Ringbelles Roundup (28 June 2011)
Following two colossally un-newsworthy weeks, we’re overflowing with talking points in this edition of the Roundup. There were a number of big shows taking place over the weekend, with three big winners coming out of it. Hailey Hatred, who is the new JWP Openweight Champion; Lexxus, who is the new number one contender to the WSU World Title after winning the Uncensored Rumble, and; Rachel Summerlyn, who won the third annual Anarchy Championship Wrestling American Joshi Queen of Queens Tournament.
The first big moment of the weekend took place in Osaka, Japan, when Hatred defeated Leon to not only retain her TLW and IMW titles, but win the J-1 Grand Prix AND become the first American (and indeed, first foreigner) to claim the JWP Openweight title – a belt which has been in existence since late 1992. It’s not only the crowning moment in her 9 year career, but also proves to the world that the rest of the world can keep up – and in some cases, be superior to – the well storied and decorated joshis that have helped to define what women’s wrestling in the modern era should be all about.
Standing a lofty 5’10”, 27-year old Hatred started out fairly quietly, wrestling in smaller promotions and being frequently eliminated in the early rounds of the ChickFight Tournaments. She also wrestled Mickie Knuckles in her very first wrestling match in IWA: Mid South in 2003, almost breaking the rookie’s neck with an errant powerbomb onto the back of an open chair. However, she returned to the promotion three years later to claim the Women’s Title – one of a number of singles titles that she won during her time wrestling in her home country, including the World Wrestling Coalition Women’s title in 2008 and the first Absolute Intense Wrestling Women’s crown in May 2009 by beating Sammi Lane in the tournament final.
In 2009, Hatred also started to make her mark on Women Superstars Uncensored, teaming with Jessicka Havok to tear up the tag team ranks, and going on to win the tag team gold in August of that year. She then had a number of matched with WSU World Champion Mercedes Martinez before dropping the belts to Martinez and Angel Orsini in November.
By this time, Hatred was making the move to Japan, where she now resides. Since debuting at the age of 18, Hailey’s changed her look from the punky girl with the blonde braids, makeshift outfits and heavy makeup to custom gear and a more no-nonsense look, immersing herself in the Japanese wrestling scene, wrestling in Sendai, Fukumen MANIA, NEO, REINA and also in the aforementioned JWP.
Entering the J-1 Grand Prix tournament, Hatred saw off Tsubasa Kurugaki, Kayako Haruyama and Sachie Abe to get to the final against 30-year old Leon, where she took the match and added the most prestigious women’s title in Japan to her collection of championship belts. For someone whose ambition was to wrestle in Japan, she’s not just accomplished her dream, but set the standard for gaijin female wrestlers who elect to follow in her footsteps in the future. Not bad for a teenager with a dream from Cleveland, Ohio…
Hours later in Union City, New Jersey, the WSU Uncensored Rumble was won by Lexxus in a mild shocker – many predicted that Jessicka Havok would take the whole ball of wax and fulfil her goal of getting a World Title Match against Martinez. The 25-year old debuted with a win, defeating Mia Love at a joint New England Championship Wrestling/World Women’s Wrestling show in May 2006, and unsuccessfully challenged for the WWW title on a number of occasions over the following year, before winning the belt in August 2007 in a four way match which also featured Tanya Lee, Natalia and Jana. She lost the belt to Ariel in Match 2008 in WWW’s 2nd Anniversary show where her belt and Ariel’s career were on the line after being kicked in the face by her stalker fan, who was revealed after the match to be Ariel’s manager Brandon Michael Thomas.
She would regain the title in August 2009, but would change her Lexxus name before the reign. In an unbelievable twist, she was forced to dump the name in November 2008 after receiving a cease and desist letter from car maker Toyota, who claimed that her name was a misuse of their luxury brand of cars, Lexus. How anyone could confuse a 5’5”, 120lb woman with a ton and a half of aluminium with a wheel at each corner is beyond anyone with even a slight modicum of grey matter, and it makes you wonder how Manami Toyota slipped through the net when she’s more well known, and LIVES in Japan. In response, Lexxus swapped her moniker to Alexxis Nevaeh.
