August 14 Update
- Complete lineup for the Jd' interpromotional show on August 22 at the Kawasaki City Gym will be Lioness Asuka vs. Kyoko Inoue for the TWF and WWWA Titles; Yuko Kosugi vs. Megumi Yabushita for the AWF title; The Bloody, Saya Endo & Fang Suzuki vs. Misae Genki, Yoshiko Tamura & Tanny Mouse; Momoe Nakanishi vs. Sumie Sakai for the WWWA Super Lightweight title; Cooga & Hiroyo Muto vs. Morimatsu & KAZUKI; Obacchi Iizuka & Sachie Abe vs. Miho Wakizawa & Kayo Noumi; and in a match entitled "Hold Out Underlings!", Miyuki Fukushima takes on Yoshimi Enya.
- All Japan Women's in Chiba on August 27 will feature a six woman tag team main event, with Manami Toyota, Yumiko Hotta and Kaoru Ito against Nanae Takahashi, Momoe Nakanishi and Miho Wakizawa. AJW return to Tokyo on August 29, where Nakanishi teams with Chaparrita ASARI of Neo Ladies against Miho Wakizawa and Kayo Noumi.
- No return date has been announced for Tomoko Watanabe, who injured her left foot in a Grand Prix match against Manami Toyota on August 5. It's almost certain that Watanabe will have to forfeit her remaining match against Yumiko Hotta.
- The ARSION show in Nagoya today was headlined by a four match 'CAZAI Single Battle Series'. Unfortunately for CAZAI, they only managed to pick up two wins as AKINO beat Linda Starr with a Huracanrana and Ayako Hamada beat Rie Tamada with La Ayakita. The two matches they lost saw Michiko Ohmukai beat Ai Fujita with a Tiger Suplex and Mikiko Futagami destroy CAZAI leader Candy Okutsu in only 8:50.
- WAR will visit Korakuen Hall, Tokyo on September 7, the only women's match will be Noriyo Tateno and Miho Watabe vs. Eagle Sawai and Sayuri Okino. WAR have used LLPW women in the past, and are expected to continue doing so in the future.
- AJW ran the remaining couple of Grand Prix matches at Korakuen Hall today. Momoe Nakanishi went to a draw with Kumiko Maeakawa; Takako Inoue drew with Nanae Takahashi and Manami Toyota beat Kaoru Ito. Going into tomorrow's final, Hotta, Ito, Nakanishi and Toyota all are officially on nine points, however Hotta will presumably get two points from the defaulted match against Tomoko Watanabe, taking her to 11. Presumably the final will turn out to be Hotta vs. Toyota, as Toyota defeated both Nakanishi and Ito, who had only managed draws against each other. Should Toyota take the win, she will be the first ever four time tournament winner.
- A two hour tape of the ARSION June 30 and July 25 shows, including the Sky 99 tournament, has just been released in Japan at the cost of 6930 Yen. Most matches from the two events will air, although some will probably only be shown in highlight form.
- The father-daughter combination of Gran Hamada and Ayako Hamada will team up for the first time on August 29 at a Michinoku Pro show. The opponents will be Gran Naniwa and Mikiko Futagami.
- JWP have released a line of new t-shirts featuring Devil Masami, Dynamite Kansai, Azumi Hyuga, Kana Mizaki and Ran YuYu. The shirts are in black, with a cartoon image of the wrestler on the front. They cost 2500 Yen each.
August 9 Update
Jackie Sato Dies
The Beauty Pair
Zach Arnold passed along word that former AJW wrestler Jackie Sato died earlier today. Sato died at 7:30am JST, at the Kawasaki Municipal Hospital. The cause of death is believed to have been stomach cancer.
Sato made her professional debut in 1975 for All Japan Women's. Later that year, Sato formed a tag team known as the "Beauty Pair", with Maki Ueda. The Beauty Pair was the tag team largely responsible for the rise in popularity of Joshi Puroresu in the late 70's, and a fore-runner to teams such as the Crush Gals. Sato captured the WWWA singles title for the first time on November 1 1977 in Tokyo, defeating her tag team partner Ueda, ending Ueda's second run as world champion. Monster Ripper unseated Jackie for the title on February 27 1979, dropped it back to her, and subsequently regained it in March 1980. The title was vacated in August 1980 when a rematch between Ripper and Sato went to a no-contest. Sato regained the title, defeating Nancy Kumi in Tokyo on December 16 1981. Sato's final run as champion was ended by Rimi (Jaguar) Yokota on February 25 1981.
