There is never a good time to sustain an injury – but for Courtney Rush, the timing of her current ailment has to feel horrendous for her.
Tweeting yesterday, she said: “I don’t know how to say this so I’ll just spit it out: last night I broke my collarbone & will be out of wrestling for the rest of the year. The past 24 hours have been the most frustrating and heartbreaking I have experienced in a very long time. But I must remain positive. A thousand thanks to those who showed such compassion and love and did everything to help me through the pain and emotion. I love you all.”
Speaking exclusively to Ringbelles, Rush revealed that the injury happened in a “freak accident” while she wrestled under a mask as La Tigre Diablo against Jasmine in the warm up match at Sunday’s Smash Wrestling CanUSA Classic show in Toronto, ON, Canada – explaining why she did not feature on the show in her announced match against Candice LeRae. While the fractured collarbone is a massive blow, it also means a lot of Courtney’s plans for the next month or so are out of the window.
Rush was due to wrestle Cheerleader Melissa at NCW Femmes Fatales XIII on October 26 in Montreal in a rematch from the previous show to determine the top contender to Mercedes Martinez’s International Championship. The contest between the pair back in July ended in a double DQ with the locker room emptying to separate the pair, meaning that what would have been a heated encounter is now off. The promotion has revealed that Rush will choose her replacement, but it’s still a disappointment – however, not as big of a disappointment as missing out of fulfilling a career dream…
In less than three weeks, the Winnipeg native was due to defend her Bellatrix World Championship against Liberty in the main event of Bellatrix 7 in Norwich, England. Rush has made it no secret that she has always wanted to wrestle and train in the UK, and the chance to tick that ambition off the list has been taken away from her, though it’s not been completely removed from the table. Bellatrix has announced that Courtney will not be stripped of the World Title, and she will defend the belt against Liberty at Bellatrix 8 next March – so the dream is not dead, it’s just been postponed.
Losing the main event of its biggest show in its history is an issue for Bellatrix which it has quickly dealt with. Unfortunately, Liberty’s big match is off – though she will still feature on the card, defending her RQW European Women’s Championship against Sammi Bainz, who was originally set to challenge Erin Angel for the British Title, so that’s a step up for the former Melodi. The pair have a bit of recent history, as a recent European Title match between the two at the weekend ended in a double DQ, so there could be some bad blood by the time October 6 rolls around. Consequently, Erin Angel found herself without an opponent – though that was fixed by pitting her against a familiar opponent in Penelope, who she defeated in an entertaining encounter at Bellatrix 4 last November. However, with the British Title on the line, things may be taken to a new level.
As for Rush, she is still scheduled to be at Bellatrix 7 – which will now feature four interpromotional Bellatrix v SHIMMER matches instead of five – with her scouting Liberty at ringside. It’s not the UK debut she was looking for, but at least she still gets to visit the country and get a soft introduction to Bellatrix.
During our brief conversation with Courtney, she was upbeat and trying to maintain positivity, ending with the promise “I’m going to kill 2014 when I get back”. And then she barked.
Only Courtney Rush.
Total Divas mid-season finale finished with its lowest rating of the lot, pulling in just 1.03 million viewers, while the Reunion Show immediately afterwards drew 930,000. That’s not a good sign for E!, especially when you consider there is now a two month break for viewers to forget about the show before it returns for its extension, and when you compare how numbers held up while it clashed against SummerSlam – a bigger draw of a PPV than Night Of Champions.
And so here’s the final Total Divas review from Stew – until November, at least…
And so Total Divas creaks to its mid season finale with the much anticipated “Wedding” episode, featuring the nuptials of Nattie Neidhart & TJ Wilson. While the wedding portion of the show was nice to see, everything else surrounding it was just more of the same. The Jaret/Nattie/TJ “love triangle” came to a head as TJ confronted Jaret and then had a heart to (Neid)hart chat with Nattie apparently moments before the wedding (we were supposed to think that this was happening seconds before it was time to walk down the aisle.) Speaking of the wedding, Damien Sandow cameoed (in character) as the MC, Vincent turned up unexpectedly (as usual) and generally people seemed to have a good time. Eva Marie apparently didn’t understand the tradition not to upstage the bride on her wedding day by wearing an very revealing dress. No Nikki or John – they were spending time with John’s family and also seemingly having a good time.
