(NOAH) EVENT RECAP ~ NOAH THE SPIRIT 2019 - YAMADA GREEN DOME MAEBASHI / SUB EVENT AREA, GUNMA, SUNDAY MAY 19TH 2019 (FINAL NIGHT)
Noah held the final show of "NOAH the SPIRIT 2019" before Global Junior Tag League begins on the 28th of this month, today in Gunma (a venue with a very low ceiling). It was noted by fans that LIDET has put their banner back up on the wall today.
Noah will hold a "Yakuniku fan party" after the event with Kaito Kiyomiya, Daisuke Harada, HAYATA and Tadasuke (it is thought that given today's events, that another person may join in).
YO-HEY & HAYATA were on autograph duty today.
YO-HEY (wearing a white "Stinger" t-shirt) signed his name and wrote "lung" on merchandise, he looked well enough.
I am afraid (some) news coming out of today's show is fragmented, so in some cases I have only been able to present just a line.
Hitoshi Kumano vs Seiya Morohashi
Said to be a good opening match, with a nice build to Global Junior Tag League.
WINNER: Double KO count out (15 minutes, 0 seconds)
Mitsuya Nagai vs Masao Inoue
Nagai told Referee Fukuda to check Inoue's stomach!
During the match, and much to Nagai's consternation, Inoue stole his chain, but I think the referee took it off him though.
WINNER: Mitsuya Nagai with the Stretch Plum (9 minutes, 27 seconds)
50 Funky Powers (Mohammed Yone & Quiet Storm) vs Hi69 & Kouki Iwasaki
No disco ball today
WINNER: .... with the Funky Buster Bomb on Kouki Iwasaki (9 minutes, 13 seconds)
Stinger (Yoshinari Ogawa & Kotaro Suzuki) & Junta Miyawaki vs RATELS (Daisuke Harada, Tadasuke & HAYATA)
YO-HEY came out to second STINGER.
WINNER: Tadasuke with the lariat on Junta Miyawaki (12 minutes, 2 seconds)
After the match, YO-HEY basically got on the microphone and told STINGER that he would be aiming for the third win with HAYATA. STINGER (who knew this anyway) attacked him as the lines for Global Junior Tag League have now been drawn up. HAYATA came to the rescue by throwing himself over YO-HEY to protect him, and then Daisuke Harada & Tadasuke joined in when they saw he was being overwhelmed.
RATELS then did their four way tandem kick.
After Ogawa & Kotaro had been thrown from the ring, YO-HEY took his Stinger t-shirt off and rejoined RATELS as the four of them did their handshake.
I think that at some point either before or after the handshake, or else after the Stinger beat down, Daisuke Harada may have got on the microphone and asked the crowd whether YO-HEY was RATELS or Stinger?
The crowd unanimously voted RATELS.
Harada said, "Welcome home".
What I do know is that after Tadasuke carried a grinning YO-HEY off on his back (due to his lung), Harada said that although the four of them were going to start again today from scratch, and dominate the junior division, he wasn't going to spare YO-HEY in Global Junior Tag League.
YO-HEY later wrote on Twitter that although he had betrayed RATELS, they were kind enough to forgive him, and ended with "I'm home".
AXIZ (Katsuhiko Nakajima & Go Shiozaki) vs The Sugiura Army (Takashi Sugiura and Hajime Ohara)
"Insanely good match"
Katsuhiko Nakajima's feet scraped the ceiling when Takashi Sugiura did his top rope suplex (and he looked like he had frogs legs). During the match, Nakajima did one of his famous cocky poses with a fallen\knocked down Takashi Sugiura. Unfortunately, what Nakajima does not seem to realize, that is all adds fuel to Sugiura destroying him in the title match.
WINNER: Go Shiozaki with the lariat on Hajime Ohara (22 minutes, 2 seconds)
After the match, AXIZ held up the belts to Sugiura.
