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With that out of the way in which, I’m again to evaluate the TJPW Princess Cup Quarterfinals, which appears to be like to be a sizzling present from a fast look on the card. Earlier than we get to these matches, I do wish to say that simply because I didn’t evaluate nights 3 and 4 doesn’t imply there wasn’t something value watching, it simply means between summer season chilly season and the present staffing points plaguing eating places, I ran out of time within the week. Make certain to take a look at the opening match on evening 3 for maybe essentially the most ridiculous spot I’ve ever seen in a match, however stick round after that spot as a result of the match recovers and turns right into a well-worked tag. Match-wise, try Mizuki/Maiumi and Yamashita/Kamifuku from evening 3, and Kiryu/Suzume and Misao/Tatsumi from evening 4.
Now on to the duty at hand.
Pom Harajuku, Marai Maiumi & Kaya Toribami def. Moka Miyamoto, Mahiro Kiryu & Yuki Kamifuku
A enjoyable six-woman tag to begin issues off. One factor I’ve positively observed through the years I’ve been watching TJPW is how a lot the wrestling high quality has improved on the below card. Whereas the primary occasions have all the time featured nice employees, the decrease card matches used to completely depend upon colourful characters, fairly faces, comedy, and chaos to make up for the shoddy work. No extra. All that stuff remains to be right here in abundance, it’s nonetheless Tokyo Joshi Professional in spite of everything, however now the work fee in these matches is on the worst satisfactory and usually fairly good. Toribami and Miyamoto are each younger with potential. Kiryu is a really stable employee, Kamifuku has improved an virtually unbelievable quantity over the previous few years and collectively they make an entertaining crew. Maiumi is destined for fundamental occasions someplace in joshi, hopefully right here in TJPW, and Pom, whereas generally struggling in singles matches, is a pure pleasure in these tags. An incredible little bit of comedy that reveals the worth of the interpretation threads for non-Japanese audio system: At one level Kamifuku, whereas not the authorized participant, assaults Toribami, and when admonished by the ref responds “You assume I care who’s authorized? I solely care about her beak!” That is adopted by Kiyru sincerely apologizing to Toribami for Kamifuku’s actions….whereas digging her knees into poor Kaya’s again. This wasn’t something you need to watch, but it surely was an effective way to begin off the cardboard as Pom hit the Pom de Justice for the pin over Miyamoto. ***
(3 Approach) Hyper Misao def. Haruna Neko and Nodoka Tenma
The three members march to the ring within the opening ceremony to this three-way match, every carrying an indication introducing them. Hyper Misao takes the mic and tells the followers they’re giving them the opening ceremony they actually wish to see. Then, as ref Kiso and Haruna Neko kind a circle with their arms, Nodoka and Misao begin to carry out pictograms for the gang and digital camera. Alas, it was solely certainly one of Misao’s methods, as she assaults Nodoka and tries to get the sneaky pin because the bell rings. This was just about pure comedy, and it was fairly entertaining as all three (plus Kiso) do comedy wrestling nicely. The indicators have been used as weapons (after all) and in essentially the most welcome ref bump I’ve seen for some time, Misao began to swing Nodoka round by her arm, leading to Nodoka grabbing Kiso’s arm and swinging him round, with each Misao and Kiso have been swinging round Nodoka as the bottom…till she allow them to each go flying out of the ring. After a minute or so of Haruna vs Nodoka, Misao returned to the motion carrying a referee’s shirt, declaring herself the official since Kiso was nonetheless bumped on the surface. TJPW’s superhero (not virtually a superhero, Misao IS a superhero) reffed a good singles match for just a few seconds, earlier than making a quick rely on Nodoka and declaring Haruna Neko the winner! After all this was solely one other of Misao’s methods, as she attacked Haruna whereas elevating her hand, laid out Nodoka and went to revive the ref. The ultimate spot noticed Misao blind Nodoka with chilly spray, wrap her head within the referee shirt, use her to journey Haruna, then hit Haruna with the Hypami Returns for the pin. What an important position mannequin for reality, justice, and honest play! **1/2 for the work, ***3/4 for the comedy.
