Saturday, March 31, 2007
It looks now like the G-Shooto womens MMA company is no longer a seperate promotion. I guess they were losing money so the owners have folded G-Shooto into the Shooto mens MMA promotion and will produce a series called Battle Mix Tokyo. These shows will have an equal mix of mens & womens matches. The latest of these shows was Mar. 30 at Tokyo Kinema Klub. The main story was the return to MMA of Megumi Yabushita.
Megumi Yabushita has been out since suffering a broken wrist in her Atlantic City MMA match last August. The Battle Mix show was her first appearance. She will return to pro wrestling at JWP's Discover New Heroine tournament next week. Her opponent in this 58kg match was Mizuho Sato. She's not a top fighter but this was a good way to get Yabushita back into the swing of things. Sato's main goal was to keep Yabushita from throwing her around. She used strikes to do that and was successful to a point but Yabushita used her considerable judo skills to break through Sato's defense. Check out the accompanying pic. The first round was even but Yabushita had the edge in the second round and won a majority decision. One score card was a tie. Sato's record is now 2-2. Yabushita is now 11-9 and will fight Benkei at Smackgirl's Apr. 28 Osaka show. Benkei has already lost to Sato.
There were two other matches. G-Shooto veterans Ikuko Tamada & Kayo Nagayasu faced off in a Strawweight bout. They had a draw last May. The match went the distance but Tamada won easily when she got Nagayasu in a heel hold in round two. Nagayasu wouldn't submit but Tamada won a unanimous decision. Tamada is now 4-4-2 and Nagayasu is 7-4-1. The other match was a 53kg bout between Smackgirl veteran Kyoko Takabayashi & Yuuko. Takabayashi wasted no time and after a takedown hooked an armbar for a submission at 3:06 of round one. Takabayashi's record is now 7-1 and Yuuko's record is now 4-1-1. At first I wasn't sure what Shooto is up to but it looks like they will be doing a series of Battle Mix shows.
Friday, March 30, 2007
Smackgirl hass announced several matches for the Apr. 28 Taisho Azeria show in Osaka. But I was waiting for them to announce the gaijin opponent for Smackgirl Flyweight Champion Yuka Tsuji. I have to say I'm somewhat underwhelmed. Her name is Thricia Poovey. She is from New Mexico and has a Muay Thai kickboxing background. She has taken up MMA in the last year and has a 3-2 record working for King Of The Cage. Her nickname is Little Devil and they say she is KOTC Flyweight Champion. Uh huh. This match will be full MMA rules and I expect it to be over once Tsuji gets her on the mat. It's not a title match. Check out this pic of Poovey.
Three other matches have been announced. Megumi Yabushita will return to Smackgirl and will face Benkei in a 60kg match. In a Next Cinderella Middleweight Tournament bout, Miyuki Aruga will face Hiromi Obata. In a Next Cinderella Lightweight Tournament bout, YOKO will face Saori Ishioka. Ayumi "Edge" Saito is also scheduled to appear. All bouts are scheduled for two five minute rounds.
Thursday, March 29, 2007
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Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
I finally have full results for JD Star's Mar. 21 Shin-kiba 1st Ring show. The main event was supposed to be the "final decisive battle" between Team Araki Place & The Caribbean Army. We can only hope. Also, Fuuka had a meltdown after losing to another veteran. But first, JD Star has announced the participants for the League Princess 07 tournament. It will start on April 6 and have a round robin format like last year. They don't have a belt anymore so I don't know how they will reward the winner. They've announced the matches for Apr. 6 so I wanted to discuss the wrestlers involved. I'm familiar with most of them.
There are eight wrestlers and there will be four matches. Arisa Nakajima will face Lily Urai. Nakajima trained at A To Z and is currently the JWP Junior Champion. Urai trained at Gutsworld and has been a part of JD Star's Team Araki Place angle. There is Hiroyo Matsumoto vs Hanako Kobayashi. Matsumoto was trained by Mariko Yoshida and has been very impressive since her debut last July. Kobayashi is a Kaoru Ito trainee and has worked her occasional shows. I think this is her first match outside that company. There's Aya Yuki vs Misaki Ohata. Yuki is a NEO trainee. Ohata is a Jd Star Athtress who debuted in December. Finally JWP trainee Kaori Ohki vs somebody I've never heard of. She just debuted on Mar. 4 and I'm not familiar with the company she works for. I think her name is Murasaki but I'm not sure. We'll figure it out.
