Gatoh Move Pro Wrestling
Founded
  • February 2012 (Thailand)
  • May 2012 (Japan)[1]
StyleJoshi puroresu
Headquarters
Founder(s)
FormerlyBangkok Girls Pro Wrestling (BBK Pro)
Websitegatohmove.com

Gatoh Move Pro Wrestling (Japanese: プロレスリング我闘雲舞ガトームーブ, Hepburn: Puroresuringu Gatōmūbu, Thai: กาโตห์ มูฟ), often referred to simply as Gatoh Move is a Japanese Joshi puroresu (women's professional wrestling) promotion established in 2012, by Emi Sakura.[1] The promotion is most known for hosting shows in Tokyo at Ichigaya Chocolate Square, where there is no wrestling ring, only a small performing space in a shape of a square instead.[2]

The name Gatōmūbu (我闘雲舞, "I, War, Cloud, Dance"), written as a yojijukugo, is derived from the expression "We want to dance above the clouds" (私たちは雲よりも高く舞いたい, Watashitachi wa kumo yori mo takaku maitai), while also evoking the words "gâteau" (French for "cake") and "move".[3]

History

While in Thailand, Emi Sakura met Prachapoom “Pumi” Boonyatud, a long-time wrestling fan. By meeting Boonyatud, Sakura learned that there are many fans of professional wrestling in Thailand, which led to the two create Gatoh Move in February 2012.[1] Originally, the promotion was named Bangkok Girls Pro Wrestling (BBK Pro), but was re-branded as Gatoh Move on May.[1]

On September 22, 2017, Gatoh Move crowned their first Super Asia Champion, when Riho defeated "Kotori" in the finals of a tournament to become the inaugural champion.[4][5] The championship was vacated on June 4, 2019, and remained vacant until 2021.[1] On March 24, 2016, Gatoh Move crowned their first Asia Dream Tag Team Champions, Mizuki and Saki.[1] There have been nine champions, with Best Bros (Baliyan Akki and Mei Suruga) being the current titleholders.[6] The inaugural Super Asia Champion left Gatoh Move in July 2019.[7] In November 2019, Gatoh Move held its final show in Thailand, while still remaining active in Japan.[1]

Choco Pro (2020–present)

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns in Japan Gatoh Move began airing a YouTube exclusive show, Choco Pro, on March 29 2020, with Minoru Suzuki wrestling in the main event against Baliyan Akki.[8][9]

In February 2021, Emi Sakura and Mei Suruga competed at the AEW Women's World Championship Eliminator Tournament for All Elite Wrestling (AEW), however, neither managed to win the tournament.[10][11]

The Super Asia Championship was revived on the 99th episode of Choco Pro on March 22, 2021, where a singles match between Minoru Fujita and Baliyan Akki was announced for the day 2 of the 100th Anniversary of Choco Pro on March 28[12] where Fujita defeated Akki to win the title.[13]

Roster

Mei Suruga

Current wrestlers

Ring name Real name Notes
Baliyan Akki[14] Ankur Baliyan Super Asia Champion
Asia Dream Tag Team Champion
Chie Koishikawa[15] Unknown
Choun Shiryu Unknown Freelancer
Emi Sakura[16] Emi Motokawa Founder of Gatoh Move
Lulu Pencil[17] Syuka Yamada
Mei Suruga[18] Unknown Asia Dream Tag Team Champion
Minoru Fujita Unknown
Sayaka[19] Unknown
Sayaka Obihiro[20] Unknown
Sayuri[21] Unknown
Tokiko Kirihara[22] Unknown
Yuna Mizumori[23] Unknown

Alumni

Ring name Real name Notes
Aoi Kizuki Unknown
Hanako Nakamori Hanako Kobayashi
Mitsuru Konno Unknown Graduated from the promotion on Jan 29, 2021[24]
Kotori Unknown
Mizuki Unknown
Riho Unknown Left Gatoh Move on July 2019[7]
Rin Rin Unknown Left Gatoh Move on July 20, 2021[25]
Saki Saki Watanabe
Waka Tsukiyama Unknown
Yako Fujigasaki Yako Fujigasaki

Championships

Gatoh Move currently has two tites: the Super Asia Championship and the Asia Dream Tag Team Championship.

Current

Championship Current champion(s) Reign Date won Days held Defenses Location Notes
Super Asia Championship Baliyan Akki 1 February 13, 2022 172+ 3 Tokyo, Japan Defeated Minoru Fujita in a Last Man Standing match to unify the interim title with the lineal title at ChocoPro 200.
Asia Dream Tag Team Championship Calamari Drunken Kings
(Chris Brookes and Masahiro Takanashi)
1
(1, 1)
February 26, 2022 159+ 3 Tokyo, Japan Defeated Best Bros (Baliyan Akki and Mei Suruga) at ChocoPro 204.

