Saturday, May 20, 2017

KING Reina is a big problem for Japanese promoters

DEEP JEWELS ran a show today at Shinjuku FACE. Before I get into this show, you'll notice there are no DATE girls on this show. It appears that this attempt to turn models/idols into fighters is over. Most of them couldn't fight anyway. Though a couple may continue fighting, most of them are appearing for the Ice Ribbon joshi puroresu company. I don't follow Ice Ribbon very closely because their product stinks. So I can't comment on if these girls will be any better at pro wrestling than MMA. It was a pathetic attempt to appeal to the DEEP JEWELS dirty old man fanbase. On to this show. The main event had KING Reina facing German Kristin Handel. The most notable thing about her is she's tall. She had a 1-0 record but that fight was in 2013. So she had no business being anywhere near Reina. I understand that after her 2013 fight, Kristin returned to amateur karate. So she's not really a pro fighter. This kind of nonsense would never get approved if Japan was regulated. Not surprisingly, Reina destroyed Kristin and the ref stopped it at 4:24 of round one. This crap was your main event, folks. Of course the real problem is KING Reina is threatening to move to the US. She said that if RIZIN owner Nobuyuki Sakakibara doesn't give her a decent opponent on July 30, she's leaving. Of course Sakakibara doesn't want her to leave because that girl is money. But I have said for a while that Reina going to the US is inevitable. And they seem to have real problems finding opponents for her. That will only get worse. In other fights, Sarami won her third straight fight with a win over Tomo Maesawa with a second round TKO. The most notable thing about this fight was Sarami's anime inspired ring entrance. Yuko Kiryu won over Natsuke Shimomakise with a second round armbar. Natsuke is now 0-4. Time for a new line of work. They had a tag team exhibition match with Mina Kurobe and Mika Nagano vs Emi Tomimatsu and Kanna Asakura. Can you say filler? KAI won over Kyu Kitano by unanimous decision. Mizuki Furuse won over Madoka Ishibashi by highlight reel head kick. Mizuki is a 16 year old high school student making her DEEP JEWELS debut. Madoka seems to be more model than fighter. She was doing sexy poses at the weigh ins. The opening amateur match had 12 year old Momo choking out 24 year old Momoko Yamazaki. This was controversial to outsiders because of Momo's age and she's facing a 24 year old. For one thing, Momoko is not a fighter. She's a hostess in a club. Secondly, 12 year old fighters are not unusual in Asian countries. There are plenty of them in Thailand. And Momo's dojo Hakushinkai starts them young. It is also the home for MIZUKI and at age 15, she broke Emi Fujino's nose in a kickboxing match. I know it looks bad to outsiders but it's not a big deal. In the future, ask someone who knows.

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