Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Monday, February 26, 2007
Smackgirl has announced that they are planning two shows on Mar. 11 at Shinjuku FACE. The start of the 2007 Next Cinderella Tournaments will be part of the afternoon show. They are having Flyweight, Lightweight & Middleweight tournament. The finals will be in August. They are saying that they will have 4-8 fighters for each tournament but they've already announced fighters for each division. Flyweight-Madoka Ebihara, SACHI, Sayaka Takase & Maho Muranami. Lightweight-Megumi Ito, Yuka Okumura, Anna Saito, Emi Tomimatsu & YOKO. Middleweight-Miyuki Aruga, Hiromi Obata, HARUMI & Benkei. They have also announced a Lightweight bout for the afternoon show, Yasuko Mogi vs Akiko Naito. Mogi is 3-2. Her last bout was a split decision loss to Taeko Magimine at the Apr. 22, 2006 Smackgirl show. Naito is 3-6. Her last bout was a loss to Kyoko Takabayashi at the Sept. 15, 2006 Smackgirl show.
For the evening show, Smackgirl has added a 55kg bout betweeon Madoka Okada & Emi Fujino. Okada is 3-0. Her last win was over Yui Tatsubun at the June 30, 2006 Smackgirl show. Fujino is also 3-0. Her last win was over Mai Shesei at the Nov. 29 Smackgirl show. They have also added a Full Contact Karate bout with Yuka Kobayashi against an opponent TBA. Already announced is a Flyweight Title bout with champ Satoko Shinashi (pictured) vs Misaki Takimoto and semi final bouts for the Supergals Mix Cup Open Weight Tournament, Tama Chan vs Michiko Takeda and Yuiga vs HIROKO.
Sunday, February 25, 2007
Mark Martin leads the points. The Nextel Cup has a week off and will be in Las Vegas in two weeks. Here's the top ten and also video footage of the end of the race.
Saturday, February 24, 2007
Friday, February 23, 2007
Song:Memphis Soul Stew
Album:Live At Fillmore West
Thursday, February 22, 2007
One of the problems with Pro Wrestling SUN is they have four wrestlers on the roster. And since those of us who follow joshi puroresu know what the pecking order is, it puts Hikaru in a very difficult position even if she has a title belt and Nanae Takahashi doesn't. So other than as a time waster, I'm not sure why SUN would have a match between the two on the Feb. 21 Shin-kiba 1st Ring show. It would be very surprising if Hikaru actually won over Takahashi clean. Then last week they decided to make the match an EWA Womens Title match. That cut down their options for the match.
The opener had Ayumi Kurihara over Sakura Emi with a back throw in 10:25. Next was Saki Maemura vs Atsuko Emoto. Now Maemura is on the SUN roster and Emoto is a freelancer. So why they would have Emoto completely dominate Maemura doesn't make sense. She threw Maemura from pillar to post. Then a brainbuster finished off Maemura at 15:12. Next was a three way elimination match for Amazing Kong's World 1 Womens Title against Natsuki*Taiyo & Toshie Uematsu. This was set up at a press conference a few weeks ago. AK & Uematsu are supposed to be allies but as usually happens in a three way match, that didn't last long. Natsuki*Taiyo eliminates Uematsu and then Amazing Kong wins with a pedigree & a spiral bomb in 8:20.
So now it's time for the main event. From what I gather, Nanae Takahashi controlled Hikaru for most of the match but Hikaru did come back and hit a missile drop kick as the time limit ran out. So the match was a 30 minute draw. I don't think that really helps Hikaru and this was one of those times where some outside interference by Amazing Kong might have made more sense because at least it would have fed the SUN vs REM storyline. They could have set something up for the next show. Pro Wrestling SUN president Nakamura admitted afterwards that some of the wrestlers didn't understand the booking of the show. That's been a common SUN theme since the debut. Their next show is Apr. 5 at Shin-kiba 1st Ring.
