So it is a "What if Emi Sakura never left Ice Ribbon" AU after all
You're correct on Sakura's trainees except for Kyuuri who debuted in 2013 (Emi left in 2012, although I heard that she already didn't have much input since early 2011) and Kotori who, while trained by Sakura, made her debut in Gatoh Move.
Now that I think about, I think it's the first time I have seen the names Ice Ribbon and Neoplus in the same line. It's a good thing when the promoter (when it's not a wrestler at least) is never mentioned when people talk about a promotion, only the talent. You see people talking mentioning rossy ogawa but never Hajime Sato.
Now that you mentioned stardom lack of character arcs, I remember one from 2015 that got stuck in my head: kairi hojo losing the title to Satomura and promissing to get it back ( and I'm sure I heard a few ZETTAI from her). She wins the 5 Star GP to earn a title shot on the year end show, and then... io shirai beats Meiko Satomura on said show and hojo uses her title shot AFTER the event, losing to shirai and never getting her title back or beating Satomura 1 on 1. Unless I'm not seeing the real story, it always looked like a strange way to conclude an arc. It gets even weirder when 6 months later, Ice Ribbon starts a simillar angle with Risa Sera (loses title to Tsukasa Fujimoto, gets her momentum back on the Birthday Deathmatch show and wins back the title from Fujimoto on the year end show). As a result, Sera is in the middle of a much stronger title run than the first, while hojo is one step into wwe.
On Sendai Girls, by 3 belts I meant literally, they'd need 3 people to hold them all lol
Good to read that about Akai, I always wondered if the shit she got at the time was because she was bad, like really BAD, or just green with too much spotlight thanks to her looks.
If it was actually good, people actually be talking about it then.
No offense but it sounds a lot like a smartass wwe fanboy downplaying anything non-wwe (NJPW included). I like New Japan but I would hate if it's the only puro thing people talked about.