Wednesday, March 21, 2007

JWP gearing up for Discover New Heroine tournament

You've probably already heard that JWP is attempting to recreate a tournament called Discover New Heroine. Long time fans will recall that this was an AJW tournament in 1996. It teams a veteran with a rookie and the idea is the rookie gets the rub from the veteran. I'm not sure the concept will work today but I guess it's just something to do and Commando Bolshoi has a history of reviving concepts from the past for no particular reason other than hoping that fans have fond memories of the original tournament. That's flimsy but that's the way the joshi business is these days. They're grasping at straws. It looks like they finished announcing the participating teams on the Mar. 18 Itabashi Green Hall show.

JWP has not announced the schedule for the Discover New Heroine yet but they announced several teams a couple of weeks ago and have added a couple more. But it looks like the tournament will take place over several weeks. I seem to recall that differs from the original. The teams named a couple of weeks ago were as follows. Azumi Hyuga (JWP) & Arisa Nakajima (JWP), Yoshiko Tamura (NEO) & Ayumi Kurihara (free), Nanae Takahash (SUN) & Natsuki*Taiyo (SUN), Tsubasa Kuragaki (JWP) & Shuu Shibutani (JD STAR), Kayoko Haruyama (JWP), Aoi Kizuki (Ice Ribbon), Kaori Yoneyama (JWP), Kaori Oki (JWP). Oki has been out with some sort of illness recently. Misae Genki (NEO) & Aya Yuki (NEO), Yuki Miyazaki (NEO) & Nagisa Nozaki (NEO), Toshie Uematsu (free) & Rei (free), Ran YuYu (free) & Hiroyo Matsumoto (Ibuki), Megumi Yabushita (free) & Lily Urai (Gutsworld), Aki Kamabayashi (Ito) & Mai Ichii (Ito) & Sakura Emi (Ice Ribbon) & Miki Ishii (Ice Ribbon). They have added three more teams this week. Tanny Mouse (NEO) & Bullfight Sora (free), Yu Yamagata (RAVE) & Cherry (Union) & Sachie Abe (JWP) & Misaki Ohata (JD STAR). We can talk about who isn't in this tournament but never mind.

The opening match for JWP's Mar. 18 Itabashi Green Hall show had rookie Arisa Nakajima challenging Manami Toyota. Toyota does her usual grumpy old bitch routine. Nakajima hits several dropkicks but Toyota gets her knees up when she tries a splash. That's the beginning of the end and Toyota wins with the Japanese Ocean Cyclone Suplex at 14:19. JWP Tag Champs Sachie Abe & KAZUKI have a match coming up with Kaori Yoneyama & Toshie Uematsu but on this occasion Yoneyama has a mystery partner and that is Tanny Mouse. Abe & KAZUKI win at 13:03 when KAZUKI hits Yoneyama with a leg lariat. It's at this point that Tanny Mouse announces her partner for the Discover New Heroine tournament is Bullfight Sora. She's a little over experienced but never mind.

ECO attacks Commando Bolshoi before the bell. ECO attempts to get an advantage outside the ring but Bolshoi hits her with a garbage can and finishes her with a single leg crab at 7:11. Leon gives a very spirited match to Yoshiko Tamura. She hits a couple of backbreakers and a mad splash. But Tamura comes back and after several flying elbows, she hits a Patriot Buster for the win at 16:53.

The main event had Azumi Hyuga & Misae Genki vs Tsubasa Kuragaki & Kayoko Haruyama. Typically it was a very exciting match and Hyuga & Haruyama were outstanding. Kuragaki hits a backdrop on Hyuga and tags Haruyama in. She comes in with a guillotine leg drop from the top rope and follows with a lariat. Hyuga comes back with a cross arm suplex and an avalanche style swinging DDT. Haruyama hits another guillotine leg drop but is accidently nailed by Kuragaki and Hyuga pins Haruyama with a crucifix pin at 19:29. A pretty good main event for this show.

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