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.
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
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.
WAVE ran an “end of summer vacation” event today in Aichi, results from Nishio City Comprehensive Gym Sub Arena:
They claimed 328 paid (overflow).
Cherry beat Sakura Hirota in 10:20.
Manami Toyota beat Sawako Shimotsuke in 13:09.
Kana, Mio & Io Shirai beat Toshie Uemtsu, Tomoka Nakagawa & Moeka Haruhi in 12:24. Kana pinned Haruhi after a buzzsaw kick.
Mari & Fabi Apache beat GAMI & Leon in 16:15. Mari pinned GAMI after a swanton bomb.
Yumi Ohka & Misaki Ohata beat Ayumi Kurihara & Ryo Mizunami in 12:26. Ohka pinned Mizunami after a big boot.
After the main event, Ohka cut a promo and announced that because their first visit to Nishio was successful based on the crowd, they will return at some point next year.
After their “Black” event yesterday, WAVE ran the “White” event today, results from Shin-Kiba 1st Ring:
They claimed 195 paid (sellout).
There was a press conference before the event began, focusing on matches for 8/28 at Korakuen including the signing cermony for the JWP Jr. Title & POP Title match of Sawako Shimotsuke defending against Nao Komatsu. GAMI also announced that Yumi Ohka would miss the 10/9 event. She’s headed to the US for the first time in October, including working SHIMMER on 10/1 & 10/2. It’s not known when she’ll return to Japan.
After this was the live performance by J-Pop girl group AeLL (it stands for “Activity eco Live with Love”), featuring one of my favorite younger gravure/bikini idols, Ai Shinozaki. They performed 3 songs then stayed around to watch the event.
Nao Komatsu & Kyoko Kimura beat Sawako Shimotsuke & Tomoka Nakagawa in 15:37. Kimura pinned Shimotsuke after a big boot.
Toshie Uematsu, Ran Yu-Yu & Ryo Mizunami vs. Kana, Mio & Io Shirai went to a double countout in 16:42 (Uematsu & Mio counted out).
Ai Shinozaki beat POK Champion Ayumi Kurihara 2-1 to win the title. Shinozaki becomes the 3rd POK Champion. You know I love that…even funnier, one who claims to be the top idol lost to another idol herself! And once again another one with bigger bouncy-bouncys no less. HAHAHA. Kurihara asked GAMI for an immediate rematch afterwards. DENIED. This does mean there’s a chance we see Shinozaki defending it outside of wrestling, and I even read Shinozaki got to “participate” in the main event. I demand a Shinozaki-Yuzuki Aikawa rear end sumo wrestling match now! Make it happen GAMI!
In a Lumberjack Punishment Death Match, Yumi Ohka, Misaki Ohata & Cherry beat GAMI, Moeka Haruhi & Sakura Hirota in 15:49. Ohka pinned GAMI after a big boot. And Shinozaki did at least briefly get involved, I understand she joined some of the others in bopping GAMI with foam baseball bats.
WAVE ran the first of 2 “Black & White” themed events today, starting with the “Black” event which, not surprisingly, focused on The Black Dahlia, Yumi Ohka’s joshi-wide heel faction. Results from Shin-Kiba 1st Ring:
They claimed 261 paid (overflow).
Before the event a minute of silence was held in memory of Plum Mariko. Mariko (real name Mariko Umeda) died 14 years ago today from injuries suffered during a match the day before. She was only 29.
Misaki Ohata, Yumi Ohka & Hiren beat GAMI, Sakura Hirota & Ayumi Kurihara in 8:12. Ohata pinned GAMI.
Bambi beat Sawako Shimotsuke in 7:28.
Cherry & Kyoko Kimura beat Toshie Uematsu & Moeka Haruhi in 17:29. Cherry pinned Haruhi.
Yumi Ohka, Misaki Ohata & A*YU*MI (Ayumi Kurihara) beat Kana, Mio & Io Shirai in 16:04. Ohka pinned Mio after a big boot. In this match Kurihara was a heel version of her masked alternate self which was introduced as the newest BD member.
There could be some fallout from this event on tomorrow’s event, which is the “White” event.
WAVE returned to Nagoya for their latest “WAVE EXTRA IN NAGOYA” event today, results from Nagoya Club Diamond Hall:
They claimed 303 paid (overflow).
Sawako Shimotsuke beat Nancy Ball (?) in 5:37. The loser here is a rookie who made her pro debut in May in one of the smaller indies.
Cherry beat Mika Iida in 6:32.
Mio & Io Shirai & Kana beat Toshie Uematsu, Ran Yu-Yu & Moeka Haruhi in 14:38. Kana beat Haruhi.
Misaki Ohata & Yumi Ohka beat Manami Toyota & Sakura Hirota in 16:05. Ohata pinned Hirota. Hirota today dressed up as Toyota.
Meiko Satomura & Ryo Mizunami beat GAMI & Ayumi Kurihara in 18:07. Mizunami pinned GAMI after a diving guillotine drop. After the match, Kurihara asked for a singles match with Satomura and appealed to GAMI for such a match. Denied. after this, there was mention of Sendai Girls’ first event at Korakuen on 10/27, and afterwards there was a mention, believed to be jokingly, of Mizunami aiming for perhaps a singles match with Satoshi Kojima. Based on my translation I wouldn’t take this too seriously. They also noted again that, for those who missed it earlier, Satomura officially takes over full control of Sendai Girls tomorrow. Former President & co-founder Jinsei Shinzaki is transferring control over to Satomura and taking on a lesser role.