Allysin Kay, Santana Garrett, Ryo Mizunami, Heidi Lovelace, Thunderkitty, Su Yung, Shazza McKenzie, Angelus Layne, Sweet Cherrie, Mary Lee Rose, Deziree, Missy, Medianne, Xandra Bale, Leah Von Dutch, Jewells Malone, Serphentina, Angie Skye & Pink Flash Kira all share a common thread with me in relation to all the wrestling I’ve seen in the last few weeks – seven shows since October 26, and two more to come this weekend, where I can add Kaori Yoneyama and Angelina Love to that list. They are all wrestlers who I have seen live for the first time, and I think that’s a massively important thing to be excited about.
While at SHIMMER, the discussion took place about Lexie Fyfe’s announcement as part of the heel team for the elimination match which headlined volume 50, with the assertion that if you merely read the results, or even saw it on DVD, it would not generate the same reaction or experience as watching it live. At the Berwyn Eagles Club, RPM by Sugar Ray hit and there was a wave of excitement as the recognition sunk into fans’ heads, realising that Fyfe would be wrestling her first SHIMMER match since May 3, 2009, where she and Malia Hosaka fell to Ariel and Nikki Roxx. It was a nice throwback to a previous generation, and provided a lovely nostalgic feeling. Had you just seen the result on paper, or knowing that it was going to happen, it may not have garnered the same buzz.
Similarly, you can watch matches of wrestlers on TV, DVD or online and have an idea of what someone is like, but in the flesh, there are certain intangibles that you can only see in person – stuff that you can’t convey on a screen.
For example, while I struggled to generate any sort of emotion for some of the aforementioned names, I ended up really like Skye, Von Dutch and Garrett following this mammoth transatlantic trip. Others like McKenzie, Kay and Mizunami were already in the thumbs-up territory, while others in the list did enough to make me want to see them wrestle live again, though a few didn’t do anything for me. That’s just the way it is sometimes though – not everyone is going to flick your switch.
iPPV has become a growing phenomenon over the past couple of years, and it has been a real boost for promotions like Women Superstars Uncensored and SHINE to help get their brand out there. However, while it is nice to be able to sit in your living room or bedroom and watch your favourites wrestle, as far as I am concerned there is no experience like seeing a show live and in person. You pick up on subtleties that you may miss if you’re watching it through the lens of a camera, and in some cases, the quality of a match can be lost – for example, old WSU iPPVs sometimes didn’t convey how good a match was, even though the audience came away saying they adored it.
Besides, there is something to be said for getting into your car, on a bus or a train – or a plane, in those exceptional circumstances – and making your way to a building for a wrestling show. That sort of investment into the product really pays dividends when you walk away with that adrenaline rush that wrestling provides. Sure, it can also mean that you may leave disappointed, but that’s the chance you take, and if you don’t like it, at least you can say that you gave it a fighting chance.
If you’re going to be a bear, be a grizzly. Hedging your bets and saying that you’ll wait for the results to decide whether you’ll buy an iPPV replay or DVD isn’t the same as getting out there and watching live wrestling around other enthusiastic fans. Fair enough – if you can’t make it to the show and there is an iPPV offering, go for it, as the investment into the promotion helps, and means that the money can be reinvested into honing the product to make it even better. However, nothing beats that feeling of seeing something play out right in front of you. Nothing beats the feeling of a heart-stopping near-fall, a great counter hold or someone flying through the sky and throwing caution to the wind. Nothing beats that.
Yes, this may be a slightly schmaltzy top story for a Roundup – couple with the fact that this writer is currently floating with a supreme amount of jetlag – but after watching four SHIMMER DVD tapings, two from nCw Femmes Fatales and one from AAW, you can’t help but be on a high.
If you’re interested in seeing some women’s wrestling action, head to the Upcoming section of the Roundup and see if there are any shows taking place near you. If there is, go, check it out and show your support.
Speaking of Femmes Fatales, the tenth edition of its DVD series saw possibly its most dramatic match in its history, with LuFisto and Mercedes Martinez settling their differences which started in June inside a steel cage as part of the main event of the second taping of the evening.
In a heated and heavy-hitting affair, the pair beat each other black and blue… and red, as LuFisto left the match bleeding from a cut on her forehead. While the cage was used sparingly, when it was used it added to the drama, as you didn’t end up feeling saturated by them throwing each other into the steel mesh. The finish came from a Martinez Fisherman Buster from the top rope, with Mercedes draping an arm over LuFisto for the win.
