Dozens of wrestlers from across the UK and Europe are in Norwich, England today for Bellatrix 8, which boasts four championship matches and a mammoth 30-woman rumble match to determine the next contender for the RQW European Women’s Championship. That belt is currently in the possession of Sammi Baynz after she won the title at the last show – she will defend it this evening against Greece’s Blue Nikita.
Elsewhere, Saraya Knight defends the IndyGurlz Australia Title against Penelope, Erin Angel puts the Bellatrix British Championship on the line against Violet O’Hara, and Liberty challenges Courtney Rush for the Bellatrix World crown – and Liberty talked about that match and the history behind it in our latest Fight Like A Girl interview.
Unlike previous Bellatrix shows, this one is going to be available as a Video On Demand in due course – for all the results as they happen, click the jump. (more…)
The last time we spoke to Liberty, she said that she would like to become the RQW European Women’s Champion. 18 months on, not only has she accomplished that goal but she’s now going for the big one. The 20-year old challenges Courtney Rush for the Bellatrix World Championship at Bellatrix 8 on Sunday in Norwich, England, and there’s bad blood between the two.
In this 15-minute interview we discuss the background to this title match, her European Title run, the 30 woman Rumble also taking place on the card, and tomorrow’s NXT ArRIVAL show with Paige defending the Women’s Championship against Emma.
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The first live show of the WWE Network takes place on Thursday with the first live broadcast of NXT. Dubbed ArRIVAL, it features three matches – one of which sees Paige defend the NXT Women’s Championship against number one contender Emma, in a match which has been a long time coming.
The cheerful Australian earned her crack at the title back in August and then had to defend her right to challenge for the belt by beating Natalya at the start of this year. While carrying on her #EMMAlution in Florida, she also graduated to the main WWE roster by originally appearing in the crowd – antagonising fellow NXT alumni Summer Rae in the process – before taking part in dance-offs and making her in-ring TV debut last night on Raw, defeating Summer with the Emma Lock. While fans who haven’t seen her NXT character evolve are getting used to the newcomer with the awkward dance moves, it seems as if things are going in the right direction.
It could be argued that the NXT Women’s Champion has been ready to make a similar jump for a while. As the sole titleholder – winning the title tournament last June, but the show being broadcast the following month – she has turned back the challenges of Summer Rae and Natalya, though hasn’t wrestled on a show since the end of November. Injury was cited as the reason, though the Wrestling Observer said the layoff was for personal reasons. Thursday’s match will be her first match in more than three months, and in that time, her opponent – and the woman she beat in the tournament final to win the belt in the first place – has caught up with her success. (more…)
Both Shanna and Alpha Female made their first appearances in a TNA ring during the recent UK tour, though they handled the publicity for it in different ways.
Portugal’s Perfect Athlete got the word out early that she would be booked on the February 1 show in London, England, as well as the following date in Birmingham. She wrestled singles matches for the Xplosion tapings – the first against Alpha and the next saw her take on Gail Kim. I was at the Birmingham taping, and while I won’t spoil the result, Shanna looked perfectly comfortable in that ring in what was a big opportunity for her to impress. She wasn’t just cannon fodder for the full-time Knockout either – she got in her fair share and even got to nail the Perfect Press.
Since announcing that she would be wrestling for TNA, Shanna has encouraged her fans to get the attention of the company to demonstrate her fanbase and how much she wants to be part of the promotion. She has retweeted many of the messages sent to TNA, and is showing her enthusiasm and overwhelming desire to sign a contract, while also increasing her brand and marketability. No doubt, she has a lot of people backing her, which is very encouraging. (more…)
Ringbelles Roundup (28 January 2014) – Ivelisse Velez strikes gold, Rain retires for real, Nevaeh & Leva Bates impress
It’s been some comeback by Ivelisse Velez from being released by WWE in August 2012. Refusing to be a statistic, she picked herself up and got back in the saddle. While she has experienced TV exposure with WWE by being in the most recent Tough Enough in 2011 and in TNA for its Gut Check (which she weirdly lost, even though she won her match against Le’D Tapa, who ended up getting the contract), leading to working the Knockouts Knockdown and World Cup PPV tapings, arguably her biggest achievement happened last Friday in Ybor City, Florida.
It’s funny – WWE’s rumoured reasoning for releasing Velez was that she had “attitude issues”. I would say that rather than “attitude”, she has self-confidence and determination, and they are major contributing factors as to why she holds the SHINE title. (more…)
This weekend is the real kick-off of the all-women promotions for 2014, and it begins with the promotion which closed out 2013.
