Cooga retirement ceremony
Megumi Yabushita & Sumie Sakai vs. Nanae Takahashi & Miho Wakizawa. Takahashi hurt her shoulder taking a suplex a little more than 4 minutes into the match. She wasn't able to continue, so instead of Momoe going 2-1 they just stopped the match.
Fang Suzuki vs. Obatchi Iizuka. Obatchi was immitating Takako here. 1:18 shown
Morimatsu & KAZUKI vs. Sachie Abe & Hiroyo Muto. 2:06 shown
Yuko Kosugi vs. Ranmaru (Tomoka Isozaki) . Some blown spots, but it was entertaining. Ranmaru could be a better version of ASARI when she gets more experience. 3:51 shown
AWF Sekai Joshi Senshuken: Yoshiko Tamura vs. The Bloody. The match got off to a really good start with nice spots and sequences. The match declined as it went on because they had a few execution problems and reverted back to the typical Fang and co. interferes stuff. The finish was out of nowhere, but a Dragon suplex off the top is so deadly that it didn't matter. Bloody regained the title that she never should have lost to Tamura to begin with. ***
Lioness Asuka vs. Dynamite Kansai. Kansai has nothing left. She is really slow and unathletic. Lioness couldn't plug her into her match because Kansai wouldn't take the bumps. They teased a lot of the big moves that we normally see, but really never delivered. There were a few highlights like Lioness doing a diving footstomp off the top through a table to the floor, but in the end it was the only boring singles match Lioness has had in the last 3-4 years. *3/4
1/13 Tokyo Kitazawa Town Hall: Lioness Asuka & Crusher Maedomari & Morimatsu vs. Yuko Kosugi & Megumi Yabushita & Sumie Sakai. 0:47 shown.
Highlights of Sumie Sakai's matches from the 3rd Jaguar's Cup
Nitohei? Debutsen: Obatchi Iizuka vs. Nitohei. Nitohei wears a green army looking outfit with matching facepaint, and acts like it was shell shocked. Picture a green Saburo on an acid trip. Really ridiculous and pathetic match. Luckily it's only 3 1/2 minutes. -***
Sachie Abe & Hiroyo Muto vs. Fang Suzuki & Saya Endo. 4:41 shown
TWF Sekai Single Oza Chosensha Ketteisen (TWF World Single Crown Challenger Decison Match): Yuko Kosugi vs. The Bloody. Bloody's shoulder was taped up and she was favoring it from the get go. Kosugi attacked it, and Bloody wrestled the rest of the match like her arm was in an imaginary sling. She used the arm to tombstone Kosugi on the hard wood floor, but that was about it. She was able to do a footstomp off the apron and a senton attack off the 2nd to the floor, but those kind of moves were about it for her. Kosugi kept on the shoulder until she got the submission win. It was kind of short since Kosugi was working the next match, which was long, and the sequences and whatnot weren't as good because Bloody was "handicapped," but it had a good focused story. ***
TWF Tag Title Pasen 8 Woman Tag Match: Lioness Asuka & Crusher Maedomari & Morimatsu & KAZUKI vs. Yuko Kosugi & Megumi Yabushita & Ranmaru & Himemaru. The most action we've seen in a Jd' tag match since Jaguar retired. Fast-paced, exciting match. All the faces were good and did a lot of nice moves. Outside of Lioness, the heels weren't good, particularly when it came to setting their spots up. It was a little sloppy, especially in the 3rd fall when they got tired due to the length and pace. Lioness vs. Yabushita produced the best wrestling, with the highlight being Lioness turning a flying arm bar into something of a Michinoku driver II. ***1/2
Obatchi Iizuka vs. Torihi. Terrible comedy match. Torihi makes Obatchi look like a great wrestler. Part of the match was focused around Torihi getting wild when her army hat came off. The "big" spot that involved this saw Obatchi go for her daikon chop, but Ref Yoko Takahashi pulled Torihi's hat off and Obatchi was so horrified by this monstrosity that she fell off the top rope. -**
