Mathew brings us more Stardom coverage! Let’s see who the mystery Oedo Tai member is!
Welcome back to Stardom as we have another addition of Queen’s Fes coming up for this one right here and it’s sure to be an exciting show!
We got a bit in store today as we have two title matches confirmed for the show, Mayu Iwatani brings home the ROH Women of Honor Championship after beating Kelly Klein for it, and we get to reveal a new Oedo Tai member. What exciting things will be in store for this one?
Let’s find out as we…dive right in.
0 Stars: Dave Meltzer
1 Star: Vince Russo
2 Stars: Tony Schiavone
3 Stars: Eric Bischoff
4 Stars: Bruce Prichard
5 Stars: Jim Cornette
Three Way Tag Team Match
Hanan & Starlight Kid vs. Hina & Rina vs. Leo Onozaki & Saya Iida
Review: Our first match is a three-way tag with our future division as Hanan and Starlight Kid team up to take on Hina and Rina along with JAN members, Leo Onozaki and Saya Iida. After seeing Saya on her debut last month against Natsuko Tora, it left me impressed with her to see how she’ll be going forward with the company. Hina and Rina are looking to try and stock up on some wins here while Hanan and Starlight Kid are the favorites in the match. Which one will win?
Hina, Starlight, and Saya started the match off here and they began with a pretty solid sequence with the three of them rolling each other up and it would be broken up by the other rolling them up, which looked pretty impressive, especially when they didn’t mess it up at all and it was crisp. Aside from that nice little spot, nothing else really stood out on this one since it was just a basic tag match for the younger wrestlers to give the fans a show. Saya didn’t do a whole lot to let me see how her progression it but from what I saw, she sold everything she needed to well for the most part. Another little complaint that I had was Hanan pretty much teaming up with her sisters to make it seem like it was a handicap match but then again, they’re her sisters and I understand wanting to do stuff with them but they’re also your opponents. Starlight would hit her Rounding Frog Splash onto Saya to make her pay her dues as her and Hanan win the match.
Rating: Tony Schiavone and a quarter
Tag Team Match
Alex Gracia & Saki Kashima vs. Bobbi Tyler & Hana Kimura
Review: Our next match is now just a regular tag team match with Alex Gracia teaming up with Saki Kashima as they take on Hana Kimura and Bobbi Tyler. Hana looks like she could use some friends in Stardom after leaving Oedo Tai along with Mary Apache not really a Stardom member, but Bobbi helps her out and they make a good team together. Alex has been doing rather well from what I’ve seen so far and let’s see how she and Saki fair off. Which team wins?
Saki and Hana were able to start the match off and I would be lying if I said I didn’t wanna see the two of them face off in a singles match, I don’t believe it’s happened yet and I think the two would be able to perform a solid match. Bobbi and Hana were able to do a Double Mexican Surfboard onto Saki where one would to the hold on one half of Saki and the other one would do the other half, don’t believe I’ve seen it done much but I’ll take it. While I enjoy the team of Bobbi and Hana, my main concern is Hana’s placement on the Stardom roster at this point of her career. I ask this because she was red hot when she came back, betrayed Oedo Tai, and had that match with Kagetsu but it seemed like she just got burnt out after that little feud and is that there now without doing anything really major. What’s her goal there now? Why is she there? She needs a sense of direction. Alex showed off some impressive move in the match as she was able to hit a Lungblower onto Bobbi and a beautiful Shining Wizard before she would go for the hot tag back into Saki. While a short match, it was still a solid one enough to get over with the crowd and plenty of showcasing from all four of them. Alex tagged herself in when Saki was worn out and hits an Overcastle onto Hana along with a nice Dropkick. Hana hits her with a Big Boot for a two count and she goes to the top rope to hit a Front Dropkick and she pins Alex to get the win for her and Bobbi.
— We Are Stardom (@we_are_stardom) February 19, 2019
Rating: Tony Schiavone and three quarters
Konami vs. Jamie Hayter
Review: Our first singles match of the night as Queen’s Quest member, Konami will go one on one with Oedo Tai’s, Jamie Hayter. No significant history of this match as it looks to be an exhibition between the two to give the fans something exciting as both women are talented people. Both of them are still looking for their stride in their respective factions and this match could help them out. Is the Triangle Lancer 100 percent or Jamie gets the win?
