WARNING: Spoilers lay within.
TNA Wrestling is saying goodbye to the Impact Zone in Orlando, FL by hosting a series of One Night Only pay-per-views. In last week’s Roundup, we discussed the Knockouts Knockdown all-women show which saw a number of former Knockouts turn down the offer of being there. At the time, Traci Brooks was one of the women who had declined the offer, but it was not because she was holding a grudge of any description, tweeting “I had to say no to TNA for the KO ppv as I couldn’t make it that day. No other reason”.
Payton Banks (Rain) and Winter (Katarina Leigh) pointed out last week that they had also been asked but said no, while Salinas (Shelly Martinez) vlogged that she wasn’t asked. However, it was the former Roxxi who came out and explained in detail why she didn’t go back for Sunday’s show.
Nikki Roxx (who was messed around during her two stints in the promotion) spoke to the Greg DeMarco show about her turning down the offer, saying, “You can only get kicked so many times… I think that I had finally had enough. They had trouble treating me very well to begin with and I felt like I was being a glutton for punishment every time I went back… I felt like it was the right time to tell them no. It was like one of those bad relationships where you keep trying to get away from it… You can’t treat people badly and then hope that they’ll come back and hang out.” (more…)
We 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…)
Nikki Bella won the WWE Divas Championship on Raw last night. There are a couple of issues that stem from this, so let’s deal with the Bella situation first.
First off, this title change has been on the cards for weeks, so it wasn’t a kneejerk reaction to the “twist” in the match. However, according to previous reports, the Bella Twins’ contract expires on Monday, and unless they have signed a contract extension – which we don’t believe has happened – they are set to go. Putting the Divas strap on Nikki is a curious choice, as it has to be a short reign – don’t be fooled, she won’t be taking the belt away with her like CM Punk did with the WWE Championship last June after winning it at Money in the Bank – so there are only three shows where she could conceivably drop it – SmackDown, Extreme Rules on Sunday, or the Raw the following day. Realistically, option 2 is the most likely, meaning a six day reign, and there is a prime candidate for winning the title, probably in some sort of open challenge…
I really hope that in one year, when I come back, you two will still be here.
That’s the parting words Kharma gave to the Bella Twins last May before taking a sabbatical following the announcement of her pregnancy. As has been reported, things tragically didn’t work out with that, but it seems that she is ready to get back onto the scene after being interviewed for a TV news piece about GLOW while she was at the Cauliflower Alley Club reunion in Las Vegas last week (more on GLOW later). Besides, if she wants to make good on her threat to destroy the Bellas, she has a window of a mere few days to get the job done, and the cherry on top would be taking the Divas Championship in the process. (more…)
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…)
We’re tying in this week’s Retro with the latest edition of the Women Of Wrestling Podcast which was released earlier today – a great chat with GLOW original Little Egypt about the upcoming documentary on the TV show, as well as her days as a GLOW girl – debuting after mere days of training, getting injured and reuniting with her colleagues after all these years – advice on marketing yourself as a wrestler, and what to do after you hang up your boots. Be you wrestler or fan, there’s something in there for you, so check it out.
We talked with Egypt about her wrestling days, so it would be worth showing some of it to you. After the jump are two matches from her GLOW days – the first is against the militant Attache, and the other is her taking on the unhinged Dementia. Yes, it’s a little camp, and yes, it’s a little cartoony, but remember that GLOW was shown in one way or another around the world for a decade after original programming ended, so it obviously did something right. (more…)
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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