Ringbelles Roundup (December 30, 2014) –New beginnings, Heidi Lovelace, Hudson Envy & Dragonita bound for STARDOM & more

In the fifth grade, my guidance counselor proposed that my class put together a collage of what we intend to be when we got older. Chef, nurse, singer, florist, work in the XFL (no really), Secretary of State and more were among the choices, but I had to be the odd ball. The nerve I had to paste pictures of Chyna giving someone the Military Press and Lita performing a moonsault onto an opponent along with pictures of art (I am an artist) not only shocked my classmates, but also gave me the courage to stand firm in my dream. At eleven years old, nothing mattered but wrestling, I had given all my Barbies to Goodwill and brought action figures. The whole “he or she can’t wrestle” or “This angle sucks” did not matter to me back then because wrestling was so cool to me and I wasn’t ashamed of it. As I got older things changed, known as the “girl that watches professional wrestling” became hard and at times embarrassing.

As a wrestling fan, I get the redundant, “You know that stuff’s fake right?” or the rare “Oh that’s cool.” I have been defending my passion for it as long as I can remember, even more when it comes to women’s wrestling. Over the last several years, I’ve been questioned more times than I could count about my willingness to support something that was “only good for eye candy.”

In 2010, I joined Angrymarks as a co-host of their Tuesday night show, called Ring the Bell, being on with three additional personalities that shared their own view on wrestling was intimidating; till that point I had only one friend my entire life that loved it as equally or more than me and completely understood. The experience gave me the opportunity to be vocal about wrestling, whether I disliked or liked something a huge weight lifted from my shoulders and I felt free to do so and not regret it. Fast-forward to 2012, noticing that women’s wrestling was not being covered to the fullest; I decided to take on the duty myself and provide an outlet for those fans week in and out, the Angrymarkette Newsfeed. Gathering news items, results and everything in between from various websites and condensing it down to an organized piece that is not only readable, but brings about conversation takes a great amount of patience, hard work  and dedication.

After four years at the site, this past April I stepped away completely. It was a tough decision, but it was for the best. I honestly felt dissatisfied with continuing to cover women’s wrestling in detail all for listeners to hear negative commentary on the podcasts from others. No one criticized what I wrote, but its disheartening to push for something to be taken seriously when not everyone else sees the bigger picture. Between that, my run with Ring Sirens magazine (no longer in publication) ending and life happening faster than I could control, I needed a new direction.

This brought me to Ringbelles.

PWPonderingsMy time here has been short, but I feel I shared some of my best work with you all and want to continue to do so for as long as I can. For those wondering, the Ringbelles Roundup is continuing after the site’s departure, as I have accepted Lee’s offer to do so.

Last week, my mentions and direct messages were shot with multiple inquiries and interest from other websites- I am nothing but grateful for those that expressed interest and respect that there is an audience for women’s wrestling and were willing to throw their hat in the race to add the best coverage to their site.

With that said, I am proud to announce that starting next week, the Ringbelles Roundup will become an official part of Pro Wrestling Ponderings going forward. If you happened to catch the Year in Review show up on the site, I dropped the announcement towards the end after having a great two-hour conversation with Jerome, Jennifer and Dave that was nothing short of positivity and laughter. Their coverage of independent wrestling alone is remarkable, whether its through podcasts, reviews or posting the latest results. I have a huge amount of respect for their love and use of their platform to raise awareness of indy wrestling as a must-see product.  I feel this is a perfect fit and I’m just excited to be a part of something great.

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Heidi Lovelace, Hudson Envy and Dragonita are the latest competitors to be heading over to Japan. Last week, World Wonder Ring STARDOM announced that all three competitors would be making their first trip to the country to take up training and competition. In addition, the promotion has announced all it’s cards for the month of January. This Sunday’s show at Shinkiba 1st RING will feature Io Shirai and Mayu Iwatani teaming up against Act Yasukawa and Kairi Hojo. Takumi Iroha will be taking on Kris Wolf, Hatsuhinode Kamen in a three-way match, Kaori Yoneyama goes up against Momo Watanabe and Reo Hazuki, and Yoshiko will face Koguma and Nanae Takahashi in the main event.

STARDOMThe January 11th show at Shinkiba 1st RING will see Lovelace, Hudson and Dragonita make their debuts for the promotion, as Lovelace teams up with Yasukawa against the current AWS Women’s Champion and Kris Wolf. Yasukawa and Wolf’s growing rivalry reached a high back on December 23rd at “Yearend CLIMAX” as Wolf was bloodied at the hands of Yasukawa. Dragonita will be in singles action against Kyoko Kimura. Kamen will be taking on Iroha, Shirai goes up against Watanabe and the current Goddess of STARDOM Champions Takahashi and Hojo and Koguma take on Hazuki, Iwatani and Yoshiko in trios action.

Yoshiko will be defending the World of STARDOM Championship against Nanae Takahashi as part of the promotion’s fourth anniversary show at Korakuen Hall on January 18th. The show will also feature Iwatani making her third title defense as Wonder of STARDOM Champion against Kairi Hojo and the High Speed Championship will be also be on the line as Shirai takes on Yoneyama. Lovelace, Hudson and Dragonita have yet to be announced for the show.

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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? If so, send me a tweet here and I’ll direct you to my email address.

Again thank you to everyone that has continued to support Ringbelles over the years and I wish you all a Happy New Year!

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 WWE

Nikki Bella was named WWE’s Second Most Unexpected Breakout Star of 2014. In a list compiled by WWE.com, the WWE Divas Champion’s infamous “died in the womb” quote landed at the number two spot on WWE’s latest Top 10: Most Memorable Quotes of 2014. AJ Lee’s “talent is not sexually transmitted” line in reference to Brie and Nikki landed at number seven on the list. Both lines were tasteless, it says something about the company when those are deemed “memorable.” Charlotte and Natalya’s NXT Women’s Championship match from NXT Takeover was ranked sixth on WWE.com’s 25 Greatest Matches of the Year list. Brie Bella’s match against Stephanie McMahon at SummerSlam was also made the list, ranked at number twenty-four…Speaking of Charlotte, she successfully retained the NXT Women’s Title over Sasha Banks for a second time on last week’s episode…Naomi wrestled Alicia Fox on Friday Night Smackdown, winning following a split-legged moonsault. The Usos defeated The Miz and amien Mizdow for the WWE Tag Team Championship last night, it appears the “rocky” marriage storyline between Naomi and Jimmy Uso is done…Meanwhile WWE is continuing on with the storyline between Natalya and Tyson Kidd. On Monday Night RAW, Tyson Kidd caught Nikki Bella as Natalya knocked her off the apron. Once again seeing her husband show sympathy towards another woman besides herself, Natalya allowed the distraction to be her downfall. Nikki Bella picked up the win following a Rack Attack after blindsiding Natalya with a clothesline to the back..Mandy Leon has been on the road with WWE this past week as a rosebud for the recently turned “heel,” Adam Rose

TNA

With the transition to Destination America in full swing, the company has revealed a newly redesigned Knockouts Championship. It’s seen on their official Instagram account that the new belt is sporting a traditional look, a black leather strap with the blue gems as opposed to the white leather strap with red gems… The first set of episodes of Impact Wrestling will be taped on January 7-8th, the following day the company will pre-tape their all-cage event, “Lockdown” which will be aired on Destination America instead of pay-per-view, all taking place in New York City…Brooke Tessmacher has confirmed that she and Robbie E are no longer together. Tessmacher made the announcement on Facebook, stating that the couple had separated before filming for CBS’ Amazing Race had wrapped.

