August 26

    Kumiko Maekawa
  • A few All Japan Women lineups to report on Today...

    September 8 at Satei Hall, Kagawa will have the debut of new wrestler Mika Nishio as well as Miyuki Fuji vs. Kayo Noumi; Kumiko Maekawa vs. Nanae Takahashi; Manami Toyota vs. Miho Wakizawa; and the usual tag main event with the ZAPs vs. Yumiko Hotta and Momoe Nakanishi with Momoe likely doing the job.

    September 9 at the Takamatsu City International Hotel in Kagawa is made up almost entirely of singles matches. Most look like total squashes as they have booked: Kaoru Ito vs. Miyuki Fuji; Nanae Takahashi vs. Yumiko Hotta; Miho Wakizawa and Kayo Noumi vs. Momoe Nakanishi and Kumiko Maekawa; and a main event of ZAP T vs. Manami Toyota.

  • Nanae Takahashi vs. Miho Wakizawa for the All Japan Singles title has been added to the September 17 Differ Ariake show. Takahashi and Momoe Nakanishi make their first defence of the WWWA Tag Team titles on September 23 at Hakata Star Lanes vs. Miho Wakizawa and Kayo Noumi. I expected Nakanishi and Takahashi to be merely transitional champions and lose the titles at their first defence based on the fact that they were being used in their old role as tag team jobbers almost immediately after winning the belts. Looking at who the challengers are though, they should retain here. This kind of matchmaking is just stupid and is going to kill what credibility the titles stil have. AJW need to realise that ticket sales are going to be even lower for title matches when the champions are used as jobbers 90% of the time and only defend the championship against wrestlers with even less credibility than them.

  • Aja Kong and Dynamite Kansai went 1-1 with the Crush Gals at yesterday's GAEA Korakuen Hall show, the final time they will visit that building prior to the September 15 Yokohama event where the two teams meet in the main event. Chigusa Nagayo, who was teaming with Chikayo Nagashima defeated Kansai and Mayumi Ozaki in 11:29 when Chigusa pinned Kansai. Not a great result to book because as far as I know the only time these two have met in singles was around 1995-6 and Kansai won. Aja then pinned Lioness Asuka in a tag match that had Aja and Devil Masami vs. Asuka and glorified jobber Meiko Satomura. Aja pinning Asuka here was a surprise because Aja has been part of the background in GAEA since SSU formed in 1998. I guess they figured that she needed a credibility boost to make people think that her and Kansai would have a hope against the Crush Gals.

    August 24

    Mayumi Ozaki
  • GAEA will sell out Korakuen Hall with another predictable event on August 25. For all the praise GAEA booking gets, this is a very uninteresting show in a long line of uninterestig GAEA shows.
    • Devil Masami and Aja Kong vs. Lioness Asuka and Meiko Satomura. Sounds like at best a decent match. They may do something with Aja here to build up to the Crush Gals vs. Aja and Kansai Yokohama match in a few weeks. Satomura will job.
    • Chigusa Nagayo and Chikayo Nagashima vs. Dynamite Kansai and Mayumi Ozaki. Nagashima jobs.
    • KAORU vs. Sugar Sato. Bad match. KAORU wins.
    • Sakura Hirota vs. Saika Takeuchi.
    • Sonoko Kato and Toshie Uematsu vs. Toshiyo Yamada and Akira Hokuto. Squash win for Yamada and Hokuto

  • Complete lineup for the combined LLPW 8th Anniversary and Noriyo Tateno 20th Anniversary show at Korakuen Hall on August 30 is going to be:
    • Noriyo Tateno and Harley Saito vs. Miki Handa and Utako Hozumi. This match only has a ten minute time limit which is probably a good thing considering it's years since Hozumi and Handa have been in a wrestling ring. Tateno will be seconded by her former Jumping Bomb Angels tag team partner Itsuki Yamazaki who has lived in New York for several years where she owns a sushi restaurant.
    • Shinobu Kandori and Keiko Aono vs. Takako Inoue and Rumi Kazama. Clearly a bad match. Aono is the only person here that will do a job.
    • Eagle Sawai vs. Carol Midori and Sayuri Okino in a Black Joker vs. G-MAX handicap match. This will really suck. Eagle will probably win this.
    • Mizuki Endo vs. Shark Tsuchiya. This has Shark in it, how can it possibly be good?
    • Carlos Amano vs. Miho Watabe. Amano will win this quickly.
    • Aya Koyama vs. Noguchi. Koyama takes the win.

