Every once in a while a single match comes along and wows me so much that I become a fan of one, or both of the participants. Recently it was a match on Ring of Honor’s “Women’s Division Wednesday’s” on their YouTube page, when Vita Vonstarr faced off against former Women of Honor Champion, Sumie Sakai. Vita impressed me greatly. Vita is a clear heel, and wrestled like one from the opening bell. Sumie is a natural baby face, so this instantly worked, because the classic baby face vs heel dynamic still works wonders in wrestling, no matter how much some people think we’ve evolved past that. VonStarr went so far as a heel that she actually bit Sakai, several times! I assume Sumie called this match, as she is a trainer, and the baby face typically calls a match, but it was Vita who had control, set the pace, and compensated for numerous botches, and complete moments of looking lost from Sakai. Sumies continual insistence on clapping, and acting as if she was trying to rile up a nonexistent crowd was cute at first, but got weird, and seemed to distract her from focusing on the match. To Ian Riccaboni and Maria Kanellis’s credit, they sold the idea of Sumie being distracted and psyched out from Vita’s heel tactics. To my trained eye this wasn’t the case. Vita Vonstarr was just better, and in my opinion, should have won this match. Instead, Sumie, having looked beaten, and out worked all match long, gets the “surprise” roll up win. Vita attacks Sumie after the match, locking her in a stretch hold in the ropes. As Vita walked off, she said “She got out, because I let her out.” That sums up the entire match. Sumie got the offence she got, and the win, because “Vita let her” do it.
Check out the match below.