SHINE 7 had yet another good show main evented by Amazing Kong vs. Rain. Read a full review from a live perspective~!
Rather than do an audio review, I figured I would do a write-up about the most recent offering from SHINE in SHINE 7 which took place February 22nd, 2013 live from The Orpheum in Ybor City, FL
Previously at SHINE 6: we had just seem the formation of Valkyrie (Rain, Allysin Kay, Taylor Made, Ivelisse, and April Hunter) at the end of the show. We had also seen Jessicka Havok decimate Reby Sky to the point that neither of them were allowed in the building for SHINE 7. Kimberly got her first win over Leva and Leva seeked revenge.
Match #1: Brittney Savage vs Heidi Lovelace
I had first gotten to see Savage in person at FIP on February 1st. While her match with Luscious Latasha did not really get enough time to showcase what Savage could do, I thought she was impressive in this match showing off some very vicious strikes towards Heidi. Heidi was no slouch herself in the ring, showing a bit more of a punkish spirit that one would normally see from Christina Von Eerie. Fine way to open the show and get the crowd going. The ending did not quite work as well as they would have liked, but the match itself was perfectly enjoyable until that point.
Winner: Brittney Savage
Match #2: Tina San Antonio vs La Rosa Negra vs Luscious Latasha
This match was originally meant to be, as Tina said, a “two-way dance” between herself and Latasha but La Rosa Negra was added because…why not?! Can’t say I am complaining about that at all though. I have seen her name in passing on various independent cards, but this was my first time seeing her at all. She had a unique look, even in the uniqueness that the majority of the roster offers on SHINE. Tina was very enjoyable, using a bit more of a power offense against Rosa and Latasha. It really felt like Latasha did not too much in this match and felt like Tina and Rosa handled most of the offense while Latasha had a couple roll-up attempts. Fun match overall. Definitely would like to see La Rosa Negra back with another opportunity.
Winner: Tina San Antonio via pinfall on Rosa.
Match #3: Jessie Belle vs Santana
Without getting too much into it, I’ll say that Jessie Belle showed that you do not want to anger Daffney. Santana continues to show improvement through each performance that I see her have and Jessie Belle again brought a uniqueness, going for a more grounded contest than we saw in the last two matches until Santana eventually made her comeback. It is actually very unique to see a few random women from OVW like Jessie and Heidi wrestle in SHINE. One would think them being linked to TNA would prevent that, but I suppose there is some type of loophole that allows them to wrestle at SHINE which I am happy to see. Santana won via her handspring moonsault.
At this point, they announced that SHIMMER 53 would be aired on live iPPV and also announced that at SHINE 8 on March 23rd, there would be a Career vs. Respect Match of Reby Sky vs. Jessicka Havok. The hyped talent debut was revealed as well in Angelina Love of TNA fame. She said she would make her in-ring debut at that show. Valkyrie came out and ripped Angelina apart saying that she was a never-was as opposed to even being a has-been.
Match #4: LuFisto vs. Ivelisse
I don’t think it is a real secret that this was my most anticipated match of the night going into the show. I have been a big fan of LuFisto for a very long time and I had been hoping for years that she would eventually find her way to Florida for a show. Ivelisse is quickly showing just how boneheaded WWE can really be at times after having a couple very good performances on the previous couple SHINE’s. On this particular show, she and LuFisto ended up stealing the show. The match got a lot of time and ended up getting LuFisto really liked in The Orpheum as Ivelisse took LuFisto down throughout the match working over her leg allowing LuFisto to build to an awesome comeback with some heavy striking mixed in with some big moves and even locking Ivelisse in a Sharpshooter nearly resulting in a submission victory. LuFisto had a lot of very funny lines in this match as well that may not have translated to the iPPV that goes to show how being in person for a show can really help the overall feel of a show. LuFisto went for the Burning Hammer, but Ivelisse managed to get out. The ending was strong as well as the other members of Valkyrie came out and took LuFisto’s friend Peggaboo and threatened to harm her which distracted LuFisto long enough for her to take a Guillotine DDT finisher from Ivelisse. Not only does this keep LuFisto strong in defeat, but it brings even more hate towards Valkyrie for wanting to bring harm to a doll like that. Those fiends! Hell of a match. Potentially one of the best so far in SHINE’s short history.
