Ringbelles Roundup (25 October 2011)
It’s been a broken biscuits sort of week – in that there is a lot of little things that have been going on – so instead of a big piece about one topic, this week I’m going to channel the energy of Stephen Colbert and utilise the Tip of the Hat/Wag of the Finger gimmick from The Colbert Report to pass some musings on some of the week’s stories.
First off, a Tip of the Hat to Eve Torres, who, along with her opponent Beth Phoenix, staged the best Divas match in years at WWE Vengeance on Sunday. Beth had pulled off some minor miracles with Kelly Kelly on the three previous pay-per-views, but none of them were as good as this match. It went to show that Eve has something to her and can hold up her end of the bargain when the bell rings. Admittedly, the crowd in San Antonio, TX didn’t care enough to make much noise during the match, but they did pop for the false finish of Eve countering the Glam Slam attempt and nearly winning the title with a schoolboy roll-up.
On the flip side though, a Wag of the Finger to WWE, who may have something with Eve, but haven’t given her a chance to develop any sort of character. Why should I give a flying fornication about her when I don’t know anything about her? In fact, she has gone from being unnoticed to being a shadow of Kelly’s, when it is patently obvious that she smokes Kelly in the ring. Who cares that Kelly goes into “Beast Mode” from time to time – it still feels phoney. Kelly has had a chance to develop more of a character this year and hasn’t accomplished it. The time has come for WWE to put some time and effort into Eve to make her more of a credible challenger to Beth, as those two could put on some more great matches in the weeks and months to come.
A big Tip of the Hat goes to Women Superstars Uncensored and Serena Deeb. After being diagnosed with a concussion last week, Serena was forced to withdraw from her CHIKARA debut against Sara Del Rey, which should have been this coming Saturday. However, the jury was out as to whether she would be medically cleared to compete for WSU’s Breaking Barriers 2 iPPV on November 19, where she was scheduled to wrestle Melina in the former WWE Diva’s comeback match. The promotion was originally waiting for the results of an MRI on Friday to determine what it would do, but it and Serena made the joint decision that she would be withdrawn from the match and a replacement would be found for Melina. Deeb will still appear at the show in New York, but will not be wrestling.
This is an incredibly responsible move on both parties’ part. By putting Serena’s health first, it means she won’t be tempted to rush back into the ring to honour a commitment, afraid that pulling out closer to the event will leave everyone in the lurch, and means that WSU has time to find a replacement. Brain injuries are nothing to be sniffed at – especially since wrestling fans have seen what have happened to some great names over the last decade. Bret Hart, for example, had to retire after stacking up concussions because of wrestling before being medically cleared to do so, feeling under a sense of obligation to WCW. Chris Nowinski had to quit after being concussed, and then there is what happened to Chris Benoit. Serena, wisely, is following the doctor’s orders and taking an indefinite break from the ring until things are back to normal, and I applaud WSU for not putting pressure on her to step into the ring on November 19 just because it’s the match that they had been promoting and changing it would mess up their plans. There will be other events for Serena to wrestle Melina; she doesn’t have a replacement brain.
However, I must also punish WSU with a Wag of the Finger for the way it has gone about sorting out a replacement for Melina at Breaking Barriers 2. Instead of announcing someone ahead of time, you have to buy the iPPV and her opponent will be announced during the broadcast. On a number of levels, this is risky.
First off, what if the replacement isn’t as good as Serena and the match sucks? You’ll have already shelled out your money on the hope that it would be a worthwhile match and you may feel like you’ve wasted your cash as a result. On the flip side, why would WSU not promote the new opponent and encourage a few more people to buy it out of curiosity? I don’t see what WSU would have to gain from hyping up a mystery opponent… unless it was Savio Vega.
If WSU is unsure on who to go for, may I make a suggestion?
For years, Melina has been accused of stealing/borrowing/paying homage to the moves of certain independent wrestlers. We have it on pretty good knowledge that there is the odd SHIMMER DVD floating around the WWE locker room, and probably some others too. For that reason, now that Melina is back on the indy circuit, why not book her against the woman who she had been accused of stealing from, MsChif?
