Dream Slam Monthly (Vol. 2) All Roads Lead to Los Angeles

With the return of Asuka at the Royal Rumble and her subsequent win at Elimination Chamber, all eyes are turning toward Los Angeles as the countdown to Mania Week begins!

I Wasn’t Ready for Asuka! AGAIN.

Last month’s Dream Slam Monthly was released the morning of WWE’s Royal Rumble. Like a child on Christmas, I was a jumbled mixture of excitement, anticipation, and impatience. The unpredictability of the Rumble is precisely why it is one of my favorites, if not my hands down number one, WWE premium show annually. With each entrant, the odds of Asuka finally returning began to dwindle, and once the number midway point cleared with the fifteenth entrant, Becky Lynch, my impatience rapidly began to outweigh my excitement and anticipation. She was followed by Tegan Nox at sixteen…

Did I work myself up into a frenzy for no reason? Had I placed too much hope and stock in the potential of Asuka not only returning but summoning forth a darker, more terrifying incarnation from a time long forgotten? I didn’t want to give up hope… and then number seventeen arrived. The music was familiar, yet a long-awaited remix of The Empress of Tomorrow’s theme. Then she arrived… with a new mask, her familiar short cropped, two-tone hair… and then she revealed her face.   

Just when I thought I was ready, I quickly realized I wasn’t ready for Asuka completely surpassing my imagination with her new look. There has never been a single, more relatable Corey Graves’ breath of commentary, than the massive “YEEEAAAAAHHHHH!!!” that erupted the moment Asuka removed her new mask. If the collective roar of the audience could be summed up, it was a resounding sigh of relief. The nine-year wait for Asuka to unleash the persona that punched her ticket to WWE in the first place was certainly long, but definitely worth the wait. While she kept many of her signature costuming choices, this is the first time in her WWE career that she’s opted for long tights.

Whoever stylized the twisted, glittery clown makeup deserves a standing ovation. I haven’t loved WWE makeup like this since Finn Balor’s Demon Era airbrush body paint.   

Joshi-related POST Event Reports & Podcasts 

For a complete listing of all my event reports and back numbers of Dream Slam Monthly & Weekly, head over to my POST Wrestling author’s profile.


2AW (Active Advance Pro-Wrestling)

Ayame Sasamura is the only woman currently wrestling in 2AW, and while she has opportunities to compete against her colleagues in 2AW, but she has not held any of the championships in the company. She’s held titles in DIANA, SEAdLiNNNG and Sendai Girls.

  • Tag Match: Koen (Takuro Niki & Tatsuya Hanami) defeated Ayame Sasamura & Kotaro Yoshino (12:12)

2AW ChiBattle 155 (2/11) – 2AW Square

  • Singles Match: Tatsuya Hanami defeated Ayame Sasamura  (13:35) 

2AW Infinity ~ 2023 Spring ~ (2/12) – 2AW Square

  • Singles Match: Ayame Sasamura & Kyu Moagmi defeated Deborah K & Masao Hanabatake (16:20)

2AW Grand Slam in TKP (2/19) – TKP Garden City, Chiba

  • 2AW Tag Championship: Koen (Takuro Niki & Tatsuya Hanami) defeated Starlight Dreamers (Ayame Sasamura & Kyu Mogami) (17:18)

2AW Spring & Summer vs. Autumn & Winter: Separated by Birth Months (2/23) – 2AW Square

  • 6-Person Tag: Starlight Dreamers (Ayame Sasamura & Kotaro Yoshino) and Shu Asakawa defeated BUG’s MUTATION (Ayumu Honda & Chicharito Shoki) and Takuro Niki (10:22)
  • 6-Person Tag Team Elimination: Ayumu Honda, Chicharito Shoki, Kaji Tomato, Kengo Mashimo, Naka Shuma, Shiori Asahi, Takuro Niki & Tatsuya Hanami defeated Ayame Sasamura, Ayato Yoshida, Daiju Wakamatsu, Kotaro Yoshino, Kunio Toshima, Ricky Fuji, Shu Asakawa & Taishi Takizawa (23:50)

All Japan Pro-Wrestling (AJPW)

Unagi Sayaka continues her rampage around Japan, this time she’s set her sights on Suwama. He decided to meditate and then seek out the assistance of OZ Academy’s Mayumi Ozaki and Maya Yukihi. Yukihi found him in the garden at the park and brought him to Ozaki’s office. Ozaki told him to learn to use technology to locate places and get directions as sending faxes is very out of date.

Suwama’s need to seek advice from Ozaki, interrupts her delicious eel (unagi) bento lunch. While Ozaki and Yukihi enjoyed fancy eel lunch boxes, Suwama got stuck with fish cakes. He asked them to tag together on White Day (March 14th) in a 6-person mixed tag. 

Dream Power Series (3/14) Shinjuku FACE

  • Special Mixed 6-Person Tag Match: Suwama, Mayumi Ozaki & Maya Yukihi vs. Unagi Sayaka, X & XX

World Woman Pro-Wrestling DIANA

Current Champions – All champions are currently in their third reigns

  • Queen Elizabeth Championship: Jagua Yokota 
  • Diana Tag Team Championship: LUMINOUS (Haruka Umesaki & Miyuki Takase)
  • Diana World Championship: Ayako Sato 

DIANA (1/29) Nagoya Club Diamond Hall 

  • Tag Match: Luminous (Haruka Umesaki & Miyuki Takase) defeated Miran & Tae Honma (17:29)
  • Singles Match:Makoto defeated Madeline (9:55)
  • Tag Match: Jaguar Yokota & Yuji Okabayashi defeated Himiko & Kota Sekifuda (9:58)
  • Tag Match: Nanami & Unagi Sayaka defeated Deborah K & Kyoko Inoue (16:48)
  • World Woman Pro-Wrestling Diana World Title: Ayako Sato © defeated Sae (17:04)

DIANA (2/11) Post Di Amistad

  • Singles Match: Cohaku defeated Deborah K (13:40)
  • Three Way: Jaguar Yokota defeated Ayako Sato and Crea (8:20)
  • Tag Match: Haruka Umesaki & Tae Honma defeated Himiko & Miran (17:50)
  • Tag Match: Kakeru Sekiguchi & Madeline defeated Kyoko Inoue & Manami (12:50)

DIANA Future Sight (2/24) Post Di Amistad

  • Singles Match: Kaho Kobayashi defeated Nanami (8:40)
  • Tag Match: Kakeru Sekiguchi & Madeline defeated Himiko & Rina Amikura (12:55)
  • Tag Match: Ayako Sato & Kaori Yoneyama defeated Deborah K & Hanako Nakamori (11:35)
  • Singles Match: Haruka Umesaki defeated AKARI (10:05)

Tomorrow: Amistad Vol. 27 (2/26) Post Di Amistad

  • Tag Match (1/20): Madeline & Kaho Kobayashi vs. Himiko & Nanami
  • Tag Match (1/20): Jaguar Yokota & Haruka Umesaki vs. Ayako Sato & Deborah K
  • Singles Match (1/15): Kyoko Inoue vs. Miran

Mamoto Station Front ProWrestling (3/17)

  • Tag Match (1/30): Masato Tanaka & Yuji Hino vs. Daisuke Sekimoto & Tsugutaka Satō
  • 6-Woman Tag Match (1/30): Jaguar Yokota, Ayako Sato & Ayame Sasamura vs. Aja Kong, Hanako Nakamori & Himiko
  • 6-Man Tag Match (1/30): Hide Kubota, Yasu Kubota & Takuya Sugawara vs. Kirinowaka Tarō, Yoshikazu Yokoyama & Chris Vice
  • Tag Match (1/30): Kyoko Inoue & Takako Inoue vs. Unagi Sayaka & Madeline
  • Tag Match (1/30): Syouki Kitamura & Yuki Toki vs. Satsuki Nagao & Junya Matsunaga
  • 3-Way Match (1/30): Haruka Umesaki vs. Chie Ozora vs. Deborah K
  • Tag Match (1/30): Astroman & Kaji Tomato vs. Takumi Baba & Ryo Hoshino

(3/19) Osaka

  • Tag Match (1/20): Ayako Sato & Madeline vs. Nanami & Miran
  • Tag Match (1/20): Deborah K & Sae vs. Tae Honma & Maika Ozaki
  • Tag Match (1/20): Jaguar Yokota & Himiko vs. Momoka Hanazono & Kyusei Ninja Ranmaru
  • WWWD Tag Championship (1/60): Haruka Umesaki & Miyuki Takase vs. Kaori Yoneyama & Kaho Kobayashi
  • Singles Match (1/30): Kyoko Inoue vs. Drake Morimatsu

(4/29) Korakuen Hall; Full Card TBA

  • Singles Match: Kyoko Inoue vs. Unagi Sayaka
  • WWWD Singles Championship: Ayako Sato (c) vs. Haruka Umesaki

DDT/Ganbare Pro

Neither DDT nor GanbarePro currently has a women’s championship. However, female competitors are able to challenge for the Spirit of Ganbare Openweight Championship or for various championships in DDT. 

