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Dragon Gate The Gate of Origin Results & Review (9/9/2018)

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Well, I guess it’s time to give Dragon Gate another chance.

As you’re aware, after covering the King of Gate Tournament with Andrew, it left a sour taste in our mouths due to the bad booking and their network service not showing all of the shows and giving us not a lot to work with. But since I pay for the damn thing still, think it’s time to see how this show does and before I cover it, I’m going to do a quick recap of what has happened from the last time I covered them.

Over Generation is officially disbanded, Eita defeated Dragon Kid for the Open the Brave Gate Championship, BxB Hulk and YAMATO won the Open the Twin Gate Championships, both Big R Shimizu and Ben-K betrayed MaxiMuM to join ANTIAS, and Shingo Takagi officially announced that he will leave Dragon Gate to become a Freelancer on October 7th and that’s when he’ll wrestle his final show.

Now that we’re all covered up, time to see if this show can win me over, so let us…dive right in.

 

Six Man Tag Team Match
Gamma, Mondai Ryu & Brother YASSHI vs. Hyo Watanabe, Shun Skywalker & Willie Mack

Review: Looks like Brother YASSHI isn’t booked in anything Natural Vibes related due to his fellow members being involved in title matches as he teams up with Gamma and Mondai Ryu to take on Shun Skywalker as he teams up with Hyo Watanabe and Lucha Underground star Willie Mack in what looks to be a packed six-man bout. Which team comes out on top?

The match started off a little bit clunky but it did pick up after the halfway point and it was as standard as you can get in a Dragon Gate opening contest, not that there’s anything wrong with that or anything. The more I see Shun Skywalker perform, the more I get impressed with him and think he could do amazing things in the upcoming years and can definitely see him as a future Open the Brave Gate Champion if he does stick around with them since the guy is underrated. I don’t see much of Willie Mack due to me not being a big fan of Lucha Underground and don’t follow too much independent wrestling but he didn’t do so bad either and did fit in pretty well with the others in here. Shun would do a move I can’t really describe to Mondai Ryu to get him down on the mat as Mack does a Frog Splash to pick up the win for his team.

Rating: Tony Schiavone and a half

 

Tag Team Match
Cassandra Miyagi & Masaaki Mochizuki vs. Meiko Satomura & Stalker Ichikawa

Review: We don’t get to see much of this but it appears as if we have a mixed tag match here with Dragon Gate and some Sendai Girls competitors as former Open the Dream Gate Champion, Masaaki Mochizuki teams up with one half of the Sendai Girls Tag Champion Cassandra Miyagi as they take on current KO-D Openweight Champion and Sendai Girls owner, Meiko Satomura and her partner is Stalker Ichikawa who is mostly known for his comedic style of wrestling. Which team comes out the victor?

Mochizuki and Stalker start the match off and soon as the bell rings, Mochizuki ran up to him to hit a high kick and pins Ichikawa for the win and the match is over…well shit. Soon as Mochizuki and Cassandra start to leave the ring, Ichikawa said that he wasn’t ready and wants the match to restart and they agree to let it happen thankfully because that would’ve been a bit of a buzzkill.

Meiko and Mochizuki start the match off this time and much better this time around as they delivered some stiff kicks to each other with Mochizuki not holding back when he kicked her harder. The match had a good amount of comedy which was expected when Ichikawa was involved in the match and decent wrestling to go with it. Ichikawa and Mekio were holding Mochizuki and Cassandra’s hand as they walked around the ropes looking like they were going to do the Old School but they walked around the ropes until they were face to face and then they would eventually get pushed off. They also did a…Thousand Years of Death..just look up the move in Naruto if you don’t know what it is because I really don’t wanna explain it. After the referee was knocked out, Meiko hits the Scorpion Rising on Mochizuki and Ichikawa does the La Magistral to go for the pin and the referee was counting too slow after regaining consciousness and Ichikawa had enough as he tells the referee to count faster, and he even shows him how fast he wanted to count during the next pinfall and he understood as Cassandra rolled Ichikawa from behind and the referee counted very fast like he wanted as Cassandra and Mochizuki got the win.

