Saturday, May 31, 2008
Friday, May 30, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
It was announced a couple of weeks ago that Shooto had added a womens match between Yasuko Tamada & Kayo Nagayasu to their June 26 Kitazawa Town Hall show. They have now added a Womens Flyweight match between Yasuko Mogi (pictured) & Ayumi Takeuchi. Mogi's MMA record is 3-3. She is a former Pan American Games Jiu Jitsu champ. Her most recent MMA fight was a loss to Akiko Naito on the March 11, 2007 Smackgirl show. She did win a Smackgirl Grappling Tournament on Apr. 28, 2007 but those bouts don't count towards her MMA record. I don't have any info on Takeuchi except she's from Niigata. She could be another kickboxer coming to MMA.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
19 year old Misaki Ohata is 155cm tall and weighs 53kg. As the smallest of the wrestlers in that match on Sunday, Misaki said the crowd support really helped that day. Plus she's in there with the boss. Misaki Ohata was born in Sendai City. She played in the brass band in elementary school but wasn't into sports at all. In junior high and then high school she was very withdrawn and had difficulty making friends.
She had heard that the JD Star joshi puroresu company was recruiting and Misaki was thinking about moving to Tokyo anyway. She also thought performing could bring out her personality. So she moved into their dormitory in 2006. At first the Tokyo smog tired her out but she made her joshi debut in December 2006. When JD Star closed last year, Misaki joined Ibuki and has been training with Yoshida ever since. She says training is hard and there's a lot of pain but Misaki feels joshi has changed her personality and given her a lot of confidence. She's very happy now. She's recently bleached her hair blonde and gone to a more mature look. She looks less like a little kid now. Let's hope she keeps training hard to improve her ring skills.
The opener was between Cherry & Hanako Kobayashi in a match called Pink WAVE because both wore pink costumes. It's the kind of light action one would expect with Cherry mostly in control with a figure four leglock, a sleeper and a bow & arrow hold. They exchange punches and Kobayashi's pin attempt is reversed by Cherry's rollup pin for the win at 10:41. Ran YuYu vs Ayako Sato was similar except the veteran had complete control. Ran uses a test of strength to twist Sato into various leg holds. Sato comes back a bit but a Ran mule kick and German suplex is followed by a European Clutch for the win at 14:15.
Next was Comical WAVE with Eiger bringing her ghost character from LLPW teaming with some guy with a ghost costume named Onyro against Bullfight Sora and someone in a cat suit called Kitten Kid. The purpose of this match is to humiliate Sora and after some silliness, Eiger pins Sora with a lariat at 10:56. Apparently Sora is demanding a match with GAMI. So now GAMI wants to prove she can still wrestle a real match with Toshie Uematsu called Serious WAVE. Uematsu said she would win in five minutes. She goes after a quick pin with various suplexes and then attacks GAMI with a chair. But GAMI comes back and also uses the chair. At one point Uematsu seems to hurt her knee and she gets it rewrapped. It goes back and forth like this until they exchange German suplexes when the time limit runs out. Oy!
The main event is called Confusion WAVE Sayuri Okino making a rare appearance outside LLPW teaming with Shuu Shibutani & Kana against Yumi Ohka, Moeka Haruhi & Kyoko Kimura. There's nothing wrong with this but it shouldn't be a main event. Ohka & Shibutani glare at each other before the match so obviously they're trying to build something with them but the other participants seem random. Just throw them in there and fans will enjoy the action. I guess I like more purposeful booking in a main event. Of course the match is chaos and Shibutani gets triple teamed but she turns the tables on Haruhi and tags to Kana. Kana and then Okino beat on Haruhi until Kimura brings in a chain but Okino cuts her off and nails her with martial arts kicks. Kana tags in but her attempt at a victory roll gets her planted face first into the mat. Ohka tags in and we finally get her & Shibutani in the ring. But they're only in there briefly though Ohka does nail Shibutani with a suplex while Shibutani is trying to set up Haruhi for a superplex. The end comes when Okino's uraken on Haruhi sets her up for Shibutani's diving senton for the win at 13:05. Afterwards, Toshie Uematsu confronts Ohka and it looks like Ohka & Ran YuYu will team up against Uematsu & Shibutani at a future WAVE show. Maybe Uematsu can turn Shibutani into a heel.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Alexa Thatcher's match on the June 1 MAHEKEN joshi show has the potential to be very good. She will be teaming with AKINO against Toshie Uematsu & Kana. AKINO & Uematsu are seasoned veterans and Kana has been working very well since returning to the ring last fall. So Alexa's athletic style should mesh very well with these three. Hailey Hatred's match against Nanae Takahashi is being billed as Woman Vader Confrontation. Of course MAHEKEN owner Tomo Hashimoto is close pals with Vader and he said that Vader is OK with using his name for this match. On the June 2 MAHEKEN Shin-kiba1st Ring show, Alexa will team with Hailey vs Io Shirai & Arisa Nakajima. He's calling it a Japan-US Confrontation.
