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Let's Review: STARDOM Supreme Fight 2024

I said in my End of Year review for 2023 that I wanted to watch more of STARDOM this year so here is my first review of the all-female Japanese company of the year. I don't really know much of what is going on in the company but I know it is the last event with Rossy Ogawa as the promotions booker. I know this because I saw Tony Khan mocking him on twitter like the keyboard warrior he is. This show is also acknowledged as the 13th anniversary of Stardom. Will we get any match of the year candidates? Will Rossy's last event as booker be a memorable one? Let's find out. Let's review.


4th February 2024- STARDOM Supreme Fight, Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium, Osaka, Japan


There were 3 pre-show matches that I will not include in the overall rating but I will give my star ratings for. They are:

Mai Sakurai defeats HANAKO, Ranna Yagami & Ruaka. **

wing★gori (Hanan & Saya Iida) defeats God's Eye (Ami Sourei & Saki Kashima). **1/2

Rina (c) defeats Yuzuki, Future of Stardom Championship. ***


Queen's Quest (Lady C & Miyu Amasaki) vs Oedo Tai (Momo Watanabe & Natsuko Tora)

The opening match of the night got off to a short and sweet start. They kept a quick pace to fill as much of the time as they could. Lady C and Miyu got some offence in, but this was mostly a one sided beat down by Oedo Tai who got a strong victory. The general feeling is they are expected to challenge for the Goddesses of Stardom titles soon, so I understand why they are booked so strongly. Watanabe puts away Lady C with a Dudebuster. A solid, basic match.


Oedo Tai win by pinfall (6:07)

**1/2


Cosmic Angels (Tam Nakano & Yuna Mizumori) vs Moonlight Venus (Mina Shirakawa & Waka Tsukiyama)

I'm excited for some Cosmic Angels action. They were heavily recommended to me last year. Unfortunately it is not Natsupoi who is the one tagging with Nakano, the best iteration of the Angels. This is Tam's first match since October who unfortunately had to vacate the World of Stardom title due to injury. 4 months out of action and she looked as great as always here. Nakano gets a nice start but very quickly Moonlight Venus target her previously injured knee and grind her down. Eventually Yuna gets involved, finally getting a tag to give Nakano a brief reprieve. We get an awesome encounter between Tam and Mina who pepper the fuck out of each other with nasty forearms. This was a lot of fun, Waka and Yuna played their roles well but Tam and Mina were by far the stars of this match. Nakano wins the match for her team with her Tiger Suplex into a bridge. Tsukiyama is very upset with their loss. Nakano tells the fans she is back and alive. She is very emotional and happy to be back.


Cosmic Angels win by pinfall (12:43)

***1/2


Mei Seira (c) vs Hazuki, High Speed Championship

Seira has been champion for 118 days at this point. Hazuki was once High Speed champion for 200+ days back in 2019. I've watched Hazuki before and I was very impressed so I'm happy to see her again. Mei has "I can do it" written on her wrist tape which is adorable. This goes to a 15 minute time limit draw and it was incredible. It's just a shame about the weak crowd. I know Japanese crowds are more reserved, but they still make noise or show interest. The crowd felt like they didn't even want to be there at times. Really unfortunate because this was a real banger. They went hell for leather at each other but kept a good pacing, slowing down with submissions in between bursts of offence. Hazuki went for the rings of Saturn submission numerous times but Seira refused to quit. Hazuki modified it a few times, capturing different limbs and yanking them in painful ways. They got more urgent as the time ticked down, both women coming close to a win but neither of them managed it before the time expired. This was great, I hope to see a rematch sometime in the near future.


Time Limit Draw (15:00)

****1/2


Mayu Iwatani, Nanae Takahashi & Queen's Quest (AZM & Utami Hayashishita) vs Giulia, Suzu Suzuki & God's Eye (MIRAI & Syuri)

