Canada has its fair share of female talent – there are experienced ones like LuFisto & Sweet Cherrie; experienced hands like Courtney Rush, Portia Perez & Nicole Matthews; high-fliers like Xandra Bale & Leah Von Dutch; bruisers like Vanessa Kraven & Riea Von Slasher; characters like Cherry Bomb, Angie Skye & Kc Spinelli; and rising stars like Jewells Malone & Seleziya Sparx. There is also emerging and brand new wrestlers like Beautiful Beaa, Alexia and the subjects of this video, Jasmin and Skyler Rose.
Hailing from Niagara Falls, ON, Skyler only debuted last year but is already getting out there, wrestling for promotions like Pure Wrestling Association and Great Canadian Wrestling and is very busy for someone who is less than 12 months experience. Similarly, Jasmin is making huge strides in a relatively short time. The 19-year old debuted last January and as well as PWA and GCW, she has wrestled for Squared Circle Wrestling Absolute Intense Wrestling‘s Girls Night Out series.
The match we have for you between these two youngsters is from GCW’s show on December 27 last year for the promotion’s Women’s Championship. Click the jump to watch the next generation. (more…)
The image on the left is how most of us remember Sara Del Rey but it took a while for the Queen of Wrestling to get to this point. To illustrate this, let’s hop back more than a decade where Del Rey wrestled under a different name against another rookie looking to make her mark in the world of wrestling – as well as a couple of names you may recognise…
Following the death of Roland Alexander in November, Joey Ryan posted a match from his early days of wrestling in All Pro Wrestling in California. The match from May 24, 2002 features Del Rey under the name of Nikki teaming with Jardi Frantz & JoJo Fantastico against Ryan, Cheerleader Melissa and a gentleman by the name of Bryan Danielson, better known these days as Daniel Bryan.
Del Rey looks hugely different wrestling baggy denim, while Melissa is sporting a similarly modest set of threads. It is an interesting insight into the beginnings of two hugely successful wrestlers – one who is the reigning two-time SHIMMER Champion, and other who is mentoring the next generation of WWE Divas. (more…)
One thing we’ll happily own up to here at Ringbelles in the last few months is throwing a spotlight on Texas’ own Barbi Hayden (including, but not limited to two ‘Fight Like A Girl’ podcast appearances in September 2013 and January 2014) – and with good cause. Hayden has “it” by the bucketload, and has started the year on an absolute tear, winning both the Anarchy Televised Championship in ACW and the NWA World Women’s Championship. A big part of Hayden’s increased profile is thanks to her association with Women Superstars Uncensored, who, through iPPV and VOD, have certainly helped give Hayden a bigger worldwide platform. It was a shame, then, that Hayden was nowhere to be found on WSU’s latest iPPV “Mutiny” – but with her opponent for the show Santana Garrett having signed up to join TNA Wrestling, the agreement was that the Hayden/Garrett match could not be broadcast on iPPV. The vagaries of what TNA contracted talent can and can’t appear on apparently doesn’t extend to later broadcast on YouTube, thankfully – so just over a fortnight later, WSU have released the “dark” Hayden vs Garrett match for everybody to check out. It’s not a particularly long match (WSU were already late in getting people into the venue due to overrunning ice hockey and therefore late for what should’ve been the start time of their iPPV – so it’s feasible that the match wasn’t afforded as much time as it might otherwise have been), but it *is* a really strong spotlight for one of 2014′s brightest stars so far in Barbi Hayden as she makes the very first defence of her NWA World Women’s Title. Check it out after the page break. (more…)
Last December, Evie‘s character in her home promotion of Impact Pro Wrestling went from being a smiling kick-happy Kiwi to being a sneering kick-happy Kiwi after regaining the vacant Women’s Championship following months of uncertainty over the belt. Aligning herself with the new group called The Investments, she took on a darker edge, which is reflected by her demeanour as well as her outfits – out does the bright foil outfits and in comes the all-black gear.
