Watched OZ 12/09 tv
Really conflicting show.
Didn't draw a huge crowd, maybe 65% full K-hall from the looks of things.
Sad to see but when I really thought about it, there wasn't anything on this show that would be a huge draw to begin with and they got what they deserved.
Nakagawa vs Nao Komatsu - Nao looked nervous as hell making her debut and it really showed in her work. Not eactly an impressive debut to say the least. I would never say anything like "oh there's no hope for this girl" but she's a borderline midget, is starting really late for a joshi wrestler at 26 (to put things in perspective, Momoe Nakanishi was allready retired by age 24) and overall just plain looked like she wasn't ready to be having matches in front of people yet. So yeah, a lot of hard work ahead for little Nao if she's gonna overcome those obsitcals.
Kyoko vs Takako - Way behind on my NEO watching so it's been quite a while since i've seen Kyoko. Happy to see she's droped a good deal of weight. Still big but noticably down from whear she was a few years back. Not happy to see she's still taking way crazier bumbs then she should be at this stage of her career. Match was pretty decent, better then I thought it would be on paper. Takako who i've been down on lately has looked pretty motivated the past couple months for her part as well.
Aja & Matsumoto vs Kansai & Kurihara - Something OZ doesn't get enough credit for sometimes (even from me) is integrating the younger talent into the promotion. Yeah it'd be nice if they won a little more but overall i'm happy with the job they've done using Hiren, Matsumoto & Nakagawa. Early last year Kurihara had a few matches here and thear and since mid 09 she's pretty much been made a regular roster member too and she's been a HUGE breath of fresh air. Her & Aja have such great chemistry together and i'm really dying to see those two in a singles one day. Kansai's another one who kind of gets slept on these days as well because when she wants to she can still go. I loved her two big matches in 09 vs Aja & Ozaki and most of her mid card stuff has been really decent as well this year, especially if she's working one of the younger kids.
Ozaki vs KAORU street fight - Fucking loved this match. Not everone's cup of tea I know but this is my kind of wrestling. On the smaller shows her act can sometimes be a little stale but Ozaki's big matches always deliver for me. Really dug the gimmick too and hope they use it again somewhear down the line. Here's whear we start getting into the booking problems and why I think this show didn't draw though. The big giant break up of D-Fix after all these years should be a big, huge ass deal but the build up to it was so half assed that I can't blame people for not being interested. Even though they teased it for a while before that, the break up only happened 1 month earlier, hardly enough time to get a ton of momentom behind things, just boom, no more D-Fix, here's a street fight.
(Tag Titles) Kato/Nagashima vs RanKino - Same deal as the match above. Good match, shitty, nearly non existant build up to it. These teams have met several times before but the feud was cold at this point. Kato & Nagashima hadn't even teamed in the previous 4 months leading up to this match (since they lost the belts to Ran & Akino) and had spent the last 2 shows before this fighting each other but again, boom, just like that it's lets team up again, here's your semi main event.
(Wiard of OZ) Toyota vs Amano - And once again, same thing. The match was good but not THAT good and this had the most pathetic build of all. Since losing the title to OZ at the start of the year Amano hasn't done ANYTHING of note. Most of her 2009 was spent beating the young girls in opening matches, beating outsiders like Bolshoi & Yabushita in mid card matches of no importance or jobing in tags. There was not one bit of momentum behind her going in, none, she wasn't treated as a main event title contender or anything aproaching special. Then, 2 shows ago she gets a flash win over Toyota in 4 mins and the next show they have a comedy 3 way match involving Nakagawa and that's how the fuck they build their K-Hall main event?????
The majority of Oz Academy's shows take place at Shinjuku Face or other smaller arena's that can only seat a few hundred people. They only run a building like K-Hall that can seat a couple thousand 1 to 3 times a year so it's, ya know, kind of a big deal, like the equivilant of their Wrestlemania. And the thing with Mania is that it's a show that's built up to for months before hand and it's hammered into your head that hey, this is the biggest show of the year, don't miss it. It wouldn't work quite as well I don't think if they half assed slapped together a show a few weeks before hand that was no diffrent from your random RAW or whatever.
This is a problem that a lot of promotions in Japan have too. You can't just randomly put Big star A vs Big star B in a match, book a big building and then exspect massive amounts of people to show up. This is the same reason I think Meiko/Tamura was a disapointing draw. The age of the "dream match" is over and you've gotta put a little more effort into it now...
All that said, i'm actually feeling pretty positive about the company in 2010. Ohka as Ozaki's new lackey is a fresh addition to the roster and the Jungle Jack split if treated as the main feud should provide for some awesome matches
I liked JD Star, it was funny and was never meant to be serious wrestling. It was intentionally a variety esque show. They never put over the athresses as legit competitors. It also wasn't the most visible promotion, so it didn't make joshi look bad.
It didn't start out that way though. It'd be one thing if it was some new company but JD had a good 6-7 solid years of being a really good, quite visable, traditional joshi fed behind it before it all got pissed away. And yeah, it wasn't so bad near the end in 06 & 07 when it was all about Shu, Cherry, Kimura, Kurihara, Ray, etc.. I actually really loved the Shu/Cherry/Yuri vs Carribean feud, but go back and suffer through some mid 2000's, 03 & 04 athress matches, and then tell me what you think...