Even though they are probably the least popular promotion to Western fans, and their reviews here on Joshi City get the lowest number of clicks, I just can’t quit PURE-J. Something about them is just alluring. Part of it is their shows are short, as I am a busy person and sometimes its easier to find time to watch a show under an hour long than a three hour extravaganza. Their wrestlers are also all very solid and no-nonsense, I know what I am going to get with PURE-J. This event has something a little special, which is Madeline in the main event! Here is the full card:
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Leon vs. AKARI
In PURE-J, it doesn’t really matter where you are on the card since their events only have a few matches anyway, so its not unusual or a sign of disrespect to have the veteran Leon and title holder AKARI in the opener. Leon is a 20 year veteran that has mostly had tag team success in her career and now seems content being one of the leaders of a small promotion. AKARI has been in PURE-J since 2019 and comes into the match the Princess of Pro Wrestling Champion. This of course is a non-title match, but this certainly won’t be a squash as AKARI has really been rising in PURE-J in the last year and seems poised to be the future of the promotion.
AKARI throws Leon in the corner during the pre-match handshake, elbows by AKARI but Leon elbows her back and applies a headlock. AKARI Irish whips out of it but Leon hits a shoulderblock, they trade armdrags and eventually end up back on their feet in a stalemate. They get right back into it and trade holds, Leon gets AKARI to the mat but AKARI fights back to her feet and applies an arm wringer. Snapmare by Leon and she slides AKARI over for a two count. Scoop slam by Leon and she hits an elbow drop, somersault senton by Leon and she covers AKARI for two. Camel Clutch by Leon but AKARI fights to the ropes and gets there for the break. Stomps by Leon and she chops AKARI in the corner, AKARI throws Leon into the corner however and delivers a lariat. AKARI puts Leon in a Tarantula, she lets go after a moment and dropkicks her in the back. Vertical suplex by AKARI, and she covers Leon for two. AKARI tries to get Leon on her shoulders but Leon flips away, Leon charges AKARI but AKARI drop toeholds her onto the second rope.
Leon avoids the 619 but AKARI applies a Fujiwara Armbar, she switches it to an armtrap crossface but Leon gets to the ropes for the break. Irish whip by AKARI but Leon reverses it and hits a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Leon picks up AKARI but AKARI slides away and cradles her for two, Leon throws AKARI into the corner and hangs her in an inverted Tree of Woe before delivering a dropkick. Double underhook suplex by Leon and she covers AKARI for a two count. Texas Cloverleaf by Leon but AKARI eventually gets to the ropes, stomps by Leon but AKARI elbows her and the two trade strikes. Leon clubs AKARI in the back but AKARI hits a pump kick, 619 by AKARI and she hits a Northern Lights Suplex Hold for two. She goes for the Muy Bien but Leon blocks it at first and eventually gets to the ropes for the break. Back kick by AKARI but Leon catches her with a spinning slam for a two count. Leon goes up to the top turnbuckle but AKARI avoids the body press, La Magistral by AKARI but it gets two. Leon spins away from her but AKARI still cradles her for a two count. AKARI tries another flash pin with no luck, she goes off the ropes but Leon delivers a spear. She waits for AKARI to get up but AKARI avoids the next spear attempt, they both go off the ropes and Leon nails the Beast Spear for the three count! Leon is the winner.
A solid opener, and you can tell these two train together as the action was very very smooth. For a ten minute match, a lot was going on and neither wrestler had a very long segment for themselves before the other would take their turn. If you prefer matches with one wrestler dominating and the other wrestler having to over-come, this wasn’t that as they went for fluid chain wrestling and constant exchanges. A pretty good match, it lacked a deeper level as much of the action was light, but still very well executed. Mildly Recommended
Chie Ozora and Crea vs. KAZUKI and Rydeen Hagane
For the “everyone else available” match on the card, we get two of the less experienced wrestlers in PURE-J against the regular tag team of WANTED. These teams are incredibly uneven – Chie and Crea have under 175 matches under their belts combined while WANTED have 31 years of wrestling between them. WANTED are also former tag team champions in PURE-J, holding the belts for almost a year. KAZUKI and Rydeen are hard to beat under any situation so Chie and Crea have an uphill battle in front of them.
