Ito Dojo Final Show – 2010-12-26

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Ito Dojo put on their final show for a near sell-out at Shinjuku FACE. Thankfully no one felt the need to retire in order to up the gate, and some form of the association will continue.

The lineup was dreamy: Ayako Hamada, Manami Toyota, Takako Inoue, and Aja Kong are the wrestlers that got me into Joshi in the first place.

ITO DOJO “FEELING-FINAL CHAPTER” December 26, 2010
Shinjuku FACE

1. Manami Toyota & Sonoko Kato beat Ayako Hamada & Takako Inoue via Queen Bee to Inoue
2. Kaoru Ito vs Tomoko Watanabe
3. Ayako Sato beat Aki Kambayashi
4. Climax! the Final Battle of Ito Dojo 2 out of 3 Falls: Kaoru Ito, Ayako Hamada, Aki Kambayashi, & Ayako Sato beat Yumiko Hotta, Aja Kong, Tomoko Watanabe, & Cherry

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Seeing Ayako Hamada back in her natural element was outstanding. Unlike some places she recently spent time not-wrestling at, she was truly appreciated by everyone. Her interactions with Toyota and Kong were especially poignant, as I think this was her first time in the ring with them since coming back. Unfortunately, there were no ‘F TNA’ chants. Maybe at the Wave show?

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All of the matches were pretty good, with the opening and close just being great. Cherry is fast becoming the MVP of my trip, as about half-way through the Main Event she got very intense and just started growling really loudly for a couple minutes straight while beating down women and scoring one of the pinfalls.

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I got to chat a little with Toyota during intermission. She even remembered me from her appearance at CHIKARA in New York, and said she hoped to come back next year. I talked to Hamada as well, and I don’t think American fans have seen the last of her just yet.

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