Post by Audrey Valentine on Jun 24, 2019 19:25:20 GMT -5
Yūgen: Bloody Rose
June 26th, 2019
To start off the show, I called Cora and Kanako Matsudaira out to the ring. And once they arrived, I sat them down (not literally) for a chat. I told Cora and Kanako that I had been watching them. Yes, neither of them had the best record in Yūgen. However, sometimes it’s not about having the best record. Sometimes it’s about having heart.
Cora and Kanako? They had loads of heart, and I told them that I’d seen it. I also told them about what they’d be doing next:
I let it be known that the two of them were going to have a best of three series. And then winner? Well, they’d receive a future shot at the EXceleration Championship. Both women (and the fans) seemed quite pleased. With that, I dismissed them both.
Dani Sandström O [12:41 via The Long Goodnight] | Shikimi Kurokawa, Niko Nishijima, Gina Yanagi X
You should be quite aware of how I cover these big multi-woman matches. So, let’s get to the rapid bullet-point highlights.
Niko and Shikimi had a bunch of exchanges in this match. And for the most part, both were on an even playing field. Niko shot in for a takedown early in the bout, but Shikimi sprawled and stuffed it; a knee landed to Niko’s head. That set up a nasty Kurosawa-Ryū #27 Axe & Smash. Ms. Kurokawa got a two-count for her efforts. Niko later ducked a wild lariat attempt and grabbed Shikimi’s waist. She hit Shikimi with an elevated German suplex; and instead of going for the pin, Niko rolled onto her side and slapped on a rear naked choke. Mt. Kanno was on the outside; she screamed at Shikimi and told her not to tap out. Ainu’s screams actually helped Shikimi make it to ropes that time. The two would exchange a few more moves. Niko would later land a superwoman elbow; Shikimi would respond with a her Kurosawa-Ryū #7 Northern Discus Lariat.
Gina found herself paired with Dani for a good portion of the match. And to be honest, that wasn’t good for her. Dani’s wrestling experience and knowledge seemed to frustrate the young woman. Gina was a tiny bit outmatch as Dani blasted her with various strikes. A Golden Elbow nearly knocked Gina’s block off. That rolling elbow floored her. And she would have gotten pinned if Niko hadn't broken things up. Nonetheless, Gina wouldn’t go down without a fight. Eventually, she worked her way into a nice position to win. She caught Dani with a rope hung lungblower. That led to delayed dropkick and two-count.
Speaking of Gina, she hit a huge move near the end of the match. Everyone was in the ring brawling a bit. Seeing this, Gina separated herself and climbed to the top rope. She then leapt as high as I’ve ever seen a woman jump and delivered a crossbody. That took everyone out. Nice thinking by Gina.
The ending of the match was a bit wild. Niko planted Gina with a mean T-Bone suplex. Shikimi spun Niko around and floored her with a Kurosawa-Ryū #52 rolling wheel kick. Before Shikimi could go for the pin, she got turned around and crushed with Gina’s Prada, Not Gucci ripcord forearm. It looked as if Gina was in complete control―
Until she got placed in a Cobra-Clutch.
A backstabber was soon to follow. With the Long Goodnight complete, Dani went for the pin and got the three-count.
Dani didn’t celebrate too much after the match. It’s like she knew that she’d done her job accordingly. Mt. Kanno shouted some harsh words to Niko before she grabbed Shikimi’s foot and pulled her out of the ring. She had some words for the Kurokawa woman as well. Shikimi wasn’t amused. But, Ainu did give her a reassuring pat on the back and told her she’d do better next time.
The camera cut to Nohelle Bentlee. She was accompanied by a few reporters. What was she talking about? Her win on Night One. She loudly bragged about how Yumi Song wasn’t a challenge at all. She also mentioned something about Yumi having all those muscles, but not the talent to match.
Her loud voice must have carried pretty far, because the audience then heard footsteps. That’s when the camera panned to the right―
It was Yumi, of course. And she did not look pleased.
Yumi wanted to know how Nohelle could be proud of that match when she had to cheat every three minutes in order to get the job done. Nohelle struck a Thinker pose and said she did not recall any cheating. She said that Yumi have gotten some head trauma from the bout. That made Yumi really upset.
That’s when I I stepped in. And honestly, it was a good thing I did. Otherwise, Yumi would have just beaten her head in.
Nohelle might not have recalled what she did in their first match, but I certainly did. And because of that, I told the two of them that they would have a run back match on Night Three. Yumi nodded her head, while Nohelle almost seemed offended that she had to fight Strong Song once more.
Her feelings were irrelevant, though. She laid a bed; it was time to lay it.