Retired

Championship Last champion(s) Reign Date retired Notes
IWA Triple Crown Championship Emi Sakura 4 August 5, 2017 Deactivated when International Wrestling Association of Japan folded.

Tournaments

Tournament Last winner Last held Type Notes
One Of A Kind Tag League Saki and Yuna Mizumori July 17, 2021 Tag Team Defeated Melt Brain Dancing (Chango and Psycho in the finals.[26]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Sutter, Robbie (January 3, 2020). "Gatoh Move - A Brief History of". ProWrestlingPost.com.
  2. ^ Pratt, Emily (April 14, 2020). "'The Gatoh Move Experience' Showcases The World's Most Joyful Pro Wrestling". Pro Wrestling Uproxx.
  3. ^ バンコク女子プロレスニュース!正式名称が『我闘雲舞』に決定&MBKファイトで試合披露 他 [Bangkok Women's Wrestling news! Official name "Gatoh Move" to be announced & matches to be showcased at MBK Fight, and more]. thaich.net (in Japanese). May 20, 2012. Retrieved July 9, 2022.
  4. ^ 我闘雲舞5周年記念大会 〜みんなと一緒に6年目〜 2017年9月22日 新宿Face. Gatoh Move Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). September 23, 2017. Retrieved September 22, 2017.
  5. ^ 日本一可愛くて若いアイドルベテランレスラーが初代アジア王者へ!. Battle News (in Japanese). September 23, 2017. Retrieved September 23, 2017.
  6. ^ Sutter, Robbie (December 30, 2020). "#AndNEW: Best Bros Win the Asia Dream Tag Team Championship". Last Word on Pro Wrestling. Retrieved December 31, 2020.
  7. ^ a b Michael, Casey (March 13, 2019). "Riho To Leave Gatoh Move". Squared Circle Sirens. Retrieved February 28, 2021.
  8. ^ ChocoProLIve! #1 'Baliyan Akki VS Minoru Suzuki' [Part 1], retrieved 2021-11-05
  9. ^ Sutter, Robbie (2020-05-26). "Preview: Gatoh Move ChocoPro #17 (5/27/20)". Last Word on Pro Wrestling. Retrieved 2021-11-05.
  10. ^ Powell, Jason (February 15, 2021). "2/15 AEW Women's Championship Eliminator tournament results: Powell's live review of Yuka Sakazaki vs. Mei Suruga, Veny vs. Emi Sakura, Maki Itoh vs. Ryo Mizunami, and Aja Kong vs. Rin Kadokura in first round matches". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved February 16, 2021.
  11. ^ Powell, Jason (February 22, 2021). "2/22 AEW Women's Championship Eliminator tournament results: Powell's live review of Yuka Sakazaki vs. Emi Sakura and Aja Kong vs. Ryo Mizunami in second-round Japan bracket matches, Tay Conti vs. Nyla Rose and Britt Baker vs. Madi Wrenkowski in U.S. bracket first-round matches". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved February 22, 2021.
  12. ^ "Singles Match Set for Vacant Super Asia Championship!". Gatoh Move Twitter.
  13. ^ "New Champion Crowned on Day 2 of Chocopro #100!". TDE Wrestling Twitter.
  14. ^ Edwards, Scott (March 27, 2021). "ChocoPro Origins: An Exclusive Interview with Gatoh Move's Baliyan Akki". Last Word on Pro Wrestling. Retrieved July 21, 2021.
  15. ^ "小石川チエ". gatohmove.com (in Japanese).
  16. ^ "さくらえみ". gatohmove.com (in Japanese).
  17. ^ "ルルペンシル". gatohmove.com (in Japanese).
  18. ^ "駿河メイ". gatohmove.com (in Japanese).
  19. ^ "沙也加". gatohmove.com (in Japanese).
  20. ^ "帯広さやか". gatohmove.com (in Japanese).
  21. ^ "咲百合". gatohmove.com (in Japanese).
  22. ^ "桐原季子". gatohmove.com (in Japanese).
  23. ^ "水森由菜". gatohmove.com (in Japanese).
  24. ^ "ChocoProLIVE! #85 Mitsuru Graduation Ceremony".
  25. ^ Sutter, Robbie (July 20, 2021). "Gatoh Move Pro Wrestling Announces Departure of Rin Rin". Last Word on Pro Wrestling. Retrieved July 21, 2021.
  26. ^ Sutter, Robbie (July 19, 2021). "Reflecting on ChocoPro's First One of a Kind Tag League". lastwordonsports.com. Retrieved August 15, 2021.