Ringbelles Roundup (9 August 2011)
Most of you reading this will already know the main details about Gail Kim and Melina’s departures from WWE – Melina was released on Thursday after a number of controversial incidents, while Kim “quit” on last Monday after eliminating herself from Raw’s battle royal. The situation since then is that both are still somewhat tied to the company, be it by choice or circumstance.
Despite walking out of WWE last week, Gail Kim is still yet to have been officially released. Instead, she’s breaching her contract – which may have as little as a month or two left on it – in the hope that the deal will be terminated and she will be free to do whatever she wants with her life. The two most obvious possibilities to this strategy were that either Kim would get what she wanted – which was unlikely, as why would they roll over for someone who has behaved unprofessionally in just walking out of the door – or that WWE would sue her for breaching her contract. However, they decided to choose option three – keep her on the payroll.
What that means is that Gail has to sit at home on basic pay, unable to wrestle for other promotions until the day that her contract expires, when she’s able to negotiate elsewhere. Aside from it being a cheap offer for a money-heavy business like WWE, it probably did not want to take Kim to court, as – along with hurting morale within the roster – it may bring up the question of whether wrestlers are independent contractors or employees, and that is a Pandora’s Box that WWE probably does not want to open in a court of law, especially when Kim’s fiance Robert Irvine is a pretty well off TV chef and could afford some pretty decent legal representation for her. Should she win, and prove that she is an independent contractor who can wrestle for who and where she chooses, it could set a precedent that every single WWE and TNA “employee” could challenge. It’s a much safer option to keep her off TV and let people forget about her.
Melina is still tied into WWE because she’s trying to be. After being released and releasing a short podcast thanking her fans, she then encouraged them to contact WWE to rehire her. She also tweeted a mild mark-out for herself when Beth Phoenix said that there would be “no more splits” in the Divas division after beating Eve Torres on Raw last night, saying that she’s happy to still being referred to, even though she was essentially being buried in the promo – which is something WWE would have gotten Beth to say. WWE couldn’t be anymore clear that they want to be rid of her, but she persists in believing that she could be brought back.
So much so that Melina was on the road with her boyfriend John Morrison this weekend, culminating in last night’s Raw. She claims she had already arranged to make the trip, but that would have been when she was a WWE employee, which she no longer was by the time the trip took place. Presumably, she made her way backstage during part of the house show loop, as by the time she rocked up backstage at the HP Pavilion Arena at San Jose, CA, she was banned from entering the building – as any non-employee would. It must have been an humiliating bump to earth for the former 5 times combined Women’s & Divas Champion; going from the figurehead of the division to being left outside in the car while her beau wrestled inside in front of thousands of fans.
Neither of them are helping their cause by turning to Twitter to air their grievances (in Kim’s case) or pander for support (as it pertains to Melina). Silence should be their native talk at this moment in time until the furore dies down and they can formulate a more coherent plan for their future. At the moment both are like white noise and with each tweet, they forfeit a little more dignity and professionalism.
Double-turns, a 73-minute match, wild brawls, a new main-event faction and a dildo. That pretty much sums up the two WSU DVD tapings which took place on Saturday in Union City, NJ.
The main talking point coming out of the first taping was the 73-minute match between Mercedes Martinez and Lexxus, which surpassed Martinez v Angel Orsini back on June 9, 2009, which Mercedes won when their 60 minute Iron Woman match ended in a draw and went another 10 minutes in overtime. Going into the match, questions had been asked about whether Lexxus was worth of the WSU World Title match that she earned after winning the WSU Uncensored Rumble back on June 25. However, Lexxus proved that she could hang at the top of the WSU card by going that mammoth distance in defeat. Martinez put Lexxus over on the mic afterwards, and with good reason – there aren’t many wrestlers, male or female, that could go an hour. What made it even more amazing is that Lexxus then wrestled less than an hour later as part of her successful WSU Tag Team Title match with partner Amber against Jana and Jessie “Bonesaw” Brooks.
