As I’m sure everyone that follows Joshi scene or just Stardom for that matter, Kagetsu has had her final match with Stardom and is now one month away from her actual retirement from professional wrestling.
Kagetsu has been wrestling for eleven years and had her start at Sendai Girls when she was trained by the legendary Meiko Satomura when she was sixteen. Kagetsu would do shows for various promotions around this time until she left Sendai Girls in 2014 to venture off on her own for a bit, leading into OZ Academy. She would then officially become a Stardom regular in 2016. Kagetsu was apart of Oedo Tai but wasn’t until 2017 where she would be the leader of the dying faction after her potential retirement, which Io Shirai would prevent her from doing so.
Kagetsu would make Oedo Tai one of the top units in the company with their dancing, antics, colorful personalities from each member while still being considered the heel faction. She would hold the Goddesses of Stardom, Artists of Stardom, and the World of Stardom Championship during her time in Stardom. The day after Hazuki retired, Kagetsu would announce her retirement as well (what a terrible Christmas gift) and would leave Stardom on January 26th while producing her retirement show on February 24th where she will fight her teacher, Meiko Satomura as her final match.
The Joshi world won’t be the same without Kagetsu and I’m not sure about the rumors spurring around about being forced out of Stardom, but all I can do is wish her the best of luck with whatever she decides to do next. She’s had a great career and if she doesn’t make a comeback, she left a hell of a legacy during her time. Thank you for everything, Kagetsu and you will be missed.
Anyway, before we end this, I will be doing a small countdown of her five best matches throughout her career. So let’s take a look without wasting any time.
5. Kagetsu vs. Hiroyo Matsumoto (OZ Academy Sakura Hanasaku 4/12/2017)
– This from the OZ Academy show where Hiroyo Matsumoto was the OZ Academy Openweight Champion and was set to defend it against Kagetsu and this was a very impressive match that showed Kagetsu’s potential to be a top star in any company. A lot of people know how great Hiroyo is in the ring and this was more about Kagetsu than anything else and she would deliver some stiff strikes throughout the match that make you wanna go ow. Kagetsu may have failed to get the title but she still left a damn big impression for the fans in Stardom and all over. It was a great match to watch and worth viewing.
4. Kagetsu vs. Jungle Kyona (Stardom 8th Anniversary 1/14/2019)
– Much like the previous match with how it felt like Kagetsu could be a big star going forward, this match made me feel the same thing with Jungle since she never seems to catch a break with the top spot. The match was for the World of Stardom Championship and while Kagetsu had an underwhelming reign at times, this would be my favorite defense from her and showed she needed to have these types of matches to help elevate the belt but Stardom had more focus with the Wonder of Stardom Championship at that time. This also made me believe that Jungle could’ve won the belt there but it didn’t turn out to be the case. It was technical, stiff, and was able to tell a good story throughout the match.
3. Io Shirai vs. Kagetsu (Stardom Queen’s Quest Produce 5/5/2018)
– This would be the last time these two would face each other in a singles match due to Io on her way out of the promotion and it would be for the Wonder of Stardom Championship. One month after the Exploding Death Match, they would agree to do the match as promised and both of these women would deliver. You had two of the best Stardom had to offer go at it in a wrestling match without the need for tricks or anything like that as the two just told a story in the ring with their great wrestling. Io Shirai would defeat Kagetsu to break the record for successful title defenses for one reign but Kagetsu looked like a bigger star out of this and was able to win the World of Stardom Championship a month later. Great match that leads to more for Kagetsu to elevate her to that next level.
2. Io Shirai & Tam Nakano vs. Kagetsu & Natsu Sumire (Stardom Dream Slam in Nagoya 4/1/2018)
– This would be Stardom’s first and probably only Exploding Bat Death Match and this was all thanks to Tam Nakano for making this match happen. This wasn’t a good wrestling match by any means but what sold the match than anything was the actual story behind the match and the people involved. Tam was betrayed by Oedo Tai when she was kicked out and the build-up for Tam on her own was a struggle but also the ultimate test for her as she wanted to make an impact. The build-up with the match during the whole match was even suspenseful that you didn’t know if it was ever going to happen it was all for show with all the teasing with turning it off before it would hit each other. When they did hit each other with the bat finally, it made it feel like it was worth the wait. Great story, very enjoyable match with what they worked with, and will most likely never happen again.
