Nicole Matthews was turned down the first time she applied to wrestle for SHIMMER. However, considering she had only been in the business for around a year, it may have been a little too soon for the ambitious yet inexperienced Canadian.
“Nicole’s first demo was sent to me when she had less than a year of actual experience as a professional wrestler,” said SHIMMER promoter Dave Prazak during an interview with SLAM Sports – Wrestling in May 2009. “Much like I did with her eventual partner Portia Perez a year earlier, I let her know what I thought of the first demo and encouraged her to work as many independent wrestling events as possible to get more ring time, work on a few things, and gather new footage to include on a follow-up demo. I remained in contact with her, and when a last-minute opening came up on our volumes 15 and 16 taping a year later, we gave Nicole the opportunity to come to Chicago and show us what she could do.”
Matthews worked on the constructive criticism she received and made her debut in the promotion on October 13, 2007 where she teamed with Perez – who she only met when Portia picked her up from the airport in Chicago on her debut weekend – to defeat Ashley Lane and Lorelei Lee. She was the second match on the card but started to rise up the ranks with encouraging performances and a character development as part of her tandem with Portia, later titled the Canadian Ninjas. Nicole’s first big singles break came against the woman who elicited a change of her first name for her debut, falling to Nikki Roxx on volume 19 before embarking on a feud with Daizee Haze in May 2009 which drew many plaudits, and she culminated the weekend by winning the Tag Team Titles with Perez. The pair held the belts on two occasions, racking up reigns totalling 973 days and only ending last April when they were usurped by current champions Kellie Skater & Tomoka Nakagawa. Making a splash in both the singles and tag team ranks – highlighted by a great feud with Jessie McKay in late 2010-early 2011, Nicole was Cheerleader Melissa’s first SHIMMER Title challenger in March 2012, though she fell to the new champion.
After losing the tag straps, Matthews embarked on her current feud, which started out as a friendly war over what was the best coffee. Tim Hortons-loving Nicole fought to a 20-minute draw with Starbucks fan Madison Eagles and the pair began a Cold War where they would be friendly but try to get under each other’s skin or undermine the other – exemplified during their Tag Team Title challenge against 3G on volume 63 earlier this year. The inconclusive nature of their singles matches against each other continued last weekend when they went to a draw on volume 67, leading to them both being inserted into the following volume’s singles title match – one which Matthews went all out to win.
Following the shock dismissal of Melissa by Athena in the 4-way elimination match to guarantee the end of her second title reign and also promise a new champion, the Fallen Goddess was quickly dispatched by Matthews thanks to a distraction by a vengeful Melissa, leaving the two frenemies to battle it out for the belt – and it was Nicole using flash paper to throw a fireball into Eagles’ face which was the deciding factor, as it lead to Matthews getting the pin to become the first SHIMMER Champion from Canada, the most decorated wrestler in SHIMMER history with three title reigns and the first wrestler to rise up the ranks through the promotion rather than be an original like Melissa or MsChif or come in with some buzz like Eagles or Saraya Knight.
“It was pretty surreal to become SHIMMER Champion,” 27-year old Matthews exclusively told Ringbelles earlier today. “When I decided to start training in November 2005, my only goal was to wrestle at SHIMMER. When that happened, I was ecstatic. You can only imagine how cool it was for me to go from that to becoming the tag champions with Portia and now becoming the SHIMMER champion. To go from opening matches to the champion is an awesome journey, and one I don’t think that a SHIMMER champion has gone through before me.
“I’m also really glad my first title defence was against Evie because I felt like that was a great representation on what this title reign is going to be. This is going to spice up the main event. There will be new faces there and if I’ve won this belt, who’s to say Evie isn’t next? Or Portia Perez? Or Courtney Rush? Or Nikki Storm? It’s going to get interesting…”
Interesting indeed. When you consider that because of the antics of herself and Perez they have formidable opposition by recently-turned babyfaces Eagles and Jessicka Havok, one can see that the main events in SHIMMER have been shaken up by the title change. However, it’s not the first earthquake that Matthews has caused this year, as this title win comes quickly after her reign as Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling Champion, which came to an end earlier this month after she won the belt in August, much to the delight of the fans in her home promotion.
