In Video: Ivelisse Velez’s AAA debut

Ivelisse Velez Sexy Star Taya ValkyrieIt’s a rare venture into the world of lucha libre, thought its profile has seen an upswing since the debut of Lucha Underground on US TV. A combination of alternative production and some entertaining matches has made it a desirable show to watch, and it is already seeing some crossover of talent among the luchadoras to AAA in Mexico – namely Ivelisse Velez.

The former SHINE Champion has had the opportunity to showcase her verbiage as well as her wrestling skills during her time on Lucha Underground, playing the nasty heel alongside Son of Havoc and has got under the skin of the promotion’s premier babyface Sexy Star. That rivalry has continued into AAA but has seen a flip-flopping of their demeanours as Sexy was already a heel in Mexico, meaning that Ivelisse is working face.

The video we have for you here is Velez’s debut in the promotion from November 28 where she teamed with Faby Apache against Sexy and AAA Reina de Reinas Taya Valkyrie in tag team action. The video shows the build-up – which would be more useful for you if you can speak Spanish – as well as the post-match antics. Have a look.

Ringbelles Roundup (19 August 2014) – Bayley’s Hug Life, Courtney Rush’s biggest win, news & more

Bayley WWEBayley officially became the number one contender for the NXT Women’s Championship on last Thursday’s programme when she defeated Sasha Banks by reversing the Just Facelock into a pin, playing on the last match involving the pair where Bayley was forced to tap out to that move. Charlotte came out at the end to raise Bayley’s hand, but the challenger doesn’t trust her because of their history, as Charlotte attacked Bayley to join the Beautiful Fierce Females last November, ending their friendship in the process.

Essentially, the high profile contest between the NXT Women’s titleholder and happy-go-lucky doe-eyed fangirl has been on the cards since then, and they will face each other at the Takeover 2 live show in three weeks. They have been wrestling each other on recent NXT house shows in preparation, which is probably necessary to make sure that Charlotte capitalises on the high praise she received for her match against Natalya back in May. Things are a little different this time as while Bayley has six years of experience, it’s still less than Natalya and could mean for a more awkward affair if everyone isn’t on the same page. Considering how many times they are wrestling on house shows – four times in the last month – and how much work they are presumably putting in at the Performance Center, things should be fine.

The match itself is a curious one. Bayley has really taken off among the fans who visit NXT’s TV tapings. With wacky waving inflatable arm flailing tube men, bright colours and happy music, she is infectiously fun and taps into the same sort of awe and excitement that fans get around wrestlers from time to time. She has been known to offer hugs to wrestlers – so much so that fans chant “Bayley’s gonna hug you” during her matches and her finish known as the Belly-to-Bayley is more amusingly titled the Hugplex… which it is, when you think about it.

AJ Lee was described as being outside what was considered the template for what a WWE Diva should be. Paige’s early gimmick was to be outside the mould by calling herself the Anti-Diva. However, they are still more Diva-esque than Bayley – and like AJ and Paige, it doesn’t matter to the fans at Full Sail University, who have wholly embraced her kooky, naïve nature – though that naivety has been slightly eroded by Charlotte’s betrayal and her feud with the BFFs, which Charlotte Bayley WWEyou could argue she “won” considering the stable split up. It’s almost as if they’re fed up of what they’re being told what a woman should be and are happy for the diversity which is slowly emerging – and if the chips fall a certain way, she could be NXT’s third Women’s Champion.

The possibility of this happening may be higher than you may think as there is talk of fast-tracking Charlotte to the main roster sooner rather than later. Should that happen, she would have to drop the title, as Paige vacated the belt when she graduated up so having both champions vacating the title doesn’t help with the title’s momentum. Besides, having Bayley as champion will be a great feel-good moment and will set the table for defences against Sasha Banks, who is probably next in line to get the championship.

Not bad for a woman who before signing for WWE was an entertaining wrestler, but was lacking a real character. Now she’s brimming with it, and is a prime example of what the company’s Performance Center can do.

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Courtney Rush Karen BroadwayCourtney Rush’s quest to become NCW Femmes Fatales International Champion has been more than a year in the making, and was not killed off due to her suffering a broken collarbone at a very inopportune time.

Rush’ run towards the title came about because of Kalamity taking a sudden absence from wrestling, and saw her slotted into the number one contenders’ match at Femmes Fatales XII last June, though the match ended in an inconclusive fashion when both women were disqualified. The pair were meant to clash again at the following show but Courtney suffered the aforementioned broken bone, removing her from the contest. Rush was to be replaced by Xandra Bale, but the Suicide Blonde broke her fibula, ruling her out and seeing Melissa eventually put into the main event tag team match, meaning that the original rematch could still take place at Femmes Fatales XIV under Iron Woman Match rules.

That contest also ended without a clear winner as the 30 minute time limit expired with each wrestler boasting one decision over the other, so both were inserted into a 4-way match for the championship at Saturday’s Femmes Fatales XV, which also incorporated LuFisto and titleholder Mercedes Martinez.

Rush ended up winning the title by making the champion tap out to the Sharpshooter, proving the 30-year old with her highest-profile title win to date, and also means that she has challengers ready-made. For example, there is still the threat of Cheerleader Melissa who was eliminated at the same time as LuFisto due to a double pin, which means that Rush is yet to secure a decisive victory over her rival. A win over her would solidify her title reign and really catapult her into a true main event status.

The title change also ushers a new era for the promotion, as Martinez had held the belt for 504 days – though not a record, as Kalamity’s run with the title checked out at 539 – so it freshens up the possibilities for title matches and feuds. It is also the first time that the title has been held by a wrestler who is neither a Quebec native or a a well-established veteran. Rush’s reign gives her an opportunity to elevate herself from perennial challenger to bona-fide championship material, and could see that perception carried over into other promotions – and it’s something that Femmes Fatales can boast about down the line.

