Making an easy decision is often what human beings prefer to do. Especially if you have such a bright, safe future ahead of you. But some choose a different route. This happens a lot for those who have jobs. Being comfortable isn’t a bad thing but chasing a passion or dream is what you need to do. Life is short and you never really know where you will be in a year’s time, so “taking the leap” can be what ultimately makes you happiest. All of this is to say that no matter how good you may have it, “taking the leap” to chase where you want to be is perfectly acceptable and can work out in the end. That brings us to the 19-year-old wrestling prodigy Suzu Suzuki.

Suzuki is the one who took a chance on herself by leaving Ice Ribbon at the end of 2021 to be a part of the Joshi deathmatch sub-group, Prominence, despite being set to be the ace of the promotion for years to come. Most fans scoffed at the decision, figuring she would doom her limitless future and potential in pro wrestling. There are few track records of success for deathmatch wrestling when it comes to Joshi as the only two promotions in Japan that heavily involve deathmatches for men or women are Big Japan and FREEDOMS. If Prominence was all Suzuki would do, her potential was going to be wasted. It became apparent soon after that this decision would be much more for Suzuki in the end.

Suzu Suzuki: From Violent Prodigy to One of the Best in the World

The former ICExInfinity Champion began 2021 as the top star in Ice Ribbon and officially exited when the year concluded. A crazy turnaround. And by the end of January 2022, she and Prominence were in STARDOM. Instantly making wrestling fans realize that maybe this 19-year-old daredevil knew what she was doing all along by following Risa Sera into the freelance business. As I write this, Suzu Suzuki is less than two weeks out from competing in STARDOM’s 5 STAR Grand Prix while being connected to one of the biggest stories in the top Joshi promotion in the world. Her first night in STARDOM established a feud with one of the most prominent stars in STARDOM, Giulia, and the rest of Donna del Mondo. The feud with Giulia has left fans excited and on the edge of their seats waiting for the next chapter of Suzu in STARDOM every month since. But it’s not just STARDOM. It’s everything that Suzuki is taking part in.

It’s easy to sing about the greatness of Suzuki just from her STARDOM appearances but receiving the title of “prodigy” means her overall makeup is different from any other young, talented wrestler. When the “Violent Prodigy” arrives, she has a presence to her. One that can’t be taught. Anytime she walks into a room, she owns it and becomes the center of attention. Suzuki carries herself like a star this early in her career so really, what is her ceiling? Limitless, perhaps. Suzuki could have stayed in Ice Ribbon and been great for them for years to come. She already was great for them. They allowed her to do deathmatches. Saw her as a constant main eventer and like I said, the future ace. Yet it’s almost as though that would have put a limit on the limitless.

“One day wearing a wedding dress over a back full of scars.” — Suzu Suzuki

Suzuki’s aspirations to be a deathmatch wrestler are as real as can be. There’s a reason she remains a freelance wrestler with there being a number of companies who would probably love to sign her to a contract. The quote above highlights her love for it more than anything else. The violence and danger which comes with deathmatches can scare off many, but not Suzuki, who had a deathmatch trial series at the age of 18 against some of the best Japan has to offer including Jun Kasai. These moments in her career are where the “limit on the limitless” returns to the conversation. Ice Ribbon wasn’t a deathmatch promotion. The promotion featured deathmatches and even had a title (FantastICE Championship) for the match style, but at their core was always traditional Joshi wrestling. If Suzuki was looking for more freedom to do the matches, then she got it by moving on.

Deathmatches and nothing more would have been a limit for her. Suzuki’s potential goes far above just that style. It goes far beyond just being traditional also. But there’s no doubt that promotions who do get to work with Suzuki know what they have. She’s not only been a key part of everywhere she’s appeared but Suzuki is establishing herself as one of the very best in the world —deathmatch or not.

