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…)
All female wrestling shows are popping up all over the place, and with Scotland about to enter that game with ICW: Fierce Females on September 30th, what better time to welcome Scotland’s “Dynamite Queen” Nikki Storm to the show? She’s got a lot to talk about, including her ICW persona of Ms. Nicola Storm and an overview of the diverse Scottish scene going into Fierce Females. Did you know Nikki Storm used to cheerlead? In Glasgow, no less. She’ll tell you about that, and how she went from dancer to wrestler… to her early appearances in the over 18s Triple X Wrestling in Coventry, and how influential Jetta and Saraya Knight were in guiding her early years in the ring. We take a chance to go through the spotlighted matches she’s had in EVE, including with Saraya, Tsukasa Fujimoto, Hikaru Shida, Kay Lee Ray and Kat Waters as we await EVE’s WrestleFever event on Nov 10th, when she will face Alpha Female for the EVE Championship. We also talk marketing yourself, her blogs, 30 minute poops and Lee gets a crash course in Glaswegian slang…
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Beyond Wrestling is the new owner of Women Superstars Uncensored. In truth, we heard about Beyond being interested in purchasing WSU about two weeks ago and thought it was a curious name to be in the running.
The model for Beyond is for having wrestling matches presented in front of an audience of fellow wrestlers, which creates a different sort of atmosphere. Only recently has Beyond started regularly running shows in front of regular fans – in fact, it was running a show in conjunction with St Louis Anarchy on Saturday when the announcement was made on WSU’s Uncensored Rumble V iPPV. Excerpts of the statement read out by commentator (as well as Beyond’s Director of Talent Relations and Director of Online Communications) Jon Harder include, “there will be a stronger online presence… all shows will be shot in high definition… future events will be available as video on demand streams and MP4 downloads in addition to the current DVD and iPPV releases.”
Three extra statements were released by Beyond yesterday on its website – most of which were buzz statements with no real substance to them (though in fairness, what more is there to say at the moment) – with the main points being a reassurance for WSU fans there will be no drastic changes to the product, though the logo has changed, as you can see, and the promotion’s website will be overhauled, which will be useful, as there is a lot going on when it comes to the front page at the moment. It also mentions the WSU will run shows in the Tri-State area, with the hope of expanding into new markets by the end of the year.
Let’s go through some of these points. (more…)
A bumper weekend of women’s wrestling continues in Costessey, England this afternoon, as the World Association of Women’s Wrestling presents Bellatrix 2, featuring grapplers from across Europe.
As discussed last week when the card was announced, topping the bill will be the Italian giant and reigning RQW European Champion Queen Maya defending the belt against former Nordic Women’s Wrestling Alliance Champion Aurora Flame from Finland. Maya has held the title since last November, and faces a stiff challenge from Flame, who has been wrestling for close to 5 years.
Elsewhere on the card, reigning SHIMMER Champion Sweet Saraya challenges British Champion Liberty for the title, Ireland’s Rhia O’Reilly takes on Norway’s Miss Mina and Germany’s Lady Lory meets British star Skarlett. Making their debuts in WAWW will be French wrestlers Eloanne & X-Cute Sweet, as well as a the masked newcomer Phobia. Click after the jump for all the results as they happen. (more…)
Funny how time flies. Five year ago this Saturday, Sweet Saraya and Cheerleader Melissa were poised to settle their feud, which started in January at ChickFight VII at a Real Quality Wrestling show in Colchester, England. The match never made it to the ring – in fact, technically, the match never got started.
What happened was a freak accident that almost spelled the end of Saraya’s career when her kneecap was severed, and led to doctors telling her that her wrestling career was over, something that she discussed with us in the Women Of Wrestling Podcast last year. Fans at the building still recount Saraya’s terror-filled screams of agony, as well as facing the very real prospect of just witnessing the end of her as an active performer. As it turned out, the doctors had no idea how driven (or stubborn) Saraya is, and she was back in the ring less than eight months later. The fact that she is still competing five years later and is the current SHIMMER Champion shows her mettle and endurance.
This week’s retro has footage from that fight in Colchester which got out of hand, and didn’t immediately end when the injury occurred. Also included in the footage from an episode of RQW TV are clips from the original Saraya/Melissa match from ChickFight VII, clips of Wesna Busic winning ChickFight VIII by defeating Pandora, Jade and MsChif, British sensation Eden Black (who we miss desperately) taking on Allison Danger, a four-way with Black, Jetta, MsChif and Melissa, and another four-way with Black, Jetta, Wesna and Amazing Kong. It’s a great insight into the thriving women’s scene back in 2007, so click the jump and check it all out. (more…)
Former UK wrestler turned Territorial Army bomb disposal expert Sapper Victoria Swain has been selected as one of the lucky people who will carry the Olympic flame ahead of the London 2012 Games.
