February 18

    Toshie Uematsu
  • GAEA's "Big Destruction" tour is running at IMP Hall, Osaka on February 27. As IMP Hall isn't very big this show should sell-out, as GAEA events normally do at this building.
    • Main event is Chigusa Nagayo and Toshie Uematsu of GAEA Japan vs. Mayumi Ozaki and Sugar Sato of Team Nostradamus. It's good that Uematsu is getting pushed in the three way GAEA vs. T-NDS vs. DOA feud rather than Hirota. I'm hoping we'll see Uematsu pin Sugar here.
    • Lioness Asuka (DOA) battles Chikayo Nagashima (T-NDS). This will be a good match as long as it isn't booked to last 30 seconds.
    • Toshiyo Yamada (GAEA) vs. Aja Kong (DOA) should be a good match. Aja will almost certainly take the win here.
    • Sakura Hirota (GAEA) vs. RIE (T-NDS) will be crap. RIE gets the victory.

  • GAEA are currently suffering numerous problems as Meiko Satomura is still sidelined due to ligament damage to her left arm as well as a loss of sinew a few weeks back. KAORU is out with broken ribs and a laceration to her left hand. Sonoko Kato is out with ligament damage.

  • Harley Saito defends the LLPW Singles championship on March 8th against LLPW President Rumi Kazama. I doubt Kazama will win the title, but with her booking the match, anything's possible.

  • Mima Shimoda and Etsuko Mita ran in and attacked Kumiko Maekawa and Tomoko Watanabe on February 6, bringing out cage panels and hitting Watanabe with them. This angle was to set up a cage match between the two teams for the WWWA Tag Team titles on March 4. On September 21 1997 Shimoda and Mita had a cage match against Watanabe and Kaoru Ito that was easily the best cage match of all time. Although Maekawa isn't as good as Ito, and Shimoda and Mita are worse than they were then, this should still be a good match.

  • ARSION ran their second anniversary show at Korakuen Hall, Tokyo today drawing another poor crowd of only 1300. The main event saw Aja Kong and Mariko Yoshida capture the Twin Star of ARSION tag team titles from Ayako Hamada and AKINO in 24:40 when Yoshida forced AKINO to submit.

  • On February 6 Sakura Hirota came out dressed as Chigusa Nagayo, in her 80s Crush Gals attire. Hirota also brought out a cardboard stand-up of Lioness Asuka.


    February 12

    Aja Kong
  • ARSION have their second anniversary show at Korakuen Hall, Tokyo on February 18. Lineup is as follows:
    • Ayako Hamada and AKINO vs. Aja Kong and Mariko Yoshida for the Twin Star of ARSION. Hamada and AKINO are getting pushed pretty heavily and I'm guessing they will get the win here. Aja already holds the Queen of ARSION and wouldn't gain a lot from holding the tag team titles also.
    • Michiko Ohmukai and Mima Shimoda vs. Yumi Fukawa and Etsuko Mita. This match was done a few weeks ago and went to a time limit draw. Despite their unproven drawing power, Shimoda and Mita have been heavily protected in ARSION so far and I'm expecting one of them to score the pin here.
    • Candy Okutsu vs. Hiromi Yagi. Candy isn't very good these days. Either woman could win.
    • Mari and Fabi Apache take on Mikiko Futagami and Rie Tamada. I'm pretty sure Tamada and Futagami will go over as they are getting pushed towards another shot at the Twin Star of ARSION titles.
    • In the opener Ai Fujita battles Linda Starr. Fujita will probably win this.