1. Mayu Iwatani vs. Kagetsu (Stardom Year-End Climax 12/24/2019)
– These two have had a hell of a rivalry over the past couple of years and this match would be the final chapter of their story. The last couple of times they fought for the World of Stardom Championship, they were both champions in separate matches, so it seemed fitting for it to end for the championship with Mayu being the champion again this time around. All three matches are great but this one would be the better match for me and the one that was more enjoyable for what it means to the two of them. The selling, drama, storytelling, and just the intensity of the wrestling these two had that they were at the top of their game and felt like they couldn’t be topped for a while. Mayu was able to win the match to end the rivalry and retain her title as it left a great moment for them. Great match and the last time Kagetsu would fight for the red belt before her departure.
That’s it for my top 5 matches of Kagetsu and I’m sure they’re other great matches she’s had but these were the ones that I’ve personally enjoyed. Kagetsu had great matches and the wrestling world won’t be the same without her and she will be missed.
King: Plotting The Return Of Randy Orton To WWE
Chris King is back with his look at the best scenario to bring Randy Orton back to WWE, and the perfect opponent for his first big match back.
Chris King is back with his look at the best scenario to bring Randy Orton back to WWE, and the perfect opponent for his first big match back.
I wanted to bring everyone’s attention to a superstar that’s being overshadowed right now, ‘The Viper’ Randy Orton. After RKBRO lost the Raw Tag Team Championships to The Uso’s, Orton vanished from the company. There was speculation about his serious back injury and, it wasn’t until The Viper’s wife herself posted a candid picture of Orton after successful surgery.
While the focus in WWE right now is either on The Bloodline, Bray Wyatt and Uncle Howdy, or the returning Cody Rhodes, I felt this was a good time to start plotting The Viper’s return to WWE.
Randy Orton’s Return to WWE
On the Raw-After-Mania ‘The American Nightmare’ opens the show after a tough battle over Roman Reigns to win the WWE Championship. Rhodes with tears in his eyes is giving an emotional promo about his family’s legacy, and how much this title means to him. The WWE Universe is chanting “You Deserve It,” and out comes Finn Balor flanked by The Judgement Day.
‘The Prince’ starts by congratulating the new champion for dethroning ‘The Tribal Chief’ but, now he wants his title shot. Rhodes being the resilient hero accepts Balor’s challenge for the main event. The American Nightmare and The Prince are putting on a clinic of a match, delivering multiple finishers but unable to put the other away. Judgement Day starts to interfere when Orton’s music blares throughout the arena. Orton takes out the heels and helps his former protege. Rhodes capitalizes and hits Crossroads for the 1.2.3.
The former Legacy members are celebrating and embracing with a hug as Rhodes goes to raise his newly-won title. In the blink of an eye, The Viper strikes and takes out Rhodes with an RKO Outta Nowhere! The champion is knocked out as Orton hoists the title above his head while trash-talking his now rival. Orton violently throws Rhodes out of the ring and delivers a nasty-looking draping DDT onto the floor.
The Build–And Culmination–of Randy Orton vs. Cody Rhodes
Orton stares giving 2009 vibes as Rhodes’ head raises, so The Viper runs and delivers a punt kick. WWE officials come out and break things up and the champion is stretchered out of the arena. The show closes with Orton grinning over the destruction he has caused to his former protege. Over the next few months, Orton and Rhodes enter into an extremely personal rivalry over the coveted prize. We finally make it to SummerSlam where both men agree to raise the stakes and do war inside HELL IN A CELL!!!!
This is how I would book The Viper’s return to WWE. If you feel like this should be written differently, I’d love to hear your thoughts!
AJ’s Phenomenal Opinion: Bray Wyatt
So everyone loves Bray’s return right? Right? Well the McDonald’s Sprite spicy opinions of AJ…may feel differently.
