Connect with us

International Coverage

Stardom Dream Slam in Nagoya Results & Review (4/1/2018)



Well folks, the day has arrived for the big Dream Slam show! A fully stacked card that contains most of the Stardom titles, and more importantly, the Exploding Death Match!

Finally after all the hype that was made for it and now we’re here.


Tag Team Match
Hanan & Nao Yamaguchi vs. Leo Onozaki & Ruaka

Review: Our first match is of course out Future of Stardom tag match between our Young Lioness’ (Least I think that’s the Joshi equivalent) and these four wanna showcase for future opportunities such as a Future of Stardom Championship match. The match is just about as basic as you can get with it and under four minutes with Ruaka hitting her Fisherman Suplex Hold on Yamaguchi for the win.

Recommended: Nothing really to write home about.


IPW UK Women’s Title Match
Xia Brookside (c) vs. Konami

Review: It looks like Xia is finally gonna have her third championship defense as she looks to fight Konami to try and retain her title. IPW stands for International Pro Wrestling and the promotion takes place in the UK and is one of Stardom’s partnerships for when they need UK wrestlers, so it explains where Xia originated before saying she wanted to also join Stardom fully after fighting Io. Hope to see Konami in more singles matches because I do enjoy her work and think she can go in the ring. Xia only has about two years of experience in her belt and I gotta say that she’s not too bad either. The match is about six minutes, but it was solid enough to give us what we need despite the slow start and Xia retains her title with a Leg Roll Clutch Hold, about time I see someone get pinned by it.

Recommended: Match wasn’t bad at all, worth a look if you’re a fan of these two.


Future Of Stardom Title Match
Starlight Kid (c) vs. AZM

Review: After being crowned the first Future of Stardom Champion, Starlight Kid announced that she wanted AZM to be her first opponent for the championship on this show and AZM told her that it’ll be the day she loses the title as well. I wanna explain the rules for the championship one more time for those that missed the previous coverage. The Future of Stardom Championship is for those that are under twenty years or age and/or have under two years of wrestling experience and while AZM has four years of experience, she’s only fifteen years old meaning she can qualify for the title for another five years or so, and while someone like Shiki Shibiusawa who is twenty one years old, but has less than two years of experiences meaning she can qualify for the title as well. Anyway, enough babbling and onto the actual title match now and let’s see how these two do together for the championship. Starlight went to go for a handshake, but AZM would ignore it as the two go right at it the second that bellt rings and they didn’t disappoint aside from the couple of hiccups, but wasn’t enough to take away from the match here. You can tell how talented both of these women are and definitely are the future of the company as well as the best of that division, and should be a sign for the others to step it up like them someday. AZM had a few close calls and I honestly thought she was going to win this, but Starlight Kid would turn it around and hit her Rounding Frogsplash to retain her title in her first impressive defense. No new challengers stepped up to fight Starlight, but I have no doubt AZM will get another opportunity again.

Recommended: Really good for a solid five minute match, give it a watch.


Singles Match
Bea Priestley vs. Momo Watanabe

Review: Fresh off of her defeat to Io Shirai in the Wonder of Stardom Title Match, Bea looks to impress Stardom further and finding her place on the roster as she takes on Momo Watanabe. I heard this was part of the Queen’s Quest Singles Series Match as well was the one with AZM, HZK, and then Viper later on. I have no clue as to why they’re being called that aside from members of Queen’s Quest being in singles matches, but let’s see what happens. I gotta admit here that Bea is slowly starting to improve for me and I hope she continues to do so from here on out if she decides to stay. Momo is actually a good worker and one of the more underrated people on the roster as we see here how well she can work in singles competition. The match itself was average, but again the two did their part well and Bea would get the win with an….actual good Curb Stomp…it actually happened!

Recommended: Decent match so up to you if you wanna watch.


Singles Match
Hana Kimura vs. HZK

Review: Another match that’s apart of the Queen’s Quest Singles Series Match as HZK is set to take on the remaining Oedo Tai member, Hana Kimura due to Kagetsu and Sumire being in the main event, so we get see what Hana can do in singles action for those that haven’t seen her. In the pre-match interview, Hana was more focused on her make-up and asked how long we were watching and if she was kawaii (the answer is yes, next to Jiro.) and says she’ll look exactly the same when she goes back home to Tokyo. HZK was also short as she says she wants to beat her and never deal with her again once it’s done. Hana went to give the referee a lolipop before the bell rings and he just rejects it..rude. Hana was mostly just toying with HZK during the beginning of it til she had enough and started going all out on Hana, but it would be short lived with Hana getting the control and heat of the match. To me the match was great since they both worked really well together and gave us about ten minutes of intense action throughout the bout. The last two minutes of the match delivered as you saw the desperation from HZK in trying to get the win, but Hana would outsmart her with a Small Package to pick up the win, leaving HZM frustrated as she attempts to attack Hana after the match before being held back in time.

Recommended: Really good match, worth a viewing.


