GAEA NEO SOUL BATTLE Debut Match: Chikayo Nagashima vs. Toshie Uematsu. Both women made their debut here. They went to a 15:00 draw plus two 3:00 overtimes. Thus, they were out there an eternity considering their experience level, but they stayed within themselves. They did as good as they possibly could, but it was mainly a bunch of rookie spots. Decent.
GAEA NEO SOUL BATTLE Debut Match: Meiko Satomura vs. Sonoko Kato. Again both made their debut. Much more action than the previous match, but they blew more spots. Not too good.
Bomber Hikaru vs. Sumio Toyama 14:20
GAEA NEO SOUL BATTLE Debut Match: Sugar Sato vs. Maiko Narita. Both debuted here. They pretty much did the typical rookie spots. While it was far from a good match, like Chikayo vs. Uematsu, it was good for a rookie style match, which was impressive because sometimes women are wrestling for a year before they do a good for a rookie style match.
Mayumi Ozaki & Devil Masami vs. Dynamite Kansai & Chigusa Nagayo. GAEA got off to a great start with this excellent main event that began as a fast-paced high action match, but turned into a big bloody brawl. This wasn't sloppy, contrived, or chaotic like most brawls. Although it wasn't particularly structured, it was actually well worked. Ozaki looked particularly good, and certainly took a hell of beating, but Devil carried the match with her. Even though Devil was doing some Super Heel stuff, she actually accompanied it with good wrestling. There was a nice hot tag where Ozaki was choking Kansai with a chain and pulling toward the center, but Kansai choked herself more in order to get Chigusa back into the match. Lots of good false finishes, really making it look like Oz was jobbing, but she eventually pinned Chigusa with a Toyota roll after Devil hit her in the gut with her rod. Considering the length of most GAEA main events, it's weird to think their first went almost 30 minutes. ****
GAEA NEO SOUL 3 on 3 MIX: Toshie Uematsu & Sonoko Kato & Yasuko Kuragaki vs. Meiko Satomura & Toshie Sato & Tomoko Kuzumi 14:44
GAEA NEO SOUL BATTLE NEW FACE: Chikayo Nagashima vs. Chihiro Nakano 12:52
TRY TO DANGER ZONE: Chigusa Nagayo & Meiko Satomura vs. Eagle Sawai & Keiko Aono 9:35
GAEA NEO SOUL BATTLE: Maiko Narita vs. Kanako Motoya
Bomber Hikaru vs. Mizuki Endo
KAORU & Sonoko Kato vs. Michiko Nagashima & Miki Handa 19:37
GAEA NEO SOUL 3 on 3 MIX: Toshie Uematsu & Sonoko Kato & Yasuko Kuragaki vs. Meiko Satomura & Toshie Sato & Tomoko Kuzumi 5:34 of 14:44
Chigusa Nagayo & Meiko Satomura vs. Eagle Sawai & Keiko Aono 9:35
KAORU & Sonoko Kato vs. Michiko Nagashima & Miki Handa 19:37
GAEA NEO SOUL 2on2 MIX G&F: Maiko Narita & Yukari Ishikura vs. Toshie Sato & Kaori Nakayama 14:50. Decent match with Ishikura looking better than her FMW counterpart Kaori.
Meiko Satomura vs. Toshie Uematsu 16:07
Mayumi Ozaki & Hiromi Yagi vs. Sumio Toyoma & Bomber Hikaru 19:13. Very good match, I think the best regular tag that I've seen either Bomber or Toyama in simply because Oz & Yagi did a great job of making this interesting. Exciting match that was a melting pot of styles with lots of comedy and Yagi even playing heel.
Burning Heart: Chigusa Nagayo vs. Devil Masami 24:18. Very good match. Basically what you'd expect with teases of the big spots, very good selling, knockdown spots like in their famous 8/22/85 match, slow pacing, etc. Heat was disappointing though.