The 25 year old facilities manager from Cheshunt was given the honour by the London Evening Standard newspaper, shortlisted her in June. The torch’s UK journey will start at Land’s End at the most southernly point of the UK on May 19, and will end with the flame being used to light the cauldron in the Olympic stadium in London on July 27. Victoria will transport the torch for 300 metres in her local community as it makes its way through every borough of the capital.
She was nominated because of her tour of Afghanistan last year, where she spent six months in the volatile Helmand area of the country, and was the only female is a six-strong High Risk Royal Engineer Search Team. Click after the jump to see how she was nearly killed by a roadside bomb, and how she was nearly shot by the Taliban. (more…)
Twenty four hours removed from Women Superstars Uncensored‘s iPPV Breaking Barriers II and this writer is still at a loss for words. The show had it’s ups and downs as any show will, but when the ending of the War Games main event went down, it had me in shock and disbelief. The ending completely overshadowed the War Games match itself as well as the rest of the show. I’m going to attempt to write up a coherent report and put my thoughts and opinions into some sort of structure.
The first match was the Boston Shore (Amber and Lexxus) defending the WSU Tag Team Championships against the reunited International Home Wrecking Crew of Rain and Jetta. Back at WSU’s last DVD tapings in August, it was originally announced that Serena Deeb would be Rain’s partner since both women had had problems with the Shore. However, Serena pulled out of the match (which led to her being announced as Melina‘s opponent for Breaking Barriers II), leaving Rain without a partner. Not for long though – in a surprise twist, Rain brought Jetta out of retirement to take on the Shore. (more…)
The Big News
Two big stories coming out of the UK this week…
It was a rough yet rewarding weekend for Britani Knight. Suffering from what she thought was tonsillitis, the 18-year old member of the Knight Dynasty wrestled 5 matches in 28 hours on route to becoming the first ever Pro Wrestling: EVE champion. However, she was bedridden the next day with what turned out to be glandular fever, causing her to miss a date with her home promotion, World Association of Wrestling. We at Ringbelles wish her congratulations on her title win and also a speedy recovery from a nasty illness.
EVE’s title tournament turned out to be less complicated that the brackets would have led you to believe. Starting with FIVE four corner matches and a Last Chance Battle Royal for the losers to determine the quarter finalists, they were hurried through relatively quickly to leave us with singles matches which varied from fine to good – the standout matches of the first night featured Erin Angel v Nikki Storm and Britani v Jenny Sjodin in the quarters, and Sweet Saraya taking on Blue Nikita in a Last Woman Standing match. The return of Blue Nikita was something of a surprise after her relationship with EVE went sour after the first show – so when she ran in to attack Saraya in the opening match of the evening, it took many by surprise. It also meant that both voluntarily took themselves out of the tournament – Saraya was eligible for the Battle Royal and Blue Nikita never got to compete in her four-way contest due to brawling with Saraya before the bell – to compete in the Last Woman Standing affair, which Saraya won with a sunset powerbomb.
The Project nightclub was a makeshift venue after the Royal British Legion was pulled as a host due to licensing issues and complaints – somebody even called up the local radio station pretending to be EVE management to say the event at the Project had been completely cancelled – but as an environment for the audience, it was great. It was cosy, yet sat the fans comfortably with plenty of space, and felt safe yet anarchic. Apparently it was a little too cosy backstage, as there wasn’t much room for the wrestlers – of which there were around 20 – to change, but that could be changed if EVE decides to return to the venue – something the owners were pretty receptive to. (more…)
Ringbelles is live at night two of Pro Wrestling: EVE’s title tournament, and will be bringing you results as they happen. Keep refreshing the page to keep up to date…
April Davids, Jenny Sjodin & Shanna beat Rhia O’Reilly, Erin Angel and Blue Nikita (who was in a tweener role).
Super Janey B beat Pollyanna with a top rope crossbody, then challenged either Carmel Jacob or Sara Marie Taylor for a match later.
Destiny beat Sweet Saraya with an avalanche and big splash.
Sara Marie Taylor & Carmel Jacob beat Kay Lee Ray and Liberty with stereo DDTs.
Semi final: Britani Knight beat Jetta with a Knight Light.
Semi final: Nikki Storm beat Alpha Female with interference from April Davids, Jenny Sjodin, Shanna, Carmel Jacob and Sara Marie Taylor.
Jenny Sjodin & April Davids beat Destiny & Amazon in a tornado tag match. All four carried on brawling afterwards.
Shanna beat Sweet Saraya with a top rope crossbody.
Erin Angel beat Blue Nikita with a moonsault.
Rhia O’Reilly beat Em Jay with a crucifix.
Super Janey B and Alpha Female beat Carmel Jacob and Sara Marie Taylor.
Britani Knight beat Nikki Storm with a Knight Light from the second rope to win the Pro Wrestling EVE Championship.