Elsewhere, Brittney Savage beat Amy Lee in a wild Uncensored Rules match which went all over the ACE Arena and saw weapons including kendo sticks and the aforementioned dildo. After the match, Lee officially retired, but promised that she would be sticking around WSU in some capacity…
The second taping is when things went into overdrive.
The Spirit Title match between Sassy Stephie and Allysin Kay never reached a conclusion when Jessicka Havok got Stephie to team up with her and Kay to form the Midwest Militia. Kay and Stephie then beat the Belle Saints straight afterwards.
The Militia then made themselves known in the No Holds Barred main event between Havok and Alicia when they interfered in the contest, prompting Martinez to attempt to even the odds, and Savage coming out to do the same. The wild brawl saw referees attacked and the match thrown out, leading to Amy Lee announcing that she was the new WSU Commissioner, and announced Martinez, Savage and Alicia against the Midwest Militia in a War Games match on iPPV on November 19, which explains why the promotion bought a steel cage recently.
In addition, the main event for the 5th Anniversary Show on March 3, 2012 has been announced – it will be Mercedes Martinez defending the WSU World Title against Jessicka Havok. Presumably, that means no more WSU World Title matches for the rest of the year.
In a move which was probably always going to happen, Makoto (fresh off her appearances at CHIKARAsaurus Rex last month) is defecting from Ice Ribbon to Tajiri’s SMASH promotion, where she has been booked on a number of occasions so far this year. SMASH was where the 21-year old returned on July 15 following her neck injury that she suffered on June 8 preparing for her series of matches against then-IW19 Champion Chii Tomiya. That, more than anything else, showed where Makoto’s priorities were starting to lay.
In essence, Makoto’s move to SMASH is because she has lofty ambitions to be signed by WWE – presumably also why she put in long hair extensions prior to her return. It also separates her from the pack, considering most joshi talent has short hair, or goes down no further than their shoulders. SMASH is more storyline-based than Ice Ribbon, and its layout of matches is more WWE-esque too. It means that she will be able to make her portfolio much more attractive for when she sends it to Titan Towers.
Her final request before leaving Ice Ribbon to join SMASH (where she will begin on August 21) was to be granted an ICEx60 title match against champion Tsukasa Fujimoto last Sunday, but was unsuccessful in her challenge. Afterwards, Riho said that she was disappointed that Makoto was abandoning Ice Ribbon when she could have easily worked for both at the same time. It looks like the two will wrestle before Makoto’s departure, with Riho acting as the defender of Ice Ribbon.
Personally, I wish Makoto the best of luck in chasing down her dream of becoming a WWE Diva.
The best of the rest
Miki Iida is out of action with a broken orbital bone that she suffered during her loss to Cherry at WAVE last Sunday… Following Beth Phoenix’s lead, Natalya turned heel after her victory over AJ on SmackDown this week… Aksana’s now on SmackDown… Sara Del Rey left the BDK after hosting one final VDK segment, showing her taking out Tursas with a rolling senton from the apron at CHIKARAsaurus Rex… Gail Kim’s habit of speaking out about how the Divas are used (or aren’t, more to the point) could have been the reason why she didn’t last long in last week’s battle royal on Raw. She rolled out of the ring without being throw out, claiming she was going what she was told… Perez Hilton claims