Ringbelles Roundup (17 April 2012)
There are three strands to Women Superstars Uncensored’s hellraising triumvirate known as the Midwest Militia. At the top of the heap is Jessicka Havok, the current dual singles champion in the promotion, undefeated in singles competition and general baddest bitch on the block. She is backed up by Sassy Stephie, former Spirit Champion, current Tag Team Champion and SHIMMER regular. And then there’s the third corner of the triangle, Allysin Kay – tag team partner of Havok in Team Be Jealous, other half of the Tag Team Champion and the owner of wrestling’s most colourful tattoo. However, there was something about Kay that felt like she was placed 3rd out of three when it came to the Militia’s pecking order. I can’t put my finger on it, as it is an intangible that is difficult to define, but there was a perception that while she was an integral part of the Militia, her accomplishments left her at the back.
That is, until last weekend.
On Saturday, Stephie and Kay defended the Tag Team Championship against the team they defeated at WSU’s 5th Anniversary Show last month, Alicia and Brittney Savage. Though the booking could be questioned – after all, the Militia defeated the challengers in an Uncensored Rules match back in March – it really did a world of good for the champions’ reign to prove that they are no fluke team who weaselled their way to the straps by beating an already exhausted Jana & Luscious Latasha, who had just defeated Lexxus & Destiny and/or Tina San Antonio to win the titles for themselves. By beating two of the promotion’s top babyfaces under regular tag team rules rather than a big brawl with tornado stipulations served them well as established them as a tandem who would be difficult to take down. Credibility asserted, Kay then went on to Cleveland, OH to compete for the vacant Absolute Intense Wrestling Women’s Championship in the main event of Girls Night Out 6…
Kay’s profile in AIW had been inadvertently increased after a miscue in her match with Mia Yim at Girls Night Out 5 resulted in her nose being broken, causing the amazing visual of her face being caked in blood and continuing to fight on, though went down in defeat. As previously reported, AIW insisted that it would not host a rematch, but then relented and booked an unsanctioned, no holds barred, fans bring the weapons match for the vacant Women’s Championship, which had been held up after Mickie Knuckles fell pregnant and returned the belt to the promotion. Putting this “grudge match” as the main event, and giving two women who had previously not been top billing in AIW, and seldom anywhere else either gave them both a massive boost, and was their opportunity to make a big impression. According to reports, they did not disappoint.
In a massive brawl that saw them use baseball bats, ironing boards, golf clubs and brooms, Yim and Kay manage to surpass the items brought for them by the audience, introducing light tubes and the Militia trademark of a machete, though the ending left some ambiguity with Allysin getting the pinfall on Mia to claim the championship after she was distracted by Stephie’s manager Chest Flexxor and his entourage. Unhappy with taking the win that was, Kay requested for the match to restart, only to have it rejected, but given the compensation that she would defend the title against Yim on July 1 at AIW Absolution 7. In arguing against the victory – but not rejecting it – it places Kay in an intriguing tweener role. Yes, she fought against the interfering parties and yes, it garnered her some respect for her attempt at sportsmanship, but no, she did not vacate the title. This middleground makes her a more complex character. Is the arguing with Flexxor a ruse to suck Yim into trusting that she is being honourable in order to lull her into a false sense of security, or is she on the verge of a face turn and will fight alongside Mia, considering the two may be developing a mutual respect of each other. This fleshing out of Allysin’s character is great – it’s meaty, it’s a talking point, and it’s added another dimension to her.
As a result, Allysin Kay’s profile is now at a peak, and will continue to grow as Absolution 7 draws nearer. She has a bloody rivalry with a history, the added sweetener of a championship on the line and the prospect of interjection from her current/former entourage. If perception is reality, it is perceived that Kay is a big deal and someone to watch. Let’s do just that.
The other big moment of the weekend came when Jennifer Cruz ascended the WSU rankings by winning the King and Queen of the Ring tournament alongside Mike Dennis, going through Dixie McGuire & Austin Williams, Jenny Rose & Jeff Cannonball and Johnny Knockout & Jana to take the crowns. The win means that Cruz is still undefeated in WSU in 2012, though the record isn’t as sparkling as Havok’s undefeated singles streak which stretches back to 2010…
Cruz’s wins have been over names like Niya and Becky Bayless, and then in the tournament, they were over McGuire, Rose and Jana. Granted, the names are becoming high profile, but for Cruz to establish this undefeated streak, she needs to claim the scalp of a big name. Sure, she wrestles WSU Hall Of Famer Jana at the J-Cup later this month, but beating a recent main eventer like Savage or Alicia would really stamp her name to the corkboard.
