All good things must come to an end, and the 5STAR Grand Prix is definitely a good thing. The last show will see both blocks come to a conclusion and give us the final too, so strap in for a packed night of wrestling. Who is going to take home the crown? And will it be either of my picks (Hana from the heart, Watanabe from the head)? Let’s find out.Continue reading
I told you that my very complicated maths said I’d be all caught up on the 5STAR before the next show. Sure, I am struggling to keep a handle on how many points everyone has and the number of matches they’ve wrestled, but ask me to figure out how much wrestling I can cram into a period and there are no issues at all. Anyway, on with the show!Continue reading
Shout out to those behind the scenes at Stardom who after all the kerfuffle over there recently, have done a fantastic job catching up on these 5STAR shows. If my complicated maths is correct (there is no maths) I should be all caught up by the time the next show goes up, which is perfect. Well done them!Continue reading
The 5STAR reviews are coming thick and fast as we keep chugging away in our attempt to catch-up. I’ve enjoyed this tournament so far and scrolling through this card I can’t see Sendai being the place to change that opinion, onto the show!Continue reading
Well, this took a while to turn up, didn’t it? Not only that, it’s apparent some changes are going on behind the scenes in Stardom, and I don’t think they’re necessarily good ones. The quality of the presentation on these videos, especially the subtitles, has dropped and, by the sounds of things, Sonny (who runs the English Twitter and I believe does the subtitling) is no longer doing it. I’ve no idea why, but he’s asked if anyone has complaints to Tweet at Stardom, so if you feel similarly to me, maybe do that.
Anyway, this is the third show of the 5STAR Grand Prix and the first of two that Stardom held in Osaka that day. Christ, just thinking about that sounds exhausting.Continue reading
I had a lovely time reviewing the 5STAR for the first time and was only kept from going straight into this show by the need to wait for it to be uploaded (no complaints, Stardom are going a good job in getting them up). Day one gave us a great match and a handful of very good ones, so day two has a lot to live up to. Can they do it? Why not?Continue reading
It’s time for my first 5STAR Grand Prix. Much like with the various New Japan tournaments, I intend to review the entire thing and can’t wait to have a shitload of Stardom singles matches to enjoy. I’ll also put my cards on the desk straight-up and say I’m on Team Hana when it comes to who I want to win, but I suspect it will be Momo. Truthfully, though, I don’t have a clue. I’ve no idea how they normally book this thing, so I’m happy to go along for the ride.Continue reading
A quick note before we start, the hard camera for this show was all over the place. It hadn’t been stabilised and was wobbling about. There also appeared to be a couple of people having a quiet chat right next to it which was picked up on the microphone at times. Neither issue was a disaster, but if you are annoyed by things like that, you’re going to have a rough time.
Anyway, it’s Stardom at Korakuen which is almost guaranteed to be a good time at this point. Throw in Jungle Kyona vs Arisa Hoshiki, and you can probably upgrade the good to lovely.Continue reading
I have very little to say in this introduction, so em, been up to much? Stardom’s latest show from Shin-Kiba 1st ring featured Leo Onozaki making her first title challenge, amongst other things, so it was a chance for the impressive rookie to show she has what it takes.Continue reading
After a brilliant Korakuen, Stardom are back on the road and already building to the next one. They don’t have much time for that build either, so they better get right to it in Kanazawa.Continue reading