Paige stripped of NXT Women’s Championship; title tournament announced

PaigeAfter winning the WWE Divas Championship on the April 7 episode of Raw, Paige not only became the youngest titleholder in the division’s history, but became the only woman to hold both the Divas and NXT Women’s Championships at the same time. However, that could not last, as NXT General Manager John Bradshaw Layfield stripped the 21-year old of the NXT strap on last night’s show in a segment which was presumably filmed on Monday and slotted into the pre-taped broadcast. He also announced that a tournament would take place to determine a new champion.

While it seems ridiculous that the first titleholder would lose the belt without being beaten for it and have another tournament to crown a new champion, it makes sense for Paige’s progression on the main roster. To conceivably be beaten for the belt would put over the winner, who can claim they beat the reigning Divas Champion, it doesn’t help Paige’s credibility and cheapens the Divas Championship. It’s a tough situation for NXT to be in, but WWE made the right move to protect the Briton and the Divas Title.

The tournament quarter-final and semi-final matches took place during last night’s tapings at Full Sail University in Winter Park, FL ahead of the next live NXT special entitled Takeover, taking place on May 29. The Wrestling Observer has the results for the next few weeks, which we will place after the jump – so if you don’t want to know what’s coming up, stop reading here. Read the rest of this page »

Kellie Skater has had a fractured foot for three months

Kellie Skater Kristine RoperLiving up to her nickname of Rate Tank, Kellie Skater has been wrestling with a fractured bone in her foot since the end of January.

The injury occurred in a six-woman tag team match for Stardom - five days before her WRESTLE-1 match against Hiroyo Matsumoto, which we posted on the site a couple of months ago. At the time, she told Ringbelles that it felt “messed up”, and that match was the first exertion on it since it started causing her pain, though she probably had no idea how badly damaged it was. Read the rest of this page »

Ringbelles Roundup (22 April 2014) – Wild and Yung, SHINE hit and run, plus more

Su Yung Saraya Knight Serena Deeb April Hunter Allysin Kay Slammin Ladies“You’re going to die.”

No lie – that was the first thing Su Yung said to me when I met her about 18 months ago. She looked me square in the eyes and said it without the slightest hint of a joke. She is certainly a unique personality, bordering on being a wonderful kook – a kook who has been working away for the last four years for a moment where a prominent promotion would pull the trigger on her and see what she is capable of. SHINE pulled that trigger last Friday, when she turned heel and aligned herself with the new incarnation of Valkyrie comprised of she, Serena Deeb, April Hunter and Allysin Kay – though apparently no Taylor Made for reasons which aren’t explicit yet, but will likely be addressed. Read the rest of this page »

The Soap Box: Total turn-off

SoapboxWelcome to a new interactive feature for Ringbelles – a chance to sound off on any topic to do with women’s wrestling… and this is something you can be a part of.

The Soap Box is a forum to have your say on promotions, wrestlers, matches, storylines, countries, titles, shows – essentially, anything that you want to speak out about. We want to offer a place for your thoughts, and open up the discussion to anyone who wants to comment about it. You can let us know your opinions on the posts in the comments section, or you may want to offer a different slant with a Soap Box post of your own.

You can find out how to join in below, but to kick us off here is former wrestler Becky James to talk about her feelings on the substance of Total Divas – or the lack of it. The views posted in The Soap Box do not necessarily represent or are shared by Ringbelles… Read the rest of this page »

NCW:FF – Femmes Fatales XIV results

Tonight from their new Centre LGH venue in Montreal, Quebec, NCW:Femmes Fatales presented Femmes Fatales XIV, headlined by a double main event of Courtney Rush vs Cheerleader Melissa in a #1 Contender Match for the FF Title, while that very same championship was up for grabs in a four way match, as Champion Mercedes Martinez put the belt on the line against three first time challengers – Leah Von Dutch, Missy and Midianne! For full results of the show, which also included Nikki Storm‘s Quebec debut vs LuFisto and a rare Cat Power appearance, click through after the jump! Read the rest of this page »

SHINE 18 live results – Ivelisse defends against Saraya; Martinez/Deeb steal the show; Havok hit by a car

Saraya playing at SHINE 18It’s a final one-two punch for the Spring version of Female Fight Season over the next two evenings as SHINE Wrestling presents SHINE 18 live on iPPV tonight, and up in Montreal, NCW:Femmes Fatales presents Femmes Fatales XIV tomorrow. With SHINE being live (and available on VOD shortly after), we certainly encourage you to go to and get your order in for a pretty stacked card, but if you’re not able to watch live, we’ll have live updates in this post.

