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Seeing as others are doing it I'll list my favourites in Shimmer

Cheerleader Melissa - always puts on a good match and I'd love to see her eventually take the belt off Eagles maybe at the next tapings in March

Nicole Matthews - Portia often gets the more attention of the Canadian Ninjas but I rate Nicole as the better wrestler her match with Melissa on Volume 27 proves she could be a singles star when the Ninjas eventually split but hopefully that doesn't happen just yet.

Kellie Skater - perhaps not as polished yet in the ring as the others I have listed but I can't help but enjoy her antics. And she deserves a lot of credit for the chops she was willing to take from Mercedes Martinez and the beating from Cheerleader Melissa in their Volume 28 match

Another favourite is someone I miss seeing in Shimmer from the early days is Rebecca Knox. I was watching Volume 5 last week and her 2/3 falls match with Daizee Haze was fantastic. I think she had to reitre due to health reasons but she was fantastic in the few matches she had in Shimmer and there were so many potentially great matches she could've had.
 

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Seeing as others are doing it I'll list my favourites in Shimmer

Cheerleader Melissa - always puts on a good match and I'd love to see her eventually take the belt off Eagles maybe at the next tapings in March

Nicole Matthews - Portia often gets the more attention of the Canadian Ninjas but I rate Nicole as the better wrestler her match with Melissa on Volume 27 proves she could be a singles star when the Ninjas eventually split but hopefully that doesn't happen just yet.

Kellie Skater - perhaps not as polished yet in the ring as the others I have listed but I can't help but enjoy her antics. And she deserves a lot of credit for the chops she was willing to take from Mercedes Martinez and the beating from Cheerleader Melissa in their Volume 28 match

Another favorite is someone I miss seeing in Shimmer from the early days is Rebecca Knox. I was watching Volume 5 last week and her 2/3 falls match with Daizee Haze was fantastic. I think she had to retire due to health reasons but she was fantastic in the few matches she had in Shimmer and there were so many potentially great matches she could've had.
I agree about Nicole Matthews. At first, I didn't like her as much (I didn't like either of the Canadian Ninjas), but they've both grown on me. More Matthews than Perez though.


I do like Perez as a commentator though. Same with Danger. I think Kellie needs some time to improve in the commentator box, but she'll get there.
 

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I agree about Nicole Matthews. At first, I didn't like her as much (I didn't like either of the Canadian Ninjas), but they've both grown on me. More Matthews than Perez though.


I do like Perez as a commentator though. Same with Danger. I think Kellie needs some time to improve in the commentator box, but she'll get there.
Totally agree on Portia she might be my favourite commentator in wrestling in the past year or so
 

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Nicole is like the Tyler Black to Portia's Jimmy Jacobs.
 

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Portia has always been one of my favourties but I would agree that Nicole is the better wrestler of the two and will probably go further once the Ninjas split.
 

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Who should take the belts off the Ninjas?? They haven't really been building up any teams.
 

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Shimmer Volume 32

Jamilia Craft vs Malia Hosaka **

-A decent opener, I really like Jamilia and can see her going far in future volumes. Malia is one of those veterans who can put on some good matches and also put over younger girls. I was glad Craft won this one and like I said I hope she goes far.

Rachel Summerlyn vs Kelly Skater * ½

-Another alright outing here, both these girls have a lot of potential and will progressively get better as time goes on. The match was fairly short much like most of them but they did good for the time they were given.

Cat Power vs Nevaeh * ¾

-Two of my favorites in this match, I really wished they got more time in there. I hope to see more matches between these two girls in the future, both are deserving of a lot of merits and will be holding gold sooner or later.

Jennifer Blake and Allison Danger vs Melanie Cruz and Annie Social **

-This was a good match in terms of the storyline development with the whole thing of Ninjas hiring Cruz and Social to take out Danger. It appears as if Blake/Danger are going for the tag belts and I wouldnt mind seeing them win eventually, although I really like Ninjas as champions. Perhaps later on.