However, the drama did not end there.
SHIMMER Champion Sweet Saraya Knight made it perfectly clear that she was coming for LuFisto. In the first taping, she came out to applaud the Montreal native following her victory over Hiroyo Matsumoto, and said that even though their paths wouldn’t cross in the ring on this trip, it didn’t mean that she would not make her presence felt.
She certainly did that when she battered LuFisto’s protege Mary Lee Rose before being disqualified, and then calling out fellow protege Sweet Cherrie, who also won via DQ but like Rose, took a huge beating in the process. Knight also laid out three men around the ringside area, as her reign of terror officially landed in Canada.
After the main event, Saraya got into the cage, chained it shut and proceeded to attack the defeated LuFisto, with Martinez cutting off Kalamity as she climbed in to make the save. Though the two heels escaped after Cheerleader Melissa and Courtney Rush hit the ring, the damage had been done, and it seemed that Mercedes and the SHIMMER titleholder were looking to take out Quebec’s best – with Saraya going after the Super Hardcore Anime, and the Latina Sensation focussed on Femmes Fatales International Champion The Oncoming Storm.
Elsewhere on the card, Courtney Rush got another big win over a joshi by beating Ryo Mizunami, while Cherry Bomb and Hiroyo Matsumoto had arguably the best match of the night that didn’t involve a steel cage. Kellie Skater and Athena were unsuccessful in wresting the International Championship from Kalamity, Kath Von Goth and Mademoiselle Rachelle showed they were great managers with their antics at ringside, and the debuting X-Cute Sweet made a huge name for herself by going toe to toe with Athena in the 4-way on taping one, and then beating Sassy Stephie on the second.
Once we’re over our travel fatigue, we’ll have full thoughts on Femmes Fatales X, but you can see all the results and photos from the show by clicking here.
Elsewhere on the website this week, we have a new blog from Nikki Storm about her challenge to Alpha Female for the Pro Wrestling: EVE Championship on Saturday, footage of Ryo Mizunami, and we get to know Australia wrestler Kellyanne English a bit better. Click the links to check them out.
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Beth Phoenix has revealed that the reason she decided to leave WWE was personal, tweeting that “My family waited patiently for 10 years while I chased my dreams.I decided it was time to come home to put family first”. She reportedly left the company on good terms… Reports suggest that WWE brass is impressed with how much improvement Charlotte (Ric Flair’s daughter Ashley) has had on the microphone already… Lilian Garcia is dealing with head, neck and back trouble following being hit by a car a week and a half ago in Los Angeles. She also publicly endorsed Linda McMahon for senator on Tuesday – a similar thing saw Abraham Washington get future endeavoured… WWE’s European tour saw Eve Torres win 3-way matches over Layla and AJ Lee on the Raw shows, while on the SmackDown side, Kaitlyn went over Natalya… Speaking of AJ, her alleged affair with John Cena continued on Raw with more circumstantial “footage”.
Tara’s new beau Jessie Godderz defeated ODB on Impact Wrestling last Thursday. ODB was unhappy that her husband and Knockouts Tag Team Championship partner Eric Young wasn’t there to support her. Meanwhile, Young has tweeted that his upcoming shows with TNA may be his last, as contract negotiations aren’t going well. That could see the tag straps being vacated… The interactions between Tara and Jesse are mildly nauseating. That’s good… Christina Crawford, the sister of Alicia Fox and wrestled in WWE developmental under the name of Caylee Turner, wrestled a dark match after Impact against Tara… Taryn Terrell was an unannounced special guest ref for the three-way between Heidi Lovelace, Taeler Hendrix and Josette Bynum in Ohio Valley Wrestling on Saturday.
Ivelisse Velez, Nikki St John, Athena, Niya & Marti Belle will all debut for SHINE 5 on November 16… Former WWE Diva Amy Weber had her laptop stolen from her car, which had nude photos on it which were for a Playboy shoot that never made it to print – so she’s releasing the photos for free so whoever took the computer can’t sell them for a profit… The appearance of Barbie “Kelly Kelly” Blank at Northeast Wrestling last weekend was cancelled due to the effects of Superstorm Sandy. She’s also recently had an MRI on her neck, which may explain why she wasn’t keen on continuing a wrestling career… Allysin Kay made her Ring Of Honor debut on Saturday, falling to MsChif in the opening match of the tapings. On the same day, Jessicka Havok fell to Reby Sky at Crossfire, which explains why neither were at Femmes Fatales X.
