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In the week leading up to the three nights of action, there had been a lot of buzz concerning the event. With joshi talent from a number of different promotions in Japan, female wrestling there had largely stopped (Ice Ribbon carried on as normal, and WAVE also held a card), as many of the top stars had crossed the Pacific and international datelines to wrestling in Philadelphia, PA, Everett, MA and Manhattan, NY for the CHIKARA promoted cards.

The shows main focus – other than showing off some of the great Japanese female talent – seemed to be to provide a platform for CHIKARA talent Sara Del Rey, who won both of her main events against her idol Aja Kong on night one – in a match that she reportedly dominated – and against Ayako Hamada on night 3 in a match which was said to be equal to (or greater than) their SHIMMER volume 28 outing two years ago. Considering Hamada was brought in as a late replacement for the injured Meiko Satomura, she made a strong impression, and also showed TNA what they missed out on by having this woman on its roster, not using her, mismanaging her and letting her go.

It was asked if Del Rey’s three victories meant she was the only person to go undefeated over the weekend. She wasn’t, as GAMI also went through the weekend without defeat, but Sara’s accomplishments are the ones which should be the most important. After a subdued end to CHIKARA’s season – defeating the BDK’s ring announcer turned wrestler Jakob Hammermeier at High Noon last month – it really puts Del Rey on a pedestal as being not just one of the best female wrestlers in the world, but possibly the best wrestler of any gender. Considering the shows are likely to be seen in Japan, Del Rey’s accomplishments over the weekend could put her in a great position to wrestle more often in Japan in 2012, as many promotions may be interested in booking the woman who dominated and defeated Aja Kong.

Elsewhere, Kaori Yoneyama made her US debut (and presumable farewell) before retiring in December 23, winning two and losing one, while Toshie Uematsu also made what is likely to be her final US appearance before her retirement next spring, including teaming with the Batiri and adopting their unique and striking makeup. Manami Toyota – who was one of the brainchildren of JoshiMania – went 2-1 for the weekend and strengthened her relationship with CHIKARA – a promotion which she has credited with helping her rediscover her fire. You can see the other results below, or by clicking here, here and here for nights 1-3.

Unfortunately, we were not able to be there in person, much like many others. After all, with the events taking place in the run-up to Christmas, it can be expensive to travel to the venues, as well as get hotel rooms, money for food, tickets and merchandise. However, attendance numbers appear to have been good (night 2 seems to have been a bit quieter), though the shows should make an absolute killing on DVD. I ordered them all within half an hour of them becoming available, and know of many others have done so too. If you have limited experience of joshi, these DVDs would be a great way to dip your toe into the water. If you’re a longtime fan, this will be a unique experience to see legends, future stars and North American wrestlers in the same ring. If you need some convincing before buying them, we will be reviewing them as soon as we can slap them into the DVD player.


