It’s been a busy couple of days in the women’s wrestling world, so this is a little later than we had planned – but, as they say, better late than never…
We have received thoughts on last weekend’s CHIKARAsaurus Rex: King of Sequel events in Reading and Philadelphia, PA. In what has been described as an impressive pair of shows, there featured joshi, lucha, British and US styles of grappling, which would likely satisfy fans of most genres of wrestling.
One person who got in touch with us with his thoughts was joshi enthusiast David Falcon, who was keen to share with us his feelings and photos from the four matches involving women that took place over the two days.
The sole women’s match of night one was the trio match pitting Sara Del Rey, Daizee Haze and Makoto against Tsukasa Fujimoto, Portia Perez & Mima Shimoda. What blew me away was the amazing quality of the match product itself. Let’s be honest, we have all been to wrestling events where what happens in the ring doesn’t live up to the hype – the proverbial anti-climax. What amazed me about this match was how fluid and “perfect” it was for 20 minutes. (more…)
Sara Del Rey beat Claudio Castagnoli at CHIKARAsaurus Rex: King Of Sequel, night 2 in Philadelphia on Sunday.
Billed as BDK v BDK, the co-leader of the faction was taken down by a crucifix as part of the round robin tournament known as the 12 Large: Summit to crown a CHIKARA singles champion. The main story about it is that Del Rey and her buddy Daizee Haze are starting to recognise the contributions that they bring to the table of Die Bruderschaft des Kreuzes and refuse to bow down to their so-called superior. Castagnoli and fellow BDK leader Ares urged Del Rey to “do the right thing” and lay down last Sunday so Claudio could get the easy win and put himself in a better position in the tournament. Refusing to dampen her strong spirit for competition, Del Rey fought for 13 minutes before getting the pinfall, putting her in a strong standing, considering she beat Icarus last month in Chicago.
Please note: NOWHERE in that storyline does it once mention that Del Rey is a woman fighting a man, and that this is a battle of the sexes. This is CHIKARA – where men wrestle women, and nobody bats an eyelid. It’s a showcase of the best athletes – which is why Del Rey is part of the tournament in the first place. She has proven that she is one of the most skilled grapplers in the promotion, and has earned her spot not due to (or in spite of) her gender, but because she is excellent at what she does. Likewise, Haze beats up the guys on a regular basis, and she is treated as a threat because of how she is presented. Her gender is irrelevant in the promotion, as the guys have no problem throwing her about just as much as she lays into them.
The problem I have is when it’s claimed that Del Rey’s win on Sunday is a victory for women over men, as it isn’t. It’s a victory for one wrestler over another. (more…)
CHIKARA is presenting its second annual Chikarasaurus Rex supershow, and expanding on last year’s edition (which featured Dragon Gate participation), this year’s “King of Sequel” is split across two shows and features stars from three Continents. As far as the ladies are concerned, C-Rex has participation from Ice Ribbon stars Tsukasa Fujimoto & Makoto, CMLL’s Mima Shimoda, Chikara regulars Sara Del Rey & Daizee Haze, and making her first appearance for the promotion in several years, Portia Perez. By now, we hope you’ve had a chance to check out our primer on Shimoda, Fujimoto & Makoto. And without further ado…
In results from Night One:
Chikarasaurus Rex: King of Sequel, Night One @ Reading, PA, July 30
- Mima Shimoda, Tsukasa Fujimoto & Portia Perez def Sara Del Rey, Daizee Haze & Makoto when Shimoda pinned Haze after a Death Lake Driver (tiger superplex).
Early reports from Mako Reco indicate that the match was well received, though birthday girl Fujimoto made a few errors before settling down into the contest.
In results from Night Two at the Asylum:
Chikarasaurus Rex: King of Sequel, Night Two @ Philadelphia, PA, July 31
- ICEx60 Champion Tsukasa Fujimoto beat Makoto in a non-title match with the Venus Shoot (step up enzugiri).
- Daizee Haze pinned Mima Shimoda after reversing a German suplex.
- Sara Del Rey pinned Claudio Castagnoli in their “12 Large:Summit” meeting via crucifix. After the match, Castagnoli attacked Del Rey. Del Rey’s BDK partner Daizee Haze stood up for her, but got chokeslammed for her efforts.
