In a recent interview with Edge, he was asked why so many women are voluntarily choosing to leave WWE. His reply: “I don’t think they get a shot and that’s why most leave. No incentive.”
Now, I was all set to expand on this, but there is the flip side – what about the fortunate ones who do get a shot? Do they seize the opportunity with both hands? Well, one is certainly doing so at the moment, and she seems to be the only one on the main roster taking the her role as a wrestler deadly seriously.
Consider what WWE Divas Champion Eve Torres has been up to in the last week. She was featured in a profile video for American Latino which focuses a large amount of time on the self defence for women programme she offers – something that she believes very passionately about. She teamed up with the Gracie Academy for the Women Empowered DVD set, and has worked hard promoting women being able to take care of themselves in potentially dangerous situations.
The interview also saw Torres justifying her heel character in WWE by saying she is a woman who gets what she wants, and her holding the WWE Divas belt is proof of that. It’s weird logic, but she has a point – it gets around the fact that she is a heel too, even though she is purporting herself to be on the side of the good girls.
It’s been a busy week for Eve – she was also part of a number of WWE names who were part of The Soup, and we have seen reviews which said she did a good job. To hype that appearance, she did an interview with Beneath The Mat, where she wouldn’t comment on whether or not she choked out Matt Hardy in a WWE locker room in the past, but ruled out posing for Playboy, not that Divas are doing that these days anyway.
From there, Torres was part of the party of WWE names who travelled to Iraq to get footage for the Tribute to the Troops special next month, which explains why she was not on Raw last night. This woman is busy, both inside and outside of the ring.
Ah yes, while we’re talking about the wrestling portion of what she does, it’s very clear to see that she is applying herself, and it is showing. Fair enough, her matches are not world beating, but they’re not the overly-choreographed stinkers which unfortunately have become synonymous with Diva matches. For example, her match with Kaitlyn at Survivor Series felt more like a battle of both body and mind, and I hope things carry on in that direction, as it feels more… real, for lack of a better word.
Eve’s PR advantages have been taken advantage of before. At last year’s Royal Rumble, she won the Divas Championship in a 4-way, taking the belt from Natalya just ahead of the media push for WrestleMania XXVIII. At the time, some complained that her winning of the belt was a slap in the face for Natalya, who had only been champion for a couple of months before dropping it (and hasn’t had a sniff of it since). However, for a press conference to hype the company’s biggest event of the show, it makes more sense from a publicity standpoint for Torres to have the belt on her shoulder than Natalya. Honestly, while Natalya may be the more accomplished wrestler, Torres will look better on posters, is better with the media, and has more elements to discuss in her life away from the road. Sorry purists, but this is a business, and when it comes to business, Torres will generate more dollars than Natalya.
As a company employee, Eve is perfect, but said perfection may not be around forever. As mentioned before, Torres trains at the Gracie Academy, where she met her fiance Rener Gracie. A while ago, Dave Meltzer discussed on Wrestling Observer Radio that the Gracie family likes to have BIG families, so Torres may be expected to do the same – and at 28 years old, they may be looking at their watches to see when she will deliver her first child. Clearly, that plan clashes with her work with WWE, so it may come to the point where she may have a decision to make about her future.
When it comes to WWE, there isn’t much left for her to accomplish. 2007 Diva Search winner, three-time and current Divas Champion, Executive Assistant to the General Manager on SmackDown and the top heel in the division – what else is there to do? Honestly, she’s not going to be the next Trish Stratus or Lita, but her accomplishments are certainly very enviable and she has nothing to be ashamed of. Eve owes WWE nothing, and has been the model employee. She would have no regrets if she chooses to walk away and concentrate on her upcoming marriage and prospective family. Swinging it back to what Edge said, it doesn’t ring true for Eve, but it still winds up with the same result – another woman possibly leaving to pursue other opportunities, but Torres would depart as a success story.
Seriously, is Tsukasa Fujimoto wearing some kind of gold-attracting perfume? On Sunday, she and her Muscle Venus tag team partner Hikaru Shida have unified the REINA x World Tag Team Championship and Ice Ribbon International Ribbon Tag Team Championship as we reported yesterday. In that write-up, we also mentioned that Fujimoto and Misaki Ohata were challenging GAMI and Tomoka Nakagawa for the WAVE Tag Team Championship after winning the Dual Shock WAVE Tournament earlier this month.
Judging from the photo, courtesy of Youji Kawauchi, you can guess what happened.
The win means Fujimoto now holds tag team titles with two partners in three different promotions, and in 2012, has won Ice Ribbon’s International Ribbon belts two other times with Tuskushi, the IW19 title, the DDT Ironman Heavymetalweight Championship on three occasions, as well as the gold which she has right now.
