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…)
As we have found out from the 7-on-7 Divas Survivor Series match on Sunday and the repeat of the contest on Raw the following night, more does not always mean better. In fact, sometimes it can mean far worse.
While many fans lamented how much of a mess both matches were, I’m managed to put things into perspective for you with this week’s Retro offering from the very beginnings of NWA: Total Nonstop Action. With the acronym of TNA and it still being in the hangover of the Attitude Era, there was a lot of scantily-clad women in the early days, and a whole bunch of them were threw into one match on the June 26, 2002 broadcast in the form of a Lingerie Battle Royal. (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…)
Fans at SHIMMER‘s most recent DVD tapings got to see Cherry Bomb‘s heel schtick alongside Kimber Lee, though she has been a riot in Combat Zone Wrestling for a while now. With a multitude of great facial expressions, mouthy comments and bitchy antics, she’s great at getting people to be annoyed with her. However, her heel ways have been something that the recently-married Torontarian has been doing for a while – and that’s what this Retro is all about.
This week’s match from the past is from June 21, 2008′s Great North Wrestling show in Hawkesbury, ON, Canada, with Cherry Bomb teaming up with former SHIMMERer Miss Danyah taking on Misty Haven and Josianne The Pussycat. As you can tell from the screengrab, there is a fair deal of crowd work, so click the jump and watch for yourself. (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…)
My word, styles were different nine years ago. Just look at Nikki Roxx in the picture to the left – that hair has been bleached to within an inch of its life.
Clearly, this is from Roxx’s early days of wrestling – at this point, she was around two years in and was still finding her feet, look and style. It would come, but we are still in the teething process here. However, practice makes perfect and it all worked out for her in the end – though it’s always nice to look back at the early days to see how wrestlers were when they started out.
Roxx’s opponents in this match were her future tag team partner the Portuguese Princess Ariel and April Hunter as part of the WrestleJam 1 card in Northford, CT on May 25, 2004. The smaller Ariel is working babyface against her two taller and stronger opponents, but who would emerge as the victor? Click the jump and find out – and check out the fan who legitimately kissed Hunter’s foot… (more…)
It’s probably not been the best week for Dark Angel. She lost the Wonder of Stardom Championship to Act Yasukawa at the promotion’s 100th show on Monday after holding the title since April, but she has made Japan her second home after spending most of 2013 wrestling there – so it seems like Stardom is more of an interest to her these days that CMLL in Mexico.
Dark Angel has been wrestling for Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre since 2004, but started out her luchadora run wrestling for Lucha Libre Feminil and Asistencia Asesoría y Administración, putting the mask on in LLF in 2003, and carrying the gimmick on to AAA.
Before losing her mask on April 2, 2004 against Princesa Sugheit, the pair had seen their feud building up for quite some time, and one of the gimmick matches before they reached their Mask v Mask contest was a Chain Match fought under Strap Match rules where you had to touch all four corners without interruption to win. (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…)
Lisa Marie Varon is amazing. As well as being a great wrestler who can be all serious and eyes-on-the-prize, she is also secure enough in herself to be silly, be the butt of jokes and create some truly funny moments. One of them is part of this week’s Retro, which saw the WWE Divas dress up for a Halloween battle royal on the October 29, 2007 episode of Raw. While others dressed tough or sexy, Varon – then under the name of Victoria – donned a sumo suit.
Thinking about it, it’s a brilliant move, as the extra bulk of the outfit makes her difficult to throw over the top, because of the lowering of her centre of gravity – so much so that it saw her tumble down the ramp in her entrance, after ring announcer Lilian Garcia struggled to maintain her composure while introducing her.
Her appearance in this match is a stark contrast to the Retro we posted in the summer when she and Trish Stratus knocked lumps out of each other at the 2002 Survivor Series but it shows the versatility she possesses. Click the jump and enjoy. (more…)
Christy Hemme loves wrestling. After winning the WWE Diva Search in 2004, she immersed herself into the business and showed huge enthusiasm for her work. Even if her demeanour behind the curtain is a tenth of what she displays in front of the camera, she must be great to work with.
However, after leaving WWE in 2005 – with the company citing budget cuts but Hemme saying she left on her own terms because “I stuck to my guns on my morals and values as a human being. I knew in my gut that it would be the end, but I also knew that carrying guilt for knowingly doing something against what I believed wasn’t worth getting ahead” – she joined TNA and was afforded opportunities to wrestle elsewhere. One of the places she worked was Queens Of Chaos in France in November 2006.
She joined the likes of Portia Perez, Queen Maya, Jazzy Bi (now Alpha Female) and others for a Princess Of Chaos Tournament. For this week’s Retro, we have her first round contest against fellow American April Hunter. (more…)
They terrorised the wrestling world as the Minnesota Home Wrecking Crew – and later as the International Home Wrecking Crew – but before they teamed up to run roughshod over rosters, Lacey and Rain fought each other. A lot.
Their careers ran parallel with each other from the start, with the pair scrapping in promotions including Mid American Wrestling, Steel Domain Wrestling, Combat Zone Wrestling, IWA Mid-South and more. The contest for this week’s Retro comes from Neo Pro Wrestling in April 2004, and it’s a fight which spills outside the ring and into the fans due to its Falls Count Anywhere stipulation.
