SHIMMER volumes 69-70 live results

It's SHIMMER time againAfter a monumental title change at the conclusion of yesterday’s DVD tapings, SHIMMER returns for another two shows with Nicole Matthews looking to kick off her title reign in style against challenger Evie – though she has history working against her. The New Zealander got the win in their first encounter in the promotion earlier this year on volume 66 and is also on a four-match winning streak, so she could be seen as the favourite going into this title match.

Elsewhere, Tag Team Champions Tomoka Nakagawa and Kellie Skater face a tough challenge from Saraya Knight and Mayumi Ozaki who formed an alliance after yesterday’s tapings which also saw Rhia O’Reilly brought into the fold. Grudges will come to the fore with Jessicka Havok looking to dismantle Portia Perez, while the fallout from volume 68’s main event also sees Cheerleader Melissa and Athena square off.

Kay Lee Ray faces Kana, AKINO battles Mia Yim, Courtney Rush takes on Nikki Storm and Vanessa Kraven goes up against Crazy Mary Dobson over the course of today’s double tapings.

As with yesterday, NHB GirlsReid Allen is providing us with results so keep hitting refresh to see them come in as they happen.

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1. Courtney Rush pinned Nikki Storm with the Deep Sea Diverticulitis.
– Marti Belle came out to cut a promo but was interrupted by Madison Eagles, who was still angry over yesterday’s events. Eagles says she wants to fight, even though the doctor doesn’t recommend it, leading to…
2. Madison Eagles beat Marti Belle with Hellbound.
3. Kimber Lee & Cherry Bomb defeated Heidi Lovelace & Solo Darling. Solo was pinned by Cherry after the Lungblower/German Suplex combination. The Kimber Bombs then said they wanted a Tag Team Title shot.
4. Rhia O’Reilly pinned Xandra Bale with the Rhiadjustment after Bale was distracted by Miss Natural.
5. Jenny Rose beat Veda Scott, Candice LeRae & Leva Bates in a 4-way. Rose pinned Scott with a Flatliner.
6. LuFisto defeated Nicole Savoy with a Burning Hammer.
7. Tsukasa Fujimoto & Kaori Yoneyama beat Sassy Stephie & Nevaeh. Fujimoto pinned Stephie with the Venus Shoot.
8. Cheerleader Melissa beat Athena via referee stoppage. Melissa legitimately knocked out Athena with a curb stomp and the match was stopped when Melissa applied the Kondo Clutch. Athena was helped to the back.
9. Kana made Kay Lee Ray tap out to the Kana Lock.
10. Portia Perez beat Jessicka Havok via DQ when Havok attacked referee Bryce Remsburg.
11. Mia Yim pinned AKINO with a Firebird Splash.
12. SHIMMER Tag Team Championship – Kellie Skater & Tomoka Nakagawa (c) defeated Saraya Knight & Mayumi Ozaki to retain the titles. Nakagawa pinned Ozaki with the 120% Schoolboy.
13. SHIMMER Championship – Nicole Matthews (c) pinned Evie with the Vancouver Maneuver to retain the title.

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1. Nikki Storm beat Kaori Yoneyama with the Eye of the Storm.
2. Vanessa Kraven pinned Crazy Mary Dobson with a chokebomb.
3. Allysin Kay & Taylor Made defeated KC Cassidy & Bambi Hall. Cassidy was pinned with a wheelbarrow/cutter combination.
– The Global Green Gangsters came out for an interview which was interrupted by the Canadian Ninjas. Nicole Matthews says neither of them will ever be THE Champion. Tomoka Nakagawa laid out Matthews and posed with the SHIMMER Title.
4. Kay Lee Ray beat Candice LeRae with a Gory Bomb and Swanton Bomb.
5. No DQ – Saraya Knight & Mayumi Ozaki defeated Solo Darling & Heidi Lovelace when Ozaki pinned Darling following a Polish Hammer with a chain wrapped around her fist.
– Saraya grabs Daffney after the match but Daffney hits her in the groin.
6. Veda Scott pinned Thunderkitty with her feet on the ropes for leverage.
7. Evie defeated Jenny Rose with a TTYL.
8. AKINO beat LuFisto with a Saito Suplex.
9.  Miss Natural bested Xandra Bale with a Jumping Spike Piledriver.
10. Mia Yim defeated Tsukasa Fujimoto via Package Piledriver.
11. Kana made Courtney Rush submit with a Rings of Saturn.
12. Athena made Cheerleader Melissa tap out to the Red Wedding (cross-leg STF).
13. SHIMMER Championship – Nicole Matthews (c) v Tomoka Nakagawa – the match didn’t last long, with Portia Perez breaking a pin off a Fisherman’s Suplex and the match gets thrown out. Kellie Skater wants to fight
14. SHIMMER Tag Team Championship – 3G (Kellie Skater & Tomoka Nakagawa) vs Canadian Ninjas (Portia Perez & Nicole Matthews) – the Kimber Bombs attacked and the tag match was thrown out. Jessicka Havok entered the ring, followed by Madison Eagles who gave everyone  a round of stunners. Eagles and Havok demanded an 8 Woman No DQ tag
15. Jessicka Havok, Madison Eagles & 3G defeated the Kimber Bombs & the Canadian Ninjas with a Hellbound, a Hangover and a Chokeslam.

