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Mathew’s Stardom 5 Star GP Red Stars Results & Review: Day 4 & 5

In efforts to catch up, we bring you Day 4 & 5 of Red Stars Block!



In efforts to catch up, we bring you Day 4 & 5 of Red Stars Block!

Now that Stardom looks to be uploading stuff normally now without any delays this time, we can continue with our adventure here.

We would like to apologize for the delay since it was for reasons beyond our control, but time to get back into it. This time we will be covering two days on here to keep the ball rolling.

Who will be moving on during these next two shows and will we have a general idea on who could be eliminated?

Let’s find out as we…dive right in.

Star Rating System:

  • 0 Stars: Dave Meltzer
  • 1 Star: Vince Russo
  • 2 Stars: Tony Schiavone
  • 3 Stars: Eric Bischoff
  • 4 Stars: Bruce Prichard
  • 5 Stars: Jim Cornette


5 Star Grand Prix Red Stars Block Match
Mayu Iwatani vs. Avary

Review: Our first match to start this article and show is Mayu Iwatani taking on Avary. Been a few days since Avary has had a match in the tournament but she has impressed me during her first match against Momo, so I’m sure we’ll see more of what she can do when she takes on Stardom’s Icon. Mayu has had some bad luck with her recent losses and needs to start winning if she wants to make it to the ranks. Will Mayu get some points or does Avary get her first win?

Wow, I gotta talk about how great Mayu is right here and how she would pretty much give the ring to Avary to show the audience what she could do in the ring. So far with these two performances from Avary, I can’t help but feel impressed with her ability in the ring and just fits in with the company. Hell, I could see her in either Queen’s Quest or Oedo Tai just by her appearance and could be a fine addition to either of them. Avary hits a beautiful Northern Lights Suplex for Mayu to kick out at two and Avary goes to pick her up until Mayu hits a German Suplex with an excellent bridge. Mayu attempts to hit her Dragon Suplex but Avary fought out of it as Mayu kicks her head in to take her down before going to the top rope to hit a Moonsault for the pinfall victory. Solid match with Avary impressing more people.

Rating: Eric Bischoff


5 Star Grand Prix Red Stars Block Match
Momo Watanabe vs. Tam Nakano

Review: Our second and final match for this show since I have only two matches for this show as we have Momo Watanabe taking on Tam Nakano. Both of these are no strangers to each other as they have fought before for the white belt and was one of Tam’s best matches in quite some time. Now, these two are set to fight once again as we find out which one of these two will get six points.

Cocky Momo is the best version of Momo since she has every right to be from her accomplishments for the whole year and it just brings out everything she is to make her so great. Tam pulling off the underdog type role very well once again as she just has the look for one and with the fans, it’s believable to see her as such and when you get these two people meshed together, it turns into a great story which is what we get in this match. Wouldn’t say it was better than their previous match together, it’s still a damn good match and I think they can do so much more with the gloves off.

Momo would not let up as she would hit a Somato onto Tam with any chance she would get but Tam would kick out of all of them, she would even hit a Running Knee Strike in one of her retaliations towards Momo. Momo was able to hit one off the ropes and it looked like she was going to hit the Tequila Sunrise but Tam would fight over to the ropes to save herself some time as Momo pulled her in for Tam to hit her with a kick. Tam hits another spinning kick to get her dazed and used this opening to hit the Tiger Suplex and would get the pinfall victory over the ace! This is a big win for Tam as this is the first time she won more than twice in this tournament and has time to get more points. Big win for Tam and a great showing by both these women.

Rating: Eric Bischoff and three quarters



5 Star Grand Prix Red Stars Block Match
Hazuki vs. Natsu Sumire

Review: Not it’s time to continue onto the next day as the match with will start this one are two members of Oedo Tai facing each other, Hazuki and Natsu Sumire, Sumire got her first win of the tournament against Mayu Iwatani and she looks to try and go for a winning streak if she can beat her fellow Oedo Tai member. Hazuki only has one win herself and would need to try and stock some points as well. Which one of these two will get two more points?

The two would shake hands and instead of Sumire doing a dirty tactic, Hazuki pulled her in for a DDT before the bell would even ring and goes onto the offense. Sumire would do her little Bronco Buster and it looks like Hazuki left her lipstick on her thigh during that, sneaky. Hazuki is so damn good and I will keep saying this until the day she starts declining in her ability, which I don’t see happening any time soon. The match was short and sweet but was very consistent enough to hardly make any mistakes as both of them played their parts well. Hazuki would hit a beautiful Codebreaker with Sumire sitting on the top rope and made it look devastating. Hazuki attempted the Hazukistral but Sumire turned it around to try it on her as Hazuki kicked out at two. Hazuki would then hit the Brainbuster as she would get the victory with that with Hazuki still in the game.

Rating: Eric Bischoff

5 Star Grand Prix Red Stars Block Match
Hana Kimura vs. Avary

Review: Our next match for this tournament is Hana Kimura taking on Avary. Hana was in first place until Saki ended her undefeated streak in eight seconds of all times but she could use this time to bounce back and go back to the top. Avary currently has two losses back to back, so that’s not a good look for her despite being impressive, so a win here could set Hana back at least. Will Hana get six points or does Avary stall her?