On February 6th, Yuna Manase announced that she will be on an extended leave due to injury, disclosing that her last match for the foreseeable future was GanPro’s January 28th show. In her absence, the rest of the GanJo roster will do their best to step up to fill her very tall boots.

Transporter 2023 (1/28) Itabashi Green Hall

  • GanJo Singles Match: Yuna Manase defeated Yoshiko Hasegawa (7:20)
  • GanPro Mixed Tag Match: HARUKAZE, Shinichiro Tominaga & Soma Takao defeated Keisuke Ishii, Shota & YuuRI (12:14)

Ganbare Pro Shuichiro Katsumura Produce (1/28) BASEMENT MONSTAR

  • Grappling: Shuichiro Katsumura defeated HARASHIMA and HARUKAZE and Munetatsu Nakamura
  • 6-Person Tag: Moeka Haruhi, Shinichiro Tominaga & Yumehito Imanari defeated Ken Ohka, Maori Kawashima & YuuRI (10:09)

 Ganbare Pro Player Association Performance (1/28) BASEMENT MONSTAR

  • Tag Match: Itsuki Aoki & Moeka Haruhi defeated Yuna Manase & YuuRI (11:23)

Gatoh Move/ChocoPro

  • Singles Match: Fuminori Abe defeated Death Worm (8:33)
  • Singles Match: Drew Parker defeated Tanomusaku Toba (7:07)
  • Tag Team Match: Onryo & Ram Kaicho defeated Calamari Drunken Kings (Chris Brookes & Masahiro Takanashi) (18:41)

February ChocoPro Streams – all held at Ichigaya Chocolate Square unless otherwise noted 

  • Choco Pro #291 & 291.5 (2/5)
  • Choco Pro #292 (2/11)
  • Choco Pro #293 (2/12)
  • Choco Pro #294 (2/18)
  • Choco Pro #295 (2/19)
Previously, Chris Brookes’ Baka Gajin & Friends series was under the Gatoh Move/Choco Pro YouTube, but after volume 2, Brooke’s launched a separate YouTube Channel. Volume 3 will take place on Marth 7th at Arena Shimokitazawa
  • WTF?! Tag Match (1/20): Braham Brothers vs. Drew Parker & Death Worm
  • “Some Kind of Performance featuring Lingerie Mutoh”
  • Special Tag Match (1/20): Masa Takanashi & Mei Suruga vs. MAO & Chie Koishikawa
  • Special Singles Match (1/20): Chris Brookes vs. Maya Yukihi 

COLOR’S (Girls’ Pro-Wrestling Unit)

TODAY:Yes, My Way, Vol. 5 (2/25) Takashima Community Hall, Itabashi Ward

  • Singles Match (1/20): Kaori Yoneyama vs. Momoka Hanazono
  • 3-Way Tag Match (1/30): Sakuran Bonita & Hikari Shimizu vs. Momo Tani & Tae Honma vs. Miyuki Takase & Itsuki Aoki
  • Tag Match (1/30): Yuko Sakurai & Sumika Yanagawa (JTO) vs Kakeru Sekiguchi & Riko Kawahata (T-HEARTS) 
  • COLOR’S Championship: SAKI © vs. Rina Amikura

GLEAT does not have any women’s championships. However, the match-ups they’ve brought in for Michiko Miyagi, Maya Fukuda and Yukari Hosoda have been quite interesting. The company also allowed mixed tags. GLEAT offered standard pro-wrestling, LIDET UWF rules wrestling and have recently launched an MMA brand.

Results

  • G PRO WRESTLING Ver. 43 ~Origin~ (2/12) 
    • UWF Rules Mixed Tag: Michiko Miyagi & Yu Iizuka defeated Maya Fukuda & Seichi Ikemoto (10:42) – via Referee Decision
  • G PRO WRESTLING Ver. 44 ~Origin~ (2/15) 
  • G PRO WRESTLING Ver. 45 ~Origin~ (2/23) 

Upcoming Shows

  • LIDET UWF Ver. 3 (3/7) Shinjuku FACE
2023 Schedule
  • G PRO WRESTLING Ver. 46 ~Origin~ (3/15) Shinjuku FACE
  • G PRO WRESTLING Ver. 47 ~Origin~ (3/21) Gorilla Hall Osaka
  • G PRO WRESTLING Ver. 48 ~Origin~ (4/2) Naha City Tenbusu Fureai Hall, Okinawa
  • G PRO WRESTLING Ver. 49 ~Origin~ (4/12) Naha City Tenbusu Fureai Hall, Okinawa
  • G PRO WRESTLING Ver. 50 ~Origin~ (4/23) Korakuen Hall
  • G PRO WRESTLING Ver. 51 ~Origin~ (5/6) Korakuen Hall
  • G PRO WRESTLING Ver. 52 ~Origin~ (5/14) Sapporo e1 Stadium
  • G PRO WRESTLING Ver. 53 ~Origin~ (5/21) Umeda Sky Building, Osaka
  • GLEAT Ver. 6 Second Anniversary Show (7/1) Tokyo Dome City Hall

Hana Kimura Memorial Show: PINX (5/23/23) #木村花ピンクス

In the preparation for the third celebration of life since the passing of Hana Kimura, Kyoko Kimura requested that everyone keep May 23rd open back on January 7th. On Friday (is 1/27) Kimura released some key details for PINX, this year’s event. 

  • Location: Korakuen Hall
  • Date: 5/23/2023
  • Time: Doors at 5:30 PM and 6:30 PM START!
  • NOTE: WITH VOCAL CHEERING!!

Currently available on the event website: multiple show sponsorship levels. However, Kimura also mentioned two key dates:  admission tickets for a special on-sale event (2/7) and a formal online on-sale date of February 15th. 

Ice Ribbon

Current Champions

  • FantastICE Champion: Akane Fujita (PROMINENCE)
  • ICExInfinity Champion: Saori Anou
  • International Ribbon Tag Team Champions: Hikaru Shira (AEW) & Ibuki Hoshi
  • Triangle Ribbon Championship: Vacant; It was vacated last month with the retirement of Yuki Mashiro

TODAY! Ice Ribbon #1256 (1/28) Ice Ribbon Dojo

  • Singles Match (1/10): Ibuki Hoshi defeated Saran (8:29)
  • Singles Match (1/10): AKARI defeated HisokA (7:25)
  • Singles Match (1/10): Asahi defeated Tsuki Umino (9:18)
  • Tag Match (1/20): Nao Ishikawa & Kaho Matsushita defeated Chie Ozora & Yura Suzuki (10:26)

 Ice Ribbon New Ice Ribbon #1257 (1/29) Shin-Kiba 1st RING

  • Tag Match: Kiku & Sumika Yanagawa defeated Misa Kagura & Saran (12:22)
  • Singles Match: Tsuki Umino defeats Aiki (9:06)
  • Singles Match: YuuRI defeated Yappy (8:07)
  • Singles Match: Yura Suzuki defeated HisokA (6:23)
  • Tag Match: Hamuko Hoshi & Ibuki Hoshi defeated Hikari Shimizu & Kaho Matsushita (13:27)
  • Tag Match: Asahi & Saori Anou defeated Nao Ishikawa & Totoro Satsuki (15:23)

Ice Ribbon Princess’ Party #19 (2/1) Ice Ribbon Dojo

  • Tag Match: Yura Suzuki & YuuRI defeated HisokA & Kaho Matsushita (10:46)
  • Tag Match: Ibuki Hoshi & Tsuki Umino defeated Asahi & Chie Ozora (11:02)

Ice Ribbon New Ice Ribbon #1258 (2/4) Ice Ribbon Dojo

  • Three Way: Totoro Satsuki defeated Saran and YuuRI (8:28)
  • Tag Match: AKARI & Yappy defeated Kiku & Tsuki Umino (11:07)
  • Singles Match: Kaho Matsushita vs. Sumika Yanagawa (10:00) – Time Limit Draw
  • Tag Match: Asahi & Ibuki Hoshi defeated Chie Ozora & Misa Kagura (12:25)

Ice Ribbon Princess’ Party #20 (2/8) Ice Ribbon Dojo

  • Tag Match: Kaho Matsushita & Tsuki Umino defeated Chie Ozora & Saran (7:26)
  • Tag Match: Ibuki Hoshi & Yappy defeated Asahi & YuuRI (10:28)

