November 2, 2005 (9:25am): SHIMMER - WOMEN ATHLETES NEWS FOR 11/1/05
The debut DVD taping for SHIMMER - WOMEN ATHLETES will take place on Sunday, 11/6 at the Eagles Club (6309 26th Street) in Berwyn, IL. All tickets are $15 and will be available at the door. Bell time is 4pm. Doors open at 3:15pm.
Fans there live on 11/6 will see the first two DVD releases from SHIMMER - WOMEN ATHLETES! The match pairings for SHIMMER Volume 1 have been determined. Here's what fans will see during the first half of the 11/6 taping in Berwyn...
DAIZEE HAZE --VS-- LACEY
SARA DEL REY --VS.-- MERCEDES MARTINEZ
ALLISON DANGER --VS.-- BETH PHOENIX
CHEERLEADER MELISSA --VS.-- MsCHIF
TIANA RINGER --VS.-- SHANTELLE TAYLOR
"Team Blondage" KRISSY VAINE & AMBER O'NEAL --VS.-- CINDY ROGERS & NIKKI ROXX
CHRISTIE RICCI --VS.-- LEXIE FYFE
RAIN --VS.-- ARIEL
After Volume 1 is complete, we will take a brief intermission, followed by the filming of SHIMMER Volume 2! The matches that will take place on Volume 2 will be determined by what transpires during Volume 1. Over a dozen live matches will take place when all is said and done!
After the conclusion of the 11/6 event, we encourage fans to head on over to Michael Anthony's Restaurant & Bar (6434 Ogden Avenue) in Berwyn for the after party.
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. The Berwyn Eagles Club is just ten miles from the 11/5 ROH event in Chicago Ridge at the Frontier Fieldhouse -- so it's an easy trip for those fans looking to take in a full weekend of live wrestling events in Chicago.
Here's a look at the each of the eighteen female pro wrestlers which will be a part of the SHIMMER debut event on 11/6...
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.
MsCHIF - Height: 5'7" Weight: 135 lbs. The Inferno. Debut: July 2001. One of the most unique personalities to sign on for SHIMMER competition is the mysterious MsChif. Based in the Midwest, MsChif is an athletically gifted and agile wrestler, who also likes to utilize a vast array of submission holds. Sporting black and green hair, and known for blowing the green mist in the eyes of her opponents, MsChif is one of the most dangerous women in wrestling today, and is sure to be a powerful force in the SHIMMER ranks.
ARIEL - Height: 5'2" Weight: 130 lbs. New Bedford, MA. Debut: July 2001. A native of the New England wrestling scene, Ariel has turned into quite the international star during the course of the past two years, while continuing to wrestle across the East Coast. Ariel made her debut in Japan during 2004, wrestling for the Jd' Star promotion. She also has become a staple of Mexico's Lucha Libre Femenil, with several lengthy tours for the organization under her belt.
CINDY ROGERS - Height: 5'5" Weight: 140 lbs. Hartford, CT. Debut: March 2002. Cindy got her start by training at the Monster Factory in New Jersey, and competes across the Northeast region. Having appeared for Ring of Honor, Rogers is known for wrestling a technical style -- often utilizing her unique TCB submission hold to finish off her opponents.
RAIN - Height: 5'5" Weight: 121 lbs. St. Paul, MN. Debut: October 2001. This veteran of the Upper Midwest independent scene established herself early on via an intense feud with fellow Twin Cities native Lacey. The two have in recent years become one of the most dominant tag teams in U.S. women's wrestling. Rain is also among the athletes that have had the opportunity to compete in Mexico for LLF.
SHANTELLE TAYLOR - Height: 5'3" Weight: 115 lbs. Toronto, Canada. Debut: June 2003. With just over two years of professional experience, Shantelle is already one of the most talented women to come out of the Ontario scene in recent years. Trained under Rob Fuego, and having also competed in Mexico, Shantelle mixes elements of lucha libre with a high flying North American style.
