Okay, ladies, and Gentlemen, it's time for the review of one of the classic supercards of all time, All Japan Women's Tokyo Dome show from November 20, 1994. This was during AJW's peak. It's a Loooong show. Ten hours in total, I got two five hour tapes. I'll review as brief as I can the first tape. There's lots of greats on this show, many are (or will be) hall of famers so I feel like I'm witnessing something truly special. Okay, off we go!
Tape One starts with a look at the hype surrounding the Egg show, including the matches and press conferences leading to the event. We also see the participants in the V* Top Woman Tournament which will also take place at the Egg show (on tape 2). Then the opening ceremonies featuring a parade of all the talent who will participate by promotion (JWP, LLPW, FMW, WWF (Madusa), GAEA Japan, Michinoku Pro, All Japan Women). Cool stuff, and already I'm pumped for the interpromotional goodness ahead! The Egg Dome is BIG, HYOOGE, GINORMOUS!
The first match was a tag team match between Chapparita ASARI and Bomba (GAEA) taking on Hiromi Tsugo (JWP) and Hiromi Yagi (later of ARSION). ASARI's enterance is fun gymnastics. We get the special added bonus of a FEMALE REFEREE!! The match starts with the Hiromis taking down Bomba with a double drop kick. The Sky Twister Press by Asari rocks, by the way. Asari's team wins.
Midget wrestling follows with a handicapped match with Tsunokake X (guy painted all in silver with Big red X on face) taking on Great Little Muta and Buta Genjin (buu!). Not as knowledgable in midgets as I am in other wrestling, but it's funny stuff, and I'd LOVE to know what tsunokake means...
The ladies return with Rie Tamada vs. Candy Okutsu for the JWP Junior title. Both would move on to ARSION later in their careers, and I already told you about Tiger Dream, I think. They both sport the generic long black hair here. ANOTHER CHICK REF! High energy match with mixes of flying and mat based attacks.
Kaoru Mieda (KAORU, GAEA Japan) vs. Suzuka Minami - Fast action by both women, another female referee. We all remember Spanky's 5 minute exhibition against Angle, where Angle slaps Spanky so hard, he knocks Spanky off the top turnbuckle into the outside. Suzuka=Spanky and KAORU=Angle. Ouch! KAORU pulls of a perfect lionsault off the top rope and right on to Suzuka! Right on top of her! Lots of good stuff here, and KAORU's too damn pretty to be doing wrestling, but that's just my opinion. She's still in GAEA, by the way, not sure what's up with Suzuka. Suzuka wins here.
More press conference stuff (start of part 2), then a shootboxing match with Kaoru Ito (AJW) taking on Fumiko Ishimoto. Ishimoto wins easily, and Ito looked really winded in the post match conference.
Chigusa Nagayo (GAEA Japan) vs. Reggie Bennett - These too looked like they didn't like each other at all. Reggie was much heavier here than on the ARSION tape. The former Crush Girl Nagayo flips Reggie off and it's on before they were even introduced. Nagayo wins by outsmarting Bennett with a rollup. You don't F*CK with a Crush Girl! Lots of hoss catfighting for your viewing pleasure.
Tomoko Watanabe/Toshiyo Yamada vs. Shinobu Kandori/Mikiko Futagami (both from LLPW) - Yamada and Kandori get it on every chance they get in the ring together, and even after the match is over. Kandori's team wins when she puts on a PAINFUL wakigatame (arm breaker) on Yamada. Yamada's shoulder was hurtin after that.
Last straight Joshi match of tape one: Mima Shimoda/Etsuko Mita vs. Yasha Kurenai(LLPW)/Michiko Nageshima - Shimoda and Mita's entrance is great, that's all I'll tell you. You may or may not know that Shimoda and Mita are one of the best heel tag teams in recent times. As you'll see in this match, they are GOOD BITCHES (bitch heels)! The champs retain with a SWEET Death Valley Bomb by Mita on Kurenai, if memory serves. That's it for the straight up joshi stuff for tape one. Following that we get some amateur wrestling and some judo, and that ends the tape.
NEXT: The V*Top Woman Tournament gets underway, plus a much younger future technical marvel of ARSION taking on what AJW dubbed the "next Big thing"...A taste of a classic feud, A battle betwixt the WWF and All Japan, Then an emotional moment between two legends. All that on part 2. Join me, 'kay?
Congrats to Cassidy OReilly on getting signed to WWE developmental. Really don’t know how I forgot to pimp him in the “who from ROH/TNA could make it in larger [i.e. WWE] arena environment” thread. He was one of the highlights of early TNA.