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donsem43

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In Topic: Hikaru Shida & Syuri vs. MK4 (AKINO & Kaho Kobayashi) (Oz Academy, 4/...

Yesterday, 11:39 AM

 

This was really entertaining. A match that's worked at an all-out AJW style pace isn't the best fit for Shida and Syuri. For the most part, the action was smooth with some really nice sequences. Kaho looked great here. Her time in Mexico seems to have helped her develop more of an actual offense where as before she played the underdog who relied on counters and rollups. The finish was well done but could have benefited from them slowing down a bit in order for the finishers to have more of an effect. ***1/2


In Topic: Ryo Mizunami vs. Takumi Iroha (WAVE, 4/19/2017)

20 May 2017 - 12:56 PM

 

This isn't up on WAVE Network yet, so I'll link it here until it is.

 

I was excited to see Iroha make tape again to but she wasn't really anything special here, just a solid performance. Mizunami was great again here though, she should really be mentioned as one of the better workers going right now. She did a great job at selling her back after Iroha worked over it in the early going. Then she does a very nice job of working around it during her comeback. This match does lack the drama of the last two Mizunami title defenses which doesn't make this as engaging. Still the work here is really good even if it follows the current Japanese title match formula. ***3/4


In Topic: Current Joshi Talk

18 May 2017 - 01:42 AM

Mayu certainly has the ability to work the top of the card but seems to lack a bit of maturity to truly carry herself as a main-eventer. Matsumoto is a freelancer who has been working somewhat regularly for Stardom for around five years now. They have had plenty of opportunities to use her in a major role with the company but haven't. Jungle, HZK, and Momo Watanabe have the potential to work the top of the card. There are several things you can criticize Stardom's booking for but they have done a good job in starting to build up their younger workers this year. 

 

Also, people don't realize since they've only been following Stardom for the last year or two, is that Io Shirai has been on top of the card for over four years now. That's almost as long as Nanae Takahashi and Yoshiko had with the company. So in a way, her leaving could benefit both the company and her own career. It provides opportunities for younger workers to move up the card while Io herself gets a bunch of fresh potential opponents.


In Topic: Current Joshi Talk

16 May 2017 - 09:57 PM

Honestly, I think Stardom is better off now with their top talent leaving rather than in 2012/13 when most of their young talent was leaving.

 

I am baffled as to why they had Iwatani beat Hojo for the White Belt when they could have really boosted HZK by having her win. Especially if Mayu was just going to be the next challenger for Io anyway. Plus, it would have fit with their recent booking.


In Topic: NXT talk

15 May 2017 - 07:15 PM

They also signed Evie and Nixon Newell, who will probably report with Hojo with Io reporting later. I'd assume the would hold on to debut all of them in the women's tournament that they are taping in July and August. I don't know what they will do after that. If you count all of the women on the main roster, NXT, the trainees at the performance center and the ones they've just signed the WWE has around 40 women under contract for just in-ring performers. That's a lot to have when you consider that there are already a few women who can't get on TV now.