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…)
Wednesday on Ringbelles is usually “Ringbelles Retro” day, but our clip from this week isn’t particularly retro – it’s from this year, in fact – but it still seems a long time ago, and was one of the first big moments of the year for one of 2013s most impressive performers, Heidi Lovelace. After this match, which took place at National Pro Wrestling Day 2013, Lovelace would go on to have one of the most talked-about angles of the year with Taeler Hendrix in OVW, and produce quality performances in SHINE, SHIMMER, AAW, AIW, St Louis Anarchy, Chikara Pro and several of the Wrestling Is promotions, to name but a few.
It’s actually thanks to the Wrestling Is YouTube channel that we bring this match to you today – and it’s Heidi Lovelace teaming with Devin Bliss to take on the team of Reed Bentley & Tripp Cassidy, collectively known as The League. The intergender match took place on the evening card at NPWD under the “Wrestling Is Heart” banner. As we pointed out when we commended Heidi during our “A good half year for…” series earlier in the year, this match is ALL about heart. Bliss is in one of his first matches as a pro, and Lovelace, taking the lead for her team, takes an absolute shitkicking from The League. Sadly the YouTube video cuts off pretty swiftly after the match, but if you saw the match at the time on iPPV (or want to buy the VOD via SmartMarkVideo), you’ll see the assembled wrestling fans raise the roof in appreciation after the match for the gusty, heart-filled performance by Lovelace here – setting the scene for her superb year. Click through after the cut to check it out, and when you’re done, check out (or revisit) our half-hour interview with Heidi from earlier in the year when we talked about this match (and more). (more…)
Happy Thanksgiving to our American visitors – we hope you have all had a relaxing and wholesome day.
And now, women fighting each other.
On August 8, 2010, Alexxis Nevaeh began an unprecedented third reign as World Women’s Wrestling Champion. She defeated Mistress Belmont to lift the title, getting a measure of revenge after Belmont had beaten her for the belt on March 20 that year. On November 9 of this year, Nevaeh’s 1,208 day reign as champion came to an end with Belmont winning her second WWW title on New England Championship Wrestling‘s card in Beverly, MA.
Between the pair, they have held the WWW Championship for the last 1,592 days, with the last person other than them to wear the belt being Ariel, who dropped the belt to Belmont on August 8, 2009. As you can imagine, this has been a long feud and they have fought many times. After the jump is the match which saw Alexxis’ mammoth reign come to an end. Have a watch while you wait to make room for pumpkin pie… (more…)
Riea Von Slasher and Kc Spinelli have been at each other’s throats in Vancouver Island Pro Wrestling for a while now. After beating the tar out of each other last month in a Falls Count Anywhere match, the pair upped the ante last Friday during VIPW’s show in Vancouver, BC, Canada, with Von Slasher and Spinelli seeking to settle their differences in a Bodybag Match. The rules are much like Casket Match rules: get your opponent into the body bag and zip it up to win the contest.
Click the jump to see another unusual affair in this crazy world of pro wrestling, and also get ready to watch the happy and smiling Kc Spinelli as the nasty, mouthy heel. As we discovered last year, she turns to it well. (more…)
It was a big summer for Britain’s Pollyanna. She travelled to Japan in August to train with and wrestle for Emi Sakura‘s Gatoh Move promotion, and picked up a wealth of new skills and experiences along the way. Taking on the likes of Riho, Sayaka Obihiro, Kaori Yoneyama and Hiroyo Matsumoto, the London resident readily admits that it is one of the best experiences in her three and a half year career.
In an interview with Gatoh Move, Pollyanna admits that she would love to return to the promotion in 2014 and to make it a longer stay – however, during her visit she managed to squeeze in a title challenge.
Pollyanna challenged Sakura for the AWF World Women’s Championship at Itabashi Gatoh Heat Summer on August 10 in Itabashi as part of a stacked card. The full match is after the jump, so click and have a watch. (more…)
Stardom held a bumper card for its 100th show earlier on this month, with three championship matches, headlined by World Of Stardom Champion Io Shirai defending the belt against former titleholder and 5STAR GP winner Nanae Takahashi.
Presented to 1,020 fans at Tokyo, Japan’s Korakuen Hall on November 4, the show was recently broadcast and has been uploaded to YouTube – so watch it quickly before it goes away. We have the results here, but if you want to watch spoiler-free you can click the jump. (more…)
In the PWWA Interim Title Tournament DVD review from last week (click here to read it), I pointed out that it’s astounding at how proficient Evie is considering the small pool of female wrestlers there are in New Zealand – but it’s not as tiny as you may think.
