Velvet Sky was released from TNA last week, and I’m sure it wasn’t a decision that she came to lightly. However, following the departure of her longtime tag team partner Angelina Love at the start of July, she thought out loud on Twitter about a Beautiful People reunion, and there was no way that could happen on TNA TV, so we should have read into that at the time. Well, now it’s set to happen, as Sky and Love (now going under her original guise of Angel Williams) will be on the same show for Northeast Wrestling on September 22 in Fiskhill, NY, and have been booked to participate in a tag team match for Family Wrestling Entertainment on October 5 in Brooklyn, NY against Maria Kanellis and a partner who has not been announced yet.
Like I pointed out when the news of her release was announced, Sky must imagine that there must be a lot of money on the table for the Beautiful People to do a tour. However, as well as taking the money on the table, both she and Williams have the opportunity to give back too.
Both were on TNA TV for the best part of five years each, and have a lot of experience in working in a TV environment, which is very different to wrestling on indie shows. I pointed out at the last Pro Wrestling: EVE show that you could see the gap between women who have worked for TV and those who have not had as many opportunities. For example, Kat “Winter” Waters and the Blossom Twins had more of an idea of working the angles, making sure what they did was picked up by the cameras and also faced the hard camera at every chance. This is knowledge that Williams and Sky can impart to others looking to take that next step. Working with scriptwriters, having limited time to get your point across, that sort of thing. Wrestling for TV is a different beast, and having more of an idea of what to expect, what is expected of you and how you can maximise your chances of expanding your profile can only be a good thing.
In addition, both have a lot of knowledge of how to work a character and command a reaction for what you do. At the Beautiful People, they were the most over act in the company, and made sure that they were marketable commodities. This is an even more pertinent point for Velvet, who is the lesser wrestler of the two but was arguably the more over one. Sure, you could argue that it was down to her wiggling her bottom and grinding on the ring rope, but while she was establishing her heel character, she was a total bitch, and managed to get the right response – which is difficult for women, as guys tend to cheer pretty females, no matter how horrid they are trying to be. To be a heel who relies on her character as her in-ring abilities may not be as high as others on the roster is a massive boost for aspiring women wrestlers. You can’t just be a good wrestler, but mixing it with a good character can make you very valuable indeed.
Maria Kanellis is another example of someone with a mind for wrestling. She was never the most pushed, she was never the best wrestler, and she was never really the focus of any top-line stories, but she was always popular, and won Diva of the Year in 2009, even though she has not been given any strong storylines for a long while. It just showed how much people cared about her, despite the way she was booked. Jessicka Havok pointed out during our Women Of Wrestling Podcast with her that she didn’t expect Maria to have anything of worth to say to her, but ended up learning a lot and respecting the information which was being passed on. Sky and Williams can do the same thing now.
However, bookings like the one for FWE don’t really help the new generation of female stars learn from women who have been there, done that and have the pay cheques to prove it. That match with the Beautiful People against Kanellis and TBA is to generate ticket sales and nothing else. Fair enough, that what you would expect a promotion to do, and I can’t fault them for running their business in that way. I just hope that as this tour goes on, Velvet and Angel have the chance to teach younger and less experienced talent about what to do to get noticed by the big promotions – Sassy Stephie pointed out on her radio show that Velvet offered her a lot of advice when they wrestled at Remix Pro Wrestling back on May 19, and described her as “super nice”. I believe that given the opportunity, they would be happy to answer any questions asked of them or offer advice and tips, and this could also help Sky and Williams in the long run too, as if they are well liked in the back, there is more likelihood of them getting repeat bookings and keeping those coffers full. Everybody wins.
The introduction of three hour episodes of Monday Night Raw last week should have been a great opportunity to add some depth to the show, introduce some new wrestlers, build some new storylines and diversify the product a bit – maybe have some cruiserweight style matches with fast pace to kick off the the first hour and get the adrenaline rising. However, it has seen more of the same being produced, with the same names, but more appearances.
In the last two weeks, there has been six hours of prime-time WWE TV on Mondays, and not one Divas match. Nothing.
