Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|World Wrestling Network Presents Shimmer Vol 1|
SHIMMER is the United States? #1 ALL FEMALE pro wrestling organization which gives the MOST SKILLED women wrestlers a forum to truly shine as ATHLETES and perform at the most competitive level. In SHIMMER, it's not a model... more »
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WOW... talk about culture shock.
Brad from OWW | Nova Scotia | 12/16/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After about a decade of being brainwashed by Dub Dub E's desperate version of Women's wrestling, I found it extremely refreshing to sit down and watch an event full of real women athletes competing in a wrestling ring, and using actual wrestling moves. Attendance was embarrassingly low and I pray that SHIMMER catches on and more people go to the shows, because the girls really deserve it, and more voices could really add to the atmosphere. This was SHIMMER's debut show, and with the exception of a few minor flaws, I enjoyed myself from bell to bell.
I had a lot of fun watching some female wrestlers whom I had never actually seen on video prior to this occasion. For example the first match featured Shantelle Taylor and Tiana Ringer, two of Canada's finest examples of home-grown talent. They had wrestled each other a million times before and opened the card with a great match. The fans were then treated to tag team action, pitting the annoying heel Team Blondage (Krissy Vaine and Amber O'Neal) facing the make-shift combination of Cindy Rogers and Nikki Roxx. Everyone was decent here but Roxx was clearly the star, and I look forward to seeing her in some singles bouts in the future. Ariel (what a sweetie) battled IWA Mid South's Rain in a nice test of skills for both women. This was my first taste of Ariel, and I have to give her a lot of credit, as she surprised me with how well she has developed as a wrestler.
Rain is one of the most beautiful women I've ever laid eyes on -- Next we had my personal highlight of the night with everybody's favorite California girl Cheerleader Melissa taking on the demonic force of MsChif. I've seen lots of Melissa matches and she is my favorite by far, but this was my first chance to check out a complete match involving MsChif -- what a threat she is with her unique personality! The match was a stiff contest and included Melissa stretching the hell out of MsChif in positions that just had to be seen to be appreciated. Ring veteran Lexie Fyfe brought all of her experience to a SHIMMER ring and faced Christie Ricci in a decent match. Allison Danger, who doubled as color commentator all night long, was fortunate enough to get a match with WWE-signee Beth Phoenix (Note: It was easy to spot the WWE employee in the roster photo, look for the one with BIG BOOBS). This was the best match I've ever seen out of Allison Danger, and I'm really looking forward to watching more in future SHIMMER DVDs. Sara Del Ray and Mercedes Martinez slowed things down a little bit and went at it for neary 30 minutes with back and forth action. ROH-influence was felt before, during, and at the end of this match and handshakes were exchanged and respect was shown. Mercedes Martinez is a close second on my favorites list. The main event featured two ROH valets donning the tights and going to war for a 20 minute battle to end the evening with a solid match. Daizee Haze is deceptively tough. Lacey is deceptively talented.
Final Thoughts: There was an obvious lack of stipulations, but that is understandable seeing as though it was their first show. This was by no means a failure, because I was happy with this volume; I do, however, expect an improvement in future SHIMMER DVDs. Thank you to all the girls and keep up the wonderful effort.
It should be noted that, even though they are not yet available on Amazon.com, there are a total of five SHIMMER Volumes so far. They can be purchased at ROHwrestling.com
Shimmer Women Athletes Volume One.
Blaise O'connor | 11/12/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When I saw the price of this DVD, I couldn't believe it. I spent a lot more for this DVD and it is a STEAL! You will not find a better DVD when it comes to legitimate ladies wrestling. If you are thinking that women's wrestling is what is on Monday Nights, then you are in for a big surprise. This is a major step in the right direction. The Sara Del Rey VS Mercedes Martinez & Lacey VS Daizee Haze matches alone are worth the cost of this DVD. And there is a whole lot more. I know this will come as a shock, but some of Shimmer's matches are BETTER than those served on USA or THE CW, and I include the men. Shimmer is just over one year old. It is getting more popular by the day. If you are willing to give these ladies a chance, then you will appreciate how hard they work and how they provide a good wrestling style. I have, and this DVD makes me believe that this product will last quite awhile. Highly recommended!"
Just the Wrestling, Baby!!
P. Abramoff | Moorpark, California United States | 02/01/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Having now ordered and watched the first five Shimmer DVD's,
here is my assessment...
This is an excellent women's wrestling troupe, but, unfortunately,
I don't think it will be around very long. Mainly, it is because
this league won't get the exposure it deserves, since its audience
will likely be limited to the DVD market, and not national TV or
widely advertised live events. Like so many other women's wrestling
troupes, like the LPWA, GLOW, POWW, WOW, and others, it will likely
see it's time and be gone. But what it DOES have going for it is this...
They are finally doing everything RIGHT.
This league has signed a number of rising stars in women's wrestling,
such as Cheerleader Melissa from APW, Krissy Vaine and Lexie Fife from
WEW, Shantelle Taylor and Tiana Ringer from Canada, Nikki Roxx, Lacey,
and the very popular Daizee Haze, and a number of other very talented
women. (See the other reviews here for lineups on Volume 1)
Here's what they (finally) get right...
1. The women actually wrestle. The matches are not over in two minutes
(like in the WWE), and these women really pound on each other. They
wrestle tough, and the matches are very entertaining.
2. They don't mess around with the back-stage non-sense, comedy, or
excessive mouthing off. A few individual comments backstage for a
minute or so and that's about it.
3. No men. No Bugaloo Brown, or Jonathan Blue, or Papa Mae, or Sound
Guy, or David McLane, or other stupid guys in the ring, or as outside
managers wasting disk space. Some men referees and that's it.
4. The characters give the women individuality, but are not over the
top. No space aliens or mutants. The most unique is "MsChif", who
has green hair and screams. That's about as outlandish as they are.
I'd have given this DVD five stars, except for a few drawbacks...
1. The league needs to expand. Only having 18 women on the roster
will create some repetitiveness. Imagine if they were able to sign
GI Ho, Amanda Storm, Taylor Matheny, Terri Gold, and Pincess Sugey ?
2. The stars, unfortunately, will gradually move on. Vince McMahon
has already stolen Krissy Vaine and Beth Phoenix from the troupe.
3. Their tiny arena looks very amateurish. It looks like a grade
school all-purpose room, and the teddy bears on the wall look a bit
4. The lighting is poor, and sometimes streaks across the screen.
5. The camera work could be better. Sometimes they don't get the
Overall, though, it is the best women's wrestling troupe around in
the past 20 years. Hopefully, it will have a good run before it
joins the scrap heap.
I Think I'm Hallucinating..."The Haze" on Amazon?
A. J Velarde | 10/18/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I already bought this at another (unnamed) place, and I was blown away that it was actually recommended to me here on Amazon. And blown away that it was actually available here on Amazon period.
I'll warn you that the event takes place in front of a small crowd. That being said, the level of talent makes up for that. Rain, Lacey, MsChif, Cheerleader Melissa, Allison Danger, and my personal favorite Daizee Haze--the petite powder-keg of hippie fury on the top left of the cover--show that women can play a significant role in the realm of professional wrestling.
At Amazon's price (it's less than what I paid for it), it's worth getting as an introduction to Shimmer. The ensuing volumes only get better. Trust me."