Post by Audrey Valentine on Jul 17, 2019 17:55:53 GMT -5
Sumiko Matsuda 20th Anniversary Show
July 18th, 2019
Mother made her way to the ring with a microphone. She spoke to the crowd and thanked everyone for attending. She told the members of the audience that they were in for a mighty treat. The fans? They responded with a might hand clap; a few fans also shouted mother's name. She waved her hands and took a bow. Afterwards, she walked to the back. And with that, the night began.
Nohelle Bentlee O [25:48 via Top Rope Toss] | The Rest X
Sooo, it seems as if people were excited to receive the minute by minute details of this match―
If you thought I was going to break this match down piece by piece, then you’re out of your mind. You’re going to take these elimination highlights and be happy!
Billie Horn: Eliminated by Karen Willow
Kieran Saint: Eliminated by Saburo Kurokawa & ShikimiKurokawa*
Karen Willow: Eliminated by BANG-BANG & BIG KELLZ
Morgiana: Eliminated by Gina Yanagi
Kanako Matsudaira: Eliminated by Saburo Kurokawa
Miles Davis: Eliminated by Mai Goto & Leah Taylor
Ainu Kanno: Eliminated by Cora, Shion Fuse, Mai Goto, Seiko Kuba, Dani Sandström, Yumi Song, Leah Taylor, & Adrianna Wilde.**
Seiko Kuba: Eliminated by Yumi Song
Saburo Kurokawa: Eliminated by Dani Sandström
Shion Fuse: Eliminated by Mai Goto
Cora: Eliminated by Fukushima Zombie
Yumi Song: Eliminated by Nohelle Bentlee, Dani Sandström, and Adrianna Wilde.***
Nao Saegusa: Eliminated by Fukushima Zombie
Mai Goto: Eliminated by Leah Taylor
Leah Taylor: Eliminated by Shikimi Kurokawa & Adrianna Wilde
Shikimi Kurokawa: Eliminated by Adrianna Wilde
Adrianna Wilde: Eliminated by Fukushima Zombie
Fukushima Zombie: Eliminated by Dani Sandström
Dani Sandström:Eliminated by Nohelle Bentlee****
*This was the first of many muli-person eliminations. It was fun to see these two siblings work together, at least for a moment. The actually elimination came as a result of Saburo verse suplexing Kieran and Shikimi hitting a Kurokawa-Ryū #27 Axe & Smash.
**If you went by her elimination-count, you would have thought that Mt. Kanno didn’t do anything in this match. That would be false. Ainu actually put a mighty beating on everyone in that ring. Her time in there was comprised of her clubbing people in the head. And because of that, the other participants banded together to toss her out.
***Similar to Mt. Kanno, Yumi began steam rolling everyone. Therefore, it was decided that Yumi had to get up on out of there.
****Dani and Nohelle battled alone for about three minutes. There was some decent back and forth, that is until Dani began to overwhelm Nohelle with blistering kicks. A wicked roundhouse spun Nohelle around like a top. That’s when Dani locked in a Cobra-clutch. She was setting up for the Long Goodnight―that is until Nohelle chomped down on her forearm. That broke the hold and allowed Nohelle to nail a nasty headbutt. And a disorientated Dani got tossed over the top rope.
PROJECT MUSCLE O [4:02 via Down From the Heavens] | Kyle Suzuki X
So let me give you Kyle’s backstory.
He’s a cool dude had went through some hard times. He was homeless at one point in time. Mother met him while she was out and about. She felt bad for him and ultimately ended up offering him a job. He started off sweeping floors. However, we later discovered that he was an amazing cook. And so, he began to cater Yūgen events. And when mother received her position as senior referee at Pro Wrestling NEO, she took Kyle with her.
And naturally, spending time around mother and Yūgen meant that he’d picked up some wrestling. He learned the basics under mother and Aunt Michi.
But as you can imagine, this wasn’t the most favorable match-up for Kyle.
PROJECT MUSCLE was a tank. Period. As soon as the bell rang, Kyle rushed in and pelted him with overhead chops. They made a nice sound, but the big man was unmoved. Kyle then switched to forearms. They didn’t seem to have much effect either.
That’s when PROJECT MUSCLE demolished Kyle with a big boot. It looked like a grizzly bear swatting down a gnat.
Kyle then got lifted and dropped with a series of German suplexes. PROJECT MUSCLE bridged into a pin after the third one. But somehow, Kyle was able to kick out. Though, he probably wished he hadn’t. He tried to fire back with a few kicks, but PROJECT MUSCLE clobbered him with Samoan Drop.