“NO, I am no longer with Robbie E. We filmed the race this past summer and separated by the end of filming. I am so so incredibly happy in my life and have fully moved on. Hope you guys can as well.”

North America

More matches have been announced for Valkyrie Women’s Wrestling’s next show on January 23rd.  Davienne will be taking on Miss Diss Lexia and Jennifer Cruz will be taking on Deonna Purrazzo, the latter three will be making their debuts. Nyla Rose will also be making her in-ring debut… Sassy Stephie will be defending the Fury Championship against LuFisto and Veda Scott in Marietta, Ohio on April 25th. Winning the championship this past April, the match will be her second title defense; successfully retaining against Allysin Kay back in June… Mia Yim and Santana Garrett are set to go one-on-one n the SHINE Wrestling showcase match for Full Impact Pro’s upcoming show on January 10th. The match will be non-title…Samantha Starr will be taking on Mandy Leon for Vicious Outcast Wrestling on January 10th under non-title contention… Amber Gallows became the Global Championship Wrestling Women’s Champion over the weekend, defeating Tracy Taylor… Mickie James announced her engagement to TNA star Magnus.. LuFisto will be wrestling Heidi Lovelace this Friday for Rockstar Pro Wrestling in Dayton, Ohio… In addition, Barbi Hayden’s NWA World Women’s Championship will be on the line this weekend against Veda Scott. Inspire Pro Wrestling provided an in-depth backstory here.

Japan

Arisa Nakajima & Tsukasa FujimotoThe anticipated double title match between Tsukasa Fujimoto and Arisa Nakajima took place on Sunday. First, Fujimoto retained the ICEx Infinity Championship against Nakajima in the main event of Ribbonmania, landing her tenth title defense. Nakajima wore attire in the fashion of Azumi Hyuga on the show. Mio Shirai retained the Union Fly to Everywhere World Title over Tsukushi and Maki Narumiya and Risa Sera picked up their eighth title defense as International Ribbon Tag Team Champions over Yuka and Kurumi… That evening, Nakajima retained the Openweight Championship against Fujimoto in the main event of JWP’s year-end show, “Climax.” Also on the show, Rabbit Miu successfully retained against Eri, the JWP Tag Team and Daily Sports Women’s Tag Team Titles changed hands as Leon and Ray defeated current titleholders Command Bolshoi and Kyoko Kimura. This is Mascara Voladoras’ first run with the titles… Kana is the new REINA World Champion after beating Syuri via referee stoppage on Friday. Kana now holds the promotion’s top title and the REINA Tag Team Champions with Nakajima… Tsubasa Kuragaki will be defending the OZ Openweight Championship against Kagetsu on January 11th. The show will also feature the return of Sonoko Kato taking on former titleholder AKINO… Riho retained the IWA Triple Crown Title against Emi Sakura in the main event at the Itabashi Green Hall on Saturday. The promotion has announced the date for their first show at Korakuen Hall for August 13, 2015.

Europe

Candice Lerae will be heading back overseas in the new year. First up, she will be returning to Southside Wrestling Entertainment on February 28th as she, Saraya Knight, Kay Lee Ray and a competitor to be announced will be a part of a four-way match to crown the first-ever Queen of Southside. Going into March, Lerae and Joey Ryan will be apart of WXW Germany’s 16 Carat Gold shows… Nikki Storm will be wrestling Sammii Jayne on Scottish Wrestling Alliance’s January 4th show in Pollockshaws, Glasgow… Nadia Sapphire versus Nixon Newell has been added to Empress Pro’s debut show on January 17th.

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Results

December 25: Producciones Sanchez (Ciudad Nezahualcoyotl, Estado de Mexico, Mexico) –Bugambilia, Diosa Atenea & Lady Dragon b Golden Bull, India Mazahua & Star Fire

December 26: Absolute Intense Wrestling (Cleveland, OH) – Veda Scott, Alexia Nicole & Jasmin b Tessa Blanchard, Jennifer Blake & Heidi Lovelace; Rickey Shane Page b Candice Lerae, Dick Justice, Eric Ryan, Flip Kendrick & Joshua Singh

December 26: WWE Friday Night Smackdown (Sioux City, IA) – Naomi b Alicia Fox

December 26: WWE Live (Rosemont, IL) – Naomi, Charlotte & Natalya b Camero, Sasha Banks & Summer Rae

December 26: Vendetta Pro Wrestling/ National Wrestling Alliance (Santa Maria, CA) –Raze b Sage Sin

December 26: WWE Live (New York City NY) – Alicia Fox & Emma b Brie Bella & Nikki Bella

December 26: REINA Joshi Puroresu(Tokyo, Japan) – Kyoko Kimura b Raideen Hagane; Haruka Kato & Eri b Yuiga & Hamuko Hoshi; Yuji Kito & Koharu Hinata b Keizo Matsuda & Alex Lee; Arisa Nakajima b Rina Yamashita; Maki Narumiya & Kagetsu b Mika Iida & Meiko Tanaka; Dump Matsumoto & Yumiko Hotta b Goya Kong & Muñeca de Plata; Lin Byron b Makoto; Kana b Syuri(c)

December 27: Global Championship Wrestling (Pell City, AL) – Amber Gallows b Tracy Taylor(c)

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

December 27: Gatoh Move (Tokyo, Japan) – Cherry b Fukin Kitazawa; Kaori Yoneyama, Madoka, Sayaka Obihiro & PSYCHO b Antonio Honda, SAKI, MIZUKI; Kagetsu b Kotori; Riho(c) b Emi Sakura

December 27: WWE Live (Cincinnati, OH) – Charlotte, Naomi & Natalya b Cameron, Sasha Banks & Summer Rae

December 27: WWE Live (Uniondale, NY) – Alicia Fox & Emma b Nikki Bella & Brie Bella

