Post by Audrey Valentine on Aug 28, 2019 7:07:20 GMT -5
Yūgen: Fallen Leaves
August 28th, 2019
Fukushima Zombie and Niko Nishijima appeared on the screen. The last time we saw them together was at the Catalyst show where they teamed together. There was something different about them in this moment. At Catalyst, both of them were wearing their own individually colored and style gear.
Tonight? Their colors matched. And based on the gear’s quality, it appeared as if it were all made by one specific person.
All that being said, Fukushima was the first to step up and speak. She told the world that she’d been keeping a close eye on Yūgen from afar. She’d just been waiting for the right time to strike and come in. And guess what? That time was now! Fuku also made it a point to say that she didn’t want to rock Yūgen by herself. And, who was better than Niko!?
There was a tiny look of trepidation on Niko’s face as she spoke. She told everyone that her time in Yūgen had been bitter-sweet. She’d been working hard and doing her best, but she hadn’t risen to the heights that she wanted to. However, she wasn’t going to give up. Instead, she was going to continue training and fight even harder. Why? Because this time she had someone to fight for, and someone who would fight alongside her.
Fuki nodded her head vigorously at Niko’s last point. Ms. Zombie then stated that the wrestling world could refer to them by their new team new―The Violent Lovers. She and Niko then stated that they looked forward to stepping into the ring later in the evening.
STRiFE O [17:57 via Wicked Sister] | Natsuko Aimi X
Let me start off by saying this: the reaction that Natsuko received was massive. It reminded me of the first time mother wrestled on one of my shows. Everyone showed their appreciation for her.
STRiFE was heated!
To understand why, you need to understand how this match finally came about. You see, STRiFE was actually one of Natsuko’s students a few years back. But there was some animosity between the two of them. STRiFE felt that Natsuko was constantly comparing her to another former student, Merlot Ayano. STRiFE didn’t want to be the next Merlot; she wanted to be her own entity. And because of all that, even after passing her Joshi Exit Exams, STRiFE resented both Natsuko and Merlot.
Now that you’ve got the context, here’s what went down.
Despite STRiFE’s enraged state of mind, she was very methodical in the earlier stages of this bout. She took Midori Miyamoto lightly and found out that was a mistake; and she wasn’t going to make that mistake with Natsuko. Her approach resulted in a fair amount of chain-wrestling. Natsuko? She was taller and stronger. STRiFE? She was noticeably more swift. This led to a stand still.
That stand still was later broken when STRiFE wrenched Natsuko’s arm and then delivered a shoot kick to her thigh.
That kick flipped a switch in Natsuko’s brian. An aura of peril seeped into the room as Natsuko turned to glare at STRiFE.
You didn’t try to out-strike Natsuko Ainu.
That’s when an exchange broke out. Though, it would be more accurate to label it a mauling. Natsuko clobbered STRiFE with forearms, elbows, and knees. I’d never seen STRiFE in that type of danger. A myriad of shoot kicks found their mark on STRiFE’s midsection. And then came that killer combination—a sole-butt followed by an axe kick followed by a bicycle knee. STRiFE’s cascading body hit the mat. Natsuko went for the pin. Fortunately for STRiFE she as close to the ropes.
In the midst of her beating, STRiFE began to get mouthy. I think she thought it would get under Natsuko’s skin. It didn’t. Natsuko simply continued pounding her in the chest. Those strikes transformed into larger moves. Natsuko connected with a release butterfly suplex. Two-count. A brainbuster took STRiFE back down to the mat. Another two-count. Lastly, Natsuko lifted her former student up and crushed her with a gut-buster. But once more, STRiFE kicked out.
Natsuko’s assault continued when she threw out a high roundhouse that STRiFE was able to block. That led to a sweeping low kick that floored the veteran.
STRiFE smelled blood in the water.
She leapt on Natsuko and began to drill her with palm strikes. Natsuko put up a nice guard, but a stern left opened her up to further attack. STRiFE snatched Natsuko’s left arm and immediately slapped on a cross-armbreaker. STRiFE really cranked back on that arm. If Natsuko wasn’t so seasoned, she might have tapped out in that moment. However, she got her feet underneath the ropes to break things up.
