This Friday, Shine Wrestling debuts with their first of what is planned to be monthly iPPVs through WWN. A sister promotion to SHIMMER, Shine has really impressed with its roster to date – an interesting mix of big names, cult favourites and promising indy stars. As a handy reference tool, we’ve knocked up mini scouting reports for each of the women involved. Keep it to hand when watching the show, and if you don’t recognise somebody, scroll down and you’ll know all you need to know in seconds

Sara Del Rey
Queen of Wrestling … Former SHIMMER singles and tag team champion … almost universally praised as the “Best In The World” … regular in Chikara, where she achieved her career dream of facing (and defeating) Aja Kong at last December’s JoshiMania … earlier this month main-evented for NCW: Femmes Fatales in Montreal … California native now lives in Florida … Originally trained by (amongst others) Bryan Danielson, she has adopted his LeBell Lock as one of her finishers … Master of inter gender matches, Del Rey will challenge Eddie Kingston for the Grand Championship of Chikara next weekend in Portland.

Female Fighting Phenom … Louisiana native is the oldest woman on the active Shine roster … Former competitor in the original ECW and in WWE … Two time former WWE Women’s Champion, defeating Trish Stratus both times … Inducted into WSU Hall of Fame in 2010 … Main-evented WSU’s first ever iPPV ‘Breaking Barriers’ vs Mercedes Martinez in 2010 … Had a memorable brawl with LuFisto at NCW: Femmes Fatales VIII in Montreal in March … Married to former WWE wrestler Rodney Mack, with whom they run a wrestling promotion and training school in Louisiana … Still has a lot to offer.

Nikki Roxx
An increasingly rare appearance for the 10 year veteran … Roxx spends much of her time now competing in fitness competitions and personal training … Best known on a national level as TNA Knockout Roxxi (aka “Voodoo Queen” Roxxi Laveaux) between 2007-2009 … New Hampshire resident trained originally by Killer Kowalski … SHIMMER original and WSU regular … Former WSU Champion … Roxx had her hair shaved in TNA in 2008 … Innovator of Barbie Crusher finisher (Hammerlock Guillotine Drop) … Has competed in lucha for CMLL, LLF, AAA and most recently for Lucha Libre USA.

Stunning twelve year veteran probably best known as half of the Minnesota Home Wrecking Crew (with Lacey) … Later teamed with Jetta as the International Home Wrecking Crew … Also a SHIMMER original and WSU regular, although now inactive on both rosters … Former WSU Champion … Worked in TNA as Ms Payton Banks in 2007-2008 where she worked almost exclusively as Bobby Roode’s obsessed fan and later valet … Extensive lucha experience in AAA in 2009-2010 as part of Las Gringas Locas … Stole the show as Felony on Wrestlicious … Yoga and fitness devotee.

Veda Scott
Now entering her sophomore year as a wrestler, this Daizee Haze trainee has had an outstanding rookie year … competed on SHIMMER’s ‘SPARKLE’ pre-show in October, and graduated to the main card in March 2012 forming an adorable team with Australia’s Shazza McKenzie … Technically strong, with very charismatic facials … Has become a regular at AIW’s Girls Night Out shows … Filled a last minute gap at Femmes Fatales earlier this month, defeating Mary Lee Rose … Presents video podcasts for Chikara and works as ROH’s backstage interviewer … Just graduated from Law School

Also competes as Kimberly Maddox … Trained at the Wild Samoan Pro-Wrestling Training Center … Wrestles regularly at WXW, where she is their women’s champion … Has feuded with Mercedes Martinez over the WXW belt, winning it for the third time this past weekend … Florida native is a five year pro … Competed on SHIMMER’s ‘SPARKLE’ pre-show in October last year, coincidentally teaming with Veda Scott … Studied Marine Biology at University … Has wrestled Alligators on Discovery Channel.

Second generation wrestler also competes as Santana Garrett or Santana G … Ocala, FL resident works by day (or night, perhaps) as a sleep technician … Trained initially for wrestling by Dingo & father TNT Keny G in St Louis … Now trains out of Team Vision Dojo in Florida with Chasyn Rance & Larry Zbyszko … Former two-time CCW Women’s Champion … Minor brush with national exposure on TNA when she accompanied Orlando Jordan on TV for a short time … Lost to Sara Del Rey on EVOLVE #14 last month in a Shine Wrestling preview match.

