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The Chairshot Official Ratings & Review: New Japan Strong Style Evolved

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So New Japan returns to America, with even more of a following and larger storylines than before. Last year the two day event was driven by the inaugural IWGP US Heavyweight Championship tournament, but this year, most people are hooked in on the Bullet Club storyline. Golden Lovers vs Young Bucks, will it finish the implosion of the Bullet Club, or will it unlock more? Cody and Marty against Guerrillas of Destiny, more Bullet Club in-fighting.

Let’s just hope the hype and expectation don’t ruin the perception of the event. AXS TV puts on damn good programming, and we’ve got great announcers. Yes, the announcers we lambasted last year, but I don’t think JR will allow that again.

 

6 Man Tag Match: So Cal Uncensored vs Roppongi 3k

Kazarian and Daniels saw Sho and Yoh in ROH last year as the Tempura Boys, but they’ve come a long way since then.

This match was fast paced, with names the crowd are fully aware of. A few odd spots, Kazarian slipped when he was trying to do a springboard leg drop, so ends up hoping on one foot to deliver it and Scorpio Sky delivers a cutter to Christopher Daniels, but it was still fun. For an opening match, it did exactly what it should have.

Winner: Roppongi 3k

Rating: * 3/4

 

Juice Robinson & David Finlay vs Hirooki Goto & Gedo

Seems like this match is setting up Juice as Goto’s next challenger for the NEVER Openweight Title.

Fast paced match, with Gedo doing the lion’s share of the work. Goto looked a little weak for a top champion, but the story was more just Gedo getting worked over. Even with a few short cut attempts from Gedo, Juice and Finlay pulled out the victory. Finlay got the pin after a rolling cutter.

A little surprised Juice didn’t pin Gedo if they’re trying to hammer home him as the next challenger for Goto, but I suppose Finlay needed a bone thrown his way.

Winner: Juice & Finlay

Rating: **

 

Killer Elite Squad vs Toru Yano & Chuckie T

The two biggest guys in New Japan, against, two renown comedic wrestlers. So this doesn’t seem fair on paper, but Yano is like life in Jurassic Park, he finds a way.

Chuckie T got throttled for 70 percent of this match, while Yano was cowering in fear and trying to pick his spots. But when Yano finally got in, we all got to see his brand of humor, which is a nice mixture of cowardly heel tactics and situational comedy with turnbuckle pads. However, the laughter stopped once Archer got pissed off and they hit a Killer Bomb on Chuckie T.

Entertaining as hell, and even purists might find this acceptable.

Winner: Killer Elite Squad

Rating: ** 1/2

 

Marty Scurll & Cody w/ Brandi Rhodes vs Guerrillas of Destiny

Cody wasn’t happy about this pairing to begin with, and tries to play nice with the Tongans initially. A promo to start off with leads to another layer in this faction war.

The crowd hates Cody just like last year, and it’s perfect since he’s supposed to be seen as the bad guy. So Tama Tonga hits a Crossroads on Cody for a near fall, the crowd pops. Cody took a good bit of punishment throughout the match, all to the crowd’s delight, while Marty was trying to string together an opening. It wasn’t the cleanest match for the work rate enthusiasts, but the over arching storyline helped carry this.

A few moments of all four men trading moves and coming close to winning it for their team, it ends with Cody hitting a big Crossroads.

Winner: Marty & Cody

Rating: ** 1/4

 

8 Man Tag: Hiromu Takahashi, Bushi, SANADA & Tetsuya Naito vs Dragon Lee, Ryusuke Taguchi, Kushida & Hiroshi Tanahashi

Typical large tag match, with some story threads, but mostly for entertainment.

This match was exactly what it was supposed to be, action packed, filled with wrestlers the fans enjoy and just fun. Taguchi had his coach moment, SANADA landed a Paradise Lock, Hiromu was crazy, Tanahashi hit a Slingblade (which he innovated) and Naito was Naito. Surprisingly, after a lot of good chaos, one Destino put Taguchi away for the pinfall victory.

After the match, Naito does the Tranquilo pose, and then all members of LIJ get into a celebratory group pose. Good fun match.

Winner: Los Ingobernabes de Japon

Rating: ** 3/4

 

Jushin Thunder Liger vs Will Ospreay

The best Junior in history, Liger, against the current top guy (with one of the best themes right now), doesn’t really need a lot of hype. It was nice to see Mysterio show up before this match to address things and take a front row seat.

