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Women Superstars United is an all-women's independent wrestling promotion based in New Jersey that has been around since 1996, though few recognize anything prior to 2006 and its official establishment is recognised in 2007, when it changed from the male shows of Wrestling Superstars Uncensored to Women Superstars Uncensored. The promotion runs live events, iPPVs and has plenty of DVD material. The promotion was among those working in agreement during Dragon Gate's first attempt to establish itself in the USA and also claims to be "the leader of women's wrestling in the northeast". In contrast with SHIMMER which provides for itself by being family friendly, WSU features plenty of violence, blood and profanity (as the "Uncensored" part suggests) as well as having storyline based entertainment. Some of WSU's wrestlers have worked in WWE and TNA (and SHIMMER as well).


WSU's gender shift was followed by running more cards a year than any other women's promotion in the USA, though this approach was abandoned following their purchase by Beyond Wrestling and ownership transfer to regional rival CZW. After being supplementary to CZW and Dojo Wars for most of 2018, 2019 saw another Retool into Women Superstars United.


"Uncensored Tropes United":

  • Action Girl/Dark Action Girl: It's a women's wrestling promotion, making it a World of Action Girls.
  • Afro Asskicker: Marti Belle, Willow Nightingale
  • Alliterative Name: Sassy Stephie, Hailey Hatred, Portia Perez, Mercedes Martinez, Monsta Mack (from the early years as Wrestling Superstars Uncensored)
  • Bad Boss DJ Hyde tried to put a good foot forward after buying WSU but no one bought it and the crowd cheered when Jessicka Havok dropped him on his head. Hyde would go on to team up with Havok's ex Midwest Militia partners and make Sassy Stephie the company manager in his steed.
  • Badass Boast: The research was done, Nikki Roxx is 90% muscle.
  • Biker Babe: Amber O'Neal of the Jerk Jock(usually) variety, Amy Lee of the 1% variety
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Tina San Antonio was revealed to be this, feigning an injury so she could have a (kayfabe) secret WWE tryout while she and Marti Belle were Tag Team Champions.
  • Canon Discontinuity: Everything prior to 2007 will only get continuity nods at best. And before that any possible WSU activity that could have occurred prior to Jac Sabboth using the name was ignored.
  • Cheap Pop: Solo Darling has a bazooka that fires sweets, which she has shot into the crowd.
  • Cloudcuckoo Lander: Mickie Knuckles is...a hard one to predict. Meanwhile, LuFisto thinks she's an anime. Chris Dickinson is the greatest women's wrestler ever, or so he claims.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Good lord Amy Lee. Annie Social and Kimber Lee do this as well.
  • Combat Commentator: Missy Hyatt, Sean Hanson. Monsta Mack and Cindy Rogers have made returns to the promotion to do commentary as well.
  • Complexity Addiction: The Midwest Militia, judging by the end of Breaking Barriers II. They were in a 6-woman War Games match that could only be won by one member of the opposing team forfeiting for all of them. They handcuffed Brittney Savage and Alicia to the ropes and threatened Mercedes Martinez with a machete, forcing Brittney to forfeit the match for them. Oh and before that, they also knocked out the referee several times, got other participants locked out of the cage and mugged the ringside doctor.
  • Country Matters: Allysin Kay and Sassy Stephie didn't think too highly of "Chicks Using Nasty Tricks", to which Annie Social responded that's exactly what she and Kimberly were and on an "Uncensored" show no one should have been afraid to call a cunt a cunt if they really wanted to get it off their chest.
  • Crossover: Besides the promotions already mentioned, the NYWC Women's Champion and NCW Femmes Fatales International Champion tend to be featured. Barbi Hayden defended the NWA World Women's Title a couple times too.
  • Darker and Edgier: Even more than TNA.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: The Boston Shore apparently expected Melina to lie down for Lexxus based on her standout match with Mercedes Martinez and then jumped her for not only fighting back but winning. Rain and Serena, not exactly known for their compassion, decided the Shore really needed to cut it out. For that display of sympathy, Lexxus laid out the already not medically cleared to compete Serena with a chair backstage.