Instead of trying to breathe some life into the division – and Christ knows, it’s needed – we have only seen the Champion Layla in one backstage comedy segment to build to AJ and Daniel Bryan’s wedding last week, and nothing else. In fact, if you want to find a match involving the women, you have to go back to July 16’s epsiode of Raw, when AJ and Bryan beat The Miz and Eve Torres – and yes, I’m also including SmackDown episodes in that too. That’s more than 10 hours of TV across Mondays and Fridays with no Diva action. If you want a match that doesn’t revolve around AJ, then you have to go back as far as July 3, which was The Great American Bash live episode of SmackDown, where Layla and the Great Khali beat Aksana and Antonio Cesaro, which had nothing to do with a title programme for the Divas Champ Layla. For something that led to a Divas Title match, you have to go back to June 15, when Beth Phoenix beat Alicia Fox en route to her challenge for the belt at the No Way Out PPV that weekend. So, it’s been SIX WEEKS since there was anything to do with the Divas Title on TV. For those keeping track, that’s about 30 hours of television without anything to do with a title feud. Are you trying to tell me that World Wrestling Entertainment couldn’t dedicate ten minutes – or even five – per week to give the women something to build towards for a pay-per-view? If I was a female wrestling talent on that roster who wasn’t named AJ, I would be feeling horribly insulted.
Yes, there are still Divas matches at house shows, but the rotation of women on those shows is painfully slim, and most of the time, the Raw brand shows are Layla v Beth, so it leaves many other women out in the cold.
Where am I going with this? I really don’t know. It’s not like these women have any real bargaining power to get more of a spotlight. If they threaten to quit unless they get some TV time, that’s got the likelihood to massively backfire. After all, WWE sees the women as interchangeable, and doesn’t put any stock in them. Even with the departure of some of its more well known stars over the last year like Gail Kim, Maryse, the Bella Twins, Maxine and with Kelly Kelly possibly on the way out, WWE has done very little to persuade them to stay. Reportedly, they have offered Kelly a new deal, but she is yet to take it, as she may believe that she has a world of opportunities awaiting her when she is free of WWE’s shackles, much like Mickie James and Maria Kanellis realised when they left the company and tried other ventures like music. Even Stacy Keibler – who hasn’t done a huge amount of note since her release while she was excelling on Dancing With The Stars in 2006 – is much more famous now than she ever was in WWE. Torrie Wilson has her own clothing line too – and that would not have been an option for her while under a WWE contract. Quite how Lilian Garcia balances her singing with her WWE ring announcing is a modern miracle.
We have pointed out in the past that if there is hope, it lies in Florida with the women currently cutting their teeth with Florida Championship Wrestling and NXT. Names like Raquel Diaz, Paige and Sofia Cortez are picking up steam, while others like Audrey Marie and Natalie (Buggy) Nova are doing well for themselves. Perhaps WWE is testing the patience of the Divas on the roster and seeing how they respond at house shows to see whether they want it badly enough. If they don’t, they’ll pack up and go, and replace them with hungry young talent – if they do, you then have a roster of Divas who are desperate to make an impact. So who’s ready to sit out this storm, regardless of how long it lasts? Let’s see.
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Two lots of audio to listen to: first is the 44th episode of the Women Of Wrestling Podcast with Allysin Kay, and the other is a new Fight Like A Girl with Australian star Michelle K Hasluck. We also have some video posts – one with an Ice Ribbon match from 2009 with a rookie Hikaru Shida, and a match from France earlier this year pitting Lady Lory against Penelope.
Finally, we have a powerful blog with Nikki Storm, who discusses bullying – both herself being a victim of bullying, how wrestling helped to build her confidence and what people who are being bullied should do. It’s received a lot of plaudits for her frankness and bravery, so give it a read, and share it about if you agree with it.
