Preview: Gatoh Move ChocoPro #22 (6/14/20)


Last time on ChocoPro, the world of Gatoh Move Pro Wrestling was hit with a bombshell. Following a long-standing grudge held by Yuna Mizumori, Emi Sakura decided to finally give the “Pineapple Girl” the singles match she was looking for. On the final episode of ChocoPro for June, the two will clash in singles action. The goal is to put an end to this feud once and for all. To say that it’s eagerly anticipated, especially by avid followers of the promotion, would be an understatement.

Before this goes down, however, there is still plenty of ChocoPro action to enjoy. On this upcoming episode, we will see the return of two Gatoh Move stars. We will also witness an appearance from a joshi puroresu veteran in her own right. Based on the card here, as well as the post-show janken tournament that has become a staple of ChocoPro, this looks to be a show not to miss.

Emi Sakura Kaori Yoneyama Asia Dream Tag Team Champions
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Mitsusu Konno vs. Kaori Yoneyama (ChocoPro Debut)

Since her return to ChocoPro a number of weeks ago, Mitsuru Konno has been on something of a rocky path. Though she picked up a victory over Tokiko Kirihara on episode 20, losses against Antonio Honda and Chris Brookes have not helped the beer enthusiast. On this episode, it seems like the challenge factor has only accelerated for Konno. In yet another singles match, the “Leader” of Gatoh Move will be taking on a veteran who is a more integral part of the promotion than many would think.

Enter Kaori Yoneyama, who is one half of the Asia Dream Tag Team Champions. This past March, Yoneyama teamed with long-time ally Emi Sakura to defeat Tropikawild, the duo of Yuna Mizumori and SAKI, to win the titles in question. Furthermore, Yoneyama is a prominent figure in the women’s wrestling scene in Japan. She has appeared for such promotions as PURE-J, Pro Wrestling WAVE, and World Wonder Ring Stardom. Ergo, Konno will have a tall task ahead of her. Expect her match against this twenty-year veteran, making her ChocoPro debut, to be a competitive one.

Best Bros. (Mei Suruga and Baliyan Akki) vs. Tokiko Kirihara and Lulu Pencil

One of the other Gatoh Move returns that will take on this episode will be nothing short of “mighty.” Lulu Pencil is arguably one of the most popular stars in Gatoh Move, having become something of a cult hero late last year due to her comedic antics and likable personality. Lulu Pencil’s last appearance was on the third episode of ChocoPro, losing to Antonio Honda in the opening match. Her return will be a tall order, as she teams with former kickboxer and ChocoPro regular Tokiko Kirihara against Best Bros.

Collectively known as Best Bros., the duo of Mei Suruga and Baliyan Akki is incredibly popular in ChocoPro. Not only have they developed their own following across social media, but they’ve managed to pick up numerous wins, most recently over Yuna Mizumori and Emi Sakura. If they remain on the same page, it would be fair to expect that Suruga and Akki continue their momentum. Given the hard-hitting offense of Kirihara and unpredictable nature of Lulu Pencil, however, this may be easier said than done.

Emi Sakura vs. Sayuri (ChocoPro Debut)

As stated earlier, Emi Sakura has had her hands full with Yuna Mizumori. From being the target of declarations of hatred to engaging in chocolate theft, the founder of Gatoh Move hasn’t been without direction. Sakura will face Mizumori at the end of the month. While Sakura has been preparing for the match in question, there will still be other matches awaiting her. On this episode of ChocoPro, she will face another returning Gatoh Move star.

Sayuri has been away from Gatoh Move since this past February, when she teamed with Makoto in a losing effort against Lulu Pencil and Mitsuru Konno. She will be making her ChocoPro debut in this match and there’s no denying that this is a grand way to make a debut. Though she may not have an outlandish personality, her technical prowess has made her a formidable opponent. If she can defeat Sakura in her return match, Sayuri will benefit from a significant boost. Needless to say, besting her mentor won’t be an easy feat.

ChocoPro #22 will air on June 14th at 10 AM JST (June 13th at 9 PM ET.)

It will air live on the Gatoh Move YouTube channel for free before being available for on-demand viewing afterward. To support the company, you can sign up on their Patreon, which features multiple tiers, or their own on-demand streaming service linked below.

Stay tuned to the Last Word on Pro Wrestling for more on this and other stories from around the world of wrestling, as they develop. You can always count on LWOPW to be on top of the major news in the wrestling world, as well as to provide you with analysis, previews, videos, interviews, and editorials on the wrestling world. You can watch Mei Suruga at Gatoh Move on YouTube and via the Gatoh Move Experience.

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