Noah announced there would be a card change today, and so Yoshiki Inamura vs Quiet Storm didn't happen. Originally it was thought that Yoshiki Inamura may have suffered a concussion after the high kick from Katsuhiko Nakajima yesterday, but Noah had decided to scrap the singles match, and put them both in the main event making it an eight man. It is unusual (especially since Quiet Storm teamed with Yoshinari Ogawa which is unusual in itself), and admittedly fans were a little confused by it, as cards are changed like this at the last moment when there are injuries.
Not surprisingly after five days in a row, it was noticed that the roster looked tired.
I am afraid I only have sporadic information coming out of today's show, so I have only been able to give more information on some matches than others, on others, I have only been able to give results.
AXIZ were on merchandise duty today, and as you can imagine, there was a long line.
Global Junior Tag League
HAYATA & YO-HEY vs Junta Miyawaki & Seiya Morohashi
"We will fulfill the mission this time"
Fans have been determined to welcome YO-HEY back to the ring with the streamers that were originally planned for Korakuen Hall, but never have gotten the chance so far. They succeeded today.
WINNER: HAYATA with the moonsault on Seiya Morohashi (8 minutes, 43 seconds)
Global Junior Tag League
Hi69 & Minoru Tanaka vs The Sugiura Army (Hajime Ohara & NOSAWA Rongai)
WINNER: Minori Tanaka with the Hi-tech Ground Cobra Twist on NOSAWA Rongai (9 minutes, 51 seconds)
AXIZ (Katsuhiko Nakajima & Go Shiozaki) & Shiro Koshinaka vs Akitoshi Saito, Shuhei Taniguchi & Masao Inoue.
Go Shiozaki (who is still very bandaged) called his team today, "the chop, the kick, and the ass" ("the ass" being a reference to the hip attacks that Shiro Koshinaka does).
The two oldest vets (Akitoshi Saito & Shiro Koshinaka) faced off first
Masao Inoue tried to plead with AXIZ not to hurt him.
It didn't work.
Nakajima looked as if he was hunting him down, and the poor old vet with gout got caught in the middle of their kick\chop.
WINNER: Shiro Koshinaka with a Powerbomb on Masao Inoue (10 minutes and 2 seconds)
Kaito Kiyomiya & Mohammed Yone vs The Sugiura Army (Takashi Sugiura & KAZMA SAKAMOTO)
Vicious match up between Kaito Kiyomiya and Takashi Sugiura, with the fight continuing outside the ring after the match. Sugiura later commented that he felt the champion put up a fight today.
WINNER: KAZMA SAKAMOTO with the running knee on Mohammed Yone (16 minutes, 22 seconds)
Global Junior Tag League
RATELS (Daisuke Harada & Tadasuke) vs Hitoshi Kumano & Chris Ridgeway
WINNER: Daisuke Harada with the backslide pin on Hitoshi Kumano (12 minutes, 59 seconds)
Naomichi Marufuji, Quiet Storm & Stinger (Yoshinari Ogawa & Kotaro Suzuki) vs Kongoh (Kenoh, Masa Kitamiya, Yoshiki Inamura & Atsushi Kotoge.)
Intense battle (as expected) between Marufuji and Kenoh. After the match, Marufuji posted on Twitter saying he was looking forward to the match at Misawa's memorial, and calling Kitamiya, Inamura and Kotoge, "Kenoh's three dogs", who he would also deal with.
WINNER: Kenoh with the diving footstamp on Quiet Storm (16 minutes, 10 seconds)
ATTENDANCE: 355 (full)
WITH THANKS TO: Susu, Noah GHC, Kai, Chaos
PICTURE CREDIT: Noah GHC
Fans called today "RATELS day" as not only was there this annual RATELS Osaka showdown, HAYATA & YO-HEY were on autograph duty (I think they did it together, rather than come out at separate times), and Daisuke Harada and Tadasuke did the Noah's Ark exclusive fan club pictures.
Because the arena is small (from the outside it looks like a small cinema or a town house), the fans found the seats were very close to the ring, and there wasn't room for the barriers to be set up.
