She talked about winning the whole shebang as part of last week’s Women of Wrestling Podcast, and she came through – Rachel Summerlyn went through Christina Von Eerie, last year’s winner Portia Perez and Athena to become the 2011 Anarchy Championship Wrestling American Joshi Queen of Queens.
The tournament’s been known for providing upsets – such as little Jessica James making Sara Del Rey tap out in the opening round of last year’s tournament – and this year was no exception, with Five Star Amanda Fox repeating her success earlier this year by beating Serena Deeb to progress to the semi-finals. However, the shockers didn’t start there – in fact, big angles took place even before the opening bell rung…
Lillie Mae – who was due to wrestle Athena in the opening round – was taken out of action with a broken nose during the group photo with all the tournament’s participants. She was attacked with a wrench by Perez – Mae was replaced by Angel Blue.
In the opening round, Perez beat Mia Yim, Summerlyn defeated Von Eerie, Athena beat Blue, and Serena was beaten by Fox, in what many have proclaimed the match of the night.
Following those results, Daffney made her return to ACW since last year’s tournament for a special presentation and to tweak one of the advertised matches, which was meant to be last year’s finalist Jessica James taking on JT LaMotta. She revealed that instead of James, he would be taking on Jessica’s alter-ego, the American Joshi Champion Lady Poison, who defeated her male opposition.
The first semi-final produced a shocker, as Summerlyn beat Perez. While that’s not a surprise in itself, the means of her victory was, as Portia’s partner in crime Super Electro attacked her and revealed himself to be Robert Evans, who was partly responsible for Perez winning last year’s tournament and the American Joshi title in the process. He’s been in exile and waiting for months to gain his revenge on her after she snubbed his romantic advances, and led to one of the most awesome promos you’ll see all year, which you can find below:
In the other semi final, Athena took down Amanda Fox to advance and face Summerlyn.
Following a successful ACW Heavyweight Title defence by Davey Vega over Darin Childs and the DGF Army beating The Takeover, we were treated to rivals Athena and Summerlyn doing battle once again – however, there wouldn’t be the 10,000 thumbtacks like they had at Guilty By Association back in January, as Summerlyn discussed during the podcast. To add some fuel to the fire, Athena also attacked Rachel earlier this month during Summerlyn’s match against LaMotta. In the end though, the result was flipped from GBA, with Summerlyn getting a receipt on Athena and beating her to become the third annual American Joshi Queen of Queens.
Many of the tweets we’ve seen from fans who were at Hooligans in Live Oak, TX, said it was a brilliant show. If it’s anything like last year’s tournament, you’ll need to catch it when it’s released on DVD.
– Lee Burton