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STARDOM: Kawasaki Super Wars 2021 Preview

While the Goddess of Stardom Tournament is being held, Stardom has decided to bless us with an absolutely massive PPV entitled Kawasaki Super Wars on November the 3rd. Why do I call it massive? Well, we’ve got five title fights coming at us out of nine matches on the card.

Basically, every single’s title that Stardom has on the roster is being defended this night and that’s something that does not happen often. So with that said, let’s take a look at every match so we can all be prepared for what’s coming our way.

Mai Sakurai (Cosmic Angels) vs Waka Tsukiyama (Cosmic Angels)

We’ll kick it off with our first battle and it features the two newest members of the Cosmic Angels unit in Mai Sakurai facing off against Waka Tsukiyama. With a fifteen-minute time limit, these two ladies will get to decide which of them has a higher standing in the unit. Sure, it’s a match with nothing on the line but bragging rights yet still, this match carries some implications with it. They are not only the two newest members of the unit Cosmic Angels, but they are also the two newest members of the Stardom roster. Both women are still really green as far as their in-ring skills go, so we can expect less than perfection in the match itself, but with their personalities, I believe that they can make the match entertaining and that’s all we really can hope for truthfully. This match will probably air live on Stardom’s YouTube channel, so keep your eyes peeled and maybe you can catch a free match! I can see Stardom taking this match to the time-limit draw but I’m hoping for a clean finish here.

Prediction: Mai Sakurai

Future of Stardom Championship: Ruaka (Oedo Tai) vs Lady C

Lady C gets her first title opportunity in Stardom and it’s against the woman who dethroned Unagi Sayaka for the belt, Ruaka of Oedo Tai. Truth be told, I’ve never been overly impressed with Ruaka. She won no matches this year during the Grand Prix, most of her matches didn’t get past the ten-minute mark and frankly, she reminds me of Nia Jax from WWE. The only difference there is Ruaka is super young and she is a hell of a lot safer than Jax is. Much like the previous match, this one is running with a fifteen-minute time limit and is likely going to kick off the PPV proper, given how Stardom has it listed on the event page. I’m excited about this match because Lady C has shown tremendous improvement in the ring over the last few months and that growth is what earned her this opportunity. With a significant height advantage, Lady C will have her work cut out for her since Ruaka should have a strength advantage. As much as I want Lady C to win this match and earn her first belt, she hasn’t exactly been racking up the wins during her tenure so I have a hard time believing that Stardom will put the belt on her. Though, I say that and Stardom has at times made some pretty head-scratching decisions when it comes to title changes.

Prediction: Ruaka

Red Goddess: Tag League Official Match
Saki Kashima & Fukigen ★ vs Rina and Hanan

We’ve got an interesting one here folks. In a Goddess of Stardom Tournament official match, we have Fukigen Death and Saki Kashima, representing Oedo Tai, facing off against the sister duo of Rina, also representing Oedo Tai and Hanan who represents STARS. I kind of find it hard to believe that the three members of Oedo Tai won’t gang up on Hanan, but they say that blood is thicker than water so maybe that’s why we have a team made of opposing units. The members of Oedo Tai have shown that they are more than willing to go at each other as viciously as possible, and when you add the OT mortal enemy representative Hanan, what you get is a chance for a slobber knocker. We’ve got a twenty-minute time-limit for this match but I don’t expect it to last quite that long. Fukigen Death and Saki Kashima have already pulled off the upset of the tournament with their win over AphroditE. Going by “I Love Tokyo Sports,” they are the favourites heading into a match between them and one of their Oedo Tai group members and her sister. Rina and Hanan haven’t had a great time teaming together, and seeing their name are “Water and Oil,” they probably won’t be anytime soon.