Well, just because my work schedule changed, doesn’t mean I’m not going to drop some opinions of mine, of which, I haven’t done too bad with. I got Three out of Five for my returns right a few months back and this is going to be about the last entry on that previous list. I knew for a fact that Bray Wyatt would return to the WWE in some way shape or form and time for some… controversy.
As my favorite ratings winner of 83 Weeks once said, Controversy Creates Cash and boy HOWDY… Do I have something to get off my chest here so sit back, order some Chairshot Merch and lets get on with Adam’s… Rants for a bit.
Bray coming in and making a return to the WWE was an inevitability. Death, Taxes and I guess WWE Returns are always guaranteed anymore and maybe we could get some new creativity with a supernatural gimmick. Bray has always had that supernatural to him ever since he had the Wyatt Family in Erik Rowan, the late Luke Harper and in the end, Braun Strowman. The Wyatt’s had a control like no other and were beloved for a moment in the WWE.
Bray did a lot to make sure things were in motion but for some reason any massive feud he had, he failed. Following a bunch of injuries to the rest of his family and even releases later on, he seemed to at least get some traction going for him. WWE Champion, somehow got Randy Orton with him, Universal Championships and got those big match wins that eluded him in the Wyatt Family beginnings. Let me also say this as well, I actually liked the Firefly Funhouse Match with Cena as a “This is Your Life” match of sorts. I was tickled and entertained… Then much like Bray in character, something changed.
Dark and Terrible Lurk with Fiends
We had a lot to figure out during the Pandemic. Like A WHOLE HELL OF A LOT. Through it all though, WWE figured it out but the person that helped these types of ideas, soured them drastically. Lets go back to the WWE Championship run in 2017. Randy Orton won the Royal Rumble that year and he wouldn’t betray Bray, right? Well he does and Mania for the two is set, Orton against Wyatt for the WWE Championship and it was… terrible. Random images of maggots and decay (Not the IMPACT Stable) popping up into the ring as the match goes on and Randy still wins. Through head game attempts, Bray comes up short in the big match moment. That’s odd but maybe it will be a bigger pictu– and Jinder Mahal wins the Championship. Okay.
Wyatt returns as this Mister Rogers character and has a darkness inside of him with The Fiend. Now we had this amazing theory or maybe that’s what happened but the story was, anyone The Fiend fought, they revert back to their best selves. The Miz returned to be the A Lister, the guy who grabs a microphone that you love to hate. Finn Balor doesn’t have the Demon Gimmick anymore because after his loss, he’s the Prince again. The cocky guy that walks around because he is the best, he gives no care in the world. Seth Rollins, who he took the WWE Universal Championship from, went from a dorky sweetheart back to the asshole taking every opportunity that he could get because he’s that much of a weasel and when he lost… He lost to Goldberg. The one guy that has been the same since 1997. Drums, Pyro Bath, Spear, Jackhammer, “Who’s Next?” and during that time, he sucked at points. One of those Rollins matches was in a Hell In A Cell match, the red cage with the red lighting. Match ending with a Stoppage from the referee… INSIDE OF A HELL IN A CELL (I think Sean Waltman said it best… Why did the match stop? It’s supposed to be Hell?) and it’s one of the rare times that I agreed with wrestling’s favorite Uncle… That was Negative Stars for a match.
After Goldberg, he didn’t have a commanding presence. He recruited Alexa Bliss who was already over whether she was a Heel or Face and made everything so unbelievably… boring. Alexa had to carry that idiotic demon gimmick and doll, not having anything really supernatural. Just some wrestling and Brock Lesnar cleaning up everything faster than a Chop Shop in main events and segments. He tried to return and make his grand return, beating the Universal Champion Braun Strowman at Summerslam just to falter a literal week later to Roman Reigns, who proceeded to never look back from that win. Bray gets fired after and no more supernatural ideas. Undertaker isn’t around really and retires, Kane is a mayor. Paul Bearer is no longer with us and everything is just… normal.
