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WAVE on Nico Nico Nagoya Wave Vol. 8 - Wrestling Thanksgiving Killer Whale - 1/25/15 Nagoya Diamond Hall
-1hr 50min. Q=Ex

Fairy Nihonbashi & Kana & Mika Iida & Rina Yamashita vs. Hiroe Nagahama & Moeka Haruhi & Sawako Shimono & Yumi Oka

Tsukasa Fujimoto vs. Kaho Kobayashi 10:00

Isami Kodaka & Yuko Miyamoto vs. Cherry & Shu Shibutani

Wave Tag Title Match: Ayako Hamada & Yu Yamagata vs. Mio Shirai & Misaki Ohata 22:00

Regina Di Wave Title Match: Hikaru Shida vs. Sakura Hirota 13:58

WAVE on Nico Nico Sunday Wave Vol. 23 2/1/15 Tokyo Shinkiba 1st Ring
-2hr 15min. Q=Ex. 2 DVDs

Young Scramble Wave: Hiroe Nagahama & Mika Iida vs. Kagetsu & Sawako Shimono

Yawara Wave: Cherry vs. Rina Yamashita

Kaho Kobayashi vs. Tsukushi

Mio Shirai & Misaki Ohata & Tsukasa Fujimoto vs. Fairy Nihonbashi & Moeka Haruhi & Yumi Oka 8:52

AKINO vs. Shu Shibutani 12:35

Ayako Hamada & Yu Yamagata vs. Hikaru Shida & Sakura Hirota 18:15

WAVE Action!! Vol. 1 DVD 1/4/15-2/24/15
-3hr 20min. Q=Perfect. 2 DVDs

HAPPY NEW YEAR WAVE '15 1/4/15 Tokyo Shinjuku FACE

Kana & Kaho Kobayashi vs. Yu Yamagata & Hiroe Nagahama 6:46 of 11:56. I like the Yamagata & Hamada team, but their matches tend to have an overlong, padded feel because as they get too focused on isolating an opponent & start just holding a random armlock near their corner like it's still 1983. It was nice to see Yu sprinting here, and doing a more athletic match that's still true to her technical style. Of course, most of this is due to Kana, who commands everyone give an effort ala Kenta Kobashi, though it was also due to Nagahama not being that good, so Yu had to step her game up considerably. Kobayashi was fiery & aggressive as usual. She has a lot of potential because she has the will, the mindset, & the athleticism. She just needs more offense & experience. Nagahama, on the other hand, is not very athletic or fiery, so even though she's going hard here, she's just not particularly inspiring. Nagahama did stand in there & exchange elbows with Kana, and Yu's exchange wasn't that much better (her elbows are faster), but certainly most of the counters were when Yu was in. The problem with the match is that Yu's segment was in the middle, so although booking wise getting a pin for Kaho, even if just over Nagahama, is sound, having the stretch run suddenly be a rookie match with dropkicks & bodyslams & no real sequences was a steep step down. **1/2

Cherry vs. Sawako Shimono 3 Fights: Judo & Chokehold & Wrestling Rules

Mio Shirai & Tsukasa Fujimoto vs. Mika Iida & Tsukushi

Hikaru Shida vs. Kyusei Sakura Hirota

Aja Kong vs. Shu Shibutani

HAPPY BIRTHDAY WAVE [26]: Meiko Satomura vs. Misaki Ohata 6:19 of 11:38. Ohata celebrates her 26th birthday, headlining with one of her better singles matches. That's mostly because of Satomura, who does her standard good match, but Ohata is the veteran who most consistently gives an effort, so Satomura gets all that she needs, a willing opponent. Meiko puts a big beating on Ohata, but Ohata is able to do enough credible striking to get into her athletic offense, so it winds up being a competitive, back & forth match. Though the match lacks atmosphere, partly because you never believe Ohata will win, the action is consistently good & Ohata gives a good account of herself. ***

Weekday Wave Vol. 86 1/21/15 Tokyo Shinkiba 1st Ring

Mio Shirai & Misaki Ohata vs. Moeka Haruhi & Hiroe Nagahama

Tojuki Leon vs. Kaho Kobayashi

Nagoya Wave Vol. 8 - Wrestling Thanksgiving Killer Whale - 1/25/15 Nagoya Diamond Hall

Tsukasa Fujimoto vs. Kaho Kobayashi of 10:00

WAVE Tag Title Match: Ayako Hamada & Yu Yamagata vs. Mio Shirai & Misaki Ohata of 22:00

Regina Di Wave Title Match: Hikaru Shida vs. Sakura Hirota of 13:58

Sunday Wave Vol. 23 2/1/15 Tokyo Shinkiba 1st Ring

Mio Shirai & Tsukasa Fujimoto & Misaki Ohata vs. Yumi Oka & Moeka Haruhi & Fairy Nipponbashi

Young Scramble Wave: Hiroe Nagahama & Mika Iida vs. Kagetsu & Sawako Shimono

Kaho Kobayashi vs. Tsukushi

Second Virgin 2/11/15 Tokyo Korakuen Hall

Cherry & Rina Yamashita vs. Tsukasa Fujimoto & Fairy Nipponbashi

Manami Toyoda vs. Kaho Kobayashi

WAVE Tag Title #1 Contenders 3 Way Match: Mio Shirai & Misaki Ohata vs. Mika Iida & Sakura Hirota vs. Risa Sera & Maki Narumiya

Regina Di Wave Title Match: Hikaru Shida vs. Ayako Hamada 7:29 of 17:29. The difference between STARDOM & WAVE can be summed up by saying that STARDOM only has a couple of worthwhile wrestlers but the promotion greatly overachieves due to effort, while WAVE has numerous worthwhile wrestlers but the promotion greatly underachieves due to lack of effort. Shida finally decided to try in a 2015 WAVE match, and the results were pretty good. This was just a spotfest, but in WAVE it's really nice to see the wrestlers actually going hard. Their interplay was much too clunky & deliberate at times, but the offense was nice. Ayako's striking - except for her wild spin kicks to the head that are awkward even on the days when they land because she spins in the anti-momentum direction - & high impact moves were impressive, but she's not nearly as quick, explosive, or energetic at this weight. She was still very clearly the better of the two, and though she's not the wrestler she was/still could be, she's at least probably still WAVE's best wrestler because she still has the willingness & ability to give a big match performance. I liked Shida's superplex varation where she stood on the middle rope but suplexed Ayako from the ring apron back into the ring. Ayako won the title here with her AP Cross, so she now had both of WAVE's titles, calling out her old GAEA rival Satomura (though she wound up making an impromptu defense against Mio Shirai first). ***

Resurrection WAVE ~Ryo Mizunami Return Match~: Yumi Oka vs. Ryo Mizunami

Osaka Rhapsody Vol. 26 2/22/15 Osaka Nishi Kumin Center

Sawako Shimono vs. Hiroe Nagahama

Ayako Hamada & Tsubasa Kuragaki & Yu Yamagata vs. Yumi Oka & Hikaru Shida & Ryo Mizunami

Weekday Wave Vol. 87 2/24/15 Tokyo Shinkiba 1st Ring

Hikaru Shida vs. Hiroe Nagahama

Kana & Rina Yamashita vs. Ryo Mizunami & Mika Iida

Shu Shibutani vs. Sakura Hirota

WAVE Tag Title Match: Ayako Hamada & Yu Yamagata vs. Mio Shirai & Misaki Ohata 11:01 of 23:04. Appeared to be an improvement over Mio & Ohata's first challenge on 1/25/15, though that could be because the dull parts were cut out. In any case, Ayako was working harder, Mio was actually involved, & the teams worked better with one another, doing more interesting sequences & less isolation of Ohata. Hamada gives a good performance here, delivering all sorts of big moves, while Yu is solid as ever, being steady & versatile. Ohata, of course, is the one taking most of the beating, but they do a good job of giving her just enough counters to keep her in the match. Ohata's execution isn't always perfect, but she plays off the opposition well & makes a good underdog. Mio finally decided to try in a 2015 WAVE match, and did nice counter laden sequences with both opponents when she was in, as well as throwing a number of good kicks. ***

WAVE on Nico Nico Weekday Wave Vol. 88 3/4/15 Tokyo Shinkiba 1st Ring
-1hr 50min. Q=Ex

Kana & Rina Yamashita vs. Hiroe Nagahama & Moeka Haruhi

Yako Fujigasaki vs. Cherry vs. Fairy Nihonbashi

Hikaru Shida & Ryo Mizunami & Yumi Oka vs. Mika Ida & Misaki Ohata & Sakura Hirota

