Given her status as the longest-reigning SHIMMER Champion of all time, it’s hard to imagine that there are still many dream matches left on the table for Nicole Savoy. The Sacramento Suplex Machine has run through a veritable who’s-who of the SHIMMER roster in her time with the promotion, and unfortunately, the pandemic hasn’t provided much opportunity (obviously) for new opponents.
However, given her many legendary opponents and her status as a bonafide star inside of the squared circle, Savoy has a veritable pick of the litter when it comes to matches to show first-time fans. Of course, I had to ask her about not only her favourite matches but which she would consider the first match she would show a first-time wrestling fan.
While her initial answer came quickly, it also came with a few stories courtesy of the Queen of Suplexes.
“My match with Madison Eagles!” Savoy replied enthusiastically when I asked about her personal match recommendations. “I was going to say, either her or my matches with LuFisto.”
“You’re hitting me right in the heart with just the Canadian icon,” I laughed to Savoy. “Come on. You’ve done your research on my favorites!”
Savoy smiled. “Funny story,” she began. “When I found out that I was wrestling LuFisto – her and Heidi Lovelace were my first two matches in the Shimmer. I was so excited to wrestle Heidi, but I was very scared and intimidated to wrestle LuFisto. I legit was throwing up before my match. Like they were like ‘Savoy, are you okay,’ and I’m like, ‘yeah, I’m, I’m fine. Excuse me,’ and I would run straight to the bathroom and throw up!”
“Oh, man. Not even a little bit nervous!” I commented. “That’s zero to sixty real quick.”
“Yes!” replied the former SHIMMER Champion. “And then, I remember before I went out there, Allison Danger looked at me and she’s like, ‘so, you get to wrestle LuFisto? Don’t fuck up!'”
“I’m like, ‘what? How do you say that to somebody before they go out there?!'”
It was far from the final story Savoy shared about Danger.
“I love Allison Danger. Mama Danger, fine like wine! That’s what I was gonna say.” Savoy chuckled before continuing. “She is an interesting time but in a good way. Like, I love her so much.”
“I feel obligated to ask for a story if that’s the way you’re gonna put it!” I pressed.
Savoy obliged. “So when I first wrestled for Shimmer – it’s another first time for Shimmer – and I stepped off the plane, the first two people that I met that I was riding to the hotel with was Allison Danger and Jessicka Havok. They didn’t know who I was. Allison Danger’s never seen me wrestle before.”
“I remember us going to think I was like Denny’s, and [Danger] looks at me, and I look at her, and she goes, ‘you know? So you’re from California, huh?’ And I’m like, ‘Yeah,’ she goes, ‘well, Sarah came from California, and she’s an amazing wrestler. Then there’s Cheerleader Melissa, and then there’s,’ then, she starts naming off with Candice LeRae, and Davina – she’s Bailey now – and she’s like, ‘I’ve never seen you wrestle before. Good luck!’ I was just kind of like, ‘Oh, God!’ Thank you for basically saying I’ve got a lot of big shoes to fill!”
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