August 31 Update
- LLPW were at the Yokohama Bunka Gym today, drawing a tiny crowd of only 2200 (And that may be inflated). The main event saw Kyoko Inoue and Takako Inoue defeat Carol Midori and Eagle Sawai in 14:23 when Takako pinned Carol. In other key matches, Etsuko Mita and Mima Shimoda beat Noriyo Tateno and Mizuki Endo when Shimoda pinned Endo with a Valley Bomb after 14:53, and Harley Saito pinned Crusher Maedomari with a Fisherman Buster in 10:19.
- AJW at the Osaka Gym #2 today had Momoe Nakanishi and Yumiko Hotta over Manami Toyota and Kumiko Maekawa in the main event when Hotta pinned Maekawa in 18:52.
- Aja Kong and Mariko Yoshida defeated Michiko Ohmukai and Mikiko Futagami in the main event of the ARSION show at IMP Hall, Osaka today when Aja pinned Futagami after 15:17. On the undercard they began a Grand Prix style league entitled "Sky High of ARSION", a luchadora's round-robin tournament.
Full results from todays shows can be found here
August 29 Update
- Mayumi Ozaki's Oz Academy held their second show of 1999 today, at the IMP Hall in Osaka, drawing a sellout crowd of 800. Results saw Aja Kong beat Chikayo Nagashima with a Uraken. Kaori Nakayama beat Milky Sakura, when Nakayama works for FMW, she uses the name Milky Kaori, obviously this was some sort of parody. Either way, Hirota sucks, so this match would have been unbearably bad. Mayumi Ozaki surprisingly squashed Akira Hokuto with a Tequilla Sunrise in only 10:12. Finally in the main event Lioness Asuka, Mima Shimoda & Etsuko Mita beat Mayumi Ozaki, Aja Kong & Sugar Sato when Shimoda registered the pin over Ozaki after 9:26. Presumably the matches were all short because many of the women had to work more than one match.
GAEA were also at the IMP Hall today, drawing an overflow crowd of 850, which for those of you good at maths is 50 more people than turned up to the Oz show. Only result worth mentioning is that KAORU & Chigusa Nagayo beat Mima Shimoda & Etsuko Mita in a pathetic eight seconds when Chigusa pinned Mita with Mita's own Death Valley Bomb finisher.
- LLPW held a show that drew a sellout of 1800 in Saitama today, in an inter-promotional match the Neo Ladies team of Kyoko Inoue & Misae Genki beat Mizuki Endo & Keiko Aono of LLPW in 20:13 when Genki used her G-Driver on Aono. The main event was a seven woman battle royal won by Carol Midori, last eliminating Crusher Maedomari.
Full results from todays shows can be found here
August 28 Update
- LLPW have released the lineups for a couple of forthcoming shows. On August 29 the main event will be Harley Saito & Rumi Kazama vs. Eagle Sawai & Sayuri Okino. Other matches are Keiko Aono vs. Misae Genki; an eight woman battle royal; Shark Tsuchiya vs. Noriyo Tateno; Miho Watabe vs. Carol Midori; Crusher Maedomari vs. Aya Koyama and Mizuki Endo vs. Nishinatsu.
The August 31 Yokohama Bunka Gym show will be headlined by Kyoko Inoue & Takako Inoue vs. Carol Midori & Eagle Sawai. Also on the card is Noriyo Tateno & Mizuki Endo vs. Mima Shimoda & Etsuko Mita; Harley Saito vs. Crusher Maedomari; Rumi Kazama & Keiko Aono vs. Sayuro Okino & Shark Tsuchiya; Miho Watabe vs. Aya Koyama and Nishinatsu vs. Sayuri Okino.
- Shinobu Kandori missed today's LLPW event in Fukushima and is not scheduled to wrestle at the big Yokohama show on August 31. LLPW have not said why she is absent.
- AJW presented a standard house show in Kanagawa today with Kumiko Maekawa & Manami Toyota defeating Momoe Nakanishi & Yumiko Hotta in the main event when Maekawa pinned (obviously) Nakanishi after 18:03.
