Marvelous on February 8th, 2015
A Review by Kevin Wilson

Date:  February 8th, 2015
Location:  Chiba Port Arena in Chiba, Japan
Announced Attendance:  Unknown

I don’t like missing any Joshi events, so even though this was a very small show here we are watching it.  I mean Dump is on the show and she is always a pleasure to watch, and the main event has some of the better known Joshi stars so I’m sure they will do something entertaining.  Here is the full card:

- Alex Lee vs. DASH Chisako
- Aki Shizuku vs. Yuiga
- Dump Matsumoto and Yumiko Hotta vs. Mima Shimoda and Tomoko Watanabe
- Megumi Yabushita vs. Ray
- Kyoko Kimura and KAORU vs. Meiko Satomura and Takako Inoue

Short show so let’s dive right into it.

Alex Lee vs. DASH Chisako
I don’t think I’ve ever seen Alex Lee before, she’s cute.  Chisako takes Lee to the mat immediately but they return to their feet as Lee throws Chisako into the corner.  Stomps by Lee and they trade elbows to the chest.  Scoop slam by Lee and she covers Chisako for two.  Lee slaps on a reverse chinlock but Chisako gets to the ropes.  Lee re-applies the hold but Chisako gets out of it and applies a stretch hold.  Lee gets to the ropes and Lee kicks Chisako into the corner.  Jumping knee by Lee in the corner but Chisako hits an armdrag.  Dropkick to the knee by Chisako and she dropkicks Lee in the face for two.  Chisako goes up top and she hits a missile dropkick.  Chisako dropkicks Lee in the corner and she hits a face crusher for two.  Backdrop suplex by Chisako but Lee kicks her in the head.  Chisako goes off the ropes but Lee boots her for a two count.  Lee picks up Chisako and she hits a vertical suplex.  Another suplex by Lee, she picks up Chisako but Chisako kicks her off.  Knees by Lee but Chisako sneaks in a pair of quick pins.  Face crusher by Chisako, she hits a foot stomp before going up top and nailing a diving double stomp.  Cover, but Lee bridges up.  Chisako goes up top again and this time she delivers the Hormone Splash for the three count.   This was pretty basic and a bit awkward at times, which isn’t unusual when you have two wrestlers that aren’t familiar with each other.  So they kept it simple for that reason I am sure, which prevented the match from being anything special.  Not bad, but not interesting.  Score:  3.5

Aki Shizuku vs. Yuiga
They trade waistlocks and wristlocks to start, they go to the mat and Shizuku gets a hold of the ankle.  Yuiga reverses things and applies a crab hold but Shizuku gets to the ropes.  Stomps by Yuiga and she hits a vertical suplex.  Shizuku gets control on the mat, Irish whip by Shizuku but Yuiga avoids her charge and elbows her.  Fisherman suplex hold by Yuiga but it gets two.  Shoulderblock by Shizuku and they trade elbows and Yuiga kicks her in the chest.  Yuiga goes up to the second turnbuckle but Shizuku hits her and throws her to the mat.  Shizuku clubs Yuiga, Irish whip, and Shizuku kicks Yuiga in the chest.  Lariat by Shizuku and she hits a second one.  Side slam by Shizuku and the cover gets two.  Waistlock by Yuiga and she kicks Shizuku before hitting a swinging fisherman suplex for two.  Yuiga picks up Shizuku and hits a German suplex hold for another two.  Yuiga gets on the second turnbuckle and hits a diving body press.  Lariat by Shizuku and she hits a second one.  Shizuku picks up Yuiga but Yuiga rolls her up for two.  Spear by Shizuku and she hits another lariat for a two count.  Shizuku nails the Death Valley Bomb and she picks up the three count.  I enjoyed the match, it was grounded but they added in enough impact moves that it never got boring.  Also helped it wasn’t too long of a match, they did what they wanted to do and went to the end.  Not a particularly exciting match but still decent.  Score:  6.0

Dump Matsumoto and Yumiko Hotta vs. Mima Shimoda and Tomoko Watanabe
They brawl to start the match, involving weapons and outside shenanigans.  They get back in the ring after a bit as order is restored but it breaks down again with more interference.  Hotta gets a chain but accidentally hits Matsumoto with it, and it happens a second time.  Shimoda hits Hotta with a chair as Matsumoto has started bleeding, Shimoda and Watanabe put the chain around Matsumoto’s neck and she is kicked in the chest.  Watanabe picks up Matsumoto and hits a scoop slam.  Matsumoto pushes Watanabe back and Matsumoto tags in Hotta.  Hotta kicks Watanabe in the leg, Irish whip and Watanabe hits a springboard crossbody.  Shimoda runs in, Hotta kicks her back as Watanabe comes in the ring, but Hotta hits a double face crusher and tags in Matsumoto.  Matsumoto has a kendo stick and bops people on the head with it.  German suplex by Matsumoto to Shimoda but Shimoda hits a jumping lariat and tags in Watanabe.  Lariat by Watanabe, cover, but it gets two.  Watanabe goes off the ropes but Hotta kicks her from the apron and Matsumoto levels her with a lariat.  Body press by Matsumoto and she picks up the three count.  I like Matsumoto but this was just a slow motion brawl.  They really needed a more spry wrestler to do the more exciting stuff as no one here was up for that type of challenge.  I wouldn’t call it a lack of effort, there just wasn’t any structure to it before it suddenly ended.  I’ve seen better recent crazy Matsumoto brawls.  Score:  3.0

