The first joshi wrestler to compete in SHIMMER, former Tag Team Champion Ayako Hamada, returns to the promotion for the volumes 49-52 DVD tapings on October 27-28, making her the sixth Japanese athlete to be announced for this batch – joining Hiroyo Matsumoto, Ryo Mizunami, Kana, Tomoka Nakagawa and Yumi Ohka.
31-year old Hamada first arrived at SHIMMER on November 8, 2009, defeating Mercedes Martinez on Volume 27, and then falling to Sara Del Rey on the following taping in what is still one of the best contests in the promotion’s history. On Volume 41, she and Ayumi Kurihara won the tag straps from Nakagawa and Daizee Haze, making a record-setting seven successful title defences – including the first outside North America when they defeated Matsumoto and Misaki Ohata at Joshi 4 Hope III in February, before dropping the belts on Volume 48 to Courtney Rush & Del Rey as part of a four-way match. Since the last tapings, Hamada has also signed a contract to make Pro Wrestling WAVE her home promotion.
Meanwhile, speculation for the main event of the milestone Volume 50 has been fuelled by promoter Dave Prazak in the past day. He has discussed in the past about making it a multi-person match of some description, and earlier on, he made a post on the promotion’s forum:
Due to the historical significance of it being our 50th show, all of the women who were on the first SHIMMER show who are still on the roster in 2012 will be in the main event of Volume 50. It will be a big multi-person match involving those wrestlers, plus other members of the current roster mixed in. Specific details will be revealed that weekend.
So that means a match of some description involving Martinez, Cheerleader Melissa, Allison Danger and MsChif, unless other SHIMMER Originals are announced in the meantime.
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– Lee Burton