Ringbelles Roundup (23 December 2014) – Awards, Natalya talks lots of stuff and more

2013 awards Mercedes MartinezRingbelles usually goes to the trouble of creating physical awards for its year-end honours but things have been a bit strained in the last few months, so there’s no glass trophy for this year’s winner. However, after considering not doing them due to the intention of closing, I’ve decided to write a little bit about the awards which we did want to highlight.

Last year’s victor of the top prize was Mercedes Martinez, who had excelled as NCW Femmes Fatales International Champion and was also a very solid hand in SHINE and SHIMMER, though she decreased her bookings in 2014 and eventually stepped away from the ring after dropping the International belt to Courtney Rush in August.

There are just two awards this year – that’s because the Discovery of the Year honour was going to be dumped anyway. The reason is because there’s a big disparity between when we discover someone and when others do the same. For example, Nikki Storm won last year’s Discovery title even though we’ve been championing her for years, but she made a big splash on US fans with her antics at SHIMMER so we went with it despite it not making the most sense. As a result, the Wrestler of the Year and Breakout Star of the Year will be the ones we’ll look at.

Let’s start with the latter, which was a very competitive category. Sammi Baynz was given consideration for being so great at Bellatrix’s shows in 2014, wrestling Blue Nikita three times and also having another entertaining outing against Liberty. In addition, she made a good impression in her Scottish debut where she took on Viper at Fierce Females’ Mad Maxine show in July and returned in August to team with Liberty against the Owens Twins. Kay Lee Ray also received a lot of thought for turning heel in Fierce Females, and making it to the final three of TNA’s British Boot Camp 2 show. She also held Southside Wrestling’s Speed King title for a lot of the year and won the first Aerial Assault match held in Europe, beating five men to do so. Had she won British Boot Camp, she may have snared the award. Mia Yim also received a look after winning both the SHINE Tag Team and singles championships this year, as well as receiving her first SHIMMER title shot in April, though was unsuccessful in that attempt.

Heidi Lovelace Dave MuscarellaHowever, the Breakout Star of the Year title goes to Heidi Lovelace, who showed her versatility in matches all across North America. While she showed her comedic and light-hearted side in SHINE alongside Solo Darling, she also decided to work IWA Mid-South’s reprisal of the Queen of the Deathmatches tournament, beating Hudson Envy in a Tacks, Ladders and Canes match before losing to Ludark Shaitan in a Fans Bring The Weapons contest. That also goes along with her well-received work in SHIMMER, impressing in both singles and tag team action.

Heidi has also excelled in intergender competition, making it to the quarter finals of Absolute Intense Wrestling’s JT Lightning Invitational Tournament before losing to Michael Elgin, and also scored the AAW Heritage Title by beating Matt Cage – though her work in Wrestling Is Fun has helped her to break new barriers for women in wrestling. Lovelace fought through two matches – including a six-way elimination match – to make it to the final of the Young Lions Cup tournament, which she won earlier this month by beating Missile Assault Ant in the final, showcased in the pre-show of Chikara’s Tomorrow Never Dies iPPV. In doing so, she became the first female victor of the cup and also solidified her as a well-appreciated performer who has the ability to adapt her style for different types of matches against different opponents. It’s a safe assertion to say that the Punk Rock Rag Doll will climb even higher in 2015.

So, the other award is the Wrestler of the Year honour, which was a pretty tough call. Paige has been winning accolades all over the place this year after winning the WWE Divas Championship on two occasions as well as holding the NXT and Divas belts at the same time. She also racked up quite a few successful defences on PPV before turning heel and really ratcheting up her character work. Elsewhere, LuFisto had one of her best years by winning the Women Superstars Uncensored World Championship by beating Mickie Knuckles, Allysin Kay and Jenny Rose, as well as getting into an angle with WSU owner DJ Hyde and his hand-picked star Sassy Stephie which led to the Wounded Owl Ronin going after Hyde with a knife on a Combat Zone Wrestling show. In addition, she almost wrested the SHIMMER Championship from Cheerleader Melissa at volume 63 in April and undergoing a mild heel turn the following week before reverting back to being a babyface. However, our winner has showed off her wrestling skills at a main event level and has also showed how she can verbalise too.

Ivelisse VelezIvelisse Velez started off the year by winning the SHINE Championship from Valkyrie cohort Rain but was kicked out of the group because of her victory and turned babyface in the process, which saw her get over huge with the fans. Successful defences over Mercedes Martinez, Saraya Knight, Nevaeh and Madison Eagles all followed, along with an entertaining 60 minute draw against Serena Deeb before dropping the belt to Mia Yim in China last month. In addition, she has been able to display more character development since dropping the belt by getting obsessive over winning it back, shown by her aggression levels in her win over Amanda Rodriguez on the last show and then getting involved in Yim’s defence against Nevaeh which led to the match ending in a DQ win for the challenger. While this is all a good example of how she has evolved her persona, it has also been demonstrated in new ventures.

Velez signed on for Lucha Underground and has proved herself to be an entertaining heel who can irritate on the microphone. Teaming up with Son of Havoc, she has been tormenting Sexy Star, which las led to the pair engaging in a feud, which also saw her debut for AAA in Mexico where the roles were reversed and Sexy was the heel with Ivelisse working as the babyface. When you factor in how much her star has risen in the last 12 months and how much more marketable she was this time a year ago, you can understand why Ivelisse has earned Ringbelles’ Wrestler of the Year award, and also makes you wonder how both WWE and TNA had the chance to have her on their books and both let her slip through their fingers. I don’t understand wrestling sometimes…

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Natalya WWENatalya spoke to the Mirror UK about things like Total Divas – where she claimed the tensions between she and husband Tyson Kidd was genuine, as well as the reaction to her being booked to beat Charlotte in less than 3 minutes on Raw earlier this month:

“We don’t control a lot of things in WWE, it’s live TV, you can’t control how long you’re going to get. Sometimes you’re going to get 20 minutes and sometimes you’re going to get 20 seconds, you just have to maximise those minutes and do the best you can.”

She also discussed the difference between the Divas wrestling in NXT and on WWE’s main roster:

“That’s why I go to NXT, any chance I get, I go to NXT. I want to be on Raw, I want to be on SmackDown, and NXT, and Total Divas, and Main Event, and Superstars, and I want to be on the WWE app – because I want to take any moment I can to get TV time and I want to tell stories.

“The girls and the guys in NXT are extremely fortunate because Triple H has taken NXT under his wing. I tell Triple H this, I look around the room and make sure no one’s looking, and I tell him it’s my favourite show. It’s my favourite show because the Superstars and Divas do get time and it’s a cool show because you get to watch these different characters grow and come to life.”

It seems as if there is a lot of love being openly directed towards NXT at the moment without trying to knock the main product as a result. Natalya was very diplomatic with her praise and dodged criticising her bread and butter.

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This is the final Ringbelles Roundup before this website departs but I am happy to say that this portion of the site may continue on after our departure. Contributor Ciara Reid has accepted my offer of taking it over and posting it elsewhere, though where that may be is still up for discussion – so if you’re interested in having it, send her a tweet at @ciara92189.

Ciara used to write something similar when she was linked with Angrymarks so she has the ability to cover wrestling from all over the world, and will put her own personal stamp on it. Hopefully this will mean that women’s wrestling fans looking for a weekly fix of what is going on globally will still have somewhere to get it.

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WWE
Nikki Bella retained her Divas Championship by beating Naomi on Tuesday’s live SmackDown show. It was set up on the Main Event show broadcast earlier. Naomi is currently in a strained relationship with husband Jimmy Uso, which means that when you consider the issues between Natalya and Tyson Kidd, WWE has two rocky marriage angles going on at the same time… Becky Becky Lynch Bayley WWELynch’s heel turn kicked up a notch when she tapped out Bayley on last week’s NXT with her new submission hold, the Four Leaf Clover… It was 1-1 for Emma last week. She lost to Paige on Main Event but beat Summer Rae on Superstars… Alexa Bliss has been beating Carmella & Dana Brooke in 3-way matches on the latest NXT house shows… Speaking of Dana, she will be representing WWE at next year’s Arnold Classic bodybuilding event. She will be competing in the fitness division. She told WWE.com, “My dreams are coming true. It’s like Christmas came early for me. I cannot feel more honored. This just shows how much WWE wants their athletes to succeed. I’m blessed. I will not let the WWE Universe down”… Former developmental talent Shaul “Raquel Diaz” Guerrero is engaged to current NXT talent Aiden English… Developmental Diva Dasha Kuret ring announced NXT’s show in Tampa, FL last Friday… Paige was named Diva of the Year by Rolling Stone magazine… Following in AJ Lee’s footsteps, Emma has launched her own personal website, entitled tenilledashwood.com… Natalya pinned Brie Bella on last night’s Raw before knocking Nikki off the apron, leading her holding the Divas Title belt. Looks like Nattie’s next in line.

TNA
Brooke Tessmacher and Robbie E were eliminated from The Amazing Race last week, missing out on the $1m prize.

North America
Jessica James will make her SHINE debut next month as part of SHINE 24. Meanwhile, after what happened at SHINE 23, a 6-woman tag team match has been announced for on January 23. Kimber Lee, Cherry Bomb & Leah Von Dutch will face Legendary members Malia Hosaka, Brandi Wine & Thunderkitty… Speaking of Hosaka, she will be honoured with a Retired Women’s Wrestling Award by the Cauliflower Alley Club next April. Someone at the CAC later noticed the error and removed the “retired” part of the title… Two matches have been announced for Women Superstars Uncensored’s next show on February 21. Hania and Athena face off again, though this time it will be under Tables Ladders and Chairs rules, while Kimber Lee & Annie Social get another shot at Tag Team Championship JT Dunn and David Starr after beating them in individual matches on the last show… Athena challenges Su Yung for the Anarchy Championship Wrestling American Joshi Championship on January 18… Athena also defended her Absolute Intense Wrestling Women’s Championship on Saturday at Metroplex Wrestling’s show in Bedford, TX. She beat Claudia by curb stomping her onto thumbtacks and making her tap out to the Red Wedding… Nevaeh is eyeing up a February return from her knee injury.

Japan
Hikaru Shida’s joint Pro Wrestling WAVE Regina di WAVE and Revolution Championship Wrestling title defence against Mio Shirai on Sunday’s WAVE show ended in a 30 minute time limit draw… Mio Io Shirai StardomIt’s confirmed: sisters Mio and Io Shirai will wrestle on February 14 on Mio’s self-produced show. It was made official after today’s Stardom show after Io’s match where she teamed with Mayu Iwatani & Masaaki Mochizuki to beat the retiring Miho Wakizawa as well as Manami Toyota & Genki Horiguchi. 35-year old Wakizawa is stepping away after 18 years of competition… Two title changes on Diana’s show earlier today. Keiko Aono defeated Manami Toyota to win the singles title while Jaguar Yokota & Sareee beat KAORU & Mima Shimoda to win the tag straps. The show was topped off with Kyoko Inoue beating Yumiko Hotta in a No Ropes Barbed Wire Current Blast Time Bomb Death Match.

Europe
As you would expect, Southside regular Kay Lee Ray has been added to the 4-way to crown the first Queen of Southside. Debuting Saraya Knight is the other person who has been announced.

Mexico
Lucha Underground is interested in signing Dark Angel, according to the Wrestling Observer. Considering she’s part of CMLL and Lucha Underground has ties with AAA, that could be a difficult ask.

