Welcome back to ChocoPro and to another review of Ichigaya’s favourite wrestling company. This one probably feels a bit late but allow me to explain. I originally wanted to pair this one with the upcoming weekend’s events but alas, due to COVID that can’t happen. So, whilst we wait for the proceedings to begin again, let’s reminisce about the two matches from last weekend. With Baliyan Akki and Emi Sakura taking America by storm, it was up to Mei Suruga to be the star of the show now. For the first Akki-less show we’d see, Masahiro Takanashi, Yuna Mizumori, and Sayaka Obihiro take part in a three-way dance, and in the main event, Mei Suruga and Sayaka join forces against the overly energetic forces of Chie Koishikawa and Shin Suzuki. Would disaster strike for Suruga or would everything go as planned? Let’s get into the action and find out.

Masahiro Takanashi & Yuna Mizumori defeated Sayaka Obihiro via Gedo Supergirl double pin

Things were kicking off with another hectic ChocoPro triple-threat. Mei Suruga had given a rousing opening speech and now it was up to Masahiro Takanashi, Yuna Mizumori, and Sayaka Obihiro to set the tone with a manic three-way dance. We had three distinct styles and personalities all clashing for supremacy on the mat. I did not envy Shin Suzuki having to try and keep control of this one. It started with Obihiro being ignored so she chopped her way into the match and took her frustrations out on both foes. She was borderline unstoppable as she took Mizumori out of play and continuously cut down and locked up Takanashi. It was an excellent display of heart and prowess from the Iron Chef before the inevitable happened and she was taken out so Mizumori and Takanashi could take lumps out of each other. Despite the relatively samey groupings, these triple-threats always manage to deliver and this one did the same, giving us equal measures of action from all three fighters. Mizumori is en route to being the MVP of the company with her recent performances and everyone else gave just as great a showing in the time they had. It was short, sweet and two the point with the ending leaving us with two winners as both Mizumori and Takanashi pinned Obihiro at the same time. it was an entertaining end to an entertaining opener. Obihiro always seems to eat the L but at least this time it took two opponents to keep her down.

Chie Koishikawa & Shin Suzuki defeated Mei Suruga & Sayaka via Headstand Backslide on Sayaka

Last but not least, the main event. It was time for some more tag team action. We had the Apple Girl Mei Suruga being joined by Smiling Violence herself, Sayaka to take on the regular high-energy team of Shin Suzuki and Chie Koishikawa. This was going to get quite fast and frantic as Koishikawa and Suruga looked to send a message ahead of their big singles match at the Gatoh Move 10-year anniversary show. Suzuki and Sayaka were going along for the ride here. This was every bit as chaotic as anticipated. Sayaka didn’t take too kindly to Koishikawa overlooking her so that pair opened the match, Sayaka getting in some early slugs. That gave way to Suzuki taking on Suruga and an entire match takeover from the Smiling Apple Violence. Suruga was still indulging in goblin tactics and tried to recreate Best Bros’ offence with her new Best Bro, Sayaka. It was a bit hit and miss, to say the least. Suruga and Koishikawa tried to kill each other whilst Suzuki found himself having to fend off attacks on all sides. It was a non-stop thrill ride with both teams wearing the other down and continuously swapping momentum. Koishikawa and Suruga may have been the main focus of the match but Sayaka and Suzuki bulldozed their way into the spotlight and refused to be ignored. In perhaps the biggest surprise of all, Koishikawa and Suzuki got the win here. It was Suruga’s first show at the top and she took an L. It might not have been her in the pinning position but her team had lost giving Koishikawa a massive boost heading into the following show. It was a pleasant surprise from an awesome match. These two teams beat the hell out of each other and left everyone hyped for the show to come. We’ll see that show soon enough.

All images courtesy of Gatoh Move, FlyingVTrigger, video courtesy of Gatoh Move YouTube

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