Sunday, September 30, 2007
Saturday, September 29, 2007
JWP had what I would describe as a media opportunity to introduce two new wrestlers on Friday at the JWP Dojo. It was set up as a test of the new trainees but it's actually a way to promote the New Year's Eve Junior All Star War. Both wrestlers did various exercises including 200 squats. JWP owner Commando Bolshoi, Azumi Hyuga, Tsubasa Kuragaki & Kayoko Haruyama were judging them and of course they passed the test. There's not much point in testing them and failing them. Kaori Yoneyama & Tojuki Leon were in the ring putting them through their paces including sparring. The first girl is Mayuka Shinzaki. She was born Jan. 16, 1992 in Tokyo. She is 157cm tall and weighs 58kg. The second is a masked wrestler named YUKI. She is 154cm tall and weighs 53kg. Like her boss Commando Bolshoi, she hails from the famed Parts Unknown. That's where all the masked wrestlers live. Bolshoi said aftewards that both wrestlers will debut at the Junior All Star War.
Friday, September 28, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Sportsnavi has posted an in depth interview with Fuuka, Mio & Io Shirai and RICA to promote the Sept. 30 Fuuka Matsuri show. We do get a bit of a clarification about Fuuka's activities. Fuuka was asked about her right knee. She says it's not perfect but it's good enough. There's no pain. She says she wants to be ready for the EWA Womens Title match against Tracy Taylor. She wants to win the title and then defend it at Fuuka Matsuri in December. She was asked about her younger sister Fuuka Kidd. She says they will be reunited after being separated for a long time and it's a taboo subject in her family.
Next is the first Sportsnavi interview for Mio & Io Shirai. Since they are on opposite sides of a tag team on this show, they were asked if they've fought each other before. They said yeah and it's not a big deal. They were asked about the pain of being a pro wrestler. Io says there's pain on Sunday but it's gone by the time she goes to high school on Monday. Io is 17 and Mio is 19 and is in the second year at a special school. They were asked how they got into pro wrestling. Mio says MAHEKEN owner Tomo Hashimoto asked them about it. She went to a show with a friend and decided to try it. Then Io got interested. They didn't know Hashimoto before but it seems he was looking around for girls to train.
They talk a bit about their match at Fuuka Matsuri. Mio wants to pin her sister. Io says she has a really strong partner in JWP's Arisa Nakajima and Io wants to pin her older sister. All four girls get a good laugh from this. Io says there is also an older sister and she designs all their costumes. Mio says they were happy to be invited to be on Fuuka Matsuri. They like to work a lot of shows. They also said that Hashimoto is going away to the US for a couple of months.
Next was a brief talk with RICA. She was asked about the chalk art she's doing for the Fuuka Matsuri show. She says the signboards are already done and they can be seen on her blog. She uses oil paints in school but the chalk art is for fun. The four were asked if they are dancing together at the show. Fuuka said no but they do have a band and are planning to record a CD. She hasn't recorded any songs yet. Supposedly they will debut as a group on the Sept. 30 show. RICA says she's a lead singer in a girl group. Have they decided what instruments they will play? RICA said sort of. Mio says they'll decide somehow. What will Fuuka do? She says she hasn't done any music so she doesn't know. Io says she wants to play drums but has never done that. Mio says she played a little guitar in high school. Fuuka thinks she can play a tambourine. She says she's not worried because RICA can play guitar. Fuuka says they're looking to release the CD in February at her fourth anniversary.
Fuuka says it's not just the four of them on the Fuuka Matsuri debut. Several dancers will appear in the opening of the show. She also has the exhibition with Karate Idol Yuka Kobayashi and Matsuoka Satohaka has wriiten and performed a new theme song for Fuuka called SPEED. She thinks fans will get their money's worth. Fuuka was asked if this group of four has a name. She says Fuuka Ranger. Obviously a lot of the talk about music was just joking around. But joshi has a long history of singing wrestlers mostly from the glory days of All Japan Women. We just haven't seen much of that lately. All four girls said they want to put on the best possible show and make Fuuka Matsuri a success.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Ibuki had their latest show on Sept. 23 at Shin-kiba 1st Ring with 339 fans in attendance. It had the usual mix of veterans and youngsters. The opener had JWP rookie Asuka Ohki vs Mio Shirai of MAHEKEN. Mariko Yoshida said on her website that Ohki is a little more polished in the ring. Ohki controlled the first part of the match with ground work. Mio came back with a missile dropkick and a face buster. Ohki won with a missile dropkick at 8:07. Next was Sakura Emi & rookie Yuko Motohashi over Misaki Ohata & Hiroyo Matsumoto when Emi used something called a Meow Meow press on Ohata. The match was spotty because of the inexperience of Ohata & Motohashi. Yoshida says Ohata has improved.