Mio Shirai vs. Shu Shibutani 7:30

Tsukasa Fujimoto & Kaho Kobayashi vs. Ayako Hamada & Yu Yamagata 18:03. To some extent, all Ayako & Yu's title defenses come down to them because they are in control for so long, & they make a good tandem because Yu is very solid & well rounded & Ayako can still be spectacular & work at a high level when she wants to. They need opponents that want to go though, & will push them beyond their standard solid, slightly meandering match. That's what Fujimoto & Kobayashi did here, upping the intensity as well as the skill. In the end, that made it a more spirited, aggressive, & hard hitting version of the basic Ayako & Yu tag match that's based on the old '80's American script of isolating one wrestler & making quick tags themselves while & double teaming anytime it looks like the opponent might make a tag. Kobayashi, who has been wrestling less than 2 years but is already one of WAVE's most interesting wrestlers, was the obvious opponent to take the beating. That's a great role for Kobayashi though because while still limited offensively, she has a ton of heart & energy, & pushes the pace when she get the opportunity, which is something Ayako & Yu actually need because they tend to slow things down unnecessarily. This also left Fujimoto to do the majority of the action sequences when she finally got into the match. Tsukasa worked well with both opponents, & they did some pretty impressive for WAVE high action sequences with each. Tsukasa over Mio Shirai was the big difference in this being the best of the Ayako & Yu tag matches so far, as although Mio is better if she wants to be, Tsukasa made the time she was in memorable while Mio tends to do a few good things, but an hour later she was involved so little you struggle to remember she was even in the match. This match seemed destined to end with Kobayashi getting pinned, & I actually would have preferred that to the real finish where Mio Shirai & Misaki Ohata suddenly jumped in & worked Yamagata over until Kobayashi scored the upset pin on her, setting up the 3rd Ayako Hamada & Yu Yamagata vs. Mio Shirai & Misaki Ohata Regina Di Wave title match of 2015 on 3/15, which Mio & Ohata finally won. ***

WAVE Network Sapporo Wave ~NA·MA·RA 3~ 4/19/15 Sapporo Teisen Hall
-1hr 15min. Q=Ex

Ryo Mizunami & Sawako Shimono vs. Rina Yamashita & Konami

Yumi Oka & Mika Iida vs. Hikaru Shida & Sakura Hirota

Fairy Nihonbashi & Moeka Haruhi & Yu Yamagata vs. Cherry & Kana & Shu Shibutani

DUALSHOCK WAVE Tag Title Match: Mio Shirai & Misaki Ohata vs. Tsukasa Fujimoto & Kaho Kobayashi 12:09 of 13:08. A good mix of talent, as Shirai & Fujimoto are two of the most skilled women when they actually apply themselves, while Kobayashi & Ohata are two of the hardest workers. Mio gave her best WAVE performance so far this year, going hard & fast the whole time she was in & actually logging a decent amount of ring time relative to the length of the match, even if she still probably worked the least. She's WAVE's most frustrating wrestler because her athleticism & ability to work fast & precise sequences are tops, but she generally doesn't apply herself (partly because she's wrestling too much & also injured) & is annoyingly repetitive, especially when it comes to silliness such as trapping an opponent in the hanging figure four necklock almost as soon as she comes in & using various corny Toys "R" Us weapons to no advantage. Fujimoto did good lucha sequences with both opponents, and was generally opportunistic, instilling some variance by taking advantage of what the opposition was trying to do to her. I liked her stopping Mio's whip of Ohata into the corner with a kick then using the doubled over Ohata's back to springboard off for a dropkick to Mio. Another cool sequence saw her counter Mio's lightsaber with a Tsukadora, pull it out of her hand as she stood back up & crack her with it all in one fluid motion. It came down to Ohata vs. Kobayashi, with Fujimoto running interference to try to help push Kaho over the top. Kobayashi is definitely one of the most fun young wrestlers to watch. She has the athleticism to become a top worker, but what sets her apart is her drive & desire. Ohata vs. Kobayashi could be a disappointing finale on talent alone, but they make you root for them because of their effort & heart. Both tend to be opportunistic, so it was fitting that their series of counters were mostly flash pin attempts. Overall, a fun & entertaining, athletic sprint. ***

