Sunday, November 1, 2009

Results, October 28-November 1

We had three big stories in joshi puroresu this week. The first is potential bad news. It was announced that Ibuki will be going on hiatus. They will have their Korakuen Hall show next weekend and then one more show next year, but the future after that is murky. Mariko Yoshida hasn't wrestled since the end of 2008, and there is a strong possibility that she could be retiring and withdrawing completely from the joshi business. It would be a huge loss to not have her as a trainer and a booker giving the talented younger workers the chance that others can't or won't give them. It is possible that S-Ovation may continue in the joshi business without Yoshida. I think we'll know more next week if Yoshida appears and gives a statement.

Etsuko Mita's retirement road finally concluded with a big show at Korakuen Hall. Apparently, NEO used the full seating configuration and had their biggest crowd since their debut show. Too bad joshi can't get big crowds when someone from the glory days isn't retiring. Makoto was Mita's final victim, then Mita & Shimoda fell to Kyoko & Nanae, as Inoue ended Etsu's career with a Niagara Driver. Tons of current and former wrestlers came to the ceremony. Attendees, besides those on the card, included everyone from Ice Ribbon, JWP, OZ Academy, Kaoru Ito and the rest of Ito Dojo, Yoshida and the rest of Ibuki, Shinobu Kandori, Mizuki Endo, Megumi Yabushita, Ran Yu-Yu, all of the NEO OGs (Misae Genki, Haruka Matsuo, Yuka Shiina, Yuka Nakamura), and tons from AJW, like Manami Toyota, Toshiyo Yamada, Michiko Nagashima, Rie Tamada, Yumi Fukawa, Kumiko Maekawa, Momoe Nakanishi, Chapparita ASARI, and AKIRA FUCKING HOKUTO.

GAMI's 20th annivesary show had kind of a cool format. Each match represented one of the SIX promotions she has worked in her career, starting in the current day with WAVE and working back in time through The Woman, AtoZ, ARSION, LLWP, to the main event, which was a reunion of the JWP class of 1989. Hikari Fukuoka, Sumiko Saito, and Yasha Kurenai were making special returns from retirement. The main was LLPW (GAMI, Yasha, Endo) vs JWP (Bolshoi, Hikari, Sumiko). Bolshoi beat GAMI, then in a restart Fukuoka hit her trademark Moonsault Footstomp on GAMI (or should I saw Michiko Futagami). GAMI finally one after another restart, pinning Bolshoi. I don't know if Kurenai or Saito did much, but Hikari was said to be in great shape and form.

WAVE October 28, 2009
Shin-Kiba 1st Ring
142 Fans

1. Tojuki Leon defeated Ryo Mizunami (12:17) with the Mad Splash.
2. 4 Way Champions Match: Moeka Haruhi (Asian Pan-Pacific Girl's Champion) vs Misaki Ohata (JWP Junior & POP) vs Mio Shirai (TLW Junior Tag) vs Kaori Yoneyama (JWP Tag, Daily Sports Tag, Ice Ribbon Tag, NEO High Speed) (15:00) ended in a time-limit draw.
3. Hyuga Retirement Road: Azumi Hyuga defeated Cherry (13:38) with the Michinoku Driver II.
4. Mita Retirement Road: Etsuko Mita & Mima Shimoda defeated GAMI & Yumi Ohka (24:35) when Mita used the Death Valley Bomb on Ohka.

ICE RIBBON October 30, 2009
Warabi City Isami Wrestle Budokan
73 Fans

1. Kaori Yoneyama defeated Chii Tomiya (6:33) with a Double Wrist Armsault.
2. Sachie Abe vs Makoto (10:00) went to a time-limit draw.
3. Mio Shirai & Io Shirai defeated Nanae Takahashi & Mai Ichii (11:35) when Io used the Rio de Janiero on Ichii.
4. ICEx60 Championship: Emi Sakura defeated Tsukasa Fujimoto (14:26) with La Magistral. Sakura is successful in the 5th defense.