Rating: Eric Bischoff

 

Eight Man Tag Team Match
ANTIAS (Ben-K, Big R Shimizu, Shingo Takagi & Yasushi Kanda) vs. MaxiMuM (Dragon Kid, Jason Lee, Kaito Ishida & Naruki Doi)

Review: Last month, Big R left MaxiMuM to join ANTIAS and on the September 6th show, Ben-K also betrayed his original unit and would join ANTIAS as well and guess it makes sense due to his members leaving for OWE and needing some new members, but both turned on them and now MaxiMuM wanted this match for payback against ANTIAS and their former unit members, even Dragon Kid found a new home with them after Over Generation being disbanded. Can MaxiMuM get revenge over ANTIAS or will they win another one over them?

I’m gonna talk about Big R and Ben-K mostly for this review since this is mostly about them and their progression as heels in their new home, and they even sported new looks to go with their new change as Big R dyed his hair blonde and looks like a mini Bam Bam Bigelow with the flames in his outfit while Ben-K is just now wearing black and red short, I just hope it leads to bigger things for Ben-K because he’s been on fire this year. All eight of them played their part in this match with ANTIAS showing more of their dominance with their new changes to their unit while MaxiMuM fighting them off as best as they good with their agility, especially Jason Lee who has been the highlight of the match with how far he’s come during his time in Dragon Gate and it made me interested to see a match with him and Shingo when I saw them have their little sequences together. This match had fast-paced action, it had intensity, and it told a story to make people wanna buy it and see where it takes you next. It looked like MaxiMuM was about to win the match when they all were able to take Big R down until he kicked out of it. Kaito would run over to Big R only to get thrown into the air and caught a spear from Ben-K which was a very nice combo and Ben tops it off with the Ben-K Bomb to win it for ANTIAS.

Rating: Eric Bischoff and a half

 

Open The Triangle Gate Title Match
Natural Vibes (Genki Horiguchi, Kzy & Susumu Yokosuka) (c) vs. Tribe Vanguard (Kagetora, U-T & Yosuke Santa Maria)

Review: This was the unit that I really missed watching when I took a break from Dragon Gate and I’m glad to see that they’re still the Triangle Gate Champions since I expected them to drop them in a short reign and I’m glad that’s not the case. Natural Vibes are set to defend their titles against Tribe Vanguard members, U-T, Yosuke Santa Maria, and Kagetora. I don’t know how they got this title opportunity and I think they defeated Natural Vibes in a non-title match to get this but I could be wrong and Yosuke in a title match is fine by me. Can Natural Vibes retain once again or will we have new champions?

These are the types of matches that I missed seeing in Dragon Gate and this match definitely delivered. Natural Vibes have gotten so much better as a unit and them being champions for this long has shown how good of a team they’ve been during these past few months together and I’m glad that’s the case for them instead of being a failed experiment. They’re unique, creative tag team offense, and charismatic, I hope they stick around for a while. Let’s not forget about their opponents, Tribe Vanguard as they also brought their A-game here as well, especially U-T who was the highlight of this entire match, I don’t get to see too much of him but he delivered big time in this match with his crazy offense and great selling to go with it. Kagetora and Yosuke are of course always great with Yosuke living up his gimmick and improving constantly in the ring as well. The match was fun, creative, and just a treat to see with how well both of these teams have done. I loved the little combo Vanguard did to Kzy with throwing him up in the air and doing a Codebreaker. U-T would hit a Canadian Destroyer to Kzy and once he kicked out of it, U-T applied the Rings of Saturn and would even roll him into the center of the ring a few times to make us believe he would actually tap out of the hold, but Kzy was able to roll him into a pin but kicked out of it. Kzy would hit his Running Elbow Smash and U-T was somehow able to kick out of it, but Kzy quickly picks him up for the Impact and he picks up the victory to retain the titles for Natural Vibes!

Rating: Bruce Prichard

 

Open The Brave Gate Title Match
Eita (c) vs. Punch Tominaga

Review: After Over Generation has disbanded thanks to Eita defeating Dragon Kid, he would fight him sometime again after for the Open the Brave Gate Championship and he would also take the title away from Kid to add more insult to injury. Eita is set to defend his title against…Punch Tominaga of all people. I’m afraid to ask how he got this title opportunity, but I guess Eita needed an easy defense or so we think. Punch was able to get the surprise title victory over Kanda a few months ago, so he might be able to pull it off again. Can Eita have his first successful title defense or will Punch ruin it?

