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Etsuko Mita, Mima Shimoda & Kumiko Maekawa vs Kaoru Ito, Momoe Nakanishi & Nanae Takahashi (AJW Fusion 11/23/00, Cage Match)

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This was a wild scene but only a few of these girls were decent brawlers. Takahashi and Nakanishi in particular just don't do it for me. Escape the cage is a weird stipulation for a team match but I felt like it worked better here than it has in other matches like this as the attempts to block escape from the outside were more violent and reckless. I didn't hate this but I've seen much better joshi from 2000.

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This was every bit as good as I remembered. I'm sick to death of LCO but when their matches are good they tend to be MOTYC level good. This was wild, chaotic, bloody and noisy. Honestly, it was one of the loudest crowds that Japan has had all year. Everything about this match was good but I do have some caveats --- the first is that I was raised on escape rules and I'm a fan of the gimmick, the second is that I am all-in on Kaoru Ito as All Japan Women's ace. Bearing those two things in mind, this was a glorious spectacle and probably the best women's match from the second half of the year.

 

Folks can hate on Momoe if they want but she brawled her guts out here. She pretty much had no choice locked inside a cage with LCO but she was throwing headbutts and wreaking havoc and absolutely nailed her role of patrolling the outside and making sure none of the heels escaped. Ito cut deep as usual and had a crimson mask for much of the bout. I loved the way she threw herself back into the cage to save her partners and ended up trapped and alone. And the kicker was that she went one-on-one with the Judas, Maekawa. That the shittiest of turns could lead to a great match was nothing short of amazing. It may be one of the greatest turnarounds in wrestling history. The part where Watanabe interfered was as good a run-in as you'll see in any Crockett bout or any WWF booked match. It was pretty much perfect from an emotional point-of-view. And the double foot-stomp off the top of the rope is just sick. That is the most debilitating looking move you can imagine. When they carried Maekawa off at the end she looked like she was coughing up blood and nursing six broken ribs. The four girls celebrating after the bout was one of the better face celebrations you'll see too. When do you ever see four women looking so emotional and so badass at the same time?

 

This was pretty much a symphony of chaotic, violence-filled Joshi with emotions running sky the entire time and the crowd right with them for the entire ride. I won't say much more since I'll end up overrating it in other people's eyes but it was considered the beginning of the short-lived AJW renaissance back in the day and holds up to this very day.

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