Meiko (right) kicks Syuri
Fanboy has cobbled together the 5-person rosters for the first round of the Sendai FLASH Tourney at Korakuen Hall on October 27. This reminds me of the old Grand Prix and Big Egg Universe Shows in the early 1990's that pulled various promotions together to feature dream matches between their stables. Then, of course, the joshi world had fewer promotions: AJW, JWP, and LLPW. Later FMW, NEO, Jd' Star, Arsion, GEAE, and others fragmented the joshi promotion scene. Today the landscape is even more splintered. This format is different too. The old tournaments featured singles and tag matches in a standard form. This tournament features a team of five wrestlers (quarter finals), in the next round triple tags (semifinals), and tag teams in the Finals.
Promotion Leaders in front of Flash Banner
The teams will be subject to change, but here's what I've cobbled together. Keep in mind that organizations with more than 5 members can "substitute" others in in case they make the semifinals or finals.
Team #1 JWP: Command Bolshoi, Kayoko Haruyama, Kaori Yoneyama, Leon, Hanako Nakamori
Team #2 WAVE: GAMI, Toshie Uematsu, Yumi Ohka, Shu Shibutani, Moeka Haruhi
Team #3 Sendai Girls: Meiko Satomura, DASH Chisako, Sendai Sachiko, Kagetsu, Yoku Morino (Misaki Ohata). Ryo Mizunami & Hiren are "on the bench" but I'm sure they will appear in the semis and/or final.
Team #4 Ice Ribbon: Emi Sakura, Hikaru Shida, Tsukasa Fujimoto, Hikari Minami, Tsukushi, Riho (not sure who is sitting out-I think they'll use all the kids to annoy Meiko)
Team #5 STARDOM: Nanae Takahashi, Natsuki*Taiyo, Yoshiko, Yoko Bito, Mayu Iwatani (surprised at no Yuzuki Aikawa or Io Shirai, but maybe they will be used later)
Team #6 REINA: Yumiko Hotta, Aki Kambayashi, Saya, Aoi Ishibashi, unnamed foreign wrestler (Mia Yim has identified herself as this wrestler)
Team #7 DIANA: Kyoko Inoue, Kaoru Ito, Keiko Aono, others (presumably drawn from Sareee/Jenny Rose/Annie Social/Sumie Sakai; the latter three are now all listed on the DIANA roster as well-not sure if Sumie is returning to Japan permanently or temporarily)
Team #8 Freelance: Sakura Hirota, Jaguar Yokota, Manami Toyota, Mio Shirai, Nancy Mari (Team "Random"-I'm sure the rookie from the Nagoya indy Nancy Mari is there to take the fall)