Saturday, July 30, 2011

CHIKARA Saurus-REX: King of Sequel Photos

Part One
From Reading, PA.
6-woman tag match:  Sara Del Rey, Daizee Haze, and Makoto v Portia Perez, Mima Shimoda, and Tsukasa Fujimoto.

Perez, Shimoda, and Fujimoto won when Mima gave Daizee a superplex  (19:59).

All photos by David Falcon

Makoto loosens up before the match

Team Haze, SDR, and Makoto

Ms. In-Your-Face, Mima Shimoda: love her!

Mima works Makoto's leg.

Makoto tries to halt Fujimoto's flying

Mima readies to deck Daizee

Fujimoto holds off Makoto

The victors of the match!

Makoto and Tsukasa

Makoto, Tsukasa, and Mima

Loving the U.S.A.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Absolute Intense Wrestling: Girls Night Out 4

Updated 8/5/12

Absolute Intense Wrestling held their 7th Girl's Night Out event last night in Cleveland at Turner's Hall.  It may have been their best GNO yet!  Certainly the final two matches lived up to the hype:  Hailey Hatred defeated Sara Del Rey in a 20-minute epic battle; Allysin Kay retained her AIW Women's Championship by forcing Mia Yim to submit in a steel cage match.  Early reviews were that the whole evening exhibited strong matches.  Below are some of Wayne Palmer's photos of the Main Event.

More Wayne Palmer Photos:!/wayne.palmer.5661/photos

Allysin Kay makes her Mask & Machete entrance

Allysin works her submission move on Mia Yim

Allysin Kay whips Mia toward cage siding

Mia in control

Allysin gets a 2-count

Mia rides bareback

Mia tries a submission on Allysin's arm

Allysin tries to escape to victory

Allysin crushes Mia's spine against the cage

Mia feels the pain

Mia tries to recover . . .

Allysin hangs from the top of pink AIW cage

Mia with a cover

Allysin with the arm submission

Mia claws her way up the cage

Mia chases Allysin to the top of the cage

Allysin submits Mia with combination armbar & choke

Allysin Kay retains Championship

GIRL'S NIGHT OUT 4  (July 2011)

Results and some photos coming tomorrow.  Suffice it to say that in the Main Event Angel Dust was said to have bled first, but Allysin Kay at ringside "found" the blood on her and showed it to the official (it seemed shady).  But before Jessika Havok could celebrate her win, Mickie Knuckles cashed in on a "call-it-anytime" title match.  Clotheslined the exhausted Havok three times before snap suplexing her for the win.  A new champ -- Mickie Knuckles!

All photos by David Falcon

Jessicka Havok makes Angel Dust eat the chair

Mickie Knuckles with AIW belt.

Here are the results (the match time's are approximate and not official):

Mena Libra v K.C. (6:30)
Libra wins with a raised orthopedic boot to KC's midsection when she dove off the top rope.  Mena then covered her for the pin.  It's good to see Mena back in the ring.  KC is a young wrestler from the School of Truth wrestling academy.  She has a lot of spark and much potential -- though her greenness was evident at times tonight.

Cherry Bomb v Veda Scott (8:10)
This was an awesome match -- some good technical wrestling and very little of the "sawdust filler" that is used to lengthen some indy women's bouts (mic time, 3-minute headlocks, etc).  Veda has the skills and is one to watch.  Cherry Bomb looks amazing in her new gear and delivered sound matwork, kicks, and an outrageous finisher.  Finisher: Cherry set Veda up in the corner, head on the middle buckle lined up with the steel post; then she charged across the ring with a missle drop kick to Veda's ass, sending her head into the steel -- lights out!  She rolled her over for the cover to the echo of "Holy Shit" cheers from the Wayne's World crowd in the front row. 

Allysin Kay v Mickie Knuckles (10:55)
Match starts with extreme dislike -- scratching, clawing, hair-pulling, bitch-slapping catfight.  Mickie and Allysin were out of the ring throwing each other into the steel barricades.  Allysin with chokes and headlocks.  Mickie awakens with a sharp german suplex and then a belly-to-belly suplex -- this girl can flat-out wrestle!  Finisher: as Mickie raises Allysin for a backdrop to finish the match, Jessicka Havok pulls Mickie's legs out of the ring.  Allison reverses and falls on top of Mickie for the cover and the cheating win.


