- GAEA on January 16 at Korakuen Hall, Tokyo has Chigusa Nagayo vs. KAORU; Saika Takeuchi & Toshiyo Yamada vs. Toshie Uematsu & Sakura Hirota; Sonoko Kato vs. Sugar Sato and Meiko Satomura vs. Chikayo Nagashima in Premium League matches; and in the main event Lioness Asuka & Aja Kong vs. Mayumi Ozaki & Akira Hokuto. The main event should be an excellent match as long as they are given sufficent time, and everyone choses to work.
- Jd' announced their 1999 year end awards recently. Match of the year winner was Lioness Asuka vs. Kyoko Inoue from August 22, first runner up was The Bloody & Fang Suzuki vs. Sumie Sakai & Megumi Yabushita from October 9 and second runner up was The Bloody & Fang Suzuki vs. Sumie Sakai & Megumi Yabushita from September 3. Best Technique went to Sumie Sakai's Moonsault Attack. Best Rookie was Lan Maru.
- ARSION at the Municipal Gymnasium, Tokushima today was headlined by AKINO and Ayako Hamada retaining the Twin Star of ARSION titles, defeating Candy Okutsu and Ai Fujita in 23:16 when Fujita submitted to AKINO's juji-gatame.
- Lady's Gong published their year end awards in the January issue. As with most other award polls, Lioness Asuka was selected as the MVP. Best singles match was the April 4 encounter in Yokohama where Asuka won control of the GAEA company from Chigusa Nagayo. Mima Shimoda and Etsuko Mita vs. Nanae Takahashi and Momoe Nakanishi from September 29 was chosen as the best tag team match. Shimoda and Mita were voted as best tag team. Harley Saito won an award for Meritorious Deeds(?). Ayako Seki won best rookie. Takako Inoue won Fighting Spirit. Technical skill went to The Bloody. Best major card was the joint AJW and LLPW event on March 10 at the Yoyogi Gym. A Special Award went to Jackie Sato.
- GAEA's March tour is called "Heavy Guard".
- A video tape of the GAEA Yokohama Double Destiny show from September 17, 1999 has been released. This was a very good show and is worth taking a look at.
- GAEA are running the "Premium League 2nd" from January 16 until February 13. This will be a round robin tournament featuring last year's winner Meiko Satomura, Toshie Uematsu, Sonoko Kato, Sugar Sato and Chikayo Nagashima.
- FMW will shortly be bringing in a women's Brass Knuckles title, as well as reviving the FMW Independent world title that has been inactive since FMW first scrapped their women's division in 1998.
- Hiroyo Muto won the vacant Jd' Junior title at the Kitasawa Town Hall on January 13, winning a three-way decider match over KAZUKI and Ran Maru.
- GAEA are holding auditions for their year 2000 debuting class. As far as I can tell, the only criteria are that you must be female and over 160cm tall. The try-outs I believe take place on January 22.
- Jd' undercard wrestler Sachie Abe released a music CD on December 16.
- A little more info on the new ARSION wrestlers debuting this year: Rena Takase, born on July 2 1980 is 5' 3" tall, weighs 132lbs and her favourite wrestler is Manami Toyota. Yuko Yamagada, was born on July 6 1976, weighs 127.6lbs and is 5' 4" tall. Her favourite wrestler is Chigusa Nagayo, and she likes to play basketball. Finally, Miyuki Maeda was born on February 12 1980, is 5' 8" tall (Which would make her the tallest woman in the promotion) and weighs 154lbs. Her favourite wrestler is Aja Kong, and her preferred sport is volley ball.
- Former WWWA world champion Yukari Ohmori, who married a while back had a baby on October 17.
- Results of the popularity poll from the January edition of Lady's Gong were:
- Takako Inoue
- Miho Wakizawa
- Manami Toyota
- Ayako Hamada
- Momoe Nakanishi
- Kayo Noumi
- Michiko Ohmukai
- Chaparrita ASARI
- Candy Okutsu
- Chigusa Nagayo
- Yuko Kosugi
- Mima Shimoda
- Mariko Yoshida
- Ai Fujita
- Kyoko Inoue
- Sonoko Kato
- Sakura Hirota
- Kaoru Ito
AJW and JWP Merge
- JWP president Masatoshi Yamamoto met with AJW owner Takashi Matsunaga met recently and announced that their companies would be merging.
