Opportunities. Some have them, enjoy success and then they are lost; others don’t get them when they feel they’ve been patient, done all the right things and are continually overlooked. One WWE Diva has left the company due to a lack of chances, while one TNA Knockout has also departed after seeing herself slipping down the ladder after being the most decorated women on the roster.
The first one to leave was Maxine (Karlee Perez) who has spent the bulk of her WWE tenure in either Florida Championship Wrestling or on NXT, where she debuted as part of the all Diva season 3 run, or on NXT Redemption, which was the show that would never end. While I was never that impressed with her on season 3, her antics on Redemption involving the love triangle with Johnny Curtis and Derrick Bateman showed that she had some range as an entertainer. As a wrestler, she was really nothing to write home about, but she had potential as a manager or authority figure – like she was in FCW, before she was relieved of her duties.
The problem that WWE has is that barring Vickie Guerrero and Rosa Mendes, no woman is allowed to just be on the outside, though the company has put Vickie in the ring occasionally, and had to learn its lesson the hard way with Mendes that she really is no good between the ropes. Now, it would be harsh to say that Maxine was in any way terrible as a wrestler, but that’s not where her talents lay. As a manipulative, spiteful character who would do whatever she could to get her way, she was fun to watch on NXT. The problem is that nobody with any pull was paying any real attention to NXT, and when she did get a shot on either Raw or SmackDown, she was buried away or was the job girl. A prime example of that is Maxine’s final match in WWE – the Divas swimsuit battle royal 8 days ago when she was eliminated and wasn’t even identified as either being in the match or being knocked out of the ring. Considering the graft she had put in, one would imagine that she at least deserved a chance, and it didn’t materialise.
The other problem is that Maxine’s touring the country with the SmackDown roster as part of the NXT tapings was brought to an end by WWE moving the show to Full Sail University in Florida and rebooting the brand to have it as a halfway house between FCW and WWE TV. While that is a great boost for competitors in FCW like Paige and Sofia Cortez, it would be a step back from Maxine, who had been on the road, and would likely have had that opportunity taken away from her. Even if she would be bumped up to the main roster, what chance did she have of getting a foot in the door? Considering the little amount of time Diva matches get these days, she was hardly likely to get much of an opportunity to wrestle, the amount of angles are few and far between, and if your name isn’t AJ – who was all over this week’s Raw – the writers aren’t interested, and that includes Divas Champion Layla. There isn’t even the chance to compete on house shows, as most of the matches involve Layla and Beth Phoenix and/or Natalya, as you can see from the results section below.
So what is next for Maxine? Well, not wrestling, that’s for sure. As she mentioned in her multi-tweet statement, she pointed out that it is not in her plans to go to another wrestling company, so don’t expect to see her in TNA any time soon. That makes you wonder just how into wrestling she really was – you can tell that she loves performing and gets into it, but if she is done with wrestling, she was either never really into it enough, or had all the fire, spark and enthusiasm sucked out of her by the big WWE machine. It’s a tough life, and it’s not for everybody, but perhaps some time away will see her regain that inspiration and return to wrestling as a manager, as she has the potential to be an asset.
Desire is not something that Angelina Love lacks though – it’s just that a horrid angle took all the starch out of her character and saw her drop down the pecking order.
Despite having to vacate TNA due to an expired working visa during the hottest run of her career as part of the Beautiful People and primed to become the first ever Knockouts Tag Team Champions, then returning as a solo babyface, Love was doing well for herself. A reunion with Velvet Sky as a babyface Beautiful People lacked the pizazz of the original run, but she was still part of TNA’s most over tandem.
