Reports from Montreal, Quebec, Canada on Saturday say that the most recent instalment of NCW Femmes Fatales was the best yet. With a 25 minute draw between Cheerleader Melissa and Hailey Hatred, Jazz and Lufisto tearing up the building and Kalamity securing her first International Title defence on a FF show over Mercedes Martinez, all three of the main event matches delivered. Groundwork was also laid for Femmes Fatales IX on July 7, and a number of the talking points have relevance to the FF/Women Superstars Uncensored relationship…
First off, there was the announcement that the Midwest Militia of WSU’s dual champion Jessicka Havok and Tag Team Champions Allysin Kay and Sassy Stephie will appear in July. For Kay and Havok, it will being their debut in the promotion, while Stephie wrestled at Femmes Fatales IV. As the most over talent, it seemed logical that the Militia would be part of this talent-sharing initiative, and as a trio, it lends itself to an invasion-style storyline with three badass heels walking into another promotion, and it’s unlikely that the Militia will be out to make friends. Before that happens though, three homegrown FF talents – Kalamity, LuFisto (who were announced during the 5th Anniversary iPPV) and Sweet Cherrie (who was named afterward) – will make their WSU debuts at the Uncensored Rumble on June 16, so the Militia will see their north-of-the-border opposition before making the trip to Canada three weeks later.
However, don’t expect it to be like the old USA/Canada storylines from the WWF in 1997 where talent would be faces OR heels depending on which country they’re wrestling in, as the Militia are already the top heels in WSU, so they are unlikely to be cheered by the WSU fans if a confrontation between them and Kalamity, Cherrie and LuFisto takes place in Deer Park, NY, and they are sure to be booed in Montreal at FF IX. Of course, this is all speculation, as nothing has been announced beyond the names who will be appearing, but this is what fantasy booking is all about. It would be a shame for there to be this overlapping without there being some in-ring friction to spice things up.
So that takes care of most of the names, but it leaves a rogue element in Mercedes Martinez, who turned heel after being defeated by Kalamity and brawled with LuFisto to end the show. Her dynamic of being a heel in FF but the top babyface in WSU may cause some confusion, but also some intrigue. If push came to shove, would she align herself with her most hated enemies in WSU to try and take out Femmes Fatales most beloved stars, or would she be a lone wolf, going after anyone and everyone who stands in her way?
To keep things simple, I would imagine that Martinez would be kept separated from the Militia at Femmes Fatales rather than blurring the lines, unless something happens in WSU before then – after all, there are three big WSU shows taking place before the next card in Montreal, so there is plenty of time to align the stars.
So that means that Martinez is a heel in two of North America’s three biggest women’s promotions – WSU being the exception. The first place that she turned was SHIMMER last October, and wouldn’t you know it, that’s the next promotion to step into the spotlight in this crazy month of shows…
As we have become used to, SHIMMER: Women Athletes tends to not release any matches ahead of the four DVD taping sets that it runs twice a year. However, based on how the last tapings ended, we can put forward some informed guesses as to what will happen on the volumes 45-48 tapings this Saturday and Sunday.
Since we were on the subject of Martinez, let’s stick with it. She is more than likely going to be wrestling Athena on at least one occasion after their pair of matches on volumes 43 and 44 – the first ended in a double count-out where Mercedes elected to walk away rather than agree with Athena and restart the match, while the second finished with a DQ win for Athena when Martinez used a chair to attack The Wrestling Goddess’ leg, finalising the double-turn. Depending on the plans for them both after this feud is over, we could see Martinez challenging Cheerleader Melissa for the SHIMMER Championship on the second day, though I expect Mercedes AND Athena to benefit a huge deal from this. Martinez will not need to change her style that much to be a heel, as she already has an aggressive demeanour, while Athena’s gymnastic approach and graceful high-flying lends itself to being the babyface that you want to support.
