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 →
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!
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.
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.
Emi Sakura & Ray Vs Hikaru Shida & Syuri
Makoto vs Mima Shimoda
Command Bolshoi vs Hikari Minami
Nanae Takahashi vs Natsuki Taiyo vs Tsukasa Fujimoto
Jun Kasai & Miyako Matsumoto vs Kazuhiko Ogasawara & Chii Tomiya
Tsukasa Fujimoto vs Tsukushi
Emi Sakura Vs Azumi Hyuga
Tsukasa Fujimoto vs Ray
Tsukasa Fujimoto & Hikaru Shida vs Riho & Hikari Minami
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.