WWE has released Sara Cummins today. She was the Senior Vice President of Consumer Products.
We’ve also been told some members of the WWE Performance Center might be released soon as well.
The STARDOM “Special Match” was the second bout on the main card of New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Wrestle Kingdom 16 (Night 2) in Tokyo, Japan 🇯🇵 at the Tokyo Dome on 1/5/22. It aired live on New Japan World.
Tam Nakano and Saya Kamitani beat Mayu Iwatani and Starlight Kid when Kamitani pinned Kid after the Phoenix Splash in 9:14.
The next STARDOM event is on 1/8/22 at Korakuen Hall with the following card:
AZM vs. Momo Watanabe
Utami Hayshishita and Saya Kamitani vs. Tam Nakano and Unagi Sayaka
Syuri, Maika, and MIRAI vs. Mina Shirakawa, Mai Sakurai, and Waka Tsukiyama
Giuila and Thekla vs. Starlight Kid and Ruaka
Mayu Iwatani, Hazuki, and Hanan vs. Saki Kashima, Fukigen Death, and Rina
Himeka vs. Lady C vs. Koguma in a 3-Way Match
Tokyo Joshi Pro Wrestling results from Tokyo, Japan 🇯🇵 at Korakuen Hall on 1/4/22 live on WRESTLE UNIVERSE:
Zyuria Nagano was introduced to the crowd before the show. She will be making her TJPW debut on 3/19/22 at Sumo Hall. Nagano is a neurosurgery nurse, a martial arts champion, and an actress.
Arisu Endo and Suzume beat Moka Miyamoto and Mahiro Kiryu when Endo submitted Miyamoto to a Camel Clutch.
Shoko Nakajima beat Hyper Misao in a Saving Tiger Ladder Match. There was a stuffed animal tiger hanging above the ring as the object to win. Nakajima did a big diving senton off the top of the ladder onto Misao then climbed up to grab the tiger. They were allowed to use weapons in the ring and Nakajima once again brought out the huge plastic Godzilla action figures instead of thumbtacks.
Miu Watanabe and Rika Tatsumi beat Yuki Kamifuku and Nao Kakuta when Watanabe pinned Kamifuku after the Tear Drop. Kamifuku at one point did the Famouser on Watanabe and Tatsumi together at the same time. When she tried it again, Watanabe caught her and gave her the giant swing.
Nodoka Onesan (aka Nodoka Tenma’s alter ego), Yuki Aino, and Haruna Neko beat Pom Harajuku, Raku, and Marika Kobashi when Nodoka pinned Harajuku after a Samoan Drop. Tenma is retiring in March. She asked Harajuku to take over the children’s character alter ego gimmick when she’s gone. Harajuku simply said “no” in comedy fashion. Kobashi is leaving TJPW in April but she said she doesn’t want to use the word retirement and could return one day.
Yuka Sakazaki pinned Yuki Arai after the Magical Merry Go Round. It was a hard fought match for Arai who is really improving each time out. They story was that she got close here to a big win but she still needs more experience.
Maki Itoh won the International Princess Title from Hikari Noa with the Itoh Deluxe submission hold to win the title. The is the second time Itoh has held the title. She defeated Yuna Manase to win it the first time in October 2019 and she lost it to Thunder Rosa in January 2020.
Princess of Princess Champion Miyu Yamashita pinned Mizuki after the Crash Rabbit Heat. Very strong match with Yamashita retaining in her fourth defense and making her look almost unstoppable. Mizuki cried afterwards. She slapped away Yamashita’s hand when Yamashita wanted to shake hands then left to the locker room with Yuka Sakazaki (Mizuki and Sakazaki are the current Princess Tag Team Champions). Yamashita said he next defense will be on the 3/19/22 show. She called out Shoko Nakajima and Nakajima came to the ring to accept the title shot.
Here is the list of winners of the STARDOM Awards from the special ceremony held on 1/3/22:
MVP - Utami Hayashishita
Special Award - Mayu Iwatani
Best Match - Tam Nakano vs. Giulia from 3/3/21 (their hair vs. hair match which saw Nakano defeat Giulia for the Wonder of STARDOM Title).
Best Tag Team - Hazuki and Koguma
Best Unit - Oedo Tai (Natsuko Tora, Starlight Kid, Momo Watanabe, Ruaka, Rina, and Saki Kashima)
SHINING Award - Starlight Kid
Outstanding Performance - Syuri
Fighting Spirit - Unagi Sayaka
Best Technique - Saya Kamitani
The match results of the show, including a few big angles are here:
STARDOM “STARDOM Award 2021” from Tokyo, Japan 🇯🇵 at Belle Salle Takadonobaba on 1/3/22 live and free on YouTube:
Rina, Ruaka, and Stardom beat Waka Tsukiyama, Lady C, and Mina Shirakawa when Ruaka pinned Tsukiyama after the Freezer Bomb in 10:39. After the match, Kid said Oedo Tai wants a title shot at the Artists of STARDOM Titles. She told STARDOM Executive Producer Ross Ogawa (who was sitting at the time keeper’s table) to make the match.