GAEA NEO SOUL BATTLE: Meiko Satomura vs. Chihiro Nakano 2:41
Makie Numao Debut Match: Chikayo Nagashima vs. Makie Numao 6:03 of 12:05
MOST FIGHTING G vs. J: Toshie Uematsu & Sonoko Kato vs. Tomoko Miyaguchi & Tomomi Kobayashi 7:34 of 20:34
First Cross GAEA Blood: KAORU vs. Bomber Hikaru 10:15 of 23:10. KAORU surprisingly carried this to a pretty good match.
Stop The Danger Fight: Chigusa Nagayo vs. Bad Nurse Nakamura 11:50 of 14:16. Really lousy brawl with no workrate or psychology that makes Kudo's work look all the more impressive. Chigusa juiced immediately, but came back and put Nurse away then argued with Shark after the match.
Toshie Uematsu vs. Bomber Hikaru 3:35. Sprint. Uematsu is fiery and shows potential.
Flying & Jumping: Candy Okutsu vs. KAORU 13:09 of 23:09. They had a bit of trouble working together, but it was a good match with the typical nice spots by both as well as a lot of matwork before picking it up. Candy was treated as a star rather than a youngster who was pushing the veteran.
Miracle Fight New Faces Step Up: Devil Masami & Tomoko Kuzumi & Tomoko Miyaguchi vs. Chigusa Nagayo & Meiko Satomura & Sonoko Kato 18:39. Disappointing match that was kind of dull and didn't really go anywhere. No heat when Devil was beating on Chigusa.
Tomoko Miyaguchi & Sonoko Kato vs. Bomber Hikaru & Saburo 2:34 of 23:35
Full Tune Up Heat The Heartbeat: Hikari Fukuoka & KAORU vs. Devil Masami & Dynamite Kansai 10:24 of 21:24. Very good match with tons of action and lots of cool spots that can only be done in tag matches. Kansai was a one-woman wrecking crew.
The Street Fight In Full House: Mayumi Ozaki vs. Chigusa Nagayo 21:36 of 25:48. This ruled hard and is the best of the Oz/Chigusa matches I've seen so far. A great bloody brawl, but also a wrestling match that built to all the big spots, and teases of them, for near finishes back and forth. The only problem was a few spots was off. Excellent.
Korakuen-Super Scramble 6 Woman Tag Match Tournament Semifinal
Hikari Fukuoka (JWP) & Sonoko Kato (GAEA) & Kanako Motoya (JWP) vs. Chigusa Nagayo (GAEA) & Chikayo Nagashima (GAEA) & Tomomi Kobayashi (JWP) 15:07
Dynamite Kansai (JWP) & Yasuko Kuragaki (JWP) & Makie Numai vs. KAORU (GAEA) & Meiko Satomura (GAEA) & Tomoko Kuzumi (JWP) 19:04
Special 18 Woman Battle Royal 23:23
SPLASH "J" & RUNNING "G" Tournament Final: Hikari Fukuoka & Sonoko Kato & Kanako Motoya vs. KAORU & Meiko Satomura & Tomoko Kuzumi 23:59
G vs. J 3 on 3 Mix: Kanako Motoya & Chihiro Nakano & Reiko Amano vs. Toshie (Sugar) Sato & Meiko Satomura & Yuki Miyazaki 12:13. They tried hard, but they're all just learning how to wrestle, so it was what it was. There was a lot of action, but it was all very basic. No one was awful, but no one really stood out either. On a whole, the JWP girls were more competent than the GAEA girls, but that's understandable since the JWP girls have been wrestling longer. *1/2
Battle Formation To Danger Zone: Devil Masami & Mayumi Ozaki vs. Hikari Fukuoka & KAORU 27:45 of 45:00. This would have been memorable if Hikari wasn't in full spot blowing mode. They wrestled as though they were obviously going long. I mean, you know something is up when KAORU is pacing herself. Hikari was breaking the matwork up with her flying. She made a genuine effort to push the pace and be exciting, but you just had to feel bad for her because she was not on her game at all, and kept screwing up moves she'd normally hit. There was too much Devil as well, though she wasn't dominating at all. In fact, Devil was doing her best to set Fukuoka up to be the star, the moves just weren't coming off the way they should have. Ozaki vs. KAORU was by far the best pairing as their stuff was fast and exciting, and accurate. Devil did fine with KAORU as well, their stuff basically being what Devil vs. Fukuoka was supposed to be. All in all, 45 minutes extended beyond their capabilities, but I guess something must be done when you have a main event of Shark vs. Chigusa (which thankfully didn't air). At least this was an honest effort to do a high end match, and the Ozaki vs. KAORU portions certainly made it worthwhile. **3/4
