Quite a few interconnected items to discuss this week, but they all start at the same point, so let’s go back to last Saturday night…
On the “Before They Were WWF Superstars” DVD back in 2001, we got a look at Edge and Christian’s background, learned about their friendship and how they were high school buddies. From there, they went back to their old school, walked the corridors and showed how a particular hallway entrance doubled up as their wrestling ring.
One element that is pertinent to this piece is that the group of friends that they hung around with were known as the Getalong Gang, as they got along with all the other cliques like the jocks, the geeks and so on. They were the middleground that everyone could be friendly with and not face any attitude, hostility or pretty grudges.
nCw Femmes Fatales is the Getalong Gang.
Where else are you going to see a promotion with a working relationship with Women Superstars Uncensored also be the home for the first SHIMMER title change of any description taking place outside of Berwyn, Illinois? Considering the old WSU administration’s outward hostility towards SHIMMER in the past, you couldn’t have considered this as a prospect. However, Femmes Fatales is like Iceland playing host to Reagan and Gorbachev coming together to talk about ending the Cold War. OK, that last comparison is slightly overblown, but you get my point – Montreal seems to be the place where wrestling squabbles are left at the door and everyone gets on with the task at hand.
That brings me to my opening point, before getting onto what happened on Femmes Fatales IX (and believe me, there are quite a few talking points to mention).
Wrestling in general is a very niche pastime, and inside that niche is an even smaller niche known as women’s wrestling. It’s sometimes derided by wrestling fans in some sort of weird way to make themselves look cool, or they have formed an opinion of it because of what they may watch on Monday night. Either way, if you’re reading this, you’re in a really severe minority in an already really severe minority. Consequently, all-female wrestling companies are trying to attract a small circle of paying customers. Some do better at it than others, but wouldn’t it be beneficial to promoters, fans, wrestlers and any other element that I may be missing for everyone to be tolerant of each other…?
Promotions arguing about other promotions is pointless. It’s stuff that we as fans don’t need to know about, and also restricts the options of wrestlers who feel linked to one side, as they feel – due to a sense of loyalty about where they came from – that they should stand by them. Similarly, die-hard fans of a promotion may not give another a chance, and that’s a pity.
I’m not saying that promotions have to be like Edge and Christian’s Getalong Gang, but a Tolerance Gang would be fine, where they concentrate on their own product and treat themselves like an island – albeit one that has bridges to other promotions for wrestlers to venture if they so choose. I guess I’m just wishing that everyone could just focus on what they’re doing and trying to build up their own companies without trying to knock others down. I have money to spend on these promotions and I want to support them. Do what you need to do to snatch this money from my hand instead of distracting me from what you’re supposed to be doing by having a go at somebody else. And if you need to go to Montreal to sort this out, go.
So, onto Femmes Fatales IX itself. The main thrust for the upcoming tenth show in November is the LuFisto and Mercedes Martinez feud. After battling to a double count out on Saturday – culminated by a LuFisto moonsault to the floor – this is a programme which still has lots of legs to it. After not being able to settle things inside the ring, the decision was made to have a cage match on November 3 to settle this dispute, which has been going on since March, spread over into WSU in June and may see more altercations along the way. Both have the ability to really brawl it up too, so encasing them in steel sounds like a great way to have a blowoff.
Elsewhere, Kalamity further strengthened her grip on the International title by pinning Sara Del Rey, and the Midwest Militia made their mark in Canada by defeating the Rush Revolution trio of Courtney Rush, Xandra Bale and the returning Cat Power. Power had not been in a ring – barring a few custom matches – since March last year when she was defeated by Rush in a Combat De Rue at Femmes Fatales V, and nobody had her pegged as one of Rush’s mystery partners. Hopefully this means a return to action for Cat, who never actually retired from wrestling, but just stopped accepting bookings. Will this mean a return to SHIMMER, which was another of her haunts? Tough to say – the roster there has become more streamlined and a lot of new names have appeared, so the competition for a spot is fierce, but it could happen.
On the show, Femmes Fatales also announced some of the roster for the next show, which will be a double taping. Angie Skye, Mary Lee Rose, She Nay Nay, Missy, Kellie Skater, Cherry Bomb, Cheerleader Melissa, Portia Perez, Nicole Matthews, Rush, Kalamity, LuFisto, Bale, Martinez, Sweet Cherrie, “Pink Flash” Kira and more have been confirmed, with special guests including the returning Hailey Hatred, as well as the debuting Sweet Saraya and Athena coming too – and mere hours ago, French grappler X-Cute Sweet was announced. On the night, the promotion immediately sold ten front row tickets, which is a testament to how much drawing power Femmes Fatales has, and is also a great example of offering tickets to the following show during the current one.
