July 30

  • JWP held this month's second attempt at a major show on July 29 at the Kawasaki City Gym in Kanagawa. The main event saw Ran YuYu defeat Azumi Hyuga in 28:02, which is probably far too long for these two to be working. The Kana Misaki vs. Yuki Miyazaki match may not have happened as no result is available.

    Michiko Ohmukai

  • Mima Shimoda and Michiko Ohmukai retained the Twin Star of ARSION against Mariko Yoshida and Aja Kong today at KBS Hall, Kyoto. Shimoda pinned Aja in 21:52 for the win. This event also had a six person mixed tag with the Apache family defeating AKINO, Ayako Hamada and Ricky Marvin (from Mexico).

  • FMW video's will be on sale in America starting next month. Match listings for two titles have been released, one of which will include a womens tag match with Combat Toyoda and Sub Miss vs. Chigusa Nagayo and Chikayo Nagashima.

  • Miss Mongol will be teaching at TAKA Michinoku's KAIENTAI Dojo in Puerto Rico.

  • JWP have Commando Bolshoi's seventh anniversary show on August 6 at Korakuen Hall. The lineup will be:
    • Commando Bolshoi vs. Ran YuYu. As this is Bolshoi's match, she will be given the win because JWP don't realise that you need to protect your champion if you want title matches to actually draw.
    • Azumi Hyuga and Reggie Bennett vs. Tsubasa Kuragaki and Kayoko Haruyama. Haruyama and Kuragaki will be squashed like jobbers.
    • Yuki Miyazaki vs. Misae Genki. Sounds like potentially the best match on the card. Either woman could win, but I'm guessing Genki goes over because she has a slightly bigger push.
    • Kana Mizaki vs. Acute Sae in a submission match. As Sae has started using more submissions you'd expect that this match would be used to give her a win over a bigger name. More likely is that Kana, who rarely does non-rest hold submissions, will win the match.

    July 28

    Dynamite Kansai
  • The main event of GAEA's September 15 major show at the Yokohama Bunka Gym has been confirmed as Crush 2000 (Chigusa Nagayo and Lioness Asuka) vs. Aja Kong and Dynamite Kansai.

    There has been a fair bit of history between these teams which should help build anticipation for the match. Last year while the SSU angle was running, Aja defeated Nagayo to win the AAAW title and in doing so forced her to leave the company for a period and to then work opening matches against jobbers like Kaori Nakayama on her return. Kansai is one of only a handful of people to have pinned Nagayo since she came out of retirement in 1993, and had a small feud with Asuka at the start of the year.

  • WWWA Tag Team champions Momoe Nakanishi and Nanae Takahashi have continued to work house show tag team main events in the junior role. Unless AJW are beyond clueless, it's pretty clear that they will lose the titles first defence.

  • JWP at JWP Hall, Tokyo on July 25 had a tag match where Azumi Hyuga and Tanny Mouse took on Chihiro Nakano of Big Japan and Kana Misaki. Hyuga's team won the match when Tanny actually pinned Kana.

  • JWP have booked the Kawasaki Gym on July 29. Lineup is Azumi Hyuga vs. Ran YuYu in a non title match; Kayoko Haruyama and Tsubasa Kuragaki vs. Nanae Takahashi and Momoe Nakanishi in a non title match; Commando Bolshoi and Z-P vs. Masao Orihara and Etsuko Mita; Kayo Noumi vs. Miyuki Fuji; and Kana Misaki vs. Yuki Miyazaki. This is pretty much a Korakuen calibre lineup at an arena twice the size, which isn't good if you look at recent JWP Korakuen attendance figures.

  • Fans of JWP can see video clips of the July 9 Korakuen show on the internet at www4.wakwak.com/jwp/fight/video7.html

    July 21

    Yuko Kosugi
  • Jd' began their Tag League yesterday, in joint first place currently are Yuko Kosugi & Sachie Abe and Morimatsu & Hiroyo Muto, both with one loss and a draw. Jd' are also running a Junior league with the only match so far being Alda Moreno (Mexican woman that worked a lot for Jd' in the promotions early days) over Ran Maru in 5:13.

