After speaking to Barbi Hayden just a few months ago, and tipping her for big things in 2014, we had little choice but to revisit Texas’ finest following a month where she added the ACW Televised Championship and the NWA World Women’s Championship to her growing trophy cabinet. You want to talk about starting the year strong? Here’s your perfect case study. We talk about winning the NWA World Women’s Championship from Kacee Carlisle this past weekend at NWA Houston, winning the ACW Televised Championship from Angel Blue at ACW’s Guilty By Association 8 (and how that came around as a last minute sub for the planned Barbi vs Su Yung match), and making her debut in Florida all in the last month. We look forward to her (non iPPV appearance) for WSU at their upcoming Mutiny show vs Santana Garrett, and Barbi lays out her ambitions of where she’d like to defend her NWA Title this year and where she eventually wants her career to take her. A motivated and fun conversation with the new Champ!
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When we got the word that whoever won the third match between defending NWA World Women’s Champion Kacee Carlisle and Barbi Hayden would be given the new title belt – replacing the one which was far too large for a woman’s frame – we had a sneaky suspicion that it wouldn’t be the only history made at yesterday’s NWA Houston show in Cypress, TX.
The pair’s previous matches took place over a weekend last May, with Carlisle winning both matches. Kacee’s first victory over Barbi was on the 17th at NWA Houston when she won by DQ, and then she got the decisive victory over her challenger the following day at an NWA Branded Outlaw Wrestling show in San Antonio. Since then, Hayden has soldiered on, reaching the final of last year’s Anarchy Championship Wrestling American Joshi Queen of Queens and gaining the Anarchy Televised Championship earlier this month. She also created a great impression in her Women Superstars Uncensored debut weekend at the Uncensored Rumble VI iPPV and again at Blood and Thunder in October. With more experience under her belt, Barbi was in a better position to issue a third challenge against Kacee, and she certainly made the most of it. (more…)
Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve been doing a lot of retrospective articles. From the looks back to the 2012 award winners to the announcing of the 2013 recipients, from the personal highlights of Stew and myself to reviews of of the Women Of Wrestling Podcasts and our other audio shows, there has been a big look into the past. Now, here’s a look into the future.
Both Stew and I have written a list of things we would like to see happen in 2014. Neither of us have a crystal ball – or more critically, a booking sheet – so we can’t say whether any of these will actually happen, but this is what we would like to see in a perfect world.
Seeing as I’m here, I’ll start:
• I would love to see LuFisto win the SHIMMER Championship. After storming through the last set of tapings and working up a pretty heated rivalry with reigning titleholder Cheerleader Melissa, she ended Female Fight Season standing above her enemy at the end of Femmes Fatales XIII. While no plans have been put in place for SHIMMER 62 in New Orleans, LA, I would be happy to see Melissa and Lufisto in the main event with the Super Hardcore Anime taking the title which would mean the world to her. Even if she only holds it until the DVD tapings the following week, I would love for it to happen. (more…)
The NWA World Women’s Champion Kacee Carlisle joins us to talk about her Bruiser Wrestling Federation Women’s Title defence next Saturday against Sassy Stephie, and works her usual vocal magic to encourage as many listeners as possible to go to Victoria, VA to watch.
While we had her on the line, she also talked about talking fans into the building, using social media to your advantage and not being afraid to self publicise, whether the NWA World Women’s Title is overlooked or undervalued by fans and what she is doing to boost its profile and the importance of having a mature head on the shoulders on whoever holds a promotion’s top belt. It’s an engrossing chat with a great mind for wrestling, and is an interesting listen for both workers and fans.
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This week’s top piece is about a storyline which is ongoing, so I may be jumping the gun with my feelings on the matter, but I feel that more eyes should be directed towards what is happening, as it has the potential to do something really positive.
On Ohio Valley Wrestling TV between January and the end of April, Taeler Hendrix had been receiving gifts from a secret admirer. Considering the flirting which had taken place between the pair previously, the former Women’s Champion believed that the presents were coming from Ryan Howe, who had captured her attention since her OVW debut, much to the disappointment, anger and frustration of her put-upon boyfriend Dylan Bostic – who was not as cool, edgy or exiting as the long-haired newcomer sporting an electric guitar.
Things escalated to the point that on March 23, Hendrix and Bostic took on Howe and fellow former Women’s Champion Heidi Lovelace which ended in a no-contest when the men’s fighting got out of control. The following week, Hendrix came to ringside during Howe’s TV Title match against Rockstar Spud, which prompted both Bostic and Lovelace to come out, causing Ryan to be counted out of the ring. On the April 27 episode, Howe insisted that it was not he who was sending Taeler the gifts, leading a confused (and somewhat hurt) Hendrix to wonder who was showering her with these presents.
As it turns out, it was Heidi Lovelace, who came out to reveal the truth before leaving the ring. (more…)
Kacee Carlisle – who is one hell of a great promo, by the way – defends her NWA World Women’s Championship on Friday evening against former Anarchy Championship Wrestling American Joshi Champion Barbi Hayden as part of NWA Houston‘s Shut Up And Wrestle show in Cypress, TX.
