Preview: Stardom – Year End Climax (12/24/19)

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Stardom closes out a massive 2019 with the first Korakuen Hall show of the Bushiroad era.  Stardom Year End Climax is always one of the most important cards of the year and this year no different.  Hazuki retires, three titles are on the line and Giulia vs Hana Kimura all on the one show.

Itsuki Hoshino, Saya Kamitani & Saya Iida vs Rina, Hina & Leo Onozaki

Year End Climax

These matches are always good to get a measure on the progress of the rookies.  Saya Kamitani will probably pick up the win but the real fun is seeing what new moves someone pulls out or what they improve one.

Tokyo Cyber Squad (Jungle Kyona, Death Yama-San & Ruaka) vs Oedo Tai (Session Moth Martina, Natsu Sumire & Jamie Hayter)

Outside of the usual cross-faction warfare there isn’t much to this match.  It should be an ok match but nothing jumps out about this one.  Expect TCS to get the win as Martina’s tour finishes up soon and it’s likely she goes out with a loss.

Hazuki Retirement Match: Hazuki vs Natsuko Tora

Year End Climax

Hazuki and Natsuko Tora have spent the past few months teaming together as part of tag league.  Hazuki requested this match as her final match, it is fitting that she would go out against a fellow Oedo Tai member.  This one is speed vs brawn but is sure to be a very emotional match as we say goodbye to Hazuki.

Hana Kimura vs Giulia

Giulia makes her Stardom debut with a slew of singles matches throughout December.  At Korakuen Hall she will face her toughest test in 5 Star Grand Prix winner Hana Kimura. This match will provide a good indicator of Giulia’s standing within the company as a win over Kimura would put her in the top tier of the company immediately.  These two have managed to build animosity with one another through their brief interactions and this match is sure to be a hate-filled brawl.

Artist Of Stardom Championships: Queen’s Quest (AZM, Utami Hayashishita & Momo Watanabe) vs STARS (Tam Nakano, Starlight Kid & Saki Kashima)

Year End Climax

The Queen’s Quest trio recently picked up the Arist titles with a win over Oedo Tai.  Starlight Kid would pin AZM in a multi-person tag that lead to her making the challenge for this match.  The AZM/SLK feud continues in what is likely to be a win for QQ over the STARS middle tier.

Wonder Of Stardom Championship: Arisa Hoshiki (C) vs Konami

Two of the breakout Stardom performers of 2019, Konami and Arisa Hoshiki met in the final of the Cinderella Tournament.  Hoshiki would win that match and go on to capture the Wonder Of Stardom championship.  She has had a big year as champion having great matches and making seven successful defenses.  It’s also been a big year for Konami who became a big part of Tokyo Cyber Squad and captured the Goddesses and Artist Of Stardom championships.  Two of Stardom’s fiercest strikers will collide at Year End Climax and most feel that now is as good a time as any to belt up Konami.

World Of Stardom Championship: Mayu Iwatani (C) vs Kagetsu

Year End Climax

Mayu makes defense number one of the World Of Stardom title against Kagetsu.  Kagetsu comes into this one off the back of some big wins in December and is a credible first challenger.  These two last met in June at Pro Wrestling: EVE in a time limit draw, the last Stardom match between them was also for the red belt as Kagetsu successfully defended against Mayu on her tenth-anniversary show.  While the result is not in doubt this will be a very fun match between two of Stardom’s best.

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