PEACH: Momo Watanabe MyStar Stardom Photobook Review

Starting in late 2018, Stardom began a new photobook series called MyStar with their top wrestlers getting their own smaller photobook all to themselves. Momo Watanabe was the fifth wrestler to be featured in the series, after Mayu Iwatani, Starlight Kid, Hazuki, and Jungle Kyona. PEACH: Momo Watanabe was released in February 2019.

Full Photobook Details

Title: PEACH: Momo Watanabe from the Stardom MyStar Series
Release: February 2019
Pages: 30
Cost: ¥2,000 (or $20.00)
Where to Buy: Third Party Vendors

As mentioned above, these are smaller (and cheaper) photobooks than Stardom usually puts out, however that does not mean the quality of the photobook is negatively impacted. Stardom at this point has become almost as good at producing photobooks as they are at producing wrestling shows, and the effort put into this photobook shows this. Even though the photobook features a single wrestler, there are still multiple scenes/scenarios presented that fit the personality of the wrestler so its not just random scenes chosen at the whim of the photographer.

Even though Momo has been in Stardom for four years, this is her first solo photobook as previously only the top stars (or tag teams) got special treatment. With the MyStar series, more wrestlers are getting a chance to shine. Its good timing for Momo as she just turned 18 years old last year so Western fans can enjoy the photobook without feeling as creepy and her status in the promotion has grown significantly since Io Shirai left. Like the photobook with Utami Hayashishita, Momo’s photos were taken on a trip to Guam, meaning more bikini pictures than we have seen in the photobooks that were taken in a studio. But they still include ring gear and casual wear pictures as well, so its not just an extended Bikiniing shoot. Fans of Momo will no doubt love the photobook and it feels fresh since its really her first time in the photobook spotlight. Here is a sample of photos from the photobook: