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1. Bad Blood Offering: Basara & Hisae Watanabe [W] defeated Emi Fujino & Nao Komatsu [L] (11:28) when Watanabe hit a spinning heel kick on Komatsu.
2. International Collision: Sara Del Rey [W], Madison Eagles & Christina Von Eerie beat Takako Inoue, Toshie Uematsu & Ray [L] (19:44) when Del Rey used the Royal Butterfly on Ray for the pin.
3. UJWF No Limits Title Match: Makoto (c) pinned Sawako Shimotsuke (5:51) to retain No Limits Title.
4. Attitude & Attraction Trios Match: Ayumi Kurihara [W], Shuri & Mika Nagano vs. Kyoko Kimura, Mika Nishio & Nagisa Nozaki [L] (18:12) after Kurihara used a Double Knee Driver to pin Nozaki.
5. Golden Dream Match: Nanae Takahashi pinned Kana (21:05) following a pair of shining wizards.
Galaxy held their second show today in Osaka, celebrating Golden Week with a “Golden Show” headlined by the highly anticipated bitter match between former tag team partners and friends and now malicious rivals, Kana and Nanae Takahashi. Fans have speculated that the match will decide who is the true leader of Galaxy. The show kicked off with television announcers Momoe Oe and Genki Sudo welcoming the crowd and introducing the fighters for tonight’s show before taking their spots at the broadcast table. UWJF’s Ayumi Kurihara makes her second visit to Galaxy where she will team with fan favorites Shuri and Mika Nagano to take on the trio of rising star Nagisa Nozaki, Mika Nishio and Bad Blood’s Kyoko Kimura. Plus Makoto will make her first No Limits Title Defense against the young and talented Sawako Shimotsuke. All that and more on tonight’s special GOLDEN SHOW…
Basara & Hisae Watanabe vs. Nao Komatsu & Emi Fujino
The evening’s first match pitted Bad Blood’s Basara and Hisae Watanabe, making her official pro wrestling debut against Nao Komatsu and Emi Fujino. Basara and Watanabe were brash and arrogant as they made their way to the ring sporting leopard print costumes and Bad Blood tee shirts that they instigated the fans with, teasing them and pretending to hand them out only to snatch them back from the disappointed fans.
The match began with Basara using her multiple skills to control Komatsu and quickly tagged in her partner to double team Nao. Eventually Nao broke free and made the tag and Fujino with some revenge on her mind after last week’s loss to Bad Blood and Watanabe’s run in, Fujino showed great spark and it looked like she had control of the match when Basara ignored the referee’s orders and entered the match to again double team their opponent, all four ladies then started brawling for a minute until referee Murayama took back control, leaving Watanabe and Komatsu as the legal fighters. It was back and forth action until Watanabe tossed Komatsu into the Bad Blood corner and Basara gave her a shot from behind, leaving Hisae Watanabe to land a devastating Super Man Punch that wobbled Komatsu. Watanabe finished her off with a spinning heel kick to secure the pin and another Bad Blood victory at 11:28.Basara & Watanabe [W] defeat Komatsu [L] & Fujino in 11:28 after Watanabe hit Komatsu with a spinning heel kick.
Following the match rookie sensation and usually even tempered Rena came to ringside and confronted Hisae Watanabe. Last week Hisae viciously attacked Rena costing her to drop her debut match. The two had some heated words with Hisae and Basara challenging Rena to come and get them. This prompted Bad Blood's unofficial leader Kyoko Kimura to emerge from the back area and join Basara and Watanabe in the ring, holding the ropes open for Rena welcoming her into the ring to challenge all three of them. Emi Fujino and Komatsu held Rena from doing anything foolish and Rena simply smiled and told them that the time will come when Bad Blood gets what they have coming to them and although she may be young and new to this game, she will not let anyone walk all over her or make an example out of her and that Bad Blood's actions have only made her want to pursue pro wrestling even stronger and she can not wait to get another match with them and prove it.