Thoughts

• I’m on the road back home to Minnesota and have had some time to collect my thoughts about all that happened over this past weekend. In the grand scheme of things, this was a bit of a strange weekend with how pretty much all the major matches and developments happened very early in the weekend. There was certainly good stuff worth checking out on the final two days but you definitely got the feeling that the climax had already happened.

• Pretty much the entire weekend revolved around the war between the Canadian Ninjas and Madison Eagles & Jessicka Havok. J Hav was already targeting Portia Perez for hitting her in the head with a wrench in the Spring but the interesting development was the escalation in the Nicole Matthews and Madison Eagles feud. Before this weekend, their rivalry was treated very lighthearted with a lot of playful banter and poking fun at each other over things like taste in coffee. But that seems like a distant memory now that they’re throwing fireballs at each other. One of the better moments of the weekend was Madison’s first appearance after the fire incident where she appeared genuinely upset about how Nicole had suddenly changed from a goofball to diabolical and wondered if this was Nicole’s plan all along when they became friends. For someone as skilled and dominant as Eagles, this was a nice bit of vulnerability shown from her that I think really helped make her even more sympathetic to the fans than just getting burned would have.

Jessicka Havok Portia Perez Kristin Roper• Meanwhile, Jessicka Havok finally was able to get her hands on Portia Perez but her bloodlust proved to be her undoing as she wouldn’t stop pummeling her despite referee Bryce Remsburg’s pleading. And after Havok forcefully shoved Bryce out of the ring, he had no choice but to disqualify her and award the win to Portia. Afterwards, Nicole appeared shouting “We won!” and the two celebrated like they won the tag titles. And in the main event, despite Madison Eagles showing up to assault Nicole before her title defense against Evie, Matthews was able to leave with the championship after a spirited battle with the Kiwi.

• The plot for the next volume got started with the Global Green Gangsters doing an interview in the ring to discuss the Kimber Bombs requesting a shot at the tag team championships and that looked like it was heading for Tomoka Nakagawa discussing her upcoming retirement. However, Nicole and Portia gatecrashed, incredulous why so much attention was being given to Nakagawa. Nicole said that no matter how long Tomoka held a tag team title, she would never hold Nicole’s title and that prompted Tomoka to attack the Ninjas and send them scurrying. This led to the main event of Nicole defending the SHIMMER Championship against Tomoka. But as we would find out, the actual main event was far bigger.

• The initial title match was thrown out rather quickly as Portia Perez interfered after about three minutes. This caused an irate Kellie Skater to come to the ring who wanted to fight because her friend got screwed out of a title shot, even offering to put up the tag titles as incentive to get the Ninjas to agree to a match. This brought out the Kimber Bombs who presumably were upset their challenge got passed over and they ended up attacking 3G and getting *that* title match thrown out. So then finally Jessicka Havok and Madison Eagles rushed the ring (the latter with four Stone Cold Stunners for the Ninjas and Kimber Bombs) and demanded to team with 3G for a No Disqualification 8 woman tag match. And after disposing of the Kimber Bombs and sending Nicole fleeing from receiving a retaliatory fireball, Portia was left all by her lonesome to take everyone’s finishing moves and get pinned to end the weekend.

• I apologize for writing so much about that one feud but that was really the only thing of consequence that happened over the weekend. There were a couple miniature spats that got reasonably resolved before the conclusion of Volume 70 but nothing that really seems like it will continue further. Athena and Cheerleader Melissa had a match based on Athena pinning Melissa in the title match on 68 and later in that match, Melissa’s distraction caused Athena’s elimination. But Athena got legitimately knocked out early in the match by a Curb Stomp and the match was ended shortly after. Once it was decided she was okay, a rematch with the stipulation of knockout or submission falls only got signed that Athena won. Elsewhere, Saraya Knight and LuFisto briefly continued their feud from the Spring but by Sunday, both parties were busy with other things. Mia Yim and AKINO had a singles match based off their interactions in the big trios match on Volume 67. And on the undercard, Xandra Bale and Miss Natural traded victories. So despite regular acts being there and as entertaining as ever, it really felt like much of the shows were in a holding pattern.

Kay Lee Ray Evie Kristine Roper• Four of the people who made big strides, though, were people just starting or still fairly young in their SHIMMER careers. Scotland’s Kay Lee Ray returned to Berwyn and really broke out this weekend with four singles matches that ranged from great to outstanding. She was put in the ring with a bunch of established talent and really impressed against all of them. Her matches with Evie, Kana and Candice LeRae were all wonderful and while her match with Kimber Lee didn’t quite measure up to the other three, it was still a very solid, very hard-hitting outing.

• And although I touched on them in my Saturday recaps, AKINO and Nicole Savoy were both very welcome additions to the roster. AKINO capped off her weekend with the aforementioned match with Mia Yim and then faced LuFisto, someone AKINO had a hand in training. They were well on their way to a spectacular match that just when it was getting really exciting, ended prematurely for my taste after an AKINO Saito Suplex. Nicole Savoy also got to try her hand against the Wounded Owl Ronin on the previous volume and had another incredible match. This was more like a match out of All Japan Pro Wrestling in the 1990’s with all the brutal strikes and dropping each other on their head and neck. Who knows what the future holds in regards to AKINO returning but Nicole Savoy is absolutely one to pay attention to. Even though she only had two matches and lost them both, she really held her own with two double-tough opponents in Heidi Lovelace and LuFisto and she certainly has the potential to be a major player in SHIMMER over the next couple years.

