Posts tagged “CHIKARA

Ringbelles Roundup (27 September 2011)

A bumper two weeks of women’s wrestling kicks off this weekend with SHIMMER: Women Athletes undertaking two days of DVD tapings for volumes 41-44. With close to 40 wrestlers expected to compete over the weekend, fans have got 12 hours of debuts, returns, twists, turns and top quality wrestling to look forward to in Berwyn, IL.

As mentioned, there will be a number of new faces at the tapings, the most publicised is the current SMASH Divas Champion Kana. The 30-year old took the title earlier this month by beating rival Serena Deeb, ending her seven match undefeated streak, and avenging the two pinfall losses to her gaijin opponent. In addition to wrestling at SHIMMER, Kana will also compete in CHIKARA the following weekend against current SHIMMER Champion Madison Eagles, and former titleholder Sara Del Rey.

Current JWP Openweight Champion Hailey Hatred returns to the US to wrestle for the first time at SHIMMER on October 1 before going on to Absolute Intense Wrestling the following day to take on Cherry Bomb. Arguably the most successful non-Japanese female wrestling talent to ever compete in Japan, Hatred had an absolute slew of titles in her possession, and was criminally left out of the PWI Female 50 this year, because the magazine does not recognise wrestling from Japan or Mexico.

Yumi Ohka’s debut has been slightly overshadowed by Kana’s arrival, but she will be unlikely to accept being looked past. A member of Misaki Ohata’s Black Dahlia group in WAVE, 32-year old Ohka has been wrestling for close to a decade after originally lacing up the boots to migrate into the acting industry, though elected to stay wrestling instead. She could be the sleeper star of the weekend. (more…)

Ringbelles Roundup (20 September 2011)

Very WWE heavy at the top of this week’s Roundup, as I take a look at the last three shows the promotion has presented on TV, and how the writers have made a complete balls-up of the Kelly Kelly v Divas Of Doom storyline. Personally, I’d have produced things a different way, so I’m going to list what happened, my grievances with it and what I would have done instead. Bear in mind, this is just one man’s opinion, and I’m sure many will disagree with what I say, but I believe that this is logical, and not just the rantings of some fanboy.


On the go-home episode of SmackDown in Toronto before Night of Champions, Beth Phoenix defeated AJ, then delivered a promise to defeat Kelly at the pay-per-view. And that’s it.

Considering hometown girl Trish Stratus was on the show, it was a wasted opportunity. Stratus was only featured in backstage segments with Edge, Christian and Zack Ryder, and had no interaction with the girls. The chance was there for Trish to use some of the superstar status she has to give Kelly the rub (take your heads out of the gutter, you filthy people) and maybe get some heat for Beth at the same time. On goes my fantasy booking hat… (more…)

HONOUR magazine: new name, more content

Over the last few months, we have been telling you about RESPECT magazine – an e-mag which shares an ethos with Ringbelles, in that it wants to showcase the best women’s wrestling from across the planet, no matter what promotion it comes from. Last month, it celebrated its 1 year anniversary. This month, it has undergone a metamorphosis to HONOUR magazine, though the mantra remains the same.

This month’s mammoth 60-page issue heavily features a biopic and interview with former WWE Women’s Champion Trish Stratus, who discussed Tough Enough, her WrestleMania 22 match with Mickie James, her retirement match at Unforgiven 2006 against Lita (though she has wrestled since, most famously at this year’s WM) as well as her yoga and movie ventures.

Elsewhere in the issue, Terra Calaway talks about becoming the #1 contender to the WILD Championship, and there is also an interview with WILD’s Travis Leland about working with former WWE Diva Ashley Massaro. There are also previews to Pro Wrestling: EVE‘s upcoming title match between Jenny Sjodin and April Davids and CHIKARA’s Joshimania, as well as columns from SHIMMER’s Jessie McKay and Allison Danger. Meanwhile, if you’re after reviews of CHIKARAsaurus Rex and SHIMMER‘s latest DVD offerings, you get those too.

