Posts tagged “ROH

Ringbelles Roundup (4 June 2013) – Beauty in wrestling, the latest on Taeler & Heidi, plus more

Miss AdivaAn aspiring wrestler was on MTV in the US last weekend.

Dana Adiva – who models and has wrestled a couple of shows for Bombshell Ladies Of Wrestling as well s some smaller promotions in the Midwest – was one of two subjects featured on an episode of True Life entitled “I’m Too Beautiful”. In it, her sister complained about how attractive her sibling was and how it was affecting their relationship. Adiva also talked about how she had to drop out of school because she was bullied about her looks, finds it hard to get a boyfriend (though her Facebook says she is currently attached) and boasts that “I get anything I want and I get treated like a princess… I don’t have to be smart, because I have my looks.”

However, she also complains that “At the same time it sucks being pretty, it would nice being taken seriously once in a while,” though also discusses the possibility of getting a breast enhancement, claiming “I feel I will be more beautiful with bigger boobs. Instead of a 10 I’ll be a 200.”

MTV followed Adiva around for eight months filming this and she was one of two stories which were compressed into an hour long show, which means about 40 minutes of programme when you take out the commercials. The producers could have weaved any story they liked out of it – however, she said these things, regardless of whether she was coerced or cajoled into doing it. (more…)

WOW Podcast #54 with Maria Kanellis


Episode 54 with Maria Kanellis

Coming off a super busy WrestleMania weekend, we’re very pleased to welcome the wonderful Maria Kanellis to the Podcast for a chat. She shares her thoughts on the weekend and meeting up with friends both old and new. We talk about Sara Del Rey training the next generation of WWE Divas and hear all about her relationship with fiancé Mike Bennett (including wedding details and their engagement story). Back on the wrestling, we talk about her work in Crossfire Entertainment and her thoughts on working with Jessicka Havok, Reby Sky & Allysin Kay. We discuss how she got her start in wrestling via the Diva Search, and follow that story right through OVW with Paul Heyman and developing the ditzy character that eventually became her trademark in WWE. We talk Fit Finlay‘s influence on the Divas Division, some of her favourite WWE memories, including where her Slammy Award is now. We also talk whether music is still something she wants to do, just how she got her shot on Celebrity Apprentice, and more future projects – and of course we talk about a potential return to WWE, clarify some recent rumours regarding her future with ROH and discuss reported issues in the past with Kelly Kelly and the Bella Twins. An absolute pleasure to chat to Maria. Get downloading.

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WOW Podcast #53 with Athena


Episode 53 with ‘The Wrestling Goddess’ Athena

Here’s one we’ve been meaning to do for some time – and we’ve finally got our schedules aligned in time to bring it to you just before SHIMMER Vol 53 on iPPV next weekend, where our guest Athena will be in one of the featured matches against Ayako Hamada. In this wide ranging interview, we talk about how the various parts of her act came together – including how she started, was ripped off, clotheslined, yet still came back for more; we find out where the name came from, how the spectacular O-Face came to be, and the origin of “Hussy”. We talk run-ins with various former (and future) WWE wrestlers, early awesomeness with Booker T & Sharmell, thoughts on ACW, Rachel Summerlyn, Death Matches and Intergender wrestling (Brock Lesnar vs Kim Kardashian anybody?). We talk SHIMMER, Femmes Fatales, WSU – and then out of nowhere break open the Wrestling Bucket List~!, where Athena runs through the people she wants to wrestle before she retires. Some serious, some personal, some… a little out there! We finish up talking about making it to the big time, and the craziness that has been the TNA Gut Check voting. A bit of an epic podcast, this… but this girl can talk!

