What went down at Shine 46
The World Wrestling Network (WWN) put on another remarkable show Saturday evening October 20th
at The Orpheum in Tampa, Fl. The night belonged to Shine, an all-female wrestling promotion under the
WWN umbrella. It is not often, as wrestling fans, we find ourselves in an intimate setting with some of
the best competitors in the world. This is what sets Shine apart from other promotions around the
country. They have produced some of the best women’s wrestling talent over the last number of years
including Mia Yim, Dakota Kai, Ember Moon, and Chelsea Green, to name a few. On this evening Shine
showed us, once again, how they continue to produce top talent at a high level.
This evening the night began by highlighting Allysin Kay who, by all rights, should be considered world-class,
AK-47, pinkies up people. How many promotions; in a bar, on Friday night, where the cover is $15,
lead with a world-class wrestler? We continued getting world-class wrestlers all evening while sampling
up-and-coming talent. Allysin is on the list of TNA Knockout champions, she has held gold everywhere
she has been. She is a veteran in the squared circle that can bring a lot of knowledge to the newer
talent. Also, she is a top-5 twitter follow of all-time (@Sienna), you won’t be disappointed. Trust me.
While Allysin had segment one of the night, the real treat was finding out an alumnus of Shine Wrestling
was coming back. Santana Garrett was there to challenge a rising star, Priscilla Kelly, for her Shine Nova
Championship. That’s right, one month ago Santana was plastered all over the WWE Network for the
Mae Young Classic, where she could be viewed by millions. One month later she’s in front of 60 people
for a title match, wrestling an absolute stud in the making. Folks, do yourself a favor and get used to the
name Priscilla Kelly, her upside is so big it’s clearly visible to the naked eye, we’re talking the epitome of the
phrase “future so bright I need shades.”
Earlier this year, Priscilla, who is 20 years old beat 16 other
women in a bracket-style competition to become the first ever Shine Nova Champion. This wasn’t even
the main event, but it was certainly the match of the night. Santana pulled out Priscilla’s best in-ring
performance to date, shocker, a world-class wrestler will do that. It seems fairly obvious, WWN and
Shine have found their pillar to build around and they needed to know Priscilla could answer the bell
against the best in the world. On the other side, Santana has a great love for this company and she
needed to know it was in good hands. Both women put on an astounding performance.
The run of veterans kept going. On this card, we saw every Shine title defended. Starting with Kelly and
continuing with LuFisto defending her Shine Championship against The Mountain, Vanessa Craven.
LuFisto is a staple of women’s wrestling on the Indy scene in which her major claim was becoming the
first woman to win the CZW Iron Man Championship Title off Kevin Steen. She has broken many barriers
for women and has played a hand in millions of fans accepting women as legitimate wrestlers again.
In the tag division, we have La Sicarias, Ivelisse, and Mercedes Martinez, defend their Tag Team
Championships against Twisted Sisterz. Ivelisse is a former NXT competitor and inaugural Lucha
Underground Trios Champion. Mercedes, along with Santana Garrett, also competed in the Mae Young
Classic earlier this year. La Sicarias battle with Twisted Sisterz this night was thoroughly entertaining.
The crowd play and character interaction in the ring kept the energy level at a maximum. Were there a
couple of miscues throughout the night?
Yes, but that doesn’t mean it was bad. People miss a step,
dancers lose a beat, Michael Jordan missed free throws. These things happen. What we have to
remember is we are watching a group of talented women who hone their craft. Their goal is to one day
compete at a world-class level. On a night where the new talent shone, the vets still proved they have it.
You can catch the Shine 46 replay at wwnlive.com under the “On Demand” tab. You can follow Shine
through the above-mentioned website and also Twitter @WWNShine.
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