1: Santana Garrett b. Nevaeh with the Shining Star Press 2: Jessicka Havok b. Crazy Mary Dobson with the Sitout Chokeslam 3: Mia Yim b. Angie Skye with the Firebird Splash -Hiroyo Matsumoto says she cannot go back to Japan without her Gojira mask, and vows revenge against Portia Perez. 4: Thunderkitty b. Taylor Made with a Sleeper Hold -Nicole Matthews comes out wearing Madison Eagles' shirt, takes it off, and pours Starbucks Coffee all over it on the floor. 5: Nicole Matthews b. Heidi Lovelace with the Vancouver Manouevre 6: Leva Bates b. Nikki Storm with the Pepsi Plunge 7: MsChif b. Miss Natural with the Unholy Obliteration 8: Hiroyo Matsumoto b. Portia Perez with the Backdrop Driver -MsChif and Thunderkitty distracted the referee, allowing Matsumoto to smash Perez's head against the exposed turnbuckle - each wrestler got their items back. 9: SHIMMER TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: Global Green Gangsters (Kellie Skater & Tomoka Nakagawa) (c) b. Cherry Bomb & Kimber Lee with the Kick Combo on Lee 10: THREE STAGES OF HELL: Christina Von Eerie vs. Saraya Knight -STAGE 1: PINFALLS ONLY - No pinfalls -STAGE 2: SUBMISSIONS ONLY - Von Eerie taps Knight with a Bow & Arrow
The All-Too-Real World Of Wrestling By Dan Murphy PWI Senior Writer (medical transporter and photographer)
On Saturday afternoon, I presented Cheerleader Melissa with a plaque for being named number-one in the 2013 "PWI Female 50." On Sunday afternoon, I stood at her side in a hospital in suburban Chicago, as a doctor sewed 10 in stitches to close a nasty gash in her left eyebrow.
It’s funny how quickly wrestling can take a person from center stage to the emergency room.
I started with PWI in 1997. Through the years, many promotions have afforded me the luxury of having open access to the wrestlers backstage before and after shows. SHIMMER has been particularly accommodating to me, and I have formed several friendships with members of the roster and staff. Making the trek from Buffalo, NY, to Berwyn, IL, for SHIMMER taping weekends (four DVD tapings over a two-day span, or about 16 hours of wrestling during a marathon session) has become a highlight on my wrestling calendar.
On Sunday afternoon, I was seated on a closed off area behind the camera. Seated next to me was Lisa Marie Varon, the former Victoria/Tara, who hosted the official SHIMMER after-party at her restaurant The Squared Circle. SHIMMER Volume 60 was drawing to a close, as two-time SHIMMER champion Cheerleader Melissa defended the title against LuFisto in a terrific match. Melissa and LuFisto were battling in the far corner, with their backs to the stage where we were sitting, when LuFisto caught Melissa with an elbow to the face. It looked like a routine elbowsmash from my vantage point, and Melissa fought back, lifting LuFisto onto her shoulders. “Electric Chair,” Lisa whispered, not so much to me, as much as out of the genuine excitement of being caught up in the action. But before Melissa could fall back and slam LuFisto from her shoulders to the mat, LuFisto executed a reverse rana, flipping Melissa over backward.
I cringed. It looked to me like Melissa had landed hard on crown of her head. Through the mass of hair covering her face, I thought I saw blood begin to trickle down her forehead. Was it blood or was it just sweat-matted hair? I had a bad feeling and I stood up, craning to see if she was hurt, as the referee dove in to check on her. I saw Melissa reach up and gingerly dab at her forehead; her hand came away red with blood.
“She’s busted open,” I said. Lisa leaned in to look as Melissa raised her head. Blood was beginning to stream down her face. I heard Lisa gasp “oh no.”
The weird thing about wrestling: You might think that the more you understand the nuances of the sport, the more jaded you would become about big moves. That’s not true. In actuality, you become more keenly aware of anything that can go wrong on even the most “routine” move. I was afraid she had split open her scalp and that she was too stunned to continue.