But that rope break didn’t lead to a sweet escape. Natsuko was on the mat. She was in STRiFE’s domain; and she knew it. STRiFE? She wasted little time before she dragged Natsuko to the middle of the ring and put her in a Rear Nake Choke.
She had the move in very deep.
Natsuko’s lights began to turn off as her airway was constricted. The more she fought, the more STRiFE cranked on that neck. And just when it looked as if Natsuko was going to fade away―
STRiFE let go.
A wicked came to her face as Natsuko got to a knee, gasping for breath. STRiFE then locked in a head and arm choke. And once again, STRiFE released the hold right before Natsuko was about to fade.
STRiFE then transitioned into a triangle choke. She threw out some sharp elbows to add insult to injury. A mean one cut Natusko across the forehead. Crimson dripped onto the mat. Well, the elbows really started flying after STRiFE saw that. She let out this hellacious cackle.
One last elbow connected before STRiFE rolled Natsuko onto her back and went for the win―Natsuko kicked out!
Natsuko wiped blood from here eyes and face as both wrestlers made it to a vertical base.
And that’s when she hulked up.
STRiFE and Natusko began trading strikes once again. And despite her condition, Natsuko began to win out. Her blows were wild and weighted. Natsuko then launched out a roundhouse that nearly decapitated STRiFE. The sound it made was gnarly. Natsuko then shot herself into the ropes and looked to land a death blow…
O-Goshi by STRiFE!
Natsuko tried to rise up, but she got cracked with grounded roundhouse. She tried to get up once more, but that’s when STRiFE drilled her with slaps. One after another connected. And by the time she was finished, STRiFE’s hand red from her former trainer’s blood.
STRiFE wiped that blood on her leg before she dropped down to the mat and taunted Natsuko. She locked in her Wicked Sister Anaconda Choke moments later. And that time? Natsuko really did pass out. The referee called for the bell and pulled STRiFE away.
After the match, STRiFE grabbed Natsuko by the back of the head. She delivered a knee to that open gash before she started talking some smack. It looked as if she were going to hit her Bullet To Your Throne Kawada kick―
That is until Merlot Ayano showed up!
She immediately entered the ring, which caused STRiFE to drop Natsuko. The two of them stood eye to eye for a moment as they sized each other up. Merlot then stated that STRiFE had gone too far; she’d garnered her attention. STRiFE laughed. After a moment or two, Merlot stated that she and STRiFE one fight one-on-one…
During Yūgen’s Cascade Crown event in October.
STRiFE? She was practically gushed. The fans? They seemed invested. They knew that they were going to witness a match that was literally years in the making. She. STRiFE exited the ring still beaming as Merlot bent down and helped Natsuko to her feet. Ms. Ayano then helped her trainer to the back.
Nohelle Bentlee was standing in the ring camera cut back to the inside of the arena. She told the Yūgen fans that they were lucky. Wh? Because in a few short days, they would see a brand new Yūgen Ethos Champion crowned! Furthermore, Nohelle promised that she’d be a champion that they could be proud of.
That statement got a reaction from the fans. ASURA definitely didn’t pander to the Yūgen audience, however, the fans did respect her. She’d proven her worth by winning the Sanctum of Dreams tournament. And, she’d been a kick ass Ethos Champion.
Nohelle noticed the reaction. It made her furious. Nohelle said that ASURA was nearly insufferable with her wild promos and bombastic attires. But Nohelle? No, she wasn’t like that. She said that she was classy, and it was high time some of that class rubbed off on Yūgen, it’s roster, and it’s owner.
From there, Nohelle spent about three minutes big-uping herself. It went on and on and on. Dani Sandström’s name was brought up eventually. Nohelle laughed at Dani and said that she was a fool for thinking that she could win that battle. A fool to think she could become the next Ethos Champion. That spot was reserved for Nohelle and Nohelle alone.
After a while, well, that is until MAN ON A MISSION’S “My Hero” started to play. And out came ASURA, along with the Ethos Championship. It seemed like she nearly teleported to the ring. Nohelle? She got the heck out of their. ASURA simply laughed as she held her championship up into the air.
Destroy All | Violent Lovers [13:45 via Double Countout]
Well, I can confidently tell you that both teams lived up to their names that night. It was a slug-fest from the very moment that the bell rang. And you know what? I immediately knew that this would be a match I’d have to revisit down the line.