Tomoka Nakagawa vs Jessie McKay **

-I wanted to see Jessie win but it was a good match none the less. Jessie and Tomoka could probably have another great match in the future and McKay is another I would like to see main event someday, Mckay/Eagles is destined to happen sometime.

Portia Perez vs Tennille ** ½

-Not a big fan of Tennille yet, she hasn’t showed me anything to special really but this was a a fun match and I was glad Portia won.

Sara Del Ray vs Misaki Ohata ***

-One of my favorites of the show, Misaki is one of my favorite Joshi athletes and Death Ray is just beyond awesome. I loved this match and at times actually thought Ohata was going to win :) very good stuff.

MsChif vs Daffney ** ¾

-Another one that could have been much better with more time, if they ditched at least one other match to give this one more time it would have totally stolen the show for me as they are a dream match of mine. I hope they have a gimmick match of sorts soon.

Sarah Stock vs Nicole Matthews ** ¾

-Nicole is definitely going to shine in singles action someday and this match proves it. She held her own in there with the dark angel and kept up with her, this was one of the ones I was particularly looking forward to watching and I liked it.

Daizee Haze vs Ayumi Kurihara *** ¼

-This match much like `and the following two was a potential MOTN really like Daizee's new persona and the thing with the Joshi girls is getting better and better, I love seeing them in Shimmer competition and hope it continues.

Mercedes Martinez vs Hiroyo Matsumoto *** ½

-Excellent back and forth matchup was almost as awesome as the main event even. Martinez is another one of those girls who deserves the belt in the future after all she has done in the company.

Cheerleader Melissa vs Ayako Hamada ****

-It was just as spectacular as I knew it would be. These two have had so many awesome matches together, like the Flair/Steamboat of women's wrestlers. Could watch them go at it millions of times and it would never get boring. Melissa will definitely be the next to hold the Shimmer title, it cannot be any other way.



 

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Great review. I'm a big fan of "Jumpin'" and Cat Power too. They have bright futures.
 

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Anyone got a list of must see SHIMMER matches for a newbie to the promotion?
My list would be

Sara Del Rey vs Mercedes Martinez - Volume 1 a fantastic match that really showed what Shimmer would go on to become

MsChif vs Cheerleader Melissa (Falls Count Anywhere) - Volume 4 probably the most brutal match in Shimmer history from probably its best feud

Daizee Haze vs Rebecca Knox (2/3 Falls) - Volume 5 a great technical match they didn't even hit the ropes until 10 minutes in and K-Knox rules

Sara Del Rey vs Sarah Stock - Volume 12 the best match in the title tournament to crown the first champion

Sara Del Rey vs MsChif - Volume 18 not the best match on the list but the reactions when MsChif wins the belt are great the whole crowd is in shock

Sara Del Rey vs Serena Deeb - Volume 22 probably Deeb's best Shimmer match so far and Del Rey is great in the heel role

Sara Del Rey vs Maddison Eagles - Volume 23 the best the current champ has looked Del Rey really brings out the best in her

Wesna vs Cheerleader Melissa (KO or Submission) - Volume 26 a great match as the two always have with some brutal strikes although their 40min Chickfight 9 match is probably better

Cheerleader Melissa vs Nicole Matthews - Volume 27 one of the matches (along with her earlier 2 with Daizee Haze) that proves Nicole has all the tools to be a single star

Ayako Hamada vs Sara Del Rey - Volume 28 quite simply the best match in Shimmer history

That would be my top ten I was trying to get a MsChif title defence in their but I did find a lot of them quite underwhelming and a lot of times she was outshone by other matches on the card.
 

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Anyone got a list of must see SHIMMER matches for a newbie to the promotion?
:hmm: I'm sure there's a few matches I'm forgetting and there's plenty that I haven't seen yet but this list is a pretty good start. In no particular order:

Melissa vs. Matthews - 27
Lacey vs. Serena - 9
Kong vs. MsChif - 9
Melissa vs. Hamada - 32
Del Rey vs. Hamada - 28

Hamada vs. Martinez - 27
Melissa vs. Wesna - 26
Martinez vs. Melissa - 19
Melissa vs. Stock - 18

Del Rey vs. Melissa - 9
Kong vs. Melissa - 16
Del Rey vs. Stock - 16
Ninjas vs. Ashley/Neveah - 26 (historical significance)
Homewreckers vs. Haze/Chif/Jezebel - 16 (if you think that, because you're a smark, heels can't make you rage anymore...)