I don’t know what it is about Punch Tominaga but there’s that little charm about him that makes me not dislike him as much as I should. Sure, he’s not a great wrestler by any means, but he’s pretty funny, and does his part when he wants to. ANTIAS is pretty much how I felt with Suzuki Gun when they were in NOAH, incredibly annoying at this point and just the constant run-in’s and heel tactics and I understand wanting to get heat due to being a heel and want that, but it can get to a point that if you do it in almost every match on nearly every show then it becomes a nuisance.

Besides that little hiccup with ANTIAS, it served its purpose with Punch being the underdog in the story while getting some impressive offense in there when he would get the chance and even gave us a few close calls to make us believe he would take the belt off him. Punch did almost get the win when he did a Roundhouse Kick and was about to get the pin, but Big R pulled the referee out of the ring to make him stop the count as we get more heel tactics with Eita using the chair to hit him and making a pile so he could do a Superplex onto the pile of chairs. The match would come to an end when Eita would spray something into Punch’s eyes when he wasn’t looking, hits him with a chair, and tops it off with a Superkick as he goes down for the three count as Eita retains the title. After the match, ANTIAS would get in the ring and beat down Punch until Natural Vibes came in to chase them away, but it looks like it’s not over as the two units would fight each other in the ring. Think I got a feeling when the next Unit disbanding match will involve.

Rating: Eric Bischoff

 

Open The Twin Gate Title Match
Tribe Vanguard (BxB Hulk & YAMATO) (c) vs. Don Fujii & Ryo Saito

Review: Hulk and YAMATO won the titles a little over a month ago from Big R and Ben-K after YAMATO failed to win the King of Gate tournament and they have surprisingly been a good pairing and I can’t really complain about it. Their first title defense was a bit of a bust due to a No Contest when they defended against Big R Shimizu and Naruki Doi. However, they now have a second defense set in sight as they defend the titles against Don Fujii and Roy Saito, which I am okay with since I love the both of them together, plus Saito is a treat to see. Will they be able to have a proper defense or will something happen again?

Oh hey, Saito is wearing his old attire again while his hair grew back out, good for him. Saito being serious in this match? Well, this is a new thing to see and I honestly love it since he’s still himself but not joking around like he normally would with how he wrestles as we really see him strengths right here.

The match was slowly paced in the beginning until they started to fight outside and even went out the door so they could both fight on top of the balcony for a minute, but they would have to stop once the referee was doing the count as Saito and Hulk made ran into the ring just in time while YAMATO and Don are still fighting outside…somewhere. Seeing Don and Saito teaming up here made me want them to keep tagging together because their chemistry in the ring is great even though they’re not considered the most technically sound wrestlers, not that there’s anything wrong with that whatsoever, but just how they work together makes them a great team. YAMATO and Hulk aren’t too bad of a tag team either since Hulk is growing on me and YAMATO is usually great, so them teaming up here and being the champions is working rather nicely here as well.

Don missed a knee drop and hurt his knee as YAMATO uses this advantage to apply the Figure Four and it looked like he was about to tap out for a minute there until Saito Splashed on top of YAMATO to break the hold and almost got the pin as Hulk broke it up. We get a lot of close calls between both of these teams with Saito doing his roll-up’s whenever he can get the chance and even coming close at certain points, also Don hitting his German Suplex at one point but they still keep kicking out. I was really hoping Don and Saito would get the win here in this match since I felt like it would’ve been a great story, but that had to come to an end when YAMATO has Saito up while Hulk kicks them down so YAMATO can hit the Gallaria so they could retain the titles in a great tag match.