Has anyone won more titles in joshi puroresu this year than the 29 year old? Considering we’re finalising our pick for Wrestler of the Year, she has to be on the list of women to consider.
Speaking of which – last week, we threw out a quick message on Twitter and Facebook to see who your personal picks for Discovery, Breakout and Wrestler of the Year, and we thank you for offering your opinions. We also got in touch with a few wrestlers to see what they thought, and they offered up their thoughts too. What is interesting is the range of names which were thrown out there, showing how big a year it has been for women’s wrestling.
We will be announcing the winners in a couple of weeks, with the Wrestler of the Year being named just before Christmas. Who will win? Well, we’ve got about a dozen names for each category, so we’d better start narrowing it down…
Elsewhere on the site, we threw up a bunch of videos which took place around Thanksgivings gone by, footage of Cat Power’s first match since relocating to British Columbia, and a new My Name Is interview with British grappler Pollyanna. Click the links to check them out!
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Kaitlyn (Celeste Bonin) was arrested last Tuesday as she arrived for the SmackDown tapings in Grand Rapids, MI. TMZ reports that it was over an unpaid speeding ticket which she picked up on her last visit to Michigan. She was photographed and released on a $315 bond. In a statement, she said: “During a previous visit to Michigan, I was cited for a traffic violation. I am fully cooperating with authorities to resolve the matter”. Sounds like it shouldn’t affect her negatively in the future. Incidentally, her mugshot looks amazing… Seems that Raquel Diaz (Shaul Guerrero) isn’t coming back to WWE for now… Miss Elizabeth has been named the most beautiful person in WWE history by WWE.com… Rosa Mendes is romantically sniffing around Alberto Del Rio… AJ Lee and John Cena kissed again, but Cena later tweeted that he regretted it… Tamina Snuka squashed Alicia Fox on Raw last night. Snuka is better as a heel, but the reason for her turn (defending Vickie Guerrero against AJ’s aggression) is a little weak. At 34, if she’s going to be a star, it has to happen NOW.
The reason why Mickie James as out of action for more than three months was because of a “large benign mass”, according to the Wrestling Observer. She will face Tara for the Knockouts Title at Final Resolution next month after winning the Knockouts Battle Royale a couple of weeks ago… There has been no follow-up on Tara stealing Gail Kim’s plaque for winning the PWI Female 50 last week… Taeler Hendrix made her first appearance since winning her Gut Check on June 28. She called out Tara, and lost to her. Not sure what it was meant to achieve. Incidentally, Taryn Terrell was the ref for the match and Hendrix was the babyface. Interesting considering their storyline going on in OVW (see the North America section)… Incidentally, Brooke Hogan gave Hendrix a pep talk before her match. Given that Brooke has never wrestled, the words were so hollow that there was an echo to them. It was also hinted by Austin Aries that Brooke and Bully Ray have been bumping uglies too… Eric Young was battered by Aces and Eights while ODB was handcuffed to the ropes. It may be the opportunity to write Young out of TNA until the contract negotiations are sorted or both parties walk away. However, he and ODB still hold the Knockouts Tag Team belts…
Anarchy Championship Wrestling announced the American Joshi Queen of Queens will return on June 23, 2013. No participants have been announced yet… Speaking of ACW, reigning Heavyweight Champion Rachel Summerlyn puts the belt on the line against Portia Perez, Angel Blue, Christina Von Eerie, Jessica James & Athena in a deathmatch on December 16… December 6’s Bombshell Ladies Of Wrestling show has been moved to the SMG Sports Plex on Metuchen, NJ… Taeler Hendrix dumped a bucket of a dog’s deposits over new OVW Women’s Champion Taryn Terrell on last week’s episode following Terrell’s victory over Scarlett Bordeaux. Looks like Hendrix wanted to get the title onto an “easier” opponent to get the title back… Veda Scott and Gregory Iron won the Absolute Intense Wrestling Tag Team Championship from the Batiri at AIW’s Hell On Earth on Saturday. Also on the card, Allysin Kay retained the Women’s Championship by beating KC Warfield with a triangle choke submission… MsChif gained a level of revenge by beating Truth Martini at AAW on Sunday after Martini cost her the SHIMMER Championship at last month’s show in Berwyn, when he misted her during her match against Sweet Saraya… Reby Sky debuts alongside her boyfriend Matt Hardy at Family Wrestling Entertainment on February 16. The promotion seems to be teasing a confrontation with them and FWE’s other couple Maria Kanellis and Mike Bennett, though Sky’s first match in the promotion will be against Ivelisse Velez.
