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Two big stories coming out of the UK this week…

It was a rough yet rewarding weekend for Britani Knight. Suffering from what she thought was tonsillitis, the 18-year old member of the Knight Dynasty wrestled 5 matches in 28 hours on route to becoming the first ever Pro Wrestling: EVE champion. However, she was bedridden the next day with what turned out to be glandular fever, causing her to miss a date with her home promotion, World Association of Wrestling. We at Ringbelles wish her congratulations on her title win and also a speedy recovery from a nasty illness.

EVE’s title tournament turned out to be less complicated that the brackets would have led you to believe. Starting with FIVE four corner matches and a Last Chance Battle Royal for the losers to determine the quarter finalists, they were hurried through relatively quickly to leave us with singles matches which varied from fine to good – the standout matches of the first night featured Erin Angel v Nikki Storm and Britani v Jenny Sjodin in the quarters, and Sweet Saraya taking on Blue Nikita in a Last Woman Standing match. The return of Blue Nikita was something of a surprise after her relationship with EVE went sour after the first show – so when she ran in to attack Saraya in the opening match of the evening, it took many by surprise. It also meant that both voluntarily took themselves out of the tournament – Saraya was eligible for the Battle Royal and Blue Nikita never got to compete in her four-way contest due to brawling with Saraya before the bell – to compete in the Last Woman Standing affair, which Saraya won with a sunset powerbomb.

The Project nightclub was a makeshift venue after the Royal British Legion was pulled as a host due to licensing issues and complaints – somebody even called up the local radio station pretending to be EVE management to say the event at the Project had been completely cancelled – but as an environment for the audience, it was great. It was cosy, yet sat the fans comfortably with plenty of space, and felt safe yet anarchic. Apparently it was a little too cosy backstage, as there wasn’t much room for the wrestlers – of which there were around 20 – to change, but that could be changed if EVE decides to return to the venue – something the owners were pretty receptive to.

Night two at Sudbury was a less chaotic affair as far as preparations and backstage issues were concerned. In fact, the roster was ready so early that half went out flyering in their gear, which must have caused something of a stir in a sleepy market town like Sudbury. Meanwhile, the other half went to a local gym for promo photos, which included the Glamour Gym (Sara Marie Taylor and Carmel Jacob) using a treadmill while reading Vogue, Shanna spraying herself with oil and dousing herself with water, and Alpha Female eating bloody raw meat out of a sink (those photos will never make it onto the EVE site, as one of the promotion’s main sponsors is a vegan company) and doing military presses with Nikki Storm.

The matches themselves were all of a decent to great quality, with the main event of Knight v Storm being the best match of the night. Since she first came to my attention two years ago at Triple X Wrestling, she proved she had the potential to be something pretty damn great, but needed some time and experience under her belt until it all came together.

She now has that – she’s now polished up her act, and doesn’t need to be carried in the ring. After the show, she said to me that someone tried to insult her during the show by calling her the new Jetta, and she took it as a huge compliment. Quite right too, as Jetta’s character took her around the world. Here’s hoping Nikki enjoys the same fortune.

Speaking of Jetta, she told Ringbelles after the show that she is now done. She had that final match with Britani because it was meant to be her final match last year in Belgium, but the show got cancelled, so she had it for EVE instead. Jetta admits she would like to manage, but she insists that her wrestling days are over.

17-year old Liberty was another standout. She didn’t put a foot wrong on day one, and showed some pretty neat stuff on day two. Keep an eye out for her.

Overall, it was a strong weekend for EVE. The title tournament will be released on four DVDs later this year. You can read the full results from both shows – as well as interviews with promoter Dann Read, the Glamour Gym and Jetta by clicking here and here.

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On the Friday show, it was announced that the next Pro Wrestling: EVE shows will take place in the north of the country on October 8 and 9 at the Doncaster Dome as a weekend of matinee shows featuring competitors from joshi promotion Ice Ribbon.

“It’ll be interesting,” EVE promoter Dann Read told Ringbelles after night 1 of the tournament on Friday. “We’ve made a point straight from the beginning that Pro Wrestling: EVE’s about showcasing the best of Europe. This helps us as it’s actually EVE versus Ice Ribbon; this is Europe versus Japan. This is us showing what we can do – this isn’t a case about them being a permanent part of our roster, this is a special weekend of shows.”

