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: 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.
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.
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.
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 theÂ wrestlers up andÂ made a toast in honor of Ayumi.
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.Â 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.
Ayumi Kurihara, thank you for everything. Continue reading
On August 17, Ice Ribbon held a free event in Toda park’s Boat Racing Stadium, during the Furusato Matsuri (Hometown festival). The event Began at 1700, but at 1600 there was a special training seminar for kids. Hikaru Shida, Kurumi, and Hamuko Hoshi taught the kids how to roll and tumble around the ring. Shida even picked up each kid in a belly to back suplex position, and the kids were taught to tuck and roll, and roll Shida into a pinning combination. The first kid was lucky a pinned her, but Shida managed to kick out after that. Fun.
There were three matches, the first of which was an exhibition match between 30-year-old trainee Koyuki and Tsukushi. It was a good 5 minute exhibition that went to the time limit. Continue reading
Photos by Leslie and Sonny
The JWP logo promises fans “Pure Heart, Pure Wrestling.” It lied on August 18th. 1200 passionate JWP fans came to pay tribute Plum Mariko, see their homegrown stars blossom into main-eventers, and watchÂ Arisa Nakajima prove she was on the same level as multi-promotional iconoclastÂ Kana. Only two of those things happened, and JWP could have used a new motto by the end of the show.
In case you missed Sunday night’s episode of Total Joshi or you just want to relive it, we’ve got the best moments from the show in a full recap!
The episode starts off with Mio Shirai and Hiroyo Matsumoto noticing a lingerie shop while out shopping. Mio decides to head inside to get something sexy to wear for her New Japan superstar boyfriend, Hiroshi Tanahashi.
While they’re in there Mio suggests Hiroyo get something for her New Japan superstar fiance, Shinsuke Nakamura. She asks how they’re doing and Hiroyo completely opens up.