Thursday, January 10, 2008
Results, January 1-6
It appears the SUN girls are still wrestling matches at ZERO1-MAX shows, at least for January. I don't know their long-term status, but the first joshi puroresu match of 2008 featured Nanae Takahashi and Hikaru beating Saki Maemura & Natsuki*Taiyo when Nanae used a Backdrop on Natsuki. K-DOJO had a show on the 3rd, where Apple Miyuki's team won and Yuu Yamagata lost to Kikutaro.
GAMI had her 39th birthday on the 4th and the main event featured a bunch of birthday girls. GAMI and Kyoko Kimura beat the DDT boys in the opener, Eiger and Onryo proved that full face paint beats the half face paint of Toshie Uematsu and SUZKI, and Yumi Ohka got taught a lesson by Takako Inoue. The main event saw Azumi Hyuga (33 on the 6th) and Misaki Ohata (19 on the 5th) beat GAMI (39 on the 4th) and Ayako Sato (22 on the 4th). Then they had birthday cake. Nobody invited Yumiko Hotta because she might have punted clowns, if there were any at the party.
It sounds like MAKEHEN's Van Vader tribute show on the 5th was a fiasco, as Vader's poor health forced him to cut an autograph session short and miss the show. The attendance wasn't too good, either. Fuuka beat Mio and Io & Arisa Nakajima beat Yuu Yamagata and visiting gaijin hippiechick Daizee Haze.
The 6th featured 3 shows. K-DOJO featured the usual with Apple and Yuu, plus a Uematsu appearance since one really shouldn't run an indy puro show with mixed matches without the Toshie. IWA Japan ran a show. Jaguar Yokota beat Takeshi Minamino after a restart and the team of Keizo Matsuda, Men's Teoih, and GAMI beat Abdullah the Butcher, Dump Matsumoto, and Sasori in a fast-paced workrate match ;-)
The biggest show was the NEO 10th anniversary show, called "BE HAPPY AGAIN". After a silly comedy dark match, Youth Green got things going with a win over the JWP youngster team as Nagisa Nozaki pinned Asuka Ohki. Kyoko Kimura and Atsuko Emoto continue to pwn as a tag team, wiping out Aya Yuki and Hiroyo Matsumoto. Japanese luchadoras Mima Shimoda and Shu Shibutani beat Yuki Miyazaki and Toshie Uematsu as the visiting Shimoda used a Mexican Stretch on Toshie. A suprise in the 10th Anniversary Memorial match featuring NEO originals, as Tanny Mouse & Etsuko Mita beat Yoshiko Tamura & Misae Genki with a Tanny victory over Yoshiko. Sounds like blasphemy, but I think Tanny cheated and I'm sure Tamura will squash the Mouse in their rematch. Haruka Matsuo and Fuuka went to a 15 minute draw.
The main event was a 30 person battle royale, run Royal Rumble style with a new entry every minute. NEO toploaded the royale, putting most of the best workers (Tamura, Genki, Kuragaki, Haruyama, Sakura) in right away and let them work for a while. Most of the little kids and comedy workers and indy sleaze gimmick guys came in the middle to do their silly spots, then some vets and youngsters (Mita, Shimoda in an imprompu LCO reunion, Toshie, Nagisa, Aoi, Arisa) came in at the end. I think Uematsu fell victim to Mita & Shimoda and Mima Shimoda won from the #30 slot, beating Nagisa Nozaki to conclude the 46:08 match. Then Kyoko Inoue made her first appearance since her pregnancy/myoma and threw Mima over the top rope in 24 seconds. I'm sure she got a good pop and it was announce that Kyoko will formally return to the ring on March 2nd.
ZERO1-MAX "Genesis 2008", January 1, 2008 Tokyo Korakuen Hall 1500 Fans
0. Nanae Takahashi & Hikaru defeated Saki Maemura & Natsuki*Taiyo (9:10) when Takahashi used a Backdrop on Maemura.
K-DOJO "K-DREAM" January 3, 2008 Chiba BlueField 145 Fans
3. Teppei Ishizaka, Apple Miyuki, & Shinjitsu Nohashi defeated Boso Boy Raito, Kaji Yamato, & Yuko Sato (12:16) when Ishizaka pinned Yamato.