PROJECT MUSCLE then shot herself into the ropes as Kyle made it to his feet. A humongous lariat ensued―
But Kyle ducked underneath it and hit a drop-toe-hold. Kyle then hit the ropes and rebounded with a dropkick. He kipped up and hit the ropes once again. A sliding knee resulted. Kyle then struggled to turn PROJECT MUSCLE over and pin him; the big man kicked out with authority.
Kyle did his best to continue his offensive flury, but he got shut down by a BEAST UNLEASHED pop-up European uppercut. That lead to a Down From the Heavens elevated sit-out powerbomb.
Kyle didn’t get up from that one. Three-count.
PROJECT MUSCLE helped Kyle up after the match. They quickly shook hands before Kyle exited the ring. Mai Goto appeared and gave the big guy a huge hug. They celebrated a bit before leaving the ring.
Nevermore (Misha LeCavalier & Sophia Pike) O [15:53 via Space Needle] | Uyeda Bloodline (Natsu Uyeda & Rei Uyeda) X
Before I jump into the match highlights, let me say a few words about each team.
Uyeda Bloodline is one of the best tag teams to grace a Yūgen ring. Period. It doesn’t matter if they’re attitudes were poor. It doesn’t matter that they’ve yet to capture the Ecstasy Gate Championships. Pound for pound, Natsu and Rei together were one of the best duos…
Misha and Sophia? I’d seen footage from both of them. They were ferocious as single’s competitors. But as team? Oh dear. Intense isn’t a strong enough word to describe them as tandem.
Acute maybe. Though, I’d go as far as to call them barbaric.
I personally knew that mother was big fans of both teams. And I suppose she wanted to see them throw down in the ring.
Misha and Sohpia’s team dynamic was quite interesting. Sophia appeared hyper-aggressive. As soon as the bell rang, she shot in with a double-leg takedown and began battering Rei with pointed elbows to the skull. The referee was forced to intervene. Rei soon made it to her feet, though, she probably wished she’d stayed on the mat. Sophia launchd out a series of slaps that caught Rei on the cheek. And they weren’t the playful kind either. A stern one knocked Ms. Uyeda to the mat. From there, Sophia stomped on all of her joints and then tagged out to Misha. Misha? She was quite aggressive too. Though, hers was more disrespectful than forceful. She caught Rei with a soccer kick to the spine just as The Sky Chaser was starting to sit up. The kick actually sparked Rei to stand back―right into a cravate. Misha yanked her around for a bit before she completed a snapmare and drilled Rei in the spine with another kick. That one reverberated throughout the arena.
It took some viciousness of her own for Rei to get back into the match. She narrowly dodged one of Misha’s forearms; she then took ahold of that arm and bit down hard. Misha definitely hadn’t expected that. That shock allowed Rei to connect with a thunderous superkick that rocked Ms. LeCavalier. Rei hit the ropes and rebounded with a sling-blade. She quickly went for the cover, but Misha promptly kicked out.
The tides of battle seemed to turn the moment that Natsu got tagged in. She’d grown tired of seeing her younger sister get battered. And so, she dealt out some punishment as took Misha and Sohpia to the Suplex Prefecture. A jumping back kick rocked Misha again; that led to a released German suplex. Sophia received a reverse suplex and a brainbuster. Natsu later went for the pinfall, but Misha kicked out.
The match shifted into high-gear when Sophia and Rei got tagged back into. A missed forearm allowed Rei to connect with some rapid palm strikes to the chest; she ended the flury with an elbow to Sophia’s jaw. And before she could even react, Sophia was then taken to the mat with a headscissors. Rei then kipped up and delivered a dropkick. She went for the cover, but Sophia kicked out. Rei would then attempt her Uyeda Stronghold Paradise lock―
Well, that was until Sophia grabbed ahold of her hand and “snapped” Rei’s fingers.
The agonizing look on Rei’s face was unsettling. But Sophia ignored all of that as she planted The Sky Chaser with a Hammerlock DDT. Sophia went for quick cover; Rei kicked out. However, Sophia then slapped on a kimura lock! Based on the lock in Sophia’s eyes, she was more than content with snapping Rei’s arm. Natsu must have caught that look too; that’s why she booted Sophia in the head to break things up. But Natsu’s intervention brought Misha into the ring. She clocked the oldest Uyeda sister with her Inferiority Complex high knee. Natsu tumbled out of the ring.
Sophia and Misha then spent the better part of thirty seconds kicking the shit out of Rei’s chest and back. Then they both hit the ropes. Sophia rebounded and hit a soccer kick to the chin; Misha drilled Rei in the back of the head with a knee. Misha rolled out of the ring as Sophia went for the pinfall.
