April 30

    The Bloody
  • GAEA results from IMP Hall, Osaka on April 29 saw Meiko Satomura defeat Saika Takeuchi in 2:52; Toshiyo Yamada beat Sakura Hirota in 9:33; Chigusa Nagayo and Toshie Uematsu beat Chikayo Nagashima and RIE in 8:48 when Chigusa pinned RIE; and in the main event Devil Masami, Akira Hokuto and Mayumi Ozaki beat Lioness Asuka, Aja Kong and KAORU in 9:52 when Hokuto pinned KAORU.

    The announcement was made during this show that Toshie Uematsu's will team with The Bloody of Jd' against Sugar Sato and Chikayo Nagashima on May 14 in the AAAW Tag Team title match. As Bloody is an outsider and Chigusa never helps any outsiders that didn't debut in the mid 1980's, Bloody's team will obviously lose. The upside is that on her own Bloody is better than any of the young GAEA women so this should be a pretty good match.

  • LLPW on May 1 at Ota Plaza in Tokyo has Miho Watabe vs. Umako Oga; Sayuri Okino vs. Aya Koyama; Shark Tsuchiya and Carol Midori vs. Keiko Aono and Shinobu Kandori; Rumi Kazama vs. Noriyo Tateno; and Takako Inoue and Eagle Sawai vs. Mizuki Endo and Harley Saito.

  • Jd' held their anniversary show yesterday at Korakuen Hall, Tokyo. The only results available are that Yuko Kosugi and Hiroyo Muto captured the TWF Tag Team titles, defeating Morimatsu and Crusher Maedomari in 14:56 when Kosugi pinned Morimatsu. In the main event, Lioness Asuka pinned The Bloody in 11:27 to retain the TWF Title.

  • Akira Hokuto will be in the corner of her husband Kensuke "Power Warrior" Sasaki for his IWGP title defence against The Great Muta on May 5 at the Fukuoka Dome for New Japan's Wrestling Dontaku event. Muto will be seconded by Mona of WCW.


    April 27

    Lioness Asuka
  • The lineup for GAEA's fifth anniversary show on May 14 at the Ariake Coliseum, Tokyo is going to be:
    • Lioness Asuka and Chigusa Nagayo of 'Crush 2000' vs. Devil Masami and Akira Hokuto. This should be an interesting match, Asuka is still one of the best female wrestlers around and through 1999 Chigusa worked better than she had done in 1997 and 1998. Although Hokuto initially didn't show much when she came out of retirement, she seems to be slowly finding herself and should make a positive contribution to the match. Devil is a big question mark. She wasn't good at all in JWP last year, but most of her time was spent working against young wrestlers she didn't want to put over. Devil generally works better against women from her generation because she is willing to sell more and work harder. Given that everyone in this match is 30+, Devil might come to work. The obvious result here is for Devil and Hokuto to win, setting up a rematch later in the year.
    • Aja Kong defends the AAAW title against Meiko Satomura. Satomura pinned Aja in a very good tag match at the fourth anniversary show last year, and went on to lose to her in Aja's best match of the year, and Satomura's best ever match at the September Yokohama event. The booking of Satomura over the six months since she last challenged for the title has been very inconsistent. She scored her first singles wins over Toshiyo Yamada and KAORU in November, but these pins didn't see her push increase as she hasn't had any big wins since, and always plays the #2 role in tag team matches. Because GAEA don't generally do illogical title switches, Aja will retain the title in a very good match.
    • KAORU vs. Mayumi Ozaki in an AAAW title contenders match. KAORU challenged for the AAAW belt a few months ago, losing and spending several weeks on the sidelines nursing injuries suffered in the challenge. Despite being a GAEA regular for two years and holding a number of wins over no-job Nagayo, Ozaki has never had a title shot. Ozaki winning this match is logical because a match between her and Aja is a high profile singles match that has never been done before.
    • Chikayo Nagashima and Sugar Sato defend the never-defended AAAW Tag Team titles against Toshie Uematsu and a mystery partner. Sakura Hirota might be the mystery opponent because she is due to battle a mystery opponent in the opener. Hopefully that won't be the case. The champions will retain.
    • Toshiyo Yamada vs. Kyoko Inoue of NEO. These two had a great All Pacific title match on March 27 1994. Unfortunately it isn't 1994 anymore and neither woman is half as good as she was then. The result could go either way.
    • Saika Takeuchi vs. RIE. RIE wins, bad match.
    • Opener has Sakura Hirota vs. a mystery opponent. Having a good match with Hirota is impossible. She has proven more than capable of reverse carrying anyone to the worst match of their lives. Hirota loses, regardless of the opposition.


