Parade of champions at SHIMMER

With today’s announcement that JWP Openweight Champion Hailey Hatred would be appearing at SHIMMER: Women Athletes in Berwyn, IL on October 1 (before going on to Cleveland, OH the following day to wrestle Cherry Bomb in Absolute Intense Wrestling), we at Ringbelles realised that the upcoming volumes 41-44 DVD tapings would be a veritable smorgasbord of titleholders from across the world.

After all, Hatred – who we interviewed last month as part of the Women Of Wrestling Podcast also holds the TLW World and AIW Hybrid Fighting championships, and a number of the women already announced have their fair share of belts between themselves.

You have the SHIMMER and PWWA Champion Madison Eagles – so already, we have Australasia, Japan and North America covered. Following them are the SHIMMER Tag Team Champions of Tomoka Nakagawa and Daizee Haze to round off the promotion’s official champions, and then we get on to the others…

We also have Sara Del Rey, who holds the Pro Wrestling SUN title; NWA Midwest Champion MsChif; Women Superstars Uncensored titleholder Mercedes Martinez; Extreme Canadian Championship Wrestling Supergirls champ Nicole Matthews, and; Kellie Skater, who holds the Indygurlz Australia belt.

And if that wasn’t enough, either Kana or Serena Deeb will walk into SHIMMER as the inaugural SMASH Divas Champion, as they face each other in the final match of the tournament in Tokyo, Japan on September 8. Deeb holds the psychological edge, having pinned Kana twice already, but an unofficial poll of Ringbelles followers on Facebook and Twitter finds that most of you believe that Kana will walk out of SMASH 21 as the titleholder. Deeb’s response was typical for her – she described it as “motivation” to prove the doubters wrong.

With such an impressive list of titleholders, it could be argued that the upcoming SHIMMER tapings will be the most star-studded array of talent of independent female wrestlers from all over the globe. We at Ringbelles already have our tickets for both days of action, which will likely be around 40 matches spread over two days. There are still general admission tickets for both the Saturday and Sunday, though we would not recommend rocking up to the door on the day looking to buy them there – as more talent is announced, those seats will quickly be filled. make sure you don’t miss out by clicking here.

- Lee Burton