Elsewhere, HAYATA (who was absent today) got through to the semi finals in the ZERO-1 Junior League, and said nothing in his promo, but as he was looking around, he was probably waiting for YO-HEY to burst in and take over the interview, like the last time he tried to speak about a single victory...
Speaking of YO-HEY, Noah held a small pre-birthday party for Minoru Tanaka (he will be 46 on the 29th November) last night, and from pictures that Naomichi Marufuji posted, it looked like YO-HEY had a little too much to drink, fell asleep at the table, and was taken back to the hotel by HAYATA.
Minoru Tanaka said he was hungover, and Marufuji looked his usual tired self, although he seemed to perk up at the end of the event...
Noah held the signing ceremony between Kotaro Suzuki and Tadasuke for the GHC , their match will be held on the 25th November at Korakuen Hall.
Tadasuke said he would (with what could best be translated as) fight with a clear head; Kotaro Suzuki, however, said he would fight how he normally does.
Kenoh was on autograph duty today.
Quiet Storm, Hi69, Minoru Tanaka & Yoshiki Inamura vs Mitsuya Nagai, Hajime Ohara, Hitoshi Kumano and Masao Inoue
Mitsuya Nagai arguing with the crowd for cheering at Inamura while he beat him up, while Minoru Tanaka agreed with them that he was cool.
Masao World was on form today with the usual bumbling old vet antics.
After the match the insanely busy Hajime Ohara plugged an event he is appearing at on the 25th ,
"There is a wrestling event in Kawasaki on the 25th November. I think that what Noah is missing is an opportunity for general people to know it. I want to make use of this opportunity. "
Okay, not just me but YO-HEY will be there too".
The Backbreakers also apparently challenged Minoru Tanaka and Hi69 for the GHC Junior Tag belts. There seems to be a lot of people lining up for them; Koji Kanemoto and Hiroshi Yamato are challenging on the 25th, Seiya Morohashi (who will be returning to Noah to find that his unit has broken up) also said he would find a partner to challenge for them, Kotaro Suzuki has said that he is interested in them (and he will probably team with Yoshinari Ogawa) and now The Backbreakers.
Only people missing are the four members of RATELS.
WINNER: Hitoshi Kumano with the Bear Bottom on Yoshiki Inamura (13 minutes and 7 seconds)
Kotaro Suzuki, Yoshinari Ogawa & Junta Miyawaki vs Tadasuke, Daisuke Harada & YO-HEY
RATELS came out to the iconic song "Africa" by Toto.
Yoshinari Ogawa was glaring at the remaning three members of RATELS who are here today, and then he attacked Tadasuke's arm in revenge for Tadasuke sneak pinning him while Special 4 were arguing with each other.
It is hoped that Junta Miyawaki will get his first win before the end of the year.
WINNER: YO-HEY with the Gamen G on Junta Miyawaki (11 minutes and 50 seconds)
Cody Hall vs Kazusada Higuchi
Intense battle of the big guys, Cody Hall yelling "show me your power, mutherfucker!".
WINNER: Kazusada Higuchi with Dr Bomb (8 minutes and 17 seconds)
Naomichi Marufuji, Akitoshi Saito & Shiro Koshinaka vs Kenoh, Katsuhiko Nakajima & Masa Kitamiya
Marufuji and Kenoh faced off first of all, Kenoh no doubt filled with more rage than usual that despite the fact that he had beaten Marufuji in a long awaited singles match, Marufuji had actually gone through to the finals and won Block A, and he got Kawada kicks for his troubles.
Shiro Koshinaka also got kicked, Nakajima kicked him in the ass!
Speaking of Nakajima, it looks like The Aggression have called it splits. I'm not too sure on what happened, but it looks like Nakajima threw Kitamiya outside the ring at one point, Kitamiya stared in disbelief, (someone also said that Nakajima may have kicked him, but if he did, I can't see Kitamiya not retaliating), at the end of the match Kitamiya apparently didn't wait around for his (former) tag partner.
WINNER: Katsuhiko Nakajima with the Frankensteiner on Shiro Koshinaka (11 minutes and 13 seconds)
Kaito Kiyomiya vs Maybach Taniguchi
In usual Hooligan style, the brawl started from outside the ring. Kiyomiya was seemingly overwhelmed by Taniguchi, but, he wasn't out of the fight just yet...
Intense match that the audience voted match of the evening.
WINNER: Kaito Kiyomiya with the Tiger Suplex, following dropkick to back of the head (13 minutes and 29 seconds)
This victory brings him to eight points and ties him with Shiozaki and Sugiura
Mohammed Yone vs Go Shiozaki
Mohammed Yone, in a very rare move, made Shiozaki tap out (which is a wise strategy given Shiozaki's knackered arms). As stated, Yone does not often use submission moves, and Shiozaki does not often tap out.
So now, both are out of Global League. It goes down to Takashi Sugiura vs Atsushi Kotoge.
WINNER: Mohammed Yone via submission with the Fujiwara Armbar (13 minutes and 44 seconds)
Takashi Sugiura vs Atsushi Kotoge
Never before have so many people wanted Atsushi Kotoge to win so badly, and so many people have wanted Sugiura to lose so badly since the days of Suzuki-Gun.
As this is Atsushi Kotoge, it shouldn't surprise you for me to tell you that he locked Takashi Sugiura out of the hall.
No. I'm not kidding.
Kotoge locked Takashi Sugiura out of the hall....and then when an enraged Sugi got back in the ring, Kotoge pinned him with the sneak pin.
WINNER: Atsushi Kotoge with the sneak win with the hold down pin (done in typically manic style in 6 minutes and 14 seconds)
With Takashi Sugiura's "defeat" (if you can call the Benny Hill skit that), meant that Naomichi Marufuji and Kaito Kiyomiya would face each other for the Global League 2018 finals, and both of them got in the ring.
Naomichi Marufuji got on the microphone first and said that he was aware of Kiyomiya's achievement in Global League, his strength and his momentum, and while he might be covered in injuries (shoulders, neck, knee), he needed to look beyond that if thought he was going to surpass him.
Sadly, Kiyomiya's response was bland and generic about perseverance and winning the league and the championship. If there is one thing that Kiyomiya needs to do, then it is work on his mic skills and his personality; he might have the skill (or the budding skills) to hold the GHC Heavyweight, but he needs the personality to be a convincing one, and that is what is letting him down.
ATTENDANCE: 329 (Full House)
With thanks to: Metal Noah, Hamarin, Shishido, Iwasborn, Rembrandt, Purodino