The Big News
Daffney is no longer a part of TNA – she issued a statement to Diva Dirt informing us of the situation:
Yesterday my picture was taken down off of the TNA roster page. My contract expires today and TNA did not renew it. I do not know if it has anything to do with it, but I’ve make a Worker’s Comp against them claim due to injuries I’ve sustained in the ring and my lawyers said to not go into anymore details.
Daffney hasn’t been seen in TNA in 2011. She is slated to appear at Anarchy Championship Wrestling Queen Of Queens on June 26 in Live Oak, TX and at a number of signing appearances over the next few months. Check out the We Want Daffney Facebook page to see if there is one near to you.
This situation does add some credence to this article though, which claims that working conditions in TNA are poor, and that you had better hope you never get hurt under a TNA contract, or you’ll be in trouble:
Angelina Love (who, as leader of The Beautiful People, has been one of company’s established ratings draws for years now) noted in a 2009 interview that she had suffered a very serious concussion at the TNA Lockdown PPV that had just taken place. (This was the in the triple threat cage match with Awesome Kong and Taylor Wilde for the TNA women’s championship, in which Love landed wrong, hit her head and was completely out of it for the rest of the match. With things quickly turning into a shambles, Taylor then improvised a finish on the fly, so Love could win the Knockouts title as scripted. Despite the quick-thinking Taylor’s best efforts, the finish still looked awful: Love could barely do anything, and even standing and smiling with the title at the end seemed beyond her.) Love herself confirms this in the interview: “I was pretty much carried by four security guards to the trainer’s office. I was completely blacked out. I don’t even remember winning.” The interviewer then notes that TNA put her in a match two days later. Love, who has a history of suffering bad concussions, confirmed this, as well as noting: “You’ve got to make a living, so I was doing indie shows about 5 days later. It probably wasn’t too safe…” This story threw up several troubling questions in my mind: Why did TNA put her in a match so soon after what was a fairly serious head injury? What doctor in their right mind told her to get back in the ring just two days after suffering such a severe concussion? Did she even go see a doctor? Could she have afforded to see one?
Either way, we wish Daffney a speedy recovery, and good health and fortune for the future. For someone who gave their body to TNA and allowed herself to be put through tables and thumbtacks for our entertainment, she deserves some good fortune.
LuFisto described it as a “dream come true” – a year after they were originally scheduled to wrestle back on February 10, 2010 in the main event of Femmes Fatales II, the Super Hardcore Anime finally got the chance to take on Ayako Hamada at NCW: Femmes Fatales V last Saturday in Montreal. The two engaged in what’s been described a classic encounter over the Femmes Fatales Championship which saw LuFisto retain the title with a Burning Hammer.
Other notable results include Mercedes Martinez beating Kalamity, and Courntney Rush (the former PJ Tyler) defeating Cat Power in a Combat De Rue in what Power later informed us would be her last match. The Windsor, Ontario native is looking to go back to school and is also looking to continue her boxing training. Stew and I talked to Cat last week as part of the Women Of Wrestling Podcast – her final interview as an active wrestler. We at Ringbelles wish her nothing but the best for the future.
Femmes Fatales VI will take place in Montreal on June 4, with SHIMMER Champion Madison Eagles announced for the show, and a challenge by the Canadian Ninjas (Portia Perez and Nicole Matthews) towards Cheerleader Melissa and a partner of her choosing.
The promotion will also be getting its philanthropic head on for the show, with $3 from every ticket sold being donated to the Heart and Stroke Foundation – something that LuFisto feels strongly about considering her own physical ailments suffered over the past year. In April, she suffered a mild stroke, and has also been diagnosed with a hole in her heart which she will receive surgery for in the spring.
Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi will team with Trish Stratus and John Morrison against LayCool and Dolph Ziggler at WrestleMania XXVII on April 3 after Snooki got involved after Vickie Guerrero beat Stratus on this week’s WWE Raw. Polizzi took down Layla with a Thesz press – which didn’t look too bad – but I really don’t think she should be acting like Billy Big-Bollocks, thinking she can hold her own against wrestlers in a wrestling ring. If she is crafty in the match, that’s fair enough – but she shouldn’t be beating up LayCool as part of the contest, as it harms McCool and Layla’s credibility moving forward.
You can read more about Snooki – as well as see a short video of the post-match goings-on after Guerrero v Stratus – by clicking here.
