April 14

  • FMW on May 3 at Hakata Star Lanes, Fukuoka has a mixed six person tag match for the WEW Six Man Tag Titles. Koji Nakagawa, Gedo and Jado defend the belts against Kodo Fuyuki, Chocoball Mukai and Kyoko Inoue. This match sounds bad on paper, but given that the semi main event is Mr Gannosuke and H vs. Willie Williams and Talek Pasca, it probably won't seem that bad.

  • ARSION have the Sky tournament on July 16 and ZION on September 17, both at Korakuen Hall.

  • LLPW are running a tag team tournament, bracketing is as follows:

    Aya Koyama & Miho Watabe      
    BYE Koyama & Watabe    
    Rumi Kazama & Takako Inoue Kazama & Takako [April 19]  
    Harley Saito & Noriyo Tateno      
          [April 19]
    Shark Tsuchiya & Sayuri Okino      
    Mizuki Endo & Keiko Aono [April 16] [April 19]  
    Eagle Sawai & Carol Midori Sawai & Midori    

    Kazama and Takako went through on April 10 against Tateno and Saito, when Takako used a back blow to score the pin over Tateno.

  • JWP on April 18 at JWP Hall in Ueno will have Carlos Amano vs. Ran YuYu; Commando Bolshoi vs. Azumi Hyuga; Dynamite Kansai vs. Tsubasa Kuragaki; Devil Masami vs. Kayoko Haruyama and Acute Sae vs. Kana Misaki.

    April 11

    Megumi Yabushita
  • Jd' have a show entitled "No Holds Barred" on June 13 at Korakuen Hall where Momoe Nakanishi of AJW takes on Megumi Yabushita. This will be a rematch from the Vale Tudo rules encounter the two had on June 13 1999 that went to a one hour draw. Given that Yabushita used to compete at a high level in Judo and Nakanishi has little, if any, real fighting experience aside from a Vale Tudo rules match against Yumiko Hotta that was designed to help Nakanishi prepare for Yabushita, the original match may well have been worked. This one probably will be also.

  • NEO have "Neo First Live ~ Kick Off 1st ~" on May 31 at the three hundred seat Kitasawa Town Hall in Tokyo. The second NEO event will be at Korakuen Hall on June 16. NEO wrestler Junko Yagi will appear on a talk show on May 6. No matches have been announced for either show which may be a good thing looking back at the results of their debut event.

  • Sonoko Kato is taking several months away from wrestling to recover from injuries. Kato suffered ligament damage a few months back and has barely competed this year apart from a failed comeback attempt on April 8 in Saitama.

  • LLPW in Hibarigaoka, Tokyo on April 16 will have Miho Watabe vs. Carol Midori; Harley Saito and Noriyo Tateno vs. Rumi Kazama and Eagle Sawai; Shinobu Kandori vs. Aya Koyama and in the main event a tag team tournament match with Keiko Aono and Mizuki Endo vs. Sayuri Okino and Shark Tsuchiya.

    April 11

    Sakura Hirota
  • GAEA return to Korakuen Hall, Tokyo on April 23 to draw another sellout crowd. Announced lineup is:
    • Toshiyo Yamada and Meiko Satomura vs. Aja Kong and KAORU. Kong and KAORU should win this.
    • Sakura Hirota vs. Mayumi Ozaki. Hirota in a semi main event? Ozaki obviously wins a terrible match.
    • Chigusa Nagayo and Toshie Uematsu vs. Devil Masami and Chikayo Nagashima. Devil is getting a push going into the Ariake show. Uematsu seems like the obvious jobber here.
    • Lioness Asuka and KAORU vs. Akira Hokuto and Sugar Sato. As KAORU is wrestling elsewhere another match at this show, presumably Sonoko Kato was supposed to be teaming with Lioness here. Kato is taking more time off for unspecified reasons. Either team could win.
    • Opener is a continuation of the 'legendary' feud between RIE and Saika Takeuchi.

