December 18, 2021

Watch: PPV

Syuri vs. Waka Tsukiyama, Mai Sakurai & Lady C in a Gauntlet Match

In the opening match of the night, Syuri will take on the trio of Waka Tsukiyama, Mai Sakurai, and Lady C in a gauntlet match. The added rule is that even if Syuri loses, she will face all three competitors in action. Let’s make one thing clear — Syuri won’t be losing. The bigger question in this bout will be how quickly does Syuri run through these three? With her massive World of Stardom Championship match under two weeks away from Osaka Super Wars, this will be nothing more than a warm-up. Prediction: Syuri

10 Million Yen Unit Tournament & Artists of Stardom Championship
Maika, Himeka & Natsupoi (c) vs. Takumi Iroha, Maria & Rin Kadokura

The trios tournament for 10 million yen kicks off here as MaiHime Poi will put their Artists of Stardom Championship on the line as well when they take on the Marvelous trio of Takumi Iroha, Maria, and Rin Kadokura. The dissension between Himeka and Natsupoi has been a major story for a month now. Himeka seemingly wants nothing to do with Natsupoi or really any of her Donna del Mondo group members, leading to her putting the titles on the line without anyone else in her group agreeing to that. Now Marvelous has a golden chance to not only win the money but completely turn Stardom on its head by taking the titles. If MaiHime Poi are able to escape with the belts, they will defend them in the finals also. That’s what should be expected. Prediction: Maika, Himeka & Natsupoi

10 Million Yen Unit Tournament
Mayu Iwatani, Hazuki & Koguma vs. Tam Nakano, Unagi Sayaka & Mina Shirakawa

A match filled with story, the second of two tournament matches prior to the finals will pit STARS against the Cosmic Angels. It has been well-documented that the tale between Mayu Iwatani and Tam Nakano is one that will never go away as Nakano still strives for that win over her former leader. It was only a year ago that Nakano finally walked away from STARS to form her own group and it’s safe to say that a lot has changed since then. Looking past just Iwatani and Nakano, you’ll see four talented wrestlers ready to compete for the prize at the end. Hazuki and Unagi Sayaka have shown chemistry in the ring that should make this match that much better. Koguma and Mina Shirakawa remain two of the more underappreciated roster members in Stardom, enhancing this match to potentially be the match of the night.

This tournament was the idea of Iwatani, so it would be stunning to STARS eliminated in the opening round. Prediction: Mayu Iwatani, Hazuki & Koguma

10 Million Yen Unit Tournament Final in a Ladder Match

The finals will consist of the winners of the previous two matches but the twist is that it will be a ladder match. The Artists of Stardom Championship will also be on the line if MaiHime Poi is able to defeat the Marvelous trio as we expect. The finals that are envisioned here are Maika, Himeka, and Natsupoi putting their Artist of Stardom Championship on the line against the STARS trio of Mayu Iwatani, Hazuki, and Koguma. Prediction: Mayu Iwatani, Hazuki & Koguma

Loser Leaves Unit Captain Falls Match
Momo Watanabe, Utami Hayashishita, Saya Kamitani & AZM vs. Starlight Kid, Ruaka, Saki Kashima & Konami

The main event of the evening will be one that signals a dramatic change in Stardom one way or the other. The Loser Leaves Unit Captain Falls match will see either Momo Watanabe, leader of Queen’s Quest, have to join Oedo Tai in defeat or Starlight Kid, presumed Oedo Tai leader and rising star, have to join Queen’s Quest and remove her mask. To say that the stakes are high would be one thing, but perhaps nothing has matched the importance of this one all year for either group. Watanabe has been the leader of Queen’s Quest since the departure of Io Shirai in 2018. She was just a part of the 5 STAR Grand Prix finals and has been one of the centers of the group for the majority of the last few years. No one has seen what Watanabe can do or would do outside of Queen’s Quest, making this the biggest match of her career to this point.

Then there’s Kid, who has already suffered a loss in a “leaves unit” match earlier this year when she was the one who would leave STARS to join Oedo Tai, eventually allowing the darkness of the group to overtake her and make her this completely new person. A person who has become one of Stardom’s top stars in no time. Yet somehow despite all of this change for her this year, this will be the match where she is in a must-win scenario. Joining a third faction in one year is one thing, but having to lose part of your identity while not being on your terms is another. A loss means Kid loses her mask before she ever said she was ready to take it off. It might be what completely changes her future but it feels like a decision she will want in her own hands when the time comes.

Momo Watanabe or Starlight Kid will change factions Saturday, making it one of the most important matches of the year in Stardom. Prediction: Starlight Kid, Ruaka, Saki Kashima & Konami