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In Video: Ray & Leon set to return to SHIMMER in Berwyn; Revisit their match with Kurihara & Hamada!

Ray and Leon are set to make their SHIMMER returnsNot an April Fool’s Joke! Not a dream! Not an imaginary story! Masked duo Ray and Leon are due to make their returns to the United States in less than a fortnight as they join the roster for SHIMMER Women Athletes Vols 63-66 in Berwyn, IL on the weekend of April 12-13. While all eyes are on New Orleans this weekend for SHIMMER Vol 62 (available on iPPV as part of the WWNLive Experience) and the big Cheerleader Melissa vs LuFisto 2/3 Falls SHIMMER Championship match, the announcement of the high-flying joshi duo adds a real sense of excitement for the following weekend’s festivities. Although they have only graced one set of SHIMMER tapings in the past (Vols 45-48 in March 2012), their influence that weekend was great – competing in both singles and (memorably) as a tag team. In tag team competition, they defeated the team of Mia Yim & Davina Rose (now Bayley in NXT) at Vol 46 before getting a SHIMMER Tag Team Title shot on Vol 47 against the then incumbent champions of Ayako Hamada & Ayumi Kurihara. The match was incredible – and the SHIMMER Office have seen fit to release the full video of the match as a taster of the sort of action you can expect to see in Berwyn. Click through after the jump for the video… you *won’t* regret it, and if you can possibly get to suburban Chicago by next weekend, get your tickets here! Read the rest of this page »

NHPW Global Conflict first round matches announced

NHPW GLobal ConflictIt’s about seven weeks until Australia’s New Horizons Pro Wrestling holds its Global Conflict tournament in Perth, and we now know the opening round matches which will take place, albeit with one competitor still to be announced for the show on the weekend of May 23-24.

The mouth-watering prospect of the quarter finals in this 8-woman tournament sees Kellie Skater face Evie. The pair have clashed in Pro Wrestling Australia action in the past – once in the semi-final of the PWWA Interim Title tournament and again later that year when the pair went to a 30 minute draw. Considering the extra international experience the pair will have acquired from trips to Japan and North America, this one can’t fail to be good.

Speaking of international action, two veterans from the northern hemisphere will be taking on younger talent as part of the quarters. America’s Mercedes Martinez will go against promising 17-year old Demi Bennett, while Briton and IndyGurlz Australia Champion Saraya Knight will take on Nikita Naridian.

The final match in the bracket sees Madison Eagles take on an as-yet unnamed opponent, who is reportedly being kept as a “surprise”, so we may be left on edge until showtime to see who Eagles will be facing.

Last year’s overall winner was Portia Perez, and you can see results of the two nights by clicking here and here, courtesy of our friends at NHB Girls.

Miss Mina becomes NWWA Champion

Miss MinaIn what turned out to be a vicious and bloody streetfight, Norway’s Miss Mina captured the Nordic Women’s Wrestling Alliance Championship last night, defeating Finland’s Aurora Flame in a match which was meant to take place earlier this month.

Mina was due a shot at the title after winning the Svensk Wrestling Syd Queen of the Ring tournament in Malmo, Sweden on March 8, having defeated White Tigress, Lady Lory & Jessica Love in the final four way elimination match to get the opportunity. However, an injury to her ankle meant that she was unable to challenge for the belt – instead, Love got the shot and was defeated by Flame. After the contest, Mina threw out a challenge for the title, which would take place on Norwegian Wrestling Federation‘s Ragnarök show, and would be the first female streetfight to take place in Norway.

