It’s PWI500 time which means that for a few excruciatingly long days everyone is going to be talking about a list of wrestlers that means fuck all and tends to ignore the existence of things like women. With that in mind, I decided that maybe it was time to release the Ramblings About List Of Things That Should Be On a List, But A Good List, Not A Bad List. Alright, it’s not my catchiest title, but I think it works.
Does everyone remember that blessed period where members of the DDT roster were fighting over a sword? It gave us such beautiful moments as Charisma with a sword, Endo with a sword and Higuchi with a sword. More wrestlers need to fight over swords.
There might be a smidge of recency bias to this one. Still, on her recent ChocoTalk, Otoki revealed that not only did she decide to become a wrestler in her 40s, but her life has involved periods where she did MMA, scuba diving, belly dancing, judo and was heavily involved in the Tokyo indie/punk scene. I’ve concluded that she is cooler than all of us.
In fact, let’s just throw all the ChocoTalks in there. Emi Sakura is sneakily turning into a cracking interviewer as these talks have a tendency to unveil some brilliant stories while showing a new side to both those involved and Sakura herself. Watch them!
Ice Ribbon’s Ueno Park Shows
I recently spent a Friday night drinking beer, eating pizza and watching the version of these shows that Ice Ribbon aired on niconico. It’s safe to say I had the best time (you can read my live Tweeted thoughts here, although it mainly turned into GIFs of Tequila Saya who was the only person having a better time than me). Serious wrestling is very good, but what’s also good is wrestling that is basically an excuse for a bunch of friends to goof around and do stupid shit.
If I had my way, we would hand wrestling over to Miyacoco and let her do what she wants with it.
Having been grappling with it for a while, this is the year where I came to the conclusion that my sexuality is Eruption. Not sure how I’m going to explain that one to my grandparents, but I reckon I’ll figure it out.
The joshi idol who loves trains. How could you not love Raku? The knowledge that she is out there, living her life, makes me happy.
Loads of joshi promotions on the same show and a name that opens itself up to a plethora of Avengers gags? Sign me up.
Wrestlers Getting Emotional
I cry at everything. That sounds like an exaggeration, but it’s really not. If I get through a day without crying, it’s a minor miracle. Things I have cried at range from the Hannah Montana Movie to podcasts about Maki Itoh to thoughts on my own mortality. Today alone, I can count two occasions when I have shed some tears, and I’m probably missing at least one. It’s twenty past eleven in the morning.
Therefore, I also enjoy it when wrestlers cry. Not in a harsh way, I don’t wish to see them all in pain, but in a way where everything just gets a bit too much and the emotion overwhelms them. From Sayaka Obihiro’s defiance at the end of her battle with Emi Sakura on Sakura’s 25th Anniversary to Nanae Takahashi shedding a few quick tears at the end of SEAd’s 5th birthday bash, it never fails to set me off. Let’s make all the wrestlers cry.
Miu Watanabe’s Art
A hundred years from now, critics will be baffled that when Miu posted her art online there were people who saw it as a joke. If Watanabe wants to make millions of pounds she better start selling prints of these things because I want a full set for every room in my flat. I will sneak into my flatmate’s bedroom and hang them up in there while she’s out (if she reads this, I am not going to do that). Give us more!
Emi recently celebrated her 25th anniversary as a wrestler and is still a mind that pushes the business forward in ways that it often doesn’t deserve. Thank fuck for Emi Sakura.