July 31 Update
An AWF title defence by Yuko Kosugi against Megumi Yabushita has been added to the August 22 Jd' show at the Kawasaki City Gym, which will be headlined by a double titles match between WWWA champion Kyoko Inoue and TWF champion Lioness Asuka.
- JWP were at the Kameoka Market in Kyoto today. In league matches, Commando Bolshoi defeated Devil Masami after only 1:36; Ran YuYu beat Kana Misaki in 18:22; Dynamite Kansai beat Tsubasa Kuragaki in 0:08; and Carlos Amano forced Azumi Hyuga to submit to a juji-gatame after 18:51.
- Hikari Fukuoka showed up as a fan at the July 14 ARSION show in Akita City to see her former Hi-Chan's partner's Candy Okutsu and Hiromi Yagi win a tag team match against Yumi Fukawa and Aja Kong. It's unlikely that this was anything more than a one-off appearance by Fukuoka who lives in Akita and is known to be close friends with both Yagi and Okutsu. Hikari retired from wrestling back in March 1999 due to continuing problems with her neck, and also to allow her to marry. Before her retirement, Hikari wrestled a pair of matches for ARSION on March 16, teaming with Mikiko Futagami against Candy Okutsu and Aja Kong, then working a five minute exhibition match against Futagami.
- LLPW have just begun an eight woman single-elimination tournament. The bracketing for the tournament in the first round is Rumi Kazama vs. Mizuki Endo; Shark Tsuchiya vs. Keiko Aono; Eagle Sawai vs. Carol Midori and Harley Saito vs. Noriyo Tateno. One match has already taken place as Endo went over LLPW President Kazama. The three remaining first round matches are all happening on August 6 in Toyama City. Quarter finals will take place on August 8, the semi's on August 21 and the final is on August 22 at Tokyo, Korakuen Hall. The winner of the tournament will receive a shot at the LLPW Singles title held by Shinobu Kandori on August 22.
- Carlos Amano meets Tomoka Isozaki in a UWF Ladies match on August 10 in Tokyo.
- AJW will never learn. They have booked the Ohta Ward Gymnasium in Tokyo for an event on September 29. In 1999, AJW can barely sell out Korakuen, so how do they hope to fill a building more than double the size?
July 30 Update
The complete lineup for ARSION's "Hyper Visual Fighting Summer Carnival The Queens" show at the Ohta Ward Gym in Tokyo on August 6 will be Mariko Yoshida vs. Aja Kong; Michiko Ohmukai & Mikiko Futagami vs. Mima Shimoda & Etsuko Mita; Ayako Hamada & Mika Akino vs. Chaparrita ASARI & Mari Apache; Candy Okutsu vs. Hiromi Yagi in the 'Best Singer' match; Yumi Fukawa vs. Rie Tamada and Linda Starr & Ai Fujita vs. La Galactica 2000 & Princess Sujei.
The rivalry between Kong and Yoshida has been built up at recent shows, including Yoshida forcing Aja to submit in a tag team match pitting Yoshida and Hiromi Yagi against Kong and Michiko Ohmukai on July 25. There is a chance Aja will win the title here, but there have been some hints that Yumi Fukawa and Ayako Hamada are in line for title shots against Yoshida in the near future, which would suggest that Yoshida is holding on to the title.
Stranger things have happened, but I'd be very surprised if ASARI and Mari Apache were to win the Twin Star of ARSION. Hiromi Yagi once held the Twin Star, and like Yagi, ASARI is an outsider, however Yagi didn't really have commitments elsewhere in the way that ASARI does, so don't look for her to win the titles.
Futagami & Ohmukai vs. Shimoda & Mita should be an excellent match, and the result could go either way. As Shimoda and Mita have only worked one match for ARSION thus far, the sensible thing would be to give them the win to keep them looking strong, and have them do a job to an ARSION team further down the line.
- I may have got this completely wrong, but it seems that an arm wrestling competition is happening on September 4 involving Manami Toyota, Kyoko Inoue, Takako Inoue, Mima Shimoda, Eagle Sawai, Miho Wakizawa, Tomoko Watanabe and Chikako Shiratori. More details on this when I get them.
- AJW have another show at the Fuji TV studio's in Tokyo at 6pm on August 5. The show is entitled "ATHENA MID SUMMER Ws ROCK'99". Lineup is Manami Toyota vs. Tomoko Watanabe; Takako Inoue vs. Kaoru Ito; Miho Wakizawa vs. Momoe Nakanishi; and a battle royal. All singles matches are part of the Japan Grand Prix.