Just before one of Japan’s eminent car-makers got in touch, she showed how she wasn’t brand loyal when she wrestled a squash match against Awesome Kong on TNA Impact in September 2008 under the name of Mercedes Steele. She would lose and win the title again, but the title was dropped in November 2010 when NECW closed – the promotion has since been revived, though the WWW title itself has not.
Last March, Lexxus debuted in WSU under her original name, teaming up with Amber to form the Boston Shore and defeat the Belle Saints and starting a tag team undefeated streak that is still going strong today, taking in their Tag Team Title victory over the Saints 4 weeks ago and successfully defending the belts at the Uncensored Rumble iPPV. In the main event of the evening, Lexxus started the Rumble match as number 1, and went coast to coast, eliminating Serena Deeb to win the match and earn a shot at Martinez’ WSU World Title at the promotion’s double DVD taping on August 6.
In that time, WSU has the chance to build up Lexxus’ profile to make the audience believe that she is a credible contender via its Uncensored TV show and the videos the promotion likes to make on smartphones from time to time. I have confidence that – just like with Brittney Savage at the most recent show – by the time the event rolls around – and if not, by about halfway through the contest – fans will believe that Lexxus could take the title. Best of luck to her.
Rounding off the trio of weekend winners is half of our most recent Women Of Wrestling Podcast. Rachel Summerlyn won the Queen of Queens tournament on Sunday by defeating Christina Von Eerie (who you picked to win the whole thing), longtime rival Portia Perez and recent foe Athena to win the crown on her third attempt.
Summerlyn debuted in a tournament, losing to Vanessa Kraven in a thumbtacks match in November 2006′s IWA: MS Queen of the Death Matches tournament, and then falling to Mickie Knuckles in a Taipei Death Match later in the evening. She was unsuccessful in the same tournament two years later, but did with the Volcano Girls 2 tourney in 2009 by beating Hatred, Daffney and Knuckles.
In between her debut and the Volcano Girls win, Summerlyn kicked off the ACW American Joshi division in a losing effort against Knuckles in January 2007, and also debuted in SHIMMER in October 2008, beating Sassy Stephie in a SPARKLE match and the falling to Amazing Kong in her main show debut later that night.
As time progressed, Rachel gained more skill and lost more weight, reflected in how her wrestling gear became smaller, leaving us with the psychedelic two-piece she wore in the finals of this year’s QoQ, which is her tag team gear which she shares with Jessica James.
Some may argue that as she’s tightly interwoven with ACW, it’s a crock of horseshit that Summerlyn should win the tournament. However, it’s not like she doesn’t deserve it – Rachel’s evolved into a great talent with a hard-hitting style and he ability to be able to draw you into a match, and that’s something that is difficult for many to do.
I was one of Summerlyn’s biggest critics three years ago, but she has turned this writer’s opinion around thanks to her hard work, dogged determination and great attitude, she has made a believer out of me and others too. And the great part is that she’s not done yet, and will no doubt develop even further.
The best of the rest
Tough Enough loser Christina Crawford, who left a valid WWE Developmental deal and a spot in Florida Championship Wrestling to try out for TE, has returned to FCW. Irina Janjic, who was featured on World Of Hurt, has debuted too… Melina and Gail Kim have turned to YouTube to throw insults at each other to forward a feud. Thusly, they’re no better than teenagers who talk crap into webcams… WSU has launched a second season of Uncensored TV on Inasectv.com. It’s a great little programme, so check it out… Allison Danger’s starting a womanist revolution to make sure women and women’s wrestling are taken more seriously… Shelly Martinez has buried the hatchet with Batista after the two declared a truce on Twitter. The two had friction in WWE – something with she discussed in her shoot interview… Speaking of Martinez, she took to Justin.tv to complain about social network stalkers… Madusa got married on Saturday… Ice Ribbon had a league-style one-off show on Saturday comprised of close to EIGHTY 60 second matches. The overall winner after the play-off was Hikaru Shida, who beat Tsukushi with a Falcon Arrow… Roxie Cotton was meant to be part of the WSU Uncensored Rumble but didn’t make it due to car problems… While we’re discussing WSU, Mercedes Martinez suffered a mild stinger, Jana suffered a concussion, and Alicia, Jessicka Havok and Brittney Savage had some cuts, bumps and bruises… Former WWE Diva Lena Yada is getting married – she had her bridal shower last weekend… Jamilia Craft is moving to Japan for a year to train and wrestle… Layla updated everyone on her rehab following her knee surgery last month. She no longer needs crutches or a knee brace… Jillian Hall responded to criticism that she’s gained weight since leaving WWE. Give her a break, people – she experienced a miscarriage and has been dealing with depression… Nicole Matthews has been added to the PWWA show in Liverpool, Australia on September 3. New Zealand wrestlers Britenay and Megan-Kate & Evie are in too… Roxie Cotton will be making an announcement about her future on July 29… Jessie McKay’s turned babyface in PWA in Australia and will face KC Cassidy in a mixed tag team match at Call To Arms V on July 8… LuFisto has heart surgery scheduled for July 14… Annie Social’s award-winning film Kingdom of Gladiators is scheduled for a DVD release on September 26.
