PRIMER: Countess Saori and Ichigo Sayaka Headline SUKEBAN’s Debut in NYC

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Countess Saori and Ichigo Sayaka Headline SUKEBAN’s Debut in NYC

Teaser Trailer:

Promotion: SUKEBAN [Instagram | TikTok | X | YouTube]

Venue: Capitale, New York City, NY

Streaming Platform: Sukeban World’s TikTok account; Archive Information

English Language Commentary: Unavailable; TBD

Promoted as the “First Ever All-Japanese Joshi Wrestling Company in the United States Brings Japan’s Top Female Wrestlers to a Global Audience,” Sukeban is a nostalgic throwback concept, specifically harking to the 70s and 80s era of girl gangs and joshi wrestling. With an old-school wrestling anime-inspired trailer and punk rock soundtrack, the show sold out in less than two hours amidst a flurry of questions and very little information. 

An obscene amount of praise must be heaped upon the costuming and design team behind Sukeban because with minimalist yet mysterious promotion, the studding visuals and costuming of the entire roster have kept heads turning and mouths moving for weeks since the animated trailer by Sakana Koji and Silas Hickey dropped on September first. 

The stunning costumes were designed by Olympia Le-Tan with gorgeous hats by milliner Stephen Jones and exquisite nail art by Mei Kawajiri. The retro-inspired promotional photos by Chikashi Suzuki also perfectly captured an era that predates many current wrestling fans, too. The championship belt was designed by Marc Newson and revealed at the New York City World Premiere.

SUKEBAN Mini-Primer

Within the World of Sukeban, you might see familiar faces, but completely different monikers, especially if you frequent Dream Slam Weekly and Dream Slam Monthly here at POST Wrestling. To help everyone connect the dots, here’s a quick breakdown of the factions and their members. 

For reporting purposes, only their Sukeban aliases will be used after this brief introduction. Sukeban’s full roster is available here.

 

Factions (alphabetically; Vignettes; Finishing move italicized

Cherry Bomb Girls

Crush Yuu [Yuu; Freelancer; 1 & 2 ] – Last Ride
Riko Blondie [Riko Kaiju; SEAdLINNNG; 1 & 2 ] – Blonde Bombshell
Supersonic [Natsuki Taiyo; SEAdLINNG; 1 & 2 ] – Mach 10

Dangerous Liaisons

Commander Nakajima [Arisa Nakajima; SEAdLINNNG; 1 & 2 ] – Cutie Special
Countess Saori [Saori Anou; Freelancer; 1 & 2 ] – Royal Flush
Lady Antoinette [Risa Sera; PROMINENCE; 1 & 2 ] – Guillotine
Queen of Hearts, Takase [Miyuki Takase; Freelancer; 1 & 2 ] – Diving Leg Drop

Harajuku Stars

Babyface [Anchamu; Freelance; 1 & 2 ] – Flying Armbar 
Ichigo Sayaka [Unagi Sayaka; Freelancer; 1 & 2 ] – Strawberry Bomb
Maya Mamushi [Maya Yukihi; NOMAD’S; 1 & 2 ] – Snake Bite
Saki Bimi [SAKI; GPU Colors; 1 ] – Kawaildbuster

Unknown Affiliation

Stray Cat [Tomoka Inaba; Just Tap Out; 1 ] – One Hit Kill

The Vandals

Atomic Banshee [Ram Kaichow; Triple Six; 1 & 2 ] – Rainmaker
BINGO [Hiroyo Matsumoto; Freelancer; 1 & 2 ] – Big Top
Midnight Player [Aoi; Just Tap Out; 1 & 2 ] – AOI
Otaku-Chan [Kaori Yoneyama; YMZ Pro; 1 & 2 ] – Bookmark

Sukeban World Premiere to Stream Exclusively on TikTok

Joshi Wrestling Company World Premiere Scheduled for Thursday, September 21 at 8pm ET

First Ever All-Japanese Joshi Wrestling Company in the United States Brings Japan’s Top Female Wrestlers to a Global Audience

New York, NY (September 20, 2023) – Sukeban, a Japanese female wrestling league, today announced that its World Premiere event at 8pm ET on Thursday, September 21st, will stream exclusively on TikTok from @sukeban_world.

Sukeban’s debut event, which sold out in two hours, will see five matches featuring the strongest women’s roster in North America. The company’s unique hybrid live action and anime content has already made waves in the wrestling world, seeing explosive growth across TikTok and other social media platforms in just two weeks.

The live stream can be easily accessed at the Sukeban TikTok account @sukeban_world beginning at 8pm ET tomorrow night.

The full card for the Sukeban World Premiere is:

Cherry Bomb Girls vs. The Vandals

Crush Yuu, Supersonic, Riko Blondie vs. Atomic Banshee, Otaku-chan, BINGO

Special Attraction Three-way Match

Saki Bimi vs. Queen Takase vs. X

Special Singles Match

Midnight Player vs. Stray Cat

Harajuku Stars vs. Dangerous Liaisons

Maya Mamushi, Babyface vs. Commander Nakajima, Lady Antoinette

Main Event Title Eliminator

Countess Saori vs. Ichigo Sayaka

Sukeban will bring new dimensions to the experience:

  • Championship belt by Marc Newson (to be revealed at the New York City World Premiere)

  • Costumes by Olympia Le-Tan

  • Hats by milliner Stephen Jones

  • Nail art by Mei Kawajiri (Nails by Mei)

  • Anime and manga by Sakana Koji and Silas Hickey

About Karen Peterson 114 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.