JWP Joshi Puroresu
|Founded||April 3, 1992|
JWP Joshi Puroresu (JWP女子プロレス JWP Joshi Puroresu?), also known as JWP Project (JWPプロジェクト JWP Purojekuto?) or simply JWP, is a Japanese joshi puroresu or female professional wrestling promotion, founded in 1992 as a splinter promotion of Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling. Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2012, JWP is the oldest joshi puroresu promotion in Japan and its Openweight Championship is the oldest championship in all of joshi. Command Bolshoi, who has worked for the promotion since the beginning, serves as the current president of JWP. The promotion's slogan is "Pure Heart, Pure Wrestling".
JWP Joshi Puroresu was founded in early 1992, when Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling (JWP), ravaged by internal politics, split up into two camps, dubbed the "shooters" and the "entertainers", and eventually folded on January 18. The "shooter" side went on to form Ladies Legend Pro Wrestling (LLPW), while the "entertainer" side, led by Jackie Sato and financed by Masatoshi Yamamoto, founded JWP Project, later renamed JWP Joshi Puroresu, which held its first event on April 3, 1992. Already the following year, JWP managed to sign a television deal with the WOWOW channel. In 1994, Jaleco published the JWP Joshi Pro Wrestling: Pure Wrestle Queens (JWP女子プロレス ピュア・レッスル・クイーンズ JWP Joshi Puroresu Pyua Ressuru Kuīnzu?) video game for the Super Famicom game console.
JWP's goal from the start was to rival All Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling (AJW), the top joshi puroresu promotion in the country, but always remained in its shadow. After closing the gap between the two promotions in 1996, JWP was hit hard in 1997, when two of its top workers, Candy Okutsu and Hiromi Yagi retired, Dynamite Kansai was sidelined with health problems and finally, when, on August 16, another top worker, Plum Mariko, died in the ring during one of its events. These were followed by Jackie Sato's death from stomach cancer on August 9, 1999. After a co-promoted event with AJW in February 2000 turned out to be a failure, JWP closed its doors at the end of the year. However, the promotion returned just a few months later, now under new management, headed by wrestler Command Bolshoi. JWP continued working with former rival promotion AJW until the promotion folded in April 2005. JWP then adopted AJW's premier wrestling tournament, Tag League the Best, and also inherited the promotion's old sponsor, the Daily Sports newspaper, which led to JWP most notably introducing the Daily Sports Women's Tag Team Championship in August 2008.
JWP has not only trained a large number of wrestlers, but has also been able to recruit wrestlers from other folding joshi puroresu promotions, including Arisa Nakajima, Leon and Sachie Abe from AtoZ, Kazuki from JDStar and Hanako Nakamori and Tomoko Morii from Ito Dojo, while also employing freelancers such as Emi Sakura, Kana and Misaki Ohata. Currently, JWP has a close working relationship with the Ice Ribbon promotion. JWP also has a relationship with American promotion Chikara, with Hanako Nakamori, Tsubasa Kuragaki and Kaori Yoneyama, a replacement for an injured Command Bolshoi, representing the promotion at Chikara's JoshiMania weekend in December 2011. Bolshoi, Kuragaki and Yoneyama also represented JWP in Chikara's 2012 King of Trios tournament in September 2012.
|Ring name||Real name||Notes|
|Arisa Nakajima||Nakajima, ArisaArisa Nakajima|
|Hanako Nakamori||Hanako Kobayashi|
|Kayoko Haruyama||Haruyama, KayokoKayoko Haruyama||JWP Openweight Champion|
|Kyoko Kimura||Kimura, KyokoKyoko Kimura||Freelancer|
|Leon||Takase, RenaRena Takase||JWP Tag Team Champion
Daily Sports Women's Tag Team Champion
|Morii||Tomoko Morii||Inactive; arm injury|
|Rabbit Miu||Miyuki Shioda|
|Ray||Unknown||JWP Tag Team Champion
Daily Sports Women's Tag Team Champion
|Rina Yamashita||Rina Yamashita||JWP Junior Champion
Princess of Pro-Wrestling Champion
Osaka Joshi Pro Wrestling
|Rino Orikono||Rino Orikono||Trainee; yet to debut|
|Rydeen Hagane||Noriko Matsumoto|
|Yako Fujigasaki||Yako Fujigasaki|
|Yua Hayashi||Yua Hayashi|
- Tessy Sugo (referee)
|Championship||Current champion(s)||Date won||Won from|
|JWP Openweight Championship||Kayoko Haruyama||April 5, 2015||Arisa Nakajima|
|JWP Tag Team Championship||Voladoras L×R
(Leon and Ray)
|December 28, 2014||Wild Snufkin
(Command Bolshoi and Kyoko Kimura)
|Daily Sports Women's Tag Team Championship|
|JWP Junior and Princess of Pro-Wrestling Championships||Rina Yamashita||April 26, 2015||Rydeen Hagane|
|Championship||Final champion(s)||Date won|
|JWP Korakuen Tag Team Championship||Kanako Motoya and Tomoko Kuzumi||September 20, 1997|
|Tournament||Last winner(s)||Last held||Notes|
|JWP Tag League the Best||Orange Happies
(Aoi Kizuki and Kayoko Haruyama)
|March 22, 2015||Round-robin tournament, with a head-to-head final match between the top two teams.|
|Natsu Onna Kettei Tournament||Hanako Nakamori and Maki Narumiya||July 28, 2012||Single-elimination tournament; every other year for tag teams and every other for singles wrestlers.|
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Haily [sic] Hatred, the first American to win the JWP title (which is actually the longest running women's title in Japan)...
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The biggest news of the week in Japan is that after Sunday afternoon's show at Korakuen Hall, the JWP promotion announced it was folding. The death of the group, the least popular of all the promotions running full-time schedules in Japan, wasn't unexpected and had been rumored since late last year. It is expected that with the ending of the JWP group that two of its wrestlers, Rumi Kazama and Shinobu Kandori, were going to approach Hachiro Tanaka (who already owns SWS and PWF and apparently is going sponsor Antonio Inoki in some ways) about financing a new women's promotion which would employ most of the old JWP women. No word if All Japan Women will hire any of the JWP wrestlers who are now out of wrestling work.
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JWP finishing up its final tour before it goes out of business drew 1,132 on 1/18 in Hiroshima as Pink Cadillac & Cutie Suzuki beat three girls in a handicap match and Harley Saito & Devil Masami beat Eagle Sawai & Dynamite Kansai.
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JWP, after closing down for re-financing, starts back in business on 4/3 in Tokyo's Korakuen Hall headlined by Dynamite Kansai & Hikari Fukuoka vs. Cutie Suzuki & Mayumi Ozaki and they'll be back 4/11 in the same building with Kansai vs. Plum Mariko in the main event.
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Next major JWP show is 5/23 in Yashio. The new JWP consists of ten women and it's like PWF and UWFI where they pretty much have the same match-ups all the time. Of the ten, the major names are Devil Masami, Cutie Suzuki, Plum Mariko and Dynamite Kansai. The other three major names from the old JWP, Harley Saito, Rumi Kazama and Shinobu Kandori are trying to start up their own company which is tentatively scheduled to open in June.
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JWP's first television show aired on WOWOW channel on 7/10 featuring a hot 27:00 main event with Dynamite Kansai & Plum Mariko vs. Devil Masami & Cutie Suzuki that was in the four-star range.
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