A merger between AJW and JWP is certainly a good idea. It puts stars Manami Toyota, Yumiko Hotta, Dynamite Kansai and Devil Masami all in the same promotion, giving the possibility of matches such as Devil vs. Toyota, that has never been done before, and Toyota vs. Kansai that hasn't happened since their classic title switch on December 4, 1995. There's no denying that the work of the four top stars has declined, Devil in particular, but when motivated they can all deliver good matches still.
JWP boasts something that AJW doesn't have -- decent women who are still in their early 20's. Clearly Azumi Hyuga (Tomoko Kuzumi), Carlos Amano, JWP Champion Ran YuYu (Tomoko Miyaguchi) and Kana Misaki (Kanako Motoya) are unlikely to retain the pushes they currently have, but anyone who watches JWP on a regular basis can see that they are not ready to be headliners at this stage. Pairing Hyuga with Toyota would be a good step forward because they work such similar styles. Likewise Misaki could learn from Takako Inoue, and Yumiko Hotta could probably teach Amano something.
When these two companies ran interpromotional shows in 1993, they drew numerous large crowds for womens shows. I doubt they'll manage to sell out any seventeen thousand seat venues this time, but the pooling of talent will help to create fresh matches and hopefully sell more tickets.
One of the matches that has been mentioned as a main event for a "Dream Card" is between JWP "Ace" Dynamite Kansai and AJW's resident hard kicker Yumiko Hotta. These two had an excellent match at Dream Slam I on April 4, 1993.
- Following the closure of Neo Japan Ladies on January 6, Kyoko Inoue made the announcement that she plans to open up a new promotion called "NEO", with the "E" standing for the dreaded word "Entertainment". The debut show for this promotion will be on March 17 at the Kitasawa Town Hall in Tokyo. Clearly with the first show taking place at an arena where past women's shows have drawn around 300 people, whoever made this decision doesn't have much faith in the companies drawing power. It has yet to be announced who aside from Kyoko will work for this group, but it's safe to say that some former Neo Ladies wrestlers will probably appear.
- Lioness Asuka used a new move called the LSD Mark II on the way to a win against JWP's Dynamite Kansai at Korakuen Hall, Tokyo today in the main event of Jd's monthly visit to Korakuen. Asuka scored the winning pinfall after only 14:23. The other result of note is that The Bloody regained the AWF Women's title from Yoshiko Tamura, pinning Tamura after 23:39.
- Kyoko Inoue worked the January 8 FMW show, pinning male wrestler H (the former Hayabusa) to win the tag team main event.
- GAEA on January 22 in Hamamatsu has Chigusa Nagayo & Toshiyo Yamada vs. Mayumi Ozaki & Chikayo Nagashima; Meiko Satomura vs. Sugar Sato; Sonoko Kato vs. Toshie Uematsu; Akira Hokuto & RIE vs. KAORU & Lioness Asuka; and Saika Takeuchi vs. Sakura Hirota.
- The GAEA show on January 23 will have Lioness Asuka, KAORU & Sonoko Kato vs. Akira Hokuto, Mayumi Ozaki & RIE; Chikayo Nagashima vs. Sugar Sato; Meiko Satomura vs. Toshie Uematsu; Toshiyo Yamada vs. Saika Takeuchi; and Chigusa Nagayo vs. Sakura Hirota. Some matches from both of these shows will be taped for television.
- The March 4 All Japan Women's show at the Yokohama Bunka Gym is likely to be headlined by Manami Toyota vs. Lioness Asuka for the WWWA World title, although Eagle Sawai has also been mentioned as an opponent. If Asuka gets the title match, look for this to be a strong contender for the 2000 Women's match of the Year.
- Kayoko Haruyama retained the JWP Junior Title at Korakuen Hall, Toyko on January 9, pinning Acute Sae with a top rope power slam after 18:56. This was the second defence of the championship by Haruyama.
Inoue joins ECW Japan
- Kyoko Inoue became an official member of Kodo Fuyuki's "ECW Japan" promotion on January 5. Fuyuki formed the ECW Japan group recently after he was forced to "retire" due to his losing a match against Masato Tanaka at the Yokohama Arena last November. His first match since then was a cage death match on Christmas day against Inoue in the main event of a Neo Ladies show.
