Sara Del Rey beat Claudio Castagnoli at CHIKARAsaurus Rex: King Of Sequel, night 2 in Philadelphia on Sunday.

Billed as BDK v BDK, the co-leader of the faction was taken down by a crucifix as part of the round robin tournament known as the 12 Large: Summit to crown a CHIKARA singles champion. The main story about it is that Del Rey and her buddy Daizee Haze are starting to recognise the contributions that they bring to the table of Die Bruderschaft des Kreuzes and refuse to bow down to their so-called superior. Castagnoli and fellow BDK leader Ares urged Del Rey to “do the right thing” and lay down last Sunday so Claudio could get the easy win and put himself in a better position in the tournament. Refusing to dampen her strong spirit for competition, Del Rey fought for 13 minutes before getting the pinfall, putting her in a strong standing, considering she beat Icarus last month in Chicago.

Please note: NOWHERE in that storyline does it once mention that Del Rey is a woman fighting a man, and that this is a battle of the sexes. This is CHIKARA – where men wrestle women, and nobody bats an eyelid. It’s a showcase of the best athletes – which is why Del Rey is part of the tournament in the first place. She has proven that she is one of the most skilled grapplers in the promotion, and has earned her spot not due to (or in spite of) her gender, but because she is excellent at what she does. Likewise, Haze beats up the guys on a regular basis, and she is treated as a threat because of how she is presented. Her gender is irrelevant in the promotion, as the guys have no problem throwing her about just as much as she lays into them.

The problem I have is when it’s claimed that Del Rey’s win on Sunday is a victory for women over men, as it isn’t. It’s a victory for one wrestler over another.

The same ethos exists in Anarchy Championship Wrestling, where Rachel Summerlyn is the Anarchy Televised Champion after beating Scot Summers in a bloodbath last month, and is the co-holder of the ACW Tag Team Championship along with Jessica James. As there are no other female teams in the promotion, all their defences are against men, and it makes no difference, as it is booked correctly. The same thing applies to Roxie Cotton (now Gabby Gilbert) and Sumie Sakai, who won the World 1 Tag Team belts earlier this year.

Here at Ringbelles, even though we focus on women’s wrestling, one of our goals is to prove that great wrestling is great wrestling. Some fans think that men shouldn’t wrestle women, or that women’s matches should be graded on a scale with different criteria to the men. Done properly, it should become the situation that you glaze over the gender of the participants involved and focus on the action taking place in the ring.

Also at CHIKARAsaurus Rex, Ice Ribbon’s ICEx60 Champion Tsukasa Fujimoto had a good birthday on the Saturday night, teaming with Mima Shimoda and Portia Perez to defeat the BDK’s Del Rey and Haze, who joined forces with fellow Ice Ribbon star Makoto. Shimoda got the win for her team following a Death Lake Driver (tiger superplex) on Haze. Then on the Sunday, Haze got her win back over Shimoda in singles action, while Fujimoto defeated Makoto in what was described as a strong opener.

The success of Fujimoto and Makoto bodes well for them in the future, as CHIKARA also announced that they would be holding an event called JOSHIMANIA in December, with Manami Toyota scheduled to make a third visit to the promotion, and Aja Kong is also booked to attend. The 40-year old former All Japan Women Champion and ARSION founder has been absent from US shores for more than 15 years, following a brief stint in the WWF in late 1995, where she was the sole survivor in her elimination match at Survivor Series and was scheduled for face Alundra Blayze for the Women’s Title at the Royal Rumble the following January. However, Blayze left the company, returned to WCW as Madusa and dropped the title belt in the bin on a live episode of Nitro. Had Kong had the shot at the Rumble, it’s a fair bet to say that she would have won, and then dropped the belt back to Blayze at WrestleMania XII.

With a whole show full of joshis, it will be interesting to see who CHIKARA brings in. Will it focus on legends like Toyota, Kong, Kyoko Inoue and the like (if they do, I would shit my brains out of my eyes for one last appearance by Bull Nakano) or will it be a hybrid of older and newer talent, leading to a return for Makoto and Fujimoto, along with other rising Japanese stars? Whatever happens, it’s likely to be one hell of an occasion.

