Chigusa Nagayo vs. Sakura Hirota
Sugar Sato & Chikayo Nagashima vs. Toshie Uematsu & Kyoko Ichiki
Bomber Hikari vs. Rimi Ishii
Maiko Matsumoto vs. Bomber Hikari
AAAW Junior Tag Title Match: Sonoko Kato & Meiko Satomura vs. Chihiro Nakano & Makie Numao
Reyna Jabuki vs. La Infernal
GAEA Champ Forum #28 WRESTLING BIBLE taped 1/12/97 Hyogo Kobe Fashion Mart
AAAW Junior Heavyweight Tag Title Match: Sonoko Kato & Meiko Satomura vs. Makie Numao & Chihiro Nakano 20:36
Mayumi Ozaki & Sugar Sato & Chikayo Nagashima vs. Chigusa Nagayo & Meiko Satomura & Sonoko Kato 24:30
KAORU & Kiyoko Ichiki vs. Akira Hokuto Hokuto & Toshie Uematsu 22:34
GAEA #29 3/1/97 taped 2/16/97 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
Sonoko Kato & Sakura Hirota & Hiromi Kato vs. Toshie Uematsu & Kyoko Ichiki & Rina Ishii 21:30
WCW Women's Cruiserweight Championship Tournament
Chihiro Nakano vs. Sugar Sato. Clip
Makie Numao vs. Meiko Satomura. Clip
WCW Women's Cruiserweight Tournament Final: Sugar Sato vs. Meiko Satomura 11:49.
KAORU & Maiko Matsumoto vs. Chigusa Nagayo & Akira Hokuto 17:53
Makie Numao & Chihiro Nakano vs. Rimi Ishii & Maiko Matsumoto
Bomber Hikari vs. Hiromi Kato
Mayumi Ozaki & Sugar Sato & Chikayo Nagashima vs. Chigusa Nagayo & Sonoko Kato & Meiko Satomura
Devil Masami vs. Sakura Hirota
Akira Hokuto & Toshie Uematsu vs. KAORU & Kyoko Ichiki
Note: some if not all matches digested
2/16 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
Toshie Uematsu & Kiyoko Ichiki & Rina Ishii vs. Sonoko Kato & Sakura Hirota & Hiromi Kato
Chigusa Nagayo & Akira Hokuto vs. KAORU & Maiko Matsumoto
3/15 Tokyo Korakuen Hall: Akira Hokuto & Sonoko Kato vs. KAORU & Meiko Satomura
4/12 Hakata Starlanes: Akira Hokuto vs. KAORU. Akira picked her spot here and had her best match of 1997. Unfortunately, the reality is that Akira can't produce a classic like she could in 1993 and KAORU is just a spot machine. This had tons of big spots, but they weren't utilized as well as they could have been and the drama wasn't near the level it should have been. Very good.
