A SHIMMER and SHINE wrestler appeared at last night’s WWE NXT tapings at Full Sail University in Winter Park, FL. We’re not going to say it out loud in full view, but if you want to know more about it, click the jump for a photo, more details and an exclusive quote from the woman in question… (more…)
On last week’s episode of Ohio Valley Wrestling, Trina Thompson announced that she was relinquishing the Women’s Championship due to a knee injury suffered during an angle with Lei’D Tapa the previous week.
This meant that their match for the belt at last weekend’s Saturday Night Special never took place – instead, a Bikini Battle Royal was booked, with Tapa emerging as the victor in order to forward her momentum as the biggest threat on the women’s roster.
On last night’s OVW taping, a ruling was made over the vacant belt, and it will see three former titleholders and one new challenger looking to claim the championship. According to TNAsylum, the final four in Saturday’s battle royal – Tapa, Taeler Hendrix and Hannah & Holly Blossom - will meet in a Ladder Match on next week’s episode. (more…)
Close to a year ago, we reported that Shaul “Raquel Diaz” Guerrero had requested her WWE release, which was granted. It was a little confusing at the time as there were conflicting reports about whether she had left or not, though it was confirmed by her mother Vickie in a tweet, saying “@Shaul_Guerrero asked to be released from WWE for personal reasons. Im grateful to WWE for the support & love toward my family”.
At the same time, there was some talk about Skyler Moon checking into WWE-sponsored rehab at the time – which turned out to be for an eating disorder – before being released from the company in January. As it turns out, the two developmental Divas were dealing with similar issues.
Over the last week, it has come out that Guerrero is planning to return to Florida from Houston, TX – more specifically, to Orlando, where WWE’s new and impressive Performance Center is based. The prospective date for her move is Tuesday, based on a tweet she sent a few days ago. While there has been no confirmation about whether she has signed a new WWE deal – or if she was never fully released from her original deal and it was just mothballed – but it seems that the time is right for her to resume the Raquel Diaz Exfoliating Ugliness Tour which was picking up steam… (more…)
For the last few weeks, Ohio Valley Wrestling has been running its Miss OVW contest with the underline of an impending battle between Women’s Champion Trina Thompson and Lei’D Tapa.
Hostilities started at the start of August when Tapa destroyed Thompson and Heidi Lovelace after the Punk Rock Rag Doll eliminated the big Tongan to win a battle royal to become the top contender to the belt, and Tapa won a 4-way the following week over Trina, Nikki St John & Jessie Belle. When the Miss OVW contest was announced on August 14 the pair clashed again, this time with Thompson getting the upper hand with a DDT which KOed her rival, and the titleholder got the best of Tapa again seven days later. However, the tide turned last week when Tapa choked out Trina with a rope which was being used for a tug of war contest, and then used it to throw the champion out of the ring.
On last night’s taping, there was another development in their feud, which has implications for the Women’s Title. If you want to know what happened, click the jump – but beware, spoilers lay within… (more…)
Last Wednesday, Women Superstars Uncensored announced on on its Facebook page that it had signed a “special attraction” match for its next show, entitled Blood And Thunder. On Thursday, the promotion revealed that one half of the match was a “European bruiser” – now we know who is involved, and it promises to be a titanic encounter between two women who hit hard and aren’t afraid to be hit.
It’s Saraya Knight v Mickie Knuckles in a no disqualification match. (more…)
Ahead of the revival of Impact Pro Wrestling in New Zealand back in July, all the reigning champions were stripped of their championships – which meant that inaugural Women’s Champion Evie was also dethroned without being beaten for the belt in the ring. It was all quite strange, considering the promotion had only been gone for a few months and all the titleholders were still active competitors, but it seemed that the promotion was hitting the reset button. In July, a 3-way match took place between Evie, Britenay and Olivia Shaw to determine the new Women’s Champion – but the contest ended without a winner after Megan-Kate hit the ring with her trusty baseball bat, leaving a question mark still hanging over the title.
We were promised that the situation over the championship would be sorted out at yesterday’s show – and it was, but it was to the dissatisfaction of both wrestlers and fans alike… (more…)
After receiving a slew of positive reviews for her work back in May and June, Leah Von Dutch has exclusively announced to Ringbelles that she is to return to the UK for a month in November.
