WADE KELLER PODCAST - EARLY PREVIEW OF ROYAL RUMBLE 2020 MEN'S MATCH, PLUS 2019 AND 2010 LOOK-BACK ROUNDTABLES
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STARDOM 5STAR GRAND PRIX
SEPTEMBER 7, 2019
TOKYO, JAPAN AT SHIN-KIBA 1ST RING
AIRED ON STARDOM WORLD
REPORT BY HARLEY R. PAGEOT, PWTORCH CONTRIBUTOR
Kamitani said this was her fourth match ever and it was a five-way battle. There were scary people, strong people, and green people. Rina said there were five sloppy people in this match before realizing she was including herself by saying that. There were actually only four and she wanted to win the most. Iida said she wasn’t familiar with everyone but she’d do her best. Miyagi asked if Konami was watching. Konami wondered if her TCS stable mate Rina would side with her.
(1) GODDESS OF STARDOM CHAMPION KONAMI vs. ARTIST OF STARDOM CHAMPION ANDRAS MIYAGI vs. SAYA IIDA vs. RINA vs. SAYA KAMITANI
The Sayas were the only ones willing to shake hands. Five-way test of strength to start. Konami hip-tossed everyone into the same corner and hit a running dropkick into them. She cleared the kids and went after Miyagi. Miyagi yelled for her to hold on a minute and suggested they team up. She even asked please while bowing. Konami shook, Miyagi thanked her, and the Sayas attacked. They were quickly dispatched and Miyagi raked Konami’s eyes. TCS to the rescue with Rina dropkicking Miyagi from behind. Team Saya double-teamed Rina. Konami cleaned house again and finished off Iida with a release German suplex and a kick to the side of the head.
WINNER: Konami in 4:19.
-Miyagi tried to congratulate Konami on their victory but Konami booted her out of the ring.
(Pageot’s Perspective: It’s happening! Saya x Saya for the Goddesses Of Stardom tag tournament!)
-Hina said it was the first time this QQ combination teamed as a trio so they wanted to win. Kashima and Kid joked that Riho’s pink and white gear was so perfect for Stars that she had to join their faction.
(2) QUEEN’S QUEST (SWA World Champion & Future Of Stardom Champion Utami Hayashishita, Leo Onozaki, & Hina) vs. RIHO & STARS (High Speed Champion Riho, Saki Kashima, & Starlight Kid)
Riho and Onozaki started. Hina and Kid battled for a significant stretch. After a long series of near-falls and reversals Kid caught with her a pin.
WINNERS: Kid, Kashima, & Riho in 4:56.
(Pageot’s Perspective: This was just one week after Riho earned a spot in the October match to crown the first AEW Women’s Champion. Will she hold gold in both companies simultaneously? Could she defend the high speed title in AEW?? Probably no to both. But it would be cool.
Queen’s Quest as a faction is now 34-34-2 in tag matches this year. Their win-loss average has plummeted since the draft due to them taking in so many rookies. Oedo Tai now has the best faction record by far at .634 followed by TCS at .509, QQ at .500, and Stars at .454)
-Sumire said this was the match she was most looking forward to. Hazuki still had nothing to say.
(3) ARTIST OF STARDOM CHAMPION NATSU SUMIRE vs. HAZUKI – RED STARS BLOCK
Sumire offered a handshake. Hazuki accepted but pulled her into a DDT. Facewash. Back senton. Sumire straddled her and choked her with both hands. Crotch assault. Codebreaker to Sumire off the second rope. Springboard dropkick. Chinlock. Sumire with a Revival! But Hazuki kicked out. Hazuki with a brainbuster for the win.
WINNER: Hazuki in 4:09.
(Pageot’s Perspective: Sumire’s trying so hard to wrestle clean and it’s just not paying off. You hate to see it.)
-Avary was distraught that she was the only red star still at zero points. Kimura was still thinking about Kashima beating her in eight seconds. It seemed to humble her a little.
(4) HANA KIMURA vs. AVARY – RED STARS BLOCK
Kimura offered a test of strength. Avary licked her hand first so Kimura changed her mind. Boston crab from Kimura into a half-crab. Blockbuster from Avary. Cattle mutilation. Kimura with an octopus attempt but Avary slammed her down. The Octopus was locked in moments later for the submission.
WINNER: Hana Kimura in 6:43.
(Pageot’s Perspective: There was no way Kimura was losing two upsets in a row. Will Avary win any matches? She still has Sumire and AZM ahead of her.)
-AZM said this was her first singles match with Watanabe in two or three years. Watanabe couldn’t even remember facing her last time and wondered how they’d match up.
(5) MOMO WATANABE vs. AZM – RED STARS BLOCK
Even back and forth through the first five minutes. AZM with the octopus at 5:30. Top rope double-stomp. And another. Tilt-a-whirl armbar. Watanabe with a lion-tamer. Running knees. Double knees from off the second rope. Peach Sunrise countered into a victory roll. Enziguiris from AZM. Tilt-a-whirl blocked, countered into a hurricanrana from AZM. Rear naked choke from Watanabe for the tap.
WINNER: Momo Watanabe in 10:28.
(Pageot’s Perspective: Good match. AZM was made to look as competitive as just about anyone against the former white belt.)
-Hayter was doing some deep breathing exercises, trying to forget about losing to Hayashishita in her last match. It didn’t work. Kagetsu said this was the half-way point of the Grand Prix and her first singles match with Hayter.
