This section of the Stardom Project is to chronicle the various teams and units that pop up over the course of Stardom’s history.
Kawasaki Katsushika Saikyou Densetsu (Strongest Legends of Kawasaki & Katsushika)
Members: Natsuki*Taiyo, Yoshiko
First Appearance: 5/29/11 (vs. Nanae Takahashi & Yoko Bito)
This duo seems to have come into existence after a singles match between the two women. The unit is named after their respective hometowns, and reflects their senpai-kohai relationship fairly well. They lose in the finals of the 2011 Goddesses of Stardom Tag League, but remain a major threat to any duo in Stardom.
Members: Yuzuki Aikawa, Yoko Bito
First Appearance: 6/12/11 (vs. Nanae Takahashi & Mayu Iwatani)
BY Hou isn’t officially referred to as such, to my knowledge, until a later bout against AMA, but this is their first time teaming together. The name, with Hou roughly meaning Cannon, is a play on and tribute to the similarly named team between Giant Baba and Antonio Inoki back in the day. They’re also the most immediately successful tandem in the company, winning the 2011 Goddesses of Stardom Tag League to become the first champions.
Members: Arisa Hoshiki, Mayu Iwatani
First Appearance: 7/24/11 (vs. Eri Susa & Saki Kashima)
Arguably the first “true” tag team in Stardom (with matching gear, only different by their respective colors), AMA formed at Stardom’s Korakuen debut. Lower in rank than either of the other duos, they’ve nonetheless established a reputation for themselves with good double team moves and their own unique poses.
Members: Nanae Takahashi, Miho Wakizawa, Hiroyo Matsumoto, Eri Susa, Yuuri Haruka
Part-Time Members: Kellie Skater
“Gundan” means roughly brigade, so this is the Nanae Brigade. Alighment wise, they seem to be fairly tweenerish – Nanae, Miho, and Hiroyo are all capable of displaying heelish tendencies, while Eri and Yuuri are pretty solidly face. Probably the closest equivalent Stardom has at the moment to a “main army” faction.
Members: Io Shirai, Arisa Hoshiki, Mayu Iwatani, Natsumi Showzuki
The first unit to officially form during the great unit wars of 2012, having arisen from a friendship between Shirai, Hoshiki, and Iwatani.
Members: Yuzuki Aikawa, Yoko Bito, Saki Kashima, Kairi Hojo
The most overtly face of Stardom’s current groups. “Zenryoku” is, very roughly, “with full force” or “all out”, so the stable is essentially something to the effect of “Joshi to the max.” Also the stable with the most gold in it so far, counting both the Wonder of Stardom and Goddesses of Stardom amongst their numbers.
Kawasaki Katsushika Saikyou Densetsu (Plus One)
Members: Natsuki*Taiyo, Yoshiko, Act Yasukawa
Part-Time Members: Yuu Yamagata
Stardom’s heel unit. Probably the most interesting in terms of dynamic, too, with Act acting as a samurai almost in the service of Natsuki and Yoshiko as daimyos.