  • Nanae Takahashi won the Junior portion of the AJW Grand Prix pinning Momoe Nakanishi at Korakuen Hall. Takahashi will now go on to compete in the senior Grand Prix, taking on Etsuko Mita in the first round. Takahashi will lose this this match because she just pinned Mita in the finals of the WWWA Tag Team tournament and it's unlikely Mita would want to do two jobs in a row against junior level opposition. Whilst on the subject of the tag titles, it looks like Takahashi and Nakanishi are only going to be transitional champions as at the July 18 house show Nakanishi worked the main event tag in the junior role teaming with Yumiko Hotta to lose to the ZAP's when Momoe was pinned.

    Also from today's AJW Korakuen event, Manami Toyota reached the second round of the Grand Prix defeating Mima Shimoda in 17:14.

  • GAEA on July 22 at Korakuen Hall will have:
    • Chigusa Nagayo & Sonoko Kato vs. Aja Kong & Dynamite Kansai
    • Lioness Asuka vs. KAORU
    • Sakura Hirota vs. Saika Takeuchi
    • Sugar Sato vs. Mayumi Ozaki
    • Toshiyo Yamada vs. Toshie Uematsu
    • Devil Masami & Akira Hokuto vs. Chikayo Nagashima & Meiko Satomura
    Look for Kato, Takeuchi, Sato, Uematsu and Nagashima to do the jobs.

    July 16

    Momoe Nakanishi
  • Momoe Nakanishi and Nanae Takahashi surprisingly captured the WWWA Tag Team titles at Fuji TV Studio's today, defeating former two time champions Etsuko Mita and Mima Shimoda in the tournament final when Takahashi pinned Mita after 22:02. No future challengers have been announced, however a rematch with Shimoda and Mita has to be expected, as does a possible match with the ZAPs who reformed at this show.

  • Ayako Hamada won today's ARSION Sky tournament defeating AKINO after 10:55 in the finals. I don't have results from the first round, but in the semi's AKINO had beaten Mari Apache in 8:06 with a Dragon Rana, and Ayako had used La Ayakita 2000 to take the win against Masked Angel Rosetta of Wrestle Dream Factory in 6:03. As Hamada won this tournament and defeated the title holder along the way, expect her to receive a shot at the Sky High title currently held by Mari Apache.

    July 15

    Eagle Sawai
  • As expected Manami Toyota retained the WWWA Title against Eagle Sawai in front of 1560 people yesterday at Fuji TV Studio's, Tokyo. Toyota scored the pin after 19:14 with a moonsault. Not much to report on from today's show except that Mima Shimoda and Etsuko Mita as well as Momoe Nakanishi and Nanae Takahashi advanced to the finals of the WWWA Tag Team title tournament.

  • Jd' on July 20 at Ohta Plaza, Tokyo has The Bloody and Morimatsu vs. Fang Suzuki and Megumi Yabushita; Yuko Kosugi and Princess Maru vs. Hiroyo Muto and Sumie Sakai; Ran Maru vs. Alda Moreno; Obacchi Iizuka vs. Sachie Abe and Torihi vs. KAZUKI. On July 30 at Kitasawa Town Hall matchesa will be Yabushita, Iizuka and Morimatsu vs. Fang, Abe and Ran Maru; and Kosugi vs. Sakai. The next Jd' Korakuen Hall show is on August 3 which is headlined by another LSD 2000 rules match between Yuko Kosugi and The Bloody.

