I don't watch much joshi, but I plan on getting the JoshiMania shows from CHIKARA so I figured I'd watch some to see what's good and what stinks. Let's hope this is the good stuff. KICK IT.
DASH CHISAKO vs. MANAMI KATSU
|Katsu's depressing the crap out of me.|
This is Katsu's debut match, and you can tell. She hasn't quite figured out how to hold herself to look, you know, athletic. I do like that she started the match backing Dash up into the ropes and instead of giving a clean break she just started bringing the forearms. Might as well go for the "W" in your first match. She actually shows some decent execution and fire, but those moments in between delivering the moves or holds are where she loses it. It's kind of like she's a wrestler when she gives a body slam, but she stops being a wrestler when she's walking a or running the ropes.
Even with all that, it's still a decent match as far as debut matches go. Katsu stays competitive the whole way through, and it helped in making you believe that just maybe she could get the win. You rarely get that much suspense in a wrestler's first match. She could be pretty good someday, but she's got a lot of performance issues she needs to clean up.
JWP JR. TITLE & POP TITLE MATCH(I don't know anything about the Pop title.)
KAGETSU vs AO YAGAMI.
Ao Yagami was fun trying to go for arm bars, and Kagetsu was good at doing some nifty holds. Pretty short match but they kept a quick and fun pace. Yagami delivered possibly the worst 619 I've ever seen, so it's also got that going for it.
JAQUAR YAKOTA & SACHIE ABE vs. KAZUKI & MISAKI OHATA
There's some really rad stuff here. Abe and Ohata worked really well together and brought some real spiffy moves. Really dug the weird submission from the La Magistral. I got no idea what to call it, but it was pretty cool. They also had some fun spots like bridging Jaguar across the bottom ropes at the turnbuckle, Abe across the middle, and Kazuki doing a double knee off the top on them. The finish felt a little abrupt, since they'd been hitting some big stuff, and it just ended off an elbow, but they did put together some nice nearfalls. Fun match.
DYNAMITE KANSAI, COMMANDO BOLSHOI, CARLOS AMANO & masu-me
MAYUMI OZAKI, RAN YU-YU, HANAKO NAKAMORI & TOMOKO MORII
Comedy match, that didn't have a whole lot of good comedy spots. Nothing all that interesting, just some fun stuff for the crowd before the final two matches.
JWP TAG TEAM TITLE & DAILY SPORTS WOMEN'S TAG TITLE MATCH
KAYAKO HARUYAMA & TSUBASA KURAGAKI vs. AJA KONG & HAILEY HATRED
Pretty much a fast paced bomb match with both sides just throwing everything they had at each other. Some of it is really good and some of it looks really lazy. I hate it when people don't actually whip a person when they do an irish whip. It's like they just hold their hands and say "Will you run that way for me?" and the person goes "YEAH I LIKE TO RUN!" And that's how it works. Lots of weak clotheslines to. Some of it looks like they're just patting people with their wrists. There is some fun stuff moves and sequences, but really it feels too "my turn your turn" to build any strong emotions.
JWP OPEN WEIGHT TITLE vs. HIGH SPEED TITLE
LEON vs. KAORI YONEYAMA
This match is pretty damn sweet. Early on I thought it might get pretty bad, as Leon had two botches on the ropes, but both women recovered from them and made them work. Sometimes someone will botch and you'll see their opponent get confused or the the botcher won't let it go, and makes the match slow down and look kind of lame. But not these two, and because of how they handled it, it added to the match. Both of these gals throw some nasty knees and kicks to the brain, and you know I dig that, sucka. I don't know much about most of these girls(I know Aja and Carlos Amano and maybe a couple others) but these two really stuck out and made me fans of their work. They wrestled hard, had a fun match, and did some cool stuff, which is the very least that I can ask of any wrestler.
OVERALL SHOW THOUGHTS
Every match seemed to have some neat stuff, but some heavy negatives. For every cool spot there was some sloppy execution or poor storytelling. The main event is absolutely worth finding if you can. It's the best complete match of the show, and features some very cool stuff. Skip the rest unless you're a crazy completest like me.