Wyatt’s Six (Reasons I Tune Out)
In 2022, Vince retires seemingly from everything and Triple H is at the helm, could he bring balance to everything? He makes a bunch of returns that people love seeing. Johnny Gargano, Dakota Kai, Tegan Nox, Bronson Reed, Dexter Lumus just to name a few and of course, the big one that everyone wanted. Bray Wyatt.
Bray makes this heartfelt return and everything seems great. We get him as him, he makes this weird build to a Wyatt 6, assuming we think it’s the Firefly Funhouse and he’s just talking, building. Alright well who is going to be these six figures because they are more than just puppets this time around. A masked man named Uncle Howdy that people think is Vincent Marseglia or maybe a bearded Bo Dallas who is Bray’s real life brother and he……… pops in and out to confuse people. Okay… (1)
Alexa might return to the 6 because of all the segments and gets darker and a heel. Alright that is perfectly fine but, WHY IS VINCENT DALLAS HERE AGAIN TO JUST INTERFERE WITH RANDOM THINGS? Okay… fine. (2) Alexa has a Women’s Championship match against Bianca Belair, that will make sense of thi– it’s a clean finish… Why is it clean? No Howdy, No Wyatt just a random VHS tape like I’m watching The Ring about her being dark after the match. Okay…… (3)
Oh Wyatt finally gets a feud for his return. I almost forgot about that! Who will be this first victim? LA Knight.
Maybe this will be good. They are both great on the microphone, maybe Bray has new moves that he can do and I know all too well how good LA Knight is, I have been an Eli Drake/Shaun Ricker fan for years. This could be a great match that they have, they announced it for the Royal Rumble so it’s going to be big and it’s a… Pitch Black Match presented by Mountain Dew.
The Royal Rumble is upon us, the Men’s Rumble starts the show and we all have adrenaline in our soul for it and now is this weird Pitch Black Match and it’s not a cinematic match. It’s in the ring, No Count Outs and No Disqualifications. LA Knight comes out in his iconic Yellow Attire and Wyatt is talking… with a mask on. The lights turn off and the ropes are glowing a neon greenish-yellow… with an announce table spot that… has Nickelodeon Slime inside of it when they break it? Okay fine… I knew the match was going to be dumb and gimmicky from the Mountain Dew Sponsorship. Bray wins, yay. LA Knight comes back with a Kendo Stick and… we get invulnerable Bray again… they don’t hurt. Lets go to this crash pad and Bo Marseglia shows up from somewhere and just elbow drops him from maybe fifteen to twenty feet with pyro and the Firefly Funhouse Puppets appear at the top, to watch a fire… And there is number six…
Actual Thoughts on Current Bray Wyatt, Post Rumble
I absolutely hate it.
This was awful. You build whatever insignificant thought process of the Wyatt 6 has going for it when Uncle Howdy does the best Cap’n Shane O elbow drop for a hellfire effect. At least the pyro was better than the AEW Explosion Match I guess…
Regardless, how does LA Knight come out of all of this moving forward? He lost an idiotic gimmick match and looks presumed dead. This just makes me think that whoever in whatever interview said Bray Wyatt is a creative mastermind needs to put whatever they have down before we hear about their T.O.D. posted somewhere. This Pitch Black Match is somehow worse than that Rollins Hell in a Cell Match and that takes talent. At least a good amount of alcohol lulled that from my brain but this made me remember that and enjoy the thought of that match happening with its finish. The best way I can picture how this was pitched was Burnt Dogshit, wrapped in a Kerosine Blanket with… sorry had to look at what I wrote, not putting that on websites but… people saw a Creative Quesadilla and when we got the actual product, it gave Salmonella poisoning and E Coli at the same time.
I really don’t want to see another Bray Wyatt match… again. Whoever gave him creative, take it away immediately. As much steam as Bray Wyatt gets in promos or possible matches in the past, the only steaming he gets at the end, is steaming piles of shit. You can say, he’s getting paid millions where I’m a little troll on the internet with typing power and I really don’t care but to me, Triple H… you finally got your first failing grade with something in your leadership role in WWE.
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