Tokyo Joshi Pro Wrestling

Tokyo Joshi Pro Wrestling, often abbreviated to TJP, is a Japanese joshi puroresu or women's professional wrestling promotion founded in 2012 as a sister promotion of DDT Pro Wrestling. Initially running alongside other shows such as live music and other idol performances, it became its own fully fledged promotion starting on February 28, 2015.

Tokyo Joshi Pro Wrestling
AcronymTJP
FoundedJune 4, 2012[1][2][3]
StyleJoshi puroresu
HeadquartersTokyo, Japan
Founder(s)Tetsuya Koda
Nozomi
ParentDDT Pro Wrestling

HistoryEdit

Formation (2012–2013)Edit

On June 4, 2012, Tokyo Joshi Pro was announced by DDT Pro Wrestling. Set to be run by former Ice Ribbon and NEO Japan Ladies Pro-Wrestling promoter and booker Tetsuya Kodo and wrestler Nozomi, the promotion was established in late 2012 and thus a recruitment process began for wrestlers. 4 of the first wrestlers recruited were Miyu Yamashita, Shoko Nakajima, Kanna and Chikage Kiba. The training of the wrestlers was mostly handled by Nozomi herself, with help from DDT wrestler Kyohei Mikami.[1][2][3] Nozomi left DDT on November 30, 2012, but on the same day the trainees were introduced to the public in a press conference and it was announced they would debut in 2013. The trainees were required to follow three rules - no drinking, no smoking, and no boyfriends.

Early years (2013–2015)Edit

Tokyo Joshi Pro Wrestling's debut show took place on January 30, 2013 at Akihabara Twin Box in Tokyo. The show featured just two matches, a sambo exhibition between trainee Chikage Kiba and DDT referee and former sambo competitor Daisuke Kiso, and a singles match between trainees Miyu Yamashita and Kanna. The show did not use a wrestling ring, and instead all matches took place on training mats, similar to the Ice Ribbon promotion in its early years.[4] Along with wrestling matches, the debut show featured live music from idol units. As TJP's roster was very small at the start, most of their early shows followed this same formula and only ran small venues. Entry to their first few shows was free as a way of introducing themselves to a bigger audience, and their first paid show was held on April 26.[5][6][7][6][8] As their roster of trainees expanded in 2014, TJP began including more matches on their cards, and began using a ring. They also ran a show with an appearance from voice actress/wrestler Ai Shimizu in November 2014.[9][10][11] TJP held its first full show without an idol performance on February 28, 2015 at Shinjuku Face. At the show, Ai Shimizu and Saki Akai confirmed they would be competing with the promotion regularly, and more trainees debuted at the show.[12]

Rise in popularity (2016–present)Edit

On January 4, 2016, TJP held its first ever show in Korakuen Hall, a famed wrestling venue in puroresu. Main evented by Miyu Yamashita defeating Shoko Nakajima to become the first ever Tokyo Princess of Princess Champion, it also featured the debut of Yuu and an appearance from American wrestler Candice LeRae.[13] In the spring of 2016, Ai Shimizu and Erin announced their departure from the promotion, however, the summer was a success for the promotion, and TJP earned a broadcasting deal to be shown on idol-centric channel Pigoo.[14]

On January 4, 2017, TJP held its second annual Korakuen show, main evented by Yuu retaining the Tokyo Princess of Princess title over Shoko Nakajima.[15] On May 29, an audition was held for four young wrestlers to form a wrestling/idol group to be known as the "Up-Up Girls". On July 20, four women were picked and began training to wrestle shortly after. On December 4, the Up-Up Girls debuted with an idol performance, but didn’t appear in ring until January 4, 2018.

On January 4, 2018, TJP's third annual Korakuen show proved to be a success, drawing over 1000 fans for the first time ever. The show was also broadcast on AbemaTV for the first time, as well as DDT's streaming service. The show was main evented by TJP ace Miyu Yamashita defeating Reika Saiki to win back the Tokyo Princess of Princess Championship.[16] On February 28, the TJP show from Shinjuku Face was once again broadcast on AbemaTV, and it was announced Abema had picked up TJP to broadcast it regularly. This also marked the end of TJP being broadcast on Pigoo. On November 1, 2018, the three trainee rules were officially bought to an end, allowing wrestlers to drink, smoke and have relationships on their own accord.