  • Eviler Than Thou: DJ Hyde basically demands worship as the undisputed god king of all venues he graces. All the sudden Jessicka Havok's continued rebellion against the promotion really doesn't look so bad.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Lufisto at the end of Uncensored Rumble V. Don't worry, there was a Heel–Face Turn during the search for a new champion to take Havok's place.
  • Facial Markings: Sassy Stephie has had an eye spot under one of her eyes. Also, The Nigerian Nightmares have shown up during National Wrestling Superstars crossovers managed by Voodoo Princess Sheeta. Athena has a mask that leaves behind marks on her face. Hania The Howling Huntress sometimes applies warpaint.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Subverted by Angel Orsini and Jazz, who it turned out wasn't too interested in making up with her long time enemy. Jazz did help draw Orsini and Mercedes Martinez closer together though.
  • Flower Motifs: Wouldn't you know Daizee Haze and The Black Rose Nikki Syxx brought such motifs?
  • Fragile Speedster: Niya and Divina Fly. Not speedy enough to escape Rain's Army and fragile enough to make an example of.
  • The Giant: Alpha Female, brought in to stand in the way of the nominally banned Havok.
  • Girly Bruiser: Marti Belle, former model/actress and damn fine wrestler too.
  • Gorgeous George: Rick Cataldo, the "Boy Diva".
  • Gratuitous Princess: Princess Jana, The Portuguese Princess Ariel, The Punk Princess Christina Von Eerie, New Age Princess Kristen Astara, The Hardcore Princess Jewells Malone, Princess Jessie(Kaye) of Voorhees Township
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door:
    • As of late 2011, Mercedes Martinez was a heel in SHIMMER and a face in WSU. The International Home-Wrecking Crew have also appeared as both faces and heels with the promotion.
    • Kimber Lee was a heel in CZW and a face in WSU while Christina Von Eerie was the opposite to her in both promotions. Neither really changed in character either, just the atmosphere around them. WSU is mostly what Kimber Lee wants to change CZW into already while a lot of the tactics the Combat Zone does not bat an eye at are considered dirty cowardice on Uncensored.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Since leaving WWE Serena had competed as a heel at WSU and would have been the heel in her match with Melina. Her injury turned her face when she appeared at the PPV and she even prevented outside interference in the match.
  • Humiliating Wager: Mercedes' hair was on the line during a bullrope match match with Angel Orsini, but she won.
  • I'll Kill You!: We'll kill you? The Midwest Militia had been making the threat toward Mercedes Martinez for weeks but no one really took them seriously as they should have until the Militia attempt to beat Martinez to death was already well in progress with Amy Lee, Alicia and Brittney Savage were Forced to Watch. They seemed to finally stop when it was clear Martinez couldn't even move anymore but no, Havok at least was willing to finish the job.
  • Imperiled in Pregnancy: Luscious Latasha decided to wait until the last minute to tell her tag team partner she was pregnant. Jana, understandably, was a bit annoyed but giving Latasha a splash was probably crossing the line. However, after Latasha was taken to the hospital it was revealed she was mistaken about her pregnancy, though too late to keep the team together.
  • Insistent Terminology: Cherry Bomb no longer uses cattle mutilation but a "grass fed beef lock".
  • Joisey: Before TNA had the shore, there was Angel Orsini, and she had a successful run here. Later there was Jessie Kaye, Joiesy royalty.
  • Loser Leaves Town
    • At Breaking Barriers II Jennifer Cruz defeated Niya to send the latter packing. A few weeks later, we saw Ezavuel Suarez, whoever she is.
    • At WSU As the World Turns, Rick Cataldo, who had been fired but hired back due to the lobbying of Sean Hanson, beat former partner Roxie Cotton in a loser leaves WSU match. Then Hanson lost a loser leaves WSU match to Big Van Missy.
  • Lovely Angels: The, ahem, more contrasted teams such as The Belle Saints, The Boston Shore, The Soul Sisters, International Home-Wrecking Crew, Bones n Roses.