Rating: Bruce Prichard and a half

 

Open The Dream Gate Title Match
Masato Yoshino (c) vs. Takashi Yoshida

Review: How did Takashi Yoshida of all people get a chance to go for the Open the Dream Gate Championship? Probably the worst one on the roster in my opinion and is somehow getting a shot at their biggest title, I guess Masato Yoshino needed some title defenses. Plus, this is technically a rematch since they did fight at the King of Gate Tournament during the semi-finals with Yoshino coming out as the victor. Yoshino was only able to defend the title once when he defeated Shingo Takagi and now has his second defense here against Takashi. Apparently, there is a stipulation here for Yoshino since he cannot use a type of flash pin to win here like he has in his last few matches, meaning he would have to either make him tap out or use an actual move to defeat him. Can Yoshino do that or will he drop his title?

If you’re looking for something moderately fast-paced or higher, then this match really isn’t for you since it had a slow build-up during the majority of the match and it’s not bad or anything like that since the match was honestly pretty solid, but just don’t expect a lucha type or any high spots. The match was more of a mix of a ground-based style of wrestling with a little bit of power and the only time you see a little bit of quickness is with Yoshino due to some of his moves like the Torbellino. Takashi didn’t do terrible here and I will give credit when credit is due despite not doing many moves, but it was enough to get himself over with his strikes mostly and using power moves during times that he would need them and it works out well for him here. Yoshino though, right now I’m not too sold on his title reign compared to the one Mochizuki had previously, but this is his only second defense for this run and I’ll wait till he gets a few more in his belt, however, nothing really to write home about or say it’s fantastic at this time sadly and I hope that changes too or it’ll be a lackluster reign, which is a shame since Yoshino is actually a really good wrestler.

There was a time where Yoshino would Sunset Flip over Takashi during a Powerbomb to try and get the pin but wasn’t able to due to the rules of the match where he wouldn’t be able to do those type of pins to win the match meaning he had to break it up. When the referee wasn’t looking, Takashi would spray green mist into Yoshino’s eyes and hits a Lariat thinking this could be it but Yoshino was somehow able to kick out of it! Takashi picked him up to go for his Running Powerbomb and goes for the pin one more time and another kick out! Yoshino would be able to hit another Torbellino to get him down and applies the Sol Naciente and has it locked in tight here to look for the submission victory, but it looked like Takashi was going to break out of it and he falls over instead as he’s not passed out, meaning Yoshino was able to retain the title. After the match, Naruki Doi would come out and said even though they’re apart of MaxiMuM, he would still want a shot for the Open the Dream Gate Championship and it’ll be official for the September 24th show.

Rating: Eric Bischoff and a half

 

Overall: So, was Dragon Gate able to win me over? I think they did a good enough job to make me wanna watch them more again while not a perfect show, it was still solid enough to keep me interested in seeing what happens next. Both tag title matches were the best part of the show and definitely worth checking out if you can find them. Can’t wait to see the next show.

Favorite Match: YAMATO & BxB Hulk vs. Don Fujii & Ryo Saito

Least Favorite Match: Gamma, Mondai Ryu & brother YASSHI vs. Hyo Watanabe, Shun Skywalker & Willie Mack

Score: 7.5/10


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Andrew’s Stardom 5 Star Grand Prix Red Stars Ratings & Review: Day 7 & 8

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We get another combined article because of the way Stardom likes to stagger matches in this tournament.

Day 7 actually didn’t have any Blue Star matches at all, so now the articles will be titled a little differently. I need that Rick and Morty clip about getting your shit together and direct it at Stardom booking. Oh wait, I can!

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So with that established, I guess we should look at the matches to come. Tam is eliminated but still has 3 matches to go. So she can go from a measly 2 to a respectable 8 if she can put a few wins together. Utami and Rachael however are still very much in the thick of things, and even face one another on Day 8.

Let’s find if anyone else gets eliminated, or if we continue to have the top half stay alive.

 

Day 7

Rachael Ellering vs Tam Nakano

Rachael’s promo is fake and over enthusiastic, whereas Tam’s was realistic and a little bubbleheaded. So it’s really hard for me to ever connect to Ellering’s promos, cause she’s not convincing and her matches thus far have been…umm…shall we say, sub par. So sadly Tam seems to be in the plucky underdog role this year and always getting close with not much of a pay off. So let’s she if she picks up a win to play spoiler, or continues to come up short.

