Considering Mickie Knuckles‘ return to IWA Mid-South last weekend, we’ve dug up a match from her past in the promotion.
The contest we have for this week’s Retro is from April 22, 2007 where Knuckles defended the IWA Mid-South Women’s Championship on a cross promotion show with Anarchy Championship Wrestling in San Antonio, TX. Challenging her is then-ACW regular Daffney, in what turned out to be a bloody encounter.
Speaking of Daffney, an interview she conducted with Highspots earlier this year has been released. Diva Diaries covers her infiltration of the TNA Knockouts Knockdown audience back in March after concluding her legal issues with the promotion, as well as revealing that she has been living with bipolar disorder.
As we have found out from the 7-on-7 Divas Survivor Series match on Sunday and the repeat of the contest on Raw the following night, more does not always mean better. In fact, sometimes it can mean far worse.
While many fans lamented how much of a mess both matches were, I’m managed to put things into perspective for you with this week’s Retro offering from the very beginnings of NWA: Total Nonstop Action. With the acronym of TNA and it still being in the hangover of the Attitude Era, there was a lot of scantily-clad women in the early days, and a whole bunch of them were threw into one match on the June 26, 2002 broadcast in the form of a Lingerie Battle Royal. (more…)
SHINE Wrestling‘s internationally-spiced cards have grown to be a big attraction, and SHINE 14 will be one of those occasions. Brought about because of the global talent flying into the US for the SHIMMER tapings on October 19-20, the next show at Ybor City, FL on October 25 will see the debut of joshi talent, an ongoing feud settled and a SHIMMER Tag Team Title defence, should the champions make it through four DVD tapings the week before.
Headlining the event is Rain defending the SHINE Championship against Hiroyo Matsumoto, while fellow joshi Tomoka Nakagawa is set to defend the SHIMMER Tag straps alongside her 3G partner Kellie Skater against Rain’s Valkyrie stablemates Allysin Kay and Ivelisse Velez, who defeated Amazing Kong and Jessicka Havok last Friday as part of the excellent SHINE 13 card. (more…)
Ahead of the release of the all-women TNA One Night Only PPV on September 6, the company has put together a preview video to sell the event to US viewers – ones in the UK will get it for free five days later. Hosted by Christy Hemme, it features a montage of all the Knockouts Champions since the title was created in 2007; a look at the Gauntlet Match at Bound For Glory in that year which determined the inaugural titleholder; a recap of the feud between Gail Kim and Taryn Terrell which featured a great Last Knockout Standing Match at Slammiversary this year and also a fine Ladder Match on Impact Wrestling in July; and a rundown of all the women who will be involved in the show itself.
The event was taped in March – you can read results of it here if you don’t mind spoilers – and it is interesting to see which Knockouts are no longer with the company in the time the show was recorded and it making to air. Tara, Taeler Hendrix and Madison Rayne have all gone – though Rayne didn’t wrestle on the show as she was already pregnant – while Brooke Hogan has also parted ways with TNA – which is a big continuity error, considering she is the one advertised as putting the event together but was unceremoniously dumped in the storylines. In addition, Terrell – who was clearly a big priority for TNA – has disappeared from our screens.
Still, it’s a nicely put together hard-sell for the show, so click after the jump, rekindle some memories and see if it can pull some money from your bank account. (more…)
SHINE 12 Live Results: Rain defends her title against winner of Three Way (Updated with thoughts & pictures)
Tonight, one month removed from their first anniversary show (and the crowning of the first SHINE Champion in the shape of Rain), SHINE Wrestling returns to its home base at The Orpheum in Ybor City, FL for SHINE 12. A bit of a curious card this, as other than the situation surrounding the title – where Jessicka Havok, Mia Yim and Ivelisse Velez will battle in a three way match for a shot at Rain’s title on the same night – much of the rest of the show seems to have hit a reset button, with no real issues to be settled on the rest of the show. However, with a highly rated debutante in the shape of Portugal’s Perfect Athlete Shanna and the return of the always show-stealing Kimber Lee (along with the first showing of Daffney‘s A.S.S. as a unit), there’s plenty of potential for a good show. Oh yeah, and two of independent wrestling’s biggest and most talented names get it on as Mercedes Martinez renews her old rivalry with Amazing Kong.