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Results

December 16: WWE Main Event (Grand Rapids, MI) – Paige b Emma

Naomi Nikki Bella WWEDecember 16: WWE SmackDown (Grand Rapids, MI) – Nikki Bella b Naomi

December 16: CMLL (Guadalajara, Mexico) – Zeuxis b Princesa Sugehit

December 17: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Hamuko Hoshi & Akane Fujita b Miyako Matsumoto & Yuri Kotobuki; Neko Nitta b Maya Yukihi; Maki Narumiya v Meari Naito went to a time limit draw; Arisa Nakajima & Risa Sera b Tsukasa Fujimoto & Hanako Nakamori

December 17: Union Tokyo, Japan) – Cherry & Ladybeard b Riho & Sayaka Obihiro; Mio Shirai b Ryu Gouma

December 17: WWE Tribute to the Troops (Columbus, GA) – Naomi, Emma & Natalya b Paige and Nikki & Brie Bella

December 18: WWE NXT (Orlando, FL) – Becky Lynch b Bayley

December 18: WWE NXT house show (Tampa, FL) – Alexa Bliss b Carmella & Dana Brooke in a 3-way

December 18: WWE Superstars (Detroit, MI) – Emma b Summer Rae

December 18: AAA (Mexico City, Mexico) – Jennifer Blake & La Jarochita b Cinthia Moreno & Sexy Lady

December 19: Diana (Kawasaki, Japan) – Megumi Yabushita b Meiko Tanaka; Keiko Aono & Mask De Sun b Kaho Kobayashi & Koharu Hinata; Kaoru Ito b Tomoko Watanabe; Jaguar Yokota, Kyoko Inoue & Sareee b Yumiko Hotta, KAORU & Mima Shimoda

December 19: WWE NXT house show (Jacksonville, FL) – Alexa Bliss b Carmella & Dana Brooke in a 3-way

December 19: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Dark Angel, La Vaquerita & Marcela b Amapola, Dalys & La Seductora

December 20: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Shu Shibutani & Miyako Matsumoto b 235 & Kyuri; Maki Narumiya b Yuka; Risa Sera v Kurumi went to a time limit draw; Tsukasa Fujimoto & Aoi Kizuki b Hamuko Hoshi & Tsukushi

December 20: Attack Pro Wrestling (Bristol, England) – Pete Dunne & Mark Andrews b Nixon Newell & Chris Brookes

December 20: 4 Front Wrestling (Bristol, England) – Nadia Sapphire b Chardonnay

December 20: WWE house show (Winnipeg, MB, Canada) – Natalya b Paige

December 20: Metroplex Wrestling (Bedford, TX) – Athena b Claudia

December 20: WWE NXT house show (Lakeland, FL) – Alexa Bliss b Carmella & Dana Brooke in a 3-way

Tsukasa Fujimoto Tsukushi Resuner YokoyamaDecember 21: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – Yako Fujigasaki b Haruka Kato; Eri b Yua Hayashi & Raideen Hagane in a 3-way; Kayoko Haruyama b KAZUKI; Command Bolshoi & Kyoko Kimura b Leon & Hanako Nakamori; Arisa Nakajima & Tsukushi v Tsukasa Fujimoto & Rabbit Miyu went to a time limit draw

December 21: Pro Wrestling WAVE (Osaka, Japan) – Fairy Nipponbashi b Moeka Haruhi; Yuu Yamagata b Hiroe Nagahama; Yumi Ohka b Kaho Kobayashi; Kana b Rina Yamashita; Shu Shibutani b Mika Iida; Misaki Ohata b Sawako Shimono; Hikaru Shida v Mio Shirai went to a time limit

December 21: Stardom (Osaka, Japan) – Kris Wolf b Momo Watanabe; Act Yasukawa & Kellie Skater b Kaori Yoneyama & Hatsuhinode Kamen; Io Shirai b Mystique; Kairi Hojo & Koguma b Reo Hazuki & Takumi Iroha; Nanae Takahashi & Miho Wakizawa b Yoshiko & Mayu Iwatani

December 21: Tidal Championship Wrestling (Leeds, England) – Lana Austin & Ruby Summers b Nixon Newell & Violet O’Hara

December 21: Insane Championship Wrestling (Glasgow, Scotland) – Layla Rose b Sammii Jayne

December 22: WWE Raw (Minneapolis, MN) – Natalya b Brie Bella; Naomi, Alicia Fox & Emma b Paige, Cameron & Summer Rae

December 22: CMLL (Puebla, Mexico) – Amapola, La Comandante & Zeuxis b La Vaquerita, Lluvia & Princesa Sugehit

December 23: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – Arisa Nakajima, Command Bolshoi & Rabbit Miyu b Leon, Raideen Hagane & Yua Hayashi; Kayoko Harumya b Yako Fujigasaki; Hanako Nakamori won a battle royal

December 23: Diana (Kawasaki, Japan) – Yuiga & Hamuko Hoshi b Kaho Kobayashi & Koharu Hinata; Eiger & Mask De Sun b Arisa Nakajima & Raideen Hagane; Takako Inoue & Cherry b Keiko Aono & Megumi Yabushita; Tomoko Watanabe b Meiko Tanaka; Kaoru Ito b Manami Toyota to win the Diana World Championship; Jaguar Yokota & Sareee b KAORU & Mima Shimoda to win the Diana World Tag Team Championship; Kyoko Inoue b Yumiko Hotta

December 23: Stardom (Tokyo, Japan) – Reo Hazuki b Momo Watanabe; Act Yasukawa b Kris Wolf; Koguma b Kyoko Kimura, Kaori Yoneyama, Hatsuhinode Kamen, Mystique & Kellie Skater; Io Shirai, Mayu Iwatani & Masaaki Mochizuki b Miho Wakizawa, Manami Toyota & Genki Horiguchi; Yoshiko b Saki Akai; Nanae Takahashi & Kairi Hojo b Takumi Iroha & Risa Sera

Upcoming

December 26: Absolute Intense Wrestling (Cleveland, OH) – Tessa Blanchard, Jennifer Blake & Heidi Lovelace v Veda Scott, Alexia Nicole & Jasmin

December 27: Squared Circle Wrestling (Elmira, NY) – Cherry Bomb v Mickie James

December 27: AAW (Berwyn, IL) – Heidi Lovelace v Chris Sabin

Kimber LeeDecember 28: Ice Ribbon Ribbonmania (Tokyo, Japan) – Tsukasa Fujimoto v Arisa Nakajima

December 28: JWP Climax 2014 (Tokyo, Japan) – Arisa Nakajima v Tsukasa Fujimoto

December 28: Beyond Wrestling (Providence, RI) – Kimber Lee v David Starr

January 3: Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling (Vancouver, BC, Canada) – Cat Power v Kate Carney

January 4: Scottish Wrestling Alliance (Glasgow, Scotland) – Debbie Sharpe v Viper

January 4: PROGRESS Wrestling (London, England) – Jinny v Pollyanna

January 4: Inspire Pro Wrestling (Austin, TX) – Barbi Hayden v Veda Scott; Jessica James v Kimber Lee

January 11: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland)

January 17: Empress Pro (High Wycombe, England) – Bete Noire & Viper v Addy Starr & Rhia O’Reilly; Ruby Summers v Chardonnay; Nikki Storm v Pollyanna

January 17: Lone Star Wrestling (Cypress, TX) – Barbi Hayden v Tessa Blanchard

January 18: Alpha-1 Wrestling (Hamilton, ON, Canada) – Seleziya Sparx v Allysin Kay

Athena Su YungJanuary 18: Anarchy Championship Wrestling (Austin, TX) – Jessica James v Jojo Bravo; Athena v Su Yung

January 23: SHINE 24 (Ybor City, FL) – Malia Hosaka, Brandi Wine & Thunderkitty v Kimber Lee, Cherry Bomb & Leah Von Dutch

January 23: Valkyrie Women’s Wrestling (Woodbury Heights, NJ) – Kacee Carlisle v Mistress Belmont; La Rosa Negra v Aja Perera

January 24: Pure Wrestling Assocation (Kitchener, ON, Canada) – Kc Spinelli v Courtney Rush; Kaitlin Diemond v Beautiful Beaa; Jewells Malone v Alexia Nicole; Holly Madison v Silvie Silver; Ingrid Isley v Skylar Rose

February 7: Family Wrestling Entertainment (Jamaica, NY) – Candice LeRae v Veda Scott; Taeler Hendrix v Katarina Leigh

February 8: Tidal Championship Wrestling (Leeds, England) – Violet O’Hara v Nixon Newell

February 14: Mio Shirai Produce (Tokyo, Japan) – Mio Shirai v Io Shirai

February 21: Women Superstars Uncensored (Voorhees, NJ) – Hania v Athena; Kimber Lee & Annie Social v JT Dunn & David Starr

February 22: Dragon Pro Wrestling (Newport, Wales) – Nixon Newell v Pollyanna

February 22: Bellatrix 12 (Norwich, England)

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

April 4: NCW Femmes Fatales (Montreal, QC, Canada) – Courtney Rush v Saraya Knight; Portia Perez v Xandra Bale

April 11/12 – SHIMMER Women Athletes (Berwyn, IL)

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Ringbelles Roundup (9 December 2014) – Bye Brittany, welcome back Santana Garrett, Charlotte appears on Raw & more

Santana GarrettA lot of things happened at last Friday’s SHINE 23 event – as angles go, probably too many as it was overkill by the time the main event rolled around – but integrated into all the post-match beatdowns and screwy finishes was the return of one Santana Garrett, who entered the ring from through the audience in Ybor City, FL and confronted her former tag team partner Amber O’Neal, who had turned heel a few months ago. Saying that Amber was better than this, she tried to talk some sense into her former friend, but Amber was having none of it – renaming herself Amber Gallows and making sure we all knew her allegiance was with the Bullet Club.

The pair fought in the semi-main of the show with Santana getting the pinfall before Gallows attacked a member of the ring crew to regain the heat she could have maintained had she been booked to win. However, aside from the fact that her re-emergence and return match in SHINE after a year away was not advertised and consequently generated zero dollars for the promotion, the big question was how she could work the show despite being a member of the TNA roster, and they’re not keen on talent working iPPVs…

As it turns out, the former Brittany is no longer under contract to the promotion. After 9 months where she went from superfan of Madison Rayne to having a same-sex crush with all the subtlety of a cordless drill to the head to being a jilted heel to coming onto former stalker Samuel Shaw and then becoming his main squeeze, a lot was packed into the 26-year old’s 12 months with the promotion – and as a consequence, none of it stuck. She was thrown from one angle to another without any time to let things settle and was doomed from early on. It’s mostly because of the rushed Trish Stratus-Mickie James facsimile without the chance to let fans get used to who Brittany really was. Consequently her heel turn after just four months in the promotion didn’t really resonate and she was beaten all of the time so her momentum was killed Brittany Madison Rayne Santana Garrettas both a heel and babyface by the time summer was over. Consider this – Brittany wrestled just 12 matches for TNA during her time there, and won none of them. Not one. She even lost at Knockouts Knockdown 2 to Mia Yim, so the visitor beat the resident member of the roster, which is never a good sign.

After such a disappointing run where she was grossly miscast as a sleazy heel and hindered from being given the dreaded losing streak, it’s no real surprise that she decided to cut her losses and leave the company while it’s in its lull period as part of the transition between Spike and Destination America. She showed up at SHINE on Friday and also got in touch with the Cauliflower Alley Club – which awarded her the Future Legend moniker earlier this year – to inform them that she is ready to accept bookings for 2015 and is supplementing her income with modelling.

