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 fantasticin 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!
Final Fantasy VII, the most beloved chapter in the long running video game series, features the story of an insecure and unsure boy who only finds his place in the world after emulating the man he aspired to be. Of course, only by stepping out from that person’s shadow was he able to fulfill his destiny as hero and savior of the world. This past Saturday at NCW: Femmes Fatales VII, fans witnessed a similar transformation. Billed as an International Summit, Montreal’s Centre de Loisirs St-Barthelemy was home to some of the world’s best wrestlers including new SHIMMER Champion Cheerleader Melissa, Pro Wrestling WAVE Ace Yumi Ohka, and Australian powerhouse Kellie Skater.
However, it was a match between two of Quebec’s own that was the main attraction, as Kalamity challenged her trainer, partner, and rival LuFisto for the NCW:FF International Title. This bout was the culmination of years of friendship, rivalry, love, hatred, and violence1. Stepping out of the shadows of her mentor, the “Oncoming Storm” took her spot amongst the upper-echelon of the sport and became the new face women’s wrestling in Quebec.
NCW: Femmes Fatales VII
October 8th, 2011 Montreal, QC, Canada
A. Mary Lee Rose (w/ Mademoiselle Rachelle) defeated Millou with the Encore – “Punk Rock Princess” Mary Lee Rose was scheduled to meet Cheerleader Melissa in a featured bout, but, fearing reprisal for months of attacks and trash talk, backed out and was thus bumped down to the pre-show. She didn’t seem all that bothered by the demotion and even brought Millou a stuffed turtle, perhaps to suggest her young opponent lay down’ to take a nap. Milouu took the ‘gift’ and spiked it, leading Mary to attack and gain the upper-hand, which she retained for most of the bout. Between that and Mdsm. Rachelle’s usual “hands-on management” Millou was easy prey to Mary Lee Rose’s Encore.
Post-Match the FFVII intro video was aired. The crowd clapped when clips of former SHIMMER Champion Madison Eagles were displayed.
1. Angie Skye defeated Cherry Bomb with the Tight Pull – We dig Cherry Bomb. She’s continually improving all aspects of her wrestling, from adding the Cattle Mutilation to her repertoire to dropping people with Sliding Ds like a female Canadian Masato Tanaka, she’s pretty rad. However there’s a major hole in her game that needs to be addressed: she has not developed an effective counter to having her tights pulled. Last Femmes Fatales Cherry lost a match to Britney Savage with this maneuver. This time Bomb had cool new shiny gear and we thought maybe there was some anti-grip technology involved. Unfortunately, CB did not have that feature installed.
Both women started this match off by exchanging leg kicks and, after some cheap shots from Skye, Cherry lit her up with some chops. Angie managed to gain control with the “Montreal Special” (Snapmare/Spinal Tap/PK, staple combo amongst the Femmes Fatales roster). Skye choked Cherry over the second rope, then hit a running flying high kick to Cherry’s exposed spine lead to a 2 count. Bomb rallied back with a flying lariat, Sliding D, sick sick sick corner Shining Wizard straight to Skye’s face! Going in for the kill, Cherry Bomb applied Cattle Mutilation but Skye managed to get her feet to the ropes. Visibly frustrated, Cherry argued with the official which allowed Angie to steal the victory with, you guessed it, a roll up and handful of tights.
Post-match, Cherry continued to berate the official and proceeded to kick the bottom rope, which Montreal fans are really, really into.
2. The Sherbrooke Connection (Loue and Kira) defeated Anna Minoushka and Missy – The women from Sherbrooke have been very successful in Femmes Fatales, but they may have come into this match as underdogs against the bigger, stronger, angrier team of Anna and Missy. Anna actually chose to start off the match against both opponents at the same time, and succeeded in tossing them around. The Connection showed off their tag pro wres prowess once Missy tagged in, utilizing a double back elbow and tandem elbow drops. Minoushka attempted to intervene but was somehow controlled by the referee.
