Momo has steadily been growing into a big role and has already had a very good title match with Io this year, so doing this again so quickly feels like it might be a little rushed. That said, Momo did just win the Cinderella tournament and did a lot to really establish her B Driver, so it is just a little more realistic thinking she might win than it was in February. Momo comes out aggressive yet again, and Io regains the upper hand yet again, really laying her strikes in. Theres a really cool moment where Momo goes for the B Driver on the apron (which was very useful in the Cinderella tournament) and Io crawls out of it to a sort of upside down full nelson with her legs (there’s likely a lucha name for this, rite?). Io outwitting her younger opponents is a wrinkle they go to less in these matches than her just being the best athlete, so I liked this wrinkle.
I don’t think there’s a huge specific turning point in this match, and I am generally a fan of big obvious turning points, but between Io’s selling and the timing of Momo’s big moves you just eventually enter a zone where it suddenly, oh shit, it’s starting to become realistic that she might win this. The running B Driver where Io just barely tucks her head back in is bonkers, and I really like the reversal of Io’s big power bomb into a Meteora. The ending is a great ending to this kind of match, too: a young wrestler finding a way to make one of her big moves slightly bigger.
Momo's only 18; that's wild.