This weekend is the real kick-off of the all-women promotions for 2014, and it begins with the promotion which closed out 2013.
Things were left somewhat up in the air at the end of SHINE 15 on December 13. Rain had just backed out of her impending retirement after retaining the SHINE Championship by beating Amazing Kong via count out. However, her gloating came to an abrupt end when she was informed that her next challenger would be fellow Valkyrie member Ivelisse Velez, who had beaten Mia Yim earlier in the night – that is, if Ivelisse decided to accept the opportunity. What followed was a series of videos where a number of people offered their thoughts to the would-be challenger. Starting proceedings was fellow stablemates Taylor Made and Allysin Kay who implored their friend to not accept the match, and was followed by Rain, who echoed those sentiments. Afterwards, SHINE VP Lexie Fyfe told Velez that she was picked because she was the most deserving, not because of some sort of plot to destroy Valkyrie from within. (more…)
Episode 65 with Portugal’s Perfect Athlete Shanna
It’s taken over two years since she said “yes” to a podcast appearance to get everything aligned for this show to come together, but the delay has been all for the better because she had a big year last year with US tours taking in appearances in WSU, AIW and SHINE – and she’s on the verge of a third US visit next month to challenge Jessicka Havok for the WSU World Championship at WSU Mutiny on February 8th. We talk to Shanna about all manner of things, including her experiences on her last two US tours, the origins (and pronunciation) of her ring name, her initial years in the business, working with ABC Catch in mainland Europe, injuries, the match that Shanna describes as her “best match ever”, thoughts on TNA (where she finished second in last year’s GutCheck voting), exclusive news and teasers about upcoming US tours and possible bookings and some of her loves away from wrestling… including, yes… 80s rock music~!
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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…)
I was stunned watching the Divas Survivor Series match. It’s not because of the state of the match, but just that I didn’t know that WWE had 14 women on its main roster. Well technically, it’s 15, but one of them has been missing in action since September 23.
The last time anyone saw Layla on WWE TV was part of a 10 woman tag team match on Raw where she, AJ Lee, Aksana, Alicia Fox and Tamina Snuka lost to the Bella Twins, the Funkadactyls and Natalya. It had been a rotten 6 weeks for the former WWE Women’s and Divas Champion, as her heel turn had been so laughably limp that it left her with absolutely no momentum. Her push accelerated like a dog on a rug, and then stopped abruptly.
Layla’s turn came after she turned on Kaitlyn during the NXT Season 3 winner’s title challenge against AJ after inexplicably accompanying her for months before. It was never explained why she was with Kaitlyn in the first place, nor why she turned or why she took so long considering Kaitlyn had received a number of title matches before. After turning, she skipped away with AJ, got a win over her former buddy on Raw and was victorious again in a tag match on SmackDown – and then she started losing… often. By the point she disappeared from the scene, her star had never been lower, and it took a while before anyone really noticed she was gone. (more…)
Back in March, France was offered the first all-women show since the demise of Queens Of Chaos. Association Biterroise de Catch presented a small re-introduction to a card full of females with its “Tournoi des Amazones” show, boasting wrestlers from across Europe. Featuring the likes of Shanna, Lady Lory, Kay Lee Ray, Morgane Leigh, Sara Marie Taylor, Alpha Female, Carmel Jacob and Viper, it ended with Shanna retaining her Women’s Championship over Alpha and Leigh, Ray & Viper defeating Lory, Jacob and Taylor in a six-woman main event to send the French fans home happy by seeing Morgane on the winning team.
November 23 will see ABC Catch present a second all-women’s show in 2013, once again in Béziers. Still testing out the waters to see if the fans will accept the concept, it will feature a relatively modest number of wrestlers to keep outgoings down – a prudent move in the early going – but will again present stars from across the continent to do battle. (more…)
Yep, three matches in three days – and this one is about as recent as you can get. It’s from Saturday night’s Italian Championship Wrestling show in Mantova, Italy, and features Germany’s Lady Lory taking on Italian native Queen Maya in a match which is not for Lory’s Europe Catch Tour Association Women’s Championship.