Prediction: Fukigen Death & Saki Kashima

Kawasaki Super Wars!
Saya Kamitani (Queen’s Quest) vs Mina Shirakawa (Cosmic Angels) vs Maika (Donna del Mondo)

Originally slated as a fatal four-way match and to feature Konami representing Oedo Tai, this match has been advertised as a triple threat due to Konami’s lingering health issues (Get Well Soon Konami!). It is still faction warfare in this one with three of the five factions being represented and a fifteen-minute time limit. Saya Kamitani has had a dream 2021, even though the latter half hasn’t exactly gone according to plan. She won the Cinderella Tournament and competed for both the World and Wonder of Stardom titles, nearly winning both. Mina Shirakawa showed a spunkiness during the 5 Star GP this year and a vast improvement in the ring. She has made every match of hers interesting of late and she is someone who could easily steal the show. Maika is the powerhouse of the match. The instant favourite heading into this one has to be Maika, who has a World of Stardom Championship match later this month at Tokyo Super Wars. For me though, this match is as much of a toss-up as any and it can literally go anyway. It should be really entertaining and one of the must-sees matches on the card.

Prediction: Saya Kamitani

Kawasaki Super Wars!
Donna Del Mondo (Himeka & Natsupoi) vs STARS (Mayu Iwatani & Koguma)

Yet some more faction action here as we’ve got Himeka and Natsupoi, representing Donna del Mondo, facing off against Mayu Iwatani and Koguma, representing STARS. STARS really needs to get back on track after a really rough year, losing three members in 2021 alone. Of course, two of those members were lost to Oedo Tai while the other resigned from Stardom entirely. This has left STARS in a very vulnerable state and it’s up to the Icon of Stardom and the High-Speed Genius to try and right the ship. While STARS has been a sinking ship, Donna del Mondo has quickly become the top unit in Stardom. There is a very real chance that the unit will not only have the Artists, Goddess and SWA belts by the end of the year but also the World of Stardom belt as well. Given how DDM’s 2021 has gone, I really find it hard to bet against them in this match. They’ve got fifteen minutes in this match to give us a good show, which all four of these ladies absolutely will.

Prediction: Donna del Mondo

Kawasaki Super Wars!
High Speed Championship:
Starlight Kid (Oedo Tai) vs Momo Watanabe (Queen’s Quest)

Alright, I love Starlight Kid. That is no secret. However, I feel that she has bitten off a bit more than she can chew in this match. Starlight Kid vs. Momo Watanabe was made official before there was ever consideration of the High-Speed Championship being on the line. For some odd reason, it’s the champion who has done everything in her power to make the challenger want it to be a title match. Starlight Kid has called Watanabe names, wondered if she’s scared, and mostly been a pest that won’t go away. It has led to Watanabe accepting the challenge for the High-Speed Championship but making it obvious that if she wins, she doesn’t actually want the title and will give it back. That’s how confident Momo is that she will defeat Kid in this match. I have to wonder though since SLK actually defeated Momo during the 5 Star GP earlier this year. Say what you will about Kid, but she has momentum on her side and this newfound attitude and confidence have served the High-Speed Champion well thus far. There are arguments to be made for both sides of this match and it could go either way, but for me, there is only one choice for a winner and if you know me, that’s not surprising.

Prediction: Starlight Kid

Kawasaki Super Wars!
Right To Challenge Briefcase & SWA Championship:
Syuri (DDM) vs AZM (Queen’s Quest)

For those unfamiliar with the SWA Championship, The rules of the championship state that only wrestlers from countries other than the reigning champion can challenge it. For example, as long as the title had a Japanese champion, no other Japanese wrestler could challenge it. However, it appears that this rule has been thrown out the window for this match as it’s Azumi (AZM) representing Queen’s Quest facing off against the current champion, Syuri who represents Donna del Mondo. Both women hail from Japan, so I find it odd that the main SWA title rule is being thrown out the window. However, I have failed to find entertainment in any match that AZM or Syuri have been involved in. Syuri won the 5 Star GP this year and has a guaranteed World of Stardom title opportunity later this year. Azumi wants that match instead and she wants to take the SWA title from Syuri in the process, so she has 30 minutes to try and do just that.

