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Ringbelles Retro: Lots of Miss Elizabeth

Miss ElizabethToday marks ten years to the day that Elizabeth Hulette died at the age of 42 from an overdose of painkillers and vodka. It was a sad end for a woman who usually represented a clean and wholesome image on screen. However, her TV character presented us with something of a problem as part of the Retro, as she’s not a wrestler – in fact, she competed in fewer than half a dozen matches in her life, and all of those were at the tail end of her career.

Instead, what we have elected to do is highlight some of the bigger moments in her career which aren’t the Match Made in Heaven at SummerSlam 91. But what else did she do? Well, most of her moments are intertwined with Randy Savage, either being the calmer foil to his more frantic style, or as an antagonist to him in World Championship Wrestling.

After the jump are a lot of videos – some of which you may have seen, others which you may not, but most are a little more outside the usual Elizabeth fare which you may see… (more…)

WOW Podcast #50 with Lexie Fyfe


Episode 50 with Lexie Fyfe

Remember that time Lexie Fyfe made her return to the ring on SHIMMER Vol 50? Well, here she makes her return to the WOW Podcast to celebrate our fiftieth offering too. Lexie’s been all over the world and done so much, it was only fitting that we had her on for a full length show. We talk about her return to the ring at SHIMMER 50, how much convincing she took and how nervous she was before the match – and also about her role in the SHIMMER set up, watching matches and offering feedback to the wrestlers. Of course, she’s also heavily involved in SHINE in Florida, so we talk about how that all came together, how the first half-year has been, and discuss a number of SHINE talents, including Made In Sin, Kimberly, Reby Sky and more. Lexie tells us about what an important part Matt Hardy had to play in her early career, along with Malia Hosaka. She recalls working a 30 date military base tour with Wendi Richter (aka “the stiffest person I’ve ever worked, man or woman”), and her brief flirtations with both WWF and WCW in the late 90s (including an example of a WCW idea that never went anywhere – shocking, right?). We also talk about her cameo on Monday Night Raw as Hillary Clinton, working the UK ‘Revival’ show in 2002 vs Nikita and her work producing customs with (including how the cops got called to her house recently). Almost an hour and a half of audio goodness. Thanks so much for your continued support, and here’s to the next 50!

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Ringbelles Retro: Daddy’s little girl v Daddy’s ‘good friend’

“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…)

Ringbelles Retro: Hardcore or old-school?

Unable to decide what match to choose for this week’s Retro, I threw the decision over to you, the Ringbelles reader. I turned to our Twitter and Facebook to make the call on whether I should feature a hardcore match, or an old-school affair. Without any more information than that, we received votes on both sides – even asking other Ringbelles staff members, wrestlers and friends.

Result: stalemate.

Therefore, being left with the casting vote, I did what anybody would do – sit on the fence. So for this week’s Retro, you have BOTH a hardcore match and an old-school contest. The first is a violent affair from the 2007 Queen of the Deathmatches (available as part of the Pride and Passion set from Highspots) between Mickie Knuckles and Roxie Cotton (now Gabby Gilbert), which Roxie discussed with us on the Women Of Wrestling Podcast earlier this year, describing it as “fun”, and saying she “would do it again”. (more…)

One more appearance for Bull Nakano

Earlier this week, Ringbelles found out about a show taking place on January 8, 2012. We knew nothing about it except that it was taking place at the Tokyo Dome CIty Hall and would be called Bull Nakano Produce “EMPRESS”. And that’s all we knew… until Dave Meltzer furnished us with more information as part of this week’s mammoth Wrestling Observer.

Keiko “Bull” Nakano will be appearing – but not wrestling – on her retirement show on her 44th birthday. Barring a very brief nostalgia comeback when she teamed with her mentor Dump Matsumoto in 2001, Nakano has had very little to do with wrestling since retiring in 1997 at the age of 29 due to injuries suffered because of her hard-hitting style and weight, which was around 220 pounds at the time.

After her retirement, Nakano dropped a shedload of weight – last year, she was reportedly down to 130 – and took up professional golf in 1998. The learning curve turned out to be very steep, and finished 250th place of 251 in a LPGA Futures (essentially a farm system for rising golf stars) Qualifying Tournament in November 2004, and didn’t fare much better the following year when she finished 261st out of 271. However, she managed to make it into Futures in January 2006 a couple of weeks after her 38th birthday. (more…)

Ringbelles Retro: Early WWF Sherri

Sensational Sherri is one of the reasons why I started watching wrestling. She wasn’t actually in the ring, though she was such a major factor in the match that she may as well have been a participant. Her work as a manager on that night was utterly… well, sensational. She was spiteful, hateful, vindictive, dangerous and scary, so when she got her comeuppance a couple of times in the match, you really felt happy that she had made a mistake.