Hikari Noa, Yuki Arai & Raku def. Arisu Endo, Nao Kakuta & Marika Kobashi
TJPW. I don’t know what your reserving plans are for the Worldwide Princess Title, but when Arisu Endo isn’t the following deliberate challenger, you have to scrap the plans and make her the number one contender. This match began off with the publish handshake assault by Raku’s squad permitting them to setup the Good Evening Categorical, which fortunately didn’t contain Raku blowing dream mud at anybody this time, and someplace alongside the road changed into conflict between Endo and Noa that left me drooling over a attainable singles match up. TJPW misplaced just a few employees who went to Stardom and are actually thriving within the Stardom ring, however this match, that includes Endo, Kakuta, Kobashi, and Arai, all latest additions to the TJPW roster, reveals that Tokyo Joshi Professional will probably be simply fantastic, thanks. As for Hikari Noa, she is prepared for the highest a part of the cardboard. She is a star in TJPW, and he or she by no means simply blends in, be it her music selections, her love of deathmatch, and even simply how her abdomen steps in the course of the Good Evening Categorical are a bit vicious. And Raku? Effectively the Practice of the day is the Toei Shinjuku Line. Watch this for the Endo/Noa interactions and smile at the way forward for TJPW. ***
Princess Cup Quarterfinals
Maki Itoh def. Suzume
Maki Itoh is a meme wrestler. Maki Itoh is a Twitter deal with. Maki Itoh can’t work. Maki Itoh is just over due to her center finger and English curse phrases. Maki Itoh is just there so her “simps” can perv on her. I’ve heard all of it. In case your solely publicity to Maki Itoh was her work just a few years again, and even her drop-ins to AEW, I may even perceive why you’d have that opinion. Maki Itoh has labored very exhausting, since being fired as an Idol, to show her naysayers flawed, and the straightforward reality is she might be every part stated about her. She didn’t have to enhance as a wrestler if she didn’t wish to. Her Twitter account, her center finger, her cute cuteness contrasting together with her filthy mouth, and her “simps” would ensure she was over for so long as she might make a hoop entrance and look cute standing on the apron. However that might be giving in, and Maki Itoh has no give up in her. She’s not the very best employee in TJPW and he or she in all probability won’t ever be, however her days of being a sub-par employee are prior to now. Maki Itoh can wrestle, and matched with the proper opponent you don’t have to be invested in her character or her story to see it. Tonight that proper opponent was Suzume, who is de facto maturing into an important little employee herself, and so they placed on what could also be the very best Maki Itoh match I’ve ever seen. No loopy bells and whistles, no ref bumps or comedy spots, simply two wrestlers combating for the proper to advance within the match. The story of the match was Itoh pondering she had put away the youthful Suzume, just for Suzume to buzz again and threaten to steal the victory from the overconfident vet. Suzume hit a flying physique press to the ground, Itoh killed Suzume with a DDT on the ground, and in an important spot the cameraman botched badly, Suzume hit an RKO out of nowhere as Itoh tried a prime rope headbutt. In the long run, the veteran’s expertise and drive have been simply an excessive amount of to beat, and Suzume was pressured to faucet to the Itoh Punish. This was an important 11 and a half minutes that had the clap crowd on hearth. ****
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Princess Cup Quarterfinals
Miu Watanabe def. Yuki Aino
It was going to be exhausting to prime the previous match, however they positively booked the proper pair to make the try. Watanabe, like her Up Up Lady companion Hikari Noa, is among the greatest employees on the roster and at house on the highest half of the playing cards, and Yuki Aino all the time brings her “A” recreation for singles matches. These two labored this because the hoss match for the evening, with each wrestler showcasing their energy. Most spectacular was Watanabe hitting a Large Swing on Aino that actually left me gaping on the display screen. These two have been actually laying it in at occasions, particularly one spot close to the end the place Watanabe clubbed Aino with 3 or 4 baseball swings earlier than nailing her within the chest with the straight proper. Stiff! This led on to the pin, as Miu hoisted Yuki up and dropped her with the Teardrop for the three. ***1/4
Princess Cup Quarterfinals
Shoko Nakajima def. Rika Tatsumi
Does anybody in any firm appear like they take pleasure in their character greater than the littlest Kaiju, Shoko Nakajima? Each time she claws over the ropes on the digital camera throughout her intro I simply get the sense of pure pleasure and can’t assist however smile. I had excessive hopes for this match, for as a lot as I choose on Tatsumi and her diamond exhausting backside, I’d need to be blind to not understand she is certainly one of TJPW’s greatest in-ring employees, and Shoko is Shoko; together with Miyu Yamashita and Yuka Sakazaki, they’re TJPW. Effectively, aside from one nitpick I’ll speak about later, these ladies didn’t disappoint. After some chain wrestling to get the followers into the match, Tatsumi unveiled her technique of attacking the leg to arrange the determine 4 whereas Nakajima was her primary, on a regular basis ping, ping, ping, ricochet Shoko! One factor I do wish to point out is how Tatsumi profitable the Princess Title from Sakazaki with the determine 4 has actually put that transfer over and given it some actual drama every time she will get it hooked in the course of the ring. Bizarre how straightforward that’s to get a transfer over. Watching sure anonymous promotions you’d assume wrestling was rocket science. This was a well-worked forwards and backwards match between two professionals, botch-free, that I discovered little or no to complain about. Even the missile hip spots match nicely and appeared painful. Shoko hit a painful-looking prime rope senton to select up the victory and the spot within the semi-finals. Now on to my nitpick. Tatsumi was vicious going after Nakajima’s knee and leg, wrapping it across the metal publish a number of occasions and hitting dragon screws from numerous angles and positions, all in her quest to arrange the determine 4, and I believe I observed Nakajima promote her leg as soon as the entire match, and I’m not optimistic that one time was intentional. This included instantly after having her leg wrapped across the ring publish a number of occasions nailing Tatsumi with a operating dropkick instantly adopted by a Tope Suicida. I’m removed from a limb-selling fetishist, however this was a bit excessive for me. Nonetheless, throughout a superb match!. 4 stars straightforward if Shoko would have limped just a few occasions, and even shook her leg to point out it was bothering her. Because it was, ***3/4
