Unlike Sports Entertainment, SHIMMER Women Athletes is not governed by storylines but through competition. There are no skits, no celebrity guests hosts, and most importantly… no Divas. The women who compete in SHIMMER are wrestlers who take their craft seriously. So no hair-pulling or degrading bikini contests.
Volume 18 left off with the crowning of MsChif as the new SHIMMER champion, after defeating Sara Del Rey in a hard-fought main-event. But instead of seeing the former champion invoke her rematch clause, a Battle Royal determined the new number-one contender.
The SHIMMER Battle Royal followed a similar standard to WWE’s Royal Rumble. The object of SHIMMER’s Battle Royal was eliminating their competitors by tossing them over the top rope, with both feet touching the floor, and the winner earning herself a championship match. The key word in the rules was “over” the top rope, because whenever the WWE Divas have a Battle Royal, they can be thrown through or under the ropes, as well as over the top rope. Not in SHIMMER, the elimination does not count unless it is over the top rope.
The women competing in the Battle Royal were Ariel, Mercedes Martinez, Nikki Roxx, Amazing Kong, Portia Perez, Ashley Lane, Cheerleader Melissa, Allison Danger, Danyah, Rain, LuFisto, Serena Deeb, Nevaeh, Lorelei Lee, Veronika Vice, Nicole Matthews, Cat Power, Shark Girl, Jennifer Blake, the former champion Sara Del Rey, and the eventual winner Jetta.
As noted in the championship match by broadcast announcer Allison Danger, Jetta did not eliminate a single competitor in the Battle Royal. She mostly coward throughout the match, and when it was just her and Ariel, Sara Del Rey made the elimination because Ariel had cost her the match. At least in WWE, Edge strategically escapes through the bottom rope, and waits to eliminate the final competitor in order to steal the victory. Jetta simply outlasted everyone.
Jetta, one-third of the The International Home Wrecking Crew, was completely alone in her Championship match without the support of Lacey and Rain. Rain’s absence from ringside stemmed from Lacey’s loss to Sara Del Rey back on Volume 12 to crown the first SHIMMER Champion. The question at this point was, could Jetta succeed where Lacey failed?
Throughout the course of the match, the wrestling merits between the two were vastly different. Jetta, who is known for taking short-cuts, found herself needing to step up her game with a suplex on the hardwood floor, followed by a super-plex from the top turnbuckle. But MsChif, the “Soul’s Tormentor,” lived up to her moniker by driving Jetta’s shoulder against the turnbuckle several times, making it almost impossible for her to hook the leg during a pin attempt. MsChif connected with Gateway to Annihilation, spinning headlock elbow drop, and ended the match with the Desecrator, Scissored DDT.
A bout that undoubtedly stole the show was between Cheerleader Melissa and Mercedes Martinez. Since the crowning of the inaugural champion, Cheerleader Melissa had only lost one match throughout the year and that was to Amazing Kong. Then again, the list of opponents to have successfully defeated Kong is very short. As for Mercedes Martinez, she made her return back on Volume 17 with a win over Wesna Busic, and on 18 against Cindy Rogers. Mercedes Martinez demanded to wrestle an opponent with main-event status to prove herself for title contention. With an array of forearm shots, submission holds, and german suplexes, Melissa and Martinez earned the other’s respect. Martinez struck with the Fisherman Buster but Melissa kicked out. The same resulted when Melissa connected with the Curb Stomp, standing inverted Indian deathlock surfboard followed into a head stomp. Melissa then tried locking in the Kudo Driver, but Martinez countered with another Fisherman Buster to end the match.
It was reported in the main-event that LuFisto had challenged Cheerleader Melissa to a match on Volume 20, while Mercedes Martinez would be facing the SHIMMER Champion on the same Volume.
As for Sara Del Rey, she annihilated “The Portuguese Princess” Ariel in their match. Then in an interview with Rebecca Bayless (Cookie), Del Rey stated that she deserved to be champion, and until that happens she will take it out on every competitor.
Final Thoughts: Jetta was way out of her league in her match against MsChif. Perhaps if she had the assist from The International Home Wrecking Crew, she could have walked away the new SHIMMER Champion.
Surprisingly, Sara Del Rey did not interfere in the championship match, even though she rightfully deserved to invoke her rematch clause. Half-expected Dave Prazak to announce that a mysterious attacker laid out Jetta just moments before the match, and Del Rey just happened to fill-in.
Volume 19 also included the following matches: Portia Perez vs Shark Girl, Serena Deeb vs Danyah, Ashley Lane and Nevaeh vs Cat Power and Veronika Vice, Amazing Kong vs Lorelei Lee, Nikki Roxx vs Nicole Matthews, Allison Danger vs Jennifer Blake, and LuFisto vs Rain.