Then Winter descended – a silly angle featuring a figment of Angelina’s imagination that became real. It was a shoddy story that made everyone involved look silly, as it was not based in any kind of reality. Love being manipulated and drugged by Winter, Sky threatening to beat some sense into her friend and partner pretty much from the outset, and Winter not really gelling as a character all contributed to it losing the interest of the fans – and this story went on for a LONG time. Getting out of the drugging thing by Angelina saying that she now agreed with Winter’s motivation without any explanation or reasoning – seriously, none – caused even more head scratching, as there was no logic, rhyme of reason to it all… we were just meant to accept it. As a result, everyone in it lost stock – which was bad for Love, as she saw her profile fall and worse for Winter as she had no real base to her character, though Sky survived as she could shake her booty and grind it on a ring rope to remain popular with the fans. It was a huge fall from grace for the former five time Knockouts Champion.
A precious few TV appearances and a string of losses on the house show circuit seems to have been the writing on the wall. Although Tara bucks the trend by being 40 and still going strong, Love now being 30 and seeing her opportunities slip away in TNA, coupled with 23-year old Taeler Hendrix being drafted in, could have been enough signs for her to seek her fortunes elsewhere. Like we noted yesterday, living in Florida and in possession of a new visa, the options are many for the Torontarian. She could try her luck with SHINE, as well as a slew of other indie promotions there, and if she wanted to make another run for WWE via FCW, the option is there too. Fair enough, they didn’t bring her to TV in the two years that she had a developmental deal before being dropped in 2007, but maybe she believes that she has something to offer. I’m not so sure, as her tattoos and five years in TNA means that she would be difficult to repackage, but her options were shrinking in TNA, so she’s got nothing to lose.
Besides, the offers are starting to arise. She is booked to return to one of her old promotions of NEO Spirit Pro Wrestling at the end of July, and is likely to have her phone ringing with offers. NEO described her as the “hottest female free agent on the market”. It would be hard to argue with that assertion.
Reby Sky blasted Sycho Sid for showing up for Raw last week after repeatedly no-showing smaller events and offering various excuses. Tammy “Sunny” Sytch took to her Facebook to bitch her out, and accused her of being “disrespectful” and “is only known for being Matt Hardy’s girlfriend”. The WWE Hall Of Famer then made things worse on Wednesday by threatening former WSU star Rick Cataldo on Twitter and calling him a “faggot”, then insulting others who tried to hold her to account for her homophobic choice of words.
The following day, she apologised for her actions and claimed her account had been hacked, adding that she had a gay cousin who she loves to death.
However, this is the same argument that you hear from people who deny being racist, claiming that they have black friends, or someone in the family who is black. That doesn’t mean you are incapable of being racist – it just means that you have black friends, or someone in the family who is black. Besides, the “my account was hacked” lost any weight after so many other wrestlers used it as an excuse for acting like an idiot on Facebook or Twitter, and doubly so after this week when Booker T’s account was legitimately hacked and they changed his background to swastikas. I just find it very coincidental that Sunny would have her account hacked less than 24 hours after she was engaged in a heated war of words online.
If she is telling the truth and her account was hacked and she didn’t write a whole slew of homophobic stuff, then fair enough – but if she did write it in anger, and is now trying to save face by lying and saying that it wasn’t her, then perhaps Reby Sky was right when she said that she had lost all respect for Sytch. Homophobic insults aside, her sniping with Sky was weak, and she really has no moral high ground to fight from, as she has been known to miss or skip events in her time.
