I love female pro-wrestling, but I hate dangerous moves which might cause critical injuries during the match. Wrestlers should fight based on trust…
Lately, I felt scary when I watched the digest movie of OSAKA RIBBON on May 25th, 2019 by Ice Ribbon; a Japanese female pro-wrestling promotion. The reason was that the championship match between Maya Yukihi and Julia looked very dangerous.
There were two scary moves. Julia, the challenger, drove the opponent’s head into the mat vertically. I wondered if Yukihi could take a bump. Julia made a debut a few years ago, so it was too early for a rookie to use the difficult move. Matured technique would be required when wrestlers used the dangerous move. I remember Mayumi Ozaki (OZ) warned another wrestler who used Fisherman’s Buster to use it right in the magazine. Otherwise, the move hurt an opponent, she added.
Finally, Yukihi pinned Julia with Tiger Driver. Julia was slammed neck-first down to the mat. It was like a deja vu of All Japan Women’s Pro-wrestling Promotion in 90’s. It was nicknamed Zenjo. It was natural that most wrestlers used the dangerous moves. Worse still, they wrestled with an injured condition…
What the Future of Female Pro-wrestling Will Be Like…?
I would have a good impression that Ice Ribbon was the safest among female pro-wrestling promotions in Japan. Wrestlers in Ice Ribbon seemingly didn’t use the dangerous moves such as Piledriver, Death Valley Bomb etc. What was more, relatively young wrestlers mainly belung to the promotion, that made us feel the bright future of female pro-wrestling. If the moves got so hard like this match, there would cause a lot of issues such as injuries, fear to wrestle, strong opposition from parents for young wrestlers.
In conclusion, I love the clash of emotions between wrestlers, that really makes me excited. On the other hand, I disagree with the abuse of dangerous moves. As a professional, wrestlers have to take a responsibility for moves they use.