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BobbyMalm

ChocoPro USA is officially a thing.


dogglesnake

We'll know for sure when Aubrey declares "if it's cute, it's legal!"


RAA94

Great news. Mei is super impressive for someone so young. Big future ahead of her. Glad to see her wrestle whilst she’s in the states.


OtherwiseASandwich

**OH SHIT** This is like best case scenario for it too.


MARKYMARK_MARK

This is dope ... as someone who became a fan of ChocoPro and Tokyo Joshi Pro because of the Japan Bracket of the Eliminator Tournament earlier this year, ... It's gonna be extremely fun to watch Mei have an Aew match in the US .


Next247ChampLesnar

I'm glad she had November to rest up but I'm very gald to finally see Mei in ring in the states. It would have been a shame for her to not wrestle while she was here


cooljammer00

I wonder if this is a Ben Carter thing and she's working "for free", or if they handled whatever legal hurdles they needed to allow her to wrestle while she's here. US govt doesn't really fuck around.


OtherwiseASandwich

Yeah I'm thinking they made sure they got everything in order first to do this legally, because something happening to Mei would probably jeopardize Emi and anybody else that Emi might try to bring over. I honestly would not be surprised if both Lulu and Mei coming over was just something Emi did without explicitly running it by TK first.


frasierfonzie

That makes sense. Then he had to decide whether to put them on TV or face Lulu's wrath. He chose correctly.


el_sh33p

My head canon is that Emi went to Tony and presented him with two options. * Mei Suruga gets to wrestle at least one match in AEW. * Emi tells Lulu Pencil that Tony's favorite cocaine dealer doesn't think she's a wrestler. Tony, being the shrewd businessman that he is, selected the first option.


FishnBIcycle

That is 100% an Emi Sakura thing to do. Asking forgiveness is easier than permission.


Vordeo

Damn right. The US government really needs to crack down on this. Goblins are an invasive species, and can cause untold damage on the native ecosystem.


Halbertos

Would you please explain the goblin thing to me? I keep seeing all the references, but I don’t understand it.


Vordeo

It started eons ago, during the First Age. Melkor was the first to learn of the Awakening of the Elves. He soon began sending evil spirits among the Elves, who planted seeds of doubt against the Valar. It is also rumoured that some of the elves were being captured by a "Rider" if they strayed too far, and the elves later believed these lies were brought to Utumno, where they were cruelly tortured and twisted into Orcs. 'Goblin' is another name for Orcs. One of those orcs ended up getting trained as a joshi wrestler by Emi Sakura and started a blood feud with a giraffe. That's Mei Suruga. Jokes aside, AFAIK someone in ChocoPro just started calling Mei a goblin and the name stuck around. She's short and mischievous and I don't really think there's much more to it.


OtherwiseASandwich

Mei (and the various iterations of Mei) tends to exhibit [goblin-esque](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goblin) qualities and [actions](https://youtu.be/lja4H24Ytmk?t=2947) The only one that doesn't think Mei is a goblin [is Mei](https://youtu.be/ej0kcvhKVYU?t=247).


FinisCoronatOpus595

They probably just needed to double and triple check every paperwork. The best way to set this up might be to just do a development contract with Gatoh. So AEW pays them and they pay their wrestlers for working the tapings. But that's probably a lot of legalise to get through. The law would never actually believe someone was just working for free when it comes to it. They'll either get on the company for unpaid labour or on the tourist for illegal earnings. That's from my experience in the UK, US is probably even more strict.


fluffywolfe

The inevitable singles match between Mei and Riho will be awesome and fraught with emotion.


rookierook00000

You mean the two never really fought before even in Japan?


fluffywolfe

Riho beat a rookie Mei, I think. Mei's been living under Riho's shadow since.


OtherwiseASandwich

Per Cagematch, Riho has beaten Mei in a singles match twice Gatoh Move 359 https://www.cagematch.net/?id=1&nr=205109 Gatoh Move 432 (in a Super Asia Title Match) https://www.cagematch.net/?id=1&nr=231669


fluffywolfe

And, Mei never won the Super Asia belt, meaning she never managed to take Riho's mantle.


PristineTX

Let’s not bury the lede here: DID RIHO DYE HER HAIR, or is that just a trick of the light?


OtherwiseASandwich

:( https://twitter.com/JJWilliamsWON/status/1466881007949389827


LessonNyne

Awesome! Better late than never! I'm so happy they are giving her a chance to wrestle in an AEW ring Stateside. She's probably eating the pin but I don't care! It's BIG apple time. The wrath of the gobblin in AEW is upon us!


AngryScallion

She deserves this. Throughout the pandemic her and the rest of the people at ChocoPro have done something almost everyday to bring a bit of fun and positivity to a lot of people. I’m happy she is getting the chance to live her dream.