former Diva Stacy Keibler is dating George Clooney… Maryse’s stalker Les Silber, 61, has been banned for going within 300 feet of her for the next three years. Her boyfriend The Miz joined her at the courtroom in Los Angeles… Taylor Wilde is starting wrestling training classes for women at Squared Circle Training in Toronto… Sexy Star is demanding that Pimpinela Escarleta be stripped of AAA’s Reina de Reinas title. Lucha fans have been upset with Pimpi winning the belt on July 30… Mickie James has been asking fans to help to pay for her to record a new album, and she’ll offer an executive producer title in the credits. Pledge $2,500 or more and you get a 30 minute concert in your living room – you’ll have to pay for flights, cars and hotel rooms though… Despite retiring from wrestling a couple of years ago, Lacey is booked to do some custom matches for Slammin’ Ladies this month… Joshi legend Dump Matsumoto will face Wander of Stardom Champion Yuzuki Aikawa on August 21… Winter beat Tab Jackson on Thursday night to win the vacant WILD Championship… Two weeks ago, Chii Tomiya expressed her desire to forfeit the IW19 Championship after failing to defeat Makoto in the main event of the July 22 edition of 19 Pro. It was granted on last Friday’s episode, and the title is now vacant… The video of Kenny Omega’s 3 minute draw with 9-year old Haruka in STARDOM has gone viral… CHIKARA reports that Daizee Haze is out indefinitely “to focus on her health and recovery”… Ariane Andrew’s new name in FCW is Cameron Lynn… Mickie James was asked in a Between The Ropes interview on Saturday about Gail Kim and Melina possibly joining TNA. She said she’d love to work with Gail, but completely ignored Melina. She and James have had heat since they were in development in OVW in 2004 – at the time, Melina trashed Mickie on the promotion’s official message board and called her a ‘slut’… Despite being released, Melina is still on the road with boyfriend John Morrison… Meanwhile, when asked on her Facebook if she would like to wrestle Melina, MsChif replied: “She wouldn’t have any of her own moves to use”… Athena, Leva Bates and Jessie McKay have been announced for the SHIMMER roster for October 1 & 2.
August 2: Premier Promotions (Bournemouth, England) – Destiny & Amazon b Saraya & Britani Knight to win the PWF Women’s Tag Team Championship
August 3: Ohio Valley Wrestling (Louisville, KY) – Hannah and Holly Blossom & Jessie Belle and Izza Belle Smothers b CJ Lane, Taryn Shay, Epiphany & Solo Darling
August 4: Freak Show Wrestling (Las Vegas, NV) – Winter b Tab Jackson to win the WILD Championship
August 4: WWE Superstars (Lexington, KY) – Alicia Fox b Kaitlyn
August 4: Impact Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Miss Tessmacher b Madison Rayne
August 5: WWE SmackDown (Lexington, KY) – Natalya b AJ
August 5: Top Rope Promotions (Fall River, MA) – Barbie b Amber & Taeler Hendrix in a 3-way cage match
August 5: Pro Wrestling Alliance (Liverpool, NSW, Australia) – Shazza McKenzie & Jessie McKay b KC Cassidy & Madison Eagles
August 5: 19 Pro (Saitama, Japan) – Tsukushi b Kurumi; Kaori Yoneyama & Hikari Minami v Tsukasa Fujimoto & Makoto went to a 19 minute time limit draw
August 6: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Hikari Minami & Kurumi b Maki Narumiya & Dorami Nagano; Tsukushi b Chii Tomiya; Emi Sakura & Makoto b Tsukasa Fujimoto & Hikaru Shida; Hamuko Hoshi & Mochi Miyagi b Chou-un Shiryu & Makoto Oishi to win the International Ribbon Tag Team Championship
August 6: Dungeon Championship Wrestling (Newhall, CA) – Thunder Kitty b Chloe; Allison Danger, Ultimo Shamu & Shaun Ricker NY Knockout Nikki, Vin D. Vine & Phoenix Star
