Monday, July 28, 2008
JB Angels reunite at Daily Sports 60th Anniversary show
There were eight matches on the show and I can't help thinking that a couple of the matches weren't needed. The only purpose of a battle royal is to get a large number of wrestlers on the show thinking that it makes the show seem important. I wouldn't mind seeing a ban on battle royals for six months so I won't dislike them anymore. The show could have done without the opener too. It had Ayako Sato & Misaki Ohata vs Ryo Mizunami & Pinkie Mayuca. Tyrannosaurus Okuda was pulled due to a back injury. I know what they're thinking. Oh, look! It's the new generation of joshi wrestlers! The future of joshi is bright. Nobody told them that the light at the end of the tunnel is another train. Delusional idiots! It was a standard match and nothing special. And how long does Ayako Sato have to be in the business before she's considered a veteran? Sato hits a dropkick on Mayuca. Ohata tags in with a bodyslam. But Mayuca comes off the ropes with a cross body and then goes for a victory roll. Ohata rolls through for a two. A change of partners and Mizunami hits a shoulder breaker on Sato followed by a Mayuca missile dropkick. The end comes when Sato hits Mayuca with a missile dropkick followed by a German suplex for the win at 15:16.
Next up is the 12 girl battle royal. Participants were Yumi Ohka, Kana, Ryo Mizunami, Misaki Ohata, Devil Masami, Pinkie Mayuca, Toshie Uematsu, Ran YuYu, Harley Saito, Kei'to, Tomoko Morii and KAZUKI. It was the usual notion of thinking a battle royal is special when it isn't because promoters do them too frequently. There's a lot of silliness as one would expect. In joshi, a wrestler can be eliminated by being tossed over the top rope or by pinfall or submission. It's just a lot of confusion and goofy group spots with Uematsu & Ran directing traffic. You have a figure four head scissors chain. They all get turned over and Mayuca applies a Boston crab on Ohka. Then a chain brainbuster. Oy! Mayuca hits Morii with a missile dropkick but in trying to follow it up, she gets tossed over the top rope by Ohka & Kei'to. Ohka & Kana are left in the ring. Kana hits a hip attack followed by a neck breaker. Ohka comes back with chops and wins with the Big Boots at 9:48. Well, her fans will be happy.
Next is this goofy masked wrestler match. Commando Bolshoi teamed with Tigers Mask Lady vs Ranmaru & Fuuka Kidd. It turns out that Tigers Mask Lady was a tribute to the Hanshin Tigers baseball team. It's obviously Tojuki Leon. I can't tell who's under the Fuuka Kidd mask. It's what one would expect, a mix of flying around and goofiness. Bolshoi & Tigers Mask both dive to the floor on the opponents. Bolshoi does a handstand elbow to the corner on Fuuka Kidd. Bolshoi walks the ropes as always. Fuuka Kidd tries to break up a double team with a dropkick. The end comes with a double team suplex on Ranmaru followed by Tigers Mask Lady's Tigers Splash for the win at 10:36.
Now it's time for some blood with Dump Matsumoto & Sasori vs GAMI & KAORU. Of course Dump brings her gang with her. Sasori starts out with GAMI and traps her on the ropes followed by a double toehold. Dump tags in and after a lariat, she pulls out her greco roman fork and stabs GAMI in the forehead. This is what you get with Dump. I liked her in the 80s but it's not entertaining anymore. Dump continues to rip away at GAMI. When KAORU comes in, she gets the fork too. So now they're both busted open. Sasori misses with a metal can and hits Dump over the head. She no sells it. Dump nails KAORU with a piledriver. GAMI comes back with a tiger suplex on Sasori. One of Dump's pals wraps a chain around KAORU's throat. Dump hangs KAORU with the chain wrapped around the top rope and hits her with a kendo stick. KAORU tries to hit Dump with the desk board. The whole thing ends in a schmozzle when Dump's pals attack ref Tommy Ran and KAORU & GAMI win by DQ at 9:11. The whole thing was one big mess.
Now it's time for the big JB Angels reunion against the Dynamite Gals. So it's Itsuki Yamazaki & Noriyo Tateno vs Jumbo Hori & Yukari Omori. I can't believe how great Yamazaki looks. Look what she's wearing. And Omori is wearing a baggy t-shirt. Oh well. Yamazaki & Tateno nail Omori with a double lariat followed by a double dropkick. Yamazaki climbs the ropes and hits a flying armdrag. Hori tags in and has a test of strength with Yamazaki. Tateno tags in and Hori traps her in the corner followed by a figure four leglock. Tateno gets to the ropes but Hori jumps on her leg. Yamazaki tries to break it up. She tags in and Hori hits a gut wrench suplex. Yamazaki & Tateno nail Hori with a double lariat and a double suplex. The match ends in a ten minute draw and the JB Angels make a triumphant return. Like I said before, they should have been part of the tag team tournament.
In an attempt to try and create some heat for this tag team tournament, Kayoko Haruyama said that she was already JWP Open Weight champ and one half of the JWP Tag Team Champs. She bragged of her plans for a trifecta by winning this tournament. Yumiko Hotta looked at her like she was from Mars. Haruyama even called Hotta & Toyota "aunties". So it's obvious where they're going. The first semi final has Kayoko Haruyama & Tsubasa Kuragaki (in matching outfits) vs Yoshiko Tamura & Arisa Nakajima. Tamura traps Haruyama in the corner and gives her a facewash. Nakajima dives onto both of them on the floor. Haruyama & Kuragaki double team Nakajima and have her in a combined camel clutch and toehold. The abuse continues and Haruyama applies a camel clutch. Nakajima finally escapes and comes off the ropes with a flying forearm. Tamura traps Haruyama in the corner with a facewash. Nakajima hits a northern lights suplex for two. Tamura hits a flying forearm for two. Kuragaki tags in and lifts Tamura & Nakajima in an Argentinian backbreaker. They try to double team Kuragaki but she hits a double lariat and a double backdrop suplex. Kuragaki lifts Tamura in an inverted body vice. But Tamura rolls her up for two. Nakajima tags in and hits a tiger suplex for two. Nakajima tries to lift Kuragaki in a body slam but Kuragaki turns it into an attempt at her Metal Wing finisher. Nakajima slips out but is nailed with a lariat. Kuragaki hits a moonsault press but Tamura breaks up the pin. A double lariat gets rid of Tamura and a double team facebuster followed by Kuragaki's Metal Wing finishes Nakajima at 18:43.