However, it remains to be seen if LIDET will do their part and book "that place", which is popularly believed to be The Budokan, but has never been stated definitively as that, and Noah could well announce that they are running Sumo Hall again for their 20th anniversary show.
We shall see.
The event was sold out with little ShinKiba having a long line stretching past the building and down the road, despite the chilly weather, as Kenoh's theme "Heartbreak Mosh" could be heard playing. If you couldn't make it to ShinKiba, Noah streamed the event live on YouTube, and fans tuned in from all over the world. You can watch the replay by the link above, however, Noah only keep this up for about 48 hours before chopping them into individual matches, so if you are reading this a few days weeks or months after the event, it may not be there.
Inside the venue, fans were given a welcome pack with the clear file of Go Shiozaki chopping Eddie Edwards, some glow sticks (in angry red and yellow colors), streamers and a little Kenoh cookie.
There was a sense of excitement and anticipation among the crowd even before the event started. It was only a small card, with the show lasting probably only an hour and a half to a couple of hours, but as we will see, this produce was going to be eventful. The crowd were on fire since the first match.
Yoshiki Inamura vs Daisuke Sekimoto
Yoshiki Inamura entered the ring with a loud roar in this red hot opener with Big Japan's Daisuke Sekimoto. If you can imagine two large objects colliding (I can imagine that this must have been similar to the meteor that hit earth and wiped out the dinosaurs), then you can probably get an idea of what this match was like, pure hoss fight with two guys built like tanks slamming into each other, and trying to beat the hell out of each other.
There were several near pinfalls from both competitors, but ultimately Inamura could not prevail against the veteran
WINNER: Daisuke Sekimoto via German Suplex Hold (13 minutes, 16 seconds)
Afterwards Daisuke Sekimoto posed with his foot on Inamura's face to the boos of the crowd afterwards, told everyone "fuck you", held up his middle finger, and walked off.
Inamura left to chants of his name.
Kongoh (Kenoh & Masa Kitamiya) vs The Anti Wrestlers Alliance (Akitoshi Saito & Masao Inoue)
Masao Inoue came limping out in a red YOSSHA t-shirt (don't worry, he was not revealed one of the mystery men who would be joining Kongoh in the next match), and holding up the mask of The Destroyer that he had won. Saito didn't try to force it over his head this time.
Kenoh and Masa Kitamiya entered, with Kenoh standing in the corner looking very unimpressed at his rebellious rivals, who also happen to be the hated veterans.
WINNER: Kenoh with the diving footstamp (now known as PDF) on Masao Inoue (11 minutes, 49 seconds)
Afterwards, Saito dragged Inoue (who was complaining) out of the ring by his ears. Inoue shook him off, and then wouldn't then let him touch him, and Saito reassured him he wasn't going to harm him!
XX (Unknown junior wrestlers, TBA) vs Junta Miyawaki & Seiya Morohashi
This was a fast paced energetic match, with Kongoh's new junior heavyweight tag team dominant, and showing a nasty edge.
WINNER: Yuki Sato with the Firebird Splash on Seiya Morohashi (10 minutes, 42 seconds)
From now on Hi69 & Yuki Sato will be known as individually Haō (Sato) and Niō (Hi69)
The name Haō means "High King" while Niō does not have a direct translation, being more the name given to the guardian gods of Buddhism who stand at the temple gates. Tadasuke has also called them this). Haō & Niō have challenged for the GHC Junior Tag titles, with the match taking place on 4th January 2020 at Korakuen Hall. With Haō entering Global Junior League, and Hi69 already entered, this now means that there should be another junior announced.
Hideki Suzuki, a member of The Sugiura Army, wants everyone to know that the new member of Kongoh, is not him.
PETA joined in much to the crowds delight.
Kongoh (Kenoh, Masa Kitamiya & Yoshiki Inamura) vs Kaito Kiyomiya, Takashi Sugiura & Go Shiozaki
There was so many dynamics going on in this match - Takashi Sugiura holding up the belt to Masa Kitamiya when he got in the ring, Kenoh squaring up to Kaito Kiyomiya, Go Shiozaki keeping his distance from Kaito Kiyomiya, Kaito Kiyomiya trying to be civil to Go Shiozaki, Go Shiozaki and Yoshiki Inamura sowing the seeds of a rivalry...
Towards the end of the match Kongoh went for a new tandem move (Inamura had Sugiura on his shoulders, with Kitamiya and Kenoh on the turnbuckles prepared to pounce), but Kiyomiya ruined it by knocking Kenoh off.
There were even more chants for Inamura, especially during the fight against Sugiura at the end, as Inamura would not quit.
WINNER: Takashi Sugiura with the Olympic Slam on Yoshiki Inamura (20 minutes, 48 seconds)
Afterwards the three heavyweight champions had their arms raised in victory, Shiozaki reluctant. Kenoh and Kiyomiya faced off with Kenoh yelling something, and Kiyomiya walking off. Kiyomiya was being polite to Shiozaki right towards the end and let Shiozaki leave the ring first.
Then after Kenoh had screamed into the microphone and thanked all you bastards for coming to ShinKiba, all of Kongoh did the pose, with Niō (Hi69), not doing it right the first time. Afterwards, all five of Kongoh signed merchandise for fans, something that LIDET do not let them do.
ATTENDANCE: 350 (sold out)
WITH THANKS TO: Metapokocatch, Metal Noah, Nodapooh, Abeshin
GIF CREDIT: Noah.co.jp