  • Weekly Puroresu magazine published their year end awards in a recent issue. Awards pertaining to women were:
      Best Women's Match:
    1. Winner: Chigusa Nagayo vs. Lioness Asuka [April 4, Yokohama]
    2. Manami Toyota vs. Kyoko Inoue [December 8, Tokyo]
    3. Chigusa Nagayo vs. Lioness Asuka [September 15, Yokohama]
    4. Lioness Asuka vs. Kyoko Inoue [August 22, Kawasaki]
    5. Aja Kong vs. Meiko Satomura [September 15, Yokohama]
    6. Kyoko Inoue vs. Takako Inoue [May 5, Kawasaki]
    7. Yumiko Hotta vs. Shinobu Kandori [March 10, Tokyo]
    8. Mariko Yoshida vs. Yumi Fukawa [September 26, Tokyo]
    9. Momoe Nakanishi vs. Megumi Yabushita [June 13, Tokyo]
    10. Kyoko Inoue vs. Yumiko Hotta [October 22, Fukuoka]

      Best Women's Tag Match:
    1. Winner: Ayako Hamada & AKINO vs. Mima Shimoda & Etsuko Mita [December 11, Yokohama]
    2. Aja Kong & Mayumi Ozaki vs. Meiko Satomura & Sonoko Kato [April 4, Yokohama]
    3. Mima Shimoda & Etsuko Mita vs. Kumiko Maekawa & Tomoko Watanabe [December 8, Tokyo]
    4. Manami Toyota, Kaoru Ito & Nanae Takahashi vs. Lioness Asuka, Mima Shimoda & Etsuko Mita [July 11, Tokyo]
    5. Mima Shimoda & Etsuko Mita vs. ZAP I & ZAP T [July 10, Tokyo]
    6. Akira Hokuto & Mayumi Ozaki vs. Mima Shimoda & Etsuko Mita [September 15, Yokohama]
    7. Mima Shimoda & Etsuko Mita vs. Momoe Nakanishi & Nanae Takahashi [September 29, Tokyo]
    8. Aja Kong & Mayumi Ozaki vs. Sugar Sato & Chikayo Nagashima [July 18, Tokyo]
    9. KAORU & Toshiyo Yamada vs. Mima Shimoda & Etsuko Mita [April 4, Yokohama]
    10. Manami Toyota & Miho Wakizawa vs. Kumiko Maekawa & Tomoko Watanabe [December 26, Tokyo]

  • JWP named Kana Misaki as their MVP for 1999, and Azumi Hyuga vs. Hikari Fukuoka from February 28 as the match of 1999.

  • Results of the popularity poll from the February Lady's Gong were:
    1. Miho Wakizawa
    2. Kayo Noumi
    3. Manami Toyota
    4. Chigusa Nagayo
    5. Takako Inoue
    6. Chaparrita ASARI
    7. Momoe Nakanishi
    8. Lioness Asuka
    9. Sachie Abe
    10. Ai Fujita
    11. Sakura Hirota
    12. Yumi Fukawa
    13. Shinobu Kandori
    14. Tomoko Watanabe
    15. Kaoru Ito
    16. Ayako Hamada
    17. Mima Shimoda
    18. Kana Misaki
    19. Kyoko Inoue
    20. Akira Hokuto.

  • Rie Tamada and Mikiko Futagami's tag team has been named the "Female Dogs".

  • Mima Shimoda has worked some independent shows recently as MIMA, forming a team called "Crazy Roses" with a woman called "LIMA".


    February 11

    Yumiko Hotta and Dynamite Kansai
  • All Japan Women's and JWP began running their combined shows on February 10 at Korakuen Hall, Tokyo. The show drew only 1700 people. For JWP, 1700 is a fairly normal number, likewise, AJW don't generally draw higher than that unless there are special circumstances. However, a show combining both promotions with supposed dream matches should at least be able to sell out a 2000 seat venue.

    For February 10...

