Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Matsuo as underdog champ
So with all the criticism of Haruka Matsuo winning the NEO Singles & NWA Pacific Titles, we're all wondering how NEO GM Koda will book the new champ. The Sept. 24 Itabashi Green Hall show spells it out very clearly. There were 128 fans in attendance. Matsuo had her first post title winning match against veteran Etsuko Mita. Basically, Mita beat the crap out of her for 18 minutes. She kicked her and stomped her and verbally taunted her with "Are you still a champion?" during the match. After all that, Matsuo did something that was described as "cheating" and rolled her up for the win at 18:08. Mita was dumbfounded after the match. Generally speaking, the underdog champ is not very good long term booking strategy because at some point you have to have the champ look like a champ. But it might be fun for a couple of months. I'm sure there are fans that like the idea of Matsuo getting beat up all the time.
NEO is also doing what appears to be a standard veteran vs youngster angle. Toshie Uematsu & Ran YuYu defeated Aoi Kizuki & Nagisa Nozaki when Uematsu used a diving body press on on Nozaki at 17:36. Afterwards, Kizuki grabbed the mic and asked Uematsu if she remembers what it was like when she was a rookie. Why doesn't she wear that green bathing suit she wore in GAEA. Uematsu's reaction wasn't pleasant and I have video from the NEO site for your enjoyment. Other matches on the show had Shuu Shibutani over Asuka Ohki with a Northern Lights suplex at 9:33, Tanny Mouse & Yuki Miyazaki over Mika Mizunuma & Yuiga at 8:48, Misar Genki over Mai Ichii in 10:50 and Yoshiko Tamura over Tomoka Nakagawa with the Pariot Buster at 11:48. NEO announced that Yuki Miyazaki suffered a hip pointer on the show and will miss this weekend's dojo show. And they announced that their 10th Anniversary show will be Jan. 6, 2008 at Korakuen Hall. Here's the video.