May 16 Update
- GAEA drew a sellout crowd of 2200 to Tokyo's Korakuen Hall today for Chigusa Nagayo's second defence of the AAAW championship. Nagayo, who has been working opening matches since her loss to Lioness Asuka on April 4, lost the title to Aja Kong when Aja hit a Uraken for the pinfall after 10:54. Aja becomes the fourth overall title holder, and due to a pre-match stipulation, Nagayo must leave GAEA. The main event was a six woman tag team match between GAEA and SSU with GAEA's KAORU, Toshiyo Yamada & Meiko Satomura going over the SSU team of Lioness Asuka, Etsuko Mita & Sugar Sato when Satomura Death Valley Bombed Sato to claim the pinfall after 24:10.
On the undercard, Sugar Sato & Chikayo Nagashima beat RIE & Toshie Uematsu; Mayumi Ozaki & Mima Shimoda beat the returning Maki Numao & Sakura Hirota; and in what was probably an excellent match, Chikayo Nagashima pinned Sonoko Kato. Check out results for full details.
- May 23 ARSION lineup is Candy Okutsu, Ayako Hamada & Mika Akino vs. Aja Kong, Michiko Ohmukai & Yumi Fukawa; Rie Tamada vs. Mikiko Futagami; Mariko Yoshida vs. Mari Apache; and Ai Fujita vs. La Galactica 2000. On May 26 they have Kong vs. Hamada; Yoshida & Futagami vs. Ohmukai & Fukawa; Okutsu & Fujita vs. Akino & Mari Apache; and Futagami vs. Galactica.
- ARSION are at Kyoto's KBS Hall on May 30, matches will be Aja Kong vs. Mikiko Futagami; Tiger Dream & Ayako Hamada vs. Mika Akino & Ai Fujita; Mariko Yoshida & Yumi Fukawa vs. Michiko Ohmukai & Rie Tamada; and Mari Apache vs. La Galactica 2000.
- ARSION have a big show in Hiroshima on June 18. The main event will see Mariko Yoshida defend the Queen of ARSION title against ARS Tournament winner Michiko Ohumukai. Other matches are Ai Fujita vs. Aja Kong; Ayako Hamada & Mika Akino vs. Candy Okutsu & Mari Apache; Yumi Fukawa vs. Mikiko Futagami; and Rie Tamada vs. La Galactica 2000.
May 15 Update
- GAEA wrestler Maiko Matsumoto has retired. Matsumoto hasn't wrestled since last December, so the official announcement of her retirement wasn't unexpected. Her final match was on December 11, 1998 losing to Mayumi Ozaki. With this retirement as well as that of Rina Ishii earlier in the year, only one of the three GAEA wrestlers to debut in 1996 is still active.
- Neo Ladies began the Neo Cup '99 tournament today with Kyoko Inoue (2) going over Yuka Nakamura (0) in 10:23, and Chaparrita ASARI (2) defeating Yoshiko Tamura (0) after 14:07.
- The main event of today's All Japan Women's show saw Yumiko Hotta and Manami Toyota defeat Kumiko Maekawa and Momoe Nakanishi when Hotta used the Pyramid Driver on Momoe at the 17:19 mark. AJW main events have been so predictable lately. Nearly every one of them consists of an all-veteran team against a veteran/youngster team where the all-veteran takes the victory when the youngster does the job.
Apparently the Jd' faces have given up battling the heels as today's show featured an all-faces main event with Yuko Kosugi and Sumie Sakai defeating Sachie Abe and Megumi Yabushita when Kosugi pinned Abe in 15:56.
- The May 18 edition of Weekly Pro magazine had a picture of Neo Ladies' Kyoko Inoue putting money into the tights of Magnum TOKYO at the April 25 Toryumon show in Kawasaki.
