This event is the first of three Dream Slam shows. The event was held in Tokyo at Korakuen Hall as the others will be held in Osaka and Nagoya. Stardom has once again adopted another name from AJW, this time with an event. Three big cards and this one features farewells, guest appearances, debuts and returns.
MATCH #1: HANAN & LEO ONOZAKI VS. RUAKA & NAO YAMAGUCHI
As always, we have the Future of Stardom rookies facing off to open the show. This is Leo and Nao Yamaguchi’s first Korakuen Hall show. The rookies of Stardom are green but they have bright futures, Nao Yamaguchi and Leo Onozaki have certainly impressed me since their debuts and Ruaka and Hanan are starting to improve. The match starts off the Leo Onozaki and Nao Yamaguchi trading shots back and forth before Nao Yamaguchi takes control. Ruaka tags in and works over Leo.
Leo fights her off and makes the tag to Hanan, who lands two dropkicks. Hanan hits the ropes and Ruaka drops her with some big boots to the chest. She then attempts a Fisherman’s suplex and gets countered into a small package. Hanan then hits an impressive judo hip toss followed by an STO.
Leo Onozaki tags in and hits two Ace Crushers and goes for the pin but Nao Yamaguchi makes the save. Nao Yamaguchi and Ruaka teams up on Leo and Nao Yamaguchi drops her with a Lariat. Ruaka lifts up Leo for a Fishermen’s Suplex for the win.
Winners: Nao Yamaguchi Yamaguchi & Ruaka
Rating: 1.5 Star (Not bad for a rookie match)
MATCH #2: TAG GAUNTLET: THE APACHE SISTERS(MARI & FABY) VS. QUEENS QUEST(HZK & AZM) VS TEAM JUNGLE (NATSUKO TORA & HIROYO MATSUMOTO) VS. XIA BROOKSIDE & BEA PRIESTLEY VS. KENEISHA MOON & KAORI YONEYAMA
AZM & HZK vs. Kaori Yoneyama and Keneisha Moon are out first the start the gauntlet. The match is off to a quick start as both members of Queen’s Quest work over Kaori Yoneyama. Kaori Yoneyama gains control after hitting HZK with a DDT followed by a knee to the neck. Kaori Yoneyama tags in Moon who lands a crossbody for a two count. Keneisha Moon slaps on a Fujiwara Armbar but AZM saves HZK. Kaori Yoneyama and Keneisha Moon whips them to the ropes only to get hit with tandem dropkicks. HZK hits Keneisha Moon with a Michinoku Driver for a three. Gosh, that was easy.
Next up is Xia Brookside and Bea Priestley. Xia Brookside and HZK trade holds. HZK gets the upper hand and snaps the arm on the ropes. Tag to AZM who lands a brutal kick to the spine for a two. She lands three rebound stomps and almost lost her footing on the last. HZK hits a Senton for a two. AZM is tagged back in but Xia takes control and lands a Facebuster. She tags in Bea Priestley who fires off on both QQ members. AZM locks in a Tilt-A-Whirl Headscissors Armbar followed by a roll up for two. Bea and AZM trade pins for two counts. Now they both attempt strikes, Bea connects with a Roundhouse followed by a Superkick for a two. Xia hits a tree of woe baseball slide to AZM and Bea follows up with a Tree of Woe Double Stomp. She makes the cover and HZK goes in for the save. Xia hits a Cobebreaker on HZK to send her out. AZM tries to fight back. She goes for a Hurricanrana but Bea Preiestley counters with a powerbomb. Bea Priestley measures her for a Superkick to the back of the head before hitting a Curb Stomp that did not look good for a three.
Here come The Apaches. The teams shake hands but the Apaches waste no time attacking them. Tandem Drop Toe Holds and Surfboard for Xia and Bea Priestley. The Sisters goes after Bea, Mari hits a Drop Toe Hold and Basement Dropkick follow up from Faby. Bea Priestley fires back and drops Mari with a Clothesline. She tags in Xia who tries to work over Mari but gets caught in a Accordion Rack and submits.
