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SEAdLINNNG d-Higher Results & Review (10/3/2018)

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So this one will be a first for me since I don’t really cover this promotion and only did one match during my second set of quickies, this promotion is called SEAdLINNNG, yes it’s a weird name I know.

It’s a promotion that has been formed in 2015 by Nanae Takahashi, so this is still fairly new to the scene and they only have one set of titles which is the Beyond the Sea Tag Team Championship, meaning they don’t have a main singles title until now. This show is pretty much the first round of the tournament and the rest of the tournament will conclude on November 1st where we will crown our first Beyond the Sea Champion. Now, why am I covering this show and promotion you ask? Well, the reason why I’m doing this one is that while I haven’t fully watched a full show of them just yet, I’ve been hearing great things about their matches and some people have called this their favorite show of 2018, so how can I not be curious about this show and wanna see it for myself? That’s pretty much what I’m doing and if things go well for this tournament, I will cover the November 1st show as well. Who will win the first round matches?

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

 

Six Man Tag Team Match
Aoi Kizuki, Makoto & Tsukasa Fujimoto vs. Ayame Sasamura, Mio Momono & Miyuki Takase

Review: Before we do our first round matches, our opening contest is our only six-man tag team bout with Aoi Kizuki, Makoto, and Tsukasa Fujimoto taking on the team of Ayame, Sasamura, Mio Momono, and Miyuki Takase. This match has women from other promotions along with freelancers and it should be a solid tag match to get the crowd hyped. This is also a match dedicated to Ray who was a Joshi wrestler who recently passed away when she lost her battle to brain cancer. Which team will win?

I have no idea what happened between Aoi and Miyuki, but they would run back and forth between the ropes and Aoi would get the referee involved into the mix and have her run back and forth in her place, and she also got involved in their little chain sequence which was pretty cool but also weird. Unfortunately, some clips of the match would get cut out due to it making sure the tournament matches had more time for the slow to make it the expected run time. I don’t know who this referee is, but she kept getting abused in this match and got kicked by Makoto and Tsukasa to the point where she would get herself involved while doing small sequences with the two, she even got so annoyed that the should start doing fast counts throughout the match from here on out.

I was expecting a basic tag match, but this was surprisingly entertaining with all six of these women playing their part, fast-paced action, and nothing really bad in the match except for a few minutes being cut but it was still a solid and entertaining match. Speaking of both Makoto and Tsukasa, I think they were the two women that stood out for me the most in the match but doesn’t take any credit away to the other women for a job well done. Tsukasa would attempt a Code Red over Ayame but she would move herself off of it but Tsukasa would move herself back into position right away to actually hit the Coed Red this time and it was a great spot, Aoi would hit a Rounding Splash to top if off and instead of pinning her right away, she would run around the ropes for a little while until she got tired and pinned her for the three count. It had some goofy moments, but it wasn’t over the top and pretty fun like how Sendai Girls does it. Great job.

Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter

 

SEAdLINNNG Beyond The Sea Title Tournament First Round Match
Ryo Mizunami vs. Takumi Iroha

Review: We have our first round match with Ryo Mizunami taking on Takumi Iroha to start this tournament off for us. Ryo is a member of the Pro Wrestling WAVE roster while Takumi is representing Marvelous. Much like Sendai Girls, the roster only has about four people while the rest are from other promotions and it works out well since it helps book big matches. Who will advance to the second round?

I remember Takumi from her match against Mayu Iwatani a couple months ago when Stardom did a show with Marvelous and those two went through a twenty-minute draw in a nice solid match, Takumi is someone known for her submissions and her powerhouse ability. Ryo I don’t know too much of since I don’t really follow WAVE and only know a few people in the company like ASUKA, but it looks like she’s a powerhouse also so it’s a nice dynamic right here. This was another match that blew my expectations out of the water here and gave us another entertaining match with both of these women using their power in the match to give it that bit of extra feeling in the ring. Both of these women impressed me in the match.