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

December 27: Ice Ribbon(Warabi, Japan) – Aoi Kizuki & Hamuko Hoshi b 235 & Akane Fujita; Kurumi & Kyuri b Maki Narumiya & Maya Yukihi; Tsukasa Fujimoto b Meari Naito; Risa Sera & Tsukushi vs Mio Shirai & Yuka – time limit draw

December 27: I Believe I Wrestling (Orlando, Florida) – Josh Hess b Santana Garrett

December 28: Ice Ribbon Ribbonmania (Tokyo, Japan) – Cherry & Maya Yukihi b Shu Shibutani & Kyuri; Meari Naito & Neko Nitta b 235 & Akane Fujita; Hamuko Hoshi & Mochi Miyagi b Miyako Matsumoto & Yuri Kotobuki; Kayoko Haruyama b Aoi Kizuki; Mio Shirai(c) b Tsukushi; Maki Narumiya & Risa Sera(c) b Kurumi & Yuka; Tsukasa Fujimoto (c) b Arisa Nakajima

December 28: K-DOJO (Chiba, Japan) – Bambi & Kaji Tomato b Hikaru Shida & Masao Inoue; TAKA Michinoku & Kaori Yoneyama b Kengo Mashimo & Yuma

December 28: JWP Climax 2014 (Tokyo, Japan) – Yako Fujigasaki b Yua Hayashi; Rabbit Miu (c) b Eri; KAZUKI, Jaguar Yokota & Raideen Hagane b Manami Toyota, Tsukushi & Neko Nitta; KAORU b Kayoko Haruyama; Hanako Nakamori b Kana; Leon & Ray b Command Bolshoi & Kyoko Kimura (c); Arisa Nakajima(c) b Tsukasa Fujimoto

December 28: DIANA (Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan) – Kyoko Inoue b Kaoru Ito , Keiko Aono , Sareee, Meiko Tanaka, Megumi Yabushita & Kaho Kobayashi

December 28: Tokyo Women’s Wrestling(Tokyo, Japan) – Ai Shimizu b Erin & Nonoko; Shoko Nakajima and Yuka Sakazaki b KANNA and Chikage Kiba; Miyu Yamashita b Akane Miura

December 28: K-DOJO (Chiba, Japan) – Hiro Tonai & Kaori Yoneyama b Ayumu Honda & Bambi

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

December 29: WWE Monday Night RAW (Washington, DC) – Nikki Bella b Natalya

December 30: WWE Live (Richmond, VA) – Charlotte, Emma & Alicia Fox b Sasha Banks, Cameron & Summer Rae

Upcoming Shows

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

January 4: Scottish Wrestling Alliance (Glasgow, Scotland) – Debbie Sharpe vs Viper; Sammii Jayne vs Nikki Storm

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

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

January 10: Vicious Outcast Wrestling (Connellsville, PA) – Samantha Starr vs Mandy Leon

January 11: OZ Academy (Tokyo, Japan) – AKINO vs Sonoko Kato; Kagetsu vs Tsubasa Kuragaki(c)

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

January 17: Clash Wrestling (Taylor, MI) – Leah Von Dutch vs Jasmin

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

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

January 18: Anarchy Championship Wrestling (Austin, TX) – Jessica James vs Jojo Bravo; Athena vs Su Yung(c)

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

January 23: Wrestling Cares Association /Alternative Wrestling Show (South Gate, CA) – Nicole Savoy; Sage Sin; Savanah Riley; Kikyo Nakamura; Hania; Brittany Wonder; Christina Von Eerie; Taeler Hendrix; Raze; Kahmora; Datura; Marriah Moreno

January 23: Valkyrie Women’s Wrestling (Woodbury Heights, NJ) – Kacee Carlisle(c) vs Mistress Belmont; La Rosa Negra vs Aja Perera; Davienne vs Miss Diss Lexia; Jennifer Cruz vs Deonna Purrazzo; Nyla Rose

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

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

February 7: KANA Pro (Japan)

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

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

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

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

February 22: Bellatrix 12 (Norwich, England)

February 28: Southside Wrestling Entertainment (Essex, England) – Candice Lerae vs Kay Lee Ray vs TBD vs Saraya Knight

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

April 4: NCW Femmes Fatales (Montreal, QC, Canada) – Courtney Rush vs Saraya Knight; Portia Perez vs Xandra Bale; Sassy Stephie, Allysin Kay & Jody D’Milo vs Vanessa Kraven, TBA & TBA

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

April 25: Remix Pro Wrestling (Marietta, OH) – LuFisto vs Veda Scott vs Sassy Stephie (c)

– Ciara Reid

– Photos by PWPonderings(1), STARDOM(2), WWE(3), Kenji Misaki(4), Southside Wrestling Entertainment(5), Yuichi Kojima(6), Ichiban Drunk(7), Empress Pro(8), Remix Pro Wrestling(9)

– 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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In Video: STARDOM’s 2014 5*STAR Grand Prix

Io  ShiraiThis Sunday, World Wonder Ring STARDOM’s will be kicking off it’s fourth annual Goddesses of STARDOM at Shinkiba 1st RING. The round-robin tournament will feature eight teams fighting for a future shot at the tag team titles. Teams in Kaori Yoneyama and Hatuhinode Kamen, Kris Wolf and Kyoko Kimura, the current champions in Kairi Hojo and Nanae Takahashi and more are divided into two blocks, Blue Goddesses or Red Goddesses. The tournament will run through the month of October, ending on November 16th at Shinkiba as the winners of each league will go head-to-head in the finals. You can find the match listings here.

Back on September 23rd, Io Shirai defeated current World of STARDOM Champion Yoshiko in the finals of the 2014 5*STAR Grand Prix following a Moonsault Press. The non-title not only landed Shirai another shot at the title, but a clean victory over the champion. Yoshiko ended Shirai’s 468-day reign back at “Stardom X Stardom,” succeeding his first singles championship in her career. The impending rematch has yet to be announced, though on November 3rd both competitors will have a chance to become Goddesses of STARDOM Champions as they take on Takahashi and Hojo. The show will feature the title match, the return of Kellie Skater and more, which you can read about here.

The 5*STAR GP got underway back on September 7th as the champion, Shirai, Takahashi, DASH Chisako and Kyoko Kimura were successful in their matches, while Hojo’s match against Yoneyama ended in a time limit draw. Other competitors in the tournament included Koguma, Takumi Iroha, Star Fire, Cheerleader Melissa and Mayu Iwatani. The footage sees the final matches of the tournament at Korakuen Hall, with Iwatani taking on Koguma, Kimura against Chisako and Yoshiko going over Iroha for the Blue stars and Yoneyama defeating Cheerleader Melissa in a first time meeting, Hojo beating Star Fire and Shirai going over Takahashi for the Red stars league. The show kicked off with a trios tag team match, as Miho Wakizawa, Maya and Reo Hazuki took on Hatsuhinode Kamen, Azumi and Kris Wolf. Peep the entire show; share with us your commenta about the show or the upcoming shows on our Facebook and Twitter.