WCW World Women's Cruiserweight 1st Champion league digest
4/21 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan 2
WCW World Women's Cruiserweight Title Match: Toshie Uematsu vs. Yuka Shiina
Akira Hokuto & Maiko Matsumoto vs. Chikayo Nagashima & Reiko Amano
Devil Masami & Meiko Satomura vs. Chigusa Nagayo & Sonoko Kato
4/29 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
Chigusa Nagayo & Toshiyo Yamada vs. Meiko Satomura & Sonoko Kato
WCW World Women's Cruiserweight Title Match: Toshie Uematsu vs. Sugar Sato
Akira Hokuto & Maiko Matsumoto vs. Mayumi Ozaki & Chikayo Nagashima
Chikayo Nagashima & Sugar Sato vs. Hiromi Kato & Sakura Hirota 17:38
Kiyoko Ichiki vs. Rina Ishii 13:49
Meiko Satomura & Sonoko Kato vs. Maiko Matsumoto & Toshie Uematsu 23:12
Akira Hokuto & KAORU vs. Chihiro Nakano & Makie Numao 16:37
Mayumi Ozaki vs. Chigusa Nagayo 22:02
GAEA #32 3/22/97 taped 2/23/97 Nagoya-Shi Taiikukan
Mayumi Ozaki vs. Chigusa Nagayo 22:02. Reviewed in Quebrada #21. ***1/4
GAEA #33 4/19/97 taped 3/15/97 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
UNBALANCE AND SCOOP: Sugar Sato & Chikayo Nagashima vs. Rina Ishii & Maiko Matsumoto
STREET DREAMS: Toshie Uematsu vs. Makie Numao
PRIDE: Chigusa Nagayo vs. Sakura Hirota & Hiromi Kato
WORLD BRAND: Akira Hokuto & Sonoko Kato vs. KAORU & Meiko Satomura
Chikayo Nagashima & Sugar Sato vs. Maiko Matsumoto & Rina Ishii 1:16
Makie Numao vs. Toshie Uematsu 17:43
Handicap Match: Chigusa Nagayo vs. Hiromi Kato & Sakura Hirota 0:54
Akira Hokuto & Sonoko Kato vs. KAORU & Meiko Satomura 17:29
Sonoko Kato vs. Sugar Sato 14:58
Chikayo Nagashima & Sakura Hirota vs. Rina Ishii & Toshie Uematsu 17:23
Chigusa Nagayo & Makie Numao vs. Meiko Satomura & Sonoko Kato 17:37
Akira Hokuto vs. KAORU 14:45
GAEA 4/26/97 taped 4/21/97 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukan 2
WCW Women's Cruiserweight Title: Toshie Uematsu vs. Yuka Shiina 11:14. **
Akira Hokuto & Maiko Matsumoto vs. Reiko Amano (JWP) & Chikayo Nagashima 9:58. *3/4
Devil Masami & Meiko Satomura vs. Chigusa Nagayo & Sonoko Kato 15:24.
GAEA Champ Forum #35 5/3/97
Toshiyo Yamada & Chigusa Nagayo vs. Sonoko Kato & Meiko Satomura 12:36
Mayumi Ozaki & Chikayo Nagashima vs. Akira Hokuto & Maiko Matsumoto 14:14
GAEA #36 5/24/97
JUNCTION 4/12/97 Hakata Starlanes: KAORU vs. Akira Hokuto 14:45. Akira picked her spot here and had her best match of 1997. Unfortunately, the reality is that Akira can't produce a classic like she could in 1993 and KAORU is just a spot machine. This had tons of big spots, but they weren't utilized as well as they could have been and the drama wasn't near the level it should have been. Still, among the best matches either had outside of AJW. Very good.
5/10/97 Niigata-shi Taiikukan: KAORU & Chihiro Nakano vs. Chigusa Nagayo & Makie Numao 14:40
5/18/97 Hachioji Multipurpose Plaze: KAORU & Nakano & Numao vs. Chigusa & Meiko Satomura & Sonoko Kato. Highlights of 15:16.
GAEA #37 taped 5/25/97 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
KAORU vs. Chigusa Nagayo 8:46. Much more submission oriented than you'd expect. Like an ARSION style match, except it was pre-ARSION. A sprint with KAORU doing her typically poor job of incorporating her spots. What they did looked good although some of it didn't make the most sense. **3/4
Toshiyo Yamada & Meiko Satomura & Sonoko Kato vs. Akira Hokuto & Toshie Uematsu & Maiko Matsumoto 18:13. Too long. Some good stuff, but kind of scattered with a lot of filler. **
GAEA #38 7/5/97 taped 6/13/97 Kawasaki
Meiko Satomura vs. Hiromi Kato 5:03. Worked shoot.
Makie Numao vs. Sonoko Kato 5:06. Worked shoot.
