So Kaitlyn is finally the WWE Divas Champion. A week shy of five months after (accidentally) winning a battle royal to challenge for the title at Night Of Champions – a shot which never happened after she was written out so Eve Torres could vie for the belt like was originally planned – the NXT Season 3 winner reached the top of the pile, defeating Torres on the 20th anniversary episode of Raw. We’ll get to the new champ in a moment – but firstly, let’s discuss the noise which preceded the match…
Yesterday, PWInsider reported that last night would be Eve’s final match with WWE before leaving the company, and it would be likely that she would be dropping the belt to Kaitlyn, who she has been feuding with since mid-September. As it turns out, that is exactly what happened, though her title loss came a bit earlier than others were expecting. According to the most recent Wrestling Observer Radio, Torres handed in her notice a month ago with the agreement that she would stay on to build up the title feud with Kaitlyn and then drop the belt to her, with the internal expectation being that she would lose the title at the Royal Rumble in two weeks, after a series of matches between the two when Eve would use underhanded tactics to retain the title. Instead, the decision was made for the switch to take place on the milestone Raw – which makes more sense, as it means more viewers would see the change and Kaitlyn’s moment of glory would take place in her home town of Houston, TX. It was a smart move, as the partisan crowd was hotter for the match than it would have likely been compared to the audience at the Rumble in Phoenix, AZ. Besides, fans have been conditioned to a certain extent to not be that bothered about the Divas, so it was unlikely that the match would have generated a massive amount of pay-per-view buys.
Torres’ departure is hardly a surprise. As was pointed out in the November 27, 2012 edition of the Roundup, Eve’s impending nuptials to Rener Gracie would likely cause a shift in priorities in her life. The Gracies tend to like big families, and that means Eve may willingly become a baby factory for a while. In addition, she is forging ahead with her Women Empowered self-defence programme, and has become more enveloped in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu over the years – so much so that she used certain holds in her wrestling repertoire. On top of that, she has mainstream media success by winning NBC’s Stars Earn Stripes show last year – though it was hardly mentioned by WWE, as the show clashed with Raw. As you can see, she has a lot of irons in the fire, and being on the road four days a week with WWE and also being a great media ambassador for the company takes up a lot of her time. Considering she is the only three-time Divas Champion and has worked as both heel and babyface, there isn’t much more for the 28-year old to accomplish. Understandably, it was time to move on, and nobody should hold that against her.
But what sort of legacy will Eve Torres leave? Clearly, she is the top woman in the Divas division, and is a fairly reliable wrestler who can be trusted to go out there and not foul up. However, it’s up for debate as to what sort of mark she will leave. She made her first mark in WWE in October 2007 after entering the Diva Search the previous May, though it took her a while to find a niche, as she was booked in costume contests and bikini face-offs before making her in-ring debut in November 2008, with her first feud being one against Michelle McCool the following year. However, it was another year before she broke out of the shuffle and won the Divas Championship for the first time, beating Maryse for the belt in April 2010. She held the belt for two months but then ended up being the dancing buddy of R-Truth for the rest of the year. As you can tell, for the first three years of her WWE run, there was precious little to talk about.
Things took a turn in January 2011 when she won her second Divas Championship in a four-way at the Royal Rumble before dropping it to Brie Bella in April. From there, Eve sided with Kelly Kelly and was her biggest supporter in her run to the Divas belt, and stood alongside her as they faced the threat of Pin-Up Strong (Beth Phoenix and Natalya) through the rest of the year, receiving a couple of shots at Beth Phoenix for the belt but failed each time.
As with most Divas, Torres had been involved in the past in romance with Chris Masters, but then entered another relationship of sorts with Zack Ryder, with him trying to get with her but things never totally falling into place. In February, she ended up kissing John Cena, signifying the start of a heel turn which saw her humiliated in the ring after admitting that she had been using Ryder and planned to use Cena, though he heard every word. Despite the unpleasant way that she turned heel, she took the bull by the horns and was everywhere in 2012, working as the help for Raw General Manager John Laurinaitis and later SmackDown GM Booker T.
It was the latter executive role which was the reason for her politicking her way into the Night Of Champions match mentioned earlier after Kaitlyn suffered an attack (which we later found out was orchestrated by Eve herself). She ended up facing Layla for the belt and winning the title under the pretence that she was a friend to both women and was being so disingenuous that everyone could tell she was faking it, even though nobody could prove it.