The match in question was the first one that my friend Glenn showed me when I was 10 and he was 11 – Randy Savage v the Ultimate Warrior at WrestleMania VII. Screaming and slowly going more and more insane as the match went on and the stakes in the Career Match got even more real, you could see Sensational Queen Sherri (as she was known then) unravel and become more desperate in her attempts to interfere on behalf of her Macho King. She was utterly evil, and everything that a heel manager could be. Without a doubt, it’s her shining moment as a performer.

However, let us not look past the fact that this is a woman who also wrestled for a sizeable portion of her career, winning the American Wrestling Association Women’s Championship on three occasions between 1985 and 1986, and also had a reign as the World Wrestling Federation’s Women’s titleholder, winning the belt on her return to the promotion by beating the Fabulous Moolah on July 24, 1987.

Return, you say? That’s right – Sherri had a stint in the WWF five years earlier as one of Moolah’s many protégés, which was useful, as being pally with Moolah was the best way to get some ring time in the big leagues, albeit losing a cut of your money to her as a result. However, Sherri was reportedly kicked out of Moolah’s school for indulging in a party lifestyle. (more…)

WOW Podcast #21 with Malia Hosaka

Episode 21 with Malia Hosaka

The Women of Wrestling Podcast is proud to bring you an interview with 20+ year veteran Malia Hosaka. We’re working with a broad scope on this show, because frankly, Malia has worked *everywhere* at least once. From training with Killer Kowalski & Misty Blue Simmes in the mid 80s to thoughts on the current WWE product, Malia’s not short of an opinion. We discuss comparisons and contrasts between early female promotions like GLOW, LPWA, LMLW and the like (including how she felt as a relative rookie walking into the LPWA locker room for the first time), and reminisce about her “wrestling mom” Luna Vachon and Sensational Sherri. Malia also shares her thoughts on her time in WCW, including her opinions on how Madusa Miceli ran the division, how she was treated there, and a surprising falling out with Starla Saxton (Nora Greenwald, better known as Molly Holly). She talks signing a WWF “Developmental” deal after 12 years in the business, and how two opportunities were whisked away while under that contract. She has words of advice for youngsters like Tenille Tayla, who has just finished up her indy dates and is heading for FCW on the expectations laid on WWE Divas, and general thoughts on SHIMMER, respecting your veterans, and news on her forthcoming book – including how close she is to the final chapter in her career. Clear yourself some time for a history lesson from the Modern Day Moolah!

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Ringbelles Retro: Chyna in Japan

Considering the news from the latest Impact tapings, it’s probably worth a look at the last time Chyna wrestled for a major promotion. For the trivia buffs, that was in 2002. Nine years ago.

Joanie Laurer had left the WWF the year before after hitting a brick wall in contract negotiations – allegedly, she wanted the same kind of money that Steve Austin, The Rock and Triple H were getting – and was benched from June 2001 until her contract expired in November. As she was the Women’s Champion at the time, the belt became inactive, and was won by Trish Stratus for the first time at Survivor Series. Her last match on WWF pay-per-view was a decent match against Lita at Judgment Day in May 2001 – ten years to the month – which was notable for having quite a bit of heat, and for one of Chyna’s massive boobs almost falling out of her gear.

After her contract expired, Laurer signed a deal with New Japan Pro Wrestling, where she debuted as a ref in the Steiner Brothers v Hiroshi Tanahashi & Kensuke Sasaki on May 2, 2002, then returned in September for four matches. The match we have for you here was her penultimate match to date. From October 14, here’s Laurer v Masahiro Chono.

Now THAT’S a wedding reception…

So Prince William and Kate Middleton are married. Congratulations to them.

The problem is that weddings are usually so formal, wrought with nerves, and everybody is on their best behaviour. It’s the reception inside Buckingham Palace that we want to see, with everyone letting their hair down, Harry and Grandpa Philip making questionably racist jokes at the bar, Dave’s Mobile Disco playing Abba, Charles dancing in the middle of the room alone, shuffling his feet from side to side with his thumbs in the air as dads tend to do when they dance, and Grandma Elizabeth sitting in the corner, sipping sherry. That’s what we want to see.

Alas, we won’t get the chance, so let’s take a look at one of the few wedding receptions from wrestling’s past – we say a few, as the problem with most wrestling weddings is that they don’t go according to plan.

This is from SummerSlam 91, right after the Match Made In Heaven, where Macho Man Randy Savage and Miss Elizabeth tied the knot. It reality, they had been married for years and things were on the rocks, but for the wrestling audience, this was the culmination of a 5 year on-screen love story with trials and tribulations along the way.

So they deserved a happy and jovial wedding reception, right…? Come on; you’re wrestling fans – you know what happens next.

