The full SHINE 15 card has now been revealed – and as well as a title match, a grudge contest between two longtime friends and a clash where the losers will have to go their separate ways, we have a rematch from the last show, a contest with title implications and one which will have no holds barred…
Headlining the whole show at the Orpheum in Ybor City, FL on Friday will be the SHINE Championship match between Rain and Amazing Kong, who was handpicked by Daffney as the Valkyrie leader’s next challenger. That match was announced after Rain’s victory over Hiroyo Matsumoto at SHINE 14 in October, and harks back to happenings a year ago. Rain’s wrist was broken by a Kong powerbomb at SHINE 5, and it was Kong who was the first victim of a Valkyrie beatdown as part of the stable’s formation the following month. In addition, Rain has made no secret that Friday’s event will be her last match, and is adamant that she will retire as champion. Literally and figuratively, this is Rain’s biggest challenge in her 6 month reign, and will either see a new champion or the current one retire with the belt by her side.
Following their awkward interactions on opposite teams at SHINE 13 and a betrayal of trust at the last show, Jessicka Havok will get her hands on Allysin Kay. Kay appeared to be stepping away from Valkyrie at the last show to reunite with her friend, but turned on her later in the night, causing Havok to lose a Last Woman Standing Match to Saraya Knight. After showing a reluctance to wage battle with her former Team Be Jealous partner, it seems unlikely that Havok will be so gun-shy on Friday. (more…)
Alpha Female was rushed to hospital after had match at Stardom today, where she, Kyoko Kimura & Act Yasukawa defeated Nanae Takahashi, Miho Wakizawa & Kairi Hojo. As she explains in a Facebook update, the reigning Artist Of Stardom Champion says she started suffering chest pains a week last Friday but shook them off as just being another ache from wrestling. However, after suffering pains last Saturday merely from climbing the stairs, she was urged to see a doctor, as her symptoms resembled those of a heart attack. She was told that she was alright and sent home.
Alpha trained on Thursday but still felt unwell – but despite that, wrestled today and collapsed backstage after the match, which resulted in an ambulance being called for her. At the hospital, the former Pro Wrestling: EVE Champion was given painkillers, though doctors could not give her a diagnosis. This poses an issue, as until she is given a clean bill of health, Stardom is refusing to clear her to wrestle. Having said that, it’s a very responsible move by the promotion. (more…)
The saga over the Impact Pro Wrestling Women’s Championship has been rumbling on since July when all the promotion’s titles were declared vacant following a relaunch, and the decider between Evie, Britenay and Olivia Shaw ended in a no-contest thanks to the interference of Megan-Kate. In August, Head of Live Events Steve Wrigley handed the title to the unknown Emmy Driver after saying no woman on the roster was worthy of holding the belt. Understandably, the decision was met with near-universal derision.
After winning a four-woman tournament to become the number one contender, Evie finally got the chance to get Driver in the ring at IPW’s show last month, but the titleholder made a run for it, resulting in the title being declared vacant. At the time, Evie called it a good news/bad news situation in that Emmy Driver was no longer the champion, but neither was she.
Another match for the vacant belt took place at last night’s show in Lynfield, New Zealand – again between Evie, Shaw and Britenay – and a new champion was finally crowned. (more…)
When Bret Hart made his first appearance on WWE TV since the Montreal Screwjob, he started his promo on the January 10, 2010 Monday Night Raw by saying “Well, I guess hell froze over”. Those words may have been rattling round Mickie Knuckles’ head when she returned to IWA Mid-South on last night’s event in Clarksville, IN.
The Big Ass Christmas Bash show originally had a 3-way women’s match booked featuring Randi West, Thunderkitty and Jordynne Grace, but was changed to become a 4-way with the insertion of Heidi Lovelace into the proceedings. However after the introduction of the four participants, the former Women’s Champion emerged to change the complexion of the match – and her return was a successful one as she emerged as the winner. (more…)
We are three months out from the next Bellatrix show, but we are already having bits and pieces of the show revealed to us. In truth, we started finding out about wrestlers coming from the US who will be debuting on the show before Bellatrix 7 took place – Leva Bates, Allysin Kay & Jessicka Havok will be there, as well as Bellatrix World Champion Courtney Rush, who appeared at October’s event but was unable to compete due to injury.
