Ringbelles Roundup (22 November 2011)
Since the last Roundup, Allison Danger has received another British stamp in her passport, and her luggage going home was a little heavier, as it contained the World Association of Women’s Wrestling’s World Championship belt. The 34-year old defeated Sweet Saraya for the vacant belt on Saturday – after Blue Nikita was stripped of the title – in the main event of WAWW’s The Return show, which was the promotion’s first card in two years, and its first all-women show in three. Danger won the belt with an armbar with manager Tommy Lee pushing against her for extra leverage out of the referee’s view. It was Danger’s sole win of the weekend, as she was beaten by Saraya the previous evening for the vacant Herts and Essex Wrestling Women’s title and was on the losing end alongside Liberty against Saraya and daughter Britani Knight on Sunday.
That tag team match was also Britani’s last match in World Association of Wrestling – her family’s promotion where the 19-year old made her in-ring debut at the age of 13 back in 2005. Couldn’t tell you what she’s doing next though…
On her way out, Britani dropped the WAWW British title to 18-year old Liberty, who is touted as being a strong replacement for the outgoing champion. Indeed, their contest on Saturday night was a strong outing for both, and shows that the promotion has a great roster of talent ready to go.
Queen Maya, who won the vacant RQW British title, has improved a great deal since I saw her two years ago on the latter ChickFight shows, where she didn’t play to her strengths – most notably, that she is taller than the rest of the girls. The Italian won the belt by beating Amazon, who is also coming along with leaps and bounds by harnessing her brawling skills, as well as having a death stare that rivals Saraya’s. Elsewhere, Kirsty Love and Viper – who were a hit at EVE v Ice Ribbon – were a hit again, with Viper forming a fantastic tag team with Destiny, who is the same body shape and allows them to be the tough bruising team. Destiny has more aggression, but that’s something that Viper will pick up over time. It was also my first look at Kandy Leigh and Violet from UK Wrestling, and both have the enthusiasm to be successful. Like Viper, Violet can use her size (or lack of it, as she is 4’11” with the tiniest adult feet you may ever see) to make herself marketable. It would be impossible to hate someone that small – even if she did turn heel, she would be like Chii Tomiya/Micro, in that she is more of your mischievous sister than evil bitch.
Rhia O’Reilly continues to grow as a wrestler, Penelope is a hot prospect – showing great chain wrestling after just three months of training – and I’d like to see more Amy-Lee Kramer and Miss Mina matches to get more on opinion on them.
How does it compare to the last EVE show? Unfair to say. It’s not accurate to compare it to the EVE v Ice Ribbon show, as that had four joshis on there. A better comparison will be the next EVE show which will be the first one with solely the EVE roster on there since its split with WAW.
One suggestion I would like to make is that WAWW needs to dump some titles. It has FIVE singles championships, and for such a small roster, it’s too many. Cutting it down to the World and British titles would be better, and stops an oversaturation of champions.
Speaking of Pro Wrestling: EVE, it will return on February 18 back in its regular haunt of Sudbury, England, with Champion Jenny Sjodin defending the title against the 6’1” Alpha Female, who has won ten matches in EVE and only suffered one defeat.
Sjodin has been racking up the victories since becoming champion, making five successful defences since winning the belt from Britani Knight back in June, defeating Aurora Flame, Rhia O’Reilly, April Davids, Ei Sakura and Super Janey B. Her only loss in the promotion since winning the belt has been in a tag team match alongside Hikari Minami against Sakura and Shanna during the matinee show of EVE v Ice Ribbon last month. The match came about after Sjodin posted a video issuing an open challenge for any female talent to take her on. The massive German was given the shot based on her win-loss record.
To be honest, this title match was inevitable. The Swede is now established in her role as champion, and after being only one of two women to go undefeated at EVE v Ice Ribbon (the other being Nikki Storm), she was entitled to a crack at the belt. If the promotion didn’t have such a focus on win-loss records, you could pick anyone, but because it does (and it should, as wins and losses should matter, even though it’s all a work) then it was the only logical choice. After all, a 91% win rate is nothing to be sniffed at.
