- ARSION drew a poor crowd of 1350 to Korakuen Hall, Tokyo today for a show that featured the debut of a new wrestler, an existing wrestler debuting a new gimmick, and a pair of title matches.
- In the opener, Ai Fujita pinned Rena Takase in 6:35. This was Takase's debut which explains the shortness of the match.
- Bionic J defeated AKINO with a move called the Whiplash in 7:33. I'm guessing that Bionic J is Michiko Ohmukai because she didn't wrestle in any other matches on the show, and isn't injured as far as I know.
- Mima Shimoda, Etsuko Mita and Yumi Fukawa beat Ayako Hamada, Fabi Apache and Linda Starr in 19:59 when Mita used her Death Valley Bomb to pin Starr.
- Mari Apache pinned Chaparrita ASARI with a Michinoku Driver II in 12:16 to win the Sky High of ARSION title.
- Main event saw Aja Kong and Mariko Yoshida retain the Twin Star of ARSION for the first time, defeating Hiromi Yagi and Rie Tamada. Aja used a Uraken for the pin over Tamada in 19:09.
- GAEA are running afternoon and evening shows at the IMP Hall in Osaka on March 20. Even though the lineup isn't very interesting aside from the main events, and it's obvious who's going over in most of the matches, this should still sell out.
- Main event is Chigusa Nagayo vs. Mayumi Ozaki. Chigusa generally loses about once or twice a year. Ozaki might get the victory here to heat up the Crush Gals vs. Ozaki & Devil feud, but don't put money on it.
- Lioness Asuka and Aja Kong, still listed as being members of DOA, vs. Toshiyo Yamada and Meiko Satomura. Satomura will do the job here.
- Akira Hokuto vs. Toshie Uematsu. Hokuto hasn't done many singles matches lately. This might be alright, Hokuto definately wins.
- Saika Takeuchi vs. RIE. These two have a bit of a rivalry going back to Takeuchi's debut late last year. RIE bloodied up Takeuchi in one of her early matches, but went on to get pinned by her in a six woman tag match in December. As this is singles, RIE will get the win.
- Sugar Sato vs. KAORU. KAORU is returning from injury. Sugar isn't very good. KAORU wins.
- Chikayo Nagashima vs. Sakura Hirota. Nagashima isn't a miracle worker, so this will suck
Moving on to the evening....
- Devil Masami and Mayumi Ozaki battle Lioness Asuka and KAORU of DOA. Ozaki and Devil will probably win this, to help build anticipation for the Ariake Coliseum show in May where the Crush Gals probably get the victory.
- Aja Kong vs. Toshie Uematsu. Aja wins in less than ten minutes. What is the point of this match?
- Toshiyo Yamada & Meiko Satomura vs. Sugar Sato & Chikayo Nagashima. Either team could win. Match will be good, but nothing more.
- Chigusa Nagayo & Sakura Hirota vs. RIE & Akira Hokuto. I feel sorry for anyone that has to sit through this. Hirota will go through her normal bad comedy routine, Chigusa will sit there laughing at Hirota's crap, RIE will be RIE, and there's no guarantee's as to how hard Hokuto will work, especially in a match like this.
- Saika Takeuchi vs. Meiko Satomura will be short, and end with a Satomura victory.
Crush Gals reunite.... Again
Crush Gals in their younger days
- GAEA reunited the Crush Gals for the second time in three months on March 13 following the tag team main event of GAEA's Korakuen Hall show. Devil Masami, a rival of Nagayo's from the 1980's returned to GAEA at this event, siding with Akira Hokuto.
It has since been announced that GAEA are holding their fifth anniversary on May 14 at the Ariake Colisuem in Tokyo, this will be the largest show in the history of the company. The 12,000 seat coliseum is a large step up from the 4,000 seat Yokohama Bunka Gym that all previous GAEA major shows have been held at. Although GAEA is currently drawing the best crowds of the women's promotions, it'll take some strong matches to get a good attendance at a venue this size. The last time women's wrestling was held at the Ariake Colisuem was on December 26 1998 when the retirement show for Jaguar Yokota drew only 5,800 people. The Crush Gals teaming might be a decent draw for this show, because it will be the first time they have combined since the Chigusa Nagayo retirement show at the Yokohama Arena on May 6 1989.
The planned main event is the Crush Gals vs. Masami and Hokuto. It seems like Asuka's DOA (Dead or Alive) group is going to be disbanded, which won't be difficult as most of them are currently on the injured list.