  • MacGuffin: The WSU Title(upgraded to World Title when Mercedes Martinez beat Angel Orsini to unify it and the All Guts No Glory belt), Spirit Title and Tag Team Titles. Okay, they make good bludgeons but so does an empty seat. Like most wrestling titles, what they represent is what makes so many want one, not anything they actually do.
  • Made of Iron: Mercedes Martinez held the WSU Title for three years and one famous match with Lexxus lasted 73 minutes, ending in a draw.
  • Madonna–Whore Complex: Before the first all women's show, one of the main WSU champions was a pimp and the women remain the metaphorical whores in comparison to SHIMMER. In this case there is a little more crossover than WWE vs TNA, due to invitational nature of SHIMMER (and the fact the Ring of Honor/SHIMMER academy tends to boot graduates like Bones 'N Roses out the door to get experience elsewhere), but it always makes the effort to present its talent as family friendly Madonnas while WSU has no problem if the girls are dead set on being brash, curse happy and a lot more sexualised Whores.
  • Malevolent Masked Man: Masked women in this case. Besides Big Van Missy, Mercedes Martinez attacked Luna Vachon and Amy Lee under a mask while she wasn't medically cleared to wrestle in 2007.
  • Master-Apprentice Chain: Angel Orsini > Molly Holly > Daffney
  • The Mole: Becky Bayless posed as Alicia's most hated rival while secretly helping her win and retain the WSU Title. Alicia would reward Bayless for a job well done by handing her the title. The title change was not recognized and the fact they even tried this lead to Tammy Lynn Sytch getting a wrestling license and beating Alicia for the belt after Alicia went through a triple threat match)
  • Mood Whiplash: Even more so than WWE and TNA because their storylines can shift from ridiculous and comedic to downright serious and often horrific in one night.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Allysin Kay's Red Baron is "The AK-47".
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown
    • Kacee Carlisle and Kylie Pierce didn't take losing to Team Wigwam at Army Of One too well and handed one out to Alere Little Feather after handcuffing Missy Sampson to the ropes.
    • Mercedes really didn't appreciate Angel Orsini's little Batman Gambit involving Little Jeanne and Reyna Fire and responded by, among other things, brain busting Orsini through a table. Angel would retaliate by recruiting Rain to go after Martinez (and Kylie Pierce and Lee Morrison, but they proved to be of little use)
    • Alicia's mother threw in the towel at the fourth uncensored rumble, rather than continue to watch Havok go to work.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Gorgeous George is anything but...a Gorgeous George that is, seeing how she's an openly straight woman.
  • Nothing Is the Same Anymore: Nothing was supposed to be the same after Breaking Barriers 5, to the point CZ management wanted all three titles changing hands before the Retool. Tessa Blanchard successfully defeated World Champion Mercedes Martinez, Jordynne Grace(who previously failed to beat Martinez) beat Spirit Champion Kiera Hogan but Maria Manic held on to the tag team title belts by pulling a fan out of the audience to substitute for Penelope Ford as her partner against The Shook Crew.
  • Odd Friendship: The Iron Sheik is a former manager of Amy Lee's and has had one off WSU appearances. Also, Satan's Sisters (Luna Vachon and Amy Lee)
  • One Steve Limit
    • Do not confuse Nikki Roxx (TNA's Roxxi) Nikki Syxx and Nikki Storm. (Nikki Syxx and Nikki Adams are the same person, don't be confused about that either)
    • Blonde Ambition is Talia Madison's Finishing Move, as well as the disfunctional Tag Team of Penelope Ford and Maria Manic
  • Parts Unknown
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Rainbow Bright, Luscious Latasha and Gabby Gilbert, are smaller than Daizee Haze even. Tina San Antonio even more so, though LuFisto is the premier example. Jennifer Cruz is larger, put still stronger than she looks.
  • Plot Hole
    • Amy Lee was the referee for the infamous War Games match at Breaking Barriers II. Towards the end of the match she is handcuffed to the ropes while Havok is threatening Martinez with the machete. Why doesn't she stop the match and have the Midwest Militia taken away by security? She has the authority to overrule the stipulations of a No DQ match when one of her wrestlers lives is in danger.
