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Andrew’s Stardom 5 Star GP Blue Stars Ratings & Analysis: Day 3

Blue Stars Day and Night show in Osaka! Stardom 5 Star Grand Prix coverage continues!

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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.

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.

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)


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Andrew’s TNA iMPACT! Results & Match Ratings: 4.18.2024

Motor City Machine Guns either go out on their backs, or head to Rebellion as champs! Lets see how they finish their current run in TNA!

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No burying the lead here! The Main Event is The System versus Motor City Machine Guns, and it’s the Go Home episode before Rebellion! So we’re guaranteed a damn good tag match, and we should get either new wrinkles, or ways to keep the storylines cooking going into the Pay-per-View.

With all the rumors and innuendo about the Guns being on their way out, I think we all assume that MCMG is losing, but my inner fanboy is still excited.

Ratings:

  • Little Guido w/New FBI vs Hammerstone: Hammerstone wins via Torture Rack – SQUASH
  • LSG vs Joe Hendry: Hendry wins via Standing Ovation – SQUASH
  • Mustafa Ali & GYV vs Cody Deaner, Jake Something & Rhyno: Ali wins via 450 Splash – ** 3/4
  • Rosemary w/Havok vs Jody Threat w/Dani Luna: Rosemary wins via Spear – ***
  • Motor City Machine Guns (Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley) vs The System (Eddie Edwards & Brian Myers) w/Alisha Edwards: System wins via Roster Cut + Knee Party – *** 1/4

 

Results:

So we kick off the match with Josh coming out to commentary again to watch Hammerstone’s match. They really need a new way to try and keep heat without reusing the same tired gimmick of “ring side seat” to a Squash match.

Little Guido w/New FBI vs Hammerstone

Guido tries to shoot the half, but Hammerstone shrugs him off, lifts him like a child and runs him into a corner, few short shots and then just tosses him across the ring. Hammer gets a little distracted talking smack to Josh and eats a foot, but then tosses Guido with the ole Sack of Shit move and keeps working over Guido.

Hammer shoves Clayton, and provokes him to push him back right in front of the referee. She ejects them, Guido tries to take advantage but when he goes for the pinfall Hammer kicks out immediately and presses Guido out of thing through the ropes. Continues to dog walk Guido, puts the head gear on the ECW Original and then Torture Racks him while staring directly at Josh, and of course picks up the submission victory.

LSG vs Joe Hendry

Hendry cuts a little promo, mentioning the Fat Uncle Phil joke…something about shopping at the TOP Dollar Store. Solid mic work.

LSG is a damn good local talent, he’s been seen in ROH and AEW in the past (perhaps others, but that’s what comes to mind immediately for me), but we all know this is an enhancement match. A few nice chain wrestling spots early, but Hendry uses his power to stop the smaller wrestler, Sack of Shit into Standing Ovation and the match is over quickly.

Mustafa Ali & GYV vs Cody Deaner, Jake Something & Rhyno

Well okay, having Deaner ask the crowd if they wanted a 3v2 or their third member…RHYNO…is pretty much a no brainer in Philly. But at least the gimmick isn’t quite as cringe as I expected.

Jake starts with Zack Gibson and throws him around. Jake goes for the tag and Deaner asks the crowd who Jake should tag, and the crowd picks Rhyno. Rhyno Whips Gibson into a corner, Drake actually softens the impact, allowing Gibson to fire back, tag out, but Rhyno levels both GYV members and then even knocks Ali off the apron. Rhyno tries to call to the crowd to tag in Deaner and that goes over like a fart in church. He tags him in anyway, and the crowd is kinda dead and doing whatever it wants after the obvious ECW chants when Rhyno tagged in.

GYV take a couple lumps but they of course start to work over Deaner and capture some momentum. Solid tandem work from GYV, they cut off Deaner from making a tag and goad Jake a little to cause the ref to block off the babyfaces so the heels can take a few shortcuts. Cody eventually makes the tag to Rhyno, hot tag, he tries to set up the Gore but the GYV manage to stop him in his tracks and hit an Enzuigiri to daze the Man Beast, he falls to his corner and Jake tags himself in. Jake literally runs them all over, tags in Cody and Launches him from the Top Rope into Zack Gibson. Ali makes the save and Jake tries to get his hands on Ali, but the GYV keep throwing themselves at him, literally. The triple team finally gets the best of Jake, they hit 3 Dives and then post Jake, so they gather around Cody like hyenas.

They forgot about Rhyno, he’s set up for a Gore, he Gores Drake, Gibson and Ali take out Rhyno, but then Cody starts to fight back. Ali stops Deaner’s offense with an Avalanche Sunset Bomb, then hits his 450 Splash. Jake barely misses being able to break up the pin.

Rosemary w/Havok vs Jody Threat w/Dani Luna

Jody tries to start quickly with Shoulder Tackles, Lariats and Scoop Slams, and it does seem somewhat effective. Rosemary is having trouble finding offense against the intensity, but she keeps kicking out. Shotgun Dropkick finally gives Rosemary an opening, she goes into full mount and rains down strikes. Rosemary shoves Jody into a corner and Bites her in the corner. Jody tries to fight out, they go across and Rosemary catches her with the legs and puts her in the Upside Down. Splash in the corner from Rosemary, Exploder Suplex and Jody is eating a lot of offense.

Rosemary looks like she’s caught after she gets tripped up into the ropes and Jody goes for her Rope Knee into the German, but Rosemary dodges. Rosemary hits her own suplex and pulls out a beautiful Last Chancery! I haven’t seen her do that in a long time. Jody manages to fight to the ropes, Rosemary is a little slow to capitalize and eats a Pump Kick. Rosemary goes flying into the ropes, Jody hits the Double Knees into the German this time for 2, and they trade a few haymakers after that. Jody folds Rosemary with a low Lariat, Zombie rise spot a few times, Jody goes for a pinfall and Rosemary kicks out.