Now on to the Mar. 21 show. Ayako Sato won over Misaki Ohata with a missile dropkick at 8:00. Ohata is just weak looking. I saw one of her matches on Youtube. The veteran team of Tsubasa Kuragaki & Leon won over Hiroyo Matsumoto & Ayumi Kurihara. Kuragaki over Matsumoto in 14:59 with several lariats. Next was Fuuka Top Gun 2. Her opponent was Ayako Hamada. It looks like Ayako beat the crap out of Fuuka. Fuuka got very little offense and couldn't even get her F Doll finisher to work for her. Ayako started the match by stomping Fuuka's face into the mat and finished her with a spin kick and a hip drop at 17:18. Fuuka was left sobbing in the middle of the ring. Afterwards, Fuuka was still crying backstage. She wished she had never been in this match. It was the first time a match was a truly unpleasant experience. She thought Ayako was trying to hurt her. Ayako said Fuuka needed to be taught a lesson and Ayako is the teacher. She doesn't know who is teaching the Athtresses but they're not learning very well. So now on the JD Star website they're questioning Fuuka's future. I don't know if this is an angle but it seems like Ayako may have been legit pissed. I may have to see this match.
The main event is the supposed final confrontaion between Team Araki Place & the Caribbean Army. Shuu Shibutani, Cherry & Lily Urai vs Caribbean KIM, RUM & MOON in a six girl elimination tag match. Team Araki Place attempts to shake hands but the Caribbean Army double teams Shibutani outside the ring. Urai won the first fall over MOON with a moonsault press at 14:25. RUM takes advantage and eliminates Urai with the Caribbean com at 15:09. Cherry hits a plancha outside the ring. Back inside, Shibutani eliminates RUM with a diving senton at 21:20. So that leaves Caribbean KIM alone with Shibutani & Cherry. KIM chops both of them and then hits a swinging DDT and a spine buster to eliminate Cherry at 24:50. So it's down to Shibutani & KIM. KIM lifted Shibutani in her Caribbean Impact finisher but she countered it and rolled her up for the win at 32:02. So a very happy finish for the faces. A big win for Shibutani and KIM even shook hands with her afterwards. Holy mackeral! An actual conclusion to an angle.
Monday, March 26, 2007
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Saturday, March 24, 2007
LLPW veteran Eagle Sawai has announced that she will retire after the May 20 Korakuen Hall show. Eagle recently celebrated her 20 year anniversary in joshi on the Feb. 12 Sumo Hall LLPW show and she feels that's a good way to end her career. I would agree with that. The accompanying pic is from the Feb. 12 show. She said she is preparing for married life. When Nikkan Sports asked about a significant other, she said it is possible to prepare for married life alone. Well, I suppose she could always kidnap a husband. Just kidding. Her opponent for her retirement match will be announced at a later time. One other quick LLPW note. They had a show last week that marked the return to joshi of former JD Star Athtress Mizuho Ishikawa. She was brought in to fill in for the injured Francoise. I don't know if she is returning on a regular basis or it's just a one shot deal.
Friday, March 23, 2007
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Wednesday, March 21, 2007
You've probably already heard that JWP is attempting to recreate a tournament called Discover New Heroine. Long time fans will recall that this was an AJW tournament in 1996. It teams a veteran with a rookie and the idea is the rookie gets the rub from the veteran. I'm not sure the concept will work today but I guess it's just something to do and Commando Bolshoi has a history of reviving concepts from the past for no particular reason other than hoping that fans have fond memories of the original tournament. That's flimsy but that's the way the joshi business is these days. They're grasping at straws. It looks like they finished announcing the participating teams on the Mar. 18 Itabashi Green Hall show.