Sachie Abe vs. KAZUKI. KAZUKI worked over Abe's arm, which was much better in concept then in practice. Not surprisingly, after building the whole match around the arm, the last few minutes had absolutely nothing to do with it and Abe wasn't even selling it anymore. Abe was alright, but this was mainly KAZUKI's match and, even though she wrestled fairly smart most of the match, she just isn't any good. *1/2
Ranmaru & Himemaru (Jaguar Yokota) vs. The Bloody & Fang Suzuki. The Maru's aren't experienced enough to be wrestling a 30:00 match. This match had some good moments, but it had too much filler. It wasn't structured very well and didn't really build, so the finish was pretty disappointing, especially since Fang appeared to be the only one that had anything left. Fang was actually pretty good here. She still lacks offense, but she's working more competently. Her submission arsenal is getting better. The Maru's teamwork is pretty good, particularly a double Buff blockbuster off the 2nd, but Ranmaru lacks the fundamentals to succeed in a match this long and if Himemaru is Jaguar she is either trying hard to not make it obvious or just way off her game. **
Elimination Match: Yuko Kosugi & Megumi Yabushita & Sachie Abe & Hiroyo Muto vs. Lioness Asuka & Crusher Maedomari & Morimatsu & KAZUKI. Lioness, Yabushita, and surprisingly Abe were good, but Kosugi was off and the rest don't offer much. The best segment was when Yabushita was countering all Lioness' moves, but then the typical crap occured as Yabushita was basically pinned as soon as she couldn't counter. Kosugi got to fair much better against Lioness, but they didn't work nearly as well together so she seemed more outclassed then you'd expect. Muto was kind of pushed here. She's alright from an execution standpoint, but needs to develop more moves, especially since she lacks the size to rely so much on power. **1/2
The Battle Royal-Obatchi Iizuka, Ranmaru, Torimi, KAZUKI, Fang Suzuki, & Saya Endo. This was as ridiculous as it gets due to Obatchi & Torimi, who made it a total farce. Ranmaru & Fang tried to wrestle, but with all Obatchi & Torimi's ridiculous antics, it was a lost cause. -***
Kick Rule 3 Minutes 3 Rounds: Yoko Takahashi vs. Tomomi Kaze (All Japan Kickboxing) Takahashi had a big height and reach advantage, but her strikes were really lame, like love taps. It seems like she's really out of practice, as I don't remember her being all that bad, but today she had nothing on any of her strikes.
TWF Sekai Tag Senshukenjiai: Crusher Maedomari & Morimatsu vs. Yuko Kosugi & Hiroyo Muto. Heels totally dominated. They cut Kosugi up with a fork. Boring match. *
TWF Sekai Single Senshukenjiai: Lioness Asuka vs. The Bloody. Match was extremely well worked and had a ton of big moves even though it was short. It was really obvious that Bloody wasn't respected though as she was lucky to be able to just compete with Lioness even though Fang & Saya interjected themselves on her behalf on several occassions. If Bloody actually had a chance to win, which at this point it's totally ridiculous that they still book her in a way that she doesn't, these two could have done a women's match of the year. Instead, the match fell flat because Bloody didn't push and there was no drama. ***1/2
AWF World Women's Title Match: The Bloody vs. Yoko Kosugi
Megumi Yabushita & Sachie Abe vs. Carlos Amano & Acute Sae
Fang Suzuki vs. Morimatsu. Digest
Hiroyo Muto vs. Ranmaru. Digest
Torii vs. Obatchi Iizuka. Digest
The Bloody vs. Obatchi Iizuka
Carlos Amano vs. Sachie Abe
Ranmaru vs. Himemaru
AWF Sekai Joshi Senshuken Oza Ketteisen ~LSD 2000 Match~: Yuko Kosugi vs. Megumi Yabushita vs. Fang Suzuki vs. Morimatsu vs. Hiroyo Muto
5/28/00 Tokyo Allen Hall: The Bloody & Toshie Uematsu vs. Yuko Kosugi & Fang Suzuki. Match was pretty good, though I expected better. Kosugi didn't seem to do much, but Fang was pretty good again and Bloody & Uematsu work well together for a fairly new team. 10:20 shown.
