SHIMMER: Volume 61 Gallery


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


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


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


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


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.


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.

Ayumi Kurihara, thank you for everything.

Ice Ribbon – Furusato Matsuri


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.


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JWP: Pure Slam 2013 – Pure Kana

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 watch Arisa Nakajima prove she was on the same level as multi-promotional iconoclast Kana. Only two of those things happened, and JWP could have used a new motto by the end of the show.

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Total Joshi: Episode 4 Recap



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.

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Ayumi Kurihara: Thank You For Everything


Sonny was on hand for Ayumi Kurihara’s retirement show earlier this month. Ayumi’s final act as a pro wrestler may have been her most heroic; she defeated Aja Kong. As Sonny reports:

The main event was Ayumi, Mika Iida and Akino versus Tomoka Nakagawa, GAMI and Aja Kong. It was a great match, lots of fun moments. The best parts were everyone on both teams ganging up on Aja and posing with her, and everyone ganging up on Ayumi. They whipped her into the corner, and the enter roster proceeded to do an attack on her, even Stardom’s Nanae Takahashi, Io Shirai, Natsuki Taiyo and Fuuka joined in.

Ayumi seemed to have a lot of fun and let it all out in this match. At one point she gave Aja 8 missile dropkicks in a row (it took 6 to get Kong off of her feet). The match was a fitting way to send off Ayumi and the torch was definitely passed to Mika Iida, who was super impressive here and in her singles match against Ayumi that opened the show.

And on the closing ten bell salute:

Her closest wrestling friends each rang the bell once, and some of the gongs were a little weak, which caused fans, and Ayumi herself to laugh. I can’t recall the order they were in, but you can tell when it’s GAMI’s turn because she deliberately pauses.

You can read the full results here, and see our photos below of the last of Ayumi Kurihara. Thanks for everything.

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Lest We Forget: The Last Time Shibata and Tanahashi Met

Hiroshi Tanahashi has been talking real reckless about Katsuyori Shibata in the lead up to their 7-years-in-the-making rematch on August 11th. As Enuhito reported, Tanahashi praised Shibata’s recent matches with Hiroki Goto, but chastised Shibata for not caring about the fans more.

In light of that, let’s take a moment to appreciate the thorough ass-kicking Shibata gave Tanahashi the last time they met, at a dome show no less. They were initially supposed to have a rematch that year at Sumo Hall, but Shibata had a falling out with New Japan and the match never materialized.

In those 7-years since Tanahashi has won multiple IWGP Heavyweight titles and become the guy in Puroresu, while Shibata left Pro Wrestling to find little success in MMA. But Shibata is now back where he belongs and Tanahashi is coming off high-profile losses to Okada and Prince Devitt; Hiroshi would be best served talking less and practicing his kick defense more.