Fending off the challenges of Layla and Kaitlyn, the former’s title challenges dried up, leaving a singles feud which led to last night, where the heel Torres finally got her comeuppance before quitting in a video on WWE’s mobile app.
As pointed out, the first three years of Torres run was pretty bleak until the division thinned out and she subsequently was given more of an opportunity – which she fully seized. However, I doubt she will be remembered as one of the greats. While Ringbelles co-founder Stew Allen is a big fan of hers, this writer could never fully buy into her. Sure, she was better than most of the other Divas, but that is faint praise. For me, Torres’ biggest problem is that I could never connect with her, either as a face or a heel. Don’t get me wrong – she was fine, but she never bowled me over, and this is a feeling which is shared by a number of you reading this.
Earlier today I asked about whether you will miss Eve, and the response was mostly no, with the words ‘overpushed’ and ‘boring’, with another saying that while her skills had improved, it was hard to buy into her character. As a babyface, there was not much to say about Torres – her selling point was that she was attractive and could dance a bit. When she turned heel, she had more scope to play about, but it was still difficult to register any strong emotion for her. Like I say, she was the best all-rounder in the division and a safe hand to hold onto the belt while Kaitlyn improved – which is what happened, as their match last night was their best outing of the lot.
Storyline-wise, the title match last night must have been Kaitlyn’s last chance. After failing to get the job done in the past, there is conceivably only a certain amount of shots that a challenger can have before the feud gets boring, and without some king of development like a title change, this programme was on the verge of getting stale. However, with the 26-year old winning the Divas Championship, it freshens things up… to a certain extent.
No doubt, Kaitlyn having the belt is a great boost for her, but now the question is; how well will she do as champion, given the state of the division she now sits atop of? Had Torres stayed, there may have been enough twists and turns for them to be able to make it to WrestleMania and have a blow-off match there, but with the departure of Eve, that can’t happen. Having Eve there would have also given Kaitlyn more time to settle into the role with a safe pair of hands guiding her along the way. No doubt, Kaitlyn is much better than she was, but she’s not fully there yet – however WWE had little choice but to give her the belt now, as having her lose again would create a stigma over her that she’s a choker, and there was nobody else who was in the position to hold the belt.
Take nothing away from Kaitlyn, she’s worked hard over the last five months both in the ring and in vignettes and promos to make herself as good as possible, and that is to be commended, but she may not be there yet. Hopefully WWE doesn’t pull the plug with her while she is finding her feet, as that will unnecessarily shake her confidence. The next query is who will be her first proper challenger?
Alicia Fox, Rosa Mendes, Aksana, Naomi and Cameron can be eliminated immediately as they are either not over, terrible or both. Natalya seems to be distanced from the ring and when she is there, is a jobber to the stars, while Layla had her chance to be awesome as Divas Champion last year and blew it. If she turns heel, she may have a chance – but as a babyface, she’s a sponge cake with no flavour. That leaves us with Tamina Snuka and AJ Lee.
Snuka would probably be the best choice for a first – and short – programme, as Tamina is alright but nothing spectacular, and having Kaitlyn beat her would be a shot in her arm, as it would be her claiming the scalp of someone who is bigger and of a comparable strength to her. Then Kaitlyn can move on to the logical choice for a long run – her former Chickbusters tag team partner and super-heel AJ Lee.
Kaitlyn is the Divas Champion, while AJ is the most pushed and most over woman on the roster right now. Couple that with their history stemming all the way back to their time on NXT in 2010, with subsequent teaming, arguing, fighting, making up and drifting apart again after AJ’s heel turn, there is plenty there for a video package in the run-up to WrestleMania. Either result would be fine too – if Kaitlyn wins, she gets a major boost by beating the woman who’s been the primary focus of everything in the last 12 months, while if AJ wins, she gets to add the Divas belt to her web of lunacy.
Realistically, this is the best – and only – option. The Divas division is so thin and weak right now that it could be used on one of those creepy pro-ana sites. Should WWE be interested in making the division viable – and the crowd in Houston show that given time, there can be a demand for it – there needs to be an injection of new and fresh faces. There are a few names in NXT that could be used to swell the roster, but it’s unlikely that any of them would be brought in before WrestleMania. For now, the best choice is Kaitlyn v AJ – and that suits me fine.