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Following their appearance on Raw 1000 last week, Trish Stratus and Lita were interviewed for WWE.com, and were asked which Divas would be leading the way by the time Raw 2000 rolled around. Not only could neither one of them mention a woman currently on the roster, they also put themselves over. Productive… Rowdy Roddy Piper went online to deny reports that he had offended Kaitlyn backstage at Raw 1000 by making obscene comments and gestures. She also backed up his denials… Kelly Kelly was reportedly supposed to be in a Divas segment on Raw 1000, but it was dropped due to time constraints. Considering she was called in for it when she had been granted a sabbatical, it is said that she was pretty annoyed… Rena “Sable” Lesnar was also backstage with hubby Brock, but there are no plans for her to return to an on-screen role… Natalya wore an Owen Hart pin for her match against Layla in the Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO. It’s the same city where her uncle died in 1999 when he fell from the ceiling during the Over The Edge PPV. As an extra kick in the nuts, their match was edited off the internet broadcast… Kharma confirmed her release from WWE late last Tuesday. There had been some uncertainty on her position with the company for the previous two weeks. Read more about it by clicking here… Jessie Ward, who was on season 2 of Tough Enough and worked with the production team of WWE after she quit the show, is currently working on Big Brother… Jim Ross was asked about what he thought of NXT Diva Paige, and he replied “Paige has a shot to be a real star. UK should be proud of her!”… Ric Flair’s daughter Ashley has reported to FCW after singing a WWE developmental contract. Let’s hope she takes after her dad and not like her brother David… Kelly Kelly graces the cover of the 2013 Maxim calendar… AJ has now been given a surname. She’s AJ Lee – the same name she used in developmental.
Madison Rayne’s infatuation with referee Early Hebner is paying dividends already. In the tag match on Thursday with she and Gail Kim against Tara and Mickie James, Hebner claimed he counted James down after she and Rayne fought to get the edge with a Backlund Bridge. It wasn’t that he made a bad call, he threw the match in favour of Madison… Karen Jarrett was put over huge by Konnan on Wrestling Observer radio – she’s been working alongside husband Jeff in AAA in Mexico recently – saying that she has the same gung-ho attitude as Sensational Sherri had when she worked in Mexico. He also buried Claire Lynch – the woman who is supposedly pregnant with AJ Styles baby in TNA and despite being an actress, couldn’t squeeze out any tears for her introduction to the promotion. Read the transcript here.
The first women’s match in Ring Of Honor in some time takes place on August 3 in Baltimore. Mia Yim faces Sara Del Rey… More names have been added to the SHINE roster page of its website including Marti Belle, Mia Yim, Sweet Saraya, Amber O’Neal, She Nay Nay, Hailey Hatred and Nikki St John… Rain announced on Thursday that she would be wrestling in the UK next May. She pointed out that Sweet Saraya has first dibs on her bookings, so she may be on her way to WAWW and an International Home Wrecking Crew reunion with Jetta… When asked whether she would join WWE, Reby Sky replied that she had the chance but was contracted to Lucha Libre USA at the time. She later said that she couldn’t be bothered with the politics there… Pro Wrestling Syndicate is looking to set up its own all-women promotion, launching with an iPPV on October 11 from Rahway, NJ. That’s all fine, but then here comes the name – Bombshell Ladies Of Wrestling, or BLOW for short. It has announced Ashley Massaro, as well as a 16 woman tournament. While the name is horrible, PWS has a history of putting on good shows and pulling in big crowds, so let’s not write things off yet – but I hope there is a name change soon… Jessie Belle pinned Taeler Hendrix at OVW on Wednesday in a non-title match… Former WCW talent Major Gunns (Tylene Buck) is apparently offering herself up for nude webcam shows… At Resistance Pro on Friday, Women’s Champion Melanie Cruise defeated Thunderkitty in a non-title match… Maria Kanellis defeated Winter at Saturday’s Family Wrestling Entertainment show in New York to regain the Women’s Championship… Sara Del Rey failed in her challenge for CHIKARA’s Grand Championship. She was beaten by titleholder Eddie Kingston. Staying with CHIKARA, Saturyne will face Tim Donst on August 18… Rita Cortez passed away at the age of 73. She had an affair with the Fabulous Moolah’s husband Buddy Lee, and the two married in 1967. They set up Buddy Lee Attractions, which discovered such country music acts as Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson and the Dixie Chicks… Angel Williams returned to the indies at the weekend, defeating Allysin Kay at NEO Wrestling… Reby Sky and Jazz advanced to the final four match to crown the first ArenaChicks Champion. Sky replaces Sara Del Rey in that match… Cherry Bomb made a quick visit to Japan at the weekend. She beat Ice Ribbon’s Kurumi on the JRIBBON show, then teamed with Aki Kanbayashi to beat Alex Lee & Bambi in REINA x WORLD the following day… Absolute Intense Wrestling is going to start pushing wrestlers on its Girls Night Out cards to title shots based on their win-loss record. Currently, Hailey Hatred should be in the running, as she’s 7-0. Current Champion Allysin Kay is 3-1.