Yūgen Ecstasy Gate Championships
FRacture! (Mie Iwamoto & Rin Nishiyama) O [19:02 via D.o.A. IV] | Uyeda Bloodline (Natsu Uyeda & Rei Uyeda) X
This happened to be another wild, high speed match. Therefore, for the sake of my own sanity, I’m going to cover it in the same manner in which I covered the four-way match.
Let’s get into it.
Mie and Rei were dance partners for a majority of this match. And despite how Mie would often blaze around the ring, Rei was just a step or two faster. She proved it when she dropped Mie with sling blade Quickdraw popped right back up, only to be met with a head scissors. Rei then kipped up, leapt into the air, and drilled Mie with a dropkick. That led to a two-count. Though, it wasn’t long before Mie ramped up the violence and took control of the match. The most notable highlight was a stiff kick to Rei’s inner left thigh. Not only was the sound sick, but that leg immediately buckled and floored Rei. Well, that was one way to remove that extra step, huh? From there, Mie dropped a knee on Rei’s leg before she kicked in a kneebar. Rei was in a great deal of pain; fortunately, Natsu was able to jump in and break things up.
Both groups later displayed some awesome teamwork. Rin dropped Rei with a reverse DDT, which allowed Mie to land a senton. Later, Rei swept Mike’s leg as Natsu connected with a lariat. Rei also hit a chop block on Rin, allowing Natsu to connect with a leg lariat. And after drilling Natsu with kicks, Rin and Mie her with double dropkicks.
Naturally, Rin and Natsu battled it out, as they were the more senior members of each team. Rin did her usual thing of breaking her opponent down with precise blows. A rebound knee to the chest nearly ended the match, but Natsu kicked out. But maybe that knee was a blessing, because Natsu then went on a tear. She planted Rin with a reverse suplex; and as Rin rose up, Natsu hit a running switch and a release German suplex. That earned her a two-count. Later in the bout, Natsu hit a leaping back kick followed up by a rolling release suplex. Another two-count. Ms. Uyeda then attempted that patented T-Bone suplex, But Rin stopped her with a headbutt. She delivered another one aimed at Natsu’s chest.
The match came to a close when Uydea Bloodline went for their Remedy Chaos. Natsu hit the Death Valley Driver on Rin. But Rei? She couldn’t hit that shooting star; her bad leg gave out on her as soon as she made it to the top rope. Having seen this, Mie entered the ring and kicked both sisters.
Rei was soon jettisoned from the ring. That allowed Mie and Rin to set up for the D.o.A. IV. Mie blasted Natsu with a roundhouse while Rin hit her Clunk! Helm knee strike. Rin went for the pinfall and earned FRacture! the victory.
Natsu was furious after the match, though, much of her anger faded when she noticed that Rei was still hurt on the outside. She then helped Rei to the back. Taree came out and celebrated with Rin and Mie for a bit before they all exited the ring.
Nohelle Bentlee, Prince HITOMI, Seiko Kuba were out there selling the goods that evening. Nohelle was feeling herself (and had a decent crowd around her) until ASURA appeared. A good portion of the fans wanted to take pictures with the Ethos Champion. That pissed Nohelle off.
The security reported in to me as well. Everything was clear. It wasn’t long before the wrestlers finished selling things. After that, I told the fans that we’d resume the action shortly.
Adrianna Wilde appeared on the screen as the video package began to play. And let me tell you, her normal demeanor was not on display that night.
No―she was quite pissed off.
In fact, she had some choice words for Hisano, the former ace of Yūgen. She stated that Hisano was a cowardly and spineless woman. Adrianna also said that Hisano’s fall from grace is the best thing that could have happened for Yūgen, because it allowed good and honest wrestlers to step to the forefront.
Adrianna also stated that Hisano had made a huge mistake by attacking her on Night One. Tonight? She was going to pay, big time.
Kanako Matsudaira O [9:02 via Pink Sparkle] | Cora X
My announcement at the beginning of the show had an affect on both wrestlers. That were on fire from the moment that the bell rang. Though, it was Cora who jumped out to an early lead. A belly-to-belly suplex sent Kanako to the mat. From there, Cora used her technical prowess and mat skills to keep Kanako on the mat.
Kanako quickly found herself on the wrong end of a chin lock. Cora cranked back as hard as she could, but Kanako would wouldn’t quit. A back elbow broke the hold. Cora later attempted an armbar; Kanako wasn’t in it long before she got her foot on the bottom rope. It then looked as if Cora was going for another submission, but Kanako rolled away.
