Monday, August 23, 2010
Bikini model Yuzu Aikawa being groomed to be the new Fuuka
If you follow my Twitter, you'll know that I posted an item about bikini model Yuzu Aikawa becoming a joshi wrestler. They had the press conference today and the big news is Yuzu is being groomed to be the new Fuuka by Fuuka and Rossy Ogawa. They're calling it the Yuzu Pong Festival and the first show will be Oct. 31 at Shin-kiba 1st Ring. Yuzu is 27 years old and has been modelling and acting since 2005. Last year she appeared on a Tokyo Broadcasting System show called Edge Of A Cliff. It's not clear why she is getting into pro wrestling. Maybe the modelling business has dried up for her. There are many bikini models in Japan. It's no secret that Ogawa has been looking for a new meal ticket...er...replacement for Fuuka since her retirement. He doesn't seem too high on the current crop of joshi wrestlers other than Shuri and she works for SMASH. You might ask why wouldn't they get an idol wrestler from Ice Ribbon like Hikari Shida who starred in the film Three Count. Then he'd have to go partners with Sakura Emi. He doesn't have to share this with anyone. Ogawa was approached about Yuzu in April and she's been training since May at the Caesar Gym. It says here that she trained in Tae Kwon Do but that doesn't help her prepare for this. Of course Fuuka had three years of pro wrestling experience before she headlined her own show. They're asking this girl to debut as the star of her own joshi show. That's a tall order and a lot of pressure on her. Is she going to work for other joshi feds to gain experience? Both Fuuka and Ogawa stressed that Yuzu is very serious about pro wrestling and wants to be a good wrestler. Her joshi debut should be very interesting. Here's video from the press conference.