Which TV show sports a roster of more than 20 women wrestlers, has easy to digest characters and is holding its first tapings in a building with a capacity of 1,700+?
Give up? It’s the rebirth of Women Of Wrestling, and we’re not talking about our podcast.
WOW is the brainchild of Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling creator David McLane. Featuring the same sort of characters who may be two-dimensional but easy to quickly identify with, it produced 24 episodes back in 2000 which were distributed to TV stations around the US, with it seeing particular success in New York and its home city of Los Angeles, CA. Don’t be fooled, it was a successful product, but had trouble surviving in what was a busy market – especially since the WWF was still riding the tidal wave of the popularity in Attitude, with WCW and ECW still floating around. Wrestling was getting to a saturated position, and the investment in advertising wasn’t there for WOW. With a set which looked like the old TNA Impact entrance with the tunnels and ramps, coupled with big lights and pyro, and live, enthusiastic crowds reaching the thousands, Women Of Wrestling had a lot going for it when it comes to a TV product. Hell, it even spawned a pay-per-view in early 2001, but it was a mess, with most of the matches lasting less than 3 minutes and was plagued with production issues. At a time when the WWF was rolling with great PPVs – and with the excellent WrestleMania X-Seven taking shape, it didn’t stand a chance of being a financial success. It seems that when it comes to WOW, the timing was not right. For 11 years, Women Of Wrestling was a memory.
But now, it’s back.
On May 29 last year, McLane and original WOW business partner (and also Los Angeles Lakers Executive Vice President of Business Operations) Jeanie Buss made the announcement that WOW was to return, and in September, announced that it would be distributing the new episodes around the globe. It will also see the return of some of the original WOW roster, including the jailbird team Caged Heat, as well as other names like former WOW Champion Lana Star and Tarzan-esque character Jungle Grrrl. In addition, new names have been recruited and taught from scratch, so this Saturday at the Eastside Cannery Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas, NV will also see the debuts of names like Fire, Frost, Zombie, Sunshine, Taylor Made (no, not that one) and more – having been reportedly trained by former WWF Women’s Champion Leilani Kai. It may also be down to Kai’s recommendations that her former protege Amber O’Neal and fellow Floridian Santana Garrett have also been added to the roster – the only two ‘names’ who have been announced as doing so.
The question is: is there a place for WOW in 2013? It didn’t work in 2000 when wrestling was white-hot, and these days, there are so many TV shows and stations all fighting over advertising revenue – is there enough to sustain WOW? If it is distributed globally, perhaps – however, Wrestlicious had a multi-millionaire as a backer and that only lasted for one season.
In fact, Wrestlicious may be a fair comparison to WOW. The characters are cheesy, and many of the names you hadn’t heard of had been taught from scratch very quickly – and it showed. However, despite having the finances, the TV deal and enough buzz about it, things didn’t work out. Plus, in a world where women’s wrestling is not as niche as it was and promotions like SHIMMER, SHINE, WSU, NCW Femmes Fatales are around – and many promotions also boast healthy women’s divisions – is there a need for Women Of Wrestling? When it was around last time, you couldn’t really watch wrestling anywhere apart from live, on TV or on DVD/videotape. With the development of the Internet and iPPV making things a lot easier for promotions to go worldwide, is it necessary to have TV anymore?
In its defence, WOW has taken advantage of the web to market itself ahead of its relaunch. In the last two months, the promotion has released more than eighty videos on YouTube showing the new faces being recruited – and they seem genuinely excited to be a part of the deal – as well as their development into their new characters – for example, from Taylor into Fire – as well as promos, commercials and announcements from McLane. As well as that, there are promo photos regularly uploaded to its Facebook page, and many of the women already have their own fan profiles. WOW couldn’t do more to have an online presence.
Unfortunately, the Ringbelles coffers are a little dry at the moment so we won’t be at the tapings on Saturday – however, if you’re one of the people who is going, throw us an email to tell us what you think.
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Jimmy Snuka admitted that he was frustrated with how his daughter Tamina was being booked in WWE with the stop-start pushes which seem to plague the Divas division. He also talked to The Score’s Arda Ocal about how he taught Tamina how to do the Superfly Splash… NXT Diva Emma has a bad dancing gimmick. She does it well… WWE has released NXT’s Skyler Moon. She has spent the last few months in rehab for an eating disorder… WWE officials are apparently keen on NXT’s Sasha Banks.
