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STARDOM’s Giulia Posts Fifth NJPW Strong Title Defense in Las Vegas

8 months ago Photo c/o Masahiro Kubota
Giulia NJPW Strong Las Vegas Japan

Photo c/o Masahiro Kubota

STARDOM’s Giulia Posts Fifth NJPW Strong Title Defense in Las Vegas

STARDOM’s Giulia Posts Fifth NJPW Strong Title Defense in Las Vegas

By: Thom Fain

Giulia rolled the dice, and cashed in at New Japan STRONG Fighting Spirit Unleashed tonight in Las Vegas. The style icon and former Red Belt champion of STARDOM needed the victory to turn the page on a rough week – online controversy swirled earlier this week after Sherri Martell’s former manager used a popular podcast to question Giulia’s starpower, following her #2 ranking in PWI’s annual list of best women’s wrestlers. Giulia and Thekla (Mafia Bella) also lost their Goddess of Stardom Tag League bout on the 22nd as Suzu Suzuki and Mei Sera pull ahead of the Red Goddess block.

Giulia’s opponent, “The Renaissance Woman” HYAN, has toured the independents for eight years after graduating from Booker T’s Reality Of Wrestling. HYAN proved to be no match for the champ and became the fifth challenger to lose after the Northern Lights Suplex put her down for the three-count. Giulua looked every part the international star and ready for battle when she arrived in Vegas sporting a purple power suit. Alongside Mayu Iwatani, she continues leading the STRONG brand’s integration of top joshi into New Japan Pro-Wrestling.

“The world has changed and the speed of change has been exponential. We cannot stick to the outdated ideas of male-only professional wrestling,” New Japan President Takami Ohbari said previously in our exclusive interview. “We often say that professional wrestling is a mirror reflecting the world. All wrestlers and all matches should be appreciated, and any wrestlers should be provided fair opportunities in the ring regardless of gender or anything else.”

Although the match vs. HYAN was unexceptional by her high standards, it drew some “This is Awesome!” chants and still served to further develop a budding New Japan women’s division. The Vegas victory also sets the table for the highly anticipated match with Mercedes Moné. The challenge was made and accepted by Mercedes Moné last August.

Moné, of course, is out rehabbing a significant ankle injury after going down in a New Japan STRONG Title loss to Willow Nightingale in a three-way gauntlet on May 21 that also featured Momo Kohgo.

Giulia’s next challenger has yet to be announced, but after Ami Sourei wrestled and lost to Giulia on Oct. 6th it’s not out of the question to expect another challenger from within STARDOM. New Japan tours Dallas, Texas for their next STRONG event on November 11.

Trish Adora – who currently works in Ring of Honor and previously wrestled in Tokyo Joshi Pro-Wrestling – stepped up backstage after the match to introduce herself as a potential challenger for Giulia after the champ told reporters that weak challengers need not apply.

Q&A with Joshi Superstar Giulia

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