Stardom 1/18/15, Monster Army Joining vs. Monster Army Dissolution - Act Yasukawa, Heidi Lovelace, & Draonita vs. Kyoko Kimura, Hudson Envy, & Kris Wolf
Ok for what was shown, a few minutes are cut out. Never really felt like Act or Dragonita did much though that could have been due to the clipping. the post match stuff with Act refusing to join Monster initially despite the stips was kind of fun. I think she ended being offered up a leadership position to finally accept.Stardom 1/18/15 - Takumi Iroha & Risa Sera vs. Koguma & Reo Hazuki
A minute or two is cut out, but most of the match is shown. Thought this was mostly a nice little showcase for Koguma who worked the brunt of the match for her team, eating offense and gettign to show up Iroha and Sera with some cool moves on occasion. The final part with Reo was decent, but a step down if I'm being honest. Not the most smooth match outside of Takumi's stuff, but a fun affair that continues to show Koguma's potential along with the strength of the Iroha/Sera team.Stardom 1/18/15, High Speed Title - Io Shirai (c) vs. Kaori Yoneyama
Annoyed a minute was cut out of an already short match. Still it was a nice one with a simple story of Yoneyama going all in to take out Io while needing to avoid the Spanish Fly which would seal her end. The two worked together and pulled some nifty stuff while teasing the finish several times. This was good while it lasted. Only wish it was a few minutes longer.Stardom 1/18/15, Wonder of Stardom - Mayu Iwatani (c) vs. Act Yasukawa
Around four minutes are missing. A lot of this played out more like an angle between opposing factions with Hesei Army and Monster fighting at times and Monster interfering regularly to help out Act. Honestly, I'm not against this type of match, but there needed to be some hate and hard hitting between all involved to make it really work. The actual Act vs. Mayu parts were kind of meh until the final minutes which became marred by the botched finish. Seeing Act in a handful or so of matches since she returned, I'm not really sure she is ready for this push. She is spending too little time in the ring in tags and seems to take a while to really get going in singles. Hopefully she catches up sooner than later.Stardom 1/18/15, World of Stardom - Yoshiko (c) vs. Nanae Takahashi
My was wandering a bit throughout this so I need to rewatch, but I liked a lot of what I saw. It was a tad on the short side, but thew two threw a lot at each other. Yoshiko in particular took just about everything Nanae had in her arsenal. This does make me realize Yoshiko could expand her own just a bit. She had a nice finish, but it was still only after Nanae took everything in Yoshiko's moveset. Feels like there is a bigger rematch in the future.
I'm just really disappointed they don't seem to be going with the Hesei army as the main heel stable. I wass really liking the flashes of Io's heel character and thought that Hesei would be a fresh change of pace. I'm really not interested in Monster Gun 2.0 , especially since the talent level is quite a bit lower with Alpha and Hailey, and Amazon being >>>>>> than Wolf,Envy, Heidi, and Dragonrita.
While I like the idea of Io as a heel, I don't really think it would have worked with the whole Hesei Army turning. Even if Io had turned I pretty much guarantee Io would have been splitting off and either joining a group like Monster or brought in people from outside of Stardom which is honestly what I was hoping for.
Amazon was terrible-mediocre at best and not better than any members of the new monster sans Dragonita. Hailey was hit and miss. Totally agree on Alpha Female, but she was used poorly anyways. Heidi and Hudson seem pretty decent and could get good with time. Wolf is a rookie and improving at an ok pace. All three are better than Christina Von Eerie. Its not an ideal group, but its not bad and has potential depending on how fast the gaijin adapt.
I can see why they went this route. Io is too over with the audience. They want to make good use of Act who I believe is now the leader or co-leader with Kimura. And it provides a decent sized stable for the Hesei Army to feud with.