own.

• Not liking the odds, the Briton attempted to walk out but was thrown back into the ring by Emma, though Paige was able to get the edge before the Aussie tagged in Natalya, though she ate a big Paige super kick before rebounding with a German Suplex.

• Paige countered Naomi’s split-legged moonsault but walked into an Fox forearm before suffering Naomi’s Rear View and a headscissors spike to secure the clean sweep for her team.

Thoughts

• No real story to the match but it was fine for what it was. Paige was the star of the match as the story centred around a lot of Divas trying to get their hands on her or trying to impress her, in the case of Summer Rae.

• I can’t really say that anyone really elevated themselves though. Emma had a lot of ring time but her stock is unlikely to rise, while Naomi’s match-winning stuff doesn’t mean a whole lot in the grand scheme of things. The match was what it was, and the commentators didn’t give a crap, talking about lame Survivor Series teams of years gone by. It showed you just how much interest you should have paid to the match.

Nikki Brie Bella AJ Lee WWEWWE Divas Championship
AJ Lee v Nikki Bella

The Background

Nikki Bella turned heel on sister Brie at SummerSlam and then defeated her in their first PPV singles match at Hell in a Cell in order to make Brie her personal assistant for 30 days. Following that, Nikki won a battle royal to become number one contender to AJ Lee’s Divas Championship.

• Most recently, Nikki has forced Brie to dress up as AJ to taunt her opponent, while AJ returned the favour on Friday’s SmackDown by coming out in Nikki’s gear.

The Match

• It wasn’t really a match. Brie got up onto the apron while holding the Divas Title just after the opening bell rang and kissed AJ. This allowed Nikki to nail the champ with a forearm and hit the Rack Attack for the title-winning pin. Brie seemed happy that her sister had won the championship, and the commentary team made out that this was like when AJ kissed Brie’s now-husband Daniel Bryan back at WrestleMania XXVIII, causing him to lose the World Heavyweight Title to Sheamus.

Brie Nikki Bella AJ Lee WWEThoughts

• So the heel turn and personal assistant thing was all a ruse so Nikki could win the Divas Title? Does that mean we’ve had three months of our lives wasted on this terrible storyline? Or does it mean that Brie has come round to Nikki’s way of thinking and is doing what she has to do to make things right with her sister? None of this was foreshadowed, so none of it makes any sense.

• More to the point, why do I care about Brie’s heel turn? It’s not like she’s been that sympathetic as a babyface so I’m not rattled by her actions here. There are too many question marks for me to even comprehend what’s going on. All I know is that this match/angle sucked.

– Photos by WWE

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Ringbelles Roundup (15 July 2014) – Diva storylines, Natalya legal weirdness, British Boot Camp 2, WSU

Alicia Fox Cameron Nikki Bella WWEAfter the Charlotte v Natalya match at NXT Takeover in May, Stew wrote a Soap Box entry about how it could lead to a new wave of attention for the WWE Divas. It seems that it may have come true.

Look around WWE TV at the moment. There are four storylines involving women and they are intertwining with each other, creating a division rather than having a champion and a new challenger every so often. The great thing about the storylines is that they all vary.

For example, AJ Lee and Paige’s programme is based around the Divas Championship and the wait for Paige to turn full-blown heel; Naomi and Cameron’s spat is former partners where one member has got a bit too big for her boots; the Bellas against the Stephanie McMahon is the tried and tested authority figure against wrestler story, while Layla and Summer Rae’s deal has been over a man – admittedly, that’s the weakest reason of the lot.

Let’s have a look at what’s been going on over the last week as we run up to Battleground this Sunday.

Nikki Bella was put into a handicap match against five Total Divas co-stars. Natalya & Naomi didn’t want to be part of it while Eva Marie, Summer Rae and Rosa Mendes were into it. It also saw Cameron do a run-in after the bell to go after Nikki, with Naomi chasing her away.

AJ Lee and Cameron wrestled on SmackDown with AJ showing why she’s the titleholder by dominating her opponent, causing the former Funkadactyl to scoot out of the ring and back off, only to be thrown back into the ring by her former partner and fall victim to a Shining Wizard.

Elsewhere on the show, Layla and Summer Rae decided that fighting over Fandango was dumb as he was revelling in all of the attention and stoking the fire at the same time, so they abandoned their match against each other with the former object of their affection as referee, beating him up and dancing (awkwardly) together. The dancing buddies continued their torment of Fandango on last night’s Raw and then flirted with Dolph Ziggler, who couldn’t believe his luck – though considering his fortunes, I wouldn’t expect them to keep their attention on him for too long.

Meanwhile, Nikki Bella was put into another handicap match – this time against Alicia Fox and Cameron – with the crowd getting behind Nikki’s plight. She’s still being punished for her sister Brie quitting and hitting Stephanie McMahon so she’s being put into tag team matches with Paige AJ Lee WWEBrie but they’re handicap encounters because Brie is banned from the building. Fox got the pin with a wacky armbar/headscissors/DDT combination, continuing her unstable gimmick – though quite why Naomi didn’t come out to be Bella’s partner to face Cameron is puzzling, especially considering the former tag partners are slated to wrestle on Sunday’s PPV pre-show.

The big deal was AJ Lee and Paige’s development, which also dispelled the rumours which were going round that Vince McMahon didn’t want Paige on the mic again, as since losing the belt she’s done much more talking than wrestling on TV. Lee defeated Eva Marie in rapid order while Paige was on commentary talking up her Battleground opponent and making out like they were friends while they’re more like frenemies. After the match, AJ hopped onto the announcers’ table and the pair exchanged some cordial words with a simmering tension between them before AJ cut it short and skipped away. The gimmick here is that Paige is technically a heel but is still acting and working like a face, though AJ knows that the betrayal is coming and is ready for it.

Exhausting stuff, but very welcome. Each story has its own directions, they intersect and they are episodic. I’ve no idea who’s behind this new focus on the Divas division, but bravo – keep it up.

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NatalyaAdmittedly, Natalya is not one of the multitude of Divas in a storyline, despite her being half of the match which arguably kickstarted this range of programmes going on at the moment. However, she has had some (ridiculous) legal issues to deal with.

PWInsider reported that a hand-written lawsuit was issued on June 27 by Christopher Donnelly – a man who is currently jailed in Pennsylvania – and threatened to go to the media if he did not receive $250,000 in damages for mental and psychological trauma. The lawsuit contained a number of outlandish claims which included that the former Divas Champion was a dominatrix who beat him in hotel rooms across the country over a four year period up to 2009 – which would precede her signing with WWE and even before competing in SHIMMER – as well as forcing him to undergo extreme sexual abuse and to prostitute himself in Miami, FL.

A Florida judge dismissed the lawsuit on July 7, saying the it had delusional language and did not have any standing under the law of the state.

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TNA British Boot Camp 2TNA announced a second series of British Boot Camp, the “reality” show which saw Rockstar Spud sign with the promotion and also featured Hannah and Holly Blossom. Unofficially revealed by Challenge TV the day before President Dixie Carter could make the announcement, a press release was later issued by TNA, saying the company will be holding open tryouts with the best twelve being taken to the United States and the field being whittled down to the top two, who will compete in New York City. The winner will receive a TNA contract while three runners-up will be part of the 2015 Maximum Impact tour in the UK next January.

Gail Kim has been announced as one of the three judges who will be assessing the applicants along with Samoa Joe and Al Snow – the latter of whom could offer a conflicting opinion to Kim about women’s wrestling based on Snow’s thoughts on how women should wrestle – so it seems as if TNA is encouraging women to sign up for the show. The judges aspect makes the show more like WWE’s Tough Enough than the first run of British Boot Camp, which felt more like a fly-on-the-wall documentary.

While Spud may be enjoying a lot of TV time on Impact Wrestling, it seems as if the TNA experience saw the Blossoms go in a different direction after their one-year developmental deals with the company expired. They returned to Louisville, KY to carry on their time in Ohio Valley Wrestling – both had spent considerable time in the promotion before signing up for British Boot Camp – and Hannah made a couple of appearances on TNA TV after their appearances on the UK tour, but they were never really called up for any major reason. Both have elected to take an extended break from wrestling since January, both have married and Holly has relocated to Florida with her husband. While stepping back into the ring isn’t totally out of the realms of possibility, it seems that neither has plans to wrestle again for the foreseeable future. Considering their media attention through the show, it seems that TNA failed to capitalise on the investment they had made.

The other sticking point for potential applicants is whether they see themselves going to WWE in the future. AJ Styles, Matt Morgan, Christopher Daniels, Kazarian, Hernandez, Alex Shelley, Chris Sabin, SoCal Val, Mickie James and more have left TNA in the last 18 months or so and none have been signed to WWE, and it appears that former TNA names aren’t in high demand up north. Someone who enters – and possibly wins – the show may open the TNA door, but may be sealing the WWE one shut in the process. With TNA’s future looking shaky at the moment, it may be a short-sighted decision.

Still, some will go for the immediate attention and possible benefits by appearing on the show. It will be interesting to see what women from the UK elect to take the plunge.

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Jesiscka Havok DJ Hyde WSUWomen Superstars Uncensored has ushered in a new era of ownership following the departure of Drew Cordiero and the ascension of Combat Zone Wrestling boss DJ Hyde, who became a co-owner last year after WSU and CZW started running shows on the same day as well as sharing talent for events like Queen and King of the Ring. As an outgoing message, Cordiero wrote a Facebook post saying “Just because my time with WSU has come to an end doesn’t mean you should stop supporting the organization. Some of the hardest working women I’ve ever met still wrestle for WSU. I’m proud of WSU’s growth for the two years that I was in charge and anticipate even more growth under DJ Hyde’s leadership. I’ve learned a lot working closely with DJ and he has helped me improve as a promoter, a personality, and a person.”

However, Hyde’s first show in full charge saw two controversial issues which overshadowed LuFisto making her first successful defence of the WSU World Title by beating Mickie Knuckles, Shanna and Hania gaining many plaudits and Jenny Rose defeating Mima Shimoda.

The first incident on Saturday’s United show directly involved Hyde and the return to the promotion of Jessicka Havok – which conclusively proves that being “banned for life” really means “banned for 71 days” – with her holding the old WSU title belt and demanding to be reinstated to the promotion, which happened after she defeated Mia Yim with an Air Raid Crash. However, fans seemed to get bent out of shape for Hyde’s stipulation if Havok lost, which would see Jessicka have to provide oral sex to DJ on the next show.