Things were left somewhat up in the air at the end of SHINE 15 on December 13. Rain had just backed out of her impending retirement after retaining the SHINE Championship by beating Amazing Kong via count out. However, her gloating came to an abrupt end when she was informed that her next challenger would be fellow Valkyrie member Ivelisse Velez, who had beaten Mia Yim earlier in the night – that is, if Ivelisse decided to accept the opportunity. What followed was a series of videos where a number of people offered their thoughts to the would-be challenger. Starting proceedings was fellow stablemates Taylor Made and Allysin Kay who implored their friend to not accept the match, and was followed by Rain, who echoed those sentiments. Afterwards, SHINE VP Lexie Fyfe told Velez that she was picked because she was the most deserving, not because of some sort of plot to destroy Valkyrie from within. (more…)
Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve been doing a lot of retrospective articles. From the looks back to the 2012 award winners to the announcing of the 2013 recipients, from the personal highlights of Stew and myself to reviews of of the Women Of Wrestling Podcasts and our other audio shows, there has been a big look into the past. Now, here’s a look into the future.
Both Stew and I have written a list of things we would like to see happen in 2014. Neither of us have a crystal ball – or more critically, a booking sheet – so we can’t say whether any of these will actually happen, but this is what we would like to see in a perfect world.
Seeing as I’m here, I’ll start:
• I would love to see LuFisto win the SHIMMER Championship. After storming through the last set of tapings and working up a pretty heated rivalry with reigning titleholder Cheerleader Melissa, she ended Female Fight Season standing above her enemy at the end of Femmes Fatales XIII. While no plans have been put in place for SHIMMER 62 in New Orleans, LA, I would be happy to see Melissa and Lufisto in the main event with the Super Hardcore Anime taking the title which would mean the world to her. Even if she only holds it until the DVD tapings the following week, I would love for it to happen. (more…)
You know you have intrinsic importance when people seem to work around you to make things work.
Courtney Rush participated in her first training session after receiving clearance from her doctor. She has been given a clean bill of health after fracturing her clavicle on September 15 in the pre-show ahead of Smash Wrestling’s CAN USA event in Toronto, ON, Canada. At the time, nobody knew she was hurt as she was wrestling under a hood under the name of La Tigre Diablo against Jasmin, and the break happened in what Rush described at the time as a “freak accident”. She didn’t appear on the show as planned, and instead was rushed to hospital with the fear in her head that the plans she had for the following month or so were out of the window.
Rush had been due to travel to England to defend the Bellatrix World Championship at Bellatrix 7 on October 6, but the match between Liberty and she was pushed back – meaning that she would not have to relinquish the title which she won from Allison Danger at NCW Femmes Fatales XI in March. She still participated in the proceedings, turning heel and costing her title challenger the RQW European Championship, which she dropped to Sammi Baynz.
Like Bellatrix, Femmes Fatales also made concessions to accommodate Courtney’s literal tough break. (more…)
It was meant to happen in October but injuries meant that it had to be postponed, but Cheerleader Melissa and Courtney Rush will tangle at NCW Femmes Fatales XIV on April 19 next year to try and determine who will be the number one contender to the International Championship – but a stipulation has been added to the contest.
The pair will wrestle a 30-minute Iron Woman Match at the event in Montreal, QC, Canada – and emotions are running high because of their history, which stems back to last July, when they first met in a Femmes Fatales ring. (more…)
After shows from Bellatrix, AIW, WSU, SHIMMER and SHINE, the Fight Season curtain falls tonight in Montreal, Quebec as NCW: Femmes Fatales presents their thirteenth show. Thirteen is an unlucky number in many cultures, and there has certainly been an unlucky streak running through this show, first with the injury to Courtney Rush, then with the injury to her replacement Xandra Bale – and then only this week the last minute withdrawal of Saraya Knight due to a family emergency. However, one could conceivably argue that the final card actually ended up with an even stronger main event after the events of SHIMMER last weekend. While certainly the feud between Saraya and LuFisto in Montreal was hot, having Cheerleader Melissa opposite LuFisto in tag team competition just a week after they battled for the SHIMMER Championship in a bloody war – and with Melissa having Mercedes as her partner, just as she did last weekend in SHIMMER – the stakes are higher than ever. Also on the show will be a tantalising three-way with Angie Skye, Kimber Lee & Christina Von Eerie, a “Strap/Lumberjill match” between Portia Perez & Pink Flash Kira, and more. We’ve got live results from the Centre Sportif St-Barthélemy in suburban Montreal just after the cut. (more…)
We going to post the report to this yesterday, but decided to hold off for 24 hours to reveal the injury to Courtney Rush‘s collarbone – click here to read more about that. She suffered the break during her match under the hood as La Tigre Diablo, and there was some hasty rebooking to replace her on the show. However, fans in the building didn’t know what was going on, so we thought we would bring you up to speed before posting this report.
