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Ivelisse & Lucha Sisters successfully defend SHINE Championships at ‘A Wrestling Odyssey’ in NOLA

Ivelisse JazzWrestleMania weekend is underway in New Orleans, Louisiana – as is the WWNLive Experience, and on this afternoon’s “A Wrestling Odyssey” show, we’ve seen two title defences from the incumbent champions of SHINE Wrestling as part of a supershow which also included talents from CZW, FIP and WILDCAT Wrestling – and at the end of the day, both SHINE Champion Ivelisse Velez and SHINE Tag Champions Mia Yim & Leva Bates (The Lucha Sisters) held onto their titles.

Ivelisse’s match with former WWE Women’s Champion and ECW original Jazz was a very technical (and for the most part ground-based) affair. It was a rematch from SHINE 9, where Jazz defeated Ivelisse in a SHINE Championship Qualifier (prior to Jazz’s injury keeping her out of the tournament), though unlike that match which had the underlying story of a rib injury to Ivelisse, this match was wrestled straight-up and competitive. Ivelisse had one hairy moment where she was unable to get any spring back from the middle rope on what was probably an attempt at a twisting crossbody, but the fans were sufficiently supportive that they stayed with the match – and indeed heavily cheered when Ivelisse hit her next high risk move. Velez eventually wrapped up the victory with a Vertigo kick to win what was clearly an emotional match for her. As referenced briefly on commentary, she has recently been dealing with the tragic passing of a family member (for which we send our condolences), not to mention her gear getting misdirected in transit and only reaching the building shortly before bell time – so a chance to get in the ring and perform was probably a blessing. Post match, the two embraced. Read the rest of this page »

Barbi Hayden won’t be at SHIMMER 62

Barbi HaydenIn what is a huge disappointment at Ringbelles HQ, Barbi Hayden has announced that she won’t be part of SHIMMER 62 tomorrow in New Orleans, LA. In a statement on her Facebook page, the NWA World Women’s Champion says:

I would like to publicly apologize to everyone. I will not be in New Orleans this weekend as scheduled against Angelina Love at Mid South, or at SHIMMER. I can’t explain enough how sick to my stomach I am right now about this, I am truly sorry. I let down a lot of people; fans, promoters, my opponents and myself.

The reason for her not being at SHIMMER – or the Mid-South Legends Fanfest this evening where she was meant to defend the NWA strap against Angelina Love – is bizarre. Read the rest of this page »

Hikaru Shida to return to the UK

Hikaru ShidaShe has been a freelancer for less than a week, but details on what Hikaru Shida will be up to are already creeping out. One of the revelations came earlier today as 4 Front Wrestling announced the the former Ice Ribbon ICEx60 (now ICEx∞) and International Ribbon Tag Team Champion will be returning to the UK in October, close to three years to the day that she made her debut in the country as part of the well-received Pro Wrestling: EVE v Ice Ribbon events in Nottingham, England.

In the official statement, the promotion says:

Women’s wrestling returns to 4FW with a vengeance this October, Hikaru Shida makes her debut for 4FW all the way from Japan to put womens wrestling in 4FW on the map. If you have not seen this phenomenal young talent, check her out on YouTube. Keep an eye out for more announcements as the women’s division looks to take off with a bang. Read the rest of this page »

Ringbelles Roundup (1 April 2014) – Athena, SHINE, SHIMMER, Lita & more

Athena AIW Champion by Dave MuscarellaGetting injured seems to have had ultra-positive effects on Athena.

It’s not like the Wrestling Goddess was doing badly for herself when she went down with damage to her shoulder last August. She was a day away from challenging for the Women Superstars Uncensored Championship and was a mainstay in SHIMMER, as well as getting into Absolute Intense Wrestling. Things were going well for her – and while getting hurt could have been a huge setback that sent her skidding off the tracks, she has used the time away to her advantage.

Employing a look inspired by Game of Thrones, the 25-year old revamped her image with new gear, altered her character and has worked on her promos, employing the catchphrase of making “art out of war” and doing away with calling her opponents “hussies”. In addition, while the time off to let her shoulder heal may have been a frustrating wait, it has also allowed her body to recover from the constant grind of being on the road and wrestling on a regular basis. It’s likely that when she returned to action at the start of this year, she had no niggling aches and pains, which seems to have given her a new lease of life.

That renewed vigour was evident at WSU’s Mutiny show where she and LuFisto put together an early contender for Match of the Year which saw the Texan defeated – but gaining a lot of new plaudits along the way. That buzz followed her to AIW’s Girls Night Out tapings last weekend where she was such an integral part of the double show that promoter John Thorne skipped out of his own show to go and pick her up from the airport in Cleveland, OH after her flight was affected by inclement weather. The show experienced a long intermission to allow Athena to get to the building and wrestle Mia Yim in their scheduled match – which against received a wealth of thumbs-up reviews. Read the rest of this page »

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 »