Obviously, this didn’t happen – and there was never any prospect of it happening. It was said to gain heat and was obviously successful, given the reaction which took place on social media after the event. It also saw Hyde’s plan blow up in his face as Havok won and was reinstated, which means that his headaches with Jessicka will continue. If anything, I would be more upset with the pair spitting in each other’s faces again, as it’s beyond unsanitary. In this situation, the sexist demand by a man drunk with power saw him humiliated within minutes and he was made to look stupid for underestimating a woman’s ability and determination.

JT Dunn David Starr WSU TheJuiceeeThe WSU Tag Team Championship ended up in the hands of men later on as the Juicy Product snared the straps after attacking Chicks Using Nasty Tactics following Annie Social and Kimber Lee’s win over Rick Cataldo and Veda Scott. There was a great deal of upset at the beating and title change, but you can’t judge this all just on the result of one show.

JT Dunn and David Starr have a gimmick of “collecting” tag team championships and Dunn has had some great matches with Kimber Lee in Beyond Wrestling, so the pair have history. Their matches have been hard-hitting outings which have seen Lee earn huge praise for her efforts, workrate and storytelling. The Juicy Product’s winning of the belts isn’t going to last – they’ll be beaten for the championships by a female team who will stand up for their gender. The team has also spent the last few days releasing videos promoting their match against the Young Bucks later this month where they have paid Kimber, Nevaeh and Havok to say that they are predicting a win for Dunn and Starr, only for them to say they like the Bucks instead. Lee was knocked out by a JT punch; Nevaeh hit Starr with a forearm when they tried to attack and Havok yelled at them to keep their distance, to which they complied. It shows how they are happy to take their lumps when the time is right – and that time will come.

Remember, this promotion is called WOMEN Superstars Uncensored – there is no way that a woman will be bested by a man once the storyline has run its course. Look at Chris Dickinson, who thoroughly beat up Addy Starr and teamed up with Shanna to take part in intergender matches, turning him babyface in the process – but he has also had his comeuppance along the way after being beaten by LuFisto in May, which saw him admit his respect for the victor. Over the course of a number of shows, he gained admiration for the women in the promotion.

Men who are wrestling women or booking women on their shows are not misogynists. In fact, they’re the exact opposite, as men who don’t respect what these women are doing would not want to have any part of what is going on. Hyde may have made sexual comments to Havok but he was happy to be the fall guy who was made to look stupid, and also lost to Nevaeh on a CZW show – he’ll no doubt be humiliated again. Dunn and Starr will be beaten and put down when the time is right, and it will be a big feather in the cap of whoever does it.

On a final note – anyone who is upset at men winning a women’s championship should also be annoyed at Chyna winning the WWE Intercontinental Title, Jacqueline capturing the Cruiserweight belt, or LuFisto winning the North Shore Pro Wrestling Heavyweight Championship or CZW Iron Man Title. Equality works both ways.

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It’s been a relatively quiet week on the site – partly due to work commitments by Stew and me suffering the upheaval of moving house. Thanks to NHB Girls’ Rhi Lockwood for stepping into the void and covering the WSU results for us. Elsewhere, we’ve posted two matches – Kay Lee Ray jumping off a car against Sammii Jayne and Demi Bennett battling Savannah Summers – had a review of the most recent WSU Secret Show and a Fight Like A Girl interview with Kaitlin Diemond where among other things, she discusses how a WWE tryout works and the feedback she received.

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WWE
WWE travelled to Japan last week for a quick tour. Paige made Alicia Fox made the trip for the Divas… Summer Rae defeated Bayley on last week’s NXT to become the number one contender for Charlotte’s Women’s Championship… Despite going their separate ways on NXT two weeks ago, Charlotte and Sasha Banks teamed up at WWE’s house show at Madison Square Garden on Saturday. They lost to Natalya & Nikki Bella… Becky Lynch’s gimmick may be getting tweaked. She had new gear and music at the weekend’s NXT house shows… Thea Trinidad once again worked as one of Adam Rose’s Rosebuds on last night’s Raw. She must be on the verge of signing by now. Ring Of Honor trainee Mandy Leon was also part of the entourage.

TNA
Gail Kim defeated Angelina Love, Madison Rayne & Brittany to retain the Knockouts Championship on last week’s Impact Wrestling.

North America
Inspire Pro Wrestling is holding a show on July 27 in Austin, TX where there are five women’s matches on the ten match card. Heading up the pack is Barbi Hayden defending the NWA World Women’s Championship against Mia Yim in the main event. Elsewhere we have Jessica James v Miss Diss Lexia v KC Warfield, Leva Bates v Paige Turner, Athena v Kat Green and Solo Darling v Delilah Doom… Seleziya Sparx will take on Eddie Kingston at Absolute Intense Wrestling’s Chik Tormenta Superluchasintergender show on July 26… As well as having their own individual intergender matches at the AIW Battle of the Sexes show on July 26, Athena and Heidi Lovelace will wrestle for Athena’s Women’s Championship at the All In afternoon show… Amazing Maria worked a dark match at last Wednesday’s Ohio Valley Wrestling tapings. She was beaten by Jessie Belle… Chyna says that if WWE ever approached her for a return, she would consider it… Ivelise Velez retained her SHINE Championship ladt Friday by beating Shanna on a Full Impact Pro iPPV. Shanna claimed she had won after she pinned Velez, but both her hand and Ivelisse’s hand were on the ropes. The champion scored the win with a Code Red… Nicole Matthews defeated Veronika Vice on Saturday to hold onto her Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling Women’s Championship… Luchadora Chik Tormenta beat Alissa Flash (Cheerleader Melissa) on to win the River City Wrestling Phoenix Championship… Courtney Rush retained the Acclaim Pro Wrestling Women’s Championship on Saturday, beating Kc Spinelli. Elsewhere on the show, Portia Perez became the number one contender to that title by winning a 6-way match.

Japan
Alpha Female has announced that she is to leave Stardom. She was due to be part of the 5*STAR GP but that’s not going to happen as she is to move to the United States for a new opportunity which she is yet to reveal, but may not be to do with wrestling. She says she may be back next year… Io Shirai racked up her 10th successful World of Stardom Championship defence last Thursday, beating Meiko Satomura. Next up will be Yoshiko, who earned her shot by winning a 4-Remei Asuka Resuner Yokoyamaway on the same show. Remei Asuka also made her debut on the show – her gimmick is that she has a nice bottom. She is bi-lingual and has been translating for Alpha Female… Manami Katsu wrestled her final match on Sunday’s JWP show, being defeated by Rabbit Miu. The 19-year old, 3-year pro’s highlight was holding the JWP Junior and Princess of Pro-Wrestling Championships for 482 days. Meanwhile, Arisa Nakajima is still JWP Openweight Champion – she beat DASH Chisako on the same show… Act Yasukawa had surgery to correct near blindness in her right eye.

Europe
Blue Nikita beat Penelope at Saturday’s German Stampede Wrestling. Penelope described it as the best match of her career… Speaking of Penelope, she turned heel in a Bellatrix showcase match at a World Association of Wrestling show earlier this month, aligning herself with co-owner Axl Lynch and Sammi Baynz… Lana Austin and April Davids wrestled to a no contest on Sunday’s FutureShock show when Women’s Champion Danni Hunter slapped the referee. It was announced that Hunter will defend the title against both Austin and Davids in a 3-way on August 10.

Mexico
Silueta will return to Japan for a fifth time next month as part of the working partnership with CMLL and REINA. La Commandante, Marcela & Estrellita will also be heading over… Hair and masks will be on the line on August 1 at CMLL’s Juicio Final event in Mexico City. Princesa Blanca (hair) & La Seductora (mask) take on Marcela (hair) & Princesa Sugeheit (mask) with both members of the losing team making a sacrifice. Blanca says she’ll also retire if she loses.

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Results

July 8: WWE Main Event (Ottawa, ON, Canada) – Naomi, Natalya, Eva Marie, Rosa Mendes & Summer Rae b Nikki Bella in a handicap match

July 9: Ohio Valley Wrestling (Louisville, KY) – Jessie Belle b Amazing Maria

July 9: Rockstar Pro Wrestling (Dayton, OH) – Lufisto v Crazy Mary Dobson went to a no contest

July 10: Stardom (Tokyo, Japan) – Remei Asuka b Reno Hazuki; Hiroyo Matsumoto & Miho Wakizawa b Hatsuhinode Kamen & Kaori Yoneyama; Yoshiko b Kyoko Kimura, Nanae Takahashi & Alpha Female in a 4-way; Dr. Wagner Jr., Kairi Hojo & Mayu Iwatani b Black Tiger, Koguma & Takumi Iroha; Io Shirai b Meiko Satomura

Gail Kim Angelina Love Brittany TNAJuly 10: WWE (Tokyo, Japan) – Paige b Alicia Fox

July 10: WWE NXT (Winter Park, FL) – Summer Rae b Bayley

July 10: TNA Impact Wrestling (Bethlehem, PA) – Gail Kim b Angelina Love, Madison Rayne & Brittany in a 4-way

July 10: IWA Mid-South (Clarksville, IN) – Thunderkitty b Mistress Burgandi

July 11: Tokyo Women’s Wrestling (Tokyo, Japan) – Miyu Yamashita b Akane Miura; Chikage Kiba b Erin; Nonoko & Yuka Sakazaki b KANNA & Shoko Nakajima

July 11: WWE (Tokyo, Japan) – Paige b Alicia Fox

July 11: Scottish Wrestling Entertainment (Fife, Scotland) – Sammii Jayne b Debbie Sharpe

July 11: WWE SmackDown (Ottawa, ON, Canada) – AJ Lee b Cameron; Layla v Summer Rae went to a no contest

July 11: Pro Wrestling All Stars of Detroit (Melvindale, MI) – Randi West b Heather Patera

July 11: Full Impact Pro (Ybor City, FL) – Ivelisse Velez b Shanna

July 11: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Amapola, Princesa Blanca & Zeuxis b Dark Angel, Estrellita & Marcela

July 12: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Kurumi & Kyuri b Meari Naito & Miyako Matsumoto; Tsukasa Fujimoto b 235; Mio Shirai b Yuri Kotobuki; Maki Narumiya & Risa Sera b Hamuko Hoshi & Manami Katsu; Tsukushi b Yuuka

July 12: Newcastle Pro Wrestling (New Lambton, Australia) – Rachel Rose & Demi Bennett b Harley Wonderland & Madison Eagles

July 12: German Hurricane Wrestling (Nauheim, Germany) – Svetlana Kalashnikova b Stella

