Ringbelles Roundup (28 February 2012)

It’s that time of year again.

March is almost upon us, and women’s wrestling in North America is coming out of hibernation, all invigorated, revived and ready to unleash a shedload of matches upon us, the wrestling fan. Coming up later this month, we have nCw Femmes Fatales and SHIMMER, as well as matches in promotions like POWW, AIW, RCW, NWA Houston, NWA Ring Warriors and more, but we start off on the east coast this Saturday with Women Superstars Uncensored’s 5th Year Anniversary in Deer Park, NY…

Among some of the undercard matches worth noting include two J-Cup qualifiers for April featuring Annie Social against April Hunter and Leva Bates meeting Athena in a rematch from last year’s WSU Anniversary show – which was won by Athena with her O-Face top rope stunner. Elsewhere, Lexxus pulls double duty for the second iPPV in a row when she faces rival Rain in a singles battle, but also has to select a new Tag Team Championship partner to face Jana and Luscious Latasha, after her Boston Shore teammate Amber bowed out of wrestling because of “personal demons” – a phrase which wrestling fans are ever so familiar with. In addition, the former Tag Team Champions Marti Belle and Tina San Antonio do battle after months of circling around each other in a storyline that actually began a year ago when Tina was “attacked” before the 4th Anniversary, only for it to come out months later as being a big fake, while Belle chose Jazz as a partner to win the vacant championships.

The big undercard contest pits two thirds of the Midwest Militia – Sassy Stephie and Allysin Kay – meeting Brittney Savage and Alicia in a continuance from their War Games match at Breaking Barriers 2 last November, but the figureheads of both the Militia and Team WSU are the meat and potatoes of the show.

Despite having a number of long running storylines coming to a head on the undercard, this is really a one match show as far as the marketing is concerned – WSU Champion Mercedes Martinez taking on Spirit Champion Jessicka Havok in a title for title match, which has been at least 14 months in the making… at least, that’s when Havok made it clear that she was coming for the title after disposing of Rain and her former army. She made her intentions known after putting away Nikki Roxx at The Final Chapter last January, though her run towards the top of the card started months previously when she returned to WSU.

From mid-2010, Havok has successfully put away every single opponent that has come her way in singles competition. ODB, Amber O’Neal, Roxx, Alicia, Rain and more have stepped up to take her on and failed to defeat her, racking up an impressing undefeated streak in the singles ranks. Without a doubt, the Spirit Champ – a title she won last September – has more momentum ahead of challenging Martinez than anyone else in the WSU Champion’s near-three year reign.

However, as pointed out, Mercedes has held the WSU Championship for close to 36 full months, and has been made the woman to beat in the promotion, seeing off challenges from the likes of Alicia, Angel Orsini, Serena Deeb, Lexxus and more. In doing so, there is now a level of prestige and grandeur surrounding the title that will give whoever defeats her the best springboard. Undoubtedly, Martinez has done wonders for that belt.

Having said that, this match almost didn’t happen, as Martinez suffered a legitimate concussion and stinger in the War Games match, and needed to be taken to hospital immediately following the show. Barred from flying, she was unable to travel to New Jersey for WSU’s first matches of the year, where she was supposed to defend the WSU belt against Jennifer Cruz, and has only wrestled matches in her home state of Florida in WXW, mostly against Kimberley Maddox. However, she has been given the all clear for air travel and will be in Long Island for WSU’s biggest card of the year, and possibly most important card ever.

Many are expecting this to be Havok’s time, taking the promotion’s top title and establishing herself as the top woman. However, Mercedes has won over and over again when pundits expected her to lose, so it would be unwise to write this off as being a foregone conclusion. Either way, WSU has banked everything on this match being a success, and I am confident that it will be. However, will it be Jessicka Havok or Mercedes Martinez unifying WSU’s singles championships by the end of Saturday night? You’ll have to buy the iPPV on GoFightLive to find out. We will have a review of the show on the website after everything is said and done.

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Lady JoJo’s been repackaged in OVW to Josette Bynum – her real name. She’s the new heel “talent arbitrator” in the promotion, filling the role left by Christian Mascagni, who was legitimately fired by the promotion after being al over the TV show over the last few months. The reason Bynum got the role is because she and Mascagni legitimately disliked each other – something he revealed in a podcast last year – so the appointment is supposed to spite him. She is also the manager of his former stablemates Jessie Godderz, Mohamad Ali Vaez, Rob Terry and Rudy Switchblade.

