All female wrestling shows are popping up all over the place, and with Scotland about to enter that game with ICW: Fierce Females on September 30th, what better time to welcome Scotland’s “Dynamite Queen” Nikki Storm to the show? She’s got a lot to talk about, including her ICW persona of Ms. Nicola Storm and an overview of the diverse Scottish scene going into Fierce Females. Did you know Nikki Storm used to cheerlead? In Glasgow, no less. She’ll tell you about that, and how she went from dancer to wrestler… to her early appearances in the over 18s Triple X Wrestling in Coventry, and how influential Jetta and Saraya Knight were in guiding her early years in the ring. We take a chance to go through the spotlighted matches she’s had in EVE, including with Saraya, Tsukasa Fujimoto, Hikaru Shida, Kay Lee Ray and Kat Waters as we await EVE’s WrestleFever event on Nov 10th, when she will face Alpha Female for the EVE Championship. We also talk marketing yourself, her blogs, 30 minute poops and Lee gets a crash course in Glaswegian slang…
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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!
Velvet Sky was released from TNA last week, and I’m sure it wasn’t a decision that she came to lightly. However, following the departure of her longtime tag team partner Angelina Love at the start of July, she thought out loud on Twitter about a Beautiful People reunion, and there was no way that could happen on TNA TV, so we should have read into that at the time. Well, now it’s set to happen, as Sky and Love (now going under her original guise of Angel Williams) will be on the same show for Northeast Wrestling on September 22 in Fiskhill, NY, and have been booked to participate in a tag team match for Family Wrestling Entertainment on October 5 in Brooklyn, NY against Maria Kanellis and a partner who has not been announced yet.
Like I pointed out when the news of her release was announced, Sky must imagine that there must be a lot of money on the table for the Beautiful People to do a tour. However, as well as taking the money on the table, both she and Williams have the opportunity to give back too. (more…)
Bullying. No matter the context, I just don’t like that bloody word. No one likes to be called it. Certainly, no one wants to admit when they are being bullied. Why not? Why is it so shameful? What is it that makes us too scared to admit it? I’ll tell you why I don’t like to admit it; even just thinking it makes me feel vulnerable and weak. I think to myself, ‘You are the great Nikki Storm. Why the hell are you NOT standing up for yourself?!’
Well sometimes I have to be Nicola. And actions like tossing a brick at their face just isn’t feasible.
I am 23 and I have just emerged from a situation where I was being bullied. Even writing it makes me feel weak. I’ll put up with it though if even just one person reading this blog can take my advice. If you are bring bullied, you need to tell someone – as crappy as it may feel. In my non-wrestling job, I was getting picked on by some cretin. He made my life a misery for a while. He turned so many people against me. Slammed doors in my face, stared/glared at me in the hope of trying to intimidate me, threatened me and said I slept around – and that last part is blasphemy, as Nikki Storm is a one man woman! Anyways, what did I do? I kicked him in the balls and left him laying… (more…)
With Nikki Storm‘s latest “Storm Warning” column set to hit next week, why not round out your weekend with a look at a recently released YouTube match featuring the “Dynamite Queen” herself, taking on well-travelled veteran Erin Angel. The match is from SWA‘s Target Zero show in Motherwell, Scotland, last November.
I’ve been concerned about the future of Pro Wrestling: EVE, as each show seemed to be becoming a stand-alone production. EVE v Ice Ribbon was a great weekend of action, but didn’t really offer much indication on what would happen next, barring the win streaks of Alpha Female and Nikki Storm. At No Man’s Land in February, there was only one advertised match, which was the title match with Jenny Sjodin defending against Alpha, and that ended inconclusively. Meanwhile in the Queen of the Ring tournament which was set up after the plans to crown new Tag Team Champions fell though, Nikki won, which only reminded us that she was the next contender, and didn’t offer much to speculate about for the next show. Then Alpha won the belt on a non-EVE show, which – while it was the right move – would have been best on the No Man’s Land card. In addition, attendances were less than stellar, which was a shame – doubly so for the EVE v Ice Ribbon shows, which featured some spectacular matches.
