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The Riho/Gatoh Move

Pumi here. As you know besides being a DDS columnist and I’m also a member of Gatoh Move Pro Wrestling, the Thailand-based wrestling promotion founded earlier this year by Emi Sakura.

It has been an eventful few months since Gatoh Move started. In Thailand, wrestling is very new to Thai people. AJW used to be very popular here, but that was about 20 years ago. Now Thais are more familiar with the mainstream American “sports entertainment” style than they are with Japanese Puroresu. We have had to do our best to promote – on TV, on talk shows, and with public matches in parks, beaches, and malls. We now have about 10 trainees. Some of them debuted last month on the first GM event at Sakura Dojo, which brought Japanese wrestlers Masa Takanashi, Madoka, and Hoshitango to Bangkok.

We also had Kaori Yoneyama join our promotion after losing a match to Emi in JWP. They went on to become JWP tag champions, and have even convinced young JWP stars Morii and Hanako Nakamori to join their faction.

However the most shocking moment in Gatoh move’s young history came earlier this month when one of Ice Ribbon’s most beloved wrestlers, Riho, announced, that she would leave the company and rejoin with Emi Sakura in Gatoh Move. She wrestled her final Ice Ribbon match at Korakuen Hall on September 23rd, in a losing effort against Aoi Kizuki.

On the same day, Gatoh Move held a show in Ichigaya at the venue formally known as the “Ice Box” (for it’s too-small-for-a-ring size and Ice Ribbon blue mats). There are usually 40-45 fans at Ichigaya shows, but Gatoh Move drew a record attendance of 70 at this event, which featured Hiroyo Matsumoto.

None of those fans would have expected to see Riho make an appearance so quickly after a show across town at Korakuen. But after Emi announced a surprise guest appearance and the first notes of “Odoru Ponpokorin” began to play, Riho made her way out in a Gatoh Move T-Shirt. She officially joined GM! Pending having free time from school, of course.

Below are photos and a video of the event, courtesy Mr. and Mrs. Aoukougei. Riho’s speech translates as follows:

“When Sakura-san left Ice Ribbon, I wanted to follow her. But it was not possible because, I would lose a ring and place to train. And I thought I would probably not be able to perform at a big event in Shin-Kiba or Korakuen Hall. Sakura-san, starting from this small Ichigaya-hall again, we will aim at a large hall together.”

As you can see, it was all quite emotional and brought Emi to tears. I am not sure when Riho will make her in-ring debut for Gatoh Move, but I promise to keep you all updated. Thanks!

Prime Time Ice Ribbon

Hello everyone! This is Pumi, Puroresu Commentator from Thailand. Today I want to make the official announcement about my channel’s new programme, Ice Ribbon Girls Pro Wrestling. Miyako Matsumoto made a public announcement August 21st at Korakuen Hall. I’m writing this article to give more details for fans.

Starting in October, Ice Ribbon will air every Friday 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm on Sports Plus. I will be the commentator. As an Ice Ribbon fan I’m very happy and excited! My goal is to make it as famous here as AJW was 20 years ago. AJW performed live in Thailand at least 3 times and I feel Ice Ribbon can get to the same level.

I love Ice Ribbon because it was small wrestling promotion that grew up very fast. I love how they work together like family, laughing and crying together. I’ve never seen this kind of wrestling promotion before. As a fan, I want to be a part of this kind of family.

My favourite wrestler in Ice Ribbon Makoto. I can’t exactly say why. When I saw her match for the first time, she just struck me with her. I know she’s not the best wrestler in the world, but she had something that appealed to me.

I want to thank my friends Mr. Phil Jones (@IceRibbonEurope) for his help, and his suggestion to make this deal happen. Also Mr. Hiroshi Arai, Samurai TV’s commentator. He helped me communicate with Ice Ribbon. Without him, this deal surely would not have happened.

Thank you to everybody who has supported me. I’m a commentator, but that doesn’t mean I know everything about Ice Ribbon. So, I may have to ask for your help! I will do my best for both Ice Ribbon and wrestling fans.

For updates you can follow me on twitter at @IceRibbonPumi or IceRibbonPumi‘s Youtube channel.

But for anyone not in Thailand, or those who don’t want to wait until October, here is a preview of the action that. We’ve hand-picked some of Ice Ribbon’s best matches in Ice Ribbon history for the below playlist. The promos for Ice Ribbon’s Thailand premier are also included. Just click play and enjoy 2 and a half hours of modern Joshi greatness.

Match Listing:

  1. Emi Sakura & Ray Vs Hikaru Shida & Syuri
  2. Makoto vs Mima Shimoda
  3. Command Bolshoi vs Hikari Minami
  4. Nanae Takahashi vs Natsuki Taiyo vs Tsukasa Fujimoto
  5. Jun Kasai & Miyako Matsumoto vs Kazuhiko Ogasawara & Chii Tomiya
  6. Tsukasa Fujimoto vs Tsukushi
  7. Emi Sakura Vs Azumi Hyuga
  8. Tsukasa Fujimoto vs Ray
  9. Tsukasa Fujimoto & Hikaru Shida vs Riho & Hikari Minami

Jenny Sjödin: The Dirty Dirty Sheets Interview

Jenny Sjödin is Professional Wrestling. From her peerless grappling ability to her intense training regimen to her no-nonsense demeanor, Jenny is the prototype of what a wrestler should be. Her determination to succeed and her respect for the sport make her someone who any company would like to have as competitor, and champion. We catch up with her just days before she has a chance to become that champion for the UK based Pro Wrestling Eve promotion. She will be facing current champ Britani Knight for the belt this Saturday in XWA. Learn more about Jenny before she captures her first, of surely many, major wrestling titles.

