Celebrating Wrestling in Japan: 10 of the Greatest Women Matches Ever

Ed_CapContributor IIIFebruary 21, 2011

Celebrating Wrestling in Japan: 10 of the Greatest Women Matches Ever

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    Please note that this article is about women wrestling. There are no divas in the slides and no mention of the WWE (except for bashing purposes). The following slides are what people, not only me, consider the greatest women's wrestling match in the entire world.

    There will be no exaggeration on my end. I'm sure that in this day and age, a lot of fans would consider John Cena the greatest wrestler ever. In this site alone, a lot of fans would enjoy John Cena's wrestling and I would just laugh at them.

    Certainly the only people that would touch this article are those wrestling purists who have knowledge on how Japanese wrestling is done. I want to thank you in advance for giving time to read this article. Especially since I created this article alongside a top 10 divas match list.

    I challenge all those John Cena fan boys who consider his style of wrestling the greatest to read forward. Seriously, the WWE did such a great job of launching its product world wide that children all over the world are educated in sports entertainment. They also cornered other styles of wrestling in a small space and let "sports entertainment" reign supreme.

    Garbage wrestling, shoot wrestling and the style this article is based on, Joshi, are being neglected and let to live in a corner. I say that's unfair. I am sure a lot of people turn the channel whenever a divas match would appear on WWE and if they do watch it, they would say it suck without even finishing the damn match.

    It's no secret that "sports entertainment" sucks at presenting women's matches. So the time is now to stop your whining and enjoy women's wrestling at its finest. Joshi wrestling. The very best women's wrestling.

    The following slides are the very best Joshi matches ever and if you don't agree, then comment on it. If you're a Cena fan who thinks the following matches aren't on par to a Super Cena match, then let's debate. Commenting is fun, it's what makes the IWC a fun place.

    Anyway, introductions done. Enjoy. 

Joshi Style

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    Before you move on, please understand how Joshi style is done. 

    For one thing, its not the same fast paced action you can see between Trish and Lita. It's more of a brawl. Brawl in the sense that these ladies aren't categorized as "girls" when you see them fight. They aren't afraid to get hurt and hurt others. They deliver "stiff' shots, meaning that it's really, really real punches and slaps.

    Another thing to be recognized is that Joshi is a brawl for the first two minutes, then it's straight to a rest hold. The rest holds are very important since these Joshi matches last more than ten minutes, sometimes going over an hour. It's the same pattern, but as time passes, the rest holds are no longer recognized and it's an all out brawl. 

    Also, for those WWE fans, you might need to get use to these Joshi wrestlers yelling and screaming. I have to admit that it can be off putting at times. Please realize that they are not selling the moves and it actually hurts.

    Lastly, Joshi is an all out brawl. It's not just for flashy moves and making the crowd cheer. First and foremost, it's wrestling. So enjoy wrestling and ignore the fact that these wrestlers aren't pretty like your divas. 

Akira Hokuto and Shinobu Kandori, Dreamslam I

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    Obviously, the greatest challenge for me is the fact that you don't know who the ladies in these matches are and I can write a lengthy introduction about them, but I'd rather not. I'll give you reasons to watch the video and explain to you why the match is in this slide. 

    Easy enough, right?

    First off, Akira Hokuto versus Shinobu Kandori at Dreamslam I. If anybody knows who Dave Meltzer is and if they care about his opinion, then you should know that this match is given a 5-star rating. Among those that have received the honor are Ric Flair and Ricky Steamboat, so you should expected the same caliber in this match. Dare I say it exceeds any Flair/Steamboat match in my eyes?  

    I might also add that Akira Hokuto makes top notch matches and can make anybody look good. This is the best of them all because a lot of wrestling purists consider this the greatest Joshi wrestling match in history. 

Manami Toyota vs. Kyoko Inoue

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    Ah, the year 1995. It was the glory days of the WWF and this was the year Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon delivered the awesome ladder match. The match is so legendary that it is still regarded one of the greatest matches in history.

    Of all the greatness of the Wrestlemania ladder match, it was not crowned match of the year by Dave Meltzer. Probably because he is biased on WWF, I also think that, but he gave the match of the year award to a Joshi match. 

    I think you won't agree, but it's absolutely true. Manami Toyota and Kyoko Inoue out classed and out famed Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon.

    For wrestling purists, I would also like to mention that this match came close or is on par to the legendary Kenta Kobashi and Mitsuharu Misawa match. 

    Trust me, it's good.

Akira Hokuto and Aja Kong

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    To simply define Akira Hokuto, you just have to think of Shawn Michaels pitted in a Joshi style match. Shawn is athletic, charismatic and, if needed, can go hardcore. Akira Hokuto meets that expectation so well that, I tell you, any match she is involved in is considered the greatest.

    One example is this match against Aja Kong. Not to be confused with Awesome Kong, but in terms of power and strength, there's not much difference. Aja Kong also once participated in a steel cage match considered one of the bloodiest Joshi matches in history.

    This match is easily 5-star and this is more special because of the fact that Hokuto was badly injured in her knee going into this match. But like Shawn Michaels, injured or not, she delivered a classic all around good match.

    The match could have been better if not for Hokuto's busted knee.  