Sad news coming out of Stardom – Yoko Bito has elected to retire. She made the decision last Wednesday after being out since August with a neck injury which caused she and Yuzuki Aikawa to forfiet the Goddesses Of Stardom Championships… Speaking of Aikawa, she celebrated her 2nd anniversary in wrestling on Saturday, and wore the same gear which she wore for her debut… Gatoh Move’s first show in a proper ring on Sunday saw Emi Sakura beat the wrestler formerly known as Riho. She has changed her name – in a fashion – so while she is still known as “Riho”, the spelling in kanji has changed… Considering both championships are held by women in their promotion, Ice Ribbon is planning to unify the International Ribbon and REINA x World Tag Titles as part of a tournament. Tsukushi & Kurumi hold the Ice Ribbon titles, while Tsukasa Fujimoto & Hikaru Shida have the REINA straps.
Kay Lee Ray defeated Carmel Jacob on Wednesday in a no-DQ match at PCW with a Swanton through an ironing board. KLR is certainly a daredevil… Speaking of Ray, her match against Emi Sakura at Pro Wrestling: EVE’s Wrestle Fever show on Saturday will be for Sakura’s newly won JWP Openweight Championship… Taylor Wilde will not appear at EVE on Saturday as planned, though her appearance has been rescheduled for the promotion’s show on February 23… Don’t forget, the World Association Of Women’s Wrestling is holding a show in Norwich on Friday with free admission, so in theory, you could make it a double header of women’s wrestling shows with the EVE card following on Saturday… Carmel Jacob attacked April Davids at ICW on Sunday, giving Davids a DQ win over Kay Lee Ray. ICW is now debating whether Jacob should be allowed to take part in the upcoming Women’s Championship tournament.
Australia & New Zealand
Madison Eagles tweeted at the end of last week that she is looking to get back into wrestling at the end on this year following 14 months out with a knee injury. This was spiced up with a line on her official PWA profile page, which says “Madison will be competing in a title unification match in early 2013 when she puts the PWWA Championship up against current PWWA Interim champion Evie”… Kellie Skater, Eliza Sway and Siren Monroe are featured in the Aussie version of Cleo Magazine.
October 28: Smash Wrestling (Toronto, ON, Canada) – Vanessa Kraven b Leah Von Dutch
October 28: Empire Wrestling Federation (Riverside, CA) – Hudson Envy b Tab Jackson
October 28: REINA x World (Tokyo, Japan) – Mayumi Hashiba v Micro went to a time limit draw; Bambi b Charlie Simone Aussie; Aki Kambayashi & Mini Tomato b Mia Yim & Alex Lee; La Malcriada won a battle royal
October 29: Premier Promotions (Worthing, England) – Erin Angel b Destiny
October 29: Gatoh Move (Ichigaya, Japan) – Morii & Hanako Nakamori b Taro Yamada; Emi Sakura & Masa Takanashi b Kaori Yoneyama & Riho
October 31: Preston City Wrestling (Preston, England) – Kay Lee Ray b Carmel Jacob
October 31: Diana (Kitazawa, Japan) – Piyota Mask b Yuiga; Jaguar Yokota b Jenny Rose; Yumiko Hotta & Mask de Sun b Kaoru Ito & Sareee; Keiko Aono b Kyoko Inoue
October 31: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Tsukushi & Kurumi b Hailey Hatred & Sayaka Obihiro; Tsukasa Fujimoto b Akiko Hotta; Hamuko Hoshi b Miyako Matsumoto; Neko Nitta & Aki Shizuku b Hikaru Shida & Maki Narumiya
October 31: LEGEND (Tlalnepantla, Mexico) – Big Mama b Taya Valkyire
October 31: WWE (Strasbourg, France) – Eve Torres b AJ Lee & Layla in a 3-way
November 1: WWE (Nantes, France) – Eve Torres b AJ Lee & Layla in a 3-way
