Thursday, October 19, 2017

KENTA & Taiji Ishimori vs. Kota Ibushi & Naomichi Marufuji (NOAH, 7/15/2007)

NOAH - Summer Navigation '07 (7/15/2007)

KENTA & Taiji Ishimori vs. Kota Ibushi & Naomichi Marufuji 

This was one hell of a spotfest. Everyone looked amazing. The near-falls were super effective in adding drama to the match; each one of them increased the intensity of the third act, and when the referee finally does count 3 the crowd goes berserk. Fucking hell was the finishing sequence breathtaking.

*****

Golden☆Lovers (Kenny Omega & Kota Ibushi) vs. Apollo 55 (Prince Devitt & Ryusuke Taguchi) (DDT, 11/14/2010)

DDT - Osaka Bay Blues Special (11/14/2010)

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship: Golden☆Lovers (Kenny Omega & Kota Ibushi) (c) vs. Apollo 55 (Prince Devitt & Ryusuke Taguchi)

This was basically a mini version of their New Japan matches. It's a fast-paced sprint that lasts for just 9-minutes. The action was smooth (save for Taguchi's early fuck-up) and the crowd was really hot.

***1/4

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Stardom - Goddesses of Stardom Tag League 2017 (10/14/2017)

1. Hanan vs. Ruaka

**

2. Kaori Yoneyama vs. Kris Wolf

**1/4

5. Goddesses of Stardom - Tag League: Oedo Tai (Kagetsu & Hana Kimura) vs. Chibis (Konami & Hiromi Mimura)

Chibis got a lot of shine, and they did some double team stuff. Hiromi's charge-up dropkick is a fun spot. Hana's selling during the closer was good and her submission finisher always looks vicious. P-Chan seems like a chill bro.

**3/4

6. Goddesses of Stardom - Tag League: Queen's Quest (Io Shirai & HZK) vs. Yoko Bito & Jungle Kyona

Solid main event. Proper cohesion, double maneuvers, etc. It goes without saying that Io is a genius of the ring, she worked hard to make this feel special. The heated interactions between HZK and Jungle were also very good.

***1/4

Chihiro Oikawa vs. Kana (BATBAT, 10/26/2008)

BATBAT - Queen Bee Vol. 1 (10/26/2008)

Chihiro Oikawa vs. Kana

They were grappling on the mat and taking it slow before they kicked into gear towards the end. I didn't find the matwork particularly exciting. There was an armbar sequence that had good urgency, but the rest of it just felt like they were filling time. Oikawa's strikes had a rawness to them that I enjoyed, and Kana hits this German suplex that looked rough in the best way.

**1/2

Monday, October 16, 2017

Tokyo Joshi Pro - Smile YES Yokohama (10/14/2017)

1. Ironman Heavymetalweight Championship: Yuu (c) vs. Yuki Kamifuku

If you cut out the awkward opening segment, I'd go **1/2 shurikens on this because of the strike exchange alone. Yuu's chops were vicious, and then Yuki answers with this really hard slap across the face. Good shit there. 

*1/2

2. Miyu Yamashita vs. Nodoka-oneesan vs. Yuna Manase

Enjoyable 3WAY match; good comedy, free-flowing action. 

***

3. Reika Saiki & Marika Kobashi vs. Itoh Respect Army (Itoh Maki & Mizuki)

**

4. NEO Biishiki-gun (Saki-sama & Masa) vs. Konkatsu-gun (Azusa Takigawa & Nonoko)

Kokatsu-gun put up a good fight even though they were obvious fodder. A-azusa's outfit gets better every time, and she has a meticulous sequence with Masa that looked straight out of Gatoh Move. After the match, Kokatsu-gun decide to disband! Here's hoping for an Azusa singles push!

***

5. TOKYO Princess Tag Team Championship Tournament – Final: Miracle Apricots (Yuka Sakazaki & Syoko Nakajima) vs. Dragon Bombers (Rika Tatsumi & Maho Kurone)

This built into the heated parts really well, and the closing segment was a strong way to end the tournament. Syoko and Tatsumi could tighten up their offense a bit, they're attacks look so soft at times. Rika must keep training her ass so she can deliver stronger hip attacks. The fans were rallying behind the Bombers, I was Miracle Apricots all the way. Couple of mis-timed spots here and there, but good. 

***1/4

DDT - Ready Pro Wrestling! Feeling Seijo 2017 (10/4/2017)

1. Mizuki Watase vs. Yukio Sakaguchi

Watase was arrogant despite being in over his head, and Yukio puts him in his place with a hellish beating. What an awesome slugfest.

***3/4

3. HARASHIMA & Kouki Iwasaki vs. Shuten-doji (KUDO & Masahiro Takanashi)

**1/2

4. NωA (Makoto Oishi, MAO & Shunma Katsumata) (w/ Kayako Takagi) vs. T2Hide (Kazuki Hirata, Sanshiro Takagi & Toru Owashi)

Super fun trios; good energy and constant movement. The Hirata-Kayako spot was gold.

***

5. Independent World Junior Heavyweight Championship: Daisuke Sasaki (c) vs. Shuichiro Katsumura

Decent. They seemed more focused on pushing the DAMNATION/Ganpuro angle than putting on a memorable title match. Still had its moments, and I'm interested to see where this is going.

**1/2

6. ALL OUT (Akito & Konosuke Takeshita) vs. Danshoku Dino & Keisuke Ishii

This was another solid prelude to Takeshita-Dino. Ishii's my favorite part about these matches, I must say. He's always working hard.

***

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Yankee Two Kenju (Isami Kodaka & Yuko Miyamoto) vs. Golden☆Lovers (Kenny Omega & Kota Ibushi) (DDT, 11/17/2013)

DDT - God Bless DDT 2013 (11/17/2013)

KO-D Tag Team Championship: Yankee Two Kenju (Isami Kodaka & Yuko Miyamoto) (c) vs. Golden☆Lovers (Kenny Omega & Kota Ibushi)

This started off slow with two workover segments; Yankee targets Ibushi's leg, and you know he's not going to sell that long term. When they pick up the pace, the match turns into a wild spotfest, but in a way that was logical. There were cute moments like Miyamoto hitting the diving chop that he never hits, and Omega and Kodaka have this fantastic finishing run with one of the best counters you'll ever see to Croyt's Wrath. Good shit here.

****1/2