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Elsewhere on the site, we’ve got a review of the Alternative Wrestling Show’s 4th Women’s Tournament which took place back in May, and we also have a big apuestas match from CMLL with hair and masks on the line.

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WWE
Paige WWEPaige repeated her actions from last week’s Raw on SmackDown when she came out during AJ Lee’s match against Eva Marie, causing AJ to jump out of the ring and attacking her rival, causing her to be counted out… At SummerSlam, Paige pinned AJ with the RamPaige to win the Divas Championship on her 22nd birthday. Meanwhile, Stephanie McMahon defeated Brie Bella after Brie’s twin sister Nikki turned on her… Both storylines continued on Raw when Stephanie stood by the side of Nikki, who said that she turned because Brie was always treated more favourably, and never mentioned how she was the one who took the brunt of the abuse when Brie quit in June. Brie came out to confront her sister and was slapped, causing her to leave the ring in tears. Nikki’s promo was overacted, but was nowhere near as bad as Brie trying to look upset – and why WWE is going with a soap opera backstory instead of dealing in the reality which we’ve seen is such a head scratcher. Elsewhere, AJ did the distraction job during Paige’s match with Natalya, causing her to be pinned by the Queen of Harts. AJ came in claiming that she wanted to give Paige a hug but the new champion scooted up the aisleway… Emma took a nasty spill to the floor during her match with Alicia Fox on SuperStars last week. It was from the move where Fox holds her victim in a pavement slam position and them dumps them through the second rope to the outside. Emma came up clutching her shoulder – which required surgery a few years ago because of repeated dislocations – but finished the match without a problem, beating Alicia with the Emma Lock… Former WWE developmental Diva Anna Bogomazova (AKA Anya) is considering taking legal action against the company for releasing her while recovering from surgery for a broken arm… The Bella Twins were asked by the LA Sports Times who they would like to induct them into the WWE Hall of Fame if they ever received the honour. Brie chose Natalya, while Nikki went for her other half, John Cena. Summer Rae chose Stephanie McMahon… Speaking of Stephanie, she has two t-shirts out – one of which you saw on Raw last night which trolls Daniel Bryan’s Yes shirt – but she has said that the profits will go towards a charity she and husband Triple H set up in the memory of Connor Michalek, who died from brain cancer at the age of 8… Sasha Banks did an interview WWE.com saying that she’s glad to be rid of her former BFF teammates Charlotte and Summer Rae.

TNA
Gail Kim defeated Taryn Terrell, Velvet Sky and Angelina Love to retain the Knockouts Championship on last week’s Impact Wrestling. The continued growing dissension within the Beautiful People was furthered during the match. That reunion has been a huge flop… Former WWE employee Matt Sydal (Evan Bourne) talked about Terrell’s early days of training during a Kayfabe Commentaries interview, mentioning that she had so little knowledge about wrestling that she went for a cover once when her opponent was lying on their stomach… The female applicants who made it to the match stage of British Boot Camp received good praise from judges Al Snow, Gail Kim and Samoa Joe on Saturday.

North America
East Coast Wrestling Association is to hold a tournament on October 11 to determine a new Women’s Champion after Renee Michelle and Jessie Kaye went to a double pin earlier this month, causing the title to be held up. They will both be in the tournament along with Jenny Rose, Heidi LovelaceAnnie Social, Tessa Blanchard and Chasity Taylor… Heidi Lovelace became the first woman to win an AAW singles championship on Friday night when she defeated Matt Cage to win the promotion’s Heritage Title… SHINE has released the rest of the card for Friday’s SHINE 21 iPPV, which is being described as Havok’s Last Stand, as Jessicka Havok will face Allysin Kay one last time with stipulations which are yet to be announced. Elsewhere, Taylor Made takes on La Rosa Negra, Thunderkitty wrestles Justine Silver, and Heidi Lovelace & Solo Darling battle Marti Belle & Jayme Jameson… The Kimber Bombs beat Vanessa Kraven and LuFisto on SMASH Wrestling’s show at the weekend and continued their attack after the bell, causing Kraven and LuFisto’s Team Canada members for September 21’s CanUSA Classic – Jewells Malone, Xandra Bale and Courtney Rush to hit the ring to make the save. It was also announced that Amazing Kong is the captain of Team USA, leading Kimber Lee, Cherry Bomb, Veda Scott and Allysin Kay… Tessa Blanchard will compete at Valkyrie Women’s Wrestling’s show on October 24… Hudson Envy will make her NCW Femmes Fatales debut on October 26 for Femmes Fatales XVI.

Japan
Melanie Cruise is travelling to Japan this week to work with Pro Wrestling WAVE. Booker GAMI says she will be there for three months, so that rules her out of the the next SHIMMER tapings… Ice Ribbon held its eighth Teens event in Tokyo on Thursday. Rabbit Miu (18) & Tsukushi (16) defeated Risa Sera (22) & Takumi Iroha (21) in the main event… Speaking of Rabbit Miu, she won the JWP Jr and POP Championships for a second time on Sunday, defeating Sareee. Elsewhere, Sachie Abe retired from wrestling after 18 years of competition following a series of matches, ending with KAZUKI defeating her… Carlos Amano has retired due to a brain stem injury. She’s had to stop immediately, so she has already wrestled her final match. The 38-year old’s last contest was on May 11’s OZ Academy show – she and Manami Toyota lost to Dynamite Kansai & Kaori Yoneyama. The 19-year veteran’s first title was back in 2000 when she and Command Bolshoi snared the JWP Tag Team Championship, and she has won two OZ Academy Openweight titles between 2008 and 2010… The cards for Stardom’s 2014 5*STAR Grand Prix have been announced, with shows throughout September. You can see the listings here.

