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Wrestling: SHIMMER

SHIMMER is an all women's wrestling fed based in Berwyn, Illinois, run by commentator Dave Prazak and wrestler Allison Danger. Established in 2005. It describes itself as "American Joshi" and has close ties to Ring of Honor. The SHIMMER Championship is recognized as The ROH women's championship and is defended on ROH shows. SHIMMER started as a DVD only company but fans have always been allowed to attend tapings and expanded to Internet Pay Per View on its 53rd Volume during the first WrestleCon. SHIMMER has a sister promotion in Florida called SHINE Wrestling, which was closely intertwined for its first 10 shows but mostly disconnected by its 17th.

Several SHIMMER wrestlers have gone on to wrestle for the major promotions.
  • WWE: Beth Phoenix, Nattie Neidhart (Natalya), Nikita (Katie Lea), Krissy Vaine and Shantelle Taylor (briefly), Serena (Deeb), Amazing Kong (Kharma), Britani Knight (Paige), Tenille (Emma), Davina Rose (Bayley), Rebecca Knox (Becky Lynch). Lexie Fyfe popped in as "Hillary Clinton". Cheerleader Melissa and Mercedes Martinez also made one-episode appearances on Sunday Night Heat. Sara Del Rey became a trainer for WWE. Leva Bates, Mia Yim and Santana Garrett stopped by NXT.
  • TNA: Cheerleader Melissa (Raisha Saeed/Alyssa Flash), Nikki Roxx (Roxxi Leveaux), Shantelle Taylor (Taylor Wilde), "Dark Angel" Sarah Stock (Sarita), Ashley Lane (Madison Rayne), Rain (Payton Banks), Josey (Sojourner Bolt), Nikita (Winter), Daffney Unger, Christina Von Eerie (Toxxin), Santana Garrett (Brittany), Jessicka (Havok). Serena Deeb, Mia Yim, Marti Belle and Veda Scott also showed up for Knockouts only pay per views.

Along with avoiding the kind of blatant T&A that WWE's women's division could deteriorate into at times, SHIMMER also avoids taking the other dreaded route, into the kind of cartoonish campiness associated with GLOW in the 1980s and Wrestlicious today.

"SHIMMERing Tropes":

  • Aborted Arc: Mercedes Martinez made a Face-Heel Turn as part of her feud with Sara Del Rey in the early volumes, but then got sidelined by injury. When she returned, she was back to being a face.
  • Abusive Parents: Saraya Knight seems to heap a lot of verbal/emotional abuse on Britani. Cheerleader Melissa, Saraya's established foe, suggested beatings were also involved.
  • Action Girl or Dark Action Girl: Pretty much the whole roster. Being a women's wrestling promotion, it's a World of Action Girls.
  • Action Mom: Allison Danger, Madison Eagles, Sweet Saraya
  • All American Face: Sara Del Rey in her American Angel gimmick.
  • Animal Motifs
    • Sharks for Daffney, Solo Darling and Kimberly Maddox
    • Cats for Wesna, Cat Power, Solo Darling and lions for Athena (wyverns for her too).
  • Artifact of Doom: The SHIMMER singles championship seems to have a habit of causing Face Heel Turns, either in pursuit of it (Madison Eagles), or once a wrestler becomes champion (Sara Del Rey, Cheerleader Melissa). The only Face to avoid turning heel thus far has been MsChif, who has a "demonic" gimmick.
  • Ascended Extra
    • Portia Perez and Nicole Matthews had applied to work at SHIMMER during Matthew's first year as a professional wrestler but were turned down. Perez they found room for by the fifth show but had none for Matthews until a last minute spot opened up on the fifteenth show the following year. Despite having just met, the two worked well enough together for Matthews to get called back, thus they became the Canadian Ninjas.
    • Ivelisse Vélez first appeared as an unnamed jobber, getting beat up in other wrestler's video packages before she had a proper match on Volume 62 and beat Kimber Lee.
  • Ax-Crazy: "Sweet" Saraya Knight. Even her own manager, Rebecca Knox, was deathly afraid of her.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Hiroyo Matsumoto is very strong, has no qualms about dropping her opponents on their heads and will do it all while wearing a perpetual smile.
  • Brave Scot: Kay Lee Ray and Nikki Storm.