The other notable match on the MAHEKEN joshi show will have Mayumi Ozaki vs Mio Shirai in what is being called Ultimate Match Beauty vs Evilness. It will be a rough night for Mio. Other matches are Aja Kong vs Mika Mizunuma, KAORU vs Hiroyo Matsumoto and Commando Bolshoi vs Io Shirai. This will be MAHEKEN's first attempt at an all joshi show and if successful I expect Hashimoto to do it more frequently. He's always trying to recruit new talent and giving the girls their own show is a pretty good incentive. Freelancing is very difficult and a stable home fed is very important.
Monday, May 26, 2008
The show began with a tag match with Sakura Emi & Ayako Sato vs Mai Ichii and Emi's latest trainee Akiko Narikuni. She actually looked pretty good. She was wearing an amateur wrestling outfit. Emi's the veteran so she carried the match. Sato has never shown much of anything but dropkicks and Ichii isn't much better. Ichii won over Sato with a comet kick at 10:49. Next was the first of two tournament matches between Shuu Shibutani & Hanako Kobayashi. Shibutani won with a diving senton at 5:556.
The second tournament match was between Atsuko Emoto & Hiroyo Matsumoto. Matsumoto is the favourite coming into the tournament. Matsumoto was wearing a nice new outfit and the two put on a pretty goos match as one would expect and Emoto won with a Shining Wizard at 13:57. It's not a big upset but I'll get into the reason for it later. Next was Tojuki Leon & Yoko Yamada vs Cherry & Natsuki*Taiyo. Yamada's costume was described as resembling a french maid. Leon won with the Mad Splash over Natsuki*Taiyo at 17:01.
Next was Ray vs Misaki Ohata vs Mariko Yoshida & Kyoko Kimura. Yoshida got her usual submission spots in and Kimura got her spots in. All you have to know is that Kimura accidently nailed Yoshida with a kick and Ray used a hurricanrana to pin Yoshida at 20:13. Yoshida likes to do a job on the anniversary show. Now the tournament final between Shuu Shibutani & Atsuko Emoto. Not surprisingly, Emoto carried the match but Shibutani won with a cobra hold at 12:46. Yoshida said on her blog that she did this for two reasons. One was because Shibutani & Emoto were the two wrestlers who went to Mexico a few months ago. And Shibutani was on the very first Ibuki show and Yoshida wanted her to appreciate how far she has come in three years. Fair enough but anyone thinking that in these times of joshi freelancing that Shibutani will get a signifcant push is dreaming. She's still not that good anyway.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
The show begins with a couple of tag matches. The first one has Hiren & Misaki Ohata vs Mio Shirai & Minori Makiba. Makiba starts with a tackle on Ohata. But Ohata throws her into her corner and tags Hiren. Hiren goes on the attack with stomps, a sleeper and a camel clutch. Makiba counters with a judo throw and tags Mio. They double team Hiren. Hiren gets an ankle hold on Mio and tags Ohata. Mio hits an STO and a high kick and tags Makiba. Makiba hits a cross body from the top rope but Ohata reverses it into a jacknife cradle for the win at 8:53. DASH Chisako & Mika Mizunuma won over Pinkie Mayuca & Hanako Kobayashi when Chisako used a Boston crab on Mayuca at 13:39.
The first of four tournament matches had Ayako Sato vs Sachiko Sendai. The match goes back and forth for the most part. Sato throws a lot of dropkicks. Sachiko looks like she has control with a dropkick, a roaring senton, a swinging DDT and a double arm suplex. But Sato hits two missile dropkicks followed by two German suplexes for the win at 10:24. Next was Hiroyo Matsumoto vs Io Shirai. Io gets the jump with a dropkick, a lionsault and a knee attack. She hits a 619 but misses a moonsault. Matsumoto hits a side buster followed by a missile dropkick. Her Argentinan backbreaker takes a lot of steam out of Io and Matsumoto wins with a backdrop at 4:50.