Europe
Fierce Females has announced another show, which will take place on October 26. It’s a charity show with the proceeds going to Cancer Research UK… Kimber Lee will face Kay Lee Ray at Southside Wrestling on October 11 as part of the Combat Zone Wrestling collaboration taking place that weekend. Kay Lee Ray will defend the Southside Wrestling Speed King Championship against five opponents on October 12 in what will be Europe’s first ever Aerial Assault match… Speaking out Southside, they welcome Candice LeRae and Joey Ryan on September 19 in Sheffield in what will be their first UK appearances… Allysin Kay has been announced for Bellatrix X, which will take place on September 28. No opponent has been revealed yet… Kerry Cabrero & Bacardi won a mixed tag team tournament held by UK Main Event Wrestling on Saturday.

Mexico
Canada’s Taya Valkyrie became the first non-Mexican to win the AAA Reina de Reinas Championship on Sunday when she defeated Faby Apache at TripleMania XXII, breaking her nose in two places in the process. She later revealed that her next goal is to get the hair of both Apache and Jennifer Blake.

Australia & New Zealand
Izzy Shaw v Savannah Summers v Harley Wonderland takes place at Riot City Wrestling on Saturday to determine the next challenger for Demi Bennett’s Women’s Championship.

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Results

August 13: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Kurumi & Tsukushi b Akane Fujita & Miyako Matsumoto; Tsukasa Fujimoto b Koyuki Hayashi; Maki Narumiya b Rina Yamashita; Rabbit Miu & Tsukushi b Kyuri & Risa Sera

August 13: Rockstar Pro (Dayton, OH) – Crazy Mary Dobson b Heidi Lovelace

August 14: Ice Ribbon Teens (Tokyo, Japan) – Mai Ichii v Sakura Tsubaki went to a time limit draw; Cherry, Meari Naito & Sachie Abe b 235, Akane Fujita & Yako Fujigasaki; Kaho Kobayashi & Tsukushi Risa Sera Youji KawauchiRydeen Hagane b Kyuri & Natsu Sumire; Fairy Nihonbashi, Manami Kanda & Yume Hayashi b Koharu Hinata, Koyuki Hayashi & Tsukushi; Koguma & Kurumi b Sareee & Yuuka; Rabbit Miu & Tsukushi b Risa Sera & Takumi Iroha

August 14: WWE Superstars (Portland, OR) – Emma b Alicia Fox

August 14: WWE NXT (Winter Park, FL) – Bayley b Sasha Banks

August 14: TNA Impact Wrestling (New York, NY) – Gail Kim b Taryn Terrell, Angelina Love & Velvet Sky in a 4-way

August 14: Fighting Back With Cancer (Ottawa, ON, Canada) – Angie Skye b Eve & Kira in a 3-way

August 15: WWE SmackDown (Seattle, WA) – Eva Marie b AJ lee via count-out

August 15: Real Canadian Wrestling (Edmonton, AB, Canada) – Skarlet b Melissa Coates

August 15: AAW (Berwyn, IL) – Heidi Lovelace b Matt Cage to win the AAW Heritage Championship

August 15: TNA (Indiana, PA) – Madison Rayne b Angelina Love

August 16: Ice Ribbon (Warabi, Japan) – Hamuko Hoshi v Akiba Shiori went to a time limit draw; Kurumi & Kyuri b Cherry & Akane Fujita; Risa Sera b Yuka; Tsukasa Fujimoto & Tsukushi b Maki Narumiya & Rina Yamashita

August 16: Europe Catch Tour Association (Oye-Plage, France) – Lady Lory b Emilie Sauvage

August 16: Futureshock Wrestling (Stockport, England) – Danni Hunter b April Davids & Lana Austin in a 3-way

August 16: UK Main Event Wrestling (Maidstone, England) – Bacardi & Kerry Cabrero b Sakura Lily & Furio; Faith Lehaine & Crazy Billy Duffy b Joel Lightning & Nadia Sapphire; The Phantom & Felony b Dow Jones & Marcella; Doug Williams & Jenna b Joseph Conners & Violet Vendetta; Kerry Cabrero & Bacardi b Crazy Billy Duffy & Faith Lehaine; Doug Williams & Jenna b The Phantom & Felony via DQ; Kerry Cabrero & Bacardi b Doug Williams & Jenna

August 16: NCW Femmes Fatales XV (Montreal, QC, Canada) – Kimber Lee b Missy; Kira & Mary Lee Rose b Addy Starr & Kaitlin Diemond; Vanessa Kraven b Sassy Stephie; Portia Perez b Angie Skye, Diana Hall, Mistress Belmont, Veda Scott & Xandra Bale in a Gauntlet Match; Sweet Cherrie b KC Spinelli; Courtney Rush b Cheerleader Melissa, LuFisto & Mercedes Martinez in a 4-way to win the NCW: Femmes Fatales International Championship

August 16: I Believe In Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Brittany, Jason Cade & Sweet Thang Willie b Chasyn Rance, Josh Hess & Oso Panda

August 16: Premier Wrestling Xperience (Hickory, NC) – Tessa Blanchard b Rachel

August 16: TNA (Washington, PA) – Madison Rayne b Velvet Sky

August 16: Vendetta Pro Wrestling (Simi Valley, CA) – Raze b Sage Sin Supreme

August 16: Conflict Wrestling (Kitchener, ON, Canada) – Jewells Malone b Aiden Rayne

