Well, that’s SHIMMER all over with for 2011 (see the complete results and extra thoughts by clicking here and here), but the flood of quality women’s wrestling doesn’t end there. This upcoming weekend sees two great promotions in two countries – nCw Femmes Fatales have a card on Saturday which sees International Champion LuFisto defending her title against Kalamity, with a distinct possibility of a title change, though instead of explaining it – and the rest of the card here, check out the latest edition of the Women Of Wrestling Podcast which will be online later today.
So let’s focus on the other promotion hosting three separate events over Saturday and Sunday in Nottingham, England.
Pro Wrestling: EVE has undergone a changing of the guard since the last time it ran a full show in April. At that time, Britani Knight became the first EVE Champion by wrestling five matches to win the title tournament, but lost the belt on her second defence to Jenny Sjodin under a series of circumstances that led to she, her mother Sweet Saraya and World Association of Wrestling breaking away. Things have stabilised since that warm June evening in Morecambe – Sjodin has become a double champion by adding the Norwegian Women’s Wrestling Alliance title to her collection by defeating Aurora Flame in a title for title affair, and is pitted to take on her teammate in the European Empire group – as well as her Northern Shooters tag team partner – April Davids with the EVE Championship on the line.
The two have wrestled each other in EVE – both times in Catch Division matches which were more MMA-esque, faux-shoot-style affairs. This will be the first time they will have taken each other on under standard rules in the promotion, though they have wrestled on numerous occasions in the past. One of the most recent meetings between the two was last month at New Scene Wrestling in Birmingham, which Davids won, but acted more as a dress rehearsal for their title match this Saturday. Hopefully, because of the amount of time they have trained together as well as wrestled against and alongside each other, it should be a cracking contest.
In addition, since the last EVE event, Davids has spent a month in Japan training at the Ice Ribbon Dojo in Saitama, which brings us on to the unique selling point of the weekend. Four wrestlers from Ice Ribbon – founder Emi Sakura, Hikaru Shida, Tsukasa Fujimoto and current ICEx60 Champion Hikari Minami – will all be competing at the events, including an SWE show which acts as a Saturday matinee precursor to the EVE shows, where Sakura and Minami will team with Fujimoto and Shida.
“It’ll be interesting,” EVE promoter Dann Read told Ringbelles after night 1 of the tournament back in April. “We’ve made a point straight from the beginning that Pro Wrestling: EVE’s about showcasing the best of Europe. This helps us as it’s actually EVE versus Ice Ribbon; this is Europe versus Japan. This is us showing what we can do – this isn’t a case about them being a permanent part of our roster, this is a special weekend of shows.”
Promotions from overseas have ventured to the UK to stage cards – Dragon Gate and Pro Wrestling NOAH immediately spring to mind – while others such as Ring Of Honor have aligned themselves with an established British company to create a number of interpromotional contests – with ROH, they linked up with the Frontier Wrestling Alliance. However, this is the first time that a joshi promotion has teamed up to work with a British women’s wrestling company, making this weekend a landmark occasion for wrestling both in the UK and Japan.
To mark the occasion, a number of interpromotional bouts have been announced for the cards, with the first one revealed to be Hikaru Shida taking on the giant German, Alpha Female.
Shida formed a tag team with Davids during her visit to the dojo, and has been lauded as one of the upcoming joshi stars by many. She is likely to have her hands full with Alpha though, as it will be out of her comfort zone as far as size in concerned. Shida is one of the taller competitors in Ice Ribbon, but will be looking up to the German, who – with the teased-up hair, constant snarl and muscular physique – will be expected to be more dominant, as she normally is in her matches. If anything, this match probably won’t be a long one, as Alpha works best in quick and brutal smash-fests, but it should be a spectacle to watch.
Championship tournament finalist and European Empire member Nikki Storm will take on Tsukasa Fujimoto in what should be a fast-faced, technical affair. Storm grabbed the attention of many fans in her loss to Sweet Saraya in EVE last year before turning heel and joining with Jetta and her Empire cohorts, and wrestled a great match with Britani in the finals in April. The loud-mouthed, pint-sized Scot will have to be on her game though, as her opponent is one of the most accomplished in Ice Ribbon’s five year history.
