Ringbelles Roundup (01 March 2011)
The Big News
“The true definition of madness is repeating the same action, over and over, hoping for a different result.”
Without even the slightest hint of irony, Jeff Jarrett used that quote from Albert Einstein on his Twitter. For anyone who may not understand the hilarity based on current events, let’s go back in time:
Last October, Jersey Shore star J-Woww did a one-shot deal for TNA which actually clashed with a new Jersey Shore episode when it was aired, garnered little media attention and cost thousands of dollars. Having not learned their lesson, TMZ reported this last Thursday:
“Former Jersey Shore castmate Angelina Pivarnick is officially returning to TV next month … but there’s also good news — she’ll be in a wrestling ring! So… she could catch a beating and stuff. Sources close to Angelina tells us after a month of negotiations she finally signed a contract with TNA Wrestling earlier this week. We’re told the “Staten Island Dump” will make her debut in a tag team match involving TNA’s Snooki-a-like… Cookie.”
Removing the element of surprise about her two week appearance, TNA even described that Pivarnick will call out J-Woww on this week’s live episode of Impact for a fight. At least we know what we’ll be missing while we fast-forward it.
Like with J-Woww, we expect this to receive virtually no major media attention, cost TNA money and be forgotten about by everyone except the Knockouts, who will wonder why precious TV time was wasted on this debacle.
And as an added piece of amusement, Pivarnick admitted to downing a cocktail and taking an energy pill before wrestling. So her debut was in an “altered state”. Way to go, TNA.
European-focussed women’s wrestling promotion Pro Wrestling: EVE has revealed how its championship tournament will work for April 8 in Norwich and April 9 in Sudbury… and it’s not your typical single elimination tournament fare. So bear with us, as this may need a little explaining.
The first round features six matches – five of them are four way contests with the sixth being a battle royal involving the 15 women who do not win, giving them a second chance at making it through to round 2. From there, we enter into three quarter-final contests, then two semi-finals (one of which we already know involves Jetta) – and a final.The EVE website has filled us in on the participants in two of the five four-way contests set for April 8. One match will involve Sweet Saraya and Amazon of the WAW Gym, Nikki Storm of the European Empire and Rhia O’Reilly (who has no gym affiliation after splitting with Team Storm partner Becky James, who isn’t booked for the tournament as of press time).
The other match announced is comprised of Britani Knight of the WAW Gym, former tag team partner Melodi, who has no gym affiliation – Jenny Sjodin from the European Empire and a mystery fourth participant, who has been included against the wishes of EVE management, and will not be announced until match-time, giving said participant a distinct advantage against her opponents.
In some ways, the setup (and inclusion of a losers’ bracket) is reminiscent of the IWA: Mid South Ted Petty Invitational events, or the Queen Of The Deathmatches tournaments – of which you can get a flavour by buying the second half of the Pride and Passion set from Highspots.
Add another tag team to the mix for the upcoming SHIMMER tapings on March 26-27. Allison Danger and Leva Bates will be forming a tandem called Regeneration X, based on their shared love for TV show Doctor Who. Said Danger on her Twitter: “I am stoked about joining forces with Bates as we both feel the tag team division needs to be shaken (not stirred) up. Be ready when Regeneration X storms the Eagles Club on March 26th & 27th. It’s gonna be total NERDGASM!”
It means that there are a slew of teams coming for the Canadian Ninjas and their tag team championships, including 3S, the Knight Dynasty, Rachel and Jessica’s Excellent Tag Team and Pretty Bitchin’.
Former WWF Diva Terri “Tori” Poch makes her return to any form of wrestling-related media for close to a decade on May 7, when she appears at the Legends Of The Ring fan signing event at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Monroe, NJ.
Now 43, Poch hasn’t been involved in the wrestling business since being released from her WWF contract in late 2001. She had been off regular WWF TV since January of that year, but was one of the original Tough Enough trainers – though she was let go before the show’s finale and didn’t appear in the final episode.
In her previous guise, Poch – as Terri Power – competed in LPWA and was the company’s final champion before it went under in 1992, and wrestled in All Japan Women the following year. She took a sabbatical from the ring for 6 years before appearing in the WWF as then-Women’s Champion Sable’s obsessed fan Tori, and being defeated by her “idol” at WrestleMania XV. She turned heel later that year, leaving her boyfriend Kane to align herself with X-Pac and D-Generation X – vanishing in mid-2000 to have surgery. Tori returned in January 2001 as a mystery ninja who helped Raven retain his Hardcore Title.