As for the writer – you may remember a website focussing on Canadian female wrestlers called North Starz which vanished a year ago. Well it’s back, and its webmaster Rick McLean was in attendance, and offered to let us know what happened. We jumped at the chance – and coupled with some excellent pictures from the very talented Tabercil, we can bring you a comprehensive rundown of how Team USA won the first Smash Wrestling CAN USA Classic… (more…)
Ringbelles Roundup (17 September 2013) – Courtney Rush speaks on her injury, rejigged matches, Total Divas finale
There is never a good time to sustain an injury – but for Courtney Rush, the timing of her current ailment has to feel horrendous for her.
Tweeting yesterday, she said: “I don’t know how to say this so I’ll just spit it out: last night I broke my collarbone & will be out of wrestling for the rest of the year. The past 24 hours have been the most frustrating and heartbreaking I have experienced in a very long time. But I must remain positive. A thousand thanks to those who showed such compassion and love and did everything to help me through the pain and emotion. I love you all.”
Speaking exclusively to Ringbelles, Rush revealed that the injury happened in a “freak accident” while she wrestled under a mask as La Tigre Diablo against Jasmine in the warm up match at Sunday’s Smash Wrestling CanUSA Classic show in Toronto, ON, Canada – explaining why she did not feature on the show in her announced match against Candice LeRae. While the fractured collarbone is a massive blow, it also means a lot of Courtney’s plans for the next month or so are out of the window. (more…)
Bellatrix 7 card revealed: Bellatrix and Femmes Fatales titles on the line! Saraya vs Melissa! Plus, Bellatrix 8 debuts announced!
We’ve just had the announcement of the full card for Bellatrix 7, featuring the five previously announced SHIMMER imports – along with an intriguing domestic return. Heading up the card will see the UK debut of the Bellatrix World Champion Courtney Rush (right), putting her title on the line against the RQW European Champion Liberty, fresh off her main event win at Bellatrix 6 – while Saraya Knight and Cheerleader Melissa return to Norfolk to (presumably) finally settle the 6+ year feud that first erupted in Great Yarmouth in January 2007.
Also, we will see the first overseas defence of the NCW:Femmes Fatales International Title as Mercedes Martinez will put her title on the line against Norwegian star Miss Mina. Along with the SHIMMER vs Bellatrix bouts, Erin Angel will defend her Bellatrix British Ladies Championship against the returning Sammi Baynes. Not sure who Sammi Baynes is? You may remember her as the other half of the Norfolk Dolls tag team with Britani Knight – Melodi!
Click through for the full card. (more…)
On last Friday’s Bombshell Ladies Of Wrestling show, I pointed out how while Jessie Kaye seemed to have some potential, she was hindering herself with a name which she selected which was too close to Jessie McKay, and also used the theme music which is synonymous with Madison Eagles. It got me to thinking about other wrestlers who have been repackaged with new gimmicks to increase their marketability. Five of them are after the jump.
Now keep in mind that these are mostly wrestlers who personally made the choice to alter themselves, though some were done by the companies they wrestled for at the time. One which didn’t make it was Victoria the ho to Victoria, the crazy enemy of Trish Stratus as there was a two year gap in-between one gimmick ending and other starting. The ones listed here are more sudden switches. (more…)
It was late 2011 when I watched my very first SHIMMER. It was Volume 37 and I am not going to lie, it was a bit of a blur. I marveled at the fact that this show catered for women’s wrestling, that the women… *actually* wrestled. There were no fart jokes, there was no nonsense timing of matches, this shit was serious and it was bloody awesome. I had always been a fan of women’s wrestling, but it was more aimed toward the Australian local scene (and with talents such as Madison Eagles and Kellie Skater, who could blame me?), I was used to seeing short matches on a card stacked with men, so to see SHIMMER match that went against the very grain of everything I knew, well: mind blown.
