The biggest event in the Pro Wrestling: EVE calendar – Wrestle Queendom 3 – is about to go down. Tomorrow, in the heart of central London, British professional wrestling’s best and brightest will be joined by Joshi superstars in an unmissable night of wrestling action. Let’s take a look at the card as it stands:
The Wrestle Queendom Rumble:
Everyone loves a good rumble, right? Never ones to leave out top-drawer talent, this 15-women brawl should set the mood nicely for an epic evening.
And this one contains a veritable cornucopia of stars: up-and-coming fan favourites Rebel Kinney and Aleah James; villainous henchmen Livvii Grace and Nightshade; Dominita; Chakara; and Mercedez Blaze – formerly of the Diamond Vogue Collective, and ready to make a name for herself in singles action.
Also confirmed is Skye Smitson, who fought valiantly against Pro Wrestling EVE champion Rhia O’Reilly last Saturday, and has proven herself a force to be reckoned with. And what rumble would be complete without the Princess Diana of Eve herself? Don’t write Jetta off – her unique brand of shenanigans-infused grappling could see her victorious tomorrow night.
Maki Itoh vs Session Moth Martina
…trust me when I tell you this is one match you really need to experience. The ‘world’s cutest wrestler’ Maki Itoh is a natural foil for the Session Moth; her quest to learn all the best English words will no doubt be enhanced by this fortuitous meeting of very clean and appropriate minds.
There’s not really anything at stake here – although beating Tokyo Joshi Pro Wrestling’s former International Princess Champion would be a nice feather in the cap for Martina – but this one isn’t about championships, or even about pride. It’s about bants. And sometimes, that’s all that really matters.
Yuka Sakazaki vs Lana Austin
Tokyo Joshi Pro and AEW star Yuka Sakazaki makes her EVE debut as she takes on Lana Austin, who despite losing her match against Laura DiMatteo and Jetta this past Saturday has earned an opportunity to prove herself. Originally slated to take on Nightshade for the privilege of facing Sakazaki, Austin appealed to EVE management to retain her opportunity. Fortunately, the powers that be have smiled upon her.
Mother of three Austin has never had the opportunity to wrestle in Japan, quite understandanly putting her family first. It’s only fitting, then, that if Austin can’t get to Japan, Japan should come to Austin. But Sakazaki is not one to be trifled with. Has Lana Austin bitten off more than she can chew, or can she hold her own against one of Joshi puro’s finest…?
Nina Samuels vs Jinny
Here’s where things get serious. Jinny and Nina Samuels have been needling at one another for a long time now, and things have come to a head in recent weeks. Jinny’s time-limit draw against Zoe Lucas last week prompted much mockery from Samuels, who went on to demolish plucky newcomer Clementine. She’s got a short memory, though; only a month before she was beaten by Sammii Jayne, who had already bested Jinny that same evening.
The two are neck and neck, and that’s clearly grating on both of them as they seek to establish dominance. Samuels is gleefully confident that she’ll smash it; Jinny is more interested in smashing Samuels’ face. Superstar vs Queen: who will emerge with the bragging rights? One thing’s for sure – neither is going down without a fight.
Zoe Lucas vs Nor “Phoenix” Diana
Pity poor Zoe Lucas. The Beauty Wrestler made her triumphant return to EVE last week only to chalk up a time-limit draw against Jinny. Clearly smarting at her perceived ‘un-specialness’, Lucas rudely interrupted debuting Nor “Phoenix” Diana as she made her introduction to the EVE faithful. Diana had been given the opportunity to name her Wrestle Queendom opponent – but Lucas decided that she should be the one to officially ‘welcome’ Diana to the fold.
Hailing from Malaysia, where she hold the prestigious Wrestlecon title, Nor “Phoenix” Diana is the world’s first hijabi pro-wrestling champion. And since breaking down barriers is her business she’s a natural fit at Pro Wrestling: EVE. Diminutive but fierce, she ceded no ground when Lucas confronted her, sending the Rev Pro Women’s Champion packing. Lucas could be in for a rude awakening at Wrestle Queendom 3.
Killer Kelly vs Roxxy
Regular EVE viewers will know that we haven’t seen Roxxy in a little while, and that’s because Newcastle’s finest has been spending time in Germany, honing her craft with WXW. Her most recent clash with Portugal’s Killer Kelly was in December, where Kelly fought off Roxxy, Skye Smitson and Baby Allison to claim victory.
Killer Kelly, meanwhile, has been on a roll at WXW lately, and it’s on the crest of this winning streak that she enters her first match of 2020. But both women have something to prove here: this is Kelly’s Wrestle Queendom debut, while Roxxy lost to Arisa Hoshiki at her own debut last year. Expect a hard-hitting bout when these two face off tomorrow night.
