OZ Academy "No Lookin' Back"
A Review by Kevin Wilson
Date: May 11th, 2014
Back to Oz! This is a pretty normal show with no title matches or major freelancers (except maybe Kuragaki, if you count her as major) but it does have the end of a tournament to find the next challenger for the OZ Academy Openweight Championship. I see a few of the girls I like on here so there should be some goodness. Here is the full card:
- Dynamite Kansai and Kaori Yoneyama vs. Manami Toyota and Carlos Amano
OZ has been a bit disappointing to me so far in 2014, so let’s see if this event is better.
Dynamite Kansai and Kaori Yoneyama vs. Manami Toyota and Carlos Amano
Amano tags in Toyota, who comes in the ring with a missile dropkick. Toyota goes up to the top turnbuckle but Kansai rolls out of the way of the moonsault. Yoneyama runs in with a suplex to Toyota and Kansai follows with a lariat, cover, but it gets a two count. Kansai picks up Toyota but Toyota ducks the kick attempt, Amano comes in but Kansai applies the claw to both of them. Kansai pushes them into the ropes, double Irish whip and Kansai hits a lariat onto both of them. Cover, but it gets a two count. Kansai tags in Yoneyama and Yoneyama knees Toyota in the back of the head. Yoneyama goes for a German suplex but Toyota rams Yoneyama back into the corner. Yoneyama avoids Toyota’s charge, she goes up to the top turnbuckle and hits a missile dropkick. Toyota shakes off Yoneyama and she hits the Oklahoma Roll for a two count. Toyota puts Yoneyama up on her shoulders, Amano goes to the top turnbuckle but can’t reach Toyota to tag in, Yoneyama gets off Toyota’s shoulders as Kansai comes in as well and Yoneyama hits a superplex onto Amano. Yoneyama and Kansai both kick Amano, cover, but it gets a two count. Headbutt by Amano to Yoneyama, cover, but Kansai breaks it up. Toyota pulls Kansai into the corner, Amano goes off the ropes but Yoneyama catches her with an inside cradle for a two count. Toyota and Amano both headbutt their opponents, but Yoneyama ducks another attempt and Toyota/Amano accidentally headbutt each other. German suplex by Yoneyama to Amano, but it gets a two count. Yoneyama goes up to the top turnbuckle, Kansai picks up Amano and hits the Splash Mountain. Yoneyama then jumps off with a senton, cover, and she picks up the three count. Your winners: Dynamite Kansai and Kaori Yoneyama
Match Thoughts: Part of me is sad to see legends like Kansai and Toyota spending their twilight years wrestling matches like this, but I guess as long as they are having fun. This wasn’t a bad match for an opener as it was kept pretty simple. These are older wrestlers so they weren’t flying around or anything, but the action stayed moving. The time felt about right and there was nothing really wrong with it other than that it lacked any memorable moments at all and felt basic. Score: 5.0
Kyusei Sakura Hirota vs. Mayumi Ozaki (with Yumi Ohka)
They help Hirota put Ozaki in the Mexican Surfboard, which she keeps on for several moments before she releases the hold. Hirota starts running in slow motion, the manager and Ohka come in as well and they run around the ring in slow motion. Ozaki is not having any of it, and she slaps Hirota to the mat. They run in slow motion again while Ozaki watches, she finally joins in, Hirota rolls up Ozaki, the referee does a fast count but it only gets two. Hirota gets up on the top turnbuckle and does a handstand, but she falls off. Ozaki grabs Hirota and hits a sitdown powerbomb, cover, but it gets a two count. Ozaki picks up Hirota, Hirota gets Ozaki’s back but Ozaki reverses it. Ohka and the manager come in the ring but the manager lariats Ozaki by accident. Hirota then drop toeholds Ohka into the manager’s groin, then Ozaki punches Hirota so she falls on his groin area as well. Ozaki picks up Hirota and applies a waistlock, but Hirota turns around and gets out of the hold. Hirota goes off the ropes, inside cradle by Hirota but it gets a two count. They trade back slap attempts with no luck, and eventually they get dizzy and fall to the ground. Hirota picks up Ozaki, the manager runs in again but Hirota kisses him. Ozaki gets a chain again as Ohka comes in the ring, but Hirota kisses her as well. Hirota spits red mist into Ozaki’s face, inside cradle, but it gets a two count. Ozaki goes off the ropes but Hirota sprays mist in her face again, cover, and she gets the three count. Your winner: Kyusei Sakura Hirota