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Looks like the OVW Women’s Championship is set to change hands on Saturday.

While I’m sure that’s not the message that was intended in the email to us from OVW referee Chris Sharpe, it does lend one to believe that Lady JoJo (formerly Sojo Bolt in TNA and Josie in SHIMMER) will be dropping the belt and ending her 11 month reign at the hands of Izza Belle Smothers at the Saturday Special in Louisville this weekend.

What we received was a note informing us that you can pre-order the DVD of the show and get it signed by the participants in the title match:

On Saturday August 6th at Ohio Valley Wrestling’s Saturday Night Special in Louisville the OVW Women’s Championship will be on the line! The defending champion, Lady JoJo (formerly TNA Wrestling’s Sojo Bolt) has been Women’s Champion since August 28th, 2010! With technique, skill and the occasional underhanded tactic she has held on to the prized title; But now, a new, stronger, badder competitor has arrived! Izza Belle Smothers has smashed through all competition since arriving in OVW a few months ago. On August 6th these two collide! Two of professional wrestling’s most talented, action packed and hard hitting ladies make a dream match come to life and you can own a piece of history!

By popular demand we have decided to release a special edition of the event’s DVD. A custom autographed copy signed by BOTH Lady JoJo and Izza Belle. DVD’s are available but MUST BE PREORDERED before the day of the event on August 6th.

This is a contest which has been brewing for some time, with Izza Belle and her “sister” Jessie Belle setting their sights on being the queen bees of Ohio Valley Wrestling. They burst onto the scene at the start of the year and have been working across a number of promotions in the south and midwest – most notably OVW and Juggalo Championship Wrestling.

However, the hype may have gone slightly too far. Most promotions like to promote big title matches, but we are being led to believe that this one is ULTRA special. In our eyes, this can only mean a title change. To hype something this big and then not come through with the goods that most are expecting could be dangerous to future draws. Besides, a lot of the time, the result that people want is the one that will see them coming back for more – as in, don’t be like Vince Russo and continue to swerve people just to say that they didn’t see it coming.

Quite frankly, having Smothers win the title will be a massive jolt of life for the Women’s Title and give the division a new direction and focus. Overall, it would probably be the best move in the long run.

It would also mean a pretty successful week for Smothers, AKA Mickie Knuckles, who won the Absolute Intense Wrestling Women’s Title last Friday at Girls Night Out 4 in Lakewood, Ohio. Despite losing earlier in the night to Allysin Kay, Knuckles decided to cash in her title shot against Kay’s partner in Team Be Jealous, Champion Jessicka Havok. Havok had just swindled her way into retaining her title over Angel Dust in a First Blood match thanks to a screwy finish where Kay had smeared ketchup onto the face of the challenger so the referee called for the bell. Following that result, Smothers challenged Havok, and (with the help of a new, and less crooked referee) took out her longtime rival to win the belt.

Two championships in eight days would be great for Knuckles/Smothers, and would re-establish her as being one of the top female wrestlers on the independent circuit, after having a couple of wilderness years following her departure from IWA: Mid South. We wish her all the best.

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Much like with Women Superstars Uncensored’s King and Queen of the Ring event held back on April 2, which saw Mercedes Martinez & Julio Dinero take the crowns, a similar tournament is scheduled to take place north of the border on August 13.

National Championship Wrestling is teaming up with sister promotion Femmes Fatales to present an eight team intergender tournament called Amazons and Titans in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It’s not the first time that the tournament has taken place, though it has been on hiatus for a while, and is being brought back in grand fashion, with a number of different FF storylines expected to be forwarded as a result.

Angie Skye will team with Thomas Dubois to take on the rising star Kira and Spark, with Skye walking on thin ice with her aide Joey Soprano – a defeat in the first round of the tourney could have disastrous consequences for her. In another quarter final, new babyface – and top contender to the nCw International Championship (currently held by LuFisto) – Kalamity will form a brand new team with the masked Darrko to take on the King’s Court, sporting the much larger Anna Minoushka. The Court are being labelled the favourites to take the crowns – though they’ve already got some, being royalty, so that would be somewhat greedy – though Kalamity will want to have a strong showing ahead of the next FF show in October to show she’s deserving of a shot at the gold.