Ice Ribbon New Ice Ribbon #1259 ~ Valentine Ribbon (2/11) Ice Ribbon Dojo

  • Singles Match: Tsuki Umino defeated Kiku (6:56)
  • Tag Match: Misa Kagura & YuuRI defeated Asahi & Saran (12:11)
  • Singles Match: Ibuki Hoshi defeats AKARI (5:13)
  • Tag Match: Kaho Matsushita & Yura Suzuki defeated Chie Ozora & Sumika Yanagawa (10:41)

Ice Ribbon Princess’ Party #21 (2/15) Ice Ribbon Dojo

  • Tag Match: HisokA & Yappy defeated Kaho Matsushita & Tsuki Umino (10:27)
  • Tag Match: Asahi & Chie Ozora defeated Ibuki Hoshi & Saran (11:05)

Ice Ribbon New Ice Ribbon #1260 (2/18) Ice Ribbon Dojo

  • Singles Match: Kaho Matsushita defeated Kiku (8:33)
  • Tag Match: Chie Ozora & YuuRI defeated Ibuki Hoshi & Saran (9:35)
  • Three Way: Yura Suzuki defeated Nao Ishikawa and Tsuki Umino (9:19)
  • Tag Match: Sumika Yanagawa & Totoro Satsuki defeated Asahi & Misa Kagura (13:54)

Ice Ribbon New Ice Ribbon #1261 ~ Yokohama Ribbon 2023 February (2/23) Yokohama Radiant Hall

  • Tag Match: Misa Kagura & Saran defeated Himiko & Kiku (11:50)
  • Tag Match: Hikari Shimizu & Tsuki Umino defeated Nao Ishikawa & Yura Suzuki (13:07)
  • Singles Match: Sumika Yanagawa defeated Kaho Matsushita (15:04)
  • Tag Match: Hamuko Hoshi & Makoto defeated Amazon & Yappy (16:03)
  • Tag Match: Asahi & Totoro Satsuki defeated Ibuki Hoshi & Saori Anou (19:38)

JUST TAP OUT

JTO only has one women’s singles championship and no women’s tag championship. Their roster is less than ten participants.

Current Queen of JTO Champion: Tomoka Inaba

JTO Tournament 2023 First Round (2/5) Yokohama Nigiwaiza

  • JTO Girls Tag Match: rhythm, Tomoka Inaba & Yuu Yamagata defeated Aoi, Misa Kagura & Sumika Yanagawa (9:35)

JTO Tournament 2023 First Round (2/13) Shinjuku FACE

  • JTO Girls Exhibition: Azusa Inaba vs. Tomoka Inaba (3:00) – Time Limit Draw
  • JTO Girls Tag Match: Misa Kagura & Sumika Yanagawa defeated HisokA & rhythm (9:42)
  • JTO Girls Tag Match: Tomoka Inaba & Yuu Yamagata defeated Aoi & Unagi Sayaka (13:01)

MARVELOUS

Current Champions

  • AAAW Championship: Chikayo Nagashima – defeated Mio Momo no for the vacant championship on 12/4/22. She made her first defense against Queen Aminata on 12/15/22.
  • AAAW Tag Team Championship: Chikayo Nagashima & Takumi Iroha – they defeated then champions Rin Kadokura and Itsuki Aoki on 9/16/22, but have not defended the championships due to Iroha being out with injury. 

Marvelous (2/3) Shin-Kiba 1st RING

  • Singles Match: YuuRI defeated Hibiscus Mii (0:04)
  • Singles Match: Hibiscus Mii defeated YuuRI (7:46)
  • Singles Match: Leo Isaka defeated Tomoki Hatano (8:44)
  • Tag Match: Chikayo Nagashima & Mio Momono defeated Rina Amikura & Unagi Sayaka (17:28)
  • Singles Match: Tomoko Watanabe defeated Ai Houzan (3:55)
  • Tag Match: Itsuki Aoki & Maya Yukihi vs. Maria & Riko Kawahata (20:00) – Time Limit Draw

Marvelous (2/21) Shin-Kiba 1st RING

  • Singles Match: Leo Isaka defeated Kensuke Suzuki (8:35)
  • Three Way: Itsuki Aoki defeated Maria and Riko Kawahata (12:57)
  • Tag Match: Tomoko Watanabe & Unagi Sayaka defeated Ai Houzan & Chikayo Nagashima (10:04)
  • Singles Match: Arisa Nakajima defeated Mio Momono (12:42)

NOMADS’ Freelance Summit

Earlier this week, the NOMADS’ Event Committee returned with a press conference for their third show. Volume 3 will be held at Shinjuku FACE on April 14th. Joining Natsu Sumire, Maya Yukihi, Rina Yamashita & Miyuki Takase was Jungle Kyona.

Kyona announced that after this show, she will need to go on indefinite hiatus once more due to complications with regard to her knee. She announced that after her upcoming appearances for ZERO-1 (3/5) and NOMADS’ (4/14), she will resume her hiatus so she may have as much time as necessary to work with a medical team to get to the root of the problem with her meniscus. She cited Rina Yamashita, the one who called her out at their previous show as one of the individuals she’s like to face. Other names included Nanae Takahashi and a rival from her elementary school in Aichi… Aniki Ryo Mizunami.

Additionally, she announced that Kyona was encouraged to launch a crowdfunding campaign to help offset the costs of surgery and post-op physiotherapy and rehabilitation costs. Details about the program will be released at a later date. However, one of the crowdfunding gifts for supporters will include tickets to the show so they can witness her last match for the foreseeable future. 

The NOMADS Event Committee is in the process of finalizing the match card at this time. 

NJPW

As noted above, my full Battle in the Valley Event Report and POST Show review with WH Park are now live. BITV saw Mercedes Monè dethrone KAIRI to become the second IWGP Women’s Champion. 

At the STARDOM Press Conference for the Triangle Derby Finals, AZM addressed Monè’s challenge from Wrestle Kingdom. While there isn’t an official match announcement slated yet, it’s likely that it would be for a post-Mania big event for NJPW like Sakura Genesis on April 8 at Ryogoku Sumo Hall.

WrestleCon 2023: NJPW will participate in WrestleCon’s live show schedule on 3/30 from The Globe Theatre in Los Angeles, California. STRONG STYLE EVOLVED will begin at 8PM (Pacific Time). Currently, there haven’t been any announcements as to if the show will be live-streamed on Highspots. TV or what the cost will be. There hasn’t been any indication or confirmation that STARDOM will participate or if the IWGP Women’s Championship will be included on this show.

The Second Rounds, Semi-Finals, and Finals of STARDOM’s Cinderella Tournament are scheduled for April 1st & 2nd, so it is highly unlikely that STARDOM talent may be available to participate in both.   

Pro-Wrestling NOAH

Keiji Muto Grand Final Pro-Wrestling “Last” Love ~ HOLD OUT~ (2/21/23) Tokyo Dome

If you haven’t enjoyed the spectacle that was Keiji Muto’s Retirement Show, I highly recommend that you make the time to watch it while it is still available! Pro-Wrestling NOAH streamed their entire pre-show, the three opening matches of the STARTING LOVE Stage and the first two matches of the PRIMARY Stage for FREE on their YouTube Channel! 

STARTING LOVE – Pre-Show

  • S-B1・Tag Team Match STARTING LOVE: Masa Kitamiya & Daiki Inaba © GHC Tag defeated Yoshiki Inamura & Yasutaka Yano (7:21) – Recommended
  • S-B2・8-Woman Team Match TJPW Spark: Yuka Sakazaki & Miyu Yamashita & Shoko Nakajima & Rika Tatsumi defeated Mizuki & Maki Itoh & Miu Watanabe & Yuki Arai (11:38) – Recommended
  • S-B3・6-Man Team Match WORLD WARRIOR BATTLE: Jake Lee & Jack Morris & Anthony Greene defeated Takashi Sugiura & Satoshi Kojima & Timothy Thatcher (7:14) – Recommended

Part 1: PRIMARY STAGE

  • 10-Man Team Match NEW EXPLOSION: Yoshinari Ogawa & Eita & HAYATA & Chris Ridgeway & Daga defeated Atsushi Koge & YO-HEY & Yoshioka Seiki & Alejandro & Junta Miyawaki (6:23) – Recommended
  • 8-Man Team Match Dramatic Dream Future: MAO & Shunma Katsumata & Yuki Ueno & Toi Kojima defeated Tetsuya Endo & Hideki Okatani & Yuya Takaka & Takeshi Masada (9:06) – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED 
  • 6-Man Team Match DRAGON GATE vs NOAH:  Naomichi Marufuji & Hijo de Doctor Wagner Jr. & Ninja Mack defeated Shun Skywalker & KAI & Diamante (11:20) – Recommended
  • 6-Man Team Match AJPW vs NOAH: KENOH & Katsuhiko Nakajima & Manabu Soya defeated Kento Miyahara & Suwama & Yuma Aoyagi (15:37) – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED 

