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!
One of the hidden gems of 2011, Davina Rose is a name fans slowly are becoming more aware of. With her appearances for SHIMMER and ArenaChicks, Northern California’s Rose has made an impressive step into the national spotlight and is severing as a worthy ambassador for her home promotion, Big Time Wrestling. Her passion, heart, and constant smile reminds fans of the woman who happens to be her mentor, the amazing Serena Deeb. An admirable, but daunting, comparison. Filling those boots won’t be any easier with the likes of Portia Perez and Nicole Matthews already gunning for her. Luckily, she has an Egyptian god watching her back. DDS is proud to present, Davina Rose!
Becoming a wrestler isn’t something the average person aspires to. Who or what captured your imagination and made you a fan? What was the defining moment when you knew you wanted to become a wrestler?
Well, I was always a tomboy growing up (and still am), playing all kinds of sports everyday so I already had that love for sports in my blood. The first time I saw wrestling, my Dad and brother were watching it and I honestly thought nothing of it until I saw Randy “The Macho Man” Savage. All I saw was huge muscles, bright colors, and a big smile on this guys face. It looked like he was having the time of his life. That was when I was when I got hooked into wrestling. It wasn’t until I saw the women wrestling, like Ivory, that I knew I wanted to actually be a part of it. Throughout time like my teenage years I fell in love with the Hardy Boyz and Lita, and they are definitely a big part of me being a wrestler right now.
Tell us about your gear. You of course have a rose, but you also have an Egyptian symbol. Can you explain the symbol’s significance to you?
I try to keep my gear very athletic looking. Ever since I was younger, I knew I wanted to treat wrestling as the sport that it is and not use my body or showing off skin to get any other attention. As for the rose on most of my tights, it obviously symbolizes my name. “Rose” is actually my middle name. My Mom gave me that name because ever since she can remember, my Grandpa would give my Grandma a dozen roses every week, so it meant a lot to her, which made it mean a lot to me. Even more now that my Tadgu (Grandpa in Welsh) recently passed away in June.
The Egyptian symbol is the “Eye of Ra” which symbolizes protection. Before my first wrestling match my family was excited but, of course, worried about me. So a few days before my match I got the Eye of Ra tattooed on the back of my neck to feel protected and know that someone is always watching my back. It’s also just a cool design; I was getting bored of the roses!
Big time wrestling seems to be your home promotion, give us some insight on that company and how you discovered them? Who were you trained by and what was your training like?
Yes, Big Time Wrestling is one of the biggest promotions in Northern California and it is run by Kirk White. My Dad first found out about them back in 2001, because he saw a sign outside of the San José Boys and Girls Club near his work and it had Buff Bagwell on it. I was 11 and that was the first live wrestling show I had ever been to. Since that night I never missed any of the Big Time Wrestling shows.
I began training in 2008 when I was 18 with my head trainer Jason Styles, along with Ryan Von Kool, Kimo Kanaloa, Chico Navarro, Mike Silva, and Shane Kody. My first day there were also 3 other guys starting who were all best friends. I was the only girl there, and still am to this day. We trained twice a week for 2 hours in this small warehouse that barely had enough room for the ring and no bathroom! It was perfect. It was a very intimidating being a teenage girl with all these men, in a man’s world, but I loved it.
Southern California wrestling gained a lot of national attention last year. As someone in Northern California, how do you view the scene? Would you say you’ve had great opportunities there?
I believe Northern Cali and Southern Cali are two very different wrestling worlds. Southern Cali has way more promotions, way more exposure, and way more women wrestlers! I’ve only wrestled there a few times for NWA Hollywood and I had a great time.
When I first started, all the girls I wrestled were from SoCal. With the exception of Christina Von Eerie, whom I had the pleasure of working with a few times, I think I’m the only NorCal girl around right now. But honestly, I cannot complain one bit. Kirk White has given me the biggest opportunities with BTW and I couldn’t ask for more. He has never let me down since day one, I was never left out of a show and he’s always brought someone in for me to wrestle. Through Kirk and BTW shows I’ve had the opportunity to wrestle ODB, Awesome Kong, Daffney, Serena, and many more great women.
Is there any place you’re very interested in working or training outside the country? Any promotions you have on your radar to perform for?