Takako Inoue, Toshie Uematsu & Ray vs. Sara Del Rey, Madison Eagles & Christina Von Eerie
The next match was a huge six woman war featuring Japanese stars Takako Inoue, royalty in the world of women’s wrestling, and her partners Toshie Uematsu and the masked marvel Ray against the top gaijin in Galaxy, The “Death Rey” Sara Del Rey, Madison “The Punisher” Eagles and “Punk Princess” Christina Von Eerie. Eerie and Ray began the festivities and it was fast paced action for several minutes with both women landing big attacks and both showing their prowess in the air. Von Eerie eventually slowed things down with some submission attempts on Ray before Ray was able to tag in Uematsu. Toshie, who Von Eerie admits is one of her ideals, did not go easy on the American and took the fight to her until Eagles bailed her out.
Eagles and Uematsu put on a show as well, the Aussie dished out a heavy beating but Uematsu took it all in and punished the Punisher right back, nearly sealing the match with a diving summersault neck breaker until Del Rey and Von Eerie broke the pin. Takako then entered and went fist to fist with Eagles and Del Rey, holding her own even against the devastating kicks of the Death Rey. Each team tagged in and out and had several close counts, Takako hit an Aurora special on Von Eerie that would have surely won the match if not for Eagles once again breaking up the count and saving her team, back and forth it went until the match came down to ..
..the upstart and exciting Ray against the bruising technician Sara Del Rey. Del Rey hit a Bridging Fallaway Slam that impressed the crowd but Ray was able kick out just in time, though it only delayed the inevitable as Del Rey went right back to work and locked Ray in, hitting the Royal Butterfly for the sure 1-2-3 as the crowd awed at the deadly arsenal of this new gaijin star. This was a tremendous match and the force and strength of these gaijin fighters of Galaxy truly showed out tonight.Sara Del Rey [W], Madison Eagles & Christina Von Eerie defeated Takako Inoue, Ray [L] & Toshie Uematsu in 19:44 after Sara Del Rey hit the Royal Butterfly on Ray.
UJWF No Limits Title Match: Makoto © vs. Sawako Shimotsuke
What an opportunity for the young Sawako Shimotsuke tonight. She challenges the popular future star Makoto for the UWJF No Limits Championship. A Title Makoto won just a week ago on a UJWF show. You could see how nervous Shimotsuke was upon entering the ring. This was her biggest match to date. Makoto was her usual cheerful self and displayed her title belt proudly to the Galaxy fans. The match was quick paced as Makoto used a lot of her kicks and rope to rope arsenal to keep Shimotsuke off balance and from allowing the strong Sawako from turning this into a battle of strength or grappling match. However Sawako was able to get a strong grip on Makoto who battled to break free and went for the ropes, Sawako showed that strength and tossed Makoto right over the top rope and she hit the arena floor with a loud thud. Referee Murayama warned Sawako, but this being a No Limits rules match did not penalize her for that dangerous maneuver and instead went out to check on Makoto who was slow to get up. Sawako was obviously feeling guilty and did not go for the pin, choosing to wait in the ring for Makoto to recover and continue the fight. With Referee Murayama and Makoto outside the ring and Shimotsuke looking on from the inside, out of the stands sliding into the ring and behind Shimotsuke was the devious and diminutive Chii Tomiya from UJWF, sneaking up behind Shimotsuke then releasing a blood curling scream and with an unidentified object in her fists hit Sawako with a double axe handle that knocked her lights out. Chii slithered back out of the ring and into the stands unseen by Makoto or Referee Murayama. Makoto regathered herself and entered the ring to see Sawako lying in the center of the ring unconscious. Makoto looked around confused before seizing the moment and covered Sawako for the pin. Murayama looked equally as confused but made the count 1-2-3 and Makoto retained the No Limits title in a mysterious way. Makoto pins Shimostuke in 5:51 to retain No Limits Title
Ayumi Kurihara, Shuri & Mika Nagano vs. Kyoto Kimura, Nagisa Nozaki & Mika Nishio
Now it was time for the Semi-Main Event of the evening. First to the ring was the dazzling and dynamic trio of fan favorites and new generation stars, UJWF’s Ayumi Kurihara and Shuri, both dressed in their red ring attire with Mika Nagano sporting a new all white pro wrestling outfit in stead of her usual MMA gear. The ladies received a great ovation from the Osaka crowd and streamers filled the ring. Then out came the opponents as Mika Nishio and Nagisa Nozaki walked out to the ring focused and confident followed at a safe distance by Bad Blood’s Kyoko Kimura who berated some of the Osaka crowd.