Part 2: MASTER STAGE

  • Tag Team Match FINAL DE LUCHA: Gedo & Taiji Ishimori defeated NOSAWA Rongai & MAZADA (4:43)– This was Rongai’s retirement match. When Ishimori cries, the world cries. – Recommended
  • Single Match TOKYO TORNADO: Hiromu Takahashi defeated AMAKUSA (11:02) – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED 
  • Semi-final・Single Match SHINING THROUGH: Kazuchika Okada defeated Kaito Kiyomiya (16:32) – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED 
  • Main Event・Single Match PRO-WRESTLING “LAST” LOVE: Tetsuya Naito defeated Keiji Muto (28:58) – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED 
  • Secret Main Event: Masahiro Chono defeated Keiji Muto with Tiger Hattori as Special Referee (1:37) – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED 

OZ Academy

Current Champions

  • OZ Academy Openweight Champion: AKINO
  • OZ Academy Pioneer Championship: Momoka Hanazono
  • OZ Academy Tag Team Championship: TEAM 200KG (Chihiro Hashimoto & Yuu

OZ Academy Restricted-18 (2/12) Shinjuku FACE

  • OZ Academy Openweight Title #1 Contendership U-30 Tournament First Round: Cohaku defeated YAKO (12:03)
  • OZ Academy Openweight Title #1 Contendership U-30 Tournament First Round: Riko Kaiju defeated Hikari Shimizu (9:11)
  • OZ Academy Openweight Title #1 Contendership U-30 Tournament First Round: Itsuki Aoki defeated Momoka Hanazono (12:54)
  • Tag Match: Ozaki-gun (Maya Yukihi & Saori Anou) defeated Kaori Yoneyama & Ram Kaicho (12:25)
  • Three Way: Mayumi Ozaki defeated Kakeru Sekiguchi and Sonoko Kato (10:12)
  • Tag Match: Chin Crushers (Hiroyo Matsumoto & Rina Yamashita) defeated AKINO & Tsubasa Kuragaki (18:42)

OZ Academy Mayumi Ozaki Produce R45 ~ Don’t Underestimate The Old Women (2/12) Shinjuku FACE

  • The Empress Of R Tournament A Block First Round: AKINO defeated Kyoko Inoue by Count Out (1:56)
  • The Empress Of R Tournament A Block First Round: Tsubasa Kuragaki vs. Yuu Yamagata (10:00) – Time Limit Draw 
  • The Empress Of R Tournament B Block First Round: Jaguar Yokota defeated Dump Matsumoto (5:49)  by Count Out 
  • The Empress Of R Tournament B Block First Round: Chikayo Nagashima vs. Tomoko Watanabe (10:00) – Time Limit Draw
  • The Empress Of R Tournament C Block First Round: Bambi defeated Cherry (2:23)
  • The Empress Of R Tournament C Block First Round: Mayumi Ozaki defeated Miss Mongol (2:09) by KO
  • The Empress Of R Tournament A Block Second Round: AKINO defeated Megumi Yabushita (3:03)
  • The Empress Of R Tournament B Block Second Round: Jaguar Yokota defeated Drake Morimatsu (2:09)
  • The Empress Of R Tournament C Block Second Round: Mizuki Endo defeated Bambi (2:16)
  • The Empress Of R Tournament C Block Second Round: Mayumi Ozaki defeated Yumiko Hotta (6:18) by Count Out 
  • The Empress Of R Tournament A Block Semi Final: AKINO defeated KAZUKI (5:34)
  • The Empress Of R Tournament B Block Semi Final: Jaguar Yokota vs. Kaoru Ito (10:00) – Time Limit Draw 
  • The Empress Of R Tournament C Block Semi Final: Mayumi Ozaki defeated Mizuki Endo (4:12)
  • The Empress Of R Tournament Final: Mayumi Ozaki defeated AKINO (15:02)

OZ Academy Restricted-18 At Osaka (2/19) 176BOX in Osaka

  • OZ Academy Openweight Title #1 Contendership U-30 Tournament Semi Final: Rico Kaiju defeated Cohaku (11:21)
  • OZ Academy Openweight Title #1 Contendership U-30 Tournament Semi Final: Itsuki Aoki vs. Kakeru Sekiguchi (15:00) – Time Limit Draw
  • OZ Academy Openweight Title #1 Contendership U-30 Tournament Semi Final: Itsuki Aoki vs. Kakeru Sekiguchi (3:00) – Time Limit Draw
  • OZ Academy Openweight Title #1 Contendership U-30 Tournament Semi Final: Itsuki Aoki defeated Kakeru Sekiguchi (1:14)
  • Three Way: Ram Kaicho defeated Maika Ozaki and Saori Anou (11:19)
  • Tag Match: Beast Friend (Hiroyo Matsumoto & Kaori Yoneyama) defeated Ozaki-gun (Maya Yukihi & Mayumi Ozaki) (16:10)
  • 6-Woman Tag: Momoka Hanazono, Rina Yamashita & Yuu defeated AKINO, Ryo Mizunami & Sonoko Kato (22:18)

OZ Academy (3/12) Shinjuku FACE

  • U-30 Openweight #1 Contender Tournament Final (1/NTL): Finalist Bracket A vs. Finalist Bracket B – Tournament winner advances to 4/23 Show

PROMINENCE

Currently, Risa Sera, Suzu Suzuki & Kurumi Hiiragi are the Artists of STARDOM Champions. Akane Fujita is currently Ice Ribbon’s FantastICE Champion. While they produce their own hardcore and death match shows, they do not have a championship title. 

#11 Kikki Enen (2/19) ShinKiba 1st Ring

  • Tag Match: Orca Uto & Sakura Hirota defeated Chon Shiryu & Miyako Matsumoto (12:12)
  • Singles Match: Akane Fujita vs. Miyuki Takase (15:00) – Time Limit Draw
  • Tag Match: Cherry & Masahiro Takanashi defeated Mochi Natsumi & Toshiyuki Sakuda (13:09)
  • 6-Person Match: Chris Brookes, Hartley Jackson & Violent Jack defeated Hiiragi Kurumi, Risa Sera & Yuki Miyazaki (21:57)
  • Suzu Suzuki’s Deathmatch Trial Series #8: Takashi Sasaki defeated Suzu Suzuki (19:18)

#12 (3/18) ShinKiba 1st Ring

  • Suzu Suzuki’s Deathmatch Trial Series #9: Masashi Takeda vs. Suzu Suzuki
  • Full Card TBA

#13 PROMINENCE 1st Anniversary Show (4/24) Korakuen Hall

  • Suzu Suzuki’s Deathmatch Trial Series #10: Jun Kasai vs. Suzu Suzuki
  • Full Card TBA

PURE-J Women’s Pro-Wrestling

Current Champions

  • Daily Sports Tag Team Champions: Rydeen Hagane & SAKI (COLOR’S)
  • Princess of Pro-Wrestling Champion: Rico Kajiu (SEAdLINNNG)
  • PURE-J Openweight Championship: Hanako Nakamori (5ht reign)

PURE-J (2/5) Kame Dojo

  • Singles Match: Leon vs. Rydeen Hagane (15:00) – Time Limit Draw
  • Singles Match: Hanako Nakamori defeated KAZUKI (12:19)
  • Tag Match: AKARI & Crea defeated Asahi & Chie Ozora (16:14)

PURE-J Rainbow Rabbit (2/12) Basement Monstar

  • Tag Match: Chie Ozora & Misa Kagura defeated AKARI & Kaho Matsushita (13:52)
  • Singles Match: Makoto defeated KAZUKI (10:21)
  • Four Way: Crea defeated Cherry and Leon and Madeline (11:53)
  • Daily Sports Tag Team Title: Rydeen Hagane & SAKI © defeated Ayako Sato & Hanako Nakamori (16:53)

PURE-J (2/19) Kame Dojo

  • Singles Match: Rydeen Hagane defeated Momo Tani (7:03)
  • Singles Match: Hanako Nakamori defeated Chie Ozora (10:05)
  • Tag Match: Crea & Leon defeated AKARI & Cherry (17:37)

PURE-J Rainbow Rabbit Vol. 2 (2/23) Itabashi Green Hall

  • Tag Match: Chie Ozora & Rydeen Hagane defeated AKARI & Riko Kaiju (12:59)
  • Singles Match: Cherry defeated Crea (13:20)
  • Tag Match: Kaori Yoneyama & Makoto defeated KAZUKI & Momo Tani (13:18)
  • Tag Match: Ayako Sato & Miyuki Takase defeated Hanako Nakamori & Leon (18:20)