Before heading off to Japan to wrestle for the Diana promotion, the New Zealander squeezed in a title defence against IPW debutante Carmen Rose at New Year’s Takeover on January 11. The match gives you an insight into Evie’s character change, as well as the fallout it is having on the rest of the roster. For example, Britenay is going from being the nasty heel to standing up for the females against a terror which is more viscous than her.
Since this match took place, Britenay has won the Interim Women’s Championship – set up while Evie is overseas – by beating Olivia Shaw, who is also undergoing a character change which is seeing her becoming more heelish. The pair will meet again with the Interim belt on the line on March 22. Before that, click the jump and get a glimpse of Evie embracing the Dark Side… (more…)
Earlier this month, Shanna wrestled Gail Kim on the final show of TNA‘s tour of the UK and Ireland as part of a taping for an upcoming episode of Xplosion. That episode aired in the UK last night, and we have it for you here.
At the time, I pointed out that “Shanna looked perfectly comfortable in that ring… she got in her fair share and even got to nail the Perfect Press.” After watching it back, that quote still holds water, and should help with Portugal’s Perfect Athlete’s quest to snare a TNA contract.
You can watch the match after the jump, and feel free to leave your thoughts on the match in the comments. Does Shanna have a place in the Knockouts division? Let us know. (more…)
While there is a lot of wrestling talent in the UK, there is also a large number of athletes in mainland Europe – and in this case, Scandinavia. We had our attention drawn to an all women’s show taking place in Sweden next month which will feature some of the more well-known talent. Billed under the title of Wrestlingpalatset (Wrestling Palace) Queen of the Ring, it seems to be a co-promoted show between Svensk Wrestling Syd and the Nordic Women’s Wrestling Alliance, and features a range of talent like NWWA Champion Aurora Flame, Lady Lory, Jessica Love, Sara Elektra, White Tigress, La Viuda Negra and Miss Mina – most of whom are from Sweden, Finland or Norway.
No card has been announced for the event in Malmo on March 8, but we thought we would take a look at one of the women on the card taking on someone who we have featured quite a few times at Ringbelles.
During her second trip to Europe last year, Leah Von Dutch left British shores to wrestle for Fight Club Finland on its November 30 show in Helsinki, facing Sara Elektra in singles competition. Click the jump and get acquainted with the Most Elektrifying Woman in Sports-Entertainment… (more…)
We haven’t discussed Kellie Skater recently. That’s tantamount to a crime, and we must rectify this.
In what has become an annual thing, the Rate Tank is currently on an extended trip in Japan, predominantly spending her time competing for Stardom, though she has moonlighted and competed for the WRESTLE-1 promotion as well. As a consequence, we have two Skater matches for you, highlighting her work in both promotions.
The first match for you after the jump is her Wonder Of Stardom Title challenge against Act Yasukawa at Stardom Year-End Climax 2013 on December 29 on last year at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, in what was Skater’s second match since her return to the country – her first was a victory six days earlier over Mayu Iwatani in Osaka. Following that, we have her WRESTLE-1 contest against Hiroyo Matsumoto held on January 31 of this year in the same venue. (more…)
You may well remember that Portia Perez travelled to the UK a few months ago just ahead of last year’s Fight Season to compete at ICW: Fierce Females‘ last show – ‘XX: It’s In Our DNA’ (where she had a highly enjoyable match with Nikki Storm), but what was a little less well known was that ICW was not the only stop for Perez during her trip across the pond. In conjunction with IWIW, who sponsored her trip, she also appeared on two other shows in Scotland that weekend, promoted by PBW (Premier British Wrestling). On the Friday night, Perez took on Kay Lee Ray in Larbert, and on Saturday she met Carmel Jacob in Alloa – and just in the last couple of weeks, IWIW have uploaded their video footage of the two matches. They’re multi camera edits, though the commentary isn’t the best (IWIW even apologised specifically for that in their description of the Perez/KLR match), but both matches showcase unique combinations not seen before or since. Click through after the cut for both videos. Enjoy! (more…)
Former My Name Is guests Debbie Sharpe and Sammii Jayne are cultivating a healthy feud in Scottish Wrestling Entertainment. Having faced each other in more than half a dozen encounters since last September, the pair have squared off in tag matches, trios matches and ladder matches. It has been the making of both women.
