DISCLOSURE: Karen Peterson is currently working with Bushiroad (parent company of New Japan and STARDOM) on a limited basis on a series of articles on the history of Stardom leading into the Historic X-Over event in November that will appear on their website.
November. How are we already in the final nine weeks of 2022?! By this time next week, I’ll be checking and rechecking my suitcases and making sure that I have all my ducks in a row for Japan. That’s absolutely wild to me. It’s always once we clear Labor Day (the first weekend in September here in the US), where I feel like I sneeze and Halloween and Thanksgiving blur right past me and I am looking at winter holidays at home. Next week’s DSW will be the last one before I hop on my plane Tottori.
Yes, Tottori. I mentioned in a previous DSW when STARDOM had their first show a few weeks back. That was the place I went from Just Karen to Karen-sensei on my 23rd birthday. I spent five years of my twenties, living that small town slow lifestyle right out of an anime. After seventeen hours of flight time from Orlando to Tokyo, I’ll switch planes once more and head to my second hometown for the first time in ten years. Without Tottori, I would not be where I am today. I could have declined my dispatch offer and lived a very different life, so when I go ‘home’ it’s something very special to me. I’ll be in Kansai area for STARDOM Gold Rush and then take a night bus to Tokyo for Historic X-Over and a few days in Tokyo before returning home on Thanksgiving.
I had to choose between the Historic X-Over and Wrestle Kingdom 17, but last time I went to Japan in 2020, I promised myself and my friends in west Japan, that I would make the trip home. Yes, I will see some wrestling, but there will be plenty of non-sports adventures and time well spent off life staring at the autumn colors and eating my weight in all the foods I miss. I’ll hope you’ll join me on my first excursion to Japan in nearly three years!
TJPW Graduate Marika Kobashi returns to Wrestling! Earlier this year, Marika formally graduated from Tokyo Joshi Pro-Wrestling, citing she wished to experience life outside of the sphere of professional wrestling. She’s been keeping busy with entertainment projects, but earlier in the week, PPP Tokyo, a slight more adult-centric promotion announced that Kobashi’s return to the ring would be in a tag match with Natsu Sumire and against Rina Yamashita and Chanyota. Kobashi will participate in PPP Tokyo’s 11/20 show at ShinKiba 1st Ring. I literally discovered her and TJPW right before she announced her retirement earlier this year, so I am excited that she’s entering the freelance market. (link)
No Updates from RCW Barcelona’s Women’s World Cup 3, but a LOT of imaginations started running while when Mercedes Varnado (BKA WWE’s Sasha Banks) snapped a two-shot with TJPW’s Miyu Yamashita. Hey, Mercedes, take me with you next time!!
Nunca dejemos de soñar… pic.twitter.com/lZmh4cLE5c
— RCW Spain (@RCWSpain) October 23, 2022
International Excursions & Adventures
RESULTS~ Deadlock Pro Wrestling Carolina Classic (10/15) – Durham Convention Center
- Jungle Kyona & Sumie Sakai defeated Janai Kai & Hyan (13:20)
- Emi Sakura defeated Mei Suruga (15:48)
RESULTS~ Prestige Wrestling Wake the Dead (10/30) – Portland, OR
- Jungle Kyona defeated Deonna Purrazzo (7:57)
- Amira defeated Sumie Sakai (5:45)
- Deadlock Pro Wrestling: Jungle Kyona (11/12; Concord, NC)
- EVE: Hyper Misao, Miyu Yamashita, Takumi Iroha, Maria (Marvelous) (11/13; London, UK)
- TJPW: Billie Starkz is packing her passport and her gear and heading to Japan. She’ll face Princess of Princess Champion, Yuka Sakazaki on 11/27 (Korakuen Hall) at ALL RISE ‘22 and work several dates while in residence.
2AW Grand Slam in TKP Garden City (10/30) TKP Garden City, Chiba
- Singles Match: Ayame Sasamura vs. Yuna Mizumori (8:58) – Double Countout
— 笹村あやめ (@sasa_2AW) November 4, 2022
Ayame Sasamura will also miss some dates as she fractured her right radius during her match. Her return table is currently unknown.
CMLL Lady’s Ring
CMLL Sabados De Coliseo (10/29) Arena Coliseo de Mexico City
- Best Two Out Of Three Falls 6-Woman Tag Match: Alex Gracia, Lady Frost & La Vaquerita defeated Hikari Shimizu, Mei Suruga & Tae Honma
CMLL Domingos Arena Mexico (10/30) Arena Mexico
- Best Two Out Of Three Falls 6-Woman Tag Match: Dalys, La Amapola & Stephanie Vaquer defeated Alex Gracia, Lady Frost & Mei Suruga
CMLL Martes de Arena Mexico (11/1) Arena Mexico
- Best Two Out Of Three Falls 6-Woman Tag Match: Hikari Shimizu, Metalica & Tae Honma defeated La Guerrera, La Magnifica & Princesa Sugehit
RESULTS! Halloween Special Volume 19 (10/30) – Post Di Amistad
- Singles Match: Madeline defeated Miran (9:17)
- Tag Match: Deborah K & Kaho Kobayashi defeated Haruka Umesaki & Nanami (13:05)
- Tag Match: CRYSIS (Ayako Sato & Jaguar Yokota) defeated Himiko & Kyoko Inoue (13:58)
Next Show: Volume 20 (11/13) – Post Di Amistad; Card TBA
CRYSiS Special Show (11/25) – Post Di Amistad
- Trios Tag Match: Jaguar Yokota, Kenichiro Arai & Guts Ishijima vs. Kyoko Inoue, Hayato Mashita & Yoshihiro Horiguchi
- Singles Match: Megumi Yabushita vs. Ayako Sato
- Singles Match: Yuna Mizumori vs. COHAKU
- Singles Match: ASUKA vs. Ryo Hoshino (ZERO1)
- Also Announced: KAZUKI & Madeline
Schedule for 2022 – Entire 2023 Schedule is available on their company website
- Volume 21 (11/27) – Post Di Amistad
- Volume 22 (12/11) – Post Di Amistad
- Volume 23 (12/25) – Post Di Amistad
- Volume 24 (12/31) – Post Di Amistad
RESULTS! EVE International Championship: Laura di Matteo defeated Emily Ramirez at BREAK ProWrestling Rome on 10/23.