More than 200 days into her first run with the title, the 33-year old from Sturgis, SD has been part of the wrestling business for all of her adult life. Debuting as a manager in 1998, she accompanied Shorty Smalls sporadically for the first few years before getting more involved in 2003, and eventually transitioning to becoming a wrestler in 2005. Her first in-ring contest is the match we have for you for today’s Retro.
Looking much different to how she appears in the photo to your right, Carlisle took on SHIMMER Original Krissy Vaine in her first encounter on July 30, 2005 on a show in Olney, VA. Watch it after the jump. (more…)
The TNA Gut Check series isn’t just played out on TV. The promotion has spent the last two years travelling the US, Canada, the UK and Ireland offering sessions to wrestlers looking to make an impact (pun intended). That means that it’s not just winner Taeler Hendrix who has been involved in the process – and as we mentioned last June, both LuFisto and Courtney Rush were involved in the Gut Check which took place in Oshawa, ON, Canada. However now, TNA has thrown the selection process for who gets a shot on Impact Wrestling out to us, the fans. We will have our say in who we want to step into the ring in Orlando, FL.
To do this, TNA has listed every single person who has participated in any one of the sessions since the first one took place in September 2010 in Rahway, NJ. As stated in the press release – from tomorrow evening, we have the chance to go via the promotion’s website and vote in the Gut Check Challenge, described as “an interactive experience by letting fans decide the one previous “TNA Gut Check” participant who is most deserving of appearing on IMPACT WRESTLING’s “TNA Gut Check” segment on Spike TV.” There will be rounds – 16 brackets in all – until all the wrestlers are whittled down to one.
A number of women have attended the Gut Check sessions, and all of them are eligible, including the aforementioned LuFisto and Rush. After the jump, we’ll let you know which names to look out for – but first, A WARNING.
Beyond this point, we will be revealing the real names of a lot of wrestlers, as that is how their names will likely – appear on the voting form though some are just going by their wrestler persona. If you are someone who likes not knowing their true monikers, stay away. With that said, anyone who’s OK with it can jump in and see who’s vying for your vote from tomorrow evening [UPDATE: it's been bumped to Monday afternoon], as well as the links to their profiles on the Gut Check site, where available. (more…)
Last week, we reported that the main selling point for the Bombshells and Jingle Bells show which took place in Hollywood, FL last night was to be the NWA World Women’s Championship match between titleholder Kacee Carlisle and challenger La Rosa Negra. However, while the match still took place, the title which was on the line changed. For whatever reason, the NWA belt would stay with Carlisle, and the La Rosa Negra’s Battling Bombshells title was the one which would be on the line instead.
It wasn’t the only controversy involving the NWA on the show. After the main event, NWA Ring Warriors announced that it was withdrawing from the Alliance and its name would be reverted to simply Ring Warriors, and may partly stem from the decision to change the title match.
Christmas time usually brings around the wrestling shows with puns in their names – Season’s Beatings being the most popular one, though I wonder why nobody ever picks Violent Night – and next Saturday’s show presented by NWA Ring Warriors and its all-female off-shoot Battling Bombshells has one of its own, entitled Bombshells & Jingle Bells. However with hindsight, adding the ‘e’ to Bells would have made it even stronger, but that’s just one writer’s opinion.
Emanating from Hollywood, FL, the promotions are getting into the Christmas spirit by donating 100% of the profits to the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, so the organisers are no doubt hoping for a large crowd for the event, which is headlined by an NWA World Women’s Championship rematch.
On November 17, La Rosa Negra challenged Kacee Carlisle for the belt at NWA Coastal‘s event in Bayville, NJ, though was unsuccessful in wresting the gold away. However, the match was deemed a critical success, and La Rosa Negra was granted a second crack at the title at Bombshells and Jingle Bells. Click the jump to see Carlisle offering her thoughts on the match (honestly, it’s a top promo which sells the match really well), as well as footage of some of the other matches announced for the show… (more…)
It has been a pretty good week for Kacee Carlisle. The 32-year old rose six places in the annual PWI Female 50 which was released on Thursday, and last night, the 7-year pro ascended to the top of the National Wrestling Alliance mountain by winning the authority’s World Women’s Championship for the first time.
She defeated 3-time titleholder Tasha Simone as part of an NWA: Top Rope card in Lebanon, TN, ending the 20-year pro’s 300 day reign which began on December 25 last year when she beat Tiffany Roxx in a steel cage match. However, the match was not without incident and controversy…
In this heel v heel affair, both were happy to bend the rules to their advantage, and that was truly evident at the conclusion – as Carlisle went for the pin, Simone threw her foot over the bottom rope, but the referee didn’t see it and counted the three, earning Kacee the title. After the decision, Simone attacked the new champion and left her laying. There may be a rematch in the future, but before that, Carlisle has to defend the belt in New Jersey at an NWA Coastal show on November 17 against La Rosa Negra.
Click the jump to see some video footage of a confrontation between Carlisle and Simone before the match, as well as highlights from the contest and the post-match antics. (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…)