STARDOM
5STAR Grand Prix Finals
October 1, 2022
Musashino Forest General Sports Plaza
Tokyo, Japan

Watch: PPV (Provided via @we_are_stardom on Friday)

This Saturday will be the culmination of STARDOM’s 5STAR Grand Prix as the Red Stars Block and Blue Stars Block winners will go head-to-head after competing earlier in the night to decide one winner. The tournament, once completed, will last 157 matches with 26 wrestlers competing in 12 singles matches each. There’s no tournament like it in wrestling today as it has arguably become the best.

Heading into the 5STAR Grand Prix Finals, there are nine wrestlers in total still in contention to win their respective blocks, six in the Red Stars Block and three in the Blue Stars Block. One of the most highly anticipated matches of the year is also set for the show as Giulia and Suzu Suzuki will finally go one-on-one with the chance of advancing to the finals on the line. Tough to beat those stakes.

There’s no doubt that Saturday should be a special show so here’s a look at everything you need to know heading into the show. The card, standings featuring who is in and who is out, scenarios for each wrestler to clinch, predicting who will be there in the finals and who should win, and a guide of the matches you should check out if you want to see the tournament yourself.

5STAR Grand Prix Finals Card

RED STARS BLOCK

  • Syuri vs. Risa Sera
  • Utami Hayashishita vs. Koguma
  • Maika vs. Himeka
  • Tam Nakano vs. SAKI
  • Unagi Sayaka vs. Momo Kohgo
  • AZM vs. Saki Kashima

BLUE STARS BLOCK

  • Giulia vs. Suzu Suzuki
  • Mayu Iwatani vs. Starlight Kid
  • Saya Kamitani vs. Ami Sourei
  • Hazuki vs. Momo Watanabe
  • Natsupoi vs. Mina Shirakawa
  • MIRAI vs. Saya Iida

FINAL

  • Red Stars Block Winner vs. Blue Stars Block Winner

5STAR Grand Prix Standings: Who is Still Alive in Each Block?

Red Stars Block

Still Alive

14 – Maika
14 – AZM
14 – Syuri
14 – Tam Nakano
14 – Himeka
14 – Utami Hayashishita


Eliminated

13 – Risa Sera
12 – Koguma
10 – Saki Kashima
10 – SAKI
9 – Mai Sakurai
4 – Momo Kohgo
2 – Unagi Sayaka

Blue Stars Block

Still Alive

15 – Giulia
14 – Hazuki
14 – Suzu Suzuki


Eliminated

14 – Starlight Kid
13 – Saya Kamitani
13 – MIRAI
13 – Mayu Iwatani
12 – Natsupoi
10 – Ami Sourei
10 – Momo Watanabe
8 – Mina Shirakawa
4 – Saya Iida
4 – Hanan

Main Scenarios For Each Wrestler To Clinch Block

Red Stars Block

Maika

  • Win vs. Himeka + Tam Nakano loss or draw

AZM

  • Win vs. Saki Kashima + Syuri loss or draw AND Maika loss or draw

Syuri

  • Win vs. Risa Sera + Maika loss or draw AND Utami Hayashishita loss or draw

Tam Nakano

  • Win vs. SAKI + Syuri loss or draw AND Utami Hayashishita loss or draw

Himeka

  • Win vs. Maika + Syuri loss or draw AND AZM loss or draw AND Tam Nakano loss or draw

Utami Hayashishita

  • Win vs. Koguma + AZM loss or draw AND Maika loss or draw AND Himeka loss or draw

Blue Stars Block

Giulia

  • Win vs. Suzu Suzuki
  • Draw vs. Suzu Suzuki + Hazuki loss or draw

Hazuki

  • Win vs. Momo Watanabe + Giulia loss or draw

Suzu Suzuki

  • Win vs. Giulia + Hazuki loss or draw

5STAR Grand Prix Finals Prediction

Giulia vs. Tam Nakano

It’s always been Giulia. Since the moment she stepped into STARDOM at the end of 2019, her destiny has been winning the World of Stardom Championship. And looking back to where she was then and where she is now, there’s no question that she has grown into her potential as a future world champion as time has gone on. Truthfully, it felt as though last year she was ready to rise to the gold but as we know, an injury made sure that didn’t happen. Now as we sit here with Giulia entering the final night with 15 points and a matchup years in the making with Suzu Suzuki set, there’s only one way to make her rise back to the top of STARDOM better. That’s to see her get her first major singles win since losing the Wonder of Stardom Championship against the same person she lost that title to — Tam Nakano.

