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Io Shirai vs. Mayu Iwatani (Stardom, 6/21/2017)

24 June 2017 - 09:46 AM

World of Stardom Championship: Io Shirai © vs. Mayu Iwatani


This was a great match, but never reached that next level due to Io's selective selling of the neck. There are moments where she collapses due to her bad neck, followed by moments where she's jumping around, throwing German suplexes without so much as wincing. I thought it made the match less compelling, and Mayu's big moment didn't feel as grand because of it. But, there is a lot to be enjoyed here, like Mayu's tombstone! I hope she adopts it in tribute to Io. ***1/2


Chihiro Hashimoto vs. Hiroyo Matsumoto (Sendai Girls, 6/10/2017)

17 June 2017 - 03:05 AM

Sendai Girls World Championship: Chihiro Hashimoto © vs. Hiroyo Matsumoto


Hiroyo works over Chihiro's neck throughout, hitting a gruesome Gin and Tonic, and it leads to an amazing finishing stretch where the champion can't maintain the bridge of her German suplex due to the damage done to her neck. The selling was good; the pacing of the match feels smooth with an organic escalation, and Chihiro is just a sight to behold! This was an awesome clash of titans! ****1/2

HZK vs. Io Shirai (Stardom, 6/11/2017)

16 June 2017 - 10:00 PM

HZK vs. Io Shirai

HZK almost snaps herself in half launching backwards on Io's front dropkick, and I loved the way she took Io's tombstone too. Her bumping was on point here. This was a back and forth match that flowed well, and HZK came off looking strong with her Michinoku driver on the apron. Unfortunately, the heat was lacking and the crowd was strangely not as lively as you would think for this match-up. ***

Mayu Iwatani vs. Hana Kimura (Stardom, 6/11/2017)

16 June 2017 - 09:20 PM

Wonder of Stardom Championship: Mayu Iwatani © vs. Hana Kimura


This starts off lighthearted with Hana's sexy dance spot, but then she starts to work over the legs, until she decides to single out the leg wrapped in blue with one of the best ankle locks I have ever seen; Mayu is caught when she tries for a superkick and she is frantically trying to escape the hold, and her lankiness makes it look extremely painful. This was an intense and focused match with brilliant selling. Hana was throwing surly boots to the head. Mayu takes a diving dropkick like a car crash, and her comebacks feel like genuine struggle. Great work... up until Kagetsu comes in and the match ends on a DQ. Ah well. ***1/2

Hikaru Shida vs. Mayumi Ozaki (OZ Academy, 5/14/2017)

15 June 2017 - 05:23 AM

OZ Academy Openweight Championship #1 Contendership (Special Referee: POLICE): Hikaru Shida vs. Mayumi Ozaki


This was a cascade of fuckery, with a bias official, shinai, chains, and constant outside interference. It wasn't the sequel to their awesome 2013 brawl that I was hoping for, but it was an entertaining roadblock in Shida's path to the Openweight Championship. I thought it did a good job conveying the hopelessness of Shida's situation with the corrupt official, and they find a creative way for her to go over in this seemingly unwinnable situation. ***