SHIMMER- Women Athletes Vol. 6 DVD Review

SHIMMERSHIMMER- Women Athletes Vol. 6 DVD Review:
Well, I’m still trying to get caught up on SHIMMER, but with this week’s review of Vol. 6 (they’re up to 15) I reach closer. If you read my review of Vol. 5 last week you already know I had a lot of good things to say about the promotion. From the talent these women have, to the fine job Dave Prazak does on commentary, which should be no surprise to those familiar with his work, to the well booked stories the promotion revolves around. Here on Vol. 6 that trend continues.
I have to admit, as far as pure wrestling in an overall sense this edition is a notch below the previous one, but it still manages to entertain. The undercard struggles a bit here and we get a couple of average matches to start, but the action and quality picks up as the show moves forward. What ends the event is an intense last woman standing match between Cheerleader Melissa and MsChif that is worth going out of your way to see.
With that, I’m switching up the format a little here and will run down the matches by not giving play-by-play, but more of a general opinion approach.
Amber O’Neal vs. Serena Deeb

-This is a rematch from Vol. 5 where O’neal beat the debuting Deeb by pulling the tights.

Amber plays a great heel and it remains on display here. On the other side you have Deeb who works the good girl face role to a T. Amber of course pulls out some dirty tricks, while Deeb consistently remains on the comeback. The match works well playing on the old fashion face and heel roles to get the crowd behind it and get the action rolling. Deeb ends up getting the better of O’neal with an inside cradle out of a suplex attempt in 7:00. (*1/2).

Amazing Kong, Lexie Fyfe, Malia Hosaka vs. Ariel, Josie, Cindy Rogers
-On Vol. 5 Fyfe & Hosaka got the best of Ariel & Josie.
After seeing Cindy Rogers for the first time on Vol. 5, I came away impressed and it’s easy to figure out why they call her the “definition of technician.” She plays a limited role here in a 6-woman tag, but still gets to show off her skills. Kong who I hadn’t seen until she debuted in TNA shines here again, as she did on Vol. 5, but again in a smaller role.

This match is mainly dominated in action by “The Experience,” Fyfe and Hosaka who are long-time veterens. Josie plays the face-in-peril for most of the match, while the heel team of Fyfe & Hosaka work her over using all the heel tactics in the book. This is where the match drags a bit as “The Experience” know how to do all the heel things right, but their offensive repertoire fails to grasp my interest much. This comes off as one of the longer squash matches you’ll ever see, as after the action breaks down Fyfe, Hosaka and Kong get the victory in 17:00. (*1/2).

Lorelei Lee vs. Nikki Roxx

This is a face vs. face battle where the two women are fighting to move up on the card. Roxx was coming off a strong match with Kong on Vol. 5 that she lost, while Lee was coming off a loss to Rain. Roxx is talented and it’s easy to see why TNA would put some investment in her as she is currently playing Roxxi Laveaux there. Not that Lee isn’t talented, as she can hold her own as well. They have a quality match here, but I have to say I was expecting more. Nikki picks up the win and moves up the card in 8:00. (*3/4).

Nikita vs. Daizee Haze

Nikita debuted on Vol. 5 with an immediate push and win over Lacey. SHIMMER wastes no time moving her up the card in a match with “The Haze” here on Vol. 6. With Nikita’s abilities it should come as no surprise, and you can find her now on Monday nights playing “Katie Lea.” I hope her storyline with Paul Burchill let’s her wrestle soon enough, as she would instantly improve the diva division on Raw. Daizee’s a great talent too from getting the crowd involved to the ring work. If this were baseball she’d be a 5-tool prospect type talent.

This was a good match with smooth reversals and counters and good mat work by both to start. Once they both got back to their feet and stood toe to toe they shook hands and when Daizee turned her back, Nikita went heel and laid into the Haze with forearms. From there Nikita dominates the match for a while, until Haze makes a big comeback. In the end though Nikita’s big push continues and she gets the win in 12:00 with a side slam backbreaker move. (**1/4).

Rebecca Knox vs. Allison Danger- Pure Wrestling Rules Match

-The challenge of a pure wrestling rules match was made by Danger on Vol. 5 after Knox beat Daizee Haze by holding the ropes. Danger was fed up with Knox using these kinds of tactics and here we are. In case you don’t know, the basic rules are each wrestler gets 3 rope breaks and once a wrestler’s opponent uses all of their ropes breaks, they can hold the ropes on submission holds and pin attempts, while their opponent without any rope breaks, can’t break counts with the ropes. Closed fists are illegal too, and after the first one it’s a warning, then you start getting charged rope breaks for the act.

