Welcome one and welcome all to The Weekly Wrestling Spotlight. This time out we’ll be taking a closer look at Shimmer Women Athletes. You know the drill, I give you a brief history of the company and then we dive into the best matches they have on offer over on their YouTube channel.
So let’s lace up our boots and head to the ring.
A Brief History
Shimmer Women Athletes was founded in 2005 by Dave Prazak as a place where women could show off their skills within the ring without having to resort to some of the more seedier aspects of WWE programming.
Along with Prazak, Allison Danger helps run the organization that puts on one large show every three months or so where they tape a ton of material for future DVD releases.
It has its own wrestling school, a developmental brand, as well as a sister promotion, Shine Wrestling, and it is, by all accounts, a brilliant place to work.
It also puts on some stellar matches and these are my five personal favorites you can watch for free, right now, on their YouTube channel.
Angie Skye vs. Thunderkitty
Contrary to what you might believe if you’ve read some of my other pieces on this site, I’m a fan of technical wrestling. Especially when it’s done properly as it is here. The opening section of this match sees Thunderkitty use all her ring knowledge to turn Angie Skye inside out, and the crowd and I appreciate it greatly.
The match picks up the pace when Skye goes full-on heel, using back rakes, eye scratches, and everything she can to get the upper hand. I’m a sucker for a good, bad woman and Skye has this down to a fine art.
It might only clock in at seven minutes long, but it’s so well planned out that both competitors get to show off their differing skill set to great effect.
Ray Lyn vs. FaceBrooke
If I was Ray Lyn then the second from last thing I’d ever want to do is mock FaceBrooke. The last thing I’d ever want to do is challenge her to a test of strength, but that’s exactly how this bout kick’s off. Trying to prove she’s as strong as her opponent, she tries to shoulder tackle her off the ropes, several times, with the inevitable result being she ends up flying across the ring.
It’s funny as hell.
Watching either of these wrestlers perform is a joy and I’m always amazed at just how agile FaceBrooke is. A wrestler of that stature should not be able to do a split leap-frog over anybody.
It defies the laws of gravity.
8 Women Elimination Tag Team Match
I love this match for one reason and one reason only. It’s an all-out war from the first bell to the last. It’s not for the faint of heart as no-body involved here pulls any punches or kicks and it’s one of the best displays of out and out brawling that I’ve seen.
When the fists and the feet aren’t flying, then the bodies are. There isn’t one wrestler here who isn’t willing to take to the air, whether it’s over the top rope or from the top turnbuckle, and when it all breaks out in a massive brawl and Melissa pulls out a seven-woman DDT I’m not ashamed to admit I jumped up out of my seat, cheering.
MisChif vs. Awesome Kong
I don’t really need an excuse to watch Awesome Kong. She is, after all, awesome so anytime I can sit down and watch her in the ring is an opportunity to good to pass up. What makes this match stand out though is the different styles that both wrestlers bring to the ring.
We all know what we’re going to get with Kong. She’s a force of nature, an immovable object that will run over you like an 18 wheeler and then reverse over your still twitching corpse, for fun. MisCif, on the other hand, is all about fast-paced moves and taking to the air. She reminds me of Rey Mysterio and that’s not just lip service, she has that luchador style that has you on the edge of your seat.
They gel so well here and tell such a good story between the ropes that if you don’t watch it, then you really are missing out on a classic.
Athena vs. Jessie McKay vs. Mia Yim
Athena’s Diamond Stunner is something that has to be seen to be believed and as soon as you click on this video then your eyes are in for a treat. It’s taken from a previous match between her and Jessie McKay, but it sets the tone for what’s about to happen in this Triple Threat.
You should recognize all three competitors in this match. Athena went on to be Ember Moon, Mia Yim is still Mia Yim, and Jessie McKay is now Billie Kay, one half of The Iconics. The irony here is if the WWE let both Athena and McKay perform in their company the way that Shimmer did, then they’d both be pushing for the top spot next to The Four Horsewomen.
As for Mia Yim, she’s just amazing no matter who she’s working for.