Lords Of Pain reports that former TNA Knockouts Tag Team Champion Sarita’s profile has been removed from their website, leading to suspicions that she is done with the company. She hasn’t wrestled in the promotion since June, and hasn’t been on TV since April. During her absence, she has been wrestling in Mexico for CMLL as Dark Angel, and has also spent some time in Japan wrestling for Stardom. I doubt either side will miss each other… Rosita has also been reported to have gone, but she hasn’t confirmed that yet… Miss Tessmacher and Robbie E kissed after they beat Tara and Jesse Godderz on Impact Wrestling last week. For the uninformed, they are dating in the real… Brooke Hogan accepted Bully Ray’s proposal of marriage, much to Hulk’s chagrin. This storyline has metaphorically cut Bully Ray’s nuts off. For the uninformed, they are not dating in the real… Velvet Sky became the number one contender to the Knockouts Title after winning a 5 woman gauntlet match at Genesis… There may be possibility of a Knockouts-only show as part of the new video-on-demand scheme after pulling back the number of pay-per-views it is running each year from 12 to 4.
Terra Calaway is setting up a scheme called Dropkick Depression after going public about how it has affected her. Good on her for not bottling it up… Rain, Ivelisse Velez, Allysin Kay, Taylor Made and April Hunter aligned at the conclusion of SHINE 6 to form the Valkyrie stable, beating on Amazing Kong to make their presence felt. Elsewhere on the card, Kimberly got her first win in the promotion by beating Leva Bates, and Reby Sky’s boyfriend Matt Hardy threw in the towel for her so she didn’t suffer any more punishment at the hands of Jessicka Havok… Veda Scott will wrestle Niya in the Uncensored Opportunity match at Women Superstars Uncensored’s An Ultraviolent Affair on February 9, with Jana as the special ref. Meanwhile Havok will defend the WSU Championship against Athena… LuFisto and Havok will do double duty on February 9. They will respectively face Mercedes Martinez and an opponent of Havok’s choosing on An Ultraviolent Affair, then face each other at Combat Zone Wrestling’s 14th Anniversary show that evening in the same venue, where LuFi will team with Sami Callihan, while Havok links up with Adam Cole. Also on that card, Christina Von Eerie has challenged MASADA to a deathmatch… Speaking of CZW, apparently Jessie Brooks v Ezavel Suena on Saturday’s show did not go over well… LuFisto successfully defended the NSPW Championship against James Stone on Saturday… Courtney Rush has challenged Addy Starr for the Acclaim Pro Wrestling Women’s Championship after she and Jodi D’Milo beat Starr and Vanessa Kraven… Nicole Matthews celebrated her birthday at Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling with a comedy-style deathmatch with ropes wrapped in streamers and balloon boards replacing barbed-wire boards. Also on the card, Kc Spinelli retained her Women’s Championship by beating Cat Power. Spinelli’s reign dates back to October 2011… In our latest My Name Is… Jewells Malone hyped up that she was taking part in her first deathmatch that night (Sunday) at Deathproof Fight Club. Well, she and Warhead went to a no-contest against Logan Savage and Steve Brown. Malone suffered a “sprained hand and wrist and a lovely fat and cut lip” as part of the proceedings.
The Ice Ribbon ICEx60 Championship has been vacated. Maki Narumiya (who only won the title on December 31) has had to forfeit the belt due to suffering a serious neck injury – she had the belt for just 13 days. A new champion will be crowned as part of a tournament due to conclude on February 27. Meanwhile, a new Triangle Ribbon Champion will be determined on February 11. The bet was declared vacant after a match involving champ Hailey Hatred, Makoto Oishi & Tsukasa Fujimoto on January 5 ended in a time limit draw… Natsuki*Taiyo, Saki Kashima & Act Yasukawa became the first Artist of Stardom Champions (essentially a 6-woman title) by beating Team SHIMMER (Portia Perez, Tomoka Nakagawa and Kellie Skater) in the finals on Sunday. Tsukasa Fujimoto replaced Eri Susa, who is out with pneumonia… Kayoko Haruyama will be Arisa Nakajima’s first challenger to her JWP Openweight Championship after winning a two day tournament.