Another joshi team has been added to CHIKARA’s King Of Trios in September – Meiko Satomura, DASH Chisako and Sendai Sachiko will form Team Sendai Girls. They appeared at the promotion’s Aniversario weekend in May along with Kagetsu. There is also a Team JWP (Command Bolshoi, Tsubasa Kuragaki & Kaori Yoneyama) and Manami Toyota will once again link up with Mike Quackenbush and Jigsaw… There appears to be an effort by the WAVE roster to end the Black Dahlia faction… It’ll be Aki Shizuku v Neko Nitta to determine the number one contender to Tsukasa Fujimoto’s 19 Pro Championship. Nitta beat Maki Narumiya last Friday to advance to the final of the show’s tournament… Maki Narumiya & Hanako Nakamori won the JRIBBON tag team tournament, which featured teams comprised of one JWP and one Ice Ribbon member each. They beat Hikaru Shida & Arisa Nakajima in the final round… Charges of drug smuggling against Io Shirai were officially dropped last week… Meiko Satomura sprained her ankle this weekend. She’s expected to be out for a week.
Tickets for Pro Wrestling: EVE’s show on November 10 are now on sale. Alpha Female v Nikki Storm is the main event… Sammii Jayne made her wrestling debut on Friday in a losing effort against Nikki Storm.
CMLL World Women’s Champion Marcela is challenging Tiffany to put her hair on the line, and has been met with numerous refusals. However, a day after Marcela’s DQ win over Tiffany, an announcement was made that they will meet in a non-title hair v hair match on August 5, which Marcela admitting that if she loses her hair, she would probably retire. That’s the same day as AAA’s TripleMania XX show, which they are trying to draw attention from… La Diabolica upset Lady Apache to win the PWR Women’s Championship on Saturday.
Evie and Jessie McKay have been announced for PWWA’s next show on October 6. Hardly a big surprise seeing as they were featured on the show poster, but at least it’s official now. Kellie Skater was also announced… KC Cassidy and Nikita Naridian competed the three months training at Storm Wrestling Academy in Calgary, Alberta, Canada on Friday… Niki Nitro – who recently made her first wrestling tour outside of Australia as part of a trip to India – will make her Canadian debut in September. She’s booked to appear on a Legends City Wrestling show in Newfoundland in September. Portia Perez is also on the card… Alex Lee (Irina Janjic) is in Japan at the moment, wrestling for REINA x WORLD.
July 22: FIGHT! (Toronto, ONT, Canada) – She Nay Nay b Cecil Nyx
July 23: CMLL (Puebla, Mexico) – Dalis la Caribeña, Lluvia & Luna Mágica b Lady Afrodita, Mima Shimoda & Tiffany
July 24: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Marcela b Tiffany via DQ
July 25: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Tsukushi & Kurumi b Hikari Minami & Aki Shizuku; GENTARO & Shigehiro Irie b Hamuko Hoshi & Hoshitango; Maki Narumiya, Miyako Matsumoto & Hanako Nakamori b Tsukasa Fujimoto, Hikaru Shida & Meari Naito
July 25: Ohio Valley Wrestling (Louisville, KY) – Jessie Belle b Taeler Hendrix
July 26: Impact Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Gail Kim & Madison Rayne b Mickie James & Tara
July 26: WWE NXT (Winter Park, FL) – Tamina Snuka b Sofia Cortez; Paige b Audrey Marie
July 26: WWE Superstars (Kansas City, MO) – Layla b Natalya