    April 23

    Ran YuYu
  • AJW have now released the complete lineup for the major show at the Hokkaido Prefectural Sports Centre on May 12. Looking at the matches, don't expect a good attendance at the 10,000 seat arena.
    • Takako Inoue and Miyuki Fuji vs. Chaparrita ASARI and Acute Sae. This won't be good.
    • Kana Misaki and Tsubasa Kuragaki vs. Miho Wakizawa and Kayo Noumi for the All Japan Tag Titles.
    • Yet another AJW vs. JWP eight woman tag, this time it's Yumiko Hotta, Kaoru Ito, Momoe Nakanishi and Nanae Takahashi vs. Dynamite Kansai, Commando Bolshoi, Azumi Hyuga and a mystery partner. The mystery partner will probably be Devil Masami as there isn't anyone else that the fans would care about seeing opposite Hotta.
    • Tomoko Watanabe and Kumiko Maekawa vs. Etsuko Mita and Mima Shimoda for the WWWA Tag Team titles.
    • In the main event, Manami Toyota defends the WWWA Title against Ran YuYu. Unless they are unbelievably clueless, not one person in that arena is going to give the JWP champion a hope in hell of defeating Toyota for the world title.

  • A few changes have been made to the AJW May 6 Kawasaki City Gym show. The main event will now be Toyota, Watanabe and Kayo Noumi vs. Kazama, Eagle and Takako. Two new undercard matches have been added as Miyuki Fuji takes on Chaparrita ASARI; and Kumiko Maekawa and Miho Wakizawa battle the Jd' team of Hiroyo Muto and Sachie Abe.

  • AJW at Korakuen Hall on May 5 has a midget match; Takako Inoue and Miyuki Fuji vs. ZAP I and ZAP T; Momoe Nakanishi, Nanae Takahashi, Kayo Noumi and Miho Wakizawa vs. Commando Bolshoi, Tsubasa Kuragaki, Kayoko Haruyama and Acute Sae; main event is Yumiko Hotta and Kumiko Maekawa vs. Manami Toyota and a mystery partner.

  • Mari Apache retained the Sky High of ARSION title against Fabi Apache today, scoring the pin in 10:13.


    April 22

    GAMI
  • ARSION's Tournament ARS 2000 is happening at Korakuen Hall, Tokyo on May 7. First round matches are Yumi Fukawa vs. Rie Tamada; Bionic J vs. GAMI; Etsuko Mita vs. TBA (Possibly Xochitl Hamada as she is in Japan currently or Hiromi Yagi) and Mima Shimoda vs. Mariko Yoshida. Aja Kong gets a first round bye to take on the winner of J vs. GAMI, and Michiko Ohmukai gets a bye to meet the winner of Fukawa vs. Tamada. This is where the tournament gets confusing, the second round will only have Aja vs. the winner of Mita vs. TBA, and Ohmukai vs. winner of Fukawa vs. Tamada. The semi finals will have Shimoda or Yoshida vs. Aja, J or GAMI, and Mita or TBA vs. Ohmukai, Fukawa or Tamada.

    I'm guessing that in the first round Fukawa beats Tamada, GAMI beats J, Mita beats whoever she faces and Yoshida avenges her recent loss to Shimoda. In the second round I expect GAMI to defeat Kong, because Aja has no reason to win this tournament as she holds the title, and GAMI is not only getting pushed as a member of ReDrug, but needs the credibility boost. Ohmukai will beat Fukawa in the other round two match. On to the semi finals, Ohmukai should beat Mita, although it isn't a certainty. Mita did a singles job to Aja in a Queen of ARSION match recently and could be given a win here. GAMI vs. Yoshida could really go either way, and both women really need the win. As Yoshida didn't generate much fan interest during past pushes, I think GAMI will win this match and go on to defeat Ohmukai in the finals.

    The only non-tournament match is "Cazai Conclusion" with Candy Okutsu, AKINO and Ai Fujita vs. Ayako Hamada, Mari Apache and Linda Starr).

  • ARSION on April 25 has Aja & Yoshida vs. GAMI & Tamada; Candy vs. J; Ayako & AKINO vs. Mari & Starr; and Fukawa vs. Fujita. April 28 has Aja, Yoshida, Candy, AKINO & Fujita vs. VIP; Ayako vs. Tamada; Mari vs. Starr and GAMI vs. a VIP member. April 29 will have Aja & Fujita vs. GAMI & Tamada; Ayako & AKINO vs. Ohmukai & Fukawa; Yoshida vs. J and Aja vs. Rena Takase.

  • The reason VIP members were in such prominent matches at the April 20 ARSION event is because VIP were supposedly running the show. Stalker Ichikawa of Toryumon visited both this and the April 7 show to stalk Aja Kong. Hopefully this is not building to an Aja vs. Ichikawa mixed match.