I am afraid that I wasn't able to get too much out today's show in terms of information, in some places I have only been able to give the match results, but the event itself has been described as "insanely fun".
Global Junior Tag League 2019
Stinger (Yoshinari Ogawa & Kotaro Suzuki) vs Junta Miyawaki & Seiya Morohashi.
Yoshinari Ogawa (naturally) tortured poor Junta Miyawaki, but it was Kotaro who got the win. The 21 year old rookie was no match for two Misawa era veterans, and they left without even raising their arms for the win.
WINNER: Kotaro Suzuki with the Blue Destiny on Junta Miyawaki (15 minutes and 33 seconds)
Naomichi Marufuji vs Masao Inoue
"World Pavilion is overflowing with Masao World".
Typical MASAO WORLD match, with the jumping spot which Inoue can never ever get right, and he asks his opponents to do it again, but not coming at him so high.
He never gets it right. Sugiura gives him a weary look, and then whoever his opponent is, attacks him out of frustration.
At one point in the match, Inoue screamed at Marufuji, "Stop, because it hurts!"
WINNER: Naomichi Marufuji with The Perfect Key Lock (12 minutes and 57 seconds)
When Inoue left the ring, Marufuji shook hands with him, and then sat on the ropes out of respect to let the bumbling old vet with gout out, and then immediately attacked him while he was still stepping over.
Global Junior Tag League
Minoru Tanaka & Hi69 vs Hitoshi Kumano & Chris Ridgeway
WINNER: Chris Ridgeway with the ankle lock submission on Hi69 (10 minutes and 21 seconds)
Kaito Kiyomiya, Shuhei Taniguchi & Akitoshi Saito vs The Sugiura Army (Takashi Sugiura, Hajime Ohara & NOSAWA Rongai)
"A great prelude to Sugiura vs Kiyomiya"
Kiyomiya got into the ring and squared up to Sugiura. Sugiura looked like he was going to eat him alive. At the end of the match there was a vicious fight outside of it between them (which was broken up by referees, rookies, Shuhei Taniguchi and Akitoshi Saito), apparently Sugiura was shouting something (but I have no idea what). Despite this, Sugiura said that he "did not feel the passion of the champion today".
Title match is next week.
WINNER: Shuhei Taniguchi with the modified camel clutch on NOSAWA Rongai (15 minutes and 20 seconds)
Axiz (Katsuhiko Nakajima & Go Shiozaki) & 50 Funky Powers (Mohammed Yone & Quiet Storm) vs Kongoh (Kenoh, Masa Kitamiya, Atsushi Kotoge & Yoshiki Inamura)
Not too much information on the match I am afraid, but it was described as a "non stop battle". The high kick which got the finish was said to be brutal. It has also been said that Kongoh all wearing red looks good, as there are not many teams in Noah which have a unified team color.
WINNER: Katsuhiki Nakajima with the high kick on Yoshiki Inamura (14 minutes and 50 seconds)
Global Junior Tag League
RATELS vs RATELS (Daisuke Harada & Tadasuke vs HAYATA & YO-HEY).
Due to Stinger attacking HAYATA & YO-HEY at Korakuen Hall, fans have bought the streamers they have made to welcome YO-HEY back at Korakuen, to Osaka today BUT I don't think they got to use them as HAYATA & YO-HEY attacked Daisuke Harada & Tadasuke as soon as they did Tadasuke's entry and pulled them off the turnbuckles. Fight also went to the outside.
WINNER: Tadasuke with the 2PAC on HAYATA (17 minutes, 18 seconds)
It was pretty much the same as last year when Tadasuke and Harada defeated YO-HEY & HAYATA in the last "RATELS Showdown".
ATTENDANCE: 241 (Very full)
WITH THANKS TO: Beastfacekillah, RealNGreen, Aya, T.Ogawa, Nyaro, Yonechi
PICTURE CREDIT: Noah GHC
(NOAH) EVENT RECAP ~ Global Junior Tag League 2019 (31st May, Yonago Convention Center BIG Ship, Tottori)
Takashi Sugiura turned 49 today. Touchingly he posted that "I will live for Noah", and a new banner was unveiled at the venue.