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WAWW will return on March 24 next year. International talent is promised… Tammy Sytch denies claims from New Jack that she asked him to kill her ex-boyfriend, a New Jersey police officer. Sytch described New Jack as a “wacko”… Speaking of Tammy, she’s displayed some erratic behaviour recently. Hope she’s OK… Mia Yim’s match with Angel Orsini that was scheduled to have taken place on Saturday never happened after Impact Championship Wrestling folded three days before the show… Ribbon Takanashi won Ice Ribbon’s Triangle Ribbon Championship on Wednesday… Brie Bella won a Mistletoe on a Pole match on Tuesday’s live SmackDown which gives her the right to kiss any wrestler between now and Christmas. Really – this happened… Trish Stratus says she would be happy to be a trainer on Tough Enough again. If she did, I’d like her to be more harsh with the students, much like Jackie Moore was in the original series… Bull Nakano was backstage at WWE’s show in Tokyo on Wednesday. CM Punk and Beth Phoenix got photos with her… Speaking of the WWE show in Japan, SMASH’s Makoto (who aspires to be a WWE Diva) was in the front row… Amy “Lita” Dumas was at WWE HQ on Wednesday for an interview of some description… WILD posted a promo video featuring some wrestlers who haven’t been booked in months… Gabby Gilbert posted a videoblog claiming that Melina could be wrestling Annie Social in WSU in March… ArenaChicks will present a few more matches that will appear on the Volume 2 DVD on December 17 as part of CWF Mid-Atlantic. The group will also be holding a live mini-event at WrestleReunion in Los Angeles on January 27-29… JBL said WWE made a mistake in letting Jillian Hall go… Jennifer Cruz will challenge Mercedes Martinez for the WSU title on January 12. Quite how deserving she is of a shot is perplexing… The Wrestling Observer claims there is a chance that Kaitlyn’s heel turn could see her aligning with Beth Phoenix and Natalya… Sara Del Rey told Diva Dirt that Ring Of Honor is looking to relaunch a women’s division in 2012… Access Hollywood’s Maria Menounos (who was a guest host on WWE Raw in October 2009) is training for Tribute To The Troops. She had her first training match last Wednesday. In her last appearance, she teamed with Kelly Kelly & Gail Kim against Beth Phoenix, Alicia Fox & Rosa Mendes… Bull Nakano revealed on 19 Pro that she’s back up to her old wrestling weight of 215lb. Meanwhile on the show, Tsukushi defeated Kurumi to regain the IW19 Championship. She was the inaugural champion… Karen Jarrett & Vickie Guerrero are having a Twitter war after Guerrero retweeted a fan’s comment that Jarrett’s role is basically the TNA version of Vickie… Leva Bate, Athena & Jazz will all return to WSU on March 3 for the 5th Year Anniversary… Serena Deeb, Annie Social, Jenny Rose, Amber O’Neal and more all attended the latest K&S WrestleFest event in Philadelphia on Saturday… Courtney Rush was “fired” from NEO Wrestling on Saturday night following her victory over Leah Von Dutch… WSU posted a video on YouTube of Rick Cataldo where he said there where “niggers and spics” around him. WSU said it did not condone the comments and later apologised for Cataldo’s remarks… In an interview with, Dixie Carter said “think we’ve made WWE better, just as they’ve improved us”. Actually, on the contrary – both companies are getting worse… Tough Enough contestant and former Miss USA Rima Fakih was arrested in Highland Park, MI over the weekend on a DUI charge. TMZ reports she blew a 0.20 – twice the state’s legal limit. Fakih – who originally tried to deny the arrest on Twitter – recently revealed that she had been in talks with WWE… Miyako Matsumoto – who left Ice Ribbon earlier this year and set up GakePro – returned on Sunday to wrestle in the promotion… Speaking of Ice Ribbon, more matches have been announced for Ribbonmania on Christmas Day. Check the Upcoming section for details… Lilian Garcia is returning to WWE to be the SmackDown ring announcer… NY Knockout Nikki has forfeited the EPIC Pro Wrestling title… Tickets for the next SHIMMER tapings in March go on sale on January 1… TMZ posted a photo of Kharma’s engagement ring – her fiance reportedly proposed earlier this year. The ring is custom designed to look like a wrestling ring. Hold onto this guy, Konger – he’s a keeper. Kharma has been off WWE TV since May 30 when she announced that she was pregnant… Current Diva Layla and former Diva Kara “Cherry” Drew were backstage at Raw last night. The former is close to returning from her ACL injury, while the latter was paying a visit while WWE was in town.



November 27: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – Kaori Yoneyama & masu-me b Leon & Rabbit Mito; Kayoko Haruyama b Moon Mizuki; Maury b Nana Kawasa; Jaguar Yokota, Command Yoneyama, Tsubasa Kuragaki & Hanako Nakamori b Command Leon, Sachie Abe, KAZUKI & Manami Katsu

November 27: OZ Academy (Osaka, Japan) – Ayumi Kurihara b Mio Shirai; Aya Yuki & Sawako Shimono b Kagetsu & Nao Komatsu; Tomoka Nakagawa b Takako Inoue;
Yumi Ohka, GAMI & Hiroyo Matsumoto b Manami Toyota & Carlos Amano; Mayumi Ozaki, Chikayo Nagashima & Ran Yu-Yu b Aja Kong, AKINO & Sonoko Kato

