If the original Triple Tails members of Kana, Mio & Io Shirai were to hold a party and bring along their biggest accomplishment, Io would be last to arrive, but would be sporting the shiniest trinket. That’s because the 22-year old claimed the World Of Stardom Championship from Alpha Female at the promotion’s Ryogoku Cinderella show at Sumo Hall in Tokyo, Japan in front of a reported crowd of 5,500 paid fans (though some reports say that may have been inflated). Using a rolling cradle, Shirai put down the massive German for the pin, claiming her first singles championship, and a prestigious one at that.
While Kana held the SMASH Divas Championship on two occasions, the belt is now defunct and she never managed a successful defence in either reign, and Mio Shirai’s run with Ice Ribbon’s ICEx60 belt was more successful than Kana’s SMASH stints, it isn’t as prominent a championship as her sister’s current hardware – which is a big sign that the nightmare of last year is well behind her… (more…)
The Sexiest Female in Ontario – as voted by the readers of Ontario Wrestling’s Indie Elite – graces Ringbelles with her presence for the latest episode of My Name Is… – an introduction to wrestlers starting to make waves in the industry. “The Sass Queen” Seleziya Sparx debuted almost two years ago, and has already had her fair share of successes and disappointments along the way.
In our interview with the 20-year old from Toronto discusses whether she was a tomboy growing up – here’s a hint, take a look at the photo to your right for the answer to that one – her training, her first match and also how she had to overcome personal anxieties to do it. On the flip side, Seleziya has had more than her share of knocks, having suffered one serious injury, and a question mark hanging over another.
Sparx also talks about her end goals, what she has planned for the year, and which stars she would like to step into the ring with to gain more knowledge. This is a woman who has ambitions – get on board at the start to experience her ascent, and find out why “it ain’t easy being sleazy”.
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NCW Femmes Fatales were big winners at the annual Quebec Wrestling Awards for 2011, which were announced yesterday on lutte.com. The French language website celebrates the history of Montreal wrestling as well as recognise the best in current day Quebec grappling – and these awards are now in their eleventh year. Femmes Fatales, which returns to action on March 10th, picked up a number of plaudits. LuFisto‘s feud with current NCW International Champion Kalamity won Feud of the Year in the province, while Femmes Fatales VII: World Summit (from October) won show of the year. Femmes Fatales VII was the show which saw Kalamity beat LuFisto for the title, and feature more international visitors than ever before, such as the debuting Yumi Ohka (who had a highly regarded match with Cheerleader Melissa), Tomoka Nakagawa, Kellie Skater and the return to the ring of Tiana Ringer. For having both feud and show of the year, as well as enhancing the international reputation of his promotion, Femmes Fatales booker Stéphane Bruyère was awarded the Best Booker award.
In other categories, Femmes Fatales placed strongly. The match between LuFisto & Ayako Hamada (which headlined FFV in March) was the runner up for Match of the Year (coming second to Kevin Steen vs Paul London from NSPW only on the basis of “first place votes” cast – and only then by a margin of one vote). LuFisto also placed second runner-up for Best Babyface, while “The Pink Flash” Kira was first runner-up in Rookie of the Year. In related news, Kira’s next challenge was announced today, as she will go one-on-one in an international challenge with “Rate Tank” Kellie Skater at Femmes Fatales VIII next month. (more…)
Christmas Season may be done, but let’s take a quick trip back to last month for this week’s “In Video” segment with a trip up to Oshawa, Ontario, Canada for a mixed tag at GCW’s “Seasons Beatings” that sees a TNA Knockout go back to her Canadian indy roots. Originally scheduled to be Shawn Spears & Angelina Love taking on “Dangerboy” Derek Wylde & Cherry Bomb, the match was changed at the last minute when Wylde & Cherry Bomb were unable to make the booking… giving a chance to the mixed tag combo of Brent Banks and Seleziya Sparx.
Sparx is one of a number of young indy talents trying to find their way in the Ontario region. At about a year and a half of experience, she’s still learning – but shares her initial training with one of the men who intitially trained Love, in Squared Circle’s Rob Fuego. A big opportunity beckoned for Sparx. Would she be able to take advantage? (more…)