It will be interesting to see how the match turns out. Sjodin’s contests have been quite long, considered affairs as she picks apart her opponent, while Alpha’s matches generally don’t last too long and she employs a HULK SMASH approach. It’s more likely that the match will be a quick affair, but it’s bound to be dramatic, with Alpha using her power to get ahead, while Sjodin will likely use her MMA skills – kicks, joint manipulation and her armbar finisher – to get the win. Either way, it’s worth checking it out next February, as it’s bound to be a spectacle.
How far is too far?
It’s the question I asked myself following Women Superstars Uncensored’s Breaking Barriers 2 iPPV, which has its War Games main event featuring Jessicka Havok, Sassy Stephie and Allysin Kay against Alicia, Brittney Savage and Mercedes Martinez end with Havok threatening to stab Martinez with a machete. I acknowledge that WSU has a set storyline going between Havok and Martinez which will culminate at the 5th Year Anniversary Show in March, but how does it escalate from here without Havok’s promise about somebody legitimately dying coming true?
Without speculating on that – because it may end up with a video of Martinez chained to a bed being cut with rusty razor blades by Havok – I have to say that I’m uncomfortable with the idea of one wrestler threatening to murder another, especially with the ferocity that Havok has been purporting over the last couple of months. For me, wrestling should be an escape from some of the horrors that are out there, rather than enhancing them and making entertainment out of it. The question is; is it entertaining? For me, no – but for others, they may assert that it is no different that theatre or movies. I would counter that by saying that the attempted murder isn’t happening 10 feet away from you in a movie, play or TV show. Still, this is why there are many different promotions with a number of different ethoses – so you can pick and choose which sort of wrestling appeals to you the most.
As for the other main event, I am happy to hear that Melina’s presence in the backstage area was well received, and while I understand the decision to put Lexxus against Melina as part of her push, it could be argued that she isn’t on the level of a Serena Deeb – who pulled out of the scheduled match due to a concussion – and that her announcement was something of a letdown. Had her name been announced beforehand, it could have led to a number of promos to hype it up in the same way as the Martinez/Lexxus match was handled, admittedly at the risk of costing a few iPPV buys and given Lexxus an extra shove towards the top of the card.
The best of the rest
Pro Wrestling: EVE Champion Jenny Sjodin was featured in a documentary in her home country of Sweden about people’s secret lives… Madison Eagles, Command Bolshoi and Meiko Satomura are all out of Joshimania due to injury. Satomura will still lead the training session. Ayako Hamada, Tsubasa Kurugaki, Kaori Yoneyama, Portia Perez & GAMI have been brought in as replacements… Former TNA Knockout Sojo Bolt (now Lady JoJo in OVW) reportedly turned down an offer to return to the promotion… Serena Deeb admitted during an interview with Newsday to promote the WSU iPPV that doctors have told her to not wrestle again… Reby Sky is scheduled to return to court on December 23 to answer charges of speeding and reckless driving in North Carolina… Tara is opening a new restaurant in Chicago… Hailey Hatred v Gail Kim at Absolute Intense Wrestling on Saturday was pulled last Wednesday due to politics involving the promotions the two wrestlers represent… There is talk about having an American Joshi ladder match at the next Anarchy Championship Wrestling show on December 11… Annie Social will be wrestling in Spain next March/April for Nu Wrestling Entertainment… Mickie James and Gail Kim will meet for the Knockouts title at Final Resolution. James beat six women in a row to win a gauntlet match to get the title shot. Credit to TNA, they made their new challenger look strong… Raquel Diaz (Shaul Guerrero) became Queen of FCW at the most recent tapings… Layla and Natalya will make a special appearance in FCW tomorrow. Layla is still rehabbing from surgery to her leg… Joshi promotion LLPW is rebranding to LLPW-X… Rumours are that CMLL World Women’s Champion Marcela is the middlewoman so Ayumi Kurihara can win the belt. The theory is that CMLL weren’t keen on Kurihara being the one to end Amapola’s 4-year title reign… Mercedes Martinez suffered a stinger after the War Games match on Saturday night but it was nothing serious… Reby Sky’s refused to bail Matt Hardy out of jail after he was kicked out of rehab for failing a breath test… According to Sean Waltman, WWE declined on taking a look at AAA’s Fabi Apache a while back… Beth Phoenix defeated Eve Torres in a Lumberjill match at Survivor Series to retain the WWE Divas title in a match that was flatter than Holland due to the lack of crowd reaction… Hailey Hatred will defend her JWP Openweight title on December 23 against Tsubasa Kurigaki… MsChif was part of KDHX’s Art Attack 3 in St Louis on Friday, spraying green mist onto a canvas to create a new masterpiece… Carmel Jacob and Kay Lee Ray wrestled in Denmark at the weekend… WSU will induct Jana, Cindy Rogers, Georgianne Makropolous & weirdly, Dixie Carter into its Hall Of Fame next year… Maryse has launched a jewellery line called House Of Maryse.
