The Shimmer Volumes 37-40 Wrap Up Spectacular

Hello darlings, we’re home from Shimmer! It was even more fun than last time! Would you like some results, thoughts, and pictures? Of course you would. So without further ado, SHIMMER!

The Suckers Waiting Out In The Cold Before We Even Got There.

SPARKLE (pre-show) Jordan McEntyre  vs.  Knight Wagner.



Cewsh:  These guys kick off every Shimmer day with a comedy match, and they’re always top notch humor.  First it was announced that they were tagging against the Rock N Roll Express, but then, shockingly, Ricky and Robert didn’t show so they faced each other.  Amusing as hell.

Mrs. Cewsh: This match featured a plastic candy cane and Eryn, (who manages both guys as a team,) cheating for both in turn. They kind of made my day. 

Jordan McEntrye over Knight Wagner following a Sunburn Slap. 

SPARKLE (pre-show) Bobby Dempsey On A Pole Match – Green Man vs. Red Man.

Cewsh:  GREEN MAAAAAAAAN.

Green Man over Red Man following retrieval of Bobby Dempsey. 
SPARKLE (pre-show) –  Bonesaw  vs.  Jett Riley. 

Cewsh:  Whooooa, wait a second.  Where did the Bonesaw with no presence who didn’t fit her character go?  This Bonesaw is threatening, crisp, and has this gimmick down pat.  She’s ready for the main roster immediately.   Though i’m not sure sparkly red rhinestones really work for the Female Suplex Machine.

Mrs. Cewsh:  Yeah yeah yeah, Bonesaw, scary, rawr. JETT RILEY IS RAINBOW BRIGHT. 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

I Thought She Was Just A Blur Of Random Colors.

Bonesaw over Jett Riley following a Double Underhook DDT.



SPARKLE (pre-show) – Brittany Force  vs.  Rhia O’Reilly. 

Cewsh:  Here’s the good news.  Brittany Force was a fantastic heel who worked the crowd up, and I can definitely see her getting a spot on the main roster.  Now here’s the bad news, Rhia O’Reilly botched so often and so hard that I think she may have caused Lou Thesz to rise from the grave to take his life again.

 
Mrs.Cewsh: I really don’t think she was bad. There was a problem with the ring ropes, so it’s not fair to judge. It was a pretty average opening match.


Brittany Force over Rhia O’Reilly following Botchamania.

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Volume 37
MsChif  vs.  Kellie Skater.

Cewsh:  It was fantastic to see Chif back again and the crowd went totally bananas for her.  Other than that it was the usual Skater open challenge.  Skater holds her own and ultimately get murderized.   Skater is a heat goddess, so its all good.

Mrs.Cewsh: How did I not know how beautiful MsChif is? And how fun to watch? She’s amazing.

MsChif over Kellie Skater following the Desecrator.

Mena Libra  vs. Courtney Rush.

Cewsh:  More so than even Bonesaw, Mena Libra improved by leaps and bounds from the last tapings to this one.  What a fantastic big woman heel she is and has the potential to be.  

Love

Courtney Rush is fine enough too, and apparently has a following, but it will help to think of her as a new and improved Neveah.

Mrs. Cewsh: Courtney Rush Sparkled awhile back as PJ Tyler. She’s got a fantastic new look, and has clearly improved. A nice addition, even if the jackass behind me decided she must be a heel because her entrance was too sexy (?!?)

Mena Libra over Courtney Rush following a Samoan Drop.
LuFisto  vs.  Tomoka Nakagawa. 

Cewsh:  Lufi may well have gotten a bigger pop than MsChif, and as well she might after almost dying and coming back in incredible shape.  This was a damn solid match, and Lufi’s new finisher (which is Mike Knox’s old finisher or Alex Shelley’s Shellshock for reference) is sick looking.

Mrs. Cewsh: Pegaboo fell out of the ring during the match, so Nakagawa chucked her at Lufi when they took it to the outside. After the match, Lufi gave Pegaboo CPR, which was amazing. Everyone involved is amazing.