Maya has certainly raised her game in 2013 and fans have been able to see that through her matches at Bellatrix 5 (where she dropped the RQW European Women’s Championship to Liberty) and at Bellatrix 6 (where she defeated Kay Lee Ray). In addition, she has really honed the ability to wrestle for her size – which is a massive boost when you consider she’s a lofty 6’1″. That’s further highlighted in this contest when you take a look at her new gear, which really shows off her height rather than inadvertently masking it.
Having said all that, it’s a change to see her wrestle as a babyface… (more…)
Just over a week ago, the Europe Tour Catch Association held a four woman tournament at its show in Gravelines, France to determine its first ever Women’s Champion. As we revealed in last week’s Roundup, the whole shebang was won by Lady Lory, so the winner shouldn’t be any surprise – however, you can now see her route to the title as part of the one night tourney.
The four combatants vying for the belt all hailed from different countries. Lory represented Germany, Queen Maya flew the flag for Italy, Skarlett came from the UK while Morgane Leigh was the national hero, as she hailed from France. In the semi finals, Lory took on Maya, while Skarlett faced Leigh.
You can see the whole tournament after the jump and see just how the German ascended to the gold, and how she tried to stick her nose in everybody’s business in doing so. You can also see just how much of a battle it was to claim the title in the final. (more…)
Ringbelles Roundup (9 July 2013) – Knockouts dearth, Heidi & Taeler, SHINE, Maria Kanellis, Sunny & more
We praised Mickie James’ last six months in TNA, including her winning the Knockouts Title and turning heel in the process. However, you have to wonder what sort of division she is reigning over, when you consider how many – or conversely, how few – female wrestlers there are on the roster these days.
As well as James, you have Gail Kim, Miss Tessmacher, ODB, Tara, Taryn Terrell and Velvet Sky as in-ring performers – though ODB is usually a ref these days, Terrell is hardly a regular and Tessmacher & Tara has been absent for a while. That’s seven women – half of what they had in 2008 when the division was really a pioneer and vastly overshadowing what was going on in WWE at the time. When you consider that TNA only has about three women doing most of the work these days, you can see why the promotion binned its Knockouts Tag Team Titles following them being vacated by ODB and Eric Young.
The roster was thinned out last Wednesday when a four time Knockouts Champion and the first Gut Check winner were cut from the roster. Madison Rayne – who is heavily pregnant and is due to give birth next month – saw her contract expire and it wasn’t renewed. Some have complained that it was a bit tactless of TNA to do that, but Rayne herself apparently holds no grudges and has made no complaints in public. It is possible that she may return in time.
The other departure is Taeler Hendrix, who has been criminally underused by the promotion since winning the Gut Check last June. She has only appeared on two episodes of Impact – one was the Thanksgiving Day episode, which was a filler show because so few were watching, and the other was last month as she served as cannon fodder for Mickie’s slow-burn heel turn. Meanwhile, she has been working on her character during her time in Ohio Valley Wrestling, which we cover in more detail later on. (more…)
She’s the only female wrestler who lives in Belgium, she was accused by fans of being on drugs and there is precious little about who she is on the Internet – so we were happy when Germany’s Lady Lory approached us to request some time on My Name Is.
As part of this quarter-hour interview, we discuss how she doesn’t consider the first five years of her career as official, why she got those accusations about drugs and whether they affected her, thoughts on the European women’s wrestling scene, which fans she enjoys the most, how much of the character is really her, which wrestler she dreams of stepping in the ring with, and Roxette.
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Remember Queens Of Chaos? The French promotion launched about six months before SHIMMER in May 2005, and faded away about 18 months later. However, despite a decent enough start, it had its problems.