As for Rush, her night was a pretty bad one, as she was not only defeated by Jessicka Havok, Sassy Stephie and Allysin Kay, but she also lost the SHIMMER Tag Team Championship on her first defence.
Portia Perez and Nicole Matthews earned a shot at the titles by beating Sweet Cherrie and Cherry Bomb, after Bomb turned on her partner following a miscommunication which saw them make contact with each other. As a result of that win, the Canadian Ninjas were due to receive a title shot at Femmes Fatales X against whoever the champions were at that time. However, they decided to not wait and demanded the match that night. Rush and her reluctant tag partner Del Rey lost the belt after Sara left the ringside area, leaving Courtney as easy pickings for the Ninjas, and was defeated to make Matthews and Perez the first two time champions of any description in SHIMMER history. Two defeats on one night is a bitter pill to swallow.
There was disappointment at the Death Rush team not getting to defend the belts at SHIMMER’s tapings in October. After all, Rush’s quest to get Sara to be her partner and then winning the titles with her was one of the most well-received stories of the last set of tapings in March, and really hit a chord with fans, who connected with Courtney in a big way. For that odd couple to not be able to walk into the show as champions was a head-scratcher for many, especially since SHIMMER belts don’t flip-flop about very ofter, and especially not on its own shows. Rumours started bounding around about reasons for such a quick change, and then the wrestling websites started talking about Del Rey’s future and where it may lead…
Let me explain Ringbelles’ policy that we agreed upon about a year ago. Until somebody shows up on a show presented by, in or in affiliation with World Wrestling Entertainment, we won’t discuss the matter without the blessing of the person involved. There have been occasions where sites have jumped the gun on announcing talent has “signed” with WWE when it has not been the case. Making a big deal out of it is also something that WWE does not like – they may treat it as a possible leak by the talent with whom they are negotiating, and yank the deal from the table. After all, until a contract is signed, nothing is for sure, and even after the ink has dried, it’s still kept under wraps until that person debuts on a show.
For that reason, we do not discuss any dealings with WWE, as we don’t want to cause a potential issue, and it would be cool if other news sites did the same. That may seem difficult in this world where everyone wants to know stuff immediately and Twitter means you can throw about information as it happens, but imagine if you had just agreed terms for the biggest career move of your life and your friends and family found out about it through the internet before you had the chance to personally tell them.
We would like most news sites to err on the side of caution. We concede that most won’t, but just because you have news, you don’t have to announce it right then and there, as it could hurt the person who you’re talking about in the long run. Sometimes you can support a wrestler by not talking about them.
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June 30: Mecca Pro Wrestling (Cornwall, ONT, Canada) – Persephone Vice b Jewells Malone & Sabrina Kyle in a 3-way
July 1: North Shore Pro Wrestling (Sainte-Justine, Quebec, Canada) – Angie Skye b Deziree
July 3: WWE SmackDown (Corpus Christi, TX) – Layla & The Great Khali b Aksana & Antonio Cesaro
July 3: Florida Underground Wrestling (Largo, FL) – Santana Garrett b Mercedes Justine
July 3: CMLL (Guadalajara, Mexico) – Goya Kong, Silueta & Luna Magica b Hikaru Shida, Tsukasa Fujimoto & La Comandante
July 5: Impact Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Tara & Miss Tessmacher b Gail Kim & Madison Rayne
July 5: Max Pro North (Sudbury, ONT, Canada) – Courtney Rush & Jodi D’Milo b Leah Von Dutch & Kc Spinelli
July 5: New Ohio Championship Wrestling (Morehead, KY) – Aleida Ortiz v Amazing Maria
July 6: TNA (North Charleston, SC) – Miss Tessmacher b Gail Kim
July 6: Ultimate Wrestling Alliance (Bossley Park, Australia) – Shazza McKenzie b Harley Wonderland
