Ringbelles Roundup (05 April 2011)
The Big News
Again, sorry about the shortness of the Roundup this week. We’ve been in Las Vegas for fun and giggles with Allison Danger.
She got paid tens of thousands of dollars to essentially do a lunge, a handspring hip attack and a cartwheel into a splash to get the win for her, Trish Stratus and John Morrison at WrestleMania XXVII on Sunday in Atlanta. They defeated LayCool and Dolph Ziggler in the only women-related wrestling action on the show. However, it only lasted around 3 minutes, was in the graveyard slot after the well-received Triple H v Undertaker match, and was probably the wrong result for longevity.
Fair enough, Trish is the Tough Enough trainer, and it wouldn’t look good for her to lose the day before the new season began, but it meant that Michelle McCool – who was the only person who was legal on her side for the entire contest – had to sell for a woman who hasn’t wrestled in more than a year, and for a sub-five foot heavy drinker from Jersey Shore.
I’m not knocking Snooki though – after all, she did what she was asked to do, and exceeded my expectations. The mainstream media coverage wasn’t forthcoming though – HLN did mention Snooki, but it was because a school has paid $32,000 to have her talk to the pupils about something completely unrelated to WrestleMania.
However, this leaves McCool and Layla in a tough spot. The planned break-up seemed to be back on, as Michelle shoved her partner before the contest began, and they had a number of miscues which led to their downfall. The problem is that they are near-heatless together these days as fans are sick of them, but separately, they are likely to struggle. McCool – though talented – is something of a heat vacuum, and while Layla is a great character, she’s not polished enough in the ring to lead as a heel, and not sympathetic enough as a babyface.
In other Divas-related nonsense on WrestleMania, Eve Torres – the Divas Champion, lest we forget – was only featured in a short backstage skit with the Rock and “The one and only, Great” Mae Young where she played a bit part at best. In the other waste of time, Beth Phoenix played Sandra Dee alongside The Greak Khali’s Danny in an “American Idol” skit with Snoop Dogg, and the Bella Twins played backup dancers to Hornswoggle getting his rap on.
And that’s it; that was your WrestleMania when it comes to the women.
23-year old Ariane Andrew became the first person eliminated from the fifth season of Tough Enough. The only woman with no connection with wrestling, behaviour therapist Andrew didn’t help herself by constantly adjusting her workout gear while running the ropes (even after trish Stratus ordered her not to), admitting that she hadn’t been watching wrestling for very long, and the only match she could think of to be her favourite of all time was Melina v Alicia Fox.
Also in the firing line was Michelle Deighton, the former America’s Next Top Model contestant. She claimed she had been wrestling for 11 years but couldn’t do rolls and struggled to run the ropes. Other notable moments from the women came when Miss USA Rima Fakih and Ariane got into a confrontation with Mickael Zaki, who claimed that the women were there because they looked good, and wouldn’t have as difficult a run as the men, and when Rima was exposed as using padding to help her when she had to intensively run the ropes for three solid minutes.
However, do you ever hear those stories about school sports days when every competitor in the race is given a medal and treated like a winner, even if they came dead last, so nobody feels like a failure? Well, Ariane has told us that she was offered a WWE developmental deal and will be reporting to Florida Championship Wrestling. It makes a viewer wonder what the point in winning is if the first person thrown out is going to get a chance at stardom anyway.
The best of the rest
In what could be an important development for wrestlers and their rights, Equity (the British actors’ union) has said it will allow wrestlers to join. That means that they will be able to have their names reserved for them and them alone, and they should be able to be paid for every show they work. However, it will probably also mean that they will have to declare their earnings… Serena Deeb will be returning to SMASH in Japan, and will likely face Triple Tails member Kana… Pro Wrestling: EVE’s Friday night show has been moved from the Royal British Legion in Norwich to the Project Nightclub in the same city… Brittany Savage is the new number one contender to Mercedes Martinez’ WSU World Title after winning the J-Cup tournament on April 2, and will challenge for the belt at the Uncensored Rumble on June 25. She beat Spirit Champion Sassy Stephie in the final… Ayumi Kurihara, Hiroyo Matsumoto and Tomoka Nakagawa impressed at Ring Of Honor in Atlanta last weekend. In the match on Friday, Kurihara and Matumoto defeated Deeb and Sara Del Rey; the following day, SHIMMER Tag Team Champions Nakagawa and Daizee Haze beat Kurihara and Matsumoto… Tammy Lynn Sytch’s Hall Of Fame induction speech never made it to the TV broadcast. LayCool did the main induction, but were apparently pretty poor at it… The debut show of new joshi promotion Diana on April 17 won’t have Aja Kong on it due to scheduling issues. Nagisa Nozaki will find out her new opponent soon… Madison Eagles is petitioning CHIKARA for a permanent spot on the roster… Snooki’s told TMZ that her WWE days are over.