  • Brooklyn Rage: The New York Knockout
  • Canada, Eh?: Averted - Par the course for American wrestling, the Canadian wrestlers run the gamut from the friendly and good natured to the cartoonishly evil. More surprising is that SHIMMER also avoids the charisma black hole stereotype. This is probably because a large percentage of the Shimmer roster are Canadian. So much so that Allison Danger once mused that it should be renamed SHIMMER- Canadian Athletes.
  • Cardboard Pal: SHIMMER allows wrestlers to have "managerial objects," such as Malia Hosoka's "partner", Lexie Fyfe on a stick.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: LuFisto, the below exchange with MsChif for example. It might not be the best example, she may have been seeing if MsChif would respond positively to anything LuFisto said, which allowed LuFisto to get a title shot. On the other hand, this is the same woman who cries out for help to her doll Peegaboo so she counts regardless...
    "I hear babies come from Mommy, but you like green so much, I think you came from a cabbage, ya think?
  • Combat Pragmatist: Tomoka Nakagawa has no problem using such tactics as biting, eye poking and choking with her belt in order to get a leg up on her opponents.
  • Companion Cube: Managerial objects extend to LuFisto's doll Peegaboo and Daizee Haze's giant daisy.
  • Cool Mask
    • Allison Danger wears one as part of her entrance gear.
    • Cat Power introduced this into her entrance, and seems to have enjoyed a marked increase in popularity partly as a result of it.
    • Jamilia Craft is the first actual masked wrestler to compete in SHIMMER. Later shows would also feature Japanese masked wrestlers Ray and Leon (Ray's Chinese but wrestles mostly in Japan)
    • Much like Allison Danger, Kana comes to the ring in a mask.
    • The SPARKLE Jobber Skill Death Artist #2(sic) wore a mask
  • Corpsing
    • On Volume 45 the crowd starts chanting at Portia Perez "Die, Portia, Die!". Watch Cheerleader Melissa trying to keep a straight face when the chant starts.
    • On Volume 24 Cheerleader Melissa hits Sara Del Rey with a kick right in the face, prompting Dave Prazak and Portia Perez to lose it on commentary laughing. They even replay the spot twice to giggle at it and Portia asks to see it more times.
  • Cosplay Otaku Girl
    • Part of LuFisto's gimmick are her many anime inspired costumes, and a doll for a manager.
    • Leva Bates seems to be going for a similar gimmick, with pop culture in general.
  • Crossover
    • SHIMMER will defend its belt or otherwise have "SHIMMER matches" on the shows of other promotions, most commonly Ring Of Honor...which caused a little mood whiplash for those watching both while Age Of The Fall was going on, since Lacey and MsChif were involved. The same for viewers of Full Impact Pro, where Rain and Leva were also swept up by the movement. It also shares the Eagles Club with All American Wrestling so they often acknowledge each other.
    • While virtually all the SHIMMER athletes work for other wrestling promotions, OVW contracted Beth Phoenix, Serena Deeb and Natalya Neidhart showing up while OVW was still WWE's developmental territory caused some to double take. Deeb even got a title shot.
    • Sweet Saraya agreed to defend the SHIMMER Championship against Jazz at SHINE, simply because no matter the outcome, it would prolong Cheerleader Melissa's reentry into title contention. This kicked off some of the fledgling promotion's earliest story lines, as Mercedes Martinez and Radiant Rain did not take someone never in SHIMMER getting a title shot well.
    • SHIMMER began hosting nCw Femmes Fatales International Title defenses after Mercedes Martinez won the belt. Also, the tag team titles have switched hands at an nCw show.
  • Dance Battler: Rayna Von Tash, or rather dancing before doing moves such as shoulder tackles and elbow drops.
  • Downer Ending: Hiroyo Matsumoto and Misaki Ohata only held the tag team championships for a single day after ending the nearly two year reign of the hate sinks known as the Canadian Ninjas. Two successful defenses during that short time too.
  • Easily Distracted Referee: In a two out of three falls match with Daizee Haze, both of Rebecca Knox's falls involved illegal use of the ropes.
  • Everything Sounds Sexier in French: Kacey Diamond's French diva gimmick revolves around this.
  • Evil Mentor: Lexie Fyfe to Lorelei Lee and Malia Hosaka to Daffney Unger. Sweet Saraya to Rhia O'Reilly and Su Yung.
  • Face Heel Double Turn: On Volume 43 Mercedes Martinez turned heel on Athena, turning the latter face.
