- 'SHIMMER: Volume 34'
is now available to pre-order, from the ROH Store, here
. As always, you can see the full list of in-stock SHIMMER DVDs here
- The ROH Store is the best place to find SHIMMER releases but Highspots also offer a limited stock and, on top of those, you can check out various random websites – like wrestlingsuperstore.com
- that occasionally have seemingly out-of-print titles
stashed away in their stockpile.
- The latest sale
, at rohstore.com
, is the 'Dollar Days' sale. Unfortunately this sale doesn't include any SHIMMER DVDs but you can pick up 'Straight Shootin...with the Women of Honor' for only $2. It's a pretty interesting shoot with Daizee Haze, Lacey and Allison Danger. Well worth it for $2.
- Danger, the World-1 Women's Champion, will take on SHIMMER Champion Madison Eagles
at the inaugural Pro Wrestling SUN event. The winner will receive a future title shot for the other competitor's championship. It's feasible, therefore, that this match could decide the main event of a future SHIMMER volume. The show will happen on March 20th, in Jackson, NJ.
- Eagles' world tour also stops off in Philadelphia, on January 23rd, for Chikara. She'll wrestle Daizee Haze.
- Speaking of Chikara, Sara Del Rey's latest Video des Kreuzes is up on youtube:
For those who don't follow the company, Del Rey and Haze were a significant part of one of the most critically acclaimed angles in wrestling, over the course of this past year.
- Also, as of Monday, Sara has had a new blog up at www.saradelrey.com
in which she asks fans to submit soup recipes.
- Death Rey's tag team partner from ROH 'Final Battle 2010'
, Serena Deeb
, is scheduled to appear for Tajiri's SMASH promotion on 29th January. She will take on fellow females Syuri, on 'SMASH 12', and Makoto, on 'SMASH 13'.
You can see the hype video for that here:
...and the full card here
- In other Japan news
, since my last news update, Ayumi Kurihara has defeated veteran Yoshiko Tamura to become double-crown NEO Champion and NWA Women's Pacific Champion. She will be recognised as the final ever NEO Champion, as the promotion will now close its doors.
Ayumi-mania has been sweeping Japan over the past year and you can buy all sorts of Kurihara merch on the Japanese Amazon. A couple of bits that stand out are her Mexican tour DVD
and this swimsuit photobook
You can see a photo of Kurihara, after winning her titles, below:
- Brand-new overseas talent
had been announced for the March SHIMMER tapings, but, contrary to the rumours, it turns out it won't be Joshi girls. Dave Prazak has now confirmed that the new girls will be Pro Wrestling EVE stars. Three un-named European athletes are scheduled to appear at the March shows. Speculate away...
- Speaking of fresh talent, SHIMMER Academy graduate Jamilia Craft
is featured as 'One to Watch' in the March 2011 issue of Pro Wrestling Illustrated. That's a huge achievement for a 19-year-old girl, who only wrestled her first match one year ago
- At the other end of the career trajectory, recently retired SHIMMER alumni Shantelle Taylor (AKA Taylor Wilde
) is selling a limited run of 50 signed 8x10s, with the message 'I QUIT!' written on them. Great for collectors, Taylor fans and TNA haters alike, you can grab yours here
. Taylor will be remembered as a former TNA Knockouts Champions and two-time Knockouts Tag Team Champion.
- Taylor isn't the only ex-SHIMMER girl to taste success elsewhere
. In fact, at the time of writing, SHIMMER alumni current hold both
of the mainstream promotions' women's championships. Nattie Neidhart (AKA Natalya) has held the WWE Divas title for the past 55 days and Ashley Lane (AKA Madison Rayne) has held the TNA Knockouts Championship for 96 days.
- In closing, 'SHIMMER: Volume 35
' is scheduled to be released in late January. It features an impressive-looking Triple Main Event and a couple of other interesting match-ups. Can't wait for this!
- Oh...and Nicole Matthews now has reddish-pink bits in her hair: http://yfrog.com/h0wdyawj