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Fight Like A Girl: Solo Darling


We’ve sang the praises of Solo Darling here at Ringbelles on recent SHINE shows, and with good reason – she’s one to watch in 2014. Now firmly ensconced in Daffney‘s A.S.S. (indeed…) and tagging with Heidi Lovelace as The Buddy System, Solo’s really found her niche. So Stew finally caught up with the self-confessed Wrestler/Musician/Chemist/Baker/Insatiable Sponge to get the inside scoop.

We talk SHINE, her chemistry with Heidi and how far they can go, her *actual* chemistry experience, Ohio Valley Wrestling, Stew pines for Solo’s old “Bronx” accent, in-ring influences, the art of selling, and her eventual aims in the business. It’s about half an hour of an effervescent party for your ears – and you’re invited!

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Fight Like A Girl: Barbi Hayden

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After speaking to Barbi Hayden just a few months ago, and tipping her for big things in 2014, we had little choice but to revisit Texas’ finest following a month where she added the ACW Televised Championship and the NWA World Women’s Championship to her growing trophy cabinet. You want to talk about starting the year strong? Here’s your perfect case study. We talk about winning the NWA World Women’s Championship from Kacee Carlisle this past weekend at NWA Houston, winning the ACW Televised Championship from Angel Blue at ACW’s Guilty By Association 8 (and how that came around as a last minute sub for the planned Barbi vs Su Yung match), and making her debut in Florida all in the last month. We look forward to her (non iPPV appearance) for WSU at their upcoming Mutiny show vs Santana Garrett, and Barbi lays out her ambitions of where she’d like to defend her NWA Title this year and where she eventually wants her career to take her. A motivated and fun conversation with the new Champ!

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Flashback 2013: The other interviews

dynamic_mic1We hope everybody is having a nice holiday period, and perhaps you’ve even filled an idle hour with one of our podcasts from the last year. If so, we thank you very much. Our “flashback” article on Friday looking at the 15 Women of Wrestling Podcasts we’ve produced during the last twelve months resulted in a big download spike on the site – but of course, the Women of Wrestling Podcast really only just scratches the surface of the audio output on the site.

We more than doubled our audio content this year with our supporting shows – “Fight Like A Girl” (one on one shorter interviews), “My Name Is” (Lee meets new talent) and Angelus Layne‘s “Layne’s Brain”. There’s a lot of good stuff here – so again, we’d invite you to revisit some of your favourites, or catch up on some of those shows that passed you by the first time. (more…)

Flashback 2013: The Year In Podcasts

New WOW logo largeAs we’ll never tire of telling you, Ringbelles is founded on our podcasts. Our flagship “Women of Wrestling Podcast” predates the very existence of Ringbelles as a website (Lee & I have been podcasting together since August 2009 – about a year and a half before this website debuted), and we’re meticulous about bringing you the best audio we possibly can – whether in our longform flagship Women of Wrestling Podcast, in our one-on-one shorter Fight Like A Girl series, in our website exclusive My Name Is… series (which shines the spotlight on younger wrestlers taking their first steps as a pro) to one of our wrestler hosted shows like Courtney Rush‘s Rush Hour or Angelus Layne‘s Layne’s Brain – we have a commitment to quality audio we hope you enjoy.

We produced 15 episodes of the Women of Wrestling Podcast this year, along with a staggering 24 editions of Fight Like A Girl (with an even split of 12 presented by me and 12 presented by Lee), while Lee produced a further 12 website exclusive My Name Is… shows. Add in a couple of Layne’s Brains towards the end of the year, and we’ve had 53 audio shows on the site this year, which means we’re averaging about a show per week… which is pretty amazing.