Six Man Tag Team Match
Faby Apache, Mary Apache & Natsumi vs. Natsuko Tora, Saki Kashima & Shiki Shibusawa

Review: We get The Apache Sisters again and this time teaming up with Mary’s daughter, Natsumi for this bout and I wanna say that both Apache Sisters have been great throughout this tour, I love their style, their matches have been fun, and I hope they do more tours in the future to help out the Stardom roster. As for Natsumi, I wish her the best of luck in her journey in Stardom as all three take on the team of Natsuko, Saki, and Shiki. Saki is another one who has been impressive upon her return to the ring and I hope she keeps up her momentum here going forward after this match. The match was entertaining as the Apache family were on point except for Natsumi since she shows that she still needs more work done, but this is why she’s in this match to learn from her family. Saki and Shiki worked slightly well as a team and it could possibly hint a future tag team together in general, but we will have to wait and see about that one. Mary Apache would get the win for her team with Diving Kneel Kick from the middle rope onto Natsuko.

Recommended: Very fun tag match


SWA Undisputed World Women’s Title Match
Viper (c) vs. Jungle Kyona

Review: We get one of our big title matches with Viper defending her SWA Undisputed World Women’s Championship against Jungle Kyona as per request from Jungle after Viper defeated Toni Storm for the championship. Jungle said it was her birthday today and she looks to win the title as her birthday present, and I also gotta give credit to Viper for doing this entire tour while still being sick during the whole thing. Jungle by herself can actually work since she’s another really good worker and the match right here showed that despite the actual jungle gimmick being a hit and miss for me, but again she’s really good at her in ring ability. We get a great match out of these two with Viper controlling most of the match with her size and power as she should and made it very believable for Kyona to be the undergo in this match and the crowd really getting behind her during the match also. Kyona would even hold Viper up for a running Liger Bomb! However, she still kicked out of it and even Scoop Slamming Viper even though it looked sloppy, she kept pulling off a lot of maneuvers for the match to try and win today, but it turned out to not be enough as Viper retained the title after hitting the Michinoku Driver II. Fantastic effort by Jungle Kyona and even got respect from Viper after the match, but not enough to win and I believe she’ll have a big win this year for sure.

Recommended: Match definitely delivered and Jungle Kyona stepped up big time right here.


World Of Stardom Title Match
Toni Storm (c) vs. Mayu Iwatani

Review: Before we talk about the match, let’s go back to a little bit of history since this isn’t the first time they fought. Toni won the 5★Star GP Tournament on September 18th to earn a title shot against the World of Stardom Champion at the time. Mayu Iwatani. The two would fight nearly a week after that tournament, however things wouldn’t go as planned as Mayu was injured around two minutes into the match and was unable to continue, leading Toni to win the match and title by default after dislocating her elbow. She would be out of action until December, but wasn’t able to get a proper rematch for her title just yet and it looked like she wanted to build up more momentum to feel ready to reclaim her spot as the new ace of Stardom after she dethroned Io last year. Even in the pre-match interview, Mayu talked about how this was even the same arena where she got injured during their title match here, so it makes sense as to them having it here so they could give the fans a proper match this time and for Toni, it’s to see if she actually earned the title or was it just a fluke for her.

The match would start with a respectful handshake and the two waste no time with going back and forth with each other and around two minutes into the match, Toni would sell her elbow as if she hurt it, which concerned the ref and Mayu since it happened with roles reversed the last time they fought, but once Mayu got closer, Toni would see Mayu taking the bait as she worked on her and I’m not gonna lie, dick move, Toni, dick move. The storytelling for the match was great with Toni working on the injured arm throughout the match to try and re-injure it while Mayu putting her heart on the line in this title match to show the fans she belongs in the title picture once more. The match was fantastic as the two ladies gave us the proper rematch that the fan deserve this time and with an actual conclusion to the match. The match is nearly fourteen minutes, but as you keep watching the match, it feels a little bit longer and that’s a good thing since the match is just captivating from beginning to end with the wrestling mixed with storytelling and definitely one of my favorite matches in Stardom this year. Mayu became to close to winning the World of Stardom Championship once more, but Toni would hit the Strong Zero back to back in her third successful title defense. After the match, a newly designed World of Stardom Championship belt would be presented and before it would be handed to Toni, Mayu would find the strength to get up just so she could hand the title to Toni instead in a show of respect for defeating her and they hugged before she would collapse onto the ring. Mayu Iwatani is the rightful heir as the new ace of Stardom and I still stand by that statement, the company trusted her to lead the company to new heights with the thought of Io leaving them last year for WWE, but that didn’t happen due to her neck injury being a factor to failing her physical, that’s beside the point as Mayu has earned that spot on the top since she’s just incredible in the ring. I do believe Mayu and Toni will fight again and I can understand why she lost since story wise she has a bit of a ways to go to earn her title once more, and I think she’ll get the chance if she wins the Cinderella Tournament or this years 5★Star GP Tournament since those would be the right times to pick up the rematch and reclaim her title.

Recommended: Definitely give the match a watch, great stuff.


