Beth Phoenix and Natalya sat down with WWE Magazine for an interview which has been published in the February 2012 issue (though this must have been conducted a while back, as Phoenix has been off TV for more than a month and the Pin-Up Strong gimmick has been limping for a long time now), with one of the questions asked being which male-dominated stipulation match they would like to see introduced to the Divas Division. Both went for the ladder match.

“I want to compete in the first-ever Diva Ladder Match. Beth and I think it would be amazing, and I believe we could really pull it off,” Natalya says.


Beth adds, “I have been campaigning for WWE to let me compete in one and have even volunteered to put my Divas Championship on the line in it against absolutely anybody. I have the experience and truly believe the bar could be raised with that bout. There is no doubt in my mind that it would be the most spectacular Divas match of all-time.”

No doubt, a Divas ladder match would be pretty unique, but there is no way that this match should happen now, or even in the near future. A ladder match would have to be the culmination of a strong feud between two Divas who can go, with a number of matches having took place with inconclusive winners and the odd ladder attack, leading to the Divas title belt being hung above the ring. The problem that WWE has at the moment is that the Divas roster as a whole is probably at its most neglected in the last decade, and the number of quality female workers in the promotion who could successfully pull it off is tragically slim.

Beth would have to be one of them. Though it’s not saying much, she’s probably the most over and best all-rounder of all the women, though when it comes to her opponent, it’s slim pickings, for sure.

The obvious opponent would be Natalya, but she’s had her legs cut out from under her during this Pin-Up Strong run. Still seeking her first solo victory on TV since turning heel FIVE months ago, she has been the cannon fodder for Alicia Fox, Eve Torres and most recently Tamina, laying down for everyone in a one-on-one affair. Why she would warrant a title shot is unfathomable right now. You would have to clean up her record a lot before she would be seen as a threat, and that would take months of victories – and we know WWE has precious little patience when it comes to anything these days, particularly when it comes to the women.

Other options? Well, there’s Kharma, as she may be back in the coming months, though why a match between Beth and Kharma would culminate in a ladder match is hard to explain. If anything, that should be settled in some no-DQ affair or a cage match – and I acknowledge that the latter is probably less likely than a ladder match. However, in its positives, Kharma’s size creates a unique dynamic (even though she is easily able to climb the ladder), as she can brutalise more and use the ladder as a strategic weapon. Having said that, a heel Beth v face Kharma just feels the wrong way round, so both would have to switch sides, and that would take time.

Wrestlers like Kelly Kelly, the Bellas or Alicia Fox are too dainty and fragile to be in a ladder match, and women like AJ, Kaitlyn and Tamina don’t have enough experience under their belt or aren’t over enough as wrestlers. Eve is a possibility, though she has no real character at all, despite her alignment with Zack Ryder.

On the positive side, a ladder match, like many gimmick matches, means there can be an element of smoke and mirrors employed to add to the excitement and cover up for a lack of wrestling skill. Unfortunately, there is no reason for the match to happen at the moment, and even if there was, the wrestlers aren’t over enough for fans to care about it to the point that these women should go to the extra physical risk that a ladder match would bring. Granted, they could tone it down, but to do so would attract the criticism that Divas face in that it’s diluted and if you want to watch the full fat version, watch the guys instead.

A year ago, Beth and Natalya wrestled Michelle McCool and Layla in a Tables Match at TLC which seemed to go over quite well. Given enough time, patience, and creating a desire for fans to pay to see it, we could see a Divas Ladder Match. Don’t hold your breath though, as that means the match won’t be able to end with a roll-up…

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Rookie wrestler Saturyne was part of the CHIKARA invasion of Ring Of Honor on Friday night. Considering ROH has no real women’s division, it’s a curious addition. The only real female wrestling character in the promotion is Mia Yim (Veda Scott is a backstage interviewer), so it’s a fair assumption to say that the pair will wrestle in the future.

When Sinclair Broadcasting bought out ROH last year, women’s wrestling was quietly shuffled out, as Sara Del Rey was the only full-time wrestler left on the roster following the retreat of Daizee Haze, and Del Rey herself was eventually removed from the roster page, leaving just Yim as the only female member, working as a valet of The Embassy faction. With Saturyne’s addition to the mix, it can only spell positive things for women’s wrestling in ROH – for CHIKARA, it’s not a big deal, as it has women wrestling all over its shows already.