Photographs and information courtesy of STARDOM

Video courtesy of Purowookie via Dailymotion

Matches for upcoming STARDOM’s Goddesses of STARDOM tag league & Kellie Skater return

Nanae Takahashi & Kairi Hojo A week from Sunday, World Wonder Ring STARDOM’s fourth annual tag team tournament will be kicking off at Shinkiba 1st RING, as the entire roster will be paired up with their respective partners or first time allies. In years previous, the tournament worked under round-robin rules with the exception of last year’s tournament, held under single-elimination format. This year’s tournament will be under traditional rules with four teams making up each league.

Current champions Kairi Hojo and Nanae Takahashi will be competing in the tournament as part of tradition, but under non-title contention. Instead, “Nanakairi” will be defending their titles against the current World of STARDOM Champion Yoshiko and the 2014 5*STAR Grand Prix Winner Io Shirai as part of the marquee match up on November 3rd at Korakuen Hall. That show will also feature Mayu Iwatani’s first title defense as Wonder of STARDOM Champion against Miho Wakizawa and the return of Kellie Skater to the promotion.

Back in April, the SHIMMER Tag Team Champion was shelved with a fractured foot after wrestling for three months with the overlooked injury. It was revealed that the injury occurred in a six-woman tag team match for STARDOM, involving Skater, Yuhi and Kaori Yoneyama against Iwatani, Manami Toyota and Hiroyo Matsumoto. Since then, Skater had wrestled through three back-to-back weekends. On the same day she successfully retained the SHIMMER Tag Team Titles at SHIMMER 62 in New Orleans, Louisiana, she competed against Kimber Lee for Combat Zone Wrestling. Competing against the likes Nikki Storm, Saraya Knight and Rhia O’Reilly for the SHIMMER tapings the following weekend and wrestled two matches for SHINE 18- getting a four-way victory over Takahashi/ Hojo vs Shirai/ YoshikoJustine Silver and unsuccessfully challenging Mia Yim and Leva Bates for the SHINE Tag Team Championships with Evie, all while injured. Ahead of her return Skater will be having her first match back at SHINE 22 next weekend and will be apart of the upcoming SHIMMER Volumes 67-70 tapings the following weekend.

Beginning on Sunday, October 12th at Shinkiba 1st RING, competing teams will be divided into two blocks. Wakizawa and Koguma, Kaori Yoneyama and Hatuhinode Kamen, Star Fire and luchadora Mystique and Shirai and Iwatani will be a part of the Blue Goddesses league. While the Red Goddesses league will be of Kyoko Kimura and Kris Wolf, Takumi Iroha and Risa Sera, Nanae Takahashi and Kairi Hojo and Yoshiko and Reo Hazuki.

Opening day will feature Takahashi and Hojo taking on Sera and Iroha, this will be Sera’s first appearance for the promotion. Current Artist of STARDOM titleholders Kaori Yoneyama and Hatuhinode Kamen will be taking on Shirai and Iwatani. In addition, the debuting Mystique and Star Fire will be taking on Wakizawa and Koguma. The tournament will conclude on November 16th, with the winners facing off for a guaranteed shot at the titles down the line. All the matches throughout the tournament are down below.

Shinkiba 1st RING on October 12th:

RED: Kairi Hojo & Nanae Takahashi vs Takumi Iroha & Risa Sera

BLUE: Io Shirai & Mayu Iwatani vs Kaori Yoneyama & Hatuhinode Kamen

Star Fire & Mystique vs Miho Wakizawa & Koguma

Nagoya Sports Center on October 19th:

BLUE: Kris Wolf & Kyoko Kimura vs Reo Hazuki & Yoshiko

Ice Ribbon Dojo on October 22nd:

RED: Takumi Iroha & Risa Sera vs Yoshiko & Reo Hazuki

Shinkiba 1st RING on October 28th:STARDOM Queen Tradition

RED: Nanae Takahashi & Kairi Hojo vs Yoshiko & Reo Hazuki

Takumi Iroha & Risa Sera vs Kris Wolf & Kyoko Kimura

BLUE: Star Fire & Mystique vs Hatuhinode Kamen & Kaori Yoneyama

Miho Wakizawa & Koguma vs Io Shirai & Mayu Iwatani

Korakuen Hall on November 3rd:

Mayu Iwatani© vs Miho Wakizawa

Risa Sera vs Koguma vs Takumi Iroha

Kellie Skater vs Reo Hazuki

Kyoko Kimura & Kris Wolf vs Hat & Kaori Yoneyama vs Mystique & Star Fire

Nanae Takahashi© & Kairi Hojo© vs Yoshiko & Io Shirai

Shinkiba 1st RING on November 16th:

RED: Kris Wolf & Kyoko Kimura vs Nanae Takahashi & Kairi Hojo

BLUE: Mystique & Star Fire vs Io Shirai & Mayu Iwatani

Kaori Yoneyama & Hatuhinode Kamen vs Koguma & Miho Wakizawa

RED league winner vs BLUE league winner

Photography and information courtesy of STARDOM

In Video: Yoshiko vs Io Shirai for the World of STARDOM Championship

Yoshiko v Shirai Over a week ago, Yoshiko succeeded her first singles championship in her three-year career by ending Io Shirai’s 468-day as World of STARDOM Champion at “Stardom X Stardom.” After peeling back-to-back successful title defenses, the 925 onlookers in attendance watched as Shirai failed in her eleventh title defense to the 21-year old, despite originally defeating her last June at the Korakuen Hall upon first title defense. The 2014 5*STAR Grand Prix will be kicking off this Sunday at Shinkiba 1st RING, which both Shirai and Yoshiko will be involved. The cards for the tournament through the month of September have already been announced and listed here.

However, footage of the title switch has surfaced online, as Shirai was not the only competitor to lose her title. The Tawashis’ (Mayu Iwatani, Hiroyo Matsumoto and Miho Wakizawa) reign as Artist of STARDOM Champions also ended, dropping the trio belts to Tsubasa Kuragaki, Kaori Yoneyama and Hatuhinode Kamen. The Goddesses of STARDOM Championship changed hands as Kairi Hojo and Nanae Takahashi unseated Alpha Female and Kyoko Kimura.