August 16: WWE (San Jose, CA) – Layla & Natalya b Paige & Rosa Mendes

August 16: NWA Branded Outlaw Wrestling (San Antonio, TX) – Barbi Hayden v Jessica James

August 17: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – Raideen Hagane, Yako Fujigasaki & Yua Hayashi b Fairy Nipponbashi, Rina Yamashita & Sumire Natsu; Rabbit Miyu b Sareee to win the JWP Junior & POP Championships; Kayoko Haruyama, Leon & Hanako Nakamori b Arisa Nakajima, Meiko Satomura & Kana; Command Bolshoi & Kyoko Kimura b KAORU & Mima Shimoda; Jaguar Yokota & Megumi Yabushita b Sachie Abe & KAZUKI; Jaguar Yokota & Megumi Yabushita b Sachie Abe & KAZUKI; KAZUKI b Sachie Abe

August 17: OZ Academy (Tokyo, Japan) – Manami Toyota b Kyusei Sakura Hirota; AKINO b Kaho Kobayashi; Yumi Ohka, Mio Shirai & Kyoko Kimura b Hiroyo Matsumoto, Kagetsu & Hikaru Shida; Tomoka Nakagawa b Mayumi Ozaki; Aja Kong & Tsubasa Kuragaki b Kaori Yoneyama & Dynamite Kansai

August 17: Stardom (Sendai, Japan) – Azumi b Maaya; Kaori Yoneyama b Hatuhinode Kamen & Alpha Female in a 3-way; Miho Wakizawa b Reo Hazuki; Takumi Iroha b Kris Wolf; Io Shirai, Mayu Iwatani & Yoshiko b Kairi Hojo, Koguma & Nanae Takahashi

August 17: Insane Championship Wrestling (Edinburgh, Scotland) – Carmel Jacob & Sara b Leah & Kasey Owens

Kimber Lee LuFisto TabercilAugust 17: HXC Wrestling (Manchester, England) – Sam Bailey & Lana Austin b Mikey Whiplash & Violet Vendetta

August 17: SMASH Wrestling (Toronto, ON, Canada) – Cherry Bomb & Kimber Lee b LuFisto & Vanessa Kraven

August 17: I Believe In Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Brittany & Chasyn Rance b Ashleigh Lynn Ford & Joey Mayberry; Cherry Lane & Mike Reed b Lizzie Parris & Gabriel Black,; Brittany & Chasyn Rance b Cherry Layne & Mike Reed

August 17: Wrestling For Charity (Redwood City, CA) – Kikyo Nakamura b Jack Flag

August 17: AAA TripleMania XXII (Mexico City, Mexico) – Aerostar, Jennifer Blake, Mascarita Sagrada & Pimpinela Escarlata b Mamba, Mini Abismo Negro, Sexy Star & Súper Fly; Taya Valkyrie b Faby Apache to win the Reina de Reinas Championship

August 17: CMLL (Guadalajara, Mexico) – Zeuxis b Lluvia

August 17: WWE SummerSlam (Los Angeles, CA) – Paige b AJ Lee to win the Divas Championship; Stephanie McMahon b Brie Bella

August 18: WWE Raw (Las Vegas, NV) – Natalya b Paige

August 18: CMLL (Puebla, Mexico) – Estrellita, Goya Kong & Lluvia b Amapola, La Seductora & Tiffany

Upcoming

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

August 22: SHINE 21 (Ybor City, FL) – Leah Von Dutch v Amazong Kong v Nevaeh v Su Yung; Ivelisse Velez v TBA; Malia Hosaka & Brandi Wine v Leva Bates & Mia Yim; Kimber Lee & Cherry Bomb v Jessie Belle Smothers & Sassy Stephie; Jessicka Havok v Allysin Kay; Taylor Made v La Rosa Negra; Thunderkitty v Justine Silver; Heidi Lovelace & Solo Darling v Marti Belle & Jayme Jameson

August 23: Riot City Wrestling (Wayville, Australia) – Izzy Shaw v Savannah Summers v Harley Wonderland

August 24: RESISTANCE Pro (Willowbrook, IL) – Paloma Starr v D’Arcy Dixon v Angel Dust v Lucy Mendez

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

August 29: Shropshire Wrestling Alliance (Dawley, England) – Pete Dunne & Ryan Smile v Chris Brookes & Nixon Newell

August 29: British Championship Wrestling (Kilmarnock, Scotland) – Liam Thomson & Carmel Jacob v Grado & Kay Lee Ray

August 30: Impact Pro Wrestling (Auckland, New Zealand) – Britenay v Evie

August 30: Svensk Wrestling Syd (Malmo, Sweden) – Miss Mina v Penelope

August 31: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland) – Sammii Jayne v Nixon Newell; Layla Rose v Miss Cole; Kay Lee Ray v April Davids; Nikki Storm & TBA v Carmel Jacob & Sara; Viper v Lana Austin

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

Sassy Stephie Pink Flash KiraSeptember 6: Tidal Wrestling (Darlington, England) – Ruby Summers v TBA

September 6: North Shore Pro Wrestling (Montreal, QC, Canada) – Sassy Stephie v Pink Flash Kira

September 7: Stardom (Tokyo, Japan) – Star Fire v Io Shirai; Nanae Takahashi v Cheerleader Melissa; Kairi Hojo v Kaori Yoneyama; Koguma v Yoshiko; Takumi Iroha v Kyoko Kimura; Mayu Iwatani v DASH Chisako

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

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

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

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

September 13: Women Superstars Uncensored (Voorhees, NJ)

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

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

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

September 21: SMASH Wrestling CANUSA Classic (Toronto, ON, Canada)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 25: NCW Femmes Fatales XVI (Montreal, QC, Canada)

October 26: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland)

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

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

November 23: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland)

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Taya Valkyrie wins the AAA Reina de Reinas Championship

Taya Valkyrie AAAIt wasn’t the cleanest of victories, but Taya Valkyrie made history at last night’s AAA TripleMania XII show in Mexico City, Mexico when she became the first foreigner to win the Reina de Reinas Championship from Faby Apache.