For example, Impact Pro Wrestling has wrestlers like the aforementioned Evie, as well as former tag team partner Megan-Kate, Britenay and Olivia Shaw. Elsewhere, you have wrestlers like JpE, Nurse Payne and Scarlett in places like New Zealand Wide Pro Wrestling and Maniacs United. Some of that talent was on display last weekend at the Armageddon Expo – a Comic Con for Australia and New Zealand featuring sci-fi, gaming, anime, collectibles, TV and movie stars and comic books. (more…)
Earlier this week, a fancam version of the Portia Perez v Nikki Storm match from ICW: Fierce Females‘ show last Sunday was posted on YouTube, which caught us off guard until we considered the source of the recording. It’s been uploaded by Independent Women’s Internet Wrestling, which sponsored Portia’s trip to Scotland where she wrestled three matches in as many days – contests against Kay Lee Ray and Carmel Jacob as part of Premier British Wrestling cards as well as the XX: It’s In Our DNA show which we attended, and can read our report of by clicking here.
At the time, we described the match as a test of who could be the bigger bastard. Now you can see two great heels trying to out-cheat each other.
Obviously, the video you’ll watch after the jump is not the most perfect way to see the show as it pertains to a video format. Fierce Females will be releasing the whole event on DVD in the near future with multiple optimal camera angles and commentary overlaid to really showcase the matches. For now though, have a look at one of the matches from one of the top women’s promotions in the western world right now. Should your appetite be whetted, you can buy the DVDs of the first two shows at the promotion’s shop. Dive in. (more…)
When we spoke to Erin Angel for episode 57 of the Women Of Wrestling Podcast, she had just returned from a 22-date tour of Canada with Atlantic Wrestling Grand Prix – her second trip to the country. However, unlike the hubs of wrestling like Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia, she was wrestling in the maritime provinces like Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. For today’s video, we have one of those matches – a singles contest against She Nay Nay from the June 6 show in Truro, NS.
While we’re here, there are a few other things we need to mention about Erin’s immediate future. Tonight, she’s wrestling Shanna in the first women’s match in Holland for 12 years for Pro Wrestling Showdown in Amsterdam. Tomorrow, she and Shanna wrestle again as part of the round robin tournament also involving Rhia O’Reilly as part of the ICW: Fierce Females XX: It’s In Our DNA card in Glasgow, Scotland – headlined by Kay Lee Ray defending the Scottish Championship against Viper and Amazing Kong, and we discuss that match with the titleholder as part of our most recent WOW Podcast. Get all up to speed before tomorrow, where we will be providing live results from the show. (more…)
Yep, three matches in three days – and this one is about as recent as you can get. It’s from Saturday night’s Italian Championship Wrestling show in Mantova, Italy, and features Germany’s Lady Lory taking on Italian native Queen Maya in a match which is not for Lory’s Europe Catch Tour Association Women’s Championship.
Maya has certainly raised her game in 2013 and fans have been able to see that through her matches at Bellatrix 5 (where she dropped the RQW European Women’s Championship to Liberty) and at Bellatrix 6 (where she defeated Kay Lee Ray). In addition, she has really honed the ability to wrestle for her size – which is a massive boost when you consider she’s a lofty 6’1″. That’s further highlighted in this contest when you take a look at her new gear, which really shows off her height rather than inadvertently masking it.
Having said all that, it’s a change to see her wrestle as a babyface… (more…)
On August 11, the team of Hiroyo Matsumoto and Tomoka Nakagawa (collectively known as Jungle Jack 21) claimed their third OZ Academy Tag Team Championship by defeating Aja Kong and Hikaru Shida.
The victory was actually Matsumoto’s fourth run with the titles – funnily enough, her first Tag Team Championship partner was Kong in another pair formed in the JJ21 stable. The win is also a record-tying effort for the tandem, with the other team boasting three reigns being SonChika (Chikayo Nagashima and Sonoko Kato).
The match from Shinjuku FACE in Tokyo, Japan has been uploaded, so we’ve got it for you after the jump. Check out history being made. (more…)
Despite winning her Career v Respect match against Jessicka Havok at SHINE 8 back in March, Reby Sky hasn’t been back to the promotion since then – and that’s a shame, as fans were really getting into her work. However, despite not being at SHINE, the “Diva Overachiever” has been keeping busy by stepping into rings elsewhere in the US.
One of Sky’s most recent matches took place in Gaithersburg, MD for Big Time Wrestling on August 13, culminating a weekend of events. Click after the jump to see the contest between she and the self-absorbed reigning TNA Knockouts Champion. (more…)
Ahead of the release of the all-women TNA One Night Only PPV on September 6, the company has put together a preview video to sell the event to US viewers – ones in the UK will get it for free five days later. Hosted by Christy Hemme, it features a montage of all the Knockouts Champions since the title was created in 2007; a look at the Gauntlet Match at Bound For Glory in that year which determined the inaugural titleholder; a recap of the feud between Gail Kim and Taryn Terrell which featured a great Last Knockout Standing Match at Slammiversary this year and also a fine Ladder Match on Impact Wrestling in July; and a rundown of all the women who will be involved in the show itself.