I hurried backstage. The crew watching on the small monitor couldn’t see that she was bleeding yet. “Melissa’s bleeding!” I called out to SHIMMER official Allison Danger, who was near the monitor. “Her head. It looks bad.”
By now, Melissa had gotten back to her feet and the blood pouring down her face was visible on camera.
One thing fans never experience is the atmosphere backstage when someone is injured. People crowded to the monitors, people ran to grab ice and clean towels. “What happened?” “Can she finish?” “Is she okay?” Wrestling can be a mercenary business where people compete for positions and spots on the card. But when someone gets hurt, the locker room is united in concern. It’s a tight-knit fraternity, and if one wrestler in injured, everyone rushes in to help if they can.
Fortunately, Melissa’s injury wasn’t as severe as I feared. She didn’t land on her head with the rana; she had been busted open by the innocuous elbow, which caught her square on the eyebrow. There was no concussion or additional injuries. She was able to finish the match, and came back through the curtain to find a dozen of us clustered around her, ready to offer her water, towels, and bandages.
I’m not a member of the roster by any means, but the SHIMMER family has been so welcoming to me through the years that I feel like I’m part of the crew. Several people volunteered to help. Some were asked to help Melissa clean up and assist her in getting changed. Someone was asked to watch over her merchandise as intermission began. I was asked to take her to the hospital.
I drove Melissa to a nearby hospital and waited with her in the emergency room. “This is the kind of thing the fans never get to see,” Melissa said. Just a few miles away, Cheerleader Melissa was an iconic persona, a champion recently honored for being the best in the world at what she does by an international magazine. But in that hospital room, she was just Melissa Anderson, one of maybe three dozen people waiting to see a doctor on a Sunday evening in suburban Chicago.
Melissa received her stitches, and we hurried back to the Berwyn Eagles Club, just in time for her to make a surprise appearance, interfering in the main event and costing LuFisto her match against Mercedes Martinez. Melissa may wind up with a scar, but other than that, she was okay. As I brought Melissa back to the venue and she rushed off, intent to get back into the ring, it struck me that I had a unique vantage point of the entire incident – from watching with the crowd to alerting the back, from helping attend to Melissa as others assessed the damage to sitting beside her as a surgeon stitched her back together. It had been a whirlwind of main-event highs, fear, panic, concern, compassion, and an intoxicating relief, and it had been experienced, in varying degrees, by everyone in the SHIMMER crew. As a writer, I felt it was my obligation to share the experience with you – the reader.
This is wrestling. And sometimes, in a stark emergency room on a gloomy fall night, it’s more real than you'd imagine.
Since its inception in late 2005, SHIMMER has licensed 120 female professional wrestlers for in-ring competition. There is always a revolving door of talents who may appear on any given set of tapings. Some wrestlers still appear regularly on the SHIMMER events, some have moved on in their careers, and some are just getting their start. The following is a chronological list of the women athletes who have been issued SHIMMER wrestler licenses since 2005.