August 6: CLASH Wrestling (Taylor, MI) – N8 Mattson & Mena Libra b Donnie & Jacob Hallows
August 6: Ohio Valley Wrestling (Louisville, KY) – Izza Belle Smothers b Lady JoJo to win the OVW Women’s Championship
August 6: Ring Wars Carolina (Lumberton, NC) – Mia Svensson v Leva Bates went to a time limit draw
August 6: Women Superstars Uncensored (Union City, NJ) – Allysin Kay b Niya, Tina San Antonio & Marti Belle in a 4-way; Nikki Styx b Barbie; Jana & Jessie “Bonesaw” Brooks b Jennifer Cruz & Monique; Serena Deeb b Annie Social; Sassy Stephie b Amber; Gabby Gilbert b Violet; Brittney Savage b Amy Lee; Mercedes Martinez b Lexxus; Annie Social b Monique; Gabby Gilbert b Rick Cataldo; The Boston Shore b Jana & Jessie “Bonesaw” Brooks; Nikki Styx b Niya; Sassy Stephie v Alliysin Kay went to a no-contest; Sassy Stephie & Allysin Kay b the Belle Saints; Serena Deeb b Rain; Brittney Savage b Jennifer Cruz; Jessicka Havok v Alicia’s No Hold Barred match ended in a no-contest
August 7: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Hamuko Hoshi & Mochi Miyagi b Hikaru Shida & Dorami Nagano; Ray b Chii Tomiya; Hikari Minami b Tsukushi & Kurumi in a 3-way; Tsukasa Fujimoto b Makoto
August 7: STARDOM (Osaka, Japan) – Natsuki*Taiyo b Saki Kashima; Haruka v Kuishinbo Kamen went to a 3 minute time limit draw; Yoshiko & Yuu Yamagata b Nanae Takahashi & Eri Susa; Yuzuki Aikawa & Yoko Bito b Arisa Hoshiki & Mayu Iwatani; Nanae Takahashi, Yuu Yamagata, Natsuki*Taiyo, Yuzuki Aikawa & Yoko Bito v Yoshiko, Arisa Hoshiki, Mayu Iwatani, Eri Susa, Saki Kashima & Haruka went to a 10 minute time limit draw
August 7: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – Yagami Aoi & Nao Komatsu b masu-me & Manami Katsu; Command Bolshoi b Hikari Minami; Yumi Ohka, Misaki Ohata & Bambi b Sachie Abe, KAZUKI & Tomoko Morii; Ayumi Kurihara b Hanako Nakamori; Kayoko Haruyama, Tsubasa Kuragaki & Leon b Meiko Satomura, Toshie Uematsu & Ran Yu-Yu; Hailey Hatred b Kaori Yoneyama
August 7: REINA (Ibaraki, Japan) – Sakura Hirota b Aki Shizuku; Tomoka Nakagawa b Dama de Hierro; Hiroyo Matsumoto b Luscious Latasha; La Commandante & Mia Yim b Manami Toyota & Saya
August 7: Anarchy Championship Wrestling (Live Oak, TX) – Scot Summers b Rachel Summerlyn & ACH in a 3-way to win the Anarchy Televised Championship
August 7: Pro Wrestling Ohio (Cleveland, OH) – Portia Perez b Veda Scott
August 7: TNA Hardcore Justice (Orlando, FL) – Winter b Mickie James to win the Knockouts Title; Miss Tessmacher & Tara b Sarita & Rosita
August 8: WWE Raw (San Jose, CA) – Beth Phoenix b Eve Torres
August 11: SMASH (Tokyo, Japan) – Makoto v Serena; Syuri v Kana; Takuya Kito, Mio Shirai & Yusuke Kodama v Yuko Miyamoto, Ray & YO-HEY
August 11 ArenaChicks (Cave-In-Rock, IL) – Amber O’Neal v Jessicka Havok; Sassy Stephie v Brittany Force v Allysin Kay; Angel Orsini v Josie; Epiphany & Jenny Star v Taryn Shay & CJ Lane; Jazz v Izza Belle Smothers
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; ACH v Rachel Summerlyn v Jerry Lynn v Shawn Vexx
August 21: Yuzupon Matsuri 4 (Tokyo, Japan) – Yuzupon Mask v Busty Sentai Pai Ranger Blue; Sanshiro Takagi & Munenori Sawa v Yuji Hino & DJ Leek; Nanae Takahashi & Saki Kashima v Natsuki*Taiyo & Yoshiko; Yuzuki Aikawa v Dump Matsumoto
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)
November 19: Women Superstars Uncensored (Union City, NJ) – Serena Deeb & Rain v The Boston Shore; Mercedes Martinez, Alicia & Brittney Savage v Jessicka Havok, Allysin Kay & Sassy Stephie
March 3, 2012 (Union City, NJ) – Mercedes Martinez v Jessicka Havok
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- Lee Burton