This match went the way most of us expected. Liger used more power moves than high flying moves, but he still managed to dominate most of the match. Hitting a big Brainbuster on the ramp, an avalanche Brainbuster and even a Liger Bomb, but still Ospreay kicked out. It wasn’t until Ospreay caught Liger in a Liger Bomb of his own, that the tides turned and Ospreay his an Oscutter for the pinfall victory.

Ospreay put over Liger, challenged Mysterio and then got jumped by Marty Scurll afterwards. Scurll was needed to break up the “face respect” promo, so it was a nice wrinkle and a good way to establish Scurll as the next opponent, before Mysterio heals up.

Winner: Will Ospreay

Rating: *** 1/4

 

Kazuchika Okada & Tomohiro Ishii vs Zack Sabre Jr & Minoru Suzuki

This match is to give Sabre and Okada a little heat leading into Sakura Genesis, and Ishii might be on the docket for Suzuki if he beats Naito.

Sabre and Suzuki both put on a clinic in this match. Okada and Ishii were fighting from underneath the entire time, and even though they had a few moments of offense, the submissions were fantastic. There was even one spot where Suzuki and Sabre were alternating limbs on Ishii while the referee was reprimanding Okada.

Sabre picks up the submission victory on Ishii with, I don’t know what it is, it might be what he calles Hypernomalisation, but it just looks like terrible pain. I don’t bend like that, and no one should.

Winner: Sabre & Suzuki

Rating: *** 3/4

 

IWGP United States Championship: Jay White (c) vs Hangman Page

Hangman had something to prove since he feels over shadowed by the drama and Jay needs to prove himself as not just a fluke.

This match was an oddity. It was decently wrestled, had a lot of pace changes and hard hitting moves…but the crowd was in and out, and the action slowed to a crawl at times. Also a huge miss from from Jay White, when he tried to German Suplex Page on the apron, and twisted to the side and sent him reeling to the floor, while clipping the apron.

Some of the moves felt like that took too long to set up or were just trying to hard for a flashy spot. Page had a nice sequence at the end where he hits his Shooting Star Shoulder Block and then his Buckshot Lariat, but Jay counters a Rite of Passage beautifully into the Bladerunner.

After the match, David Finlay spears White and challenges him for the belt. I don’t know what right Finlay has when he’s lost more than he’s won or been stuck in tag team purgatory. Sure, Finlay and White have history as Young Lions, but a Mister Potato head has a more believable shot than Finlay.

Winner: Jay White

Rating: *** 1/2

 

Golden Lovers vs The Young Bucks

Another chapter of the Bullet Club saga unfolds in the main event. Young Bucks move up in weight class, and the Golden Lovers look to prove themselves.

This match had most of what anyone could want, however, it was sloppy at times. Ibushi and Omega had timing issues early, and it wasn’t caught on camera, but there may have been an issue with Ibushi during his half of the Cross Slash.

The nit picks aside, story telling was great, reluctance from Omega and Bucks slowly went away at different points in the match. Thanks to that, the first table spot was more poignant because it went from Nick telling Matt not to go there, to Nick saying screw it let’s do it, and then Matt eventually putting Omega through the table mid More Bang for Your Buck.

The second table spot was unnecessary and seemed more like an excuse to keep Nick out of things for a prolonged period. Matt sold his ass off for another match, and it definitely helps to add to a psychology aspect. I don’t know if they started this dynamic because they were sick of the hate, but Matt being the one who sells and Nick being the hot tag guy, has worked wonderfully for them this year.

Winner: Golden Lovers

Rating: **** 1/2

 

After the tag match, Cody came out, pushed Matt Jackson and seems to be driving the wedge even deeper between the remaining members of the Bullet Club. So Cody being the cancer that it slowly killing the Bullet Club is a very nice story, regardless of match quality, Cody is elevating everyone in Bullet Club.

When it comes to the show, this was really just a normal New Japan show. An undercard that is alright but nothing special and two or three main matches that deserve to go on last and bring the show home. It was hard to live up to last year, since the first show is always more special, but this was by no respect bad. Could it have underwhelmed? Sure. Will some people who read the hype, think this was lame? Of course.

But when it comes down to it; who cares? AXS delivered something special, and the more exposure and popularity New Japan gets, means the shows will get better. We’ve got the Cow Palace in July as the next AXS special, so let’s just look forward to that…and get a NJPWWORLD subscription.


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Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (5/18/19)

Episode 400 will be GOLDEN!

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ROH Wrestling Television, Episode 400

And to celebrate, both the ROH World Championship and World Six Man Tag Team Championships will be on the line!