Co-authored by Ayzali. Photos 1, 3, 4, 5 courtesy STHLM Wrestling. Photo 2 courtesy BritishWrestlingPictures.com.

You’re competing for the EVE title this weekend. What would it mean to win the title for the preeminent women’s wrestling promotion in Europe?

I always get somewhat emotional before big fights and tend to think they mean the whole world. I let that emotion inspire and push me harder. Last year I focused more on big international grappling events where I ended up with two silver medals. I decided early that this year was gonna be more about pro wrestling and I refuse to see myself placing second best again. Losing is the worst feeling of all.

You and your opponent Britani Knight have traded leg kicks over twitter. You seem very intense and focused on this match, while Knight seems to think this will be an easy defense for her. What do you think of her as a wrestler and champion?

As a wrestler she is great and my respect for her is probably the reason for my strong motivation. When you don’t respect your opponents it’s easy to get sloppy and relax too much, which is exactly what she seems to be doing. I don’t have much respect for the fact that her whole wrestling career is a spotless success story. She’s always had the back up she needed and a gym around the corner, while I had to leave my home country to even find a decent gym. It’s about time Britani learns that life isn’t a bed of roses.

In EVE you’ve been most associated with April Davids who is your stablemate, tag team partner, and chief rival. What has working with and against her been like? Has she made you a stronger fighter?

Indeed. We differ in style – more and more the better we get I’d say – but when both of us have a good day we really are equally strong on the mats and push each other to the limit. Fighting and training with her is a good way of realizing your strengths and weaknesses and I’m proud to have her as a team member.

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Ice Ribbon Triple Shot

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Ice Ribbon began a few years ago when Joshi veteran Emi Sakura decided to save pro wrestling by taking in a ragtag band of tween Japanese misfits and putting them on the straight-and-narrow with non-stop wrestling training, or something like that. Anyway, it’s all gone well so far and in a short time Ice Ribbon has gone from having matches on blue gymnastic mats to running Korakuen Hall.

I saw three Ice Ribbon shows on this trip, but only two allowed fan photographs (you’ll have to scour the pro sites for photos of Miyako Matsumoto wearing a ball gag). Each show had multiple high quality matches featuring a mix of Ice Ribbon mainstays and visiting Joshi vets like Yoshiko Tamura, Nanae Takahashi, and Mima Shimoda.

Ribbon Mania 2010 – 12/26 at Korakuen Hall (via Puroresu Representin’):

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1. Hikari Minami & Tsukushi beat Riho & Kurumi in 6:50. Minami pinned Riho after Blockbuster.

2. Triple Threat: Danshoku Dino (DDT) beat Miyako Matsumoto & Chii Tomiya in a 3-way in 5:47 by Double STF submission

3. Mio & Io Shirai beat Mai Ichii & Jessica Love in 8:29. Mio pinned Ichii with a schoolboy.

4. SMASH Challenge Match: TAJIRI beat Makoto in 12:42 by Camel Clutch submission.

5. ICEx60 Singles Championship: Tsukasa Fujimoto beat Command Bolshoi (c) in 9:37 to win the ICEx60 Singles Championship for the second time.

6. NEO Singles & NWA Women’s Pacific Championship Title Match: Yoshiko Tamura (c) beat Hikaru Shida in 17:20 via Infinite Elbows of Death and Head Drop Finisher #878 to retain the titles.

7. Kazumi Shimouma Retirement Match: Emi Sakura, Hamuko Hoshi & Sayaka Obihiro beat Nanae Takahashi, Natsuki*Taiyo & Kazumi Shimouma in 22:32. Obihiro pinned Shimouma.

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NEO – Final Show – 2010-12-31

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NEO held it’s final show on New Year’s Eve in Korakuen Hall to a near sell out crowd. Tanny Mouse, Yuki Miyazaki, and Yoshiko Tamura all had their final matches on the show, which lead to a number of wrestlers appearing, including retirees like Fuka, Azumi Hyuga, Toshiyo Yamada, and Chapparita ASARI.

The show itself was good, but not great. Much like the final AJW show, felt a bit too small and rushed to capture all the history of the promotion.

NEO – Stage Door -December 31st, 2010

Korakuen Hall – 1,750 Fans

1. Kagetu beat Mika Iida in 7:34.

2. Emi Sakura, Hikaru Shida & Tsukasa Fujimoto beat Mima Shimoda, Nagisa Nozaki & Hiroyo Matsumoto in 10:11. Sakura pinned Nozaki.

3. NEO Machineguns Final Match: Tanny Mouse & Yuki Miyazaki beat Toshie Uematsu & Kayoko Haruyama in 25:03. Miyazaki pinned Uematsu.

4. Mio & Io Shirai beat Aya Yuki & Makoto in 8:37. Io pinned Makoto after a rider kick.

5. Tanny Mouse & Yuki Miyazaki Retirement Match: Tanny Mouse beat Yuki Miyazaki in 10:41.

6. Yoshiko Tamura Retirement Match: Ayumi Kurihara beat NEO Singles & NWA Women’s Pacific Champion Yoshiko Tamura in 27:14 to win the titles. Kurihara becomes the 23rd NEO Singles & NWA Women’s Pacific Champion.

7. NEO Dispersion Match: Yoshiko Tamura, Tanny Mouse & Yuki Miyazaki vs. Aya Yuki, Nagisa Nozaki & Mika Iida went to a 10 minute time limit draw.

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