The Joshi wrestling scene (Japanese women’s wrestling) is a deep scene full of incredibly talented performers and every month there are dozens of fantastic matches from promotions from Celebrity for Sendai Girls and everywhere in between. In this article, our goal is to give readers a list of recommended Joshi matches that have taken place in the past month, there will be a few honorable mentions, and then a top 5 with our absolute favorites! Scott Edwards gives his latest edition, which covers April 2022.
Important Note: Due to some matches not being aired at the time of writing, some presumably awesome Joshi matches cannot be ranked. Also due to the recent PPV model adopted by a number of promotions, we cannot view all events.
Recommended Joshi Matches of the Month: April 2022
- Momo Watanabe and Starlight Kid vs. Giulia and Thekla (featured)
- Maria & Makoto vs. Yurika Oka & Ai Houzan (Wonderful)
5. Kohaku vs. Suzu Suzuki (Pro Wrestling WAVE)
The beginnings of Kohaku in professional wrestling WAVE went about as well as a start could go despite a short game. After all, she was facing the former ICExInfinity champion and 19-year-old prodigy. Suzu-Suzuki, who brought it to Kohaku whenever she had the chance. If you want to take a peek into Joshi’s indie scene to see the young talent showing up and how talented they are, this is the match for you. The physique was there (as you would expect with Suzuki) but there was also an amazing mix of athleticism that really took the game to the next level. If and when Kohaku puts it all together, she’ll make this list in her sleep.
4. Syuri vs. Himeka (Celebrity)
The long-awaited celebrity world championship match for Himeka was a big one. A shock (not really) that Syuri was able to make this list with the current race she has. A kind of staple food, the The eye of God The leader continues to produce great wrestling match after great wrestling match against any opponent thrown in front of her. ‘The Jumbo Princess’ proved to be the opponent this time around and they lived up to the hype, fighting a battle worthy of the World of Stardom Championship. Himeka hit everything she could in the match with her devastating Running Powerbomb being something of an exclamation mark for her but, unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to win her. Syuri came out with the championship still around her waist but not without a fantastic fight from Himeka.
3. Arisa Nakajima vs. Tsukasa Fujimoto (Ice Ribbon)
Potentially the last match in history between these two and this time with the Beyond The Sea Championship on the line, Tsukasa Fujimoto and Arisa Nakajima didn’t let Joshi fans down with their second game in as many days. The total violence that the Best friends bringing each other is what ultimate respect looks like at Joshi. The drama of Fujimoto potentially stealing the Beyond The Sea Championship before his long hiatus cast a major shadow over this match and made it better. In the end, it was Nakajima who was able to recoup his victory and successfully defend his championship, but it was the fans who won seeing these two warriors provide another top fight.
2. AZM vs. Mei Suruga (Celebrity)
High-speed wrestling can be the best of the best in all of pro wrestling if done right. Add to that the fact that perhaps no one in the world right now is better at style than AZM and you’re into something big. It can be said here once again as the high speed champion defended her championship against Attack of Gatohit is Mei Suruga, who won the Cinderella Rumble at Stardom World Climax to loosely earn the opportunity. Appreciating the art of high speed is often more than a lot of moves in a short time. What they are able to accomplish and the drama they can create with the exchange of pinfall attempts is what makes each match more engrossing as the minutes go by. Suruga had one of the best performances of her career, showing what she was capable of aside from her eccentric and often “goblin” demeanor.
AZM was not only able to survive Suruga’s impressive onslaught but also bring it back straight away as the home stretch had a number of jaw-dropping falls that could have ended the game at any time. Only one game won more props than them in April, but it’s a must-watch encounter.
1. Arisa Nakajima vs. Tsukasa Fujimoto (SEAdLINNNG)
Joshi’s “Best Friends” faced off twice more before Tsukasa Fujimoto’s extended leave from professional wrestling. As you read above, their second match in as many days for the Beyond The Sea Championship was a great match, but this first SEAdLINNNG match golden moment was one of the best games of the year. What these two managed to do in their match was tell a story of friendship turned into a competition where neither of them wanted to lose.
Arisa Nakajima would crush Fujimoto with her full arsenal, but the Ice Ribbon legend fought back and showed her heart that has made her so special for so long. While the championship was not on the line in this match, the stakes were just as high due to the emotion they shared in the ring. Fujimoto would stun him with a quick pin, earning a win that would earn him the title the next day.
While the Battle of the Ribbon of Ice was tougher, this match had the beauty of fierce, jaw-dropping maneuvering that rightfully makes it a bona fide Match of the Year contender. Do all you can to see this because there’s no promise as to when we’ll see these two share a ring together again. A war between “The Best Friends” that reminds you how amazing these two wrestlers are to this day.
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