Last night’s scary incident involving Jerry “The King” Lawler’s heart attack during the live broadcast of Monday Night Raw in Montreal, Quebec, Canada saw an outpouring of support across the Internet, with various woman involved in wrestling taking to Twitter to wish the WWE Hall Of Famer all the best. AJ Lee, Vickie Guerrero, Velvet Sky (who worked on shows with Lawler in Aruba at the weekend) and former wife Stacy Carter all expressed their sentiments.
Lawler’s current girlfriend Lauryn McBride took to her Facebook to let everyone know the situation:
Thanks everyone for your thoughts and prayers. It has been confirmed that Jerry did have a heart attack…he is in stable condition and breathing on his own & heart is stable. I’m getting on the first flight out of here to be with him & will keep everyone posted. He is a strong man and we will get him back at his best as soon as I can get him home! I love you so so much baby!!
Montreal wrestling journalist Pat Laprade recounted to SLAM! Wrestling:
Lawler grabbed his arm, collapsed and his face was blueish. Something like 7-8 people rushed to over to him, lifted him backstage. The medics were clearly told by the production to go backstage as they didn’t want anything to happen in front of the fans.
Right after, people were running everywhere, not seeming to know what to do exactly. Cole looked like he saw a ghost and seemed very shaken.
Carter also informed everyone that her ex-husband had received a stent and balloon in his heart valve (which helps to increase blood flow) after being rushed from the Bell Centre, and we also understand that he is having heart surgery today – his condition is described as stable. One person in the crowd at last night’s show knows more than most about the capable hands that Lawler is now in, as she was once a patient undergoing a procedure on her own heart: former nCw Femmes Fatales International Champion, LuFisto.
The 32-year old suffered a stroke in the spring of 2010 due to an undiagnosed heart problem, which when she had surgery to correct it last July, turned out to be a 20mm hole – four times larger than the doctors had diagnosed. Naturally, she was keen to get it sorted out, especially since her grandmother, aunt and father had all suffered from cardiac issues in their lives. A catheter was inserted into her body and a device was placed over the hole which will cause the tissue to repair itself and close the gap over the next 6-12 months. More than a year on, LuFisto says she has so much more energy, is in better shape than ever before, and has taken to bodybuilding to improve her fitness and physique. She knows what heart doctors in Montreal are like, and tweeted as such earlier today:
Montreal has the best heart surgeons in the world. Mr. Lawler is in really good hands. I know. I was a patient. #PrayforLawler
If there is any hope, LuFisto is the prime example of how heart issues can be sorted out, especially if you’re in the hands of medical professionals in Montreal. We wish Jerry all the best and hope the surgeons do as great a job as they did with the Super Hardcore Anime.
After writing the article last Friday marking Kaitlyn’s 2nd anniversary since her debut and talking about how she ended up in the Divas Title match at Night Of Champions against Layla seemingly by accident, a thought popped up into my head.
Is she the luckiest Diva ever?
After all, she was in the right place at the right time to take Aloisia’s place on season 3 of NXT, and was also fortunate to benefit from Eve Torres reportedly not managing to land on the apron after being clotheslined over the top in the battle royale last month. However, her luck may not have ended there, as she may be the one to end the dismal reign of Layla as Divas Champion.
I’ve mentioned before that Layla’s run with the belt has been pretty disappointing, and on Raw, Michael Cole pointed out how she has held the belt since April, which is something which is seldom pointed out unless the champion is getting ready to drop it. With the pay-per-view this weekend, a fresh challenger and that challenger having potential issues with other women like Natalya and Eve Torres. What is going on around her at the moment is interesting, and that’s more than can be said for Layla, whose main issue is with Eve, and that can be transferred to whoever has the belt. A heel turn may also be beneficial to the former Miami Heat cheerleader, who can use the bitchy promos which saw her get so much of the spotlight in Lay-Cool, and means she can eliminate the silly dancing and that triple jump crossbody from the second rope, where time just seems to stop while she does it.