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Makoto fractured her arm at the last Wrestling New Classic show which will put her out for two months. It also means her debut MakoPro event is having to be postponed. It’s a shame, as she was starting to work a programme with Kana… Recent WAWW debutant X-Cute Sweet will wrestle Mio Shirai at the Japan Expo in Paris this Saturday, while Morgane Leigh will take on Kana… Tara admitted in an interview that she dated John Cena back in 2002 during a period that she was separated from her husband – both she and Cena were in OVW at the time. Kenn Doane had claimed that Cena had been dating a married Diva at one point and Tara wanted to clear up the confusion. Doane apologised for implicating her… Madison Rayne claimed she had been crowned Miss USA on Impact Wrestling two weeks ago. This caught the attention of real former Miss USA Rima Fakih, who – after seeing her picture – tweeted “Well look at her pic u can tell she didn’t win”. 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Presumably she can still work OVW when she is not at TNA tapings or house shows, considering the two have this working relationship going on… Miss Tessmacher defends the Knockouts Championship against former champ Gail Kim this week on Impact… Lady Poison and Rachel Summerlyn will wrestle for the first time on July 22 in ACW… Tina San Antonio’s been added to the SHINE roster… AJ will be the guest referee in the WWE Championship match between CM Punk and Daniel Bryan at Money In The Bank… While we’re on the subject of AJ, her match against Layla on last week’s SmackDown was pretty darn watchable. More of this please, WWE… Tenille Tayla is in Tampa to report to FCW. She signed her WWE developmental contract after having surgery on a pre-existing shoulder injury… Sara Del Rey returned the Ring Of Honor to confront the “First Lady of ROH”, Maria Kanellis. The day before at EVOLVE, Del Rey beat Santana Garrett and then challenge Jazz to a match at SHINE 1, which was accepted. On the subject of Del Rey, she is the next challenger for Eddie Kingston’s CHIKARA Grand Championship, and will go for the belt on July 28… Caylee Turner won the FCW Divas Championship from Raquel Diaz at a house show in Melbourne, FL on Friday night… Chyna’s Twitter account was removed after she repeatedly posted personal information about a woman who she had accused of abducting her dog. As it turned out, she posted the wrong number and the story made the news – she couldn’t see the big deal about it, and had a hideous case of the shakes when she was using her phone. This woman is going rapidly downhill… Goya Kong was made to remove her mask after losing a 10-woman cage match in CMLL on Friday. She revealed her self to be 25-year old, 7-year pro Gloria Alvarado Nava… Allysin Kay will defend her AIW Women’s Championship against Mia Yim at Girls Night Out 7 on August 4… A joshi team’s been hinted at for CHIKARA’s King of Trios coming later this year – it’s JWP’s Command Bolshoi, Tsubasa Kuragaki & Kaori Yoneyama. Kuragaki and Yoneyama were both at JoshiMania last year, but Bolshoi had to miss it due to injury… Megan-Kate will get a rematch against Britenay in the semi finals of the IPW New Zealand Women’s Title tournament after Britenay won the previous match under questionable circumstances… On Saturday’s Ice Ribbon show, Tsukushi pinned Miyako Matsumoto in 5 seconds. In the immediate rematch, Tsukushi beat her again… 2011 Cauliflower Alley Club honoree Darling Dagmar needed to have a rod inside the bone in her upper right leg after breaking it on Thursday. The 69-year old was