I’m liking Jamie’s change in her heel persona ever since she joined Oedo Tai while showing a bit more an aggressive side to herself if she’s gonna face-off with someone like Konami. Konami is one of the more underrated talents of Stardom since I feel like she’s not fully appreciated for what she could do in the ring and is sometimes in the back burner with no full opportunities set for her just yet. Loved the little story with Konami trying to work on Jamie’s arms while Jamie fights her off to show that she is stronger than her and she won’t get her to tap. I thought it was a very solid match since both women are talented in what they do and it’s nice to see them show that to their audience while also giving them a reasonable amount of time in the ring instead of just another short match like the other ones. Good job with Jamie showing off her power when Konami would try to hit her with a German Suplex and as Jamie fights it off, Konami would kick her arm to weaken it up a little bit before Jamie turned around as she now hits the German on Konami for a two count. The two kept going back and forth and Jamie has Konami up on her shoulders but Konami would get off of her to roll her around to apply the Triangle Lancer as Jamia taps out right away to show that it’s indeed 100 percent!
— We Are Stardom (@we_are_stardom) February 20, 2019
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter
High Speed Title Match
Hazuki (c) vs. AZM
Review: Our last singles match for the night is also our first title match as we have the High Speed Championship on the line as Hazuki defends the title against AZM. Her first title defense was against Starlight Kid in a very solid bout and it looks like AZM now wants a shot against her. It’s been defended more times than when Mary Apache had it last but I ain’t complaining since it gives it screen time and Hazuki can use this to help elevate the younger wrestlers. Will Hazuki be able to retain for a second time or will we have a new champion?
Very quick pacing at the beginning of the match between the two of them and that all changes once Hazuki would start to take control of the match. AZM is known to be the little bully of Stardom but Hazuki would just slap the child around to show her who runs the title. I keep saying Hazuki is one of the companies better wrestlers with her consistency in the ring and AZM isn’t too far behind as well since she can definitely hang with some of the best and it shows here in this match where she gets a fair chance to shine. I was fine with Hazuki dominating the match since it told a story in the ring and tried to get some type of sympathy for AZM despite how she acts in the ring, but Hazuki just hardly gives her any type of offense.
AZM would eventually make a small little comeback as she would start to work on Hazuki’s injured shoulder to weaken her a little bit. Now they start going back and forth with the pinfalls after AZM lands the Sunset Flip and it looked like AZM was going to get the win but Hazuki kicked out at two. AZM would hit Hazuki with a Suplex before going to the top rope for a Missle Dropkick and hits a Double Stomp for a cover and Hazuki kicked out again. AZM hits a Hurricanrana and applies the Fujiwara Armbar to try and make her tap with her injured arm but Hazuki would get out of the way and once AZM ran to the turnbuckle, Hazuki pushed her down to get the advantage again. Hazuki would hit the Michinoku Driver and once she went for the pin, she broke the count herself since she wasn’t done yet and hits the Brainbuster for extra damage and Hazuki pinned her to retain the title!
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a half
Tag Team Match
Kagetsu & X vs. JAN (Jungle Kyona & Natsuko Tora)
Review: Our next match is a tag match with Jungle Kyona and Natsuko Tora teaming up against the World of Stardom Champion, Kagetsu and a mystery partner, which is also the newest member of Oedo Tai. On the February 9th show, a masked person would appear to help Oedo Tai win a match and Kagetsu was seen with this mystery woman backstage and many speculations would be someone that was from the Stardom roster like Mayu Iwatani, Starlight Kid, Konami, AZM, or whoever. Now, we get to see who will be joining Oedo Tai as X will now be revealed to the world. Who is X?
X has revealed herself and it’s Cassandra Miyagi! If you remember her from my coverage, Cassandra was from Sendai Girls as she had her last match there on the January 20th show and it looks like she’s here in Stardom with a new name as she’s now known as Andras Miyagi. JAN would try to attack her once the bell rang but Andras left the ring as Kagetsu would fight them both off until they got the double team on her. Oedo Tai would then drag JAN out of the ring so Oedo Tai could to their assault onto them while outside of the ring until they brought Natsuko into the ring as we can now start the match properly. Andras definitely fits the Oedo Tai mold since they needed another big name into the mix and has the persona that they look for in that type of faction, it’s good to have a powerhouse into the mix since that’s exactly what she is and had that power along with just deadly strikes with her feet. JAN is still showing why they’re still a top tag team in the ring as they have great chemistry while Kagetsu and Andras are just pairing up and showing that they could possibly work.
