As a publicly traded company, World Wrestling Entertainment is mandated by the United States federal Securities and Exchange Commission to post quarterly fiscal reports. Known as a 10-Q, it details all the financial goings on, and is readily available on the corporate portion of WWE’s website. For the most part, it’s a lot of legal jargon and numbers, but PWInsider had a closer look an unearthed a contract signed last month which may see Stephanie McMahon return to the ring…
Section 2 of the 10-Q is a booking agreement between WWE and Stephanie McMahon-Levesque (her married name) which sees her referred to as a wrestler as part of a three-year contract for $325,000 per annum, and was signed on October 18. (more…)
On Saturday, we posted an intergender match between Kirsty Love and Jigsaw. Well, for this weeks Retro, we’re posting another.
In the summer of 2003, Vince McMahon was in an angle where he was having an affair with the recently returned Sable – and his daughter, SmackDown General Manager Stephanie McMahon was none too happy about it. The two women fought at Vengeance in July with Sable getting the win after the GM was mown down by the A-Train (now Tensai). However, despite his new squeeze getting the upper hand, hostilities between father and daughter continued into the latter part of the year with Vince pressuring Stephanie to resign from the position he assigned to her the year before.
The developments which led right up the match began when Stephanie interrupted Vince presenting Brock Lesnar with the WWE Championship which he had won the previous week by beating Kurt Angle in an Iron Man Match to say that he would defend the belt against The Undertaker at No Mercy in October. Irritated, the big boss demanded that she call the match off, though she resisted, leading to Vince announcing that she would face his own daughter in an I Quit Match at the pay-per-view. The stipulation was later added that if Stephanie lost, she would also quit as GM – though the playing field was levelled somewhat when Vince’s wife Linda pressured her hubby into agreeing to reigning as WWE Chairman if he gave up – though he later also added that Stephanie could beat him via pinfall in order to throw her another lifeline.
I’m not joking when I say that I really like this match. It’s no CM Punk v Daniel Bryan as far as workrate is concerned, but the story is all there and it makes for an entertaining contest filled with great drama… and Linda McMahon’s crappy acting. (more…)
It was interesting to see the Bellatrix roster after the Bellatrix 6 card. Out of their wrestling gear, they got dressed again into their branded t-shirts and glammed them up with shorts, skirts, blazers and the like to meet and greet the fans, sign autographs and pose for photos. In every photo, the Bellatrix logo was visible, pushing the brand and getting the recognition out there. Coupled with the gigantic wall hangings, Bellatrix: Female Warriors has ascended to be the most professional looking promotion in the western world.
Granted, a lot of joshi promotions in Japan have branded gear, and Ice Ribbon & Stardom have had workout gear too – but it is rarer to see in the English-speaking countries. However, it is something that other promotions would do well to adopt in the future.
Since rebranding from the World Association of Women’s Wrestling in January, Bellatrix as a brand has been ascending at a rapid pace, and it’s being noticed. Ahead of Sunday’s card, promoter Saraya Knight was interviewed on F4Wonline.com, the BritWresChat podcast and the BBC radio station serving Norfolk – the county which Bellatrix is based. In addition, hype was posted on a number of websites and also in the local print media, which led to an audience of more than 250 coming along to the show to make a lot of noise and generate a proper atmosphere. As far as exposure goes, Bellatrix has taken big steps forward – however, as Saraya explained during the interview with Bryan Alvarez, the end goal is not to have the promotion as the main focus; instead, it is being used as a way to point eyes towards the wrestlers on the show. (more…)
Ringbelles Roundup (18 June 2013) – Mickie James, Brittney Savage, Divas, Bellatrix & Queen of Queens
Mickie James turned full heel on last Thursday’s Impact Wrestling by attacking Velvet Sky. Velvet had produced a letter from her doctor saying she was cleared to wrestle and wanted a rematch for the Knockouts Championship, but Mickie argued that she could have just downloaded it from the Internet before going after her previously injured knee before being peeled off her rival by the referees.
Fair play to TNA, James and Sky – this angle has been booked and executed beautifully. Everyone involved has done a great job to get the new Knockouts Champ over, and it looks like she is having a great time finally having something she can really sink her teeth into… and it’s long overdue.
To be brutally honest, both WWE’s and TNA’s writers have been coasting with Mickie James for the past six years. Following the epic angle between she and Trish Stratus which hit its zenith at WrestleMania 22, nothing of real note has been given to the 33-year old. Once she turned babyface in the summer of 2006, there were a few feuds with Lita, Melina, Beth Phoenix and Maryse, but she was portraying the typical white meat babyface with no real reason as to why you should cheer for her apart from that she was smiley and was wrestling heels. The only other big storyline she was part of was the “Piggie James” deal with Lay-Cool which felt like it was an unfair public rib on her – and she lost that feud, which meant that she never even got her redemption. Considering how well she had played a character in her first 8 months in WWE, it’s still staggering that she was not given the opportunity to do anything like that again during her run, except for being the punching bag to get Michelle McCool and Layla over in a nasty, bullying fashion which seemed to make people hate WWE’s writers than Lay-Cool. (more…)
Last week, I repeated my previous assertion that two championships would change hands at NCW Femmes Fatales XI in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on Saturday. Lo and behold, that’s what happened – with the Bellatrix World Championship and the Femmes Fatales International Titles being won by Courtney Rush and Mercedes Martinez respectively.
