She's pretty much a regular. SHIMMER's schedule is so light that she can be in Japan and SHIMMER at the same time.
It's testament to how much Hamada believes in the whole SHIMMER project that she's willing to fly halfway around the world to wrestle in front of 180 people, when she has wrestled in front of thousands, been on international TV and all the rest of it.
That might seem like it's come out of nowhere and happened overnight but remember, in kayfabe time, that's like a six month title run.
It is definitely a surprise though. I would have liked to have seen the Ninjas run through some of these new teams or at least chase 3S and have some really good matches. I don't think there has been a truly great tag match (or feud) in SHIMMER yet.
My Current FAVE FIVE
4) John Cena
3) Becky Lynch
2) Tama Tonga
SPARKLE: Bonesaw Jessie Brooks def. Jett Riley with a double underhook DDT.
SPARKLE: Brittany Force def. Rhia O’Reilly. Force pins Reilly with her feet on the ropes.
Kellie Skater issues an open challenge which is answered by MsChif.
1. MsChif def. Kellie Skater via Desecrator.
2. Mena Libra def. Courtney Rush with a bridging Samoan drop.
Interview with Christina Von Eerie. She says she's really happy to get a chance to learn from Sara Del Rey and Cheerleader Melissa. She’s interrupted by Del Rey, who proceeds to beat her up all the the way to the outside of the arena.
3. LuFisto def. Tomoka Nakagawa with the Downward Spiral.
Mercedes Martinez promo. She vows to defeat Madison Eagles and become the new SHIMMER Champion.
4. Regeneration X (Allison Danger & Leva Bates) def. Jamilia Craft & Mia Yim. Regeneration X are wearing Dr. Who inspired outfits. Regeneration X win via Lungblower/Lovelace Choker combo on Craft.
Backstage interview with Melissa. She says she deserves a shot at the title since she beat her last volume. Madison Eagles interfers and tells Melissa to work her way back into the title picture. Madison vs Mercedes is announced as the main event.
5. Christina Von Eerie comes out and says she’s excited to be at SHIMMER. Von Eerie then calls out Sara Del Rey for a match. Von Eerie wins via countout after Del Rey misses a capo kick on the outside. Post-match a brawl ensues. All of the referees have to come out and break it up.
6. Cheerleader Melissa def. Athena with a Kudo Driver.
In another return, Rebecca Knox returns to a standing ovation. She says she will not return as a in-ring competitor, but as a manager. She then introduces Saraya and Britani Knight. Saraya and Britani cut an amazing promo. Saraya and Britani make an open challenge, which is answered by Nikki Roxx and Ariel.
7. The Knight Dynasty def. Roxx and Ariel via DQ, after Saraya tried to hit Ariel with brass knuckles and Ariel grabbed them and got caught hitting Saraya with them. The Knight Dynasty has crazy heat from the crowd. Maybe even more heat than the Ninjas.
8. Serena Deeb def. Daizee Haze via spear.
9. Ayako Hamada def. Jessie McKay with the AP Cross.
Next is the Canadian Ninjas vs the Seven Star Sisters (Misaki Ohata and Hiroyo Matsumoto) for the SHIMMER Tag Team Championship.
10. Seven Star Sisters (Ohata & Matsumoto) def. the Canadian Ninjas (Perez & Matthews) to become new SHIMMER Tag Champs. Roll-up after the Ninjas miss the Funky Cold Medina.
11. Madison Eagles def. Mercedes Martinez via Hell Bound to retain the SHIMMER Championship in a match that went all throughout the crowd. Martinez exits to a standing ovation from the audience.
Spoiler for V38:
SHIMMER: VOLUME 38
1. Daizee Haze def. Courtney Rush with a tiger suplex.
2. Tomoka Nakagawa def. Jessica James with a fisherman suplex.
After the match, Daizee came out proclaiming that Tomoka was a ‘winner’ and that they were undefeated as a tag team. Another tag team enters the title picture.
3. Nikki Roxx and Ariel def. Regeneration X (Allison Danger and Leva Bates) with a double roll up. Regeneration x was dressed in V For Vendetta fashions and made several Doctor Who references. Lots of comedy in this match.
4. Sara Del Rey def. Christina Von Eerie with the Royal Butterfly. Back and forth match that saw Christina almost win with a submission. Very hard hitting.
5. Cheerleader Melissa def. Melanie Cruise with the Air Raid Crash in what was a hard hitting match with a lot of power moves.
Amber Gertner interviews Madison Eagles about future challengers. Madison brushes off Amber’s suggestion of Cheerleader Melissa.
Canadian Ninjas cut a promo on how unfair it is that a brand new tag team beats them when they have beat other headliners. Serena comes out and encourages the crowd to chant “former champs”. Serena reminds Portia that she cheated when she defeated her before.
Serena said she had a partner to challenge them. She brings out various women who wish to challenge them. Jessie McKay is Serena’s partner. The Ninjas call her a “Bella twin with an Australian accent” and encourage her to practice being “sexy, smart and powerful” while the real wrestlers wrestle.