For that reason, don’t be surprised if Kaitlyn is the Divas Champion by the end of Sunday. And if such a thing happens, I wouldn’t complain. She’s toiled for long enough, had a push over the summer, been involved in feuds with Natalya, as well as with Torres when the two squabbled over who would be SmackDown GM Booker T’s assistant.
If bookmakers took bets on wrestling, I wouldn’t be afraid of putting a couple of golden nuggets down on a Kaitlyn victory, and wouldn’t be upset if it actually happened.
TNA barely dedicated any time to selling the Knockouts Title match in the run-up to No Surrender. After Tara beat champion Miss Tessmacher in a non-title match last month, the two didn’t interact again until they got into the ring against each other at the pay-per-view. At least WWE is doing something to sell the Divas Title match at Night Of Champions, even if it is the first PPV in an age where they’ve actually done so.
As mentioned above, Kaitlyn’s been battling Natalya and Torres while also making a run for the belt, while Layla’s been having matches elsewhere. The number of multiple storylines means that there is less of a conveyor belt feeling to the title matches, with one challenger dispatched and other rocking up, which seems to be the case for TNA recently. Gail Kim defeated one challenger after another until Tessmacher took the belt, then lost to Madison Rayne who was involved in a storyline with ref Earl Hebner which seems to have merely been a foil to introduce Taryn Terrell as a referee, and left Rayne with a bit part in the whole shebang. Meanwhile, ODB hasn’t wrestled since April, even though she holds one half of the Knockouts Tag Team Titles.
There is no reason why TNA can’t have one storyline thread going on while another match takes place on the same show. Alternatively, why not have a match on Xplosion – which only airs internationally and not in the US, though that could be solved by sticking it on YouTube – and show highlights on Impact, which would only take 30 seconds but keep viewers up to date with what’s going on with all the Knockouts, as well as keeping them busy?
Maybe it’s a money thing. After all, many of TNA’s wrestlers are on pay-per-appearance deal, so the fewer names being flown in every week means savings to the bottom line, but that doesn’t explain why Tessmacher’s great promo summing up the build to her No Surrender match and why it mattered didn’t air on Impact instead of going on the PPV where only viewers who had already paid for the show got to watch it. She delivered it so well that it may have garnered a few buys, and every buy counts.
Recently, TNA has invested more time and attention in creating episodic storylines like with the Bound For Glory series, Aces and Eights and the AJ Styles/Claire Lynch tale – the latter of which was admittedly terrible, but at least it was given a chance before it was brought to an end instead of just aborted. If only the same sort of attention was given to the Knockouts, the division wouldn’t feel so flat and wouldn’t see so many names choosing to depart.
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Eve Torres met Sarah Palin during the filming of Stars Earn Stripes, describing her as “sweet”, but also points out that they didn’t discuss politics. WWE finally mentioned the show on Raw too, as now that it’s finished, it’s not clashing with their own programme on Monday nights… Layla beat Natalya on WWE Superstars last week. The match featured less sound sweetening than normal. Then they were on opposite teams on Raw last night when Layla, Eve Torres and Kaitlyn beat Alicia Fox, Natalya & Beth Phoenix. Eve tagged herself in to get the pinfall and then celebrated with her confused partners, who know (along with us) that her friendliness is disingenuous. Meanwhile, I’ve no idea how Fox became a heel again, not that it really matters.
Tara appeared on Chicago’s The Late Live Show recently, delivering a standing moonsault to one of the hosts after she was asked if wrestling was fake… Winter has parted ways with TNA after her contract was not renewed. She last wrestled on TV back in April. All in all, her character and the storyline with Angelina Love was a total flop, with her not getting over and it bringing down Love as part of the deal. It’s been pretty apparent that she was on her way out after touring the UK in July and being part of the Bombshell Ladies Of Wrestling iPPV on October 11… Mickie James worked heel against Miss Tessmacher at TNA house shows last week – one of which took place at the same time as the Impact TV show… Meanwhile, Tessmacher retained the Knockouts Championship over Tara at No Surrender in a pretty unspectacular match, but Tara left visibly frustrated at her defeat, so a rematch may be on the cards for Bound For Glory.
