Stardom American Dream In The Big Apple
April 5th, 2019
NYC Arena, New York
Show opened with all the participants coming down to the ring for the introduction. Biggest ovation went for Kagetsu and Mayu Iwatani. Momo Watanabe opened the show thanking the fans and hyping them up.
Pacific Rim’s Jim Valley and Fumi Saito are on commentary. Saito had so much interesting points, insights, and trivia throughout the show. I would pay extra money if Fumi Saito did commentary for all Japanese shows that I follow. Ring introductions were done by Yurie Kozakai, so they were exactly like a normal Stardom show.
Jungle Kyona & Natsuko Tora vs Violette & Sonya Strong - 5.5/10
Kyona and Strong started the match in a power vs power battle, doing shoulder tackle challenges, where Strong got the advantage. Violette came in and worked on Kyona’s head with a nice looking Guillotine. Jungle slowly started a comeback when she got enough space to gather speed and shoulder tackle Strong down.
Tora came in, both Violette and Strong tried to gang up on her, but took them down with a double spear. Strong regained control of the match on Tora, her and Violette hit a flurry of kicks until Tora landed a desperation Spinebuster on Violette and got the tag to Kyona.
Violette hit a codebreaker on Kyona for a close two fall. Strong and Violette hit a kick combo for another two count. Kyona took them out with a double lariat and a sliding clothesline on Violette for a two count for herself. Both Kyona and Tora climbed the ropes and hit stereo Superflies for a two count. Jungle landed a Sitdown Powerbomb to finally finish off Violette for the win. Good intro to Stardom.
Bobbi Tyler & Hana Kimura vs Dr. Britt Baker & Brittany Blake vs Queen's Quest (Bea Priestley & Konami) - 7/10
Hana Kimura’s look was great, she looked like a superstar. This match is 3 women in the ring at all times.
Baker, Kimura, and Konami started the match with a 3-way test of strength that turned into a quick exchange of arm drags and roll ups. All women were cleared out leaving Hana and Konami, with the latter being thrown around by her hair and stomped on. Hana and Tyler locked in a double Romero Special on Konami, but Baker broke it off when she pinned both Kimura-gun girls. Queen’s Quest came in and worked on Kimura until Blake came in to break up the pin.
Kimura and Konami got into a striking battle that ended with Konami’s signature kicks taking out Kimura for a two count. Konami went for a Guillotine, but Kimura power herself out with a deadlift Suplex. They kept trading submission attempts until Priestley interrupted them. Britt Baker got a couple of near falls on Tyler with a Slingblade, but after some miscommunication, Blake hit an Enzugiri on Blake. Hana Kimura took advantage, hitting a dropkick on Blake for the pin.
High Speed Championship Match
Hazuki (C) vs Dust - 7/10
Match started with a series of reversals and counters, quick pace, living up to the name of the championship. Hazuki gained control of the match early on, stomping Dust out of the ring. Back in the ring, Dust started to level out things with running lariats before starting a striking battle where Hazuki once again got control after a springboard dropkick and running knee for a two count.
Dust hit a DDT on the apron and a top rope Plancha for a two count. Dust hit a running knee and a codebreaker for another two count. Dust hit a backstabber for another two count, this one looked a bit late, then out of nowhere, Hazuki locked in La Magistral, or as Hazuki calls it, Hazukistral for the flash pin. Good match, Dust looked really good. I would have liked for an extra 5 minutes as they were barely hitting second gear.
Wonder of Stardom Championship Match
Momo Watanabe (C) vs Utami Hayashishita - 8.5/10
I’m surprised that this match didn’t close the show, Utami getting a shot at Momo’s championship and their first time meeting had been hyped and anticipated since the announcement of the match. Having said that, the match lived up to the hype, it was a beautiful match with both women working on each other's backs and torsos. They traded momentum on several occasions,
Match started with both women fighting for wrist control with good, crisp reversals. Utami was the first to up and antics and slapped Momo straight in the face, which Momo retaliated with a set of hard kicks to the back and a fake out to the front. From here on, Momo started working on Utami’s torso. Momo would challenge Utami to hit her and quickly cut her off, getting two counts in-between.
