Wayne's World: SHINE 8 - An Evolution in my Wrestling Fandom
Mar 25, 2013 - 12:02:54 AM
Welcome back one and all to the column that presently knows first hand how much having Appendicitis and therefore having my Appendix removed can be very immobilizing for a period of time, my name is Wayne and you are now entering my world. It is quite common knowledge around here that I am a massive wrestling fan, I wouldn’t be here writing wrestling columns if I weren’t, however I would never claim to know all about the wrestling world. In fact my knowledge of today’s product in particular is largely hampered by the fact that my wrestling viewership is only of the product that the WWE and TNA put forward and has been that way for a fair few years. While I have learnt a bit about other promotions and the wrestlers that make them go round through my time here on Lords of Pain and its forum I haven’t really gone out and changed my viewing habits. Well this weekend I decided to change all of that.
In reality though I have actually been wanting to extend my viewing habits for a long time but I am not someone who likes sitting there browsing on You Tube for a long time looking for matches and the like for me to watch, I always prefer to have things simple for me, hence the reason my viewing doesn’t normally go past WWE or TNA. However about two days ago after doing my votes for Round 1 of Hustle Madness I noticed a banner Hustle had put at the bottom of his column that gave me an opportunity to branch out and try something new. That banner was promoting the all-female promotion SHINE and their upcoming iPPV that was happening this weekend.
Having heard about SHINE previously I thought what the heck and clicked on the link to check out what it had to offer and I was pretty much sold on the idea straight away. The first thing that grabbed my attention was the card that went as follows:
Daffney - Live Event Hostess
The Main Event
VALKYRIE of Rain, Ivelisse & Made in Sin vs. Amazing Kong, Angelina Love, Mia Yim & Christina Von Eriee
Career vs. Respect
Reby Sky vs. Jessicka Havok
Pick Your Poison
Leva Bates vs. Kimberly
Rematch from SHINE 7!
Mercedes Martinez vs. Nikki Roxx
Santana vs. Sojo Bolt
Brandi Wine vs. Jayme Jameson
Su Yung vs. Brittney Savage
Nikki St. John vs. Luscious Latasha
Just looking over the names involved there I saw 8 names I have seen compete for either WWE or TNA, and I mean compete not being a Diva while pretending to wrestle, and at least another 4 of whom I had heard good things but hadn’t seen.
The other thing that sold me on the idea was the price, if I ordered it then and there I would only pay $10 or if I ordered on the day $15. I mean come on, that is bloody cheap. I currently have to pay $35 to order a WWE PPV and being unemployed at the moment that seemed like a decent bargain to me.
After sleeping on the idea I put the details forward to my wife yesterday morning (due to time differences here the PPV was live at 10:30am Sunday morning here instead of 7:30pm Saturday Night) and we decided to give it a crack. However we decided that since this is our first ever SHINE iPPV than we might as well go full tilt at it and paid for the biggest viewing package they had. For $30 we got to watch the iPPV live, can watch a replay whenever we feel like it on Video on Demand and will get a copy of the DVD sent to us when it is released (postage to be payed later). Again can I say it, BARGAIN, for $5 less I can watch the PPV again and again, both on the computer and on DVD instead of just the 2 replays that are normally offered to me when I buy a WWE PPV.
So me, my wife and my eldest son Zachery (10) settled in to watch a wrestling show like we had never seen before. To think we were about to watch a few hours of female wrestling when the majority of the time we find ourselves reaching for the remote to skip the female matches due to the majority of the Diva’s not able to put on a gripping match or the Knockouts being same old, same old match-ups. This show begged to be different though as the whole concept of the company is based around the fact that the ladies that compete on it can actually wrestle.
I wasn’t going into this show expecting a WWE style extravaganza with massive crowd and all the trimmings like pyrotechnics (hell I didn’t even expect it to reach TNA levels) so therefore I was not disappointed when I saw the minimal space and crowd that this show had, the company makes their money from the iPPV and DVD sales not live attendance. However in saying that it didn’t take me long to get disappointed and I want to get my major problem with the show out of the way before I go onto praise what was ultimately a pretty good show. My major problem was Daffney.