Maria Kanellis will be at CHIKARA’s King Of Trios as part of Team Ring Of Honor alongside her beau Mike Bennett… December defeated Taeler Hendrix at the OVW tapings last Wednesday. Hendrix was distracted by Heidi Lovelace tending to her boyfriend Dylan Bostic’s injured shoulder with an ice pack… SHIMMER’s show as part of WrestleCon in March was one of the first shows in the weekend to sell out. 100 tickets were gone in 5 hours… Saturyne has been announced as one of the participants in Women Superstars Uncensored’s Uncensored Opportunity match on October 13. Meanwhile, Annie Social and Kimber Lee are petitioning for their match against Tag Team Champions Sassy Stephie and Allysin Kay to be a title match… Nicole Matthews has been added to the AAW show taking place the night before the SHIMMER tapings next month, while Tomoka Nakagawa has been announced for SHIMMER, as has Kana… Ivelisse Velez (TAFKA Sofia Cortez) has hinted that she may return to MMA training… Sienna DuVall won the Battling Bombshells Championship from La Rosa Negra on Saturday night… In defeating Mathieu St-Jacques at NSPW on Saturday night, LuFisto suffered a mild concussion… Tammy Sytch and Cherry Bomb both assumed a managing role at the CZW iPPV on Saturday… Transgender wrestler Amanda won the 2012 Lunacy Cup in a battle royale at Vendetta Pro Wrestling at the weekend.
MsChif will return to Japan for the first time in 6 years when she wrestles of the October 7 Joshi4Hope show. Her only other appearance there saw her Kyoko Kimura and fall to Yoshiko Tamura. Ayumi Kurihara & Mika Iida v Leon & Manami Katsu has also been announced… An update from last week’s Roundup where we discussed the Ice Ribbon departures – Dorami Nagano has not wrestled since June because she has quit the biz… Emi Sakura’s Gatoh Move promotion held its first card on Thursday following a number of exhibition matches.
Pro Wrestling: EVE has hinted that a new tag team will debut at its next show on November 10, and has also announced that Erin Angel is returning… Nikki Storm and Sara Marie Taylor will compete in a cage match in W3L on September 21. The pair fought in a Ladder Match earlier this year, with Storm retaining the Women’s Championship… Congratulations to Queen Maya, who got married at the weekend… Nikki Storm (under her Ms Nicola Storm guise) will take on Fiona Fraser at ICW: Fierce Females at the end of the month… Kay Lee Ray and Carmel Jacob face Mickie James at Pro Wrestling Elite in Scotland this weekend… Announced less than an hour ago: SHIMMER Champion Sweet Saraya will face Pro Wrestling: EVE Champion Alpha Female in the main event of the UKWW/WAWW show on October 6th in Wakefield. Both are competing to determine who is the rightful UKWW Champion.
CMLL is still advertising Dark Angel as being on shows, then replacing her. The same thing happened on Friday night in Mexico City, where she was replaced by Estrellita… CMLL World Women’s Champion Marcela won the first ever IWS Mexico Women’s Cup on Sunday… Amapola will also challenge Marcela for the title next week.
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Nikita Naridian – who has recently returned from training with Lance Storm in Canada – will be heading to Mexico soon to try out for AAA. She’s thanked Teddy Hart and Konnan for the opportunity… Niki Nitro fell to Portia Perez in LCW in Canada on Thursday… Evie’s first defence of the Impact Pro Wrestling Women’s Championship will be on September 29 against Britenay, who was the one who wasn’t pinned in the three-way title match last month between she, Evie & Megan-Kate.