And although it looked as if Rei was done for, she still had the wherewithal to kickout!
Ms. Pike would keep Rei grounded for a little bit longer as she worked an armbar. However, Rei was able to slip out of it. Both wrestlers made it to their feet. That’s when Rei somehow pulled off a spinning handspring DDT. Instead of going for the cover, she tagged out to Natsu. Command & Conquer lifted Sophia and planted her with a rolling release suplex as Rei hit lionsault. Rei rolled to the ring apron as Natsu went for the pinfall. Two-count.
The ending sequence was a bit wild as all for wrestlers were the ring. Natsu and Sophia traded elbows while Misha and Rei went at it. Rei’s speed allowed her to hit a quick sole-butt and then floor Misha with a frankensteiner. She then headed to the top rope. And normally, she would have been swift about it. But the punishment that Sophia and Misha had dealt out had taken its toll. She took too much time on that tope rope; Misha was able to pop up and run to the corner. She then grabbed Rei and launched her…
Rei’s spine slammed onto the ring apron. And then she let out this nasty shriek.
Natsu took her eyes off of the prize as looked over at her downed sibling. That’s when Sophia cold clocked her with a high roundhouse. Misha sped in and floored Natsu with a running reverse STO. That allowed Sophia to drop down and attempt her Space Needle seated Fujiwara armbar.
But Natsu resisted! The oldest Uyeda sister fought and struggled. She knew that armbar was certain death―
And then she got punted in the face by Misha.
That strike allowed Sophia to full lock the hold on. Deep pain shot through Natsu’s arm. She didn’t want to submit, but she knew she had to.
Sophia and Misha looked quite pleased as they exited the ring. After Natsu had recovered a bit, she rolled over to her sister. Rei was moving, but it was clear she was in a lot of pain. Natsu took ahold of her sister and slowly helped her up. Usually, the fans weren’t too supportive of Uyeda Bloodline. But this time? They cheered both of them as they walked to the back.
Sumiko Matsuda O [20:12 via Tornado Roundhouse] | Michi Matsuda, Reika Matsuda X
It’s a little bit wild to cover a match that I was part of. I’m sure you can imagine why. It’s easy to cover a match when you are sitting ring-side. But it’s a whole another matter when you are in the ring getting your head kicked off and then trying to remember what happened…
However, I’ll do my best.
A series of handshakes commenced before all the barbarism was unleashed. Mother and Aunt Michi shook. I shook Aunt Michi’s. And then mother and I shook. However, I noticed that she also gave me a look. It wasn’t accompanied by words, but I knew what that look meant. I’d seen it every time we’ve worked out in the gym together. I’d seen it every time that we had sparred together:
“Don’t hold back. I won’t.”
That’s what her pupils told me in that moment. All I could do was nod.
And the bell rang.
As soon as it did, I received a boot to the stomach, curtsey of Aunt Michi. And then the forearms came flying. The first few came from Aunt Michi. The next five came from mother. The last one caught me right on the button and dropped me to the mat. To play it safe, I rolled to the ring apron to catch my breath.
With me out of the picture for a while, mother and Aunt Michi cranked the intensity level up to eleven. They began by trading chops. Each subsequent chop was louder and more painful than its predecessor. Neither of them budged an inch after maybe forty to fifty seconds. They then switched to elbows. For those who aren’t too privy to my aunt’s in-ring style, well, she specialized in stiff elbow strikes. Because of that, Aunt Michi started to gain the advantage. A stern rolling elbow caused mother’s head to rock back violent. Aunt Michi prepared herself for another one, but mother countered with a boot to her arm. That’s when mother let her kicks fly―they were in mother’s wheel-house.
Three nasty shoot kicks connected with Aunt Michi’s left leg. It started to buckle. A stern roundhouse floored my aunt.
I jumped back into the fray while mother had her back turned. I spun her around and delivered a headbutt to her chest. That stunned her for a second or two. From there, I cracked her with four or five forearms of my own before I shot myself into the ropes. I intended to down her with a lariat, but she drove her knee into my sternum. She then whipped me into the corner three times; and each time she hit me a knee on the rebound. It wasn’t long before she dumped me on my head with a Saito suplex. She went for the pinfall, but I was able to kick out.
Aunt Michi and mother went back to battling. Aunt Michi hit a running switch and planted mother with a German suplex. She bridged into a pin, but mom kicked out. Aunt Michi then rolled onto her side and placed mother in a rear naked choke. Mother struggled to get out. But the harder with struggled, the more she helped my aunt out.