01. Tiana Ringer 02. Shantelle Taylor 03. Amber O'Neal 04. Krissy Vaine 05. Cindy Rogers 06. Nikki Roxx 07. Rain 08. Ariel 09. Lexie Fyfe 10. Christie Ricci 11. Cheerleader Melissa 12. MsChif 13. Beth Phoenix 14. Allison Danger 15. Mercedes Martinez 16. Sara Del Rey 17. Lacey 18. Daizee Haze 19. Malia Hosaka 20. Lorelei Lee 21. Rebecca Knox 22. Ann Brookstone 23. Portia Perez 24. Serena Deeb 25. Josie 26. Amazing Kong 27. Nikita 28. LuFisto 29. Nattie Neidhart 30. Eden Black 31. Alexa Thatcher 32. Alicia 33. Sarah Stock 34. Daffney 35. Nicole Matthews 36. Ashley Lane 37. Jetta 38. Danyah 39. Jennifer Blake 40. Shark Girl 41. Nevaeh 42. Wesna Busic 43. Cat Power 44. Veronika Vice 45. Melanie Cruise 46. Cherry Bomb 47. Sassy Stephie 48. Rachel Summerlyn 49. Miss Natural 50. Madison Eagles 51. Jessie McKay 52. Kimberly Kash 53. Rayna Von Tash 54. Tenille 55. Kellie Skater 56. Skilled Death Artist #2 57. Kacey Diamond 58. Leva Bates 59. Ayako Hamada 60. Anna Minoushka 61. Courtney Rush 62. She-Nay-Nay 63. Annie Social 64. Jamilia Craft 65. Misaki Ohata 66. Tomoka Nakagawa 67. Ayumi Kurihara 68. Jessica James 69. Hiroyo Matsumoto 70. Mena Libra 71. Mia Svensson 72. Mia Yim 73. Taylor Made 74. Athena 75. Bonesaw 76. Jett Riley 77. Brittany Force 78. Rhia O'Reilly 79. Christina Von Eerie 80. Saraya Knight 81. Britani Knight 82. December 83. Buggy Nova 84. Kimberly 85. Veda Scott 86. Su Yung 87. Allysin Kay 88. Kc Spinelli 89. Davina Rose 90. Kalamity 91. Hailey Hatred 92. Yumi Ohka 93. Kana 94. Angelus Layne 95. Shazza McKenzie 96. Leon 97. Ray 98. New York Knockout 99. Nikki St. John 100. Thunderkitty 101. Angie Skye 102. Pink Flash Kira 103. Sweet Cherrie 104. Ryo Mizunami 105. Santana Garrett 106. Heidi Lovelace 107. Kimber Lee 108. Evie 109. Yuu Yamagata 110. Jessicka Havok 111. Marti Belle 112. Xandra Bale 113. Leah Von Dutch 114. Midianne 115. J.K. Kennadi 116. Mary Dobson 117. Mary Lee Rose 118. Nikki Storm 119. Hikaru Shida 120. Savannah Summers
*updated 4/22/14* 121. Solo Darling 122. Vanessa Kraven 123. Kay Lee Ray 124. Ivelisse 125. Candice LeRae 126. Stacy Shadows 127. Diana Hall 128. The Spider Lady
Last Edit: Apr 22, 2014 9:32:47 GMT -5 by tystates
SHIMMER 62 Saturday, April 5th McAlister Auditorium at Tulane University 6823 St. Charles Avenue New Orleans, LA 70118 Tickets now on sale at WWNLive.com First Row Stage: $100 Second Row Stage: $75 Third Row Stage: $50 VIP Floor (Rows 1-10): $35 General Admission Floor (Rows 11+): $25
SHIMMER 63 & 64 Saturday, April 12th Berwyn Eagles Club 6309 26th Street Berwyn, IL 60402 Tickets go on sale Jan. 12th at SHIMMERwrestling.com First Row Reserved: $80 Second Row Reserved: $40 General Admission (Rows 3+): $20
SHIMMER 65 & 66 Sunday, April 13th Berwyn Eagles Club 6309 26th Street Berwyn, IL 60402 Tickets go on sale Jan. 12th at SHIMMERwrestling.com First Row Reserved: $80 Second Row Reserved: $40 General Admission (Rows 3+): $20
Tickets for SHIMMER 63-66 (April 12th & 13th at the Berwyn Eagles Club in Berwyn, IL) go on sale TONIGHT, Sunday, January 12th, at 6pm Central/7pm Eastern. Instructions for purchasing tickets and submitting a seating request will be posted at www.shimmerwrestling.com (and at The SHIMMER Forum, like in the past) at that time.
For these events, there will be 67 first row reserved seats ($80 per day), 67 second row reserved seats ($40 per day), and 111 general admission seats ($20 per day) available. General admission will be third row and back. Seats in each area are available on a first come, first served basis. Plan ahead, and grab tickets in your desired seating area tonight, while they last. Ringside seats have been known to sell very quickly once they are put on sale.
