You know, I have don’t have a clue which teams are in place to win this Tag League. This was the penultimate show, and I think Jamie and Bea might already be in the final? Honestly, fuck knows, but the matches have been fun, and I’m sure I’ll find out eventually!
Jamie Hayter defeated Saya Iida
Poor Iida might have been murdered. Hayter hit her with a Uranage Backbreaker that looked like it must have, at the very least, damaged a few significant organs. It made it all the more impressive that Saya managed to get back to her feet and deliver a flurry of Dropkicks to set-up the near fall from the Iidabashi.
I know everyone is on the Kamitani train now (and I understand why), but let’s not forget about young Iida. The lass has been wrestling for less than a year and has become a reliable hand in these spots. She might not go on to become a Stardom superstar, but she’s doing just fine as evidenced by a solid match.
Verdict: Two And A Half Stars
Konami defeated Saya Kamitani
Speaking of Kamitani, here she is! As much as I’m banging the Iida drum, there is no denying Stardom has something in this lass. She’s still green, and a bit sloppy at times, but she’s taking to this like a natural.
And there were a couple of moments in this match which summed that up. First, Kamitani had her Bridging Last Chancery/Indian Deathlock on and as Konami reached for the ropes, she grabbed her arm and wrapped it around her throat, cutting off that escape attempt and modifying the move at the same time. The second was when it became clear she didn’t have the momentum to follow through on an O’Connor Roll. Rather than desperately try to get into it, she shifted her body, morphing it into a roll-up when it would have been easy to panic.
Those are tiny things in the grand scheme, but both felt like veteran moves. They show an awareness that sprints past her experience level. Now, let’s not get carried away, she has been put in the ring with great wrestlers who will help to hide her flaws, but I continue to feel like this lass is special.
Verdict: Three And A Quarter Stars
Tokyo Cyber Squad (Jungle Kyona, Bobbi Tyler and Zoe Lucas) defeated STARS (Mayu Iwatani, Saki Kashima and Starlight Kid)
Kyona is working on getting her Spinning Sleeper over as a finisher, and I am down for it. Her twirling Starlight Kid around looked brutal, especially as Kid went limp to sell it.
Outside of that, this was your standard Stardom mid-card match. TCS are quite happy to heel it up in these environments, which leads to a nice dynamic. Plus, you had Jungle and Mayu in there, so it was never going to suck.
If you’re a regular Stardom watcher, you know what you’re going to get, and if you’re new, well, you’ll have fun.
Verdict: Three And A Half Stars
Blue Goddess: Oedo Tai (Kagetsu and Andras Miyagi) (2-2) defeated DREAMSHiNE (Arisa Hoshiki and Tam Nakano) (3-1)
Arisa and Tam both have great chemistry with Kagetsu and by great chemistry, I mean that they all like kicking things, so it’s fun when they kick each other. More kicks, please.
Jokes aside (although I wasn’t really joking), this was an impressive match. Tam and Arisa put the bickering to one-side – apart from in the pre-match promo – to have a hard-hitting back and forth with Oedo Tai. It felt like a proper fight as everyone leaned into their blows while Tam and Kagetsu’s history brought a personal edge to proceedings.
The final minutes became a question of who could get on the same page as a couple of misfires almost led to the finish. First, Andras clocked Kagetsu with Oedo Tai’s wooden board before Arisa accidentally kicked Tam’s head-off. Neither led to the fall, and Miyagi would get some credit back by using that board to provide an assist to Kagetsu, who put Nakano away with a Running Knee that she would have found awfully familiar.
Verdict: Three And Three Quarter Stars
Blue Goddess: Tokyo Cyber Squad (Hana Kimura and Death Yama-san) (4-0) defeated Oedo Tai (Natsu Sumire and Session Moth Martina (1-3)
If you were expecting a serious match from these four, then you haven’t been paying attention. Right from the start, it was pretty clear we were heading into silly territory.
And it was fun, summed up by Martina spending the early action alternating between being terrified of her opponents and trying not to be sick as the hangover kicked in. There was a bit when they got down to some wrestling (Hana will take any excuse to kick Oedo Tai members in the head), but on the whole, they were enjoying themselves.
Sadly, the finish did seem to get away from them a bit as the last few minutes got very sloppy. It also looked like something had annoyed Hana as she didn’t seem impressed post-match while Yama-san headed straight to the back, but I couldn’t figure out what it was (if anything). Either way, this was a perfectly fine match that you will give you a few smiles.
Verdict: Two And A Half Stars
Red Goddess: Queen’s Quest (Momo Watanabe and AZM) (2-2) defeated Oedo Tai (Hazuki and Natsuko Tora) (2-2)
Here is a rarity. An Oedo Tai match that never once went to the floor. In fact, Natsuko kicked things off by grappling with Momo, which was most unexpected, but would end up setting the tone for a brilliant wrestling match.
For these four seemed to be in the perfect mood to produce something great. They went out and worked hard, fast and smooth, putting together a match that was just a pleasure to watch. There was no fat to this, as it progressed from Oedo Tai working over AZM to Momo coming in and changing the tide to the eventual finish. It was a delight.
A delight that was so fat-less there is not much more to say. They gave us some good wrestling. What else do you want?
Verdict: Four Stars
Judging by AZM’s reaction to Momo admitting that they can’t make the final, I’m not the only one who has lost track of who can win this thing.
Much like the afternoon show, this was packed with some damn good wrestling. What made it that bit better was the main event which peaked just a tad higher. Stardom now moves onto the final night of Tag League where our winner will be crowned. Will it be Bea and Hayter? Or shall it be whoever the fuck can win the Blue Goddess Block? I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
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