When asked for comment, Ice Ribbon responded: “We are very excited about coming to the United Kingdom in October and facing the challenge of Pro-Wrestling EVE. We proudly follow in the tradition of Japanese pro wrestling companies Michinoku Pro Wrestling, Pro Wrestling NOAH and Dragon Gate in traveling to the United Kingdom to compete in front of the British fans.

“We are eager to test the skills of our wrestlers versus the best of what Europe has to offer and we have no doubt that we will confront that challenge in Pro-Wrestling EVE. We are impressed by the Pro-Wrestling EVE roster and are looking forward to a tough battle.

“UK wrestling fans can watch Ice Ribbon live every Friday at 11am on the 19 O’Clock Pro Wrestling Internet show and can also keep up-to-date with Ice Ribbon, in English, on Twitter and Facebook. All results are also archived on Tumblr.”

The wrestlers which will travel from Japan to the UK for the shows has not been confirmed as of press time, however tickets are on sale at the EVE website – both shows start at 2.15pm ahead of the evening shows which are promoted by One Pro Wrestling, who have announced Shawn Michaels and Vader as attendants.

We at Ringbelles are excited at the prospect. The more that women’s wrestling promotions can work together can only benefit everyone in the long run by creating more ties and relationships around the world – SHIMMER’s now got a stronger following in Japan thanks to its dealings with Ayumi Kurihara, Tomoka Nakagawa, Hiroyo Matsumoto, Misaki Ohata and Ayako Hamada, for example.

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And in WWE news, forget what we said about Amazing Kong presumably competing in FCW before being called up to the main roster – a promo video for her aired before the Divas title match on last night’s episode of Monday Night Raw. While it didn’t show her face, it had her braids in shot, and saw her flick the head off a blonde doll and an interjection of maniacal laughter.

What followed was Eve Torres’ completely un-noteworthy Divas title reign coming to an end at the hands of Brie Bella, who – along with sister Nikki – has come back from the brink of obscurity as a babyface to be a decent heel act, and deserves a run with the title. Let’s hope something actually happens during the reign though, as Eve did absolutely nothing as champion. Not her fault, it’s just that nothing was written for her – hell, she barely scraped onto WrestleMania.

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The best of the rest

Jillian Hall is now accepting bookings again following her miscarriage. Her first match back will be against Winter on May 14 for Family Wrestling Entertainment in Brooklyn, NY… Cindy Rogers has explained the reasons for her retirement on June 25 at the WSU Uncensored Rumble are down to neck injuries suffered in a car crash two years ago. Allison Danger has positioned herself as the heel for their match at the show… Meanwhile Tina San Antonio’s attacker is expected to be revealed at the Uncensored Rumble… Dave Meltzer is reporting that there’s heat on John Morrison and Melina, as they feel that Trish Stratus took Melina’s WrestleMania spot. If true, this is retarded – how can Trish have stolen Melina’s spot when Melina’s a heel and Stratus is a face? Trish has confirmed that Morrison gave her the cold shoulder during an interview on Sirius XM Radio’s Busted Open show, where she politely buried him… GLAMOUR is a new promotion being set up in Australia. Its font was curiously similar to the SHIMMER one. SHIMMER promoter Dave Prazak has said “this has GOT to be a rib”. PWWA stated that they do not support any of the women working in the promotion, and since then, GLAMOUR Women’s Wrestling has been rebranded to Glamour Championship Wrestling… Can somebody try and explain to me what’s happening with Winter, Angelina Love and Velvet Sky?… Aksana is the new FCW Divas Champion. She beat AJ Lee to win the belt… Tsukasa Fujimoto will wrestle Tsukushi for the ICEx60 title at Golden Ribbon on May 5… Rima Fakih apologised for her bad language on the debut episode of this season’s Tough Enough. Meanwhile, when it comes to the women Tough Enough is still the Rima Show. She was in the bottom three but was spared at the expense of Matt… Lita hinted at a return at a recent autograph signing, according to Diva Dirt… Madison Rayne’s open challenge was answered by former Knockout Traci Brooks over the weekend’s TNA house shows. Brooks won more matches than she lost… Trish Stratus’ new movie Bail Enforcers has premiered… Ashley Massaro no-showed the K&S WrestleFest event in Essington, PA on Saturday. It’s the second time that she’s left Highspots high and dry for a scheduled shoot interview. Amber O’Neal, Amber Gertner, Sassy Stephie, Jessicka Havok, April Hunter and Kellie Skater were there promoting ArenaChicks though… Toshie Uematsu is officially joining the WAVE roster for a year, though when her deal expires next April, she will retire… KAORU suffered a foot injury in her defence of the OZ Academy Openweight title against Mayumi Ozaki and Aja Kong on Sunday. A singles match between Ozaki and Kong took place, with Kong taking the title… The Joshi4Hope team was collecting donations in exchange for wristbands at SHIMMER, Ring Of Honor and WrestleReunion to raise money for victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The final total was $1,023.63.

