A bumper two weeks of women’s wrestling kicks off this weekend with SHIMMER: Women Athletes undertaking two days of DVD tapings for volumes 41-44. With close to 40 wrestlers expected to compete over the weekend, fans have got 12 hours of debuts, returns, twists, turns and top quality wrestling to look forward to in Berwyn, IL.
As mentioned, there will be a number of new faces at the tapings, the most publicised is the current SMASH Divas Champion Kana. The 30-year old took the title earlier this month by beating rival Serena Deeb, ending her seven match undefeated streak, and avenging the two pinfall losses to her gaijin opponent. In addition to wrestling at SHIMMER, Kana will also compete in CHIKARA the following weekend against current SHIMMER Champion Madison Eagles, and former titleholder Sara Del Rey.
Current JWP Openweight Champion Hailey Hatred returns to the US to wrestle for the first time at SHIMMER on October 1 before going on to Absolute Intense Wrestling the following day to take on Cherry Bomb. Arguably the most successful non-Japanese female wrestling talent to ever compete in Japan, Hatred had an absolute slew of titles in her possession, and was criminally left out of the PWI Female 50 this year, because the magazine does not recognise wrestling from Japan or Mexico.
Yumi Ohka’s debut has been slightly overshadowed by Kana’s arrival, but she will be unlikely to accept being looked past. A member of Misaki Ohata’s Black Dahlia group in WAVE, 32-year old Ohka has been wrestling for close to a decade after originally lacing up the boots to migrate into the acting industry, though elected to stay wrestling instead. She could be the sleeper star of the weekend.
SHIMMER Academy graduate Veda Scott follows in the footsteps of Jamilia Craft, Jessie “Bonesaw” Brooks and Mia Yim in earning a spot in the promotion. The dogtooth-wearing redhead made a good first impression at AIW’s Girls Night Out 4 this summer in her match with Cherry Bomb, and caused a heart-stopping moment when her head collided with the ringpost in a move which left many spectators wondering if she was dead. Fortunately, no major damage was done, and it made for one hell of a dramatic (improvised) ending.
Finally, there’s West Coast debutant Davina Rose, who has tangled with a number of SHIMMER mainstays such as Sara Del Rey, Allison Danger and Amazing Kong, as well as being given tutelage by Serena Deeb. She comes into the promotion with a decent amount of fanfare and expectations, and could skyrocket her name with a number of good showings.
Speaking of which, five women who made a great first impression are returning for another bite of the cherry. Christina Von Eerie caused a splash straight away by being beaten backstage by Del Rey then beating her via count out in her debut. She fell to Del Rey’s Royal Butterfly on volume 38, but she had established herself as a force, and is expected to achieve again on volumes 41-44.
Courtney Rush and Mena Libra cemented themselves during their debut against each other on volume 37. Libra got the win with her Ambassador Bridge finisher, but not before suffering some of the biggest suplexes the Eagles Club had ever seen – including one back suplex where she was folded up like a deckchair. With her swagger, look and demeanour, Rush was a big hit, and is a big prospect in her native Canada.
And then there was the Knight Dynasty.
Nobody has ever had a debut like Britani and Saraya. Baiting fans, making threats, shouting loud and generally being an utter nuisance, the mother and daughter combination owned the building when they were out there – so much so that they were spat at, a rarity in clued-up wrestling fans. Expect more of the same antics this weekend.
Since the previous tapings wrapped back in late March, a number of SHIMMER talents have travelled the world honing their craft. Mia Yim and Serena Deeb are probably the two who have the most stamps in their passport, making numerous trips to Japan for REINA and SMASH respectively, while Deeb has also wrestled in Puerto Rico for the World Wrestling Council. Portia Perez, Nicole Matthews and Sara Del Rey have also travelled to Japan for REINA, and Mercedes Martinez made the trip to compete in the Queen Of Stardom tournament, falling to Nanae Takahashi. In addition, Matthews has also gone to Australia to compete for the SHIMMER championship against Eagles and Jessie McKay in PWWA, and traded wins with Eagles in the subsequent days at a festival in the country. While we’re on about Australia, there’s also Kellie Skater, who is the proverbial nomad, making trips to Canada, Japan and various promotions in the US such as nCw: Femmes Fatales, REINA, IndyGurlz, Women Superstars Uncensored and more.
A number of talking points still exist after March. As it pertains to the championship, titleholder Madison Eagles is slowly descending into madness as her obsession with keeping hold of the belt grows stronger. At times, she seems like Gollum with his ‘precious’ or Stone Cold Steve Austin during the summer of 2001 trying to hold onto the WWF Championship, and it makes her matches even more engrossing, as you know that she will fight with her final breath to keep hold of the title that justifies her existence. She doesn’t cheat – in fact, she hasn’t since she won the #1 contender match over Cheerleader Melissa on volume 30 – but is so overbearing with her own praise for herself that it makes her hated by the crowd.