As we prepare to get nostalgic over the weekend with a few personal thoughts on the past year, let’s take a look back at the year that was for the Women of Wrestling Podcast – a series of interviews featuring new guests, returning favourites, Brits, Canadians, Americans, promoters, wrestlers, former national TV names and the top indy talents around today. (more…)

Fight Like A Girl: Angelus Layne on Post Concussion Syndrome

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It’s not even four months since we last spoke to Angelus Layne for an edition of Fight Like A Girl here at Ringbelles, but things are quite different now than they were in June. Just under a month ago, Angelus announced that she was going to be out of wrestling for the rest of the year, having been diagnosed as suffering from Post Concussion Syndrome. The (eventual) decision to listen to her Doctor and her body meant she had to withdraw from all her bookings for the rest of 2013, which would’ve included being part of last weekend’s AIW Girls Night Out 9 & 10 shows, amongst other things. Stew reconnected with Angelus to get the lowdown on her injury, and ended up getting a truly eye-opening and at times quite shocking account of concussions, seizures, blackouts and more. We talk wrestler stubbornness, the people who helped her see sense, her prognosis for recovery and her daily life during her ongoing recovery. An important educational listen for both wrestlers and fans.

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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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Fight Like A Girl: Barbi Hayden

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Texas standout Barbi Hayden caused quite a stir when she made her debut for Women Superstars Uncensored at their recent Uncensored Rumble 6 iPPV – people took to her immediately, and we discuss her thoughts working in front of that new crowd – and, indeed, the seemingly dying art of “working” the crowd. WSU wasn’t her only first time experience this year, and we also talk about working in Mexico earlier in the year, as well as the pressure of working for Ring of Honor, where she worked fellow Texan, Athena. Speaking of Athena, Barbi gives her first person perspective on being involved in the six woman match at WSU where she got injured. We also talk about the Texas scene, and naturally touch on the current circumstances at Anarchy Championship Wrestling, including working in an open-air venue when it starts to rain. A really fun chat from someone I get the feeling we’re going to see a lot more of in the coming months.

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Fight Like A Guy: Kevin Harvey on the School of Everything Else

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SHIMMER Women Athletes‘ production assistant/lackey/Saraya Knight punching bag Kevin Harvey has a new project – as a wrestling manager, commentator, ring announcer and anything else required of him, he has identified a gap in the market for the School of Everything Else, launching shortly in Berwyn, IL.

As an independent wrestler, you already know how to do the moves, now learn the skills of the promo, how to develop your character and the “everything else” that will make you a more rounded (and more valuable) performer. We quiz Kevin on his vision for the school, what the SEE will actually cover, the set-up of the classes, his own personal influences and exactly what makes Kevin the man to teach these skills. We fully endorse what Kevin is trying to do with this, so if you’re in the wrestling business and are looking for that next step in your development, please have a listen and SEE your potential.

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Fight Like A Girl: Courtney Rush

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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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Fight Like A Girl: Angelus Layne


This weekend, Angelus Layne is one of the entrants in the 2013 version of ACW‘s Queen of Queens tournament – a big opportunity for this Midwest grappler who has been having a very productive 2013 so far. With that in mind, Stew caught up with Angelus for what was *in theory* meant to be a quick chat – but soon turned into a near podcast length discussion.

We talked Queen of Queens (and who she’s got her eye on in that tournament), getting advice from former QoQ winner Rachel Summerlyn, representing St Louis Anarchy and the fun times she’s had there (including working against babyface Jessicka Havok earlier in the year). We discuss working for AIW in Ohio (debuting at the last minute at Girls Night Out 8 earlier this year), and wrestling Darkness Crabtree for Wrestling Is Intense. We also have an in-depth discussion of hairstyles (yes, really), WWE hiring practices, social media, dig out a couple of comic book references and Angelus tells the story of “The Curse of July” and how it killed her chance to appear at NCW: Femmes Fatales last year.

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Fight Like A Girl: Heidi Lovelace

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She wrestles regularly for OVW, AAW, Wrestling Is Heart, Wrestling Is Cool and AIW, she made her debut on the SHIMMER main card earlier this month, she also debuted recently for St Louis Anarchy. In addition, she’s part of the upcoming SHINE 10 show next month and is entered in the Chikara Tag World Grand Prix in Chicago. It’s Heidi Lovelace, and if you don’t know the name yet, prepare to get to know it.

