Friday, August 31, 2007
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Recently former A To Z wrestler Kana announced she was returning to the ring. She announced that her first match will be in SUN. I'm not sure if she's full time. We'll find out soon enough. REM's Amazing Kong & Toshie Uematsu intrude and do their usual shtick. It was all to set up the Aug. 29 main event tag match of Nanae Takahashi & Azumi Hyuga vs Amazing Kong & Toshie Uematsu. AK made a point of making fun of Takahashi's loss to Jamie Dee. She also said she is now NWA champ and too important for SUN. Then Yumiko Hotta came in and eventually set up a match on Aug. 29 with Saki Maemura. Well, at least Hotta's not on the main event.
The Aug. 28 show was at the Nagoya-shi Sports Center. First up was a mixed tag. Saki Maemura & El Braza defeated Toshie Uematsu & Takeshi Minnamino when Maemura rolled up Minnamino at 15:42. I dunno. Maemura wins more matches with men than women. Then Tie Chie from Hustle defeated Bullfight Sora with a leghold at 12:10. Tie Chie was in a SUN mixed match a few months ago. She was an amateur wrestler at Nagoya University so I think it's her home town. Then Kyoko Kimura defeated Shuu Shibutani with a choke bomb at 13:53. Kayoko Haruyama defeated Natsuki*Taiyo with a diving guillotine leg drop at 13:47. The main event was Aja Kong & Amazing Kong over Nanae Takahashi & Hikaru. Aja used a diving elbow drop on Hikaru at 22:23. The Kongs used to be tag team champs in GAEA.
The Aug. 29 show was at Shin-kiba 1st Ring. Natsuki*taiyo defeated Shuu Shibutani with the Taiyo Bomb at 13:24. Yumiko Hotta defeated Saki Marmura with the pyramid driver at 12:24. Kyoko Kimura & Aja Kong defeated Hikaru & Atsuko Emoto when Aja used the diving elbow drop on Emoto at 20:57. Emoto must have a split personality by now. The main event had SUN actually win over REM. Nanae Takahashi & Azumi Hyuga defeated Amazing Kong & Toshie Uematsu when Takahasi used the Nanarack on Uematsu at 17:22. Naigai Times reports that Kana got involved in this match and was busted open by Uematsu. Check out the accompanying pic. So maybe they have plans for her. I'll let you know when they have their next press conference.
JWP had their big Korakuen Hall show on Aug. 26. The main event had Azumi Hyuga defending her JWP Open Weight Title against Amazing Kong. And there was also the JWP vs Sendai Girls series. It started with a signing ceremony for the title match. Amazing Kong went nuts as usual. The opener was the first of three JWP vs Sendai matches. There were no surprises. Tojuki Leon defeated Yurie Kaneko with a backbreaker at 9:04. Then Commando Bolshoi & Kaori Yoneyama defeated Sachiko & Chisako Kanari at 13:22 when Yoneyama used a German suplex on Sachiko. BTW, it has been announced on the Sendai Girls site that as of Sept. 8 Sachiko's new name will be Sachiko Sendai. Huh? Next Toshie Uematsu, Manami Toyota & Hailey Hatred defeated Sachie Abe, KAZUKI & Kei 'to'. Uematsu pinned Abe at 13;25.
Kayoko Haruyama defeated Ran YuYu at 17:53. The problem with the third JWP vs Sendai match is JWP already won the first two so I guess it was anti-climactic. Meiko Satomura, Akari Okuda & Ayane Mizumura defeated Tsubasa Kuragaki, Aya Yuki & Arisa Nakajima when Satomura used the death valley bomb on Nakajima at 19:48. So the whole thing was very predictable. Azumi Hyuga took quite a beating from Amazing Kong during their title match. She got busted open but Hyuga did retain her JWP Open Weight Title with the Destiny's Hammer (diving knee to back of the head) at 21:57. I expected that too but those two needed to conclude their feud.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
The big news at these tapings is the Bodog debut of the incomparable Megumi Fujii. Fujii won over the highly touted Lisa Ward with an armbar at 4:50 of round one. I understand the ref stopped the match. Other matches had Rosi Sexton defeat Julia Berezikova with an armbar at 1:39 of round two, Julie Kedzie defeated Kelly Kobold by unanimous decision, Carina Damm defeated Jessica Aguilar by unanimous decision and Molly Helsel defeated Tama Chan with a triangle choke at 3:30 of round one.