Continue reading “In Video: Yoshiko vs Io Shirai for the World of STARDOM Championship”

Matches for the 2014 5*STAR Grand Prix are announced

STARDOM 5STAR GPBack in June, it was reported that Cheerleader Melissa would be heading back to Japan for another round of competition under World Wonder Ring STARDOM. Her previous trip seen her fought Io Shirai for the World of STARDOM Championship and was unsuccessful in taking a third title back to the United States. This time around the reigning SHIMMER Champion will be making her first appearance as part of the promotion’s annual 5*STAR Grand Prix. The round-robin tournament will feature Cheerleader Melissa and several other competitors fighting for the prized 2014 5*STAR GP trophy and a guaranteed shot at the World of STARDOM Title down the line. Like years past, the tournament will be under round-robin rules as competitors are divided into two blocks with the winners facing off in the finals on September 23rd at Korakuen Hall.

Following the promotion’s “Stardom X Stardom” which featured Yoshiko ending Shirai’s 468-day reign as World of STARDOM Champion and two additional title switches, the promotion has officially announced the competitors for each league and their pairings for each round. Shirai, Kaori Yoneyama, Cheerleader Melissa, Nanae Takahashi, Kairi Hojo and Star Fire will be competing in the Red Stars league. While Takumi Iroha, Mayu Iwatani, Koguma, Kyoko Kimura, Yoshiko and DASH Chisako will be battling through the Blue Stars league. A win through pinfall or submission will amount to two points, a draw equates to one point and a loss amounts to zero.

Kicking off on Sunday, August 24th at Shinkiba 1st RING, Cheerleader Melissa will meet Shirai in the first round of the tournament in non-title contention as Shirai has dropped the title to Yoshiko, despite still holding the High Speed Championship. Kaori Yoneyama will be taking on Star Fire for the first time, as this too is Fire’s first appearance. The recently crowned Goddesses of STARDOM Champions in Nanae Takahashi and Kairi Hojo will face off in one-on-one competition, with either titleholder getting the opportunity to one up each other. The Blue Stars league will feature DASH Chisako taking on Takumi Iroha, Koguma going up against Kyoko Kimura and the current Wonder of STARDOM Champion Mayu Iwatani will be taking on World of STARDOM Champion Yoshiko.

The rest of the matches for the tournament between September 7th through September 23rd are listed below. Despite previously grappling Shirai, Star Fire will be taking on first time opponents in Takahashi, Cheerleader Melissa, Yoneyama and Hojo. Cheerleader Melissa will clash with Yoneyama, Nanae Takahashi, Yoneyama and Hojo for the first time. And the champion will be taking on DASH Chisako for the very first time.

Shinkiba 1st RING on September 7th:

RED : Star Fire vs Io Shirai

Nanae Takahashi vs Cheerleader Melissa

Kairi Hojo vs Kaori Yoneyama

BLUE: Koguma vs Yoshiko

Takumi Iroha vs Kyoko Kimura

Mayu Iwatani vs DASH Chisako

Shinkiba 1st RING on September 13th:

BLUE: Takumi Iroha vs Koguma

Kyoko Kimura vs Mayu Iwatani

Yoshiko vs DASH Chisako

RED: Cheerleader Melissa vs Kairi Hojo

Star Fire vs Nanae Takahashi

Io Shirai vs Kaori Yoneyama

Osaka Nishi Ward Community Center on September 15th:

RED: Kairi Hojo vs Io Shirai

Cheerleader Melissa vs Star Fire

Kaori Yoneyama vs Nanae Takahashi

BLUE: Kyoko Kimura vs Yoshiko

DASH Chisako vs Koguma

Mayu Iatani vs Takumi Iroha

Korakuen Hall on September 23rd:

RED: Kaori Yoneyama vs Cheerleader Melissa

Io Shirai vs Nanae Takahashi

Star Fire vs Kairi Hojo

BLUE: Koguma vs Mayu Iwatani

Kyoko Kimura vs DASH Chisako

Yoshiko vs Takumi Iroha

Photography courtesy of STARDOM

Information courtesy of STARDOM

Ringbelles Roundup (12 August 2014) – missteps in Brie v Stephanie on the final push to SummerSlam

AJ Lee PaigeThe two big women’s matches going into SummerSlam this Sunday saw storyline developments over the last week. One seems to be in a holding pattern while the other took what may have been an unnecessary turn which could have seen the story jump the shark.

AJ Lee and Paige had a confrontation on Main Event last Tuesday following the Divas Champion’s victory over Summer Rae. Paige promised to win back the title at SummerSlam, while AJ rejected that claim. Paige also showed a more vicious streak in her victory with Natalya on SmackDown before gatecrashing AJ’s match against Eva Marie on last night’s Raw. The distraction caused Lee to take her eye off the ball and be pinned by Eva, before Paige delivered a poem vowing to win the belt this weekend. AJ then lost it, taking her aggression out on Eva, who was still at ringside selling her neck despite being perfectly fine just after the pinfall.

The feud between AJ and Paige has stalled a little since Lee was pushed off the stage at SmackDown a week and a half ago, but there is a good storyline going into SummerSlam on Sunday which should deliver a more heated affair than their contest at Battleground last month which was thought to be a little disappointing. In addition, they have been working together on the road, though the last week has seen them participate in 3-way matches with Natalya, which muddies the waters a little. Still, at least they didn’t take part in an angle which may have gone a step too far and taken their feud from being an emotionally-charged affair into something on the verge of a soap opera.

Things between Brie Bella and Stephanie McMahon have been gathering steam at a pretty good pace over the past few weeks. From Stephanie assaulting Brie and being arrested to Bella’s reinstatement and getting a match with the Boss Lady at SummerSlam to the contract signing last week which left both twins laying. All of it was on a logical curve – or as logical as things Brie Bella Stephanie McMahon WWEcan be in the wrestling – but last night’s angles felt more contrived, and saw the programme lose a little steam as a consequence.

McMahon came out with a woman who she revealed to be the physical therapist of Brie’s husband Daniel Bryan, who – after some words of encouragement from Stephanie – announced that she and Bryan had been having an affair. This brought out Brie who confronted the woman, named as Megan Miller – who in truth is Canadian rookie wrestler and Storm Wrestling Academy Graduate Chelsea Green, who competes under the rather unremarkable name of Jaida – and slapped her before going after Stephanie, putting her in the Yes Lock before McMahon said that they were not going to wait until SummerSlam and would have their match that night instead. However, said match did not happen as Stephanie revealed that Miller had made a complaint of assault to police, who had Bella arrested in the same way that McMahon was taken away a month ago.

If this was a way to generate heat for Stephanie and more sympathy for Brie at the same time, it was very contrived and very unnecessary. The feud was not as white-hot as it was at the original arrest but was still going very well, though the introduction of this complete stranger raised too many questions which could not be logically answered.

For example – why did Brie immediately believe the claims of an affair when a big clue that it could be bullshit was that Megan came out with her hated enemy Stephanie, who has been poking at Bella for months? Why did Brie attack Megan with one slap before really laying into Stephanie? If Megan is the one who is the other woman, shouldn’t you be madder at her and be grateful to Stephanie for making her aware of it?