July 12: German Stampede Wrestling (Marburg, Germany) – Blue Nikita b Penelope

July 12: Empress Pro Wrestling (High Wycombe, England) – Pollyanna Peppers b Rhia O’Reilly

July 12: I Believe In Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Su Yung b Sweet Thang Willie

July 12: DREAMWAVE (LaSalle, IL) – Candice LeRae b Bucky Collins

July 12: Pro Wrestling All Stars of Detroit (Ann Arbor, MI) – Randi West b Heather Patera

July 12: River City Wrestling (San Antonio, TX) – Chik Tormenta b Alissa Flash to win the RCW Phoenix Championship

July 12: Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling (Vancouver, BC, Canada) – Nicole Matthews b Veronika Vice

July 12: WWE NXT (Tampa, FL) – Becky Lynch b Carmella

July 12: WWE (New York City, NY) – Nikki Bella & Natalya b Sasha Banks & Charlotte

July 12: Women Superstars Uncensored (Voorhees, NJ) – Jewells Malone b Jessie Kaye; Shanna b Hania; Jenny Rose b Mima Shimoda; Jessicka Havok b Mia Yim; Neveah b Brittany Blake; Annie Social & Kimber Lee b Veda Scott & Rick Cataldo; JT Dunn & David Starr b Annie Social & Kimber Lee to win the WSU Championship; LuFisto b Mickie Knuckles

July 12: Acclaim Pro Wrestling (Greely, ON, Canada) – Courtney Rush b Kc Spinelli; Portia Perez b Vanessa Kraven, She Nay Nay, Jody D’Milo, Kaitlin Diemond & Angie Skye

July 13: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – Kayoko Haruyama, KAZUKI & Rydeen Hagane b Hanako Nakamori, Leon & Yako Fujigasaki; Command Bolshoi b Yume Hayashi; Rabbit Miu b Manami Katsu; Yumiko Hotta b Sachie Abe; Arisa Nakajima b DASH Chisako

July 13: Pro Wrestling WAVE (Tokyo, Japan) – Misaki Ohata & Moeka Haruhi b Rina Yamashita & Shuu Shibutani; Hiroyo Matsumoto b Sakura Hirota; Yumi Ohka b Mika Iida; Ayako Hamada & Yuu Yamagata b Kana & Sawako Shimono; Kaho Kobayashi b Risa Sera; Natsu Sumire b Fairy Nihonbashi; Tsukasa Fujimoto b Kyoko Kimura & Tomoka Nakagawa in a 3-way

July 13: Union (Osaka, Japan) – Ladybeard & Mio Shirai b Cherry & Hatsuhinode Kamen

July 13: FutureShock Wrestling (Stockport, England) – Lana Austin v April Davids went to a no contest

Seleziya Sparx TabercilJuly 13: SoCal WrestleFest (Los Angeles, CA) – Ruby Raze b Kitana Vera

July 13: Squared Circle Wrestling (Mississauga, ON, Canada) – Alexia Nicole b Cherry Bomb; John Greed b Seleziya Sparx via count out

July 14: WWE Raw (Richmond, VA) – Alicia Fox & Cameron b Nikki Bella; AJ Lee b Eva Marie

July 14: CMLL (Puebla, Mexico) – Lluvia, Marcela & Princesa Sugehit b La Seductora, Princesa Blanca & Tiffany via DQ

Upcoming

July 19: ATTACK! Pro Wrestling (Bristol, England) – Lana Austin v Nixon Newell

July 19: Valkyrie Women’s Wrestling (Brooklyn, NY) – Kimber Lee v Cherry Bomb; La Rosa Negra v Nevaeh; Davienne v Mistress Belmont; LuFisto v Kacee Carlisle; Jessie Brooks v Samantha Heights; Angel Dust v Sumie Sakai

July 19: Pure Wrestling Association (Kitchener, ON, Canada) – Kc Spinelli v Leah Von Dutch

July 20: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland) – Leah & Kasey Owens v Sara Marie Taylor & Carmel Jacob; Kay Lee Ray v Nikki Storm; Sammi Baynz v Viper

July 20: WWE Battleground (Tampa, FL) – Naomi v Cameron; AJ Lee v Paige

July 20: Smash Wrestling (Toronto, ON, Canada) – Cherry Bomb v Xandra Bale

July 25: RESISTANCE Pro (Willowbrook, IL) – D’Arcy Dixon v Angel Dust

July 25: Alternative Wrestling Show (South Gate, CA) – Hudson Envy v LuFisto

Athena Heidi Lovelace AIWJuly 26: Absolute Intense Wrestling (Cleveland, OH) – Veda Scott v Gregory Iron; Athena v Louis Lyndon; Rickey Shane Page v Kimber Lee; Eddie Kingston v Seleziya Sparx; Heidi Lovelace v BJ Whitmer; Jasmin v Davey Vega; Athena v Heidi Lovelace

July 27: Kamikaze Pro (Birmingham, England) – Nixon Newell v Marshall X

July 27: Inspire Pro Wrestling (Austin, TX) – Barbi Hayden v Mia Yim; Jessica James v Miss Diss Lexia v KC Warfield; Leva Bates v Paige Turner; Athena v Kat Green; Solo Darling v Delilah Doom

July 27: Ring Of Honor (Laurel, DE) – Veda Scott & Jenny Rose v Hania & Mandy Leon

August 1: Preston City Wrestling (Preston, England) – April Davids v TBA

August 9: Melbourne City Wrestling (Craigieburn, Australia) – Evie v Toni Storm

August 9: Southside Wrestling (Nottingham, England) – Martin Kirby v Kay Lee Ray

August 10: Pro Wrestling Kingdom (Birmingham, England) – Nixon Newell & Chris Brookes v Ryan Smile & Lana Austin

August 10: FutureShock Wrestling (Stockport, England) – Danni Hunter v Lana Austin v April Davids

August 16: NCW Femmes Fatales XV (Montreal, QC, Canada) – Mercedes Martinez v LuFisto v Cheerleader Melissa v Courtney Rush; Missy v Kimber Lee; Vanessa Kraven v Sassy Stephie; Addy Starr & Kaitlin Diemond v Mary Lee Rose & Pink Flash Kira; Sweet Cherrie v Niya Barela

Jewells Malone Seleziya SparxAugust 16: Conflict Wrestling (Kitchener, ON, Canada) – Seleziya Sparx v Jewells Malone

August 17: AAA TripleMania XXII (Mexico City, Mexico) – Faby Apache v Taya Valkyrie

August 22: Hybrid Pro Wrestling (Sunderland, England) – Kirsty Love v Freya Frenzy

August 25: Conwy County Wrestling (Llandudno, Wales) – Nadia Sapphire v Jezabeth

September 6: Tidal Wrestling (Darlington, England) – Pollyanna Peppers v Ruby Summers

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

September 28: Bellatrix X (Norwich, England) – Sammi Baynz v Blue Nikita

October 3: 4 Front Wrestling (Swindon, England) – Shanna v Hikaru Shida

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

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

– Lee Burton
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Money in the Bank: Naomi experiences the RamPaige, while Layla kicks Summer Rae out of Fandango's life

Paige WWEPaige defends her WWE Divas Championship against Naomi, while the challenger’s partner Cameron unenthusiastically observes from ringside. Elsewhere, Layla and Summer Rae fight to win Fandango‘s heart.

WWE Divas Championship Match
Paige v Naomi

The Background

• Things started in the post-Payback press conference when Cameron decided to interrupt Paige’s session to demand a match between the two. The pair fought on Main Event the following Tuesday, where the champion won.

• They fought again on Raw a few weeks later with the same result, though Paige was dealt her second loss since winning the title the following day on Main Event when Naomi pinned the champion. Cameron celebrated the victory as if she had won the math herself and shoved Paige when she went to shake Naomi’s hand, which saw her receive a kicking as a result while Naomi did nothing to help, acting as if she deserved it for getting too big for her boots.

• Naomi secured the title shot on last week’s Raw, pinning Alicia Fox. Champion and challenger shook hands afterwards.

The Match

• A strong lockup between the two sees them spill to the outside, and both went for drop-kicks when they returned to the ring – though it was Naomi who got the early advantage with a slam on Paige from the apron to the floor, followed by a running plancha over the top rope.

• A Naomi top rope crossbody back in the ring is reversed and reversed again for a pair of two counts, with similar results for O’Connor Roll attempts, before Naomi locked Paige into a surfboard for a submission attempt.

• The challenger’s next attempt to go to the top rope was cut off by the titleholder, though both spilled to the floor from the superplex attempt. Back inside, Paige took over with a kick to the midsection and a Stump Puller submission hold. Naomi fought back with a clothesline, hurricanrana and dropkick, followed by the Rear View for the near-fall.

• A split-legged moonsault saw her eat Paige’s knees, but Naomi reversed the PTO attempt into an inside cradle for another two count. Undeterred, Paige nailed the RamPaige (cradle DDT) for the pinball victory.

Thoughts

Paige Naomi WWE• This is the first Divas Title match in a long time which was not placed in the death spot following a big match, so the crowd was hotter – and it made a difference. The fans were more into the contest, the commentators talked about the match instead of plugging other stuff, and it felt like it mattered.

• As for the match, despite the lack of story – which is pretty endemic of Naomi matches which are more about spots than stories – it’s both women’s best PPV match of their respective careers. Sure, it was a little messy here and there but it was exciting and interesting, with some pretty nice near-falls by Naomi giving us the impression that we could see a new champion.

• Cameron was a non-factor on the outside. Nonplussed when Naomi was on the attack and more satisfied when Paige was winning, she didn’t do much else, so her heel turn will have to wait a little while longer.

• The win helps to cement Paige’s title reign a bit more, and serves her well. I’d be happy to see these two wrestle again. Thumbs up.

Summer Rae v Layla

The Background

Summer Rae Layla WWE• Fandango dumped Summer Rae as his dance parter via Twitter just after WrestleMania XXX, aligning himself with Layla soon afterward. This continued until Summer returned in mid-May to attack Layla. The pair started going after each other backstage and at ringside during Fandango’s matches, with Summer wearing a chicken mask and posing as one of Adam Rose‘s Rosebuds on one occasion to get to her enemy.

• Summer kissed Fandango to rile up Layla, leading to this match where Fandango served as a referee, promising to call it down the middle.

The Match

• Layla began by throwing Summer out of the ring before flirting with Fandango, only for Summer to come back in and do the same. Layla shoved Rae – who ended up in the referee’s arms – before taking her down and executing an Indian Deathlock.

• Summer rebounded with a number of hair throws, but was thwarted with a Layla high kick for the win. Layla and Fandango kissed after the bell and left together, leaving an upset Summer in the ring.