“I’ve had a fantastic year and didn’t predict any of it coming my way,” says Nicole. “Becoming the ECCW Champion was really unexpected, as was the reaction and publicity that got. It just shows how crazy and unpredictable wrestling can be. You never know what’s going to happen, and all you can do is go along for the ride.”
At the moment, Matthews’ ride is at a peak, and looks set to climb even further. Much like a ninja, she has quietly seized opportunities and left a slew of victims in her wake. She may also have snuck into Wrestler of the Year contention too…
Elsewhere at SHIMMER over the weekend – results here and here along with thoughts from Reid Allen who was in attendance – Kay Lee Ray and Candice LeRae put on arguably the match of the weekend, Mayumi Ozaki (who was one of four joshi debuts) and Saraya Knight ripped shreds out of each other before forming a unit along with Rhia O’Reilly – who had a career high weekend topped off by wrestling LuFisto. Despite losing her title challenge, Evie’s performances were well received, the Kimber Bombs continued their ascent to what will probably be the Tag Team Championship – despite losing a title challenge at the weekend – while Nicole Savoy impressed many in her debut weekend. Nikki Storm continued to entertain with her Stormeo cookies and falling out with Courtney Rush after the Winnipegger tore her letter which was allegedly from the Backstreet Boys.
Speaking of the Tag Team Titles, they’re still in the hands of 3G, despite Tomoka Nakagawa’s impending retirement at the end of the year. However, her t-shirt which she was selling at the weekend has the year noted as 2015, so she may wrestle again next year. Incidentally, she and Skater have now notched up a record 13 successful defences, and if they hold the belts until the tapings in the spring, they will have the longest SHIMMER Tag Team Title reign ever and possibly the longest reign of any title, beating MsChif’s 715 days with the singles belt.
Injury-wise, LuFisto suffered a broken left hand, Athena needed to be helped to the back after being knocked out with a curb stomp during her volume 69 match against Melissa and Sassy Stephie hurt her ankle, ruling herself out of next weekend’s NCW Femmes Fatales show where she was meant to face Kc Spinelli – she will now take on Allysin Kay instead.
Amusingly, Kaori Yoneyama and Tsukasa Fujimoto also ended up on WGN Chicago’s news broadcast last Thursday as they were filmed walking through O’Hare airport as part of a report into screenings for ebola. They’re not at any risk – it’s just that they happened to be there while the cameras were rolling.
A quick note to talent, promoters and the like involved in the women’s wrestling community: I’m looking to put together a special podcast commemorating Stewart Allen. I’m hoping to put together a lot of audio pieces from people who have anecdotes and tales to tell – and I’m sure there are many.
I’m hoping to put it together at the end of October. What I’m asking is if you can record a quick piece onto a smartphone or onto your computer with your thoughts – no longer than 5 minutes – and send the audio file to email@example.com
Thanks a lot to everyone, I’m looking forward to hearing the stories as I compile it.
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Alexa Bliss spoke to the Miami Herald about a range of subjects including getting into bodybuilding after being involved in cheerleading and how it helped with an eating disorder – Torrie Wilson has a similar story – applying to WWE through the Diva Search and how she studies Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara because of her lack of height – she’s 5 feet tall… Charlotte beat Becky Lynch in a non-title match on last week’s NXT. Carmella also won her debut match on the show, defeating Leva Bates. AJ Lee defeated Layla on SmackDown after the latter walked out on the Divas Champion during their match on last week’s Raw. Paige laid out her enemy with the Paige Turner afterwards. Speaking of which, AJ v Paige has been announced for Sunday’s Hell in a Cell PPV with the Divas Title on the line. Hopefully this will be the end of their feud… Following the departure of ring announcer Justin Roberts, Lilian Garcia has taken over duties on Raw. Eden Stiles (Brandi Rhodes) will replace Garcia on SmackDown… Paige and Alicia Fox have been added to the cast of Total Divas. They will join the show on January 4 when the show returns from its mid-season break. Presumably this means Paige isn’t winning the Divas Title on Sunday, considering the rule that the championship can’t be on the show, though she cryptically tweeted that rules change – though Stephanie McMahon has come out to say that there is no policy. Figure Four Online claims that the reason why AJ Lee isn’t part of it because of her marriage to CM Punk, though there are also claims that she and Layla turned down the opportunity to be on the show… Credit to WWE – it’s changed its Talent Wellness section on the corporate section of its website. Now renamed Talent Programs and Policies, it has a section focussed on the issue of domestic abuse. It says “WWE has zero tolerance for matters involving domestic violence, child abuse and sexual assault. Upon arrest for such misconduct, a WWE talent will be immediately suspended. Upon conviction for such misconduct, a WWE talent will be immediately terminated.” To be pedantic, the term is now domestic abuse rather than violence as the new title incorporates things like mental, emotional and financial control, but it’s a positive step, and is possibly a reaction to domestic abuse arrests/accusations involving members of the Ultimate Fighting Championship and National Football League.