Next was the boss herself Mariko Yoshida vs Tomoka Nakagawa. Nakagawa attacked Yoshida at the bell. But Yoshida weathered the storm and attacked Nakagawa's knee and then her arm. Yoshida says Nakagawa is stronger than her. Maybe she's just trying to put her over. Yoshida hit an Air Raid Crash for two count and then made her tap out with a crab at 16:52. Next was Atsuko Emoto vs the teenager NAO. Emoto is more powerful so NAO has to use her speed. But Emoto got her in a stranglehold and finished her with the BB Buster at 13:47. Afterwards, Emoto said she respected NAO and is looking forward to her trip to Mexico.
The main event was Kyoko Kimura & Cherry vs Shuu Shibutani & Aoi Kizuki. Kimura was in a very bad mood and beat up Shibutani & Kizuki for most of the match. Cherry hits a dropkick. Shibutani comes back with a diving Senton and then Shibutani & Kizuki hit a double dive outside the ring. But then Kimura takes control again. While Cherry keeps Shibutani occupied, Kimura hits Kizuki with a jumping lariat and the Big Boots for the win at 23:47. Afterwards, Kimura got on the mic and berated Shibutani. Shibutani started crying but Kizuki grabbed the mic had some words of encouragement. The moral of the story is don't mess with Kyoko Kimura.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Pro Wrestling SUN had two shows on the weekend. It started with the Sept. 22 Shinjuku FACE show. The opener had Kana make her return to the ring against Nanae Takahashi. Kana wore a new costume and had a new theme. Kana gets in some offense but Takahashi blocks a German suplex. Then a missile kick for a two count. Takahashi hits a high kick in the corner for a two count and finally a shoulder block for the win at 10:42. Next was Shuu Shibutani vs Bullfight Sora. These two are going to Mexico together soon. So they discuss Sora's costume for a while. They finally get the match going and Shibutani wins with a flying head scissors at 8:27.
Next was Toshie Uematsu & ZEST.CO vs Natsuki*Taiyo & Fuuka. If Uematsu beats Fuuka, she gets her own photo book. I've seen ZEST.CO's costume and it's impossible to tell who she is. Uematsu stomps on a Fuuka bikini shot. So the match is going along and Uematsu whips Fuuka into the corner and the middle rope breaks. Apparently this wasn't planned so they had to improvise the finish. Uematsu talked Fuuka into letting her win the match at 12:34. Uematsu gets her photo book and the ring was repaired.
Hikaru gets her rematch with Aja Kong. Of course Aja dominated. She nailed her with everything and busted her open with a chair. Aja won with a diving elbow drop at 16:32. The mainevent was Nanae Takahashi & Saki Maemura vs Azumi Hyuga & Tojuki Leon. Of course this is supposed to set up the upcoming Takahashi/Hyuga match. So they weren't in there together much and Takahashi used the Nanarack on Leon for the win at 22:15.
The Sept. 23 show at Aquamarine Kimitsu was for the ZEAL CUP tag team tournament with a prize of a million yen. The teams of Nanae Takahashi & Natsuki*Taiyo and Shuu Shibutani & Kana got first round byes. The first round matches had Kayoko Haruyama & Arisa Nakajima over Saki Maemura & Fuuka at 18:23 when Haruyama used a lariat on Maemura. Hikaru & Atsuko Emoto defeated Aja Kong & ZEST.CO when Aja accidently hit ZEST.CO with the back fist and Emoto used a World's #1 on ZEST.CO for the win at 9:41. In the first semi final, Nanae Takahashi & Natsuki*Taiyo defeated Kayoko Haruyama & Arisa Nakajima at 12:07 when Takahashi used the NANA*MOMO driver on Nakajima. Hikaru & Atsuko Emoto defeated Shuu Shibutani & Kana when Hikaru used a Kusha Rhythm on Kana at 13:19. Afterwards, Kana was told her grandfather died and she dedicated her career revival to him.