Princess Cup Quarterfinals
Mizuki def. Miyu Yamashita
As quickly as she comes by means of the curtain you possibly can see in her face, that is huge match Mizuki. This isn’t simply the conventional Poppin’ Sugar Rabbit coming to the ring. That is Mizuki, two time Princess Cup winner trying to win for the third 12 months in a row, and this time make good within the earned shot on the title. That is Mizuki, lengthy certainly one of TJPW’s hottest wrestlers, coming to the ring to wrestle the Ace, Miyu Yamashita, and to point out she belongs on prime of the promotion. To indicate its not simply the large three anymore, that now its the large 4. That is going to be nice. And similar to that, she virtually throws all of it away, climbing up prime a lot too early after sending Yamashita to the ground with an early dropkick, barely escaping an Angle Adjustment on the apron, then being fed the metal publish, and as soon as on the ground being wrecked by what appeared like a mixture operating kick/Crash Rabbit Warmth from the apron. The Ace has declared her dominance. Smelling wounded prey, Yamashita is on Mizuki as quickly as she will be able to reenter the ring, attacking the midsection with a gutbuster into physique scissors, adopted by crushing knees to the intestine. Mizuki regains her ft, clenching her abdomen with a grimace to point out the harm already finished, and throws a strike that brings a glance of annoyance to the Ace’s face, and Mizuki is shortly again on the mat from a stiff physique kick. However Mizuki has been her earlier than, and overconfidence can fell the mightiest warrior. One lazy cowl is all it takes for Mizuki to bridge as much as her ft and hit a double foot stomp to Yamashita’s again, adopted by a devastating-looking dropkick to the face by means of the ropes leaving the Ace bent again at a sickening angle. Now it’s Mizuki’s flip at overconfidence, lacking a prime rope physique press, touchdown on her weakened midsection, and getting drilled with a excessive knee as quickly as she makes her ft, adopted by a springing enzuguri. And so it goes, forwards and backwards, 14:31 of two of TJPW’s greatest laying all of it out on the mat for the followers within the area and the viewers at house. A double foot stomp from the highest rope to the ground results in Mizuki’s first plausible close to fall, solely to get murdered by a head kick seconds later. Miyu hit a wonderful deadlift wheelbarrow bridging German for two, however then Mizuki grabbed her leg in desperation when it appeared like she was going for the Crash Rabbit Warmth. The Ace disdainfully stomped the grounded Sugar Rabbit, almost took her head off with a shining wizard, then hit an enormous Angle Adjustment but Mizuki in some way kicked out, resulting in a glance of frustration and disbelief to take management of the champs face. A missed head kick by Miyu turned the tide, as Mizuki hit a flash pin try adopted by a roll up right into a double foot stomp, after which a launch Cutie Particular. Leaping to the highest rope, Mizuki hit an enormous double foot stomp after which with a victorious cry, nailed Yamashita with the Cutie Particular for the three. Unbelievable match. Usually I don’t do move-by-move evaluations, however there was simply nothing to go away out of this one. Go watch this now. After the bell, Mizuki hugged Miyu, then pulled her again within the ring to to shut out the present for the followers, telling everybody that she beat the monster, and feels prepared to steer TJPW into the long run. With the present roster, what a future it is going to be. ****1/2
This was a superb present. Go watch it. In the event you take pleasure in TJPW, watch the entire card, it’s all value it. If solely within the Cup, watch all 4 quarterfinals, you could be out and in in about 53 minutes. If actually pressed for time, watch Itoh/Suzume and Mizuki/Yamashita. Now, wanting forward….
They aren’t critically going to do it, are they? Mizuki isn’t going to return to again to again, is she? The thought terrifies me, primarily as a result of having beat Yamashita tonight, I’d need to assume Yamashita would get her win again, and in the event that they do return to again to again with Mizuki, they can’t in any method have her lose the title match once more or they threat having the followers hand over on her. If Mizuki wins the Cup once more this 12 months, she completely has to win the Princess Title, but when that was the way in which they have been reserving, I might not have had her wrestle the champion in the course of the Cup. Maki Itoh is having an important 12 months, however whereas I might see her pulling out a win over Watanabe, I don’t assume she is able to beat both Nakajima or Mizuki. Shoko Nakajima is all the time a plausible title contender who wouldn’t be damage by a loss to Yamashita, and Miu Watanabe is true on the cusp of the primary occasion scene and would make an important match up with the Ace. The Princess Cup is right down to the ultimate 4, and it’s up for grabs so far as I can see. The semi-finals and the finals will probably be on August 14th and fifteenth respectively, each in Korakuen Corridor, which positively reveals the expansion of TJPW. I’m not optimistic, however I imagine there will probably be English commentary as nicely! Mizuki VS Maki Itoh and Miu Watanabe VS Shoko Nakajima are the semi-final matchups in keeping with Wrestle Universe, which ought to lead to 2 nice matches.