Ringbelles Roundup (16 October 2012) – honouring bookings, WSU’s return & more
“SOOO who’s ready for EVEN MORE changes to Bombshell Ladies Of Wrestling ? Well heck it wouldn’t be a 24 hour day without some now would it!
“Stay tuned as we’re sure to serve up even more random stuff from the wacky world of Bombshell Ladies Of Wrestling in the morning. Perhaps we should start doing contests like Guess The Next Girl To Drop Off ? Gotta love it.
“PS – not one single change to the loaded PWS lineup on Friday.”
That was one of the posts which Pro Wrestling Syndicate posted on its official Facebook page last week ahead of the debut Bombshell Ladies Of Wrestling show on Thursday. As it happened, the show managed to fulfil its promise of presenting 8 opening round matches for its Sweet Sixteen tournament, though the lineup was a million miles away from the card which it originally posted. Reports from the show say it was a lot of fun, so it appears the fans went home from the Rahway Recreation Center in New Jersey happy, and by the sounds of the post above, the promoters of PWS breathed a sigh of relief.
The problem that occurred was a series of pullouts for various reasons – Scarlett Bordeaux and Miss Adiva were unable to make it due to car trouble, Ivy Fit cancelled all her bookings without notice, Ashley Massaro was pulled after dissatisfying the promoters at a previous PWS show, Jillian Hall vanished from the lineup without reason, and when Cherry Bomb was announced as not being there just 24 hours before the show, PWS posted the cryptic message “If fans really wanna know the deal ..feel free to ask.” We asked, but it has been six days and we have yet to receive a reply.
Over the years we at Ringbelles have heard numerous accounts of female wrestlers missing bookings for a variety of reasons – some don’t show up because they don’t like their opponent, some no-show because they may be booked to lose a championship they hold, they may get a better offer, or they may not be bothered. In this day of social media, I have seen wrestlers – of both genders – slit their own throat by saying they were hurt or unwell, then they are tagged in photographs on nights out on the night they were supposed to be wrestling, or show up perfectly fine for a better-paying show in another part of the country the next day, right as rain.
Let me stress that I’m not saying that any of the women on this show were faking injury or other issues to avoid going to a wrestling show on a Thursday night, though it does not reflect well on women wrestling as a whole when so many names are unable to make it. As PWS was quick to point out, the all male show the following night at the same venue had nobody withdraw, which is an unfortunate comparison for the women.
As I pointed out in the report of the show on Saturday, PWS was quite specific as to who they extended their sympathies to – Adiva and Bordeaux were both offered the chance to come back, and Adiva has now been booked for the next Bombshell Ladies Of Wrestling show on December 6, while Leah Von Dutch is also welcome to return – though names like Hall, Massaro, Fit and Cherry Bomb were missing from such gracious comments. Ivy Fit’s situation is the most stunning, as by pulling out at short notice without honouring the booking she had agreed to, it is not good form. Granted, if she has an undisclosed injury or personal situation to attend to, that changes things, but if she has decided to up and quit for the simple reason that she doesn’t want to wrestle anymore then it doesn’t look good on her should she wish to return.
It is quite telling that of the eight women who advanced in the tournament (Brittney Savage, Marti Belle, Missy Sampson, Sienna DuVall, Becky Bayless, Sumie Sakai, Annie Social and Christina Von Eerie) most live within easy driving distance to New Jersey – like New York, Pennsylvania and so on. It means they are more likely to make it there without more potential issues blowing up. As mentioned, the brackets for the quarter finals of Bombshell Ladies Of Wrestling’s Sweet Sixteen tournament have been posted – you can see them in the upcoming section below. Also announced for the card is Shelly Martinez, who will take on Amber O’Neal.