• Finally, this weekend saw the Berwyn debut of Canadian veteran Vanessa Kraven who immediately made an impact. I already touched on her match with Jessicka Havok, a match that I believe is the closest SHIMMER will ever come to a climactic fight from a Gojira film, but her other match of the weekend was a dismantling of Crazy Mary Dobson. Kraven is also someone to watch in the future because she has a complete set of skills that she can bring to matches. She has a wide array of power moves, she has the speed and agility to fly if necessary and her strikes rival the hardest ones of Mercedes Martinez. With SHIMMER feeling like it’s in a transitional phase, someone like Vanessa Kraven could really make an impact sooner than later.

• That will wrap up my sort of general thoughts for the weekend. However, I will be back on my home site of NHB Girls later in this week to provide a more thorough breakdown of the weekend for the Australasians who competed. Otherwise, that will do it for me for the SHIMMER tapings of October 2014. I have a need to thank Lee Burton for giving me the chance to share my thoughts with you readers. Even though it still breaks my heart that it’s not Stew’s column you’re reading, I hope I did him and his legacy justice this weekend because everything done this weekend by everyone in the Berwyn Eagles Club was done with his memory in mind and wanting to make him proud. Until next year, this is Reid Allen signing out.

– Photos by Kristine Roper

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SHIMMER volume 67-68 live results: New Champion crowned

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SHIMMER‘s contribution to this Female Fight Season kicks off today with a double DVD taping featuring 38 wrestlers and sees its first show headlined with a titanic encounter, with Cheerleader Melissa putting the SHIMMER Championship on the line against Kana with each wrestler claiming a win over the other in the promotion. Elsewhere, four joshis will make their SHIMMER debuts as AKINO, Tsukasa Fujimoto, Kaori Yoneyama and Mayumi Ozaki all look to make a big first impression, and it seems like Ozaki is gunning for Saraya Knight.

Portia Perez is seemingly looking to make peace with Jessicka Havok after accidentally hitting her in the head with a wretch on the last taping and the Coffee Cold War between Madison Eagles and Perez’s partner in crime Nicole Matthews is also expected to carry on.

We’ll update this post with all the results as they come in courtesy of Reid Allen, and he has also agreed to let us know about the big matches and moments from the first day of this bumper weekend of wrestling. Sit back, keep hitting refresh, and we’ll watch it all unfold.

SHIMMER volume 67

Before the tapings began, Allison Danger took to the ring to eulogise our dearly departed friend Stew Allen. There was a five bell salute in his memory.

1. Kimber Lee & Cherry Bomb defeated Bambi Hall & KC Cassidy. Lee pinned Hall follow a lungblower/German suplex combination.
2. Heidi Lovelace pinned Nicole Savoy with a frog splash.
3. Sassy Stephie beat Crazy Mary Dobson with the Kiss My Sass.
4. Athena made Nikki Storm tap out to a modified Bow and Arrow. As a result she will be part of a triple threat SHIMMER Title match on the next volume.
5. Portia Perez beat Courtney Rush via DQ when Jessicka Havok came out to attack Perez. Rush was not happy with Havok’s interference causing her to lose.
6. Nevaeh pinned Jenny Rose with a Death Valley Driver.
7. No DQ – Mayumi Ozaki pinned Saraya Knight with a spinning backfist. The pair shook hands afterwards and then went to the bar.
8. Evie pinned Kay Lee Ray with the TTYL.
9. LuFisto beat Rhia O’Reilly with the Burning Hammer.
– Knight came out afterwards to attack LuFisto – Ozaki also came out and it turns out that Ozaki, Knight and O’Reilly are a unit.
10. Nicole Matthews v Madison Eagles went to a draw. Matthews pinned Eagles while in a sleeper hold but tapped out at the same time.
– The winner was meant to move on to the triple threat title match on volume 68, so referee Bryce Remsburg says both will advance and the main event will now be a 4-way.
11. Kaori Yoneyama, AKINO & Tsukasa Fujimoto defeated Kellie Skater, Tomoka Nakagawa & Mia Yim. Yoneyama pinned Skater with a senton.
– Afterwards, Yoneyama and Fujimoto challenged Skater & Nakagawa for the Tag Team Championship. 3G accepted.
12. SHIMMER Championship – Cheerleader Melissa (c) beat Kana after 10 curb stomps and 2 Air Raid Crashes to retain the title.

