Tuesday, June 16, 2009
R.I.P. Mitsuharu Misawa & Ted Tanabe
The tragic deaths of legend Mitsuharu Misawa and referee Ted Tanabe overshadowed all of the results and minor news bits in joshi puroresu. Both NEO and JWP honored Misawa with a ten-bell salute on their Sunday shows. Also, many of the women posted message sharing their thoughts & feelings on the untimely passings of Misawa and/or Tanabe. In particular, I saw that Devil Masami (who recently retired and is Misawa's age) posted about how sad she was and how this event has brought back the memories of the Plum Mariko tragedy from 1997.
The notable bit of info from JWP was Kaori Yoneyama & Emi Sakura beating Command Bolshoi & Ice Ribbon's Haruna Akagi. Yoneyama's been on a mini win-streak and the Yone/Emi team will challenge Bolshoi & Megumi Yabushita for the JWP/Daily Sports tag belts next month (July 19), joining the previously announced Kayoko Haruyama vs Kyoko Kimura clash for the singles title.
NEO was mainly about setting up the eight team Midsummer Tag Tournament that will happen on July 5. A few surpise shuffles of teams, as no one seems to want to partner with Yoshiko Tamura for some reason. Tamura's regular recent partner Ayumi Kurihara is teaming with Kana, and then Aya Yuki & Nagisa Nozaki decided to team together and lose in the 1st round. Yoshiko finally got Fuuka to team with her. So the 8 teams are Kurihara/Kana, Yuki/Nozaki, Tamura/Fuuka, Tanny Mouse/Yuki Miyazaki, Kyoko Inoue/Hiroyo Matsumoto, Kyoko Kimura/Atsuko Emoto, Natsuki*Taiyo/Ray, and Nanae Takahashi/Emi Sakura.
Team MAKEHEN has lost a member, as Mikado (aka Mika Mizunuma) seems to have gotten fired. This seemed sudden, as they were just hyping the Mikado-Basara tag team on S-Arena.