November 1: WWE (Lyon, France) – Kaitlyn b Natalya
November 1: TNA Impact Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Jesse Godderz b ODB
November 1: New Zealand Wide Pro Wrestling (Taita, New Zealand) – Lolli Lane b Scarlett
November 2: New England Championship Wrestling (Randolph, MA) – Luscious Latasha b Mistress Belmont
November 2: WWE (Hamburg, Germany) – Kaitlyn b Natalya
November 2: WWE (Newcastle, England) – Eve Torres b AJ Lee & Layla in a 3-way
November 2: NWA Australian Wrestling Alliance (Brisbane, Australia) – Baby Devine b Storm
November 2: TNA (Hidalgo, TX) – Tara b ODB
November 2: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – La Comandante, Princesa Blanca & Princesa Sugheit b Dark Angel, Estrellita & Luna Mágica
November 2: I Believe In Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Santana Garrett b Brandon Scherer
November 3: WWE (Manchester, England) – Eve Torres b AJ Lee & Layla in a 3-way
November 3: WWE (Leipzig, Germany) – Kaitlyn b Natalya
November 3: Crossfire Entertainment (Nashville, TN) – Reby Sky b Jessicka Havok
November 3: Pride Wrestling (Glasgow, Scotland) – Nikki Storm b April Davids
November 3: Vintage Wrestling (Sanford, FL) – La Rosa Negra b Leva Bates
November 3: East Coast Wrestling Association (Newark, DE) – Tina San Antonio b Sienna DuVall
November 3: Premier British Wrestling (Irvine, Scotland) – Carmel Jacob & Liam Thomson b Kay Lee Ray & El Ligero
November 3: Ohio Valley Wrestling (Louisville, KY) – Heidi Lovelace b Taeler Hendrix & Josette Bynum in a 3-way
November 3: AAA (Arena Neza, Mexico) – Gran Apache, Mari Apache & Taya Valkyrie b Cuervo, Fabi Apache & Lolita
November 3: Stardom (Tokyo, Japan) – Mayu Iwatani b Kairi Hojo; Miho Wakizawa b Natsumi Showzuki; Natsuki*Taiyo & Yoshiko b Eri Susa & NOZOMI; Kyoko Kimura & Christina Von Eerie b Act Yasukawa & Saki Kashima; Yuzuki Aikawa & Io Shirai b Nanae Takahashi & Yuusaku
November 3: Real Championship Wrestling (Baltimore, MD) – Jazz b Kimber Lee
November 3: Ring Of Honor (Belle Vernon, PA) – MsChif b Allysin Kay
November 3: nCw Femmes Fatales X (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) – Serphentina b Jewells Malone; Sweet Cherrie b Cherry Bomb; Sassy Stephie b Mary Lee Rose; She Nay Nay & Deziree b Missy & Medianne; LuFisto b Hiroyo Matsumoto; Sweet Saraya b Cat Power; Ryo Mizunami b Leah Von Dutch & Xandra Bale in a 3-way; Courtney Rush b Portia Perez; Athena b X-Cute Sweet, Cheerleader Melissa & Angie Skye in a 4-way; Mercedes Martinez b Pink Flash Kira; Kalamity b Kellie Skater; X-Cute Sweet b Sassy Stephie; Pink Flash Kira b Portia Perez; Missy, Leah Von Dutch & Xandra Bale b She Nay Nay, Deziree & Medianne; Mary Lee Rose b Sweet Saraya; Sweet Cherrie b Sweet Saraya; Hiroyo Matsumoto b Cherry Bomb; Kellie Skater b Cat Power; Courtney Rush b Ryo Mizunami; Cheerleader Melissa b Angie Skye; Kalamity b Athena; Mercedes Martinez b LuFisto
November 4: Dramatic Dream Team (Fukushima, Japan) – Cherry defeated Hiroshi Fukuda & DJ Nira in a 3-way
November 4: Gatoh Move (Itabashi, Japan) – Morley b Sareee; Hailey Hatred b NOZOMI; Kaori Yoneyama beat Rubber Man; Nanae Takahashi b Hanako Nakamori; Kaori Yoneyama, Takeshi Minamino & Kouzy b Kazuhiro Tamura, Chou-un Shiryu & Taro Yamada; Emi Sakura beat Riho
November 4: Insane Championship Wrestling (Glasgow, Scotland) – April Davids b Kay Lee Ray
November 4: WWE (Nottingham, England) – Eve Torres b AJ Lee & Layla in a 3-way
November 4: WWE (London, England) – Kaitlyn b Natalya