Tellingly, Garrett posted a message on her Facebook yesterday saying “Life is too short to be unhappy”, though Ed Laredo – who was in attendance at SHINE on Friday and wrote a report for the Wrestling Observer website – “I talked to Santana after the show and she said she might not be done with TNA; just waiting for everything to settle down with the move to Destination America and there is still a chance she may be brought back – but until then she is very happy to be back with SHINE”.

If it is the end for Brittany, it’s hard to argue that her run was anything but a disappointment. I would imagine that she has been able to glean some experience of things around working for TV – including things like time cues, camera awareness and so on – which she can use in the future. Hopefully her time in TNA doesn’t harm her marketability as far as possibly working for WWE is concerned either – she received a tryout in September last year in a match against current NXT Women’s Champion Charlotte where she fell to the Natural Selection. As an Orlando native, she is in the perfect position to get noticed and here’s hoping that her role in the opposition does not work against her. As a babyface, she is very likeable and easy to get behind and she can also work heel – albeit being more suited to being a cheeky and prissy villain rather than being dark and dastardly. I hope that she gets another – and more satisfying – bite of the cherry in the future.

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WWE
Charlotte defeated Mia Yim in less than a minute on last week’s NXT as a foil for a segment involving Charlotte, her next Women’s Title challenger Sasha Banks and their respective associates Bayley and Becky Lynch. It ended with Becky distracting Charlotte enough for Sasha to nail a lungblower and end the segment standing over her rival with the title belt held aloft… NXT Diva Devin Taylor will be a contestant on the next season of ABC’s The Bachelor under her real name of Brittany Fetkin. It kicks off next month… Carmella worked babyface at an NXT house show on Thursday, teaming with Bayley in a losing effort against Sasha and Becky, then the result was reversed on Saturday… AJ Lee accompanied her husband CM Punk to UFC 181 on Charlotte Natalya WWESaturday… Charlotte made her first appearance on the main roster on Sunday’s house show in Charlotte, NC. She, Emma & Alicia Fox defeated Paige and Brie & Nikki Bella when Charlotte rolled up Brie for the win. Paige blamed the twins afterwards and the Bellas argued… Charlotte also made her first TV appearance on last night’s Raw where she lost to Natalya in what was meant to be an advert for her match this week at R Evolution. Why the bookers thought a defeat would be the right choice baffles me, but she looked great in defeat. Elsewhere on Raw, AJ – who won the Slammy award for Diva of the Year – defeated Summer Rae and also promised to win the Divas Title back from Nikki Bella at TLC on Sunday… A new commercial aired for season 3 of Total Divas – Summer Rae and Naomi were not featured in it… Summer Rae and Alicia Fox will visit member of the US Armed Forces abroad as part of the annual Tribute to the Troops show.

TNA
Kay Lee Ray lost out in the final of British Boot Camp 2. She and Rampage Brown were beaten to the contract by Mark Andrews. KLR lost her test match against Gail Kim and in a weird way to end the show, Dixie Carter pointed out their shortcomings before picking a winner.

North America
Reby Sky announced on Friday that she and husband Matt Hardy are expecting their first child… Samantha Starr won the Vicious Outcast Wrestling Women’s Championship on Friday by beating Madisynn. On the same show, Mandy Leon became the number one contender by beating Jessie Heidi Lovelace Dave MuscarellaKaye… Nikki Valentine held onto the Lucky Pro Wrestling Women’s Championship on Friday. She defeated Vanity… Heidi Lovelace became the first female winner of the Young Lions Cup when she beat Missile Assault Ant on Chikara’s show on Saturday… Kate Carney upset Jaida on Saturday’s Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling card in Vancouver to make it to the final of the ECCW Women’s Championship tournament. She and Cat Power will face off to crown a new titleholder on January 3… Kc Spinelli beat Alexia Nicole on Saturday’s Pure Wrestling Association show to retain her PWA Elite Women’s Championship. Her next defence will be on January 24 against Courtney Rush on PWA’s first all-women show… Vivian Vachon will be inducted into the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame next May… There’s a tribute to female wrestling coming on May 23 next year in Wilmington, NC. Called Lasting Legacy: A Tribute To Women In Wrestling, its headliner will be Trish Stratus… Veda Scott turned heel on RD Evans on Sunday’s Ring of Honor iPPV… Barbi Hayden defends the Lone Star Women’s title against Tessa Blanchard on Lone Star Wrestling’s January 17 show in Cypress, TX… Candice LeRae will make her first defence of the Family Wrestling Entertainment Women’s Championship on February 7 against Veda Scott – who is part of this documentary about intergender wrestling. Give it a watch.

Japan
Contrary to most joshi retirements, Tomoka Nakagawa won her final two matches that she would wrestle in Japan. She and Kellie Skater defeated Hikaru Shida & Kaho Kobayashi in the opening match of Thursday’s OZ Academy event, while she joined up with Jungle Jack 21 stablemates AKINO & Aja Kong to beat Dynamite Kansai, Mayumi Ozaki & Kyoko Kimura in the main event. Nakagawa will wrestle her final dates in the US next spring as part of the SHIMMER tapings… Io Shirai is a double champion in Stardom again. The High Speed Champion teamed with Mayu Iwatani & Takumi Iroha on Sunday to beat Artist of Stardom titleholders Kaori Yoneyama, Tsubasa Kuragaki & Hatsuhinode Kamen… Command Bolshoi & Kyoko Kimura retained the JWP and Daily Sports Tag Team Championships on Sunday. They defeated Arisa Nakajima & Hanako Nakamori in the main event of the JWP show… Neko Nitta became Ice Ribbon’s Triangle Ribbon Champion for a record-setting sixth time on Sunday by beating defending titleholder Cho-un Shiryu & fellow challenger Konaka.

Europe
Ruby Summers faces Chardonnay at Empress Pro’s debut show next month… German Wrestling Federation Women’s Champion Blue Nikita held onto her title on Saturday by beating Brenda Lady Jaguar LLFStar… Bellatrix 11 takes place on Saturday with an 8-woman tournament to crown a new British Champion, while World titleholder Liberty faces RQW European Women’s Champion Sammi Baynz in a non-title match.

Mexico
Lady Jaguar was unmasked after losing the main event of Friday’s Lucha Libre Femenil show. She was beaten by Alicia, who had put her hair on the line. She revealed that her name was Veronica Quintanilla, a 7-year pro from Monterrey. Elsewhere on the card, NWA World Women’s Champion Barbi Hayden went to a draw with LLF Champion Princesa Maya.

Australia & New Zealand
Harley Wonderland deliberately got herself counted out in her Riot City Wrestling Women’s Championship defence against Demi Bennett last Saturday.

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Results

November 29: Premier British Wrestling (Dumbarton, Scotland) – Liam Thomson & Carmel b Kenny Williams & Lucy Cole

December 2: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Goya Kong, Marcela & Skadi b Dalys, La Seductora & Zeuxis

December 3: Pro Wrestling WAVE (Tokyo, Japan) – Moeka Haruhi b Hiroe Nagahama; Mio Shirai & Rina Yamashita b Hikaru Shida & Kaho Kobayashi; Ayako Hamada & Yuu Yamagata b Sawako Shimono b Mari Apache; Tomoka Nakagawa & Yumi Ohka b SAKI & MIZUKI; Kaho Kobayashi won a battle royal

December 3: Lucha Underground (Los Angeles, CA) – Sexy Star & Fenix b Chavo Guerrero & Pentagon Jr.

December 3: Rockstar Pro Wrestling (Dayton, OH) – Dave Crist b Jerrod Harris & Samantha Heights in a 3-way

December 4: OZ Academy (Tokyo, Japan) – Tomoka Nakagawa & Kellie Skater b Hikaru Shida & Kaho Kobayashi; Makoto Oishi b Mitsuhisa Sunabe; Manami Toyota & Hamuko Hoshi b Kyusei Sakura Hirota & Moeka Haruhi; Tsubasa Kuragaki, Kaori Yoneyama, Syuri & Kagetsu b Yumi Ohka, Mio Shirai, Miyako Matsumoto & Police; Tomoka Nakagawa, AKINO & Aja Kong b Dynamite Kansai, Mayumi Ozaki & Kyoko Kimura

December 4: WWE Superstars (Tulsa, OK) – Paige b Emma

December 4: WWE NXT (Orlando, FL) – Charlotte b Mia Yim

December 4: WWE NXT house show (Orlando, FL) – Becky Lynch & Sasha Banks b Bayley & Carmella

December 5: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – KAZUKI b Rabbit Miyu; Kayoko Harumya b Yako Fujigasaki; Leon b Erin; Arisa Nakajima & Hanako Nakamori b Command Bolshoi & Raideen Hagane

December 5: House of Pain Evolution (Mansfield, England) – Toni Storm b Chardonnay

December 5: Fight Club Pro (Wolverhampton, England) – Chris Brookes b Dan Moloney, Eddie Dennis & Nixon Newell in a 4-way

December 5: WWE Smackdown (Oklahoma City, OK) – Naomi b Brie Bella

December 5: Lucky Pro Wrestling (Clinton, MA) – Brandon Webb, Buddy The Litle Evil Elf & Mistress Belmont b Lover Jake, Mike Paiva & Christian Casanova; Nikki Valentine b Vanity Vixen

December 5: Vicious Outcast Wrestling (Connellsville, PA) – Samantha Starr defeats Madisynn to win the VOW Vixens Championship; Mandy Leon b Jessie Kaye

December 5: SHINE 23 (Ybor City, FL) – Ivelisse Velez b Amanda Rodriguez; Amber O’Neal v Luscious Latasha went to a no-contest; Allysin Kay b Crazy Mary Dobson; Marti Belle & Jayme Jameson b Heidi Lovelace & Solo Darling; Vanessa Kraven b Leva Bates; Thunderkitty b Leah Von Dutch; Taylor Made b La Rosa Negra; Malia Hosaka & Brandi Wine b Kimber Lee & Cherry Bomb; Santana Garrett b Amber Gallows; Nevaeh b Mia Yim via DQ

December 5: St Louis Anarchy (Alton, IL) – Angelus Layne b Candice LeRae

December 5: Atlanta Wrestling Entertainment (Temple, GA) – Devyn Nicole b Jordynne Grace

December 5: Squared Circle Wrestling (Binghamton, NY) – Jessicka Havok b Veda Scott

December 5: Lucha Libre Femenil (Monterrey, Mexico) – Polly Star b Flor de Loto, Baby Puma & Guerrera Negra in a 4-way; Barbi Hayden v Princesa Maya went to a draw; Alicia b Lady Jaguar

December 6: Sendai Girls (Sendai, Japan) – Alex Lee b Kaho Kobayashi; Eiger b Kyusei Sakura Hirota; Sawako Shimono b Tomoko Miyagi; DASH Chisako & KAORU b Kellie Skater & Tsubasa Kuragaki; Meiko Satomura b Kagetsu

December 6: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Maki Narumiya b Yuri Kotobuki; Tsukasa Fujimoto & 235 b Hamuko Hoshi & Akane Fujita; Risa Sera b Maya Yukihi; Kurumi & Yuka b Aoi Kizuki & Tsukushi

December 6: Riot City Wrestling (Adelaide, Australia) – Demi Bennett b Harley Wonderland via count out

