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    Bushiroad (NJPW owners) buys Stardom

    Giulia wanted to leave Ice Ribbon even before the Bushiroad purchase. Ice Ribbon has historically had an issue with keeping promising young talent in their promotion. Every ace they've booked with the exception of Sera Risa and Tsukasa Fujimoto left to go freelance or to another promotion. Ultimately, talent will always go where they can get more exposure and make more money.
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    [2019-06-22-Tokyo Joshi Pro] Miu Watanabe vs Yuka Sakazaki

    Tokyo Princess Cup - Quarter-Finals: Miu Watanabe vs. Yuka Sakazaki Yuka's so great when she's chipping away or controlling a limb on an opponent. Miu powers through the pain in a performance befitting an ace and delivers explosive offense. Cool sequences built around Yuka's elbow strikes, and Miu's "laser beam" chop was well utilized. An excellent quarter-final. ****1/2
  3. Hikaru Shida vs. Mika Iwata Great match with a hot-blooded finishing stretch. I liked the way the heat builds, with Shida as the bully veteran and Iwata the feisty underdog. There's also some gnarly knees from Shida that were sold to perfection. ****
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    [2019-02-24-Stardom] Mayu Iwatani vs Konami

    Women of Honor World Championship: Mayu Iwatani (c) vs. Konami This was a great match. Loved Konami's assault on the leg and that standing stretch muffler she introduced. Mayu's limberness makes the holds from Konami even more brutal looking. There's neat counters and set-ups here as well. ****
  5. Wonder of Stardom Championship: Momo Watanabe (c) vs. Jungle Kyona Great match. I liked the beatdowns and physicality before they got into the big time maneuvers and counters. Kyona gave a spirited performance as the hometown hero, hitting a Kinniku Buster (!) as a desperation maneuver, ultimately coming up short in grand fashion. ****1/4
  6. World of Stardom Championship: Kagetsu (c) vs. Jungle Kyona Kyona was so amazing here, from the little details to dramatic moments like when she defiantly removes the tape from her injured arm. I really enjoyed the encounter between these two in the GP last year so it was great to see them build off of that in the main event of Korakuen Hall. ****
  7. Wonder of Stardom Championship: Momo Watanabe (c) vs. Tam Nakano Some variation in Momo's formula would have made this more exciting for me, but it was still a good bout. I liked the cruelness displayed by the champion and Tam gave an emotional performance, showing lots of fighting spirit. ***1/2
  8. EVE International Championship / SWA World Championship: Viper (c) vs. Utami Hayashishita Simple, effective story of Utami fighting to overcome the much larger opponent in Viper. This was feeling a little off pacing wise, but it got better as it progressed and the finish was a satisfying payoff. ***1/4
  9. STARS (Arisa Hoshiki, Mayu Iwatani & Saki Kashima) vs. Queen's Quest (AZM, Bea Priestley & Konami) Great 8th anniversary match for Mayu who was also returning from injury. I thought everyone put in a strong performance, with Mayu and Bea showing off new offensive techniques. ***3/4
  10. High Speed Championship: Hazuki (c) vs. Starlight Kid Great High Speed bout, there were some cool sequences and an intensity from both wrestlers that elevated the action. Starlight Kid has been showing edge lately with those open hand slaps and growls. ***3/4
  11. Future of Stardom Championship: Starlight Kid (c) vs. Utami Hayashishita Great heavy vs. junior battle, even though Starlight Kid was on the offensive for much of the match, you could sense her desperation as she tried to keep Utami from mounting offense. A condensed epic that evokes Liger-Hashimoto. ***3/4
  12. Meiko Satomura vs. Reika Saiki This match had great heat and energy from the crowd. It follows the usual Satomura vs. rookie formula and Reika delivered a strong performance on her end. ***3/4
  13. Goddesses of Stardom Championship: Queen's Quest (Momo Watanabe & Utami Hayashishita) (c) vs. STARS (Saki Kashima & Tam Nakano) Saki & Tam develop chemistry as the match goes on while Momo & Utami are a well-oiled duo. This was a really fun match with strong sequences and drama built around Saki's flash pin. ***3/4
  14. High Speed Championship: Mary Apache (c) vs. Hazuki High paced, intense affair. Mary made counters that were punctuated by heavy hits and Hazuki gave her usual surly big boots. I thought they built tension well with the near falls leading into the finish where Hazuki almost bumps her neck into sawdust with a Shooting Star. ***1/4
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    [2018-09-30-Stardom] Kagetsu vs Momo Watanabe

    World of Stardom Championship / Wonder of Stardom Championship: Kagetsu (c) vs. Momo Watanabe (c) Well worked champion vs. champion clash, one of the better 50/50 bouts I've seen this year. Progression felt natural and it breezed through its 20+-min duration. A 50/50 affair that isn't heavily reliant on "big move -> kickout" is always a major plus for me! Could've used a stronger ending, but oh well. ****
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