Other than the Jaret nonsense, drama was at a relative minimum this week, other than Ariane’s hospital dash with stomach pains. I don’t know whether there was any legitimacy to any of this, but the coincidence of filming Trinity on the phone with Jon at the precise moment Ariane calls complaining of stomach pains makes me doubt everything I saw. (Ariane was apparently fine, by the way).
While it was a relatively easy watch compared to some weeks, the lowest viewing figures of the season so far suggest that people are falling out of love with the show and turning out. It’s easy to see why. I feel like I never need to see another episode of the show again in my life. They say absence makes the heart grow fonder – let’s see whether that’s the case with this two month hiatus. An injection of new blood into the show would help, but it seems from the sneak peak at the rest of the season we’ve got more of the same to come.
We’ve had two great audio interviews on the site recently. On Friday, we unveiled the 60th Women Of Wrestling Podcast featuring Kay Lee Ray talking about injuries, Japan and this Sunday’s ICW: Fierce Females show, while, Barbi Hayden talked to us for the latest Fight Like A Girl about working the crowd and expanding her horizons. We also had a Retro video featuring a great Cheerleader Melissa v Mercedes Martinez match from 2006.
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Alundra Blayze leaving WWE and showing up on WCW Monday Nitro in December 1995 was listed by WWE.com as one of the top 10 Most Stunning Defections. Technically, she didn’t defect as she was a free agent, but who’s counting?… A rematch from last week’s Raw took place on Friday’s SmackDown. The contest featuring Alicia Fox, Layla and Aksana against Naomi, Natalya and Brie Bella ended in a DQ win for the non-Total Divas after interference from AJ Lee, bizarrely. The original ending saw all the Divas fighting, but they were brought back out later on during the taping so Natalya, Brie and Naomi could beat down AJ. AJ retained the title at Night Of Champions, making Natalya tap out in their 4-way match. The following night on Raw, the pair squared up on commentary while a six-woman match happened in the ring… Sasha Banks turned heel after losing her NXT Women’s Title challenge to Paige on last week’s NXT. She refused to shake the champion’s hand and then attacked her from behind, delivering a stranglehold neckbreaker. Banks and Summer Rae (who got in her ear the week before to plant the seed of the heel turn) hugged backstage… Michelle McCool paid a visit to WWE’s Performance Center in Orlando, FL on Wednesday alongside her husband, The Undertaker. He told Sasha Banks that her match against Bayley was “the best Divas match he’s seen in a while” – presumably since his wife quit wrestling, unless he wants to avoid an argument when he gets home… A SHIMMER and SHINE wrestler worked NXT’s most recent tapings against Charlotte – click here to find out who it was. Renee Young also made her commentary debut at the tapings and was sent a congratulatory tweet from Michael Cole… AJ Lee and Big E Langston are history.
Hulk Hogan intimated in an interview with CBS Sports 920 in St. Louis that his daughter Brooke chose to leave TNA, instead of the common story that she was released… ODB challenges Mickie James for the Knockouts Championship on Thursday’s Impact Wrestling. The match was recorded last week but we won’t spoil it for you here. However, should you want to know the result and subsequent developments, click here… SoCal Val (Paige Mayo) has been charged with DUI and leaving the scene of an accident with property damage in Orlando, FL on August 31 – 9 days after leaving TNA.
