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  1. donsem43

    Current Joshi Talk

    If anyone is interested, I started a list for the best matches in joshi for 2021. I'm pretty much caught up to the Stardom 5*GP and have started watching the TJPW Princess Cup so it kind of up to date. Here's my top 10 for quick reference: Utami Hayashishita vs. Syuri - Stardom - June 12 Chihiro Hashimoto vs. Mio Momono - Sendai Girls - July 11 Chihiro Hashimoto, DASH Chisako & Mika Iwata vs. Mio Momono, Rin Kadokura & Mei Hoshizuki - GAEA - June 13 Bea Priestly & Konami vs. Hemika & Maika - Stardom - February 14 Tae Honma & Maika Ozaki vs. Kakeru Sekiguchi & Miku Aono - Actwres girl'Z - February 11 Tam Nakano vs. Starlight Kid - Stardom - July 21 Tae Honma & Maika Ozaki vs. Hikari Shimizu & Mari - Actwres girl'Z - April 4 Miyu Yamashita vs. Maki Itoh - TJPW - January 4 Tae Honma & Maika Ozaki vs. Momo Tani & Makoto - Actwres girl'Z - April 13 DASH Chisako & Mika Iwata vs. Rin Kadokura & Mio Momono - Sendai Girls - February 23
  2. donsem43

    Azumi Hyuga/Tomoko Kuzumi

    Personally, this match is Hyuga's best vs Kayoko Haruyama on 4/29/08. Worth checking out the main event of the 5/15/05 JWP show is worth checking out as Hyuga works a more methodical match against Kaoru Ito.
  3. donsem43

    Current Joshi Talk

    Utami vs. Syuri from the Stardom Cinderella show is the modern Devil vs. Chigusa.
  4. donsem43

    Pantera Surena

    Isn't part of the reason for a lack of footage is that there was a ban on women's wrestling in Mexico City that didn't end till the mid-80's? Personally, my favourite is the WWWA/UWA unification match on 9/17/84. This version does have hilariously bad (and subtly racist) English commentary but it is less clipped than the version from the last run of AJW Classics. The only real underwhelming match they had was the hair/mask match.
  5. donsem43

    Current Joshi Talk

    Way hyped up for the GAEAism show happening on 6/13! It has been built entirely around an interpromotional angle between Sendai Girls and Marvelous and has a very 90's feel to it as you feel like there is actual hate between the two groups. The line up doesn't have anything that jumps out as a potential MOTY but the booking has been so good in the build up that you want to watch the show just to see where everything goes, which is something that is becoming exceedingly rare in modern wrestling. I really encourage everybody to go check out the highlight videos on Sendai Girls' and Marvelous' YouTube channels to catchup on the build to the show.
  6. This is for the WWWD tag titles with the 2AW team of 3A (Sasamura & Shingaki) challenging the champs Luminous. Outside of Best Friends matches, tag wrestling in joshi has been fairly lackluster the last couple of years but this felt like a much needed bright spot. Both Takase and Sasamura were terrific, as you would expect, but both of their junior partners hold up their ends at least. Shingaki, especially, looked good here with her arm work on both opponents. It's nice to see at least some Diana shows start to pop up because you get to see hidden gems like this. ****¼
  7. This was just tremendous! The match worked off the build as it truly felt like a "put up or shut up" moment for Ito. In the end, she came off as someone who is believably tough as opposed to being a gimmicky meme wrestler. Yamashita put in a career best performance here, which was great to see as she had pretty much been coasting for the last while. Would say that this is the best match in TJPW history. ****¼
  8. This was my kind of match. Really enjoyed how it mostly built out of Maika's early arm work and Utami going after the back. You could conceivably say that Maika lost because she stopped going after Utami's arm. They also mostly avoid falling into the typical Japanese main event troupes which was a bit refreshing. ****¼
  9. Kinda weird seeing Satomura go up against a big power wrestler who as happens to be a peer. This gets off to a hot start with them both getting right into each others faces but Meiko gets too aggressive allowing Genki to catch her and press slam her to the floor with no one there to catch her. Most of this match has neither of them not giving the other much room to breathe, if one of them does back off even a little bit she ends up paying for it. The finishing run is a bit more standard than the rest of the match although the actual finish is great with Satomura knocking Genki down to one knee allowing Meiko to hit a sudden Scorpion Rising for the win. I wish these two had a rematch that was the main event of a big show because that could have been something special but this is still a great slugfest on its own. ****
  10. This is the final of a tournament to crown the first ever Actwres girl'Z tag champions that has been ran on various shows the previous few months. SPiCEAP (Honma & Ozaki) have teamed semi-regularly for the last few years and seem to get better each time out with this match here being a true top tier performance. Sekiguchi and Aono do quite a job holding up their end, neither of them is a real standout but they have manage to form a quality team together. Overall, just a flat out tremendous tag match from a promotion that most likely flies under a lot of people's radar. ****1/4
  11. donsem43

