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CHIKARA: King of Trios 2012 Gallery

DDS ace photographer Gregory Davis was on hand for this year’s edition of CHIKARA‘s annual, massive, King of Trios weekend. 2012′s KOT was all about the Queens though, as seven Joshi came to CHIKARA and demolished preconceptions, gender barriers and, most enjoyably, Matt Classic. Tsubasa Kuragaki told me she’s looking forward to returning to America again soon. Until then you can enjoy Greg’s shots of three days of wrestling excellence. You can also order the shows via SmartMarkVideo.com.












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Spotlight: Meiko Satomura

Co-Authored by Leslie. Photos by Nami.

Meiko Satomura is one of the world’s most dedicated and respected Professional Wrestlers. Her career has spanned 17 years, across which she has held multiple titles and constantly set the standard of excellence for in-ring competition. As both a wrestler and a trainer she has been one of the most influential forces in Joshi for more than a decade.

Born November 17, 1979, in Nishi-Ku, Niigata, Japan, Satomura was gifted at combat sports from a young age. She grew up studying Judo and was prefectural champion for three straight years in junior high school. One day her sister took her to a New Japan Pro Wrestling show, and it was there that Meiko fell in love with pro wrestling.

She dropped out of school early to apply for an audition with a new Joshi Puroresu company, GAEA Japan. She was trained by Chigusa Nagayo, and at the age of 15, made her debut on April 15, 1995 at GAEA’s inaugural show. She defeated Sonoko Kato 1 via submission with a juji gatame. Satomura showed fire rarely seen in young wrestlers, and unleashed vicious strikes and blood-curdling screams on her fellow rookie. Satomura was immediately labeled as a future ace. She was given the color red for her singlet, to symbolize her being heir apparent to Crush Gal and GAEA head, Chigusa Nagayo (Kato was given blue, the color of Lioness Asuka).

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  1. See Meiko’s debut match vs Sonoko Kato here.

Oz Academy Archives IV

Nami has sent us some more, beautiful, photos. Her photos cover the 7/24, 8/14, and 8/21 Oz Academy shows as well as the 7/31 Wave show. These events feature some of the top talent in Joshi and, as always, Nami captures the action in the most beautiful way possible. Note that Kana, Manami Toyota, Yumi Ohka, Aja Kong, Tomoka Nakagawa, Hiroyo Matsumoto, and Meiko Satomura are on these shows and will all be making their way to North America in the next few months for SHIMMER, CHIKARA, and NCW:FF. It’s a great time to be a fan of Joshi!












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Hailey Hatred: The Dirty Dirty Sheets Interview

Hailey Hatred is one of the most important women in wrestling. She appeared in some of the earliest Chick Fight events and the formative bouts of the influential IWA-Mid South women’s division. She was also in the first women’s match for AIW, a rising promotion with a strong women’s roster. She even helped put Beyond Wrestling on the map with her barrier-shattering inter-gender matches against the promotions top talent. She’s won titles in both the US and in Japan, her current place of residence where she is again opening doors for women. She’s one of the most talented diverse wrestlers in the world. Hailey has done it all from lucha libre to kickboxing to hardcore to Joshi Puroresu.

All this, and yet Hailey Hatred does not even have a US Wikipedia page. With this interview we hope that more people get to know and appreciate Hailey’s truly ground-breaking career. We caught up with her a few days before her biggest match yet, as on June 26th she will face Leon for the JWP Open Weight Championship, the most prestigious women’s title in Japan, if not the world. If she wins, Hailey would be making history yet again as she’d be American to hold the title. Hailey’s TLW and IMW titles will also be on the line, and the match will also decide the winner of the J-1 Grand Prix Tournament. Matches don’t get bigger than this. Wrestlers don’t bigger than Hailey Hatred. Enjoy.

Photos courtesy JWP and Aoikougei. Sonny contributed to this article.

You always said it was your goal to wrestle in Japan, and you accomplished that years ago. Now you’re not just on a tour but, as you put it, you own furniture there. Did you ever think that you’d become one of the few foreigners given a regular spot in a major promotion?

I’m always confident in my abilities, but it really all comes down to opportunity. When I first started coming to Japan, I was wrestling for various independent groups. Then I started wrestling for JWP in tag-match capacity. It wasn’t until Yoneyama and I had our Triple Title match that I feel I really got noticed there. If I wasn’t holding two championships [at the time] myself, I may have never gotten that chance.