Next up was Tyrannosaurus Okuda vs Kana. Kana gets quite a bit of offense in with a camel clutch followed by an achilles hold. She misses a hip attack in the corner but then Okuda misses a dropkick. Okuda hits a series of jumping knees followed by a missile kick for a 2 count. But Kana comes back with a German suplex from the top rope. She goes for the Billyken finisher but Okuda reverses it for the win at 11:42. The final match is Arisa Nakajima vs Ryo Mizunami. It looks like Nakajima controlled the match for the most part but she misses a DDT when Mizunami holds onto the ropes. Mizunami wins with a uraken followed by a rolling armlock for the win at 13:42. A bit of a surprise but I guess they want the possibility of an all Sendai final. And with Sato vs Mizunami and Okuda vs Matsumoto in the semi finals, that could happen.
Takimoto begins with a knee kick and a right hook. Ohmuro attempts to counter but Takimoto pushes her into the corner. Takimoto leads with a front kick but Ohmuro blocks her takedown attemptbut Takimoto continues to score with strikes and knee kicks. A high kick doesn't drop Ohmuro so Takimoto again goes for a takedown. A knee kick to the body followed by a combination and Takimoto gets the takedown and a side mount. Takimoto goes for an armbar and hangs on when Ohmuro stands. Ohmuro is able to escape as round one ends.
Takimoto begins round two with a knee followed by a kick. Ohmuro successfully counters with a straight right and gets a takedown. Takimoto recovers and quickly escapes. Takimoto follows a knee kick with a judo throw for a takedown. Takimoto controls Ohmuro for the remainder of the fight and wins a unanimous decision. MIKU entered the ring to congratulate Takimoto and promised a good fight on August 17. Takimoto said it was a difficuly fight as she and Ohmuro have fought previously three times. She plans to train very hard for her title match.
Friday, May 23, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
A couple of other OZ Academy notes. They are off to Mexico for AAA's annual Reyna de Reynas tournament on May 25. AAA is notorious for convoluted and confusing nonsense that makes TNA look logical. It appears that there are three blocks of five wrestlers. They all have five way matches and the winners face of in a three way final. At least that's how I think it works. You never know with these guys. Group 1 has Carlos Amano, Ayako Hamada, Cynthia Moreno, La Diabolica & Estrellita. Group 2 has Chikayo Nagashima, Sonoko Kato, Mari Apache, Martha Villalobos & Sexy Star. Group 3 has Mayumi Ozaki, Dynamite Kansai, AKINO, Fabi Apache & Vicki Carranza. It doesn't make sense for an OZ wrestler to win this but you never know. Also, it was announced today that Mayumi Ozaki will face Mio Shirai in that June 2 MAHEKEN joshi show. Bad news for Mio.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
The match was scheduled for two rounds. Shinashi's strategy was to get Ichii on the mat but that proved to be more difficult than anticipated. So Ichii starts hammering Shinashi with body shots. Ichii tries a leg takedown but is unsuccessful. By the end of round one, it's clear that the 10kg weight difference will make Shinashi's usual strategy ineffective.
Ichii continues this in round two but she also hammers Shinashi while she's down and that's against the rules in the DEEP womens division. It wasn't called. Finally Shinashi executes a couple of judo throws and follows up with a sleeper. But Ichii is able to punch her way out and stays away from Shinashi until the fight is over. The result was a 2-0 majority decsion for Ichii and the third judge called it a draw. You can tell by the look on Shinashi's face that she thought she won. It was close but Shinashi should have possibly used a different strategy in round one. And there may have been some questionable officiating. But a big win for Mai Ichii that will make joshi puroresu fans happy.
The opener had JWP rookie Pinkie Mayuca against debuting Ice Ribbon wrestler Kazumi Shimouna. I guess the idea is to keep Pinkie on a winning streak. It was your basic rookie match and Pinkie won with a diving body press at 8:33. How about a REDRUG reunion? That's right. Commando Bolshoi teamed with GAMI vs Arisa Nakajima & Kana. So the veterans reprised a lot of their REDRUG shtick and the youngsters provided a lot of the action. Nakajima got a lot of her spots in including a double German suplex with Kana. The end came when GAMI used her Greco Roman eye poke to allow Bolshoi to apply a Sensei Hold on Kana for the tap out at 20:40.
