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Oz Academy Konoyarou Review (February 26, 2017)

6.0/10
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Oz Academy Konoyarou on February 26, 2017

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Shinjuku FACE – Tokyo, Japan


Kaori Yoneyama & Rina Yamashita vs. Manami Toyota & Aoi Kizuki**

Manami and Aoi attack first during the pre-match handshake and start to pick on Kaori, everyone in the match, the ref, and a couple people ringside stomp on her back. Aoi and Manami then put Kaori in the ropes and start chopping her chest while her partner, Rina, spins a rally flag. Kaori is soon caught in Manami’s signature victory roll that seems to last forever and a half. Rina decides to be a good partner and break up the pin attempt but still leaves Kaori in the ring to fight. After about five minutes Rina finally becomes the legal woman and starts bringing the pain to Aoi with her more powerful offense. When Kaori is tagged back in she gets her revenge running over to the opponent’s corner and knocking Manami off the apron–but her fortune quickly changes as Aoi and Manami get their opponents in an octopus submission. Rina and Kaori win the match just shy of 9 minutes in a light-hearted opener and they raise Manami’s hand after the bell.

Mayumi Ozaki vs. Syuri**

Everybody should know how a Mayumi Ozaki match goes at this point in her career, Police drags her opponent through the crowd and throws chairs and a chain at them. He brings them back to the ring and she attacks with her chain, other members of Ozaki-gun interfere, flip a coin to decide the winner, rinse and repeat. This match wasn’t bad but also not good enough for me to recommend that you go and watch it in full, save your time and skip on to the next match.

AKINO & Sonoko Kato vs. Yumi Ohka & Maya Yukihi**3/4

Before the bell can ring our Ozaki-gun members attack Kato and AKINO and take the fight outside into the stands, whips ready. The referee walks out to check on Kato with AKINO but she gets whipped in the head and is down for the count, allowing Ohka and Maya to do whatever. AKINO brings the ref back to the ring and some sense of order is restored to the match, but not before Kato eats multiple kicks to the face. Kato tries to attack Ohka while she sits on the top rope but she pushes off the attack and whips Kato before Maya tags in and does the same. A fresh AKINO gets tagged in and places both Ohka and Maya in a ankle lock/arm bar double submission but she has to break it at the five count. When she seemingly has Ohka damaged enough for a three-count, Maya runs in past Kato and breaks the pin, giving the Ozaki-gun members enough of a breather to regain their composure and take back control of this match. About four minutes of this match is edited out, not enough to miss any important details, this bout was dominated by kicks and illegal attacks with whips. Kato is able to reverse Maya’s pin to get the victory for her team.

Kellie Skater has a small retirement ceremony held in the ring, she’s handed bouquets from several fellow wrestlers, and they all pose with her after the ten bell salute and the rain of streamers.

Aja Kong & Yoshiko vs. Hiroyo Matsumoto & Tsubasa Kuragaki***

This matchup is a hoss fight in every sense of the term, big, strong wrestlers going into the ring and bringing the pain. Put aside any personal feelings toward Yoshiko, her and Aja Kong are a good tag team that show each other’s currents strengths and their opponents are right there with them in the strength department. Yoshiko jumps the bell and attacks Hiroyo but she’s able to recover fast and bring the fight to Yoshiko with kicks and evasions. Tsubasa is tagged in and has a lock up battle with her opponent, she’s thrown to the ropes but floors Yoshiko with a stiff shoulder block. In comes Aja Kong with chops but Tsubasa’s speed helps her get out of danger and tag out. More chops are thrown until Aja decided to eye rack Hiroyo and follows it up with a missed standing elbow drop. The next couple of minutes become an almost endless amount of lariats like many other heavyweight hoss battles in puro. Aja and Yoshiko try to go the top rope but Hiroyo and Tsubasa grab them and put them in torture racks before they go to the top themselves and hit a moonsault and diving knee. All combatants are slowly moving on the mat after knocking each other down with clotheslines, Hiroyo and Yoshiko roll out of the ring while Aja and Tsubasa fight it out. Yoshiko comes in just in time to break up a possible 3 count, Hiroyo tries to also save her teammate but Aja whacks her with a garbage can to knock her out. With both opponents knocked down Aja goes up for the diving elbow to pick up the win. If you’ve wanted to watch a women’s hoss match this match was good enough and had enough lariats and power moves to fulfill that need.

