I did a podcast on this show here:
We had a performance from Kiss No Sekai to start the show:
Japan Grand Prix - Kumiko Maekawa vs Miyuki Fuji
Japan Grand Prix - Tomoko Watanabe vs Nanae Takahashi
Tomoko teased shaking Nanae's hand after the match but dropped her hand instead. Then she had Nanae hold the ropes for her and they walked out together. Don't ask me.
Japan Grand Prix - Momoe Nakanishi vs Mima Shimoda
Japan Grand Prix - Etsuko Mita vs Yumiko Hotta
Yumiko Hotta beat Etsuko Mita with two Pyramid drivers to get the win. Mita was good here, Hotta wasn't. Hotta clearly didn't care or want to be there and showed very little fire, while Mita sold hard and took a ton of damage. Early on Hotta worked the knee on Mita hard, then gave up and just started armbarring her and blasting her with straight jacket suplexes and pyramid drivers to get the win. The crowd wasn't super into it either and like a lot of things on this show, it did drag.
Hotta slapped Shimoda and Mita after the match and stared them down.
Japan Grand Prix - Manami Toyota vs Kaoru Ito
Manami Toyota beat Kaoru Ito with the Japanese Ocean Queen Bee Bomb. Really good start, lousy middle half and a good finish here. I missed about 3 minutes of this due to disk errors, but I don't think I missed much. Manami attacked Ito's arm early which was cool, but they never followed up on it. Ito then attacked Manami's knee which was cool, but they also never followed up on it. They did some more submissions and fought a bit in the crowd and in the stands but it wasn't very interesting. Then they came back for the home stretch with the big moves and it became fun again. Ito was very good here but unfortunately, Toyota wasn't. Ito sold and the crowd was very much behind her, but she can't attack herself or work her own injured body parts. She needed Toyota for that and it didn't happen. There were some cool moves here that made the match, but the rest of it mostly destroyed it. Rating:***1/2
The last match of the night, Momoe Nakanishi vs Kumiko Maekawa was reviewed here:
We had some locker room interviews to close the show along with Kiss no Sekai shilling stuff:
Overall thoughts: The show was good wrestling wise but most of the matches minus the main event seemed to follow the same theme - work on an injured body part, forget all about it, then do big moves for the home stretch while making sure to go longer than needed. I think most people might like this show more than me, but the issues it had really brought it down for me. The crowd was also not as hot as it should have been and really didn't come alive until the finishing stretches of each matches, which hurt things too. I guess I would recommend this show but it really should have been even better with the names on this card.