On Sunday during Stardom‘s 5STAR Grand Prix press conference and autograph signing, Saya Kamitani accidentally revealed that Marvelous’ Takumi Iroha is entering the tournament as the X in the Blue Stars block. Kamitani was going on about who she was interested in facing during the match, stating her AphroditE partner Utami Hayashishita, Syuri, Tam Nakano, and Iroha. The crowd began to roar once it was revealed the returning Iroha would be a part of the tournament. Stardom later confirmed the news as many expected this Monday’s Marvelous show to be where they announced the X participant with Stardom’s massive involvement being included on Iroha’s return show.
Iroha will have a number of first-time singles matchups with her entry in the tournament. Here are the matchups that will be taking place for Iroha.
- Utami Hayashishita, World of Stardom Champion
- Tam Nakano, Wonder of Stardom Champion
- Saya Kamitani
- Unagi Sayaka
The most notable, of course, will be her matches with the top two champions in Stardom. Considering Iroha’s career and past in Stardom, it’s likely she will be able to at the least draw with one, if not both of them. This could lead to an interesting couple of months as any draw or win over a champion can ultimately lead to a title match. Take 2020 for example. Iroha defeated then World of Stardom Champion Mayu Iwatani in a non-title match. After shockingly defeating her, she would be given a title match later in the year.
Anything can happen in these tournaments, but the entry of Iroha makes this one that much more interesting moving forward.
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