Current Blast Exploding Bat Death Tag Team Match
Io Shirai & Tam Nakano vs. Kagetsu & Natsu Sumire

Review: This is not only the continuation of a rivalry between Kagetsu and Io Shirai, but also the conclusion between Tam and Odeo Tai. A little more info to share about that feud is that, Tam Nakano actually used to be apart of Odeo Tai for quite a while until she lost a match that would make her leave the unit and they assaulted her after also. She was mostly teased by Sumire and this is why she wanted to have this match with her mostly and now we get to have it. With Io, if you remember that she only agreed to do this as long as she gets her one on one match with Kagetsu in a Strong Style Match, but it would have to be for her Wonder of Stardom Championship. There’s no official date for the match yet, but it’ll definitely be something worth watching, but now let’s get onto the match.

I think this might be my favorite Stardom match this year so far and we’re not halfway done with this year yet. The best part about this match is that it doesn’t fully rely on the explosions or use of weapons to make this match deliver since there’s actually more wrestling in it than the use of the weapons and we only get two explosions in this match, but to me I felt like this was all they needed because of the story and suspense they built up in the match made the two explosions worth it all. The one con in the match was Sumire in this match and I love her and all, but it shows her flaws in her wrestling ability since she is the weaker of the four and actually the weakest member in Odeo Tai and it really shows in this match for sure. Aside from all of that, all four have done well enough to deliver and mesh the two stories here. The match would go on for almost a half hour and Tam Nakano has gotten her redemption finally after hitting Sumire with the exploding bat and her Violet Shooting to end her feud with Odeo Tai.

Recommended: Great match and definitely worth a viewing by everyone.


Overall: Aside from the beginning match being flat, the rest of the card was great as every match delivered what it needed to do and the last three matches were tremendous, and I highly recommend that you check them all out as soon as you can. You can even subscribe to Stardom at and it’s well worth it if you’re into Joshi wrestling, and it’s only $6.50 a month. Give the show a watch as we now wait for the next tour which will have the draft between the top three factions, so a nice little shake-up.

Favorite Match: Io Shirai & Tam Nakano vs. Kagetu & Natsu Sumire and Toni Storm vs. Mayu Iwatani

Least Favorite Match: Hanan & Nao Yamaguchi vs. Leo Onozaki & Ruaka

Score: 8.5/10

Always Use Your Head and visit the official Pro Wrestling Tees store for The Chairshot All t-shirt proceeds help support the advancement of your favorite hard-hitting wrestling website, The Chairshot!


International Coverage

AJPW Super Power Series 2018 Results & Review (5/24/2018)



We are back with some All Japan Pro Wrestling coverage again! Finally, we get the much anticipated rematch with our Champions Carnival winner, Naomichi Marufuji taking on the current Triple Crown Champion, Kento Miyahara. The last time these two fought was at the Carnival final where they both won their respected blocks and Marufuji would come out the winner to get a future title match despite him saying he had no desire to go for the belt at this time.

However, they still gotta follow rules and keep the ball rolling, so here we are now. We got what looks to be a stacked show tonight and even the return of Jake Lee, something to look forward to. So let’s not waste anymore time and just…dive right in.


Singles Match
Yohei Nakajima vs. Ishikiri

Review: Before the majority of the show gets covered in tag matches, we get a singles matches to kick the show off between Yohei and Ishikiri. I see Ishikiri wearing the Mortal Kombat logo on the side of his pants there, thumbs up to you. The match started really fast paced and fairly impressive might I add. Both of these men have done well for the opening bout and was mostly impressed with Ishikiri as he stood out for me a little bit more than Yohei, which I’m not saying he’s bad either. Around six minutes, Yohei would hit a spinning back kick which he calls Tobiushiro-Mawashigiri and then get the win in a pretty solid opener.

Recommended: Good match to get the crowd going.


Tag Team Match
Jun Akiyama & Osamu Nishimura vs. Takao Omori & Masanobu Fuchi

Review: This tag match is special to them since this is also a tribute match to one of All Japan’s greats, Jumbo Tsuruta who has passed away eighteen years ago this month. So this match between the people that remember this legend is for the respect they had for him and how much he meant to these four men right here.

I think it’s amazing that the crowd reaction whenever Fuchi is in the ring is one of the loudest in the company right now next to guys like Kento, Suwama, Shuji, etc. Whenever Jun would hit Fuchi with an open fist or move out of the way when he goes for a dropkick, the crowd showers Jun in a ton of boo’s an it’s just entertaining and a bit heartwarming to see that they still love Fuchi. The match wasn’t great, but it was exactly how I expected it to go with four vets working together to give people still something entertaining at least and it was all in good fun, so what more could you ask for? Jun would do the Wrist Clutch Small Package Hold on Fuchi to get the win for his team. After the match, all four of them would honor the passing of Jumbo Tsuruta who is considered one of the greatest of all time and just the great in All Japan by many people, his spirit lives on with the company to to help shine All Japan to a brighter future. JUM-BO!

Recommended: Fun match, touching tribute, and a nice call back to the stuff that happened during Jumbo’s era. Worth a watch.


