Where to Watch
There is of course one lovely long ten-hour video of the show on Youtube, but let’s be fair – it’s much easier to watch each match separately:
Toshiyo Yamada & Tomoko Watanabe vs Shinobu Kandori & Mikiko Futagami
Etsuko Mita & Mima Shimoda (LCO) vs Yasha Kurenai & Michiko Nagashima
We’ve really struggled with incomplete records and a general lack of sources to find out more about Yasha Kurenai and Michiko Nagashima. If you know anything about them please tweet us and let us know, and we’ll try and fill some of the gaps in a later episode.
Shinobu Kandori’s Hair
Is it an Elvis quiff? It is an homage to Pat Butcher? Who wore it best?
Etsuko Mita’s Death Valley Bomb
Japanese women invented all your favourite moves. In this episode, Etsuko Mita’s gift to the world is the Death Valley Bomb (or Driver). It’s currently one of Meiko Satomura’s finishers but is widely used worldwide.
Megumi Kudo & Combat Toyoda vs Manami Toyota & Toshiyo Yamada (2 April 1993)
Widely agreed to be one of the best matches of the 1990s (and think of the ground that covers), this match pits Toyota and Yamada the two leading lights of FMW’s women’s division. Kudo and Toyoda will both crop up separately later in this series.
Manami Toyota vs Toshiyo Yamada (Hair vs Hair) (AJW Mid Summer Typhoon 1992)
The frenemy relationship between Yamada and Toyota lasted for years, but this is the most intense confrontation they had. Yamada comes up short, but Toyota is so unhappy with the finish that she weeps and protests.
Toshiyo Yamada & Manami Toyota vs Etsuko Mita and Mima Shimoda (LCO) (17 June 1997)
A couple of years after the matches we looked at in this episode, but this is fun as hell and contains all of your favourite killers. Plus Manami Toyota.
Etsuko Mita & Mima Shimoda (LCO) vs Mayumi Ozaki and Cuty Suzuki (AJW Wrestling Queendom II 27 March 1994)
LCO represented AJW in interpromotional matches long before they were given any of AJW’s own major championships.This match for the JWP Tag Team Championships took place on an AJW show a few months before BIg Egg.
Bull Nakano vs Shinobu Kandori (Falls Count Anywhere Chain Match) (July 14 1994)
Considering her amateur background and how committed she was to a more shoot-style approach to fighting, Kandori really got into frenzied violent bloodbaths when the occasion called for it. Here she is trying to murder Bull Nakano.
Shinobu Kandori vs Harley Saito (JWP 19 July 1990)
Kandori had to go back to JWP and keep working for Jackie Sato in between their shooting incidents and the formation of LLPW. Harley Saito eventually left JWP with Kandori and became a LLPW mainstay.
Women Love Wrestling
Proceeds from this book go to RAINN in the US and Women’s Aid in the UK. I have an essay in this collection of writing by and about women who love wrestling, but don’t let that put you off. It’s great.
A fantastic collection of essays from independent publisher Monstrous Regiment about hormones, the people who have them, and why we need to talk about them more often. I can’t recommend this enough, and our good friend of the podcast LJ Gray (@illustratedlaw on Twitter) has a brilliant essay there too.
Draw, Lose or Draw
David’s podcast about Partick Thistle is now going out weekly. They’ve just released a Hallowe’en special on the worst Jags horrorshows.
The Rise and Fall of Rikidozan: A Novel in Seventeen Matches
George’s novel about a young man discovering the murky world of early puro and totally legitimate businessmen. Available in paperbook and ebook.
Burning Spirits at War with Burger King
David drew our attention to what seems to have become a long-running feud between the fromer puro podcast Burning Spirits with Burger King on Twitter.
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