Post by Audrey Valentine on Jul 31, 2019 20:44:35 GMT -5
Violence Dream: The Yūgen Revue
Hey there, Reika Matsuda here.
For those of you who don’t know, I run a swanky little promotion called Yūgen. What kind of product does Yūgen offer? That’s what you’re probably thinking to yourself. The answer is pretty simple―traditional, hard-hitting action mixed with a modern flare.
Yamashi reached out to me and offered Yūgen a spot on it’s Violence Dream weekend event. How could I say no to that?
However, you didn’t tune in to hear me ramble. You tuned in to see some amazing wrestling. So, how about we get to it, yeah?
Adrianna Wilde & FRacture! O [15:24 via Boots and Knees] | Nohelle Bentlee, Dani "Shotgun" Sandström & Uyeda Bloodline X
Let me paint you a picture.
One one side, you had FRacture! For those who haven’t heard of them, allow me to explain. FRacture! was comprised of Taree Hiraoka, Mie Iwamoto, and Rin Nishiyama. They were three of the hardest working wrestlers on the roster. They were also three of the stiffest as well. Together, they became the inaugural Yūgen Ecstasy Gate Champions.
Teaming with them was Adrianna Wilde. Adrianna? She was a spitfire with a hunger for success. Needless to say, she fit in with the rest of the Yūgen mainstays. In fact, that hunger resulted in her becoming the inaugural Yūgen EXceleration Champion.
On the other side, you had Natsu and Rei Uyeda, also known as Uyeda Bloodline. They were sisters who joined up with Yūgen during year one. They were bold and brash, certainly. However, they made an awesome team.
Dani? She could have laid claim to the title of “stiffest kicks” in Yūgen. Her strikes her blistering. She’d been another standout among the company’s recent signings. Dani also had a pretty righteous looking record going into that tag match as well.
And then there was Nohelle…
Here’s the deal. Nohelle was talented; there was no doubt about that. But she was also far too arrogant for her own good. And that arrogance often got her in trouble. Though, I will say, she had a knack for stepping up her game when she got into the ring with high-level opponents.
So yeah. On one side was comprised of champions. The other side was comprised of potential challengers. But all of them were eager to get out there and kick some ass.
It’s worth noting that Adrianna appeared as if she’d been teaming with FRacture! for years and years. Their opposition? Well, things weren’t running so smoothly on that side. Natsu, Rei, and Dani worked well together. But Nohelle? Well, you now how she is. She thought that she was better than her teammates and took up the task of bossing them around. I think it was a result of her winning that battle royal. So, you can only imagine how that went; though, there will be more on that later.
Mie and Adrianna really took it to Rei in the beginning stages of the bout. Rei was still feeling the effects of the hellacious spill on the apron that she sustained at mother’s anniversary show. Because of that, she was a step or two slower than usual. Adiranna and Mie had a nice sequence where they both lit Rei up with kicks. Adrianna smacked the younger Uyeda sister with a mean roundhouse. That scrambled her brains and allowed Mie to connect with a reverse lungblower. Adrianna followed that up with a Silicon Buster lungblower. The Yūgen EXceleration Champion went for the pinfall, but Rei kicked out.
Natsu and Taree had big fun tossing each other around during the course of their exchanges. Natus hit a capture suplex midway through the match. That led to a two-count. Taree planted the older Uyeda sister with a half-hatch suplex. Natsu later hit an everest German suplex. Taree? She responded with a harai goshi throw. That earned her a two-count.
Dani and Rin had some nifty exchanges. The first was a forearm battle. Those blows were stiff as hell. Rin gained the advantage when she landed a short leaping forearm that took Dani by surprise. That led to a two-count. Dani would later take it to the Strong Style Saint when she connected with a vicious running yakuza kick. Rin got drilled with a mean rolling elbow on the come up. Dani went for the cover, but Rin kicked out. Dani later exhibited some amazing strength as she lifted Rin up and planted her with a vertical suplex DDT. But of course, Rin would fire back with a headbutt and a reverse DDT.