Tojuki Leon defeated Kei'to with a captured buster at 12:55. So next was a oone count cosplay match with Toshie Uematsu & KAZUKI. Bolshoi announced last week that Uematsu had asked for KAZUKI to be dressed up as a nurse like she had at a recent dojo show. Before the match, KAZUKI told Uematsu that she had to be in costume too and handed her pom poms. That's right, Toshie Uematsu as a cheerleader. Apparently the rule was that Uematsu had to do a cheer at every break. So KAZUKI took her temperature and used a stethoscope and Uematsu danced until she got serious and won with a Dragon suplex at 5:20.
The main event had Kayoko Haruyama & Tsubasa Kuragaki vs Kaori Yoneyama & Ran YuYu. The concept behind this match is that Ran had to drop out of the #1 contender tournament due to injury and was never defeated. So she wants a title shot and she and Haruyama are eying each other warily. It's standard booking. Naturally they weren't involved in the ending. Yoneyama tries to pin Haruyama twice with Majistral cradles but Haruyama reverses her Hurricanrana attempt and wins with the Keene Hammer at 19:49. As I said, expect Kayoko Haruyama's JWP Open Weight Championship defense to happen at the June 1 Osaka show. I don't expect the title to change hands but it should be a good match.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Here's a video from Nikkan Sports promoting what appears to be a regular column by joshi wrestlers. Kyoko Inoue, Toshie Uematsu, Fuuka & Arisa Nakajima appear in the video. The concept appears to be "four generations of joshi puroresu". It's commentary from wrestlers in various stages of their career. Kyoko started in the 80s. Toshie started in the 90s. And the other two started more recently. I guess Fuuka is a little more established and Nakajima is still a teenager. I'm not exactly sure what the girls are supposed to be doing or how they're supposed to do it. However, it looks like it's going to be on the Nikkan Mobile service so we may not have access to it anyway. Maybe they'll all do a video column. That would be good. I'll keep my eyes on things at Nikkan Sports. In the past, Nikkan has promised more joshi coverage and hasn't come through. Anyway, at least you get to watch the wrestlers speak in this video and I know fans enjoy that. Enjoy the video!
Friday, May 16, 2008
Anyone who follows MMA knows that guys getting busted for steroids is nothing new. But today for the first time a female fighter was caught with her hand in the steroid cookie jar. The California State Athletic Commission announced that Brazilian fighter Carina Damm tested positive for Nandrolone following her win over Sophie Bagherdai at the Apr. 3 Fatal Femmes Fighting show in Los Angeles. Her nanogram count was 37.9ng which exceeds the threshhold of 2ng. The CSAC has suspended Damm for one year and fined her $2500. She does have the opportunity to appeal. Damm was scheduled to fight Debi Purcell at the June 27 ShoXC/Strikeforce show in San Jose. Debi says she has been in contact with EliteXC officials and expects to have a new opponent shortly. Because EliteXC signed Damm based on her Apr. 3 performance, I would not be surprised to see them void her contract.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Ito Dojo visited Nikkan Sports today to promote their May 18 Shin-kiba 1st Ring. Kaoru Ito, Ayako Hamada, Ayako Sato, Hanako Kobayashi & Tomoko Morii all appear in the video clip. They talk a bit about this weekend's show and also talk about the Ayako Hamada 10th Anniversary Show coming on Sept. 7 at Shinagawa Club Ex. Then they go to the playground for a while. The main event for the show is Kaoru Ito & Yumiko Hotta vs Ayako Hamada & Nanae Takahashi. Of course Ayako & Nanae held the WWWA Tag Team Titles a few years ago. Ayako said she's very excited to team with her again. Ito said she's a little leery of Hotta but Hotta said she wants to have an old school AJW style match and Ito's excited about that. Other matches are Ayako Sato vs Manami Toyota, Aki Kanabayashi vs Eiger, Mai Ichii vs Takako Inoue and Hanako Kobayashi vs Tomoko Morii. Enjoy the video!