Has that whetted your appettite? You can order the show either live, on demand, or even with an accompanying DVD of the event from WWNLive.com, but otherwise, click through past the cut and follow along with our live results. (more…)
That’s better. I was a little concerned that the undercard of SHINE 12 was a bit weak and haphazard when I was writing it up yesterday. There are still questions about some of the matches like why Kimber Lee and Kimberly are wrestling beyond the gag with their similar names, and what injustice the West Coast Connection has that Daffney’s All Star Squad needs to right, but the big money matches have been revealed following a pair of promos by SHINE’s Champion and its VP of Talent Relations.
The first video came from Rain, who said that because there was no clear number one contender she was not going to be defending her belt at the August 23 show in Ybor City, FL. This didn’t sit well with Lexie Fyfe, who announced that a new challenger would be determined during the broadcast.
Mia Yim, Ivelisse Velez and Jessicka Havok are the three women involved as they were deemed to have made the most progress in the SHINE 11 title tournament. Yim was the defeated finalist, while Ivelisse could have made the finals had she not been the victim of an errant shot by her Valkyrie cohort Rain – and she also wrestled three matches in quick succession due to the layout of the show. Havok did not get a fair crack at Rain in the semi-finals due to being attacked during her entrance by Saraya Knight, so we’ll never know how she would have fared against the eventual champion.
The winner will face Rain for the title in the main event – which means the challenger will be battle-worn while the champion will go into the contest completely fresh. (more…)
We say “finally announced” as SHINE Wrestling tends to be well on the ball with this sort of thing. With just nine days to go until the SHINE 12 iPPV, we now know most of the matches for the show on August 23 in Ybor City, FL.
Arguably the highest profile match sees former TNA Knockouts Champion Angelina Love taking on “Portugal’s Perfect Athlete” Shanna, who impressed a lot of people at Women Superstars Uncensored‘s Uncensored Rumble iPPV where she teamed with Chris Dickinson to fall to Addy Starr and Matt Tremont in mixed tag action and then went 30 minutes in the Rumble match itself, before coming back for the Combat Zone Wrestling iPPV in the evening in a losing effort to Nevaeh. Despite the defeats, she picked up a lot of new fans and should create a good deal of anticipation to see how she does against Love.
Elsewhere, Daffney‘s All Star Squad gets its first roll-out as Nikki Roxx and Solo Darling face the West Coast Connection of Su Yung and Tracy Taylor; Leva Bates steps into the ring against Christina Von Eerie, and Santana Garrett takes on the returning Brandi Wine, who last appeared at SHINE 8. Rounding off the announced matches is one which commentator Lenny Leonard is possibly going to struggle with – it’s SHINE’s resident loose screw Kimberly going up against the always-impressive Kimber Lee. Good luck with that, Lenny… (more…)
We know four of the competitors who will be part of the tournament to determine the first SHINE Champion. Saraya Knight, Jazz, Rain and Jessicka Havok all booked their slot by winning their qualifiers at SHINE 9 last month. However, one of those women is putting her position on the line this evening – Havok will face Portia Perez after the two engaged in a Twitter spat.
Elsewhere on the card, the remaining four title tournament slots will be determined, with Nikki Roxx, Allysin Kay, Leva Bates, Taylor Made, Mia Yim, Mercedes Martinez, Santana Garrett and Kimberly all vying to get into the tournament for the title. Rain will also wrestle Angelina Love again in a match where her Valkyrie cohorts will be banned from ringside, and Daffney – who quit as a ring announcer to become a manager again – will start to size up potential clients.
Looks like SHINE 9 was the straw which broke the camel’s back when it came to Daffney.
After witnessing what she views as insolent and disrespectful behaviour, the former WCW Cruiserweight Champion has decided that enough is enough, and a change of direction is required. In a statement on the SHINE website, she writes:
An Open Letter to you all ~
Last spring when I first got together with Sal, Howard, and Lexie about forming a new Womens Federation I cannot tell you how exciting it all was. To be a part of a revolutionizing product from the ground up has been such a fullfilling project and I am so proud to watch it soar. BUT – and it’s quite a big but – it seems as though things have changed in my absence from the locker room.
From early on I found myself a little disheartened by some of our athletes’ attitudes. Throughout our first year, quite a few of the ladies on our roster have shown a lack of good sportsmanship and have been very disrespectful to myself, SHINE management, and the other women that work for our company. And it all came to a head at SHINE 9. (more…)
Well, it had a difficult birth – with most of the former Knockouts banding together and turning down offers to work the show – but TNA have managed to put together a Knockouts only PPV as part of their taped “One Night Only” series after all, and managed to pull a coup out of the bag by featuring Serena Deeb‘s first match since October 2011. Deeb took on fellow OVW trainee Mickie James in the match, which it is believed will likely air in the July or August slot on TNA’s One Night Only calendar. (X-Travaganza will air in April, the Jokers Wild Tag Tournament in May, and TNA’s live Slammiversary will air in June). All of the early matches were termed as qualifiers for the main event “Queen of TNA” Gauntlet match, which is TNA’s Royal Rumble style timed-entrance Battle Royale with the final two facing off in a pinfall/submission standard match.
