Dream Slam Weekly (Vol. 6): Maki Itoh, CyberFight Festival, Purple Stars Block

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Dream Slam Weekly (vol. 6)!

By: Karen Peterson

Moving into June, the summer temperatures are rising and it seems every promotion is gearing up for tournaments and super shows. My calendar is quickly filling up with shows to watch, which makes it so hard when there is such a spectacular variety out there! It feels like there aren’t enough hours in the day to watch wrestling, so if anyone can help me build a time machine, I would greatly appreciate it!

BIG EVENT/NEWS

CyberFight Festival (6/12) on WRESTLE UNIVERSE

On Sunday, June 12th, CyberFight (parent company to DDT, NOAH, TJPW & Ganbare ProWrestling) will have their annual cross-promotional show at the Saitama Super Arena. I will be doing a complete event report for this show, and learning about every single promotion as I watch along! The show starts at 2PM JT. With this being their largest show of the year, CFF held two press conferences, and both are available on WRESTLE UNIVERSE (May 10th | June 2nd). 

Full Match Card 

  • Opening Match KICKOFF: DDT Tag Team Match (1/15): Muscle Sakai & Yukio Naya vs. Soma Takao & Kazuki Hirata
  • Opening Match 2: TJPW 10-Woman Tag (1/15): Hyper Misao, Yuki Aino, Raku, Pom Harajuku, & Haruna Neko vs. Nao Kakuta, Mahiro Kiryu, Moka Miyamoto, Arisu Endo, & Kaya Toribami
  • Opening Match 3: DDT vs Ganbare☆Pro-Wrestling (1/15): Yukio Sakaguchi, Saki Akai & Hideki Okatani (DDT) vs. Ken Ohka, Yuna Manase & Mizuki Watase (GanPro)
  • 1st Match: NOAH vs DDT (1/20): Kinya Okada & Kai Fujimura (NOAH) vs Toi Kojima & Yuya Koroku (DDT)
  • 2nd Match: TJPW 6-Woman Tag (1/20): Miyu Yamashita, Maki Itoh, & Julia Nagano vs. Hikari Noa, Suzume, & Yuki Arai
  •  3rd Match: DDT 8-Man Tag (1/30): Yuki “Sexy” Iino, Danshoku “Dandy” Dieno, Yumehito “Fantastic” Imanari,  & Akito vs. Sanshiro Takagi, Kendo Kashin, Shinya Aoki & Yumiko Hotta
  • 4th Match: Princess of Princess Championship Qualifier 4-Way Match (1/30): Rika Tatsumi vs. Mizuki vs. Yuki Kamifuku vs. Miu Watanabe

*The winner of this match will challenge for the Princess of Princess Championship at the Tokyo Joshi Pro-Wrestling Ota-ku Sogo Gymnasium at Summer Sun Princess (July 9).

  • 5th Match: NOAH 10-Man Tag (1/30): Takashi Sugiura, Kazuyuki Fujita, Masa Kitamiya, Daiki Inaba, & Shuhei Taniguchi vs. Michael Elgin, Hijo de Doctor Wagner Jr., Rene Dupree, Simon Gotch & Ⅹ
    *The “X” in this match will be revealed at the June 7 Pro Wrestling Noah Korakuen Hall event.
  • 6th Match: DDT 8-Man Tag (1/30): HARASHIMA, Naomi Yoshimura, Chris Brookes, &  Masahiro Takanashi vs. Yuki Ueno, Shunma Katsumata, MAO, & Asuka
  • 7th Match: NOAH 6-Man Tag (1/45):  Rob Van Dam, Yoshinari Ogawa & HAYATA vs. Kaito Kiyomiya, Daisuke Harada, & YO-HEY
  • 8th Match: NOAH vs DDT (1/45): Tetsuya Endo, Jun Akiyama, & Kazusada Higuchi vs. Katsuhiko Nakajima*, Atsushi Kotoge, & Yoshiki Inamura
    *Nakajima replaces Naomichi Marufuji,
  • 9th Match: NOAH vs DDT (1/45): Kenoh (NOAH) vs. Daisuke Sasaki (DDT)
    *This match will have a Hardcore/No DQ Stipulation.
  • Semi-Main Event: TJPW Princess of Princess Championship (1/30): Shoko Nakajima © vs. Yuka Sakazaki
  • Main Event: NOAH GHC World Championship (1/60): Go Shiozaki © (NOAH) vs. Satoshi Kojima (NJPW)

I’d highly recommend following DDT English for live translations and updates available! If you’re looking for the perfect chance to give any of the CyberFight promotions a try, why not start with this massively diverse buffet of wrestling!