Over The Top Rope Rule 5 vs. 5 Elimination Match: Sugar Sato & Chikayo Nagashima & Hiromi Kato & Toshie Uematsu & Maiko Matsumoto vs. Chigusa Nagayo & Toshiyo Yamada & Meiko Satomura & Sonoko Kato & Makie Numao 17:56. ***1/2
GAEA #39 7/12/97 taped 6/22/97 Shizuoka
Akira Hokuto & Maiko Matsumoto vs. Hiromi Kato & Sakura Hirota 11:20. **1/2
Mayumi Ozaki & Sugar Sato vs. Chigusa Nagayo & Sonoko Kato 21:40. ***3/4
GAEA #40 7/19/97 taped 7/2/97 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan 2
Chigusa Nagayo vs. Rina Ishii 9:28. *1/4
Akira Hokuto & KAORU vs. Toshiyo Yamada & Makie Numao 16:59. **1/4.
Sugar Sato & Chikayo Nagashima & Maiko Matsumoto & Hiromi Kato vs. Meiko Satomura & Sonoko Kato & Toshie Uematsu & Sakura Hirota 17:52. **
GAEA Champ Forum #43 8/9/97 taped 7/21/97 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
Highlights of Yamada's last AJW match (vs. Toyota)
Toshiyo Yamada 1st GAEA Match, Pancrase Rules: Toshiyo Yamada vs. KAORU 10:16. Yamada looked very comfortable in this situation. Pretty exciting match. KAORU's palm strikes were kind of week. Good.
Meiko Satomura & Sonoko Kato vs. Chigusa Nagayo & Toshie Uematsu 20:22. Work was good and the match served its purpose. ***
Sugar Sato & Chikayo Nagashima vs. Reyna Jabuki (Toshiyo Yamada doing Hokuto's gimmick) & Infernal KAORU 10:27. Very good match though a bit short. Very fast-paced 10 minute spot match. ***1/2
Rina Ishii & Sakura Hirota & Hiromi Kato (GAEA team) vs. Nana Fujimura & Aya Koyama & Miho Kawasaki (Big Japan team). No one had many spots, but the match was well laid out and practiced so they had it down well before they went out there. Lots of near falls with Ishii & Kato having good performances. **
Miyuki Fujii (AJW) vs. Sachie Abe (Jd'). Highlights.
Miyuki Sogabe (Jd') & Sari Osumi (JWP) vs. Nanae Takahashi & Miho Wakizawa (AJW team). Highlights.
ZENJYO VS. LLPW YOUNG GENERATION FIRST CONTACT: Tanny Mouse & Misae Genki (AJW team) vs. Keiko Aono & Miho Watabe (LLPW team). Aono was the best and Miho showed a lot of heart standing up to the much bigger Genki. AJW team looked bad. Below average.
GAEA VS. HEISEI GUREN-TAI HARDCORE SURVIVAL: Makie Numao & Maiko Matsumoto (GAEA team) vs. The Bloody (Jd') & Sayori Okino (LLPW) . Mediocre. Everyone here lacks offense and the heels aren't good at playing heel. *3/4
NEW HEROINE JUNIOR QUEEN CHALLENGE: Tomoko Kuzumi (JWP) vs. Chiharu (SPWF). This was practically Chiharu's first match. Kuzumi did a good job of carrying her, but it was a bad match by her standards because it had to be kept so simple. *3/4
AJ Jr. Title: Momoe Nakanishi (AJW) vs. Sumie Sakai (Jd'). Sakai was working on a fractured leg. This was fine technically, but it was an AJW junior style match so there weren't many high spots and there wasn't a lot of back and forth. **
NEO ENERGY SCRAMBLE: Sugar Sato (GAEA) & Chikayo Nagashima (GAEA) & Rieko Amano (JWP) vs. Yuka Shiina (AJW) & Kanako Motoya (JWP) & Yuko Kosugi (Jd'). Best match of the show. Really heated and exciting. Really good work with tons of action. Only 1/3 was shown, but it looked to be ****
WCW Women's Cruiserweight Title: Toshie Uematsu (GAEA) vs. Yoshiko Tamura (AJW). Good solid match. Uematsu really made this belt that WCW could care less about seem important. Submissions were well done, they put over the toll of the match, and the selling was really good. Tamura won the belt and Uematsu cried after the match because it was that important to her. ***1/2
AAAW Jr. Heavyweight Tag Titles: Meiko Satomura & Sonoko Kato (GAEA) vs. Tomoko Miyaguchi (JWP) & Saya Endo (AJW). Very good match featuring Saya's best performance to date and very good performances by Miyaguchi and Satomura. ***1/2
GAEA Champ Forum #44 8/30/97 taped 8/15/97 Osaka
Pancrase Rules: Sugar Sato vs. Sonoko Kato 6:37. Decent worked match. Their strikes need improving.