Fujimoto has held the Triple Crown of Ice Ribbon championships, not just holding the Triangle Ribbon, International Ribbon Tag Team and ICEx60 Championships this year, but being in possession of all three at the same time. The former actress turned wrestler is a late starter to the grap game, but has made up for lost time and is now one of the promotion’s most exciting to watch. Despite being small – as are many of the wrestlers in Ice Ribbon – she is technically accomplished and also accustomed to wrestling in front of a western audience, as she competed in two matches over the CHIKARAsaurus Rex weekend back in July, winning alongside Portia Perez and Mimi Shamoda against Makoto, Daizee Haze and Sara Del Rey, but also on the following night, defeating Makoto in the opening bout of the evening that won praise from the fans, who were fairly unfamiliar with the pair of them. Storm v Fujimoto could be the sleeper match of the weekend.
ICEx60 Champion Hikari Minami and Ice Ribbon founder Emi Sakura will team up to take on Portgual’s Perfect Athlete Shanna and England’s Erin Angel which should see the joshis hold the advantage before the bell due to their frequency of teaming up. Also, Shanna and Angel wrestle on the opposite side of the tracks – while Erin is one of the more popular EVE stars, Shanna is part of the hated European Empire.
In other action, a Scottish feud rolls its way into England with the flame-haired Kay Lee Ray meeting the Glamour Gym’s Carmel Jacob in singles action. Ray made her EVE debut in April, putting on an impressive showing on the second night, teaming up with Liberty in a losing effort to Jacob and her Glamour Gym partner Sara-Marie Taylor. Considering these two work with each other on a regular basis in Scotland, this should be another neat affair, much like Sjodin v Davids is expected to be.
Finally, EVE’s resident superheroine Super Janey B will meet Rhia O’Reilly in a rematch from their contest at SWE last month, which Janey ended up winning. The aftermath of the contest saw O’Reilly attack Janey in the alleyway, turning her heel and led to this match being announced. A heel turn was on the cards for Rhia though – she had been frustrated at the title tournament after being eliminated in the opening round, and failed to gain revenge on the European Empire the following night after she blamed them for getting involved in her match. She fell to April Davids at NWA Hammerlock in August, and then suffered the aforementioned defeat to Janey last month. From a storyline point of view, O’Reilly is sick and tired of being sick and tired. This may be the shot in the arm that Rhia needs to be pushed up the card as a heel.
Pro Wrestling: EVE v Ice Ribbon takes place at Gym Combat in Nottingham this weekend with a show on Saturday evening, a matinee show on Sunday afternoon and is rounded off on Sunday night. If you can get there to see four of Japan’s top joshi stars as well as a host of what Europe has to offer to women’s wrestling, get there. Ringbelles will also be on hand offering live results and post-show analysis, interviews and videos. Keep coming back to see what we bring you.
Beth Phoenix won the Divas Championship two weeks late at Hell In The Cell. By all rights, she should have taken the title at Night Of Champions in her hometown of Buffalo, NY instead of being pinned for a second straight pay per view by Kelly Kelly, but for some reason, it was put off until last weekend.
However, the victory was still designed to protect Kelly, as she was assaulted by Beth’s partner Natalya before falling to the Glam Slam. And despite winning, Beth was still overshadowed by Kelly on Raw when the former champion attacked Beth during her tag team match with Eve Torres against Phoenix and Natalya, leading to a no contest. Beth ended up being beaten down, and Kelly was on top. It was very clear who the real face of the Divas division is, and will be for the forseeable future.
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Melina has denied speculation that she planned to interject herself into the Divas tag team match on Raw two weeks ago. Reports claimed she was going to buy a ticket and hop the rail to set off her own angle… GAMI is the latest name to be added to the Joshimania lineup for December… Sara Del Rey’s been removed for Ring Of Honor’s profile page… Mickie James was in the UK last week to hype next January’s TNA UK tour… Madison Rayne returned to SHIMMER to reprise her Ashley Lane character, taking on former partner Nevaeh in both singles and tag team action… Also at SHIMMER, Mercedes Martinez turned heel by attacking Athena with a steel chair. The act subsequently turned Athena babyface… Madison Eagles’ SHIMMER title reign ended on the 13th volume of her reign. MsChif’s run with the belt also ended on her 13th volume… Ashley Massaro has been appointed the General Manager of WILD Wrestling… Michelle McCool says she didn’t receive preferential treatment in WWE because of her relationship and subsequent marriage to Undertaker. With respect, she may not be the best person to make the judgement… Sorry for the brevity of the rest of the news, but it’s been very quiet this week, barring SHIMMER, and the team’s been on location in Berwyn. We’ll bring you a video of what happened after the tapings wrapped later this week.