  • ARSION are running a mixed tag team tournament in conjunction with both Battlarts and Michinoku Pro beginning on May 11 at Korakuen. Matches in the first round are Bionic J and Takeshi Ohno vs. Genjin and Gami Metal; Ikuto Hikada and AKINO vs. Minoru Fujita and Ai Fujita; Tiger Mask and Hiromi Yagi vs. Katsumi Usuda and Chihiro Nakano; Yuki Ishikawa and Aja Kong vs. Rie Tamada and Mohamed Yone; Minoru Tanaka and Yumi Fukawa vs. Etsuko Mita and Masao Orihara; Great Sasuke and Chaparrita ASARI vs. Apache and Mari Apache. Ayako and Gran Hamada, and Alexander Otsuka and Mariko Yoshida get first round byes. The finals take place on June 29. Although mixed tag matches are often awful, this has to potential to be a good tournament if the comedy is kept to a minimum.

  • ARSION are once again going to make little money with a bad lineup on April 20 at Korakuen Hall, Tokyo:
    • Main event is Aja Kong vs. Etsuko Mita for the Queen of ARSION. Can anyone remember the last time Mita even had a singles match? Aja obviously retains.
    • Mariko Yoshida, Ayako Hamada and AKINO vs. Michiko Ohmukai, Yumi Fukawa and another VIP member. Weren't Hamada and AKINO in CAZAI with Candy Okutsu a few weeks back?
    • Rie Tamada and Hiromi Yagi vs. Mima Shimoda and Bionic J. A member Tamada's team should get the pin over Shimoda here to set them up for a Twin Star match. Don't count on it though.
    • In what appears to be a weird mixed match Mari and Fabi Apache are wrestling Linda Starr and their father.

  • Mari Apache defends the Sky High of ARSION title against Fabi Apache on April 23. Apache Sr. is obviously in Japan for a while because he is refereeing this match.

  • ARSION in Chiba on April 25 has a main event of Aja Kong and Mariko Yoshida vs. GAMI and Rie Tamada.

    April 9

    Ayako Hamada
  • ARSION on April 14 has Aja Kong, Mariko Yoshida and Linda Starr vs. Bionic J, Yumi Fukawa and Michiko Ohmukai; Ayako Hamada and Mari Apache vs. AKINO and Ai Fujita; Candy Okutsu vs. Rie Tamada; and Fabi Apache vs. GAMI. April 15 will have Aja and Yoshida vs. Ohmukai and J; Fukawa vs. GAMI; Okutsu, AKINO and Fujita vs. Hamada and The Apache's; and Starr vs. Rena Takase.

  • Arsion have a fashion show organised by wrestler in training Miyuki Maeda on April 17 in Tokyo.

  • A few more details on the Remix shoot show being promoted by Kyoko Inoue at Budokan in December -- the matches will have three five minute rounds, and will end only by KO, submission, doctor or referee stoppage, or the fighters second throwing in the towel.

  • At the Super J-Cup second stage event at Sumo Hall, Tokyo today Chaparrita ASARI retained the WWWA Super Lightweight title pinning Hiromi Yagi in 9:13 with the Sky Twister Press. This might sound like a short match, but it was actually one of the longer ones of the show.

  • FMW today ran a mixed tag match with Emi Motokawa and Kudo defeating Willie Takayama and Yuka Nakamura in 8:16 when Kudo pinned Nakamura.

  • JWP's eighth anniversary show took place at Korakuen Hall today. In the New Dimension Eight Queens tag match (aka Thunder Queen Battle), the JWP teamed defeated All Japan Women by two falls to one. Also Manami Toyota squashed Kayoko Haruyama in 45 seconds, but Haruyama requested that the match be restarted. Toyota won the second match in a more competitive 15:20.

    April 7

    Yuko Kosugi
  • Jd' have released the lineup's for the remainder of their April series, which includes the fourth anniversary show at Korakuen Hall on April 29:

    April 14 at Itabashi Sanbun Hall, Tokyo has a tag team main event with Yuko Kosugi and Hiroyo Muto vs. Lioness Asuka and Morimatsu. Kosugi and Muto will win this as they are challenging for the tag team titles later in the tour. Other match announced is The Bloody vs. Ran Maru. Bloody will obviously take the victory here.

