January fourth has become a big day in the pro-wrestling calendar for more than just one reason and this year Tokyo Joshi Pro-Wrestling ’21 started the morning off with a bang. TJPW’s first show of the year emanated from Korakuen Hall, just hours before Wrestle Kingdom next door in the Tokyo Dome, in what was a night of firsts.
For the very first time TJPW had English commentary provided for its live stream on Wrestle Universe. Commentary duties were more than capably handled by the team of Mark Pickering, Stewart Fulton & British wrestling standout, Chris Brookes.
In another first, Arisu Endo made her debut for the promotion in a losing effort against Suzume.
The card was highlighted by two of the three titles within the company being defended; both the Princess Tag Team titles and the Princess of Princess title were both on the line.
The Bakuretsu Sisters successfully defended their belts against the reigning International Princess Champion Yuki Kamifuku and her partner Mahiro Kiryu.
Finally, in the second of the night’s title matches, Rika Tatsumi won her very first singles title in TJPW by virtue of making long-reigning champion Yuka Sakazaki pass out to a figure four leg lock to become the new Princess of Princess champion. This ended Sakazaki’s impressive 428 day reign on top of the company.
Tatsumi already has her first challenger waiting in the wings, with Up Up Girl’s Miu Watanabe issuing the challenge for the upcoming February 11th show.
Full Results for Tokyo Joshi Pro Wrestling ’21:
Suzume defeats Arisu Endo
Moka Miyamoto & Yuna Manase defeat Haruna Neko & Pom Harajuku
Red/White Rope Match – Rename in the Capsule Toy
Hyper Misao defeats Shoko Nakajima by 2 golden tickets to 1 forcing Nakajima to be renamed for one month
Mirai Maiumi, Miu Watanabe & Nao Kakuta defeat Aja Kong, Mizuki & Raku
NEO Biishiki-gun (Mei Saint-Michel & Sakisama) defeats Hikari Noa & Sena Shiori
Miyu Yamashita defeats Maki Itoh by KO
Princess Tag Team Title Match
Bakuretsu Sisters (Nodoka Tenma & Yuki Aino) (c) defeat Mahiro Kiryu & Yuki Kamifuku
Princess of Princess Title Match
Rika Tatsumi defeats Yuka Sakazaki (c) by TKO to become the new Princess of Princess Champion.
You can watch the show back on the Wrestle Universe streaming service with a subscription.
Listen to TJPW star Maki Itoh being interviewed on Inside The Ropes’ The Wrstling Podcast.