Just after the last edition of the Roundup was uploaded, we received news that WWE had signed a number of female wrestlers to WWE developmental deals – the most high-profile being 22-year old Tenille Tayla, an Australian graduate of Lance Storm’s Wrestling Academy who set herself up in Canada, wrestling primarily for Extreme Canadian Championship Wrestling and SHIMMER.
Melbourne’s Tenille Dashwood started training at the age of 13, just a couple of years after getting into wrestling through her brother’s watching of WCW Monday Nitro. She trained for about two years before eventually dislocating her shoulder, and had to be content with setting up the ring and other admin duties. She travelled to Calgary to be trained by Storm in May 2008 and became his second female graduate – Wales’ Becky James was the first – before returning to Australia to wrestle for PWA Queensland and PWWA. Tenille was then spotted by Sara Del Rey, who recommended her to SHIMMER promoter Dave Prazak, who brought her in for the May 2009 set of tapings and debuted with a loss against Amber O’Neal on Volume 23.
Tayla relocated to Canada after receiving a two year work permit, though that expires this year – WWE should sort her out a new one in double-quick time though.
Fellow Storm graduate Irina Janjic was also signed to WWE at the tryouts – like Tenille, the Bosnian-born grappler was raised in Australia before making her way to North America. All the best to both of them.
There were claims that Cherry Bomb had been signed too, but those turned out to be untrue. She had been at the same audition camp as Irina and Tayla, but was not offered a deal. She has previously appeared on WWE TV in a segment with Goldust.
Jim Ross was asked about whether the signing of Tenille – a beautiful woman wrestler as opposed to a beautiful woman who they then hope they can turn into a wrestler – indicated a change from the standpoint that if a woman can’t be in Playboy, she isn’t right to be a WWE Diva. His response:
“I really don’t know their direction as it relates to the women they hire other than they generally want them to be beautiful and athletic. Time will tell if WWE is changing or tweaking their hiring philosophy regarding their Divas. I just don’t know.”
With WWE also signing Amazing Kong (still yet to debut), there may be some validity to the question, but like JR says, it’s a waiting game – after all, it seems their mind changes on a regular basis, so we’ll see.
However, old habits do die hard – WWE has also signed model Brandi Alexis Reed. I suppose that we shouldn’t pre-judge.
Controversial, outspoken, divisive – these words can all be used to describe Tammy Lynn Sytch. And she has gone public via her Facebook to address the critics of her induction into the WWE Hall Of Fame announced last week.
“It’s so funny…people whom I thought were my friends in this business I haven’t heard a peep from regarding my induction…and those whom I never knew were good friends have messaged me and/or texted me. HMMMMM can you say ‘jealous much?” Isn’t it ironic…..”
Sytch also aimed her attention at wrestling sites – such as this one, I guess, though we weren’t officially open when she spoke out, so I think we’re safe – who claimed she wasn’t deserving of an HOF spot:
“I find it HYSTERICAL that internet wrestling websites who are currently bashing me for my induction, are also the ones who are contacting my agent/webmaster for INTERVIEWS!!!! You guys are so pathetic!! You actually think I need your press?? Monday night’s press was good enough! A**holes……”
This should probably tell you that a Women Of Wrestling Podcast with Sunny won’t be happening for a while yet.
There’s no point moaning about her induction though – while WWE’s Hall Of Fame has such “luminaries” as James Dudley and Pete Rose in there but is missing Bruno Sammartino, and has a voting committee of just one, it can’t be taken too seriously.