Take a read of it by clicking on the image above to support HONOUR.

One more appearance for Bull Nakano

Earlier this week, Ringbelles found out about a show taking place on January 8, 2012. We knew nothing about it except that it was taking place at the Tokyo Dome CIty Hall and would be called Bull Nakano Produce “EMPRESS”. And that’s all we knew… until Dave Meltzer furnished us with more information as part of this week’s mammoth Wrestling Observer.

Keiko “Bull” Nakano will be appearing – but not wrestling – on her retirement show on her 44th birthday. Barring a very brief nostalgia comeback when she teamed with her mentor Dump Matsumoto in 2001, Nakano has had very little to do with wrestling since retiring in 1997 at the age of 29 due to injuries suffered because of her hard-hitting style and weight, which was around 220 pounds at the time.

After her retirement, Nakano dropped a shedload of weight – last year, she was reportedly down to 130 – and took up professional golf in 1998. The learning curve turned out to be very steep, and finished 250th place of 251 in a LPGA Futures (essentially a farm system for rising golf stars) Qualifying Tournament in November 2004, and didn’t fare much better the following year when she finished 261st out of 271. However, she managed to make it into Futures in January 2006 a couple of weeks after her 38th birthday. (more…)

Ringbelles Roundup (16 August 2011)

So it’s official; Melina’s return to indie wrestling will be on November 19 at Women Superstars Uncensored’s Breaking Barriers II iPPV where she will wrestle fellow ex-WWE employee Serena Deeb. WSU made the match official in its press release yesterday, where it claims “Melina, who has a very storied career in WWE, wants to prove to the world that she is not just a diva, but a full-fledged womens wrestler. She will get that opportunity on 11/19. Serena is calling herself “The Best in the World”. We’ll find out if that rings true on 11/19 in this first time ever one-on-one clash.”

In theory, this is will be a comfortable return for Melina to a different style of action than you normally see on WWE TV, as she and Serena can work a half WWE, half indie style. It’s a decent idea, considering she has not been on the indie scene since 2004, a mere three years into her wrestling career. It’s also Melina’s best opportunity to create a new first impression…

32-year old Melina Perez has a reputation for being troublesome behind the scenes, with a number of reports from a number of different sources – some of them could be true, some of them could be phoney. However, after a number of reported incidents, it becomes ever more likely that the next incident will be more readily believed, regardless of its validity. Melina polarises opinions – some think she is excellent, others think she is more trouble than she is worth – but she has a chance to sell herself to a fresh set of eyes on November 19. In essence, she has an opportunity to wipe the slate clean and give us the chance to see that she is taking wrestling seriously, and is willing to muck in and work towards presenting a better product for women’s wrestling fans. (more…)

Thoughts on last week’s CHIKARAsaurus Rex

It’s been a busy couple of days in the women’s wrestling world, so this is a little later than we had planned – but, as they say, better late than never…

We have received thoughts on last weekend’s CHIKARAsaurus Rex: King of Sequel events in Reading and Philadelphia, PA. In what has been described as an impressive pair of shows, there featured joshi, lucha, British and US styles of grappling, which would likely satisfy fans of most genres of wrestling.

One person who got in touch with us with his thoughts was joshi enthusiast David Falcon, who was keen to share with us his feelings and photos from the four matches involving women that took place over the two days.


The sole women’s match of night one was the trio match pitting Sara Del Rey, Daizee Haze and Makoto against Tsukasa Fujimoto, Portia Perez & Mima Shimoda. What blew me away was the amazing quality of the match product itself.  Let’s be honest, we have all been to wrestling events where what happens in the ring doesn’t live up to the hype – the proverbial anti-climax.  What amazed me about this match was how fluid and “perfect” it was for 20 minutes. (more…)

Kana to debut for SHIMMER and CHIKARA

It’s been announced that joshi freelancer Kana has been booked to wrestle for SHIMMER: Women Athletes as part of the promotion’s DVD tapings for volumes 41-44 in Berwyn, Illinois on October 1 and 2. As part of her visit, she will also wrestle for CHIKARA the following weekend.

