Grand Prix winner?
- All Japan Women's on August 20 at Korakuen Hall will have:
- JGP: Kaoru Ito vs. Reggie Bennett. There isn't much reason for Bennett to be pushed other than to give presumably Hotta a new opponent for the final. I'm guessing that Ito will win this as she is supposed to be challenging for the title at some point.
- Momoe Nakanishi and Kayo Noumi vs. Takako Inoue and Miyuki Fuji. Either team could win, but Takako won't be pinned if her team is jobbing.
- JGP: Yumiko Hotta vs. Etsuko Mita. Hotta obviously goes over.
- JGP: Ito or Reggie vs. Tomoko Watanabe. Expect Ito or Watanabe to win here.
- Manami Toyota and Miho Wakizawa vs. Kumiko Maekawa and Nanae Takahashi. Wakizawa or Takahashi will job.
- Grand Prix final. I expect this will be Hotta vs. Ito or Watanabe. Hotta definately wins the tournament.
- Jd' are at the Kitasawa Town Hall, Tokyo on August 18. Matches confirmed so far are Megumi Yabushita and Yuki Morimatsu vs. Sumie Sakai and Fang Suzuki; Alda Moreno vs. The Bloody; and a three way with Sachie Abe vs. Princess Maru vs. Obacchi Iizuka.
- Chikako Shiratori wrestled for Osaka Pro today defeating Yuki Miyazaki in 9:46.
- ARSION at the Nagoya City Gym #3 today had Ayako Hamada over Mari Apache in 10:59 of the main event to capture the Sky High of ARSION Title
- Yuka Nakamura and Ayako Ishida are doing an autograph signing at the Champions Wrestling shop on September 3.
- NEO ran a show at Korakuen Hall on July 30. Only results I have so far are that Junko Yagi beat Misae Genki via TKO in 11:57 of a shoot style match; Takako Inoue vs. Yuki Miyazaki ended in a no-contest after 13:12 when a masked women ran-in; Saya Endo did a shoot style match against Michiko Ishihara; and in the main event Kyoko Inoue put over Yoshiko Tamura in 14:22. I believe this win puts Tamura into the tournament being held later this month in America to crown an NWA Pacific Women's champion. Debbie Malenko may also be involved in this tournament.
- As expected Yumiko Hotta beat Manami Toyota in 15:21 yesterday to reach the semi-finals of the Japan Grand Prix tournament.
- Complete lineup for LLPW on August 19 is Shinobu Kandori and Satoru Sayama vs. Tiger Mask and Rumi Kazama; Harley Saito vs. Eagle Sawai for the LLPW title; Noriyo Tateno's Twentieth anniversary match vs. Etsuko Mita; Shark Tsuchiya, Carol Midori and Sayuri Okino vs. Aya Koyama, Mizuki Endo and Keiko Aono; and Miho Watabe vs. Mr. Buddahman in a mixed match.
- ARSION are at Korakuen Hall on August 18:
- Aja Kong vs. Ayako Hamada. This could potentially be a good match if Aja gives Ayako some offence.
- Mima Shimoda, Etsuko Mita, Michiko Ohmukai and Bionic J vs. GAMI, Rie Tamada, Red Lynx and PIKO in a VIP vs. ReDrug match.
- Mariko Yoshida vs. Chaparrita ASARI. Should be a good match. Yoshida is back to working pro style now, which is a good thing against someone like ASARI who is weak on the ground.
- Linda Starr vs. Rena Takase
- AKINO and Ai Fujita vs. Mari and Fabi Apache. Either team could win, should be at least decent.
- New ARSION wrestler Yuko Yamagada begins working exhibition matches on August 19 and should debut at Korakuen in a month or two.
GAEA have released the lineups for their last two cards of the month, August 13 at the Chigusa Sports Centre in Nagoya, and August 20 at Harbis Hall in Osaka. The August 13 event is similar to every show GAEA has run in the past few months. Harbis Hall is a venue that GAEA has never used before and I'm guessing is a decent size and therefore they are presenting a stronger lineup than you'd expect them to.
August 13 has:
- Lioness Asuka and Sonoko Kato vs. KAORU and Akira Hokuto. Kato jobs.
- Chigusa Nagayo and Toshie Uematsu vs. Devil Masami and Toshiyo Yamada. Unless Chigusa puts herself over one of the opposition Uematsu will job.
- Sakura Hirota vs. Meiko Satomura. Satomura wins a horrible match.
- Saika Takeuchi vs. Sugar Sato. Sato gets another win.
- Chikayo Nagashima and The Bloody vs. Mayumi Ozaki and Dynamite Kansai. Ozaki and Kansai definately go over. Bloody will probably be the one to lay down.
August 20 will feature:
Chigusa Nagayo, Lioness Asuka and Chikayo Nagashima vs. Devil Masami, Dynamite Kansai and Mayumi Ozaki. As Kansai is wrestling Crush 2000 at the Bunka Gym a few weeks later the best way to build to that match would be for her to pin one of them here, but as that show is a guaranteed sellout there is no reason for this to happen. Nagashima is slotted in as the jobber here.
- Sonoko Kato vs. Meiko Satomura. It's a shame that GAEA don't run singles matches with the young wrestlers anymore unless it's a Hirota joke match because these two have had some pretty good contests in the past. Satomura should win this as she is pushed more.
- KAORU and Toshiyo Yamada vs. Toshie Uematsu and Sugar Sato. I'd like to see Sugar do the job here as she is the worst in the match and hasn't been a good worker for close to two years, however Uematsu is more likely to play the role of ceiling inspector.
- Saika Takeuchi vs. Sakura Hirota. Expect the usual junk Hirota delivers.
