After withdrawing from CHIKARA and moving back to Australia, many would have expected SHIMMER and PWWA Champion Madison Eagles to rest up her injured shoulder and prepare herself for the return of PWWA on September 3 for her next SHIMMER title defence against both Nicole Matthews and former tag team partner Jessie McKay.
But this is Madison Eagles we’re talking about. This is the woman who perforated her eardrum during her #1 contenders’ match against Cheerleader Melissa in SHIMMER and came back the next day to wrestle MsChif and win the title. This is the woman who fractured her wrist and elbow last year and carried on training through it. This is the woman who had racked her shoulder up in a car accident in April and still went balls to the wall against Courtney Rush at nCw Femmes Fatales VI less than two months later.
So when she returned unannounced to her home fed of PWA in Liverpool, Australia on Friday after living in the US for six months, she wasn’t there to stand and wave at the fans. Instead, she turned heel by kicking Jessie McKay in the face and delivering a Hellbound (Death Valley Driver over the knee) to Robbie Eagles, setting the stall for the SHIMMER title match Before the turn, it would have been heel Matthews against babyfaces McKay and Eagles. Now, the pressure is on Everybody’s Favourite Girlfriend, who has her longtime SHIMMER rival in Matthews, and former tag team partner and regular opponent Eagles gunning for her.
The speculation over this match has been pretty great, partly because this is the first SHIMMER title match to be sanctioned outside of the US and is the first in a good couple of years that won’t take place in Berwyn, but also because of the physical state of Eagles.
Our 6’1” champion returned to Australia because it is easier to get treatment and rehab for that injured shoulder. It has led many to speculate just how injured that shoulder is. Will she be healthy for the SHIMMER DVD tapings in October? If she won’t – or even if there is a slight chance that she won’t – is this match set up for her to drop the championship? After all, MsChif wasn’t really on the radar for the title win when she took the belt from Sara Del Rey on volume 18, and Eagles herself was a shock winner when she beat The Boss on volume 31. With surprise switches not uncommon in the promotion, could we see McKay shake off that “Diva” moniker that Matthews has purported her to be and prove she is a worthy SHIMMER titleholder? Or on the other hand, does Matthews go from being Portia Perez’s original lackey (of sorts) to equal in the Canadian Ninjas, to surpassing her to get to the top before her tag team partner?
Should either McKay or Matthews win, there is a ready made feud against the other that is still bubbling, regardless of their numerous wars in SHIMMER over the past year or so. With the added spice of the belt being on the line, there is no reason why this can’t headline any volume, or have any number of stipulations added to it. Both of them can go, both have the right attitude and both could be seen as worthy SHIMMER Champions.
However, let’s not look past Eagles. She hasn’t wrestled in more than a month and has been healing up – albeit not as quickly or as successfully as she would have hoped – and has another two months of treatment ahead of her before the PWWA show. With a good three months of rest, recovery and rehab, could she be healthy enough to wrestler a triple threat match where the load is lessened because of the number of bodies involved? And if she is, she still has another month after that before the SHIMMER tapings. Four months of recovery with one match to break it up seems like a decent calculated risk, if her shoulder is healing of its own accord and doesn’t require surgery.
And as a side note, where does self-proclaimed PWWA Champion KC Cassidy fit in? She took it upon herself to call herself the champ and carry the belt around in Eagles absence. Does she feel like she deserves to be up there with fellow Aussie stars Eagles and McKay in title matches and main events? McKay’s vowed to rescue the title and win it fairly (for once, as she’s usually a heel in Australia), so could Cassidy want to throw out a banana peel for McKay so she doesn’t leave PWWA on September 3 as the SHIMMER Champion?
Whatever happens, it’s a very intriguing setup for a groundbreaking contest. The show takes place at the Liverpool Masonic Centre, and will also feature Cassidy, Kellie Skater, Shazza McKenzie, and New Zealand stars Evie, Megan-Kate and Britenay.
