Wrestling Cares Association & AWS to present women’s Race For the Ring 2

Katarina Leigh WCAWrestling Cares Association will be presenting their second women’s tournament this coming January. The promotion will be collaborating with Alternative Wrestling Show for the “Race For the Ring 2: California Gold Rush,” as next year’s tournament will feature eight tag teams from the AWS roster. The two-day tournaments will be kicking off at the American Legion Posts in South Gate, California on January 23rd, as the first rounds will be worked through-the semifinals and finals will be held the following day, January 24th.

Katarina Leigh won this past year’s tournament; she defeated Candice LeRae in the first round of the “Beat the Champ Series” after submitting her to a Boston Crab to gain the final fall, besting LeRae two-to-one. Her next opponents scored the first pinfall in their match, Taeler Hendrix and Tracy Taylor gained the upper-hand on Leigh immediately into the contest, all for the match’s momentum to shift in Leigh’s momentum favor, becoming more aggressive throughout the rounds. On January 18th of this year, Leigh faced off against Cheerleader Melissa in the finals of the tournament. She and Melissa fought to sudden death- by the two-minute mark; both competitors tied with three wins apiece. Leigh reversed Melissa’s Air Raid Crash into a sunset flip to end the match. Leigh’s hand was raised-making her first Ladies Beat the Champ Series Champion.

As opposed to five women competing in the previous tournament, this time around twelve women will be vying for the championship ring, which will be presented to the winner. The first eleven competitors announced for the tournament are; Hania, Nicole Savoy, Datura, former AWS Women’s Champion Christina Von Eerie, Savana Riley, Kahmora, Marriah Moreno and regulars of AWS in Kikyo Nakamura,

Katarina Leigh vs Cheerleader MelissaRaze, Brittany Wonder and Sage Sin, the final competitor to be announced. Wrestling Cares Association has a scoring system implemented for their tournaments. Matches will be under a ten-minute time limit, as competitors will be fighting to collect the most points. Every win through pinfall, submission or count-out will be one point. If competitors are tied while the time limit expires, additional three-minutes will be added. If there is no winner at the end of the three minutes, both competitors will be eliminated from the tournament.

Photos courtesy of Wrestling Cares Association

Information courtesy of Wrestling Cares & Alternative Wrestling Show

Ayako Hamada and Yuu Yamagata win the WAVE Tag Team Champions for a second time, Hikaru Shida retains & Ryo Mizunami’s return

Hamada & Yamagata 2 Tomoka Nakagawa and Kyoko Kimura’s reign as WAVE Tag Team Champions is no longer a thing. Yesterday at Pro Wrestling WAVE’s “Virgin Code,” Ayako Hamada and Yuu Yamagata unseated Kimura and Nakagawa of the titles in the main event at Korakuen Hall. Beating Sakura Hirota and Mika Iida in the finals of the 2014 Dual Shock WAVE (the promotion’s tag team tournament) to become champions, Revolucion Amandla has lost in their first title defense. For the third time this year, the WAVE Tag Team Championship has changed hands. This time the titles have found their way back around the waists of Yuu Yamagata and Ayako Hamada, known as “Las Aventureras.”

Winning last year’s Dual Shock tournament, Las Aventureras defeated Cherry and Shu Shibutani for the WAVE Tag Team Championship following an Air Raid Crash from Yamagata to Shibutani. From there, Las Aventureras were successful in their first two title defenses, but failed in their third against Isami Kodaka and Yuko Miyamoto-making them the first male competitors to hold the titles. Kodaka and Miyamoto dropped the titles to Iida and Hirota as part of a three-way involving Yamagata and Hamada. Sakura Hirota and Mika Iida’s reign lasted through 52-days after successful defenses against the likes of Misaki Ohata and Mio Shirai to advance to the finals of the tournament and against Kyusei Ninja Ranmaru and Hibiscus Mii.

A year to the day they originally captured the titles for the first time, Ayako Hamada and 10712747_285601164982423_8236364081297358941_nYuu Yamagata are once again champions. The Regina di WAVE Championship and the Revolution Championship Wrestling Women’s Championship were on the line as Hikaru Shida successfully retained against Mari Apache. Shida wrapped up the match following a Three Count of Soul, picking up her second title defense as Regina di WAVE Champion and first as RCW Women’s Champion.

Also on the show, Sumire Natsu celebrated her one-year anniversary in the company, teaming up with Yumi Ohka in losing effort to Shibutani and Moeka Haruchi. Hiroe Nagahama made her official debut, taking the loss to Mio Shirai. Melanie Cruise, Dynamite Kansai and Fairy Nipponbashi defeated Tsukasa Fujimoto, Misaki Ohata and Kana as Cruise got the Chokeslam on Ohata. Sakura Hirota defeated Sawako Shimono and Rina Yamashita, Koharu Hinata and Cherry defeated Mika Iida, Kaho Kobayashi and Yua Hayashi following a Lariat from Yamashita to Hayashi. After the match, Yamashita made a challenge to Rabbit Miu for the for the JWP Junior/POP Championship.