Ringbelles Retro: The original screwjob

If you saw this week’s Vintage Collection, you would have seen this – but for everybody else, here’s the champion being screwed over by Vince McMahon and the WWF.

No, not Bret Hart – had you forgotten that we’re a site dedicated to female wrestlers? No, I’m on about the original screwjob back in November 25, 1985. Wendi Richter was – along with Hulk Hogan and others – one of the figureheads of the Rock And Wrestling Connection. She was accompanied to the ring at the first WrestleMania by Cyndi Lauper, and won the Women’s Championship for a second time from Leilani Kai. Her first reign may have been more historic though, as she defeated the Fabulous Moolah for the belt, ending what was billed as the longest championship reign in professional wrestling (which isn’t true, as she had won and lost the title on numerous occasions which went unrecognised by the WWF).

Something happened after WrestleMania though – Richter and McMahon’s relationship got tense over contract negotiations, which led to the match we have for you on the Retro this week. (more…)

Ringbelles Roundup (08 March 2011)

The Big News

Tammy Lynn Sytch, known better to WWE fans as Sunny, is joining the WWE Hall Of Fame Class of 2011.

38-year old Sytch has been involved in wrestling for close to two decades, and was a mainstay in the WWF between 1995 and 1998 – along with Rena “Sable” Mero and Terri “Marlena” Runnels she ushered in the era of the female valets, which then evolved into the WWF/E Divas.

Sytch started in Smoky Mountain Wrestling in 1992 with her then-boyfriend Chris Candido, debuting as Hillary Clinton-idolising heel Tammy Fytch in 1993. She managed Brian Lee to the Heavyweight Title and then represented Candido before the couple jumped ship to the WWF in 1995.

She was teamed up with Candido to form the Body Donnas – a pair of fitness gurus who vowed to get everyone into shape and take care of the “out-of-shape opponents” put in front of Candido (now known as Skip). However, it was Sunny’s promos and manager character that saw her receive the lion’s share of the attention, so when Skip’s star started to fall, Sunny was turned into the “Manager of Champions”, being the only person to guide three consecutive pairs of Tag Team Champions – the Body Donnas (now with Zip partnering Skip), the Godwinns and the Smoking Gunns. Sunny also managed the Legion of Doom in 1998, but by then, she was trying the patience of WWF brass due to no shows and a reported abuse of painkillers and was released in July of that year. (more…)

Tammy Lynn Sytch to be inducted into WWE Hall Of Fame

Tammy Lynn Stych, known better to WWE fans as Sunny, is joining the WWE Hall Of Fame Class of 2011.

38-year old Sytch has been involved in wrestling for close to two decades, and was a mainstay in the WWF between 1995 and 1998 – along with Rena “Sable” Mero and Terri “Marlena” Runnels she ushered in the era of the female valets, which then evolved into the WWF/E Divas.

Her life in wrestling has massive peaks and even deeper valleys, but what can’t be denied is the impact she has had on wrestling and how women are perceived by the audience. Before Sunny made it big, women in wrestling were either dedicated grapplers like Madusa, demure managers like Miss Elizabeth, or crazy wild women like Sensational Sherri or Luna Vachon. Sunny was different; Sunny was sexy – something that only Missy Hyatt had achieved previously, though she was more Amazonian and unattainable, while Sunny was more All-American – and with the WWF as a platform, her profile went stratospheric… and so did the personal issues.

Sytch started in Smoky Mountain Wrestling in 1992 with her then-boyfriend Chris Candido, debuting as Hillary Clinton-idolising heel Tammy Fytch in 1993. She managed Brian Lee to the Heavyweight Title and then represented Candido before the couple jumped ship to the WWF in 1995, but didn’t turn into Sunny straight away. (more…)

Ringbelles Retro: Here’s how you do an entrance

November 20, 1994 was a big day for women’s wrestling. More to the point, November 20, 1994 was a LONG day for women’s wrestling. All Japan Women presented Big Egg Wrestling Universe – a ten hour show in front of more than 42,000 fans in Toyko’s Egg Dome. You read that right – TEN HOURS, and FORTY TWO THOUSAND FANS. Featuring women’s wrestling matches from competitors across the world, it pulled in a record $4 million, unheard of for an all-girls show.

Most of the show was dedicated to the Five Star tournament which was won by Akira Hokoto, but the second to last match featured a contest which was shown on WWF TV – that’s because the WWF Women’s Title was on the line, and even changed hands, in what may have been the final WWF/E title change that didn’t take place on a WWF/E show.

Alundra Blayze and Bull Nakano had been feuding for months – not as hated enemies, but as competitive rivals, both believing that they were the best and fighting to be WWF Women’s Champion. Blayze held the title, and had beaten Nakano in their highest-profile match up to that point at SummerSlam 94. The rematch took place at Big Egg Wrestling Universe. (more…)