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AJPW Champion Carnival A Block Results & Review: Part 2

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Hello and welcome to part two of our Champion Carnival! For this part it’s going to be three days worth since the next two days have three B Block matches while I get one on all three of them.

Originally, I was supposed to get three matches on the April 12th show, but that got changed to one, however, I will be having five matches for the shows on April 14th and 15th, so that’ll keep me busy for sure. So let us…dive right in.

 

4/10/2018

 

Champion Carnival Block A Match
The Bodyguard vs. Joe Doering

Review: Looks like Joe is set to have his second match to try and bounce back after losing to Shuji Ishikawa as he sets to take on Zeus’s partner, Bodyguard in what should be a brawl for sure. Bodyguard wastes zero time here as he charges in for a Spear the second that the bell would ring to start the match and starts to get the early advantage til Joe starts getting some offense. My one problem with Joe is something that I covered in the show that happened on March 25th, and that is that I wish he showed more aggression with his strikes, like when he pulled Bodyguard in for a Clothesline and it just looked lazy. Joe is a big and powerful guy, needs to show a little bit more force in the beginning instead of near the end of the matches. Joe would then hit a Piledriver in which Bodyguard kicks out of it and I still scratch my head when people kick out of that move. Joe attempts to go for his Revolution Bomb, but Bodyguard would..attempt a reversal? It looks really sloppy and lazy, but after a couple of other moves being done, Joe would try again and pick up the win with the Revolution Bomb.

Recommended: So far my least favorite match out of my block, but up to you if you wanna watch it. Not a terrible match, but could’ve been so much better.

 

4/11/2018

 

Champion Carnival 2018 Block A Match
Joe Doering vs. Yuji Hino

Review: Joe really trying to get his matches out of the way since this is the third time in a row that I’m getting Joe Doering here, but let’s see if he can pick up another win after defeating Bodyguard yesterday. This one is a much better bout than the one with him and Bodyguard, however this one still feels a bit lifeless here as well. I mean I get what they were trying to do with the match with them wanting to mostly show their strengths between the two powerhouses, but I felt like I really didn’t get that here with this one and it is a shame too since I did expect more. Joe DID however show a little bit more force in his strikes, but not too much though, so I will keep yelling at him til it happens. Yuji picked up another shocking victory as he pins two former Triple Crown Champions with the FUCKING BOMB once again which makes him the lead of our scoreboard.

Recommended: I mean it’s better than the previous one, but so far not by a lot. However, still give them a watch.

 

4/12/2018

 

Champion Carnival 2018 Block A Match
The Bodyguard vs. Naoya Nomura

Review: Both of our competitors have have both suffered a loss and would need to score a victory here to gain some momentum, now we need to see who wants it more out of these two. I forgot her name, but the female referee is really great at her job and much better than the elderly one who likes to but in most of the time, so good job. This one is a much better match than the one Bodyguard previously had here and felt a little bit more natural this time around and Bodyguard really is a good worker when you see him actually showcasing his stuff and he has shown that when he fought Kento Miyahara early last year. Naoya Nomura is someone that actually could be a key player in the company, he’s young, only been wrestling for four years, and has a good look. If I could change one thing about him though, it would be that he needs to cut some of the little fat from his stomach and gain a little bit more muscle, if he could do that then he’ll be a star for sure. The match was very solid, had nice back and forth action, a pretty neat Spear from Bodyguard and Naoya getting back up right away to deliver a Spear to him as well for a double countout and you hardly see that for a double knockdown spot, so it was cool to see. Naoya picked up the surprise win after hitting another Spear and added a Jacknife Hold to it to pin him for the win.

Recommended: Much better match than the previous two for sure, so yes.

 

Overall: Unfortunately this part of the tournament has been a bit lackluster on my end and I hope Andrew had better luck on his end for his B Block shows and if you haven’t checked them out yet. I suggest you do so, since he’s been gracious enough to help me out with this journey when he did have to and it’s a fun experience for the both of us that’s for sure. I’m hoping it picks up over the weekend for me and surprised Ruoji Sai hasn’t had a match yet while everyone else did, but I think he will over the weekend.