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Kellie Skater has been confirmed for nCw Femmes Fatales VIII in March. It means that she will depart from her two month stint in Japan and head straight to Montreal, Quebec, Canada – the 24-year old left her hometown of Bacchus Marsh, Australia just before Christmas, wrestling on the Joshi4Hope show on December 24.

Skater has kept busy while in Japan, wrestling for REINA, Stardom and WAVE, with more matches booked over the next couple of weeks – primarily with REINA and WAVE again. Similar to Ringbelles’ Wrestler of the Year Hailey Hatred, Skater has gone out there on a wing and a prayer with the hope of getting regular bookings, and has accomplished just that. For SHIMMER fans, who usually see her as a comedy opening match act or effective cannon fodder to wrestlers higher up the card, her work in Japan will be something of a departure from what you may expect from the Rate Tank. Coupled with her strong work in Australia and the amount of international experience growing by the day, 2012 could be Skater’s standout year. Absolutely, she deserves it.

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The best of the rest

Former WWF and AWA Women’s Champion Wendi Richter will be given the Cauliflower Alley Club‘s 2012 Lou Thesz Lifetime Achievement award. She is only the second woman to win the honour… Riot City Wrestling in Australia is going to crown a new Women’s Champion as part of an 8-woman tournament over the next four months. The first two matches took place this weekend… Former Tough Enough contestant and former Miss USA Rima Fakih will stand trial for the DUI charge she received in Michigan on March 14. A plea deal is likely to be arranged before then – should it go to trial and she is found guilty, she could face up to 93 days in jail. Fakih was twice the legal limit when she was pulled over… Holly Rocamora and Shanna will meet in singles competition for the first time ever on February 3. They wrestled a triple threat match last year which also featured Alpha Female… Daffney tweeted last week that her Worker’s Comp claim against TNA is “going well”. She filed the lawsuit after suffering a number of concussions in 2009 and 2010… Kana regained the SMASH Divas Championship last Thursday… As part of promoting the upcoming TNA UK tour, Velvet Sky told Zoo Magazine that she would be interested in a Beautiful People reunion with Angelina Love… Meanwhile, Tara told The Sun that she would love to be a Page 3 girl… Saraya (Britani Knight) wrestled her first singles match in FCW on Thursday night against Caylee Turner. Christina Von Eerie was also there, but wasn’t wrestling… The weather and flight issues played havoc with Women Superstars Uncensored’s first matches of the year in New Jersey. Amber, Lexxus, Luscious Latasha, Molly Holly and Jillian Hall all missed the show… Rick Cataldo introduced a masked assailant at the show who attacked Jenny Rose and Jessie Brooks. She’s been named as Ezavel Suena… Portia Perez’s foot injury caused her to miss her Squared Circle Wrestling booking on Saturday, where she was due to defend the 2CW Tag Team Titles with Jason Axe. He and Portia’s replacement Muscle Marcos ended up losing the belts to First Class… LuFisto’s trip to Mexico (which was supposed to take place last month but was postponed due to injury) has been rescheduled for February 12… Buggy Nova wrestled AJ when WWE was in California last week. She and Lizzy Valentine filmed a commercial with Sheamus too… Angelina Love has been added to the Ring Ka King roster… Nicole Matthews is the only female member in a four-piece called The Riot in ECCW. Their hand gesture is The Shocker. Google it if you don’t know why it’s called The Shocker… Beth Phoenix returns to WWE TV on Superstars this Thursday, taking on Brie Bella.

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Results

January 17: WAVE (Tokyo, Japan) – Kana & Mio Shirai b Kellie Skater & Mika Iida; GAMI & Tomoka Nakagawa b Cherry & Yumi Ohka; Ayako Hamada, Hanako Nakmori & Misaki Ohata b Aya Mizunami, Aya Yuki & GAMI; Ran YuYu & Tohie Uematsu b Moeka Haruhi & Shuu Shibutani

January 18: NWA Ring Warriors (Ft Lauderdale, FL) – Santana Garrett b Christina Von Eerie

January 18: Florida Championship Wrestling (Tampa, FL) – Audrey Marie & Kaitlyn b Sofia Cortez & Raquel Diaz

January 18: Ohio Valley Wrestling (Louisville, KY) – Lady JoJo b CJ Lane

January 18: Florida Championship Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Audrey Marie & Kaitlyn b Sofia Cortez & Raquel Diaz