The best of the rest
Sexy Star told a Mexican website that she believes luchadoras are just as beautiful as any WWE Diva – she was reportedly denied a WWE developmental deal for not being pretty enough… Hiroyo Matsumoto, Ayumi Kurihara and Tomoka Nakagawa will all be appearing for Ring Of Honor in Atlanta over WrestleMania weekend… Puerto Rican wrestler Juliet The Huntress (Ivelisse Velez) has been revealed as a participant in Tough Enough – she was featured as a whipping girl in a promo video for Wesna Busic and Melanie Cruise on SHIMMER volume 24. Former FCW diva and Alicia Fox’s sister Christina Crawford’s on the show too… Brooke Adams, AKA Miss Tessmacher appears to have recovered from the jaw injury she suffered on Christmas. She worked a bikini contest in Texas… Melina ended up getting barred from the Skybar in Los Angeles while out celebrating her birthday last Wednesday… A group of WWE Divas have been filming the Nickelodeon game show Brainsurge… Harajuku Masume (Roxie Cotton & Sumie Sakai) will defend their World-1 Tag Team Titles against two of Cotton’s former partners – Marti Belle and Annie Social… No joshi wrestlers appear to have been hurt in Friday’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan. 19 O’Clock Girls’ Pro Wrestling, Ice Ribbon and Jewel cancelled their shows though… Angelina Love posted a picture on Facebook holding up a bag of crisps and with a sandwich to her mouth to combat rumours that she had an eating disorder… Another Pro Wrestling: EVE 1st round 4-way match has been announced for the title tournament on April 8-9 in Norwich and Sudbury – it features Alpha Female, Carmel Jacob, Kay Lee Ray and Em Jay… Britani Knight defeated Sweet Saraya on Friday to regain the HEW Women’s Championship to add to her WAW, RQW and GSW titles… Taryn Terrell’s deleted her Twitter after posting up screencaps of texts between Chavo Guerrero and her husband Drew allegedly talking about sleeping with ringrats… Seven thousand dollars on Angelina Pivarnick and she garnered the lowest rating of last week’s Impact (1.12) as part of her trios tag team match… FCW has a new interviewer called Haley Turner… Joshi promotion WAVE has been picked up by the V*Paradise TV station – their 1 hour weekly show will start in May… Congratulations to Jennifer Blake, who – along with Alan Stone – won AAA’s World Mixed Tag Team Championship… Sassy Stephie and Mia Yim have been added to the SHIMMER roster for the DVD tapings on March 26-27… Cheerleader Melissa will return to TNA for a one-night deal as Alissa Flash on Impact this week.
March 9: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Chii Tomiya b. Aoi Ishibashi; Hikari Minami & Yoneyamakao Lee b. Mochi Miyagi & Ken Ohka; Makoto went to a time-limit draw with Makoto Oishi; Emi Sakura & Ray b. Tsukasa Fujimoto & Miyako Matsumoto
March 9: WAVE (Tokyo, Japan) – Kana b. Sawako Shimotsuke; Toshie Uematsu & Cherry b. Ryo Mizunami & Aya Yuki; Moeka Haruhi & Sakura Hirota b. Mio & Io Shirai; Hirota b. Mio; Yumi Ohka, Bambi & Misaki Ohata b. GAMI, Ayumi Kurihara & Kaget
March 10: TNA (Fayettevill, NC) – Madison Rayne b. Roxxi; Angelina Love, Velvet Sky & Winter b. Sarita, Cookie & Angelina Pivarnick
March 10: WWE – Great Khali, Mark Henry & Natalya b. Tyson Kidd, Willian Regal and Melina
March 11: WWE (Houston, TX) – Layla b. Kaitlyn
March 11: Herts and Essex Wrestling (Harlow, UK) – Britani Knight b. Sweet Saraya
March 11: Big Time Wrestling (Newark, CA) – Davina Rose b Lucky O’Shea
March 12: World League Wrestling (Eldon, MO) – Lucy Mendez b Stacy O’Brien
March 12: Millennium Pro Wrestling (Simi Valley, CA) – New York Knockout Nikki b Amanda
March 12: Anarchy Championship Wrestling (St Louis, MO) – Lady Poison b Athena; Rachel Summerlyn & Jessica James won a three-way over The DEinvention of Portia Perez & Super Electro and MsChif & Daizee Haze
March 12: AAW (Berwyn, IL) – Mena Libra b. Nevaeh
