A week from Sunday, World Wonder Ring STARDOM’s fourth annual tag team tournament will be kicking off at Shinkiba 1st RING, as the entire roster will be paired up with their respective partners or first time allies. In years previous, the tournament worked under round-robin rules with the exception of last year’s tournament, held under single-elimination format. This year’s tournament will be under traditional rules with four teams making up each league.
Current champions Kairi Hojo and Nanae Takahashi will be competing in the tournament as part of tradition, but under non-title contention. Instead, “Nanakairi” will be defending their titles against the current World of STARDOM Champion Yoshiko and the 2014 5*STAR Grand Prix Winner Io Shirai as part of the marquee match up on November 3rd at Korakuen Hall. That show will also feature Mayu Iwatani’s first title defense as Wonder of STARDOM Champion against Miho Wakizawa and the return of Kellie Skater to the promotion.
Back in April, the SHIMMER Tag Team Champion was shelved with a fractured foot after wrestling for three months with the overlooked injury. It was revealed that the injury occurred in a six-woman tag team match for STARDOM, involving Skater, Yuhi and Kaori Yoneyama against Iwatani, Manami Toyota and Hiroyo Matsumoto. Since then, Skater had wrestled through three back-to-back weekends. On the same day she successfully retained the SHIMMER Tag Team Titles at SHIMMER 62 in New Orleans, Louisiana, she competed against Kimber Lee for Combat Zone Wrestling. Competing against the likes Nikki Storm, Saraya Knight and Rhia O’Reilly for the SHIMMER tapings the following weekend and wrestled two matches for SHINE 18- getting a four-way victory over Justine Silver and unsuccessfully challenging Mia Yim and Leva Bates for the SHINE Tag Team Championships with Evie, all while injured. Ahead of her return Skater will be having her first match back at SHINE 22 next weekend and will be apart of the upcoming SHIMMER Volumes 67-70 tapings the following weekend.
Beginning on Sunday, October 12th at Shinkiba 1st RING, competing teams will be divided into two blocks. Wakizawa and Koguma, Kaori Yoneyama and Hatuhinode Kamen, Star Fire and luchadora Mystique and Shirai and Iwatani will be a part of the Blue Goddesses league. While the Red Goddesses league will be of Kyoko Kimura and Kris Wolf, Takumi Iroha and Risa Sera, Nanae Takahashi and Kairi Hojo and Yoshiko and Reo Hazuki.
Opening day will feature Takahashi and Hojo taking on Sera and Iroha, this will be Sera’s first appearance for the promotion. Current Artist of STARDOM titleholders Kaori Yoneyama and Hatuhinode Kamen will be taking on Shirai and Iwatani. In addition, the debuting Mystique and Star Fire will be taking on Wakizawa and Koguma. The tournament will conclude on November 16th, with the winners facing off for a guaranteed shot at the titles down the line. All the matches throughout the tournament are down below.
Shinkiba 1st RING on October 12th:
RED: Kairi Hojo & Nanae Takahashi vs Takumi Iroha & Risa Sera
BLUE: Io Shirai & Mayu Iwatani vs Kaori Yoneyama & Hatuhinode Kamen
Star Fire & Mystique vs Miho Wakizawa & Koguma
Nagoya Sports Center on October 19th:
BLUE: Kris Wolf & Kyoko Kimura vs Reo Hazuki & Yoshiko
Ice Ribbon Dojo on October 22nd:
RED: Takumi Iroha & Risa Sera vs Yoshiko & Reo Hazuki
Shinkiba 1st RING on October 28th:
RED: Nanae Takahashi & Kairi Hojo vs Yoshiko & Reo Hazuki
Takumi Iroha & Risa Sera vs Kris Wolf & Kyoko Kimura
BLUE: Star Fire & Mystique vs Hatuhinode Kamen & Kaori Yoneyama
Miho Wakizawa & Koguma vs Io Shirai & Mayu Iwatani
Korakuen Hall on November 3rd:
Mayu Iwatani© vs Miho Wakizawa
Risa Sera vs Koguma vs Takumi Iroha
Kellie Skater vs Reo Hazuki
Kyoko Kimura & Kris Wolf vs Hat & Kaori Yoneyama vs Mystique & Star Fire
Nanae Takahashi© & Kairi Hojo© vs Yoshiko & Io Shirai
Shinkiba 1st RING on November 16th:
RED: Kris Wolf & Kyoko Kimura vs Nanae Takahashi & Kairi Hojo
BLUE: Mystique & Star Fire vs Io Shirai & Mayu Iwatani
Kaori Yoneyama & Hatuhinode Kamen vs Koguma & Miho Wakizawa
RED league winner vs BLUE league winner
Photography and information courtesy of STARDOM