Havok jumps up on the apron, Dani meets her and they decide to step down, but the distraction was enough. Jody turns around and eats a Spear. Rosemary wins!

Motor City Machine Guns (Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley) vs The System (Eddie Edwards & Brian Myers) w/Alisha Edwards

Eddie and Shelley start off, and its a very simple slow start. Mostly an early stalemate, the typical Japanese style the TNA seem to love to employ. Starters tag out, but then Shelley with the blind tag, Sabin Baseball Slides out, picks Eddie’s ankle and sends his face bouncing off the apron, while Shelley sneaks up being Myers and they hit a tandem move before we cut to commercial. Off of the commercial it looks like Eddie and Myers regained control. But a nice Jawbreaker from Shelley sends Eddie falling back into the MCMG corner. Dragon Screws to both legs from Sabin and Shelley, and we get the Dragon Screw dissection spot for the Guns.

Myers gets sick of things, tries to get involved, but Simultaneous Figure Fours from the MCMG makes The System look silly. Alisha does the classic “push the rope forward” gimmick to assist Eddie in breaking the hold. She keeps chirping at Shelley until she finally grabs his foot. Shelley doesn’t take kindly, tries to grab her by the hair but she gets away, Shelley eats a strike and falls back to the ropes so Lish can just throttle him with the rope, Sabin walks over and acts like he’s going to PK her and the look of disgust on her face is hilarious, like “how dare he threaten to kick her”. Would I be mad is Masha decides to team with Lish and they win the Knockouts Tag titles? No, because the Knockouts Tags are trash. But I still prefer Lish as valet/manager.

Shelley starts fighting back after another commercial break, Eddie tries to cut him off, but Sabin clocks Eddie and Shelley manages to make the tag and Sabin comes in. Lights up both System members, Kick off Tornado DDT, into a Running Gamengiri. Eddie tries to counter but Shelley assists, tandem strikes, Double Baseball Slide into the classic MCMG spot 5 Hole Dive! Keeping up with the classics Shelley stacks the System members on each other and hit the Missile Dropkick/Flatliner spot. As the Guns are rolling, Sabin accidentally catches Sabin with his foot and The System take control! They hit their pieces of the System Overload spot, but Sabin kicks out. Roster Cut attempt from Myers, but Shelley is back. High Speed Dirt, Machine Gun Sandwich, but Lish grabs Shelley’s foot when they’re setting up Skull and Bones. Shelley gets dropped on the turnbuckle and thrown out, Sabin eats the Roster Cut followed up with Boston Knee Party and System retains!

Its a little weird to have had the two commercial cuts and the fact there’s still Nic Nemeth to follow. So it feels a little flat, I hope this wasn’t their swan song match, because it was nice to see some classic spots, but it was entirely too abbreviated. 

Nemeth comes out, goes into the crowd and finds a kid with a kendo stick and borrows a beer from someone, so he does a bit of a Sandman tribute. Moose cuts off his promo basically immediately. He throws out the “can’t beat the system” line again, and Nic rolls with the punches well. Moose uses a few cute analogies about Nic having a failure laden past, but Nemeth bites back and its really damn good. He says he can see it in Moose’s eyes that he thinks he’s getting in the ring with Dolph Ziggler, but no, there is no more old Dolph Ziggler, just the new Nic Nemeth. And Moose’s cool seems to be slightly shaken after those words. Good promo.

Overall Score: 6.5/10

So this was okay, if it didn’t end as strongly as it did, I would’ve rated this much lower. Two squash matches in the beginning, reusing the Josh comes out to the announce table to watch trope is boring, hell even Clayton’s shove to Hammerstone was super lame looking. The Deaner match was luke warm at best, but things picked up around the Rosemary match.

Lets also not overlook the segments with ASH & Xia, Jonathan Gresham’s whole deal and EY having to return to the violence/sickness/world class maniac, whatever you want to call it, were all great building blocks. This definitely wasn’t what I would call a strong Go Home, but it didn’t hurt things for Rebellion. The whole injury of Cardona was addressed, which honestly sounded weird since Jordynne basically said she was expecting them to have a backup plan so she has a backup plan. I don’t really like how that video package came across.

But who knows, all I know is, this wasn’t an awful episode, it just wasn’t really strong either.  Here’s to hoping Rebellion Saturday is still strong.


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Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (4/18/24)

Time to Man Up!

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Will the Ivy League MVP earn a title shot?

The NEW ROH World Champion, Mark Briscoe, is here to step onto the Proving Ground with one of Maria Kanellis’ baby boys, Griff Garrison! Will Griff make Maria proud? Or will he reach for the sky?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Bryan Keith VS Aaron Solo; wins.
  • The Infantry VS The Iron Savages w/Jacked Jameson; win(s).
  • The Dark Order VS ???
  • Six Woman Tag: Diamante, Leila Grey & Taya Valkyrie VS Kiera Hogan, Leyla Hirsch & Trish Adora; win.
  • Lady Frost VS Marti Belle; wins.
  • Beast Mortos VS Nick Comoroto; wins.
  • Abadon VS Allysin Kay; wins.
  • ROH World Championship Proving Ground Match: Mark Briscoe VS Griff Garrison w/ Cole Karter & Maria Kanellis; wins and
  • Lee Johnson VS JD Drake; wins.

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[Due to scheduling conflicts, coverage will begin later tonight]


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