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships: Villain Enterprises VS Jay Lethal, Jeff Cobb & Rush; Villain Enterprises wins and retains the ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships.
  • ROH World Championship: Matt Taven w/ TK O’Ryan VS Flip Gordon; Taven wins and retains the ROH World Championship.

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ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships: Villain Enterprises VS Jay Lethal, Jeff Cobb & Rush!

No need to waste any time, we open this historic 400th episode with action! The Franchise Player is a former world champion, will he become an ROH Grand Slam Champion with the help of El Toro Blanco and the current World Television Champion? Or will Marty Scurll, Brody King and PCO clutch on tight to the last bit of gold they still have?

ROH returns from break as teams sort out. Fans chant for PCO as he starts against Lethal. The bell rings and we begin this golden opener!

Lethal circles with PCO for the first time in history, and PCO is fired up! Fans fire up with PCO but Scurll tells PCO to calm down and focus. Lethal turns PCO around but PCO headlocks. Lethal powers out and things speed up. He CHOPS PCO, but PCO doesn’t feel it! PCO is still fired up with the fans as they chant for him. Lethalt urns PCO around again but gets uppercuts. Lethal headlocks now but PCO powers out. PCO drops but Lethal fakes him out to basement dropkick him. But PCO pops right back up! Lethal hip tosses, cartwheels and dropkicks PCO again, but PCO is again right back up! So Lethal just does it all again. PCO still gets up and baits Lethal to a corner. Lethal triangle dropkicks PCO down, but PCO is still on his feet.

PCO dares Lethal to dive at him. Lethal is confused by this, but he’ll happily do it. He turns to run but Scurll clobbers him! Scurll scurries back to his corner and PCO clubs away on Lethal. PCO brings Lethal over to tag Scurll. Scurll throws European Uppercuts and back suplexes but Lethal lands on his feet. Lethal staggers back to his corner to tag, but wait, where’s Amy Rose going? She’s helping the “blind” Kenny King out from backstage! Amy helps Kenny over to commentary. Rush tags in and Scurll backs off. The Villain and El Toro Blanco meet for the first time, but Rush wants Brody King. Scurll doesn’t oblige so Rush trips him and speeds things up. Scurll hurdles but so does Rush. Rush hurdles and Scurll grabs ropes.

Rush whips Scurll to a corner and splashes, then rolls Scurll. Scurll ducks the kick to roll Rush but Rush dodges the stomps! Fans cheer that exchange and Scurll tags out to Brody. Brody wants Cobb so Rush obliges! The two men collide shoulder to shoulder again and again and again! Cobb gets an edge but Brody dodges as things speed up. Cobb can leap! And he can dropkick! Fans fire up for Cobb and Kenny gets the wrong move, he thought Cobb just did a huricanrana. Cobb tags Lethal and they double whip Brody. Brody breaks through the line to crossbody them both! Brody keeps moving and he huricanranas Cobb!

Lethal stands and Brody runs but is dumped out. Lethal triangle dropkicks him down, then builds up speed. Scurll kicks Lethal from behind, but gets a dropkick for it! Lethal runs again, to DIVE onto Scurll! Then Lethal gets back in, runs, and DIVES on Brody, but is caught! Scurll hits Rush, then hurries to the apron, SUPERKICK to suplex! Kenny couldn’t tell that’s what happened, but he does like that Lethal took the damage. Villain Enterprises are fired up while we go to break.

ROH returns as Lethal throws body shots to deny a suplex. Lethal tries to suplex, but Brody is just too big. Fans rally behind Lethal but he can’t get Brody up. Brody suplexes Lethal up but Lethal slips out, cutter! Brody flounders and crawls as fans rally up. Lethal also crawls, hot tags to Scurll and Rush! Rush rallies on Villain Enterprises! He whips Brody but Brody reverses and corner clotheslines! Brody runs corner to corner but Rush follows for a splash! And then furious stomps! Rush goes corner to corner, but fakes Brody out to kick him! And then Tranquilo! But Scurll goes after Rush and his fingers!

Rush forearms free and then keeps hitting. He runs but falls for 52 Fake Out! Scurll also enzugiris Rush then hits Cobb away. Scurll wants it and fans fire up behind him. Spin and “CHICKEN-” HEADBUTT! Rush tags to Cobb! Cobb rallies on Scurll and then German Suplexes Brody! PCO runs in but Cobb sends him into buckles, for a German Suplex of his own! Scurll hops up, shows dirty birds and flies, but into Cobb’s arms! Cobb tosses Scurll overhead! Scurll ends up in a corner, and Cobb runs in to hit a big back elbow! Cobb fireman’s carries to a Samoan Drop, and kip up, to moonsault! Cover, but Brody breaks it! Brody brings Cobb up to CHOP him against ropes! Scurll gets up and whips Cobb with Brody. But Cobb reverses by crisscrossing and ramming them into each other.