Also, for those of you who plan to be in New Orleans for WrestleMania weekend this year, don't forget that we'll be presenting SHIMMER 62 that Saturday afternoon! Tickets for the event are already on sale through the World Wrestling Network.
SHIMMER 62: Saturday, April 5th McAlister Auditorium at Tulane University, 6823 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70118 Tickets now on sale at www.wwnlive.com/NOLA/TIX/tix-shimmer.htm First Row Stage: $100, Second Row Stage: $75, Third Row Stage: $50, VIP Floor (Rows 1-10): $35, General Admission Floor (Rows 11+): $25
Discuss the April 2014 SHIMMER events in the following thread at The SHIMMER Forum...
The next several DVDs in the SHIMMER series are in the final stages of production, and are on the verge of being released. A preview of the artwork for SHIMMER Volume 57, which will be up for pre-order shortly, has been posted in the following thread at The SHIMMER Forum...
Up through Volume 56 of the SHIMMER DVD series are now in stock and available for immediate worldwide shipping! Use the PayPal buttons at www.shimmerwrestling.com to place your order online. If you would like to purchase DVDs from SHIMMER using a money order, please E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for mail order instructions.
SHIMMER- WOMEN ATHLETES Vol. 56 (DVD)
1. Shazza McKenzie vs. Kimber Lee 2. Leva Bates vs. Miss Natural 3. Leah Von Dutch vs. Rhia O'Reilly 4. Kellie Skater vs. Nicole Matthews 5. Jessie McKay vs. Saraya Knight 6. Mia Yim vs. Evie 7. MsChif & Christina Von Eerie vs. Taylor Made & Allysin Kay 8. Tomoka Nakagawa vs. Portia Perez 9. Kana vs. Mercedes Martinez vs. Ayako Hamada vs. Yuu Yamagata 10. Athena vs. Madison Eagles 11. Serena Deeb vs. Jessicka Havok 12. SHIMMER Title Match: Cheerleader Melissa vs. Kalamity
Order at shimmerwrestling.blogspot.com/p/dvds.html
SHIMMER- WOMEN ATHLETES Vol. 55 (DVD)
1. Jessie McKay vs. Yuu Yamagata 2. Thunderkitty vs. Allysin Kay 3. Heidi Lovelace & Santana Garrett vs. Jessicka Havok & Sassy Stephie 4. Christina Von Eerie vs. Saraya Knight 5. Athena vs. Taylor Made 6. SHIMMER Tag Team Title Match: Portia Perez & Nicole Matthews vs. Veda Scott & Shazza McKenzie 7. MsChif vs. Kalamity 8. Allison Danger & Leva Bates vs. Kellie Skater & Tomoka Nakagawa 9. Kana vs. Madison Eagles 10. Ayako Hamada vs. Mercedes Martinez 11. SHIMMER Title Match: Cheerleader Melissa vs. Courtney Rush
Order at shimmerwrestling.blogspot.com/p/dvds.html
SHIMMER- WOMEN ATHLETES Vol. 54 (DVD)
1. Santana Garrett vs. Miss Natural 2. MsChif vs. Rhia O'Reilly 3. Evie vs. Kimber Lee 4. Kalamity vs. Yuu Yamagata 5. Allison Danger & Leva Bates vs. Veda Scott & Shazza McKenzie 6. Kana vs. Jessie McKay 7. Ayako Hamada vs. Melanie Cruise 8. Serena Deeb vs. Jessicka Havok 9. SHIMMER Tag Team Title Match: Portia Perez & Nicole Matthews vs. Kellie Skater & Tomoka Nakagawa 10. Athena vs. Madison Eagles vs. Saraya Knight vs. Courtney Rush 11. SHIMMER Title Match: Cheerleader Melissa vs. Mercedes Martinez
Order at shimmerwrestling.blogspot.com/p/dvds.html
SHIMMER- WOMEN ATHLETES Vol. 53 (DVD)
1. Mia Yim vs. Amazing Kong 2. Veda Scott & Shazza McKenzie vs. Cherry Bomb & Kimber Lee 3. Kalamity vs. Rhia O'Reilly vs. Evie vs. Christina Von Eerie vs. Yuu Yamagata 4. Ayumi Kurihara vs. Mercedes Martinez 5. Serena Deeb & Allison Danger & Leva Bates with Daffney vs. Jessicka Havok & Sassy Stephie & Nevaeh with Mademoiselle Rachelle 6. Jessie McKay vs. Madison Eagles 7. SHIMMER Tag Team Title Match: Portia Perez & Nicole Matthews vs. Kana & LuFisto vs. Taylor Made & Allysin Kay vs. Kellie Skater & Tomoka Nakagawa 8. Athena vs. Ayako Hamada 9. Steel Cage/SHIMMER Title Match: Saraya Knight vs. Cheerleader Melissa
SHIMMER will announce the main event of its Volume 62 show on April 5 in New Orleans, LA at some point this week.