Wrestle Queendom V (11/13) – Full Card TBA but TWO Shows!!
Wrestle Queendom V SHOW 1
- Lights Out Match (1/NTL): Charlie Morgan (#10) vs. Emersyn Jayne (#3)
- Marvelous Special Singles Match (1/15): Rin Kadokura vs. Maria
- Double Title Match (1/30): Laura Di Matteo (EVE International Champion) vs. Yuu (PURE-J Openweight Champion)
- Special Singles Match (1/20): Millie McKenzie vs. Miyu Yamashita (TJPW)
- EVE Tag Team Championship (1/30): The Uprising (Skye Smitson & Rhia O’Reilly) © vs. Hyper Misao (TJPW) & Session Moth Martina
- EVE Championship (1/30): JETTA (C) vs “ACE of EVE” Alex Windsor (#2)
RIN KADOKURA makes her EVE debut on Sunday Nov 13 going one on one against MARIA in this all Marvellous Pro battle of two CHIGUSA NAGAYO students!
Remaining tickets available now at https://t.co/hSAIIPt8ee
— #WrestleQueendom Sun 13 Nov London (@ProWrestlingEVE) November 1, 2022
Rina Kadokura to replace Takumi Iroha at Wrestling Queendom V.
Wrestle Queendom V Show 2 – Full Card TBA
- EVE Championship: Winner – JETTA/Windsor vs. Winner – Yamashita/McKenzie
- Special Singles Match: Nina Samuels vs. Lizzy Evo (#9)
- AND MORE!
Ganbare ☆ Pro/DDT
DDT Hiroshi Yamato 15th Anniversary (10/30) Kimitsu City Central Junior High School Gym
- Tag Team Match: SAKI & Shunma Katsumata defeated Antonio Honda & Saki Akai (12:53)
DDT/Gan☆Pro Dirty Heroes 2022 (11/3) Yokohama Radiant Hall
- Tag Match: Moeka Haruhi & Willow Nightingale defeated Yoshiko Hasegawa & Yuna Manase (8:40)
- Tag Match: HARUKAZE & Yumehito Imanari defeated Ken Ohka & YuuRI (12:03)
— まなせゆうな Yuna Manase (@yunamanase) November 4, 2022
I love that Willow Nightgale got to maximize her time in Japan between TJPW and GanPro! I hope she gets to fight Yuna in a singles match one day. OMG THE LARIATS!
- GANHEAD 2022 (11/19) 2AW Square
- To Death with Tokimeki 2022 (12/3) Yokohama Radiant Hall
- GIRI GIRI CHOP! 2022 (12/27) Korakuen Hall
Gatoh Move/Choco Pro
ChocoPro # 265 (10/29) Ichigaya Chocolate Square
- Singles Match: Kaori Yoneyama defeated Miya Yotsuba (6:46)
- Tag Team Match: Baliyan Akki & Sayaka Obihiro defeated Chie Koishikawa & Sayaka (13:42)
- Asia Dream Tag Team Title Match: Chris Brookes & Masahiro Takanashi © defeated Antonio Honda & Tokiko Kirihara (23:42)
ChocoPro #266 (10/30) Ichigaya Chocolate Square
- Halloween Battle Royal: Sayaka Obihiro defeated Chie Koishikawa, Chon Shiryu, Masahiro Takanashi, Miya Yotsuba, Sayuri, & Tokiko Kirihara (8:43)
- Super Asia Title Match: Baliyan Akki © defeated TAMURA (22:36)
RESULTS! G Pro-Wrestling 37 Sapporo (10/30) E1 Stadium
- UWF Rules: Michiko Miyagi defeated Maya Fukuda (1:38)
今日は #GLEATMMA コスチュームの採寸をして頂いてきました💭
— GLEAT/福田茉耶（ふくだまや） (@mchan1201) November 4, 2022
GLEAT’s Maya Fukuda is expanding her wheelhouse from UWF Rules matches to include MMA as part of the company’s new MMA expansion. Her ring gear will be different for each brand.
Next Show: G Pro-Wrestling Ver. 38 (11/19) Fukuoka Nishitestsu Hall
- UWF Rules: Michiko Miyagi vs. Maya Fukuda
- G Pro-Wrestling Ver. 39 (11/23) Korakuen Hall
- G Pro-Wrestling Ver. 40 (11/27) Umeda Stella Hall
- G Pro-Wrestling Ver. 41 (12/18) Umeda Stella Hall
- GLEAT Ver. 4 (12/30) Tokyo Dome City Hall
- GLEAT Ver.5 (1/8/23) Edion Arena, Osaka
- TBA (3/21/23) Gorilla Hall Osaka
RESULTS! IR #1235 (10/22) Ice Ribbon Dojo
- Title: Hamuko Hoshi & Asahi Presents: ♡SEXY SURPRISE♡
- Special Singles Match (1/15): Hamuko’s First Match of her 40th Year! Hamuko Hoshi defeated Kiku (13:50)
- Costume Change & Limited Moves Tag Match (1/20): A~Min (Rina Amikura), Misa Kagura (JTO) & Kaho Matsushita defeated Yuko Sakurai, Sumika Yanagawa (JTO) & Miran (10:12) – Who is turning into Hamuko Hoshi & Asahi?