Cobb pump handles each of them, for DOUBLE single leg suplexes! Fans are thunderous, but Cobb encounters PCO! PCO choke grips but Cobb breaks free to grip PCO! PCO breaks free and powers Cobb out of the ring! Villain Enterprises regroups and Brody FLIES onto Team Lethal!! Brody sets them back up as PCO FLIES out! PCO bowls Team Lethal over, and then stands! Because he’s not human! Brody feeds Cobb to the ring and Scurll runs corner to corner, only to be put on the apron. But Brody adds on for the clothesline kick combo! Brody brings Cobb up but Cobb holds ropes. Scurll slingshots for a Sunset Flip German Suplex! Brody keeps moving, and cannonballs on Lethal and Rush! Scurll covers Cobb, TWO! “This is Awesome!” but far from over.

Cobb throws body shots and shoves Scurll. Scurll drop toeholds Cobb onto the ropes, then holds him for Brody. Brody and Scurll both run, 619 Cannonball sandwich! Cover, TWO!! The Hawaiian Hulk survives and Scurll is shocked. Fans rally as Scurll tags PCO. PCO stalks Cobb and drags him up, but Cobb SUPERKICKS! Rush blasts the corner and Lethal tags in. Lethal climbs up, Hail to the King! But PCO sits up!? Rush shotgun dropkicks but PCO stands up! PCO runs into an overhead suplex into buckles! Lethal climbs again, another Hail to the King! Cover, but Scurll breaks it in time! Scurll mule kicks and powerbombs Rush, catapult into Brody’s forearm! Then Brody drops the senton over the knees! Brody hits Cobb, but Lethal Injection for Scurll! Lethal Injection caught by Brody, Tower Hacker Bomb! PCO climbs, MOONSAULT! Cover, Villain Enterprises wins!!

Winners: Villain Enterprises, PCO pinning; still ROH World Six Man Tag Team Champions

Kenny King says “I told you so” about Lethal not being some kind of Superman of Honor. Lethal is the one that takes the loss, will Kenny King be further vindicated when he faces off with Lethal? As for Villain Enterprises, is there any trio that can take those titles from them?

 

Flip Gordon speaks on his leg injury.

It was at ROH Honor Reigns Supreme, in a match with Hot Sauce Tracy Williams. All seemed same as always, but as Flip dropkick’d Tracy in the corner, his knee gave out. Flip feared the worst, and wanted to finish the match, but his springboard spear only made it worse. He could only take another step, so he had to call it there. Flip feared the worst, but the MRI gave him a time frame. What did he have to do to beat this? Physical therapy. Flip stuck to the schedule, and trusted his doctors. Now his knee is ready, and he is ready! The other ROH World Championship contenders fell to Lethal, but then Taven rose up to win. But tonight is the night! The Captain challenges the throne, will Flip’s return be one of the greatest in ROH history?

 

ROH shares what happened during break.

Jay Lethal was making his way up the steps to the stage at the same time Amy Rose was helping Kenny King to the back. Lethal didn’t make anything of it, but then Kenny attacked! Kenny used his walking stick, because obviously he wasn’t blind! ROH security pried Kenny off Lethal, and Lethal was gasping for air. Will Lethal get payback for the K I N G’s cowardly attack?

 

ROH World Championship: Matt Taven w/ TK O’Ryan VS Flip Gordon!

Finally, after weeks of waiting, we will see this match! The Kingdom’s ring leader finally got to be #GrandSlamTaven after a G1 Supercard Triple Threat ladder match, but it is also finally the Captain of Flip Army’s turn to challenge for this title. Will Flip show Taven just how he earned this match when he earns the win?

Though, once again conspicuous by his absence, Vinnie Marseglia isn’t following Taven to the ring. That’s mostly because only TK has his corner man license, as is required now in Pennsylvania. Even so, will the Horror King again appear to help Taven retain?

The introductions are made, and we begin this golden main event, after the break!