In this half-hour one-on-one website exclusive interview, you can hear about how exciting a time it is to be Heidi right about now, from inauspicious starts through training (with guys) at Billy Roc‘s School of Roc through making a big impression at National Pro-Wrestling Day earlier in the year, working and training in Ohio Valley Wrestling and their growing women’s scene now, to being part of the international SHIMMER locker room. Heidi discusses her evolution so far as a wrestler from both a training and gimmick perspective, and discusses her hopes for the future. A really enjoyable chat – check it out.

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Fight Like A Girl: Santana Garrett


Santana Garrett seems like a woman on the verge of big things. Not only does she compete on worldwide iPPV every month for SHINE Wrestling, she’s also a big part of the WOW revival going on in Las Vegas, and last weekend was one of the competitors on TNA‘s taped Knockouts PPV – so on the eve of SHINE 8 on iPPV, we check in with the woman who wears the headband of power and talk about all of the above, her real-life job and find out just what she experienced for the *very first time* in Las Vegas.

Not only that, she was one of the undercard highlights last October, and we’re able to announce that Santana will be a part of the upcoming SHIMMER Tapings in Berwyn, IL in three weeks time (Vols 54-57 will be taped across the weekend of April 13-14). You can still grab your tickets for Berwyn (or Vol 53 on iPPV at WrestleCon) online now.

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Fight Like A Girl: Trina Michaels


Award-winning thespian Trina Michaels joins us today ahead of a busy few weeks for her – she’s here to talk Full Impact Pro on iPPV next Friday, PRWA in Puerto Rico next Saturday and the Dragon Gate USA shows at WrestleCon during WrestleMania weekend in New Jersey. Trina also talks about managing vs wrestling, getting her name out there, addresses the rumours she was pushing for a TNA feud with Brooke Hogan and compares & contrasts the wrestling industry to the adult industry. A bite-sized 15 minutes with someone who’s starting to make some waves in the indy wrestling scene.

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Fight Like A Guy: Pat Laprade


We are joined by one of the authors of new book “Mad Dogs, Midgets & Screw Jobs: The Untold Story of how Montreal Shaped the World of Wrestling”Pat Laprade – for a half-hour historical discussion about wrestling in Montreal. Being Ringbelles, we steer to the side of women’s wrestling, and discuss Quebec Wrestling Hall of Famer Vivian Vachon (watch 1973′s ‘Wrestling Queen’ movie here), Luna Vachon (and how she nearly won the WWF Women’s Title three times and missed out each time), LuFisto (and how she dismantled the Ontario Athletic Commission – a story she recounted in her own words back on WOW Podcast #9) and former WWE Divas Champion Maryse Ouellet. We also touch on the ALF promotion, which was the spiritual predecessor to today’s NCW:FF. The book is available now at ECW Press and pretty much everywhere that sells books.

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Fight Like A Girl: Madison Eagles

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The Champ Is Here. Right on the verge of her return to the ring at PWA’s “Bash At The Beachie” on Saturday (in mixed tag format) and “The Unusual Suspects” (in women’s tag action) next Sunday, the former longtime SHIMMER Champion and still PWWA Champion Madison Eagles checks in with Ringbelles to discuss the long road back from injury, her thoughts on the Aussie scene during her year out of the ring (including the ascent of Evie) and her picks for success in 2013.

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Fight Like A Girl: Kimberly


With upcoming matches at Shine 6 next Friday (vs Leva Bates) and WXW tomorrow (vs Nikki Roxx), one of 2012′s most entertaining performers is hitting the ground running in 2013 – so we thought it about time we talked to Kimberly. We talk about her opportunities and character in Shine to date, show some love to WXW and Afa, the Wild Samoan, and talk about how she WRESTLES ALLIGATORS… FOR FUN (as seen on Discovery‘s Swamp Brothers) and her hopes for 2013. Start your New Year as a Winner and have a listen.

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Fight Like A Girl: Annie Social

A year after discussing her career on the Women Of Wrestling Podcast, Killadelphia’s Annie Social joins us on the latest episode of Fight Like A Girl to talk about medieval action movie Kingdom Of Gladiators, in which she plays Teela, a fighting female of the highest order. The DVD has recently been released in Japan with a badass cover, and will be available in the UK on September 19.

You can get a sneak peek of the film by checking out the trailer here.