The 25-year old Canadian made a lot of new fans during her trip to England and Scotland earlier this year, appearing at Pro-Wrestling: EVE’s Special Edition III and Queen of the Ring cards, as well as for Insane Championship Wrestling: Fierce Females and Extreme American Wrestling. We also discussed her trip before and after it happened in a Women Of Wrestling Podcast and Fight Like A Girl respectively. In total, Von Dutch worked around a dozen shows during her trip, but it only whetted her appetite.
Leah has already agreed to eight bookings for the month so far – the weekend of the 2nd and 3rd, Friday the 8th, Saturday the 9th, Saturday the 16th, and the weekend of the 23rd and 24th – though she hasn’t revealed the promotions she will be working for. (more…)
Since her release from TNA in July 18, Tara has kept quiet about her feelings on the subject. However, she has broken her silence in an interview which was posted at the Wrestling Observer website about being let go and how she was going to leave anyway, as well as if she will return to the promotion in the future.
When asked about being released, Tara – real name Lisa Marie Varon – said:
It was a surprise to me. I went to TNA because I wanted to work with some of the great female wrestlers that I hadn’t faced like [Amazing] Kong, ODB, and Sarita. TNA has definitely shifted their focus as far as the women’s division. It was really my love of wrestling that kept me going. I didn’t think it was the right fit for me anymore. My contract was up in a month or two. They knew I wasn’t going to re-sign. First, they had the travel guy call me and tell me I was released. Then Dixie [Carter] called me later that day and said that it was a financial thing, and they knew I was ready to jump ship anyway. I think the classy thing to do would have been to give me the opportunity to quit rather than getting released. But at the end of the day, everyone got what they wanted. (more…)
Another one bites the dust.
Following the departures of Brooke Hogan, Tara, Taeler Hendrix and Madison Rayne, SoCal Val has confirmed that she has left TNA. She tweeted: “Thank u #ImpactWrestling, the lockerroom & esp the fans for 9 wonderful years. No longer w the company. Really excited 2 see what’s NEXT!”
Officially, Val signed with TNA in 2006 – and while you may initially shrug her shoulders at going as most fans at shows see her as being the Impact Wrestling ring girl who returns gear to the locker room or working as a ring announcer for Xplosion, she did a lot more than that, rising through the ranks backstage to become a valued part of their international product. (more…)
Kana is not afraid to put herself in the line of fire. In 2010, her joshi manifesto – which called for wrestlers who aren’t worth anything to quit the business, stop wrestling like women and to refrain from using blatantly fake moves – caused some annoyance because of its brash nature, and she has been accused of working unnecessarily stiff in her early years despite being asked to tone it down.
The controversy was incorporated into her character when she starting wrestling for SMASH, as saw her become the first Divas Champion in the promotion. She then became a part of SMASH’s replacement and looked likely to win the Wrestling New Classic Women’s Championship, but quit the promotion at the end of last year after claiming that they owed her four months’ pay. In a weird twist of fate, walking away from WNC may have been the most prudent move she has made in her 9-year career, as it saw her take more bookings for JWP and lead to today – where she won the Openweight Championship for the first time from Arisa Nakajima. (more…)
It looks like TNA is really serious about this cost-cutting exercise. After bidding farewell to Madison Rayne, Taeler Hendrix and Tara in July, the company has reportedly let go Brooke Hogan, who was working as an authority figure for the Knockouts and was part of an ongoing storyline involving on-screen husband and TNA Heavyweight Champion Bully Ray. The news was revealed by PWInsider yesterday evening, and a similar report was also uploaded to F4W Online soon afterward.
Quite honestly, this is a surprise. It’s not because of Hogan’s usefulness in the promotion – which was minimal as far as a boss lady for the women’s division, or even because of the storyline with Bully Ray – but because of her surname. As Hulk‘s daughter, you would have thought she would have been bulletproof from these releases as part of measures to appease their biggest star. The indication that she is just as susceptible to being cut as anyone else is a real eye-opener. Nobody is safe. (more…)
That’s better. I was a little concerned that the undercard of SHINE 12 was a bit weak and haphazard when I was writing it up yesterday. There are still questions about some of the matches like why Kimber Lee and Kimberly are wrestling beyond the gag with their similar names, and what injustice the West Coast Connection has that Daffney’s All Star Squad needs to right, but the big money matches have been revealed following a pair of promos by SHINE’s Champion and its VP of Talent Relations.
The first video came from Rain, who said that because there was no clear number one contender she was not going to be defending her belt at the August 23 show in Ybor City, FL. This didn’t sit well with Lexie Fyfe, who announced that a new challenger would be determined during the broadcast.
