WARNING: Spoilers lay within.
TNA Wrestling is saying goodbye to the Impact Zone in Orlando, FL by hosting a series of One Night Only pay-per-views. In last week’s Roundup, we discussed the Knockouts Knockdown all-women show which saw a number of former Knockouts turn down the offer of being there. At the time, Traci Brooks was one of the women who had declined the offer, but it was not because she was holding a grudge of any description, tweeting “I had to say no to TNA for the KO ppv as I couldn’t make it that day. No other reason”.
Payton Banks (Rain) and Winter (Katarina Leigh) pointed out last week that they had also been asked but said no, while Salinas (Shelly Martinez) vlogged that she wasn’t asked. However, it was the former Roxxi who came out and explained in detail why she didn’t go back for Sunday’s show.
Nikki Roxx (who was messed around during her two stints in the promotion) spoke to the Greg DeMarco show about her turning down the offer, saying, “You can only get kicked so many times… I think that I had finally had enough. They had trouble treating me very well to begin with and I felt like I was being a glutton for punishment every time I went back… I felt like it was the right time to tell them no. It was like one of those bad relationships where you keep trying to get away from it… You can’t treat people badly and then hope that they’ll come back and hang out.” (more…)
Wrestling promotions spend a long time building up a reputation. Many groups which are starting out at the moment like SHINE and BLOW are looking to get some traction, credibility and a fan base behind them to be mentioned in the same sort of high regard as companies like SHIMMER and Women Superstars Uncensored. Another promotion which has created a great reputation for itself is Montreal, nCw Femmes Fatales, which was worked hard over the last three years to be known as the standard bearer for all-women shows in Canada.
Earlier this year, another promotion looking to start its own women’s show did not do as much research as it probably should have. Insane Championship Wrestling in Scotland called its group Femmes Fatales, but after realising that there was already another Femmes Fatales out there which already had a positive reputation and was working on heritage. After a brief contact from the original, ICW agreed to change the name to Fierce Females, admitting that there would have been some confusion, rebranded itself and looked ahead to promoting its first show, which takes place in Glasgow on September 30 (which Ringbelles will be attending, we may add). It was a considered, reasonable and mature approach exhibited by all which meant that nobody felt aggrieved or hard done by, and would mean that there would be no confusion by fans.
A similar situation came to light this week. (more…)
WARNING: This review contains spoilers.
So after months talking about the GLOW documentary with the likes of Angelina Altishin (Link) and Lisa Moretti (Part One, Part Two), we’ve finally had a chance to see the final product on the big screen as part of the London leg of the United Film Festival. While some of our party went in with only the briefest knowledge of the GLOW product, I did wonder whether I was the opposite – and whether hearing Angelina & Lisa opine on how great the documentary was had actually given me too high an expectation for the project. It couldn’t be as good as they said it was, surely? Well, it turns out they were right. Sorry ladies, I will never doubt you again! (more…)
Pro Wrestling: EVE has officially announced a show on July 14 in Sudbury, UK, calling it a “special edition” show which will feature the debut of TNA’s Winter – who is a German-born Briton – and two returns – we have strong suspicions on who the returns will be – as well as “one time only” and “must see” matches.
In its press release that it released to Diva Dirt, EVE also points out that running a weekend of shows without iPPV would have “hurt EVE financially and potentially risk the company due to the restricted income without iPPV”. That’s a telling statement – which actually PRECEDED the announcement of Winter being part of the show – and implies that financially, EVE is lean at the moment.
The show will also feature three men’s contests, making it a split show of sorts. It claims it will draw the fans of the men’s promotions and give them a taste of women’s wrestling at the same time. It’s the same ethos that led to having the Jenny Sjodin v Alpha Female match at the London charity show in April, which is where Alpha won the title.
In theory, this makes sense – draw non-women’s wrestling fans in with what they are familiar with and then give them a taste of EVE’s product while they’re there. However, there is also the possibility of it dissuading EVE fans who may not be interested in the men’s matches. There is the possibility that the ones there for EVE won’t be hugely taken with the men’s contests, as that’s not what they’ve paid to see, and vice versa for the fans of the guys.
