- JWP will be using numerous workers from other promotions over the next few months in an attempt to boost their roster and give some lineups that we haven't already seen a thousand times before. Takako Inoue and Yoshiko Tamura are working October 9, October 21, November 26 and December 10. Reggie Bennett works November 5, 26 and December 10. Kyoko Inoue is in on November 5. Yuki Miyazaki and Misae Genki will work October 21, November 5 and December 10. Megumi Yabushita and Sumie Sakai of Jd' along with Marcella from Big Japan are booked for October 9. Miho Wakizawa and Kayo Noumi will work October 31.
The announced lineup for the Korakuen Hall television taping on October 9 is the best one JWP has come up with for a while, but still nothing exciting. Main event is going to be Takako Inoue vs. Commando Bolshoi in a non-title match, which presumably means Takako is going over. Below that they have Azumi Hyuga vs. Yoshiko Tamura; Kayoko Haruyama and Tsubasa Kuragaki vs. Sakai and Yabushita and Sae vs. Marcella along with a women's kickboxing match.
- Xochitl Hamada is retiring later in the year. She is scheduled to compete in the ARSION Twin Star league and then the Star Gold tour which will be her final tour of Japan.
- Yuko Yamagada debuts officially on October 27 vs. Linda Starr.
- The finish of the Kaoru Ito vs. Manami Toyota WWWA title match from September 17 saw Ito perform a dangerous looking powerbomb from the top rope followed by a Diving Footstomp for the pinfall. Other match highlights included Toyota performing a dive from the top of the set which looked to be about 12' high, and using a Tiger Suplex on the floor. Ito used a powerbomb on the floor and even did a tope.
- Tomoko Watanabe retained the All Pacific title at Korakuen Hall today, pinning Momoe Nakanishi in 15:58.
- Yoshiko Tamura was seconded by Naomi Susan, who I think is a manageer in one of the Japanese men's indy leagues, during her NEO and NWA Pacific title match with Nicole Bass in America last month.
- Retired former JWP wrestler Hikari Fukuoka was backstage at the September 13 ARSION show with her new baby.
- Yoshiko Tamura did impersonations of The Rock on September 12 before her JWP match with Kayoko Haruyama. Lets hope she only copied his pre-match mannerisms and not his (lack of) wrestling ability.
- The September 17 GAEA Korakuen Hall event that saw many of the veteran workers crush the youngsters they had jobbed to on September 15 will air on GAORA at 8pm on October 31.
- LLPW's L-1 show is subtitled "The Strongest Lady".
- ARSION are running this years Twin Star of ARSION tournament as part of their Stargold 2000 tour beginning on October 5. The league will be divided into A and B blocks. Block A consists of Bionic J and Etsuko Mita, Red Lynx and PIKO, Mariko Yoshida and Chaparrita ASARI and Xochitl and Ayako Hamada. Block B teams are Rie Tamada and GAMI, Mima Shimoda and Michiko Ohmukai, Mari and Fabi Apache, and Ai Fujita and AKINO.
Title matches on this tour include GAMI and Tamada vs. The Apaches on October 7 for the Twin Star titles and Ayako vs. Mari for the Sky High belt on October 27. Don't look for either title to change hands.
- All Japan Women's are at Korakuen Hall on September 30 with this lineup:
- Manami Toyota and Miho Wakizawa vs. Etsuko Mita and Mima Shimoda. I don't need to say what's going to happen here.
- Tomoko Watanabe vs. Momoe Nakanishi. Momoe might win the title because Watanabe should be above the level of this belt by now. If AJW wanted to give Momoe the belt it would have made much more sense if she had been the one that won it from Azumi Hyuga a few months back.
- Kaoru Ito and Kayo Noumi vs. Yumiko Hotta and Nanae Takahashi. Something may happen with Hotta and Ito to build up a future WWWA title match.
- Takako Inoue vs. Miyuki Fuji
- Kumiko Maekawa vs. Saya Endo
- JWP on September 27 at JWP Hall will have Commando Bolshoi, Azumi Hyuga and Kana Misaki vs. Kayoko Haruyama, Tsubasa Kuragaki and Acute Sae as the main event. Even with only three matches booked for this show, many of the women will have to work twice.