Jayne has cut weight, improved cardio and changed her look since we interviewed her in October 2012 and is considered the top woman in the promotion’s Sirens Division. However, she has a formidable opponent in a prodigy like Sharpe, who has less than a year’s experience under her belt but is coming along at a great rate of knots. The match we have after the jump is their latest contest in Dundee, Scotland from January 25, though they are slated to wrestle again on February 22 – both Jayne and Sharpe will challenge Viper for the Future Division title in a rematch from their Ladder Match last October, which Sammii won… (more…)
Hailey Hatred vanished off the face of the earth in August of last year. She deleted her Facebook accounts and her Twitter, and has gone completely AWOL. There have been claims that she is in the US, while other accounts say she is still in Japan – though nothing has been confirmed and anyone who does know is respecting her privacy by not divulging the details. However, that’s all fine – in order to get away from everything and to be left alone, she’s essentially gone incommunicado, so more power to her. Wherever she is, we hope that she’s happy.
Recently, Kasey Owens posted footage of a number of her matches from her three months with Ice Ribbon – which she talked about with us on her return to the UK – and one of them was one of Hailey’s final matches before she disappeared. The pair teamed up to face Hamuko Hoshi and Kurumi at Tokyo’s Shinjuku FACE on July 14, three weeks before her final contest to date. You can see the contest after the jump. (more…)
A bit of Australian action this weekend for you, as we have a contest between two rising stars in the Aussie scene.
We spoke to Nikita Naridian (AKA Kellyanne English) in November 2012 for My Name Is – since then, she has trained at the Storm Wrestling Academy in Canada and also spent time learning in Mexico. Her opponent in this contest from United Pro Wrestling‘s Divided We Brawl show at the end of last November is Toni Storm, who has also enjoyed some international experience, spending an extended amount of time in England, taking booking for All-Star Wrestling.
Since we spoke to her, Naridian has changed up her look by dying her hair red, and has also worked on her heel character, while Storm is such a sympathetic baby face that it’s easy to get behind her. Click the jump to see what we mean. (more…)
Nixon Newell‘s first appearance in a wrestling promotion in the United States was with TNA. No, seriously – she appeared at last year’s Slammiversary after winning a contest to get a trip to the US and tickets for the show in Boston, MA last June. However, the 19-year old from South Wales would return to the States in November, where she got a chance to lace up her boots and get in the ring.
As part of her trip, she took on Heidi Lovelace at NWA Southern All-Star Wrestling in Millersville, TN, and it became another TV appearance as the promotion has its own time slot in the state. While the match may not be long, she wasn’t treated as some jobber for the regular star, as she was put over both in the ring and on commentary.
You can watch the match after the jump – a contest which proves you can tour a different country without hitting the “bigger” names, but still successfully cutting your teeth. (more…)
This video sits in the middle of two different stories – on one side, it’s relevant because of the announcement that Athena returns to the ring next month and will be competing at Women Superstars Uncensored Mutiny on February 8; on the other, it’s a heads-up that tickets for SHIMMER’s volumes 63-66 DVD tapings in Berwyn, IL go on sale tomorrow (Sunday, January 12th at 7PM Eastern). You can find all the details on prices and how to be a part of the the weekend of April 12 and 13 by clicking here – but to when your appetite, here’s an example of what’s on offer.
Athena v Jessie McKay v Mia Yim took place at SHIMMER Volume 42 in October 2011 and was a great showcase for all three, but particularly the Wrestling Goddess. It was arguably the first real springboard for the Texan, and has made her a real one to watch in women’s wrestling. You can watch the contest after the jump. (more…)
After defeating Amazing Kong to successfully defend her SHINE Championship at SHINE 15 last month – and renege on her intentions to retire – Rain was told by VP Lexie Fyfe that the number one contender for the title would be her Valkyrie stablemate Ivelisse Velez, who had beaten Mia Yim earlier in the night. The show closed with an awkward mood in the air, as it seemed that the lure of the title would drive a wedge into the promotion’s most dominant group.