“I Can’t Find A Pulse!”

LuFisto over Tomoka Nakagawa following the Mangalizer.


 

Regeneration X (Allison Danger and Leva Bates)  vs.  Jamilia Craft and Mia Yim.

Cewsh:  RX came out in Dr. Who outfits and were beyond adorable.  Mia Yim came out in, basically, nothing, and Jamilia Craft came out in tassels.  The wrestling was good, but the chemistry between the teams was a little spotty as they’re both new teams.

Mrs.Cewsh: Mia and Jamilia are kind of a weird team, but they did a nice job. I’m used to Mia being a heel, so when she came out it was a little weird. RX are the cutest things ever. I’m not really a Dr. Who fan, but they were dressed up as the 10th and 11th Doctors and they had the Sonic Screwdrivers. I can tell the eventual 8x10s will be big sellers.

Wrestling In Period Appropriate Men’s Clothing Seems Difficult.

Regeneration X over Jamilia Craft and Mia Yim following the Lovelace Choker.

Christina Von Eerie  vs.  Sara Del Rey. 

Cewsh:  Von Eerie is officially my favorite Shimmer wrestler.  

Entirely Because Of Her…Ah…Skills.  Obviously.

Here she takes a vicious beating from Del Rey which is fucking rad and sells it like death (Rey) before ducking a huge kick and jumping into the ring before the countout.  Great match and got Eerie over like crazy.  They brawled afterward to set up the next match and the crowd was way into it.

Shimmer Has 800,000 Referees, And That’s Not Enough To Stop One Sara Del Rey.

Mrs. Cewsh: Shimmer’s trying something new here, where they filmed basically their first vignette. Earlier in the show, Von Eerie cut a promo in the back, but Del Rey interrupted. Instead of the usual “I don’t like you.” “I don’t like you!” interruption, Del Rey proceeded to beat the ever loving fuckshit out of Von Eerie while all the heels in the locker room looked on and kept right on eating their pretzels.

Christina Von Eerie over Sara Del Rey following a Count Out.

Cheerleader Melissa  vs.  Athena.

Cewsh:  This was the first match of Melissa having to work her way back up to title contendership and they couldn’t have picked a better opponent.  This match made Athena look like a main event star and made it clear that she’s ready for a big time push.

Mrs.Cewsh: Poor Athena didn’t have a very productive weekend, going 0-3, but her matches made her look like a million bucks. 

Cheerleader Melissa over Athena following the Kudo Driver.

 

 The Knight Dynasty (Brittani Knight and Sweet Saraya) w/ Rebecca Knox  vs.  Pretty Bitchin’ (Nikki Roxx and Ariel).

Cewsh:  Let me make 3 things clear.

1.  Rebecca Knox, as I speculated with the wayback machine, is probably the most drop dead gorgeous woman I have ever been in the same building as (sorry Mrs. Cewsh).
2.  The Knight Dynasty have so much heat it is in danger of becoming nuclear.
3.  See 1 and 2 again, because YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW.

KNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOX

The ending made it seem like there may wind up being some issues between Nikki and Ariel, but it wasn’t really pursued after that, so it may just be an isolated deal.

Mrs. Cewsh: This end needs some clarification. Rebecca Knox is now a fantastic heel manager with the Knight Dynasty. During the match, she tossed Britani a pair of brass knucks. Ariel caught her with them, took them away, and yes, in a VERY unface like move, hit Britani with them. Ref of course only saw Ariel hit her, so Pretty Bitchin’ were DQd.


The Knights are the greatest thing in history and you need them in your life. Just don’t anger Saraya. She will punch you through your head.

The Knight Dynasty over Pretty Bitchin’ following a Disqualification (Ariel used Brass Knuckles).

Serena Deeb  vs.  Daizee Haze.