The Beauty Pair enjoyed two stints with the WWWA World Tag Team Titles in the 70s, first winning the vacant belts from Mach Fumiake and Mariko Akagi on February 24 1974, and losing them to Yukari Lynch and Jackie West on on May 27 1976. Ueda and Sato won the titles for a second time, defeating Jackie West and Cheryl Day on July 17 1977. The title run ended on March 18 1977 after a non-finish against arch rivals The Black Pair (Yumi Ikeshita and Shinobu Aso, later replaced by Mami Kumano). The Beauty Pair lost a subsequent re-match against their enemies. Sato also held the tag team titles with Nancy Kumi in late 1977.
Jackie retired from All Japan Women's in 1983. She briefly resurfaced in 1986, working for the original JWP. The only notable aspect of Sato's JWP stint was that she was the first opponent of today's LLPW star, Shinobu Kandori. Sato left active wrestling for good in 1986. She was a regular visitor to legend's get-together's over the last thirteen years, her last appearance at a wrestling show was at the All Japan Women's anniversary show at the Yokohama Arena on November 29, 1998 where she was inducted into the Hall of Fame.
- The September 1999 All Japan Women's tour will be called "Zenjyo Tough 99".
- The Double Inoue's (Kyoko and Takako Inoue) will reunite on August 11 at Korakuen Hall, Tokyo for a match against ZAP I and ZAP T. ZAP I (Kaoru Ito) and Kyoko Inoue had a singles match against ZAP I on July 4 in Kawasaki that went to a rare double count out.
- The Battle Station program on Samurai TV will air the July 18 JWP Osaka event on August 11 at 8:00pm, and the July 21 show on August 18. The next Jd' television show is on Samurai TV on August 29. This show will be taped in Kawasaki on August 22.
- Results of the popularity poll from the August edition of Lady's Gong magazine were:
- Miho Wakizawa
- Kayo Noumi
- Takako Inoue
- Ai Fujita
- Yasha Kurenai
- Yumi Fukawa
- Chaparrita ASARI
- Chigusa Nagayo
- Kana Misaki
- Manami Toyota
- Momoe Nakanishi
- Yuko Kosugi
- Michiko Ohmukai
- Candy Okutsu
- Kumiko Maekawa
- Kyoko Inoue
- Shinobu Kandori
- Yumiko Hotta
August 8 Update
In Niigata City today, Ladies Legend Pro Wrestling completed the second round of their tournament. Mizuki Endo reached the final, pinning Keiko Aono after 13:38, and veteran Harley Saito beat Carol Midori via pinfall after 14:11. Harley meets Endo in the tournament final on August 22. The winner of that match will take on Shinobu Kandori the same night in an LLPW Title match.
Other results from the LLPW event saw Shark Tsuchiya and Sayuri Okino defeat Shinobu Kandori and Aya Koyama after 12:56 when Shark pinned the obvious jobber Koyama, and Rumi Kazama lost a handicap match to Eagle Sawai and Crusher Maedomari.
LLPW August 8 Results
LLPW title number one contender tournament bracketing:
Rumi Kazama Mizuki Endo ------ M. Endo [10:43, pin] Shark Tsuchiya --- K. Aono -------- M. Endo -------- Keiko Aono [11:39, DQ] [13:38, pin] | |- FINAL Eagle Sawai | [August 22] Carol Midori ----- C. Midori ------ H. Saito ------- [12:31, pin] [14:11, pin] Harley Saito ----- H. Saito Noriyo Tateno [12:54, pin]
- Main event of the ARSION show in Furukawa, Gifu today saw Aja Kong and Yumi Fukawa defeat Mariko Yoshida and Michiko Ohmukai in 17:41 when Aja used the Uraken (Spinning Back Fist) to pin Ohmukai.