Bunkhouse Anywhere Death Match ex-SHADE BREAKRS: The Bloody vs. Fang Suzuki. A somewhat bloody brawl between former partners. There were several suplexes on the floor, but overall it was not that spectacular moves wise. The thing is the moves were connected in a logical manner and were all performed well. Fang is no longer a stiff, and this was a quality brawl. ***1/4
Sumie Sakai ? Protest Match: Sumie Sakai vs. Chiaki Nishi & Haruka Matsuo. These are two of the astresses (athlete + actress) Jd' is training. They still need a lot of work. Sakai dumbed down to their level, but still the spots were slow and deliberate. 1:36 shown.
Midget vs. Woman Mixed Match: Tomezo Tsunokake vs. Torime. Ridiculous. Obatchi was the ref, but she wound up winning the match with Torime counting the fall. 2:28 shown
Hiroyo Muto & KAZUKI & Himemaru vs. Sachie Abe & Morimatsu & Ranmaru. Maru's going at it was easily the highlight. The rest was passable. 5:29 shown
FUTURE VIEW: Yuko Kosugi vs. Azumi Hyuga. This was one of Kuzumi's best matches since the goofy name change, and mainly because of her work. They had no problems working together, and did one big move after another. Kosugi's footstomps, particularly the one off the apron, were nasty. She also did Masato Tanaka's Diamond dust. ***1/4
Vale Tudosen The Final 10 Minutes 3 Rounds: Megumi Yabushita vs. Momoe Nakanishi. This really was a shoot. It was interesting to see them in a real situation, but it really wasn't a very exciting match. It was pretty even in that they both were in control several times, but neither did damage or came close to winning. I think these two could both be very good for their size if they were going to shoot regularly, but at this point they are at the level where they know the positions but don't really have the offense from them.
Special Tag Match: Sumie Sakai & Ayako Hamada vs. Megumi Yabushita & Linda Starr. More toward the ARSION lucha oriented style. The sequences weren't as good as they are in those matches because the Jd' girls and ARSION girls aren't used to working together. Match was all spots, and there were lots of good ones though. ***
Chiaki Nishi Debutsen: Sachie Abe vs. Chiaki Nishi. Nishi looked pretty bad. Her dropkicks had no altitude or impact. Here strikes were also lame. Either she was nervous or they should have had her train longer before she debuted. 3:35 shown
Battle Royal with Ranmaru, Himemaru, KAZUKI, Obatchi Iizuka, & Torii. I didn't expect anything, but it wasn't too bad since the Maru's were featured instead of the ridiculousness of the comedy clowns. 5:21 shown.
Jd' Junior Senshukenjiai: Hiroyo Muto vs. Alda Moreno. Muto has improved a lot this year. She even has a new finisher where she puts her opponent in her Argentine backbreaker on the middle rope and then gives them an inverted Samoan drop off of it. Alda has certainly been involved in much more spectacular matches, but for once the moves were actually done well enough. 7:15 shown
Free Weapon Chain Death Match: Fang Suzuki vs. Morimatsu. They put over the toll of the match well, but there weren't a lot of other positives. It was mainly a brawl where they beat each other with weapons. Morimatsu bled. It did eventually turn into a wrestling match when Fang went on offense in the ring. *1/2
LSD 2000: Yuko Kosugi vs. The Bloody. Match had a 30 minute time limit (although it seemed to go 33), with the wrestler who scored the last victory being declared the winner. They brawled outside the ring early, with Kosugi giving Bloody a nasty backdrop onto an open folding chair. Kosugi injured her back early on, but wouldn't let the seconds wrap it up. They seemed to have the stamina, but they were going so much longer than normal that maybe they just didn't know what else they wanted to do so they killed some time in the middle. Either that or it was to give Kosugi's back, which Bloody never attacked, some time to recover. In any case, when they left this section Kosugi's back didn't seem to be hampering her any and the match got really good. It didn't necessarily make the most sense, but everything flowed together really well and the execution was as good as they've ever done. Kosugi's offense isn't a lot different than it was a year ago, but she's a lot more brutal and effective now, similar to Kaoru Ito as she gained experience. One highlight was Bloody diving off the stairs to the upper level with a senton attack. Bloody, who seems to always do something you don't or hardly see elsewhere, also did a German and a Dragon suplex off the middle rope. ***1/2