Kana will follow in the footsteps of fellow joshi talent Ayako Hamada, Ayumi Kurihara, former tag champions Hiroyo Matsumoto and Misaki Ohata, as well as current tag team titleholder Tomoka Nakagawa in wrestling for SHIMMER – and will follow Manami Toyota, Tsukasa Fujimoto and Makoto as it pertains to CHIKARA – and is likely to be a hit, considering the buzz surrounding her, and the demand for her to wrestle for the promotion over the last 18 months or so.

The 29-year old Osaka University graduate debuted on June 16, 2004 for the AtoZ promotion, splitting her time between there and ARSION before going freelance in 2007. She won her first championship on October 10, 2009 when she and Nanae Takahashi won the NEO Tag Team titles from Kyoko Inoue & Hiroyo Matsumoto, successfully defending the titles once before dropping the belts to Yoshiko Tamura & Ayumi Kurihara on New Year’s Eve 2009.

In April 2010, she produced her own wrestling event – another took place in January this year, and a third is scheduled for next month – and has become a regular in SMASH, currently part of the Divas Title Tournament, and will face Syuri in the semi-finals on August 11. On top of her singles work, Kana is also a part of the group known as Triple Tails (along with Mio and Io Shirai), which has shown up in a number of different joshi promotions. However, it looks as if the trio will become a duo soon, as Io has made it known that she wishes to work as a singles competitor after the Triple Tails show on September 18. (more…)

Ringbelles Roundup (2 August 2011)

Sara Del Rey beat Claudio Castagnoli at CHIKARAsaurus Rex: King Of Sequel, night 2 in Philadelphia on Sunday.

Billed as BDK v BDK, the co-leader of the faction was taken down by a crucifix as part of the round robin tournament known as the 12 Large: Summit to crown a CHIKARA singles champion. The main story about it is that Del Rey and her buddy Daizee Haze are starting to recognise the contributions that they bring to the table of Die Bruderschaft des Kreuzes and refuse to bow down to their so-called superior. Castagnoli and fellow BDK leader Ares urged Del Rey to “do the right thing” and lay down last Sunday so Claudio could get the easy win and put himself in a better position in the tournament. Refusing to dampen her strong spirit for competition, Del Rey fought for 13 minutes before getting the pinfall, putting her in a strong standing, considering she beat Icarus last month in Chicago.

Please note: NOWHERE in that storyline does it once mention that Del Rey is a woman fighting a man, and that this is a battle of the sexes. This is CHIKARA – where men wrestle women, and nobody bats an eyelid. It’s a showcase of the best athletes – which is why Del Rey is part of the tournament in the first place. She has proven that she is one of the most skilled grapplers in the promotion, and has earned her spot not due to (or in spite of) her gender, but because she is excellent at what she does. Likewise, Haze beats up the guys on a regular basis, and she is treated as a threat because of how she is presented. Her gender is irrelevant in the promotion, as the guys have no problem throwing her about just as much as she lays into them.

The problem I have is when it’s claimed that Del Rey’s win on Sunday is a victory for women over men, as it isn’t. It’s a victory for one wrestler over another. (more…)

Chikarasaurus Rex: King of Sequel results; Manami Toyota and Aja Kong coming in for JoshiMania

CHIKARA is presenting its second annual Chikarasaurus Rex supershow, and expanding on last year’s edition (which featured Dragon Gate participation), this year’s “King of Sequel” is split across two shows and features stars from three Continents. As far as the ladies are concerned, C-Rex has participation from Ice Ribbon stars Tsukasa Fujimoto & Makoto, CMLL’s Mima Shimoda, Chikara regulars Sara Del Rey & Daizee Haze, and making her first appearance for the promotion in several years, Portia Perez. By now, we hope you’ve had a chance to check out our primer on Shimoda, Fujimoto & Makoto. And without further ado…

In results from Night One:
Chikarasaurus Rex: King of Sequel, Night One @ Reading, PA, July 30
- Mima Shimoda, Tsukasa Fujimoto & Portia Perez def Sara Del Rey, Daizee Haze & Makoto when Shimoda pinned Haze after a Death Lake Driver (tiger superplex).