Mia Yim, Ivelisse Velez and Jessicka Havok are the three women involved as they were deemed to have made the most progress in the SHINE 11 title tournament. Yim was the defeated finalist, while Ivelisse could have made the finals had she not been the victim of an errant shot by her Valkyrie cohort Rain – and she also wrestled three matches in quick succession due to the layout of the show. Havok did not get a fair crack at Rain in the semi-finals due to being attacked during her entrance by Saraya Knight, so we’ll never know how she would have fared against the eventual champion.
The winner will face Rain for the title in the main event – which means the challenger will be battle-worn while the champion will go into the contest completely fresh. (more…)
We say “finally announced” as SHINE Wrestling tends to be well on the ball with this sort of thing. With just nine days to go until the SHINE 12 iPPV, we now know most of the matches for the show on August 23 in Ybor City, FL.
Arguably the highest profile match sees former TNA Knockouts Champion Angelina Love taking on “Portugal’s Perfect Athlete” Shanna, who impressed a lot of people at Women Superstars Uncensored‘s Uncensored Rumble iPPV where she teamed with Chris Dickinson to fall to Addy Starr and Matt Tremont in mixed tag action and then went 30 minutes in the Rumble match itself, before coming back for the Combat Zone Wrestling iPPV in the evening in a losing effort to Nevaeh. Despite the defeats, she picked up a lot of new fans and should create a good deal of anticipation to see how she does against Love.
Elsewhere, Daffney‘s All Star Squad gets its first roll-out as Nikki Roxx and Solo Darling face the West Coast Connection of Su Yung and Tracy Taylor; Leva Bates steps into the ring against Christina Von Eerie, and Santana Garrett takes on the returning Brandi Wine, who last appeared at SHINE 8. Rounding off the announced matches is one which commentator Lenny Leonard is possibly going to struggle with – it’s SHINE’s resident loose screw Kimberly going up against the always-impressive Kimber Lee. Good luck with that, Lenny… (more…)
What was already promising to be a big first anniversary show for Insane Championship Wrestling: Fierce Females has just become a bit bigger with the announcement of a former WWE and TNA star.
The promotion made the announcement on its Facebook page earlier today that Amazing Kong would be in action at the XX: It’s In Our DNA show at the Classic Grand in Glasgow, Scotland on September 22. This will be the first stop on her visit to the UK, which will also include bookings at Preston City Wrestling‘s weekender on November 15 and 16, and a trip to Southside Wrestling in Nottingham on the 17th.
It will also be Kong’s first match in the UK in more than 4 years – the last one was a win over Saraya Knight at a Real Deal Wrestling show in Hull, England back on July 5, 2009. (more…)
While nobody wants to see a wrestler injured, it has reaped rewards for Serena Deeb, who turned a negative into a positive to snare the Wrestling New Classic Women’s Championship today after making history for the wrong reasons late last month.
That history was because she became the first woman to challenge for either the SMASH or WNC women’s belts and not walk away with the title, as she was defeated by Lin Byron. However, Byron’s celebrations were short lived as she was forced to vacate the championship the following day due to breaking a bone in her left foot.
As a result, Deeb and former champions Syuri and Makoto were booked to take part in a round robin to determine a new titleholder. Serena took the first victory by beating Makoto a week ago in Yokohama; Syuri also notched up a win against Makoto on Wednesday in Hakata, and Deeb then defeated Syuri the following day in Kumamoto. As a result, Syuri and Serena were deemed eligible to fight for the vacant belt as they had the most victories, with Deeb gaining the championship earlier today in Kagoshima with her trusty spear. (more…)
In a terrible case of sod’s law, ‘The Wrestling Goddess’ Athena suffered an injury at last night’s WSU Secret Show. Reports have Athena taking a bad landing on a German Suplex which resulted in her throwing up post show and going to the hospital for X-Rays. All we’ve had confirmed by WSU (on twitter) is that “Nothing is broken, but she’s hurt. Needless to say, Athena will not be wrestling Jessicka Havok or participating in the Uncensored Rumble” and that “She is experiencing numbness in her left arm after landing on her left shoulder/collarbone”. The Secret Show (which turned out to be at the CZW training school) had already been missing Shanna, who had picked up an injury earlier in the day doing customs – but we’ve had confirmation that she’s going to be good to go both in today’s Uncensored Rumble and at CZW’s show thereafter.
