STARDOM
5☆STAR GP 2020 – DAY 2
SEPTEMBER 5, 2020
SHINKIBA 1ST RING
TOYKO, JAPAN

Watch: Stardom-World

Standings & Scores for 5☆STAR GP 2020 Pick’Em: voicesofwrestling.com/5star2020pickem

After being forced to take a break due to a number of positive COVID-19 cases on the roster Stardom is back and resumes the 5☆STAR Grand Prix with a really good looking show.  Not only is the main event guaranteed to be good but the rest of the card looks great with matches like Himeka vs Starlight Kid and AZM vs Jungle Kyona sure to deliver.

MAIKA DEF. RINA & SAKI KASHIMA

A really good and action-packed opener here with them packing a lot into its sub-4 minute runtime.  Maika getting the win was the obvious choice as she is the only participant that is taking part in the 5☆STAR Grand Prix. ***

QUEENS QUEST (UTAMI HAYASHISHITA & HINA) DEF. STARS (SAYA IIDA & HANAN)

Hanan makes her return to Stardom after a long lay off due to both injury and school.  She hasn’t missed a step and looked good here from the little we saw of her.  A mention to Hina too who’s fundamentals remain ridiculously solid for someone so young.  Hayashishita put Hanan away to get the win in a solid second match. **1/2

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RED STARS BLOCK
TAM NAKANO (4) DEF. DEATH YAMA-SAN (0)

This mostly consisted of Yama-San trying to roll up Nakano for the surprise win.  Once Nakano caught her it was game over and Nakano put her away for the win.  **3/4

RED STARS BLOCK
HIMEKA (6) DEF. STARLIGHT KID (2)

From the moment Kid slapped Himeka at the beginning of this match I knew it would be good and these two delivered.  Himeka played her role as the powerful bully as well as ever and Kid showed more of that edge we saw from her in the Mayu Iwatani match.  Himeka came away with the win as they’re getting behind her but Starlight Kid gained a lot in defeat.  Kid, in her debut GP, is emerging as a low key MVP contender. ***1/2

BLUE STARS BLOCK
JUNGLE KYONA (2) DEF. AZM (2)

This was very similar to the previous match as Kyona played the powerful bully to AZM’s babyface who mounted the occasional comeback.  While I would give the edge quality-wise to the last match this was still a good match and it was another showcase of AZM’s skills as she continues to establish her new moveset. ***1/4

RED STARS BLOCK
GIULIA (4) DEF. SAYA KAMITANI (0)

This had an interesting story.  Giulia knew she was going to win and knew she would outclass Saya Kamitani so she simply requested that Kamitani entertain her.  This meant that whenever Saya would show some fight Giulia smirked in approval and I thought that was an interesting way to go in this match.  As things went on they lost me though as 11 minutes is a tad long for a match with such a predictable outcome.  I appreciated the story told and they both worked hard but this just didn’t click with me. ***



BLUE STARS BLOCK
NATSUKO TORA (2) DEF. MOMO WATANABE (2)

Tora ran up the entranceway to attack Watanabe before the bell ever rang and that kicked us off.  From there I expected a one-sided match but I was pleasantly surprised with the hard-hitting back and forth affair we were given.  That kind of match played to the strengths of both women who are very good at hitting people.  Tora winning was surprising but given she just choked Watanabe out with a chain it made sense and Watanabe doesn’t get hurt from the loss.  ***1/2

RED STARS BLOCK
KONAMI (4) Def. MAYU IWATANI (2)

Konami has been on top form so far in this GP and she was on her game against Mayu.  From the start, Konami was relentless trying to get submissions or wearing Mayu down with her strikes.  Iwatani, as always, fought with everything she had to survive but inevitably she succumbed to Konami’s submission prowess.  Iwatani is now likely out of the running for the GP with two losses to her name already but Konami is staking her claim for that top spot.  This was an enjoyable main event that told a story while also remaining interesting. ***3/4

Post Match: Jungle Kyona comes in and reminds us that the match with Oedo Tai never happened.  Oedo Tai makes their way out and Natsuko Tora proclaims that on September 28th Toky Cyber Squad will be no more.  So we have Tora and Saki Kashima vs Konami and Kyona with TCS presumably disbanding if they lost to look forward to.  The result of that match is up in the air as TCS has felt out of place since the re-start as Hana Kimura was the leader and TCS was her vision but without her, it hasn’t been the same so disbanding the faction may be on the cards.  On the other hand, there would be a number of talents without a faction if TCS disbanded and re-assigning everybody in a seamless manner could be a tough task.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Stardom’s return was a slam dunk of a show.

The main event was a really good match and the rest of the card had a number of entertaining matches with nothing being bad.  The long break gave people more time to rest too so they aren’t pacing themselves as much as they would have been had the last 5 events not been canceled.  In addition to the good matches, the GP itself is proving to be very interesting with them using it to push Kid, AZM, and Himeka while also telling some sort of story with Momo and her current shortcomings. All in all, Stardom is pretty interesting right now and with some return to normalcy, they can get back to gaining momentum like they were earlier in the year.