Cora’s strategy did wonders, but her opponent turned the tides as soon as she got back to her feet. She grabbed that match-speed knob and cranked it to the max. Kanako landed another back elbow to Cora’s dome before she shot herself into the ropes. Kanako flew back and plastered Cora with a kitchen sink. That led to a basement dropkick to the head. Kanako went for the pin, but Cora kicked out. Cora rolled away and tried to get up, but Kanako drilled her in the knee with a kick and then planted her with a snap DDT. Kanako went for another pin. Two-count.
A jumping knee nearly blistered a rising Cora, but she was able to move out of the way. Cora then grabbed Kanako and planted her with a regalplex. She bridged into the pin and got a two-count. Kanako tried to get up, but Cora returned the favor from earlier by landing superkick to the face. That kept Kanako grounded. She then hit the ropes and connected with a running boot to Kanako’s face. Cora went for the pin, but Kanako kicked out.
It looked as if Cora was in complete control as the match began to wind down. Kanako was in a rough spot as Cora hammered her with forearms. But Kanako connected with a roundhouse before she could deliver the knockout blow. A discuss lariat nearly took Cora out of her boots.
Cora seemed to struggle to sit up. That’s when Kanako shot herself into the ropes. Her Pink Sparkle running blockbuster connected. Kanako went for the pin and got the three-count!
This video actually focused on the fans. The cameraman went up to a number of the Yūgen audience and asked them who they thought would be the victor of the upcoming Ethos Championship match. Surprisingly (or maybe not), a large amount through their support behind Lisa Seldon. The fans said that she had a knack for winning championships, which was true. Though, I noticed a lot of the die-hard fans supported ASURA. One fan stated that she didn’t care if Lisa was an ace at another company; this was Yūgen, and this was a different ballgame. The video came to an end with a nice little graphic of both ASURA and Lisa.
Kagami Nakanishi and Milena LeCavalier made their way out to the ring. The fans were really excited to see both of them, especially together in the same ring. They were pretty loud. I can only imagine how loud they are going to be on Night Three.
Milena wanted to know what this little meeting was about. She found it kind of curious that the Yūgen Eternity Champion would want to offer up pleasantries before the match. She asked what Kagami’s angle was. And of course, Kagami stated that she had no angle.
Ms. Nakanishi told a story about how she felt the night that she’d won the Eternity Championship. She’d beaten the Dark Empress. She’d beaten the woman that tried to lead the company to ruin. And in many people’s eyes, she’d become the New Ace of Yūgen…
But at the time, Kagami confessed that she didn’t truly know what it meant to be the ace.
And so, she meditated. She pondered. She reflected.
And from all that, she crafted an answer. Many people climbed the ladder and hold the top belt in their company, but that didn’t make them the ace. No―being the ace entailed so much more!
Kagami stated that being an ace certainly meant that you were at the top of your game, as far as skills go. However, an ace is also someone doesn’t back down. An ace is someone who is always up for the challenge, no matter how difficult it might be. An ace is someone who is always ready to fight, no matter what. She said that she’d definitely exhibited those qualities during her stint as the Yūgen Eternity Champion. And those qualities are one of the reasons why she’s been fighting all the Yūgen newcomers. She wanted to test their strength.
That when Milena stepped in. She said she had no intention of being apart of her conquest. And quite honestly? She didn’t care about Kagami being the ace. No―Milena let it be known that her only concern was winning the Yūgen Eternity Championship.
Her comments caused Kagami to smirk. Ms. Nakanishi stated that she enjoyed Milena’s no-nonsense attitude. She said that would take her far this company. Kagami told Milena that she looked for to the challenge that she’d bring.
Hisano Fujikawa O [19:52 via Terror Haze] | Adrianna Wilde X
This collusion was inevitable, really. Adrianna made some remarks about Hisano’s demeanor and integrity; Hisano took exception to those words. I’m guessing the former champion also bottled up her rage and unleashed it on Night One after the EXceleration Championship match. And I knew there was no chance in hell that Adrianna was going to just sit by idly…
A match really was the only option.
Speaking of the EXceleration Champion, she came into the bout with a gauge full of aggression. Seriously, I don’t think the Yūgen audience had seen so much fire Adrianna’s eyes and heart. She started things off with a series of stiff chops. Eventually, those chops switched to forearms. Those forearms later mutated into palm strikes. Hisano? She really couldn’t contend with Adrianna’s fury and was forced to backpedal into the ropes.
Though, she wasn’t safe there either.
Adriannna drilled the former Yūgen Eternity Champion with three punches to the sternum, much to the referee’s displeasure. She then lined up for a massive elbow strike.