An influx of foreign wrestlers have come to the Joshi scene recently, especially for REINA, which you are a part of. What can you tell us about REINA and some it’s foreign talent?

REINA is still finding its niche. It has all the means to be a cool, unique company, but everyone is still learning, from the wrestlers to the staff. I am hoping it succeeds and can continue to invite an interesting group of wrestlers to Japan from various countries. Its been a long time since Japanese fans have had the opportunity to see foreign women wrestling live!

Before paving the way for a resurgence of foreign female wrestlers in Japan, you similarly were there at the beginnings of the current women’s wrestling renaissance in the United States. You were even in the first match that IWA-MS female ace Mickie Knuckles ever had. You two also participated in AIW’s first women’s match ever. Tell us about your rivalry with her.

I really enjoy getting the chance to wrestle Mickie. She’s very versatile, she knows her way around the mat, with striking, and of course with hardcore matches. One of the toughest girls out there. The last time I wrestled her, I stabbed her in the head with a dart, then yakuza kicked it in deeper. If that puts our rivalry into perspective =)

Also in AIW, you had a series of matches with John Thorne. It began with a no ropes barbed wire match, an intergender first, and ended with an “I Quit” dog collar match. You got slashed with scissors, driven into barbed wire, pounded by chains until your face was covered in blood. The matches were very brutal and very emotional. What did they mean to you?

That’s the perfect description: brutal and emotional. It’s always up in the air how things will go the first time you have a match with someone, let alone the first match being such an extreme stipulation, no ropes barbed wire. I’d never done anything like that before. I couldn’t even think about how it would feel to get cut up by the barbed wire, all I could focus on was the match itself.

Things escalated to the “I Quit” dog collar match, which was actually more brutal than NRBW. I got beat up pretty bad that match, I was sore for weeks afterwards. I didn’t really take into consideration how heavy the chain would be or how much punishment it would provide. I lost a lot of blood, by far the most I’ve lost in my life. That match is really one of my favorites of my career though, the perfect end to a feud. It was very intimate, not in a creepy weird way, but to be that close to your loathed rival, and the only way to make it end is to say that you quit.

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Saturday Morning Wrestling IV – May 7th, 2011

Some of my earliest memories of wrestling involved anxiously waiting for Jem to go off so that I could kick my sister out of the living room and watch Bret Hart or Sting save the day. Thanks to the wonders of the internet, we can not just relive those moments, but do so with different, new wrestling from all over the world. Here’s the latest installment of Dirty Dirty Sheets’ Saturday Morning Wrestling.

NJPW – Prince Devitt vs. Kota Ibushi – BOSJ XVII Final

There’s a lot of excitement building around this year’s upcoming New Japan Best of the Super Junior’s tournament. With guys like Davey Richards, Kenny Omega, Fujito “Jr” Hayato, and TJ Perkins there’s an infinite number of epic possibilities. Get pumped for it by watching the final from last year between Prince Devitt and Kota Ibushi. Devitt and all the stars of New Japan will be touring the East Coast next weekend. Be sure to check them out if you’re anywhere in the area. The shows are stacked and it may be a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see this much Puro talent outside of Japan.

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Kana: The Dirty Dirty Sheets Interview

Kana is one of the most intriguing wrestlers in the world. Her vicious wrestling style, avant-garde fashion sense, and independent spirit has brought her a legion of supporters, and more than a few detractors, from around the globe. Known as “The Heart Terrorist,” and the self-proclaimed “Queen of All Women’s Wrestling,” the “World Famous” Kana wrestles regularly for SMASH, Wave, Osaka Pro, and several other promotions. She also produces her own shows under the Kana Office and Triple Tails banners. For the past year there has been near constant speculation about when she would finally make the trip to wrestle for her fans in the US. This talk has only been fueled by her current feud in Japan with ROH and SHIMMER star Serena Deeb.

We here at DDS are extremely excited to bring you Kana’s first interview for a foreign audience. We conducted this interview with Kana in Japanese and it has been translated into both English and German by DDS member Markus K. (@DakotaKDash). It has been translated into Thai by Pumi (@BBPumi) and French by Hanan (@LifeIsRKOingMe). DDS staff Ayzali (@AyzaliWali) also contributed to this interview. Photos were provided by Luke (@luke_the_3).

What made you want to become a professional wrestler? How did you start?

