Preview: Gatoh Move ChocoPro #39 (8/9/20)

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Only a few days removed from the previous episode, Gatoh Move Pro Wrestling continues their YouTube momentum with episode thirty-nine of ChocoPro. Though difficulties arose last time regarding a specific match – we will touch on this later – it seems like the show promoting the No Paywall initiative is back on track. Here is what you can expect on ChocoPro and why current fans and curious newcomers should tune into the official Gatoh Move YouTube channel to watch.

Emi Sakura vs. Tokiko Kirihara and Mitsuru Konno

Last time on ChocoPro, Emi Sakura teamed with longtime partner Kaori Yoneyama in the main event. They challenged, and bested, the duo of Mitsuru Konno and Yuna Mizumori in an exciting tag team match. Needless to say, the founder of Gatoh Move has been on a roll, especially after a lackluster season two. As we move further into season three, it’s evident that Sakura’s back issues have become less intense, which has led her to perform at a high level. On this episode, however, she will have the deck stacked against her and she won’t even have her fellow Pencil Army member to help her out.

For the first time since July, Konno will team with Tokiko Kirihara to challenge Sakura. As a team, Konno and Kirihara share charisma and hard-hitting offense alike. Between Konno’s grueling submissions and Kirihara’s powerful strikes, Sakura will have to bring everything she has into this upcoming match. Can the current Asia Dream Tag Team Champion overcome her proteges? Will “Otoki” and “Otsuru” pick up a collective win in this handicap match? Tune into this upcoming episode of ChocoPro to find out!

Lulu Pencil vs. Ryo Mizunami

Making her ChocoPro return will be Ryo Mizunami; her last appearance was on episode nine back in May. Since then, she has been a regular performer in SEAdLINNNG, specifically as a member of the musical group known as MAX VOLTAGE. Fun fact: MAX VOLTAGE also features Nanae Takahashi, who founded SEAdLINNNG back in 2015. In any event, Mizunami will be returning to Ichigaya Chocolate Square solo. She will also have an interesting opponent waiting for her in the form of “The Mightiest” Lulu Pencil.

Whether she’s known as the freelance writer of Gatoh Move or ChocoPro’s “Final Boss,” Lulu Pencil is undeniably popular. Despite this, her struggles to pick up a singles victory in Gatoh Move have been well-documented. Now that she’s up against an outside challenge in Mizunami, Lulu Pencil will have even less of an idea of what to expect. To pick up the win against the joshi veteran, the Pencil Army captain will have to utilize the unique offense and resourcefulness she has become known for.

Mei Suruga vs. SAKI (ChocoPro Debut)

A match that was set to take place on the previous episode will unfold here. Though SAKI was originally scheduled for the thirty-eighth episode of ChocoPro, extenuating circumstances resulted in her appearance being delayed. However, now it appears as though one half of Tropikawild will finally make her ChocoPro debut. Furthermore, she will do so against the opponent she was slated to go up against. In the main event, SAKI will challenge the peppy “Apple Girl” of Gatoh Move, Mei Suruga.

Last time, in SAKI’s absence, Suruga’s opponent took the form of Tsubasa Kuragaki. To say that Kuragaki has been a successful joshi star would be an understatement, especially in Japanese Women Pro-Wrestling Project. Despite a spirited performance, Suruga lost, though she was able to earn Kuragaki’s respect by the end. Coming off a loss, Suruga will be set to pick up a win to rebuild momentum, specifically at the expense of SAKI. If she isn’t careful, SAKI’s ChocoPro debut may be spoiled by the mischievous “Mei-chan.”

ChocoPro #39 will air on August 9th at 10 AM JST (August 8th at 9 PM EST.)

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 Gatoh Move on YouTube and via the Gatoh Move Experience

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