International Excursions & Adventures

Results!

This Weekend!

Coming Soon!

Introductions & Round-up (alphabetical)

2AW (Active Advance Wrestling)

Ayame Sasamura Challenged Kengo Mashimo for 2AW Openweight Championship! At Grand Slam in 2AW Square, Sasamura– the lone female wrestler on their entire roster– fought against Mashimo for 21:46. 

DIANA

Post di Amistad Results (5/29) 

  • Tag Match: Kaho Matsushita & Madeline defeated Haruka Umesaki & Himiko (14:43)
  • Singles Match: Deborah K vs. Nanami – Time Limit Draw (20:00)
  • Tag Team Match: Kyoko Inoue & Miran defeated Saran & Yappy (15:55)
  • Three-Way Match: Ayako Sato defeated Kiku and Nao Ishikawa (10:31)

Gatoh Move & ChocoPro

Upcoming Appearances

GanbarePro Wrestling

Upcoming Appearances: 

  • Stardom: YuuRi vs. Unagi Sayaka (Stardom) 7/8 New Blood 3 (Waiting for official match announcement)
  • GanPro Wrestling Sekigahara: Yuna Manase (GanPro) vs. Unagi Sayaka (Stardom) 7/10 

Girls’ Pro-Wrestling Unit COLOR’S
SAKI, Yuko Sakurai, and Hikari Shimizu will challenge Stardom’s Cosmic Angels on June 5th, with the losing unit being forced to become the winning unit’s rookies! All four members are also participating in Ice Ribbon’s doubleheader show in Yokohama on 5/28, including participating in the ICE x Infinity Championship Tournament. 

  • Next Solo Show: Yes, My Way 3 (7/15) ShinKiba 1st Ring

GLEAT 

G Pro-Wrestling #27 (6/11; Umeda Stella Hall, Osaka) Michiko Miyagi/Yukari Hosokawa (GLEAT) versus Ryo Mizunami & Nanae Takahashi!?

Ice Ribbon

ICE x Infinity Tournament Announced! With Tsukushi Haruka retired, she retired as the 33rd ICE (cross) Infinity Champion, which she would vacate afterward.

Tournament Rules

  • Matches in the opening round through the semi-finals will have one fall with a 15-minute time limit
  • In the event of a draw, the wrestler with the shorter career advances to the next round.
  • The finals will be a championship match with one fall, no time limit and the winner will become the 34th ICE x Infinity Champion

Yokohama Ribbon (5/28) Results – Yokohama Radiant Hall

(Afternoon Show) 

  • Tag Match: Ibuki Hoshi and Saran defeated Cherry & Yappy (9:23)
  • Tag Match: Makoto & Hamuko Hoshi defeated SAKI (COLOR’S) & Bunny Oikawa (10:17)
  • Tag Match: Tae Honma & Maika Ozaki defeated Yuki Mashiro & Kaho Matsushita (11:04)
  • Tournament Match: Saori Anou defeated Hikari Shimizu (COLOR’S) (10:41)
  • Tournament Match: Rina Amikura (COLOR’S) defeated Sumika Yanagawa (JTO) (8:33)
  • Tournament Match: Satsuki Totoro defeated Nao Ishikawa (13:14)

 (Evening Show) 