So now the final with Nanae Takahashi & Natsuki*Taiyo vs Hikaru & Atsuko Emoto. I guess the idea was to show the SUN teams are stronger than the other teams. It was a spirited battle. The end came when Takahashi's NANA*MOMO driver misfired. Hikaru hit a missile lick on Natsuki*Taiyo while Emoto battled with Takahashi outside the ring. This allowed Hikaru to get the win over Natsuki*Taiyo with the Lanakila-H at 19:50. Hikaru & Atsuko Emoto win the ZEAL CUP tournament. Afterwards, they talked about this being the first time they had ever teamed up and Emoto talked about spending her share of the million yen in Mexico. It's good to see them throw Hikaru a bone once in a while. It was also announced that Kana is now part of the SUN roster.
Monday, September 24, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Saturday, September 22, 2007
As I said last week when Fuuka announced the matches for Fuuka Matsuri on Sept. 30 at Shin-kiba 1st Ring, There will be more than wrestling on the show. Fuuka went to the Sportsnavi office on Friday to announce some other things for the show. She was accompanied by Io & Mio Shirai from the MAHEKEN fed and a dancer/artist named RICA. Fuuka says she wants to be clear that Fuuka Matsuri will be different from the usual wrestling show. There will be singing and dancing that she hopes fans will enjoy. There will be other things like the exhibition with Karate Idol Yuka Kobayashi. One secret project she is working on is tentatively called Fuuka Ranger. And she also plans to record a CD for March release. She says she wants to be an entertainer who can do anything. Uh huh.
So she's bringing in this girl RICA for a couple of reasons. Though Fuuka wouldn't exactly say, it looks like the show will begin with some sort of dance segment. From what I can tell, RICA is a trained dancer and is the likely choreographer. I can understand the mystery. She wants fans to be surprised. I'm sure it will be OK. RICA is also a noted chalk artist and likes to do murals. She's done a mural of Fuuka and I guess that's how they met. RICA will be doing several chalk art pieces that will be displayed at the show. Fuuka also says there will be some sort of girl group singing on the show but she didn't elaborate. Shh. It's a secret.
Io & Mio Shirai have a match on the show. Mio will team with Yuri Urai against Io & Arisa Nakajima. These two rookies are sisters and work for the MAHEKEN indy fed. They're attractive girls and they're teenagers. What more do you want? Of course they're still green in the ring but they're working a lot and hopefully they'll improve. Part of the problem is MAHEKEN is not on TV and they don't tape their shows. So there's not much footage of them around right now. I saw a couple of matches from the POP Princess tournament. They're still young and learning. Apparently MAHEKEN owner/trainer Tomo Hashimoto will supervise their match on the show. That's probably a good idea. In addittion, it seems the Shirai sisters have a new finisher and have asked fans to come up with a name for it. Entries are supposed to be sent to Lady's Ring magazine. It was announced that Kana's opponent will be Atsuko Emoto.
Friday, September 21, 2007
Pro Wrestling SUN had another press conference on Thursday to announce various upcoming matches including the card for the Oct. 7 Osaka show which is called Chick & Dog. Hikaru started the press conference by announcing that she lost the EWA Womens Title to Tracy Taylor in the three way match in Hawaii. Typically, she claimed the ref cheated and made a quick count and even compared him to AJW heel ref Shiro Abe. We see a lot of this kind of booking with the virtuous SUN girls getting jobbed by officials. Hikaru says she wants to go after the belt in the future but now she wants to concentrate on Aja Kong. This means that the Tracy Taylor/Fuuka match is for the title. I'll get to that shortly.
Next they announced that the winner of the ZEAL CUP tag team tournament on Sept. 23 will win a million yen. So of course they had comments by the various participants. Nanae Takahashi said that she & Natsuki*Taiyo went to the semi final of the Discover New Heroine tournament but they will win this. She also said she will eat a chocolate parfait with a million yen. Ribbing Takahashi's appetite has been has been a SUN recurring theme. Natsuki*Taiyo said she wants to go to Disneyland. Maybe she'll run into Amy Action there. Fuuka & Saki Maemura said it's their first time teaming and they will win. Fuuka wants to eat pork cutlet. Atsuko Emoto will team with Hikaru and said she wants to have a good result before she goes to Mexico.