July 6: 19 Pro (Saitama, Japan) – Maki Narumiya b Kurumi
July 6: WWE (Amarillo, TX) – Layla b Natalya
July 6: Top Rope Promotions (Brockton, MA) – Alexxis Nevaeh b Luscious Latasha
July 6: Alternative Wrestling Show (Covina, CA) MsChif & Christina Von Eerie b Candice LeRae & Davina Rose
July 7: Alternative Wrestling Show (City Of Industry, CA) – Christina Von Eerie b MsChif
July 7: Newcastle Pro Wrestling (New Lambton, Australia) – Harley Wonderland b Shazza McKenzie
July 7: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Dark Angel, Estrellita & Marcela b Hikaru Shida, Lady Apache & Tsukasa Fujimoto
July 7: REINA x WORLD (Tokyo, Japan) – Arisa Nakajima & Manami Katsu b Micro & Petite Tomato; Aki Kanbayashi & Crazy Mary Dobson b Alex Lee & Bambi
July 7: International Catch Wrestling Alliance (Paris, France) – Mio Shirai b X-Cute Sweet; Kana b Morgane Leigh
July 7: Steel Domain Wrestling (Hopkins, MN) – Heather Haldberg b Miss Natural
July 7: WWE (El Paso, TX) – Vickie Guerrero b Kaitlyn
July 7: I Believe In Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Santana Garrett b Cherry Layne
July 7: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Tsukushi b Hikari Minami & Kurumi in a 3-way; Neko Nitta won a rumble match; Maki Narumiya b Meari Naito
July 7: nCw Femmes Fatales (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) – Serphantina b Mileena D-Bomb; Angie Skye b Leah Von Dutch; Missy b Deziree; Veda Scott b Mary Lee Rose; Portia Perez & Nicole Matthews b Sweet Cherrie & Cherry Bomb; LuFisto v Mercedes Martinez went to a double count out; Pink Flash Kira b She Nay Nay; Portia Perez & Nicole Matthews b Courtney Rush & Sara Del Rey to win the SHIMMER Tag Team Championship; Cheerleader Melissa b Kc Spinelli; Jessicka Havok, Allysin Kay & Sassy Stephie b Courtney Rush, Cat Power & Xandra Bale; Kalamity b Sara Del Rey
July 7: Ohio Valley Wrestling (Louisville, KY) – Taeler Hendrix b Epiphany to win the OVW Women’s Championship
July 8: Stardom (Tokyo, Japan) – Miho Wakizawa & Yuuri Haruka b Mayu Iwatani & Natsumi Showzuki; Kyoko Kimura b Eri Susa; Natsuki*Taiyo, Yoshiko & Act Yasukawa b Yoko Bito, Hiroyo Matsumoto & Kairi Hojo; Nanae Takahashi b Yuusaku; Yuzuki Aikawa b Saki Kashima
July 8: JWP (Kawasaki, Japan) – Hanako Nakamori b Maki Narumiya; Command Bolshoi & Hikari Minami b Tsubasa Kuragaki & Sachie Abe; KAZUKI & Morley b Rabbit Mito & Nana Kawase; Leon & Arisa Nakajima b Manami Katsu & Kagetu; Kayoko Haruyama b Misaki Ohata
July 8: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Hikaru Shida, Tsukasa Fujimoto & Princess Sugheit b Luna Magica, Lluvia & Dalis la Caribena
July 9: WWE Raw (Denver, CO) – AJ & CM Punk b Daniel Bryan & Eve Torres
July 12: Impact Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Miss Tessmacher v Gail Kim
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: Ring Wars Carolina (Lumberton, NC) – Mia Svensson v Mackenzie York
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; Nikki Roxx v Rain; Santana Garrett v Tina San Antonio; Veda Scott v Kimberly; Tracy Taylor & Su Yung v Allysin Kay & Taylor Made; Reby Sky v Jayme Jameson; Mercedes Martinez v Leva Bates; Christina Von Eerie v Cherry Bomb
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; Portia Perez v Angel Blue v Lillie Mae v Athena
July 22: New Generation Wrestling (Hull, England) – Alpha Female v Winter
July 27: Big Time Wrestling (Newark, CA) – Davina Rose v Kc Spinelli
July 28: CWF Mid-Atlantic (Gibsonville, NC) – Amber O’Neal v Reby Sky
July 28: Family Wrestling Entertainment (New York, NY) – Winter v Maria Kanellis
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; Cherry Bomb v Athena; Veda Scott v Courtney Rush; Sara Del Rey v Hailey Hatred; Crazy Mary Dobson v Lil Naughty
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 11: PROWL (Cleveland, Australia) – Michelle K Hasluck v Storm
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)
September 30: Insane Championship Wrestling: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland)
October 27-28: SHIMMER: Women Athletes (Berwyn, IL)
November 3: nCw Femmes Fatales (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) – LuFisto v Mercedes Martinez
November 10: Pro Wrestling: EVE (Sudbury, England)
– Lee Burton