January 19: WWE Superstars (Las Vegas, NV) – Tamina b Natalya

January 19: Florida Championship Wrestling (Tampa, FL) – Caylee Turner b Saraya

January 19: SMASH (Tokyo, Japan) – TAJIRI, Shuri & Makoto b Takuya Kito, Lin Bairon & Aki Shizuku; Kana b Tomoka Nakagawa to win the SMASH Divas Championship

January 19: Impact Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Mickie James b Madison Rayne; Eric Young b Angelina Love

January 20: 19 Pro (Nagoya, Japan) – Tsukasa Fujimoto b Sayaka Obihiro; Hikaru Shida & Maki Narumiya b Hamuko Hoshi & Dorami

January 20: HQ Pro Wrestling (Yuciapa, CA) – Terra Calaway b Buggy Nova

January 20: Lucha Britannia (London, England) – Major D b Janey Britannico

January 20: WWE (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada) – Eve Torres & Kelly Kelly b Beth Phoenix & Natalya

January 20: TNA (Worcester, MA) – Brooke Tessmacher & ODB b Sarita & Rosita

January 20: Big Time Wrestling (Newark, CA) – Davina Rose b Angel Orsini & Amber O’Neal in a 3-way

January 20: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Amapola b Estrellita

January 20: Fight Club Finland (Lahti, Finland) – Aurora Flame & Ibo Ten b Jessica Love & Sara Elektra

January 21: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Hikari Minami b Tsukushi & Kurumi in a 3-way; Neko Nitta & Meari Naito b Ribbon Takanashi & Myako Matsumoto; Dorami Nagano b Tsukasa Fujimoto; Hailey Hatred, Hamuko Hoshi & Nana Kawasa b Hikaru Shida, Maki Narumiya & Sayaka Obihiro

January 21: Riot City Wrestling (Adelaide, Australia) – Savannah Summers b Nikita Naridian; KC Cassidy b Melody Summers

January 21: Ring Wars Carolina (Lumberton, NC) – Mia Svensson b Anubis Mathayus

Janaury 21: Neo Spirit Pro Wrestling (Niagara Falls, ONT, Canada) – Cherry Bomb b Gabriella Vanderpool

January 21: Global Entertainment Wrestling (Granby, Quebec, Canada) – Kalamity b Angie Skye

January 21: Ohio Valley Wrestling (Louisville, KY) – Taeler Hendrix b Bobby Bardeaux & CJ Lane in a 3-way

January 21: Women Superstars Uncensored (Stirling, NJ) – Jessicka Havok b Becky Bayless; Jessie “Bonesaw” Brooks v Jenny Rose went to a time limit draw; Jennifer Cruz, Sassy Stephie, Allysin Kay & Tina San Antonio b Marti Belle, Brittney Savage, Alicia & Jana; Alicia, Brittney Savage & Traci Brooks b Jessicka Havok, Sassy Stephie & Allysin Kay

January 22: UK Women’s Wrestling (Wakefield, England) – Georgie Shaw b Violet O’Hara; Bacardi b Rhia O’Reilly; Kirsty Love b Viper; Violet O’Hara b Nikki Storm; Dani Brooks b Pollyanna; Pollyanna & Violet O’Hara b Georgie Shaw & Dani Brooks

January 22: CMLL (Monterrey, Mexico) – Amapola, Princesa Blanca & Princesa Sugheit b Dalis la Caribeña & Goya Kong, Marcela

January 22: Stardom (Tokyo, Japan) – Io Shirai b Natsumi Showzuki; Arisa Hoshiki & Mayu Iwatani b Eri Susa & Saki Kashima; Natsuki*Taiyo & Yuu Yamagata b Hiroyo Matsumoto & Yuuri Haruka; Nanae Takahashi & Miho Wakizawa b Yuzuki Aikawa & Kairi Hojo; Yoshiko b Yoko Bito

January 22: JWP (Kawasaki, Japan) – Kaori Yoneyama b Sayaka Obihiro; Leon & Ray b Mochi Miyagi & Nana Sato; Moon Mizuki, Tsubasa Kuragaki & Yukie Abe b Aoi Yagami, Kayoko Haruyama & Rabbit Mita; Hanako Nakamori & Mizaki Ohata b KAZUKI & Morley

January 22: Insane Championship Wrestling (Glasgow, Scotland) – Bucky Boys & Lambrini b STIs & Sara Marie Taylor

Upcoming

January 27: ArenaChicks (Los Angeles, CA) – Angel Orsini & Amber O’Neal v Shelly Martinez & Becky Bayless

