With SHIMMER weekend done, all roads lead to Ybor City this Friday night for SHINE 9 on iPPV via WWN. Although news of the main event – billed as an “Arkham Asylum” Cage Match between Leva Bates & Kimberly (watch Bates lay down the challenge here) – has been known for a couple of weeks, some of the other marquee matches have now been announced for what is looking like it could be one of SHINE’s biggest shows to date.
With SHINE now on the verge of creating their first champion, the promotion have announced that they have selected 16 competitors, the first eight of which will first battle in four one-on-one Qualifier matches at SHINE 9 this week. Next month at SHINE 10 on May 24th, the next eight challengers will make up a further four Qualifiers. This all leads to SHINE 11 on July 12th, which will see the eight final competitors battle it out to be crowned the first SHINE Champion in a one night single elimination tournament. With the roster for SHINE 9 full to the brim with international competitors coming off SHIMMER last weekend, the talent pool for the Qualifiers so far is deep and rich, and features two former SHIMMER Champions, current champions in WSU & PWWA, a former WWE Women’s Champion and a former TNA Knockouts Champion.
Two members of the VALKYRIE stable have been entered in the Qualifiers, with Ivelisse Velez taking on former WWE Women’s Champion Jazz (making her return after being absent from cards since SHINE 4), while VALKYRIE’s leader Rain will take on former TNA Knockouts Champion Angelina Love.
Former SHIMMER Champions Saraya Knight & Madison Eagles are entered in the tournament, with Knight taking on Su Yung in her Qualifier, while Eagles takes on Jessicka Havok in a first-time matchup that has been referred to in many quarters as a women’s wrestling dream match. Although neither title is outright acknowledged in SHINE, Eagles is still the official PWWA Women’s Champion in Australia, and Havok is the longtime WSU World Champion.
So, five matches down – but we still have a number of international and domestic talents making appearances on the show – so expect appearances from SHINE regulars Mercedes Martinez, Nikki Roxx, Mia Yim, Santana Garrett, Allysin Kay & Brittney Savage, a debut for Canadian Courtney Rush, a return for Northern Ireland’s Rhia O’Reilly and a big Australasian influence, including Australia’s Jessie McKay, Shazza McKenzie and new SHIMMER Tag Team Champion Kellie Skater, along with New Zealand’s Evie.
— Stew Allen