Eight Man Tag Team Match
Suwama, Shuji Ishikawa, Atsushi Aoki & Hikaru Sato vs. Zeus, Joe Doering, Atsushi Maruyama & Black Tiger VII

Review: Up next is a eight man tag with both teams consisting of two heavyweights and two junior heavyweights with Violent Giants teaming up with Sato and current Junior Heavyweight Champion, Atsushi Aoki taking on Zues minus Bodyguard who is resting his legs finally, teaming up with Joe Doering, Atsushi Maruyama, and Black Tiger VII. Last time the two Atsushi’s were in the ring, it was for the Junior Heavyweight Championship on the May 12th show where Aoki would retain over Maruyama, but it looks like they could go again if this match goes well.

I just need to get this out of the way, but how is Zeus not won the Triple Crown Championship by now? I mean it because this guy is amazing and has a great fan following, I’m just surprised he hasn’t won their main title just yet, but I hope he does soon because I think he would be a fantastic champion if given the opportunity. Also another thing I want to point out and I feel like that it should be addressed here since it involves the junior division, and all I gotta ask is who is their leader? I ask this because the junior division is severely lacking leadership and while Aoki is probably the better one there so far, there’s still not enough that really stand out fully. When you look at WWE, NJPW, Impact, or Dragon Gate, you can see they have enough people to carry their respective division with a solid roster and giving us quality of matches, while All Japan really doesn’t and as Andrew said when we were special guests on Dave’s podcast called Uncle Jun’s Junction, there’s no spice there and when you had to rely on guys like TAJIRI and Ultimo Dragon to help carry that title and division (no disrespect to both men), then you need to rebuild it and soon.

Anyway, onto the match before I ramble on about their weak division and how Zeus isn’t champion, this is probably my favorite tag match on this show since all eight of these guys showcased their stuff wonderfully here with great action between whoever was fighting who in the ring, even Joe did pretty well for himself there despite my previous complaints while still liking him at the same time. Think my favorite part was the abuse Maruyama took from Suwama when they shared the ring together and Suwama would hit him with a stiff Lariat every time, it just made me chuckle.The Violent Giants picked up the win with their Last Mountain (Double Powerbomb) on Maruyama.

Recommended: Very good tag match, definitely worth viewing.


Six Man Tag Team Match
Ryoji Sai, Dylan James & Keiichi Sato vs. TAJIRI, KAI & Kotaro Suzuki

Review: I must’ve read something wrong because I could’ve sworn we were supposed to have a Tag Team Championship match between TAJIRI and KAI taking on Dylan and Ryoji on this show, but I guess I’ve heard wrong or they changed it since we’re getting a six man tag instead while the title match will take place on the June 3rd show. I will admit that the team of TAJIRI and KAI is actually going pretty well as they have a good chemistry between humor and actual tag team wrestling, and it somehow works while on paper you would think it shouldn’t, but for some odd reason it’s working and you can’t explain it. Sato and Suzuki started off the match with some fast paced action and they were very crisp with their time together which made me wanna possibly see them in the junior hunt since these two were awesome.

My one problem with the match was both teams of KAI/TAJIRI and Sai/Dylan were mostly doing their stuff outside of the ring and the fact they were away from each other, the camera had to go back and forth, and while I don’t mind stuff like it, but it did feel like it dragged on a little bit and they even did it for a brief moment a couple of minutes after that while Sato and Suzuki were just staying in their corners while these four kill each other. When everyone is finally back in the ring, TAJIRI would spray his poison mist on Sai to get him out of the ring while Kai took care of Dylan, and Sato picked up the win for his team with the Blue Destiny on Suzuki. TAJIRI and KAI now get more momentum leading in their upcoming title match and we will see if it pays off.

Recommended: Not bad. Enjoy the flow of the show.


Tag Team Match
Jake Lee & Koji Iwamoto vs. Naoya Nomura & Yoshitatsu

Review: After being sidelined for ten months, Jake Lee makes his return to the ring as he teams up with Koji to take on his former partner, Naoya and Yoshitatsu, so let’s see if Lee has any ring rust from the time being spent away from the ring. Jake Lee didn’t do too bad for his first time back since there were times he felt like he was a bit out of it, but he did pretty well for the other times and not gonna harp on him since he just got back from injury. I know I said in the Carnival that Naoya could be one of the bright future of the company and I also mean that with Jake Lee since he also has that untapped potential and I saw that when he fought Shuji last year for the Triple Crown Championship. these two can definitely become great in the upcoming years. The match was solid for what it was despite some sloppy moments and a botched Tornado DDT by Yoshi, but also didn’t do bad despite that, and of course Lee won in his return match with hitting a vicious High Angle Backdrop on Nomura. Welcome back, Jake Lee.

Recommended: Decent match, Jake Lee is definitely something special.


