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donsem43

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Tsukasa Fujimoto & Arisa Nakajima vs. Kyuri & Maika Ozaki (Ice Ribbon 5/28/17)

05 August 2017 - 12:27 PM

This is a terrific performance from Best Friends. At the same time, it's an interesting look at the inexperienced duo of Kyuri and Ozaki. While both of them have some rough moments they also show flashes promise. Maika has some nice Hiroyo Matsumoto-style power spots and Kyuri pulls off some really nice counter and comeback spots. A good match to check out if your interested in getting a look at some of the other girls on Ice Ribbon's roster. ***1/2


Misaki Ohata vs. Rina Yamashita (WAVE 6/4/17)

05 August 2017 - 11:50 AM

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This is the final of the 2017 Catch the WAVE tourney. These two had a great match a month earlier in the block stage so I was excited to see a rematch. Ohata does the smart thing in the early going by grounding Yamashita to keep her from using her power. As a result, Yamashita has to be smarter about her comebacks as she simple can't bullrush her way into control of the match. A nice contrast from their harder hitting match from the month before. ****


Tsukasa Fujimoto vs. Hiroyo Matsumoto (Ice Ribbon 5/5/17)

25 July 2017 - 07:32 PM

It's no coincidence that the amount of attention and praise that Hiroyo Matsumoto has received recently has coincided with the number of high profile opponents that she has had. Here, she takes on Ice Ribbon ace Fujimoto.  While this was a pretty good match, it felt like they were previewing a more meaningful match in the future. Still, there was a lot of really good work here making it more than worth your time to watch. ***3/4


Rina Yamashita vs. Sareee (WAVE 5/10/17)

06 July 2017 - 09:40 PM

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This was one of the most anticipated matches during the block stage of this year's Catch the WAVE tournament, as it pitted two of joshi's top young rising stars. This gets off to an intense start, as you would expect with these two. Yamashita manages to gain control by getting a Scorpion Death Lock on Sareee that does a number on her back. Sareee tries to fight back but realizes that a smarter strategy would be to go after Yamashita's arm. To counter back, Yamashita starts going for a sleeper in the hopes to cut down Sareee's feistiness. The draw does come out of nowhere but it seems fitting give that these two were going at each other so hard that they never even noticed the time. Great stuff. ****


Risa Sera vs. Mochi Miyagi (Ice Ribbon 4/15/17)

06 July 2017 - 09:11 PM

This is for Sera's ICE Infinity title. I decided to check this out after enjoying Miyagi's work in the Catch the WAVE tourney and was really surprised at how good it ended up being. While she carries herself well as a champ, Sera's ringwork hasn't quite hit the level that you would want with the top star of a Japanese promotion. The layout of this match was very strong, building drama up throughout especially towards the finish with Miyagi getting nice nearfalls. Neither of them did anything flashy but they made their moves count, especially their signature stuff. A nice, surprising, sleeper match. ***3/4