The Sherbrookes then laid Missy out with a Hart Attack, which led to Anna making her way back in. Again, the “Russian Tigress” chose to fight both Kira & Loue simultaneously. An overzealous Loue tried a hurricanrana and was thwarted by a heavy powerbomb, deep from the Heart of Mother Russia. Kira sought to choke out Minoushka, but Anna wouldn’t stay down, so Loue jumped on her back, too! The screaming powerhouse carried both her assailants on her back and drove crushed them in the corner. The SC tried a new, effective, strategy of dropping Anna with leg kicks and double drop kicking her out of the ring. That left Missy alone as she took a top rope body splash from Loue and a double team cover for the loss. Kira and Loue celebrated their biggest win yet, while furious Anna shoved an apologetic, and criminally underrated, Missy.
3. She Nay Nay defeated Xandra Bale with the Fujiwara Arm bar – No one on the corner has swagger like She Nay Nay, although Xandra Bale’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles tribute gear gets her pretty close. The latest in descendent in the historic line of Canadian “Suicide Blondes,” Bale relied on her speed and agility but, too often, was grounded by the Street Technique of She Nay Nay. At one point she put vicious boots to Bale and tried to break her arm over the guardrail. More semi-legal techniques lead to a flying hip attack and DDT for a close two-count for She Nay Nay. Bale was then slapped into a Fujiwara armbar, but was able to scrampe to the ropes.
Sensing victory, She Nay Nay came rushing in with her beautiful scissor kick and missed! Xandra fired back with spinning heel kick and headed to the top turnbuckle for high-flying cross-body. Xandra missed the top rope dive and was placed in an even deeper Fujiwara until she was forced to submit. She Nay Nay unceremoniously threw a felled Xandra Bale right out of the ring, and happily danced her way to the back. In spite of the lack of sportswomenship the Montreal crowd, who in the past has had no love for the Miami native, offered a bit of applause.
4. Mercedes Martinez defeated Tiana Ringer with the Fisherman Buster – After a four-years-too-long absence, Tiana Ringer made her return to ring. As Anthony put it on Twitter, “No one has had a sexier comeback to wrestling.” Indeed Tiana looked to be in the best shape she’s ever been. She definitely needed that, given she wase was facing WSU Champion Mercedes Martinez. Besides making the mistake of chopping Martinez first, Ringer looked fantastic and kept pace with her S-Grade opponent. Though Ringer resorted to a lot of cheap tricks and tactics, there were many hard shots and technical maneuvers executed by both women, in this match. Tiana caught MM off-guard with a few new moves and hit her patented Scorpion Kick from out-of-nowhere on the apron. Mercedes welcomed Ringer back to wrestling by tenderizing her chest and delivering an ultra-delayed vertical brainbuster. Tiana nearly secured victory with the South Palm Beach driver, but Mercedes, after having to fight harder than anyone expected, ended things with the Fisherman Buster.
Afterwards Martinez said, being as she’s undefeated in Femmes Fatales, she should be next in line for a title shot.
5. Cheerleader Melissa defeated Yumi Ohka with the Air Raid Crash – As anyone who has seen her out of the ring knows, Yumi Ohka takes her fashion very seriously. So much so that in the ring she insists on leaving imprints of her designer boots on the faces of her opponents. It’s probably not the best way to go about sharing a style tip, but it makes for some insane matches.
This was an insane match. Not surprising. Cheerleader Melissa (did we mention she is the new SHIMMER Champion, because it feels good saying it), usually prefers to be the one leaving the bootprints and always goes into full on Terminatrix mode when put against a Joshi wrestler. We were too in awe to take play-by-play notes on this one, just know you have to buy it when it’s released. Stellar, brutal match by two of the top women on the planet.
This piece of wrestling artwork was nearly defaced by some ‘punk,’ as Mary Lee Rose ran down to the ring with Mademoiselle Rachelle, and a chair, in tow. Even after having just engaged in a war, Cheerleader Melissa was fought off her attackers with a kick straight to Rachelle’s grille and an booming Air Raid Crash to Mary Lee. She didn’t even have to use the chair. File this moment under: Don’t Fuck with Melissa.
