When I was first really getting into Japanese wrestling back in 2004, there were very limited options on how to watch it. You could get a DVD a month after the event happened for $10 or hope that someone uploaded the show on yousendit, but this was before Youtube or Google Drive or streaming, so it took a bit more effort (or a lot more money) to stay current with the greatest wrestling on Earth.
Luckily, we are now in 2019 and technology has come a long way. There are options online to watch almost every Joshi promotion, leaving fans with almost too many choices as to watch it all would be very time consuming. All the promotions with paid streaming services accept US credit cards (as they accepted mine) but I can’t promise they will take your card as it may have different rules when it comes to International purchases. If you are unable to purchase from any of the sites listed below, contact your bank. None of the links below are “affiliate” links, this page is designed to provide information, not make me money.
If you need assistance buying Joshi and Puro goods from Japan, including DVDs from promotions that may not air on anything (like REINA or PURE-J), read my post on how to buy products from Japan here.
I am not going to do, in this article, a full guide on how to sign up at each one as that would make this page super long. But if there is a service that I think needs some explaining on how to sign up, over the next few weeks I’ll write a guide for those services. Also, since the Yen to US Dollar conversion rate changes daily I am going to just list the price in Yen, however when considering both the cost of the service and the small fee many banks put on international purchases, when budgeting I’d recommend just doing 100 Yen = $1.00 in your head when calculating cost. Lets first look at the official streaming services!
Promotion: World Wonder Ring Stardom
Cost: 920 Yen a month
Update Frequency: At least once a week
Stardom World is my favorite Joshi streaming service for keeping up with events as they happen as Stardom not only uploads the most events per month but they upload every event the promotion has. Stardom World commits to have each weekend event uploaded by the following Friday, and most of the time they keep with that schedule unless they have a lot of shows one weekend or are on vacation. Their backlog was recently wiped so unfortunately there are not many events from before 2019, they occasionally will upload an older show but focus on adding recent events in a timely manner. Stardom World is also the only Joshi streaming service that subtitles most of the wrestler promos in English, making it user-friendly to English speakers. Stardom World does not air their events live, but its still worth the cost to be able to not miss a single show.
Promotion: Tokyo Joshi Pro
Cost: 900 Yen a month
Update Frequency: About two or three times a month for Joshi events
If you are a fan of DDT (or one of their other brands) then having DDT Universe is a no-brainer as its a great deal, but since I only watch TJP that is the only portion of the service I am focused on. Like Stardom, DDT Universe uploads all Tokyo Joshi Pro events, and even better they also sometimes broadcast the events live. They do have a backlog of older events but its not the easiest site to navigate for that purpose since there isn’t a master list, so you either have to scroll through or do a search in Japanese for what you are looking for. Still, a lot of bang for your buck here.
Marvelous on Fresh TV
Cost: 600 Yen a month
Update Frequency: An average of twice a month
This is probably my second favorite streaming service, even if the production is lower than Stardom or TJP. Marvelous is a small promotion that before they had a streaming service was impossible to watch since they don’t have a TV deal and didn’t sell DVDs on their website. With the streaming service, they stream almost all of their events and upload them in a very timely fashion, usually within a week. They will also sometimes show their events live. The cost is low and since its the only way to watch the promotion its an easy buy for me, but it is likely more for hardcore fans.
YMZ on Filmuy
Cost: 999 Yen a month
Update Frequency: Once or twice a month
YMZ, operated by Kaori Yoneyama, recently launched their own streaming service. At about $10 a month, it is the most expensive of the Joshi streaming subscription services at the moment. This really is only for hardcore YMZ fans that don’t want to miss any of their shows, as since they rarely make TV this is your only online option to see their events. This is the only service I have not signed up for myself but others have been able to do it so there is not a regional block as long as you can navigate the registration.
Sendai Girls’ Youtube Channel
Promotion: Sendai Girls’
Update Frequency: A few times a month
Sendai Girls’ briefly had an online service that fans could sign up for to watch their non-televised events (they still do, but it hasn’t been updated since November), but in 2019 they have been adding the events for free on their Youtube channel. I’m not sure why they made the change but it is good for fans as now we can watch all their shows that don’t air on Samurai TV. The best free option for watching a Joshi promotion.
Diana Youtube Channel
Promotion: World Woman Pro-Wrestling Diana
Update Frequency: Not very often
Like Marvelous, Diana is a smaller promotion that doesn’t really air anywhere else. They started occasionally adding recent individual matches on their Youtube channel, highlighting their bigger matches. Since it is free anyway, I’d recommend checking it out so you can see wrestlers like Sareee, Kaoru Ito, and Tomoko Watanabe in action.
Gatoh Move Youtube Channel
Promotion: Gatoh Move
Update Frequency: A few times a week
Gatoh Move mostly uploads individual matches but sometimes will upload a full show as well. Youtube has become more of a focus for Gatoh Move in 2019, as match uploads have been happening much faster, and some have English commentary as well. They are a quirky promotion but have solid wrestlers, worth taking a look.
Those are all the official Joshi wrestling streaming services, but unfortunately there are still plenty of other promotions that do not have a streaming service (yet). If you really don’t want to miss out, you can purchase an online service that (probably illegally) streams live Japanese TV, including Samurai TV and GAORA which air Stardom and OZ Academy (plus sometimes other promotions such as SEAdLINNNG). There are many websites that do this, but here are two that I can recommend:
Devices to Watch: Android, iOS, and Online
Cost: $28 a month (discounts for signing a longer contract)
Wrestling-related channels: Samurai TV and GAORA
I haven’t used this service but it comes well recommended. This website is the ideal choice if you want to watch Samurai TV or GAORA with an Android or iOS device as that is what the service is optimized for and from all accounts works very well.
Japan Net TV
Devices to Watch: Multiple Options
Cost: Varies, the service I have used is $23 a month (discounts for signing a longer contract)
Wrestling-related channels: Samurai TV and GAORA
For Japan Net TV, I have used the iSakuraPro service to watch on my computer which works with Windows PC and Mac. For that choice, the 48 channel option has both Samurai TV and GAORA.