Updated Card for SHINE 9: First Qualifying Matches Announced for Championship Tournament

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SHINE Wrestling will take its first steps towards crowning its inaugural champion this Friday at SHINE 9 with the first qualifying matches of the SHINE Championship Tournament.

Sixteen wrestlers will compete in the qualifiers, four of which will be held at SHINE 9 and four at SHINE 10 on May 24th. The eight winners will then compete in a one-night tournament at SHINE 11 on July 12th (the company’s one-year anniversary show) where the winner will be crowned the first ever SHINE Champion.

The first qualifier will see the veteran Jazz make her return to SHINE after an absence of several months to take on Valkyrie’s breakout star Ivelisse. Meanwhile, Valkyrie’s de facto leader Rain will face former 5-time TNA Knockouts Champion Angelina Love in a qualifying match that will see no love lost between the two women, following Love’s baptism of fire into SHINE at the hands of Valkyrie.

Two former SHIMMER champions and international stars will also get a shot in the tournament. Saraya Knight looks to redeem herself after losing her SHIMMER title to Cheerleader Melissa earlier this month, and will face off in a qualifying match against Su Yung, who has the unenviable task of taking on arguably the angriest woman in wrestling a mere two weeks after her biggest defeat. And if that wasn’t enough, two of the biggest stars of the independent women’s wrestling scene will face off in qualifying action this Friday, as former SHIMMER Champion Madison Eagles goes up against Jessicka Havok in a first-time-ever dream match.

Add the already-announced main event Steel Cage match between Leva Bates and Kimberly, and SHINE 9 looks set to potentially be the biggest and best SHINE event yet!

See below for the full card:

* Arkham Asylum Steel Cage Match:
Leva Bates vs. Kimberly

* SHINE Championship Tournament – Qualifying Match #1:
Jazz vs. Ivelisse (w/April Hunter)

* Qualifying Match #2:
Angelina Love vs. Rain (w/April Hunter)

* Qualifying Match #3:
Saraya Knight vs. Su Yung

* Qualifying Match #4:
Madison Eagles vs. Jessicka Havok

Also appearing:
Mercedes Martinez, Evie, Nikki Roxx, Mia Yim, Santana, SHIMMER Tag Team Champion Kellie Skater, Jessie McKay, Shazza McKenzie, Allysin Kay, Courtney Rush, Brittney Savage and Rhia O’Reilly

SHINE 9 takes place this Friday, April 19th at the Orpheum in Ybor City, Florida. The show starts at 9PM ET (2AM GMT) and will be streamed live on Internet Pay-Per-View. Click here to order the show.