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And the 2013 Breakout Star of the Year Is…

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Breakout 2013After yesterday’s announcement of Nikki Storm as our Discovery of the Year for 2013, it’s time to move on to our announcement of our Breakout Star of the Year. This award, as we’ve mentioned before, is given to the wrestler who, in our opinion, took the biggest strides in 2013. The wrestler who became a player during this calendar year and became an integral part of multiple promotions by getting over with the crowd and making herself indispensable. The wrestler who went from just being a promising name on a card to becoming someone you’d actually pay money to see. Someone who “gets it” and someone who expanded their horizons in a major way. As usual, we had a number of potential winners to sort through, but by the time we got down to our final shortlist, we had three top contenders to win. Before we announce our 2013 Breakout Star of the Year, let’s have a quick look at those who came within a hair of winning the award this year.

Mia Yim came ridiculously close. This was the year where Yim really started to excel and fulfil the potential she has undoubtedly had since she started. This year, I’ve heard first-hand from people who really weren’t on the Mia Yim bandwagon tell me that this was the year that she changed their minds. Yim was undoubtedly one of the biggest breakout stars of Fight Season in October, and the SHIMMER weekend in particular, where her matches demonstrated what appeared to be a new confidence in the ring. Likewise in SHINE she’s found herself in more and more important matches as the year progressed, including discovering what might well be her perfect opponent in Ivelisse Velez. Santana Garrett also was amongst the final three shortlisted – having managed to not only debut for WSU and AIW, continue to impress in SHIMMER & SHINE, she managed to appear on TV for both TNA (as part of the Knockouts Knockdown PPV) and WWE (on their NXT brand) in this calendar year. Yes, depending on where you live in the world, those appearances may be either PPV or VOD, but she’s certainly moving in the right circles and making the right connections to get on the radar for the national promotions. Her matches weren’t as high up the card as Yim’s or our eventual winner, but as far as “breaking out” and reaching for the stars, Garrett is a perfect example of someone who has used 2013 as a springboard to bigger and better things.

Our winner though? For our money, our winner stepped up in multiple promotions, gained confidence by the bucketload, delivered quality throughout and… well, she’s going to have to clear a little bit more space on her mantle for her second Ringbelles Award… (more…)


Fight Like A Guy: WSU’s Drew Cordeiro talks new ownership?

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So I’m legitimately about to go to bed when I get a call from WSU co-owner Drew Cordeiro. You may well have seen Drew on social media today mulling over an “unexpected yet welcome” offer – and he wanted to talk about it. Fair enough, says I – so I hit record on the call for a quick impromptu Q&A about what this offer entails. We know it involves the addition of a new co-owner of the company… but what does that actually mean? Drew gives specific hints and talks about how the addition of this new partner will help WSU better achieve many of the same aims that Drew originally pledged when he took over the company last year. Apart from WSU going forward, we get some news on next month’s ‘Tournament for Tomorrow’ weekend, WSU’s place as part of Fight Season and a final reminder of the card for ‘Blood And Thunder’ this weekend (and you can read our preview for that right here)

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WOW Podcast #52 with AIW’s John Thorne

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Episode 52 with AIW Promoter John Thorne

This Friday, Absolute Intense Wrestling brings their Girls Night Out franchise to iPPV via Smart Mark Video – so we’ve invited one of the AIW owner/promoters John Thorne onto the show to explain exactly why you should consider paying $14.99 of your hard earned cash on the show. We talk preparations for the show on the final week, Taylor Made‘s late pull-out and the addition of Addy Starr, the idea of iPPV (and whose idea it was) and the financial state of the company. We go back to the early days of GNO and talk about how important Hailey Hatred was to getting the first show off the ground, favourite shows so far, and how they’ve improved through each event. We talk the current status of former AIW Women’s Champions Mickie Knuckles and Jessicka Havok, touch on an AIW Women’s Champion who never was, and the 2012 ascent of Allysin Kay and Mia Yim to the main event – including the amazing finish to their Steel Cage match last August. We discuss the Indiegogo campaign to get Athena to GNO 7 last year, and John offers his opinion on some of the WSU/Drew Cordeiro twitter-drama from last week, and touches on an aborted GNO/WSU invasion/merger angle. We talk Allysin Kay’s mystery opponent for Friday (and maybe get a hint…), the formation of The Social Network and help give the final push for the iPPV on Friday. Some really interesting insight here from someone who was anything but a women’s wrestling fan a few years ago.