Utami finally dodge Momo’s offense and locked in the Camel Clutch and started going after Momo’s back with a series of stomps and a Boston Crab. Whenever Momo would hope for a comeback, Utami would reverse it and back into the Boston Crab. Utami finally started chasing the Torture Rack, while Momo chased the Peach Sunset, but they kept blocking each other.
The went back and forward striking each other until they simultaneously knocked each other down with slaps. They started exchanging stiff looking dropkicks. Momo hit an Uranage and a double knee for a two count. Momo hit two Meteoras for another two count. Momo went for a Chickenwing and Sleeper, but Utami reversed into a Judo throw and locked in a Sleeper with body scissors for a near submission, but Momo managed to roll to the ropes.
Utami put Momo in the Torture Rack right before the feed went off. Momo would win minutes later with the a Tequila Sunrise. Easily the match of the night.
Oedo Tai (Kagetsu, Session Moth Martina, Jamie Hayter, & Andras Miyagi) w/Hazuki vs STARS (Mayu Iwatani, Tam Nakano, Saki Kashima, & Arisa Hoshiki) - 8/10
Oedo Tai did their dance entrance, they looked like superstars. Kagetsu and Mayu Iwatani had the biggest pops.
STARS offered the opening handshake, but Oedo Tai ignored and instead jumped the babyfaces to start the match. Both teams brawled around the arena, Kagetsu and Mayu making it all the way into the crowd. When they made it back to the ring, Oedo Tai had taken control of Mayu Iwatani, who they worked on for a while with a series of quick tags, quick moves. Andras did her headbanging spot and a DDT for a two count. Mayu would hit a quick Slingblade to get the tag to Saki who ran wild on all the Oedo Tai women, hitting a couple of Angel’s Wings on both Kagetsu and Andras. Oedo Tai hit their running combo on Saki, and after a spinning piledriver by Andras, Saki was eliminated.
Arisa came in against Martina, who hit her with the beer mist. Martina hit a lariat and went for the Electric Chair, but was rolled into a two count. All of Oedo Tai got suplexed by the remaining STARS, leaving Session Moth opened for a STARS combo of sentons that ended with a triple dropkick and one of Hoshiki’s killer kicks to be eliminated.
Kagetsu called out Tam Nakano next. They got into a strikefest that ended with a cutter by Nakano on Kagetsu. Nakano hit a great German Suplex Pin for a two count. When Nakano went for the kill, Jazuki hit her with a chair, giving Kagetsu the opening for the Oedo Coaster and a DVD to eliminate Nakano.
Andras went against Mayu and Arisa. Andras got a near fall on Mayu, before Mayu hit a top rope Frankensteiner on her. Andras set up powerbomb to eliminate Mayu with an over the top rope elimination, but Mayu caught the ropes, headscissored Andras, and pulled her out the ring for the elimination.
Kagetsu and Hoshiki started kicking each other, but at the end, it was Hoshiki that landed the final kick for a two count. Hoshiki went for the flying kick, but all of Oedo Tai came back to stop her, leaving an opening for Kagetsu to throw water on her and as she went to throw her out of the ring, they ended up eliminating each other.
Final two are Hayter and Iwatani. Kagetsu hit the green mist on Hayter by mistake, giving Iwatani the opening for the moonsault and pin for the STARS win. Pretty great match, all women got to shine even if little.
Post-match - STARS closed the show thanking the fans and saying goodbye. This was the usual STARS play. Jungle Kyona and invited all the factions to come out to close out the show. Momo, Jungle, Kagetsu, and Mayu all agree that tonight’s it was about STARDOM. Oedo Tai obviously didn’t comply.
This was a super easy, short, and fun show to watch. The top three match were great. This was a great first showing for non-Stardom fans, that even though it didn't have any of the usual STARDOM promos or young stars, it gives you a good idea of what they bring to the table.
SHINE, SHIMMER, WSU, EVE, etc
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