Interestingly, one former Knockout did show up despite not being booked – as Daffney, fresh off resolving litigation with the company, was seen protesting the show with an “I’m here independently” sign (in reference to her threat to challenge the so-called ‘Independent Contractor’ clause in TNA contracts).
Click back after the break for an exclusive pic of Daffney & Amber O’Neal at the show, along with full results, which also saw the return of other former Knockouts, a former Diva, Gut Check competitors and independent talent (more…)
On Sunday, TNA records an all-female version of the One Night Only pay-per-views which it is using to run in the months when it’s not presenting one of its big PPVs like Genesis, Lockdown, Slammiversary or Bound For Glory. Entitled Knockout Knockdown, it is advertised as a show to determine the true Queen of TNA. It is possible that the show will be a tournament if it is going to determine an overall winner, and to make it an occasion, TNA invited former members of the Knockouts roster to be part of it.
It probably didn’t go as well as they had hoped.
When asked on Twitter, Angelina Love, Nikki Roxx (Roxxi), Traci Brooks & Amazing Kong (Awesome Kong) all revealed that they were not going to be part of the proceedings and Dark Angel (Sarita) is also unavailable as she is in Japan. Considering the impression that each of them made to the division and the contributions that they made, for them to decline or not be in the country speaks volumes about what they may feel about TNA these days. (more…)
On Friday, Daffney squared off with TNA over the mediation table in Nashville, TN over her Workers’ Compensation lawsuit which started in March 2011. If an agreement was not reached, she was willing to take the issue to court and let a judge decide if wrestlers were independent contractors, or if because of their circumstances they should be classified as employees and enjoy the benefits that a member of staff should have, such as medical insurance and a basic wage.
Daffney (Shannon Spruill) was willing to open Pandora’s Box in order to help out her fellow wrestlers who may have been injured in the past and were left out of pocket because of it, or for wrestlers who may get hurt in the future to be able to make the companies sort out the money for injuries they suffered while on the job.
A development in the case happened on Friday. Click the jump to read what happened. (more…)
It has been around nine months since we had any update on Daffney‘s Workers’ Compensation claim against TNA, but Ringbelles has secured some information on the situation, and it could potentially lead to one of the biggest shake-ups in wrestling history. It could cause ripple effects not just through TNA, but also to WWE.
It was always telling that Daffney (Shannon Spruill) filed a Workers’ Comp lawsuit instead of a personal injury one, which could have been another avenue for her to be compensated for concussions which she suffered on TNA shows and effectively ended her in-ring career. The reason for that is because she wants to test the claim that wrestlers are “independent contractors”, which means that they are responsible for their own medical insurance and do not enjoy the same sort of protection and benefits that a regular employee would – similar to the lawsuit that Raven, Mike Sanders and Chris Kanyon filed against WWE back in 2008 – but was dismissed, partly because their claims were barred by statute of limitations.
In a recent interview with WrestleShark, Velvet Sky admitted that she has been bugging TNA to do all they can to tempt Angelina Love back to the company and reform the Beautiful People, much like they were doing during the tail end of last year after both had left the promotion. She admitted that their heel run in 2008 was their favourite time – and I would tend to agree, as they were arguably the most over heels on the show. However, as she told us last November, Angelina has no real interest in re-signing with TNA at the moment.
However, before the pair teamed up in TNA, they also worked together on the indie circuit, as evidenced in the match we have for this week’s Retro from October 5, 2007 – about a week and a half before both competed in the Gauntlet Match to crown the first Knockouts Champion at Bound For Glory. They under their indie guises of Angel Williams and Talia Madison – form two thirds of a 3-way at a Prestige Entertainment show, with the third opponent being Nikki Roxx, and has Daffney as the special guest referee. (more…)
Former TNA Knockout and current hostess of SHINE Wrestling Daffney is getting over surviving a car crash on Monday evening in which her car left the road between Tampa and Daytona Beach in Florida, and ended up on its roof in a body of water.