The main event for that show was Eagles v Mercedes Martinez. I think it’s pretty obvious in my third instalment of this column, that I am a pretty huge fan of Madison’s work and naturally this match was no exception. To see her in that match amongst her ‘own kind’ was spectacular and I was blown away with the high calibre of wrestling shown throughout the entire show. It was then I quickly realised, SHIMMER was the grand mecca of women’s wrestling. THIS was the place to be if you are a female wrestler and are damn serious about it. (more…)
So, you’ve seen our main six picks in our 2013 “A good half year for…” series – Kellie Skater, Ayumi Kurihara, Mickie James, Heidi Lovelace, Nikki Storm & Madison Eagles – and you can see even from those picks that we made our decisions on different criteria, and we stand by our picks as women who have all raised their stock since the turn of the year. However, the selection process of choosing a final six for full write-ups meant drawing up a longlist of potential picks, and we figured we’d wrap up the series by sharing a few of those women we thought had a great six months, but fell just below making the final six. Click through after the page break for… a few others. (more…)
NCW: Femmes Fatales XII Results: Martinez vs Sweet Cherrie; Melissa vs Rush; Kimber Lee & Von Eerie debuts
We’ve got ongoing coverage of the latest NCW: Femmes Fatales show in Montreal, Quebec – headlined by the local challenge of Sweet Cherrie taking on Mercedes Martinez for the International Championship, along with the return from injury of LuFisto (after her injury at SHIMMER Vol 53 in April), as she takes on the debuting Kimber Lee. Also on the show, in a non-title battle of champions, the SHIMMER Champion Cheerleader Melissa takes on the Bellatrix Champion Courtney Rush for the right to be named #1 Contender to the FF Championship. Click through after the jump for all the goings-on. (more…)
Episode 58 with Allison Danger
Our first ever podcast guest Allison Danger returns for the latest edition of the Podcast, and it’s in the wake of her retirement earlier this year – a retirement that was punctuated by the news that she’d suffered a stroke in January and subsequently had discovered lesions on her brain. About three months after her emotional sendoff, we caught up with Danger to find out the full story on her health issues, how it all went down, when she found out about it and how it’s affecting her everyday life. Some pretty heavy stuff. We discuss whether the stroke was caused by wrestling, discuss her matches on that last weekend and why young wrestlers need to work smarter to avoid the problems she’s facing. Speaking of young wrestlers, we discuss several of Danger’s tips for the future, and how she’s most happy when she can help mould a young talent. We discuss family matters, Danger explains why all talent can’t (and shouldn’t) be booked everywhere and how the age of instant gratification means that some fans just can’t see the big picture. Quite the show – simultaneously some the most serious topics we’ve ever talked about mixed with trademark Danger wit. A must listen.
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This weekend in Montreal, Quebec is NCW: Femmes Fatales XII – a show that promises to feature one of the biggest matches in the career of our own favourite Winnipegger – Courtney Rush. Re-arranged from the original planned match of Rush vs Kalamity, she now goes one-on-one with Cheerleader Melissa in a #1 Contender match for the Femmes Fatales International Title – a rematch of the main event of SHIMMER Vol 55 earlier in the year, and a match between the current Bellatrix Champion and the SHIMMER Champion. We talk about that match, her match with Allison Danger at Femmes Fatales XI earlier in the year and her thoughts on having one of Danger’s last matches. On the subject of Bellatrix, with the news that Bellatrix 7 in October will feature SHIMMER vs Bellatrix matches and feature the UK debut of Miss Rush herself, we get her thoughts on achieving another career dream. We also discuss Las Vegas and just where is that pesky fourth episode of Rush Hour?
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It was interesting to see the Bellatrix roster after the Bellatrix 6 card. Out of their wrestling gear, they got dressed again into their branded t-shirts and glammed them up with shorts, skirts, blazers and the like to meet and greet the fans, sign autographs and pose for photos. In every photo, the Bellatrix logo was visible, pushing the brand and getting the recognition out there. Coupled with the gigantic wall hangings, Bellatrix: Female Warriors has ascended to be the most professional looking promotion in the western world.
Granted, a lot of joshi promotions in Japan have branded gear, and Ice Ribbon & Stardom have had workout gear too – but it is rarer to see in the English-speaking countries. However, it is something that other promotions would do well to adopt in the future.