Kaito Kiyomiya, Shuhei Taniguchi, Akitoshi Saito & Minoru Tanaka vs Kongoh (Kenoh, Masa Kitamiya, Atsushi Kotoge & Yoshiki Inamura)
Kenoh and Kaito Kiyomiya squared up before the match, with the ceiling causing further problems to the tall in this match who use the turnbuckles (the lanky 5'9 Kiyomiya had to use the first turnbuckle to dropkick, and even then he was crouched against the ceiling).
Atsushi Kotoge somehow managed to look insane while being put in a lock by Minoru Tanaka.
Yoshiki Inamura got a lot of praise today.
After the match, Kenoh got on the microphone and started shrieking, but unfortunately I don't know what he said, but I imagine its to do with Kiyomiya being "a company dog", etc.
WINNER: Masa Saito with the Saito Suplex on Shuhei Taniguchi (18 minutes and 25 seconds)
ATTENDANCE: 355 (full house)
WITH THANKS TO: Kei, KO-HEY, Far Flower, Dragon, Nanarin
PICTURE CREDITS: Noah GHC, PKDK
(NOAH) EVENT RECAP ~ NOAH THE SPIRIT 2019 - ESUPOWARU ISANUMA, SAITAMA, SUNDAY MAY 12TH 2019 (NIGHT TWO)
Akitoshi Saito described today's venue as "a place in nature where the air is clear", and he was right, it is a beautiful venue today being by the river and lots of green maple trees. He also said that there was a different kind of atmosphere to an event held in the day.
As the fans arrived at the venue the 50 Funky Powers Disco ball was spinning (and they also noticed that there was no iron fencing around the ring today).
Katsuhiko Nakajima was on autograph duty, Takashi Sugiura (and others) came out during the interval.
50 Funky Powers (Mohammed Yone & Quiet Storm) & Kouki Iwasaki vs The Return of The Dark Agents (Masao Inoue & Akitoshi Saito) & Seiya Morohashi.
The lights dimmed, and the Disco ball sped up for 50 Funky Powers entry, Kouki Iwasaki got into the mood by wearing neon glasses which lit up in the dark.
Disco aside, it didn't take Quiet Storm long to lock in the Full Nelson on Masao Inoue.
Fun opening match with lots of laughter, Inoue on form today.
WINNER: Mohammed Yone with the Funky Buster Bomb on Seiya Morohashi (13 minutes and 17 seconds)
"The Revolutionary Showdown"
Mitsuya Nagai vs Atsushi Kotoge
"Show me the spirit of the hero"
(Mitsuya Nagai to Atsushi Kotoge)
Mitsuya Nagai came out first, and then stood staring and waiting for Kotoge to come to the ring (armed with cloak and chain), and right from the moment the bell sounded, he took it to him.
Fight went into the crowd as Nagai led Kotoge along with both the chain and the cloak wrapped around his head and neck, and threw him into some chairs, before storming back to the ring, and a little child burst into tears.
Nagai was furious, with Kotoge hardly getting a shot in.
WINNER: Mitsuya Nagai with the Reverse Full Nelson\ROD (10 minutes and 53 seconds)
Go Shiozaki vs Hi69
Naturally, Hi69 vs Go Shiozaki did not last long, and Shiozaki finished with the lariat. However, he was noted to be holding his shoulder immediately afterwards (which is heavily taped).
WINNER: Go Shiozaki with the lariat (4 minutes and 29 seconds)
Katsuhiko Nakajima & Hitoshi Kumano vs The Sugiura Army (Takashi Sugiura & Hajime Ohara)
Nakajima kicked Sugiura off the apron, and into the crowd.
Hajime Ohara put on a rare display of bad language by telling Kumano to, "get up, you bastard!"
Very intense fight between Nakajima and Sugiura.
WINNER: Katsuhiko Nakajima with the Vertical Spike on Hajime Ohara (14 minutes and 21 seconds)
After the match, Nakajima held up the belt to the crowd, and then apparently demanded they applaud him!
Stinger (Yoshinari Ogawa & Kotari Suzuki) & Keisuke Ishii vs RATELS (Daisuke Harada, Tadasuke & HAYATA).
