One thing we’ll happily own up to here at Ringbelles in the last few months is throwing a spotlight on Texas’ own Barbi Hayden (including, but not limited to two ‘Fight Like A Girl’ podcast appearances in September 2013 and January 2014) – and with good cause. Hayden has “it” by the bucketload, and has started the year on an absolute tear, winning both the Anarchy Televised Championship in ACW and the NWA World Women’s Championship. A big part of Hayden’s increased profile is thanks to her association with Women Superstars Uncensored, who, through iPPV and VOD, have certainly helped give Hayden a bigger worldwide platform. It was a shame, then, that Hayden was nowhere to be found on WSU’s latest iPPV “Mutiny” – but with her opponent for the show Santana Garrett having signed up to join TNA Wrestling, the agreement was that the Hayden/Garrett match could not be broadcast on iPPV. The vagaries of what TNA contracted talent can and can’t appear on apparently doesn’t extend to later broadcast on YouTube, thankfully – so just over a fortnight later, WSU have released the “dark” Hayden vs Garrett match for everybody to check out. It’s not a particularly long match (WSU were already late in getting people into the venue due to overrunning ice hockey and therefore late for what should’ve been the start time of their iPPV – so it’s feasible that the match wasn’t afforded as much time as it might otherwise have been), but it *is* a really strong spotlight for one of 2014′s brightest stars so far in Barbi Hayden as she makes the very first defence of her NWA World Women’s Title. Check it out after the page break. (more…)
After speaking to Barbi Hayden just a few months ago, and tipping her for big things in 2014, we had little choice but to revisit Texas’ finest following a month where she added the ACW Televised Championship and the NWA World Women’s Championship to her growing trophy cabinet. You want to talk about starting the year strong? Here’s your perfect case study. We talk about winning the NWA World Women’s Championship from Kacee Carlisle this past weekend at NWA Houston, winning the ACW Televised Championship from Angel Blue at ACW’s Guilty By Association 8 (and how that came around as a last minute sub for the planned Barbi vs Su Yung match), and making her debut in Florida all in the last month. We look forward to her (non iPPV appearance) for WSU at their upcoming Mutiny show vs Santana Garrett, and Barbi lays out her ambitions of where she’d like to defend her NWA Title this year and where she eventually wants her career to take her. A motivated and fun conversation with the new Champ!
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When we got the word that whoever won the third match between defending NWA World Women’s Champion Kacee Carlisle and Barbi Hayden would be given the new title belt – replacing the one which was far too large for a woman’s frame – we had a sneaky suspicion that it wouldn’t be the only history made at yesterday’s NWA Houston show in Cypress, TX.
The pair’s previous matches took place over a weekend last May, with Carlisle winning both matches. Kacee’s first victory over Barbi was on the 17th at NWA Houston when she won by DQ, and then she got the decisive victory over her challenger the following day at an NWA Branded Outlaw Wrestling show in San Antonio. Since then, Hayden has soldiered on, reaching the final of last year’s Anarchy Championship Wrestling American Joshi Queen of Queens and gaining the Anarchy Televised Championship earlier this month. She also created a great impression in her Women Superstars Uncensored debut weekend at the Uncensored Rumble VI iPPV and again at Blood and Thunder in October. With more experience under her belt, Barbi was in a better position to issue a third challenge against Kacee, and she certainly made the most of it. (more…)
After two weeks of reports on the deterioration of her health – and misinformation about her death – WWE confirmed yesterday evening that Mae Young has passed away at the age of 90. The company’s website wrote:
WWE is saddened to learn of the passing of WWE Hall of Famer Johnnie Mae Young.
“There will never be another Mae Young,” said WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon. “Her longevity in sports entertainment may never be matched, and I will forever be grateful for all of her contributions to the industry. On behalf of WWE, I extend our sincerest condolences to her family and friends.” (more…)
Texas standout Barbi Hayden caused quite a stir when she made her debut for Women Superstars Uncensored at their recent Uncensored Rumble 6 iPPV – people took to her immediately, and we discuss her thoughts working in front of that new crowd – and, indeed, the seemingly dying art of “working” the crowd. WSU wasn’t her only first time experience this year, and we also talk about working in Mexico earlier in the year, as well as the pressure of working for Ring of Honor, where she worked fellow Texan, Athena. Speaking of Athena, Barbi gives her first person perspective on being involved in the six woman match at WSU where she got injured. We also talk about the Texas scene, and naturally touch on the current circumstances at Anarchy Championship Wrestling, including working in an open-air venue when it starts to rain. A really fun chat from someone I get the feeling we’re going to see a lot more of in the coming months.