As well as receiving liberal help from Sexy Star, Valkyrie also had a hand in the form of rúdo (heel) referee Hijo del Tirantes in order to wrest the title from Apache. Despite the interference and biased officiating, the titleholder held her own for a lot of the match, and even bloodied the challenger’s nose along the way. It became a sticking point as Tirantes refused to count pitfalls for Faby to check on whether the Canadian could continue, and he even broke up submission holds to make sure Taya did not submit. Eventually, an errant dropkick by the champion wiped out the referee and saw Sexy interfere further, though she ended up being ejected from the arena by commissioner El Fantasma. In the end, the 27-year old’s victory was clean as she hit a Northern Lights Suplex and a kangaroo style double stomp to claim the championship. On commentary, her fellow Canadian lucha star Vampiro remarked “I’m very proud of her. She slept on floors, she had no money to eat, she is a true success story.”

It was later revealed that Valkyrie had suffered a broken nose in the contest, which would explain the blood.

Taya has spent more than two years wrestling in Mexico. She travelled south in April 2012 to wrestle for Perros Del Mal before debuting for AAA seven months later. She competed in a tournament to crown a Reina de Reinas titleholder in November last year and made it to the final by beating Jennifer Blake, but lost the 4-way decider which also involved LuFisto, Mary Apache and Faby, who ended up winning the belt. Apache only defended the title twice during her reign, beating Blake in July and losing to Valkyrie last night.

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Ringbelles Roundup (8 July 2014) – Emma’s woes, Diva storylines converge, Renee Young & more

Emma WWEWWE made a complete pig’s ear of successfully dealing with the situation surrounding Emma and her shoplifting arrest.

To recap the story: Emma (Tenille Dashwood) was arrested on June 30 at a Wal-Mart in Hartford, CT on suspicion of sixth degree larceny. She was brought before the community court the following day and sentenced to one day of community service in exchange for having no mention of it on her criminal record. Her lawyer argued that it was a genuine mistake and she simply forgot to pay for the iPad case worth $21 – a reasoning which WWE appeared to believe and accept.

Bryan Alvarez discussed the situation on one of his online shows last week, saying that Emma may have been the victim of bad timing. He says he spoke to a Wal-Mart employee who said that at any other time of the month she would have been reminded that she had not paid for the item and that she can sort it all out without any legal ramifications. However with it being the end of the month and staff having certain quotas to fill, they went the extra mile with her and pressed charges.

The 25-year old received sympathy from many corners of the wrestling world. In a recent blog, former WWE announcer and VP of Talent Relations Jim Ross said:

Seems as if too many people are jumping to conclusion regarding Emma’s arrest for shoplifting. Count me as someone who has forgotten to pay for a small item at a grocery store, etc and then went back in to settle up. My dealings with Emma have been nothing but positive when I was traveling to Orlando and Tampa to work with the young talents. I have no issue giving her the benefit of the doubt in this matter.

That sentiment was shattered on Wednesday when WWE released its typical terse statement saying that the company had released Emma from her contract. Social media blew up at the apparent hypocrisy of it all, considering other wrestlers who were arrested for alleged violence, drug use and corruption did not receive any recourse from WWE – and in some cases were gifted opportunities.

In February 2005, Ric Flair was arrested following a road rage incident in Charlotte, NC. Flair allegedly got out of his car, grabbed a motorist by the neck, kicked the door off the motorist’s sport utility vehicle, and was charged with two misdemeanors, injury to personal property and simple assault and battery. The incident was parodied on WWE TV by Edge to foreward their ongoing programme.

In August 2012, Funkadactyl Cameron was arrested for an alleged DUI in Tampa, FL where she either failed a breath test or refused to give a specimen of breath. She allegedly offered an officer $10,000 to “let her go because she would lose her job”, and did not inform WWE of the arrest – the company responded by saying “Ariane [Cameron] did not alert us to this matter, we are investigating and will take appropriate action.” If any action was taken it was nothing serious.

In February 2013, Jack Swagger was arrested in Gulfport, MI and was charged with a DUI and possession of marijuana. While the drug charge was later dismissed he was sentenced to six months probation and a suspended jail sentence. While awaiting trial, he wrestled for the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania XXIX.

Emma mugshotAll of these incidents are higher up the criminal totem pole than a shoplifting charge, which is why there was such dismay, shock and anger at Emma being released for a shoplifting charge that sources within WWE even admitted would likely blow over within a few days. By releasing her, it meant that it was highlighted even further and put a stain on her name. However things got even stranger three hours later when WWE pulled a u-turn and reinstated her, saying “Upon further evaluation, WWE has reinstated Tenille Dashwood (WWE Diva Emma) but will take appropriate punitive action for her violation of the law.” Judging from the incidents listed above, that would mean a push on TV, right?

The whole incident is an embarrassment for WWE as someone made the unilateral decision to fire someone on a relatively minor crime – and I’m not excusing Emma for it by the way, as she did technically break the law – but then had to do an about-face when someone higher up in the company realised the horrendous double-standards being shown and how it would rake up a lot of dirt from a lot of wrestlers’ pasts just to make an example. At that point it was too late and people had already taken WWE to task for its actions in this case and lack thereof in others, but WWE is a big beast and it will survive this latest scandal. Emma may not be so lucky.