Despite Daisuke Harada attacking him last time, Yoshinari Ogawa asked him for another handshake (I don't know if Harada took it or not though), but whatever happened at the end of the match, RATELS did their handshake.
Tadasuke got chopped by Ishii.
The theme of bad language continued, as Yoshinari Ogawa (true to his "Golden Era" persona), gave RATELS the middle finger.
WINNER: Tadasuke via reversal of The Endless Waltz on Kotaro Suzuki\PAC (13 minutes and 46 seconds)
With two wins now over Stinger, Tadasuke is manic, saying "I cannot control myself" and posting the picture of the crazy face ikon.
Kaito Kiyomiya, Shuhei Taniguchi & Junta Miyawaki vs Kongoh (Kenoh, Masa Kitamiya & Yoshiki Inamura)
"Junta and Inamura, heading towards a bright future"
Atsushi Kotoge came out to second the others in Kongoh.
The bell sounded and Kenoh (with a heavily taped shoulder) and Kaito Kiyomiya laid into each other (they had also been squaring up to each other the moment they got in the ring, and Kenoh stuck his fist in Kiyomiya's face)
Fight went into the crowd with Kenoh kicking Kiyomiya (no children cried this time apparently!)
Junta Miyawaki was outside the ring and holding his shoulder, Kaito Kiyomiya knelt down by him and asked him if he was okay?
Kongoh have a tandem move, whereby Kitamiya (with the assist from Inamura) slam their opponent from the top turnbuckle, with Kenoh following up with the Diving Footstamp for the win.
WINNER: Kenoh with the diving footstamp on Junta Miyawaki (18 minutes and 11 seconds)
Afterwards, Kenoh started screaming that "Hey! Kiyomiya, Taniguchi, you can't think of anything for yourselves! We are not the parent company's dogs!"
Kenoh then went to point to LIDET'S banner, but there was not one hanging in the hall that day! Kenoh, however, claimed that they had REMOVED it because he was always pointing at it...
ATTENDANCE: 227 people (full)
WITH THANKS TO: Pinkie Pie, Maki, Abeshin, Iwasborn, Kochiro Takeda, Metapoko Press, Tobi
PICTURE CREDIT: Noah GHC, Boku Pro, Akitoshi Saito
(NOAH) EVENT RECAP ~ NOAH THE SPIRIT 2019 - RYUMIOKA KAIKAN, OKAZAKI CITY, SATURDAY MAY 11TH, 2019 (NIGHT ONE)
Noah started the first day of their short three event interim tour "NOAH The Spirit 2019", before Global Junior Tag League starts later in the month (the 28th).
As is sometimes the way when Noah hold shows in the provinces, its hard to get information, so I have been able to give some snippets on what happened in the match on some more than others, in others, I am afraid I have only been able to give results.
Noah are currently in the grip of the injury bug (which is worse so far than all of 2018 put together), YO-HEY is off with a pneumothorax, Naomichi Marufuji is absent due to a hernia in the lower lumbar spine (neither were at the event today), and Kinya Okada (with a sulky face which Takashi Sugiura photographed on the bus journey to the arena, and said he was tired of looking at), is still absent, and remains so for the foreseeable future.
On a happier note, Okada was seen at ringside instructing TWO new trainees, both with the traditional shaved head of rookies.
Kaito Kiyomiya was on autograph duty.
50 Funky Powers (Mohammed Yone & Quiet Storm) vs The Return of The Dark Agents (Akitoshi Saito & Masao Inoue).
WINNER: Mohammed Yone with the Funky Buster Bomb on Masao Inoue (11 minutes and 6 seconds)
Shuhei Taniguchi vs Yoshiki Inamura
Yoshiki Inamura tried his best (and he was seconded by Masa Kitamiya and Atsushi Kotoge), but naturally, when faced with a leviathan veteran like Taniguchi, it was not meant to be.
