Thursday, April 19, 2018

OZ Academy - Saturday Night Fever (3/17/2018)

2. Manami Katsu vs. Sonoko Kato

This is GAORA so a chunk of this match was cut out, but I don't feel they cut out anything vital, nothing that disrupted the flow, anyway, so I'll still rate it. Pretty straightforward bombfest. I liked when they hit each other hard.

***

6. OZ Academy Openweight Championship - Dress Up Wild Fight: Yoshiko (c) vs. Mayumi Ozaki

This was a spectacular fuckery-fest, the type that only OZ Academy can deliver. The control segments by Ozaki and her minions are grueling and sadistic, and it was satisfying to watch Yoshiko get her redemption after the hell she goes through. Loved everything about MIO here as well.

****

Arisa Nakajima & Kana vs. Yumi Ohka & Moeka Haruhi (WAVE, 7/19/2008)

WAVE - Weekday WAVE Vol. 3 (7/19/2008)

Arisa Nakajima & Kana vs. Yumi Ohka & Moeka Haruhi

Another fun match from Kana's 2008 WAVE catalog. Haruhi gave an ambitious performance, Ohka was putting in work, and Kana's Passion Red gear is one of my favorite things. Great stuff all around.

***1/2

Hiroyo Matsumoto & Shuu Shibutani vs. Kana & Yumi Ohka (WAVE, 2/12/2008)

WAVE - Weekday WAVE Vol. 3 (2/12/2008)

Hiroyo Matsumoto & Shuu Shibutani vs. Kana & Yumi Ohka 

Excellent match, fast and furious action with plenty of fire. Shuu was quite good here, I liked how she sold Ohka's triangle choke, rolling her eyes to the back of her head. Kana though, she shined brightest whenever she was involved in the action. Shuu gets destroyed in the finish, taking a chain of big moves.

****

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Triple Tails (Kana, Mio Shirai & Io Shirai) vs. GAMI, Ran YuYu & Kyoko Kimura (WAVE, 9/21/2008)

WAVE - Osaka Rhapsody Vol. 4 (9/21/2008)

Triple Tails (Kana, Mio Shirai & Io Shirai) vs. GAMI, Ran YuYu & Kyoko Kimura

This was a fantastic trios, everything was spot-on and they kept up a brilliant pacing throughout. Hip attacks galore from Kana.

****3/4

Kana vs. Yumi Ohka (WAVE, 2/23/2008)

WAVE - Climax Wave Feb. (2/23/2008)

Kana vs. Yumi Ohka

Great match, went a bit overkill with the near-falls during the closer, but great overall. I liked the trash talking and hair pulling during that Boston crab. Good use of hip attacks by Kana, she hits one between the ropes, one from the apron, but my favorite has to be when she and Ohka are on the turnbuckle and she uses hip attacks to set up a top rope DDT. Likewise, Ohka hit some gnarly big boots.

***3/4

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Stardom - Dream Slam in Osaka (3/31/2018)

4. Mayu Iwatani & Tam Nakano vs. Toni Storm & Xia Brookside

Solid prelude to Mayu-Toni. Some of the execution was sloppy (mostly on Mayu and Tamu's end), but the match was enjoyable overall.

***

5. Wonder of Stardom Championship: Io Shirai (c) vs. Bea Priestley

The structure of this match didn't play to Bea's strengths. Her appeal is how stiff and aggressive she can be in the ring, so I would have liked to have seen her in a more aggressive role, but unfortunately we only saw glimpses of that.

***

6. Goddesses of Stardom Championship: Oedo Tai (Hana Kimura & Kagetsu) (c) vs. The Apache Sisters (Faby Apache & Mary Apache)

Great main event. This was in Kagetsu's hometown of Osaka so the crowd is rallying behind Oedos and Faby & Mari are the defacto heels. Strong defense for the Oedo Tai duo, the doomsday device dropkick was cool.

***1/2

Kana vs. Kyoko Kimura (WAVE, 1/16/2008)

WAVE - Weekly Wave Vol. 1 (1/16/2008)

Kana vs. Kyoko Kimura

This show only drew 71 people in 1stRING! It was a violent encounter as you would expect from these two, pure struggle and heavy strikes. Kimura headbutting Kana's hip attack was the highlight of the match for me, easily.

****