Io Shirai‘s 468 day reign as World of Stardom Champion has come to an end at the hands of Yoshiko. The 21-year old, three year pro earned the right to challenge for the promotion’s top championship by defeating Kyoko Kimura, Nanae Takahashi & Alpha Female a month ago, and ended Shirai’s reign on her eleventh defence earlier today as part of the Stardom × Stardom 2014 show at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan in front of 925 fans.
After beating Alpha Female for the title in April last year, Shirai’s first successful defence was against Yoshiko, before doing on to turn back the challenges of Kyoko Kimura, Nanae Takahashi, Natsuki*Taiyo, Cheerleader Melissa, Alpha again, Star Fire, Takumi Iroha and Meiko Satomura, as well as going to a 30 minute draw with reigning JWP Openweight Champion Arisa Nakajima.
In reality, Shirai’s reign was likely to have come to an end today as she had beaten virtually everyone who was a credible challenger to the World of Stardom belt. Yoshiko’s win means a fresh series of defences, and it should add a new perspective to the main events in the promotion.
However, Yoshiko’s victory over Shirai was not the only title change on the show. The final three matches of the card all saw switches of championships, and it started with the Artist of Stardom belts.
Tawashis‘ reign with the trios titles also came to an end as Hiroyo Matsumoto, Mayu Iwatani and Miho Wakizawa were downed by Tomodachi Mania, comprised of Hatuhinode Kamen, Kaori Yoneyama and Tsubasa Kuragaki, marking Yoneyama’s second run with the championship. It was Kaori who won the titles for her team too, as she scored the win with an inside cradle on Wakizawa.
The other title to change hands was the Goddesses of Stardom Championship, as Monster-gun tandem Alpha Female and Kyoko Kimura dropped the straps to Nanae Takahashi & Kairi Hojo, courtesy of a Kairi Sliding D on Alpha. Both Takahashi and Hojo have held the doubles titles before but with separate partners – Hojo held the belts with Natsumi Showzuki, while Takahashi’s reign with Miho Wakizawa came to an end earlier this year at the hands of Alpha and Kimura.
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