Havok beat Madison Rayne on last Wednesday’s Impact Wrestling to retain the Knockouts Championship… Gail Kim described Nikki Storm as the “best audition” of the Glasgow heats of British Boot Camp 2, which kicked off on Sunday. Viper also made a good impression but did not make it through to the next stage, while Storm and Kay Lee Ray did. You can read what Kim ahead of the show’s premiere by clicking here.
Vanessa Kraven spoke about why she attacked Courtney Rush at the end of the Smash Wrestling CanUSA Classic last month. She says she has nothing against Rush but she wanted to send a message to every woman in the ring during the medal ceremony. She expressed her desire to be the best female wrestler in the world… The Wrestling Observer reports that Amazing Kong needs surgery for two herniated discs… Candice LeRae & Joey Ryan retained the Pro Wrestling Guerrilla Tag Team Championship on Friday, beating Chuck Taylor & Johnny Gargano… John Greed beat Seleziya Sparx on Sunday’s Squared Circle Wrestling show in a Tables Match… Mickie James indicated on Twitter that she would be open for a return to WWE. She gave birth to her first child last month… Jessie Belle Smothers’ retirement didn’t last long – she’s taking bookings again.
She may be retiring at the end of the year but she’s not done winning titles yet: Tomoka Nakagawa won the Pro Wrestling WAVE Tag Team Championship on Wednesday alongside Kyoko Kimura by beating Mika Iida & Kyusei Sakura Hirota in the Dual Shock Wave tag team tournament final… Command Bolshoi celebrated 25 years in the business on Sunday, beating Meiko Satomura.
Queen Maya marked her return to wrestling after becoming a mother by beating Lady Lory on Saturday to regain the italian Championship Wrestling Women’s Title… Fierce Females Champion Kay Lee Ray will not be part of this Saturday’s charity show; she’s booked in a tag team match in Edinburgh for Premier British Wrestling. Speaking of the charity show, Violet O’Hara, Fiona Fraser and the Owens Twins have been added to the lineup.
Makoto and Maki Narumiya have been wrestling in CMLL over the last week as part of its talent sharing initiative with REINA. They took part in a Mexico v Rest of World match on Sunday, with the foreigners winning.