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Shelly Martinez has been added to the WILD roster. She’ll be wrestling for the WILD Championship on August 4 against Tab Jackson after their names were literally picked out of a hat… Portia Perez will return to CHIKARA on July 30. She’ll team with Tsukasa Fujimoto and Mima Shimoda against Sara Del Rey, Daizee Haze and Makoto… Mickie Knuckles will face Allysin Kay at Girls Night Out 4 on July 29… The Ice Ribbon roster has been travelling around some of the parts of Japan worst hit by the tsunami… Gail Kim tweeted about how the Divas don’t get enough ring time or storylines… Canadian TV show World of Hurt – which featured WWE signees Tenille Tayla and Irina Janjic, as well as KC Spinelli and Taya Valkyrie – will not be returning for a second series… Ariane Andrew debuted as a ring announcer in FCW this week. You’ll remember her as the clueless one who was the first out of Tough Enough after saying her favourite match ever was Melina v Alicia Fox… Joshi promotion REINA has announced a new championship belt, in conjunction with CMLL – the International Junior Championship. To be eligible for the title, a competitor must have less than 10 years experience, regardless of nationality… Get well soon to Sarah “Sarita” Stock, who had to pull out of her CMLL bookings on Friday and Saturday after suffering facial paralysis… Mickie James has challenged Mari Apache the AAA Reina de Reinas title… Dixie Carter broke her self-imposed Twitter exile since May to exclaim her excitement for Destination X… Mercedes Martinez, Nikki Roxx, Ariel, Allison Danger & MsChif have been announced for the next SHIMMER DVD tapings in October… Facebook deleted Maryse’s fan page. Probably for being too awesome… There was a Blindfold Match in NWA Championship Wrestling from Hollywood at the weekend. I am not making this up… Kaori Yoneyama announced her impending retirement after her match in JWP on Sunday… April Davids is training with the Ice Ribbon roster after reporting to the school on Friday. Her first match will be tomorrow against Dorami Nagano… Jamilia Craft debuted in DIANA on Sunday as Jennie Rose. It’s a very different look… The Bella Twins insinuated that Kelly Kelly has an eating disorder. That’s even more dangerous a piece of bullying than the Piggie James bullshit last year and WWE should tread VERY carefully with this.
July 6: WAVE (Tokyo, Japan) – Sakura Hirota & Misaki Ohata b GAMI & Moeka Haruhi; Sawako Shimotsuke v Mika Iida went to a 10 minute time limit draw; Kana v Tomoka Nakagawa went to a 15 minute time limit draw; Toshie Uematsu b Cherry; Ayumi Kurihara b Nagisa Nozaki; Mio Shirai b Yumi Ohka
July 7: Ice Ribbon (Ishinomaki, Japan) – Tsukushi b Hamuko Hoshi; Tsuyoshi Kikuchi b Yoshiaki Fujiwara; Tsukasa Fujimoto & Hikaru Shida b Emi Sakura & Mochi Miyagi
July 7 – SENDAI GIRLS (Sendai, Japan) – DASH Chisako b Sakura Hirota; Ayumi Kurihara b Miyako Morino (Misaki Ohata); DASH Chisako & Sendai Sachiko b Mayumi Ozaki & Hiren; Kagetsu b Sawako Shimono; Meiko Satomura & Ryo Mizunami b Aja Kong & Toshie Uematsu
July 7 – JWP (JWP School) – Sachie Abe & Yagami Aoi b masu-me & Manami Katsu; Command Bolshoi b Leon; Leon b Command Bolshoi; Kayoko Haruyama, Tsubasa Kuragaki, KAZUKI & Jaguar Yokota b Hanako Nakamori, Tomoko Morii, DASH Chisako & Yagami Aoi
July 7: Impact Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Velvet Sky b ODB & Jacqueline Moore
July 7: WWE Superstars – Alicia Fox b Natalya
July 8: Destination One Wrestling (Charlestown, IN) – Jimmy Feltcher & Trash Cassidy b Mad Man Pondo & Mickie Knuckles
July 8: Pro Wrestling Alliance (Liverpool, NSW, Australia) – Jessie McKay & Robbie Eagles b KC Cassidy & Matt Bailey
July 8: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Dalys la Caribeña, Goya Kong & Lluvia b Amapola, Estrellita & Princesa Blanca
July 8: 19 Pro (Saitama, Japan) – Kurumi b Dorami Nagano; Tsukasa Fujimoto & Tsukushi b Hamuko Hoshi & Hikaru Shida
July 9: Scottish Wrestling Alliance (Rutherglen, Scotland) – Nikki Storm b Kirsty Love
July 9: Extreme Canadian Championship Wrestling (Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada) – Nicole Matthews b Veronika Vice & KC Spinelli in a 3-way
July 9: Metro Pro Wrestling (Kansas City, KS) – Lucy Mendez v Miss Natural went to a double DQ
July 9: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Kurumi b Dorami Nagano; Ray b Maki Narumiya; Takashi Sasaki & Mochi Miyagi b Masa Takanashi & Chii Tomiya; Tsukasa Fujimoto & Tsukushi v Emi Sakura & Hikaru Shida went to a 20 minute time limit draw.