JWP has not announced the schedule for the Discover New Heroine yet but they announced several teams a couple of weeks ago and have added a couple more. But it looks like the tournament will take place over several weeks. I seem to recall that differs from the original. The teams named a couple of weeks ago were as follows. Azumi Hyuga (JWP) & Arisa Nakajima (JWP), Yoshiko Tamura (NEO) & Ayumi Kurihara (free), Nanae Takahash (SUN) & Natsuki*Taiyo (SUN), Tsubasa Kuragaki (JWP) & Shuu Shibutani (JD STAR), Kayoko Haruyama (JWP), Aoi Kizuki (Ice Ribbon), Kaori Yoneyama (JWP), Kaori Oki (JWP). Oki has been out with some sort of illness recently. Misae Genki (NEO) & Aya Yuki (NEO), Yuki Miyazaki (NEO) & Nagisa Nozaki (NEO), Toshie Uematsu (free) & Rei (free), Ran YuYu (free) & Hiroyo Matsumoto (Ibuki), Megumi Yabushita (free) & Lily Urai (Gutsworld), Aki Kamabayashi (Ito) & Mai Ichii (Ito) & Sakura Emi (Ice Ribbon) & Miki Ishii (Ice Ribbon). They have added three more teams this week. Tanny Mouse (NEO) & Bullfight Sora (free), Yu Yamagata (RAVE) & Cherry (Union) & Sachie Abe (JWP) & Misaki Ohata (JD STAR). We can talk about who isn't in this tournament but never mind.
The opening match for JWP's Mar. 18 Itabashi Green Hall show had rookie Arisa Nakajima challenging Manami Toyota. Toyota does her usual grumpy old bitch routine. Nakajima hits several dropkicks but Toyota gets her knees up when she tries a splash. That's the beginning of the end and Toyota wins with the Japanese Ocean Cyclone Suplex at 14:19. JWP Tag Champs Sachie Abe & KAZUKI have a match coming up with Kaori Yoneyama & Toshie Uematsu but on this occasion Yoneyama has a mystery partner and that is Tanny Mouse. Abe & KAZUKI win at 13:03 when KAZUKI hits Yoneyama with a leg lariat. It's at this point that Tanny Mouse announces her partner for the Discover New Heroine tournament is Bullfight Sora. She's a little over experienced but never mind.
ECO attacks Commando Bolshoi before the bell. ECO attempts to get an advantage outside the ring but Bolshoi hits her with a garbage can and finishes her with a single leg crab at 7:11. Leon gives a very spirited match to Yoshiko Tamura. She hits a couple of backbreakers and a mad splash. But Tamura comes back and after several flying elbows, she hits a Patriot Buster for the win at 16:53.
The main event had Azumi Hyuga & Misae Genki vs Tsubasa Kuragaki & Kayoko Haruyama. Typically it was a very exciting match and Hyuga & Haruyama were outstanding. Kuragaki hits a backdrop on Hyuga and tags Haruyama in. She comes in with a guillotine leg drop from the top rope and follows with a lariat. Hyuga comes back with a cross arm suplex and an avalanche style swinging DDT. Haruyama hits another guillotine leg drop but is accidently nailed by Kuragaki and Hyuga pins Haruyama with a crucifix pin at 19:29. A pretty good main event for this show.
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Monday, March 19, 2007
The opener had Kyoko Kimura against Hiroyo Matsumoto. It looks like it was a pretty good match. Matsumoto still likes to use the back breaker and she stunned Kimura with a lariat. But Kimura came back and finished Matsumoto with a cross arm breaker at 10:56. Kimura said afterwards that Yoshida is afraid of her and she will be very interested in the upcoming announcement of the May 5 main event. Next NEO rookie Aya Yuki won over JD Star rookie Misaki Ohata with a cross body block at 7:14.
Next was Ran YuYu & youngster NAO against Sakura Emi & Aoi Kizuki. NAO is the teenager who has been working for Ibuki the last couple of years. She has just graduated from high school. The match came down to NAO & Kizuki and NAO won with a dragon sleeper at 16:59. Shuu Shibutani & Ayumi Kurihara won over Cherry & Rei when Shibutani hit a diving senton on Rei at 19:55.
