Getting injured seems to have had ultra-positive effects on Athena.
It’s not like the Wrestling Goddess was doing badly for herself when she went down with damage to her shoulder last August. She was a day away from challenging for the Women Superstars Uncensored Championship and was a mainstay in SHIMMER, as well as getting into Absolute Intense Wrestling. Things were going well for her – and while getting hurt could have been a huge setback that sent her skidding off the tracks, she has used the time away to her advantage.
Employing a look inspired by Game of Thrones, the 25-year old revamped her image with new gear, altered her character and has worked on her promos, employing the catchphrase of making “art out of war” and doing away with calling her opponents “hussies”. In addition, while the time off to let her shoulder heal may have been a frustrating wait, it has also allowed her body to recover from the constant grind of being on the road and wrestling on a regular basis. It’s likely that when she returned to action at the start of this year, she had no niggling aches and pains, which seems to have given her a new lease of life.
That renewed vigour was evident at WSU’s Mutiny show where she and LuFisto put together an early contender for Match of the Year which saw the Texan defeated – but gaining a lot of new plaudits along the way. That buzz followed her to AIW’s Girls Night Out tapings last weekend where she was such an integral part of the double show that promoter John Thorne skipped out of his own show to go and pick her up from the airport in Cleveland, OH after her flight was affected by inclement weather. The show experienced a long intermission to allow Athena to get to the building and wrestle Mia Yim in their scheduled match – which against received a wealth of thumbs-up reviews. (more…)
We go Down Under for our next My Name Is interview, though she’s curiously named after an American city. Don’t worry – Miami discusses the origins of her name in this 20 minute chat.
We cover her training with Riot City Wrestling and her friendship/rivalry with Savannah Summers, whether her dance background was a help or hindrance with learning to wrestle, generating a crowd reaction, developing a character, the RCW Women’s Championship tournament and her alignment with Hard Way Inc. We also talk about international aspirations, and whether fellow Aussie Emma‘s graduation from NXT to WWE is something she would be interested in emulating.
Ohio Valley Wrestling’s women’s division has had an interesting year.
The first four months of 2013 saw a litany of title changes, with Jessie Belle, Heidi Lovelace, Taryn Terrell and Epiphany claiming the championship at some point, before it landed in the hands of a returning Trina Thompson, who gravitated towards a feud with Lei’D Tapa before her 5 month reign came to a sudden end due to a knee injury a week before they were to square off at September’s Saturday Night Special.
Over this time, Lovelance and Taeler Hendrix were drawing more eyes to the division by their beautifully played out same-sex unrequited manipulative romance with Lovelace having eyes for the conniving redhead and being bent to do Hendrix’s bidding in order to show how much she cared – including fighting friend Trina, who was doing her best to make her see sense. The storyline got a bit skewed near the end as it was cut short fairly quickly, but Lovelace ended up seeing how she was being played and got her revenge against her former crush. It was a great showing by both parties and really helped to show off their versatilities as characters.
The success of this storyline meant there was a huge amount of interest in who the vacant Women’s Championship was going to end up on, and was decided in a 4-way Ladder Match with Tapa, Hendrix & Hannah and Holly Blossom all looking to climb the rungs to victory. As it turned out, the underlying friction that the twins were experiencing at the time came to a head as Hannah knocked her sister off the ladder to snare the title – though quickly lost it to Tapa while repairing the bond with her sibling.
Unfortunately, since that high, things have fallen apart. (more…)
Have you listened to the latest Women Of Wrestling Podcast with Taeler Hendrix yet? Without hyperbole, it is one of our favourite shows in a long time. Interesting, insightful and revealing, the former TNA Knockout talks about how she had no idea what the result of her Gut Check would be or that Joey Ryan was going to gatecrash the segment, was told very little about what her future in the promotion would be or that they were planning to release her.
She also reveals that she wasn’t fully open with them either, as the reason why she put on the weight in-between appearances was to keep herself healthy to fight off the possibility of cancer, and because she was suffering pain when she wrestled as she had no padding on her body when she was bumping. That weight issue is something that I discussed with recovering anorexic and former gymnast Sarah Robertson, and she practically said the same thing.