AWF Sekai Joshi Senshuken Oza Ketteisen (title decision match) LSD 2000: Yuki Morimatsu vs. Sumie Sakai vs. Fang Suzuki vs. Megumi Yabushita. Four people it just too much; it makes the match seem so chaotic. I can't say I'm certain what the rules of this match were. I thought LSD 2000 was most wins in 30 minutes, but the wrestler who got the most wins was Yabushita, and she isn't the one that got the title. The wrestler that got the title is the one who got the final win, so I guess the last fall is the deciding one regardless of how many the match contains. In any case, Yabushita vs. Sakai was good, but Fang didn't have one of her better days and Morimatsu is always garbage. 25:20 shown
Obatchi Iizuka vs. Chiaki Nishi. The rookie, Nishi, relies almost solely on dropkicks. Obatchi did a few of her regular tricks, but as a whole she wasn't really clowning around here. Really bad. 3:56 shown
Hiroyo Muto vs. Harumi Torii. Torii dressed normally, and tried to wrestle seriously. Her offense still sucked, but at least she did a couple missile kicks off the 2nd and a bulldog rather than act like some kind of mutant. Muto is becoming a competent wrestler, but her offense is like Genki Misae cerca 1996, completely arcane. They kept it basic and have no flash, but at least they hit their spots. Muto does do one cool move as a her finisher now, a Russian leg sweep off the middle rope. *
Sachie Abe vs. Alda Moreno. Alda was more conservative here. Even though her thing is flash, this was a good thing because her spots were still cool and she hit a much higher percentage of them. Abe still couldn't hang with Alda offensively, but she is a competent wrestler when she stays within herself, which is what she did here. Not the most spectacular match of Alda's career, but it had good action and Abe put up a good fight. **
Megumi Yabushita & Sumie Sakai & Fang Suzuki vs. Ranmaru & Himemaru & KAZUKI. This is where the show got good. In comparison to the previous matches, the moves were much hotter and the pace was much faster. I don't know where Yabushita & Sakai got their energy from after wrestling for 30 minutes just a few matches ago. Fang was better here as well, but basically the quality came from Yabushita & Sakai vs. Marus. It was a short spot match that was a little sloppy, but that seems like the m.o. for independent wrestling these days. **3/4
The X-FACTORS: The Bloody & Mima Shimoda vs. Saya Endo & Lioness Asuka. Shimoda & Lioness were mystery partners, so that's where the X name of the match comes from. Apparently Jd' knew they could sell 200 tickets with or without the only two "draws" that appeared on the show. Well, at least they didn't roll out Savio Vega and expect everyone to be all excited. This was also a fast paced match. It had a fair amount of drama and intensity. Shimoda was hardly the focus of the match, mainly working during the first half, but she still gave them a spirited performance for their money. Saya was considerably better than normal here, I think mainly because it was a good situation. She had top notch opponents, and worked with Bloody a lot so she didn't have to be the scrub that took all the beating so Lioness could get all the glory. Her opponents having strong move sets definitely helps her though because she still is a brawler with a few good moves. Although Lioness was the star of the match in all regards, the focus was actually on Bloody and the near fall laden finishing segment she worked with Saya wasn't a let down in quality. Shimoda is really what made this one of the best Jd' matches of the year simply because Lioness & Bloody give you the same high quality virtually every time out, but their singles matches can't be excellent because Bloody isn't given the respect to actually challenge and there isn't much support on the Jd' roster for them to have notable tag matches. ***1/2
Obatchi Iizuka & Ranmaru vs. Sachie Abe & Chiaki Nishi. Not a bad match, but basic and not particularly exciting. Abe totally carried her team, and made Obatchi look more passable. It was practically 2-1 since Nishi can't do anything. Ranmaru wasn't involved as much as I would have liked, but she looked good even in spite of working with Nishi. *1/2