A stacked 8-women tag match here. A few of these are in serious conversation for best female wrestler on the planet today. I fully expect this to be Giulia's last match who is rumoured to sign with WWE soon, but apparently she is delaying signing to help recently fired Rossy Ogawa in his plans to start a new wrestling promotion. I like the loyalty. Utami is one half of the Goddesses of Stardom champions alongside Saya Kamitani who is in the main event tonight. God's Eye are part of the Artists of Stardom champion team alongside Ami Sourei. Iwatani is the current IWGP Women's champion reigning at 287 days at the time of this show. Austrian and member of Giulia's now disbanded stable Donna Del Mondo Thekla makes her way down to watch the action and do some commentary. She flips between speaking Japanese and English which is cool. She confirmed her contract is expiring soon and hasn't decided what to do. She only moved to Japan in 2020 so I'm unsure if she is WWE bound but I can see her worked under Rossy Ogawa. As I expected, this was an action packed match with all ladies throwing their best shots and biggest moves at each other. This was like watching an NBA All-Star game. There isn't much story going on in this one, but the action was great. Iwatani put away Suzuki with her stunning moonsault to get a win for her team. In a post match promo, even Iwatani comments and jokes on how dead the crowd is.


Team Iwatani win by pinfall (20:51)

****


Saori Anou (c) vs Starlight Kid, Wonder of Stardom Championship

Saori, representing the Cosmic Angels, dethroned MIRAI as the champion at the end of 2023, this being her first title defense. Starlight is repping the Oedo Tai and she has adopted the Mexican culture, wearing a mask and having her personal details protected and undisclosed. The back and forth suplex counter spot was pretty fun. They started at a lightning pace but it quickly slowed down into a regular rhythm. An immediate note is Starlight Kid worked the left knee originally, then they swapped to working the right knee instead. Two things I dislike about limb work; if the wrestler continues doing moves that heavily utilise that injury with the most basic selling possible, and if the worked injury doesn't factor into a major spot/angle later on that impacts a possible finish. This match did both of those things. Anou kept hitting big offense and using submissions using her knee as leverage, occasionally doing the knee grab in-between which felt lazy. She did mostly sell it throughout it was just really basic, she was able to hit knee strikes and big moves without limping or dropping down injured. The near falls in the last few minutes were great, but again the significant time spent working the knee was aimless and served no purpose. Still, this was a fun match with some great wrestling I would have liked better storytelling though. Anou hits one more straightjacket German suplex for the win.


Anou wins by pinfall (17:42)

***1/4


Maika (c) vs Saya Kamitani, World of Stardom Championship

At Stardom: New Year Stars 2024, Saya Kamitani won a contendership Rumble to earn her shot here. She is the current Goddesses of Stardom champion with Hayashishita. Maika defeated Suzu Suzuki at Dream Queendom to win the vacant title in December, this is her first title defence. This is an evenly contested epic, Maika is the stronger of the two but Kamitani is faster and more agile. This was great, very close to an excellent rating but there were a few moments where I was not invested and a little bored. The wrestling was great, maybe the lack of crowd investment hurt this one. The barrage of kicks by Saya looked brutal. She hit the ropes but ran right into a big forearm. A Michinoku driver got a great nearfall and got the loudest crowd reaction yet. A second one with the arm trapped scored the win. Kamitani gave out her entire arsenal but the champion Maika would persevere and finally defeat Kamitani for the first time in nearly 4 years.


Maika retains by pinfall (21:36)

***3/4


-Maika is prepared to answer Tam Nakano's challenge for her title whenever she is ready but tells her not to push herself too hard. Maika invites all of the Stardom roster out to celebrate 13 years, even Rossy which is extremely awkward. I can imagine a lot of these ladies leaving to join his new promotion whenever that happens.


Overall- 71.7%

I expected to have a great time watching this show. Not a single bad match and plenty to enjoy. The biggest highlights being the All-Star 8-woman tag and the amazing High Speed Championship match which surely we will get to see a rematch for. It is definitely up there as one of the best shows of the year so far, but we will see how long that lasts as the months go by.


Oedo Tai defeat Queens Quest. **1/2

Cosmic Angels defeat Moonlight Venus. ***1/2

Mei Seira (c) vs Hazuki ends in a time limit draw, High Speed Championship. ****1/2

Mayu Iwatani, Nanae Takahashi, AZM & Utami Hayashishita defeat Giulia, MIRAI, Syuri & Suzu Suzuki. ****

Saori Anou (c) defeats Starlight Kid, Wonder of Stardom. ***1/4

Maika (c) defeats Saya Kamitani, World of Stardom. ***3/4

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