After that he spent the day stalking Masao Inoue, and photographing him at the urinal (there is unfortunately a gallery of these). In the evening, he was given a birthday party and was photographed smiling holding a birthday cake, and Naomichi Marufuji afterwards went back to his hotel room to eat some kind of fluffy confectionery, drink coffee and do a live Instagram video at 12.30am.
I am afraid I don't have too much information coming out of today's event, so I will post the results and anything of relevance that happened during the show in bullet points below.
GLOBAL JUNIOR TAG LEAGUE: Hitoshi Kumano & Chris Ridgeway vs Seiya Morohashi & Junta Miyawaki (WINNER: Chris Ridgeway with the ankle hold on Junta Miyawaki, 12 minutes and 14 seconds)
~ Instead of wearing each others shirts, both Ridgeway and Kumano came out wearing Noah t-shirts.
Takashi Sugiura vs Yoshiki Inamura (WINNER: Takashi Sugiura with the Olympic Slam, 11 minutes and 24 seconds)
~ Lots of streamers for the birthday boy, who also came out during the interval to sign autographs (and probably receive gifts from fans). Fans prepared special paper tape for him which read "Happy Birthday Takashi Sugiura" on the package.
GLOBAL JUNIOR TAG LEAGUE: Stinger (Yoshinari Ogawa & Kotaro Suzuki) vs The Sugiura Army (Hajime Ohara & NOSAWA Rongai) (WINNER: Yoshinari Ogawa with the figure 4 leg lock, 11 minutes and 20 seconds)
~ Yoshinari Ogawa kept the leg lock on NOSAWA even after he had tapped out. NOSAWA said he had a "freakish desire" for a singles match with Ogawa, but admitted that it would probably have to wait until after the league had wrapped up.
Naomichi Marufuji & Masao Inoue vs YO-HEY & HAYATA (WINNER: YO-HEY with the sneak pin on Masao Inoue, 15 minutes and 3 seconds)
~ Masao Inoue suffers gout in his feet, and had an attack of it this morning.
AXIZ (Go Shiozaji & Katsuhiko Nakajima) vs 50 Funky Powers (Mohammed Yone & Quiet Storm) (WINNER: Go Shiozaki with the short range lariat on Quiet Storm, 13 minutes and 3 seconds)
~ 50 Funky Powers called this a revenge match as they had lost the title belts earlier in the year to AXIZ.
~ Go Shiozaki's shoulder and arm is still heavily taped
~ AXIZ kind of mocked 50 Funky Powers pose, but it is hard to describe what they did; basically Shiozaki stood on the ropes and held the belt up like Yone's disco pose, with Nakajima sitting on the ring apron in front of him, arms outspread like Quiet Storms.
GLOBAL JUNIOR TAG LEAGUE: Minoru Tanaka & Hi69 vs RATELS (Daisuke Harada & Tadasuke) (WINNER: Hi69 with the Stuka Splash on Tadasuke, 17 minutes and 18 seconds)
~ Fans are now calling the team of Hi69 & Minoru Tanaka, "Ultra Soul" (after the entrance music used)
~ Despite the loss, Tadasuke is calling it the "spirit of adversity"
Kaito Kiyomiya, Maybach Taniguchi & Akitoshi Saito vs Kongoh (Kenoh, Masa Kitamiya & Atsushi Kotoge) (WINNER: Kaito Kiyomiya with the Tiger Driver on Atsushi Kotoge, 18 minutes and 56 seconds)
~ Shuhei Taniguchi had to hold Kiyomiya back from Kenoh's provocation (this is rare for Kiyomiya to act in this way. Normally its Kenoh screaming at him, and him looking slightly cross). When he was announced, Kiyomiya once again went right up to Kenoh.
~ While the others in Kongoh wore red, Masa Kitamiya went back to black today.
~ Kiyomiya did the usual circling the ring after the match and shaking hands with the fans.