Sara Del Rey v Sassy Stephie (8:55)
The Queen of Wrestling was supposed to battle Super Oprah, be "she" was a no-show.  Ohio native, Sassy Stephie, filled in.  She was fodder for SDR who made a wrestling clinic out of their brief time in the ring.  SDR laughed at Stephie's Kiss-My-Sass finisher and then rung her up with the Royal Butterfly Suplex(Finisher).  Anticlimactic for Sara, I'm afraid (she didn't seem to be into it -- probably thinking about Claudio Castagoli on Sunday in CHIKARA).

Roxie Cotton (Gabby Gilbert) v Portia Perez (10:00)
Roxie comes out with her good natured clowning and asks for the mic to mention that this was her retirement match.  Fans sucked by giving her little respect.  Portia is always entertaining, but this was a fairly low energy match by both women.  Roxie showed she could wrestle by giving Portia a Northern Lights bomb (not exactly Akira Hokuto, but hey . . .).  Then she went to the top rope to finish her with a big senton, but Portia rolled away leaving nobody home.  Roxie landed hard.  Portia then set her up for a tae kwon do "punch kick" to the head (Finisher) and got the win.

MAIN EVENT:  First Blood Match
Angel Dust (challenger) v Jessicka Havok (Champion) (15:00)
Angel was chomping at the bit to get this one started and she ran at Havok like a house-a-fire.  With a flurry of punches they fell out of the ring.  Much more time spent outside of the ring that in:  barricades, canes, trash cans, garbage, chairs, tables -- in short, everything but the kitchen sink.  Jessika did most of the beating, but Angel Dust is a tough, though teeny-tiny wrestler (if she weighs 100 lbs I'd be surprised).   With Allysin Kay lurking around the ring, you knew things were not going to be on the up-and-up.  After some "holy shit" chair spots by each girl on the other (in the ring for a change), Allysin planted some ketchup on Angel Dust and quickly went to show shady ref David Dawson who called Jessika the winner.  No sooner had this happened but Mickie Knuckles arrested Havok in the ring and cashed in a "title match anytime" stipulation.  She ripped into the exhausted Jessicka with clothes lines and a smart snap suplex for the cover.  Within a quick minute, a new AIW Champion was crowned.

Notes:  Some thoughts on AIW.  Delaying the door opening by a full hour for a silly gimmick was a ridiculous decision that shows much disrespect for the fans.  The language by some 9-year old boys was shocking and disturbing -- it makes me worry about the citizens of tomorrow.  AIW could have done a much classier job for Roxie Cotton (she had to announce her own retirement and fight a hostile crowd while holding the mic -- very sad).  Overall, the evening could have been shorter and tighter with less ridiculous mic time, shorter guys matches, more of the Veda v Cherry Bomb style matches.  I guess that's just the SHIMMER fan in me speaking.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Taeler Hendrix vs Mercedes KV EWA April 2011 Chicopee.wmv

Two New England beauties who can wrestle!

Alexxis v Mercedes (No, the Other Mercedes!)

Young Mercedes KV gives Alexxis a run for her money.  In fact, some of us would say she got robbed of the victory.  In any case, if you watch this video you will see her unload a dynamite dive through the ropes to take out Alexxis' meddling manager, Scotty Slade.  Keep an eye on Mercedes KV . . . WSU or SPARKLE are you interested?

Kayo Noumi vs Ai Fujita (Double Retirement Match) - 1 of 2

Here are two beauties who can wrestle!  I hated to see these two retire.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Four to watch

 Photo:  Lee South

A few weeks ago I promised an update on my "Four to Watch" in women's wrestling this year.  To refresh your memory the ladies are Rosita of TNA (formerly Divina Fly), Athena of ACW and SHIMMER, Mia Yim of JAPW, REINA (Japan) and SHIMMER (valet with ROH and CZW), and Marti Belle of WSU.
I picked them back in December of 2010 and their careers have skyrocketed since then.

Of course Rosita's career took the fast track to the stars when TNA signed her this winter.  She has teamed effectively with Sarita (Sarah Stock) and they own the TNA Knockout tag belts at present.  You can't have a more successful six months than Rosita has had.  She went from 1000 followers on Twitter to 14,000+ !  Any questions?  TV definitely makes a huge difference.  Let's not forget that Rosita is the youngest of the four and arguably the most acrobatic in the ring with her picture-perfect moonsault always at the ready.

Photo:  David Falcon

Athena began the year with a dramatic 10,000 thumbtack match v Rachel Summerlyn in ACW.  Fans said it was off the hook!  Athena was victorious on that occasion, but not on the recent Queen of Queens tournament where she walked through the opposition until she got to Rachel who put Athena in her place.  She was inches from a trophy though and her SHIMMER tournament was nothing short of spectacular.  Dave Prazak and the SHIMMER fans love her.  She was booked against Cheerleader Melissa, Jessie McKay, and other great opponents.  Look for Athena to get a SHIMMER title shot in the next year or two.