The best of the rest
Mickie James apparently upset some of her TNA colleagues by praising The Rock’s return to WWE two weeks ago… On a similar note, Tara praised Trish Stratus’ return at Elimination Chamber… According to Lords Of Pain, one TNA source described Isis The Amazon’s tryout two weeks ago as “terrible”, but hasn’t ruled out further bookings for her, due to her height… World-1 Tag Team Champions Harajuku Masume (Roxie Cotton and Sumie Sakai) will defend the belts at the Pro Wrestling SUN show in Jackson, NJ on March 20… Congratulations to Jillian Hall, who announced that she was 12 weeks pregnant – she already has an 11-year old daughter. As a result, she has removed herself from the DivaMania tour with Maria Kanellis and Taryn Terrell – a replacement will be announced soon… Condolences to Candice Michelle, who suffered a miscarriage… The Bella Twins are SO much better as heels… Angelina Love will appear in the next Dark Rising project. It’s an independent horror/comedy film series in Canada… Since being released from TNA, Chelsea is now appearing on a show on FUEL TV called the College Experiment under her real name of Alison Skipper… Katarina “Winter” Waters is now a member of the WILD Wrestling roster. Her first opponent in the promotion will be Tabitha Buck on March 25… Add Melanie Cruise to the SHIMMER roster for later this month. She’s been on an impressive winning streak as of late… Have you seen how busy March is for women’s wrestling? Femmes Fatales, SUN, SHIMMER, WILD, WSU, ACW, ArenaChicks and more. Check out the Upcoming section to see if any of it is near where you live… Jerry Lawler (61) is apparently dating FCW trainee Su “Sonia” Yung (21)… The three way WSU Tag Team Championship match at the 4th Anniversary iPPV on Saturday between The Belle Saints, Amy Lee & Cindy Rogers and The Soul Sisters may be up in the air after Tina San Antonio twisted her ankle and tore a ligament by slipping on a wet staircase in heels. She has been told to rest for 2-3 weeks, though she’s seeking a second opinion today… Kelly Kelly’s tongue-in-cheek interview with Cleveland.com was cut short by a WWE handler after the interviewer asked if the Divas were afraid of bursting an implant while wrestling… Dixie Carter’s Twitter was flooded with negative comments after that 3/3/11 promo on last Thursday’s Impact… Vickie Guerrero’s been “fired” as a result of losing to Edge and Kelly Kelly on last week’s SmackDown. Considering how awesome she is, it’s doubtful that she will be gone for long… A belated congratulations to ChickFight VIII winner, the Croatian Panther Wesna Busic, who became a mother for the first time just before Christmas… Layla and The Miz are slated to be part of a movie called Stainless Steel. The production company is he same one that brought you the Twilight saga and double-Razzie winner The Hottie And The Nottie, and is due for release next year… NCW: Femmes Fatales may not have presented their fifth show yet, but the sixth date has already been announced for June 4… Britain’s Faith Lehaine and Americans The Great Cheyenne and Melissa Coates wrestled a triple threat in front of 18,800 fans in Kathmandu, Nepal last Saturday, with Coates winning. They’ll have a rematch in Pokahara on Friday…
All Star Wrestling (23/02, Skegness, UK) – Liberty b. Britani Knight
TNA (24/02, Orlando, FL) – Madison Rayne b. ODB
WAVE (25/02, Yokohama, Japan) – Sawako Shimotsuke vs. Kaori Yoneyama went to a 10 minute time limit draw; Kayoko Haruyama b. Moeka Haruhi; Toshie Uematsu vs. Leon went to a 10 minute time limit draw; GAMI b. Command Bolshoi; Tsubasa Kuragaki b. Yumi Ohka; GAMI, Toshie Uematsu, Sawako Shimotsuke, Kayoko Haruyama & Tsubasa Kuragaki b. Kaori Yoneyama, Moeka Haruhi, Leon, Command Bolshoi & Yumi Ohka
19 Pro (25/02) – Hikaru Shida drew with Remi Nagano (5:00 time limit); Chii Tomiya & Emi Sakura b. Tsukasa Fujimoto & Mochi Miyagi
SMASH (25/02, Tokyo, Japan) – Kana, Mio & Io Shirai b. TAJIRI, Yoshiyaki Yago & Ken Ohka; Syuri b. Lin Byron.