Ah yes, Melissa. The woman who is fighting to get back to the top of the heap so she can earn another shot at the SHIMMER title that she so desperately wants. She had a shot at it and failed, and is starting from scratch to get another crack at Eagles. Expect her to continue that run at the belt, and expect Eagles to grow more and more paranoid and fearful as Melissa edges closer to another opportunity.
The other big story arc is the ongoing feud between Serena Deeb and Portia Perez. Both have traded shady wins – Portia made Serena pass out from the Just Facelock after pulling her away from the ropes while the ref was distracted by Nicole Matthews, while Deeb pinned Perez on volume 40 even though Portia’s foot was on the ropes – so it is likely that they will clash again to decide who is the better woman. I have my own theories on what will happen, but I’ll keep it to myself so I don’t jinx things.
SHIMMER promoter Dave Prazak is traditionally keeping his cards close to his chest, but is assuring us we’ll see them by the end of Sunday:
The whole crew is looking forward to this weekend’s events, as it’s honestly the strongest talent lineup we’ve ever had for a set of tapings. The list speaks for itself. We’re not officially announcing anything in advance other than who will be appearing, and even that isn’t a complete list. There will be additional surprises. Anyone who has been following our product closely can sort of predict some of the matches that will take place on this set of shows based on existing rivalries, but part of what I like about the live appeal of SHIMMER tapings is the “mystery factor” heading into our shows. Since we’ve built a strong enough following to fill the venue in advance without needing to advertise anything except a partial talent list, we have the opportunity to create a unique live atmosphere where the fans in attendance don’t know who is going to come through the curtain next.
The action kicks off the night before at AAW at the Eagles Club with former SHIMMER Champion MsChif teaming with former Tag Team Champion Nevaeh and McKay to take on Eagles, Sassy Stephie and Mena Libra in a precursor to the weekend. The Ringbelles team will be there to cover the results and give you our thoughts, so keep an eye on the website over the weekend and into next week, as we will be looking to suffocate you with news, interviews and videos.
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Sara Del Rey will meet Mike Quackenbush in CHIKARA on October 7 in the 12 Large: Summit, with the winner going forward to its High Noon iPPV on November 13 to determine its first ever singles champion. Del Rey had beaten Icarus, Claudio Castagnoli and Ophidian to get to this point… Mayumi Ozaki will join Manami Toyota, Aja Kong and Meiko Satomura for Joshimania in December… According to the Wrestling Observer, TNA didn’t remember that Rosita was a “child of 9/11” or that she had been featured on the NBC special on the subject until the day of No Surrender. That doesn’t shock me in any way… Irina Janjic has been given the name Leah West in FCW… Reby Sky told the Busted Open XM show that she’s received hate mail since calling the police to try and get help for her boyfriend Matt Hardy. Considering he’s accepted WWE’s offer of rehab, she absolutely did the right thing… Gail Kim will be the subject of an interactive live shoot interview at WWNLive.com on October 12… Sassy Stephie and Melanie Cruise have been announced for SHIMMER this weekend… Jessicka Havok won the WSU Spirit Championship from Rain on Saturday night after Rain had defeated Sassy Stephie for the belt earlier on in the evening. It all went down at a Great Championship Wrestling event in Levittown, PA… Cheerleader Melissa has signed up for Smashing Pumpkins’ frontman Billy Corgan’s Resistance Pro wrestling promotion… Daffney was placed on 12 months probation and ordered to attend a DUI school after pleading no contest to charges of driving under the influence with property damage… Tara credits Chyna for getting her into wrestling, and regrets not being able to have a match with her during her brief stint in TNA earlier this year… Hikaru Shida will face Alpha Female at Pro Wrestling EVE v Ice Ribbon in just over a week… Rhia O’Reilly turned heel following her defeat to Super Janey B after their match at SWE at the weekend… Congratulations to Sendai Girls’ DASH Chisako & Sendai Sachiko who won the Ice Ribbon International Ribbon Tag Team Championship, and La Comandante & Zeuxis, who became REINA’s first tag team titleholders. Both went through tournaments at the weekend… Terra Calaway quit Lucha Pro while still the Women’s Champion. She also owned the belt, so she is taking that with her… Madison Rayne won the Dynamite Championship Wrestling Women’s Title on Saturday… Lita, Mickie James, Nicole Bass, Melina, Ashley Massaro, Tammy Lynn Sytch and Jillian Hall are all scheduled to appear at the Legends of the Ring expo at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Monroe , NJ on October 8… Beth Phoenix will face Kelly Kelly for the Divas Championship for the THIRD time this Sunday at Hell in the Cell… OVW’s Solo Darling is now billing herself as Christie Belle Smothers… NWA Phoenix Wrestling is holding a free all-women show in Nashville on Friday which will be recorded for iPPV.