An interesting thing that that I once read was that when you come into this world (birth, stork or whatever) you only have one thing, and that’s your word. Should you break that, it will be a tough deal for the wronged party to trust you again. Also, a negative reputation spreads a lot faster than a positive one, and any negative deed needs ten positive deeds to erase it. Women’s wrestling has a negative stigma as it is, and people are looking for any reason to cast doubt and criticism on it. When a woman chooses to not honour their agreement with a promoter to show up for an event without a valid reason, it gives critics and naysayers an opportunity to call all female wrestlers flakes, regardless of whether that accusation is true or not. Nobody’s saying that you can’t be hurt, ill, or suffer transportation issues – and I must stress again, I am not accusing any of the women who didn’t make it to Thursday’s show of lying, and this is more of a general piece fuelled by the chaos experienced by PWS – but women’s wrestling needs some solidarity from its performers to stick to their word whenever they can.
We’ve talked about it enough, so it is nice to be talking about it in the past tense – Women Superstars Uncensored returned on Sunday with its Full Steam Ahead show at the NYWC Sportatorium in Deer Park, NY.
In the main event, Jessicka Havok retained the WSU World Championship in a triple threat match against Alicia and Lexxus when she rolled up Alicia for the pinfall. Afterwards, Havok and Lexxus exchanged words, with the mouthy Boston challenger insisting she’s the rightful champion (interesting at how she came to that conclusion) while Havok held her belt aloft. Elsewhere, Mercedes Martinez and LuFisto fought to a 30 minute draw in a match that spilled to the outside on numerous occasions, setting things up nicely for their cage match at Femmes Fatales X on November 3 when there will be nowhere to run, and will have no time limit, if Martinez’s request is agreed to. Saturyne also secured a spot on the WSU roster by beating Niya, Kimber Lee suffered a knee injury in her tag match with Annie Social against Allysin Kay and Sassy Stephie, and Marti Belle retained the Spirit Title in her match against Nikki Addams.
Attendance-wise, it wasn’t good – less than 100, and according to some reports, as low as 60 – but the wrestling was good for the most part, and most of the results were the right ones. There were the odd angles to look into the future, but this first show by Beyond Wrestling focussed more on the wrestling than creating brand new storylines.
Before Full Steam Ahead, WSU’s champions took on the top stars of Beyond Wrestling, and all the women went over – a great way to push the roster and show that they are as tough as male grapplers. Whether it’s true or not is irrelevant – perception is reality, and it pushed the idea that these women are not here to look pretty, but are ready to kick some heavy duty booty. As a launch show, Beyond did everything it could to get curious fans to stick around for the main WSU show.
On Sunday, the promotion posted the following message on its Facebook page: “For the “wait and see” fans who couldn’t be burdened with the drive out to Long Island – you missed something special last night.” Coming from someone who has seen the fancam footage of the show, they have a point – a review of the event will be on the site very soon.
Elsewhere on the site, we have an interview with WAWW’s rising star Liberty, as well as footage of Mio Shirai’s victory over Hikaru Shida at Ice Ribbon’s Knights Of Ribbon show last month where she won the ICEx60 Championship.
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The best of the rest
In a Q&A with fans on Twitter, former Women’s and Divas Champion Michelle McCool says her dream match would have been a no-DQ affair against Molly Holly… Emma (Tenille Tayla) made her TV debut at last week’s NXT tapings in the third episode, falling to Audrey Marie… Layla was excruciatingly screechy in the backstage segment on SmackDown when she and Kaitlyn claimed that they had evidence Eve was Kaitlyn’s attacker at Night Of Champions because they found a blonde wig in her bag. Eve denied it… Speaking of Eve, she successfully defended the Divas Championship on Raw against Layla. Layla’s foot was on the ropes, but the referee missed it, and Torres pushed the foot off before the ref could recognise his mistake. Afterwards, Jim Ross tweeted that the division has a lot of potential… Layla was also shown in a Susan G Komen piece on Raw about how she lost her mother to breast cancer. It was a touching piece. Of course, she then went out and jobbed later on the show… Summer Rae worked as a ref during some of the NXT house shows last week… In an interview with WWE Magazine, AJ Lee admitted she misses wrestling since she became General Manager of Raw, and that she never expected to become an on-air personality rather than a wrestler. Funny how the chips settle, isn’t it?