Favorite Match: The Bodyguard vs. Naoya Nomure

Least Favorite Match: The Bodyguard vs. Joe Doering

Score: 6/10

 

Current Standings:

Yuji Hino (2-0) (4 Points)
Shingo Tagaki (1-0) (2 Points)
Kento Miyahara (1-1) (2 Points)
Shuji Ishikawa (1-1) (2 Points)
Joe Doering (1-2) (2 Points)
Naoya Momura (1-1) (2 Points)
Bodyguard (0-2) (0 Points)
Ryoji Sai (0-0) (0 Points)


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Ja’von’s Impact Wrestling Report! (4/19/18)

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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Report! (4/18/18)

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Ricochet VS Fabian Aichner; Ricochet wins.
  • War Raiders VS The Metro Brothers; War Raiders win.
  • No Disqualifications: Lars Sullivan VS Killian Dain; Sullivan wins.
  • Candice LeRae VS Zelina Vega; Candice wins.

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WWE and NXT dedicate tonight to Bruno Sammartino.

The Living Legend, the Italian Superman, and the longest reigning champion in WWE history, truly one of the greats will be remembered for all time.

 

Johnny Gargano returns to NXT!

Yes, Johnny Wrestling won his job back by defeating Tommaso Ciampa at TakeOver: New Orleans! And of course, he brings Mrs. Wrestling, Candice LeRae, with him. The two head to the ring together while fans chant for “Johnny Wrestling!” and “Welcome Back! Welcome Back!” Gargano grabs a mic to say, “Going into TakeOver: New Orleans, I dreamt of this moment.” And now that he’s here covered in goosebumps, he doesn’t have the words. “It’s just really good to be home.”

Gargano was defined by two words for too long, and those words were “Tommaso Ciampa”. His best friend broke his heart while costing him both NXT title and career. For the longest time, Gargano couldn’t even say his name. “But after 37 of the most intense minutes I have ever spent inside a professional wrestling ring”, Gargano stands here proudly, and he has his life back! Fans agree with that as they again chant, “Johnny Wrestling!” Gargano confirms, Johnny Wrestling is back in NXT.

Gargano admits these have been some of the toughest months in his life, but he loves the fans for shoving the Gargano emojis in Ciampa’s face while chanting his name. The fans chant again, and Gargano thanks each and every person in the NXT Universe that had his back. He also directs thanks to his wife, Candice. Fans chant for Candice, and she gets a bit bashful, as he knows this was as tough on her as it was on him. But Gargano would not have made it through without her. They hug, but then move on from the “mushy crap”. Gargano is back, and both Johnny and Candice Wrestling have some unfinished business.

Candice takes the mic herself, because tonight, she’s handling her business with Zelina Vega! And if Almas tries anything, Gargano will drop Almas like he’s Ciampa. Then, once they get past Almas & Vega, there’s still one more thing. There’s a NEW NXT Champion, “and you’re looking at his first challenger!” Gargano is ready to go for gold again, will he and Candice put their grudges behind them to start fresh?

 

SAnitY’s Killian Dain speaks.

“New Orleans. Lars Sullivan took something from me. He took my chance to write history.” But tonight, Big Damo will use No Disqualification to take everything from Lars! It won’t be Eric Young, Alexander Wolfe or Nikki Cross bring the chaos, but just Big Damo alone! Will the Leviathan survive the wrath of the Beast of Belfast?

 

Ricochet VS Fabian Aichner!

The #OneAndOnly was also part of TakeOver’s historic ladder match, but was also unsuccessful in winning NXT’s newest title. However, he is here now for his Full Sail in-ring debut to carve his path to the top! How will he fair against the man who wants to go to the #NXTLVL in his own right?

The bell rings and the two circle while fans chant for Ricochet. They tie up, Ricochet gets the waistlock then headlock. Aichner hits back and powers out but Ricochet rolls off his back, under the clothesline, then backwards to headscissor Aichner down. Ricochet kip-up and dropkicks Aichner and fans are fired up. Aichner chops Ricochet back, then whips him to a corner. Ricochet goes up and over then handsprings and jumps, but Aichner catches him into a fireman’s carry! Aichner tosses Ricochet up to bring him down into a gutbuster! Ricochet flounders from the big knee to stomach, but Aichner keeps on him with a mudhole stomp in the corner.