Regina di Wave Title Match: Ayako Hamada vs. Meiko Satomura 18:35 of 18:44. A battle of two of the biggest stars that came out of the '90's generation, and luckily they can still go 17 & 20 years into their careers. I don't get why WAVE puts arguably the biggest match they can present at Teison Hall rather than Korakuen (obviously Satomura helps draw in Sapporo, which isn't a WAVE stronghold, but STARDOM gets her to come to Tokyo), but even if the atmosphere was somewhat lacking, I'm just glad to see it happening again at all. I'm all for building up to the high spots & working them in, but there was zero intensity to the early mat sequences. Their opening would have been viable if they actually worked it with some inspiration, but they pretty much just traded holding arms & crossfaces until it was time to get up & start running around, saving all their effort for the excellent second half. The match essentially started when they began kicking, which basically is where Satomura's STARDOM title matches began, except this happened at the opening bell rather than 1/2 of the way through the match. Nonetheless, Ayako has a lot more ability than Kairi Hojo &, unlike the amazingly gifted Mayu Iwatani, is Satomura's peer, so this certainly had some things going for it. The whole match was parity, first on the mat, then exchanging big misses, then going back & forth with the big offense. Hamada's lucha style isn't the best mix for Satomura's shooter style, & vice versa, but both are really good at what they do & have been working with each other since the GAEA days, so they had no trouble finding enough common ground to make it work. In the end, it was aces throwing bombs & willing themselves to match each explosion. Hamada did some brutal powerbombs here, and you always believed in her ability to withstand Satomura's kicks & keep pressing forward. There was nothing really surprising here, but you had 9 minutes of two of the best women going at least close to all out, which surely makes it a WAVE MOTY candidate. ***1/2

 

WAVE on Nico Nico Weekday Wave Vol. 89 4/22/15 Tokyo Shinkiba 1st Ring
-2hr 20min. Q=Ex. 2 DVDs

Cherry & Mika Iida & Yumi Oka vs. Kaho Kobayashi & Kana & Konami 17:20. Although this was the opener, it had more effort & energy than just about any WAVE match I've seen so far in 2015. They wrestled seriously, interacting with each other with a lot of counters rather than the typical segments of I do my offense then you do yours that you get in WAVE, and made frequent tags to keep the pace up. I know none of this is out of the ordinary in any good match or league, but WAVE tends to have even the good workers not wrestle with a great deal of intensity or motivation, generally finding the excuse to wrestling down to the level of the weaker workers in the match. Kana is the biggest exception to that, as she not only keeps the opposition from half-assing things, she elevates their energy & intensity, & gets them to work a stiffer, more credible style. She also works sequences that make the opponent look better than they are even if they didn't actually do much on their own. However, this wasn't just the Kana show. Iida was on top of her game here, not only with Kana, but doing good back & forth sequences with Kobayashi as well. Generally, any sequence or counter of any complexity that didn't come from Kana came from or involved Iida. Kobayashi, & to a lesser extent Konami, were bright spots as well, showing a lot of effort & energy & a general desire to push themselves & the opposition to a higher level. Oka was ok. She went with the flow & was able to follow & hold her own. Cherry wasn't good when left to her devices, she's not very smooth or fluid, but even Kana's promising young protege Konami, who is just a few months into her career, figured out that's a bad idea & minimized those situations as much as possible. Unfortunately, Cherry wound up getting the pin on Konami. ***1/4

Misaki Ohata & Mio Shirai & Tsukasa Fujimoto vs. Ayako Hamada & Yu Yamagata & Fairy Nihonbashi 15:44

Shu Shibutani 5 Seaters Retirement Road Single Matches:
a. Shu Shibutani vs. Moeka Haruhi 5:27
b. Shu Shibutani vs. Ryo Mizunami 5:37
c. Shu Shibutani vs. Hiroe Nagahama 10:00
d. Shu Shibutani vs. Kyoko Kimura 9:48
e. Shu Shibutani vs. Hikaru Shida 8:24

WAVE Action!! Vol. 2 DVD 3/4/15-4/22/15
-3hr 10min. Q=Perfect. 2 DVDs

Weekday Wave Vol. 88 3/4/15 Tokyo Shinkiba 1st Ring

Kana & Rina Yamashita vs. Moeka Haruhi & Hiroe Nagahama

Yako Fujigisaki vs. Cherry vs. Fairy Nipponbashi

Yumi Oka & Hikaru Shida & Ryo Mizunami vs. Misaki Ohata & Mika Iida & Sakura Hirota

