JWP New Face Presents Tag Match: Erika Watanabe & Tomiko Sai vs. Kayoko Haruyama & Yasuko Kuragaki. *
Michinoku Pro Presents Special Tag Match: Super Delfin & Gran Naniwa vs. Seiichiro Nagame & Flecha II (Masato Yakushiji). This looked good, as Yakushiji put on a show, but only 4:02 aired.
Cuty Suzuki Retirement 8 Woman Tag Match: Cuty Suzuki & Hikari Fukuoka & Devil Masami & Command Bolshoi vs. Tomoko Kuzumi & Tomoko Miyaguchi & Rieko Amano & Kanako Motoya. Kansai, who was originally going to face Cuty (the match was changed because of her injury on 11/29), was the special referee. The match was an exhibition of spots. It was kind of like the juniors' matches on ECW TV, except it was three times as long, so the lack of psychology is more of a negative. Cuty worked a lot, but she wasn't able to make this anything special. Kuzumi was the best of the bunch since this is her style, and Hikari was having neck problems. I wouldn't have minded the finish if there was a reason for Kansai to get involved. Takako, Jenn Yukari, Candy, Yagi, Toyama, Sumiko Saito, and Ozaki all presented Cuty with flowers after the match. **3/4
Yuki Lee vs. Yasuko Kuragaki. When you are carried by Lee, and she seems good in comparison, everyone is in trouble! This was better early on when it was mainly Lee doing shoot style moves. Kuragaki's offense was bad, boring, and sloppy. 1/2*
Battle After Battle: Clips of Tomiko Sai vs. Kayoko Haruyama then Haruyama vs. Erika Watanabe. These three still aren't showing any real potential.
Devil Masami vs. The Goddess Chikako Shiratori. Even though Shiratori had no chance of winning, this was actually an average match. Devil actually felt like wrestling, and even sold a little. The annoying thing about this match is that Devil showed she still has the ability to carry a match when she wants to. Of course, this is only annoying because she never wants to.
Hikari Fukuoka Puroresu Debut 10th Anniversary Match: Hikari Fukuoka vs. Commando Bolshoi. An alright match, but it was no where near their 9/97 match. The work was fine, but it wasn't that spectacular and the match had no heat. Bolshoi actually started off as Kid, but pulled a Clark Kent under the ring, taking top shirt and mask off to "transform" into Commando.
Feature on Kuzumi, Amano, Miyaguchi, & Motoya showing their big wins from '98, except in the case of Kana, they just showed her jobbing to a bunch of big name veterans because at this point she still didn't have any big wins for them to show.
The New Leaders Extreme Tag Match: Tomoko Kuzumi & Kanako Motoya vs. Rieko Amano & Tomoko Miyaguchi. I think they called this Extreme because they were trying to burn through their spots quicker than even the ECW crew. The work was strong and they did a lot of nice spots, but it was a stupid match that just takes unnecessary toll on everyone's body. These girls really need to improve in the mental aspects or they will all burn out in a few more years and JWP will really be finished. Kana was particularly good here, and they actually let her get a win, which was the best thing they could have done because she hasn't shown that she's on the level of the other three even though her wrestling warrants that kind of push. ***1/4
Battle Station JWP 3/10/99
Kana Mizaki & Tsubasa Kuragaki vs. Yoshiko Tamura & Yuka Nakamura. *1/4
Dynamite Kansai & Devil Masami vs. Command Bolshoi & Carlos Amano. 4:13 shown
Highlights of the tournament to decide who would face Hikari for the title on 2/28
JWP Nintei Musabetsukyu Senshukenjiai: Hikari Fukuoka vs. Azumi Hyuga. Hyuga wins title. **1/4
LLPW 1998 Year In Review
Highlights of over 20 matches from 3/21/98-2/26/99
This is a tournament of man & woman vs. man & woman mixed matches where the men and women have to wrestle each other because each match goes until everyone on one team is eliminated
Takeshi Ono & Ran Yu-Yu & Mach Junji vs. Devil Masami & Daisuke Ikeda & Kayoko Haruyama. **1/4
Yuki Ishikawa & Kana Mizaki & Tsubasa Kuragaki vs. Alexander Otsuka & Azumi Hyuga & Hikari Fukuoka. *3/4
Devil Masami & Daisuke Ikeda & Kayoko Haruyama vs. Dynamite Kansai & Mohammad Yone & Maya Hashimoto. *1/4
Katsumi Usuda & Command Bolshoi & Carlos Amano vs. Alexander Otsuka & Azumi Hyuga & Hikari Fukuoka. **1/2
King & Queen Tournament Kesshosen
Dynamite Kansai & Mohammad Yone & Maya Hashimoto vs. Alexander Otsuka & Azumi Hyuga & Hikari Fukuoka. *
Kayoko Haruyama & Ran Yu-Yu vs. Yoshiko Tamura & Misae Genki (replaces Yuka Nakamura, who gets hurt before the match officially starts). *1/2
Tsubasa Kuragaki vs. Yuki Lee. Digest.