WINNER: Shuhei Taniguchi when Inamura tapped out to the Camel Clutch variant (9 minutes and 49 seconds)
Keisuke Ishii & Katsuhiko Nakajima vs Kouki Iwasaki & Mitsuya Nagai
I don't think Nagai and Iwasaki got on very well, although Nakajima was his usual smug smirking self and worked well with Ishii.
WINNER: Katsuhiko Nakajima with the Vertical Spike on Kouki Iwasaki (13 minutes and 11 seconds)
Stinger (Yoshinari Ogawa & Kotaro Suzuki) & Junta Miyawaki vs RATELS (Daisuke Harada, Tadasuke & HAYATA).
WINNER: HAYATA with a moonsault on Junta Miyawaki (12 minutes and 37 seconds)
Go Shiozaki & Hitoshi Kumano vs The Sugiura Army (Takashi Sugiura & Hajime Ohara).
Like Katsuhiko Nakajima, Go Shiozaki didn't wear his AXIZ ringwear (Nakajima came out in his sinister wolves clothing, and Shiozaki reverted to the black and purple trunks). Hajime Ohara, debuted new ring gear of similar style, but with black and white colors.
Even the ring announcer had a new haircut to continue the trend of new or different things.
Shiozaki and Sugiura beat the hell out of each other.
WINNER: Takashi Sugiura with the Olympic Slam on Hitoshi Kumano (17 minutes and 17 seconds)
Kaito Kiyomiya, Minoru Tanaka & Hi69 vs Kongoh (Kenoh, Masa Kitamiya & Atsushi Kotoge)
Atsushi Kotoge wore his cape (the big red one with the big red collar), and Kenoh (a little less taped today, but still a worry given Noah's injury bug doing the rounds) menaced Kiyomiya at the start of the match.
WINNER: Kaito Kiyomiya with the Tiger Driver on Atsushi Kotoge (21 minutes and 45 seconds)
Kongoh have lost their debut match (Takashi Sugiura blamed it on having a comedy wrestler. Nagai is furious that Kotoge has joined Kogoh, and Kenoh is yet to respond to Sugiura).
Afterwards, Kaito Kiyomiya addressed the crowd, he didn't say much except to say the last time he came here he was beaten up, commented upon the title defense at Korakuen Hall against Takashi Sugiura, and thanked everyone for coming today.
WITH THANKS TO: Seiyan, Noah GHC, Mask de Baum
PICTURE CREDITS: Noah GHC, PKDX
"The intensity of the hall is transmitted only by seeing the tweets from Noah at Korakuen.
I do not have any dissatisfaction with my current status as a professional wrestling fan, but I envy fans of suburban Tokyo at such time"
"Pro Wrestling Noah showed us the best pro Wrestling today"
This was the best attendance that Noah have had since July 2015 with an overcrowded attendance of 1,650 people. After the event Takashi Sugiura thanked everyone for coming and said that it was the true victory of a wrestler to have such a great atmosphere for a match, the crowd could be said to be like coiled springs who were on their feet since the first match, and is it is "Golden Week" in Japan, a lot of fans bought their families with them. According to Noah's official photographer, Miyaki Wakako, the line to the elevator was immense.
Seiya Morohashi wasn't on today's card, but nonetheless he came to the event to not only second Hi69 & Minoru Tanaka, but also to help put up and take down the ring.
Noah announced that Chris Ridgeway (a British wrestler, who clashed with Kenoh at Frontline Wrestling's inaugural show, and with Daisuke Harada at the IPW Junior Heavyweight tournament), will be participating in Global Junior Tag League in May. On the same night, 28th May at Korakuen Hall, Jinsei Shinzaki (Kenoh's trainer) will also be appearing in a special match.
Kenoh was on autograph duty.
Hajime Ohara vs Hitoshi Kumano
Good opening match between former tag partners
WINNER: Hajime Ohara with the Mui Bien (6 minutes and 25 seconds)
After the match Hitoshi Kumano wrote a tweet with a very sad ending. In it he said that even if he had to crawl, he would work his way back up through the Noah juniors.