June 22: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Maki Narumiya b Dorami Nagano; Neko Nitta b Ray & Tsukasa Fujimoto in a triple threat; Hikaru Shida b Chii Tomiya; Ribbon Takanashi & Emi Sakura b Chou-un Shiryu & Mochi Miyagi
June 23: WWE Superstars (Baltimore, MD & Hershey, PA) – Gail Kim b Melina; AJ, Kaitlyn & Natalya b Rosa Mendes, Tamina & Alicia Fox
June 23: Impact Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – ODB & Jacqueline Moore b Velvet Sky & Miss Tessmacher; Winter b Mickie James
June 24: 19 Pro (Saitama, Japan) – Tsukushi & Mochi Miyagi b Ray & Dorami Nagano; Chii Tomiya b Hikaru Shida
June 24: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Dark Angel, Goya Kong & Marcela b Amapola, Estrellita & Princesa Sugey
June 24: Extreme Canadian Championship Wrestling (Surrey, BC, Canada) – KC Spinelli b Veronika Vice & Taya Valkarye
June 24: CHIKARA (Chicago, IL) – Sara Del Rey b Icarus
June 24: Green North Wrestling (Smith Falls, ONT, Canada) – Anastasia Ivy b Serphantia
June 24: Adrenaline Championship Wrestling (Millersville, MD) – Pretty Ugly & Kacee Carlisle b Hellcats & Mia Yim
June 25: CHIKARA (Taylor, MI) – Soldier Ant, Fire Ant & Green Ant b Claudio Castagnoli, Tursas & Sara Del Rey
June 25: Swiss Championship Wrestling (Buhler, Switzerland) – Sweet Saraya b Amy Cooper, Britani Knight & Laura Wellings in a 4 corners match to win the SCW Women’s Title
June 25: New England Championship Wrestling (Tyngsboro, MA) – Mistress Belmont b Taeler Hendrix
June 25: Xplosion Nacional de Lucha Libre (Santo Domingo, Chile) – Azumi b Alison Evans & Kristy in a 3 way match
June 25: Ballarat Professional Wrestling (Wendouree, Australia) – Eliza Sway b Shazza McKenzie
June 25: PWA Queensland (Chermside, Australia) – Niki Nitro b Charli
June 25: Women Superstars Uncensored: Uncensored Rumble (Union City, NJ) – Sassy Stephie b Rain; The Boston Shore b The Belle Saints; Serena Deeb b Nikki Roxx; Amy Lee, Jamilia Craft, Nikki Styx & Jana b Allysin Kay, Monique, Jennifer Cruz & Rick Cataldo; Kristin Astara b Jillian Hall via DQ; Cindy Rogers b Allison Danger; Niya v Barbie ended in a no-contest; Jessicka Havok b Alicia; Mercedes Martinez b Brittney Savage; Lexxus won the WSU Uncensored Rumble
June 25: REINA (Tokyo, Japan) – Sakura Hirota b Luscious Latasha; Hiroyo Matsumoto b Mika Iida; Ray b Silueta; Manami Toyota & Hailey Hatred b Senri Kuroki & Zeuxis; Aki Kanbayashi b Simply Luscious
June 25: Riot City Wrestling (Adelaide, Australia) – Miami v Melodi Summers
June 26: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – In a league-style show with one minute time limit matches involving Emi Sakura, Hikaru Shida, Chii Tomiya, Tsukushi, Kurumi, Mochi Miyagi, Meare Naito, Maki Narumiya & Dorami Nagano, Shida won overall by defeating Tsukushi in the play-off.