Given that it’s a week after SHIMMER Vols 63-66, and a lot of the import talent for those shows are still in the US, there’s a different feel to this show, with long term SHINE feuds like Allysin Kay vs Jessicka Havok (who will be colliding in a possibly show-stealing Ybor City Street Fight) sit alongside matches that, while they don’t have the buildup, may be once-in-a-lifetime style matches – such as the main event, where Ivelisse defends her SHINE Championship against former SHIMMER Champion Saraya Knight, or the intriguing matchup between Amazing Kong and the “Galaxy Famous” Nikki Storm. There’s also a SHINE Tag Title defence on the card, though the exact opponents for the Lucha Sisters has yet to be announced, following Madison Eagles‘ injury last weekend. As of this moment, SHINE’s website lists the challengers simply as Evie & TBD. Join us after the cut for results as they come in. Read the rest of this page »

Ringbelles Retro: Wendi Richter in a steel cage

Wendi Richter Heidi Lee MorganAfter Wendi Richter was screwed out of the World Wrestling Federation Women’s Championship in November 1985, she went straight to the locker room, grabbed her bag and left without changing out of her gear. She caught a taxi from outside Madison Square Garden in New York City and disappeared into the night, and wasn’t seen on WWF/E TV until her induction in the Hall of Fame in 2010.

Richter didn’t disappear from wrestling though. She wrestled in Puerto Rico for the World Wrestling Council, competed in Japan and also enjoyed bookings in domestic promotions like the American Wrestling Association, and the National Wrestling Federation – which is from where this Retro emanates.

In this contest from June 20, 1987, Richter defends her NWF Women’s Championship against Heidi Lee Morgan – whose highest profile work was in the WWF in 1993 where she was defeated in the finals of the Women’s Title tournament, won by Alundra Blayze. The match also takes place in a steel cage – and for some extra nostalgia, the competitors are announced to the ring by the classic tones of Gary Michael Capetta. Read the rest of this page »

Paige to defend the Divas Title against Tamina Snuka

Tamina Snuka PaigeAfter winning the WWE Divas Championship from AJ Lee in her debut match on April 7, we now know who Paige‘s first challenger for her newly-won title will be.  It’s AJ’s bodyguard Tamina Snuka, who earned the number one contender status by winning a battle royal on last night’s episode of Main Event, and the pair will face each other at the Extreme Rules special event (WWE has done away with the term pay-per-view since the launch of the Network) on May 4.

Tamina was dominant in the match, eliminating Nikki Bella, Naomi, Cameron, Alicia Fox, Brie Bella and Natalya to get the victory – the last of whom was sent packing with a big superkick.  Conspicuous by her absence was former titleholder AJ Lee, who PWInsider reports is taking some time off from the promotion and there is no word on how long she will be gone.  In fairness, it’s fine that she keeps out of the way for now as it means that some other faces can step to the forefront in the Divas division, and it should be a lot stronger when she resurfaces.

The fact that AJ’s bodyguard is getting the first title shot is interesting, as it could create a tense situation if Snuka is holding the belt when the former champion returns.  The match also gives Tamina the chance to step out of being AJ’s hired help and puts her firmly in the spotlight instead – though there are variables to consider. Read the rest of this page »

Knockouts Title match announced for Sacrifice

Angelina Love Madison RayneAfter winning a 4-way match on last week’s Impact Wrestling, it has been announced that Angelina Love will challenge Madison Rayne for the TNA Knockouts Championship on the Sacrifice PPV on April 27.

The pair have been on a collision course since Love’s return to the promotion on the March 13 episode of Impact following a year and a half on the indies. She started with trying to reform the Beautiful People with an originally-retiscent Velvet Sky, though she agreed to it the following week. Rayne was invited into the fold to complete the Mi Pi Sexy triumvirate, but it was done in a condescending way, which caused Madison to decline the offer – something which Love didn’t take very well as she attacked the Knockouts Champion later in the episode. Read the rest of this page »

Ringbelles Roundup (15 April 2014) – SHIMMER, SHINE, Femmes Fatales and a new writer

SHIMMER rosterI have experienced the buzz you feel after a SHIMMER weekend on a number of occasions, though recently I have been following the enthusiasm from fans in a more remote sense. While the festivities were ongoing in Berwyn, IL on Saturday and Sunday, I was at home in the UK keeping up with results and reaction, and for the most part, everyone was buzzing so much that Chicago could have experienced a very unlikely earthquake.

With volume 63 being called one of the best shows in the promotion’s history and the Tag Team Championship match on the following volume being described as one of the greatest in the company’s seven and a half years. So many wrestlers – be they new faces or long-running stars – impressed and improved their standing that it’s tough to start.

Stew was there to watch the shows and is writing up thoughts for each taping – he’s still got two to do but is in the process of flying home and has been struck down with the dreaded SHIMvirus so we may have to wait a little longer for reactions to volumes 65 and 66 (though you can see the results and thoughts for 63-64 here), but he sent through some overall thoughts on who did well: Read the rest of this page »