8/21 OZ Academy Results-15 Years? Does That Mean They Graduate College Next Year?
Bad joke of course but it’s still a big milestone as OZ Academy capped off a months-long celebration with their 15th Anniversary Commemoration event, one of the biggest in the promotion’s history, if not the biggest yet. Results from Yokohama Cultural Gym via Hiroyuki Nakamura’s official blog:
They claimed 2515 paid. That’s the best number I’ve seen for a joshi event period as long as I’ve been following it.
Bolshoi Kid beat Nao Komatsu in 6:04.
Big Japan Offer Match: Ryuji Ito, Shinya Ishikawa & Yoshihito Sasaki beat Daisuke Sekimoto, Yuji Okabayashi & Kazuki Hashimoto in 10:05. Ito pinned Hashimoto after a dragon splash.
Tomoka Nakagawa & Hiroyo Matsumoto beat Takako Inoue & Sakura Hirota in 12:24. Matsumoto pinned Hirota after a Liger bomb.
Kana, Mio & Io Shirai beat Ayumi Kurihara, Yumi Ohka & Hiren in 6:32. Io pinned Hiren after a rider kick.
Meiko Satomura beat Sonoko Kato. Match time not available.
OZ Academy Tag Team Champions Carlos Amano & Manami Toyota beat Ran Yu-Yu & Toshie Uematsu in 21:55 to retain the titles. Amano pinned Yu-Yu after Carlos Ghosn. V1 for the champs.
In an Irregular Elimination Match, Mayumi Ozaki beat OZ Academy Openweight Champion Dynamite Kansai, Shinobu Kandori & Aja Kong in 37:14, last pinning Kansai after Kansai eliminated Kandori & Kong, to win the title. Ozaki wins the title for the 2nd time and becomes the 12th OZ Academy Openweight Champion. It started out as a tag team match of Ozaki & Kansai vs. Kandori & Kong, but once two wrestlers were eliminated it became a singles match for the title. That’s now the 3rd straight time the champion has been defeated in her first defense. In fact, here’s an interesting note on those lines: In the history of the title, only one champion has even managed more than one successful defense (KAORU managed 3 before she had to vacate the title dur to injury. Every other reign has had either one or no defenses.
Some side notes from the event:
Big Japan referee Nikkan Lee, one of only 2 female referees I know of who work primarily in men’s promotions, was one of the referees today. The other one is K-DOJO rookie referee Yoko Chihana.
There was a 10 gong salute for Plum Mariko before the event, and also a special appearance by joshi legend Devil Masami and a surprise appearance by fellow joshi legend Bull Nakano. KAORU also made an appearance.
Year 16 begins on 9/23 at Shinjuku Face.