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1. Kagetsu defeated Rina Yamashita in 5:32 with the Ebisu Down. 2. Leon beat Crazy Mary Dobson in 6:21 with a Mad Splash. 3. Alpha Female pinned Sakura Hirota in 1:16 with a Lariat. The match was then restarted, leading to: 3a. Alpha Female beat Sakura Hirota in 6:44 with a Powerbomb. 4. Hiroyo Matsumoto & Yuhi v Natsuki*Taiyo & Yoshiko went to a 20 minute time limit draw. 5. Misaki Ohata defeated Tsukushi in 9:59 with Hana Maru Dokkan. SHIMMER Tag Team Championship: 6. Kellie Skater & Tomoka Nakagawa (c) beat Madison Eagles & Evie. Nakagawa pinned Eagles with the 120% Schoolboy.
The main event for SHIMMER 62 in New Orleans has been signed! SHIMMER Champion CHEERLEADER MELISSA will put the title on the line against "Super Hardcore Anime" LUFISTO in a Two out of Three Falls Match, with a 90 minute time limit!
Melissa and LuFisto first battled against one another back at SHIMMER 20 in 2008, in a match that earned SHIMMER Match of the Year honors based on fan voting that year.
Forty shows later, at SHIMMER 60 this past October, the two faced off once again, but this time Melissa was SHIMMER Champion, and the title was on the line. During the events leading up to the SHIMMER 60 match, LuFisto and Melissa had to be separated by officials following altercations prompted by Melissa continuing to beat down her challengers post-match, after successfully retaining her SHIMMER Championship. LuFisto came to the aid of challengers LEVA BATES and HIROYO MATSUMOTO, as well as retired SHIMMER competitor ALLISON DANGER, saving them from further attack by Melissa. Their SHIMMER 60 battle saw Melissa retain the title, but in the process, LuFisto bloodied the SHIMMER Champion to the extent that Melissa had to be rushed to the hospital following the match, requiring ten stitches to close a laceration above her eye. The injury forced Melissa onto the sidelines for SHIMMER 61, ending her impressive run of competing on every SHIMMER event since the promotion opened its doors in 2005.
The SHIMMER 61 main event saw "The Latina Sensation" MERCEDES MARTINEZ continue her own personal rivalry against LuFisto, which has raged throughout the women's wrestling scene for the past several years, in a wild No Disqualification/Falls Count Anywhere Match, with instructions from Melissa to take LuFisto out of commission in the process. SHIMMER 61 concluded with a bandaged up Melissa laying out LuFisto with the SHIMMER Championship belt, sending a message that she is out for revenge for LuFisto putting her in the hospital.
With Melissa eager to get her hands on LuFisto once again for some payback, and LuFisto looking for another opportunity at the SHIMMER Championship, SHIMMER officials have thus signed a rematch between Cheerleader Melissa and LuFisto for SHIMMER 62 in New Orleans. The match has the added twist that one of the competitors must defeat their opponent not once, but twice in the same match in order to be declared the victor. Don't miss CHEERLEADER MELISSA vs. LUFISTO, in a Two out of Three Falls Match for the SHIMMER Championship on April 5th in New Orleans!