4. Kikutaro defeated Yuu Yamagata (11:03) with a Small Package.
WAVE "HAPPY BIRTHDAY WAVE!" January 4, 2008 GAMI's 39th Birthday Shinjuku FACE 244 Fans
1. Abnormal WAVE: GAMI & Kyoko Kimura defeated Michael Nakazawa & Tomomitsu Matsunaga (14:22) when GAMI pinned Nakazawa with a Horizontal Cradle.
2. Lucha WAVE: noki-A & Bullfight Sora defeated KAORU & Shu Shibutani (20:03) when Sora pinned Shibutani with a Horizontal Cradle.
3. Panic WAVE (First Dream/Nightmare of the Year): Eiger & Onryo defeated Toshie Uematsu & SUZKI (12:50) when Onryo used the Onryo Clutch on SUZKI.
4. Super Challenge WAVE: Takako Inoue defeated Yumi Ohka (10:31) with a Back Blow.
5. Birthday WAVE: Azumi Hyuga & Misaki Ohata defeated GAMI & Ayako Sato (19:29) when Hyuga used a Gannosuke Clutch on GAMI.
MAKEHEN "BIG VAN CRUSH" January 5, 2008 Big Van Vader Tribute Show Differ Ariake 600 Fams
4. Io Shirai & Arisa Nakajima defeated Yuu Yamagata & Daizee Haze when Shirai pinned Haze.
5. Fuuka defeated Mio Shirai with an F-crash.
NEO "BE HAPPY AGAIN" January 6, 2008 10th Anniversary Show Korakuen Hall 1107 Fans
0. Neo Ladies' Nightmare: Survival Tobita defeated Manhole Man 2008 (13:23) with a Figure-4 Leglock.
1. Youth Green vs JWP: Nagisa Nozaki & Aoi Kizuki defeated Arisa Nakajima & Asuka Ohki (11:17) when Nozaki used a Jackknife-Style Hold on Ohki.
2. Kyoko Kimura & Atsuko Emoto defeated Hiroyo Matsumoto & Aya Yuki (13:52) when Kimura used the Big Boot on Yuki.
3. Japanese Luchadora Reimportation: Mima Shimoda & Shu Shibutani defeated Yuki Miyazaki & Toshie Uematsu (7:53) when Shimoda used a Modified Mexican Stretch on Uematsu.
4. 10th Anniversary Memorial Match: Etsuko Mita & Tanny Mouse defeated Yoshiko Tamura & Misae Genki (13:02) when Tanny cheated to beat Tamura.
5. New Year First Dream: Haruka Matsuo vs Fuuka (15:00) went to a Time Limit Draw.
6. 30 Player Battle Royale: Mima Shimoda defeated Nagisa Nozaki (46:08) with a Kakato Drop. Others: Yoshiko Tamura, Misae Genki, Etsuko Mita, Haruka Matsuo, Tanny Mouse, Yuki Miyazaki, Aya Yuki, Toshie Uematsu, Ran Yu-Yu, Sakura Emi, Miki Ishii, Aoi Kizuki, Makoto, Riho, Azumi Hyuga, Kaori Yoneyama, Tsubasa Kuragaki, Arisa Nakajima, Asuka Ohki, Shu Shibutani, Hiroyo Matsumoto, Tomoka Nakagawa, Tsubo Genjin, Shir-Yu Choun, Lingerie Muto, Tetsuhiro Kuroda, Kazuhiko Ogasawara, Yuiga.
7. Climatic Series: Kyoko Inoue defeated Mima Shimoda (0:24) by throwing her over the top rope.
K-DOJO "CLUB-K SUPER kick", January 6, 2008 Korakuen Hall 1123 Fans
1. Daigoro Kashiwa, Teppei Ishizaka, Apple Miyuki & Naoshi Sano defeated Tigers Mask, Boso Boy Raito, ZIPANGU & Skill Sniper Custom (8:30) when Ishizaka used the Kawaya on Raito.
2. PSYCHO & Toshie Uematsu defeated Yuu Yamagata & Kaji Yamato (7:41) when PSYCHO used a High Fly Bomb on Yamato.
IWA JAPAN January 6, 2008 Shinjuku FACE
4. Jaguar Yokota vs Takeshi Minamino (5:28) went to a no-contest.
4a. Jaguar Yokota defeated Takeshi Minamino (5:13) with a Flying Cross Armbreaker.
6. Keizo Matsuda, Men's Teioh, & GAMI defeated Abdullah the Butcher, Dump Matsumoto, & Sasori (9:27) when GAMI used a German Suplex Hold on Sasori.