SHIMMER news and notes

We are just NINE DAYS AWAY from the return of live SHIMMER action to the Chicago area!

SHIMMER – WOMEN ATHLETES is pleased to announce the addition of SANTANA GARRETT to the list of confirmed competitors for the SHIMMER 49-52 tapings, coming up on Saturday & Sunday, October 27th & 28th at the Berwyn Eagles Club!

A second generation professional wrestler, Santana Garrett got her start in the St. Louis area before relocating to the state of Florida. Santana has been a featured performer in the Orlando based I Believe In Wrestling promotion, and is also a regular on the SHINE iPPV events in Ybor City. Next week, Santana heads to Berwyn for the first time to participate in the SHIMMER 49-52 tapings.

SHIMMER – WOMEN ATHLETES returns to the Berwyn Eagles Club (6309 26th Street) in Berwyn, IL on Saturday & Sunday, October 27th & 28th, 2012. Bell time on Saturday, October 27th is 2pm. Volumes 49 & 50 of the SHIMMER series will be filmed on Saturday. Bell time on Sunday, October 28th is 1pm. Volumes 51 & 52 of the SHIMMER series will be filmed on Sunday.

Officially announced thus far for participation in the SHIMMER 49-52 events are: SHIMMER Champion Sweet Saraya Knight, SHIMMER Tag Team Champions The Canadian Ninjas, Cheerleader Melissa, MsChif, Mercedes Martinez, Allison Danger, Leva Bates, Hiroyo Matsumoto, Ryo Mizunami, Kana, Tomoka Nakagawa, Athena, Christina Von Eerie, Allysin Kay, Yumi Ohka, Kellie Skater, Shazza McKenzie, Rhia O’Reilly, Davina Rose, Kc Spinelli, Melanie Cruise, Veda Scott, Sassy Stephie, Miss Natural, Taylor Made, Ayako Hamada, Su Yung, and Santana Garrett. More names will be revealed during the remaining weeks leading up to the events. Over 30 of the top female wrestlers from around the world will be a part of the festivities!

Front row seating is already sold out for the entire weekend. General admission tickets are still available, at a cost of $30 per full day of taping (two full length DVDs per day, so essentially $15 per DVD worth of live matches). Tickets can be purchased online right now by visiting http://www.shimmerwrestling.com/ and using PayPal. If you would like to purchase tickets via money order, please E-mail shimmernews@yahoo.com for mail order instructions. We strongly advise purchasing tickets in advance for the events, as once we reach venue capacity; we must turn away anyone else looking to purchase tickets at the door.

In addition to SHIMMER 49-53 on October 27th & 28th at the Berwyn Eagles Club, our friends at AAW: Professional Wrestling Redefined will present “War Is Coming” in Berwyn that Friday night, October 26th. Already signed is a SHIMMER Title Match pitting Saraya Knight against former SHIMMER Champion MsChif!  Also announced so far are Athena, Christina Von Eerie, Nicole Matthews, and Kellie Skater. Visit http://www.aawrestling.com/ to purchase tickets.

The after party each night that weekend will be at Paisans Pizzeria & Bar, 6226 W. Ogden Ave. in Berwyn, just over one mile from the Eagles Club.

Make your plans now to be a part of the weekend of SHIMMER tapings which will include the milestone SHIMMER 50 event. Mark your calendars, and join us live!

Here’s a closer look at the most recent additions to the SHIMMER 49-52 talent pool…

Su Yung is a former WWE developmental talent who previously competed under the name Sonia at Florida Championship Wrestling. Su made her debut appearance at the Berwyn Eagles Club last October as part of the SPARKLE pre-show bouts. During recent months, Su has impressed on events promoted by SHIMMER’s sister promotion SHINE in the state of Florida, and will return to Berwyn next week to officially join the SHIMMER main roster.

Ever since her SHIMMER arrival in 2009, Ayako Hamada has been one of the true MVP’s of each event. She made her initial impression on the Berwyn Eagles Club crowd with intense battles against both Mercedes Martinez and Sara Del Rey, which remain two of the most talked about matches in company history. Later singles outings against women such as Daizee Haze, Cheerleader Melissa, Ayumi Kurihara, and Madison Eagles only further proved why Hamada is one of the very best women in the sport today.

