October 5, 2005 (4:02pm): ** FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 10/03/05 **
SHIMMER - WOMEN ATHLETES ANNOUNCES DEBUT EVENT!
We are pleased to announce the formation of a brand new independent women's professional wrestling company. SHIMMER - WOMEN ATHLETES will hold its debut event on Sunday, November 6, 2005, at the Eagles Club (6309 26th Street) in Berwyn, IL, just outside Chicago. Bell time for the event is 4pm. Ticket information will be released shortly.
The goal of SHIMMER - WOMEN ATHLETES is to provide the most skilled female pro wrestlers with a forum to truly shine as athletes and perform at the most competitive level. SHIMMER management has selected an elite crop of women from around the wrestling scene who are determined to show that women's wrestling in the United States isn't always just a modeling contest, but is an athletic contest. Fans who are looking for a promotion that puts the focus on the actual wrestling ability of the women involved must look no further than SHIMMER.
Each event promoted by SHIMMER - WOMEN ATHLETES will be filmed for release as part of a DVD series, available through Ring of Honor at www.rohwrestling.com. Additionally, fans will be able to check out SHIMMER matches online at www.clickwrestle.com.
Let's take a look at the initial eight members of the SHIMMER - WOMEN ATHLETES roster...
SARA DEL REY - Height: 5'10" Weight: 160 lbs. Martinez, CA. Debut: Early 2001. After breaking in on the California independent scene, Sara became the top female product of the Inoki Dojo in Los Angeles. Del Rey spent the majority of 2005 competing in Japan for both the AtoZ promotion and All Japan Women during its final days. Since returning from Japan, Sara has resumed a schedule on the West Coast, as well as appearing for Lucha Libre Femenil in Mexico.
MERCEDES MARTINEZ - Height: 5'7" Weight: 148 lbs. Waterbury, CT. Debut: November 2000. Mercedes got her start on the New England circuit after training under Jason Knight. Martinez mixes an impressive power based repertoire with sound scientific skill.
ALLISON DANGER - Height: 5'7" Weight: 130 lbs. Belmont Hills, PA. Debut: May 2000. Allison has been a staple of Ring of Honor since the promotion's very first event, and has also wrestled across the North American independent scene. Danger has has international experience with AtoZ in Japan, as well as a recent tour which promoted events in Guam, Korea, and Japan.
BETH PHOENIX - Height: 5'7" Weight: 160 lbs. Buffalo, NY. Debut: May 2001. One of the strongest athletes on the roster, Beth made a name for herself on the Northeast independent scene before relocating to Louisville in 2003 to join Ohio Valley Wrestling. The addition of Phoenix to the mix of typical indie talent on the roster makes for some exciting match possibilities.
LACEY - Height: 5'6" Weight: 135 lbs. Minneapolis, MN. Debut: August 2000. Trained by Eddie Sharkey in the Twin Cities, Lacey got her early experience on the Upper Midwest independents before relocating to the east coast and becoming a part of Ring of Honor. She has gained notoriety for her scientific wrestling prowess while traveling the indies in recent years.
CHEERLEADER MELISSA - Height: 5'8" Weight: 142 lbs. San Francisco, CA. Debut: August 1999. Melissa broke in on the California independent scene, and has earned a solid reputation as one of the best American female pro wrestlers during the past six years. Melissa toured Japan for the ARSION promotion in 2002, and returned in 2005 for the M's Style organization. She has also wrestled in Europe, as well as in Mexico for LLF.
DAIZEE HAZE - Height: 5'4" Weight: 110 lbs. Forest Park, IL. Debut: March 2002. Daizee has rapidly developed over the past three years into one of the most versatile competitors in the Midwest, despite her small frame. Mixing a submission style with a great deal of aerial offense, Haze was added to the roster of Ring of Honor in early 2004. Aside from traveling the U.S. indie scene, Daizee also competed for LLF in Mexico during 2005.
NIKKI ROXX - Height: 5'9" Weight: 145 lbs. Boston, MA. Debut: November 2001. Nikki got her start at the legendary Killer Kowalski's training facility in Boston. Though based in New England, Roxx spends much of her year competing internationally, mainly Mexico's LLF, where she has participated in several tours and had tremendous success.
Look for more additions to the SHIMMER talent roster, which will ultimately be composed of sixteen women athletes, to be announced later this week along with ticket information for the event. The first two SHIMMER DVD releases will be filmed on 11/6 in Berwyn! Fans who attend either the 10/22 AAW event in Berwyn, IL, or the 11/5 ROH event in Chicago Ridge, IL will be given a discount on tickets to the SHIMMER debut. The Berwyn Eagles Club is just ten miles from the Frontier Fieldhouse in Chicago Ridge -- an easy trip for those fans looking to take in a full weekend of live wrestling events in Chicago.
"I am excited and proud to be part of a roster of amazing women from all across the country," commented Allison Danger. "Each woman brings something different to the table. SHIMMER will give a whole new meaning to women's wrestling in America. Fans here have waited far too long for an alternative to bra and panties matches and diva searches."
ROH standout Lacey added, "Having a serious women's promotion is long overdue in this country, and I am very excited to have a place where we can all work, learn, and improve!"
Fans who are interested in hearing more about SHIMMER - WOMEN ATHLETES, and would like to be informed of all of the latest news and updates concerning the promotion, are encouraged to sign up for the free SHIMMER Yahoo Group/Newsletter. Simply send an E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/shimmerwrestling/ to sign up on the web.
I, along with all of the talented women athletes involved in the SHIMMER project, look forward to giving the fans some exciting wrestling action. Make your plans now to join us for the first SHIMMER DVD taping on Sunday, 11/6!
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Source: Dave Prazak
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