This past Monday saw the 2018 edition of Stardom‘s Cinderella Tournament in Japan, a one day 16-woman tournament where the winner gets a wish of her choosing. This year’s tournament was without last year’s winner, World of Stardom Champion Toni Storm, but it featured Maya Iwatani, Io Shirai, Konami, Natsu Sumire, Hazuki, Hana Kimura, Tam Nakano, Jungle Kyona, Kagetsu, and Saki Kashima, plus foreign participants in the UK’s Chardonnay and Candy Floss, Ireland’s Martina The Session Moth and the US’ Brandi Rhodes. The finals featured 18-year old Momo Watanabe scoring a huge upset victory of New Zealand’s Bea Priestley to capture her first Cinderella Tournament.
Momo Watanabe Wins Stardom’s 2018 Cinderella Tournament
April 30 Korakuen Hall
Cinderella Tournament 2018
◆Per her tournament win, Momo Watanabe chose to challenge Io Shirai for the Wonder of Stardom title. Io accepted. pic.twitter.com/6fMsGTGYsG
— We Are Stardom (@we_are_stardom) April 30, 2018
Watanabe, formerly known as JK Fighter, has been wrestling for Stardom since she was only 14 years old, and is a part of the faction Queen’s Quest, alongside Wonder of Stardom Champion Io Shirai, as well as Chardonnay, Viper, AZM, Konami, HZK and her finals opponent, Bea Priestley. For her winning wish, she challenged her faction leader Io Shirai for a shot at her Wonder of Stardom title. Momo Watanabe is a former Artist of Stardom Champion (Stardom’s trios title), which she won alongside Shirai and HZK.