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The NWA World Women’s Champion Kacee Carlisle joins us to talk about her Bruiser Wrestling Federation Women’s Title defence next Saturday against Sassy Stephie, and works her usual vocal magic to encourage as many listeners as possible to go to Victoria, VA to watch.
While we had her on the line, she also talked about talking fans into the building, using social media to your advantage and not being afraid to self publicise, whether the NWA World Women’s Title is overlooked or undervalued by fans and what she is doing to boost its profile and the importance of having a mature head on the shoulders on whoever holds a promotion’s top belt. It’s an engrossing chat with a great mind for wrestling, and is an interesting listen for both workers and fans.
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On April 7, 2007, Amazing Kong and MsChif competed in what was – at the time – the most anticipated SHIMMER match in its history as part of the volume 9 taping. After seeing Kong steamroller through the opposition up to that point, it was thought that Your Soul’s Tormentor would be a viable challenge, and would push her to her limit.
It was an accurate assumption – but in the end it was Kong who emerged victorious, and would not be pinned in the promotion until November 2009 where she was toppled in the main event of volume 28… coincidentally, by MsChif.
However, a month after their original encounter in the promotion, the pair would face off again – except it wasn’t in a SHIMMER ring in Berwyn, IL this time. Instead, it would be in nearby Streamwood as part of an NWA Midwest show with quite a lot at stake. (more…)
In yesterday’s Roundup, we reported on three women being inducted into the National Wrestling Alliance Hall of Fame as part of its Class of 2012. The three were the Fabulous Moolah, Joyce Grable and Misty Blue Simmes.
While Moolah and Grable are more well known, Simmes – while boasting a career where she claims to have never lost a singles match – is less of a star, though her accomplishments are certainly very enviable. Competing in the American Wrestling Association, Ladies Professional Wrestling Association, World Championship Wrestling and more, Simmes held the NWA United States Women’s Championship until the belt was retired, and also the LPWA Tag Team Championship.
The match we have for today’s Retro comes from the tail end of LPWA, with Misty Blue taking on her longtime rival Linda Dallas, AKA Miss Linda. We could have picked matches from the NWA’s World Championship Wrestling show, or from World Class Championship Wrestling, but this one is the most fun that we could track down. (more…)
While being interviewed for the new WWE 13 video game, Amy “Lita” Dumas explained the difference between the Divas now and the ones from the Attitude era:
I think the women of The Attitude Era really did a good job at figuring out who they were and what they wanted to portray to the fans. So each woman was such an individual — you were never going to get Lita and Ivory confused. You’re not going to get the two confused, as opposed to now, is it the hot athletic girl with the short shorts on? No, it’s the other hot athletic girl with the short shorts on.
It’s harsh, but fair, and she has a point.
There are eight women on the main roster who are considered wrestlers rather than valets or managers, and for the most part, they are interchangeable curvy shapes with little character to speak of. The obvious exception which jumps out is AJ Lee, who despite being tiny, geeky and – compared to the others but probably not in real life – could be considered mousey or plain, is the most developed personality of all the women who step into the ring… and that’s something that Dumas pointed out:
I think it’s interesting to see the Divas of today and to see who the fans are attaching to. Obviously, right now, it’s AJ Lee, who’s not the strongest; she’s not one of those classically hot chicks. But she sets herself apart, and you have emotion when she’s out there and you get a sense of who she is, and so I think that’s really cool to see the kid that wasn’t supposed to make it being the one that’s out there, and that’s who the fans want to know more about.
It has been a pretty good week for Kacee Carlisle. The 32-year old rose six places in the annual PWI Female 50 which was released on Thursday, and last night, the 7-year pro ascended to the top of the National Wrestling Alliance mountain by winning the authority’s World Women’s Championship for the first time.
She defeated 3-time titleholder Tasha Simone as part of an NWA: Top Rope card in Lebanon, TN, ending the 20-year pro’s 300 day reign which began on December 25 last year when she beat Tiffany Roxx in a steel cage match. However, the match was not without incident and controversy…
In this heel v heel affair, both were happy to bend the rules to their advantage, and that was truly evident at the conclusion – as Carlisle went for the pin, Simone threw her foot over the bottom rope, but the referee didn’t see it and counted the three, earning Kacee the title. After the decision, Simone attacked the new champion and left her laying. There may be a rematch in the future, but before that, Carlisle has to defend the belt in New Jersey at an NWA Coastal show on November 17 against La Rosa Negra.