Much like three weeks ago when we interviewed Angelina “Little Egypt” Altishin for episode 38 of the Women Of Wrestling Podcast, we’re going to look back at Tina Ferrari in GLOW to add another aspect to yesterday’s WOW Podcast with Lisa “Ivory” Moretti – though this is only the first half, as the second will hit the site next week.
Needless to say, if you want details of how she got into GLOW, her training and her time there, you should really listen to the interview, as it’s an interesting listen, but after the jump, we’ve got a couple of milestone matches from Tina Ferrari’s career, including her feud with Ninotchka, the badass Russian who bears a resemblance to Ivan Drago, as Rocky 4 hit the cinemas at roughly the same time that GLOW was coming into being. The first match is Ninotchka defending the GLOW Championship – which came in the form of a crown – against Tina, and one look at the picture we’ve used for this post should give you an idea of who won that match, while the second one is Ferrari defending the crown against the former champ in a more heated affair. (more…)
It’s the first time we’ve spread a single guest over two WOW Podcasts, but when that guest is a three time former WWE Women’s Champion, it’s quite understandable. The former Ivory, Lisa Moretti, joins us on just before she sets off to the Los Angeles premiere of “GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling” to discuss the documentary and her time as Tina Ferrari, the fact the GLOW fanbase still exists after over 20 years, training as a raw rookie with Mando Guerrero vs training raw rookies herself on Tough Enough, bimbos in wrestling, creative freedom at GLOW, a live performance of her RAP(!), transferring from GLOW to POWW, earning respect of the “real” wrestlers, being honoured at Cauliflower Alley this year, who she would have had to kill if she’d seen her and STANDING UP RICKY STEAMBOAT for a poolside vodka! We’ll talk to Lisa again next week where she’ll report on her experiences at the LA premiere, and we’ll talk about her WWE run in depth! Look, it’s Lisa Moretti – her enthusiasm is infectious. Listen immediately!!
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Nikki Bella won the WWE Divas Championship on Raw last night. There are a couple of issues that stem from this, so let’s deal with the Bella situation first.
First off, this title change has been on the cards for weeks, so it wasn’t a kneejerk reaction to the “twist” in the match. However, according to previous reports, the Bella Twins’ contract expires on Monday, and unless they have signed a contract extension – which we don’t believe has happened – they are set to go. Putting the Divas strap on Nikki is a curious choice, as it has to be a short reign – don’t be fooled, she won’t be taking the belt away with her like CM Punk did with the WWE Championship last June after winning it at Money in the Bank – so there are only three shows where she could conceivably drop it – SmackDown, Extreme Rules on Sunday, or the Raw the following day. Realistically, option 2 is the most likely, meaning a six day reign, and there is a prime candidate for winning the title, probably in some sort of open challenge…
I really hope that in one year, when I come back, you two will still be here.
That’s the parting words Kharma gave to the Bella Twins last May before taking a sabbatical following the announcement of her pregnancy. As has been reported, things tragically didn’t work out with that, but it seems that she is ready to get back onto the scene after being interviewed for a TV news piece about GLOW while she was at the Cauliflower Alley Club reunion in Las Vegas last week (more on GLOW later). Besides, if she wants to make good on her threat to destroy the Bellas, she has a window of a mere few days to get the job done, and the cherry on top would be taking the Divas Championship in the process. (more…)
It seems like yesterday’s story about the debacle surrounding the GLOW show in Henderson, NV on Monday night (which saw several girls stiffed on pay) continues to rumble on today with further accusations and counter arguments back and forward. For our part here at Ringbelles, we’ve received a few messages of support from those in the industry and those who have dealt with the promoter Eric Rolphe Nyenhuis in the past… one of whom described him as “…one of the biggest liars I ever met. If the guy told you the sky was blue, grass was green and the sun was yellow on a hot summer day, you’d have to go outside to double check.”
In fact, in the comments section of yesterday’s article is a statement from Michael Karr, Nyenhuis’ business partner in this failed GLOW project.
Dear GLOW fans. I am no longer affiliated with GLOW Wrestling or Eric Rolphe Nyenhuis. If you are angry with the fact that you purchased a ticket for the show and the lineup had changed or you were not paid or reimbursed as promised. Please contact Eric, NOT ME. I originally promoted this show because it seemed to be legitimate and what was best for the original stars. I do NOT promote the upcoming DVD release of the show that was filmed on April 16th or GLOW Season 5 as it stands now. I am sorry that my name was attached to this promotion and even more so that I worked for free for something I thought to be real and great, also important Matt Cimber is NOT attached to this show.