Triple Crown Title
Kento Miyahara (c) vs. Naomichi Marufuji

Review: Now it is time for the main event as Kento defends his Triple Crown Championship against the winner of this years Champion Carnival, NOAH’s Naomichi Marufuji. I feel like this is more of a continuation of the story between AJPW and NOAH as NOAH is already 2-0 when Marufuji defeated both the president of AJPW, Jun Akiyama and the current champion, Kento Miyahara. The history and story between these two companies is long and historic despite some of the bad blood they had over the years and I’m glad that they’re using this to help rebuild that bridge to have at least some type of closure, and also Marufuji looking to take their championship as an extra added aalt on the wounds he left there and bring it to NOAH before his GHC Heavyweight Championship match on the 29th of this month against Takashi Sugiura. Kento however is looking to avenge not only his loss to Marufuji (Which is a fantastic match and you should definitely check it out), but to avenge his companies honor since he felt like Marufuji disrespected it. So can lightning strike twice or will Kento get his revenge on Marufuji? Let’s not waste any time and see.

I’m gonna get my one complaint out of the way here so it doesn’t take away from the rest of the match and what I’m about to say, and it’s that most of the felt very similar to their previous match and I mostly mean it with the opening sequence since aside from Kento being more aggressive, I felt like I saw it before and around the same time too instead of giving us a little bit something different to make it a completely new match and to me personally it did hurt it a little, but the match is still fantastic despite the one complaint. Kento showed more of his aggressiveness in the match here since he knew he had to win here or else All Japan would look like a joke compared to NOAH and Marufuji, and even Marufuji wasn’t giving him any mercy whatsoever during this match since he felt more aggressive as well and it was a much needed element to the both of them.

Another thing I can say about this match is that it felt bigger and in a way it was since there was a bigger prize involved and the crowd was much more into this one, even gave it a New Japan type atmosphere with how the crowd was reaction to everything they would do and even with just chanting their name, and it was awesome. I felt like they hit the nail with everything they needed to do with progressing the story and adding another chapter with this rivalry, and the final five to ten minutes were tremendous and it was exactly how it should end with high impact and pretty much last resort to try and give it your all to win. Kento would finally hit the Shutdown German Suplex Hold and he avenged his loss while also retaining the title, and defending All Japan’s honor.

After the match, we have a new challenger into the mix and for some reason it’s….Dylan James. Why is it him again? What did he do to earn a title opportunity since his team lost earlier? Why are we awarding Dylan a Triple Crown match after having a weaker performance than Bodyguard in the Carnival? Did they just wanna give Kento an easy defense before the next big show? I got no faith in this match, but Jun apparently does, so we’ll see what happens. Now that Kento and Marufuji have one win against each other, when should they fight again? In the Carnival final, Marufuji did invite Kento to come down to NOAH sometime to perform and his 20th anniversary show is coming up in September, so I think we could have the final match of the trilogy there if they choose to go forward with it. It could even be a champion vs. champion bout if Kento keeps the belt til then and if Marufuji defeats Sugiura on the 29th to take his belt and keep it til then. Either way, I’m excited to see what they do with this next since you can tell it’s not over.

Recommended: I liked their first encounter a little bit better by a hair, but still an amazing match and should be viewed a bunch of times.


Overall: I thought the show was very enjoyable as none of the matches were bad at all and basically solid all around with a great main event to close it off. Looking forward to see what new chapters come their way except for Dylan/Kento.

Favorite Match: Kento Miyahara vs. Naomichi Marufuji

Least Favorite Match: Yohei Nakajima vs. Ishikiri (Not a bad match, but if I had to pick one.

Score: 8/10

See you all next time.

Always Use Your Head and visit the official Pro Wrestling Tees store for The Chairshot All t-shirt proceeds help support the advancement of your favorite hard-hitting wrestling website, The Chairshot!

Continue Reading

International Coverage

Stardom Cinderella Tournament 2018 Final Results & Review (4/30/2018)



Welcome to the second part of the Stardom Cinderella Tournament! If you missed part one, Cinderella Part 1. Our final eight are Hazuki, Jungle Kyona, Io Shirai, Bea Preiestley, Brandi Rhodes, Mayu Iwatani, Saki Kashima, and Momo Watanabe. Who will get their wish granted?

Well, let’s find out and…dive right in.


Cinderella Tournament 2018 Quarter Final Match
Hazuki vs. Bea Priestley

Review: In the first round we have Bea defeat Martina in…what I think was a match and then we had Hazuki defeat Hana Kimura in an actual good match and one of the best in the first round next to Mayu/Tam. Hazuki would come out in her Oedo Tai outfit for the first time and all of the members have their own entrance robes and masks now while even doing the dance despite it being kinda lazy, still amazing to see.

Okay…where the hell has this Bea been since I’ve been watching her? She was actually doing really well in his match and even connected a lot in more of her strikes, this is probably her best singles match in the company since I’ve been watching her, I want more of that and she would be fine. Hazuki still did great as always and had Oedo Tai try to help her out once Bea hit the Tree of Woe and would hit her Atomic Bombs Away to go for the pin, but Konami made the save to keep her alive. Bea would hit a stiff kick and a Curb Stomp to advance to the semi-finals where she will fight either Jungle or Momo.

Recommended: Yes actually, her best match here so far in my opinion.


