Following last night’s Monday Night Raw (which we will get to in a minute, be patient), Beth Phoenix was approached by fans outside the Times Union Center in Albany, NY, asking if the rumours about her planning to leave WWE and retire were true. Lords Of Pain reports that she replied she was neither leaving WWE or retiring in the near future.
To paraphrase Mandy Rice-Davies – a model involved in one of the biggest scandals of in British 1960s politics, the John Profumo/Christine Keeler affair and discredit of the Conservative Government at the time – “well, she would, wouldn’t she?”
Wrestling Inc was the first website to report that Phoenix was intending to leave WWE. It posted a piece last Thursday saying that they had heard from a source that she would be going in October. This was later picked up by other wrestling news sites, and was given extra weight by the Wrestling Observer, which says it has had it confirmed by other sources within the company. However, Phoenix is a professional, and will likely not be addressing the rumours – if she is leaving, she will do so in the right way, quietly slipping into the shadows, likely putting over remaining talent along the way. (more…)
There has been a lot of focus on the continent of Australasia recently, and most of it centres around one kick-happy wrestler from New Zealand.
As we have documented, Evie has been catapulted into everyone’s line of sight, winning both the IPW Women’s and PWWA Championships in the space of seven days – the first in a triple threat match with Megan-Kate and Britenay, and the latter against Jessie McKay just last Saturday.
When approached for comment, the Auckland resident told Ringbelles:
Winning the IPW Women’s Title and then the PWWA Interim Title… words can’t pinpoint the feelings I felt over those nights. I was extremely emotional… a few tears were shed, and it definitely is the highlight of my career to date. I came away from both matches battered and bruised, but it was all worth it in the end… after five years, I finally feel like a champion.
The fans have also been rad… I can’t believe how much support I received through those tournaments, both online and in person. It was amazing!
Wrestling promotions spend a long time building up a reputation. Many groups which are starting out at the moment like SHINE and BLOW are looking to get some traction, credibility and a fan base behind them to be mentioned in the same sort of high regard as companies like SHIMMER and Women Superstars Uncensored. Another promotion which has created a great reputation for itself is Montreal, nCw Femmes Fatales, which was worked hard over the last three years to be known as the standard bearer for all-women shows in Canada.
Earlier this year, another promotion looking to start its own women’s show did not do as much research as it probably should have. Insane Championship Wrestling in Scotland called its group Femmes Fatales, but after realising that there was already another Femmes Fatales out there which already had a positive reputation and was working on heritage. After a brief contact from the original, ICW agreed to change the name to Fierce Females, admitting that there would have been some confusion, rebranded itself and looked ahead to promoting its first show, which takes place in Glasgow on September 30 (which Ringbelles will be attending, we may add). It was a considered, reasonable and mature approach exhibited by all which meant that nobody felt aggrieved or hard done by, and would mean that there would be no confusion by fans.
A similar situation came to light this week. (more…)
It’s a visit Down Under for our latest audio offering here at Ringbelles, as we caught up with Niki Nitro before she flew out to India as part of her first international booking, as the Australian grappler is a part of EPW Saviours, a new promotion that is hoping to capitalise on the growing interest in wrestling in the country. Its debut show takes place in Mumbai on Saturday, and will see Niki take on the high-flying Brit Erin Angel.
As part of this 15 minute chat, Niki talks about how she got the booking, whether she has nerves, how she thinks she will fare against Erin, how she has now got the travelling bug, and where she would like to go to next. She’s also after some help with that plan, so keep listening for more information.
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Two female wrestlers from opposite sides of the world will meet halfway to wrestle on a new promotion.
England’s Erin Angel and Australia’s Niki Nitro will wrestle on Extreme Professional Wrestling‘s show in Mumbai, India on February 18. They will wrestle as part of the show which will also feature former WWE competitor Joe Legend, former WWE, ECW and TNA Champion Rob Van Dam, as well as professional wrestlers from India itself. Niki seems to be up for the trip, if her reaction on her Facebook page is anything to go by:
I am going to INDIA!!! Yep, i will be Wrestling for EPW with wrestlers from all over the world. RVD will be also on Tour with me.. So exciting!!! So, if you live in India keep your eyes and ears open. This Aussie is about to Turn your country up side down! :P Hugz xxx