Phobia – the creepy woman who debuted at Bellatrix 2 last summer – is slated to appear at Extreme World Wrestling’s show in Hastings, England on March 2… The first round of the Pro Wrestling: EVE Tag Team Title tournament will place on February 2 with Ama-Reilly (Rhia O’Reilly & Amazon Ayesha Ray), She-X (Viper & Bete Noire), The Owens Twins (Kasey & Leah) and The Glamour Gym (Carmel Jacob & Sara-Marie Taylor) taking part. Also announced is new team The Lovely Peppers, comprised of Kirsty Love & Polly Peppers (AKA Pollyanna). Emi Sakura v Nikki Storm for the EVE Championship has also been confirmed, and Kay Lee Ray will face Blue Nikita… Becky Mason is accepting bookings from March onwards. She’s been out for a few months after breaking her wrist… April Davids, Shanna, Violet Vendetta and Becky Mason have been added to the HXC Wrestling roster, joining Holly Rocamora. It lands in the spring… Insane Championship Wrestling has booked a 6-way scramble elimination match for February 17 featuring Fiona Fraser, Nikki Storm, April Davids, Kirsty Loveign (Kirsty Love) and Leah & Kasey Owens… Rebecca Knox and Katey Harvey will face each other in a mixed tag team match at Fight Factory Pro Wrestling on January 25. Both need to find male partners.
The scheduled Marcela/Princesa Blanca match on Sunday for the CMLL World Women’s Championship never happened because Blanca had the flu. Princesa Sugheit took her place and Marcela beat her to retain her title.
Australia & New Zealand
Madison Eagles made her comeback from her massive knee injury on Saturday night (after admitting how nervous she was about the match), losing alongside Mick Moretti to Ryan Eagles and Jessie McKay. On the same card, Evie retained her PWWA Interim Championship by beating Shazza McKenzie… Kellyanne English is booked for the Hart Legacy Wrestling Resurrection show in Calgary, AL, Canada on Friday.
January 6: Super X (Mexico City, Mexico) – Taya Valkyrie b Fabi Apache via count out
January 10: TNA Impact Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Robbie E & Miss Tessmacher b Tara & Jesse Godderz
January 10: International Wrestling Revolution Group (Naucalpan, Mexico) – Black Fury & Cristal b Amazona & La Jarochita
January 10: Diana (Kitazawa, Japan) – Kyoko Inoue & Sareee b Kaori Yoneyama & Yuiga; Keiko Aono & Mask de Sun b Jenny Rose & Hailey Hatred; Kaoru Ito & Tomoko Watanabe b Jaguar Yokota & Megumi Yabushita; Yumiko Hotta & Hamuko Hoshi b Manami Toyota & Mima Shimoda
January 10: WWE NXT (Winter Park, FL) – Natalya b Emma; Sasha Banks b Alicia Fox; Paige b Aksana;
January 11: WWE SmackDown (Miami, FL) – AJ Lee & Dolph Ziggler b Natalya & The Great Khali
January 11: WWE (Austin, TX) – Kaitlyn b Tamina Snuka
January 11: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Estrellita, Luna Mágica & Silueta b Amapola, Tiffany & Zeuxis
January 11: SHINE 6 (Ybor City, FL) – Mia Yim b Tina San Antonio; Santana Garrett b Leah Von Dutch; Nikki Roxx b Kimber Lee; MsChif & Christina Von Eerie b Allysin Kay & Taylor Made; Ivelisse Velez b Su Yung; Jessicka Havok b Reby Sky; Kimberly b Leva Bates; Mercedes Martinez b Amazing Kong
January 12: Pro Wrestling Alliance (Toukley, Australia) – Evie b Shazza McKenzie; Jessie McKay & Ryan Eagles b Mick Moretti & Madison Eagles
January 12: Acclaim Pro Wrestling (Greely, ON, Canada) – Courtney Rush & Jody D’Milo b Vanessa Kraven & Addy Starr
January 12: North Shore Pro Wrestling (Quebec City, Quebec) – LuFisto b James Stone