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1. Cherry Bomb pinned Thunderkitty with an inside cradle.
2. Xandra Bale defeated Miss Natural by countering the Natural Disaster with an inside cradle. Natural attacked Bale afterwards.
3. Marti Belle beat Solo Darling with the Stroke.
4. Kay Lee Ray pinned Kimber Lee with a Gory Bomb and Swanton Bomb.
5. Leva Bates defeated Nevaeh with a Cutter after escaping a Death Valley Driver.
6. Nikki Storm beat Candice LeRae with the Eye of the Storm.
– Courtney Rush came out to say that she was initially upset with Jessicka Havok causing her to be disqualified, but says she’s past it now. She then called out Veda Scott.
7. Courtney Rush made Veda Scott tap out to the Sharpshooter.
8. AKINO pinned Heidi Lovelace with a Saito Suplex.
9. Vanessa Kraven beat Jessicka Havok via count out following a distraction by Portia Perez.
10. No DQ – Saraya Knight & Mayumi Ozaki defeated Kana & LuFisto. LuFisto was pinned by Knight following interference from Rhia O’Reilly.
11. Evie pinned Mia Yim with the TTYL.
12. SHIMMER Tag Team Championship – Kellie Skater & Tomoka Nakagawa (c) defeated Kaori Yoneyama & Tsukasa Fujimoto to retain the titles. Nakagawa pinned Yoneyama following the Hangover.
13. SHIMMER Championship: Fatal Four Way Elimination – Nicole Matthews defeated Cheerleader Melissa (c), Madison Eagles & Athena to win the SHIMMER Championship.
– Athena eliminated Cheerleader Melissa following a Hellbound from Eagles, Vancouver Maneuver from Matthews and then the O Face.
– Matthews pinned Athena with a tights-assisted roll-up.
– Matthews pinned Eagles after she launched a fireball at Madison.

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Thoughts

Nicole Matthews Portia Perez SHIMMER• Hello, good readers of Ringbelles! I am Reid Allen from NHB Girls and I have been asked by Lee to provide the live recaps of this SHIMMER weekend. And to start, I’d like to borrow a quote from the great John Oliver and say, “Let’s all just acknowledge for a moment that this is weird. It looks weird, it feels weird, it even sounds weird.” I wish more than anything that it was Stew’s words you were reading right now instead of mine. So I hope I do him, Lee and all you readers justice with this recap…

• First of all, I want to go on record and say that for my money, SHIMMER Volume 67 may be the single greatest card ever put on by the promotion. Before yesterday, I’d have said that Volume 65 held that distinction in a landslide but 67 certainly made a very strong case for being in the conversation. Seven of the twelve matches were in the range of “great” to “outstanding.” And while 65 had a greater number of matches in that range, I feel that the best stuff delivered by 67 eclipsed the best matches on 65. So it’s a tough judgment to make about which was truly “better.” I’d advise that you buy the DVDs as soon as they’re released and judge them for yourself because both are well worth your money.

• Now, moving on to the big news of the day and that is the crowning of Nicole Matthews as the new SHIMMER Champion, who bested Madison Eagles, Athena and former champion Cheerleader Melissa in an elimination match to earn the gold. While the tactics she ended up using to ultimately claim the championship are certainly controversial and will no doubt be hotly debated for the duration of her reign, nobody can deny that Nicole is certainly worthy of representing the company as champion. She has grown into one of the finest wrestlers in the world today and her reign will no doubt be filled with some classic defenses to add to her resumé.

• Anybody who doubts her skills should be sat down and forced to watch her match against Madison Eagles from Volume 67. Those two went out and put on one of the best displays of technical wrestling ever seen in the promotion. Both girls were absolutely surgical with their offense as they dissected key limbs of their opponent with Eagles focusing on the arm and Nicole tearing apart Madison’s bad knee. It was very reminiscent of Bret Hart‘s masterpieces from the 90’s and it even threw out direct shout out to a couple by replicating the finish of his match against Roddy Piper at WrestleMania VIII and Steve Austin at Survivor Series 1996. But this had the added element of after Nicole using the turnbuckle to flip back over Madison and pin her to the canvas, she submitted to Madison’s submission hold during the count and so the match was declared a draw, letting both girls advance to the title match on the next volume.

Nicole Matthews Madison Eagles Ichiban Drunk• One thing that is for certain is that in addition to a furious Madison Eagles, Nicole will have no shortage of prospective challengers wanting a shot at her title. There were several very impressive debuts as well as some exciting new developments from ones familiar to the fans. The joshi contingent that came over for these shows were all impressive. And while Mayumi Ozaki seems to be more focused on raising hell after aligning herself with Saraya Knight and her prodigy Rhia O’Reilly, the remaining debuts all certainly made very strong impressions. The one who stood out most for me was AKINO who unleashed a flurry of some of the hardest kicks I’ve ever heard live. Tsukasa Fujimoto and Kaori Yoneyama both brought a ton of speed, energy and athleticism to their matches as well. I would be happy to see all four return in the future.

• Another extremely impressive debut was from Nicole Savoy. She may have had the most impressive debut match I’ve seen from somebody not coming in with any real fanfare. She and Heidi Lovelace had an absolute cracker of a match in just the second match of the tapings. This match was preformed at such a pace and with such intensity that it would not have looked out of place going five or six matches later on the card. They really set the standard for what the rest of the locker room would need to try and eclipse later. And while there did end up being an abundance of great matches, this one should not be overlooked in the grand scheme of things. Be sure to keep an eye on Nicole Savoy because even from just her one match, it was very apparent that she has the potential to become a serious force in the future.

