Mia Yim makes her first defence of the SHINE Championship which she won last month during WWNLive’s tour of China at tonight’s SHINE 23 show in Ybor City, FL. She defends the belt against number one contender Nevaeh, who has an edge over the new titleholder after getting a pinball win over Yim at SHINE 22 in October in a six woman tag team match. However, with Mia still rolling from her title win three weeks ago, will that be enough to turn back the challenge of the Gem City Queen?
Elsewhere, Kimber Lee and Cherry Bomb attempt to wrest the Tag Team Championship from Malia Hosaka and Brandi Wine, though the numbers are against them as the reigning titleholders have Leilani Kai and new recruit Thunderkitty by their side to offer a helping hand – though TK is also wrestling tonight against Leah Von Dutch.
Elsewhere, Vanessa Kraven is making her debut, Amber O’Neal and Crazy Mary Dobson return to action and as well as representing Nevaeh, Valifornia boss SoCal Val will lead BTY‘s Jayme Jameson and Marti Belle into battle against Heidi Lovelace and Solo Darling.
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– Before the event began, we got to see Yim’s victory over Velez in Beijing.
– The show began with an in-ring Mia Yim interview saying that she plans to hold onto the SHINE Championship for as long as she can, and that she is looking forward to she and Nevaeh going one on one tonight. Ivelisse Velez came out to congratulate the new champion but said Yim didn’t deserve the title shot in the first place and she would be coming for a rematch.
1. Ivelisse Velez made Amanda Rodriguez tap out to the Lasso from El Paso.
2. Amber O’Neal v Luscious Latasha went to a no-contest when Santana Garrett came into the ring to confront Amber over her heel turn. Santana said that she is ready to wrestle her former tag partner tonight, and O’Neal renamed herself as Amber Gallows, and said Garrett is now on the Bullet Club’s hit list.
3. Allysin Kay pinned Crazy Mary Dobson with a discus lariat.
4. BTY (Marti Belle & Jayme Jameson) defeated The Buddy System (Heidi Lovelace & Solo Darling). Jameson pinned Lovelace with her feet on the ropes. BTY went after Heidi’s knee after the bell and dumped Daffney off the apron.
5. Vanessa Kraven beat Leva Bates with a choke bomb.
6. Thunderkitty pinned Leah Von Dutch after reversing a sunset flip and holding onto Leilani Kai for leverage.
7. Taylor Made defeated La Rosa Negra after knocking her out with some brass knuckles. Taylor attacked Negra after the bell but Ivelisse Velez made the save.
8. SHINE Tag Team Championship – Legendary (Malia Hosaka & Brandi Wine) (c) defeated the Kimber Bombs (Kimber Lee & Cherry Bomb) to retain the titles. Wine pinned Kimber after Thunderkitty and Hosaka rammed her into the ring post. Legendary went for a beatdown after the match until Leah Von Dutch made the save.
9. Santana Garrett beat Amber Gallows with a jackknife pin. Frustrated, Gallows beat up a member of the ring crew after the match.
10 SHINE Championship – Nevaeh defeated Mia Yim (c) via DQ after Ivelisse kicked Nevaeh in the head. Nevaeh, Yim and Velez fought after the bell, with Ivelisse knocking out two referees and kicking boss lady Lexie Fyfe.
• Wrestling-wise, SHINE 23 was a heck of a show with some great performances from some and saw some really pleasant surprises from others. With four matches fully deserving of two thumbs up, that’s the good bit. However, there were two negatives which were repeatedly seen throughout the broadcast and both of them come down to overbooking.
• Let’s talk about those four matches which were big successes. First off is Allysin Kay v Crazy Mary Dobson, which had a great story to start with Kay showing sportsmanship by shaking hands, holding open ropes and being a good egg about everything. However, the veil slipped when Dobson started to get the better of her in the feeling-out process and Allysin gave her opponent a cheeky kick as she climbed back into the ring to give her the edge. With some great near falls and some dramatic work from both, this was another example of Kay’s resurgence and Dobson’s ability to entertain without needing to work hardcore.
• Vanessa Kraven made a great impression in her SHINE debut in what was probably Leva Bates’ best match in the promotion in 2014. Working the big v small dynamic very well, the pair showcased their most positive attributes. Nice work by both.
• La Rosa Negra’s continued run of entertaining and exciting matches continued against a Taylor Made who has come on leaps and bounds this year. Negra has a great ability to turn it up into a high gear at a moment’s notice and Taylor’s evolution as a heel is great to see. Both should be very happy with how 2014 has gone for them.
• Finally, there was the main event with Mia Yim tempering her athleticism to showcase it at the right moment as well as working the crowd – plus, her promo ability is getting much better, which is great to see. As for Nevaeh, she is so crisp and precise with her work and she has no wasted motion. She’s a great heel and it’s fantastic to see her being given a chance to work at the very top of the card.
• Elsewhere, Ivelisse’s growing obsession with winning the SHINE Title again saw her make quick work of Amanda Rodriguez, but the latter didn’t have the shortest night’s work as that went to Luscious Latasha, whose match with Amber O’Neal was used as a foil to rebrand the Bullet Babe and set up a match against her former tag team partner Santana Garrett – whose surprise return to SHINE throws up questions about her status with TNA. The match between herself and the renamed Amber Gallows also made you wonder why Santana was heeled up in her Brittany guise too…
• BTY and the Buddy System’s match showcased each member of the match well, while Leah Von Dutch’s face turn has seen her continue the Dino Hunter gimmick but go after the heels in Legendary, though she fell to Thunderkitty in a night dominated by heel victories, also demonstrated by Malia Hosaka and Brandi Wine’s win over the Kimber Bombs.
• So here’s the thing: the main event angle involving Nevaeh being pissed off at Ivelisse’s interference costing her a title victory and Mia Yim also being annoyed at not getting a decisive win over Nevaeh which ended with a 3-way brawl and Velez attacking Lexie Fyfe was a hot angle, but it was muddied by the sheer number of unclean finishes and post-match shenanigans.
• O’Neal and Latasha’s match went to a no contest because of Santana coming into the ring to break up proceedings, BTY/Buddy System had a screwy ending and an angle after the bell. There was another illegal leverage pin in the Thunderkitty/LVD contest, Taylor Made used brass knuckles to beat La Rosa Negra and there was a beatdown with saw Ivelisse come to the rescue in a moment which felt superfluous, and then there was another run-in save in the Tag Team Title match which ended with interference. The penultimate match had Amber beat up the ring crew member to retain some heat in a moment which wouldn’t have been needed had she just won the match, and then came the main event DQ and brawl. Of the ten matches, six had finishes with illegal activity while six of them also had stuff happening after the match was over. Too much stuff meant that they all became muddied by the end.
• Also, Su Yung on the poster but not at the show. A rare faux pas in the advertising there.
• It may feel like I’m having a downer on the show but I’m not. I just feel that the main event ending would have had more gravitas had it been the one of only a couple of pieces of extra-curricular stuff on the show, rather than being the fifth match in a row to have excess booking. Still, there’s a potential 3-way title match coming for SHINE 24 next month and Valifornia & Legendary are still strong, while Valkyrie is still hanging in there.