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
JD Star's Feb. 16 Shin-kiba 1st Ring show was described as Grapple Beauty Light. There were fewer matches. They didn't advance any storylines. Oh and there were fewer fans. 138 is a small crowd even for that building. I guess they shouldn't do any more Friday shows.
There were only three matches. The opener was rookie Bisa Ohata vs Cherry. Ohata was a little more competitive because Cherry is closer to her skill level but Cherry won with a double arm salto at 8:15. Then it was another idol wrestler, Lily Urai, vs Bullfight Sora. Sora hit several brain busters and won at 11:33. The main event had Saki Maemura coming from Pro Wrestling SUN to team with Shuu Shibutani against Fuuka & Hiroyo Matsumoto. Maemura & Shibutani showed a lot of teamwork but it ended in a 20 minute draw. Fuuka got on the mike afterwards to talk about her third anniversary on March 10 but no matches have been announced for upcoming shows as yet.
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Song:Not The Time, Not The Place
Album:Grace And Mercy
Monday, February 19, 2007
Sunday, February 18, 2007
Saturday, February 17, 2007
Friday, February 16, 2007
Jaguar Yokota and her husband held a press conference Thursday to announce the lineup for her 30th Anniversary show at the Garden Hotel Laforest on Mar. 11. This will be the biggest joshi show in years. Aja Kong & Lioness Asuka also attended the press conference. The show will have two parts, a wrestling show and then singing wrestlers. Just about everybody will be there but the big news is the return to the ring of 70s joshi legends Mimi Hagiwara, Tomy Aoyama & Lucy Kayama. The Crush Gals and Maki Ueda of The Beauty Pair will appear on the second part of the show.
The wrestling show has two parts. The first part will be a 30 girl Royal Rumble style battle royal. The wrestlers will enter the ring at 25 second intervals and elimination can occur by pinfall, submission, DQ or going over the top rope. Of course Jaguar Yokota will be in the match along with Mimi Hagiwara, Tomi Aoyama & Lucy Kayama. I believe this may be the first wrestling appearance by these three since they all retired. Also appearing is Devil Masami, Dump Matsumoto, Yumiko Hotta, Manami Toyota, Mayumi Ozaki, Mariko Yoshida, Kaoru Ito, Michiko Ohmukai, Yoshiko Tamura, Misae Genki, Tanny Mouse, Yuki Miyazaki, Carlos Amano, Chikayo Nagashima, Toshie Uematsu, Sachie Abe, Nanae Takahashi, KAZUKI, AKINO, Hiroyo Muto, Saki Maemura, Haruka Matsuo, Nozomi Takesako & Cherry. I think there may be one more wrestler to be announced.
With the exception of the main event, the rest of the show will have matches featuring the participating promotions. First will be Hikaru vs Natsuki*Taiyo in a Pro Wrestling SUN match. Then Noriyo Tateno vs Takako Inoue in an LLPW match. Then Commando Bolshoi, Azumi Hyuga & Tsubasa Kuragaki vs Kayoko Haruyama, Kaori Yoneyama & ECO in a JWP match. Then Kyoko Inoue vs Etsuko Mita in a NEO match. The main event is a six girl Jaguar Yokota 30th Anniversary match with Jaguar Yokota, Dynamite Kansai & Ayako Hamada vs Aja Kong, Amazing Kong & KAORU.
This will be followed by a concert led off by Lioness Asuka & Chigusa Nagayo. This will be followed by Devil Masami singing and she will be followed by Mimi Hagiwara. Mimi has actually been an actress since her retirement. Finally Maki Ueda of The Beauty Pair will sing with a partner to be announced. Of course Maki's Beauty Pair partner Jackie Sato died of cancer in 1999 at age 41. There will also will be some sort of talk show and there was something about Jaguar's husband doing a tap dance. Maybe they're kidding about that. I assume there will be some sort of ceremony commemorating Jaguar Yokota's 30th Anniversary. As I said, this will be the biggest joshi show in recent memory and could be a lot of fun. Here's a classic match from Aug. 22, 1985. It's Jaguar Yokota vs Lioness Asuka.