Tina San Antonio
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York … Trained for wrestling under WWE Hall of Famer “The Unpredictable” Johnny Rodz … Home promotion is Rodz’ WUW (World of Unpredictable Wrestling) … Probably best known as one half of the (now defunct) Belle Saints tag team in WSU with Marti Belle … Duo were former WSU Tag Team Champions but have since entered into a bitter feud … Defeated Belle in a vicious, bloody Uncensored match at the J-Cup tapings in April … Once challenged Mercedes Martinez for the WSU Championship on an EVOLVE iPPV … Describes herself as WSU’s Fairest.

Tracy Taylor & Su Yung
Taylor & Yung both have the connection of being former WWE Developmental Projects that never made it to the main roster … Taylor was under WWE deal as part of Deep South Wrestling in 2006 with her husband before both were released in early 2007 … Yung was with WWE between 2010-2011 at Florida Championship Wrestling … Su Yung has recently been working regularly with ACW in Texas.

Allysin Kay & Taylor Made
AIW Absolute Womens Champion & 1/2 of the WSU Tag Champions Allysin Kay tags up with a different Midwest star than usual on this show, Chicago’s Taylor Made … Taylor has recently relocated from Illinois (where she wrestled and trained with POWW) to Florida … Taylor has worked SHIMMER, while Kay made her Femmes Fatales debut earlier this month.

Reby Sky
Born in New York and of Puerto Rican heritage … dancer, Playboy star, broadcaster … Miss Howard Stern of the Year 2009 … Current beau of Matt Hardy … Two year pro, trained for the ring by Hardy & Kevin Knight … Host (and wrestler) on MTV2’s Lucha Libre USA: Masked Warriors show … has appeared multiple times as a guest on Dragon Gate USA and EVOLVE shows … Has competed in Mexico, and wrestles on North Carolina indy scene, often against Jayme Jameson … Has adopted the Twist of Fate as one of her specialities … nicknamed the Diva Overachiever

Jayme Jameson
North Carolina native … Three year pro … Mainstay of NC indy scene a a regular opponent for the likes of Amber O’Neal, Kristin Astara & Reby Sky … Longtime NWA Mid-Atlantic Women’s Champion … Currently has held the title for over two years uninterrupted … Away from the ring is a successful model … Engaged to TNA’s Gunner


Mercedes Martinez
Known as “The Latina Sensation” … Strong credentials as one of the absolute best on the indies … Billed from Waterbury, CT but lives in Florida … Former two-time and record-setting 3 year WSU World Champion … In WSU, took part in casket matches and 73 minute technical masterpieces… Championship accomplishment list too long to list … SHIMMER Original … Unsuccessfully challenged for the NCW Femmes Fatales Championship in March … Now a heel in both SHIMMER & Femmes Fatales … Ranked #2 on the PWI Female 50 list in 2011

Leva Bates
Trained at the Team 3D Academy … From Gotham City, FL … Five year veteran … Self-professed geek and cosplayer … Stuntwoman by day, wrestler by night … Changes her look on a match-by-match basis based on pop culture, comic books, TV and movies … Competes regularly in SHIMMER … One half of ReGeneration X with Allison Danger … Current CCW Women’s Champion … Has worked for WSU, and recently debuted for AIW in Ohio on their ‘Girls Night Out’ series… Talked about Shine on the website earlier this week … Finish is the Critical Confirmation.

Christina Von Eerie
Queen of “Oi!” … From Spooky City, CA … Punk rocker … Trained by Supreme in CA … Has worked PWG on the West Coast and AAA in Mexico (where she was intergender tag champions with Alex Koslov) … Debuted for SHIMMER in March 2011 and became a cult success … Ended up in TNA alongside boyfriend Jesse Neal as a female member of Ink Inc, where she was renamed Toxxin … She and Neal were let go together … Recently reappeared in Dragon Gate USA, aligning with BxB Hulk … Played in two (now defunct) punk rock bands … Best hair in the business.

Cherry Bomb
Toronto, Ontario native is the only Canadian on the bill for this debut show … Signed up for wrestling training on her 18th birthday with Rob Fuego at Squared Circle in Canada … Queen of Neo Wrestling … Competes across Canada and the USA … Has wrestled in Japan multiple times … One of the stars of independent movie “Beat Down”, where she plays a female wrestler called Cherry Bomb … Possesses the B.S.E. (Best Superkick Ever)


— Stew Allen