in surgery for four hours… Io Shirai’s charges against her for smuggling 75 grams of marijuana into Japan from Mexico back in May have been dropped. Stardom says her indefinite suspension while legal proceedings were active has been lifted… Melina and Velvet Sky worked three shows in Puerto Rico over the weekend for the World Wrestling Council… An update on the Athena/Indiegogo thing from last week – apparently it was Athena who suggested to set it up after AIW said that it had allocated its budget for Girls Night Out 7 to other places, and that the $1,000 target was meant to be half that, but didn’t notice until it was too late. A small indie promotion has set up a similar appeal to pay for MsChif to get to its show, but that is something that the promotion set up without MsChif’s knowledge. 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June 24: Pro Wrestling Revolution (Concord, CA) – Lady Apache b La Diabolica
June 26: CMLL (Guadalajara, Mexico) – Princesa Blanca b Marcela
June 27: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Hikari Minami & NOZOMI b Hikaru Shida & Kurumi; Hiroyo Matsumoto b Maki Naurmiya; Aki Shizuku & Neko Nitta b Tsukasa Fujimoto & Meari Naito
June 27: Diana (Kitazawa, Japan) – Mima Shimoda b Piyota Mask; Yumiko Hotta b Keiko Aono; Jaguar Yokota & Kyoko Inoue b Kaoru Ito & Masked Sun; Mima Shimoda won a battle royale
June 27: Ohio Valley Wrestling (Louisville, KY) – Taeler Hendrix b Blair Alexis, Heidi Lovelace & Jessie Belle in a 4-way
June 28: EVOLVE (Ybor City, FL) – Sara Del Rey b Santana Garrett
June 29: 19 Pro (Saitama, Japan) – Hamuko Hoshi & Kurumi b Tsukasa Fujimoto & Maki Narumiya; Neko Nitta b Tsukushi
June 29: Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling (Surrey, BC, Canada) – Nicole Matthews & Ravenous Randy v Gurv & Harv Sihra went to a no contest
June 29: Premier British Wrestling (Maybole, Scotland) – Glen Robertson, Mike Musso & Shelly Star b Drew Marshall, Kay Lee Ray & Mark Marvel
June 29: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Dark Angel, Marcela, Estrellita, Dalis La Caribina, Lady Apache, Amapola, Tiffany, Seductora & Princesa Blanca b Goya Kong
June 29: WWE SmackDown (Evansville, IN) – Layla b AJ
June 29: Melbourne City Wrestling (Melbourne, Australia) – Miami b Kellie Skater & Siren Monroe in a 3-way
June 29: Florida Championship Wrestling (Melbourne, FL) – Caylee Turner b Raquel Diaz to win the FCW Divas Championship
June 29: Australasian Wrestling Federation (Penrith, Australia) – Mighty Mel b Selene & Shazza McKenzie
June 29: World Wrestling Council (Ponce, Puerto Rico) – Melina b Velvet Sky
June 29: WWE (Monroe, LA) – Layla b Natalya
June 30: WWE (Layfayette, LA) – Layla b Natalya
June 30: Impact Pro Wrestling (Pakuranaga, New Zealand) – Evie b Olivia Shaw
June 30: World Wrestling Council (Bayamon, Puerto Rico) – Melina b Velvet Sky
June 30: Ring Wars Carolina ( Fayetteville , NC ) – Mia Svensson b Sopheara
June 30: Gippsland Pro Wrestling (Wonthaggi, Australia) – Vixsin b Alex Haize
June 30: Australian Wrestling Alliance (Bray Park, Australia) – Storm b Harley Wonderland
June 30: Millennium Pro Wrestling (Simi Valley, CA) – NY Knockout Nikki b Scatman Negro
June 30: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Kurumi & Maki Narumiya b Hikari Minami & NOZOMI; Meari Naito b Sachie Abe & Cherry in a 3-way; Tsukushi b Miyako Matsumoto (twice); Hamuko Hoshi & Kayoko Haruyama b Hikaru Shida & Tsukasa Fujimoto
July 1: Pro Wrestling WAVE (Tokyo, Japan) – Ryo Mizunami b Sakura Hirota; Ayumi Kurihara & Mika Iida b GAMI & Tomoka Nakagawa; Sawako Shimono b Hamuko Hoshi; Shuu Shibutani b Mio Shirai; Yumi Ohka b Tsukasa Fujimoto; Yuu Yamagata b Moeka Haruhi; Misaki Ohata won a battle royale