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Twitter drama: Alicia & Brittney Savage attack WSU; WSU responds

WSU logoThe relaunched Women Superstars Uncensored promotion came under fire yesterday from a number of sources on Twitter, including several talents which were a regular part of the promotion before the transfer of ownership from Sean McCaffrey to Drew Cordeiro of Beyond Wrestling. Most notably, these included WSU “icon” Alicia, Brittney Savage and others.

The situation appeared to arise from a perceived knock on Alicia by WSU who, when answering a fan’s question on whether they can expect to see Alicia brought back to the WSU roster, responded with a simple “Not Happening”. Picked up on by fellow wrestler, Missy Sampson, who tweeted “It’s disgusting watching you be so disrespectful to someone whose back your company was built on! @AliciaDidIt”.

Alerted to the slight, Alicia posted a multi-tweet exposé of her thoughts on WSU. She tweeted… (more…)


Flashback 2012: The Year in Podcasts

New WOW logo websiteWe love our podcasts here at Ringbelles. In fact, the entire site you’re looking at right now was initially founded as a new home for our flagship “Women of Wrestling Podcast”, and everything that has been built around it (from the regular website content to you, our ever expanding audience) has been constructed around the basic belief that our podcast is our core business. When we launched our first WOW Podcast over three years ago, we were of the opinion that nobody else was giving the women of the wrestling business a soapbox to tell their stories. Now, standing on the brink of our 50th edition, we can look back at the seventeen podcasts we’ve produced in 2012 (and the addition of three “Rush Hour” Podcasts), and be content that we’re delivering on our promise with quality interviews of the women in the business.

We have new listeners join us all the time, so for their benefit (as well as a nostalgic kick for our regulars), it’s time to look back at our shows in 2012, and maybe pick out a few shows you either get to listen to for the first time (or again). (more…)


WOW Podcast Xmas Special (#49) with SHIMMER’s Dave Prazak, WSU’s Drew Cordeiro & NCW:Femmes Fatales’ Stephane Bruyere

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Episode 49 with SHIMMER’s Dave Prazak, WSU’s Drew Cordeiro & NCW:Femmes Fatales’ Stephane Bruyere

Happy holidays everybody, and we’re celebrating by trying something brand new for us on the WOW Podcast, as we’re visited by the Three Wise Men of women’s wrestling. We’ve had many multiple guest shows before, but never have we had them all on the line at the same time, roundtable style. We welcome SHIMMER’s Dave Prazak, WSU’s Drew Cordeiro & NCW:FF’s Stephane Bruyere to discuss their year in wrestling. How was 2012 for them and their promotion? We discuss the exodus of female talent from the “Big Two” and whether the revolving door at WWE/TNA will have an effect on the independent scene. We talk about opening dialogue between promoters (and this is legitimately the first time Dave Prazak & Drew Cordeiro have *ever* spoken to each other) and thoughts/plans for iPPV going forward with all three companies. All of the Ringbelles picks for our 2012 awards are discussed, along with other performers who either have had a standout year, or are ones to watch going into 2013. Speaking of 2013, we have loads of news on the upcoming shows for all three promotions – Drew gives the lowdown on WSU’s “An Ultraviolent Affair” in February, Stephane unleashes a tasty triple main event for Femmes Fatales XI in March, and Dave makes three new talent announcements for SHIMMER vol 53 at the WrestleCon event on WrestleMania weekend. Oh, not only that, but there’s a tease on a current WSU talent that may well debut in SHIMMER in 2013, and you may want to keep listening after the outro music for a special Christmas song from one of our guests… It’s damn near an hour and a half of Christmas cheer! Enjoy~!

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WOW Podcast #42 with Alpha Female and new WSU promoter Drew Cordeiro


Episode 42 with Alpha Female and new WSU promoter Drew Cordeiro

It’s a double guest extravaganza here at the WOW Podcast as we welcome the current Pro-Wrestling EVE Champion Alpha Female to the show prior to her headlining EVE’s forthcoming “Special Edition” show on July 14th. Having recently moved from her native Germany to the UK, Alpha talks about how she was able to make the move here and what her plans are for the future (including revealing the sponsor who made it possible). We discuss EVE, career highlights to date, starting in Germany with Wesna Busic & Blue Nikita, working for the now defunct Queens of Chaos in France and her fondest moment in wrestling. Before Alpha, we have a 40 minute discussion with new WSU owner Drew Cordeiro. If you want to know anything about the future of the promotion under the new ownership, look no further. Cordeiro lays out his vision for the company, including what is and is not likely to change. We talk about the deal, what it means, and why he bought the company. This is all exclusive stuff and an absolute must listen for all fans of WSU.

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