August 26 Update
- GAEA will be having a press conference in the near future to determine the stipulations for the Lioness Asuka vs. Chigusa Nagayo match set for September 15 at the Yokohama Cultural Gym. Apparently if Chigusa wins, she will regain full control of the GAEA company. Should Lioness win (which I think we all know isn't going to happen), I believe the company will be forced to close down. These terms have supposedly yet to be agreed on by both sides.
Several matches have been added since yesterday's update. Sugar Sato and Chikayo Nagashima will defend the AAAW Tag Team titles against KAORU and Toshiyo Yamada, hopefully this will be a 'breakthrough' match of sorts for Chikayo, ending with her pinning Yamada. In what is billed as an "Incredible Tag Match" Mima Shimoda and Etsuko Mita take on Mayumi Ozaki and Akira Hokuto, should be a great one. In a no-time limit singles match, Sakura Hirota is against a mystery opponent. Kaori Nakayama is against another former FMW wrestler, RIE, and in the opener Sonoko Kato challenges Toshie Uematsu.
- ARSION's Startist '99 tour runs from August 31 until October 2, starting and finishing at Osaka's IMP Hall. Dates include September 11 in Nagasaki, September 12 in Akurosu Fukuoka, September 13 in Miyazaki, September 14 in Fukuoka, September 15 in Yamaguchi, September 26 at Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, September 29 in Chiba and October 2 in Osaka.
- GAEA have "A New Overture" at Korakuen Hall, Tokyo on September 22.
- Neo Ladies have "Neo Autumn Night" at Club Citta in Kawasaki on September 26. As Neo have such a tiny roster these days, most of which nobody cares about, don't expect them to announce the lineup prior to the show.
- LLPW still haven't announced anything for the Yokohama Bunka Gym show on August 31 other than that the Double Inoue's will be appearing. I'm guessing that we may see a re-match between Harley Saito and Shinobu Kandori with Kandori regaining the championship. Also, the only announcement about the Ota Ward Gym show on October 2 is that ringside seats will cost 5000 Yen.
August 25 Update
GAEA Yokohama lineup
- GAEA are holding their second major event of the year at the Yokohama Bunka Gym on September 15. Entitled "Yokohama Double Destiny", the main event will be a re-match between company 'President' Lioness Asuka and former President Chigusa Nagayo. There are currently no stipulations attached to the main event, but it's likely that if Chigusa wins, she will get the company back.
Aja Kong will defend the AAAW Championship against the woman who pinned her on April 4 at the GAEA Anniversary show, Meiko Satomura. Finally, Akira Hokuto and Mayumi Ozaki will take on Mima Shimoda and Etsuko Mita.
Unless a new twist is added to the storyline, this show will probably mark the end of the SSU.
- ARSION have just released a new line of CAZAI t-shirts. Six different designs are available. All the shirts are black, with a CAZAI logo in a different colour on each one.
- Mikiko Futagami's win over Rie Tamada in the first round of the ZION tournament came by way of a referee stoppage, hopefully Tamada isn't hurt and won't miss any action.
- Neo Ladies drew 1750 to Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, today. For Neo, this is a sellout. In matches for the seemingly never ending Neo Japan Cup, Misae Genki beat Yuka Nakamura, Chaparrita ASARI beat Tanny Mouse and Yoshiko Tamura beat Saya Endo. The main event saw Kyoko Inoue beat Shark Tsuchiya, Crusher Maedomari and Miss Mongol in a three vs. one handicap match. I hate Shark and friends, but what a ridiculous result -- even Rumi Kazama never puts herself over that blatantly.
August 22 Update
- The TWF and WWWA World titles unification match between Lioness Asuka and Kyoko Inoue at the Kawasaki City Gym today ended without a winner as the two women battled to a one hour time limit draw. This was Kyoko's first defence of the WWWA title, and the second defence by Asuka of the TWF championship that she had won from Kyoko back in January at Korakuen Hall. As there was no winner, the titles will not be unified at this time, and both women will retain their championship.
