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Stardom Dream Slam in Osaka Results & Review (3/31/2018)

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We continue our Dream Slam tour with the penultimate show. April 1st is where the big matches will be taking place, including that Exploding Death Match.

Today however, we get Io Shirai and Odeo Tai defending their Stardom titles before the big show. So let’s not waste any more time and….dive right in.

 

Six Man Tag Team Match
Starlight Kid, Hanan & Natsumi vs Ruaka, Nao Yamaguchi & Leo Onozaki

Review: Our opener is of course a trios match with the Future of Stardom division here as both teams are looking to get a win for one of their partners that haven’t won a match yet aka Leo and Natsumi, so let’s see which team wins it. This is also Starlight Kid’s first match since winning the Future of Stardom Championship at the last show too and looks to win and gain momentum before her match as AZM the next day. The match starts off the usual mess with where everyone would be in the ring to do something and just comes off a bit too sloppy for me here. However, some have been starting to show some progress such as Hanan and Natsumi and hopefully they show more of their growth this year. Starlight Kid though is the only good thing about the match as the rest was still sloppy up until the end where Starlight would win with her Rounding Moonsault on Nao to pick up the win.

Recommended: If you like Starlight Kid, then yes otherwise just skip.

 

Three Way Match
Saki Kashima vs Shiki Shibusawa vs Natsu Sumire

Review: We get a three way match this time and I really hope that this is much better than the previous one we had with Xia and if you follow my articles and have read that one or watched it, you’ll know why. We have Sumire getting involved this time and I guess it’s to give her something while Kagetsu and Hana have a title match, and Tam already booked for later. We also got Saki having her second match back after she lost in her return match and hoping to pick up a win this time. And then there’s Shiki who lost in the finals of the Future of Stardom Championship tournament and looks to get back on the saddle. Before the match in one of the pre match interviews, Sumire said she’ll win due to her professional make-up while the both of them are cheap with their make-up and when she wins, she’ll dump them into the Dontobori River…the monster. Also Sumire coming out with the whip equals nice.

Damn, Starlight Kid is super quick with taking out the streamers compared to the guys at ROH, then again not hard to top ROH in things recently. Okay, stay on target now. Sumire would cut ANOTHER promo in the ring this time before the match start to insult their make-up and call them ‘country side Yankii’s!”, then she would tell them to go to the river before they had enough of her shit and start beating her up as the match finally starts. We get a good mixture of decent wrestling and some entertainment as they would have humor in the match with Sumire trying to dictate how they all punch each other, even though it doesn’t go in her favor, but the Joe Doering punches take a bit away from the match (Sorry Joe). Shiki and Saki would get payback on Sumire as Shiki would have her in a Camel Clutch and Saki pours water on Sumire to smear the make-up off of her face, the humiliation! Saki would get the win over Shiki by hitting the Killswitch for the win!

Recommended: Much better match.

 

Tag Team Elimination Match
Jungle Kyona, Natsuko Tora, Kaori Yoneyama & Konami vs Viper, HZK, Momo Watanabe & AZM

Review: We have a battle between Team Jungle and Queen’s Quest in a regular elimination match very similar to how NJPW does them with being able to win by pinfall, submission, or throwing them over the top rope. Which unit will establish dominance?

Team Jungle’s pre match interview is well..weird, they would talk about how they’ll win since they have the most body weight and Kaori would shout out ‘we’re fat!’, random. This match is mostly to give a little preview before Viper and Kyona have their SWA Championship bout on the next show. HZM would try to give Natsuko her lolipop and she didn’t want it, rude. The match would start off with Team Jungle being thrown into a corner while everyone but Viper hits their moves on all four as Viper missed her Cannonball, AZM almost got eliminated quickly til Queen’s Quest would catch her before elimination. Kaori would be in the ring to outsmart both Momo and Viper til it would bite her in the ass as Viper reversed a rollup to hold her down to pin and eliminate Kaori. Natsuko would get in the ring next to try and eliminate Viper, but she failed a minute later as Viper would hit the Avalanche to get rid of her too, leaving Team Jungle with two people left while Queen’s Quest still has all four.

Queen’s Quest would have the advantage for a moment until Konami and Kyona reverse their double teaming as Kyona and Viper were alone in the ring together wrestling back and forth til Viper attempts to throw her out of the ring, but Jungle hangs on until Viper attempts to run towards her, only to both of them being eliminated via over the top rope, leaving Konami alone against HZK, AZM, and Momo. Konami would valiantly try to fight them off, but the numbers game is too much for her, HZK would toss AZM over her shoulders to make her land a nasty Double Stomp which looked awesome, but Konami would outsmart them once again and would eliminate AZM with a nice Roundhouse Kick. Konami would last for another minute until Momo would pick up the win with her B Driver, giving Queen’s Quest the victory.