The 2019 January 4 show was once again a success, drawing 1300 fans to Korakuen Hall.[17]

On July 16, 2019, TJP announced, via their Twitter account, a new title called the International Princess Championship. They also announced that the Tokyo Princess of Princess Championship and the Tokyo Princess Tag Team Championship would be dropping "Tokyo" from their names.[18]

RosterEdit

WrestlersEdit

Ring name Real name Notes
Haruna Neko Unknown
Hikari Noa Unknown Up Up Girls (Pro-Wrestling)
Himawari Unagi Unknown
Mahiro Kiryu Unknown
Maki Itoh Unknown Freelancer
Marika Kobashi Unknown
Mina Shirakawa Mina Shirakawa Freelancer
Misao Unknown
Miu Watanabe Miu Watanabe Princess Tag Team Champion
Up Up Girls (Pro-Wrestling)
Miyu Yamashita Unknown
Mizuki Mizuki Kaminade KO-D 10-Man Tag Team Champion
Freelancer
Natsumi Maki Unknown Freelancer
Nodoka Tenma Unknown
Pom Harajuku Unknown
Raku Unknown Up Up Girls (Pro-Wrestling)
Reika Saiki Reika Saiki
Rika Tatsumi Unknown Princess Tag Team Champion
Saki Akai Saki Akai DDT Pro-Wrestling
Shoko Nakajima Shoko Nakajima
Yuka Sakazaki Yuka Sakazaki Princess of Princess Champion
All Elite Wrestling
Yuki Aino Unknown
Yuki Kamifuku Yuki Kamifuku Freelancer
YUMI Unknown
Yuna Manase Unknown Freelancer

AlumniEdit

Ring name Real name Notes
NOZOMI Nozomi Dai Retired on November 30, 2012
Ayumi Takada Ayumi Takada Retired on March 19, 2014
Erin Eri Kato Retired on May 28, 2016
KANNA Kanna Shinmei Graduated on September 22, 2016
MIZUHO Unknown Graduated on January 11, 2017
Akane Miura Unknown Graduated on March 25, 2017
Nonoko Unknown Graduated on February 3, 2018
Chikage Kiba Unknown Graduated on March 27, 2018
Maho Kurone Unknown Graduated on July 30, 2018
Azusa Takigawa Unknown Graduated on October 27, 2018
Yuu Unknown Resigned on December 1, 2018
Pinano Pipipipi Unknown Up Up Girls (Pro-Wrestling), Graduated on April 5, 2019

ChampionshipsEdit

As of June 4, 2020

Championship Current champion(s) Reign Date won Days held Defenses Location Notes
Princess of Princess Championship Yuka Sakazaki 2 November 3, 2019 214+ 2 Tokyo, Japan Defeated Shoko Nakajima at DDT Ultimate Party 2019.
Princess Tag Team Championship Daydream
(Miu Watanabe and Rika Tatsumi)
1
(1, 1)
November 3, 2019 214+ 1 Tokyo, Japan Defeated NEO Biishiki-gun (Misao and Sakisama) at DDT Ultimate Party 2019.
International Princess Championship Thunder Rosa 1 January 5, 2020 151+ 0 Tokyo, Japan Defeated Maki Itoh at New Year Dish Pro Wrestling.

Princess of Princess ChampionshipEdit

NamesEdit

Name Years
TOKYO Princess of Princess Championship January 4, 2016 – July 16, 2019
Princess of Princess Championship July 16, 2019 – present

ReignsEdit

Key
No. Overall reign number
Reign Reign number for the specific champion
Days Number of days held
Defenses Number of successful defenses
+ Current reign is changing daily
No. Champion Championship change Reign statistics Notes Ref.
Date Event Location Reign Days Defenses
1 Miyu Yamashita January 4, 2016 Tokyo Joshi Puroresu '16 Tokyo, Japan 1 262 2 Yamashita defeated Shoko Nakajima in a decision match to become inaugural champion.
2 Yuu September 22, 2016 Shinjuku Love Rin Tokyo, Japan 1 255 4
3 Yuka Sakazaki June 4, 2017 At this Time, Get Excited in Shinjuku! Tokyo, Japan 1 83 0
4 Reika Saiki August 26, 2017 Brand New Wrestling: The Beginning of a New Era Tokyo, Japan 1 131 2
5 Miyu Yamashita January 4, 2018 Tokyo Joshi Pro Tokyo, Japan 2 484 10
6 Shoko Nakajima May 3, 2019 Yes! Wonderland 2019: Opportunity is There Tokyo, Japan 1 184 3
7 Yuka Sakazaki November 3, 2019 DDT Ultimate Party Tokyo, Japan 2 214+ 2