December 6: New European Championship Wrestling (Hessdorf, Germany) – Jessy Jade b Maria

December 6: German Wrestling Federation (Berlin, Germany) – Blue Nikita b Brenda Star

Kc Spinelli Alexia Nicole TabercilDecember 6: Fight Club Pro (Wolverhampton, England) – Chris Brookes b Nixon Newell

December 6: British Championship Wrestling (Kilmarnock, Scotland) – Kay Lee Ray b Kasey Owens

December 6: Pure Wrestling Association (Kitchener, ON, Canada) – Kc Spinelli b Alexia Nicole

December 6: East Coast Wrestling Association (Woodbury Heights, NJ) – Candy Cartwright b Gabby Gilbert

December 6: Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling (Vancouver, BC, Canada) – Nicole Matthews b Alex Plexis; Kate Carney b Jaida

December 6: WWE house show (Fairfax, VA) – Naomi & Natalya b Cameron & Summer Rae

December 6: WWE NXT house show (Citrus Springs, FL) – Bayley & Carmella b Becky Lynch & Sasha Banks

December 6: CHIKARA (Philadelphia, PA) – Heidi Lovelace b Missile Assault Ant

December 6: DREAMWAVE (LaSalle, IL) – Alex Castle & Markus Crane b Candice LeRae & Joey Ryan

December 7: Stardom (Tokyo, Japan) – Reo Hazuki b Kris Wolf & Momo Watanabe; Yoshiko b Mystique; Kairi Hojo & Koguma b Act Yasukawa & Kellie Skater; Nanae Takahashi b Miho Wakizawa; Io Shirai, Mayu Iwatani & Takumi Iroha b Kaori Yoneyama, Tsubasa Kuragaki & Hatsuhinode Kamen to win the Artist of Stardom Championship

December 7: Pro Wrestling WAVE (Miyagi, Japan) – Shu Shibutani b Hiroe Nagahama; Mika Idda & Kyusei Sakura Hirota b Kaho Kobayashi & Rina Yamashita; Cherry & Kana b Fairy Nipponbashi & Kyusei Ninja Ranmaru; Sawako Shimono b Moeka Haruhi; Hikaru Shida, Yumi Oka & Misaki Ohata b Ayako Hamada, Yuu Yamagata & Mari Apache

December 7: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – KAZUKI & Eri b Yako Fujigasaki & Yua Hayashi; Eiger b Rabbit Miyu; Leon b Raideen Hagane; Kayoko Haruyama b Aki Shizuku; Command Bolshoi & Kyoko Kimura b Arisa Nakajima & Hanako Nakamori

December 7: Ice Ribbon (Gifu, Japan) – Koyuki Hayashi b Kyuri; Aoi Kizuki & Miyako Matsumoto b Meari Naito & Akane Fujita; Shinya Ishida & Yasushi Sato b Koji Iwamoto & Ryo Sato; Tsukushi b Yuka; Hamuko Hoshi, Kurumi & Manami Kanda b Mio Shirai, Aoi Ishibashi & Maya Yukihi; Maki Narumiya & Risa Sera b Tsukasa Fujimoto & 235; Neko Nitta b Cho-un Shiryu & Konaka to win the Triangle Ribbon Championship

December 7: Ray Produce (Osaka, Japan) – Takoyakida & Ultimate Spider Jr. b Koharu Hinata & Makoto; HAYATA, Ray & YO-HEY b Apple Miyuki, Kanjyouro Matsuyama & Tadasuke; Syuri b Kagetsu; Dump Matsumoto, Quiet Storm & Zeus b Ray, The Bodyguard & TORU

Nikki Storm Kay Lee Ray Lana Austin Viper Tony KnoxDecember 7: PAID Promotions (Morecambe, England) – Kay Lee Ray b Nikki Storm, Viper & Lana Austin in a 4-way

December 7: WWE house show (Charlotte, NC) – Charlotte, Emma & Alicia Fox b Paige and Brie & Nikki Bella

December 7: Black Diamond Wrestling (Weirton, WV) – Sera Feeny b Madysinn

December 7: Destiny Wrestling (Mississauga, ON, Canada) – Cherry Bomb b Leah Von Dutch

December 7: AAA (Guadalajara, Mexico) – Sexy Star & Taya Valkyrie b Faby Apache & Ivelisse Velez

December 7: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Dark Angel, Marcela & Princesa Sugehit b Amapola, La Comandante & Tiffany via DQ

December 8: WWE Raw (Greenville, SC) – Natalya b Charlotte; AJ Lee b Summer Rae

Upcoming

December 11: WWE NXT (Orlando, FL) – Charlotte v Sasha Banks

December 12: REINA (Tokyo, Japan) – Marcela v Syuri

December 13: Melbourne City Wrestling (Thornbury, Australia) – Madison Eagles v KC Cassidy

December 14: Pro Wrestling Kingdom/Shropshire Wrestling Alliance (Dawley, England) – Lana Austin v Bubblegum

December 14: Smash Wrestling (Mississigaua, ON, Canada) – Vanessa Kraven v Kimber Lee v Veda Scott v Xandra Bale v Cherry Bomb

Tessa Blanchard Jennifer Blake Heidi Lovelace Veda Scott Alexia Nicole JasminDecember 14: WWE TLC (Cleveland, OH) – Nikki Bella v AJ Lee

December 21: Tidal Championship Wrestling (Leeds, England) – Lana Austin & Ruby Summers v Nixon Newell & Violet O’Hara

December 26: Absolute Intense Wrestling (Cleveland, OH) – Tessa Blanchard, Jennifer Blake & Heidi Lovelace v Veda Scott, Alexia Nicole & Jasmin

December 27: Squared Circle Wrestling (Elmira, NY) – Cherry Bomb v Mickie James

December 28: Ice Ribbon Ribbonmania (Tokyo, Japan) – Tsukasa Fujimoto v Arisa Nakajima

December 28: JWP Climax 2014 (Tokyo, Japan) – Arisa Nakajima v Tsukasa Fujimoto

January 3: Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling (Vancouver, BC, Canada) – Cat Power v Kate Carney

January 4: PROGRESS Wrestling (London, England) – Jinny v Pollyanna

January 4: Inspire Pro Wrestling (Austin, TX) – Barbi Hayden v Veda Scott; Jessica James v Kimber Lee

January 11: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland)

Rhia O'Reilly Addy Starr Bete Noire ViperJanuary 17: Empress Pro (High Wycombe, England) – Bete Noire & Viper v Addy Starr & Rhia O’Reilly; Ruby Summers v Chardonnay

January 17: Lone Star Wrestling (Cypress, TX) – Barbi Hayden v Tessa Blanchard

January 18: Alpha-1 Wrestling (Hamilton, ON, Canada) – Seleziya Sparx v Allysin Kay

January 23: SHINE 24 (Ybor City, FL)

January 24: Pure Wrestling Assocation (Kitchener, ON, Canada) – Kc Spinelli v Courtney Rush; Kaitlin Diemond v Beautiful Beaa; Jewells Malone v Alexia Nicole; Holly Madison v Silvie Silver; Ingrid Isley v Skylar Rose

February 7: Family Wrestling Entertainment (Jamaica, NY) – Candice LeRae v Veda Scott; Taeler Hendrix v Katarina Leigh

February 22: Dragon Pro Wrestling (Newport, Wales) – Nixon Newell v Pollyanna

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

April 4: NCW Femmes Fatales (Montreal, QC, Canada) – Courtney Rush v Saraya Knight; Portia Perez v Xandra Bale

– Lee Burton
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Kay Lee Ray defeated in the final of TNA British Boot Camp 2

Kay Lee Ray TNA British Boot Camp 2Moments ago, Kay Lee Ray fell short of winning the TNA contract on offer for the winner of British Boot Camp 2. She and fellow finalist Rampage Brown lost to Mark Andrews after strong showings from all three in tonight’s season finale.

After impressing on last week’s show to make it to the final three, Kay Lee wrestled British Boot Camp judge Gail Kim in her final test and put on a hell of a contest with near-falls, dramatic spots and allowed the redhead to showcase her aerial abilities. Unfortunately, her Gory Bomb wasn’t enough to get the win and she eventually fell to Eat Defeat, though her efforts elicited a strong response from the audience.

Following the match, the final three competitors spoke to TNA President Dixie Carter individually to allow them to express their desire to win. Kay Lee talked about living on her own at 15, finally reaching a point where wrestling is her full-time job, and stressed that she would love to continue that career in TNA. In response, Dixie said that she wasn’t sure if the 22-year old was ready to be a member of the Knockouts roster, and selected Andrews to be the winner.

In reaction, the Glasgow, Scotland native said “I’m so gutted that I haven’t got [the contract] but at the same time I’ve watched Mark this whole time and I’m so happy for him. I thought I wanted that contract but seeing him get it made me realise he wanted it that much more.”

Even though she did not win the contract, Kay Lee Ray’s profile has swelled massively as a result. She has introduced herself to swathes of wrestling fans and may have created some new ones along the way. She fully deserves to be very proud of herself.

Ringbelles Roundup (2 December 2014) – Rhia O’Reilly hits career high, Tomoka Nakagawa to say goodbye, and more

Rhia O'ReillyRhia O’Reilly has been plugging away for a while now and it seems that 2014 has been the year where it has started to come to fruition. With a nomadic aspect, the 29-year old has never really rooted herself in any promotion but has made appearances in numerous outfits. While she has been the focal point of PROGRESS Wrestling’s women’s division – enjoying a win streak until it was put to an end at the hands of Pollyanna Peppers – it has always been Pro Wrestling: EVE with whom O’Reilly has had the greatest ties. She made her official debut on the promotion’s first show in May 2010 and has worked on every show, including after the promotion’s integration with XWA Wrestling a few months ago. It therefore seems fitting while she has enjoyed a reign with th Bellatrix British Championship that her first top championship is the EVE belt.

Wearing a bright green dress and sporting a little top hat, Rhia was every inch the Irish leprechaun when she started out. Cutting her teeth in EVE, World Association of Wrestling and Extreme World Wrestling, she found herself across the Atlantic less than a year after her debut. Taking her gear to Berwyn, IL, O’Reilly found herself working two pre-show matches ahead of the SHIMMER tapings in March 2011, losing to Brittany Force in singles competition and teaming with Jett Riley to defeat Force and December the following day.

While it could have been seen as a bit premature, it got her noticed and saw her amongst many of her peers in order to accrue more knowledge and develop. She found herself graduating to the main roster 12 months later and got her first win on the DVD tapings by beating Taylor Made – Rhia O'Reillythough it wasn’t necessarily her success rate which caused such a spark with herself and the fans. Instead, it was her simple catchphrase which got her over, with “Oh really? O’Reilly!” becoming so popular that it was being yelled even when she wasn’t wrestling – or wasn’t even on that particular series of tapings. That helped to propel her to being aligned with Saraya Knight and then to form a trio with Mayumi Ozaki on the most recent shows and see her enjoy a victory over the trio of Heidi Lovelace, Solo Darling and Leva Bates, a tag team win over Bates and Veda Scott as well as a singles success against Xandra Bale.

