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AJW ATHENA Satellite TV #7 5/7/99 taped 1/3 & 1/4/99 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
- 2hr. Q=Near Perfect 1st Gen

1/3/99

Momoe Nakanishi vs. Miho Wakizawa. Momoe did a good job of carrying this. Wakizawa's offense was weak even at this level, and especially for this length. They didn't pull everything off, but they did enough right that it was a good match. **3/4

Zenjo vs. Neo SPECIAL TAG MATCH: Yumiko Hotta & Takako Inoue vs. Kyoko Inoue & Etsuko Mita. This was really an interpromotional rivalry, heated and intense match with none of that smiling and being nice bullshit. There was even a big brawl on the floor with all the seconds when the wrestlers in the match took it to the floor, and Toyota & Momoe did planchas. ***3/4

1/4/99

Zen Nihon Tag Senshuken: Miho Wakizawa & Kayo Noumi vs. Emi Motokawa & Sachie Nishibori. This match was supposed to be fun, which was lucky in a way because it was pretty bad technically. *

Manami Toyota vs. Takako Inoue. The match meandered along for 10 minutes then they did spots for the last 6. There was no rhyme or reason to anything and the execution could have been better. **

Yumiko Hotta vs. Kumiko Maekawa. U.W.F. style. Unfortunately, it wasn't believable because they were too deliberate when doing their spots and sequences. **

WWWA Sekai Tag Senshukenjiai: ZAP I & ZAP T vs. Momoe Nakanishi & Nanae Takahashi. Momoe worked most of the time and did everything for her team. She was mainly pummeled by ZAPS, and juiced a gusher. The wrestling was definitely quality, but the match was totally onesided. ***1/4

AJW ATHENA on 721 #8 6/7/99 taped 2/16/99
-2hr. Q=Near Perfect 1st Gen

taped 2/16 Tokyo Fuji TV Studio

Takako Inoue Fee Daiissen (first match) Exhibition Match: Takako Inoue vs. Miho Wakizawa & Kayo Noumi

History of ZAP (Zenjo Afflict Purpose)

OVER THE ZAP: ZAP I & T vs. Kumiko Maekawa & Kayo Noumi

Zenjo vs. Neo SCRAMBE BOUTS 5 X 5: Manami Toyota & Momoe Nakanishi & Nanae Takahashi & Miyuki Fujii & ZAP Isozaki vs. Kyoko Inoue & Chaparrita ASARI & Misae Genki & Saya Endo & Yuka Nakamura

taped 1/3/99 Tokyo Korakuen Hall

ZAP I & T vs. Manami Toyota & Kumiko Maekawa

WWWA Single Senshuken Pre Match: Yumiko Hotta & Miho Wakizawa vs. Shinobu Kandori & Junko Yagi

AJW ATHENA on Fuji 721 #9 7/2/99 taped 3/10/99 taped 3/10/99 Tokyo Kokuritsu Yoyogi Kyogijo Dai-nitaiikukan
-2hr. Q=Near Perfect

ZAP I vs. Miho Watabe

Nanae Takahashi & Miyuki Fujii vs. Carol Midori & Sayori Okino

AJ Tag Title Match: Miho Wakizawa & Kayo Noumi vs. Keiko Aono & Megumi Sato

Judo Jacket Match: Kaoru Ito vs. Junko Yagi

Lumberjack Match: ZAP T vs. Eagle Sawai

AJW vs. LLPW SCRAMBLE 8: Manami Toyota & Takako Inoue & Kumiko Maekawa & Momoe Nakanishi vs. Rumi Kazama & Noriyo Tateno & Harley Saito & Kurenai Yasha

WWWA World Single Title: Shinobu Kandori vs. Yumiko Hotta

AJW ATHENA Satellite TV #10 8/6/99 taped 4/11/99 Tokyo Korakuen Hall & 6/6/99 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-1hr 55min. Q=Near Perfect 1st Gen

4/11/99

Kumiko Maekawa vs. Nanae Takahashi. Takahashi was, of course, clumsy and unimpressive. At one point she totally missed her reverse diving elbow drop even though Maekawa never moved. Mainy a slow paced match with a lot of submissions. *

Manami Toyota & Miyuki Fujii vs. Takako Inoue & Miho Wakizawa. Toyota was pretty much a one woman show here, but Fujii can't go and Toyota on her own is not good enough these days to make a tag match any better than good. **1/2

Kaoru Ito vs. Yumiko Hotta. The quality of this match was very inconsistent. At times it was really good, but then it would get boring. It was a long hard fought match though and they did a good job of making it look like it wouldn't be a draw.