ROH returns as the referee raises the belt. Taven offers the Code of Honor, surprisingly, and Flip takes it. The fans duel as the two back off and the bell rings. Flip and Taven circle and Flip avoids Taven getting his bad leg. Taven smirks but gets a shotgun dropkick! Flip throws forearms on Taven then whips corner to corner. Flip runs in but is put on the apron. He still kicks Taven back, then slingshots for a monkey flip! Taven crawls to a corner and Flip runs, but Taven puts him on the top rope, to shove him off! TK lurks but Flip stares him down. Flip shoulders into Taven then slingshot sunset flips. Taven rolls through but Flip ducks Just the Tip to schoolboy Taven out of the ring!

Fans rally up both ways while TK coaches Taven up. Flip builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit sends Taven into railing! But Flip is checking his leg. He may not be 100% like he thought. TK runs at him with the bat! Flip jumps over the swing, then mule kicks the Sassy Wild Horse down! But Taven blasts Flip off the apron and into barriers! Flip hits so hard, the cover comes off! Taven doesn’t care that fans boo, he fetches Flip from the wreckage. Taven scoops and slams Flip on the cover! The Kingdom fans cheer but Flip’s fans boo as Taven throws Flip into a post! Taven mockingly says, “He can fly!” and mockingly applauds while refreshing the count. He puts Flip back in the ring and Flip flounders to a corner.

Taven takes a moment to trash talk the Flip fans, then runs corner to corner to hit Flip with a forearm smash. Taven whips Flip but Flip reverses. Flip runs in but Taven goes up and over. Things speed up, Flip leaps then ducks to mule kick and snapmare. Flip runs to Penalty Kick and standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Taven gets out but Flip keeps focus. Flip slingshots but Taven gets back in the ring. The bad knee stops Flip and Taven kicks him off the apron! Flip crashes down and fans rally as Taven builds speed. Taven misses the dropkick to get a SUPERKICK! Flip fires up and runs in, but gets hip tossed into barriers and a chair! Flip writhes and clutches his back while we go to break.

ROH returns again as Taven stalks Flip in the ring. Taven slams the knee into the mat while fans rally both ways. Taven brings Flip around to elbow the knee. He puts Flip’s leg in a toehold and punches the knee, then stands to drop another elbow. Taven returns to the hold but Flip elbows him away. Flip stands and CHOPS Taven at the ropes. Flip forearms Taven, too, then enziguris! Taven flounders to the corner and Flip fires himself up. Flip stands but walks into a kick from Taven. Taven looms over Flip before he drags him up by the bad leg. He gives the bad leg a dragon screw! Then a leg yank! Flip slumps out of the ring and Taven distracts the ref so that TK can stomp Flip out!

TK puts Flip back in and Taven drags Flip up by his hair. Taven bumps Flip off buckles then puts the bad leg around the ropes. He pulls but stops at 4, and fans duel again. Taven puts the leg back on the rope to kick it. Flip chops back, so Taven kicks the leg again. Taven punches Flip then whips corner to corner. Flip reverses but Taven rolls under to enziguri and back suplex to bomb! Cover, TWO! Right to a Half Crab! Flip endures and fans duel. Flip crawls and gets the ropebreak! But Taven doesn’t let go, he just drags Flip away! The referee reprimands him so Taven lets up on the Crab. Flip kicks Taven with his good leg! Taven comes back but gets another kick. Flip stands but gets a BOOT from Taven!

Taven drags Flip up but Flip slips out of Moonlight Drive! Flip runs, springboards to SPEAR! But Flip can’t make a cover, he’s too tired. Fans rally up both ways as the standing count begins. The count hits 5 before either man sits up. Taven is up first at 7 but Flip follows as he feeds off fan energy. Flip forearms but Taven responds, and they go back and forth. Flip gets an edge but Taven kicks the bad leg. Taven adds forearms and another kick, but Flip responds with a knee! Flip brings Taven in but Taven pushes him off. Taven runs in but Flip goes up and over and blocks the boot! Flip pries Taven off the ropes, to inverted Alabama Slam him into buckles! Taven flounders up into Flip’s modified neckbreaker! Cover, TWO!! Flip’s shocked while we go to one last break.

ROH returns once more as fans declare “This is Awesome!” Flip climbs up top but Taven stops him with a haymaker! Taven climbs up to join Flip but Flip hits back. They brawl and Taven falls. Taven’s back up with another big right. Taven climbs again but Flip still fights back. Flip headbutts and Taven staggers, only to kick Flip back! Taven climbs a third time and fans duel as he gets a SUPERPLEX! Cradle but from who!? TWO, Flip goes Matrix then mule kicks to PELE! Flip fires up but Taven mule kicks the bad leg! Taven runs, springboards, but Flip catches him for a Russian Leg Sweep! SUPERKICK to spinning Falcon Arrow! Cover, TWO!! Flip can’t believe Taven escaped that!