Since rebranding from the World Association of Women’s Wrestling in January, Bellatrix as a brand has been ascending at a rapid pace, and it’s being noticed. Ahead of Sunday’s card, promoter Saraya Knight was interviewed on F4Wonline.com, the BritWresChat podcast and the BBC radio station serving Norfolk – the county which Bellatrix is based. In addition, hype was posted on a number of websites and also in the local print media, which led to an audience of more than 250 coming along to the show to make a lot of noise and generate a proper atmosphere. As far as exposure goes, Bellatrix has taken big steps forward – however, as Saraya explained during the interview with Bryan Alvarez, the end goal is not to have the promotion as the main focus; instead, it is being used as a way to point eyes towards the wrestlers on the show. (more…)
The breaking news that Kalamity would be taking an undetermined time off from pro wrestling left a hole in the card for Femmes Fatales XII in Montreal on July 6th – not only in general due to the important part Kalamity has played as a featured performer on every show to date, but also more specifically because just a few days ago, she was scheduled to take on Courtney Rush in a clash of top contenders on that show.
However, Courtney was not left needing a new opponent for very long – as she is now scheduled to face the current SHIMMER Champion Cheerleader Melissa next month. The match, which will see neither Rush’s Bellatrix Title nor Melissa’s SHIMMER Title on the line, will have high stakes. Whereas Rush vs Kalamity was considered an unofficial top contender’s match in the NCW:FF rankings, this match is outright billed as a #1 Contender Match – with the winner getting a title shot at the winner of Mercedes Martinez vs Sweet Cherrie. Rush/Melissa is a rematch from their SHIMMER Title match on SHIMMER Volume 55, which was won by Melissa – but in Femmes Fatales, Rush is on a three fight win streak, and will be looking to use this match to not only secure herself a shot at the NCW:FF International Championship, but to lay down a marker to SHIMMER management as well that she is capable of beating Melissa. (more…)
NCW:Femmes Fatales today announced the latest two additions to their July 6th Femmes Fatales XII card – one is a battle of two of the promotion’s top stars, while the other is a second attempt at doing a match that was originally meant to take place at Femmes Fatales XI this past March.
In the first of the announced matches today, “The Oncoming Storm” Kalamity will battle Courtney Rush – both coming off high profile main events at FFXI, but both with very different results. Whereas Kalamity lost her grip on the NCW:FF International Title to challenger Mercedes Martinez in a hard-hitting affair, Courtney Rush pulled off a potentially career defining win over Allison Danger to secure the Bellatrix World Title. The Bellatrix Title will not be on the line in the match, but pride, momentum and rankings certainly will be. Kalamity needs a victory to return her to winning ways and prepare herself for another run at Martinez (and a chance at retribution), while Rush needs a victory to confirm her status as an emerging Femmes Fatales headliner in her own right (she is on a three fight win streak) and perhaps continue a run towards an eventual match with the winner of the Mercedes Martinez/Sweet Cherrie main event. (more…)
After a successful first outing last year, it seemed inevitable that Squared Circle Wrestling would hold another Girls Grand Prix. Last night in Binghamton, NY, 2CW held Girls Grand Prix 2, with the lineup being a who’s who of established and promising stars from the women’s wrestling world.
Rachel Summerlyn won the first tournament last year – last night, Cherry Bomb, who was beaten in the first round last year by Portia Perez, won the whole thing by taking out Courtney Rush, Nikki Roxx and Allysin Kay & Jessicka Havok in the final match which became a triple threat affair with no DQ and no count out stipulations after the Havok Death Machine inserted herself into the contest.
We have the results, but Dave Muscarella - who attended the show – described it as “great” and insists the there was not a single bad match on the card, which is certainly encouraging. Click after the jump to see how Cherry Bomb earned the trophy… (more…)
A week ago, Allison Danger announced her retirement from in-ring competition during the taping of SHIMMER Vol 57 in an emotional moment that didn’t leave a dry eye in the house.
Of course she’s not leaving wrestling for good – she’ll continue in a backstage role at SHIMMER – and while everybody there that weekend was fortunate enough to be able to say their own personal thanks to the woman herself, we kinda figured that Danger deserved something more. So, without her knowledge, we started recording video messages across the weekend with the idea of putting them together as a lasting tribute to someone who has meant so much to so many.
Now that the woman herself has had a chance to see the video, we happily share our video with the Ringbelles readers. Some messages are heartfelt, some are funny… some are, well, you’ll see… (more…)