Match #5: Allysin Kay/April Hunter/Taylor Made vs. Mia Yim/Su Yung/Tracy Taylor
This was another one of my more anticipated matches of the show. It didn’t even really occur to me until the match began that one of the top rivalries from recent AIW was in this match in Allysin Kay/Mia Yim which had me more anticipated for the match by the time the bell rang. I expected this match to break down as it got later in the match, but it took very little time as Mia Yim hit a suicide dive onto all three of them in the initial stages that had The Orpheum going wild. Everyone did very well in this match, including April Hunter in her in-ring debut for SHINE who at one point hit some things that really caught me off guard including a double leg takedown into an arm submission completely flawlessly. Yim looked like a major star in this match as well with a lot of her offense including a gigantic springboard moonsault for a near victory. Made In Sin continue to get under the crowd’s skin like no other at SHINE while Su Yung and Tracy Taylor also work very well together. Much like Ivelisse, it is crazy to think that Yung was once under WWE contract and it is yet another example of them dropping the ball with a very quality wrestler. The ending got a big ovation from the crowd as it was a rather devastating looking 3D from Allysin and Taylor. I saw some people title this as the Eighth Deadly Sin while I believe the move from a wheelbarrow position is considered the seventh. Very fun match.
Winners: Allysin Kay/April Hunter/Taylor Made
Match #6: Mercedes Martinez vs. Nikki Roxx
On a show that did not have LuFisto and Ivelisse on it, this would have been the best match of the night. Just a very well worked match from two veterans on the independent scene. Neither of them are afraid to bring it in terms of laying into one another as Roxx actually busted her mouth open a bit during the match. I have talked with a few people about Martinez who for whatever reason are not really a fan of her and I can’t entirely understand it personally. She usually has nothing but very good matches no matter who the opponent is and has a really good physical presence to her that just sells herself like someone that you just do not want to mess with. The outcome really surprised me as for a while, it seemed that Mercedes was going to be one of the top names in SHINE and her program with Jazz has sort of gone unresolved, but I was happy to see Roxx to get the win here. Very, very good match.
Winner: Nikki Roxx via Voodoo Drop
Match #7: Last Woman Standing – Kimberly vs. Leva Bates
The storyarch of Kimberly since SHINE 1 has been told incredibly well. She loses every match throughout 2012, she teams with happy-go-lucky Leva and snaps on her. She manages to get a win over her at SHINE 6 and feel completely accomplished and this was Leva’s chance for redemption in her fear-inducing Scarecrow get up. There was not as much plunder in this match as I expected. Really the only things utilized were a fire extinguisher, the rope around Leva’s neck, and a chair. At some point, Kimberly got busted pretty nicely around her lip, but this didn’t stop her from delivering some offense, including a devastating Gory Bomb onto a chair followed up by a crotch chop for the Orpheum crowd who were requesting chair usage during the match. There was a bit more brutality like that, including Leva attempting to essentially hang Kimberly after throwing her over the top rope with the noose tied around Kimberly’s throat. The ending unfortunately was a bit of a weak point in the match as Kimberly went to get a chair from outside and as she got to the apron, Leva superkicked it into Kimberly’s face and Kimberly could not get up for the 10 count. The ending itself just seemed sort of flat after some of the other things they put each other through during the match. Still a solid match overall despite that.
One would think that the feud will likely continue as well as Kimberly attacked Leva post match and needed multiple referees to get her to break her Texas Cloverleaf hold on Leva.
Winner: Leva Bates
Match #8: Rain w/Valkyrie vs. Amazing Kong
I’ll be honest, it was incredibly hard to pay much attention to what was going on during the match as I in essence became an honorary male member of Valkyrie as Rain and the other members decided to attempt to get me to go into the ring and fight Kong for Rain. I attempted to speak with Kong during the match and see if she wanted Rain or me, but Kong offered nothing so alas, I did not get a chance to make an in-ring run in during this main event. April Hunter and Allysin Kay seemed a bit displeased with me, but if SHINE were to become an intergender promotion and if I were to get a bit of training, there is always next time! If they need a manager, I am available!
Due to these shenanigans, I really did not get to become too invested in the actual match that Rain and Kong were having until the later stages where the referee got taken out and Kong seemingly had the match won until Rain pulled an Eddie Guerrero and lied, cheated, and stole her way to a DQ victory over Kong. They attempted to gang up on Kong until many members of the roster came out to stop them as Valkyrie bailed to the back and the show concluded.
Winner: Rain via DQ
There were some pretty wild post-show festivities that occurred in the ring after including a Harlem Shake with some members of the SHINE roster that I imagine will end up on YouTube as well as on the DVD release that even saw Lexi Fyfe become involved.
SHINE 7 was another very fun show from SHINE in a seemingly never ending streak of fun shows. I would say that LuFisto/Ivelisse is a must see match as well as the 6-woman tag and Mercedes/Nikki while everything else on the show was very, very enjoyable. I have said it in the past, but due to SHINE having the ability to have a very unique roster in addition to the ability of bringing in new women for each show to enhance an already very strong variety, it helps to make their shows feel very diverse as they continue to produce quality shows.
SHINE 8 will take place on Saturday March 23rd live from The Orpheum in Ybor City, FL with Reby Sky vs. Jessicka Havok in a Career vs. Respect match. Stay tuned to SHINEWRESTLING.com as well as @SHINEWRESTLING on Twitter. You can order a replay of SHINE 7 at WWNLive.com