May 14 Update
- Complete lineup for ARSION's May 19 event at Osaka Gym #2 is Mariko Yoshida & Hiromi Yagi vs. Mikiko Futagami & Rie Tamada; Aja Kong vs. Mika Akino; Mari Apache & Michiko Ohmukai vs. Yumi Fukawa & La Galactica 2000; and Ayako Hamada vs. Ai Fujita. Tickets for this show cost between 3,000 and 6,000 Yen. On May 20 they have Hamada & Akino vs. Yagi & Fukawa; Ohmukai vs. Tamada; Yoshida & Futagami vs. Mari Apache & Aja Kong; and Ai Fujita vs. La Galactica 2000. May 21 has Tamada & Yagi vs. Yoshida & Fukawa; Ohmukai vs. Mari Apache; Hamada & Akino vs. Kong & Fujita; and Futagami vs. Galactica.
- Some minor changes have been made to GAEA's May 16 Tokyo, Korakuen Hall show. The lineup now reads as Lioness Asuka, Etsuko Mita & Sugar Sato vs. KAORU, Toshiyo Yamada & Meiko Satomura; Aja Kong vs. Chigusa Nagayo for the AAAW title; Chikayo Nagashima vs. Sonoko Kato; Mayumi Ozaki & Mima Shimoda vs. Sakura Hirota & Makie Numao; and Sugar Sato & Chikayo Nagashima vs. Toshie Uematsu & RIE.
- In an attempt to re-assert herself as a serious title contender in the ARSION promotion following her first round loss against Candy Okutsu at the ARS Tournament, Aja Kong will be wrestling her "Reproduce Battle 7" over the next two months. Aja's opponents in the series will be Mika Akino [May 19, Osaka Gym #2]; Ayako Hamada [May 26]; Mikiko Futagami [May 30, Kyoto KBS Hall]; Mari Apache [June 6]; Hiromi Yagi [June 11]; Ai Fujita [June 18]; and Tiger Dream [June 30, Tokyo Korakuen Hall]
May 10 Update
- Neo Ladies are running the Neo Cup '99 tournament over the next few weeks. The tournament begins on May 15 with Chaparrita ASARI vs. Yoshiko Tamura and Kyoko Inoue vs. Yuka Nakamura. On May 16 they have Chaparrita ASARI vs. Saya Endo, and Kyoko vs. Misae Genki on May 20. Tanny Mouse is also in the tournament.
- Jd' held a show in Tokyo today. On the undercard, Megumi Yabushita retained the Jd' Junior title against Masami Iizuka, and in the main event, Lioness Asuka, Shark Tsuchiya & Morimatsu beat the understudy heel team of The Bloody, Saya Endo & Fang Suzuki. Go over to the Results page for full details.
- Forthcoming womens shows for the rest of May are:
- May 11: ARSION
- May 12: AJW, JWP
- May 13: Jd'
- May 14: Jd'
- May 15: Jd', Neo Ladies
- May 16 AJW, GAEA [Tokyo, TV Taping], Neo Ladies
- May 17: Jd'
- May 18: Jd'
- May 19: ARSION [Osaka]
- May 20: AJW, Jd', ARSION, Neo Ladies [Tokyo Korakuen]
- May 21: Jd', ARSION
- May 22: AJW, JWP, Jd'
- May 23: LLPW, GAEA, Jd', ARSION
- May 25: Jd' [Chiba]
- May 26: JWP, Jd', ARSION
- May 30: JWP [Tokyo, TV Taping], Jd [Chiba], ARSION [Kyoko, KBS Hall]
- May 31: JWP [Tokyo, JWP Hall]
May 8 Update
- Matches announced for the first night of JWP's "Edge Out" tour on May 12 are Dynamite Kansai and Carlos Amano vs. Azumi Hyuga and Kana Misaki; and Tsubasa Kuragaki vs. Kayoko Haruyama for the JWP Junior Title.
Further shows in the Edge Out tour are on May 22, which has Hyuga, Kansai & Kuragaki vs. Devil, Bolshoi & Haruyama; May 26; May 27; May 28; May 30 at Tokyo, Korakuen Hall for a TV Taping and May 31 at Tokyo, JWP Hall.