Yes, her reinstatement means that she will wrestle on the Australia tour next month but her name was dragged through the mud. She ended up being featured on wrestling websites and TMZ for days and here we are talking about it eight days later. She had to go through the firing and rehiring in public – which must also be the quickest rehiring in wrestling history – and has to try and shake off that stigma to try and get back on track.

It gets worse though, as her train has been further derailed by the announcement by Santino Marella that he is to retire from the ring following a third neck injury. Marella and Emma were on-screen partners and now that he is no longer wrestling, she has no real direction within WWE. It could be that she may get to wrestle more often as the character which she portrayed on NXT rather than as a ditzy Santino clone but considering the mess that she finds herself in the middle of, that may be a stretch.

The worst-case scenario is that she completes the Australian tour and is then quietly let go, but that would be just as bad as her release last week. It could be that the whole situation has bought her some time within WWE but she may not be doing much while she is there. It’s a shame – a $21 error may have buried her six feet deep.

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Blimey, it’s been busy on the website this week. We’ve written nine articles about wrestlers who have had a Good Half Year. So we have eight full-length pieces on Serena Deeb, Ivelisse Velez, LuFisto, Barbi Hayden, Miss Mina, Mia Yim, Paige and Heidi Lovelace – and we also have a piece on the others who can say they have done well so far in 2014. On top of that, we’ve posted a match between Kay Lee Ray and Shanna, where KLR is the one working heel.

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WWE
Nikki Bella was put into another tag match against the Funkadactyls on Main Event last Tuesday, with Stephanie McMahon saying she needed to team with Alicia Fox. Fox kicked Bella in the face as she went for the tag, and was pinned by Cameron while Naomi lamented her participation in all of it… The Beautiful Fierce Females are done. Sasha Banks and Charlotte defeated Bayley and Becky Lynch on NXT but Charlotte did nothing to help Banks after the match when Bayley attacked Sasha to stop her taunting Becky. The groups have been bickering for weeks, partly because of a returning Summer Rae feeling out of place due to Charlotte winning the NXT Women’s Championship and no longer being the outright leader… Divas Champion AJ Lee defeated Eva Marie in non-title action on SmackDown – Paige, who was at ringside, teased an attack but shook AJ’s hand instead. Eva Marie is still poor… Some bits to talk about from the weekend house shows: Paige worked against Natalya in the opening matches of the Canada shows. Paige lost both matches via Sharpshooter submission where she still worked babyface, and the match received a “This is awesome” chance in Toronto. Meanwhile, the Funkadactyls beat Summer Rae and Rosa Mendes on the the loop (so I’m struggling to know if Rae is a face or heel). Cameron walked out on Naomi during the match, but Naomi still secured the win… Both feuds converged on Raw when Paige and AJ defeated the Funkadactyls. Cameron refused to tag in for most of the match but then tagged herself in at the end, falling to the Paige Turner. Cameron and Naomi got into a fight afterwards. Elsewhere on Raw, Alicia Fox and Nikki Bella were to work a match where both women had their hands tied behind their backs but Fox attacked Bella while Nikki was tied up so the Renee Young WWEmatch didn’t take place… The Wrestling Observer claims Thea Trinidad (former TNA Knockout Rosita) may be on the verge of being signed to the WWE roster. She has been serving as a Rosebud over the past few weeks… Renee Young has joined the Superstars commentary team, making her the first full time female commentator on WWE TV since Lita on Sunday Night Heat in 2003 – and the only one which immediately springs to mind before that was Stephanie Wiand, who worked on Superstars in 1994-95. Triple H commented, saying “She’s got a great voice that cuts through the clutter. She is very knowledgeable about WWE, about its history, about the talent and she is really willing to step up and do her homework”. Likewise, Brandi Rhodes has been upgraded to backstage interviewer on the main roster.

TNA
Gail Kim won the Knockouts Championship from Angelina Love on last week’s Impact Wrestling. Brittany also turned heel on Madison Rayne in her best work in the promotion so far.

North America
Veda Scott will wrestle Gregory Iron in a steel cage at Absolute Intense Wrestling’s show on July 25. The show is named Battle of the Sexes and will feature nothing but intergender matches. Also on the card is Athena v Louis Lyndon, Kimber Lee v Rickey Shane Page and Alexia Nicole v Sparx… Kc Spinelli will challenge Leah Von Dutch for the Pure Wrestling Association Elite Women’s Championship on July 19 after beating Beautiful Beaa last Tuesday… There hasn’t been a women’s match on Ohio Valley Wrestling TV for more than a month… D’Arcy Dixon defends the RESISTANCE Pro Women’s Championship against Angel Dust on July 25… Ivelisse Velez defends the SHINE Championship against Shanna on Friday’s Full Impact Pro show from Ybor City, FL… Women Superstars Uncensored is making a big deal about Jessicka Havok threatening to show up at Saturday’s iPPV in Voorhies, NJ in what is the first real statement by Havok about being stripped of the World Title and being barred from the promotion back in May. We’ve not been able to check it out to confirm this, but this all screams of an angle.

Europe
Nixon Newell will face Marshall X in intergender action on Kamikaze Pro’s July 27th show in Birmingham, England… Leah Owens became the first Revolution Championship Wrestling Women’s Leah Owens Revolution Championship WrestlingChampion on Saturday in Barcelona, Spain. She qualified for the 4-way final by beating Lady Lory via DQ then beat Bete Noire, Kay Lee Ray & Nikki Storm in the main event to win the title. The 4-way was meant to be a ladder match but was changed to a one-fall match because the ladders didn’t arrive on time… Lady Lory & Saraya Knight went to a double KO on Saturday in a match where Lory’s Europe Catch Tour Association Women’s Championship was on the line. The pair will wrestle again… Rhia O’Reilly defeated Addy Starr in a Lego Deathmatch on PROGRESS Wrestling’s show on Sunday.