- AJW ran a small show today with Manami Toyota and Tomoko Watanabe over Yumiko Hotta and Momoe Nakanishi in the main event when Toyota pinned Nakanishi. If AJW ever books Nakanishi and Takahashi in a tag title defence against any established stars they only have themselves to blame when the show doesn't draw because the tag champions are being made to look like jobbers that can't compete with the real stars.
- Kaoru Ito surprisingly won the WWWA title from Manami Toyota at Tokyo's Differ Ariake today, scoring the pin after 24:02. At the same show Miho Wakizawa won the All Japan Singles title from Nanae Takahashi.
- Normality resumed for GAEA at Korakuen Hall today as Devil Masami beat Meiko Satomura in 7:01, and Akira Hokuto squashed Sonoko Kato in 1:01. Other matches saw Chigusa Nagayo defeat Dynamite Kansai in 4:58 and Aja Kong go to a time limit draw with Lioness Asuka.
- LLPW return to Korakuen Hall on October 3. The main event is going to be Shinobu Kandori vs. Momoe Nakanishi. What a pointless match! Momoe doesn't have a chance in hell of winning, and I can't see Kandori selling very much for a mid-card wrestler. Supposedly Momoe may end up at the L-1 so this will be a shoot style match. Second from top is Harley Saito, Noriyo Tateno and Keiko Aono vs. Shark Tsuchiya, Carol Midori and Sayuri Okino. Rumi Kazama and Eagle Sawai take on Miho Wakizawa and Kayo Noumi in what will be a one-sided squash. Other matches are Miho Watabe vs. Mizuki Endo and Yuki Noguchi vs. Carlos Amano.
- Ayako Hamada won today's ARSION ZION tournament with a victory over Mariko Yoshida in the finals. Hamada had previously beaten Mima Shimoda by KO in the first round, then GAMI in round two and Rie Tamada in the semi final. Yoshida advaned to the final with wins over PIKO and Aja Kong. This was a repeat of the final from two years ago where Ayako, who at that time had only been wrestling for a few weeks, lost to Yoshida. It should be intereting to see what ARSION does next. Shimoda may win the Queen of ARSION on September 22 as a concession for doing a first round KO job here, and presumably Ayako will get a shot at the winner of that match later in the year.
- Complete results from today's GAEA show at the Yokohama Bunka Gym are currently unavailable. Only results I do know are that Sakura Hirota won the HHH (the fake cardboard belt) title from Police. Chikayo Nagashima beat Mayumi Ozaki with Ozaki's own Tequilla Sunrise finisher, Meiko Satomura beat Devil Masami and in the main event, as expected, Lioness Asuka and Chigusa Nagayo beat Aja Kong and Dyamite Kansai when Asuka pinned Aja after 14:24 with the LSD-3.
With two younger workers having defeated established stars here, it will be interesting to see if GAEA moves it focus away from the likes of Ozaki and more towards Nagashima etc.
- Most of the ARSION house shows for the remainder of the month are headlined by Aja Kong and varying partners against ReDrug members. The Startist tour appears to end on September 22 which will be headlined by Aja Kong vs. Mima Shimoda for the Queen of ARSION, along with Michiko Ohmukai vs. GAMI; Chaparrita ASARI and Mariko Yoshida vs. Ai Fujita and Ayako Hamada; Mari and Fabi Apache vs. Red Lynx and Rie Tamada; and AKINO vs. Linda Starr.
- LLPW appear to be building towards a match between Shinobu Kandori and Yumiko Hotta.
- Various wrestlers from the past attended Noriyo Tateno's twentieth anniversary show at Korakuen on August 30 including Condor Saito, Kazue Nagahori, Jumbo Hori, Yumi Ogura, Kanako Nagatomo and Utako Hozumi, who brought her husband and children with her.
