Saturday, January 26, 2013

Stardom Triple Tag

We are going to miss Yuzuki Aikawa after 4/29
All Photos by Resuner Yokoyama 

Stardom's chief draw, Yuzuki Aikawa, who has delivered one of the most successful model-become-wrestler career moves ever made, will call it quits on April 29 after Stardom's big Sumo Hall show.  She is sighting injuries among other things in her rationale for quitting the Stardom ring.  She will be missed.  Female fans admired her; male fans fantasized about her; and in the end she put an awful lot of butts in the Stardom seats over the past two years.  Enjoy these photos from the January 19 Stardom event.

Stardom "MATSUYAMA Wrestle☆Fest 2013"
January 19, 2013
Matsuyama City Multipurpose Community Center
380 fans

1. Kellie Skater defeated Yui Yokoo (05:38) with a Rolling Neckbreaker.
2. Portia Perez defeated Natsumi Showzuki (07:21) with a Running Kneel Kick.
3. Kyoko Kimura & Hailey Hatred defeated Yoshiko & Act Yasukawa (14:24) when Hailey used a Hurricane Driver on Yasukawa.
4. Io Shirai & Mayu Iwatani defeated Natsuki☆Taiyo & Saki Kashima (12:09) when Shirai used a Mágica de Io on Kashima.
5. Yuzuki Aikawa Last Triumphant Return Match: Yuzuki Aikawa & Hiroyo Matsumoto & Kairi Hojo defeated Nanae Takahashi & Miho Wakizawa & Eri Susa (16:53) when Aikawa used a Yuzupon Kick Blue on Susa.

Yuzuki Aikawa, Kairi Hojo, and Hiroyo Matsumoto

A cautious show of sportsmanship

Yuzuki sporting fiesta colored new gear

Double drop kicks from Eri Susa and Kairi Hojo
Exhibit A:  Why dojo training is so good!

 . . . and another angle . . .

Aikawa probing Susa with kicks

Aikawa swings and misses on Miho Wakizawa

Yuzuki Aikawa with full frontal assault on Miho

Nanae Takahashi hoists Kairi Hojo

Now Matsumoto hoists her teammate

Aikawa climbs the ladder

Yuzuki gets doubled teamed

Nanae catches the lethal kick

Water torture for Waki

Hiroyo taking a page out of Yuzuki's book

Yuzuki love to preen

Winds up for a neck breaker on Nanae

Hiroyo hurls Waki

Matsumoto charges Nanae's team

Yuzuki's powerful kick in Nanae's chest

Brutal German suplex

Hojo in the wrong hands

Aikawa gets a painful ride

Yuzuki bridges for the cover

Knockout blow!

Yuzuki always knows where the camera is

Aikawa's team is victorious

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Sasha Banks defeats Alicia Fox at NXT

Alicia courts her fans!

Alicia wraps a choke on Sasha

What a big moment in the young career of Sasha Banks, formerly Mercedes KV! Last night she wrestled the beautiful and dangerous Alicia Fox on NXT and young Sasha pulled out a surprising victory.  Surprising to some, perhaps, but to those of us you have followed Sasha through her time in the New England indies, we were not surprised.  One thing we know about Sasha is that she has incredible agility and athleticism -- very reminiscent, in fact, of the young Alicia Fox when she wrestled in OVW as Victoria Crawford.  I usually have few nice words for WWE and the way it does business, but I do give them credit for seeing the potential in Mercedes KV and investing in her even before other indie promotions like WSU or SHIMMER did.  Much like Miss April in WSU who later became A.J. Lee in WWE, Mercedes KV was a regional wrestler with no national exposure.  I suspect it will not be long before she explodes on the national scene. Go get 'em, Sasha Banks!


Alicia slams Sasha to the mat

Sasha Banks is stunned by her victory over former WWE Divas Champ

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Melanie Cruise v Nikki St. John in an I QUIT match

Resistance Pro in Illinois recently held an "I Quit" match between two of its female stars, Melanie Cruise and Nikki St. John.  I'm partial to Nikki's new gear -- kinda sexy don't you think?  I like the eye glasses too!  This TV match originally aired on January 13, 2013.  Forward to the 35:10 mark of this video to see the match! 

Evie v Shazza McKenzie at PWA

Evie v Shazza = Crazy Athleticism
Photos by New Photography

Check out the New Photography photos of the

Shazza McKenzie stepped up to challenge PWWA champion Evie and try to bring the belt back to Australia.  Of course it is mid summer in the Southern hemisphere and so a mid-Janaury event can aptly be called Bash at the Beachie (Jan. 12, 2013).  The No Holds Barred "Break Out Wrestler of the Year," New Zealand's Evie, is a force to be reckoned with and she currently has the Aussies stymied.
This was an energetic high-impact match with a number of near falls for Shazza who could almost taste the upset.  In the end Evie retained her title.  It will be interesting to see if Evie remains in control of the belt until April when she comes to the States and to SHIMMER at WrestleCon.

Enjoy these great New Photography photos of the Bash at the Beachie:

PWWA Champion Evie

Evie's big boot misses the target

trading blows

missile drop kick by athletic Evie

Evie with a penalty kick on the apron

the action spills out of the ring

Shazza with a chinlock

Evie shows her core strength in lifting Shazza

She readies for the Somoan drop

Shazza with a backbreaker over her knee

a clever pin attempt by shazza

Shazza in control of Evie

Evie's momentum is reversed

Shazza has headlock on Evie

Shazza with dragon sleeper on Evie

Shazza fits boot sole to Evie's chin

Evie with an ankle lock on Shazza

forearm smash

Arm wringer on Shazza

Evie attacks

Evie sets up the Somoan drop

Evie with the cover and the pin

Relief!  Evie Cradling the Belt

The Champ is victorious