This was a treat for me, Meiko as a teenage in the US. I just kills me, with the talent in Japan, why we see so little of it here!
Still this is good stuff, enjoy
Wow, thanks for that, never seen that before. Who's the other wrestler?
The first match was from one of WCW's C-level weekend shows, against Malia Hosaka. This was probably taped in late 1996, when WCW brought over several GAEA workers, including Akira Hokuto, Chigusa Nagayo (doing the Zero gimmick), KAORU, Meiko, and Sonoko Kato to tape the tournament for the WCW Women's championship and several of these short throw-away matches for the syndicated shows. Meiko and Sonoko were very young and were used mainly as spunky young jobbers. Hokuto, of course, won the tournament, beating Madusa in the finals at Starrcade at the end of 1996. Incidentally, she had competed earlier in the tournament as both herself and her Reyna Jabuki lucha gimmick. Reyna jobbed to Madusa
The second match is from March 30, 1997 episode of Monday Night Nitro and is a WCW Women's Cruiserweight tournament semifinal match against Toshie Uematsu. Meiko, Sonoko, and Toshie were sent over with Hokuto, who was feuding with Madusa over the main women's belt. This, I believe, is the only WCW Women's Cruiserweight match that ever made tape, as the other semifinal and the final (Toshie beating Malia in a dark match at the Spring Stampede PPV) have never surfaced. In fact, the existence of the WCW Women's Cruiserweight belt was never mentioned again. The belt went back to Japan and was briefly used as a secondary belt in GAEA, as Toshie dropped it to Yoshiko Tamura at an early version of Junior All Stars, who then lost it to Sugar Sato before the belt was dropped.
On the same Nitro, Hokuto had a lousy match with Debbie Combs and got into a post-match brawl with Madusa. You can see Meiko, Sonoko, and Toshie in their GAEA tracksuits trying to break up the fight. Hokuto had a successful defense of her title at the Spring Stampede show over Madusa, helped by interference from Luna Vachon.
Hokuto came back in June 1997 and beat Madusa in a match where Madusa had to "retire" due to stipulation. Hokuto and the WCW Woman's Championship were never seen again. I think Akira still has the actual title belt. I seem to remember a photo from the Kensuke Family blog with the WCW and V-Tops belts.