Cherry Bomb has been added to the lineup for Women Superstars Uncensored’s Blood And Thunder show on October 12… Maria Kanellis’ future in Family Wrestling Entertainment is uncertain at the moment after Ring Of Honor pulled their contracted talent from future FWE shows. She currently holds their Women’s Championship… SHIMMER has announced its date for next year’s WrestleCon in New Orleans, LA. It will be in the McAlister Auditorium at Tulane University on Saturday April 6 at 3pm… Ice Ribbon’s Hikaru Shida will make her US debut at SHIMMER’s DVD tapings on October 19-20. Jessicka Havok has been announced too… Havok will also make her AAW the night before – also confirmed for the show are Miss Natural, Heidi Lovelace & MsChif… Jewells Malone faces Annie Social at Absolute Intense Wrestling’s Girls Night Out 9 taping on October 6. Santana Garrett v Kimber Lee will take place on GNO10 on the same night, as will Nikki Storm v Mia Yim… Storm v Yim will also take place at the end of this month at SHINE 13… Lei’D Tapa, Taeler Hendrix & The Blossom Twins will compete in a Ladder Match tomorrow to decide the new Ohio Valley Wrestling Women’s Champion… Candice LeRae impressed in her Combat Zone Wrestling debut alongside Greg Excellent in a losing effort against Pepper Parks and Cherry Bomb on Saturday’s Down With The Sickness iPPV… Lisa Varon and Stevie Richards get to rekindle their WWE partnership when they face Carlito and Rosita on November 9’s House Of Hardcore show in Poughkeepsie, NY… The USA beat Canada at Smash Wrestling’s CanUSA Classic show on Sunday, with Christina Von Eerie defeating LuFisto to gain the decisive victory for her country by 3 wins to 2. Canada’s Xandra Bale was named Most Outstanding Performer though. A review will be on the site tomorrow… Jessicka Havok faces Maxwell Chicago in an Evening Gown Match at Full Impact Pro on October 11… Nicole Matthews defends the Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling Women’s Title against Bambi Hall at the end of this month… Leah Von Dutch won the Classic Championship Wrestling Women’s Championship from Seleziya Sparx on Saturday… All the best to Angelus Layne, who has Post Concussion Syndrome and has elected to sit out the rest of the year to recover. A wise move that will work for her in the long-term. Wrestlers should be listening to their bodies to ensure a long and pain-free life.
Zeuxis and Syuri compete for the vacant Reina Joshi Puroresu World Championship in Tokyo on Friday… OZ Academy claims 2,350 people paid to visit their loaded Yokohama show on Sunday. In notable moments from the event, Carlos Amano v Kana knocked each other out, while Aja Kong, Jun Kasai & Jaki Numazawa defeated Tsubasa Kuragaki, Ryuji Ito & Kankuro Hoshino in a Barbed Wire Board Death Match – Kong pinned Kuragaki with a backfist with barbed wire wrapped around her hand. Elsewhere Chikayo Nagashima had her head shaved after losing a Hair v Hair match against Mayumi Ozaki while Tag Team Champions Hiroyo Matsumoto & Tomoka Nakagwa and Openweight Champion AKINO retained their titles… Kana was successful in her first JWP Openweight Title defence yesterday. She defeated Manami Katsu.
Sara Marie Taylor challenged Leah Owens to a match at Sunday’s ICW: Fierce Females XX: It’s In Our DNA show, which was accepted. Shanna, Erin Angel and Rhia O’Reilly will also compete in a one-night round robin tournament to determine a number one contender to the Scottish Championship… Skarlett won the HEW Women’s Championship from Saraya Knight in a Ladder Match on Saturday… Katey Harvey beat Pollyanna by two straight falls at UK Main Event Wrestling on Saturday. Bacardi also beat Sakura Lily in a hardcore match on the same show with a powerbomb onto thumbtacks and then a DDT onto the chair… Pollyanna, Nikki Storm, Nixon and Kazza G have been announced for the Women of the Kingdom show in Birmingham on November 30, joining Shanna… Kay Lee Ray takes on Bubblegum on October 26 to determine the number one contender for the Pro Wrestling Kingdom Championship.
Despite winning, Marcela was left bloodied by her match against Princesa Blanca on CMLL’s show last Tuesday.
Australia & New Zealand
Following the controversy of the Impact Pro Wrestling Women’s Championship when the belt was given to Emmy Driver, two matches have been signed for the next show on September 21. Former BFFs Evie & Megan-Kate square off, while Britenay takes on Olivia Shaw… JpE defeated Dan Stryker on Saturday’s Maniacs United show in Auckland with a chairshot to the head. Afterwards, it was announced that the pair will face off again at December’s show.