ECW Japan is not going to be a legit promotion, more an "NWO" or "SSU" style outsiders invasion group. ECW Japan made it's debut for FMW at Korakuen Hall on January 5 as members Fuyuki, Inoue, Balls Mahoney and Pitbull #1 defeated H, Mr Gannosuke, Hisakatsu Ohya and Ricky Fuji in 14:36 when Fuyuki pinned obvious jobber Fuji with a lariat.
Given that Inoue's Neo Ladies has now closed, it's expected that she will work more for FMW as a part of ECW Japan. Although Inoue isn't as good as she was several years ago, she is probably better than Fuyuki and better than the ECW stiffs Mahoney and Pitbull, who can barely execute a single wrestling move.
- Neo Ladies drew only 1000 people to Korakuen Hall, Tokyo today for their final show before closing. Kyoko Inoue ended up working every match, first working five consecutive singles matches defeating Yoshiko Tamura, Tanny Mouse, Yuka Nakamura and Saya Endo in short order before losing to Misae Genki in 9:20. The final match of the show saw Kyoko Inoue, Mima Shimoda & Etsuko Mita beat Tanny Mouse, Yuka Nakamura, Saya Endo, Misae Genki & Yoshiko Tamura in 14:47 when Kyoko avenged her earlier pinfall loss by pinning Genki with a Niagra Driver.
Neo wrestlers Misae Genki and Yoshiko Tamura are scheduled to work singles matches for FMW against Kaori Nakayama on the next tour, and Kyoko will continue to work mixed matches as a member of ECW Japan, and wrestle a few singles matches against other women. Saya Endo is to continue working for Jd', however the names Nakamura and Tanny haven't appeared in any lineup's.
- Shinobu Kandori expressed an interest in having a shoot fight against Leila Ali, the daughter of legendary boxer Muhammed Ali. Leila is a professional boxer, but has not had many fights. This challenge is no doubt a publicity stunt on the part of LLPW, and I'd be very surprised if the match was to happen.
Toyota wins WWWA Title
- At Korakuen Hall, Tokyo today Manami Toyota won the WWWA Title for the third time, using the Japanese Ocean Cyclone suplex to pin Yumiko Hotta after 21:01.
Also at this show, that drew a sellout crowd of 2000, Kumiko Maekawa used an Axe-Kick to pin Miho Wakizawa in a defence of her All Pacific championship.
- LLPW at Korakuen Hall today was headlined by Rumi Kazama, Eagle Sawai & Carol Midori beat Harley Saito, Noriyo Tateno & Keiko Aono winning the Six Woman tag team titles in 22:38 when Kazama pinned Harley.
- Jd' at Korakuen Hall on January 10 has Megumi Yabushita and Sumie Sakai vs. Momoe Nakanishi and Nanae Takahashi for the TWF Tag Team titles, and the long awaited and much delayed singles match between Lioness Asuka and Dynamite Kansai. This should be a good match, but Kansai has deteriorated a lot over the past couple of years.
- ARSION have released a new calender and a series of posters.
- AJW have booked the Yokohama Bunka Gym for a show on March 4. I believe Jd' are going to be sending wrestlers for this show. Let's hope they book a Toyota vs. Asuka WWWA title match because not only would it be very good, but the match has never been done before and might be able to draw a strong crowd.
- AKINO, Ayako Hamada, Ai Fujita and Yumi Fukawa will be working for the WNWA in America.
- JWP on January 9 at Korakuen Hall has Azumi Hyuga & Commando Bolshoi vs. Ran YuYu & Devil Masami; Dynamite Kansai vs. Kana Misaki; and Kayoko Haruyama vs. Acute Sae for the JWP Junior title.
- Kyoko Inoue takes on Kaori Nakayama at the January 5 FMW show at Korakuen Hall.
- Yumi Fukawa and Michiko Ohmukai are both auctioning a couple of their costumes to make money for charity.
- Chaparrita ASARI defends the Sky High of ARSION title against Ai Fujita on January 7. On January 15 AKINO and Ayako Hamada defend the Twin Star against Candy Okutsu and Ai Fujita.