Ayako made history along with Ayumi Kurihara by capturing the SHIMMER Tag Team Championship at SHIMMER 41 from Daizee Haze & Tomoka Nakagawa. They went on to rack up the most defenses of any SHIMMER Tag Team Championship duo thus far, including the first international defense of the SHIMMER Tag Team Titles on the Joshi4Hope III event in Japan. Having lost the titles earlier this year, next week Hamada will once again return to the singles ranks in Berwyn as part of the SHIMMER 49-52 tapings.

In what may be considered an unexpected addition to the SHIMMER 49-52 talent pool, twelve year veteran of the squared circle Miss Natural steps back into the SHIMMER ring in less than three weeks. Natural had an all too brief initial run in SHIMMER action as part of the SHIMMER 21 & 22 tapings in October of 2008, before taking an extended hiatus from active competition in professional wrestling.

As of late, Miss Natural has been in the midst of a career resurgence, appearing on wrestling events multiple times per week throughout the Central States, Mid-South, and Upper Midwest regions of the country. Natural is a no nonsense athlete with multiple training influences under her belt, including wrestling greats Ken Patera and former NWA World Heavyweight Champion Harley Race.

Though SHIMMER fans and the other women on the roster didn’t have a true opportunity to find out what Miss Natural brings to the table during her initial SHIMMER stint, they will certainly get that chance when she returns to the Eagles Club for SHIMMER 49-52 to mix it up with the current crop of SHIMMER stars.

One of the wrestlers who has seen far too little SHIMMER action over the past few years is Taylor Made. Originally based in the Chicago area, Taylor has won some and lost some on the SHIMMER undercard during her sporadic appearances, but has recently made some major changes. Now based in Tampa, Florida, Taylor was one of the first women signed to be a part of the events run by SHIMMER’s sister promotion SHINE in Ybor City. Taylor quickly formed the new “Made In Sin” tag team unit with Detroit’s Allysin Kay, which has been quite successful thus far as part of the SHINE tag team division. With Allysin also making her SHIMMER main show debut on SHIMMER 49-52, things could get even more interesting for the Berwyn tag team scene next week, as both women will be in the Eagles Club looking to make an impact.

Daizee Haze trainee Veda Scott is now in her second year as an active professional wrestler, and during that time has taken advantage of every opportunity presented to her in order to gain experience all around the world. At the last set of SHIMMER tapings, in addition to singles action, Veda formed a tag team unit with Australia’s Shazza McKenzie. Shortly thereafter, Veda made her Canadian debut for NCW Femmes Fatales, and just prior to the upcoming SHIMMER weekend, Veda will wrestle for the first time in Japan, as part of Joshi4Hope IV.

Ohio native Sassy Stephie returned to the SHIMMER singles ranks earlier this year. Upon making that move, she was reunited with manager Mademoiselle Rachelle, who was taken from Stephie’s side during late 2011 due to studying abroad. With Rachelle’s supposedly improved English, the pair feel they are a stronger combination than ever before as they head into SHIMMER 49-52 next week.

Northern California’s Davina Rose made her SHIMMER debut during late 2011, and found herself immediately mixing it up with several established veterans of SHIMMER competition. Davina’s first opponent was Mercedes Martinez, who welcomed Rose to SHIMMER in a very physical manner. As the protege of Serena Deeb, Davina also quickly found herself in the middle of an ongoing rivalry between Portia Perez and Serena, stepping into the ring against both Portia and Nicole Matthews in singles bouts. Earlier this year, Davina and Mia Yim formed a tag team unit which had several strong outings, including impressive matches against Ray & Leon as well as the Canadian Ninjas. With Mia away on a Japan tour by the time SHIMMER rolls around, Davina will shift her focus once again to singles competition for SHIMMER 49-52.