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The best of the rest

LuFisto may have agreed to another hardcore match. She ran into an old opponent, Joe Lider, whom she lost to in 2005, and though she said she doesn’t do extreme anymore, she would “make an exception” for him… Amazon will defend her SWF Women’s Title against former champ Erin Angel in May… Emi Sakura and Kaori Yoneyama have agreed to wrestle a match with a couple of interesting stipulations added. If Sakura wins, Yoneyama will have to join her in her new promotion in Thailand – however if Yoneyama wins, Sakura will have to make JWP her new home promotion… Jessie Belle Smothers won the NWA Top Of Texas Women’s Title after winning a #1 contender tournament and then defeating Starr immediately afterward… Ayumi Kurihara & Ayako Hamada retained the SHIMMER Tag Team Championship over 3S (Hiroyo Matsumoto & Misaki Ohata) at Wednesday’s Joshi4Hope show… Speaking of SHIMMER, Mia Yim has been added to the lineup for next month. She had a great showing back in October… Mickie Knuckles, Sara Del Rey, Crazy Mary Dobson, Veda Scott, Annie Social, Cherry Bomb, Jenny Rose & Kimber Lee have all been announced for AIW’s Girls Night Out 6 on April 15. Allysin Kay v Mia Yim has already been announced… Sarita wrestled while unwell during TNA’s house shows in West Virginia. She also celebrated her 10 year wrestling anniversary last Wednesday… April Davids v Nikki Storm never happened on Friday night because of Davids’ concussion… Trish Stratus told The Sun UK that she would be willing to return to face Beth Phoenix… Saraya Knight will defend the HEW Women’s Championship against Mercedes Martinez on March 25… MsChif defeated Mena Libra in a Falls Count Anywhere match at AAW on Friday by delivering the Desecrater off the bar through a table… She won the ACW American Joshi Queen Of Queens last year, and her success in tournaments continues – Rachel Summerlyn went through Veda Scott, Portia Perez and Sara Del Rey to win 2CW’s Girls Grand Prix on Friday… Aki Kambayashi defeated Courtney Rush in the main event of REINA 27 on Saturday to retain the TLW International Women’s Championship… Maria Kanellis ended her 2-year absence from wrestling on Saturday, winning the FWE Women’s Championship in a one night tournament by beating Tara and Winter. It was also her 30th birthday. FWE announced Rosita would appear on the March 24 show… Traci Brooks & SoCal Val wrestled in Germany last week as part of the Wrestling Legends Tour. Brooks suffered a broken rib along the way… WWE Hall Of Famer and FCW trainer Dusty Rhodes has praised Maxine’s work. She’s come a long way since NXT season 3… Buggy Nova received another WWE tryout recently. That makes three so far this year… Evie was named the best female wrestler in New Zealand by the country’s PWI… Bit of baby news – Jackie and Charlie Haas are expecting their fourth child, while former ECW talent Francine gave birth to her first son yesterday afternoon. He and her husband already have a daughter… NY Knockout Nikki launched her new website ny-ko.com this week, where she offers herself as a wrestler, fitness trainer and sports nutritionist… Sweet Saraya will wrestle Nikki St John in POWW the day before SHIMMER… Amapola wants Estrellita to agree to a Hair v Hair match… PWWA announced that there will be another tournament coming in the future… With four weeks until WrestleMania, there’s no real sign on if Beth Phoenix will defend the Divas Title there. She wasn’t even on Raw this week – instead, the main Diva focus was Kelly Kelly confronting Eve Torres.

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Results

February 18: Empire Wrestling Federation (San Bernardino, CA) – Terra Calaway b Crystal Michelle

February 19: NWA Top Of Texas (Amarillo, TX) – Zoe Monroe b Kylie Monroe; Missdiss Lexia b Erin Star Caladrino; Jessie Belle Smothers b Zoe Monroe; Myka b Kissy; Lillith Blood b Kyra Maya; Jessie Belle Smothers b Myka; Missdiss Lexia b Lilith Blood; Jessie Belle Smothers b Missdiss Lexia; Jessie Belle Smothers b Starr

February 20: CMLL (Puebla, Mexico) – Dalis la Caribeña, Goya Kong & Lady Apache b Princesa Blanca, Princesa Sugheit & Zeuxis


