NEO held it’s final show on New Year’s Eve in Korakuen Hall to a near sell out crowd. Tanny Mouse, Yuki Miyazaki, and Yoshiko Tamura all had their final matches on the show, which lead to a number of wrestlers appearing, including retirees like Fuka, Azumi Hyuga, Toshiyo Yamada, and Chapparita ASARI.
The show itself was good, but not great. Much like the final AJW show, felt a bit too small and rushed to capture all the history of the promotion.
NEO – Stage Door -December 31st, 2010
Korakuen Hall – 1,750 Fans
1. Kagetu beat Mika Iida in 7:34.
2. Emi Sakura, Hikaru Shida & Tsukasa Fujimoto beat Mima Shimoda, Nagisa Nozaki & Hiroyo Matsumoto in 10:11. Sakura pinned Nozaki.
3. NEO Machineguns Final Match: Tanny Mouse & Yuki Miyazaki beat Toshie Uematsu & Kayoko Haruyama in 25:03. Miyazaki pinned Uematsu.
4. Mio & Io Shirai beat Aya Yuki & Makoto in 8:37. Io pinned Makoto after a rider kick.
5. Tanny Mouse & Yuki Miyazaki Retirement Match: Tanny Mouse beat Yuki Miyazaki in 10:41.
6. Yoshiko Tamura Retirement Match: Ayumi Kurihara beat NEO Singles & NWA Women’s Pacific Champion Yoshiko Tamura in 27:14 to win the titles. Kurihara becomes the 23rd NEO Singles & NWA Women’s Pacific Champion.
7. NEO Dispersion Match: Yoshiko Tamura, Tanny Mouse & Yuki Miyazaki vs. Aya Yuki, Nagisa Nozaki & Mika Iida went to a 10 minute time limit draw.
It was nice to see Mika Iida in hand-me-down Ayumi wrestling gear. She only just started and, aside from a few rough patches, seems to have what it takes to continue on if she wants it.
Ice Ribbon did a dance number before their match, watching Emi Sakura drop it like it’s hot? Win. I already knew Fujimoto was really good, but Shida has been a beast, tossing delayed verticals and Argentine backbreakers left and right.
The NEO Machine Guns match was…a NEO Machine Guns match. The match between the two was pretty emotional though and, honestly, Miyazaki’s retirement is the one I’m most bothered by. She clearly could do so much more in wrestling, and it just didn’t feel like she was really ready to finish. Here’s hoping she makes a comeback in the next year.
The Shirai Sisters just kept being awesome.
The big Kurihara vs Tamura match lived up to the hype. It was long, intense, and brutal. Ayumi was put through a table, Tamura was slammed on chairs, they elbowed and kicked the crap out of one another. The finish began when Ayumi delivered the sickest headbutt I’ve ever heard to Tamura then, as if the initial concussion wasn’t enough, delivered about 5 Ura Nages, the last being a wrist clutch DANGEROUS variation. Stellar.
Ayumi looked like she had been in a car wreck at the post-show, with a massive welt on her forehead from the impact. You can tell it was worth it.