It’s a match that hasn’t been done anywhere else in the world, it would be another debut for the promotion, as MsChif has never wrestled in WSU, and it would be a great spectacle of two athletic women with amazingly supple bodies competing against each other. Visually, it’s the funky, fashionista going agains the dark and foreboding monster from the Inferno. On a first impression level, it’s a great contrast in appearances, so that would tempt people who may not know some of the “history”, and for people who do have an idea about why it would be interesting for the two of them to wrestle, it’s a doubly tantalising project. I’d pay $15 to see that on iPPV.
However, we must stress that Melina v her mystery opponent isn’t the only match on the card, and was never the main event anyway. I’m sure that even if it was the only match on the show, Mercedes Martinez, Alicia & Brittney Savage against Jessicka Havok, Sassy Stephie & Allysin Kay would be worth it.
The best of the rest
Sara Del Rey’s been lined up for Joshimania, making her the first gaijin to be announced by CHIKARA… Ray lost the CMLL-REINA Jr Championship to Silueta on Tuesday night… Beth Phoenix and Eve Torres engaged in a pointless Twitter war on Tuesday to hype up their match at Vengeance. Like I’ve said before, if it’s not happening on TV, it’s irrelevant… Gail Kim returned to TNA on last week’s Impact Wrestling, attacking Velvet Sky and aligning herself with Karen Jarrett… Cat Power and Courtney Rush attended the premier of Monster Brawl in Toronto on Thursday in which Rush plays Witch Bitch (who has an horrendous win-loss record)… Tara and Brooke Tessmacher’s successful Knockouts Tag Team Title defence against Winter and Angelina Love was the highest rated quarter hour (1.42) in the highest rated episode of Impact on Thursdays (1.4)… ACW’s Amanda Fox has shaved her head, Serena-style. Why she didn’t do it as a stip in a match is beyond me, as that would have been money, given the right build… Ice Ribbon’s Tsukasa Fujimoto wrestled 10 falls in 3 days over the weekend… The Fury women’s show in Boothwyn, PA, was a total blowout, with an audience of no more than 20. Missy Sampson, Bonesaw, Sassy Stephie, Veda Scott and Missy Sampson all wrestled, despite there only being a handful of fans there… Kalamity was successful in her first nCw Femmes Fatales International Championship defence over Angie Skye, but was attacked by Anna Minoushka afterwards… It’s been 7 weeks since ODB was on Impact Wrestling… Former WWE Diva Kara “Cherry” Drew is now a tour guide at SeaWorld… The Diva show for the WWE Network seeing them all on a tour bus will be called WWE Divas: Heels on Wheels. Christ on a bike… When recently asked if she will wrestle for TNA, Melina said that she is “still deciding”… Maxim has published an interview with CM Punk that confirms he and Beth Phoenix are dating… Tammy Sytch is auctioning her WWE Hall Of Fame gown on eBay. She is also offering herself up for lunch and dinner dates, for a fee… Former WWE Diva Stacy Keibler’s reportedly increased her fee since going public with her relationship with George Clooney from $10,000 per appearance to $25,000. If she brought George with her, she would be an awesoe guest host for Raw, regardless of the price… Cheerleader Melissa will be wrestling for All Japan on their tour of Taiwan on November 5 and 6… Bull Nakano will appear at SMASH 22 last this week… Beth Phoenix is the Divas Champion and has been on every PPV since August. Natalya is jobbing to Alicia Fox… Jemma Palmer is up for eviction from Big Brother this week. If she goes, she is scheduled to wrestle a 3-way also involving Shanna and Alpha Female the following Friday.