Pro Wrestling WAVE had their debut show on Aug. 26 at Shin-kiba 1st Ring with 425 fans in attendance. The main point of interest for this show and for this promotion in general is the return of former JD Star Athtress Yumi Ohka after almost two years off with a serious knee injury. She made her return on last month's JD Star finale but Ohka herself admitted that this would be a real test for her. Would her knees hold up?
Let's look at the results for the rest of the show first. The Opening Wave had GAMI over Kyoko Kimura in 14:58. Rookie Wave was a fifteen minute draw between the sisters Io & Bi and Hiroyo Matsumoto & Misaki Ohata. Comical Wave had GAMI & The Bolshoi Kid defeat Tanny Mouse & Yuki Miyazaki. It appears that GAMI won the match over Miyazaki at 14:28 by holding her down with an open umbrella. I thought it was bad luck to open an umbrella indoors. Challenge Wave had KAORU defeat Shuu Shibutani with a splash at 13:01.
The main event was called Resurrection Wave. It's Yumi Ohka & Michiko Ohmukai against the veteran team of Toshie Uematsu & Ran YuYu. Uematsu said before the match that she planned to turn Ohka's return match into a retirement match. Ohka said she wanted to show a different side of herself in this match. Ohmukai started the match but eventually Ohka tagged in. Uematsu & Ran attacked her knee as they should. Ohka came back with a high kick and an elbow smash but Ran pinned her at 20:48 with an elbow smash. Afterwards, Ohka was relieved and very happy with the match. She posted on her blog that she has pain in both knees and underwent treatment on Monday. She knows she has to be careful but tentativeness tends to cause injury. Pro Wrestling WAVE's next show is Sept. 3 at Shin-kiba 1st Ring and they will be in Osaka on Sept. 23.
Monday, August 27, 2007
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Smackgirl has announced a couple more matches for their Sept. 6 Korakuen Hall show. Of course the main event will have Yuka Tsuji against Brazilian Anna Michele Tavares who is the only fighter to defeat Tsuji. There will also be the finals of the 2007 Next Cinderella tournaments and the final for the Killer Queen grappling tournament. There willalso be two title matches. Hitomi Akano will defend her Smackgirl Middlewight Title against Takayo Hashi and Yoko Takahashi will defend her Smackgirl Open Weight Title against HIROKO.
Smackgirl announced a while back that Fuuka will appear on this show. Of course pro wrestling fans are familiar with Fuuka from her days in the now defunct JD Star. She is currently launching her own wrestling promotion Fuukamats. Her MMA record is 0-1. Her opponent is Emi Fujino. Fujino is 5-0. Her last win was over Anna Saito at the May 27 K-Grace show. Also added to this show is Korean Seo Hui Han. She is the fighter that upset Hisae Watanabe in Feb. Her opponent is veteran fighter Masako Yoshida. Also, a couple of fans asked me if the fighter Emi Tomimatsu appearing in the final of the Lightweight Next Cinderella tournament is the former JD Star wrestler. Yes, it is her. She started with G-Shooto last Oct. and her MMA record is 2-2. Smackgirl also announced that they are taking applications for their annual grappling tournament. That will be on Sept. 24 at Kitazawa Town Hall. The accompanying pic of Fuuka is from an autograph session she did today.
Friday, August 24, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Here's something we haven't seen in the joshi business for a long time. OZ Academy announced in association with Osaka Pro a one day mixed tag team tournament Sept. 17 at Shinjuku FACE. I don't think there has been a tournament like this since the P-MIX tournament several years ago. There will be a total of eight teams. The preliminary rounds will be in the afternoon and the semi finals and finals will be in the evening. The usual OZ Academy crew will participate including Mayumi Ozaki, Aja Kong, Carlos Amano, Chikayo Nagashima, AKINO, Sonoko Kato, Dynamite Kansai with special guest The Bolshoi Kid. The Osaka Pro wrestlers will include Billy Ken Kid, Asian Cougar, Condor and other guys I'm not familiar with. The teams will be announced later. OZ has been using men on their shows regularly so I'm not particularly surprised.