- Yuki Mashiro’ Retirement Trail: Triangle Ribbon Championship (1/15): Mashiro © defeated Ibuki Hoshi vs. Kyuri (8:15)
- Special Singles Match: Asahi’s First Match as a Legal Adult! Ayako Sato (DIANA) defeated Asahi (12:44)
RESULTS! IR#1236 (10/29) Ice Ribbon Dojo
Singles Match: Totoro Satsuki defeated Yura Suzuki (7:57)
- Tag Match: Misa Kagura (JTO) & Yuuki Mashiro defeated Saran & Sumika Yanagawa (JTO) (13:06)
- Singles Match: Kaho Matsushita vs. Nao Ishikawa (10:00) – Time Limit Draw
- Tag Team Match: A~min (Rina Amikura; COLOR’S) & Asahi defeated Ibuki Hoshi & Yuko Sakurai (COLOR’S) (11:39)
Super Princess Party UPDATE!! (11/5 & 11/6) Tokyo Dome City – The list of musical guests has been announced for both days of this music and wrestling festival from Ice Ribbon!
- Singles Match (1/15): Asahi vs. Kaho Matsushita
- KISSmeT Princess LIVE Performance
- 6-Woman Tag Match (1/20): A~Min (Rina Amikura), Misa Kagura, Ram Kaichi, Maya Yukihi, Maika Ozaki & Rina Yamashita – teams to be decided in the ring
- Singles Match (1/15): Misa Kagura vs. Saran
- H!Fly LIVE Performance
- Singles Match (1/15): Yuki Mashiro vs. Makoto with Matsuzawa-san
- Tag Match (1/20): Ibuki Hoshi & A~Min (Rina Amikura) vs. Yuko Sakurai & Sumika Yanagawa
- ICExINFINITY Championship Match (1/30): Saori Anou © vs. Nao Ishikawa – 34th Champion’s 3rd Defense
- Singles Match (1/15): Ryo Mizunami vs. Kaho Matsushita
- H!Fly LIVE Performance
- Tag Match (1/20): Ibuki Hoshi & Yuki Mashiro vs. Asahi & Nao Ishikawa
- Singles Match (1/15): Haruka Umesaki vs. Yuko Sakurai (COLOR’S)
- Singles Match (1/15): Aiger vs. Saran
- KISSmeT PRINCESS LIVE
- 6-Woman Tag Match (1/30): A~Min (Rina Amikura), Nao Ishikawa & Misa Kagura (JTO) vs. Yuna Manase, Totoro Satsuki & Maika Ozaki
NEXT Princess Party #14 (11/16) Ice Ribbon Dojo – The Princess Party series are entertainment fusion shows with live performances and wrestling all rolled into one! Think music festival meets wrestling show. indicated.
Princess Party 2022 Schedule
- Princess Party #15 (11/30)
— アイスリボン《公式》 (@ICERIBBON_jp) November 1, 2022
Third Annual KIZUNA Tag Tournament (10/30) Ryogoku KFC Hall
- Mashiro Ishikawa (Yuki Mashiro & Nao Ishikawa)
- Mega Sunrise (Asahi & Yuko Sakurai)
- The KIDS (Ram Kaicho & Saran)
- Puripuri (Maya Yukihi & Misa Kagura)
- Strong Mother (Hamuko Hoshi & Kiku)
- Totokyurei (Totoro Satsuki & YuuRI)
- 1991 (Saori Anou & Sumika Yanagawa)
- Yellow Checkers (Ibuki Hoshi & A~Min)
RESULTS~ KIZUNA Tag Tournament Afternoon Show (10/30) Ryogoku KFC Hall
- First Round (1/15): Mashiro Ishikawa defeated Strong Mother (12:29)
- First Round (1/15): Puripuri defeated The KIDS (13:21)
- Halloween Triangle Ribbon (1/15): Makoto defeated Maika Ozaki & Kaho Matsushita (10:06)
- First Round (1/15): Yellow Checkers defeated Totokyurei (12:18)
- First Round (1/15): Mega Sunrise defeated 1991 (14:44)
RESULTS~ KIZUNA Tag Tournament Evening Show (10/30) Ryogoku KFC Hall
- Semi-Final Round (1/15): Puripuri vs. Mashiro Ishikawa (15:00) – Time Limit Draw
- Two Count Rule Singles Match: Nao Ishikawa defeated Misa Kagura (3:02)
- Semi-Final Round (1/15): Yellow Checkers defeated Mega Sunrise (10:58)
- Singles Match: Makoto defeated Saran (12:24)
- Halloween Battle Royal with Over the Top Rope Rules – Kaho Matsushita defeated Hamuko Hoshi, Kiku, Maika Ozaki, Matsuzawa-san, Ram Kaicho, Saori Anou, Sumika Yanagawa, Totoro Satsuki & YuuRI (23:52)
- Main Event: KIZUNA Tag Tournament Finals: Mashiro Ishikawa defeated Yellow Checkers (21:51)
— 藤本つかさTsukasaFujimoto (@tsukka0730) October 30, 2022
On October 29th, Tsukasa Fujimoto announced that she and her husband are expecting their first child (a daughter) in the spring. However, she is still working behind the scenes at Ice Ribbon, including providing commentary for the Super Princess Party and practicing with her band for Taiyo’s Festival later on.
ICE RIBBON 2022 Schedule
- IR #1239 (11/12) Ice Ribbon Dojo
- IR #1240 (11/19) Ice Ribbon Dojo
- Yokohama Ribbon (11/23) Yokohama Radiant Hall
- IR #1242 (11/26) Ice Ribbon Dojo
- Ice Ribbon #1243 (11/27) SKIP City Multipurpose Hall
- Ice Ribbon (12/4) 176BOX
- Ice Ribbon #1243 (12/11) SKIP City Multipurpose Hall
- Yokohama Ribbon (12/17) Yokohama Radiant Hall
- IR (12/24) Narimasu ACT Hall
- Ribbon Mania 2022 (12/31) Korakuen Hall
JUST TAP OUT
Results Pending: JTO RAN (11/4) Korakuen Hall
- Tag Match: Aoi & rhythm vs. HisokA and Yuu Yamagata
- JTO Girls Ranking Match: Sumika Yanagawa vs. Misa Kagura
- Special Singles Match: Tomoka Inaba vs. Unagi Sayaka
JUST TAP OUT
— JUST TAP OUT公式 (@JUST_TAP_OUT) November 4, 2022
Aoi turned on Tomoka Inaba and aligns herself with Unagi Sayaka?!