Click the jump to see some video footage of a confrontation between Carlisle and Simone before the match, as well as highlights from the contest and the post-match antics. (more…)
Looks like petitioning on social media can work after all.
Reigning three-time NWA World Women’s Champion Tasha Simone and former titleholder Tiffany Roxx were scheduled to compete in a title match at an NWA: Main Event charity show tomorrow night, though a spanner was thrown into the works on Tuesday when the match was inexplicably pulled from the card. Naturally vexed, Simone made a post on her Facebook asking for her fans to campaign for it to be reinstated to the lineup:
ATTENTION ALL WRESTLING FANS AND WRESTLERS: I NEED YOUR HELP PLEASE!!! It is not often that I ask for help, but I need wrestling fans and wrestlers alike to band together for this, whether you love me or hate me. I was scheduled to defend my NWA Women’s World Title against Tiffany Roxx this Friday for the Wounded Warriors Project at NWA Arena located at 1056 E. Trinity Lane at Gallatin Rd. Due to cirmcumstances that Tiffany, nor myself are involved in, I have been informed the ladies match has been removed from the card. This is card is important to me not just as a wrestler, but as the grand daughter/ niece of highly decorated veterans who served our country unselfishly and with great pride and sacrifice. I proudly represent the NWA as the World Champion and can’t think of a better place to defend my title. I ask of all of you to make one simple post on Mike Porters fb page and the NWA: Main Event page if you want to see a ladies match…. simply post “LET THE GIRLS FIGHT!” Thank you in advance.
Love, Peace and Pain,
Tasha Simone, NWA Women’s World Champion
The NWA World Women’s Championship is now being held by Tiffany Roxx, and former champ Tasha Simone must have mixed feelings about it. Obviously, the two-time champion must be disappointed that she is no longer the titleholder, losing it a day shy of her one year anniversary, but on the plus side, it means that she won’t have to carry around the equivalent of a car door mounted onto leather. I mean, look at the size of that thing – it would probably bury Big Show, let alone any female wrestler.
Roxx won the belt at Saturday’s NWA Top Rope show in Lebanon, TN, after coming as a replacement for the injured Malia Hosaka, who was meant to be challenging Simone for the belt. Tasha, who had been using underhanded tactics to hold onto the title, was told that the match would be a no-DQ affair with promoter Mike Sircy acting as the special referee. Of course, with this being a no-DQ affair, you would expect run-ins, and that’s exactly what happened… (more…)
Thursday, July 19, 2001 was a pretty humdrum day in world history. As a frame of reference, the most newsworthy thing was the Code Red virus taking hold of a massive number of computers after being released online 6 days previously.
In the world of wrestling, Steve Austin was on SmackDown, showing “the old Stone Cold” was back when he stunnered everyone in the ring ahead of the WWF Invasion pay-per-view, which was to take place in three days. It would intrigue wrestling fans who wondered what would happen if the WWF and WCW ever clashed on one show. As it turned out, it would be a decent – and high grossing – show which was followed by months of killing the WCW image to the point that it was worthless by November.
However, also on this very day ten years ago at Jefferson County Fairgrounds in Hillsboro, MO, a young lady by the name of Christine was handed her first ever defeat in a mid-card contest at the hands of a debuting wrestler to Gateway Championship Wrestling. That wrestler was MsChif.
Rachel Collins had been asked by her colleague at her human genetics job – the role she had before going into microbiology – what she would love to do more than anything. Concluding that it would be to learn to wrestle, she decided to train at at GCW under the tutelage of Johnny Greenpeace (who was the tough trainer) and Jack Adonis (who was the comic relief), with the black-metal-banshee character naturally evolving while she was learning her craft. Even though she never believed that she would wrestle outside of St Louis, MsChif would go on to win a shedload of top championships including the SHIMMER title, the NWA World Women’s Title and the NWA Midwest/IWA Mid-South Women’s Title – which she held all at one time during 2008 and 2009 – as well as winning ChickFight IV and being ranked 4th in the PWI Female Fifty for 2009.
When asked for comment, MsChif told Ringbelles: “It’s crazy to think I’ve been wrestling for 10 years now. It doesn’t feel like it’s been so long. Wrestling has brought on some very amazing times, places and people. I couldn’t imagine life without wrestling.” (more…)