Karr clarified further that “I myself was lied to and taken advantage of. I am truly sad to see GLOW in the state in which it is currently.” Female wrestler/promoter (and longtime GLOW fan) Sybill Starr (who was one of the few who actually attended the show as a fan) had this to say “There was a really weird vibe & you could tell many of the gals were not happy… but I want to say thanks to the awesome girls for coming out & doing it anyway… for us fans! Thank you Gorgeous Ladies!!!” (more…)
We’ve been on a bit of a GLOW kick here at Ringbelles for the last week or so. Having talked to the utterly charming and intelligent Angelina Altishin (GLOW’s Little Egypt) for the most recent edition of the Women of Wrestling Podcast, we’ve been keeping an eye on goings-on at Cauliflower Alley’s 2012 Reunion, where Lisa Moretti (aka GLOW’s Tina Ferrari and WWE’s Ivory) was honoured, Angelina presented two seminars to atendees, and several GLOW originals made special appearances. Even WWE’s Kharma was spotted on local news, putting over the original GLOW product. However, one thing we haven’t mentioned (other than in passing in this week’s Roundup) was that running opposite Cauliflower Alley, across town in Henderson, NV – there was an attempt to revive the product with a GLOW-branded show billed as “A Night of Fan Appreciation”. There had even been talk that this would herald a GLOW “Season 5″ as a TV product.
It seemed a bizarre day to try and launch a revival, given that anybody in the Las Vegas area with any interest in wrestling would almost certainly be going to Cauliflower Alley – not to mention that with a large number of GLOW originals already committed to be at Cauliflower Alley, even those who were hardcore GLOW fans (if such a thing still exists in 2012) would have had a difficult decision to make. The day after, the best we could cobble together was a partial talent list and a partial set of results – and it became clear that the revival wasn’t exactly a success. We first heard of a crowd of possibly 50 (and that was taking into account local trainees). We’ve even heard an estimate considerably lower than that. That, unfortunately, was only the tip of the iceberg, as we’ve since heard various shady stories regarding promoter Eric Rolphe Nyenhuis. Click through to after the jump for the full story. (more…)
There are three strands to Women Superstars Uncensored’s hellraising triumvirate known as the Midwest Militia. At the top of the heap is Jessicka Havok, the current dual singles champion in the promotion, undefeated in singles competition and general baddest bitch on the block. She is backed up by Sassy Stephie, former Spirit Champion, current Tag Team Champion and SHIMMER regular. And then there’s the third corner of the triangle, Allysin Kay – tag team partner of Havok in Team Be Jealous, other half of the Tag Team Champion and the owner of wrestling’s most colourful tattoo. However, there was something about Kay that felt like she was placed 3rd out of three when it came to the Militia’s pecking order. I can’t put my finger on it, as it is an intangible that is difficult to define, but there was a perception that while she was an integral part of the Militia, her accomplishments left her at the back.
That is, until last weekend.
On Saturday, Stephie and Kay defended the Tag Team Championship against the team they defeated at WSU’s 5th Anniversary Show last month, Alicia and Brittney Savage. Though the booking could be questioned – after all, the Militia defeated the challengers in an Uncensored Rules match back in March – it really did a world of good for the champions’ reign to prove that they are no fluke team who weaselled their way to the straps by beating an already exhausted Jana & Luscious Latasha, who had just defeated Lexxus & Destiny and/or Tina San Antonio to win the titles for themselves. By beating two of the promotion’s top babyfaces under regular tag team rules rather than a big brawl with tornado stipulations served them well as established them as a tandem who would be difficult to take down. Credibility asserted, Kay then went on to Cleveland, OH to compete for the vacant Absolute Intense Wrestling Women’s Championship in the main event of Girls Night Out 6… (more…)
After not being seen on TV since her surprise entry in January’s Royal Rumble and subsequent tragic family news, Kharma has resurfaced on the scene, courtesy of a news report on Las Vegas TV about Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling.
