Breaking News: Ariel & Six Other Divas to Debut for TNA

Shelly Martinez aka ArielTNA will be crowning their first ever Women’s Champion in a 10-women gauntlet match at their annual Bound For Glory pay-per-view next month in Atlanta.

Jim Cornette noted that the match would feature “five girls you know” and “five girls you don’t know.” Christy Hemme, Gail Kim, Ms. Brooks, Jackie Moore and Roxxi Laveaux are pretty much locks to appear in the match.

According to WrestlingInc.com, the five other names contacted and likely booked for the match include Northeast women’s wrestler Talia Madison, former ECW Diva Shelly “Ariel” Martinez, ODB (who regularly appears on OVW shows, but is without a WWE developmental contract), Angel Williams, and international women’s wrestler Amazing Kong. According to WrestlingInc.com, Talia Madison and Shelly “Ariel” Martinez have been 100% confirmed to appear in the match.

The girl who seems to have the best chance at securing a permanent spot in the company is Martinez because TNA is already thinking about using her as a valet for LAX or James Mitchell’s group. Also, TNA is very interested in using Angel Williams and also feel that Amazing Kong would be make for a great addition to the company.

Other names being tossed around for the women’s division/gauntlet match include April Hunter, Sarah Stock and So Cal Val. Val would probably only be used as a backup in case someone can’t make it. Sarah Stock is a pretty girl that works under the name “Dark Angel” for CMLL in Mexico. WrestlingInc.com is reporting that TNA would like to bring her in for the women’s division, but there could be a hold-up due to the transportation costs if she chooses stay in Mexico City.

It should be noted that no one has been signed to a contract as of yet, just contacted and possibly booked. The gauntlet match will be a “tryout match” of sorts for the five uncontracted ladies. Depending on how things go during the match, the girls who put on the best performances will likely be offered contracts.

Former WCW Manager, Woman/Fallen Angel/Nancy Sullivan & Son Killed by Husband, Chris Benoit

Nancy Sullivan & Chris BenoitThis is, quite possibly, the saddest story that I will ever have to report here. I am still in shock, and have tried to keep this off the site until I could confirm the validity, but as it has already hit the major mainstream news sources, I am now considering it to be fact. Though the story that I am posting is from WWE.com, please remember as you read this that the “Nancy” that they speak of was once one of the great managers/valets in the wrestling world, managing such greats as Kevin Sullivan, Ric Flair, and of course, Chris Benoit. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of everyone involved in this senseless tragedy…

According to lead investigator Lt. Tommy Pope, of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department, in Fayetteville, Ga., the deaths of WWE Superstar Chris Benoit, wife Nancy and son Daniel were the result of a double murder-suicide, WWE.com has learned.

Benoit failed to appear both at Saturday’s live event in Beaumont, Tx., and WWE’s Vengeance: Night of Champions in Houston Sunday night, after informing WWE of a family emergency. Several curious text messages sent by Benoit early Sunday morning prompted concerned friends to alert Richard Hering, VP of Government Relations for WWE, Inc. Hering, in turn, spoke with Fayette County sheriffs Monday, and requested that they respond to the Benoit residence to check on him and his family.

Authorities representing the Sheriff’s Department initially had a difficult time entering Benoit’s new Fayetteville home Monday afternoon, which had been guarded by two large German Shepherds roaming freely around the property. Once authorities entered the residence, they quickly located the bodies of Benoit, Nancy and Daniel. WWE was notified of the discovery at approximately 4 p.m.

At 10 p.m. Monday night, Lt. Pope held a press conference in conjunction with Scott Ballard, the district attorney for Fayette County. The press conference officially ruled authorities’ findings as a double murder-suicide from within the home.

WAGA, a FOX-owned and operated television station in Atlanta, reported that investigators believe Benoit killed his wife and 7-year-old son over the weekend, then himself on Monday.

The three bodies have been received by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s crime lab, in Decatur, Ga., where autopsies will be performed Tuesday morning. Toxicology reports will not become available for at least two weeks.

WWE.com has further information relating to both the investigation and the cause of death, but the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department has requested that WWE.com not release any additional details at this time.

Not only a sad day for the wrestling world, my friends…a sad day for humanity as a whole.

More News on the Death of “Sensational” Sherri Martel

Sherri MartelLate last week, we reported that the legendary Sensational Sherri had passed away.

After a lengthy investigation, detectives have announced that it is “not a natural death”. Foul play is not suspected at the time. Toxicology tests are currently being run to determine the cause of death.

We’ve also learned that prior to her death, Sherri was working on an autobiography.

Upon hearing about Sherri’s death, the WWE front office had discussions about ending the Vince McMahon Death storyline early, but the final decision was to keep it going. Management also made the decision to cover Sherri’s death on the website and keep it off TV. The reason for keeping it off TV was because Kevin Dunn did not want it to interfere with the McMahon storyline.

Several of the agents are friends with Sherri, so they lobbied hard to get Dunn to change his mind. Michael Hayes, who currently is one of the bigger voices in the back, was able to convince Dunn to change his mind, which is why you saw the quick tribute to Sherri on TV.

On a side note, head Raw writer Brian Gewirtz fought pretty hard to prevent this from happening. He was more concerned with a storyline than he was with doing a tribute to someone who had given so much to the business. That’s pretty disgusting.

We’ll have more on the story as it develops.

“Sensational” Sherri Martel Passes Away

Sherri MartelThe following was posted on WWE.com today. The staff of Women’s Wrestling Xposed would like to take this opportunity to send our condolences to the family and friends of Ms. Martel. She was truly a legend in this sport, and she will be deeply missed.

WWE is saddened to learn of the death of WWE Hall of Famer “Sensational” Sherri. She was 49.

