Matsumoto applies leverage on Mia with extreme relish
Hiroyo's boot on Mia's face in the corner
Ouch! That's going to leave a mark!
Mia grins/grits and bears it -- shaking off submission
"Give me a 3-count, ref!"
What Mia did best Sunday was "take it on the chin"
Yet another wicked submission from Mistress Matsumoto
Mia pumps herself up!
"I didn't take an 18-hour flight to get my ass kicked!"
Now the Destroyer feels the pain
But the Empire also Strikes Back!
Mia gets some serious air behind this m-d-k
Matsumoto's finisher looks like a uranage
And the winner is . . Hiroyo Matsumoto Destroy!!
So we have two great photo records of this epic match, Youji Kawauchi and Takehisa Kashima. For my money they are among the best ring photographers I have ever seen. The only photographers in the U.S. that can touch them are Walter Lippmann and Scott Finkelstein. What you love about seeing still shots from a Joshi match is how well the rings are lit for theater. The venue is dark except for bright white lights on the ring. This makes for dramtic, crisp photos that Youji and Takehisa capture perfectly. No U.S. indy lighting comes close to this -- the venues all look dingy by comparison -- even SHIMMER (Eagles Club) and WSU (Ace Arena).