  • ARSION are running the Sky II tournament tomorrow at Korakuen Hall, Tokyo. Full first round lineup for the tournament is Mari Apache vs. Chaparrita ASARI; AKINO vs. Fabi Apache; Ayako Hamada vs. Sumie Sakai (Jd'); and Masked Angela Rosetta vs. either Linda Starr or Ai Fujita. Two non-tournament matches will take place as Bionic J, Michiko Ohmukai and Yumi Fukawa take on GAMI, Rie Tamada and Red Lynx, and Aja Kong and Mariko Yoshida vs. Etsuko Mita and Mima Shimoda. The six woman match could go either way, but as it's the ReDrug "A" team vs. the VIP "B" team, ReDrug should go over. Aja and Yoshida will defeat Shimoda and Mita as they are to challenge for the Twin Star of ARSION in a couple of weeks.

  • ARSION on July 30 at KBS Hall, Kyoto will have a six person mixed tag with Apache, Fabi Apache and Mari Apache vs. Ricky Marvin, Ayako Hamada and AKINO, as well as a Twin Star of ARSION match between champions Michiko Ohmukai and Mima Shimoda, and Aja Kong and Mariko Yoshida.

  • Title belts exist for the P*MIX Grand Prix that was won by the Hamada's a few weeks back, it's expected that there will be defences of the title in the future.

    July 13

    Tomoko Watanabe
  • All Japan Women's will be having a senior Grand Prix this year. Beginning on July 20, first round matches are Reggie Bennett vs. Kaoru Ito; Tomoko Watanabe vs. Kumiko Maekawa; Etsuko Mita vs. the Junior league winner; Mima Shimoda vs. Manami Toyota; and Yumiko Hotta recevies a first round bye. The winner of the tournament gets a title shot on September 17 at Differ Ariake. I'd be surprised if this ended up happening, but it's not impossible that Eagle Sawai will win the WWWA title from Toyota this week, then drop it to the GP winner in September.

  • All Japan Women at Korakuen Hall on July 20 will have:
    • Momoe Nakanishi vs. Kayoko Haruyama
    • Kayo Noumi vs. Etsuko Mita. This sounds like a pointless match because Mita is obviously going to win, and it's unlikely Noumi will be very competitive.
    • Kaoru Ito and Kumiko Maekawa vs. Takako Inoue and Miyuki Fuji
    • Nanae Takahashi vs. Miho Wakizawa
    • Yumiko Hotta vs. Tomoko Watanabe
    • Manami Toyota vs. Mima Shimoda. This is a first round match for the Senior Grand Prix.

  • FMW's Kaori Nakayama is changing her name to Gangster Nakayama.

  • ARSION on July 16 at Korakuen Hall in addition to the Sky tournament will have a six woman tag match with Red Lynx, GAMI and Rie Tamada vs. Michiko Ohmukai, Yumi Fukawa and Bionic J, as well as Aja Kong and Mariko Yoshida vs. Mima Shimoda and Etsuko Mita.

  • Jd' are running a tag team league from July 20 until July 23 with teams consisting of: The Bloody and Sumie Sakai; Yuko Kosugi and Sachie Abe; Morimatsu and Hiroyo Muto; KAZUKI and Torihi; and finally Fang Suzuki and Obacchi Iizuka.

  • JWP drew an undisclosed number of fans at the Komazawa Olympic Park, Tokyo today for an event that used wrestlers from JWP, ARSION and NEO. Unless the 8000 seat building was set up to hold a smaller number of people, the chances of the show having come close to selling out are pretty small based on the fact that JWP only draw around 1500 at their monthly Korakuen Hall shows, and the drawing power of the outside talent used here is questionable. The only match on paper that might have had some value is Kyoko vs. Kansai, but in a tag team environment it doesn't have the same interest. Results saw:
    • Ran YuYu and Azumi Hyuga beat Kana Misaki and Commando Bolshoi in 14:39 when Hyuga pinned Kana.
    • Kyoko Inoue and Misae Genki (NEO) beat Dynamite Kansai and Tsubasa Kuragaki when Genki pinned Kuragaki after 12:45.
    • ARSION's Mari Apache and Candy Okutsu beat Bionic J and Michiko Ohmukai (also of ARSION) when Mari used a Michinoku Driver II on J after 12:20.
    • Devil Masami beat Carlos Amano in only 9:20, presumably to set Devil up for absolutely nothing.

