Quebrada Pro Wrestling, Puroresu, & Mixed Martial Arts Reviews by Mike Lorefice

OZ Academy Puroresu King #115 3/22/07 25th OZ Academy
Crowning The Queen taped 3/10/07 Tokyo Shinjuku FACE

THE WIZARD OF OZ OZ Academy Openweight Title League Match: Dynamite Kansai vs. Carlos Amano 7:09. Kansai has been much more consistent in OZ Academy, but this match was just kind of there. It was well executed, but the stakes weren't felt to the point the match just seemed insignificant. *1/2

THE WIZARD OF OZ OZ Academy Openweight Title League Match: Dynamite Kansai vs. Chikayo Nagashima 4:29. Nagashima has a better formula for working with the big women than her peers, basically having them do as many power moves as possible. She mostly takes a beating, but her ability to counter them so dynamically gives her a chance to win. Of course, much of the reason this works for Nagashima is her speed, athleticism and flexibility are so far beyond the others that there's enough threat of a counter and the counter of the counter to the counter to keep the typical match from seeming routine. This particular encounter was too brief to be of note, but it was entertaining while it lasted, which I suppose is about what one can ask of a sub 5 minute match.

THE WIZARD OF OZ OZ Academy Openweight Title League Match: Chikayo Nagashima vs. Mayumi Ozaki 8:32. Ozaki made every effort to be sleazy, running out behind Police to try to get a quick win over an opponent who wasn't mentally prepared to begin another match and continuing with outside interference and some use of the chain. This was a better match than usual though because they were using this as the story of the match, setting Nagashima up for an important upset victory. Amano finally had enough of Police's interference after he broke up Nagashima's pin following her rolling footstomp, and with Amano taking Police out of the equation, Nagashima was finally able to get one of her flash pins to work. **1/2

Sonoko Kato & Ayako Hamada vs. Aja Kong & Ran Yu-Yu 21:59. Should have been a good match, but wasn't purely due to lack of effort. Ran was the biggest disappointment, going at ¼ speed until the final seconds. Hamada has gained weight, and it's not helping her wrestling in any way, but her motivation was better than the others. They more or less killed time early, with the match slowly improving during Ayako's lengthy segment until Kato made the hot tag around 15. Hamada was quickly back in, and nearly broke Kong's neck dropping her on a powerbomb. **1/4

THE WIZARD OF OZ OZ Academy Openweight Title Champion Decision Final: Chikayo Nagashima vs. Aja Kong 8:00. Simple, somewhat effective large vs. small match. Kong played monster, so Nagashima had to avoid getting clobbered at all costs. She was able to play hit and run for a while, but the match turned when Aja followed her uraken with a soccer kick. This would have made a nice league match, but wasn't really cutting it as a final. **


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