Now don’t get me wrong I am a little bit of a Daffney fan, I loved her back in her days on WCW teaming with David Flair and Crowbar and I enjoyed her time in TNA as the Scream Queen, but hearing her whining voice as the host of the show just irritated me to no end. I understand she has retired from active competition because of injuries obtained in the business but maybe there was something better she could have found to do (a manager/valet comes to mind). The fact that she really had no idea what she was doing coupled with the voice just made it very awkward between each and every match. Oh an don’t even get me started on her commentary, that was even worse.
After dealing with my initial onslaught of Daffney it was time for the first match of the card seeing Nikki St John facing Luscious Latasha and I found myself wondering why the hell I had even bothered with ordering this event in the first place, the match felt worse than a WWE Diva’s match between Aksana and Kelly Kelly. While I was hoping for a decent opener to set the mood what I got was some of the worse acting I have ever seen come out of a wrestling ring from Nikki St John. Zac put it best as we were watching, he said that she was trying way too hard, that she was overdoing everything. Thankfully the match was short so that it didn’t ruin the whole show for me but the fact that Nikki won didn’t bode well for me.
After this first match and now two segments of Daffney and the realisation that she was helping out on commentary as well I really had a bad taste in my mouth thinking I had done a bad thing in wasting my money on this show, well the next match started the process changing my mind. While it would never be mistaken as a technical masterpiece I was pleasantly surprised to see Su Yung and Brittney Savage pull off what was a submission heavy match. As someone who grew up with wrestling in the 90’s when things were a bit more methodical and having wrestlers in my most favourite list such as Bret Hart, Chris Benoit and Daniel Bryan a good submission match always gets my wrestling juices flowing and seeing some hot women pulling off a submission style match was something that had me intrigued. As I said though it would never be classed as a technical masterpiece and had a low-card feel to it with the major amount of hair pulling that was done throughout, however it was a step up from the first match and this time I felt the right woman, Su Yung, won the match.
Match 3 saw Jayme Jameson beat Brandi Wine (who ended up having Malia Hosaka, a lady who appeared for WCW and WWE in the past, as her manager) and while the match was better than what WWE has to offer on a regular basis I was still getting the lower card feel to it. Match 4 was the same when Sojo Bolt, the first wrestler of the night that I knew, lost to Santana. Granted though that match had something extra going for it, it introduced me to Santana who was easily my biggest find of the day and someone I will be keeping my eye on in the future.
With 4 matches in the books and a full hour into the iPPV I found myself once again questioning if I had done the right thing forking out the money. While the matches were all reasonable (except the first) nothing major had made me go wow and I found myself slightly bored. It was at this point when Hustle sent me a tweet on Twitter asking how I was enjoying the show. After sending my replay he pointed out the old school booking process that was in affect, the show was being built from the bottom of the card to the top, the lower card wrestlers starting off leading to the main eventers at the end. Upon looking at the remaining card my hopes for the saving of the show was raised for the four matches that were left were the four that I paid my money to see, I settled in to watch what would eventually be money well spent.
The next match up was the rematch from SHINE 7 which saw Nikki Roxx,who I had seen as Roxxi Laveaux in TNA and one of my wife’s favourite female wrestlers, squaring off against Mercedes Martinez, a woman who while I had never seen in action had heard was one of the better female’s going around on the independents. This match had me intrigued as I hadn’t seen Roxxi wrestle in a long time and Mercedes has been one of the girls I had been hoping to see and the match delivered. The main thing I thought watching the match was why aren’t these girls wrestling for one of the bigger companies. They both showed that they had more talent than at least half of the WWE Diva’s division while putting on a match that could easily fit into the calibre set by TNA at the peak of their Knockout division. Mercedes eventually won, which officially makes it 1-all on SHINE between them, thus making me hope that there is a third match in this series that I may be able to see.