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WOW Podcast #35 with Veda Scott & Cherry Bomb

Episode 35 with Veda Scott & Cherry Bomb

It’s the return of the two-guest special as we welcome two of the competitors in the upcoming 2CW Girls Grand Prix, Veda Scott & Cherry Bomb. Still in her rookie year, Veda talks her short but impressive time in wrestling so far, and how she juggles wrestling with being a law student. We also talk about her training at the ROH/SHIMMER School, her outings at AIW, Beyond Wrestling & SHIMMER, her T-shirt on and her new gig as ROH’s new locker room correspondent. Then we welcome Ontario’s Cherry Bomb (on the back of a successful campaign, no less) to talk how she got involved in pro-wrestling, coming back from a nasty injury, her WWE dream and tryout, nearly committing homicide on Veda at AIW, touring Japan, playing an evil version of herself in forthcoming movie “Beat Down”, and dressing up Hulk Hogan in a Godzilla hoodie. No, really.

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Ringbelles Roundup (24 January 2012)

Beth Phoenix and Natalya sat down with WWE Magazine for an interview which has been published in the February 2012 issue (though this must have been conducted a while back, as Phoenix has been off TV for more than a month and the Pin-Up Strong gimmick has been limping for a long time now), with one of the questions asked being which male-dominated stipulation match they would like to see introduced to the Divas Division. Both went for the ladder match.

“I want to compete in the first-ever Diva Ladder Match. Beth and I think it would be amazing, and I believe we could really pull it off,” Natalya says.

Beth adds, “I have been campaigning for WWE to let me compete in one and have even volunteered to put my Divas Championship on the line in it against absolutely anybody. I have the experience and truly believe the bar could be raised with that bout. There is no doubt in my mind that it would be the most spectacular Divas match of all-time.”

No doubt, a Divas ladder match would be pretty unique, but there is no way that this match should happen now, or even in the near future. A ladder match would have to be the culmination of a strong feud between two Divas who can go, with a number of matches having took place with inconclusive winners and the odd ladder attack, leading to the Divas title belt being hung above the ring. The problem that WWE has at the moment is that the Divas roster as a whole is probably at its most neglected in the last decade, and the number of quality female workers in the promotion who could successfully pull it off is tragically slim.

Beth would have to be one of them. Though it’s not saying much, she’s probably the most over and best all-rounder of all the women, though when it comes to her opponent, it’s slim pickings, for sure. (more…)

Pocket Volcano: Alternatives to Ring of Honor (Part 1)

On September 24th, 2011, Ring of Honor returned to television on Sinclair Broadcast network. Former owner Cary Silkin has stayed on with them as an executive and although Sinclair doesn’t have a channel in many cities, the company sees this as a positive step forward. For those who are unable to see it on television, you can view each week’s episode for free on their website.

However, on September 27th, Sara Del Rey noted on her Twitter:

I just noticed I’m not a part of the ROH roster anymore…boo

In fact, if you take a look at the website, not only is Del Rey not listed as part of the roster, but neither are fellow Women of Honor Daizee Haze or MsChif. The only woman who is listed is Mia Yim, as part of Prince Nana’s Embassy stable. Given that this is considered a new start of sorts for the company with their debut on SBG, perhaps it isn’t that surprising that ROH is choosing to focus on their male talent and grow their audience from there. However, other fans have taken note of this. Over at, Dave Wood wrote a piece explaining why he believes a female division in ROH would be a benefit, and gives details on how to re-create one, which you can read here and here.

One consistent criticism was the lack of time given to their matches. Another was that there were no storylines, except for sporadic times (such as last year when Daizee and Del Rey were clamouring for competition). You would have a match every now and again on the HDNet show or on the iPPV with no background attached. It’s hard to be invested in a division that isn’t really given any real focus.