Cinderella Tournament 2018 Quarter Final Match
Saki Kashima vs. Mayu Iwatani

Review: In their first round matches, Saki Kashima defeated Candy Floss to advance and Mayu defeated Tam Nakano and now the two STARS members will fight each other to advance to the next round. Saki I think is slowly becoming one of my top favorites in the promotion and these singles matches have proved that to me, I definitely think she’ll be a Wonder of Stardom Champion at least if she sticks around more, she’s very good at what she’s been doing so far and even added more submissions into the mix.

The match was very solid with back and forth action between both of these women and Mayu still proving why she’s still one of the best there. Match was around five minutes and gave them plenty of time to showcase their work with Mayu hitting her Dragon Suplex hold to advance as she now fights either Brandi or Io.

Recommended: Another solid match, I like to think it’s worth a watch.


Cinderella Tournament 2018 Quarter Final Match
Io Shirai vs. Brandi Rhodes

Review: In their first round matches, Io Shirai defeated Chardonnay while Brani Rhodes defeated Natsu Sumire to advance into the next round as Brandi is the only surviving Oedo Tai member left in the tournament, but she would need to defeat Io first if she wants to fight Mayu and advance.

This one is probably the weaker of the quarter final rounds and not saying that it’s bad or anything, but just compared to the previous two, this one was just average. Brandi still has a lot of growing to do in the ring and that’s perfectly fine too, and luckily Io was fighting her to help her out in the ring too and still gave a solid performance. Brandi would even hit a rather nice Cross Rhodes on Io that only Cody would be proud of, but wasn’t enough to put her away. Io would hit her Moonsault Press and advance to the semi-finals where she will fight..Mayu Iwatani and let me tell you, I am already excited and I will explain as to why when I get to them shortly, but strap yourselves in.

Recommended: This is all up to you, but may as well if you watched the rest.


Cinderella Tournament 2018 Quarter Final Match
Momo Watanabe vs. Jungle Kyona

Review: In their first round matches, Momo Watanabe defeated Konami while Jungle Kyona defeated Kagek- I mean Kagetsu to advance to the next round with Queen’s Quest fighting Team Jungle where the winner will advance to fight Bea Priestley in the next round.

This one might be my favorite in the quarter final with two of their underrated talent fighting each other in the ring and started exploding soon as the bell ring, playing out their strengths to get the best out of each other here and it just worked out nicely. Momo is just fantastic in the ring and it’s one of those moments where you go how was she not been a champion yet? Both would be over the top rope and onto the apron as they would each try to knock each other off since ring outs are still a rule in the tournament, Jungle would try to hit her Powerbomb, but Momo would counter it with a cradle back to belly piledriver on Kyona, and then kicks her lifeless body to the ground for an over the top win. Momo will now fight fellow Queen’s Quest member, Bea Priestley.

Recommended: Solid match, check it out


Cinderella Tournament 2018 Semi Final Match
Mayu Iwatani vs. Io Shirai

Review: Now let me tell you about these two right here, this is pretty much the female variant of Tanahashi/Okada when it comes to one ace holding the top spot while the other trying to take her down. Mayu and Io have been on my MOTY list for three years in a row now and they never disappointed me with their storytelling and match quality in the ring every time that they fight. I didn’t expect them to have a one on one match here, but I will gladly take this one for right now.

For those that are subscribed to the service, I highly recommend that you check out their outings together because it is some of the best that this company will ever produce.

These women would deliver once again and I’m glad they did here with Io doing the smart thing and working on her injured elbow while Mayu selling the injury. One thing Mayu is really good at is how she sells in her matches and it just enhances the stories to her matches while not being over the top with it like how Dolph Ziggler is with his selling. Io controls the majority of the match by outsmarting her every time Mayu would try to do something and it even frustrates her each time they’re in the ring, making it seem like she still can’t get one over on her at a constant basis. Eventually Mayu would get her opening by working on her back when she did a Double Stomp to her back while they were both on the top turnbuckle and that was awesome. Mayu would keep working on her back for a little bit until Io made her little comeback on her and went for the Moonsault Press, but Mayu moved out of the way just in time so she could start delivering stiff kicks on her head, seeing the frustration on her face. However, once Mayu applies her Dragon Suplex Hold and delivers it, the bell would ring leading to a no contest due to time limit before Mayu could get the actual win.

Both women are eliminated as the match between Momo and Bea is now the final round. One thing that this match tells me is that they’re definitely going to fight again and I feel like that we will get that at 5★Star GP which is later on this year and I’m very excited for it.

Recommended: Fantastic match by both of them and definitely my favorite in the whole tournament


Cinderella Tournament 2018 Final Match
Bea Priestley vs. Momo Watanabe

Review: Since both Mayu and Io are eliminated, these two will now meet off in the finals to see who will win the tournament with Queen’s Quest pretty much taking the win to their team since they’re both in the same unit.