    • the opener saw AJW's Kumiko Maekawa defeat JWP Junior champion Kayoko Haruyama in 8:51. This was a sensible result because Maekawa means more in AJW than Haruyama does in JWP, and Maekawa had a big title match 24 hours later that in theory she had "no chance" of winning due to being against a higher ranked opponent.
    • Devil Masami & Acute Sae beat Kayo Noumi & Miyuki Fuji in 12:41 when Sae used a footstomp to pin Fuji. AJW have broken up Noumi's team with the more talented Miho Wakizawa, and for the past few months she has mostly been working with no-talent stiff Fuji, AJW have stopped trying to push Noumi and Fuji so them losing was no surprise. Sae getting the pin was a smart move because she at least gains something from pinning a wrestler from the opposing promotion, even if it is only Miyuki Fuji.
    • In a mixed promotions match, Manami Toyota, Azumi Hyuga & Miho Wakizawa beat Yumiko Hotta, Dynamite Kansai & Tsubasa Kuragaki. Wakizawa got the win here, pinning Kuragaki with the fisherman buster after 21:11. An angle took place during this match where Hotta didn't want to work with JWP, including Kansai. Apparently the two got into a disagreement following the match. This should put Kansai and Hotta on opposing teams for future matches which would be good thing if the bookers have a clue as a Hotta vs. Kansai singles match might draw.
    • JWP Open Weight champion Ran YuYu beat Nanae Takahashi with a Brain Buster in 14:13. This match shouldn't have gone that long. Ran is the JWP champion, whereas Takahashi is a mid-card wrestler in AJW with exactly zero convinving wins over top stars to her credit. Despite holding the JWP title, Ran is somewhat meaningless, so Takahashi isn't going to be elevated through a "strong showing".
    • In the main event, AJW's ZAP I and ZAP T won the JWP Tag Team titles from long-term champions Commando Bolshoi and Carlos Amano. Amano and Bolshoi were only given the belts because JWP had to get them on a new team before Hikari Fukuoka retired. They made only a couple of defences (Although that isn't abnormal in JWP), and nobody really took them seriously.

    The February 10 show was virtually a waste of time. It didn't take a genius to work out any of the results, and the poor attendance shows that the AJW and JWP fan bases knew that.

    Moving on to February 11, under the AJW banner they drew an apparent sellout of 2030. Promotions such as GAEA and All Japan claim a Korakuen sellout as being around 2200, but AJW's normal figure for their rare sellouts is around 2000. Although the crowd was bigger, the booking was just as bad, and the matches were probably worse in many cases.

    • In a total waste of time, Takako Inoue & Commando Bolshoi beat Yumiko Hotta & Miyuki Fuji. No question as to who did the job here. The only reason I can see for Hotta being put in this match is to further the storyline that she doesn't want to work with JWP.
    • Tsubasa Kuragaki & Acute Sae beat Kayo Noumi & Devil Masami when Sae took the pin over Noumi in 11:48. Giving Kuragaki and Sae a win over Devil is good for them on paper, but you have to wonder who much selling Devil did. I suspect very little.
    • Nanae Takahashi & Tomoko Watanabe went to a double count out with Mima Shimoda & Etsuko Mita in 19:26. I don't see the reason for this match going to a double count out other than to further the Shimoda/Mita vs. Watanabe/Maekawa series.
    • Azumi Hyuga win the AJW All Pacific championship from Kumiko Maekawa, presumably as a trade for the ZAP's winning the JWP Tag belts. This was the only sensible result to the match. AJW tried to elevate Maekawa in 1997 by having her beat big names, but never got her to above mid-card level, and have for the most part booked her at that level ever since. Hyuga held the JWP Open Weight title until late 1999, and has been pushed as a big star by JWP for the last year or so. Unfortunately, JWP couldn't do much to boost her credibility in that time because no other promotions were willing to give her interpromotional wins, and JWP themselves were reluctant to put her over established stars such as Dynamite Kansai. Either way, Hyuga has meant more than Maeakawa. The worry now is who Hyuga will ultimately have to job the title back to.
    • Main event saw Manami Toyota, Dynamite Kansai & Kaoru Ito beat Ran YuYu, Carlos Amano & Miho Wakizawa in 21:52 when Ito used a footstomp to pin Amano. It was good that Wakizawa didn't job here because it would have killed off whatever she gained the night before when she got the pin in her match.


    February 9

    Cuty Suzuki
  • Former JWP wrestler Cuty Suzuki will be releasing a new photo book entitled "Guardless" on March 10, at a price of 3200. A video called "Making of Guardless" will be released the same day , also for 3200. Cuty will be signing copies of the books at the JWP house show in Chiba on February 16.

  • ARSION have released a whole load of new merchandise. You can now get Michiko Ohmukai "Egoist Y2O", Mariko Yoshida "True Heart", and Yumi Fukawa "DDY" t-shirts, as well as the Complete ARSION Vol. 4 video, and a Michiko Ohmukai "Egoist Y2O" necklace.

