Following her two successful title defences over the weekend against Jazz and Mercedes Martinez, Ivelisse Velez faces a new challenge as part of the SHINE 18 card which was revealed earlier today. Coming for her title is Britain’s Saraya Knight, whose last appearance in the promotion was last October when she defeated Jessicka Havok in a Last Woman Standing Match as part of SHINE 14. In fact, Knight has yet to be pinned or made to give up in SHINE, having also beaten Jazz at SHINE 4 and Su Yung at SHINE 9 – with her only defeat being a DQ loss to Havok at SHINE 11.
Speaking of Havok, she will attempt to put her feud with former friend Allysin Kay to rest on a week on Friday in Ybor City, FL. After costing Kay and Taylor Made the Tag Team Championship at SHINE 17 in February, it seems as if these hostilities need to be concluded. After all, the pair went to a double DQ at SHINE 15, and a no-contest the following month in a No DQ affair. After two inconclusive results, the pair will collide in an Ybor City Street Fight to determine the better woman.
The Tag Team Championship will also be on the line as the Lucha Sisters duo of Mia Yim and Leva Bates defend against the Australasian duo of Madison Eagles and Evie, who teamed up in Japan last month in an unsuccessful challenge against the Global Green Gangsters for the SHIMMER doubles straps at Joshi 4 Hope V. Meanwhile, after saving Ivelisse from a Valkyrie beatdown following their match in February, Mercedes Martinez takes on newest Valkyrie recruit Serena Deeb in a match which should offer the Latina Sensation some much-needed direction in the promotion.
Because of the international talent in town as part of Female Fight Season, the undercard is pretty busy. Scotland’s Nikki Storm faces a big challenge in Amazing Kong, while fellow Scot Kay Lee Ray is involved in a 4-way which also includes Kellie Skater, Kimberly and the debuting Justine Silver. Portugal’s Perfect Athlete is also in town as Shanna takes on La Rosa Negra, and The Fighting Irish Rhia O’Reilly battles Su Yung. Rounding off the card is Tracy Taylor against Amber O’Neal, with both looking to get some traction in the singles ranks.
SHINE 18 emanates from the Orpheum on April 18 – it will be on iPPV, so keep an eye on the WWNLive website for when it becomes available for pre-order.
Ivelisse Velez (c) v Saraya Knight
SHINE Tag Team Championship
Lucha Sisters (Leva Bates & Mia Yim) (c) v Madison Eagles & Evie
Ybor City Street Fight
Jessicka Havok v Allysin Kay
Mercedes Martinez v Serena Deeb
Amazing Kong v Nikki Storm
Kellie Skater v Kay Lee Ray v Justine Silver v Kimberly
Shanna v La Rosa Negra
Su Yung v Rhia O’Reilly
Tracy Taylor v Amber O’Neal