Also at the Jd' Kawasaki show, Momoe Nakanishi retained the WWWA Super Lightweight championship against Sumie Sakai of Jd', getting the pinfall after 12:53. And Megumi Yabushita ended Yuko Kosugi's run as AWF Women's champion, forcing her to submit to a juji-gatame after only 14:45. Presumably these matches were kept short due to the length of the main event. Even with all these great matches, the show drew a depressingly small crowd of 1700.
- ARSION held the ZION '99 show at an arena named 'Zepp Tokyo' today. Surprisingly, Michiko Ohmukai won the tournament, defeating Mima Shimoda after 13:03 in the tournament final. Ohmukai was the winner of the ARS tournament back in May, so it comes as something of a surprise to see her getting a big push for the second time this year. Due to her winning the tournament, Ohmukai will receive a shot at the Queen of ARSION title held by Aja Kong at some point in the near future. This will be Ohmukai's second title match, on June 18 in Hiroshima, Ohmukai went to a thirty minute draw with then-Queen, Mariko Yoshida.
Mariko Yoshida is injured and was unable to compete at ZION. A lottery was held to determine which of the first round losers would get her spot against Mikiko Futagami in the final first round match. Rie Tamada's name was drawn out, so she took on Gami in place of Yoshida.
ARSION ARS 99 tournament results:
Michiko Ohmukai Rie Tamada ------- M. Ohmukai [5:36, Rolling Savate] Rie Tamada ------- M. Futagami -------- M. Ohmukai --------- Mikiko Futagami [8:07, pin] [9:31, B-Series Bomb] | |- OHMUKAI | [13:03, pin] Aja Kong Hiromi Yagi ------ A. Kong ------------ M. Shimoda --------- [5:14, La Majistral] [7:44, pin] Mima Shimoda ----- M. Shimoda Yumi Fukawa [10:27, Death Lake Driver, pin]
- At Korakuen Hall today, Harley Saito surprisingly overcame Shinobu Kandori with La Majistral to capture the LLPW Singles title. This is the first time Harley has held the belt under her real name, a couple of years ago she held it under the 'Karula' gimmick.
August 21 Update
- In Chiba today, Harley Saito won the LLPW title number one contenders tournament pinning Mizuki Endo in the finals. Harley will receive a shot at the LLPW title held by Shinobu Kandori on August 22 at Korakuen Hall. In other news from today's event, Eagle Sawai and Carol Midori defeated Rumi Kazama and Shinobu Kandori when Carol used the Victory Tiger to pin Kazama after 15:03.
LLPW title number one contender tournament final results:
Rumi Kazama Mizuki Endo ------ M. Endo [10:43, pin] Shark Tsuchiya --- K. Aono -------- M. Endo -------- Keiko Aono [11:39, DQ] [13:38, pin] | |- H. Saito Eagle Sawai | [14:02, pin] Carol Midori ----- C. Midori ------ H. Saito ------- [12:31, pin] [14:11, pin] Harley Saito ----- H. Saito Noriyo Tateno [12:54, pin]
- ARSION were in Kawagoe, Saitama today drawing a rare sellout, albeit one of only 650. The main event result was Candy Okutsu and Hiromi Yagi going over Rie Tamada and Yumi Fukawa when Okutsu used a power bomb to pin Fukawa after 14:43. Mariko Yoshida and La Galactica 2000 both missed this show for undisclosed reasons.
- The lineup for LLPW's next Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, show on August 22 will be Rumi Kazama vs. Eagle Sawai; Noriyo Tateno & Mizuki Endo vs. Shark Tsuchiya & Crusher Maedomari; and Shinobu Kandori vs. Harley Saito for the LLPW Singles title. Kandori has held the title in question for close to two years (She won it on August 8 1997 from Eagle Sawai), don't look for her to lose it yet.
- Kyoko and Takako Inoue will be appearing at the LLPW Yokohama Bunka Gym show on August 31. LLPW are at the Ota Ward Gymnasium, Tokyo on October 2. Lineups have yet to be released for either show. Both these arena's hold more than 4,000 people, quite how LLPW think they might sell out either of them I'll never know.