The story writes itself. Nakano is someone who is also chasing a chance at world title glory, something she has not achieved in STARDOM. Before the 5STAR Grand Prix began, Nakano challenged Syuri for the World of Stardom Championship at MidSummer Champions 2022 In Summer but was unable to beat Syuri, something that she still could not do in the 5STAR Grand Prix this year either. There’s enough story there to believe that maybe, just maybe this could be Nakano’s tournament for the first time ever.

Stories usually are difficult to create in wrestling. The best ones come naturally and, well, here’s an example of that. Tam Nakano and Giulia — one more time. The 5STAR Grand Prix Finals with a chance to main event Stardom Dream Queendom at the end of the year. The event Nakano lost her Wonder of Stardom Championship a year ago. The event that Giulia made her return from injury to defeat Konami in one of the best STARDOM matches of the year. There’s art in this. There’s a beautiful aspect in it all. STARDOM has built to the perfect final and while this is a must, Giulia walking away as the 2022 5STAR Grand Prix winner is even more important. STARDOM isn’t slowing down any time soon and this final could, much like last year, deliver as a match of the year candidate.

Giulia vs. Tam Nakano one more time. This time Giulia takes one step closer to her own destiny. Prediction: Giulia

Giulia vs. Tam Nakano

5STAR Grand Prix 2022: Matches Worth Checking Out

A lot of fans wanted to keep up with the 5STAR Grand Prix but the truth is that 157 matches is just too much to follow. However, I have watched every match of this tournament heading into the final night and wanted to end this preview with all the matches worth checking out. The STARDOM roster and the freelancers who took part were able to deliver a tournament that may very well have bested last year’s for the best 5STAR Grand Prix in history. Their efforts were noticed so here is every match worth checking out in chronological order.

7/30/22

Review

  • Syuri vs. AZM
  • Mayu Iwatani vs. MIRAI
  • Giulia vs. Hazuki

7/31/22

Review

  • Mina Shirakawa vs. Momo Watanabe
  • Saya Kamitani vs. Starlight Kid
  • Syuri vs. Utami Hayashishita

8/11/22

Review

  • Tam Nakano vs. AZM
  • Starlight Kid vs. Momo Watanabe
  • Utami Hayashishita vs. Risa Sera
  • MIRAI vs. Suzu Suzuki

8/14/22

Review

  • Himeka vs. AZM
  • Natsupoi vs. Momo Watanabe

8/27/22

Review

  • Utami Hayashishita vs. Maika
  • Giulia vs. Starlight Kid

8/28/22

Review

  • Saya Kamitani vs. Hazuki
  • Giulia vs. Natsupoi

9/4/22

Review

  • Syuri vs. Himeka

9/11/22

Review

  • Saya Kamitani vs. Suzu Suzuki
  • Mayu Iwatani vs. Giulia

9/17/22

Review

  • Natsupoi vs. Starlight Kid

9/18/22

Review

  • Saya Kamitani vs. MIRAI
  • Tam Nakano vs. Risa Sera
  • Momo Watanabe vs. Suzu Suzuki

9/23/22

Review

  • Saya Kamitani vs. Mina Shirakawa
  • Giulia vs. Momo Watanabe
  • Mayu Iwatani vs. Hazuki
  • Syuri vs. Tam Nakano

9/24/22

  • Mayu Iwatani vs. Momo Watanabe
  • Giulia vs. Saya Kamitani

9/25/22

  • Starlight Kid vs. Suzu Suzuki

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