Cewsh:  Deeb is crazy over.  Haze has crazy heat.  This was good.

Serena Deeb over Daizee Haze following a Spear.

Ayako Hamada  vs.  Jessie McKay. 

Cewsh:  This was very much a “two friends having a friendly competition” sort of match, with Hamada underestimating Jessie and becoming more and more impressed with her before finally putting her away.  Then there were hugs.

And Hand Holding.  Then They Played Mystery Date.

Ayako Hamada over Jessie McKay following the AP Cross.

Shimmer Tag Team Championships – The Canadian Ninjas (Portia Perez and Nicole Matthews) (c)  vs.  3S (Hiroyo Matsumoto and Misaki Ohata).


Cewsh:  HOLY SHIT TITLE CHANGE.

Ohata and Matsumoto so so batshit over its ridiculous, and the genuine shock when they won the title, followed by the standing ovation was really, really cool.

Mrs.Cewsh: I’ve never seen a title change before! It was really exciting, and nice to see someone finally take out the Ninjas. If anything, losing only made them more over. Where’s your titles? *clap clap clapclapclap*

3S over The Canadian Ninjas following a Roll-Up Pin for the Shimmer Tag Team Championships.

Shimmer Championship – Madison Eagles (c)  vs.  Mercedes Martinez.


Cewsh:  I went into this being thoroughly bored by the idea.  I came out of it with the realization that Madison Eagles is incapable of having bad matches, or even just not great matches.

Also Madison got thrown, basically into our seats by Mercedes.  Which was awesome.

Mrs. Cewsh: I was kind of hard on Mercedes last tapings, saying she kind of phoned it in. Uh, that was not the case this time. She looked great and the match was hot with a lot of crowd involvement. Madison’s nose got busted from a punch to the face. 

Madison Eagles over Mercedes Martinez following the Hellbound to retain the Shimmer Championship.
Show thoughts:



Cewsh:  Great first show to kick things off.  The top babyface acts in this company are over to the point of infallibility at this point, and Eagles/Melissa has people salivating all over themselves.

Mrs.Cewsh: THE KNIGHT DYNASTY!!!!!!!!!!

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Volume 38
Daizee Haze  vs.  Courtney Rush.

Cewsh:  Courtney really did look good here (wrestling wise).  But Daizee steals every show with her heelish antics.

Daizee Haze over Courtney Rush following a Tiger Suplex.

Tomoka Nakagawa  vs.  Jessica James. 

Cewsh:  Wait, did I say that Daizee stole every show with her heel antics?  Yeah, so does Nakagawa.  If only they formed some sort of team…

Mrs. Cewsh: After the match, Daizee came out and announced that she would be reforming her team with Nakagawa. Which is sweet.

Tomoka Nakagawa over Jessica James following a Fisherman Suplex.

Pretty Bitchin’  vs.  Regeneration X. 

Cewsh:  Man, what a shocker this was.  I expected Regeneration X to basically steamroll the entire tag division when they formed, but things are looking pretty hit or miss for them so far. 

Mrs. Cewsh: This wasn’t the best match of the weekend. The end was messed up and no one really seemed to click. RX looked cute, coming out in V for Vendetta masks and being announced as “From Paris, Via the Tardis.”

Justice Is Served.

Pretty Bitchin’ over Regeneration X following a Roll-Up Pin.

Sara Del Rey  vs.  Christina Von Eerie.

Cewsh:  Now while this was a good match, and featured my favorite Shimmer lady (WOO VON EERIE) i’m not sure it lived up to the white hot confrontation they had on the show before.

Sara Del Rey over Christina Von Eerie following the Royal Butterfly.

Cheerleader Melissa  vs.  Melanie Cruise.

Cewsh:  The Melissa Makes Midcarders Look Like Stars Tour 2011 continues.

Mrs. Cewsh: Some people thought this match was too slow and plodding, but I thought it was a pretty good battle of the colossuses. Melissa knocked out one of Melanie’s teeth. 

