On May 16th, Stardom will be having one of their big shows during Stardom Gold. The units produced shows are done and it’s time to get into the bigger matches. On May 4th, Bea Priestley defeated Kagetsu to win the World of Stardom Championship. This was a big shocker and I’m not sure how I feel about it just yet. If Bea keeps delivering like she did in that match, I think she’ll be just fine.
Originally for this show, we were supposed to get Bea defending her title against Toni Storm. However, WWE pressured them to cancel the match. They didn’t want Toni losing to an AEW star. Even though Bea is technically more Stardom than she is AEW; since she signed a full-time contract with Stardom. Anyway, they were able to make the show work to give the fans something unique. We’re gonna take a look at the card down below.
Three Way Tag Team Match
STARS (Starlight Kid & Hanan) vs. Oedo Tai (Andras Miyagi & Natsuko Tora) vs. Queen’s Quest (Leo Onozaki & Hina)
Our first match to start this show off is a triple threat tag match. STARS will battle Oedo Tai and Queen’s Quest. STARS is represented by Starlight Kid and Hanan, Oedo Tai by Andras Miyagi and Natsuko Tora, and Queen’s Quest by Leo Onozaki and Hina. Originally it was going to be a four-way with the Tokyo Cyber Squad involved. However, they had to be pulled out due to Rina suffering an injury. We wish her a speedy recovery. Since this is no longer a gauntlet, it’ll be under regular triple threat rules. It is still a solid opener with some big names. Andras Miyagi also recently signed a full-time contract with Stardom. One would expect to see her in bigger programs going forward. Which of these three teams will win?
Three Way Match
Saya Iida vs. Death Yama-San vs. Natsu Sumire
Our next match is a triple threat with Saya Iida taking on Natsu Sumire and Kaori Yoneyam-wait, I mean Death Yama-San. That’s right, Kaori Yoneyama changed her name after being part of the Tokyo Cyber Squad and gave herself a new personality. Unless it’s just for this show, since I can never get a read on her. The only thing you can expect for this match is some humor with Yama and Sumire along with more progression for Saya since she’s getting built up quite well here. Will Saya be able to get another win or will it belong to the other two?
Artist of Stardom Title Match
STARS (Mayu Iwatani, Saki Kashima, & Tam Nakano) vs. Tokyo Cyber Squad (Hana Kimura, Jungle Kyona, & Konami)
Our first title match of the evening is STARS members Mayu Iwatani, Saki Kashima, and Tam Nakano defending their Artist of Stardom Championships against members of Tokyo Cyber Squad, Hana Kimura, Konami, and Jungle Kyona. It looks like Mayu is cleared for the competition since she’s able to defend her title for this match. Their last defense was on March 24th and ironic enough that it was against Hana Kimura and her group before she had had a new unit. Now it looks like Hana is set to get a rematch with a new unit and an actual crew behind her. Will Tokyo Cyber Squad win their first championships or will STARS retain?
Kagetsu vs. Toni Storm
Our next match is a special singles match as Toni Storm takes on the leader of Oedo Tai, Kagetsu. These two are no strangers together as they fought in June last year where Kagetsu actually defeated her to win the World of Stardom Championship to start her eleven-month reign. Toni was never able to get a rematch with her due to joining WWE and the Mae Young Classic, but now as the NXT UK Women’s Champion, she’s back with a new attitude and looks to have a friendly match with her. I’m looking forward to seeing what they can do together in the ring now after not fighting each other since last June. Will Toni stand tall or does Kagetsu beat her twice in a row?
World of Stardom Title Match
Bea Priestley (c) vs. Hazuki
Our next match is for the World of Stardom Championship as Bea Priestley is set to defend her title against the High Speed Champion, Hazuki. As I stated earlier that Bea was originally scheduled to defend against Toni Storm but they had to pull out and they went with Hazuki instead, which is a great move since she’s a fantastic talent. Hazuki did defeat Bea in the first round of the Cinderella Tournament, so it makes sense that she would get first dibs on a title opportunity against the new champion. Been a while since we had a gaijin holding that title and now we can see if she can help elevate it since Rossy did put faith in her when she won it. Will Bea be able to have her first successful defense or will she be known as a transitional champion?
Wonder of Stardom Title Match
Momo Watanabe (c) vs. Arisa Hoshiki
Our main event of the evening is the Wonder of Stardom Championship as Momo Watanabe defends the title against Arisa Hoshiki. Arisa was able to get this opportunity when she won the Cinderella Tournament and was able to request a match against Momo. This has been hinted at for a long time when Arisa made her return in September and has called out Momo several times, but Momo would always neglect her with that opportunity since she felt like it would be a waste of time. They have fought for the Goddesses of Stardom Championship where Momo and Utami retained with Momo pinning Arisa and it looked like that feud would be done and over with, but that’s luckily not the case.
Arisa made sure she would get her singles match with her one way or another and now, that time has come with this match. If you’re asking why is this the main event over the World of Stardom Championship, then it’s because Momo is the bigger star for one and this has been properly developed for months as we’ll get an actual conclusion while Bea has a bit to go if she wants to help build that title up. Will Momo defeat her one-on-one or will Arisa put her reign to an end?
Thank you all for reading and I hope you follow their Twitter for updates on the show along with watching it once it’s up on their streaming service. My predictions are on the bottom.
1. Andras Miyagi & Natsuko Tora
2. Saya Iida
3. Tokyo Cyber Squad
4. Toni Storm
5. Bea Priestley
6. Arisa Hoshiki