The main event for the Oct. 7 Osaka show will be Nanae Takahashi vs Azumi Hyuga. The two basically said the same thing. They both want to represent their companies and win. Saki Maemura said she has a secret plan to win the AWA World Womens Title from Jamie Dee. She always says that. She wants to use her upcoming match against Toshie Uematsu as a stepping stone to the title. I'm sure Uematsu will appreciate that. They will have a contract signing when Jamie arrives in Japan. They also announced a mixed match with Hikaru, Masato Tanaka & Lingerie Muto vs Aja Kong, Kohei Sato & American Balloon. Hikaru crowed that it's another opportunity to beat Aja. She wants to be world champ but has to get past Aja.
Next Fuuka discussed her match with EWA Womens Champ Tracy Taylor. Fuuka said she is very excited especially since the match is in Osaka. She sat down to sign the contract. Toshie Uematsu entered the room and said "What's a SUN press conference without Uematsu?" She tells Fuuka to sign the contract. Takahashi wants to know how it's her business. Uematsu says you'll see. Fuuka signs the contract and Uematsu says it's a contract to put out a photo collection of Uematsu. This was tied to the result of the Sept. 22 tag team match with Fuuka & Natsuki*Taiyo vs Toshie Uematsu & ZEST.CO. I guess if Uematsu wins she gets her photo book. When Uematsu attacks Fuuka, the SUN wrestlers gang up on Uematsu and pull off her t-shirt revealing a bikini top. Uematsu says they've got a deal. If she wins on the 22nd, Fuuka has to publish an Uematsu photo book. And she'll beat up Maemura on the 23rd. The SUN girls laughed and the press conference was over. They also announced a ZERO-ONE MAX men's match & Natsuki* Taiyo vs KANA for the Oct. 7 show. Here's video of the end of the press conference. Uematsu sure is in shape.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Retired ARSION star Ai Fujita gave birth to a daughter this week. She discusses the event in her column on the Lady's Ring website. I'm not going to go into detail but she was in hospital for four days. It seems she was overdue and labour had to be induced on the third day. Of course fans will fondly remember Fujita from her days as a regular in ARSION. She first debuted in Mexico and was an always reliable ring performer. Fujita retired in 2004 and she seems very happy with her husband and newborn daughter. Congratulations to Ai Fujita.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
I wanted to follow up on this because when I wrote yesterday about the Haruka Matsuo winning the NEO Singles & NWA Pacific Titles, NEO general manager Koda hadn't said anything on his blog. He's getting a lot of criticism from fans. Of course he's defensive about it. Fans are telling him that putting the titles on Matsuo is a mistake. He says he doesn't know but fans should give her a chance. Other fans think he's panicking and rushing to put the belt on a younger wrestler. He says there's no need to panic and everything is OK. In other words, he wants fans to chill out.
Haruka Matsuo will have her first match after winning the double titles on the Sept. 24 Itabashi Green Hall show against Etsuko Mita. Matsuo is in a very difficult situation. I'm not sure there is anything that she could do to make fans feel better about the title change. That's a lot of pressure. Other matches include Yoshiko Tamura vs Tomoka Nakagawa, Nagisa Nozaki & Aoi Kizuki vs Toshie Uematsu & Ran YuYu, Midae Genki vs Mai Ichii, Aya Yuki vs Shuu Shibutani and a match being billed as NEO vs IGF Starting The War. I know what you're thinking. Isn't that Inoki's new fed. Nope, it stands for Indiana Girl Fight. Huh? Koda started it in the spring as a training fed but he only ran one show in May. I haven't heard anything about it ever since. The match will be Tanny Mouse & Yuki Miyazaki vs Mika Mizunuma & Yuiga. I'm not familiar with either wrestler and I don't know if Yuiga is the ex-DDT wrestler. This comes out of nowhere.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
NEO's Sept. 17 Korakuen Hall show was called BEAT UP 07 but they might as well call it The New Generation. Haruka Matsuo won the NEO Singles & NWA Pacific Titles from Yoshiko Tamura. The way NEO GM Koda was trying to sell Matsuo as a future ace, it was certainly possible that she would win. But she is unproven and giving her a sudden championship win could backfire. It looks like Tamura is going to be involved in the tag title picture for a while. Koda couldn't use her in both angles so he had to make a choice. It remains to be seen if he made the right choice. They also ended the NEO Machine Gunz nonsense, I hope.