ARSION August 8 Results
- AJW were at their garage in Tokyo today. In the main event, Yumiko Hotta, Kaoru Ito, Kumiko Maeakawa and Momoe Nakanishi defeated Manami Toyota, Nanae Takahashi, Miho Wakizawa and Miyuki Fuji when Ito pinned Takahashi at the 16:39 mark. Tomoko Watanabe missed this show due to the foot injury she suffered on August 5.
AJW August 8 Results
- JWP held the Plum Mariko Memorial show today, drawing only 1650 to Korakuen Hall, Tokyo. The Plum Memorial match was an eight woman affair where Azumi Hyuga, Dynamite Kansai, Carlos Amano, Kayoko Haruyama & Tsubasa Kuragaki beat Devil Masami, Ran YuYu, Commando Bolshoi, Kana Misaki & Acute Sae when Kansai used the Splash Mountain on Devil after 15:55. Other important results saw Carlos Amano win the Century End tournament, forcing a submission out of Ran YuYu after 19:54, and in the only notable interpromotional match of the night, Kyoko Inoue & Dynamite Kansai beat Azumi Hyuga & Misae Genki in 15:06 when Kansai put away Genki with a Lariat.
JWP August 8 Results
JWP Century End Tournament Final Standings
- Today's Big Japan show saw Chihiro Nakano, Marcella and Tanny Mouse go over Kyoko Ichiki, Andromeda and Yoshiko Tamura when Tanny put away Andromeda with a juji-gatame after 17:47.
August 7 Update
- The full lineup for the August 15 GAEA "Blast Wave" show at Tokyo, Korakuen Hall will be Lioness Asuka vs. Sonoko Kato; KAORU vs. Toshie Uematsu; Kaori Nakayama vs. Sakura Hirota; Aja Kong, Mayumi Ozaki & Akira Hokuto vs. Meiko Satomura, Toshiyo Yamada & Chigusa Nagayo; and in the main event Sugar Sato & Chikayo Nagashima vs. Mima Shimoda & Etsuko Mita.
GAEA return to Korakuen Hall for an afternoon show on August 22. The only match announced so far for that show is Chikayo Nagashima & Akira Hokuto vs. Mayumi Ozaki & Sugar Sato.
Kong vs. Yoshida.
- AAAW (All Asia Athlete Women's) Champion and Queen of ARSION, Aja Kong has expressed an interest in taking on former AAAW title holder Chigusa Nagayo, possible in a title unification match. If this match was to go ahead, there is a good chance that Chigusa would get the win. The AAAW Title is the belt of Nagayo's GAEA promotion, and Aja is basically working on borrowed time as champion. Seeing Chigusa as Queen of ARSION would be a nightmare. Whilst Chigusa was a great worker at one time, in 1999 she has turned into a fat, immobile, no-sell stiff. Sort of like a Japanese version of Scott Norton, and wouldn't fit into ARSION at all.
- Jd' were in Saitama today. The only notable happening were the return of megababe Sachie Abe, who lost to Yuko Kosugi, and the main event where Morimatsu & Lioness Asuka beat Cooga & Megumi Yabushita. Jd' has become very predictable as of late, particularly at the main event end where the faces haven't won a main event against the heels since June 30.
August 6 Update
- ARSION held their "Hyper Visual Fighting Summer Carnival The Queens" event at the Ohta Ward Gymnasium in Tokyo today, drawing a crowd of 2600, which may or may not be legitimate. Key results from the show saw Ai Fujita & Linda Starr beat La Galactica 2000 & Princess Sujei in the opener, when Fujita and Starr simultaneously pinned both opponents, the other undercard match saw Yumi Fukawa get a much needed singles victory, using a juji-gatame to force a submission out of Rie Tamada.
Elsewhere, AKINO and Ayako Hamada made the first defence of their Twin Star of ARSION titles, defeating Mexican Mari Apache and Chaparrita ASARI of Neo Ladies. Hamada used La Ayakita on ASARI after 20:22. In the best singer match, Hiromi Yagi surprisingly defeated Candy Okutsu; and Mima Shimoda and Etsuko Mita defeated Mikiko Futagami & Michiko Ohmukai in 26:33.
The biggest surprise of the show was Aja Kong ending Mariko Yoshida's run as Queen of ARSION. Aja used the Uraken to get the pin after 20:33. Kong becomes the second holder of the title and retains her position as booker of ARSION. This was Yoshida's fifth defence of the championship.