Manami Toyota & Kumiko Maekawa vs. Nanae Takahashi & Miho Wakizawa. A lot of comical goofiness. Another exhibition where there was no reason to care who won. **

6/6/99 Tokyo Korakuen Hall

Tomoka Isozaki vs. Miyuki Fujii. *

Kumiko Maekawa & Kayo Noumi vs. Miho Wakizawa & Nanae Takahashi. More goofiness. The wrestling was basic and not very good. Maekawa was the best of the bunch, but in this case that's not high praise. *1/2

AJW ATHENA Satellite TV 7/25/99 ODAIBA W EXPLOSION '99 taped 7/10 & 7/11/99 Tokyo Odaiba Fuji TV Studio
-6hr. Q=1st Gen. 3 DVDs

W.W.W.A. Queen's History. This has highlights of all the past WWWA Sekai Single Senshuken holders (except the earliest ones are only photographs), usually showing their title wins, then has the complete Yumiko Hotta vs. Shinobu Kandori title change from 3/10/99.

7/10/99

Zenjo vs. Neo ODAIBA FIRST EXPLOSION: Nanae Takahashi & Miyuki Fujii vs. Yoshiko Tamura & Yuka Nakamura. Lots of spots, but the work and sequences were weak. Tamura looked good, but didn't get much help.

Zen Nihon Tag Senshuken: Miho Wakizawa & Kayo Noumi vs. Kana Mizaki & Tsubasa Kuragaki. Kana worked a lot, which saved the match. They did a lot of jumping and flying around as you'd expect, so it was okay since that stuff isn't very difficult. Mizaki & Kuragaki win titles. **

All Pacific Senshuken: Kumiko Maekawa vs. Misae Genki. Genki did more of a "strong style" match since she was wrestling Maekawa. Some of the sequences looked contrived because they were waiting for each other and it had too many execution flaws, but otherwise it was a pretty solid match. **1/4

Japan Grand Prix '99 Koshikisen: Manami Toyota vs. Momoe Nakanishi. Toyota by numbers. It seemed more like an exhibition or a run through than a match someone wanted to win. Of course, as is always the case with Toyota against a young wrestler, the young wrestler was never in danger of winning. Lots of rest holds, but even in the pouring rain Momoe still did her Orihara moonsault and Toyota did a missile kick to the floor then a plancha off the stage. **1/4

Japan Grand Prix '99 Koshikisen: Yumiko Hotta vs. Takako Inoue. Way too long. They just sat in submissions forever. To make things worse, Takako was stalking Hotta with her goofy stun gun. You can blame the rain some, but they should have realized before last year that Hotta vs. Takako matches were not meant to go 30:00. *1/4

WWWA Sekai Tag Senshuken. ZAP I & ZAP T vs. Etsuko Mita & Mima Shimoda. They tried to show each other up by being the biggest heel of them all. They brawled all over the place and the heat was pretty damn good, but it was kind of directionless and the wrestling seemed out of place. Watanabe juiced heavily. The coolest moves were Ito doing her footstomp off the lighting rig and Mita Death Valley bombing Watanabe on the stage. The third fall was the best with everyone acting half dead while doing their finishers for hot near falls. ***1/2

7/11

Yoshimi Shioya Debutsen: Miyuki Fujii vs. Yoshimi Shioya. Fujii tried to carry this, but Shioya couldn't follow her immediately on the most basic moves like the arm drags and Irish whip. Really bad even by rookie match standards. 1/4*

