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Ice Ribbon (アイスリボン, Aisuribon) is a joshi puroresu (women's professional wrestling) promotion established in 2006 by Emi Sakura, after her split with Gatokunyan.

Ice Ribbon
Founded2006
Stylejoshi puroresu
HeadquartersWarabi, Saitama, Japan
Founder(s)Emi Sakura
Owner(s)Neoplus (a Yūgen gaisha)[1]
SisterCorazon Joshi Puroresu[1]
Shinshu Girls Pro Wrestling

HistoryEdit

Ice Ribbon was founded by Emi Sakura, a professional wrestler who was active with IWA Japan and FMW in the 1990s as Emi Motokawa. They split with Gatokunyan, the promotion Sakura herself represented, and held their first card on June 20, 2006 in Tokyo.

Ice Ribbon built their own dojo in Warabi, Saitama and gave ownership to a company called Neoplus in January 2009.

Ice Ribbon's shows mainly take place at their dojo called Isami Wrestle Arena in Saitama,[2] with several larger annual events, like Golden Ribbon and RibbonMania, taking place at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo.[3]

The wrestlers of Ice Ribbon were made up of those who transferred from Gatokunyan, including the kids whom Sakura instructed exercises and even wrestling. Some of them made their debut as professional wrestlers, and Aoi Kizuki, Makoto, Moeka Haruhi and Riho are still active. Other than that, collaborating with a TV program called "Muscle Venus"[4] and a film in 2009 called "Three Count"[5] Ice Ribbon recruited and trained some actresses as wrestlers. Among them, Hikaru Shida, Miyako Matsumoto, and Tsukasa Fujimoto are still active as wrestlers too. Ice Ribbon has gained some attention for training and debuting underage children as wrestlers. For example, Riho and Kurumi made their debuts at the age of nine, while Hikari Minami and Tsukushi were eleven and twelve, respectively, when they made their debuts.[3][6]

On May 28, 2010, Ice Ribbon announced a new project called 19 O'Clock Girls ProWrestling (19時女子プロレス, Jūkyū-ji Joshi Puroresu), an internet streaming channel on Ustream.[7] The show airs Fridays at 19:00 Japan time (10:00 UTC). The original concept of the show saw Ice Ribbon rookie Sayaka Obihiro being assigned full-time to the project and facing Ice Ribbon wrestlers in weekly matches. The concept was abandoned on August 26, 2011, when the project was officially brought under the Ice Ribbon banner, with Obihiro again becoming a regular member of the Ice Ribbon roster and the 19 O'Clock Girls ProWrestling turning into a regular professional wrestling program with no distinct concept.[8]

From its inception, Ice Ribbon had a close relationship with NEO Japan Ladies Pro Wrestling, which saw Ice Ribbon workers Emi Sakura, Aoi Kizuki and Makoto make regular appearances for the promotion, while NEO wrestlers like Etsuko Mita, Tanny Mouse and Yoshiko Tamura also made several appearances for Ice Ribbon.[9] The relationship lasted until NEO folded on December 31, 2010, with Emi Sakura, Hikaru Shida, Makoto and Tsukasa Fujimoto appearing at the promotion's final event.[10] Starting in late 2010, Ice Ribbon was involved in a year-long interpromotional storyline rivalry with the Sendai Girls' Pro Wrestling promotion, which saw Ice Ribbon and Sendai Girls' wrestlers make regular appearances for the opposing promotion.[11][12] Through its relationships with American promotion Chikara and the British Pro-Wrestling: EVE, Ice Ribbon's wrestlers have also made appearances in the United States and the United Kingdom.[13][14] Currently, Ice Ribbon has close relationships with the DDT Pro-Wrestling (DDT), Big Japan Pro Wrestling (BJW), JWP Joshi Puroresu, Pro Wrestling Wave and Reina Joshi Puroresu promotions.

