Ringbelles Retro: Emi Sakura in NEO
A year since the excellent Pro Wrestling: EVE v Ice Ribbon weekend in Nottingham, England (results of which you can see here and here), founder and former head of the joshi promotion Emi Sakura is returning to the UK to compete in an EVE ring again – this time for the November 10 Wrestle Fever event, headlined by Alpha Female v Nikki Storm for the EVE Championship, and also featuring former TNA Knockouts titleholder Angelina Love against Carmel Jacob.
Since her last visit to the UK, Sakura has parted ways with the promotion she created, established a new one in Thailand called Gatoh Move, won the JWP and Daily Sports Tag Team Championship with Kaori Yoneyama, and initiated an infiltration of JWP – and you can read more of that by clicking here.
Before she makes her flying visit to England, Sakura will have another big milestone for her year when she holds Gatoh Move’s first event in a proper ring in Itabashi on November 4. Like at the start of Ice Ribbon, GM shows have taken place on mats up until now, barring a couple of exhibition matches between Sakura and Yoneyama in Muay Thai rings in Bangkok.
At press time, Sakura’s opponent has not been announced, but personally, I’m looking forward to seeing her wrestle live again. Last year, I wrote a commentary on how the joshi stars’ attitude rubbed off on me in a hugely positive way, so to recapture that happiness will be fantastic.
For this week’s Retro, we go back to March 14, 2010 for a match which took place in defunct joshi promotion NEO against a lady named Kana. You may have heard of her.