ATHENA Produce MihoKayo Taiketsu: Miho Wakizawa vs. Kayo Noumi. The beginning was boring, but they did their flying moves after that so it was decent. They worked hard, but they aren't very good and they couldn't hide that. Poor Kayo got a bloody nose from the winning fisherman buster. *1/2

Japan Grand Prix '99 Koshikisen: Takako Inoue vs. Tomoko Watanabe. Watanabe put on a good show both on offense and putting Takako over. Takako isn't what she once was and her puncher gimmick isn't remotely believable, but the fans were still into the near falls. **1/2

All Pacific Senshuken: Kumiko Maekawa vs. Keiko Aono. Aono has no skill and Maekawa isn't the kind of wrestler that's going to be able to get around that. Too many restmissions. *1/4

WWWA Sekai Super Lightkyu Senshukenjiai: Momoe Nakanishi vs. Chaparrita ASARI. Short match with no build or drama, but the action was good and they didn't even think about letting the rain stop them from doing their cool spots. **1/4

SPECIAL VI EXPLOSION: Lioness Asuka & Mima Shimoda & Etsuko Mita vs. Manami Toyota & Kaoru Ito & Nanae Takahashi. You really have to give these women a lot of credit because they delivered this quality during a torrential downpour where the ring was slippery as hell. The execution wasn't always perfect because of the rain, but I think the circumstances call for a little more leniency in that regard. This was a pretty crazy match. It was mainly a brawl with the best of Lioness and LCO's heel styles, but it also had the Toyota fast-pace and workrate. It was kind of chaotic and helter skelter, but in a good way because people were coming out of nowhere to stop moves, do damage, and make saves. They fought all over the place, through the crowd, on the stage, on the ramp, you name it. Normally the highlight would be Mita giving Toyota her Death Valley bomb on the ramp, but that was overshadowed by Ito giving Shimoda her diving footstomp off the lighting rig. Lioness easily outclassed even Toyota, Shimoda, & Ito. ****

WWWA Sekai Single Senshukenjiai: Yumiko Hotta vs. Kyoko Inoue. This was a pretty safe match because the ring was nearly unwrestleable by this point. They did some throws and submissions, but it was slow paced and boring. Kyoko took the title. *1/2

AJW ATHENA Satellite TV #11 9/20/99 ODAIBA FUJI TV MID SUMMER W's ROCK '99 taped 8/5/99 Tokyo Fuji Television BANG PARK Stage
-1hr 55min. Q=Near Perfect 1st Gen (beginning has some slight jitters, but they are gone before a match starts)

Kakato otoshi vs. Neal kick. They put a watermellon on an announcers head then Maekawa & Hotta try to break it with their move.

Announcers try to break blocks with a diving footstomp then Ito shows them how it's done.

Missile kick contest. They have a volleyball on a string attached to a pole and they have a contest between Toyota, Momoe, Wakizawa, Takahashi, & Fujii where they jump off the top rope and try to missile kick it. The wrestlers that connect stay on and they raise the height of the volleyball until there's only one left. Takahashi actually doesn't try a missile kick, she tries to hit it with her diving elbow, and not surprisingly is the only one that fails to hit the volleyball in the first round.

BEAT 4 ~KICK THE ROCK~: Yumiko Hotta & Kumiko Maekawa vs. Nanae Takahashi & Miyuki Fujii. The outcome of this match was never in doubt. Takahashi & Fujii try so hard, but have no skill. *1/2

Japan Grand Prix '99 Koshikisen: Momoe Nakanishi vs. Miho Wakizawa. Momoe was really impresive here. Miho was just okay, but it didn't really matter because Momoe was moving really fast and doing all her cool flying moves. ***1/4

Japan Grand Prix '99 Koshikisen: Takako Inoue vs. Kaoru Ito. Ito seemed to do mostly everything here. The highlight was when they fought on the stage and Ito used her footstomp of the lighting rig onto the stage and then another off the stage to the floor. ***1/4

Japan Grand Prix '99 Koshikisen: Manami Toyota vs. Tomoko Watanabe. Toyota did a missile kick to the floor right away, but she landed on Watanabe's ankle and Watanabe never got up. She was in so much pain that she was crying, and eventually they stopped the match and carried her off.