- AoTomo III (11/29) Basement MONSTAR
*Mio Momono was also pulled from the show due to a severe headache. She went to to the hospital and had a checkup. Although there was no concerns, she was given a week off to recover. She was replaced by SAKI (COLOR’S) in the main event.
Rin Kadokura also missed the show due to personal reasons. She will go to England for Pro-Wrestling EVE’s Wrestle Queendom V as a substitute for Takumi Iroha. Kadokura will return to Marvelous on 11/17.
RESULTS (11.04) ShinKiba 1st Ring
- Singles Match (1/15): Leo Isaka defeated Shin Suzuki (9:01)
- Singles Match (1/15): Yurika Oka defeated Ai Houzan (8:33)
- Singles Match (1/15): Tomoka watanabe defeated Hibiscus Mii (10:18)
- Semi-Main Event Tag Match (1/15): Maria & Riko Kawahata defeated Itsuki Aoki & YuuRI (14:51)
- Main Event Tag Match (1/15): Chikayo Nagashima & SAKI* vs. Maya Yukihi & Yuu (15:00) – Time Limit Draw
— ハイビスカスみぃ HibiscusMii (@hibiscusmii) November 4, 2022
Hibiscus Miss shared a photo of herself and a very optimistic Takumi Iroha. Iroha snapped her clavicle last week and will be out until February 2023.
Marvelous 2022 Calendar
- ShinKiba 1st Ring (11/17)
- Fukuoka (11/27) Nishi Tetsu Hall
- Korakuen Hall (12/04)
- ShinKiba 1st Ring (12/15)
- Oyama Cultural Center (12/25)
New Japan Pro-Wrestling
NJPW x STARDOM Historic Crossover (11/20) – Ariake Arena – Finalized Card/Match Order Pending; Full Event Report
- *NEW* STARDOM Rumble: Pre-show Match; Participants TBA; Over the Top Rope Rules Apply
- *NEW* 6-Woman Tag Match: Queen’s Quest (AZM, Saya Kamitani & Lady C) vs. Donna del Mondo (Himeka, Thekla & Mai Sakurai)
- *NEW* Great Muta Final NJPW Farewell: The Great Muta, Kazuchika Okada & Toru Yano vs. United Empire (Great O’Khan, Jeff Cobb & Aaron Henare)
- *UPDATE* IWGP Women’s Title Tournament Final (1/NTL): Mayu Iwatani (STARS) vs. KAIRI (Freelancer) – the Winner will have her first championship defense at Wrestle Kingdom 17 (1/4/23) in the Tokyo Dome
- HXo 8-Person Mixed Tag Match: Black Desire (Momo Watanabe & Starlight Kid) & Suzuki-gun (DOUKI & El Desperado) vs. meltear (Natsupoi & Tam Nakano) & Suzuki-gun (Taichi & Yoshinobu Kanemaru)
- HXo Mixed Tag Match: Hiroshi Tanahashi & Utami Hayashishita vs. Hirooki Goto & Maika
- HXo Mixed Tag Match: Syuri & Tom Lawlor vs. Giulia & Zack Sabre Jr.
Guest Series: Karen Peterson’s Historic X-Column
- Volume 1: NJPW x STARDOM’s Crossed Paths
- Volume 2: STARS & COSMIC ANGELS
- Volume 3: CHAMPIONSHIPS of STARDOM
International Tour Stops
Check out my complete Rumble on 44th Street Event Report live from Palladium Times Square, NYC and includes a short Night Before review, too!
Sunday! Queen of the Jungle (11/6) Shinjuku FACE
- Three Way Match (1/20): Miyuki Takase vs. Ram Kaicho vs. Itsuki Aoki
- Tag Match (1/30): Hiroyo Matsumoto & Rina Yamashita vs. Tsubasa Kuragaki & Yuu
- Singles Match (1/30): Ryo Mizunami vs. Kakeru Sekiguchi\
- Main Event 8-Woman Tag (3/60): Mission K4 (AKINO & Sonoko Kato) and Beast Friends (Aja Kong & Kaori Yoneyama) vs. Ozaki-gun (Mayumi Ozaki, Yumi Ohka, Maya Yukihi & Saori Anou)
— ＯＺアカデミー女子プロレス・オフィシャル (@info_ozacademy) November 3, 2022
As of 11/6, Yumi Ohka will go on hiatus from all in-ring activities in preparation for her pregnancy. Ohka’s been a member of Ozaki-gun for ten years, but now she’s going to take as much time as she needs to focus on her growing family.
Next Show: Nagoya Dimond Hall (11/27)
- Singles Match (1/20): Kaori Yoneyama vs. Itsuki Aoki
- Tag Match (1/30): Aja Kong & Momoka Hanazono vs. Maya Yukihi & Saori Anou
- Semi-Final Three Way Match (1/30): Mayumi Ozaki vs. Ryo Mizunami vs. Rico Kaiju
- Main Event 6-Woman Tag Match (3/60): AKINO, Sonoko Kato & Kakeru Sekiguchi vs. Hiroyo Matsumoto, Tsubasa Kuragaki & Yuu
OZ Academy 2022 Calendar
- Bad Moon Rising Osaka (12/11) 176BOX
- TBA (12/30) Korakuen Hall
Risa Sera goes around recruiting participants for her 10th Anniversary Show… and a sixty minute iron woman death match?!
Risa Sera’s 10th Anniversary Show: Azure Sky Ambition (11/13) 176BOX, Osaka; Match Card TBA
— 世羅りさ (@Sera_Risa) November 1, 2022
Risa Sera will also have a special talk show and drinks with none other than Manami Toyota on 11/13 before her 10th Anniversary Show!!
