26 August 2016

2000 Future Bee 'Autograph' Cards

I picked up this lot of 2000 Future Bee Women's Pro Wrestling autograph cards on eBay quite a while ago. I went back and forth a little bit as to whether I should get them, as I wasn't 100% sure they were real autographs. They look a lot like sticker autographs in scans, but the handwriting looked a little thin to me and the price seemed a touch low for real autographs of these wrestlers.

But I 'needed' this Command Bolshoi card for my PC anyway, so I pulled the trigger and waited to see what would arrive in the mailbox. I was right to be a little suspicious of these autographs, as upon their arrival I found that the 'autographs' were etched foil in a white printed box. I'm not heartbroken over it, but real signatures would have been cool.

I don't know much about this set outside of what's on the cards. It's interesting to me that many of these wrestlers are still active, despite starting their careers when I was just a couple of years old. Manami Toyota's most recent match was just a few days ago.

I can't find a lot of information on Cooga. Her profile on Cagematch says that she wrestled pretty actively from 1986-1999, then took a long break before doing a reunion show in March of 2016.

Ai Fujita retired in 2004, but came back in 2015 for one match. Apparently she has also released a music album and done comedy.

Chigusa Nagayo was apparently a pretty big deal in the wrestling heyday of the 80's. She retired in 2005, but had some matches in 2006 and resumed wrestling with some regularity from 2014-present. I guess it's hard to let go of that wrestling life.

Rumi Kazama is another wrestler from the 80's and 90's. She retired in 2003, but came back for single matches in 2006, 2009, and 2012. I don't know much about her.

This was a pretty good lot of cards. I mostly bought it for the Command Bolshoi card, but I don't mind having the other ones. There were a few other lots from this set available, but I couldn't justify the price and I haven't seen them relisted since I purchased this lot.


  1. Toyota still wrestles? Wow, I remember her having a couple matches I think in WCW when they brought back the Women's Title. I remember her, Nakano,and Hokuto, in addition to Madusa. That is pretty amazing. I'm not sure I could name a couple Japanese female wrestlers today, but back then I could name a few.

    1. Yeah, according to Cagematch she's had at least 3 dozen matches in 2016 alone. All of the other wrestlers you named have long since stopped wrestling, but she's still around. She seems to be a bit younger than they are, though, so that probably has something to do with it.