Team Jungle makes their way to the ring. It’s always great to see Hiroyo Matsumoto in a Stardom ring. The Apaches are on game and attacks both women. They work over poor Natsuko Tora who is getting destroyed. Mari hits the ropes and gets grabbed by Hiriyo Matsumoto. Natsuko Tora hits a dropkick to Mari. She tags in Hiroyo Matsumoto who attacks both sisters. The whip Mari into the ropes and attempts a Double Clothesline. Mari breaks through and hits them both but Hiroyo Matsumoto is still on her feet firing up. Both trade strikes back and forth until Hiroyo Matsumoto finally drops Mari with a Lariat. She goes for a Powerbomb but Mari counters with a Back Body Drop. Mari drops her with a Spinning Heel Kick and tags in Faby Apache . Faby Apache gets a two count after a Hurricanrana. She goes for a Wheelbarrow but Hiroyo Matsumoto powers through it and hits a Back Drop. Tag to Natsuko Tora and she drops Faby with a Spear. She goes for another but the Reina de Reinas Champion counters with a boot. Faby attempts a Tormenta Apache but gets countered. Natsuko Tora lands some kicks to the midsection but Faby Apache counters and hits a Shining Wizard for a near fall. She hits the ropes but Hiroyo Matsumoto clotheslines her up against them allowing Natsuko Tora to take control. Mari goes for a Superkick and misses and Hiroyo Matsumoto tosses her out. Natsuko Tora and Faby Apache fights for the advantage but Faby Apache is dropped by a Missile Dropkick from Hiroyo Matsumoto. Rebound knee drop from Hiroyo Matsumoto followed by a Frog Splash from Natsuko Tora for a near fall. Natsuko Tora runs the ropes but Mari kicks her and the Apaches land a double Axe Kick and double Fisherman Buster for two near falls. Mary Apache takes out Hiroyo Matsumoto and Faby Apache hits the Tormenta Apache for the win. Very good match.
Winners: The Apache Sisters
Rating: 3.25 Stars
MATCH #3: FUTURE OF STARDOM CHAMPIONSHIP: STARLIGHT KID VS. SHIKI SHIBUSAWA
The finals of the Future of Stardom tournament is here, a shocking one to me because I didn’t expect Shiki Shibusawa to defeat AZM. The match starts off and they’re both eagar and trade dropkicks and forearms. Shiki Shibusawa eventually takes control and works over Starlight Kid with holds. Starlight Kid would make her comeback with a Tiger Faint Kick and standing moonsault. Both of these young ladies are really trying to win this. Shiki Shibusawa tries to counter momentum with a roll up after Kid hits a Shiranui Shibusawa, but unlike her match against AZM she didn’t capitalize on Kid’s arm enough to get the win. Shiki Shibusawa is trying her best to put Kid away but Kid’s experience edge over Shiki Shibusawa comes into play. Kid counters Shiki Shibusawa with a Victory Roll followed by a Double Stomp. Starlight Kid hits a Swinging Fishermen’s Neckbreaker for a two. She hits a Standing Moonsault before she hits her Twisting Frog Splash for the win. It was a pretty good match. After the match, Starlight Kid picks AZM to be her first defense at the Nagoya show, AZM accepts and vows to become the 2nd champion.
Winner: And new and first Future of Stardom Champion…Starlight Kid.
Rating: 2.0 Stars
MATCH #4: NATSUMI VS. IO SHIRAI
Natsumi, The daughter of Mari Apache makes her debut and who better to go up against than the Ace? When Io first came to Mexico, she was paired against The Apache Sisters and her trainer in lucha was Gran Apache. Now years later, she returns the favor. Natsumi looked very nervous out there, however that changed later on. She fires away on Io before Io brings her back down to Earth. Io goes for a elbow in the corner, Natsumi dodges and hits a Yoshi Tonic for a two. She lock in a impressive Modified Octopus Stretch and follows up with a Scoop Slam for two. She goes for the Boston Crab but Io kicks her square in the chest hard. Io goes to lift her up but she fires back and hits a Spinebuster and puts Io in a Full Windsor Knot. She dropkicks Io’s hips in the Knot and gets a two count. Io gets up and takes the control back, both trade pin attempts until Natsumi applies a Rings of Saturn and turns it into a pin for a very close win, that timing from Io….Natsumi goes for a Hurricanrana but Io counters with a Boston Crab but Natsumi reaches the ropes. Io lands a Missle Dropkick for a two but decides to put the rookie Apache away with a Moonsault. Following the match, Mari and Io helps her to the back and my god is the rookie class fantastic this year.