Megumi Yabushita vs. Ray
They lock knuckles and Ray hits a headscissors.  Yabushita falls out of the ring but she returns after a moment and chokes Ray in the corner.  Yabushita applies a reverse chinlock but Ray works over Yabushita’s leg.  Back up Yabushita stomps on Ray’s hands, but Ray chops Yabushita into the corner.  Face crusher by Ray, she goes up top and hits a diving elbow drop for two.  Scoop slam by Yabushita and she covers Ray for two.  Facelock by Yabushita, but Ray gets to the ropes.  Cartwheel elbow strike by Ray and she hits a modified lariat of sorts for a two count.  Yabushita stretches Ray’s leg over the top rope, she dives off the top but Ray moves.  Cross armbreaker takedown by Yabushita but Ray gets out of it and she hits an armdrag.  Yabushita re-applies the cross armbreaker but Ray makes it to the ropes.  Northern Lights Suplex by Yabushita, she goes off the ropes but Ray applies a dragon sleeper. Yabushita gets out of it and Ray hits a tiger feint kick.  Ray positions Yabushita, she goes up top and nails the lariat.  Cover, but it gets two.  Yabushita grabs Ray’s arm but Ray hits a hurricanrana for a two count.  High kick by Ray, she goes off the ropes and hits a modified sunset flip for the three count.  Ray is quite fun and it was a good chance of pace on this card to have a wrestler that doesn’t mind flying around.  Good match, it didn’t go to the next level but it was entertaining.  Score:  6.5

Kyoko Kimura and KAORU vs. Meiko Satomura and Takako Inoue
Kimura and Satomura start off and they trade shoulderblocks.  Kimura stomps on Satomura, kicks by Satomura and she elbows Kimura in the back of the head.  Satomura is pulled out of the ring and thrown into the guard rail as other wrestlers get involved as well.  They return after a bit but Satomura gets away from KAORU and she tags in Inoue.  Inoue applies a modified facelock, but KAORU gets out of it.  KAORU dropkicks Inoue in the knee and tags in Kimura.  Kimura pulls Inoue by the hair and throws her down to the mat.  Inoue kicks KAORU back and tags in Satomura, double Irish whip to Kimura and she eats a double kick.  DDT by Inoue and she tags in Satomura (again).  Uppercuts by Satomura, Irish whip and Satomura hits a jumping elbow in the corner.  Satomura tags in Inoue and Inoue applies a crab hold to Kimura.  Inoue elbows Kimura in the corner, Irish whip and they both kinda kick each other.  Kimura grabs Inoue but Inoue kicks her in the head.  Satomura comes in the ring, elbows by Satomura to Kimura but Kimura tackles her to the mat.  High kick by Satomura and she hits an uppercut. 

They trade elbows but Kimura hits a big boot.  Satomura comes back with an uppercut and deliver the cartwheel kick.  Kimura fights back and hits a big boot to Satomura.  Kimura headbutts Satomura and she hits a chokebomb for a two count.  Kimura tags in KAORU, KAORU picks up Satomura but Satomura elbows her off.  Kimura runs in and kicks Satomura, KAORU gets a piece of table and starts hitting everyone with it.  KAORU picks up Inoue and hits a Northern Lights Bomb onto the piece of table.  Cover, but the referee won’t count.  Scoop slam by KAORU, she goes up top but Satomura pushes her off.  Inoue then goes up, KAORU joins her but Inoue pushes her down to the mat.  Inoue goes up but KAORU moves when she dives off.  KAORU goes up but Inoue avoids the senton.  KAORU hits Inoue with a piece of table again but again the referee won’t count.  Backfist by Inoue to KAORU, but Kimura breaks up the pin attempt.  Double Irish whip to KAORU, but KAORU gets away and they trade pin attempts.  KAORU hits Kimura with a piece of table, cover, and she gets a three count.  This was a bit too random for my taste, it wasn’t the fun type of chaos but the type that makes it hard to get into the match.  Not the most exciting  way to end the show.  Score:  3.5

Final Thoughts:

This just wasn’t a good show.  When you get below the top level of Joshi the quality really dips, and when you factor in the quiet crowds and poor camera angle it just makes these events a chore to watch.  Nothing was really bad, there wasn’t any silly comedy or anything like that, it was just lackluster.  I can’t recommend this to anyone, I love me some Joshi but this one is skippable for sure.

Grade: D- 

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