  • Face-Heel Turn
    • Rebecca Knox goes from a polite, hand shaking, friendly babyface to an obnoxious, arrogant cheater all in the course of one match.
    • Sara Del Rey's shift from "American Angel" to "Death Rey."
    • During Allison Danger's retirement match on Volume 57, reigning SHIMMER Champion, Cheerleader Melissa, mocked Danger's favoring of her collarbone during the match (which Melissa herself broke five years prior), refused to tag out to her partner Ayako Hamada because she was intent on beating Danger herself and won the match by making Danger submit to a Fujiwara Armbar but refused to break the hold for several seconds after Danger submitted. When her partner pulled her away and demanded to know what she was trying to do, Melissa delivered an Air Raid Crash to Hamada and stormed away from the ring. The referee then overturned the result to a disqualification win for Allison Danger and Leva Bates.
  • Fallacy Of Division: Being good in singles doesn't mean good in tag team wrestling. The Experience and Minnesota Home Wrecking Crew are not bad wrestlers individually, for example but as teams they are something else entirely. Lorelei Lee and Cindy Rogers, Sara Del Rey and Mercedes Martinez beat them decisively individually but lost almost as decisively when paired up.
  • Fearless Fool: Kellie Skater may weigh in at 68 kilograms of PURE ADAMANTIUM, but she never seems to catch on that she should maybe shy away from taunting and mocking wrestlers like Amazing Kong, Cheerleader Melissa, and LuFisto.
  • Fingore: Volume 35. Sara Del Rey vs. Rachel Summerlynn. Non-stop finger-destroying action from Death Rey.
  • Fire Balls: Nicole Matthews used one to win the SHIMMER Championship!
  • Foreign Wrestling Heel: Jetta (England), Wesna Busic (Croatia), The Canadian Ninjas (Canada), Rebecca Knox (Ireland), Madison Eagles (Australia), Tomoka Nakagawa (Japan), Saraya and Britani Knight (England), Rhia O'Reilly (Ireland), Mayumi Ozaki (Japan)
  • Fun Personified: LuFisto, Leva Bates, and Jessie McKay all qualify.
  • Geeky Analogy: Inverted during the Sara Del Rey vs. Mercedes Martinez match on Volume 1. Because Del Rey is from California and Martinez is from Connecticut, the announcers said it was the best of the West Coast vs. the best of the East Coast and compared it to 2Pac and Biggie.
  • Genki Girl: Jessica James. Shazza McKenzie too, overlapping with Moe quite a bit.
  • The Giant: Amazing Kong. She looked noticeably smaller on volume 53 but still the largest one around.
  • Girl Posse: The Minnesota/International Homewrecking Crew. Team Blondage even more so, in their brief appearance.
  • Girls With Mustaches: Regeneration X as Mario and Luigi
  • Glass Jaw Referee: In addition to the universal weakness to any physical contact whatsoever that all referees share, SHIMMER referees have also been knocked off their feet simply by being shouted at.
  • Granola Girl: Daizee Haze.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners
    • Lacey and Rain of the Minnesota Home Wrecking Crew are this, with a significant helping of Ho Yay between them. They later team up with Jetta, forming a much rarer three person variant of this trope.
    • Lacey even introduces Rain as "The love of my life!"
  • Heel-Face Turn: Britani Knight via abuse at the hands of her mother.
  • Home Version Soundtrack Replacement: The announcers mention during the Sara Del Rey-Mercedes Martinez match on Volume 1 that Sara uses the same music, Europe's "The Final Countdown," as her mentor Bryan Danielson. However, the DVD has replaced that theme with generic instrumental music.
  • Hypocritical Humor: On commentary, Portia Perez is outraged whenever a face does something vaguely illegal (or that she thinks should be illegal). She has no problem with heels blatantly cheating (or doing the same herself when she's wrestling).
  • I Have No Daughter: Saraya Knight to her daughter Britani on Volume 43. After a huge brawl Britani turns it around and says "I have no mother".
  • Ironic Name: The segments dark matches occur in are called "SPARKLE". Presumably a sparkle isn't as bright as a SHIMMER?
  • Ironic Nickname: "Sweet" Saraya Knight
  • Kid-Appeal Character: The Buddy System, particularly Solo Darling, who is practically babysat by the other two when not in matches.