We get a fun little comedic spot when the match begins as Hana would have her arm up for a test of strength and Avary replies with her licking both of her hands and had them up for her to grab, but Hana doesn’t want to do that anymore. This match is more back and forth compared to Avary’s match against Mayu and yeah, I am slowly becoming a fan of her since I was worried to see how she’ll do against someone who isn’t as good as Momo or Mayu but I’m glad that nothing has changed. Avary pulling off a Cattle Mutilation with an excellent bridge to go with it as Hana would have her foot on the rope to break the hold. Avary hangs her from the ropes to attempt a Double Stomp but Hana dodged and hits one of her own before hitting a Brainbuster, followed by a Big Boot for a two count. Hana would go for the Hydrangea but Avary would flip her over to slam her down and looks to be getting momentum to go for the win, but Hana stopped her and applies the Hydrangea one more time as Avary taps out.

Rating: Eric Bischoff and a half


5 Star Grand Prix Red Stars Block Match
AZM vs. Momo Watanabe

Review: Our next match for the show is both members of Queen’s Quest fighting each other as Momo Watanabe takes on AZM. This has been a match I’ve been looking forward to for quite some time as this will be the first tie they’ll fight each other one on one. Both of them currently have four points and the winner of this match would have them tied with Hana and Tam for the top spot. This is sure to be an exciting bout and I wonder which one of these two will win.

Let me tell you, if this was a main event for the red or white belt, I would’ve believed it as the main event since it had a main event feel with how these two women performed here. This was AZM’s coming out party to show what she could really do while putting on her best singles match in her entire career thus far. And remember, she’s only sixteen years old and is performing on this caliber during this time in her career, so imagine what she would be like five years from now because she would definitely pass up as one of the greats at that timeline. Momo also pulled her weight in this match as the two worked so good together and this is their first time facing off as well, so keep that in mind while you’re watching this match. This was also the first match on my block that lasted longer than ten minutes, so I’m happy with that since it had the right amount of time it needed for these two women to shine.

I thought AZM would be close to winning when she was able to apply the La Mistica tightly but Momo would find a way to have her foot on the rope to break the hold. AZM had her up as Momo hits the Uranage to take her down and a Somato on top for a two count. Momo went to the top rope to hit another Somato as AZM kicked out once again but Momo quickly had her up to attempt the Tequila Sunrise as AZM rolled down to pin her but Momo kicked out at two. AZM would hit a Hurricanrana and grabbed her legs to pin her as Momo kicked out again, but AZM would go for a Sunset Flip as Momo caught her to hit the Package Driver for a two count. Momo would then apply the Crossface Chicken Wing and AZM couldn’t take it anymore as she tapped out, giving Momo the submission victory. What a match and AZM looks like a star here, I really am glad she was able to take part in this tournament despite the circumstances that happened prior.

Rating: Bruce Prichard and a half


5 Star Grand Prix Red Stars Block Match
Tam Nakano vs. Mayu Iwatani

Review: Our final match of the show will be two members of STARS, Tam Nakano taking on Mayu Iwatani. Tam has good numbers right now and a win here would have her above Hana and Momo, and a win from Mayu would put all four of them tied for first. We just had a hell of a match with the previous one and can they top it? Will Tam get first place or does Mayu win to tie it up?

The two would attempt to shake hands before the bell rung but Tam had other ideas as she went to go for a kick, which Mayu ducked as the bell rings and Mayu blocked another kick before the two attempted to kick each other, having their legs caught against each other until they made each other let go for now. Tam is being smart here by working on Mayu’s bad knee to immobile her offense and with how Mayu was selling it, she made it look very painful and felt like there wasn’t much she could do. I really loved this match and while I enjoyed the previous one better, this was damn close to topping it here as it was also a great match. With Tam’s determination, Mayu’s selling, and both being very skillful, it really made some chemistry here to enjoy every minute of it here. Mayu was trying to pull off as many stops as she could in the match too, even did a dive off the top rope to the outside despite having an injured knee and Tam tried to do it a little bit after, but with Mayu, it looked better.

Tam was so close to getting the win when she would attempt the Tiger Suplex but Mayu fought out of it to attempt the Dragon Suplex, which leads to Tam fighting out of it to hit this high angle German Suplex with a fantastic bridge as Mayu kicked out at two. Tam weakly tries to lock in the Tiger Suplex as Mayu went to go over to the ropes and Tam let’s go to try and kick her, but Mayu moved out of the way and caught her from behind to hit a German Suplex for a two count. Mayu would hit a Moonsault off the top rope and would try to go for a second one as Tam moved out of the way, hurting Mayu’s knee, even more, when she landed on the mat. However, Mayu was still able to get up before Tam could and kicks her head in before hitting another Moonsault off the top as she connects but was unable to pin her and rolls off from the pain. Mayu would then put Tam away with the Dragon Suplex to get the pin and is now tied up with the other three. Great match and fine way to end my block for this article.

Rating: Bruce Prichard and a quarter

Overall: Not one bad match on this show and I am perfectly okay with that after how the afternoon and night shows went on Day three. Two great matches at the end to take it home on a high note as it got me excited for the next couple of shows we got planned for you.

Favorite Match: AZM vs. Momo Watanabe

Least Favorite: Mayu Iwatani vs. Avary

Score: 8/10

Red Stars Standing:

  • Hana Kimura (3-1) (6 Points)
  • Momo Watanabe (3-2) (6 Points)
  • Tam Nakano (3-2) (6 Points)
  • Mayu Iwatani (3-2) (6 Points)
  • Saki Kashima: (2-1) (4 Points)
  • AZM (2-3) (4 Points)
  • Hazuki: (2-2) (4 Points)
  • Natsu Sumire (1-3) (2 Points)
  • Avary (0-3) (0 Points)

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