Ringbelles Roundup (17 May 2011)
The Big News
Hide your kids, hide your wife – Wrestlicious is back.
On Monday, it was announced that the second season of TakeDown would be shown on a cable network owned by Viacom. That could mean it could be hosted on Comedy Central, an MTV channel, VH1 or even Spike – the channel which currently hosts TNA TV.
In the official press release, Union Square Agency, with whom Wrestlicious has formed this partnership, says it will provide sponsorship sales, television production, syndication, media sales, event extensions, venue selection, strategic partnerships and manage licensing and merchandising.
Wrestlicious launched on TV in the US and Canada last year, two years after host and producer Johnny Cafarella and Jimmy Hart teamed up with Jonathan Vargas, a 19-year old who won $35.3 million on the Powerball Lottery. The original concept for Wrestlicious was dreamt up in 2003 when Hart produced a pilot for Crush, which was exactly the same as what Wrestlicious is – a mix of cartoony wrestling with comedy skits spliced in. Featuring wrestlers like Melina, Lacey, Rain and Cheerleader Melissa, it had proper wrestlers as well as models who would be trained up – sound familiar? Some of the characters were even recycled – the Felony character was originally played in Crush by Melissa, but seeing as she was contracted to TNA at the time, Felony was played by Rain in Wrestlicious.
13 episodes were produced and shown in spring 2010, with Glory (Christie Ricci) winning the Wrestlicious crown near the end of the run by beating Felony. Other wrestlers like Daffney, Portia Perez, Nicole Matthews, Mercedes Martinez, Lorelei Lee, Jennifer Blake, Lizzy Valentine, Serena Deeb, Daizee Haze, Nevaeh and Amber O’Neal appeared (under different names like Draculetta, Autumn Frost, Paige Webb, Alexandra The Great, Maria Toro and Kickstart Katie), and was apparently a well-paid easy gig, as the wrestling was light and mostly theatrics to work the crowd. It was also an opportunity for many of them to get some TV exposure, which was limited on a national scale to WWE, TNA and Ring Of Honor.
When the actual wrestlers (instead of the hurriedly-trained models) were wrestling, the in-ring action was fine, and on occasion, pretty good. The comedy skits were weak, and the commentator was an acquired taste, but for a while, it was the best women’s wrestling on US TV on a weekly basis. If Wrestlicious would reel back on the “funny” stuff, and concentrate more on letting wrestlers wrestle, this would be a great opportunity for many female grapplers to earn some decent money, get more TV time and possibly attract the attention of one of the big two.
Chyna returned to the ring on Sunday for TNA/Impact Wrestling’s Sacrifice pay-per-view and didn’t kill anyone. She was rusty as all hell and didn’t really do much in the match, but non-wrestler Karen Jarrett was looked after in there and everyone walked out. That’s about the best that we could have asked for.
Earlier on the show, Mickie James retained her Knockouts title by pinning Madison Rayne. But that wasn’t the focus of the match – though it should be, seeing as it was a title contest and everything – and instead the real deal was Tara clocking her “boss” with the loaded glove to free herself from that services contract that she has been bound to since returning to the promotion.
For a proper analysis of the matches, with an account of what I liked, didn’t like and hated in both matches, click here.
Listened to our latest Women Of Wrestling Podcast with Malia Hosaka yet? Madusa has.
Yesterday, the former WWF Women’s Champion took to her Facebook page to address claims by Malia about how the WCW women’s division never took off like it should because Madusa wanted to work with Japanese talent, and should have worked as a heel.
Madusa responded: “…she has a voice and her own opinions and she is merely speaking on what she thought she knew…. however the facts are wrong… I wish I did have control over the women’s division in WCW because if I did it surely NEVER would gone down the road it did… but thank you Malia for the credit anyway. Hope you are doing well and good to see you are still out there kicking butt… The last time I saw you was at Home Depot! lol… take [care] my friend.”
This week’s episode of Tough Enough ended with Christina being taken to hospital with an ankle injury, on the same episode that Martin had to pull out after suffering a fractured ankle. The bulk of the episode was spent putting Christina over and her getting some extra attention from Bill DeMott and Trish Stratus. She mentioned at one point that she felt that the WWE Divas were behind her – that makes sense, because she’s Alicia Fox’s sister. When the Divas made a surprise visit to the TE house, I got the feeling that it wasn’t the first time those girls had met.