Other companies have taken the ball ROH dropped and ran with it. Two promotions come instantly to mind that have incorporated women into not only a division of their own but have integrated them with the male roster, producing memorable feuds and showing that when booked right, women can have great, credible matches with men. (more…)

Ringbelles Report: ROH iPPV – Del Rey wins, new additions teased

Last night’s Ring of Honor 9th Anniversary iPPV featured a Women of Honor match between the “Queen of Wrestling” Sara Del Rey and “Your Soul’s Tormentor” MsChif, which came about with the re-emergence of MsChif into ROH back in December. Her first match back after separating her shoulder was a win over Daizee Haze – however, she refused to shake Haze’s hand, offering a face full of green mist in response. She claimed that if Daizee and Sara wanted competition, she would give it to them. Del Rey was next in her sights. (more…)

Ringbelles Roundup (22 February 2011)

The Big News

Lots of Tough Enough stuff, so let’s go chronologically…


Former Monday Night Raw guest host and current Miss USA Rima Fakih has been announced as the first participant in the reboot of Tough Enough, starting on April 4, the night after WrestleMania XXVII.

The 25 year old’s only appearance on any wrestling show was on November 29, 2010 when she crowned Sheamus as King of the Ring.

That WWE announced Miss USA as the show’s first participant is a decent media coup for the promotion, as it’s got crossover appeal. However, when you consider that WWE put out press releases asking for independent female wrestlers to apply for the show – Mercedes Martinez, Roxie Cotton, Anne Social, Brittney Savage and Sara Del Rey all had a crack – and none of them made the cut while an untrained model did is a little galling to a female wrestler who drives hundreds of miles to wrestle in a dirty ring in front of 40 people for little money. (more…)

Women of Honor added to ROH 9th Anniversary show

Longtime Ring of Honor wrestlers Sara Del Rey and MsChif have been added to the 9th Anniversary card on February 26 in Chicago.

According to the bumf from ROH, this all stems back to MsChif refusing to shake the hand of Daizee Haze during their tapings in Louisville, KY. (more…)

The Pocket Volcano Erupts – Rally Round The Flag

I’ve been accused of many things in my life. Some of them are true, some of them not so much. Most recently, I was told that I “wave the indie flag” and look down my nose at people who watch the WWE and TNA wrestling. At the time, I scoffed and waved it off. Stuff and nonsense. However, as of late, I’ve been re-examining that accusation to see if there was any merit to it.

Turns out, he was quite correct on the first but not at all on the second. I do tend to champion and personally prefer the independent wrestling scene over what I see on WWE and TNA television. There’s a few reasons for this, which I’ll get to shortly. The second, that I somehow look down on those who choose to watch WWE and TNA, is absolute rubbish. The first and foremost reason this is rubbish is, quite simply, because I continue to watch both as well. Do I look down on myself? Of course not. There are still aspects of both companies I enjoy – but I do not allow myself to be complacent with what I’m presented with on television. Not when I know there are companies out there that deserve my respect and support, companies that have neither the money nor the wide-reaching influence that the WWE (and to a much lesser extent, TNA) has.

Lets face it, World Wrestling Entertainment will never go out of business. It keeps reinventing itself, and as long as fans continue to bring their children and pass along the interest in wrestling, the WWE will always have an audience. It may ebb and flow over the years, but I can safely assume that it will never go out of business. TNA leads a more precarious existence, so it may go under at some point. My central point is that the WWE doesn’t need one fan’s support when it has millions of fans that will continue to support it and “wave the WWE flag.” Make no mistake, however – there are still highly talented and charismatic wrestlers in both companies that I continue to watch and support.


WOW Podcast #10 with Mercedes Martinez

Episode 10 with Mercedes Martinez
The Women of Wrestling podcast returns with the WSU World Womens Champion, “The Latina Sensation” Mercedes Martinez. We preview the upcoming “Icon vs Icon” match at WSU’s Uncensored Rumble III in Union City, NJ on June 26th, and take the opportunity to discuss the career of one of the finest wrestlers in the world today, regardless of gender. Martinez has worked pretty much everywhere of note, so we take a spin around most of those stops, to discuss things like working a SEVENTY minute match against Angel Orsini, putting SHIMMER on the map with Sara Del Rey, interest from WWE, violence in IWA-MS and ChickFight, being knocked literally unconscious in the ring at ROH, constantly dislocating shoulders, taking wrestling’s next step with EVOLVE… and yes, even Wrestlicious.
Mercedes Martinez on MySpace (yes, really…!)

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