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STARDOM SHINING SUMMER
JULY 13, 2019
TOKYO, JAPAN AT SHIN-KIBA 1ST RING
AIRED ON STARDOM WORLD
REPORT BY HARLEY R. PAGEOT, PWTORCH CONTRIBUTOR
Hina said it had been a while but she was back. Ruaka said this was her first singles match in a while. She had nothing to say about Hina.
(1) RUAKA vs. HINA
Ruaka hit a fishergirl’s suplex for the win.
WINNER: Ruaka in 5:39.
(Pageot’s Perspective: A rare opening contest where I wasn’t sure who would win. Going into this one Ruaka was tied with Rebel Kel for worst 2019 singles record at 0-5. This moves her up the rankings into a tie with Alex Gracia at 1-5. Hina stands at 0-4 now.)
-Onozaki said it was her versus two Tokyo Cyber Squad members but she was going for Kyona (her former leader in JAN). Tyler and Kyona marched onto the promo set together. Kyona implied they messed up by advertising this as a three-way when it’s actually a handicap match. Sure enough, Tyler and Kyona walked out together to the TCS music and posed together as if they were a tag team. They also stood together in the same corner during introductions.
(2) JUNGLE KYONA vs. BOBBI TYLER vs. LEO ONOZAKI
(2) TOKYO CYBER SQUAD (Jungle Kyona & Bobbi Tyler) vs. LEO ONOZAKI
Kyona and Tyler worked over Onozaki together. Tyler went for a pin and Kyona stood back and applauded. Kyona hit the giant swing on Onozaki and went for a cover while Tyler looked on. They stomped away at Onozaki. In the end Tyler pulled Onozaki into position for a top rope splash from Kyona. Tyler counted the three-count with the referee.
WINNERS: Tokyo Cyber Squad in 5:56.
WINNER: Jungle Kyona in 5:56.
(Pageot’s Perspective: The “build your own handicap match” twist made this one compelling. I assumed it was still officially a three-way and kept waiting for Tyler to betray Kyona and try to steal the pin. Instead they worked together seamlessly and she handed Kyona the victory. I guess that means it did become a handicap match? Either that or Tyler just doesn’t care about improving her 3-2 singles record this year. I guess I’ll score this as a singles win for Kyona since it was listed as a three-way on the match graphic.)
-Konami said this next match was supposed to be a preview of the upcoming white belt match between Hoshiki and Hazuki but she could care less. (She means she couldn’t care less.) She’d win here and then take the tag titles in Nagoya. Hazuki said we knew she was going to win. Hoshiki said this was her first three-way since returning. Hazuki she’ll be defending against soon and Konami she beat in the finals of the Cinderella tournament. She also has a new t-shirt. Go buy it.
(3) WONDER OF STARDOM CHAMPION ARISA HOSHIKI vs. HIGH SPEED CHAMPION HAZUKI vs. KONAMI – NON-TITLE MATCH
Lots of referee four-counts as he waited for the third woman to jump back into the ring and break up the pinfall between the other two. Hoshiki and Hazuki were trading strikes as the time expired.
DECISION: Time limit draw in 15:00.
(Pageot’s Perspective: Surprisingly disappointing considering the caliber of the women involved. They were obviously holding back, though, with this being essentially another house show. The finish was trés predictable.)
-Kimura and Lucas were comparing hairstyles when Death ran in and shouted “Death!” a lot as she is wont to do. QQ framed this as a preview of Death and AZM challenging for the high speed title and Lucas challenging Hayashishita for the SWA title.
(4) QUEEN’S QUEST (SWA World/Future Of Stardom/Goddess Of Stardom Champion Utami Hayashishita, Goddess Of Stardom Champion Momo Watanabe, & AZM) vs. TOKYO CYBER SQUAD (Hana Kimura, Zoe Lucas, & Death Yama-san)
TCS heelishly triple-teamed Watanabe early on. Kimura continued to appropriate old Oedo Tai tactics by getting her stable to pose with their boots on Watanabe in the ropes. In the end Lucas avoided the octopus and made a split-legged legdrop across the throat for the pin.
WINNERS: Tokyo Cyber Squad in 9:45.
(Pageot’s Perspective: At the rate Kimura’s plagiarizing from Oedo Tai I’m expecting TCS to start doing a choreographed dance routine before their matches any time now. AZM had such steam behind her before her injury and was kept in the conversation during her time on the sidelines via the story of Kagetsu being infatuated with her. For her to return and immediately be shunted back into the token enhancement role, positioned barely better than Hanan or Onozaki, is very disappointing. If she doesn’t win the high speed title on the 20th I fear for her, especially after watching The Wrestlers on Viceland and hearing Rossy Ogawa imply that she’ll never be pushed as hard as some of the other girls because her features are too severe and she’s not cute enough.)
-Jamie Hayter was back with Oedo Tai for the first time since April 5. Kagetsu said she was just with her in England where Hayter beat Hayashishita to capture the Pro Wrestling: EVE International Championship. She acknowledged that Hazuki’s the only other champion in Oedo Tai at the moment. Stars were celebrating over the fact that this was Saya Iida’s first main event match ever.
(5) STARS (Starlight Kid, Saya Iida, & Artist Of Stardom Champions Mayu Iwatani, Tam Nakano, & Saki Kashima w/Producer P) vs. OEDO TAI (Kagetsu, Natsu Sumire, Andras Miyagi, Natsuko Tora, & Jamie Hayter w/Hazuki)
Stars quadruple-teamed Sumire to start. Nakano was in control over Tora when the stopwatch hit 10:00. Kid tagged in and took a sloppy spinebuster from Tora. She surprisingly held her own against Miyagi and even got a near-fall before the rest of Oedo Tai broke up the pin. Miyagi hit an electric chair facebuster but Iwatani stopped the pin. Things broke down with anybody who wanted to jumping in and out of the ring while nobody in particular appeared to be legal. Hayter with a falcon arrow to Iida. Kagetsu with the placard to Iida’s back as she ran the ropes. Hayter hit a release side suplex on Iida for the pin.
WINNERS: Oedo Tai in 15:53.
-Kagetsu, Miyagi, and Sumire had a face-off with the trios champs. Stars left. Hayter said she’s back for six months and bragged about beating Hayashishita in England. As Kagetsu spoke Sumire found Producer P and placed the placard on him, crushing him underneath. She then swung him around, punched him, and stuffed him face-first into her cleavage. (No comment.) Kagetsu closed out the show.
(Pageot’s Perspective: People have been harsh on Oedo Tai and their booking lately but needing to cheat to beat Saya Iida is definitely a new low. And I say that as a big fan of Iida’s. It’s great to have Hayter back, though. Either my memory is fuzzy or she’s put on noticeable weight in the past three months. Her physique was closer to Kassius Ohno here than Bea Priestley, but that’s not a criticism. If anything she stands out that much more in the company now and it gives her offense some extra impact. I’ll be interested to see where she slots into the summer cards if she’s around full-time but not participating in the 5Star Grand Prix. Could she go two for two and take the SWA title off of Hayashishita too? That would allow her to defend it against other non-tournament participants like AZM and Kid.)