I want to go anywhere! The more I wrestle, and the more people I meet, the more anxious I get to see the world. Like any other wrestler I would love to go to Japan, Mexico and Australia being that wrestling is very big and respected in those places. But I’ve got my eye on Canada for the next place I want to train and wrestle in. I love the Canadian style; I believe it will add so much to me as a wrestler. I would love to work for ECCW over there. In the states, WSU in New Jersey is the next promotion I’d like to wrestle for.
SHIMMER: Women Athletes Volume 44
- Kellie Skater defeated Davina Rose with the Skate-or-Die
- Taylor Made defeated Veda Scott with a Swinging Neckbreaker
- Kalamity defeated Tomoka Nakagawa with the Kalamityville Horror
- Nevaeh and Sassy Stephie defeated Ashley Lane and Mia Yim with a Kiss My Sass on Mia Yim
- Serena Deeb defeated Yumi Ohka with a Spear
- Regeneration X (Allison Danger and Leva Bates), Christina Von Eerie and MsChif defeated Bonesaw, She Nay Nay, Melanie Cruise and Mena Libra when Von Eerie hit the Slapjack on She Nay Nay
- Hiroyo Matsumoto defeated Jessie McKay with the Backdrop Driver
- Sara Del Rey defeated Courtney Rush with the Royal Butterfly Suplex and the Cabbage Patch
- Athena defeated Mercedes Martinez via DQ due to Chair Attack by Mercedes
- Kana defeated LuFisto with the Kana Lock
- No Disqualification Match: Britani Knight defeated Saraya Knight with a Small Package DDT
- SHIMMER Tag Team Title Match: Ayako Hamada and Ayumi Kurihara (c) defeated The Canadian Ninjas (Portia Perez and Nicole Matthews) after an Uranage by Ayumi on Portia
- SHIMMER Title Match: Cheerleader Melissa defeated Madison Eagles (c) with a roll-up reversal of the Hellbound to become the 4th SHIMMER Champion
- Bonus Dick Move: Nicole Matthews attacks Melissa and ruins it for everyone.
SHIMMER: Women Athletes Volume 43
- LuFisto defeated Mia Svennson with the Mangalizer
- Regeneration X (Allison Danger & Leva Bates) defeated Sassy Stephie and Nevaeh with a Sonic Screwdriver to Sassy Stephie
- Nicole Matthews defeated Davina Rose with the Roll the Dice.
- Hiroyo Matsumoto defeated Kellie Skater with the Backdrop Driver
- Saraya Knight defeated Ariel with an Avalance Style Powerbomb
- Courtney Rush defeated Nikki Roxx with the Rush Slam
- Yumi Ohka defeated Mia Yim with the Tiger Suplex
- MsChif defeated Tomoka Nakagawa with the Desecrator.
- Athena versus Mercedes Martinez ended in a Double Count Out
- Jessie McKay defeated Britani Knight with the Boyfriend Stealer
- No Holds Barred: Serena defeated Portia Perez with a Spear off of a table
- Cheerleader Melissa defeated Kana with an Air Raid Crash
- SHIMMER Tag Team Title Match: Ayako Hamada and Ayumi Kurihara (c) defeated Sara Del Rey and Madison Eagles when Ayako defeated Del Rey with the AP Cross
SHIMMER: Women Athletes Volume 42
- Mercedes Martinez defeated Leva Bates (w/ Allison Danger) with a Fisherman Buster
- Mena Libra and Melanie Cruise defeated Hailey Hatred and Kalamity with Samoan Drop pin from on Kalamity
- Tomoka Nakagawa defeated Kellie Skater, LuFisto, and MsChif by spitting in MsChif’s eyes
- Yumi Ohka defeated Courtney Rush with a Two-Hand Sit-Out Chokeslam
- Portia Perez defeated Davina Rose with a Sidechoke
- Nevaeh and Sassy Stephie defeated Nikki Roxx and Ariel with Kiss Both Our Sasses
- Cheerleader Melissa defeated Christina Von Eerie with a Kudo Driver
- Athena defeated Jessie McKay and Mia Yim with the “O” Face on Yim
- Nicole Matthews defeated Serena Deeb with the Roll the Dice and Portia dickery
- SHIMMER Tag Team Title Match: Ayako Hamada and Ayumi Kurihara (c) defeated The Knight Dynasty (Britani Knight and Saraya Knight) with an AP Cross on Britani
- Kana defeated Sara Del Rey with the Kana Lock
- SHIMMER Title Match: Madison Eagles (c) defeated Hiroyo Matsumoto with the Hellbound