- The June JWP tour is entitled "Listen!!" and has shows on June 5; June 13; June 14 in Osaka; June 19; June 26 in Hiroshima; June 27; June 29 and June 20 at JWP Hall. The July tour, "Feel It" begins on July 9 with shows following on July 18 at Osaka, IMP Hall; July 20 in Kanagawa; July 21 at Korakuen; July 24; July 25 and July 31 in Kyoto.
- The only show to take place today was the fifth LLPW event of the month which sold out an arena in Fukuoka. In GVG tournament matches, Yasha Kurenai & Keiko Aono (5 points) defeated Miho Watabe & Harley Saito (5 points), and Eagle Sawai & Carol Midori (8) beat Megumi Sato & Rumi Kazama (5). Notable singles match results saw Shinobu Kandori make Shark Tsuchiya submit to a juji-gatame, and Noriyo Tateno defeat Sayuri Okino.
May 7 Update
- All Japan Women's have released a new line of t-shirts featuring Yumiko Hotta, Manami Toyota, Takako Inoue, Kumiko Maekawa, 'NanaMomo', 'MihoKayo', Kayo Noumi, and Miho Wakizawa. GAEA have also got some new t-shirts including new Oz Academy and SSU designs.
- LLPW ran two more matches in the GVG tournament today, firstly Rumi Kazama and Megumi Sato beat Shinobu Kandori & Junko Yagi. The most notable result however is that Harley Saito & Miho Watabe beat Eagle Sawai & Carol Midori when Watabe actually pinned Eagle! I have real difficulty imagining the 4' 8", 99lb Watabe pinning 242lb, 5' 7" Eagle! I can only assume that she had a ladder because there is no other way she'd be able to climb onto Eagle to register the pin!
- Results of the popularity pole in the May 12 edition of Lady's Gong were:
- Miho Wakizawa
- Chaparrita ASARI
- Chigusa Nagayo
- Takako Inoue
- Kayo Noumi
- Yumi Fukawa
- Manami Toyota
- Momoe Nakanishi
- Candy Okutsu
- Ai Fujita
- Mima Shimoda
- Azumi Hiuga
- Sonoko Kato
- Yumiko Hotta
- Kyoko Inoue
- Kana Misaki
- Kaoru Ito
- Etsuko Mita
- Yuko Kosugi
- Shinobu Kandori
May 6 Update
- Yesterday in Kawasaki Kyoko Inoue defeated her former tag team partner from the days when both women worked for All Japan Womens, Takako Inoue. Kyoko scored the pinfall after 16:54.
- Yumiko Hotta will defend the WWWA World Title against Kyoko Inoue on July 10. When Hotta first won the world title back in 1997, it was Kyoko she defeated for it.
- Mariko Yoshida puts the Queen of ARSION on the line against Lady Apache on May 15. Also there will be a six woman tag with Tiger Dream (Candy Okutsu), Ayako Hamada & Mari Apache against Michiko Ohmukai, Yumi Fukawa & Rie Tamada. It's Interesting to see Lady Apache (Aunt of Mari and Fabi) getting a title shot because she has never worked for ARSION before. The Tiger Dream gimmick that returns at this show was originally scrapped back in December 1998, reportely for legal reasons, although it appears that the real reason was that Candy had difficulties performing some of the Tiger spots.
- ARSION's next tour is "Starlight '99" which begins on May 19 at Osaka Gym #2 and finishes at Tokyo Korakuen Hall on June 30. Matches have been released for some of the early shows. May 19 has Mariko Yoshida & Hiromi Yagi vs. Mikiko Futagami & Rie Tamada. Mika Akino & Ayako Hamada take on Hiromi Yagi & Yumi Fukawa on May 20. Tamada & Yagi meet Yoshida & Fukawa on May 21. Finally Candy Okutsu, Ayako Hamada & Akino challenge Aja Kong, Michiko Ohmukai & Fukawa on May 23. Lineups for the later shows should be available in a week or two.
