Natsuko Tora hitting a knee on Utami Hayashishita
Queens Quest, Momo Watanabe, and Utami Hayashishita, are the young guns of Stardom. They've dominated the competition through much of the second half of 2018. Jungle Assault Nation, Jungle Kyona and Natsuko Tora, are the former champions. They dropped the titles to Queens Quest. After settling some internal turmoil, JAN are now on the same page and aiming for revenge.
These are four wrestlers cut from the same cloth. Their motto is simple but effective wrestling. No gimmicks. No stunts. Just an old school fight in the middle of the ring, featuring simple time tested moves. It's refreshingly old school.
That simplicity can teach us a lot about why wrestling works, and why it doesn't work sometimes. It's easy to marvel at a world-class athlete doing feats of strength or incredible flips, but when shoulder tackles and lariats can get a similar reaction that's when you know you are watching damn good wrestlers. The timing of spots, the pacing of a match, and the emotion that the wrestlers can project are 90% of the reason why moves get over, and all four of these wrestlers understand that.
Utami Hayashishita is particularly interesting to look at. She has been wrestling for about 6 months and has less than 50 matches. I wouldn't blame you for thinking that she's actually been wrestling for years. She's that great. Some fans complain that she's over pushed. I get why they would think that. She's currently holding 4 titles. She's the only Rookie in years to get pushed to the moon by Stardom. Although I highly recommend looking beyond the surface with Utami. She's fantastic at selling, and she gives a lot to her opponents. This isn't Goldberg bulldozing his opponents on a winning streak. This is a savvy wrestler making everyone that she gets in the ring with look their best.
Overall, this is a very satisfying match. It's not trying to be clever. It's just delivering what it promises. A hard-hitting battle. This isn't going to rank on the match of the year list due to a lack of ambition, but it's totally worth watching. Odds are you're going to be happy watching it.