Brie Bella WWEThe angle immediately reminded fans of the Claire Lynch debacle in TNA from two years ago which was so badly received that it is now a part of WrestleCrap folklore. That’s not a good sign for what was to be the final push to sell PPV buys ahead of SummerSlam. What felt like a gritty, real story now has the stench of a rotten one which saw the woman playing Lynch quit during the angle and it all having to be dropped. While it will likely do little damage in the grand scheme of things, WWE would be well served to downplay this development as much as possible.

Figure Four Weekly says that both Bella and McMahon have been training hard for their match at SummerSlam, and it has been allotted 15 minutes in the broadcast, which would presumably include entrances and exits. The Divas Title match has been given 12. The leaked run-sheet also says that AJ v Paige will go fourth in the show after Rusev v Jack Swagger, while Stephanie v Brie will be the penultimate contest after Roman Reigns v Randy Orton.

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Sunny Sable Raw MagazineVince Russo wrote an article for What Culture talking about 10 different stories from his time working at WWF Magazine in the 1990s, and one highlighted the ongoing feud between Sunny and Sable between 1996 and 1998:

“If you worked the wrestling side of the WWF at the time, it was no secret to anyone that Sable and Sunny HATED each other. Now, I’ve got to be fair here, I think it was more on Sunny’s part than Sable. There is no doubt that Sunny was just flat out jealous of Sable, and quite frankly I could never understand why? To me, they were two completely different types of women with their own appeal. Sunny was the girl next door, and Sable was the mysterious, exotic beauty. They both had their followers.

“So, when I made the call to do a swimsuit edition of the RAW Magazine, and give both Sunny and Sable their separate covers I should have known that I was in for it. I chose a picture of Sunny that was extremely sexy I thought it put her in a spectacular light. Well she didn’t agree. And, I found that out first hand when she came onto our floor to look at the pictures we chose. After viewing them, she grabbed them and ran to my office and screamed, ‘That’s not me! That’s not me!’ I remember being caught so off guard at the time, that all I could do was laugh and say, ‘Well if it’s not you WHO IS IT THEN?!”

Incidentally, Sunny (aka Tammy Lynn Sytch) says her autobiography is in the editing stage and Jim Cornette will be writing the foreword. She has recently been advertising herself for Skype chats where, for the right price, she will be in a considerable state of undress.

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We’ve posted two videos this week: a Retro with a 17-year old Paige taking on Miss Mina showing off her early heel days, as well as the crowning of the first Conflict Wrestling Women’s Champion, which saw Jennifer Blake, Seleziya Sparx, Skylar Rose & Jewells Malone in a 4-way.

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WWE
Bayley defeated Eva Marie as part of her run to challenging for the NXT Women’s Championship. Live, Eva got a really hard time from the fans – and with good reason, as she couldn’t sell anything and mucked up taking an O’Connor Roll and inside cradle. There was a “Thank you Bayley” chant when the match was over… Mick Foley wrote a Facebook blog entry talking about how he’s a “Stephanie McMahon guy” and how he supports ending Raw for two weeks straight with the women in the final segment… Emma wrestled in front of her hometown crowd in Melbourne, Australia on Thursday. She and Nikki Bella defeated Alicia Fox and Layla – Emma got the tap out win on Layla with the Emma Lock… Developmental talent Lina Fanene suffered a broken collarbone after she and her aunt Ata Johnson were in a car which was hit by a speeding drunk driver in Florida last week. They ware visited in hospital by Lina’s cousin and Ata’s son Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson… AAA’s Konnan described Layla as a “pain in the ass” to work with.

TNA
Dixie Carter was finally driven through a table by Bully Ray on last week’s Impact Wrestling following months of teasing. It received a massive pop from the audience in New York City. Speaking to Ring Rust Radio about the male-on-female violence which has been banned by Spike TV, the 49-year old replies: We have taken man-on-female violence I would say even more seriously from Day One than even a chair shot. That has been banned from the beginning and it took us a while, but chair shots are not right and going to be handled either. It’s very important to our network that this happened. It’s why we have done my character a certain way. It’s why we’ve treated this with the “Boss Toss” and we’ve tried to take it more tongue in cheek. And we also Rebelhave a disclaimer before this show saying it’s not something that we condone. It’s a spot and it’s an end to a four-month story of something that I have continuously put myself in this position, and we’ve tried to make it as light as possible.” She also confirms that she was hurt in the spot – and you can understand why, as her upper back and head looked like it took most of the impact… Rebel revealed on Twitter that she fractured her arm during a battle royal during the Impact tapings last week. She was wrestling her first matches in the promotion during the most recent tapings after doing a few at Ohio Valley Wrestling over the past month…Velvet Sky, Angelina Love and Taryn Terrell join Gail Kim on TNA’s UK tour next January. Incidentally, the UK dates are slated to be the next shows on the TNA calendar after September 7.

North America
Two more matches announced for Saturday’s NCW Femmes Fatales XV show in Montreal, QC, Canada. Kc Spinelli (replacing Niya Barela) meets Sweet Cherrie, while Portia Perez, Angie Skye, Diana Hall, Veda Scott, Mistress Belmont & Xandra Bale will compete in a Gauntlet Match with the winner getting an open contract to demand a match of their choice… Nikki Valentine and Davienne will compete inside a steel cage to become the first Lucky Pro Wrestling Women’s Champion on September 26… Team USA have got a psychological advantage ahead of SMASH Wrestling’s CanUSA Classic next month. Allysin Kay defeated Team Canada’s Courtney Rush on Saturday… Ivelisse Velez retained her SHINE Championship on Saturday by beating La Rosa Negra on Full Impact Pro’s show in Orlando, FL… Maryland Championship Wrestling has started a tournament to crown a Women’s Champion. Mandy Leon beat Cherry Bomb in the opening round on Saturday… Candice LeRae let slip that she is booked for SHIMMER in October following her debut at SHIMMER 62 on WrestleMania weekend… Xandra Bale – who spoke to us last week about recovering from two consecutive broken bones – won the Pro Wrestling Eclipse Flame Championship at the weekend, beating Leah Von Dutch, Addy Starr and Jewells Malone in a 4-way.

Japan
Yoshiko won the World of Stardom Championship on Sunday, beating Io Shirai. Kairi Hojo & Nanae Takahashi won the Goddesses on Stardom titles from Kyoko Kimura & Alpha Female on the same show, while Tsubasa Kuragaki, Kaori Yoneyama & Hatsuhinode Kamen claimed the Artist of Stardom belts.