July 1: WWE (Hidalgo, TX) – Layla b Natalya
July 1: World Wrestling Council (San German, Puerto Rico) – Velvet Sky & Xix Xavant b Melina & Davey Richards
July 2: WWE Raw (Laredo, TX) – AJ & Sheamus b Vickie Guerrero & Dolph Ziggler
July 5: Max Pro North (Sudbury, ONT, Canada) – Courtney Rush & Jodi D’Milo v Leah Von Dutch & Kc Spinelli
July 5: Impact Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Miss Tessmacher v Gail Kim
July 5: New Ohio Championship Wrestling (Morehead, KY) – Aleida Ortiz v Amazing Maria
July 6: Premier Wrestling Experience (Charlotte, NC) – Amber O’Neal v Fantasia
July 6: Alternative Wrestling Show (Covina, CA) MsChif & Christina Von Eerie v Candice LeRae & Davina Rose
July 7: nCw Femmes Fatales (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) – Portia Perez & Nicole Matthews v Sweet Cherrie & Cherry Bomb; Kalamity v Sara Del Rey; Jessicka Havok, Allysin Kay & Sassy Stephie v Courtney Rush, TBA & TBA; Kc Spinelli v Cheerleader Melissa; Veda Scott v Mary Lee Rose; Kira v She Nay Nay; Angie Skye v Leah Von Dutch; Deziree v Missy; Milouu v Serphantina
July 7: International Catch Wrestling Alliance (Paris, France) – X-Cute Sweet v Mio Shirai; Morgane Leigh v Kana
July 7: Newcastle Pro Wrestling (New Lambton, Australia) – Shazza McKenzie v Harley Wonderland
July 7: Ohio Valley Wrestling (Louisville, KY) – Epiphany v Taeler Hendrix
July 13: Squared Circle Wrestling (Watertown, NY) – Mickie James v Rachel Summerlyn
July 14: Pro Wrestling: EVE (Sudbury, England) – Alpha Female v Ayesha Ray; Blue Nikita v Jenny Sjodin; Kirsty Love v Rhia O’Reilly; Hannah & Holly Blossom v Leah & Kasey Owens
July 14: Impact Pro Wrestling (New Plymouth, New Zealand) – Britenay v Megan-Kate
July 14: Perth Pro Wrestling (Morley, Australia) – Kellie Skater v Eliza Sway
July 14: Pro Wrestling Alliance (Sutherland, Australia) – Jessie McKay v Harley Wonderland v Shazza McKenzie
July 15: Wrestling New Classic (Tokyo, Japan) – Ayako Hamada v Syuri
July 15: FutureShock (Stockport, England) – Holly Blossom v Charlie Quinn; Hannah Blossom v Jenny Sjodin
July 20: SHINE Wrestling (Ybor City, FL) – Sara Del Rey v Jazz
July 21: American Championship Wrestling (Floyd, VA) – Jessie Belle v Mickie James
July 21: AAW (Merrionette Park, IL) – MsChif v Danny Daniels
July 22: Anarchy Championship Wrestling (Austin, TX) – Lady Poison v Rachel Summerlyn
July 27: Big Time Wrestling (Newark, CA) – Davina Rose v Kc Spinelli
July 28: CHIKARA (South Portland, ME) – Eddie Kingston v Sara Del Rey
August 4: Crossfire Entertainment (Nashville, TN) – Jillian Hall v Jessicka Havok
August 4: River City Wrestling (San Antonio, TX) – Rachel Summerlyn v Alissa Flash
August 4: Absolute Intense Wrestling Girls Night Out 7 (Cleveland, OH) – Allysin Kay v Mia Yim
August 5: Remix Pro Wrestling (Marietta, OH) – Sara Del Rey v Sassy Stephie
August 5: Anarchy Championship Wrestling (Live Oak, TX) – Rachel Summerlyn v Jaykus Plisken
August 17: Preston City Wrestling (Preston, England) – CJ Banks v Kay Lee Ray
August 18: Impact Pro Wrestling (Auckland, New Zealand) – Evie v TBA
August 19: OZ Academy (Tokyo, Japan) – Chikayo Nagashima v Hiroyo Matsumoto
August 25: American States Wrestling Alliance (Mansfield, OH) – Nevaeh v Sassy Stephie
September 16: World Association of Women’s Wrestling (Norwich, England)
October 27-28: SHIMMER: Women Athletes (Berwyn, IL)
November 3: nCw Femmes Fatales (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
November 10: Pro Wrestling: EVE (Sudbury, England)
- Lee Burton