Stardom Yokohama Cinderella (3/10/20) Review

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The champ. Credit: Stardom

I believe this was the first wrestling show at the new Yokohama Budokan, but feel free to correct me if I’m wrong. Either way, Stardom had packed the card, with all the important titles up for grabs, a unit certain to disband and a couple of mystery opponents. By now, you probably know who they were, but just in case, let’s keep the suspense going a bit longer.

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Bakuha Koshien Produce STREET FIGHT CLUB (25/8/20) Review

I’m sure a lot of white powder has been stored in guitars over the years. Credit: DDT

Bakuha Koshien is the Explosion Deathmatch side-project of Atsushi Onita and Sanshiro Takagi. It’s not actually a DDT show, but DDT is helping them out, hence the presence of a fair few of their wrestlers on the undercard. While I believe the original vision was for Onita to take Explosion Deathmatches around the world, COVID has made that difficult, so we’re getting a Bunkhouse Scramble in Korakuen instead. You’ll accept it, and you’ll enjoy it!

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TJPW ~ HEART & BODY ~ (21/3/20) Review

A final snarl. Credit: TJPW

I haven’t stopped feeling weird about Japanese companies going back to hosting live wrestling shows, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy having the Up Up Girls kick off a show. Tokyo Joshi was back in front of fans and, to celebrate, were giving us the next chapter in the feud of the year. Misgivings or not, it’s hard not to enjoy that.

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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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