Europe
Kay Lee Ray Brett Radley4 Front Wrestling’s big weekend of shows for October has been cancelled, which means the dvertised contest between Hikaru Shida and Shanna is off. The promotion says it is hoping to still bring in the international talent it had booked at a later date… Nikki Storm has been added to the TNA British Boot Camp 2 lineup… Lana Austin will make her Fierce Females debut on August 31. She faces Viper… After a year of chasing, Kay Lee Ray finally won Southside Wrestling’s Speed King Championship on Saturday by beating Martin Kirby. The pair have been warring since last September when KLR beat Kirby via DQ after the titleholder delivered a jawbreaker to her while she had thumbtacks in her mouth. She got a victory over him in a non-title match back in March and reached the final of the Speed King tournament in April before winning the belt at the weekend with a Gory Bomb onto thumbtacks. She also successfully defended the belt the following night in a 4-way.

Mexico
Silueta’s reign with the CMLL-REINA International Junior Title lasted less than a week. She was beaten by Maki Narumiya on Friday.

Australia & New Zealand
Scarlett retained her Kiwi Pro Wrestling Women’s Championship on Saturday on a Professional Championship Wrestling show in Australia. She defeated Vixsin… Demi Bennett retained the Riot City Wrestling Women’s Championship on Saturday’s Melbourne City Wrestling show by beating Miami. Elsewhere on the show, Toni Storm bested Evie… Speaking of Evie, she and Britenay meet in a Falls Count Anywhere match on August 30 to determine the true Impact Pro Wrestling Women’s Champion. Evie was the titleholder but IPW crowned an Interim Champ in Britenay while she was away in Japan and the US. The pair have been going at it for months.

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Results

August 5: WWE Main Event (Laredo, TX) – AJ Lee b Summer Rae

August 5: Apex Pro Wrestling (Los Angeles, CA) – Terra Calaway b Sage Sin

Hikaru Shida Kaho Kobayashi Youji KawauchiAugust 6: Pro Wrestling WAVE (Tokyo, Japan) – Kana & Rina Yamashita b Cherry & Sawako Shimono; Hikaru Shida b Kaho Kobayashi; Hibiscus Mii & Tomoka Nakagawa b Moeka Haruhi & Fairy Nipponbashi and Misaki Ohata & Tsukasa Fujimoto in a 3-way; Ayako Hamada & Yuu Yamagata b Kyusei Sakura Hirota & Mika Iida; Yumi Oka b Sumire Natsu

August 6: AAA (Puebla, Mexico) – Dinastía, El Elegido, Faby Apache & Pimpinela Escarlata b Demon Rocker, Mamba, Mini Charly Manson & Taya Valkyrie

August 7: WWE (Melbourne, Australia) – Emma & Nikki Bella b Alicia Fox & Layla

August 7: WWE NXT (Winter Park, FL) – Bayley b Eva Marie

August 7: WWE Superstars (Austin, TX) – Cameron b Emma

August 7: CMLL (Guadalajara, Mexico) – Marcela & Princesa Sugehit b Amapola & La Seductora

August 8: CMLL-REINA (Saitama, Japan) – Estrellita b Kaho Kobayashi; Tetsuya Nakazato v Masaya Takahashi went to a time limit draw; Miyako Matsumoto b Haruka Kato; La Comandante & Alex Lee b Syuri & Makoto; Maki Narumiya b Silueta to win the CMLL-REINA International Junior Title

August 8: WWE (Sydney, Australia) – Emma & Nikki Bella b Alicia Fox & Layla

August 8: Westside Xtreme Wrestling (Hamburg, Germany) – Ivan Kiev & Melanie Gray b Axel Tischer & Svetlana Kalashnikova

August 8: House Of Pain: Evolution (Mansfield, England) – Nixon Newell b Violet Vendetta, Ruby Summers & Felony in a 4-way

August 8: WWE SmackDown (Laredo, TX) – Paige b Natalya

August 8: Maryland Championship Wrestling (Dundalk, MD) – Mandy Leon b Cherry Bomb

August 8: Pro Wrestling All-Stars of Detroit (Melvindale, MI) – Hudson Envy b Thunderkitty & Randi West in a 3-way

August 8: Absolute Intense Wrestling (Cleveland, OH) – Heidi Lovelace b Arik Cannon; Veda Scott b Obariyon

August 8: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Goya Kong, Marcela & Princesa Sugehit b Amapola, La Seductora & Zeuxis

August 9: WWE (Sydney, Australia) – Emma & Nikki Bella b Alicia Fox & Layla

August 9: Professional Championship Wrestling (Melbourne, Australia) – Scarlett b Vixsin

August 9: Melbourne City Wrestling (Craigieburn, Australia) – Toni Storm b Evie; Demi Bennett b Miami

August 9: Southside Wrestling (Nottingham, England) – Kay Lee Ray b Kris Travis via DQ; Kay Lee Ray b Martin Kirby to win the Southside Wrestling Speed King Championship

August 9: British Empire Wrestling (London, England) – Ayesha Ray b Nina Starr

August 9: WWE (Abbotsford, BC, Canada) – AJ Lee b Paige & Natalya in a 3-way

August 9: IWA Mid-South (New Albany, IN) – Thunderkitty b Adam Bueller; Mistress Burgandi & Mitch Page b Joseph Schwartz & Randi West; Dale Patricks b Mickie Knuckles, Tripp Cassidy, & Christian Skyfire in a 4-way

August 9: Trans-South Wrestling (Gaffney, SC) – Tessa Blanchard b Amanda Rodriguez

August 9: Ring Of Honor (Philadelphia, PA) – Sumie Sakai b Veda Scott

August 9: Lucky Pro Wrestling (Clinton, MA) – Anthony Greene & Nikki Valentine b Davienne & Cam Zagami

Heidi Lovelace Crazy Mary Dobson Ichiban DrunkAugust 9: Full Impact Pro (Orlando, FL) – Ivelisse Velez b La Rosa Negra

August 9: SMASH Wrestling (Brantford, ON, Canada) – Allysin Kay b Courtney Rush

August 9: Strong Style Wrestling (Elkhart, IN) – Heidi Lovelace b Crazy Mary Dobson

August 10: Stardom (Tokyo, Japan) – Maya b Azumi; Reo Hazuki b Koguma & Chris Wolf in a 3-way; DASH Chisako b Takumi Iroha; Kaori Yoneyama, Hatsuhinode Kamen & Tsubasa Kuragaki b Hiroyo Matsumoto, Miho Wakizawa & Mayu Iwatani to win the Artist of Stardom Championship; Nanae Takahashi & Kairi Hojo b Alpha Female & Kyoko Kimura to win the Goddesses of Stardom Championship; Yoshiko b Io Shirai to win the World of Stardom Championship

August 10: World Woman Pro Wrestling Diana (Kawasaki, Japan) – Mask De Sun b Koyuki Hayashi; Megumi Yabushita b Yuiga; Kaoru Ito b Raideen Hagane; KAORU & Mima Shimoda b Sareee & Kagetsu; Kyoko Inoue & Tomoko Watanabe b Arisa Nakajima & Keiko Aono