Yumie and Fukishima took point for both of their teams. And man, talk about fast paced. Those two zoomed around that ring. You almost need slow motion picture to see what was happening. Though, the first big move to land was a step-up enziguri. That dropped Fuku to the mat. Yumie followed that up with a Rolling Thunder and a pinfall attempt; Fuku promptly kicked out. Fuku would later return the favor with a running switch and a sliding German suplex. Yumie rolled to a knee and got caught with a hip-check. It was Fuku’s turn to go for the cover, which meant it was Yumie’s turn to kick out. Yumie’s strategy changed as they both made it to their feet. She decided that she was going to hammer Fuku as hard as she could, and she set out to do it. Fuku took a number of heavy strikes. They certainly took their toll, but Fukushima never fell. Not once. Yumie lined up for a high roundhouse, but Fuku moved out of the way. She took Yumie to the mat with a lungblower.
Double tags were soon made, and it was Mayuka who struck first. A big boot rocked Niko; that led to a running back-elbow that floored Ms. Nishijima. Mayuka hit a leaping senton and went for the cover, but Niko kicked out. It wasn’t long before Niko got yoked up and flung into the corner. Mayuka hammered her with body-blows before she connected with a huge lariat. A belly-to-belly sent Niko into the middle of the ring. Another pinfall attempt; another kickout. It looked as if Mayuka was going to attempt a powerbomb of some sort, but Niko slipped out of it. She then hit a running switch, only to send Mayuka into the corner. Mayuka rebounded and got floored by an Ippon Seoi Nage throw. And since Mayuka was in the perfect position, Niko grabbed her arm and locked in a kimura. She had that submission in deep. And just when it looked like Mayuka might tap out―
Yumie entered the ring and hit a dropkick to Niko’s face.
That move broke the hold. It also seemed to anger Niko. She let go of Mayuka and grabbed Yumie before the referee could force her out of the ring. A stern STO connected. Niko was going to hit something else, that is until she got spun around by Mayuka. She hit Niko with a big boot before hitting a brainbuster. She went for another cover, but Niko grabbed onto the ropes.
Niko and Mayuka tussled about, that is until Fuku made a blind tag. That allowed her to spring off the ropes and hit a dropkick. She then went for a frankensteiner―
But it was blocked.
That led to a powerbomb and pin. But before Fuku could even kick out, she got deadlifted into the air and planted with a sit-out powerbomb. Another pinfall attempt resulted. Niko entered the ring and broke it all up. It looked like Niko was going to launch another attack, but her foot got grabbed. Yumie snatched Niko and pulled her to the outside. She lit Niko up with a few kicks before she launched her into the front row.
Believe it or not, the crowd didn’t seem to mind it much.
The camera cut back to the ring as Mayuka got drop kicked and fell through the ropes. Yumie ran over and helped her up.
And that’s when Fuku leapt up to the top rope. She spun around and then flew off the ropes with a moonsault. Fuku took them both out.
The match never re-entered the ring. Instead, both teams started brawling. Niko went after Yumie and drilled her with some clinched knees to the sternum. Payback from earlier. Fukushima got wiped out by a lariat. Niko then spun Mayuka and drilled her with a superwoman punch. Yumie then hit Niko with a chop-block. That allowed Destroy All to lift Niko and plant her with a brainbuster. Afterwards, they looked for Fuku. But she wasn’t on the ground.
And then they looked to the air.
Fuku soared off the top ropes with a shooting star press that wiped everyone out.
Yūgen referee’s are pretty relaxed when it comes to the rules. But here? The referee didn’t know what to do. And so, she began to count. And that count reached twenty. From there, she called for the bell.
Considering the fact that the previous two tag teams nearly killed themselves in the hiring, I extended the break period to fourth-five minutes. Adrianna Wilde came out for a few minutes and spoke with a few fans. But, she had a championship match to prepare for. Nao Saegusa, Yumi Strong, Leah Taylor, Seiko Kuba, Shikimi Kurokawa and Ainu Kanno walked out for the merch selling. Surprisingly, Mt. Kanno and Shikimi had the largest crowds, followed by Yumi.