Cheerleader Melissa over Melanie Cruise following the Air Raid Crash.

Serena Deeb and Jessie McKay  vs.  The Canadian Ninjas.

Cewsh:  This was a natural extension of Jessie and Serena’s feuds with the respective Ninjas.  Unfortunately Serena took about 8 years cutting the promo to set it up, so the crowd wasn’t as into it as they might have been.  Still though, not bad.

*insert classy journalism*

Mrs. Cewsh: It was a long promo, and it wasn’t her best, but it did let Nicole Mathews call Jessie an Australian Bella Twin. 

Serena Deeb and Jessie McKay over The Canadian Ninjas following the Boyfriend Stealer.

Mercedes Martinez  vs.  Rachel Summerlyn.

Cewsh:  Sweet.

Mercedes Martinez over Rachel Summerlyn following the Fisherman Buster.

Shimmer Championship – Madison Eagles (c)  vs.  MsChif.

Cewsh:  Only on this card could this have been a midcard match.  


They had me on the edge of my seat the whole time that MsChif was going to regain her title.

Mrs. Cewsh: I thought this was a strong match and the right way to defend a title outside of the main event. Madison promo’d in the back that no one was worthy of a shot, MsChif came to the ring and called her out.

Madison Eagles over MsChif following a Hell Bound to retain the Shimmer Championship.

Shimmer Tag Team Championships – 3S(c)  vs.  The Knight Dynasty.

Cewsh:  What an excellent fucking match.  The crowd was SO into 3S and SO against the Knights, that the building was deafening.

3S over The Knight Dynasty following a Diving Splash to retain the Shimmer Tag Team Championships.

Ayako Hamada  vs.  Ayumi Kurihara.

Cewsh:  Let me make this incredibly clear.  In my opinion, this is the best match contested between women in the past decade in this or any country.  This was the match that the Joshi industry has been trying to build itself up to painfully slowly ever since the bottom fell out of the Joshi industry at the turn of the century.  See, when Joshi, for lack of a better term, died out 10 years ago, all the top stars retired and moved on, and there really weren’t any new stars to make a future hopeful, so it just kind of disappeared.  Then, recently, excitement and interest has stirred in Joshi again, and a whole new generation of Joshi stars have been slowly accumulating the skill and experience to rebuild what had been lost.  Foremost of those is Ayumi Kurihara, daughter of the famous wrestler friendly restaurant owner in Japan, and she is leading a group of women so talented that the old stars like Manami Toyota, Aja Kong, and yes, Ayako Hamada, have come out of retirement to take advantage of the new interest.

So what does all this mean for this match?  Well i’ve been watching all of this for years, and the day I was waiting for was the day one of the new girls would be good enough to try to grab the torch from one of the legends officially, which is the basis for all of the truly great feuds in Joshi history.  And here, Kurihara tried to do just that, and she and Hamada gave us a Bigg Egg Universe style match, like nobody else could.

Oh that is such an undersell.  This match had it all.  Ayumi going for repeated top rope moves to try to put away Hamada (since she hasn’t developed a kill move yet).  Hamada being all fucking business for the first time and just battering the kid, only for Ayumi to show incredible fire and surprise her.  Ayumi kicking out of the AP Cross with all of her strength left, only to get put away with another right after.  It was like they read the script right off of my heartstrings.

Cheer Up, Ayumi.  Tonight Was The Night That Made You.

For fuck’s sake people.  This was magic.

Mrs.Cewsh: Uh, what he said. Only shorter. And less purple prose.

Ayako Hamada over Ayumi Kurihara following the AP Cross.

Show Thoughts:

Mrs.Cewsh: At the end of the tapings, I thought this was the strongest card of the weekend. It didn’t have a lot of undercard to drag, and there’s a vet in pretty much every match. Very strong showing.


Cewsh: What a fucking show.  Whew.
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SPARKLE (pre-show) – Carribean Bobby Dempsey Match – Green Man  vs.  Red Man.