As much as I love AZM, the 19-year-old really doesn’t have much of a chance of winning this match I think. Stardom has a -huge- main event for their December 29 show this year in Utami Hayashishita vs Syuri 3 which is being advertised as having no time limit and it is believed that Syuri will be the one to dethrone Utami during this match. AZM has Syuri’s number when it comes to tournaments and that has granted her a second shot at the SWA World Championship this year. It was February that saw AZM give one of the best performances of her career when she came as close as ever to winning the title but failed in the end. A win for her over the eventual 5 STAR Grand Prix winner in that very event brings us to this match. With the SWA World Championship and the right to challenge on the line, this is by far the biggest match of AZM’s career. All that being said, this is Syuri. There has been no one better than on the biggest stage except for Utami Hayashishita. She’s continuously shown that no matter who her opponent is, she has the offense to get the job done. The chemistry that these two have together will not only make this a special match but one that anyone should be going out of their way to see. Expect some magic to be in the air when these two go head-to-head Wednesday.

Prediction: Syuri

Kawasaki Super Wars!
Wonder of Stardom Championship:
Tam Nakano (Cosmic Angels) vs Unagi Sayaka (Cosmic Angels)

It’s another battle of the Angels as Tam Nakano defends her Wonder of Stardom title against fellow unit mate Unagi Sayaka. Tam Nakano has been an absolutely stellar champion to date. She’s defeated a who’s who of names that have come for her belt including Giulia, Saya Kamitani -and- World of Stardom Champion Utami Hayashishita. Unagi however staked her claim to a title opportunity after Nakano went to a time-limit draw against the Icon, Mayu Iwatani. You have to give Unagi some props for her balls in the challenge. She did defeat Tam during the 5 Star GP and seems to be trying to take the leadership reigns from the Stardom Dream. She was opposed to Mai Sakurai and Waka Tsukiyama joining the unit and made it her mission to put each woman in their place during their very first matches for the promotion. Unagi has gotten a bit of an attitude to her since her Future of Stardom Championship reign began, and it has continued since she lost that title to Ruaka. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, per say, but it is up to Tam Nakano to put Unagi in her place and show why she is the true leader of the Cosmic Angels. Unagi has had a pretty solid 2021, not gonna lie, but it’s hard for me to believe that she will be the one to dethrone Tam Nakano. However, she has 30 minutes to try and prove me wrong here.

Prediction: Tam Nakano

Kawasaki Super Wars!
World of Stardom Championship:
Utami Hayashishita (Queen’s Quest) vs Hazuki (HZK)

It’s perhaps my most anticipated match of the night here with the World of Stardom Championship on the line. Utami Hayashishita, representing Queen’s Quest, faces off against the freshly returned and highly talented Hazuki, or HZK, who hasn’t joined a unit yet since her return from retirement. Utami Hayashishita’s title defences have become an event for Stardom fans worldwide. Every defence feels like an addition to something historic and that’s because, well, it is. Hayashishita has become everything Stardom could have ever hoped for, showing that she’s no longer a prodigy but instead one of their top stars. And now she will set herself up to defend against Hazuki, the woman who returned to wrestling a month ago and is showing that she has everything that it takes to be at the top level of Stardom again. She hasn’t reached the level that she was at as “The Wildheart” prior to her brief retirement but this match surely feels like Hazuki’s shot to do so. It’s a tall battle to head in there with someone who has been as dominant as Hayashishita has been in her title reign. It’s even more difficult when Hayashishita seems to have become more dominant than she was three months ago. At the 10th Anniversary Grand Final, Hayashishita made easier work of Takumi Iroha than anyone could have ever expected, which shows that she is only just coming into her own. Hazuki has the heart and desire to do this but Hayashishita is one of the best in the world right now. All that said, HZK has 30 minutes to pull of the upset of the century here and as much as I want this to happen, we all know that Stardom has set themselves up for a massive match on 12/29 with Hayashishita vs Syuri 3 with no time-limit. Unless AZM pulls off the upset against Syuri earlier in the night, I really find it hard to believe that Stardom will deviate from that plan. I will be rooting for Hazuki with all my heart in this match, but there really is only one prediction to be made.

Prediction: Utami Hayashishita

Thanks for joining me on this preview for Kawasaki Super Wars! Enjoy the show and look forward to the review coming soon after the event!

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