Risa Sera’s 10th Anniversary Show: Pile of Bodies & River of Blood (11/14)
- Iron Woman DEATH Match (1/60): Risa Sera vs X
- Scheduled to Appear: Takashi Sasaki, Orc Uto, Takayuki Ueki, Violent Jack, Yuki Miyazaki (WAVE), Suzu Suzuki (PROMINENCE), Miyako Matsumoto, Jun Kasai, Akane Fujita (PROMINENCE), Natsumi Mochi (Prominence)
2022 Calendar – all shows at ShinKiba 1st Ring; unless noted
- PROMINENCE #8: ~Honorable Flames~ (11/27)
- PROMINENCE #9: ~Hold Your Hands to the Flames~ (12/11)
RESULTS! Happy Halloween (10/30) Itabashi Green Hall
- Singles Match: Leon vs. Rico Kaiju (SEAdLINNNG) (12:02)
- Princess Of Pro_Wrestling Championship Match: CREA © defeated Himiko (DIANA) (12:04)
- HALLOWEEN Cosplay Tag Match: KAZUKI & Tsubasa Kuragaki defeated Rydeen Hagane & Chie Ozora (12:56)
- HALLOWEEN Cosplay Tag Match: Hanako Nakamori & AKARI defeated SAKI (COLOR’S) & Moeka Haruhi )14:33)
The 68th Special Kame Arena Show (11/13) Kame Dojo
- Singles Match (1/15): KAZUKI vs. Hanako Nakamori – Special stipulations TBA
- Three Way Match (1/15): Rydeen Hagane vs. Leon vs. AKARI
- Tag Match (1/20): Momo Tani & CREA vs. Chie Ozora & Riko Kaiju (SEAdLINNNG)
- 69th Special Kame Arena Show (11/20) Kame Dojo
- 70th Special Kame Arena Show (11/23) Kame Dojo
- PURE-J 5th Anniversary Festival (11/20) Ikumin Community Center, Osaka
- PURE-J TBD (12/11) Itabashi Green Hall
- PURE-J CLIMAX 2022 (12/18) Korakuen Hall
Next Show: Yokohama FLASH 2022! (11/12) Yokohama Radiant Hall – No Match Announcements
— たいよう祭 (@taiyomatsuri) November 1, 2022
SEAdLINNNG’s High Speed Referee, Taiyo Natsuki is putting together her third wrestling and music event. It looks like an outstandingly fun time!
- SEAdLINNNG Matsuri (11/20) AM – ShinKiba 1st Ring
- Taiyo Matsuri (11/20) PM – ShinKiba 1st Ring – will include a musical performance from the wrestlers!
- SEAdLINNNG of the Year 2022 (12/28) – Korakuen Hall
RESULTS! Women’s Pro-Wrestling BIG SHOW in Niigata (10/30) Niigata City Gymnasium
- Singles Match: Yurika Oka defeated Ai Houzan (9:19)
- Three Way Match: Otoko Sakari defeated Aiger and Shigeno Shima (7:57)
- Tag Team Match: Amazon & Hiroyo Matsumoto (SEAdLINNNG) defeated Aoi & Maria (MARVELOUS) (11:58)
- Tag Team Match: Mika Iwata & Miyuki Takase defeated Manami & Ryo Mizunami (14:18)
- Singles Match: DASH Chisako vs. Mayumi Ozaki (14:32) – Double Count Out
- Tag Team Match: Team 200kg (Chihiro Hashimoto & Yuu) defeated Aja Kong & ASUKA (21:26)
Unagi Sayaka hopped a Shinkansen (Bullet Train) to Sendai to call out Team 200KG?! Unagi’s Gyan Period (Freelance Rampage・Queen of the Indies Tour) is gaining lots of momentum. Her YouTube channel is also rapidly gaining attention.
SenJo Queen of the Ring (11/20) Korakuen Hall – Full Card TBA
- Special Hardcore Tag Match (1/30): DASH Chisako & Isami Kodaka vs. ASUKA & Jun Kasai
- Special Tag Match: Team 200KG (Chihiro Hashimoto & Yuu) vs. Unagi Sayaka & X
SenJo 2022 Calendar
- SenJo Queen of the Ring (11/26) Miyagino Cultural Center, Sendai
- Women’s Pro-Wrestling BIG SHOW in Osaka (12/4) Edion Arena Second Gym
- SenJo TBA (12/5) ShinKiba 1st Ring
- SenJo TBA (12/23) Miyagino Cultural Center, Sendai
RESULTS: Hiroshima Goddess Festival (11/3) – Hiroshima Sun Plaza
Mina Shirakawa suffered a bruised jaw and injuries to her oral cavity. She's said it's no one's fault, it can happen in the ring. But she wants Saya Kamitani to hold onto the belt until Mina comes back and takes it from her! pic.twitter.com/muMhYTnt5m
— We Are Stardom (@we_are_stardom) November 4, 2022
During her Wonder of STARDOM Championship challenge against Saya Kamitani, Shirakawa got her mouth busted open, so she’ll be out of Goddesses Tag League for the foreseeable future. If you haven’t seen her outstanding post-match promo, take a moment to soak it all in. She isn’t giving up on her dream of claiming the white belt, and she hopes that Kamitani can hang onto it until she is well enough to challenge for it again. Wishing Shirakawa all the best and a speedy recovery. Fellow Cosmic Angel, Waka Tsukiyama, will take her place with SAKI as KAWAILD VENUS? (yes, with a Question Mark).