Rei’s injuries prevented her from racking up her usual highlight reel. Though, she did hit a massive top rope cross-body midway through the match that took out Rin, Adrianna, and Mie out of the game for a while.
Remember what I said about Nohelle acting all bad and in charge? Time to talk about it. In total, she was maybe in the ring for maybe two minutes. She’d get tagged in, landed a punch or kick, sometimes a move like a DDT. Then she’d tag out and yell at her teammates to get on the offensive. I’m just it was frustrating to everyone on her team. And based on their dirty glances, they didn’t appreciate it at all.
The ending occured when Nohelle hit a blind tag on Dani just as she was getting on a roll. Nohelle entered the ring a shooed Dani away before she attempted to go to work on Taree some stomps. Dani? She gave Nohelle a nasty look. She then spun Nohelle and dropped her with a reverse roundhouse. That was some leftover frustration from the battle royal, mixed with her annoyance from the evening’s events. Dani then left the ring and walked to the back. Rei and Natsu? They left too…
That left Nohelle all alone.
Taree would recover and deadlift Nohelle up with a fireman’s carry. After a few seconds, Taree then tossed her into the air. Mie caught Nohelle a Go To Sleep on the way down. Dub G held her face as she sat up. That led to both Rin and Arianna hitting the ropes. Adrianna cracked her with a soccer kick as Rin hit her with her Clunk! Helm knee strike. That, of course, led to a three-count.
Nohelle quickly got the hell out of dodge while Adrianna and FRacture! Celebrated their win. And after some time, Rin got ahold of a microphone.
Rin began speaking about a couple matters. She mentioned that even though she wasn’t victorious, she still had an awesome match with ASURA in the finals of the Sanctum of Dreams tournament. She also brought up the fact that she’d had an amazing showcase against DIVINE Pro’s Hikari Champion, MUSASHI, at Hermanos Extraordinarios de Lucha Libre’s Fin IV event.
She said that she didn’t want to be selfish, but out of everyone, Rin felt the most deserving of a shot for the Eternity Championship. Taree and Mie seemed to agree.
Therefore, Rin looked into the camera and challenged Milena LeCavalier. Although it wasn’t a traditional Yūgen crowd, the fans seemed to be in to it. Maybe they appreciated Rin’s boldness. Either, they clapped it up.
Niko Nishijima O [16:45 via Kimura] | Ainu Kanno X
Mt. Kanno (as she liked to be referred to) was one of the few long-time veterans in Yūgen. 2019 marked her fourteenth year in professional wrestling. Because of her tenure in the sport, Ainu often saw fit to try and push people around. It wouldn’t be a stretch to call her a bully.
Her stature also contributed to her demeanor. Mt. Kanno was one of the few “hoss” like figures in the company. Therefore, physically, there weren’t many people that could step to her―
Ironically, Ms. Nishijima was one of the few members on the roster that couple rival her stature and power. So it was a little weird that Mt. Kanno had gone out of her way to target her on a couple of previous shows.
Speaking of which, let’s talk about Niko for just a moment. Ms. Nishijima was young in the business; 2019 only marked her third or four year. Even still, she was very talented. She came from a deep martial arts background; therefore, fighting came pretty naturally to her. She didn’t have the best record in Yūgen, but she’d been steadily improving and working her ass off.
Now, let’s get to it.
Mt. Kanno was mad aggressive in the opening stages of the bout; she ended up bum-rushing Niko and clubbing her with hammer fists. The ref has some choice words for Ainu, but the veteran didn’t really care. Niko instinctually covered up, but Ainu’s heavy-handedness resulted in a few of the blows connecting. One last shot gave Niko the wobbly legs, but she remained on her feet. Ainu then hit the ropes and connected with a big boot. That led to a two-count.