July 27: 19 Pro (Saitama, Japan) – Neko Nitta b Maki Narumiya
July 27: Scottish Wrestling Entertainment (Dundee, Scotland) – Nikki Storm b Sammii Jayne
July 27: AAA (Queretaro, Mexico) – Fabi Apache & Lolita b Jennifer Blake & Mari Apache
July 27: WAVE (Tokyo, Japan) – GAMI v Yuu Yamagata v Tomoka Nakagawa in a 3-way went to a time limit draw; Ryo Mizunami & Nana Kawase b Moeka Haruhi & Tsukasa Fujimoto; Misaki Ohata v Mio Shirai went to a time limit draw; Cherry v Shu Shibutani went to a time limit draw.; Kana b Bambi; Ayako Hamada b Kana; Ayako Hamada v Ayumi Kurihara went to a time limit draw.; Yumi Ohka v Mika Iida went to a time limit draw
July 27: Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling (Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada) – Nicole Matthews b Raven Lake
July 27: TNA (Dayton, OH) – Miss Tessmacher b Madison Rayne
July 27: Resistance Pro (Chicago, IL) – Jessie Belle & Nikki St John b Taylor Made & Serenity; Melanie Cruise b Thunderkitty
July 27: Big Time Wrestling (Newark, CA) – Davina Rose b Kc Spinelli
July 27: WWE (Charleston, WV) – Layla b Beth Phoenix
July 28: JRIBBON (Yokohama, Japan) – Cherry Bomb b Kurumi; Shigehiro Irie b Aki Shizuku & Tsukushi in a 3-way; Tsukasa Fujimoto & Rabbit Mito b Sachie Abe & Meari Naito; Hanako Nakamori & Maki Narumiya b Leon & Neko Nitta; Command Bolshoi & Hikari Minami b KAZUKI & Miyako Matsumoto; Hikaru Shida & Arisa Nakajima b Kayoko Haruyama & Hamuko Hoshi; Morley b Nana Kawase; Maki Narumiya & Hanako Nakamori b Tsukasa Fujimoto & Rabbit Mito; Hikaru Shida & Arisa Nakajima b Command Bolshoi & Hikari Minami; Tsubasa Kuragaki b Manami Katsu; Leon won a battle royal; Maki Narumiya & Hanako Nakamori b Hikaru Shida & Arisa Nakajima
July 28: WWE (Lexington, KY) – Layla b Beth Phoenix
July 28: New York Wrestling Connection (Deer Park, NY) – Nikki Addams b Marti Belle
July 28: WWE (Johnson City, TN) – Kaitlyn b Natalya
July 28: North American Championship Wrestling (Reidsville, NC) – Lei’D Tapa b Mia Svensson
July 28: Total Action Wrestling (Dunstable, England) – Mia b Bacardi
July 28: Family Wrestling Entertainment (New York, NY) – Maria Kanellis b Winter to win the FWE Women’s Championship
July 28: TNA (Washington, PA) – Miss Tessmacher b Madison Rayne
July 28: CWF Mid-Atlantic (Gibsonville, NC) – Reby Sky b Amber O’Neal; Jazz b Rosita
July 28: Jersey Shore Championship Wrestling (Manahawkin, NJ) – Mia Yim b Kimber Lee
July 28: Pro Wrestling Revolution (Watsonville, CA) – La Diabolica b Lady Apache to win the PWR Women’s Championship
July 28: NEO Wrestling (Niagara Falls, ONT, Canada) – Angel Williams b Allysin Kay
July 28: CHIKARA (South Portland, ME) – Eddie Kingston b Sara Del Rey
July 29: Union (Tokyo, Japan) – Cherry b Rabbit Miyu
July 29: TNA (Akron, OH) – Miss Tessmacher b Madison Rayne
July 29: WWE (Louisville, KY) – Layla b Beth Phoenix
July 29: WWE (Pikeville, KY) – Kaitlyn b Natalya
July 29: CHIKARA (Everett, PA) – Icarus b Sara Del Rey
July 29: AAA (Tlalnepantla, Mexico) – Fabi Apache & Lolita b La Hechicera & Sexy Lady
July 29: CMLL (Guadalajara, Mexico) – Dark Angel, Goya Kong & Marcela b Amapola, Princesa Blanca & Tiffany