Ryo MizunamiRyo Mizunami’s return to the promotion is scheduled for the February 11th show. Sent to the sidelines following a right meniscus and ligament rupture earlier this year, during a press conference it was announced that Mizunami’s injury required surgery and could potentially see her out of action up to months or more. Yumi Ohka was on hand for the announcement, citing that Pro Wrestling WAVE and ZABUN are behind Mizunami through recovery. Mizunami appeared on yesterday’s show, her first match back will be against Ohka on February 11, 2015 at the Korakuen Hall.

Photos courtesy of Pro Wrestling WAVE, Kazushi Mitsuhashi

Information courtesy of JoshiFans, Cagematch, Pro Wrestling WAVE

In Video: STARDOM’s 2014 5*STAR Grand Prix

Io  ShiraiThis Sunday, World Wonder Ring STARDOM’s will be kicking off it’s fourth annual Goddesses of STARDOM at Shinkiba 1st RING. The round-robin tournament will feature eight teams fighting for a future shot at the tag team titles. Teams in Kaori Yoneyama and Hatuhinode Kamen, Kris Wolf and Kyoko Kimura, the current champions in Kairi Hojo and Nanae Takahashi and more are divided into two blocks, Blue Goddesses or Red Goddesses. The tournament will run through the month of October, ending on November 16th at Shinkiba as the winners of each league will go head-to-head in the finals. You can find the match listings here.

Back on September 23rd, Io Shirai defeated current World of STARDOM Champion Yoshiko in the finals of the 2014 5*STAR Grand Prix following a Moonsault Press. The non-title not only landed Shirai another shot at the title, but a clean victory over the champion. Yoshiko ended Shirai’s 468-day reign back at “Stardom X Stardom,” succeeding his first singles championship in her career. The impending rematch has yet to be announced, though on November 3rd both competitors will have a chance to become Goddesses of STARDOM Champions as they take on Takahashi and Hojo. The show will feature the title match, the return of Kellie Skater and more, which you can read about here.

The 5*STAR GP got underway back on September 7th as the champion, Shirai, Takahashi, DASH Chisako and Kyoko Kimura were successful in their matches, while Hojo’s match against Yoneyama ended in a time limit draw. Other competitors in the tournament included Koguma, Takumi Iroha, Star Fire, Cheerleader Melissa and Mayu Iwatani. The footage sees the final matches of the tournament at Korakuen Hall, with Iwatani taking on Koguma, Kimura against Chisako and Yoshiko going over Iroha for the Blue stars and Yoneyama defeating Cheerleader Melissa in a first time meeting, Hojo beating Star Fire and Shirai going over Takahashi for the Red stars league. The show kicked off with a trios tag team match, as Miho Wakizawa, Maya and Reo Hazuki took on Hatsuhinode Kamen, Azumi and Kris Wolf. Peep the entire show; share with us your commenta about the show or the upcoming shows on our Facebook and Twitter.

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Video courtesy of Purowookie via Dailymotion

In Video: The final defense of the WNC Women’s Championship

Syuri vs Makoto WNC As mentioned in this week’s Roundup, Syuri successfully defended the Wrestling New Classic Women’s Championship against Makoto as part of last Tuesday’s show for REINA. It turned out to be the final defense of the title as it was officially retired. The match held significance as the first two champions fought one last time for the title. Syuri originally dropped the title to Makoto in her first defense back on March 31, 2013 at Shinjuku FACE. From there, Makoto dropped the strap to Lin Byron that April and would have another run at the championship as part of a three-woman round-robin tournament for the vacated belt, involving her, Syuri and Serena Deeb.

Deeb walked out as the victor, but the title went back to Syuri last September, making her a two-time champion and the most successful with five title defenses within her 377-day reign. Through her time of contention Syuri’s collection amassed to four titles, collecting the CMLL-REINA International Championship, the REINA World Women’s Championship that she still currently holds and earning her first kickboxing title, the Krush Women’s Championship. With the promotion closing its doors back in June, the female roster has continued to be affiliated with REINA Joshi Puroresu to this day. For the second time Syuri has become the final holder of a championship, winning its predecessor, the SMASH Divas Championship back in February 2012 by defeating Kana. At Shinkiba 1st RING, the story of the WNC Women’s Championship was brought full circle as Syuri stood tall and the belt was locked away in the briefcase for good.