Kc Spinelli is another young up and coming star who has been building her reputation along the west coast of North America over the past two years. Frequently competing in ECCW rings in the Vancouver area, Spinelli also spent time training under the guidance of Lance Storm during the first season of the “World of Hurt” reality show. Kc made her way to the Berwyn Eagles Club during late 2011 as part of the SPARKLE pre-show bouts. Spinelli returned to make her SHIMMER main show debut earlier this year, with outings against Kellie Skater, Kalamity, and the New York Knockout.

Australia’s Shazza McKenzie made her SHIMMER debut earlier this year, both forming a tag team duo with Veda Scott as well as entering the singles ranks. During one of her initial outings, Shazza had the valuable, yet terrifying opportunity to square off against Saraya Knight. During recent months, McKenzie has been in action back in Australia for the PWA. Shazza returns to the United States not only for SHIMMER 49-52 in Berwyn, but also to participate in the SHINE 4 iPPV in Ybor City, FL one week earlier.

Belfast, Northern Ireland’s Rhia O’Reilly has quickly become known for her frequent travel around the world, all in the quest of becoming the most well rounded competitor possible. Rhia is a wrestler who briefly relocated to Calgary, Alberta, Canada to train under the instruction of Lance Storm. During the time since, she has ventured to other parts of Canada, competed throughout Europe, and participated in two live SHIMMER tapings in Berwyn. This trip will mark Rhia’s third set of Eagles Club appearances. She will also participate in SHINE 4 on October 19th in Florida.

Upon her SHIMMER arrival in 2009, Australia’s Kellie Skater made it known to everyone who would listen, and even those who didn’t want to hear about it, that she was an indestructible tank of a wrestler, who feared no opponent and would steamroll all competition put in her path. More often than not, Skater would bite off more than she could chew, after issuing open challenges and frequently ending up on the receiving end of beatings from some of the toughest opponents in the world.

As time passed, Kellie’s overly confident attitude actually began to pay great dividends. Seemingly proving her indestructibility, Skater has been able to walk away from every fight she has gotten herself into, and has learned a thing or two along the way from each top notch opponent she has faced inside the ring, from Cheerleader Melissa to Mercedes Martinez, Serena Deeb to Misaki Ohata, Amazing Kong to Hiroyo Matsumoto, and more.

During late 2011, Kellie went on an extended tour of Japan where she continued to both train with and battle against some of the best female wrestlers in that part of the world. Confident as ever in her own ability, at the last set of SHIMMER tapings, Skater welcomed the challenges of joshi athletes such as Ray and Kana, earning even more respect as a competitor in the process.

Last year, Yumi Ohka made her SHIMMER debut in tremendous fashion, against inaugural SHIMMER Champion Sara Del Rey on SHIMMER 41. The match served as an excellent example of why Ohka is one of the top stars in her home promotion, Pro-Wrestling WAVE. Yumi also battled another SHIMMER vet in Serena Deeb, as well as some of the younger, rising stars on the SHIMMER roster, including Courtney Rush and Mia Yim. During those bouts, Ohka put her arsenal of kicks and suplexes on display for the Berwyn fans. Next week, Yumi joins the Joshi4Hope crew once again for her second American visit.

One of the standout stars of the last set of SHIMMER tapings was “The Wrestling Goddess” Athena. With her fantastic agility and overall athleticism inside the ring, she has quickly grown into one of the most popular SHIMMER competitors. Athena’s rivalry with SHIMMER original Mercedes Martinez helped to firmly establish Athena as a major player within the SHIMMER ranks. Excellent outings against Nicole Matthews, Sassy Stephie, and international high flying star Ray earlier this year only served to cement her position. Athena will also appear at AAW on 10/26, the night before SHIMMER.

Another of SHIMMER’s true rising stars here in 2012 is Christina Von Eerie. Upon her arrival, she immediately battled with established SHIMMER veterans including Sara Del Rey, Mercedes Martinez, and Cheerleader Melissa. Christina later went on to form the successful “MSEERIE” tag team with former SHIMMER Champion MsChif, both in Berwyn as well as on the SHINE events in Florida. Earlier this year, Von Eerie had the chance to step in the SHIMMER ring against foreign talents including LuFisto, Kana, and Kalamity. She is certainly someone to keep your eyes on, both in the singles picture as well as with MsChif in the tag team division. Christina will also appear at AAW on 10/26, the night before SHIMMER.