- ARSION results for August 6
- Queen of ARSION Title History
- Twin Star of ARSION Title History
- LLPW continued with their tournament before an alleged sellout of 3865 (highly unlikely) in Toyama City. Tournament matches saw Keiko Aono beat Shark Tsuchiya [11:39]; Carol Midori beat Eagle Sawai [12:31]; and Harley Saito beat Noriyo Tateno with a Top Rope Fisherman Buster [12:54]. For the first time ever, LLPW actually seem to have realised that they need to push their younger talent. One result that didn't uphold this was the opener, where Aya Koyama and Miho Watabe were squashed by Mizuki Endo in a handicap match. Endo has yet to lose a match since returning to LLPW, and I wouldn't be surprised if she were to win the tournament. Endo defeated Rumi Kazama in round one, and meets Keiko Aono, someone else that has received an increased push, in the semi finals.
August 5 Update
- AJW were at the Fuji TV Studio's in Tokyo today, drawing a sellout crowd of 1200. Obviously the taping was held at a different part of the studio's to the shows they held there on July 10 and 11, that both drew sellouts of more than 1700. The story of the show was more or less tying up the Grand Prix tournament, Momoe Nakanishi picked up a win against Miho Wakizawa, Kaoru Ito downed Takako Inoue, and Manami Toyota beat Tomoko Watanabe. Toyota won the match against Watanabe via referee stoppage after only 4:20 because Watanabe suffered an injury to her left foot and/or her neck. Hopefully Tomoko won't miss too many matches because of this.
Kaoru Ito seems to be in the strongest position to win, currently on nine points with a match against Toyota remaining. The only way should could get edged out on points would be if Momoe Nakanishi was to either defeat one of, or draw with both Toyota and Maekawa. A win over Maekawa is possible, but I doubt she'll beat Toyota, who has already put over several less talents in the GP already.
- AJW results for August 5
- "Mother Earth" will be the name of the October JWP Tour. The first date will be October 1 in Osaka at the Gym #2, then October 5, October 9, October 11 in Akita City, October 17 at Tokyo, Korakuen Hall (TV Taping), finally October 19 and October 30 in Fukuoka.
August 3 Update
- The main event of the August 15 GAEA 'Blast Wave' event at Tokyo, Korakuen Hall will be Aja Kong, Mayumi Ozaki & Akira Hokuto vs. Chigusa Nagayo, Meiko Satomura & Toshiyo Yamada.
- JWP have their "Rolling Summer '99" tour running throughout August. August 8 at Tokyo, Korakuen Hall will have Ran YuYu vs. Carlos Amano; Dynamite Kansai & Kyoko Inoue vs. Misae Genki & Azumi Hyuga; Kana Misaki & Tsubasa Kuragaki vs. Commando Bolshoi & Acute Sae; Kayoko Haruyama vs. Miho Wakizawa and a Plum Mariko Memorial match that Devil Masami will be involved in.
August 12 will have Kansai, Amano, Kuragaki & Haruyama vs. Hyuga, Devil, Bolshoi & Ran; Kansai & Misaki vs. Devil & Bolshoi; Ran vs. Kuragaki and Hyuga vs. Yoshiko Tamura.
August 13 at the Osaka Gym #2 has Kansai & Kyoko vs. Ran & Tamura; Devil & Hyuga vs. Bolshoi & Misaki; Haruyama vs. Kuragaki for the JWP Junior title; and Amano vs. Acute Sae.
August 15 in Saitama will have Kansai, Misaki, Ran & Haruyama vs. Hyuga, Devil, Amano & Kuragaki. August 19 has Devil & Ran vs. Bolshoi & Amano. August 22 in Nagano will feature Devil, Ran, Haruyama & Kuragaki vs. Hyuga, Bolshoi, Misaki & Amano.
- Tanny Mouse and Yoshiko Tamura have been working several dates for Big Japan Pro Wrestling in recent weeks. On August 3 in Fukuoka, Tanny hooked up with Chihiro Nakano and Marcella to defeat Tamura and BJ regulars Kyoko Ichiki and Andromeda, when Nakano pinned Andromeda.
- Kana Misaki, Azumi Hyuga and Devil Masami will be signing autographs at the Osaka Gym #2 on August 13.