Recommended: Slow start, but picks up and is entertaining.

 

Tag Team Match
Mayu Iwatani & Tam Nakano vs Toni Storm & Xia Brookside

Review: I know when I first started covering Stardom I said that Kagetsu was the next contender due to how she was teasing the championship match, but it actually is Mayu who has a shot against Toni Storm finally and I apologize for the mix-up. Toni right now isn’t in the best mood for losing her SWA Championship and now has to worry if she’ll lose her World of Stardom Championship against Mayu. Mayu and Tam wasting no time as they attack Toni and Xia.

We are underway here with Tam showing more of her in-ring work outside of Oedo Tai and she’s actually not bad at all, I’m liking what I’m see and Xia is also showing improvement as well. We also get a little preview between Toni and Mayu and all I gotta say is that Mayu is back, baby! I’m finally seeing her getting into the groove of things again and I hope she takes that belt away from Toni to reclaim her top spot as the new ace of Stardom. Very entertaining match, nice offense from all four of these women and we have Mayu getting the win with a beautiful Dragon Suplex Hold on Xia to get the pin and this is just me, but Mayu has the best Dragon Suplex that I’ve seen in the business currently, just her arch and everything is gorgeous. Looking forward to this match.

Recommended: Very good match, definitely worth a watch.

 

Wonder of Stardom Title Match
Io Shirai (c) vs. Bea Priestley

Review: So this will be my first time seeing Bea Priestley in a one on one match, so I’m hoping she impresses me here because so far I am just not into her work right now and still has the worst Curb Stomp I’ve ever seen, so let’s see if she can win me over when she fights Io. For Io, this will be her 7th title defense as Wonder of Stardom Champion and I heard the belt will be given a little makeover with some nice new white leather, so the winner will be getting a shiny new belt on top of it. This match showed me that Bea does have some potential, but still wasn’t a lot to impress me in this match I’m afraid. Don’t get me wrong, some of her stuff was good and has a very nice Superkick, but other stuff from her was also sloppy at the same time and her selling is not so good, but I will let it slide for now. Io as always does a fantastic job working with her opponents and can give us a solid match with almost anyone and that is what we see here. Both do well at some spots and Io would pull an Okada and hit a Tombstone before hitting her finisher which is a Moonsault Press, and retaining her title while getting the newly redone one.

Recommended: Not great, but still pretty solid. Give it a watch

 

Goddesses of Stardom Title Match
Kagetsu & Hana Kimura (c) vs. Mary & Faby Apache

Review: Due to the Apache Sisters getting a pinfall on Kagetsu during one of their previous matches, we’re able to have this title match taking place here and this is also Oedo Tai’s 7th title defense here like how it was with Io also. So let’s see if Kagetsu can get some momentum before her Exploding Death Match or if Oedo Tai can get derailed and the Apache Sisters can claim the Goddesses of Stardom Championships. Come to think of it, those are the only belts in the company that have the black leather while the rest are in different colors, weird but neat. Very nice sequences between Kagetsu and Faby to start us off and a outside spot where Kagetsu would throw Mary into the chairs and she does a front flip going pretty far with it also. Apache Sisters really do work well as a tag team and I can see why they’re considered legends in Mexico and nice to see them working with Stardom to help out some of the younger talent while also giving them their daughter, Natsumi. The tag match itself was solid and both teams do very well here as we see the teamwork with just Hana and Kagetsu to see why they won the titles in the first place. Oedo Tai would retain their championships with Kagetsu hitting the Oedo Coaster on Mary Apache and they’ve successfully defended their championship seven times as we now have one show left which is sure to be a great one.

Recommended: Fun match, loved the tag teams.

Overall: Solid show for show and a great way to get it hyped up for the last Dream Slam show where we will have our first ever Exploding Death Match in Stardom along with the World of Stardom Championship match between Toni and Mayu. I’m looking forward to it and be sure to find it when it’s up in about a week.

Favorite Match: Mayu Iwatani & Tam Nakano vs Toni Storm & Xia Brookside

Least Favorite Match: Starlight Kid, Hanan & Natsumi vs Ruaka, Nao Yamaguchi & Leo Onozaki

Score: 7/10

See you all for Dream Slam in Nagoya and be sure to check out my coverage for Champion Carnival if you want more puroresu content.


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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (3/1/24)

The Rock says…! The Rock says…!