I have no clue what it is about most of Rachael’s matches, but they are hard to watch. Rachael’s Pump Kick that she over uses never looks impactful, she doesn’t take or sell offense well, and it’s just a schlog. This match was no different.

Tam’s kicks are usually crisp, but they hit awkwardly and slowly. Tam even went for a bottom rope assisted Back Body Drop, but Rachael’s foot cause the middle rope and it just looked sloppy. Tam still sold her back, while Rachael focused it, so that was good.

We also see a decent barrage at the end of the match with some false finish rollups, Rachael’s Bossman Slam and then Ellering finally finishes this with the Fallaway Powerbomb.

Winner: Ellering via Fallaway Powerbomb

Rating: * 1/2

 

Kagetsu vs Kimber Lee

Kimber always has this oddly endearing way of cutting a promo. She talks fairly slowly (the way people do when you’re speaking a language people might not understand), which I find ridiculous, but she says all the correct babyface things. Kagetsu however has a skull mask on her head, pops up into frame and just starts talking casually about things. She just wants to end the match, eat some good food and head to Osaka. It’s casually dismissive of Kimber, but not cruel, perfect tweener kind of temperature.

Kagetsu takes the early advantage and does the cocky heel thing by throwing Kimber to the outside. Hazuki and Sumire get in a few cheap shots before rolling her back in. Kagetsu takes a drink of water and then we get her water spit/mist spot. Which I’m still not sure why that isn’t a disqualification, but I like it, so I’m not questioning it.

After the initial cockiness, Kimber takes advantage of Kagetsu taking her foot of the gas and puts together some offense. A few well placed kicks and suplexes lead to the Swanton Bomb attempt, but Kimber misses. After a little more struggle, Kagetsu eventually hits a Chokeslam and then enough of the Oedo Coaster to get the pinfall.

Not Kagetsu’s best work, but it was a fairly short match and Kimber isn’t positioned as a threat in this tournament.

Winner: Kagetsu via Oedo Coaster

Rating: *** 1/4

 

Day 8

Kimber Lee vs Tam Nakano

The opening promos are pretty low energy for both women. Kimber talks about being eliminated but fighting for herself and Tam tries her best to psych herself up. The lack of points is effecting both of these women. Who will get the ball moving to end on a high note?

Not a bad match, just fairly short. Given that all of the Grand Prix matches have a 15 minute time limit, even the longer ones are a little short. Both women utilize a fair amount of kicks and flexibility in their offense, so the mirror aspect was on full display.

Kimber does her split spot, Tam goes for a Buzzsaw Kick, but Kimber blocks it and tries to sweep the leg, but Tam does a split and they both start throwing forearms from the split position. Kimber hits a kick combination first, which drops Tam but only for two. In her opening promo Tam put some emphasis on not wanting to lose to kicks, since those are kinda her thing.

Maintaining advantage, Kimber goes to the top rope but Tam shows some fight. Eventually hitting the Avalanche Snapmare and going up for her Diving Idol Knee, for only a near fall. After a few more close calls, Kimber catches Tam coming off the ropes for a Brain Buster, pulls her to a corner and lands the Swanton Bomb for the pinfall.

Valiant efforts in all her matches, but Tam really can’t catch a break.

Winner: Kimber via Swanton Bomb

Rating: ** 1/4

 

Rachael Ellering vs Utami Hayayshishita

Well, ya know I’m usually overly disinterested in whatever Rachael’s been doing, but this match was a little different. She basically got to play the heel since she was being very tough on Utami and showing some personality while arguing with the referee. So when it comes down to Rachael’s involvement, it wasn’t the thing that brought the match down, for a change.

However, after the initial burst from Rachael and the playing up a few strikes on the outside, the match never kick it into another gear. It basically was treading water for the last half. Signature moves were hit, Utami landed her Sleeper Hold takeover into the Coquina Clutch, but Rachael got out of it. I’m guess the high point was supposed to be Rachael hitting a Superplex, but nothing felt important, desperate or impressive.

The match ends just as Utami cinches in an Inside Cradle, but the time expires. All of the draws in this tournament are a little off putting.