Mexico
Estrellita successfully defended her CMLL Mexican National Women’s Championship last Tuesday, defeating Zeuxis… Taya Valkyrie will challenge Faby Apache for the AAA Reina De Reinas Championship at TripleMania XXII on August 17. It will be the first women’s title match at TripleMania, and should Valkyrie win, she will be the first non-Mexican woman to hold the belt.

Australia & New Zealand
It was announced that Savannah Summers and Toni Storm will be part of WWE’s tryouts in Melbourne next month. Sara Jay had already been announced – and there may be more names to come… Demi Bennett retained her Riot City Wrestling Women’s Championship on Saturday, beating Blair Alexis. Harley Wonderland beat Kellyanne English on the same card… Carmen Rose defeated Evie on Impact Pro Wrestling’s Saturday show. Interim Women’s Champion Britenay also stole back the title belt after Evie nicked it on the last show.

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Results

July 1: WWE Main Event (Newark, NJ) – Naomi & Cameron b Nikki Bella & Alicia Fox

July 1: Tigerfest (Brompton, ON, Canada) – Alexia Nicole & Ashley Sixx b Jasmin & Marcus Marquez

Beautiful Beaa Kc Spinelli TabercilJuly 1: Pure Wrestling Association (Cambridge, ON, Canada) – Beautiful Beaa b Kc Spinelli; Bambi Hall b Reia Von Slasher

July 1: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Estrellita b Zeuxis

July 2: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Kurumi defeats Kaho Kobayashi; Shuu Shibutani b Koharu Hinata; Misaki Ohata b Hiroyo Matsumoto; Mio Shirai & Yuuka b Meari Naito & Sachie Abe

July 2: Combat Zone Wrestling (Blackwood, NJ) – Brittany Blake & Joe Gacy b Finneus James & Kimber Lee

July 2: Rockstar Pro Wrestling (Dayton, OH) – Mikael & Pompano Joe b Lufisto & Duke Beefhammer

July 3: WWE NXT (Winter Park, FL) – Charlotte & Sasha Banks b Bayley & Becky Lynch

July 3: TNA Impact Wrestling (Bethlehem, PA) – Gail Kim b Angelina Love to win the TNA Knockouts Championship

July 3: AAA (Veracruz, Mexico) – Mamba, Mary Apache & Taya Valkyrie b Faby Apache, La Jarochita & Pimpinela Escarlata

July 4: Pro Wrestling WAVE (Tokyo, Japan) – Ayako Hamada, Rina Yamashita & Yuu Yamagata b Moeka Haruhi, Natsu Sumire & Yumi Ohka; Fairy Nihonbashi & Kana b Hikaru Shida & Shuu Shibutani; Kyoko Kimura b Tomoka Nakagawa; Tsukasa Fujimoto b Sakura Hirota; Hiroyo Matsumoto b Mika Iida; Misaki Ohata b Mio Shirai

July 4: PROGRESS Wrestling (Knebworth, England) – The London Riots & Rhia O’Reilly b FSU & Addy Starr

July 4: WWE (Windsor, ON, Canada) – Natalya b Paige

July 4: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Dalys, La Seductora & Tiffany b La Vaquerita, Lluvia & Princesa Sugehit

July 5: AAA (Vallarta, Mexico) – Mamba, Mini Abismo Negro, Sexy Star & Taya Valkyrie b Jennifer Blake, La Jarochita, Mascarita Sagrada & Pimpinela Escarlata

July 5: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Hamuko Hoshi b Kyuri; Kurumi b Risa Sera; 235 & Neko Nitta b Mochi Miyagi & Tsukasa Fujimoto; Mio Shirai & Yuuka b Maki Narumiya & Tsukushi

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

July 5: Riot City Wrestling (Wayville, Australia) – Demi Bennett b Blair Alexis; Harley Wonderland b Kellyanne English

July 5: Revolution Championship Wrestling (Barcelona, Spain) – Kay Lee Ray b Blue Nikita; Bete Noire b Pollyanna Peppers; Leah Owens b Lady Lory via DQ; Nikki Storm b Kasey Owens; Leah Owens b Bete Noire, Kay Lee Ray & Nikki Storm in 4-way to win the RCW Women’s Championship

July 5: WWE (Broomfield, CO) – Naomi & Cameron b Summer Rae & Rosa Mendes

July 5: WWE (London, ON, Canada) – Natalya b Paige

July 5: Pure Wrestling Association (Tottenham, ON, Canada) – Jody D’Milo b Beautiful Beaa

July 5: Destination 1 Wrestling (New Albany, IN) – Nevaeh b Samantha Heights; LuFisto b Crazy Mary Dobson

July 5: New England Championship Wrestling (Brockton, MA) – Davienne b Toxis

July 5: Heartland Wrestling Association (Middletown, OH) – Heidi Lovelace b Cherry Bomb & Amber Rodriguez in a 3-way

July 5: Xtreme Intense Championship Wrestling (Detroit, MI) – Taeler Hendrix b Alexia Nicole

July 6: OZ Academy (Hakada, Japan) – Hiroyo Matsumoto b Sakura Hirota; Hikaru Shida, Manami Toyota & Tomoka Nakagawa b Mio Shirai, Shuu Shibutani & Yumi Ohka; Aja Kong & Tsubasa Kuragaki b AKINO & Kagetsu; Mayumi Ozaki b Dynamite Kansai