After the match I was gripping myself for another painful Daffney introduction segment so I was pleasantly surprised when while Mercedes was till celebrating in the ring the two girls involved in the next match, Leva Bates and Kimberly came out of the back already fighting. This was the match that Zac had been eagerly anticipating and quite honestly I was waiting for myself due to the fact that the Pick your Poison stipulation that was in place for this match saw Kimberly and Leva make it an I Quit match that the fans bring the weapons. Again I was not disappointed. There is something special about two girls, who seem totally insane, beating the living fuck out of each other with weapons. Men do it all the time but when the fairer sex do it you know that something special is happening. In the end Kimberly won after the ref stopped the match due to Leva “passing out” yet never saying I Quit. While feeling cheated again that the wrong person won I felt this was but more fuel to the fire for a rematch that I am hoping will be more brutal than the first.
With only two more matches left on the card I was feeling a lot better about spending my money for as long as one of them delivered than the expense would be justified. The second last match had me intrigued as I was about to see two ladies that I have heard about yet never seen compete. The first was Jessicka Havok, a lady whom from what I hear is the best female wrestler not to be in the major leagues, the second being Reby Sky, who all I really know is that she is Matt Hardy’s girlfriend. After watching the package of the events of the feud so far I got more intrigued as this was more than just a match but had something to back it up and seeing them standing in the ring facing each other upped it once again. Havok is such an impressive sight for a female wrestler, standing at 6-foot tall she is a menacing sight but standing up against the tiny Reby, who looked every part the Diva with her Glamour Model looks, the sight was magnified. Once again the match delivered with the eventual David beating Goliath finish when Reby finally overcame Havok with a second Twist of Fate, this on onto a steel chair. Again though this feud is not over as the events after the match leaving us all in the know that these two will meet again in the future.
Finally it was time for the main event and with that the match I personally had been waiting for, the 8-girl tag match. The fact that I was going to be able to see Awesome Kong, Angelina Love and Christina Van Eerie team up together (I had never heard of their partner Mia Yim before) was good enough but the fact that Rain was on the other side of the ring (and Ivelisse as well) added to my intrigue. What I got in this match though exceeded any expectation I had and left me thinking why can’t the bigger companies book their shows this simple.
What the match had was a simple yet easy formula that even a dummy could write. On one side you had the heel faction of Valkyrie facing off against four of the best faces in the company. Without any complicated booking this let the 8 ladies go out and put on one hell of a show eventually leading to Valkyrie getting the win. Yes that is right TNA, the heel faction actually got the win. However it was the faces who stood tall at the end when they rallied and were able to isolate Ivelisse leaving her flat on her back after the beatdown including all their finishes leaving me to believe that an announcement of her signing with TNA will be happening very soon. This was simple yet affective booking that quite honestly was a pleasure to watch.
So $30 and 2 ½ hours later SHINE 8 was in the books and thus ending my first venture into the world of the unknown and quite frankly I would be willing to do it all over again. It is a great thing to realise that there is wrestling to view outside my normal viewing but also that there are those women out there that do actually know how to compete and put on matches just as interesting as the men.
I now find myself looking at other alternatives to occupy my time. SHINE will be in my viewing future and so probably will be SHIMMER, the bigger all-female promotion however I won’t stop there. On looking things over with Zac we noticed Dragon Gate USA and Evolve, both of which grabbed our attention might be included and of course there are still the likes of ROH and CHIKARA that would be worth a look, let alone promotions from outside of US. While I won’t be able to afford every PPV I will try to get what I can as like I said before at the price I paid it was definitely a bargain to see what are some very talented wrestlers who could very one day be the top stars in the world.
I highly recommend that any one who feels the urge to break out of the WWE and TNA bubble like I did than give some of these independent shows a chance. The next shows will be on Wrestlemania weekend and will see cards presented by Dragongate USA, Evolve and SHIMMER and the next SHINE show is on Friday April 19th. If you wish to give one of these shows a chance than keep checking out my future columns as I will put banners up to promote them as they become available and they will link you to the site to watch them.
Well that is it for today, for those of you who are anxiously awaiting the next part of my Ladder Match series than don’t fret it won’t be far away. The column is almost complete I just put it on hold while I wrote this review, something I felt needed to be done. See you all next time, I'm going to watch SHINE 8 again on VOD, I find that I am in the mood to watch it all over again.
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