- On the afternoon of August 8 AJW will be at the Zenjo Garage in Tokyo. Matches will be Yumiko Hotta, Kaoru Ito, Tomoko Watanabe & Kumiko Maekawa vs. Manami Toyota, Momoe Nakanishi, Nanae Takahashi & Miho Wakizawa; Little Frankie vs. Tomezo Tsunokake; and Yoshimi Enya vs. Miyuki Fuji.
July 25 Update
ARSION held their "Sky '99" luchadora's tournament today at Tokyo, Korakuen Hall, drawing an alleged sellout crowd of 2000 people for the show that also featured the ARSION debut's of Mima Shimoda and Etsuko Mita. Results from the first round of the tournament were:
- Ayako Hamada beat Tiger Dream with La Ayakita [5:44]
- Mari Apache beat Linda Starr with a Michinoku Driver II [5:33]
- AKINO beat Gami Metal with a Dragon Rei [8:10]
- Chaparrita ASARI beat Ai Fujita with a Sky Twister Press [7:13]
In the semi finals, Apache defeated Hamada, and ASARI defeated AKINO. ASARI won the tournament, defeating Mari Apache after 10:51 in the final.
Mima Shimoda and Etsuko Mita won their first ARSION match, defeating Rie Tamada and Yumi Fukawa after 21:33 when Mita used the Death Valley Bomb to pin Fukawa. Elsewhere on the card, Mariko Yoshida and Hiromi Yagi beat Aja Kong and Michiko Ohmukai when Yoshida forced Kong to submit to a juji-gatame after 21:46. As far as I know, this is the first time Yoshida has ever beaten Kong.
- JWP evened up their feud with the Oz Academy to 1-1 in Nagoya, Aichi, today as Azumi Hyuga, Dynamite Kansai, Kana Misaki, Commando Bolshoi and Kayoko Haruyama defeated Mayumi Ozaki, Carlos Amano, Sugar Sato, Chikayo Nagashima and Kaori Nakayama in a four vs. five handicap match when Kana pinned Amano after 18:52.
- Mika Akino has changed her name to AKINO.
July 24 Update
- ARSION have released the lineup for the 'Hyper Visual Fighting Tournament ZION '99' that takes place at Zepp Tokyo on August 22. First round matches will be:
- Michiko Ohmukai vs. Rie Tamada
- Mikiko Futagami vs. Mariko Yoshida
- Aja Kong vs. Hiromi Yagi
- Yumi Fukawa vs. Mima Shimoda
Semi finals will be Ohmukai or Tamada vs. Futagami or Yoshida, and Aja or Yagi vs. Fukawa or Shimoda. In a non tournament match, Candy Okutsu, Ayako Hamada, Ai Fujita and Mika Akino will take on Mari Apache, Chaparrita ASARI, Ring Starr and Princess Sujei.
It's difficult to know which way ARSION will go with this tournament. Aja Kong put over one of the lower ranked wrestlers in the first round of both ARS '98 and ARS '99, but in recent weeks has been looking to assert herself more, presumably to help the promotion draw larger numbers, so Aja winning, or at least making the finals is far from impossible. As Mariko Yoshida won the event last year, and already holds the Queen of ARSION, there would be little reason for her to win, likewise little would be gained with a victory by Michiko Ohmukai who won ARS. I doubt Tamada or Fukawa will get very far.
- GAEA have just released a 2hr 40 minute commercial tape of the fourth anniversary show that was headlined by a great match between Lioness Asuka and Chigusa Nagayo. RRP is 8000 yen.
- Big Japan at Tokyo Korakuen Hall on July 25 will have Shark Tsuchiya and Crusher Maedomari vs. Kyoko Ichiko and Chihiro Nakano, as well as Marcella vs. Andromeda. On July 31 and August 10 they will have Ichiko and Andromeda vs. Nakano and Marcella.
- Today's JWP main event saw the Oz Academy combination of Mayumi Ozaki, Carlos Amano, Sugar Sato, Chikayo Nagashima and Kaori Nakayama defeat Devil Masami, Ran YuYu, Kana Misaki, Kayoko Haruyama and Tsubasa Kuragaki, when Amano used the juji-gatame to make Kana submit after 17:23. Currently no other results are available.
- AJW were in Osaka today. Key results saw Kumiko Maekawa go to a twenty minute draw with Miho Wakizawa, and Yumiko Hotta defeat Kaoru Ito after 16:28 in Grand Prix matches. There are only a few matches remaining in the Grand Prix, the women with the best chance of reaching the finals at the moment are Hotta (9 points, vs. Watanabe remaining), Ito (7 points, vs. Toyota and Takako remaining) and Takako Inoue (7 points, vs. Ito and Takahashi remaining). As Hotta vs. Takako went to a draw, and Ito vs. Takako hasn't happened yet, a Hotta vs. Takako final seems most likely. I'm expecting Hotta to beat or draw with Watanabe, taking her to 10 or 11 points, and Takako to beat Ito and Takahashi (Taking her to 11 points), setting up the Hotta vs. Takako final.
