Ringbelles Roundup (26 July 2011)
Back in the July 5 Roundup, we let you know about Nanae Takahashi’s 15th anniversary plans, and how she would be facing Women Superstars Uncensored World Champion Mercedes Martinez in the semi-final of the Queen of Stardom tournament to crown its first champion. That event took place on Sunday at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo in front of a full house of 1,310 paying fans, with Takahashi not only defeating Martinez, but going on to beat Yoko Bito – who got by Mika Nagano earlier in the night to make it to the finals – to claim the championship in the promotion that she helped to create.
Some may complain that Takahashi winning the championship is a bit of a swizz, considering that she’s a founder of Stardom and has been booked to be the first champion. I can understand that complaint, considering it seems that it’s an exercise in ego-stroking, but I believe it means more than that. For example, Nanae winning the title is a recognition of her work since debuting in 1996, and if she is the best wrestler in the promotion – which is somewhat likely, considering its main function is to season younger wrestlers to get them ready, then should she not be the first champion to give the title some traction, so when one of the younger wrestlers matures, it will be a more prestigious title to win?
After all, the other title in the promotion – the Wonder of Stardom belt – was won by former model, ballet dancer and girl band singer Yuzuki Aikawa, who has been wrestling for just nine months, and to be given a (lesser) championship so early in her career is a massive shot in the arm and is an indicator that she is possibly destined for greater things down the line, such as the Queen of Stardom title, which is defended against wrestlers from all over the world?
Also, it would be inherently risky to give the title to an outsider such as Martinez at the first bite. Considering it’s a new working relationship, a lot of trust would need to be put into Mercedes to agree to come back and defend it when Stardom would require her to. By that, I’m not saying that Martinez is untrustworthy or someone who collects belts and then refuses to accept bookings in promotions just so she doesn’t lose the title, but it’s happened in the past with other people, and I’m sure that a new promotion would not want its inaugural title reign to end with the title being vacated. That agreement may happen down the line, but at the moment, it’s smart to keep the belt in-house.
Apologies for the shortness of the Roundup this week. It’s been somewhat quiet, and I’ve been in London for the past two days. Normal service will be resumed next week.
The best of the rest
Sarita is still wrestling matches in Mexico while wearing a mask. She is still getting over the facial paralysis she suffered a couple of weeks ago… Joey Styles has speculated on Twitter if Vickie Guerrero has gotten breast implants… Tenille Tayla is recovering after her surgery to stop her shoulder from dislocating. It popped out during her focus episode of World Of Hurt, and she calmly slotted it back in, so it’s been doing that for a long time… Chii Tomiya asked to vacate the IW19 title after going to a 19 minute draw with Makoto on Friday. No decision has been made over the status of the championship… Despite working as a heel in AAA, the Wrestling Observer reports that Mickie James is getting big face pops during her matches… Speaking of TNA and AAA, it’s also reported in the WO that conditions at the arenas in Mexico have been complained about and security isn’t tight enough… Shelly Martinez is offering one on one Skype chats to anyone who signs up to her website for a limited time…Speaking of Shelly Martinez, she’s out of the WILD Championship match on August 4 due to already being booked on that date. A new opponent for Tab Jackson to declare a new champ was announced over the weekend – it’s TNA’s Winter… Alicia Fox, Kelly Kelly and others were at the ComicCon in San Diego… Io Shirai is planning to leave Triple Tails members Kana and her sister Mio after the TT show on September 18 to establish herself in other feds. She showed up at STARDOM at the weekend to put out feelers… Portia Perez, Nicole Matthews and Kellie Skater have been announced for the SHIMMER tapings in October… Tsukasa Fujimoto promised to be at EVE v Ice Ribbon in October… There’s going to be a battle royal to determine a #1 contender to the Divas Championship on next week’s Raw… Sexy Star says she wants to win the Reina de Reinas Championship from Mari Apache because she believes most fans see her as the champ anyway… Former joshi wrestler Hikaru is setting up her own promotion called Happy Hour, with the debut show taking place in Tokyo on September 4. Aja Kong, Andrea Mother (Betsy Ruth/Rosie Lottalove) and Jenny Rose (Jamilia Craft) are featured on the poster… Glamour Championship Wrestling in Australia died before its first show. It’s now under new management, and will be known as Ladies of Australian Wrestling (LAW).
July 18: REINA (Tokyo, Japan) – Kaori Yoneyama b Yagami Aoi; Tomoka Nakagawa & Zeuxis b Aki Kanbayashi & Senri Kuroki; Hiroyo Matsumoto b Mia Yim; Ayumi Kurihara & Ray b Silueta & Dama de Acero
July 20: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Hamuko Hoshi b Maki Narumiya; Chou-un Shiryu & Makoto b Masa Takanashi & Chii Tomiya; Emi Sakura b Dorami Nagano; Hikaru Shida & April Davids b Tsukasa Fujimoto & Mochi Miyagi
July 21: WWE Superstars (Minneapolis, MN) – Alicia Fox b Natalya
July 21: Impact Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Miss Tessmacher & Tara b Sarita & Rosita to win the Knockouts Tag Team Championship
July 22: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Estrellita, Goya Kong & Marcela b Amapola, Princess Sugey & Tiffany
July 22: 19 Pro (Saitama, Japan) – April Davids & Hikaru Shida b Tsukasa Fujimoto & Tsukushi; Chii Tomiya v Makoto went to a 19 minute draw.