Devil Masami & The Goddess Chikako Shiratori vs. Dynamite Kansai & Kana Mizaki. Digest.
Hikari Fukuoka Intai Jiai: Hikari Fukuoka & Candy Okutsu (ARSION) & Hiromi Yagi (free) vs. Azumi Hyuga & Carlos Amano & Command Bolshoi. 30:00 draw. The match focused on Hikari since she was retiring and had the expected good work and spots. ***1/4
Carlos Amano vs. Tsubasa Kuragaki. Carlos did a good job of carrying Kuragaki, but it was at the expense of her submission holds credibility. *3/4
JWP Junior Oza Ketteileaguesen: Maya Hashimoto vs. Yuka Nakamura (Neo). Digest
Devil Masami & Acute Sae vs. Command Bolshoi & Kayoko Haruyama. Digest
Ran Yu-Yu vs. Lioness Asuka (free). A disappointing match because Ran wasn't allowed to any kind of match for Lioness. **
Dynamite Kansai vs. Morimatsu (Jd'). Totally one-sided squash. DUD
JWP Nintei Musabetsukyu Senshuken: Azumi Hyuga vs. Kana Mizaki. Both women gave good performanes, but did nothing exceptional to generate the match quality or excitement needed to make the title match special. ***
Devil Masami & Ran Yu-Yu & Command Bolshoi vs. Yoshiko Tamura & Misae Genki & Chaparrita ASARI 22:05
IN AND OUT Irregular Single Match: Carlos Amano vs. Acute Sae & Maya Hashimoto 13:15
Kyoko Inoue vs. Kana Mizaki 18:05
Dynamite Kansai & Tsubasa Kuragaki vs. Azumi Hyuga & Kayuko Haruyama 21:43
Maya Hashimoto (Erika Watanabe) vs. Misae Genki. Hashimoto was typically awful. Genki isn't on the level where she can save such stiffs, so Hashimoto made her look bad. 6:18 of 13:14
Kayoko Haruyama & Tsubasa Kuragaki (Yasuko Kuragaki) vs. Miho Wakizawa & Kayo Noumi. The work was not that good, which you'd expect of a match when Noumi is easily the 2nd best. They did a lot of spots, but the execution was imprecise and the mental aspects were non existant. 15:14. *
Devil Masami & Acute Sae (Tomiko Sai) vs. Carlos Amano (Rieko Amano) & Ran Yu-Yu (Tomoko Miyaguchi). Amano & Ran were good, and Sae seemed to be improving. Devil wasn't as annoying here as she typically was at this time. She actually made it look like she'd submit to Amano's dobitski udehishikigyakujujigatame before making it to the ropes. 6:26 of 20:10
JWP Century End Special Zensedai B Block Leaguesen: Kana Mizaki (Kanako Motoya) vs. Command Bolshoi. This match had some really nice spots like Bolshoi spinning off Kana's shoulders into a pin then into an arm bar. Kana did some creative submissiions like stopping a nadare shiki move by turning it into a wakigatame with both still in the ropes. She also started out like her la magistral, but turned it into an udehishikigyakujujigatame. The thing is the match was pretty weak in between these impressive spots. The other thing is the JWP wrestlers pretty much universally suck at selling submissions, so rather than believing someone is going to tap I'm thinking rest hold. Also, the finish was abysmal. Bolshoi clocked Kana with a shotei then tried another, but Kana used the momentum to take her down and pin her. If they were going to do a flash finish, they should at least have used one of the many submissions so I might have believed in them slightly, especially since Bolshoi wasn't even hurt at the time she lost. 11:07. **1/4