September 10: CMLL (Guadalajara, Mexico) – Amapola, Princesa Sugheit & Tiffany b Dalis la Caribeña, Estrellita & Goya Kong
September 10: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Marcela b Princesa Blanca
September 11: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Kurumi & Kyuri b Hamuko Hoshi & Meari Naito; Neko Nitta b Miyako Matsumoto; Tsukasa Fujimoto b Leah Owens & Kasey Owens in a 3-way; Hikaru Shida b Rutsuko Yamaguchi
September 11: Ohio Valley Wrestling (Louisville, KY) – Lylah Lodge, Hannah & Holly Blossom b Lei’D Tapa, Ray Lynn & Taeler Hendrix
September 11: WWE NXT (Winter Park, FL) – Paige b Sasha Banks
September 13: WWE SmackDown (Ottawa, ON, Canada) – Layla, Aksana & Alicia Fox b Natalya, Brie Bella & Naomi via DQ
September 13: Classic Championship Wrestling (Port Hope, ON, Canada) – Seleziya Sparx b Jasmine
September 13: Squared Circle Wrestling (Oswego, NY) – Neveah b Eric M Timmins
September 14: Wrestling New Classic (Tokyo, Japan) – Syuri b Kaho Kobayashi; MASADA & Serena Deeb b El Hijo del Pantera & Makoto
September 14: Newcastle Pro Wrestling (New Lambton, Australia) – Madison Eagles b Harley Wonderland
September 14: Maniacs United (Auckland, New Zealand) – Nurse Payne & Graham Hughes b Scarlett & Charlie Roberts; JpE b Dan Stryker
September 14: New Age Wrestling (Melton, Australia) – Vixsin & Minzy Montana b Ashley Sparks & Siren Monroe
September 14: Pro Wrestling Elite (Ayr, Scotland) – Nikki Storm & Viper b Carmel Jacob & Kay Lee Ray
September 14: UK Main Event Wrestling (Maidstone, England) – Bacardi b Sakura Lily; Katey Harvey b Pollyanna
September 14: Herts And Essex Wrestling (Braintree, England) – Skarlett b Saraya Knight to win the HEW Women’s Championship
September 14: Norwegian Wrestling Federation (Oslo, Norway) – Hannibal & Jessica Love b Bjørn Sem & Garm Støylen
September 14: Combat Zone Wrestling (Voorhees, NJ) – Cherry Bomb & Pepper Parks b Candice LeRae & Greg Excellent
September 14: Classic Championship Wrestling (Rodney, ON, Canada) – Leah Von Dutch b Seleziya Sparx to win the CCW Women’s Championship
September 14: Ring Wars Carolina (Raeford, NC) – Mia Svensson v Devyn Nicole went to a 20 minute draw
September 14: WWE (London, ON, Canada) – Naomi & Cameron b Layla & AJ Lee
September 14: WWE (Saginaw, MI) – Natalya b Brie Bella
September 14: Hope For A Single Mom (Melbourne, FL) – Jessicka Havok b Leva Bates
September 14: Pro Wrestling Freedom (London, KY) – Mickie Knuckles b Brian Beech, Kaden Sade & T-Money in a 4-way
September 14: Wrestling Is Heart (Lafayette, LA) – Heidi Lovelace b Juan Francisco de Coronado
September 14: World Xtreme Wrestling C4 (Allentown, PA) – Caveman Chad b AJ Evers, Lance Anoai, Malta The Damager, Mike Del & Niya in a 6-way
September 15: WRESTLE-1 (Nagoya, Japan) – Ryo Mizunami b Shuu Shibutani
September 15: OZ Academy (Yokohama, Japan) – Kagetu & Syuri b Hikaru Shida & Arisa Nakajima; Dynamite Kansai, Yumiko Hotta & GAMI b Kyoko Inoue, Manami Toyota & Mima Shimoda; Carlos Amano v Kana went to a Double KO; Aja Kong, Jun Kasai & Jaki Numazawa b Tsubasa Kuragaki, Ryuji Ito & Kankuro Hoshino; Sonoko Kato b Meiko Satomura; Mayumi Ozaki b Chikayo Nagashima; Hiroyo Matsumoto & Tomoka Nakagwa b Yumi Ohka & Mio Shirai; AKINO b Ayako Hamada