Annie tells us about how she ended up being asked to be part of the movie, how much she knew of the script before agreeing to it, and wearing a chain-mail bra while swinging a giant sword around.

As part of our 15 minute chat with the former WSU Tag Team Champion, Annie also tells us about her new merchandise, which includes t-shirts, dog tags and a world of promo photos, and her upcoming plans for wrestling, which will send her to Japan for another stint with Kyoko Inoue‘s new promotion, Diana.

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Fight Like A Girl: Amber Gertner

We’ve been letting you know about K&S WrestleFest’s A Hot Summer Night since the lineup started to be revealed back in May. Well, the time is upon us, and female wrestlers from the past and present are descending on Philadelphia on Saturday for the show. From recent stars like Candice Michelle, Shelly Martinez, Amber O’Neal and Annie Social to stars of the Monday Night Wars era such as Debra, Stacy “Kat” Carter, Torrie Wilson and Terri Runnels, all the way back to stars of the 80s and early 90s like Wendi Richter, Madusa, Heidi Lee Morgan and Mike McGuirk, they’ll all be there.

Someone else who will be there is SHIMMER‘s resident interviewer Amber Gertner, who granted Ringbelles some of her time before heading off to the Ramada Philadelphia Airport Hotel in Essington, PA to talk to us about the event. She also discusses how she reverts back to being a fan around the stars of yesteryear, how some of the attendees’ appearances are as rare as rocking horse-guano, and also talks about Highspots TV, a new project which Highspots is looking to promote. Listen in to get the opportunity to receive a free two-week trial, so you can see what you think of it…

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Fight Like A Girl: April Davids

Two Fight Like A Girl shows in a week? Yikes!

That’s right – while the Women Of Wrestling Podcast takes a brief rest, we’re not going to deny you of great interviews with insightful thoughts from female wrestlers. This time, we hear from Pro Wrestling: EVE‘s April Davids, who has recently returned from a month in Japan where she trained at the Ice Ribbon dojo in Saitama.

In our 20-minute chat, “The Lancashire Terrier” discusses going to Japan and having to prove herself to be allowed to train with Ice Ribbon, learning a new style of wrestling, her win-loss record and which wrestlers she got on with the most. She also gives her thoughts on wresting in Great Britain, why it’s not really for her, and the difference between being a woman wrestler and a wannabe WWE Diva.

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Fight Like A Girl: Sassy Stephie

Fight Like A Girl returns with the first US guest in the series – the Women Superstars Uncensored Spirit Champion Sassy Stephie, who joins us for 20 minutes to talk to us about the week she’s had, and what’s going on this weekend.

We start by asking her about last weekend’s appearance at Absolute Intense Wrestling‘s Girls Night Out 4, where she was drafted in at the last minute to wrestle Sara Del Rey, how it was an awkward situation when she arrived, and moreso when she came through the curtain, as well as making steps to leave the past in the past. After that, we look ahead to WSU’s DVD tapings in Union City, NJ – where she will defend her title against the Boston Shore’s Amber – there’s a brief chat about her upcoming match with MsChif in AAW later this month, and then we discuss unwanted attention from fans – particularly newsworthy at the moment, considering WWE’s Maryse has filed a restraining order against a man who was getting in touch with her.

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Fight Like A Girl: Jemma and Faye Palmer

Who’s ready for another piece of exclusive news from Ringbelles?

Older fans of the Women of Wrestling Podcast will remember us producing a show straight after the first Pro Wrestling: EVE event where we spoke to Dann Read and former Gladiator Jemma Palmer. As part of that show, we got an update on Jemma’s agonising wait for a visa so she could report to Florida Championship Wrestling as part of her WWE Development deal. However over the last year, Jemma remained on British soil, wrestling more and more shows.

So, a year after our first meeting, Lee Burton dropped by a show 5 minutes walk from his house to speak to Jemma about what her first year of wrestling has been like, as well as her current status with WWE. As a bonus, Lee also got to talk to Jemma’s younger sister Faye, who’s also made the decision to step into the ring.
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Fight Like A Girl: Faith Lehaine

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 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.

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