STARDOM “5-STAR Grand Prix 2021” Tournament (Day 1) results from Kanagawa, Japan 🇯🇵 at Yokohama Budokan on 7/31/21 live on PIA pay-per-view:
This show is only available in Japanese commentary and will only be available as a ppv until 8/3/21. It will then move to STARDOM World as VOD next week. Miki Motoi is on the broadcast team as play by play announcer..She’s a weather forecaster in Japan who has made broadcasting appearances for New Japan Pro Wrestling and CMLL. Apparently the reason for no English simulcast is because Stewart Fulton is working on commentary for NOAH this weekend.
The rules of the tournament: winners of each match get 2 points, 1 point each for time limit draws, and 0 points for a loss. This is a round robin tournament that will span 21 shows with the finals taking place on 9/25/21 at Ota City Gymnasium. Day 2 will be live on PIA ppv on 8/1/21 at 1am EST with only Japanese commentary again. I would imagine the semifinals and finals will be on ppv as well.The other dates will be on STARDOM World as VOD a day or two after they take place.
Konami, Saki Kashima, Ruaka, and Rina beat AZM, Hanan, Hina, and Lady C when Kashima pinned Lady C after My Emblem in 4:15. This was a dark match.
A nice video package opened the ppv showing footage of all the past tournament winners from 2012 to 2020.
Mina Shirakawa pinned Fukigen Death with a cradle in 4:39 of a Red Block Match for 2 points.Konami brought Death to the ring on a leash. She stayed at ringside and tripped Shirakawa up from the outside during the match but her interference didn’t effect the outcome.
Koguma pinned Natsupoi with a German Suplex in 10:16 of a Red Block Match for 2 points. NatsuPoi is currently the High Speed Champion and started out quickly like it was a High Speed Matxh by trying to pin Koguma with a series of fast roll ups.
Giulia pinned Starlight Kid after a Northern Lights Bomb for 2 points in 13:47 of a Red Block Match. Good match that saw Kid with a methodical and aggressive side in addition to her quickness and high flying. She worked over Giulia’s leg for a good chunk of the match hoping to get a submission. She delivered the Moonsault but Giulia caught her as she landed and locked her in a submission hold. It looked like Kid was going to tap out but she got a foot on the rope. They traded a series of pin attempts in the closing moments then Giulia hit the NLB for the win.She was going to give her another NLB after the match but the referee stopped her.
Unagi Sayaka pinned Tam Nakano with the Taigi de Atta for 2 points in a Blue Block Match in 13:16. Nakano tried to go for what looked like a Tiger Suplex twice but Sayaka was able to escape and hit the finisher. Nakano wanted to shake hands after but Sayaka refused then Nakano left with Mina Shirakawa who was at ringside. The three are currently the Artists of STARDOM Champions.
Syuri pinned Saya Kamitani after her flame driver finisher in 14:37 of a Blue Block Match for 2 points.
NatsuPoi joined the announcers for guest commentary.
Momo Watanabe pinned Mayu Iwatani with the Peach Bomb in 17:37 in a Red Block Match for 2 points. This was a match it the year candidate with lots of intense back and forth action. They shook hands afterwards. Iwatani had a big laceration on her chin towards the end. The doctor got in the ring when it was over to check if she could properly move her jaw still. She seemed fine then the camera quickly showed her being carried off.
Maika pinned Utami Hayashishita with a Michinoku Driver in a Blue Block Match for 2 points in 19:26. The almost went to a draw. Maika cut a very confident end authoritative victory promo to close the show.