September 3: CMLL (Puebla, Mexico) – Amapola, La Comandante & Zeuxis b Dalis la Caribeña, Luna Mágica & Marcela
September 4: CMLL (Guadalajara, Mexico) – Amapola & Princesa Blanca b Lady Afrodita & Marcela
September 5: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Hailey Hatred b Kurumi & Chou-un Shiryu in a 3-way; Miyako Matsumoto b Mio Shirai; Hiroyo Matsumoto b Maki Narumiya; Hikaru Shida & Tsukasa Fujimoto b Cherry & Meari Naito
September 5: Ohio Valley Wrestling (Louisville, KY) – Epiphany b Max Von Wolfgang; December b Taeler Hendrix
September 6: Legend City Wrestling (Marystown, NL, Canada) – Portia Perez b Niki Nitro
September 6: WWE Superstars (Moline, IL) – Layla b Natalya
September 6: Gatoh Move (Bangkok, Thailand) – Hoshitango & Emi Sakura b EK Baki & Kaori Yoneyama
September 6: Impact Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Tara b Gail Kim
September 6: TNA (Dalton, GA) – Miss Tessmacher b Mickie James
September 7: TNA (Atlanta, GA) – Miss Tessmacher b Mickie James
September 7: New Generation Wrestling (Hull, England) – Kay Lee Ray b Dani Brookes
September 7: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Dalis la Caribeña, Estrellita & Marcela b Amapola, Lady Apache & Tiffany
September 7: Classic Championship Wrestling (Ohsweken, ONT, Canada) – Allysin Kay b Xandra Bale
September 7: Maryland Championship Wrestling (Baltimore, MD) – Reby Sky b Veda Scott
September 7: NWA Dynamo Pro Wrestling (Glen Carbon, IL) – Miss Natural b MsChif
September 8: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Chou-un Shiryu b Kurumi; Kyoko Kimura b Tsukushi & Hailey Hatred in a 3-way; Hikaru Shida b Miyako Matsumo; Tsukasa Fujimoto & NOZOMI b Hamuko Hoshi & Maki Narumiya
September 8: EVOLVE 17 (Voorhies, NJ) – Christina Von Eerie b Marti Belle
September 8: Ring Wars Carolina (Raeford, NC) – Kacee Carlisle b Mia Svensson
September 8: NWA: Top Rope Promotions (Lebanon, TN) – Tasha Simone b Pandora
September 8: WWE (Hamilton, ONT, Canada) – Natalya b Alicia Fox
September 8: PWF Northeast (Providence, RI) – Ivy Fit b Sammi Lane
September 8: Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling (Vancouver, BC, Canada) – El Phantasmo b Nicole Matthews
September 8: Acclaim Pro Wrestling (Greely, ONT, Canada) – Addy Starr b Jody D’Milo & Vanessa Kraven in a 3-way
September 8: NWA Ring Warriors (Hollywood, FL) – Sienna DuVall b La Rosa Negra to win the Battling Bombshells Championship
September 8: Millennium Pro Wrestling (Simi Valley, CA) – Hector Canales, Hed & Fern Owens b NY Knockout Nikki, Michelle Morgan & Thunderkitty
September 8: WrestleJam (Sheldon, CT) – Rosita b Candy Cartwright
September 8: Maximum Pro Wrestling (Angus, ONT, Canada) – Courtney Rush b Xandra Bale
September 8: North Shore Pro Wrestling (Quebec City, Quebec, Canada) – LuFisto b Mathieu St-Jacques
September 8: Combat Zone Wrestling (Voorhies, NJ) – Drew Gulak & Kimber Lee b Greg Excellent & Mia Yim
September 9: Rampage Pro Wrestling (Warner Robins, GA) – Tracy Taylor b Pandora
September 9: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – Manami Katsu b Raiden Steel; Kaori Yoneyama & Emi Sakura b Hanako Nakamori & Morley; Kayoko Haruyama, Hailey Hatred & Rabbit Mito b Sachie Abe, KAZUKI & Nana Kawase; Manami Toyota b Tsubasa Kuragaki; Command Bolshoi & Arisa Nakajima b Leon & Ray