Thoughts

• Shite. Absolute shite. Probably the worst women’s match on pay-per-view this year. Poor wrestling, crappy story and no real incentive for anyone to care about who won. After all, why are these two women so eager to fight over this guy? It all seems so pathetic. I hope this is the end of all of this and everyone can move on – because this has done nobody any favours, and it’s been one of the most badly executed babyface turns ever as it pertains to Summer Rae.

• I never want to see this again.

– Photos by WWE

Money in the Bank: Naomi experiences the RamPaige, while Layla kicks Summer Rae out of Fandango’s life

Paige WWEPaige defends her WWE Divas Championship against Naomi, while the challenger’s partner Cameron unenthusiastically observes from ringside. Elsewhere, Layla and Summer Rae fight to win Fandango‘s heart.

WWE Divas Championship Match
Paige v Naomi

The Background

• Things started in the post-Payback press conference when Cameron decided to interrupt Paige’s session to demand a match between the two. The pair fought on Main Event the following Tuesday, where the champion won.

• They fought again on Raw a few weeks later with the same result, though Paige was dealt her second loss since winning the title the following day on Main Event when Naomi pinned the champion. Cameron celebrated the victory as if she had won the math herself and shoved Paige when she went to shake Naomi’s hand, which saw her receive a kicking as a result while Naomi did nothing to help, acting as if she deserved it for getting too big for her boots.

• Naomi secured the title shot on last week’s Raw, pinning Alicia Fox. Champion and challenger shook hands afterwards.

The Match

• A strong lockup between the two sees them spill to the outside, and both went for drop-kicks when they returned to the ring – though it was Naomi who got the early advantage with a slam on Paige from the apron to the floor, followed by a running plancha over the top rope.

• A Naomi top rope crossbody back in the ring is reversed and reversed again for a pair of two counts, with similar results for O’Connor Roll attempts, before Naomi locked Paige into a surfboard for a submission attempt.

• The challenger’s next attempt to go to the top rope was cut off by the titleholder, though both spilled to the floor from the superplex attempt. Back inside, Paige took over with a kick to the midsection and a Stump Puller submission hold. Naomi fought back with a clothesline, hurricanrana and dropkick, followed by the Rear View for the near-fall.

• A split-legged moonsault saw her eat Paige’s knees, but Naomi reversed the PTO attempt into an inside cradle for another two count. Undeterred, Paige nailed the RamPaige (cradle DDT) for the pinball victory.

Thoughts

Paige Naomi WWE• This is the first Divas Title match in a long time which was not placed in the death spot following a big match, so the crowd was hotter – and it made a difference. The fans were more into the contest, the commentators talked about the match instead of plugging other stuff, and it felt like it mattered.

• As for the match, despite the lack of story – which is pretty endemic of Naomi matches which are more about spots than stories – it’s both women’s best PPV match of their respective careers. Sure, it was a little messy here and there but it was exciting and interesting, with some pretty nice near-falls by Naomi giving us the impression that we could see a new champion.

• Cameron was a non-factor on the outside. Nonplussed when Naomi was on the attack and more satisfied when Paige was winning, she didn’t do much else, so her heel turn will have to wait a little while longer.

• The win helps to cement Paige’s title reign a bit more, and serves her well. I’d be happy to see these two wrestle again. Thumbs up.

Summer Rae v Layla

The Background

Summer Rae Layla WWE• Fandango dumped Summer Rae as his dance parter via Twitter just after WrestleMania XXX, aligning himself with Layla soon afterward. This continued until Summer returned in mid-May to attack Layla. The pair started going after each other backstage and at ringside during Fandango’s matches, with Summer wearing a chicken mask and posing as one of Adam Rose‘s Rosebuds on one occasion to get to her enemy.

• Summer kissed Fandango to rile up Layla, leading to this match where Fandango served as a referee, promising to call it down the middle.

The Match

• Layla began by throwing Summer out of the ring before flirting with Fandango, only for Summer to come back in and do the same. Layla shoved Rae – who ended up in the referee’s arms – before taking her down and executing an Indian Deathlock.

• Summer rebounded with a number of hair throws, but was thwarted with a Layla high kick for the win. Layla and Fandango kissed after the bell and left together, leaving an upset Summer in the ring.

Thoughts

• Shite. Absolute shite. Probably the worst women’s match on pay-per-view this year. Poor wrestling, crappy story and no real incentive for anyone to care about who won. After all, why are these two women so eager to fight over this guy? It all seems so pathetic. I hope this is the end of all of this and everyone can move on – because this has done nobody any favours, and it’s been one of the most badly executed babyface turns ever as it pertains to Summer Rae.

• I never want to see this again.

– Photos by WWE

Ringbelles Roundup (17 June 2014) – looking back and ahead in 2014, title tournament in Spain & more

SHIMMER audienceWe’re reaching the halfway point of the year and we’re looking at compiling our list of who has had a good start to 2014. When we asked you for your thoughts on Facebook and Twitter last week, a number of names were put forward including Evie, Ivelisse Velez and Sammii Jayne – all valid picks, but you’ll see if they get a nod at the start of next month.

What we have realised is that there have been quite a lot of women who have impressed in the last six months so we may be doing more write-ups than in the two previous years. That’s no bad thing, as it shows that a lot of wrestlers are improving their standings – and we’re happy to announce that some of those names are new additions.

While the year-end awards are a big thing for this website, we’re equally excited at this time of year, as it gives us a chance to look back at what has been going on. However, it also turns out that we can also get excited about what is coming up for the second half of the year.

Pretty much every one of the promotions with an emphasis on women’s wrestling has announced shows for July to December, starting with Women Superstars Uncensored presenting a show on July 12, with reigning World Champion LuFisto scheduled to make the first defence of her title against Mickie Knuckles, who on Queen and King of the Ring with Matt Tremont in May.

Fierce Females’ first supercard of the year takes place the following week. Following two “smaller” shows, Mad Maxine will take place in Glasgow, Scotland on July 20, headlined with Kay Lee Ray defending the Scottish Championship against number one contender Nikki Storm, as well as Sara-Marie Taylor and Carmel Jacob facing Leah and Kasey Owens in a Tag Team Elimination Last Woman Standing Match. NCW Femmes Fatales follows in August with Mercedes Martinez defending the International Title in a star-studded main event which will see her put the belt on the line against LuFisto, Courtney Rush and Cheerleader Melissa.

The autumn Female Fight Season is also shaping up. It starts in the UK with Bellatrix X on September 28 – you can read more about what happened on last weekend’s Bellatrix IX show below – and we jump over the Atlantic the following month. SHIMMER returns to Berwyn, IL for four more DVD tapings on October 18-19, with the promotion announcing this week that every front row seat is sold out while half of the second row is also gone, and that’s without a single match being announced – and you can expect Absolute Intense Wrestling to hold more Girls Night Out tapings – possibly on October 11. SHINE will probably have a card on October 24, while Femmes Fatales will likely have a show the following day, if previous booking dates are anything to go by – though these dates could be flipped to before SHIMMER with AIW happening afterwards.

The festivities look set to be rounded off back in the UK, as we will likely see the comeback of Pro Wrestling: EVE, who said that should all the boxes be ticked, the promotion will hold its first show in 18 months on November 1. Promoter Dann Read revealed a few weeks ago that they are planning to take EVE in a slightly different direction to how it was going before. It will be good to see the group return.

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RCW posterSpain’s Revolution Championship Wrestling has completed its line-up for its tournament to crown its first ever Women’s Champion and women from five different nations will be vying for the belt. The promotion is booking a number of wrestlers which it used earlier in the year, as well as some new faces to Spanish fans.

Returning are Scotland’s Bete Noire as well as Northern Irish twins Kasey and Leah Owens, while Noire’s fellow Scots Nikki Storm and Kay Lee Ray will also be making the trip. England will also be represented in the form of Pollyanna Peppers, and mainland Europe will also have a contingent with Germany’s Lady Lory and Greece’s Blue Nikita also competing.

The tournament itself is slightly different to a regular single elimination format with quarter-finals, semi-finals and a final match. Instead, there will be four qualifying matches, with the winners going forward to the final to compete in a four-way Ladder Match with the title suspended over the ring.

Spain has always felt somewhat quiet in the women’s wrestling world, but RCW appears to be changing that by having a titleholder and is presumably looking to have regular title matches to build up its division. It could also be segued into creating its own Spanish stars, which helps the continent as a whole.

While North America and Japan have always had a strong focus by women’s wrestling fans, and Australia also gets deserved respect, there is a lot to pay attention to in Europe. The UK has scores of female grapplers these days, while Scandinavia has a great core of women like Miss Mina, Aurora Flame, Sara Elektra and Jessica Love. Germany has Blue Nikita and Lady Lory, as well as others like Melanie Grey and Svetlana Kalashnikova, and you have the likes of X-Cute Sweet, Morgane Leigh, Eloanne and Shanna residing in France. There are others dotted about like Laura Wellings in Switzerland and Cindy Sanders in Belarus. In short, there’s another hotbed of talent for fans of women’s wrestling to absorb.

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WWE
Summer Rae Layla WWELayla returned the favour after Summer Rae poured milk over her head on last week’s Raw. She attacked Summer during an interview on Main Event and poured milk and cat litter over her head. You wouldn’t see the men doing this. Summer hit back on SmackDown by dressing up as one of Adam Rose’s Rosebuds and going after Layla during Rose’s win over Fandango, and then Rae & Rose defeated Layla & Fandango on Raw – incidentally, Kaitlin Diemond worked as a Rosebud on Raw, while she, Beautiful Beaa, Alexia Nicole and SheNayNay were all part of the entourage over the weekend’s house shows… Aksana was released from WWE last Thursday – she was the sole Diva out of the 11 who were let go. Her final match was on SmackDown when she was beaten by Alicia Fox… Bayley got a pinfall win over NXT Women’s Champion Charlotte on last week’s episode of NXT as part of a six woman tag match featuring Bayley, Paige & Emma against the Beautiful Fierce Females trio of Charlotte, Sasha Banks and Summer Rae. The heels bickered afterwards… Charlotte has been announced for the July 12 house show in Madison Square Garden in New York City… AJ Lee married CM Punk last weekend… Tamina Snuka is already riding an exercise bike, just a week after surgery on her left ACL and meniscus… WWE producer Kevin Dunn is reportedly a big supporter of Alicia Fox… There was a women’s tryout session at the Performance Center last week. Word is that most of the participants were models, but reports say Canada’s Jasmin as well as Americans Hania and D’Arcy Dixon attended… Alexa Bliss spoke to WWE.com about a range of things like her cheerleading background but also her eating disorder which saw her hospitalised when her heartrate slowed to a mere 28 beats a minute after losing 30 pounds in a month and a half. Like Torrie Wilson, she beat her eating disorder by getting into fitness and bodybuilding… Vickie Guerrero revealed that daughter Shaul (former NXT Diva Raquel Diaz) has started veterinary school. She was released on April 30… Chyna tweeted Paige during last night’s Raw to say that she was impressed by her and the PTO finisher… Vickie Guerrero was involved in a situation on Raw where she has been relegated to being a gofer for the Authority, and sneezed on Triple H’s and Stephanie McMahon’s coffee, but didn’t make a fresh one. She also put Roman Reigns into a Money in the Bank qualifier battle royal against the wishes of the power couple, making the decision because they had left the building after Reigns had spiked the coffees with something that made Stephanie shout soup. F4W reports that this is an angle to write her off TV… The Bella Twins were part of a “Bella Bombs” video where they ran down “gross” Divas and were acting like bitchy heels. It was needlessly spiteful and nasty. They took the mickey out of Jillian Hall’s singing and Michelle McCool’s “flawless” gimmick. Hall tweeted earlier today, saying “WWE definitely knows how to kick someone when they’re down.”. Weird that Brie is part of this, considering she “quit” earlier this month.