The opener had Aya Yuki & Atsuko Emoto over Mariko Yoshida & Hiroyo Matsumoto with Yuki over Matsumoto with a kamikaze attack at 11:35. Etsuko Mita, Miki Ishii & Makoto defeated Nagisa Nozaki, Aoi Kizuki & Hikari Manami when Makoto used a double arm suplex on Manami at 13:17. Misae Genki & Kaoru Ito went 15 minutes to a draw. Then they did the NEO Machine Gunz match it was a three way match for the right to use the name NEO Machine Gunz. It was Tanny Mouse & Yuki Miyazaki vs the Cantonese Machine Gunz vs the Szechwan Machine Gunz. The Cantonese were revealed a few days ago to be Kaori Yoneyama & Kayoko Haruyama. The Szechwan turned out to be GAMI & Toshie Uematsu. They were all made up to look like Tanny Mouse & Yuki Miyazaki. Of course the real NEO Machine Gunz won in 12:35 and will retain their name and appearance.
Ayako Hamada said a few days ago that she was disappointed that she and Kaoru Ito weren't defending the NEO Tag Team Titles against Sakura Emi & Yoshiko Tamura. She'll probably get that match now that she won over Sakura Emi with the AP Cross at 17:52. Of course the main event had Haruka Matsuo win the NEO Singles & NWA Pacific Titles from Yoshiko Tamura with the Mack at 18:33. She didn't even use her normal frog splash finisher. The major criticisn of the match is it needed to be more special for a title change. Tamura held the title for almost two years. Matsuo hadn't had a title shot for two years. They could have had a series of matches to build up to the title change. Koda has a couple of reasons for the title change. Maybe Tamura is getting stale and he also wants to use her in the tag titles angle. But the big question remains is Matsuo ready for this. If not, Koda has a big problem. We will find out if Haruka Matsuo is ready to be NEO's ace. Many of us have doubts. Congratulations on winning the titles.
Monday, September 17, 2007
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Details have been announced for a couple of upcoming commemorative shows. The full card for the Devil Masami 30th Anniversary show and some details about the Michiko Ohmukai Retirement show. The Ohmukai show is called Final Egoist and will be Dec. 9 at Shunjuku FACE. Participants will include Michiko Ohmukai of course, Mariko Yoshida, GAMI, AKINO, Tojuki Leon, Bullfight Sora & Ayumi Kurihara. Kurihara is scheduled to return from her shoulder injury next month. But the big news is that a retired ARSION wrestler is returning to the ring for one night only. There are three names that come to mind; Yumi Fukawa, Ai Fujita & Rie Tamada. It's a little bit of a risk for Fukawa to wrestle again as she retired due to concussions. She probably can't take bumps. Ai Fujita is currently pregnant. I'm not sure when she's due. Rie Tamada had her baby a few months ago and I think she would be the most likely to return to the ring. I'm sure all three will be at the show.
The full card for Marvelous Night Miracle Game has been announced. This is Devil Masami's 30th Anniversary show and will be on Sept. 30 at Differ Ariake. The show is produced by Chigusa Nagayo and Devil Masami & Jaguar Yokota's company Empress Produce. The show has a definite GAEA flavour to it but I'm not sure what distinguishes it from a regular show. I guess it's the ceremonial stuff. The main event will be Devil Masami, Dynamite Kansai & Manami Toyota vs Aja Kong, Yumiko Hotta & Kaoru Ito. Other matches include a GAEA Reunion match with Meiko Satomura, Toshie Uematsu & Chikayo Nagashima vs Sonoko Kato, RanYuYu & Carlos Amano, a Sendai Girls match with T-Rex Okuda & Mizhaaya vs Dash Chisako & Sendai Sachiko, a mixed match with KAORU & LTP vs Ayako Hamada & El Blazer and Azumi Hyuga vs Bolshoi Kid. So no Jaguar Yokota or Mayumi Ozaki and no wrestlers from the 80s. And the Sendai match seems like it doesn't belong. The card is a little strange.
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Friday, September 14, 2007
Neo held a press conference Thursday to promote their Sept. 17 Korakuen Hall show. They had the contract signing for the Yoshiko Tamura/Haruka Matsuo title match and they continued this very silly NEO Machine Gunz angle. That will be a three way tag match and I'll get to the specifics later. They previously announced Sakura Emi vs Ayako Hamada and also Misae Genki vs Kaoru Ito, Etsuko Mita, Miki Ishii & Makoto vs Nagisa Nozaki, Aoi Kizuki & Hikari Manami and Aya Yuki & Atsuko Emoto vs Mariko Yoshida & Hiroyo Matsumoto. But they concentrated on the two main angles.
