Stardom: Yokohama Dream Cinderella 2021 in Spring | Sunday 4th April 2021 | 17:00 | Yokohama Budokan, Kanagawa | Review
MATCH ONE | THREE-WAY MATCH: Princess Minami [Queens Quest] Vs Lady C Vs AZM [Queens Quest]
This match is a great three-way and opener for the matches ahead, here we see the young and unaffiliated Lady C attempt to beat the Queen’s Quest allies of AZM and Princess Minami.
Lady C has really improved in the last year, showing off her skills, unfortunately she hasn’t managed to win many matches, but could this year be her year to rise up among the ranks.
AZM is an incredible talent, one of my personal favourites, she has an air about her that is breath-taking not just visually but also with her in-ring ability, I predict big things for her and hopefully another championship soon.
Princess Minami is incredibly skilled within the ring, which makes up for her lack of star power and magnetic energy that many of her other stable mates have, that doesn’t mean she is not slouch through, flaying around the ring with free abandonment and intent on putting on a show.
MATCH TIME: 07m 06s
WINNER: Princess Minami [Queen’s Quest] via a Halo
MATCH TWO | SPECIAL SINGLES MATCH: Momo Watanabe [Queen’s Quest] Vs Mina Shirakawa [COSMIC ANGELS]
The match starts off with Momo Watanabe of Queen’s Quest dominating the younger opponent of Mina Shirakawa of Cosmic Angels, with swift kicks, chops and a lot of stomps. Watanabe is vicious in the ring, but that doesn’t mean the pink haired Shiakawa isn’t going down without a fight, she has pure passion and skills in the ring. Mina‘s in ring style is that of a submission specialist, being able to tie up her opponents with ease and transitioning to each new move easily into each move while focusing her attacks on specific body parts to give the most pain, she also has a mean right hook. Momo fights back with hard hitting moves for the win.
MATCH TIME: 10m 54s
WINNER: Momo Watanabe [Queen’s Quest] via a Tequila Sunrise
MATCH THREE | SPECIAL SINGLES MATCH: Saya Kamitani [Queen’s Quest] Vs Sayaka Unagi [COSMIC ANGELS]
Next up we have another Cosmic Angels vs QQ match, this time its Sayaka Unagi facing off against Saya Kamitani. These two women are not messing about with this hard hitting bout, the two women are intent of destroying each other, with Kamitani making it known to Unagi and the audience that she isn’t someone to mess with, bending and twisting her opponents ankles and legs, making Unagi scream out in pain.
MATCH TIME: 13m 42s
WINNER: Saya Kamitani [Queen’s Quest] via a Star Crusher
MATCH FOUR | STARS Vs OEDO-TAI | FULL-SCALE WAR ELIMINATION MATCH: Mayu Iwatani, Starlight Kid, Saya Iida, Hanan & It’s Gokigen ☆ [STARS] Vs Natsuko Tora, Saki Kashima, Konami, Ruaka & Nanan [Oedo Tai]
STARS are set to face off against Oedo Tai in a full-scale war elimination match, the two teams have been feuding for some time, but the intensity really heated up when Ruaka betrayed her team mates and leader Mayu Iwatani during a tag team match, to help the villainous Oedo Tai win. It was after the match that that Ruaka really twisted the knife by declaring her allegiance to Oedo Tai and their leader Natsuko Tora, putting on their shirt and dismissing STARS.
The stipulation of the match is whoever is eliminated last must join the opposing team’s faction. STARS attack Oedo Tai straight away showing their dominance and anger in the opening moments focusing their attacks on Saki Kashimai. Saya Iida is eliminated via pinfall by Natsuko Tora turning the tide of the match, since joining Oedo Tai Ruaka has allowed her aggression to come out more but it’s no match for Hanan who eliminates Ruaka via an armbar submission hold. Konami come into the ring now making sort work of Hanan before tagging in Rina who faces off against Gokigen ☆ and Starlight Kid.
Rina and Starlight Kid have incredible chemistry in the ring and really bring the fire to each other. Quick pinfall attempts come think and fast only for Starlight Kid to pin the young Rina, allowing for Tora to jump in and try and finish off what her team mate started, Tora is a force of nature in this match and one of the standouts but the two women are an even match, the two unable to make any successful pinfalls. The two go over the top tope fighting on the apron only for a double elimination to occur. Now there are only four left in the ring and the action comes thick and fast with Mayu Iwatani’s speed and Konami’s lethal kicks, it is a combination for a mini classic in the ring, and they do not disappoint. Iwatani eliminates Konami over the top rope, this angers Saki Kashimai who destroys Mayu Iwatani in a few minutes, rolling her up for the three count, before turning her attention to Gokigen ☆, rolling her up for the win. Oedo Tai are victorious during this war and now Gokigen ☆ has to pay the price.