However, last Saturday, things slotted into place very nicely. (more…)
Pro Wrestling: EVE – Special Edition results (now updated with thoughts, Nikki Storm comments and photos)
Pro Wrestling: EVE‘s Special Edition show is about to start, with five women’s matches, interspersed with three men’s encounters from promotions across the country such as the Scottish Wrestling Allianceand Lucha Britannia. Earlier today, we looked at the EVE Championship match between Alpha Female and Ayesha Ray, but there are four other women’s contests on the card…
In what’s billed as a European Dream Match, former Champion Jenny Sjodin meets Blue Nikita, while twins take on twins when Hannah and Holly Blossom step into the ring with Leah and Kasey Owens. Rhia O’Reilly fights Kirsty Love to try and retain her slot on the EVE roster following a number of losses in the promotion, and Nikki Storm has her most high-profile match to date when she takes on TNA‘s Winter, Kat Waters.
We are at the Delphi Club in Surrey, England to see it all go down, so click after the jump for results as they happen, and don’t forget to keep hitting refresh. Also, we welcome your thoughts and comments below on the outcomes. (more…)
Over the last week, we have given you our rundown on the seven wrestlers who have raised their stock in the last six months, all of whom have done so in various ways (and you can read about them all right here). However, as with all lists, there is always some discussion about whether the right choices were made. Believe us when we tell you that there was quite a bit of conversation on who should get the article treatment, as there were a number of names who were considered. With that, we bring you the ones who were on the list because of their achievements, but didn’t make the final cut… (more…)
Back when it was still in single figures, we interviewed LuFisto for the Women of Wrestling Podcast. Among the mass of topics which were discussed, including her changing an Ontarian law which prevented men wrestling women and competing in brutal and bloody deathmatches, she pointed out one ambition which she held dear – one which has yet to be accomplished.
The last thing I would love to do is have one match with TNA. Just one. Dark match, whatever – I don’t care. I just want to experience what it is.
Considering she has been wrestling her entire adult life in numerous countries (and spilt blood in many of them – either her own or someone else’s) it sounds like a modest request. Debuting at the age of 17 in 1997, the Montreal native has broken barriers for women in her home country of Canada, competed and won championships in Combat Zone Wrestling, hanging with the guys there along the way, won deathmatch tournaments (one of which saw a piece of broken fluorescent bulb glass lodged in her back for around four years), and also proven that she’s not a one-trick pony by wrestling in SHIMMER without the benefit or distraction of weapons. Much like Mick Foley’s transformation from Cactus Jack and cellar dweller Mankind to the cuddly guy who is everyone’s happy uncle, LuFisto transitioned from a violent, partially masochistic maniac character to one which is based around Japanese anime and peppered with fun and happiness. LuFisto is a pioneer for women’s wrestling who has been trying for a number of years to get a foot in the door at either WWE or TNA, with the usual response being that she doesn’t have the “look” that they are after. However last Saturday, on the 15th anniversary of her debut, she got the opportunity she’s been after for years, when she got a chance to wrestle in a TNA ring as part of its Gut Check before the card in Oshawa, Ontario. (more…)
With three weeks to go until Pro Wrestling: EVE‘s next show, entitled “Special Edition”, the bulk of the card has been laid out – the most recent announcement being the EVE Championship match, which will pit current holder Alpha Female putting the belt on the line against Ayesha Ray, who you may know better as Amazon.
The match will be Alpha’s first defence of the title since winning it from Jenny Sjodin in April in London, following their double count-out draw six weeks previously at No Man’s Land. This match will be Ray’s first match in Eve since the title tournament weekend in April last year, and is winless in the promotion, so the declaration of her being the first challenger for Alpha’s title was a curious one among fans. The question was broached on Twitter as well as the SHIMMER forum as to what led to the decision to have Ayesha take on Alpha over other EVE wrestlers like Erin Angel or Shanna, and the promotion responded: (more…)
“Turn that thing off,” 10-year old me screamed at my sister who was two years older.