Attendance: 440 people
With thanks to: Satomi, Shahzi
Picture credit: Noah GHC, PKDX
(NOAH) EVENT RECAP ~ GLOBAL JUNIOR TAG LEAGUE, NIGHT TWO (30TH MAY, HIROSHIMA INDUSTRY HALL WEST EXHIBITION HALL)
"Today was the best fun"
Noah returned to Hiroshima today for the second night of Global Junior Tag League 2019.
The scoreboard and winners trophies were placed in the lobby as per usual, but backstage the roster were treated to a Hiroshima specialty (as both Hitoshi Kumano and HAYATA are natives to the city, but these were left on behalf of Kumano) to pancakes called "Okonomiyaki".
Noah's Ark fanclub members were treated to special photo sessions with Katsuhiko Nakajima (who did a short session after the event) and\or Hitoshi Kumano and Chris Ridgeway, while Kaito Kiyomiya was on autograph duty.
I am afraid I don't have too much information coming out of the show today, so some parts will be more detailed than others.
Global Junior Tag League 2019
HAYATA & YO-HEY vs The Sugiura Army (Hajime Ohara & NOSAWA Rongai)
Hajime Ohara kept yelling "lung" as he attacked YO-HEY (who was said to be energetic today, but I think that the lung injury is taking more out of YO-HEY than is being admitted), and reversed the Super Facial G into a submission move. Afterwards, as both the referee and HAYATA bent over YO-HEY, touchingly HAYATA was seen to have his hand on YO-HEY'S left lung.
WINNER: Hajime Ohara with a neck lock on YO-HEY (10 minutes and 52 seconds)
Takashi Sugiura vs Yoshiki Inamura.
Inamura was seconded by both Atsushi Kotoge and Masa Kitamiya.
Takashi Sugiura also has no idea why it is that Inamura has shaved his eyebrows, with him wondering if it was Edo period style (when it was fashionable), but I guess there was little time for questions today as Inamura managed to last fifteen minutes with Sugiura, and refused to back down, struggling to his feet when knocked down by his hero.
WINNER: Takashi Sugiura with The Olympic Slam (15 minutes and 21 seconds)
Global Junior Tag League 2019
RATELS (Daisuke Harada & Tadasuke) vs Junta Miyawaki & Seiya Morohashi
WINNER: Tadasuke with the lariat on Junta Miyawaki (14 minutes and 10 seconds)
Global Junior Tag League 2019
Stinger (Yoshinari Ogawa & Kotaro Suzuki) vs Hitoshi Kumano & Chris Ridgeway
WINNER: Kotaro Suzuki with the Tiger Driver on Hitoshi Kumano (16 minutes and 47 seconds)
AXIZ (Katsuhiko Nakajima & Go Shiozaki) & 50 Funky Powers (Mohammed Yone & Quiet Storm) vs Naomichi Marufuji, Shuhei Taniguchi & The Return of The Dark Agents (Akitoshi Saito & Masao Inoue)
While Nakajima was kicking Inoue around in the ring, a fight was going on outside of it between Shuhei Taniguchi and Go Shiozaki, Naomichi Marufuji decided to get involved (by most likely provoking the others, especially as he didn't take Hideki Suzuki's remark about Shiozaki being "Noah's strength" well), and it became a three man brawl. Taniguchi later posted on Twitter that the 9th June for Marufuji (vs Shiozaki) was just a warm up, he was ready and waiting for the 13th.
WINNER: Katsuhiko Nakajima with the Vertical Spike on Masao Inoue (22 minutes and 30 seconds)
Kaito Kiyomiya, Hi69 & Minoru Tanaka vs Kongoh (Kenoh, Masa Kitamiya & Atsushi Kotoge).
Despite the fact that Kenoh has not challenged him for the GHC Heavyweight title, Kiyomiya crossed the ring upon his name being called on entry, and held the belt up to him.