Results

April 6: Ohio Valley Wrestling (Louisville, KY) Holly Blossom b Lady Jo Jo

April 6: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Chii Tomiya b Maki Narumiya; Chou-un Shiryu & Makoto b Ryuichi Sekine & Mochi Miyagi; Kazuhiko Ogasawara b Miyako Matsumoto; Lee Yoneyamakao & Hikari Minami b Emi Sakura & Tsukasa Fujimoto

April 7: Florida Championship Wrestling (Tampa, Florida) – Aksana b AJ Lee to win the FCW Divas Championship

April 7: TNA Impact (Orlando, FL) – Sarita & Rosita b Velvet Sky & Angelina Love

April 8: WWE SmackDown (Charlotte, NC) – Beth Phoenix & Kelly Kelly b LayCool

April 8: 19 Pro (Saitama, Japan) – Neko Nitta b Remi Nagano; Emi Sakura & Makoto b Tsukushi & Mochi Miyagi

April 8: Top Rope Promotions (Fall River, MA) – Barbie b Amber

April 8: NWA Houston (Cypress, TX) – Barbi Hayden b Lillie Maewere to win the vacant NWA Houston Women’s Championship

April 8: St Louis Anarchy Wrestling (Granite City, IL) – Rachel Summerlyn & Jessica James b Gerald James & Dorian Vitor

April 8: Pro Wrestling: EVE (Norwich, UK) – Nikki Storm b Sweet Saraya, Rhia O’Reilly and Amazon; Erin Angel b Super Janey B, Sara Marie Taylor & Pollyanna; Shanna b Liberty, Destiny & April Davids; Alpha Female b Em Jay, Carmel Jacob & Kay Lee Ray; Jenny Sjodin b Britani Knight & Melodi; Nikki Storm b Erin Angel; Alpha Female b Shanna; Sweet Saraya b Blue Nikita; Britani Knight won the Last Chance Battle Royal; Britani Knight b Jenny Sjodin

April 9: Pro Wrestling: EVE (Sudbury, UK) – April Davids, Jenny Sjodin & Shanna b Rhia O’Reilly, Erin Angel & Blue Nikita; Super Janey B b Pollyanna; Destiny b Sweet Saraya ; Sara Marie Taylor & Carmel Jacob b Kay Lee Ray & Liberty; Britani Knight b Jetta; Nikki Storm b Alpha Female; Jenny Sjodin & April Davids b Destiny & Amazon; Shanna b Sweet Saraya; Erin Angel b Blue Nikita; Rhia O’Reilly b Em Jay; Super Janey B & Alpha Female b Carmel Jacob & Sara Marie Taylor; Britani Knight beat Nikki Storm to win the Pro Wrestling EVE Championship.

