At SHIMMER last month, we saw Evie and Kimber Lee earn their roster spots and Jessicka Havok take her spot, whether we liked it or not. We saw Serena Deeb and Madison Eagles make their first trip back to Berwyn after long absences due to injury, and they did not miss a beat. We saw Allysin Kay TwitPic mid-match. We saw Mercedes Martinez and Ayako Hamada try their absolute best to destroy each other. We saw one of the most wild, goofy, amazing spectacles of a four-way match that wrestling has seen. We saw Nicole Matthews and Portia Perez cheat and cheat and cheat and cheat and cheat and be dicks. We saw Cheerleader Melissa take a very dark turn as she began her second reign as champion. We saw that the Global Green Gangsters, Kellie Skater and Tomoka Nakagawa, truly “Got this.” We saw the end of an era as Allison Danger, one of the founders of the company and a pioneer in the world of “American joshi” wrestling, compete in the final match of her career.
This is the first of our four part gallery for the SHIMMER weekend, enjoy.
At AAW’s Point of No Return, we saw Silas Young and Jimmy Jacobs prove that even without titles they could still be at the forefront of the roster. We saw the AAW debut of Rich Swann, who seemed to find the Eagles Club a fine roost from which to perform his avian arsenal. We saw Truth Martini offer Saraya Knight a dollar to take out MsChif. We saw ACH and Kyle O’Reilly take things to another level in the Last Hero’s first defense of the AAW Heritage title. And we saw Michael Elgin and Davey Richards in a battle worthy of an early Match of the Year nod.
See the photos from the first AAWSHIM weekend show below from Gregory Davis (1-39) and Christopher Codina (40-54).
AAW: Point of No Return
April 12th, 2013 – Berwyn, IL
- Silas Young defeated Jimmy Jacobs
- Colt Cabana and Junthai Miller defeated Dan Lawrence and Markus Crane
- AAW Heritage Championship contender’s match: Lamar Titan w/ Kevin Harvey and Nikki Mayday defeated Rich Swann and Louis Lyndon
- Losing team must break up: Keith Walker and Tweek Phoenix w/ Kevin Harvey and Nikki Mayday def. The Northstache Express (Darin Corbin and Marion Fontaine)
- Shane Hollister w/ Markus Crane and Scarlett def. Sami Callihan
- MsChif, Christina Von Eerie, and Heidi Lovelace def. Saraya Knight, Miss Natural, and Taylor Made w/ Truth Martini
- AAW Heritage Championship match: ACH (c) def. Kyle O’Reilly
- AAW Tag Team Championship match: Irish Airborne (Jake Crist and Dave Crist) (c) def. Arik Cannon and Mat Fitchett
- AAW Heavyweight Championship: Michael Elgin (c) def. Davey Richards
Lots of stuff happened at Wrestlecon, most of which you can buy on iPPV at WWNLive.com and you can already download the CHIKARA show here at Smartmarkvideo. Greg was on-hand for plenty of it. Here are his pics from SHIMMER and CHIKARA, featuring the returns of Serena Deeb, Madison Eagles, and Amazing Kong, Ayumi Kurihara’s final US match, and Cheerleader Melissa taking back what’s hers. Oh, and a bit of Jyushin “Thunder” Lyger.
Kazushi Sakuraba is an MMA legend whose recent forays in New Japan have been just about the best thing in the promotion aside from his tag partner Katsuyori Shibata. Saku and Shibata have been nearly unstoppable during their Laughter7 invasion run, but this weekend at NJPW’s stellar Invasion Attack PPV that game to a sudden, gruesome halt.
Saku earned a Pro Wrestling Purple Heart as he dislocated his elbow in his tag team match against Yuji Nagata and Hirooki Goto. The referee called for a stop almost immediately after even though, crazy as he is, it almost seemed like Sakuraba just wanted the ref to help him pop it back in.
It’s a shame since the match, and his recent run, had been so very good up until that point. Long time combat sports fans will see shades of the Shogun versus Mark Coleman at PRIDE 31 where a very similar arm injury happened during a seemingly routine tumble.
Here’s to a speedy recovery for Sakuraba, and to Shibata kicking in some domes, solo, for however long Saku’s out.
You can order the show on DVD here and MP4 download here, and read a full write up here. You should definitely watch this excellent music video featuring clips from the show set to a massive tune by Editors.
Here’s our final gallery from the most recent SHIMMER tapings. This was the one where Allysin Kay, as she long ago prophesized, got in the ring with The World Famous Kana (although rumor has it she’s still looking forward to a one-on-one confrontation). Also, Athena continued making her case that she is the best by taking on the best in Ayako Hamada. All this, and lots of ninjas. Enjoy!
SHIMMER Volume 50 saw the cross-generational Joshi dream match of Kana versus Ayako Hamada come to American soil, in what is now largely considered, “the best fucking match ever.” There was also the welcome return of SHIMMER original Lexie Fyfe, who looked fantastic in the main event elimination match. Please enjoy our photos, volume 51 and 52 are coming soon!