The funny thing is that the title above can refer to both MsChif‘s past AND the future. Why? Well, it was announced earlier today that the former SHIMMER Champion will return to the Far East for the first time in more than six years next month as part of the Joshi4Hope IV show taking place at the Tokyo Cinema Club on October 7.
MsChif’s last time in Japan saw her wrestle at NEO and take part at the Wrestle Expo 2006 weekend on August 19/20. We asked her about her trip there during her appearance on the Women Of Wrestling Podcast last year, and she was very open with how much she enjoyed it, despite the heat and humidity:
It was a really really cool experience – one I will remember forever, that’s for sure… the temperature was really hot, and you’re talking about nineties, which is fine – however the humidty was like 172%… but it didn’t matter, and it did not even bother me because it’s frickin’ Japan! That was the first time I’d ever been out of the country, and my first time out of the country is frickin’ Japan.
Amongst the offerings for sale at the S-Ovation table at the most recent SHIMMER tapings was a DVD entitled “Joshi 4 Hope”, and featured matches from the self-produced show this past November at Shin-Kiba First Ring. As well as the four young joshi talents who regularly impress at SHIMMER and who symbolise the “Joshi 4 Hope” concept (Ayumi Kurihara, Hiroyo Matsumoto, Misaki Ohata & Tomoka Nakagawa), the show featured the Japanese debut of SHIMMER Champion Madison Eagles along with an international cast which featured Canadian (Cherry Bomb), American (Hailey Hatred) and Mexican (Sexi Star) talent along with a number of other joshi names such as then NEO Champion Yoshiko Tamura. In fact, it was the first-time meeting between Eagles and Tamura along with an Ayumi Kurihara vs Tomoka Nakagawa rematch that persuaded me to be parted with the cash for the disc. Let’s see what sort of investment I made… (more…)
Last week’s fun sprint of a match between Madison Rayne and ODB certainly entertained me, and having read the spoilers from TNA’s Fayetteville tapings, I was rather looking forward to this week’s edition of Impact too – but it seems like the next stop on Madison’s “brush with greatness” tour won’t be until next week (the second half of the Fayetteville tapings), so instead, Impact gives us the payoff to the Velvet Sky vs Sarita feud that has been simmering for… well, it seems like months.
Welcome to our Television Digest of the week, where you can catch up with all of the goings on from TV during the last week. In this edition, we tick a lot of boxes… singles, tags, six women matches, mixed tag matches and even include couple of title matches. Excited? Well, it’s alright…
TNA narrowly grab “TV match of the week” honours this week with a six woman elimination match that was given some time. Sarita teams with Tara and the Knockouts Champion Madison Rayne to take on Mickie James and The Beautiful People.