ATHENA PRESENTS ALL THE POWER BATTLE ROYAL. This had all the AJW women except Watanabe & Noumi, who were out injured. They didn't always stay in the ring, and at one point Toyota was ready to do a dive off the roof of a building, but everyone ran away from her. It came down to Toyota vs. Wakizawa, which was really the only good wrestling of the match, but Toyota was annoying because it looked like she was putting Wakizawa over a little and the fans were getting into it, but then after Wakizawa hit her fisherman buster finisher for a near fall Toyota no sold her missile kick and pinned her in the Japanese ocean cyclone suplex.

AJW ATHENA on Fuji 721 #12 10/18/99 taped 9/15/99 & 9/29/99 Tokyo
-2hr. Q=Near Perfect

AJW vs. NEO & JGP highlights from August

9/15/99 Tokyo Korakuen Hall

Yumiko Hotta vs. Kumiko Maekawa

Eagle Sawai & Carol Midori & Sayori Okino vs. Momoe Nakanishi & Nanae Takahashi & Miho Wakizawa

Jackie Sato memorial feature

9/29/99 Tokyo Ota-ku Taiikukan, 2/3 Falls WWWA Tag Title Match: Mima Shimoda & Etsuko Mita vs. Momoe Nakanishi & Nanae Takahashi

AJW ATHENA on Fuji 721 #13 11/8/99 taped 9/29/99 & 10/11/99 Tokyo
-2hr. Q=Near Perfect

9/29/99 Tokyo Ota-ku Taiikukan

Kaoru Ito & Kumiko Maekawa vs. Chaparrita Asari & Miho Wakizawa

Kyoko Inoue & Takako Inoue vs. Manami Toyota & Yumiko Hotta

Tag League The Best '99 Opening 10/11/99 Tokyo Korakuen Hall

Exhibition Match: Tomoko Watanabe vs. Kumiko Maekawa

Takako inoue vs. Miyuki Fujii

Kaoru Ito vs. Kayo Noumi

Mima Shimoda & Etsuko Mita vs. Yumiko Hotta & Kumiko Maekawa

Tag League The Best '99: Momoe Nakanishi & Nanae Takahashi vs. Manami Toyota & Miho Wakizawa

AJW ATHENA Satellite TV #14 12/12/99 taped 11/7/99 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-2h. Q=Near Perfect 1st Gen

ZAP I vs. Kayo Noumi. Due to Ito, the wrestling in this match was done better than in probably any Noumi singles match. The thing is between Noumi being so far below I in rank, the ZAP gimmick being that they are dominant heels, and Ito not respecting an average at best youngster, it was just totally one-sided destruction. **

Takako Inoue & Chikako Shiratori vs. Yumiko Hotta & Miyuki Fujii. Hotta didn't sell at all because they didn't hit her hard enough. Fujii sold the whole time because she's young and not good or respected. *1/2

Manami Toyota vs. Miho Wakizawa. This match was so goofy. The beginning was all comedy with Toyota even trying to kiss Wakizawa. Tons of useless submissions. There were some good moves, but they meant nothing. Toyota did nothing to make Wakizawa even seem competitive. **

Tag League The Best Koshikisen, WWWA Sekai Tag Chosensha Ketteisen: Tomoko Watanabe & Kumiko Maekawa vs. Momoe Nakanishi & Nanae Takahashi. Momoe was really impressive, but Takahashi was reminiscent of Maya Hashimoto. Too many restmissions, but good action most of the time Momoe was in. As far as quality wrestling went, Momoe vs. Watanabe was basically the whole match, but their stuff was good enough to make it a good match in spite of the others. Watanabe & Maekawa earned the shot at LCO's tag titles on 12/8. ***

Fighting English. MihoKayo and NanaMomo get an English lesson. The way this went was they took a phrase they had said in a match (or in Noumi's case a commercial) and asked them to say it in English. When they couldn't do it, the teacher would have them read the english expression. This is funny, especially when they all say "I'll crush every old hag!" Also, at one point the teacher asked Momoe where she was from and she said "Dragon suplex."

