Special PWI 500 Interview: Mei Suruga & Baliyan Akki

Special PWI 500 Interview: Mei Suruga & Baliyan Akki

To celebrate a historical year for women’s wrestling, in collaboration with Pro Wrestling Illustrated, Bell To Belles interviewed over 20 women who have ranked on this year’s PWI 500 ranking, creating the “Women of the 2021 PWI 500” Interview Series. To empower women in wrestling even more, some of the interviews were conducted by the talented women who make up wrestling media.


In this special dual 2021 PWI 500 interview, Warren Hayes of Bell To Belles chats with tag partners Mei Suruga and Baliyan Akki, ranked #382 and #383 on the PWI 500, respectively. The three discuss ChocoPro’s growing popularity, Emi Sakura‘s vision for professional wrestling, international aspirations, and their chemistry as partners.

Hayes asked both Mei and Akki what types of strategies they employ when going into the Janken Tournament at the end of each show.

“Passion,” Mei replied, laughing.

Akki added, also laughing, “And that is why she has won two Janken chocolates in one year.”

How do the Janken chocolates taste?

“How can she remember?” joked Akki. “She’s only had two in one year!”

Watch the entire endearing interview with Mei Suruga and Baliyan Akki below.


Be sure to follow Mei Suruga on Twitter @Mei_gtmv and Baliyan Akki on Twitter @baliyanxakki!

Order the digital version, or pre-order the print edition, of the 2021 PWI 500 issue at pwi-online.com. Follow PWI on Twitter @OfficialPWI.

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Please credit Warren Hayes of Bell To Belles for the interview.

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