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Tokyo Joshi Pro Wrestling is a Japanese women's Professional Wrestling promotion founded by DDT founder Sanshiro Takagi and former NEO booker Tetsuya Koda. As such it's one of the handful of promotions that falls under the DDT umbrella. A fairly recent arrival on the wrestling scene it's quickly risen to be one of the largest joshi promotions in Japan alongside STARDOM.

Originally founded in 2012 its first few years were spent with a fairly small roster largely doing small shows and exhibition matches alongside idol lives in live houses around Tokyo before eventually becoming able to run their own shows in small venues. Over the next couple of years the roster would expand and the promotion would start to consistently run larger venues. The popularization of streaming and a partnership with American promotion AEW would expand its audience internationally helped in part by wrestlers like Yuka Sakazaki, Miyu Yamashita, Shoko Nakajima and Maki Itoh. By 2020 they even had plans to run a show in the United States before certain global events prevented that from happening. As it is though they've grown quickly over a short time and the more back-to-basics and character driven approach to wrestling with a bit of an idol flair has helped them to carve out their own niche in the wrestling landscape.


TJPW currently recognizes the following championships:

  • Princess of Princess Championship: Shoko Nakajima since March 19, 2022
  • Princess Tag Team Championship: Reiwa AA Cannon (Saki Akai and Yuki Arai) since July 9, 2022
  • International Princess Championship: Alex Windsor since July 9, 2022

Tropes associated with Tokyo Joshi Pro Wrestling:

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Rika Tatsumi to Mizuki due to the former being in love with her.
  • The Ace: Miyu Yamashita, the promotion's first wrestler as well as the inagural and longest reigning PoP champion.
  • Acrofatic: Former regular and now guest roster member Yuna Manase who would do rather impressive cartwheels despite outsizing most of the roster.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Sakisama and her stable NEO Biishiki-gun.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Raku is overall very demure and sweet so her opponents tend to have an Oh, Crap! moment when she actually does get angry... usually because they've managed to avoid the Oyasumi Express.
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  • Big Bad: NEO Biishiki-gun whenever they're around.
  • Big Beautiful Woman: Both Nonoko and Yuna Manase. They even formed a tag team called Super Milk Combination as they were both bigger ladies with large breasts.
  • Boobs of Steel: Nonoko's entire gimmick was based around her large breasts being a part of her offense. Her finisher was even a Rainmaker variant only using her breasts instead of a clothesline.
  • Brawn Hilda: Former roster member Yuu.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Azusa Takigawa after being kidnapped by NEO Biishiki-gun. She was converted into Azusa Christie, Sakisama's personal nun and ardent worshipper who was only all too happy to spread the gospel of Sakisama. The brainwashing eventually wore off though Christie still exists as a split personality even after Azusa's retirement.
  • Cat Girl: Haruna Neko as her name implies.
  • Charlie Brown from Outta Town: Played with in the case of Sakisama. Originally wrestlers would accuse her of being Saki Akai who she'd always insist was merely her good friend. After a point this died out and Saki Akai and Sakisama are pretty much treated as separate people.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Yuka Sakazaki who is just flat out weird most of the time. Ring announcer Sayuri Namba as well.
  • Commuting on a Bus: Sakisama who usually comes in for a big storyline and "returns to Paris" once it's over.
  • Cute, but Cacophonic: Both Maki Itoh and Rika Tatsumi can be quite loud. If the two are against each other in a match expect them to attack each other with their own screams.
  • Everything's Deader with Zombies: Former wrestler Maho Kurone. While she got along fine with her regular tag team partner Rika Tatsumi she would often try to munch on other wrestlers friend and foe alike.
  • Forced Sleep: Raku has a tendency to sing lullabies to put her opponents to sleep.
  • Genki Girl: Miu Watanabe, leader of the Up Up Girls and possibly the loudest and most energetic member of the roster.
  • Girly Bruiser: Miu Watanabe is a very girly Idol Singer decked out in pink. She's also the most muscular and strongest member of the roster.
  • Gyaru Girl: During an extended absence while she finished high school and started university Marika Kobashi wound up getting into gyaru fashion and becoming a gyaru model. Naturally this became her gimmick once she returned even gaining the nickname "Gal Wrestler".
  • Idol Singer: Played straight with Up Up Girls (Pro Wrestling}, a wrestling-oriented spinoff of the idol group Up Up Girls (Kakko Kari). Because of this they sing their own entrance themes and perform a song at the start of each show. Zigzagged with Maki Itoh who is a former idol and sings her own entrance theme as well. At one point she was fired from her original group and while she's currently a member of another group her wrestling duties have long since eclipsed and taken importance over her idol ones. Also played straight with Yuki Arai who joins TJPW while also being an active member of SKE48.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Sakisama and her rose. Being maids Martha uses a broom while Mei Saint-Michel employs a serving plate.
  • Lethal Joke Character: Hyper Misao is a largely comedic figure but when push comes to shove she can give even the best on the roster a run for their money either with her in-ring skill or through trickery. To wit she's one of the few people to hold a victory over Sakisama.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: Pretty much Kamiyu's entire character. She's a beautiful model who isn't shy about it and very often trash talks her opponents both in the lead up to matches and during the matches themselves. That said she's not heartless, is loyal to her friends and more than willing to show her opponents respect after a hard fought match.
  • Kick Chick: Miyu Yamashita thanks to her Kyokushin background. Sakisama also incorporates many kicks into her arsenal.
  • Meido: Two of them in NEO Biishiki-gun. First is Martha, a young girl who acts as Sakisama's maid. More recently there's Mei Saint-Michel, Martha's apprentice.
  • Muscles Are Meaningful: Miu Watanabe who has the most muscular physique and is probably the strongest member of the roster.
  • Odd Friendship: Practically the specialty of the otherwise gentle and soft-spoken Raku. Her regular tag team partners and friends include the hyperactive Pom Harajuku, flashy gyaru Marika Kobashi, loud and rude Maki Itoh, brash Ram Kaichow and the legendary Aja Kong, all of whom seem to adore her. Also Kamiyu and Mahiro Kiryu who started teaming after realizing they had attended the same university.
  • Pet the Dog: Sakisama is rude, arrogant, stuck-up and vain. She also took in an orphaned girl and helped reunite her with her parents (Martha) and took in a girl she found in the woods and gave her a home and a job as her maid (Mei Saint-Michel). When her former brainwashing victim Azusa Takigawa retired she rushed in from Paris to help see her off and when Misao decided to leave her and return to being Hyper Misao she wished her former teammate well.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: At 145cm (around 4'9") Nodoka Tenma is the second shortest member of the roster just barely ahead of Haruna Neko (143cm). She's also one of the strongest.
  • Rail Enthusiast: Up Up Girls member Raku. Most of her moves are named after specific (and often obscure) trains in Japan, runs an alternate Twitter account dedicated to trains she sees and even has her own radio show where she interviews guests about trains.
  • Real-Life Relative: Nodoka Tenma and Yuki Aino are real life sisters.
  • Real Song Theme Tune: Sakisama and NEO Biishiki-gun use "Bara wa Utsukushiku Chiru" as their entrance theme. Hyper Misao uses Hero by Kai Band.
  • Red Baron: Most of the wrestlers have a nickname of some sort.
  • She's Got Legs: Yuki Kamifuku who's one of the tallest members of the roster and whose outfit emphasizes her long legs. She's also fond of using dropkicks and big boots and uses the Famouser as a finisher.
  • Shout-Out: Yuka Sakazaki's ring name comes from the Sakazaki family and her home town is even listed as South Town. Rika Tatsumi's ring name and dragon motif are ones to the legendary Tatsumi Fujinami. Hyper Misao's matches, promos and antics often times contain references to Japanese pop culture.
    • Many of the show names come from Morning Musume song titles and lyrics as booker and promoter Tetsuya Koda is a big fan of the group.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Yuki Kamifuku who's the tallest regular roster member (as Sakisama comes and goes) and whose title is "Casual Beauty".
  • Superhero: None other than the protector of love and peace, Hyper Misao.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Misao after turning heel and joining Sakisama went from low card jobber to undefeated for nearly all 2019. Even after leaving NEO Biishiki-gun and re-adopting her Hyper Misao persona she's now much more of a threat and any tease of Vanitas (her finisher during her Misao run) is treated as a big deal.
  • Tournament Arc: Has its share of these, most notably the annual Tokyo Princess Cup which is usually run in late summer, involves most of the roster and earns the winner a shot at the PoP Championship.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Moka Miyamoto whose title is even "Yamato Nadeshiko Fighter".