Because it ended on a cliffhanger, I would expect Christina to be cleared to return to the competition for the feelgood moment.
In a follow up to last week’s news item about a 34 year old man being arrested for sending death threats to WAVE star Moeka Haruhi, some more specifics have surfaced. It is believed that he first made explicit death threats to Haruhi over a year ago, threats that were repeated in December of 2010 in an online blog. WAVE contacted the police on Haruhi’s behalf in January, and finally Haruhi was able to give a report. The scary thing is that he was apparently targeting other joshi stars and had made similar threats to others. Word had spread amongst the wrestlers, and there was understandable relief when this male was finally arrested.
The best of the rest
Mickie James will be at AAA’s TripleMania XIX in Mexico City on June 18 after winning the fans’ poll. She will team with Velvet Sky, Angelina Love and Sexi Star against Fabi & Mari Apache, Lolita and Cinthia Moreno… Nagisa Nozaki has been fired from Diana after no-showing the May 4 event. Her scheduled opponent for the May 15 show was meant to be Aja Kong. Instead, she wrestled 15-year old rookie Sari… Jillian Hall’s scheduled return to the ring after her WWE release last week didn’t happen. She had to pull out of the Family Wrestling Entertainment show in New York last Friday due to injury. Her scheduled opponent Winter faced Rosita instead with Christy Hemme as ref… Speaking of Winter, she’s going to be hosting a DVD series of horror films… The name of the new ring announcer on WWE Superstars last week is Brandi Reed… Tough Enough is filming some extra scenes in FCW – presumably showing the progress of the remaining two before the live final… Kurt Angle wants Chyna to wrestle men. I hope TNA doesn’t do that. Besides, I thought they still had that “no male-on-female violence” rule?… TNA reportedly has no plans to use Lindsay “Isis The Amazon” Hayward after bringing her in to be the original “mistress” for Kurt Angle… Alicia Fox returned at a WWE house show on Sunday, teaming with Rosa Mendes against Natalya and AJ Lee, who had been called up from FCW. The shoulder injury Fox suffered against Kharma two weeks ago wasn’t that bad… Stardom wrestler Mika Nagano returned to MMA competition for the all-women’s “Jewels” promotion, defeating Emi Murata by submission (armbar) in 1:40 of R1, raising her MMA record to 8-4… Shyuri from SMASH in Japan made her Mexico debut this past weekend in a trios match for Ultimo Dragon’s Toryumon Mexico promotion… In a videoblog, Michelle McCool admitted she almost applied for the first Tough Enough, but went into teaching instead… Over the last week, Ringbelles caught up with Kharma, who was having a great time during WWE’s visit to Mexico, and with Annie Social, who is loving her tour of Japan with the Diana promotion. She (along with Rain) have also got Ribera jackets… Speaking of Kharma, her destruction of Divas continued when she killed Layla on SmackDown last Friday (Layla as a face is totally vanilla, by the way) and when she took out Nikki Bella after her sister Brie’s match with Kelly Kelly on Raw. Kharma let Kelly live for now, but not before flicking her on the forehead. Maybe there was a fly there… And in spoilers for this Thursday’s Impact Wrestling, ODB returns as a heel, and there’s no Chyna. Looks like it was a really short term deal.