Ivelisse Velez (formerly Sofia Cortez in WWE) wrestled a dark match after last week’s Impact Wrestling against Tara… Tara will also appear on MTV’s Made on Friday – she’ll be helping an unemployed woman to become a professional wrestler… And on the subject of Tara, she beat Miss Tessmacher to win the Knockouts Championship at Bound For Glory. She also revealed her “Hollywood boyfriend” to be Jesse Godderez from Big Brother. No, I’ve no idea who he is either, and the audience in Phoenix didn’t either, as they chanted “who are you” at him. However, she’s a heel, so to overstate her squeeze’s fame is OK… Velvet Sky may be returning to TNA soon, according to reports. Her images have been restored to the gallery on the promotion’s website… Congratulations to Gail Kim, who came top of the Pro Wrestling Illustrated Female 50 list for 2012. The rest of the positions will be revealed on Thursday.
LuFisto is denying that she is booked in a match for a hardcore lucha promotion in Monterrey, Mexico in December. She’s insisting that she has never been booked for the show… Tammy Lynn Sytch’s bail following her fifth arrest in a month (and her second in as many days last week) was set at $100,000 cash. That means she couldn’t use a bail bondsman to get her out. Her attorney told New Hampshire Superior Court that she was “not thinking clearly” when she returned to ex-boyfriend Damian Darling’s home following being released from her fourth arrest, saying she went there to get her phone and personal items. Her lawyer says she’s going back to rehab to deal with her alcohol issues. Her ex Damien Darling is also being accused of selling her personal items on eBay… Su Yung will make her SHIMMER debut in just over a week. She has previously wrestled on the SPARKLE pre-show. Ayako Hamada is also booked to return. Meanwhile promoter Dave Prazak has hinted that the main event of Volume 50 on October 27 will feature every woman who was on the original show who is still on the roster – that means Cheerleader Melissa, MsChif, Allison Danger & Mercedes Martinez… Courtney Rush defeated Allysin Kay to win the Tri City Wrestling Women’s Championship on Friday night. She later said that she would offer her first defence to Kay… Molly Holly will be recognised at the 2013 Women’s Wrestling Honoree at the Cauliflower Alley Club next April… Speaking of Molly, she was at the Legends of the Ring Fanfest in Monroe, NJ on Saturday in her Mighty Molly gear. Former WWF Women’s Champ Wendi Richter, the former Bella Twins, Barbie “Kelly Kelly” Blank, Ashley Massaro, Velvet Sky & Angelina Love and former ECW valet Jasmine St Claire were also there… WSU returns on February 9 in a double header with Combat Zone Wrestling in Voorhees, NJ… Our best wishes to Joyce Grable, who was honoured at SHINE 3 last month. According to Diane Von Hoffman, she has been diagnosed with leukaemia… Jazz wrestles Kimber Lee in RCW in Baltimore, MD on November 3… Raven Lake won the Canadian National Wrestling Alliance Women’s Championship at the weekend in a four-woman tournament at Big West Wrestling… La Rosa Negra had to be rushed to hospital on a stretcher on Saturday after suffering a serious concussion in a match with Su Yung in Orlando. She’s been told to get some rest. Incidentally, she is booked to face the NWA World Women’s Champion for the title in NWA Coastal on November 17. She will face either current titleholder Tasha Simone or Kacee Carlisle. They compete over the belt on Saturday.
Yuzuki Aikawa successfully defended the Wonder of Stardom Championship on Sunday against Act Yusukawa. It is a receipt from the 5Star GP, where Yasukawa beat Aikawa, handing the titleholder only her second ever defeat. Yuzuki went on to win the tournament though… Ran YuYu’s final event before her retirement will be an independently produced event on December 2 featuring a reunion with her old Jungle Jack 21 stablemates Aja Kong, Tomoka Nakagawa & Hiroyo Matsumoto.