Winner: Time Limit Draw

Rating: ***

 

Red Stars Standings:

Kagetsu 4-1-1 (9 Points)
Rachael Ellering 4-1-1 (9 Points)
Jungle Kyona 3-1-2 (8 Points)
Utami Hayashishita 3-1-2 (8 Points)
Konami 3-3 (6 Points) – Eliminated
Kimber Lee 2-4 (4 Points) – Eliminated
Tam Nakano 1-5 (2 Points) – Eliminated
Natsuko Tora 1-5 (2 Points) – Eliminated

 

Thoughts:

You know Stardom, you know what happens when you make Tam look good but don’t give her wins? Nothing happens, it’s actually decent story telling and could set up for a big upset of Kagetsu on the Finals day. So as much as the fan in me hates watching Tam come up short (Naito fans around the world know that feel), her determination and the storyline wrinkles could pay off later.

As for the two days…meh? Nothing stood out and these really just felt like matches to set up for the final swerve. These kind of days happen in all tournaments, it just hit really hard in these four matches. I just really really hope Rachael doesn’t win Red Stars.


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Mathew’s Stardom 5 Star Grand Prix Blue Stars Results & Review: Day 8

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So tomorrow is the last day of the Five Star Grand Prix where we will have our final four matches and the final match on the same day but we got two matches left to cover before we go to the final day.

This show is for people that didn’t have their six matches before the final day and we’re using this to make sure they’re all caught up to speed and we can see who has a chance to make it and who doesn’t. I know it says day 8 in my headline but I had no matches on the seventh day, so I decided to just skip it and go where I have my actual matches. So who wins these two matches?

Let’s find out and…dive right in.

 

Grand Prix Blue Stars Match
Kelly Klein vs. Natsu Sumire

Review: It’s pretty clear that Sumire is pretty much eliminated and even if she does win this match and her last one, the fact that Mayu would hold the tiebreaker over her if she lost today and won tomorrow, but would still be out if Momo won on the final day since she’d have nine points while Sumire would still have eight if she won both and wouldn’t matter, but she has been one of the highlights of this tournament due to her personality flourishing a lot more here and the fans loving her more and more. Sumire in her pre-match interview seems to be more focused on her bust size and even talked about the supplements she’s been taking for a couple weeks now and is disappointed that there’s been no change in her results just yet and hopes to provide progress updates. Kelly is her opponent tonight and if Kelly does win here, she’ll be in the top spot of the standings and would have a strong chance of winning. Can Kelly win again or will Sumire ruin it for her?

Once again, Sumire made the match fun when it was needed due to it not being the best bout in the tournament here but they did work with what they got, even if it was as pretty standard as they come. Kelly did an okay job in the match as well and probably my least favorite outing of her in the Grand Prix and she just wanted to dominate Sumire. Sumire was mostly doing her antics that you would see in her matches with the false handshakes, cradling them up when they least expect it, and just whipping them. It looked like Kelly was going to go for the win here and when she ran the ropes, Kagetsu kicked her in the back to stun her long enough for Sumire to grab the Oedo Tai sign so she could hit Kelly with it, but Kelly moved out of the way causing the sign to bounce off the ropes and hit Sumire instead in which it gets turned around for Kelly to hit the Fireman’s Carry Slam for the victory and she’s now in first place.

Rating: Tony Schiavone

 

Grand Prix Blue Stars Match
Hazuki vs. Mayu Iwatani

Review: A win here is very crucial for Mayu Iwatani if she wants to tie it up with Kelly, otherwise she would be eliminated from the tournament and her opponent, Hazuki would take the top spot with nine points and potentially win the whole thing if things work out in her favor. The last time the both of them fought one on one was around February during the ROH Women of Honor tournament and Mayu would come out the winner of that match and Mayu wants to beat her again to show she’s on a whole different level now. Who will take the top spot of the standings, Mayu or Hazuki?

Hazuki is in my top 5 wrestlers of Stardom right now and this match here with Mayu just solidified my statement for this claim. This whole tournament, she has been one of the most consistent wrestlers in her matches with her sequences being on point, her moves are crisp, and how to handle a match lately has been outstanding that she should be under peoples radar. Hazuki right away was being aggressive with Mayu before the bell even rang when she attacked her from behind and kept rolling her up which failed, but she kept on the attack by throwing her around into chairs on the outside and even destroyed Mayu’s arm during the whole match and not holding back on her, I love this side of Hazuki.

