Kellie Skater: The Dirty Dirty Sheets Interview II

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We love Kellie Skater. So do you. Here’s a new interview with her on her time in Japan. Photos courtesy Resuner (2) and Proacguy (3)

Español by Melchor Hernandez Jr. | 日本語 by Markus

This was your 4th tour of Japan. How does touring now differ for your? 

My first tour for Japan was just a fly by trip. I only worked two shows for REINA as a SHIMMER representative. Now I represent S-Ovation as a freelancer and I can work for a few different companies, and I get to train in many places. I also understand more Japanese now, and understand the train system. So I can freely wander around without fear of getting lost!

This time around you wrestled in Nagoya, Sendai, Osaka, Fukushima, and of course Tokyo. Did you get to do any sightseeing?

Usually when I am travelling around I don’t get much of a chance to sightsee. We did get a pretty good view of Mt. Fuji from the bullet though, and I ate wonderful food in Sendai!

I explore Tokyo a lot. The temples are my favorite part. I go to Sensoji temple each year on New Years Day. I have visited quite a few temples and have loved each one. The girls and I spend way too much time in Harajuku; and Roppongi, of course! Continue reading

Act Yasukawa: The Dirty Dirty Sheets Interview

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by Sonny Gutierrez and Leslie Lee III
Translation by Yoshiko Naoe, Pumi Boonyatud, and Melchor Hernandez Jr.
Additional Photography courtesy Resuner (3), Kenji Nuruki (5, 6), Pumi Boonyatud (2,7,8)

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‘There was a lonely girl whose dreams were impossible. She was sick. She was bullied. She was lonely. She had no one to talk to about her problems. No one who would listen. No one who would help. She took a bottle of toxic cleaner and drank it, hoping to end her life…’

This was the story Sonny scribbled on a notepad for me to read prior to meeting up with Act Yasukawa. He and Yoshiko gleaned it from an article about Act’s life in Weekly Pro Wrestling magazine. I was floored; although I was already a fan of Yasukawa’s as a character and wrestler, I had little idea about how gripping her personal story was. I wanted to find out how that sad, troubled girl became the brash, cocky Stardom Joshi pro wrestler.

Act told us the whole story over dinner at her favorite restaurant, an Italian eatery in Tokyo called  NICE. This was DDS’ most in depth interview. We hope you find Act’s story as engrossing was we did.

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We walked past Act on our way to the restaurant without noticing. Aside from the cherry red streaks in her hair, Act looked like a typical young Tokyo woman on the way home from work or to the bar. “My image in the ring is very cool and masculine and I have many female fans, but they’re surprised when they see me outside the ring as I’m very feminine.” She apologized for dressing so casually, and informed us, “Now, you are just talking to Yuka Yasukawa,” That’s the name Act goes by outside of wrestling or Act’s twin older sister, depending on your level of imagination. She had come to the interview straight from a hard day training with Stardom, “I got slammed a lot.”

Act ordered a glass of white wine, though she said she was taking it easy on drinking since she had a title defense coming up. After a kanpai, we started her story from the beginning:

Act was born in Aomori Prefecture on the northern tip of Japan’s main island. Her relationship to Aomori is “complicated,” as her family moved around for her father’s work in the Self Defense Force.

As a child, Act was a “tomboy” with a vivid imagination. “When I was growing up I watched a lot of samurai movies and action movies.” Abarenbo Shogun was her favorite series. “I used to play with a walkie-talkie and I could hear transmissions from a US military base. I’d go to a storage shed and pretend to be an action hero!” Continue reading

Happy Holidays from DDS

Just in time for the holidays, Sonny filmed and Brad edited this video of some of our favorite Joshi wishing you all a Merry Christmas. Here’s to you and yours!

SHIMMER: Volume 61 Gallery

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SHIMMER Volume 61: In which Hiroyo demanded her honor (and Godzilla mask) back, Leva Bates shot first, MsChif obliterated Miss Natural, Portia Perez learned that crime doesn’t pay, the Global Green Gangsta defused KimberBomb, Christina Von Eerie received a $20 tip, Kana brought a spoon to a fork fight, Madison Eagles brought a fork to a kendo stick fight, and Mercedes Martinez and LuFisto just won’t stop trying to destroy each other.

Photos by Gregory Davis (1-84) and Christopher Codina (85-93).

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SHIMMER: Volume 60 Gallery

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SHIMMER Volume 60: In which Mia Yim brought forth the Firebird, Kana channeled David Lee Roth, Portia Perez stole even more stuff, Madison Eagles has to have emptied the fork drawer by now, right?, Nicole Matthews died by the sword, and LuFisto lost the battle but drew first blood in the war.

Photos by Gregory Davis (1-112) and Christopher Codina (113-120).

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SHIMMER: Volume 59

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SHIMMER 59 where Portia Perez stole more stuff, Kimber Lee and Kana had a German suplex-off, Leva Bates tried a more stealthy approach, Nicole Matthews lived by the sword, and Cheerleader Melissa curb-stomped happyness.

Photos by Gregory Davis (1-85) and Christopher Codina (86-94).

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SHIMMER: Volume 58 Gallery

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SHIMMER 58, the one where Portia Perez stole stuff, Nikki Storm spoke in a super awesome accent, Christina Von Eerie and MsChif practiced Black Magic, Cheerleader Melissa got an award and was a total dick about it, Hiroyo Matsumoto wished Saraya Knight a happy birthday, and Madison Eagles and Nicole Matthews tried to fork each other over.

Photos by Gregory Davis (1-136) and Christopher Codina (137-144).

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Ayumi Kurihara Retired From Pro Wrestling and Partied

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Following Ayumi Kurihara’s retirement show at Korakuen Hall this past August, Pro Wrestling Wave hosted a party in honor of Ayumi’s career at the Metropolitan Edmont Hotel in Idabashi, Tokyo.

The event began at 6 pm, and several Joshi wrestlers were present to support and celebrate with Ayumi, including Kana, Mio Shirai, Yumi Ohka, Misaki Ohata, Tomoka Nakagawa, GAMI, Tsukasa Fujimoto, Hikaru Shida, Akino, Mika Iida and more.

To begin things, a video presentation of Ayumi’s career was played. Then Ayumi’s theme music played and she entered wearing a beautiful kimono. GAMI presented Ayumi with a gift from Weekly Puroresu magazine, a picture of everyone that wrestled on her show, signed by all of them.

Next, Akino took the stage with Ayumi, and said a few kind words about Ayumi. She then invited all of the wrestlers up and made a toast in honor of Ayumi.

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Dinner and drinks began next, a very nice buffet and lots of Sapporo beer. As people ate, drank, and mingled with wrestlers, Ayumi left to make a wardrobe change.

Ranmaru took a microphone around to the Joshi wrestlers and asked them to say a few words in honor of Ayumi, and then did a brief interview with Ayumi.

Highlights were shown on the screen of Ayumi’s retirement show, which had just taken place hours earlier, courtesy of Samurai TV.

Ayumi thanked everyone for attending, and then her theme music played once again, and the party came to a conclusion. One Ayumi super fan was even in tears.

Upon leaving the party, fans were handed a special gift by Joshi wrestlers, including Kana, Mio Shirai, Mika Iida and more. It was a special photo of Ayumi laying in the ring with streamers, taken at her retirement show, from Baseball Magazine Sha (publishers of Weekly Puroresu).

It was a very nice event, honoring one of the greatest Joshi competitors of this or any generation.

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