This, naturally, puts WSU in a pickle ahead of this afternoon’s iPPV. Their main event is toast, and Jessicka Havok is without an opponent. The reason I called the Athena injury “sod’s law” earlier (i.e. ‘Whatever can go wrong, *will* go wrong’) is because this is the second WSU show in a row where the challenger for Jessicka Havok‘s WSU World Title has had to pull out due to injury – last time it was LuFisto. In fact, she’s not announced for the show, but how perfect would it be if LuFisto was able to fill that spot at the top of the card today? So, unless LuFisto was planned as an unannounced surprise Rumble entrant, I think logic dictates the more likely outcome is to either move one of Lexxus or Nevaeh into the main event to challenge Havok (both have legitimate claims for a shot), or parachute Havok into the existing match and make it a Havok/Lexxus/Nevaeh three way for the title. Either way, these are the questions that Drew Cordeiro will currently be grappling with, so we wish him all the best getting the card straightened out before bell time today.
UPDATE: WSU has just updated on twitter that Jessicka Havok will NOT be at the show today either, citing travel issues. Replying to us, WSU put a positive spin on the news, claiming that it gives a “Huge opportunity for the debuting wrestlers to step up”. Fingers crossed for them.
After the cut you’ll find results of the WSU Secret Show – an event which will be released exclusively on StreamWSU.com in the near future. If you’d prefer to avoid results for that, don’t click through. (more…)
Bellatrix 7 card revealed: Bellatrix and Femmes Fatales titles on the line! Saraya vs Melissa! Plus, Bellatrix 8 debuts announced!
We’ve just had the announcement of the full card for Bellatrix 7, featuring the five previously announced SHIMMER imports – along with an intriguing domestic return. Heading up the card will see the UK debut of the Bellatrix World Champion Courtney Rush (right), putting her title on the line against the RQW European Champion Liberty, fresh off her main event win at Bellatrix 6 – while Saraya Knight and Cheerleader Melissa return to Norfolk to (presumably) finally settle the 6+ year feud that first erupted in Great Yarmouth in January 2007.
Also, we will see the first overseas defence of the NCW:Femmes Fatales International Title as Mercedes Martinez will put her title on the line against Norwegian star Miss Mina. Along with the SHIMMER vs Bellatrix bouts, Erin Angel will defend her Bellatrix British Ladies Championship against the returning Sammi Baynes. Not sure who Sammi Baynes is? You may remember her as the other half of the Norfolk Dolls tag team with Britani Knight – Melodi!
Click through for the full card. (more…)
While we don’t know who the Insane Championship Wrestling: Fierce Females Scottish Champion is going to be by the time the promotion’s first anniversary show rolls around, we know the two main events will be for the show, and whoever goes into the event as the titleholder will be defending the belt on the September 22 show in Glasgow, Scotland.
On August 25, current champion Kay Lee Ray defends the title against Carmel Jacob in Edinburgh with the same stipulations which the pair competed under on the first show last September – Last Woman Standing rules. Should Ray retain the championship, she will have to put the belt on the line against the woman who she had to defeat to win the title in the first place. Viper is more than capable of winning the title, and came tantalisingly close to becoming the first champion at May’s Luke… Who’s Yer Da? show in what was a sparkling end to a great card. However, considering the madness of that contest – including a huge balcony dive by Kay Lee, just what else do they have in reserves? We’ll likely find out, regardless of whether or not it is for the title… (more…)
It had been speculated, considering the SHIMMER Champion was billed to appear on the show and she is currently in possession of the belt with no scheduled defences between now and then, but it’s just been made official – Cheerleader Melissa will be the first travelling member of the SHIMMER roster for the October 6 Bellatrix 7 show in Norwich, England.
The appearance will be Melissa’s first in the UK for more than five years – her last booking was in Ipswich for ChickFight TV tapings in May 2008 where she wrestled Wesna Busic twice (winning one and losing one) and also took on Jetta, winning via DQ.
Since then the 13-year veteran has worked in TNA as Alissa Flash ascended to the top of SHIMMER’s ranks to become the reigning two-time champion, and was victorious in the main event of SHIMMER’s biggest show in its history, defeating Saraya Knight in a cage in front of more than 700 fans on volume 53 to begin her second run with the belt. (more…)
Participant number 4 has been announced for Bellatrix 7 – and just like LuFisto, Christina Von Eerie and Bellatrix World Champion Courtney Rush, it is someone who will be wrestling for the first time on British soil.