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
The war between the Athtress Army and the Caribbean Army continued on JD Star's Feb. 11 Shin-kiba 1st Ring show. Shuu Shibutani has been getting clobbered but they have to let the Athtresses get a little revenge to make it interesting. Also, Fuuka takes on Kyoko Inoue. Guess how that turns out.
The opener has Kaori Yoneyama & Yasusato Nakajima coming over from JWP to take on rookies Bisa Ohata & Hiroyo Matsumoto. The JWP isolate Ohata and Yoneyama finishes her off with a double arm suplex at 12:33. Next was HIROKA vs Bullfight Sora. This was billed as HIROKA's final match in JD Star. Bullfight Sora wone with a high kick and some sort of submission shoke at 9:30. I haven't seen anything about HIROKA's future.
Fuuka challenged Kyoko Inoue to a Topgun match. Well, that's what they called it. Not surprisingly, Kyoko controlled the match. She did hurt her ankle during the match. She's been having trouble with it for a while now. Fuuka tries to attack but it doesn't work. Kyoko hits a lariat and a power bomb for the win at 10:53. The main event had Shuu Shibutani, Cherry & Lily Urai against CARIBBEAN KIM, RUM & MOON. Shibutani has taken a lot of grief from these three and that continues in this match. But KIM accidently nails MOON and Cherry uses her Cherrybomb to win at 22:21. The post match celebration is challenged by KIM. If the Athtresses are so confident, let's put together three singles matches on an upcoming show and if the CARIBBEAN Army loses, they'll leave JD Star. I say future show because I don't think they're doing this on this Friday's show. They already have matches scheduled for that show including Saki Maemura & Shuu Shibutani vs Fuuka & Hiroyo Matsumoto.
Well, we finally got that big snowstorm overnight. It was pretty bad on the streets this morning and it's still snowing. I certainly hope it stops soon or I may have to buy a plow.
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
The opener was described as an "Annoying Match" between Chikayo Nagashima & veteran garbage wrestler Shark Tsuchiya. It looks like Shark won but there are no details on the OZ website. Shark has a long history of using weapons on Nagashima for over a decade so I'm sure we can inagine the finish. Next was Dynamite Kansai against Sonoko Kato. It seems Kato wants to team with Kansai. Kansai didn't waste any time and after several German suplexes and a diving foot stomp, Kansai won in 4:21.
Kansai agreed to team with Kato after the match. Mayumi Ozaki, Aja Kong & Police came to the ring and that would set up a tag team match. Ozaki & Aja concentrate on attacking Kato's knees. It also looks like Kansai may have abandoned Kato. After a severe beating, Aja used a kneelock to get a submission from Kato at 16:43. The main event was a Wizard Of OZ tournament match between Aja Kong & Carlos Amano. With some help from Police, Aja dominated the match but couldn't put Amano away. It was a ten minute time limit draw. Aja currently leads the tournament. The next OZ Academy show is Mar. 10 at Shinjuku FACE.
When Shinobu Kandori announced the All Star Strongest Woman tournament a few months ago, she claimed that her motivation was to show that joshi puroresu could still put on a big show. So she decided to book the finals in the 10,000 seat Sumo Hall. When she was accused of being delusional, she said the tournament wasn't about making money. It was about restoring luster to the joshi business. She forgot to mention that she would torpedo the whole thing with mind boggling selfish and silly booking. That didn't improve on LLPW's Feb. 12 Sumo Hall show but they did find 5,832 fans at the show. Harley Saito & Eagle Sawai also celebrated their 20th anniversary in joshi with a special match.
