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  1. donsem43

    Current Joshi Talk

    The Korakuen Hall 60th Anniversary Joshi Show was pretty entertaining, mostly for having different women either team up or match up with others that they had never worked with before. Only match one might want to go out of the way to see is 200kg (Chihiro Hashimoto & Yuu) vs. Stardom's MIRAI & Ice Ribbon's Maika Ozaki. Super fun heavyweight style match with lots of power moves. Especially surprised at Hashimoto giving a far bit to MIRAI (who was arguably the most over woman on the show,) not just for the fact that they work for different companies but also considering how little experience (less than 3 years) that MIRAI has. There was a confrontation between Hashimoto and Syuri after the match so maybe this was planting seeds for a Sendai Girls/God's Eye feud in the future.
  2. donsem43

    Current Joshi Talk

    Finished watching last weekend's Stardom show that wrapped up the early rounds of this year's Cinderella tournament. Booking of this year's tournament has been bland. Nobody has gone on a true underdog run in this tournament even with the large field and the over the top rule making it easy to book upsets. While the four that made it to the semis aren't main-event regulars, they all come off as lucky due to draws that ended up taking out almost all of the top contenders. It doesn't help that for the second straight year, there is a World title match (Syuri vs. Hemika) that is going to overshadow the finals. With that being said, all of the four remaining would be interesting winners. Koguma has never challenged for either of Stardom's top two titles. Hazuki is slowly but surely regaining the form she had before she left in 2019 (I didn't buy into the "HAZUKI IS BACK!" Rehtoric after her match with Utami Hayashishita.) Natsupoi has never had a World title shot. While MIRAI is just coming off challenging in January, she's gotten extremely over very quickly and Rossy has a history of not being afraid of pushing someone earlier than expected. One other thing about the last Stardom show was the crowd. Even though everyone in the crowd was wearing masks, the building was packed. No spacing in the seating, capacity limits seemed only to be a technicality. While there was no active cheering for anyone, there was audible laughing at comedy spots. It was the closest thing to a pre-COVID show since early 2020. It certainly added to the show.
  3. donsem43

    Current Joshi Talk

    Night 1 was a solid show but Night 2 had clearly better matches. Utami Hayashishita vs. MIRAI, Momo Watanabe vs. Hazuki, KAIRI vs. Starlight Kid, & Syuri vs. Mayu Iwatani were all just as good or better than the best match of Night 1, Momo/SLK vs. Hazuki/Koguma tag title match. Honestly, These big Stardom shows have become like Marvel movies in that they have a consistent quality to them, well maybe not as processed, mainly cause they don't veer too far off the path that they've created. Although, it's harder to get excited for them cause you know what to expect. It will be interesting to see what happens with KAIRI from here. I assume that she is going to be around for at least a couple of years so how do they go about booking her? Does she challenge Saya Kamitani right away for the Wonder of Stardom? Does she win the 5*GP and challenge Kamitani then or challenge Syuri for the World title? Does she join an existing unit or form her own, although with Syuri starting a unit would give Stardom seven total which seems a bit much? Whatever the case will be, I hope they do more than what they did with Hazuki when she return. Hazuki cut a bunch of interesting promos teasing a homegrown vs. outsiders feud but that ended up going nowhere. Also, one thing the people don't bring up with Stardom's growth is the number of sponsors that they are getting now. I don't know how big of companies they are but they are definitely an improvement over Soft On Demand.
  4. donsem43

    Comments that don't warrant a thread - Part 4

    So do they just have rights to the commercial releases? Pretty sure AJW didn't release comm versions of full shows before '89 and after '98. Not belittling this, just wanting to keep my expectations muted.
  5. donsem43

    Current Joshi Talk

    Watched the TJPW Grand Princess show from last weekend. Overall, it was a solid show focus more on celebrating the promotion and the accomplishment of running a show at Sumo Hall. The main event for the Princess of Princesses title between Miyu Yamashita and Shoko Nakajima got off to a slow start seemingly because of Nakajima taking a shot to her ribs or side. Once she gets past that the match really picks ups with the finishing stretch being tremendous. Definitely something worth checking out. If you haven't watched TJPW lately and are looking for an easy sample without signing up for Wrestle Universe, they posted the top two matches from this year's 1/4 show: Hikari Noa vs. Maki Itoh - International Princess title Miyu Yamashita vs. Mizuki - Princess of Princesses
  6. donsem43

    Best YouTube & Dailymotion Channels

    If you haven't checked it out yet, GAEA's YouTube channel has been uploading stuff at a fairly regular rate. The uploading was scattershot at first but they've seemed to settled into a regular chronological order now. At the moment they are in the middle of 1998 so they should be up to Lioness Asuka showing up to kick off the well known GAEA/SSU feud. Unfortunately it only looks like the footage they kept was what was used for either TV or comm tapes, so there is a fair number of matches that are joined in progress or clipped. Also, this channel here has older joshi from various companies and eras. A far bit of it is matches that either haven't been uploaded or have been taken down elsewhere.
  7. donsem43

    Current Joshi Talk

    If anyone is interested, I started a new match list for this year. I've really enjoyed Sendai Girls this year and TJPW has been good. Found Stardom to be underwhelming for the most part.
  8. donsem43

    Is the empire crumbling before our eyes?

    I'm biased but she should return to Stardom. It's a buyer's market with a flood of new people in AEW so unless they give her a dollar number that makes it worth it to her she'd be better off waiting till they need fresh talent. Plus, Stardom has a growing profile in the West that will keep her name out there. Not to mention that it would probably a great way to clear her head and refocus her career (and stay off of social media to.)
  9. donsem43

    Current Joshi Talk

    Of course I post that then go watch the 11/28 Ice Ribbon show and the Tsukushi Haruka vs. Suzu Suzuki main event ends up being absolutely amazing. Definitely must watch stuff, even if you've been very down on Ice Ribbon lately like I have. Edit: Link to the match here
  10. donsem43

    Current Joshi Talk

    Updated my recommended list for this year. Pretty much caught up other than today's Stardom show and the last big Ice Ribbon show. Not a lot of change at the top of the list but it's up to 49 matches total, which is really good considering the limitations from the pandemic. 1. Utami Hayashishita vs. Syuri - Stardom - June 12 2. Chihiro Hashimoto vs. Mio Momono - Sendai Girls - July 11 3. Utami Hayashishita vs. Maika - Stardom - July 31 4. Chihiro Hashimoto, DASH Chisako & Mika Iwata vs. Mio Momono, Rin Kadokura & Mei Hoshizuki - GAEA - June 13 5. Mio Momono & Rin Kadokura vs. Mika Iwata & Manami - Sendai Girls - September 20 6. Sakura Hirota vs. Miyuki Takase vs. Mio Momono - WAVE - June 29 7. Mio Momono & Rin Kadokura vs. Chihiro Hashimoto & Mika Iwata - Marvelous - May 19 8. Bea Priestly & Konami vs. Hemika & Maika - Stardom - February 14 9. Tae Honma & Maika Ozaki vs. Kakeru Sekiguchi & Miku Aono - Actwres girl'Z - February 11 10. Tam Nakano vs. Starlight Kid - Stardom - July 21
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. donsem43

    Current Joshi Talk

    Utami vs. Syuri from the Stardom Cinderella show is the modern Devil vs. Chigusa.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.