Fans duel again as Flip catches his breath. Taven crawls and Flip is on him with a fireman’s carry. Spin but Taven lands and SPITS at Flip! Flip runs into a Pop-Up Powerbomb! Just the Tip of the knee! Cover, TWO!! Now Taven can’t believe Flip survives! Taven tells Flip’s fans to shut up, then drags Flip up again. He headlocks but Flip slips out to fireman’s carry again, swinging cutter! Flip hurries up top, but the BALLOONS! Taven springs up to kick out the legs! SUPER CLIMAX!! Cover, Taven wins!!

Winner: Matt Taven, by pinfall; still ROH World Champion

Vinnie didn’t even need to appear, his balloons of doom were distraction enough! But Vinnie still appears to celebrate with his king. Will #GrandSlamTaven ever be stopped with his Kingdom always around?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A pretty great 400th episode for ROH. We only had two matches and that’s all we really needed given how great the matches were. Lethal-Cobb-Rush was definitely an odd team going into this, though star-studded as it is, but it was pretty clear they weren’t going to win. Villain Enterprises is a great trio because each member is great. It really will take a big name trio to take those titles from them. I’m still thinking The Kingdom comes back around to challenge for those belts, and can tie into another world title shot for Scurll. Kenny King did his blind act great on commentary, because for one, he obviously was never blind so it’s just him being a naturally funny guy. And it was a good move for him to “reveal” he wasn’t blind and then attack Lethal. This gets some great heat for their second time around.

Clearly Flip Gordon is a star in ROH now, but sadly not big enough of a star to overcome the odds. Commentary did a good job selling how Taven didn’t need to do this given how his win at G1 Supercard was all him. But this does heap Heel heat back on him, even with Philly weirdly having fans who like The Kingdom. This could be another way for Scurll and Villain Enterprises to be the team that takes that belt off Taven, as PCO and Brody King will be there to counter TK and Vinnie. Flip himself will surely be a champion one day, he just has to wait a little bit longer.

My Score: 8.3/10


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Stardom Cinderella Tournament 2019 Result & Review: Final Part (4/29/2019)

Now we get to find out who wears the pretty dress! Stardom Cinderella tournament time! 

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Now we get to find out who wears the pretty dress! Stardom Cinderella tournament time!

I know I’m a little late to the party for the second part of the tournament but we’re here now and I wanna get to it.

So far, we have Arisa advancing to the semi-finals due to Kagetsu and Tam ending in a tie, meaning we have about six matches to cover on this part. But don’t worry, I’ll be adding a surprise match at the end of this show to cover to get the ball rolling.

Who will win the tournament?

Let’s find out as we…dive right in.

Rating System:

  • 0 Stars: Dave Meltzer
  • 1 Star: Vince Russo
  • 2 Stars: Tony Schiavone
  • 3 Stars: Eric Bischoff
  • 4 Stars: Bruce Prichard
  • 5 Stars: Jim Cornette

 

Cinderella Tournament 2019 Quarter Final Match
Hazuki vs. Starlight Kid

Review: It’s time to start the second round of the tournament as we have Hazuki taking on Starlight Kid. Hazuki was able to advance by defeating Bea Priestley and Starlight advanced by defeating Natsu Sumire. The winner of this match will fight the winner of the next match. These two are no strangers to each other and Starlight is going to make sure she wins this time around. Who will advance?

Starlight wasted no time as she would deliver a Dropkick to Hazuki soon as the bell rang and would hit a couple more on her, she’s getting fierce with this. Starlight got her off the corner to hit a Moonsault as Hazuki kicked out at two. Starlight picked her up as Hazuki hits a Codebreaker to stop her full-out assault. Hazuki ran to the top rope as Starlight was able to Dropkick her off onto the apron. Starlight tried to finish her off as Hazuki punched her in the face and went for a springboard as Starlight pushed her off to eliminate her in less than two minutes! Wow, talk about an upset. Not a terrible match but it’s really short and everything was executed really well too, so I liked it for what it was actually. Good job, ladies.

Rating: Eric Bischoff

Cinderella Tournament 2019 Quarter Final Match
Konami vs. AZM

Review: Our next match is AZM taking on Konami. Konami had an upset victory when she eliminated Momo Watanabe in the first round and AZM won by eliminating Rebel Kel. AZM is going to have a tough opponent ahead of her if she’s going to want to advance and fight her rival, Starlight. Will Konami keep the ball rolling by beating another Queen’s Quest member or will AZM get the upset win?