SEAdLINNNG

Current Champions

  • SEAdLINNNG Beyond The Sea Champion: Arisa Nakajima (3rd reign)
  • SEAdLINNNG Beyond The Sea Tag Champions: Las Fresa de Egoistas (ASUKA & Makoto; 2nd reign)

Vibrant February (2/16) Shinjuku FACE

  • Singles Match: Miyuki Takase defeated Crea (12:33)
  • High Speed Three Way: Ra Pidita (Kaho Kobayashi) defeated Kakeru Sekiguchi and Mei Suruga (6:34)
  • 8-Woman Tag Match: AKARI, Amazon, MIKAMI & Rina Yamashita defeated ASUKA, Hiroyo Matsumoto, Makoto & Ryo Mizunami (14:47)
  • Tag Match: Itsuki Aoki & Misa Kagura defeated Ayame Sasamura & Rico Kaiju (13:05)
  • SEAdLINNNG Beyond the Sea Singles Championship: Arisa Nakajima © defeated Riko Kawahata (14:39)
  • Scheduled to appear: Rico Kaiju, Ryo Mizunami, Hiroyo Matsumoto, Makoto, ASUKA, Itsuki Aoki, Ayame Sasamura, Kakeru Sekiguchi, Misa Kagura (JTO) and more!

Full 2023 Schedule

  • ~Endeavour 2023~ (3/20) ShinKiba 1st Ring
  • TBA (4/30) Korakuen Hall
  • TBA (5/25) ShinKiba 1st Ring
  • TBA (6/28) Shinjuku FACE
  • TBA (7/26) ShinKiba 1st Ring
  • SEAdLINNNG’s 8th Anniversary Show (8/25) Korakuen Hall
  • TBA (9/15) ShinKiba 1st Ring
  • TBA (10/10) Shinjuku FACE
  • TBA (11/17) ShinKiba 1st Ring
  • Final Show of 2023 (12/28) Korakuen Hall

SENDAI GIRLS

Current Champions

  • Sendai Girls World Champion: ASUKA (VENY)
  • Sendai Girls Junior Championship: Vacant (previously JTO’s Tomoka Inaba)
  • Sendai Girls Tag Championships: Vacant (previously Reiwa ULTEMA Powers; Hiroyo Matsumoto & DASH Chisako)

Sendai Girls (2/12) Aore Nagaoka, Niigata

  • Singles Match: Kaho Kobayashi defeated Yurika Oka (8:26)
  • Singles Match: Amazon defeated Sakura Hirota (11:42)
  • Singles Match: Big THE Ryokan defeated Makoto Maeda (11:14)
  • Tag Match: ASUKA & Saki Akai defeated Mika Iwata & Miyuki Takase (15:21)
  • Sendai Girls Tag Team Title: Team 200kg (Chihiro Hashimoto & Yuu) © defeated Manami & Ryo Mizunami (19:36)

Sendai Girls (2/24) Miyagino Ward Bunka Center in Sendai, Miyagi

  • Singles Match: Hiroyo Matsumoto defeated Yura Suzuki (8:03)
  • Tag Match: Team 200kg (Chihiro Hashimoto & Yuu) defeated Miyuki Takase & Sakura Hirota (14:27)
  • Singles Match: Mika Iwata vs. Mio Momono (15:00) – Time Limit Draw 
  • Singles Match: ASUKA defeated Yurika Oka (8:40)
  • Tag Match: Maya Yukihi & Saori Anou defeated Manami & Ryo Mizunami (16:05)

Sendai is located in the northern part of the main island of Japan and there is a lot of snow. Enjoy a nice little snowball fight between the SenJo staff and the rookies.

2023 Schedule

  • (3/11) ShinKiba 1st Ring 
  • (3/17) Miyagino Ward Cultural Center
  • (4/16) ShinKiba 1st Ring
  • (4/21) Miyagino Ward Cultural Center
  • (5/6) ShinKiba 1st Ring 

STARDOM

They hit the ground running in 2023, with the Triangle Derby I, their new trios tournament. By the time it finishes, we’ll be gearing up for the Cinderella Tournament followed by the Five Star Grand Prix… with a historic All-Star Grand Queendom event at Yokohama Arena in late April!

Current Champions

  • SWA Women’s Champion: Vacant
  • NEO High Speed Champion: AZM (‘Azumi’– If successful on her next defense against Starlight Kid at the Triangle Derby Finals (3/4), AZM will dethrone Mayu Iwatani as the longest reigning High Speed Champion. 
  • Future of STARDOM Champion: Ami Sohrei
  • Artists of STARDOM Champion: Prominence (Risa Sera, Suzu Suzuki & Kurumi Hiiragi)
  • Goddesses of STARDOM Champion: 7Upp (Nanae Takahashi & Yuu)
  • Wonder of STARDOM Champion: Saya Kamitani – defeated Momo Watanabe to become the champion with the longest consecutive defenses. Scheduled Opponent: Hazuki (3/4)
  • World of STARDOM Champion: Giulia Scheduled Opponent: Maya Yukihi (3/4)

Himeka Announces Retirement Road (2/10)

Himeka apologized to the STARDOM fans on February 10th, when she announced that she made the decision to retire this coming spring. At twenty, she decided that she would retire by twenty-five, giving five years to the industry. While she never won a singles championship in STARDOM, she challenged for both the Wonder and the World of STARDOM Championships as well as had outstanding records in the Cinderella Tournament and Five Star Grand Prixes since her arrival in 2020. 

She requested very specific opponents for her retirement road, with her final match being against Maika at All-Star Grand Queendom and her retirement ceremony at Korakuen Hall on May 15th. It is unknown how visible Himeka will be after retirement, but she was very adamant that the choice to retire did not include getting married in the near future. 

After tagging with MaiHime for the Triangle Derby, Queen’s Quest’s Lady C got super emotional after the announcement of her retirement. After their last derby match, Lady C asked Himeka if she could second her for her remaining Retirement Road. DDM told her that if she isn’t going to join DDM, she needs to head back to QQ immediately. Lady C and Himeka competed on Kenta Kobashi’s Fortune 7 Show last year.  

Himeka’s Retirement Road

  • STARDOM in SHOWCASE (2/26) Hardcore Match: DDM (Himeka, Giulia & Maika) vs PROMINENCE (Risa Sera, Suzu Suzuki & Kurumi Hiiragi)
  • Triangle Derby Finals (3/4) Special Singles Match: Himeka vs. Chihiro Hashimoto (Sendai Girls)
  • All-Star Grand Princess (4/23) Retirement Match: Himeka vs. Maika
  • Himeka’s Retirement Ceremony: Last Jumbo Princess (5/15) Korakuen Hall

TOMORROW: The Trial of Waka Tsukiyama – The deadline for Waka Tsukiyama to get her first win in STARDOM is tomorrow at STARDOM in SHOWCASE. Tsukiyama will tag with Club Venus’ Mina Shirakawa & Mariah May against Tam Nakano, Natsupoi & SAKI (COLOR’s) in a Captain’s Fall match which could determine not only Tsukiyama’s standing in COSMIC ANGELS… but the unit as a whole. My gut tells me Club Venus could be the determining factor in Tsukiyama’s future. 

New Blood Tag Title Tournament – At NB7 (1/20), STARDOM held the first round of a tournament for the newly established New Blood Tag Champions.The second round and finals will likely be held at New Blood 8 in March. 
  • First Round: Ami Sohrei/Nanami defeated Momo Kohgo/Momoka Hanazono (11:53)
  • First Round: Chanyota/Mai Sakurai defeated Lady C & Hina (9:05)
  • First Round: Starlight Kid/KARMA (Haruka Umesaki) defeated Club Venus (Mariah May/Xia Brookside) (12:26) 
  • First Round: God’s Eye (MIRAI/Tomoka Inaba) defeated STARS (Hanan/Saya Iida) (12:02)