In the other bracket, Mary Lee Rose and Cheerleader Melissa will butt heads again. They fought in a triple threat match at Femmes Fatales IV back in March (also including She Nay Nay) which Melissa won, but Rose attacked Melissa after the bell before returning to the back. Rose also got involved in the main event of FF VI, when she climbed onto the apron to distract Melissa during her match where she teamed with Mercedes Martinez to face Kalamity and Portia Perez. On August 13, Rose will team with Alextreme (as regular running buddy James Stone will be out of town) to face Melissa and Jay Phenomenon.

In the final match of the quarter finals, Portia Perez will join forces with Handsome JF to take on Sweet Cherrie and Pat Guenette.

This writer would imagine that the main stories to come out of the show will be Rose and Melissa kicking seven different shades of snot out of each other ahead of the FF show on October 8, while Kalamity and Darrko will upset the favourites in the quarters and go on to take the crowns in order to give Kalamity a bigger shove towards a title match.

Should you wish to go along and see it for yourself, it all goes down on August 13 at the Centre Sportif St-Barthélemy in Montreal, with a bell time of 8pm.

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The best of the rest

Former WWE Women’s Champion (and my pick to have eventually surpassed Trish Stratus’ success) Candice Michelle’s been added to the K&S WrestleFest show in Philadelphia on August 27… Chyna’s cancelled her appearance at the event, choosing to take a booking at adult entertainment expo Exxxotica instead. I guess that’s where her priorities lie these days… TMZ reports that Maryse has filed a restraining order against an obsessed fan who she fears will kill her. Security’s been beefed up backstage. She also missed Raw this week, which she said was so she could get treatment for a hernia, but the timing’s somewhat fishy… Christina Von Eerie announced her engagement to TNA’s Jesse Neal last week… Mickie James is booked for Preston City Wrestling in the UK this month… Sarita’s still wearing that protective mask after suffering facial paralysis. Meanwhile, Dr Lucha Steve Sims is insinuating that her condition may not be totally legit… REINA’s tournament to crown a CMLL-REINA International Junior Champion starts on August 14 and concludes on September 10. The seven participants are Ray, Senri Kuroki, Sendai Sachiko, Zeuxis, Mia Yim, Dama de Hierro and Luscious Latasha… Eve Torres spoke out in an interview with the Peoria Journal about how the Divas don’t get enough ring time on TV, but get to show off more at house shows. This is something which Kelly Kelly referred to in our Women Of Wrestling Podcast with her in January last year… LuFisto’s scheduled to return to Mexico to wrestle for a promotion called POP in December. Sexy Star has thrown down a challenge… Madison Eagles, Jessie McKay & MsChif will appear at the AAW show on September 30 – the day before the SHIMMER tapings… In an interview on Colt Cabana’s Art of Wrestling podcast, Beth Phoenix discussed how Molly Holly helped her get a WWE tryout and then encouraged her to train at OVW… Roxie Cotton wrestled her last match as Roxie Cotton at AIW’s Girls Night Out 4 last Friday, losing to Portia Perez. She renamed herself Gabby Gilbert afterwards, and will continue wrestling under that name in the future. Mena Libra also made her return that night after suffering a broken foot back in May… Ayumi Kurihara will debut for SMASH on August 11. Syuri also went batshit crazy during the SMASH press conference ahead of her match with Kana on that date… April Davids has finished her stint at the Ice Ribbon dojo. She wrestled 8 matches, winning four, losing two and drawing two… When asked about what he thinks about the Divas division, Bret Hart replied on his Twitter, “give them a chance”… Pro Wrestling: EVE has announced new working relationships with NWA Hammerlock and Southside Wrestling Entertainment to host EVE-sanctioned matches… Ayumi Kurihara will challenge Amapola for the CMLL World Women’s Championship in September. Amapola’s been champion since November 2007… Tara says she is no longer pursuing an MMA career… Stardom has announced a tag team title to go with its news Queen and Wander of Stardom belts. They’ll be called the Goddesses of Stardom titles… Shelly Martinez has posted a video directed at TNA’s Vince Russo claiming she has a storyline idea for her and Cookie, who’s been MIA for some time… Beth Phoenix is the #1 contender to the Divas title after winning a battle royal on Raw. She then turned heel on champion Kelly Kelly after the match.