September 15: Stardom (Matsushita, Japan) – Miho Wakizawa b Mayu Iwwatani; Kairi Hojo b Takumi Iroha; Yuhi b Act Yasukawa; NatsukI*Taiyo b Yoshiko; Dark Angel b Kaori Yoneyama; Kyoko Kimura b Nanae Takahashi; Alpha Female b Io Shirai
September 15: World Association of Wrestling (North Walsham, England) – Liberty v Sammi Baynz went to a double DQ
September 15: Smash Wrestling CanUSA Classic (Toronto, ON, Canada) – La Tigre Diablo b Jasmine; Veda Scott b Seleziya Sparx; She Nay Nay b Jewells Malone & Angie Skye in a 3-way; Vanessa Kraven b La Felina Azure; Xandra Bale b Kimber Lee; Candice LeRae b She Nay Nay; Christina Von Eerie b LuFisto
September 15: WWE Night Of Champions (Detroit, MI) – AJ Lee b Naomi, Natalya & Brie Bella in a 4-way
September 16: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – Command Bolshoi b Yako Fujigasaki; Hanako Nakamori b Risa Sera; GAMI b Hanako Nakamori; Kasey Owens, KAZUKI, Rydeen Hagane & Sachie Abe b Arisa Nakajima, Leon, Rabbit Miu & Tsubasa Kuragaki; Kana b Manami Katsu
September 16: WWE Raw (Cleveland, OH) – Naomi, Cameron & Brie Bella b Layla, Alicia Fox & Aksana
September 18: Wrestling New Classic (Tokyo, Japan) – Serena Deeb v Syuri
September 19: TNA Impact Wrestling (St Louis, MO) – Mickie James v ODB
September 19: Ring Wars Carolina (Fayetteville, NC) – Mia Svensson v Devyn Nicole
September 19: Evolution Pro Wrestling (Clarksville, IN) – Melanie Cruise v Crazy Mary Dobson
September 20: Reina Joshi Puroresu (Tokyo, Japan) – Zeuxis v Syuri
September 20: Premier British Wrestling (Larbert, Scotland) – Kay Lee Ray v Portia Perez
September 20: Bruiser Wrestling Federation (Farmville, VA) – Kacee Carlisle v Sassy Stephie
September 21: Pacific Pro Wrestling (Bundamba, Australia) – Madison Eagles v Kellie Skater
September 21: Impact Pro Wrestling (Lynfield, New Zealand) – Evie v Megan-Kate; Britenay v Olivia Shaw
September 21: Premier British Wrestling (Alloa, Scotland) – Carmel Jacob v Portia Perez
September 22: Insane Championship Wrestling: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland) – Kay Lee Ray v Viper v Amazing Kong; Crazy Mary Dobson v Carmel Jacob; Nikki Storm v Portia Perez; Sara Marie Taylor v Leah Owens; Kirsty Loveign & Fiona Fraser v “Local Enhancement Talents”; Shanna v Rhia O’Reilly; Shanna v Erin Angel; Erin Angel v Rhia O’Reilly
September 27: British Championship Wrestling (East Kilbride, Scotland) – Scott Maverick & Kay Lee Ray v Switch & Viper
September 27: RAD:PRO Wrestling (Newcastle, England) – Rubix Roach & Kirsty Love v Rabbit & Dragonita
September 27: SHINE 13 (Ybor City, FL) – Rain v Angelina Love; Jessicka Havok & Amazing Kong v Allysin Kay & Ivelisse Velez; Mia Yim v Nikki Storm; Leva Bates v Nevaeh; Su Yung v Taeler Hendrix v La Rosa Negra v Xandra Bale; Mercedes Martinez v Solo Darling; Santana Garrett & Amber O’Neal v Sassy Stephie & Jessie Belle; Nikki Roxx v Leah Von Dutch
September 28: United Pro Wrestling (Woodridge, Australia) – Nikita Naridian v Storm v Shadow Shinobi