- Battlarts held their King and Queen tournament in conjunction with ARSION on March 12 at IMP Hall, Osaka. These matches were all under elimination rules, with members being eliminated by either pinfall, submission or being thrown over the top rope. In the first round, Yumi Fukawa, Mariko Yoshida and Alexander Ohtsuka defeated Mari Apache, Fabi Apache and Mohamed Yone by three falls to two. Candy Okutsu, Ai Fujita and Yuki Ishikawa defeated KAW*KAW, Etsuko Mita and Takeshi Ohno by three falls to one. The final saw Yoshida's team defeat Candy's team by three falls to two. Fukawa got the first fall in 11:19 by throwing Ishikawa over the top rope. Ohtsuka then made Fujita submit in 12:39. Candy eliminated Ohtsuka by throwing him over the top rope. Fukawa then submitted when Ishikawa tried to kiss her. Finally, Yoshida made Candy submit to win the tournament in 21:00.
- On March 12 at Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Yumiko Hotta's U*TOPs group was reformed for a match against JWP's Dynamite Kansai, Ran YuYu, Commando Bolshoi and Carlos Amano. By the looks of it, Hotta's alliance with Takako Inoue and Commando Bolshoi is already over. The U*TOPs were originally formed in 1997 as a "shooters" style group.
- Yuko Kosugi has supposedly managed to get 1523 people to request a death match between her and Shark Tsuchiya. Obviously this is an angle because there's no way that 1523 people would want to see another terrible match between these two. Kosugi must be pretty stupid if she does want another match with Shark because once again she'll bleed buckets, and lose the match.
- One of the wrestlers that passed the All Japan Women's wrestler auditions last month was an eighteen year old called Mika Nishio. Nishio is 5' 6" tall, and has a background in arm wrestling.
- The Rikidozan memorial show drew 13500 at the Yokohama Arena today. Results from women's matches saw Yumiko Hotta and Commando Bolshoi defeat Ran YuYu and Kayoko Haruyama in 10:10, and in a Neo vs. JWP match, Kyoko Inoue, Yoshiko Tamura and Yuka Nakamura beat Dynamite Kansai, Azumi Hyuga and Tsubasa Kuragaki when Tamura used a Reverse Double Wrist Armsault to pin Kuragaki after 16:36.
- A Masked Angel Rosetta action figure is now available. I believe Rosetta is a cartoon character in Japan, along the lines of Tiger Mask.
- As scary as this might sound, Shark Tsuchiya and Crusher Maedomari may be recording an album.
- JWP have released new Azumi Hyuga, Carlos Amano, Kana Misaki and Piko Chan [Commando Bolshoi] t-shirts.
- The next Oz Academy show will be on April 16 at ZEPP Tokyo. No lineup has been announced yet.
- ARSION on March 15 at Korakuen Hall, Tokyo will have Aja Kong and Mariko Yoshida vs. Rie Tamada and Hiromi Yagi of the Female Dogs for the Twin Star of ARSION; Chaparrita ASARI vs. Mari Apache for the Sky High of ARSION title; and Rena Takase makes her debut, taking on Ai Fujita.
- The popularity poll from the current issue of Lady's Gong magazine is:
- Manami Toyota
- Miho Wakizawa
- Takako Inoue
- Momoe Nakanishi
- Lioness Asuka
- Chaparrita ASARI
- Kana Misaki
- Yumi Fukawa
- Kyoko Inoue
- Sachie Abe
- Michiko Ohmukai
- Chigusa Nagayo
- Shinobu Kandori
- Ai Fujita
- Mariko Yoshida
- Candy Okutsu
- Yuko Kosugi
- Ayako Hamada
- All Japan Women's drew a good crowd of 5600 to the Yokohama Bunka Gym today for a card headlined by an "Escape Rules" cage death match with Tomoko Watanabe and Kumiko Maekawa vs. Etsuko Mita and Mima Shimoda, along with several interpromotional matches involving wrestlers from JWP and Jd'.
- To begin the show, Miho Wakizawa, Kayo Noumi, Momoe Nakanishi and Nanae Takahashi did some singing to publicise their CD which is released on May 24, with an album following in July.
- The opener saw Tsubasa Kuragaki (JWP) defeat Kayoko Haruyama (JWP) in 10:58.
- A match entitled Zenjo and J ~ Spring Has Come saw Azumi Hyuga (JWP), Miho Wakizawa and Kayo Noumi go over Ran YuYu, Carlos Amano and Acute Sae (All JWP) when Noumi used a double wrist armsault to pin Sae after 17:37.
