Tokyo Joshi Pro will kick off the new year with their big January 4 show from Korakuen Hall, featuring two big title matches. Let’s take a look at the card for Tokyo Joshi Pro Wrestling ’22
Tokyo Joshi Pro Wrestling ’22 Full Card
Moka Miyamoto and Mahiro Kiryu vs Suzume and Arisu Endo
The show kicks off with a fun little tag match but not only that it will officially be Arisu’s one-year anniversary, as she made her debut at last year’s January 4 show. Endo, like all the women in this match, has come a long way in the past year as TJPW has cemented itself as the number two Joshi company next to Stardom. These four are arguably the future of the promotion that prides itself on homegrown talent and it’ll be cute to see what they do in the opening.
Shoko Nakajima vs Hyper Misao
A special singles match between former tag partners Shoko and Misao is always destined to be a hit on any card. As always people should expect more insanity thanks to Misao, who even recently on Twitter announced that she would start misleading people about her age. While they will probably put together a few nice sequences, Misao will more than likely manipulate the pacing of the match by doing something chaotic.
Miu Watanabe and Rika Tatsumi vs Yuki Kamifuku and Nao Kakuta
The second tag match on the card features some more established teams. Miu and Rika have shown a lot of chemistry in their tag matches and will be teaming for the upcoming Max Heart tournament. Although Kamiyu will be teaming with VENY and Nao will be teaming with Hikari, these two could very well be facing Miu and Rika in the tournament. Either way, this has a lot of talented women in it and it’s going to be great to see what they can do ahead of the tag tournament.
Haruka Neko, Yuki Aino and Nodoka Onesan vs Raku, Marika Kobashi and Pom Harajuku
Nodoka Onesan will be making her one-time return in this match, a silly gimmick of Nodoka Tenma’s that hasn’t been seen since 2018. Since Nodoka will be leaving in March it seems like she’s just going to have fun on her retirement road and who can blame her. On the other side, Marika will also be leaving at the same time in March but has yet to say whether or not she will actually retire. For now, it’ll be nice to see everyone showing off their skills before the show really kicks off.
Yuka Sakazaki vs Yuki Arai
Another special singles match features the former Princess of Princess champion Yuka taking on the idol Yuki. Since debuting, Yuki has proven herself worthy of being in the company by evolving in every match, especially when she gets the opportunity to have a singles match. This singles match against one of the best in the company will be the best chance to show what she’s learned so far. This could easily be the best match that Yuki has had so far despite more than likely coming out the loser.
International Princess Championship – Hikari Noa (c) vs Maki Itoh
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— 東京女子プロレス (@tjpw2013) December 22, 2021
The first of two title matches features Hikari and Maki fighting for Hikari’s International Princess Championship. Maki is coming off an unsuccessful challenge for both the tag titles and the PoP title alongside and against Miyu Yamashita so it only makes sense that she tries one more time to capture a title. Maki has previously held the title but Hikari has had quite a dominant reign since she won. From dipping her toe into the deathmatch world to four successful defenses over 245 days, Hikari has proven why she’s one of the up and comers in the company. However, with Maki’s trajectory, it seems about time she adds a little gold to her incredible run.
Princess of Princess Championship – Miyu Yamashita (c) vs Mizuki
The main event is certainly fitting for their first big show of the year. At the end of November Mizuki and Yuka defended their tag titles against Miyu and Maki which prompted Mizuki to challenge for the title. Miyu has proven herself to be a dominant champion since winning, being recognized by Jun Akiyama and Naomichi Marufuji as the face of TJPW as well as defending against the strongest wrestlers in the company. This is an amazing way to kick off the year and it’s easily a match that people will be talking about for the rest of the year. With a match this good it almost doesn’t matter who will walk away with the title but with Mizuki as a tag champion, she doesn’t lose out on much if she can’t knock down Miyu. Fans won’t want to miss this match at all.
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