Seiko and Yumi got into an interesting little altercation about who was stronger. Seiko was really persistent for some reason. Yumi played it cool and didn’t start a fight or anything.
The production crew also put together a little video. It showed a row of numerous championships lined up. The camera lingered on them for a moment until the words “coming soon” appeared on the screen. Then the video faded out.
Afterwards, people began to take their seats. And so, the program resumed shortly afterwards.
Milena LeCavalier and Dani made their respective ways to the ring. Everyone knew what time it was—it was time to address their upcoming Eternity Championship match. Dani kicked things off by saying that she was impressed by Milena. She’d always thought Milena was good (since her first Yugen appearance), their tag match at Catalyst Volume One solidified her thoughts. Meanwhile, Milena just leaned against the ropes.
Dani went on for a while. And honestly? She Milena tons of praise. She let Milena know that she was amazing—
But she just wasn’t as amazing as Dani. And she wouldn’t be as amazing as Dani when the Eternity Championship was on the line.
Milena’s response? She yawned.
After pushing off of the ropes, Milena stated that Dani could stop her ass kissing. She stated that she didn’t need nor want Dani’s praise. Milena said that she proved how great she was when she defeated the ace of the company.
She then asked what Dani had done.
Dani responded by rattling off some victories. Milena countered by saying that she lost some key matches too, like the battle royal. That caused Dani to smile. She said none of that mattered, because she got to where she needed to be anyway.
The champion said that Dani was writing a check that she couldn’t cash. But regardless, she was coming to collect. That just made Dani smile.
Yūgen EXceleration Championship
Adrianna Wilde O [15:20 via La Magistral] | Cora X
This was quite the bout. On one side, you had a woman who literally fought and scraped to obtain that championship match. And on the other side, you had the ace of the EXceleration division…
That made for a must-watch bout.
It’s worth noting that Adrianna took a different approach to this match than what the Yūgen crowd was usually accustomed to. Normally, she’d feel the match out and let it flow naturally. However, that wasn’t the case that evening. Instead, Adrianna constantly looked to push the pace by using an aggressive stance. Though she wasn’t wild and aggressive like the fight time she fought Hisano.
She brought the perfect level of fight with her.
Being a step or two faster, Adrianna zipped over and took Cora down with a head scissors. Cora? She popped right back up, only to get blasted in the knee with a stiff kick. Adrianna then hit the ropes and connected with a mean dropkick. She went for the cover, but Cora kicked out.
Adrianna continued her onslaught as she connected with a series of nasty chops to the chest. She attempted to whip the challenger into the corner after the last one, but Cora halted her momentum and kicked the champion in the chest. That led to a snap DDT.
The EXceleration Champion held her head in pain. Cora could have gone for a pin, but she elected not to. Her goal? To cool the hot champion’s jet by slowing down the tempo. And she implemented that plan by targeting Adrianna’s leg. The left leg, to be specific. Therefore, it wasn’t a surprise when Cora lept high into the air and delivered a knee drop. Adrianna screamed out in pain. But the punishment couldn’t end there. Cora stomped down on that leg like she was trying to extinguish some sort of raging fire. Those stomps led to Cora leaping high once again. But that time, she came down with a wicked senton.
Adrianna attempted to roll out of the ring, but Cora drug her back towards the center and slapped on a single-leg Boston crab. The Yūgen EXceleration Champion was in a lot of trouble and a lot of pain. Cora really increased the pressure when she squatted down.
For a second or two, it looked as if Adrianna was going to submit. Her brain was probably telling her to do so. But her heart wouldn’t allow it. Instead, she mustered all the strength she had and crawled to the edge of the ring. She then dug deep, reached out, and got her hand around the bottom rope.
Cora was in complete control at that point. Adrianna was gingerly helped to her feet and whipped into the corner. That’s when Cora ran in and rocked her with an elbow to the face. A back elbow also connected before Cora lifted the EXceleration Champion and placed her in a Tree of Woe. Afterwards, she drilled Adrianna’s left leg with punches and kicks before she traveled to the adjacent side of the ring. Once more, the challenger darted in. She then leapt into the air and cracked Adrianna in the face with a stalling dropkick
In most cases, the force would have dropped Adrianna. However, it was her hurt leg that prevented her from hitting the mat. Cora pried the champion from the corner and went for the pinfall. Somehow, some way, Adrianna was able to kick out. The champion’s resolve didn’t bother the challenger; in fact, Cora had a huge smile on her face as she grabbed Adrianna lifted her up. She quickly spun the champion around, only to drop her once again a leg-trapped back suplex. Cora bridged into a pin, but Adrianna was able to get her shoulder off of the mat.