November 4: Rampage Pro Wrestling (Warner Robins, GA) – Pandora b Nina Monet
November 4: Akinokurigohan Box Office (Tokyo, Japan) – GAMI b Mika Iida; Hailey Hatred & Tomoka Nakagawa b noki-A & A☆YU☆MI; Mio Shirai b Shuu Shibutani and Chikayo Nagashima in a 3-way; Sonoko Kato b Ray; AKINO, Ayumi Kurihara & Mika Iida b Aja Kong, Ran Yu Yu & Sawako Shimono
November 4: WAVE (Tokyo, Japan) – Sawako Shimono b Kyusei Sakura Hirota and Yuu Yamagata in a 3-way; Ayumi Kurihara b Aya Yuuki; Yumi Ohka v Ran Yu Yu went to a time limit draw; Mio Shirai b Misaki Ohata; Shuu Shibutani & Syuri b Moeka Haruhi & Makoto; GAMI & Tomoka Nakagawa v Ayako Hamada & Kana went to a time limit draw
November 4: JWP (Itabashi, Japan) – Manami Katsu & Sareee b Rabbit Miu & Nana Kawasa; Tsubasa Kuragaki b Reideen Hagane; Morii & Hanako Nakamori b Sachie Abe & KAZUKI; Kayoko Haruyama b Command Bolshoi; Leon & Arisa Nakajima b Emi Sakura & Kaori Yoneyama
November 5: WWE Raw (Birmingham, England) – Layla & Kaitlyn b Aksana & Eve Torres
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; Kay Lee Ray v Emi Sakura; Kaori Yoneyama & April Davids v Hannah & Holly Blossom; Amazon Ayesha Ray & Rhia O’Reilly v Kasey & Leah Owens v TBA
November 10: Renegade Wrestling Alliance (West Newton, PA) – Sassy Stephie v D’Arcy Dixon
November 10: Europe Catch Tour Association (Hersin-Coupigny, France) – Lady Lory & Destiny v Liberty & Penelope
November 10: NWA Warriors Of Wrestling (Union City, TN) – Miss Natural v Su Yung v Jazz
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 11: CHIKARA (Cleveland, OH) – Saturyne v Mark Angelosetti
November 16: SHINE 5 (Ybor City, FL)
November 17: Squared Circle Wrestling (Vaughan, ON, Canada) – Gabriella Vanderpool v Crissy Reid
November 17: NWA Coastal (Bayville, NJ) – La Rosa Negra v Kacee Carlisle
November 18: CHIKARA (Manhattan, NY) – Saturyne v Icarus
November 23: Absolute Intense Wrestling (Cleveland, OH) – Allysin Kay v KC Warfield
November 23: Zero 1 Australia (Adelaide, Australia) – Jessie McKay v Savannah Summers
November 23: Scottish Wrestling Alliance (Motherwell, Scotland) – Fiona Fraser v Nikki Storm
November 30: Resistance Pro (Chicago, IL) – Nikki St John v Melanie Cruise
December 1: Utah Championship Wrestling (Salt Lake City, UT) – La Rosa Negra v Santana Garrett
December 1: International Pro Wrestling: UK (Swanley, England) – Amazon Ayesha Ray v Sakura Lily
December 6: Bombshell Ladies Of Wrestling (Rahway, NJ) – Christina Von Eerie v Annie Social; Veda Scott 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; Kimber Lee v Silvie Silver
December 7: St Louis Anarchy (Alton, IL) – Angelus Layne v Rachel Summerlyn
December 8: Rad Pro Wrestling (South Shields, England) – James Centurion & Kay Lee Ray v Vulture & Viper; Jonny Storm & Freya Frenzy v Max Heat & Rhia O’Reilly; Rabbit & Alpha Female v April Davids & Rubix Roach; Frankie Sloan & Nikki Storm v Scott Renwick & Amazon Ayesha Ray
December 8: Wrestling Is Awesome (Enosburg Falls, NY) – Saturyne v Portia Perez
December 16: Anarchy Championship Wrestling (Austin, TX) – Jessicka Havok v Jaykus Plisken
February 2: Pro Wrestling: EVE (Preston, England)
January 11: SHINE 6 (Ybor City, FL)
February 16: Family Wrestling Entertainment (Brooklyn, NY) – Maria Kanellis v Angelina Love; Gail Kim v Katerina Leigh
March 30: nCw Femmes Fatales XI (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
April 6: SHIMMER: Women Athletes (Secaucus, NJ) – Sweet Saraya v Cheerleader Melissa; Athena v Ayako Hamada
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