November 23

    Shinobu Kandori
  • Shinobu Kandori won the main event of yesterday's L-1 show at the Yoyogi Gym in Toyko, defeating AJW's Yumiko Hotta via submission after 7:50. Kandori apparently showed interest in a shoot match with Leila Ali, the daughter of boxing legend Muhammed Ali. Leila was in attendance at the show and appeared backstage with Kandori. Kandori looks to be a lot smaller than Ali.

    In other key results from the event, which drew a strong crowd of 3875, Irma Herhof of Holland defeated LLPW's Mizuki Endo when the doctor stopped the fight after 15:20. Yoko Takahashi (the big Jd' referee) beat Silvana Funfelt by submission in only 1:28. The other match involving a pro wrestler was the opener where Rumi Kazama of LLPW lost to Tamara Rudowa when the referee stopped the match after 21:30.

  • GAEA were at Korakuen Hall today to complete the semi finals of the AAAW Tag Team titles contender tournament. In the first semi, Akira Hokuto and Mayumi Ozaki beat Toshiyo Yamada and Dynamite Kansai in only 10:20 when Hokuto pinned Kansai. The last time I can think of that Hokuto and Kansai were in the same match and one jobbed to the other was back in August 1994. I expect you can safely subtract the number of stars that match was worth from five and end up with what this one was worthy of. The other semi saw Chigusa Nagayo and Meiko Satomura beat Devil Masami and KAORU when Chigusa pinned Devil after 13:07.

  • AJW at the Yoyogi Gym, Tokyo sounded like a really good show. The opener saw Amateur wrestler Seiko Yamamoto defeat Miho Wakizawa in only 3:51. I guess Yamamoto must be in line for a push as she won her debut match against someone that has been around for a while. In the big tag match Manami Toyota and Yumiko Hotta beat the LLPW team of Noriyo Tateno and Shinobu Kandori when Toyota pinned Tateno after 17:26. The main event, a "Six Person Death Match Escape Rules" ended with Kaoru Ito's team of herself and WWWA Tag Team champions Nanae Takahashi and Momoe Nakanishi winning over Kumiko Maekawa, Etsuko Mita and Mima Shimoda in 22:12 with Ito being the last one to escape leaving Maekawa in the ring.

  • Jd' on November 28 at Kitasawa Town Hall will be headlined by an AWF title defence with Drake Morimatsu defending against Megumi Yabushita. The next big Jd' show will be at Differ Ariake on December 10 with a main event of Morimatsu and Fang Suzuki defending the TWF Tag Team titles against Yabushita and Sumie Sakai.

    November 21

    Tomoko Watanabe
  • All Japan Women on December 3 at Korakuen Hall will have Kaoru Ito and Miho Wakizawa vs. Carol Midori and Sayuri Okino in a Tag League The Best Match, and in the main event a six woman tag with Tomoko Watanabe, Momoe Nakanishi and Nanae Takahashi vs. Kumiko Maekawa, Etsuko Mita and Mima Shimoda. The obvious rivalry to be played up here is Watanabe vs. Maekawa. They could do something with LCO and Nakanishi and Takahashi, the best way to build interest for a future match between those teams would be for Shimoda or Mita to do a job.

  • Yoshiko Tamura surprisingly retained the NWA Pacific and NEO Singles titles against Kyoko Inoue today at Kitasawa Town Hall, scoring the pin after 36:55. This sounds very long for these two to be working but should be an interesting match to see.

  • ARSION ran a one night trio's tournament on November 19 at Korakuen Hall, drawing 1350. GAMI, PIKO and Rie Tamada won the four team event defeating Etsuko Mita, Michiko Ohmukai and Mima Shimoda in the final when GAMI pinned Shimoda.

  • Yumi Fukawa, an ARSION wrestler who has been sidelined with injuries for several months will be officially retiring on March 20 2001. No idea if she will work a final match or not.

    November 9

  • All Japan Women on November 12 at Korakuen Hall will have:
    • In a Tag League The Best match, Etsuko Mita and Mima Shimoda vs. Carol Midori and Sayuri Okino. I expect LCO will win this with Okino getting pinned.
    • Takako Inoue vs. Kayo Noumi. This will not be good.
    • Miyuki Fuji and Manami Toyota vs. Mika Nishio and Yumiko Hotta. Normally I'd pick Fuji to do the job in any match she's involved in, but with Nishio here Fuji might actually have a chance of pinning someone for once.
    • Kaoru Ito and Miho Wakizawa vs. Momoe Nakanishi and Nanae Takahashi in a Tag League match. Nakanishi and Takahashi will probably win this with Wakizawa doing the job.
    • Kumiko Maekawa vs. Tomoko Watanabe. Should be a pretty good match between the former tag team partners.

  • GAEA on November 23 at Korakuen Hall will have:
    • Chigusa Nagayo and Meiko Satomura vs. KAORU and Devil Masami in a tag team tournament semi final.
    • Akira Hokuto and Mayumi Ozaki vs. Dynamite Kansai and Toshiyo Yamada in the other semi final. Hard to see where they intend to go with this tournament.
    • Lioness Asuka vs. Sakura Hirota
    • Toshie Uematsu and Chikayo Nagashima vs. Sugar Sato and Sonoko Kato
    • Saika Takeuchi vs. Lioness Asuka

  • Ayako Hamada retained the Sky High of ARSION title on November 9 in Aichi, working to a time limit draw with AKINO.