Chikara had several blockbuster announcements to make too – firstly that the DVDs of the Chikarasaurus Rex shows will be available for order tomorrow on SmartMarkVideo (much like the King of Trios shows from earlier this year); secondly, that they will make their iPPV debut on November 13th, and finally, that they will present a show called JoshiMania in December, featuring the Chikara return of Manami Toyota, the debut of Aja Kong, and presumably much more!
Congratulations to all at Chikara for what sounds like a truly amazing weekend. Not only were the ladies front and centre, but you had the amazing Johnny Saint and Johnny Kidd bringing the British style, and the unannounced appearance from CMLL luchadors Atlantis & Rey Bucanero. Unbelievable!
As many may or may not know, Chikara is bringing over two of Japan’s finest young Joshi talents in Tsukasa Fujimoto and Makoto on July 30th & 31st. They’re also bringing in the veteran, Mima Shimoda, all for their Chikarasaurus Rex: King of Sequel weekend. This will be all three lasses’ U.S debuts, and they’ll start off in a six-woman tag match with three of North America’s top stars in Sara Del Rey, Daizee Haze, and Portia Perez. July 30th in Reading, PA, Fujimoto and Shimoda will team with Portia to face off against Del Rey, Haze, and Makoto, in what I expect to be a thrilling match-up. The following day, July 31st in Philadelphia, PA, we’ll be treated to Shimoda vs. Haze, while the Ice Ribbon girls square off in a singles match. But who are these international talents and what do they bring to the table? Let’s investigate!
After withdrawing from CHIKARA and moving back to Australia, many would have expected SHIMMER and PWWA Champion Madison Eagles to rest up her injured shoulder and prepare herself for the return of PWWA on September 3 for her next SHIMMER title defence against both Nicole Matthews and former tag team partner Jessie McKay.
But this is Madison Eagles we’re talking about. This is the woman who perforated her eardrum during her #1 contenders’ match against Cheerleader Melissa in SHIMMER and came back the next day to wrestle MsChif and win the title. This is the woman who fractured her wrist and elbow last year and carried on training through it. This is the woman who had racked her shoulder up in a car accident in April and still went balls to the wall against Courtney Rush at nCw Femmes Fatales VI less than two months later.
So when she returned unannounced to her home fed of PWA in Liverpool, Australia on Friday after living in the US for six months, she wasn’t there to stand and wave at the fans. Instead, she turned heel by kicking Jessie McKay in the face and delivering a Hellbound (Death Valley Driver over the knee) to Robbie Eagles, setting the stall for the SHIMMER title match Before the turn, it would have been heel Matthews against babyfaces McKay and Eagles. Now, the pressure is on Everybody’s Favourite Girlfriend, who has her longtime SHIMMER rival in Matthews, and former tag team partner and regular opponent Eagles gunning for her. (more…)
Two big pieces of business have surfaced as it pertains to CHIKARA‘s weekend of shows at the end of July.
The first is a trios tag team match on July 30 as part of CHIKARAsaurus Rex: King of Sequel night 1 featuring joshi tag team specialist and current CMLL star Mima Shimoda, Ice Ribbon‘s ICEx60 Champion Tsukasa Fujimoto and Canadian Ninja Portia Perez taking on BDK members Sara Del Rey and Daizee Haze linking up with Ice Ribbon’s next challenger to the Chii Tomiya‘s IW19 Championship and semi finalist in SMASH‘s women’s title tournament, Makoto.
This news confirms that Makoto will be back to fitness ahead of her US visit after suffering a neck injury on June 8 before an Ice Ribbon card. She’ll return at the SMASH show on July 15 and will apparently be ready to go in Reading, PA. The match also marks the return of Perez to CHIKARA after a 3 and a half year absence. She has had two matches in the promotion – her debut being a loss to Haze on August 20, 2006; her other was a loss to Shane Storm on November 16, 2007. (more…)
A third joshi name has been added to the lineup for the weekend of CHIKARA shows at the end of July.
Standing at 5’6″ and weighing 143lb, 40-year old Shimoda made her name wrestling in her native Japan, winning singles and tag team titles in AJW, WWWA, NEO, ARSION and JWP. She began her career in AJW in 1987 alongside Manami Toyota – who made her CHIKARA debut last year and competed at the King Of Trios in April – even teaming together as “The Tokyo Sweethearts” in their formative years. Shimoda’s now in her 24th year of wrestling, and has been wrestling on a freelance basis since 2005, sharing her time between Japan and working in Mexico for CMLL.