Taeler also discussed her time in Ohio Valley Wrestling, how she was disappointed with her start in the promotion despite winning the Women’s Championship, and how an instinctive “wrong” move saw her fortunes turn around. She also revealed her intentions to release a book, form a tag team with distant relative Cherry Bomb – all is revealed in the interview – and wrestle in as many places as possible. Instead of moping, shaking her fist at the world or complaining that she’s the victim of a conspiracy theory, she dusted herself off, made a plan and is executing it. (more…)
SHINE 14 Live Results: International showcase featuring Rain vs Hiroyo Matsumoto; SHIMMER Tag Title defence; Havok vs Knight II
Fight Season enters its closing stretch this weekend with events from SHINE and NCW:Femmes Fatales bringing down the curtain on this intense month of cards. SHINE this month features a heavy international focus this month, as SHINE 14 features wrestlers from Japan, Europe and Australia all making their last stops in the US before heading back to their respective regions. Hiroyo Matsumoto will be challenging Rain for her SHINE Championship in one of the champion’s final bouts before retirement, while Allysin Kay gets another crack at the SHIMMER Tag Team Titles (she was unsuccessful last weekend along with her Made In Sin partner Taylor Made), as she teams with Valkyrie teammate Ivelisse to challenge Kellie Skater & Tomoka Nakagawa, aka 3G (Global Green Gangsters). Also on the show, highlights are likely to include Jessicka Havok & Saraya Knight continuing (or possibly concluding) their rivalry with a Last Woman Standing match, while Amazing Kong will go one-on-one with Madison Eagles. There is plenty more in prospect too, so we suggest you order the show on iPPV via WWN – but if you can’t do that for some reason, we’ve got live results as they come in from Ybor City right after the cut. (more…)
Open Female Fight Season is treating Australia’s Savannah Summers well. After making her US debut last Sunday at Absolute Intense Wrestling‘s Girls Night Out tapings – which saw her pick up a win in her debut match against Sassy Stephie – she has picked up some new fans, and is likely to accrue a few more as she is scheduled to wrestle for the SHIMMER pre-show SPARKLE in a week and a half, followed by a trip to Florida for SHINE 14 where she will face Shanna and Mia Yim in a 3-way.
Close to a year ago, we posted a piece about Summers where she mentioned how she was looking to wrestle in the US, and she had made that aspiration a reality, which has to be congratulated.
As part of today’s Retro, we go back to Estonian Hall in Adelaide on November 1, 2008 – around a year after her debut – where she took on Miami in Riot City Wrestling. The pair would clash again in May 2012 to crown the first RCW Women’s Champion, with Summers winning the title.
You can learn more about The First Lady of RCW by listening to NHB Girls‘ recent interview with her and by clicking here to see ten must-know facts. While you’re doing that, click the jump to see Savannah’s early days. (more…)
SHINE Wrestling‘s internationally-spiced cards have grown to be a big attraction, and SHINE 14 will be one of those occasions. Brought about because of the global talent flying into the US for the SHIMMER tapings on October 19-20, the next show at Ybor City, FL on October 25 will see the debut of joshi talent, an ongoing feud settled and a SHIMMER Tag Team Title defence, should the champions make it through four DVD tapings the week before.
Headlining the event is Rain defending the SHINE Championship against Hiroyo Matsumoto, while fellow joshi Tomoka Nakagawa is set to defend the SHIMMER Tag straps alongside her 3G partner Kellie Skater against Rain’s Valkyrie stablemates Allysin Kay and Ivelisse Velez, who defeated Amazing Kong and Jessicka Havok last Friday as part of the excellent SHINE 13 card. (more…)
Female Fight Season is creeping up on us and as more talent is announced for the shows, one thing that jumps out is the number of wrestlers who are making this first trips abroad to face new people, venture into new locker rooms and expand their horizons.
Let’s start with the women who are travelling to the United States. As we have mentioned on this website in the past, Nikki Storm is making the trip from Scotland to take bookings for SHINE, Women Superstars Uncensored and Absolute Intense Wrestling in the month of October, and was announced for SHIMMER this evening too. She is certainly making the most of her time in the US by working for as many of the major women’s groups as possible. Networking her way around the country will also help to attain new contacts, connect with new audiences and shift a lot of merchandise. Joining her as another fresh face in the US will be Australia’s Savannah Summers, who will also be part of AIW’s Girls Night Out tapings on October 6. Her announcement was somewhat out of the blue, as this is the first time that the six year pro will venture outside of her native country and ply her trade elsewhere. Considering her experience and character – her heel work is pretty great and she’s also likeable as a babyface – she should create a good impression with the crowd in Cleveland, OH. (more…)
For the last year, there have been two Pro Women’s Wrestling Alliance Champions – Madison Eagles held onto the championship during her convalescence for her knee injury, but in the meantime, Evie claimed the Interim Championship by beating Megan-Kate, Kellie Skater and Jessie McKay. Since Eagles’ return in January, both wrestlers have closed in on each other, and today sees them collide to determine who is the true PWWA Champion. The question is: has Eagles – through no fault of her own – given the upstart New Zealander too much time to settle into her role as Champion to the point where she is too tough to beat, or can she reclaim her spot as the sole top dog in PWWA?