This is another match that drags a bit and only saved by the fact that Knox plays her heel role so damn well. She’s a lot of fun to watch and I can’t really say anything bad about her. Not that I dislike Allison Danger, but it seems like something is missing with her and I can’t quite figure out what it is.

The highlight of the match is when the ref is distracted Knox hits Danger with a couple of closed fists. An infuriated Danger comes back with one of her own right as the ref is looking and gives her a warning. When the ref is letting someone know on the outside that Danger has been officially warned Knox again comes back with closed fists. An even angrier Danger comes back with closed fists of her own again just in time for the referee to turn around and see and loses a rope break. It’s good stuff.

The action here really picks up when they get down to one rope break apiece. As you would expect with this kind of match it comes down to the end with Danger out of rope breaks and Knox with one to spare. She doesn’t even need it and beats Danger in her own match, much to my gratification in 24:00. (**1/4).

Minnesota Home Wrecking Crew (Lacey & Rain) vs. Mercedes Martinez & Sara Del Ray

-This one in ways had been brewing since Vol. 1. Martinez and Del Ray went to a time limit draw, which lead to a no time limit match on Vol. 5 that Del Ray won. She offered Martinez a rematch anytime, anywhere out of respect. After the show Lacey made a challenge to Martinez for her to find a partner to take on her and Rain. Del Ray stepped up and offered to be Martinez’ partner. The interplay between the stories here as told by Prazak is in 2002-2003 Lacey and Rain had been facing off all over the independent scene. They decided to come together as a tag team since they knew each other so well, and could do more damage that way.

Now on the other side you have Martinez and Del Ray who had been going at each other in SHIMMER teaming up together to do damage. It’s connecting storylines coming to a head and intersecting each other to a degree.

This is a fine match where Rain and Lacey control the offense for the majority of the match with Del Ray constantly the face-in-peril. Every time she gets off a move she can’t quite make the tag. When she does the ref doesn’t see it and won’t count it. When she finally gets the official tag a couple of minutes later the action breaks down with Martinez and Del Ray getting the upper hand. Rain ends up pulling Del Ray to the outside leaving Martinez alone in the ring to get beat on. When Sara gets back in the ring she runs at Rain with a big boot, but accidentally hits Martinez with it costing them the match in 16:00. (**1/4).

After the match, Martinez blames Del Ray for the loss and wants her rematch. It’s not a surprising finish, but it’s the perfect example of using what happens in the ring to advance a storyline and now there is actually some bitterness in the Martinez & Del Ray feud and makes the next match between the two mean that much more.

Cheerleader Melissa vs. MsChif- Last Woman Standing

-This is another one that’s been building since Vol. 1 where MsChif got the win over Melissa. Since then they’ve interfered in each other’s matches and Melissa got a pay back victory over MsChif in a falls count anywhere match on Vol. 4. They had a pull apart brawl on Vol. 5.

This is a great match. I can go on and describe it all, but it won’t truly do it justice. The pace and build to each spot is tremendous. It stays intense through out, and they don’t appear to stall, or slow down, but come off as selling the battle they’re immerged in. That’s not something that’s as easy as it seems. Plenty of evidence for that exists on the big stage. Everything is done with a purpose and ties in to what’s happened between the two before, and what happens later in the match. MsChif is incredibly flexible and shows it off here often. One spot in particular is when Melissa stands tall in a boston crab and drops down on it, practically bending MsChif in half. The crowd and I watching at home gasped and let out a collective ahh. The match ends when MsChif hits the desecrator (a DDT with a leg over the opponents stretched out arm for extra impact) on a chair, the very chair Melissa brought into the ring to attempt a kudo driver on earlier in the match. The match goes 20:00, and is worth ****.

On top of the main card you get a couple of bonus matches on the DVD from an AAW show. The first one is LuFisto vs. Josie that is basically a squash. I’d had never seen LuFisto before, and all I can say after this is she is awesome. She’s a stick of dynamite that was a lot of fun to watch.

The other one is Sara Del Ray & Allison Danger vs. Cheerleader Melissa and Nattie Neidhart. This was intriguing to me in that it was my first time seeing Nattie work. In my opinion what was shown here wasn’t very impressive, but the show is from nearly a year and a half ago. I’m sure some time in development has done her well. Overall the match is a decent one.

Summary: As I said in the opener I’m growing fond of SHIMMER and it’s better late then never, and if you’ve yet to check it out I suggest you give it a try. The Cheerleader Melissa vs. MsChif match will end any thoughts you may have that are negative towards women wrestling and is worth checking out. If on the other hand, you have no negative thoughts about women’s wrestling and you haven’t checked out SHIMMER, then what are you waiting for?

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