The former WCW Cruiserweight and ACW American Joshi Champion filled us in on all the details a couple of hours ago via her Facebook:
Monday night I was in a car accident. I was driving along I-4 and I hydroplaned at 70 mph, went off the road, and my car flipped. I landed upside-down in 3 feet of water. I was able to climb out of the passenger side and waded to safety. Luckily someone saw and stopped to help. It took 2 1/2 hours to tow my car out as it was wedged deep in the ditch in the woods.
Thank God I had my seatbelt on. If I hadn’t I’m sure my injuries would have been much worse… if not fatal. I want to emphasize to all my Daffanatics to please remember to buckle up.
I cannot explain the feeling I had when I realized what had happened. When I saw my totaled car the next day at the junkyard it really hit me. I’m so grateful to be alive. Now, I’m just trying to pick up the pieces and get things back to normal. (more…)
Take a look at the front page – there’s a lot to do with SHINE on there, and with good reason, as this could be the start of something pretty exciting. Monthly Internet pay-per-views featuring women’s wrestling – it’s an enticing prospect, and we at Ringbelles are looking forward to seeing what happens.
It all kicks off tonight with SHINE 1 from the Orpheum in Ybor City, Florida (order here), headlined by the “Queen of Wrestling” Sara Del Rey meeting the “Female Fighting Phenom” Jazz, and also features seven other matches. We urge you to buy the iPPV to check it out for yourselves, or watch the replay on Video On Demand – but if you can’t, we have the results and goings-on after the jump, and will also have some thoughts on the show coming too. Keep refreshing the page for results and developments as they happen as we jump into SHINE… (more…)
It’s becoming something of a SHINE Wrestling week here at Ringbelles. On Monday, we spoke to Leva Bates about her match tomorrow night against Mercedes Martinez; yesterday, we gave you a rundown on the roster for the SHINE 1 iPPV and also offered up a Retro featuring the promotion’s hostess, Daffney. In the Roundup, we also mentioned that Daffney, Christina Von Eerie and Santana Garrett appeared on a taping of Daytime on Monday, and it was screened yesterday. Now, we all have a chance to see it, as SHINE uploaded the clip to YouTube.
Click after the jump to see host Cyndi Edwards learn tie-ups and hammerlocks, and offer the sell for tomorrow’s show. (more…)
Earlier today, we ran down a list of all the wrestlers who would be taking part on the debut SHINE Wrestling iPPV on Friday. However, there is one person missing from that list – someone who isn’t wrestling, but will be a happy addition to the show. That person is the hostess of the event, Daffney.
Her troubles over the last year and a half or so have been well documented here on the website. Her departure from TNA and the Workers’ Compensation lawsuit which she filed was the top story in one of our earliest Roundups, and last month, we found out that she was owed around $26,000 by the company for medical bills stemming from a number of concussions which she suffered (and you can read more about that by clicking here). However, she is set to return to wrestling for the first time in 18 months – barring the odd appearance like at ACW’s American Joshi Queen Of Queens last year – at SHINE, which is shaping up to be the biggest event in women’s wrestling this summer.
Even though Daff won’t be wrestling on the card, let’s remind herself of one of her TNA contests – a match on Xplosion from November 8, 2010 against then-Knockouts Tag Team Champion Ayako Hamada. (more…)
The saga of Daffney‘s Worker’s Compensation lawsuit against TNA has been running for as long as this site has been active. In fact, her departure from the company was the top story of one of our earliest Roundups back on March 15 last year. At the time, she released a statement which said:
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.
The injuries she is talking about started at Bound For Glory on October 18, 2009, when she was chokeslammed through a barbed wire table on the outside by Abyss, resulting in a concussion and four months out of the ring. On her return, she suffered another concussion when she was nailed in the head with a toolbox by Tara, and suffered a third in April 20 during Rosie Lottalove‘s tryout match, in which she was also dealt a deeply bruised sternum and a severe stinger – which she covers in this blog. Her plight was also mentioned by her friend MsChif when we spoke to her last year.
Back in January, the former WCW Cruiserweight Champion and ACW American Joshi Champion tweeted an update on how things were going:
Great day today. Just wanted to let everybody know that the Workers’ Comp Claim is going well. Although it’s been a long road, I continue to keep my head up. Hoping for some good results.
Now, there has been an update on how much Daffney claims she is owed by TNA, and as you can tell from the title, it’s a ruddy big amount. (more…)
Beyond Wrestling is the new owner of Women Superstars Uncensored. In truth, we heard about Beyond being interested in purchasing WSU about two weeks ago and thought it was a curious name to be in the running.