Elsewhere on the card, there are a slew of debuting women like Olivia Shaw, Demi Bennett, Izzy, Shadow Shinobi and Ashley Sparks as well as the first ever PWWA Champion Skater facing the increasingly impressive Kellyanne English.
NHB Girls is at the show in Parramatta in the Sydney area and will have exclusive interviews coming up too. Click after the jump to catch the results, and find out who is going to be the Undisputed PWWA Champion… (more…)
Melbourne City Wrestling presents its first DVD dedicated to the women in its promotion, featuring personality profiles and matches from the last two years of MCW.
1. Kellie Skater made Shazza McKenzie tap out to a stranglehold neckscissors
2. Shazza McKenzie pinned Tenille Tayla with a small package.
3. Eliza Sway defeated Shazza McKenzie and Savannah Summers in a 3-way. Sway pinned Summers after McKenzie had delivered the Shaztastic Stunner.
4. KC Cassidy beat Kellie Skater with an elevated DDT. (more…)
It’s a bit weird in Australia. While most of you who are reading this are shivering as winter (the season, not the wrestler) wraps its icy grim around our throats, the Aussies are enjoying sweltering temperatures and have the air conditioning working overtime. Other weird things that happen is that beloved babyfaces show their sour side, and that’s exactly what happens in the match we bring you this weekend.
Jessie McKay – the happy, smiling, righteous woman who is adored in SHIMMER – competes in this match for Zero 1 Australia (which took place in Adelaide last month and filmed by a fan on his phone) as the antagonist, self-obsessed heel, while her opponent Savannah Summers (pictured) takes the role of popular babyface. As weird as it may be to see McKay heeling it up, she is great at it, and Summers is equally great as the fiery fan favourite.
A quick note on Savannah Summers – while she may not have experienced the overseas exposure as other Aussies, she is certainly a talent to keep an eye on. Earlier this year (during our summer but their winter… confusing, eh) she became the first Riot City Wrestling Women’s Champion, only recently losing the belt to Eliza Sway, and also competed on PWWA‘s most recent card in October. On her Facebook, she was asked about whether she is planning a trip to the US, and she confirmed that she was – which is certainly an interesting prospect. We look forward to what she has planned for next year, as she has all the tools to be a success. (more…)
It has been more than a year since the last Pro Women’s Wrestling Alliance show where Madison Eagles successfully defended the SHIMMER Championship against Jessie McKay and Nicole Matthews in the first SHIMMER title match to take place outside of North America.
Since then, Eagles has experienced a long period on the shelf due to a serious knee injury but retains the PWWA Championship by her side – meanwhile, a PWWA Interim Champion has been crowned in Evie, who won the title during the most successful week in her career in August. She makes her first title defence today against Kellie Skater, who has been beaten twice by the champion, but told us on our most recent Women Of Wrestling Podcast that she’s looking to prove she can beat the kick-happy New Zealander.
Elsewhere, Evie’s (former) BFF Megan-Kate takes on Shazza McKenzie, Jessie McKay faces Britenay, and England’s Amazon Ayesha Ray makes her Australian debut.
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!
Australia’s Riot City Wrestling‘s first Women’s Champion is also the promotion’s “First Lady”. Savannah Summers defeated Miami in the final of an eight woman tournament which began in late January to win the title. She went through Nikita Naridian and KC Cassidy to make it to the finals, while her opponent defeated Vixsin and Harley Wonderland to compete for the championship. Summers got the victory after hitting her Pure Arrogance finisher (Codebreaker) for a second time to gain the pinfall, with both wrestlers kicking out of their opponent’s first attempts to use their finisher to win – Savannah escaped being defeated by Miami’s Party Starter spinebuster to save herself.
