5STAR GRAND PRIX DAY 7
AUGUST 10, 2023
OKAYAMA CONVENTION CENTER
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The seemingly neverending onslaught of STARDOM reveals continues with Day 7 of the 5STAR Grand Prix. We’re again down to simply 2 GP matches on this present with Natsupoi taking up Mayu Iwatani and Suzu Suzuki battling it out with Natsuko Tora. Exterior of the GP matches we even have Konami making one in every of her uncommon appearances as she groups with the brand new look God’s Eye for the primary time.
UNDERCARD RESULTS & THOUGHTS
- Megan Bayne & Mei Seira def. HANAKO & Hina, Momo Watanabe & Rina
- Mariah Might, Mina Shirakawa & Waka Tsukiyama def. AZM, Miyu Amasaki & Utami Hayashishita
- Saori Anou, Tam Nakano & Yuna Mizumori def. Giulia, Maika & Thekla
- Hanan, Hazuki, Koguma,Momo Kohgo & Saya Iida def. Ami Sorei, Konami, MIRAI, Saki Kashima & Syuri
So what we discovered right here is that Konami doesn’t like Saki Kashima. These of us who observe the nonstop Twitter (not X, by no means X) banter the roster is concerned in already knew Konami wasn’t an enormous fan of GE’s latest recruit however this match actually put that on the forefront.
It was this dislike that arrange MIRAI’s first challenger for the white belt as the brand new ‘Combating Princess’ of STARDOM stood up for Kashima and irked the previous ‘Combating Princess’. This was a stable one-off use of Konami to instantly transition right into a Konami vs MIRAI match that’s certain to assist MIRAI seem like 1,000,000 bucks.
Talking of 1,000,000 bucks, Konami was in superb form on this present and appeared pretty much as good as she has since her hiatus. She had an prolonged stretch with Hazuki that was improbable and actually acquired throughout the vibe that Konami is again for the lengthy haul (one thing I’m anticipating sooner relatively than later).
RED STARS BLOCK
SUZU SUZUKI (4) DEF. NATSUKO TORA (6)
I loved a whole lot of the little stuff with this match. Suzuki attacking Tora backstage and marching her to the ring as an alternative of letting Tora make her entrance was proper out of Oedo Tai’s playbook. Later within the match we additionally noticed Suzuki get her palms on Tora’s signature weapon and use it in opposition to her to get the win. Whereas the wrestling was good what actually caught was seeing Tora get a style of her personal medication after dishonest to begin the match 3-0. ***1/2
NATSUPOI (7) DEF. MAYU IWATANI (4)
This was a barely worse model of the match Natsupoi simply had with Syuri (my present Match of the Match) however solely as a result of this didn’t fairly whip the group right into a frenzy like that draw did. Mayu did her finest Syuri impression and was punishing Poi after gaining the benefit however in typical vogue, Nassupoi revved up and delivered an thrilling closing stretch that ended along with her getting a serious upset over Iwatani to maneuver to 7 factors within the block, closing in on a spot within the closing already. ****1/4
Whereas I’m envious that Scott acquired to evaluate Syuri vs Natsupoi, I can’t complain an excessive amount of at seeing Konami roll again the years and Natsupoi vs Mayu Iwatani in the principle occasion. Even Suzu Suzuki vs Natsuko Tora was an attention-grabbing match that benefitted from watching Tora’s earlier matches so even this as a lesser present continued the nice vibes of this match.
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