The match starts off pretty quick with plenty of kicks between both of them, making them stiff enough to try and daze them long enough to get the early advantage over the other, but none of them would succeed that time. Momo would try to eliminate Bea by having another ring out like her previous match and even hit her Avalanche, but Bea found a way to avoid getting tossed out and the match would still continue. Around seven minutes, Momo would hit a Half Nelson Suplex and finally win the Cinderella Tournament. I’m glad they went with this route since Stardom needed to establish new stars in the company and this was the best way to do it without involving Mayu and Io in the final since both of them couldn’t afford a loss at this time. Momo has definitely came a long way from Stardom and has improved tremendously and having her win here was the right call.

After the match, Stardom would present Momo with her Cinderella dress and it looks gorgeous by the way. She would cut a promo about how this was the biggest win in her career and rightfully so, but before she would fully celebrate, she has made her request to fight Io Shirai for the Wonder of Stardom Championship once more.

Io would come out and would tell her that while she’s frustrated that she still didn’t get to wear that dress, she still congratulates her for the victory and accepts her challenge for the match. Kagetsu would come out after the challenge was made and finds it funny that Io thinks she’ll even make it to that match since Io’s next defense is against Kagetsu at May 5th where Io will either break the record for title defenses with that belt or Kagetsu will get what she wanted and get Io out of the picture, and Kagetsu stated that she will challenge Momo instead once she takes the belt away from Io, so Momo will get her title match regardless of who wins this match. Queen’s Quest will be in the ring for a photo shoot and they celebrate to close the show.

Recommended: It was a solid final and the right person won the whole thing as Momo has earned this big time.


Overall: The whole tournament was a success with some up’s and down’s sure, but definitely some matches that picked up as we had some great performances from certain people like Saki for one and very proud of her since it felt like she hasn’t left. I’m looking forward to next year and the next show coming up with Io and Kagetsu.

Favorite Match: Mayu Iwatani vs. Io Shirai

Least Favorite Match: Io Shirai vs. Brandi Rhodes

Score: 7.5/10

Always Use Your Head and visit the official Pro Wrestling Tees store for The Chairshot All t-shirt proceeds help support the advancement of your favorite hard-hitting wrestling website, The Chairshot!

Continue Reading

International Coverage

Stardom Cinderella Tournament 2018 First Round Results & Review (4/30/2018)



Welcome to the first part of coverage for the Cinderella Tournament and let me tell you how this works before we get started.

It’s a one day tournament involving 16 people and all matches have a ten minute time limit and you can also win by throwing them over the top rope. The winner of the match will not only get a pretty dress to wear and take home, but they also get a wish. The wish, can be any match they want of their choosing as it could be a rivalry you wanna settle, someone from another company for a dream match if allowed, or of course a title match of your choosing. Since it’s a long show, I will be splitting it up into two parts as the tag match and first round will be in this article and the rest of the tournament will be in part two. So who will advance to the next round? Let’s find out and…dive right in.


Ten Woman Tag Team Match
AZM, Leo Onozaki, Natsuko Tora, Ruaka & Shiki Shibusawa vs. Hanan, Mary Apache, Nao Yamaguchi, Natsumi & Starlight Kid

Review: Before we start the actual tournament, our Future of Stardom division with the exception of Natsuko Tora and Mary Apache will start us off in a tag match to give them something to do. Nothing really to talk about for this match as it was pretty standard with people doing some work on each other and not a while lot since it was like five or six minutes. Started sloppy at first and then it ended up being average with Starlight Kid hitting her Rounding Frogsplash on Leo for the win.

Recommended: Skippable really.


Cinderella Tournament 2018 First Round Match
Konami vs. Momo Watanabe

Review: Our tournament is starting up with two our of members from Queen’s Quest. It’s Konami’s second time while Momo’s possibly third since she doesn’t remember as she said before how she never made it past the first round and hopes to break that here tonight with some friendly competition.

Momo and Konami definitely delivered for the first match of the first round as we had beautiful kicks towards one another, nice reversals, and a crisp finish with Momo hitting the Soba Sword for the win as she advances to the next round. Great job, Momo.

Recommended: Fun match, worth the four minutes.


Cinderella Tournament 2018 First Round Match
Candy Floss vs. Saki Kashima

Review: For Saki Kashima, this is her first singles match since making her return in March as she looks to show she can still go and she has been doing better in tag matches, but now this is the real test to see how she’ll do. Saki didn’t do a whole lot, but she sold her moves pretty well, but I would work on that Shining Wizard to the turnbuckle a bit better since it looked really slow. Candy did pretty well for herself and I’ve been taken a liking to her lately since she’s not terrible in the ring, but mostly entertaining. Saki would advance with her first singles win since her return with the Killswitch.

Recommended: Decent match, your call.


Cinderella Tournament 2018 First Round Match
Bea Priestley vs. Martina

Review: Well, time to kill me since my two least favorites in the roster are fighting off against each other, but I can at least tolerate Bea more than Martina since she’s had shown progress lately.’s a match and I did try to get into them, but with Bea having weak strikes and almost missing them like the Double Stomp after reversing the Sunset Flip and the Helluva Kick, that lost me a little. I will give Martina credit for giving Bea stiff forearms near and end and Bea hits another good Curb Stomp! You get points and even with winning the match with it too. Despite the plus, the match wasn’t really good.

Recommended: Skip.


