Event: Tokyo Joshi Pro “Girl’s Fight Out #5”
Date: June 24th, 2017
Location: Shinjuku FACE in Tokyo, Japan
Announced Attendance: 450
It has been awhile since we visited Tokyo Joshi Pro, but I had to watch my favorite underground indie wrestler Yuka Sakazaki. Tokyo Joshi Pro is a brand of DDT, and as the name implies it is their Joshi brand with mostly very young wrestlers that don’t venture outside of the DDT umbrella. So they don’t get a ton of exposure, but they have a handful of quality wrestlers. This is a small event for the promotion, however it was shown on DDT’s streaming service DDTUniverse.com. Here is the full card:
You can click on the names above to go to the wrestler’s profile on Joshi City. A really short show with no really big matches, but Yuka and Reika teaming in the main event should be fun.
Marika Kobashi vs. Syoko Nakajima
Syoko is one of my favorite wrestlers in the promotion so I’m a bit disappointed to see her in the opener, but what can ya do. Syoko is an upper midcarder in Tokyo Joshi Pro normally, she has twice had the opportunity to win the Princess of Princess Championship but has failed both times. Marika is only 16 years old and just recently made her return after missing about six months of action, she doesn’t have any singles wins in the promotion and is still working her way up the card.
They circle each other to start before locking up, Syoko pushes Marika to the mat and locks knuckles with her, but Marika reverses the hold. They end up at a stalemate, waistlock by Marika but Syoko drives her back into the corner. Marika leaps over Syoko and hits an elbow, chops by Marika but Syoko clubs her to the mat. Punches by Syoko and she starts working on Marika’s arm, Syoko puts Marika into the Tarantula before covering her for two. Kicks by Syoko in the corner and she goes back to the arm, but Marika gets into the ropes for the break. Marika slides away from Syoko and hits a dropkick, scoop slam by Marika and she puts Syoko in a single leg crab hold. Syoko gets to the ropes to get out of the hold, Marika goes up top but Syoko punches her in the stomach as she jumps down. Running elbow by Syoko in the corner, she goes for a Tiger Feint Kick but Marika ducks it and rolls her up for two. Marika tries a few more flash pins with no luck, neck drop by Marika and she hits a diving ax handle. Syoko comes back with a dropkick and drives Marika’s face into the mat, Northern Lights Suplex by Syoko and she gets the three count! Syoko Nakajima is the winner.
A really simply laid out and executed match, but probably necessary since Marika is only 16 and just returned to wrestling. Nothing was actively bad about it, just basic and not particularly memorable. Not unwatchable but nothing much to it.
Azusa Takigawa vs. Maho Kurone vs. Mizuki
A solid collection of TJP midcarders. Mizuki just recently joined Tokyo Joshi Pro, she was previously affiliated with LLPW-X, which very rarely runs their own events. Maho Kurone is vampire-like, while Azusa is obsessed with weddings. I have low expectations but hopefully it will have some fun moments.
Maho chases after Mizuki as the match starts, trying to eat her, but Mizuki hides behind Azusa. Maho only wants Mizuki and pays Azusa no mind, Mizuki and Azusa shakes hands before both going after Maho. They both take turns attacking Maho in the corner until Azusa quickly schoolboys Mizuki for a two count. Azusa stands on Mizuki’s hair and continues the beatdown while Maho is still MIA, she comes back just as Mizuki gets an advantage but Azusa tosses Mizuki out of the ring again. Azusa puts on her veil while standing on the second turnbuckle, but Mizuki hits her before she can jump down and throws her to the mat. Crab hold by Mizuki but Azusa gets the microphone slid to her and talks a bit while struggling to get to the ropes. Mizuki lets go, Azusa then goes out to the apron and continues cutting a promo mid-match. She finally stops talking and gets back into the ring, Maho returns too and scoop slams Azusa for a two count. Maho and Mizuki take turns trying to pin Azusa, Mizuki goes off the ropes but Maho puts her in a sleeper. She tries to bite her neck but Mizuki blocks it. Maho and Mizuki trade blows until Mizuki sneaks in a backslide for two, dropkick by Mizuki and she hits a diving footstomp on Maho from the second turnbuckle. Elbows by Mizuki but Maho grabs her and bites her neck, swinging neckbreaker by Maho but Azusa schoolboys her from behind for two. Azusa pulls down the ropes when Maho charges her, sending Maho out of the ring, before hitting Mizuki with a Codebreaker. Azusa gets on the second turnbuckle but Mizuki blocks her dive and applies a backslide for two. Cutie Special by Mizuki, and she picks up the three count! Mizuki is your winner.
