1.SWA Undisputed Title: Bea vs Momo ***
2.Losing Unit Disbands, No DQ: Oedo Tai vs Tokyo Cyber Squad ***
3.Goddesses of STARDOM Title: Queen's Quest(c) vs Donna del Mondo ***
This week's edition started in progress with short clips from a few matches. My main takeaways were that I am glad Natsupoi is in STARDOM now and that she is a great addition to DdM, that AZM and Starlight are still as fun as ever, and that Riho was not used super well during her run here. So little was shown of these clips that I didn't bother listing them above, for the record.
Our first reviewable match of the night was for the vacant SWA Undisputed Women's World Championship, with Bea taking on Momo after Hayter vacated the belt. We only got the final three minutes or so, but it was good stuff. Bea took the gold and the win with a queen's landing in the end.
Up next, about four minutes of the Losing Unit Disbands, No Disqualification affair between OT and TCS. Perhaps I am just used to the way most feds do these, but it seems a bit off for my taste to see two members of a unit putting such a big thing on the line. I know it's been done before, but I still think it should be close to the whole squad versus the whole squad. Elimination style perhaps. Anyway, after some teases, Jungle was thrown into a tower of chairs. The next big spot saw Tora get a piledriver through a table, which was fun. In the end, Konami turned on Kyona and set up the finish. Good stuff, and the turn was decently done. Admittedly, I think the people in charge of this series should have handled the airing of the match a bit better, though because it almost felt like an after thought the way it was shown.
The biggest chunk of this installment saw QQ successfully defend the Goddesses set against DdM. While enjoyable, I must repeat that I think they should have moved the previous match into this slot on the episode and given that more time instead. A phoenix splash sealed this one.
I tend to love this show, even with the format, but sometimes the style gets in the way of episodes being the best they can be. This is such an example. It was a good one and an important one for fans wanting to keep up on the product, but it wasn't done in a way that made it truly feel important.
If you missed it and want to follow the product closely, check it out. If you only want the best of the best and don't mind missing story moments, skip it.
Overall Rating: 65/100%