The event was taped in March – you can read results of it here if you don’t mind spoilers – and it is interesting to see which Knockouts are no longer with the company in the time the show was recorded and it making to air. Tara, Taeler Hendrix and Madison Rayne have all gone – though Rayne didn’t wrestle on the show as she was already pregnant – while Brooke Hogan has also parted ways with TNA – which is a big continuity error, considering she is the one advertised as putting the event together but was unceremoniously dumped in the storylines. In addition, Terrell – who was clearly a big priority for TNA – has disappeared from our screens.
Still, it’s a nicely put together hard-sell for the show, so click after the jump, rekindle some memories and see if it can pull some money from your bank account. (more…)
We at Ringbelles became big fans of Thunderkitty at the last SHIMMER tapings back in April, especially during her victory over Sassy Stephie on volume 57, where she got the win with a sleeperhold.
The great thing about her style – which would be considered modern in her mentally-defined era of the 1950′s – is that her fundamentals mean her matches can stick to the KISS principle of Keep It Simple, Stupid. In addition, how can you dislike anyone who has “Ladies champion of lady midget-tossing in Ohio at 11 feet and 3 inches” and “Rumored to win a battle royal against 15 grizzly bears in the old territory days” as other notable accomplishments on her own website?
We’ve got a couple of Thunderkitty matches for you – her SPARKLE match from last October where she wrestled Montreal’s Angie Skye, and a contest from Millennium Pro Wrestling in 2011 against NY Knockout Nikki. (more…)
We haven’t discussed it very much, but the new silly season for women’s wrestling is rapidly approaching. Officially dubbed the Female Fight Season, it even has its own Twitter so fans can keep up with the goings on. During this period from October, Bellatrix, Absolute Intense Wrestling (both on October 6), Women Superstars Uncensored (October 12), SHIMMER (October 19-20), NCW: Femmes Fatales (October 26), and SHINE (date TBC) are all holding events, so we’re going to be spoiled for choice.
The main event of the WSU show will see Jessicka Havok defend the WSU Championship against Lexxus, who earned a shot at the belt by beating Nevaeh at the Uncensored Rumble earlier this month (you can order the event by clicking here). To whet your appetite a bit, we’ve got a Lexxus match from last September from the Beyond Wrestling Armory Amore show.
Her opponent in the match is Portia Perez, who will likely be part of SHIMMER’s festivities but is also be a part of a Scottish tour in a month’s time – culminating with a match against Nikki Storm at ICW: Fierce Females‘ anniversary show on September 22 (you can buy tickets here). Click the jump and watch the match in its entirety. (more…)
Things are going well for La Rosa Negra. Holding both the Battling Bombshells and Pro Wrestling Syndicate Bombshells Titles, there is a lot of focus on the ten year veteran from Puerto Rico. Last night at the most recent Bombshell Ladies Of Wrestling show in Iselin, NJ, she successfully defended the PWS belt against Cheerleader Melissa and Missy Sampson. However, her first defence of the belt was last month at a PWS show in Monroe.
The 31-year old put her title on the line against Angelina Love as part of the promotion’s Dream On card. Click after the jump to watch the contest in its entirety. (more…)
While we reported it under a spoiler warning a month ago, now that it has been broadcast we can just come out and say it. Paige is the first NXT Women’s Champion after beating Tamina Snuka, Alicia Fox and Emma in the final to win the title.
The match itself is arguably the best women’s contest to take place in a WWE ring in 2013, and possibly even longer than that. In a match which saw big headbutt, DilEMMAs, superplexes and the RamPaige, it was the Brit’s Paige Turner finisher which saw her garner the championship.
At the time, it was reported that Paige’s colleagues had come out to congratulate her on her victory. We expected that to be broadcast, but couldn’t be sure if the appearance by WWE COO Triple H would be shown as well. Happily, it was – and it helped to rubber stamp the 20-year old’s most significant victory in her 19-month run as a WWE employee.
We have got hold of the match for you to watch – it’s after the jump, so click away and enjoy the complete match which was the opening contest on the show, but could have easily fit in the main event slot. (more…)
No pun intended, we love Kirsty Love here at Ringbelles. With a fun character – regardless of whether she is working face or heel – the Scot has one of the widest ranges of facial expressions in wrestling, and it really helps to convey the story. Sure, at times it’s a little hammy – but therein lies her charm, and she has charm in spades.