  • Large Ham Title: "From The Most Awesomest Place Ever: Bacchus Marsh, Australia. Weighing 68 kg of pure Adamantium. She has muscles so huge, they make The Incredible Hulk green with envy. Chuck Norris fears her. The Colossus Of Bacchus Marsh. The Indestructible One. The Rate Tank, Kellie Skater!"
  • Lighter and Softer: The the action of SHIMMER is a little too hard and heavy to call "soft and light" but it's atmosphere is of a noticeably lighter heart than Ring Of Honor's.
  • Lovely Angels: Many of the tag teams.
  • Made of Iron
    • The legendary bout between Ayako Hamada and Sara Del Ray on volume 28 has cemented this into the reputation of both women.
    • Kellie Skater seems to think she is. She's not.
  • Meganekko: Veda Scott, though she's as likely to wear her glasses on the top of her head as her face.
  • McNinja: Portia Perez and Nicole Matthews, the "Canadian Ninjas".
  • Ms. Fanservice: Rayna Von Tash, going hand in hand with her burlesque gimmick.
  • Multiethnic Name: Ayako Hamada's full name is Ayako Valentina Hamada Villarreal.
  • Name Of Power: No shortage of them. Allison Danger's Shimmering Warlock being named for these events. Mary Lee Rose later took up the move(and name).
  • No, Except Yes: Portia Perez insists that Sara Del Rey and Courtney Rush are NOT a tag team, they are merely "co-corner wrestling partners".
  • Noodle Incident: Cat scratch fever.
  • Not Listening to Me, Are You?: LuFisto fast-talked her way into a title match by catching an inattentive MsChif with this. Ultimately backfired, since MsChif still won the match.
  • One Steve Limit
    • Long unmasked by this point, Dark Angel came into SHIMMER as Sarah Stock, not that it would have mattered either way, as the also mask less American Angel Sara Del Rey makes it a no win. When Del Rey and Stock wrestled each other, the fans lampshaded this by chanting "Let's go Sara(h)!"
    • Nikki Roxx being in this promotion likely why Nikki Matthews became better known as "Nicole" and NY Knockout left "Nikki" out. There is also Nikki Storm.
  • Opera Gloves: Rayna Von Tash.
  • Our Banshees Are Louder: MsChif, bane of the aforementioned Glass Jaw Referees.
  • Panty Shot: A staple of Cheerleader Melissa's matches.
  • Parts Unknown
    • MsChif is from "The Inferno".
    • Leva Bates is from the Bates Motel.
    • Rachel and Jessica's Excellent Tag Team are from the International House of Paincakes.
    • Lufisto is from Montreal, Japan.
    • Ayako Hamada is from Tokyo, Mexico.
    • Re-Generation X (Allison Danger and Leva Bates) are from "Paris/The Mushroom Kingdom/1985 via the DeLorean" or anything else their costume dictates, but always "via the TARDIS."
    • Christina Von Eerie is from "Scum/Spook City" Sacramento.
    • Athena is billed from several different cities in different states all at once ("Chicago BACKSLASH St. Louis BACKSLASH Dallas").
    • Amazing Kong has a regular hometown (Tokyo, Japan), but weighs "None of your damn business".
    • The team of Ariel and Nikki Roxx has a total combined weight of "Awesome".
    • Veda Scott and Shazza McKenzie are billed at a total combined height of 10'4" and total combined eye count of 6.
    • Courtney Rush is billed from "Winning-peg, Manitoba".
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Cheerleader Melissa seems to actively avoid situations where she might be expected to lead cheers. Shazza McKenzie takes it further, having no cheer leading experience at all.
  • Precision F-Strike: Ayako Hamada got one on the Volume 39 taping when referee PJ Drummond kept hassling Hamada to get back in her corner while she was trying to make PJ aware of her partner, Cheerleader Melisa, being repeatedly double teamed by Madison Eagles and Sara Del Rey. Finally, fed up, Hamada screamed at PJ to "SHUT THE FUCK UP!" Keep in mind SHIMMER is billed as a family-friendly show so this caused quite a reaction from the crowd.
  • Tag Team, The Minnesota Home Wrecking Crew, The Dangerous Angels, The Canadian Ninjas, The Experience, The Death Kongs, Kimber Bomb, MSEERIE, Made In Sin, The Global Green Gangsters(3G), Regeneration X, The Suicide Blondes, The Queens of Winning, The Ultimate Punch, The Pink Ladies, The Seven Star Sisters...and that's just getting started. Since SHIMMER's locker room is anything but static, some people belong to more than one team at time (such as volume 53 making a trio with Havok's Midwest Militia and Killer Death Machine teammates), resulting in a much larger amount than many other promotions in proportion to the individual alumni.