  • Opening Tag: Hamuko Hoshi, Satsuki Totoro, & Madelaine vs. A~min (Rina Amikura; COLOR’s) vs. Ishikawa Nao, A~min (Rina Amikura) and Haruka Umesaki (11:40)
  • Tournament Match: Maika Ozaki defeated Saran (9:47)
  • Tournament Match: Makoto defeated Yuko Sakura (COLOR’S) (11:46)
  • Tournament Match: Ibuki Hoshi defeated Misa Kagura (JTO) (9:28)
  • Tag Match: SAKI & Hikari Shimizu (COLOR’S) defeated Bunny Oikawa & Yappy (IR) (12:11)
  • Tournament Match: Yuki Mashiro defeated Kaho Matsushita (12:50)

Next Show: Tournament Quarter-Finals (June 18th) – Yokohama Radiant Hall

  • Tournament Match: Tae Honma vs. Asahi (6/18)
  • Tournament Match: Saori Anou vs. A~min (Rina Amikura)
  • Tournament Match: Makoto vs. Yuki Mashiro
  • Tournament Match: Maika Ozaki vs. Ibuki Hoshi
  • Tournament Match: Winner of Honma/Asashi vs. Satsuki Totoro

Remaining Tournament Schedule *UPDATE*

IR decided to merge the Semi-Finals & Finals (June 26th) – Korakuen Hall into a singular show!

JUST TAP OUT 

Queen of JTO Tournament (Starts 5/29 – Seed rankings as of May 2022)

  • First Round Bye: Yamagata Yu (Queen of JTO Champion; #1)
  • First Round: Tomoka Inaba  (#2) defeated rhythm (#5) (6:41)
  • First Round: Aoi (#3) defeated Bulldozer Amisa (Unranked) (19:33)
  • First Round: Misa Kagura (#6) defeated Sumika Yanagawa (#4) (12:01) 

Bulldozer Amisa Leaves JTO. At the end of May, JTO announced Amisa’s departure. There haven’t been any announcements as to what her future plans include.

Queen of JTO Tournament Dates

  • Quarter-Finals (6/5) Yokohama
  • Finals (7/9) Korakuen Hall

Marvelous

Mio Momono Announces her Return from Injury At she’ll return to action on June 24th at ShinKiba 1st Ring

Six Anniversary Show Results (5/31)

  • Opening Match (1/15): Tomoko Watanabe vs. Ai Houzan
  • Singles Match (1/15): Yuki MIyamoto vs. Mochi Natsumi
  • Intergender Tag Match (1/15): Leo Isaka & Hibiscus Mii vs. Bryan Ishizaka & Takahiro Katori
  • Semi-Final (1/20): Takumi Iroha & YuuRi vs. Chikayo Nagashima & Yurika Oka
  • Main Event (1/30): Rin Kadokura, Itsuki Aoki, & Yuu vs. Maria, Riko Kawahata, & Ayame Sasamura

Prominence 

Kuen Ranbu (5/29) Results

  • Miyako Matumoto Produced 3-Way Match : Tsubasa Kuragaki (OZ) defeated Miyako Matsumoto vs Itsuki Aoki (11:11)
  • Singles Match: Yuki Miyazaki (WAVE) defeated Mochi Natsumi (Prominence) (10:50)
  • Singles Match: Dash Chisako (SenJo) defeated Akane Fujita(Prominence) (16:15)
  • Prominence Singles Match: Risa Sera vs. Suzu Suzuki (30:00) Time Limit Draw 

Next Shows Announced!

At their show on 5/29, Prominence announced the next two installments of their self-produced shows. With Sera Risa and Suzu Suzuki as entrants in Stardom’s 5*GP, the July 17th show will likely be their last one until after the series concludes on October 1st. 

  • Prominence 3 (6/25)
  • Prominence 4 (7/17) Kurumi Hiiragi Returns!

