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Ringbelles Retro: Luna Vachon v Jessicka Havok

Luna VachonWhen we spoke to Jessicka Havok for episode 36 of the Women Of Wrestling Podcast in February last year, she talked about how in her formative wrestling years, she gained a lot of knowledge from working with Luna Vachon. We’ve finally tracked down a match between the pair, and have it for you as part of this week’s Retro.

Luna was seeing out her wrestling days at the point when this match took place on a Cleveland All-Pro Wrestling event on August 5, 2007, as she ended up retiring from the ring that December after 22 years of grappling which had seen her wrestle for the likes of the American Wrestling Association, All Japan Pro Wrestling, the World Wrestling Federation, Extreme Championship Wrestling, World Championship Wrestling and Women Superstars Uncensored. As far as finding someone to tap the knowledge of, Havok hit the jackpot with Vachon.

At this point, Jessicka had been competing for around three years, and had been tearing her way through the CAPW roster to the point where she challenged Vachon for her Universal Women’s Hardcore Championship. Click after the jump to watch a lot of crazy brawling between a tough veteran and equally tough rising star. (more…)


Ringbelles Retro: The WrestleRock Battle Royal

wrestlerockBack in the 1980′s, many of the big wrestling promotions like the World Wrestling Federation, World Class Championship Wrestling and Jim Crockett Promotions were trying to make their mark with supercards, especially around the early times of pay-per-view. The American Wrestling Association was also getting involved – it had already drawn 20,000 fans with its Super Sunday show in 1983, and in 1986, had its next foray into supercards with WrestleRock at the Hubert H. Humphrey (HHH) Metrodome in Minneapolis, MN, which opened with a fabulously bad rap, proving that Shawn Michaels really isn’t musical…

23,000 AWA fans watched the 16 match show at the venue, with the promotion’s women taking part in a battle royal as part of March 8, featuring Joyce Grable, Kat LeRoux, Sensational Sherri Martel, Rose Divine, Taylor Thomas, Despina Montega, Misty Blue Simmes, Debbie Combs, Luna Vachon (amusingly introduced an Leona Vachon by ring announcer Gary Capetta), and then-Women’s Champion Candi Divine. (more…)


Fight Like A Guy: Pat Laprade

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We are joined by one of the authors of new book “Mad Dogs, Midgets & Screw Jobs: The Untold Story of how Montreal Shaped the World of Wrestling”Pat Laprade – for a half-hour historical discussion about wrestling in Montreal. Being Ringbelles, we steer to the side of women’s wrestling, and discuss Quebec Wrestling Hall of Famer Vivian Vachon (watch 1973′s ‘Wrestling Queen’ movie here), Luna Vachon (and how she nearly won the WWF Women’s Title three times and missed out each time), LuFisto (and how she dismantled the Ontario Athletic Commission – a story she recounted in her own words back on WOW Podcast #9) and former WWE Divas Champion Maryse Ouellet. We also touch on the ALF promotion, which was the spiritual predecessor to today’s NCW:FF. The book is available now at ECW Press and pretty much everywhere that sells books.

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WOW Podcast #36 with Jessicka Havok


Episode 36 with Jessicka Havok

Coming off a 2011 which saw her pick up awards galore (including our Breakout Star of the Year), noted “Magnificent Beast” Jessicka Havok is heading into the biggest match in her life on March 3rd on iPPV against Mercedes Martinez… so what better time than to cut through the crap and get to know the real J-Hav? We discuss her recent training regime, and the various looks she’s had since her start in the business and how she got involved in the first place. We talk about two vastly different experiences of working former WWE wrestlers Ivory & Luna Vachon early in her career, never-before-asked questions about the formation (and dissolution) of her team with Hailey Hatred, her career to date in WSU, the addition of Allysin Kay & Sassy Stephie to become the Midwest Militia, thoughts on Maria Kanellis and Crossfire Entertainment, AIW (along with some candid thoughts on Mickie Knuckles), opinions on whether Femmes Fatales & SHIMMER are in her future, last year’s controversial War Games match and the final build to the match with Mercedes. It’s our longest single interview yet, and one of our most informative. Jump on the bandwagon while there’s still time!

