Joshi News: WAVE Presser News & Notes
WAVE held a press conference today, notes coming out of it:
The previously planned tag team tournament was announced. The tournament, dubbed “DUAL SHOCK WAVE 2011”, will start on 9/4 and run through 10/30. Also announced was the creation of a new tag team title (name of titles not announced, for now I will refer to them as simply the WAVE Tag Team Titles until I know the official name), with the tournament winners becoming the inaugural champions. The first team was also announced for the tournament, which will be a familiar one-Toshie Uematsu & Ran Yu-Yu. The current WAVE schedule would have the tournament taking place over 5 events. Format was not announced but I’m going to assume it’ll be single-elimination.
Ayako Hamada participation was announced for Sunday’s 4th Anniversary event at Korakuen. Hamada, who was not at the presser, was also revealed by Yumi Ohka & Misaki Ohata as the newest member of their Black Dahlia faction. Comments Hamada made in advance that were read at the presser also confirm she is now a heel. Hamada was also revealed as the previously announced TBA in a 6-woman tag match with Yumi & Misaki.
GAMI announced the event will not only feature Ohka’s 10th Anniversary match, but also will be presented by sponsor P-Tech in commemoration of the corporation’s 15th anniversary. P-Tech will also sponsor WAVE and be a featured logo on the promotion’s ring mats going forward. It also appears they will present the winner of the main event on 8/28 (aforementioned Yumi Ohka anniversary match) with a trip to Korea as a victor prize. And yes, GAMI & Ohka traded a couple verbal barbs near the end.
The latest Sunday card:
JWP Jr. Champion & POP Champion Sawako Shimotsuke vs. Nao Komatsu for the title
Moeka Haruhi & Cherry vs. Aya Yuki & Ryo Mizunami
Sakura Hirota & Kyusei Ninja Ranmaru vs. Kayoko Haruyama & Tsubasa Kuragaki (comedy match)
Toshie Uematsu & Ran Yu-Yu vs. Mio & Io Shirai vs. Mari & Fabi Apache in a 3-way
Kana vs. Ayumi Kurihara. No time limit
Shu Shibutani Return Match: Shu Shibutani vs. AKINO
Yumi Ohka 10th Anniversary Match: Yumi Ohka, Misaki Ohata & Ayako Hamada vs. GAMI, Aja Kong & Tomoka Nakagawa