Monday, April 30, 2007
Sunday, April 29, 2007
Saturday, April 28, 2007
Friday, April 27, 2007
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Nikkan Sports says a Mongolian whirlwind will make her mark on the joshi puroresu business. She is 21 years old and her ring name is Esi (pictured on the right). She will debut teaming with Ran YuYu against Leon & Aya Yuki at the May 3 Ibuki show at Korakuen Hall. Ibuki owner and trainer Mariko Yoshida says though Esi is still new to joshi, she has a hungry spirit that many of today's young girls don't have.
Yoshida went on a talent hunt to Mongolia on New Year's Day of this year. A joshi video was shown to young people in Ulan Bator. There was representation from judo & sumo as well. Yoshida watched Esi at judo and asked her if she was interested in pro wrestling. Esi had watched pro wrestling on TV at home. She accepted and went to live at Yoshida's house in February. She has been training ever since and Yoshida gives her pocket money. Yoshida says she is starting her own dojo in May and plans to return to Mongolia in July. She feels that once other girls see Esi's success, they'll want to come train in Japan too.
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
NEO held a press conference on Tuesday to hype some of the matches for their May 3 Korakuen Hall show. Strangely enough, the tag team title match was not part of the press conference. I don't know what to make of some of the stuff they're doing on this show. They have a pop singer in one of the matches and they have all this Ice Ribbon involvement that only adds really bad comedy. Isn't Tanny Mouse enough?
The press conference began with the contract signing for the JWP Junior Championship match. This was straight forward. Champ Arisa Nakajima & challenger Aya Yuki signed the contract. Nakajima said she is still upset that she didn't win Discover New Heroine II and she wants to redeem herself by defending her title. Yuki said she has never won over Nakajima but hopes to bring the title to NEO.
At this point, the press conference entered the twilight zone and stayed there. Yoshiko Tamura was in attendance to talk about her NEO Singles & NWA Pacific Titles defense against Sakura Emi. But where was Emi? Well, she's been going out of her way to irritate Tamura and her latest shtick is she may have to cancel the match because she isn't feeling well. So she sent her Ice Ribbon partner Makoto to represent her. Tamura says "Are you telling me Emi has a tummy ache? Is she an adult or a child?" Then she starts yelling at NEO GM Koda. Makoto said she would sign the contract for Emi and she brought her own belt to put up at the match. Tamura said that when she's finished with Emi on May 3 the Ice Ribbon belt will go in the garbage. She chased Makoto out of the room.
There's a match on this show with Makoto (pictured) & Etsuko Mita against The Mummy & a mystery partner. Yeah, it's a guy in a mummy suit. If you haven't seen Makoto, her whole shtick is she is a terrible wrestler and a coward. She runs around the ring a lot. I guess this is supposed to be comedy. So she was there with the mummy. Mita isn't there. Someone said she's afraid of the mummy. The Mummy pulls a photo out of his pocket and gives it to Koda. Koda confirms that the mystery partner is Manami Toyota. Makoto looks very worried about this and The Mummy chases her around the room and out the door. If you want to see video footage of the press conference, go to NEO's website at http://neopro.ne07.jp/ and go to the NEWS section.
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
After the usual introduction by the Athtresses, Bullfight Sora came down to the ring and confronted JD Star general manager Kobayashi. She wanted to know why she wasn't on the show. He told her she doesn't have a match today. Sora proceeds to take a seat in the crowd complete with cow mask. The opener was a League Princess tournament match between Hanako Kobayashi & Misaki Ohata. Kobayashi dominated the match. After hitting five cross body blocks, Kobayashi finished her at 7:22 with a diving body press and a fisherman suplex.
Next was Hiroyo Matsumoto vs Kaori Ohki. Ohki throws dropkicks but Matsumoto shrugs her off. Ohki attempts a battering ram into the corner but Matsumoto catches her with an elbow and a backdrop for the win at 3:46. Next was Arisa Nakajima vs Murasaki. Murasaki shows some athleticism with dropkicks, a face buster & a 619. But Nakajima counters with ane elbow, a missile dropkick and finishes her with a diving body press at 4:38. The final tournament match had Yuri Urai vs Aya Yuki. Urai controls the match but almost doesn't put her away in the ten minute time limit. Urai wins with a sleeper at 9:59. Urai leads with six points.