Early reports from Mako Reco indicate that the match was well received, though birthday girl Fujimoto made a few errors before settling down into the contest.

In results from Night Two at the Asylum:
Chikarasaurus Rex: King of Sequel, Night Two @ Philadelphia, PA, July 31
- ICEx60 Champion Tsukasa Fujimoto beat Makoto in a non-title match with the Venus Shoot (step up enzugiri).
- Daizee Haze pinned Mima Shimoda after reversing a German suplex.
- Sara Del Rey pinned Claudio Castagnoli in their “12 Large:Summit” meeting via crucifix. After the match, Castagnoli attacked Del Rey. Del Rey’s BDK partner Daizee Haze stood up for her, but got chokeslammed for her efforts.

Chikara had several blockbuster announcements to make too – firstly that the DVDs of the Chikarasaurus Rex shows will be available for order tomorrow on SmartMarkVideo (much like the King of Trios shows from earlier this year); secondly, that they will make their iPPV debut on November 13th, and finally, that they will present a show called JoshiMania in December, featuring the Chikara return of Manami Toyota, the debut of Aja Kong, and presumably much more!

Congratulations to all at Chikara for what sounds like a truly amazing weekend. Not only were the ladies front and centre, but you had the amazing Johnny Saint and Johnny Kidd bringing the British style, and the unannounced appearance from CMLL luchadors Atlantis & Rey Bucanero. Unbelievable!

Get to know Mima Shimoda, Tsukasa Fujimoto & Makoto before Chikarasaurus REX: King of Sequel

Mima Shimoda, Tsukasa Fujimoto & Makoto - all up in your area this month at CHIKARA!

As many may or may not know, Chikara is bringing over two of Japan’s finest young Joshi talents in Tsukasa Fujimoto and Makoto on July 30th & 31st. They’re also bringing in the veteran, Mima Shimoda, all for their Chikarasaurus Rex: King of Sequel weekend. This will be all three lasses’ U.S debuts, and they’ll start off in a six-woman tag match with three of North America’s top stars in Sara Del Rey, Daizee Haze, and Portia Perez. July 30th in Reading, PA, Fujimoto and Shimoda will team with Portia to face off against Del Rey, Haze, and Makoto, in what I expect to be a thrilling match-up. The following day, July 31st in Philadelphia, PA, we’ll be treated to Shimoda vs. Haze, while the Ice Ribbon girls square off in a singles match. But who are these international talents and what do they bring to the table? Let’s investigate!

Ringbelles Roundup (12 July 2011)

After withdrawing from CHIKARA and moving back to Australia, many would have expected SHIMMER and PWWA Champion Madison Eagles to rest up her injured shoulder and prepare herself for the return of PWWA on September 3 for her next SHIMMER title defence against both Nicole Matthews and former tag team partner Jessie McKay.

But this is Madison Eagles we’re talking about. This is the woman who perforated her eardrum during her #1 contenders’ match against Cheerleader Melissa in SHIMMER and came back the next day to wrestle MsChif and win the title. This is the woman who fractured her wrist and elbow last year and carried on training through it. This is the woman who had racked her shoulder up in a car accident in April and still went balls to the wall against Courtney Rush at nCw Femmes Fatales VI less than two months later.