16 is a great show, come to think of it.

All the cards are here (if you don't mind SPOILERZ!): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shimmer_Volumes
 

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Speaking of the Homewreckers... It's a shame that two out of three of them are done with in-ring action. And the other is... Well, I honestly forgot where Rain is, wrestling promotion wise. (I could of sworn she was still in WSU, but I'm probably wrong).
 

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Speaking of the Homewreckers... It's a shame that two out of three of them are done with in-ring action. And the other is... Well, I honestly forgot where Rain is, wrestling promotion wise. (I could of sworn she was still in WSU, but I'm probably wrong).
WSU and possibly AAA i think though i could be wrong.
 

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The whole piracy thing is a big debate. I think piracy can actually help to spread the word freely and widely and then spawn more new fans, who are willing to support the company financially. It's difficult to say that with a promotion like SHIMMER though, who really are running hand-to-mouth, show-to-show. When you buy a SHIMMER DVD you're literally paying for one of the girls to get a taxi from her hotel to the show and back.

I tend to just buy what I feel is my own fair share of wrestling stuff (as a donation to whatever company) and then watch stuff, that I'm not sure is worthy of be bought, for free. In fact, I buy more than my own fair share. So I don't feel too guilty about pirating like a bastard.
Way to justify piracy to yourself. Hahahaha. That's like saying, well I shop at Walmart all the time, but I'm not sure about this new Walmart brand toothpaste, I think I'll just steal it, because I buy Crest here all the time anyhow.

Piracy help spread the word? If someone is looking for a pirate copy, they're already at least somewhat familiar with the promotion or event and can research further if they want. How are you going to spread the word through piracy? Are you going to hold a screening of the pirate copy in your home theater further breaking infringement and exhibition laws to gain new interest in your favorite company?

I think the middle-ground is the live play-by-play of the PPV. They're explaining, in great detail on the better websites, what is being shown on the PPV, but you are not pirating by reading a description.

Now this is where 'better websites' needs to be highlighted. There are some play-by-play websites with obvious criticisms and opinions. I dislike these types. I like just straight play-by-play, descriptive, but without judging or commentary. I can make up my own mind if the description of events is good enough.

Then based on the description you can choose to buy the DVD when it comes out. It's like reading a detailed Amazon.com review of a DVD, or blu-ray.com review. You're not pirating there either but you can get the entire gist of what is being sold. Then you buy the goods based on the review, and with live play-by-play you don't have to wait for the DVD to come out even. You could even still order the PPV on replay if you wanted to, plus if capable, you could see it in HD glory. Yes, piracy is a big debate still, but if you stay on the legal side of things, I've shown that you can still have a choice on what you're buying.

Oh yeah, and GO SHIMMER!
 

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Out of the current talent used on SPARKLE, Mia Yim NEEDS to debut on the main SHIMMER shows ASAP. She's one of the best young prospects in US women's wrestling today. Her kicks are awesome and I think she can only grow in the future. Same for Athena.

Looking at the past, I think one of the biggest losses early on was Rebecca Knox. Her 2/3 falls match against Daizee Haze still remains a highlight of SHIMMER. That injury must have been really bad for her not to return. She could have played a significant role if she was still active.

Oh and Melissa must win the title, it's way overdue.
 

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interesting take from the previous poster even though the comparisons of Shimmer and Walmart are completely ridiculous but whatever. I wouldn't own 5 Shimmer DVDs if i hadn't first tried the company by downloading a show. Same goes for the 145 ROH DVDs i now own. Wouldn't have bought any of them if i didn't first try them through the downloading a show. To me its basically a try before you buy. Is it illegal, YES but companies like ROH wouldn't have received the hundreds of dollars i spend with them each year if i hadn't first downloaded a show of theres.
 
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