On Sunday, the Cosmic Angels went to a 30-minute draw with Donna del Mondo’s MaiHime Poi (Maika, Himeka, and Natsupoi). This marked their fifth defense of the Artists of Stardom Championships, which is now a new record for the belts. The previous holders of the record at four defenses were most recently STARS’s Mayu Iwatani, Saki Kashima, and Tam Nakano – the leader of the Cosmic Angels – as well as the team of Iwatani, Hiroyo Matsumoto, and Miho Wakizawa.
The Cosmic Angels won the championships on Dec. 16, 2020, when they defeated the Oedo Tai team of Bea Priestley, Natsuko Tora, and Saki Kashima.
The unit would break away from STARS at the end of 2020 with Nakano set to lead the group of Mina Shirakawa and Unagi Sayaka moving forward. It has been part of a continued rise for Nakano since leaving the faction.
The faction’s title defenses have come against two versions of STARS as Iwatani led a team of her, Starlight Kid, and Gokigen Death into battle once along with a team of the MK Sisters and Saya Iida also. Queen’s Quests’ AZM, Momo Watanabe, and Saya Kamitani gave their best effort to try and win the titles in March, but came up short. At Stardom’s Cinderella Tour in Sendai at the end of April, the Cosmic Angels also defeated the Oedo Tai team of Tora, Konami, and Fukigen Death to retain.
It’s likely that the team of MaiHime Poi will want a rematch down the line, seeing as neither side were able to defeat one another. MaiHime Poi does have a victory over the Angels in non-title action, which is what ultimately earned them this shot in the first place.
Nakano, Sayaka, and Shirakawa are likely determined to secure that win over MaiHime Poi to say they have officially defeated all the factions in Stardom that have come their way, but for now, being record-breakers in Stardom isn’t too bad either.