So they did the contract signing for Yoshiko Tamura defending her NEO Singles & NWA Pacific Titles against Haruka Matsuo. The other part of this angle had Tamura talking Sakura Emi into facing Ayako Hamada to get revenge for losing the tag titles to Ayako & Kaoru Ito. I don't know if it will happen at this show but I get the impression that Tamura will turn on Emi. Don't know if they'll do that on this show or what they're going to do after but that's how it seems. Meanwhile, the talk during the press conference centered on Matsuo as future ace of NEO. Matsuo said that it's not good for NEO for Tamura to have had the belt for so long and it's her turn to be the NEO's ace. Tamura's response was "We'll see if you have what it takes to be the ace." Probably not. Hopefully it's a good match but Tamura will win. Here's video of the contract signing.
The NEO Machine Gunz have been involved in this Chinese angle for a while now. Last week, NEO general manager Koda announced that Yuki Miyazaki was attacked and injured by the Chinese Machine Gunz. Of course there was no video footage or pics. They had Miyazaki come out on crutches on last week's show but she did work in the match against the Cantonese Macine Gunz. Some injury, huh. Then a third team described as Szechwan Machine Gunz cane out and it was decided that there would be a three way match and the winner will retain the rights to use the Machine Gunz name. History tells us that Tanny Mouse & Yuki Miyazaki will probably win. The idea behind this is the Chinese teams resemble the NEO Machine Gunz. You'll notice the above pic of the Cantonese Machine Gunz resemble Kaori Yoneyama & Kayoko Haruyama. At the press conference, Koda pretended he couldn't tell the teams apart. Then they started fighting with each other. That's not on the video here but they are yelling at each other.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
They had already announced Kana will return on the Sept. 22 Shinjuku FACE show against Nanae Takahashi. Other matches are Bullfight Sora vs Shuu Shibutani, Natsuki*Taiyo & Fuuka vs Toshie Uematsu & ZEST.CO and Hikaru vs Aja Kong. They also announced that Jamie Dee will defend her AWA World Womens Championship against Saki Maemura on the Oct. 7 Osaka Prefectural Gym show. Tracy Taylor will come in from Hawaii to face Nanae Takahashi and Natsuki*Taiyo will face Kana.
The press conference attempted to set up some conflict between Nanae Takahashi & Kana. It's hard because they're pals. They had Kana berate Takahashi for booking herself in two matches on the Sept. 22 show. She says to Takahashi "What if you get hurt in the first match?" Takahashi tells her not to worry about it. Then they start fighting each other. Then Kana has a stare down with Natsuki*Taiyo to set up their Oct. 7 match. Then Maemura said she knows she is the underdog in her title match with Jamie Dee but she has a secret plan. Takahashi says she's still upset about losing the AWA title to Jamie Dee and wants a rematch so she won't watch Maemura's title shot. She also says she plans to challenge Azumi Hyuga to a singles match at the Oct. 16 JWP show.
Hikaru started to talk about her Sept. 15 match in Hawaii against Tracy Taylor & Malia Hosaka for the EWA Womens Championship. Of course Aja Kong came in and disrupted the press conference. I think she may have ripped up a show poster. She told Hikaru she's not facing anyone interesting in Hawaii. Toshie Uematsu beat Malia Hosaka years ago. Of course she callenged Hikaru and the Sept. 22 match was set. Aja also said she plans to bring a mystery gaijin tag team partner for the Oct. 7 Osaka show. I'm sure that will be the subject of their next press conference.
Pro Wrestling WAVE had their latest show on Sept. 11 at Shin-kiba 1st Ring. Unfortunately, the big news on this show is not good. The attendance was 86 fans. But then it got worse. GAMI admitted to Lady's Ring magazine that the announced attendance of 128 for the Sept. 3 show was padded. The real figure was 55 fans. She apologized and promised not to do that again. Padding attendance figures at Japanese wrestling shows isn't unusual. Getting caught is another matter. This should be very alarming to the company. The problem may be no one wants to go to mid week shows. It's more likely that the ticket prices are too high. They should cut the prices and they'll get more fans. They're running shows every week so how long can WAVE go on like this?
