Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Gaea Japan was a well known Japanese women's professional wrestling promotion founded by Chigusa Nagayo in 1995.
During it's run, the promotion had ties with Frontier Martial Arts Wrestling (FMW), World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and even had it's own weekly show on The Wrestling Channel.
At a press conference on August 24, 1994, charter members Chigusa, KAORU, and Bomber Hikaru (Mitsuyo Mura) announced the formation of the promotion, and wasted no time in holding rookie auditions the same day.
The new promotion held its first show on April 15, 1995 at Tokyo's Korakuen Hall. "Memorial First Gong" was a sellout and GAEA went on to hold monthly shows at Korakuen and went on the road to hold events in other Japanese cities.
Some of the other wrestlers that worked for Gaea included Toshiyo Yamada, Meiko Satomura, Chikayo Nagashima, Sugar Sato and Carlos Amano.
One of the biggest events in Gaea's run was on December 27, 1999, with the reunion of 80's tag team sensations, the Crush Gals (Chigusa Nagayo and Lioness Asuka).
On April 10, 2005, GAEA's run ended at the appropriately titled, "Eternal Last Gong" ending in the place it began, Korakuen Hall.
At the show, Chigusa lost to her protégée, Meiko Satomura in the main event.
Chigusa Nagayo offically retired after the match.
Gaea Japan was the focus of the 2000 documentary "Gaea Girls", by Kim Longinotto and Jano Williams.
And here is part one of Mayumi Ozaki and Chikayo Nagashima wrestling Akira Hokuto and Maiko Matsumoto at GAEA, on April 29, 1997.
The video was posted by nagashimark on YouTube. You should really check out his channel, he's got a lot of good videos posted there.
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