Joshi Spotlight: The Crush Gals

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“Japanese crowds are usually respectful and quiet.”
-Chris Jericho (paraphrasing)

Billed Height & Weight: 5’5″ 192 lbs. (lighter in the ’80s)
Career Length: 1980-today (still active; retiring shortly)
Trained By: Unknown

Real Name: Tomoko Kitamura
Billed Height & Weight: 5’7″ 172 lbs. (lighter in the ’80s)
Career Length: 1980-2005
Trained By: Unknown

“She’s [Chigusa] the single most popular and arguably the most historically important female wrestler who ever lived. To this day, in pro wrestling or MMA, not Hulk Hogan, Steve Austin, Kerry Von Erich, Dusty Rhodes, or Chuck Liddell could match the reaction I saw that woman receive live in her heyday.”- Dave Meltzer, who LOVED to point out how big the reactions the Crush Gals got compared to Hulk Hogan. If you write a Gals article, you have to mention them equaling Hogan in popularity. I think it’s a rule.

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GAEA Girls documentary

Hey Scott,long time reader and big fan here. Was wondering if you've seen what I would consider to be the finest pro wrestling documentary out there "GAEA Girls". It's pretty intense to see what these girls go through to make it in Joshi Puroesu. These ladies would eat the Diva and Knockout roster alive and shit them out that's for sure. Highly recommended. 


eah, the Japanese training methods in general are INSANE.  The stories of hazing rituals that go on for both men and women would probably make JBL blush.  They make DAMN sure that anyone coming up in the system is serious about making it, and I guess it's hard to argue with the results.