August 10: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – Yua Hayashi & Megumi Yabushita b Yako Fujigasaki & Mika Iida; Kayoko Haruyama b Rina Yamashita; Command Bolshoi b Rabbit Miyu; Mika Iida won a battle royal; Arisa Nakajima, Leon & Hanako Nakamori b Sachie Abe, KAZUKI & Raideen Hagane

August 10: Ice Ribbon (Hiroshima, Japan) – Aoi Kizuki b Akane Fujita; Meari Naito & Neko Nitta b 235 & Kyuri; Tsukushi b Mochi Miyagi; Tsukasa Fujimoto b Yuka; Maki Narumiya & Risa Sera b Hamuko Hoshi & Kurumi

August 10: CMLL-REINA (Tokyo, Japan) – Ariya b Haruka Kato; Cherry v Miyako Matsumoto went to a double count-out; DASH Chisako b La Silueta; Kyoko Kimura b Kaho Kobayashi; Estrellita b La Comandante; Alex Lee & Kana b Makoto & Syuri

August 10: Wrestle Rampage (Adelaide, Australia) – Jessie McKay b KC Cassidy

August 10: Pro Wrestling Kingdom (Birmingham, England) – Pete Dunne, Damian Dunne & Chris Ridgeway b Mark Andrews, Chris Brookes & Nixon Newell

August 10: Insane Championship Wrestling (Edinburgh, Scotland) – Nikki Storm b Viper

August 10: Southside Wrestling Entertainment (St Neots, England) – Kay Lee Ray b Robbie X, Jimmy Havoc & Zak Northern in a 4-way

August 10: IWA Mid-South (Clarkesville, IN) – Mickie Knuckles b Heidi Lovelace & Hudson Envy in a 3 way; Thunderkitty & Chase Matthews b Joseph Schwartz & Randi West

August 10: Alternative Wrestling Show (Hemet, CA) – El Ridiculoso, Johnny Evers & Tab Jackson b Kid Lux, Sage Sin & Young Money Chong

August 10: Pro Wrestling Eclipse (Oshawa, ON, Canada) – Xandra Bale b Addy Starr, Jewells Malone & Leah Von Dutch in a 4-way to win the PWE Flame Championship

August 10: WWE (Yakima, WA) – AJ Lee b Natalya & Paige in a 3-way

August 10: CMLL (Meixco City, Mexico) – Amapola, Dalys & Tiffany b Dark Angel, Princesa Sugehit & Skadi

August 11: WWE Raw (Portland, OR) – Eva Marie b AJ Lee

Upcoming

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

August 16: NCW Femmes Fatales XV (Montreal, QC, Canada) – Mercedes Martinez v LuFisto v Cheerleader Melissa v Courtney Rush; Missy v Kimber Lee; Vanessa Kraven v Sassy Stephie; Addy Starr & Kaitlin Diemond v Mary Lee Rose & Pink Flash Kira; Kc Spinelli v Sweet Cherrie; Portia Perez v Angie Skye v Diana Hall v Veda Scott v Mistress Belmont v Xandra Bale

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

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

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

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

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

August 17: AAA TripleMania XXII (Mexico City, Mexico) – Aerostar, Jennifer Blake, Mascarita Sagrada & Pimpinela Escarlata v Mamba, Mini Abismo Negro, Sexy Star & Súper Fly; Faby Apache v Taya Valkyrie

August 17: WWE SummerSlam (Los Angeles, CA) – Brie Bella v Stephanie McMahon; AJ Lee v Paige

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

August 22: SHINE 21 (Ybor City, FL) – Leah Von Dutch v Amazong Kong v Nevaeh v Su Yung; Ivelisse Velez v TBA; Malia Hosaka & Brandi Wine v Leva Bates & Mia Yim; Kimber Lee & Cherry Bomb v Jessie Belle Smothers & Sassy Stephie

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

September 13: Women Superstars Uncensored (Voorhees, NJ)

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

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

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

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

October 3: Family Wrestling Entertainment (Brooklyn, NY) – Ivelisse Velez & Tommy Dreamer v Candice LeRae & Joey Ryan

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

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

October 4: Family Wrestling Entertainment (Brooklyn, NY) – Maria Kanellis v Ivelisse Velez

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

Kimber LeeOctober 12: Southside Wrestling (St Neots, England) – Kimber Lee & Drew Gulak v Jim & Lee Hunter

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

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

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

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

November 23: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland)

– Lee Burton
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Yoshiko wins the World of Stardom Championship, plus two other title changes

Yoshiko OrichannextIo Shirai‘s 468 day reign as World of Stardom Champion has come to an end at the hands of Yoshiko. The 21-year old, three year pro earned the right to challenge for the promotion’s top championship by defeating Kyoko Kimura, Nanae Takahashi & Alpha Female a month ago, and ended Shirai’s reign on her eleventh defence earlier today as part of the Stardom × Stardom 2014 show at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan in front of 925 fans.

After beating Alpha Female for the title in April last year, Shirai’s first successful defence was against Yoshiko, before doing on to turn back the challenges of Kyoko Kimura, Nanae Takahashi, Natsuki*Taiyo, Cheerleader Melissa, Alpha again, Star Fire, Takumi Iroha and Meiko Satomura, as well as going to a 30 minute draw with reigning JWP Openweight Champion Arisa Nakajima.

In reality, Shirai’s reign was likely to have come to an end today as she had beaten virtually everyone who was a credible challenger to the World of Stardom belt. Yoshiko’s win means a fresh series of defences, and it should add a new perspective to the main events in the promotion.

However, Yoshiko’s victory over Shirai was not the only title change on the show. The final three matches of the card all saw switches of championships, and it started with the Artist of Stardom belts.

Tawashis‘ reign with the trios titles also came to an end as Hiroyo Matsumoto, Mayu Iwatani and Miho Wakizawa were downed by Tomodachi Mania, comprised of Hatuhinode Kamen, Kaori Yoneyama and Tsubasa Kuragaki, marking Yoneyama’s second run with the championship. It was Kaori who won the titles for her team too, as she scored the win with an inside cradle on Wakizawa.

The other title to change hands was the Goddesses of Stardom Championship, as Monster-gun tandem Alpha Female and Kyoko Kimura dropped the straps to Nanae Takahashi & Kairi Hojo, courtesy of a Kairi Sliding D on Alpha. Both Takahashi and Hojo have held the doubles titles before but with separate partners – Hojo held the belts with Natsumi Showzuki, while Takahashi’s reign with Miho Wakizawa came to an end earlier this year at the hands of Alpha and Kimura.

Photo by Orichan