PURE-J
FIGHT TOGETHER! 2
JULY 26, 2020
ITABASHI GREEN HALL
TOKYO, JAPAN

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PURE-J was, for some time, one of the rarer Joshi companies to see content from. With the launch of their own VOD service, they have quickly become one of my favorites now that I can see more than one show every other month.  Their VOD service is incredibly simple and they usually upload shows very quickly while their video player has given me no problems.  This show at Itabashi Green Hall features arguably the biggest match PURE-J could put on as Hanako Nakamori defends the PURE-J Openweight Championship against Leon in a match that I have very high hopes for.

RAIDEEN STEEL DEF. MOMO TANI

This match was about Tani trying to take down the stronger and more experienced Steel.  I’ve seen Tani in the past and been impressed with her but this match didn’t do much for me.  It wasn’t bad though and it told a decent story with the PURE-J talent Steel getting the predictable win. **1/2

RINA YAMASHITA DEF. MARI MANJI

Rina Yamashita has some of the most wince-inducing strikes in all of Joshi and poor Mari Manji felt it in this match.  They spent a good amount of time exchanging chops that will make your chest hurt just by watching the match.  Yamashita won as she gets booked strongly everywhere she goes to keep her credible for occasional title shots and Manji looks tough as hell for taking everything Yamashita could throw at her.  Very good match if you’re into people hitting each other quite hard ***1/2

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TSUBASA KURAGAKI DEF. KAZUKI

A fine match that the crowd kept chuckling at with some decent action.  Kuragaki is an outsider and beats the PURE-J home talent KAZUKI.  I’ve seen Kuragaki have good hoss matches this year, specifically her match with Ryo Mizunami from OZ Academy, and went in expecting a match like that but this was totally different.  **1/2

CREA & MOEKA HARUHI DEF. AKARI & MANAMI KATSU

Crea gets her first-ever win in PURE-J by tapping out AKARI to win a very, very good tag team match.  Haruhi and Katsu played their parts well but it was AKARI and Crea who really made this match worth watching.  They had such good chemistry in the ring and you can tell they know one another inside and out as all of their stuff looked really clean.  Crea, to me, is one of the top prospects in Joshi but never gets talked about all that much, her performance in this match only served to further that thought.  If she sticks around she could easily be the future of PURE-J.  AKARI is also a great performer and should she remain with PURE-J she and Crea could be rivals for the long term. ***1/2



PURE-J OPENWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
LEON DEF. HANAKO NAKAMORI (C)

Right from the word go both women tried to get the win in this one.  This was a no-nonsense match where both had the single aim of putting their opponent away to get the win.  It was a hard-hitting, bomb-throwing contest between the top two names in the company.  Leon winning is the right choice as she is the only person in the company that can credibly beat Nakamori, whose reign was at 462 days.  This was a great match and a fantastic main event that showed off what PURE-J is all about. ****1/2

FINAL THOUGHTS

PURE-J knocked it out of the park here.  The main event lived up to high expectations and delivered one of my favorite matches of the year.  The undercard had two very good matches with Crea getting her big win and firmly establishing herself as a future PURE-J champion, and Rina Yamashita delivering her usual hard-hitting spectacle.  PURE-J isn’t for everyone as their brand of dry, hard-hitting pro wrestling may be too much for those that need some pomp and circumstances but they’ve fast become one of my favorite companies, and with shows like this who could blame me?