  • GAEA are at Nigata Phase on July 20, lineup is have Sakura Hirota vs. Saika Takeuchi; Toshie Uematsu and Sugar Sato vs. Dynamite Kansai and KAORU; Chikayo Nagashima and Lioness Asuka vs. Mayumi Ozaki and Toshiyo Yamada; and in the main event Chigusa Nagayo and Meiko Satomura vs. Devil Masami and Akira Hokuto. Satomura, Nagashima and probably Uematsu will all job in their matches.

    July 6

    Ayako Hamada
  • Jd' run their first show at Club Heaven in Yokohama on July 9. The lineup announced so far is:
    • Megumi Yabushita and Momoe Nakanishi vs. Sumie Sakai and Nanae Takahashi. Momoe and Yabushita are teaming together out of 'mutual respect' based on the pair of Vale Tudo matches they worked against each other. Sakai is just coming back from a major injury and is doing a lot of jobs due to 'ring rust'. Takahashi is pushed below Momoe in AJW, so you can expect Momoe and Yabushita to win this.
    • Yuko Kosugi vs. Sachie Abe for the AWF Title. Abe earned this match today by defeating Hiroyo Muto in a match that went 26:00 before Abe picked up the win. Abe wrestled and defeated Kosugi in Kosugi's debut match back in 1996, however Kosugi has advanced a lot since then and surpassed Abe long ago. Unless Jd' intend to move Kosugi up to the next level, don't look for a title change.
    • The Bloody vs. Princess Maru. Bloody will win this.
    • Crusher Maedomari and Morimatsu vs. Ran Maru and Hiroyo Muto. Sounds like the kind of match that will be cut to three minutes should it be aired on TV.

  • A couple of matches have been added to the AJW Fuji TV Studio shows. The Jd' team in the tag team titles tournament is going to be Yuko Kosugi and Obacchi Iizuka. Don't look for them to advance past the first round. The July 15 main event will be Kaoru Ito and Yumiko Hotta vs. Manami Toyota and a mystery partner who is likely to be either Dynamite Kansai or Reggie Bennett.

  • Genichiro Tenryu defeated Shinobu Kandori on July 2 in front of a non sellout of 1258 at the first LLPW event held at Differ Ariake. The match was worked to look like a shoot, with Tenryu getting the win via TKO after 2:11 of the second three minute round. Kandori's left eye was swelled shut during the match, and she was supposedly taken to hospital.

  • A new wrestler called Miyu Yamamoto will be debuting with All Japan Women on July 14 at Fuji TV Studio's, Tokyo against Momoe Nakanishi. Yamamoto, who is 25, has a strong background in amateur wrestling. I believe she is the same woman that did a shoot match against Anna Gomez at the AJW Tokyo Dome show in 1994.

  • JWP have booked the Komazawa Olympic Gym in Tokyo on July 13 for an "interpromotional" show. JWP can barely draw 1500 at Korakuen Hall these days, so I'll never know what makes them think they can draw a respectable attendance at a 7000 seat arena, especially when they are using wrestlers who have no proven drawing power. The lineup announced is:
    • Kayoko Haruyama vs. Yoshiko Tamura (NEO). I expect Tamura will win this. Haruyama has shown some improvement and should be able to work a good match.
    • Devil Masami vs. Carlos Amano. As Devil doesn't work as much with JWP anymore, Amano getting the win here would make sense, but I've written that plenty of times before.
    • Candy Okutsu and Mari Apache vs. Candy Okutsu and Bionic J (All ARSION). What is the point of this match? Obviously it isn't there to draw because it is positioned so low on the card, and it's not as if anyone of these four have any drawing power. Either side could win.
    • Dynamite Kansai and Tsubasa Kuragaki vs. Kyoko Inoue (NEO) and Misae Genki (NEO). Kuragaki looks like the jobber here.
    • Ran YuYu and Kana Misaki vs. Azumi Hyuga and Commando Bolshoi (all JWP). This will be much like to usual JWP TV main events, a decent match but without a lot of selling.