As well as grappling in her home country, she regularly crosses the border south to South Shields in England to wrestling for RAD:PRO Wrestling, which has the feel of a British version of CHIKARA. Sure, it’s in its early days but with a range of colourful characters and no boundaries when it comes to men wrestling women, you can see similarities. It is one of Kirsty’s RAD:PRO matches which we have for you this weekend, against a CHIKARA original. (more…)
Just over a week ago, the Europe Tour Catch Association held a four woman tournament at its show in Gravelines, France to determine its first ever Women’s Champion. As we revealed in last week’s Roundup, the whole shebang was won by Lady Lory, so the winner shouldn’t be any surprise – however, you can now see her route to the title as part of the one night tourney.
The four combatants vying for the belt all hailed from different countries. Lory represented Germany, Queen Maya flew the flag for Italy, Skarlett came from the UK while Morgane Leigh was the national hero, as she hailed from France. In the semi finals, Lory took on Maya, while Skarlett faced Leigh.
You can see the whole tournament after the jump and see just how the German ascended to the gold, and how she tried to stick her nose in everybody’s business in doing so. You can also see just how much of a battle it was to claim the title in the final. (more…)
We raved about the Last Knockout Standing Match at Slammiversary between Taryn Terrell and Gail Kim. Terrell was especially impressive, considering so little was expected of her and she delivered so much in what was arguably the best women’s match in the Big Two so far in 2013. However, Kim’s contributions as the veteran in the match cannot be overlooked, as she was the one who kept things together, even though Taryn more than held up her end of the bargain.
Naturally, considering the buzz from their first match, there would be another – and this one would be on free TV so more people could watch and realise what they missed out on. Filmed two weeks ago in Las Vegas, NV, the Ladder Match between the pair aired on last night’s Impact Wrestling – and to add a bigger pot at the end of the rainbow, the winner would become the number one contender to Mickie James‘ Knockouts Championship. Who would win? Would it be better than their Slammiversary match? Watch after the jump, and let us know your thoughts in the comments. (more…)
A couple of days ago, Pacific Pro Wrestling uploaded its match between Madison Eagles and Storm from the March 16 show in Bundamba, QLD, Australia to decide the promotion’s first ever Women’s Champion. The reason why we’re posting this match for you this weekend is because Storm has had a pretty historic weekend, adding another country to the list of nations which she has wrestled.
Following an extended trip to the UK where she competed for All Star Wrestling, she made her Japanese debut yesterday, losing in the opening match of the latest Reina card alongside fellow Aussie Mighty Mel to Syuri and Hanako Nakamori. Meanwhile, the match is another example of why Madison Eagles is held in such high regard.
Incidentally, both women will be part of PWWA‘s August 3 show, with Storm’s match yet to be announced, though Eagles will take on Evie with the Women’s and Interim Women’s Championships on the line to unify the belts. You can read more about PWWA here, and you can find the match between Eagles and Storm after the jump. (more…)
Yesterday, Leah Von Dutch tweeted that she was missing the UK, the promoters and its fans. And the feeling is mutual, as she turned a lot of heads and swelled her profile by a huge amount. Some of her high profile shows include Pro Wrestling: EVE‘s Special Edition III and Queen of the Ring shows and a quality outing against Carmel Jacob at ICW: Fierce Females’ Luke… Who’s Yer Da? show.
However, the Canadian worked around a dozen bookings during her month on the other side of the Atlantic, with her most common opponent being Portugal’s Perfect Athlete Shanna. They fought at Queen of the Ring and the Alternative Wrestling World events, as well as at Extreme American Wrestling in Corby, England, which is the match we’re bringing to you this weekend.
In addition, Shanna will be part of tomorrow’s Bellatrix 6 iPPV (which you can order here) with her challenging Liberty for the RQW European Women’s Championship. See her and Leah in action after the jump. (more…)
Since we first discussed the storyline involving Heidi Lovelace‘s crush on Taeler Hendrix in Ohio Valley Wrestling, interest in their antics has gone straight up. From the secret gifts to the admission to Taeler’s confusion, leading to Hendrix seemingly accepting Lovelace’s offer, the storyline has progressed in ways which have been interesting – and unexpected.
For example, at the start of this month, Taeler revealed to Nikki St John that things may not be as lovey-dovey as we may have been led to believe. More recently, Hendrix made out that Women’s Champion Trina Thompson was trying to drive a wedge into the “Teidi” relationship, which sent Lovelace off the handle and saw her unsuccessfully challenge for the title at the most recent Saturday Night Special, and was used as a patsy the following week so Hendrix and St John could attack the titleholder.
On this week’s episode of OVW TV, Hendrix faced Thompson in a non-title match. As you’ll see, Lovelace was trying to calm down her other half because Taeler was flapping about Trina’s unbeaten record since her return to the promotion and about Nikki St John’s absence. You can watch the match after the jump. (more…)