March 12: NCW: Femmes Fatales (Montreal, Quebec) – The Sherbrooke Connection (Kira & Loue) b. Missy & Xorphia Vexx; Angie Skye b. Xandra Bale; Sweet Cherrie b. Kellie Skater; Allison Danger b. Anastasia Ivy; La Parfaite Caroline b. Karen Brooks; Cheerleader Melissa b. Mary Lee Rose & She Nay Nay; Courtney Rush b. Cat Power; Anna Minoushka b. Mistress Belmont; Mercedes Martinez b. Kalamity; LuFisto b. Ayako Hamada
March 12: Herts and Essex Wrestling (Takely, UK) – Britani Knight b. Amazon
March 12: Ohio Championship Wrestling (Rittman , OH) – Sassy Stephie b. Jessicka Havok
March 12: CHIKARA (Williamsport, PA) – Mike Quackenbush, Frightmare & Hallowicked b. Sara Del Rey, Tim Donst & Claudio Castagnoli; Toshie Uematsu b. Madison Eagles
March: World Association of Wrestling (Canvey Island, UK) – Britani Knight b. Sweet Saraya
March 13: CHIKARA (Brooklyn, NY) – Sara Del Rey b. Toshie Uematsu
March 13: TNA Victory Road (Orlando, FL) – Sarita & Rosita b. Angelina Love & Winter
March 13: AAA (Morelia, Mexico) – Alan Stone & Jennifer Blake b. Fabi Apache & Pimpinela Escarlata
March 14: WWE (St Louis, MO) – Vickie Guerrero b. Trish Stratus
March 19: Purely Obsessed Wrestling World (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; Sumie Sakai & Roxie Cotton v Annie Social & Marti Belle
March 20: Anarchy Championship Wrestling (Live Oak, TX) – Lady Poison v Claudia Del Solis
March 21: Ice Ribbon (Tokyo, Japan) – Syuri v Hikaru Shida; Makoto v Taka Michinoku; Tsasuka Fujimoto v Ray
March 25: Absolute Intense Wrestling (Lakewood, OH) – Jessicka Havok v Super Oprah
March 25: WILD Wrestling (Chino, CA) – Winter v Tabitha Buck
March 26: Funking Conservatory (Ocala, FL) – Mickie James v Claudia Reiff
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 2: Women Superstars Uncensored J-Cup (Kearny, NJ) – Mercedes Martinez v Ariel; Alicia v Jessica Havok; Tournament quarter finals: Brittney Savage v Cindy Rogers; Sassy Stephie v Jennifer Cruz; Tina San Antonio v Jamilia Craft; Marti Belle v Jana
April 2: Women Superstars Uncensored King And Queen Of The Ring (Kearny, NJ) – Belle Saints v Boston Shore; Brittney Savage v Rick Cataldo; Tournament quarter finals: Mercedes Martinez & Bison Bravado v Julio Dinero & Cindy Rogers; Alicia & Kenny Dykstra v Jana & Nicky Oceans; Frightmare & Jamilia Craft v Sassy Stephanie & JD Smoothie; Jessicka Havok & Corey Havok v Spyral & Ariel
April 3: WWE WrestleMania XXVII (Atlanta, GA) – John Morrison, Trish Stratus & Snooki v Dolph Ziggler & LayCool
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 17: Anarchy Championship Wrestling (Austin, TX) – Portia Perez, Electro & Children Of Pain v Rachel and Jessica’s Excellent Tag Team, Paul London, Matthew Palmer & Shawn Vexx
April 22: 3XW (Des Moines, IA) – Nikki & Kiandra v Melanie Cruise & Malia Hosaka
April 25: Jonquiere Championship Wrestling (St Ambroise, Quebec, Canada) – LuFisto v La Parfaite Caroline
April 30: Covey Promotions (Glenville, WV) – Mickie James in a match to crown the first ever Covey Pro Women’s Champion
May 5: Ice Ribbon (Tokyo, Japan) – Golden Ribbon event
May 14: Extreme World Wrestling (Hastings, UK) – Skarlett v Lucy Clayden
May 15: Anarchy Championship Wrestling (Austin, TX) – Evening Gown Match: Athena v Rachel Summerlyn v Jessica James v Sara Del Rey v Amanda Fox v Portia Perez
May 20: Absolute Intense Wrestling (Lakewood , OH) – Jessicka Havok or Super Oprah v Mickie Knuckles
June 4: NCW: Femmes Fatales (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) – Cheerleader Melissa & TBA v Portia Perez & Nicole Matthews
June 25: Women Superstars Uncensored: Uncensored Rumble (Union City, NJ)
June 26: Anarchy Championship Wrestling American Joshi Queen Of Queens (Live Oak, TX) – featuring Serena Deeb, Amanda Fox, Mia Yim and Daffney
Got any news, results or upcoming events that you want to tell everyone about? Are you a female wrestler looking to secure more bookings? Let us know by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get the message out there.
– Lee Burton