September 24: Kana Pro (Kyoto, Japan) – AKIRA b Akito; MENs Teioh & Mio Shirai b GAMI & Io Shirai; Yuki Ishikawa & Katsumi Usuda b Kenichi Yamamoto & Takaku Fuke; Yoshiaki Fujiwara & Daisuke Sekimoto v Tatsumi Fujinami & Masato Tanaka went to a draw; Kengo Mashimo b Kana
September 26: WAVE (Tokyo, Japan) – Ayako Hamada, Yumi Ohka, Cherry & Misaki Ohata b Toshie Uematsu, Shu Shibutani, Ryo Mizunami & Moeka Haruhi; Kyoko Kimura b Aya Yuki; Mio Shirai b Sakura Hirota; Kana & Ayumi Kurihara b GAMI & Tomoka Nakagawa
September 27: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Goya Kong, Marcela & Ray b Amapola, La Seductora & Mima Shimoda
September 28: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Maki Narumiya b Sayaka Obihiro; Tsukasa Fujimoto & Dorami Nagano b Rabbit Mita & Nana Kawasa; Kaori Yoneyama b Ribbon Takanashi & Mochi Miyagi in a 3-way; Hikaru Shida b Hamuko Hoshi
September 29: WWE Superstars (St Louis, MO) – Nikki & Brie Bella b AJ & Kaitlyn
September 29: Impact Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Madison Rayne b Tara
September 30: WWE SmackDown (St Louis, MO) – Kelly Kelly b Natalya
September 30: AAW (Berwyn, IL) – Mena Libra, Sassy Stephie & Madison Eagles b MsChif, Nevaeh & Jessie McKay
September 30: Melbourne City Wrestling (Tullamarine, Australia) – Shazza McKenzie b Harley Wonderland
October 1: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Tsukasa Fujimoto b Sayaka Obihiro; Maki Narumiya b Meari Naito; Hamuko Hoshi b Mochi Miyagi; Tsukushi, Kurumi & Dorami Nagano b Emi Sakura, Ribbon Takanashi & Ken Ohka; Emi Sakura, Ribbon Takanashi & Ken Ohka b Tsukushi, Kurumi & Dorami Nagano; Hikari Minami b Hikaru Shida
October 1: SHIMMER: Women Athletes (Berwyn, IL) – Bonesaw, She Nay Nay & Buggy b Veda Scott, Kimberley Maddox & Su Yung; KC Spinelli & Cherry Bomb v Maja Svensson & Allysin Kay went to a time limit draw; Nikki Roxx b Kellie Skater; Mercedes Martinez b Davina Rose; Hailey Hatred b Kalamity; Sara Del Rey b Yumi Ohka; Kana b Mia Yim; Ayako Hamada & Ayumi Kurihara b Daizee Haze & Tomoka Nakagawa to win the SHIMMER Tag Team Championship; Nevaeh b Ashley Lane; Cheerleader Melissa b Britani Knight; Portia Perez b Jessie McKay; Saraya Knight b Allison Danger; Hiroyo Matsumoto b Nicole Matthews; Madison Eagles b Serena Deeb; Mercedes Martinez b Leva Bates; Mena Libra & Melanie Cruise b Hailey Hatred & Kalamity; Tomoka Nakagawa b MsChif, LuFisto & Kellie Skater in a 4-way; Portia Perez b Davina Rose; Nevaeh & Sassy Stephie b Nikki Roxx & Ariel; Cheerleader Melissa b Christina Von Eerie; Athena b Jessie McKay and Mia Yim in a 3-way; Nicole Matthews b Serena Deeb; Ayako Hamada & Ayumi Kurihara b Saraya & Britani Knight; Kana b Sara Del Rey; Madison Eagles b Hiroyo Matsumoto
October 2: SHIMMER: Women Athletes (Berwyn, IL) – Jett Riley & Kimberley Maddox b December & Buggy Nova; KC Spinelli b Su Yung; LuFisto b Maja Svensson; Allison Danger & Leva Bates b Sassy Stephie & Nevaeh; Nicole Matthews b Davina Rose; Hiroyo Matsumoto b Kellie Skater; Saraya Knight b Ariel; Courtney Rush b Nikki Roxx; Yumi Ohka b Mia Yim; MsChif b Tomoka Nakagawa; Mercedes Martinez & Athena went to a double countout; Jessie McKay b Britani Knight; Serena Deeb b Portia Perez; Cheerleader Melissa b Kana; Ayako Hamada & Ayumi Kurihara b Madison Eagles & Sara Del Rey; Kellie Skater b Davina Rose; Taylor Made b Veda Scott; Kalamity b Tomoka Nakagawa; Sassy Stephie & Neveah b Ashley Lane & Mia Yim; Serena Deeb b Yumi Ohka; Allison Danger, Leva Bates, Christina Von Eerie & MsChif b Mena Libra, Melanie Cruise, She Nay Nay & Bonesaw; Hiroyo Matsumoto b Jessie McKay; Sara Del Rey b Courtney Rush; Athena b Mercedes Martinez; Kana b LuFisto; Britani Knight b Saraya Knight; Ayako Hamada & Ayumi Kurihara b Portia Perez & Nicole Matthews; Cheerleader Melissa b Madison Eagles to win the SHIMMER Championship