Ryo would have Takumi right where she wanted her for quite a while with her strikes being too much for her, but Takumi would hit a stiff forearm to try and daze her a little bit, but Ryo found a way to power back out of it. Ryo would get more momentum now with hitting a stiff Lariat for a two count and she would quickly pick her up for a Dragon suplex for another two count, but she’s not done as she hits a Lariat one more time and Takumi still kicks out of it. Ryo would have Takumi over her shoulders but Takumi would break herself free to apply the Sleeper Hold onto Ryo and before she could get to the ropes, Takumi lets go of the hold to pull her back in and applies the Sleeper once again, and this time she’s out for the count as Takumi wins and advances to the Semi-Finals!

Rating: Eric Bischoff and three quarters

 

SEAdLINNNG Beyond The Sea Title Tournament First Round Match
Hanako Nakamori vs. Yoshiko

Review: Our next bout has the companies own for this one, Yoshiko as she will take on Pure-J’s Hanako Nakamori. To some people, Yoshiko is considered one of the worst in Japan right now and I don’t know much about her, so I will be the judge of that myself but how bad could it be? Hanako is someone I am familiar with and could be a good opponent for Hanako. Who will win?

I thought I was looking at Asuka (Kana) for a minute there with that outfit, but it turns out that Hanako is just wearing something similar. So how did Yoshiko do? I’m gonna be honest when I say that I don’t think he’s as terrible as some people would like to claim here, she’s more of a powerhouse than a wrestler and the crowd responded to her pretty well and from the stuff that I saw in the match, she was pretty crisp with her moves here. While it wasn’t a great match, it was still solid enough to get by to make it at least watchable. It was mostly Yoshiko dominating the majority of the match with Hanako getting a little bit of offense in there whenever she can, but it was mostly about Yoshiko.

Yoshiko would climb onto the ropes to go for a Senton but Hanako moves out of the way as she uses this as an opening to get to the ropes until Yoshiko came back up to hit a Two-Handed Chokebomb (Hey, my old finisher!) and she would hit it one more time on the mat for a two count. Yoshiko had her sit up so she hits a Sliding Lariat and Hanako would roll her up for a two count. Hanako is getting into the not as she hits a Running Enziguri and sits her up for a Penalty Kick and pins her for the victory as she moves on to the Semi-Finals!

Rating: Eric Bischoff

 

SEAdLINNNG Beyond The Sea Title Tournament First Round Match
Hiroyo Matsumoto vs. Nanae Takahashi

Review: This one is considered a big match as the companies owner, Nanae Takashi is set to take on one of the best right now, Hiroyo Matsumoto. Some of you may know her from a previous coverage, or from her time in WWE’s Mae Young Classic and if you have, then you know Hiroyo is considered a big deal. Nanae was also in my second set of quickies when she fought Go Shiozaki in one of my favorite intergender matches despite the horrible camera angles. This match is definitely highly anticipated but only one of them can advance.

I got to see how Nanae performs here in this match since she’s not chopped around like a ragdoll unlike her previous match that I covered and I thought she’s pretty great in the ring, knows her psychology, how to handle herself in the ring, and just knows how to tell a story in the ring. Hiroyo showed here why she’s one of the best female wrestlers around with her in-ring experience, her charisma, her well-rounded ability, and just knowing story overall. When you combine these two things together with what they both know in the ring, then you get to see magic being made here and they did exactly that since this match was amazing. It did have a little bit of a slower pace near the beginning of it when they were outside having a chair fight but if you go past that, just the overall story of the match and what the two would tell is what keeps you interested.