- On August 6 at the Tokyo Ota Ward Gymnasium ARSION have a show entitled "Hyper Visual Fighting Summer Carnival". No matches have been announced, but I would expect ARS Tournament winner Michiko Ohmukai to get a shot at the Queen of ARSION held by Mariko Yoshida.
- Mayumi Ozaki, Kaori Nakayama and Sugar Sato defeated Toshiyo Yamada, Sonoko Kato and Toshie Uematsu when Nakayama pinned Uematsu after 20:04 at the May 5 FMW event in Yokohama. Super Delfin used some Jd' women at his Osaka Pro Wrestling show yesterday at Korakuen Hall as Megumi Yabushita made Morimatsu submit to a juji-gatame after 8:31.
May 4 Update
- ARSION ran their 1999 ARS Tournament today, with Michiko Ohmukai walking out of Korakuen Hall as the surprise winner. In the first round, Hiromi Yagi defeated Rie Tamada; Mariko Yoshida beat Yumi Fukawa; Michiko Ohmukai defeated Mikiko Futagami and Candy Okutsu beat Aja Kong. In the semi's, Yagi beat Yoshida and Ohmukai squashed Candy in only 25 seconds. In the final, Ohmukai beat Yagi in 10:27.
- The final of the JWP Junior title tournament takes place on May 12, with Tsubasa Kuragaki meeting Kayoko Haruyama.
- GAEA ran a show today with the GAEA team of Toshiyo Yamada, Toshie Uematsu and Sakura Hirota defeating the SSU team of Mima Shimoda, Etsuko Mita and Chikayo Nagashima when Hirota surprisingly defeated Nagashima after 22:27. Lioness Asuka has continued to forced Chigusa Nagayo into working opening matches, today she beat Sugar Sato in only 55 seconds.
- LLPW had two more matches in the GVG tag team tournament in Nagasaki today, Rumi Kazama and Megumi Sato, currently on five points defeated Noriyo Tateno and Aya Koyama (4) and Eagle Sawai and Carol Midori (5) beat Yasha Kurenai & Keiko Aono.
May 1 Update
- The complete lineup for the May 16 GAEA show at Tokyo, Korakuen Hall is KAORU, Toshiyo Yamada & Meiko Satomura vs. Lioness Asuka, Sugar Sato & Etsuko Mita; Chigusa Nagayo vs. Aja Kong for the AAAW title; Mayumi Ozaki & Mima Shimoda vs. Toshie Uematsu & Sonoko Kato; Makie Numao vs. Chikayo Nagashima and Kaori Nakayama vs. Sakura Hirota.
Chigusa and Aja had an AAAW title match way back on September 20, 1997. Chigusa surprisingly (or not so surprisingly when you look at how Chigusa pushes herself) won the match and retained the title in less than ten minutes. The original match was really short because Chigusa had to fill-in for an injured Akira Hokuto and wrestle Super Heel Devil an hour later. This time the match should be longer, and I wouldn't be surprised to see Chigusa drop the title.
- LLPW are currently holding their GVG round robin tag team tournament. Teams participating are Noriyo Tateno & Aya Koyama, Yasha Kurenai & Keiko Aono, Rumi Kazama & Megumi Sato, Eagle Sawai & Carol Midori, Harley Saito & Miho Watabe, and Shinobu Kandori & Junko Yagi. At yesterday's show Kurenai & Aono beat Kazama & Sato, and Tateno & Koyama beat Eagle & Carol. Today Tateno/Koyama beat Harley/Watabe and Eagle/Carol beat Kandori/Yagi. Point standings currently are 1. Tateno/Koyama (4); 2. Kurenai/Aono (3); 3. Eagle/Midori (2) and in joint fourth place Harley/Watabe, Kazama/Sato, and Kandori/Yagi.
- ARSION ran a show in Ueda, Nagano today. In the main event, Mariko Yoshida, Mikiko Futagami and Rie Tamada beat Michiko Ohmukai, Aja Kong & Yumi Fukawa when Futagami pinned Ohmukai after 24:01. Check out Results for complete happenings.