    November 3

    Miho Wakizawa
    All Japan Women have a major show entitled "W Fusion 2000 Yoyogi Women's Wrestling Festival" on November 23 at the Yoyogi Gym #2 in Tokyo. Lineup is going to be:
    • Miho Wakizawa vs. Kayoko Haruyama. Both could use a win at a major show as a step up. AJW don't have much to gain through conceeding matches to JWP at this point, so I'll go with Wakizawa to win this. Might be a fairly decent match.
    • Tomoko Watanabe and Kayo Noumi vs. Eagle Sawai and Takako Inoue. There might be some good stuff between Takako and Watanabe, but beyond that don't expect anything much of value. Noumi will do the job here.
    • Manami Toyota and Yumiko Hotta vs. Shinobu Kandori and Noriyo Tateno. Expect the focus here to be on Kandori vs. Hotta as the two will have worked a "shoot" match against each other the day before. The interest here will be in who does the job since I can't see them pulling either a screw job or going to a 60:00 draw. This should be a good or better match.
    • Main event is a cage death match with "escape rules" that has Mima Shimoda, Etsuko Mita and Kumiko Maekawa vs. Kaoru Ito, Momoe Nakanishi and Nanae Takahashi. This match is built from the angle they ran at Korakuen on October 15 where Maekawa turned on Watanabe and hit her with a chair before leaving with LCO. Nakanishi and Takahashi don't have much purpose here. I would like to see them be the ones to win the match for their team by finishing off Shimoda and Mita, thereby giving them some credibility as champions, but I have an easier time imagining them spending the entire match selling with the opposition reminded them that they are a pair of girls amongst women.
    The only other match announced is that the former amateur champion Miyu Yamamoto, who worked a shoot match at the Tokyo Dome in 1994 will do some kind of exhibition against one of the AJW new girls.

  • The GAEA tag team tournament at Korakuen today started off as expected with Chigusa Nagayo and Meiko Satomura beating The Bloody and Toshie Uematsu, and Dynamite Kansai and Toshiyo Yamada going over Sonoko Kato and Lioness Asuka with the obvious people doing the jobs in both matches.

  • Jd' have a one night tournament coming up on December 26 to crown a new "Queen of the Ring" champion. Eight women will be in the tournament, only one announced so far is The Bloody. I expect that Megumi Yabushita, Sumie Sakai, Fang Suzuki and Morimatsu will definately be in there, along with some combination of Ran Maru, Princess Maru, Hiroyo Muto or KAZUKI. A probable final would be something with Bloody, Fang and Yabushita. I'd like to see Fang vs. Bloody along the way, they had a really good gimmick match on Jd' TV a few months back where the actual wrestling was very good, so it'd be interesting to see what they can do together in a regular singles match.

  • Lineup for the L-1 shoot show on November 22 at Yoyogi Gym in Tokyo is going to be:
    • Shinobu Kandori vs. Yumiko Hotta.
    • Mizuki Endo vs. Tatyana Baramonba. Tatyana is a Karelin student
    • Yoko Takahashi vs. Silviana Flunfelt(?)
    • Naoko Kumagaya (Kickboxing) vs. a Muay Thai kickboxer
    • ??? vs. Anne Sophie Madeis) of France
    • Rumi Kazama vs. Elena Baramonba, who is another Karelin student

    November 1

    The Bloody
  • Apologies for the long gap between updates. I moved recently and wasn't able to get a telephone put in until today.

  • GAEA are running a tag team tournament with the winning team getting a shot at the AAAW tag team championship on December 17 at Korakuen Hall. First round matches are Lioness Asuka and Sonoko Kato vs. Toshiyo Yamada and Dynamite Kansai, and Chigusa Nagayo and Meiko Satomura vs. Toshie Uematsu and The Bloody. Akira Hokuto and Mayumi Ozaki get a bye to meet the winners of the Asuka and Kato vs. Yamada and Kansai match, whilst KAORU and Devil Masami will challenge the winners of Nagayo and Satomura vs. Bloody and Uematsu. Due to the often erratic nature of GAEA booking, pretty much anyone could win this.

  • Rena Takase worked what was probably her first main event at an ARSION house show on October 27, teaming with ReDrug partners GAMI and Rie Tamada. ReDrug lost to Ai Fujita, AKINO and Aja Kong when Fujita, another rare main event participant, pinned Takase. Also at this show, Ayako Hamada retained the Sky High title against Mari Apache. Hamada made another sucessful defence of the belt on November 1, defeating Chaparrita ASARI in 15:07.

  • During a Tag League The Best match against Mima Shimoda and Etsuko Mita on October 15 at Korakuen, Kumiko Maekawa hit her own tag team partner Tomoko Watanabe in the head with a chair and left with Shimoda and Mita. Watanabe and Maekawa are now presumably out of the tag league. Whilst AJW's Tag League has been poorly utilised and uninteresting for years, the last they needed to do to "brighten it up" was copy lame American booking. Maekawa's "10th" anniversary was commerated at this show with her receiving flowers from the same debuting class including ARSION's Rie Tamada.

  • ARSION wrestlers worked an AAA show in Mexico on September 29. The ARSION women were involved in one match which saw Lady Apache, Ayako Hamada and Alda Moreno defeat Aja Kong, Miss Janeth and Tiffany in 12:05 when Ayako pinned Janeth. Elsewhere at the show, Hamada seconded a male wrestler.

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