October 17: CMLL (Puebla, Mexico) – Ayumi, Estrellita & Ray b La Seductora, Mima Shimoda & Princesa Blanca
October 18: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Silueta b Ray to win the CMLL-REINA Jr Championship
October 19: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Emi Sakura b Sayaka Obihiro; Leon b Maki Naumiya; Hikaru Shida & Dorami Nagano b Kaori Yoneyama & Rabbit Mito; Tsukasa Fujimoto b Mochi Miyagi
October 20: Impact Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Brooke Tessmacher & Tara b Winter & Angelina Love
October 21: 19 Pro (Saitama, Japan) – Tsukasa Fujimoto b Dorami Nagano
October 21: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – A*YU*MI, Lady Apache & Marcela b Amapola, La Seductora & Mima Shimoda
October 21: AAA (Xalapa, Japan) – Jennifer Blake, Mini Psicosis & Sexy Star b Fabi Apache, Lolita& Octagoncito
October 21: Pro Wrestling Elite (Cumnock, Scotland) – Carmel Jacob, Sean South & Liam Thompson b Kay Lee Ray, Andy Wild & Joe Coffey
October 22: Melbourne City Wrestling (Thornbury, Australia) – Shazza McKenzie b KC Cassidy
October 22: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Emi Sakura & Hikari Minami b Hikaru Shida & Tsukasa Fujimoto; Emi Sakura beat Kurumi; Emi Sakura & Hikari Minami, Tsukasa Fujimoto, Hikaru Shida & Tsukushi b Sayaka Obihiro, Dorami Nagano, Mochi Miyagi, Maki Narumiya & Kurumi; DASH Chisako & Sendai Sachiko b Tsukasa Fujimoto & Hikaru Shida
October 22: Premier Wrestling Xperience (Charlotte, NC) – Leidi Tapa b Amber O’Neal
October 22: Magnificent Championship Wrestling (Brantford, Ontario, Canada) – Seleziya Sparx b Courtney Rush to win the MCW Women’s Championship
October 22: North Shore Pro Wrestling (Quebec City, Quebec, Canada) – Gabby Gilbert & Simon Martel b LuFisto & Colby Corino
October 22: Northern Championship Wrestling (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) – Kalamity b Angie Skye
October 22: Extreme Canadian Championship Wrestling (Vancouver, BC, Canada) – Nicole Matthews b Sammi Bambi Hall; Bishop v Kc Spinelli went to a no-contest
October 23: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Tsukasa Fujimoto b Dorami Nagano; Ribbon Takanashi b Sayaka Obihiro; Kurumi b Emi Sakura; Emi Sakura, Hikari Minami, Hikaru Shida, Tsukasa Fujimoto & Tsukushi b Kurumi, Sayaka Obihiro, Mochi Miyagi, Maki Narumiya & Dorami Nagano
October 23: Insane Championship Wrestling (Glasgow, Scotland) – Kay Lee Ray b Carmel Jacob
October 23: Underground Wrestling (Sauget, IL) – Amanda b Mickie Knuckles
October 23: Stardom (Tokyo, Japan) – Aya Yuki b Saki Kashima; Yuu Yamagata b Saki Kashima; Yuzuki Aikawa & Yoko Bito b Arisa Hoshiki & Mayu Iwatani; Natsuki*Taiyo & Yoshiko b Nanae Takahashi & Io Shirai
October 23: Sendai Girls (Osaka, Japan) – Kagetsu b Sawako Shimono; Miyako Morino (Misaki Ohata) b Sakura Hirota; DASH Chisako b Sendai Sachiko; Mayumi Ozaki b Hiren; Aja Kong & Kagetsu b Meiko Satomura & Ryo Mizunami
October 23: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – Sachie Abe b masu-me; KAZUKI & Morley b Tsubasa Kuragaki & Nana Kawasa; Command Bolshoi, Kaori Yoneyama, Rabbit Miyu, & masu-me b Kayoko Haruyama, Leon, Hanako Nakamori, & Manami Katsu
October 23: DOSUKOI PRO (Tokyo, Japan) – Mototsugu Shimizu & Miss Mongol b Ishinriki & Sakura Hirota; Katsushige Toi & GAMI b Macho Pump & Cherry; Danshoku Dieno & Eiger b Otokosakari & Mio Shirai; Keizo Matsuda & Bolshoi Kid b Sanshiro Takagi & Sachie Abe; Akebono & Yumi Ohka b Ishinriki & Kana
