Until today, the joshi contingent making its way to the US for the SHIMMER volumes 54-57 DVD tapings on April 13 and 14 in Berwyn, IL, have been returning grapplers. Ayako Hamada, Kana and Tomoka Nakagawa are all ingratiated with the fans, though the promotion made an announcement this morning which means a new female star will be making her way across the Pacific.
12-year veteran Yuu Yamagata started in the ARSION promotion, debuting in December of 2000 against Mariko Yoshida, but has been spending the last couple of years wrestling for Pro Wrestling WAVE after going freelance following her departure from K-DOJO, where she had spent the bulk of her career. After leaving K-DOJO on July 31, 2011, she initially spent most of her time in Stardom, but made a more permanent switch to WAVE in February last year, save for some cameo appearances in places like DDT and Ice Ribbon.
Most of the 36-year old’s matches have been of the tag team variety, so it will be interesting to see what’s in store for her in SHIMMER. Will she be involved in more doubles affairs, or will she be taking on opposition in one-on-one contests? We’ll find out next month.
To be there live, click here for tickets – meanwhile, if you want to see SHIMMER volume 53 the previous Saturday in Secaucus, NJ, you can either attend in person by clicking here, or can order the iPPV at this link.
– Lee Burton