JWP Century End Special Zensedai A Block Leaguesen: Azumi Hyuga vs. Dynamite Kansai. Confused match that made no statement for Azumi, even though for the league to survive that should have been not the top but the one and only priority of the match. Visually the match was tough to take because Kansai was so much bigger than Azumi, and also too slow for Azumi's stuff to really come off right (it should have been worked differently so Azumi's speed would have stood out). An early misstep was Azumi being afraid to lock up with Kansai, after Dynasaur's intimidation. Azumi didn't do any damage in the first 8 minutes, but the match was good after that with her injuring Kansai's knee and attacking it. At one point Kansai escaped to the floor only to be caught with the Hokuto tope con hilo. Kansai did a surprisingly great job of putting over her knee. One of the best spots had Azumi turning the splash mountain into a kaiten ebigatame for a near fall then going into a hizajujigatame. Suddenly at the 15-minute-mark, Kansai just started no selling everything, including her knee. Azumi soon won when she sloppily turned Kansai's splash mountain into a pin, but due to Kansai's no selling and the unconvincing nature both of the finisher itself and the way it was pulled off, it seemed like a fluke win. They had a good excuse for Kansai to lose, her "bad knee", but instead of exploiting that they had her recover only to lose unconvincingly. 17:47. ***
Neo Ladies Day show
Yuka Nakamura vs. Tsubasa Kuragaki 3:12 of 14:03
Saya Endo vs. Kanako Motoya 5:56 of 12:48
5 vs. 5 Unlimited Time Elimination Match: Kyoko Inoue & Chaparrita ASARI & Misae Genki & Yoshiko Tamura & Tanny Mouse vs. Azumi Hyuga & Dynamite Kansai & Command Bolshoi & Ran Yu-Yu & Carlos Amano 36:46. ***1/2
JWP Night show
Kana Mizaki & Carlos Amano vs. Devil Masami & Kayoko Haruyama digest of 15:38
Acute Sai vs. Yuka Nakamura 3:15 of 15:00
Saya Endo vs. Tsubasa Kuragaki 3:12 of 9:47
Azumi Hyuga & Dynamite Kansai & Command Bolshoi & Ran Yu-Yu vs. Kyoko Inoue & Chaparrita ASARI & Misae Genki & Yoshiko Tamura 19:40. **3/4
Yuka Nakamura vs. Ran Yu-Yu. 1/2*
Tanny "Another Version" Mouse vs. Command Bolshoi. 3:12 shown
Saya Endo vs. Carlos Amano. 3:34 shown.
Chaparrita ASARI vs. Devil Masami. *1/2
Kana sings LOVE SOUL. Devil sings REBIRTH.
Yoshiko Tamura vs. Kana Mizaki. ***1/2
Misae Genki vs. Dynamite Kansai. *3/4
Kyoko Inoue vs. Azumi Hyuga. *1/4
Kayoko Haruyama vs. Nanae Takahashi (AJW). 3:57 shown
Kana Mizaki & Tsubasa Kuragaki vs. Command Bolshoi & Acute Sae. 4:36 shown
Azumi Hyuga sings AKIRA
Dynamite Kansai & Kyoko Inoue vs. Azumi Hyuga & Misae Genki. *3/4
Zensedai League Digest
Zensedai League Sogo Yushosha Ketteisen (overall champion decision match): Ran Yu-Yu vs. Carlos Amano. **1/4
Plum Mariko Memorial 2 Fall Count Match: Azumi Hyuga & Dynamite Kansai & Carlos Amano & Kayoko Haruyama & Tsubasa Kuragaki vs. Devil Masami & Ran Yu-Yu & Command Bolshoi & Kana Mizaki & Acute Sae. **
Kana Mizaki vs. Shark Tsuchiya feud history
Kana Mizaki vs. Shark Tsuchiya. Short squash. When Kana finally goes offense, Crusher throws sludge on her. Shark quickly regains the offensive and puts Kana away. Just a waste. DUD
Tsubasa Kuragaki vs. Yoshiko Tamura. 3:32 shown.
Command Bolshoi & Kayoko Haruyama vs. Devil Masami & Tomiko Sai. 4:43 shown.
Dynamite Kansai & Takako Inoue vs. Ran Yu-Yu & Misae Genki. This was good while it lasted, but it had no finish. Takako stopped Genki from saving Yu-Yu after Kansai's splash mountain, but Takako made the save herself by kicking her own partner. Arguments back and forth ensued, but that was the end of the match.