• Elsewhere, a couple of favorites added a new wrinkle to their personalities that will keep things interesting for their future opponents. Nikki Storm seems like she’s dangerously close to snapping and really getting violent. While during her entrance and prematch speeches, she was her usual overconfident, vain and downright hilarious self, once the bell rang she frequently had wild outbursts of punches and choking before she’d take a few deep breaths and reign herself back in. Who knows what may happen if she ever decides to not worry about keeping her cool? And Courtney Rush did away with her usual jovial entrances by eliminating all the dancing, singing along with her theme and greeting the fans. Rush was clearly all business in her first two matches of the day against two of her chief rivals, Portia Perez and Veda Scott. Now that Rush has achieved revenge on Veda for her tactics in their Volume 66 match, we may see a return to a happy Courtney on the remaining volumes.

Vanessa Kraven Jessicka Havok Kristine Roper• Speaking of Perez, she is living very dangerously with her antagonizing of Jessicka Havok. The two got into a brawl during Portia’s match with Rush after Havok stormed the ring, seeking revenge for Portia accidentally hitting her with a wrench at the previous taping. Portia returned the favor later during Havok’s match with Vanessa Kraven. And real quick, I just want to tangent and rave about how great that match was. Two of the biggest women ever to compete for SHIMMER went face to face and had a very physical, very entertaining war. But Perez ended up being the difference maker as she came out to distract Havok, allowing Kraven to brutalize her on the outside and secure a countout win. When Portia and Havok inevitably collide, we may see Jessicka Havok provide some truly graphic violence against the Canadian.

• That will conclude my initial thoughts for now. I will be back tomorrow to wrap things up and provide news of any further happenings from an already memorable tapings. If you’d like to follow along with all the results as they happen, I will be on Twitter providing all the results and highlights live from the Eagles Club, or do a search for the hashtag #AAWSHIM to get not only my coverage but several others also in attendance. See you tomorrow.

Photos by SHIMMER (1), Ichiban Drunk (2), Kristine Roper (3)

SHINE 22 live results – Ivelisse Velez faces Madison Eagles and the Buddy System go for gold

SHINE 22 poster SHINE is presenting its Female Fight Season show with a card littered with international talent, headlined with Ivelisse Velez defending the SHINE Championship against Australia’s Madison Eagles in the main event. However the imports can be found up and down this show with New Zealand’s Evie battling Allysin Kay, Aussie Kellie Skater linking with Leva Bates & Mia Yim against SoCal Val‘s new Valifornia stable of Nevaeh, Jayme Jameson & Marti Belle, Briton Saraya Knight taking on Leah Von Dutch – covered in our most recent Fight Like A Girl interview with Von Dutch – Scotland’s Nikki Storm going against Taylor Made, Australian KC Cassidy making her US debut against Su Yung after being forced to miss last weekend’s Absolute Intense Wrestling Girls Night Out shows due to travel issues and Ireland’s Rhia O’Reilly battling Justine Silver.

Elsewhere on the card, Solo Darling and Heidi Lovelace look to capitalise on their recent string of victories in their Tag Team Championship challenge against Malia Hosaka and Brandi Wine, and La Rosa Negra faces a clash of styles as she takes on throwback wrestler Thunderkitty.

You can order the show and watch live on WWNLive, but we’ve also got results coming as they happen below, so keep hitting refresh for the latest updates.

1. Su Yung beat Amanda Rodriguez via referee stoppage with The Purge.
2. Rhia O’Reilly pinned KC Cassidy following the Rhiajustment DDT
3. La Rosa Negra defeated Thunderkitty with a frog splash.
4. ValiforniaNevaeh & BTY (Marti Belle & Jayme Jameson) beat Kellie Skater & The Lucha Sisters (Mia Yim & Leva Bates). Nevaeh pinned Yim with a bridging German Suplex.
5. Taylor Made defeated Nikki Storm with a Cutter.
6. Leah Von Dutch beat Saraya Knight via DQ when Knight delivered a low blow to the referee.
7. SHINE Tag Team Championship: Legendary (Malia Hosaka & Brandi Wine) (c) defeated The Buddy System (Heidi Lovelace & Solo Darling). Wine pinned Darling following a double-team Gordbuster by Brandi and Thunderkitty. BTY also interfered to distract Lovelace.
8. Allysin Kay pinned Evie with a discus lariat.
9. SHINE Championship: Ivelisse Velez (c) beat Madison Eagles via referee stoppage with a guillotine choke. The pair shook hands afterwards.

– The show ended with an Ivelisse promo which brought out Valkyrie, with Allysin Kay saying she deserved a shot at the title during the WWNLive tour in China. Mia Yim also came out as a representative on that tour, and they were all interrupted by SoCal Val, who pointed out that Nevaeh would be getting the next shot at SHINE 23 on December 5 against whoever returns from the tour with the belt.

Allysin Kay Evie SHINE 22• Predictably, the imports did not fare well in the win-loss bracket at SHINE, as they were ostensibly used to push the regular roster. That’s fine, but it did mean that the results for SHINE 22 were pretty predictable for the most part. That said, the wrestling was of a decent to good standard and there were some standout performances.