July 6: World Woman Pro Wrestling Diana (Kawasaki, Japan) – Sareee b Hayashi Koyuki; Keiko Aono b Koharu Hinata; Kyoko Inoue b Hayashi Koyuki & Sareee in a handicap match

July 6: JWP (Osaka, Japan) – Manami Katsu & Yume Hayashi b Rydeen Hagane & Yako Fujigasaki; Manami Katsu b Hanako Nakamori & Kyusei Ninja Ranmaru; Arisa Nakajima & Jaguar Yokota b Leon & Rabbit Miu; Kayoko Haruyama b Kana; Command Bolshoi & Kyoko Kimura b KAZUKI & Sachie Abe

July 6: Stardom (Tokyo, Japan) – Maaya b Azumi; Koguma b Reno Hazuki; Alpha Female b Miho Wakizawa; Mayu Iwatani & Yoshiko b Hatsuhinode Kamen & Kaori Yoneyama; Io Shirai & Takumi Iroha b Kairi Hojo & Nanae Takahashi

July 6: Europe Catch Tour Association (Gravelines, France) – Lady Lory v Saraya Knight went to a double KO

July 6: PROGRESS Wrestling (Knebworth, England) – Rhia O’Reilly b Addy Starr

July 6: British Empire Wrestling (London, England) – Toni Storm b Kasey Owens

July 6: I Believe In Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Brittany b Lizzie Parris

July 6: WWE (Toronto, ON, Canada) – Natalya b Paige

July 6: WWE (Kingston, ON, Canada) – Cameron & Naomi b Summer Rae & Rosa Mendes

Cameron Naomi WWEJuly 6: Steel City Pro Wrestling (Hamilton, ON, Canada) – Beautiful Beaa b Jewells Malone

July 6: Alpha-1 Wrestling (Hamilton, ON, Canada) – Seleziya Sparx b Jasmin

July 7: WWE Raw (Montreal, QC, Canada) – Nikki Bella v Alicia Fox was a no contest; Paige & AJ Lee b Cameron & Naomi

Upcoming

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 12: Women Superstars Uncensored (Voorhees, NJ) – LuFisto v Mickie Knuckles; Nevaeh v Brittany Blake; Jewells Malone v Jessie Kaye; Kimber Lee & Annie Social v Veda Scott & Rick Cataldo

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

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: 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

Veda Scott AIWJune 26: Absolute Intense Wrestling (Cleveland, OH) – Veda Scott v Gregory Iron; Athena v Louis Lyndon; Rickey Shane Page v Kimber Lee; Alexia Nicole v Sparx

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

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

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 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

August 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

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

September 7: Tidal Wrestling (Leeds, England) – Pollyanna Peppers v Lana Austin

Leah Kasey Owens Bete Noire ViperSeptember 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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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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Got any news, results or upcoming events that you want to tell everyone about? Are you a female wrestler looking to tell us about upcoming bookings? Are you a fan who went to a show and saw a match, and would like to tell others about it – what you liked, what you didn’t and would like to encourage others to check it out for themselves? Would you want to discuss your feelings on any particular subject about women’s wrestling as part of The Soap Box? Send us an email!

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WWE
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)

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Faby Apache wins her second Reina de Reinas Title

BFmtqi_CUAA1hO-Moments ago at the Plaza de Toros La Monumental in Monterrey, Mexico, Faby Apache captured the vacant AAA Reina de Reinas championship in a four way match over Canadians LuFisto & Taya Valkyrie and her own sister Mari Apache. The match, part of AAA’s Rey de Reyes supershow – one of the company’s biggest events in the calendar – was to fill the vacancy left last month when previous Reina de Reina holder Sexy Star fell pregnant. It is unclear whether Sexy Star opted to vacate or whether AAA wouldn’t allow her to drop the title in the ring.

Mari Apache was first eliminated, at the hands of LuFisto. Taya Valkyrie was the next to go, after missing her moonsault and being pinned by Faby. Faby then went on to win her second Reina de Reinas by defeating LuFisto. Apache’s first run with the title lasted about a year and a half, from May 28, 2008 to September 26, 2009 and is the longest in the championship’s fourteen year history. The match featured the winners of four qualifying matches from earlier this month in Mexico City, when LuFisto beat Cinthia Moreno, Faby Apache beat Sexy Lady, Mari Apache beat Lolita and Taya Valkyrie beat Jennifer Blake (the latter two of which you can watch on YouTube)

Also of interest on the show was the apparent AAA brand split announced by Marisela Pena, into AAA Fusion and AAA Evolution, with the understanding that AAA Fusion would remain the Mexico brand (under Joaquin Roldan), while AAA Evolution would be the American brand (under Dorian Roldan) to coincide with the planned expansion into the US on the forthcoming El Rey network. Assuming AAA Evolution continues to use luchadoras, this could be an interesting new place to work in the US for some female talent.

Photo credit: AAA Official Twitter

Flashback 2012: The other interviews

dynamic_mic1As was mentioned in the previous Flashback 2012 article, Ringbelles was created as a host for our flagship Women Of Wrestling Podcasts, which offers thorough insights into wrestlers, their pasts and what they’re up to at the moment. They’re also quite lengthy – with the longest going for close to two hours. With that in mind, we made the decision to offer other interview segments on the website – ones which were shorter, and dealt with current news rather than being a career retrospective. For that reason, Fight Like A Girl was born back in May last year, with Faith Lehaine being the first guest. However, the show really gained a life of its own in 2012, and also saw it joined by another interview segment – but we’ll get to that. Firstly, let’s have a look at who gave us some of their time over the last 12 months for Fight Like A Girl… Continue reading “Flashback 2012: The other interviews”