WWE (25/02, Sacramento, CA) – Edge & Kelly Kelly b. Drew McIntyre & Vickie Guerrero
WILD Wrestling (25/02, Chino, CA) – Aiden Riley b. Tabitha Buck
ECCW (25/02, Surrey, BC, Canada) – Veronika Vice b. Tenille Tayla; Nicole Matthews b. KC Spinelli to retain the Supergirls title
Ice Ribbon (26/02, Saitama, Japan) – Chii Tomiya b. Meari Naito; Riho & Makoto b. Mochi Miyagi & Kurumi; Hiakru Shida b. Tsukushi; Emi Sakura & Ray b. Tsukasa Fujimoto & Hikari Minami
Professional Wrestling Entertainment Championship Nepal (26/02, Kathmandu, Nepal) Melissa Coates b. Faith Lehaine & The Great Cheyenne
ROH (26/02, Chicago, IL) – Sara Del Rey b. MsChif
SWA (26/02, Glasgow, Scotland) – Sara-Marie Taylor b. Nikki Storm
POWW (26/02, Elk Grove Village, IL) – Nikki b Melanie Cruise
CLASH Wrestling (26/02, Taylor, MI) – Arella Angel b. Sassy Stephie; Dave Manzo b. Tommy Treznik, Mena Libra, Tyler Elkins, Shark Boy, & Cameron Skyy
WrestleZone (26/02, Aberdeen, Scotland) – Kay Lee Ray b Carmel Jacob
NBW-Southside (27/02, St Neots, UK) – Britani Knight b. Sweet Saraya
WAW (27/02, Dereham, UK) – Destiny b. Liberty
Futureshock 49 (27/02, Stockport , UK) – Team Blossom b. Charlotte Quinn and The Artiste Formerly Known As Becky James
WWE (28/02, Buffalo, NY) – Bria Bella b. Alicia Fox, Melina, Natalya, Maryse, Gail Kim, Nikki Bella and Tamina in a battle royal
March 4: PWA (Liverpool, NSW, Australia) – Jessie McKay v KC Cassidy
March 5: WSU (Union City, NJ) – iPPV with WSU Champion Mercedes Martinez v Serena Deeb; Spirit Champion Brittney Savage v Sassy Stephie; Uncensored Rules – Tag Team Champions Belle Saints vs Amy Lee/Cindy Rogers vs Soul Sisters; Alicia vs Jazz; Jessicka Havok vs Rain; April Hunter & ??? vs The Boston Shore; Jennifer Cruz vs Jamilia Craft; Nikki Roxx vs Niya; Kristin Astara vs Allisyn Kay; ??? vs Brittney Force; Leva Bates v Athena
March 12: ACW (St Louis, MO) – Rachel and Jessica’s Excellent Tag Team v MsChif and Daizee Haze v Portia Perez and Electro
March 12: NCW: Femmes Fatales (Montreal, Quebec) – LuFisto v Ayako Hamada; Kalamity v Mercedes Martinez; Mary Lee Rose v She Nay Nay v Cherry Bomb v Cheerleader Melissa; Cat Power v PJ Tyler; Anna Minoushka v Mistress Belmont; La Parfaite Caroline v Karen Brooks; Anastasia Ivy v Allison Danger; Kellie Skater v Sweet Cherrie
March 12: CHIKARA (Williamsport, PA) – Madison Eagles v Toshie Uematsu
March 13: CHIKARA (Brooklyn, NY) – Sara Del Rey v Toshie Uematsu
March 19: POWW (Fox Lake, IL) – Melanie Cruise v Serena Deeb
March 19: CLASH Wrestling (Bloomington, IN) – Mena Libra v William J. O’Malley
March 19: TUW (Thetford-Mines, Quebec, Canada) – LuFisto v Anastasia Ivy v Kira v Milouu
March 19: CWF/ArenaChicks (Burlington, NC) – Kellie Skater v Mia Svensson
March 20: Pro Wrestling SUN (Jackson, NJ) – Allison Danger v Madison Eagles; Mia Svensson v Mia Yim; Sara Del Rey v Mercedes Martinez v Kellie Skater
March 21: Ice Ribbon (Tokyo, Japan) – Syuri v Hikaru Shida
March 25: AIW (Lakewood, OH) – Jessicka Havok v Super Oprah
March 25: WILD Wrestling (Chino, CA) – Winter v Tabitha Buck
March 26-27: SHIMMER: Women Athletes (Berwyn, IL) – 4 DVD tapings featuring SHIMMER Champion Madison Eagles, Tag Team Champions the Canadian Ninjas, Serena Deeb, Daizee Haze, Sara Del Rey, Cheerleader Melissa, Hiroyo Matsumoto, Misaki Ohata, Britani Knight and Sweet Saraya
April 8-9: Pro Wrestling: EVE (Norwich, UK (April 8) and Sudbury UK (April 9)) – A two night tournament to determine the first ever PW:EVE Champion featuring Britani Knight, Sweet Saraya, Jetta (April 9 only), Nikki Storm, Jenny Sjodin, Rhia O’Reilly and the debuting Kay Lee Ray
April 15-17: CHIKARA King Of Trios (Philadelphia, PA) – featuring Manami Toyota
April 25: JCW (St Ambroise, Quebec, Canada) – LuFisto v La Parfaite Caroline
May 14: EWW (Hastings, UK) – featuring Skarlett and Rhia O’Reilly
June 4: NCW: Femmes Fatales (Location TBA)
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