Natsuki*Taiyo and Yoshiko captured the vacant Goddesses of Stardom Stardom Championship on Sunday. They beat Yuhi and former doubles champion Yuzuki Aikawa to advance to the final, then defeated Kairi Hojo & Natsumi Showzuki to capture the straps. With Aikawa holding the Wonder of Stardom belt and Nanae Takahashi as the World of Stardom champ, the four biggest names in the promotion now hold championships… The Wrestling New Classic Women’s Title tournament goes into the second round tomorrow. Kana is the last to advance, defeating Makoto. Tomorrow, the second round gets underway with Jessica Love taking on Syuri, while Nagisa Nozaki wrestles Kana… Leon regained the CMLL-REINA International Championship on Sunday when she beat Amapola by 2 falls to 1.
April Davids has been announced as one of the eight participants in the Preston City Wrestling Road to Glory tournament next February. She is the only woman involved, and says that she hopes she gets to wrestle Arisa Nakajima… The World Association of Women’s Wrestling will be dissolved on December 31 – in its place will be Bellatrix, which is the name that most of the WAWW shows have been named since it relaunched last November. It’s a good business move – it is easier to say than WAWW and is more memorable. Plus, the new logo is great, and will look smooth on t-shirts fliers and the like.
Sexy Star revealed that she was looking forward to returning to Japan to compete in a AAA Reina de Reinas tournament at Pro Wrestling WAVE. She ended up retaining her title by winning the whole shebang… Dark Angel (Sarita) looks to retain the CMLL bodybuilding title on Thursday. She has won it for the last six years. She also admitted to the Miami Herald that you never know who or how many women you will be competing against until the day.
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A video was released yesterday which featured Shazza McKenzie complaining about not getting a shot at the PWWA Interim Championship which Evie currently holds. She aligned herself with Tama Williams, Adam Hoffman and Jack Bonza, who seem to be more interested in playing Hide The Sausage with her.
November 21: Ohio Valley Wrestling (Louisville, KY) – Taeler Hendrix b Heidi Lovelace; Taryn Terrell b Scarlett Bordeaux
November 22: TNA Impact Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Tara b Taeler Hendrix
November 23: UNION (Tokyo, Japan) – Seiya Morohashi & Arisa Nakajima b Hiro Tsumaki & Mio Shirai; Ran Yu Yu b Cherry
November 23: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – Kaori Yoneyama, Hanako Nakamori & Morley b Manami Katsu, Nana Kawase & Rydeen Hagane; KAZUKI b Sachie Abe; Command Bolshoi, Leon, Arisa Nakajima & Ran Yu-Yu b Kayoko Haruyama, Tsubasa Kuragaki, Manami Katsu & Rabbit Mito
November 23: 19 Pro (Saitama, Japan) – Sayaka Obihiro b Fumiko Sato; Hamuko Hoshi v Kumiko Kamata went to a time limit draw; Tsukushi & Kurumi b Risa Sera & Shoko Hotta
November 23: Diana (Kawasaki, Japan) – Sareee b Piyota Mask; Kaoru Ito b Rosa Bonita; Kyoko Inoue b Megumi Yabushita
November 23: Zero 1 Australia (Adelaide, Australia) – Savannah Summers b Jessie McKay
November 23: Scottish Wrestling Alliance (Motherwell, Scotland) – Fiona Fraser b Nikki Storm
November 23: Absolute Intense Wrestling (Cleveland, OH) – Veda Scott & Gregory Iron b Kodama & Obariyon to win the AIW Tag Team Championship; Allysin Kay b KC Warfield
November 24: Capital City Championship Combat (Ottawa, ON, Canada) – Twiggy b Angie Skye
November 24: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Manami Katsu b Risa Sera; Rabbit Mito b Shoko Hotta; Kyoko Kimura & Sayaka Obihiro v Hailey Hatred & Hamuko Hoshi went to a time limit draw; Tsukushi & Kurumi b Hikaru Shida & Maki Narumiya
November 24: AAW (Merrionette Park, IL) – MsChif b Truth Martini
November 24: Future Of Wrestling (Boynton Beach, FL) – Lince Dorado & Justine Silver b Chasyn Rance & Santana Garrett