So when she returned unannounced to her home fed of PWA in Liverpool, Australia on Friday after living in the US for six months, she wasn’t there to stand and wave at the fans. Instead, she turned heel by kicking Jessie McKay in the face and delivering a Hellbound (Death Valley Driver over the knee) to Robbie Eagles, setting the stall for the SHIMMER title match Before the turn, it would have been heel Matthews against babyfaces McKay and Eagles. Now, the pressure is on Everybody’s Favourite Girlfriend, who has her longtime SHIMMER rival in Matthews, and former tag team partner and regular opponent Eagles gunning for her. (more…)

CHIKARAsaurus Rex: Trios match signed, Claudio issues threats

Two big pieces of business have surfaced as it pertains to CHIKARA‘s weekend of shows at the end of July.

The first is a trios tag team match on July 30 as part of CHIKARAsaurus Rex: King of Sequel night 1 featuring joshi tag team specialist and current CMLL star Mima Shimoda, Ice Ribbon‘s ICEx60 Champion Tsukasa Fujimoto and Canadian Ninja Portia Perez taking on BDK members Sara Del Rey and Daizee Haze linking up with Ice Ribbon’s next challenger to the Chii Tomiya‘s IW19 Championship and semi finalist in SMASH‘s women’s title tournament, Makoto.

This news confirms that Makoto will be back to fitness ahead of her US visit after suffering a neck injury on June 8 before an Ice Ribbon card. She’ll return at the SMASH show on July 15 and will apparently be ready to go in Reading, PA. The match also marks the return of Perez to CHIKARA after a 3 and a half year absence. She has had two matches in the promotion – her debut being a loss to Haze on August 20, 2006; her other was a loss to Shane Storm on November 16, 2007. (more…)

Madison Eagles withdraws from CHIKARA

As she discussed with us a month ago, SHIMMER Champion Madison Eagles is leaving the US and returning to Australia. She’s made the decision after suffering continued problems with her shoulder following a car crash in April, just after wrestling Manami Toyota at CHIKARA King Of Trios.

In a blog post on CHIKARA’s website, Eagles informed us of her current situation:

This has to be the hardest thing I have had to write in a long time. I regretfully am having to remove myself from CHIKARA action, only a short time after I petitioned to the Director of Fun to have me added to the fulltime roster. The whole reason I wanted to be a part of CHIKARA is because it meant I could regularly compete alongside, and against, the top wrestlers in the world. So I have to ask myself “how can I compete against the best when I am not even nearly at my best?” (more…)

Ringbelles Roundup (21 June 2011)

In last week’s Roundup, I posted a bit of a rambling vent about the booking of the Divas and (mostly) the Knockouts. While it received support, it also received criticism, saying that it implied that all the fault of the poor state of women’s wrestling in TNA and WWE was entirely down to the writers and promoters, and didn’t take into account the actual wrestling ability – or in many cases, lack of it – of the performers involved. So for the sake of fairness, I’m going to put the actual wrestling skills of WWE Divas and TNA Knockouts under the microscope…

Before we go on, there’s going to be a lot of criticism here, and names will be named. I’m just calling it as I see it, and it’s just one man’s opinion. If you don’t agree, that’s fine – I’m not saying that my word is gospel, and you may enjoy what’s presented to you. If that’s you, great, and more power to you. However, we at Ringbelles have committed to being honest, even if it’s not a popular opinion.

And for anyone who may say that I’m in no place to comment as I’ve never been in the ring before, that also means that my compliments are not valid either, as I’ve clearly never been in a ring – unless you count a few ring announcing gigs. (more…)

Mima Shimoda added to CHIKARAsaurus Rex

A third joshi name has been added to the lineup for the weekend of CHIKARA shows at the end of July.

Mima Shimoda will join Ice Ribbon’s Tsukasa Fujimoto and Makoto in participating at CHIKARAsaurus Rex: King Of Sequel, taking place in Reading, PA on July 30, and in Philadelphia the following day.