The opener was LLPW newcomer Francoise against Bambi. I guess Francoise is Kandori's idea of an idol wrestler. Francoise won her first match last month. She hit Bambi with three missile dropkicks but Bambi used a high kick to win at 8:52. Then a comedy match with Bolshoi Kid over Obacchi Iizuka in 7:22. Next was the tournament semi final between Meiko Satomura & Mayumi Ozaki. It was the usual stuff with Police helping Ozaki and wrapping a chain around Satomura's neck. But Satomura came back and won with the Scorpion Rising at 10:06.
The other semi final had Shinobu Kandori against Dump Matsumoto. How do you think this ended? Dump did her usual shtick and busted Kandori open with a fork. And of course Sasori helped her. But then Dump was DQd for hitting the ref at 8:12. If you're keeping score, that's the third DQ in this tournament and the second to benefit Kandori. How lame is that? The final will be the main event. Next was a six person tag with Eiger, Sayuri Okino & Amazing Kong over Noriyo Tateno, Yumiko Hotta & I Haran in 14:12. Then Kyoko & Takako Inoue vs Dynamite Kansai & Kaoru. It's mostly a power match with lariats and footstomps. Kyoko won over Ito with a lariat in 14:12. I understand Kyoko's ankle was really hurting.
The special mixed match for Eagle Sawai & Harley Saito's 20th anniversary was next. Saito teamed with Ichiro Tenyru against Sawai & Hika Kitahara. The main thing that was talked about was the action between Tenyru & Eagle. He said he had a lot of fun and would like to work with her again in a singles match. He won with a lariat at 9:21.The final of the tournament was the first ever meeting between Shinobu Kandori & Meiko Satomura. Anyone hoping for a classic matchup with Satomura prevailing would be disappointed. Satomura would get some offense in but Kandori wore her down with a sleeper and finished her with two power bombs at 11:37. Afterwards, Satomura admitted some disappointment with the match. It doesn't look like fans liked it much either. Kandori didn't care. She stood in the ring with the trophy. Talk about delusional.
Monday, February 12, 2007
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Showtime's MMA company EliteXC debuted last night. Of course most fans are talking about the unsatisfactory finish to the main event between Frank Shamrock & Renzo Gracie. But womens MMA took a big step last night with a match appearing on live TV in North America for the first time. It was on Showtime in the US and The Fight Network in Canada. And many fans praised it as the match of the night. Here's my take.
The match was between Gina Carano & Julie Kedzie. Carano was 3-0 and made a big splash on December's Strike Force show and this was a very big opportunity for her. Kedzie was 6-4 and the Bloomington, IN native is a Hook 'N' Shoot veteran. Both are trained in Muay Thai and are adept strikers. It was a pretty good match won easily by Carano by unanimous decision. She landed some very hard shots but couldn't put Kedzie away. And though Carano faded a bit in the third round, she had enough of a lead to hold on. Carano was fortunate that Kedzie isn't much better on the ground than her. It looked like neither of them knew what to do on the ground. Kedzie was a good opponent to showcase Carano. So the fight did succeed in showcasing women as fighters. But if Carano is moving up to fight more formidable opponents, she's really going to have to work on her ground game. I can think of several fighters that would be willing to take a couple of shots to get her on the ground. She wouldn't last long. The fight was a very positive experience and the promoter deserves a lot of credit for putting women on the show. Here's Gina Carano's post match interview courtesy of Sherdog.
