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.
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!
Greg, boss that he is, attended yet another three day international wrestling summit with the AAW/SHIMMER Weekend. Here’s his wonderful photos from the first of the four SHIMMER shows. This was the one where Athena found herself in the main event, Courtney Rush lost herself in the past, and, delivering on months of trash talk, Portia Perez actually, finally, for real beat Kana. Enjoy!
The one where Yim took flight, Kellie Skater and Athena faced down top Joshi without fear or hesitation (and made everyone proud), we popped bottles, the mohawk was checked, Sara Del Rey was the worst partner ever, and then the world went dark…
The one where: Shane Hollister was the most intense SPARKLE performer in history; Allison Danger was the first person to ever gain a “Star” power up in real life; Hailey and Mercedes fought from the bottom of their hearts to prove who was the top woman in the world; Jessie McKay refused to give in to fear (and paid the price); and Ray, Leon, Ayako, and Ayumi proved why Joshi Pro Wres is the greatest thing to happen to the sport with the best bout in company history and a five-minute, “That was awesome,” post-match chant.
The one where Veda Scott reconsidered things, Sara had no friends left, MsChif wore some real horrorshow gear for a bit of the old ultra-violence (on Everylewdie’s Preferred Devochka), Kana and Mercedes tried to end one another in a most glorious fashion, Melissa forgot how to trust people, and Hawkeye died again.
Here are photos from the first of four shows from the latest SHIMMER tapings, by Gregory Davis. This was the one where Athena became a fucking star, Danger lived out her dream by being put to sleep by Ayako Hamada, and Hailey and Kana spent an exorbitant amount of time staring angrily into one another’s eyes during a Joshi dominance ritual.