This is the type of match that makes me not want to watch smaller indie shows. Maho is a fun gimmick but she isn’t a very good wrestler, making a lot of her sections look a bit awkward. Azusa is pure gimmick, and probably is more funny if I understood Japanese (which I don’t), while Mizuki is a solid wrestler but not one that can pull other wrestlers up. So mostly a clunky ‘take turns’ type three way match and not particularly entertaining.
Rika Tatsumi and Nonoko vs. Yuu and Yuna Manase
Yuu is one of the most successful wrestlers in Tokyo Joshi Pro history and just lost the Princess of Princess Championship to Yuka Sakazaki a few weeks prior, here she is teaming with one of TJP’s newest wrestlers – Yuna Manase. Yuna has been feuding with Nonoko since debuting in the promotion, they used to be gravure models together but now are not on the same page and frequently insult each other. Rika is a midcarder and has had a shot at the title in the past, but these days is mostly stuck in matches like this.
Rika and Yuna start the match, Rika gets Yuna to the mat but Yuna gets out of it and they trade wristlocks. Rika tags in Nonoko so Yuna tags Yuu, Nonoko pulls out a magazine and gives it to Yuu but Yuu throws it to the ground and stomps on Nonoko. Armbar by Yuu and she tags in Yuna, Yuna knocks Nonoko into the corner but Nonoko shoulderblocks Yuna and puts her in a stretch hold. Nonoko tags Rika, Rika starts working on Yuna’s leg before dropping her with a face crusher. Rika hits a running elbow drop but it only gets a two count cover so she tags Nonoko back in. Elbows by Nonoko to Yuna and she hits a double arm DDT into her chest, but Yuna delivers a mid kick and makes the tag to Yuu. Yuu shoulderblocks both Nonoko and Rika, double chop to the chest by Yuu and she covers Nonoko for two. Yuu works on Nonoko’s arm before chopping her to the mat, but Nonoko rams her head into her chest and delivers a Lou Thesz Press. Nonoko tags in Rika, Rika jumps at Yuu but Yuu catches her and slams Rika to the mat. Powerslam by Yuu, she throws Rika into the corner but Rika reverses her Irish whip and dropkicks Yuu in the leg. Dragon screw by Rika and she hits a couple hip attacks for two.
Rika goes for a cutter but Yuu pushes her off and hits a judo throw, giving her time to tag in Yuna. Yuna jumps down onto Rika and kicks her in the back, running boot by Yuna and she covers Rika for two. Yuna goes off the ropes but Rika catches her with a hip attack, she gets on the second turnbuckle and hits the diving hip attack for a two count cover. Backbreaker by Rika and she applies the dragon sleeper, but Yuu breaks it up. Rika tags Nonoko, they both throw Yuna into the corner and deliver running strikes. Nonoko picks up Yuna and nails the Boinmaker, she puts her magazine in her shirt before hitting a body press but Yuna kicks out of the cover. Nonoko gives Yuna the magazine to read, Yuna tries to put it on the mat so that Nonoko would trip over it, but Nonoko notices and slams on the breaks. Yuu pushes Nonoko from the apron and Nonoko slips on it anyway, but Rika breaks up Yuna’s cover. Yuu takes care of Rika, Yuna delivers the Kakato Drop (heel drop) to Nonoko and she picks up the three count! Yuu and Yuna Manase win!
The primary issue here is, again, general wrestler quality. TJP does have some really good wrestlers, but they were too spread out here. Yuna is on her third promotion in her short career probably for a reason – she’s a sub-par wrestler. Rika and Yuu are both good, but didn’t do much here to stand out. Nonoko is mostly gimmick, its a quality gimmick but she isn’t going to wow you with in-ring skills (nor is she trying to). So what you end up with is a pretty average match, it had some good sections but it was just inconsistent as Nonoko and Yuna wanted to do their comedy bits while Yuu and Rika were generally more serious. I wouldn’t say it was bad, but it was nothing anyone needs to go find to watch.