Cinderella Tournament 2018 First Round Match
Brandi Rhodes vs. Natsu Sumire

Review: No this is not a typo and you’re reading it right, this is the same Brandi Rhodes that is married to Bullet Club member and ROH sensation, Cody. It looks like Brandi will be joining Stardom for a while to hone her skills and this is my first time seeing her in a singles match, so let’s see how she does against Sumire.

As we see in the pre-match interview, Brandi is actually considered a member of Oedo Tai and I can get behind that. Nice little comedy before the match with Kagetsu and Nao choosing to be in Brandi’s corner over Sumire and have playful banter, I love this group.

While it wasn’t a great match, it was very entertaining to say the least with Kagetsu having fun teasing Sumire by cheering for Brandi throughout the match and I gotta say that while Brandi is still green, she didn’t do bad at all and was pleasantly surprised with her performance. I think she can do good work here if she sticks around. Brandi would pick up the win after reversing Sumire’s roll up and advances.

Recommended: I had a good time with it, specially if you’re a Oedo Tai fan.


Cinderella Tournament 2018 First Round Match
Hana Kimura vs. Hazuki

Review: We get another Oedo Tai match-up with Hazuki getting another match against Hana as you can tell how badly she wants to get her hands on her again, and Hazuki even changed her look as she looks to be wearing white and pink now instead of her black and pink look, it looks nice.

The match started off exactly how it needed to, just Hazuki beating the crap out of Hana before the bell rings, it should be mostly treated as a fight instead of a wrestling match and they did exactly that throughout the whole thing. The match felt personal and it did what it needed to do with both of them going back and forth almost like they wanted to kill each other. Hazuki would get the win by throwing Hana over the top rope and was the best way to do it to protect Hana from an actual clean loss. After the match, Hazuki would offer her hand to Hana to end the rivalry as Hana shakes her hand and Oedo Tai hug in the ring, making Hazuki fully embrace her new home.

Recommended: Very solid match, worth a view.


Cinderella Tournament 2018 First Round Match
Mayu Iwatani vs. Tam Nakano

Review: Now that both Oedo Tai matches are out of the way, we now have both members from STARS fighting off with Mayu taking on the returning Tam Nakano who we haven’t seen since the Exploding Death Match. Mayu won the first two Cinderella Tournaments and now looks to win her third one this time around.

This match was actually really good as Tam actually showed progress in singles action here against Mayu and even getting some close calls in there also. Mayu still showing she’s one of Stardom’s best here as the two worked very nicely together and hardly anything bad to say about the match. Mayu got the win with her Dragon Suplex Hold.

Recommended: Probably my favorite first round match so far, watch it.


Cinderella Tournament 2018 First Round Match
Chardonnay vs. Io Shirai

Review: We got Queen’s Quest fighting each other this time as Chardonnay takes on the Wonder of Stardom Champion and leader of the faction, Io Shirai. Who actually, never won this tournament in her career and looks to get that accolade added to her collection here. Chardonnay is definitely one of the better gaijins in the roster next to Toni Storm and Viper since she’s a very solid worker and has been nothing but impressive since this tour started and gets to work with one of the best at the same time. Very good back and forth match, but Io would work on her legs and eventually make her tap out with the Cloverleaf to advance, but Chardonnay did great.

Recommended: Very solid match, worth a go.


Cinderella Tournament 2018 First Round Match
Jungle Kyona vs. Kagetsu

Review: This is the last match of the first round as Jungle looks to take on…not Kagetsu as this her identical twin sister wearing a dress and a wig named Kageko…this is awesome and the crowd loves it. Kageko wrestles nothing like her twin, Kagetsu and looks to be more clean with her ability than dirty tactics, but Jungle would ruin the fun by ripping off her wig and it was Kagetsu the whole time!

The nerve! It was entertaining while it lasted, but now Kagetsu starts to show off her aggressive side once again and even have Oedo Tai try to pull Jungle off the apron until Natsuko came in to try and fight them off. Kagetsu would run after Jungle to be thrown over the ropes with the two of them fighting on the apron until Jungle caught her with a Powerbomb and slams her onto the apron, but picks her up one more time to throw her outside, leaving Kagetsu eliminated. It was better this way since she can’t afford a pinfall loss right now with her upcoming title match.

Recommended: It was enjoyable.


Overall: Aside from one bad match, the first round of the tournament was a success as most of the matches were actually really solid and enjoyable to watch. Now I’m excited for the second round which is what it looks like down below.

Bea Priestley vs. Hazuki
Momo Watanabe vs. Jungle Kyona
Saki Kashima vs. Mayu Iwatani
Brandi Rhodes vs. Io Shirai

Favorite Match: Mayu Iwatani vs. Tam Nakano

Least Favorite Match: Bea Priestley vs. Martina

Score: 7.5/10

See you all for the next round and the finals!

Always Use Your Head and visit the official Pro Wrestling Tees store for The Chairshot All t-shirt proceeds help support the advancement of your favorite hard-hitting wrestling website, The Chairshot!

Continue Reading

Connect on Facebook


Trending Today