- LLPW have booked the Yokohama Bunka Gym for an event on August 31. The Bunka Gym is a very large arena that GAEA drew 6,500 to for their anniversary show back in April. Although 6,500 was probably exageratted, LLPW would have to hope for around 5,000 people in order for the show to be a success. LLPW's best attendances at Korakuen Hall this year have only been in the 1800 range, and the only way I can think of that they might come close to selling out the Bunka Gym is if another promotion, such as AJW, with whom they drew 4300 to the Tokyo Yoyogi Gym in March, were to send wrestlers for interpromotional matches because LLPW alone doesn't have anything that will draw the necessary numbers.
- JWP will send some wrestlers to Kodo Fuyuki's charity wrestling show on August 22.
July 21 Update
Kensuke Sasaki and Akira Hokuto
- At the conclusion of the Mayumi Ozaki and Aja Kong vs. Sugar Sato and Chikayo Nagashima match on July 18 at Korakuen Hall, Lioness Asuka entered the ring and called out Akira Hokuto. Hokuto came to the ring wearing black sunglasses and announced that she would be returning to wrestling as a member of Asuka's Super Stars Unit group.
Hokuto, who was the best female worker in the world for a while back in the early 90's, retired from wrestling in early 1998 when she became pregnant. The last match she competed in was on February 22, 1998 when Hokuto and Chigusa Nagayo defeated Sonoko Kato and Meiko Satomura. The date for Hokuto to return to in-ring action has not yet been announced.
For more information on Akira Hokuto, take a look at the Akira Hokuto biography in the Other Info section of this site.
- Neo Ladies and JWP ran their interpromotional best of seven matches series in front of a near sellout 2000 fans at Tokyo, Korakuen Hall today. JWP won the series by four matches to three, as Ran YuYu, Commando Bolshoi, Devil Masami and Dynamite Kansai picked up victories against Yuka Nakamura, Tanny Mouse, Chaparrita ASARI and Misae Genki respectively. Although JWP won the series, it was Neo that picked up all the wins that mattered with Saya Endo getting a very surprising win over Carlos Amano, Yoshiko Tamura getting a border-line upset over Kana Misaki and Kyoko Inoue defeating JWP champion Azumi Hyuga. For matches times, check out the Results pages.
- Mayumi Ozaki will be promoting her third show under the Oz Academy banner on August 29 at The IMP Hall in Osaka.
The previous two Oz Academy events, which both drew sellout crowd's of eight hundred were held at Club Citta, Kawasaki. IMP Hall is around the same size as Club Citta, so a third sellout is quite possible. It is unclear who will be competing at the show, GAEA have an afternoon show on August 29, also at IMP Hall, so a strong GAEA presence is certain. In the past, Oz Academy member Carlos Amano of JWP has worked the Oz shows, she will probably miss this one however since JWP are in Kawasaki the same day.
- Jd' presented an average card at Club Citta in Kawasaki today, drawing only 590 fans to the building. Key results saw Shark Tsuchiya work to a thirty minute time limit draw with Yuko Kosugi in what was almost certainly a strong contender for the worst match ever, and in the main event, Mima Shimoda & Lioness Asuka beat The Bloody & Fang Suzuki when Asuka used the LSD (Lioness Surprise Drop) to pin Bloody in 16:18.
July 20 Update
- Yasha Kurenai's retirement show drew an alleged (and probably untrue) sellout of 1813 to Tokyo, Korakuen Hall today. Kurenai wrestled two matches, first losing to LLPW Champion Shinobu Kandori after 7:44, then getting pinned by Carol Midori at the 13:38 mark. It is believed that Yasha now plans to get married. Also at the event they began a tournament with Mizuki Endo defeating LLPW President Rumi Kazama in 0:43. Finally Noriyo Tateno, Harley Saito and Keiko Aono retained the LLPW Six Woman Tag Team titles against Eagle Sawai, Sayuri Okino and Shark Tsuchiya when Tateno pinned Okino with a Liger Bomb after 22:36.
- JWP were in Kanagawa today, the only result of note was that in a tournament match, Carlos Amano used a juji-gatame to force a submission from Kayoko Haruyama after 7:37. In the main event, a six woman tag team match, Azumi Hyuga, Devil Masami Acute Sae and Kana Misaki defeated Dynamite Kansai, Commando Bolshoi, Ran YuYu and Tsubasa Kuragaki in 19:42 when Devil pinned Kuragaki.