What Mt. Kanno didn’t know is that she’d made a mistake. Sending Niko to the mat was probably the worst thing that the veteran could have done. Why? It allowed Ms. Nishijima to break out her Jiu Jistsu. Ainu attempted a downed elbow, but her attack got transitioned into a triangle choke. The hold probably wouldn't have been as effective if someone else on the roster had used it, but remember, Niko was closer to Ainu’s on size and frame. It looked as if Mt. Kanno was going to attempt a powerbomb, but that’s when Niko changed the game and transitioned into a cross armbreaker. Niko’s speed and smoothness caught Ainu by surprise; it was written all over her face. Fortunately for her, she was able to make it to the ropes and break the hold.
Niko did her best to keep the veteran grounded, but eventually Ainu made it back to a vertical base. That’s when a strike exchange broke out.
Ainu and Niko began to batter each other with forearms. Niko’s were sharp and crisp, but Mt. Kanno’s were weighty. A hefty forearm caught Niko on the side of the neck. Ainu went to follow up, but Niko shot in with a superwoman elbow strike; the force sent Ainu back a few feet. Niko then charged―
A backfist collided with her chin.
That strike floored Ms. Nishijima. Ainu quickly went for the cover, but Niko kicked out. And for some reason, that kick out made Mt. Kanno smile.
Ainu spent about three minutes trying to kill Niko with big moves. His hit a senton and a running cannonball. Next came a nasty pumphandle powerslam. Two-count. A Half-Nelson suplex connected. Two-count.
At that point, Ainu decided it was nearly time to end things were her Silver Lightning Croyt's Wrath, but Niko blocked the hoist up. Instead, she completed a standing and dumped Ainu on her head with a release German suplex. And as Ainu rolled and made it to a knee, Niko charged and booped her with a step-up knee strike. Niko went for the cover and got a two-count.
The ending sequence occurred when Ainu began to light Niko up with stiff strikes. The last one was a wicked chop that landed just under her throat. Mt. Kanno then shot herself into the ropes for a lariat―
She never hit it.
Instead, Ainu got yoked up and dropped with a o-goshi throw. From there, Niko transitioned into a kimura lock. Mt. Kanno tried to fight out of it, but she was unable to. She was forced to tap out.
Niko didn’t really celebrate her win. She shot Ainu a look after her hand got raised and then walked to the back. The interaction made Ainu laugh. After a bit of time, Ainu got to her feet. She cracked her neck and exited the ring as well.
I had a feeling those two weren't finished with each other. Not yet.
Although she wasn’t scheduled, I thought it would be fitting for the Eternity Champion to make an appearance. And given the challenge that was laid out earlier in the evening, her presence was needed.
Therefore, Milena LeCavalier made her way to the ring.
Ms. LeCavalier wasted little time in addressing the aforementioned challenge. She stated that he honestly did not care who her next challenger was. Therefore, if Rin wanted to step up, she’d accept the challenge. Nonetheless, Milena made it a point to mention that she was not Kagami. She wasn’t going to be all cheery and happy-go-lucky. Milena said that all she wanted to do was get into that ring and kick some ass.
And so, in a few short moments, we had an Eternity Championship match set for next week.
ASURA | Shikimi Kurokawa [20:00 Time Limit Draw]
I’ve been known to treat my fans from time to time. And since we were so graciously invited to be apart of the Violence Dream weekend, I figured I’d do something special for the fans.
And so, this first-time match was made!
If you watched After Dark, then you were quite familiar with ASURA. She was bold and brash, the Shogun of Strong Style, one-third of the After Dark Trios Champions, and the Yūgen Ethos Champion after surviving and thriving in the Sanctum of Dreams tournament.
What resume. And that was just a short list.
Her opponent that evening was Shikimi Kurokawa.
How would I describe Shikimi? Hmm. Perhaps a tiny bit eccentric in personality. Nevertheless, she was pretty awesome in the ring. She came from a pretty prominent Japanese wrestling family, and her skills reflected it. In fact, she’d been just mere moments away from becoming the first EXceleration Champion.
She was also a Strong Style practitioner. That made the match very, very interesting.
