Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Ice Ribbon - Yokohama Ribbon 2017 GW I (5/4/2017)

1. Hamuko Hoshi & TeamDATE (Karen DATE & Nao DATE) vs. TeamDATE (Hana DATE & Nori DATE) & Tsukasa Fujimoto

First time seeing the dangerous army of shooters known as TeamDATE in action and they're doing sexy poses, and the little one is rapidly spanked by Fujimoto. Not a fan of Naori's gold skirt which only serves to obstruct a perfectly-good shiri! This was loads of fun, and TeamDATE looked right at home.

****

2. Maya Yukihi & Rin Kadokura vs. Matsuya Uno & Miyako Matsumoto

Maya-obachan & Rin may be the cutest blue joshi team ever! Gramma hits several Coconut Crushes; she's about the same age as Baba was in his prime. Uno's new attire is adorable, as was the piggyback karate chop she did with Miyako.

***1/2

3. 235 vs. Risa Sera

This was a nice squash, with Fumiko's impending retirement bringing out a raw emotion from the performers. Sera uses her height and power advantage to bully the much smaller Fumiko, giving her rough elbows and pulling and yanking her with ease. I love this Sera.

***

4. Hardcore Match: Akane Fujita & Minoru Fujita vs. Mochi Miyagi & Takashi Sasaki

Akane Fujita endures hellish destruction so thorough that she'll never be the same again! Even a well-trained professional wrestler, with finely-tempered flesh and fighting spirit, can't resist torture this cruel!

***1/2

5. Maruko Nagasaki & Satsuki Totoro vs. Rina Yamashita & Tequila Saya

Totoro fucking SQUASHES Saya, fuuuccckkk!!! Good buffer match.

***

6. GEKOKU (Kyuuri & Maika Ozaki) vs. Mio Momono & Tsukushi

Maika does an impressive double-stack torture rack. The Kyuuri/Tsukushi heat building segments were great with awesome exchanges; a solid prelude to their International Tag Team Championship match. Kyuuri was a green suplex machine! Churning out slams left and right!

***3/4

Kazuhiro Tamura vs. Aasa Maika (Gatoh Move, 9/11/2016)

Gatoh Move - Japan Tour · 247 (9/11/2016)

Kazuhiro Tamura vs. Aasa Maika 

There's a struggle sequence where Tamura cannot lift Aasa for a body slam, and It's pretty bizzare. Tamura is a tiny dude, but come on... what. I guess they're really trying to put over Aasa's plus size gimmick. She ends up lifting him towards the end, and then he demolishes her with hard shoot-style combinations. Tamura really put Aasa over here. Good match.

***

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

WAVE - Weekday WAVE Vol. 105 (1/18/2017)

1. Hiroe Nagahama vs. ASUKA

Great, fast-paced opener.

***1/2

2. Avid Rival (Misaki Ohata & Ryo Mizunami) vs. Sumire Natsu & Yako Fujigasaki

Sumire and Fujigasaki have some unresolved issues, and they're brawling the moment they get in the ring. They had a fun team dynamic in this, and Avid Rival were great too, of course.

***3/4

3. WAVE Tag Team Championship #1 Contendership: Over Sun (Yuki Miyazaki & Yumi Ohka) vs. Kaori Yoneyama & Mika Iida

There's a lot of crazy stuff happening here, but there's also the sub-plot of Miyazaki getting her arm worked over, which I thought they worked well into the 'spot-for-spot' pacing. Ohka gave a strong and enthralling performance, especially in her segment with Yoneyama. Her timing and execution were incredible. Miyazaki is a pretty eccentric performer whose creative ideas don't always come off looking so good, but I thought she was amazing here too. Loved Iida's matwork and those European uppercuts, and the closing segment with Miyazaki was well-done NEO nostalgia.

****1/2

4. Five on One Gauntlet: Kyoko Kimura vs. Kagetsu, Moeka Haruhi, Rina Yamashita, Rin Kadokura & Yukio Sakaguchi

When Kyoko Kimura wraps on a Kimura Lock, I couldn't help but notice how amazing the afro lady's butt looks in those glossy tights! Totally underrated. My portable Shirikami shrine glows in approval! A 40+ minute Kyo Kimura gauntlet probably doesn't sound attractive to many people, but I thought this was great. Each opponent felt different, bringing something new to the table, and all of the matches were compact and well-worked. Haruhi going over clean was awesome and she looked very greatful, and I loved the Hana-chan cameo!