September 9: REINA x World (Tokyo, Japan) – Tsukushi b Miyako Matsumoto; Hiro Tonai & Bambi b Megumi Yabushita & Jonathan Badr; Arisa Nakajima b Crazy Star; Silueta b Alex Lee; Aki Kanbayashi & Kaji Tomato b Leon & Manami Katsu
September 9: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – La Seductora, Princesa Blanca & Princesa Sugheit b Goya Kong, Lady Afrodita & Luna Mágica
September 9: Osaka Pro (Osaka, Japan) – Ran Yu Yu & Kana b GAMI & Mio Shirai; Kagetsu b Mika Iida; Ayumi Kurihara b Kyusei Ninja Ranmaru; Benten-musume & Policewoman b Misaki Guriko & Nyanber; Mayumi Ozaki b Sawako Shimono; Kyoko Kimura b Aya Yuuki
September 9: TNA No Surrender (Orlando, FL) – Miss Tessmacher b Tara
September 10: CMLL (Puebla, Mexico) – Amapola, La Seductora & Princesa Sugheit b Lady Afrodita, Luna Mágica & Marcela
September 10: WWE Raw (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) – Eve Torres, Layla & Kaitlyn b Beth Phoenix, Alicia Fox & Natalya
September 14: Squared Circle Wrestling (Auburn, NY) – Veda Scott v Cherry Bomb
September 14: Melbourne City Wrestling (Sunshine, Australia) – Savannah Summers v KC Cassidy
September 14: CHIKARA King Of Trios (Easton, PA) – Green Ant, Fire Ant & AssailANT v DASH Chisako, Sendai Sachiko & Meiko Satomura; CombatANT, DeviANT & Soldier Ant v Manami Toyota, Mike Quackenbush & Jigsaw; Commando Bolshoi, Kaori Yoneyama & Tsubasa Kuragaki v Mr Touchdown, Dasher Hatfield & Matt Classic
September 15: IndyGurlz (Boonton, NJ) – Leva Bates v Kimber Lee; LuFisto v Mia Yim
September 15: Maximum Pro Wrestling (Meaford, ONT, Canada) – Courtney Rush v Xandra Bale
September 15: Pro Wrestling Elite (Ayr, Scotland) – Mickie James v Kay Lee Ray
September 15: Solent Wrestling Federation (Waterlooville, England) – Erin Angel v Amazon Ayesha Ray
September 16: WWE Night Of Champions (Bostom, MA) – Layla v Kaitlyn
September 16: CHIKARA (Easton, PA) – Saturyne v Tim Donst
September 16: Pro Wrestling Elite (Ayr, Scotland) – Mickie James v Carmel Jacob
September 16: World Association of Women’s Wrestling (Norwich, England)
September 16: Primos Hardcore & Wrestling (Sheridan, CO) – Crazy Mary Dobson v Cemetery Baby
September 21: SHINE 3 (Ybor City, FL) – Su Yung & Tracy Taylor v Gabby Gilbert & Luscious Latasha; Santana Garrett v Sienna Duvall; Allysin Kay v Christina Von Eerie; Taylor Made v Greek Barbie
September 21: Top of the World Wrestling (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) – LuFisto v Tara
September 21: World Wide Wrestling League (Dunfirmline, Scotland) – Nikki Storm v Sara Marie Taylor
September 22: Dynamite Championship Wrestling (Farmington, DE) – Kacee Carlisle v Kimber Lee
September 22: Purely Obsessed Wrestling World (Antioch, IL) – Melanie Cruise v Stacy Shadows
September 22: Northeast Wrestling (Fishkill, NY) – Rosita & Madison Rayne v Angel Williams & Velvet Sky
September 23: Absolute Intense Wrestling (Cleveland, OH) – Allysin Kay v Crazy Mary Dobson; Veda Scott v Mia Yim
September 23: Ice Ribbon (Tokyo, Japan) – Riho v Aoi Kizuki; Neko Nitta v Hailey Hatred v Shuu Shibutani; Tsukushi & Kurumi v Cherry & Meari Naito; GAMI, Yumi Ohka & Ryo Mizunami v Hamuko Hoshi, Maki Narumiya & TBA; Hikaru Shida v Mio Shirai