Miyu Yamashita and Nodoka-oneesan vs. Yuka Sakazaki and Reika Saiki
TJP definitely saved the best for last, hope they can deliver. Miyu is a former Princess of Princess Champion and has a fun kick-based offense, she is only 22 but has shown a lot of early ability. Her partner has been wrestling for over a year but hasn’t had any big wins yet, she is the lowest ranked wrestler in the match. Reika debuted in 2016, she is a powerhouse that is also a model. Finally, Yuka Sakazaki comes into the match as the Princess of Princess Champion and is one of the most entertaining wrestlers in the promotion, she spent about six months wrestling as “Mil Clown” which as everyone knows I loved. This match didn’t get a ton of time but I still have high hopes for it just due to having Miyu, Yuka, and Reika in the same ring.
Nodoka and Reika start the match for their teams, they trade headlocks and headscissors but end up back on their feet. Reika puts Nodoka in a front headlock and tags in Yuka, but Nodoka gets away and tags in Miyu. Miyu and Yuka go back and forth until Yuka hits a dropkick, but Miyu gets back up and stomps Yuka to the mat. Miyu tags Nodoka, Nodoka puts Yuka in a headlock before elbowing her in the back of the head. Miyu tags back in, snapmare by Miyu and she puts Yuka in a chinlock. Yuka gets to the ropes to force the break, kick by Miyu and she tags in Nodoka. Irish whip by Nodoka to the corner and she hits an elbow, stretch hold by Nodoka but Yuka gets to the ropes. Miyu returns and dropkicks Yuka in the back, cover by Miyu but it gets two. Miyu goes for a backbreaker but Yuka gets away, knee to the stomach by Miyu but Yuka hits a running elbow. She makes the hot tag to Reika, shoulderblock by Reika and she hits an armdrag. Kicks by Reika but Miyu catches one and kicks her back, giving her time to tag Nodoka. Shoulderblock by Nodoka and she hits a crossbody for two. Big kick by Reika and she hits the PK, she picks up Nodoka and bodyslams her to the mat.
Nodoka gets back up and they trade strikes until Reika hits a dropkick, she tags in Yuka and Yuka comes in the ring with a swandive stomp for a two count. Jumping elbow by Yuka in the corner but Nodoka hits a scoop slam and tags Miyu. Kick to the chest by Miyu, she waits for Yuka to get up and delivers a strike combination. Miyu charges Yuka but Yuka avoids the knee, she gets on the second turnbuckle and hits the diving hurricanrana. Enzuigiri by Yuka and she delivers a sliding lariat for a two count. Elbows by Yuka but Miyu ducks one and hits a lariat, she lands near her corner and tags Nodoka. Yuka takes Nodoka to the mat and applies a STF, Reika runs in to cut off Miyu but Nodoka makes it to the ropes. Neckbreaker by Yuka, she goes out to the apron and hits the swandive body press, but Miyu breaks up the cover. Reika picks up Miyu and holds her, Yuka walks the ropes and hits a dropkick to Miyu. Yuka goes back to Nodoka but Nodoka hits a quick Samoan Drop for a two count. She hits a second one for another two as Reika breaks it up, Irish whip by Nodoka to the corner but Yuka reverses it and hits a roaring elbow. Reverse STO by Yuka, she goes to the apron and nails the Magical Girl Splash for the three count! Yuka Sakazaki and Reika Saiki win the match.
While a more subdued main event than I would like, it was still pretty solid. Miyu and Yuka are so much fun to watch since they have such unique offenses, and Nodoka was mostly able to keep up with just a few small issues. Reika is capable of more but she didn’t get much of a chance to shine, which is generally an issue with matches that don’t get a lot of time. I did laugh when Yuka accidentally dropkicked Reika in the face when she was holding up Nodoka, she drilled her, but that and the finish were probably the only two really memorable spots in the match. Generally enjoyable but I know they are capable of a lot more. Mildly Recommended
House Shows are generally rough, but when its a small roster they can be particularly void of matches worth recommending. TJP has good wrestlers but they also have a fair amount of DDT-esque comedy also, so if you are not a fan of their style then you probably won't have much use for Tokyo Joshi Pro's midcard. The main event was good but it never went beyond that as they only had eleven minutes, which hurt it a bit. Overall this is a skippable show, unless you are a TJP die hard.