Ringbelles Roundup (7 February 2012)

This gif from last night’s Raw makes me sad.

At the conclusion of last night’s Raw match, Tamina pinned Brie Bella, followed by she and Beth Phoenix having a staredown. Looks like it’ll be the next Divas title match, which will probably take place at Elimination Chamber. However, judging by the reaction of the live crowd, nobody could give a flying fornication about that match, or Divas matches in general. Part of me thinks that it’s sad that they don’t get credit when they are out there trying (after all, Tamina’s getting something resembling a push at the moment), but the matches are so short, basic and without any form of excitement that I don’t blame the fans for not reacting.

As we discussed with Alex Greenfield on the most recent Women Of Wrestling Podcast, the women WANT storylines to get their teeth into. And in WWE’s case, a couple of them are getting involved in angles as being associated with the guys (AJ with Daniel Bryan, Eve Torres with Zack Ryder for example) but they aren’t exactly the focus of the proceedings. In fact, their roles could be somewhat interchangeable. However, as Alex also pointed out, when given the right story, the appropriate amount of time and the backing (or apathy) of Vince McMahon, things can skyrocket.

The potential for this to happen next time for the WWE Divas would be in a potential Beth v Kharma series of matches, but with fan enthusiasm at an all-time low, is there a possibility of it being a draw like it possibly could be. Well, there is a chance, as Kharma generates excitement amongst the audience due to her unique look and how she is so vastly different to the mountains of tanning, hairspray and sprayed-on outfits that are trotted out for sub-two minute matches every week. Variety is the spice of life, and Kharma is the most left of the middle woman that the promotion has. This should be harnessed or even exploited to draw interest and money for the girls and make the audience realise there is more to the women than mountains of tanning, hairspray and sprayed-on outfits. The thing is, it’s going to need some help…

WWE’s commentators do a vital job, and for the last couple of years, Michael Cole has been counter-productive to the product by burying pretty much everything that the company should be trying to get over. However, Jerry Lawler has been more of a hindrance than a help when it comes to women’s matches during his WWE tenure. With his leering attitude and suggestive comments, he has been more likely to point out the looks of a Diva instead of what she is doing in the ring. He even ignored the sleazy comments during the Mickie James v Trish Stratus feud as he understood the gravity of the story and that there was real emotion, desire and feelings involved.

Now, I’m not saying that Lawler should ignore if a woman is pretty or not – after all, he’s saying what much of the audience is thinking – but he could intersperse it a lot more with pointing out how athletic they are, what their personalities are like (if WWE chooses to give them one) and more facts to flesh out their characters. If someone like Lawler can put over the women, it may help to change the attitude of the viewer. After all, he has been the most liked commentator in WWE for a while now, and he is likely the most trusted to. If he hammers home the Divas’ wrestling skills as long as their looks, he could create a turnaround in the attitude of the viewer.

Things have turned a corner in TNA, with longer Knockouts matches, less goofy storylines and even the odd main event or two (Gail Kim v Mickie James on Impact Wrestling being a recent example). Their roster is a mix of different ages, shapes, sizes and styles (albeit not as eclectic as in years gone by) but if you’re not a fan of a certain style or look, there is someone else on the roster who might be more to your taste. WWE should be having a look at how the Knockouts are being booked these days. Given the fact that WWE has more resources, more pull and more audience recognition than TNA, it could really make a killing off Beth v Kharma, and kickstart a resurgence in the Divas division. I guess we’ll have more of an idea after Elimination Chamber and in the run up to WrestleMania…

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Melina said “never say never, but right now, no” when asked if she would pose for Playboy during her promotion for her show in the Philippines. Seeing as she is no longer part of WWE (and there hasn’t been any WWE Playboy shoots in a number of years), I doubt she would be asked anyway. For the record, Melina beat Jillian Hall in their match in Manila with a sunset flip powerbomb, in what was only her second match since leaving WWE last August. There were just 1,000 fans in the 15,000 seater arena, though some reports claim it was as high as 5,000. Sounds like a money loser…