(6) ARTIST OF STARDOM CHAMPION KAGETSU vs. JAMIE HAYTER – BLUE STARS BLOCK
Hayter accepted a handshake, then turned Kagetsu inside-out with a clothesline. Kagetsu came back with a death valley driver and both women were down 20 seconds into the match. Hayter wrestled aggressively, trying to ensure that she didn’t suffer a repeat of last time. Dragon sleeper. Hayter charged for a shoulder tackle and the ref got knocked aside. Kagetsu sprayed her with the green mist. Death valley driver. Oedo Coaster. Death valley driver.
WINNER: Kagetsu in 4:12.
-Tora said Kyona knew this wouldn’t end well for her. Kyona said this was their fourth singles match this year. Last year in the Grand Prix Tora won. When they were in Jungle Assault Nation together they had a draw. Tora beat her in the Cinderella tournament after joining Oedo Tai. Kyona has never won.
(7) GODDESS OF STARDOM CHAMPION JUNGLE KYONA vs. NATSUKO TORA – BLUE STARS BLOCK
Tora attacked Kyona during her entrance. The referee called for the bell even though Kyona hadn’t stepped into the ring yet. Tora continued the assault at ringside. The referee stopped Tora from hitting Kyona with the Oedo Tai placard. Kyona slapped her silly. Strong arm clothesline. Kyona went up top but Tora met her and choked her with both hands. She then hanged Kyona from the top rope by her Grand Prix sash. Back to ringside and out of the arena and into the parking lot!
Tora threw a bucket of water on Kyona. Tora ran back to the ring as the referee counted out Kyona. She made it back at the count of 19. Samoan drop from Tora. Two frog-splashes from Tora from the second rope. She went for a third from the top rope but Kyona moved. Spear from Tora. Leg drop. F-Crash but Kyona kicked out. Tora was growing frustrated. Tora went up top but caught for a top rope powerslam from Kyona. Tora ran into a clothesline. Kyona with a top rope splash but Tora kicked out. Hammer throw powerbomb.
WINNER: Jungle Kyona in 8:35.
(Pageot’s Perspective: Okay, can we get these two in a falls count anywhere match now? I want to see a full DDT-style fight through the parking lot and into a playground.)
-Nakano said she’s been picking up the pieces of a puzzle in this tournament. It’s a wonderful mystery. Iwatani struggled to remember the last time they fought each other.
(8) MAYU IWATANI vs. TAM NAKANO – RED STARS BLOCK
Nakano looked for a spin kick out of the gate. Iwatani tried for the same and they mirrored each other. Running blockbuster from Nakano. Inverted figure four. Bridging suplex from Iwatani. Dropkick to Nakano in the ropes. High crossbody took out Nakano on the floor. Flying double-stomp in the ring. Iwatani knocked to the floor. Nakano with her own high crossbody that flattened Iwatani. The rest of Stars checked on them. Iwatani avoided a tiger suplex in the ring and hit a superkick. Bridging tiger suplex landed but ragdoll Iwatani flopped over and out of the pin. Nakano looked for another but Iwatani made a rope break. Iwatani avoided a knee strike and countered with a bridging German for a near-fall. Second rope moonsault found its mark. Top rope moonsault avoided by Nakano. Running knee strike avoided by Iwatani. Top rope moonsault connected. Delayed bridging dragon suplex for the win.
WINNER: Mayu Iwatani in 11:14.
(Pageot’s Perspective: Interesting that we’ve gone this deep into the tournament with no time limit draws.)
-Hoshiki said she was going to have fun and win. Priestley said she’s the red belt champion, which makes her the better champion.
(9) WORLD OF STARDOM CHAMPION BEA PRIESTLEY vs. WONDER OF STARDOM CHAMPION ARISA HOSHIKI – BLUE STARS BLOCK
Like all of her opponents, Priestley went after Hoshiki’s knee. Surfboard. Anklelock. Back suplex. Bridging back suplex. Leglock. Double stomp to Hoshiki’s spine as she crouched on the apron. Queen’s Landing countered into a roll-up. Knee strikes from Hoshiki. Running knees for the pin out of nowhere.
WINNER: Arisa Hoshiki in 8:24.
-Hoshiki searched the crowd for Will Ospreay. She said Twitter people would understand. Since she beat his girlfriend she now gets to use one of his moves.
(Pageot’s Perspective: Hoshiki’s only burst of offense came in the last ten seconds there but it was enough to give Priestley her first pinfall loss since April 2018. The blue stars block remains a dead heat with only Tora alone in last place.
Post-show update: Hayashishita injured a finger and has had to be pulled from the tournament. All her remaining scheduled matches will be awarded to her opponents as a forfeit.)
Red Stars standings after show 6:
Mayu Iwatani – 6
Hana Kimura – 6
Tam Nakano – 6
Momo Watanabe – 6
AZM – 4
Hazuki – 4
Saki Kashima – 4
Natsu Sumire – 2
Avary – 0
Blue Stars standings after show 6:
Utami Hayashishita – 6
Jamie Hayter – 6
Kagetsu – 6
Konami – 6
Andras Miyagi – 6
Bea Priestley – 6
Arisa Hoshiki – 4
Jungle Kyona – 4
Natsuko Tora – 2