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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.

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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SHIMMER: Volume 56 Gallery

SHIMMER: Volume 54 Gallery


At SHIMMER last month, we saw Evie and Kimber Lee earn their roster spots and Jessicka Havok take her spot, whether we liked it or not. We saw Serena Deeb and Madison Eagles make their first trip back to Berwyn after long absences due to injury, and they did not miss a beat. We saw Allysin Kay TwitPic mid-match. We saw Mercedes Martinez and Ayako Hamada try their absolute best to destroy each other. We saw one of the most wild, goofy, amazing spectacles of a four-way match that wrestling has seen. We saw Nicole Matthews and Portia Perez cheat and cheat and cheat and cheat and cheat and be dicks. We saw Cheerleader Melissa take a very dark turn as she began her second reign as champion. We saw that the Global Green Gangsters, Kellie Skater and Tomoka Nakagawa, truly “Got this.” We saw the end of an era as Allison Danger, one of the founders of the company and a pioneer in the world of “American joshi” wrestling, compete in the final match of her career.

This is the first of our four part gallery for the SHIMMER weekend, enjoy.

Photos 1-138 by Gregory Davis. Photos 139-150 by Christopher Codina.

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Wrestlecon: SHIMMER and CHIKARA


Lots of stuff happened at Wrestlecon, most of which you can buy on iPPV at WWNLive.com and you can already download the CHIKARA show here at Smartmarkvideo. Greg was on-hand for plenty of it. Here are his pics from SHIMMER and CHIKARA, featuring the returns of Serena Deeb, Madison Eagles, and Amazing Kong, Ayumi Kurihara’s final US match, and Cheerleader Melissa taking back what’s hers. Oh, and a bit of Jyushin “Thunder” Lyger.

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Madison Eagles Returns

This weekend Madison Eagles returns to SHIMMER. As well as Serena Deeb. As well as Amazing Kong. All three of these amazing wrestlers (and lovely people) have been away for far too long. I wish I could be there, but thankfully there’s a live iPPV option. It’s 1AM on Sunday for me, probably a more reasonable hour on Saturday for you.

Watch the above video by our own Chris C., with a massive tune by Coheed and Cambria, to get hyped. Enjoy the bonus matches as well and get ready to stomp-clap-stomp-stomp-clap to Prelude 12/21 again.

SHIMMER: Madison Eagles vs. Jessie McKay

SMASH: Serena Deeb vs. Tomoka Nakagawa

AJW: Amazing Kong vs. Ayako Hamada

SHIMMER: Volume 52 Gallery


SHIMMER Galleries: Volume 49, Volume 50, Volume 51

Here’s our final gallery from the most recent SHIMMER tapings. This was the one where Allysin Kay, as she long ago prophesized, got in the ring with The World Famous Kana (although rumor has it she’s still looking forward to a one-on-one confrontation). Also, Athena continued making her case that she is the best by taking on the best in Ayako Hamada. All this, and lots of ninjas. Enjoy!

Photos 1-135 by Gregory Davis and 136-138 by Christopher Codina.

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SHIMMER: Volume 51 Gallery


SHIMMER Galleries: Volume 49Volume 50Volume 52

Melissa. Bates. Athena. Kana. Natural. Rush. Mizunami. Lufisto. Perez. Hamada. Kellie Fucking Skater. Enjoy.

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SHIMMER: Volume 50 Gallery

SHIMMER Galleries: Volume 49Volume 51Volume 52

SHIMMER Volume 50 saw the cross-generational Joshi dream match of Kana versus Ayako Hamada come to American soil, in what is now largely considered, “the best fucking match ever.” There was also the welcome return of SHIMMER original Lexie Fyfe, who looked fantastic in the main event elimination match. Please enjoy our photos, volume 51 and 52 are coming soon!

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