She passed away at her mother’s home in Birmingham, Ala. Friday morning, according to her husband of 10 years, Robert Schrull.

“It’s a great loss to the wrestling world,” he told WWE.com. The couple resided in St. Petersburg, Fla.

In the early 1980s, Sherri began her career in the AWA. In 1985, she defeated Candi Devine to become the AWA Women’s Champion. Their rivalry lasted more than a year, with the championship trading hands on several occasions.

It was during this time that she began perfecting her skills as a manager, leading “Playboy” Buddy Rose and “Pretty Boy” Doug Somers to the AWA Tag Team Championship. On June 28, 1986, Martel would win the AWA Women’s Championship for a third and final time from Candi Devine.

On July 24, 1987, “Sensational” Sherri debuted in WWE, pinning her trainer and mentor the Fabulous Moolah to become Women’s Champion. Sherri defended the gold against Debbie Combs, Velvet McIntyre, and Desiree Peterson.

She quickly earned the reputation as someone who would do anything to win, even if it meant using unsavory tactics. Her rivalry with Moolah continued as they became the captains for the first-ever female Survivor Series teams in 1989. Sherri held the championship for 15 months before losing to Rockin’ Robin.

In the early ‘90s WWE phased out the Women’s Division, leaving Sherri to focus on managing the male wrestlers. Her first client was “Macho Man” Randy Savage. It was during this time that she became “Sensation Queen.”

The couple had rivals with Miss Elizabeth, Hulk Hogan, Dusty Rhodes and Sapphire. In 1991, “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase enlisted her services. After that relationship dissolved, she took on the managerial duties of Shawn Michaels.

In 1994, Sherri appeared in WCW as “Sensuous” Sherri managing Ric Flair during his rivalries with Sting and Hulk Hogan. After separating from Flair, she became “Sister” Sherri guiding Harlem Heat to seven WCW Tag Team Championships.

Sherri was enshrined in the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006. “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase was her presenter.

SHIMMER News: Weekend Recap, Free Stuff, & More

Daizee HazeRecap of Big Weekend for SHIMMER Stars

Several of the SHIMMER women participated in wrestling events over the course of this past weekend. Here’s a quick recap…

Friday, 5/11 – Daizee Haze defeated Nikki Roxx at ROH’s “Reborn Again” in Hartford, CT.

Friday, 5/11 – Amazing Kong defeated Ann Brookstone in a wild falls count anywhere match at Fight Sports Midwest’s “Chapter Two” in Portage, IN. Also on the event, Lacey made her FSM debut as a manager by helping the Phoenix Twins defeat the Iron Saints in a tag team match.

Saturday, 5/12 – Sara Del Rey defeated Daizee Haze at ROH’s “Respect Is Earned” in New York, NY at the Manhattan Center. This match will appear on the DVD release of the ROH event from that night (it won’t appear on the PPV).

Sunday, 5/13 – Amazing Kong lost the AWA World Women’s Title in Los Angeles, CA to Nanae Takahashi. Also on the card, Cheerleader Melissa defeated Saki Maemura following the Kudoh Driver.

Get Free Glossy SHIMMER Flyers by Mail

Much like we did before the Vols. 9 & 10 taping, we’re sending out FREE full color glossy double sided flyer cards to everyone who is on the SHIMMER snail mail mailing list. If you received the mailing from the last taping, that means we have your address, you’re already on our mailing list, and you will also receive this mailing. Yes, this offer is also open to SHIMMER fans that live outside of the United States.

If you have yet to send us your snail mail address, and would like to be added to the mailing list to get the free flyers, just E-mail your full name and address to us at shimmernews@yahoo.com and we’ll get them out to you right away!

Also, if any of you are in the Chicagoland area and would like to help us spread the word locally about the Vols. 11 & 12 tapings by distributing a large amount of flyers in your area, please E-mail us and let us know, and we’ll hook you up with tons of flyers if you think you can get ’em all distributed. Thanks everybody!

New Official SHIMMER Web Site Almost Ready!

We’re about ready to launch the brand new SHIMMERwrestling.com. Keep your eyes peeled to the web site during the next few days to check it out!

SHIMMER Athletes to Compete in Several Shows this Weekend

SHIMMERWe are headed toward a big weekend for many of the SHIMMER competitors around the wrestling world.

Boston native NIKKI ROXX gets her second opportunity to appear for Ring of Honor this Friday night, 5/11, at the Connecticut Expo Center (265 Reverend Moody Overpass) in Hartford, CT. Nikki will be in action against DAIZEE HAZE.

Also on Friday night, new NWA World Women’s Champion and current AWA World Women’s Champion AMAZING KONG returns to the midwest for Fight Sports Midwest at Camelot Sportsplex (5201 US Hwy 6) in Portage, IN. Kong faces ANN BROOKSTONE on FSM’s “Chapter Two” event. Also on the card are Alex Shelley, Low Ki, Joey Mercury, Marty Jannetty, and more.

On Saturday night, 5/12, is a huge evening for the ROH’s Women of Honor, as the company films its first pay-per-view at the Manhattan Center (311 West 34th Street) in New York, NY! The event, titled “Respect Is Earned,” will air on pay-per-view during the month of July.

This Sunday, 5/13, will see Inoki Sports Management present a live event at the Inoki USA Dojo (1557 Esperanza Street) in Los Angeles, CA. Featured on the card is an AWA World Women’s Title bout between champion AMAZING KONG and challenger NANAE TAKAHASHI of Pro Wrestling SUN in Japan. Also in for the event from Pro Wrestling SUN is SAKI MAEMURA, who will be taking on CHEERLEADER MELISSA on the show. Masato Tanaka is among those also appearing on the card.

If you’re in the vicinity of any of these events this weekend, come out and show your support!

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