Monday, August 20, 2007
Women MMA fighters made their very first appearance on a GCM Demolition show at the Aug. 19 Differ Ariake show. GCM closed their womens fed Cross Section last year. It was veteran fighter Naoko Ohmuro vs the undefeated Fukuko Hamada. The weight class was 46kg. The match was scheduled for two five minute rounds and it was regular MMA rules.
Fukuko Hamada leads with a kick but Naoko Ohmuro takes her down. After a break, Ohmuro lands a punch and then pounds Hamada on the ground. Ohmuro mounts her. Hamada tries to resist but Ohmuro is clearly in control when the first round ends. Ohmuro nails Hamada again at the start of round two. Hamada is swelling around the eyes and the doctor checks her out. They exchange blows at the restart but then Ohmuro takes Hamada down, mounts her and hooks an armbar to win the match at 2:18 of round two. It's Hamada's first loss she's 4-1. Ohmuro is now 8-5-1.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
It's been ten years since the in ring death of JWP wrestler Plum Mariko. Mayumi Ozaki worked at JWP and the Aug. 16 Korakuen Hall show was in tribute to Plum Mariko. Before the start of the show, there was a photo of Plum placed inside the ring surrounded by a wreath. Wrestlers and fans placed flowers in the ring in tribute. There was a ten count and also a 25 bell salute because Plum died at 25. On to the show with the return of Sugar Satoh and D-Fix.
The opener had JWP owner Commando Bolshoi against former JWP wrestler Carlos Amano. It was a two count fall match. Both wrestlers knew Plum well and did some of her moves. Amano won at 14:55. Next was an OZ Men's match with Daisuke Sekimoto over this new guy from Pancrase with a German suplex at 10:19. Next was a mixed match with AKINO & Suzuki over Dynamite Kansai & El Braza. AKINO over Kansai with a hurricanrana at 18:02.
Next was the reuniting of D-Fix. It was Mayumi Ozaki & KAORU vs Toshie Uematsu & Ran YuYu. Mika Nishio accompanied D-Fix and guess who else was there. It was the return of Police. I guess all is forgiven. They were fighting for something called the Red Rose Cup. Appropriately, Ran was busted open and was as red as the cup. The crowd went nuts for that heat magnet Police and Ozaki won over Ran at 21:17. Then the return of Sugar Satoh teaming with Chikayo Nagashima vs Meiko Satomura & Sonoko Kato. Apparently Satoh didn't do much in the match and Nagashima won over Kato with the STO at 16:28. I understand this may be a one shot for Satoh. We'll see.
The main event had Aja Kong defending the Wizard Of OZ Title against Sendai Girls trainee Akari Okuda. Okuda threw everything she had at Aja to no avail and Aja won easily. Appropriately, she used Plum Mariko's Stretch Plum finisher to make Okuda submit at 15:16. Afterwards, all the wrestlers came to the ring and it was announced that there will be a tournament to determine the next challenger for Aja's belt. That tournament will begin at the Oct. 8 Osaka show.
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Friday, August 17, 2007
Pro Wrestling WAVE held a press conference Friday to announce the full card for their Aug. 26 debut show at Shin-kiba 1st Ring. The already announced main event will be Yumi Ohka & Michiko Ohmukai vs Toshie Uematsu & Ran YuYu. As GAMI said at their initial press conference, the company plans to tell you what kind of match you will see in advance. So this match is titled Main Event-Resurrection WAVE. So the descriptions are basic. I guess they want fans to get used to it.