This match is one of my favorites in my block next to Hazuki/Momo still being my favorite one, but this one was still pretty damn close with their chemistry in the ring together gave us a special match and it’s not even their last one for their block. They told a great story in the ring, executed everything almost flawlessly, seeing a more aggressive side of Hazuki in her previous two matches, and Mayu selling it all to make it look more dangerous than it probably is, but they were just on point with everything together. Hazuki was pulling out all the stops with having her in the Crossface, working on her arm, stiff Dropkicks and a Codebreaker, but it still wasn’t enough to take Mayu out as she hits the Dragon Suplex Hold and gets the victory to tie first place with Kelly Klein. After the match, she told the crowd that she was now in first place and hopes the crowd will still support her as she looks to win it all at the final.

Rating: Bruce Prichard

 

Overall: Can’t really give it a fair assessment due to only having two matches with one being average and the other one being great, but the average of it was solid enough. I’m glad to see that all three of my picks are in the top 4 of potential winners and excited for the last day since it’s stacked.

Favorite Match: Hazuki vs. Mayu Iwatani

Score: 6/10

Blue Stars Standings:
Mayu Iwatani: 4-2 (8 Points)
Kelly Klein: 4-2 (8 Points)
Momo Watanabe: 3-2-1 (7 Points)
Hazuki: 3-2-1 (7 Points)
Nicole Savoy: 3-3 (6 Points)
Jamie Hayter: 2-4 (4 Points)
Saki Kashima: 2-4 (2 Points)
Natsu Sumire: 2-4 (4 Points)

Now that we have our final standings before the final show tomorrow, we see that our top 4 people that could still win this are Mayu Iwatani, Kelly Klein, Momo Watanabe, and Hazuki. We’re gonna break down the final card for tomorrow and see who has a real chance and how can it be done.

  • Mayu Iwatani vs. Momo Watanabe
  • Hazuki vs. Natsu Sumire
  • Kelly Klein vs. Nicole Savoy
  • Saki Kashima vs. Jamie Hayter

Here is how these four can win.

Mayu Iwatani: Defeat Momo Watanabe and Nicole Savoy defeats Kelly Klein.

Momo Watanabe: Defeat Mayu Iwatani and Nicole Savoy defeats Kelly Klein.

Kelly Klein: Defeat Nicole Savoy

Hazuki: Defeat Nicole Savoy, Momo Watanabe defeats Mayu Iwatani, and Nicole Savoy defeats Kelly Klein

If Momo and Hazuki do win their matches and Kelly loses, these two will be in a tie and it’ll be interesting to see who gets the final spot since they did tie it up in their outing, interesting direction if that’s the case.


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CMLL Arena Puebla Show Monday

El Asturiano and Black Tiger vs Espiritu Maligno and Fuerza Chicana

Maligno and Asturiano start out the match exchanging arm drags. Maligno is bare foot so Asturiano while having him in a hold bites his feet. Not very hygienical. Tiger and Chicana make their way in trading holds. Tags are made briefly and they pick up the pace but Chicana and Tiger come back in soon after to continue the faster pace. Maligno misses a splash and Tiger gets him in a surfboard stretch for the submission, then Asturiano pins Chicana with a hurricanrana pin combo. First Fall: El Asturiano pins Fuerza Chicana with a hurricanrana.

Black Tiger hits a monkey flip on Maligno to start the round and then hits a pose. Asturiano and Chicana are in to follow. He ends up feigning a dive to the outside. Maligno and Chicana start to get heat on the other team by double teaming both guys when they get the chance. Malingo hits a baseball slide to Asturiano in the corner and then they get both of them in submissions. Some elaborate stretches. Second Fall: Espiritu Maligno submits El Asturiano with a submission hold.

Third round starts with Asturiano being double teamed. Maligno hits a drop kick on him sending him out bringing in Black Tiger to get doubled. All four are in the ring now exchanging chops. Maligno gets Asturiano in a Gory Guerrero special into a pinning combination for the pin. The Chicana gets Black Tiger in a single leg boston crab for the win. Third Fall: Fuerza Chicana submits Black Tiger with a single leg boston crab.