PURE-J

PURE-J MANIAX 2022 Results (5/29) Asakusa Hanayashiki

  • Tag Team Match: SAKI & Yuko Sakurai defeated Chie Ozora & Crea (12:18)
  • Singles Match: Yuu defeats AKARI (12:49)
  • Singles Match: Hanako Nakamori vs. Hiroyo Matsumoto – Time Limit Draw (15:00)
  • Tag Team Match: WANTED (KAZUKI & Rydeen Hagane) defeated Jaguar Yokota & Megumi Yabushita (15:21)
  • Daily Sports Tag Team Title #1 Contendership Match: Kakeru Sekiguchi & Kaori Yoneyama defeated Cherry & Leon (18:41)

SEAdLINNNG {Tour Date Calendar}

Intro

Next Big Show (6/10) – ShinKiba 1st Ring

  • Singles Match (1/20): Hanako Nakamori (PURE-J) vs. Misa Kagura (JTO)
    • Three-Way Match (1/20): Yoshiko vs. Ryo Mizunami vs. Yuu (EVE)
    • 6-Woman Match (1/30): Makoto, ASUKA, & Ayame Sasamura (2AW) vs. Amazon, Hiroyo Matsumoto & Itsuki Aoki
  • Tag Match (1/30): Arisa Nakajima & Rico Kaiju vs. SAKI (COLOR’S) & Riko Kawahata (T-HEARTS)

 

~Early Summer Games~ (6/30) – Korakuen Hall

    • BEYOND THE SEA Tag Championship (1/30): ASUKA/MAKOTO vs. Amazon/Rina Yamashita
    • Rest of the card TBD 

Sendai Girls {@SendaiGlobal|@senjo2006 |#仙女 #sendaigirlspro }

Shinjiro Otani Special Show (6/4) 

Chihiro Hashimoto will represent SenJo at the Shinjiro Otani Special Show (via ZERO-1) on June 4th. She will team with Jaguar Yokota (DIANA) and ASUKA (VENY) in a 6-woman tag match against Aja Kong (OZ Academy), Yuna Manase (Ganbare Pro), and NATSUMI (Cho Hanabi Pro). The show is scheduled to have a ten-match card. No details on the availability of a live stream at this time. 

Next Big Show (6/16) ~The Sky is The Limit~ ShinKiba 1st Ring 

  • Hardcore Rules Tag Match (1/30): Reiwa ULTEMA Powers (Dash Chisako/Hiroyo Matsumoto) vs. Prominence (Risa Sera/Mochi Natsumi)
  • SG World Tag Championship (1/30): Team 200KG (Chihiro Hashimoto & Yuu) © vs. Red Energy (Mika Iwata & Miyuki Takase)

Stardom {@We_Are_Stardom | @WWR_Stardom | #STARDOM #スターダム}

The Purple Stars Block Begins!! With three coveted remaining spots and ten available participants, the month of June belongs to the women who have not yet secured their spot in the 2022 Five STAR Grand Prix. Throughout June, Stardom will hold the 5★GP Qualifying Tournament with nine separate tour dates. During this time, the qualifying matches are spread out over the shows with some having more tournament matches than others. 

Participants: 

  • STARS: Saya Iida, Momo Kohgo
  • Queen’s Quest: Hina, Lady C, Miyu Amasaki
  • OedoTai: Ruaka, Rina
  • Donna Del Mondo: Mai Sakurai
  • Cosmic Angels: Waka Tsukiyama
  • God’s Eye: Ami Sorei

Purple Stars Tournament Matches (6/4): Ibaraki

  • Hina (QQ) vs Ruaka (OET)
  • Waka Tsukiyama (CA) vs. Rina (OET)
  • Ami Sorei (God’s Eye) vs Miyu Amasaki (QQ)

Purple Stars Tournament Matches (6/5): Korakuen Hall

  • Saya Iida (STARS) vs. Ruaka (OET)
  • Mai Sakurai (DDM) vs. Hina (QQ)
  • Ami Sorei (GE) vs. Rina (OET)
  • Miyu Amasaki (QQ) vs. Momo Kohgo (STARS)

Tokyo Joshi Pro-Wrestling (TJPW) {@tjpw2013}

*UPDATED* Pro-wrestling EVE’s RHIO’s First Trip to Japan! She will participate in the shows on May 28th (Otemachi) in a singles match against Yuki Aino and June 4th (Hamamatsu). This is RHIO’s first trip to Japan, and the first time TJPW has had foreign wrestlers in two and a half years.

