If January brings the excitement of a new year and the motivation to keep up with every promotion going, then February is inevitably the month when real life intrudes. Unless you’re young enough to have very few responsibilities (and lucky you if so), the sad reality is that you can’t watch everything. However, fear not, because that brilliant match you missed in the crowd? It might just be on this list, ready for you to discover it.Continue reading “Ramblings About’s Matches of the Month for February 2023”
Ramblings About’s Matches of the Month for January 2023
Maybe it’s just me, but January always feels like a fresh start for my wrestling viewing. My backlog from the previous year goes out of the window, under the assumption that if I haven’t watched it yet, I never will, and it’s a chance to jump back into promotions that I might have fallen away with it. When you throw in Ittenyon and all the excitement around that, it’s usually a good month, something this list makes clear.Continue reading “Ramblings About’s Matches of the Month for January 2023”
A Slight Change
I wanted to drop a quick note to mention that most of my reviews will now be appearing on a new collaborative project called Marshmallow Bomb. I’m sure I will still use Ramblings About Wrestling occasionally, I’ve put too much effort into it to ditch it completely, but the frequency of posts will probably drop substantially. If you are one of the people who actively seek my writing out, thank you, and you can go over and subscribe to Marshmallow Bomb here: https://marshmallowbomb.substack.com and follow it on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/BombMarshmallow. That way, you’ll get access to both my work and that of people substantially more talented than me.
As I say, this isn’t the end of Ramblings About, just a change, but it still feels like a good time to say thank you to anyone who has read anything I’ve written over the last few years. It is a constant source of bafflement to me that anyone gives a shit what I think, but it does make me feel nice.
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Ice Ribbon Ribbonmania (31/12/22) Review
I may have written up all my end-of-year lists and put a cap on 2022, but the year isn’t over until we talk about Ribbonmania, Ice Ribbon’s annual year-closing show. It might have only been a six-match card, but with two title matches and Yuuki Mashiro’s goodbye (which doubles as Suzu Suzuki’s return), there were plenty of things to get us talking.Continue reading “Ice Ribbon Ribbonmania (31/12/22) Review”
Ramblings About’s Matches of the Month for December 2022
That’s a wrap! My final round-up of the month for 2022 is a bit shorter than the others, thanks to Christmas, end-of-year stuff and probably a few too many beers. Still, there were a few matches that I wanted to shout out, so there is plenty to get your teeth into anyway. Plus, if you do want more, I’ve written about my wrestlers of the year, the best of the rest matches and my match of the year, so give those a read after you’re done with this.Continue reading “Ramblings About’s Matches of the Month for December 2022”
Ramblings About’s 2022 Match of the Year: Miu Watanabe vs Yuka Sakazaki
Coming into 2022’s Princess Cup Final, it felt like the focus was entirely on Miu Watanabe. With good reason, too. Miu going deep in the tournament, beating Shoko Nakajima and Miyu Yamashita on the way, felt like the stepping up of Tokyo Joshi’s next generation. Yes, they’ve made it to main events and battled for titles before, but no one had ever done it by going through two of the heads on TJPW’s Mount Rushmore. Miu was brute forcing her way to the top, breaking down walls for those who followed, and people were desperate for her to go the distance.Continue reading “Ramblings About’s 2022 Match of the Year: Miu Watanabe vs Yuka Sakazaki”
Ramblings About’s Matches of the Year 2022: The Best Of The Rest
Somehow, we’ve made it through another year, and while I think it’s safe to say all is not well in the world, the wrestling has at least been very good. 2022 was a year of change in the world of joshi, a lot of which was quite anxiety-inducing for someone who takes comfort from this nonsense, but I think we’ve come out the other end of it all with the scene in strong and (more importantly) interesting health. There have also been a lot of incredible matches, and this is my list of the ones that aren’t quite my match of the year but which, on a different day, may well be so. Enjoy!
Quick note: I sorta cheated this year and snuck an extra match in by writing about it elsewhere. The brilliant and lovely Flupke (FlupkeDiFlupke on Twitter) invited me to write about the wonderful Ice Ribbon gauntlet of gauntlets as part of his newsletter. You can find my thoughts (alongside his much better ones) on that here. Then, once you’ve read that, you should also read the rest of his end-of-year stuff, which is equally great.Continue reading “Ramblings About’s Matches of the Year 2022: The Best Of The Rest”
Ramblings About’s Wrestler of the Year 2022: Mei Suruga & Pom Harajuku
Having gone back and forth for weeks over who my wrestler of the year was, I managed to whittle it down to two candidates and began the process of figuring out who would be number one. Then, having spent far too long thinking about it, I realised that this award is my own creation, which means I can do whatever I want. Therefore, for the first time ever, Ramblings About Wrestling have two wrestlers of the year, and what a pair they are. The best in the world in 2022, as decided by me, were Mei Suruga and Pom Harajuku.Continue reading “Ramblings About’s Wrestler of the Year 2022: Mei Suruga & Pom Harajuku”
Marvelous (25/12/22) Review
Marvelous’s final show of the year had them putting on a show on Christmas day, and yes, I ditched my family for a bit to watch it. Was it worth it? Let’s find out.Continue reading “Marvelous (25/12/22) Review”
TJPW Merry Christmas! (24/12/22), Review
The last Tokyo Joshi show of 2022 doubled up as a Christmas celebration and the go-home show for Ittenyon while continuing the tradition of the bulk of the card coming via a fan draw. It’s a fun way to end the year and always throws up a few intriguing combinations as TJPW look to see us out on a high. Did they? Let’s find out.Continue reading “TJPW Merry Christmas! (24/12/22), Review”