In recognition of the success of the tournament and to show that the title was worth fighting for, Summers v Miami was positioned as the main event of the card earlier today in North Adelaide. RCW could have played it safe, had it as a semi-main event contest and put on a men’s match at the top, but they didn’t – and that is something that it should be credited for. It was the money match of the show – as evidenced by the great video package which the promotion put together and released earlier this week – and deserved to go on last. By the sounds of things, the match also held up its part of the bargain. (more…)
Despite only taking place a month ago, the Pro Wrestling Women’s Alliance event which took place on September 3 was available for purchase at the recent SHIMMER: Women Athletes tapings in Berwyn, IL last weekend. Obviously, we had to pick up a copy to see the event, which was headlined by the first SHIMMER title defence outside of the United States, with then-Champion (still feels weird to think of her in that way) Madison Eagles defending against longtime rival/partner Jessie McKay, and former SHIMMER Tag Team Champion Nicole Matthews, who was making her first trip Down Under.
Eagles had been away from the promotion and its parent company the PWA for around six months to live in the US, making it onto the CHIKARA roster, but had to withdraw and return to Australia for treatment for an injured shoulder which she suffered in a car accident back in April. She had wrestled sporadically in North America since then – once in CHIKARA and another time at nCw Femmes Fatales VI in Canada in June where she defeated our latest Women Of Wrestling Podcast guest Courtney Rush. Upon her return to Australia, Eagles (who also holds the PWWA Championship) turned heel, attacking a newly-turned babyface McKay, who was trying to win the PWWA title which KC Cassidy had claimed as her own in Eagles’ absence. As it turned out, the belt was reclaimed by Eagles and she and Cassidy let things slide, even teaming together for Madison’s return match in her home country on August 8 against McKay and Shazza McKenzie.
The SHIMMER title match at PWWA was a big talking point ahead of time. Would Eagles be dropping the belt due to injury, and if so, to whom? How hurt was she? Would she be able to go at full-speed during the match considering she had only wrestled as few as three matches since the injury occurred four months previously? With that level of intrigue, it became a real possibility that the SHIMMER Championship would change hands in Liverpool, New South Wales. Obviously, we know she retained the title, but what participation did she have in the match? Let’s find out… (more…)
The first defence of the SHIMMER Championship outside of the US has seen titleholder Madison Eagles retain the belt over her two challengers, Nicole Matthews and Jessie McKay (who spoke to us about the match on the most recent Women Of Wrestling Podcast).
There had been a lot of intrigue surrounding the match, including whether Eagles’ recent injury issues would be a factor in this contest, and whether this was an occasion for there to be a new champion while Madison rehabbed her damaged shoulder. As it turns out, Eagles recovery is not as bad as originally feared, and she will roll into SHIMMER’s DVD tapings in Berwyn, IL on October 1 and 2 as the champion.
Last night, parent company the Pro Wrestling Alliance held its own card in Liverpool, with a taster of the PWWA show the following evening. Matthews defeated Shazza McKenzie in the semi-main, while in an eight woman tag, McKay, Evie, Megan Kate & Kellyanne English defeated Eagles, Kellie Skater, JPE & Britenay.
The PWWA Last Woman Standing tournament took place on July 3, 2010 in Liverpool, Australia and while there are a few women on this DVD whom will be unfamiliar with, there are a few who you will definitely recognize from SHIMMER.
The first match of this very solid tournament belongs to then PWWA Champion Madison Eagles and Shazza Mckenzie. The match started off with some great mat wrestling. You would think Madison Eagles would easily have the advantage due to her finely tuned wrestling & mixed martial arts background, but Shazza did a great job keeping up with the veteran. Madison seemed to be gaining all the momentum and looked like she was on her way to a somewhat easy exit on to the second round, but that was altered when Shazza countered one of her signature moves into a neck breaker. By this point the tables are completely turned and Madison actually looked like she could be taking a very unexpected early exit. She mounted a comeback, eventually getting Shazza up for the “BRAIN BUSTA!” but it’s countered. Shazza then attempted to deliver a move of her own to Madison, but is hit with “Hell Bound” for the three.
Next up we have the Lady Gaga-lite Harley Wonderland sashaying out to the hit song “Paparazzi” for her match against Savannah Summers. The match started off with Harley bullying Savannah and pushing her to the mat twice during both attempts to lock up. The tide quickly turns when Savannah gives Harley a piece of her own medicine with a couple of nice shoulder blocks. Savannah started to pump up the crowd, but her momentum was temporarily stopped when Harley knocked her down with a drop kick. Savannah eventually found her streak, but got herself in trouble yet again, though as the old saying goes “If at first you don’t succeed, dust yourself off and try again” and it works for Savannah as she picks up the win with a roll up. (more…)