- Lioness Asuka and Morimatsu (Jd') defeated AJW jobbers Nanae Takahashi and Miyuki Fuji in a surprisingly long 16:14 when Asuka pinned Fuji.
- Manami Toyota, Dynamite Kansai (JWP) and Kaoru Ito fell to Commando Bolshoi, Yumiko Hotta and Takako Inoue after 19:52 when Hotta pinned Toyota. The storyline for Hotta's team is that they don't want to do interpromotional matches.
- In the cage death match, Mima Shimoda and Etsuko Mita defeated WWWA Tag Team champions Kumiko Maekawa and Tomoko Watanabe when Mita escaped the cage after 23:55.
- Following the Mima Shimoda and Michiko Ohmukai vs. Yumi Fukawa and Etsuko Mita reverse partners match on February 18, Ohmukai and Fukawa shook hands with Shimoda and Mita and joined Las Cachoras Orientares. The new group combines on March 5 to take on Candy Okutsu's CAZAI (Okutsu, AKINO, Ayako Hamada and Ai Fujita).
- Also on February 18, during the Candy Okutsu and Hiromi Yagi vs. GAMI and Rie Tamada match, Yagi turned on Candy and aided Gami and Tamada in attacking her. Yagi is now a member of their Female Dogs (As in soldiers, not canines) group.
- Miho Wakizawa and Kayo Noumi are on the cover of "Sarabure" magazine.
- GAEA are back at Korakuen Hall, Tokyo on March 12. Lineup will be:
KAORU and Sonoko Kato remain on the injured list and will not be working this show.
- Chigusa Nagayo & Meiko Satomura vs. Akira Hokuto & Mayumi Ozaki
- Lioness Asuka & Aja Kong vs. Sugar Sato & Chikayo Nagashima
- Toshie Uematsu vs. Toshiyo Yamada
- Sakura Hirota vs. RIE
- Saika Takeuchi vs. TBA
- Jd' on March 5 at the Jd' Dojo in Kanagawa will have:
This is a pretty poor lineup, but the building holds less than 100 people so you can't expect any match of the year's.
- A nine women battle royal. Participants will be Yuko Kosugi, Sumie Sakai, Megumi Yabushita, Ran Maru, Obacchi Iizuka, The Bloody, Fang Suzuki, Morimatsu and KAZUKI.
- Hiroyo Muto wrestling three different opponents.
- Jd' have a show entitled "Goodbye Club Citta" on March 16 at the 800 seat Club Citta in Kawasaki that I assume must be closing down. Lineup will be:
- Sumie Sakai and Megumi Yabushita vs. Crusher Maedomari and Morimatsu for the TWF Tag Team titles.
- Ran Maru and Princess Maru vs. KAZUKI and Lioness Asuka. The Maru's will probably win this, but KAZUKI definately does the job.
- The Bloody vs. Hiroyo Muto. This might be decent.
- Yuko Kosugi vs. Obacchi Iizuka. Iizuka is an awful wrestler, but can be funny at times. Don't expect a classic.
- Sachie Abe vs. Fang Suzuki. Obviously this will not be good.
- Jd' on March 18 in Nagayo, Aichi will have:
- Yuko Kosugi & Hiroyo Muto vs. Lioness Asuka & Morimatsu
- Sumie Sakai vs. Sachie Abe
- Megumi Yabushita & Ran Maru vs. The Bloody & Fang Suzuki
- KAZUKI vs. Obacchi Iizuka
- The current issue of Gong magazine had a poll of the most popular female wrestlers of 2000 in the current edition. Number of votes and last years ranking included in brackets:
- Shinobu Kandori [1312, 1]
- Chigusa Nagayo [696, 10]
- Aja Kong [532, 7]
- Takako Inoue [473, 3]
- Kyoko Inoue [401, 6]
- Lioness Asuka [359, 11]
- Akira Hokuto [313, NR]
- Ayako Hamada [270, 9]
- Miho Wakizawa [224, 8]
- Chaparrita ASARI [174, NR]
- Manami Toyota [156, 4]
- Candy Okutsu [149, 2]
- Mima Shimoda [140, NR]
- Kayo Noumi [134, 13]
- Yumi Fukawa [108, 15]
- Sakura Hirota [76, NR]
- Chyna [73, NR]
- Michiko Ohmukai [68, 19]
- Yuko Kosugi [55, 18]
- Kana Misaki [43, 20]