NWA Hammerlock’s Women’s Championship tournament continues on October 28 (Jezabeth v Sakura Lily) and November 10 (Pollyanna v Katey Harvey). Rhia O’Reilly has already advanced to the semi-finals… Shanna went 25 minutes in a win over Morgane Leigh at the weekend. Seems like that knee is back to full health after her ACL surgery earlier this year… Rebecca Knox won her 6-person tag match at Fight Factory Pro Wrestling on Sunday. She got the pin on Lucy Lasso for the victory. One report from a fan at the show says Knox looked great, considering the long layoff.
Dark Angel returned to CMLL last Tuesday in a Torneo Cibernetico which was won by Goya Kong. She had been booked then pulled from shows while she was in Japan for Stardom, leading pundits to believe that her future with the promotion may have been in jeopardy… Amapola defeated CMLL-REINA International Champion Leon to win the title on Friday at Arena Mexico. She came from behind to win the match by 2 falls to 1, taking the deciding fall with a lungblower.
Australia & New Zealand
Evie defends the IPW Women’s Championship against Megan-Kate on October 27 in Auckland after the challenger attacked her former BFF after her first defence of the belt against Britenay last month. This also puts to bed any rumours of Evie being a late addition to the SHIMMER lineup in 10 days.
October 7: Rampage Pro Wrestling (Warner-Robins, GA) – Tracy Taylor b Nina Monet
October 9: CMLL (Guadalajara, Mexico) – Goya Kong b La Comandante, Tiffany, Marcela, Princesa Sugheit, Lady Apache, Luna Mágica, Dark Angel, Dallys la Caribeña & Zeuxis in a cibernetico
October 10: Squared Circle Wrestling (St Catharines, ONT, Canada) – Xandra Bale b Leah Von Dutch
October 11: TNA Impact Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Miss Tessmacher b Gail Kim
October 11: WWE NXT (Winter Park, FL) – Layla b Aksana; Paige b Alicia Fox; Audrey Marie b Emma
October 11: Bombshell Ladies Of Wrestling (Rahway, NJ) – Brittney Savage b Amber O’Neal; Marti Belle b Nikki Addams; Missy Sampson b Luscious Latasha; Sienna DuVall b Katie Lea; Becky Bayless b Silvie Silver & Jewells Malone in a 3-way; Sumie Sakai b Queen Maya; Annie Social b Alexxis Nevaeh; Christina Von Eerie b Mia Yim
October 12: Tri City Wrestling (Kitchener, ONT, Canada) – Courtney Rush b Allysin Kay to win the TCW Women’s Championship
October 12: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Amapola b Leon to win the CMLL-REINA International Championship
October 12: WWE (Jonesboro, AR) – Layla b Kaitlyn
October 12: 19 Pro (Saitama, Japan) – Hamuko Hoshi b Hikaru Shida
October 12: NWA Houston (Cypress, TX) – Bree Ann b Jen Alise; Barbi Hayden b Bree Ann
October 13: Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling (Vancouver, BC, Canada) – Greedfather b Nicole Matthews
October 13: WSU v Beyond Wrestling (Deer Park, NY) – Marti Belle b Jaka; Sassy Stephie & Allysin Kay b Sugar Dunkerton & Aaron Epic; Jessicka Havok b Mark Angel
October 13: Armageddon Expo (Melbourne, Australia) – Amazon Ayesha Ray b KC Cassidy