Back in the UK, O’Reilly spent a lot of 2014 harnessing a great rivalry – and then a partnership – with Addy Starr, with the pair wrestling in numerous promotions like LCW Roses and PROGRESS before seeing it move to XWA Wrestling in October. The XWA win led to her being granted another shot at the Pro Wrestling: EVE Title after beating champion Nikki Storm in May last year via DQ – though this time, the contest was made No Disqualification and would guarantee a winner. In the end, a Rhiadjustment DDT onto the belt was enough for O’Reilly to capture the title – though she suffered a fairly serious knee injury in the match which has forced her to cancel bookings for the rest of 2014.

Despite the agony of the ailment, O’Reilly must be wholly satisfied with her year which has seen her go from being a safe hand in the ring to being someone who is receiving genuine focus and investment by promotions, which should help to catapult her to the next level in 2015. Coupled with being in the best shape of her career, sound wrestling skills and a catchphrase which is so beautifully simple and memorable, it looks like Rhia should ascend to new heights next year.

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Tomoka NakagawaTomoka Nakagawa wrestled her final OZ Academy match on Sunday, losing loss to Aja Kong in the main event in Nagoya, Japan. Her final match will be on Thursday, with the 33-year old teaming one more time with her Global Green Gangsters partner Kellie Skater against Hikaru Shida & Kaho Kobayashi.

Since announcing her retirement in June, Nakagawa has been tremendously busy – as is customary with joshis who make their intentions known to quit the wrestling business. With more than 60 matches under her belt since the middle of the year, Tomoka’s busiest months have been the last two, with more than 30 contests in just that 8 week period. Demonstrating her versatility as a tag team wrestler, she has also racked up a few more title wins, claiming the Pro Wrestling WAVE Tag Team Championship for a second and third time as well as claiming the OZ Academy doubles straps with Hiroyo Matsumoto. Meanwhile, Nakagawa is still one half of the SHIMMER Tag Team Champions, which provides a question mark as to what is going to happen with those titles.

With her success in both Japan and the US, Tomoka can be very proud of her accomplishments – as well as ushering in the trend of bringing in young joshis to expand their profiles in America and work with international talents. As one of the original quartet of wrestlers from S-Ovation, she was everyone’s favourite dirty little cheater before turning into a beloved babyface alongside Skater as part of 3G. Nakagawa will be missed.

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Also on the website in the last week, two video posts – one was a relatively obscure SHIMMER Tag Team Title match with Ashley Lane and Nevaeh working heel against challengers Mary Elizabeth Monroe and Hailey Hatred, as well as Ice Ribbon’s recent Yokohama Ribbon event headlined by Tsukasa Fujimoto against Aoi Kizuki.

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WWE
Layla and Summer Rae shoved a pumpkin pie in Natalya’s face on last Tuesday’s episode of Main Event in more childish garbage that you wouldn’t expect to see the men do. Natalya beat Layla in a singles match on the show… Charlotte will defend the NXT Women’s Championship against Sasha Banks on December 11’s Takeover: R Evolution show… Nikki Bella’s promo following her win Nikki Bella WWEover Emma on last Friday’s SmackDown was slashed by a third, partly because under different circumstances, it could be seen as garnering support. The full promo was: “I’m not going to say trashy, classless things like Ms. Lee did because unlike Ms. Lee, I actually care about the kids that sit in this audience. It’s time that everyone heard the real truth about AJ Lee. Yes, we heard over and over and over again your sob story. Yes, we have heard over and over about how hard you worked. But you wanna know what? I have worked harder. The biggest difference between you and me is that I don’t have to go tell everyone so they like me. And most important, that is what makes me fearless. You wanna know why you don’t have any friends? It’s because you’re so threatened by anyone who doesn’t like you. AJ, I want you to take a good hard look at what a woman is, a real woman, a classy woman! I want you to take a look at what a real Divas champion looks like. AJ, I want you to know that forever, through these fearless eyes, you will always be that pathetic manipulating little girl from New Jersey”… Last night’s Raw did nothing to help explain why Brie turned heel and joined sister Nikki. This storyline still sucks. The twins lost to AJ Lee and Naomi – the latter of whom was chosen to be AJ’s partner as part of a fan vote – when Nikki tapped out to the Black Widow. Noelle Foley also appeared in a segment with father Mick on the show… If you’re keeping track, Alicia Fox worked on the heel team for a six-woman tag match in Springfield, MO on Sunday. The inconsistency behind her character is staggering.

TNA
Kay Lee Ray advanced to the final three of British Boot Camp on Sunday. She, Grado, Mark Andrews and Al Snow lost to Angelina Love, Rampage Brown, Dave Mastiff & Noam Dar.

North America
Rosie Lottalove/Betsy Ruth returned to wrestling on Friday under the name of Andrea. She was beaten by La Rosa Negra on a NWA Signature Pro Wrestling show… Mickie James has wrestled her first match since giving birth in September. She defeated Tessa Blanchard on the Queens of Chaos 3 show. Also on the card, LuFisto and Jessicka Havok wrestled to a double count out – with both angling for a return match – and Mia Yim & Leva Bates beat Joey Ryan and Candice LeRae in the main event… Lei’D Tapa wrestled her first match in five months last Saturday when she beat Amazing Kong at WrestleCade… The Kimber Bombs exploded on Saturday’s Beyond Wrestling show when Cherry Bomb teamed with husband Pepper Parks to beat Kimber Lee and Drew Gulak. The women hugged afterwards. Reunited the following day, the Kimber Bombs made it to the semi-finals of Beyond Wrestling’s Tournament for Tomorrow 3 by beating Darius Carter & TJ Marconi, but were eliminated by Eric Corvis & Myke Quest… Mia Yim’s first defence of the SHINE Championship takes place on Friday when she defends the belt against Nevaeh, who has a pinfall win over the new titleholder. In some weird booking, Ivelisse Velez has tumbled down the card and she’s wrestling Amanda Rodriguez, while Amber O’Neal and Crazy Mary Dobson – who were last seen on SHINE with O’Neal turning heel on Dobson – are wrestling Luscious Latasha and Allysin Mio Shirai StardomKay respectively… Heidi Lovelace attempts to become the first female to win CHIKARA’s Young Lions Cup on Saturday when she faces Missile Assault Ant in the tournament final.

Japan
Mio Shirai showed up at a Stardom press conference last week to challenge sister Io to a match for Mio’s self-produced show coming next year. Io – who has had little contact with her sister in the three years since she left the Triple Tails stable – said that she can’t accept as she is under contract to Stardom but if the promotion books her for the match then she will do it… ICEx∞ Tsukasa Fujimoto and JWP Openweight Champion Arisa Nakajima will put their titles on their line against each other in separate matches on December 28. Fujimoto will put her belt up at RibbonMania at Korukuen Hall in Tokyo in the afternoon, and Nakajima’s defence will be later that night at the same venue for Climax 2014… Kaori Yoneyama celebrated 15 years since her debut on Saturday when she teamed with Madoka to beat Tsubasa Kuragaki & PSYCHO.

Europe
Chris Walker called out Pollyanna on Saturday’s Pro Wrestling Chaos show – she came out to confront him but was attacked. Wild Boar made the save… Rhia O’Reilly, she and Addy Starr will face Bete Noire and Viper in the main event of Empress Pro’s debut show on January 17… Danielle Hunter retained her FutureShock Wrestling Women’s Championship on Sunday, beating Australia’s Toni Storm… Southside Wrestling is to introduce a women’s title on February 28. Called the Queen of Southside, it will be contested in a 4-way – so far, Saraya Knight is the only announced participant.

Mexico
Dark Angel Sarah StockDark Angel won her eighth CMLL bodybuilding championship on Wednesday… Chavo Guerrero wrestled Sexy Star on last Wednesday’s Lucha Underground show. He got the win via DQ when Sexy hit him with a low blow after the referee seized a chair from her… Ivelisse Velez made her AAA debut on Friday when she was introduced as a technica. She and Faby Apache defeated Sexy Star and Taya Valkyrie. Velez pinned Sexy with an exploder suplex… Estrellita will be out of action for close to a month after suffering a spinal injury in the trios match on Friday’s CMLL show. She was dropped on her head by Dalys with a piledriver and will need to be in a neck collar for two weeks… Marcela will defend the CMLL World Women’s Championship against Syuri in Tokyo, Japan on December 12.

Australia & New Zealand
Kellyanne English beat Savannah Summers on Saturday to win the Warzone Wrestling Women’s Championship… Demi Bennett’s rematch against new Riot City Wrestling Women’s Champion Harley Wonderland will take place this Saturday… Madison Eagles returns to Melbourne City Wrestling on December 13 for the first time in more than three years. She faces KC Cassidy.

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Results

November 25: WWE Main Event (Fort Wayne, IN) – Cameron b Naomi; Natalya b Layla

November 25: CMLL (Guadalajara, Mexico) – La Comandante, La Seductora & Zeuxis b Lluvia, Marcela & Skadi

November 26: Pro Wrestling WAVE (Tokyo, Japan) – Shimono Sawako, Mari Apache & Kyusei Hirota Sakura b Tomoka Nakagawa, Kana & Kaho Kobayashi; Mio Shirai, Misaki Ohata & Tsukasa Fujimoto b Shimono Sawako, Mari Apache & Kyusei Hirota Sakura; Mio Shirai, Misaki Ohata & Tsukasa Fujimoto b Ayako Hamada, Yuu Yamagata & Hiroe Nagahama; Yumi Ohka, Mika Iida & Hikaru Shida b Moeka Haruhi, Fairy Nipponbashi & Rina Yamashita; Mio Shirai, Misaki Ohata & Tsukasa Fujimoto b Shu Shibuya, Cherry & Meari Naito

November 26: Lucha Underground (Los Angeles, CA) – Chavo Guerrero b Sexy Star via DQ

November 27: Rockstar Pro Wrestling (Dayton, OH) – Lufisto & Ganger b Samantha Heights & Kyle Maverick; Lufisto, Ganger, Jake Crist, Dave Crist, & Nevaeh) b Kyle Maverick, Draven, Great American Beast, Samantha Heights & Mikael

Carmella Leva Bates WWENovember 27: WWE NXT (Orlando, FL) – Carmella b Leva Bates

November 28: Diana (Kawasaki, Japan) – Megumi Yabushita b Koharu Hinata; Keiko Aono & Mask De Sun b Raideen Hagane & Meiko Tanaka; Jaguar Yokota & Sareee b Kaoru Ito & Kaho Kobayashi; Yumiko Hotta & KAORU b Kyoko Inoue & Tomoko Watanabe

November 28: Shropshire Wrestling Alliance (Dawley, England) – Chris Brookes & Nixon Newell b Ryan Smile & Pete Dunne

November 28: Signature Pro Wrestling (Tampa, FL) – La Rosa Negra b Andrea

November 28: WWE SmackDown (Fort Wayne, IN) – Nikki Bella b Emma

November 28: Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling (Richmond, BC, Canada) – Scotty Mac & Nicole Matthews b MR2 & Jaida

November 28: Absolute Intense Wrestling (Cleveland, OH) – Davey Vega b Alex Daniels, Joshua Singh, Veda Scott, Louis Lyndon & Flip Kendrick in a 6-way

November 28: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Dalys, La Comandante & Tiffany b Estrellita, Goya Kong & Princesa Sugehit

November 28: AAA (Mexico City, Mexico) – Faby Apache & Ivelisse Velez b Sexy Star & Taya Valkyrie

November 29: YMZ (Tokyo, Japan) – Kaji Tomato b Byi; Mio Shirai b Hatsuhinode Kamen; Hiro Tonai & Sayaka Obihiro b Tank Nagai & Yuma; Kaori Yoneyama & Madoka b Tsubasa Kuragaki & PSYCHO