Looper007

Mei is a seriously good young talent and would automatically be in the bracket underneath the top level of Shida, Riho, Thunder and Deeb. She's that good.


doesntCompete

I would hope she is in the class of Anna Jay, Red Velvet, Tay Conti, Abadon etc as the next group when Britt, Shida, Nyla etc move out of the top of the women's division. It's quite obvious that Mei wants to be in AEW badly and she works really hard on her English.


dogglesnake

Please let us see her kill someone with Lucifer on AEW [Sell your soul to the Goblin Queen](https://twitter.com/JJWilliamsWON/status/1466880919302725644?t=ZTrbxYgRP9DqL6CynimRgQ&s=19) ( She's wearing her Best Bros gear, designed by u/Tapla! )


cooljammer00

Considering the other match participants, I think she's eating a pin


OtherwiseASandwich

Probably. Mei has never won a singles match against either Riho or Aniki from what I can gather, and in other match variations (tags, trios, whatever other wacky shit she gets involved in) has mostly lost against teams with Riho in them.


Looper007

She actually pinned Shida funnily enough.


OtherwiseASandwich

At Shida's own show, even!


TheOldDrunkGoat

A lot of japanese wrestlers get pinned on their own shows. I have to imagine it might be seen as a little... gauche, to always go over on shows you've booked.


dogglesnake

The people just need to see it locked in, even if they are saved~


fluffywolfe

And Riho is getting that pin considering that the air date is just before Winter is Coming.


PM_UR_FAV_COMPLIMENT

I love Ryo Mizunami's style. It's super punishing if you're at all sloppy with your moves; I remember someone kicking out by pushing their arm across, which she immediately grabbed and turned into an arm submission.


Sempervivegooze

Mei Suruga is a megastar in the making. I have been saying this since I watched a joshi show on Jan 3 2021 (forgive my ignorance) while getting hype for Jan 4 Tokyo dome. My friends who tolerate most wrestling were totally captivated by Mei and Sakisama. Her spots with the serving tray... almost instantly everybody's favorite. I am telling you these 3 (Emi, Lulu, Mei) just get it on a level we arent seeing yet Stateside. Notice (via twitter and stuff) how people like Eddie, Punk, Henry... they see it. These girls absolutely rule. Can't wait to see what 2022 holds for ChocoPro alumni


AngeloMacon

I kind of figured once she physically got involved with interference on Dark this week.


IamcJ

Omg, this might be two weeks away before we see this? Wahhhhh


FishnBIcycle

We'll probably see Mei in an Elevation match before we see this.


fvzzfvzzfvzz

Aggressively hype for this. Mei could legit get over huge if they let her go out there and tear it up in a smarky city


Rihsatra

When is Sakisama showing up?


morbidillusion

Saki Sama has nothing to do with Mei Suruga. People need to stop confusing Mei Suruga with Mei St Michael, totally different individuals.


dogglesnake

It's because Mei Suruga fought Sakisama in a tag match a few years back, that's what is causing the confusion


pmIfNeedOrWantToTalk

Asking the real questions!


risebac

Excited to see Mei. And Riho looks good with that hair.


universalcrush

Omg I’m like giddy schoolgirl here I’m so hyped!!!! Lol


VonnyVonDoom

HERE FOR IT. Now add Miyu Yamashita and Maki next time.


12kretek

THANK YOU TK!


chronorun

But people on here told me she can't wrestle because of visa issues. edit: well it seems my comment meant to discourage passing off speculation as fact has backfired


Ivan_Joiderpus

There's a couple ways to circumvent the visa issue. 1) She does it completely for free (doubtful). 2) She does it for "free" but Tony pays ChocoPro & ChocoPro pays her. But it could also be a case of she was waiting for a work visa to be approved & was just on a visitor visa until then (visa issues have been chaotic since covid).


Infinite-Surprise-53

I mean they could literally have Emi cash the check and then give it directly to Mei


Puliciclone11

Technically she can wrestle, if she does it for free


Pylons

From what I understand, this isn't necessarily the case. Technically, if your work provides value, you have to be compensated for it.


cooljammer00

It's what she had said when people kept asking her why she or Lulu weren't wrestling. Lulu just left after ~90 days, which lines up with a tourist visa.


Blackshot250

To be fair, I'm pretty sure most of us thought so. I certainly did. And it's possible that it just took a while for said visa to get resolved.


fluffywolfe

This means that the issues were probably resolved.


TheDangiestSlad

...and what if they solved those issues? lmao


BrundleBee

Wow, I didn't think she was getting in the ring this trip.


AmAHayter

OUR FAVORITE GOBLIN IS WRESTLING! 🤩


scorpiokyle84

It was a real fun match, a highlight of 1st set of tapings