Pancrase Rules: Makie Numao vs. KAORU 6:23. Another decent worked match. KAORU is very green in this style. Nice finish
Sonoko Kato & Rina Ishii & Sakura Hirota vs. Makie Numao & Maiko Matsumoto & Hiromi Kato 19:44. Kato & Ishii were good, but Hirota was terrible. No one could carry this and it was somewhat sloppy. *1/2
Sato & Chikayo Nagashima vs. Chigusa Nagayo & Toshiyo Yamada 14:59. Oz Academy team dominated most of the match, so they were credible in defeat. ***1/4
GAEA Champ Forum #45 9/20/97
One Night Tournament 1st Round
Sonoko Kato & Chikayo Nagashima vs. Rina Ishii & Sakura Hirota Digest of 8:25
Meiko Satomura & Makie Numao vs. Toshie Uematsu & Sugar Sato Digest of 18:05
Maiko Matsumoto & Hiromi Kato vs. Sonoko Kato & Chikayo Nagashima Digest of 13:32
One Night Tournament Final: Toshie Uematsu & Sugar Sato vs. Sonoko Kato & Chikayo Nagashima 20:16. Uematsu joined Sato in her heel tactics, which Sato had no problem using on her regular partner Chikayo. Good work and a lot of spots. Sato & Uematsu win tournament. ***1/4
WCW Women's Cruiserweight Title Next Challenger Decision Match: Toshie Uematsu vs. Sugar Sato 4:28. This would have been a nice match on it's own, but as it occurred right after the tag final, it was a bit much to ask of them. A sprint with big spots from the get go that was certainly good while it lasted, but rightfully really short. **1/2
KAORU & Toshiyo Yamada vs. Chigusa Nagayo & Akira Hokuto 7:42. Sprint. Spotfest with no psychology, storyline, or selling. Work was real good though. ***1/4
History of GAEA in the summer of 1994 from the formation until the shoot style movement in the summer of 1997. The tape mainly focuses on the young girls, with footage from the auditions, training at the dojo, and highlights of their debut and early matches.
Footage of the important events in GAEA from the women training in the gym before they debuted up to the present with highlights of the forming of the Oz Academy, the title changes, and so on.
WCW Women's Cruiserweight Title Match: Sugar Sato vs. Yoshiko Tamura 18:25. Sato wear's a red Ozaki costume. Finish only. Sugar wins title.
KAORU & Sakura Hirota vs. Toshiyo Yamada & Sonoko Kato 14:59. Good match. Yamada was easily the best, and, as usual, Hirota sucked. ***
AAAW Heavyweight Title Match: Chigusa Nagayo vs. Aja Kong 9:28. Very good work, but much too short for a title match, though most likely that was because Chigusa had to work twice in one night since Hokuto was injured. Before the match they have a bunch of Aja's cans set up around the ring apron and Aja boots them. ***1/2
Meiko Satomura vs. Kyoko Inoue 16:28. Excellent veteran vs. promising youngster match shows that Satomura has arrived. Great storyline and timing. Real good work and selling. Satomura's best singles match. Highlight is an incredible released German suplex by Kyoko. Read Review ****
AAAW Heavyweight Title Match: Zero (Chigusa Nagayo) vs. Super Heel Devil Masami 12:31. These two had one of the best women's matches of the 80's twelve years earlier, but some things don't get better with age, especially when you factor the terrible gimmicks into the mix. This was just an atrocious main event with no redeeming factors. They worked at a snails pace and most of the "match" was brawling around the arena. The joke is that the reason they kept the lights flickering was so the customers would not be able to visually witness this debacle. Devil wins title. 3/4*
Meiko Satomura training with Yuki Kondo.
