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.
REINA ran their 10th event today, results from Yokohama Radiant Hall:
No attendance figures available.
Hiroyo Matsumoto beat La Afrodita in 7:53.
Kyoko Kimura beat Latasha in 10:09.
Aki Kanbayashi beat Saya in 10:21.
CMLL-REINA International Jr. Heavyweight Title Tournament: Ray beat Mia Yim in 10:43. As a result, Ray advances to the finals.
Yumiko Hotta Return Match: La Commandante & Dama de Hierro beat Yumiko Hotta & Mima Shimoda in 14:31. Commandante pinned Hotta after a diving body press.
Next event is next Saturday. We should know who Ray faces in the tournament finals after the event.
REINA ran their 9th event today, results from Tokyo East Friend Hall:
They claimed 201 paid.
Sakura Hirota beat Lady Afrodita in 7:57.
CMLL-REINA International Jr. Heavyweight Title Tournament:
Sendai Sachiko beat Dama de Hierro in 8:25.
Mia Yim beat Saya in 7:59.
Ray beat Latasha in 9:55.
La Commandante & Mima Shimoda beat Aki Kanbayashi & Kyoko Kimura in 10 minutes. Commandante pinned Kanbayashi after a diving body press.
After the main event, Yumiko Hotta announced she will return at the next event. She has been out the last several months due to injury. Hotta & Shimoda shook hands after the announcement, which didn’t go over well with Commandante. She attacked Hotta as everyone else stepped in to break it up.
The title tournament continues Saturday.
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.
With CMLL World Women’s Champion La Amapola having just made her 23rd successful defense, REINA announced that she’s coming to Japan to next defend the title on 9/18 against Ayumi Kurihara, and subsequently has made this flyer to promote the event. With 9/10 scheduled to conclude the CMLL-REINA International Jr. Heavyweight Title Tournament that means 2 REINA events in a row with title matches and this will be the first time in a while-if not ever-that a CMLL women’s title match has been held in Japan. Another plus of this REINA-CMLL partnership.
REINA ran an event in Ibaraki today, results from Ibaraki Western Comprehensive Park Gym:
They claimed 250 paid.
Sakura Hirota beat ? in 9:06.
In a handicap match, ? beat Tsubo Genjin & Pretty Ota in 8:41 by pinning Ota.
Tomoka Nakagawa beat Dama de Hierro in 4:30.
Hiroyo Matsumoto beat ? in 11:49.
La Commandante & Mia Yim beat Manami Toyota & Saya (formerly Senri Kuroki) in 16:23. Commandante pinned Saya after a diving body press.
REINA held a press conference today to announce the participants and matchups for the upcoming CMLL-REINA International Jr. Heavyweight Title tournament that will crown the first champion. The schedule & matches are as follows:
Ray vs. ?
Saya vs. Mia Yim
Dama de Hierro vs. Sendai Sachiko
Ray-? winner vs. Saya-Yim winner
Hierro-Sachiko winner vs. Zeuxis
Saya is Senri Kuroki, who announced today she was changing her ring name to what is her real first name.
All the wrestlers commented on the matches although a statement from Sachiko was read on her behalf as she was not at the presser. After that CMLL star La Commandante appeared and immediately poured water on Yumiko Hotta, which naturally escalated into a brawl. After it broke up everyone went outside except Hotta. Commandante participation was announced or 8/14, 8/20 & 8/27 and she will probably compete in Japan for the next 3 months.
Also announced for 8/14 was Aki Kanbayashi & Kyoko Kimura vs. La Commandante & Mima Shimoda.