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Flashback 2012: The Year in Podcasts

New WOW logo websiteWe love our podcasts here at Ringbelles. In fact, the entire site you’re looking at right now was initially founded as a new home for our flagship “Women of Wrestling Podcast”, and everything that has been built around it (from the regular website content to you, our ever expanding audience) has been constructed around the basic belief that our podcast is our core business. When we launched our first WOW Podcast over three years ago, we were of the opinion that nobody else was giving the women of the wrestling business a soapbox to tell their stories. Now, standing on the brink of our 50th edition, we can look back at the seventeen podcasts we’ve produced in 2012 (and the addition of three “Rush Hour” Podcasts), and be content that we’re delivering on our promise with quality interviews of the women in the business.

We have new listeners join us all the time, so for their benefit (as well as a nostalgic kick for our regulars), it’s time to look back at our shows in 2012, and maybe pick out a few shows you either get to listen to for the first time (or again). (more…)

Ringbelles Retro: A bloody Survivor Series

Eve Torres defends the WWE Divas Championship against Kaitlyn at Survivor Series this Sunday, so to mark that upcoming contest, we have a match from a Survivor Series gone by – not a long match, but an eventful one nonetheless.

Back in 2000, Lita challenged Ivory for the WWF Women’s Championship, looking to regain the title which she lost to the Right To Censor member on the November 2 episode of SmackDown following interference from Edge and Christian.

During the match, the challenger to an errant boot to the eye area, which caused her to be legitimately busted open, and probably affected the quality of the match, but conversely added to the drama. You can see the match after the jump, as well as the post match interview while Lita’s boody face is being tended to.

Incidentally, you can listen to our double Women Of Wrestling Podcast with Ivory by clicking here and here. (more…)

Stacy Carter responds to Ivory’s comments

[Stacy Carter] was a poison. She used her Jerry Lawler card just to get on board and Jerry Lawler was an announcer, so he’s got a lot of push on who he can say great things about and interject about during his two hours on TV and then he’s also privileged to be in on the writers’ meetings. So here you’ve got a person who comes on board that has somebody rooting for them. She snuck her way into an angle with Chyna as the Mini-Me girl; look at all the stuff she got on board with that was already existing without her help – Right To Censor… she [even] got in on the Women’s Title and what did she do with it? Nothing.

Looks like those words from Lisa “Ivory” Moretti from our two most recent Women Of Wrestling Podcast episodes (which you can still listen to and download by clicking here) caught the attention of Stacy Carter herself. In a recent interview on VOC Nation, the former WWF Women’s Champion responded to Ivory’s statement:

It’s part of her character as a person. I wouldn’t expect anything else from her.


WOW Podcast #40 with Lisa “Ivory” Moretti, Part Two

Episode 40 with Lisa “Ivory” Moretti, Part Two

A week ago we talked to the lovely Lisa Moretti, aka Ivory – and we left her on the verge of heading off to Los Angeles to attend the LA premiere of GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. A week on, it’s time for another chat to discuss how the premiere went, what she thought of the documentary, and who showed up. From there, it’s time for a headlong dive into the massive second part of Lisa’s wrestling career, as Ivory in WWE. We talk how she got into the promotion, her ho psychology, getting up to speed after so many years away from the business… and just WHAT WAS UP WITH THAT PURPLE SCARF?? We talk working with The Fabulous Moolah & Mae Young, the horrendous Armageddon ’99 Evening Gown Swimming Pool match, Miss Kitty as a locker room poison, the Right to Censor and her program with Chyna, and Steve Austin‘s opinion on their WrestleMania match. Lisa also discusses Stacy Keibler & Torrie Wilson (and deviating from the script), Fit Finlay and the evolution of the Divas division and the end of her road with the company. Once again, an absolute pleasure and a class act. Enjoy.

May 12th in New York, NY | June 5th in London, England

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Ringbelles Retro: Ivory’s final PPV match

Coming up later today is the second part of our double Women Of Wrestling Podcast with Lisa “Ivory” Moretti - part one of which you can listen to by clicking here. In the first part, we concentrated on her time as Tina Ferrari in the Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling, while the upcoming episode will be more of a look as her time as Ivory in WWE. On last week’s Retro, we showcased a couple of her GLOW matches – this time, it’s one from WWE, and in fact, it’s her final match on pay-per-view.

