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Ringbelles Retro: A look back at Women’s Extreme Wrestling

WEW posterAfter six years away, Women’s Extreme Wrestling is reportedly planning a return to TV, according to PWInsider. A poster has been released for a PPV called Booty Whipping, though it seems that it could be a compilation of previous events.

We have reviewed a WEW – former known as Women’s Erotic Wrestling – DVD in the past, and while it had its moments, we weren’t very impressed with Nude War Games. However, considering it ran for six years, it did fine for itself as a company and it gave women wrestlers another forum to hone their craft. That’s why we’ve posted a video from WEW’s YouTube channel.

For example, Nude Takedown from May 20, 2007 features the likes of Velvet Sky, April Hunter, Annie Social, Sumie Sakai, Amy Lee, Daffney, Nikki Roxx, Simply Luscious, Christie Ricci, ODB, Amber O’Neal, Francine and Mercedes Martinez. You can watch the video after the jump, but be ready for some pretty sexist commentary and suggestive content. (more…)


Ringbelles Retro: Nikki Roxx v Ariel v April Hunter

Nikki RoxxMy 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…)


Ringbelles Retro: Redhead v Redhead

Christy HemmeChristy 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…)


SHINE 7 results – Valkyrie does the clean sweep while Leva Bates beats Kimberly

Amazing Kong Rain SHINE 7After aligning at the conclusion of SHINE 6 – the video of which you can watch after the jump – the five members of Valkyrie are all in action tonight as part of three matches which form the card for SHINE 7, taking place this evening at the Orpheum in Ybor City, FL. The highest-profile match features Rain returning from a wrist injury suffered at SHINE 5 against the woman who was used as the target for the formation of the stable, Amazing Kong.

Elsewhere, April Hunter debuts alongside her buddies in Made In Sin (Allysin Kay & Taylor Made) to take on Mia Yim and the West Coast Connection of Su Yung & Tracy Taylor. The final Valkyrie member, Ivelisse Velez, faces the debuting LuFisto in what is an intriguing match.

The main stipulation match on the event sees Leva Bates and Kimberly square off again, only with it being a Last Woman Standing match. We will see if Kimberly can double her win count in SHINE, or if Leva can tame her unhinged former tag team partner. We discuss the match in greater length in our preview which was written when the card was announced, which you can jump to by clicking here.

You can order the event right now by clicking here to go to WWNLive.com. If that’s not possible, click the jump to see the results as they happen by hitting refresh – and later on, we’ll offer our thoughts on the show, which is likely to produce a number of developments. (more…)


SHINE 7 card: Valkyrie in action, LuFisto debuts, plus Leva & Kimberly knock it up a notch

SHINE 7 posterAfer last month’s big conclusion to the SHINE 6 iPPV, we’ve been having a look down the card for SHINE 7, which lands two weeks from now in Ybor City, FL. Surprisingly, all the members of the quintet known as Valkyrie will be in action, which means one wrestler returning from injury, and another making her SHINE in-ring debut.

In the main event, Amazing Kong - the woman who suffered the beating at the end of SHINE 6 at the hands of the stable – looks to gain a measure of revenge against Valkyrie’s leader Rain, who will be returning after breaking her wrist at SHINE 5 back in November in a tag match where she and Mercedes Martinez took on Kong and Jazz, with the Rhythm and Bruise tandem gaining the victory. Elsewhere, April Hunter officially steps into the ring with her Made In Sin charges of Allysin Kay and Taylor Made to face the trio of Mia Yim, and the West Coast Connection of Su Yung and Tracy Taylor (with Taylor making her first SHINE appearance since SHINE 3 back in September). On paper, this seems to be set up for a heel win, though stranger things have happened in wrestling.

The final Valkyrie member faces her biggest challenge so far in SHINE, as Ivelisse Velez faces the debuting LuFisto in singles action. The outcome of this encounter is harder to predict, as even though the Super Hardcore Anime has more experience under her belt, Velez has four other women watching her back and protecting her interests. This is set to be an explosive encounter, though for us at Ringbelles, we feel the real money match is away from the Valkyrie action… (more…)


SHINE 6 results – Valkyrie is revealed, Kimberly wins, Havok remains undefeated

Kimberly Leva BatesSHINE Wrestling returns after a month’s rest with SHINE 6, and the ball is certainly rolling in establishing itself as a promotion with history. Three of its big matches – Kimberly v Leva Bates, Christina Von Eerie & MsChif v Made In Sin (Allysin Kay & Taylor Made) and Jessicka Havok v Reby Sky – have big backstories as we have covered here. In addition, the main event is equally attractive, with Amazing Kong (substituting for her Rhythm & Bruise teammate Jazz) facing Mercedes Martinez. In addition, the impressive Leah Von Dutch and our 2012 Discovery of the Year Kimber Lee make their debuts against Santana Garrett and Nikki Roxx respectively.

This is the most anticipated card from the promotion since the internationally-flavoured SHINE 4, but this has a different taste to it, as the most enticing matches are ones which have storylines which have grown and blossomed in the promotion. You still have time to order the card from WWN – click here to jump to the order page.

If you can’t watch it, we will be updating this page with results after the jump. Keep hitting refresh to see the results as the happen – in the meantime, check out the hype videos for Kimberly v Leva and Havok v Sky, or listen to the recent Fight Like A Girl with Kimberly. They should be enough to tip you over the edge and have you part with your money… (more…)


New HONOUR mag, plus other bits from round the net

The statuesque April Hunter graces the front cover of this month’s HONOUR Magazine, and has a long interview with Mary Hunt about her beginnings with the New World Order in WCW, training with Killer Kowalski, travelling to Japan and also how she hated working in Mexico, as well as whether she sees herself as a better valet or wrestler.