Standing at 5’6″ and weighing 143lb, 40-year old Shimoda made her name wrestling in her native Japan, winning singles and tag team titles in AJW, WWWA, NEO, ARSION and JWP. She began her career in AJW in 1987 alongside Manami Toyota – who made her CHIKARA debut last year and competed at the King Of Trios in April – even teaming together as “The Tokyo Sweethearts” in their formative years. Shimoda’s now in her 24th year of wrestling, and has been wrestling on a freelance basis since 2005, sharing her time between Japan and working in Mexico for CMLL.

See Mima Shimoda’s blog here

Eagles hoping to soar in Quebec

Tomorrow evening at the Centre Sportif St-Barthélemy in Montreal, Quebec, SHIMMER Champion Madison Eagles steps foot in the ring to make her Canadian debut in a match with Winningpeg, Manitoba’s Courtney Rush. It’s been a rollercoaster couple of months for the Australia born and Philadelphia based performer – one of dizzying highs and crashing lows (quite literally), and one that has left the usually super-active Eagles kicking her heels on the DL following a freak automobile accident on April 19th. The comedown was doubly painful as it came a mere two days after Eagles accomplished a professional goal of wrestling joshi legend Manami Toyota in a well received bout at the former ECW Arena in South Philadelphia on the final day of CHIKARA’s King of Trios 2011 series. Although she admits that she “had butterflies” and wished they had longer to work than the 11 minutes they were given, she also knows that if she ever had any lingering doubts over her ability as a pro-wrestler, they are forever blown away in the wake of the compliments she received from Toyota post-match in the locker room.


Ringbelles Roundup (10 May 2011)

The Big News

Some wrestlers who quit the business can’t stay away from the spotlight and return time and time again. Some – like Bob Backlund – think they still have one more run left in them. Some have to keep wrestling because they can’t afford to stop – Flair, I’m looking at you. And some look like they’re happy to be consigned to history, only to show up out of the blue and shock us all.

And that’s what Joanie Laurer’s done.

Well, I say Joanie Laurer, but as of 2007, that’s no longer her name – in fact, she’s legally changed her name to Chyna, which is why TNA has been able to use the name that she used when she was in the WWF as part of her return to the grap game after nine years away. Her last main stage matches were in New Japan in late 2002, though her last appearance on US wrestling TV was in May 2001 – exactly 10 years ago – when she was the WWF Women’s Champion. She unceremoniously left the promotion after being benched for a few months – while still the champ – because she and the WWF could not reach a deal in her contract negotiations. To take her off TV while still in possession of the title shows just how pissed off they were with her.

Over the last decade, most of the reports and appearances of Chyna have shown her spiralling out of control – she’s been hospitalised a few times due to medication overdoses, as well as appearing on rehab programmes and complete freakshow The Surreal Life.

Things took a positive twist earlier this year when it was reported that Chyna was looking to go to Japan and teach English as a foreign language. As someone who has a number of friends who have done the very same thing in South Korea, it sounded like a great plan for her to get a career and her life back on track. It seemed like she had put wrestling behind her.

Then TNA came calling. (more…)

Ice Ribbon stars heading to CHIKARA

The international global talent sharing of women wrestlers by promotions all around the world continues.

This month, we have already seen Serena Deeb wrestling for SMASH in Japan, and will be returning in the near future. Also during May, Annie Social, Betsy Ruth/Rosie Lottalove and Annie Social will compete for Diana, and Mia Yim & Roxie Cotton will be appearing in REINA. With so many American girls heading over to Japan, it was only a matter of time before some of the joshi stars starting heading the other way…

After welcoming arguably the best female wrestler in the world in Manami Toyota into their fold for King Of Trios, CHIKARA will welcome two stars of Ice Ribbon to the promotion for a weekend of shows at the end of July. (more…)

Ringbelles Roundup (26 April 2011)

The Big News

One of only of a handful of transgendered wrestlers in the world has made history again.

The original WILD Wrestling match scheduled for the show at Insane Wrestling League in Chino, CA, last Friday was meant to be Buggy taking on Allison Danger. When that was announced as no longer taking place, champion Lucky O’Shea was drafted in to face a mystery opponent. That turned out to be “The Bloodthirsty Vixen” Amanda, who defeated O’Shea to win the title.