January 27-28- Lucha Vavoom!! (Calgary, AB Canada) – Kaos & NY Knockout Nikki v The Crazy Chickens

January 27: 19 Pro (Saitama, Japan) – Maki Narumiya v Hamuko Hoshi

January 28: Melbourne City Wrestling (Thornbury, Australia) – Eliza Sway v Shazza McKenzie v Savannah Summers

January 28: Pro Wrestling Xtreme (Orlando, FL) – Jillian Hall v Leva Bates

January 29: FutureShock (Stockport, England) – The Artiste Formerly Known As Becky James v April Davids

January 29: REINA (Tokyo, Japan) – Kellie Skater v Aki Kambayashi

January 29: Absolute Intense Wrestling Girls Night Out 5 (Cleveland, OH) – Mickie Knuckles v Sara Del Rey; Allysin Kay v Cherry Bomb; Marti Belle v Mia Yim; Gabby Gilbert v Angel Dust; Kimber Lee v Veda Scott

February 1: WAVE (Tokyo, Japan) – Toshie Uematsu v Tsukasa Fujimoto; Kellie Skater & Tomoka Nakagawa v Ayumi Kurihara & Sakura Hirota

February 3: New Scene Wrestling (Birmingham, England) – Holly Rocamora v Shanna

February 3: 19 Pro (Saitama, Japan) – Dorami Nagano v Lady Afrodita

February 4: World Wrestling Fan Xperience (Quezon City, Manila) – April Hunter v Jillian Hall

February 4: XWA (Morcambe, England) – Jenny Sjodin v April Davids

February 4: Solent Wrestling Federation (Gosport, England) – Amazon v Erin Angel

February 10: UNION (Tokyo, Japan) – Mio Shirai v Sexxxy Eddy

February 10: 19 Pro (Saitama, Japan) – Kurumi v Sayaka Obihiro

February 12: Lucha POP (Tlalnepantla, Mexico) – LuFisto v Sexy Star

February 17: 19 Pro (Saitama, Japan) – Tsukasa Fujimoto v Tomoki Yagami

February 18: Pro Wrestling: EVE (Sudbury, England) – Jenny Sjodin v Alpha Female

February 19: Anarchy Championship Wrestling (Live Oak, TX) – Angel Blue v Mia Yim

February 19: SMASH 25 (Tokyo, Japan) – Kana v Syuri; Makoto, Lin Bairon & Aki Shizuku v Nanae Takahashi, Tomoka Nakagawa & Kagatsu

February 22: Joshi4Hope (Tokyo, Japan)

February 24: Squared Circle Wrestling “Girls Grand Prix” (Binghamton, NY) – Rachel Summerlyn v Veda Scott; Portia Perez v Cherry Bomb; Courtney Rush v Sara Del Rey; Nikki Roxx v Mia Yim

February 25: Family Wrestling Entertainment (New York City, NY) – Tara v Maria Kanellis

March 3: Women Superstars Uncensored (Deer Park, NY) – Mercedes Martinez v Jessicka Havok; Sassy Stephie & Allysin Kay v Brittney Savage & Alicia; Annie Social v April Hunter; Gabby Gilbert v Athena; Becky Bayless v Jennifer Cruz; Rick Cataldo & Ezavel Suena v Jessie “Bonesaw” Brooks & Jenny Rose

March 3: Southside Wrestling Entertainment (St Neots, England) – Nikki Storm v Erin Angel

March 9: Pro Wrestling Syndicate (Rahway, NJ) – Brittney Savage v Reby Sky v Spyra Andover

March 10: nCw Femmes Fatales (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) – Kalamity v Mercedes Martinez; LuFisto v Jazz

March 10: IndyGurlz (Lebanon, PA) – Shazza McKenzie v Simply D’Vyne

March 17-18: SHIMMER Women Athletes (Berwyn, IL)

March 24: World Association of Women’s Wrestling (Norwich, England)

March 24: IndyGurlz (Boonton, NJ) – Simply D’Vyne v Veda Scott

March 30: Stardom (Tokyo, Japan) – Nanae Takahashi v Meiko Satomura

March 31: Adrenaline Unleashed (Las Vegas, NV) – Ny Knockout Nikki v Michelle Morgan; Allison Danger v Davina Rose

April 4: Purely Obsessed Wrestling World (Onley, IL) – Sassy Stephie v Nikki St John

- Lee Burton