Jamie working over Momo's leg
Momo Watanabe is the ace of Stardom and the Wonder Of Stardom champion. Going into the match, she sits at 8 defenses. Io Shirai holds the record with 11 defenses. Jamie Hayter is Oedo Tai's newest member. She's ruthless and hungry to make a statement by knocking down Stardom's True Heart.
So there is this Italian movie subgenre called Giallo. It was popular from the 1960s through the 1980s. It's known for its beautiful cinematography, bright colors, beautiful women, pulp plots featuring killers or supernatural elements, and very high levels of violence. The original Suspiria(1977) and Blood And Black Lace(1964) are probably the best known Giallo movies. Watching a violent Joshi war in a setting like the incredibly unique and beautiful KBS Hall is perhaps the closest thing that Professional Wrestling has to offer to a Giallo movie. A surreal mix of violence in a beautiful setting.
It can't be understated how great Jamie Hayter is. Small details like clawing at her opponent's face whenever she got a chance really added a lot to this match. A lot of heels in wrestling, when not outright cheating or taunting, will work as if they are babyfaces or neutral. They'll go through the motions of executing moves and will miss showing anger, frustration, pettiness, sadism, a huge ego, etc. The character traits that set a heel apart from a babyface. Not that every heel needs to work the same way, but in most cases keeping those characteristics in the forefront will enhance the match a lot. With Jamie, there are no questions whether she is a heel or not. She always keeps those traits front and center.
What can one say about Momo Watanabe? We are barely over a month in 2019, and she already has 3 great matches. With this Jamie match, she'll have 2 match of the year candidates. Since I watch so much Stardom and she gets so many opportunities to main event, she may end the year with 10-20 matches on the match of the year contenders list. If she stays healthy the entire year, even if she isn't objectively the best Joshi wrestler, good luck matching that resume in 2019.
"Joshi" "great match" "fight", I feel like this might get too repetitive, but it doesn't cease to be true. No other wrestling scene today mixes style, technique, grit, and pacing like Joshi does. Even when the matches aren't perfect, they are still super entertaining, and they feel meaningful. If you aren't watching at least one Japanese Women's Wrestling company as a part of your regular wrestling rotation, then you are doing yourself a real disservice.
Go watch this match. It's great.