Otemachi Results (5/29): Mitsui Hall

  • Tag Team Match: Pom Harajuku & Raku defeat Hikari Noa & Kaya Toribami (9:17)
  • Three-Way Match: Hyper Misao defeats Mahiro Kiryu and Nao Kakuta (7:25)
  • Singles Match: Rhio defeats Yuki Aino (9:52)
  • Singles Match: Yuki Kamifuku defeats Moka Miyamoto (6:54)
  • Singles Match: Rika Tatsumi defeats Arisu Endo (8:14)
  • Singles Match: Mizuki defeats Haruna Neko (7:26)
  • Singles Match: Shoko Nakajima defeats Yuki Arai (8:39)
  • Singles Match: Miu Watanabe vs. Suzume – Time Limit Draw (10:00)

Next Show: Hamamatsu, Shizuoka (6/4)

  • Tag Match: Raku & Yuki Aino vs. Yuki Kamifuku & & Neko Haruna
  • Singles Match: Miu Watanabe vs. Kaya Toribami
  • Tag Match: Suzume & Rika Tatsumi vs. Hikari Noa & Pom Harajuku
  • Singles Match: Nao Kakuta vs. Mahiro Kiryuu
  • 6-Woman Tag Match: Shoko Nakajima, Hyper Misao, & Moka Miyamoto vs. Yuka Sakazaki, Mizuki, & Arisu Endo
  • International Princess Championship: Maki Itoh © vs. RHIO

Coming Soon!

  • Next Big Solo Show: Summer Sun Princess (7/9) at Ota Ward Gymnasium – TJPW seems to have only three large-scale events throughout the year: Grand Princess (spring), Summer Sun Princess (summer) and Wrestle Princess (autumn). 
  • Next Tournament: The Tokyo Princess Cup 2022 Tournament returns in July, starting on 15th (after Summer Sun Princess) through August 13th (seven dates total).

WAVE {@P_W_WAVE |#wavepro}

I truly hope by next year, I’ll understand all the intricacies of the CATCH THE WAVE Tournament, but I can best describe it as a multi-genre wrestling tournament, covering the various styles of wrestling available to discover the most well-balanced wrestler!

WAVE Osaka Rhapsody vol. 54 Results (5/22)

  • OSAKA Comical WAVE: LUMINOUS (Miyuki Takase & Haruka Umesaki) defeat Kyusei Sakura Hirota/Hikari Shimizu (COLOR’S) (15:03)
  • OSAKA Scramble WAVE: Nagisa Nozaki & Risa Sera vs. Hanako Nakamori & Kohaku (15:56)
  • Comical Block: Hibiscus Mii [2] and Kaori Yoneyama [2] (8:52) – Double Countout
  • Hardcore Block: Yuki Miyazaki [5] vs. SAKI (COLOR’S) [2] (12:33)
  • Strong Arm Block: Itsuki Aoki [4] defeated Yuu [0] (8:41)

Detras de Lazona vol. 4 (5/29) Kawasaki (POST di AMISTAD)

  • Scramble Wave (1/20): Nagisa Nozaki vs. SAKI (COLOR’S) defeated Yuu vs. Sae (15:39)
  • Kicking Block: Hanako Nakamori [1] vs. Hikari Shimizu [3] (COLOR’S) – Time Limit Draw (15:00)
  • Future Block: Haruka Umesaki [2] (DIANA) vs. Chie Ozora [2] (8:47)
  • Future Block: Kohaku [4] vs. Riko Kawahata [3] (T-HEARTS)  (15:00)

Phase 2 Reboot: NAMI1 (6/1) ShinKiba 1st Ring

  • 6-Woman Tag: Hibiscus Mii, Sakura Hirota & Yuki Miyazaki defeated Kohaku, Risa Sera & SAKI (15:17)
  • Kicking Block: Hanako Nakamori [3] defeated Nagisa Nozaki [4] (9:09)
  • Strong Arm Block: Yuu [2] defeated Ayame Sasamura (2AW) [0] (6:31)
  • Comical Block: Kaori Yoneyama [3] & Miyako Matsumoto [3] – Double Count-out (7:49)
  • Future Block: Suzu Suzuki (Prominence) [3] defeated Chie Ozora [2] (9:14)
  • Future Block: Riko Kawahata (T-HEARTS) [4] vs. Haruka Umesaki (DIANA) [3] (15:00) Time Limit Draw