April 1: Ring Of Honor (Atlanta, GA) – Ayumi Kurihara & Hiroyo Matsumoto b Sara Del Rey & Serena Deeb
April 1: 19 Pro (Sapporo, Japan) – Kurumi b Remi Nagano; Makoto and Mari Naito b Tsukushi & Mochi Miyagi
April 2: Ring Of Honor (Atlanta, GA) – Daizee Haze & Tomoka Nakagawa b Ayumi Kurihara & Hiroyo Matsumoto
April 2: Remix Pro Wrestling (Marietta, OH) – Madison Rayne b Sara Del Rey by DQ
April 2: Global Les Catch (Tlalnepantla, Mexico) – Kamilion won a battle royal also featuring Chica Tormenta, La Chola, Lady Monsther, Lolita, Xena, Sexy Polvora, Sexy Lady and Ludark Shaitan to win the vacant GLC Women’s Title
April 2: Ice Ribbon (Tokyo, Japan) – Mika Iida b Neko Nitta; Makoto & Tamako b Chii Tomiya & Mochi Miyagi; Hikari Minami b Kurumi; Emi Sakura & Ray b Tsukushi & Riho
April 2: Women Superstars Uncensored J-Cup (Kearny, NJ) – Brittany Savage b Rick Cataldo; Sassy Stephie b Jennifer Cruz; Jana b Marti Belle; Jamilia Craft b Tina San Antonio; Brittney Savage b Cindy Rogers; Brittney Savage b Jana ; Sassy Stephie b Jamilia Craft; Brittany Savage b Sassy Stephie; Jessicka Havok b Nikki Styx; Mercedes Martinez b Ariel
April 2: Women Superstars Uncensored King And Queen Of The Ring (Kearny, NJ) – Jamilia Craft & Frightmare b Sassy Stephie & JD Smooth; J-Cruz & Nicky Oceans b Joey Janella & Jana; Cindy Rogers & Kenny Dykstra b Ariel & Spyral; Mercedes Martinez & Julio Dinero b Nikki Styx & Corey Havok; J-Cruz & Nicky Oceans b Joey Janella & Jana; Mercedes Martinez & Julio Dinero b Cindy Rogers & Kenny Dykstra; Mercedes Martinez & Julio Dinero b J-Cruz & Nicky Oceans; The Belle Saints b Rick Cataldo & Monique; Jessicka Havok v Alicia went to a double DQ
April 3: Indymania (Union City, NJ) – Mercedes Martinez & Alicia b Jessicka Havok & Brittney Savage; Sassy Stephie b Jana
April 3: Japanese Women Pro-Wrestling Project (Tokyo, Japan) – DASH Chisako beat Manami Katsu; JWP Jr. Champion & POP Champion Kagetu beat Yagami Aoi; Sachie Abe & Jaguar Yokota beat Misaki Ohata & KAZUKI; Carlos Amano, Bolshoi Kid, masu-me & Dynamite Kansai b Hanako Nakamori, Tomoko Morii, Ran Yu-Yu & Mayumi Ozaki; JWP & Daily Sports Tag Team Champions Kayoko Haruyama & Tsubasa Kuragaki beat Aja Kong & Hailey Hatred; High Speed Champion Leon b JWP Openweight Champion Kaori Yoneyama to retain the High Speed Title and win the JWP Openweight Title
April 3: WWE WrestleMania XXVII (Atlanta, GA) – John Morrison, Trish Stratus & Snooki b Dolph Ziggler & LayCool
April 4: WWE Raw (Atlanta, GA) – John Morrison & Trish Stratus b Dolph Ziggler & Vickie Guerrero
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: TNA Lockdown (Cincinnati, OH) – Madison Rayne v Mickie James
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) – Mercedes Martinez v Brittany Savage; Tina San Antonio/Marti Belle/Jazz v The Boston Shore; Serena v Nikki Roxx
June 26: Anarchy Championship Wrestling American Joshi Queen Of Queens (Live Oak, TX) – featuring Serena Deeb, Amanda Fox, Mia Yim and Daffney
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