- NEO on August 19 at Itabashi San-bun Hall, Tokyo will have Kyoko Inoue and Misae Genki vs. Takako Inoue and Yoshiko Tamura; Saya Endo vs. The Bloody; and Yuki Miyazaki vs. a mystery opponent (Don't get too excited, it'll probably be Tanny)
- ARSION return the Namihaya Dome in Osaka, the site of ZION '98 on August 20. Lineup is to be:
- Mima Shimoda and Michiko Ohmukai vs. GAMI and Rie Tamada for the Twin Star of ARSION. The ReDrug team should pick up the belts this time.
- Ayako Hamada vs. Red Lynx
- Aja Kong vs. AKINO
- Mariko Yoshida vs. Mari Apache
- LLPW have an interesting main event on August 30 in Tokyo as Harley Saito and Noriyo Tateno take on Miki Handa and Utako Hozumi. Hozumi and Handa were wrestlers with LLPW in it's early days but both retired more than five years ago.
- The JWP main event in Ueno on August 19 is Commando Bolshoi vs. Tsubasa Kuragaki.
- ARSION in Saitama on August 26 has Chaparrita ASARI and Ai Fujita vs. Red Lynx and PIKO; Linda Starr vs. Mariko Yoshida and Aja Kong vs. Rena Takase. Sounds like a bad show with the possible exception of the Yoshida vs. Mari match.
- In one of the biggest surprises in a long time, Commando Bolshoi captured the JWP Open Weight championship from Ran YuYu on August 6 at Korakuen Hall, Tokyo. I can see the logic in doing a title change as Ran wasn't drawing as champion, and neither was Azumi Hyuga before her but there's no way Bolshoi will be any more of a draw. The problem JWP has right now is that for the last couple of years they have been reluctant to put their younger champions over the established stars. Now they have an even bigger problem - almost no wrestlers. Kansai, Devil and Amano are hardly ever working with JWP anymore, leaving them with a very small amount of talent.
- Yuko Kosugi 'retired' after losing to The Bloody on August 3. Don't look for Kosugi to stay away too long. As Jd' are currently copying bad American angles, for example by having Lioness Asuka as 'CEO', I wouldn't be surprised to see Kosugi coming back as an outsider who supposedly doesn't work for the company. If Kosugi doesn't return with Jd', look for GAEA or possibly JWP to pick her up.
- Etsuko Mita advanced to the second round of the AJW Grand Prix with a win over Nanae Takahashi on August 5 in Kawasaki. The main event of that show was a tag match with Yumiko Hotta and Momoe Nakanishi going over Kumiko Maekawa and Kaoru Ito in 15:32 when Momoe pinned Maekawa. This is probably the first pin Momoe has had in a tag match since winning the tag titles.
The Grand Prix semi finals take place on August 20 with Watanabe vs. Reggie or Ito and Mita vs. Toyota or Hotta.
- Jd' are at Differ Ariake on August 27 for their "SUMMER STORM 2000 In ARIAKE" show. The main event will be a four way for the AWF title under LSD 2000 rules with Megumi Yabushita vs. Sumie Sakai vs. Fang Suzuki vs. Yuki Morimatsu
- LLPW have a mixed tag main event on August 19 where Shinobu Kandori teams up with Shodai Tiger Mask (Satoru Sayama) to oppose Rumi Kazama and Tiger Mask 4 of Michinoku Pro.
Other matches announced are Eagle Sawai vs. Harley Saito for the LLPW title and Noriyo Tateno vs. Etsuko Mita in Tateno's 20th Anniversary match. It isn't actually quite twenty years since Tateno became a wrestler as she debuted on July 12 1981 against Kazue Sakamoto. Tateno is the third longest serving wrestler currently active behind Devil Masami (debuted August 21 1978), Lioness Asuka (debuted May 10 1980), and Chigusa Nagayo who debuted on August 8 1980.
- AJW were in Chiba today at the Sabu Arena. In a first round Japan Grand Prix match, Tomoko Watanabe beat Kumiko Maekawa in 12:35 to advance. The main event was a standard tag team match with Yumiko Hotta and Kaoru Ito going over Manami Toyota and Momoe Nakanishi in 14:25 when Toyota jobbed to Hotta so as to protect Momoe's credibility as tag team champion. Only kidding, Momoe of course was the one to be pinned.
- Yumi Fukawa suffered what was said to have been a fairly serious head injury on July 16 in a six woman tag pitting herself, Michiko Ohmukai and Bionic J against Rie Tamada, Red Lynx and GAMI. No word on how long she will be out for. If she is able to return, don't look for her to be rushed back as ARSION won't be willing to take any chances when it comes to return dates of wrestlers who have suffered head injuries.
- JWP have added Tanny Mouse vs. Yuki Miyazaki to their August 6 Korkauen lineup.
- Hiroyo Muto retained the Jd' Junior title against Alda Moreno on August 3.
- LLPW have their eigth anniversary show on August 30 at Korakuen Hall, and follow that up with a major show on September 2 at the Yokohama Bunka Gym.
- All Japan women are at Amami Island, Kagoshima on August 11, lineup so far is:
- Manami Toyota vs. Yumiko Hotta in round two of the Grand Prix. Whatever happened to the rest of round one? The winner of this tournament gets a title match therefore there was no reason for Toyota to even enter. Hotta wins this.
- Tomoko Watanabe and Miho Wakizawa vs. Kyoko Inoue and Takako Inoue. The Inoue's win in about fifteen minutes when Wakizawa is pinned.
- Momoe Nakanishi vs. Lioness Asuka. Asuka is unlikely to sell much against someone like Nakanishi and will take the win.
- Nanae Takahashi vs. Mima Shimoda. Shimoda should win this.