I brought myself to my feet and then drilled Aunt Michi in the spine with a soccer kick. That got her to break the hold.
It also turned her attention towards me.
She soon got to her feet and dropped me with a snapmare. And then she returned that kick that I gave her. It hurt. It hurt a lot. But couldn’t keep me down. I rose up and dropped her with a snapmare. Another soccer kick. We repeated that process three times, that is until Aunt Michi nearly cleaned my clock with an elbow. Then she hit the ropes. She rebounded and looked to clobber me with a big boot. Fortunately, I moved out of the way. I completed a running switch of my own and dropper her with a lung blower. I then hit the ropes and nailed a leaping senton. I for the cover―
And mother kicked me in the head.
It was one of the hardest strikes I’d ever felt. I was loopy for moment. But I had little time to rest as mother picked me up. She then twist my arm before with tried to chop my leg off with a kick. She hit two more until I’d had enough. I cocked back and drilled her in the ear with my open palm.
She certainly hadn’t anticipated that.
Her equilibrium was jacked up. I knew it. That meant it was time to go to work.
I cracked my neck before I delivered a series of palm strikes to my mother. She blocked a few, but a good number of them connected. Those palm strikes soon turned into rapid alternating slaps. They were hurting my mother; I could tell by the way she gritted her teeth. And let tell you, I was hell-bent of knocking her out.
One final slap floored mother. And that’s when I was spun around and kicked in the face. Aunt Michi then shoved me out of the ring.
From there, mother and Aunt Michi began to trade big moves. Aunt Michi hit a huge running Liger bomb. Mother responded with double-knee gutbuster. A backdrop driver would later send my mother to the mat. But, mother came back with snap piledriver.
Perhaps it was a foolish move, but I decided to get back into the ring. Aunt Michi was the first to meet me; I floored her with an overhead belly-to-belly. Mother then charged at me. I planted her with an O-Goshi throw and went for the cover. Two-count.
I quickly stood mother back up. She responded with a European uppercut. She was about to hit me with something else, but I hit a standing switch. I then rammed her chest into the ropes. We rebounded backwards and rolled through. That’s when I lifted and dropped her with a German suplex. But it didn’t end there. I rolled through once again and then connected with a dragon suplex. To be honest, I probably could have won the match right there had Aunt Michi not jumped on me with a senton.
Mother rolled out onto the apron as me and Aunt Michi battled for a while. We traded strikes, that is until she deadlifted and crushed me with a brainbuster. Instead of going for the pin, she lifted me back up and hit a falcon arrow. I believe it was the same sequence she used to defeat Morgiana. Aunt Michi went for the pinfall, but I was able to kick out.
A sole-butt and an axe kick took Aunt Michi out of the game for a while (mother’s handiwork). But that meant mother’s attention turned back towards me. She lifted me up, only to drop me with a Death Valley Driver. She went for the pinfall, but I got my shoulder up. She stood me back up and then clapped me about the ears. She went for another Death Valley Driver, but I slipped out and booped her with a European uppercut. That’s when I lifted her up with a fireman’s carry.
I’ll be honest, I thought about hitting her with her own move. But that thought quickly left my mind. I then shifted her weight and crushed her with a schwein. I went for the cover, but mother kicked out just in the nick of time.
Following that near fall, I rolled away and got back up to my feet. And that’s when Aunt Michi took me out of commission with a snap Half-Nelson suplex.
Bomber 43 was Aunt Michi’s finisher. It was an Axe and Smash followed by another rolling elbow. She stalked mother like a hungry shark until she was in the proper position. The Axe and Smash connected. But, mom ducked the second rolling elbow. Aunt Michi then got drilled with a mean high roundhouse on the turn around. She then lifted Aunt Michi up―
A Go To Sleep connected.
Aunt Michi crumbled to her knees. Mother went for one last roundhouse. And I’m not sure how she did it, but Aunt Michi ducked it…
Well, the first one.
Mother used her momentum to spin around and hit another. That connected and earned her the three-count.
After the match, Mother picked me and Aunt Michi up. She gave us both hugs and asked us to stand with her as she addressed the crowd. Once again, she thanked everyone in attendance for coming out. She also thanked the fans for supporting her throughout her journey as wrestler. Mother then jokingly stated that she was looking forward to the next twenty years.
With that, various wrestlers came out to hug mother and hand her flowers. That went on for maybe thirty minutes or so. Afterwards, we all stood in the ring and took pictures.
And with that, the night came to a close.
Everything had gone off without a hitch. It almost made me forget about Kagami’s attackers.