Standing 5’9” and weighing 140lb and hailing from Long Beach, CA, 28-year old Mariah Moreno started out as a manager, then trained at the Santino Bros Wrestling Academy in Bell Gardens in 2008 before making her debut a year later.

Speaking to the Windy City Times at the end of last year, Amanda described when she started living her life as a woman in her teenage years: “I was born male and, at age 15, I decided to start living my life as a female,” said Moreno, who had breast-augmentation surgery about five years ago. “I plan on going forward with [full transition] surgery within the next five to seven years.” (more…)

Ringbelles Roundup (19 April 2011)

The Big News

Card subject to change.

It’s a phrase used by nearly all wrestling promotions to cover themselves in case an advertised match doesn’t happen, or an advertised wrestler doesn’t appear. While no promotion wants to let down the paying audience, sometimes circumstances happen and alternative decisions have to be made. It’s the nature of the beast when you’re dealing with a high-contact sport such as professional wrestling – accidents and injuries happen, transport fails, some even hold up promoters for more money. Whatever the reason, it’s a useful get-out clause if what you had planned can’t materialise.

TNA forgot those four words on Sunday at Lockdown.

Instead of engaging in a competitive contest which would put over the might and will of the champion and thusly make the title mean more when the challenger defeats her, Mickie James ended Madison Rayne’s record 188-day run as Knockouts Champion in just 34 seconds. This was because James still hasn’t fully recovered from the separated shoulder she suffered a few weeks ago – in fact, Dave Meltzer reports that James arrived at Lockdown in Cincinnati, OH with her arm still in a sling, and only took it off for the match before putting it back on when she got to the back.

If this is the case, it explains why the match was so short, but doesn’t explain why the match had to happen at all. (more…)

Alternative ways to spend your PPV money

Okay, let’s be honest, if you’re a fan of women’s wrestling, the “Big Two” haven’t exactly been doing much of late of any note or value. The Divas Champion didn’t even get to defend her title at WrestleMania, and last night at TNA’s Lockdown PPV, Madison Rayne’s record-breaking 188 day reign as Knockouts Champion came to an end with a whimper as a clearly seriously injured Mickie James squashed her in 35 seconds. If you paid for that, you have our sympathies. However, as we always like to remind people here at, there’s a lot more out there than just WWE & TNA, and we’d like to draw your attention to a number of alternate ways to spend your hard earned money that will offer you far more bang for your buck.

We’ll start with Chikara’s annual King of Trios tournament, which happened this past weekend at The Arena (formerly the ECW Arena) in downtown Philadelphia, PA. For fans of women’s wrestling, you need look no further than the woman who has often been termed as the greatest female wrestler who ever lived, Manami Toyota. Toyota competed in the KOT tournament alongside male partners Mike Quackenbush & Jigsaw in the sixteen team tournament, and on the final day, wrestled a dream match against the woman who many call the best female wrestler in the world today, Madison Eagles. In addition, the BDK combination of Sara Del Rey & Daizee Haze took part in a gauntlet match on Night 3. Smart Mark Video have done a double quick turnaround on these DVDs, and they are available already, ONE DAY after the final. In a world of depressingly predictable and dull professional wrestling, Chikara is an oasis in the desert, and we fully endorse checking out what many people are already saying will be hard to beat as show(s) of the year. (more…)

Ringbelles Roundup (15 March 2011)

The Big News


Daffney is no longer a part of TNA – she issued a statement to Diva Dirt informing us of the situation:

Yesterday my picture was taken down off of the TNA roster page. My contract expires today and TNA did not renew it. I do not know if it has anything to do with it, but I’ve make a Worker’s Comp against them claim due to injuries I’ve sustained in the ring and my lawyers said to not go into anymore details.

