A couple of weeks ago, it was revealed that a psuedo-SHIMMER off-shoot promotion would be setting up in Florida, run by former FIP promoter (and longtime SHIMMER DVD editor) Sal Hamaoui, as well as former SHIMMER stars Lexie Fyfe and Daffney, and would be shown on iPPV. Since then, we have been told that the promotion will be called SHINE Wrestling (which lends itself to the SHIMMER and SPARKLE format), with the shows taking place at the Orpheum in Ybor City, FL, with the first one taking place on Friday, July 20. However, earlier today, SHINE released its poster for the first show (entitled SHINE 1) which you can see to your right – and it features a combination of the familiar and not-so-familiar to SHIMMER fans.
The image features former SHIMMER Champion and current Tag Team Titleholder Sara Del Rey in the centre – understandable really, as it adds a sense of consistency with the SHIMMER roster, and she is a critical element of the promotion’s success, so it makes total sense to have her on board from the beginning. In addition, she is a safe pair of hands, is reliable, driven and is a source of inspiration to many other grapplers.
To her left is two-year pro Reby Sky, originally known as the girlfriend of Matt Hardy, but is also making a name for herself in promotions across the US. The former Playboy model and professional dancer is gaining traction as a wrestler, having made the biggest impact as part of Lucha Libre USA, as well as branching out to NWA Mid Atlantic, Pro Wrestling Syndicate and recently made her debut at Crossfire Entertainment where she fell to Jessicka Havok. The 25-year old New Yorker seems keen to travel anywhere and work with anyone to forward her wrestling career, which is very admirable. Some would expect a model with a famous wrestler boyfriend to rest on her laurels and try to get by on her name and contacts, but Sky looks like she wants to contribute, work hard and better herself. You really can’t ask any more than that from someone.
Rounding out the trio is Santana Garrett, who has been wrestling for three years and has recently been embroiled in a series of singles and mixed tag team matches against Christina Von Eerie around Florida and Illinois. The 24-year old was briefly a part of TNA as one of Orlando Jordan‘s entourage, has won the Coastal Championship Wrestling Women’s Title on two occasions, and just yesterday, wrestled in the Bahamas as part of an NWA Ring Warriors show, losing to Sienna DuVall. Like with other names such as Von Eerie, Kimberly and Leva Bates, Santana is a regular on the indie scene in Florida, and is perfectly placed for the debut of SHINE.
No doubt, more names will be added as the show dates draws nearer (which you can keep up with on the promotion’s Facebook and Twitter), but we would like to know what wrestlers you would like to see be a part of SHINE’s debut iPPV. Leave us a message in the comments and tell us who would be on your wishlist.
– Lee Burton