WSU clearly has some big plans for Cruz, as you don’t have someone go unbeaten and have them win a mixed tournament for no reason. The question is: what is the end goal? With the current championship lineup, winning a title cannot be in her immediate future, as the Militia are the bread and butter of the promotion, and with Jessicka Havok holding both singles championships, a heel v heel match isn’t that enticing, especially when Havok is WSU’s top heel, meaning Cruz would be the one who would have to draw the sympathy. Unlikely.
However, should Havok drop one of the belts – most likely the Spirit Championship – to a babyface, that opens the door for Cruz to make a run for WSU’s secondary title. Whoever that may be will be riding a wave of momentum, as she would likely be the first person to put a smear on Havok’s singles record, so should Cruz win, it should put her in an advantageous situation.
On a personal note, I have yet to see that one match that will make me a believer out of Jennifer Cruz. Having said that, it took me a good few years to “get” Mercedes Martinez, so there is always that chance for Cruz. Will she manage it? Who knows. Having said that, she has the best opportunity that she has ever had to do so – she has the spotlight on her now, so she has more people watching her now than ever before. If she is going to score a home run, that time is now.
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April 8: Florida Championship Wrestling (Tampa, FL) – Paige & Rick Victor b Audrey Marie & Aiden English
April 9: CMLL (Puebla, Mexico) – La Comandante, Princesa Blanca & Princesa Sugheit b Estrellita, Lady Apache & Marcela
April 10: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Dark Angel, Marcela & Silueta b Amapola, Princesa Blanca & Princesa Sugheit
April 10: WWE SmackDown (Hampton, VA) – Alicia Fox, Natalya & The Great Khali b Drew McIntyre and Nikki & Brie Bella
April 10: Premier Promotions (Bournemouth, England) – Erin Angel b Amazon
April 11: WWE (Moscow, Russia) – Beth Phoenix b Kelly Kelly
April 11: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Aya Yuki b Dorami Nagano; Miyako Matsumoto v DJ Nira went to a time limit draw; Tsukasa Fujimoto & Maki Narumiya b Kaori Yoneyama & Sayaka Obihiro; Hikaru Shida b Aki Shizuku
April 11: Ohio Valley Wrestling (Louisville, KY) – Taeler Hendrix b Heather Owens; Taeler Hendrix & Dylan Bostic b Epiphany & Randy Royal
April 12: Premier Promotions (Worthing, England) – Rhia O’Reilly b Erin Angel
April 12: WWE Superstars (Washington DC) – Kelly Kelly b Brie Bella
April 12: WWE (Dublin, Ireland) – AJ b Natalya
April 12: WWE (Gdansk, Poland) – Beth Phoenix b Kelly Kelly
April 12: Impact Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Velvet Sky & Mickie James b Gail Kim & Madison Rayne
April 13: WWE (Stuttgart, Germany) – Beth Phoenix b Kelly Kelly
April 13: WWE (Belfast, Northern Ireland) – AJ b Natalya
April 13: NWA Houston (Cypress, TX) – Jen Alise b Barbi Hayden
April 13: American Wrestling Alliance (San Diego, CA) – Kitana Vera b Terra Calaway
April 13: 19 Pro (Saitama, Japan) – Maki Narumiya & April Davids b Dorami Nagano & Kurumi; Aki Shizuku b Tsukushi
April 13: Welsh Wrestling (Welshpool, Wales) – Nikki Storm b Pollyanna
April 14: WWE (Manchester, England) – AJ b Natalya
April 14: Diamond Ring (Sendai, Japan) – Kagetsu & Meiko Satomura b DASH Chisako & Sendai Sachiko
