Prior to the event, a Noah promotional truck patrolled Niigata with loudspeakers promoting the show, which gave it a big match feel, which certainly true in the lobby with the busy stalls. Daisuke Harada was on autograph and picture duty, and he was joined by Atsushi Kotoge. The photographs soon ran out of stock.
Kenta Kobashi was also at the event, but he did nothing more than sign autographs and take pictures. He was only there for that and left soon after the show began as he had to be back in Tokyo the next day as he had an engagement in the morning. With the typhoon season rolling in, he drove back in heavy rain.
Today's show was not broadcast live on either NTV or WRESTLE UNIVERSE (the show will be available from the 29th September there), so Noah streamed some of the matches via Periscope. I don't know how long they keep these up for, but I believe it is for quite a while. You can find the links below. Because of some matches being streamed and others not, this report is going to be like the old days with more info on some matches more than others.
The Sugiura Army (Takashi Sugiura, NOSAWA Rongai & Kaz Hayashi) vs FULL THROTTLE (YO-HEY, Hajime Ohara & Seiki Yoshioka).
YO-HEY with his red tongue, bought an element of wild abandon to FULL THROTTLE, which started by his pulling a crazy pose to mock Atsushi Kotoge.
WINNER: YO-HEY with the Facial G on NOSAWA Rongai (8 minutes, 43 seconds)
Katsuhiko Nakajima vs Yoshiki Inamura
Katsuhiko Nakajima immediately flew at Yoshiki Inamura, fangs bared, but Inamura bought him down. He was not going to take Nakajima's menace, and Nakajima was not going to listen to anything the referee told him; when the ref was counting him for being on the ropes during the Shutter Chance, Nakajima was making the "take a picture" motions at the camera, and when told to get back in the ring, he nodded, said "Yes" and then jumped off the apron.
Inamura wrestled flat out to win, taking everything that Nakajima threw at him, and even kicked out of the soccer ball kicks. Nakajima couldn't believe it, and finished the match soon after.
WINNER: Katsuhiko Nakajima with the Vertical Spike (11 minutes, 49 seconds)
Yoshiki Inamura has one final chance to pick up some points when he faces Shuhei Taniguchi on 4th October, and Nakajima advances with a further two points, which now puts him level with Kenoh.
Kaito Kiyomiya & Kotaro Suzuki vs Kongoh (Kenoh & Haoh)
As one fan commented, Kotaro's red made him look like a member of Kongoh, and not "The Red Comet". I don't really have too much on this match, but Kotaro was pretty merciless in his dealings with Haoh, and Kenoh and Kiyomiya tore into each other.
WINNER: Haoh via Endless Waltz Reversal on Kotaro Suzuki (13 minutes, 51 seconds)
Kenoh stayed out of the ring as Haoh spoke on the microphone about the upcoming challenge with Kotaro.
Masaaki Mochizuki vs Manabu Soya
Streamed live (leads into the next match)
Manabu Soya used power, with Masaaki Mochizuki using technique. Mochi knew that power alone was not going to be enough, he had to use kicks to keep him down and use his brains to further keep him down, which had Soya roaring in his face and Mochi taking a step back from each one. Technique and power were so evenly matched, that it came down to a punch war while on their knees.
WINNER: Masaaki Mochizuki with the Triangle Kick (13 minutes, 14 seconds)
STINGER (Yoshinari Ogawa & HAYATA) & Kinya Okada vs Momo No Seishun (Daisuke Harada & Atsushi Kotoge) & Junta Miyawaki
"The peach youth riot has started"
After an absence of seven months with a shoulder injury, Junta Miyawaki returned to Noah in Niigata to team with the newly formed Momo No Seishun, and get back into the endless conflict between the Noah juniors. Miyawaki came to the ring looking very different to what he did in March, no longer an affable young man with a baby face, Miyawaki hit the ring with an angular sharp face, short hair and a toned body, and got right back into the fray hitting dropkicks left, right and centre on STINGER. Elsewhere, Atsushi Kotoge was manic but controlled, headbutting Ogawa, who managed to catch Daisuke Harada out. Fast paced junior match, with a growing rivalry between Kinya Okada and Junta Miyawaki, which will be good for both of them.
WINNER: No one as with Miyawaki and Okada fighting, HAYATA and Kotoge (the legal men), Ogawa and Harada fighting on the outside the Ref declared a count out as no one at all was listening to what was going on (16 minutes and 22 seconds)
The fight continued after the match ended, as after a brief lull another fight broke out when HAYATA attacked Harada, and then the other juniors came running in from the back and more fights broke out around the ring, with HAYATA and YO-HEY briefly working together to beat up on Harada. Once order was restored, Harada and Kotoge were left in the ring. Taking everyone in and knowing that everyone wanted to fight everyone else, Harada (hair standing on end), suggested a battle royale on the 4th October at Korakuen Hall, but mostly because he wanted revenge on everyone for the mass brawl at Korakuen. Watch this space as no card for any junior has been announced at the time of writing. Once again, the turbulent Noah juniors have managed to steal the limelight from the heavyweights.
Naomichi Marufuji vs Shuhei Taniguchi
Despite Naomichi Marufuji's teasing of Shuhei Taniguchi, and his pleas for him to give him a good match, it never does to underestimate Taniguchi when you are in the ring with him. Staid and expressionless he may be, but he is a monster when he wants to be. Marufuji had to bide his time, hook kicking Taniguchi through the legs and with repeated knee strikes and kicks, Taniguchi staggered but fought back with a huge lariat, but the monster was eventually worn down and felled.
WINNER: Naomichi Marufuji with the True Tiger King (18 minutes, 21 seconds)
Go Shiozaki vs Masa Kitamiya
Brutal match with Masa Kitamiya, a determined man on a mission, working on Go Shiozaki's arms, wrapping it around the ringpost in ways arms really aren't meant to bend. Shiozaki, however, had that Kobashi moment when overcoming his pain, the accumulated damage and the repeated attacks, decided that enough was most certainly, enough.
WINNER: Go Shiozaki with the Gowan Lariat (20 minutes)
Despite each fight taking a toll on Shiozaki, he was cheerful enough to give a spirited talk to the audience, and somehow walked off looking fresher than he has looked in months.
WITH THANKS TO: Metapokokick, Kei, Shosen
Picture credit: Pro Wrestling Noah
Noah's next show: October 4th
Current N-1 Victory points after today
Go Shiozaki: 6
Kaito Kiyomiya: 5
Masaaki Mochizuki: 5
Kazushi Sakuraba: 4
Masa Kitamiya: 2
Manabu Soya: 2
Katsuhiko Nakajima: 6
Takashi Sugiura: 5
Naomichi Marufuji: 5
Shuhei Taniguchi: 2
Yoshiki Inamura: 0