Posts tagged “Francine

Ringbelles Retro: A look back at Women’s Extreme Wrestling

WEW posterAfter six years away, Women’s Extreme Wrestling is reportedly planning a return to TV, according to PWInsider. A poster has been released for a PPV called Booty Whipping, though it seems that it could be a compilation of previous events.

We have reviewed a WEW – former known as Women’s Erotic Wrestling – DVD in the past, and while it had its moments, we weren’t very impressed with Nude War Games. However, considering it ran for six years, it did fine for itself as a company and it gave women wrestlers another forum to hone their craft. That’s why we’ve posted a video from WEW’s YouTube channel.

For example, Nude Takedown from May 20, 2007 features the likes of Velvet Sky, April Hunter, Annie Social, Sumie Sakai, Amy Lee, Daffney, Nikki Roxx, Simply Luscious, Christie Ricci, ODB, Amber O’Neal, Francine and Mercedes Martinez. You can watch the video after the jump, but be ready for some pretty sexist commentary and suggestive content. (more…)


Ringbelles Retro: The very early days of TNA

NWA-TNA-2002As 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…)


Retro DVD Review: Glamour, Glitz and Divas – The Untold Story of Women’s Wrestling

This first came to my attention a year ago when I was searching Amazon for wrestling DVDs. From the “Editorial Review” I believed this was a documentary on female wrestling through the years and that it featured thoughts and insights from various females in the business. However, I was mistaken. This being an “Outside the Ropes” presentation, it is basically dozens of clips from various RF video shoot interviews spliced together into one video. In my mind, that’s not a documentary; however, I still gave it the benefit of the doubt and watched it.

The shoots themselves have taken place in a variety of locations – everywhere from hotel rooms to studios even to a Waffle House. Some parts, such as the Waffle House segment with April Hunter and Talia Madison, are hard to hear unless you have the volume up high, but for the most part the audio is of good quality. The lighting is as well; you can see each woman as she speaks. At the very beginning, a quick clip of Sherri Martel speaking is shown, followed by “In Memory of Sherri Martel” along with her dates of birth and death, then a picture of her in the ring. As this DVD was released in 2008 and includes clips of her shoot, this was a nice gesture.

The women included in the video are: Fabulous Moolah, Mae Young, Luna Vachon, Sherri Martel, Ryan Shamrock, Joanie Laurer, Baby Doll, Jasmin St. Clair, Tammy “Sunny” Sytch, Francine, Jackie Gayda, Gorgeous George, Kimona, Dana Dameson, and Missy Hyatt. However, not every segment features a clip from every woman. (more…)