(This article, written by Norihiro Hashimoto, originally appeared in Japanese at Yahoo News via Abema Times under the headline “Bamboo Skewer Bash-up: A wild 1.4! Gake no Fuchi presents a fierce intergender match.”
Photos accompanying this translation were taken by yours truly at the event. If you’re interested, you can find more in this Twitter thread.)
Gake no Fuchi Joshi Pro Wrestling (GKPW) is a one-woman promotion, run by freelance pro wrestler Miyako Matsumoto. Originally established during Matsumoto’s run in Ice Ribbon, Gake no Fuchi lay dormant for several years, until it was revitalized in late 2019 when DDT “Big Boss” Sanshiro Takagi purchased the promotion.
Matsumoto kicked off the latest chapter of GKPW history in a remarkable match against Jiro “Ikemen” Kuroshio on December 24, 2019. Their match was the only one billed on the card, but as you’ll soon see, derailment and derangement is on-brand for GKPW…
Following up on Christmas Eve, Matsumoto wasted no time in announcing her next show: 5 PM on January 4, 2020, at Itabashi Green Hall. Yes, directly opposite a certain major event at Tokyo Dome. But as far as Matsumoto is concerned, the Tokyo Dome event ran opposite GKPW. Her audacity was rewarded with a nearly packed house of fervent fans from Japan and beyond.