One thing which may surprise you is that Rain is wrestling babyface. Considering her nefarious antics in SHINE and SHIMMER, it feels really… foreign. (more…)
Open Female Fight Season is treating Australia’s Savannah Summers well. After making her US debut last Sunday at Absolute Intense Wrestling‘s Girls Night Out tapings – which saw her pick up a win in her debut match against Sassy Stephie – she has picked up some new fans, and is likely to accrue a few more as she is scheduled to wrestle for the SHIMMER pre-show SPARKLE in a week and a half, followed by a trip to Florida for SHINE 14 where she will face Shanna and Mia Yim in a 3-way.
Close to a year ago, we posted a piece about Summers where she mentioned how she was looking to wrestle in the US, and she had made that aspiration a reality, which has to be congratulated.
As part of today’s Retro, we go back to Estonian Hall in Adelaide on November 1, 2008 – around a year after her debut – where she took on Miami in Riot City Wrestling. The pair would clash again in May 2012 to crown the first RCW Women’s Champion, with Summers winning the title.
You can learn more about The First Lady of RCW by listening to NHB Girls‘ recent interview with her and by clicking here to see ten must-know facts. While you’re doing that, click the jump to see Savannah’s early days. (more…)
For this week’s Retro, it’s something a little a different. Not a match, but a segment featuring Groucho Marx meeting the woman known as “The Barefoot Contessa”.
Judy Grable appeared on the TV show What’s My Line? on September 20, 1958. Then 23, she had been trained by the Fabulous Moolah and been wrestling for five years. Her nickname came about because of her preference to wrestle without the benefit of boots, which probably means better traction but likely came with a greater risk of broken toes. Competing in the National Wrestling Alliance for the duration of her career, she didn’t win the World Women’s Championship, though her accomplishments did not go unrecognised. In 2011, she was inducted into the prestigious Pro Wrestling Hall Of Fame in Amsterdam, NY. However, she wasn’t at the ceremony, as she did on May 11, 2008 after living with diabetes, strokes, and Alzheimer’s.
The What’s My Line segment with Marx became famous for his risqué line of questioning, though it immortalised the segment to such a point that it’s available online. Click the jump to watch. (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…)
Despite being dormant for more than a decade, there are some members of the original Women Of Wrestling roster who returned for the new incarnation of the promotion. Among them were Jungle Grrrl, Lana Star, Terri Gold and the Caged Heat tag team, but two others are original trainers Selina Majors and Thug.
Both women have history beyond WOW, and also have history with each other. Under her more well-known name of Peggy Lee Leather, Thug worked for the World Wrestling Federation in the mid-1980s before moving to the American Wrestling Association, World Championship Wrestling and the Ladies Professional Wrestling Association. Majors – who competed primarily using the name Bambi – also worked in the AWA and WCW, where she and Leather built up quite a rivalry over the years. The pair also faced each other at WrestleReunion in 2005 on opposite teams in an 8-woman tag team match. However, it’s their feud in WOW in 2000 which we’re looking at today. (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…)
In December 2006, LuFisto took nine months away from the ring to recover from a career-threatening back injury. While it hadn’t completely healed, it eventually became bearable enough for the Super Hardcore Anime to come back.
One of her final shows before retreating to recover was deathmatch tournament at Stranglehold Bloodstock 2006 which she won by beating Necro Butcher in the final, and a month after coming back, she competed at the IWA Mid-South Queen Of The Death Matches tournament in October 2007 – however, LuFisto’s comeback also marked the start of her changing direction from the hardcore, weapons-based contests to ones involving more conventional wrestling – a good move to extend her career, one which is still going strong to this day.
Three months after returning, the Montral native travelled to Newall, CA to compete for EPIC WAR against Joey Ryan. Yes, that Joey Ryan – the one who participated in TNA’s Gut Check, lost, and ended up on more TNA shows than some of the winners. The one with the epic 70′s porn star moustache. The one with the loud trunks. He’s at his sexist best here against LuFisto in a dramatic contest which pulls no punches and doesn’t see Ryan hold back – which is a good thing, and LuFisto pours it on. (more…)
The title of this week’s Retro should be enough of a mouth-watering prospect, but it’s also a nice snapshot into what is roughly the mid-points in the respective ongoing careers.
This contest between Cheerleader Melissa and Mercedes Martinez comes from June 2006 and is part of a fundraiser show – but despite it not having the name of a big promotion overseeing it, the pair leave it all in the ring in a contest which looks like it opened the eyes of a number of fans in the audience.
As of right now, both Mercedes and Melissa are riding high – Martinez holds the NCW Femmes Fatales International Championship and Melissa is enjoying her second reign as SHIMMER Champion. Both will represent SHIMMER at the Bellatrix 7 iPPV on October 6 in Norwich, England, with Mercedes defending her title against Miss Mina, while Melissa takes on longtime foe Saraya Knight in a non-title contest. You can order the event at a discounted price by clicking here.
On a side note, one of the commentators calling the match is the late “Sweet And Sour” Larry Sweeney. It’s nice to hear his voice again. (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…)
Considering Sensational Sherri won the World Wrestling Federation Women’s Championship on a house show in Houston, TX on July 24, 1987, I’m pleasantly surprised to find that the title change was filmed and was given commentary from Gorilla Monsoon and Jimmy Hart.
Sherri – competing under the name of Sherri Martel at the time – defeated the Fabulous Moolah, who was enjoying her third reign as champion at the time. Holding the belt for 441 days, she boasts the fourth longest Women’s Title reign in WWF/E history, with only Moolah, Rockin’ Robin and Trish Stratus having runs longer than hers.
If you haven’t yet, have a listen to our Women Of Wrestling Podcast which we put together to mark five years after her death on June 15, 2007. Bill Apter, Candi Divine, Marianne Ryan, Lexie Fyfe & “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase all offer their stories and thoughts. (more…)