SHIMMER Title goes global; defense set for PWWA

The main event has just been announced for PWWA’s September 3rd show in Sydney, Australia – and it is a history making matchup, as SHIMMER Champion and current “Best in the World” Madison Eagles defends the title for the first time outside the United States of America against not one, but two opponents.

The challengers, Australia’s Jessie McKay and Canada’s Nicole Matthews, have been involved in a long and heated rivalry in SHIMMER rings over the last year and a half. Matthews triumphed over McKay on Volume 30 (April 10, 2010), while McKay turned that around with a victory in the rematch on Volume 33 (September 11, 2010). Moving to the tag ranks, Matthews teamed with her regular partner Portia Perez as “The Canadian NINJAs” to turn back McKay & Tenille Tayla’s challenge for the SHIMMER Tag Titles on Volume 36 (September 12, 2010), but lost a quasi-rematch on Volume 38 (March 26, 2011) as McKay teamed with Serena Deeb to beat the newly beltless NINJAs. The most recent “W” goes to Matthews, however, who dropped McKay in a two out of three falls singles match on Vol 39 (March 27, 2011), but the feud looks like it is still far from settled. Appearing on the Women of Wrestling Podcast #22, Nicole acknowledged the similarities between the two as far as looks and wrestling style, and both have been successful in title match competition in their young careers – McKay with the PWWA Womens Title in Australia, and Matthews with the ECCW SuperGirls Championship (a Championship that Matthews still holds). However, while this will be Nicole Matthews’ first tilt at SHIMMER gold in the singles ranks, McKay has already tasted the competition level at the tippy-top of the SHIMMER singles rankings – coming agonisingly close to upsetting her former tag team partner Madison Eagles in the main event of SHIMMER Volume 35 in a match that can justifiably be argued as one of the best SHIMMER Title matches in company history.

But what of the Champion? Although she gutted out an appearance at NCW’s Femmes Fatales VI in June, Eagles this week announced her withdrawal from Chikara competition (and the USA in general) due to injury. The return to Australia was already on the cards, as she’d discussed with us a month or so before, but the admission from the normally ultra confident champion that her shoulder is bothering her a lot more than she’s been letting on might be the chink in the armour that either Matthews or McKay need to exploit in order to win the title. While McKay and Eagles have feuded and teamed before, it’s probably wise not to underestimate just how determined Matthews will be, given that this is her first crack at the gold.

It’s an intriguing match with several storylines coming together. Eagles may be the most vulnerable she’s ever been in her title reign so far (a reign which includes clean wins over Ayumi Kurihara, Mercedes Martinez, Cheerleader Melissa, Ayako Hamada and more), not only because of her injury, but because she is facing two challengers at once (another first for Eagles’ reign). A lot of SHIMMER fans (including us at Ringbelles) have earmarked Nicole Matthews as one of the most important names to watch going forward in SHIMMER, and a shoo-in to win the belt at some point. What better way to announce the arrival of the Matthews Era than to be able to walk into the next set of SHIMMER tapings in Berwyn’s Eagles Club in October already in possession of the SHIMMER Title? And what of McKay? Defeated in her first tilt at the title, and coming off that 2/3 falls loss to Matthews earlier this year, not only does she have the chance to avenge those losses, she has the advantage of being most well acquainted with both competitors, having fought both on multiple occasions. She more than either of her opponents will know what to expect in the ring on September 3rd. Will that be the difference?

Also scheduled to appear on the PWWA return show on September 3rd include “Rate Tank” Kellie Skater, the “self proclaimed PWWA Champion” KC Cassidy (who had some harsh words for Jessie McKay a few days ago), Shazza McKenzie, Savannah Summers, and making their PWWA debuts, New Zealand stars Evie & Megan-Kate (together known as “BFF”), along with fellow Kiwi, Britenay. You can check out some video footage of PWWA’s new NZ names on a recent Ringbelles Retro. Please make sure to stay tuned to PWWA on their new facebook page for further upcoming news on the show.

- Stew Allen
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