Aichner backs off at the ref’s count, but comes back to stand Ricochet up. Ricochet turns things around and gives back a sharp chop of his own! Ricochet chops again, then whips Aichner at the ropes. Aichner reverses the whip and catches Ricochet into a tilt-o-whirl backbreaker! Cover, TWO, but Aichner keeps his cool. Aichner sits Ricochet up for a rear bearhug. Ricochet endures while fans rally. Ricochet stands up and fights out but Aichner rams a knee into Ricochet’s ribs. Aichner brings Ricochet up into bomb position, and shouts, “Next Level!” He lifts Ricochet but Ricochet slips out the back.

Ricochet rocks Aichner with a back elbow, then goes to boot, but Aichner blocks. Aichner retaliates with a hard European Uppercut, then whips Ricochet corner to corner. Ricochet manages to boot Aichner this time, then somersaults for a dropkick! Aichner goes down and fans fire up for Ricochet again. Ricochet drags himself up while Aichner stands. Ricochet blocks punches to give punches then rallies with forearms. He runs in at a corner for a big uppercut, then whips corner to corner. Aichner reverses but Ricochet dodges, corner 619 and springboard EuroUpper!

But Ricochet isn’t done there! He hits a standing shooting star, cover, TWO! Ricochet is surprised but keeps his cool. He goes to a corner and climbs up top. Aichner revives and trips Ricochet up, then climbs up to join him. Aichner tries but Ricochet resists the superplex. Ricochet fights Aichner off with body shots then a sharp uppercut. Ricochet adjusts, and hits the 630 senton!!

Cover, Ricochet wins!

Winner: Ricochet, by pinfall

The King of Speed wins his first 1v1 match in NXT! With speed, strength and style, can Ricochet reach the highest heights imaginable?

Ringside interview with Ricochet.

An incredible start to his NXT career, so how does it feel to get his first 1v1 win? It feels great, and fans agree. He likes hearing the chants, and he has watched a lot of today’s top stars in WWE make their start here at Full Sail. Stars like Bayley, Sami Zayn, Seth Rollins to name a few, “but now it’s my turn.” Ricochet came to NXT to turn things up and make a name for himself. He will prove to everyone why there is #OneAndOnly Ricochet. The King of Speed is ready to be a star, who will he encounter on his path to the top?

 

Lars Sullivan speaks.

“Tonight, I get Killian Dain in a No Disqualification match.” Which means Lars gets to do whatever he wants to Dain. Whatever comes to mind will happen. Everyone will see exactly why Lars Sullivan is “a real-life Freak of Nature!” Will the Beast of Belfast be able to even leave Full Sail to make a main roster debut after tonight?

 

War Raiders VS The Metro Brothers!

Ray Rowe & “War Beard” Hanson made a riotous debut last week when they wrecked the match between Heavy Machinery and the Blue Chip Boys. They look to continue on that warpath tonight, do JC & Chris stand a chance?

Rowe starts against JC and the bell rings, Rowe immediately hits JC with shotgun knees!

Chris can’t believe what happened to his brother right before his eyes. He tags in and tries but Rowe throws him right down. Rowe drags Chris up, Hanson tags in, and the Raiders mug Chris with knees. Hanson gives another big knee, then drags Chris up. Chris chops back but hurts his hand! He runs but Hanson cartwheels and lariats Chris down! Hanson roars and the fans fire up. Tag to Rowe, and Hanson feeds Rowe for Rowe to toss Chris up for the pop-up powerslam, Thor’s Hammer! JC returns but Roew gives him Ace Ten Mao! Rowe tags Hanson in before dragging Chris up. Hanson climbs as Rowe lifts Chris, and War Raiders hit FALLOUT!

Hanson covers, Raiders win!

Winners: War Raiders (Rowe & Hanson), Hanson pinning

These bearded behemoths will not be stopped now that they’re in NXT, are the Undisputed Era’s days as tag team champions numbered?

 

Shayna Baszler speaks.