NEXT CATCH THE WAVE Matches

Detras de Lazona vol. 5 (6/11) Kawasaki (POST di AMISTAD)

  • Kicking Block: Miyuki Takase vs. Yuu
  • Future Block: Suzu Suzuki (Prominence) vs. Haruka Umesaki (DIANA)

CHIBA WAVE vol. 1 (6/18)

  • Hardcore Block: SAKI (COLOR’S) vs. Risa Sera (Prominence)
  • Strong Arm Block: Itsuki Aoki vs. Ayame Sasamura (2AW)
  • Future Block: Suzu Suzuki (Prominence) vs. Riko Kawahata (T-HEARTS)
  • Kicking Block: Hanako Nakamori vs. Sae*

Weekday WAVE vol. 125 (6/22) – Shinjuku FACE

  • Strong Arm Block: Miyuki Takase vs. Ayame Sasamura (2AW)
  • Comical Block: Kyusei Sakura Hirota vs. Hibiscus Mii

Meanwhile in North America…

WWE Results/Updates

  • Bianca Belair © Defeats Asuka (WWE RAW; May 30th) Becky wins and wedges herself into the RAW Women’s Championship at Hell in a Cell (12:58)

AEW Results/Updates

  • Nyla Rose & Serena Deeb defeated Miyu Yamashita & Skye Blue (June 1st; Dark Elevation #66)

June 2022 Events

  • TJPW: CyberFight Festival 2022 (6/12) – Saitama Super Arena (a DDT, NOAH, & Ganbare Pro supershow) 
  • SenJo: The Sky is the Limit (6/16: ShinKiba 1st Ring;6/19: Miyagino Ward Cultural Center)
  • Stardom: Fight in the Top 2022 (June 26, 2022) Nagoya International Conference Center

July-October 2022 Events

    • WAVE: NAMI1 July ‘22 (July 1, 2022) – Shinjuku FACE 
    • WAVE: Osaka Rhapsody vol. 55 (July 2, 2022) – Azarea Taisho, Osaka 
    • WAVE: Nagoya WAVE vol. 23 (July 3, 2022) – Nagoya Naka Sports Center 
    • Stardom: New Blood 3 Announced (7/8) Shinagawa Intercity Hall
    • Stardom: MidSummmer Champions (7/9) Tachikawa Stage Garden
    • TJPW: Summer Sun Princess (7/9; 2:00 PM) – Ota Ward Gymnasium
    • TJPW: 9th Annual TJPW Princess Cup 2022 (July 16-August 14, 2022) – The series has seven scheduled event dates throughout this period.
  • WAVE: CATCH THE WAVE 2022 FINALS (July 17, 2022) – Korakuen Hall

Weekly Match Selection

With the build-up to CyberFight Festival, I started to think about where I’ve been able to experience TJPW talent here in the US, as when I went to Japan in December 2019-January 2020, I didn’t go to any CyberFight promotions, but I do remember the summer of 2019 when AEW collaborated with CEO Gaming to host FyterFest, the sequel of Kenny Omega’s wildly popular, CEO x NJPW the previous year at the same gaming convention. 

With Yuka Sakazaki challenging Shoko Nakajima for the Princess of Princess Championship, I wanted to pick a match that really put her on international radars. Plus, it’s PRIDE month, and representation matters, so I wanted to highlight Nyla Rose as well. 

All Elite Wrestling Official YouTube

  • Promotion: AEW
  • Show: Fyter Fest (June 29, 2019)
  • Competitors: Riho defeated Nyla Rose and Yuka Sakazaki (13:02)
  • Venue: Ocean Center, Daytona Beach, FL 

Thanks for reading! Have a great week! 

About Karen Peterson 40 Articles
Occasionally drops by wrestling podcasts, but remains rather elusive. Joined the Japanese wrestling fan scene in summer 2017, and continues to work on bridging the language gap between fans. Outside of wrestling, she’s a dog mom, perpetual Japanese learner, and when conditions permit, world traveler. Never skips dessert.