The main event had Shuu Shibutani & Mai Ichii vs Kyoko Kimura & Ayumi Kurihara. Shibutani & Kurihara exchange elbows but Kurihara gains control. Ichii tries her luck with Kimura but is beaten down. Shibutani is isolated by Kimura & Kurihara. Kimura hits a brain buster and the Big Boots. Shibutani tries to come back with a senton, a missile kick & a swinging DDT. But Kurihara hits a back throw and Kimura wins with a hurricanrana and a lancet arch at 16:46. Afterwards, JD Star announced that Manami Toyota will appear in the Apr. 30 main event against Ayumi Kurihara. Also, Cherry returns to team with Shuu Shibutani against Mai Ichii & Yuri Urai. And Commando Bolshoi will face Bullfight Sora plus a couple of League Princess tournament matches.
I hope you all like a new feature I have added to the blog. Normally I place a single pic at the top of the article. But I have found a site called Mixercast http://www.mixercast.com/ that will allow me to embed a slide show in the blog. So when I have pics available, that's what I will do. All you have to do is click on one of the thumbnails and you have your very own slide show right here on the blog. You can also watch it in full screen by hitting the button on the bottom right hand corner of the player. The slide show will be permanently hosted at the Mixercast site so you can always watch it there. All the pics in this slide show are from the Apr. 21 JD Star show from a Japanese fansite. Enjoy!
Monday, April 23, 2007
Smackgirl has announced that they will have yet another double shot on May 19 at Shinjuku Face. There will be anafternoon and evening show. The afternoon show will consist of Next Cinderella 2007 tournament matches. The evening show will have the finals of the Supergals Mix Cup Open Weight tournament along with a one day grappling tournament called Smackgirl Killer Queen.
But the main event of the evening show will have Amanda Buckner defending the Smackgirl Open Weight Championship. This is very good news for Smackgirl as in the past they've had trouble getting gaijin champs to return to defend titles. This will be Buckner's first title defense since winning it over Megumi Yabushita in Feb. 2006. Her record is 10-4-1 and her most recent win was over Hitomi Akano on the recent Bodog Fight show. The challenger is veteran fighter Yoko Takahashi. She trains with Yabushita. Her record is 10-8 and most recently lost to Jen Case at the Feb. 17 Fatal Femme Fatales show in Los Angeles. The final of the Supergals Mix Cup tournament will have HIROKO vs Micheko Takeda and there will also be the Killer Queen one day grappling tournament. Eri Kaneya & Mai are scheduled to appear on the show.
The afternoon show will have semi final matches for the Flyweight, Lightweight & Middleweight Next Cinderella 2007 tournaments. Some related matches are on next week's show. In a Flyweight bout, Madoka Ebihara will face SACHI. The Lightweight bouts will have Emi Tomimatsu vs Yuka Okomura and V1 against the winner of the Apr. 28 YOKO/Saori Ishioka match. The Middleweight bouts will have Benkei vs HARUMI and the winner of the Apr. 28 Miyuki Ariga/Hiromi Obata against a replacement opponent to be named due to injury.
Song:I Can't Get Started
Album:A Night At The Village Vanguard
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Saturday, April 21, 2007
Friday, April 20, 2007
NEO has announced that Kyoko Kimura & Vanessa The Mountain will challenge for the tag titles on May 3. I believe Kyoko Kimura brought up AK at last week's show but nothing was finalized at that time. Meanwhile, NEO GM Koda is running a show called Indiana Girl Fight on May 5 at Itabashi Green Hall. This was originally scheduled as a NEO show but it seems Koda is a little annoyed about all the publicity surrounding Antonio Inoki's new company IGF debuting the same day at Korakuen Hall so I guess this is a spoof. I get the impression this IGF show will consist of NEO trainees. I don't know if this is a one shot deal or what.
Mr. Gannosuke has resigned from WMF and has joined Ice Ribbon as some sort of advisor I think. Ice Ribbon is still emphasizing the pre teen girls and those girls even have their own blog. They're running a lot of shows but it's like Tamura said. Each show gets 40 fans so it's hard to take them seriously.
Tomoka Nakagawa has left K-Dojo and has joined Ibuki.
Pro Wrestling SUN has announced that Natsuki*Head will defend the World 1 Womens Title against Kyoko Kimura on the May 27 Korakuen Hall show and that Jaguar Yokota & Panther Claw will also appear.
It seems that T-1 president Futami is planning to revive T-1 Grand Prix as an AV wrestling company on June 27. No I'm not kidding. Soft core porn wrestling companies are a dime a dozen in Japan.