November 24: Sendai Girls (Niigata, Japan) – Yoshiko b Mayu Iwatani; Eiger b Maiden Name Sakura Hirota; Eiger b Maiden Name Sakura Hirota (again); DASH Chisako & Sendai Sachiko b Mayumi Ozaki & Nana Kawase; Kagetsu & Ayumi Kurihara b Shinobu Kandori & Sareee; Manami Toyota & Meiko Satomura b Aja Kong & Ayako Hamada
November 25: REINA x World (Tokyo, Japan) – Leon b Amapola to win the CMLL-REINA International Championship
November 25: New All Japan Women (Yokohama, Japan) – KAZUKI b Aya Yuki; Tomoka Nakagawa & Ryo Mizunami b Cherry & Shuu Shibutani; Leon b Sachie Abe; Bolshoi Kid & Yuu Yamagata b Takako Inoue & Kayoko Haruyama; Yumiko Hotta & Hiroyo Matsumoto b Megumi Yabushita & Arisa Nakajima
November 25: Ice Ribbon (Nagoya, Japan) – Shoko Hotta b Risa Sera; Mr. 6 b Miyako Matsumoto; Neko Nitta & Shuu Shibutani b Hamuko Hoshi & Sayaka Obihiro; Cherry & Meari Naito b Maki Narumiya & Aki Shizuku; Hikaru Shida & Tsukasa Fujimoto b Neko Nitta & Shuu Shibutani; Tsukushi & Kurumi b Cherry & Meari Naito; Hikaru Shida & Tsukasa Fujimoto b Tsukushi & Kurumi to win the International Ribbon Tag Team Championship
November 25: Stardom (Tokyo, Japan) – Eri Susa & NOZOMI b Io Shirai & Mayu Iwatani; Natsuki*Taiyo & Yoshiko b Yuzuki Aikawa & Yuhi; Kairi Hojo & Natsumi Showzuki v Act Yasukawa & Saki Kashima went to a time limit draw; Nanae Takahashi & Miho Wakizawa b Kyoko Kimura & Christina Von Eerie; Natsuki*Taiyo & Yoshiko b Kairi Hojo & Natsumi Showzuki
November 25: OZ Academy (Matsushita, Japan) – Mayumi Ozaki & Mio Shirai b Manami Toyota & Sawako Shimono; Tsubasa Kuragaki b Nao Komatsu; Aja Kong b Tomoka Nakagawa; AKINO & Ayumi Kurihara b Yumi Ohka & Hiroyo Matsumoto; Chikayo Nagashima & Sonoko Kato b Ran Yu-Yu & Carlos Amano
November 26: WWE Raw (Lafayette, LA) – Tamina Snuka b Alicia Fox
November 26: Wrestling New Classic (Fukuoka, Japan) – AKIRA & Syuri b Tiny Iron & Lin Byron; Kana b Makoto; TAJIRI, Jessica Love & Koji Doi b “DQN” Hajime Ohara, Nagisa Nozaki & Jiro Kuroshio
November 27: Pro Wrestling WAVE/AAA Reina de Reinas (Tokyo, Japan) – Sexi Star b Jennifer Blake; Kaguya b Fabi Apache; Ayako Hamada, CIMA & Bashiko b Pimpinela, Lolita & Fenix; Sexy Star b Kaguya; Tsukasa Fujimoto & Misaki Ohata b GAMI & Tomoka Nakagawa to win the WAVE Tag Team Championship
November 28: Wrestling New Classic (Tokyo, Japan) – Jessica Love v Syuri ; Nagisa Nozaki v Kana
November 30: Resistance Pro (Chicago, IL) – Nikki St John v Melanie Cruise
December 1: Trans-South Wrestling (Union, SC) – D’Arcy Dixon v Fantasia
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 1: Southside Wrestling Entertainment (Huntingdon, England) – Alpha Female v Penelope
December 6: Bombshell Ladies Of Wrestling (Metuchen, 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 7: British Championship Wrestling (Kilmarnock, Scotland) – Red Lightning & Sara-Marie Taylor v Liam Thomson & Carmel Jacob
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: Combat Zone Wrestling (Voorhees, NJ) – Kimber Lee & Drew Gulak v Greg Excellent & Momma Excellent
December 8: Wrestling Is Awesome (Enosburg Falls, NY) – Saturyne v Portia Perez
December 9: TNA Final Resolution (Orlando, FL) – Tara v Mickie James
December 16: Anarchy Championship Wrestling (Austin, TX) – Jessicka Havok v Jaykus Plisken; Rachel Summerlyn v Jessica James v Christina Von Eerie v Athena v Angel Blue v Portia Perez
December 28: Italian Championship Wrestling (Lugano, Switzerland) – Laura Wellings v Lady Lory
January 11: SHINE 6 (Ybor City, FL)
January 26: Zero 1 USA (Mattoon, IL) – Serenity v Angelus Layne
February 2: Pro Wrestling: EVE (Preston, England)
February 16: Family Wrestling Entertainment (Brooklyn, NY) – Maria Kanellis v Angelina Love; Gail Kim v Katerina Leigh; Ivelisse Velez v Reby Sky
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)
June 23: Anarchy Championship Wrestling American Joshi Queen of Queens (Austin, TX)
July 6: nCw Femmes Fatales XII (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
– Lee Burton