October 14: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – La Comandante, Makoto & Maki Narumiya b Estrellita, Goya Kong & Princesa Sugehit
October 15: Pro Wrestling WAVE (Tokyo, Japan) – Tsukasa Fujimoto b Kaho Kobayashi; Mio Shirai & Misaki Ohata b Melanie Cruise & Rina Yamashita; Yuu Yamagata, Mari Apache & Kana b Hikaru Shida, Yumi Ohka & Sawako Shimono; Syuri b Shu Shibutani; Ayako Hamada b Moeka Haruhi; Kyoko Kimura & Tomoka Nakagawa b Mika Iida & Kyusei Sakura Hirota to win the WAVE Tag Team Championship
October 15: TNA Impact Wrestling (Bethlehem, PA) – Havok b Madison Rayne
October 15: AAA (Naucalpan, Mexico) – Jennifer Blake, La Jarochita & Súper Nova b Eterno, Sexy Lady & Taya Valkyrie
October 16: WWE NXT (Orlando, FL) – Charlotte b Becky Lynch; Carmella b Leva Bates
October 16: United States Championship Wrestling (Callhan, FL) – Santana Garrett b Ashleigh Lynn Ford
October 16: Lucha Libre Total (Xalapa, Mexico) – Jennifer Blake, Princesa Metalica & Gabriel o Gabriela b Muneca Sarcasmo, Taya Valkyrie & Demasiado
October 17: Swiss Wrestling Entertainment (Bern, Switzerland) – Shanna & Sara Marie Taylor b Lana Austin & Liberty
October 17: House of Pain Evolution (Derby, England) – Felony b Erin Night
October 17: Tidal Championship Wrestling (Darlington, England) – Courtney b Ruby Summers
October 17: WWE SmackDown (Birmingham, AL) – AJ Lee b Layla
October 17: WWE NXT house show (Leesburg, FL) – Bayley b Becky Lynch
October 17: WWE house show (Montreal, QC, Canada) – Naomi & Natalya b Cameron & Layla
October 17: House of Bricks (New Bedford, MA) – Mistress Belmont b Nikki Valentine; Amanda Fox b JB Tickle & The Raging Bull in a 3-way
October 17: AAW (Berwyn, IL) – Dan Lawrence & Markus Crane b Heather Patera & Kimber Lee; Athena & Heidi Lovelace b Christian Faith & Gregory Iron; Dan Lawrence & Markus Crane b Athena & Heidi Lovelace
October 17: Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (Reseda, CA) – Candice LeRae & Joey Ryan b Chuck Taylor & Johnny Gargano
October 17: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Makoto, Maki Narumiya & Zeuxis b Dark Angel, Lluvia & Marcela
October 18: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Aoi Kizuki & Kyuri b 235 & Kurumi; Miyako Matsumoto b Yume Hayashi; Aoi Kizuki v Neko Nitta went to a time limit draw; Cherry & Meari Naito b Risa Sera & Tsukushi
October 18: Women’s Wrestling Big Match in Niigata (Niigata, Japan) – Kyoko Kimura b Sareee; Eiger b Sakura Hirota; Eiger b Sakura Hirota; Kaho Kobayashi & Alex Lee v Yumiko Hotta & Dump Matsumoto went to a double count out; Aja Kong b Kagetsu; Manami Toyota, DASH Chisako & Nanae Takahashi b Yoshiko, Ray & Tsubasa Kuragaki; Meiko Satomura b Ayako Hamada
October 18: Italian Championship Wrestling (Torino, Italy) – Queen Maya b Lady Lory to win the ICW Women’s Championship
October 18: German Wrestling Federation (Waren, Germany) – Blue Nikita b Vanessa La Bestia
October 18: DOA Wrestling (March, England) – Penelope b Chanel & Addy Starr in a 3-way
October 18: Scottish Wrestling Alliance (Motherwell, Scotland) – Sammii Jayne b Viper
October 18: Extreme World Wrestling (Hastings, England) – Skarlett b Chuck Cyrus