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The American Nightmare wants an answer!

Finally…! The Rock has come back to Arizona! And tonight on SmackDown, the world wants to know: Will he accept Cody Rhodes’ challenge of a 1v1 match?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Street Fight: Carlito VS Santos Escobar; wins.
  • Naomi VS Tiffany Stratton; wins.
  • Bayley & Dakota Kai VS The Kabuki Warriors w/ Iyo Sky; win.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Bloodline heads to the ring!

Glendale, AZ fires up as Roman Reigns leads the way for Paul Heyman, Jimmy Uso & Solo Sikoa. The Tribal Chief is handed the Universal Championship to hold it up for the pyro while everyone else holds up the ones. Roman is on day 1,279 as he continues down the ramp and enters the ring. And as it stands, in 36 days, he will defend the title against The American Nightmare, Cody Rhodes! Roman raises the belt again for the second round of pyro, and then the fans can be heard torn between cheering and jeering. Heyman still hands the mic over to Roman, the fans boo harder, and Roman says, “Glendale, Arizona…! ACKNOWLEDGE ME!”

The fans are torn again, still plenty putting up the ones. Roman says it used to be louder. It has to be the fans and not Roman, so let’s try this again. “Phoenix, Arizona…! ACKNOWLEDGE ME!” The fans still boo but then a “CODY! CODY!” chant starts. Roman has a headache and says, “I’m gonna try this one last time. And if you don’t get on my page, I’ve fulfilled my obligation and I’m leaving. Last shot. Glendale, Arizona…! ACKNOWLEDGE ME!!” The fans are louder but just with more boos and chants for Cody. Roman says they’re done here. Call the FBO, fire up the jet, the appearance is done, you’re welcome.

But Heyman tells the Tribal Chief that they still have some other business to attend to, they cannot leave yet. He is coming out, remember? Just give Heyman a moment. The fans mock Roman with “Hey Hey Hey, Goodbye~!” Heyman says in just a moment, The People’s Champion, The BBE up in WWE, the Greatest Movie Star of All Time, will be out here live. THE ROCK! After these commercial messages. Roman is annoyed with the fans as they continue to boo, will the mood pick up after the break?

 


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Andrew’s TNA iMPACT! Results & Match Ratings: 2.29.2024

Not a lot of lead time til Sacrifice, so let’s find out if there’s just obvious rematches or any wrinkles to flesh out the PPV card!

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Coming out of No Surrender we get two tapings before Sacrifice! Curious how many rematches and build offs we’ll see since 2 weeks isn’t exactly a lot of time to propagate a fresh feud. The System is in the main event again, Mustafa Ali has his inauguration event, AJ Francis makes his in-ring debut and there’s some Hammerstone buzz that might pay off tonight.

So as I’ve already said once, we don’t have a ton of time til Sacrifice, so let’s get to it!

Ratings:

  • Steve Maclin w/The Rascalz vs Speedball Mike Bailey w/Trent Seven: Maclin wins via KIA – ***
  • Laredo Kid vs Jake Something: Jake wins via Into the Void – **
  • AJ Francis & Deaner vs Joe Hendry & Rich Swann: Hendry wins via Standing Ovation – ** 3/4
  • Tasha Steelz vs Xia Brookside: DOUBLE COUNT OUT – **
  • The System (Eddie Edwards, Moose & Brian Myers) w/Alisha Edwards vs ABC (Ace Austin & Chris Bey) & Eric Young: System with a Trios Tandem Backpack Stunner, Yakuza Kick + Machoman Elbow – ***

 

Results:

Steve Maclin w/The Rascalz vs Speedball Mike Bailey w/Trent Seven

Bailey comes down favoring the leg that Maclin clipped at No Surrender, so Bailey will most likely eat another loss here with injury excuse.

Maclin shoots for the injured leg but Bailey defends back into the corner and manages to hit his Kick Flurry before the leg flares up. Maclin then powders, Bailey follows and its just a Fighting Spirit spot on the outside that resolves in classic NJPW way where both hear the officials count at the same time, stare at each other and slide in simultaneously. Maclin Lariats Bailey back out after the count is broken, Maclin distracts the ref and The Rascalz go after Bailey and the bad leg.

