Preview: Gatoh Move ChocoPro #24 (6/19/20)


To say that episode 23 of ChocoPro ended in chaotic fashion would be an understatement. The main event saw a clash of past versus future when Kaori Yoneyama took on Mei Suruga. Anyone that is familiar with the work of the former would expect the match to unfold in an unpredictable way. Whether it was foreign objects being utilized or Gatoh Move Pro Wrestling talent being thrown in harm’s way, this match didn’t have the cleanest finish.

Emi Sakura, the founder of Gatoh Move, seemed to agree. She decided to establish the main event for the following episode of ChocoPro right then and there. Given the problems that she has been experiencing with Yuna Mizumori as of late, Sakura was in no mood to compound issues. As Sakura continues to prepare for her upcoming showdown with Yunamon, she will keep an eye on the following main event. As a long-time friend and partner of Yoneyama, Sakura would be wise to expect this match to be anything but straightforward.

Emi Sakura and Mei Suruga vs. Mitsuru Konno and Tokiko Kirihara

On the previous episode of ChocoPro, Mitsuru Konno and Tokiko Kirihara failed to defeat Emi Sakura and Baliyan Akki in tag team action. Despite a hard-fought contest on the part of the former team, they were unable to stand up to Sakura and Akki, two of the featured names in Gatoh Move. Despite this, Konno and Kirihara will pull themselves back up and try their collective hand at tag team action once more.

Concerns with Yuna Mizumori aside, Emi Sakura has been incredibly successful in ChocoPro. Couple this with the success of her tag team partner for this match and it’s easy to see that the challengers will have a tall task ahead. From Kagetsu to Kaori Yoneyama, Mei Suruga has tested her mettle against legendary joshi names. Furthermore, following her loss to Yoneyama last time, the need to pick up a victory is that much greater for “Mei-chan.”

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Kaori Yoneyama vs. Baliyan Akki

Last time on ChocoPro, Kaori Yoneyama faced Mei Suruga in a chaotic main event. Though Yoneyama managed to pick up the victory, the use of foreign objects including a kettlebell and basketball didn’t go unnoticed. Post-match, Emi Sakura debated with Baliyan Akki, who had officiated the match in question. Ultimately, Sakura decided to pit Yoneyama and Akki in the main event of this upcoming episode of ChocoPro. In other words, Akki has a chance to exact revenge for his Best Bro in “Mei-chan.”

Regardless of how nefarious her tactics are, one cannot argue with the results of Yoneyama. The current Asia Dream Tag Team Champion has seen considerable success since her ChocoPro debut earlier this month. In addition to a janken victory, she has secured victories over Suruga and Mitsuru Konno. Furthermore, her track record in professional wrestling speaks for itself. In addition to the aforementioned title, she stands as a former 5-time JWP Tag Team Champion, 4-time Artist of Stardom Champion, and 3-time High Speed Champion, just to name a few accolades. It’s fair to see why the unpredictable Yoneyama has been so successful in Gatoh move.

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Can she continue her momentum when she faces the high-flying sensation from India?

Akki has been no slouch in Gatoh Move, either, whether solo or alongside Suruga in tag team action. His motivation to fight for his friend’s honor will make him that much more of a challenge against Yoneyama in this main event encounter. It’s also worth noting that he came out on top in the last show’s janken tournament. Undoubtedly, Akki will enjoy a fair boost of confidence when he faces off against the joshi puroresu legend in Yoneyama.

As is tradition in ChocoPro, the show will conclude with a janken tournament. The prize of the tournament in a piece of ChocoPro chocolate, which has been the source of adulation and controversy alike. Last time, the tournament was won by Baliyan Akki, Tokiko Kirihara serving as the runner-up. Depending on who will be in attendance at Ichigaya Chocolate Square, it’s fair to expect more antics to ensue.

ChocoPro #24 will air on June 19th at 8 PM JST (7 AM 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 for 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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