Tokyo Joshi Pro Wrestling: LIVE in Philly
April 5, 2024
The Auditorium at Penns Landing Caterers
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Watch: TrillerTV

After last year’s pretty well-received TJPW excursion to the States (although, whisper it, the Mark Hitchcock multi-woman was the best match they put on), the ‘Teej’ crew is back in Philly. 

Miyu Yamashita & Maki Itoh vs. Rika Tatsumi & Miu Watanabe

This will undoubtedly be the match of the night, and if things really align, it could be the match of the weekend. Four major stars of the promotion, and the tag format will help keep Itoh on a more serious footing than her indie matches. Rika and Miu form the team of ‘Daydream’ and are responsible for a long string of classic tag matches, with Miu bringing the power moves and Rika acting as the ring general. I’m incredibly hyped for this one.

Mizuki & VertVixen vs. Max The Impaler & Pom Harajuku

Since losing the title, Mizuki has floundered without a real direction. On the plus side,  we’re almost contractually bound to see a Whirling Candy here and Max and Pom’s intra-team interactions are always fun to watch.

Expect a mix of comedy antics, hard-hitting (from Max), and high-flying (from Mizuki).

Suzume & Arisu Endo vs. Nao Kakuta & Zara Zakher

Suzume and Arisu Endo form the team of Daisy Monkey, and are TJPW’s young tigers, the new generation poised to take the reigns from the older guard. Tortured metaphors aside, I expect this to be a showcase for their nimble and fast-paced offense and a minor swan song for Nao Kakuta, who is retiring soon.

Yuki Aino & Raku vs. Yuki Kamifuku & VivaVan

This feels a bit thrown together, and can I say that I’m looking forward to Yuki Kamifuku’s absolute banger of a theme tune more than anything?

Shoko Nakajima vs. Rhio

Shoko is one of TJPW’s absolute best wrestlers. She is quick as anything and a great technician, too. This is really all on Rhio to rise to the occasion. If she can, we have a sleeper match of the night contender.

HyperMisao vs. Billie Starkz

I guess this is the match where the AEW-aligned wrestler is contractually forbidden from getting pinned, so they pair her with Misao to do a wacky bullshit finish. Misao is TJPW’s bumbling superhero who is secretly a booking genius. Expect weapons, nonsense, and perhaps even some sentimentality. 

Final Thoughts

That’s it. It’s always fun to see TJPW wrestlers in front of new crowds, and this show will be fun for that element alone. While there are non-TJPW wrestlers up and down the card, it feels much more authentic than, say, the DDT show, as TJPW’s characters and wrestlers are always strong enough to carry matches, and visiting guests have always been a regular part of the promotion. Finally, get well soon Sawyer Wreck, who was originally scheduled to appear but had to pull out due to injury

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