- Popularity poll from the current Lady's Gong went like this:
- Chigusa Nagayo
- Lioness Asuka
- Manami Toyota
- Miho Wakizawa
- Yumi Fukawa
- Momoe Nakanishi
- Michiko Ohmukai
- Kayo Noumi
- Takako Inoue
- Ai Fujita
- Ayako Hamada
- Chaparrita ASARI
- Meiko Satomura
- Kaoru Ito
- Yumiko Hotta
- Sonoko Kato
- Yuko Kosugi
- Mariko Yoshida
- Nanae Takahashi
- LLPW announced plans to run another L-1 show this year. Taking place at Yoyogi Gym, Tokyo on November 22, participants will be Shinobu Kandori, Rumi Kazama, Yumiko Hotta, Naoko Kumagaya, Mizuki Endo and Jd' referee Yoko Takahashi.
Kumagaya is a kickboxer with a 34-26 record, seventeen wins by KO. She has held the WKA Muay Thai flyweight title, the WKA Muay Thai bantom weight title, and the UWF Super Bantom Weight title. Takahashi is a former pro wrestler that occasionally does some kick boxing matches.
Kandori's legit sporting accomplishments include winning the Japanese National Judo title in 1983, 1984 and 1985, and placing third in the 1984 World Judo championships.
- Jd' on September 22 at Kitasawa Town Hall, Tokyo will have Lioness Asuka and Sumie Sakai vs. Megumi Yabushita and Fang Suzuki, and KAZUKI and Morimatsu vs. Hiroyo Muto and The Bloody. That is followed up with a major show at the Kawasaki City Gym on September 23 which is going to have three title defences as Hiroyo Muto defends the Jd' Junior title against KAZUKI, Morimatsu defends the AWF title vs. Fang Suzuki, and Lioness Asuka puts up the TWF belt against Megumi Yabushita.
- Complete lineup for All Japan Women at Differ Ariake on September 17 is:
- KISS concert.
- Kayoko Haruyama vs. Miyuki Fuji
- Nanae Takahashi vs. Miho Wakizawa for the All Japan Women's singles title. Wakizawa could win the belt here.
- Kumiko Maekawa, Momoe Nakanishi and Kayo Noumi vs. Eagle Sawai, Rumi Kazama and Takako Inoue
- Kaoru Ito vs. Manami Toyota for the WWWA title. I doubt Toyota will lose the title.
- For some reason this title switch has gone undocumented -- Morimatsu captured the AWF Women's title at Differ Ariake on August 27 by winning a four woman "LSD 2000" rules match, last pinning Sumie Sakai.
- Jd' in Osaka tomorrow is headlined by an LSD 2000 rules match with The Bloody vs. Megumi Yabushita vs. Morimatsu vs. Fang Suzuki. Winner gets a TWF title match vs. Lioness Asuka at a later date.
- Jd' are holding new wrestler auditions on October 8.
- A non tournament tag team match has been added to ARSION's ZION on September 17 with AKINO and Ai Fujita vs. Linda Starr and Fabi Apache.
- JWP on September 12 at JWP Hall, Tokyo will have Kana Misaki and Acute Sae vs. Azumi Hyuga and Commando Bolshoi; Yoshiko Tamura vs. Kayoko Haruyama; Azumi Hyuga vs. Acute Sae and Tsubasa Kuragaki vs. Kana Misaki.
- A brief update on the NEO ReMix World Cup 2000, a shoot tournament taking place at Budokan on December 5. Names now confirmed as entering are Kyoko Inoue, Junko Yagi, Becky Levi, Erin Torhill and Irina Pizarenko, a Don Frye trainee. The round girls are being called the "P-chicks".
- New ARSION wrestler PIKO is definately JWP champion Commando Bolshoi. PIKO was unveiled as the newest member of GAMI's ReDrug group on August 12, wearing the exact same outfit she wears when working for JWP.
- The focus of the final week of ARSION's STARTIST 2000 tour was supposed to be the new tag team of Ayako Hamada and Mari Apache with them booked into matches that on paper they looked likely to win, presumably leading to a match with GAMI and Rie Tamada for the Twin Star of ARSION at some point in the future. Hamada however has missed all of these shows, presumably due to injury.