Goddesses of STARDOM Tag League (10/30) Big Palette Fukushima
- Singles Match: Mai Sakurai defeats Momo Kohgo (6:32)
- Goddesses Of Stardom Tag League 2022 Blue Goddesses: TEAM BMI 2000 (Natsuko Tora & Ruaka) (9:05)
- Three Way Tag Team Match: meltear (Natsupoi & Tam Nakano) vs. Mafia Bella (Giulia & Thekla) vs. MaiHime (Himeka & Maika) (15:00) – Time Limit Draw
- Goddesses Of Stardom Tag League 2022 Blue Goddesses: Fukuoka Double Crazy (Hazuki & Koguma) (11:19)
- Goddesses Of Stardom Tag League 2022 Red Goddesses: AphroditE (Saya Kamitani & Utami Hayashishita) (5:14)
- 6-Woman Tag Match: God’s Eye (Ami Sourei, MIRAI & Syuri) defeated Oedo Tai (Momo Watanabe, Rina & Starlight Kid) (16:00)
Red Goddesses League Standings
- meltear (Tam Nakano/Natsupoi): 2
- Peach☆Rock (Mayu Iwatani/Momo Kohgo): 0
- AphroditE (Utami Hayashishita/Saya Kamitani): 2
- Mafia Bella (Giulia/Thekla): 2
- Mai Fair Lady (Mai Sakura/Lady C): 0
- KARATE BRAVE (Syuri/Tomoka Inaba): 1
- BLACK DESIRE (Starlight Kid/Momo Watanabe): 1
- We Love Tokyo Sports (Saki Kashima/Fukigen Death): 2
Blue Goddesses League Standings
- Fukuoka Double Crazy (Hazuki/Koguma): 2
- wing★gori (Hanan/Saya Iida): 0
- 02line (AZM/Miyu Amasaki): 2
- MaiHime (Maika/Himeka): 2
- KAWILD VENUS? (Mina Shirakawa*/SAKI): 2 – due to injuries sustained at Hiroshima Goddess Festival, COSMIC ANGELS’ Waka Tsukiyama will rotate in for Shirakawa while her jaw and dental work heals up. I love that they added a question mark for Waka.
- THE NEW ERAS (MIRAI/Ami Sohrei): 0
- BMI2000 (Natsuko Tora/Ruaka): 2
- 7Upp (Nanae Takahashi/Yuu): 2
TODAY! (11/5) Nara Convention Center
- Three Way Battle: Starlight Kid vs. Lady C vs. Ruaka
- Non-League Tag Match: meltear (Tam/Natsupoi) vs. 02line (AZM/Miyu)
- 6-Woman Tag Match: DDM (Maika, Himeka, & Mai Sakurai) vs. OedoTai (Natsuko, Momo & Saki)
- Non-League Tag Match: STARS (Iwatani/Iida) vs. AphroditE (Hayashishita/Kamitani)
- Goddesses Of Stardom Tag League 2022 Blue Goddesses: Fukuoka Double Crazy (Hazuki/Koguma) vs. KAWILD VENUS? (SAKI/Waka*)
- Goddesses Of Stardom Tag League 2022 Blue Goddesses: THE NEW ERAS (MIRAI/Sohrei) vs. 7Upp (Nanae/Yuu)
- Goddesses Of Stardom Tag League 2022 Red Goddesses: KARATE BRAVE (Syuri/Tomoka Inaba) vs. Mafia Bella (Giulia/Thekla)
TOMORROW (11/6) Mie Messe Wing
- Four Way Battle: Saya Kamitani vs. Miyu Amasaki vs. Waka Tsukiyama vs. Saki Kashima
- Non-League Three Way Tag Match: QQ (AZM/Hayashishita) vs. MaiHime (Maika/Himeka) vs THE NEW ERAS (MIRAI/Sohrei)
- Non-League Tag Match: STARS (Iwatani/Iida) vs. BLACK DESIRE (Starlight Kid/Momo Watanabe)
- Goddesses Of Stardom Tag League 2022 Blue Goddesses: Fukuoka Doubel Crazy (Hazuki/Koguma) vs. BMI2000 (Natsuko Tora/Ruaka)
- Goddesses Of Stardom Tag League 2022 Red Goddesses: meltear (Tam Nakano/Natsupoi) vs. KARATE BRAVE (Syuri/Tomoka Inaba)
- Goddesses Of Stardom Tag League 2022 Red Goddesses: Mafia Bella (Giulia/Thekla) vs. Mai Fair Lady (Mai Sakurai/Lady C)
NEXT BIG MATCH: STARDOM Gold Rush 2022 (11/19) – Osaka Edion Arena
- Opening 3-Way Tag Match: Queen’s Quest (Lady C & Miyu Amasaki) vs. STARS (Saya Iida & Momo Kohgo) vs. OedoTai (Natsuko Tora & Ruaka)
- Goddesses of STARDOM Tag League Blue Goddesses Match: MaiHime (Maika & Himeka) vs. 7Upp (Nanae Takahashi & Yuu)
- Goddesses of STARDOM Tag League Red Goddesses Match: BLACK DESIRE (Starlight Kid & Momo Watanabe) vs. We Love Tokyo Sports (Saki Kashima & Fukigen Death)
- Moneyball 6-Woman Tag Tournament First Round: STARS (Mayu Iwatani, Hazuki & Koguma) vs. God’s Eye (MIRAI, Ami Sohrei & Tomoka Inaba)
- Moneyball 6-Woman Tag Tournament First Round: Donna Del Mondo (Giulia, Mai Sakurai & Thekla) vs. COSMIC ANGELS (Tam Nakano, Natsupoi & Waka Tsukiyama)
- Moneyball 6-Woman Tag Tournament Finals – will have TLC (Tables, Ladders & Chairs) format; the moneyball will be suspended from the ceiling and must be removed to win. However, there will be a button in the corners of the ring which can change the height of the ball.
- NEO High Speed Championship: AZM © vs. Momoka Hanazono
- Wonder of STARDOM Championship: Saya Kamitani © vs. KAIRI
- World of STARDOM Championship: Syuri © vs. Utami Hayashishita
STARDOM Big Match Calendar
- NJPW x STARDOM: Historic X-Over (11/20) – Ariake Arena *Full Event Report!