On December 14, 2011, Ice Ribbon's founder Emi Sakura announced that she was leaving the promotion for "personal reasons" following the January 7, 2012, event in Sendai.[15] Following Sakura's departure, Hikaru Shida and Tsukasa Fujimoto took over the training duties at the Ice Ribbon dojo.[16] The initial training program, from which one can graduate to become an official Ice Ribbon trainee, is currently run by Ice Ribbon's Referee Mio Shirai and ICE ribbon's own Tsukushi. During 2012, Ray, Sayaka Obihiro, and Ice Ribbon originals Hikari Minami and Riho also left Ice Ribbon,[17][18][19][20] while Dorami Nagano went inactive to concentrate on her studies.[21] To combat the decreasing number of wrestlers on its active roster, Ice Ribbon introduced the first six wrestlers trained by Hikaru Shida and Tsukasa Fujimoto: Eri Wakamatsu, Fumiko Sato, Risa Okuda, Rutsuko Yamaguchi, Oshima Kujira and Shoko Hotta.[16] Wakamatsu and Hotta, along with Ayano Takeda and Hiroko Terada, two other Shida and Fujimoto trainees who debuted before the end of 2012, all had quit their professional wrestling careers by April 2013.[22] Risa Sera (renamed from Risa Okuda) is still active.

In February 2012, Ice Ribbon formed a partnership with Japanese pop group hy4_4yh (Hyper Yo-yo). The partnership led to the group making musical appearances at Ice Ribbon events, performing Maki Narumiya's new entrance theme and, on March 7, the two promoting the first "Hyper Ribbon" event, which featured both matches and musical performances.[23][24] On December 12, 2012, Neoplus officially announced the creation of Corazon Joshi Puroresu, Ice Ribbon's sister promotion, which has a more theatrical take on professional wrestling.[1] Following Sayaka Obihiro's December 2012 departure from Ice Ribbon, the promotion put 19 O'Clock Girls ProWrestling on hiatus as it considered the future of the program.[25] On January 4, 2014, Ice Ribbon was dealt another blow, when Hikaru Shida announced she was also leaving the promotion the following March.[26] On January 22, longtime freelancer Mio Shirai signed a contract with Ice Ribbon.[27] Following her September 2015 retirement, she became a referee and trainer for Ice Ribbon.[28] On January 3, 2016, Ice Ribbon original Aoi Kizuki announced her departure from the promotion.[29]

In March 2017, Hana Date, Karen Date, Nao Date and Nori Date, four mixed martial artists representing Team Date, signed with Ice Ribbon.[30]

After 2018, Team Date's contracts with Ice Ribbon has expired.

Ice Ribbon continues to get new talent such has Giulia, Asahi, Suzu Suzuki, and Yappy among others.

RosterEdit

Ring name Notes
Ai Hara Ring announcer
Aika Ando
Akane Fujita
Asahi
Banny Oikawa
Chiharu Ring announcer
Giulia International Ribbon Tag Team Champion
Hamuko Hoshi
Hifumi Saito Referee
Hiiragi Kurumi
Ibuki Hoshi
Kyuuri
Maika Ozaki
Makoto Freelancer
Manami Toyota Managing Supervisor
Maya Yukihi ICE×∞ Champion (title vacant)
Mio Referee
Miyako Matsumoto Triangle Ribbon Champion
Mochi Miyagi
Risa Sera
Satsuki Totoro
Suzu Suzuki
Tequila Saya International Ribbon Tag Team Champion
Tsukasa Fujimoto
Tsukushi
Uno Matsuya
Yappy

ChampionshipsEdit

Active
Championship Current champion(s) Reign Date won Days held Previous champion(s)
ICE×∞ Championship Vacant 1 August 3, 2019 47+ Maya Yukihi
International Ribbon Tag Team Championship Giulia and Tequila Saya 1
(1, 1)
July 15, 2019 66+ Azure Revolution
(Maya Yukihi and Risa Sera)
Triangle Ribbon Championship Miyako Matsumoto 4 July 15, 2019 66+ Tsukasa Fujimoto
Defunct
Championship Final champion Date retired Days held Notes
IW19 Championship Tsukasa Fujimoto July 14, 2013[31] 22 Unified with the ICEX60 Championship