The wrestling wasn’t much to write home about, there were too many random US imports, the fans were rude and embarrassing, and some of the booking was really weird – for example, there was one match where babyface champion Saraya Knight defended against heel April Hunter with a babyface Christy Hemme as the referee doing her best to screw Hunter, in some of the most bizarre storytelling I’ve seen. It reportedly left such a mess that women’s wrestling in France has been in the doldrums for a long time. However, wrestling is still popular in the country – so much so that fans will go to a show without knowing who’s on or what the promotion is – and the time has arrived for another go at an all-women’s show. (more…)
The World Association of Women’s Wrestling returns this evening at a brand new venue – the Epic Studios in Norwich, England; a purpose-built TV facility with studio lights and sound. It plays host to Bellatrix 3, with the main focus on the card being a tournament to crown the WAWW Queen of the Ring with names such as promising rookie Penelope, Norway’s Miss Mina, SHIMMER Champion Sweet Saraya, former WAWW British Champion Destiny, and the tiny-yet-scrappy Violet O’Hara among those vying for the crown. Also featured on the card include Norwegian Jewel Jensen, EWW Women’s Champion Skarlett and Germany’s Lady Lory.
Also taking place is the a WAWW British Championship defence with titleholder Liberty – who won the belt at The Return last November from Britani Knight – now Paige – then successfully defended it against Amy Lee at the original Bellatrix in February and then beat Saraya at Bellatrix 2 in June – putting the belt on the line against Rhia O’Reilly, who has enjoyed a lot of international experience over the course of 2012.
Another factor to consider is whether Jetta‘s decision to try and create some friction in the WAWW dressing room at the end of Bellatrix 2 by planting doubt in the heads of the wrestlers over the vision of founder Saraya and whether she is the right person to be at the helm will come into play.
Click after the jump for all the goings-on from Bellatrix 3… (more…)
Keep an eye on Europe for some great action that most of the time, seems to be overlooked because of everything that goes on in places like North America and Japan. Reasons why you should check out the European women is demonstrated in this weekend’s match which comes from France’s Europe Catch Tour Association‘s card in May featuring Germany’s Lady Lory against rising British grappler Penelope.
It’s no secret how much of a fan I am of these two women. Lady Lory caught my attention in her WAWW debut in March against Chanelle at Bellatrix where she made a great first impression with fans (and also comes out to Roxette, which fits her attitude perfectly), while Penelope, who only debuted a year ago, continues to improve with every contest, and was most impressive at Bellatrix 2 where she fell to Destiny in an exciting contest – so exciting, that Sweet Saraya declared it her favourite match of the night.
Putting these two together was a great move by ECTA, as Lory’s heel character bounces perfectly off Penelope’s inherent likeability and improving high-flying arsenal. With a simple and effective story, this match is a great advertisement for what the women of Europe can do. (more…)
The World Association of Women’s Wrestling returns today with the second show since its return, entitled Bellatrix, though its big money matchup for the show in Norwich, England has had to be scrapped.
Former Women Superstars Uncensored Champion Mercedes Martinez was unable to gain access to the United Kingdom on Thursday, meaning that her scheduled match against fellow hard-hitter Amazon will not take place. Instead, a four woman tournament has been announced to determine a number on contender to the British Championship, currently held by Liberty – though she defends against Amy Lee Kramer today. That tournament will consist of Amazon, rookie Penelope, the 4’9” Violet O’Hara & Rhia O’Reilly, fresh from her travels to the US and Canada for SHIMMER and NCW: Femmes Fatales.
Speaking of SHIMMER, its current titleholder Sweet Saraya teams up with Extreme World Wrestling Women’s Champion Skarlett against veteran Busty Keegan and WAW stalwart Destiny.
The RQW European Championship is also on the line as titleholder Queen Maya – who was defeated by Saraya at last night’s WAW show – puts the belt on the line against Jewel from Norway.
Ringbelles is on hand to offer results as the happen, so click after the jump and keep hitting refresh to get the latest updates. (more…)