TNA
Gail Kim spoke to the Queen Tribune last week to hype TNA’s Impact tapings in New York later this month. When asked about retirement, she replied “One thing I’ve always said is that I want to retire when I’m on top.” She also said that three wrestlers were big influences in her career – Molly Holly, who introduced her to WWE officials, Rey Mysterio, who inspired her high-flying, and Chris Benoit for how to cut promos. A strange choice, considering Benoit was hardly a great orator… Kim beat Brittany and Madison Rayne in a 3-way to gain a shot at the Knockouts Championship at Slammiversary. Gail got the win after the Beautiful People’s interference backfired – they had been trying to help Brittany to win in order to spite Madison Rayne. Gail lost the Slammiversary match when referee Brian Stifler intentionally favoured Love due to his affection toward the Beautiful People. Didn’t we have this storyline with Madison Rayne and Earl Hebner less than two years ago?… Taryn Terrell will return to Impact Wrestling this Thursday.

North America
The first round matches have been announced for the IWA Mid-South Queen of the Deathmatches tournament on June 28. Heidi Lovelace faces Hudson Envy in a TLC Match (standing for Tacks, Ladders and Canes); Ludark Shaitan takes on Thunderkitty in a Hardcore Bondage Deathmatch with a barbed wire collar and cat o’ninetails on a pole, and Randi West against Rebecca Payne in a Your Ass Is Glass Deathmatch featuring panes of glass, bundles of lighttubes and pits of glass. Mickie Knuckles has been forced to bow out of the IWA Mid South Queen of the Deathmatches tournament as the recovery from her ankle surgery isn’t going as quickly as originally hoped, even though it’s healing well. She was meant to face Kiki Rose in a Barefoot, Four Corners of Pain match featuring thumbtacks, lighttubes, mousetraps and rubbing alcohol… Elsewhere, LuFisto will now face Jordynne Grace in non-tournament action instead of Angelus Layne, who is still recovering from two broken wrists… Lucy Mendez is the number one contender for Mickie Knuckles’ RESISTANCE Pro Women’s Championship after beating Crazy Mary Dobson on Friday… Former WWE Divas Kelly Kelly and Candice Michelle attended last weekend’s House of Hardcore event which fellow former colleague Maria Kanellis worked on.

Japan
Risa Sera broke down in tears after being unable to wrest the Ice Ribbon ICEx∞ Championship from the iron grasp of Tsukasa Fujimoto at Hiroshima Ribbon on Sunday… Cheerleader Melissa is one of the 10 wrestlers announced so far for the Stardom 5*STAR GP2014 series taking place in August. The other participants are Io Shirai, Nanae Takahashi, Yoshiko, Kairi Hojo, Takumi Iroha, Kaori Yoneyama, Kyoko Kimura, Alpha Female and Star Fire.

Europe
Saraya Knight revealed on the most recent Women of Wrestling Podcast that she broke her back in March 2013 and didn’t know until it was confirmed in an MRI just before Christmas. She also revealed that she has osteoarthritis in her back, though also admitted that because of stretching, it feels better than it has in a long time… Sammi Baynz told our Fight Like A Girl interview that she feels envious of former tag team partner Paige’s success, as she feels she 21 Lady Lory Bellatrixcould be in WWE had she not bowed out – one time due to falling pregnant – and also admitted that she cried at the Raw in London as she felt that she missed her shot… Speaking of Baynz, she and Blue Nikita will wrestle again at Bellatrix X on September 28 after their hardcore match for Sammi’s RQW European Women’s Championship at last Sunday’s Bellatrix IX show ended in a double knockout. Elsewhere on the card, Lady Lory won the Queen of the Ring tournament, defeating Penelope, Saraya Knight and Liberty. Former Queen Destiny claimed that she’s still the rightful monarch… Alicia Fox put together a care package for Karama, who wrestled the youth club exhibition matches at Bellatrix VIII & IX. The 11-year old is a big Fox fan… Kasey Owens made her return to the ring on Sunday following a period out with a broken bone in her foot. She was defeated by Nikki Storm at Target Wrestling’s show… Hikaru Shida will wrestle Shanna on October 3 for 4 Front Wrestling’s show in Swindon, England.

Australia & New Zealand
Shazza McKenzie won the PWWA Championship from Evie on Saturday, defeating her with a hangman variant of the Shaztastic Stunner… Savannah Summers and Toni Storm earned a shot at Demi Bennett’s Riot City Wrestling Women’s Championship by winning matches on Melbourne City Wrestling’s Saturday show. Bennett beat them both in a 3-way… Evie battles Carmen Rose on July 5’s Impact Pro Wrestling show. Elsewhere on the card, Britenay & Liam Fury square off against Olivia Shaw & Brook Duncan.

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Results

June 11: Pro Wrestling WAVE (Tokyo, Japan) – Cherry & Shuu Shibutani b Natsu Sumire & Rina Yamashita; Moeka Haruhi v Sawako Shimono went to a time limit draw; Tomoka Nakagawa v Yumi Ohka went to a time limit draw; Kana, Misaki Ohata & Tsukasa Fujimoto b Ayako Hamada, Fairy Mika Iida Hikaru Shida Youji KawauchiNihonbashi & Kyusei Ninja Ranmaru; Hiroyo Matsumoto b Mio Shirai; Kyoko Kimura b Yuu Yamagata; Hikaru Shida v Mika Iida went to a time limit draw

June 11: Ohio Valley Wrestling (Louisville, KY) – Lei’D Tapa & Royal Red b Jessie Belle & Deonta Davis

June 12: TNA Impact Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Gail Kim b Brittany & Madison Rayne in a 3-way

June 12: WWE NXT (Winter Park, FL) – Bayley, Paige & Emma b Summer Rae, Charlotte & Sasha Banks

June 12: NWA Florida Underground Wrestling (Bradenton, FL) – Su Yung b Cherry Lane & La Rosa Negra in a 3-way

June 13: WWE SmackDown (Green Bay, WI) – Alicia Fox b Aksana

June 13: RESISTANCE Pro (Willowbrook, IL) – Lucy Mendez b Crazy Mary Dobson; Camron Star & Lylah Lodge b Angel Dust & Samantha Heights

June 13: Rockstar Pro Wrestling (Dayton, OH) – Mikael b Lufisto via DQ

June 13: New England Championship Wrestling (Everett, MA) – Nikki Valentine b Toxis

June 13: All Pro Wrestling (Daly City, CA) – Cheerleader Melissa b Reby Sky

June 13: Lucha Libre Femenil (Monterrey, Mexico) – Candy Girl b Jade; Amazona b Katary; Sadica b Estrella Explosiva; Alicia & Angelica b Lady Flamer & Tsunami

June 14: Wrestling New Classic (Tokyo, Japan) – Kaho Kobayashi b Koharu Hinata; Syuri, Command Bolshoi & Makoto b La Comandante, Lin Byron & Alex Lee; Dump Matsumoto b TAJIRI via DQ

June 14: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Yume Hayashi b Kyuri; 235 & Manami Kanda b Akane Fujita & Aoi Ishibashi; Miyako Matsumoto b Akiba Shiori; Kurumi & Tsukasa Fujimoto b Yuri Kotobuki & Yuuka

June 14: Pro Wrestling Alliance (Casula, Australia) – Shazza McKenzie b Evie to win the PWWA Championship

June 14: Melbourne City Wrestling (Tullamarine, Australia) – Savannah Summers b Miki Fortune; Toni Storm b Siren Monroe; Blair Alexis b Minzy Montana; Demi Bennett b Toni Storm & Savannah Summers; in a 3-way Miami def KC Cassidy

June 14: Vendetta Pro Wrestling (Simi Valley, CA) – Hudson Envy, Tyler Bateman & Sledge b Sage Sin, Bo Cooper & JD Horror

June 14: I Believe In Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Brittany b Johnny Stooge

June 14: Destination 1 Wrestling (New Albany, IN) – Trash Cassidy b Samantha Heights

June 14: WWE (Hamilton, ON, Canada) – Paige b Alicia Fox & Natalya in a 3-way

June 14: WWE (Grand Rapids, MI) – Summer Rae, Naomi & Cameron b Layla, Eva Marie & Rosa Mendes

June 15: Stardom (Tokyo, Japan) – Maaya b Azumi; Kagetsu b Koguma; Kairi Hojo & Mayu Iwatani b Hatuhinode Kamen & Kaori Yoneyama; Io Shirai & Takumi Iroha b Hiroyo Matsumoto & Miho Wakizawa; Kyoko Kimura & Alpha Female b Nanae Takahashi & Yoshiko

June 15: Pro Wrestling WAVE (Osaka, Japan) – Mio Shirai & Natsu Sumire b Mika Iida & Shuu Shibutani; Rina Yamashita b Kaho Kobayashi; Tomoka Nakagawa b Sakura Hirota; Ayako Hamada, Fairy Nihonbashi, Kyusei Ninja Ranmaru & Mayumi Ozaki b Cherry, Hibiscus Mii, Hikaru Shida & Kana; Misaki Ohata b Sawako Shimono; Yumi Ohka b Yuu Yamagata