So now Atsuko Emoto gets another shot at Mariko Yoshida. One of the problems with Emoto is she still has that cow alter ego so it can be difficult to take her seriously but Yoshida really wants to push her. The match itself was back and forth as one would expect. But the turning point came when Emoto kicked out of two Air Raid Crashes. Emoto came back with a brain buster. Yoshida tried to put Emoto to sleep but Emoto escaped, hit five lariats and finished Yoshida with the B Crash (Jack Hammer) at 24:57. Afterwards, Emoto demanded a singles match with Kyoko Kimura at the big Korakuen Hall show. Typically, Kimura was very coy about it. This was a very big win for Emoto so that's the likely main event.
Sunday, March 18, 2007
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Smackgirl did a double shot on Mar. 11 at Shinjuku FACE. The afternoon show featured opening round matches for the Next Cinderella tournaments and the Gi Grappling Princess League. The main event of the evening show had Satoko Shinashi defending her Flyweight Title against Misaki Takimoto along with matches from the Supergals Open Weight Cup tournament, the Killer Queen Flyweight tournament and a Middlweight Title contender match. Is that enough for you?
The afternoon show began with semi final matches from the Gi Grappling Princess League. The final would come later in the show. Both matches were scheduled for two four minute rounds. Asami Kodera won over Mika Nagano at 1:35 of round one with an arm bar. Aiko Ushiduka won over Ayumi Funakoshi at 1:05 of round two with a rear naked choke. Next was a 50kg bout. Sachi over Yuka Okumura at 3:05 of round two with an arm bar. This was followed by several Next Cinderella Tournament matches. Flyweight-Madoka Ebihara over Mamiko Mizoguchi by unanimous decision. Middleweight-Benkei over Hitomi Sakimoto at 1:41 of round one with an arm bar. Lightweight-Emi Tomimatsu over Megumi Ito by unanimous decision. Lightweight-V1 over Anna Saito at 4:53 of round one with a rear naked choke. Flyweight-Maho Muranami over Sakaya Takase at 2:59 of round one by TKO. The ref stopped the match when Takase suffered a knee injury.
Aiko Ushiduka won the Smackgirl Gi Grappling Princess League 02 tournament final over Asami Kodera at 3:08 of round one with an arm bar. In a Middleweight bout, Miki Morifuji defeated HARUMI at 35 sec. of round one with a rear naked choke. In a Lightweight bout, Kyoko Takabayashi won over Saori Ishioka by unanimous decision. The main event of the afternoon show was a Lightweight bout between Akiko Naito ans Yasuko Mogi. The first round was fairly even but Naito hooked a choke hold in the second round and though Mogi came back, Naito won a split decision.
The first match of the evening show was a 55kg bout between Emi Fujino and Madoka Okada. Fujino nailed her with a right and finished her with an arm bar at 2:34 of round one. In a Smackgirl Killer Queen Flyweight tournament bout, Eri Kaneya won over Yukiko Seki by unanimous decision. In a Super Gals Mix Cup Open Weight Tournament semi final bout. HIROKO won over Yuiga by unanimous decision. Yuiga is a pro wrestler who normally works for DDT.
Next was a special Full Contact Karate exhibition with a girl described as a "Karate Idol" named Yuka Kobayashi. She won a unanimous decision over Chie Sato. In a Super Gals Mix Cup Open Weight Tournament semi final bout, Michiko Takeda won over Tama Chan by unanimous decision. In a Smackgirl Killer Queen Flyweight Tournament bout, Mai won over Masako Yoshida by split decision. The winner of the match between Takayo Hashi & Sybil Starr will challenge Hitomi Akano for the Smackgirl Middleweight Title. Sybil is a pro wrestler who works for Dan Severn in Michigan. Hashi took Starr down but they ended up in the corner so they had to get back up. Hashi took her down again, hit her with a straight right and finished her off with an arm bar at 2:47 of round one. Oh well. But Sybil said she had fun being a Smackgirl and she wants to return someday.