- NEO on September 22 in Tokyo has Yoshiko Tamura vs. Takako Inoue for the NEO Singles title and the NWA Pacific Women's title. Elsewhere at this event, Kyoko Inoue meets Misae Genki with the winner getting a shot at the double crown at a later date.
- Chaparrita ASARI, Saya Endo and Masked Angel Rosetta are all competing on at the September Michinoku Pro tour.
- At LLPW's Yokohama Bunka Gym show today, Rumi Kazama, Takako Inoue and Eagle Sawai won the vacant LLPW Six Woman tag titles defeating Momoe Nakanishi, Miho Wakizawa and Manami Toyota.
- GAEA have released a very bad lineup for the September 15 Yokohama Bunka Gym show.
When people tire of seeing the Crush Gals team, this promotion is going to be in deep trouble if they continue to book shows such as this. To the casual fan, the younger workers such as Satomura and Nagashima have been made to look like jobbers 99% of the time, a heavy regression on a year ago when they would work singles and tag matches with each other, and sometimes come out on the winning end against higher ranked opponents.
- Chigusa Nagayo and Lioness Asuka vs. Aja Kong and Dynamite Kansai. The Crush Gals obviously go over. I doubt the match will be much good.
- Sonoko Kato vs. Akira Hokuto. Kato has missed a lot of time with injuries lately, so a win for her looks doubtful. The match will be good at best because Hokuto can't work anymore.
- Sugar Sato vs. KAORU. KAORU is meaningless, Sugar and KAORU are both poor workers. Sugar might win here as she has beaten KAORU before.
- Devil Masami vs. Meiko Satomura. Hopefully Satomura will win this as she has lost at the two previous major shows. Although at the Ariake Coliseum Satomura was in one of the few good matches, don't look for this to be any good.
- Toshie Uematsu vs. Toshiyo Yamada
- Chikayo Nagashima vs. Mayumi Ozaki. Ozaki lost in tag against Sugar a year or so ago, so Nagashima winning isn't impossible. I doubt however that Ozaki would want to be put in a position where one of her understudies could be seen to have surpassed her. If Chikayo does win this she will lose to Ozaki plenty more times in the future.
- Saika Takeuchi vs. TBA
- Police (the policeman that Ozaki comes to the ring with, I believe) vs. Sakura Hirota for Hirota's home made belt.
- Ayako and Gran Hamada defend the P*MIX Grand Prix title against Apache and Mari Apache on September 3 at Act City, Hamamatsu. Rie Tamada and GAMI will defend the Twin Star of ARSION on September 13 in Akita against PIKO and Red Lynx. ReDrug will retain the title here because the opposition are hardly a meaningful team, even by ARSION's standards.
- ARSION have ZION 2000 on September 17 at Korakuen Hall, Tokyo. Round one will have:
Aja Kong and GAMI get byes to round two taking on the winner of Lynx vs. Apache and Shimoda vs. Ayako respectively.
- Mari Apache vs. Red Lynx
- Mariko Yoshida vs. PIKO
- Michiko Ohmukai vs. Rie Tamada
- Mima Shimoda vs. Ayako Hamada
Aja will definately at least make the finals as neither Lynx nor Apache are going to be beating her, and Yoshida (who should beat PIKO in R1) is also unlikely to. The other half is more interesting. I expect Ohmukai will probably beat Tamada, and Shimoda will will beat Ayako. Then in the second round GAMI will beat Shimoda, and then Ohmukai in the semi's. Another possible scenario is Ayako going over Shimoda, GAMI and Ohmukai, which isn't out of the question when you consider GAMI's past record in tournaments. Aja may lose in the final, but obviously will get the win back quickly if the winner gets a QofA match.
- As expected, the main event of LLPW's August 30 show at Korakuen Hall with Harley Saito and Noriyo Tateno vs. Miki Handa and Utako Hozumi went to a 10:00 draw.
- On August 23 in Atlantic City, USA Yoshiko Tamura won the NWA Pacific Women's title by pinning Nicole Bass in 11:00. No idea why the match was changed from Tamura vs. Debbie Malenko to Tamura vs. Bass.