    April 17 at the Ohta Plaza in Tokyo has Ran Maru and Princess Maru vs. Lioness Asuka and Morimatsu. Either team could win this. Also Fang Suzuki vs. Yuko Kosugi which likewise could go either way.

    April 23 at NGK Studio in Osaka has Yuko Kosugi vs. Misae Genki of NEO. Kosugi should win this, but it's not a certainty. Bad girls The Bloody, Fang Suzuki and Saya Endo battle Ran Maru, Hiroyo Muto and Megumi Yabushita. The heels should go over here. Opener has Morimatsu vs. Sachie Abe. Abe has been around forever and shown no signs of advancement, therefore Morimatsu will almost certainly win.

    The anniversary show on April 29 at Korakuen Hall, Tokyo will have:

    • Lioness Asuka vs. The Bloody for the TWF Title. From what I can gather, Bloody's group has to break up if she loses this. Either way, I'd be surprised if she won the title, but with audiences as small as the ones Jd' currently has, it might be worth giving Bloody the title in an attempt to get fans interested in a rematch. Should be a really good match.
    • Morimatsu and Crusher Maedomari defend the TWF Tag Team titles against Yuko Kosugi and Hiroyo Muto will be a terrible match because the champions can't work. Maedomari and Morimatsu only won the titles due to Sumie Sakai breaking her leg, and as Maedomari rarely works for Jd' they should lose the belts here.

  • ARSION drew another poor crowd of 1850 with at best a decent lineup for their ARSION Millenium Premium event at the Kawasaki City Gym today.
    • In the opener AKINO beat Rena Takase. The Sky High of ARSION match was cancelled, presumably because Mari Apache was injured as she didn't appear at the show.
    • A throwaway tag match saw Candy Okutsu and Linda Starr defeat Chaparrita ASARI and Ai Fujita.
    • VIP members Etsuko Mita, Yumi Fukawa and Bionic J beat GAMI, Rie Tamada and Hiromi Yagi of Redrug in 12:47 when J pinned Tamada.
    • In a mixed tag match Ayako and Gran Hamada beat Apache and Fabi Apache in 8:47 when Ayako pinned Fabi with the Hama-Chan Cutter.
    • Michiko Ohmukai and Mima Shimoda won the Twin Star of ARSION from Aja Kong and Mariko Yoshida when Shimoda pinned Yoshida in 15:11 with a Tiger Suplex. Putting Shimoda and Ohmukai in this match was a surprise because just about everyone expected it to be Shimoda and Mita.

    April 3

    Miho Wakizawa
  • All Japan Women's Treasure Ship 00 on April 16 at the AJW Garage in Tokyo will have a Kiss mini talk show; a midget match; Tomoko Watanabe and Kumiko Maekawa vs. Kayo Noumi and Miyuki Fuji. If Noumi and Fuji win this, they get a shot at the WWWA Tag Team titles, as this is a total mis-match, Fuji and Noumi only require a two count to win the match. Only other match announced is Yumiko Hotta and Manami Toyota vs. Kaoru Ito, Miho Wakizawa and Nanae Takahashi.

    AJW at Korakuen Hall on April 23 will have Kaoru Ito vs. the returning Momoe Nakanishi; Kayo Noumi and Miho Wakizawa vs. Etsuko Mita and Mima Shimoda; and a match involving Chaparrita ASARI.

  • JWP have an uninteresting show at JWP Hall, Ueno, Tokyo on April 18 with Ran YuYu vs. Carlos Amano; Commando Bolshoi vs. Azumi Hyuga; Dynamite Kansai vs. Tsubasa Kuragaki; Devil Masami vs. Kayoko Haruyama; and Acute Sae vs. Kana Misaki.

