Sunday, May 8, 2011

REINA 1 Launches

REINA "REINA 1" May 8, 2011
Shinjuku FACE

Skater stomps on Kambayashi

1. Aoi Ishibashi vs Bambi
2. Natsumi Kawano Re-debut: Natsumi Kawano vs Toshie Uematsu
3. Ryo Mizunami & Hiren vs Megumi Yabushita & Senri Kuroki
4. Takako Inoue & Silueta (CMLL) defeated Hiroyo Matsumoto & Tomoka Nakagawa
5. Yumiko Hotta & Manami Toyota vs Hailey Hatred & Zeuxis (CMLL)
6. CMLL Women's World Championship, #1 Contender's Match: Ayumi Kurihara vs Mima Shimoda (CMLL)
7. TLW Women's World Championship, #1 Contender's Match: Aki Kambayashi defeated Kellie Skater "Rate Tank"
8. Amapola defeated Marcela (Note: If Amapola is still holding the title on May 8, this will be for the CMLL Women's World Championship)

This was a great show with some fun international "hybrid" tag teams like Hailey Hatred and Zeuxis, Takako Inoue and Silueta, also SHIMMER X Woman = Australian wrestler and SHIMMER fixture, Kellie Skater, took on former NEO worker Aki Kambayashi.  Kambayashi got the win.
The joshi sorority came out in force to support this new promotion with the SHIMMER-like international vision.  Joshi greats Ayumi Kurihara, Tomoka Nakagawa, Hiroyo Mastumoto, Manami Toyota, and Toshie Uematsu, joined Yumiko Hotta and Mima Shimoda who are teaming to head the promotion.  Interestingly the first five have all been to the USA in the last six months either at SHIMMER or CHIKARA PRO.  The CMLL title was defended at this show as well with Amapola defending against a challenge by Marcela.

Photos from the matches were posted by Youji Kawauchi.
Takako takes the ring

Hiroyo and Tomoka crush Takako

Hiroyo gets set to slam Silueta

Hiroyo uses Tomoka as a folding chair
Skater bridges on Kambayashi
Kambayashi raises the belt

Mima Shimoda is cougar-ific!

Mima puts headlock on Ayumi

Mima still in control

Mima has Ayumi in pain

Marcela and Amapola for the CMLL title belt
Marcela with some Lucha Libre highspots

Marcela has Amapola in a bad way

Amapola fights back and retains her title

Next Sunday, May 15, Reina 2 will feature two new international stars:  Roxie Cotton and Mia Yim.  Both East Coast-based workers are thrilled to be going to Japan and if the card is anything like this week's offering, they will be in fabulous company.  Good luck Roxie and Mia!

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