Important Note: Due to some matches not airing as of the time of writing some presumably great Joshi matches can’t be ranked. Also due to the recent PPV Model adopted by a number of promotions we are unable to see every event. Notable exclusions from this list include TJPW PPV 2
Syuri vs Momo Watanabe, Hanako Nakamori & Rina Yamashita vs Madeline & Ayako Sato, Hamuko Hoshi vs Tsukushi Haruka, Hiroyo Matsumoto & DASH Chisako vs Mika Iwata & Chihiro Hashimoto, Rika Tatsumi vs Yuka Sakazaki
5. Sakura Hirota vs Mikoto Shindo
This was an absolutely fantastic match between the veteran first-time champion and rising Marvelous talent Shindo. Hirota tried her usual comedic schtick but Shindo was having none of it and was going from the kill from the beginning. When Hirota switched it on things became even better. The near falls and callbacks to previous matches were the icing on the cake for this great match.
4. Maki Itoh vs Miyu Yamashita
The defiant Maki Itoh set out to prove to one of the company’s best that she could hang with her in the ring. Yamashita, as always was absolutely merciless with her strikes as she beat on Itoh relentlessly and. Itoh refused to die though and kept fighting despite the onslaught of strikes. Following one last moment of defiance, Itoh was knocked out by an incredible spinning kick to the head. Both women came out of this looking amazing as Yamashita was a merciless killer while Itoh earned Yamashita’s respect
3. Saree & Yoshiko vs Nanae Takahashi & Arisa Nakajima
Sareee said goodbye to Japan with one last dream match as she teamed with Yoshiko to defend their Beyond The Sea Tag Team Championships against the superteam of Nanae Takahashi and Arisa Nakajima. What we got was a hard-hitting and high paced tag team match worthy of sending Saree off as all four participants left it all in the ring
2. Mio Momono, Rin Kadokura & Mei Hoshizuki vs Mika Iwata, DASH Chisako & Chihiro Hashimoto
These six wrestled at a hectic pace for the entire duration of the match. Every competitor needed to have their head on a swivel to see where the next attack would come from. Both teams went to war in the name of their promotion and the competitors brought the intensity to match such a feud. The winner was always in doubt meaning every near fall had added suspense as any of the six could have picked up the victory, and as we know Marvelous excels at these late in the match near falls. We thought this was a lock to top this month’s list of the top Joshi matches but we were proven wrong.
1. Tsukasa Fujimoto vs Suzu Suzuki
Tsukasa Fujimoto just casually bending the laws of physics to her will pic.twitter.com/J2OzyclIlT
— SirLARIATO (@SirLARIATO) February 9, 2021
Well-paced main event match between the veteran Fujimoto and Ace in waiting Suzu Suzuki. Fujimoto was absolutely on her game throughout as she punished Suzuki with kicks but Suzuki fought resiliently with everything she had through the onslaught. The closing stretch was amazing as the two traded close pinfalls including one 2.9999 count from Fujimoto that looked to have it won. It’s going to be hard for any Joshi match to top this but we could be eating those words very soon
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