He finished the post with, "Goodbye Backbreakers".
50 Funky Powers (Mohammed Yone & Quiet Storm), Mitsuya Nagai & Rocky Kawamura vs The Return of The Dark Agents (Akitoshi Saito & Masao Inoue), Minoru Tanaka & Hi69.
"Masao and Rocky...there is a sense of MMA (laugh)"
Mitsuya Nagai shed the cape today, for the flashing disco glasses (I think he got a slightly warmer reception from Fifty Funky Powers this time)
Rocky Inamura says he wants "MASAO...One more time"
WINNER: Masao Inoue with the schoolboy on Rocky Inamura (9 minutes and 17 minutes)
Yoshiki Inamura vs Yuji Hino
The crowd were very much behind Yoshiki Inamura today.
There was a handshake after the match while Inamura was still flat on the canvas, however, Yuji Hino had been his usual sarcastic self who at one point during the match had laid in the ring and done leg lifts while waiting for Inamura to get in it.
WINNER: Yuji Hino with the FUCKING BOMB (31 minutes and 21 seconds)
Naomichi Marufuji & Junta Miyawaki vs Hideki Suzuki & NOSAWA
At the start of the match when Hideki Suzki was standing in the corner, Miyawaki went right up to him and got in his face.
Suzuki just glared down at him (he's an old hand at dealing with upstart kids in Big Japan). Exciting and interesting match.
WINNER: Hideki Suzuki with the Double Arm Suplex on Junta Miyawaki (12 minutes and 53 seconds)
Hideki Suzuki knelt down by the fallen Miyawaki and got on the microphone saying that he wanted a match with Noah's strongest. He didn't even hand the microphone to Marufuji, just held it up to him\shoved it in his face, and Marufuji simply said, "yes".
However, Marufuji has later said that he would love to see Suzuki do another match, but with a different wrestler.
Atsushi Kotoge & Stinger (Yoshinari Ogawa & Kotaro Suzuki) vs RATELS (Daisuke Harada, Tadasuke & HAYATA)
"Today's NOAH was great fun, but I miss YO-HEY-kun"
I think with YO-HEY being injured, what was meant to have happened in this match (whatever that may have been) didn't, and may now wait until either his return or after Global Junior Tag League, in any case, Daisuke Harada said he would be teaming with Tadasuke, which leaves the whole YO-HEY and HAYATA question up in the air. So nothing happened between the two teams in this match.
Tadasuke was manic today, as was Atsushi Kotoge (who as per Korakuen Hall protocol, stood on the stairwell during his entry and raised the Revolutionary Fist).
HAYATA was made to do the "Revolutionary Fist" pose when Kotoge had him on the ropes (poor YO-HEY, he said it hurts to laugh, and no doubt he was when he saw the picture)
WINNER: Tadasuke with the Lariat on Yoshinari Ogawa (16 minutes and 12 seconds)
Kaito Kiyomiya & Maybach Taniguchi vs Kenoh & Masa Kitamiya.
"Today, I fell in love with Shuhei Taniguchi's coolness..."
Maybach Taniguchi promised fans a "reboot" at Fuji Messe on the 2nd May, and today he came out to a different theme, with a different look and using his old name, "Shuhei" Taniguchi. "Maybach" had been the name he had taken to using round about the time he joined KENTA'S "Brave" unit...
From the moment they were both in the ring, Kenoh and Kiyomiya made a beeline towards each other and butted heads. Kiyomiya, in an act which is unusual for him, attacked Kenoh before the bell went and even before the green and white streamers had been cleared away from the ring.
The fight also went outside, and into the crowd, with Kiyomiya getting hollow sounding kicks from Kenoh.
Taniguchi also debuted a new move today a kind of chicken wing camel clutch, which he got the win from Kitamiya with.