  • Retired Badass: Allison Danger as of 2013. Rebecca Knox initially but she made a return to wrestling in 2012note  and was signed by WWE in early 2013.
  • Retraux: No wrestling organization should be afraid of old school minimalism. Compare the page image with this.
  • Scary Black Woman: Amazing Kong. Presumably the idea behind the Skill Death Artists but unlike Kong they won no matches, SPARKLE or otherwise.
  • Screaming Warrior: MsChif which is to be expected since she's a banshee (it's almost a roar). Rebecca Knox at a higher pitch. Daffney, mainly from prior reputation since, she's mostly been a manager here. Britani Knight has the scream of a frustrated child but is much better in the ring than her win/loss record would have you believe (which is why she's frustrated).
  • Shout-Out
    • Cindy Rogers' Bret Hart-esque leather jacket.
    • After losing the title and turning heel, Sara Del Rey starts channeling The Undertaker.
    • Rachel Summerlynn and Jessica James team up as Rachel and Jessica's Excellent Tag Team.
    • Dave Prazak is apparently a fan of Veruca Salt - the promotion's name comes from their song "SHIMMER Like a Girl", and prior to SHIMMER, he ran a women's wrestling show called "Volcano Girls".
    • Kellie Skater calling herself "The Colossus of Bacchus Marsh" is a reference to "The Colossus of Boggo Road" Nathan Jones, an Australian wrestler who had an unsuccessful run in WWE in 2003.
    • Volume 50 (the one this page gets its image from) featured a SHIMvivor Series main event.
    • During SHIMMER 53 at Wrestlecon, they announced the show's attendance as being over 93,000, before being informed that the actual figure was around 78,000 (a reference to WrestleMania III) note 
    • The Minnesota Home-Wrecking Crew is a reference to the Minnesota Wrecking Crew, aka the Andersons (Gene/Lars/Ole/Arn).
    • Regeneration X (Leva Bates and Allison Danger) to D-Generation X
  • Spikes of Villainy: Sassy Stephie, Allysin Kay and Taylor Made have wrestled in them even. It took awhile for LuFisto to consider knife edged chops may not be the wisest choice of offense with them as opponents, though LuFisto was managing to hurt them as much as herself.
  • Tempting Fate: Kellie Skater's schtick, prior to teaming with Tomoka Nakagawa- she walked out to the ring about every other show making an open challenge, which was promptly answered by someone who could and did destroy her.
  • To Be a Master: New fans are of the opinion that the Singles and Tag Team Champion(s) belts are Mac Guffins. Even conceding that they make good bludgeons they maintain there is absolutely no logically conceivable reason why the women put each other through hell time after time for those silly things. Well, it is a sort of mistaken way of viewing it. Why the belts are awarded is more important than what they can be used for. Being given one mean's you're the best, and people will go along way to prove they are the best.
  • Treacherous Advisor: Daffney to Rachel Summerlyn.
  • The Voiceless: Amazing Kong does not speak. Of course, if you've ever seen her, you'd know that she doesn't NEED to speak.
  • Ur Example: SHIMMER's roster is largely made up by established standout stars, Rayna Von Tosh was the first wrestler to graduate from the promotion's own academy.
  • Violent Glaswegian: Nikki Storm, but she's such a Large Ham that the crowd adore her anyway.
  • Waif-Fu: Notably averted - WWE's "Divas" are trained to wrestle a more gymnastic wrestling style with lots of handsprings, headscissors, and Matrix dodges. In SHIMMER, the women are more likely to trade forearms, exchange painful holds, and generally wrestle a strong ground game.
  • Woman Bites Woman: Lacey broke up a Sara Del Rey pinfall attempt during their match in the finals of the tournament to crown the first SHIMMER Champion, June 2, 2007, by biting Sara's arm. Also a constant danger for anyone near Shark Girl.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Rebbecca Knox pulled one on Allison Danger that likely made fellow Irishman Finlay proud.
  • You Gotta Have Green Hair: MsChif, Tomoka Nakagawa and Christina Von Eerie all have green streaks in their hair.

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