Bailey is now getting dissected, there’s a small comedy spot where Bailey lifts his Left Leg to dodge the offense and adopts the Karate Kid Crane Kick pose, but Maclin front kicks the plant leg out to cause Speedball to land in a split, then Maclin keeps up offense. Tree of Woe, Caught in the Crosshair, but Bailey sits up! Maclin posts himself, eats some offense, powders out and Bailey with a gorgeous Corkscrew Moonsault. Bailey brings Maclin to the apron to try and bring him back, but they start fighting on the apron, Bailey kicks with the bad leg and sells for a second while Maclin Lariats him back into the ring. Speedball with a Sweep, tries the Backflip Knees but misses and crashes on the apron. Maclin hits his SCUD missile Dive, then throws Bailey back in, Jarhead Butt attempt missed, Mayhem for All gets hit by Maclin but only for 2.

Trent causes a small distraction so Bailey manages a Crane Kick, Superkick combo, aims for the Tornado Kick but gets intercepted. Buckle Bomb connects, Powerbomb two is countered by a Poison Rana, Bailey heads to the top for Ultima Weapon and misses hard. KIA ends the match in a win for Steve.

If the name sticks, I do like Maclin and the Rascalz being known as the HIGHerarchy. 

Laredo Kid vs Jake Something

Laredo tries a dumb tie up and gets chucked backwards. Then he tries for a few Low Kicks to compromise Jake’s base, but it takes a Headscissor to cause Jake to roll to the outside. Laredo goes for a Plancha into a Rana, but Jake rolls through it and into a Powerbomb on the outside. Both head back in, early pinfall attempt only gets two, but Laredo is reeling after the Powerbomb.

Vader Hammer style strike into an Into the Void attempt but Laredo counters and then starts a little ducking and weaving. Jake goes for a charge and eats turnbuckle as Laredo is floating between ropes, Jake tries to fire but eats a Code Red DDT for a near fall. BME from Laredo Kid for another near fall. Satellite Takedown into a Cradle for another close call for Laredo…but as he goes for his next move attempt Jake just catches him with Into the Void and wins!

Thanks I hate it.

AJ Francis & Deaner vs Joe Hendry & Rich Swann

Do we get a heel turn from Swann, does he go 0-5 in the new TNA rebrand or does he finally end up on the winning end? Yeah, the first two are the most likely.

AJ Francis points at Hendry, says he wants Hendry but Rich doesn’t oblige for AJ takes a cheap shot at Joe and then tags Deaner in so Swann and Deaner can finally start the match. Swann rolls early, knocks Deaner to the outside, goes for a Dive but AJ gets in the way to tell Swann he should be with him and not against him. This gives Deaner and opening, he sends Rich reeling, then when he goes for the rope run Joe is there to cut him off. Deaner mouths off to Joe, Joe pulls the Bugs Bunny and points behind Deaner, and Swann is just biding his time with a little dancey dance into a Superkick.

Joe comes in, throws Deaner around a little and then tags back out to Rich, and Rich loses the advantage. Stiff Strike from Deaner into a the hard Irish Whip to the corner, Deaner goes for a second but Swann pulls the Uno Reverse and connects with the Crossbody into some quick offense and then tags out to Hendry. Hendry then initiates the We Believe Chest Chops into a Stalling Vertical Suplex. Hendry hits the kip up and plays to the crowd before hitting his own cheap shot on AJ. Receipts are fun, but that costs Joe the advantage.

AJ tags in and starts manhandling Hendry. Hits his Tennessee Whiskey Knee Strike as Deaner hits the blind tag and Hendry is stuck in the opponents corner. Quick tags between Deaner and AJ keeps Hendry isolated and getting throttled. Francis goes for a Leg Lariat while Hendry is draped on the middle rope, Hendry dodges, AJ crotches himself and Hendry tries some offense. A Dropkick careens AJ back to Joe, Joe goes for the Trust Fall but AJ is too big. AJ goes for a Chokeslam, but Joe counters it into a DDT. Simultaneous tags, Deaner gets lit up, Rolling Thunder for 2. Francis gets in the ring, tries to send a message to Swann but Swann just smacks him. AJ charges, low bridge into Swann hitting a Senton off the apron to wipe out AJ. Lethal Injection from Swann, tags in Hendry, Standing Ovation for the win!

-Wait- Swann finally won a match in new TNA? Color me surprised. After the match, Hendry hogs the limelight a little in the victory and Swann’s face looks like he’s buying AJ’s pitch a bit more. The heel turn seems very much in the works, now just a matter of time.

DDIWAPSEA will be fire. I look forward to the DDIWAPSEA Heavyweight Title.

We get Ali’s inauguration speech next, and its what you would expect. The Good Hands act like typical mooks, Ali’s bland presence is the right level of cringe lameness for a political gimmick and it gets cut off by Chris Sabin of course.  Fight breaks out of course, Intergalatic Pizza Cats or whatever the bad name is make the save and Ali makes a very calm exit flanked by his security (this part is actually great). 