January 12: Combat Zone Wrestling (Voorhees, NJ) – Ezavel Suena b Jessie Brooks
January 12: Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling (Vancouver, BC, Canada) – Nicole Matthews & Ravenous Randy v Artemis Spencer & Tony Baroni went to a no contest; Kc Spinelli b Cat Power
January 12: WWE (Alexandria, LA) – Alicia Fox b Aksana
January 12: WWE (Laredo, TX) – Kaitlyn b Tamina Snuka
January 12: Metroplex Wrestling (Bedford, TX) – Athena b Livi La Vida Loca
January 12: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Tsukasa Fujimoto b Rutsuko Yamaguchi; Hamuko Hoshi b Risa Sera; Gabaijii-chan b Miyako Matsumoto; Hailey Hatred & Kurumi b Hikaru Shida & Tsukushi
January 13: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – Arisa Nakajima & Kay Lee Ray b Kaori Yoneyama & Sareee; Kayoko Haruyama b KAZUKI; Command Bolshoi b Reideen Hagane; Sachie Abe b Rabbit Miu; Arisa Nakajima & Kay Lee Ray b Kaori Yoneyama & Sareee; Manami Katsu b Nana Kawasa; Leon b Tsubasa Kuragaki; Morii b Hanako Nakamori
January 13: OZ Academy (Tokyo, Japan) – Yumi Ohka b Sonoko Kato; Manami Toyota & Ayumi Kurihara b Carlos Amano & Tsubasa Kuragaki; Tomoka Nakagawa & Hiroyo Matsumoto b Aja Kong & Hikaru Shida; Mayumi Ozaki & Ayako Hamada b Dynamite Kansai & AKINO; Chikayo Nagashima b Mio Shirai
January 13: Deathproof Fight Club (Toronto, ON, Canada) – Jodi DiMilo & Kaetlin Diemond b Psycho Mike Rollins; Warhead Chad & Jewells Malone v Logan Savage & Steve Brown went to a no-contest
January 13: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Marcela b Princesa Sugheit
January 13: I Believe In Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Santana Garrett b Jusine Silver & Wayne Van Dyke in a 3-way
January 13: Alpha Omega Wrestling (Indio, CA) – Terra Calaway b Tab Jackson & Andrea The Giant in a 3-way
January 13: TNA Genesis (Orlando, FL) – Velvet Sky b Gail Kim, ODB, Miss Tessmacher & Mickie James in a gauntlet match
January 14: Stardom (Tokyo, Japan) – Natsuki*Taiyo, Saki Kashima & Act Yasukawa b Miho Wakizawa, Yui Yokoo & Tsukasa Fujimoto; Tomoka Nakagawa, Portia Perez & Kellie Skater b Io Shirai, Mayu Iwatani & Natsumi Showzuki; Hailey Hatred b Yuhi; Yoshiko v Hiroyo Matsumoto went to a time limit draw; Yuzuki Aikawa b Kairi Hojo; Natsuki*Taiyo, Saki Kashima & Act Yasukawa b Tomoka Nakagawa, Portia Perez & Kellie Skater; Nanae Takahashi b Kyoko Kimura
January 14: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – Tsubasa Kuragaki b KAZUKI; Rabbit Miu b Reideen Hagane & Nana Kawasa in a 3-way; Manami Katsu b Morii; Kayoko Haruyama b Command Bolshoi; Leon b Manami Katsu; Kayoko Haruyama b Sachie Abe; Kaori Yoneyama & Hanako Nakamori b Arisa Nakajima & Kay Lee Ray; Kayoko Haruyama b Leon
January 14: Union (Tokyo, Japan) – Mio Shirai & Yuko Miyamoto b Cherry & Masako Takanashi
January 14: WWE Raw (Houston, TX) – Kaitlyn b Eve Torres to win the WWE Divas Championship
January 18: Preston City Wrestling (Preston, England) – Carmel Jacob v Mad Man Manson
January 19: Resistance Pro (Merrionette Park, IL) – Melanie Cruise v Amazing Kong
January 19: AIWF Mid-Atlantic (Mt Airy, NC) – Mia Svensson v Lei’D Tapa
January 19: Pro Wrestling Alliance (Casula, Australia) – Evie & Jessie McKay v Madison Eagles & Shazza McKenzie
January 19: Rad Pro Wrestling (South Shields, England) – Frankie Sloan & Nikki Storm v Rubix Roach & Kirsty Love; Jainus Centurion & Kay Lee Ray v Sam Adonis & Rhia O’Reilly; Carbon v Viper; Pollyanna v Freya Frenzy