The main event had the very popular Satoko Shinashi defending her Smackgirl Flyweight Title against Misaki Takimoto. Shinashi has been training in Brazil recently. It was a very close match. Both had several takedowns but were able to counter that and they had to get back up. It appears that Shinashi got the edge in round two with a dragon screw throw. Takimoto was able to counter and came back in round three. Shinashi won by split decision. Shinashi said she is ready for the next challenger and is returning to Brazil shortly. Almost forgot to mention that Smackgirl Lightweight Champ Yuka Tsuji announced that she will return to Smackgirl on the Apr. 28 Osaka show to face a gaijin to be announced.
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
The finals of the OZ Academy Wizard Of Oz Title tournament was Mar. 10 at Shinjuku FACE. They had three more tournament matches and then the final. It's a round robin tournament and Aja Kong was leading. Mika Nishio came out to read a letter from Carlos Amano to fans. I guess she was predicting she would win the tournament. In the opener, Dynamite Kansai defeated Amano with a splash mountain at 7:09. So I guess not.
Chikayo Nagashima had to win the next two matches to make the final against Aja Kong. First Nagashima defeated Dynamite Kansai in 4:29. Next Nagashima had to battle Mayumi Ozaki. Of couse Police helped Ozaki. He came out when the previous match ended and kicked Nagashima. Ozaki used weapons on Nagashima. Then they ganged up on her outside the ring. It doesn't look good. But Amano & Kansai stuffed Police in a bag and dragged him away. This was Nagashima's big chance and she beat Ozaki in 8:32.
Ran YuYu & Aja Kong won over Sonoko Kato & Ayako Hamada in 21:59. It looks like Kato got in a little offense in this match but she still lost. Finally the Wizard Of Oz final. Aja Kong vs Chikayo Nagashima. Nagashima attempts to strangle Aja but Aja smashes her into the corner. She splashes her in the corner. Aja sets Nagashima up for the back fist and it's all over in 8:00. Congratulations to Aja Kong for winning the Wizard Of Oz Championship.
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
You have to understand that when I get annoyed about Fuuka it's not really about Fuuka. It's about the idiots who run JD Star thinking that fans are gullible. So it could be any of the Athtresses but Fuuka is the one they want to push. Seeing Mimi Hagiwara in that white bathing suit just confirms how misguided the Athtress concept is. Mimi was the original idol wrestler but she worked hard in the ring and that's why her matches are memorable 25 years later. So JD star had the Fuuka 3rd anniversary show Mar. 10 at Shin-kiba 1st Ring with some guests and and a pointless ceremony at the end of the show.
The opener had Bullfight Sora & Hiroyo Matsumoto vs Ayumi Kurihara & Misaki Ohata. Matsumoto displayed her power by punishing Ohata with back breakers, brain busters and finished her at 13:39. Afterwards, Ohata was pesented with a commemorative gift upon graduating from high school. Will she ever graduate from wrestling school? Nanae Takahashi came over from Pro Wrestling SUN to wrestle Fuuka on this special show. Fuuka's wrestler brother Kakimoto was her second. JD Star wants you to know Fuuka sported a brand new red outfit. Takahashi won with a backdrop in 14:10. Takahashi controlled most of the match but it appears Fuuka may have performed a little better than she normally does in this kind of match. In time we'll see if it means anything.
The main event was a series of singles matches between Team Araki Place & The Caribbean Army. This angle is starting to drag. JD Star keeps promising a conclusion but have yet to deliver. This had three singles matches and the other Caribbean Army members would be banished from ringside to prevent interference. They actually pulled string to determine the matchups. The first match was Lily Urai vs Caribbean MOON. MOON won with a spinning leg kick at 9:04. Next was Cherry vs Caribbean RUM. Cherry wins in 3:12 with a Majistral Cradle after hitting a missile kick, a German suplex and a Cherryton bomb. So it's tied at one apiece. The final match is Shuu Shibutani vs Caribbean KIM. The ending of this had a ref bump from a Shibutani hurricanrana. While the ref was incapacitated, the other Caribbean Army members ganged up on Shibutani and used the Caribbean Impact on her. The ref recovered in time to count three at 19:02. Of course there was an uproar over the Caribbean Army breaking the rules. KIM admitted it and next week will have a 6 girl elimination tag match promising a conclusion to this feud. Yeah, right.