September 20: WWE NXT (Dayton, OH) – AJ b Maxine
September 21: Ohio Valley Wrestling (Louisville, KY) – Izza Belle Smothers b Taeler Hendrix
September 22: Impact Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Micke James b Brooke Tessmacher
September 22: Florida Championship Wrestling (Tampa, FL) – Audrey Marie b Leah West
September 23: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Lady Apache & Marcela b Princesa Blanca & Princesa Sugheit
September 23: TNA (Springfield, IL) – Winter b Velvet Sky
September 23: WWE (Albuquerque, NM) – Kelly Kelly b Beth Phoenix
September 23: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Hamuko Hoshi b Sayaka Obihiro; Mochi Miyagi b Maki Nurumiya; Emi Sakura b Dorami Nagano & Ribbon Takanashi in a 3-way; Hikaru Shida & Tsukasa Fujimoto b Kurumi & Tsukushi
September 23: WWE SmackDown (Dayton, OH) – Beth Phoenix & Natalya b AJ & Kaitlyn
September 23: REINA (Tokyo, Japan) – Lady Afrodita b Mamoru Ishibashi; Portia Perez & Nicole Matthews b Mia Yim & Sara Del Rey; Dama de Hierro & Amapola b Kyoko Kimura & Yumiko Hotta; Comandante & Zeuxis b Aki Kambayashi & Saya
September 23: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – Rabbit Mito b Aoi Yagami; masu-me b Nana Kawasa; Command Bolshoi & Nao Komatsu b Kayako Haruyama & Manami Katsu; Sachie Abe & KAZUKI b Toshie Uematsu & Maury; Leon, Hanako Nakamori & Misaki Ohata b DASH Chisako, Sendai Sachiko & Hiren; Emi Sakura b Kaori Yoneyama; Hailey Hatred b Tsubasa Kuragaki
September 23: OZ Academy (Tokyo, Japan) – Aya Yuki b Nao Komatsu; Kaori Yoneyama & Ayumi Kurihara b AKINO & Tomoka Nakagawa; Dynamite Kansai b Chikayo Nagashima; Manami Toyota b Carlos Amano; Aja Kong, Ran Yu-Yu & Hiroyo Matsumoto b Mayumi Ozaki, Yumi Ohka & Hiren
September 24: Great Championship Wrestling (Levittown, PA) – Rain b Sassy Stephie to win the WSU Spirit Championship; Alicia & Brittney Savage b Allysin Kay & Jessicka Havok; Jessicka Havok b Rain to win the WSU Spirit Championship
September 24: TNA (Hammond, IN) – Winter b Velvet Sky
September 24: WWE (El Paso, TX) – Kelly Kelly b Beth Phoenix
September 24: Ice Ribbon (Yokohama, Japan) – Tsukasa Fujimoto & Hikaru Shida b Kaori Yoneyama & Sayaka Obihiro; Manami Toyota & Tsukushi b Ray & Kurumi; DASH Chisako & Sendai Sachiko b Hikari Minami & Riho; Hamuko Hoshi & Mochi Miyagi b Human Gum & Young Kappa; Manami Toyota & Tsukushi b Tsukasa Fujimoto & Hikaru Shida; DASH Chisako & Sendai Sachiko b Hamuko Hoshi & Mochi Miyagi; Nekko Nitta Emi Sakura, Maki Narumiya, Meari Naito & Dorami Nagano in an elimination match; DASH Chisako & Sendai Sachiko b Tsukushi & Manami Toyota to win the International Ribbon tag team championship
September 24: Northern Championship Wrestling (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) – Mathieu St. Jacques & Thomas Dubois b Kalamity & Lufisto
September 24: REINA (Yokohama, Japan) – Comandante & Zeuxis b Portia Perez & Nicole Matthews to win the REINA Tag Team Championship
September 24; Southside Wrestling Entertainment (Huntingdon, England) – Super Janey B b Rhia O’Reilly
September 24: New York Wrestling Connection (Babylon, NY) – Nikki Styx b Marti Belle & Violet Stevens in a 3-way
September 24: WWE (Amarillo, TX) – Alicia Fox b Natalya
September 24: Heartland Wrestling Association (Norwood, OH) – Nevaeh b Lil Naughty
September 25: REINA (Osaka, Japan) – Apple Miyuki & Aoi Ishibashi b Kyusei Ninja Ranmaru & Lady Afrodita; Apple Miyuki & Aoi Ishibashi b Kyusei Ninja Ranmaru & Lady Afrodita; Nicole Matthews & Portia Perez b Hiroyo Matsumoto & Saya; La Commandante & Zeuxis b Kyoko Kimura & Dama de Hierro; Aki Kanbayashi b Mia Yim; Yumiko Hotta b Sara Del Rey