Cewsh:  This was roughly the greatest match ever contested.  But don’t take my word for it.  Watch it yourself:

Green Man over Red Man following his touching all four turnbuckles.



 

SPARKLE (pre-show) – Rhia O’Reilly and Jett Riley  vs.  Brittany Force and December.



Cewsh:  Hey, remember what I said about O’Reilly and Force?  Yeah, that’s all still true.  Add to that that Jett Riley is adorable and spunky and has tons of potential and that December is perfectly fine but not inspiring me to write sonnets about her skills.

Rhia O’Reilly and Jett Riley over Brittany Force and December following a Crossbody Splash.

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Volume 39
Kellie Skater  vs.  Courtney Rush.

Mrs.Cewsh: Good to see Kellie finally get a win. The match won’t set the world on fire, but it was solid.

Kellie Skater over Courtney Rush following a Running Flip Neckbreaker.

LuFisto  vs.  Sassy Stephie w/Mademoiselle Rachelle.

Mrs. Cewsh:  Oh wow, we haven’t seen Mademoiselle Rachelle in like 11 volumes. 

Stephie looked great with new gear and Lufi dressed as Snow White. She locked in a sleeper and sang Stephie a lullaby.

Cewsh:  I’ve never thought much of Sassy Stephie before, even though Mrs. Cewsh sang her praises, but she was really a great midcard heel here, making Lufi look fantastic.

LuFisto over Sassy Stephie (with Mademoiselle Rachelle) following the Mangalizer.

Rachel Summerlyn  vs.  Mena Libra. 

Cewsh:  I have to wonder what the next step is for Rachel.  They clearly see her as above the rest of the midcarders, but the main event could not possibly be more crowded.  I think she’ll need to find another story before she can really breakthrough the crowd, and while it may sound crazy, I think that maybe a heel turn on Jessica and a run as the biggest heel on the roster could be her ticket to the promised land.
 

Rachel Summerlyn over Mena Libra following a Texas Cloverleaf.

Shimmer Tag Team Championships –  3S(c)  vs.  Pretty Bitchin’

Cewsh: When Volume 37 began, fans were fond of 3S and were in their corner.  By this point in Volume 39, the fans are RABID for 3S, to the point where they’re almost regarding the other face team of Nikki and Ariel as the heels here.  

These Are The Streamers That Spilled Out From Under The Ring Because Underneath Was Fucking FULL OF FUCKING STREAMERS.

Nikki steps up here as the ring general of the match, but the one who surprised me the most here was Ariel, as she showed an aggression and babyface fire that i’ve never seen from here before, and used her size like a goddamn battering ram.    She gelled fantastically with Matsumoto, and I would love to see more interaction between the two in the future.

Poor Ariel Never Gets Any Love.

3S over Pretty Bitchin’ following a Backdrop Driver to retain the Shimmer Tag Team Championships.

Mercedes Martinez  vs.  Britani Knight.

Cewsh:  Britani Knight will be working for a major American company inside the year.  She’s drop dead gorgeous, a born heel, can wrestle for days, and she’s only fucking 18.  

Enjoy Her While We Have Her.

She gives Mercedes all she can handle here and it may be the surprise match of the whole weekend.  Great, great stuff.

Especially when Brittani takes the nastiest Fisherman Buster i’ve ever seen.


Mrs.Cewsh: Oh Mercedes. I like you so much after this weekend. Someone in my section yelled, “Don’t kill her! Don’t hurt her too bad!” and Mercedes turned around, flashed that amazing smile, and goes, “Aw, just a little?” Between that and K-Nox climbing up on the guardrail, and eventually a fan’s lap, to try to hide from Saraya, it was just fun.

Mercedes Martinez over Britani Knight following the Fisherman Buster.

Daizee Haze and Tomoka Nakagawa  vs.  Mia Yim and Jamilia Craft.