TOMORROW! STARDOM in SHOWCASE (2/26) Kobe International Complex

  • Best Body in Pro-Wrestling Best of 3 Contest: Saya Iida (STARS) vs. Chanyota (PPP Tokyo) – 1) Arm Wrestling, 2) Standard Match & 3) Physique Posing
  • Kansai-Style Falls Count Anywhere 4-Way Match: Hanan vs. AZM vs. Natsu Sumire vs. Momoka Hanazono
  • 6-Person Tag Match: Super Strong STARDOM Machines vs. The Grim Reapers 
  • What’s Going to Happen to COSMIC ANGELS’ Captain’s Fall Match: Tam Nakano [C], Natsupoi & SAKI vs. Waka Tsukiyama [C], Mina Shirakawa & Mariah May – Match automatically ends with the captain is pinned; elimination rules apply; if both non-captain members are eliminated that team also loses
  • UWF Rules Special Singles Match: Syuri vs. Saki Kashima – Give Up, KO, TKO (Ref Stoppage, Doctor’s Stoppage; Towel; Competitors start with 5 points a piece; deductions for downs and rope breaks
  • STARDOM 12th Anniversary Special 3-Way Trios Match: Queen’s Quest (Utami Hayashishita, Saya Kamitani & Miyu Amasaki) vs. STARS (Mayu Iwatani, Hazuki & Koguma) vs. OedoTai (Natsuko Tora, Starlight Kid & Momo Watanabe) – Elimination rules apply; the match will continue until one person remains; winning team gets treated to a delicious and expensive Kobe Beef dinner
  • Himeka’s Retirement Road Hardcore Match: DDM (Giulia, Maika & Himeka) vs. PROMINENCE (Risa Sera, Suzu Suzuki & Kurumi Hiiragi)

Triangle Derby I Standings (as of 2/25/23)

RED Triangles

  • 7Upp  [11] – Semi-Finalist Team
  • COSMIC ANGELS [10] – Semi-Finalist Team
  • Club Venus [8]
  • Queen’s Quest [9]
  • UNIQUE GLARE [6]
  • Baribari Bombers [6]
  • H&M’s [2]
BLUE Triangles
  • Abarenbo GE [10] – Semi-Finalist Team
  • PROMINENCE [10] – Semi-Finalist Team
  • Gold ship [8]
  • Rebel & Enemy [8]
  • CLASSMATES [6]
  • MaiHime w/C [4]
  • Lollipop [0]

Next Big Event: Triangle Derby Finals (3/4) Yoyogi National Stadium Second Gym

  • Opening Match 1: 3-Way Battle: Miyu Amasaki vs. Rina vs. Hina
  • Opening Match 2: Tag Match: Utami Hayashishita & Lady vs. Ram Kaicho & Maika Ozaki
  • 6-Woman Tag Match: Mina Shirakawa, Mariah May & Waka Tsuki Yama vs Maika, Mai Sakurai & Thekla
  • 10-Woman Tag Match: STARS (Mayu Iwatani, Koguma, Hanan, Saya Iida & Momo Kohgo) vs. OedoTai (Natsuko Tora, Saki Kashima, Momo Watanabe, Ruaka & Fukigen Death)
  • Derby Semi-Finals 1: 7Upp (Nanae Takahashi, Yuu & Yuna Mizumori) vs. PROMINENCE (Risa Sera, Suzu Suzuki & Kurumi Hiiragi)
  • Triangle Derby Semi-Finals 2: God’s Eye (Syuri, Ami Sohrei & Konami) vs. Cosmic Angels (Tam Nakano, Natsupoi & SAKI)
  • Himeka’s Retirement Road Special Singles Match: Himeka vs. Chihiro Hashimoto (Sendai Girls)
  • High Speed Championship: AZM © vs. Starlight Kid
  • Wonder of STARDOM Championship: Saya Kamitani © vs. Hazuki
  • World of STARDOM Championship: Giulia © vs. Maya Yukihi
  • Triangle Derby Finals: Winner of 7Upp/PROMINENCE vs. Winner of Abarenbo GE/Cosmic Angels 

Cinderella Tournament 2023 (3/26) Yokohama Budokan- largest field to date with 36 participants; all first round matches have 10-minute time limites

First Round Matches

  • Utami Hayashishita vs. Nanae Takahashi
  • Maika vs. Momo Watanabe
  • Giulia vs. Mai Sakurai
  • AZM vs. Hazuki
  • Mariah May vs. Rina
  • Syuri vs. Tomoka Inaba
  • Momo Kohgo vs. Saki Kashima
  • Saya Kamitani vs. Mayu Iwatani
  • Lady C vs. X
  • Starlight Kid vs. Haruka Umesaki (DIANA)
  • Ami Sohrei vs. Yuna Mizumori
  • Tam Nakano vs. Himeka
  • Natsuko Tora vs. Ruaka
  • MIRAI vs. Hanan
  • Saya Iida vs. Miyu Amasaki
  • Natsupoi vs. Mina Shirakawa
  • Koguma vs. Thekla
  • Hina vs. XX

2023 Schedule

  • New Blood Premium (3/25) Yokohama Budokan
  • 2023 Cinderella Tournament (3/26) Yokohama Budokan
  • Cinderella Tournament 2023 Second Round (4/1) Tochigi Light Cute
  • Cinderella Tournament 2023 SemiFinals/Finals (4/2) Yokohama Budokan
  • ALL-STAR GRAND QUEENDOM (4/23)Yokohama Arena
    • Himeka’s Retirement Match Himeka vs. Maika (DDM)
  • Fukuoka Goddess Legend (5/4) – Golden Week 

Tokyo Joshi Pro-Wrestling (TJPW)

Much like STARDOM, TJPW is one of the bigger and busier women’s promotions in Japan, also keeping a packed schedule with fewer big events annually, but plenty of tournaments and shows streamed live. 

Current Champions:

  • Princess Tag Team Champions: Wasteland War Party (Heidi Howitzer & Max The Impaler) *NEW*
  • International Princess Champion: Miu Watanabe
  • Princess of Princess Champion: Yuka Sakazaki

Max Heart Tournament 2023 (1/29) Kasukabe Fureai Cube

  • Singles Match: Mahiro Kiryu defeated HIMAWARI (6:50)
  • Singles Match: Mizuki defeated Wakana Uehara (9:07)
  • Three Way: Raku defeated Haruna Neko and Yuki Aino (7:17)
  • 6-Woman Tag Match: Daisy Monkey (Arisu Endo & Suzume) & Yuki Arai defeated Free WiFi (Hikari Noa & Nao Kakuta) & Kaya Toribami (12:44)
  • Futari Wa Princess Max Heart Tournament 2023 Semi Final: 121000000 (Maki Ito & Miyu Yamashita) defeated Juria Nagano & Moka Miyamoto (14:34)
  • Futari Wa Princess Max Heart Tournament 2023 Semi Final: Kyoraku Kyomei (Hyper Misao & Shoko Nakajima) defeated Hakuchumu (Miu Watanabe & Rika Tatsumi) (16:55)

Princess of the Decade (1/30; Wrestle Universe Special PPV) Tokyo TwinBox Akihabara

This was a special one-day, single-elimination tournament. It is WU’s first iPPV for TJPW. The archive was only available for a week afterward and now is no longer available on WU, which is disappointing.

TJPW Futari Wa PrincessTJPW Beyond The Origins, Into The Future (1/30) Akihabara Twin Box – iPPV; No longer available on Wrestle Universe

  • Princess Of The Decade Tournament First Round
    • Miyu Yamashita defeated HIMAWARI (2:21)
    • Suzume defeated Kaya Toribami (2:35)
    • Hyper Misao vs. Miu Watanabe (5:00) – Time Limit Draw 
  • Princess Of The Decade Tournament Second Round 
    • Rika Tatsumi defeated Pom Harajuku (3:03)
    • Hikari Noa defeated Moka Miyamoto (2:52)
    • Mahiro Kiryu vs. Maki Ito (5:00) – Time Limit Draw 
    • Neko Haruna defeated Yuki Aino (4:06)
    • Nao Kakuta defeated Arisu Endo (2:46)
    • Miyu Yamashita vs. Raku (5:00) – Time Limit Draw
    • Shoko Nakajima defeated Suzume (3:12)
    • Mizuki defeated Hyper Misao (3:04)
  • Princess Of The Decade Tournament Third Round
    • Rika Tatsumi defeated Hikari Noa (2:19)
    • Mahiro Kiryu defeated Miyu Yamashita (0:31)
  • Princess Of The Decade Tournament Third Round
    • Shoko Nakajima defeated Haruna Neko (4:01)
    • Nao Kakuta defeated Mizuki (2:26)
    • Rika Tatsumi defeated Mahiro Kiryu (2:24)
    • Shoko Nakajima defeated Nao Kakuta (4:18)
  • Princess Of The Decade Tournament Final 
    • Rika Tatsumi vs. Shoko Nakajima(5:00) – Time Limit Draw 
    • Rika Tatsumi defeated Shoko Nakajima (0:36)
  • Singles Match: Kaya Toribami defeated HIMAWARI (6:43)
  • Singles Match: Suzume defeated Wakana Uehara (7:06)
  • 6-Woman Tag: Free WiFi (Hikari Noa & Nao Kakuta) & Yoshiko Hasegawa defeated Toyo Mates (Mahiro Kiryu & Yuki Kamifuku) & Neko Haruna (11:26)
  • Singles Match: Mizuki defeats Raku (9:19)
  • Tag Match: Hakuchumu (Miu Watanabe & Rika Tatsumi) defeated Pom Harajuku & Yuki Aino (13:03)
  • 6-Woman Tag: 121000000 (Maki Ito & Miyu Yamashita) & Moka Miyamoto vs. Kyoraku Kyomei (Hyper Misao & Shoko Nakajima) & Arisu Endo (20:00) – Time Limit Draw

