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News in Brief: Saraya & Mercedes Added to SHIMMER, Toshie Uematsu and Ran YuYu Win Tag Gold, Stacy Keibler & More

Diva Dirt is back with another fix of news, notes and tidbits in the world of women’s wrestling. Check it out below:

Saraya Knight and Mercedes Martinez have also been added to the tapings of SHIMMER volumes 45 – 48 on March 17 and 18.

It’s particularly good to see Saraya’s addition, as many had speculated that she would be rotated out or not needed without daughter Britani.

SHIMMER says of the addition of Saraya, “On the heels of some of the most memorable battles in SHIMMER history against her own daughter, Saraya Knight brings a career of over twenty years of viciousness to SHIMMER 45-48 on March 17th & 18th.”

As for Mercedes, on the last set of shows, Martinez showed a whole different side to her personality. This culminated in a brutal attack on “The Wrestling Goddess” Athena, in which she injured her leg with a steel chair. Athena was one of the first names announced for the the upcoming tapings, and we’re betting she won’t take the attack lying down.

Front row seating is sold out for the entire weekend, but you can still purchase general admission tickets here.

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Like Jessie McKay, Ireland’s Rhia O’Reilly will also make her Canadian debut at NCW Femmes Fatales VIII on March 10 in Montreal.

She’ll be facing off against SheNayNay in singles action. O’Reilly made her debut on SHIMMER’s pre-show SPARKLE in a match against Brittany Force last March.

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Pro Wrestling WAVE crowned new tag team champions at an event held on February 5th at the Minami Move On Arena in Osaka, Japan.

Wrestling veterans Toshie Uematsu and Ran YuYu defeated Ayumi Kurihara and Kana in 18:44 to pick up the victory… and the gold. Congratulations to Uematsu and YuYu!

The show also played host to:
* Shuu Shibutani def. Mika Iida (10:56)
* Moeka Haruhi def. Kyusei Ninja Ranmaru (7:13)
* Tomoka Nakagawa def. Ayako Hamada, Aya Yuki, Hanako Nakamori, Cherry, GAMI, Mio Shirai, Misaki Ohata, Sawako Shimono and Yumi Okha in a Gauntlet Match
— GAMI def. Yumi Okha (3:37)
— GAMI vs. Cherry went to a Time Limit draw (10:00)
— Aya Yuki def. Hanako Nakamori (5:58)
— Ayako Hamada def. Aya Yuki (1:47)
— Ayako Hamada def. Mio Shirai (4:29)
— Ayako Hamada vs. Sawako Shimono went to a Time Limit draw (10:00)
— Tomoka Nakagawa def. Misaki Ohata (9:35)

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Over in Mexico on February 3, for CMLL at the Arena Mexico, Amapola teamed up with the “Las Ladies de Polanco” of Princesa Blanca and Princesa Sugei to defeat Dallys la Caribena, Estrellita and Lady Apache.

Also on February 3, for AAA’s TV taping at Arena Miguel Canto de Cozumel, Sexy Star and Mini Histeria toppled Faby Apache and Mascarita Dorada.

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Nevaeh defeated Kimber Lee on February 4th in Indianapolis for CZW.

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Maria Kanellis and Mia Yim have both been added to the list of announced talent for the next Ring of Honor tapings, to be held on March 3 at the Du Burns Arena in Baltimore, MD.

Speaking of Maria, as the creative director of the ladies division in Crossfire Entertainment, she’ll be “presenting” the women’s match between Jessicka Havok and Angel Dust on March 17 at the Fairgrounds Sports Arena in Nashville. Given what Havok has to say about Maria below, could we be expecting an exchange or confrontation between the two at the show?

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Former Diva Stacy Keibler hosted the Big Game Eve at The Bank Nightclub (at the Bellagio Resort and Casino) on February 4 in Las Vegas. She wore a cute Alexander Wang mini-dress and Christian Louboutin heels on the red carpet. Her appearance has been covered by OMG! NOW on Yahoo.

In other Stacy news, she’s supposedly being inundated with offers to wear brand-name clothing at more than $5,000 a piece during Fashion Week, which begins Thursday.

“She’s an all-American girl. She’s hot in the press right now,” a fashion marketer told the NY Post.

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In Diva Dirt news, Editor Melanie Rob will be giving an interview for the Wombat Sports podcast today at 4pm ET (1pm PST/9pm UK). Melanie will be talking about women’s wrestling, women’s MMA, the launch of Diva Dirt MMA and the upcoming Pro-Wrestling: EVE “No Man’s Land” Internet pay per view.

Listen to the interview live here.

That’s the news for now. Which tidbits have got you talking? Tell us in the comments…

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