• Depending on your preference, the Match of the Night could be either Evie/Allysin Kay or Ivelisse Velez/Madison Eagles. Both were great encounters which differed in their approach but both did a great job. Evie v Kay saw more strike-based offence, which you would expect from the visiting New Zealander, but it also featured some great heel work from Allysin, who is finding her groove again and is putting in some really enjoyable performances. The top moments of the match all centred around Evie’s corner Yakuza Kick, as she missed the first and ended up in a tree of woe, and Kay had the same thing happen to her when she tried to imitate/mock her opponent. Evie finally nailed it in a moment which featured a great bit of camerawork which made her look like she appeared from nowhere. In the end, Evie’s kicks weren’t enough to stop Kay, who got the win with a big discus lariat.

Madison Eagles Ivelisse Velez SHINE 22• The size difference between Eagles and Velez was striking, especially when you consider that the challenger has bulked up recently to make herself look even more imposing. The usual fork-based stuff was there at the start but was tossed to one side for a really good battle which furthered Velez’s credibility as champion – and there should be no denying her abilities by now, considering her run of great matches. Her Vertigo Kick failed to get the job done but she kept returning to choke-based offence like the guillotine and a dragon sleeper to try and get the win. In the end, persistence paid off as Eagles passed out.

• That would have been a better finish had the same thing not happened in the opening contest with Su Yung using the Purge on Amanda Rodriguez – who stepped into KC Cassidy’s spot, as she was moved to face Rhia O’Reilly due to Justine Silver being hospitalised. It was a big Su Yung Amanda Rodriguez SHINE 22squash win in the end, but it showed off the continuing deterioration of Yung, who is now dragging her feet as she walks and looks like she can barely maintain her own balance.

• As mentioned, Cassidy v O’Reilly was a last minute change and barring some awkward moments near the end, both should be happy with their match. Cassidy has a fantastic look and she also has ability to back it up. Nothing to complain about here.

• Leah Von Dutch played the sympathetic heel role in her match with Saraya Knight. It would be incorrect to say she was a face but she had face tendencies in that she was beaten up and trying to draw some emotion from the audience against the bullying veteran. In the end, the finish was a diplomatic one as Von Dutch got the win via DQ when Knight kicked referee Frankie Leah Von Dutch Saraya Knight SHINE 22Gastineau below the belt after he broke up her Bridal Rocking Horse submission attempt. Knight loses nothing with the defeat, Von Dutch’s record against senior members of the roster remains intact – nobody really loses.

• There was another heel v heel match on the card with Nikki Storm facing Taylor Made and it wasn’t clear who we were meant to hate or like more than the other. Storm was her usual over-animated self and she made full use of the camera around ringside to convey emotion, which was something that a lot of the roster forgot to do. The match itself wasn’t much but a foil to start a situation with Valkyrie and La Rosa Negra as she stole a pair of brass knuckles that April Hunter had tried to pass to Taylor during the match.

• This SHINE audience loves La Rosa Negra, and she didn’t let them down in what could have been a car wreck of a match against Thunderkitty. Instead, they employed the use of Leilani Kai and Noemi Bosques to create more heat from the outside. Kai – who really needs to stop eating the plaid trucker shirts – worked as a great annoyance on the outside and helped TK get some proper heel heat. It also worked well for Negra’s comeback, which was hot, exciting and looked great. The frog splash at the end was a thing of beauty. If the top two matches were the two best of the show, this takes a very comfortable bronze.

• Similarly, there was a lot of interference and outside antics in the Tag Team Championship match. Considering this match was meant to involve four women, it ended up seeing nine involved in the mix. Kai and Thunderkitty were running interference for Malia Hosaka and Brandi Wine; Daffney was dosing Solo Darling up on sugar for the hot tag and Jayme Jameson & Marti Belle came out at the end to keep Heidi Lovelace out of play. It was constantly busy, and the action was fine. Considering our fandom for the Buddy System we were disappointed at their defeat but Legendary still have steam left in them and the stable is looking pretty healthy.

Nevaeh Kellie Skater SHINE 22• While on the subject of BTY, the Valifornia stable made its presence felt with a big win over Kellie Skater and former doubles champs Mia Yim and Leva Bates. Nevaeh was the one who got the biggest rub following a relatively pedestrian six woman tag match with a German Suplex pin on Yim to help in her quest to rise up the ladder. However, their interaction was felt across the whole show. As well as the match and the interference later in the broadcast, SoCal Val commentated on Storm’s match with Taylor Made and also ran down the roster after the main event. Val has skills on the mic and it’s nice to see her getting a chance to use them. It’s also worth noting that with the debuts of Legendary and Valifornia that Valkyrie seems to have been pushed out of the spotlight somewhat.

• Positioning Nevaeh as the next challenger for the SHINE Championship is fine by me. She’s been consistent and really proved herself in her title defeat to Ivelisse on the last show. It’s about time that a promotion stuck a rocket underneath her as she’s got plenty to brag about, and with Val as a mouthpiece for her, it means that she can get on with the wrestling. Smart work.

• So all in all, SHINE 22 was a series of entertaining exhibition matches with some storyline dotted around the place and some well-travelled cannon fodder to boot. It managed to forward some elements, which was good, but we’ll see how it carries the momentum when it returns on December 5 with its regular group of wrestlers.