Fuuka's third anniversary ceremony ended the show. They had damcers and singers. But the main part had Fuuka and her wrestler brother Kakimoto teaming up in a match against two masked guys called DV & DVD. Who are these guys? They turn out to be Fuuka's father and older brother. Mom was at ringside. Dad is an elementary school principal and older brother is a city assemblyman. So they had a little match and had a little fun with it. Fuuka thanked everyone for everything and that was over. JD Star has announced that this year's Princess League tournament will be called Grapple Beauty Future 07 and will begin on Apr. 6.
Monday, March 12, 2007
There is not much question that Jaguar Yokota is one of the most important and revered figures in joshi puroresu history. This is not only for her tremendous ring skills and charisma but for her ability to train the next generation to be as good as she is. When fans talk about the glory days of the 1990s, it all comes back to Jaguar because she trained a lot of those wrestlers. So the entire joshi puroresu industry gathered at the Hotel Laforest in Tokyo on Mar. 11 to celebrate Jaguar Yokota's thirty years in joshi. It was a star studded affair with 1003 fans in attendance.
The format of the show was a wrestling show in the afternoon followed by a ceremony and stage show in the evening. This was also Jaguar's first ring appearance since giving birth to her son in December. You can be sure she has been hitting the gym preparing for this day. The show started with a 30 girl Royal Rumble style battle royal. The big thing here was the participation of joshi puroresu legends Mimi Hagiwara, Lucy Kayama & Tomy Aoyama. The wrestlers entered the ring in groups. A wrestler could be eliminated by pinfall, submission, foul, over the top rope, whatever. The first group was Toshie Uematsu, Sachie Abe, Obacchi Iizuka, Bullfight Sora, KAZUKI & GAMI. The second group was Cherry, Nozomi Takesako, Kyoko Kimura, Haruka Matsuo, Saki Maemura (replacing the injured Hikaru), Leon, Hiroyo Muto & AKINO. The third group was Chikayo Nagashima, Carlos Amano, Ran YuYu, Yuki Miyazaki, Tanny Mouse & Misae Genki. The fourth group was Michiko Ohmukai, Kaoru Ito, Mariko Yoshida, Manami Toyota, Mayumi Ozaki & Yumiko Hotta. The final group was Devil Masami, Tomy Aoyama, Lucy Kayama, Mimi Hagiwara & Jaguar Yokota. Not surprisingly the legends didn't last very long. The finish came down to Devil Masami & Chikayo Nagashima. Nagashima won by pinfall at 21:07. The trophy was presented by Maki Ueda.
The rest of the show was a promotional theme show. First was a Pro Wrestling SUN match with Nanae Takahashi over Natsuki*Taiyo with a reverse splash at 12:32. Next was an LLPW match with former AJW wrestlers Takako Inoue & Noriyo Tateno. Jaguar trained Takako. Takako won with destiny's hammer in 8:57. Next was a JWP match with Azumi Hyuga, Commando Bolshoi & Tsubasa Kuragaki over Kaori Yoneyama, Kayoko Haruyama & ECO in 13:26. And finally a NEO match with Yoshiko Tamura over Etsuko Mita with the running elbow at 9:19. Two more Jaguar trainees.
The main event was Jaguar Yokota, Dynamite Kansai & Ayako Hamada vs. Aja Kong, KAORU & Amazing Kong. KAORU & Aja are two more Jaguar trainees. It was apparently a very entertaining match. Everone got to do their trademark spots. Jaguar used the Princessrana (reverse hurricanrana) on KAORU for the win at 23:00. Jaguar said it's been a great thirty years and thank you for everyhting. Aja Kong grabbed the mike and said "We can never thank you enough for everything you've done for us." The evening show had mostly singing. Chigusa Nagayo & Lioness Asuka sang. Maki Ueda & Devil Masami sang. Mimi Hagiwara sang and she's an actress so she was probably pretty good. Jaguar Yokota and her husband and son took the stage to thank everyone for a great day celebarating her thirty years in joshi puroresu.