A bit more joshi news, mostly upcoming cards & schedule updates:
JWP announced the first 2 matches for 9/11 today: Tomoko Morii vs. Toshie Uematsu & TLW World Women’s Tag Team Champions Hailey Hatred & Kaori Yoneyama vs. Hanako Nakamori & Misaki Ohata for the titles.
Upcoming events announced:
11/13-Tokyo Cinema Club
WAVE announced these new events:
10/24-Shin-Kiba 1st Ring
12/11-Shin-Kiba 1st Ring
12/25-Osaka Minami Move On Arena
They also will hold a special pre-Korakuen gathering Friday night at the Drop Kick bar in Tokyo from 9 PM-midnight. The WAVE roster will be there. Admission is 3000 yen, no reservations needed.
The promotion’s next DVD release happens Friday as well. “WAVE Maniacs 6” will focus on the January-March 2011 events. Bonus features include a WAVE vs. NEO match from 4/2/2010. The DVD runs just over 3 1/2 hours with 200 minutes of 2011 footage and 23 minutes of bonus content. Sale price is 3980 yen.
REINA announced 2 matches for Saturday’s event: The CMLL-REINA International Jr. Heavyweight Title Tournament semifinals conclude with Sendai Sachiko vs. Zeuxis and the main event of Yumiko Hotta, Aki Kanbayashi & Saya vs. Mima Shimoda, La Commandante & Dama de Hierro. Zeuxis arrived in Japan today for the event, masked as always. The winner of that match advances to the tournament finals to face Ray.
Sayaka Obihiro will return to 19 Pro this week, the announced match for Friday’s broadcast is Obihiro & Kaori Yoneyama vs. Hikari Minami & Chii Tomiya.
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.
Today I have another full event’s worth of videos, this time the spotlight is on JWP PURE SLAM 2011, JWP’s annual late-summer major event. This video is broken up into 7 parts, each featuring one match from the event. 5 of the 7 matches appear to be shown in their entirety, match 2 has been heavily clipped for time down to just highlights, match 5 likely has been slightly edited. The rest appear to be in their entirety or very close to it. In total there’s about 110 minutes of video here. Click below for the matches.
JWP continued their 20th anniversary buildup and ran yet another tournament today, results from Tokyo Cinema Club:
They claimed 148 paid.
JWP Summer Woman Tournament:
Hikari Minami beat Manami Katsu in 8:20.
Hanako Nakamori beat Tomoko Morii in 5:28.
Leon beat KAZUKI in 5 seconds.
Tsubasa Kuragaki beat Misaki Ohata in 7:54.
Hanako Nakamori beat Hikari Minami in 5:25.
Leon vs. Tsubasa Kuragaki went to a 10 minute time limit draw. Which led to…
Tsubasa Kuragaki beat Leon in 2:18.
Command Bolshoi won a Plum Mariko Memorial Battle Royal in 19:19, last eliminating Hailey Hatred. There were no pinfalls, the only ways to eliminate opponents were by submission or OTR.
JWP Summer Woman Tournament Finals: Tsubasa Kuragaki beat Hanako Nakamori in 8:29 to win the tournament.
Some joshi news:
REINA has added masked Mexican wrestler La Afrodita to Sunday’s event…
Having just turned 21, La Afrodita is a 2-year pro who juggles wrestling in Mexico with being a student, she currently attends cooking school. She arrived in Japan today (wearing her mask of course in keeping with Lucha tradition) and, based on comments she made to Ringstars, probably plans a stay similar to that of fellow CMLL star Dama de Hierro, which is expected to be in the range of 6 months. She’s very happy to be in Japan and probably will find some time for cooking too. She’ll be the TBA previously listed on the card and will face Sakura Hirota Sunday.
JWP held a press conference today to announce, among other things…yes, yet another gosh-darn tournament! This is basically a summer singles tournament, and was planned to maybe have 11-12 people but 3 pulled out even before today for unknown reasons-Command Bolshoi, Kayoko Haruyama & Jaguar Yokota. So they have 8 and did a random draw today to determine matchups. And here’s what we wound up with:
Manami Katsu vs. Hikari Minami
Hanako Nakamori vs. Tomoko Morii
KAZUKI vs. Leon
Tsubasa Kuragaki vs. Misaki Ohata
Katsu-Minami vs. Nakamori-Morii
KAZUKI-Leon vs. Kuragaki-Ohata
All matches except the finals have these rules: 10 minute time limit, if it’s a time limit draw there’s another 5 minutes and in the extra time only a 2 count is needed to win. If it’s still a time limit draw it then continues with no time limit until there is a winner. The finals are no time limit.
The other match is a Plum Mariko Memorial Battle Royal but with a slight twist: The only ways to be eliminated are by submission and OTR-no pinfalls. Announced participation: Command Bolshoi, Kayoko Haruyama, Sachie Abe, Kaori Yoneyama, masu-me, Jaguar Yokota, Hailey Hatred, Sawako Shimotsuke, Yagami Aoi & the 2 new JWP girls who just debuted.
The tournament and all above matches will take place Sunday at Tokyo Cinema Club.
JWP ran their annual late-summer major event today, results from JWP PURE-SLAM 2011 at Korakuen:
They claimed 957 paid.
? beat ? in 1:59. Both these girls were the recent newcomers making their debuts, I don’t yet know their ring names or real names (hopefully coming very soon), all I know is both are (I believe) 15 or 16.
Yagami Aoi & Nao Komatsu beat masu-me & Manami Katsu in 8:25. Komatsu pinned masu-me after a diving body press.
Command Bolshoi beat Hikari Minami in 8:08.
Yumi Ohka, Misaki Ohata & Bambi beat Sachie Abe, KAZUKI & Tomoko Morii in 14:18. Ohata pinned Abe.
Ayumi Kurihara beat Hanako Nakamori in 9:51.
Kayoko Haruyama, Tsubasa Kuragaki & Leon beat Meiko Satomura, Toshie Uematsu & Ran Yu-Yu in 14:49. Haruyama pinned Satomura after Keene Hammer.
JWP Openweight Champion Hailey Hatred beat Kaori Yoneyama in 19:37 to retain the title. V1 for Hatred. Also retains TLW World Women’s Singles Title (V15) and AIW Hybrid Fighting Title (V2). Not a fluke title win now, I see. Still a little surprised here, thought maybe Kaori would get one more title run before she retires at the end of the year. May still happen, just not here.
Although I don’t have official match results yet, Ringstars reports a title change over the weekend-at the Osaka Women’s Pro event, Sawako Shimotsuke actually got a rare win…and a big one. She beat JWP Jr. Champion & POP Champion Kagetu to win the titles. Shimotsuke becomes the 21st JWP Jr. Champion & 11th POP Champion. Interesting timing considering she was just in a recent photoshoot for the newest edition of Ringstars that just went on sale in Japan (also the 2nd issue in a row to feature Yuzuki Aikawa on the cover, this time she shares it with top shootboxer RENA). No word yet on when or where her first defense will be, but considering JWP has a big show coming up on 8/7 that could be the place.
More as it becomes available.