So I left for Chicago about 10:25 AM on Friday morning. Not a bad drive, just long, and my dad lent me his GPS, so I barely even got lost! Until I got to the street my hotel was on, and it decided that my destination was two miles short of where it actually was. So of course my first instinct is to go back the OTHER way instead of just keeping the direction I was headed. Anyway, after some tomfoolery, I found my hotel and checked in. As soon as I did, I called Stephie, who was on her way from the Akron area with her friend Dianna... we were going to do something on Friday night, but they hit traffic, and they were staying at a friend's house which was in northwest Chicago, aka very far away from me, so I was left with nothing to do for the night. I ended up falling asleep at 10:00 and waking up at 7:00.
I checked out later in the morning and made my way to the Eagles Club in Berwyn. Stephie wasn't going to get there until 1:30, so after I got bored reading my book I got out of the car and wandered around a bit. Some of the workers started to show up; Dave Prazak arrived with Amber O'Neal and someone I couldn't get a good look at, but the girls went right into the building while Dave was talking on his phone, so I wasn't going to interrupt him to say hi. I also have this little crush on Serena Deeb, so when she got there, I chickened out saying hi and hid behind a wall while she went in the building.
Stephie and Dianna arrived shortly thereafter, and we went looking for some food. We went in a place called Mr. Sub, where much indecisiveness followed on what to order. After that, we went to their car where Stephie gave me my Christmas present early. Harry Potter posters, one from each movie! Thank you, Stephie; I'm going to have to think of something cool to get you now. We waited in line, had a difference of opinion on the merits of Randy Orton, and the doors opened a little late but we were up in the line toward the front and got a pretty good pick of seats, second row. They start the pre-show; Stephie is upset to come out of the bathroom and see men wrestling. I try to tell her that they've gotta give them a few minutes, let them feel included, but my arguments are lost on my stubborn friend.
Next, my new SHIMMER video airs on the ShimmerTron. I was extremely nervous, because I know everything that's going to happen next in the video and I'm worried it won't look as great on the screen as it did on the computer. But I have to admit, two hundred people clapping for your work after it's finished playing is a great feeling. In the opening contest, Eden Black beat Amber O'Neal. This was a good opener, and Amber's new ring outfit is HAWWT with two Ws. I've become a fan of Black since I saw Volumes 9 and 10, and I wasn't disappointed. Next was Portia Perez and Nikki Matthews against Lorelei Lee and the debuting Lexi (from now on referred to as Ashley) Lane! Yeah, the secret I was talking about in my last blog, the one I found out about sort of accidentally, was that Lexi (Ashley) Lane was getting a tryout with SHIMMER. I love Ashely, she's really nice and talented, but she didn't get to do a lot in this match except get her butt kicked. She then took the fall for the new team of Portia and Nikki, which I pretty much expected. Luckily, she texted Stephie and told her that she did in fact have a second match on the show.
Jetta beat Serena Deeb in the next match, and Jetta looked nervous as hell to me. Next, Rebecca Bayless interviews Allison Danger, who is accosted by Cindy Rogers and thus, match. Allison won a decent match that had one spot I'm definitely using in a future video. Cheerleader Melissa faces Alexa Thatcher, and I'm thinking Squash City, but it actually turned out really good. To my surprise, Melissa DRILLS Thatcher with the Kudoh Driver for the win. Lacey and Rain defeated Josie and Ariel next. I like Josie and Ariel as a team, and of course Lacey and Rain are awesome. Good tag match. The Experience beat MsChif and Daffney, and Malia looks like she's picked up a few new moves. Next, Sarah Stock took on Daizee Haze. This was the Match of the Night for me. I didn't recognize Stock, but when they announced her name, I knew instantly this was going to be good. That's how big her reputation is. Daizee looked very comfortable doing a lucha style match with her, and Stock is so over it's ridiculous. Stock won by basically rolling through the Mind Trip, and hooking Daizee in a prawn hold for the pin. Up next, the big advertised match Sara Del Rey vs. Amazing Kong for the SHIMMER Championship. Del Rey surprised me with a tope to the floor on Kong, where I was expecting a baseball slide and then she absolutely murdered the guardrail in front of us with Kong's body. Eventually, Sara actually managed to get her up into the Royal Butterfly AND throw her overhead with the suplex. The ref counted both women down, but Sara was up at nine so she retained the title.
Intermission at this point, and Stephie and I both agree that this was already worth the ticket price and drive. I stand up to stretch, and then am designated purse watcher while the ladies go off and do things.
Back from intermission, Amber O'Neal once again opens against Lorelei Lee, who gets the win in a decent match. Then poor Daffney messed up her knee against Cindy Rogers, who got the submission on her. Ariel and Josie beat Nikki Matthews and Portia Perez in another decent match and the crowd loved getting on Portia's nerves almost as much as they did Amber. Next Ashely Lane took on Alexa Thatcher, who was getting a lot of sympathy heat for being murdered by Melissa earlier. Ashely did just fine, I thought, especially after we found out how she was limited in the match. Alexa scores the victory, but I hope Ashley did well enough to be brought back. We found out afterward she impressed at least one important person. The Experience beat Allison Danger and Serena Deeb, which was kind of an odd pairing, and was much like the Experience's first match of the evening. They get the win and continue their undefeated streak.
Next, Lacey, Rain and Jetta took on Daizee Haze, MsChif and Eden Black. This had about the longest stall segment I've ever seen in a match, and for some reason, the heels took turns wearing a pair of goggles. Actually a pretty average match until the hot ending sequence, but the faces went over. Next was Amazing Kong vs. Cheerleader Melissa. Just to give you an idea of how they were going at it... they broke the ring! Or at least messed up something under it, and they had to take a few minutes to fix it after the match. Kong won with the Amazing Splash and with the way she was booked, I guess she's not leaving SHIMMER for the time being. In the main event, Sara Del Rey defended the SHIMMER Championship against Sarah Stock. Really good match, two out of three falls, and Sara retains.
The best part about the show was the running commentary I was getting from Stephie. Most of which were observations I had just made in my head, so it was kind of like having an outside voice repeat all your thoughts to you. The funniest thing was listening to her say after many big moves "I'm going to use that," or "I'm learning that," or "That's one of my moves," and then in a bit of hypocrisy that was nothing but cute, she starts bitching that the ladies of SHIMMER are using her hairstyles, and if she ever works there she's going to have to change hers. ;) But it added a whole different experience to the show, and I would put it up there with the best shows I've been to this year, including ROH and WrestleMania.
The afterparty was kind of dull. A lot of the workers left after too long, the ladies waited an hour and a half for food, and they didn't have Coke or Pepsi so we had to drink RC Cola (which I believe stands for getting the Runs in Chicago). Plus we were all tired from the long show, and I had been up since 7:00. Ashley came over to sit with us, and I learned way more about women's wrestling in about thirty minutes of listening to she and Stephie talk than I did in watching it for all these years. I did make sure to at least talk to Daizee, who asked me to once again do a video for her new DVD and of course I said yes, and introduced myself to Dave Prazak finally as I was on the way out. But I was pretty much past the point of socializing with anyone other than the three people I already knew in my general vicinity. After that, I split for home and am now writing this.
In conclusion, SHIMMER is freakin' awesome. I had a fantastic time, Ashley accomplished a big goal and Stephie saw some big time future possibilities. Sarah Stock is quite the wrestler, Kong is scary, Daizee finally recognizes me on sight, and Portia is twelve. I'm going to bed.