November 13: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – Micro b Moon Mizuki; Dorami Nagano b Rabbit Miyu; Manami Katsu b Lady Afrodita; Sachie Abe, KAZUKI, Morley, & Dump Matsumoto b Hanako Nakamori, Misaki Ohata, masu-me, & Nana Kawasa; Leon b Kyoko Kimura; Hailey Hatred & Kaori Yoneyama b Kayoko Haruyama & Tsubasa Kuragaki to win the JWP & Daily Sports Tag Team Championships
November 13: Union/Cherry (Tokyo, Japan) – Handsome Shirai b Kenko Ohka; Giant Cherry & Nice Body Cherry b Mrs. Cherry & Chinese Cherry; Kaori Yoneyama & Leon b Masako Takanashi & Maco; Hiroyo Matsumoto & Misaki Ohata b Shigeko Deluxe & Hiroko Mangrove; Aja Kong defeated Cherry
November 14: AAA (Irapuato, Mexico) – Jennifer Blake & Sexy Star b Fabi Apache & Lolita
November 14: CMLL (Puebla, Mexico) – La Comandante, Princesa Blanca & Princesa Sugheit b Lady Apache, Luna Mágica & Marcela
November 15: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Amapola, Mima Shimoda & Tiffany b Estrellita, Lady Apache & Silueta
November 15: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Kurumi b Dorami Nagano; Tsukasa Fujimoto b Meari Naito; Emi Sakura b Neko Nitta; Ray & Hiroyo Matsumoto b Hikaru Shida & Mochi Miyagi
November 16: Ohio Valley Wrestling (Louisville, KY) – Taeler Hendrix & the Blossom Twins b Epiphany, Taryn Shay & Lady JoJo
November 16: WAVE (Tokyo, Japan) – Yumi Ohka, Ayako Hamada, & Misaki Ohata b Ryo Mizunami, Aya Yuki, & Sawako Shimono; Toshie Uematsu b Moeka Haruhi; Sakura Hirota b Mika Iida; GAMI & Tomoka Nakagawa v Kayoko Haruyama & Kaori Yoneyama went to a time-limit draw; Kana & Mio Shirai b Shu Shibutani & Ayumi Kurihara
November 17: Florida Championship Wrestling (Tampa, FL) – Raquel Diaz b Aksana to become Queen of FCW; Caylee Turner & Ivelisse Velez b Kaitlyn & Cameron Lynn; AJ Lee b Aksana & Audrey Marie
November 17: Impact Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Mickie James won a 10-woman gauntlet match
November 18: WWE SmackDown (Bridgeport, CT) – Beth Phoenix & Natalya b AJ & Kaitlyn
November 18: 19 Pro (Saitama, Japan) – Emi Sakura & Kurumi b Tsukushi & Maki Narumiya
November 18: Herts & Essex Wrestling (Harlow, England) – Sweet Saraya b Allison Danger to win the HEW Women’s Championship
November 19: World Association of Women’s Wrestling (Norwich, England) – Amy Lee Kramer b Miss Mina; Rhia O’Reilly b Penelope; Skarlett b Lucy Clayden; Destiny & Viper b Kirsty Love, Candy & Violet; Liberty b Britani Knight to win the WAWW British Ladies Championship; Queen Maya b Amazon to win the RQW British Women’s Championship; Allison Danger b Sweet Saraya to win the WAWW World Ladies Championship
