Weekly Pro EXTRA: Women’s Wrestling Erokawa Vol. 1 Review

Weekly Pro EXTRA Vol 1- Cover

From 2012 to 2017, popular wrestling magazine Weekly Pro Wrestling put out special “extra” editions highlighting different Joshi wrestlers in a gravure-style photoshoot. In total, seven Women’s Wrestling Erokawa magazines were released. Early magazines featured Yuzuki Aikawa as the main wrestler, while later magazines featured Stardom wrestler Io Shirai. You can read reviews for more photobooks on the Joshi Photobook Reviews page.

Weekly Pro EXTRA: Women’s Wrestling Erokawa Vol. 1 Details:

Official Title: Weekly Pro Wrestling Magazine EXTRA: Women’s Wrestling Erokawa Vol. 1
Release: February 1st, 2012
Pages: 84
Cost: ¥1,200
Where to Buy: Third Party Vendors (eBay, Mercari, Buyee, etc.)

The first volume of Weekly Pro EXTRA: Women’s Wrestling Erokawa featured the following wrestlers:

  • Yoko Bito
  • Kana
  • Mio Shirai
  • Hikaru Shida
  • Makoto
  • Yuzuki Aikawa

Its interesting to see that eight years later, these are still some of the most popular wrestlers on the current or recently-current scene, with the only exception being Aikawa as she retired back in 2013. For the ‘gravure’ section, approximately 40 pages were devoted to the six above wrestlers, with each getting several pictures to themselves. As the photos were taken separately there are no group pictures, as at the time all were in different promotions aside from Yuzuki and Yoko who were both wrestling out of Stardom.

The rest of the magazine includes other Joshi content, including a section highlighting Bull Nakano’s retirement event and an article about Mayu Iwatani and Arisa Hoshiki. While the target audience will be those that enjoy the modeling photoshoots, there is plenty of other content in this edition as well that may interest a wide variety of fans. The bulk of the pictures are in color (including all the gravure pictures), however some other pages are in black and white. Considering the popularity of some of the wrestlers involved, this is a quality magazine even for modern Joshi fans. Here is a sample of pictures from the magazine: