With Shiozaki and Nakajima now teaming together, and announcing they are of "the mid generation" Noah have now split into three generational factions.
It was always thought that Go Shiozaki should have been with the veterans as he was part of Noah during the "Golden Era" (and he was older than the others), but as he himself said about the veterans that when he debuted, Marufuji and Sugiura were already seniors, and he was placed with The Super New Generation Army because Kaito Kiyomiya needed his input; but with now with Kiyomiya not needing him so much, and Kotoge (his other protege) now established as not only Noah's resident nutcase (aside from YO-HEY) but as a heavyweight in his own right, its now time for Shiozaki to have a belt for himself, and not because he needs to ease someone into the division.
Nakajima is only thirty, and unlike Shiozaki is not Noah born, but he semi grew up in Noah and was part of the "Golden Era"; both of them debuted in 2004, and that is the reason for them breaking away from the others and forming their own team in opposition to everyone.
Today was also Kaito Kiyomiya's third anniversary in wrestling; he's done a lot for someone of his age and experience, been abroad, won Global Tag League 2018, won Global League 2018. If he does win the GHC Heavyweight, he will be the youngest in GHC history. He made a short speech today to the audience after the match to the effect that he would win in Yokohama and usher in a new era.
Daisuke Harada was on autograph duty
Yoshiki Inamura vs Kimiya Okada
There was no handshake today, and Inamura left the ring.
There is rivalry building for the future (as at the moment they are too green to have any storylines)
WINNER: Yoshiki Inamura with the boston crab (6 minutes and 57 seconds)
Tadasuke vs Lín Dòng Xuān
This was a rare first singles for Lin, or indeed any of the Chinese wrestlers. Expect to see more of these as Noah are a man down at the moment. Fellow "Eastern Hero" Chang Yu Feng was seen at ringside.
WINNER: Tadasuke with the Lariat (7 minutes and 44 seconds)
Akitoshi Saito & Masao Inoue vs 50 Funky Powers (Mohammed Yone & Quiet Storm)
Crowd laughing at MASAO WORLD who was on top form today, especially when he told Quiet Storm not to chop him as "it hurts because it is cold"
WINNER: Quiet Storm with the 50cm Lariat on Masao Inoue (11 minutes and 13 seconds)
Kotaro Suzuki, Yoshinari Ogawa & Junta Miyawaki vs Daisuke Harada, HAYATA & YO-HEY
At the end of the match, Daisuke Harada stood and stared with his a look that went far beyond his shark-smells-blood-face as Kotaro Suzuki left the ring and his eyes bored into the back of his head, he had his seriously angry face on during the match.
I think Kotaro Suzuki is a little jealous that Harada is considered to be of Noah, while, unlike himself, he is not Noah born.
Junta Miyawaki was noted to have a bandaged knee
WINNER: Daisuke Harada with the diving elbow on Junta Miyawaki (15 minutes and 47 seconds)
Kenoh & Masa Kitamiya vs Mitsuya Nagai & KAZMA SAKAMOTO
Nagai dragged Kitamiya around with a chain outside the ring, and bit Kenoh and made him bleed.
WINNER: Kenoh with the diving footstamp on KAZMA SAKAMOTO (11 minutes and 19 seconds)
Katsuhiko Nakajima, Go Shiozaki & Atsushi Kotoge vs Maybach Taniguchi, Yuji Hino & Cody Hall ("The Hooligans")
Kotoge (who came flying out in a bright orange cape today) called this "the tag team champion's revolutionary army and the revolutionary leader"
I don't think anyone at the venue could believe the size of Yuji Hino (5'10 and 243 lb), and Nakajima attempted to kick him. There an intense fight between the two, which is a good build for Yokohama.
Tanaguchi came out with his Sasumata pole again, but didn't use it on his opponents.
WINNER: Yuji Hino with The Fucking Bomb on Atsushi Kotoge (14 minutes and 38 seconds)
Takashi Sugiura, Hi69 & Minoru Tanaka vs Kaito Kiyomiya, Hajime Ohara & Hitoshi Kumano
WINNER: Hajime Ohara with the Muy Bien clutch on Hi69 (20 minutes and 12 seconds)
ATTENDANCE: 379 (Full House)
WITH THANKS TO: Shinya, iwasborn19xx, Susu, Hamarin, WH Park
PICTURE CREDITS: Noah GHC, PDX