    2026 Nomination Thread

    Yoshiko Tamura I was going to nominate her for the last list but there were a few YouTube channels that had quite a few matches of her were all deleted and that nuked my motivation. There's a bit more of her out there now but not a lot so hopefully more stuff pops up over the next few years, especially early '00 NEO. Early in her career, she felt like a square peg trying to fit into a round hole while in AJW as she was a more methodical, mat-based wrestler than the typical worker in that company. Things picked up for her in the rebooted NEO, where she was someone who was influenced by the AJ Classics that were airing at the time as she took the 70's NWA style that was used in AJPW but modernized the moveset and picked up the pace. She also faced pretty much everyone who was any sort of name in the 00's which should be enough for anyone to make up his/her mind about her. vs. Toshie Uematsu - 7/19/97 vs. Azumi Hyuga - 12/24/06 vs. Ayumi Kurihara - 12/31/10
  12. donsem43

    Current Joshi Talk

    Takase's title matches with Kakeru Sekiguchi on 10/18 and Andras Miyagi on 11/1 of last year are well worth the time.
  13. donsem43

    Arisa Nakajima

    I forget how to embed things on here so here's the link.
  14. donsem43

    Arisa Nakajima

    vs. Kana - 8/18/13 & 12/15/13 vs. Kyoko Kimura - 4/20/14 & 10/9/16 vs. Hikaru Shida - 7/11/15 w/ Tsukasa Fujimoto vs. Misaki Ohata & Ryo Mizunami - 12/31/15 w/ Tsukasa Fujimoto vs. Nanae Takahashi & Yoshiko - 7/24/16 vs. Yoshiko - 10/16/16 vs. Nanae Takahashi - 1/26/17 w/ Tsukasa Fujimoto vs. Hiroyo Matsumoto & Misaki Ohata - 2/9/18 vs. Misaki Ohata - 2/12/18 vs. Mei Hoshizuki - 5/12/19 vs. Ayame Sasamura - 10/6/19
  15. donsem43

    Current Joshi Talk

    More people need to check out Actwres girl'Z. It has turned into a pretty good little promotion that has a surprisingly deep roster by joshi standards. Both Miyuki Takase and Tae Honma are both top tier workers in joshi right now. Hikari Shimizu is a hidden gem of a worker in an era where that shouldn't exist because I didn't read anything about her until I started watching full cards where she stood out immediately. The rest of the roster is either very solid all around workers or rough ones who still show some upside potential. While she's far from the most spectacular worker, SAKI does a good job playing the vet. If you want to give them a shot, I recommend the 2/11 and 4/4 shows. The main to the 2/11 show is the finals of the tournament to crown their first tag champs and also might be my joshi MOTY at this point. The top 3 matches on the 4/4 show are all hovering around great but I thought the whole show was more enjoyable than the Stardom Yokohama show the same day.