- Only news from the All Japan Women's house show in Kawasaki, Kanagawa is that Manami Toyota and Kumiko Maekawa went over Nanae Takahashi and Yumiko Hotta when Maekawa pinned, you've guess it, Takahashi. Time of the fall was 21:21.
August 18 Update
The Oz Academy are holding a show at the IMP Hall in Osaka on August 18. The card is Mayumi Ozaki vs. Mima Shimoda; Aja Kong vs. Chikayo Nagashima; Sakura Hirota vs. Kaori Nakayama; and Mayumi Ozaki, Akira Hokuto & Sugar Sato vs. Sonoko Kato, Etsuko Mita & Lioness Asuka.
On paper, this card doesn't sound all that great, Nakayama vs. Hirota will not only be a bad match (Due entirely to Sukura), but also has been done several times before, and is scheduled to happen at both the August 22 and August 29 GAEA events. Ozaki and Shimoda had a match at the last Oz show back in February, and was a little dissapointing, hopefully this match will be better than that one. Strange to see Sonoko Kato in the main event, Kato, who is listed as being a member of GAEA, is scheduled to be teaming with SSU members at the next few GAEA shows, as well as this event.
- A no-rope barbed wire match between Shark Tsuchiya and Yuko Kosugi is now confirmed for the September 5 Jd' show at Korakuen Hall, Tokyo. This will be the first women's barbed wire match in more than two years. The last one was on April 29 1997 when blade-job queen Megumi Kudo defeated Tsuchiya to win the FMW Women's titles. The only way this match can end is by submission, knockout or pinfall.
- The August 22 GAEA event will feature Chigusa Nagayo vs. Sonoko Kato in the opener; Meiko Satomura vs. Toshie Uematsu; Kaori Nakayama vs. Sakura Hirota; KAORU vs. Toshiyo Yamada; Etsuko Mita vs. Kaori Nakayama; and a main event tag match with Akira Hokuto & Chikayo Nagashima vs. Mayumi Ozaki & Sugar Sato.
- GAEA are at IMP Hall, Osaka on August 29. Matches will include RIE (Rie Nakamura) vs. RIE; Sakura Hirota vs. Kaori Nakayama; Lioness Asuka & Sonoko Kato vs. Chikayo Nagashima & Sugar Sato; Akira Hokuto & Aja Kong vs. Toshiyo Yamada & Meiko Satomura; and KAORU & Chigusa Nagayo vs. Mima Shimoda & Etsuko Mita.
August 15 Update
Manami Toyota wins Japan Grand Prix!
At Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, this afternoon All Japan Women's drew only 1850 fans for the final's of the 1999 Grand Prix tournament. Yumiko Hotta had reached the final with eleven points, with four wins, three time limit draws, and one loss. Manami Toyota, Kaoru Ito and Momoe Nakanishi were all tied at nine points, so a triangle match between the three was contested, the woman who defeated both opponents would meet Hotta later on in the final. The first portion saw Nakanishi get a surprise win over Toyota in 10:46 - this turned out to be the longest section of the match as Ito then crushed Nakanishi with a Power Bomb in 1:32. Toyota followed up by pinning Ito after a Japanese Ocean Bomb in 4:17, and finally squashing Nakanishi with the Japanese Ocean Cyclone Suplex after a mere 2:08.
The final saw Toyota pin Yumiko Hotta after 18:45 to win the Grand Prix for the second year running. In addition to her tournament wins in 1998 and 1999, Toyota had previously won the Japan Grand Prix in 1990 and 1995. Toyota defeated Hotta to win the tournament in 90 and 95, and Kaoru Ito in 1998.
- GAEA drew yet another sellout crowd of 2200 to Korakuen Hall tonight for a card that featured the return to active competition of legendary female wrestler, Akira Hokuto. Hokuto worked the semi main event teaming with SSU members Mayumi Ozaki and Aja Kong to defeat Chigusa Nagayo, Toshiyo Yamada and Meiko Satomura when Kong used a Uraken to pin Satomura after 14:17. The main event saw Mima Shimoda and Etsuko Mita beat Sugar Sato and Chikayo Nagashima in 22:14 when Shimoda pinned Sato with a Death Lake Driver.