November 19: International Wrestling Cartel (Meadville, PA) – Gail Kim b Traci Brooks
November 19: Independent Wrestling Federation (Moscow, Russia) – Bonnie b Katya Pronina
November 19: Ohio Valley Wrestling (Charlestown, IN) – Taeler Hendrix b Lady JoJo and Holly Blossom
November 19: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Emi Sakura & Riho b Maki Nurumiya & Tsukushi; Masahiro Takanashi b Neko Nitta; Hikaru Shida & Kurumi b Hiroyo Matsumoto & Mochi Miyagi; Tsukasa Fujimoto b Hikari Minami to win the ICEx60 Championship
November 19: Osaka Pro Wrestling (Osaka, Japan) – Hailey Hatred, Johnel Sanders & Ultimate Spider Jr b Dainosuke Matsuyama, Atsunosuke Matsuyama & Kanjyouro Matsuyama
November 19: NWA Coastal (Bayville, NJ) – Aida Marie b Kimber Lee & Simply D’Vyne
November 19: Newcastle Pro Wrestling (New Lambton, Australia) – KC Cassidy b Shazza McKenzie
November 19: New Age Wrestling (Mulgrave, Australia) – Nikita Naridian b Lowzen & Vixsin in a 3-way
November 19: Women Superstars Uncensored (Long Island, NY) – Amber & Lexxus b Rain & Jetta; Jennifer Cruz b Niya; April Hunter b Jennifer Cruz; Nikki Syxx b Gabby Gilbert, Violet & Jessie “Bonesaw” Brook in a 4-way elimination match; Jana & Luscious Latasha b Marti Belle & Tina San Antonio; Becky Bayless b Rick Cataldo; Melina b Lexxus; Jessicka Havok, Allysin Kay & Sassy Stephie b Mercedes Martinez, Alicia & Brittney Savage in a War Games match
November 19: Ring Wars Carolina (Red Springs, NC) – Mia Svensson b Kacee Carlisle
November 19: Danish Pro Wrestling (Randers, Denmark) – Chaos & Kay Lee Ray b Carmel Jacob & Liam Thompson
November 20: World Association of Wrestling (North Walsham, England) – Saraya & Britani Knight b Liberty & Allison Danger; Amazon won a Battle Royal, beating Destiny, Viper, Queen Maya, Stacy, Miss Mina, Violet, Kandy Leigh & Kirsty Love
November 20: WWE Survivor Series (New York, NY) – Beth Phoenix b Eve Torres
November 20: JWP (Osaka, Japan) – Rabiit Miyu b Nana Kawasa; Manami Katsu b masu-me; Sachie Abe, KAZUKI, & Morley b Moon Mizuki, GAMI, & Kyusei Ninja Ranmaru; Hanako Nakamori & Misaki Ohata b Ran Yu-Yu & Sawako Shimono; Tsubasa Kuragaki & Leon b Hailey Hatred & Kyoko Kimura; Kana & Mio Shirai b Kayoko Haruyama & Kaori Yoneyama
November 20: West Coast Wrestling Connection (Salem, Oregon) – Sammy Hall b Mary Jayne Payne
November 22: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Emi Sakura b Maki Narumiya; Tsukasa Fujimoto & Hikaru Shida b Mochi Miyagi & Dorami Nagano
November 24: SMASH (Tokyo, Japan) – Makoto v Aki Shizuku; Syuri v Lin Bairon; Takuya Kito, Mio Shirai & Konoka=Pehlwan v Keizo Matsuda, Katsuki Hirano & Kiyoko Ichiki; Kana v Tomoka Nakagawa; Tajiri & Ultimo Dragon v Jessica Love & Hajime Ohara