Match Thoughts: Why wasn’t this match clipped? I don’t really like matches like these, and I really don’t like matches like these that go on for 15 minutes. I don’t find this type of comedy match very funny, Ozaki not always cooperating was kinda cute but once you get past that it just wasn’t very fun. It’s not the worst match I have ever seen but it is certainly the worst match I have seen anytime recently. I wish I could skip Hirota matches. Score: 2.5
Sonoko Kato and Kagetsu vs. Yumi Ohka and Mio Shirai
Ohka dumps Kagetsu out to the apron but Ohka applies a cross-armed submission over the top rope. Ohka slams Kagetsu to the mat and kicks her in the ribs. Heel drop by Ohka, cover, but it gets a two count. Ohka goes off the ropes but Kagetsu gets Ohka on her shoulders and hits a Samoan Drop. Kagetsu picks up Ohka, Kagetsu goes for a cross armbreaker but Ohka rolls out of it. Brainbuster by Kagetsu and she makes the tag to Kato. Kato kick Ohka repeatedly in the chest, knees by Kato but Ohka knees her back. Kato goes off the ropes but Shirai hits her from the apron. Backdrop suplex by Ohka, cover, but it gets a two count. Ohka picks up Kato but Ohka gets away and boots Kato. Kato kicks her back and they trade kicks, and Kato gives Ohka a rolling kick. Cover, but it gets a two count. Kato picks up Ohka and applies a full nelson, Ohka gets out of it and Shirai hits Kato from the apron with the kendo stick. Big boot by Ohka, cover, but Kato kicks out. Ohka picks up Kato and hits a brainbuster, cover, but it gets another two. Ohka tags in Shirai, and Shirai kicks Kato. Kick to the side of the head by Shirai, cover, but it gets a two count. Swinging kick by Shirai, cover, but Kagetsu breaks it up. Shirai picks up Kato and hits the underhook face crusher, cover, but Kagetsu again breaks it up. Ohka boots Kagetsu out of the ring, and Shirai hits Kato with the stick. Kato hits a dragon screw leg whip on Ohka, she goes off the ropes but is tripped from the apron. Shirai hits a vertical suplex onto Kato and applies a headscissors, but Kagetsu breaks it up with a doublestomp. Ohka throws Kagetsu out of the ring, Kato goes off the ropes and kicks Shirai in the head. Cover, but it gets a two count. Kato pulls Shirai in the middle of the ring, she goes up to the top turnbuckle but is grabbed from the apron. Kato gets away and hits the diving guillotine leg drop, cover, but it gets a two count. Kato picks up Shirai and she goes for the Crown’s Gate, but Shirai gets out of it and Ohka hits a chokebomb. Shirai rolls up Kato but it gets a two count. Double Irish whip to Kagetsu but she hits a spear on both her opponents, Shirai goes for a hurricanrana on Kato but Kato catches her and hits the Crown’s Gate. Cover, and she gets a three count. Your winners: Sonoko Kato and Kagetsu
Match Thoughts: This was solid but far from perfect. Ohka just does way too many big boots, always has, and I find that it is just really repetitive and unimaginative. So anytime she was in the ring it was a bit of a drag. When she wasn’t there the action was better and I liked that it was pretty non-stop from bell to bell and had a definite ending. So not bad, Ohka just dragged it down with her utter lack of variety. Score: 6.0
Aja Kong and Hikaru Shida vs. AKINO and Hiroyo Matsumoto