October 23: WWE Vengeance (San Antonio, TX) – Beth Phoenix b Eve Torres
October 24: WWE Raw (Austin, TX) – Alicia Fox b Natalya
October 26: SMASH (Osaka, Japan) – Syuri & Makoto v Kana & Mio Shirai
October 27: Flash Tournament (Tokyo, Japan) – Command Bolshoi, Kayoko Haruyama, Kaori Yoneyama, Leon & Hanako Nakamori v GAMI, Toshie Uematsu, Yumi Ohka, Shu Shibutani & Moeka Haruhi; Meiko Satomura, DASH Chisako, Sendai Sachiko, Kagetsu & Miyako Morino v Emi Sakura, Hikaru Shida, Tsukasa Fujimoto, Hikari Minami, Riho & Tsukushi; Yumiko Hotta, Aki Kambayashi, Saya, Aoi Ishibashi & TBA v Nanae Takahashi, Natsuki*Taiyo, Yoshiko, Yoko Bito & Mayu Iwatani; Kyoko Inoue, Kaoru Ito, Keiko Aono, TBA & TBA v Jaguar Yokota, Manami Toyota, Mio Shirai, Sakura Hirota & Nancy Mari
October 28: SMASH (Tokyo, Japan) – Kana v Aki Shizuku; Syuri v Makoto v Ray v Tomoka Nakagawa
October 28: AAW (Merrionette Park, IL) – MsChif v Mena Libra
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
October 29: Combat Revolution Wrestling (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) – Kalamity & LuFisto v Angie Skye & Missy
October 29: Heartland Wrestling Assocation (Norwood, OH) – Nevaeh v Angelus Layne
October 30: CHIKARA (Williamsport, PA) – Sara Del Rey v Tursas
November 1: Indy (Reynosa, Mexico) – Melissa Anderson & NY Knockout Nikki v Lluvia & Marcela
November 4: Anarchy Championship Wrestling (Austin, TX) – Barbi Hayden v Athena v Lillie Mae v Angel Blue
November 4: Grand Pro Wrestling (Wigan, England) – April Davids v Jenny Sjodin
November 4: New Scene Wrestling (Birmingham, England) – Shanna v Alpha Female v Jemma Palmer
November 5: Anarchy Championship Wrestling (Austin, TX) – Rachel and Jessica’s Excellent Tag Team v LOS v Team Sex v The Lost Boys; Portia Perez v Angel Blue
November 5: All Japan Pro Wrestling (Taiwan) – Ultimo Dragon, BUSHI & Makoto v Dark Dragon, BLACK BUSHI & Cheerleader Melissa
November 6: All Japan Pro Wrestling (Taiwan) – Cheerleader Melissa v Makoto
November 6: Anarchy Championship Wrestling (Austin, TX) – Barbie Hayden v Athena v Portia Perez v Rachel Summerlyn v Jessica James v Lillie Mae
November 6: New Scene Wrestling (Birmingham, England) – Alpha Female v Shanna
November 6: Happy Hour (Roppongi, Japan) – Dump Matsumoto v Jenny Rose
November 12: Purely Obsessed Wrestling World (Villa Park, IL) – Taylor Made & Melanie Cruise v SeaMan & DeeMan; Nikki St John v Sassy Stephie
November 14: Anarchy Championship Wrestling (Live Oak, TX) – Portia Perez v Rachel Summerlyn
November 19: World Association of Women’s Wrestling (Norwich, England) – Sweet Saraya v Allison Danger; Queen Maya v Amazon; Destiny v Miss Mina; Busty Keegan v Nikki Knight; Liberty v Penelope; Lucy Clayden v Skarlett
November 19: International Wrestling Cartel (Meadville, PA) – Traci Brooks v Gail Kim
November 19: Women Superstars Uncensored (Long Island, NY) – Jetta & Rain v The Boston Shore; TBA 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 (Deer Park, NY) – Mercedes Martinez v Jessicka Havok; Sassy Stephie & Allysin Kay v Brittney Savage & Alicia
March 10, 2012: nCw Femmes Fatales (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
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- Lee Burton