The new NXT Women’s Champion knows a meeting is going on and she’s late to it. But she doesn’t care, she plays by her own rules. Shayna walks into the locker room to interrupt that meeting, as well as Serena Deeb’s pep talk to the other women of the NXT roster. The Queen of Spades lets them all know she runs the locker room now, and makes it even clearer by ripping down Ember Moon’s locker label. Shayna uses a playing card for her label, and tells everyone that there’s no one who can stop the change. She suggests they either get in line or get out of the division. But when Dakota Kai wants to go out and refill her thermos, Shayna gets in her face. Bully Baszler reigns over NXT with an iron fist, who will rise up to lead a revolution?

 

NXT, meet NXT’s Finest.

“The Finest Smile, the Finest Jewelry, the Finest Hair.” He’s on his way back, so get ready, for The Finest Kona Reeves. Reinvented and returning, can Kona Reeves reignite his NXT career?

 

NXT & WWE Media caught up with Pete Dunne.

The reporters ask the British Bruiserweight about the betrayal suffered at TakeOver: New Orleans. Dunne promises to return in a few weeks, and will show us what he thinks of Roderick Strong the moment he gets his hansd on him. “I’m gonna rip his head off.” The WWE UK Champion kept it short but not so sweet, will he get sweet revenge on the Undisputed Era’s newest recruit?

 

No Disqualifications: Lars Sullivan VS Killian Dain!

King Kong VS Godzilla? All the destruction in Rampage the movie? None of that will compare to what’s about to happen between the Leviathan and the Beast of Belfast when there are no rules but to win! With SAnitY headed to SmackDown, will Big Damo’s good-bye match be a violent victory? Or a decimating defeat?

The bell rings and the fans chant, “Hoss Fight! Hoss Fight!” Damo and Lars step to each other, Damo being very vocal, then he suddenly headbutts Lars! Lars staggers but Damo keeps on him with forearms. Lars powers Damo to a corner and rams in a shoulder, but Damo hits back with another forearm. Damo keeps Lars on the ropes, then clotheslines him out of the ring. Lars stays on his feet, he drags Damo out to join him. They brawl at ringside and around corners, all the way to the ramp-side of the ring, with the referee following at a safe distance. Lars knees low and whips but Damo reverses to send Lars into steel steps! The referee checks on Lars and determines he’s okay to continue. Damo goes back into the ring, takes aim, and DIVES!

But Lars catches him, to then ram Damo into a post! Lars continues by suplexing Damo to the ground! It takes a bit out of both monsters, but Lars is first to stand up. He drags Damo up and into the ring, then rolls him over for clubbing crossface forearms! Lars throws hammering hand after hand into Damo’s face, but Damo still stirs. Lars deadlifts Damo up for a German Suplex! Damo rolls out of the ring and slumps to the floor. Lars exits the ring to climb up to the top! The Leviathan LEAPS for a lethal lariat!

The monsters crash and burn, and fans chant “NXT! NXT!” while the referee checks on them both. Both men are somehow okay to continue, though Lars has given Damo a bloody nose. Lars stands up first again, and he puts Damo back in the ring. Lars hops up again, for the monster diving headbutt! Cover, TWO! Lars grows frustrated, so he goes outside the ring to fetch something from underneath: a chair! Then another chair, and another chair. Fans want tables, but Lars settles for these. He picks up one chair, aims at Damo, and jams it into Damo’s ribs. Damo staggers into a corner and Lars goes after him, trying to press the chair into Damo’s head like a vice. Damo fights him off, but Lars runs corner to corner, only to run into Damo’s dropkick!

Both behemoths are down, but the fans rally for “Killian! Killian!” With blood dripping from his nose, Damo stands, followed by Lars. Damo throws a forearm, but Lars gives one back. The behemoths brawl, Damo gets the edge but dares Lars to give it back. Lars swings but Damo ducks under to then lift Lars up in a fireman’s carry. Slam and back senton, the Belfast Blitz! But Damo keeps moving, and climbs up the ropes for a Belfast Vader Bomb!

