The first live show of the WWE Network takes place on Thursday with the first live broadcast of NXT. Dubbed ArRIVAL, it features three matches – one of which sees Paige defend the NXT Women’s Championship against number one contender Emma, in a match which has been a long time coming.
The cheerful Australian earned her crack at the title back in August and then had to defend her right to challenge for the belt by beating Natalya at the start of this year. While carrying on her #EMMAlution in Florida, she also graduated to the main WWE roster by originally appearing in the crowd – antagonising fellow NXT alumni Summer Rae in the process – before taking part in dance-offs and making her in-ring TV debut last night on Raw, defeating Summer with the Emma Lock. While fans who haven’t seen her NXT character evolve are getting used to the newcomer with the awkward dance moves, it seems as if things are going in the right direction.
It could be argued that the NXT Women’s Champion has been ready to make a similar jump for a while. As the sole titleholder – winning the title tournament last June, but the show being broadcast the following month – she has turned back the challenges of Summer Rae and Natalya, though hasn’t wrestled on a show since the end of November. Injury was cited as the reason, though the Wrestling Observer said the layoff was for personal reasons. Thursday’s match will be her first match in more than three months, and in that time, her opponent – and the woman she beat in the tournament final to win the belt in the first place – has caught up with her success. (more…)
Both Shanna and Alpha Female made their first appearances in a TNA ring during the recent UK tour, though they handled the publicity for it in different ways.
Portugal’s Perfect Athlete got the word out early that she would be booked on the February 1 show in London, England, as well as the following date in Birmingham. She wrestled singles matches for the Xplosion tapings – the first against Alpha and the next saw her take on Gail Kim. I was at the Birmingham taping, and while I won’t spoil the result, Shanna looked perfectly comfortable in that ring in what was a big opportunity for her to impress. She wasn’t just cannon fodder for the full-time Knockout either – she got in her fair share and even got to nail the Perfect Press.
Since announcing that she would be wrestling for TNA, Shanna has encouraged her fans to get the attention of the company to demonstrate her fanbase and how much she wants to be part of the promotion. She has retweeted many of the messages sent to TNA, and is showing her enthusiasm and overwhelming desire to sign a contract, while also increasing her brand and marketability. No doubt, she has a lot of people backing her, which is very encouraging. (more…)
Pro Wrestling: EVE Champion Jenny Sjodin is celebrating for two reasons: breaking her duck against rival Aurora Flame and taking the Nordic Women’s Wrestling Alliance Championship in the process. The “Female Fight Machine” came out on top in the title v title affair at SWS Pro Wrestling in Malmo, Sweden tonight. Sjodin had been 0-2 against Flame, after being defeated in the NWWA Championship tournament final in May, then lost again in the rematch days later. However, Sjodin’s cross-armbreaker submission hold proved to be too much for the Nokia, Finland native, who tapped out and surrendered her title to the victor.
Our first knowledge of the result came via Sjodin’s Twitter account. Judging from her reaction following the event, we’d say that the Swede was pretty happy with the victory:
Yes, yes, yes, I now hold two of the most prestigous wrestling titles in Europe. Best Night Ever :D (more…)
Pro Wrestling: EVE has announced the first title defence for new champion Jenny Sjodin, and it’s a big one. A really big one.
The Female Fight Machine will meet an EVE outsider, but someone she knows well – Nordic Women’s Wrestling Alliance Champion Aurora Flame. Two two will wrestle on August 13 at Tangopalatset in Malmo, Sweden for SWS Pro Wrestling .
The NWWA is not a promotion as such. Instead, it is a collective agreement with a number of promotions to stage NWWA sanctioned matches on their shows – much like how the WILD Championship works.
As with the title match at XWA Wrestling in Morecambe, UK last month where Sjodin beat Britani Knight to win the title, this match will be recorded and added to a forthcoming Pro Wrestling: EVE DVD.
Flame won the championship after beating Sjodin in the tournament final back in May, and succesfully defended it days later, though both victories were under questionable circumstances.
After the jump, you can watch the tournament final, as well find out more about Aurora Flame: (more…)