The show started with a brief ceremony in tribute to the 2nd anniversary of the death of Mirai. She died Sept. 12, 2005 in a bathtub accident. Of course she was very good friends with GAMI. They had a ten bell count and a minute of silence. Opening WAVE had KAORU over Kyoko Kimura with a moonsault press at 19:07. Lucha WAVE had AKINO over Shuu Shibutani with the noki-A backbreaker at 16:38. Shibutani was still talking about her upcoming trip to Mexico and becoming KAORU's disciple. The two will team up next week.
Comical WAVE had Toshie Uematsu & Ran YuYu over GAMI & Bullfight Sora when some comedy nonsense resulted in Uematsu pinning Sora. The main event had Yumi Ohka continue Resurrection WAVE against Nanae Takahashi. Ohka tried hard and was said to have performed better than she performed last week. Takahashi won with a backdrop at 21:24. Toshie Uematsu challenged Ohka after the match and that will be the main event for Sept. 18. Comical WAVE will have Lingerie Muto vs Bullfight Sora. Lucha WAVE will have KAORU & Shuu Shibutani vs AKINO & Tojuki Leon. Opening WAVE is GAMI vs Ran YuYu vs Kyoko Kimura in a 3 way match. We'll see how many fans they get next week.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
Sendai Girls had their latest show on Sept. 8 at Zepp Sendai. Like a lot of their shows, it was against a visiting promotion, the Kaoru Ito Professional Wrestling Classroom. At the start of the show, the new names for the Sendai trainees were announced. This is probably a good idea because then they can develop their own personalities and look and it's also good for merchandising. It's probably not a great idea to put these girls on other promotions main events but I guess they're perceived as special. One of the names doesn't translate very well so until I can find out what it's supposed to be, I will use the real name. Sachiko Kanari is now called Sachiko Sendai. Chisako Kanari is now called Dash Chisako. Akari Okuda is now called T-Rex Okuda. Ayane Mizumura is called Mizhaaya. Yurie Kaneko doesn't translate.
The opener was Yurie Kaneko against Mai Ichii. Kaneko starts with two dropkicks. Ichii comes back with a kick and a camel clutch. Kaneko comes back with a kick, dropkicks and a facebuster. Ichii hits a missile kick and then a Comet kick for the win at 8:27. Next was Sachiko Sendai against Hanako Kobayashi. Sachiko is now a blonde. Sachiko starts with a dropkick and Kobayashi counters with a camel clutch. Scahiko hits two tackles and an achilles hold. After exchanging elbows, Sachiko hits two dropkicks. Kobayashi comes back with a DDT. Then Sachiko misses a missile kick. Kobayashi attempts a body attack from the corner but Sachiko hits a DDT and a German suplex for the win at 9:27 (pictured). This was her first win.
Next was Mizhaaya against Midori. Midori is also from Sendai. Mizhaaya started with a body ram and a camel clutch. Midori hits a body press from the corner. They exchange elbows. Mizhaaya's missile kick gets a two count. After three lariats, Mizhaaya wins with a diving guillotine legdrop at 8:04. Next was Dash Chisako against Kaoru Ito. Ito uses her size advantage with a lariat and a footstamp followed by a hip attack in the corner. Chisako attempts to counter but it doesn't work and Ito comes back with a body press and a back throw. Chisako knocks Ito out of the ring with a dropkick and then dives from the corner to the arena floor. Back in the ring, Chisako hits two missile kicks. Ito hits lariats for a couple of two counts and then finishes her with the diving footstamp at 11:40.
The main event was Ayako Hamada & Ayako Sato against Meiko Satomura & T-Rex Okuda. The story is that Satomura is still upset about her recent loss to Hamada. Hamada & Satomura tag in at the five minute mark. They go back and forth as one would expect until Satomura hits a dragon screw. Okuda tags in and is hit by a double dropkick. Satomura is back in with Hamada. Hamada hits a missile kick and a moonsault. Satomura comes back with a footstamp, a middle kick abd a savat kick. They hit a lot of big moves. Okuda hits four jumping knees on Hamada. Hamada comes back with a moonsault and Satomura breaks up the pin. Hamada hits Okuda with three spin kicks followed by the AP Cross for the win at 25:39. Sato cut Satomura off at the pass. Afterwards. Satomura announced that the Oct. 5 show will be Sendai vs JWP.