Take a look at the front page – there’s a lot to do with SHINE on there, and with good reason, as this could be the start of something pretty exciting. Monthly Internet pay-per-views featuring women’s wrestling – it’s an enticing prospect, and we at Ringbelles are looking forward to seeing what happens.
It all kicks off tonight with SHINE 1 from the Orpheum in Ybor City, Florida (order here), headlined by the “Queen of Wrestling” Sara Del Rey meeting the “Female Fighting Phenom” Jazz, and also features seven other matches. We urge you to buy the iPPV to check it out for yourselves, or watch the replay on Video On Demand – but if you can’t, we have the results and goings-on after the jump, and will also have some thoughts on the show coming too. Keep refreshing the page for results and developments as they happen as we jump into SHINE…
1. Veda Scott defeated Kimberly with a version of Daizee Haze‘s Mind Trip.
2. Santana Garrett pinned Tina San Antonio with a roll-up.
It has been announced that SHINE 2 will take place on August 17.
3. Allysin Kay & Taylor Made beat Tracy Taylor & Su Yung after Kay pinned Yung following an Ace Crusher.
4. Christina Von Eerie defeated Cherry Bomb with the 138 (sidewalk slam into a faceplant).
5. Reby Sky pinned Jayme Jameson following a Twist Of Fate.
Jazz and Mercedes Martinez had a confrontation – that could wind up being a match for SHINE 2…
5. Mercedes Martinez beat Leva Bates with a Fisherman Buster.
6. Rain pinned Nikki Roxx with a tights-assisted roll-up. Roxx chased Rain to the back.
7. Jazz pinned Sara Del Rey with the Jazz Stinger.
• First off, the production for the show was great. Good direction, sharp camerawork, you could hear the crowd and the crashing of the mat when wrestlers bumped, and also their trash talk. Thumbs up, and a big different to what GoFightLive offered for Women Superstars Uncensored. GFL may need to buck its ideas up, as there are better options available for promotions wanting to produce iPPVs.
• The venue is pretty sweet with the elevated stage opposite the hardcam and great pockets of fans dotted about. They really helped with the atmosphere too.
• Lenny Leonard’s commentary was good. Informed and interesting, and amusing at times too. Also, he didn’t need to talk all the time, letting the action tell the story. However, he needs to avoid heavy breathing into the mic, snorting and smacking his lips, as it’s a little off-putting. His mic also seemed to cut out during the main event, which was a shame.
• Not sure why some wrestlers had their own regular themes and some had stock music. Rain had Red Eye Fly and Leva Bates had Geek, but Nikki Roxx didn’t have E-Pro, for example.
• It’s a pity that Daffney wore that giant hat, as she has one of the most expressive faces in women’s wrestling, and you couldn’t really see it. Her outfit seemed a little understated compared to what we’ve seen of her in the past, but she wasn’t meant to overshadow the wrestlers, so that’s all fine. As her first go at ring announcing, she did a decent job.
• Veda Scott v Kimberly was messy, but these things are to be expected when you’re meeting in the ring for the first time in the first match of the first show of SHINE. A shaky start though.
• That was compounded when the feed went down on my computer – and judging by the reaction on Twitter, a few other computers too. It was restored midway through the Santana Garrett v Tina San Antonio match – as I didn’t get to see all of it, it would be unfair to judge it.
• Taylor Made and Allysin Kay make a good team. Tracy Taylor looks vastly different to her WWE developmental days too. Things fell apart a bit at the end after the hot tag, but it did its job of putting over Taylor and Allysin as a duo.
• Cherry Bomb and Von Eerie seemed messy, like they weren’t on the same page for some of it, and also felt a little short. Maybe my expectations were too high for this, considering they haven’t met before, but I felt a little deflated at the end.
• As we have pointed out previously, Reby Sky and Jayme Jameson are regular opponents in North Carolina, so you would expect them to be able to work well together, and they did. In what was the sleeper match of the show, they put on an exciting contest with some very credible near-falls, and drew the crowd in to the point that they went from passive to actively involved in the contest. At this point, it was the best match of the show. Well done to both of them.
• Things kicked into a higher gear with Mercedes Martinez v Leva Bates, who came out dressed as Spider-Man. Some web slinging by Leva at the start, but then Martinez got serious, and delivered an amazing delayed vertical suplex. Bates had flurries of offence which seemed to trouble Mercedes, including hitting a sunset bomb and mushroom stomp from the top, but the former WSU Champ recovered to hit a spinebuster and Fisheran Buster for the three. Leva is growing as a wrestler too – sure, there were the shenanigans and it wasn’t as great as her match with LuFisto last month, but she’s going in the right direction.
• Nikki Roxx v Rain featured more technical wrestling than in any match so far, and it was a welcome change, as these two veterans took their time and pulled the crowd in as a result. Rain was wrestling with some British-style holds like cravats – possibly a nod to International Home Wrestling Crew partner Jetta, perhaps? Sometimes, you forget just how good Rain is. Her cheeky pin by grabbing Roxx’s tights also indicates that they may wrestle again, and I’m fine with that.
• Jazz’s theme music is amazing. Seriously, it’s worth buying the replay just to hear it. She performs it herself and it offers a running biography of her career and reminds us that she’s tough as nails. This has to be made available for a download. Like, NOW.
• Her match with Sara Del Rey was the match of the night. Going more than 20 minutes, these two started with the technical action, but Del Rey managed to take advantage with her holds and a great deadlift gutwrench suplex before Jazz retaliated with some brawling, including smashing Sara’s face on the ring apron and kicking her in the head. Back in the ring, Del Rey rebounded and hit the Royal Butterfly, only for the former WWE Women’s Champ to kick out at two, and then Jazz almost got the tap out victory with an STF, only for the former SHIMMER titleholder to get to the ropes. A Jazz Stinger later, and Sara was defeated in a great outing for the two, and capped off the show.
• SHINE 1 picked up as things went on, as you would hope a show would, built to an exciting conclusion, which I’m sure left the fans and viewers happy, and sets things up fairly nicely for SHINE 2 on August 17, which is two days before SummerSlam, if you wanted to make a wrestling weekend of it.
• It looks like the main event of the next show will be Jazz v Mercedes Martinez, considering their brief interaction earlier. We may also get a Nikki Roxx v Rain rematch, another outing for Allysin Kay and Taylor Made, and hopefully, new opponents for Reby Sky and Jayme Jameson to see what they can do against less-familiar opponents.
• Overall, it was a good start for SHINE. After establishing the roster, and showing off their in-ring skills, look for storyline developments in the future as things settle into place, as monthly shows lend themselves to more episodic booking.
• We would love to know your thoughts though – leave us a comment below and tell us what you think about SHINE Wrestling.
– Lee Burton