The opener is called Opening WAVE and will have Kyoko Kimura vs GAMI. A couple of days ago, the company announced on their website that KAORU will appear on the show. She will be in a match titled Challenge WAVE against Shuu Shibutani. I guess the young wrestler is challenging the veteran. Then it's rookie WAVE with the sisters Io & Bi vs Hiroyo Matsumoto & Misaki Ohata. And of course there has to be Comical WAVE with Tanny Mouse & Yuki Miyazaki (NEO Machine Gunz) vs GAMI & either Commando Bolshoi or the Bolshoi Kid. They haven't decided. Except for the opener and the main event, the match order will be decided on the day of the show. WAVE will announce the card for the Sept. 3 Osaka show next week. As I said previously, other than finding a new money mark, I don't see these shows as being much different from the shows GAMI produced as THE WOMAN. That's a problem.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
Thursday, August 09, 2007
There will be no Jamie Dee on either of these shows but Amazing Kong will be there. The first show is Aug. 28 at the Nakaku Sportscenter in Nagoya City. The main event will be Nanae Takahashi & Hikaru vs Aja Kong & Amazing Kong. Also announced was Shuu Shibutani vs Kyoko Kimura and Kayoko Haruyama vs Natsuki*Taiyo. The Aug. 29 show will be at Shin-kiba 1st Ring. The main event is a SUN vs REM tag match. REM will e represented by Toshie Uematsu & Amazing Kong. I assume Nanae Takahashi is one of the opponents but it appears Nakamura forgot to fill that in properly. It's not the first time. Other matches include Hikaru & Atsuko Emoto vs Aja Kong & Kyoko Kimura, Saki Maemura vs Azumi Hyuga and Yumiko Hotta vs Shuu Shibutani. I wonder if Hyuga will get involved in the main event. I'm sure all will be revealed at a future press conference.
We're seeing more of the men's MMA companies in Japan adding women to their shows. Obviously they can see that DEEP is getting great results with very entertaining fights. GCM Demolition will have a womens match for the very first time on their Aug. 19 Differ Ariake show. GCM used to have a womens promotion Cross Section but it closed a couple of years ago. It will be Naoko Ohmuro (pictured in pink) vs Fukuko Hamada. Both are Smackgirl veterans. Ohmuro's record is 7-5-1 and her last fight was a loss to Mai on the May 19 Smackgirl show. She has lost to Hisae Watanabe & Satoko Shinashi twice each. Hamada is 4-0 and her last win was over Akemi Morihara at the Apr. 28 Smackgirl show.
Smackgirl has added two Next Cinderella Tournament finals to their Sept. 6 Korakuen Hall show. Maho Muranami & Madoka Ebihara will fight in the finals of the Flyweight tournament and V1 & Emi Tomimatsu will fight in the Lightweight tournament. Of course the main event has Yuka Tsuji defending her Smackgirl Lightweight Championship against Michele Tavares.
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
Monday, August 06, 2007
The bout was scheduled for two five minute rounds. MIKU throws a straight right when the bell rings and then takes Watanabe down. Watanabe seems perplexed. MIKU hits a combination and takes Watanabe down again. She mounts Watanabe from the side but Watanabe avoids MIKU's sleeper attempt. MIKU ends the round with more strikes. Striking is supposed to be Watanabe's forte but she's getting beaten in her own game. This continues in round two. MIKU counters a Watanabe high kick with a straight right. She takes her down and mounts her again. Watanabe is unable to escape but MIKU can't finish her off either. MIKU wins the DEEP Lightweight Title by unanimous decision. She said afterwards her strategy was to be aggressive with a fighter known for her aggression. It worked. Will Watanabe get a rematch? I suspect she'll get one more chance.
The Ladies Ring Festival was Aug. 4 at Shin-kiba 1st Ring with 380 fans in attendance. This was to promote the publication of the joshi puroresu magazine Ladies Ring. The big news is that Michiko Ohmukai announced she will retire on Dec. 9. She will marry a musician named Mr. M the day before her retirement. She says he's the first man she's ever loved more than wrestling. Ohmukai had her 15th anniversary show last January. There were rumours of her retirement a couple of years ago. Ohmukai trained in LLPW but is probably best remembered for her days in ARSION. In recent years she almost seemed like she was sleepwalking through matches but she was a very good performer in her better days.