- AJW held Momoe Nakanishi's birthday party event at the AJW Office's in Tokyo today, drawing a sellout crowd of 250. The main event was Momoe Nakanishi wrestling twenty consecutive one fall matches, all with a one minute time limit. The opponents for Momoe were Yumiko Hotta, Yoshimi Enya, Miyuki Fuji, Nanae Takahashi, Manami Toyota, Miho Wakizawa, Kumiko Maekawa and Kaoru Ito. Momoe finished the match with six victories, all against either Miyuki Fuji or Yoshimi Enya, four losses and ten time limit draws. Both Kayo Noumi and Tomoko Watanabe (aka ZAP T) missed this show.
July 18 Update
- The biggest news of the day is that in the main event of the GAEA show at Tokyo, Korakuen Hall this afternoon, Chikayo Nagashima and Sugar Sato defeated Mayumi Ozaki and Aja Kong to regain the AAAW (All Asia Athlete Women's) Tag Team Championship, when Sugar pinned Ozaki after after 16:39. Nagashima and Sugar become two time champions, and the fourth overall champions. Ozaki and Aja failed in their first defence.
Aside from the tag team title change, the only other noteable match was the first confrontation between Lioness Asuka and Chigusa Nagayo since Chigusa returned to the promotion. Nagayo teamed with Toshiyo Yamada, losing to Asuka and Mima Shimoda when Lioness used the Tower Hacker to pin Yamada after 15:58. little else of note occured at the show that drew an alleged sellout of 2200. This was their third sellout in as many shows this month.
- All Japan Women's ran four Grand Prix matches at Tokyo, Korakuen Hall today. They claimed a sellout of 1200, unless this was a typo, AJW fans must be twice as wide as fans of any other promotion because in the last week All Japan, New Japan and GAEA have all drawn sellouts of around 2200 to Korakuen.
The first Grand Prix match saw Nanae Takahashi use the Nana Rack to defeat Miho Wakizawa, also Tomoko Watanabe went to a half hour draw with Kumiko Maekawa, and Kaoru Ito drew with Momoe Nakanishi. Finally Takako Inoue gained a surprise win over Manami Toyota after only 9:16. Presumably the last match was kept short due to the two half hour draws earlier in the show. Take a look at the Grand Prix page for full current standings.
- Neo Ladies and JWP both ran at IMP Hall in Osaka today for a pair of interpromotional shows with wins traded almost exactly down the middle. The highlight of the Neo show was a Neo Ladies vs. JWP 5 vs. 5 Elimination where the Neo team of Kyoko Inoue, Chaparrita ASARI, Misae Genki, Yoshiko Tamura and Tanny Mouse beat Azumi Hyuga, Dynamite Kansai, Commando Bolshoi, Ran YuYu & Carlos Amano by five falls to three. Surprise results during that match were Yoshiko Tamura getting a win over JWP Champion Azumi Hyuga with La Majistral after 24:31, and in the biggest joke of all, Misae Genki pinning Dynamite Kansai! To even things a little for JWP, Kyoko Inoue jobbed to Ran YuYu, but Ran then immediately jobbed to Chaparrita ASARI to even things up. The match ended with Tamura pinning Commando Bolshoi.
JWP's event was a regular tag match between the two promotions, this time however JWP's Azumi Hyuga, Dynamite Kansai, Commando Bolshoi & Ran YuYu beat Kyoko Inoue, Chaparrita ASARI, Misae Genki & Yoshiko Tamura when Bolshoi pinned Tamura after 19:40, returning the job from the Neo show.
July 17 Update
- At an LLPW show on July 16, Keiko Aono gained the biggest win so far in her career when she defeated Yasha Kurenai. Unfortunately, the win came in front of only 286 people, so you have to wonder how much Aono will be elevated by this, particularly when it is unlikely to ever be aired on television.
- ARSION are currently working with an incredibly small roster as Mari Apache, Rie Tamada and Fabi Apache are all currently absent from the promotion. The show they held in Ohmiya today saw nearly ever wrestler have to work twice.
- JWP have the 'Guess Who' tour running from September 5 until September 29. The major show of the tour is on September 24 in Saitama at the Saitama Sports Centre. The September 23 card at Tokyo, Korakuen Hall will be taped for television.
- Partial lineup for LLPW on July 20 at Tokyo, Korakuen Hall is Noriyo Tateno, Harley Saito & Keiko Aono vs. Shark Tsuchiya, Eagle Sawai & Sayuri Okino for the LLPW Six Woman Tag Team titles, as well as Yasha Kurenai's retirement match. Kurenai's opponent has still yet to be announced. As the match is only three days away and there is no word on the opponent, it will presumably be someone completely lame that LLPW want's to elevate, but won't draw a single person to the event. Keiko Aono comes to mind.
- The July 19 FMW show will feature a women's match between Kaori Nakayama and Yuka Nakamura of Neo Ladies.
- Chikako Shiratori will work the entire August Osaka Pro tour.