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ Isami Wrestle Arena official site in Japanese
  3. ^ a b 411mania.com: Into the Indies 10.06.09: Ice Ribbon in English
  4. ^ Muscle Venus official site in Japanese
  5. ^ Three Count official site in Japanese
  6. ^ Byers, Ryan (June 15, 2010). "Into the Indies 06.15.10: Golden Ribbon". 411Mania. Retrieved February 8, 2012.
  7. ^ The Japan Times Online 2010.11.26: Women's wrestling seeks to regain its mojo in English
  8. ^ 【記者会見】都宮ちい退団・19時女子プロレスについて. Ice Ribbon (in Japanese). August 26, 2011. Archived from the original on September 19, 2011. Retrieved March 9, 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  9. ^ "『第1回NEOリボン』". Ice Ribbon (in Japanese). Archived from the original on June 21, 2013. Retrieved March 9, 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  10. ^ 2010年12月31日(金). NEO Japan Ladies Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). Retrieved March 9, 2012.
  11. ^ 後楽園大会 リボンの騎士たち. Ice Ribbon (in Japanese). Archived from the original on June 21, 2013. Retrieved March 9, 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  12. ^ "RibbonMania2011". Ice Ribbon (in Japanese). Archived from the original on January 11, 2012. Retrieved March 9, 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  13. ^ Radican, Sean (August 20, 2011). "Radican's Chikara DVD Review Series: Chikarasaurus Rex Night 2 - Claudio vs. Del Rey, Kidd/Cabana vs. Saint/Quack, Kingston, Generico, FIST". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved May 7, 2012.
  14. ^ "EVE V Ice Ribbon - This Weekend!". Pro Wrestling EVE. October 6, 2011. Archived from the original on April 26, 2012. Retrieved May 7, 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  15. ^ 【選手情報】1.7でさくらえみが退団. Ice Ribbon (in Japanese). December 14, 2011. Archived from the original on May 1, 2012. Retrieved December 15, 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  16. ^ a b 新人デビュープロジェクトを発表/アイスリボン記者会見. Ringstars (in Japanese). Ameba. October 19, 2012. Retrieved October 20, 2012.
  17. ^ "【選手情報】所属選手『Ray』退団". Ice Ribbon (in Japanese). May 14, 2012. Retrieved September 24, 2012.
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  19. ^ "帯広さやかが12・31後楽園大会を最後にアイスリボン退団を発表!12・28『19時女子』でIW19王座への挑戦が決定!". Battle News (in Japanese). December 1, 2012. Retrieved December 1, 2012.
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  21. ^ 【おはようニュース!(`・ω・´)6/18】. Ice Ribbon (in Japanese). June 18, 2012. Retrieved September 24, 2012.
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  23. ^ アイスリボン368 18時00分開始. Ice Ribbon (in Japanese). Archived from the original on June 21, 2013. Retrieved March 9, 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  24. ^ "hyR_Byh(ハイパー☆リボン)に密航せよ!vol.1". Ice Ribbon (in Japanese). Retrieved March 9, 2012.
  25. ^ 【お知らせ】19時女子プロレスについて. Ice Ribbon (in Japanese). January 7, 2013. Retrieved January 7, 2013.
  26. ^ 【結果】アイスリボン1・4横浜. Ringstars (in Japanese). Ameba. January 5, 2014. Retrieved January 5, 2014.
  27. ^ "【選手情報】1/22(水)紫雷美央がアイスリボン、Ozアカデミー、Wave、ユニオン、史上初の4団体所属選手に!!". Ice Ribbon (in Japanese). January 22, 2014. Retrieved January 22, 2014.
  28. ^ 【8/16記者会見】9月よりMioがアイスリボンにスタッフとして入団!雪妃真矢CDデビュー! 11/19第3回世羅りさプロデュースデスマッチ興行!. Ice Ribbon (in Japanese). August 17, 2016. Retrieved March 4, 2017.
  29. ^ "【【お知らせ】希月あおい1月9日横浜リボンで退団". Ice Ribbon (in Japanese). January 4, 2016. Retrieved January 4, 2016.
  30. ^ 【試合結果】3・26 アイスリボン後楽園ホール大会 【ICE×∞】世羅りさvs山下りな 【リボンタッグ】水波綾&大畠美咲vsつくし&柊くるみ 葛西純&松本都vsジャガー横田&藤田あかね. Battle News (in Japanese). March 26, 2017. Retrieved April 1, 2017.
  31. ^ "IW19". Ice Ribbon (in Japanese). Archived from the original on May 10, 2013. Retrieved December 29, 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)

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