TJPW I’m Here! (20/6/20) Review

Power Trio! Credit: TJPW

Last week’s attempt to review Tokyo Joshi turned into a more general ramble about why I love it so, making this our first look at TJPW since the fans returned. If you haven’t guessed, I am very happy to have them back, so let’s see what went down.

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Tokyo Joshi: Personality Trumps All

Before the hair sniffing. Credit: TJPW

There was a moment in the main event of Tokyo Joshi’s first show back in front of fans where Nodoka Tenma, having locked on a submission, shyly announced that Suzume’s hair smelled nice. In response, Yuka Sakazaki yelled hentai before storming the ring with Mizuki to kick Nodoka away. It might sound strange, but that silly little moment, sums up everything I love about TJPW.

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TJPW: Battling Without Fans

There is also a lot of dancing. Credit: TJPW

When you get past the discussion as to whether wrestling should be running empty arena shows, the biggest talking point for most fans at the moment is how to go about making those shows work. As I write this, the only WWE I’ve watched took place in a graveyard, but it’s safe to say their television efforts have been widely criticised and while AEW hasn’t been quite as badly received, no-one is screaming from the rooftops about them being shows of the year. Wrestling is struggling with how to present itself in a fan-less environment, and it’s quite interesting watching companies scramble for answers.

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Ramblings About’s Top Ten Matches of February 2020

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Spoiler. Credit: Stardom

I think this is probably the most diverse match of the month list I’ve put together yet. In the past, I’ve had star ratings to work by when figuring this out and, honestly, I think that was restricting the way I did it. Now, I’m just pulling out the notebook and picking the ten that have stuck with me the most. So, welcome to a rather different, but certainly not worse, round-up of my favourites matches from last month.

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TJPW Shuffle Unit Battle By Color “Red, Blue, Yellow Big Clash In Dojo” (8/3/20) Review

Chaos erupts! Credit: TJPW

Fresh off my favourite show of the year so far, Tokyo Joshi were back in the Dojo for another tournament. This time the roster was split into teams based on the colour of their attire, with wins earning two points, draws one and a loss none. The team with the most points at the end of the night would win themselves a day pass to a theme park, so that’s exciting. Will it be more hotly contested than the free meal? Time to find out.

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TJPW Genghis Khan Kirishma Presents Spring Beautiful One Day Tournament (1/3/20) Review

The star of the show. Credit: TJPW

With Tokyo Joshi joining DDT in having shows cancelled by the coronavirus scare, they decided to give us a wee treat in its place. A one-day tournament that aired live from the Dojo with the winner receiving dinner coupons for Genghis Khan Kirishima, hence the convoluted name. It was taking place under what I shall refer to as snappy rules which were as follows:

  • Two count falls for the first three rounds with five minute time limits and janken tie-breakers.
  • Three count falls for the semi-finals with five minute time limits and one count fall tie-breakers.
  • Three count fall for the final with a ten minute time limit and a one count fall tie-breaker.

Thanks, as always, to ddtpro_eng on Twitter for all the translations.

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TJPW Winter ~ wonderful harmony ~ (11/2/20) Review

Our new leaders. Credit: TJPW

Shows packed with tag matches are the kind that I might generally breeze past without feeling the need to review, but this one was headlined by Lana Austin’s title shot, which brought a sparkle that caught my eye. Throw in a couple of other exciting developments, and out of nowhere, this became one you wouldn’t want to miss. Why? Read on to find out.

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