The Bloody vs. Kamen Tenshi Rosetta. This Rosetta was Hiromi Yagi. This was very good while it lasted, but it was a big mismatch since Rosetta is "some Wrestle Yume Factory scrub." It's too bad because Yagi vs. Bloody would easily have stolen the show, but Rosetta vs. Bloody was Bloody with a diving senton at just 4:16. Bloody tried to rip Rosetta's mask off after the match, but a suddenly much taller Kamen Tenshi Freia made the save. **
Jd' Junior Senshukenjiai: Hiroyo Muto vs. KAZUKI. A 70's match that had more modern moves in the second half. They did structure the match pretty well. KAZUKI used her heel 101 arsenal early to try to establish herself to the couple hundred people that actually came. Muto came back and caught KAZUKI in her finisher and some other "big moves," but the challenger wasn't going to quit no matter what. KAZUKI finally succumbed after 4 Russian leg sweeps in a row an a nadare shiki no Argentine backbreaker drop (if that's what it's called?). KAZUKI had her head shaved after the loss. *3/4
Sumie Sakai & Himemaru vs. Mima Shimoda & Saya Endo. Lots of action here, with Sakai & Maru doing all their flashy moves. In spite of the hot moves, these wrestlers not having worked with each other much if at all showed when it came to the setup and sequences (nothing difficult). Shimoda did most of the work for her team. She was "close to losing" a few times toward the very end. I doubt anyone really thought she'd lose, but at least she gave her opponents, who both looked pretty good, something. **3/4
AWF Sekai Joshi Senshukenjiai: Yuki Morimatsu vs. Fang Suzuki. They came out wielding arms, and proceeded to start brawling before the bell even rang. Morimatsu decided she wanted to wrestler and got Fang to drop her weapon, at which point it went from weapons back and forth to lariats back and forth. Not much skill was displayed and there was a lot of sameness, so the match just wasn't compelling. *
TWF Sekai Senshukenjiai: Lioness Asuka vs. Megumi Yabushita. The same old story. It should have been an excellent match, but Lioness didn't put Yabushita over. Sure she took Yabushita's moves, but no matter how many times Yabushita trapped her in a submission, there was no sense of urgency from Lioness. It doesn't matter how legitimate the submissions used on someone are if it's fake and they aren't acting like they are in trouble. Techically it was a good match, but how can you have a non-competitive match as the main event of the "biggest" show of the year? Jd' isn't going to draw a large number of fans no matter what, but there were practically as many people at my CYO basketball games and I think it's about time they begin to examine why. **
TWF Sekai Tag Pasen LSD 2hr Rule. This show is one two hour match for the tag titles. Two teams start and have a match with a 15 minute time limit, with the winners staying on and the losers coming back later, usually with a different partner. The ultimate winner of the match is the team that scores the last fall.
Drake Morimatsu & Hiroyo Muto vs. Etsuko Mita & Sachie Abe. Muto was in almost the whole match, which I guess is a good thing considering her partner. Abe hurt her knee on a blown spot, but seemed to be okay after a minute or two. Mita was the best in the match, but didn't exactly go out of her way to raise the overall quality.
Drake Morimatsu & Hiroyo Muto vs. Ranmaru & Himemaru. Better than the previous match due to the Marus. They are at their best when they are double teaming or doing their martial arts movie kicks. Aside from their few cool moves, the match was rather dull. The pace was slow because Muto was involved most of the time for the second match in a row and in general everyone was pacing themselves because they had to wrestle more matches.
Command Bolshoi & Kayoko Haruyama vs. Obatchi Iizuka & Harumi Torii. Torii is so horrible. At one point she ran off the ropes and went to bulldog Haruyama, but somehow she ran on by without taking Haruyama's head with her so she had to try a second time. Bolshoi was maybe average, but the rest were unimpressive.
Command Bolshoi & Kayoko Haruyama vs. Obatchi Iizuka & Chiaki Nishi. Bolshoi was smart, she pretty much stayed out of this debacle. Thankfully, it was short.
Command Bolshoi & Kayoko Haruyama vs. Etsuko Mita & Hiroyo Muto. Mita & Muto is an interesting team because both take a similar approach and have a similar style aside from Muto not brawling. Bolshoi was in more here since there were opponents that can be worked with.