TJPW Futari Wa Princess Max Heart Tournament 2023 (2/11) Korakuen Hall 

  • Singles Match: Wakana Uehara defeated HIMAWARI (6:26)
  • 6-Woman Tag Match: Toyo Mates (Mahiro Kiryu & Yuki Kamifuku) & Nao Kakuta defeated Neko Haruna, Kaya Toribami & Raku (11:32)
  • Singles Match: Arisu Endo defeated Moka Miyamoto (9:27)
  • Singles Match: Yuki Arai defeated Pom Harajuku (6:40)
  • Tag Match: Hikari Noa & Janai Kai defeated Rika Tatsumi & Yuki Aino (12:30) – Janai Kai’s Japan Debut
  • Tag Match: Magical Sugar Rabbits (Mizuki & Yuka Sakazaki) defeated Miu Watanabe & Suzume (12:58)
  • Futari Wa Princess Max Heart Tournament 2023 Final: 121000000 (Maki Ito & Miyu Yamashita) defeat Kyoraku Kyomei (Hyper Misao & Shoko Nakajima) (25:35)

TJPW City Circuit Winter ~ Nagoya ~ (2/18) Nagoya Congress Center Event Hall 

  • Tag Match: HIMAWARI & Yuki Aino defeated Hikari Noa & Wakana Uehara (9:02)
  • Three Way: Nao Kakuta defeated Neko Haruna and Pom Harajuku (4:55)
  • 6-Woman Tag Match: Daisy Monkey (Arisu Endo & Suzume) & Rika Tatsumi defeated Kyoraku Kyomei (Hyper Misao & Shoko Nakajima) & Kaya Toribami (12:34)
  • 6-Woman Tag Match: Magical Sugar Rabbits (Mizuki & Yuka Sakazaki) & Raku defeated Toyo Mates (Mahiro Kiryu & Yuki Kamifuku) & Maki Ito (11:44)
  • International Princess Championship: Miu Watanabe © defeated Janai Kai (10:25)
  • Tag Match: Miyu Yamashita & Yuki Arai defeated Aja Kong & Moka Miyamoto (10:31)

Today! TJPW CITY CIRCUIT WINTER (2/25) Ota Ward Industrial Gym

  • Singles Match: Arisu Endo vs. HIMAWARI
  • Singles Match: Moka Miyamoto vs. Wakana Uehara
  • Tag Match: Yuka Sakazaki & Mizuki vs. Nao Kakuta & Kaya Toribami
  • Tag Match: Miyu Yamashita & Maki Itoh vs. Hikari Noa & Neko Haruna
  • Tag Match: Shoko Nakajima & Hyper Misao vs. Yuki Kamifuku & Pom Harajuku
  • 6-Woman Tag: Miu Watanabe, Yuki Aino & Raku vs. Rika Tatsumi, Suzume & Mahiro Kiryu

Next Big Event: GRAND PRINCES ‘23 (3/18) Ariake Coliseum, Tokyo

TJPW’s big show of the year is just around the corner, and right before they head to the United States for Mania Week in California at the end of March! The main event is already set with Yuka Sakazaki defending her Princess of Princess Championship against her Magical Sugar Rabbits tag partner, Mizuki.

Yuka Sakazaki vs. Mizuki at Ariake Arena

  • Debut Matches for Haru (14 y/o; Jr. High Year 3) & Momo (14 y/o; Jr. High Year 3) 
  • Special Singles Match: Aja Kong vs. Yuki Arai 
  • Special Tag Team Match: Max The Impaler & Heidi Howitzer ©PrincessTag vs. Miyu Yamashita & Maki Itoh – 2023 Futari no Max Heart Tournament Winners – The Princess Tag Champions (Max/Heidi) are schedulded to defend the titles at DPW on 2/25; Should be they successful this could become a championship match
  • Special Tag Match: Saki-sama & Mei Saint-Michel vs. Yuki Kamifuku & Billie Starkz
  • International Princess Championship (1/30): Miu Watanabe © vs. Rika Tatsumi – 9th Champion’s fourth defense
  • Princess of Princess Championship (1/30): Yuka Sakazaki © vs. Mizuki – 11th Champion’s third defense
  • Scheduled to Participate: Juria Nagano, Andreza The Giant Panda, & more!
  • Full card to be announced at later dates

March 2023 Calendar

  • TJPW City Circuit ~ Winter ~ (3/4) Yokohama Radiant Hall
  • The Night Before Grand Princess ’23 (3/6) Shinjuku FACE
    • Up Up Girls’ Shino’s Debut Match: Miu Watanabe & Hikari Noa vs. Raku & Shino
    • Touga’s Debut Match: TBA
    • Full Card TBA
  • Grand Princess ’23 (3/18) Ariake Coliseum
  • TJPW LIVE Spring Tour (3/22) Shinjuku FACE
  • TJPW LIVE Spring Tour (3/26) Ryogoku KFC Hall

WrestleCon 2023: TJPW LIVE in LA (3/31) Globe Theatre

Tokyo Joshi Pro Wrestling will participate in WrestleCon’s live show schedule. Their stand alone show will begin at noon (Pacific Time). The show is available for purchase on FITE TV ($20 USD). TJPW will also present a 10-woman match at the Mark Hitchcock Memorial Super Show (3/30 at 4PM PST) at WrestleCon. 

  • Main Event Tag Match: Magical Sugar Rabbits (Yuka Sakazaki & Mizuki) vs. Maki Itoh & Miyu Yamashita 
  • Announced Talent: Shoko Nakajima, Miu Watanabe, Rika Tatsumi, Hyper Misao, Yuki Aino, Yuki Kamifuku, Hikari Noa, Raku, Nao Kakuta, Suzume, Arisu Endo, Billie Starkz, Max The Impaler, Heidi Howitzer, Trish Adora & More! 

WAVE

Current Champions

  • Regina Di WAVE Championship: Hikaru Shida (AEW)
  • WAVE Tag Team Championship: galaxyPunch! (Hikari Shimizu & SAKI; COLOR’S)

WAVE PHASE 2 Reboot 3rd ~ NAMI 1 ~ (2/1) Shin-Kiba 1st RING 

  • Tag Match: Hiragi Kurumi & Rina Amikura defeated Miyuki Takase & Yuko Sakurai (15:30)
  • Singles Match: Itsuki Aoki vs. Risa Sera (14:10) – Double Count Out
  • Singles Match: Haruka Umesaki vs. Sakura Hirota (11:03) – Double KO
  • WAVE Tag Team Title: galaxyPunch! (Hikari Shimizu & SAKI) © defeated Kakeru Sekiguchi & Riko Kawahata (13:32)
  • Tag Match: Cohaku & Yuki Miyazaki defeated Speed Of Sounds (Banana Senga & Tsutomu Oosugi) (17:49)

WAVE Detras De Lazona Vol. 9 ~ YOUNG OH! OH! (2/5)Post Di Amistad

  • Singles Match: Cohaku defeated Yura Suzuki (10:18)
  • Singles Match: Haruka Umesaki defeated Ancham (7:55)
  • Singles Match: Riko Kawahata defeated Chie Ozora (7:24)
  • Singles Match: Yuko Sakurai defeated Rina Amikura (14:08)

WAVE Detras De Lazona Vol. 10 (2/18) Post Di Amistad

  • Three Way: Cohaku defeated Sakura Hirota and Yuki Miyazaki (13:51)
  • WAVE Tag Team Title: galaxyPunch! (Hikari Shimizu & SAKI) © defeated Kikutaro & Kuishinbo Kamen (15:13)

2023 Schedule

  • NAMI 1 ~Mar ’23~ (3/1) ShinKiba 1st Ring
  • Brand New WAVE (3/12) Korakuen Hall

YMZ

YMZ Gokigen Kawasaki #30 (2/14) Post Di Amistad

  • Three Way: Kaori Yoneyama defeated Best Stretchman V3 and Madeline (7:05)
  • Singles Match: Takato Nakano defeated Naka Shuma (9:21)
  • Singles Match: Makoto defeated Matsuzawa-san (9:47)
  • Tag Match: Daiki Shimomura & Yuu vs. Hikaru Sato & Rina Yamashita (15:00) – Double DQ 

YMZ Kaori Yoneyama Gokigen Birthday (2/22) Shin-Kiba 1st RING

  • Three On One Handicap: Hikaru Sato defeated Best Stretchman V3, Rina Amikura & Tatsuya Hanami (9:04)
  • Tag Match: Luminous (Haruka Umesaki & Miyuki Takase) defeated Makoto & Matsuzawa-san (12:14)
  • Singles Match: Ayako Sato defeated SAKI (14:15)
  • Tag Match: Hagane Shinnou & Kakeru Sekiguchi defeated Kaori Yoneyama & Masahiro Takanashi (12:30)
  • Singles Match: Dick Togo defeated Yasu Urano (19:04)

Meanwhile in the United States

Coming Soon! Miyu Yamashita’s US Excursion Tour!