Earlier today, co-owner Axl Lynch announced that RQW European Champion Sammi Baynz would not be defending the belt at Bellatrix 8, but a new challenger would be determined by a 30 woman Rumble match. (more…)
When wrestling fans discuss the top female talent based in Scotland, the names which immediately come to their lips are ones like Kay Lee Ray and Nikki Storm. While they deservedly have their plaudits, there are a great number of Scottish women wrestlers who are doing great things both in their home country and further abroad. One of them is Viper.
2013 has been good to the Paisley native, and has seen the number of matches wrestled skyrocket compared to previous years. Making appearances in France and all across England – including competing at Pro Wrestling: EVE and Bellatrix, she was also part of the main events presented by Insane Championship Wrestling: Fierce Females, engaging in a fantastic title decider against KLR at Luke… Who’s Yer Da?, and then dived off elevated railings as part of a 3-way against Ray and Amazing Kong at XX: It’s In Our DNA. However, despite these excellent performances – and a great effort to drop more than 30 pounds in the last few months – a championship had eluded her this year. She was beaten by EmbryoniX Champion Carbon at RAD:PRO Wrestling in January and defeated by defending FutureShock Women’s Champion April Davids in April and July, as well as the Fierce Females losses. However, she is now in possession of the Scottish Wrestling Entertainment Future Division Championship – though it took her two bites of the cherry to do so… (more…)
The arrival of Saraya Knight in Australia has been coming for months. The Briton was meant to be in the country in July for New Horizons Pro Wrestling‘s Global Conflict show, but circumstances meant that she was unable to attend. Arrangements were made for her to make her Aussie debut this month, again for NHPW, with her originally booked to challenge Madison Eagles for the IndyGurlz Australia Championship – a title which Eagles won in a roundabout way because Knight wasn’t in the country in the middle of the year…
After Eagles defeat at the hands of eventual winner Portia Perez in the semi finals, the PWWA matriarch stole the title belt, which was held be Eliza Sway at the time. Claiming she would be holding the title hostage until she received a title shot, she got her way in part due to Sway having to vacate the belt due to injury. A decider to crown a new champion took place on October 12, with Eagles beating Kellie Skater to officially win the title, though she did not take receipt of the belt, as a new one was to be created. (more…)
The women’s wrestling scene is growing at a rapid pace in the United Kingdom. Three years ago, the only all-women’s outfit was Pro Wrestling: EVE – now there is also Bellatrix and ICW: Fierce Females as full-on promotions, and many groups like FutureShock Wrestling, Inernational Championship Wrestling: United Kingdom and Preston City Wrestling are either building or have established a women’s division. Other promotions like LDN Wrestling and the Solent Wrestling Federation have also tried their hand at it, but two new companies are getting ready to burst onto the scene in 2014 to accommodate the ever-growing number of female grapplers looking for a place to ply their craft.
With different part of the UK which are currently lacking strong all-women events, we have British Bombshells, which appears to be servicing fans in the north east of England, while LCW Roses is focusing on the centre of the country. Technically, the former has already dipped its toe in the water, so let’s start with them… (more…)
Following Hannah Blossom‘s failed challenge to Gail Kim last week another wrestler stepped up to the plate to see if they could defeat the TNA Knockouts Champion in a non-title match. This time around, it was Candice LeRae – who worked a tryout match last month before Bound For Glory against Veda Scott.
Rumours had been swirling that the 28-year old from Winnipeg – who primarily wrestles in California for Pro Wrestling Guerilla and Alternative Wrestling Show – was going to be the next non-TNA wrestler to take up Kim’s challenge, and friends like Hudson Envy tweeted some thinly-veiled hints that it was someone from her area who would be on the show, and considering Kim said her opponent would be a blonde, it narrowed the list down to just LeRae. (more…)
In August last year, Evie became the first Impact Pro Wrestling Women’s Champion after winning a tournament to claim the title. However, it appeared that she would be the only person to ever wear the belt, as the promotion hosted what it thought would be its final show in April, though IPW was revived three month later – with the caveat that all the titles would be vacated.
