SPW in Osaka, 2/14/09
Shibuya Pro made their triumphant return to Osaka today, this time running at Delfin Arena, rather than Osaka World Hall, which is smaller and more out of the way. A larger crowd turned out because of it, 258 fans giving the show a “No Vacancy” rating. Moeka Haruhi’s roll has just kept going, with a streak of wins starting up, with Moeka beating Francoise today in a rematch of their “FINAL BATTLE” match last year. These upsets are coming at a pivotal time for her, as she is finally blossoming as a wrestler, the painfully slow growth finally showing itself in the past few shows. The rivalry that exploded over Japan in 2006 is coming back again, Shu Shibutani and Ayumi Kurihara taking to each other again, and it proved no different here tonight, with Shu taking the win in a tag team match. The two were at each others throats after the match, and had to be separated before things could really escalate.
In their final preliminary skirmish before their SPW Singles Title match on February 22nd, Hiroyo Matsumoto took the advantage, and helped teammate Toshie Uematsu beat champion Yumi Ohka and Cherry. Much like their prior match at the last show, Hiroyo took Yumi to the outside, and smartly worked over her lower back, leaving Uematsu to beat Cherry with a Dragon Suplex Hold. This led to a stare down between Yumi and Hiroyo, but the two broke quietly. Even with this title match looming on the immediate horizon, the next challenger for whomever is champion was set in the main event, Shibuya Pro’s Kana able to upset and beat JWP Junior Champion Arisa Nakajima in a great match, using the Billyken to beat her. The two broke down in tears after the match, and hugged, with Arisa proclaiming backstage that she would rally behind Kana, and help lead her to victory, and the SPW Singles Title. Shibuya Pro now rolls into the biggest show of the month at Shin-Kiba 1st Ring, where Yumi will make her first defense of the SPW Singles Title, looking to prove that she is more than a worthy first champion.
SPW in Osaka, 2/14/09
Osaka Delfin Arena
258 Fans - No Vacancy
1. Moeka Haruhi beat Francoise (7:53) with the Young Lady Clutch.
2. Ran Yuyu beat Mio Shirai (9:03) with a Diving Knee Drop.
3. Sachie Abe/Shu Shibutani beat Ayumi Kurihara/Io Shirai (12:49) when Shu used a Diving Senton on Io.
4. Toshie Uematsu/Hiroyo Matsumoto beat Yumi Ohka/Cherry (15:14) when Uematsu used a Dragon Suplex Hold on Cherry.
5. SPW Singles Title Contendership: Kana beat Arisa Nakajima (13:47) with the Billyken.