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…)
A week ago we talked to the lovely Lisa Moretti, aka Ivory – and we left her on the verge of heading off to Los Angeles to attend the LA premiere of GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. A week on, it’s time for another chat to discuss how the premiere went, what she thought of the documentary, and who showed up. From there, it’s time for a headlong dive into the massive second part of Lisa’s wrestling career, as Ivory in WWE. We talk how she got into the promotion, her ho psychology, getting up to speed after so many years away from the business… and just WHAT WAS UP WITH THAT PURPLE SCARF?? We talk working with The Fabulous Moolah & Mae Young, the horrendous Armageddon ’99 Evening Gown Swimming Pool match, Miss Kitty as a locker room poison, the Right to Censor and her program with Chyna, and Steve Austin‘s opinion on their WrestleMania match. Lisa also discusses Stacy Keibler & Torrie Wilson (and deviating from the script), Fit Finlay and the evolution of the Divas division and the end of her road with the company. Once again, an absolute pleasure and a class act. Enjoy.
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There are three strands to Women Superstars Uncensored’s hellraising triumvirate known as the Midwest Militia. At the top of the heap is Jessicka Havok, the current dual singles champion in the promotion, undefeated in singles competition and general baddest bitch on the block. She is backed up by Sassy Stephie, former Spirit Champion, current Tag Team Champion and SHIMMER regular. And then there’s the third corner of the triangle, Allysin Kay – tag team partner of Havok in Team Be Jealous, other half of the Tag Team Champion and the owner of wrestling’s most colourful tattoo. However, there was something about Kay that felt like she was placed 3rd out of three when it came to the Militia’s pecking order. I can’t put my finger on it, as it is an intangible that is difficult to define, but there was a perception that while she was an integral part of the Militia, her accomplishments left her at the back.
That is, until last weekend.
On Saturday, Stephie and Kay defended the Tag Team Championship against the team they defeated at WSU’s 5th Anniversary Show last month, Alicia and Brittney Savage. Though the booking could be questioned – after all, the Militia defeated the challengers in an Uncensored Rules match back in March – it really did a world of good for the champions’ reign to prove that they are no fluke team who weaselled their way to the straps by beating an already exhausted Jana & Luscious Latasha, who had just defeated Lexxus & Destiny and/or Tina San Antonio to win the titles for themselves. By beating two of the promotion’s top babyfaces under regular tag team rules rather than a big brawl with tornado stipulations served them well as established them as a tandem who would be difficult to take down. Credibility asserted, Kay then went on to Cleveland, OH to compete for the vacant Absolute Intense Wrestling Women’s Championship in the main event of Girls Night Out 6… (more…)
Jillian Hall made her return to wrestling last weekend, defeating Santana at Pro Wrestling Xtreme in Orlando. This Saturday, she takes on Kristin Astara at Women Superstars Uncensored’s 4th annual Uncensored Rumble, which is being presented on iPPV – you can pre-order the show right now for $10.
Hall was released from WWE last year after taking on a role of trainer for the women at Florida Championship Wrestling, and has only wrestled the aforementioned match at PWX since she was let go. For this week’s Retro, we head back to Hall’s first match in WWE – which also turned out to be the final match for her opponent, Stacy Keibler.
Before becoming the resident “fixer” for MNM and later John Bradshaw Layfield, and before Hall headed to Ohio Valley Wrestling on her own dime to train and make it to WWE – as OVW was one of the promotion’s farm systems at the time – 30-year old Jillian was Macaela Mercedes, a woman who was much more muscley, rugged and bruiser-esque than the Diva that she eventually became. However, on her call up to WWE, she was lumbered with possibly the worst gimmick of the last decade – a giant growth on the side of her face that detracted from her looks and made her a freakshow. Luckily, the gimmick was dropped within a year – after the Boogeyman bit it off (seriously, did that really happen?!) – but during that interim period, we have the match which we’re bringing to you today. (more…)
Seeing as Daffney is the talk of the town due to her Workers’ Comp claim against TNA and her contract expiring this week, let’s have a look-see at her early days in pro-wrestling, back when she was an uber-screamer in WCW.
Daffney debuted at the tail end of 1999 as the unhinged girlfriend of David Flair, and in turn became associated with Crowbar in a three-ring insanity circus. The match we’re going to look at came just after WCW’s reboot, where all the titles were vacated. Chris Candido won the vacant WCW Cruiserweight Title, but was beaten in a mixed tag team match when the belt was on the line with Tammy Lynn Sytch against Crowbar and Daffney, (our favourite Scream Queen pinned Sytch to end the match) with both lunatics claiming the title. The matter was settled on May 22, 2000 when Crowbar and Daffney wrestled in an intergender contest on Monday Nitro for the championship. (more…)
Bret Hart blamed it for not teaching Bill Goldberg to protect whoever he’s in the ring with, it had an 85% dropout rate, and it’s head trainer made a documentary maker throw up just to prove a point, but on this week’s Retro, we take a look at the Women Of WCW training at the Power Plant in Atlanta. (more…)