I was talking about wrestling. Anyone who has shared a room before with a sibling knows how much of a pain it can be, especially when it is 1am and you just want to sleep – but no, sister Storm wanted to stay up and watch Fully Loaded 2000.
I was like, “what the hell you weirdo?!” I had never even heard of wrestling. So as sister Storm turned Channel 4 on I grumbled and mumbled about “bloody wrestling”. We never would guess how things would turn out, would we?
Triple H v Undertaker, WrestleMania XXVIII. Some said the match wasn’t as good as the year before. BAWSACKS (in my opinion, which is more important than anyone else’s). I remember watching the show live and was totally mesmerised – so much so that when my lovely boyfriend/servant offered me food, I didn’t even notice. I was captivated by these two wrestlers and Shawn Michaels – they told an epic story sold by the best facials I have ever seen and the booking was perfect; how right they got it, and what a brilliant moment it was when all three stood tall together at the end.
After taking it in, I felt a mix of emotions. Being as self-centred as I am, I immediately thought, I wish I was as good as that. The comforting thing is, one day I will be, in my own way. It also reminded me of the first pay-per-view I ever watched, Fully Loaded 2000. It let me remember what got me into wrestling in the first place; the roller-coaster of the matches, the stories, the characters. It also partly inspired this blog. (more…)
Pro Wrestling: EVE has officially announced a show on July 14 in Sudbury, UK, calling it a “special edition” show which will feature the debut of TNA’s Winter – who is a German-born Briton – and two returns – we have strong suspicions on who the returns will be – as well as “one time only” and “must see” matches.
In its press release that it released to Diva Dirt, EVE also points out that running a weekend of shows without iPPV would have “hurt EVE financially and potentially risk the company due to the restricted income without iPPV”. That’s a telling statement – which actually PRECEDED the announcement of Winter being part of the show – and implies that financially, EVE is lean at the moment.
The show will also feature three men’s contests, making it a split show of sorts. It claims it will draw the fans of the men’s promotions and give them a taste of women’s wrestling at the same time. It’s the same ethos that led to having the Jenny Sjodin v Alpha Female match at the London charity show in April, which is where Alpha won the title.
In theory, this makes sense – draw non-women’s wrestling fans in with what they are familiar with and then give them a taste of EVE’s product while they’re there. However, there is also the possibility of it dissuading EVE fans who may not be interested in the men’s matches. There is the possibility that the ones there for EVE won’t be hugely taken with the men’s contests, as that’s not what they’ve paid to see, and vice versa for the fans of the guys.
Considering the wealth of talent in Scotland, this is a move that makes a lot of sense…
Glasgow-based promotion Insane Championship Wrestling is launching its own all-women off-shoot called Fierce Females, with its debut show scheduled for September. Already announced as being part of the roster are Scots Kay Lee Ray and Viper, as well as former Pro Wrestling: EVE Champion Jenny Sjodin, April Davids, Rhia O’Reilly, Erin Angel, Holly Rocamora and twins Leah and Kasey Owens. Considering they are also part of the main ICW roster, we should also expect to see Carmel Jacob and Sara Marie Taylor, and also Nikki Storm, who recently returned to the promotion as Miss Nicola Storm, looking to clean up the promotion and remove the violence and strong language associated with the product.
Fierce Females had a rocky start last week when it was announced under its original name of ICW: Femmes Fatales, though it was asked to change its moniker by the already-established Canadian promotion with the same name, and ICW agreed. It was a good idea, as some fans on the Facebook page it had set up had incorrectly assumed that the two promotions were connected. It was also a positive that the two groups could reach an amicable position, instead of it breaking down into a petty argument, so thumbs up to Fierce Females for handing the situation in a professional manner. (more…)
We at Ringbelles are very happy to announce the addition of the Dynamite Queen Nikki Storm to our ongoing site coverage. Be warned – Nikki is straight-shooting, to the point and does not censor herself. You’ve been warned.
Good for a woman?
Hands up if any of my fellow wrestlers have heard these things? It’s okay, the answer is so painstakingly obvious there is no need to exert the energy to raise one’s hand.
Ring Rat? Fresh meat? Yep; I’ve also heard that.