Over the past week or so, Velez has been given advice and opinions from a number of different people – Valkyrie teammates Allysin Kay and Taylor Made, Rain and Fyfe. Earlier today Ivelisse gave us her decision, and it means it’s Valkyrie v Valkyrie at SHINE 16 on January 24… (more…)
If you’ve not seen Kana in the last six months, she’s evolved her look, adding more elaborate entrance robes and jackets as well as employing an array of different facepaints. It’s really separated her from the pack, and created a lot more buzz for her during her JWP Openweight Championship reign.
She was already painting her face when she won the title from Arisa Nakajima in August, antagonising the roster by rubbing her victory in their faces. Eventually, Nakajima regained the title on December 15 – but before that, Kana notched up a couple of successful defences. The first win was over Manami Katsu on September 16, and the other was the match we have for you today. Kana put the belt on the line against Hanako Nakamori on October 14 at the Tsubasa Kuragaki 15th Anniversary show in Shinjuku FACE in Tokyo, Japan – click the jump to watch the match, and the post-fight antics. (more…)
Nikki Storm‘s first match at Pro Wrestling: EVE back on October 16, 2010 may have been against Saraya Knight (pictured), but it wasn’t the first time the two had stood across the ring from each other – in fact, one of their first encounters was one of Storm’s first ever matches.
Back in 2009, Storm was a fresh-faced rookie representing Scotland at Scottish Wrestling Alliance‘s The Gathering II in Glasgow on September 20, 2008. On the opposing side was Saraya and her husband Ricky Knight, who were the leaders of an English squad. In this contest, Storm is partnered by Majik.
Incidentally, this is the final of the weekly Retro series. In the future, retro videos will be posted as and when something interesting is found. In recent months, we have had difficulty in finding noteworthy videos for you, and didn’t want to post substandard contests. (more…)
Hopefully everyone who has read this has enjoyed a healthy and happy Christmas filled with wrestling joy – I, for example received the Wrestling’s 101 Strangest Matches book featuring contests like the Original Screwjob and when June Byers and Mildred Burke tried to resolve a title dispute with a legitimate contest. While we’re having a bit of a rest day at Ringbelles, we couldn’t resist adding a Retro featuring the TNA Knockouts from the Christmas Day episode of Impact in 2008.
Another reason why we’re posting this match is because of the nib we posted in yesterday’s Roundup about Taylor Wilde doing some wrestling appearances next year. She is featured in this contest alongside Roxxi (Nikki Roxx), ODB and Christy Hemme against the Kongtourage faction consisting of Sojo Bolt, Rhaka Khan, Raisha Saeed (Cheerleader Melissa/Alissa Flash) and the Knockouts Champion Awesome (Amazing) Kong. The baby faces get into the Christmas spirit by getting into costume, so click the jump and get into some festive fighting. (more…)
There are few genuine success stories when it comes to wrestlers’ lives after WWE – unfortunately, many wrestlers leave the business because they were unable to do it anymore or had outserved what their employers perceived to be their usefulness, and have not planned far enough into the future to make sure they are financially secure. Women are more likely to manage it – Stacy Keibler, Lisa Marie Varon and even Kelly Kelly immediately spring to mind – but few managed to have a great life after leaving the ring more than Trish Stratus.
With a happy marriage, a successful yoga business and getting ready for her first Christmas as a mother, things have gone well for the 38-year old Canadian since she retired from full-time competition in 2006 – and the reason we’re talking about her here is because earlier today she tweeted a picture of her WWE Women’s Championship belt. As a result, we’re posting the video of her final match against Lita at Unforgiven in September 2006, where she won the title for a record-setting seventh time.