Chie and Crea have some fluffy wrestling attires that may distract me during this match. Chie and KAZUKI start the match, they trade holds back and forth until Chie grabs KAZUKI’s wrist and walks the ropes before hitting an armdrag. Dropkick by Chie, Crea comes in and they double team KAZUKI in the corner. Crea helps Chie hit a footstomp, but KAZUKI avoids their dropkicks and stomps on both of them. She tags in Rydeen, Chie and Crea are stacked in the corner before both KAZUKI and Rydeen connect with running strikes. Knee by KAZUKI to Chie and Rydeen takes over, hitting a scoop slam. Crab hold by Rydeen but Chie inches to the ropes to get the break. Stomps by Rydeen but Chie sneaks in a schoolboy for two, giving her time to tag Crea. Rydeen elbows Crea and hits a scoop slam, butt bomb by Rydeen and she stands on Crea’s back. Rydeen applies a reverse chinlock and then a bodyscissors, Rydeen lets go and hits a scoop slam. Body press by Rydeen, but Crea kicks out. Crea tries to knock over Rydeen with shoulderblocks with no success, chops by Crea but Rydeen hits a body avalanche in the corner. Backbreaker by Rydeen, she picks up Crea but Chie runs over and breaks up Rydeen’s hold. She stays in and they both try to suplex Rydeen, but Rydeen won’t budge. They let go and take turns elbows Rydeen, but Rydeen hits a lariat on both of them. Rydeen catapults Chie onto KAZUKI’s knees, she goes back to Crea and they do the same to her.
Rydeen goes to the second turnbuckle and hits the Reverse Splash, but Crea kicks out of the pin. Superkick by Rydeen but Crea gets Rydeen to the mat and applies a cross armbreaker. KAZUKI breaks it up, Crea tags in Chie and Chie comes in with an ax handle to Rydeen’s arm. Dropkick to the arm by Chie and she applies a hanging armbar over the top rope. Chie lets go after a moment and keeps on Rydeen’s arm, getting her to the mat in an armbar. Chie applies a hammerlock with a bridge but KAZUKI gets away from Crea and breaks it up. Chie goes off the ropes but Rydeen kicks her into the corner, lariat by Rydeen and KAZUKI comes in to knee Chie. KAZUKI stays in and hits a double underhook gutbuster, cover by KAZUKI but it gets two. KAZUKI goes off the ropes but Chie avoids her knee attempt, she cradles KAZUKI but it gets two. Chie goes for a fisherman suplex but KAZUKI blocks it, Crea cuts off KAZUKI and then Chie is able to deliver rolling fisherman suplexes for a two count. Crea superkicks Rydeen while Chie gets on the second turnbuckle and delivers a diving sunset flip for two. Chie tags Crea, KAZUKI blocks the suplex attempt but Crea applies an ankle hold. KAZUKI gets to the ropes for the break, running boot by Crea and she cradles KAZUKI for a two count. Chie and Crea go up to different corners and both hit missile dropkicks, but KAZUKI barely kicks out of the cover. KAZUKI hits a Codebreaker on both Chie and Crea, Rydeen comes in and they both hit running strikes in the corner. Reverse double kneedrop by KAZUKI on Crea out of the corner, cover by KAZUKI but Crea barely kicks out. TKO by KAZUKI, but Chie breaks up the pin. KAZUKI quickly puts Crea in the Sensei Hold II, and Crea has to submit! WANTED are the winners.
Crea and Chie are interesting wrestlers. Both have pretty solid in-ring skills, with Chie being the early standout, but they don’t have good looks. Their outfits just don’t scream ‘serious wrestler’ which is a shame as first impressions do matter. But that is an easily fixable issue for down the road, for now they are still learning and seem to be coming along pretty well. WANTED are one of the top tag teams in PURE-J for a reason, they both have the power wrestling style down pat and deliver on all their moves with authority. There really wasn’t anything particularly ‘bad’ about this match, it wasn’t overly exciting and the winner was never in doubt but in typical PURE-J fashion it was well-executed and didn’t overstay its welcome. Another solid match on the show. Mildly Recommended
Hanako Nakamori vs. Madeline
Time for the main event and a big match for the delightful Madeline! Nakamori is having a long stretch of matches to celebrate her 15th anniversary, and this is one such match. Even though she hasn’t held the main title in PURE-J for the last year, she is still considered the Ace of the promotion until someone can take that title from her, and she does come into this match as one half of the tag team champions. She is against Madeline, a popular wrestler from Diana that frequently visits other smaller promotions. Madeline isn’t on Nakamori’s level so the winner is not in doubt, but she is an energetic wrestler so the match should be fun nonetheless.