Cewsh:  Haze and Nakagawa are such a strange pairing, but they have off the charts chemistry as partners, and together they’re such bratty heels that its a ton of fun to watch them.  On the other hand Jamilia Craft has potential, but is just bland of bathwater at this point I think, and Mia Yim has dedicated herself to becoming the half naked Low Ki.  I’m not sure how that makes me feel, but I find it hard to mind.

Daizee Haze and Tomoka Nakagawa over Mia Yim and Jamilia Craft following a Fisherman Suplex.
Jessica James  vs.  Athena.

Mrs.Cewsh: I don’t know if I’m a Jessica James fan, but this match may have made me a believer. She and Athena have wrestled a million times in Texas and this was so crisp and high energy. Very surprising. 

Cewsh:  They just have so much goddamned chemistry together.  As far as I know, this is the best match either woman has had anywhere.

Also, This Shit Was Nasty.

Jessica James defeated Athena with a Big Boot.

MsChif  vs.  Sweet Saraya.

Mrs.Cewsh: I want to hide just thinking about Saraya. She is the scariest, best heel ever. Seeing a great face like MsChif take her out was so gratifying. 


Starting out, Chif did her scream but it didn’t phase Saraya. She then hauled Knox into the ring by her hair and made her scream at Chif. She’s got some pipes, but she stalled out with a squeak when Chif wasn’t impressed. 

MsChif over Saraya Knight following the Desecrator.

Serena Deeb  vs.  Portia Perez.

Cewsh:  This was a grudge match, and they made that abundantly clear by tearing into each other.  Portia isn’t the mat wrestler sort so this seems to suit her just fine, antagonizing Serena and brawling, until finally Portia grabs a cookie sheet and nails Serena with it as she goes for the spear.  Portia gets DQed and then refs come to help Serena to the back.

Its worth mentioning that by this point there were a few hecklers in the crowd just plain audibly shitting on everything.  They hated the cookie sheet spot, they criticized how the refs failed to support Serena’s head in a medically appropriate way, and some guy 11 beers into his afternoon just started standing up and giving a Jim Duggan “Hooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!”.  I don’t know if that stuff is going to come through on the DVD, but these guys were dickheads, and were talked to at intermission.

Mrs.Cewsh: Wrestling fans, the cookie sheet was fine. So were the refs helping Serena out. Bite me.

Serena Deeb over Portia Perez following a Disqualification (Portia Used A Cookie Sheet).

Two Out of Three Falls Match – Nicole Matthews  vs.  Jessie McKay.

  

Cewsh:  Now THIS match shut those hecklers right the fuck up.

Jessie McKay is officially indispensable.  Nobody on the entire roster wakes up a tired or restless crowd like she can.  And this match was fantastic and really cemented the rise of both of these women to serious status.

Mrs.Cewsh: Great, great, GREAT match. I really enjoyed it. They got a good amount of time, it was well paced, and everyone looked great. It also redeemed Nicole, who took a lot of the Ninja’s losses this weekend. She’s going to get a main event push. 

Nicole Matthews over Jessie McKay two falls to one with a Roll-Up Pin and the Cross Rhodes.

Cheerleader Melissa and Ayako Hamada  vs.  Madison Eagles and Sara Del Rey.




Mrs.Cewsh: Good match with amazing performers, but I’m not sure if I loved it. It was basically the main event of 36 again, while I would have preferred something a little newer.  


Not That We Don’t Love The Dream Team.



Cewsh:  Yeah, this was a solid main event, don’t get me wrong, but it really can’t hold a candle to the two amazing ones before it.


Cheerleader Melissa and Ayako Hamada over Madison Eagles and Sara Del Rey following a Roll-Up Pin.
Show Thoughts: 

Mrs.Cewsh: I thought this one was a little weak. The 2/3 falls was great, as was a lot of the under/mid card. It had fun moments, but nothing that’ll make it a instant classic like Ayumi/Hamada.


