|"Welcome to Hyper Visual Fighting Arsion. Exciting, beautiful, excellent, lady fighters!"|
THE FIRST ARSION: Mari Apache & Fabi Apache & Mika Akino vs. Lady Metal & Esther Moreno & Jessie Bennett.
Mika Akino beat Lady Metal in a clipped match with an armbar. Nothing to see here as they just showed some flips and sped through the rest. The crowd does not seem super thrilled which isn't a good sign. Esther Moreno was probably the highlight here and looked like a really good face.
They did a quick interview after.
THE SECOND ARSION Women's Brazilian Jui Jitsu: Aikyo Sato vs. SAYA
Ugh. Never been a fan of doing non-wrestling stuff on a wrestling show unless it is building to something.
THE THIRD ARSION World Free Fighting: Mikiko Futagami vs. Chi Unjyu - Shoot match.
|Futagami with the blonde hair|
THE FOURTH ARSION Women's Kickboxing: Aya Mitsui vs. Natsumi Nakazawa
|Mitsui in Purple, Nakazawa in Blue|
|Mitsui gets the knockdown|
Round 2 - Again, pretty much non-stop striking here. Nakazawa seemed to be a bit off after her knockdown and def lost the round due to that. Both girls are starting to look tired.
|Mitsui gets the knockout on Nakazawa|
THE FIFTH ARSION TWINSTAR OF ARSION Title Match: Rie Tamada & Hiromi Yagi vs. Michiku Omukai & Yumi Fukawa
Yay, pro wrestling on a pro wrestling show. What a noble f'ing concept.
|Yumi Fukawa in blue, Michiko Omukai in white/blue - most beautiful tag team ever?|
|Took 3 people to screw that up|
|Tamada dropkicks Fukawa so hard that she kicks herself in the head|
Rie Tamada pinned Michiko Omukai with a dragon suplex at 12:17. Good match. The highlight of this match was Tamada dropkicking Fukawa so hard that she kicked herself in the head. Sheesh. There were a few rough parts here and the crowd may have well not even been there, but the work was really good. Fukawa had awesome combos and submissions all match and Yagi/Tamada brought tons of good stiff moves. This is the first time I've seen Tamada/Yagi together and they may be one of my new favorite tag teams. Rating:***3/4
THE SIXTH ARSION World Free Fighting: Reggie Bennett vs. Rojina Elina
Ugh more shooting.
THE SEVENTH ARSION ARSION War Dream: Aja Kong vs. Ayako Hamada
THE FINAL ARSION Shodai QUEEN OF ARSION Title: Mariko Yoshida vs. Candy OkutsuThey showed Candy winning ARS '98 to build up to this and Yoshida winning the QOA title/ZION '98 Tournament as well. Nothing special, but it works.
|What do you even call this? Leg keylock?|
|Now THAT'S a figure four.|
|Candy takes Mariko to SUPLEX CITY|
Overall thoughts: The crowd/micing was atrocious and it destroyed the whole show. The non-wrestling stuff was also just a stupid idea in 1998. The women's kickboxing match was the best part of it, but it added nothing. The shoot matches only hurt the wrestlers in it, including Gami who actually won her match. The actual wrestling was the best part of the show non-surprisingly and I would have liked to have seen what the show could have been if they focused on it. The girls were all extremely good here and were able to combine beauty with technique. Yoshida looked like the best wrestler in the world and Yagi/Tamada are one of my favorite tag teams already despite never having seen them before. In all though, I don't recommend this show. The crowd and non-wrestling stuff just killed it.