Welcome back to Stardom and despite the previous showing being Sapporo Fes, this is still part of the Shining Stars tour.
Technically, this is day two leading to Io’s retirement and this one we surprisingly have the World of Stardom Championship on the line here, so this should be an interesting bout along with having a stacked show today, so let’s just…dive right in.
Leo Onozaki vs. Shiki Shibusawa
Review: Last time I covered Stardom, I decided to make a little game with Leo Onozaki with her cutter as I write down how many times she’ll do the move in her matches since she can either do a bunch of them or a few while still not doing a whole lot outside of that and she only did two in her last match, so lets see if she beats that when she fights Shiki. This match really doesn’t have a whole lot to talk about since it was pretty much chaining, dropkicks, cutters, and bulldogs, oh my! But that’s really it and another thing Leo did was what looked like a Rolling Armbar, but she rolled her up a pin first and once Shiki kicked out, Leo would apply the submission. Shiki would hit her Missle Dropkick a couple minutes after that to get the win.
— We Are Stardom (@we_are_stardom) June 16, 2018
Leo’s Cutter Counter: 2
Hanan vs. Natsuko Tora
Review: Oh hey, Hanan’s back as it’s been a while since we last saw her compete in a match here as she takes on Natsuko Tora, so let’s see how she fairs up. It looked like they were about to shake hands here and Hanan decides to kick Tora in the midsection and starts showing her aggressive side by going all out right away. I think she’s showed the most offense out of the rest of the younger Joshi wrestlers as she was able to do some submission hols, STO’s, and even almost get an upset victory with her roll-up, but Tora would still kick out of it and while Hanan showed a valiant effort, she would get caught in a Spinebuster and Natsuko would hit a Splash off the ropes to score the victory over Hanan. Nice try, kid and I hope to see more progression out of you soon.
Recommended: It was average, so this one is all up to you.
Three Way Tag Team Match
Deonna Purrazzo & Zoe Lucas vs. Jungle Kyona & Kaori Yoneyama vs. Hazuki & Natsu Sumire
Review: We got a three-way tag match this time involving two units such as JAN and Oedo Tai, and we also got Deonna and Zoe teaming up for this one. Natsu said the last time she and Hazuki teamed up, it was the greatest match in pro wrestling history and I for one believe them, why would you ever question them in the first place? Morons and also the Oedo pupper is there so automatically eight stars…suck it, Dave.
— Oedo Tai Gifs (@OedoTaiGifs) June 21, 2018
Deonna, Hazuki, and Kaori started the match off and it was going pretty well since they all had nice little counters like Hazuki jumping over Kaori as Deonna caught her for a German and would escape it to roll Deonna up but Kaori would roll Hazuki up once Deonna kicked out and all three of them stood up for a stalemate and once they tagged their partners in, it started to become a bit of a cluster fuck. I mean it when I say that the majority of the match was pretty much all over the place from time to time. Zoe did better in this match than her previous matches here and that’s not really saying much though. Natsu and Hazuki did team up pretty well as well as JAN as they would hit their tag team stuff when they needed to. Jungle looked like she was about to take out Hazuki for the win but she was able to roll out the ring in time with Deonna to sneak up behind Jungle to hit a German Suplex for a two count. Kaori and Jungle would kick down Deonna and Zoe and they attempted a charge in on one of them, but Zoe ducked causing Kaori and Jungle to hit each other instead. Hazuki would hit a Codebreaker on Zoe to go for a pin, but the pin gets broken up as Natsu would whip Deonna to get her back outside while Hazuki hits a poor Michinoku Driver and the Atomic Bombs Away to give Oedo Tai the win.
— We Are Stardom (@we_are_stardom) June 20, 2018
Recommended: It was an average match but had cool spots and Natsu says it’ll be the greatest match ever and I will still believe her
Eight Man Tag Team Match
Mayu Iwatani, Saki Kashima, Starlight Kid & Tam Nakano vs. AZM, Io Shirai, Konami & Momo Watanabe
Review: This will be the last time Io Shirai would be teaming up with her fellow Queen’s Quest members as she has two shows left with Stardom as one of them is their traditional gauntlet and her final one is a surprise we’ll get to when I cover it soon. This will also be the last time she’ll be fighting STARS in a tag team match either and wants her last night with Queen’s Quest to count because Io is trusting them with her faction with Momo now the leader of it.
AZM and Starlight start it off as they have a little score to settle due to a draw at the previous show and I don’t mind since I love their work together since they’re two of the best in that division. I love how they do their Lucha style beginning with doing arm drags and jumping over each other, but AZM would offer her hand to Starlight and would attack her which signals Queen’s Quest to run out and attacked STARS from the ring apron and then they all team up on Starlight ending with Io hitting a Running Dropkick to the turnbuckle. Momo gets tagged in next and starts to work on Starlight for a moment until she tagged Io in as she starts attacking Starlight and does her Moonsault landing on her knees on top of Starlight and then tags in Konami and delivers a stiff kick to the face and goes to attack some more, but Starlight would reverse her and hits a Standing Moonsault which gives her enough time to tag in Saki.
