These Brits seem to be doing pretty well for themselves. In WWE, Paige is still NXT Women’s Champion after defeating Emma on the first live show in the feeder system’s history. Broadcast on the WWE Network, social media was buzzing after the match with praise for both women – though it was the 21 year old from Norwich who had the focus as the winner.
As a showcase for the up and coming women in Florida, it was a great piece of work which dispelled the recurring criticism that Divas can’t wrestle. Given the chance to go out there with no gimmicks or distractions as well as enough time to tell a story, the pair proved that women do have a place in a wrestling ring in the top company in the world. That sentiment was shared by trainer Sara Del Rey, who said “Congratulations @RealPaigeWWE and @EmmaWWE you both are paving the way!!!”, and Stephanie McMahon sang their praises in a post-show interview. Indeed, there were many plaudits singing their praises.
As well as having the confidence to let Paige and Emma go out there and do their thing, they also put the marketing machine behind its Women’s Champion by releasing a t-shirt for her. Considering how little merchandise WWE had for its women up until last year and how she isn’t even on the main roster yet, it’s a real sign that the company is high on the former Britani Knight. (more…)
The fifth instalment of the Joshi 4 Hope series (and the first since October 2012) takes place on Sunday, March 9 and we now know the card.
For the second time in its history, there will be a SHIMMER Tag Team Championship match on the show. Ayako Hamada & Ayumi Kurihara defended the title against former champions 3S (Hiroyo Matsumoto & Misaki Ohata) at Joshi 4 Hope III in February 2012, and this time around – this time, the Global Green Gangsters (Kellie Skater & Tomoka Nakagawa) put the championship on the line against the tandem of Evie & Madison Eagles.
Former SHIMMER Champion Eagles is no stranger to Joshi 4 Hope, having competed on the first card in November 2010, going to a time limit draw with Yoshiko Tamura. Evie is currently on an extended trip to the country, wrestling for Diana against the likes of Kyoko Inoue and Mima Shimoda – so she had got her eye in with the joshi style. Meanwhile despite being in the country since the end of last year, this is the first time that Skater will team with her 3G compatriot since their successful title defence against Ivelisse Velez and Allysin Kay at SHINE 14 in October.
The match will headline the event at Shin-Kiba 1st RING in Tokyo, Japan – though it is a stacked card featuring wrestlers from Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and the United States. (more…)
Episode 46 with Kellie Skater
We’ve been meaning to get Kellie Skater back on the Podcast for some time, and with PWWA‘s next show coming up very soon and her being announced as returning to SHIMMER in October, what better time? This will be her eighth trip over for SHIMMER, and we talk favourite memories of her stateside adventures so far, and future plans in SHIMMER. We discuss her three month Japanese trip from earlier in the year in great detail, including Christmas in Japan, training, friendships, drinking, networking, drinking, getting kicked in the face and more drinking – and we get a crash course in conversational Japanese (and swear words). We also talk Australia, and recent goings on Down Under, including the recent interim PWWA Title tournament – and Skater calls out her preferred opponent for PWWA on October 6th. Plus more!
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Amongst the offerings for sale at the S-Ovation table at the most recent SHIMMER tapings was a DVD entitled “Joshi 4 Hope”, and featured matches from the self-produced show this past November at Shin-Kiba First Ring. As well as the four young joshi talents who regularly impress at SHIMMER and who symbolise the “Joshi 4 Hope” concept (Ayumi Kurihara, Hiroyo Matsumoto, Misaki Ohata & Tomoka Nakagawa), the show featured the Japanese debut of SHIMMER Champion Madison Eagles along with an international cast which featured Canadian (Cherry Bomb), American (Hailey Hatred) and Mexican (Sexi Star) talent along with a number of other joshi names such as then NEO Champion Yoshiko Tamura. In fact, it was the first-time meeting between Eagles and Tamura along with an Ayumi Kurihara vs Tomoka Nakagawa rematch that persuaded me to be parted with the cash for the disc. Let’s see what sort of investment I made… (more…)