Elsewhere, HONOUR talks to Davina Rose and Buggy Nova, reviews Pro Wrestling: EVE’s Return of the Jetta, Part One, bids farewell to the Bella Twins, looks at the strengths and weakneses of Madusa and Beth Phoenix, considering their ongoing back and forth on Twitter, and also has a look at the recent GLOW revival debacle which has been heavily covered by us in the last few weeks – so click the picture on the right to have a read.

However, there are some other tidbits to feast your eyes on, so clcik after the jump for more… (more…)


WSU 5th Year Anniversary on iPPV (Midwest Militia sweep the titles; now updated with full review)

Last night, Women Superstars Uncensored presented its fifth year anniversary show live on GoFightLive, featuring Mercedes Martinez defending her WSU World Title against #1 contender, the unbeaten Jessicka Havok. We featured live results as they came in, and you can now click through after the cut for a full review of the iPPV.

01. J-Cup Qualifier: Athena bt Leva Bates via pinfall (O-Face)
02. First Time Ever: Lexxus bt Rain via pinfall (Victory Roll Counter to the Acid Rain)
03. “Bones & Roses” (“Bonesaw” Jessie Brooks & Jenny Rose) bt Rick Cataldo & Isabel Suena (Rose pinned Cataldo with a top rope cross body)
04. Jennifer Cruz bt Becky Bayless (Cruz sat down on a Sunset Flip attempt and held the ropes)
05. Grudge Match: Marti Belle bt Tina San Antonio via pinfall (Small package reversal to a Figure Four Leglock)
06. Uncensored Rules Tag Match: Sassy Stephie & Allysin Kay bt Alicia & Brittney Savage (Stephie pinned Savage with a Kiss My Sass after Alicia had been put through a door with a 3D)
07. WSU Tag Team Titles: The Soul Sisters (Jana & Luscious Latasha) bt Lexxus & X (first it was Ring announcer Destiny, then it was Tina San Antonio) (Latasha pinned Lexxus following an Enzugiri) *TITLE CHANGE*
- – New #1 contenders Sassy Stephie & Allysin Kay interrupt The Soul Sisters’ celebrations and challenge for an impromptu match…
08. WSU Tag Team Titles: Sassy Stephie & Allysin Kay bt The Soul Sisters (Latasha submits to Allysin Kay’s reverse jujigatame) *TITLE CHANGE*
09. J-Cup Qualifier: April Hunter bt Annie Social via submission (Regal Stretch)
10. WSU World Title: Jessicka Havok bt Mercedes Martinez via pinfall (Both women came off the top rope and went through a table – Havok draped an arm across Martinez) *TITLE CHANGE*

Click after the jump for a full review, a gallery of images from the show, and some post-show video footage. (more…)


Review: WSU – Best of 2011

A look back at the choice cuts of Women Superstars Uncensored from the promotion’s iPPVs and DVD releases.

Results
The Final Chapter (January 22)
Jessicka Havok pinned Nikki Roxx with an Air Raid Crash in an Uncensored Rules match
4 Year Anniversary (March 5)
Mercedes Martinez defeated Serena Deeb with a Fisherman Buster to retain the WSU Championship
4 Year Anniversary (March 5)
Alicia beat Jazz with a Yakuza Kick
J-Cup (April 2)
Brittney Savage defeated Sassy Stephie with an Ace Crusher to win the tournament
Uncensored Rumble IV (June 25)
Kristin Astara b Jillian Hall via DQ
Uncensored Rumble IV (June 25)
Jessicka Havok defeated Alicia in an Uncensored Rules match after Alicia’s mother threw in the towel
Uncensored Rumble IV (June 25)
Cindy Rogers made Allison Danger tap out to the TCB
Martinez v Lexxus (August 6)
Serena Deeb beat Annie Social with a spear
Great Championship Wrestling (September 24)
Jessicka Havok pinned Rain following an Air Raid Crash to win the Spirit Championship
Breaking Barriers 2 (November 19)
April Hunter made Jennifer Cruz with a head and arm submission hold
Breaking Barriers 2 (November 19)
Melina beat Lexxus with the Sunset Split

Highlights
Serena Deeb‘s heel character is just superb. She’s an old-school rulebreaker, using cheap tactics, mouthing off to the fans and getting more and more annoyed as the match with Mercedes Martinez continues. At one point, she even yelled at her own hand after an attempt at an overhand chop didn’t elicit the loud slap that she had hoped for. Brilliant.
• The ending of Alicia v Jazz was abrupt, but so hard hitting that you never questioned the credibility of the ending. A straight knockout from a Yakuza Kick saw the veteran Jazz soundly defeated. She got on the mic after the match, made no excuses, said the better wrestler won and put over the fans.
• You can see how 2011 was Jessicka Havok‘s year in WSU. She is featured three times on the DVD, more than anyone else – and that includes WSU Champion Martinez, who is only featured once.
Cindy Rogers went for it in her final match against Allison Danger, and it showed.
• Serena Deeb and Annie Social beat the piss out of each other. It took a while to get going, but when it did, goodness gracious.

Click after the jump for more thoughts. (more…)


Ringbelles Report: WSU Four Year Anniversary iPPV

Women Superstars Uncensored had promised much ahead of its Four Year Anniversary show. Jessicka Havok had promised to go through Rain’s Army to reach and defeat the leader herself; Sassy Stephie had made her intentions clear that she wanted the Spirit Championship and would do whatever it took to get it; Serena Deeb vowed to end the 2 year WSU World Title reign of Mercedes Martinez; and Alicia assured us she would cash in her title shot contract during the show and become a champion again. So who would succeed in their goals, and who (if anyone) would fall short? Let’s find out… (more…)