Another announcement was that retired A To Z wrestler Kana announced her return to joshi. She retired due to sickness in Mar. 2006. She has a real job as a graphic designer. She says she hopes to return in a couple of months. The show itself had an overabundance of silliness. Fuuka defeated Io & Bi in a sumo match in three seconds. Then they had some sort of death match between Kyoko Kimura & Bullfight Sora. It was played for laughs as the two had a milk drinking contest before the match. Kimura won the match.
There was a Battle Princess battle royal. Hanako Kobayashi won over Misaki Ohata with a Fisherman suplex at 13:43. Others in the match included. ASKA Ohki, Francoise, Aya Yuki, Nagisa Nozaki, Hiroyo Matsumoto, Ayako Sato, Makoto, Cherry, Io & Bi. Then there was a tag match determined by fan voting. Michiko Ohmukai & Yuu Yamagata defeated Sachie Abe & Toshie Uematsu when Ohmukai used a B3 Bomb on Abe. The main event was Azumi Hyuga, Fuuka & Arisa Nakajima over Yoshiko Tamura, Shuu Shibutani & Aoi Kizuki when Hyuga used the Michinoku Driver on Shibutani at 24:08.
Sunday, August 05, 2007
Pro Wrestling SUN had a wild show on Aug. 5 at Shinjuku FACE. Adding Aja Kong to REM will no doubt pay off in the long term. She's simply one of the greatest heels in the history of the wrestling business and can add a lot to making the SUN good girls miserable. It also appears that Fuuka will be a regular on SUN shows. That doesn't really balance. Also, SUN president Nakamura still seems to subscribe to the theory that when it comes to gaijins, bigger is better. Jamie Dee was at a press conference on Friday. She's bigger than Nanae Takahashi so very intimidating. But she needs a lot of work in the ring and as the Afrika 55 experiment illustrated, that can sometimes backfire.
The show started with a mixed tag match, Toshie Uematsu & THE*ZEST vs Saki Maemura & El Braza. Maemura was also scheduled to team with Hikaru against Aja Kong & Kyoko Kimura later on. So REM had a plan and it worked perfectly. So while Maemura & El Braza won the match when El Braza used the Lightning Strike on THE*ZEST at 11:36, Uematsu clobbered Maemura with a chain. Maemura was injured badly enough that she probably shouldn't have tried to return later. Meanwhile, Fuuka got her revenge on Natsuki*Taiyo for the New Year's Eve loss. Natsuki hurt her arm outside the ring when slammed into a chair. Back in the ring Fuuka took advantage of that and applied a cross arm breaker. The ref stopped the match at 9:11. After the match, Uematsu comes out and extends an invitation to Fuuka to join REM. Of course Fuuka turned her down. You know what will happen next.
Next is Hikaru & Saki Maemura vs Aja Kong & Kyoko Kimura. Aja brings a barbed wire bat and Kimura brings a chain. They take advantage of Maemura's weakened state and demolish her with a chain lariat at 4:44. They continue to beat on Hikaru & Maemura. Hikaru demanded the match be restarted and she gets a new partner. Natsuki*Taiyo was injured in the last match. Who comes out? Fuuka of course. That must have had REM shaking in their boots. Not surprisingly, Aja & Kimura clobber both of them. Aja throws Fuuka out of the ring and nails her with a chair. In the ring, they stuff Hikaru in a bag and beat her with the barbed wire bat. When Hikaru emerges from the bag, her face is a crimson mask. They nail Fuuka with a DDT and then Kimura's soccer kick finishes Hikaru at 10:14. Afterwards, Hikaru apologizes to Fuuka and vows revenge on REM. It looks like Fuuka will be a regular part of this angle.
Now it's time for the main event. Nanae Takahashi starts out by saying that Jamie Dee is a man. Well, she is a big girl. They're selling her as Amazing Kong's assassin. The start of the match is supposed to demonstrate Jamie's strength. After an exchange of chops, Jamie power bombs Takahashi into the corner. Takahashi applies a headlock but Jamie throws her off. Then Takahashi can't lift her for a brainbuster. Meanwhile, Hikaru & Toshie Uematsu start fighting outside the ring. Takahashi gets distracted. While going up to the top rope for her Nanarack, Jamie grabs her arms and hits the Last Ride power bomb. Two choke slams and Jamie Dee is your new AWA World Womens Champion at 15:57. Aja Kong came out to raise Jamie's hand in victory and said she plans to reunite the Double Kongs at the Aug. 28 & 29 shows. Backstage, Nanae Takahashi put Jamie Dee over as more powerful than either Amazing Kong or Afrika 55. Uh huh. She's mystified by the day's events and her plans to wrestle Azumi Hyuga are off. The return of Amazing Kong should be very interesting because of course she wants the title. And there's no honour among heels. And what about Wesna?
