The arrival of Saraya Knight in Australia has been coming for months. The Briton was meant to be in the country in July for New Horizons Pro Wrestling‘s Global Conflict show, but circumstances meant that she was unable to attend. Arrangements were made for her to make her Aussie debut this month, again for NHPW, with her originally booked to challenge Madison Eagles for the IndyGurlz Australia Championship – a title which Eagles won in a roundabout way because Knight wasn’t in the country in the middle of the year…
After Eagles defeat at the hands of eventual winner Portia Perez in the semi finals, the PWWA matriarch stole the title belt, which was held be Eliza Sway at the time. Claiming she would be holding the title hostage until she received a title shot, she got her way in part due to Sway having to vacate the belt due to injury. A decider to crown a new champion took place on October 12, with Eagles beating Kellie Skater to officially win the title, though she did not take receipt of the belt, as a new one was to be created. (more…)
New Horizons Pro Wrestling has a history of bringing the world’s best female wrestlers to Perth, Australia for matches which fans in the country would normally not have the opportunity to see without a mammoth amount of air travel. Nikki Roxx, Mercedes Martinez, Sara Del Rey and Cindy Rogers have all made the trip from the US, and as we speak, Amazing Kong is Down Under wrestling for the promotion.
On the weekend of July 26 and 27, NHPW presents its Global Conflict show, which certainly lives up to its name, as four countries are represented – and the representatives from the non-native nations are all making their Australian debuts… (more…)
Lots to mention from SHIMMER volume 53 on Saturday afternoon, so let’s get into it.
Let’s start with the main event, which had the right result for the biggest show in the promotion’s history (not 93,173 as announced by Joey Eastman but more around a hefty 700+, which is more than three times the maximum attendance at the Berwyn Eagles Club). With nowhere for her enemy to run and with nobody to help her, Cheerleader Melissa soundly defeated Saraya Knight inside a monolithic steel cage to regain the SHIMMER Championship. While the match was OK, the real tale was in the story told, which did not see Melissa eke out a victory with luck, but saw her deliver a super hurricanrana, missile dropkick and Air Raid Crash to convincingly pin her rival of close to six years.
The crowd was quiet for much of the match – part of the reason being that a lot of the crowd may not be completely familiar with their history, or that the action was not the crisp sort of execution as other contests because most of their matches look more like fights than matches – but they came out of their seats for the finishing sequence, which was a simple tale of good punishing evil and the snarling, unfriendly heel finally getting her comeuppance. However, despite her loss, Saraya retained her scary aura, attacking fans on her way out of the ring – and was also put over by Bryan Alvarez, who was getting his first viewing of Knight, pointing out that she was a proper, grizzly, old-school wrestling heel.
One would anticipate that Melissa will enjoy a longer run with the belt during her second reign than with her first – when she dropped the title to Knight on her fourth defence, following wins over Nicole Matthews, Portia Perez and Jessie McKay. While there is no detail on who Melissa will be facing in Berwyn this weekend for the usual two-day, four-DVD taping extravaganza, there are a lot of names to play around with – including one debutante who surprised everyone when she hit the ring… (more…)
On Sunday, TNA records an all-female version of the One Night Only pay-per-views which it is using to run in the months when it’s not presenting one of its big PPVs like Genesis, Lockdown, Slammiversary or Bound For Glory. Entitled Knockout Knockdown, it is advertised as a show to determine the true Queen of TNA. It is possible that the show will be a tournament if it is going to determine an overall winner, and to make it an occasion, TNA invited former members of the Knockouts roster to be part of it.
It probably didn’t go as well as they had hoped.
When asked on Twitter, Angelina Love, Nikki Roxx (Roxxi), Traci Brooks & Amazing Kong (Awesome Kong) all revealed that they were not going to be part of the proceedings and Dark Angel (Sarita) is also unavailable as she is in Japan. Considering the impression that each of them made to the division and the contributions that they made, for them to decline or not be in the country speaks volumes about what they may feel about TNA these days. (more…)
Here are the full results, courtesy of Pat Laprade, who attended the show:
1. Jana defeated Jessie “Bonesaw” Brooks.
2. Sienna DuVall beat Mistress Belmont & Cherry Lane in a 3-way when she made Lane tap out to the Diva Trap (front guillotine choke).
3. Leva Bates pinned Kimber Lee following a superkick.
4. Fire & Ice (Amber O’Neal & Angel Orsini) beat Jessie Kaye & Kacee Carlisle when O’Neal pinned Kaye with an STO.
5. Sassy Stephie (substituting for April Hunter, whose mother passed away this week) defeated Kylie Pierce (who replaced Sumie Sakai).
6. Mia Yim pinned LuFisto with the SkyYim (Skytwister press). (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…)
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It’s a phrase used by nearly all wrestling promotions to cover themselves in case an advertised match doesn’t happen, or an advertised wrestler doesn’t appear. While no promotion wants to let down the paying audience, sometimes circumstances happen and alternative decisions have to be made. It’s the nature of the beast when you’re dealing with a high-contact sport such as professional wrestling – accidents and injuries happen, transport fails, some even hold up promoters for more money. Whatever the reason, it’s a useful get-out clause if what you had planned can’t materialise.
TNA forgot those four words on Sunday at Lockdown.
Instead of engaging in a competitive contest which would put over the might and will of the champion and thusly make the title mean more when the challenger defeats her, Mickie James ended Madison Rayne’s record 188-day run as Knockouts Champion in just 34 seconds. This was because James still hasn’t fully recovered from the separated shoulder she suffered a few weeks ago – in fact, Dave Meltzer reports that James arrived at Lockdown in Cincinnati, OH with her arm still in a sling, and only took it off for the match before putting it back on when she got to the back.
If this is the case, it explains why the match was so short, but doesn’t explain why the match had to happen at all. (more…)