Thursday, April 19, 2007
JWP held the finals of the Discover New Heroine II tournament on Apr. 15 at Korakuen Hall. The thing I noticed about it is it had nine matches on the show. That's a long show and fans can poop out by the final. They had seven tournament matches and two additional matches. It might have been better to run it over two days. But they had one big show and the additional matches included a special appearance by Jaguar Yokota. All tournament matches were scheduled for a fifteen minute time limit.
Let's start with the round two tournament matches. Misae Genki & Aya Yuki defeated Toshie Uematsu & Rei at 8:50. Genki over Rei with a cutback cradle. Tsubasa Kuragaki & Shuu Shibutani defeated Aki Kanabayashi & Mai Ichii at 12:07. Kuragaki over Ichii with a lariat. Nane Takahashi & Natsuki*Taiyo defeated Kayoko Haruyama & Aoi Kizuki in 10:38. Natsuki over Kizuki with the Taiyo*Bomb. Apparently Natsuki*Taiyo was very good in this. Azumi Hyuga & Arisa Nakajima defeated Yoshiko Tamura & Ayumi Kurihara in 12:45. Hyuga over Kurihara with the Michinoku Driver II. It seems Nakajima performed well in this tournament. Jaguar Yokota teamed with Kaori Yoneyama & Kaori Ohki vs Sachie Abe, KAZUKI & Manami Toyota. I guess the idea is that Jaguar trained all three of her opponents. Yoneyama over KAZUKI with a back cradle at 12:45.
The tournament semi finals were next. Misae Genki & Aya Yuki defeated Tsubasa Kuragaki & Shuu Shibutani at 7:38. Genki over Shibutani with the G Driver. Azumi Hyuga & Arisa Nakajima defeated Nanae Takahashi & Natsuki*Taiyo in 13:57. Hyuga over Natsuki with a diving knee attack. Next was a three way masked wrestler match where the loser unmasks. It was Commando Bolshoi vs Leon vs ECO. Bolshoi pinned ECO with the tiger suplex at 7:59. ECO unmasked and turned out to be former LLPW wrestler Keiko Aono. Of course they pretended like she was a new person but Aoko will continue to work for JWP.
Misae Genki & Aya Yuki won the Discover New Heroine II tournament over Azumi Hyuga & Arisa Nakajima in 12:44. Yuki used a Kamikaze on Nakajima. It starts with a fireman's carry and she lunges forward to drop her on her back. The fans in attendance named Hyuga & Nakajima the best team. Nakajima was named the best junior wrestler and Hyuga & Nakajima vs Takahashi & Natsuki*Taiyo was named best match. Considering that, it was a little surprising that Genki/Yuki won. You'd think Bolshoi would want to elevate Nakajima by having her team win the tournament. Oh, those backroom deals.
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Their debut show will be May 27 at Differ Ariake in Tokyo. It will immediately follow the Cage Force show at the same arena. It will be a one night eight woman tournament with $10,000 US dollars up for grabs. And the matches will be in a cage for the first time in Japan since LLPW's L-1 shows over a decade ago. Already signed is Megumi Yabushita, REMIX 2000 champ Marloes Coenen from the Netherlands, Roxanne Modaferri who is a US fighter living in Japan, Polish fighter Magdalena Jarecka and Lithuanian Muay Thai champ Jurgita Leitonaite. Apparently, they are negotiating with Gina Carano. There are conflicting reports about this. Bout Review says she has signed. GB Ring says not yet. The problem is Gina has an Elite XC match coming up on June 2 so the timing isn't good. Gina has had international exposure so it would be a big deal if they could sign her. There will be more fighters added shortly.
NEO used the Apr. 14 Itabashi Green Hall show to set up the main event of the May 3 Korakuen Hall show. I'll get into that later but first a couple of other developments. 16 year old rookie Nagisa Nozaki suffered a broken nose at last week's Discover New Heroine II show. She's scheduled to be out for a couple of weeks. If you recall, Montreal based wrestler Vanessa Kraven was in Japan last year for the Wrestle Expo show as Vanessa The Mountain. It looks like NEO GM Koda really likes her and she will return to Japan next week for a JWP show. She will be on the May 3 show. Vanessa is a big girl and Japanese promoters like their gaijin heels big so it's not surprising. He says Sumie Sakai told him about her. Koda also says that a singer named Akira Kushida will appear on the May 3 show in some sort of goofy Ice Ribbon match.