Winner: Io Shirai
Rating: 2.5 Stars
MATCH #5: CHIBIS(HIROMI MIMURA & KONAMI) VS. JK GREEEN(JUNGLE KYONA & MOMO WATANABE)
Jk GReeeN returns for one night only as the take on The Chibis in Hiromi Mimura’s retirement match. The three go way back to their days as The Rookies until the day Momo joined Queens Quest in 2016. Funny bit to start the match, Hiromi Mimura and Jungle Kyona get into a “Shouting contest” and Momo comes in and kicks Hiromi Mimura and slaps Jungle Kyona in the head to the crowds entertainment. The Chibis take control quickly after tandem dropkicks and begins to work over Kyona in the ring. Hiromi Mimura runs the ropes and gets a stiff kick to the back from Momo Watanabe and Jungle Kyona is able to turn the tables. Momo Watanabe tags in a throws Hiromi Mimura into the corner where she received corner attacks from nearly the entire roster, including Konami.
Hiromi Mimura counters a double team attempt from JK GReeeN and pumps the crowd up. She goes for a Shout Kick to Momo Watanabe but Jungle Kyona stops her with a beautiful front dropkick. Hiromi Mimura makes the tag to Konami who fires up on both Momo Watanabe and Jungle Kyona. When Konami faced off against MomoHiromi Mimura, I really felt like I have to see them in a singles match. Those two can go. Konami tags in Hiromi Mimura who lands a Diving Crossbody for a two count. Momo regains control and Snapmares Hiromi Mimura and begins kicking her.
Hiromi Mimura each kick did the Shout for fight spirit but Momo kicked it out of her. Momo went for a pin after and Hiromi Mimura did her Shout out at 1. Momo tags in Kyona who just explosive in the ring. Jungle Kyona missed a top rope Splash and Hiromi Mimura goes for La Magistral, Kyona tries to power out but Hiromi Mimura gets her down for 2 for every pin attempt. The last Magistral Cradle was 2.9. Momo Watanabe attempts a Roundhouse and accidentally hits Jungle Kyona and Konami catches her with a German Suplex. Hiromi Mimura spikes Jungle Kyona with a DDT and heats up the crowd for the big Shout. She connects the Shout kick. She goes for La Magistral with extra leverage but Momo Watanabe stops the count.
Jungle Kyona and Hiromi Mimura traded strikes until Jungle Kyona gets the better of Hiromi Mimura and lands her Hammer Throw Powerbomb for the win. Great match. After the match, Jungle Kyona thanks Hiromi Mimura for choosing them as her last opponents and they put her one their shoulders.
Winners: JK GReeeN
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Hiromi Mimura’s retirement ceremony took place with her Grandmother & Yoko Bito to kick off the ceremony. Hiromi Mimura talks about how hard it was getting into Stardom and about those who had supported her during her journey and run. She thanks everyone and says that she can safely retire. She passes her Shout down to Mayu Iwatani after all of her support even when Mayu Iwatani was sidelined. This surprised me but when she invited Mayu Iwatani in, she pointed out that even though Mayu Iwatani is her senior, she is passing it on to her. But Mayu Iwatani says she doesn’t need it jokingly, so Hiromi Mimura puts the Shout in a jar. She invites the wrestlers and fans to shout with her so she could seal it in a jar. After the 10 bell salute and being showered in streamers, Hiromi Mimura is officially retired and she was very entertaining even up until the end.
The Double Title match is here, a record setting champion against a newly crowned champion. They both start, jocking for position. Viper hits an early Senton for two. She goes for a Seated Crossbody but Toni Storm moves and goes for the roll up for two. Toni Storm lands a few European Uppercuts, takes Viper down and hits her Hip Attack combo.
Viper takes down Toni Storm with a Key Lock and Toni Storm makes the bottom rope. She crashes Toni into the corner and elbows her, Viper charges and Toni Storm evades only to get hit with a Crossbody. Viper charges into the corner and misses the Cannonball as Toni connects with a running corner Hip Attack. Toni Storm attempts Strong Zero but Viper crash her into the corner. As she prepares to hit a Vader Bomb, Toni Storm stops her and attempts a Powerbomb.
Viper fends her off but before she could position herself, Toni Storm hits a German Suplex. They trade strikes, Viper hits the ropes and Toni Storm slides under and places her beneath the bottom rope. She heads to the top for a Guillotine Leg Drop but Viper dodges and sends Toni Storm into the chairs. Now she places her in the chair and does a Cannonball. Viper brings Toni Storm on stage but Toni Storm counters and hits Strong Zero on the stage. Both women makes their way back in a 19. Toni Storm lands some strikes to Viper, she attempts Strong Zero on the apron but Viper counters with a Back Body Drop on the apron.