October 18: SHIMMER: Women Athletes (Berwyn, IL) – Kimber Lee & Cherry Bomb b Bambi Hall & KC Cassidy; Heidi Lovelace b Nicole Savoy; Sassy Stephie b Crazy Mary Dobson; Athena b Nikki Storm; Portia Perez b Courtney Rush via DQ; Nevaeh b Jenny Rose; Mayumi Ozaki b Saraya Knight; Evie b Kay Lee Ray; LuFisto b Rhia O’Reilly; Nicole Matthews v Madison Eagles went to a draw; Kaori Yoneyama, AKINO & Tsukasa Fujimoto b Kellie Skater, Tomoka Nakagawa & Mia Yim; Cheerleader Melissa b Kana; Cherry Bomb b Thunderkitty; Xandra Bale b Miss Natural; Marti Belle b Solo Darling; Kay Lee Ray b Kimber Lee; Leva Bates b Nevaeh; Nikki Storm b Candice LeRae; Courtney Rush b Veda Scott; AKINO b Heidi Lovelace; Vanessa Kraven b Jessicka Havok via count out; Saraya Knight & Mayumi Ozaki b Kana & LuFisto; Evie b Mia Yim; Kellie Skater & Tomoka Nakagawa b Kaori Yoneyama & Tsukasa Fujimoto; Nicole Matthews defeated Cheerleader Melissa, Madison Eagles & Athena in a 4-way to win the SHIMMER Championship
October 18: WWE NXT house show (Tampa, FL) – Bayley b Becky Lynch
October 18: WWE house show (Mexico City, Mexico) – AJ Lee b Paige
October 18: I Believe In Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Santana Garrett b Joey Mayberry
October 18: Alpha Omega Wrestling (Victorville, CA) – Andrea The Giant b Evan James
October 18: Proving Ground Pro (Havana, IL) – Lucy Mendez & Randy Ray b Cousin Gator & Duke Cornell
October 18: Northeast Wrestling (Waterbury, CT) – Mark Shurman & Velvet Sky b Dan De Man & Jake Manning
October 19: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – Bolshoi Kid b Leon & Ray; Command Bolshoi b Meiko Satomura
October 19: Stardom (Aichi, Japan) – Star Fire b Hatsuhinode Kamen; Kairi Hojo v Mystique went to a time limit draw; Yoshiko & Reo Hazuki b Kyoko Kimura & Kris Wolf; Nanae Takahashi, Miho Wakizawa & Koguma b Io Shirai, Mayu Iwatani & Takumi Iroha
October 19: Pro Wrestling Ulster (Belfast, Northern Ireland) – Katey Harvey b Viper
October 19: House Of Pain (Nottingham, England) – Felony v Jenna went to a double count out
October 19: SHIMMER: Women Athletes (Berwyn, IL) – Courtney Rush b Nikki Storm; Madison Eagles b Marti Belle; Kimber Lee & Cherry Bomb b Heidi Lovelace & Solo Darling; Rhia O’Reilly b Xandra Bale; Jenny Rose b Veda Scott, Candice LeRae & Leva Bates in a 4-way; LuFisto b Nicole Savoy; Tsukasa Fujimoto & Kaori Yoneyama b Sassy Stephie & Nevaeh; Cheerleader Melissa b Athena; Kana b Kay Lee Ray; Portia Perez b Jessicka Havok via DQ; Mia Yim b AKINO; Kellie Skater & Tomoka Nakagawa b Saraya Knight & Mayumi Ozaki; Nicole Matthews b Evie; Nikki Storm b Kaori Yoneyama; Vanessa Kraven b Crazy Mary Dobson; Allysin Kay & Taylor Made b KC Cassidy & Bambi Hall; Kay Lee Ray b Candice LeRae; Saraya Knight & Mayumi Ozaki b Solo Darling & Heidi Lovelace; Veda Scott b Thunderkitty; Evie b Jenny Rose; AKINO b LuFisto; Miss Natural b Xandra Bale; Mia Yim b Tsukasa Fujimoto; Kana b Courtney Rush; Athena b Cheerleader Melissa; Nicole Matthews v Tomoka Nakagawa went to a no-contest; Kellie Skater & Tomoka Nakagawa v Portia Perez & Nicole Matthews went to a no-contest; Jessicka Havok, Madison Eagles, Kellie Skater & Tomoka Nakagawa b Kimber Lee, Cherry Bomb, Portia Perez & Nicole Matthews
October 19: Premiere Wrestling Xperience (High Point, CT) – Jaxson James & Tessa Blanchard b Dark Journey & Lance Lude
October 19: Squared Circle Live (Toronto, ON, Canada) – John Greed b Seleziya Sparx
October 19: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Dalys, Dark Angel, Makoto, Maki Narumiya & Zeuxis b Amapola, Estrellita, La Vaquerita, Marcela & Princesa Sugehit
October 20: WWE Raw (Kansas City, MO) – Alicia Fox b AJ Lee; Brie Bella b Summer Rae
October 24: Scottish Wrestling Alliance (Glasgow, Scotland) – Nikki Storm v Leah Von Dutch