Natsuko Tora is still hungry and wants more, to take everything from STARS, laying down the challenge to Mayu Iwatani, intending to take one more from her ranks. On 29th May 2021 we will see STARS face off again against Oedo Tai in an attempt to win back Gokigen ☆.
Elimination 1: Saya Iida [08m 18s]
Elimination 2: Ruaka [10m 03s]
Elimination 3: Hanan [11m 04s]
Elimination 4: Rina [15m 01s]
Elimination 5: Starlight Kid & Natsuko Tora [18m 14s]
Elimination 6: Konami [21m 08s]
Elimination 7: Mayu Iwatani [23m 58s]
MATCH TIME: 25m 30s
WINNER: Saki Kashimai [Oedo-Tai] to It’s Gokigen ☆via a Kishikaisei
MATCH FIVE | WONDER OF STARDOM CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: Tamu Nakano [COSMIC ANGELS] (C) Vs Natsupoi [Donna del Mondo]
Tamu Nakano won the championship from Donna del Mondo’s Giulia last month, resulting in not just the loss of the belt but also the loss of her hair. Natsumi has stepped up to the plate, wanting to bring the title back to Donna del Mondo, but will she be any match for the veteran Tamu Nakano.
This match is what you would expect from the “Joshi Style”, there isn’t really a style but to western fans who don’t normally see women’s matches like what is put on in Japan it can be quite jarring. The match starts slow with lots of flips, the two women barely touching, only to descend into a flurry of movement and high impact moves. Nakano has a mean streak and vicious kicks that often lead her to victory and why she is the leader of COSMIC ANGELS.
MATCH TIME: 18m 50s
WINNER: Tamu Nakano [COSMIC ANGELS] via a Twilight Dream
SEMI-MAIN EVENT | MATCH SIX | WORLD OF STARDOM CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: Utami Hayashishita [Queen’s Quest] (C) Vs Bea Priestley [Oedo-Tai]
Utami Hayashishita and Bea Priestley are two of the best in the company, bringing it to the highest level in big match situation and tonight will be no different, from friends to bitter rivals, this match has so much history and emotion behind it.
The match starts off with some chain wrestling quickly descending into big power moves, the two women fighting all over the ring and on the floor. Priestley is the kind of competitor that doesn’t play by the rules and likes to trash talk and there is plenty of that in this match. These two women are intent on destroying each other for the Red Belt, a championship Bea Priestly desperately wants back so she can reclaim her thrown as the top star in the company. Utami Hayashishita is a fighting champion and never gives up, even when beaten and bruised she rises up to not just defend her title but the prestige of being a part of Queen’s Quest. Hayashishita has a legacy to protect, paved by Io Shirai before her, and she is showing she is just as good as the woman who brought STARDOM to a wider audience. Utami is the Queen of STARDOM and there is no disputing that after this match.
MATCH TIME: 20m 53s
WINNER: Utami Hayashishita [Queen’s Quest] via a Hijack Bomb
“I have defeated the strongest foreign player in the world. With this stardom’s pinnacle belt, I will be the best professional wrestler in the world. Bee, Bee, today is the last stardom? Really really Is today the last stardom? Today was an enemy, but Bee fought together in the ring as the same Queen’s Quest, and Bee’s strength was also great, and I felt great today. I thought he was a player who could improve each other, but today was suddenly the last … Of course it might have been a big decision for Bee, but I wanted to collide with Bee more like today, but Bee He said he was the last stardom today, but he said he was sick again, so I think we can meet again in the ring. I believe. By that time, I will continue to protect this belt, so Bee, again. Please hang this belt with me and play a match. I believe and wait until then. ” – Utami Hayashishita [Queen’s Quest]
“It was a very hard fight. What I said to Utami at the last press conference was wrong. She’s much more mature than I thought. She’s a champion worthy player. More than anyone else. Her training. Ever since I first saw her, I’ve seen her grow up close. I think she’s grown more than I thought, and she proved today that she’s a better wrestler than I am. Well, today is my last stardom match. It wasn’t an easy decision, but now is the time, now is the time. This ring with great wrestlers. All I’ve been fighting hard in every tournament and every match. I wish everyone good luck. I wish the group good luck. It will soon become an even more amazing group. Stardom’s name should spread even more. That’s all. ” – Bea Priestley [Oedo-Tai]
MAIN EVENT | MATCH SEVEN | GODDESS OF STARDOM CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: Maika & Himeka [Donna del Mondo] (C) Vs Giulia & Syuri [Donna del Mondo]
In the main event of Yokohama Dream Cinderella 2021 we see Donna del Mondo face off with one another for the Goddess of STARDOM Championship. It’s not very often we see faction vs faction but this isn’t about that, this match is all about the title and who gets to hold it in Donna del Mondo and STARDOM.
MATCH TIME: 28m 57s
WINNER: Giulia & Syuri [Donna del Mondo] via a Buzz So Kick