Most people in the arena thought the Yūgen EXceleration Champion was done for―
And that’s when she started to fight back.
Cora went for a strike, but she was cut off by a chop. And another. And another. Having had enough, Cora looked to shut off Adrianna’s lights with a forearm, but the champion ducked it. Adrianna grabbed onto a disorientated Cora and took her to the mat with a Silicon Buster lungblower. But Adrianna immediately regretted that decision as intense pain shot up her leg. She was slow to make the cover, which allowed Cora to kick out.
Adrianna needed big paradigm shift; and so, she went for her patented Rydeen Bomb―
But her leg gave out.
Both wrestlers tumbled to the mat. Somehow, Adrianna was able to get up first. She limped over and used her right leg to drilled Cora with a sliding knee. She went for the pinfall once again, but Cora kicked out. Eventually, both wrestlers were able to stand (it took Adrianna a bit longer, obviously). They started to trade forearms. And things were going well until Cora changed the game up and clobbered Adrianna’s left leg with a shoot kick. That hurt leg? It buckled something fierce. That allowed Cora to hit the ropes and nail a Yakuza kick. She dropped down and went for the pinfall. Two-count.
Adrianna found herself into another precarious position a few minutes later. Once again, she got placed in a Tree of Woe. And that time? Cora had ascended to the top rope. She stomped down on Adrianna leg a few times before she jumped up and looked to hit a double-foot stomp…
But it never connected.
Ms. Wilde used her core-strength to sit up and avoid the attack. Cora? She didn’t roll through, so she landed pretty hard. That gave Adrianna enough time to soar through the air herself. Cora stood up and turn, only to get caught by the neck and driven into mat with a tornado DDT. Adrianna dragged herself over and went for the pinfall. Two-count.
Cora got caught with a medium powered roundhouse as she rose to a knee. A second one connected. Adrianna then slapped her leg and hit the ropes. She rebounded and hit a running soccer kick. She’d put a bunch of people away with that move. Adrianna dropped down and went for the cover as the Yūgen fans began to rise to their feet―
Both wrestlers were spent at that point, so it took them awhile to stand. Once they did, another quick strike battle took place. A bunch of Adrianna’s slaps connected, but she was shut down by another kick to the thigh. Cora then yoked Adrianna up and lifted her for that straight-jacket suplex.
The EXceleration Champion? She kicked her legs in midair and reversed the momentum. That allowed Adrianna to roll Cora up. Cora kicked out! But Adrianna held onto her arm. Ms. Wilde spun and rolled Cora up into a la magistral. And that was enough to keep Cora down for the three-count.
Cora helped Adrianna up after the match. She took the EXceleration Championship away from the referee and handed it Adrianna herself. Cora’s act of sportsmanship caused Adrianna to hold out her hand. Cora shook it. The fans ate all that up. Afterwards, Cora exited the ring and allowed Adrianna to soak up all the praise..
Yūgen Ecstasy Gate Championships
Senkou Shimai (Himawari & 蘭丸) O [21:08 via Momiji Garden] | FRactrue! (Taree Hiraoka & Rin Nishiyama) X
This match is a difficult one for me to recap, particularly because of what happened at the end. However, it wouldn’t be fair to the women in this match if I simply skipped to those events. Truth be told, all four women out there put on one hell of a performance. And so, I want to give them some of their due.
It had been a little while since Rin and Taree had teamed together to defend the Ecstacy Gate Championships. Mie had stepped in while Rin was going advancing through the Sanctum of Dreams tournament. Despite all of that, Taree and Rin were flawless that evening. They had such amazing in-ring chemistry. I’d like to think it was due to the fact that they were friends and trained together all the time. They completed this nifty sequence where Rin set up for her reverse suplex near her home corner. Taree made a blind tag just before Rin dumped 蘭丸 to the mat. Rin then hit the ropes and drilled 蘭丸 in the spine with roundhouse while Taree nailed a hip check. Rin then exited the ring as Taree hit a huge senton. Those types of fluid maneuvers were in full affect all evening. It was quite a sight to behold.