    • Lexxus winning the 5th Uncensored Rumble. They did the finish WWE sometimes does by having someone hide under the ring until the rumble is over, then appear and eliminate the supposed winner. Except in WSU they are eliminated by leaving the ring, not just going over the top rope, plus Alicia's music was playing when she won and she started to cut a promo. So the referees don't question this at all?
  • Power Stable
    • Rain's Army (Amber O'Neal, Nikki Roxx, Jessicka Havok and the Minnesota Home Wrecking Crew)
    • The Cosmo Club (Amy Lee, Brittney Savage, Cindy Rogers, Jana, Melissa Coates and Rick Cataldo)
    • The Reckoning (Annie Social, Brittany Blake, Chrissy Rivera, Su Yung and Samantha Heights)
  • Power Trio: The Beatdown Betties (Annie Social, Roxie Cotton, Rick Caltaldo), Acid's Angels (Amy Lee, Annie Social and Missy Sampson), The Midwest Militia (Jessicka Havok, Sassy Stephie, Allysin Kay-they actually have more members, as Mademoiselle Rachelle revealed)
  • Punny Name: Reyna Fire (known better as Rayna Von Tosh)
  • Red Baron: Many. Among them, "The Sin City Siren" Terra Calaway, "The Latina Sensation" Mercedes Martinez (even features sensation on one of her pants pairs), "The Oncoming Storm" Kalamity (on loan) The Death Machine (Jessicka Havok and later, Sami Callihan, who would incidentally fight with Havok)
  • Religious Bruiser: Kristen Astara is a spiritualist of the new age movement, though it can be easy to forget sometimes since she's mostly the same Alpha Bitch of Team Blondage, besides the occasional meditation and more sparkly gear. Also, Martinez credits her faith for her return to the ring after almost being killed by Havok, who decided to mock this with a visit to a church building.
  • The Resenter: Angel Orsini toward Mercedes and Jazz after Homicide announced he wanted Mercedes Martinez as his partner for Queen and King Of The Ring, he named Jazz the toughest woman in the promotion and Pro Wrestling Illustrated sent four representatives to award Mercedes Martinez for being the WSU's wrestler of the year and the 2nd best professional wrestler in all the world during 2010.
  • Retired Badass: Cindy Rogers, former wrestler, now colour commentator. Also Amy Lee, wrestler-turned-commissioner.
  • Rival Dojos: With CZW also comes the students from its dojo and WSU support for its Dojo Wars B Show/spinoff.
  • Sassy Black Woman: The Soul Sisters, as you'd expect. Jazz was around too. Ravana Xin not so much, but her HEX partner Nina Monet very much so.
  • Screaming Warrior: Some, such as Candy Cartwright, get calls such as "She's a screamer", and yes, legendary screamers Daffney Unger and Melina Perez have shown up here. Hania doesn't just scream, she howls.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Many women left the company after the ownership changed hands to Beyond Wrestling in 2012.
  • She-Fu: Parodied with Fight The World alumna, Candy Cartwright, who multiple cartwheels proved really ineffective for.
  • Shout-Out
    • Amy Lee's red baron "Prime Time" is in reference to "Prime Time" Brian Lee, who debuted one year before her.
    • The August 22, 2008 show was titled WSU Us and Them and the August 23, 2008 show was WSU Another Brick in the Wall, with the DVD covers even being modeled on the album covers.
    • Della Morte used to be known as Trinity H Campbell, and its probably for the better, since she doesn't wrestle much like Hunter Hearst Hemsley.
  • The Show Must Go On: LuFisto had food poisoning but had to wrestle anyway because she was a top contender for the title the banned Jessicka Havok was stripped of. Then Athena, the other contender, got a concussion, ensuring they could not hold off on putting the belt on LuFisto.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Inverted. As a women's promotion nearly all of their on-air talent are female, with Rick Cataldo being the only male wrestler and Jon Harder as commentator. However, it was not all woman for at least a year prior and other man wrestlers sometimes try to muscle their way onto the cards. After the Beyond takeover guys have become an increasingly common sight, though few of them actually stick around for any meaningful amount of time, David Starr and JT Dunn among the more notable ones who did.