  • A far more interesting JWP event is coming up on April 9 with their Eighth Anniversary show at Korakuen Hall.
    • The main event is entitled the The New Dimension Eight Queens tag match, and will have Dynamite Kansai, Ran YuYu, Azumi Hyuga and Commando Bolshoi vs. the All Japan Women combination of Yumiko Hotta, Kaoru Ito, Nanae Takahashi and Miho Wakizawa. This should be a very good match. As it's JWP's major show, they should take the win here. The rules of this match are basically the same as the Thunder Queen Battle from 1993, except that this match lasts fourty minutes instead of an hour. Basically the encounter will open with four five minute singles matches, Bolshoi vs. Wakizawa, Hyuga vs. Ito, Ran vs. Takahashi and Kansai vs. Hotta. After this, the remaining twenty minutes will be a regular tag match with the winning team being the one with the most falls at the end of the fourty minute time limit.
    • In yet another two count match, Kayoko Haruyama takes on Manami Toyota. Special rules could give Haruyama a fluke win, but I'd be surprised.
    • Kana Misaki vs. Carlos Amano. If both chose to work, this will be good.
    • Tsubasa Kuragaki vs. Acute Sae. This will suck for obvious reasons.

  • JWP's June tour is ridiculously called "Jack Ketch".

    April 1

    Shimoda and Mita
  • ARSION have finally released the lineup for their ARSION Millenium Premium event that takes place on April 7 at the Kawasaki City Gym:
    • The main event will be Aja Kong and Mariko Yoshida defending the Twin Star of ARSION against two members of VIP. Presumably this will be Mima Shimoda and Etsuko Mita, although if they were to plug Yumi Fukawa and Michiko Ohmukai in there, the match would almost certainly be better. VIP are getting something of a push, so they could win the titles here.
    • In the Dream Mixed 2 lucha rules tag match, Apache and his daughter Fabi Apache battle Ayako and Gran Hamada. Obviously with this being a father and daughter tag match, they won't resort to the kind of crap that ruined the mixed tag match from last December's Carnival ARSION show.
    • VIP take on REDRUG (Formerly the Female Dogs), with three members of VIP, presumably Michiko Ohmukai, Yumi Fukawa and Bionic J, against Hiromi Yagi, Rie Tamada and GAMI. Either team could win.
    • Mari Apache defends the Sky High of ARSION against AKINO. Mari should keep the title here.
    It's possible that further matches will be added nearer to the time, because currently Candy Okutsu, Ai Fujita and Rena Takase are not scheduled to appear.

  • Yuki Miyazaki is working for AAA in Mexico as a regular and probably won't be making a full time return to Japan any time soon.

  • Jd' have a three way match on April 6 with Yuko Kosugi and Hiroyo Muto vs. Fang Suzuki and Saya Endo vs. Ran Maru and Princess Maru. The winners of this match get a shot at Crusher Maedomari and Morimatsu's TWF Tag Team titles on April 29 at the Jd' fifth anniversary show at Korakuen Hall.

  • ARSION "Stardom 2000" and "Complete ARSION Vol 4" video tapes are now available as well as Cuty Suzuki's "Guardless" modelling tape.

  • ARSION are moving further and further away from their original style as on March 25 GAMI interfered several times during the Rie Tamada and Hiromi Yagi vs. Aja Kong and Mariko Yoshida Twin Star of ARSION title match.

  • Yumiko Hotta didn't wrestle at the March 13 AJW and JWP combined show, but was there as she "bought a ticket" and sat with the fans. Hotta will be having a singles match against Dynamite Kansai at some point in the future.

  • Club Citta in Kawasaki, a small venue used by Oz Academy, Jd', Neo Ladies and others will be re-opening in September 2001. The first wrestling show ever held at Club Citta was a New Japan event on September 9 1990.

  • Not much to report on from today's show. AJW ran the standard main event with ZAP I and ZAP T defeating Manami Toyota and Nanae Takahashi. ARSION in Shizuoka had Aja Kong and Ayako Hamada over AKINO and Candy Okutsu when Aja pinned AKINO after an elbow drop. FMW ran a womens tag match at their Kanagawa show today where Kaori Nakayama and Yuka Nakamura beat Emi Motokawa and Kudo (Who appears to be a man in drag)

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