Currently taking place in the world of national women’s wrestling, Eve Torres won the WWE Divas Championship in a Fatal 4-Way at the Royal Rumble, and Madison Rayne looks to defend her TNA Knockouts Championship in a Last Knockouts Standing match against Mickie James at Against All Odds. Madison Rayne wrestled in SHIMMER as Ashley Lane, as you will read in the following post, and has done well for herself despite the horrible storylines. As for WWE, they finally had a strong women’s champion in Natalya Neidhart but opted to put the belt on Eve. Nothing against Torres, but she debuted in 2007 (still pretty new), while Nattie has been wrestling since 2000.
Match 1: Shark Girl vs. Veronika Vice
Veronika Vice wore a trench coat to the ring, could 2.21.11 be her arrival? We have seen crazier things happen in the world of professional wrestling. Her opponent, hailing from 20,000 leagues under the sea, Shark Girl once again wrestled the opening match of a SHIMMER DVD. Though Shark Girl’s gimmick, same as Shark Boy, resembles a Japanese Anime shark, and likes to bite her opponents, Shark Girl is an extremely talented wrestler, with wrist locks and running forearms in her arsenal of moves. And yes, just like Shark Boy, Shark Girl used the Chummer (Stunner) to end the match.
Match 2: The Canadian NINJAs (Portia Perez and Nicole Matthews) vs. Allison Danger and Jennifer Blake
The build up for this tag team match started on Volume 19, when Allison Danger congratulated the heart and determination of “Girl Dynamite” Jennifer Blake after their match. After calling her one of the best talents to come out of Canada, The Canadian NINJAs came out to talk trash with Portia Perez calling Danger a “Diet Canadian,” who knows nothing of true Canadian talent.
Nicole Matthews and Perez did a great job splitting the ring in half, keeping Girl Dynamite in their corner. Each time Danger tried entering the ring without the tag, Perez and Matthews double teamed Danger in the corner. Though Danger and Blake had brief bursts of comebacks, it was Danger possibly re-injuring her collarbone that spelled the end for them. Portia took the opportunity to wretch Danger into a fujiwara armbar to force her to tap out. Even after the bell rang indicating the NINJAs’ victory, it took three referees to remove Perez’ hold on Danger.
Match 3: Amazing Kong vs. Danyah
Despite Danyah’s bleak chances of overcoming Amazing Kong, the match still took place. There were no blinking lights throughout The Eagles Club, Dave Prazak getting up on a podium and saying, “And I quote!” and changing this match into a dance-off. To do so was degrading on Raw, but it would not happen in SHIMMER Women Athletes.
Kong absorbed Danyah’s forearm smashes and several drop kicks, which is more impressive than Rob Terry taking a steel chair shot to the side of the head. Danyah finally found an opportunity to knock Kong clean off her feet with a missile drop kick from the top turnbuckle. Danyah managed to get Kong for three near falls before falling to Kong’s Amazing Powerbomb.
Match 4: Cat Power vs. Daffney
Just like Mick Foley before her, Daffney reemerged later in the card to wrestle as herself against the sexy feline, Cat Power. Daffney had been absent from SHIMMER competition for several DVDs, healing from a knee injury. Knowing this, Power followed a near fall with a horse collar stretch (same move Mason Ryan used on R-Truth on Raw). Power dominated the majority of the match-up and went for a Figure-Four Leg Lock submission. Daffney managed to briefly turn over Cat to reverse the pressure, but Power reversed it back. Cat then elevated her thighs to intensify the Figure-Four, finally forcing Daffney to submit!
Match 5: The International Home Wrecking Crew (Rain and Jetta) vs. Ashley Lane and Nevaeh
This is a rematch from Volume 18, when Ashley Lane and Nevaeh defeated, on their first venture as a tag team, Lacey and Rain of the Minnesota Home Wrecking Crew. Now dubbed the International Home Wrecking Crew, Rain and Jetta looked to avenge the loss.
Rain worked the arm of Nevaeh with a fujiwara armbar, straight armbar takedown, full nelson lock, and the lotus lock. Rain later managed to counter the STO/Yakuza Kick combo by having Lane strike her own partner. Jetta took Lane to the outside, while Rain rolled up Nevaeh with a hand full of tights for the victory.