Many wrestlers, past and present are in town for the Cauliflower Alley Club reunion, of which Kharma is a regular attendee, as well as GLOW’s Angelina “Little Egypt” Altishin, who discussed the seminars she is holding there on social media and life after wrestling in our most recent Women Of Wrestling Podcast, which you listen to by clicking here. While in Vegas, KLAS-TV managed to secure a few minutes with Kharma – naming her as Tia Stevens, rather than her real name of Kia Stevens – to discuss the season 5 tapings, and grab her thoughts on watching GLOW:
Coming to Vegas as a kid, I wanted to see GLOW. It was all about GLOW. And I said ‘we have to go to the Riviera [hotel], because that’s where GLOW is.’
Also included in the report are a few clips from Little Egypt herself, as well as Lisa “Tina Ferrari” Moretti, AKA former 3-time WWF Women’s Champion Ivory, who described her payoffs while as a GLOW girl:
Working every single day… for $400 a week – yeah, big bucks!
To our knowledge, Sara Del Rey, Buggy and Taeler Hendrix were part of the tapings yesterday, though results have yet to surface. However, you can see the report, as well as check out some clips from our interview with Little Egypt by clicking after the jump – you can also find more clips from previous WOW Podcasts at our YouTube channel, as well as video interviews and fun clips. (more…)
We’re tying in this week’s Retro with the latest edition of the Women Of Wrestling Podcast which was released earlier today – a great chat with GLOW original Little Egypt about the upcoming documentary on the TV show, as well as her days as a GLOW girl – debuting after mere days of training, getting injured and reuniting with her colleagues after all these years – advice on marketing yourself as a wrestler, and what to do after you hang up your boots. Be you wrestler or fan, there’s something in there for you, so check it out.
We talked with Egypt about her wrestling days, so it would be worth showing some of it to you. After the jump are two matches from her GLOW days – the first is against the militant Attache, and the other is her taking on the unhinged Dementia. Yes, it’s a little camp, and yes, it’s a little cartoony, but remember that GLOW was shown in one way or another around the world for a decade after original programming ended, so it obviously did something right. (more…)
A very special edition of the Podcast this time out, as we welcome original GLOW girl Little Egypt (aka Angelina Altishin) to the show on the eve of the World Premiere of “GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling” later this month in Canada. She was very instrumental in bringing back the various cast members of the 80s GLOW product for the documentary, and she talks about how it all came together, a taster of what we can expect in the movie, and the place of GLOW in wrestling history. We take a chance to ask Angelina all about how she got involved with GLOW back in the day, clarify exactly what Jackie Stallone did for the product, and discuss the ethos behind the show. We also touch on attempts to restart a GLOW themed project, such as Wrestlicious, and consider just why they haven’t worked. Angelina is also heavily involved in the Cauliflower Alley Club, which has its annual reunion next week – not only will former GLOW star Tina Ferrari (aka Lisa “Ivory” Moretti) be honoured, but Angelina will present two seminars for attendees, both of which are touched on here. Firstly, the importance of social media and how to use it to further your brand, and secondly, how to deal with moving out of the wrestling business, and which transferable skills a pro-wrestler has that can be successfully used in the real world. A fascinating discussion with an intelligent woman that has something for both fans and those already in the industry. Enjoy.
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We’re in that post-WrestleMania period where everything is supposed to kick off for the next year. Brock Lesnar is destroying John Cena and making him spit blood, the word “yes” is replacing “what” and “whoo” as the cool thing to say, and CM Punk is being drowned in alcohol. But there is nothing for the Divas Champion Beth Phoenix. In fact, there is less than nothing.
The only in-ring Divas action on regular TV (as NXT hardly counts) for WWE since WrestleMania is a sub-three minute affair between Nikki Bella and Phoenix, which Bella won after Beth was distracted by Kelly Kelly. Presumably, this would lead to a title shot for Nikki, as she had just pinned the Divas Champ. That may happen on the live SmackDown happening later (though it may be a foregone conclusion, as I’ll discuss later), or a continuation of Kelly v Phoenix from WrestleMania, even though it was Maria Menounos who got the pin on Beth. Either way, things are flimsy at best, and it hasn’t looked good for the titleholder for many months.