November 29: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Aoi Kizuki b Akane Fujita; Yuka b Kyuri; Tsukasa Fujimoto & 235 v Hamuko Hoshi & Kurumi went to a time limit draw; Maki Narumiya & Mio Shirai b Miyako Matsumoto & Tsukushi

November 29: Warzone Wrestling (Berwick, Australia) – Kellyanne English b Savannah Summers to win the Warzone Women’s Championship

November 29: Scottish Wrestling Entertainment (Dundee, Scotland) – Layla Rose b Kasey Owens

November 29: Showcase Wrestling (Dumfries, Scotland) – Sara b Viper

November 29: XWA Wrestling (Colchester, England) – Kay Lee Ray b Addy Starr; Rhia O’Reilly b Nikki Storm to win the Pro Wrestling: EVE Championship

November 29: Beyond Wrestling (Providence, RI) – Drew Gulak & Kimber Lee b Pepper Parks & Cherry Bomb

November 29: I Believe In Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Santana Garrett b Miguel Baez

November 29: WrestleCade (Winston Salem, NC) – Lei’D Tapa b Amazing Kong

November 30: OZ Academy (Nagoya, Japan) – Moeka Haruhi v Koari Yoneyama went to a time limit draw; Manami Toyota b Kagetsu; Tsubasa Kuragaki & Hikaru Shida b Yumi Ohka & Mio Shirai; Dynamite Kansai & AKINO b Mayumi Ozaki & Kyusei Sakura Hirota; Aja Kong b Tomoka Nakagawa

November 30: Futureshock Wrestling (Stockport, England) – Danielle Hunter b Toni Storm

Vanessa Kraven Heidi Lovelace TabercilNovember 30: Beyond Wrestling (Providence, RI) – Kimber Lee & Cherry Bomb b Darius Carter & TJ Marconi; Eric Corvis & Myke Quest b Kimber Lee & Cherry Bomb

November 30: Smash Wrestling (Scarborough, ON, Canada) – Vanessa Kraven b Heidi Lovelace

November 30: Premiere Wrestling Xperience (Winston Salem, BC) – Harlem Bravado & Lance Bravado b Candice LaRae & Joey Ryan

November 30: WWE house show (Springfield, MO) – Natalya, Naomi & Emma b Alicia Fox, Summer Rae & Cameron

November 30: Queens of Combat (Winston-Salem, NC) – Miss Diss Lexia b Savannah Evans; Amanda Rodriguez b Crazy Mary Dobson; Sojo Bolt & Dani Jax b Jessie Kaye & Roni Nicole; Neveah b Angelina Love; Mickie James b Tessa Blanchard; Jessicka Havok v LuFisto went to a double count out; Leva Bates & Mia Yim b Candice LeRae & Joey Ryan

November 30: AAA (Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Mexico) – Australian Suicide & Ivelisse Vélez b Dark Cuervo & Sexy Star via DQ

December 1: WWE Raw (Tulsa, OK) – AJ Lee & Naomi b Nikki & Brie Bella

Upcoming

December 5: SHINE 23 (Ybor City, FL) – Mia Yim v Nevaeh; Malia Hosaka & Brandi Wine v Kimber Lee & Cherry Bomb; Heidi Lovelace & Solo Darling v Marti Belle & Jayme Jameson; Taylor Made v La Rosa Negra; Thunderkitty v Leah Von Dutch; Allysin Kay v Crazy Mary Dobson; Leva Bates v Vanessa Kraven; Ivelisse Velez v Amanda Rodriguez; Amber O’Neal v Luscious Latasha

December 5: St Louis Anarchy (Alton, IL) – Candice LeRae v Angelus Layne

December 5: Squared Circle Wrestling (Binghamton, NY) – Jessicka Havok v Veda Scott

December 6: Riot City Wrestling (Adelaide, Australia) – Harley Wonderland v Demi Bennett

December 6: CHIKARA (Philadelphia, PA) – Heidi Lovelace v Missile Assault Ant

December 7: PAID Promotions (Morecambe, England) – Nikki Storm v Viper v Lana Austin v Kay Lee Ray

December 11: WWE NXT (Orlando, FL) – Charlotte v Sasha Banks

Vanessa Kraven Kimber Lee Veda Scott Xandra Bale Cherry BombDecember 12: REINA (Tokyo, Japan) – Marcela v Syuri

December 13: Melbourne City Wrestling (Thornbury, Australia) – Madison Eagles v KC Cassidy

December 14: Smash Wrestling (Mississigaua, ON, Canada) – Vanessa Kraven v Kimber Lee v Veda Scott v Xandra Bale v Cherry Bomb

December 21: Tidal Championship Wrestling (Leeds, England) – Lana Austin & Ruby Summers v Nixon Newell & Violet O’Hara

December 28: Ice Ribbon Ribbonmania (Tokyo, Japan) – Tsukasa Fujimoto v Arisa Nakajima

JWP Climax 2014 posterDecember 28: JWP Climax 2014 (Tokyo, Japan) – Arisa Nakajima v Tsukasa Fujimoto

January 4: PROGRESS Wrestling (London, England) – Jinny v Pollyanna

January 4: Inspire Pro Wrestling (Austin, TX) – Jessica James v Kimber Lee

January 11: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland)

January 17: Empress Pro (High Wycombe, England) – Bete Noire & Viper v Addy Starr & Rhia O’Reilly

January 18: Alpha-1 Wrestling (Hamilton, ON, Canada) – Seleziya Sparx v Allysin Kay

January 23: SHINE 24 (Ybor City, FL)

February 22: Dragon Pro Wrestling (Newport, Wales) – Nixon Newell v Pollyanna

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

April 4: NCW Femmes Fatales (Montreal, QC, Canada) – Courtney Rush v Saraya Knight; Portia Perez v Xandra Bale

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Kay Lee Ray advances to final three in TNA British Boot Camp; announced for UK tour

Kay Lee Ray Tony KnoxIt’s been a big few days for Kay Lee Ray. It began on Saturday when she defeated Addy Starr with a Gory Bomb in a well received contest at XWA Wrestling’s show in Colchester, England. Then last night, viewers in the UK saw the high-flying Scot advance to the final three competitors of TNA British Boot Camp 2 along with Mark Andrews and Rampage Brown. Kay Lee will battle Gail Kim on next wee’s final episode and will find out if she will be the one to score the contract.

The 22-year old was part of a 8-person tag team match on last night’s show, teaming with Grado, Andrews and Al Snow to take on Brown, Dave Mastiff, Noam Dar and Angelina Love. While it was an effort to get some decent time in the spotlight due to the sheer number of wrestlers involved, KLR spent a decent amount of time in the ring with Love and got to demonstrate her aerial ability with a springboard missile dropkick and a suicide dive to the outside.

You can watch the full episode below, and then read on to find out Kay Lee’s latest good news:

While many mocked the premise of the show, it appears to have done wonders for the profiles of the wrestlers who have been a success on the programme, and regardless of whether she wins of not, this caps off a great year for the daredevil redhead which has seen her show off her heel persona in Fierce Females, thrill fans in the US at SHIMMER and Absolute Intense Wrestling and compete for a personal record number of promotions, racking up more than 60 contests so far this year, 13 of those in October. Better still, she’ll enjoy wrestling in front of some big audiences in around two months’ time.

Earlier today, TNA President Dixie Carter made the announcement that KLR and the rest of the six British Boot Camp finalists will be on each of the three UK shows in Glasgow, Manchester and London between January 29-31, which will all be TV tapings for Impact Wrestling on Destination America. She will join Kim, Love and reigning Knockouts Champion Taryn Terrell – although Velvet Sky, who was previously announced for the show, is absent from the updated list.

– Photo by Tony Knox

Ringbelles Roundup (25 November 2014) – 200th edition, Mickie James discusses possible return & more

Ringbelles front pageWelcome to edition 200 of the Ringbelles Roundup. With its inception taking place before the website was officially launched, the Roundup’s first edition was on February 1, 2011 and was pretty slim. These days, the newsletter is usually between 3,500 and 4,500 words but has swelled to more than 5,000 on certain special occasions. It’s been a big undertaking and I’m proud for it to have been posted every Tuesday, without fail for 200 straight weeks.

To mark the occasion, I’ve thrown the main body of the Roundup open to you. I took to Facebook and Twitter, saying that if there was any question about the website that you wanted answered, I would consider it. With that in mind, here are the queries I received…

– What did you and Stew feel was missing from online coverage of women’s wrestling that inspired you to start the site? – Martin Bentley

Honestly, it was complete coverage. Some site focussed on WWE and TNA with a nod to the indies. Some focussed on joshi and there were others who looked at places like Britain or Mexico – bit nothing really tried to touch every base that it possibly could. We felt that all women’s wrestling, no matter how big or small should be given a spotlight – and that spotlight wouldn’t be on the big guns and let the others try and catch some light. Whatever was most important at that moment got our attention as it was based on merit, not what promotion you find yourself wrestling for.

Granted, we could be better at covering things like lucha and joshi but we do our best to give them focus when we can. We like to think that when it comes to all-women shows around the world, we’re the best place to look, even though we can’t cover everything as there are so many hours in the day and Stew and I always had full-time jobs to balance.

For example, this Roundup isn’t knocked up on the Tuesday, as trying to compile a 4,000 word document on just one day each week would be an impossibility – it needs additions at all times during the week. When you couple that with shows that we attend or cover – with SHIMMER trips being the trickiest – as well as other newsworthy items going on during the week, this is close to being a full-time (unpaid) job.

– How come your audio shows are so much better quality than most others? – Dave Muscarella

If you mean audio quality, we do our best to upload them at a higher bitrate, which is why Women Of Wrestling Podcasts are limited to 90 minutes because of our upload limits these days, which also means that mammoth shows like the Christmas 2012 show with six guests can’t happen again without a dip in quality.

If you mean content-wise, I think it’s because we let the guest do most of the talking. When I listen to some other podcasts – especially the ones presented by former wrestling personalities – I find myself being frustrated by the guests being cut off or overshadowed by a presenter who just has to spout some words of wisdom or a superfluous anecdote. I have a rule that if I choose four random points in a podcast and hear the presenter’s voice more than twice, I give it a miss. Let the guest talk – that’s why you have them on in the first place – and don’t be afraid to ask the tough questions.

We also do a lot of research. We check out histories, key points and also check previous interview with other sites so we’re not raking over the same ground again. Instead, we look for a new spin on a previously covered topic. Stew and I were very proud for coming up with original questions and have often been thanked by guests after recordings for finding new things to discuss.

Finally, structure – instead of just going chronologically through a career we nail key points and try to group subjects together if we can. Nothing we do is really revolutionary – we just wanted to produce interviews that we would like to listen to.

– Why do you only interview people for My Name is if they make the first move? – James

It’s a gesture of intent. My Name Is was designed to be for new faces to introduce themselves to a wider audience or to try and raise your profile to the next level. All we ask is that the wrestler themselves shows that they are ready to boost their own image and we will always roll out the red carpet. After all, if you’re not ready to shout about yourself, why should you expect anyone else to do the same for you?

On a side note, it’s nice to jump back and listen to past MNI interviews and compare it with the position they find themselves in now. Seleziya Sparx and Viper were early interviewees, and look at how great they are now.

