Welcome to Frank Pozen's Big Bad Blog. A lot of folks have been asking me to update them about my recovery. So I thought I would start a blog primarily to do that but also to talk about other topics of interest including the wrestling business and whatever else I can think of. I plan to update this on a regular basis so check back and leave a comment if you wish.
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
Devil Masami retires
I am happy to report that Devil Masami finally retired after 31 years in joshi puroresu. The show was Dec. 30 at Korakuen Hall. Look, I have a lot of respect for what Devil accomplished but I would be a lot more respectful if she had retired ten years ago. Not to mention this year long "road to retirement" that droned on so long it makes one numb. Enough! Retire already! I know people will be pissed with me but I do not share in the Devil lovefest. Sorry. The problem with the show itself was it was televised live on GAORA in a limited timeslot. So the show had nine matches mostly representing all the different current joshi promotions along with Devil's retirement ceremony. So they had to rush through the matches to be sure to get the entire retirement ceremony in the broadcast. So anyone looking for a quality wrestling product wasn't going to find it here. Devil did the job to Toshie Uematsu in her retirement match. But she's been doing jobs for several months on her "road to retirement". So I don't see it as a big deal. I'm glad it's over. I bet she comes back. Just kidding. It was a joshi who's who at the ceremony including Mariko Yoshida, Commando Bolshoi, Yumiko Hotta, Dump Matsumoto, Meiko Satomura, Takako Inoue, Aja Kong, Ran YuYu etc etc. Then Devil got to sing and it's over. Devil Masami was a great wrestler in her day but she stopped being great a long time ago. And one of the things that has hurt joshi is old ladies hanging around after their "best before" date and taking up spots that should be passed to younger wrestlers. So you'll have to excuse my cynicism over someone who I believe should have retired a long time ago. That seems selfish to me. Sorry if anyone is offended but I'm not really sorry for saying what others may be thinking.