  • Yumiko Hotta challenged Dynamite Kansai on April 9.

  • Ayako Hamada seconded her father Gran Hamada for his J Cup match vs. Ricky Fuji at Sumo Hall on April 9.

  • The ARSION Starlet tour runs from May 2 in Ueda, Nagano until May 14. Fabi Apache is missing this tour, but Xochitl Hamada is working most of it. May 2 in Nagano has Aja & AKINO vs. GAMI & Tamada; Yoshida & Ayako vs. Ohmukai & J; and Mari vs. Fukawa. May 3 has Aja, Yoshida & Ayako vs. Ohmukai, Fukawa & J; and Xochitl vs. Starr. May 5 in Kanagawa has Aja, Candy & Fujita vs. Ohmukai, Fukawa & J; Ayako vs. Mari and AKINO vs. Starr. May 9 has Aja & AKINO vs. The Hamada's; Ohmukai vs. Tamada and Candy & Fujita vs. Mari & Starr. May 13 has Aja & The Hamada's vs. Yoshida, AKINO & Mari; and Candy vs. Fukawa. May 14 has Yoshida & Starr vs. J & Ohmukai; Ayako & Mari vs. GAMI & Tamada; and Fukawa vs. Xochitl.

  • The ARSION Starlight tour will run from May 25 until June 26. The Korakuen Hall date is June 7.

  • Big Japan on April 24 at Korakuen Hall has Chihiro Nakano vs. Hiromi Yagi and Kiyoko Ichiki vs. Yoshiko Tamura. April 30 will have a tag match with Ichiki and Misae Genki vs. Nakano and Tamura.


    April 18

    Momoe Nakanishi
  • All Japan Women's at the Kawasaki City Gym on May 6 sounds like a pretty good show. The Kawasaki Gym is a fairly large arena for the women's promotions these days, but this might get a good attendance because AJW have been pulling in much better crowds of late:
    • Momoe Nakanishi and Nanae Takahashi vs. Etsuko Mita and Mima Shimoda. Cachorras will probably win this. Should be a good match as long as it's competitive and not an extended squash.
    • Kaoru Ito vs. Yumiko Hotta. This will be a pretty good match. I'm guessing that the winner will get a WWWA Title shot as this is one of the biggest non-interpromotional matches AJW can offer.
    • Manami Toyota, Tomoko Watanabe and Miho Wakizawa vs. Rumi Kazama and Eagle Sawai of LLPW, and Takako Inoue. This teaming makes sense because Takako is teaming with Kazama in the LLPW tag team tournament. Kazama and Sawai almost never do any jobs, so Takako either does one, or more likely they go over, probably at the expense of Wakizawa.
    • Opener is a mixed match between Obacchi Iizuka of Jd' and AJW male midget Tomezo Tsunokake. Expect a strong candidate for the worst match of all time.

  • AJW visit the Hokkaido Prefectural Sports Center on May 12:
    • Tomoko Watanabe and Kumiko Maekawa vs. Etsuko Mita and Mima Shimoda for the WWWA Tag Team titles. These teams have had a couple of very good matches in the last few months. This should be another one.
    • Only other match announced is Kana Misaki and Tsubasa Kuragaki vs. Kayo Noumi and Miho Wakizawa for the All Japan Tag Team titles. The JWP women have had the belts forever and barely defended them. Look for Noumi and Wakizawa to regain them here.

  • On April 16 Mizuki Endo and Keiko Aono advanced in the LLPW tag team tournament, defeating Shark Tsuchiya and Sayuri Okino in 20:34 when Endo pinned Shark with a Lariat.

  • JWP at JWP Hall, Ueno, Tokyo on April 27 will be a joint show with All Japan Women. The main event is an eight woman tag match with JWP's Dynamite Kansai, Ran YuYu, Azumi Hyuga and Kayoko Haruyama against AJW's Yumiko Hotta, Manami Toyota, Nanae Takahashi and Kumiko Maekawa. The AJW team will probably win this as they lost to JWP in the recent New Dimension Eight Queens Tag Match. JWP and AJW need to do something to make this series between the promotions more interesting because fans will only pay to see what is basically the same multi-person tag match so many times. Other matches are Commando Bolshoi vs. Kana Misaki; Tsubasa Kuragaki vs. Carlos Amano; and Acute Sae vs. Miho Wakizawa.

  • Miyuki Fuji and Kayo Noumi will be challenging Tomoko Watanabe and Kumiko Maekawa for the WWWA Tag Team titles at a forthcoming AJW Garage show. Fuji and Noumi earned the shot at the April 16 Garage show when Noumi pinned Watanabe in a tag match where the underdog team only needed a two count to win the match. Noumi and Fuji don't have a chance in hell of winning the second time around.

Womens Wrestling