Martinez’s victory over Kalamity is only part of her story in the show. She continued her cross-promotion feud with LuFisto following her defeat to the Super Hardcore Anime at Women Superstars Uncensored’s An Ultraviolent Affair in February by attacking her foe during LuFisto’s challenge for the SHIMMER title against Saraya Knight. The steel chair attack to LuFisto’s head was enough for Knight to lock in the Bridal Rocking Horse for the stoppage and retain the belt, meaning that no matter what happened with Mercedes’ challenge to Kalamity, the Martinez/LuFisto programme would continue.
As it turns out, the programme will likely feature the International Championship, as the Latina Sensation used a Fisherman Buster onto a steel chair to gain the pinfall and bring The Oncoming Storm’s 17-month reign to an end. (more…)
Eve Torres turned full blown heel on Raw when she admitted she used Zack Ryder then said that she planned to use John Cena. Her plan came unstuck seconds later as Cena had overheard everything and then insulted and blew her off. Essentially, she turned and received her comeuppance in the first 11 minutes of the show. However, the biggest problem was the misogynist views that were purported by Cena and consequently, the fans in the arena in Minneapolis, MN.
After calling her a “hoeski”, Eve was treated like a wanton harlot or a gold-digging whore, and then was having a breakdown in the ring. Cena couldn’t help but throw her an insult before leaving about being disease-free and he’d like to keep it that way (because, women have to be carrying a sexually transmitted infection), leaving Eve to be escorted from the ring in tears. Cena could have been more compassionate and tell her to re-evaluate her life, but instead, led the crowd in chanting insults at her, belittling and humiliating her in public.
John Cena is meant to be a role model and head cheerleader for taking the high road these days. So why was it OK for him to verbally destroy a woman for 5 minutes in front of the world – ostensibly saying that you can still be a nice guy but treat someone who is vulnerable like shit. No question, this was bullying, and totally went against everything that Cena, and WWE’s BA STAR(D) campaign stands for.
In the first segment of Raw, Eve Torres went from being a confused soul to a prick-teasing, manipulative, gold-digging hussy, and then made to look small, pathetic and broken. Clearly, WWE didn’t know where they were going with the story when they started it, found an out and got rid of it before allowing Cena to focus of his match with the Rock. She was cannon fodder to get Cena over as a babyface. The question is: considering the backlash this has received online (and the meatheads saying that “all women are the same”), was it really all worth it? (more…)
This Sunday sees Bull Nakano issue her official goodbye to pro wrestling as part of her EMPRESS retirement show on her 44th birthday at the Tokyo Dome City Hall. So far, only two matches have been announced, though the former WWF Women’s Champion has spent the last few months visiting numerous joshi promotions, offering blue envelopes to wrestlers, ostensibly inviting them to be part of the show.
As well as handing out invitations like she’s on an episode of My Super Sweet 16, Nakano has also been preparing herself, putting on weight and growing her hair so she can become the image that she was when she was wrestling – 230lb with hair spiking straight up, and blue veins etched onto her face. It is a big change from a couple of years ago, when as a professional golfer, Keiko Nakano’s weight had dropped weight all the way down to 130lb – partly to ease the pressure on her injured knees that had taken a battering during her hard-hitting 14-year career between 1983 and 1997 (though she returned for one more match in 2001). For that reason, it is unclear if Nakano will wrestle on the event, though nothing should be ruled out. (more…)
“You know what I like best about Christmas? The surprises. I mean, it’s like you get this box and you’re sure you know what’s inside of it. You know, you shake it, you weigh it, you’re totally convinced you have it pegged – no doubt in your mind. But then you open it up and it’s completely different. You know, wow! Bang! Surprise!” – Go, 1999
Christmas is a time of surprises, so for this week’s Retro, we bring you a match that – on paper, at least – had no right to be as entertaining as it was.
For months, the bad blood between Trish Stratus and Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley had been building. Trish had been cosying up to Stephanie’s dad Vince after the boss told wife Linda that he wanted a divorce, sending her into a catatonic state – that seems so stupid when you read it back, but trust me, it was cool at the time. It escalated at the 2001 Royal Rumble when Trish accompanied then-WWF Champion Kurt Angle to the ring in his title defence against Stephanie’s “husband” (at the time, anyway) Triple H. They were both ejected from ringside after ending up in a fight, and followed it up in the subequent shows by fighting again and again, to the point that a match was signed for them for the excellent No Way Out card, which took place on February 25, 2001 in Las Vegas, NV. (more…)