Match 6: Ariel vs. Nikki Roxx
Nikki Roxx returned to SHIMMER competition on Volume 19 still sporting the shaved head from her loss to Gail Kim at TNA Sacrifice, and picked up a victory against Nicole Matthews. Ariel suffered a devastating loss to Sara Del Rey in the same volume for costing her the Rumble match. The two babyfaces met each other in friendly competition… well, maybe not so friendly.
Nikki quickly started setting the pace of this match with hard strikes and a kick to the face that knocked Ariel out of the ring. Ariel made her way back inside and wanted a hand shake to show there were no hard feelings, but Nikki responded with a snap mare. Just because the two were friends, did not mean that Nikki wanted to take this match lightly. The two athletes pushed each other to the limits with Roxx trying to put Ariel away early with various submission holds. But Ariel fired back with forearm smashes, snap suplexes, and a wheel barrel into a roll up for the win. After losing to Del Rey on 19, this hard-fought victory put Ariel one step closer to title contention.
Match 7: Sara Del Rey vs. Serena Deeb
Sara Del Rey focused the entirety of the match working on Serena Deeb’s knee. With vertical knee locks, hip press, and vicious stomps over the knee. Torques the knee with a deadlock and applying pressure to Serena’s knee with her foot. Went for a Dragon screw leg whip followed by a Shin breaker. When the action spilled outside, after Deeb missed wildly with the Spear, Del Rey drove Serena into the unprotected guard rail with another Dragon screw leg whip. Back inside the ring, Serena measured Sara with stiff punches, but Del Rey hoisted Serena with a double-handed choke into the Dragon Sleeper. Serena countered the Sleeper with a full package cradle, then continued to prove her resilience by withstanding the excruciating pressure being applied to her knee, but finally submitted dead center of the ring. Since losing the SHIMMER title, Sara Del Rey has been on a war path knocking out any woman that stands in her way.
Match 8: Cheerleader Melissa vs. LuFisto
Cheerleader Melissa lost to Mercedes Martinez in Volume 19 for contendership for the SHIMMER title, while LuFisto made her return in the same volume with a win over Rain. The two competitors sized each other up at the early going of the match, with LuFisto perching herself on the bottom rope to see Melissa eye-to-eye. LuFisto struck Melissa with stiff slaps and forearms. Melissa locked in the Kondo Clutch followed by the Curb Stomp. LuFisto went Super Anime, Super Hardcore with the Diving Star (swan dive headbutt) from the top turnbuckle. However, LuFisto only got a two-count, before Melissa ended the match with the Kudo Driver.
SHIMMER Championship match: [C] MsChif vs. Mercedes Martinez
Mercedes Martinez handed Sara Del Rey her first loss in SHIMMER competition on Volume 8 with four consecutive Saito suplexes, handed loses to Wesna Busic and Cindy Rogers on Volumes 17 and 18, and earned the right to face MsChif for the SHIMMER belt by pinning Cheerleader Melissa with a Fisherman buster on Volume 19.
MsChif screamed at Mercedes, a tactic that has intimidated many opponents, and was met with a poke to the face. This was no Finger Poke of Doom, it just simply shut MsChif up to allow the two to start wrestling. Some of the greatest wrestlers are so impressive because they are feared. Guys like Undertaker and Kane get over because of their tormentor personas, and here’s MsChif the Soul’s Tormentor of the Indy circuit intimidating her opponents with hellish screams. But when Mercedes poked her face, possibly her mouth, that changed the tone of the match. Because now gimmicks aside, it’s time to wrestle.
Mercedes wrestles a hard-hitting style with stiff punches and kicks, while MsChif applies submission holds out of nowhere. As the action scattered to the outside, Mercedes continued the offense with chops across the chest of the champion. MsChif whipped Mercedes into the steel steps and dragged her back into the ring to attempt the Desecrator. Martinez elevated her and dropped her like a powerbomb for a near fall. Mercedes then applied a submission of her own with an inverted chicken wing bridge while driving the pate of her head into the small of MsChif’s back. The Champion attempted another Desecrator but was swept off her feet and driven with a spine buster (Double-A style). The Challenger went for the Fisherman buster but was driven with a DDT instead. From the second rope, MsChif dropped Mercedes with a Death Valley Driver, but she broke the pin by grabbing hold of the bottom rope. Mercedes attempted another Fisherman but was finally laid out with the Desecrator. In seventeen minutes of intense in-ring action, even getting the fans to chant “This is Awesome,” MsChif proved to The Eagles Club why she is the SHIMMER Champion. However, if Mercedes had managed to wear down MsChif with some Saito suplexes, we could have possibly seen a new champion.