Mia Yim
Photo:  Takehisa Kashima

Mia Yim has had a year of great experiences, but not many victories in the ring.  Of course "jobbing" is a part of the ladder climbing in wrestling.  She had an ACW (MD) title shot on her birthday, April 16, v Kacee Carlisle, but she came up short.  The next weekend she had an epic match with Sara Del Rey in RCW but lost.  At SHIMMER she teamed with Jamilia Craft to form JAMMIA.  They lost their two outings against Regeneration X and Tomoka/Haze the current SHIMMER champs.  Then the news that Mia was going to Japan to work for REINA.  There she had a great match against Hiroyo Matsumoto and later a tag match v the great Manami Toyota and Hailey Hatred.  You can't ask for much more by way of experience.  Now she is back in Japan and has had a rematch with Hiroyo, even better than their first match, and she will compete several more times between now and the end of August.  For taking so many losses, and never owning a belt, it has been a breakout year for Mia.

Marti Belle
Photo:  Scott Finkelstein

Finally, the beautiful Marti Belle, one half of the Belle Saints in WSU, began 2011 as owner of the WSU tag belts.  She got an opportunity to defend the belts with Jazz as a stand in partner for the injured Tina San Antonio.  However, more recently she lost the belts to the Boston Shore who are in ascendancy at the moment, especially Lexxus who will have a title shot vs. Mercedes Martinez in August.  On August 6 Marti will be in action for WSU and we shall see if the Belle Saints can regain the belts.

Congratulations to these four amazing women for their great success (and for making me look like a credible prophet).  I enjoy watching each of you work and I would not be surprised to see each of you in possession of belts from the top indy promotions in the next 2-3 years:  WSU, SHIMMER, ACW, and perhaps others.  Finish 2011 strong!!

Monday, July 18, 2011

REINA 8: Mia Yim v Hiroyo Matsumoto "Revenge Match"

Mia happy to be back in Japan

The best wrestling is feud-based -- think Gail Kim v Awesome Kong in TNA a few years back.  You can build a storyline and develop real heat over a period of matches.  There is no question that those who are booking REINA events have seen the potential of a feud between Mia Yim and Miss All-World Japan, Hiroyo Matsumoto.  The two met for the first time in SHIMMER this past March, but they did not wrestle against each other.  When Mia made her first trip to Japan this past May, she was given the honor of a match with Hiroyo that went over 12 minutes and earned Mia much credability with with Hiroyo, the fans, and the REINA brass.  So it is not a total surprise to see them booked against each other again at REINA 8 (Mia was in the States for REINA 4-7).  From all accounts they had a barn-burner Monday afternoon in Tokyo!  It went 15:07 (by far Mia's longest singles match) and involed out of ring action.  Mia was "thrown into the chairs" -- a rite of passage in Joshi Puroresu.  And the great wrestling fan and photographer Youji Kawauchi said that both wrestlers were in "beast mode" the whole time.  Matsumoto won with a back drop -- but near-falls abounded so that just happened to be the move that delivered the win that day.

With Mia planning to stay in Japan until August 28, there may be another opportunity to stoke the fires of this feud again.  Matsumoto is a "beast" -- and a happy one at that.  I saw a photo over the weekend of Hiroyo hoisting Aja Kong (think of a woman the size of Awesome Kong) over her head, onto her shoulders for an Argentinian backbreaker -- are you kidding me?!  Hiroyo has unbelievable strength.  But Mia likes to mix it up and she likes to play rough.  She says she loves working men in the ring.  In that sense Hiroyo "The Destroyer" is a perfect fit for her.  They can both go all out -- take the bumps and keep on smiling.  Here's to wishing Mia a great stay on her Japan Tour #2!

All Photos by Youji Kawauchi

Mia applauding the "Let's Go Mia Yim" Banner.  Japanese fans are awesome!

Action got heated even before the bell

There goes Mia into the chairs
Mia's trade mark Tae Kwon Do kick!
Hiroyo flings Mia to the ropes

We finally get to see Mia's new yellow gear -- yay Daizee's gear shop!

"The Happy Destroyer" does not make life easy

Things got acrobatic

. . . And stiff!  I like the Hiroyo-style lace up boots, Mia!

Mia uncorks a German Suplex on Hiroyo

How about a boot lace to the face, Hiroyo?

How about a super-plex, Mia?

And finally, a backdrop to win it!

At 15:07 Hiroyo gets the pin