Etsuko Mita & Hiroyo Muto vs. Kamen Tenshi Rosetta & Kamen Tenshi Freia. Rosetta wasn't Yagi this time, which was too bad because this Rosetta was quite sloppy and hurt the matches more than she helped them. Mita did more here than in some of the previous matches, but it was okay at best. The finish was a flash pin, but it worked as well as they ever work since it was a counter for the opponent's finisher.
Kamen Tenshi Rosetta & Kamen Tenshi Freia (Carlos Amano) vs. Megumi Yabushita & Sumie Sakai. This was the best match so far due to Yabushita & Sakai, who were good as usual. Freia was also good. The problem with this match is it didn't build or pick up.
Megumi Yabushita & Sumie Sakai vs. Ranmaru & Tsukimaru (Saya Endo). Tsukimaru wears a yellow outfit similar to the other Maru's. She didn't show as much here as they usually do though. Decent
Megumi Yabushita & Sumie Sakai vs. Fang Suzuki & Saya Endo. If Saya wasn't injured then I don't understand this at all because this was the only match she was in and she wasn't even involved in all 54 seconds of it.
Megumi Yabushita & Sumie Sakai vs. The Bloody & KAZUKI. Best match of the night. Bloody carried her team, but KAZUKI was above her usual standard (granted that's not high). Still, Yabushita's segments with KAZUKI were a little rough even though Yabushita had been the best performer of the night. Bloody was very good, but the screw job finish hurt the match.
Tsukimaru & Himemaru vs. Drake Morimatsu & Fang Suzuki. This was weird because the Maru's were the only ones cheating. They didn't use objects or anything, but Ranmaru came in a couple times and did a move or broke up a pin. Considering the Maru's still didn't win, this match didn't exactly do anything for them.
Drake Morimatsu & Fang Suzuki vs. Megumi Yabushita & Sumie Sakai. Suddenly Morimatsu & Fang were in full brawling mode. Bloody & KAZUKI were helping them out, so it was a the four of them using gimmicks to massacre the poor faces. Sakai bled profusely. She was "about to be pinned" when Muto came in and saved her. This led to Sakai beginning to mount a comeback by countering into flash pins, but time expired before she could tag. This was on its way to being the best match of the night, but since it was just getting interesting when it ended at 8 1/2 minutes without a fall, it was rather anticlimactic. The end was logical in the sense that Yabushita & Sakai were clearly the top team of the night, but they got screwed twice so they didn't come out with the belts, meaning rematches were in order.
Chiaki Nishi vs. Harumi Torii. Torii had the look of an American guy who was about 40 years behind the times style wise. Neither show a milligram of potential. DUD
Obatchi Iizuka vs. Sachie Abe. Abe actually sold the stocking over the head, acting like it was suffocating her. Obatchi can do some things in the ring aside from clown now, so it was more comedy oriented then they went to their highspots. *1/4
Fang Suzuki & KAZUKI vs. Sumie Sakai & Hiroyo Muto. Sakai was good here, but no one else was on her level. There was a lot of KAZUKI vs. Muto since they have a little program going now. Their stuff was okay, mainly due to Muto who is becoming a solid worker, but it's hard to get into it when you've just seen Sakai wrestle. **
Ranmaru & Tsukimaru vs. The Bloody & Kurohime. Kurohime appears to be Himemaru as a heel that wears a darker Maru outfit. Good action, but kind of sloppy. *3/4
Bloody visits with her relatives
AWF Sekai Joshi Senshukenjiai: Drake Morimatsu vs. Megumi Yabushita. Yabushita has been relying more heavily on submissions lately. That hasn't helped her matches since she wasn't winning with them and they weren't put over that much, but today she finally won a title with one. Wrestling was fine, but it wasn't the most exciting match. **
Obatchi tries to visit the S-ARENA studio
Megumi Yabushita vs. Chiaki Nishi
Tsukimaru vs. Chitose Yamamoto
Hiroyo Muto vs. Drake Morimatsu
Obatchi Iizuka vs. Torii
Megumi Yabushita & Sachie Abe vs. Sumie Sakai & Kyusei Ninja Ranmaru
The Bloody & Kurohime vs. Fang Suzuki & Kazuki
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