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The best of the rest

Madusa is challenging Divas Champion Beth Phoenix to a title for title match, considering she still has the Women’s Championship belt that she threw into the trash on WCW Monday Nitro in 1995… Despite she and Beth Phoenix beating Aksana and Tamina on SmackDown last week, Natalya still ended up taking a beating from Tamina after the match. Don’t get us started again on the smelly farts “comedy”. Natalya’s uncle Smith Hart has criticised her current flatulence storyline, while the woman in question has urged her fans “not to worry” about her… MsChif, Christina Von Eerie, Athena, Portia Perez and Nicole Matthews have been added to the SHIMMER tapings, and will also be at the AAW show the day before. MsChif will captain one of the trios, while Sara Del Rey will lead the other team. Sweet Saraya has been announced, as has Hailey Hatred and Mercedes Martinez. Promoter Dave Prazak has revealed there will be some “new” joshi talent is coming this time round… Jessicka Havok will not be at SHIMMER though. She’s booked on the Saturday in Nashville against Angel Dust… Nikita Naridian has been leading an invasion of Professional Championship Wrestling in Melbourne, Australia, accusing them of not treating women’s wrestlers seriously and not having any on their roster. The back and forth on PCW’s Facebook has been pretty misogynistic… LuFisto will challenge Lucha POP Femmes Champion Vaquerita for the title on February 19… Layla told NBC Miami that she may not be back in time for WrestleMania… Saraya (Britani Knight) seems to have been paired with Seth Rollins (Tyler Black)… Stardom has announced that Dark Angel (Sarita) will be in Japan on March 4 for Io Shirai’s 5th anniversary show. It means that Dark Angel will also be celebrating her 10th anniversary out there… Trish Stratus’ movie Bounty Hunters will be released on TV on February 28… Family Wrestling Entertainment is holding a one night tournament on February 25 to crown a women’s champion. The semi finals are Tara v Maria Kanellis and Brooke Tessmacher v Winter… Alissa Flash (Cheerleader Melissa) won the River City Wrestling International Championship from Rick David on Saturday night, meaning that she has now won all three titles in the promotion (the others being the Tag Team Titles and the RCW Championship itself)… Jenny Sjodin retained the Pro Wrestling: EVE title over April Davids and Shanna on Saturday when she made Shanna tap out to the armbar, dislocating her shoulder and hyper-extending her elbow. She will be out for around a month. The night before, she defeated the increasingly impressing Holly Rocamora with the Perfect Press at New Scene Wrestling… Tsukasa Fujimoto & Tsukushi won the International Ribbon Tag Team Championship from Maki Narumiya and ICEx60 Champion Hikaru Shida at Ice Ribbon’s Yokohama Ribbon on Sunday. Miyako Matsumoto (who left Ice Ribbon following a series of losses last year) completed her resurgence in the promotion by winning the Triangle Ribbon title… Sweet Saraya won the UK Women’s Wrestling Championship from Georgie Shaw on Saturday, then the championship was immediately retired, presumably to make way for the WILD European Title. Quite why it was dumped and not merged with the new belt is anyone’s guess… Aleida Ortiz made her OVW debut on Saturday night, teaming with Women’s Champion Taeler Hendrix to beat Bobbie Bardot (former WWF Hardcore Champion Bobcat) & CJ Lane… Toshie Uematsu & Ran YuYu beat the joshi superteam of Kana (SMASH Divas Champion) & Ayumi Kurihara (CMLL World Women’s Champion) for the WAVE Tag Team Championship… EWW Women’s Champion Skarlett will be facing the exotico wrestler Cassandro on February 19… Becky Bayless tweeted that she is having to undertake another drivers’ ed session after being caught speeding again… Amazon won the Solent Wrestling Federation Women’s Championship on Saturday night, defeating Erin Angel… Angelina Love is auctioning off a pair of her pants that she wore on TV and PPV because they are now too big for her. Something about that seems unsettling… In an interview with Wrestling 101, Maryse said: “I believe the Maryse personality was the best female persona in years within the WWE.” She may not be very humble, but she’s totally right… Mickie James, Cheerleader Melissa and Malia Hosaka will wrestle a 3-way in TCW in April… Pro Wrestling: EVE will hold a one night tournament on February 18… Eve Torres had her nose broken by a Beth Phoenix clothesline on Monday’s Raw. Allysin Kay, who suffered a similar injury recently, tweeted her sympathies. Speaking of Kay, she will see a specialist tomorrow to see if her nose will have to be reset.

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Results

January 29: Classic Championship Wrestling (Strathroy, ONT, Canada) – Cherry Bomb & Derek Wylde b Leah Von Dutch & Shawn Spears

January 29: REINA (Tokyo, Japan) – Kyoko Kimura b Lady Afrodita; Bambi b Aoi Ishibashi; Mima Shimoda & Saori b Yumiko Hotta & Saya; Aki Kambayashi b Kelly Skater; Lluvia & Luna Magica b Silueta & Cassandra

January 31: Florida Underground Wrestling (Largo, FL) – Mercedes Justine b Jessie Belle Smothers