October 2: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Maki Narumiya & Dorami Nagano b Mochi Miyagi & Sayaka Obihiro; Emi Sakura b Hamuko Hoshi; Choun Shiryu b Kurumi; Tsukushi & Tsukasa Fujimoto v Hikaru Shida & Riho went to a time limit draw
October 2: WWE Hell In A Cell (New Orleans, LA) – Beth Phoenix b Kelly Kelly to win the Divas Championship
October 3: WWE Raw (Lafayette, LA) – Beth Phoenix & Natalya v Kelly Kelly & Eve Torres went to a no-contest
October 7: Dynamo Pro Wrestling (Glen Carbon, IL) – MsChif v Billy McNeil v Jamie Lyte v Jackal v Makaze v Jack Gamble
October 7: CHIKARA (Burlington, NC) – Madison Eagles v Kana; Mike Quackenbush v Sara Del Rey
October 8: IWA Unlimited (Olney, IL) – Angelus Layne & Rachel Summerlyn v Athena & Serenity
October 8: nCw Femmes Fatales (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) – Tiana Ringer v Mercedes Martinez; Tomoka Nakagawa v Portia Perez v Sweet Cherrie; Cheerleader Melissa v Mary Lee Rose; Lufisto v Kalamity; Angie Skye v Cherry Bomb; Courtney Rush v Kellie Skater
October 8: Lucha POP (Tlalnepantla de Baz, Mexico) – Mary & Faby Apache v Keira & Lolita
October 8: CHIKARA (Kingsport, TN) – Sara Del Rey v Kana; Jessie McKay v Madison Eagles
October 8 and 9: Pro Wrestling: EVE v Ice Ribbon (Nottingham, UK) – April Davids v Jenny Sjodin; Hikaru Shida v Alpha Female
October 9: AAA (Monterrey, Mexico) – Cinthia Moreno, Fabi Apache & Mari Apache v Jennifer Blake, Sexy Star & Velvet Sky
October 9: St Louis Anarchy (Fairview Heights, IL) – Rachel Summerlyn v Darin Corbin
October 15: Dungeon Championship Wrestling (Newhall, CA) – Allison Danger & Sara Del Rey v NY Knockout Nikki & Morgan
October 15: Extreme World Wrestling (Hastings, England) – Skarlett v Sweet Saraya; Lucy Clayden v Pollyanna
October 26: SMASH (Osaka, Japan) – Syuri & Makoto v Kana & Mio Shirai
October 28: SMASH (Tokyo, Japan) – Kana v Aki Shizuku; Syuri v Makoto v Ray v Tomoka Nakagawa
October 28: Extreme Canadian Championship Wrestling (Surrey, NC, Canada) – Nicole Matthews v KC Spinelli
October 29: Nitro Pro Wrestling Alliance (Blackpool, England) – Kay Lee Ray v Jenny Sjodin
November 5: New Scene Wrestling (Birmingham, England) – Alpha Female v Jenny Sjodin; April Davids & Jemma Palmer v Darcy Steele & Becky James
November 6: New Scene Wrestling (Birmingham, England) – Alpha Female v Jenny Sjodin; Kay Lee Ray v Carmel Jacob
November 19: World Association of Women’s Wrestling (Norwich, England) – Sweet Saraya v Allison Danger; Queen Maya v Amazon; Destiny v Miss Mina
November 19: International Wrestling Cartel (Meadville, PA) – Traci Brooks v Gail Kim
November 19: Women Superstars Uncensored (Union City, NJ) – Jetta & Rain v The Boston Shore; Serena Deeb v Melina; Mercedes Martinez, Alicia & Brittney Savage v Jessicka Havok, Allysin Kay & Sassy Stephie; Nikki Styx v Gabby Gilbert; Becky Bayless v Rick Cataldo
January 8, 2012 Bull Nakano retirement show (Tokyo, Japan)
March 3, 2012 Women Superstars Uncensored (Union City, NJ) – Mercedes Martinez v Jessicka Havok; Sassy Stephie & Allysin Kay v Brittney Savage & Alicia
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– Lee Burton