It's been a quiet week in the joshi business mainly because a lot of the wrestlers are out of town on NEO's Hokkaido tour. The original AJW used to tour this area on a regular basis but no one around today seems to want to do that anymore probably because they can't afford it. The new AJW does but they can't run shows in Tokyo. NEO may have toured there once previously years ago. They're in the middle of the tour right now. Toshie Uematsu is keeping a diary on her blog so when the tour is finished I'll have more on that. The other big event is that the former editor of Lady's Gong magazine is launching a new magazine called Lady's Ring. The first issue is scheduled to be out on June 22. It will be free at first and will become a paid magazine in August. He has a blog so I will keep tabs on his activities. He had Fuuka stop by as guest editor for a day today.
NEO was in Otaru at the Otaru Citizens Hall on June 2. I think they were in Sapporo the previous day. One of my regular fan sources actually flew in for the show. It was the fifth show on the tour. The opener was Yuki Miyazaki vs rookie Nagisa Nozaki. Miyazaki use a hip attack and a missile kick to win at 10:43. Next was Misae Genki vs Tanny Mouse. Tanny did her usual comedy shtick. One of her headbutts backfired on her and Genki won at 11:03. Next was Amazing Kong vs Ayumi Kurihara. Apparently Kurihara wore a new costume but I haven't seen it yet. Kong won with a diving body press at 6:43.
Next was Yumiko Hotta vs Toshie Uematsu. Hotta wrapped a chain around Uematsu's throat to get the advantage and won with a Tiger Driver, a palm strike and the Pyramid Driver at 14:11. The main event was Yoshiko Tamura & rookie Aya Yuki vs Haruka Matsuo & Atsuko Emoto. I agree with NEO GM Koda's blog comments about Matsuo's improvement. She's bringing a lot of energy to her recent matches and has raised her game a lot. Tamura does well when she is in the ring but Matsuo & Emoto isolate Yuki. Emoto hits a diving elbow drop and Matsuo hits a frog splash and a German suplex for the win at 18:11. Tamura wasn't pleased and is teaming with Ayumi Kurihara on this week's leg of the tour. I have posted a pic of the wrestlers visit to the zoo from Toshie Uematsu's blog.
Update:Yumiko Hotta suffered a broken foot on the June 5 NEO show. NEO GM Koda is currently shuffling the lineup for the rest of the tour.