Preview: Gatoh Move ChocoPro #25 (6/20/20)


The twenty-fifth episode of ChocoPro may prove to be the most chaotic yet. Since the arrival of a joshi puroresu veteran, the scene of Gatoh Move Pro Wrestling has been put on notice. However, on this show, the veteran in question might have met her most unique match yet. For those that are tuning into ChocoPro for the first time, throw most everything you know about professional wrestling by the wayside. This main event may challenge expectations, but fans with open minds will be in for a treat.

It’s important to note that this will be the first day of ChocoPro events in a row. Gatoh Move has been on a roll with these shows, creating one-hour experiences that are easy to watch. Furthermore, the matches have been varied, featuring tag team and singles encounters alike. This level of work ethic can’t be overlooked, especially with the inclusion of Gatoh Move stalwarts and guests alike. With all window dressing out of the way, let’s get into the confirmed card.

Emi Sakura vs. Sayuri (ChocoPro Rematch)

Last week, Sayuri made her ChocoPro debut on episode twenty-two. Despite a hard-fought contest against Emi Sakura, she was unable to pick up a victory. Not one to remain down, the technically proficient will get her rematch on this episode. She will have to use the knowledge she obtained last time in order to have a chance against the owner of Gatoh Move. Meanwhile, between the antics of Kaori Yoneyama and the looming presence of Yuna Mizumori, Sakura will have plenty on her plate in the mental sense. Can she overcome these challenges and secure another victory over her trainee?

Mitsuru Konno Tokiko Kirihara ChocoPro
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Best Bros (Mei Suruga and Baliyan Akki) vs. Mitsuru Konno and Tokiko Kirihara

Despite their recent lack of success as a duo, Mitsuru Konno and Tokiko Kirihara have developed as a tag team. Not only do they share similar charisma, but they have developed strong tandem offense in terms of strikes and submissions. Furthermore, last time on ChocoPro, Kirihara was able to win her first janken tournament. Can this boost of confidence lead the former kickboxer and her beer-loving tag team partner to victory?

Enter Best Bros, the duo of Mei Suruga and Baliyan Akki. These two friends share a bond that has been nothing short of unbreakable. Case and point, when Suruga fell to Kaori Yoneyama in their match, Akki decided to challenge the joshi veteran in his friend’s honor. Simply put, Best Bros is a formidable unit. With that said, they will have a tall challenge ahead in the collective form of Konno and Kirihara.

Kaori Yoneyama vs. Lulu Pencil

Since her ChocoPro debut, Kaori Yoneyama has been on a tear. From Mitsuru Konno to Mei Suruga to Baliyan Akki, the current Asia Dream Tag Team Champion has challenged and defeated some of the best in Gatoh Move. This isn’t to say that her tactics have been entirely clean. From the utilization of foreign objects such as basketballs to putting reluctant bystanders in the way of danger, there have been no depths Yoneyama wouldn’t sink to.

Following the conclusion of last ChocoPro’s main event, the question was raised: who would Yoneyama face next? Emi Sakura confronted her about the situation. At first, it was believed that Yoneyama would face Sakura, who is not only a long-time friend but her fellow Asia Dream Tag Team Champion. However, Sakura knew better than to give the expected. Throwing a curveball, the founder of Gatoh Move declared that Yoneyama would take on the “The Mightiest,” Lulu Pencil!

Though not the biggest or most powerful wrestler in Gatoh Move, Lulu Pencil has successfully won the hearts of fans around the world. Whether it was through her unyielding determination from bell to bell or unorthodox tactics, the freelance writer of Gatoh Move earned a following in short order. Nonetheless, her luck in singles encounters has been rocky, to say the least. Lulu Pencil might have a “mighty” heart, but she will require more than that to defeat a wrestler as experienced as Yoneyama.

This ChocoPro main event can go either way. On one hand, Yoneyama possesses more experience, meaning that she would have the upper hand. However, it can be argued that she hasn’t faced anyone with the approach of Lulu Pencil, who seems to be growing stronger with each match. As her strength builds, it’s fair to say that her chances of winning will as well. Regardless of the outcome, don’t expect this match to unfold without shenanigans.

ChocoPro #25 will air on June 20th 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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