Tonight (or this afternoon, to be more accurate, considering it’s a 4pm EST start) is the final JoshiMania card, emanating from Manhattan, NY. You can check out the results from night one and night two to see how things have gone down so far. In the final main event, Sara Del Rey - who so far has defeated Aja Kong and Tsubasa Kuragaki – will take on SHIMMER Tag Team Champion Ayako Hamada – who is 1-1 after teaming with Cherry to beat Mayumi Ozaki & Mio Shirai on night one, and was defeated by Kong last night.
Click after the jump for the matches that will be taking place, and keep hitting refresh to see the latest results…
Thanks to Jhonmarco Velazquez for the results:
1. El Hijo Del Ice Cream & Ice Cream Jr beat Dasher Hatfield & Saturyne via pinfall from a sunset flip in 16:18
2. GAMI pinned Portia Perez at 11:56 with a Fisherman’s Buster
3. Brodie Lee pinned Ultramantis Black at 7:48 with a powerbomb
4. Toshie Uematsu, Obaryon, Kodama & Kobold beat Cherry, Fire Ant, Soldier Ant & Green Ant when Uematsu pinned Cherry at 13:01 with a Diving Splash
5. Mayumi Ozaki pinned Kaori Yoneyama at 10:22 following an Enzugiri
6. Aja Kong, Mio Shirai & Tsubasa Kuragaki beat Manami Toyota, Sawako Shimono & Hanako Nakamori in 29:00 when Tsubasa pinned Nakamori following a Metal Wing. Match was described as “f***ing awesome”, and with Sawako Shimono shining – even giving Kong a Samoan Drop.
7. Sara Del Rey pinned Ayako Hamada in 15:49 with a Spiked Piledriver in an “incredible match”
Attendance was described as around the 400 mark, so it sounds like this was a highly successful Manhattan show for Chikara. As a point of historical note, this will be the final US in-ring appearance of Kaori Yoneyama, who retires from wrestling at the end of this month – and almost certainly the final in-ring appearance of Toshie Uematsu, who retires early next year. A big thank you to our correspondants throughout the weekend. There are stories circulating that the DVDs may be rushed out in about 48 hours, so we’ll hopefully all get a chance to see these historic events very soon.
Finally, a big thank you to the ladies and gentlemen of Chikara, and the joshi stars who came over to perform.
Here are some pics from the super talented Zia Hitley, the official Chikara photographer. All credit to her.
If you were in attendance tonight in Manhattan, please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet us @ringbelles with your thoughts and opinions on this history-making weekend.
We’ve received one such piece of feedback from reader Freddy Padilla, who emailed us to say
“I attended Joshimania in NYC. It was also the first Chikara event I’ve ever been too. I have only watched Chikara’s youtube video’s before and enjoyed them. Going to a live show was a whole other experience for me. The whole night was an absolute blast. The matches were stellar. The funny bits actually had me laughing unlike what we see on Raw, Smackdown and Impact.
I’ve been to one live WWE, TNA and ROH this year. This by far was my favorite. Chikara knows how to balance entertainment and wrestling better than the bigger companies. Also, they present the women with alot more honor than TNA and take them more serious than WWE. I really enjoyed the fact the the fans at Joshimania are the complete opposite of ROH fans who start vulgar chants knowing there are kids present.
I hope to catch more live Chikara shows. They have won me over big time.”