After a three-way title decider between Evie, Britenay and Olivia Shaw was thrown out because of interference by Megan-Kate, an announcement on the Women’s Championship was made at the promotion’s show in August, though it was unsatisfactory for all the female members of the roster as Head of Live Events Steve Wrigley presented the title to the unknown Emmy Driver after deeming that everyone else was unworthy of holding it. The decision was met with universal criticism and is still one of the most unpopular decisions we’ve witnessed by fans.
However, a four woman tournament was declared to determine a new top contender for the title, with Evie beating former tag partner Megan-Kate to reach the final, while Britenay beat Olivia Shaw. In the end, Evie became the next challenger by defeating in her longtime rival at Right to Reclaim in October. Earlier today, the former titleholder stepped into the ring at Nightmare Road: Last Chance in Auckland, New Zealand to try and regain the championship from the current Women’s Champ, who despite holding the belt, was making her wrestling debut. (more…)
In a story that has been developing on social media in the last hour or so, and confirmed by a WWE source a short time ago, it appears that WWE Divas Champion AJ Lee fainted in front of the crowd at a WWE Live Event at the O2 Arena in London, England. In a statement issued to PWInsider, WWE confirmed
“Tonight in London, WWE Diva AJ Lee briefly fainted during a match with Brie Bella due to dehydration. She is currently being evaluated by WWE medical staff.”
Twitter was, as you’d expect, awash with both concern and baseless speculation as to the reason for the collapse, which reportedly took place as Lee was on the apron during a match with Brie Bella. She was attended to by WWE medical staff and eventually she was able to make her way to the back under her her own steam. It has been said that the current WWE European Tour is gruelling and has been taking its toll on the performers. It’s therefore entirely plausible that dehydration, exhaustion and the hot lights in the arena combined to cause this scary situation. We wish all the best to AJ Lee and wish her well for a swift and safe recovery.
Click the jump for more detail on the situation. (more…)
Back in March, France was offered the first all-women show since the demise of Queens Of Chaos. Association Biterroise de Catch presented a small re-introduction to a card full of females with its “Tournoi des Amazones” show, boasting wrestlers from across Europe. Featuring the likes of Shanna, Lady Lory, Kay Lee Ray, Morgane Leigh, Sara Marie Taylor, Alpha Female, Carmel Jacob and Viper, it ended with Shanna retaining her Women’s Championship over Alpha and Leigh, Ray & Viper defeating Lory, Jacob and Taylor in a six-woman main event to send the French fans home happy by seeing Morgane on the winning team.
November 23 will see ABC Catch present a second all-women’s show in 2013, once again in Béziers. Still testing out the waters to see if the fans will accept the concept, it will feature a relatively modest number of wrestlers to keep outgoings down – a prudent move in the early going – but will again present stars from across the continent to do battle. (more…)
Roland Alexander, the owner of California-based All Pro Wrestling, passed away yesterday at the age of 59.
The Wrestling Observer reports that while the cause of death is not known, he has been in poor health in recent years with heart and diabetes issues.
While Alexander – who promoted shows in the state for 22 years – is probably best known for his appearance in 1999 documentary Beyond The Mat, he also has had a profound effect on the women’s wrestling scene, and is partly responsible for getting it to the size that it is today.
APW was where Sara Del Rey began her training back in 2001, and also was one of the main promotions where Cheerleader Melissa worked during the early years of her career, and also was the venue for all-women shows from October 29, 2004 – when the APW Garage in Hayward hosted the first ChickFight tournament which was won by Princesa Sugheit, defeating Candice LeRae, Nikki Roxx and Melissa to take the title. (more…)
On January 23, 2011, World Wonder Ring Stardom hosted its debut show in front of 466 fans at Shin-Kiba 1st Ring in Tokyo, Japan. Kicking off with Iris & Nanae Takahashi beating Natsuki Taiyo & Yuzuki Aikawa and culminating with Yoko Bito defeating Yoshiko, the promotion quickly became a player, crowning its first singles champions in the middle of that year, followed by tag team champions in November, and six-woman titles were introduced in January of this year.
