Neo Japan Ladies Pro-Wrestling/NEO
Tokyo Differ Ariake 470
Genki will defend the double titles against Lioness on 9/1 at Differ Ariake.
Tokyo Kitazawa Town Hall 280
4/6 Tokyo Kitazawa
Town Hall 180
Kyoko Inoue was kind of forced to reveal that she was married to a musician named KAORU because the magazine FRIDAY had an article about it with a picture of them walking down the street together. I guess it's good that FMW never upholds a stip because Kyoko would have been a bigomist.
3/25 Tokyo Kitazawa
Town Hall 260
The 2nd ReMIX show, called GOLDEN GATE 2001, will take place on 5/3 at Tokyo Kokuritsu Yoyogi Kyogijo 2. This time there will be 6 or 7 single matches rather than a tournament. The gimmick is that the fans are going to get to vote on the opponents of 3 or 4 of the stars such as Megumi Yabushita. Yabushita says she wants to fight a foreigner that outweighs her by 80kg. Atsuko Sakuraba isn't going to try to fight on this show, but she'll be doing "explanation" (I think this means she'll be involved in a demonstration of holds).
Shimoda will defend the double titles against Kyoko on 3/25. The semifinal is Tamura vs. Takako to decide the next challenger.
3/7 Tokyo Itabashi-ku
? Hall 250
2/28 Tokyo Kitazawa
Town Hall 150
From Scott Leighton:
2/11 Tokyo Itabashi-ku
? Hall 240
Yoshiko Tamura will defend the NWA Women's Pacific & NEO Nintei Single Senshuken against Mima Shimoda on 2/11.
1/26 Tokyo Itabashi-ku
? Hall 180
1/8 Tokyo Kitazawa
SMACK GIRL 12/17
Tokyo Korakuen Hall 820
12/5: Yabushita Defeats Russian Monster
Joshi Sogo Kakutogi
ReMix WORLD CUP 2000 12/5 Tokyo Nippon Budokan 6,500
The bracketing for
the Joshi Sogo Kakutogi ReMix WORLD CUP 2000 PPV is as follows:
11 of the 12 women
in the Joshi Sogo Kakutogi ReMix WORLD CUP 2000 PPV on 12/5 are:
Yoshiko Tamura will defend the NWA Women's Pacific & NEO Nintei Single Senshuken against Kyoko Inoue on 11/21 at Tokyo Kitazawa Town Hall. I'll be really surprised if Tamura wins this match, especially since Kyoko supposedly isn't wrestling men next year.
11/10 Tokyo Itabashi-ku
10/20 Tokyo Kitazawa
Town Hall 150
10/13 Tokyo Itabashi-ku
? Hall 180 sellout
9/22 Tokyo Itabashi-ku
? Hall 180 sellout
8/19 Tokyo Itabashi
6/16 Tokyo Itabashi
3/21: Kyoko Shoots For 10,000,000 Yen
The women's shoot show that was talked about on the 3/16 NEO show will be called Joshi Sogo Kakutogi (Women's General Fight Skill) ReMix WORLD CUP 2000. They are taking out Tokyo Nippon Budokan on 12/5, so they are trying to make this a huge event. I don't see why they've taken out such a huge building when the last women's shoot show drew around 5,000 legit, and that was with the best female draw, Shinobu Kandori, trying to beat Russian monster Svetlana Gundarenko to avenge one of her only her losses. They will be holding an 8-woman one night tournament, similar to the original L-1 on 7/18/95. The participants that have already been announced are Kyoko Inoue, Junko Yagi, and Erin Torsel (sp?) a 22-year-old from the California Gracie Academy. Others that have been asked to participate are amateur wrestling stars Kyoko Hamaguchi (daughter of Animal) and Miyu Yamamoto, as well as Becky Levi. Kyoko is in the Nobuhiko Takada role of the big name that has no chance of winning, but will generate publicity and draw some fans. The difference is that Takada had been winning matches people believed were real for years, while Kyoko lost to a eunuch kickboxer once and that's about it. They had Kyoko demonstrate a choke on outfielder Takeshi Shinjo at the press conference. Shinjo said that he would do commentary on the show for television and/or video.