FRacture! was rocking and rolling early on in the match. Fortunately for Senkou Shimai, Himawari was always there to break up the pinfalls and keep her team in the bout. And because of their perseverance, the tides began to turn around the eight minute mark. Rin had been lighting 蘭丸 up with some forearms. Rin launched out another, but 蘭丸 ducked it. A step-up knee and snap suplex allowed her to tag out to Himawari, who was ready to get into that ring and do damage.
You know, Senkou Shimai was a team that I always found quite impressive. The were younger wrestlers, as far as experience went. But the thing about them that I always admired was the fact that they were always willing to fight. It didn’t matter if they were out-classed or out-matched; they went out there and they knuckled up. And oftentimes, 蘭丸 and Himawari were only one big move away from securing victory. Additionally, I got the see the work they were putting in first hand. Even though they weren’t obligated to do so, they’d regularly come to the NEO Academy to work out and learn from Aunt Michi. Those are some of the reasons why they were given that championship opportunity.
Himawari brought forth such fire and urgency as she stepped into the ring. She blasted Rin with this amazing palm strike flurry that ended with a nasty rolling elbow. Himawari then hit the ropes and connected with a wicked running European uppercut. She went for the cover and got a two-count. Taree was soon tagged in, but Himawari used her speed to nullify The Sakai Kishu’s power advantage. A low dropkick brought Taree down to a knee. Himawari followed up with a snap DDT. Another two-count resulted.
From there, both factions began to break out the fancy double-team moves.
Senkou Shimai crushed Rin with a double flapjack, followed by doubles knees. Rin later smacked Himawari with a spinning knee, which allowed Taree to plant her with a German suplex and secure a two-count. 蘭丸 showed some of her power as she lifted Taree for a reverse atomic drop. Himawari hit a Yakuza kick. 蘭丸 hit the ropes, rebounded, and nailed Taree with a European Uppercut. Later in the match, Taree locked 蘭丸 in a cloverleaf. Rin? She walked up and clobbered 蘭丸 with a punt kick to the face.
Something wild happened in the last five minutes of the last. Taree? She hulked up.
In don’t know what got into her, but Taree became a monster when her team needed her the most. 蘭丸 and Himawari? They got tossed around the ring like rag-dolls. At one point, she picked Himawari up and threw her at her partner. 蘭丸 caught her. It was the right thing to do, but it also led to Taree delivering a humongous German suplex to the lot of them.
Now I guess it’s time to talk about what happened at the end of the match.
Rin was standing on the ring apron, watching Taree do work. That’s when her foot got grabbed. She was yanked off of the apron. The culprits? Those fucking masked women. They began to assault Rin with punches. She fought back, of course. Rin even decimated one of the smaller members with an elbow. But the speaker and a muscular woman overpowered her. The muscular woman lifted Rin and nearly drove her through the ring apron with a powerbomb. The speaker then yoked her up. A sitout tombstone piledriver resulted.
Rin? She didn’t move.
Taree had seen most of the assault happen. And when she turned to go help win out, she received a chop block from 蘭丸. The referee? She didn’t know what was happening. Himawari then hit a second reverse atomic drop on Taree while 蘭丸 came off the top rope with a spinning enziguri. With the Momiji Garden having connected, 蘭丸 went for the pinfall. She got the three-count.
蘭丸 and Himawari did what they were supposed to do. They kept their eyes on the prize and on the match. But they didn’t accept those belts, not in that moment. Instead, they exited the ring and tried to save Rin. They tried to target the speaker, but two of the smaller members blocked their path. A cutter took 蘭丸 out, while Himawari’s fate prescribed a bicycle knee.
Once she recovered, Taree got into the mix, but she was also beaten down. Well, that is until the police stepped in. The masked women were apprehended and taken away. And once again, they smiled and laughed as they were carted away.
That’s when I made my way down to ring-side, along with the medical staff. Taree, Himawari, and 蘭丸 were banged up, but they were able bodied. Rin? She was in a bunch of pain. The staff became to check in with her as the video feed fade out.