SportsNavi just reported that as expected, Ice Ribbon announced today that the International Ribbon Tag Team Championship is now VACANT. Previous champions Emi Sakura & Makoto have vacated the titles due to Makoto leaving Ice Ribbon for SMASH. They also announced that Yokohama Ribbon on 9/24 will feature a 1 day tournament to crown new champions. The entered teams:
Hamuko Hoshi & Mochi Miyagi
DASH Chisako & Sendai Sachiko
Tsukasa Fujimoto & Hikaru Shida
Hikari Minami & Riho
Ray & Kurumi
Kaori Yoneyama & Sayaka Obihiro
Manami Toyota & Tsukushi
A UMA Corps-designated tag team, nothing is known about them.
SportsNavi has updated photo galleries from yesterday’s Yuzupon Matsuri 4 & Ice Ribbon Korakuen events, there are lots of photos from both events and each match, some thoughts & notes on each:
First one from the pre-event dance performance. It’s possible there was someone else being Yuzupon Mask as Yuzuki looked to also be that superheroine in the exhibition match. They did the music & dance number first, presumably with other girls represented by the Platinum Production talent agency. I wonder who that one in back in the purple was? Very big bouncy-bouncys! Gotta be fake…
One from the “Blast Milk Superheroine” vs. Yuzupon Mask exhibition.
In close-ups after the event ended, you can tell how beat up Yuzuki’s face was, her cheek really showed some battle scars.
Here’s perhaps my favorite from the set, proof that we all can still get along:
Awwwwwww…this was after the Riho-TAJIRI match. Then right after that came the very emotional send-off for Makoto before her match with Emi Sakura:
I might not be the biggest fan of hers, I might not agree with her career choices here, but leaving home is never easy and I’m sure Emi will welcome her back if she ever decides to return. In the meantime…good luck, Makoto. Make the most of your new opportunity.
And as it turns out, Miyako Matsumoto’s match involved her taking on a couple of oversized monsters. Some much-needed comedy here:
This one only because I think girls in glasses are very hot. I’ve seen that hottie somewhere before…
The link to the galleries:
Use the arrow links above to scroll through the pages. Each page has 9 photos, you can click on any photo for a larger view. All the pages with “20110821” in the URL are from the 8/21 events.
Ice Ribbon’s now-quarterly blowout event went down earlier today, results from Korakuen:
They claimed 786 paid.
Manami Toyota beat Tsukushi in 11:14.
In an Elimination Match, Maki Narumiya, Dorami Nagano & Hikaru Shida beat Kurumi, Meari Naito & Neko Nitta in 10:29. Order of elimination: Naito by Narumiya via OTR in 23 seconds, Nitta by Shida in 3:40, Nagano by Kurumi in 5:50, Narumiya by Kurumi in 6:38, Kurumi by Shida in 10:29.
Sayaka Obihiro Return Match: Kaori Yoneyama beat Sayaka Obihiro in 3:26.
In a Hardcore Match, Mentallo & Ray beat Takashi Sasaaki & Chii Tomiya in 10:59. Ray pinned Tomiya after a moonsault press.
Makoto Final Ice Ribbon Match: Emi Sakura beat Makoto in 18:32.
TAJIRI beat Riho in 4:31.
In an “Information Match”, Miyako Matsumoto w/? beat beat ? & ? in 2:48. Apparent impromptu addition to the card.
DASH Chisako & Sendai Sachiko beat Hamuko Hoshi & Mochi Miyagi in 12:41. Sachiko pinned Miyagi after a Chisako hormone splash.
Hikari Minami beat ICEx60 Singles Champion Tsukasa Fujimoto in 10:40 to win the title. Minami wins the title for the 2nd time and becomes the 12th ICEx60 Singles Champion. No more records for Fujimoto, her reign has ended at just short of 8 months-a record-and she falls 3 defenses short of the record. Still very impressive nonetheless as she did become the face of Ice Ribbon during the run.
The return date for Korakuen, as mentioned last night, is Christmas Day.
A few updates to the upcoming joshi schedule today:
The 5th Yuzupon Matsuri (Yuzuki Aikawa Produced) event will be on November 3 at Shin-Kiba 1st Ring. No word yet on who producer/star Yuzuki Aikawa will face yet at the evenet. Tickets go on sale tomorrow. I eagerly await the first event promo poster.
Ice Ribbon has announced their next Korakuen event will be RIBBON MANIA 2011 on Christmas Day (12/25). Tickets go on sale tomorrow.
JWP has announced the card for their next school event on 8/28:
Kayoko Haruyama & Tsubasa Kuragaki vs. Rabbit Mito & Nana Kawasa (the 2 new girls)
Sachie Abe & Manami Katsu vs. Leon & masu-me
Wooden Marinas Poolside Tag Match: Command Bolshoi, KAZUKI & Tomoko Morii vs. Kaori Yoneyama, Hanako Nakamori & Hikari Minami. Usual pool match rules apply, meaning once someone is pinned or submitted they must then be dropped in a pool within a 20 count to win the match. If that doesn’t happen, the match continues.
