In the 1980s the joshi wrestling scene was so hot that even Vince McMahon wanted a piece of the action. He then made The Jumping Bomb Angels his tag team champs.
What’s that? You don’t remember Japanese women holding the World Tag Team Championship? Well, that’s because they didn’t hold the men’s belts, silly, but rather the short lived, WWF Women’s Tag Team Championship. Itsuki Yamazaki and Noriyo Tateno, the women that made up the team were actually treated with some respect by getting matches at the 1987 Survivor Series and the 1988 Royal Rumble. This didn’t last long because soon the team went back to Japan and they lost their titles by count out before the championship was retired. Although WWE did feature an article on their website this year about bringing back the titles.
Anyway, as big as The Jumping Bomb Angels were in 1980’s Japan they had nothing on Chigusa Nagayo and Lioness Asuka, The Crush Gals. This match from AJW Tag League the Best shows the Crush Gals at their peak of popularity taking on The Jumping Bomb Angels and coming up short. Yet, look at all the support they get from their pom-pom holding fanatics!
Yes, Nagayo and Asuka definitely have the crowd behind them in this match. Their double team maneuvers are outstanding and they even whip out a doomsday device at one point. The Jumping Bomb Angels come back though and hit twin dropkicks off of the top rope and soon follow it up with double splashes from up top to defeat the Crush Gals.
The next time a crowd of Japanese women would scream this loudly was with the emergence of Ryota Hama.
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