Speaking of the SHIMMER Championship, Nicole Matthews made it clear that she believes it is her time in the promotion. Attacking Melissa after the California native defeated Madison Eagles to win the belt, Matthews positioned herself to be one of the early challengers to the title. However, before that happens, she may need to get a couple of big wins under her belt. Sure, she got the best of Jessie McKay in their programme and put away Davina Rose on volume 44, but against names like Daizee Haze, Ayako Hamada and Melissa herself, she has come up short. Matthews has all the talent in the world and will likely be SHIMMER Champion at some point, but having that one big victory will cement her at the top. Hopefully that comes on volume 45.
Meanwhile, as champion, Melissa’s reign means opportunities for heels who haven’t had shots at the belt during the time Eagles was the titleholder – after all, heel v heel matches rarely work out for the best. Therefore, people like Martinez, Sara Del Rey and (if all the pieces fell into the right place) Sweet Saraya could all get a crack this weekend. Again, this is all speculative (in the Saraya case, VERY speculative) but they are all viable prospects, given the right build-up.
Will Melissa leave the weekend as SHIMMER Champion? Well, there are a couple of schemes of thought with this.
All the title reigns so far (Del Rey, MsChif and Eagles) have all been pretty lengthy, which has helped to solidify the prestige of the title and establish whoever is holding it as a force. Melissa’s run towards the belt was a long one, and the payoff for it was well-received too, though it could be that the chase was so big that the reign itself may not be a long one, in order to establish another chase. A wrestler who has their appetite whetted by holding the championship, only to have it taken from them, tends to lead to a more heated approach to regain it. Perhaps Melissa’s best role is as the wronged party who strives for redemption rather than being the champion, and that air of vulnerability is what draws fans to support and rally for her. That could mean we could see a new champion this weekend, with my money being on Martinez – that’s IF it happens. Alternatively, this could be the start of Melissa turning back challenges to solidify herself as a worthy champion – which would differ from her run towards the belt, which featured many setbacks, screwjobs, twists and turns which she had to overcome to get to the top of the heap. Either way, there is likely to be a number of talking points coming out of the SHIMMER title picture by the time volume 48 is over.
Elsewhere, Saraya ventures to Berwyn, IL alone following being defeated by her daughter Britani before the younger female member of the Knight Dynasty ventured to FCW as part of her WWE developmental deal, Kana returns for a second weekend while fellow joshis Ray and Leon make their US debuts – Tomoka Nakagawa and Hiroyo Matsumoto miss out this time around. Hailey Hatred is back for a full weekend this time around, Australia’s Shazza McKenzie makes her debut, while Christina Von Eerie has no TNA ties this time around so she may get more juicy matches.
And as it pertains to the matches themselves, expect them to be a little longer and for there to be fewer of them than back in October. As promoter Dave Prazak told us after the weekend, there were 49 wrestlers on the card, and that was far too many – with the shows going for more than three hours and featuring around 12/13 matches on each DVD, which was too many for the undercard matches to make any real impression. This time, the number of names hovers just above the 30 mark, which should make things more palatable for the fans, who will be in the Eagles club for around 7 hours each day.
As with at Femmes Fatales, Stew will be on hand at the tapings to relay news, thoughts and tidbits. Keep checking the website all weekend for more details.
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No, not the old Nexus theme, but us – Ringbelles celebrated its first birthday on Saturday (and by celebrated, I mean we forgot because of all the Femmes Fatales stuff and only remembered on Sunday morning).