Stardom held its biggest show in its history in April with Ryogoku Cinderella at Ryogoku Kokugikan (Sumo Hall) in Tokyo. With Dark Angel winning the vacant Wonder of Stardom Championship, while Io Shirai claimed the World Of Stardom belt and Yuzuki Aikawa retiring from the ring, it was the end of one era and the dawn of another. Seven months on, Stardom has hit another milestone with its 100th card, held at Tokyo’s Korakuen Hall in front of 1,020 fans, and saw two titles change hands. (more…)
As a publicly traded company, World Wrestling Entertainment is mandated by the United States federal Securities and Exchange Commission to post quarterly fiscal reports. Known as a 10-Q, it details all the financial goings on, and is readily available on the corporate portion of WWE’s website. For the most part, it’s a lot of legal jargon and numbers, but PWInsider had a closer look an unearthed a contract signed last month which may see Stephanie McMahon return to the ring…
Section 2 of the 10-Q is a booking agreement between WWE and Stephanie McMahon-Levesque (her married name) which sees her referred to as a wrestler as part of a three-year contract for $325,000 per annum, and was signed on October 18. (more…)
On Saturday, Pro Wrestling Illustrated‘s Dan Murphy revealed that Cheerleader Melissa had been placed first in the 2013 Female 50 list as part of the SHIMMER Volume 58 taping. On Tuesday, we posted a few answers from Murphy on why Melissa came first, and why AJ Lee, who many of you predicted would come first, did not. Well, the full list has now been revealed in the publication’s digital issue, which has been released a few days ahead of the hard copy version.
As it turns out, the WWE Divas Champion was placed 9th, while the silver and bronze positions went to Mickie James and Saraya Knight respectively. In fact, former Divas Champ Kaitlyn placed above Lee in 5th, while last year’s winner Gail Kim is in 6th. Meanwhile, NXT Women’s Champion Paige is 12th above the likes of Natalya and 2011 winner Madison Eagles.
As for wrestlers who didn’t make the cut, Serena Deeb, Angelina Love, Amazing Kong and even TNA Knockouts Champion ODB are all missing.
You can see the full list after the jump, but to see why each woman has been placed in each position, we recommend buying the magazine. You can order it from this direct link.
Agree with the list? Disagree? Let us know in the comments section. (more…)
The card for this Saturday’s NCW Femmes Fatales XIII card has undergone a number of changes over the past month. It all began when Courtney Rush broke her collarbone in mid-September, with Xandra Bale taking her place in the #1 contender match against Cheerleader Melissa. However, things were thrown into flux again when Bale broke her fibula at Women Superstars Uncensored‘s Blood and Thunder, leaving Melissa without an opponent for the second time. Just before yesterday’s Roundup was posted, Femmes Fatales revealed that Melissa would be slotted into the 3-way involving Kimber Lee, Angie Skye & Christina Von Eerie – though that match was reverted back to the 3-way less than 24 hours later.
Less than an hour ago, Femmes Fatales tweeted that Saraya Knight will not be able to make it to the event in Montreal, Quebec, Canada for personal reasons – and in her place will go Melissa, who now teams up with Mercedes Martinez against LuFisto and Sweet Cherrie, meaning the #1 contender match has been scrapped for the show. (more…)
For the second time in its six year history, a reigning SHIMMER Champion has been given the top spot in the Pro Wrestling Illustrated Female 50 rundown. In 2011, Madison Eagles was given the honour, and it has just been announced at SHIMMER‘s volume 58 DVD taping that Cheerleader Melissa has earned the top spot for 2013, rising two places from last year’s list.
