Just watched the Vice documentary on Stardom and I was expecting a massive hatchet job on the promotion, based on some of crying I had seen online.
It was anything but imo and I thought it did a pretty good of balancing the good and bad of the Joshi scene.
Footage appears to have been recorded in 2017.
If anything it doesn't really cover anything most fans didn't already know, outside of Mayu Iwatani going into her personal life.
On Mayu, I don't see her ever leaving Stardom. The stuff about her father no longer remembering her following a stroke and an incident (doesn't go into details other than two men were arrested) that resulted in her becomming a recluse for two years is awful.
Rossy Ogawa though distant and business minded, didn't come across nearly as bad as I was expecting him to. Even if it was business decision he allowed Mayu Iwatani to crash at his place rent free, when she moved to Tokyo.
Back to Mayu I was surprised that she basically ran away from home to become a wrestler. Thankfully it worked out for her.
Kris Wolf did a good job explaining the difficulties of being a foreigner living in Japan. I also got the impression near the end that she was already thinking about retirement back then.
Touches on Idol culture. Nothing we don't already know.
Briefly brings up the "ghastly match" from 2015 but doesn't really go into any details outside of it resulting in some wrestlers quitting and something vague about change being needed.
The segment with a random punk band felt out of place.
In the end I really don't know what people were crying about. I thought the wrestlers all came out of the documentary looking good and the host seemed to respect their effort and dedication.
He doesn't half butcher Io Shirai's name though.
Worth a watch