Blue Stars Day and Night show in Osaka! Stardom 5 Star Grand Prix coverage continues!
So there were, let’s say, technical difficulties with the stardom-world website and their uploading schedule. Thusly, if anyone forgot this existed, or thought Mathew and I just stopped, no no no.
Since the Stardom website doesn’t load up full show VODs and just loads each match individually, we are at the mercy of the admins and when they complete the specific day’s matches.
None of this is meant to be negative, since we don’t know the full reasons as to why things were delayed. I just felt like everyone deserved an explanation why there’s been 3 weeks between articles.
Let’s get to the show!
Day 3 Day & Night Ratings:
- Jungle Kyona vs Andras Miyagi: Miyagi wins via Small Package @5:45 – *
- Arisa Hoshiki vs Natsuko Tora: Arisa wins via Shining Impact @10:15 – * 1/2
- Jamie Hayter vs Natsuko Tora: Hayter wins via Falcon Arrow Neckbreaker @8:00 – ** 1/2
- Konami vs Utami Hayashishita: Konami wins via Triangle Lancer @9:10 – *** 3/4
- Jungle Kyona vs Bea Priestley: Kyona wins via Count Out @12:55 – ****
Day 3 Day & Night Analysis:
Jungle Kyona vs Andras Miyagi – You know, I got my hopes up for a second. Kyona is apparently debuting this new Sensei Kyona gimmick adorned with glasses and an instructor’s wand…and no lie, glasses do good work for Kyona. But the new gimmick was easily the highlight of a rather disappointing match.
Andras comes out with a backpack, so hooray, everyone has a gimmick today. Andras starts hitting Kyona with the bag, Kyona finds erasers and claps the chalk dust in her face to take an early advantage. After dominating the entire match referee gets distracting taking the backpack away and Andras pulls a cloth bag out, puts it over Kyona’s head and wins via Roll-Up, shades of an awful Minoru Fujita match. Poor Sensei Kyona.
Arisa Hoshiki vs Natsuko Tora – So the story here is that Arisa is on her first losing streak since returning, and Natsuko is seen as the weakest in the block, but might have a shot if Arisa is on life tilt. Even with the established injury and slide, people aren’t really buying it. Hell, Natsuko didn’t get any streamers for her introduction, so I feel a little bad even though her character doesn’t care.
This, this match was pretty damn bad. Natsuko has proven she can brawl, but her actual wrestling offense looked miserable. Weak clotheslines, a bad Seated Senton, grabbing the wrong leg to work over, just so many missteps or bad moves, this was rough. It was also rough because of the fact she didn’t have any fan reaction. The fans only made noise when Arisa landed offense, and even that was few and far between.
After a very sloppy Swinging STO, Arisa thankfully salvaged what was left of this. A few kicks and knee strikes lead to her landing the Brazilian Kick, but she picked her up, cause she wasn’t done. Arisa was just sick and tired of the weapons Natsuko used during the match, so Shining Impact sent a message and finally got the White Belt champion on the board.
Jamie Hayter vs Natsuko Tora – So inter-faction warfare again, with both of them playing up the cheeky Oedo Tai mentality in the lead in promos. Sadly, Natsuko still doesn’t get any streamers, I guess Osaka just hates her in the day and the night.
Thankfully as a match, this was a significant step up. But when you have the Zombie Hot British Chancellor of Oedo Tai, what do you expect? They start off with some general chicanery and shoulder tackles as they mocking laugh at one another. Eventually there’s a double knock down, and stuff gets serious.
Natsuko takes a small advantage on the outside, before Jamie gets tossed in. This was a long run of offense for Natsuko, she hit her Triple Splashes and even that weird newer Swinging STO thing she does. It looks like Natsuko is going back to the Splashes, but Jamie gets up, slaps her about and hits a well timed Superplex. Jamie hits the Swinging STO much better than Natsuko did, but it was only a near fall.
Falcon Arrow Neckbreaker puts an end to Natsuko’s hopes of getting points on the board. I wonder if Jamie has a name for that move?
Konami vs Utami Hayashishita – Utami, Stardom’s Big Rookie, has started off the tournament undefeated. So she decided to poke fun at Konami’s Triangle Lancer line, by saying her tournament record is 100 percent. It was a amusing, and she even had trouble keeping a straight face when she delivered the line, so it started things off in a fun way.
There was some early mat wrestling, with both trying to counter the other’s attempts at finishing moves. Utami kept the advantage through most of the match, with Konami wiggling free and finding small openings for offense. Konami countered a Boston Crab attempt into an Ankle Lock, but Utami got a rope break. Utami did have a little more swagger during this match than usual, but I don’t know if it’s so much her playing heel or the fact that everyone in Queen’s Quest eventually taps into their arrogant side.
After a small strike exchange, Utami hits a Shortarm Lariat and goes for the finish. She picks Konami up for the Torture Rack, Konami slips out the back, Utami rolls through, but Konami grabs a hold of her arm and slaps on the Triangle Lancer, causing Big Rookie to tap out. In what has to be considered an upset, Konami hands Utami her first loss.
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Jungle Kyona vs Bea Priestley – Kyona’s resolve is always something to admire about her character. She tries her hardest, yet she ends up on the short end, more often than not. Bea is her usual arrogant “Bow down to the fucking queen” self. So sufficed to say, it’s very easy to want Kyona to win, just from promos.
During the match we get a little back and forth since Kyona is well known to be a power wrestler, but Bea takes a short cut. She positions the turnbuckle to expose the top turnbuckle, and flings Kyona into it three times. Every time Kyona sells the pain, and you feel progressively worse for her, so babyface in peril box gets checked very hard here.
Kyona counters a Frankensteiner attempt into a Boston Crab and then eventually a Half Crab, but Bea doesn’t tap out. Kyona works the back, perhaps softening up Bea for the Scorpion Deathlock. Kyona gets knocked off the top rope and Bea hits a Double Stomp to Kyona’s back on the apron. We get some brawling on the outside, and Kyona hits an Apron Powerbomb right around the time the referee counts to 18. Kyona rolls in, and Bea can’t beat the count.
So it may not be a pinfall, but it’s still two points. On top of very possibly being a shot at the Red Belt after the tournament.
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Overall Score: 6/10
The early matches were pretty terrible, but at least the Blue Stars block got saved with the night show. It’s nice to see that the block is pretty close and only our Zombie Hot British Chancellor, Jamie Hayter, is comfortably in the lead. I’m also curious as to why Natsuko isn’t getting even a little appreciation from the crowd. She gets a smattering of chants during matches, but no streamers is a bit of a blow to the ego.
Kyona was the superstar between Day and Night though, her match was very good and the way she emotes is fantastic during matches. Jungle needs a singles title ASAP. The way Tokyo Cyber Squad ended the Night show was great as well. All three main members were saying they’d win, Kyona asked their youngest member Rina who she thinks will win, and Rina picked Hana. So Kyona and Konami beat her up a little (playfully of course) and Hana had to protect their precious junior member.
Also, I’m really hoping we can catch up on shows better now that Stardom has worked out whatever issue they were previously having.
Blue Stars Standings:
- Jamie Hayter 3-0 ( 6 Points)
- Utami Hayashishita 2-1 (4 Points)
- Bea Priestley 2-1 (4 Points)
- Konami 2-1 (4 Points)
- Kagetsu 1-1 (2 Points)
- Jungle Kyona 1-2 (2 Points)
- Arisa Hoshiki 1-2 (2 Points)
- Andras Miyagi 1-2 (2 Points)
- Natsuko Tora 0-3 (0 Points)