Unarguably the most successful WWE Diva in history, she is the person that the company used as a template for its top women for a long time, and has only recently started to move away from that blueprint with the likes of AJ Lee and Paige, for example. However, her success at raising the profile of women’s wrestling in WWE was rewarded with her being allowed to go out as champion in her home city of Toronto. Click the jump to watch the match between two longtime rivals. (more…)
We’ve become fans of Barbi Hayden because of things like her work at Women Superstars Uncensored‘s Uncensored Rumble back in August and her overall attitude to wrestling – which Stew covered with her in a Fight Like A Girl interview in September. In truth, 2013 has been a successful year for the 23-year old Texan, as she debuted in Mexico and Ring Of Honor as well as WSU, while also continuing to compete for other promotions in her home state – which is what brings us to this video.
The match we have for you is one of Hayden’s from Coastal Championship Wrestling‘s show on August 24 in La Marque. In it, she takes on fellow former Anarchy Championship Wrestling American Joshi Champion Jessica James, who had recently returned from a 3 month stint wrestling for the Diana promotion in Japan. Click the jump to take a look. (more…)
Considering Mickie Knuckles‘ return to IWA Mid-South last weekend, we’ve dug up a match from her past in the promotion.
The contest we have for this week’s Retro is from April 22, 2007 where Knuckles defended the IWA Mid-South Women’s Championship on a cross promotion show with Anarchy Championship Wrestling in San Antonio, TX. Challenging her is then-ACW regular Daffney, in what turned out to be a bloody encounter.
Speaking of Daffney, an interview she conducted with Highspots earlier this year has been released. Diva Diaries covers her infiltration of the TNA Knockouts Knockdown audience back in March after concluding her legal issues with the promotion, as well as revealing that she has been living with bipolar disorder.
Candice LeRae has been doing a good job of getting her name out there in the last few months.
Even though she spends the bulk of her time working in California, the 28-year old has been spreading her wings. In September she travelled to Canada to take part in Smash Wrestling‘s CAN USA Classic and also made an appearance at Ohio Valley Wrestling in Louisville, KY for a show which featured a lot of female talent, as well as the 4-way Ladder Match for the vacant Women’s Championship. Last month, she competed in Beyond Wrestling‘s Tournament For Tomorrow 2 and also worked on an episode of TNA Impact Wrestling, falling to Gail Kim – an opportunity which came about after a tryout match before the Bound For Glory PPV in October. Considering there are more eyes on LeRae, we though it would be a good idea to post one of her matches from the summer.
Quintessential Pro Wrestling is a new outfit on the West Coast, and their second show featured LeRae taking on reigning SHIMMER Champion Cheerleader Melissa in singles action. Click the jump to see the match, which took place in Monrovia on June 16… (more…)
The NXT Women’s Title match between champion Paige and challenger Natalya is the best women’s match presented on WWE TV this year. It’s received a world of praise, and deservedly so, but it also receives a surprised reaction from us, because it features a really strong performance from Natalya.
While she can be fine most of the time she tends to be given more slack than most, partially based on past work – as honestly, some of her stuff this year has been pretty disappointing, and in some cases a complete head-scratcher considering her seniority. However that albatross was shaken off her back for this match against the Briton, which made for a really entertaining contest.
The match came about after a pretty bitchy session between the pair the previous week where Paige was slightly hellish is claiming that Natalya had lost her focus on wrestling in favour of the Hollywood spotlight which came with the Total Divas fame. It led to the titleholder offering to put her belt on the line against the former Divas Champion, which led to this match, which you can see (along with the preceding angle) after the jump. (more…)
I’m a huge fan of the first three series of WWE reality show Tough Enough, as evidenced by the two articles I wrote about the female winners and notable names who participated on the show. That’s why I’m a little giddy at finding the match which is being featured in this week’s Retro.
After both being released from WWE in 2004 and 2005 respectively, Nidia Guenard and Jackie Gayda-Haas kept their feet in the wrestling waters. Tough Enough 1 victor Nidia travelled across the world, competing in places like Mexico and Australia, while TE2 victor Jackie (who we interviewed in the third-ever Women Of Wrestling Podcast back in 2009) – wrestled around the US for the most part, including a short stint in TNA. However, the pair would meet for their only match against each other in Naples, Italy for Nu-Wrestling Evolution. (more…)