6. Jessie McKay & Serena def. the Canadian Ninjas. All out brawl begins the match. The match ends with Portia and Serena brawling to the backstage area and Jessie getting the win over Nicole with the Boyfriend Stealer. Afterwards, Nicole gives Jessie a beatdown before leaving.
7. Mercedes Martinez def. Rachel Summerlyn with a Fisherman Buster. Best part of the match say Mercedes reverse a top rope suplex into a bulldog.
MsChif comes out for an interview with Amber Gertner. MsChif demands a rematch for the title. Madison appears and says she is not wrestling tonight. MsChif says she isn’t a true champ and Madison attacks her. Title match!
8. Madison Eagles def. MsChif to retain the SHIMMER Championship with the Hell Bound.
9. Seven Star Sisters (Misaki Ohata and Hiroyo Matsumoto) def. Britani and Saraya Knight in what was the best match of the evening. Ohata and Matsumoto are very over and the Knight Dynasty may have the most heat in SHIMMER history.
10. Ayako Hamada def. Ayumi Kurihara with two AP Crosses in a row. Kurihara kicked out of the first AP Cross. Many will say this is the best match of the night. Many spots have to be seen to believed. Ayako thanked the crowd after and said that the Japanese people will never give up.
Spoiler for V39:
SHIMMER: VOLUME 39
SPARKLE: Rhia O’Reilly & Jett Riley def. Brittany Force & December. O’Reilly pins Force after a crossbody.
1. Kellie Skater def. Courtney Rush with a running neck snap.
2. LuFisto def. Sassy Stephie (with Madamoiselle Rachelle) with a modified STO.
3. Rachel Summerlyn def. Mena Libra via Texas Cloverleaf.
4. Seven Star Sisters def. Nikki Roxx and Ariel to retain the tag titles. Hiroyo Matsumoto got the pin after a exploder suplex on Roxx.
5. Mercedes Martinez def. Britani Knight via Fisherman Buster.
6. Daizee Haze and Tomoka Nakagawa def. Mia Yim and Jamilia Craft after Tomoka reverses a kick from Mia into a fisherman suplex.
7. Jessica James def. Athena via Hard Boiled Egg.
Backstage interview with Jessie McKay. Jessie is interrupted by Nicole Matthews, who calls her a Diva.
8. MsChif def. Saraya Knight via Desecrator.
9. Serena Deeb def. Portia Perez via DQ after Portia hits her with a cookie sheet. After the match, Serena is carried out by the referees.
Backstage segment: Danger is looking for Leva Bates. The Knight Dynasty and Rebeeca Knox run out of the lockerroom. Danger finds Leva laid out. Danger challenges Britani Knight to a singles match.
10. Nicole Matthews def. Jessie McKay in a two out of three falls match. Nicole scores the first pin with a roll up pulling the tights. Second fall goes to Jessie, after three Schoolgirl Crushes. Nicole scores the final pin with Roll the Dice to pick up the win.
11. Ayako Hamada and Cheerleader Melissa def. Sara Del Rey and Madison Eagles when Ayako rolled Madison up for the pin.
Spoiler for V40:
SHIMMER: VOLUME 40
Main event will be Hamada vs Eagles for the SHIMMER Championship.
1. Kellie Skater def. Taylor Made.
2. Rachel Summmerlyn def. Bonesaw in a pretty sloppy, slow paced match.
3. Mercedes Martinez def. Christina Von Eerie with the Fisherman Buster. Both women were very over.
4. MsChif def. Melanie Cruise with the Desacrator in a surprisingly even match.
5. Jessie McKay defeated Athena with the Boyfriend Stealer. Lengthy back and forth between the two which saw Athena kick out of the Schoolgirl Crush and Jessie kick out of Athena’s top turnbuckle stunner.
6. The Knight Dynasty def. Regeneration X due to Knox interference. After the match Leva did a crossbody off the top turnbuckle on to the Knights while Danger goes on the attack against Knox. Allison Danger lays Knox out with a Shimmering Warlock. Probably the weakest of the Knights matches. Hopefully these two will face off again when Leva is less green.
7. Sara Del Rey def. Jessica James with the Royal Butterfly. Jessica nearly won the match several times with a string of submission moves. Crowd very into this match.
8. Serena Deeb def. Cheerleader Melissa, Lufisto and Portia Perez. First half saw Portia avoid Serena until she couldn’t anymore. Melissa and Lufisto brawl backstage as Serena destroys Portia. Serena hits the spear to pick up the win. However, the win was a controversial one as Portia had her foot on the rope.
9. Ayumi Kurihara def. Nicole Matthews with a belly to belly suplex. Very back and forth match.
10. Tomoka Nakagawa and Daizee Haze def. 3S for the Shimmer Tag Team Championships. Long match with oodles of nearfalls. Cryssi and Eric screamed ourselves hoarse at the result.
11. Madison Eagles b. Ayako Hamada to retain the Shimmer Championship. Hamada kicked out of Hellbound, but Eagles gave her another one for the win.
My Current FAVE FIVE
4) John Cena
3) Becky Lynch
2) Tama Tonga