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Rhia O’Reilly, Mena Libra and Melanie Cruise have been added to the SHIMMER tapings… The Knockouts Tag Team Titles are on life support after ODB and Eric Young won the titles from Gail Kim and Madison Rayne on last week’s Impact… Kharma says she will be setting up a foundation to help other people who have suffered the trauma of stillbirth… PWWA announced last Thursday that the upcoming tournament would be to crown an Interim Champion while Madison Eagles is out due to injury. So far, four names have been announced – Jessie McKay, Shazza McKenzie, Evie & Kellie Skater… Christina Von Eerie and Kimber Lee are booked for WSU’s J-Cup in April… Mick Foley has tweeted about how upset he is with WWE’s portrayal of Eve Torres. He says WWE is sending a mixed message with the treatment of Eve and its anti-bullying campaign… Ayumi Kurihara lost the CMLL Women’s Championship to Marcela on Friday. It’s Marcela’s third run with the belt… Jillian Hall and Maria Kanellis are booked to appear at Pro Wrestling Syndicate’s show on May 4 in Rahway, NJ. Bret Hart will be there too… As well as winning the tournament to become Manami Toyota’s partner against International Ribbon Tag Team Champions Tsukasa Fujimoto & Tsukushi at Ice Ribbon March, Kurumi is also the number one contender to Tsukushi’s IW19 Championship after winning an 8 woman tourney. She defeated Dorami Nagano on Friday… Madusa took to her Facebook at the weekend to say she would not be at the WrestleReunion shows in Miami or Toronto this year. She followed up by saying that she HAD received a call from WWE – reports claim it’s for interviews to do with the WWE Network… One of the Diva Search girls from 2005 (the year Ashley Massaro won) is being accused of helping to run a call-girl operation. 30-year old Jaynie Mae Baker and another woman have been indicted on felony prostitution charges… Sara Del Rey is apparently booked to be part of a GLOW Appreciation event in Las Vegas on April 16, which appears to be leading to a full-on series of shows. Former GLOW stars like Hollywood, Roxy Astor and Godiva are also scheduled to attend… Mia Yim defeated Greg Excellent in a TLC Match at Combat Zone Wrestling’s card on Saturday night and got pretty banged up in the process… Kana won the DDT Iron Man Heavymetalweight Championship on Saturday night after winning a battle royal… These Aussies are getting around. Vixsin is now training in Japan… Blue Nikita has denied rumours that she is retiring… TV personality Maria Menounos is in line to be involved with the Divas at WrestleMania – she’s wrestled on two WWE shows in the past. As of now, no match has been set, though Beth Phoenix and Eve Torres had an encounter on Raw… Beulah McGillicutty’s written a children’s book. Called Gertrude The Great, she’s published it under her real name of Trisa Laughlin… Maryse was backstage at Raw in Cleveland, OH last night. She’s Miz’s girlfriend and Cleveland is his hometown.
March 3: Britannia Wrestling Promotions (Wrexham, Wales) – Kasey Owens b Leah Owens
March 6: CMLL (Guadalajara, Mexico) – Princesa Blanca b Lady Apache
March 7: WWE NXT (Uncasville, CT) – Tamina Snuka b Maxine
March 7: Ice Ribbon (Roppongi, Japan) – Tsukasa Fujimoto b Maki Narumiya; Aoi Kizuki & Dorami Nagano b Hikaru Shida & Sayaka Obihiro
March 7: Professional Championship Wrestling (Rowville, Australia) – Siren v Nikita Naridian
March 8: Impact Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Eric Young and ODB b Gail Kim & Madison Rayne to win the Knockouts Tag Team Championship