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Results

July 25: Ohio Valley Wrestling (Paoli, Indiana) – Holly Blossom b Hannah Blossom; CJ Lane b Lady JoJo

July 26: New York Wrestling Connection (Manhattan, NY) – Nikki Styx b Violet Stevens

July 26: Federation Francaise de Catch Professionnel (Beaucaire, France) – Faith Lehaine b Amy Morgane

July 27: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Kaori Yoneyama, Hamuko Hoshi & Mochi Miyagi b Hikaru Shida, Maki Narumiya & Dorami Nagano in an elimination match; Makoto v April Davids went to a 10 minute time limit draw; Ray & Hikari Minami b Command Bolshoi & Chii Tomiya; Tsukasa Fujimoto b Neko Nitta

July 28: Impact Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Winter b Tara

July 29: Alicia Fox, Rosa Mendes & Tamina b AJ, Kaitlyn & Natalya

July 29: AIW Girls Night Out (Lakewood, OH) – Mena Libra b KC; Cherry Bomb b Veda Scott; Allysin Kay b Mickie Knuckles; Sara Del Rey b Sassy Stephie; Portia Perez b Roxie Cotton; Jessicka Havok b Angel Dust in a First Blood Match; Mickie Knuckles b Jessicka Havok to win the AIW Women’s Championship

July 29: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Amapola b Estrellita

July 29: Extreme Canadian Championship Wrestling (Surrey, BC, Canada) – RICK & Nicole Matthews b Ray Brooks & KC Spinelli

July 30: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Tsukushi b Kurumi; Kaori Yoneyama & Chii Tomiya b Hikari Minami & Maki Narumiya; Makoto Oishi & Masa Takanashi b Hamuko Hoshi & Mochi Miyagi; Hikaru Shida & April Davids b Emi Sakura & Dorami Nagano; April Davids v Masa Takanashi went to a 3 minute time limit draw.

July 30: PWA Queensland (Chermside, Australia) – Storm b Niki Nitro

July 30: CHIKARA (Reading, PA) – Mima Shimoda, Portia Perez & Tsukasa Fujimoto b Sara Del Rey, Daizee Haze & Makoto

July 31: CHIKARA (Philadelphia, PA) – Sara Del Rey b Claudio Castagnoli; Tsukasa Fujimoto b Makoto; Daizee Haze b Mima Shimoda

July 31: Diana (Shizuoka, Japan) – DASH Chisako b Jenny Rose; Tadashi Sano b Stun Gun Takamura; Keiko Aono b Sareee; Kagetsu b Sendai Sachiko; Aya Yuki & Kyoko Inoue b Kaoru Ito & Toshie Uematsu

July 31: AAA Verano de Escándalo (Jalisco, Mexico) – b Mary Apache, Cynthia Moreno, Faby Apache, Jennifer Blake, Lolita, Mickie James & Sexy Star to win the Reina de Reinas title

July 31: Lucha Libre Feminil (Tlalnepantla, Mexico) – Chica Maravilla & Princesa de Oro b Estrella Negra & Felina Metalica; Chica Tormenta b La Vaquerita, Keira, Lily Fighter, Vanely, Yuki Star & Sexy Lady; Angelica & La Maligna b Princesa Maya & Princesa Quetzal; La Bandida b Reina Azteca, Shitara & Dark Fantasy; Chica Tormenta b Hija de Karonte to win the LLF Juvinil title; Ayako Hamada b Mari Apache & Lady Puma in a 3-way.