September 28: Southside Wrestling Entertainment (Nottingham, England) – Martin Kirby v Kay Lee Ray
September 28: Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling (Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada) – Nicole Matthews v Bambi Hall
September 28: Alternative Wrestling Show (South Gate, CA) – Christina Von Eerie v LuFisto
September 28: Pro Wrestling Syndicate Bombshells (Iselin, NJ) – Missy Sampson & Annie Social v La Rosa Negra & Amazing Kong; Jessie Kaye & Alexxis Nevaeh v Mistress Belmont & Veda Scott; Jennifer Cruz v Amber Rodriguez; Angelina Love v Riot; Sumie Sakai v Amy Lee; Luscious Latasha v Vanity; Amber v Silvie Silver
October 5: DOA Wrestling (March, England) – Miss Mina v Addy Starr
October 5: HXC Wrestling (Manchester, England) – Mad Man Pondo & Crazy Mary Dobson v Clint Margera & Jimmy Havoc
October 6: Bellatrix 7 (Norwich, England) – Erin Angel v Penelope; Christina Von Eerie v Skarlett; Destiny v LuFisto; Mercedes Martinez v Miss Mina; Cheerleader Melissa v Saraya Knight; Liberty v Sammi Baynz
October 6: Absolute Intense Wrestling Girls Night Out 9 (Cleveland, OH) – Seleziya Sparx v Taeler Hendrix; Kimber Lee v Nikki Storm; Allysin Kay & TBA v Veda Scott & TBA; Jewells Malone v Annie Social
October 6: Absolute Intense Wrestling Girls Night Out 10 (Cleveland, OH) – Allysin Kay v Veda Scott; Santana Garrett v Kimber Lee; Nikki Storm v Mia Yim; Mickie Knuckles v Jenny Rose
October 11: Preston City Wrestling (Preston, UK) – April Davids v LuFisto
October 11: Full Impact Pro (Ybor City, FL) – Jessicka Havok v Maxwell Chicago
October 12: Remix Pro Wrestling (Marietta, OH) – Maria Kanellis v Sassy Stephie
October 12: Women Superstars Uncensored (Voorhees, NJ) – Jessicka Havok v Lexxus; Nikki Storm v Jenny Rose; Saraya Knight v Mickie Knuckles
October 13: Galaxy Pro Wrestling (Clarksville, TN) – Heidi Lovelace v Angelus Layne
October 19-20: SHIMMER: Women Athletes (Berwyn, IL)
October 26: Pro Wrestling Kingdom (Birmingham, England) – Bubblegum v Kay Lee Ray
October 26: NCW: Femmes Fatales XIII (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) – Mercedes Martinez & Saraya Knight v LuFisto & Sweet Cherrie; Cheerleader Melissa v Courtney Rush; Pink Flash Kira v Portia Perez; Leah Von Dutch & Xandra Bale v Deziree & Midianne; Niya Barela v Missy
November 9: House Of Hardcore (Poughkeepsie, NY) – Lisa Varon & Stevie Richards v Carlota & Rosita
November 15: Preston City Wrestling (Preston, England) – April Davids v Amazing Kong
November 16: Preston City Wrestling (Preston, England) – Amazing Kong v Bubblegum
November 17: Southside Wrestling Entertainment (Nottingham, England) – Amazing Kong v Kay Lee Ray
November 23: Full House Wrestling (Peterborough, England) – Pollyanna v Dragonita
November 30: Women of the Kingdom (Birmingham, England)
April 6: SHIMMER Women Athletes (New Orleans, LA)
– Lee Burton
– Photos by Courtney Rush, WWE, Leah Von Dutch, Youji Kawauchi
– Data collated from (but not limited to) Cagematch, joshifans.com, PuroLove, Dramatic DDT, Luchablog, Lords Of Pain, Wrestling Observer, Open The Puroresu Gate, Ringstars, PWInsider, NHB Girls