February 21: Florida Underground Wrestling (Largo, FL) – Jessie Belle Smothers b Solo Darling

February 22: Joshi4Hope (Tokyo, Japan) – Ray b Mika Iida; Yumi Ohka & Courtney Rush b Kellie Skater & Tomoka Nakagawa; Ayako Hamada & Ayumi Kurihara b Hiroyo Matsumoto & Misaki Ohata

February 23: Impact Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Gail Kim b ODB

February 23: WWE (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) – Alicia Fox b Natalya

February 24: 19 Pro (Saitama, Japan) – Tsukushi & Hikari Minami b Hikaru Shida & Kurumi; Dorami Nagano b Maki Narumiya

February 24: Melbourne City Wrestling (Tullamarine, Australia) – Eliza Sway b KC Cassidy

February 24: Atushi Onita 35th Anniversary (Tokyo, Japan) – Kana b Micro

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

February 24: Southside Wrestling Entertainment (Nottingham, England) – Rockstar Spud b Nikki Storm

February 24: Wrestling Legends Tour (Newmunster, Germany) – Traci Brooks b SoCal Val

February 24: WWE (Los Angeles, CA) – Beth Phoenix b Nikki Bella

February 24: TNA (Upper Marlboro, MD) – Mickie James & Velvet Sky b Angelina Love & Gail Kim

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

February 24: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Dalis la Caribeña, Estrellita & Marcela b Amapola, La Comandante & La Seductora

February 25: C4 Wrestling (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) – Twiggy b Addy Starr

February 25: Scottish Wrestling Alliance (Paisley, Scotland) – Nikki Storm & Scott Renwick b Kirsty Love & Lewis Girvan

February 25: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Kurumi b Maki Narumiya; Ribbon Takanashi v Marine Mask went to a time limit draw; Hikaru Shida & Tsukushi b Hiroyo Matsumoto & Asuka Minami; Kayoko Haruyama b Dorami Nagano

February 25: REINA 27 (Tokyo, Japan) – Luna Majika b Mika Iida; Bambi b Kellie Skater; Lluvia b Aoi Ishibashi; Mima Shimoda & Silueta b Yumiko Hotta & Saya; Aki Kanbayashi b Courtney Rush

February 25: CHIKARA (Reading, PA) – Saturyne b El Hijo Del Ice Cream; Sara Del Rey b Archibald Peck

February 25: Wrestling Legends Tour (Rotenburd, Germany) – Traci Brooks b Kat Deluxe

February 25: Family Wrestling Entertainment (New York City, NY) – Winter b Brooke Tessmacher; Maria Kanellis b Tara; Maria Kanellis b Winter to win the FWE Women’s Championship

February 25: Best Of The Best Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Santana Garrett b Leva Bates

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

February 26: Osaka Pro (Osaka, Japan) – Apple Miyuki, Kana & Kyusei Ninja Ranmaru b Ebessan, Kanjyouro Matusyama & Kuishinbo Kamen

February 26: Kaientai Dojo (Tokyo, Japan) – Tomoka Nakagawa b Bambi

February 26: WWE (Eugene, OR) – Beth Phoenix b Nikki Bella

February 26: TNA (Charlottesville, VA) – Mickie James & Velvet Sky b Gail Kim & Angelina Love

February 26: OZ Academy (Tokyo, Japan) – AKINO & Ayumi Kurihara b Manami Toyota & Nao Komatsu; Carlos Amano b Tomoka Nakagawa; Aja Kong & Sonoko Kato b Takako Inoue & Tsubasa Kuragaki; Ozaki Mayumi b Mio Shirai; Chikayo Nagashima b Hiroyo Matsumoto, Ran Yu Yu & Yumi Ohka in an elimination match;

February 26: Insane Championship Wrestling (Glasgow, Scotland) – Carmel Jacob & Kay Lee Ray v Mikey Whiplash

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

February 27: CMLL (Puebla, Mexico) – Princesa Blanca b Dalis

February 27: WWE Raw (Portland, OR) – Kelly Kelly b Nikki Bella

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Upcoming

March 2: Absolute Intense Wrestling (Cleveland, OH) – Cherry Bomb v Seleziya Sparx

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; Tina San Antonio v Marti Belle; Lexxus & TBA v Luscious Latasha & Jana

