TNA’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.
Meanwhile, 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.
After 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.
Bellatrix 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.
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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Best 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”.
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.
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.
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 KAZUKI 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.
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.
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.
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
June 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
June 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
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
June 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)
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
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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