July 9: Melbourne City Wrestling (Thornbury, Australia) – Shazza McKenzie b Tenille Tayla
July 9: St Louis Anarchy (O’Fallon, IL) – Athena b Rachel Summerlyn
July 9: Pro Wrestling Elite (Ayr, Scotland) – Liam Thompson & Carmel Jacob b Andy Wild & Kay Lee Ray
July 9: AAA (Veracruz, Mexico) – Mickie James & Sexy Star b Fabi Apache & Mari Apache
July 10: Acid Fest II (Philadelphia, PA) – Amy Lee, Annie Social & Missy Sampson b Erik C. Jones, GQ & Ian Knoxxx
July 10: NWA Championship Wrestling from Hollywood (Los Angeles, CA) – Buggy b Candice LaRae by DQ in a Blindfold Match; Buggy v Candice LaRae went to a no-contest
July 10: STARDOM (Chiba Blue Field) – Arisa Hoshiki b Saki Kashima; Haruka v Mayu Iwatani went to a 3 minute time limit draw; Natsuki*Taiyo, Yoshiko & Yuu Yamagata b Nanae Takahashi, Yoko Bito & Eri Susa; Yoshiko won a Stardom Super Special Battle Royal
July 10: DIANA (Yokohama, Japan) – Keiko Aono b Jennie Rose; Shuri b Sareee; Ayako Sato & Aya Yuki v Ryo Mizunami & Kagetsu went to a 30 minute time-limit draw; Aja Kong & Andrea Mother b Kyoko Inoue & Kaoru Ito
July 10: Ice Ribbon (Yokohama, Japan) – Kurumi b Dorami Nagano; Maki Narumiya b Riho & Neko Nitta in a 3-way; Ray b Chii Tomiya; Ryo Mizunami & Kagetu b Hikaru Shida & Mochi Miyagi; Manami Toyota b Tsukushi; Tsukasa Fujimoto b Emi Sakura
June 10: Gakepro (Yokohama, Japan) – Tsukasa Fujimoto b Miyako Matsumoto
June 10: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – Mika Iida b masu-me; Command Bolshoi & Yagami Aoi b Leon & Manami Katsu; Sache Abe b KAZUKI & Tomoko Morii in a 3-way; Takako Inoue b Hanako Nakamori; Hailey Hatred, Toshie Uematsu & Ran Yu-Yu b Kayoko Haruyama, Tsubasa Kuragaki & Kaori Yoneyama
June 11: WWE Raw (Boston, MA) – Kelly Kelly b Melina
July 14: International Wrestling Cartel (Newell, WV) – Sara Feeny v Veda Scott
July 15: SMASH (Tokyo, Japan) – Serena Deeb v Tomoka Nakagawa; Makoto v Chii Tomiya; Genichiro Tenryu, Tajiri & Syuri v Yoshiaki Fujiwara, Funaki & Kana; Ultimo Drago, Kazu Hayashi & Ray v Hajime Ohara, Gamma & Io Shirai
July 17: Apocalypse Wrestling Federation (Whitby, Ontario, Canada) – Cherry Bomb v Brittany Force
July 17: Anarchy Championship Wrestling (Austin, TX) – Rachel Summerlyn v Scot Summers
July 17: WWE Money in the Bank (Chicago, IL) – Kelly Kelly v Brie Bella
July 23: PROWL Wrestling (Brisbane, Australia) – Niki Nitro v Baby Devine
July 24: STARDOM (Chiba Blue Field, Japan) – Saki Kashima & Eri Susa v Mayu Iwatani & Arisa Hoshiki; Haruka v Kenny Omega; Yoko Bito v TBA; Nanae Takahashi vs. Mercedes Martinez; Yuzuki Aikawa v Yoshiko; Leon v Natsuki*Taiyo; Bito-TBA winner v Takahashi-Martinez winner.
July 24: OZ Academy (Tokyo, Japan) – Hiroyo Matsumoto & Tomoka Makagawa v Meiko Satomura & Sonoko Kato
July 24: Indygurlz (Newark, NJ) – Sumie Sakai v Sara Del Rey; Annie Social v Jana
July 29: AIW Girls Night Out (Lakewood, OH) – Jessicka Havok v Angel Dust; Roxie Cotton v Portia Perez; Mickie Knuckles v Allysin Kay; Super Oprah v Sara Del Rey
July 30: CHIKARA (Reading, PA) – Mima Shimoda, Portia Perez & Tsukasa Fujimoto v Sara Del Rey, Daizee Haze & Makoto
July 31: CHIKARA (Philadelphia, PA) – Sara Del Rey v Claudio Castagnoli; Tsukasa Fujimoto v Makoto
August 4: Freak Show Wrestling (Las Vegas, NV) – Tab Jackson v Shelly Martinez
August 6: Women Superstars Uncensored (Union City, NJ) – Mercedes Martinez v Lexxus; Amy Lee v Brittney Savage; Annie Social v Serena Deeb; Jessicka Havok v Alicia; Sassy Stephie v Amber; Niya v Allisyn Kay v Marti Belle v Tina San Antonio; The Soul Sisters v Monique & Jennifer Cruz; Rain v Roxie Cotton; Barbie v Nikki Styx
August 13: SWS Pro Wrestling (Malmo, Sweden) – Jenny Sjodin v Aurora Flame
September 3: Pro Wrestling Women’s Alliance (Sydney, Australia) – Madison Eagles v Jessie McKay v Nicole Matthews
September 17: IndyGurlz (Boonton, NJ) – Mercedes Martinez v (Portia Perez selection)
September 24: IndyGurlz (Shrewsbury, MA) – Sara Del Rey v Mercedes Martinez
October 1 & 2: SHIMMER: Women Athletes (Berwyn, IL)
October 8 and 9: Pro Wrestling: EVE v Ice Ribbon (Doncaster, UK)
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