February 1: WWE NXT (Omaha, NE) – Alicia Fox b Maxine

February 1: Ohio Valley Wrestling (Louisville, KY) – Taeler Hendrix b Bobbi Bardeaux

February 1: WAVE (Tokyo, Japan) – Aya Mizunami b Mika Iida; Hanako Nakamori & Misaki Ohata b Aya Yuki & Sawako Shimono; Kellie Skater & Tomoka Nakagawa b Sakura Hamada; Kana, Mio Shirai & Shuu Shibutani b Ayako Hamada, Cherry & Yumi Ohka; Toshie Uematsu b Tsukasa Fujimoto

February 2: TNA (Columbia, SC) – Gail Kim b Velvet Sky

February 2: Florida Championship Wrestling (Tampa, FL) – Raquel Diaz b Sofia Cortez & Audrey Marie in a 3-way

February 2: 19 Pro (Saitama, Japan) – Dorami Nagano b Lady Afrodita; Tsukasa Fujimoto & Tsukushi b Sayaka Obihiro & Maki Narumiya

February 2: WWE Superstars (Omaha, NE) – Alicia Fox & Kelly Kelly b Nikki & Brie Bella

February 3: WWE SmackDown (Omaha, NE) – Beth Phoenix & Natalya b Aksana & Tamina

February 3: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Amapola, Princesa Blanca & Princesa Sugheit b Dalis la Caribeña, Estrellita & Lady Apache

February 3: WWE (Topeka, KS) – Beth Phoenix b Eve Torres

February 3: Empire Wrestling Federation (Covinam, CA) – Ashley Hollywood b Nikki Hollywood

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

February 3: Heartland Wrestling Association (Hamilton, OH) – Nevaeh b Li’l Naughty & Kimber Lee in a 3-way

February 3: TNA (Florence, SC) – Gail Kim b Velvet Sky

February 3: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – Command Bolshoi & Rabbit Mito b Manami Katsu & Moon Mizuki; Tsubasa Kuragaki, Hanako Nakamori & Nana Kawasa b Kayako Haruyama & Sachie Abe; Kaori Yoneyama b DJ Nira; Toshie Uematsu & Ran Yu-YU b DASH Chisako & Sendai Sachiko; KAZUKI & Maury v Leon & Ray went to a time limit draw

February 4: River City Wrestling (San Antonio, TX) – Alissa Flash b Rick David to win the RCW International Championship

February 4: Combat Zone Wrestling (Indianapolis, IN) – Nevaeh b Kimber Lee

February 4: UK Women’s Wrestling (Wakefield, England) – Rhia O’Reilly b Dani Brooks & Violet O’Hara; Sweet Saraya b Georgie Shaw to win the UKW Women’s Championship

February 4: Great Canadian Wrestling (Ottawa, ONT, Canada) – Gabrilla Vanderpool b Xandra Bale

February 4: World Wrestling Fan Xperience (Quezon City, Manila) – Melina b Jillian Hall

February 4: XWA (Morcambe, England) – Jenny Sjodin b April Davids & Shanna in a 3-way

February 4: Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling (Vancouver, BC, Canada) – Kc Spinelli b Mary Jane Payne by DQ; Nicole Matthews & Ravenous Randy b Gurv & Harv Sihra

February 4: I Believe In Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Christina Von Eerie b Santana Garrett

February 4: Solent Wrestling Federation (Gosport, England) – Amazon b Erin Angel to win the SWF Women’s Championship

February 4: Powerhouse Wrestling (Worcester, MA) – Ivy b Eric Dylan

February 4: Ohio Valley Wrestling (Louisville, KY) – Taeler Hendrix & Aleida Ortiz b Bobbie Bardot & CJ Lane

February 4: Northern Championship Wrestling (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) – Kalamity b Sweet Cherrie

February 4: American States Wrestling Alliance (Mansfield, OH) – Sassy Stephie b Heather Owens

February 5: WWE (Salt Lake City, UT) – Alicia Fox b Natalya

February 5: WAVE (Osaka, Japan) – Shu Shibutani b Mika Iida; Moeka Haruhi b Kyusei Ninja Ranmaru; Tomoka Nakagawa won a gauntlet match (GAMI b Yumi Ohka; GAMI v Cherry went to a time limit draw; Aya Yuki b Hanako Nakamori by DQ; Ayako Hamada b Aya Yuki; Ayako Hamada b Mio Shirai; Ayako Hamada v Sawako Shimono went to a time limit draw; Tomoka Nakagawa b Misaki Ohata); Toshie Uematsu & Ran Yu-Yu b Kana & Ayumi Kurihara to win the WAVE Tag Team Championship