November 27: TWA Adreneline (St Catharines, ONT, Canada) – Frankie Valentine, Jesse Bieber & Olivia Skyler b Kryss Thorn, CK Sexx & Kaitlin Diemond

November 27: Great White North Championship Wrestling (Hamilton, ONT, Canada) – Jewells Malone b Kaitlin Diemond

November 28: JWP (Yokohama, Japan) – Nana Kawasa b Moon Mizuki; Sachie Abe v Himeka went to a double countout; Kayoko Haruyama & Rabbit Mito b masu-me & Manami Katsu; Leon b Maury; Tsubasa Kuragaki & KAZUKI b Kaori Yoneyama & Hanako Nakamori

November 29: WWE SmackDown (Charlotte, NC) – Brie Bella b Nikki Bella, AJ, Aksana, Tamina, Rosa Mendes, Alicia Fox, Kaitlyn & Natalya in a Mistletoe on a Pole match

November 29: WAVE (Tokyo, Japan) – Sawako Shimono v Mika Iida went to a time limit draw; Ayako Hamada & Yumi Ohka b Kaori Yoneyama & Hanako Nakamori; Cherry b Sakura Hirota; Toshie Uematsu & Ran Yu-Yu v Mio Shirai & Misaki Ohata went to a double countout; GAMI, Tomoka Nakagawa & Moeka Haruhi b Kana, Ayumi Kurihara & Shu Shibutani

November 29: WWE NXT (Charlotte, NC) – Alicia Fox b Maxine

November 30: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Maki Narumiya b Dorami Nagano; Tsukasa Fujimoto beat Mochi Miyagi; Ribbon Takanashi b Neko Nitta & Makoto Oishi in a 3-way to win the Triangle Ribbon championship; Hiroyo Matsumoto b Hikaru Shida

November 30: WWE (Yokohama, Japan) – Beth Phoenix b Kelly Kelly

December 1: Impact Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Mickie James b ODB

December 1: AAA (Toluca, Mexico) – Fabi Apache, La Braza & Lolita b Jennifer Blake, Sexy Star & Yuriko

December 1: WWE (Yokohama, Japan) – Kelly Kelly b Beth Phoenix

December 2: 19 Pro (Saitama, Japan) – Tsukasa Fujimoto & Dorami Nagano b Emi Sakura & Maki Narumiya; Tsukushi b Kurumi to win the IW19 Championship

December 2: Joshimania (Philadelphia, PA) – Kaori Yoneyama, Tsubasa Kuragaki & Hanako Nakamori b Archibald Peck, El Hijo Del Ice Cream & Ice Cream Jr; GAMI b Sawako Shimono; Tim Donst b Green Ant; Ayako Hamada & Cherry b Mayumi Ozaki & Mio Shirai; Manami Toyota b Toshie Uematsu; Chuck Taylor & Johnny Gargano b The Colony; Sara Del Rey b Aja Kong

December 2: Chaotic Wrestling (Lowell, MA) – Mercedes KV b Alexxis Nevaeh to win the CW Women’s Championship

December 2: WWE (Chatanooga, TN) – AJ & Alicia Fox b Natalya & Rosa Mendes

December 3: Joshimania (Everett, MA) – Toshie Uematsu & GAMI b Cherry & Sawako Shimono;
Ophidian b Gregory Iron;
Kaori Yoneyama b Hanako Nakamori;
Mayumi Ozaki b Mio Shirai;
Sara Del Rey b Tsubasa Kuragaki;
Manami Toyota, Mike Quakenbush, Fire Ant & Soldier Ant b Portia Perez, Icarus, Chuck Taylor & Johnny Gargano;
Aja Kong b Ayako Hamada

December 3: Ohio Valley Wrestling (Louisville, KY) – Benny Bray & Holly and Hannah Blossom b Chris Silvio, Lady JoJo & Taryn Shay