Big matches announced for SHINE 22; Several SHINE stars off to China with WWN

It’s been a newsworthy 24hrs at WWN (World Wrestling Network) HQ today as promoter Sal Hamaoui announced the marquee matchups for next Friday’s SHINE 22 event, as well as participants for the much anticipated WWN tour of China in November.

Ivelisse by Modern Myth PhotographyAs it’s one of those SHINE events which syncs up its international talent with SHIMMER (and other female wrestling promotions), there are a number of high profile “dream match” type encounters for some of the fly-in talents, not least in the main event where the reigning SHINE Champion Ivelisse Velez defends her title against Australia’s finest, Madison Eagles, in what is sure to be a hard-hitting match. Although Eagles’ W/L record in SHINE isn’t particularly impressive, she brings a worldwide record that is practically second to none, being a former SHIMMER and PWWA Champion.

Also in international action, New Zealand’s Evie returns to the promotion, to take on Valkyrie member Allysin Kay, while Australia’s “Rate Tank” Kellie Skater teams with the Lucha Sisters of Mia Yim & Leva Bates to take on the newly formed ‘Valifornia’ stable, under the tutelage of So Cal Val. At this point, Valifornia comprises the tag team of BTY (Marti Belle & Jayme Jameson) and former SNS Express member Nevaeh.

The only other announced match so far is for the SHINE Tag Team Titles, as the champions Legendary (Malia Hosaka & Brandi Wine) will defend their titles against The Buddy System of Heidi Lovelace & Solo Darling. It’s worth noting here that not only are The Buddy System coming off a win at SHINE 21 against Jayme Jameson & Amanda Rodriguez, but back at SHINE 17 when the Tag Team Titles were first established, The Buddy System actually defeated Legendary in the opening round of that tournament. Could we see an upset title change? Quite possibly. The show is up for pre-order as usual at WWNLive.com

Although the full card was not announced as promised, Sal Hamaoui has decreed that the rest of the card would be available on Monday if you’re still not sure. There are matches still to be announced featuring Taylor Made, Su Yung, Saraya Knight, Nikki Storm, Rhia O’Reilly, La Rosa Negra, Thunderkitty, Justine Silver and the debuting Aussie star KC Cassidy.

WWN China PosterAs far as the China tour is concerned, there are four SHINE related talents currently booked to join a WWN Tour also featuring wrestlers from EVOLVE, DGUSA and FIP. Alongside DGUSA Champion Ricochet, FIP Champion Trent Baretta and more, the shows will feature SHINE Champion Ivelisse Velez, Su Yung, Allysin Kay and Mia Yim – so there’s an excellent chance that the SHINE Championship may feature its first international title defence.

The tour takes in the following four dates
November 10th – Yicheng City, Hebei Province – Golden Sport Hall
November 12th – Emei City, Sichuan Province – Emei Sport Hall
November 14th – Chengdu City, Sichuan Province – Wen Jiang Sport Center
November 16th – Beijing – Wan Shi Da Stadium

Interestingly, one half of the former Minnesota Home Wrecking Crew, and former SHIMMER Championship contender, Lacey, has been announced as the Event Hostess for the tour. Lacey has lived in China for some years.

Ivelisse photo via Modern Myth Photography

Matches for upcoming STARDOM’s Goddesses of STARDOM tag league & Kellie Skater return

Nanae Takahashi & Kairi Hojo A week from Sunday, World Wonder Ring STARDOM’s fourth annual tag team tournament will be kicking off at Shinkiba 1st RING, as the entire roster will be paired up with their respective partners or first time allies. In years previous, the tournament worked under round-robin rules with the exception of last year’s tournament, held under single-elimination format. This year’s tournament will be under traditional rules with four teams making up each league.

Current champions Kairi Hojo and Nanae Takahashi will be competing in the tournament as part of tradition, but under non-title contention. Instead, “Nanakairi” will be defending their titles against the current World of STARDOM Champion Yoshiko and the 2014 5*STAR Grand Prix Winner Io Shirai as part of the marquee match up on November 3rd at Korakuen Hall. That show will also feature Mayu Iwatani’s first title defense as Wonder of STARDOM Champion against Miho Wakizawa and the return of Kellie Skater to the promotion.

Back in April, the SHIMMER Tag Team Champion was shelved with a fractured foot after wrestling for three months with the overlooked injury. It was revealed that the injury occurred in a six-woman tag team match for STARDOM, involving Skater, Yuhi and Kaori Yoneyama against Iwatani, Manami Toyota and Hiroyo Matsumoto. Since then, Skater had wrestled through three back-to-back weekends. On the same day she successfully retained the SHIMMER Tag Team Titles at SHIMMER 62 in New Orleans, Louisiana, she competed against Kimber Lee for Combat Zone Wrestling. Competing against the likes Nikki Storm, Saraya Knight and Rhia O’Reilly for the SHIMMER tapings the following weekend and wrestled two matches for SHINE 18- getting a four-way victory over Takahashi/ Hojo vs Shirai/ YoshikoJustine Silver and unsuccessfully challenging Mia Yim and Leva Bates for the SHINE Tag Team Championships with Evie, all while injured. Ahead of her return Skater will be having her first match back at SHINE 22 next weekend and will be apart of the upcoming SHIMMER Volumes 67-70 tapings the following weekend.