Cover, TWO! Frustration grows for Damo, he goes out to search for something under the ring. Fans want a table, so Damo gives them a table! Damo picks the table up and puts it in the ring. Lars stirs while Damo picks up a chair. Damo drives that chair into Lars’ back! Damo then takes the table and props it up in a corner. Lars crawls over, but Damo SMACKS him with that third chair. Damo brings him up and prepares to throw Lars at the table, but Lars fights back. Lars picks Damo up and drops him with a side slam! Lars grabs a chair and presses it into Damo’s chest, then goes to a corner. The Leviathan climbs up again, but Damo moves, and Lars falls on only the chair!

Damo fires himself up while Lars writhes and flounders, then lines up the shot. He waits for Lars to stand, then runs out, but Lars catches the Divide crossbody to turn it into a powerslam! Cover, ONE!? Lars is shocked! But he keeps going, bringing Damo up for a scoop. Damo slips out and bicycle boots Lars. Lars staggers and Damo goes back to the corner. Damo runs out again, and the Divide brings them both crashing through the table!

Fans chant “NXT! NXT!” while Damo rolls out of the wreckage, leaving Lars amidst the debris. Damo isn’t done, he picks up a chair while the referee digs Lars out. Damo puts the chair on Lars’ chest before stomping a mudhole into him! He then wedges it in front of Lars’ face, and fans anticipate what’s coming. Damo goes to the adjacent corner and climbs up to the top. But Lars revives and goes after Damo with a chair, only for Damo to punch that chair into Lars’ face! Lars staggers around again and Damo adjusts. Damo leaps but Lars thrusts the chair into his ribs! Then Lars SMACKS Damo across the back! Lars stacks chairs and drags Damo up, for a FREAK ACCIDENT!

Cover, Lars wins!

Winner: Lars, by pinfall

Destructive and dominant, the Leviathan beats the Beast of Belfast! Lars made Damo bleed and he made him fall before Damo leaves for SmackDown. Now that Lars is THE Monster of NXT, is there any hope of stopping him?

 

NXT looks back on the grudge between Andrade Almas, Zelina Vega, and Mr. & Mrs. Wrestling.

Johnny Gargano thought 2018 was going to be his year after his wife joined him at Full Sail and the Performance Center. He was so proud to have his favorite wrestler finally make it “where she rightfully belongs” after years of hard work. However, we know things didn’t go Gargano’s way, as Zelina Vega would interfere during his matches with El Idolo. Candice LeRae would get her own shots in on Vega, but in the end, Almas would go 4-0 against Johnny Wrestling. Gargano’s grudge with Tommaso Ciampa aside, Mrs. Wrestling “is just getting started” with La Gerente. They settle things here tonight, will Candice finish it with a win or a loss?

 

The Undisputed Era arrives for their photo shoot.

While Bobby Fish is out with his ACL injury, Roderick Strong steps up to be one of the NXT Tag Team Champions. Adam Cole has his own belt now that he’s the inaugural NXT North American Champion, so one thing that is undisputed, is that the Undisputed Era is golden. Will Cole, Fish, O’Reilly and Strong continue to #ShockTheSystem and gather up championships?

 

Candice LeRae VS Zelina Vega!

Finally, after a handful of fights that accompanied other superstars’ matches, Mrs. Wrestling and La Gerente del Idolo will fight in their own match! Vega will join Andrade Almas in joining SmackDown, will her good-bye match go her way? Or will karma catch up to her for all she did to Johnny and Candice?

The fans are on the side of “Candice Wrestling” even before the bell. Zelina talks trash at the bell and shoves Candice, so Candice shoves back! Zelina runs but Candice blocks her kick. Candice reels Zelina in for a pendulum gutbuster! Candice then goes to the top rope already, but Almas appears out from the crowd!

Almas’ distraction repays Zelina for all of hers as Zelina throws Candice to the mat by her hair! Candice flounders while Almas grins and applauds Zelina. But as he promised at the start, Gargano appears! Zelina throws Candice out right as Gargano approaches, so Mr. Wrestling checks on Mrs. Wrestling first.