JWP Nintei Musabetsukyu Senshukenjiai: Azumi Hyuga vs. Carlos Amano. Amano launches a strong focused attack on Kuzumi's knee. Kuzumi's selling is excellent in points, but she keeps using moves that require the knee, even the destiny hammer. It's like great selling, comeback with a flying move, sell the knee again. Amano was really good and aside from those mental lapses, Azumi did a really good job of doing her match and putting her over. This is a case where the match would have been better without the flying because it screwed up the psychology of the match. ***1/2
Kana Mizaki vs. Shark Tsuchiya. MAYA threw power on Shit then Kana pinned her. 0:25
Devil Masami vs. Saya Endo. Bloody & Fang helped Saya out, but she was still no match. 3:18 of 10:48
Azumi Hyuga vs. Kayoko Haruyama. Azumi tried to put Haruyama over, but she didn't have the offense to be credible. 4:09 of 16:21
Carlos Amano vs. Yoshiko Tamura. Submission oriented match, but it wasn't the least bit realistic. They used every submission they knew, and seemingly stayed in every one of them too long. 12:07 of 14:32
10/1 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan 2: Dynamite Kansai & Takako Inoue vs. Kana Mizaki & Yoshiko Tamura. A couple of Takako's moves backfired and hit Kansai to set up them opposing. 2:37 of 16:08
Dynamite Kansai & Command Bolshoi vs. Takako Inoue & Ran Yu-Yu. Ran was typically good anf fiery. Kansai and Bolshoi were adequate, but Takako really dragged it down. Well, it wasn't all her fault that it blended together because it was spots with no story or selling, but man were her punches terrible. 18:36. **
11/2 JWP Hall: Ran Yu-Yu vs. Command Bolshoi. Ran attacked Bolshoi as soon as they came out, leading to them brawling by the concession stand. She also tried to unmask Bolshoi. Seemed pretty good, but was hampered by a finish out of nowhere. 2:55 of 11:33
Kaori Yoneyama vs. Kayoko Haruyama. Yoneyama's debut. Incredibly basic. 1/2*
Carlos Amano vs. Chihiro Nakano. 5:39 shown
Azumi Hyuga & Acute Sae vs. Devil Masami & Malsera. 6:48 shown
11/14 Osaka IMP Hall: Dynamite Kansai & Kayoko Haruyama vs. Ran Yu-Yu & Kana Mizaki. Digest
Dynamite Kansai vs. Kana Mizaki. This match got off to a rreally good start with Kana taking shortcuts to gain the advantage on Kansai. Unfortunately, it totally fell apart when Kana hurt her knee doing a plancha, as she could barely stand for the rest of the match. *
11/13 Akutoshitei Hamamatsu: Azumi Hyuga & Dynamite Kansai vs. Ran Yu-Yu & Takako Inoue. Digest
11/14 Osaka IMP Hall: Azumi Hyuga vs. Command Bolshoi. Bolshoi upsets Azumi. Digest
JWP Nintei Musabetsukyu Oza Jiki (next) Chosensha (challenger) Ketteisen (decision match)=Tokubetsu (special) Lumberjack Rule: Ran Yu-Yu vs. Command Bolshoi. A frustrating match. Bolshoi pulled out all the stops, throwing seemingly every move she ever won with at Ran. Her work was really good. The match just went on forever though, with little selling and never building any kind of drama. Good moves, but goofy wrestling. **
Acute Sae vs. Chihiro Nakano. 4:00 shown
Yuki Miyazaki vs. Tsubasa Kuragaki. 4:35 shown
Devil Masami vs. Kyoko Ichiki. 5:27 shown
Command Bolshoi & Carlos Amano vs. Dynamite Kansai & Kayoko Haruyama. Basically what you'd expect with Devil being dominant, but Haruyama not being able to hold up her end. Adequate match with lots of action, but it was nothing but spots. **
12/8/99 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan 2: Ran Yu-Yu & Devil Masami vs. Azumi Hyuga & Dynamite Kansai. 1:37 shown
12/10/99 Tokyo Kitazawa Town Hall: Command Bolshoi & Carlos Amano vs. Azumi Hyuga & Ran Yu-Yu. 1:34 shown
JWP Nintei Musabetsukyu Senshukenjiai: Azumi Hyuga vs. Ran Yu-Yu. Ran wins title. These two are stuck at the same level of work and never wrestle any smarter. This match was extra long, but the length just took away from it because they killed time instead of making good use out of it. The last 11 minutes were really good with all the big moves and their typical high level of work, it's just the first 13 that left a lot to be desired. ***
JWP '99 PURE HEART SPECIAL PARTY. Includes a fashion check section where they look at what everyone wore to the party and the '99 Awards where Kana Mizaki somehow brought home the MVP.
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