The fifth instalment of the Joshi 4 Hope series (and the first since October 2012) takes place on Sunday, March 9 and we now know the card.
For the second time in its history, there will be a SHIMMER Tag Team Championship match on the show. Ayako Hamada & Ayumi Kurihara defended the title against former champions 3S (Hiroyo Matsumoto & Misaki Ohata) at Joshi 4 Hope III in February 2012, and this time around – this time, the Global Green Gangsters (Kellie Skater & Tomoka Nakagawa) put the championship on the line against the tandem of Evie & Madison Eagles.
Former SHIMMER Champion Eagles is no stranger to Joshi 4 Hope, having competed on the first card in November 2010, going to a time limit draw with Yoshiko Tamura. Evie is currently on an extended trip to the country, wrestling for Diana against the likes of Kyoko Inoue and Mima Shimoda – so she had got her eye in with the joshi style. Meanwhile despite being in the country since the end of last year, this is the first time that Skater will team with her 3G compatriot since their successful title defence against Ivelisse Velez and Allysin Kay at SHINE 14 in October.
The match will headline the event at Shin-Kiba 1st RING in Tokyo, Japan – though it is a stacked card featuring wrestlers from Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and the United States.
Two further matches have international and interpromotional flavourings. Germany’s Alpha Female (Stardom) faces Sakura Hirota (freelance), while American Crazy Mary Dobson (Diana) is up against Leon (JWP). Another tag team match on the card sees two women who are gearing up for their respective retirements with Yuhi (who bows out at the end of March while still in her teenage years) teaming with Hiroyo Matsumoto against Natsuki*Taiyo (retiring at the start of June) and Yoshiko, while rounding off the matches are Misaki Ohata against Manami Katsu and Kagetsu taking on Rina Yamashita.
So what do you think? Will big kickers Evie and Eagles leave Japan with the SHIMMER Tag Team Titles, or have 3G got this, as Skater may say? Let us know in the comments section below.
– Lee Burton