Zelina hops out of the ring to taunt Gargano while she bounces Candice off the apron. Almas applauds while Zelina puts Candice in the ring and covers, TWO. Zelina keeps on Candice with a dragon sleeper, but Gargano and the fans rally. Candice fights up and backs Zelina into a corner and buckles. Candice breaks free but runs into buckles as Zelina side-steps. Zelina jump kicks Candice down, then a la Almas, she runs in for Cien Knees!

Cover, TWO! Gargano applauds but Zelina and Almas are frustrated. Zelina brings Candice up for another page from Almas’ book, but Candice counters the hammerlock DDT into a small package! TWO, and Zelina swings on Candice, but Candice blocks and counters. Candice chops and haymakers Zelina into a corner then fast and furious! The referee backs Candice off but Candice runs in for the back elbow. She lets Zelina fall to then climb up, for the missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Candice keeps her cool as Gargano and teh fans rally. Zelina throws a forearm then whips, but Candice ducks to tilt-o-whirl Zelina into a takedown! Candice borrows something from Johnny, it’s the GargaNO Escape! Almas runs into the ring, but Gargano intercepts, and now it’s double GargaNO Escapes!!

Zelina taps, Candice wins!

Winner: Candice, by submission

A triumphant return for Mr. Wrestling and a triumphant debut for Mrs. Wrestling, Johnny & Candice are here to stay! They send Almas & Vega packing with that loss, will El Idolo & La Gerente be able to move past it with their fresh start on SmackDown?

Gargano speaks.

“First of all, that was awesome!” Fans agree, “That was Awesome!” Second of all, Gargano says that with Almas & Vega taken care of once and for all, “Aleister Black, I am challenging you!” Gargano wants Aleister and the NXT Championship! Speak of the devil, the Embodiment of the End appears.

Aleister stands on stage with the title in one hand and a microphone in the other. Gargano is excited but Candice is a bit worried. Aleister speaks, “You want it? Then next week, you shall have it.” An NXT Championship match, already!? The Dutch Destroyer and Johnny Wrestling are already going 1v1 over the title! Will Gargano achieve his dream so soon after being hired back? Or will he simply #FadeToBlack?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A solid episode here tonight. After knowing who is going and who is staying from this recent round of call-ups, this was a great way to shift things to fit the new landscape. Gargano even frames it as much as he promotes Candice VS Zelina for the first time ever as the last time, too. Ricochet and Aichner have a great opening match, and I personally feel a competitive match was better for Ricochet to showcase himself than squashing a jobber. On the other hand, War Raiders squashing the Metro Brothers was actually pretty fun. With SAnitY and Authors of Pain both out, Hanson & Rowe will move right in as the powerhouse team. The Undisputed Era is riding high, but with Pete Dunne preparing his revenge and the War Raiders easily a choice for contenders, they’ve got their hands full.

Shayna Baszler continues great character work, setting the new ground rules for her vision of the NXT Women’s Division. Something to note is that Nikki Cross is not yet included in SAnitY’s call-up, perhaps she will hang back long enough to challenge Shayna for the title. Meanwhile, it is interesting to see Kona Reeves gets a repackaging as a new superficial and narcissist character. I’m just not sure that’ll be enough to get him going, though. Damo VS Lars was great, and with Damo on his way out, it makes sense for Lars to win. Candice VS Zelina felt like it could have used more time, the spots that happened all felt rushed. But even so, great to see side-by-side submissions as Candice gets her first victory in NXT. And what a great closing moment! Aleister VS Gargano 1v1 will be another instant classic, no matter who wins.

My Score: 8/10


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We continue our Dream Slam tour with the penultimate show. April 1st is where the big matches will be taking place, including that Exploding Death Match.

Today however, we get Io Shirai and Odeo Tai defending their Stardom titles before the big show. So let’s not waste any more time and….dive right in.

 

Six Man Tag Team Match
Starlight Kid, Hanan & Natsumi vs Ruaka, Nao Yamaguchi & Leo Onozaki

Review: Our opener is of course a trios match with the Future of Stardom division here as both teams are looking to get a win for one of their partners that haven’t won a match yet aka Leo and Natsumi, so let’s see which team wins it. This is also Starlight Kid’s first match since winning the Future of Stardom Championship at the last show too and looks to win and gain momentum before her match as AZM the next day. The match starts off the usual mess with where everyone would be in the ring to do something and just comes off a bit too sloppy for me here. However, some have been starting to show some progress such as Hanan and Natsumi and hopefully they show more of their growth this year. Starlight Kid though is the only good thing about the match as the rest was still sloppy up until the end where Starlight would win with her Rounding Moonsault on Nao to pick up the win.