March 3: Insane Championship Wrestling (Tuggeranong, Australia) – Niki Nitro v Kandi Luv

March 3: East Coast Wrestling Association (Newark, DE) – Shazza McKenzie v Kylie Pierce

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

March 3: Ring Wars Carolina (Red Springs, NC) – Mia Svensson v Mercedes KV

March 3: Squared Circle Wrestling (Toronto, ONT, Canada) – Xandra Bale & Gabriella Vanderpool v Cherry Bomb & Seleziya Sparx

March 3: Millennium Pro Wrestling (Simi Valley, CA) – NY Knockout Nikki v Amanda

March 3: North Shore Pro Wrestling (Quebec City, Quebec, Canada) LuFisto v Urban Miles

March 3: Ice Ribbon “Teens” (Saitama, Japan) – Tsukushi v Kurumi
; Dorami Nagano v Moon Mizuki; Kagetsu, Aoi Ishibashi & Mika Iida v Rabbit Mito, Nana Kawasa & Manami Katsu; Riho v Hikari Minami

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

March 3: Britannia Wrestling Promotions (Wrexham, Wales) – Leah Owens v Kasey Owens

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

March 9: El Pappy Pineda Promotions (Huntington Park, CA) – Amanda v NY Knockout Nikki

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

March 9: NWA Houston (Cypress, TX) – Jen Alise v Reyna Pink; Barbi Hayden & Ken Carson v Angel Blue & Jasper Davis

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; Rhia O’Reilly v She Nay Nay; Anna Minoushka v Milouu v Mary Lee Rose v Missy

March 10: Combat Zone Wrestling (Philadelphia, PA) – Mia Yim v Greg Excellent

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

March 16: Purely Obsessed Wrestling World (Villa Park, IL) – Sweet Saraya v Nikki St John

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

March 17: Mecca Pro Wrestling/Canadian Wrestling Action (Cornwall, ONT, Canada) – Jewells Malone v Persephone Vice

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

March 18: UNION (Tokyo, Japan) – Cherry v Mio Shirai

March 19: TNA Victory Road (Orlando, FL) – Gail Kim v Madison Rayne

March 20: Ice Ribbon March 2012 (Tokyo, Japan) – Tsukasa Fujimoto & Tsukushi v Manami Toyota & TBA; Hamuko Hoshi & Kayoko Haruyama v Mochi Miyagi & Nana Kawasa

March 23: Northeast Wrestling (Poughkeepsie, NY) – Melina v Velvet Sky

March 24: Northeast Wrestling (Waterbury, CT) – Melina v Velvet Sky

March 24: World Association of Women’s Wrestling (Norwich, England) – Queen Maya v Miss Mina

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

March 25: Herts And Essex Wrestling (Harlow, England) – Sweet Saraya v Mercedes Martinez

March 25: Real Championship Wrestling (Baltimore, MD) – Jenny Rose v Mia Yim v Kimber Lee

March 29: NWA Ring Warriors (Ft Lauderdale, FL) – Jesse Neal & Christina Von Eerie v Chasyn Rance & Santana Garrett

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

March 30: Pro Wrestling Australia (Camden, Australia) – Mikey Broderick & Jessie McKay v Bishop Sommers & Harley Wonderland

March 31: Adrenaline Unleashed (Las Vegas, NV) – NY Knockout Nikki v Allison Danger; Liz Sassi v Davina Rose

March 31: Rock n’ Roll Wrestling (Melbourne, Australia) – KC Cassidy v Nikita Naridian

April 1: BritWresFest (London, England) – Jenny Sjodin v Alpha Female

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

April 14: WrestleReunion (Toronto, ONT, Canada) – LuFisto v Kalamity

April 14: Union of Independent Professional Wrestlers (Toronto, ONT, Canada) – Cherry Bomb v Seleziya Sparx

April 15: Absolute Intense Wrestling Girls Night Out 6 (Cleveland, OH) – Allysin Kay v Mia Yim

April 21: East Coast Wrestling Association (Sewell, NJ) – Veda Scott v Kimber Lee

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

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

May 12: Solent Wrestling Federation (Gosport, England) – Amazon v Erin Angel

July 14: Pro Wrestling: EVE (Sudbury, England)

- Lee Burton

laqisha says:

amazon looks stunning is that pic