Kagetsu vs. Hikaru Shida***1/2

A video package runs down the story on how we’ve gotten to this #1 contender match starting all the way back in December of last year when Hikaru pinned Hiroyo in a tag match. This is a match with championship implications, the winner gets to wrestle for the title match on April 12 against current Oz Academy Openweight Champion Hiroyo Matsumoto. Both fighters start off a with some armlocks and transitions, keeping the fight on the mat. The second lock up ends with a shove and both running the ropes and hitting high speed maneuvers before being ended by a dropkick from Kagetsu. Third confrontation sees elbow strikes being thrown and a hip thrust from Hikaru for a 2 count. After three face-offs we get a longer stretch of fighting, Hikaru takes control by stomping Kagetsu in the corner and targeting Kagetsu’s back with backbreakers and a double Boston crab. Kagetsu is able to power out of the submission but Hikaru comes back and punches her back and uses a facebuster for another two count. Despite failed pin attempts Hikaru’s face screams confidence while she beats on her opponent, Kagetsu on the other hand hasn’t had much space since the match started and makes her pain known. Kagetsu starts targeting one of Hikaru’s knees, a good way to get rid of her finisher, with kicks and  kneebars. Hikaru powers out of a kneebar by weakly suplexing her opponent into the corner and follows it up with a jumping knee with her beaten up knee, a possible mistake if the knee ends up costing her this match. She tries a brainbuster but Kagetsu slips out and starts to lay in more kicks into Hikaru’s knee, all of the kicks and submissions really show how reliant Hikaru is on her right knee whenever she hits an attack and winces in pain. The action spills to the outside with Hikaru leading the charge, she clears some of the seats and suplexes Kagetsu on top of a metal ledge. While Kagetsu is being checked up on from her MK4 teammates and the referee, Hikaru is standing in the ring, yelling at Kagetsu, standing proudly once the ring-out count starts. Before she can get back in the ring Kagetsu almost gets superplexed, she fights out of it and attempts a springboard dropkick but Hikaru knocks her down and this time successfully superplexes her. Damage done to Kagetsu’s back comes back into play when she can barely stand, this pisses off Hikaru and she starts slapping Kagetsu in the head. With the crowd chanting her name Kagetsu stands up and attacks Hikaru but gets slammed to the mat. Hikaru’s confidence from the beginning of the match has started to turn into arrogance, after landing one of her finishers, Tamashii no Three Count, she lifts Kagetsu off the mat in the middle of the pin and picks up her kendo stick while Syuri distracts the ref and hits Kagetsu in the head. The strike does nothing as Kagetsu rises up and strikes back at Hikaru, after the flurry both lay on the mat until Kagetsu sits up like The Undertaker and goes to town attacking her opponent. Elbow after elbow strikes Hikaru’s head, the ref tries to break the two apart but Kagetsu pushes her off and keeps throwing elbows until she stands up. Hikaru tries to use her kendo stick again but Kagetsu kicks it out of her hand and both kick into high gear and use everything they’ve got and Kagetsu is able to roll up Hikaru and get the win.

After the match Kagetsu gets on the house mic and gives a speech to the audience and Hiroyo Matsumoto about the April 12 title match. Hiroyo grabs the mic and talks to Kagetsu and Hikaru, while she’s leaving Ozaki gets on a mic with Ohka beside her as she propositions a tag title match. As the two teams talk it out Aja and Yoshiko walk in and want in on a tag title match too, two more teams run in, Kaori & Tsubasa and Aoi & Manami, and AKINO also voice their interest in a tag title match. Hikaru yells at everyone while they’re discussing a not-yet official tag team title match and voices her displeasure. AKINO does the math that with five teams wanting a title match that they can have a tournament to decide the #1 contenders, she asks the crowd and they all give a positive yell while most of the teams also agree. Ozaki & Ohka are the only ones that don’t seem happy with the tournament idea while the other teams declare themselves for this tournament. The ring announcer, Hiroyuki Nakamura, comes in the ring with straws and a marker to determine who’ll face who and who’ll get a bye to the finals. Aja Kong & Yoshiko face Manami Toyota & Aoi Kizuki and Kaori Yoneyama & Tsubasa Kuragaki face Mayumi Ozaki & Yumi Ohka, AKINO and Kaho Kobayashi get a bye into the finals. Facing the reality that this tournament is happening Ozaki lays down the rules, 10 minute time limit with one fall, any kind of interference is ok, if a time limit draw happens both teams are disqualified, if both opening matches end in time limit draws Ozaki & Ohka go to the finals. With the rules now set and teams decided we look forward to March 19 for the one-night tag tournament.

OZ ACADEMY KONOYAROU ON FEBRUARY 26, 2017
  • Decent - 6/10
    6/10

OVERALL

It wasn't surprising which matches stood out and which were just ok. The main event and post match segment help set the stage for Oz's April 12 show which is their next "big" event. If you're pressed for time watch the last two matches, and maybe the MK4 vs Ozaki-gun tag match if you really want to.

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