Viper the lands a cannonball from the apron to the outside. She hits a Michinoku Driver for a two and Toni Storm rolls through with a pin for two. Headbutt to Viper followed by a Strong Zero for two. She goes up top but is stopped by Viper. Toni Storm fight off Viper but Viper comes back and hits a Avalanche Michinoku Driver for a near fall. Viper goes up top and hits a Big Splash to end a 612 day reign. Awesome match. After the match, the two embrace. Jungle Kyona comes in and challenges Viper to a match at the Nagoya show and Viper accepts.
Winner: And new SWA World Champion and STILL ICW Womens Champion…..Viper!!!!
Rating: 4.25 Stars
MATCH #7: OEDO TAI(KAGETSU, HANA KIMURA & SUMIRE NATSU) VS. STARDOM ARMY (MAYU IWATANI, TAM NAKANO & SAKI KASHIMA)
Stardom’s second season star Saki Kashima’s first match back as she teams with Mayu Iwatani & Tam Nakano against Oedo Tai. I didn’t see some of the beginning. Why? Because they went at it as the streamers came down and it was so many that Mayu Iwatani fell during her spin. With Oedo Tai matches, you can always expect the Hansen/Brody like brawls to start off the match. What a way to spend your return than having Oedo Tai humiliate you like they do the rest of the roster, especially your partners.
They are just beating her down with the double/triple team moves and Natsu’s whip. Kagetsu whips Saki into the ropes and hit a Flying Headscissors takedown. Saki tags in Mayu Iwatani and Mayu Iwatani fires away on Kagetsu. Natsu & Hana tries to attack Mayu but she outmaneuver’s both of them. Now Fuka’s first class students hits dropkicks on all three Oedo Tai members. Mayu Iwatani goes for a German Suplex but Kagetsu flips out, she goes for a swing and gets distracted by Natsu Sumire.
Kagestsu takes advantage and superkicks the sign in her face. Natsu Sumire is tagged in, she hits a bridging suplex for a two count. She then heads up to the top and lands a crossbody. Mayu Iwatani kicks Natsu Sumire in the gut and drops her with a Sling Blade. Tam gets tagged in and drops the Cartwheel Knee Drop on Natsu Sumire followed by a Dragon Sleeper. Natsu Sumire counters and hits a Reverse DDT. Natsu Sumire and Tam lands some kicks on each other before tagging in Hana Kimura & Saki Kashima. Saki Kashima fires away but breaks clean, but Hana Kimura plays dirty and spits in her face and gaining control. She whips Saki Kashima against the ropes and Saki counters with a Tilt-a-Whirl Headscissors Armbar.
Hana Kimura breaks free but gets dropped with a Springboard Facecrusher. As Saki attempts to run, Hana grabs her hair and slams her down before landing two Running Boot against the ropes. Hana covers and gets a two and locks in the grounded Octopus Stretch. Mayu breaks it up and gets attacked by Natsu Sumire. Hana Kimira holds up Saki for Natsu Sumire but Saki ducks and Natsu Sumire whips Hana Kimira in the face then both eats Superkicks and Roundhouses from Mayu Iwatani and Tam. Saki Kashima lifts up Hana Kimira and lands a Bridging Butterfly Suplex for a two.
She hits a modified Neckbreaker on Hana Kimira. Hana Kimira slips out and tags Kagetsu who kills Saki with a Springboard dropkick. Kagetsu toys with Saki Kashima and kicks her around. Saki Kashima sold Kagetsu’s rush attack perfectly. Kagetsu sets up for the Ebisu Drop but Saki counters with a Crucifix for a near fall. She goes for the Unprettier but gets lauched into Natsu Sumire who hits her with the Oedo Tai sign. Hana Kimira hits a running boot and Kagetsu hits the Ebisu Drop but her pin is broken up. Double boot from Hana Kimira and Kagetsu and Kagetsu finishes her off with an Ebisu Drop followed by the Oedo Coaster for the win. Great suff.
Winners: Oedo Tai
Rating: 3.75 Stars
This is the last Pbp style article I’ll do, this was a handful and longer than expected. I’ll continue the others with the standard review format. But overall, very good show, no disappointments, great debut and return and one of the best matches all year.
Show Rating: 7.5/10