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BERWYN, Ill. — With the smell of butane still thick in the air, Nicole Matthews walked out of the Berwyn Eagles Club Saturday as the new SHIMMER champion, courtesy of a fireball to the face of Madison Eagles.
The 27-year-old British Columbia native became the sixth woman to wear the SHIMMER title, capturing the belt in a four-way elimination match that also included defending champion Cheerleader Melissa, former champion Eagles, and Athena. The event was taped for DVD Volume 68.
The scheduled main event was to have been Melissa (who had successfully defended her championship against Japanese star Kana at a separate taping earlier in the day) defending the belt against Athena and the winner of a bout between Matthews and Eagles, whose on-again, off-again friendship has frayed into a full-fledged feud over the past year. That match ended in controversy, however, as Matthews appeared to submit as she scored a pin on Eagles. In light of the controversial finish, both women advanced to the championship elimination match. Read More