6. Courtney Rush defeated Kellie Skater with an Argentine Suplex – These two faced each other previously in SHIMMER with Skater ending up on top. To show there were no hard feelings, Rush brought Skater a stuffed kangaroo, which Tank promptly punted into the second row (Skater’s hapless New Jersey Jets could probably use her on the squad). After the punt there was a bit of a pose down, which Skater arguably won. Then there was a bit of arm wrestling which Rush definitely won.
While Tank didn’t get in reps in this match, she did resort to drinking her *ahem* supplements to their usual effect of increased strength and durability. However all the adamantium in the world can’t get between Courtney Rush and Suplex City. Tanks attempt to throw her powdered enhancements in the eyes of Courtney backfired as Rush managed the strength hurl the Tank around the ring, for a series tying victory.
7. Tomoka Nakagawa defeated Portia Perez and Sweet Cherrie with mist to the eyes of Portia Perez – It’s difficult to provide objective analysis of this match as, on her way to the ring, Portia Perez stole my ridiculously awesome shades, feeling they looked better on her. They did look pretty rad with her outfit, though. Jerk.
Anyway, this was a really fun three-way that saw Tomoka Nakagawa, try to one up Portia in acts of evil, mostly down to poor, sweet Cherrie who was caught in the middle. At one point she was being choked in the ropes and bitten in the face while the ref haplessly gave a 5-count. On this night, though, it was Nakagawa who proved the most diabolical as, after surviving a deadly Ninja Choke attempt, she caught Portia off guard with a water to the eyes and a roll up. Karma!
Oh, and the sunglasses? They were eventually returned and, as part of that arrangement we are obligated to say: be sure to attend Anarchy Championship Wrestling’s Portia Perez Appreciation Night on October 23rd in Austin, TX. Also, it would be really awesome if Rachel Summerlyn made available to Portia Perez a healthy and stout donkey for Portia Perez to ride during Portia Perez Appreciation Night.
8. NCW Femmes Fatales International Title Match: Kalamity defeated LuFisto (c) with the Kalamityville Horror 2K11 to become the new Champion – We don’t have the words for this match. LuFisto and Kalamity are small, tough, violent mirror images of one another and it always makes for a great match. However, the stakes were higher than their previous bouts as LuFisto looked to further establish her dominance of FF champion and Kalamity, after a strong debut in SHIMMER, hoped to finally prove she was no longer the student, but the master.
As great as Ohka versus Melissa was, this match exceeded it and all previous expectations. Kalamity came with her usual, stylish aggression from leg kicks to various cross-arm chokes to her always stunning “Diving K” corner elbow. I’m not sure if we’ve seen LuFisto as aggressive since her death match days. She wailed on Kalamity with an indescribably loud chair shot, and then another. This even drew shouts of, “Pourquoi?!” from the Lufi loving crowd (her answer, “Because I want to win!”).
Miss Murder wasn’t done as she dragged the Kalamity onto the apron and participated in one of their classic kick/chop/elbow/punch battles. The defending champ eventually came out on top and used the advantage to set up Kalamity for a crushing corner double stomp. A Mangalizer followed that looked to put an end to things but Kalamity somehow managed to kick out. She gave LuFisto her own finisher but she kicked out as well! Fans sensed that it was time for an Ultimate Technique, but instead of LuFisto’s Burning Hammer, Kalamity pulled out a Fisherman Spike Michinouku Driver (Kalamityville Horror 2K11, go with it) for the biggest win of her career! Totally mind-blowing match, and another you should absolutely purchase the DVD for.
It was a special to see LuFisto wrap the belt around Kalamity’s waist as she, somewhat, passed the torch to her protege. The moment was somewhat sort lived as Mercedes Martinez, making good on her promise from earlier in the night, came down to say she was next in line for the Femmes Fatales title.
And that was Femmes Fatales VII! Every match on the show was strong and two were absolutely classics. We’re already looking forward to attending the next one in March especially since both Serena Deeb and Jazz have been announced. Below, see our pictures from the event and an epic video with Courtney Rush, Cherry Bomb, Kellie Skater, Portia Perez, Mercedes Martinez, LuFisto, Yumi Ohka, Tomoka Nakagawa, and the just crowned NCW Femmes Fatales International Champion, Kalamity! Peace.