October 24: Valkyrie Women’s Wrestling (Brooklyn, NY) – Sumie Sakai v Kacee Carlisle; Kimber Lee v La Rosa Negra; Tessa Blanchard v Nikki Addams; Kimber Lee v La Rosa Negra v Hania; Mia Yim v Jessie Brooks
October 25: Southside Wrestling (Stevenage, England) – Mark Andrews v El Ligero v Will Ospreay v Rich Swann v Kay Lee Ray v Curry Man
October 25: Scottish Wrestling Entertainment (Dundee, Scotland) – Nikki Storm v Leah Von Dutch
October 25: NWA Branded Outlaw Wrestling (San Antonio, TX) – Kat Green & Danny Ramons v Athena & Mathew Palmer
October 25: NWA Houston (Cypress, TX) – Barbi Hayden v Delilah Doom
October 25: Alternative Wrestling Show (South Gate, CA) – Raze & Sage Sin v Nicole Savoy & Candice LeRae
October 25: NCW Femmes Fatales XVI (Montreal, QC, Canada) – Jodi D’Milo v Vanessa Kraven; Courtney Rush v Cheerleader Melissa; LuFisto v Mia Yim; Kc Spinelli v Allysin Kay; Pink Flash Kira & Mary Lee Rose v Bettie Rage & Deziree; Saraya Knight v Sweet Cherrie; Kaitlin Diemond v Missy
October 26: Premier British Wrestling (Edinburgh, Scotland) – Grado & Kay Lee Ray v Davey Blaze & Carmel Jacob
October 26: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland)
October 26: Kamikaze Pro (Birmingham, England) – Nixon Newell v Leah Von Dutch
October 26: Smash Wrestling (Mississauga, ON, Canada) – Vanessa Kraven v Portia Perez v Heidi Lovelace v Kimber Lee
October 26: WWE Hell in a Cell (Dallas, TX) – Brie Bella v Nikki Bella; AJ Lee v Paige
October 31: XWA Wrestling (Sudbury, England) – Nikki Storm v Kay Lee Ray
November 1: Melbourne City Wrestling (Melbourne, Australia) – Tommy Hellfire & Siren Monroe v The Cremator & Vixsin
November 1: Flemish Wrestling Force (Limsburg, Belgium) – Leah Von Dutch v Katey Harvey
November 1: XWA Wrestling (Colchester, Essex) – Rhia O’Reilly v Addy Starr; Nikki Storm v Pollyanna
November 1: Lucky Pro Wrestling (Clinton, MA) – Davienne & Taeler Hendrix v Rosita & Alexxis Nevaeh
November 1: Coastal Wrestling Federation (Mesquite, TX) – Gail Kim & Jessica James v Angelina Love & Angel Blue
November 2: PROGRESS Wrestling (London, England) – Jinny v Pollyanna
November 2: Alpha 1 Wrestling (Hamilton, ON, Canada) – Seleziya Sparx v Jasmin
November 8: 4 Front Wrestling (Brisol, England) – Nadia Sapphire v Chardonnay
November 8: Women Superstars Uncensored (Voorhees, NJ)
November 9: Squared Circle Wrestling (Toronto, ON, Canada) – Hania v Alexia Nicole v Jasmin
November 15: Riot City Wrestling “City Chicks” (Adelaide, Australia)
November 15: True Grit Wrestling (Leeds, England) – Lana Austin v Nixon Newell
November 16: Tidal Wrestling (Newcastle, England) – Kay Lee Ray v Shax
November 16: British Empire Wrestling (London, England) – Dragonita v Dean Michael; Lola & Nina Samuels v Astronomica & Nightshade
November 22: Alternative Wrestling Show (South Gate, CA) – Hudson Envy v Cheerleader Melissa
November 21: New Horizons Pro Wrestling (Perth, Australia) – Saraya Knight v Demi Bennett v Evie v Madison Eagles
November 23: Melbourne City Wrestling ‘Fight For A Cause’ (Hampton Park, Australia)
November 23: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland)
November 23: SMASH Wrestling (Mississauga, ON, Canada) – Candice LeRae & Joey Ryan v Cherry Bomb & Pepper Parks
November 29: Warzone Wrestling (Berwick, Australia) – Savannah Summers v Kellyanne English
February 22: Dragon Pro Wrestling (Newport, Wales) – Nixon Newell v Pollyanna
March 14: Rock N’ Wrassle (Nottingham, England)
April 4: NCW Femmes Fatales (Montreal, QC, Canada)
– Lee Burton
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