AJW ATHENA #15 1/10/00 taped 12/8/99 Tokyo Kokuritsu Yoyogi Kyogijo Dainitaiikukan
-2hr. Q=Near Perfect 1st Gen

Ayako Seki Debutsen: Ayako Seki vs. Miyuki Fujii. Neither of these two can work or have any offense. Seki is huge and has some power, but it looked like she could have used another 3 to 6 months of training because she really had nothing beyond her size. Bad and boring match. 1/2*

MihoKayo ROAD TO CHAMP AGAIN: Miho Wakizawa & Kayo Noumi vs. Chaparrita ASARI & Hiromi Yagi. Yagi & ASARI made MihoKayo seem competent, which is no small feat. There wasn't a high level of difficulty, but when even Kayo's spots are well executed, you can't really ask for anything else from them. Miho wrestled most of the match, which definitely helped the quality, but still didn't get much offense in. It was really obvious how small her moveset is since she was repeating moves nonetheless. Very good performance from Yagi and ASARI despite not hitting her finisher right. **1/2

EARNEST BATTLE DANGER ZONE: Kaoru Ito & Momoe Nakanishi vs. Megumi Yabushita & Sumie Sakai. Everyone held up their end here. Ito is one of the best women when she wants to be, and she was more than willing to work with the Jd' girls even though she did play the size and experience game to get more offense in. Fast-paced, all action match with lots of good moves and a few nice near falls. ***1/2

BE AMBITIOUS: Lioness Asuka vs. Nanae Takahashi. Lioness is so good that it almost didn't matter that Takahashi isn't. Lioness just plugged her into the typical formula, and since in that formula Lioness gets the vast majority of the offense, there wasn't much opportunity for Takahashi to screw up. Takahashi did slip off the top rope and fall into the ring at one point though. The big problem with this match was that everyone gave Takahashi 0% chance of winning, and nothing was done to get anyone to boost that number up to even 5%. Momoe had to interfere for Nanae to get any offense in, and even then Nanae couldn't sustain an advantage. We knew Takahashi wasn't going to compete in the least, but Lioness did prove she was great enough to have a good little sprint with her anyway. **1/2

2/3 Falls WWWA Sekai Tag Senshuken: Mima Shimoda & Etsuko Mita vs. Tomoko Watanabe & Kumiko Maekawa. This match was actually heated, with the fans popping for the near falls in the 3rd fall and everything. Other than that, it was disappointing. These four have had a number of excellent matches over the years, but this one was so ordinary. Everyone seemed slower than normal, and worked deliberately. The match was kind of low impact considering the spots they were doing. Mita vs. Maekawa was kind of sloppy, which was the biggest surprise since Mita's execution is always top notch. Watanabe had a bad knee, so they worked that over some, but not with any consistency. Both Watanabe & Maekawa bled. The 3rd fall was definitely the best, but overall there were too many messed up spots. ***

WWWA Sekai Single Senshuken: Yumiko Hotta vs. Takako Inoue. Hotta, of course, was dominant. She broke Takako's stun gun so it couldn't lead to her demise again. Magically, Takako came up with a spare under the ring that she zapped Hotta with. This allowed Takako to have her one and only run of unconvincing brawling and not stiff striking. Her offense was limited enough a couple years ago, but she just looks so lame love tapping away against a legitimate badass striker like Hotta. The finish was weak, and the match as a whole was uninteresting because Takako only had a little offense, which wasn't even impressive. Hotta was definitely the better of the two, but she doesn't really bring anything to the table other than a limited number of stiff and well executed moves. **

QUEEN OF QUEENS ~90's FINAL BEST BOUT~: Manami Toyota vs. Kyoko Inoue. Read Review. ****

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