October 13: Ring Wars Carolina (Fayetteville, NC) – Lei’D Tapa b Mia Svensson via DQ
October 13: East Coast Wrestling Association (Carneys Point, NJ) – Jessie Kaye b Missy Sampson
October 13: Combat Zone Wrestling (Rahway, NJ) – Nevaeh b Cherry Bomb
October 13: Kombat Pro Wrestling (Calonne-Ricouart, France) – Shanna b Morgane Leigh
October 13: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Hamuko Hoshi & Tsukushi b Cherry & Sakura Hirota; Kyoko Kimura b Neko Nitta; Maki Narumiya & Tsukasa Fujimoto b Aki Shuzuku & Kurumi; Hailey Hatred b Hikaru Shida
October 13: Women Superstars Uncensored (Deer Park, NY) – Kalamity b Leva Bates; Tina San Antonio b Brittney Savage; Addy Starr b Jessie Brooks; Mercedes Martinez v LuFisto went to a time limit draw; Saturyne b Niya; Sassy Stephie & Allysin Kay b Kimber Lee & Annie Social; Marti Belle b Nikki Addams; Jessicka Havok b Alicia & Lexxus in a 3-way
October 13: Big West Wrestling (Kelowna, BC, Canada) – Raven Lake b Riea Von Slasher; Samantha Slides b Sammy Hall; Raven Lake b Samantha Slides to win the CNWA Women’s Championship
October 14: Stardom (Tokyo, Japan) – Yoshiko b Natsumi Showzuki; Io Shirai & Veda Scott b Hiroyo Matsumoto & She Nay Nay; Kyoko Kimura & Hailey Hatred b Kairi Hojo & Yuusaku; Nanae Takahashi & Miho; Yuzuki Aikawa b Act Yasukawa
October 14: OZ Academy (Tokyo, Japan) – Yumi Ohka, Hiroyo Matsumoto & Mio Shirai b Carlos Amano, Manami Toyota & Tomoka Nakagawa; Tsubasa Kuragaki b Sonoko Kato; AKINO & Mika Iida b Chikayo Nagashima & Nao Komatsu; Aja Kong b Ran Yu-Yu; Ayumi Kurihara b Mayumi Ozaki
October 14: Fight Factory Pro Wrestling (Bray, Ireland) – Rebecca Knox, Katey Harvey & B-Cool b Lucy Lasso, Danger Dawn & Deadbones Dawkins
October 14: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Goya Kong, León & Marcela b La Seductora, Mima Shimoda & Zeuxis
October 14: TNA Bound For Glory (Phoenix, AZ) – Tara b Miss Tessmacher to win the Knockouts Champonship
October 14: WWE (Knoxville, TN) – Layla b Kaitlyn
October 14: AAA (Puebla, Mexico) – Mini Psicosis, Semental & Sexy Star b Dinastia, Fenix & Jennifer Blake
October 15: WWE Raw (Nashville, TN) – Eve Torres b Layla
October 19: SHINE 4 (Ybor City, FL) – SHINE 4 (Ybor City, FL) – Sweet Saraya v Jazz; Jessicka Havok v Leva Bates; Mercedes Martinez v Santana Garrett; Taylor Made & Allysin Kay v Davina Rose & Shazza McKenzie; Rain v Christina Von Eerie; Kellie Skater v Reby Sky; Brandi Wine v Kimberly; Rhia O’Reilly v Su Yung
October 20: North Coast Pro Wrestling (Port Macquarie, Australia) – Alex Lee v Charlie
October 20: NWA Top Rope (Lebanon, TN) – Tasha Simone v Kacee Carlisle
October 20: CWF Mid-Atlantic (Gibsonville, NC) – Kellie Skater v Sassy Stephie
October 20: Combat Sports Federation (Bridgwater, England) – Rachel Evans v Pollyanna
October 21: Stardom (Osaka, Japan) – Io Shirai & Natsumi SHowzuki v Kyoko Kimura & Hailey Hatred; Yuzuki Aikawa & Yuusaku v Hiroyo Matsumoto & Kairi Hojo; Natsuki*Taiyo v Saki Kashima; Nanae Takahashi v Alpha Female
October 26: AAW (Berwyn, IL) – MsChif v Sweet Saraya
