A 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 as 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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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 Saturday… 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.
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.
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 Kaye… 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.
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.
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 Star… 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.
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.
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
December 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
December 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
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
December 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)
January 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
– Photos by TNA (2), WWE (3), Dave Muscarella (4), Lucha Libre Femenil (5), Tabercil (6), Tony Knox (7)
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