12-year veteran Mercedes Martinez has a huge litany of great matches, and ostensibly has tenure in some of the biggest all-women promotions in North America. She is a SHIMMER Original – helping to put the promotion on the map with her 20-minute draw with Sara Del Rey on volume 1 – was Women Superstars Uncensored‘s Champion for close to three years, is tearing up the scene for SHINE Wrestling and is currently the NCW Femmes Fatales International Champion, defeating Kalamity for the belt at Femmes Fatales XI back in March.
In recent years, the 32-year old has scaled back the number of promotions she wrestles for, but she is still a huge star – and as she discussed with us on an early Women Of Wrestling Podcast, was a fingernail away from signing a deal with WWE. he has also racked up stamps in her passport, competing in Australia and Japan in recent years. Incidentally, she was a fingernail away from debuting in the UK in March last year for the first Bellatrix show, but she wasn’t allowed access to the country. (more…)
In 280 BC, Greek King Pyrrhus of Epirus’ army defeated the Romans during the Pyrrhic War. The following year, they fended off the Romans again, with the Italians suffering more casualties. However, their army was larger, which left the Greeks at a disadvantage, despite winning. Such occasions since then where the price of victory was too great are now known as Pyrrhic victories, and it seems Lin Byron experienced one on Thursday.
We reported on Byron’s win over Serena Deeb at Wrestling New Classic‘s Tokyo show where she successfully defended the Women’s Championship – becoming the first female champion in either WNC or previous company SMASH to do so – but during the match, she suffered an injury which turned out to be a fracture in her left foot. The break will force her onto the shelf for at least a month – therefore, the decision has been made to declare the championship vacant. (more…)
It’s a very rare occasion for us to be this excited about a successful title defence, but when you look at the history of the Wrestling New Classic Women’s Championship – and the SMASH Divas Championship which preceded it – you would join us in our exuberance.
Kana was the first winner of the SMASH belt in September 2011, though she lost it to Tomoka Nakagawa, who then dropped it back to Kana. Syuri then claimed the title and the promotion closed with the championship still in her possession. From the ashes of SMASH (SMASHes?) came WNC, which crowned Syuri as the inaugural Women’s Champion last December – she was beaten by Makoto, who quickly lost the title to the current holder, Lin Byron. In the past 22 months, there have been seven champions across both brands, with not a single successful title defence by any of them. That’s right – at no point had a SMASH or WNC female titleholder retained the title in either TAJIRI-run promotion… until now. (more…)
These days, wrestlers have great opportunities to travel overseas to expand their horizons. Just this year, Nikki Storm has travelled to Japan and will be venturing to the US in October. Alpha Female has also completed a second Japan trip and will be returning later this year. Leah Von Dutch spent a month competing across the UK, while Crazy Mary Dobson also made a flying visit to Scotland in May, and is currently in Japan, working alongside Allysin Kay and Jessica James. Kasey Owens is also in the middle of a Japan trip, and Shanna is wrestling across the east coast of the States. As you can see, there is a lot of travelling going on, but all of this is old hat to Portia Perez. (more…)
There has been a bit of noise floating around online over the past couple of months, but now Absolute Intense Wrestling has confirmed it for us all: Nikki Storm will make her US debut in October, participating in the Girls Night Out 9 & 10 tapings taking place in Cleveland, OH on October 6.
The announcement is a continuation of the 24-year old’s bumper year which has seen her regain the Pro Wrestling: EVE Championship, travel to Japan and defend the belt there, and make her debut for Bellatrix at the last month’s Bellatrix 6 iPPV. In fact, we named the Glasgow, Scotland native as one of our big six winners in our Good Half Year write-ups earlier this month…
Storm will be in the US during what’s been named the Open Female Fight Season which will see shows from all the major players in North America and beyond. SHIMMER, NCW Femmes Fatales, Bellatrix, SHINE, Women Superstars Uncensored and AIW are all in – so it’s not inconceivable that Nikki may land on some other cards during her trip, should it be an extended one. However, the booking for AIW does mean that she will miss out on the Bellatrix 7 card, which sees SHIMMER wrestlers making the trip to the UK. Having said that, she will be in the hotbed of most of the action in October, so it’s a gamble she is seemingly willing to take.
You can buy tickets for Girls Night Out 9 & 10 – which sees Allysin Kay defend the AIW Women’s Championship against Veda Scott as part of the proceedings – by clicking here.
- Lee Burton