- STARDOM in Showcase 3 (11/26) – Todoroki Arena, Kawasaki City
- STARDOM Dream Queendom 2022 (12/29) – Ryogoku Sumo Hall
- STARDOM Triangle Derby (1/3/2023) – Yokohama Budoukan
Tokyo Joshi Pro-Wrestling
TOMORROW: Autumn Tour ‘22 (11/6) Ryogoku KCF Hall
- Singles Match: Hikari Noa vs. Kaya Toribami
- Singles Match: Yuki Kamifuku vs. Pom Harajuku
- Tag Match: Yuki Aino & Raku vs. Moka Miyamoto & Arisu Endo
- Singles Match: Rika Tatsumi vs. Neko Haruna
- 6-Woman Tag Match: Yuka Sakazaki, Mizuki & They Mahiro Kiryu vs. Miyu Yamashita, Maki Itoh & Hyper Misao
- Tag Match: Miu Watanabe & Suzume vs. Shoko Nakajima & Willow Nightingale
- ※Nao Kakuta will be absent due to scheduling conflict and prior engagement.
NEXT SHOW: Autumn Tour ’22 (11/13) – Kyoto KBS Hall
- Yuki Arai & Saki Akai to complete
- Miyu Yamashita & Hyper Misao will be absent due to participating in Pro-Wrestling EVE’s Wrestle Queendom V.
- Nao Kakuta will be absent due to scheduling conflict and prior engagement.
This weekend, @willowwrestles appears in TJPW!
A title match has also been announced for @BillieStarkz on Nov. 27.
Join #wrestleUNIVERSE where you can enjoy a LIVE show every week; you won't regret it.
— TJPW 東京女子プロレス (@tjpw2013) November 2, 2022
ALL RISE ‘22 (11/28) – Rest of the card TBA
- Princess of Princess Championship: Yuka Sakazaki © vs. Billie Starkz – the 11th Champion’s first title defense
Yuki Arai’s JAN-FEB 2023 show dates! Due to her work in SKE48, Princess Tag Team Champion, Yuki Arai works an abbreviated, limited schedule. Announced dates for Q1 2023: January 1 (Korakuen Hall), 15 (Otemachi Mitsui Hall), 19 (Shinjuku FACE) , 29 (Saitama Fureai Cube Kasukabe) & February 11 (Korakuen Hall)
TJPW 2022 Calendar
- Autumn Tour ’22 (11/20) – Shinjuku FACE
- All Rise ’22 (11/27) – Korakuen Hall
- Autumn Tour ’22 (12/4) – Yokohama Radiant Hall
- TJPW City Circuit Autumn ~Hamamatsu~ (11/20) – Shizuoka Entetsu Hall
- Angel & Rabbit (12/15) Shinjuku FACE
- Ready? CHRISTMAS!! (12/24) – Ryogoku KFC Hall; Last Show of 2022
NEW! 2023 Shows Announced
- TJPW 2023 (1/4/23) – Korakuen Hall; First Show of 2023 (1130AM Local start)
- TJPW City Circuit Winter ~Kobe~ (1/7/23) – Kobe Arts Center, Hyogo
- TJPW City Circuit Winter ~Okayama~ (1/8/23) – Okayama Convention Center
— 野崎 渚 (@Nagisa_Nozaki) November 4, 2022
Nagisa Nozaki posted a photo and medical update. Provided her next MRI is clear, she’ll be cleared to behin working out more extensively, including jogging. Her next medical check up is on the 16th, and it’s been 56 days since her knee surgery.
KARIYA WAVE vol.2 (10/30) Kariya City Industrial Center
- Tag Match: Kakeru Sekiguchi & Riko Kawahata defeated Kohaku & Sae (16:31)
- Tag Match: Hibiscus Mii & Kyusei Ninja Ranmaru defeated Miyako Matsumoto & Risa Sera (8:45)
- Singles Match: Yumi Ohka defeats Cherry (12:16)
- Tag Match: Takashi Sasaki & Yuki Miyazaki defeated Akane Fujita & Jun Kasai (15:42)
TOMORROW! Let’s Enjoy!! (11/6) Korakuen Hall
- CHAOS WAVE (1/15): Yumi Ohka vs. Aiger
- SCRAMBLE WAVE (1/30): Kyusei Sakura Hirota, Kaori Yoneyama, Hibiscus MII & Haruka Umesaki vs. Yuu, Miyuki Takase, Itsuki Aoki & Kakeru Sekiguchi – Over the Top Rope Elimination Rules Appl
- Premium WAVE (1/15): Risa Sera vs. ASUKA
- Future WAVE (1/20): COHAKU & Suzu Suzuki vs. SAKI & Riko Kawahata
- Regina de WAVE Championship Match (1/30): Hikaru Shida © vs. Yuki Miyazaki – the 19th Champion’s first defense
- TBA WAVE (11/12) Osaka 176BOX
- Weekday WAVE vol. 126 (11/15) ShinKiba 1st Ring
- Shizuoka WAVE ~ FUJI 5~ (11/20) Fuji-san Messe
- Detras de Lazona Vol. 6 (11/26) POST di AMISTAD
- YOKOHAMA WAVE ~DEC ‘22~ (12/10) Yokohama Radiant Hall
- SHIWASU West ‘22 (12/11) Osaka 176BOX
- CHIBA WAVE vol. 2 (12/18) 2AW Square
- SHIWASU East ‘22 (12/11) Shinjuku FACE
- NAMI☆1 ~JAN~2023 New Year GO WAVE (1/1/2023)
YMZ Gokigenna Wrestling!
