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  1. This was a „bigger“ match than Amano/Yoneyama, meaning that it had more nearfalls and bigger moves, but it wasn't as smart. Also, Haruyama looked nowhere close to as good as Yoneyama did at this stage. Bolshoi largely just went to her spots. Spots where good, but the stuff around was largely just happening and didn't draw me in. The one cool moment of the match was Haruyama countering a Fujiwara armbar into a rolling cradle. I am a sucker for Bolshois submissions so the finishing run was somewhat worthwhile... still, a Bolshoi singles match could be so much more.
  2. Match Link The first five minutes of this match are pretty much a squash by Hyuga. She just runs Haruyama right over and anything that Kayoko tries to do to stop or counter her ends up going wrong. Once she finally gets on offense, Haruyama goes all out to even the score. The best thing about the match is that after such a big, fast start neither one of them ever stop selling the effects of it the rest of the match. Towards the finish, Hyuga looks like she is about to wrap up the win until Haruyama hits a dropkick, chopblock style, to Azumi's heavily braced knee. Hyuga's selling of the knee is so good that you know that she would have won had she not been hit on the knee but at the same time Haruyama's huge win felt earned. A beautifully structured and worked match. Easily the most underappreciated joshi matches of all time. ****3/4
  3. http://youtu.be/s8BSJZBz9E4 This match is structured in a pretty traditional joshi way but rather than the highspots and double teams that you would find in a 80/90's AJW match, the offense is mainly strikes and suplexes. Nakajima is just a beast on offense drilling her both opponents with strikes and dumping them with suplexes. Fujimoto was pretty good here too, as she is starting to transition from being company ace to grumpy, but still cute, veteran. Haruyama has slowed down from her prime because of a weight gain and two bad knees, but she is still great at selling and brings some nasty strikes to match Nakajima. Kizuki is being built up as the new ace for the company but she was the least of the four in this match. Her offense isn't up to level of everyone else, plus her selling is inconsistent. Kizuki had just come back from a knee injury and Fujimoto started working over it in the middle of the match only for Aoi to ignore it as soon as she went back on offense. The finishing run was pretty good though as it focused on Kizuki and Fujimoto, with the both of them going through a pretty furious exchange of finishers. ***3/4