  • Jd' have "Summer Storm 2000" at Differ Ariake on August 27.

  • GAEA on July 15 has:
    • Chigusa Nagayo and Meiko Satomura vs. Devil Masami and Dynamite Kansai. Satomura gets pinned.
    • Lioness Asuka and Chikayo Nagashima vs. Akira Hokuto and Mayumi Ozaki. Chikayo is here to do the job.
    • The Bloody and Toshie Uematsu vs. KAORU and Toshiyo Yamada. Yamada and KAORU win.
    • Sakura Hirota vs. Sugar Sato. Sato wins a bad match.
    • Chigusa Nagayo vs. Saika Takeuchi. Chigusa wins in about thirty seconds.

  • GAEA at IMP Hall, Osaka on July 16 will have:
    • Meiko Satomura and Lioness Asuka vs. Devil Masami and Toshiyo Yamada. Satomura obviously gets pinned here.
    • Sugar Sato and Chigusa Nagayo vs. Akira Hokuto and Mayumi Ozaki. This time Sugar does the job.
    • Chikayo Nagashima and Toshie Uematsu vs. Dyamite Kansai and KAORU. Kansai and KAORU obviously go over.
    • The Bloody vs. Sakura Hirota. Sakura will work hard to make this the worst match of Bloody's career before jobbing.
    • Saika Takeuchi vs. Devil Masami. Easy win for Devil.

    July 1

    Ayako Hamada
  • The finals of the P*Mix Grand Prix were held on June 29 at a combined ARSION/Battlarts and Michinoku Pro event at Korakuen Hall, Tokyo drawing a reasonable crowd of 1749. Firstly Yumi Fukawa and Minoru Tanaka reached the finals with a victory over Aja Kong and Yuki Ishikawa. In the other semi Ayako and Gran Hamada defeated Hiromi Yagi and Tiger Mask when Ayako forced Yagi to submit in 10:51. The Hamada's won the tournament final with Gran pinning Tanaka after when The Hamada's used a double stunner for the pin in 13:41.

    Non tournament matches saw Coria and Rastaman defeat Ikuto Hidaka and Alexander Otsuka; and Mari Apache retained the Sky High of ARSION by pinning AKINO in 12:53.

  • A mixed tag team match with Gran Hamada and Ayako Hamada vs. Xochitl Hamada and her husband Pentagon (from AAA) is planned for the future.

  • JWP are at Korakuen Hall on July 9.
    • The main event is a non title match with Ran YuYu vs. Reggie Bennett. This is a pointless match that probably won't be any good. Ran is the champion and needs as many wins as she can get. Reggie is involved in the JWP vs. Hotta feud along with Toyota and Kansai which gets higher priority than the JWP title at the moment, therefore she will take the win here. This kind of booking does Ran no favours.
    • Azumi Hyuga vs. Tsubasa Kuragaki. This won't be any good.
    • Kana Misaki vs. Yoshiko Tamura. Surprisingly, these two were involved in one of JWP's best singles matches of 1999. Whilst this should be a good match, it will be very spotty and without much selling.
    • Commando Bolshoi vs. Acute Sae. Don't expect much here.
    • Kayo Noumi vs. Kayoko Haruyama in a JGP match. Haruyama will win this.

  • Aside from Shinobu Kandori vs. Genichiro Tenryu, LLPW will also be running Eagle Sawai vs. Noriyo Tateno and a tag match with Keiko Aono and Aya Koyama vs. Carol Midori and Sayuri Okino on July 2 at Differ Ariake.

  • Candy Okutsu will be be working all her matches as Red Lynx.

  • July 9 at IMP Hall, Osaka has a six person tag match with Esther Moreno, Oriental and Octagoncito vs. MA Negro, Xochitl Hamada and Pentagon.

  • Chaparrita ASARI defends the WWWA Super Light Weight title on July 14 at Fuji TV Studio's, but the opponent has not yet been decided.

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