These two women would give it their all in the match to try and take their opponent out like how Nanae would hit Hiroyo with a Package Driver onto the ring apron like how Momo Watanabe does it and a few minutes later, Hiroyo would be on the apron as she Powerbombs Nanae from the turnbuckle onto the floor as the crowd keeps getting into the match as you admire the atmosphere of it all. Hiroyo would take most of the control with her Lariats onto her and hits a Sitout Powerbomb as Nanae kicked out of it at two. Hiroyo hits a Gutwrench Powerbomb for another two count and when she went to go pick her up, Nanae would lock in the Guillotine Hold onto her to try and choke her out as she fell down to her knees passed out as the referee would start the count, but Hiroyo would fight out of it before her hand would fall down the third time.

Nanae would hit a Falcon Arrow for a two count and she would go for a Sliding Knee, but Hiroyo would move out of the way to hit her with a Lariat and a Backdrop Driver as Nanae kicks out at two also. Desperate times are picking up for the both of them, but Nanae would hit her Nana Rocker on Hiroyo to get the win as she advances to the Semi-Finals.

Rating: Jim Cornette

 

SEAdLINNNG Beyond The Sea Title Tournament First Round Match
Arisa Nakajima vs. Rina Yamashita

Review: We now have our final match of the first round tournament as we have Rina Yamashita from OSAKA Women’s Pro-Wrestling taking on one of the companies own, Arisa Nakajima. I don’t know too much about both of these women, but I’ve heard great things about Arisa and is told that she’s the favorite to win the match next to Nanae and I can’t wait to see what she can do in the ring. We’ve been on a roll so far, so will these two take it home?

I’m new to both Rina and Arisa but after seeing this match, I became a fan of both of these women right away. Arisa Nakajima has all the tools to be considered one of the top women in the Joshi scene right now and the people that have told me about her weren’t wrong at all and seeing her was definitely worth it. Rina Yamashita is someone that is a very well-rounded wrestler as well and I wouldn’t mind seeing more of her work as well to get more familiar with her and Arisa for that matter. I honestly thought the match was great stuff from beginning to end, there was always something to make it exciting between the two of them with their agility in the ring and the intensity that I like to see in these matches to help elevate the story. First, we have an incredible match between Hiroyo and Nanae but now we get another one between Arisa and Rina back to back for this show and I’m glad it had this type of turnout.

Rina is more known for her deadly strikes in the match and the knees she would deliver to Arisa looked painful just by watching them that you could feel your jaw tingle a little bit going ouch. Arisa would hit a Shutdown German Suplex Hold shades of Kento Miyahara to Rina after breaking out of the Crucifix Powerbomb, but Rina would kick out of the move. Arisa would run towards her as she meets a knee to the face along with a Lariat for a two count but it looks like that she could be out cold right here. From bell to bell, the match would just get interesting to see how it would all play out and being impressed with both of these women. Rina would have Arisa up once again but she would reverse it into a Dragon Suplex for a two count and she would hit a second Dragon Suplex for another two count. Arisa would drag her to the center of the ring and goes to the top rope for a Diving Moonsault as she connects it to get the pinfall and gets the final spot of the Semi-Finals!

We now have our final four participants for the tournament who are Arisa Nakajima, Nanae Takahashi, Takumi Iroha, and Hanako Nakamori. If I were to guess who would be the final two in the match on November first, I would have to go with Nanae and Arisa in the finals with Arisa taking it all from here and I can’t wait to see how this show plays out.

Rating: Jim Cornette

 

Overall: I like how when I did the quickie, I had horrible camera angles along with that corner screen with people talking and in this show, I get the opposite of that and has a Sendai Girls feeling. Why the hell didn’t I get that when I was doing the Go/Nana match!? Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of this show here and I can see why it would be considered some people’s favorites. I thought it was nicely done with not one bad match involved and our last two matches were fantastic which do deserve to be viewed. You bet I’ll be finishing up this tournament since it got me hyped up for more.

Favorite Match: Hiroyo Matsumoto vs. Nanae Takahashi

Least Favorite Match: Hanako Nakamori vs. Yoshiko

Score: 8.5/10


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