March 8: TNA (Highland Heights, KY) – Gail Kim b Tara
March 9: WWE (Toronto, ONT, Canada) – Eve Torres b Kelly Kelly
March 9: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Marcela b Ayumi Kurihara to win the CMLL World Women’s Championship
March 9: 19 Pro (Saitama, Japan) – Aoi Kuzuki & Tsukushi b Hikaru Shida & Sayako Obihiro; Kurumi b Dorami Nagano
March 9: Pro Wrestling Syndicate (Rahway, NJ) – Reby Sky b Spyra Andover & Brittney Savage in a 3-way
March 9: NWA Houston (Cypress, TX) – Jen Alise b Reyna Pink; Barbi Hayden & Mike Dell b Angel Blue & Bolt Brady
March 10: Newcastle Pro Wrestling (New Lambton, Australia) – Harley Wonderland b Cobie Starr
March 10: Combat Zone Wrestling (Philadelphia, PA) – Mia Yim b Greg Excellent
March 10: WWE (London, ONT, Canada) – Eve Torres b Kelly Kelly
March 10: Capital City Championship Combat (Ottawa, ONT, Canada) – Twiggy b Addy Starr
March 10: Victory Pro Wrestling (Centereach, NY) – Angelina Love & Mike Magnum b Sienna DuVall & Ricky Richards
March 10: New York Wrestling Connection (Deer Park, NY) – Nikki Syxx b Brittney Savage
March 10: East Coast Wrestling Association (Carneys Point, NJ) – Aida Marie b Jessie Kaye
March 10: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Tsukasa Fujimoto b Manami Katsu; Sayaka Obihiro b Crazy SKB & Hikari Minami; Hikaru Shida b Miyako Matsumoto; Dorami Nagano & Tsukushi b Hiroyo Matsumoto & Kurumi
March 10: nCw Femmes Fatales (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) – Missy b Anna Minoushka, Milouu & Mary Lee Rose in a 4-way; Sweet Cherrie b Portia Perez; Kellie Skater b Kira; She Nay Nay b Rhia O’Reilly, Hailey Hatred v Cheerleader Melissa ended in a time-limit draw; Jessie McKay b Angie Skye; LuFisto b Jazz; Kalamity b Mercedes Martinez
March 10: ITL DTU (Tlalnepantla, Mexico) – Chica Ye-Ye, Keira & Mari Apache b Bugambilia, Dashuri & Lolita
March 11: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Amapola, La Comandante & Tiffany b Ayumi, Dalis la Caribeña & Goya Kong
March 11: Dramatic Dream Team (Tokyo, Japan) – Kana b Antonio Honda, Michael Nakazawa, Tomomitsu Matsunaga, Poison JULIE Sawada, Gorgeous Matsuno, Tigers Mask & Keita Yano in a Battle Royal to win the DDT Iron Man Heavymetalweight Championship
March 11: Stardom (Tokyo, Japan) – Tomoka Nakagawa b Mayu Iwutani; Arisa Hoshiki, Dark Angel & Io Shirai b Eri Susa, Hiroyo Matsumoto & Miho Sawa; Nanae Takahashi b Yuuri Haruka; Natsuki*Taiyo, Yuka Yasukawa & Yuzupon Mask b Saki Kashima, Yoko Bito & Yuzuki Aikawa
March 11: WWE (Buffalo, NY) – Brie & Nikki Bella b Eve Torres & Kelly Kelly
March 11: WWE (Kalamazoo, MI) – Beth Phoenix & Natalya b Tamina Snuka & Alicia Fox
March 11: FutureShock 57 (Stockport, England) – Jenny Sjodin b Holly Blossom
March 11: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – Sachie Abe b Manami Katsu; Toshie Uematsu b Rabbit Miyu; Tsubasa Kuragaki & Leon b Kaori Yoneyama & Morley; Kayoko Haruyama, KAZUKI, Nana Kawasa & Toshie Uematsu b Command Bolshoi, Hanako Nakamori, Manami Katsu & Rabbit Miyu
March 14: SMASH FINAL (Tokyo, Japan) – Koji Doi & Aki Shizuku v Takuya Kito & Mio Shirai; Michael Kocak v Kim Nun Pun & Lin Bairon; Mentallo & Shuri v Ultimo Dragon & Kana
March 16: Purely Obsessed Wrestling World (Villa Park, IL) – Sweet Saraya v Nikki St John
March 16: AAW (Berwyn, IL) – MsChif, Athena & Christina Von Eerie v Sara Del Rey, Portia Perez & Nicole Matthews
March 17: Crossfire Entertainment (Nashville, TN) – Jessicka Havok v Angel Dust
March 17: Mecca Pro Wrestling/Canadian Wrestling Action (Cornwall, ONT, Canada) – Jewells Malone v Persephone Vice