June 15: Ice Ribbon (Hiroshima, Japan) – 235 & Akiba Shiori b Hayashi Koyuki & Kyuri; Meari Naito b Akane Fujita; Hamuko Hoshi b Manami Katsu; Neko Nitta & Rey Paloma b Yuko Miyamoto & Yuri Kotobuki; Arisa Nakajima & Command Bolshoi b Maki Narumiya & Miyako Matsumoto; Tsukasa Fujimoto b Risa Sera

June 15: Target Wrestling (Kendal, Scotland) – Nikki Storm b Kasey Owens

June 15: Premier British Wrestling (Largs, Scotland) – Kay Lee Ray b Red Lightning

June 15: Bellatrix 9 (Norwich, England) – Saraya Knight b Bacardi; Lady Lory b Penelope; Erin Angel b Amy-Lee Kramer; Liberty b Skarlett; Lady Lory b Saraya Knight; Liberty b Erin Angel; Karama, Tia Valentine, Luminous & Lorna b Holly Burrage, Madison, Holly Norman & Elsie; Lady Lory b Liberty; Blue Nikita v Sammi Baynz went to a double knockout

June 15: TNA Slammiversary (Arlington, TX) – Angelina Love b Gail Kim

June 15: WWE (Erie, PA) – Paige b Alicia Fox & Natalya in a 3-way

Alexia Nicole Jasmin TabercilJune 15: Squared Circle Wrestling (Whitby, ON, Canada) – Alexia Nicole b Jasmin; Seleziya Sparx b Pinkie Sanchez, John Greed, Brent Banks, JAKA & El Hijo del Bigote in a 6-way

June 15: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Estrellita, La Vaquerita & Marcela b Dalys, La Seductora & Princesa Blanca via DQ

June 16: Kana Produce ProMania Reach (Tokyo, Japan) – Kanjyouro Matsuyama & Shuu Shibutani b Hamuko Hoshi & Kikutaro; Arisa Nakajima v Hikaru Shida went to a time limit draw; Meiko Satomura & Minoru Suzuki b Kana & Naomichi Marufuji

June 16: WWE Raw (Cleveland, OH) – Adam Rose & Summer Rae b Fandango & Layla; Paige b Cameron

June 16: CMLL (Puebla, Mexico) – Amapola, Princesa Blanca & Zeuxis b Estrellita, Goya Kong & Princesa Sugheit via DQ

Upcoming

June 21: Pacific Pro Wrestling (Acacia Ridge, Australia) – Sara Jay v Kellyanne English

June 21: Great Bear Promotions (Middlewich, England) – Nixon v Lana Austin

Debbie Sharpe Viper Sammii Jayne Bete NoireJune 21: Scottish Wrestling Alliance (Beith, Scotland) – Debbie Sharpe & Viper v Bete Noire & Sammii Jayne

June 21: Remix Pro Wrestling (Marietta, OH) – Allysin Kay v Sassy Stephie

June 22: Full Impact Pro (Maitland, FL) – Ivelisse Velez v Candice LeRae

June 27: True Grit Wrestling (Leeds, England) – Violet O’Hara v Lana Austin

June 27: SHINE 20 (Ybor City, FL) – Sassy Stephie & Jessie Belle Smothers v Kimber Lee & Cherry Bomb v Malia Hosaka & Brandi Wine v Heidi Lovelace & Solo Darling; Su Yung v Justine Silver; Leah Von Dutch v Amber O’Neal; Taylor Made v La Rosa Negra; Nevaeh v Candice LeRae; Jessicka Havok v Allysin Kay; Leva Bates & Mia Yim v TBA; Ivelisse Velez v Serena Deeb

June 28: Warzone Wrestling (Wendouree, Australia) – Savannah Summers v Siren Monroe v Harley Wonderland

June 28: IWA Mid South Queen of the Deathmatches (New Albany, IN) – LuFisto v Jordynne Grace

June 29: Anarchy Championship Wrestling American Joshi Queen of Queens (Austin, TX)

June 29: Absolute Intense Wrestling (Cleveland, OH) – Veda Scott v Gregory Iron

July 1: Pure Wrestling Association (Cambridge, ON, Canada) – Kc Spinelli v Beautiful Beaa

Evie Carmen RoseJuly 5: Impact Pro Wrestling (Lynfield, New Zealand) – Evie v Carmen Rose; Britenay & Liam Fury v Olivia Shaw & Brook Duncan

July 6: British Empire Wrestling (London, England) – Dragonita v Dean Michael; Toni Storm v Kasey Owens

July 12: German Hurricane Wrestling (Nauheim, Germany) – Svetlana Kalashnikova v Stella

July 12: Empress Pro Wrestling (High Wycombe, England) – Pollyanna Peppers v Rhia O’Reilly

July 12: Women Superstars Uncensored (Voorhees, NJ) – LuFisto v Mickie Knuckles

July 19: Valkyrie Women’s Wrestling (Brooklyn, NY) – Kimber Lee v Cherry Bomb; La Rosa Negra v Nevaeh

July 20: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland) – Leah & Kasey Owens v Sara Marie Taylor & Carmel Jacob; Kay Lee Ray v Nikki Storm

August 9: Southside Wrestling (Nottingham, England) – Martin Kirby v Kay Lee Ray

August 16: NCW Femmes Fatales XV (Montreal, QC, Canada) – Mercedes Martinez v LuFisto v Cheerleader Melissa v Courtney Rush

September 28: Bellatrix X (Norwich, England) – Sammi Baynz v Blue Nikita

October 3: 4 Front Wrestling (Swindon, England) – Shanna v Hikaru Shida

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

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Ringbelles Roundup (10 June 2014) – Cauliflower Alley Club honourees, Fierce Females & Bellatrix

Santana Garrett Thomas J. RudeTNA’s Brittany became only the third woman in the history of the Cauliflower Alley Club to receive the Future Legend award. Given the honour under her real name of Santana Garrett, the 26-year old follows in the footsteps of Mariko Yoshida (2006) and Cheerleader Melissa (2004).

Four years into her career and currently on the verge of a heel turn in TNA, Brittany is getting an opportunity to portray a character. While working on the indies, she did not have much of a chance to develop a persona in SHINE and was booked more sporadically in SHIMMER. While the way her character is being booked in TNA may be up for debate, she is getting to learn some valuable attributes like working for TV, hitting cues, working to time and so on.

“It’s been a heck of a year,” she said to SLAM Wrestling. “I am so grateful for the opportunity to be able to work with some of the best. I debuted in TNA against Gail Kim and beat her, which was huge. I think the experience I got while working for SHIMMER and SHINE helped prepare me for TNA. It has been a blast with TNA so far.

“I was very shocked and excited, and I think that showed as I was going up there,” she added. “I didn’t have a speech prepared or anything. You look at some of the past winners, like Cheerleader Melissa and Kurt Angle. Those are some big shoes to fill. It was overwhelming.”

While Melissa marketed herself on the Future Legend name, it means that Brittany is unlikely to do the same. She used the name in TNA while wrestling as Alissa Flash, so it is doubtful that too much of a deal will be made about it, though it is certainly a flattering award to receive.

It may also not be the golden chalice that the name lends itself to be. While the Future Legend award has gone to the likes of Angle (2000), Chris Benoit (weirdly, in 2001 when he was challenging for the WWF Championship), Frankie Kazarian (2005) and Takeshi Morishima (2007), it has also had its fair share of misses. Still, that’s the chance you take when you make such a bold prediction. Nevertheless, it is a big honour for Britanny to receive so it is now up to her to do her best to make good on it. We’re sure she’ll give it her all.

Cheerleader Melissa Debi Pelletier Thomas J RudeMeanwhile, the first female Future Legend recipient upgraded to receive the Active Women’s Wrestling award. Cheerleader Melissa has certainly accomplished a huge amount in the decade since she was first honoured at Cauliflower Alley, winning two ChickFight tournaments and being the first woman to win the SHIMMER Championship on two occasions. In addition, she has wrestled under two gimmicks in TNA as Raisha Saeed and Alissa Flash, and has also worked on WWE TV – coming tantalisingly close to being offered a contract as a potential female member of Muhammad Hassan’s entourage in 2006.

“I was approached by WWE to be that female character,” she told SLAM. “But they changed their mind and it ended up being only one wrestler and one manager. But with that information being known out there, that got back to Dutch [Mantell] and it fit the image that he wanted to create with Raisha Saeed so that’s when the ball started rolling.

“I am satisfied with how my career has been in the past years,” she said. “I don’t regret anything. I enjoyed the last 10 years. I didn’t know where wrestling was going to take me and I’m very satisfied with where it brought me so far.”

Debi Pelletier received the 2014 Women’s (Retired) Award. She debuted in the summer of 1983 after just two weeks of training from her future husband Jay York – using the gimmick of the Killer Tomato. She also wrestled for Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling as Dallas and competing in the American Wrestling Association as Killer Tomato again. She also wrestled against the likes of Sherri Martel and Wendi Richter during her AWA run, though was done by the end of 1986. It was a curious choice for the award considering the brevity of her time in the ring and her lack of impact on the industry.

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Kay Lee Ray Sammii Jayne mrdavidjwilsonAfter a quiet start to 2014, Fierce Females is regaining its traction. A breakaway from Insane Championship Wrestling was accompanied by the decision to hold smaller shows to build up to their supercards means more potential storylines, more opportunities for talent to wrestle and more exposure for the produce by putting the smaller cards on YouTube. The latest of these shows took place on Sunday in Glasgow where Scottish Champion Kay Lee Ray defended her title against Sammii Jayne – who won the right to challenge for the belt by beating Bete Noire and Viper earlier this year.

The match was a raucous affair which saw the action spill not just out of the ring but out of the building, with Kay Lee leaping onto Sammii from the roof of a nearby parked car. In the end, the title stayed where it was, but it was a great opportunity for Jayne to ascend to the main event of a Fierce Females card and successfully carry the load. It’s encouraging that while Fierce Females could stick with the established big names the country has produced, it is giving rising talent an opportunity to push themselves.

Ray’s next challenger will be Nikki Storm, who was cheered by a heel-supporting contingent on the show. Storm defeated Noire and Debbie Sharpe to earn the shot and set up a match which – unfathomably – hasn’t taken place in the duration of Fierce Females. In fact, to our knowledge, the last time the pair fought in a singles match was September 2012. That’s unfathomable considering the circles they’re in and the companies they both work for, but there you go.