AZM really is proving that she can hang with some of the best here in Stardom away from the lower division. My only takeaway here for this match is not that it was short since it’s expected for this tournament but there were some sloppy spots for a good amount of it, unfortunately. Aside from the sloppy sequences here and there, they did still have some good performances. Konami looked like she was gonna go for a Leglock but AZM would hold onto her leg to make her fall back for a pinfall but Konami would kick out at two. Konami would eventually apply the Triangle Lancer as she did prove it is in fact 100% as AZM tapped out, leaving Konami to advance against Starlight Kid.

Rating: Tony Schiavone and three quarters

 

Cinderella Tournament 2019 Quarter Final Match
Hana Kimura vs. Natsuko Tora

Review: Our final quarterfinal match is up next as we have Hana Kimura taking on Natsuko Tora. Natsuko was able to defeat her former JAN partner, Jungly Kyona to advance with a brand new look and attitude. Hana defeated Andras Miyagi to advance and is looking to bring more momentum to the Tokyo Cyber Squad. Which one of these two will advance to fight Arisa Hoshiki?

There wasn’t a whole lot to see with Natsuko here since it looked like we saw most of that with her match against Jungle rather than her match with Hana right here. We had the match outside of the arena for a little bit but they didn’t go over the top rope, so they were able to do as much as Hana threw her around for a little bit before taking her back into the ring. Natsuko does have a really nice Spear, so I’ll give her points for that but she failed to put Hana away with something like that. The match was exactly seven minutes and Hana would have Natsuko over by the ropes so she can go for a kick as Hana’s leg was over the rope, leaving Natsuko an opening to flip her over and hits her with the Oedo Tai sign to eliminate her as Natsuko advances to the semi-finals!

Rating: Eric Bischoff

 

Cinderella Tournament 2019 Semi-Final Match
Arisa Hoshiki vs. Natsuko Tora

Review: It’s now time for the semi-finals as Natsuko Tora is now going to fight Arisa Hoshiki. Natsuko going back to back could be a little bit of trouble for her if she’s not too worn out with Arisa being fresh due to advancing further after the first round. The winner will advance to the finals but which one of them will go forward?

Wow, the crowd was actually split even for this one except for that annoying cunt in the audience, I forgot all about him. Natsuko had most of the control in this match and even worked on Arisa’s leg a bit to make sure she would be too weak to even attempt the Brazilian Kick in the match. This one was a much better match compared to anything in the quarterfinals so that at least gave me something. Arisa had a little bit of momentum when she hits a Springboard Diving Knee for a two count and went to pick her up as Natsuko would hit a Spear. Natsuko went to the top rope to hit a Splash as Arisa kicked out at two and would get her down again to hit a Diving Leg Drop as Arisa moved out of the way this time. Arisa would lift her up for a Powerslam and would go to the ropes to hit a Rounding Splash for the win as Arisa is now set for the finals!

Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter

 

Cinderella Tournament 2019 Semi-Final Match
Konami vs. Starlight Kid

Review: Our next match in the semi-finals is between Konami and Starlight Kid. Starlight was able to get two big wins under her belt in the tournament when she defeated both Natsu Sumire and Hazuki. Konami has one more win to go before she can advance to fight Arisa. Who will meet Arisa in the finals?

Instead of attacking Konami head on as she did with Hazuki, Starlight would try a different approach when she would try to get that quick pin in to throw Konami off guard and it looked like she had her during the crucifix pin but Konami barely kicked out at two. Konami knows she would need to finish hero ff quick as she attempted the Triangle Lancer but Starlight would roll her up for another two count. Starlight hits a Swinging Neckbreaker for a two count and would position Konami to hit a Moonsault but Konami rolled out of the way and applied the Triangle Lancer to make Starlight tap out in less than three minutes. Konami is officially in the final round as she now has to fight Arisa Hoshiki.

Rating: Eric Bischoff

 

Cinderella Tournament 2019 Final Match
Konami vs. Arisa Hoshiki

Review: It’s now time for the final round as we have Konami from Tokyo Cyber Squad taking on Arisa Hoshiki from STARS. These two women made it this far in the tournament when most people probably didn’t expect them to win, but here we are. The winner of this match will get a dress to wear and able to request any match they want. Which one will win? Who wears a pretty dress?

