STARDOM
STARDOM X STARDOM
AUGUST 21, 2022
DOLPHIN’S ARENA
NAGOYA, AICHI, JAPAN

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FUTURE OF STARDOM CHAMPIONSHIP
HANAN (C) DEF. MIYU AMASAKI

Maybe no match in Miyu Amasaki’s career has seriously highlighted her experience (or lack thereof) than this match right here. Stepping up into a massive spot to challenge Hanan for the Future of Stardom Championship was a spot she was destined for and win or lose, it’d prove to be a match she’d learn a lot from. These two were off a bit against one another with Amasaki struggling to hit her Tornado DDT off the middle rope and Hanan completely overshooting Amasaki on her first Famouser attempt. Hanan would grab another successful title defense as she continues to build her legacy as the best Future of Stardom Champion ever but this was her weakest defense. Fully expect their next match to be infinitely better as this will be a big match for years to come.

Maika def. Hina

It’s difficult to have expected much more than what we got here. Hina showed some flurries of offense before a big Lariat from Maika marked the beginning of the end. It was fun for the time it got. **¼

MIRAI & Ami Sourei def. Giulia & Mai Sakurai and Ruaka & Rina

Like the match prior, this was as expected with little room to be worse or better. The most notable piece of this match is that MIRAI got the win, continuing her unmatchable success in her first year in STARDOM. **¼

UTAMI HAYASHISHITA, AZM & LADY C def. MAYU IWATANI, SAYA IIDA & MOMO KOHGO IN A CAPTAIN’S FALL MATCH

STARDOM’s utilization of the Captain’s Fall match stipulation has been a joy. Each time they do, it creates a certain level of drama you may not have when watching a normal trios or faction vs. faction match that has no stakes connected to it. STARS and Queen’s Quest demonstrated that Sunday as the match had some excitement to it that otherwise, it would not have. Utami won with a beautiful deadlift German Suplex to Saya Iida, undoubtedly the match’s highlight. **¾

Artist of Stardom Championship
Momo Watanabe, Starlight Kid & Saki Kashima (c) def. Unagi Sayaka, Mina Shirakawa & SAKI

Momo Watanabe, Starlight Kid, and Saki Kashima are having one heck of a run with the Artist of Stardom Championship and they had yet another quality defense against the Cosmic Angels/COLOR’S trio of Unagi Sayakam, Mina Shirakawa, and SAKI. The best part of this match was seeing Momo Watanabe and Mina Shirakawa closing out the match rather than Saki Kashima having to steal Oedo Tai the win. Shirakawa works with Watanabe better than anyone else on the STARDOM roster and it showed her as they got edgy with one another before Watanabe wrapped it up with a loaded boot Punt to Shirakawa followed by the Peach Sunrise for the victory. Really good match here. ***½

Goddess of Stardom Championship
Tam Nakano & Natsupoi def. Hazuki & Koguma (c)

Natsupoi was born to be a Cosmic Angel. And with that, Natsupoi and Tam Nakano were destined to be a team. The journey to becoming a Goddess of Stardom Champion has been a long one for Nakano, who has had a number of partners but has failed to accomplish her ultimate goal of winning the tag belts. With Natsupoi, there was a feeling in the air as they entered that this may very well be her time. Hazuki and Koguma (FWC) have been nothing short of incredible as a tag team since coming together for tag league a year ago and it’s led to two separate reigns as the champions, so you knew they weren’t going down without a fight.

Natsupoi won the match with a Straight-Jacket German Suplex to Koguma, but that only hints at how physical this was. Hazuki continuously hit them both with boots to the face that would make you think they had been feuding for months rather than just this match. Nakano and Natsupoi are set for a special reign moving forward and if this match is any idea of what we should expect, it will be another all-timer for the Goddess of Stardom Championship. ****¼

Wonder of Stardom Championship
Saya Kamitani (c) def. Himeka

The heartbreak that was felt around the world when it was announced KAIRI would have to miss the show and her highly anticipated match with Saya Kamitani was tough. So tough that it brought the excitement down for myself heading into this PPV by a lot. It’s just difficult to bounce back when a match like that one is taken away days before we’d finally get it but STARDOM did their best to make up for it with a match that would see “The Jumbo Princess” Himeka challenge for the Wonder of Stardom Championship instead.

Getting into the match, it was really a tale of two halves. The first half was alright but personally, it just didn’t connect with me. They didn’t seem off or anything but there was little happening that you’d call exciting. Fortunately, the second half was as good a second half as Kamitani’s reign has seen with these two hitting each other with everything but the kitchen sink to try and destroy each other. The most memorable moment from the match came when Saya Kamitani attempted a Top Rope Frankensteiner but was instead caught by Himeka for a Powerbomb from the top rope, crashing Kamitani down right onto her neck. I personally jumped out of my chair. Himeka would hit two more Powerbombs, including her running one that finished Utami Hayashishita on the first day of the 5STAR Grand Prix but Kamitani survived.

And it was all about survival as Kamitani would hit a Poisonrana out of nowhere before rolling Himeka up to stun her and keep her title. The match delivered on short notice and all we can do is applaud their efforts. ****

World of Stardom Championship
Syuri (c) def. Nanae Takahashi

The history of this match alone made it special. Nanae Takahashi, the inaugural World of Stardom Champion, returning for a final opportunity at the championship against the current champion, who very well may be the most dominant World of Stardom Champion in history, Syuri. If you’ve seen Takahashi and know what she’s capable of, there were zero reasons to expect anything other than pure violence. They walloped each other with headbutts, slaps, strikes, kicks, and anything else they could think of. Syuri was legitimately dominated at some points and had to display how much she could bounce back as the match went on. At times it almost felt as though she was trying to survive to keep her “Vermillion World” afloat.

And that she did, turning the offensive assault she was receiving onto Nanae, hitting her with vicious kicks and a devastating combination of offense. The finish was picture-perfect, as Syuri would nail Takahashi with a kick to the head, a headbutt, and Syu-sekai finish to win the match. While this may not go down as Syuri’s best defense or maybe not even in her top three, it’s a match Takahashi and Syuri should be proud of as it was worthy of the main event. Excellent work. ****¼

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