Cewsh:  If you can only buy 3 of these 4 shows, this is the one you should skip.  There’s nothing truly remarkable here to make you sit up and take notice, and the other shows and just so, so much stronger.

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Volume 40
Kellie Skater  vs.  Taylor Made.

Mrs.Cewsh: Oh, Taylor Made came back? Shimmer, you really don’t want that bungalow, do you?

Cewsh:  Look, I don’t want to say anything truly mean about anyone, least of all the Shimmer girls but, well, Taylor Made is just awful.  Kellie Skater, on the other hand, is the perfect opening match wrestler.  The crowd loves her and always responds, she puts everyone she wrestles over win or lose, but she doesn’t step on the matches to come.  They stumbled onto a goldmine in her.  Come to think of it, with all the Aussie ladies.

Kellie Skater over Taylor Made following a Running Flip Neckbreaker.

Rachel Summerlyn  vs.  Bonesaw.



Cewsh:  These two are both on the cusp of becoming something very interesting.  In both cases, its just going to take that oooooone extra aspect to their character.

This match was very crisp and quite good for the people in it, especially since a week ago I thought of Bonesaw as being almost Taylor Madelike in worth to the show.  That’ll teach me to judge.

More.

Rachel Summerlyn over Bonesaw following a Texas Cloverleaf.

Mercedes Martinez  vs.  Christina Von Eerie.

Mrs.Cewsh: Poor Christina may not have won, but she certainly made an impression. This storyline is going super well for her as evidenced by the “Please Come Back” chants.

Cewsh:  If she doesn’t come back, I may actually cry.  I don’t choose my favorites lightly, and again here she shows that she can sell like nobody’s business and the crowd is eating it up.

What’s Not To Like?  Especially Joey In Her Vest And Glasses.

Mercedes Martinez over Christina Von Eerie following the Fisherman Buster.

MsChif  vs.  Melanie Cruise.


Mrs.Cewsh: Another good match for Melanie. I like that MsChif is also working her way back up to the main event.

Cewsh:  Shimmer has a main event genuinely flooded with beloved talent and an undercard teeming with potential and waiting for an opportunity to shine.  Whenever they put the two together, good stuff is almost a guarantee.

MsChif over Melanie Cruise following the Desecrator.

Jessie McKay  vs.  Athena.

Cewsh:  Aint nothing wrong here.

Jessie McKay over Athena following the Boyfriend Stealer.


The Knight Dynasty  vs.  Regeneration X.

Mrs.Cewsh: This was more of a brawl than a match, and I know I missed the finish because there was so much going on. 

It was great to see Danger get her hands on Knox; maybe an actual match in her future?

Cewsh:  Oh please, PLEASE, let that come true.

The Knight Dynasty over Regeneration X following an Illegal Pin.
Sara Del Rey  vs.  Jessica James.

Mrs.Cewsh: Poor Jessica didn’t stand a chance. But, like Nevaeh or even Tennile, Sara brought something out of her that I didn’t see before.  

Cewsh:  Her spine?

FUCKING OW!  That’s Just Mean!


Sara Del Rey over Jessica James following the Royal Butterfly.
Four Corner Survival Match – Serena  vs.  Portia Perez  vs.  LuFisto  vs.  Cheerleader Melissa.

Mrs.Cewsh: Portia played an amazing chicken heel, running from Serena all match but eventually getting locked into the ring with her  when Lufi and Melissa brawled to the back. It was good, but the whole show suffered from hecklers and general burnout.

Serena over Everyone Else Following A Spear.


Ayumi Kurihara  vs.  Nicole Matthews.

Cewsh:  This match did happen, I assure you.  I was there.

Honestly there isn’t much else to say about it.  Matthews never seems to have the best matches with the joshi girls, and Kurihara could never possibly have topped what she did the first night.
 

Ayumi Kurihara over Nicole Matthews following an Exploder Suplex.