That contest will take place at the Mad Maxine supercard in late July, though there is also another match which has been announced for the show. Following Carmel Jacob and Sara Marie Taylor defeating Leah Owens and emergency partner Viper – as well as the attack on Kasey Owens injured ankle after the bell – the pair will face the Owens Twins in a Tag Team Elimination Last Woman Standing Match. Kasey’s injury should have healed up by then, and then we should see a resolution of a story which started in April with Sara and Carmel getting wins over Leah and Kasey respectively. It seems that the heels have the advantage considering their run of wins, but with the rules being thrown out of the window, we could see a turning of the tables.

It’s something of a relief for Fierce Females to be gathering steam again. It presented one of our favourite shows on 2013, and it’s nice that the momentum is building, and is giving the huge depth of talent in Scotland its own all-women shows.

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Ballatrix IXBellatrix IX (stylised to read as BellatrIX) takes place on Sunday in Norwich – and like Fierce Females, it will predominantly feature local talent in a one-night tournament. Queen of the Ring was skipped over last year but it is back for this card which will determine a new monarch of the promotion.

The “outsider” names of Lady Lory and Bacardi are in action against Penelope and Saraya Knight respectively in the opening round, with Destiny taking on Erin Angel and Scarlett wrestling World Champion Liberty in the remaining two quarter finals. The brackets have not been revealed yet so we’re not aware of potential semi final and final contests, but there is the chance of a number of entertaining outings, considering there is a lot of talent in those eight names. However, the top contender for Match of the Night comes in the other announced contest.

The original contest between RQW European Champion Sammi Baynz and Blue Nikita at Bellatrix VIII in March was a rip-roaring, hard-hitting affair in what we proclaimed as the best on the card. Baynz won after Nikita was hit in the back of the head by Axl Lynch, allowing the titleholder to gain the pinfall on an unconscious challenger. Nikita protested against the interference but the decision stood, though she was granted an opportunity to earn another shot by getting a slot in the Bellatrix Rumble due to a slot opening because of injury to Skarlett. In the end, she entered the fray late and got the win by last eliminating Lory.

Considering what was presented in March, we’re confident it should be another barn-burner of a match. The interesting thing will be how they change things up to thrill the audience even further. However there are other factors to consider, such as whether Lynch will be a thorn in Nikita’s side once again and whether she can overcome that to win the belt. Baynz has enjoyed a hell of a renaissance since her return at the end of last year and stole the show on the Bellatrix v SHIMMER show last November in her title win over Liberty. Can she go three for three in Match of the Night honours at Bellatrix? Don’t bet against it.

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Elsewhere on the site, we have posted videos of Natsuki☆Taiyo’s retirement show as well as a match from earlier this year between Serena Deeb and Mia Yim. Oh, and the Women Of Wrestling Podcast made its return after a four month hiatus – we talked to Sassy Stephie about a range of things like the Lingerie Fighting Championships, being considered a veteran, WSU and her engagement as well as plans for the wedding reception.

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Summer Raw Sasha Banks Charlotte WWEBest wishes to Tamina Snuka, who has had knee surgery to repair the ACL and meniscus in her left leg. It’s claimed she suffered it during a match – her final contest was a loss against Paige at the SmackDown tapings on May 27 – and she may be out for the rest of the year… Summer Rae returned to NXT last week during Charlotte’s match against Bayley. Summer raised Charlotte’s hand after her win and then went after Bayley, with Charlotte and Sasha Banks joining in – so Rae is back in the Beautiful Fierce Females stable. Paige and Emma made the save… Speaking of Paige, she successfully defended her Divas Championship against Cameron on Superstars in a contest where the challenger was more heelish than ever. Naomi was not impressed with her buddy’s attitude… Carmella (Leah Van Damme) and Devin Taylor (Brittany Fetkin) made their in-ring debuts at NXT’s house show in Tampa, FL on Friday… Paige defeated Alicia Fox again on Raw. Fox then went after her tag team partner Aksana after the match as part of her latest wobbler. Elsewhere on the show, Summer Rae attacked Layla backstage by pouring milk over her head and then slamming it into the make-up table… Natalya talked to CBS Minnesota about Stephanie McMahon, saying “When she’s on, you don’t want to take your eyes off the screen, you want to see what she’s doing next. You don’t worry if she’s a woman or a man, you don’t care she’s Vince McMahon’s daughter. Whatever she’s doing is really, really good”.

TNA
Taryn Terrell is expected to return to Impact Wrestling at the promotion’s tapings in Bethlehem, PA this week. She went away last year to have her first child and competed at the Knockouts Knockdown PPV last month… On last week’s Impact, Brittany apologised to Madison Rayne for coming on strong in the ring on the previous episode and offered to help Rayne in her Knockouts Championship challenge to Angelina Love, but was rejected. She still came to the ring during the match which annoyed Madison – and led to Velvet Sky blinding Rayne with hairspray so Love could get the win. Brittany did nothing to stop Velvet.

North America
The full SHINE 20 card’s been announced. As well as SHINE Champion Ivelisse Velez v Serena Deeb, Leva Bates and Mia Yim put the Tag Team belts on the line against the winner of a four corner survival match earlier in the night between Sassy Stephie & Jessie Belle Smothers, Kimber Lee & Cherry Bomb, Malia Hosaka & Brandi Wine and Heidi Lovelace & Solo Darling. Elsewhere, Allysin Kay and Jessicka Havok seek to end their feud in a Last Woman Standing Match. Taylor Made was booked against La Rosa Negra but she’s been pulled for some reason. Instead, Negra will face Shanna… LuFisto has been announced for next month’s Valkyrie Women’s Wrestling show in Brooklyn, NY… Brittany has been pulled from the Remix Pro Wrestling show on June 21 due to a conflict of scheduling – instead, Allysin Kay will challenge Sassy Stephie for the Fury Women’s Championship… Mary Elizabeth Monroe missed last weekend’s Ohio Valley Wrestling Saturday Night Special – she was meant to face Women’s Champion Lei’D Tapa and Jessie Belle in a 3-way with the belt on the line. Ray Lyn took her place and was pinned by Tapa, who retained her title… Lylah Lodge has announced that she last left OVW… Amanda Rodriguez won the Pro Wrestling Syndicate Bombshells Majestic Championship on Saturday by pinning La Rosa Negra as part of a six-woman tag team match on Saturday. Tatevik the Gamer was meant to be on the card but reportedly no-showed… Cherry Bomb suffered a tore ligaments in her ankle in her match against Vanessa Kraven at Smash Wrestling on Sunday, and it will keep her out for around two weeks. Kraven won the match via referee stoppage… Ivelisse Velez and Candice LeRae face each other at Full Impact Pro’s show in June 22. Velez’s SHINE Championship will not be on the line… Hudson Envy defeated Jacob Tarasso in a Good Housekeeping match on Empire Wrestling Federation’s show on Friday… Renee Michelle won the East Coast Wrestling Association Women’s Championship from Jessie Kaye on Saturday.

Japan
Tomoka Nakagawa’s announced her intention to retire from wrestling on December 4 – though that may just be a domestic retirement and she may wrestle a few more dates overseas in early 2015. The 32-year old 9-year veteran still holds the SHIMMER Tag Team Championship with Kellie Skater and the OZ Academy double straps with Hiroyo Matsumoto… DASH Chisako is the next challenger for Arisa Nakajima’s JWP Openweight Championship after beating Kayoko Haruyama, Rabbit Miu and Risa Sera Maki Narumiya Youji KawauchiKAZUKI in a one-day tournament… Maki Narumiya and Risa Sera are still the Ice Ribbon International Ribbon Tag Team Champions after being the Lovely Butchers on Saturday’s 8th Anniversary show.

Europe
Rhia O’Reilly plowed through four women on Sunday’s IPW:UK/Progress card as part of a gauntlet match but was quickly beaten by Tennessee Honey.

Mexico
Taya Valkyrie became the number one contender to Fabi Apache’s AAA Reina de Reinas Title after winning a cibernetico last Wednesday… Amapola admitted to Fuego En El Ring to being a little stagnant before winning the CMLL-REINA International Championship, and wants to rack up a racord number of defences. She also says she wants to beat Marcela and Dark Angel for their hair in apuesta matches.

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Results

June 3: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Amapola, Tiffany & Zeuxis b Estrellita, Goya Kong & Lluvia

June 4: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Rabbit Miu b Yuuka; Hamuko Hoshi & Tsukasa Fujimoto b Akane Fujita & Meari Naito; Kaho Kobayashi & Makoto b Akiba Shiori & Risa Sera

June 4: OZ Academy (Tokyo, Japan) – Sonoko Kato b Kyusei Sakura Hirota; Kagetsu v Mio Shirai went to a time limit draw; Kaori Yoneyama & Madoka b Manami Toyota & Kanjyuro Matsuyama; Arisa Nakajima & Hikaru Shida b Mayumi Ozaki & Yumi Ohka; Aja Kong, Tsubasa Kuragaki & Kyoko Kimura b Dynamite Kansai, Ayako Hamada & Hiroyo Matsumoto; AKINO b Tomoka Nakagawa

June 4: Tokyo Women’s Wrestling (Tokyo, Japan) – Shoko Nakajima b Miurakane; KANNA vv Yuka Sakazaki went to a time limit draw; Miyu Yamashita v Erin went to a time limit draw; Chikage Kiba b Nonoko

June 4: Rockstar Pro Wrestling (Dayton, OH) – LuFisto b Samantha Heights

June 4: AAA (Guanajuanto, Mexico) – Taya Valkyrie b Sexy Star, La Jarochita, La Magnifica, Mary Apache, Cinthia Moreno & Sexy Lady

June 5: Pro Wrestling WAVE (Warabi, Japan) – Mika Iida & Sumire Natsu b Moeka Haruhi & Tsukasa Fujimoto; Kaho Kobayashi v Shiori Akiba went to a time limit draw; Hiroyo Matsumoto v Misaki Ohata went to a time limit draw; Kyoko Kimura b Shu Shibutani; Risa Sera v Rina Yamashita went to a time limit draw

Cameron Paige WWEJune 5: WWE Superstars (Indianapolis, IN) – Paige b Cameron

June 5: WWE NXT (Winter Park, FL) – Charlotte b Bayley

June 5: TNA Impact Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Angelina Love b Madison Rayne

June 6: Scottish Wrestling Alliance (Cumbernauld, Scotland) – Nikki Storm b Courtney

June 6: Pro Wrestling 4 U (Newcastle Under Lyme, England) – Jenna b Violet Vendetta

June 6: WWE SmackDown (Cincinnati, OH) – Natalya b Alicia Fox

June 6: WWE (Detroit, MI) – Eva Marie & Nikki Bella b Aksana & Rosa Mendes

June 6: TNA (Bowie, MD) – Angelina Love b Gail Kim

June 6: Empire Wrestling Federation (Covina, CA) – Hudson Envy b Terrazo

June 6: WWE NXT (Tampa, FL) – Carmella b Devin Taylor; Alexa Bliss & Becky Lynch b Charlotte & Sasha Banks