I was a fan of Mutō Keiji. Then I started to like Satoru Sayama (SAYAMA), Fujiwara Yoshiaki (FUJIWARA), Antonio Inoki, Maeda Akira, Takada Nobuhiko, Funaki Masakatsu, Volk Han and Suzuki Minoru. I never was a fan of women’s professional wrestling, and even now I’m still not a fan. I wanted to become a wrestler because I was a fan of men’s professional wrestling. I found a job as a graphic designer, but  then I decided to take the path of a wrestler.

Your wrestling style is constantly changing. How do you describe your current style? How do you train?

My style may be one that is unique in all of the world, because I mix MMA (like Sayama Shoot Style & Fujiwara, Karl Gotch UWF, and Combat Sambo), and american style professional wrestling (TAJIRI). I effectively fuse rational movement (“human body engineering”) with body language and facial expressions.

Tell us about Kana Office. What do you hope to accomplish with it?

The fact that I founded a corporation shows that I am mentally and socially superior to other wrestlers. The sports world is still influenced by Marxism. I want to separate myself from this Marxism, as a CEO I can do that. I can use the role as CEO for my character as well as my daily life. All of this is connected. This role as CEO makes my lifestyle very rich.

In Japan, this status plays a major role and is good for negotiations. My company is very energetic. We are active in many areas, for example in design and game development and we own a hair salon.

Kana Office donates some of its proceeds to charity. What are the causes you support?

I am not a celebrity. However, compassion is part of my life philosophy. I can not donate as much as celebrities can, but I do what I can. I hope that my donations allow people to live a fulfilling life. It is probably impossible to make everyone happy, but we can try.

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Saturday Morning Wrestling III

Some of my earliest memories of wrestling involved anxiously waiting for Jem to go off so that I could kick my sister out of the living room and watch Bret Hart or Sting save the day. Thanks to the wonders of the internet, we can not just relive those moments, but do so with different, new wrestling from all over the world. Here’s another installment of Dirty Dirty Sheets’ Saturday Morning Wrestling.

NOAH – KENTA (c) vs Eddie Edwards – GHC Jr. Heavyweight Title

Lots of big business has gone down since the last SMW, but the biggest may have been Eddie Edwards defeating Roderick Strong for the Ring of Honor World title. Here’s a previous attempt by Eddie to take big time singles gold, versus NOAH Jr. Heavy monster, KENTA.

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Saturday Morning Wrestling II – March 5th, 2011

Some of my earliest memories of wrestling involved anxiously waiting for Jem to go off so that I could kick my sister out of the living room and watch Bret Hart or Sting save the day. Thanks to the wonders of the internet, we can not just relive those moments, but do so with different, new wrestling from all over the world. Here’s another installment of Dirty Dirty Sheets’ Saturday Morning Wrestling.

ARSION – Mariko Yoshida vs Megumi Fujii

The rumor of the week centered around Strikeforce Women’s 145lb Champion Cristian “Cyborg” Santos being in talks to join the entertainment world. While it seems somewhat unlikely, a number of people very intrigued by it. If you’re one of those people you should know that the best pound-for-pound women’s fighter, Megumi Fujii, already did a bit of pro wrestling. Here’s her taking on Joshi Queen Mariko Yoshida. Yoshida herself made news this week when it was announced that she was coming out of retirement to appear on the first show of the new DIANA promotion.

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WAVE – Happy Birthday Wave 2011

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January 4th in Tokyo is New Japan Tokyo Dome Show Day. It’s when skunk-haired  pretty boys retrieve title belts from grizzled outside challengers, for an audience way too small for the venue. It’s a tradition, but one which GAMI’s WAVE promotion has no respect for. Why? Because January 4th is GAMI’s birthday, dammit. And she must put on a show, main event it, and get her face shoved in a cake. This has also become a tradition, this being the 3rd straight year I skipped the dome and went for Joshi:

WAVE: Happy Birthday Wave 2011 (Results via Puroresu Representin’)

2010/01/04 – Shinjuku FACE

1. Sawako Shimotsuke 10 Match Series 1: Hiroyo Matsumoto beat Sawako Shimotsuke – 8:30

2. Six Women Lucha Libre Tag Match: Ayako Hamada, Tomoka Nakagawa & Sakura Hirota vs. Kana, Mio & Io Shirai went to a 20 minute time limit draw

3. TAKA Michinoku  beat Toshie Uematsu – 11:35

4. Yumi Ohka, Bambi, Misaki Ohata & Hiren beat Moeka Haruhi, Cherry, Ayumi Kurihara & Ryo Mizunami – 15:30 – Ohata pinned Haruhi

5. Meiko Satomura beat GAMI – 23:00

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