SHIMMER has announced that Japanese wrestler Ray will be making her debut for the company at their tapings to be held March 17 and 18.
Says SHIMMER of Ray: “The Joshi 4 Hope office secured one of the most athletic women on the joshi scene in Ray to join their group for the March SHIMMER weekend… with a fast paced, exciting style in the ring, Ray is very unique addition to what has become a very global SHIMMER roster of talent.”
For those who’d like a little more information about Ray, she was trained by Emi Sakura at the Gatokunyan dojo and made her professional wrestling debut against her in a match that took place in September 2003 at the legendary Korakuen Hall. Since then, she’s wrestled for a plethora of promotions, some of which include IBUKI, NEO Japan, BJW, JWP, Oz Academy and Universal Woman’s Pro Wrestling REINA.
In her time in wrestling she’s performed under different personas and masks. Originally debuting as ‘Rei‘ (Japanese for ‘Zero’), she also made several appearances with JDStar as ‘Caribbean Moon‘ (a character inspired by the famous Pirates of the Carribean films) between 2006 and 2007, she joined Nanae Takahashi‘s stable Passion Red and re-named herself ‘Passion Ray‘ in 2009, and in 2010 she stripped herself of the mask to wrestle for Tajiri’s promotion SMASH as ‘Lin Bairon‘ (she actually ended up working for SMASH as both Bairon and Ray, the two being treated as entirely different people).
On September 2011 in Tokyo, she defeated Zeuxis to become the CMLL-Reina International Junior Champion – a victory which led to her making the jump to Mexico for CMLL only a few weeks later. She ended up losing the title to Silueta on October 18.
Ray is the eighth in a string of Japanese wrestlers that have wrestled for SHIMMER, joining the likes of Ayako Hamada, Ayumi Kurihara, Hiroyo Matsumoto, Kana, Misaki Ohata, Tomoka Nakagawa, and Yumi Ohka as those who have made the transition to American soil.