We’re just a day away from SHIMMER and with many of the DDS Staff preparing to once again step foot inside the Berwyn Eagles’ club, we got together to talk about what wrestlers we’re most excited to see in the coming days. For those who don’t have a chance to attend SHIMMER, no worries, we’ve provided you with a few great videos of SHIMMER stars in action. Enjoy!
Photos by Aoikougei. Thanks to Diva Dirt’s Steven for contributing to this report as well.
SHIMMER weekend is always a great weekend for wrestling. This upcoming set of tapings look to be spectacular with plenty of talent to look forward to seeing. The U.S. debut of Kana, Hailey Hatred’s first SHIMMER appearance, plus so many more new faces, up and comers, and established veterans should be enough to get any wrestling fan‘s blood pumping. However, the wrestler I’m most excited to see this weekend is “The Rate Tank” Kellie Skater.
Why, you ask? Is it her antics? Her constantly getting in over her head with her open challenges? Perhaps because I’m looking for a ‘Roo ‘Roids hook up? Well, I suppose those are all true, but the main reason is that I want to see what is next for the Colossus of Bacchus Marsh.
Looking solely at Skater’s Win/Loss record in SHIMMER might not paint the best picture, but what those numbers don’t show is this: she’s constantly getting better. As the Indy-structible One’s mutant powers continue to develop, she is becoming more dangers. A proper comic book villain may get beat, but they always come back and they are always a bigger threat than before. This is what I’m looking to see from Kellie Skater this weekend in Berwyn.
At some point, lifting those pink adamantium1 weights and drinking that *ahem* protein shake was going to pay off, and I think that time is now. Skater talks a big game and it is at these tapings that she will back all of that up. After this, “mutant threat” won’t just be a hateful term utilized by anti-mutant speciesists, it will be a warning of what you’re getting into if you step inside the ring with “The Rate Tank.”
Check out this match as Kellie Skater takes on WSU mainstay Niya:
Since everyone seems to be popping for ‘Eagles Facts’ lately, let me lay a few more on you: Though she has almost 10 years of wrestling experience, Madison Eagles emerged onto the North American scene in 2008 as a relative “unknown.” Now, she is the top female wrestler, for, arguably, the top female wrestling promotion. There’s simply too much to say about this long, lethal lady so, I’ll try to keep it short. First, I’d like to point out, that since becoming champion she has yet to be defeated in singles competition in SHIMMER. The only times she has been pinned has been in ‘multi-person’ tag matches where the odds were stacked against her; none, of the other top competitors, have been able to best her on their own.
At 6 feet tall, Eagles’ ‘length’ plays a significant role, in many of her matches, adding to her striking range and ability to escape comprising positions and pinning predicaments. She also utilizes a very deliberate method of breathing, during her matches; now, this may sound (or even look) ridiculous to some, but it plays an important role in her victories, allowing for her to stay evenly paced, the entire match-up, no matter how intense the action gets.
Naturally, the fans despise the champ for ending MsChif’s historic “reign of torment,” and they “loathe” how much she “Loves” herself; still, Madison Eagles finds a way to make me feel her plight, as the champion. She gets visibly upset anytime the crowd mocks her, she doesn’t believe there is anyone she can trust in the SHIMMER locker room (her heart having been broken by her former best friend Jessie McKay’s championship challenge). she’s convinced that the match making committee has it out for her, and has begun to feel that only the physical championship itself is her friend, her precious. As much as the SHIMMER fans hate to see her turn back their heroines, I can’t help but feel a little bit sorry for her and respect what she is able to overcome, no matter how much the crowd wishes to see her fall.
All that being said, each of The Champ’s title defenses will be what I am most looking forward to, this weekend. I want to see who are the next in line, and the next to fall behind.
If you, shamefully, have not seen it by now, check out this Six Women Tag from JWP featuring Madison Eagles, Cherry Bomb, and Sexy Starr taking on Yoshiko Tamura, Hailey Hatred, and Makoto:
Whenever SHIMMER weekend comes around, you can’t help but to speculate on all the possibilities. Will the other NINJA get a championship match? Is Britani Knight going to make as big a bang in the US as she has in the UK (Bigger than the Beatles!)? Who will make the leap up from SPARKLE? Will LuFisto surprise us this time and NOT show up as a surprise? But there’s one question that has me wondering the most, will this be the weekend of Athena?