In the year since the last Female 50, she has become the first ever two-time SHIMMER Champion, defeating longtime rival Saraya Knight inside a steel cage as part of the promotion’s biggest show to date. Their match at SHIMMER Volume 53 in Secaucus, NJ saw her win the belt in convincing fashion, hitting a super-hurricanrana, missile dropkick and an Air Raid Crash to regain the title. The following week, Melissa successfully defended her title against Mercedes Martinez, Kalamity and Courtney Rush – and being decidedly aggressive in the process – before turning heel in Allison Danger’s final match as part of volume 57. (more…)
In what must be an utterly crushing blow for her, Xandra Bale is out of the match against Cheerleader Melissa at NCW Femmes Fatales XIII, which would have determined the next challenger to Mercedes Martinez‘s International Championship. The 5-year pro from Markham, ON, Canada broke a bone in her leg from a dive from the top rope at Women Superstars Uncensored‘s Blood and Thunder iPPV on Saturday. In a statement released on her Facebook page, Bale elaborated on the story:
First and foremost, I just want to thank the lockerroom and staff of WSU and CZW for all their help and support last night. I also want to thank the countless people that have already messaged me their support. Can’t tell you how much it means to me. I broke my fibula (outside bone in the leg) yesterday during my match. No one’s fault but my own. I am in a cast for 6 weeks, which means I am unfortunately not going to be able to participate in Shimmer or femmes fatales for this month and I have likely wrestled my last match of 2013. I feel fine physically but I feel like I’ve let so many people down and that is the worst feeling right now. I’m so sorry to everyone and know that I can’t wait to get back in the ring. I am thrilled and so thankful with how 2013 went and I can’t wait to pick up where I left off. (more…)
This Saturday sees a Women Superstars Uncensored Championship match which is a year in the making. Ever since October 13 last year, Lexxus has been claiming that she is the uncrowned champion after losing a 3-way title match at Full Steam Ahead where Jessicka Havok beat she and Alicia, though it was the latter challenger who took the fall. Claiming she was never beaten, she ran her mouth claiming she deserved another crack at the title. In two days at Blood and Thunder in Voorhees, NJ, the former WSU Tag Team Champion gets her opportunity to put up or shut up after beating Nevaeh at August’s Uncensored Rumble VI show to become the top contender.
As for Havok, it’s her first title defence since February’s An Ultraviolent Affair event where she defeated Athena to retain the championship. Since then, she has defeated Sami Callihan (who substituted for an injured LuFisto) at Queen and King of the Ring in May and missed the Uncensored Rumble due to travel issues.
Considering Lexxus’ big talking and the amount of time since Havok’s last defence, we’re expecting the main event to be an entertaining outing, and it’s one of the big matches we’re looking forward to at Blood and Thunder. Let’s take a look at the others… (more…)
It’s taken a little longer than was probably expected, but Lei’D Tapa has climbed to the top of the Ohio Valley Wrestling Women’s Division at last. She won the OVE Women’s Championship from Hannah Blossom at last night’s Saturday Night Special in Lousiville, KY to claim the title that she has been chasing since her debut in the promotion in June.
OVWMania reports that the aggression between the pair was ramped up earlier on in the show as part of the ongoing Miss OVW contest. As Hannah’s twin Holly made her entrance, she was attacked from behind by the mammoth challenger, describing it as a “message” for the titleholder. This saw Hannah come out swinging for her title defence, but was quickly overwhelmed by her larger challenger. This brought out Holly to get between the pair, but her sister sent her away, saying she had been hurt enough. A big boot later and Tapa scored the pinfall to win the belt. (more…)
Adversity for one Canadian has meant opportunity for another.
When Courtney Rush went down with her broken collarbone on September 15, it through two big matches into flux. One was sorted out pretty quickly with her Bellatrix World Title defence against Liberty scheduled for Sunday’s Bellatrix 7 show postponed until next March, it left a question mark over who would replace Rush in the number one contender’s match at NCW Femmes Fatales XIII against Cheerleader Melissa – which was set to be a rematch following their inconclusive ending to their contest back in July. Yesterday, that was cleared up when Rush selected Xandra Bale to take her spot and hand her a tremendous opportunity to become the next challenger to Mercedes Martinez‘s International Championship. (more…)
SHINE Wrestling‘s internationally-spiced cards have grown to be a big attraction, and SHINE 14 will be one of those occasions. Brought about because of the global talent flying into the US for the SHIMMER tapings on October 19-20, the next show at Ybor City, FL on October 25 will see the debut of joshi talent, an ongoing feud settled and a SHIMMER Tag Team Title defence, should the champions make it through four DVD tapings the week before.
Headlining the event is Rain defending the SHINE Championship against Hiroyo Matsumoto, while fellow joshi Tomoka Nakagawa is set to defend the SHIMMER Tag straps alongside her 3G partner Kellie Skater against Rain’s Valkyrie stablemates Allysin Kay and Ivelisse Velez, who defeated Amazing Kong and Jessicka Havok last Friday as part of the excellent SHINE 13 card. (more…)