Manami Toyota and Aja Kong

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    You really cannot call yourself a wrestling fan if you've never seen Aja Kong recieve a Japanese Ocean Bomb from Manami Toyota. It's unreal. (3:30 of the video)

    If you think Hokuto had a hard time with Kong, then you will enjoy Toyota's effort.

    I dare you to watch this video and not enjoy it. In terms of Joshi, this match is more fast paced and high impact. You really will cringe every time Kong drops Toyota on her head with those sickening pile drivers.

    And not to be outdone is Toyota, who constantly tries to deliver a top rope suplex on Kong. Seeing Kong dropped on her head is just mind blowing. Ever see Mark Henry get dropped on his head? Then seeing Kong is so much more fun.

    A match that'll make you go "Whoa" and "Wow" every time, guaranteed. 

The Crush Girls and the Jumping Bomb Angels

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    Before there was the Jonas Brothers and Justin freakin' Beiber, all the fan girls of Japan were into Joshi wrestling. Yes, it sounds like a lie, but when Hulk Hogan was telling kids to say their prayers and eat their vitamins, the Crush Girls were inspiring girls to go into wrestling arena and bring pom poms to wave whenever they do their matches.

    The legendary team of Chigusa Nagayo and Lioness Asuka paved the way for other Joshi wrestlers to success. In this match, they go against their ultimate rival, Noriyo Tateno and Itsuki Yamazaki, the Jumping Bomb Angels.

    The Jumping Bomb Angels are more remembered at the WWF's first Royal Rumble, winning a two out of three falls match against the Glamour Girls.

    This match is so exciting and the crowd certainly makes this match so much more special. Seriously, check out the long line of pom poms waving in the background. 

Bull Nakano and Kyoko Inoue vs. Aja Kong and Manami Toyota

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    The next match is a classic tag team Joshi match. I am sure that Manami Toyota and Aja Kong can bring the house down with one of their matches. Now imagine them teaming up together and fighting a team with the same fighting background.

    Kyoko Inoue is one hard Joshi wrestler. She may not be the prettiest Joshi, but this little firecracker can last an hour in the ring and has some more reserve to fight another match.

    And if you think Aja Kong is a tough powerhouse, then you haven't seen Bull Nakano work in the ring. Bull Nakano can go toe-to-toe with Kong in terms of power and strength. These two certainly had their fair share of Joshi moments. 

    This match is an awesome tag team brawl. Toyota and Inoue is a good match up by itself and Bull Nakano and Aja Kong is an incredible brawl by themselves. Now imagine two high fliers and two power houses colliding. You can guarantee it's good.  

Manami Toyota and Akira Hokuto

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    Akira Hokuto and Manami Toyota had a series of high profile matchups throughout their careers. This match is considered to be the most famous of all their bouts and this is given a 5-star rating.

    This was also one of Hokuto's last matches in AJW, so it was very special to all Joshi fans in the arena. 

Momoe Nakanishi and Kumiko Maekawa

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    The most recent match in this article happened at 2002 betwee Mome Nakanishi and Kumiko Maekawa. These two are very reminiscent of the previous slides and it's so much more special because these two aren't that known even among purists. 

    Kumiko Maekawa is the one in purple and she is the typical brawler type. She is able to ground the faster Momoe Nakanishi, but it slowly turns into a very enjoyable matchup. 

Cuty Suzuki and Candy Okutsu

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    For all those WWE Diva fans, I give you a very sexy matchup. Cutie Suzuki (in white) and Candy Okutsu (in black) are two girls who can audition to replace Melina or Layla, but make no mistake about it. These two ladies are undoubtedly tougher.

    I personally enjoy this match because of the rocking pair of legs from these two ladies and it's also wrestling. It's not just your typical hair grabbing cat fight and botched perfect maneuvers that you see from the divas.

    In terms of wrestling, this match delivers and between two eye candies like Cutie and Candy, then this match is a perfect 10 all around. 

JWP Thunder Queen Battle

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    A six woman tag team match. What's not to love?

    Aja Kong, Takako Inoue, Kyoko Inoue and Sakie Hasegawa, representing All Japan Women's Pro Wrestling (AJW), go up against Dynamite Kansai, Mayumi Ozaki, Cutie Suzuki and Hikari Fukuoka, representing Japanese Women's Pro Wrestling (JWP).

    These two organizations pitted the best of the best in a five minute individual matchup and then a 40 minute tag team bout to determine which promotion is the best Joshi promotion in Japan.

    This is a huge wrestling clinic and a 5-star match classic. I personally enjoy this and I bet you will too when you see the biggest Joshi stars lock horns.   


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    Thank you so much for reading. I've written a lot of "Celebrating Wrestling" articles by now and I do hope people realize that the point of my articles are to bring enjoyment and to re-educate people of what wrestling truly is. 

    The WWE only gives us the tip of the iceberg and I believe people should get the opportunity to dive further down and discover the other part of that iceberg. The large part that gives the tip its exposure.

    And I do hope you enjoyed taking a look at the Joshi style of wrestling. The smart marks shouldn't be the only ones enjoying this.

    Interestingly enough, I published this article along with a divas article called "Celebrating Wrestling: 10 of the Greatest Divas Matches of the WWE" and I am gauging where people here in B/R gravitate towards. I do hope not all you of are Jon Super Cena fans. Oh please, don't let it be so.

    Comments are greatly appreciated. Thank you.


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