SHINE posted a video interview tonight with Trevin Adams and Nova Champion Shotzi Blackheart. It allegedly took place after Shine 62 on 11/9/19.
Adams mentions SHINE 62 was Blackheart’s last SHINE event and she will now be headed to WWE. He said there will be a tournament on 12/13/19 in Livonia, Michigan and 12/14/19 in Chicago, Illinois to crown a new Nova Champion.
At the end of the video, Blackheart hands the Nova Title over to Adams and tells him it’s time for someone else to have their moment. https://youtu.be/idYC1fKNxsA
This whole title situation has been confusing.
The end of SHINE 62 set up a Champion vs. Champion match with Blackheart vs. SHINE Champion Allysin Kay the next night at EVOLVE 140 on 11/10/19.
Blackheart won the non-title match at EVOLVE 140 after the flying senton for the pin. Lenny Leonard said on commentary that Blackheart would still be sticking around in EVOLVE for the 12/6 and 12/7 shows which will also take place in Livonia and Chicago.
Then late in the day on 11/11, SHINE casually posted the 12/13 and 12/14 dates. They mentioned there would be a Nova Title Tournament on those shows to determine a new champion but without any explanation. It definitely sounded like Blackheart was stripped of the title, but they didn’t officially mention it until just a couple of hours ago tonight.
The original report from 11/11, including ticket information links for 12/13 and 12/14, is here: https://wrestlingwithdemons.net/2019/11/11/shine-adds-two-december-shows-a-nova-title-tournament/
I can only speculate that WWE and/or WWN (aka SHINE and EVOLVE’s parent group) didn’t want Blackheart to job the title to someone on her way out to WWE/NXT, or SHINE is just using the situation as an excuse to do a two night title tournament as a special attraction.
The 12/13 and 12/14 dates are going to be an incredibly busy time. SHINE on FITE (and ClubWWN), NWA ppv on FITE, Future Stars of Wrestling on FITE, Warrior Wrestling on FITE, and ROH Final Battle ppv on FITE (and Honor Club) are all going on that weekend. NWA TV tapings and ROH TV tapings are on 12/15 and 12/16.
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