Crush The Poison "G" Fighter's Soul: Bad Nurse Nakamura & Miwa Sato vs. Bomber Hikaru & Chikayo Nagashima 16:51. Competently wrestled brawl with strong efforts all around. Decent heat with the FMW teams tactics annoying the GAEA faithful. Chikayo was trapped in the ring for most of the early portion. Bomber finally made the hot tag, but Miwa cut her off right away using a wet towel on her. Bomber finally got a water bottle away from Nurse and used it on her, allowing Chikayo to make the hot tag. The match really picked up from here. Though the wrestling was never that high level or evolved, there were way more near falls than I expected, with the match seeming to go on for 5 minutes after I thought it was about to end. Miwa, and especially Bad Nurse, were competent enough doing things anyone could do. Bomber was better than expected, and Chikayo was exciting as usual with the match helping to get her over as a spunky youngster who won't back down or give up. **3/4
GAEA's Brand "GRAZIE": KAORU & Sonoko Kato vs. Chigusa Nagayo & Toshie Uematsu 19:54. GAEA began to attempt to do something notable on their own with this show, starting with this semifinal and then 10 woman final (with these 4 plus 6 other GAEA girls). It began as a solid but unspectacular match, but reached a surprisingly good level in the second half, with Kato in particular appearing to have arrived. Chigusa & KAORU did some good sequences together early, keeping the heat on this pairing, while doing their best to carry Kato & Uematsu. They protected the youngsters early, but what made the match is Kato & Uematsu were surprisingly entertaining once they were let loose. Kato wrestled with confidence and competence, showing good fire and executing well. Uematsu was also okay, but more for her energy than her skill. Uematsu clearly had the athleticism, and even with Kato her stuff was decent, but she'd yet to really figure out how to use it while Kato had her kicks and submissions more or less down, and was able to build off that. This may not have been main event level, but it certainly gave a lot of hope for the future. ***
Neo Energy Queen History '95: Chikayo vs. Chihiro Nakano 11:17. Green work. Dull and kind of sloppy.
Scramble Soul To Soul: Megumi Kudo & Kaori Nakayama & Yukari Ishikura (FMW team) vs. KAORU & Meiko Satomura & Toshie Uematsu 16:12. The veterans were willing to sell for the youngsters. Pretty decent match with low level spots early building to the youngsters best spot or two at the end.
Wrestlism: Chigusa Nagayo vs. Combat Toyoda 13:44 of 23:11. Disappointing. Finish was good, but much of the rest of the match was slow paced and dull.
Original Captain Fall Match: Chigusa Nagayo & Dynamite Kansai (JWP) & Bomber Hikaru & Bolshoi Kid (JWP) & Saburo (JWP) & Hiromi Sugo (JWP) vs. Devil Masami (JWP) & Mayumi Ozaki (JWP) & KAORU & Cuty Suzuki (JWP) & Hikari Fukuoka (JWP) & Makie Numao 20:15. Good match with cool tag spots like a 7-dive sequence and a quadruple diving headbutt. Finish was terrible.
Hiromi Yagi (JWP) vs. Toshie Uematsu 10:19. This was the Hiromi Yagi show. She made Uematsu, who was quite green, look like a good solid wrestler. Smooth transitions and sequences due to Yagi. Easily Uematsu's best singles up to this point and she hasn't exactly topped it often since.
Fight To The Last Young Generation One Night Tag Tournament Final: Tomoko Kuzumi (JWP) & Chikayo Nagashima vs. Sonoko Kato & Yuki Miyazaki (JWP) 5:04 of 17:51. Fast paced match with a lot of spots. Pretty good work. Kuzumi & Chikayo win the tournament.
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