As was first revealed by Lenny Leonard during commentary on the SHINE 1 iPPV, one of the women who will be making her SHIMMER main show debut on October 27th & 28th is Detroit’s Allysin Kay. She previously appeared at the Berwyn Eagles Club as part of the SPARKLE pre-show bouts just prior to SHIMMER 41 during late 2011. During recent months, Allysin formed the “Made In Sin” tag team with partner Taylor Made at the initial SHINE events. We look forward to seeing what Allysin Kay brings to the SHIMMER main roster next week.

After having to miss the last set of SHIMMER tapings due to her busy schedule in Japan, the Joshi4Hope office has arranged for Tomoka Nakagawa to return to SHIMMER competition next month. Nakagawa has had some of the most exciting matches of the past several years inside the SHIMMER ring, often crossing paths with her rival Ayumi Kurihara.

Tomoka and partner Daizee Haze made history by capturing the SHIMMER Tag Team Championship in a high impact tag team bout against Hiroyo Matsumoto & Misaki Ohata on SHIMMER 40, only to lose them on SHIMMER 41 to the team of Kurihara & Ayako Hamada. Nakagawa later went on to trade victories with former SHIMMER Champion MsChif, as well as take on Kalamity in singles action.

“The World Famous” Kana made her American professional wrestling debut in late 2011, appearing for both SHIMMER and CHIKARA. Upon her U.S. arrival, Kana refused to even shake the hands of any of the other competitors on the roster, including SHIMMER originals such as Cheerleader Melissa and Sara Del Rey. However, following an intense battle against Canada’s LuFisto, Kana finally deemed a competitor on the roster as having earned her respect, and shook LuFisto’s hand.

Through her friendship with LuFisto, Kana slowly began to accept the other members of the roster, granting post-match handshakes to additional opponents in subsequent matches. The two went on to form a successful tag team in early 2012, competing in a memorable hard hitting match against Hailey Hatred & Kalamity, as well as a bout against the “MSEERIE” duo of MsChif & Christina Von Eerie.

On the singles side of things, Kana has faced many of the staples of the North American women’s wrestling scene in SHIMMER, from LuFisto to Del Rey to Melissa to Mercedes Martinez. She also squared off against fellow globetrotters Mia Yim and Kellie Skater. Having already proven her worth in both the singles and tag team ranks, next week Kana will make her third trip to Berwyn for SHIMMER competition!

Ryo Mizunami comes to us from the Pro-Wrestling WAVE promotion in Japan, through the assistance of the Joshi 4 Hope office. Mizunami made her wrestling debut in 2004 for GAEA, but would later get the bulk of her early experience under the guidance of Meiko Satomura at SENDAI Girls’ Pro-Wrestling beginning in 2007. Known for her strength, Mizunami has an array of suplexes in her arsenal, including a very effective Uranage. Not only will Mizunami be a part of SHIMMER 49-52 in Berwyn, but she will also participate in NCW Femmes Fatales X on November 3rd in Montreal to complete her first tour of North America.

Leva Bates has made it no secret that she and “Regeneration X” tag team partner Allison Danger are focused on capturing the SHIMMER Tag Team Championship. At the recent SHINE 2 event in Florida, Leva scored a big victory in a singles match against one of the current titleholders, Portia Perez. After the match, Leva proclaimed on the microphone it was just the first step to Re-X taking down The Canadian Ninjas and becoming SHIMMER Tag Team Champions.

Hiroyo Matsumoto made her SHIMMER debut at SHIMMER 30 in April of 2010, and quickly made a strong impression on American fans with her outings against Sara Del Rey, LuFisto, and Mercedes Martinez. She later went on to win the SHIMMER Tag Team Championship along with partner Misaki Ohata in early 2011 at SHIMMER 37. After a brief title reign, Matsumoto began to focus on singles competition in SHIMMER. In late 2011, Hiroyo battled the likes of Nicole Matthews, Kellie Skater, and Jessie McKay, and also challenged then-SHIMMER Champion Madison Eagles at SHIMMER 42, which was Hiroyo’s first SHIMMER main event bout.