In quick notes from the show… The first contest was scheduled as a singles match between Blue Nikita & Erin Angel. Before the two could touch, The European Empire, led by Jetta, came out to ringside. Jetta explained that she had hired Blue Nikita yesterday to dispose of the Knights, and that she had failed – and was therefore of no use to the Empire any longer. Rhia O’Reilly then made an appearance, still hot at the Empire’s attack yesterday in Norwich which in her mind cost her a shot at the EVE gold. Jetta ended up explaining that as there were three of them (Angel, Nikita & O’Reilly) and three of her Empire not in tournament action (Shanna, Davids & Sjodin), they should have a trios match. The match was very fun and heated. Miscommunication between Blue Nikita (who displayed little interest in tagging with her “enemies”) and Erin Angel led to the Empire picking up their first victory of the night at Angel’s expense by way of an ankle lock submission… Super Janey B and Pollyanna had a simple and effective singles match. Both have unique characters in the promotion, which will bode well for them both going forward… Destiny and Sweet Saraya have had wars for *years* in WAW, so unsurprisingly this was Destiny’s best outing in an EVE ring yet. She bathed in the jeers of the crowd, and the finish – which was spotlessly clean – shocked everybody… The Glamour Gym were predictably entertaining in their tag match with Liberty and Kay Lee Ray, but massive kudos go to Liberty, who looked the absolute business. She will come out of this weekend with a lot of credit… Britani Knight vs Jetta was based around Jetta trying to turn Britani to join the Empire, but Britani refusing. Jetta worked her typical match with lots of interaction and interplay and minimal bumps. It was nice to see her work. We at Ringbelles have missed her… I think everybody expected heavy Empire interference in Nikki Storm vs Alpha Female (which did happen), but Nikki and Alpha wrestled a match too, and shockingly won by pinfall after additional run-ins from the Glamour Gym. This was Alpha’s first loss in EVE competition… The Northern Shooters of Sjodin & Davids and Team WAW of Destiny & Amazon was a simple continuation of their bad tempered brawl in Episode V… Shanna’s win over Saraya came via cross body on a woman who was still heavily selling rib injuries from her earlier match… Erin Angel vs Blue Nikita was fun, though with that result, it’s difficult to see where Blue Nikita goes from here (if anywhere) as she’s a woman without a gym affiliation and seems neither to be a full babyface nor full heel…. Rhia O’Reilly and Em Jay had a solid outing… The Glamour Gym vs Alpha Female & Super Janey B was a lot of fun, and to a certain extent, Alpha and Janey make very complementary tag team partners, with the tank-like Alpha Female and the sympathetic Janey B… The main event was exactly what it needed to be with the mouthy Storm (accompanied by the equally mouthy Jetta) and the focussed babyface Britani eliciting really strong and visceral reactions from the crowd even after eleven previous matches this evening. When Jetta eventually got physically involved, Sweet Saraya turned up to run off Jetta and leave the match as a one-on-one affair. With the sides evened, Britani scored with a second rope Knight Light for the emotional three count. Knight was joined in the ring by the majority of the locker room, including her mother who wrapped the EVE title belt around Britani’s waist. A fine end to the first phase in EVE’s life (and the end of the Star Wars inspired trilogy). The championship finals was the match of the night, as it should be… Big congratulations to all at Pro Wrestling: EVE and new champion Britani Knight – it was a pleasure to be able to bring the tournament to the world.
Below you’ll find quick chats with Britani Knight, the Glamour Gym and Jetta. Left click to play them in your browser, or right click and hit “Save Target As” to store them to your hard drive.
Details have started to emerge on the specifics of the tournament that will crown the first Pro-Wrestling EVE Champion, in a two night tournament on April 8th/9th as EVE’s Star Wars inspired trilogy ends with “Episode VI: Return of the Jetta”
The two night tournament will feature first round and quarter-final matches at the Royal British Legion in Norwich, Norfolk on the 8th, followed by the semi-finals and finals at The Delphi Club in Sudbury, Suffolk on the 9th. (more…)
Episode 5 with Jetta
Stew and Lee of the Women of Wrestling Podcast return following a hiatus with a proposition for you. We’ve got a load of guests lined up, and we’re going to try and make it up to you by delivering six shows in six weeks (or thereabouts). Strap yourselves in for a mad May, beginning with SHIMMER & Pro-Wrestling: EVE star Jetta. “Coventry’s Loudest” recently announced her retirement from wrestling at the age of just 22, and you’ll find out why in her farewell interview. We also talk injuries, Jezebel, ChickFight, SHIMMER, International Home Wrecking Crew shenanigans, the state of women’s wrestling in Britain and this coming weekend’s Pro-Wrestling: EVE show, where she’s scheduled to wrestle new WWE developmental signing Jemma Palmer (aka Gladiator Inferno) in her debut match. Stew and Lee also discuss in-depth the news coming out of last month’s SHIMMER tapings, including who really made an impression.
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