After the inaugural melee, ASH by Elegance cuts off everything before the Xia and Tasha match. The “major announcement” is just that she’s going to have a match next week, but she comes out like a super model and not in an evening gown…so I actually really liked her look tonight. Plus her and Iceman are so delusional and hilarious I can’t help but love this gimmick. 

Tasha Steelz vs Xia Brookside

The rubber match no one wanted gets a stipulation of “winner gets a Knockouts title shot at Sacrifice”. This promises to be miserable and make the Sacrifice card kinda trash. 

Lame strikes, Xia screams like 10 seconds into the match to “fire up” for no reason, completely whiffs a Dropkick so Tasha slams Xia into the corner and brings her out by hitting a Jackhammer for 2. Bad Headscissors into a weak looking Dropkick from Xia and a Running Crossbody for 2. Xia tries to lift Tasha, Tasha goes to the eyes and then a few strikes into a bottom turnbuckle foot choke cause their both like 4 foot 10 instead of 7 feet like Kevin Nash.

Xia tries to fight out of the corner but Tasha stays on top of her with clubbing Axehandles into a kneeling Sleeper. Xia Snapmare to break the Sleeper, Flying Lariat, another Flying Headscissors, too much Screaming out of nowhere, Broken Wings to the corner, Cutter attempt is countered, Brooksie Bomb is countered by Tasha. Gamengiri from Xia knocks Tasha to the ground, Xia with a Baseball Slide into Tasha and then a Running Neckbreaker on the outside.

Both cut the other one off trying to get back into the ring, and the count continues, 10 count happens and Double Count Out is declared. Jordynne will probably just accept both of them as opponents.

Look Jordynne comes out and does what was obvious. The concerning part here is that one on one neither could believably beat Jordynne…but as a Three Way Dance, shenanigans are nearly guaranteed.

The System (Eddie Edwards, Moose & Brian Myers) w/Alisha Edwards vs ABC (Ace Austin & Chris Bey) & Eric Young

As we’ve established, TNA 6 mans are very Japanese, so the opening salvos are kinda inconsequential. A few mind games, but everyone gets a chance to shine and hit low to mid tier moves to keep things moving. The System side keeps up with quick tags, Back Rakes, Arm Wringers, Headbutts and just general strategy to keep Bey eating offense. Bey flips out of the move from Myers, tags in Ace and sends Myers reeling. Myers powders, Alisha is trying to fan him down, but Ace comes around the corner. Nice little wrinkle for when Ace was the XXX Division Champion and was trying to bang Eddie’s wife, but Eddie is the heel now. Those interactions are always a bit fun.

Lish does a good job at distracting the referee though and allowing System to eventually stop Ace’s momentum and take back over. Lish gets involved a bit by choking Ace on the bottom rope while the ref is distracted and Ace has had no offense in a few minutes. Myers works him over, tags in Moose and Moose is dissecting him with Garvin Style Stomps. EY and Bey are getting frustrated, but Ace is paying the price and getting manipulated. Quick tags keep Ace rocked, but finally a foot up stops Moose, he fights out of the corner, connects on a Roundhouse Kick and uses the momentum of his jump to tilt Moose backwards to tag in Bey…but the referee didn’t see it!

A few moves delayed, but EY takes the hot tag and starts finding offense, there’s a tornado moment that gets sloppy and looks a bit bad after Moose crotches himself on the top rope. 1-2-SWEET landed on Moose, but Eddie breaks up the pin.

 

Overall Score: 7/10

Since we’ve got Sacrifice on March 8th, the logic for stories had to be very quick and dirty. The System potentially in line to get a tag title match after the 6 Man makes sense, Knockouts World title picture is messy but could lend to a weird way in getting the belt off Jordynne, Dango being relevant to the show but not really in any major angle keeps him on people’s radar, Kaz’s threat to Santino can lead to things and Maclin versus Nemeth is happening much earlier than I expected.

Honestly, the only match that is bound to be disappointing is the Knockouts Three Way Dance unless Jordynne really kicks it into overdrive to cover both her opponents weaknesses. Oh yeah, and Alexander Hammerstone officially getting signed it the best news to come out of tonight. So now Hammerman just needs to win at Sacrifice and we’ll start some nice momentum to potentially get him a title shot by Slammiversary or Bound For Glory. Hell if Hammerstone takes the belt off Moose at some point and then Nemeth challenges Hammerstone at something like Bound For Glory; that’s pretty box office when all things are said and done.

 


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