AKINO tags in Matsumoto, Matsumoto hits a body avalanche and kicks her into the corner. Matsumoto goes for the reverse splash but Shida gets her knees up. Shida picks up Matsumoto but Matsumoto hits a headbutt. Shida headbutts her back, Shida goes off the ropes but Matsumoto hits a shoulderblock. Vertical suplex by Shida and she goes for a suplex but Shida lands on her feet and delivers a running knee to the face. Cover, but it gets a two count. Shida goes off the ropes but AKINO kicks her from the apron. Matsumoto goes off the ropes but she is kicked from the apron as well. Knee by Matsumoto, Irish whip to the corner but Shida rebounds out of the corner with a dropkick. Matsumoto gets Shida up on her shoulders and hits a gutbuster, cover, but it gets a two count. Matsumoto tries to tag out but Shida grabs her and hits a heel kick. Falcon Arrow by Shida, cover, but it gets a two count. Shida tags in Kong, and Kong kicks AKINO off the apron. Backdrop suplex by Kong to Matsumoto, cover, but Matsumoto gets a foot on the ropes. Kong picks up Matsumoto and drops her with a piledriver. Cover, but it gets another two. AKINO picks up Matsumoto and hits a scoop slam, she goes up to the second turnbuckle but AKINO runs in and throws her to the mat. Matsumoto picks up Kong and goes for a powerbomb but Kong blocks it and hits a back bodydrop. AKINO dropkicks Kong and Matsumoto rolls up Kong for a two count. Matsumoto goes off the ropes but Kong hits a lariat. Kong goes for a brainbuster but Matsumoto blocks it, Shida goes for a kendo shot to Matsumoto but Matsumoto moves and Kong is hit by accident. AKINO kicks Shida into the corner but Kong lariats AKINO, roaring elbow by Matsumoto to Kong and she drops her with a backdrop suplex. Cover, but it gets two when Shida breaks it up. Matsumoto picks up Kong and goes for a piledriver but Kong gets out of it. High kick by AKINO to Kong and Matsumoto hits AKINO with an elbow. Cover, but it gets a two count. Matsumoto picks up Kong, Matsumoto and AKINO put Kong up on the second turnbuckle but Shida runs in and hits AKINO and Matsumoto with a kendo stick. Matsumoto and Shida fight over the kendo stick but Kong hits Matsumoto with a metal box. Brainbuster by Kong to Matsumoto, cover, but AKINO breaks it up. Shida hits a running knee to Matsumoto and Kong nails her with the Uraken. Cover by Kong and she picks up the three count. Your winners: Aja Kong and Hikaru Shida
Match Thoughts: I’ve really been enjoying Aja Kong as I watch OZ, she has generally been one of the highlights of the show. She just seems to really understand her role, she comes in and hits the big moves but takes offense as well so she doesn’t come across as an older legend that doesn’t give back anything. I love Shida which is probably documented somewhere, and their opponents were good as well. Lots of big moves and chaos, and overall just a fun match to watch. Score: 7.5
Tomoka Nakagawa vs. Tsubasa Kuragaki
Match Thoughts: This was an odd way to end the event. It was the shortest match, which is unusual, and it really didn’t have any big moments. Nakagawa spent the bulk of the match trying for roll-ups and quick pins, which apparently was the only way she could beat Kuragaki. Kuragaki did have some solid power moves and dominated the match at times, but Nakagawa never had a real issue of coming back even if the transition wasn’t great. In a vacuum it wasn’t a bad match, but as the main event and a #1 Contender match it did fall a bit flat. Score: 5.5
Best Match: Aja Kong and Hikaru Shida vs. AKINO and Hiroyo Matsumoto. I really enjoyed just about every aspect of this match. Both teams worked well together and all the wrestlers helped make the match what it was. Kong did a good job as the power wrestler, Shida is adorable, and Matsumoto was non-stop as she always is. This was the only memorable match on the card but it was definitely a good one.
MVP: Aja Kong. Kong is old and slow, but she still has that aura to her and still hits hard which on this event was all that was needed. Besides kicking ass she took a lot of offense as well so she didn’t come across as selfish or just trying to get herself over. She isn’t great on every show but this is about as good as she gets.
Overall: With five match events, every match has to deliver to some degree and this one definitely did not. Only one match was really good, with the rest ranging from bad to just solid. I wouldn’t ever recommend someone watch an event just for an entertaining mid-card tag match, there just wasn’t enough here. OZ continues to disappoint with their short events and lackluster matches, even though they have some great wrestlers.
review completed on 10/9/14