One of the women who would have likely been a favourite to win the SHINE Championship tournament at SHINE 11 on July 12 has had to bow out of the show due to ongoing injuries.
VP of Talent Relations Lexie Fyfe took to the promotion’s website to say:
I just got off of a very long and painful phone call with Jazz. Her doctor has informed her that she is indefinitely out of action due to her ongoing severe neck injuries.
She was in low spirits and very upset that she is going to have to miss the biggest night for SHINE so far.
She has promised to do all the rehab that her doctor has suggested and stated that she will be back to claim what she says is rightfully hers.
Everyone at SHINE would like to take this opportunity to thank Jazz for all that she has done for this company and would like to wish her a complete and speedy recovery.
In light of this and Allysin Kay‘s suspension, SHINE officials will be making a statement shortly regarding the status of the SHINE championship tournament.
Jazz qualified at SHINE 9 by pinning Ivelisse Velez in her first appearance in the promotion since SHINE 5 last November where she teamed with Amazing Kong to beat Mercedes Martinez & Rain. In addition, the fact that her neck injuries are described as “ongoing” indicates that she has been fighting through the pain for a while now, and explains the former WWE Women’s Champion’s drop in performance at Girl Fight Wrestling just over a week ago. We wish her all the best as recovers, and hope that she gets a clean bill of health soon.
The withdrawal of Jazz and Allysin Kay – the latter due to being suspended for 90 days due to her interference in the Rain v Angelina Love main event last month (and you can join the campaign to have her freed by buying the t-shirt) – means that there are six assured contenders for the title. Saraya Knight, Rain, Jessicka Havok, Mia Yim, Santana Garrett and Leva Bates are all in, but who will join them? We’ll find out in due course.
UPDATE: SHINE has just filled us in with how it is filling the two empty spots, and they will be determined using two four-way contests. Mercedes Martinez, Nikki Roxx, Taylor Made and Su Yung will compete to see who will go on to the quarter finals to face Rain, while Amazing Kong, Ivelisse Velez, Angelina Love and Kimberly will battle to take on Santana Garrett in the quarters. The other two matches in the last eight bracket are Mia Yim against Leva Bates… and Jessicka Havok v Saraya Knight. Bloody hellfire.
So there are your brackets… let us know who you think is going to win.
– Lee Burton