September 23: Alternative Wrestling World (Wolverhampton, England) – Amazon Ayesha Ray v Holly Rocamora
September 28: Xcite Wrestling (Binghamton, NY) – Kimber Lee v Annie Social
September 28: Preston City Wrestling (Preston, England) – Kay Lee Ray v April Davids
September 29: Pro-Wrestling Euskadi (Bilbao, Spain) – Pollyanna v Dragoi Neska
September 29: Impact Pro Wrestling (Auckland, NZ) – Evie v Britenay
September 30: Fighters Revenge Pro Wrestling (Pessac, France) – Morgane Leigh v X-Cute Sweet v Eloanne
September 30: 304 Wrestling (Huntington, WV) – Jessie Belle v Aleida Ortiz
September 30: Insane Championship Wrestling: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland) – Lisa Fury & April Davids v Kasey & Leah Owens; Holly Rocamora v Rhia O’Reilly; Fiona Fraser v Ms Nicola Storm
September 30: Beyond Wrestling (East Greenwich, RI) – Portia Perez v Lexxus; Veda Scott v RD Evans
September 30: Squared Circle Wrestling (Vaughan, ONT, Canada) – Cherry Bomb v Gabriella Vanderpool
October 5: Family Wrestling Entertainment (Brooklyn, NY) – Maria Kanellis & Winter v Angel Williams & Velvet Sky
October 6: Pro Women’s Wrestling Alliance (Casula, Australia)
October 6: UKWW/WAWW (Wakefield, England) – Sweet Saraya v Alpha Female
October 6: Remix Pro Wrestling (Marietta, OH) – Thunderkitty v Allysin Kay
October 6: Riot City Wrestling (Adelaide, Australia) – Harley Wonderland v Eliza Sway
October 6: Tribute Championship Wrestling (Middletown, OH) – Sassy Stephie v Heather Owens
October 6: UK Women’s Wrestling/World Association of Women’s Wrestling (Wakefield, England)
October 6: REINA World Joshi Puroresu (Baltimore, MD)
October 7: Joshi4Hope (Tokyo, Japan) – Hiroyo Matsumoto & Ryo Mizunami v Arisa Nakajima & Aya Yuki; Ayumi Kurihara & Mika Iida v Leon & Manami Katsu
October 11: Bombshell Ladies Of Wrestling (Rahway, NJ) – Jewells Malone v Silvie Silver
October 12: Tri City Wrestling (Kitchener, ONT, Canada) – Courtney Rush v Allysin Kay
October 13: Women Superstars Uncensored (Deer Park, NY) – Jessicka Havok v Alicia v Lexxus; Tina San Antonio v Brittney Savage; Marti Belle v Nikki Addams; Sassy Stephie & Allysin Kay v Annie Social & Kimber Lee
October 26: AAW (Berwyn, IL) – MsChif v Sweet Saraya
October 27: Extreme World Wrestling (Hastings, England) – Lady Lory v Erin Angel
October 27-28: SHIMMER: Women Athletes (Berwyn, IL)
October 31: Preston City Wrestling (Preston, England) – Kay Lee Ray v Carmel Jacob
November 3: nCw Femmes Fatales X (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) – Sweet Cherrie v Cherry Bomb; LuFisto v Mercedes Martinez; Pink Flash Kira v Portia Perez; LuFisto v Hiroyo Matsumoto; Mercedes Martinez v Pink Flash Kira; Ryo Mizunami v Courtney Rush
November 9: Preston City Wrestling (Preston, England) – Angel Williams v Kay Lee Ray
November 10: Pro Wrestling: EVE (Sudbury, England) – Alpha Female v Nikki Storm
March 30: nCw Femmes Fatales XI (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
April 6: SHIMMER: Women Athletes (Secaucus, NJ)
April 13-14: SHIMMER: Women Athletes (Berwyn, IL)
July 6: nCw Femmes Fatales XII (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
– Lee Burton