WAVE has announced now-freelancer Aya Yuki has been added to the 8/28 event. She’ll team with Ryo Mizunami to face Cherry & Moeka Haruhi. This will be Yuki’s first event since she left Diana after recent contract negotiations fell apart. Also, the Kana-Ayumi Kurihara match on that card will be no time limit.
After a week off 19 Pro returned today for a special edition, results from the Ice Ribbon School:
Makoto Final 19 Pro Match: Makoto & Chii Tomiya beat Tsukushi & Kurumi in 8:53. Makoto pinned Kurumi after a spear.
Kaori Yoneyama & Hikari Minami beat Tsukasa Fujimoto & Hikaru Shida in 10 minutes. Yoneyama pinned Shida.
Next episode is next Friday. Today’s episode is available for replay on the 19 Pro website (19pro.ne07.jp) and apparently they did air the planned Ice Ribbon pre-Korakuen meeting as the episode today runs just over 2 hours. The 2nd hour was scheduled to be the regular 19 Pro episode. A few wrestlers were featured in the first hour’s meeting including Yoneyama, Tomiya & Emi Sakura.
19 Pro has announced the card for tomorrow’s broadast, also an update on prior news:
The IW19 Singles Championship is now VACANT. Although it was never publicly announced the request by now-previous champion Chii Tomiya to vacate the title was accepted. Said request came after Tomiya’s 2nd defense, which happened on 7/22 against Makoto, went to a time limit draw. Tomiya didn’t agree with that even though per title stipulations the champion retained the title (unlike other Ice Ribbon titles, where a draw means the champion is stripped of the title). A possible title match was hinted at tomorrow but it will not happen. No word on when a match to crown a new champion will be held. More as it becomes available.
Makoto Final 19 Pro Match: Makoto & Chii Tomiya vs. Tsukushi & Kurumi
Tsukasa Fujimoto & Hikaru Shida vs. Kaori Yoneyama & Hikari Minami
It is possible that tomorrow’s episode will begin an hour early and be a 2-hour episode (6-8 PM JST/5-7 AM ET) and also include the Ice Ribbon Korakuen pre-event meeting from 6-7 PM. No matches are scheduled for the first hour.
UPDATE: More joshi news:
Ringstars reports a new match has been added to the 9/18 event produced by Kana & Mio & Io Shirai, and it will be the trio’s last tag match together before Io embarks on her solo-focusing career…and how appropriate that’s it’s all about the sisters of joshi: The Shirai sisters & Kana will face the Sendai Girls sisters-DASH Chisako & Sendai Sachiko and Ryo Mizunami. That makes 4 matches so far, the others are as follows:
Kaijin Habu Otoko vs. HARASHIMA vs. Shota (?) in a 3-way
AKINO vs. Billy Ken Kid
Kohei Sato & Sakura Hirota vs. GAMI & Atsushi Kotoge
Ice Ribbon ran their usual Wednesday event today, also the final event before the next Korakuen. Results from the Ice Ribbon School:
They claimed 117 paid (overflow).
International Ribbon Tag Team Champions Emi Sakura & Makoto beat Hikari Minami & Riho in 15:58 to retain the titles. Makoto pinned Riho after a spear. V1 for the champs. Presumably the titles are going to be vacated soon because of Makoto leaving but we’ll have to wait and see.
Kaori Yoneyama beat Neko Nitta in 6:29.
Ray & Mentallo (Independent/Freelancer) beat Ryuichi Sekine & Chii Tomiya in 12:32. Mentallo pinned Tomiya after a moonsault press.
In an Elimination Match, Tsukasa Fujimoto, Hamuko Hoshi & Mochi Miyagi beat Hikaru Shida, Maki Narumiya & Dorami Nagano in 11:05. Order of elimination: Narumiya by Fujimoto at 5:13, Nagano by Miyagi at 7:53, Shida by Fujimoto at 11:05. Clean sweep.
No Saturday event this week although there will be a special Friday “pre-Korakuen meeting” with likely no matches, to be followed by this week’s edition of 19 Pro. Next up is Korakuen on Sunday. The full card (in order):
Manami Toyota vs. Tsukushi
Elimination Match: Hikaru Shida, Maki Narumiya & Dorami Nagano vs. Kurumi, Meari Naito & Neko Nitta
Sayaka Obihiro Return Match: Sayaka Obihiro vs. Kaori Yoneyama
Hardcore Match: Takashi Sasaki & Chii Tomiya vs. Ray & Mentallo
Makoto Final Ice Ribbon Match: Makoto vs. Emi Sakura
TAJIRI (SMASH) vs. Riho
DASH Chisako & Sendai Sachiko vs. Hamuko Hoshi & Mochi Miyagi
ICEx60 Singles Champion Tsukasa Fujimoto vs. Hikari Minami for the title