It’s worth noting when it comes to deathmatches, she is having her fair share of unique and top-tier matches in the genre which show she can be just as good at those as she is at regular wrestling in general. Suzuki had a memorable one with Prominence leader Risa Sera at their second produce show, showcasing the violence they can offer and what they are willing to go through for the win —even when it ends in a draw. Most recently, Suzuki went down the hardcore route at Sendai Girls’ SENJO Chronicle show, competing against “The Hardcore Queen” DASH Chisako in a match that featured insane moments and plenty of violence for anyone to appreciate. The hardcore/deathmatch scene hasn’t become her only scene and that’s what is most important as she evolves her craft as a wrestler.

Suzuki was a key name to enter Pro Wrestling WAVE’s Catch The Wave tournament, being placed in the future block alongside Haruka Umesaki, Kohaku, Chie Ozora, and Riko Kawahata. Suzuki made it through the first round with Umesaki doing the same, showing she was possibly the best already in the entire tournament. It was in the winner’s round where Suzuki claimed her title as the MVP of the tournament, having excellent matches with Umesaki, Itsuki Aoki, and Hikari Shimizu to secure her spot in the finals of Catch The Wave. This weekend, she competes against Regina di WAVE Champion Nagisa Nozaki in the final of the tournament and for the championship. Oh, and that same day she faces Nozaki for the Regina di WAVE Championship and title of Catch The Wave Champion, she will face one of the best deathmatch wrestlers in the world, Drew Parker, at the Prominence produce show hours later. If this one day doesn’t draw up who she is as a wrestler right now, nothing will. Suzuki’s value is undeniable and those who book her know it is.

Suzuki placed her career into her hands by leaving Ice Ribbon and is showing she made the decision best for her. Future, future, future, future. Prodigy, prodigy, prodigy, prodigy. These are terms which are used constantly for Suzuki anytime she has another great match. But let’s just face the facts. Suzuki has evolved to the point where she’s one of the best in the world. No questions asked. Each opportunity is a chance for her to show why and it almost always leaves fans walking away knowing how remarkable she really is. And those opportunities translate from good ones to her most important ones beginning on July 30.

If you’re hesitating on calling Suzuki one of the best in the world already, allow her to show you why it should no longer be a question. As mentioned, Suzuki takes part in the 5 STAR Grand Prix. A member of the Blue Stars Block, Suzuki will be facing Mayu Iwatani, Momo Watanabe, Saya Kamitani, Starlight Kid, Saya Iida, Ami Sourei, Hazuki, Hanan, MIRAI, Mina Shirakawa, and Giulia. It’s a deadly lineup of STARDOM talent, many of which are considered among the best in the world, and one where anyone can show why they should be considered, well, the best. Her match against MIRAI from NEW BLOOD 3 was only a teaser of what is to come.

The match and feud with Giulia have the potential to finish the year as maybe STARDOM’s story of the year depending on how it ends. They showcased the hatred they have for one another when it was Donna del Mondo vs. Prominence at Stardom World Climax, when these two became the focal point from start to finish. There isn’t a match more anticipated than it when it comes to the tournament — a tournament, mind you, that features a Syuri vs. Utami Hayashishita rematch among many other phenomenal matches. Suzuki getting to test herself against someone like Saya Kamitani, who has been considered a Wrestler of the Year contender from the get-go, means she could enter the conversation by year’s end. The 5 STAR is the opportunity to put the world on notice.

All of this is to say Suzu Suzuki is already in the best in the world conversation. She did it by taking a risk, leaving the comfort of Ice Ribbon to see what she can do. It’s a commendable decision and would have been if it was a failure rather than a complete success to this point. STARDOM has put more eyes on Suzuki more than anywhere before. Pro Wrestling WAVE has helped bolster her value by seeing her go to their finals with the chance to win. And she’s managed to do all this while also living her dream as a deathmatch wrestler. At 19 years old, the sky isn’t even a limit for where she can go in her wrestling career.

Someday, she will get to put on that wedding dress with scars down her back. And whenever that day comes, she can also call herself much more than a prodigy. Suzu Suzuki can call herself one of the very best professional wrestlers in the entire world.

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