Shimmer Tag Team Championships – 3S(c)  vs.  Daizee Haze and Tomoka Nakagawa.

Cewsh:  HOLY SHIT NEW CHAMPIONS?!

!?!?!?!?!?!?!!?

Mrs.Cewsh: Wow, I did not see that one coming, but I like it. 3S are phenomenal and so beloved but they can’t talk to the fans. Now, Daizee can cut fabulous heel promos and the belts will be defended on ROH i-PPV on Wrestlemania weekend. It’s a really solid choice. The only concern is once again all of our belt holders are heels. 

Cewsh:  This really makes sense too, because it seems clear that Nakagawa is the joshi that has adapted the best to the American style of wrestling, and she and Daizee, as i’ve said, are a dream together.

Add that to the fact that Ohata and Matsumoto are getting big pushes back home in Japan, and this was the smart choice.

Daizee Haze and Tomoka Nakagawa over 3S  with an Enzuigiri/Tiger Suplex combo for the Shimmer Tag Team Championships.
Shimmer Championship – Madison Eagles (c)  vs.  Ayako Hamada.

Mrs.Cewsh: I wish this match had a) 5 more minutes or b) paced the time it had a little better. From the bell, they beat the hell out of each other and it was clear it wasn’t going to be a 60 minute iron woman match, but the end did seem to come a little abruptly.  Still, neither woman has a bad match in her. Good closeout to the weekend, even if it didn’t leave us on the high note of 36. 

Cewsh:  I’m not a big believer in matches needed more time to be better, I think that this match just wasn’t as well paced as the others this weekend, and I couldn’t shake the feeling that Hamada almost seemed distracted, as would be completely understandable with the events back home.  Still, even with that, this was a very good match, and the moment that Madison Eagles kicked out of the AP Cross after a 1 count I thought the whole crowd was going to fucking riot, it was great.

Madison Eagles over Ayako Hamada following the Hell Bound to retain the Shimmer Championship.

Show Thoughts: 
Mrs.Cewsh:  I really need to see this one again on DVD. Going through the results, it all seems great, but it was hot and I was tired and the hecklers were getting to me and it just wasn’t the funnest experience. 
 Cewsh:  Agreed.  Thopugh this show is miles better than the one before it.
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Final Thoughts:



Mrs.Cewsh: All in all, I wouldn’t trade the weekend for anything. There was something amazing on every show. I’ll leave you with some fun stories.

Allison Danger bullied me. She looked at me at the merch tables and goes, “You look like a girl who needs a shirt.” I was like, “um oh no, I don’t really have shirt money ma’am…” She goes, “C’mon honey. Last one left. It’s your size and it’ll hug your boobs! Don’t make me take it back home.” She’s a very persuasive saleswoman.

The Proof.

At the afterparty, we decided to leave and I needed to get my coat from our table. Britani Knight had taken it over and was talking to some fans.  I grabbed my coat and Britani saw Cewsh had a poster. She took it out of his hand and was like, “I’ll sign it. I’VE ALREADY SIGNED THIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIS!”

Speaking of the poster, here’s mine:



I’m kind of an autograph junkie, but I didn’t want to bother people like Hamada who weren’t there long or Serena who was surrounded all night. Cewsh still got me 22, (I got all tongue tied.) They are:


1. Bryce Remsburg         7. Bonesaw               13. Britani Knight             19. Allison Danger
2. Christina Von Eerie     8. Joey Eastman        14. Mia Yim                     20. Leva Bates
3.  Jett Riley                   9. Brian Gorie            15. Daizee Haze               21. Dave Prazak
4. Amber Gertner          10. Jessica James        16. Tomoka Nakagawa     22. Cheerleader Melissa
5. LuFisto                     11. Saraya Knight        17. MsChif
6. Jordan McEntyre       12. Jamilia Craft          18. Bobby Dempsy

Cewsh:  Oh, and Sweet Saraya hugged me.  It was like being hugged by the Devil.  In a good way.

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