– Do you make use of online translators for your Japanese news or do you have a person providing information? – David Falcon

The honest truth is that online translators are a life saver. It’s not the most accurate thing ever as Japanese to English translations are very literal and don’t make much sense as a result but you try to negotiate your way through it. As for the results, sites like Purolove are far better than we could ever be when it comes to joshi – though that site’s in German so the translator still comes in handy.

Incidentally, Ciara is a far stronger follower of joshi that I am and she produces some excellent stuff.

– How do you choose your interviewees? What’s the best podcast you have done and why? Dream interview – if you could interview anyone in the world, who would it be?

We tend to try and schedule WOW Podcast guests based on what they’re going to be doing and make that the centre-point of the interview. The more interesting the activity – as well as their history – makes them a good chat. Fight Like A Girl interviews usually have a stronger focus on what is going on at that particular time but can also tend to go off on tangents, but aren’t a career overview.

I’m not sure about best, but one of my favourites is the second Ivory interview, which was recorded a week after the first. I was late arriving home from work for the interview so Stew spoke to her for a few minutes until I got ready and she didn’t moan or complain – and when I got online she asked me how I was doing and if I’d had a good day at work. This was a former WWE Women’s Champion taking a genuine interest, and I was really touched by it. What followed was a really natural and easy interview which was so much fun to record. I also enjoyed our first Courtney Rush interview and part of the post-show chat was so hilarious that part of it was spliced into the show – if you’re interested, it’s the Meese Are Dicks conversation.

As for dream guest, we have a list of people and they are grouped into certain levels. Ivory was in that list, as are Wendi Richter, Madusa, Stacy Keibler and more. Some are pipe dreams while others felt more realistic. Personally, I’d say Richter would be my top choice, while Stew wanted Missy Hyatt.

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Originally, I wanted the Roundup to be a female version of the Wrestling Observer with some editorial content at the start – I don’t know if I accomplished it but I’m glad that so many people read it every week. There’s nothing else like the Roundup out there at the moment, and I’m glad that there is a one stop document for fans of women’s wrestling to know what’s going in around the world. Thanks to everyone who reads it.

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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
Charlotte is booked for the Raw in Greenville, SC on December 9 and the SmackDown tapings the following day in Columbus, GA. She also spoke to the Huffington Post about living up to father Ric’s legacy, saying “The biggest thing holding me back is fear. Being afraid to fail and not live up to such a legacy my dad has made. I do feel the pressure, but I also feel the drive. My dad was really hard on me as a kid in sports, so this is no different”… Alicia Fox got a surprise win on Paige on last week’s Superstars when she caught her former friend in a small package… Becky Lynch pinned Bayley with a handful of tights on Thursday’s NXT… Following on from last week’s Raw when Nikki Bella made sister Brie dress up as AJ Lee for an “exhibition match”, Lee dressed up as Nikki for her win over Brie on SmackDown. Bella won the Divas Title at Survivor Series when Brie kissed AJ to cause the distraction and the quick end. Brie looked happy that her sister had won the belt, and then she beat AJ last night on Raw with the help of Nikki Brie Bella WWENikki – with AJ zinging the sisters by saying talent is not sexually transmitted as a jibe at Brie’s marriage to Daniel Bryan and Nikki’s relationship with John Cena, seemingly overlooking the irony that AJ herself is married to CM Punk. There was no explanation as to why Brie turned, which – when you take into account how much airtime was dedicated to this heap – must make the Bella feud the most redundant and awful Diva storyline in years. Incidentally, talk that AJ is on her way out of WWE are untrue, according to the Wrestling Observer, that her title loss went as planned (though the participants didn’t know it was to be less than a minute long until the final moments before the match) and it wasn’t done to quickly write her out.

TNA
Taryn Terrell won the Knockouts Championship on last Wednesday’s Impact Wrestling – the final on Spike ahead of the promotion’s move to Destination America in the new year. She beat Havok and Gail Kim in a 3-way when she pinned Kim with a sunset flip to score the title… Kay Lee Ray impressed in her workout time in the ring on last week’s British Boot Camp. She worked against DJ Z.

North America
Stephane Bruyere and NCW Femmes Fatales have parted ways. Writer Pat Laprade will take over the role of Talent Coordinator… Hudson Envy defeated Cheerleader Melissa on Saturday’s Alternative Wrestling Show event to retain the Women’s Championship – only it was by DQ when Melissa refused to stop choking her opponent with her wrist tape… Former WWE Women’s and Divas Champion Beth Phoenix is to be honoured at April’s 50th Annual Cauliflower Alley Club Reunion… Mickie James spoke to the Miami Herald about becoming a mum, saying she had a pretty intense delivery and that she has been getting advice from fellow first-time mum Trish Stratus. She was also asked about a possible return to WWE and was pretty candid: “I think, ‘I’m better than 90 percent of the talent on TV now. Why am I going to step to the side to just train the future?’ I’m not ready to do that, and I’m not trying to be arrogant and self-absorbed. I can see how it can come off that way, but it’s the truth. You look at least 75 percent or at least 80 percent on TV now. I know in my heart of hearts that I can draw more money than them and that I am better than them. I can put more asses in the seats than them”… Melanie CruiseMelanie Cruise returned from three months in Japan and has struck gold already. She beat Mickie Knuckles on Saturday’s Strong Style Wrestling show to win the vacant Allied Independent Wrestling Federations’ World Women’s Championship… Ivelisse Velez revealed that she has been working with a torn rotator cuff in her shoulder for the last nine years, and hurt her back just before her release from WWE developmental in 2012 and was only given two weeks of rehab, regardless of whether it solved the problem or not. She has also said that her shoulder is slowly recovering… Four more matches have been announced for SHINE 23 to go along with Mia Yim defending her newly-won championship against Nevaeh. Legendary’s Malia Hosaka and Brandi Wine put the Tga Team Championship on the line against the Kimber Bombs; Heidi Lovelace and Solo Darling take on Marti Belle and Jayme Jameson; Taylor Made faces La Rosa Negra and Thunderkitty will battle Leah Von Dutch.

Japan
Maki Narumiya was injured from a Miyako Matsumoto double foot stomp during a tag match on last Wednesday’s Ice Ribbon show. The match had to be stopped when she suffered breathing issues… Former JWP Openweight Championship rivals Kana and Arisa Nakajima won the vacant REINA World Tag Team Championship last week, defeating Lin Byron and Syuri in a tournament final. Byron actually turned heel on her partner to facilitate the title change… Tomoka Nakagawa wrestled her final S-Ovation show on Monday ahead of her retirement in a couple of weeks. Called Last Shot, she and Kyoko Kimura lost to Aja Kong & Misaki Ohata in the main event…

Europe
Kay Lee Ray and Paul London went to a double DQ on Saturday’s Kamikaze Pro event when they double chokeslammed the referee before deciding that they were both winners… Speaking of KLR, she retained the Fierce Females Scottish Championship on Sunday when she pinned Leah Von Dutch. Elsewhere, Nikki Storm got past Hardcore Glamour’s Sara to try and get closer to another shot at Kay Lee, while Courtney beat Fiona Fraser in a Three Stages of Hell match to settle their differences. Fraser gave up the first fall via DQ when she used a chair and then got the quick tap out with an armbar when the contest went to submission rules. However, the subsequent Glasgow Street Fight was eventually won by Courtney when she made Fiona tap out to a Dragon Sleeper, beating her opponent at her own submission game. The next show is on January 11 when there will be Team Hardcore Glamour v Team Storm in a 5-on-5 elimination match… Destiny announced on Facebook that she is retiring from the ring after 13 years. She’s currently pregnant… Addy Starr suspects her hand may be broken… Viper, Violet O’Hara, Nadia Sapphire, Rhia O’Reilly and Ruby Summers have been added to Empress Pro’s debut show in January.

Mexico
Zeuxis defeated CMLL Mexican National Women’s Champion Estrellita last Wednesday. It was meant to be a title match but was downgraded. After the victory, Zeuxis demanded a title shot… Sexy Star defeated Ivelisse Velez on last Wednesday’s Lucha Underground. Having said that, there were some very marked edits in the contest. Sexy Star also appeared on behalf of the promotion at the Latin Grammys last Thursday.

Australia & New Zealand
KC CassidyMadison Eagles won the vacant IndyGurlz Australia Championship on Friday in a 4-way also involving Saraya Knight, Evie and Demi Bennett. Eagles retained the strap the following evening by beating Knight in a singles match… KC Cassidy won the first Vera and Jenny Cup as part of Melbourne City Wrestling’s charity show on Sunday, beating Evie and Toni Storm in a 3-way in the final.

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Results

November 17: CMLL (Puebla, Mexico) – Amapola, Tiffany & Zeuxis b Estrellita, Goya Kong & Marcela

November 18: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Zeuxis b Estrellita

November 19: Pro Wrestling WAVE (Tokyo, Japan) – Mika Iida b Rina Yamashita; Mari Apache & Sawako Shimono b Kaho Kobayashi & Shu Shibutani; Kana b Moeka Haruhi; Melanie Cruise b Hiroe Nagahama; Hikaru Shida & Yumi Ohka b Mio Shirai & Misaki Ohata; Ayako Hamada & Yuu Yamagata b Tomoka Nakagawa & TAKA Michinoku

November 19: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Meari Naito b Akane Fujita; Aoi Kizuki b Raideen Hagane; Rutsuko Yamaguchi b 235 & Risa Sera in a 3-way; Miyako Matsumoto & Eri Susa b Tsukasa Fujimoto & Maki Narumiya; Risa Sera b Takumi Iroha

November 19: TNA Impact Wrestling (Bethlehem, PA) – Taryn Terrell b Havok & Gail Kim in a 3-way to win the Knockouts Championship

November 19: Combat Zone Wrestling (Blackwood, NJ) – Brittany Blake, Frankie Pickard & Persistent Percy b Ben Ortiz, Jonathan Evans & Trooper Audubon

November 19: Lucha Underground (Los Angeles, CA) – Sexy Star b Ivelisse Velez

November 20: REINA (Tokyo, Japan) – Arisa Nakajima & Kana b Eri & Haruka Kato; Syuri & Lin Byron b Makoto & Maki Narumiya; Kyusei Sakura Hirota & Miyako Matsumoto b Dump Matsumoto & Yumiko Hotta via DQ; Dump Matsumoto & Yumiko Hotta b Kyusei Sakura Hirota & Miyako Matsumoto; The Winger & Alex Lee b Yuji Kito & Koharu Hinata; Kyoko Kimura b Kellie Skater; Arisa Nakajima & Kana b Syuri & Lin Byron to win the REINA World Tag Team Championship

November 20: WWE Superstars (Roanoke, VA) – Alicia Fox b Paige

November 20: WWE NXT (Orlando, FL) – Becky Lynch b Bayley

November 20: WWE NXT house show (Tampa, FL) – Sasha Banks b Charlotte

November 21: Pro Wrestling WAVE (Warabi, Japan) – Mika Iida b Eri Susa; Fairy Nipponbashi b Yako Fujigasaki; Sawako Shimono, Rabbit Miyu & 235 b Kaho Kobayashi, Rina Yamashita & Raideen Hagane; Yua Hayashi b Hiroe Nagahama

November 21: New Horizons Pro Wrestling (Perth, Australia) – Madison Eagles b Saraya Knight, Demi Bennett & Evie to win the IndyGurlz Australia Championship

November 21: Southside Wrestling Entertainment (Sheffield, England) – Chris Brookes & Nixon Newell b Kay Lee Ray & El Ligero