WINNER: Shuhei Taniguchi with the chicken wing camel clutch on Masa Kitamiya (18 minutes and 26 seconds)
"Kiyomiya! I am not your teacher! Company dog!" (Kenoh)
After the match, Kenoh got on the microphone and started ranting about being disinterested with the company (LIDET) and asked any wrestlers who felt the same to come out, Kitamiya came to join him as out came Yoshiki Inamura, and bizarrely, Atsushi Kotoge. Kenoh announced the name of a new unit "Kongoh" (it basically means "diamond", but one fan said that a better name might be "The Underdog Corps").
However, this has left a lot of fans wondering exactly what LIDET have done for Kenoh to feel dissatisfied with, and also what is going to happen with the "Revolutionary Cloak Heroes". It should be noted that Kotoge was also not wearing his cape...
In the case of Inamura, its more a case of he wants to continue teaming with Kitamiya.
After Kenoh had stormed off (after he and Kiyomiya had yelled at each other from the apron and floor), Kiyomiya saying at one point "Kenoh! WHO is the company dog!"
He then turned to Taniguchi and asked him what he thought, Taniguchi said, "lets do this together".
They then shook hands
Fans have said that Kiyomiya should not trust Taniguchi, as Taniguchi is notorious for betraying pretty much every partner he has ever had...but you could say the same for Kenoh.
GLOBAL TAG LEAGUE FINAL
AXIZ (Katsuhiko Nakajima & Go Shiozaki) vs The Sugiura Army (Takashi Sugiura & KAZMA SAKAMOTO)
"The wall of Sugiura is still high"
In about two or three minutes of the match, Go Shiozaki's gunshot chops (which the audience screamed each time they happened as the noise was so intense), busted open Sugiura's chest.
Despite being AXIZ being the fan favorites, Sugiura is beloved by the crowd, and AXIZ found themselves being booed at times, especially when he was caught in the middle of their kick\chop attack.
Korakuen was in a total frenzy during the match, and there were many tears for the victory after a brutally fought match.
WINNER: Takashi Sugiura with the ankle lock on Katsuhiko Nakajima (27 minutes and 39 seconds)
Sugiura also said that he was standing at the top again, and would be going to be going for both belts....
"I am a company dog. Without Noah, I cannot wrestle to my ideal. Everyone would not gather. If that is the case then this dog will do it for Noah's advantage". (Takashi Sugiura)
ATTENDANCE: 1,650 (Overcrowded)
WITH THANKS TO: Metal Noah, Abeshin, Pinkie Pie, Samsung Clutch, Muhammed Yone's Afro, Yuzukubocha, KO-HEY, Tajtaunwa, Rembrandt_kbs, Shinya
PICTURE CREDITS: Noah GHC, PKDX
(NOAH) EVENT RECAP ~ "NAVIGATION TO A NEW ERA" (THURSDAY, MAY 2ND 2019, FUJI MESSE, FUJI CITY, SHIZUOKA)
"The weather is good, and Mount Fuji is perfect"
Noah held their first show of the Reiwa era "Navigation To A New Era" in Fuji Messe, Fuji City, Shizuoka today. The event was not connected with Global Tag League.
The venue is beautiful, especially on days when there is a blue spring sky with the backdrop of Mount Fuji behind it. The famous mountain was particularly picturesque today with the clouds swirling round it and swathing it like cloth. Inside the venue seemed to be also the colors of the mountain with blues, green and white hues coming out in pictures.
However, travel to the show was difficult for both Noah and some fans as due to heavy traffic the show was delayed for ten minutes to allow the roster to get changed, and get taped. After the grueling schedule of Global Tag League (four days work with one day off between shows), everyone looked tired, and I can imagine the waiting room was full of roster members asleep before their turn.
The card has undergone another change due to YO-HEY being hospitalized after the final night of Noah's two events in Yokohama with an injury to one of his lungs. Marufuji had said he was looking forward to the match with Sugiura, but it couldn't be helped. The card today was unusual as it threw together wrestlers who wouldn't normally team, but out of disorder, came some interesting future angles.
Full and excited crowd, who remained enthusiastic right from very first match to the end.