The action started with Nozaki and Shuri going to battle, exchanging kicks and Nozaki trying to tie Shuri up as best she could. Both girls really seem to be raising their game and should be top fighters in the near future. Shuri’s kicks particularly thunder through Osaka Pref. Gym #2 and send Nozaki to her corner for relief.
The battle of Mikas came next with the veteran Nishio getting the early hand on Nagano. Nagano seemed timid at first and tried to throw her open handed punches as well as low kicks to fend Nishio off but the savvy veteran was able to get inside and land some elbows to Nagano and locked her in a reverese headlock, wrenching Nagano’s neck back and forth until Mika’s grappling abilities shone through, Nagano using her hips to lock Nishio in a butterfly then pulled her own head through reversing the hold and wrapping Nishio up in a triangle choke for a near submission until Nozaki broke it up. Nagano went right back on the attack and with a solid high kick dazed Nishio and Nagano quickly showed her stunning submission skills with a high flying juji-gatame that nearly snapped Nishio’s arm, luckily she was saved by a rope break and Kimura and Nozaki entered the ring to attack, giving Nishio time to slither to her corner.
Superstar Ayumi Kurihara then went forearm to forearm with Kyoko Kimura, each testing how much they could dish out and take, until both faces were bruised. Kimura finally delivery a shot that sent Kurihara down but Kurihara quickly jumped back to her feet and pumped her fists in defiance, leveling Kimura with a running elbow strike. Kimura then rolled out of the ring where Nishio wrapped her arm around her to discuss strategy. Kurihara quickly took to the ropes and hit a plancha suicida to the outside of the ring on both Kimura and Nishio, this got the crowd pumping. Nishio jumped down to attack Kurihara but was quickly slung into the ring post by Shuri and then Mika Nagano with a running start showed off her new pro wrestling skills by hitting the bulldog on Nozaki on the arena floor. Referee Murayama finally restored order as the crowd went wild.
Back in the ring Shuri and Kimura went toe to toe with both getting a lot of offense in. Shuri took some punishment but bounced right back with a flurry of kicks and hit one booming kick to Kimura’s back as she raised up that sent her reeling. Just then from the back walked Rena. Kimura’s attention went straight for her and Rena just stood outside the ring and smiled. Kimura quickly tagged in an unsuspecting and still damaged Nozaki so she could confront Rena. Nozaki, still groggy stumbled into the ring where Shuri met her with a high kick. Nishio broke up the pin but was then dragged back out of the ring by Nagano. Rena and Kimura then began to exchange punches on the outside of the ring with Rena landing a beautiful left cross that sent Kimura down on her butt holding her chin. Inside the ring Nozaki was in bad shape, Shuri picked her up and tagged in her partner Kurihara who rushed in and hit a double knee driver for the big pin and win for her team in just over 18 minutes of heated action. Outside the ring Rena smiled at the small bit of payback she was able to put on Kimura while Nagano joined Shuri and Kurihara in the ring, all three raising their arms in victory as the crowd soaked it all up.Kurihara [W], Shuri & Nagano beat Kimura, Nozaki [L] & Nishio in 18:12 after Kurihara used a doule knee driver to pin Nozaki.
Kana vs. Nanae Takahashi
The main event and a truly big one at that took place next. This was a true showcase for Galaxy to show their strength. Two big name wrestlers with a real grudge between them. Former tag team partners and now bitter rivals. Nanae Takahashi has been an established star on the scene for years and held numerous major championships as well as being the leader of several promotions along the way. Kana has solidified her position as the lone wolf of Japanese pro wrestling, the true independent spirit and self-made woman of the sport, always opinionated and garnering much attention, many fans and a lot of critics along the way. Now is her opportunity to truly claim her stake as the top star of the promotion and perhaps the sport itself, and support her claim as the “Queen of Wrestling.”