One thing I did enjoy about this was that they didn’t treat Andras like a monster where she would just destroy everyone in the ring as she was like any other competitor in the ring while also being vulnerable when she can. There were a couple of times where JAN almost had the victory by even pinning Andras in the match but Kagetsu would break it up after Natsuko hits her Swinging Side Slam. Natsuko then decides to drag Andras towards the corner to hit a Splash off the top rope not once, but twice for good measure and once she went for the pin, Kagetsu would break the hold by spitting green mist into her eyes. Kagetsu would then spit the green mist onto Jungle’s eyes to blind her as well to get her out of the ring as Andras hits Natsuko with the Michinoku Driver for the two count. Andras gets to the top rope to hit the Swanton Bomb and goes for the pin, giving Oedo Tai the victory and a successful debut. Kagetsu would grab the microphone after the match to introduce her to the crowd and Andras only says that Oedo Tai comes first. Excited to see what Andras does in the new path of her career.
— We Are Stardom (@we_are_stardom) February 17, 2019
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a half
Goddesses of Stardom Title Match
Queen’s Quest (Momo Watanabe & Utami Hayashishita) (c) vs. AMA (Arisa Hoshiki & Mayu Iwatani)
Review: It’s now time for our main event as the Goddesses of Stardom Championships are on the line as Momo Watanabe and Utami Hayashishita are set to defend the titles against WOH Women of Honors Champion, Mayu Iwatani and Arisa Hoshiki. This is mostly for Momo and Arisa since Arisa has called out Momo since her return to Stardom and the to really haven’t had a chance to fight each other one on one. However, she’ll kinda get her chance here in a tag match for the titles and if Arisa can beat Momo in the match, maybe she’ll be another step closer to a shot at the Wonder of Stardom Championship. Will AMA be able to win the titles or does Queen’s Quest still dominate?
I love how Momo just ignores Arisa before the bell rings as she wants to fight Mayu first to show that Arisa means nothing to her at all that she doesn’t want to share the same ring with her. In Arisa’s eyes though, she thinks Momo fears her and that’s why she’s afraid of fighting her and the match here will prove who will be considered right as the two actually start the match off. This is the right way to start the match off since you get very little of what they could do but it’s also at the same time enough to make you interested in seeing more down the road. It’s no surprise that all four of these women did amazing in the match as Utami and Momo are a great team while Mayu and Arisa work surprisingly well together and not too sure which team-up I like better for Mayu since her and Saki were a pretty solid team as well and this one is just as good.
Mayu gets in the ring to hit a Slingshot Dropkick onto Momo and then the two would start to brawl back and forth for a little bit until Mayu lands a Frankensteiner for a two count and hits Momo with a Superkick before tagging Arisa into the ring. Arisa gets in the ring to knee Momo in the face before climbing the top rope to try and hit the 1399, but Momo ducked out of the way and climbs to the ropes to hit the Somato for a two count. Utami helps Momo out a little bit when she flipped Arisa over and Momo connects with a Superkick and hits her with a Package Driver as Mayu broke the pinfall. While Mayu has Utami in a Dragon Sleeper, Arisa would have Momo outside the ring and kicks her with a kick to the chest before bringing her back in the ring to kick her more and Utami breaks the count. Mayu hits a Crossbody onto Momo before picking her up for Arisa to hit the 1399 and it connects this time but Momo kicked out at two! Momo would be able to hit Arisa with the Tequila Sunrise as Mayu would break the three count just in time. Utami would get back in the ring to hit a German Suplex onto Mayu to get her out of the ring and Momo gets up to hit the Peach Sunrise on Arisa and Queen’s Quest retains the title!
After the match, Momo would talk about how she’s one defense away from breaking Io Shirai’s record for most title defenses for the Wonder of Stardom Championship and she has decided her opponent, Jungle Kyona. She picked Jungle because she was her first title defense with the belt and she wants to try and break the record the same way as Jungle accepts the match and I can’t wait! Great match and a nice way to close the show.
Rating: Bruce Prichard and a quarter
Overall: I thought the show was a big success as we had a lot of solid matches, a nice surprise for a debut, and plenty of stuff to lead into the next show coming up which should be a good one.
Favorite Match: Momo Watanabe & Utami Hayashishita vs. Arisa Hoshiki & Mayu Iwatani
Least Favorite Match: Hanan & Starlight Kid vs. Hina & Rina vs. Leo Onozaki & Saya Iida