Athena has gained quite a following over the last year, and it’s not hard to see why. The music. The strut. The presence. And that’s just to start. While she may have not have the highest winning percentage in SHIMMER, many of her matches were highly discussed sleeper-hits, thanks to several powerful, and especially innovative moves. When you see The “O” Face live, you’re going to remember it forever. But it doesn’t just stop there. Perhaps her biggest moment to date occurred earlier this year in Texas, when she dove off from a balcony, and crushed Rachel Summerlyn into a barbed-wire, thumbtacked board. She also just won the ACW American Joshi Championship from the seemingly unstoppable Lady Poison.
The Wrestling Goddess is quickly on the rise, and I see a bright future for her in SHIMMER.
See Athena take on Jessica James from early last year in ACW:
I’m really looking forward to seeing Veda Scott in action. Since she made her debut just months ago, a few of her matches have popped up online, and I have to say that I’m impressed. That saying “smart, sexy and powerful?” Whatever. Veda Scott is all that times ten. Follower her on twitter and you’ll definitely be entertained. And because I have followed her, and kept up on her adventures in wrestling, and watched the matches that are out there, I’ve seen that this woman has lots of potential. She’s charismatic, and she has the basic skills down pat. You can tell that she takes this seriously, and the whole Veda package provides for excitement. She brings attitude to the ring, and she has swagger. I’m excited to see her SHIMMER debut. And I believe this is just the start of a long, ascending road for Veda. And, you know, those glasses are hot.
From Beyond Wrestling, Veda Scott faces Josh Thor:
The Knight Dynasty
Debuting on Volume 37, with the returning Rebecca Knox (a personal hero of mine, I’m Irish) Britani and Saraya Knight made a debut that turned SHIMMER upside down. With Britani’s ENG-GER-LAND chant, Saraya’s intimidating stare and Knox…well, being the K-Nox we all love to hate, The Knight Dynasty turned the Eagles Club against them in about five minutes, and they were not happy about it. At the last tapings they managed a tag title shot in their second match for the company, showing how storied their legacy is and how quickly the got America’s attention.
This weekend I hope we get to see them in singles competition as well, because I feel they’re really skilled singles wrestlers in their own right and they should get a chance to showcase their talents.
Some Matches I’d love to see this weekend are Britani versus Ayako Hamada, as I think Hamada could really test Britani’s abilities and it’d be great to see what they could pull together, and Saraya versus Sara Del Rey simply because it’d be interesting to see these two mix it up in the ring!
Check out Britani taking on gone but never forgotten SHIMMER icon, Wesna:
I’ve been fortunate enough to see Kana and Yumi Ohka wrestle multiple times in Japan, so the new Joshi import I’m most looking forward to seeing in SHIMMER is Hailey Hatred. This is a woman who has done what almost no other has. As a foreigner, has captured the top women’s title in Japan, the place with the best, most respected legacy of women’s wrestling. More than that, as we mentioned in our interview, she has been an underappreciated innovator in the current boom period for women’s wrestling in the US. She’s not only one of the best wrestlers in the world, but one of the most important. She has opened doors on both sides of the border and on both sides of the Pacific. It is only fitting that now, as JWP Open-Weight Champion, she comes to SHIMMER (and AIW) with the fanfare she has earned through her years of hard work and dedication.
Plus, I want to hear The Mars Volta blaring through the Eagles Club speakers.
Check out Hailey Hatred taking on Kana in a nasty, brutish, and short match:
Years ago, after watching my very first SHIMMER DVD, the wrestler that stood out to me most had to be Cheerleader Melissa. Everything from her stoic demeanor to her aggressive, hard-hitting style resonated with me. From there on out, I would purchase SHIMMER DVDs and skip straight to her matches, knowing that I’d get an excellent match each and every time. That said, it’s no surprise that I’m looking forward to seeing Melissa most at SHIMMER at the next tapings. Whether it’s a tag match, a match against a rising star, or the main event, I know that she’ll be giving her all to put on a fantastic performance each time she sets foot in the ring.