The Joshi wrestling scene (Japanese Women’s Wrestling) is a deep scene full of insanely talented performers and every month there are dozens of fantastic matches from promotions from Stardom to PURE-J and everywhere in between. In this article, we aim to give readers a list of recommended Joshi matches that took place in the last month, there will be some honorable mentions and then a top 5 featuring our absolute favorites!
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.
Recommended Joshi Matches April 2021
- Mio Momono & Haruka Umesaki vs Saori Anou & Yurika Oka
- Bea Priestley vs Utami Hayashishita
- Miyu Yamashita vs Hikari Noa
- Mei Hoshizuki vs Riko Kawahata
- Maria, Tomoko Watanabe & Mio Momono vs Mei Hoshizuki, ASUKA & Mikoto Shindo
- Arisa Nakajima & Nanae Takahashi vs Honori Hana & Riko Kawahata
- Tsukasa Fujimoto vs Tsukushi Haruka
5. Giulia & Syuri vs Maika & Himeka
This was an incredible tag team match between the four members of Donna Del Mondo. The pace wrestle by these four for the entire 28-minute bout was something to behold, it was nonstop action that never went overboard into spotfest territory. What added to this match was how hard they all worked, they were laying in strikes and even simple powerbombs had a little extra impact to them. Probably the closest we’ll get in the modern day to some of the insane AJW tag matches of the mid-90s
4. Maki Itoh vs Rika Tatsumi
This match is very difficult to describe, an apt comparison is that it felt like watching a wall being put together. The match never ramps up into spots and big moves it’s simply two performers layering a match to climax at the right point with every move beforehand acting as a brick in the wall, while maybe not exciting in isolation it is essential to the finished product that it be there. The two played into Itoh’s hard head very well which led to some inventive spots and Rika Tatsumi got to show some grit when she responded to some of Itoh’s middle fingers in kind. Excellent match that you need to experience to understand its quality.
3. Hanako Nakamori & ASUKA vs Arisa Nakajima & Chihiro Hashimoto
Given all four names in this match are in the top tier of Joshi wrestlers you knew it would be amazing from the jump. They delivered on the high expectations with a hard-hitting, well-paced match that played into ASUKA and Nakajima’s grudge beautifully. This is the kind of match that Joshi wrestling does better than anything else as it was just aggressive and violent without ever needing weapons.
2. Natsupoi vs Tam Nakano
Tam Nakano once again delivered a stiff, emotional, visceral battle for the Wonder Of Stardom Championship. Natsupoi has been an under-the-radar MVP for Stardom in the ring this year and this was her big match to show what she could do, and she took this opportunity with both hands. Both women wrestled their hearts out and were left broken and bruised by the end of it. There’s no way to describe this other than “it was a WAR”.
1. Hanako Nakamori, Arisa Nakajima & Nagisa Nozaki vs DASH Chisako, Hiroyo Matsumoto & Makoto
Arisa Nakajima celebrated her 15th anniversary by battling it out with five other women that debuted in 2006. She could not have chosen 5 better performers to share a ring with her as everyone in this match is noted for their ability to have very stiff matches. All six women delivered on that promise here with this match having its fair share of wince-inducing exchanges between the performers.
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