September 25: TNA (Hilldale, MI) – Winer b Velvet Sky
September 26: WWE Raw (Kansas City, MO) – Beth Phoenix & Natalya b Eve Torres & Kelly Kelly
September 30: AAW (Berwyn, IL) – MsChif, Nevaeh & Jessie McKay v Mena Libra, Sassy Stephie & Madison Eagles
September 30: NWA Phoenix Wrestling (Nashville, TN) – Tracy Taylor v Jessie Belle Smothers; Christie Ricci v Sojo Bolt; Lady Vendetta v Diane Von Hoffman; Taryn Shay v Crystal Fire; Izza Belle Smothers v Pandora
September 30: Melbourne City Wrestling (Tullamarine, Australia) – Shazza McKenzie v Harley Wonderland
October 1 & 2: SHIMMER: Women Athletes (Berwyn, IL)
October 2: Absolute Intense Wrestling (Cleveland, OH) – Hailey Hatred v Cherry Bomb
October 3: AAA (Leon, Mexico) – Fenix, Lolita, Mascarita Divina & Pimpinela Escarlata v Dark Dragon, Jennifer Blake, Mini Histeria & Nygma
October 7: Dynamo Pro Wrestling (Glen Carbon, IL) – MsChif v Billy McNeil v Jamie Lyte v Jackal v Makaze v Jack Gamble
October 7: CHIKARA (Burlington, NC) – Madison Eagles v Kana; Mike Quackenbush v Sara Del Rey
October 8: IWA Unlimited (Olney, IL) – Angelus Layne & Rachel Summerlyn v Athena & Serenity
October 8: nCw Femmes Fatales (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) – Tiana Ringer v Mercedes Martinez; Tomoka Nakagawa v Portia Perez v Sweet Cherrie; Cheerleader Melissa v Mary Lee Rose; Lufisto v Kalamity; Angie Skye v Cherry Bomb; Courtney Rush v Kellie Skater
October 8: Lucha POP (Tlalnepantla de Baz, Mexico) – Mary & Faby Apache v Keira & Lolita
October 8: CHIKARA (Kingsport, TN) – Sara Del Rey v Kana; Jessie McKay v Madison Eagles
October 8 and 9: Pro Wrestling: EVE v Ice Ribbon (Nottingham, UK) – April Davids v Jenny Sjodin; Hikaru Shida v Alpha Female
October 9: AAA ( Monterrey , Mexico ) – Cinthia Moreno, Fabi Apache & Mari Apache v Jennifer Blake, Sexy Star & Velvet Sky
October 9: St Louis Anarchy (Fairview Heights, IL) – Rachel Summerlyn v Darin Corbin
October 15: Dungeon Championship Wrestling (Newhall, CA) – Allison Danger & Sara Del Rey v NY Knockout Nikki & Morgan
October 15: Extreme World Wrestling (Hastings, England) – Skarlett v Sweet Saraya; Lucy Clayden v Pollyanna
October 26: SMASH (Osaka, Japan) – Syuri & Makoto v Kana & Mio Shirai
October 28: SMASH (Tokyo, Japan) – Kana v Aki Shizuku; Syuri v Makoto v Ray v Tomoka Nakagawa
October 28: Extreme Canadian Championship Wrestling (Surrey, NC, Canada) – Nicole Matthews v KC Spinelli
October 29: Nitro Pro Wrestling Alliance (Blackpool, England) – Kay Lee Ray v Jenny Sjodin
November 5: New Scene Wrestling (Birmingham, England) – Alpha Female v Jenny Sjodin; April Davids & Jemma Palmer v Darcy Steele & Becky James
November 6: New Scene Wrestling (Birmingham, England) – Alpha Female v Jenny Sjodin; Kay Lee Ray v Carmel Jacob
November 19: World Association of Women’s Wrestling (Norwich, England) – Sweet Saraya v Allison Danger; Queen Maya v Amazon; Destiny v Miss Mina
November 19: International Wrestling Cartel (Meadville, PA) – Traci Brooks v Gail Kim
November 19: Women Superstars Uncensored (Union City, NJ) – Jetta & Rain v The Boston Shore; Serena Deeb v Melina; Mercedes Martinez, Alicia & Brittney Savage v Jessicka Havok, Allysin Kay & Sassy Stephie; Nikki Styx v Gabby Gilbert; Becky Bayless v Rick Cataldo
January 8, 2012 Bull Nakano retirement show (Tokyo, Japan)
March 3, 2012 Women Superstars Uncensored (Union City, NJ) – Mercedes Martinez v Jessicka Havok; Sassy Stephie & Allysin Kay v Brittney Savage & Alicia
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– Lee Burton