November 25: SMASH (Osaka, Japan) – Takuya Kito & Mio Shirai v Hajime Ohara & Jessica Love; Tomoka Nakagawa v Lin Bairon; Syuri & Makoto v Kana & Aki Shizuku
November 25: Absolute Intense Wrestling (Cleveland, Ohio) – Mickie Knuckles v Mia Yim; Hayley Hatred v Gail Kim
November 25: NWA Pro Australia (Adelaide, Australia) – Shazza McKenzie v Kellyanne English
November 25: Resistance Pro (Chicago, IL) – Gauntlet match featuring Cheerleader Melissa, Sassy Stephie, Serenity & Simply Luscious
November 26: Ayumi Kurihara 6th Anniversary show (Tokyo, Japan) – AKINO & Mika Iida v Ayako Hamada & Misaki Ohata; Aja Kong, GAMI, & Sawako Shimono v Yutaka Yoshie, Ryo Mizunami, & Aya Yuki; Yumiko Hotta & Leon vs Cassandro & Lady Afrodita; Marcela v Ayumi Kurihara
December 2: Impact Championship Wrestling (Elmhurst, NY) – Mia Yim v Angel Orsini
December 2: Joshimania (Philadelphia, PA) – Sara Del Rey v Aja Kong; GAMI v Sawako Shimono; Manami Toyota v Toshie Uematsu
December 3: Joshimania (Everett, MA) – Sara Del Rey v Tsubasa Kurugaki; Aja Kong v Ayako Hamada
December 4: Joshimania (Manhattan, NY) – GAMI v Portia Perez; Kaori Yoneyama v Mayumi Ozaki; Sara Del Rey v Ayako Hamada; Manami Toyota, Sawako Shimono & Hanako Nakamori v Aja Kong, Mio Shirai & Tsubasa Kuragaki
December 4: Dragon Pro Wrestling (Risca, Wales) – Welsh Action Heroes & Pollyanna v The Dunne Brothers & Adam Day
December 11: TNA Final Resolution (Orlando, FL) – Gail Kim v Mickie James
December 23: JWP (Osaka, Japan) – Hailey Hatred v Tsubasa Kurugaki; Kaori Yoneyama v Kayoko Haruyama
December 25: Ice Ribbon ‘Ribbon Mania’ (Tokyo, Japan)
January 4: Ice Ribbon ‘New Year Ribbon 2012′ (Tokyo, Japan)
January 7: Ice Ribbon ‘Sendai Ribbon’ (Sendai, Japan)
January 8: Bull Nakano retirement show (Tokyo, Japan) – Kayoko Haruyama & Ryo Mizunami v AKINO & Maki Narumiya; Shinjiro Otani, Ikuto Hidaka & Daichi Hashimoto v Hakushi, Osamu Nishimura, & Super Delphin
January 15: Anarchy Championship Wrestling Guilty By Association VI (Austin, TX) – Portia Perez v Robert Evans
January 21: Women Superstars Uncensored (Stirling, NJ) – Amber, Lexxus, Sassy Stephie, Allysin Kay & Tina San Antonio v Marti Belle, Brittney Savage, Alicia, Jana & Luscious Latasha
February 18: Pro Wrestling: EVE (Sudbury, England) – Jenny Sjodin v Alpha Female
March 3: Women Superstars Uncensored (Deer Park, NY) – Mercedes Martinez v Jessicka Havok; Sassy Stephie & Allysin Kay v Brittney Savage & Alicia
March 10: nCw Femmes Fatales (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
March 17-18: SHIMMER Women Athletes (Berwyn, IL)
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- Lee Burton