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Meanwhile, it seems DEEP has been having some difficulty finding an opponent for DEEP Lightweight Champ MIKU for their June 1 Toyama show. So they've decided to put her in a kick rules match against 16 year old shot boxing super rookie Lena. I guess it's sort of an exhibition match. MIKU does have some experience at kickboxing and Lena has been working at the J-GIRLS kickboxing company. Apparently she is the daughter of former Japanese Super Featherweight Champ Shihiroshi Oikawa and she's been training at J-GIRLS in secret. I guess it's not a secret anymore.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
TNA was trying to accomplish two things with this match. They were trying to turn the Roxxi character completely babyface. The other thing is they've been having trouble getting fans to boo Angelina Love despite her heelish behaviour. It looks like they succeeded despite idiot fans chanting "Fire Russo". The girls worked very hard during the match and special kudos to Gail & Roxxi's ladder match. But TNA fails to understand that simple is always better and this combination of a battle royal, ladder match & hair match was utterly ridiculous. They don't think. For me, the biggest problem was giving Gail Kim immunity as a five minute throwaway segment on Impact. They shouldn't have done that at all and a ladder match between Angelina & Roxxi would have been OK and more significant because the two are feuding. And if tou've seen the spoilers for this week's Impact, Gail winning meant nothing. So, no problem with the execution by the wrestlers. Big problem with TNA booking. Enjoy the match.
Monday, May 12, 2008
The opening match was supposed to be Mayumi Ozaki & Hiren vs Dynamite Kansai & Tomoka Nakagawa as part of the tournament. Of course Nakagawa is injured. Ozaki says that she has decided to switch partners with KAORU. Hiren will team with KAORU and Takako Inoue will now team with Ozaki. Kansai is told that she doesn't get a new partner. Uh oh. Looks like a lynching. Police & Mika Nishio join the fun and Nishio brains Kansai with a chair. They all pound with chairs & chains on Kansai until Ozaki finishes her with the Ozakick at 9:16. I guess my only problem with this is they've made Kansai look like a dope lately and this makes it worse. But Amano doesn't have a partner yet and they seem to be making things up as they go along.
Next up was Ran YuYu against the soon to retire Obacchi Iizuka. Ran wins in eight seconds with an cradle. But the match is restarted when Iizuka starts crying. Iizuka gets to do her usual crappy comedy and Ran wins again with a running elbow at 13:07. Next was Devil Masami, Kana & Carlos Amano vs Aja Kong, AKINO & Hiroyo Matsumoto. A lot of great action in this match but things got interesting when they went outside the ring as D-Fix attacked Amano. Aja won over Kana with a backdrop at 23:25. Afterwards, Dynamite Kansai came to the ring and discussed things with Amano. Something's cooking.
Next was Manami Toyota vs Toshie Uematsu. Toyota won with the Japanese Ocean Queen Bee Bomb in 13:21. The final tournament match was KAORU & Hiren vs Chikayo Nagashima & Sonoko Kato. KAORU & Hiren do a pretty good job of using heel tactics to control the match. But mistakes allow Nagashima & Kato to come back. The end comes when KAORU sprays Kato with a green mist. But she gets Kato's knees on the follow up moonsault and Kato wins over KAORU with the Crown's Gate at 21:46. The craziness at OZ Academy will continue on June 7.
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Also, Mariko Yoshida announced that she will have her 20th Anniversary show Aug. 31 at Shinjuku FACE. We have a lot of these coming up this year. AKINO, Ranmaru, Ayako Hamada & Hiroyo Muto all have 10th anniversary shows coming and NEO announced that Kyoko Inoue's 20th Anniversary show will be on Oct. 10. I'm still waiting for Takako Inoue to announce her 20th anniversary show which I assume will be produced by the Ito Gym as will Ayako's 10th anniversary show. And don't forget Devil Masami is retiring this fall.
Mariko Yoshida has announced on the Ibuki MySpace http://www.myspace.com/ibukipro that she is looking for female pro wrestlers worldwide that want to train with her. This is a tremendous opportunity for women in North America and elsewhere to be trained by a world renowned 20 year veteran of joshi puroresu. A few years back, Cheerleader Melissa and then Sara Del Rey went to Japan to train with Yoshida. They can tell you what she did for them. They are asking prospective applicants to fill out an application form that you can find on the MySpace page and they also want a highlights video. So they're not looking for beginners but they are looking for wrestlers who want to take their training to the next level. You can't get Yoshida style training for women wrestlers anywhere else. Successful applicants will work for other joshi companies as well. All the info is on the Ibuki MySpace page so be sure to check it out.