Barring a decent build and match against Tamina Snuka in February, Phoenix has hardly set the world alight in 2012. This may be a combination of forgettable matches, no storylines – including the fizzling of the Pin-Up Strong angle when it should have exploded – or no interest from any of the writers. Indeed, nothing has happened with the in-ring product involving WWE’s women for at least half a year, and it must be frustrating the Champion. (more…)
Reports from Montreal, Quebec, Canada on Saturday say that the most recent instalment of NCW Femmes Fatales was the best yet. With a 25 minute draw between Cheerleader Melissa and Hailey Hatred, Jazz and Lufisto tearing up the building and Kalamity securing her first International Title defence on a FF show over Mercedes Martinez, all three of the main event matches delivered. Groundwork was also laid for Femmes Fatales IX on July 7, and a number of the talking points have relevance to the FF/Women Superstars Uncensored relationship…
First off, there was the announcement that the Midwest Militia of WSU’s dual champion Jessicka Havok and Tag Team Champions Allysin Kay and Sassy Stephie will appear in July. For Kay and Havok, it will being their debut in the promotion, while Stephie wrestled at Femmes Fatales IV. As the most over talent, it seemed logical that the Militia would be part of this talent-sharing initiative, and as a trio, it lends itself to an invasion-style storyline with three badass heels walking into another promotion, and it’s unlikely that the Militia will be out to make friends. Before that happens though, three homegrown FF talents – Kalamity, LuFisto (who were announced during the 5th Anniversary iPPV) and Sweet Cherrie (who was named afterward) – will make their WSU debuts at the Uncensored Rumble on June 16, so the Militia will see their north-of-the-border opposition before making the trip to Canada three weeks later.
However, don’t expect it to be like the old USA/Canada storylines from the WWF in 1997 where talent would be faces OR heels depending on which country they’re wrestling in, as the Militia are already the top heels in WSU, so they are unlikely to be cheered by the WSU fans if a confrontation between them and Kalamity, Cherrie and LuFisto takes place in Deer Park, NY, and they are sure to be booed in Montreal at FF IX. Of course, this is all speculation, as nothing has been announced beyond the names who will be appearing, but this is what fantasy booking is all about. It would be a shame for there to be this overlapping without there being some in-ring friction to spice things up. (more…)
Sylvester Stallone’s mother is a big supporter of women’s wrestling, believe it or not.
Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling – the promotion based out of Las Vegas between 1986 and 1992 – was the brainchild of 89-year old Jackie Stallone. Filming shows at the Riviera hotel on the Strip, GLOW ran for 4 seasons on TV and was famous or infamous) for its campy look, it’s comedy sketch interludes between matches and its range of characters – including Babe The Farmer’s Daughter, Corporal Kelly, Jailbait, Jungle Woman, Little Fiji, Matilda the Hun, and Tina Ferrari (who went on to become Ivory in the WWF).
GLOW came about after producer David McLane expanded on Stallone’s women-only gym Barbarella’s, and turned it into a wrestling promotion, producing a pilot episode in late 1985 and then getting it syndicated across America. While McLane concentrated on expanding the brand, Jackie worked with the girls to create characters. Speaking to Jim Varsallone at the Miami Herald, she explains:
I put it together, the shows, the training, the choreography, everything… I interviewed them, and I trained them how to fall and tumble… they loved it, and I loved them all. I was so proud of them.
The Women of Wrestling Podcast is proud to bring you an interview with 20+ year veteran Malia Hosaka. We’re working with a broad scope on this show, because frankly, Malia has worked *everywhere* at least once. From training with Killer Kowalski & Misty Blue Simmes in the mid 80s to thoughts on the current WWE product, Malia’s not short of an opinion. We discuss comparisons and contrasts between early female promotions like GLOW, LPWA, LMLW and the like (including how she felt as a relative rookie walking into the LPWA locker room for the first time), and reminisce about her “wrestling mom” Luna Vachon and Sensational Sherri. Malia also shares her thoughts on her time in WCW, including her opinions on how Madusa Miceli ran the division, how she was treated there, and a surprising falling out with Starla Saxton (Nora Greenwald, better known as Molly Holly). She talks signing a WWF “Developmental” deal after 12 years in the business, and how two opportunities were whisked away while under that contract. She has words of advice for youngsters like Tenille Tayla, who has just finished up her indy dates and is heading for FCW on the expectations laid on WWE Divas, and general thoughts on SHIMMER, respecting your veterans, and news on her forthcoming book – including how close she is to the final chapter in her career. Clear yourself some time for a history lesson from the Modern Day Moolah!
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