Though she was forced to miss the last set of SHIMMER tapings due to her busy schedule in Japan, the Joshi 4 Hope office has arranged for Hiroyo to return to North America during late October, to compete not only for SHIMMER in Berwyn, but also for NCW Femmes Fatales on November 3rd in Montreal!

PRE-ORDER VOLUMES 47 & 48 ON DVD!

Two new releases in the SHIMMER DVD series are currently in replication, and are scheduled to begin shipping on approximately Thursday, October 25th. Both SHIMMER Volume 47 and SHIMMER Volume 48 are now available at http://www.shimmerwrestling.com/ for pre-order, if you’d like to receive your copies as soon as they are in stock. Below are the match listings for each pre-order title, as well as the newest releases currently in stock.

SHIMMER- WOMEN ATHLETES Vol. 48 (DVD PRE-ORDER)
Description:
1. Kc Spinelli vs. New York Knockout
2. Mia Yim & Davina Rose vs. Melanie Cruise & Mena Libra
3. Shazza McKenzie vs. Rhia O’Reilly
4. Kana vs. Kellie Skater
5. LuFisto vs. Leon
6. MsChif & Christina Von Eerie vs. Hailey Hatred & Kalamity
7. Athena vs. Ray
8. SHIMMER Tag Team Title Match: Ayumi Kurihara & Ayako Hamada vs. Portia Perez & Nicole Matthews vs. Allison Danger & Leva Bates vs. Sara Del Rey & Courtney Rush
9. SHIMMER Title Match: Cheerleader Melissa vs. Saraya Knight

SHIMMER- WOMEN ATHLETES Vol. 47 (DVD PRE-ORDER)
Description:
1. Taylor Made vs. Rhia O’Reilly
2. Veda Scott vs. Kellie Skater
3. Kalamity vs. Kc Spinelli
4. LuFisto & Kana vs. MsChif & Christina Von Eerie
5. Athena vs. Sassy Stephie
6. Mia Yim & Davina Rose vs. Portia Perez & Nicole Matthews
7. Saraya Knight vs. Shazza McKenzie
8. Allison Danger & Leva Bates vs. Sara Del Rey & Courtney Rush
9. Hailey Hatred vs. Mercedes Martinez
10. SHIMMER Tag Team Title Match: Ayumi Kurihara & Ayako Hamada vs. Ray & Leon
11. SHIMMER Title Match: Cheerleader Melissa vs. Jessie McKay

SHIMMER- WOMEN ATHLETES Vol. 46 (DVD)
Description:
1. Courtney Rush vs. Sassy Stephie
2. Veda Scott vs. Saraya Knight
3. LuFisto vs. New York Knockout
4. Leva Bates vs. Sara Del Rey
5. Ray & Leon vs. Mia Yim & Davina Rose
6. Kc Spinelli vs. Kellie Skater
7. MsChif vs. Jessie McKay
8. Athena vs. Nicole Matthews
9. Kana vs. Mercedes Martinez
10. SHIMMER Tag Team Title Match: Ayumi Kurihara & Ayako Hamada vs. Hailey Hatred & Kalamity
11. SHIMMER Title Match: Cheerleader Melissa vs. Portia Perez

SHIMMER- WOMEN ATHLETES Vol. 45 (DVD)
Description:
1. Courtney Rush vs. Rhia O’Reilly
2. Veda Scott & Shazza McKenzie vs. Melanie Cruise & Mena Libra
3. Leon vs. Sara Del Rey
4. Davina Rose vs. Saraya Knight
5. Jessie McKay vs. Mia Yim
6. Ray vs. Kellie Skater
7. Kana & LuFisto vs. Hailey Hatred & Kalamity
8. Christina Von Eerie vs. Portia Perez
9. SHIMMER Tag Team Title Match: Ayumi Kurihara & Ayako Hamada vs. Allison Danger & Leva Bates
10. Athena vs. Mercedes Martinez
11. SHIMMER Title Match: Cheerleader Melissa vs. Nicole Matthews

Order yours at http://www.shimmerwrestling.com/

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