March 17: Nitro Pro Wrestling Alliance (Blackpool, England) – Kay Lee Ray v Carmel Jacob
March 17-18: SHIMMER Women Athletes (Berwyn, IL)
March 18: UNION (Tokyo, Japan) – Cherry v Mio Shirai
March 18: Anarchy Championship Wrestling (Live Oak, TX) – Angel Blue v Rachel Summerlyn
March 18: TNA Victory Road (Orlando, FL) – Gail Kim v Madison Rayne
March 20: Ice Ribbon March 2012 (Tokyo, Japan) – Hamuko Hoshi & Kayoko Haruyama v Mochi Miyagi & Nana Kawasa; Meari Naito v Shuji Ishikawa; Maki Narumiya & Toshie Uematsu v TBA & TBA; Dorami Nagano v Hiroyo Matsumoto; Aiger v Sayaka Obihiro v Neko Nitta; Tsukasa Fujimoto & Tsukushi v Manami Toyota & Kurumi; Hikaru Shida v Aoi Kizuki
March 23: World Association of Wrestling (Norwich, England) – Sweet Saraya v Mercedes Martinez
March 23: 19 Pro (Saitama, Japan) – Tsukushi v Kurumi
March 23: Northeast Wrestling (Poughkeepsie, NY) – Melina v Velvet Sky
March 24: Northeast Wrestling (Waterbury, CT) – Melina v Velvet Sky
March 24: CHIKARA (Vaughan, ONT, Canada) – Sara Del Rey v Kobald
March 24: World Association of Women’s Wrestling (Norwich, England) – Queen Maya v Miss Mina; Mercedes Martinez v Amazon; Liberty v Amy Lee Kramer; Busty Keegan & Nikki Knight v Sweet Saraya & Skarlett
March 24: IndyGurlz (Boonton, NJ) – Simply D’Vyne v Veda Scott; Shazza McKenzie v Jana; Jessie “Bonesaw” Brooks v Jenny Rose; Kylie Pierce v Aida Marie; Angel Orsini & Amber O’Neal v Mia Yim & Jessie Kaye
March 24: Family Wrestling Entertainment (New York, NY) – Maria Kanellis v Rosita
March 25: Ice Ribbon ‘Nagoya Ribbon’ (Nagoya, Japan) – Neko Nitta v Meari Naito ; Shigehiro Irie & Kurumi v Hamuko Hoshi & Mochi Miyagi ; Hikari Minami v Maki Narumiya; Jun Kasai & Miyako Matsumoto v Konaka = Pale One & Sayaka Obihiro; Special Ribbon tag team match: Participants to be selected from Hikaru Shida, Tsukasa Fujimoto, Tsukushi and Aoi Kizuki ; Nagoya Battle Royal
March 25: CHIKARA (Ottawa, ONT, Canada) – Sara Del Rey v Leah Von Dutch
March 25: World Wide Wrestling League (Penicuk, Scotland) – Nikki Storm v Carmel Jacob
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 30: Preston City Wrestling (Preston, England) – Carmel Jacob v Kay Lee Ray
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: Women Superstars Uncensored (Dunelleny, NJ) – Jessicka Havok v Marti Belle; Sassy Stephie & Allysin Kay v Brittney Savage & Alicia
April 14: Union of Independent Professional Wrestlers (Toronto, ONT, Canada) – Cherry Bomb v Seleziya Sparx
April 15: Anarchy Championship Wrestling (Austin, TX) – Serenity v Lady Poison
April 15: Dungeon Championship Wrestling (Monrovia, CA) – Allison Danger v Athena
April 15: Absolute Intense Wrestling Girls Night Out 6 (Cleveland, OH) – Allysin Kay v Mia Yim; Jenny Rose v Hailey Hatred; Sara Del Rey v Veda Scott; Annie Social v Taeler Hendrix; Sassy Stephie v Cherry Bomb; Melanie Cruise v Taylor Made
April 15: Ice Ribbon ‘Teens 5′ (Saitama, Japan)
April 28: Women Superstars Uncensored J-Cup (Deer Park, NY) – Jessicka Havok v Mercedes Martinez; April Hunter v Nikki Syxx; Alicia v Lexxus; Athena v Christina Von Eerie; Brittney Savage v Ezavel Suena
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
May 13: REINA (Tokyo, Japan) – Princesa Blanca v Lady Apache; Goya Kong & Dalis v Zeuxis & Mima Shimoda
June 2: NWA Hammerlock (Tonbridge, England) – Jenny Sjodin v Rhia O’Reilly
June 16: Women Superstars Uncensored “Uncensored Rumble V” (Deer Park, NY)
July 7: nCw Femmes Fatales (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) – Portia Perez & Nicole Matthews v Sweet Cherrie & TBA
July 14: Pro Wrestling: EVE (Sudbury, England)
– Lee Burton