October 27: Extreme World Wrestling (Hastings, England) – Lady Lory v Erin Angel; Dominator & The Rage v Skarlett & The Bull
October 27: Impact Pro Wrestling (Auckland, New Zealand) – Evie v Megan-Kate
October 27: Swiss Championship Wrestling (Wil, Switzerland) – Shanna v Laura Wellings
October 27: New Horizons Pro Wrestling (Gosnells, Australia) – Miami v Storm
October 27-28: SHIMMER: Women Athletes (Berwyn, IL)
October 28: Ice Ribbon “Yokohama Ribbon” (Yokohama, Japan) – Mio Shirai v Tsukasa Fujimoto; Miyako Matsumoto v Kyoko Kimura
October 28: NWA Hammerlock (Corringham, England) – Jezabeth v Sakura Lily
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; Sweet Saraya v Cat Power; Kalamity v Kellie Skater; Angie Skye v X-Cute Sweet v Athena v Cheerleader Melissa; Ryo Mizunami v Xandra Bale v Leah Von Dutch; Sassy Stephie v Mary Lee Rose
November 3: Pride Wrestling (Glasgow, Scotland) – Nikki Storm v April Davids
November 3: Real Championship Wrestling (Baltimore, MD) – Jazz v Kimber Lee
November 4: Gatoh Move (Itabashi, Japan) – Sareee v Morley; UMA Corp v Kaori Yoneyama; Nanae Takahashi v Hanako Nakamori
November 4: Insane Championship Wrestling (Glasgow, Scotland) – Kay Lee Ray v April Davids
November 9: Preston City Wrestling (Preston, England) – Angel Williams v Kay Lee Ray
November 9: World Association on Women’s Wrestling (Norwich, England)
November 10: Pro Wrestling: EVE (Sudbury, England) – Alpha Female v Nikki Storm; Carmel Jacob v Angelina Love; Janey Britannico v Shanna; Erin Angel v Fiona Frazer; Kirsty Love v Blue Nikita
November 10: NWA Hammerlock (Tonbridge, England) – Pollyanna v Katey Harvey
November 10: Acclaim Pro Wrestling (Greely, ONT, Canada) – Addy Starr v Courtney Rush v Vanessa Kraven v Leah Von Dutch v Xandra Bale v Jodi D’Milo
November 10: Riot City Wrestling (North Adelaide, Australia) – Savannah Summers v Eliza Sway
November 17: Squared Circle Wrestling (Vaughan, ON, Canada) – Gabriella Vanderpool v Crissy Reid
November 17: NWA Coastal (Bayville, NJ) – La Rosa Negra v Tasha Simone or Kacee Carlisle
November 23: Scottish Wrestling Alliance (Motherwell, Scotland) – Fiona Fraser v Nikki Storm
December 1: Utah Championship Wrestling (Salt Lake City, UT) – La Rosa Negra v Santana Garrett
December 6: Bombshell Ladies Of Wrestling (Rahway, NJ) – Christina Von Eerie v Annie Social; Brittney Savage v Sumie Sakai; Becky Bayless v Sienna DuVall; Marti Belle v Missy Sampson; Shelly Martinez v Amber O’Neal; Miss Adiva v La Rosa Negra
December 7: St Louis Anarchy (Alton, IL) – Angelus Layne v Rachel Summerlyn
December 16: Anarchy Championship Wrestling (Austin, TX) – Jessicka Havok v Jaykus Plisken
February 2: Pro Wrestling: EVE (Preston, England)
March 30: nCw Femmes Fatales XI (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
April 6: SHIMMER: Women Athletes (Secaucus, NJ)
April 13-14: SHIMMER: Women Athletes (Berwyn, IL)
May 4: ICW: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland)
July 6: nCw Femmes Fatales XII (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
- Lee Burton