Both ASURA and Shikimi were very deliberate and methodical in the beginning moments of the bout. It was clear that neither of them intended to make a vital mistake; they knew such a mishap would cost them the bout. The two grappled for a little bit. It appeared as if Shikimi had a slight edge on the mat, but it wasn’t by much. Ms. Kurokawa went for a front chansory in the midst for their back and forth, but ASURA nullified it by twisting Shikimi’s arm and driving it to the mat. From there, they both stood to their feet.
There was a buzz amongst the crowd as ASURA and Shikimi circled each other in the center of the ring. Everyone expected the bombs to start flying.
Instead, both threw out some warning shots first. Shikimi connected with a couple of leg kicks. ASURA ht a couple of body shots and a middle kick. The Shogun went for a leg kick of her own, but it got checked. The Archivist went for a high roundhouse, but ASURA ducked it―
ASURA and Shikimi gave each other a look…
And that’s when the bombs finally started dropping.
Shikimi reared back and delivered a mean shoot kick to ASURA’s chest. The impact was quite gnarly; I saw a couple of fans cringe in the front row. Even still, the Ethos Champion remained steadfast. ASURA smirked before she rocked back and delivered a single forearm strike to the side of Shikimi’s neck. Ms. Kurokawa’s leg buckled from the force; but, she remained on her feet as well.
Once she regained her legs, Shikimi charged ASURA and blasted her with series for rapid forearms. They were mighty, let me tell you. But ASURA took them in stride. And her response? Another lone forearm. That one dropped Shikimi to the mat. ASURA went for the pinfall, but Ms. Kurokawa kicked out.
ASURA would continue to ramp up the intensity. Shikimi was later tossed into the corner. That’s her KDA (Kill, Destroy, Annihilate) reared its ugly head. Shikimi had to contend with ASURA’s vicious chops at first. Before the young woman could react, ASURA switched to kicks. The first couple caught Shikimi on the thigh; the remainder hit her stomach. And then began to knee the shit out of her sternum. The savage barrage of offense caused Shikimi to hit the mat. ASURA pulled her out and went for the pinfall, but Shkimi kicked out once again.
At that point, ASURA began to get a bit overzealous. How so? She began toying with Shikimi. First came a few disrespectful love taps with her boot. Next came a few slaps, along with some gum-flapping. ASURA then shot herself into the ropes and attempted a drive-by kick―
Kurokawa-Ryū #7 connected. That discus lariat nearly took ASURA out of her boots; she this little twisty flip. Shikimi’s instincts kicked in as she dropped to the mat and went for the cover. Two-count.
But Shikimi wasn’t done. She turned ASURA over and finally got that front chansory locked in. The Kurokawa-Ryū #14 was in effect as Shikimi drilled the Yūgen Ethos Champion with knees to the dome. That led to another pinfall. And once again, ASURA kicked out.
Exhaustion began to set in as the match carried on. Both wrestlers were spent. It should also be noted that it was ASURA’s second high-impact match in the past few hours. Even still, each wrestler made a big push to try and pull the match out. ASURA laid in a sole-butt, followed by a pumphandle piledriver. That got a two-count. Shikimi’s Kurokawa-Ryū #27 Axe & Smash would hit. That resulted in another two-count.
The ending sequence started off with ASURA kicking Shikimi’s knee out. A Kiss My Converse grounded superkick resulted. ASURA taunted her opponent a bit before she shot herself into the ropes.
It was time of the God Slaying Spear.
Everyone in the arena knew what as coming, including Shikimi. That’s the reason why she was able to roll away at the last possible second. ASURA pivoted after the whiff and went to hit Shikimi with something else…
And then the bell rang.
The referee quickly jumped in the middle of both competitors to prevent any further action. He informed both of them that the match was a draw. ASURA was then handed her Ethos Championship. She and Shikimi exchanged a few words.
And then the champion left the ring.
Ainu Kanno showed up a few moments later. For lack of a better term, she was Shikimi’s mentor. She gave Shikimi a stern look. But then she smirked a patted Ms. Kurokawa on the back. She told Shikimi that she’d done well.