Recommended: If you like Starlight Kid, then yes otherwise just skip.

 

Three Way Match
Saki Kashima vs Shiki Shibusawa vs Natsu Sumire

Review: We get a three way match this time and I really hope that this is much better than the previous one we had with Xia and if you follow my articles and have read that one or watched it, you’ll know why. We have Sumire getting involved this time and I guess it’s to give her something while Kagetsu and Hana have a title match, and Tam already booked for later. We also got Saki having her second match back after she lost in her return match and hoping to pick up a win this time. And then there’s Shiki who lost in the finals of the Future of Stardom Championship tournament and looks to get back on the saddle. Before the match in one of the pre match interviews, Sumire said she’ll win due to her professional make-up while the both of them are cheap with their make-up and when she wins, she’ll dump them into the Dontobori River…the monster. Also Sumire coming out with the whip equals nice.

Damn, Starlight Kid is super quick with taking out the streamers compared to the guys at ROH, then again not hard to top ROH in things recently. Okay, stay on target now. Sumire would cut ANOTHER promo in the ring this time before the match start to insult their make-up and call them ‘country side Yankii’s!”, then she would tell them to go to the river before they had enough of her shit and start beating her up as the match finally starts. We get a good mixture of decent wrestling and some entertainment as they would have humor in the match with Sumire trying to dictate how they all punch each other, even though it doesn’t go in her favor, but the Joe Doering punches take a bit away from the match (Sorry Joe). Shiki and Saki would get payback on Sumire as Shiki would have her in a Camel Clutch and Saki pours water on Sumire to smear the make-up off of her face, the humiliation! Saki would get the win over Shiki by hitting the Killswitch for the win!

Recommended: Much better match.

 

Tag Team Elimination Match
Jungle Kyona, Natsuko Tora, Kaori Yoneyama & Konami vs Viper, HZK, Momo Watanabe & AZM

Review: We have a battle between Team Jungle and Queen’s Quest in a regular elimination match very similar to how NJPW does them with being able to win by pinfall, submission, or throwing them over the top rope. Which unit will establish dominance?

Team Jungle’s pre match interview is well..weird, they would talk about how they’ll win since they have the most body weight and Kaori would shout out ‘we’re fat!’, random. This match is mostly to give a little preview before Viper and Kyona have their SWA Championship bout on the next show. HZM would try to give Natsuko her lolipop and she didn’t want it, rude. The match would start off with Team Jungle being thrown into a corner while everyone but Viper hits their moves on all four as Viper missed her Cannonball, AZM almost got eliminated quickly til Queen’s Quest would catch her before elimination. Kaori would be in the ring to outsmart both Momo and Viper til it would bite her in the ass as Viper reversed a rollup to hold her down to pin and eliminate Kaori. Natsuko would get in the ring next to try and eliminate Viper, but she failed a minute later as Viper would hit the Avalanche to get rid of her too, leaving Team Jungle with two people left while Queen’s Quest still has all four.

Queen’s Quest would have the advantage for a moment until Konami and Kyona reverse their double teaming as Kyona and Viper were alone in the ring together wrestling back and forth til Viper attempts to throw her out of the ring, but Jungle hangs on until Viper attempts to run towards her, only to both of them being eliminated via over the top rope, leaving Konami alone against HZK, AZM, and Momo. Konami would valiantly try to fight them off, but the numbers game is too much for her, HZK would toss AZM over her shoulders to make her land a nasty Double Stomp which looked awesome, but Konami would outsmart them once again and would eliminate AZM with a nice Roundhouse Kick. Konami would last for another minute until Momo would pick up the win with her B Driver, giving Queen’s Quest the victory.

Recommended: Slow start, but picks up and is entertaining.