Heidi Lovelace Ichiban DrunkNovember 21: WWE SmackDown (Knoxville, TN) – AJ Lee b Brie Bella

November 21: WWE NXT house show (Cocoa Beach, FL) – Sasha Banks b Charlotte

November 21: Strong Style Wrestling (Goshen, IN) – Melanie Cruise b Mickie Knuckles to win the AIWF World Women’s Championship; Jack Thriller b Heidi Lovelace

November 22: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Tsukushi b Akane Fujita; Tsukushi b Kyuri; Tsukushi b 235; Maki Narumiya & Risa Sera b Miyako Matsumoto & Meari Naito; Kurumi & Yuka b Tsukasa Fujimoto & Aoi Kizuki

November 22: Kyusei Sakura Hirota Produce (Tokyo, Japan) – Arisa Nakajima b Mio Shirai & DASH Chisako; Leon & Ray b Mask AGO & Mari Apache; Saku Uematsu b KAORU; Ayako Hamada & Yuu Yamagata b Gabai-jichan & Gabai-bachan; Meiko Satomura b Kyusei Sakura Hirota; Meiko Satomura b Kyusei Sakura Hirota; Meiko Satomura b Kyusei Sakura Hirota

November 22: Stardom (Fukushima, Japan) – Kairi Hojo b Momoe Watanabe; Kris Wolf b Mystique; Kellie Skater b Miho Wakizawa; Yoshiko & Reo Hazuki b Kaori Yoneyama & Hatsuhinode Kamen; Io Shirai, Mayu Iwatani & Takumi Iroha b Nanae Takahashi, Koguma & Kairi Hojo

November 22: Tokyo Joshi Pro (Tokyo, Japan) – Shoko Nakajima b KANNA; Ai Shimizu b Chikage Kiba & Yuka Sakazaki in a 3-way; Nonoko & Akane Miura b Miyu Yamashita & Erin

November 22: New Horizons Pro Wrestling (Perth, Australia) – Madison Eagles b Saraya Knight

November 22: Kamikaze Pro (Birmingham, England) – Nixon Newell b Charlie Garrett; Kay Lee Ray v Paul London went to a double DQ

November 22: Proving Ground Pro (Petersburg, IL) – Lucy Mendez, Mario Andrew Crivello, Perry Winkle, Peter Schwanz & Randy Ray b Cousin Gator, Duke Cornell, Joey Anderson, Krotch & Melanie Cruise

November 22: Empire Stare Wrestling (Lockport, NY) – Pepper Parks & Cherry Bomb b Joey Ryan & Candice LeRae

November 22: Alternative Wrestling Show (South Gate, CA) – Hudson Envy b Cheerleader Melissa via DQ

November 23: Melbourne City Wrestling ‘Fight For A Cause’ (Hampton Park, Australia) – Evie b Shazza McKenzie; Toni Storm b Siren Monroe; KC Cassidy b Miami; Demi Bennett b Savannah Summers; Vixsin b Izzy Shaw; KC Cassidy b Evie & Toni Storm in a 3-way

Courtney Fiona Fraser mrdavidjwilsonNovember 23: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland) – Viper b Layla Rose; Carmel Jacob b Chanel; Sammii Jayne b Bete Noire; Nikki Storm b Sara; Courtney b Fiona Fraser; Leah & Kasey Owens b Sammi Baynz & Liberty; Kay Lee Ray b Leah Von Dutch

November 23: HXC Wrestling (Manchester, England) – Nadia Sapphire & Faith Lehaine b Pollyanna & Lana Austin

November 23: Tidal Wrestling (Leeds, England) – Lana Austin b Nixon Newell & Addy Starr in a 3-way

November 23: Smash Wresting (Mississauga, ON, Canada) – Candice LeRae & Joey Ryan b Cherry Bomb & Pepper Parks

November 23: WWE Survivor Series (St Louis, MO) – Nikki Bella b AJ Lee to win the WWE Divas Championship

November 24: Ice Ribbon (Yokohama, Japan) – Mio Shirai, Yuka & Yuri Kotobuki b 235, Akane Fujita & Kyuri; Tomoka Nakagawa & Mochi Miyagi b Tsukushi & Maya Yuhiki; Cho-un Shiryu b Neko Nitta & Miyako Matsumoto in a 3-way to win the Triangle Ribbon Championship; Kurumi b Yuka; Maki Narumiya & Risa Sera b Cherry & Meari Naito; Tsukasa Fujimoto b Aoi Kizuki

November 24: S-Ovation “Last Shot” (Tokyo, Japan) – Tomoka Nakagawa & PSYCHO b Kaori Yoneyama & Madoka; Mayumi Ozaki b Eiger; Ray & Yuu Yamagata v Leon & Tsukasa Fujimoto went to a time limit draw; AKINO b Kellie Skater; Aja Kong & Misaki Ohata b Tomoka Nakagawa & Kyoko Kimura

November 24: JWP (Osaka, Japan) – Yako Fujigasaki b Yua Hayashi; KAZUKI & Raideen Hagane b Jaguar Yokota & Eri Susa; Command Bolshoi b Leon; Rabbit Miyu b Rina Yamashita; Arisa Nakajima & Hanako Nakamori b Kayoko Haruyama & Misaki Ohata

November 24: Sendai Girls (Fukuoka, Japan) – Kagetsu & Kaho Kobayashi b Ray & Alex Lee; Eiger b Kyusei Sakura Hirota; Kyoko Kimura b Tomoko Miyagi; Ayako Hamada b DASH Chisako; Aja Kong & Tsubasa Kuragaki b Meiko Satomura & Syuri

November 24: Stardom (Fukuoka, Japan) – DASH Chisako b Kellie Skater; Kyoko Kimura & Kris Wolf b Kaori Yoneyama & Hatsuhinode Kamen; Mayu Iwatani b Mystique; Yoshiko, Takumi Iroha & Reo Hazuki b Nanae Takahashi, Miho Wakizawa & Kairi Hojo; Io Shirai b Koguma

November 24: WWE Raw (Indianapolis, IN) – Brie Bella b AJ Lee; Natalya & Tyson Kidd b Adam Rose & The Bunny

Upcoming

November 28: Shropshire Wrestling Alliance (Dawley, England) – Ryan Smile & Pete Dunne v Chris Brookes & Nixon Newell

November 29: Warzone Wrestling (Berwick, Australia) – Savannah Summers v Kellyanne English

November 29: Showcase Wrestling (Dumfries, Scotland) – Viper v Leah Owens

November 29: XWA Wrestling (Colchester, England) – Nikki Storm v Rhia O’Reilly; Addy Starr v Kay Lee Ray

November 29: Beyond Wrestling (Providence, RI) – Kimber Lee & Drew Gulak v Cherry Bomb & Pepper Parks

November 30: Southside Wrestling (St Neots, England) – Kay Lee Ray v Nixon Newell

November 30: Futureshock Wrestling (Stockport, England) – Danielle Hunter v Toni Storm

November 30: Queens of Combat (Winston-Salem, NC) – Mickie James v Tessa Blanchard; Joey Ryan & Candice LeRae v Mia Yim & Leva Bates; Sojo Bolt & Dani Jackson v Amber O’Neal & Jessie Kaye; Angelina Love v Nevaeh; LuFisto v Jessicka Havok

January 18: Alpha-1 Wrestling (Hamilton, ON, Canada) – Seleziya Sparx v Allysin Kay

December 5: SHINE 23 (Ybor City, FL) – Mia Yim v Nevaeh; Malia Hosaka & Brandi Wine v Kimber Lee & Cherry Bomb; Heidi Lovelace & Solo Darling v Marti Belle & Jayme Jameson; Taylor Made v La Rosa Negra; Thunderkitty v Leah Von Dutch

Candice LeRae Angelus LayneDecember 5: St Louis Anarchy (Alton, IL) – Candice LeRae v Angelus Layne

December 6: CHIKARA (Philadelphia, PA) – Heidi Lovelace v Missile Assault Ant

December 7: PAID Promotions (Morecambe, England) – Nikki Storm v Viper v Lana Austin v Kay Lee Ray

December 21: Tidal Championship Wrestling (Leeds, England) – Lana Austin & Ruby Summers v Nixon Newell & Violet O’Hara

January 4: PROGRESS Wrestling (London, England) – Jinny v Pollyanna

January 4: Inspire Pro Wrestling (Austin, TX) – Jessica James v Kimber Lee

January 11: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland)

Empress Pro posterJanuary 17: Empress Pro (High Wycombe, England)

January 23: SHINE 24 (Ybor City, FL)

February 22: Dragon Pro Wrestling (Newport, Wales) – Nixon Newell v Pollyanna

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

April 4: NCW Femmes Fatales (Montreal, QC, Canada) – Courtney Rush v Saraya Knight; Portia Perez v Xandra Bale

– Lee Burton
– Photos by WWE (2), Melanie Cruise (3), KC Cassidy (4), Ichiban Drunk (5), David Wilson (6)
– Data collated from (but not limited to) Cagematch, joshifans.com, PuroLove, Dramatic DDT, Luchablog, Lords Of Pain, Wrestling Observer, Open The Puroresu Gate, Ringstars, PWInsider, NHB Girls, North Starz, WrestlingData

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Taryn Terrell wins the TNA Knockouts Championship

Taryn Terrell TNATaryn Terrell has impressed in the past year and a half.

Considering she was hugely lost in the shuffle in WWE and then spent two years away from wrestling following her departure from the company, her ascent to this point in her career is pretty damn impressive. She originally showed up in TNA as a referee and then became a wrestler as part of a feud with Gail Kim, leading to two great contests – a Last Knockout Standing victory at Slammiversary in June 2013 and a defeat in a Ladder Match the following month. To make the situation even more remarkable, she bowed out for 11 months to have her first child before coming back at the Knockouts Knockdown 2014 taping back in May.

Admittedly, her third match with Kim over the summer didn’t compare to last year’s contests and her relative inexperience – after all, she’s still had fewer than 100 matches since 2008 and just 24 in TNA since her first in March last year – sometimes flares up in matches against wrestlers other than Gail but she still shows flashes of real promise and excitement. Plus, TNA has confidence in her – and that was demonstrated on last night’s episode of Impact Wrestling as she won her first Knockouts Championship in a 3-way with Kim and defending titleholder Havok.

The contest – which went close to 15 minutes – saw the two challengers gang up on their larger and more powerful opponent for large portions but the champion also got to flex her muscles, delivering another spine buster to Kim to re-injure her shoulder and hit Terrell with an Electric Chair onto the guardrail. In the end, it was Gail and Kim taking Havok out with a DDT, two crossbodys, Eat Defeat and a cutter – but Gail tried a jackknife pin on Taryn as she went Gail Kim Taryn Terrell Jessicka Havokfor a cover on Havok, though that was reversed into a sunset flip for the title-winning pinfall. Some of the match was very exciting while other bits – like Havok’s splash attempt onto her opponents – looked pretty weak.

Taryn’s win is interesting in that she pinned Kim and protected the monster heel Havok – though it’s a head-scratcher as to why she lost the title after just seven weeks on TV (or three days as the tapings were completed in a big block) following a huge push to the top of the heap. On a positive, it offers options for title defences for Terrell as she can put the belt up against Gail and also has the spectre of Havok arguably looking to regain the belt. Plus TNA has finally announced a new TV deal with Destination America so it seems that we will get more Knockouts action in the future rather than Terrell closing out the promotion as champion.

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