May 10: Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (Mexico City, Mexico) – Estrellita, Princesa Sujei & Tiffany b Dalys la Caribeña, Estrella Mágica & Luna Mágica
May 10: Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (Guadalahara, Mexico) – Dark Angel, Goya Kong & Marcela b Amapola, La Comandante & Princesa Blanca
May 11: Ohio Valley Wrestling (Louisville, KY) – Johnny Spade & Hannah and Holly Blossom b Shiloh Jonze & Isabella & Jessie Belle Smothers
May 11: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Makoto Oishi & Neko Nitta b Chii Tomiya & Meari Naito; Tsukasa Fujimoto b Maki Narumiya; Hamuko Hoshi & Mochi Miyagi b Munenori Sawa & Makoto; Emi Sakura b Miyako Matsumoto 11-0 in a 20-minute Iron Woman Match
May 12: TNA Impact (Orlando, FL) – Miss Tessmacher & Mickie James b Madison Rayne & Tara
May 13: Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (Cuautitlan, Mexico) – Alan Stone & Jennifer Blake b El Elegido & Lolita
May 13: 19 Pro (Saitama, Japan) Hamuko Hoshi & Mochi Miyagi b Tsukasa Fujimoto & Hikari Minami; Tsukushi b Chii Tomiya
May 13: Ohio Valley Wrestling (Louisville, KY) – Hannah & Holly Blossom b Isabella & Jessie Belle Smothers
May 13: AAA (Nezahualcoyotl, Mexico) Mari Apache, Octagoncito & Pimpinela Escarlata b Mini Chessman, Polvo de Estrellas & Sexi Star
May 13: Garden State Wrestling (Easton, PA) – Sara Del Rey b Jamilia Craft
May 14: Tulalip Championship Wrestling (Marysville, WA) – Malia Hosaka b Lyla Lodge
May 14: Crossfire Wrestling (Nashville, TN) – Abriella b Miss Rachel
May 14: Toryumon Mexico (Mexico City, Mexico) Lluvia, Marcela & Shyuri b Dalys la Caribeña, La Comandante & Mima Shimoda
May 14: Ohio Championship Wrestling (Brimfield, OH) Jessicka Havok & Benny Boone b Sassy Stephie & Erine Ballz
May 14: CHIKARA (Burlington, NC) – Daizee Haze b Grizzly Redwood
May 14: Extreme World Wrestling (Hastings, UK) – Skarlett b Lucy Clayden
May 14: Ohio Valley Wrestling (Louisville, KY) – Lady Jojo b CJ Lane, Hellena Heavenly, Isabella Smothers, Jessie Belle Smothers, Hannah Blossom & Holly Blossom in a gauntlet match
May 14: Family Wrestling Entertainment (Brooklyn, NY) – Winter b Rosita
May 14: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Tsukasa Fujimoto, Chii Tomiya & Neko Nitta b Tsukushi, Hikaru Shida & Maki Narumiya; Miyako Matsumoto b Kurumi; Hamuko Hoshi & Mochi Myagi b Hikari Minami & Riho; Kazuhiko Ogasawara b Miyako Matsumoto
May 15: Yuzupon Matsuri 3 (Tokyo, Japan) Nanae Takahashi b Eri Susa & Arisa Hoshiki; Yuzuki Aikawa vs Ayumi Kurihara went to a 20 minute time limit draw
May 15: DIANA (Kawasaki, Japan) Keiko Aono vs Hiren went to a 10 minute time limit draw; Bambi b Moeka Haruhi; Toshie Uematsu b Annie Social; Yumi Ohka vs Mariko Yoshida went to a 10 minute time limit draw; Aya Yuki b Rain; Kaoru Ito b Ryo Mizunami; Aja Kong b Sari; Meiko Satomura b Ayako Sato; Andrea Mother b Kyoko Inoue
May 15: REINA (Tokyo, Japan) Megumi Yabushita b Roxie Cotton; Senri Kuroki b Natsumi Kawano; Hailey Hatred & Kellie Skater b Aki Kanbayashi & Aoi Ishibashi; Hiroyo Matsumoto b Mia Yim; Yumiko Hotta & Zeuxis b Tomoka Nakagawa & Silueta
May 15: World Association of Wrestling (Dereham, England) – Sweet Saraya & Britani Knight b Amy Lee Krammer & Liberty
May 15: Anarchy Championship Wrestling (Austin, TX) – Rachel and Jessica’s Excellent Tag Team b Portia Perez & Electro, Halloween Crew, and Cali Crush; Rachel Summerlyn b Portia Perez, Jessica James, Sara Del Rey, Athena, and Amanda Fox in an Anarchist Evening Gown Match
May 15: TNA Sacrifice (Orlando, FL) – Kurt Angle & Chyna b Jeff & Karen Jarrett
May 16: WWE Raw (San Antonio, TX) – Kelly Kelly b Brie Bella