April 9: Extreme Canadian Championship Wrestling (Vancouver, Canada) – Tenille Tayla & Ravenous Randy b Ray Brooks & Nicole Matthews and KC Spinelli & Pete Powers

April 9: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Tsukasa Fujimoto & Chii Tomiya b Meare Naito & Neko Nitta; Kurumi b Miyako Matsumoto; Tsukushi & Riho b Makoto & Mochi Miyagi International Ribbon Tag Team Champions Emi Sakura & Ray b Lee Yoneyamakao & Hikari Minami

April 9: Traditional Championship Wrestling (Fort Smith, AR) – Jazz b Malia Hosaka

April 9: Pro Wrestling Guerilla (Reseda, CA) – Candace LaRae b Portia Perez

April 10: Ice Ribbon (Ibaraki, Japan) – IW19 champion Tsukushi and Emi Sakura went to a 19-minute draw

April 10: Wrestling in Monterrey (Monterrey, Mexico) – Angelica b La Bandida

April 10: FutureShock (Stockport, UK) – Melanie Price & The Artist Formerly Known As Becky James b Charlotte Quinn & Swedish Tigress

April 10: Stardom (Tokyo, Japan) – DASH Chisako b Eri Susa; Haruka vs. Nanae Takahashi went to a time limit draw; Natsuki*Taiyo b Mayu Iwatani; Yuzuki Aikawa b Arisa Hoshiki; Mika Nagano b Yoko Bito ; Nanae Takahashi b Yoshiko

April 10: OZ Academy (Tokyo, Japan) – Manami Toyota, Carlos Amano & Nao Komatsu b Hiren, Mio & Io Shirai; Yumi Ohka b Takako Inoue; Ran Yu-Yu & AKINO b Dynamite Kansai & Ayumi Kurihara; Hiroyo Matsumoto & Tomoka Nakagawa b OZ Academy Tag Team Champions Chikayo Nagashima & Sonoko Kato to become the OZ Academy Tag Team Champions; OZ Academy Openweight Champion KAORU vs. Mayumi Ozaki vs. Aja Kong went to a no contest (ref stoppage); Aja Kong b Mayumi Ozaki to win the title.

April 10: WAVE (Tokyo, Japan) – Kagetu beat Mika Iida; Kana, Mio & Io Shirai b Roy Mizunami, Aya Yuki & Sawako Shimotsuke; Moeka Haruhi, Syuri & Ayumi Kurihara b Bambi, Misaki Ohata & Hiren; Yumi Ohka & Toshie Uematsu b Kayo Fujimori & GAMI; Kayo Fujimori b Hisamaru Tajima; Toshie Uematsu & TAKA Michinoku b Sakura Hirota & Aja Kong; Yumi Ohka b GAMI

April 11: WWE (Bridgeport, CT) – Brie Bella b Eve Torres to win the Divas Championship

Upcoming

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

April 30: Magnificent Ladies Wrestling (Trenton, TN) – Veronica Fairchild v Black Widow; Tiffany Roxx and Rock And Roll Rock C v Sassy Stephie & Simply Luscious; Amy Lee & Melanie Cruise v Angelina & Jessie Belle

May 5: Ice Ribbon (Tokyo, Japan) – Tsukasa Fujimoto v Tsukushi

May 14: Extreme World Wrestling (Hastings, UK) – Skarlett v Lucy Clayden

May 14: Family Wrestling Entertainment (Brooklyn, NY) – Jillian Hall v Winter

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 & Mercedes Martinez v Portia Perez & Kalamity; Mary Lee Rose v Mistress Belmont

June 25: Women Superstars Uncensored: Uncensored Rumble (Union City, NJ) – Mercedes Martinez v Brittany Savage; Marti Belle & Jazz v The Boston Shore; Serena v Nikki Roxx; Alicia v Jessicka Havok; Sassy Stephie v Rain; Cindy Rogers v Allison Danger; Kristin Astara v Tina San Antonio; Niya v Barbie; Amy Lee, Jamilia Craft & The Soul Sistas v Rick Cataldo, Allysin Kay, Jennifer Cruz & Monique

June 26: Anarchy Championship Wrestling American Joshi Queen Of Queens (Live Oak, TX) – featuring Serena Deeb, Amanda Fox, Mia Yim and Daffney

October 8 and 9: Pro Wrestling: EVE v Ice Ribbon (Doncaster, UK)

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 ringbelles@gmail.com and we’ll get the message out there.

BenSix says:

Nice to see a promotion that treats women’s wrestling as, y’know – wrestling. Good luck to ‘em.