  • Aja Kong and Mariko Yoshida are the next team to get a shot at the Twin Star of ARSION titles, possibly at the April 7 Yokohama City Gym show, although that is a large arena to fill so they might hold off or bring forward the Twin Star match to put something with more drawing power in that main event. Mikiko Futagami and Rie Tamada would seem like an obvious team to get another shot at the Twin Star as they have been getting something of a push since their last challenge on January 30, defeating Candy Okutsu and Ai Fujita on February 5, and holding Kong and Yoshida to a draw on February 9.

  • LLPW drew a normal crowd of 1605 at Korakuen Hall, Tokyo today. The story of the show was a G-MAX vs. LLPW series that saw Mizuki Endo beat Crusher Maedomari; Sayuri Okino beat Miho Watabe; Carol Midori beat Aya Koyama; Rumi Kazama beat Keiko Aono; Harley Saito beat Shark Tsuchiya and Eagle Sawai beat Noriyo Tateno. The main event was a mixed tag team match that saw Battlarts wrestlers Masao Orihara and Takeshi Ohno defeat Ryuji Hijikata and LLPW's Shinobu Kandori when Ohno used a Falcon Arrow to defeat Hijikata in 14:00.


    February 6

    KAORU
  • Lioness Asuka has formed a new group in GAEA called the "DOA", standing for "Dead or Alive". Other members of the group are KAORU, Sonoko Kato and Aja Kong, but thankfully not the Harris Brothers and Brian Adams. With this new stable having been formed, it looks like the Crush Gals reunion has already been forgotten about. The next big storyline in GAEA is expected to be Team Nostradamus (Ozaki, Hokuto, RIE, Sato and Nagashima) vs. GAEA Japan (Nagayo, Satomura, Uematsu and Hirota) vs. DOA.

  • GAEA are at Korakuen Hall, Tokyo on February 13. Main event is Aja Kong vs. KAORU for Aja's AAAW title. If this turns out to be a good match, it will be due to Aja. I'm pretty sure she'll hold onto the title here. Chikayo Nagashima and Sugar Sato defend the AAAW Tag Team titles against Lioness Asuka and Sonoko Kato The AAAW Tag Titles have never meant that much and are only defended once or twice a year, so the result could go either way. Chigusa Nagayo and Toshiyo Yamada take on RIE and Akira Hokuto in what will probably be a normal Chigusa match -- short and without much selling. Mayumi Ozaki vs. Toshie Uematsu will be a good match if it's given adequate time. Opener is Sakura Hirota vs. Saika Takeuchi, obviously this will suck. Hirota will finally pick up a win here.

  • ARSION at Twin Messe, Shizuoka today had Mima Shimoda over Yumi Fukawa; Michiko Ohmukai draw with Etsuko Mita and Ayako Hamada & AKINO over Aja Kong & Fabi Apache in key matches. Check out Results for full details.

  • ARSION on February 11 has Aja Kong and Linda Starr vs. Mariko Yoshida and Fabi Apache; Yumi Fukawa vs. Ayako Hamada; Candy Okutsu and Michiko Ohmukai vs. Mikiko Futagami and Rie Tamada; and AKINO vs. Ai Fujita. On February 12 they have Aja and Hamada vs. Yoshida and AKINO; Ohmukai vs. Fabi; Okutsu and Fukawa vs. Tamada and Futagami; Fujita vs. Starr and in an exhibition match, Tamada vs. Rena Takase. In Chiba on February 15 main event is Aja and Yoshida vs. Okutsu and Hamada; Fukawa vs. AKINO; Fabi and Starr vs. Tamada and Futagami; Ohmukai vs. Fujita and Futagami vs. Takase in another exhibition match.

  • IWA Japan on February 11 at Korakuen has Obacchi Iizuka vs. Mima Shimoda.

  • ARSION either have or are attempting to have a wrestler vs. boxer match on February 7. When ARSION first started in 1998 they used to have kick boxing matches at some of their shows, but haven't done so for more than a year.

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