Thursday, May 31, 2012

First Names Revealed For SHINE Wrestling

The first names and poster have been revealed for new promotion SHINE Wrestling which debuts on Internet pay per view July 20th in Florida.

The promotion will be a sister promotion to SHIMMER and run regular shows on iPPV via

The first names announced include Reby Sky, best known for Lucha Libre USA and as Matt Hardy’s girlfriend; Sara Del Rey, the first ever SHIMMER Champion, current SHIMMER Tag Team Champion and CHIKARA regular; and finally, Santana Garrett, a Florida local who briefly appeared on TNA television with Orlando Jordan.

A couple of weeks ago, it was revealed that a psuedo-SHIMMER off-shoot promotion would be setting up in Florida, run by former FIP promoter (and longtime SHIMMER DVD editor) Sal Hamaoui, as well as former SHIMMER stars Lexie Fyfe and Daffney, and would be shown on iPPV. Since then, we have been told that the promotion will be called SHINE Wrestling (which lends itself to the SHIMMER and SPARKLE format), with the shows taking place at the Orpheum in Ybor City, FL, with the first one taking place on Friday, July 20. However, SHINE released its poster for the first show (entitled SHINE 1) which you can see to your right – and it features a combination of the familiar and not-so-familiar to SHIMMER fans.

The image features former SHIMMER Champion and current Tag Team Titleholder Sara Del Rey in the centre – understandable really, as it adds a sense of consistency with the SHIMMER roster, and she is a critical element of the promotion’s success, so it makes total sense to have her on board from the beginning. In addition, she is a safe pair of hands, is reliable, driven and is a source of inspiration to many other grapplers.

To her left is two-year pro Reby Sky, originally known as the girlfriend of Matt Hardy, but is also making a name for herself in promotions across the US. The former Playboy model and professional dancer is gaining traction as a wrestler, having made the biggest impact as part of Lucha Libre USA, as well as branching out to NWA Mid Atlantic, Pro Wrestling Syndicate and recently made her debut at Crossfire Entertainment where she fell to Jessicka Havok. The 25-year old New Yorker seems keen to travel anywhere and work with anyone to forward her wrestling career, which is very admirable. Some would expect a model with a famous wrestler boyfriend to rest on her laurels and try to get by on her name and contacts, but Sky looks like she wants to contribute, work hard and better herself. You really can’t ask any more than that from someone.

Rounding out the trio is Santana Garrett, who has been wrestling for three years and has recently been embroiled in a series of singles and mixed tag team matches against Christina Von Eerie around Florida and Illinois. The 24-year old was briefly a part of TNA as one of Orlando Jordan‘s entourage, and has won the Coastal Championship Wrestling Women’s Title on two occasions. Like with other names such as Von Eerie, Kimberly and Leva Bates, Santana is a regular on the indie scene in Florida, and is perfectly placed for the debut of SHINE.

No doubt, more names will be added as the show dates draws nearer (which you can keep up with on the promotion’s Facebook and Twitter.

More details on the promotion here.

More news will be posted as it becomes available.

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