- Jungle Kyona & Natsuko Tora def. Sonya Strong & Violette
- Hana Kimura & Bobbi Tyler def. Brittany Blake & Dr. Britt Baker vs. Bea Priestley & Konami
- Hazuki def. Dust
- Momo Watanabe def. Utami Hayashishita
- Mayu Iwatani, Tam Nakano, Saki Kashima & Arisha Hoshiki def. Martina, Kagetsu, Jamie Hayter & Andras Miyagi
Mayu Iwatani, Tam Nakano, Saki Kashima & Arisha Hoshiki def. Martina, Kagetsu, Jamie Hayter & Andras Miyagi
Very entertaining albeit lengthy elimination match. Lots going on in this one as you would expect so here is the breakdown of the eliminations to keep it simple:
- Andras Miyagi pinned Saki Kashima with a spinning Tombstone
- Tam Nakano pinned Martina with a head kick
- Kagetsu def. Tam Nakano with a DVD
- Mayu Iwatani def. Andras Miyagi via over the top rope elimination (yes, that’s a thing too)
- Kagetsu and Arisha Hoshiki eliminated each other via over the top rope elimination
- Mayu Iwatani pinned Jamie Hayter to become the sole survivor.
And that’s a wrap everybody. Join us for NXT TakeOver coverage right now!
Momo Watanabe def. Utami Hayashishita
— Jude Kilgour (@judekilgour) April 5, 2019
I am not sure why the White Belt was not the main event. I guess they wanted Mayu Iwatani to headline. Momo is a record-holder with the belt, with 12 defences to her name prior to this match, more than previous champion and record holder Io Shirai. These two are also teammates in the faction Queens Quest and reigning tag champions.
You could never tell that from watching the match though, as neither had any issue smashing the other repeatedly in the face with hard strikes.
Unfortunately, just as it was starting to get really good, the stream died. As you can imagine, fans were not too happy about that! When it returned, Momo was celebrating in the ring with the title.
— Ivan (@pheonixsplash) April 5, 2019
So did it live up to the mighty expectations? Well it is very difficult to say with five minutes missing. Based on what we saw I would say it came close but not quite, but there were definite signs that future matches between them in a more familiar setting have the potential to be smash hits.
The audience reactions were weird. Other than the odd “Momo” chant I got the feeling that this was a crowd not overly familiar with either woman and many of them attended the show for the novelty value rather than because they are followers of the product. I will look forward to seeing them clash again in Japan.
Hazuki def. Dust
Dust wrestled in the main event of SHIMMER earlier, dropping the Heart Of SHIMMER Title to Samantha Heights. She’s another one working very hard this weekend.
This is for the High Speed Title, which means fast-paced wrestling. Fumi Saito gives us an interesting tidbit from behind the commentary desk: the title belt was designed by WWE’s Asuka back when she was a graphic designer. Fascinating!
— Dave (@DaveMuscarella) April 5, 2019
The crowd was not really into this one for whatever reason, despite it being the best match on the card so far. It was short, mind. They went back and forth for a bit, had some chew on the outside then Hazuki upped the pace and caught Dust with a la magistral cradle to retain.
I suspect they are powering through this to give fans chance to get to TakeOver, which had been promised beforehand.
It’s Watanabe vs. Hayashishita next!
Hana Kimura & Bobbi Tyler def. Brittany Blake & Dr. Britt Baker and Bea Priestley & Konami
Tough day for Britt Baker, who had the match of the show and one of the matches of the weekend at SHIMMER 113 against Tessa Blanchard just a few hours ago.
Hana Kimura is extremely popular with Western joshi fans and recently signed a full-time deal with Stardom. She’s a very good character and improving all the time as a worker.
Bea Priestley will be familiar to many readers for her work in ITV WOS Wrestling and WCPW/Defiant Wrestling. She recently made headlines for pissing off legend Manami Toyota because she “stole” her Ocean Cyclone Suplex finisher. Commentator Jim Valley called her controversial about 20 times.
— Jude Kilgour (@judekilgour) April 5, 2019
They did the match with three in the ring at once – one from each team – with sudden death rules. There’s a multi-woman later on that will be fought under elimination rules.
There was plenty going on, as you can imagine, with everyone taking turns hitting their spots. It was not as chaotic as it sounds and actually flowed pretty well.
Kimura picked up the win for her team, drilling Blake with a missile dropkick from the top and scoring the pin. Fun enough. Priestley and Konami were the MVPs.
Jungle Kyona & Natsuko Tora def. Violette & Sonya Strong
Violette and Sonya Strong are from House Of Glory – who are providing the ring and the building. Jungle Kyona is very underrated – she consistently puts on good performances and has entertaining matches yet she is often overlooked both by fans and Stardom. She and Natsuko Tora are representing the faction/unit JAN.
The match is a little rough, to be honest. Despite Violette and Strong representing home promotion HOG, this is not a home crowd. They are here to see the Stardom wrestlers and thus are not really into them at all.
To no surprise it is the JAN duo that win out, thanks to a Kyona powerbomb. A middling start.
Finally, we are underway. Sort of.
We are 30 minutes behind, so by all means lets bring out the entire Stardom roster to the ring for a group shot and a welcome promo. I know this is tradition but still. Momo Watanabe cuts a promo in English with the help of a hidden cue card.
That bottom rope is still a disgrace by the way. It’s attached, I will give them that, but if someone so much as breathes near it then it’s going to fall off.
. . . still waiting
It turns out the bottom rope broke during the IPW:UK show in the building earlier today and they had to get a new rope, hence the delay. It’s taken them 10 minutes and they are still struggling with it.
Erm . . .
And we are LIVE . . . sort of. What we actually have is a shot of the ring ropes getting put on by the crew and the commentary team doing an equipment test. Plus House Of Glory banners and set. Isn’t their show tomorrow? I am so confused.
Welcome to live coverage of Japanese promotion Stardom’s US debut show American Dream, featuring a stacked line-up of talent. We kick off in 10 minutes time on FITE.
It is TEENAGE WARFARE tonight as Momo Watanabe defends her Wonder Of Stardom Title against 2018 Rookie of the Year (who isn’t Ronda Rousey) Utami Hayashishita.
CONFIRMED TALENT . . .
Members from all Stardom factions (Queen’s Quest, STARS, JAN, Oedo Tai), Britt Baker, Brittany Blake, Session Moth Martina, Zoey Skye, Jamie Hayter, Bobby Tyler, Bea Priestley, Sonya Strong, Violette.