June 6: Empire Wrestling Federation (Covina, CA) – Hudson Envy b Jacob Tarasso

June 6: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Marcela, Princesa Sugheit & Silueta b Dalys, La Seductora & Princesa Blanca via DQ

June 7: Ice Ribbon (Kitazawa, Japan) – Kaho Kobayashi & Koharu Hinata b Rabbit Miu & 235; Mio Shirai b Akane Fujita; Shiori Akiba b Kyuri; Meari Naito & Neko Nitta b Kurumi & Yuka; Tsukasa Fujimoto b Yuri Kotobuki; Shu Shibutani b Miyako Matsumoto & Cherry; Maki Narumiya & Risa Sera b Hamuko Hoshi & Mochi Miyagi

June 7: Yuiga Produce Indie Girls Fighting (Tokyo, Japan) – Haruka Kato b Space Pink; Sakura Hirota b SAKURA; Bikushi & Micro b Choco & Yuko Miyamoto; Aki Shizuku v Yuiga went to a time limit draw

Sammii Jayne Rad Pro WrestlingJune 7: Newcastle Pro Wrestling (New Lambton, Australia) – Bee Boy & Rachel Rose v The Blue Oni & Shazza McKenzie

June 7: Pride Wrestling (Glasgow, Scotland) – Viper b Nikki Storm

June 7: RAD:PRO Wrestling (South Shields, England) – Vulture b Sammii The Dolly; Freya Frenzy b Switch; Debbie Sharpe b Danny O’Dochery

June 7: German Wrestling Federation (Berlin, Germany) – Blue Nikita b Brenda Star, Micaela & Vanessa La Bestia in a gauntlet match

June 7: New European Championship Wrestling (Hessdorf, Germany) – Jessy Jade b Stella

June 7: Northeast Wrestling (Ansonia, CT) – Reby Sky b Alexxis Nevaeh

June 7: Wrestling For Charity (San Jose, CA) – Kikyo Nakamura b Tab Jackson

June 7: WWE (Las Cruces, NM) – Paige b Alicia Fox & Natalya in a 3-way

June 7: WWE (Madison, WI) – Nikki Bella & Eva Marie b Aksana & Rosa Mendes

June 7: East Coast Wrestling Association (Newark, DE) – Renee Michelle b Jessie Kaye to win the ECWA Women’s Championship

June 7: Ohio Valley Wrestling (Lousiville, KY) – Lei’D Tapa b Jessie Belle & Ray Lyn in a 3-way

June 7: Pro Wrestling Syndicate (Rahway, NJ) – Jessie Kaye, Hania & Amber Rodriguez b Missy Sampson, La Rosa Negra & Annie Social (Amber won the Majestic Championship)

June 7: Northeast Wrestling (Ansonia, CT) – Reby Sky b Alexxis Nevaeh

June 7: Buffalo Championship Wrestling (Niagara Falls, NY) – Jennifer Blake b Beautiful Beaa

June 7: AAA (Veracruz, Mexico) – El Elegido, Faby Apache, Mascarita Sagrada & Pimpinela Escarlata b Mamba, Mini Abismo Negro, Sexy Star & Silver King

June 8: World Woman Pro Wrestling Diana (Kawasaki, Japan) – Sareee b Koharu Hinata; Kaoru Ito b Koyuki Hayashi; Keiko Aono & Mask de Sun b Kyoko Inoue & Kaho Kobayashi

June 8: JWP (Itabashi, Japan) – Manami Katsu b Raideen Hagane; DASH Chisako b Kayoko Haruyama; Command Bolshoi, Sachie Abe & Rabbit Miu b Arisa Nakajima, Yua Hayashi & Kana; KAZUKI b Aki Shizuku; Hanako Nakamori b Leon; Aki Shizuku b Raideen Hagane; DASH Chisako b Rabbit Miu; KAZUKI b Hanako Nakamori; Manami Katsu b Yua Hayashi; Arisa Nakajima b Sachie Abe & Kana in a 3-way; Kayoko Haruyama & Leon b Command Bolshoi & Kyoko Kimura; DASH Chisako b KAZUKI

June 8: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland) – Nikki Storm b Bête Noire; Debbie Sharpe b Courtney; Viper b Fiona Fraser; Nikki Storm b Debbie Sharpe; Carmel Jacob & Sara Marie Taylor b Leah Owens & Viper; Kay Lee Ray b Sammii Jayne

June 8: Tidal Wrestling (Leeds, England) – Violet O’Hara b Ruby Summers & Felony in a 3-way

June 8: IPW:UK/Progress (Swanley, England) – Tennessee Honey b Evian Sky, Jinny Sandhu, Mischa East, Rhia O’Reilly & Rosie Leigh in a gauntlet match

June 8: Pro Wrestling Revolution (Watsonville, CA) – Kikyo Nakamura b Kitana Rivera

June 8: WWE (Rochester, MN) – Eva Marie & Nikki Bella b Aksana & Rosa Mendes

June 8: WWE (Rio Rancho, NM) – Paige b Alicia Fox & Natalya in a 3-way

June 8: I Believe In Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Brittany b Su Yung & Lizzie Parris in a 3-way

June 8: SMASH Wrestling (Etobicoke, ON, Canada) – Vanessa Kraven b Cherry Bomb

June 9: WWE Raw (Minneapolis, MN) – Paige b Alicia Fox

Upcoming

June 13: Queens of Combat (Charlotte, NC) – Heidi Lovelace v Marti Belle

June 13: All Pro Wrestling (Daly City, CA) – Cheerleader Melissa v Reby Sky

June 14: Pro Wrestling Alliance (Casula, Australia) – Evie v Shazza McKenzie

June 14: Melbourne City Wrestling (Tullamarine, Australia) – Miami v KC Cassidy; Siren Monroe v Toni Storm; Savannah Summers b Miki Fortune

June 15: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Tsukasa Fujimoto v Risa Sera

Kasey Owens Nikki StormJune 15: Target Wrestling (Kendal, Scotland) – Kasey Owens v Nikki Storm

June 15: Bellatrix 9 (Norwich, England) – Blue Nikita v Sammi Baynz; Saraya Knight v Bacardi; Destiny v Erin Angel; Lady Lory v Penelope; Liberty v Skarlett

June 15: British Empire Wrestling (Mitcham, England) – Pollyanna Peppers v Addy Starr

June 21: Great Bear Promotions (Middlewich, England) – Nixon v Lana Austin

June 21: Remix Pro Wrestling (Marietta, OH) – Allysin Kay v Sassy Stephie

June 22: Full Impact Pro (Maitland, FL) – Ivelisse Velez v Candice LeRae

June 27: True Grit Wrestling (Leeds, England) – Violet O’Hara v Lana Austin

June 27: SHINE 20 (Ybor City, FL) – Sassy Stephie & Jessie Belle Smothers v Kimber Lee & Cherry Bomb v Malia Hosaka & Brandi Wine v Heidi Lovelace & Solo Darling; Su Yung v Justine Silver; Leah Von Dutch v Amber O’Neal; Taylor Made v La Rosa Negra; Nevaeh v Candice LeRae; Jessicka Havok v Allysin Kay; Leva Bates & Mia Yim v TBA; Ivelisse Velez v Serena Deeb

June 28: Warzone Wrestling (Wendouree, Australia) – Savannah Summers v Siren Monroe v Harley Wonderland

June 28: IWA Mid South Queen of the Deathmatches (New Albany, IN) – LuFisto v Jordynne Grace

June 29: Anarchy Championship Wrestling American Joshi Queen of Queens (Austin, TX)

Veda Scott AIWJune 29: Absolute Intense Wrestling (Cleveland, OH) – Veda Scott v Gregory Iron

July 1: Pure Wrestling Association (Cambridge, ON, Canada) – Kc Spinelli v Beautiful Beaa

July 6: British Empire Wrestling (London, England) – Dragonita v Dean Michael; Toni Storm v Kasey Owens

July 12: German Hurricane Wrestling (Nauheim, Germany) – Svetlana Kalashnikova v Stella

July 12: Empress Pro Wrestling (High Wycombe, England) – Pollyanna Peppers v Rhia O’Reilly

July 12: Women Superstars Uncensored (Voorhees, NJ) – LuFisto v Mickie Knuckles

July 19: Valkyrie Women’s Wrestling (Brooklyn, NY)

July 20: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland) – Leah & Kasey Owens v Sara Marie Taylor & Carmel Jacob; Kay Lee Ray v Nikki Storm

August 9: Southside Wrestling (Nottingham, England) – Martin Kirby v Kay Lee Ray

August 16: NCW Femmes Fatales XV (Montreal, QC, Canada) – Mercedes Martinez v LuFisto v Cheerleader Melissa v Courtney Rush

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

– Lee Burton
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Ringbelles Roundup (27 May 2014) – WWE Diva booking, wrestlers venturing into MMA & more

Alicia Fox WWEWWE really is baffling sometimes.

In order to build up to Paige’s Divas Championship defence against Alicia Fox this Sunday at Payback, Fox was booked to lose clean to Emma on last night’s Raw. After the match, Alicia threw another wobbler, attacking the victor, giving people wedgies, stripping them of their t-shirts and pouring soft drinks over herself and ringside fans.

Quite how Alicia Fox losing builds up anticipation for her match against Paige in five days is beyond me. By all rights, she should be winning to make her appear to be a threat, but instead she’s falling to Emma, whose star is pretty low at the moment. The issue is that her most marketable attribute comes after her losing, so it makes you wonder what will happen on Sunday. Should she win, she can’t lose it at ringside. That makes you think a Paige win is more likely, but her booking since winning the belt hasn’t showcased her that favourably. Sure – for the most part she is winning, but she still needs that strong story with possible promos so people can get to know her a bit more. At the moment she’s the champion who gets beaten up, hits a move and wins – which hardly puts her over as a dominant titleholder.

It’s a rough situation. Should Paige win at Payback, Fox gets to go off on one but doesn’t make her any conceivable threat, and having her win the belt would help with her credibility and help to build up more names in the division. However by doing that, you cut the legs off Paige and make it look like her reign was the fluke that her detractors claimed. Someone is losing big on Sunday, and we’ll have to wait and see who that will be. Continue reading “Ringbelles Roundup (27 May 2014) – WWE Diva booking, wrestlers venturing into MMA & more”