Aja Kong vs. Chihiro Hashimoto from Sendai Girls 2017

This was for Kong’s Sendai Girls’ World Championship.

This was such a great hoss fight.

Aja Kong continues to prove time and time again that she is still fantastic. This was a classic monster heel performance. Not only did she generally dominate the much younger competitor with her size advantage, she managed to do so in extra compelling fashion. The key to that was her ability to make every movement count. It seemed like Aja never let a moment go wasted. If she had Hashimoto in a hold, that was also an opportunity to get in a few strikes.

While Kong delivered one of the best performances of the year, Hashimoto was certainly no slouch in there. She has such a talent for working underneath while remaining competitive and making believable comebacks. She does not overdo it during the comeback or ever made the work done to her seem meaningless.

This was one of the best matches of the year, and everyone should check it out. Hashimoto eventually managed to pull off a bridging German that got her the win and the title. (****1/4)

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