Madeline goes for a takedown to start, Nakamori briefly blocks it but Madeline is able to get Nakamori to the mat. Nakamori switches positions with her as they jockey for position but neither can get a clear advantage before they break cleanly. Side headlock by Nakamori, Madeline Irish whips out of it but Nakamori boots her in the chest. Nakamori picks up Madeline but Madeline hits a jumping crossbody, kick to the back by Madeline but Nakamori gets up and returns the favor. Madeline tries again with a snapmare and kick to the back, but Nakamori does the same as she is doing better in this back and forth. Nakamori sits down and Madeline connects with a series of kicks to her back, Madeline lets Nakamori do the same but Nakamori kicks her in the chest to win the battle. Nakamori grabs Madeline’s wrist but Madeline pulls her off the turnbuckles, now it is Madeline that gets Nakamori by the wrist and she walks the ropes while doing a balancing trick before hitting an armdrag. Madeline sets up Nakamori in the ropes and kicks her from the apron, she returns to the ring and hits a front flip into an ax handle. Madeline goes for a slam but Nakamori blocks it and hits one of her own. Kicks to the leg by Nakamori and she applies a single leg crab hold, but Madeline gets to the ropes. Kick by Nakamori in the corner but Madeline avoids the next one, boot by Madeline and she covers Nakamori for two. Madeline transitions to the armbreaker but Nakamori blocks it and applies the Stretch Muffler. Madeline reverses it into an armbar but Nakamori quickly gets a foot on the ropes, kick to the leg by Nakamori but Madeline kicks her back and the two trade blows.
Headbutt by Nakamori but Madeline returns the favor, boot by Nakamori and she hits a second one. Nakamori hits a leg drop from the apron while Madeline’s head hangs over the second rope, she then goes to the second turnbuckle and hits a missile dropkick for a two count. Nakamori picks up Madeline and elbows her, Madeline keeps getting back up but Nakamori continues the strike assault. Nakamori goes off the ropes but Madeline tackles her and hits mounted punches, punches by Madeline while Nakamori is against the ropes and she hits a backfist. Madeline grabs Nakamori but Nakamori hits a fisherman suplex, she goes to pick up Madeline but Madeline puts her in an armbar. Nakamori gets to the ropes to force a break, Madeline charges Nakamori but Nakamori kicks her in the midsection. High kick by Madeline and she hits a gutwrench suplex for two. Kick to the chest by Madeline and she goes for a bridging pin, but Nakamori pushes her off. Madeline cradles Nakamori anyway for a two count, she applies a double armbar but Nakamori gets to the ropes. Madeline charges Nakamori but Nakamori kicks her, Madeline returns fire with elbows and she applies a small package for two. Head kick by Madeline but Nakamori nails a head kick of her own, Shining Flower by Nakamori but Madeline barely kicks out. Nakamori waits for Madeline to get up and hits a second Shining Flower, and she picks up the three count! Hanako Nakamori is the winner.
Some wrestlers have a special talent that is hard to put into words. Madeline isn’t the best in-ring wrestler but she has a great blend of unique offense, strikes, submissions, and just a general likable quality that makes her hard to stop watching. She does a lot of small things well and utilizes a lot of underdog tactics that long time veterans could learn from. Nakamori is a solid wrestler that helped keep the match together, but in the end it was Madeline that left more of an impression. Madeline’s arm work was well done but it always felt like Nakamori’s match to lose, and the match ended pretty suddenly when Nakamori connected with a few big moves in a row. I wouldn’t have minded a few more minutes but PURE-J matches rarely go long, generally I am a fan of that so I won’t complain too loudly. Overall a well worked and entertaining match between a seasoned veteran and a unique talent in Madeline. Recommended