International News: Hana Kimura to Mexico, Takahashi vs Ishimori, Rey Fenix to CMLL & more



~ Stardom Wrestling has announced through their Twitter accounts that Hana Kimura sent a letter informing them that she will be touring Mexico for the next three months.

Hana Kimura along with her Oedo Tai stablemate Kagetsu recently lost the Goddess of Stardom Championships to Mayu Iwatani & Saki Kashima. Oedo Tai held the titles since June 21st of last year and has successfully defended them 7 times.

The only team to surpass their reign in terms of defenses and length was Thunder Rock (Io Shirai & Mayu Iwatani) who were defeated by Oedo Tai (Kagetsu & Hana’s mother Kyoko Kimura).

However, Hana is schedule to appear at ROH Best In The World along with Mayu Iwatani & her Oedo Tai stablemates Hazuki & Kagetsu, but plans could change at any given time due to the arrangement.


New Japan Pro Wrestling

~ Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer has awarded Hiromu Takahashi vs Taiji Ishimori at the Battle of the Super Jr. Finals with a rare 5.5 Star match rating.

The last match to achieve that honor was Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Kazuchika Okada at Wrestling Dontaku for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.


~ Rey Fenix is scheduled to make his CMLL debut on Friday. Interesting enough, Fenix recently made his return to AAA at their ‘Verano de Escandalo’ event after the main event which saw Jeff Jarrett defeat Rey Wagner and Rey Mysterio Jr. to capture the AAA Mega Championship.

Fenix fought off Jarrett and the rest of MAD. Fenix had agreed to work AAA dates prior to making the CMLL deal. So he will fulfill his obligations to AAA under the name ‘Fenix’ and compete in CMLL & Independently as ‘Rey Fenix’.

Fortune Dream

~ Big news for the Kenta Kobashi produced Fortune Dreams 5 card. Mio Shirai will be the special guest referee for the triple threat match featuring Hiroyo Matsumoto, Meiko Satomura & her sister Io Shirai.

Those three women are considered by many to be the MVP’s of the Joshi puroresu world. Other names on the card are Koki Kitahara(Who will be having his retirement match/30th Anniversary on the show), Naomichi Marufuji, Zeus, Kaito Kiyomiya, Kohei Sato, Katsuhito Nakajima, Super Tiger, Yuji Hino, Kotaro Suzuki, Akitoshi Saito, Go Shiozaki and many more.

Masahiro Chono will have a “Special Talk Battle” with Kobashi at the event.


~ Yusaku Obata suffered a heat stroke his Zero-1 World Heavyweight Title defense against Masato Tanaka on June 3rd. Due to this, the match and championship was awarded to Tanaka. The heat stroke was said to be brought on by dehydration.

However, it was discovered during his examination that he had suffered a chipped bone and fracture in his neck. It was said that he had some trouble breathing which was the reason given for the thorough examination.

He will be out for a considerable amount of time and will miss the upcoming show in Shin-Kiba on the 9th.

Pro Wrestling Noah

~ Kenoh & Kaito Kiyomiya will face off on June 10th, the winner of this match will be the #1 contender for the GHC Heavyweight Championship, which is held by Takashi Sugiura.

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