Rhia O’Reilly (c) vs Laura DiMatteo: Pro Wrestling: EVE Championship Match
All right. Take a deep breath, because this one is going to be intense.
EVE fans have been waiting for Laura DiMatteo’s day to come for a very long time now. There are few more deserving on the roster than DiMatteo, whose fire and dedication persist even when success evades her. Unfortunately, her opponent is none other than Rhia O’Reilly.
O’Reilly made a hell of a statement at last year’s Wrestle Queendom, laying out the departing Kay Lee Ray and Viper before pinning Viper in the middle of the ring, claiming the EVE Championship. Having spent many months on the shelf with a knee injury, nobody expected that O’Reilly would be the one to take Viper’s title; more to the point, nobody expected that the former EVE matchmaker would effectively mug her for it.
DiMatteo has been vocal in her condemnation of O’Reilly’s bully tactics, to her detriment. She has ended up on the wrong end of a beating more than once thanks to O’Reilly’s henchmen, Nightshade and Livvii Grace.
But the usually fair-minded Italian finally snapped during the SHE-1 finals in November, attacking O’Reilly and ultimately costing her the tournament. And if you think that didn’t rattle O’Reilly, consider her steadfast refusal to entertain a match with DiMatteo right up until EVE management forced her hand.
No longer cowed by O’Reilly, DiMatteo has vowed to defeat her at Wrestle Queendom 3. This is not just about a title – though few would disagree that DiMatteo would thoroughly deserve the EVE Championship. What with O’Reilly recently invoking the spectre of Brexit in her dismissal of DiMatteo, this rivalry has become thoroughly personal.
Wisely, DiMatteo has recruited Heidi Katrina as an ally, and while the Essex Amazon can ably hold Nightshade and Grace at bay, it’s down to Laura DiMatteo to make it count in the ring.
Gisele Shaw and Sammii Jayne (c) vs Woke Queens vs Medusa Complex – Pro Wrestling: EVE Tag Team Championship Match
And as if that weren’t enough, your main event will see surprise EVE tag team champs Gisele Shaw and Sammii Jayne face off against former champs Woke Queens, and the originators of the title itself, Medusa Complex.
Way back in December, Woke Queens (Debbie Keitel and Valkyrie) challenged Gisele Shaw to a match for the tag titles – providing she could find a willing partner. Surprisingly, Shaw – whose arrogant antics have endeared her to nobody in recent months – was able to recruit Sammii Jayne, who had already wrestled (and won) two back-to-back matches that same night. In a shocking upset, Shaw and Jayne actually took Woke Queens out, becoming the new EVE Tag Team Champions.
Meanwhile, Millie McKenzie – who became Ace of EVE after winning the SHE-1 tournament in November – utilised her ‘claim a match of your choosing’ clause to demand a title shot for Medusa Complex. Team spirit is alive and well! The returning Charli Evans will team once again with McKenzie to determine who will emerge victorious.
The smart money here is on Medusa Complex. Denied the titles at Wrestle Queendom last year, McKenzie and Evans are a cohesive unit – so much so that the EVE Tag Titles came into existence at their request. And their experience as a tag team means they are well placed to claim the victory tomorrow night.
Woke Queens, on the other hand, are looking for payback. Embarrassed following their unexpected defeat, they took out their frustrations last week on McKenzie, who’d joined forces with them in a three-woman tag against Shaw, Jayne and Mercedez Blaze. But they did not make for happy teammates. Keitel and Valkyrie may be a fun-loving duo, but they are vicious when provoked, and whoever ends up on the wrong side of them is liable to regret it.
But don’t write off Gisele Shaw and Sammii Jayne just yet. Jayne has proved that she can get the job done even on her third match of the night. Her eye is firmly on the gold, and while she may not necessarily approve of Shaw’s diva antics, she’s willing to forge a partnership if it means getting what she wants. Shaw, on the other hand, has a chip on her shoulder a mile wide, asserting that she is the real Ace of EVE, and she will go to any lengths to prove it.
It’s been a turbulent year in the EVE tag division, and there will be fireworks when these three teams come together tomorrow night.
So that’s Wrestle Queendom 3 in a nutshell, then. For a detailed summary of how we got here, the excellent Beau Belles will give you the official EVE rundown:
Wrestle Queendom 3 is streaming LIVE on Fite TV for all those who weren’t able to get tickets. If you can’t be there, be sure to tune in – you won’t want to miss this.