  • Southies: Lexxus, depending on what one considers to be a "Southie" anyway. She fits the unpleasant parts of the trope.
  • Spikes of Villainy: Lee and Social might be known for "Nasty Tricks" but it's hard to beat the literally spiked gear of the Midwest Militia.
  • Spiritual Successor
    • The entire promotion to ECW, some fans theorise, due to combination of violence and technically sound wrestling.
    • Rick Cataldo and Eddy McQueen as "The Fella Twins" are this to the team of Chip and Tommy Purr.
  • Summon Bigger Fish: Missy Sampson and then Awesome Kong were called by Amy Lee primarily to deal with Mercedes Martinez and Angel Orsini...calling Kong did not workout so well. Shantelle Taylor worked out better but is hard to call a "bigger" fish.
  • Swiss Cheese Security: Ever since the CZW takeover. During the Fans Bring The Weapons match at Blood And Thunder between Mickie Knuckles and Sweet Saraya they actually ran out of security!
  • Tag Team: The Killer Babes, The Diva Killaz, The Fly Girls, The Soul Sisters, The Bad Ass Beauties, C U Next Tuesday, The Juicy Product, Rainbow Bright, The Endless, The HEX, The Platinum Hunnies
  • Talk Show with Fists: Missy's Manor was originally supposed to replace one of the more famous ones, Piper's Pit in The WWF. Didn't workout so Missy Hyatt brought it here, though fists aren't always involved.
  • Tempting Fate: After getting rid of Niya, Jennifer Cruz boasted she could do the same to anyone else on the roster, which lead to April Hunter coming out and beating her.
  • 10-Minute Retirement: Becky Bayless almost literally at the tail end of 2007.
  • The Von Trope Family: Christina Von Eerie, Leah Von Dutch
  • Tournament Arc: Besides Queen and King Of The Ring, WSU has also been known to do the J-Cup with National Wrestling Superstars.
  • Trash the Set: Jessicka Havok caused $4500 dollars worth of property damage to WSU after losing the now unified World Title back to Mercedes Martinez by pin fall, even though her foot was under the bottom rope.
  • Villain of Another Story: Sozio as a "Secret Show" referee, which isn't lost on the crowds.
  • Visual Innuendo
    • Solo Darling tends to swing a bag of nuts between her legs. She's got a squirrel gimmick, you see?
    • The Platinum Hunnies wear pictures of peaches on their backsides...
  • Wild Card: As commissioner Amy Lee seems to change her mind on which wrestlers she's going to be biased against several times during the night, and this includes heels.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Hailey Hatred and Melissa Coates have thrown and struck children, respectively.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Besides Tina San Antonio pulling this on Marti Belle, Spirit Champion Brittney Savage tried to get her match with Alicia called off by feigning injury, but it didn't work. Jazz pulled it on Angel Orsini to win the 2010 Uncensored Rumble.
  • Wrestling Monster: Big Van Missy, who absolutely destroyed the not a pushover Jennifer Cruz. Also, Awesome Kong, Jessicka Havok...and Zombie from WWECW
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness
    • Angel Orsini interrupted Reyna Fire's match with Roxxie Cotton to kick Reyna's ass and choose Mercedes Martinez as a replacement tag team partner. This itself was a setup to have Martinez's ass kicked by Little Jeanne, her real new tag team partner.
    • Brooke Carter became Brittney Savage after aligning with Rick Cataldo and deciding she had no more use for Alicia.
    • Despite being the "underling", Jessicka Havok declared this to Radiant Rain when Rain made peace with Mercedes Martinez.
  • You Wanna Get Sued?: During the Midwest Militia (Sassy Stephanie/Allysin Kay)-KOA (Sugar Dunkerton/Aaron Epic) match at WSU vs. Beyond Wrestling, October 13, 2012, while Stephanie had Dunkerton in a hammerlock, Epic tried starting a "YES! YES! YES!" chant, and Allysin said, "That's trademarked."

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