Kana was the first to make her way to the ring wearing an elegant robe and red, purple and gold ring attire as well as a towel around her neck as an homage to the great Inoki, whose spirit she exhibits in the ring. Streamers filled the ring and Kana truly looked focused. Then came Nane in her decorative attire, fist in hand ever ready to start the fight and streamers greeted her as well.
The battle begin with brutal chops by each, beating one another down like a pair of lumberjacks. Then we got a strong clothesline from Nanae. Kana followed it off the ropes with a kick then her famous hip attack. Action went to the corner with Kana landing some big kicks and uppercut. Takahashi then took control with a huge backdrop. Nanae hit a suplex then took it top rope and superplexed Kana but Kana was ever resilient and kicked out, fighting back into the match with a big running elbow strike followed by a german suplex and pin attempt and Nanae kicked out at 2.
Back and forth they battled, blow for blow, hip for hip, inside the ring and out as the crowd grew with eager anticipation. Back in the ring the match slowed a bit as the women began to grapple. Nanae locked Kana in crossface hold and applied immense pressure but was unable to force Kana to quit and slowly Kane drug them to the ropes for a break. Nanae was noticeably frustrated at Kana’s resilience, desperately wanting the win over her heated rival. Nanae followed it up with a big lariat that sent Kana crashing to the mat but once again could only get a two count before Kana wrestled a shoulder off the mat.
Kana fought back into action with some big chops then leveled Nanae with a roundhouse kick. She quickly went to the ropes and hit the flying hip attack on Nanae. Sensing her chance she crashed the ropes and nailed Nanae with a Billiken and covered her quickly…1...2.…no, Nanae then showed her resiliency and raised a shoulder. This match would go on. Kana and Nane both showed their exhauston as the clock passed 17 minutes of hard fought action and each woman was slow to get to her feet.
Nanae hit a backdrop suplex, then another. Kana kicked out. Nanae then picked Kana up and went for yet another go but this time Kana resisted, fought back..and…rolled Nanae into the…PASSION CLUTCH reminiscent of their old tag team days. Nanae was really struggling and it looked like Kana would force the submission, but Nanae would not tap and struggled to fight out of it to get a foot on the rope and break the hold. Kana, using so much energy in strength in that submission was visibly worn. Now both women were on their knees, crwling to get at one another, slapping each other in the face time after time. Finally they stood, Kana hitting a spinning backfist and Nanae returning her own, then Nane with a lariat sent Kana back to her knees. Nanae using all her strength to rise runs and SHINING WIZARD on to Kana. , covers..1.…2...no….Nanae up again screaming and pumping her fists, Kana desperately trying to regain her composure and Nanae sets her up once more…SHINING WIZARD yet again, covers…1.…2.…3! What an incredible match. Both women gave it their all and left everything in the ring. Nanae can barely get to her feet for Referee Murayama to raise her arm. Kana is crushed as she gets back to her knees and just holds her face in her hands, thoroughly upset with herself, she punches the mat in anger and frustration before gathering herself and looking down at the ground makes her way to the back, no eye contact made to anyone. Nanae can barely hold herself up in the corner, as her friend Momoe Oe leaves the broadcast table to help her friend in the ring and raises her hand in victory in what has to be one of Takahashi’s toughest fought and greatest victories.Nanae Takahashi pins Kana in 21:05 following a pair of shining wizards
That closes out tonight’s huge show from Osaka. Remember to tune in next week when Galaxy ventures to Shinjuku Face with another action packed card. How will Kana react to this devastating defeat? Who next will challenge Nanae for the top spot in the promotion? Will the gaijin continue to dominate the scene? What type of revenge will Kimura have in store for young Rena? All that and more....next week when the Evolution of Women's Wrestling returns!