Syuri, Maika, Himeka, and NatsuPoi beat Mayu Iwatani, Hazuki, Koguma, and Hanan when Himeka pinned Koguma with the running powerbomb out of the corner in 13:35.
Saya Kamitani, Utami Hayshishita, and AZM beat Momo Watanabe, Fukigen Death, and Saki Kashima when AZM submitted Kashima with the Numero Uno in 16:21. After the match, all of the other Oedo Tai members rushed in the ring and attacked AZM. A big brawl broke out and Lady C ran in to help out AZM, Kamitani, and Hayshishita. AZM challenged Watanabe to a singles match. Hayshishita asked Lady C to join Queen’s Quest and she accepted.
I’m not sure how long this show will be kept up to view on YouTube before it moves over to STARDOM World. It may have been a live only broadcast option. There is no commentary team.
AZM beat Hanan by arm bar submission in 9:00.
Momo Watanabe beat Mai Sakurai by submission with the chicken wing face lock in 8:31.
Fukigen Death pinned Himeka in 4:44 of a Red Block Match for 2 points. Bizarre finish as Himeka drove Death into the mat but Death popped right up and rolled Himeka up for the pin. Death has 2 points so far and Himeka has 0 in the tournament.
Future of STARDOM Champion Unagi Sayaka pinned Rina in 9:55 after her forward Gory Bomb finisher. STARDOM executive producer Rossy Ogawa was in the ring with the title for the championship match photo op before the match started. Rina attacked Sayaka before the bell. Sayaka ended up hugging her after the match.
They announced the STARDOM offering matches yet to be announced for the New Japan shows on 9/4 and 9/5 at MetLife Dome will air on New Japan World. Their previous matches at New Japan shows were dark matches that aired on STARDOM World as VOD later.
Mayu Iwatani pinned Lady C after a Moonsault in 9:12. After the match, HAZUKI ran in the ring and got on the mic to speak to Iwatani in a big return angle. She retired from STARDOM on Dec. 24, 2019 but worked the Hana Kimura Memorial Show back on 5/23/21. I’m far from fluent in Japanese, but she told Iwatani she was back to inspire STARDOM. She then handed the mic to Iwatani and left the ring. Iwatani looked shocked and in deep thought to close the segment.
Takumi Iroha pinned Maika after the Running Three in a Blue Block Match in 13:45 for 2 points. Iroha has 2 points and Maika has 7 points in the tournament so far.
They announced a show in Osaka at Osaka-Jo Hall as part of the company’s 10th Anniversary celebrations on 10/9/21.
Starlight Kid pinned High Soeed Champion NatsuPoi with a Tiger Suplex in 16:59 to win the title.
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NWA Empowerrr women’s show results from Chase Khorassan Ballroom in St. Louis, Missouri, USA 🇺🇸 on 8/28/21 live on FITE:
Skye Blue pinned Christi Jaynes with a bridging school girl cradle on the pre-show match.
May Valentine interviewed Melina on a set in the venue. Melina will challenge Impact Wrestling Knockouts Champion Deonna Purrazzo later. She said she wished her father was there to see her. Then the feed crashed.
After some technical difficulties, NWA Empowerrr executive producer Mickie James came out to the ring to open the ppv. She said this night wasn’t about her then started talking about getting told “no” in the past about having another all-women’s show (a reference to her time in WWE). She said the whole thing was about inspiring little girls. She will face Kylie Rae on the NWA 73rd Anniversary show tomorrow.
Diamanté won a 3-Way Match over Chik Tormenta and Kylie Rae by pinning Tormenta after her Code Red finisher, stealing the win from Rae with a distraction as Rae had Tormenta in the cross face submission.
Allysin Kay and Marti Belle beat Renee Michelle and Sahara 7 when Kay pinned Michelle after a double team pedigree finisher in a NWA Women’s Tag Team Titles Tournament semifinals match for the vacant titles. Non-stop action throughout with a mix of brawling and wrestling.
KiLynn King and Red Velvet beat Miranda Gordy and Jazzy Yang (with Hollywood Haley J) in a NWA Women’s Tag Team Titles Tournament semifinals match when King pinned Yang after her Fallen Kingdom finisher causing Yang to land badly on her shoulder.
May Valentine interviewed Kay and Belle backstage about the Women’s Tournament finals. Kay said she was the first person of the NWA modern era to hold the NWA Women’s Title and now could be the first to hold the returning tag titles in the modern era. Belle said she could be the first of Dominican Republic heritage to hold a legit recognized NWA Women’s Title.