Daffney hasn’t been seen in TNA in 2011. She is slated to appear at Anarchy Championship Wrestling Queen Of Queens on June 26 in Live Oak, TX and at a number of signing appearances over the next few months. Check out the We Want Daffney Facebook page to see if there is one near to you.

This situation does add some credence to this article though, which claims that working conditions in TNA are poor, and that you had better hope you never get hurt under a TNA contract, or you’ll be in trouble:

Angelina Love (who, as leader of The Beautiful People, has been one of company’s established ratings draws for years now) noted in a 2009 interview that she had suffered a very serious concussion at the TNA Lockdown PPV that had just taken place. (This was the in the triple threat cage match with Awesome Kong and Taylor Wilde for the TNA women’s championship, in which Love landed wrong, hit her head and was completely out of it for the rest of the match. With things quickly turning into a shambles, Taylor then improvised a finish on the fly, so Love could win the Knockouts title as scripted. Despite the quick-thinking Taylor’s best efforts, the finish still looked awful: Love could barely do anything, and even standing and smiling with the title at the end seemed beyond her.) Love herself confirms this in the interview: “I was pretty much carried by four security guards to the trainer’s office. I was completely blacked out. I don’t even remember winning.” The interviewer then notes that TNA put her in a match two days later. Love, who has a history of suffering bad concussions, confirmed this, as well as noting: “You’ve got to make a living, so I was doing indie shows about 5 days later. It probably wasn’t too safe…” This story threw up several troubling questions in my mind: Why did TNA put her in a match so soon after what was a fairly serious head injury? What doctor in their right mind told her to get back in the ring just two days after suffering such a severe concussion? Did she even go see a doctor? Could she have afforded to see one?

Either way, we wish Daffney a speedy recovery, and good health and fortune for the future. For someone who gave their body to TNA and allowed herself to be put through tables and thumbtacks for our entertainment, she deserves some good fortune.


LuFisto described it as a “dream come true” – a year after they were originally scheduled to wrestle back on February 10, 2010 in the main event of Femmes Fatales II, the Super Hardcore Anime finally got the chance to take on Ayako Hamada at NCW: Femmes Fatales V last Saturday in Montreal. The two engaged in what’s been described a classic encounter over the Femmes Fatales Championship which saw LuFisto retain the title with a Burning Hammer.

Other notable results include Mercedes Martinez beating Kalamity, and Courntney Rush (the former PJ Tyler) defeating Cat Power in a Combat De Rue in what Power later informed us would be her last match. The Windsor, Ontario native is looking to go back to school and is also looking to continue her boxing training. Stew and I talked to Cat last week as part of the Women Of Wrestling Podcast – her final interview as an active wrestler. We at Ringbelles wish her nothing but the best for the future. (more…)

Happy birthday to Manami Toyota

We at Ringbelles want to wish arguably the great woman wrestler who’s ever lived, Manami Toyota, a happy 40th birthday.

To see Manami Toyota in action in the US, head down to Philadelphia on April 15th, 16th and 17th for CHIKARA’s King Of Trios.

Ringbelles Roundup (22 February 2011)

The Big News

Lots of Tough Enough stuff, so let’s go chronologically…


Former Monday Night Raw guest host and current Miss USA Rima Fakih has been announced as the first participant in the reboot of Tough Enough, starting on April 4, the night after WrestleMania XXVII.

The 25 year old’s only appearance on any wrestling show was on November 29, 2010 when she crowned Sheamus as King of the Ring.

That WWE announced Miss USA as the show’s first participant is a decent media coup for the promotion, as it’s got crossover appeal. However, when you consider that WWE put out press releases asking for independent female wrestlers to apply for the show – Mercedes Martinez, Roxie Cotton, Anne Social, Brittney Savage and Sara Del Rey all had a crack – and none of them made the cut while an untrained model did is a little galling to a female wrestler who drives hundreds of miles to wrestle in a dirty ring in front of 40 people for little money. (more…)