January 20: Anarchy Championship Wrestling (Austin, TX) – Rachel Summerlyn v Darin Childs
January 25: Fight Factory Pro Wrestling (Wiklow Town, Ireland) – Katey Harvey & TBC v Rebecca Knox & TBC
January 26: Scottish Wrestling Entertainment (Dundee, Scotland) – Sammii Jayne v Viper
January 26: Zero 1 USA (Mattoon, IL) – Serenity v Angelus Layne
January 27: Wrestling Is Respect (Boonton, NJ) – Saturyne v Veda Scott; Angel Orsini v Kimber Lee
January 27: Dramatic Dream Team (Tokyo, Japan) – Sanshiro Takagi & Yuzuki Aikawa v Danshoku Dino & Yoshiko
February 1: Preston City Wrestling (Preston, England) – April Davids v Bubblegum
February 1: Florida Underground Wrestling (West Palm Beach, FL) – Justine Silver v Santana Garrett
February 2: Pro Wrestling: EVE (Preston, England) – Emi Sakura v Nikki Storm; Kay Lee Ray v Blue Nikita; Viper & Bete Noire v Rhia O’Reilly & Amazon Ayesha Ray
February 2: American States Wrestling Alliance (Mansfield, OH) – Sassy Stephie v Ryley Rage
February 2: Destination 1 Wrestling (Charlestown, IN) – Kimber Lee v Crazy Mary Dobson
February 3: Alternative Wrestling World (Wolverhampton, England) – Kay Lee Ray v Shanna
February 8: F.I.G.H.T. (Shepherdstown, WV) – Kimber Lee v Jessie Kaye
February 9: Women Superstars Uncensored (Voorhees, NJ) – LuFisto v Mercedes Martinez; Annie Social & Kimber Lee v Allysin Kay & Sassy Stephie; Jessicka Havok v Athena
February 9: Combat Zone Wrestling (Voorhees, NJ) – LuFisto & Sami Callihan v Jessicka Havok & Adam Cole; Greg Excellent v Chrissy Rivera; Christina Von Eerie v MASADA
February 9: Bombshell Ladies Of Wrestling (Metuchen, NJ) – Sumie Sakai v Katarina Leigh; Sienna Duvall v Missy Sampson; Amazing Kong v Amy Lee; Shelly Martinez v Amber O’Neal; Niki Nitro v Silvie Silver; Santana Garrett v Mia Yim; Miss Adiva v Becky Bayless; Mia Svensson v Tracy Taylor v La Rosa Negra; Niya v Veda Scott
February 16: Pro Wrestling Elite (Ayr, Scotland) – Nikki Storm v Kay Lee Ray v Carmel Jacob
February 16: Family Wrestling Entertainment (Brooklyn, NY) – Maria Kanellis v Angelina Love; Gail Kim v Katerina Leigh; Ivelisse Velez v Reby Sky
February 17: Insane Championship Wrestling (Edinburgh, Scotland) – Bete Noire v Viper; Mikey Whiplash & Carmel Jacob v Jack Jester & Kay Lee Ray; Fiona Fraser v Nikki Storm v April Davids v Kirsty Love v Leah Owens v Kasey Owens
February 22: SHINE 7 (Ybor City, FL)
February 22: Charity Appeal Wrestling Shows (Luton, England) – Dragonita v Alpha Female
February 23: Pro Wrestling: EVE (Sudbury, England)
March 1: Absolute Intense Wrestling Girls Night Out 8 (Cleveland, OH)
March 2: Extreme World Wrestling (Hastings, England) – Skarlett v Phillip Bateman
March 30: nCw Femmes Fatales XI (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) – Kalamity v Mercedes Martinez; Cheerleader Melissa v Jessicka Havok; LuFisto v Sweet Saraya
April 6: SHIMMER: Women Athletes (Secaucus, NJ) – Sweet Saraya v Cheerleader Melissa; Athena v Ayako Hamada
April 13-14: SHIMMER: Women Athletes (Berwyn, IL)
April 27: Remix Pro Wrestling (Marietta, OH) – Sassy Stephie v Christina Von Eerie
May 4: ICW: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland)
May 25: Pro Wrestling: EVE Queen of the Ring (Nottingham, England)
June 23: Anarchy Championship Wrestling American Joshi Queen of Queens (Austin, TX)
July 6: nCw Femmes Fatales XII (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
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