April 14: Pro Wrestling Rampage (Erie, PA) – Brittany Force b Bennett Cole
April 14: Scottish Wrestling Alliance (Ardrossan, Scotland) – Nikki Storm b Viper
April 14: CHIKARA (Rahway, NJ) – Kobald b Saturyne; Sara Del Rey b Kodama
April 14: Jersey All Pro Wrestling (Rahway, NJ) – Mia Yim b Kimber Lee
April 14: WrestleReunion (Toronto, ONT, Canada) – Kalamity b LuFisto
April 14: All Action Wrestling (Warnbro, Australia) – Storm b Imogen Jane to win the AAW Women’s Championship
April 14: Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling (Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada) – Kc Spinelli b Nicole Matthews
April 14: New Age Wrestling (Albion, Australia) – Vixsin b Nikita Naridian to win the NAW Women’s Championship
April 14: Kaientai Dojo (Chiba, Japan) – TAKA Michinoku b Bambi
April 14: Newcastle Pro Wrestling (New Lambton, Australia) – Aurora b Harley Wonderland
April 14: Women Superstars Uncensored (Dunelleny, NJ) – Johnny Knockout & Jana b Nikki Syxx & Rick Michaels; Jennifer Cruz & Mike Dennis b Dixie McGuire & Austin Williams; Jenny Rose & Jeff Cannonball b Nicolette the Monkey & Nicky Owens; Tina San Antonio & Jack Spade b Rick Cataldo & JD Smooth; Jessicka Havok b Marti Belle; Jennifer Cruz & Mike Dennis b Jenny Rose & Jeff Cannonball; Johnny Knockout & Jana b Tina San Antonio & Jack Spade; Sassy Stephie & Allysin Kay b Alicia & Brittney Savage; Jennifer Cruz & Mike Dennis b Johnny Knockout & Jana
April 14: River City Wrestling (San Antonio, TX) – AJ Summers b Alissa Flash to win the RCW International Championship
April 14: Mega Championship Wrestling (Elryia, OH) – Angeldust b Veda Scott
April 14: Squared Circle Wrestling (Rome, NY) – Cherry Bomb & Pepper Parks b Muscle Marcus & Nikki Jett
April 14: Union of Independent Professional Wrestlers (Toronto, ONT, Canada) – Jennifer Blake b Mawmi Tsunami
April 15: Union Pro (Nagoya, Japan) – Cao Zhang & Princess Makoto b Cherry & Hiroshi Fukuda
April 15: Ice Ribbon ‘Teens 5′ (Saitama, Japan) – Riho b Kurumi; Dorami Nagano b Tsukushi; Hikari Minami & Manami Katsu v Aoi Ishibashi & Rabbit Mito ended in a time limit draw; Riho b Dorami Nagano
April 15: Canadian Pro Wrestling (Woodstock, ONT, Canada) – Courtney Rush b Leah Von Dutch; Leah Von Dutch & Shawn Spears b Courtney Rush & Jake O’Reilly
April 15: Alpha Omega Wrestling (Palm Desert, CA) – Terra Calaway b Peter Avalon
April 15: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – Hanako Nakamori b Manami Katsu; Kayoko Haruyama b Sachie Abe; Command Bolshoi b KAZUKI; Tsubasa Kuragaki, Morley & Jaguar Yokota b Kaori Yoneyama, Leon & Rabbit Miyu
April 15: WAVE (Tokyo, Japan) – Ayumi Kurihara b Sawako Shimono; Aya Yuki b Sakura Hirota; Ayako Hamada & Misaki Ohata b Kana & Mika Iida; Yuu Yamagata v Tomoka Nakagawa ended in a time limit draw; Shuu Shibutani, Moeka Haruhi & Ryo Mizunami b Toshie Uematsu, Yumi Ohka & GAMI
April 15: WWE (Nottingham, England) – Beth Phoenix b Kelly Kelly
April 15: TNA Lockdown (Nashville, TN) – Gail Kim b Velvet Sky
April 15: Dungeon Championship Wrestling (Monrovia, CA) – Allison Danger b Athena
April 15: Absolute Intense Wrestling Girls Night Out 6 (Cleveland, OH) – KC b Miss Heidi; Hailey Hatred b Leva Bates; Melanie Cruise b Taylor Made; Crazy Mary Dobson b Trash Cassidy; Cherry Bomb b Sassy Stephie; Taeler Hendrix b Annie Social; Jennifer Blake b Kimber Lee; Sara Del Rey b Veda Scott; Hailey Hatred b Jenny Rose; Allysin Kay b Mia Yim to win the AIW Women’s Championship