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Retro DVD Review: Glamour, Glitz and Divas – The Untold Story of Women’s Wrestling

This first came to my attention a year ago when I was searching Amazon for wrestling DVDs. From the “Editorial Review” I believed this was a documentary on female wrestling through the years and that it featured thoughts and insights from various females in the business. However, I was mistaken. This being an “Outside the Ropes” presentation, it is basically dozens of clips from various RF video shoot interviews spliced together into one video. In my mind, that’s not a documentary; however, I still gave it the benefit of the doubt and watched it.

The shoots themselves have taken place in a variety of locations – everywhere from hotel rooms to studios even to a Waffle House. Some parts, such as the Waffle House segment with April Hunter and Talia Madison, are hard to hear unless you have the volume up high, but for the most part the audio is of good quality. The lighting is as well; you can see each woman as she speaks. At the very beginning, a quick clip of Sherri Martel speaking is shown, followed by “In Memory of Sherri Martel” along with her dates of birth and death, then a picture of her in the ring. As this DVD was released in 2008 and includes clips of her shoot, this was a nice gesture.

The women included in the video are: Fabulous Moolah, Mae Young, Luna Vachon, Sherri Martel, Ryan Shamrock, Joanie Laurer, Baby Doll, Jasmin St. Clair, Tammy “Sunny” Sytch, Francine, Jackie Gayda, Gorgeous George, Kimona, Dana Dameson, and Missy Hyatt. However, not every segment features a clip from every woman. (more…)


WOW Podcast #21 with Malia Hosaka


Episode 21 with Malia Hosaka

The Women of Wrestling Podcast is proud to bring you an interview with 20+ year veteran Malia Hosaka. We’re working with a broad scope on this show, because frankly, Malia has worked *everywhere* at least once. From training with Killer Kowalski & Misty Blue Simmes in the mid 80s to thoughts on the current WWE product, Malia’s not short of an opinion. We discuss comparisons and contrasts between early female promotions like GLOW, LPWA, LMLW and the like (including how she felt as a relative rookie walking into the LPWA locker room for the first time), and reminisce about her “wrestling mom” Luna Vachon and Sensational Sherri. Malia also shares her thoughts on her time in WCW, including her opinions on how Madusa Miceli ran the division, how she was treated there, and a surprising falling out with Starla Saxton (Nora Greenwald, better known as Molly Holly). She talks signing a WWF “Developmental” deal after 12 years in the business, and how two opportunities were whisked away while under that contract. She has words of advice for youngsters like Tenille Tayla, who has just finished up her indy dates and is heading for FCW on the expectations laid on WWE Divas, and general thoughts on SHIMMER, respecting your veterans, and news on her forthcoming book – including how close she is to the final chapter in her career. Clear yourself some time for a history lesson from the Modern Day Moolah!

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Ringbelles Retro: Vintage doesn’t always mean good

The year was 1987 and Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling was still a minor fixture in the wrestling world. In some ways GLOW was the blueprint for Wrestlicious with its slightly hammy wrestling and very lame comedy, but it lasted for a while – until internal warring saw the founder David McLane leave the promotion and set up a rival in Indianapolis call Powerful Ladies Of Wrestling.

POWW was more wrestling-focussed, doing away with the comedy and skits in favour of in-ring action. It aligned itself with the World Wrestling Alliance and recognised the Women’s and Tag Team Championship. The match we feature this week is from the doubles division, and features champions Luna Vachon and Hot Rod Andie against Pocohontas and Paisley. (more…)


WOW Podcast #13 with Dave Prazak


Episode 13 with Dave Prazak
You know how they say 13 is “unlucky for some”? Well, us too. We had intended to bring you our first double-shot show featuring interviews with both Allison Danger (discussing her big announcement) and Dave Prazak (discussing SHIMMER’s upcoming tapings this month), but through circumstances beyond any of our control, Danger’s announcement has been on hold for well over a week. While we wait for that, we’ve taken the decision to split the show and present our interview with Prazak, complete with a newly recorded intro segment where we get a chance to discuss the sad passing of Luna Vachon and we take a cautious look at what WWE have in store for NXT Season 3. Then it’s off to the time machine for the Prazak segment, recorded a week ago, where we discuss upcoming tapings, the success stories in SHIMMER history, the promotion’s business model and the evils of downloading. Oh, we also ask whether a certain bald headed ex WWE star (and SHIMMER alumni) might show up at the Eagles Club…
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