May 18: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Emi Sakura & Ray v Makoto Oishi & Neko Nitta; Mika Iida v Maki Narumiya; Tsukasa Fujimoto & Miyako Matsumoto v Hamuko Hoshi & Mochi Miyagi; Makoto v Chii Tomiya
May 18: AAA (San Luis Potosi, Mexico) – Cinthia Moreno, Mari Apache & Pimpinela Escarlata v Jennifer Blake, Polvo de Estrellas & Sexi Star
May 20: Absolute Intense Wrestling (Lakewood , OH) – Jessicka Havok v Mickie Knuckles
May 21: CHIKARA (Easton, PA) – Madison Eagles, Soldier Ant, Fire Ant & Green Ant v Daizee Haze, Ares, Pinkie Sanchez & Jakob Hammermeier
May 21: Big Time Wrestling (Newark, CA) – Amber O’Neal & Sassy Stephie v Sara Del Rey & Davina Rose
May 22: DIANA (Saku) – Ayako Sato v Sari; Kaoru Ito & GAMI v Cherry & Annie Social; Toshie Uematsu v Rain; Kyoko Inoue & Keiko Aono v Ayako Sato & Aya Yuki
May 22: Desastre Total Ultraviolento (Mexico City, Mexico) – Dark Angel & Chica Tormenta v Princesa Sujei & Vaquerita
May 22: OZ Academy (Tokyo, Japan) – Sonoko Kato v Hiren; Chikayo Nagashima v Yumi Ohka; Dynamite Kansai v Mayumi Ozaki; Aja Kong, Ran Yu-Yu, AKINO, & Tomoka Nakagawa v Carlos Amano, Manami Toyota, Ayumi Kurihara & Nao Komatsu; Hiroyo Matsumoto & Misaki Ohata v Takako Inoue & Mio Shirai
May 22: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – Command Bolshoi, Tsubasa Kuragaki, & Aoi Yagami v KAZUKI, Tomoko Morii & masu-me; Sachie Abe v Manami Katsu; Hanako Nakamori v Misaki Ohata; Kayako Haruyama v Hailey Hatred; Leon v DASH Chisako
May 26: Freak Show Wrestling (Las Vegas, LV) – Amanda v Allison Danger
May 27: Pro Wrestling Syndicate (Queens, NY) – Belle Saints v Boston Shore; Brittney Savage v Nikki Styx
May 28: Dragon Pro Wrestling (Crumlin, Wales) – Pollyanna v Adam Day
May 28: DIANA (Takamatsu, Japan) – Sari v Mariko Yoshida; Hiren & Bambi v Ryo Mizunami & Kagetsu; Aya Yuki v Annie Social; Kyoko Inoue & Ayako Sato v Kaoru Ito & Keiko Aono
May 29: DIANA (Kochi, Japan) – Ayako Sato v Sari; Hiren & Bambi v Kagetsu & Annie Social; Mariko Yoshida v Ryo Mizunami; Kyoko Inoue & Aya Yuki v Kaoru Ito & Keiko Aono
May 29: WAVE (Tokyo, Japan) Sawako Shimono v Nao Komatsu; Toshie Uematsu v Tomoka Nakagawa; Cherry v Kana; Misaki Ohata v Mio Shirai; Yumi Ohka v Ayumi Kurihara
May 29: NBW Southside (St Neots, England) – Jemma Palmer v Melanie Price
June 4: NCW: Femmes Fatales (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) – Cheerleader Melissa & Mercedes Martinez v Portia Perez & Kalamity; Mary Lee Rose v Mistress Belmont; Madison Eagles v Courtney Rush; LuFisto v La Farfaite Caroline
June 4: XWA Wrestling (Morecambe, UK) – Britani Knight v Jenny Sjodin
June 5: FutureShock (Stockport, UK) – TAFKA Becky James v Swedish Tigress v Melanie Price v Charlotte Quinn
June 15: WAVE (Tokyo, Japan) Kagetsu v Nao Komatsu; Tomoka Nakagawa v Ryo Mizunami; Nagisa Nozaki v Misaki Ohata
June 18: WAVE (Hiroshima, Japan) – Ayumi Kurihara v Mio Shirai; Cherry v Ryo Mizunami
June 18: AAA TripleMania (Mexico City, Mexico) – Mickie James, Velvet Sky, Angelina Love & Sexi Star v Fabi and Mari Apache, Lolita & Cinthia Moreno
June 19: WAVE (Osaka, Japan) – Kagetsu v Mika Iida; Kana v Ryo Mizunami; Yumi Ohka v Misaki Ohata
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, Christina Von Eerie and Daffney
July 6: WAVE (Tokyo, Japan) – Sawako Shimono v Mika Iida; Toshie Uematsu v Cherry; Kana v Tomoka Nakagawa; Ayumi Kurihara v Nagisa Nozaki; Yumi Ohka v Mio Shirai
September 17: IndyGurlz (Boonton, NJ)
September 24: IndyGurlz (Worcester, MA)
October 1 & 2: SHIMMER: Women Athletes (Berwyn, IL)
October 8 and 9: Pro Wrestling: EVE v Ice Ribbon (Doncaster, UK)
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