April 16: Vendetta Pro Wrestling/Cauliflower Alley Club (Las Vegas, NV) – Cheerleader Melissa won a 5 women elimination match also featuring Allison Danger, Ann Brookstone, Taylor Made & Arlene James
April 20: 19 Pro (Saitama, Japan) – Tsukasa Fujimoto v Sayaka Obihiro
April 21: Purely Obsessed Wrestling World (Antioch, IL) – Melanie Cruise v Taylor Made
April 21: Northern Championship Wrestling (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) – Kalamity v She Nay Nay
April 21: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Hikaru Shida v Kurumi
April 21: AAW (Berwyn, IL) – MsChif v Danny Daniels
April 21: Pro Wrestling Women’s Alliance (Woy Woy, Australia) – Alex Lee v Kellie Skater; Jessie McKay v Harley Wonderland
April 22: FutureShock (Stockport, England) – Hannah Blossom v The Artiste Formerly Known as Becky James
April 22: Southside Wrestling Entertainment (Nottingham, England) – Shanna v Holly Rocamora
April 26: Wrestling New Classic (Tokyo, Japan) – Kana & Mio Shirai v Makoto & Syuri
April 27: 19 Pro (Saitama, Japan) – Hamuko Hoshi v Neko Nitta
April 28: Women Superstars Uncensored J-Cup (Deer Park, NY) – Jessicka Havok v Mercedes Martinez; Annie Social v Nikki Syxx; Alicia v Lexxus; Athena v Christina Von Eerie; Brittney Savage v Ezavel Suena
April 28: New Focus Wrestling (Evansville, IN) – Aleida Ortiz & Epiphany v Lady Vendetta & Serenity
April 28: CHIKARA (Chicago, IL) – Sara Del Rey v El Generico
April 28: International Pro Wrestling UK/Nu Wrestling Evolution (London, England) – Nikki Storm & Shanna v Hannah & Holly Blossom
April 29: Apex Pro (Huntington Park, CA) – El Jefe & Terra Calaway v Tyler Bateman & Raze
May 3: Stardom (Tokyo, Japan) – Nanae Takahashi v Hiroyo Matsumoto
May 4: Pro Wrestling Syndicate (Rahway, NJ) – Maria Kanellis & Brittney Savage v Jillian Hall & Reby Sky
May 4: Union Pro (Tokyo, Japan) – Cherry v Mio Shirai
May 5: Ice Ribbon ‘Golden Ribbon’ (Tokyo, Japan) – Hikaru Shida v Kana
May 12: Solent Wrestling Federation (Gosport, England) – Amazon v Erin Angel
May 12: IWA Unlimited (Onley, IL) – Sassy Stephie v Nikki St John
May 13: REINA (Tokyo, Japan) – Princesa Blanca v Lady Apache; Goya Kong & Dalis v Zeuxis & Mima Shimoda
May 19: Crossfire Entertainment (Nashville, TN) – Reby Sky v Jessicka Havok
May 19: Remix Pro Wrestling (Marietta, OH) – Velvet Sky v Sassy Stephie
May 20: International Wrestling Cartel (Newell, WV) – Sassy Stephie v Marti Belle
May 20: Anarchy Championship Wrestling (Austin, TX) – Rachel Summerlyn v Angel Blue; Athena & Davey Vega v Su Yung & Matthew Palmer
May 26: United States Wrestling Alliance (Mansfield, OH) – Nevaeh v Sassy Stephie
June 2: NWA Hammerlock (Tonbridge, England) – Jenny Sjodin v Rhia O’Reilly
June 16: Women Superstars Uncensored “Uncensored Rumble V” (Deer Park, NY)
June 24: Anarchy Championship Wrestling American Joshi Queen of Queens (Live Oak, TX)
July 1: Absolute Intense Wrestling (Cleveland, OH) – Allysin Kay v Mia Yim
July 7: nCw Femmes Fatales (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) – Portia Perez & Nicole Matthews v Sweet Cherrie & TBA; Kalamity v Sara Del Rey
July 14: Pro Wrestling: EVE (Sudbury, England) – Alpha Female v Nikki Storm
- Lee Burton