50 Funky Powers (Mohammed Yone & Quiet Storm) vs Hi69 & Minoru Tanaka
WINNER: Mohammed Yone with the Funky Buster Bomb on Hi69 (11 minutes and 6 seconds)
Akitoshi Saito vs Maybach Taniguchi
The match began with what one fan called a "tense calm"
WINNER: Maybach Taniguchi with the Maybach Press (12 minutes and 6 seconds)
After the match, Taniguchi said he was going to "reset and reboot" himself.
Kenoh & Masao Inoue vs THE TOUGH (Masa Kitamiya & Yoshiki Inamura)
WINNER: Masa Kitamiya with the Prison Lock on Masao Inoue (14 minutes and 4 seconds)
After the match Kenoh (whose team had lost, and despite the conflict within the match with THE TOUGH), came over and stared at them both, he then backed off with both hands pointing.
Kenoh said that they had hungry eyes, Kiyomiya's eyes were that of the company, and such a person was not good. Kenoh was looking for someone who had the hunger in them...and he would give his answer in the future.
Takashi Sugiura vs Hajime Ohara
This match was thrown together due to the card change, but there was to be an interesting outcome. It is a very rare card, but one that people were looking forward to very much.
In a match that was described as "hard and intense", Sugiura also decided at one point he was going to imitate Harada's pose when he sits like a student in gym class.
After being pretty much destroyed by Noah's resident cyborg (who at one point seemed to be moving at the speed of light), Hajime Ohara (who had put Sugiura in the Mui Bien and despite everything that Sugiura dealt out to him, refused to give up) knelt before Sugiura after the match and asked that he be allowed to join "The Sugiura Army".
WINNER: Takashi Sugiura with the Olympic Slam (12 minutes and 49 seconds)
Stinger (Yoshinari Ogawa & Kotaro Suzuki) & Naomichi Marufuji vs RATELS (Daisuke Harada, Tadasuke & HAYATA).
Yoshinari Ogawa has been wrestling in three of Japan's eras, he spent his early career in All Japan during the Showa Era (he entered the dojo very young at only about 16 or 17 years old), Noah was born during the Heisei era in 2000, and now Japan is in the Reiwa era.
There was no jostling on the ringpost today to do Tadasuke's pose (or Harada turning his back on Marufuji as RATELS did their handshake), as Marufuji was in opposition to them. You could tell from the look on his face, however, that Harada is loving his feud with Marufuji.
Marufuji, true to his new persona of winding people up, climbed on the turnbuckle in Harada's corner and raised his fist in Tadasuke's pose. He and Harada started off the match, and then squared up at the end as a brawl broke out.
WINNER: Kotaro Suzuki with the Tiger Driver on Tadasuke (21 minutes and 5 seconds)
Kaito Kiyomiya, Atsushi Kotoge & Junta Miyawaki vs AXIZ (Katsuhiko Nakajima & Go Shiozaki) & Hitoshi Kumano.
Atsushi Kotoge was dressed in gold color today with fans calling him the "Gold Revolution".
Junta Miyawaki fought with such "fever" that a fan said that they believed that he could win at Korakuen on the 4th.
At the end of the match (which was described as "insane", Hitoshi Kumano squeezed in between AXIZ as they did their pose which was reminscent of TMDK (Go Shiozaki later called him "the bear in AXIZ" "KuMAXIZ")
WINNER: Katsuhiko Nakajima with the Vertical Spike on Junta Miyawaki (20 minutes and 41 seconds)
"The era has changed from Heisei to Reiwa. We should be able to rise higher than anyone can imagine. So, like Mount Fuji here, we want to be noble and strong. AXIZ are at the top and at the center"
Katsuhiko Nakajima addressing the crowd after the match
ATTENDANCE: 367 (Full)
WITH THANKS TO: Metal Noah, Go Shiozaki, Boku Pro, Forgive, KO-HEY, SHINYA
PICTURE CREDIT: Noah GHC, Boku Pro