 

Tag Team Match
Mayu Iwatani & Tam Nakano vs Toni Storm & Xia Brookside

Review: I know when I first started covering Stardom I said that Kagetsu was the next contender due to how she was teasing the championship match, but it actually is Mayu who has a shot against Toni Storm finally and I apologize for the mix-up. Toni right now isn’t in the best mood for losing her SWA Championship and now has to worry if she’ll lose her World of Stardom Championship against Mayu. Mayu and Tam wasting no time as they attack Toni and Xia.

We are underway here with Tam showing more of her in-ring work outside of Oedo Tai and she’s actually not bad at all, I’m liking what I’m see and Xia is also showing improvement as well. We also get a little preview between Toni and Mayu and all I gotta say is that Mayu is back, baby! I’m finally seeing her getting into the groove of things again and I hope she takes that belt away from Toni to reclaim her top spot as the new ace of Stardom. Very entertaining match, nice offense from all four of these women and we have Mayu getting the win with a beautiful Dragon Suplex Hold on Xia to get the pin and this is just me, but Mayu has the best Dragon Suplex that I’ve seen in the business currently, just her arch and everything is gorgeous. Looking forward to this match.

Recommended: Very good match, definitely worth a watch.

 

Wonder of Stardom Title Match
Io Shirai (c) vs. Bea Priestley

Review: So this will be my first time seeing Bea Priestley in a one on one match, so I’m hoping she impresses me here because so far I am just not into her work right now and still has the worst Curb Stomp I’ve ever seen, so let’s see if she can win me over when she fights Io. For Io, this will be her 7th title defense as Wonder of Stardom Champion and I heard the belt will be given a little makeover with some nice new white leather, so the winner will be getting a shiny new belt on top of it. This match showed me that Bea does have some potential, but still wasn’t a lot to impress me in this match I’m afraid. Don’t get me wrong, some of her stuff was good and has a very nice Superkick, but other stuff from her was also sloppy at the same time and her selling is not so good, but I will let it slide for now. Io as always does a fantastic job working with her opponents and can give us a solid match with almost anyone and that is what we see here. Both do well at some spots and Io would pull an Okada and hit a Tombstone before hitting her finisher which is a Moonsault Press, and retaining her title while getting the newly redone one.

Recommended: Not great, but still pretty solid. Give it a watch

 

Goddesses of Stardom Title Match
Kagetsu & Hana Kimura (c) vs. Mary & Faby Apache

Review: Due to the Apache Sisters getting a pinfall on Kagetsu during one of their previous matches, we’re able to have this title match taking place here and this is also Oedo Tai’s 7th title defense here like how it was with Io also. So let’s see if Kagetsu can get some momentum before her Exploding Death Match or if Oedo Tai can get derailed and the Apache Sisters can claim the Goddesses of Stardom Championships. Come to think of it, those are the only belts in the company that have the black leather while the rest are in different colors, weird but neat. Very nice sequences between Kagetsu and Faby to start us off and a outside spot where Kagetsu would throw Mary into the chairs and she does a front flip going pretty far with it also. Apache Sisters really do work well as a tag team and I can see why they’re considered legends in Mexico and nice to see them working with Stardom to help out some of the younger talent while also giving them their daughter, Natsumi. The tag match itself was solid and both teams do very well here as we see the teamwork with just Hana and Kagetsu to see why they won the titles in the first place. Oedo Tai would retain their championships with Kagetsu hitting the Oedo Coaster on Mary Apache and they’ve successfully defended their championship seven times as we now have one show left which is sure to be a great one.

Recommended: Fun match, loved the tag teams.

Overall: Solid show for show and a great way to get it hyped up for the last Dream Slam show where we will have our first ever Exploding Death Match in Stardom along with the World of Stardom Championship match between Toni and Mayu. I’m looking forward to it and be sure to find it when it’s up in about a week.

Favorite Match: Mayu Iwatani & Tam Nakano vs Toni Storm & Xia Brookside

Least Favorite Match: Starlight Kid, Hanan & Natsumi vs Ruaka, Nao Yamaguchi & Leo Onozaki

Score: 7/10

See you all for Dream Slam in Nagoya and be sure to check out my coverage for Champion Carnival if you want more puroresu content.


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