December 3: Traditional Championship Wrestling (Clarksville, AR) – Malia Hosaka b Claudia Del Rolis
December 3: Dynamo Pro Wrestling (Glen Carbon, IL) – MsChif & Makaze b Alexander Rudolph & El Sanchez

December 3: WWE (Sunrise, FL) – Beth Phoenix b Eve Torres

December 3: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Hikari Minami b Dorami Nagano; Hikaru Shida b Maki Narumiya; Tsukasa Fujimoto b Kurumi; Emi Sakura & Tsukushi b Hiroyo Matsumoto & Mochi Miyagi

December 3: WWE (Augusta, GA) – AJ & Alicia Fox b Rosa Mendes & Natalya

December 3: Extreme Canadian Championship Wrestling (Vancouver, BC, Canada) – Sammy Hall & Kc Cassidy b Nicole Matthews & Taya Valkyrie

December 3: BWA (Stoke, England) – April Davids b Jenny Sjodin

December 3: Northern Championship Wrestling (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) – Kalamity b Anna Minoushka

December 3: Melbourne City Wrestling (Broadmeadows, Australia) – Eliza Sway b Shazza McKenzie

December 3: Ladies Legend Pro Wrestling-X (Kawaguchi, Japan) – Kayoko Haruyama b Eiger; Shinobu Kandori & Megumi Yabushita b Takako Inoue & Sachie Abe

December 3: Millennium Pro Wrestling (Simi Valley, CA) – NY Knockout Nikki b Thunderkitty via DQ

December 3: AAA (Mexico City, Mexico) – Fabi Apache, Kristal & Reyna Azteca b La Tarahumara, Magnifica & Sexy Star

December 3: NEO Wrestling (Niagara Falls, ONT, Canada) – Courtney Rush b Leah Von Dutch

December 3: Great Canadian Wrestling (Port Perry, ONT, Canada) – Gabriella Vanderpool b Jody D’Milo

December 4: Classic Championship Wrestling (Strathroy, ONT, Canada) – Cherry Bomb b Ianna Titus; Leah Von Dutch b Evilyn

December 4: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Tsukasa Fujimoto b Sayaka Obihiro; Kurumi b Mochi Miyagi & Dorami Nagano in a 3-way; Ken Ohka & Miyako Matsumoto b Makoto Oishi & Hikari Minami; Emi Sakura & Tsukushi b Hikaru Shida & Maki Narumiya

December 4: NWA Hammerlock (Corringham, England) – Chris O’Reilly, Rhia O’Reilly & Ryan O’Reilly b Jezabeth & Lazer Lagden

December 4: Joshimania (Manhattan, NY) – El Hijo Del Ice Cream & Ice Cream Jr b Dasher Hatfield & Saturyne; GAMI b Portia Perez; Brodie Lee b Ultramantis Black; Toshie Uematsu, Obaryon, Kodama & Kobold b Cherry, Fire Ant, Soldier Ant & Green Ant; Mayumi Ozaki b Kaori Yoneyama; Aja Kong, Mio Shirai & Tsubasa Kuragaki b Manami Toyota, Sawako Shimono & Hanako Nakamori; Sara Del Rey b Ayako Hamada

December 4: World Association Of Wrestling (Costessey, England) – Amazon b Penelope

December 4: NWA Championship Wrestling from Hollywood (Los Angeles, CA) – Kitana Ver & Terra Calaway b Lucky O’Shea & NY Knockout Nikki

December 5: WWE Raw (Tampa, FL) – Kelly Kelly & Eve Torres b Beth Phoenix & Natalya


December 9: Premier Wrestling Xperience (Charlotte, NC) – Amber O’Neal v Mickie James

December 10: Southside Wrestling Entertainment (Nottingham, England) – Nikki Storm v Holly Rocamora

December 10: North Georgia Wrestling Alliance (Canton, GA) – Pandora v Tiffany Roxx

December 10: EPIC Pro Wrestling (Lakewood, CA) – Winter v Terra Calaway

December 11: TNA Final Resolution (Orlando, FL) – Gail Kim v Mickie James

December 11: Anarchy Championship Wrestling (Austin, TX) – Portia Perez v Rachel Summerlyn v Athena v Lillie Mae v Jessica James v Angel Blue; Athena v Barbi Hayden v Angel Blue v Su Yung