Saturday, August 04, 2007
OZ Academy ran Shinjuku FACE on Aug. 2 to set up a couple more angles for the Aug. 16 Korakuen Hall show. We already have Sendai Girls rookie Akari Okuda challenging Aja Kong and matches featuring Meiko Satomura & Sugar Satoh. They're obvioualy trying to stack this show and that was the goal of the Aug. 2 show.
The opener was Sonoko Kato vs Carlos Amano. Lately they've has Kato win matches and she won here in 11:00. Next was Dynamite Kansai vs AKINO. Lately AKINO has been losing. Kansai won with a splash mountain and a boston crab at 16:28. Afterwards, Kansai told AKINO that she's been concentrating too much on Aja and she shouldn't forget about Kansai. AKINO said they should do a tag match on Aug. 16. OZ has been doing a lot of men's matches lately so AKINO told Kansai her partner would be a male wrestler named Suzuki. Kansai said she would partner up with OZ regular El Braza. They also announced that some guy who normally works for Pancrase would make his pro wrestling debut against Daisuke Sekimoto.
Next was Mayumi Ozaki & Chikayo Nagashima vs Aja Kong & Sonoko Kato. This is obviously supposed to set up Meiko Satomura & Sonoko Kato vs Chikayo Nagashima & Sugar Satoh and Kato probably doesn't feel she can trust Aja. After Aja beats up Nagashima for a while, she tags Kato in. Kato is doing OK but Aja gets distracted. Ozaki nails Kato with her chain and wins at 18:50. Ozaki laughs at Kato for trusting Aja. The main event was Mayumi Ozaki, Aja Kong & KAORU vs Dynamite Kansai, Carlos Amano & Chikayo Nagashima. There's a lot of tension between Ozaki & Aja. Aja nails Nagashima with the back fist. As she's about to cover her, Ozaki throws in the chain and distracts Aja. Ozaki hits a Shining Yakuza Kick for the win at 13:38. Aja had a puzzled look on her face. Afterwards, Ozaki told Aja that she doesn't want to team with her anymore and is going to revive D-Fix with Kaotu. They will face Toshie Uematsu & Ran YuYu on the Aug. 16 show.
Friday, August 03, 2007
Thursday, August 02, 2007
JWP owner Commando Bolshoi announced three big matches for their Aug. 26 Korakuen Hall show titled Pure Slam. One will be the return of the Junior All Star War tournament. The second will be a JWP vs Sendai Girls event. And the main event will have Azumi Hyuga (pictured) defending her JWP Open Weight Championship against Amazing Kong. This rivalry goes back to a confrontation the two had at the May 25 SUN show. Obviously AK has a big size advantage. But don't underestimate Hyuga. With her speed and agility, she is one of the best performers in Japan and always seems to deliver in big matches. She is a true main event performer so don't expect a squash. I'm looking forward to this.
Bolshoi announced a special JWP vs Sendai Girls event. It's going to be a team event of some sort but the details will be announced later. JWP will be represented by Tsubasa Kuragaki, Commando Bolshoi, Kaori Yoneyama, Tojuki Leon, Arisa Nakajima & ASKA Ohki. It's odd that she would put the rookie Ohki in this instead of Kayoko Haruyama. Sendai Girls will be represented by Meiko Satomura, Akari Okuda, Chisako Kanari, Sachiko Kanari, Ayane Mizumura & Yurie Kaneko. This could be interesting. I expect the Junior All Star War to be a tournament format. NEO, Ibuki, Ice Ribbon, Maheken and the Ito Gym will all participate. That should give you an idea of who might be in it. This tournament has been used in the past to debut rookies so that would not be surprising.