After winning the Women’s Championship on three occasions, giving the women’s division a direction back in 1999 and later being part of the hated Right To Censor group – all things which we discuss with her in the podcast coming later, by the way – Ivory’s in-ring appearances became more sporadic in the latter days of the Attitude era, but she was put against Molly Holly at the tail end of 2003. At this point, Ivory was the veteran babyface looking for another run with the title that she had held so proudly between 1999 and 2001. Her only PPV appearance of 2003 was at Armageddon on December 14, where she challenged Molly for the title.

Be warned – this match may make you very upset at modern-day Divas matches. Thankfully, the commentary is much more tasteful these days… (more…)

Ringbelles Retro: A GLOWing Ferrari

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…)

WOW Podcast #39 with Lisa “Ivory” Moretti, Part One

Episode 39 with Lisa “Ivory” Moretti, Part One

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!!

May 12th in New York, NY | June 5th in London, England

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Kharma resurfaces in GLOW news report

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…)

WOW Podcast #38 with Little Egypt

Episode 38 with Angelina “Little Egypt” Altishin

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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WOW Podcast #36 with Jessicka Havok

Episode 36 with Jessicka Havok

Coming off a 2011 which saw her pick up awards galore (including our Breakout Star of the Year), noted “Magnificent Beast” Jessicka Havok is heading into the biggest match in her life on March 3rd on iPPV against Mercedes Martinez… so what better time than to cut through the crap and get to know the real J-Hav? We discuss her recent training regime, and the various looks she’s had since her start in the business and how she got involved in the first place. We talk about two vastly different experiences of working former WWE wrestlers Ivory & Luna Vachon early in her career, never-before-asked questions about the formation (and dissolution) of her team with Hailey Hatred, her career to date in WSU, the addition of Allysin Kay & Sassy Stephie to become the Midwest Militia, thoughts on Maria Kanellis and Crossfire Entertainment, AIW (along with some candid thoughts on Mickie Knuckles), opinions on whether Femmes Fatales & SHIMMER are in her future, last year’s controversial War Games match and the final build to the match with Mercedes. It’s our longest single interview yet, and one of our most informative. Jump on the bandwagon while there’s still time!

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Ringbelles Roundup (11 October 2011)

If you’re a women’s wrestling fan living in the western hemisphere, chances are you’ve had your fill of top in-ring action over the last two weeks. In the US, there was SHIMMER (results and thoughts here and here); Canada had nCw Femmes Fatales (detailed results here); and in the UK, Pro Wrestling: EVE collaborated with Ice Ribbon to present three shows over two days (results and photos here and here, and interviews here). While there were big names, such as Cheerleader Melissa, Serena Deeb and LuFisto who achieved or surpassed what fans have grown to expect of them, there have been some wrestlers who have managed to break into that next echelon of success and have opened up a new world of possibilities. In this week’s Roundup, I’ll be having a look at them.

The first to make an impact (lower-case I) was Athena, who turned babyface in SHIMMER as part of a double-turn which saw Mercedes Martinez go heel. In a pretty accurate homage to Steve Austin and Bret Hart flip-flopping sides back in 1997 at WrestleMania 13, Martinez got frustrated by the less experienced Athena refusing to stay down, and used a chair to attack her ankle in full view of the referee, intentionally disqualifying herself. Refusing to be beaten, Athena got on the mic to say she would be back when her leg was 100% again.

I’ve been harping on for a while now that Athena’s athletic, high flying moveset, attitude and look lend themselves to being a flashy yet tough babyface. In most promotions, she is portrayed as a heel, which she does well, but fans still applaud her when she executes some of her aerial moves – such as her springboard attacks, which virtually no other female in America does at the moment, and even fewer do it with such grace and ability. By turning her babyface, those reactions look set to become more passionate cheers, rather than applause of begrudging respect. As long as she keeps calling people hussies, keeps the swagger and tempers the flying to make it mean more when she does it, Athena looks set to be a massive star in SHIMMER. Granted, she is a multi-time American Joshi Champion in Anarchy Championship Wrestling, but the worldwide reach of SHIMMER will see her profile and stock shoot up in 2012. Best of luck to her. (more…)

GLOW promoter: Women’s wrestling show can work

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.


Ringbelles Report: WSU Four Year Anniversary iPPV

Women Superstars Uncensored had promised much ahead of its Four Year Anniversary show. Jessicka Havok had promised to go through Rain’s Army to reach and defeat the leader herself; Sassy Stephie had made her intentions clear that she wanted the Spirit Championship and would do whatever it took to get it; Serena Deeb vowed to end the 2 year WSU World Title reign of Mercedes Martinez; and Alicia assured us she would cash in her title shot contract during the show and become a champion again. So who would succeed in their goals, and who (if anyone) would fall short? Let’s find out… (more…)