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CHIKARA JoshiMania was a three-night Professional Wrestling event celebrating women's wrestling held December 2-4, 2011. Night I was held at the Asylum Arena in Philadelphia, PA. Night II was held at the Everett Rec Center in Everett, MA. Night III was held at the Highline Ballroom in Manhattan, NY. Among the women featured were Aja Kong, Manami Toyota, Ayako Hamada and Sara Del Rey.


  • The Ace: Sara Del Rey, who won all three of her matches that weekend, even defeating Aja Kong on Night I.
  • Action Girl/Dark Action Girl: Well, duh. It was almost all women's wrestling, what else would you expect?
  • Braids, Beads and Buckskins: Kaori Yoneyama wears a Native American-style headdress, despite being Japanese.
  • Cheap Pop: Kaori saying "Hello, USA!" during her match with Hanako Nakamori on Night II.
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  • Even Evil Has Standards/Insistent Terminology: F.I.S.T. (Icarus/Chuck Taylor/Johnny Gargano) teamed with Portia Perez against 'Lightning' Mike Quackenbush, Manami Toyota and The Colony (Fire Ant and Green Ant) on Night II. In F.I.S.T.'s pre-match promo, Taylor referred to Toyota as "that Japanese broad." Gargano corrected him, saying, "She's not a broad, she's a dame." Taylor then referred to Toyota as, "that Japanese dame."
  • Girls' Night Out Episode: While there are some men's matches (The Colony vs. F.I.S.T. on Night I, Gregory Iron vs. Ophidian on Night II, UltraMantis Black vs. Brodie Lee on Night III), the weekend generally qualifies as this.
  • Hammy Herald: Gavin Loudspeaker raised his usual dramatic introductions Up to Eleven here, with each woman receiving a wordy entrance that was repeated on all three shows (with one exception, see Unexpected Character on the YMMV page).
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  • I Was Beaten by a Girl: The opening match on Night I was the JWP team of Tsubasa Kuragaki, Kaori Yoneyama and Hanako Nakamori vs. Archibald Peck and Los Ice Creams, which the JWP team won via Kuragaki forcing both Peck AND El Hijo del Ice Cream to submit to a Torture Rack at the same time! Kuragaki is only 5'4", and Peck and Hijo are each over 6 feet tall, thus qualifying her for Pint-Sized Powerhouse.
  • Kick Chick: During Sara Del Rey's match with Ayako Hamada on Night III, commentator "Lightning" Mike Quackenbush said that Sara's kicks "just send shockwaves of pain through your body."
  • Massive Multiplayer Crossover: Women from JWP, Pro Wrestling WAVE, Osaka Joshi, Union Pro Wrestling and Oz Academy are all featured.
  • The One Thing I Don't Hate About You: During the UltraMantis Black-Brodie Lee match, commentators Leonard F. Chikarason and Gavin Loudspeaker talk about how Mantis is "devious, he's underhanded, but still the fans love him. Brodie Lee is just rotten and mean." They say that Brodie has "no redeeming qualities." Then Chikarason says, "Well, his fiancée's kinda nice." Jon "Brodie Lee"/"Luke Harper" Huber is married to Synndy (aka Synndy Synn), a former valet/manager turned wrestler who competed from 2004 to 2007 for NWA Upstate (Rochester, New York), New England Championship Wrestling (Massachusetts), the Pure Wrestling Association (Ontario, Canada) and NWA Empire (Buffalo, New York).
  • Our Angels Are Different: Manami Toyota is billed as "The Japanese Flying Angel."
  • Our Demons Are Different: Toshie Uematsu is billed as "The Dark Demon of Joshi," and, appropriately enough, she teamed with CHIKARA's own demons (and one goblin, Kobald) The Batiri on Night III, even wearing Obariyon and Kodama-style face paint.
  • Screaming Warrior: Several of the women qualify for this.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Fire Ant does the Crane stance from The Karate Kid (1984) on Night I and commentators Mike Quackenbush and Leonard F. Chikarason both mention the movie by name, along with mentioning Jaden Smith appearing in the remake.
    • Because Night II was held in Everett, MA, which is near Boston, Icarus mentioned Good Will Hunting in F.I.S.T.'s pre-match promo.
    • Two during the Dasher Hatfield/Saturyne (see Unexpected Character on the YMMV page)-Los Ice Creams match on Night III.
      • When Saturyne tags in, the announcers say, "Is Taz here because the mood just changed," a reference to his catchphrase, "The mood is about to change!"
      • After Saturyne hits Los Ice Creams' heads together, the announcers say, "Cones to cherries. Isn't that the Rock's new catchphrase." On the November 14, 2011 episode of WWE Raw, "Raw Gets Rocked," the Rock introduced "Boots to asses" as his new catchphrase.
  • Standalone Episode: Season 10 had officially ended at High Noon on November 13th, and these shows were a special event that were not part of the season.
  • Subtitles Are Superfluous: No subtitles or other means of translation are provided for the various Japanese women's promos.
  • Tactful Translation: UltraMantis Black sat in on commentary with Bryce Remsburg for the second match on Night I, which was Pro Wrestling Wave's GAMI vs. Osaka Joshi's Sawako Shimono. At one point, GAMI yelled something in Japanese, leading to the following exchange:
    BRYCE: "I know you speak some Japanese. What up?"
    UMB: "Believe me, you do not want to know."
  • Tagline: "3 Nights. Once in a Lifetime."
  • Waxing Lyrical for a Special Guest: Night III started with Gavin Loudspeaker singing an original song about Japanese women's wrestling titled "Jumping Bomb Angel" and presenting Itsuki Yamazaki, one-half of the Jumping Bomb Angels, with a bouquet of flowers.
  • Wrestling Family: Ayako Hamada is the daughter of Gran Hamada.

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