Mina and Flame did not disappoint, as the pair battered each other with weapons including chairs and chains to earn the victory. In the end, it was the hometown challenger who won the bloody brawl to earn her first NWWA Championship and put an end to Aurora’s second reign with the belt – and if you’re sceptical of what we mean by bloody, click the jump to see what the outgoing titleholder looked like after the match… Read the rest of this page »

Absolute Intense Wrestling Girls Night Out 11 & 12 live results – Athena Wins AIW Women’s Championship

Athena AIW Champion by Dave MuscarellaSpring’s Female Fight Season kicks off in Cleveland, OH today with Absolute Intense Wrestling‘s Girls Night Out 11 & 12 tapings. The first show is headlined with a match which should clear up the controversy over the Women’s Championship, as Allysin Kay and Leah Von Dutch square off.

Von Dutch claims that she is the rightful titleholder after beating Kay in controversial circumstances back in February, with an announcement made that the pair will square off at GNO11. Since then, a ruling has been made that Kay is still the reigning Women’s Champion and Von Dutch’s title win did not happen. However, Leah is undefeated in AIW action and holds a win in some fashion over the titleholder, though Allysin will be taking on her adversary without being fatigued from an earlier match – so this is certainly an intriguing contest.

Elsewhere, Kay Lee Ray makes her US debut taking on Mickie Knuckles, Thunderkitty returns to the promotion after a year and a half with a match against Marti Belle – and she discussed her comeback here – and Annie Social & Heidi Lovelace will challenge the Jollyville Fuck-Its for the Tag Team Championship. Unfortunately, Shanna will not be part of the tapings after having to pull out for personal reasons – she was meant to face Veda Scott and Hania in singles matches.

We’ll have results as they happen courtesy of Dave Muscarella in attendance, so click the jump and keep hitting refresh for the latest. Read the rest of this page »

Shanna withdraws from Girls Night Out tapings

Veda Scott Shanna AIWIn a disappointing development, Shanna has been forced to withdraw from tomorrow’s Absolute Intense Wrestling Girls Night Out 11 & 12 tapings in Cleveland, OH.

In a statement on her Facebook page, Portugal’s Perfect Athlete announced:

Dear fans, due to personal reasons I will not be able to take part on Absolute Intense Wrestling’s GNO shows. My sincere apologies for this, you know I’d never ever cancel a show, I live to perform for you perfect peeps out there!

I encourage you to attend this show, there will be lots of amazing talent performing as well as some new faces totally worth the travel! Read the rest of this page »

Ringbelles Retro: Lita & Trish Stratus main eventing Raw in 2000

Lita Trish StratusIt seems fitting that Trish Stratus inducts Lita into the WWE Hall of Fame in a couple of weeks. After all, their wrestling careers are so tightly intertwined – they debuted in the company at roughly the same time, were each other’s biggest rival and both left the promotion within a few weeks of each other.

We have featured their final match against each other in a previous Retro, but we go even further back for this one. We travel all the way back to 2000, with both about six months into their run, and main eventing Raw as part of a mixed tag team match which had multiple stories crossing over.

Lita and Stratus had been feuding for a few months alongside their respective male tag teams of the Hardy Boyz and T&A, though their programme had taken on a life of its own. Meanwhile, Stratus was one of the catalysts for friction between Triple H and Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley and saw Kurt Angle start to muscle in and make a move on Stephanie. Angle and HHH were trying to keep it civil in respect for Stephanie but were secretly wanting to tear each other apart – a situation exacerbated by them both being top contenders for The Rock‘s WWF Championship, with the trio squaring off in a triple threat match at that year’s SummerSlam. Read the rest of this page »

Ringbelles Roundup (25 March 2014) – Divas at WrestleMania, Female Fight Season returns & more

Divas WrestleMania XXXAt last November’s Survivor Series, we watched a pretty rotten 7 on 7 Divas elimination match. Not content with its badness, it was then repeated on Raw the following night. Having not learned that more does not necessarily mean better, WWE has booked a 14 woman match for WrestleMania XXX on April 6.

