Big news coming out of the ArenaChicks taping at the CWF Mid-Atlantic Sportatorium this past Saturday night with the company announcing a new commissioner, adding two new names to the ‘Final Four’ tournament and announcing the intention to go monthly with iPPVs starting later this year.

The new commissioner of ArenaChicks is none other than former WWE/ECW star Shelly Martinez, who announced that it was her job to take ArenaChicks to the next level, and to move the title tournament along a little quicker. Due to the enforced withdrawal of Sara Del Rey from the tournament, Martinez made the match between Reby Sky and Amber O’Neal for Del Rey’s place in the ‘Final Four’. Sky ended up pinning Amber O’Neal to secure the #2 spot in the tournament following interference by Jazz, who blasted O’Neal with her Jazz Stinger.

Jazz followed up by taking on Impact Wrestling’s Rosita in tournament action, having by all accounts a fantastic match with her, before dumping her with a sit-out slam for the three count. Jazz takes the third spot in the tournament. Already advanced is Angel Orsini.

Perhaps even bigger news came out of the taping for an episode of the Highway To Helms Podcast with Shane Helms, which will air this weekend and feature both ArenaChicks CEO Amber O’Neal and commissioner Shelly Martinez – during which they confirmed that ArenaChicks would be moving forward with plans to run monthly iPPVs starting later this year. No date confirmed yet, but it is expected to be announced in the next two months, and will see the crowning of the first ArenaChicks champion. An interesting announcement, which, if it all comes off as expected, will make the women’s wrestling universe quite packed with both Shine and ArenaChicks running monthly, and the return of WSU expected later this year too. More opportunities for women to work is always a good thing, so we wish ArenaChicks all the best going forward with this project.

If you happen to be in the VA or IL areas this month, you can catch live ArenaChicks action. Tonight at Dickens County Fair in Haysi, VA, Amber O’Neal will take on Shelly Martinez in an ArenaChicks branded bout; then next week will see a full-length ArenaChicks show at the ICP Gathering of the Juggalos in Rock, IL on August 9th, followed by more action at the CMT Dukes of Hazzard Festival in Washington, VA.

— Stew Allen