Nice! Not only is Hikaru Shida back but so is Yuka Sakazaki! What a nice surprise! One nasty surprise: Yuka Sakazaki didn’t get her own entrance with her music. Boo-urns. Justin Roberts tried to make up for it by giving Yuka a unique introduction.
This is Laynie Luck’s 6th match in AEW (0-5) and second tag team match (she’d previously tagged with Sierra on Rampage). Heather Reckless is 0-7 in AEW going into this match. Her most recent matches came against Anna Jay and tagging with Tootie Lynn.
Reckless and Luck jump their opponents before the bell leaving Yuka & Shida struggling to recover but this brief flurry from the enhancement talent would be short lived. Shida went to work on Laynie Luck. A bit of a contrived spot from the referee put him trying to keep Yuka from entering the ring so the heels could double team Shida. We’d get a hot tag to the diminutive members of each team in Yuka Sakazaki and Heather Reckless.
Amazingly, Reckless is even smaller than Yuka! Yuka delivers a missile dropkick to Reckless. Shida follows this up with a Meteora from the middle rope. Luck runs into to break up the momentum leading to a spot where Shida is suplexing Reckless while Yuka must body slam the much bigger Laynie Luck. Shida & Yuka both deliver running knees and then Hikaru Shida seals the deal with a Falcon Arrow which, of course, nobody kicks out of.
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I apologize if it sounds like I’m picking on Heather Reckless for her size. I super don’t mean it as a criticism. I actually think it’s a positive differentiating trait for her. Look at the 5’1″ Alexa Bliss! Heather Reckless is 4’9″! She stands out in a tangible way and more importantly, she stands out in a way that makes her intriguing. And given the content on her Twitter account, I think Heather knows this. Reckless has a muscular build where she can deliver credible strikes and you can be sold on her being much stronger than her stature. Get someone like Taz commentating on her matches, he can go to town on talking about how shorter wrestlers can leverage their height. And, at the risk of sounding like I’m infantilizing the woman, she’s kinda adorable which makes her heel work feel all the more devious. Again, whereon Twitter she called herself “The Devil’s Little Princess”, she flexes this notion. Also, check out her pinned tweet:
Heather Reckless has a background in gymnastics and was trained by Tyler Black (aka Seth Rollins). She has a mere 105 matches with 8 of those matches being in AEW in the past 11 months. Don’t sleep on Heather Reckless.
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Note: Just because I give a match a low rating doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it for what it was nor is it necessarily a commentary on the competitors. Not all matches are meant to be 3-to-5 star matches.
Shida/Yuka win via pinfallShida/Yuka win via pinfall
- Good overall pace & execution
- Contrived referee tag match antics
- No Yuka theme music 🙁