July 23: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Tsukushi b Kurumi; Makoto b Maki Narumiya; Kaori Yoneyama b Dorami Nagano; Tsukasa Fujimoto & Hikari Minami b April Davids & Chii Tomiya
July 23: PROWL Wrestling (Brisbane, Australia) – Niki Nitro b Baby Devine
July 24: STARDOM (Chiba Blue Field, Japan) – Arisa Hoshiki & Mayu Iwatani b Eri Susa & Saki Kahima; Haruka vs. Kenny Omega (DDT) went to a 3 minute time limit draw; Yoko Bito b Mika Nagano; Nanae Takahashi b Mercedes Martinez; Yuzuki Aikawa b Yoshiko to win the Wonder Of Stardom Title; Natsuki*Taiyo b Leon in 21:41 to win the High Speed title; Nanae Takahashi b Yoko Bito in 13:17 to win the tournament and the Queen of Stardom title.
July 24: OZ Academy (Tokyo, Japan) – Tsukasa Fujimoto b Nao Komatsu; Aja Kong & AKINO b Yumi Ohka & Hiren; Chikayo Nagashima v Takako Inoue went to a no contest; Sonoko Kato & Meiko Satomura b Hiroyo Matsumoto & Tomoka Nakagawa; Manami Toyota & Carlos Amano b Mayumi Ozaki & Ayumi Kurihara; Dynamite Kansai b Ran Yu-Yu to win the OZ Academy Openweight title.
July 24: Indygurlz (Newark, NJ) – Bonesaw b Jennifer Cruz; Marti Belle b Kylie Pierce; Jana b Annie Social; Sumie Sakai b Sar Del Rey
July 24: WAVE (Tokyo, Japan) – Kana won a 10-woman battle royal; GAMI & Nao Komatsu b Sawako Shimono & Tomoka Nakagawa; Mio Shirai & Moeka Haruhi b Io Shirai & Mika Iida; Misaki Ohata b Toshi Uematsu; Kana b Kagetsu; Bambi, Nagisa Nozaki & Yumi Oka b Ayumi Kurihara, Ryo Mizunami & Sakura Hirota; Kana b Misaki Ohata
June 24: Lucha Libre Feminil (Mexico City, Mexico) – Hijo de Karonte b Lady Puma
June 24: AAA (Tulancingo, Mexico) – Argos & Lolita b Sexi Star & Tito Santana
June 25: WWE Raw (Hampton, VA) – Eve Torres & Kelly Kelly b Melina & Maryse
July 29: AIW Girls Night Out (Lakewood, OH) – Jessicka Havok v Angel Dust; Roxie Cotton v Portia Perez; Mickie Knuckles v Allysin Kay; Super Oprah v Sara Del Rey; Veda Scott vs Cherry Bomb
July 29: Extreme Canadian Championship Wrestling (Surrey, BC, Canada) – RICK & Nicole Matthews v Ray Brooks & KC Spinelli
July 30: CHIKARA (Reading, PA) – Mima Shimoda, Portia Perez & Tsukasa Fujimoto v Sara Del Rey, Daizee Haze & Makoto
July 30: United Pro-Wrestling Association (Wilmington, NC) – Mia Svensson vs Nicole Poliki
July 31: CHIKARA (Philadelphia, PA) – Sara Del Rey v Claudio Castagnoli; Tsukasa Fujimoto v Makoto
August 4: Freak Show Wrestling (Las Vegas, NV) – Tab Jackson v Winter
August 6: Women Superstars Uncensored (Union City, NJ) – Mercedes Martinez v Lexxus; Amy Lee v Brittney Savage; Annie Social v Serena Deeb; Jessicka Havok v Alicia; Sassy Stephie v Amber; Niya v Allisyn Kay v Marti Belle v Tina San Antonio; The Soul Sisters v Monique & Jennifer Cruz; Rain v Roxie Cotton; Barbie v Nikki Styx
August 6: Ring Wars Carolina (Lumberton, NC) – Mia Svensson vs Leva Bates
August 7: Anarchy Championship Wrestling (Live Oak, TX) – ACH v Rachel Summerlyn
August 7: Pro-Wrestling Ohio (Cleveland, OH) – Portia Perez vs Veda Scott
August 11: SMASH (Tokyo, Japan) – Makoto v Serena; Syuri v Kana
August 12: Dynamo Pro Wrestling (Glen Garbon, IL) – MsChif v Stacey O’Brien
August 13: SWS Pro Wrestling (Malmo, Sweden) – Jenny Sjodin v Aurora Flame
August 21: Anarchy Championship Wrestling (Austin, TX) – Portia Perez v Lillie Mae
September 3: Pro Wrestling Women’s Alliance (Sydney, Australia) – Madison Eagles v Jessie McKay v Nicole Matthews
September 4: Happy Hour (Tokyo, Japan)
September 17: IndyGurlz (Boonton, NJ) – Mercedes Martinez v (Portia Perez selection)
September 24: IndyGurlz (Shrewsbury, MA) – Sara Del Rey v Mercedes Martinez
October 1 & 2: SHIMMER: Women Athletes (Berwyn, IL)
October 8: nCw Femmes Fatales (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
October 8 and 9: Pro Wrestling: EVE v Ice Ribbon (Doncaster, UK)
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- Lee Burton