Here we go! March 6, the last show until Grand Princess! The moment where reality came crashing down on Yuka and she couldn’t avoid this any longer…
First, though, a couple new rookies debuted! First was Shino, who had the tough task of facing Hikari and Miu, who seemed to delight a bit in showing her what she had really signed up for, haha. The Wrestle Universe chat was really entertaining during this match.
The four Up Up Girls did their comments together afterward:
Miu: “Congratulations on your debut, Shino-chan!”
Hikari & Raku: “Congrats!”
Shino: (crying) “I’m at a loss for words… It doesn’t feel like something that’s really happening in my life.”
Hikari: “We’re getting more members, and as far as debuting goes…”
Miu: “She did her best!”
Hikari: “I’m remembering when we made our own debut.” (laughs) “I lost my own debut match, so I wanted to win in our new member’s debut."
Shino: “It was fun!”
Hikari: “If it was fun, then there’s no problem. You’re going to be fine.”
Miu: “She also got new gear, and from this point, Up Up Girls Pro Wrestling will consist of the four of us, so please watch us, everyone!”
(What kind of wrestler do you want to become?)
Shino: “Looking back on it now, I thought I would die at age 24 as an office worker without being able to fulfill a single one of my dreams. Now that I’ve made one dream come true like this, I know that my life will be overflowing with dreams from here on out.” (cries) I thought my life would end without any of my dreams coming true, but this… with this one match, I am full of dreams. I’m still weak, but I want to become a pro wrestler who can move people emotionally. Thank you so much!"
Touga had the tough challenge of facing the ace in her debut match, which went about as one might expect…
I got the first part of Miyu’s comments, I think:
Yamashita: “I was Touga’s debut opponent. It only happens once, so this was a special day for her, but it was also a special day for the audience and for me, the person facing her. Touga is really tall, with strong shoulders and powerful elbow strikes.”
These two sentences, I wasn’t quite sure about, haha: “けっこうブレずに一点で打ってきたので打撃もうまいなと思いましたし。ただ返した後にまた次っていうのがなかったから…でもこれからだと思うので.”
I wasn’t exactly sure what the 返した was referring to, since I believe this word is used for several things, including kicking out (if the WU chat comments are anything to go by). And the sentence before that was just confusing to me, haha.
“She hit me without wavering, so I think her blows are very promising. However, after she fought back, she couldn’t respond to the next one… But in the future, I think she will. She had a really strong gaze, and I think she’s capable of getting stronger with some training. I think it would be fun if, with our similar stature, we could meet in the ring and exchange blows in the future. I want her to work hard.”
Touga’s comments didn’t really give me trouble:
Touga: “I was very nervous when it was decided that my debut match would be with Yamashita. They call her the ace of the promotion, so the image of her in my head was very scary. When we actually fought, she was truly incredibly strong. I think she’s a big and high wall for me. I don’t think it’ll happen again soon, but when we face each other in another singles match or a tag match someday, I want to fight her with more strength than I have now.”
(What kind of wrestler do you aim to become?)
“My impression of pro wrestlers is that they’re cool. I hope I can become a wrestler like Yamashita.”
(Will you use strikes as your weapon?)
“Yes. I have a large body, so I hope I can improve my striking skills more in the future.”
Bonus: Mahiro’s apology (I think I’m going to try to translate these when shupro gives an actual quote instead of just paraphrasing them):
Mahiro’s apology: “I am terribly sorry for Pom being so loud!”
The main event was the last (and sort of only) preview match for Arisu vs Suzume and Yuka vs Mizuki. I was honestly surprised by how reluctant Yuka was to fight Mizuki here. In the end, she did sort of resign herself to it, but it shook both of them up, Yuka more than Mizuki…
I wasn’t quite sure what to do with this first sentence in Yuka’s closing promo: “デビューする子もいて、頼もしい後輩たちもいて、こんなこと言うのもなんだけど…しんどーい！”
Sakazaki: “There are girls making their debut, and there are promising juniors, and saying this… it’s tough! I understand, but… I know that I have to, but I really, really don’t want to do it. But Mizuki was facing me with such a look in her eyes that I had no choice but to respond. …Yeah, I’ll do it. Today was the last show before Ariake Coliseum, and I’ll use the remaining days to condition myself to face Mizuki.” (to Arai) “It’s getting a bit tense, so can you step in?”
Arai: “Yes! Thank you for coming on a weekday! Good work, everyone! Yuka-san is fighting Mizuki-san, and I’m fighting Aja-san. What about you, Suzume-san?”
Suzume: “Huh? Well, it has been a long time since I’ve fought Arisu, but today it was a lot of fun just to face her. I don’t want her to surpass me, after all, and I was wondering a bit if maybe I’d already been surpassed. So I’m going to get ahead of her again.”
Sakazaki: “You have a great relationship. Everyone at TJPW is going to keep doing our best as we race to Ariake Coliseum, so we’d appreciate it if you all accompany us with high spirits!”
She closed with, “Let’s go, enjoy!” “Enjoy!”
In Yuka, Suzume, and Yuki Arai’s comments, most of it went alright:
Sakazaki: “Today was the last preview match, but I could feel Mizuki’s emotions… I don’t want to do it, but I have no choice but to do it, and now my mental balance has shifted again. It was fun, teaming up with these two.”
Arai & Suzume: “Yes!”
Sakazaki: “I’m glad.”
Arai said, “有明前最後の試合がこれなので、この調子でガーっといきたいと思います。頑張ります！” and I wasn’t quite sure if this was a good translation or not, haha.
Arai: “This is the last match before Ariake, so I’ll keep grinding. I’ll do my best!”
Suzume: “I’d never actually taken so many of Arisu’s moves before, so I’m really glad that we’re able to do this now.”
Sakazaki: “The relationship between the two of you is so great! Your synergy? It was like watching the MiraClians.”
Suzume: “I’m so glad! But it’s not because we’re a tag team or because she’s my junior. I just saw how strong Arisu Endo truly is, and I want to beat her as a pro wrestler!”
In Arisu, Moka, and Mizuki’s comments, I wasn’t quite sure I got this part of Arisu’s right: “久しぶりに闘って、楽しかったって思っちゃったんですよ。でもやっぱり楽しかったじゃなくて、有明では勝って、追い抜きたいと思いました.”
Endo: “Before Ariake, I had a preview match with Suzume-san. I thought it was fun to fight for the first time in a long time. But I didn’t want it to be fun. I want to beat her at Ariake and surpass her.”
Miyamoto: “I’m really disappointed that I lost, and I took a lot of damage… I really felt Yuka-san’s strength, as well as that of Arai-san and Suzume-san, who are both from my generation. I have to get stronger.”
I think I got Mizuki’s, but was just unsure enough about it (particularly the last half) and felt that this was important enough, I want to double-check, haha .
Mizuki: “Well… right now, my only regret is that I couldn’t protect Moka-chan. I don’t know if Yuka-chi was able to truly face me. But when I saw Arisu-chan and Moka-chan fighting, I felt like I had to work harder, too. I want to get strong enough to be able to protect them. We’re definitely rivals, catching up to and surpassing each other, and I want to do my best. I am going to put all of my feelings into Ariake.”
And that’s it! We’re officially caught up!!
I considered writing a sort of card preview for the show, talked myself out of it when I saw a bunch of other people writing theirs and figured I didn’t really have much else to offer, then sort of talked myself back into it after having a conversation with a friend about the Mizuki vs Yuka feud and realizing I had lots of thoughts on what the story seems to be leading into it. So we’ll see if I end up writing that, I guess? I dunno. If I manage to get something together, I guess I’ll share it here, haha.