It came about on last night’s Raw after Divas Champion AJ Lee deliberately got herself counted out in her title defence against Naomi. Irritated, SmackDown General Manager Vickie Guerrero decided to punish AJ by booking her in a title defence at WrestleMania with 13 challengers. That means that going for the title in New Orleans, LA will be Naomi, Cameron, Brie Bella, Nikki Bella, Natalya, Eva Marie, Emma, Aksana, Alicia Fox, Summer Rae, Rosa Mendes, Layla and Tamina Snuka.

How happy a Diva would be in being in this match depends on the Diva to whom you are referring. Should you ask Eva Marie, Cameron, Emma, Aksana, Alicia, Summer, Emma, Layla, Tamina or Rosa, I would imagine you would get a happy response – especially Rosa and Layla, who have barely been seen in recent months. Under normal circumstances, there would be little to no chance of them being involved in a title match at WrestleMania. Because of this booking, they can say they challenged for the belt at a WM and will receive a big pay-per-view payoff in the process. However the opposite feeling may be forthcoming from the rest – who could have held a claim for at one time being in the frame for a singles challenge on the show. Read the rest of this page »

In Video: Io Shirai v Cheerleader Melissa

Cheerleader Melissa Io Shirai Resuner YokoyamaA little over a week ago, Cheerleader Melissa travelled to Japan as part of a flying visit to challenge Io Shirai for the World of Stardom Championship. It was the main event of Stardom’s The Highest show from Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, which featured a number of gaijin including Kellie Skater, Alpha Female and Madison Eagles.

You may already know the result – but regardless of whether you do or not, the match has been put online, so we have the chance to see how it went. Click the jump to watch the contest. Read the rest of this page »

Former TNA Knockout “works WWE tryout”

Dark AngelCanada’s Sarah Stock received a tryout with WWE in December last year, according to Primera Cuerda.

Probably best known as Sarita during her time in TNA, she won the Knockouts Tag Team Championship on two occasions, though has spent most of her time wrestling for CMLL as Dark Angel, and has also competed under that name in Japan in recent years, winning the Wonder of Stardom title last year. In addition, she wrestled for SHIMMER between 2007-10 under the name of “Dark Angel” Sarah Stock. Clearly, she was worked everywhere and has a world of experience – which is why it is reported that she received very positive feedback.

There are also many benefits for WWE to hire her. With the ability to speak English, Spanish and French fluently, she is very marketable in foreign countries – especially Mexico, where WWE is always looking to establish more market share, so having a woman who Mexico knows very well already and can work the media rounds in the country could be a real boon. In addition, her extensive experience and lucha libre wrestling style will help to separate her from other women in the promotion, and that’s something the company is supposedly after, as it was highlighted in Sara Del Rey‘s interview with WWE.com earlier this month. Read the rest of this page »

Ivelisse to defend her SHINE Championship against Jazz in New Orleans, April 4th

WWN Experience Ivelisse vs Jazz
Although the match was originally announced last weekend after Ivelisse successfully defended her SHINE Championship against Leva Bates at FIP‘s ‘Everything Burns’ iPPV, SHINE Wrestling has this week been formalising their participation in WWNLive.com‘s ‘A Wrestling Odyssey’ show on April 4th in the form of Ivelisse’s next SHINE Championship defence. Her opponent – making her return to SHINE Wrestling, and absolutely no stranger to the Louisiana independent wrestling scene – former WWE Women’s Champion, Jazz.

In a video posted to YouTube today, SHINE Wrestling’s VP of Talent Relations Lexie Fyfe explained the rationale for awarding a Championship match to someone who has been out of the promotion ever since SHINE 9 – and quite frankly, it makes a lot of sense… not least the fact that Jazz holds a win over Ivelisse in SHINE competition (at the aforementioned SHINE 9 show – which was supposed to garner Jazz a spot in the SHINE Title Tournament at SHINE 11a spot that she relinquished due to injury). As a result of Jazz’s injuries, Ivelisse ended up with a second chance spot in the tournament, and although she didn’t win, that was the show (and the performances) which set the wheels in motion for Ivelisse to eventually challenge – and beat – the first champion Rain. Read the rest of this page »