People want to know what Nikki Storm wants to write about for her first blog? Let’s talk about BLATANT sexism. Many may dismiss this blog; others may hang their head in shame, and many will just plain agree. I couldn’t give a shit about your reaction.
I have been in the business now for just over four years. I thought I had seen it all in my first couple of years – what an arrogant thought. It was only very recently that I realised that you can’t change the world overnight, or in my case, change it in four years. So many have done this longer than me and still cannot change the way women are viewed in wrestling. Yeah, I’m generalizing. So what? People have done it to women for decades in the wrestling business. For every awesome guy in the business there is another guy with chauvinistic tendencies who’s happy to let the female stereotype remain and also help it flourish.
A year ago, I knew the cold hard facts… or so I thought. I knew that when guys see a girl in a locker room, it’s a race to have sex her first. Sorry for my vulgarity, but let’s face it – the term ring rat is the most disgusting thing I’ve ever heard, so fight fire with fire and all that nonsense. I know that when a guy finally gets said girl to drop her pants, he will brag about this conquest. He will tell every single person he can about it. And if the guys can get crude photos or videos about it…well, a round of applause for the guy who got his only score in wrestling.
I have also witnessed girls being passed around like little toys. I also know that should a girl finally earn the respect of the men in the locker game by showing hard work and determination, the girl will be branded as “good for a girl”. I actually find this term more insulting than the term ring rat, and that is saying something. (more…)
Nikki Storm‘s profile has expanded massively over the last two years. Though she had travelled to England from her native Scotland for a number of promotions beforehand, debuting at Pro Wrestling: EVE in October 2010 in a losing effort against Sweet Saraya showed that she can hang with the veterans in Europe, then gave new fans a taste of her heelish ways – a mixture of Jetta and Lacey but with more bile and venom, she was easy to hate. Very easy.
Likewise, many fans got their first taste of fellow Scot Kirsty Love when she showed up at EVE v Ice Ribbon a year later, hoping for a tryout and became one of the surprise hits of the weekend with her goofy antics and adorable demeanour. Personality-wise, Storm and Love are like chalk and chicken-liver pate, so when they meet in the ring, it’s magic.
Our video for this weekend comes from the Scottish Wrestling Alliance less than a month after they wrestled on the EVE v Ice Ribbon Sunday matinee show. By the time they have entered the ring, you know what they’re both like – awesome for people with no previous knowledge. Click after the link, and enjoy. (more…)
There have been some big moments that have involved women at WrestleMania since its inception on March 31, 1985. This month’s HONOUR Magazine recaps the top 28 moments in commemoration of last weekend’s WrestleMania XXVIII.
Sable‘s in-ring debut at WrestleMania XIV, Miss Elizabeth‘s involvement at WrestleManias VI and VII, and Trish Stratus winning the WWE Women’s Championship at WrestleMania XIX all feature in there, but are any of them placed at number one? You can find out by clicking the pic to jump to the magazine.
Also in this month’s issue: interviews with Kellie Skater and Nikki Storm, a look at the ongoing rapport between Madusa and Beth Phoenix, reviews of SHIMMER volumes 41 and 42, the Maria Kanellis DVD featuring her talking to Jessicka Havok and Brittney Savage that Havok discussed during her Women Of Wrestling Podcast, news, results and more.
There is a new woman on top of Pro Wrestling: EVE. Alpha Female ascended to the top of the promotion’s ladder at this afternoon’s BritWresFest free charity show in London, England, which is a collection of matches from various promotions around the United Kingdom.
Described by Martin Bentley – who tweeted us live from the show – as a “really good match”, Alpha ended up securing the win with her Omega Slam finisher to defeat Jenny Sjodin and end her near 10-month reign as Champion.
The rematch came about because of the inconclusive ending at Pro Wrestling: EVE’s No Man’s Land show back in February, where both Alpha and Sjodin were counted out after they went through a table from the apron. The pair left on their own steam, but left uncertainty over who was the better wrestler.
