Wrestlers We Loved: 2011 – Nicole Matthews
ECCW, SHIMMER, NCW:FF, REINA
Martin: The Canadian Ninja it’s OK to like. 2011 was Nicole Matthews’ biggest year yet, and it saw her cross the globe to make her even better and badder than before. It was a huge year for her in her home promotion ECCW in Vancouver, where she completed a near full year as their Women’s Champion, defeating all comers throughout the year, before finally falling to her long time rival KC Spinelli. Nicole’s year in SHIMMER results-wise didn’t start out too great, as her and her Canadian Ninjas team-mate Portia Perez lost the SHIMMER Tag Team Titles to the Seven Star Sisters of Hiroyo Matsumoto and Misaki Ohata after a near two year reign with the titles, and they then proceeded to lose their next match to both members’ major personal rivals, Jessie McKay and Serena Deeb. However, things would soon pick up, as Matthews entered an epic two out of three falls match with McKay on Volume 39, which would turn out to be one of the best women’s matches of 2011, with Matthews coming out on top 2-1 to win the feud by the same tally. A narrow loss to Ayumi Kurihara on Volume 40 did not stop the momentum.
September would prove to be a pivotal month for Matthews. It started with a trip to Australia for the biggest opportunity of her career, her first shot at the SHIMMER Championship. Despite coming up short against the defending champion Madison Eagles and McKay, Matthews proved on this stage that she belonged on top for many years to come. After rounding out her Australian tour with a match against Shazza McKenzie and several house show matches against Eagles, Matthews would hook up with her running buddy Perez again, but this time in Japan, where the Ninjas were booked in a tournament to decide the first ever REINA Tag Team Champions. After defeating Sara Del Rey and Mia Yim in the semi finals, the Ninjas would fall in a close final to the CMLL team of Zeuxis and La Commandante, but their brief Japanese tour clearly benefited them, Matthews especially. Back at SHIMMER a week later, after a close loss to Matsumoto, Matthews bounced back quickly with a huge victory over Serena Deeb, followed by another victory over the young up and comer Davina Rose. Despite the Ninjas then losing their shot at regaining the Tag Team Titles against new champions Ayumi Kurihara and Ayako Hamada, this didn’t stop Nicole’s swagger, leading her to make the sneak attack heard around the world, as she attacked the new SHIMMER Champion Cheerleader Melissa shortly after she won the title from Eagles. This statement of intent, along with her vast body of work throughout the year and her snarky quick witted attitude made Nicole Matthews one of my favourites of 2011… even if she is still a major dick.
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