December 17: Herts & Essex Wrestling (Takeley, England) – Sweet Saraya v Lady Lory

December 17: CWF Mid-Atlantic (Burlington, NC) – featuring Sara Del Rey, Becky Bayless, Amber O’Neal & more

December 17: St Louis Anarchy (Granite City, IL) – Rachel Summerlyn v Lillie Mae v Portia Perez v Serenity

December 23: JWP (Osaka, Japan) – Hailey Hatred v Tsubasa Kurugaki; Kaori Yoneyama v Kayoko Haruyama

December 25: Ice Ribbon ‘Ribbon Mania’ (Tokyo, Japan) – Ken Ohka & Hikari Minami v Danshoku Dino & Makoto Oishi; Mochi Miyagi, Kurumi & Dorami Nagano v Maki Narumiya, Neko Nitta & Meari Naito; Ray, Sayaka Obihiro & Hamuko Hoshi v Dark Worm, Rubber Human & Kappa Young Priest; Aoi Kizuki v Toshie Uematsu; Emi Sakura & either Riho or Tsukushi v Meiko Satomura & Sendai Sachiko; Riho v Ice Ribbon Dojo Graduate 
7; Tsukasa Fujimoto v Hikaru Shida

December 30: SMASH 24 (Tokyo, Japan) – Makoto & Lin Bairon v Kana & Tomoka Nakagawa

January 4: Ice Ribbon ‘New Year Ribbon 2012′ (Tokyo, Japan)

January 7: Ice Ribbon ‘Sendai Ribbon’ (Sendai, Japan) – Tsukasa Fujimoto v Manami Toyota

January 8: Bull Nakano retirement show (Tokyo, Japan) – Kayoko Haruyama & Ryo Mizunami v AKINO & Maki Narumiya; Shinjiro Otani, Ikuto Hidaka & Daichi Hashimoto v Hakushi, Osamu Nishimura, & Super Delphin

January 13: Resistance Pro (Chicago, IL) – Melanie Cruise v Cheerleader Melissa

January 15: Anarchy Championship Wrestling Guilty By Association VI (Austin, TX) – Portia Perez v Robert Evans

January 20: HQ Pro Wrestling (Yuciapa, CA) – Terra Calaway v Lucky O’Shea

January 21: Women Superstars Uncensored (Stirling, NJ) – Amber, Lexxus, Sassy Stephie, Allysin Kay & Tina San Antonio v Marti Belle, Brittney Savage, Alicia, Jana & Luscious Latasha; Jillian Hall v Traci Brooks; Mercedes Martinez v Jennifer Cruz; Jessicka Havok v Becky Bayless; Jessie “Bonesaw” Brooks v Rick Cataldo

January 22: Insane Championship Wrestling (Glasgow, Scotland) – STIs & Sara Marie Taylor v Bucky Boys & Lambrini

January 28: Pro Wrestling Xtreme (Orlando, FL) – Jillian Hall v Leva Bates

January 29: Absolute Intense Wrestling Girls Night Out 5 (Cleveland, OH)

February 18: Pro Wrestling: EVE (Sudbury, England) – Jenny Sjodin v Alpha Female

February 25: Family Wrestling Entertainment (New York City, NY) – Tara v Maria Kanellis

March 3: Women Superstars Uncensored (Deer Park, NY) – Mercedes Martinez v Jessicka Havok; Sassy Stephie & Allysin Kay v Brittney Savage & Alicia; Annie Social v April Hunter; Gabby Gilbert v Athena

March 10: nCw Femmes Fatales (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)

March 17-18: SHIMMER Women Athletes (Berwyn, IL)

March 24: World Association of Women’s Wrestling (Norwich, England)

– Lee Burton

Death Ray says:

Tsukushi defeated Kurumi to regain the IW19 Championship, not Dorami Nagano.

Ringbelles Admin says:

Thank you. This has now been corrected.