Gokinena KAWASAKI Halloween Party (10/31) Post di Amistad
- Tag Match: Kaori Yoneyama & Yuu defeated Haruka Umesaki & Matsuzawa-san (7:48)
- Singles Match: Moeka Haruhi vs. Yuna Mizumori (10:00) – Time Limit Draw
- Tag Match: ASUKA & Makoto vs. Hikaru Sato & Kengo Mashimo (13:50) – No Contest
We’re Back, NishiArai ☆3! (11/7)
- Tag Match: Kaori Yoneyama & Hikaru Sato vs. SAKI & Yuna Mizumori
- Singles Match: Cherry vs. Tsubasa Kuragaki
- Singles Match: Daiki Shimomura vs. Shuma
Tsubasa Fiesta! 25th Anniversary Show (11/13) ShinKiba 1st Ring
- Tag Match (1/20): JTO (Sumika Yanagawa & Yuu Yamashita) vs. PURE-J (Hanako Nakamori & Chie Ozora)
- Lots of Tsubasa Battle Royal: Tsubasa Kuragaki vs. Kakeru Sekiguchi, Banbi, Mokeka Haruhi, Matsuzawa-san, KAZUKI & Megumi Yabushita – All participants must be dressed as Tsubasa and Over the Top Rope Rules apply
- Semi-Final Singles Match (1/30): Makoto vs. Itsuki Aoki
- Main Event Tag Match (1/45): Tsubasa Kuragaki & Kaori Yoneyama vs. Sonoko Kato & Chikayo Nagashima
Kaori Yoneyama’s 23rd Anniversary Show (11/28) ShinKiba 1st Ring; Full Card TBA
- Singles Match: Cherry vs. SAKI
- Singles Match: Yuu vs. Yuna Mizumori
- Scheduled to Appear: Kaori Yoneyama, Tsubasa Kuragaki, Hikari Sato, Kengo Mashimo, Moeka Haruhi, Makoto w/Matsuzawa-san, ASUKA, Daiki Shimomura, Kakeru Sekiguchi & Chie Ozora
YMZ 2022 Calendar
- Gokigenna Kawasaki 27 (10/31) Diana Dojo, Post Di Amistad
- Makoto’s 15th Anniversary Show (11/1) Korakuen Hall
- Tsubasa Fiesta! 25th Anniversary Show (11/13) ShinKiba 1st Ring
Meanwhile in AEW…
It isn’t related to women’s wrestling at all, but I was this close to raving about Katsuyori Shibata showing up Wednesday night on AEW Dynamite to claim an All-Atlantic Championship match against Orange Cassidy this Friday on Rampage. That belt would look really, really good on him.
this is the way
— 柴田勝頼 / Katsuyori Shibata (@K_Shibata2022) November 3, 2022
Yes, Shibata really is on Twitter after dodging years of it. He avoided it with the establishment of the LA DOJO and even more recently with his grappling exhibition with SZJ last summer and Wrestle Kingdom 16 match against his protoge, Ren Narita. Not Blue Check Verified yet, but formally announced by NJPW.
Anyways, with Hikaru Shida and Willow Nightingale in Japan and Emi Sakura and Mei Suruga flying all around the world, it’s a relatively slow week in AEW. No new announcements of TJPW talent coming stateside either.
Meanwhile in WWE…
Stars Above, The Uncle Paul’s (Triple H) Effect makes me want to watch WWE regularly again… ALL THESE WOMEN! …but also… give me IYO SKY vs. Asuka in a singles match please and thank you.
Monday Night Raw #1536 (10/31) Dallas, Texas, American Airlines Center
- WWE Women’s Tag Team Title Match: Alexa Bliss & Asuka (w/Bianca Belair) defeated Damage CTRL (Dakota Kai & IYO SKY) (w/Bayley) (c) (16:25)
Karen’s Special Homeroom
Match of the Week: Kabuki Warriors vs. Legacy Queens
Maybe I am feeling sentimental now that Asuka is a WWE Women’s Tag Champion again, or perhaps the YouTube algorithm just dropped this throwback match since she and Alexa are having a rematch at Crown Jewel this weekend. Asuka was my first foray into joshi. When she debuted in NXT, it was a the height of Black & Gold NXT, and much like the fan favorite babyfaces in NXT, she overstayed her time due to batch call ups at WrestleMania. Kairi was another one who lingered behind in NXT as those around her got spirited away to Raw and SD Live.
However, I still have issue with the mishandling of how the Kabuki Warriors were originally introduced with Paige as their manager and the lack of effort on WWE’s part to let Kairi and Asuka tell their story with their own voices from the start. Currently, KWs still hold the longest reign with the Women’s Tag Championship at 171 days, with Carmella They & Queen Zelina (132 days) and the IIconics (120 days). This is Asuka’s THIRD time as tag champion, previously holding the title with Charlotte Flair in the wake of Kairi’s return to Japan and now with Alexa Bliss upon her return to in-ring action.
What I want more than anything for the Women’s Tag Division are more cohesive presentations: separate music, matching ring gear, tag finishers and more merch. The IIconics were a great example, as were Fire and Desire because they felt like tag teams. Currently, DamageCTRL is killing it with IYO SKY and Dakota Kai bringing back the “we made our names as individuals, but we’ll put in the work to look like a team” approach. Yes, I know that Charlotte Flair and Natalya never really had a proper tag name, but they have legacy and pedigree, hence I’m just going to do the naming for WWE.
The only thing that would make this match better, is Lawler not being on commentary. I like Vic Joseph and Dio Maddin well enough as they were very deep in NXT and were quite personable on commentary. I never liked Jerry Lawler on commentary, especially for women’s matches. I wish there was a way to watch the match sans commentary, or to switch it to another language.
- Promotion: WWE
- Tag Match: The Kabuki Warriors (Asuka & Kairi Sane) vs. Charlotte Flair and Natalya (Result)
- Event: Monday Night Raw
- Venue: Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY
- Date: November 4, 2019
International Joshi Learning Excursion!
FIELD TRIPS – Please say hello if you see me at a show!
- STARDOM: GOLD RUSH (11/19) – Osaka Edion Arena
- NJPW x STARDOM: Historic X-Over (11/20) – Ariake Arena
POST EVENT REPORT SCHEDULE – Additional big events to be added later.
- NJPW x STARDOM: Historic X-Over (11/20) – Ariake Arena
- STARDOM: Dream Queendom (12/29) – Ryogoku Sumo Hall
- NJPW: Wrestle Kingdom 17 (1/4/2023) – Tokyo Dome
Thanks for reading! Have a lovely week!