— We Are Stardom (@we_are_stardom) June 21, 2018
Saki would start to beat down Konami in which AZM tries to help her out, but backfires when they’re both on the mat as Io and Momo come in to help, but Tam and Mayu run in to get them on their knees so Mayu and Saki ran towards them to hit a dropkick on both of them while landing on AZM and Konami, that was a cool spot. Tam gets tagged in now and would do some damage to Konami before tagging Mayu in while Momo gets tagged in as well with Mayu normally one-upping her throughout their time together in the ring until Momo actually gets an opening and hits a Suplex for a two count. This gives Queen’s Quest a chance to attack STARS from the apron again as Momo hits the Somato on Mayu for a two count and that was a close call and would hit another one for another two count, but now tags in Io as Saki gets into the mix now. Saki actually hits the Killswitch and Queen’s Quest broke it up before they could get the three count. Tam and Mayu would hit a Double Dropkick to AZM and Momo and just about everyone is on the outside as Mayu looks to do a Splash off the top rope and it appears as if she landed on her fellow STARS members by accident. Io would get Saki back into the ring as all four members of Queen’s Quest would hit Saki with a Dropkick in stereo and then Momo slams Saki down for good measure as Io hits her Diving Moonsault Press for the pinfall as Queen’s Quest wins it. Io would pose with Queen’s Quest after the match one last time as they ended it on a high note for them, now the rest is up to Momo to lead them.
Recommended: Very good match, worth the watch.
World Of Stardom Title Match
Toni Storm (c) vs. Kagetsu
Review: The last time Toni defended her World of Stardom Championship was against Mayu Iwatani on April 1st and I thought for sure there that Mayu would reclaim that title and it looked like I was wrong. In my first Stardom coverage where we had Toni’s team taking on Oedo Tai, I assumed Kagetsu was gonna be the next challenger when she came out with the fake belt to mock and and three months later, the match actually happens with no official announcement that I’ve heard of and I’ll take it since Kagetsu needs her chance to shine now that she lost the Goddesses or Stardom Championships and now has a chance for a solo run in Oedo Tai while the other members go for the rest of the gold and Hana betters herself in Mexico for the next three months. It’s make or break for Kagetsu since she did lose to Io Shirai for the Wonder of Stardom Championship last month and is now hoping to bounce back to try and dethrone Toni Storm.
The two start off with some chain wrestling as they both appear to be going back and forth and first it looked like Toni had control of it, but Kagetsu would reverse it around to come out on top for a moment until Toni would turn it back around as the two break it up. Toni would put Kagetsu in a Headlock and pushes her off to kick her to the outside as she now goes for a Suicide Dive until Kagetsu hits Toni with a chair before she could land and starts to hit her with the chair a few times. Kagetsu would start to pick up the heat as she starts to throw Toni around outside through the chairs while burying her in them as she makes it back into the ring, but Toni does also in a bit until Kagetsu hits a Dropkick off the top rope. They would go back to mat wrestling with both of them trying to go after their arms to make the other tap out as the two don’t seem to be able to make the two tap out and Kagetsu would go for the Michinoku Driver and doesn’t have the strength to pick her up and Toni hits a stiff forearm as the two would go back and forth with strikes as Kagetsu would go for a kick, but Toni ducks and hits a German Suplex.
Kagetsu would go for another kick which Toni would catch before hitting Kagetsu with another German Suplex and it looks like she’s about to charge at her, but Kagetsu catches her for a Samoan Drop and the two are down as the crowd starts to chant for Kagetsu over Toni. Toni would then apply the Guillotine Choke and it looked like Kagetsu is gonna be out for the count, but she would find a way to power out of it and picks her up for a Brainbuster and tops it off with a Michinoku Driver for a two count! Kagetsu would go to the top rope to try and hit the Oedo Coaster, but Toni pushes her off and hits not one but two Suicide Dives to the outside and would get her back in to go for the Powerbomb as Oedo Tai distracts the referee so Kagetsu could spray blue mist into Toni’s eyes to hit two Michinoku Drivers for a two count. For those that don’t know real quick, the blue mist is a sign for the person to fall asleep while the regular green is for vision and I like that the different colors of mist have a different meaning, definitely look at them if you don’t know which ones mean what. Back to the match as Kagetsu would finally hit the Oedo Coaster and Toni would surprisingly kick out, leaving Kagetsu a bit frustrated here and would pick Toni up, but she reverses it with the Strong Zero and that looked painful as Kagetsu would kick out as well. The two would slowly get up as Kagetsu hits a stiff kick to Toni’s head but she is still standing and tells her to bring it on as Kagetsu would deliver at least seven Roundhouse Kicks to her head and would still be conscious until she caught her leg for a submission to try and make Kagetsu tap out until she got to the ropes. Toni would try to put Kagetsu away with another Strong Zero, but Kagetsu would push her into the referee and sprays the red mist into her eyes this time which means burning sensation into her eyes and hits a Death Valley Driver and would top it off with an Oedo Coaster as we have a new World of Stardom Champion!
Kagetsu winning here was a bit of a shocker since I expected Toni to hold it at least till the winner of the 5★Star GP, but I’m more than okay with Kagetsu winning it now as she has definitely earned his opportunity and working so hard to get here over the years. Last year during Kagetsu’s produced show, she actually was considering retirement until Io Shirai would talk her out of it and I’m glad she did otherwise we wouldn’t have this moment right here. Her winning was the right call and I can’t wait to see where this leads and who will be the one to take it from her.
Recommended: Very good match with a nice story in it, watch it.
Overall: This was a solid show, but the Oedo Pupper and Kagetsu won…so fuck you and watch it. Joking aside, it was was a decent show and the last two matches are definitely worth watching. We got a new champion and I’m definitely excited to see where this leads for Oedo Tai and Kagetsu.
Favorite Match: Toni Storm vs. Kagetsu
Least Favorite Match: Leo Onozaki vs. Shiki Shibusawa