NFW's "Blood, Sweat & Explosions" card was a smashing success! A full house was expected at the Osaka Rinkai Sports Center & the fans AND show didn't disappoint, as the fans came away fully appreciative of the wrestling displayed.
The card was solid & fans seemed to agree that the Yoko Bito-Hikaru Shida time limit draw was the best match of the lower portion of the card but the highlight of the night were the final two matches:
NFW Tag Team Championship - Electrified Cage
The first team to enter the ring were the challengers, Manami Toyota & Mima Shimoda, and they were the obvious favorites of the crowd, as the fans went nuts when they appeared! On the other hand, the Shirai sisters were greeted with LOUD boos...not that they cared! But the biggest impact was the appearance of Kana from the GALAXY promotion, as she came to the ring with the Shirai sisters...a Triple Tails reunion, of sorts! However, Kana was there simply for moral support...or, so everyone thought! The first five or so minutes were a feeling-out process, with both teams a little tentative knowing how important & dangerous a match it was. However, after the Shirai's repeated use of double-teaming & illegal tactics, the team of Toyota & Shimoda had enough and the fight turned into a full-fledged brawl...and the first one to get "electrifed" was Io Shirai & the second was Mima Shimoda. All four ladies were busted open by the end of the match. The finish came when Mima Shimoda motioned to the timekeeper to turn off the electrified cage, allowing her to climb over & down and gain the victory and tag titles. Kana, seeing this, got a hold of some cage-cutters & tried to free Io Shirai...Mio Shirai & Manami Toyota were laid out in the middle of the cage, after a wicked exchange of suplexes & roundhouse kicks. After a while, it was obvious that Mima Shimoda would beat Io Shirai to the outside, when Kana left Io Shirai to cut through the cage door herself & proceeded to stop Mima Shimoda from reaching the ground, by climbing the outside cage to intercept Mima Shimoda...which Kana did & the two engaged in a brutal fight on the outside of the cage, bashing each other's face & head into the steel. Soon, Kana was as busted open, as Shimoda. But the interference by Kana worked...as Io Shirai finally cut the cage enough to crawl out & touch the outside mat first, at 25:04, and retaining the NFW Tag Team titles for the Shirai sisters! Bloody & battered but still the champs, the Shirai sisters & Kana...aka Triple Tails...walked away victorious.
NFW Championship - Three-Way Match
Hard to believe that the crowd could possibly be ready for another main event match, after the Electrified Cage, but they gathered their wits & cheered on their favorites in the Three-Way match for the NFW Championship! The overwhelming favorite was Hiroyo Matsumoto & the crowd didn't want to be disappointed a second time...however, Ayako Hamada was the defending champion and not about to give up her title. The match started out very slowly, with Matsumoto, Hamada & Melissa respecting each other & looking for the right opportunity to ATTACK! Finally, all three ladies started laying into each other & the match even went to the outside of the ring. To say these ladies are the stiffest of all joshi is an understatement...what sounds of flesh beating flesh that reverberated throughout the arena! Finally, with Hamada on the outside of the ring, Matsumoto took her opportunity & set Cheerleader Melissa up for the Backdrop Driver...1-2-3...and now it was just Matsumoto & Hamada in a rematch of sorts from the 1st NFW show. Hamada hammered Matsumoto with everything she could & hit the Hamada Driver on Matsumoto, not once but twice. On her third attempt, Matsumoto blocked it & hit the Ligerbomb on Hamada...1-2-3...the crowd ERUPTED into cheers & Hiroyo Matsumoto cried tears of joy at becoming the second NFW Champion! In a great act of sportsmanship, Ayako Hamada insisted on handing the title to Hiroyo & put the title around Matsumoto's waist. Hamada then lifted Hiroyo's hand into the air & the crowd just ate it up!
What an awesome night of wrestling. Stay tuned for news on NFW's next wrestling show!