LEXIE FYFE - Height: 5'4" Weight: 160 lbs. Tampa, FL. Debut: August 1995. Lexie is the wrestler with the most ring experience out of those announced for the SHIMMER roster. Having competed in 29 states, and in 10 different countries, Lexie brings a veteran knowledge of the game to the table. Fyfe is known for finishing off opponents with the Attitude Adjuster (TKO) as well as the Figure Fyfe submission hold.
KRISSY VAINE - Height: 5'8" Weight: 140 lbs. Malibu, CA. Debut: June 2003. Krissy is one half of Team Blondage (with partner Amber O'Neal). Typically competing in the Mid Atlantic region, Vaine has WWE dark match experience under her belt.
AMBER O'NEAL - Height: 5'8" Weight: 135 lbs. Malibu, CA. Debut: June 1999. Amber is one half of Team Blondage (with partner Krissy Vaine). Based in the Mid Atlantic area, O'Neal has several training influences, including Leilani Kai.
TIANA RINGER - Height: 5'4" Weight: 127 lbs. South Palm Beach, FL. Debut: June 2004. Despite her Florida roots, Tiana most frequently competes on the Ontario, Canada independent scene. With just over a year of experience under her belt, Tiana puts a mat wrestling based style to use, mixed with Mexican submisisons due to her training background under Rob Fuego at the Squared Circle school.
CHRISTIE RICCI - Height: 5'10" Weight: 160 lbs. Jackson, MS. Debut: June 2002. Christie calls the Southeast region of the U.S. her home, and has several championship victories on her resume, including capturing the LLF title in Mexico. The "Mississippi Queen" utilizes a modified electric chair (which she calls The Makeover) to finish off many of her opponents.
The management of SHIMMER - WOMEN ATHLETES is proud to announce the appointment of two female officials to our referee crew. Both women will work under SHIMMER senior official BRYCE REMSBURG, and will begin their duties on the 11/6 debut event in Berwyn, IL.
LAURA MATTANO, who wrestled previously under the name Mia Martinez, brings several years of experience as a wrestler to the table. Mattano mainly competed in the Midwest region of the country before taking a sabbatical. As well, JENIFER CARLISLE, who previously wrestled under the moniker Super J, will serve as a SHIMMER referee.
With Mattano and Carlisle currently on hiatus from active wrestling schedules, their dedication to women's pro wrestling (and the Midwest independent scene in particular) during recent years is recognized through their employment as SHIMMER officials.
As we're less than one week away from the debut SHIMMER taping, several radio show appearances are scheduled for the coming week.
Sara Del Rey is scheduled to appear on the Puroresu Power Hour later this week to discuss SHIMMER as well as her experiences while working in Japan. Visit http://www.puroresupower.com/ to check it out once the new show is up.
Dave Prazak will be a guest on The Big Wrestling Show on the evening of 11/1. The live webcast can be heard at http://www.oswego.edu/~wnyo/
Prazak will also be appearing on the 11/1 edition of Bryan Alvarez's Figure Four Daily. Visit http://www.f4wonline.com/ for more.
Lacey will be among the guests on Trash Talking Radio on Tuesday night, 11/1. Also appearing on this week's show is New Jack, as well as Ted DiBiase's family. Visit http://www.trashtalkingradio.com/ to listen online.
Tickets are now on sale for the 11/6 SHIMMER debut DVD taping in Berwyn! Alcohol is available at the venue with Photo ID. All tickets to the taping are general admission, at a cost of $15. Front row seating will be on a first come, first served basis once doors open (3:15pm). Holders of advance tickets to the show will be admitted first, followed by those purchasing tickets at the door. Dark matches will begin at approximately 3:40pm. The taping begins at 4pm.
Tickets will be available at the door on the day of the show. Fans who will be attending the 11/5 Ring of Honor event at the Frontier Fieldhouse in Chicago Ridge will be able to pick up flyers which will serve as a $5 off coupon for tickets purchased at the door on the day of the show!
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.
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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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