Tsukasa Fujimoto & Kaho Kobayashi vs. Ayako Hamada & Yu Yamagata

Virgin killer 3/15/15 Tokyo Korakuen Hall

Sawako Shimono & Hiroe Nagahama & Eri vs. Cherry & Meiko Tanaka & Konami

Tsukasa Fujimoto & Kaho Kobayashi vs. Moeka Haruhi & Fairy Nipponbashi

Yumi Oka & Mika Iida vs. Hikaru Shida & Sakura Hirota

Rina Yamashita vs. Ryo Mizunami

DUALSHOCK WAVE Tag Title Match: Ayako Hamada & Yu Yamagata vs. Mio Shirai & Misaki Ohata 11:21 of 19:36. The best of the Hamada & Yu vs. Mio & Ohata trilogy, and the best WAVE match thusfar in 2015. Everyone arguably gave their best, most inspired performance so far, but the big difference was Ohata, who really stepped up her level to seem legitimate against Ayako. Mio actually deciding to make an early appearance also helped, as she got the match off to a more inspired start. Her sequences are simply speedier & more technically accomplished than what Ohata can deliver, she's clearly a better athlete & inarguably the better wrestler when she tries, but she's retiring because of a bad neck, so again it was ultimately Ohata carrying the team, it's just that Mio was more inspired when she made her appearances. Hamada was energized here, and her team is very in step with their double teams. I'm not a fan of all the objects Mio comes up with for comedy weapons, but had to laugh when Ayako taped her mouth shut & rolled her all the way up in the gym mat. This gave Mio her excuse to be uninvolved for several minutes as Ohata was beaten down & isolated, but Ohata wrestled more confidently today, & gave a good showing. Mio took Yu out by sludging her eyes with black gunk, which was just goofy, but did lead to a great growth spot for Ohata where Yu resurfaced pulling Mio out to leave Ayako to finish Ohata with the moonsault, but Ohata rolled through at 2 & nearly pinned Hamada. Ohata was on fire down the stretch, continuing to counter Ayako's big moves with flash pin attempts. They went go back & forth with big spots in the sort of mad scramble rarely seen in WAVE until Mio pinned Ayako. The worthy ending here would have been Ohata finding the way to score the pin, a flash pin would actually have been well earned & worked within the context, as this was really her match. I can't complain about Mio scoring the pin because it resulted in a free Ayako/Mio title match right after this, as Ayako stepped up to Mio's post match challenge, though that match wasn't nearly as good as this. ***1/2

Regina di Wave Title Match: Ayako Hamada vs. Mio Shirai

8:00's! All set! ~ SAKURASAKU 3.6 ~ 4/4/15 Tokyo Shinkiba 1st Ring

Ayako Hamada vs. Konami

Cherry vs. Sakura Hirota

Kana & Hikaru Shida & Misaki Ohata vs. Rina Yamashita & Kaho Kobayashi & Fairy Nipponbashi

Catch the Wave 2015 Qualifying Battle Royal: Cherry, Mika Iida, Ryo Mizunami, Sakura Hirota, Kaho Kobayashi, Rina Yamashita, Kana, Mio Shirai, Moeka Haruhi, Sawako Shimono, Tsukasa Fujimoto, Yumi Oka, Yu Yamagata

Sapporo Wave ~NA·MA·RA 3~ 4/19/15 Sapporo Teisen Hall

Ryo Mizunami & Sawako Shimono vs. Rina Yamashita & Konami

Yumi Oka & Mika Iida vs. Hikaru Shida & Sakura Hirota

DUALSHOCK WAVE Tag Title Match: Mio Shirai & Misaki Ohata vs. Tsukasa Fujimoto & Kaho Kobayashi

Regina di Wave Title Match: Ayako Hamada vs. Meiko Satomura

Weekday Wave Vol. 89 4/22/15 Tokyo Shinkiba 1st Ring

Yumi Oka & Cherry & Mika Iida vs. Kana & Konami & Kaho Kobayashi

Ayako Hamada & Yu Yamagata & Fairy Nipponbashi vs. Mio Shirai & Misaki Ohata & Tsukasa Fujimoto

Shu Shibutani 5 Seaters Retirement Road Single Matches:
a. Shu Shibutani vs. Moeka Haruhi 5:27
b. Shu Shibutani vs. Ryo Mizunami 5:37
c. Shu Shibutani vs. Hiroe Nagahama 10:00
d. Shu Shibutani vs. Kyoko Kimura 9:48
e. Shu Shibutani vs. Hikaru Shida 8:24

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