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 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”
Marvelous (15/12/22) Review
For Marvelous’s penultimate show of the year, they gave Queen Aminata a shot at the big one as she went up against the new AAAW champion Chikayo Nagashima. Even in the relatively modest confines of Shinkiba, that’s a decent opportunity to impress and a chance for her to come away from this Japan trip with a standout performance under her belt. Let’s see how she did.Continue reading “Marvelous (15/12/22) Review”
TJPW Angel and Rabbit (15/12/22) Review
With Mizuki celebrating her 10th anniversary as a wrestler, Tokyo Joshi decided to put on a party and celebrate their favourite demonic rabbit. Not only did they let her book the main event, but we’re getting the ‘Mizuki All Around Battle Royal’. What does that mean? Who knows! I’m excited to find out, though.Continue reading “TJPW Angel and Rabbit (15/12/22) Review”
TJPW City Circuit Autumn (10/12/22) Review
For only the second time, the other one being earlier this year, TJPW took a trip to Hamamatsu, continuing the build to Ittenyon by hitting the road. They were short an Itoh and a Kamiyu on this show, as they were over in Malaysia, but a Rhio came in to fill the gap, and they’re treating the fans to an EVE Title match in the main event. You can’t say fairer than that, right?Continue reading “TJPW City Circuit Autumn (10/12/22) Review”