June 26: STARDOM (Tokyo, Japan) – Eri Susa b Mayu Iwatani; Haruka vs Arisa Hoshiki went to a time-limit draw; Nanae Takahashi b Saki Kashima; Yuzuki Aikawa & Yoko Bito b Natsuki*Taiyo & Yoshiko
June 26: OZ Academy (Tokyo, Japan) – Ayumi Kurihara b Nao Komatsu; Takako Inoue b Io Shirai; Yumi Ohka, Police, & Hiren b Chikayo Nagashima; Mayumi Ozaki, Dynamite Kansai, & Sonoko Kato b Aja Kong, Ran Yu-Yu, & AKINO; Carlos Amano & Manami Toyota defeated Tomoka Nakagawa & Hiroyo Matsumoto to win the OZ Academy Tag Team Championship
June 26: IWRG (Naucalpan, Mexico) – Cinthia Moreno & Ludark Shaitan b Jennifer Blake & Sexy Lady
June 26: JWP (Osaka, Japan) – Kaori Yoneyama, Manami Katsu, & Ebessan III b GAMI, Kyusei Ninja Ranmaru, & Kanjuro Matsuyama; Kagetsu defeated masu-me; Command Bolshoi b Sawako Shimono; Hanako Nakamori, Jaguar Yokota, & Misaki Ohata b Sachie Abe, KAZUKI, & Tomoko Morii; Kayoko Haruyama & Tsubasa Kuragaki b DASH Chisako & Sendai Sachiko; Hailey Hatred b Leon to win the JWP Openweight Title and the J-1 Grand Prix
June 26: Anarchy Championship Wrestling American Joshi Queen Of Queens (Live Oak, TX) – Portia Perez b Mia Yim; Rachel Summerlyn b Christina Von Eerie; Athena b Angel Blue; Amanda Fox b Serena Deeb; Lady Poison b JT LaMotta; Rachel Summerlyn b Portia Perez; Athena b Amanda Fox; Rachel Summerlyn b Athena
June 27: WWE Raw (Las Vegas, NV) – Kelly Kelly b Brie Bella
June 29: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Meari Naito v Dorami Nagano ; Hamuko Hoshi & Mochi Miyagi v Hikaru Shida & Maki Narumiya ; Emi Sakura & Ribbon Takanashi v Chii Tomiya & Choun Shiryu; Triangle Ribbon championship: Tsukasa Fujimoto v Ray v Neko Nitta
July 1: New Scene Wrestling (Smethwick, England) – Jemma Palmer v April Davids
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
July 8: Destination One Wrestling (Charlestown, IN) – Jimmy Feltcher & Trash Cassidy v Mad Man Pondo & Mickie Knuckles
July 8: Pro Wrestling Alliance (Liverpool, NSW, Australia) – KC Cassidy & mystery partner v Jessie McKay & mystery partner
July 9: Melbourne City Wrestling (Thornbury, Australia) – Tenilla Tayla v Shazza McKenzie
July 9: Pro Wrestling Elite (Ayr, Scotland) – Liam Thompson & Carmel Jacob v Andy Wild & Kay Lee Ray
July 15: SMASH (Tokyo, Japan) – Serena Deeb v Tomoka Nakagawa; Makoto v TBA
July 17: Apocalypse Wrestling Federation (Whitby, Ontario, Canada) – Cherry Bomb v Brittany Force
July 17: WWE Money in the Bank (Chicago, IL) – Kelly Kelly v Brie Bella
July 29: AIW Girls Night Out (Lakewood, OH) – featuring Sara Del Rey, Jessicka Havok, Allysin Kay, Roxie Cotton, Mickie Knuckles, Veda Scott, Angel Dust & Portia Perez
August 6: Women Superstars Uncensored (Union City, NJ) – Mercedes Martinez v Lexxus; Amy Lee v Brittney Savage; Annie Social v Serena Deeb
September 3: Pro Wrestling Women’s Alliance (Sydney, Australia)
September 17: IndyGurlz (Boonton, NJ) – Mercedes Martinez v (Portia Perez selection)
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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