Combined reignsEdit

As of June 4, 2020

Indicates the current champion
Rank Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined
defenses
Combined
days
1 Miyu Yamashita 2 12 746
2 Yuka Sakazaki 2 2 297+
3 Yuu 1 4 255
4 Shoko Nakajima 1 3 184
5 Reika Saiki 1 2 131

Princess Tag Team ChampionshipEdit

NamesEdit

Name Years
TOKYO Princess Tag Team Championship October 14, 2017 – July 16, 2019
Princess Tag Championship July 16, 2019 – present

ReignsEdit

Key
No. Overall reign number
Reign Reign number for the specific champion
Days Number of days held
Defenses Number of successful defenses
+ Current reign is changing daily
No. Champion Championship change Reign statistics Notes Ref.
Date Event Location Reign Days Defenses
1 MiraClians
(Shoko Nakajima and Yuka Sakazaki)
October 14, 2017 Smile yes Yokohama Tokyo, Japan 1 112 2 Defeated Maho Kurone and Rika Tatsumi in a tournament final to become inaugural champions. [19]
2 Neo Biishiki-gun
(Azusa Christie and Sakisama)
February 3, 2018 Let's Go! Go! if You Go! When You Go! if You Get Lost You Just Go to Nerima! Tokyo, Japan 1 89 2 [19]
3 Muscle JK Strikers
(Marika Kobashi and Reika Saiki)
May 3, 2018 Yes! Wonderland: Break Myself! Tokyo, Japan 1 93 1 [19]
Vacated August 4, 2018 The championship was vacated as Marika Kobashi suffered a shoulder injury. [19]
4 Mizuki and Yuka Sakazaki (2) August 25, 2018 Brand New Wrestling 2: Now it's Time to Attack Tokyo, Japan 1 288 6 Defeated Maki Itoh and Reika Saiki to win the championship. [19]
5 Neo Biishiki-gun
(Misao and Sakisama (2))
June 9, 2019 N/A Tokyo, Japan 1 147 3 [19]
6 Daydream
(Miu Watanabe and Rika Tatsumi)
November 3, 2019 DDT Ultimate Party Tokyo, Japan 1 214+ 1 [19]

Combined reignsEdit

As of June 4, 2020.

By wrestlerEdit
Indicates the current champion
Rank Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined
defenses
Combined
days
1 Yuka Sakazaki 2 8 400
2 Mizuki 1 6 288
3 Sakisama 2 5 238
4 Rika Tatsumi 1 1 214+
Miu Watanabe 1 1 214+
6 Misao 1 3 147
7 Shoko Nakajima 1 2 112
8 Marika Kobashi 1 1 93
Reika Saiki 1 1 93
10 Azusa Christie 1 2 89

International Princess ChampionshipEdit

ReignsEdit

Key
No. Overall reign number
Reign Reign number for the specific champion
Days Number of days held
Defenses Number of successful defenses
+ Current reign is changing daily
No. Champion Championship change Reign statistics Notes Ref.
Date Event Location Reign Days Defenses
1 Natsumi Maki August 25, 2019 Brand New Wrestling 3: Stronger Than Anyone! Tokyo, Japan 1 22 1 Maki defeated Gisele Shaw in a decision match to become inaugural champion.
2 Yuna Manase September 16, 2019 KFC 2Days: Desert Moon Tokyo, Japan 1 33 0[20] Natsumi was injured during the match.
3 Maki Itoh October 19, 2019 My life; let's enjoy!! Tokyo, Japan 1 78 2 [20]
4 Thunder Rosa January 5, 2020 New Year Dish Pro Wrestling Tokyo, Japan 1 151+ 0 [21]


Annual tournamentsEdit

Tournament Last winner(s) Last held Notes
Tokyo Princess Cup Mizuki July 7, 2019 Single-elimination based tournament

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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