Io making her debut in STARDOM
Io Shirai made her STARDOM debut in a tag match with Nanae Takahashi as her partner. They worked against Yoko Bito and Yuzuki Aikawa. Without a doubt, Io brings some legitimate acrobatic athleticim to STARDOM that was lacking before -- high-flying lucha libre stuff! And she brought some colorful new gear as well.
Here are some action photos from the incomparable Youji Kawauchi
Yuzuki displaying her recently won Jr. Championship Belt
Io unloading a missle drop kick on Bito
Yuzuki wraps Io up in a Boston Crab
Aikawa and Bito initiate Io into Stardom
Double instep kicks, front and back, Ouch!
Bito gives Io some chin music
Okay, so Yuzuki Aikawa is very flexible
Kick through ropes on Yuzuki
Balance and athleticism from Io Shirai!
. . . and she almost gets the pin!
Knee to the face by Yuzuki
Io with front flip on Yuzuki for the finish