Winners: Espiritu Maligno and Fuerza Chicana

Oro Jr, Super Astro Jr, and Tigre Rojo Jr vs King Rocker Jr, El Malayo, and King Jaguar

King Jaguar and Oro Jr start off with some chain wrestling, exchanging holds. They meet a stale mate and King Rocker come in and continue to exchange holds and chain wrestle. Tigre Rojo and Malayo come in and pick up the pace. Malayo gets Rojo in the corner to get an advantage on him, but it doesn’t work out. Oro Jr and Rojo hit a combo neck breaker on Malayo. Super Astro hits him with a dive for a pin. Tigre Rojo gets King Jaguar in an arm bar for the first fall. First Fall: Tigre Rojo Jr submits King Jaguar with an arm bar.

King Rocker starts the second fall with Oro jr and Oro gets him to the outside and then hits a pose. Astro comes in there next with Malayo. Astro gets him to the outside and then feigns a dive and hits an elaborate pose. After that Rojo and Jaguar come in and he too gets Jaguar to the outside and feigns a dive. Finally Rocker and Malayo are working over Tigre Rojo. Once they dispose of him they start to triple team Astro Jr. Jaguar hits a big baseball slide dive on Astro. Oro Jr gets hit with a basement drop kick to the hit by King Rocker for the second fall. Second Fall: King Rocker pins Oro Jr with a basement drop kick.

Oro and Rocker start out in the third round. This becomes a triple team attack soon. It doesn’t last for long and Oro Jr, Astro, and Rojo go for dives but they get dodged and then it becomes a brawl. They exchange spots and go for pins that get broken up. Astro hits a top rope headbutt on Malayo and pins him. Oro hits a power slam on Rocker and then Tigre and him do a double team move where Rojo flips Oro onto Rocker for the pin. Third Fall: Oro pins Rocker while being flipped by Tigre Rojo.

Winners: Oro Jr, Super Astro Jr, and Tigre Rojo Jr

Guerrero Maya, Fuego, and Stigma vs El Sagrado, Misterioso, and Tiger

Interesting note, the Arena Puebla is called Temple of Pain in translation. They should do Lucha Underground out of here. Maya and Misterioso start out in the match, and as they exchange holds and perform some mat wrestling, I’d like to point out how hype Fuego’s entrance is. After they go to a stale mate Sagrado and Stigma come in. They don’t last long and Fuego and Tiger get in there and pick up the pace.

Tiger irish whips Fuego into his corner and this causes his teammates to come in and triple team Fuego for a moment. Fuego’s teammates come in to confront. Fuego makes a come back and gets Tiger to the outside and then a brawl breaks out on the outside. After that Maya starts to get triple teamed. Misterioso hits a weak drop kick bringing Maya to the outside then hits a pose, but Fuego rolls him up. First Fall: Fuego rolls up Misterioso.

The second round is started with Stigma getting triple teamed. After they dispose of Stigma to the outside, Maya comes in to try his hand but the numbers are too much. El Sagrado hits an elbow drop for the second fall. Second Fall: El Sagrado hits an elbow drop on Guerrero Maya for the pin.

Maya starts the fall getting triple teamed but made a come back by hitting everyone with a tilt-a-Whirl back breaker. After that Stigma and Fuego came and hit middle rope dives. They all start to exchange spots now, one at a time. Fuego hits his matrix bridge spot and then hits a dive. Stigma hits a big hurricanrana on Misterioso. Tiger and Stigma start to exchange chops.

Eventually Tiger hits a big power bomb. Fuego hits a big victory roll on Misterioso and the ref takes forever to go for the count and Sagrado breaks it up. Misterioso hits a reverse power slam and Fuego breaks up the pin and then he hits a big dive. Stigma hits a pinning combination on on Sagrado and Maya hits a spring board, shoulder block on Tiger for the win. Third Fall: Guerrero Maya hits a shoulder block on Tiger for the win.

Winners: Guerrero Maya, Fuego, and Stigma

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