WORLD WONDER RING STARDOM
STARDOM AMERICAN DREAM 2024 IN THE KEYSTONE STATE
APRIL 4, 2024
2300 Arena
PHILDELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA

I knew a five-match show would be short but they really took the cake with this one. At least this should be a short review!

HIGH SPEED CHAMPIONSHIP
SAKI KASHIMA DEF. MEI SEIRA © & RAM KAICHO – NEW CHAMPION

Well I can’t say I didn’t expect a comedy match. Kashima winning off a Ram Kaicho ectoplasm explosion is certainly one of the most unique ways to do a title switch, I’ll give them that. Fine match, but I don’t think anyone really got a chance to do much actual High Speed stuff.

Kashima winning is interesting. The division is thin as a bone these days, but Seira could’ve held onto the title and defended it against Koguma or something. Who knows, maybe the new booker doesn’t care about the belt or the division all that much. ***

OEDO TAI (STARLIGHT KID & MOMO WATANABE) & STEPHANIE VAQUER DEF. CAMRON BRANAE & QUEEN’S QUEST (AZM & SAYA KAMITANI)

A standard multi-tag you’d expect from STARDOM. They did a quick preview for the Vaquer vs AZM title match, which continued after the match. I have to say I love how Vaquer is such a d*ck to anyone she’s got a singles match with; it makes it very easy to get into the match. The work itself was fine, they put together Kid/AZM and Watanabe/Kamitani to give the fans what they wanted to see and then got out of the way for Vaquer to win. ***1/4

WILLOW NIGHTINGALE & SAKI DEF. SYURI & KONAMI

A solid tag, and the second match in a row where the finish involved two people who aren’t STARDOM wrestlers with Willow pinning Konami. The work was good, Syuri and Konami had some decent tag moves even if I do feel Syuri didn’t get nearly enough to do. ***1/4

TAM NAKANO & STARS (MAYU IWATANI & MOMO KOHGO) DEF. CLUB VENUS (MINA SHIRAKAWA, MARIAH MAY & XIA BROOKSIDE)

Club Venus reunited for one night only and as someone that enjoyed the group as soon as they got together, it was nice to see them back together now that they’ve all embarked on their separate paths, especially May and Shirakawa who are real mainstays in their respective companies.

They didn’t play off any of the established pairings, nor did they tease a Mayu challenger enough for this to really have much staying power since May and Brookside are just going back to their own promotions after this, so for STARDOM fans it was a nice match, but nothing of any real importance outside of seeing Club Venus back together. ***1/2

Post Match: It would be wrong of me to ignore the big news as AEW Women’s Champion Toni Storm appeared after the match to interact with Mariah May and Mina Shirakawa. Storm dropped a forbidden door mention so presumably she and Shirakawa are on a collision course which is fine enough so long as this WWECW tier ‘Timeless’ gimmick stays as far away from STARDOM as possible.

WORLD OF STARDOM CHAMPIONSHIP
MAIKA © DEF. MEGAN BAYNE

Great main event and immediately one of the stronger matches of this WrestleMania Week. Bayne is such a monster and it’s interesting to see how her opponents will get one over on her. She made Maika work for it which brought a lot of intrigue to the match as Maika is more of a powerhouse than Bayne is used to dealing with in STARDOM.

The escalation of Maika’s offense as she had to find new ways to bring down Bayne gave us some fantastic moments like the shocking 1-count kickout on Himeka’s old finisher and the ridiculous second rope Michinoku Driver which spiked Bayne on her head.

The visuals of Maika being tossed around early in the match were something else, I’ve never seen Maika manhandled like she was here and it made this match stand out from any other contest I’ve ever seen her have.

Maika gets a strong win, becoming one of the few people in STARDOM canon to actually defeat Megan Bayne and getting another major scalp under her belt after sending Utami Hayashishita packing. ****1/2

FINAL THOUGHTS

This show fell in line with what I expected from my preview, for the STARDOM fans only the top two matches and the comedic opener really stood out but everything was good and the crowd was lively enough to make each match worth watching. If you’re skipping around and looking for just the good stuff in this jam-packed week of shows, then Maika vs Bayne is definitely worth going out of your way to see.