Gina Carano post match interview
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Saturday, February 10, 2007
Friday, February 09, 2007
Smackgirl has announced the semi final matches for the Super Gals Mix Cup Open Weight Tournament. These matches will be on the Mar. 11 Shinjuku FACE show and the final will be on May 19. The winner gets a shot at Amanda Buckner's Smackgirl Open Weight Championship. One match will have Smackgirl veteran Tama Chan (pictured in polka dots) against Michiko Takeda. Tama Chan's record is 12-5 and her last fight was a win over Mamiko on the Nov. 19 G-Shooto show. Next week she will be in Costa Rica for the Bodog Fight tapings. Takeda is 1-0. She won over pro wrestler Atsuko Emoto on August's Wrestle Expo show. The other match will have Yuiga vs HIROKO. Yuiga is a pro wrestler who works for Nightmare Pro Wrestling. Her MMA record is 3-3. Her last fight was a KO win MIKA on the Nov. 29 Smackgirl show. HIROKO's one fight was a win over Rie Murakami on that same Smackgirl show. A Flyweight Title match between Satoko Shinashi & Misaki Takimoto has already been announced. Tama Chan looks like the favourite in this tournament but I wouldn't normally describe her as a serious title contender.
Thursday, February 08, 2007
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Wednesday, February 07, 2007
The opener was Bullfight Sora vs Hiroyo Matsumoto. Sora is a comedy gimmick and they had her upset with Matsumoto over something she said about the previous show's Cow On A Pole match. A little conflict never hurts. Matsumoto won with a Majistral Cradle in 10:00. Next was Ayumi Kurihara & Bisa Ohata vs NEO Tag Team Champs Misae Genki & Haruka Matsuo. This was Ohata's first tag match. Not surprisingly, Kurihara carried the match and had some good exchanges with Matsuo. But in the end Matsuo pinned Ohata with a diving body press at 19:53.
Shuu Shibutani keeps getting hammered in this Athtress/Caribbean Army war. This time she teamed with Marcela against CARIBBEAN KIM & MOON. It looks like Maecela is scheduled to return to Mexico after this match. As usual, the CARIBBEANS beat up Shibutani and finished her with the Caribbean Impact double team at 17:05. Fuuka vs HIROKA was the main event. Marcela seconded HIROKA. Technico & Rudos together? Impossible. The fans booed HIROKA. HIROKA controlled the match with occasional help from Marcela. HIROKA blocked Fuuka's F Doll finisher and then hit her Hirokeya (AP Cross) and then her Muerte de Christ finisher for the win at 15:13 (pictured). Muerte de Christ has the opponent suspended in the air like a crucifix and she drops her face first on the mat. The two shook hands afterwards. Things aren't likely to improve for Fuuka next week. She will face Kyoko Inoue. Unlike Marcela, HIROKA will remain in Japan.
I don't usually get to write about JWP's Dojo shows but I have a detailed report on the Feb. 4 show. It's a smaller and shorter show with silly gimmick matches. There were 104 in attendance. And the matches aren't taped and don't mean anything in storylines. The opener had Leon vs rookie Kaori Oki. Oki didn't get much offense and Leon won with a spear at 6:50.
Next was a gimmick tag team match. It was Tsubasa Kuragaki & ECO vs Azumi Hyuga & Commando Bolshoi. The gimmick is like calling shots in billiards. Each team has to name a finisher and when they hit it, the match is over. Hyuga & Bolshoi named a double dropkick and Kuragaki & ECO named a body slam. There's no three count. I'm sure it won't surprise you that there were a lot of false finishes but Kuragaki hit a lariat and then a body slam at 12:52.
The main event was another silly gimmick match and that's normal for these dojo shows. It was Sachie Abe, KAZUKI & Kayoko Haruyama vs Kaori Yoneyama, Leon & Yasusato Nakajima. Yoneyama had beans declared as a legal weapon. That's right, a food fight. And if a wrestler falls outside the ring, she has to eat a plate of beans in order to return to the ring. Yoneyama pushes Haruyama into the corner and stuffs beans in her face. At one point, there are four wrestlers on the floor eating beans. Haruyama gets revenge on Yoneyama by stuffing beans up her nose. Eventually it turns into a normal match for a while and then Haruyama gives Nakajima a Pedigree onto a plate of beans in the middle of the ring at 17:01. Think about that for a second. The next JWP show is Feb. 11 at Cinema Club and the lineup for the JWP Tag Team Title #1 Contenders tournament will be named.