This result also means that EVE’s next show on July 14 will see Alpha Female defend the title against Nikki Storm, the woman who currently boasts the longest winning streak in the promotion, and the only person to defeat the new Champion a year ago at the original title tournament. Storm’s string of victories was also extended today, as she defeated Pollyanna with a diving headbutt in Birmingham. (more…)
What have Rachel Summerlyn, Nikki Storm, Amazon, Jenny Rose and Maria Kanellis all done this year, and what has Kurumi done twice?
If you guessed “win tournaments”, take yourself to the Winners’ Circle.
Now, don’t get me wrong – I love a good tournament. It’s a great way to have multiple storylines running in one show, concluding some, forwarding others and starting a few more. It can also be a push for the winner, and even for a plucky name who gets further than you would expect them to. But the reason why I mostly love tournaments is because it’s a special occasion, much like your birthday, Christmas (although people who know me will know that I’m not fond of Christmas) or the release of a new Police Academy film. Across North America, the UK and Canada, there have been seven tournaments in the past 12 weeks. (more…)
So, Jessicka Havok ascended to the top of Women Superstars Uncensored’s mountain on Saturday night by winning the promotion’s top championship from Mercedes Martinez at the 5th Anniversary Show, making her an undefeated Champion and putting an end to Martinez’ reign four days shy of the three year mark. In a match that was a wild brawl of a war more than a technical affair, it was unconventional, but successful. The pair fought all over the building and took some crazy bumps along the way – the Fisherman Buster from the apron through the table to the concrete floor being the height of the lunacy. No doubt, Havok was given the best springboard that she could possibly get for the start of her reign, and Martinez pulled out everything to give her that launch.
The ending was somewhat of a head-scratcher, with both going through a table from the top rope but Havok managing to get the pin, but I imagine the idea is that it shows just how evenly matched the two are and a draped arm was the only thing that could separate them. However, having a slightly more decisive match-ending move may have sweetened things slightly – though at this point I’m splitting hairs on what was a great main event, and also an early contender for Match of the Year.
Many have described the 5th Anniversary show their best iPPV to date. Having seen most of them, it would be hard to disagree with that. When it came to aesthetics, things went well – most of the direction was good, the cameramen were in the right place for most of the stuff (barring a couple of incidents, which I’ll get to) and the graphics and editing went well. As a TV product, it was the sharpest yet. And there was a boob toss. Nothing more to be said about it really, but I felt it just HAD to be mentioned. (more…)
Eve Torres turned full blown heel on Raw when she admitted she used Zack Ryder then said that she planned to use John Cena. Her plan came unstuck seconds later as Cena had overheard everything and then insulted and blew her off. Essentially, she turned and received her comeuppance in the first 11 minutes of the show. However, the biggest problem was the misogynist views that were purported by Cena and consequently, the fans in the arena in Minneapolis, MN.
After calling her a “hoeski”, Eve was treated like a wanton harlot or a gold-digging whore, and then was having a breakdown in the ring. Cena couldn’t help but throw her an insult before leaving about being disease-free and he’d like to keep it that way (because, women have to be carrying a sexually transmitted infection), leaving Eve to be escorted from the ring in tears. Cena could have been more compassionate and tell her to re-evaluate her life, but instead, led the crowd in chanting insults at her, belittling and humiliating her in public.
John Cena is meant to be a role model and head cheerleader for taking the high road these days. So why was it OK for him to verbally destroy a woman for 5 minutes in front of the world – ostensibly saying that you can still be a nice guy but treat someone who is vulnerable like shit. No question, this was bullying, and totally went against everything that Cena, and WWE’s BA STAR(D) campaign stands for.
In the first segment of Raw, Eve Torres went from being a confused soul to a prick-teasing, manipulative, gold-digging hussy, and then made to look small, pathetic and broken. Clearly, WWE didn’t know where they were going with the story when they started it, found an out and got rid of it before allowing Cena to focus of his match with the Rock. She was cannon fodder to get Cena over as a babyface. The question is: considering the backlash this has received online (and the meatheads saying that “all women are the same”), was it really all worth it? (more…)
It’s Pro Wrestling: EVE‘s first show in 2012, with a new number one contender being crowned and the EVE Championship on the line in the main event.
