Friday, July 30, 2010
Chikara Pro's Manami Toyota promo video is deceptive
As you may have heard already, joshi puroresu legend Manami Toyota is coming to the US for the first time for Chikara Pro. She will be working the Sept. 18 Baltimore show and the Sept. 19 Brooklyn show. I understand the fanboy worship reaction to this. But it certainly would have meant a lot more fifteen years ago. It's not such a big deal today. My problem is that Chikara Pro is using fifteen year old video clips to promote her. Of course joshi fans know that Toyota isn't 25 anymore. She's 40. She doesn't look like that anymore. She's heavier. And she doesn't do the same things anymore. So the clips are deceptive because there are fans who aren't familiar with her and expect to see the Manami Toyota in these clips. They will be disappointed. Manami is still a good wrestler but she's not who she used to be. It's not fair to her to use fifteen year old clips when there is plenty of recent video footage out there that more accurately portrays her current performance. Chikara should change the clips. Check it out for yourself.