I’m now convinced that Konami was officially held back and was able to shine a lot more as a Tokyo Cyber Squad member than she has at Queen’s Quest. Konami’s personality would flesh out more as she just wanted to make Arisa suffer when she would be going after her leg in the match since it was still weak from Arisa’s previous matches. Both of them meshed really well together in the ring and gave us a really good match. Also to that annoying fan again, please shut up and don’t come back. A lot of close calls in the match when Arisa would do her Powerslam combo with a Rounding Splash and the two times that she did hit it, Konami actually kicked out of it, leaving Arisa a little bit speechless. Konami was able to attempt the Triangle Lancer to try and make her tap out before Arisa grabbed the ropes to make her break the hold. Arisa was finally able to hit her Brazillian Kick despite her bad leg and pinned Konami for the victory to win the Cinderella Tournament. Can’t believe my dark horse won the whole thing.

Arisa was able to win the Cinderella Tournament as she now gets to wear the dress they had prepared for her. I’m sure glad they know their sizes before making them. Anyway, this is a big win for Arisa as she now calls out Momo Watanabe to the ring. Arisa declared that she will be fighting Momo for the Wonder of Stardom Championship so she could finally get her one-on-one match that Momo has been denying her for quite a while. The match is made official as it will take place on the May 16th show. I’m excited to see this match finally happen and it’s one you don’t wanna miss.

Rating: Bruce Prichard

 

5/4/2019
World of Stardom Title Match
Kagetsu (c) vs. Bea Priestley

Review: Now that the Cinderella Tournament is over, let’s fast forward just a little bit to the May 4th show so we can get a little bit caught up. Plus, this was the only match that caught my interest and is pretty important as it’s for the World of Stardom Championship. The match took place at the Queen’s Quest Produced show as Kagetsu defends her title against a member of Queen’s Quest, Bea Priestley. Bea went from losing in the first round of the tournament to getting a match for the big red belt, but I’m game to see what happens and it looks like Kagetsu needs another defense under her belt. Good because her last one left little to the imagination and Bea has improved recently. Will Kagetsu retain or does Bea somehow win?

One, Bea looks great in her new attire and two, this might be the best match that I’ve seen our of her along with Kagetsu’s best match in months. This match was nicely paced from beginning to end here with the two of them executing everything they did in the ring almost flawlessly and had nice sequences during the match. I loved when Bea jumped to the top rope and Kagetsu followed right after when she jumped to the second rope to Dropkick her on the way down, nicely done. Kagetsu shows how good of a worker she is if Stardom wasn’t too busy giving her scraps most of the time and Bea needed this match more to show what she actually can do in a high caliber match like this one and the progression she made in the past year as you can see for yourself.

Bea hits a beautiful Regalplex for a two count and wouldn’t stop there as she hits a Curb-Stomp as our Prime Minister kicked out again, but Bea quickly applied for the Rings of Saturn before Kagetsu had the ropes. Our Prime Minister is up to her old tricks as she pushed Bea into the referee to spray green mist into her eyes before she would hit the Michinoku Driver and the Oedo Coaster as it looks like this could be it, but Bea would somehow kick out at two, leaving the fans shocked along with Kagetsu. Kagetsu would get back to the top rope to try and hit another one but Bea would stop her this time and hits a kick to her tucked head, shades of her boyfriend, Will Ospreay and had her up on her shoulders to hit the Japanese Ocean Cyclone Suplex and Bea pins Kagetsu to win the championship!

Well…if you’re surprised, then don’t feel bad because I am just as surprised as you are right now. This was something I didn’t expect to see and I’m not too sure how I feel about it right now. Sure, Bea has improved a lot and she delivered a great match against Kagetsu but I’m just not sure if she’s considered red belt material. The World of Stardom Championship has taken a bit of a back burner ever since Toni Storm won it when Mayu Iwatani was injured but Kagetsu did try her best to help elevate it despite Momo taking most of the spotlight due to beating Io Shirai last year. Despite my feelings on the matter, congratulations to Bea on winning and I hope she actually does well with the title. If Bea can perform like how she did more often, she’ll be okay. Congratulations, Bea and I wish you luck.

Rating: Bruce Prichard and a half

 

Overall: I thought the second half of the tournament was well done and the finals were much better than last year, but we still had plenty of good matches along with the surprise title match I added for after the tournament. May 16th show is shaping up to be a good one.

Favorite Match: Kagetsu vs. Bea Priestley

Least Favorite Match: Konami vs. AZM

Score: 8/10


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