Gail Kim came to the ring to cut a promo but was interrupted by Taryn Terrell, JennaCide, and Paola Mayfield (aka Blaze).Terrell is still doing a Beautiful People type gimmick in 2021. She said NWA is her territory and demanded Kim leave the ring. Kim refused so Terrell was going to send Blaze and JennaCide after her. Awesome Kong came out to back up Kim. She took out Blaze ant JennaCide as Terrell bailed out of the ring. As Kim yelled at the heels, Kong asked her to face her in the ring. Kong got on the mic and said she’s not much for words and it’s been a long year at her house. She said Gail Kim was the only person to get her off the couch to come back for anything. She said she loved Kim. Kim was crying and said she didn’t know what to say but she and Kong will always have a bound for life.
Impact Wrestling Knockouts Champion Deonna Purrazzo beat Melina by trapped arm and half crab combo submission. They were given lots of time. Melina walked out with help from the referee but she was limping.
Madusa came out to do guest commentary. They said she will present the tag team titles to the winners of the tournament.
Allysin Kay and Marti Belle beat Red Velvet and KiLynn King in the NWA Worlds Women’s Tag Team Titles Tournament finals match to win the vacant titles when Belle pinned Velvet after an assisted AK-47 finisher. Madusa brought in the tag belts and congratulated them. King and Velvet looked like they were going to attack the new champions from behind but ended up congratulating them and showing respect.
NWA owner Billy Corgan politely walked near the broadcast table looking a member of the crew. He held “The Burke” under wraps in his hand which is the NWA Women’s Title last appearing in the NWA in 1954. He had Kyle Davis (who is doing ring announcing for the title matches) read a statement from him to the crowd about the history of the title and Mildred Burke. The Burke was unwrapped and brought in the ring to show the crowd.
Tim Storm joined the announcers as guest color commentary. Nick Aldis, Thom Latimer, and Chris Adonis were watching in the Bush Beer VIP section of the crowd to cheer on Kamille.
NWA Worlds Women’s Champion Kamille pinned Leyla Hirsch after a spear. This was a great showcase for both. Hirsch stood on the top of the ring post and gave Kamille a twisted suplex off the ropes. She then followed up and gave everything she had including several German Suplexes and a shining wizard. She locked in the arm bar a couple times but Kamille powered out. Hirsch kept coming at Kamille nonstop and finally got caught with the spear.
Kamille went over to the VIP area to celebrate with Latimer, Aldis, and Adonis and acted cool and relaxed about surviving Hirsch. Trevor Murdoch got close and started yelling at Aldis to hype their match tomorrow at NWA 73.
The Gauntlet Match main event is next. 10 women. Two start off with someone in every two minutes. Pin and submission rules. The winner faces Kamille for the title tomorrow at NWA 73rd Anniversary live on FITE at 8pm EST.
Chelsea Green is #1 and Kiera Hogan is #2.
#3 is Bianca Carelli who is the daughter of Santino Marella.
#4- Thunder Kitty
#5- JennaCide (with Taryn Terrell)
JennaCide pinned Carelli after a swinging slam for the first elimination.
#6- Lady Frost
Jennacide pinned Thunder Kitty but the camera didn’t really catch it as it was focused on Lady Frost stalling on the outside before the next entry came out.
#7- Debbie Malenko
Malenko briefly brawled with Lady Frost on the outside and threw her in the ring. It didn’t last as Frost quickly escaped back to the floor.
#8- Jamie Senegal (with Pollo Del Mar)
Debbie Malenko eliminated Lady Frost by STF submission.
Keira Hogan pinned Debbie Malenko while Malenko had Green in a surfboard.
#9- Masha Slamovich
Slamovich, Senegal, and Green pinned JennaCide after triple teaming her down.
#10- Tootie Lynn
Slamovich pinned Senegal after a package piledriver.
Slamovich pinned Keira Hogan after a Tower Of Doom spot assisted by Green and Lynn.
Tootie Lynn pinned Masha Slamovich after a reversal.
Lynn and Green are the last two.
Chelsea Green pinned Tootie Lynn after the unprettier to win the match and the #1 con. spot. Green picked Lynn up and hugged her afterwards. The locker room came out to celebrate. The baby faces surrounded the ring while the heels stood on stage in the back. Mickie James, Gail Kim, Jazz, Madusa, and Awesome Kong applauded on stage. Green was given a trophy cup for the win.
This was a great show. Everyone worked their tails off. It wasn’t just the best American women’s ppv of all time (there hasn’t been many), it was the best NWA ppv so far under Billy Corgan ownership. It didn’t drag and all of the matches were good to great.
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