Photography courtesy of Yuichi Kojima

Video courtesy of Monster Zero! via Dailymotion

 

Matches for upcoming STARDOM’s Goddesses of STARDOM tag league & Kellie Skater return

Nanae Takahashi & Kairi Hojo A week from Sunday, World Wonder Ring STARDOM’s fourth annual tag team tournament will be kicking off at Shinkiba 1st RING, as the entire roster will be paired up with their respective partners or first time allies. In years previous, the tournament worked under round-robin rules with the exception of last year’s tournament, held under single-elimination format. This year’s tournament will be under traditional rules with four teams making up each league.

Current champions Kairi Hojo and Nanae Takahashi will be competing in the tournament as part of tradition, but under non-title contention. Instead, “Nanakairi” will be defending their titles against the current World of STARDOM Champion Yoshiko and the 2014 5*STAR Grand Prix Winner Io Shirai as part of the marquee match up on November 3rd at Korakuen Hall. That show will also feature Mayu Iwatani’s first title defense as Wonder of STARDOM Champion against Miho Wakizawa and the return of Kellie Skater to the promotion.

Back in April, the SHIMMER Tag Team Champion was shelved with a fractured foot after wrestling for three months with the overlooked injury. It was revealed that the injury occurred in a six-woman tag team match for STARDOM, involving Skater, Yuhi and Kaori Yoneyama against Iwatani, Manami Toyota and Hiroyo Matsumoto. Since then, Skater had wrestled through three back-to-back weekends. On the same day she successfully retained the SHIMMER Tag Team Titles at SHIMMER 62 in New Orleans, Louisiana, she competed against Kimber Lee for Combat Zone Wrestling. Competing against the likes Nikki Storm, Saraya Knight and Rhia O’Reilly for the SHIMMER tapings the following weekend and wrestled two matches for SHINE 18- getting a four-way victory over Takahashi/ Hojo vs Shirai/ YoshikoJustine Silver and unsuccessfully challenging Mia Yim and Leva Bates for the SHINE Tag Team Championships with Evie, all while injured. Ahead of her return Skater will be having her first match back at SHINE 22 next weekend and will be apart of the upcoming SHIMMER Volumes 67-70 tapings the following weekend.

Beginning on Sunday, October 12th at Shinkiba 1st RING, competing teams will be divided into two blocks. Wakizawa and Koguma, Kaori Yoneyama and Hatuhinode Kamen, Star Fire and luchadora Mystique and Shirai and Iwatani will be a part of the Blue Goddesses league. While the Red Goddesses league will be of Kyoko Kimura and Kris Wolf, Takumi Iroha and Risa Sera, Nanae Takahashi and Kairi Hojo and Yoshiko and Reo Hazuki.

Opening day will feature Takahashi and Hojo taking on Sera and Iroha, this will be Sera’s first appearance for the promotion. Current Artist of STARDOM titleholders Kaori Yoneyama and Hatuhinode Kamen will be taking on Shirai and Iwatani. In addition, the debuting Mystique and Star Fire will be taking on Wakizawa and Koguma. The tournament will conclude on November 16th, with the winners facing off for a guaranteed shot at the titles down the line. All the matches throughout the tournament are down below.

Shinkiba 1st RING on October 12th:

RED: Kairi Hojo & Nanae Takahashi vs Takumi Iroha & Risa Sera

BLUE: Io Shirai & Mayu Iwatani vs Kaori Yoneyama & Hatuhinode Kamen

Star Fire & Mystique vs Miho Wakizawa & Koguma

Nagoya Sports Center on October 19th:

BLUE: Kris Wolf & Kyoko Kimura vs Reo Hazuki & Yoshiko

Ice Ribbon Dojo on October 22nd:

RED: Takumi Iroha & Risa Sera vs Yoshiko & Reo Hazuki

Shinkiba 1st RING on October 28th:STARDOM Queen Tradition

RED: Nanae Takahashi & Kairi Hojo vs Yoshiko & Reo Hazuki

Takumi Iroha & Risa Sera vs Kris Wolf & Kyoko Kimura

BLUE: Star Fire & Mystique vs Hatuhinode Kamen & Kaori Yoneyama

Miho Wakizawa & Koguma vs Io Shirai & Mayu Iwatani

Korakuen Hall on November 3rd:

Mayu Iwatani© vs Miho Wakizawa

Risa Sera vs Koguma vs Takumi Iroha

Kellie Skater vs Reo Hazuki

Kyoko Kimura & Kris Wolf vs Hat & Kaori Yoneyama vs Mystique & Star Fire

Nanae Takahashi© & Kairi Hojo© vs Yoshiko & Io Shirai

Shinkiba 1st RING on November 16th:

RED: Kris Wolf & Kyoko Kimura vs Nanae Takahashi & Kairi Hojo

BLUE: Mystique & Star Fire vs Io Shirai & Mayu Iwatani

Kaori Yoneyama & Hatuhinode Kamen vs Koguma & Miho Wakizawa

RED league winner vs BLUE league winner

Photography and information courtesy of STARDOM