****1/4

Monday, May 22, 2017

WAVE - CATCH THE WAVE 2017 ~ Scramble (5/3/2017)

5. Catch THE WAVE 2017: Hiroe Nagahama vs. Sareee

Not a whole lot to this match. Saree hits a couple of really stiff and loud elbow strikes. Those Shining D girls really know how to hit.

**1/4

6. Catch THE WAVE 2017: Mochi Miyagi vs. Moeka Haruhi

Super boring until the finishing stretch, where they start to pick up the pace and go all in. Who decided that Mochi Miyagi was a good pick for a singles tournament?

*1/2

7. Catch THE WAVE 2017 ZABUN Block: Misaki Ohata vs. Rina Yamashita

I love you, Ohata, but this was definitely a Rina Yamashita show. She shined greatly here, and I like how she has been incorporating more knee strikes into her moveset, like the Henkei Knee Upper she connects with. The payoff to this little storyline with Rina trying to hit the Splash Mountain in tribute to her mentor Dynamite Kansai and failing every time will be amazing.

***1/2

Saturday, May 20, 2017

WAVE - Osaka Rhapsody Vol. 33/Shizuoka WAVE ~Fuji~ (4/29/2017~4/30/2017)

WAVE - Osaka Rhapsody Vol. 33 (4/29/2017)

3. Catch THE WAVE 2017: Misaki Ohata vs. SAKI

SAKI looks she just came from an all-night drug-filled rave with her funky furry boots, colorful hair and tongue piercing, but she proves to be a capable wrestler with excellent ring awareness. She dominates until Ohata makes her very rought comeback. The impact of that fisherman buster looked fucking nasty.

***1/2

4. Catch THE WAVE 2017 ZABUN Block: Hiroe Nagahama vs. Rina Yamashita

Poor Nagahama hasn't found her niche just yet, but I have faith that she will eventually! I love the fire and urgency she shows as these matches unravel.

***

WAVE - Shizuoka WAVE ~Fuji~ (4/30/2017) 

Catch the WAVE 2017: Moeka Haruhi vs. SAKI

SAKI is low key becoming one of my favorite performers to watch during this tournament, and Moeka sounded like a killer with those blood-thirsty growls. I'm pulling for her to win this thing! Good match.

***

SEAdLINNNG - GOLDEN GO!GO! (5/14/2017)

1. Kaori Yoneyama vs. Rin Kadokura

Pretty great Kadokura carry job. Those rolling DDTs were sweet.

***

2. High Speed: Maruko Nagasaki vs. Mio Momono

This was gold!

****

3. Hamuko Hoshi & Yoshiko vs. Hiroyo Matsumoto & Rina Yamashita

This was a prelude to the Yoshiko/Yamashita match at the upcoming Korakuen show, so Yamashita takes a bite of Hamuko's tummy and spits in Yoshiko's direction. This was awesome, everyone looked good, even boring as fuck Hamuko Hoshi, who was sporting an admittedly nice-looking new attire. Yoshiko had great segments with both opponents. She's just amazing.

***3/4

4. Best Friends (Arisa Nakajima & Tsukasa Fujimoto) vs. Nanae Takahashi & Sareee

This was fast, furious hard-hitting tag team action, and what the glorious sparkling D is all about!

****1/2

Friday, May 19, 2017

WAVE - CATCH THE WAVE 2017『Bracken1』 (4/26/2017)

2. Catch THE WAVE 2017 Other Than Block: Mochi Miyagi vs. Sareee

This was a rough match, in physicality and sometimes in execution. I think by not being on the same page during some of the transitions they gave the match a sort of raw feeling. I mean, they're throwing stiffs, pulling one another's hair during submission holds; Sareee tries to drive Miyagi through the canvas with a series of stiff double foot stomps. Just nasty stuff.

***1/4

3. Catch THE WAVE 2017 ZABUN Block: Moeka Haruhi vs. Rina Yamashita

Moeka's facial expressions and body language are always topnotch. When she is getting bumped around, she looks like she is in excruciating pain, and when she makes the hard-fought comeback you can feel it.

**3/4

4. Catch THE WAVE 2017: Misaki Ohata vs. Rin Kadokura

Ohata roughing up a rookie for 15 minutes. I could watch this all day. This was a smack-fest with the theme of Kadokura having to avoid/survive Ohata's deadly German suplex. She gets put over as a durable little rookie, kicking out of two of them and surviving the last one due to a time out draw

***3/4