After Tokyo Joshi Pro’s WrestleCon show on 3/30, where she will main event tagging with Maki Itoh against Yuka Sakazaki and Mizuki in TJPW’s stand alone show, Yamashita will begin a three month tour of the US which will conclude in June. Her goal is to return for TJPW’s Fukuoka show on June 25th. The Momoiro Striker has regularly been working dates in the US for independent companies as well as AEW in the last year. She’s also currently the EVE Champion, so upcoming UK dates are also on her docket prior to LA.  

Announced Dates

All Elite Wrestling (AEW) & Ring of Honor (ROH)

Current Champions

  • AEW Women’s World Champion: Jamie Hayter
  • AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill
  • ROH Women’s World Champion: Athena

AEW Recap!

  • AEW Dark: Elevation #101 (2/1) Singles Match: Yuka Sakazaki defeated Billie Starkz (5:39); Eight Man Tag Team Match: Diamante, Emi Sakura, Marina Shafir & Nyla Rose defeated Hyena Hera, Madison Rayne, Queen Aminata & Skye Blue (5:03)
  • AEW Dark: Elevation #102 (2/8) Singles Match: Yuka Sakazaki defeated Vert Vixen (3:03); Tag Match: Emi Sakura & Nyla Rose defeated Madison Rayne & Skye Blue (5:27)
  • AEW Dark: Elevation #103 (2/15) Tag Match: Emi Sakura, Marina Shafir & Nyla Rose defeated Leva Bates, Madison Rayne & Willow Nightingale (5:10)
  • AEW Dark: Elevation #104 (2/22) Singles Match: Emi Sakura defeated Rachelle Riveter

Jericho Cruise Series

  • (2/2) Singles Match: Hikaru Shida defeated Willow Nightingale
  • (2/4) Singles Match: Hikaru Shida defeated Nyla Rose

Deadlock Pro-Wrestling (DPW) 

DPW Women’s Worlds Title: Emi Sakura © – defeated Raychell Rose on 12/10/22 at DPW 1st Anniversary

TODAY! You Already Know (2/25) Kerr Scott Building at NC State Fairgrounds

Prestige Wrestling 

Prestige Wrestling will return to southern California on March 31st for Nervous Breakdown at the Globe Theatre with a 4 PM PST start time. Participants are unknown at this time. 

Roseland 5 (4/29) Miyu Yamashita vs. Queen Aminata

World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) & NXT 

Current Champions

  • NXT Women’s Champion: Roxanne Perez
  • NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions: Katana Chance & Kayden Carter
  • WWE Women’s Champion: Bianca Belair
  • WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion: Charlotte Flair
  • WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions: Damage CTRL (Dakota Kai & IYO SKY)

Royal Rumble & Elimination Chamber Report Card

Previously, I mused as to the whereabouts of WWE favorites Asuka, Satomura & Sarray, and the Road to WrestleMania over the last month brought back two of the three gaping holes in the women’s division. 

Asuka: She returned at the Rumble, and later became the first woman to enter the rarified air of winning a Royal Rumble (2018), Money in the Bank (2020) and Elimination Chamber match. Her next challenge will be shattering her WrestleMania losing streak. It’s been six years since New Orleans, and she’s never walked out of a Mania victorious… 

Meiko Satomura: It is as if someone read my notes because in the wake of another Final Boss-less Royal Rumble, Satomura returned to NXT. The last time we saw her in Orlando, she defeated Roxanne Perez (9/6/22), but the pair teamed up on Valentine’s Day (2/14/23) to defeat Kayden Carter and Katana Chance. The key difference was last time we saw Satomura and Perez in singles’ competition, Mandy Rose was the champion. These days, Perez is the champion, so the Final Boss is coming to collect at NXT Roadblock on March 7th on the road to WrestleMania. Satomura will face Zoey Stark on 2/28 on NXT.

SARRAY: The Warrior of the Sun is still recharging somewhere. She checked-in with everyone on Valentine’s Day. Hopefully, we’ll see her return soon as well.  

It’s Official!! WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship: (2/27; Monday Night Raw) Damage CTRL (Dakota Kai & IYO SKY) (c) vs. Becky Lynch & Lita

“If you’re coming into the ring, you had better use the door!!” – Bayley on Ding! Dong! HELLO!

WrestleMania 2023 Announced Women’s Matches (4/1-2/23) SoFi Stadium, Los Angeles, California – full match cards TBA

  • SmackDown Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair (c) vs. Rhea Ripley (2023 Royal Rumble Winner)
  • RAW Women’s Championship: Bianca Belair (c) vs. Asuka (2023 Elimination Chamber Winner)

West Coast Pro

Passport Alert! Sandra Moone will pack her bags and head to Japan in a talent exchange between MARVELOUS and WCP! Moone has previously wrestled Jungle Kyona, Maki Itoh, and Yuka Sakazaki in various promotions around the US. 

West Coast Best Coast (3/4) United Irish Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA

  • Inaugural WCP Women’s Championship: Masha Slamovich vs. Sandra Moone – Inaugural WCP Women’s Championship to be presented by LITA

Home of the Killers (4/7) The State Room, South San Francisco, CA

  • Singles Match: Aja Kong vs. Vert Vixen
  • Announced: Miyu Yamashita, Dulce Tormenta, 

Queen of Indies (5/13) United Irish Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA

  • Announced Talent: Unagi Sayaka, Takumi Iroha, Chigusa Nagayo

On May 13th, WCPro will hold its first-ever QUEEN OF INDIES  in San Francisco. Announced participants include Unagi Sayaka (making her US debut) Chigusa Nagayo will participate in the show and be wrestling for the first time in nearly ten years. Nagayo will also hold a seminar on 5/11 and MARVELOUS Try-Outs on 5/12 with one woman and one man being offered an opportunity to be part of a tour in Japan!


Over in the United Kingdom

Pro-Wrestling EVE 

Current Champions

  • EVE Tag Team Championship: Laura Di Matteo & Rayne Leverkusen
  • EVE International Champion: Yuu 
  • EVE Champion: Miyu Yamashita (TJPW) – Her next defense will be against Lizzy Evo at Women Behaving Badly on March 8th.

Next Big Event: Women Behaving Badly (3/8/23) 229 The Venue, London, England – The event is being held on International Women’s Day, so subscribe to their YouTube channel for details and a great catalog of matches. Complete match card and participants are TBA.

  • Singles Match (1/15): Alexxis Falcon [11] vs. Miyuki Takase – Takase’s EVE debut
  • Singles Match (1/15): Kasey [7] vs. Steph De Lander
  • Singles Match (1/15): Nina Samuels vs B3cca
  • Tag Match (1/20): Queens of Kanpai (Session Moth Martina & Sumire Natsu) vs Royal Aces (Jetta & Charlie Morgan)
  • EVE Championship (1/30): Miyu Yamashita (c) v Lizzy Evo [5]

Riot at the Yard! (3/9) Yard Theatre, London, England 

  • Singles Match: Emerson Jayne [6] vs. Darcy Stone
  • Tag Match: Queens of Kanpai! (Session Moth Martina & Sumire Natsu) vs. The Ava White & Nina Samuels
  • Singles Match: Miyu Yamashita (c) vs. Miyuki Takase

Monthly Match Recommendation

I often wonder how different things would be for Asuka had her first WrestleMania not concluded with Charlotte being tapped as the one to shatter her undefeated streak. While Asuka won the first-ever women’s Royal Rumble, Money in the Bank (at WWE HQ during the height of the Thunder Dome Era), and now the Elimination Chamber, she’s never won a match at Mania. She’s walked in as both challenger and champion but never walked out as the victor. With her upcoming challenge for the RAW Women’s Championship against Bianca Belair on the horizon, could the sixth Mania bet the charm for The Empress, especially with her new lease on life?

  • Promotion: WWE
  • Event: WrestleMania 34
  • SmackDown Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair (c) vs. Asuka (13:05; result)
  • Date/Location: April 8, 2018, at The Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Thanks for catching up with me this month! See you at the end of March with another monster monthly wrap-up!!

About Karen Peterson 78 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.