Beginning on Sunday, October 12th at Shinkiba 1st RING, competing teams will be divided into two blocks. Wakizawa and Koguma, Kaori Yoneyama and Hatuhinode Kamen, Star Fire and luchadora Mystique and Shirai and Iwatani will be a part of the Blue Goddesses league. While the Red Goddesses league will be of Kyoko Kimura and Kris Wolf, Takumi Iroha and Risa Sera, Nanae Takahashi and Kairi Hojo and Yoshiko and Reo Hazuki.

Opening day will feature Takahashi and Hojo taking on Sera and Iroha, this will be Sera’s first appearance for the promotion. Current Artist of STARDOM titleholders Kaori Yoneyama and Hatuhinode Kamen will be taking on Shirai and Iwatani. In addition, the debuting Mystique and Star Fire will be taking on Wakizawa and Koguma. The tournament will conclude on November 16th, with the winners facing off for a guaranteed shot at the titles down the line. All the matches throughout the tournament are down below.

Shinkiba 1st RING on October 12th:

RED: Kairi Hojo & Nanae Takahashi vs Takumi Iroha & Risa Sera

BLUE: Io Shirai & Mayu Iwatani vs Kaori Yoneyama & Hatuhinode Kamen

Star Fire & Mystique vs Miho Wakizawa & Koguma

Nagoya Sports Center on October 19th:

BLUE: Kris Wolf & Kyoko Kimura vs Reo Hazuki & Yoshiko

Ice Ribbon Dojo on October 22nd:

RED: Takumi Iroha & Risa Sera vs Yoshiko & Reo Hazuki

Shinkiba 1st RING on October 28th:STARDOM Queen Tradition

RED: Nanae Takahashi & Kairi Hojo vs Yoshiko & Reo Hazuki

Takumi Iroha & Risa Sera vs Kris Wolf & Kyoko Kimura

BLUE: Star Fire & Mystique vs Hatuhinode Kamen & Kaori Yoneyama

Miho Wakizawa & Koguma vs Io Shirai & Mayu Iwatani

Korakuen Hall on November 3rd:

Mayu Iwatani© vs Miho Wakizawa

Risa Sera vs Koguma vs Takumi Iroha

Kellie Skater vs Reo Hazuki

Kyoko Kimura & Kris Wolf vs Hat & Kaori Yoneyama vs Mystique & Star Fire

Nanae Takahashi© & Kairi Hojo© vs Yoshiko & Io Shirai

Shinkiba 1st RING on November 16th:

RED: Kris Wolf & Kyoko Kimura vs Nanae Takahashi & Kairi Hojo

BLUE: Mystique & Star Fire vs Io Shirai & Mayu Iwatani

Kaori Yoneyama & Hatuhinode Kamen vs Koguma & Miho Wakizawa

RED league winner vs BLUE league winner

Photography and information courtesy of STARDOM

In Video: the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge compilation

Stephanie McMahon Ice BucketIf you have a Facebook or Twitter, you can’t have missed the phenomenon which is the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which sees people dump buckets of ice water on themselves in order to raise money and awareness for the ALS Association – ALS stands for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as motor neurone disease or Lou Gehrig’s disease. The gimmick is that you donate money to the Association or dump the ice bucket over your head, though those who go for the chilly option are also encouraged to make a donation anyway. Once you accomplish the task, you’re allowed to challenge others to do the same. The challenge has also been adapted by some so they donate to other charities, but it all counts.

Of course, this has gravitated towards wrestlers, so we’ve collected as many of them as we can for your amusement. Let us know in the comments which video was your personal favourite.

Stephanie McMahon (featuring the Four Horsewomen)

Summer Rae

Alexa Bliss

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Eva Marie
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Nikki Bella

Bete Noire

Kellie Skater

Evie

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Kimber Lee

Jessie Belle Smothers

Sassy Stephie

Leah Von Dutch

Thea Trinidad
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Dixie Carter

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Beth Phoenix

Eve Torres

Maryse Ouellet

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Candy Cartwright

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Celeste “Kaitlyn” Bonin
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“Hardcore” Heather Owens

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La Rosa Negra

Trina Michaels

Tomoka Nakagawa announces retirement

Tomoka Nakagawa Youji KawauchiFollowing her unsuccessful challenge for the OZ Academy Openweight Championship earlier today, Tomoka Nakagawa announced her intention to retire from the wrestling business on December 4. The 32-year old made her intentions public after losing to AKINO in the promotion’s Korakuen Hall show.

The 9-year pro has enjoyed success on both sides of the Pacific and currently holds two different Tag Team Championships. She holds the doubles straps with Hiroyo Matsumoto in OZ Academy and is one half the SHIMMER title-holding Global Green Gangsters alongside best friend Kellie Skater – incidentally, they are the most successful tandem in SHIMMER history with ten defences of the belts since winning them in April 2013.

Click the jump to see how members of the wrestling community reacted to today’s surprise announcement: Continue reading “Tomoka Nakagawa announces retirement”