  • LLPW follow that up a major show on September 2 at the Yokohama Bunka Gym:
    • Shinobu Kandori and Keiko Aono vs. Yumiko Hotta and Momoe Nakanishi. Momoe will job here because even as WWWA tag team champion she is still basically a jobber, Hotta won't job and LLPW won't want Kandori losing at their major show even if it isn't her that gets pinned.
    • Eagle Sawai, Rumi Kazama and Takako Inoue vs. Manami Toyota, Nanae Takahashi and Miho Wakizawa for the vacant LLPW Six Woman tag titles. The LLPW team will win this with Wakizawa being the likely jobber, although there is an outside possibility of Eagle pinning Toyota as a trade-off for Eagle jobbing their singles match last month.
    • Noriyo Tateno vs. Carol Midori
    • Harley Saito and Noguchi vs. Shark Tsuchiya and Sayuri Okino
    • Aya Koyama vs. Carlos Amano in Koyama's retirement match.
    • Mizuki Endo vs. Miho Watabe

  • Bionic J is featured on a Japanese TV advert for Toyota car's.

  • Chikako Shiratori defends the CMLL Women's title against Alda Moreno on August 27 in Osaka.

  • As expected, Manami Toyota will defend the WWWA title against Kaoru Ito at Differ Ariake on September 17.

  • Ran YuY was injured on August 11 suffering a broken jaw whilst wrestling Tsubasa Kuragaki at a Battlarts show. YuYu will miss the rest of August at least.

  • Full lineup for JWP on September 3 is:
    • Reggie Bennett and Kana Misaki vs. Azumi Hyuga and Commando Bolshoi
    • Kayoko Haruyama vs. Tsubasa Kuragaki
    • Tanny Mouse vs. Misae Genki
    • Acute Sae vs. Marcella

    August 19

    Yoshiko Tamura
  • On August 24 in Atlantic City Yoshiko Tamura battles Debbie Malenko for the new NWA Pacific Women's title. Tamura got into this match by defeating Kyoko Inoue. I think the result of that match should tell you what's likely to happen here. Look for Malenko to win the title.

  • Michiko Ohmukai is auctioning off another of her outfit's with the proceeds going to charity.

  • LLPW at Korakuen Hall today saw Eagle Sawai capture the LLPW title from Harley Saito, scoring the pinfall after 14:42. The main event was a mixed tag match where Rumi Kazama and Tiger Mask IV beat Shodai Tiger Mask (Sayama) and Shinobu Kandori when IV pinned I in 13:29.

  • JWP ran a Plum Mariko Memorial match at JWP Hall, Tokyo today. The handicap tag match pitting Azumi Hyuga, Commando Bolshoi and Tsubasa Kuragaki against Kana Misaki, Acute Sae, Kayoko Haruyama and referee Shigeo Kawasaki went to a draw. Trivia note: only three of them wrestlers in this match were with the company whilst Mariko was still alive.

  • Kayoko Haruyama defends the JWP Junior title against Tsubasa Kuragaki on September 3 at Korakuen Hall. JWP really needs to abandon this championship because due to the tiny size of their roster they no longer have enough wrestlers to make the junior division interesting.

  • NEO were in Tokyo today with a main event that saw Takako Inoue and Yoshiko Tamura beat Kyoko Inoue and Misae Genki in 21:46 when Takako pinned Kyoko.

  • Chikako Shiratori retained the CMLL Women's title against Alda Moreno on August 15.

  • A Joshi Puroresu message board has just started at

  • Ran YuYu is out with an undisclosed injury.

  • Team Kurisu on August 31 at Osaka Gym #2 has Sachie Abe and Sumie Sakai vs. Morimatsu and Megumi Yabushita.

  • A couple of new tape releases to report on: ARSION have released ARS 2000 which also has matches from April 20 on it. As the tape only lasts two hours I expect many of the matches will be edited. GAEA have released Flash Back Volume 12 containing matches from the first half of this year. Finally another ARSION tape, Complete ARSION 5 is another highlights video that has some stuff from teh P*MIX Grand Prix.

  • AKINO now has blond hair.

  • JWP on August 27 in Tokyo has:
    • Reggie Bennett, Kayoko Haruyama and Acute Sae vs. Azumi Hyuga, Kana Misaki and Tsubasa Kuragaki
    • Saya Endo vs. Tanny Mouse
    • Commando Bolshoi vs. Kana Misaki
    • Acute Sae vs. Tsubasa Kuragaki

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