July 29: K-DOJO/REINA x WORLD (Chiba, Japan) – Silueta b Crazy Star; Aki Kanbayashi & Cherry Bomb b Bambi & Alex Lee; Shiori Asahi & Yuki Sato b Yuji Hino & Ayumu Honda; Daigoro Kashiwa & Kunio Toshima b YOSHIYA & Ricky Fuji; Saburo Inematsu, Ryuichi Sekine & Crazy Mary Dobson b Daigoro Kashiwa, Kunio Toshima & YOSHIYA; Hiro Tonai, Kaji Tomato & Jonathan Bada b Shiori Asahi, Yuki Sato & Yuji Hino; Hiro Tonai, Kaji Tomato, Jonathan Bada & Yuji Hino beat Ryuichi Sekine, Saburo Inematsu, Crazy Mary Dobson & YOSHIYA
August 3: Ring Of Honor (Baltimore, MD) – Mia Yim 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; Melanie Cruise v Kimber Lee; Sassy Stephie v Leah Von Dutch; Angel Dust & Miss Heidi v Annie Social & Nikki St John
August 5: Remix Pro Wrestling (Marietta, OH) – Sara Del Rey v Sassy Stephie
August 5: Stardom (Tokyo, Japan) – Io Shirai v Natsuki*Taiyo; Eri Susa & Yuuri Haruka v Mayu Iwatani & Natsumi Showzuki; Kairi Hojo & Yuusaku v Act Yasukawa & Saki Kashima; Miho Wakizawa v Hiroyo Matsumoto ; Natsuki*Taiyo v Kyoko Kimura; Nanae Takahashi v Yoshiko; Yuzuki Aikawa v Yoko Bito
August 5: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Marcela v Tiffany
August 5: AAA TripleMania XX (Mexico City, Mexico) – Fenix, Fabi Apache, Octagoncito & Pimpinela Escarlata v Dark Dragon, Sexy Star, Mini Charly Manson & Yuriko
August 5: Anarchy Championship Wrestling (Live Oak, TX) – Rachel Summerlyn v Jaykus Plisken; Athena v JoJo Bravo
August 10: Dynamo Pro Wrestling (Glen Carbon, IL) – Miss Natural v MsChif
August 11: PROWL (Cleveland, Australia) – Michelle K Hasluck v Storm
August 11: Ring Of Honor (Providence, RI) – Maria Kanellis & Mike Bennett v Sara Del Rey & Eddie Edwards
August 11: New Focus Wrestling (Evansville, IN) – Aleida Ortiz v Epiphany
August 17: Preston City Wrestling (Preston, England) – CJ Banks v Kay Lee Ray
August 17: SHINE 2 (Ybor City, FL)
August 18: CHIKARA (Indianapolis, IN) – Saturyne v Tim Donst
August 18: Impact Pro Wrestling (Lynfield, New Zealand) – Britenay v Evie
August 19: OZ Academy (Tokyo, Japan) – Chikayo Nagashima v Hiroyo Matsumoto
August 25: American States Wrestling Alliance (Mansfield, OH) – Nevaeh v Sassy Stephie
August 25: Pro Wrestling Australia (Casula, Australia) – Jessie McKay v Evie
August 25: FutureShock (Manchester, England) – April Davids v Jenny Sjodin
September 1: Swiss Championship Wrestling (Bern, Switzerland) – Laura Wellings v Shanna
September 15: Pro Wrestling Elite (Ayr, Scotland) – Mickie James v Carmel Jacob
September 16: Pro Wrestling Elite (Ayr, Scotland) – Mickie James v Kay Lee Ray
September 16: World Association of Women’s Wrestling (Norwich, England)
September 30: Insane Championship Wrestling: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland)
September 30: Squared Circle Wrestling (Vaughan, ONT, Canada) – Cherry Bomb v Gabriella Vanderpool
October 5: Family Wrestling Entertainment (Brooklyn, NY) – Maria Kanellis & TBA v Angel Williams & Velvet Sky
October 6: Pro Women’s Wrestling Alliance (Casula, Australia)
October 27-28: SHIMMER: Women Athletes (Berwyn, IL)
November 3: nCw Femmes Fatales (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) – LuFisto v Mercedes Martinez; Pink Flash Kira v Portia Perez; Sweet Cherrie v Cherry Bomb
November 10: Pro Wrestling: EVE (Sudbury, England) – Alpha Female v Nikki Storm
April 6: SHIMMER: Women Athletes (Secaucus, NJ)
April 13-14: SHIMMER: Women Athletes (Berwyn, IL)
– Lee Burton