February 5: World Association of Wrestling (Norwich, England) – Rhia O’Reilly, Destiny & Laura Wellings b Penelope, Briony & Stacey

February 5: Stardom (Tokyo, Japan) – Act Yasukawa b Yuuri Haruka; Miho Wakizawa b Natsumi Showzuki; Natsuki*Taiyo b Yoko Bito & Saki Kashima in a 3-way; Nanae Takahashi b Kairi Hojo; Io Shirai, Arisa Hoshiki & Mayu Iwatani b Hiroyo Matsumoto, Kellie Skater & Eri Susa

February 5: Ice Ribbon ‘Yokohama Ribbon’ (Yokohama, Japan) – Aoi Kizuki b Sayaka Obihiro; Kayako Haruyama b Meari Naito; Hamako Hoshi & Mochi Miyagi b Dorami Nagano & Kurumi;
Hikari Minami & Choun Shiryu v Riho & Ribbon Takanashi went to a time limit draw; Miyako Matsumoto b Nekko Nitta & Jun Kasai in a 3-way to win the Triangle Ribbon Championship; Tsukasa Fujimoto & Tsukushi b Hikaru Shida & Maki Narumiya to win the International Ribbon Tag Team Championship

February 6: WWE Raw (Oklahoma City, OK) – Eve Torres, Kelly Kelly, Tamina & Alicia Fox b Beth Phoenix, Natalya & Brie and Nikki Bella

Upcoming

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

February 10: 19 Pro (Saitama, Japan) – Kurumi v Sayaka Obihiro; Tsukasa Fujimoto & Tsukushi vs Hamuko Hoshi & Dorami Nagano

February 11: Newcastle Pro Wrestling (New Lambton, Australia) – Harley Wonderland v Shazza McKenzie

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

February 12: TNA Against All Odds (Orlando, FL) – Gail Kim v Tara

February 15: Premier Promotions (Camberley, England) – Amazon v Erin Angel

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

February 17: Resistance Pro (Chicago, IL) – Melanie Cruise v Sassy Stephie

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; Davey Vega & Athena v Darin Childs & Angel Blue v Gregory James & Rachel Summerlyn v ACH & Mia Yim

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

February 19: WrestleForce (Harlow, England) – Skarlett v Cassandro El Exotico

February 22: Joshi4Hope (Tokyo, Japan) – Ayako Hamada & Ayumi Kurihara v Hiroyo Matsumoto & Misaki Ohata

February 24: AAW (Merrionette Park, IL) – Mena Libra v MsChif

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

February 25: CHIKARA (Reading, PA) – Sara Del Rey v Archibald Peck

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

February 25: St Louis Anarchy (Granite City, IL) – Serenity v Rachel Summerlyn

February 26: CHIKARA (Long Island, NY) – Sara Del Rey v Saturyne

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; Leva Bates v Athena; Becky Bayless v Jennifer Cruz; Rick Cataldo & Ezavel Suena v Jessie “Bonesaw” Brooks & Jenny Rose; Rain v Lexxus

March 3: Extreme World Wrestling (Hastings, England) – Skarlett v Exodus

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

March 4: Io Shirai 5th Anniversary (Tokyo, Japan) – Io Shirai & Dark Angel v Nanae Takahashi & Miho Wakizawa

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; Hailey Hatred v Cheerleader Melissa; Kellie Skater v Kira; Jessie McKay v Angie Skye

March 10: XWE (Brownsville, PA) – Amber O’Neal v Angel Orsini

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

March 17: Crossfire Entertainment (Nashville, TN) – Jessicka Havok b Angel Dust

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

April 6: Dynamo Pro Wrestling (Glen Carbon, IL) – Santana Garrett v Christina Von Eerie

April 7: Remix Pro Wrestling (Marietta, OH) – Hailey Hatred v Mia Yim

April 7: Traditional Championship Wrestling (Fort Smith, AR) – Mickie James v Cheerleader Melissa v Malia Hosaka

April 29: Apex Pro (Huntington Park, CA) – El Jefe & Terra Calaway v Tyler Bateman & Raze

May 5: Ice Ribbon ‘Golden Ribbon’ (Tokyo, Japan)

- Lee Burton

Rumblebum says:

The WWE Divas matches are too short,…and they are horrible. The end of the match was a joke. Not Tamina’s splash, but the way Brie(or Nikki) just layed there waiting for it to happen. It is the same thing every week. The divas run around for a minute then one of them lays down for the pin. The fans are not buying it anymore. So, how can you give a push to anyone in a two minute farce.
How can you build a story or fued, or hype a pay-per-view match. If the WWE does not care about the divas, how can they expect their fans to give a crap.