July 31: World Association of Wrestling (Great Yarmouth, England) – Britani Knight b Amy Lee Krammer; Busty Keegan, Black Widow & Destiny b Sweet Saraya, Amazon & Liberty

July 31: CMLL (Monterey, Mexico) – Estrella Mágica, Goya Kong & Lady Apache b La Comandante, La Seductora & Princesa Blanca

July 31: WAVE (Nagoya, Japan) – Sawako Shimotsuke b Nancy Ball; Cherry b Mika Iida; Mio & Io Shirai & Kana b Toshie Uematsu, Ran Yu-Yu & Moeka Haruhi; Kana b Haruhi; Misaki Ohata & Yumi Ohka b Manami Toyota & Sakura Hirota; Meiko Satomura & Ryo Mizunami b GAMI & Ayumi Kurihara

August 1: WWE Raw (Indianapolis, IN) – Beth Phoenix won a battle royal

Upcoming

August 4: Freak Show Wrestling (Las Vegas, NV) – Tab Jackson v Winter

August 5: Pro Wrestling Alliance (Liverpool, NSW, Australia) – Shazza McKenzie & Jessie McKay v KC Cassidy & Madison Eagles

August 6: Dungeon Championship Wrestling (Newhall, CA) – Allison Danger & Thunder Kitty v NY Knockout Nikki & Chloe

August 6: CLASH Wrestling (Taylor, MI) – N8 Mattson & Mena Libra v Donnie & Jacob Hallows

August 6: Ohio Valley Wrestling (Louisville, KY) – Lady JoJo v Izza Belle Smothers

August 6: Ring Wars Carolina (Lumberton, NC) – Mia Svensson v Leva Bates

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 7: Anarchy Championship Wrestling (Live Oak, TX) – ACH v Scot Summers v Rachel Summerlyn

August 7: TNA Hardcore Justice (Orlando, FL) – Mickie James v Winter

August 11: SMASH (Tokyo, Japan) – Makoto v Serena; Syuri v Kana; Takuya Kito, Mio Shirai & Yusuke Kodama v Yuko Miyamoto, Ray & YO-HEY

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 13: Northern Championship Wrestling (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) – Angie Skye & Thomas Dubois v Kira & Spark; King’s Court v Kalamity & Darkko; Mary Lee Rose & Alextreme v Cheerleader Melissa & Jay Phenomenon; Portia Perez & Handsome JF v Sweet Cherrie & Pat Guenette

August 14: WWE SummerSlam (Los Angeles, CA) – Kelly Kelly v Beth Phoenix

August 20: AAW (Berwyn, IL) – MsChif v Sassy Stephie

August 21: Anarchy Championship Wrestling (Austin, TX) – Portia Perez v Lillie Mae

August 26: Preston City Wrestling (Preston, Lancashire) – featuring Mickie James

August 27: NWA Hammerlock (Cheshunt, England) – April Davids v Rhia O’Reilly

August 27: CHIKARA (Easton, PA) – Sara Del Rey v Hallowicked

August 28: FutureShock Wrestling (Stockport, England) – TAFKA Becky James v April Davids

September 3: Pro Wrestling Women’s Alliance (Sydney, Australia) – Madison Eagles v Jessie McKay v Nicole Matthews

September 4: Happy Hour (Tokyo, Japan)

September 10: New Scene Wrestling (Birmingham, England) – April Davids v Jenny Sjodin; Jemma Palmer v Darcy Steele

September 17: IndyGurlz (Boonton, NJ) – Mercedes Martinez v (Portia Perez selection)

September 18: CMLL (Tokyo, Japan) – Amapola v Ayumi Kurihara

September 24: IndyGurlz (Shrewsbury, MA) – Sara Del Rey v Mercedes Martinez

September 24; Southside Wrestling Entertainment (Huntingdon, England) – Super Janey B v Rhia O’Reilly

October 1 & 2: SHIMMER: Women Athletes (Berwyn, IL)

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

October 8: nCw Femmes Fatales (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)

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.

– Lee Burton