ICE RIBBON October 31, 2009
Warabi City Isami Wrestle Budokan
83 Fans

1. Riho defeated Chii Tomiya (4:53) with a Northern Lights Suplex.
2. 3WAY Match: Miyako Matsumoto defeated Hikaru Shida & Cherry (7:39) with a Schoolboy on Shida.
3. Mio Shirai & Kazumi Shimouma defeated Mai Ichii & Minori Makiba (11:34) when Shimouma used The Passion of the Woman on Makiba.
4. ICEx60 Championship: Emi Sakura defeated Makoto (17:19) with La Magistral. Sakura is successful in the 6th defense.

SENDAI GIRLS October 31, 2009
Sendai Izumi Osawa Shopping Center

1. DASH Chisako defeated Yukari Ishino (9:02) with a Frogsplash.
2. Ryo Mizunami defeated Hiren (6:34) with a Diving Guillotine Drop.
3. DASH Chisako & Hiren defeated Ryo Mizunami & Yukari Ishino (12:18) when Hiren used a Diving Neckbreaker on Ishino.

NEO "STAND OUT" November 1, 2009
Korakuen Hall
Etsuko Mita Retirement Show
1700 Fans

1. Aya Yuki defeated Kazumi Shimouma (6:11) with a Fireman's Carry.
2. Tanny Mouse & Emi Sakura defeated Mio Shirai & Hikaru Shida (8:31) when Sakura used La Magistral on Shida.
3. Natsuki*Taiyo & Passion Ray defeated Io Shirai & Tsukasa Fujimoto (9:59) when Taiyo used a Moonsault Press on Fujimoto.
4. Yoshiko Tamura vs Kana (10:00) went to a time-limit draw.
5. Kyoko Kimura, Atsuko Emoto, & Tomoka Nakagawa defeated Yuki Miyazaki, Fuuka, & Ayumi Kurihara (14:45) when Kimura used the Big Boot on Miyazaki.
6. Etsuko Mita Last Singles Match: Etsuko Mita defeated Makoto (13:34) with the Death Valley Bomb.
7. Etsuko Mita Retirement Match: Kyoko Inoue & Nanae Takahashi defeated Etsuko Mita & Mima Shimoda (22:05) when Inoue used the Niagara Driver on Mita.

Shinjuku FACE
490 Fans

1. WAVE TIME: GAMI & Yumi Ohka defeated Moeka Haruhi & Misaki Ohata (8:21) when Ohka used the Neck Hanging Bomb on Haruhi.
2. The Woman TIME Royal Rumble: Yuki Miyazaki (#1) defeated Azumi Hyuga (#12) (22:06) by Over the Top Rope. Others, in order of elimiantion: GAMI (#2), Kyoko Kimura (#7), Electric Wave Mask Woman (#13), Dynamite Kansai (#14), Mayumi Ozaki (#11), Takako Inoue (#4), Keito (#6), Cherry (#5), Reika (#9), Bachiko (#10), Ayumi Kurihara (#3), Ran Yu-Yu (#8).
3. AtoZ TIME: Yumiko Hotta & Kana defeated Sachie Abe & Bullfight Sora when Hotta used a Pyramid Driver on Sora.
4. ARSION TIME: Aja Kong & AKINO defeated GAMI & Tojuki Leon (8:54) when Kong used a Uraken on GAMI.
5. LLPW TIME: Noriyo Tateno defeated Harley Saito (6:12) with a Small Package.
6. JWP TIME-GAMI 20th Anniversary Match: Command Bolshoi, Hikari Fukuoka, & Sumiko Saito defeated GAMI, Yasha Kurenai, & Mizuki Endo (1:26) when Bolshoi used a Kido Clutch on GAMI.
6a. Restart: Command Bolshoi, Hikari Fukuoka, & Sumiko Saito defeated GAMI, Yasha Kurenai, & Mizuki Endo (6:11) when Fukuoka used a Moonsault Footstomp on GAMI.
6b. Restart: GAMI, Yasha Kurenai, & Mizuki Endo defeated Command Bolshoi, Hikari Fukuoka, & Sumiko Saito (9:05) when GAMI used La GAMIstral on Bolshoi.

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