After an encouraging start in January, LCW Roses returns for its second show in Leicester, England today. Dubbed War of the Roses, it is headlined by Nikki Storm against Amazon Ayesha Ray – a match that came about because Storm won the Roses Rumble match in controversial circumstances. The winner of the Rumble was meant to hand-pick their opponent for the main event of this show, but because of the shady ending where Storm snuck back into the ring after being eliminated because no referee saw her being thrown out, her punishment was to have her opponents picked for her. That will be Amazon – a woman who has spent the last few months in Japan, and discusses it and more in our most recent Women Of Wrestling Podcast.
Elsewhere on the show, we have the LCW Roses debuts of Leah Owens, Nixon, Bete Noire, Lana Austin, Dragonita, Sakura Lily, Kirsty Love and Freya Frenzy. Click the jump to see the results as they happen. (more…)
Leicester Championship Wrestling presents its first show of its all-female offshoot promotion today. The Roses Rumble will feature five matches as well as a 15-woman Rumble main event, with the Erin Angel v Kay Lee Ray v Nikki Storm 3-way determining who enters the contest first (the one who takes the fall) and last (the winner of the match).
Another standout match is expected to be Rhia O’Reilly facing Addy Starr, while the remaining three contests have newer faces stepping into the ring with more established British talent. LCW trainee Shauna Shay has her first ever match against a female opponent today when she steps into the ring with Carmel Jacob; Felony (accompanied by her 6’3″ boyfriend Barricade) battles Pollyanna Peppers, while Viper teams up with rookie Jenna to face the Pin-Up Princesses team of Nadia Sapphire and Violet Vendetta – and you can hear Sapphire talk about this match in our recent My Name Is interview.
We’re at the event in Leicester, England to bring you all the results as they happen. Click the jump to keep up with goings-on, and join us later for thoughts on LCW Roses’ debut show. (more…)
Welcome to the evolution of Ringbelles – a second semi-regular audio show to go alongside the flagship Women Of Wrestling Podcast.
Fight Like A Girl is a bite-sized audio podcast – it won’t be put onto iTunes, and can only be downloaded from Ringbellesonline.com. It is a more focussed programme than the WOW Podcast, concentrating on a single topic rather than a wrestler’s entire career. However, it won’t just be talking to wrestlers – we’ll be talking to a wider section of the wrestling industry. Who, you may ask? Well, you’ll have to wait and see.
For now though, let’s introduce you to Faith Lehaine, who is our first Fight Like A Girl guest. She joins Lee Burton for an account of her recent wrestling tour of Nepal – a country not well-known for its grappling credentials, but loves wrestling nonetheless. Find out how much, as well as her tales about the culture, getting to grips with the lingo and more, by clicking the link below to hear the 15 minute show. Enjoy.
The Big News
Tammy Lynn Sytch, known better to WWE fans as Sunny, is joining the WWE Hall Of Fame Class of 2011.
38-year old Sytch has been involved in wrestling for close to two decades, and was a mainstay in the WWF between 1995 and 1998 – along with Rena “Sable” Mero and Terri “Marlena” Runnels she ushered in the era of the female valets, which then evolved into the WWF/E Divas.
Sytch started in Smoky Mountain Wrestling in 1992 with her then-boyfriend Chris Candido, debuting as Hillary Clinton-idolising heel Tammy Fytch in 1993. She managed Brian Lee to the Heavyweight Title and then represented Candido before the couple jumped ship to the WWF in 1995.
She was teamed up with Candido to form the Body Donnas – a pair of fitness gurus who vowed to get everyone into shape and take care of the “out-of-shape opponents” put in front of Candido (now known as Skip). However, it was Sunny’s promos and manager character that saw her receive the lion’s share of the attention, so when Skip’s star started to fall, Sunny was turned into the “Manager of Champions”, being the only person to guide three consecutive pairs of Tag Team Champions – the Body Donnas (now with Zip partnering Skip), the Godwinns and the Smoking Gunns. Sunny also managed the Legion of Doom in 1998, but by then, she was trying the patience of WWF brass due to no shows and a reported abuse of painkillers and was released in July of that year. (more…)