Titleholder Jenny Sjodin has held the title since last June and has five successful title defences under her belt, defeating Aurora Flame, Rhia O’Reilly, April Davids, Emi Sakura and Shanna & Davids in a triple threat match. She meets Alpha Female , who has a four match win streak in the promotion, teaming with Super Janey B to beat the Glamour Gym, then seeing off Hikaru Shida and Sara-Marie Taylor in singles action, before defeating Viper & O’Reilly in a three-way in October. In total, Alpha has only lost one contest in the promotion, falling to Nikki Storm in the semi finals of the original EVE title tournament last April.
Speaking of tournaments, eight women will meet to determine a new top contender for the title. In the quarter finals, Nikki Storm meets Hannah Blossom, while Hannah’s sister Holly takes on Sara-Marie Taylor. In the other bracket, April Davids faces Rhia O’Reilly, while Kay Lee Ray wrestles fellow Scot Carmel Jacob.
We will bring you results as they happen, so click after the jump and keep refreshing the page to keep up to date with all the goings-on live from the Delphi Club in Sudbury, England… (more…)
Pro-Wrestling EVE has announced the the crowning of a Queen as part of the supporting card at “NO MAN’S LAND: SJODIN vs ALPHA” event at Sudbury’s Delphi Club on this Saturday. The promotion will present an eight woman elimination tournament, to be dubbed Queen of the Ring, and will result in the crowning of a new #1 contender for the EVE Championship.
The full brackets were completed overnight, and we can now bring it to you. Click after the jump for a look: (more…)
It seems as if the wrestlers involved with Pro Wrestling: EVE, be they champions or rookies, are keen on the promotion’s new training academy which will launch in February, the day after the next EVE tapings on February 18, which boasts a main event of EVE Champion Jenny Sjodin taking on Alpha Female.
EVE will be holding a monthly wrestling school, and monthly live events, in conjunction with the British Wrestling Council in Hackney Wick, East London from February 19, and will run one Sunday per month. The wrestling school will take place during the day, with a live show in the early evening, and will be recorded, possibly for release for DVD. The Project Eden shows, as they will be known, will be separate from the main EVE shows, presumably with different story arcs. Any female wrestlers who want to take part are being urged to email promoters Dann and Emily Read at info@evewrestling to register their interest. (more…)
Scotland has given the world a great many things. Whisky, penicillin, the telephone, the television, Sean Connery and deep fried pizza are all up there. Not bad for a country with a tiny population (as of the last Census, it was a shade over 5 million). However, this harsh environment (the average maximum temperature is about 64 degrees Fahrenheit) may be one of the main reasons why it has such tough people, both mentally and physically.
Some of that toughness is making its way into women’s wrestling in Europe. At the last Pro Wrestling: EVE v Ice Ribbon event, close to half of the EVE talent emanated from Scotland. Therefore, it’s worth a quick introduction to the uninitiated as to who some of the names are that you should expect to see more of in the future.
Possibly the hottest prospect of the lot is Nikki Storm, the mouthy 22-year old Glaswegian who we have spoken to on a couple of occasions. Debuting in 2008, the current World Wide Wrestling League Women’s Champion was trained by names including Mikey Whiplash, Johnny Moss, Damian O’Connor and Fergal Devitt, and has warred with the likes or Carmel Jacob and Sara-Marie Taylor in the Scottish Wrestling Alliance, Premier British Wrestling and Scottish School of Wrestling.
South of Hadrian’s Wall, her career has involved Jetta for the most part, either wrestling her at adult-oriented promotion Triple X Wrestling, or being her protege in EVE’s European Empire faction. The two have also tangled north of the border, with the roles reversed from TXW and seeing Storm as the babyface and Jetta in her more recognised heel persona. Having said that, Storm is a fine heel and follows in the footsteps of Coventry’s Loudest by spending a lot of the time arguing with fans, but uses a wider repertoire than her manager/former rival. In addition to Jetta, Storm lists Erin Angel, Lisa Fury and Saraya Knight as being great influences on her. (more…)