> 'SHIMMER: Volume 37'
is due to be released in the next couple of weeks. The show is headlined by a classic “unstoppable force meets immovable object” collision between SHIMMER Champion Madison Eagles and “Latina Sensation” Mercedes Martinez.
> As always, you can see the whole range of SHIMMER DVDs
that are currently available, at the Ring of Honor Store
> In a related note, ROH's 'Honor Takes Center Stage' DVDs
are now in stock. The two events showcased SHIMMER talents Sara Del Rey, Serena Deeb, Daizee Haze, Tomoka Nakagawa, Ayumi Kurihara and Hiroyo Matsumoto, alongside the finest male wrestlers that the U.S. indies have to offer. 'Honor Takes Center Stage: Chapter 1'
and 'Honor Takes Center Stage: Chapter 2'
were two of ROH's most memorable events to date.
> [May 3rd]
In addition to her appearance on Chapter 1 of ROH's Wrestlemania weekend shows, Serena Deeb's match with Kana
, from the SMASH 17 event that took place in Tokyo's Koruaken Hall, is highly recommended and well worth tracking down. You can see the awesome hype video below (complete with Funaki cameo)...
> [May 15th]
Speaking of Japan, SHIMMER stars Hiroyo Matsumoto and Mia Yim
faced off in the REINA promotion, this month. The full match was recently uploaded to Mia Yim's Youtube channel
> In a random titbit from an American indy promotion, I recently discovered an interested blogging project that Detroit-area group CLASH Wrestling has launched, centring on CLASH and SHIMMER prospect Mena Libra
. You can see the polaroid-based 'Chain Wrestling' blog here
> [May 20th]
Dirty Dirty Sheets posted a great interview with Portia Perez
, where she talks hatred, commentary and the expansion of SHIMMER's tag ranks. You can see the in-depth piece here
> [May 27th]
The filming of the video for the Smashing Pumpkins
song 'Owata' took place at the home of SHIMMER, the Berwyn Eagles Club. Pumpkins lead singer Billy Corgan is a long-time fan and supporter of wrestling, in all of it's forms. The video will feature Cheerleader Melissa, Shelly Martinez and Raven performing in a match situation.
> [May 30th]
The original SHIMMER Champion Sara Del Rey
sat down with Gerweck.net, for an audio interview. She gave her thoughts on the ROH takeover, her mentor Bryan Danielson and the state of women's wrestling in WWE and TNA. You can stream or download the podcast by following this link
> [May 30th]
The momentum of SHIMMER legend Amazing Kong's “Kharma”
character, on WWE TV, was came to an abrupt halt, as the month was closing. Following a bizarre nervous breakdown angle, on the previous week's Raw, Kong was given the opportunity to break kayfabe and explain the surprising change of direction. Kong announced that she will be forced out of action, for an indefinite period of time, due to the fact that she is now “with child”. You can see the heartfelt promo, in full, below...
> [May 31st]
Women Athletes Nicole Matthews and Tenille Tayla have been immortalised in the latest edition of Botchamania
. They can be seen at around the 4:22 mark of Maffew's 174th compilation of wrestling cock-ups. Click here
to view on Youtube.
> Finally, Front Row tickets for the upcoming October tapings
are now sold out. However, you can still purchase General Admission tickets from www.shimmerwrestling.com
. The taping of Volumes 41-44 will take place at the Berwyn Eagles Club, on the weekend of October 1st & 2nd.
> Thanks for reading. I'm aiming to have the June edition of this round-up posted just before ROH's Hammerstein show (rather than after the month has ended
). Here's hoping that a Women of Honor match will find it's way onto that particular card.