3/16 Tokyo Kitazawa
Town Hall 312 sellout
1/6: Neo Finishes Like They Started
1/6 Tokyo Korakuen
12/25: Beating Women Is Fuyuki's Latest Form Of "Entertainment"
Neo Japan Ladies Pro-Wrestling
12/25 Tokyo Komozawa
Okunai (indoor) Gyugijyo (ball park) 1,600
12/22: Neo's 2nd Anniversary Will Not Be A Celebration
Neo Ladies is closing up shop after their 2nd Anniversary show on 1/6/00. The group had been surviving on a subsistence level for quite some time. They would run one or two shows a month, and those usually didn't even get 1,000 paid. The group didn't have that much talent to begin with, but the main problem was that Kyoko was unwilling to bring any of the other wrestlers up to her level. The booking was very consistent in making the younger wrestlers into nothing more than fodder for Kyoko, so things got stale really quickly, particularly when Mima Shimoda & Etsuko Mita were no longer appearing on Neo's shows. This left the league in a situation where no one had even a slim chance of beating Kyoko in singles, so there was no reason for the fans to attend their shows. The league will be remembered for a few excellent Kyoko matches, particularly a women's match of the year against Lioness Asuka on 5/6/98 and her 10th Anniversary match against Aja Kong on 10/20/98, and also the travesty of jobbing Mita, Chaparrita ASARI, and Kyoko out to Nicole Bass even though Bass really wasn't even a wrestler and they had no agreement for it to come back and put any of their wrestlers over. Mainly what will stand out is how terrible booking that served no purpose other than to feed Kyoko's ego will drive you into oblivion.
Even most fans
of women's wrestling agree that there were too many leagues simply because
none of them had the depth to present more than a few good matches.
While we don't want any leagues to go under, the positive is that this
could help bolster the rosters of some of the other leagues and less
competition should very marginally increase the other promotions attendances
(Neo was barely ever competion at this point because they hardly ran
any shows). The question now is what will become of Neo's wrestlers.
At this point we don't really know, but you could see something like
has the most potential of anyone in Neo because of her size. I think
she'd be better off joining a league because she doesn't have a big
enough name to warrant being brought in for big matches at this point.
She has the potential to be a world champion, but if she has to rely
on the other leagues to bring her in, she'll wind up stuck in the midcard
trading wins with wrestlers that are on the rise. If she joined JWP
or Jd', she would be a big asset because she's big enough to be a credible
opponent for Lioness Asuka or Dynamite Kansai. I think ARSION should
go after her because her size would make her a good opponent for Omukai
and Aja (she'd need more credibility to challenge Aja, but she's worth
a lot more than ASARI and ARSION has given her a really big push). I
have the feeling she'll tag along with Kyoko, which would get her work,
but would probably mean she'll just get stuck in Kyoko's shadow and
get pinned in a lot of tag matches.
should have gone to JWP back in 1997. At this point, the league isn't
nearly as appealing but they are desperate. They still see her as Azumi's
peer, so she could wind up being a "top star" there. Jd' just
had her beat The Bloody for the AWF title, so she'll have no problem
finding work there. I think she'd getting the best push in JWP, but
they are a dying promotion so she'd probably do better going between
Jd' and JWP. I'd like to see ARSION go after her because she can work
and knows some submissions. She never really developed her own style,
but she is good enough that she could be turned into something with
Yoshida or Jaguar training.
Saya Endo-She fits
well into Jd' because they emphasize the face/heel structure, but are
always short of decent heels. I'd like to see her become Bloody's regular
tag partner because Fang Suzuki is god awful. She drags that team down
and makes Bloody have to work too hard to save the match. Another option
would be to use her on Lioness' side, as she also has no good partners.
Tanny Mouse-I know
this sounds cruel, but hopefully all the promotions will realize she's
useless and not book her. She's a Kyoko favorite, so she can probably
tag along with Kyoko in an Ed Leslie type of role. Also, Sasuke needs
people to lose to Chaparrita ASARI if he's going to keep booking her
(and he may as well since he doesn't have enough wrestlers of his own
and the women would be even easier to book now that they aren't in Neo),
so Tanny can still be one of the people that fills that role.
hasn't shown anything as a wrestler, but is young and cute. She needs
to join a promotion because she means nothing as a free agent. Jd' has
a bunch of small girls, so she could fill out their cards. JWP &
AJW are both desperate for workers, so that's another possibility. Also,
she could keep putting ASARI over on Michinoku shows. I mean, Sasuke
still runs the the Beef Wellington and Jinsei squashs every night, so
ASARI might have 3 or 4 more years of lopsided wins in Michinoku before
Sasuke wakes up and realizes these matches are just useless.
Tokyo Korakuen Hall 1,402:
Kodo Fuyuki, who is "banished from FMW" due to losing to Masato Tanaka on 11/23, showed up at the 12/2 show and challenged Kyoko to the first ever Danjo Kanaami Death Match (man vs. woman cage death match). This will take place at the 12/25 Neo show in Komozawa. The rules are that you can win by KO or escape.
Chaparrita ASARI declared free agency at the 12/2 show. She will still work in Neo, but also wrestle in ARSION, AJW, and perhaps overseas. She was basically acting as a free agent since July anyway (although I assume she had to get clearance to wrestle in ARSION from the Neo front office), so this just makes it official.
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