10/10/97 Tokyo Korakuen Hall: Pancrase Rules: Meiko Satomura vs. Toshiyo Yamada 8:48. Had its moments, but had too many holes.
10/10: Sugar Sato vs. Chikayo Nagashima 13:23. Really fast action with high workrate and strong selling. Looked very good, but only 1/3 was shown.
10/13 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukan 2: Meiko Satomura vs. Sonoko Kato 14:28. An attempt at a more realistic style match. Stiff. They worked up to the high spots pretty well. Finish was cool. Seemed like they were mainly trying things out in front of an audience. ***
10/18 Sapporo Teison Hall AAAW Junior Heavyweight Tag Title Match: Sonoko Kato & Meiko Satomura vs. Sugar Sato & Chikayo Nagashima 20:06. Probably the solidest tag these four have had, but it was still kind of sloppy. They seemed to be working above their capabilities instead of within themselves. Really kicked in at the 15 minute mark, but the early action didn't really build to this hot portion. ***1/4
Lots of clips of Sakura Hirota getting pinned and setting up the ring. Even in the "highlights" from her matches she doesn't look good.
10/18: Aja Kong & Yoshiko Tamura vs. Chigusa Nagayo & Sakura Hirota 7:21. Disappointing. Hirota was terrible as always. Tamura wasn't as good as normal because she's not used to working with this opposition. Aja barely broke a sweat. *1/4
11/8 Akutoshitei Hamamatsu: Sakura Hirota vs. Maiko Matsumoto. Matsumoto worked over Hirota's bad knee, which was hampering the normally unathletic Hirota to the point she got about 1 inch off the ground on her hip attacks, which suck to begin with. Too many lame, contrived, or missed spots. *1/4
11/18 Tokyo Korakuen Hall: Mima Shimoda & Etsuko Mita vs. Chigusa Nagayo & Hirota. Chigusa really carried things for her side so this would be good. Cachorras were typically excellent. Hirota took the match down, obviously. ***1/2
11/30 Nagoya Shi Taiikukan: Akira Hokuto & Sonoko Kato vs. Chigusa & Hirota. There's a big difference between Cachorras and Hokoto & Kato, so while this was still good, it wasn't close to the level of the previous match. Chigusa was once again really good. **1/2
Clips of Rina Ishii matches
11/29 Mutsuzaka Shi Sogo Taiikukan: Makie Numao & Matsumoto & Hirota vs. Toshie Uematsu & Ishii & Hiromi Kato. Numao was by far the best. Hirota sucked and some of the others didn't contribute much. *3/4
11/30: Ishii vs. Hiromi Kato. A few highlights, but generally nothing much. *1/2
11/30: Mayumi Ozaki & Sugar Sato vs. KAORU & Toshiyo Yamada. Read Review ****
Toshiyo Yamada vs. Toshie Uematsu. Both women looked ok. Decent match. **
KAORU & Meiko Satomura vs. Chigusa & Sonoko Kato. Spot wrestling. No rhyme or reason to any of the spots. No build or psychology. KAORU did an Orihara moonsault freaking 30 seconds into the match. *3/4
Level The Ground 12/27
Clips of High Spot 600 Tournament tournament matches
High Spot 600: Satomura vs. Numao. Good while it lasted, but the match was only 2:06
High Spot 600: Satomura vs. Sonoko Kato. Stiff UWF style match. Kato was the better of the two. Very good match, but too short. ***1/4
High Spot 600 Final: Sonoko Kato vs. Chikayo Nagashima. Good while it lasted, but a final that's 4:59? **
Hokuto & KAORU & Nagashima vs. Chigusa & Yamada & Sonoko Kato. Chigusa wanted everyone to shake hands before the bell, but Chikayo refused. Kato vs. Chikayo and KAORU vs. Yamada rivalries were played up here. Good work. Strong post match. ***1/4
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