The model for Beyond is for having wrestling matches presented in front of an audience of fellow wrestlers, which creates a different sort of atmosphere. Only recently has Beyond started regularly running shows in front of regular fans – in fact, it was running a show in conjunction with St Louis Anarchy on Saturday when the announcement was made on WSU’s Uncensored Rumble V iPPV. Excerpts of the statement read out by commentator (as well as Beyond’s Director of Talent Relations and Director of Online Communications) Jon Harder include, “there will be a stronger online presence… all shows will be shot in high definition… future events will be available as video on demand streams and MP4 downloads in addition to the current DVD and iPPV releases.”
Three extra statements were released by Beyond yesterday on its website – most of which were buzz statements with no real substance to them (though in fairness, what more is there to say at the moment) – with the main points being a reassurance for WSU fans there will be no drastic changes to the product, though the logo has changed, as you can see, and the promotion’s website will be overhauled, which will be useful, as there is a lot going on when it comes to the front page at the moment. It also mentions the WSU will run shows in the Tri-State area, with the hope of expanding into new markets by the end of the year.
Let’s go through some of these points. (more…)
Mike Johnson at PWInsider has broken news of a brand new women’s promotion to debut this Summer in Florida which will be a de facto sister promotion to SHIMMER. A key to the new promotion will be that their monthly shows are to be broadcast on iPPV via WWN. We’ve talked to sources involved in the promotion within the last few minutes and are able to confirm some further details. (more…)
Ah, Shark Girl. The pink-masked terror from 20,000 leagues under the sea – I believe that’s below the Blue Square Premier, for all you English soccer/football fans out there.
The curvy seafaring beauty first came ashore in November 2007 when she teamed with Mr Wrestling III (Steve Corino) to defeat Allison Danger and Ares in the Carolina Wrestling Association, before resurfacing the following April in SHIMMER, where she defeated Nicole Matthews and Amber O’Neal on volumes 17 and 18 respectively. The Ringbelles team were sitting in the crowd, and we couldn’t help but notice how Shark Girl’s gear was vaguely similar to the outfit of another wrestler on the roster at the time.
Ah yes, it’s the cutouts around the midsection that give it away. It’s Daffney.
There were other points – they were roughly the same size, wrestled the same way, Daffney was not on shows that Shark Girl was on (though they were in separate matches on SHIMMER volume 20, so that raised a few eyebrows). For the most part, the signs pointed to her being Daffney. Apparently, we were wrong.
As it turns out, it could never have been the former WCW Cruiserweight and ACW American Joshi Champion, as Daffney wrestled Shark Girl in the first round of the IWA: Mid South Volcano Girls 2 tournament, held in Joliet, IL on May 4, 2008. After the jump, we have the video proof. And before anyone argues that it’s just someone else in the Shark Girl gear and in all the other matches it was Daffney, I would like to shake some sense into you. Daffney is not, and never was Shark Girl. She wasn’t. Really. It was someone else. Not Daffney. No. (more…)
Beth Phoenix and Natalya sat down with WWE Magazine for an interview which has been published in the February 2012 issue (though this must have been conducted a while back, as Phoenix has been off TV for more than a month and the Pin-Up Strong gimmick has been limping for a long time now), with one of the questions asked being which male-dominated stipulation match they would like to see introduced to the Divas Division. Both went for the ladder match.
“I want to compete in the first-ever Diva Ladder Match. Beth and I think it would be amazing, and I believe we could really pull it off,” Natalya says.
Beth adds, “I have been campaigning for WWE to let me compete in one and have even volunteered to put my Divas Championship on the line in it against absolutely anybody. I have the experience and truly believe the bar could be raised with that bout. There is no doubt in my mind that it would be the most spectacular Divas match of all-time.”
No doubt, a Divas ladder match would be pretty unique, but there is no way that this match should happen now, or even in the near future. A ladder match would have to be the culmination of a strong feud between two Divas who can go, with a number of matches having took place with inconclusive winners and the odd ladder attack, leading to the Divas title belt being hung above the ring. The problem that WWE has at the moment is that the Divas roster as a whole is probably at its most neglected in the last decade, and the number of quality female workers in the promotion who could successfully pull it off is tragically slim.
Beth would have to be one of them. Though it’s not saying much, she’s probably the most over and best all-rounder of all the women, though when it comes to her opponent, it’s slim pickings, for sure. (more…)