The opener of the May 14 show was Kyoko Kimura vs Aya Yuki. Kimura started out with an arm attack but Yuki came back with a shoulder block and an STF. Kimura got the chain out of her corner and brained Yuki. This led to a brain buster for a two count and a wakigatame for the win at 11:32. Next was Etsuko Mita vs Yuiga. I haven't seen her name come up often in joshi feds. Mita won with a romantic clutch at 11:04. Afterwards, Mita wanted to know what she would be doing at the Korakuen Hall show. Ice Ribbon owner Makoto came out and after some discussion a six person tag match Ice Ribbon mat style was set up and today Koda announced the singer's participation.
Next was a tag match that sets up the main event of the May 3 show. Sakura Emi & Aoi Kizuki vs Yoshiko Tamura and Miki Ishii. Ishii replaced Nagisa Nozaki. Tamura & Ishii double team Emi with a double ace crusher. Ishii tags in and Emi uses a power bomb, a diving senton and the smash mouth to win at 17:22. Sakura Emi confronted Yoshiko Tamura and says she has a mind to challenge her for the double titles. Tamura refused at first but Emi talks her into it. Tamura's reasoning was that Emi is used to working Ice Ribbon shows in front of 40 people and isn't worthy of a title shot in Korakuen Hall. BTW, she's right about the 40 people. Sakura Emi says it doesn't matter because Tamura can't draw more fans anyway. There will be vacant seats at Korakuen Hall. Tamura agreed to the match and it was announced as a double title match on Monday.
Next the feud between the China Ribbon Army and NEO Machine Gunz continued with Chou-un Shiryu vs Tanny Mouse. Totchan Chang of the China Ribbon Army is banned from ringside. After some silly comedy, Shiryu wins with a camel clutch at 10:53. This sets up an Ice Ribbon Tag Team Title match for May 3. The main event was Misae Genki, Yuki Miyazaki & Haruka Matsuo vs Mariko Yoshida, Rei & Hiroyo Matsumoto. The end comes after Genki & Matsuo hit swan dives on Matsumoto and then Matsuo wins with a frog splash at 17:46. After Matsuo thanks the crowd for coming, Kyoko Kimura comes in and demands a tag title match for her & Amazing Kong. That match will happen on May 3.
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Monday, April 16, 2007
Hisae Watanabe knew she messed up when she lost to Korean fighter Hin Su Hong on the last DEEP show in February. This seems to happen a lot to kickboxers turned MMA fighters. Maybe they lose concentration. But it was a humbling experience for someone who is supposed to be one of the top fighters in Japan. So Watanabe used her Apr. 13 match on the Korakuen Hall DEEP show against veteran fighter Masako Yoshida to redeem herself. You'd think this was a safe bet but that's what they thought in February.
Watanabe's strength are her strikes and that's how she starts out with Yoshida. A couple of straight rights followed by high kicks knock Yoshida down. Yoshida gets back up but is knocked down again by a high kick and a knee kick. Watanabe got her in a foot hold to finish round one. Watanabe begins round two with more kicks. Yoshida tries to block a takedown but Watanabe gets her in a triangle choke. She turns this into an arm bar and Yoshida submits at 2:19 of round two. It's a step for Hisae Watanabe but she needs to redeem herself against the Korean. The Bodog Fight PPV had two womens matches. Amanda Buckner defeated Hitomi Akano by unanimous decision. Kickboxer Julie Kedzie defeated Julia Berezikova by TKO at 2:49 of round two. That was a dark match.
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Saturday, April 14, 2007
Friday, April 13, 2007
Something fishy is going on over at JD Star. The company announced Friday on their website that Fuuka has been scratched from the main event tag team match of the Apr. 22 Shin-kiba 1st Ring show. Mai Ichii will replace her. So the match will now be Shuu Shibutani & Mai Ichii vs Kyoko Kimura & Ayumi Kurihara. The reason given for Fuuka's abscence was "poor health". Fuuka posted on her blog that she took a bump on her eye during training the other day but she didn't say what the health problem is when she announced her abscence from next week's show. Considering recent events, this could be an angle. Fuuka took a beating from Ayako Hamada and was left sobbing in the ring. She described it as the most unpleasant experience of her wrestling career. JD Star has been teasing Fuuka's reluctance to resume her series of Topgun matches against veterans. Is this real or is it an angle? It's too much of a coincidence so I suspect that it's an angle. I'm sure we'll find out next week.