At that point though, Hisano had gotten her wits about her. She side-stepped the elbow and launched out one of her own. And it was a mighty one. Hisano then returned the favor and hammered Adrianna with body punches as she clung to the ropes. A forearm clocked Adrianna in the head. A gut punch made her a bit wobbly. But it was a kick to the knee that finally brought Adrianna to the mat. Or, down to a knee away.
But that’s when Hisano lifted up her boot and cracked Adrianna dead in the face.
It’s important to remember that both Adrianna and Nao took that nasty spill after that reverse frankensteiner. Adrianna’s neck couldn’t have been one hundred percent going into the bout with Hisano. The whiplash effect of that kick couldn’t have made matters any better. In fact, Adrianna was so loopy that she almost tumbled out of the ring. It was a minor miracle that she had the wherewithal to grab the ropes and stabilize herself.
Hisano began to dictate the pacing of the match after that string of wild events. And of course, she slowed the tempo down to a grinding halt. She kept the Yūgen EXceleration Champion grounded with a few submissions. A chin lock. A grounded hammerlock, etc. At one point Hisano dropped Adrianna to the mat with a takedown and locked in a Fujiwara armbar.
Well, she tried to anyway.
Adrianna rolled through and landed on her feet. It looked as if she had foiled Hisano’s plans, but that wasn’t the case. Hisano had maintained her grip; that allowed her to spin Adrianna around and connect with a Complete Shot. She immediately transitioned into a Koji Clutch.
There was no question that Adrianna was in trouble. We all knew it. And honestly? The only thing she could do was hang in there and try to make it to the ropes, which she did after a period of time.
A couple of non-lethal, but disrespectful boots connected with Adrianna’s face as she began to stand up. Hisano also slapped her a few times. She also laughed when Adrianna didn’t fight back―
Until a vicious headbutt shut her trap.
That strike had the Dark Empress seeing stars. And that allowed Adrianna to hit a Rydeen Bomb. She went for the pin, but Hisano kicked out.
Hisano tried to roll away, but Adrianna wrapped her up with a front chansory. She then proceeded to try and squeeze the life out of Hisano. She did a good job, that is until Hisano got her boot on the bottom rope Adrianna let go of the hold.
It had been a relatively clean match up until that point. And of course, Hisano had to ruin that. She gave the referee a nice hip-check as she stood to her feet. And while the ref tried to regain her bearings, Hisano sucker punched Adrianna in the eye. She then slammed Adrianna’s head into the corner turnbuckle. The referee gave Hisano an admonishment, which the former Eternity Champion brushed off. She then grinded Adrianna’s face against the top rope. It was a brutal tactic. That led to a German suplex. Hisano bridged into a pin, but Adrianna kicked out.
It wasn’t long before Adrianna got picked up. Hisano hit her with another forearm before she went for a roundhouse…
But Adrianna ducked it somehow.
A jumping knee caught Hisano square on the chin. A Silicon Buster front lungblow soon followed. Adriann went for the pin and got a two-count. But the Yūgen EXceleration Champion wasn’t finished. She whipped Hisano into the corner and connected with a shining wizard knee. She then began to lay in alternating chops and forearms to the chest. When Adrianna grew tired of that, she landed a nice lariat. She then pulled the First Ace of Yūgen out of the corner and planted her with a Northern Lights suplex. She earned a two-count.
Hisano later launched out a kick that was stuffed by Adrianna. That led to a leg trip and a grounded roundhouse. Adrianna then shot herself into the ropes and rebounded with a running roundhouse. She went for the pin and got another two-count.
Looking to put the match away with a killshot, Adrianna rolled onto the ring apron. She then grabbed ahold of the top rope and sprung into the air just as Hisano began to rise. That Tequila Hangover springboard DDT was on the horizon. She wrapped her arms around Hisano’s head―
But the Dark Empress squatted and blocked the move.
Hisano cradled her opponent for a moment or two before she dropped Adrianna on her head with a DDT. That one stung; Adrianna immediately grabbed her head. Hisano immediately went into a cover. The referee’s hand hit the mat twice―
And then Hisano deliberately lifted Adrianna’s shoulder off of the mat.
A wicked smirk crossed her face before she sat Adrianna up. A kick to the spine made the EXceleration Champion lower her guard.
A sleeper hold got put on.
Adrianna started to fade. The referee rushed in. But that when Hisano stood her up. She flashed another smirk before she popped her hips and took Adrianna down a sleeper suplex.
The Terror Haze.
Hisano went for the pin and got the three-count.
The fans weren’t too pleased, but that didn’t seem to bother Hisano much. After she’d had her hand raised, she looked down Adrianna. She told Adrianna to go crawl back to her mate before she exited the ring. Afterwards, the referee checked on Adrianna.