WINNER: Kenoh with the diving footstamp on Hi69 (15 minutes and 59 seconds)
After shrieking at Kiyomiya and then LIDET (in a promo that some fans couldn't hear because either the microphone was faulty or because Kenoh wasn't speaking clearly), Kenoh and the others in Kongoh also made their way to the back, where they did their pose before going backstage.
Hiroshima (especially this time of year late May, approaching early June) is never easy for Noah given what happened in the city (but not at this venue) in June 2009 when Mitsuharu Misawa died, and for the three principle people involved in that terrible evening (Akitoshi Saito, Go Shiozaki and Senior Referee Shu Nishinaga), its very hard. Yoshinari Ogawa refused to answer a question about Misawa in the post match interview (he refuses to speak about him), and on leaving after the ring crew had packed everything up into the van, Senior Referee Shu Nishinaga put his hands together in prayer and paused for a moment.
The Hiroshima Prefectural Sports Center, where the tragedy happened, will hold a flower altar for Misawa from June 13th to what would have been his 57th birthday on June 18th.
ATTENDANCE: 388 (full)
WITH THANKS TO: EZOMANIA, Nanarin, DAI, ROOSTARZ, Satomi
PICTURE CREDIT: Noah GHC, PKDX, Boku Pro
Noah held the opening night of Global Junior Tag League on a rainy weekday night in Tokyo. It wasn't a sold out house (but I think Noah were expecting this, given how all the roster asked people to come out to the show if they could, while appreciating it was a work night), but given the fact that it is early in the week, it was a good attendance.
As per tradition, the winners trophies were on display in the lobby.
Chris Ridgeway made his long awaited debut in Noah this evening, as did a new referee called Ben. I am unsure of any other details about him, other than he is American and wore the traditional striped referee jersey. He also refereed some of the earlier cards on the match.
Fans called the time before the event started the "RATELS Evening" as Daisuke Harada manned the autograph booth, and YO-HEY & HAYATA the exclusive fan club pictures.
THE OPENING CEREMONY
The arena was bathed in a green light as the Noah theme played, and the monitor showed the teams for Global Junior Tag League 2019.
Hitoshi Kumano and Chris Ridgeway came out wearing each others t-shirt, and in a nice touch, Kumano held the ropes open for Ridgeway.
Tadasuke and Harada got in the ring (Harada almost trod on senior referee, Shu Nishinaga, who was motioning for Tadasuke to move).
RATELS (YO-HEY & HAYATA with their trophies) stood together. Lots of cheers for YO-HEY (who is still looking thin, but has a bit more color in his cheeks).
Yoshinari Ogawa & Kotaro Suzuki refused to attend (typical tactics from them).
50 Funky Powers (Mohammed Yone & Quiet Storm) & Mitsuya Nagai vs The Return of The Dark Agents (Akitoshi Saito & Masao Inoue) & Shuhei Taniguchi.
Nagai (although it looked like he would) did not pose with 50 Funky Powers, BUT they did let him join in when they did their good luck routine at the beginning of the match, and Nagai has never looked so happy.
Mohammed Yone's "Disco Fever" rope break was not appreciated by Maybach Taniguchi.
Mitsuya Nagai told some women in the crowd to "shut up you noisy old bag", Quiet Storm managed to redirect him back to beating up (and biting) Masao Inoue.
Yone lost a wristband after stiff elbows with Akitoshi Saito (the crowd made an ooohing noise as Yone appeared to have really caught him at one point)
Taniguchi debuted a new submission move.
WINNER: Shuhei Taniguchi with a modified camel clutch on Quiet Storm (8 minutes and 5 seconds)
Taniguchi is being stalked by Naomichi Marufuji and Takashi Sugiura. Sugiura who repeatedly posted close ups of Taniguchi's face while out jogging, and later asked him why he was wearing a hat when he was being taped up?
Today after the event, Taniguchi thanked everyone for coming to Korakuen Hall. Marufuji told him that now he could speak, he could say more than that.
Yoshiki Inamura vs Tadasuke
Yoshiki Inamura debuted new ring attire - a new red (its kind of more fuchia really) singlet (which had "Kongoh" written on the back), a Sugiura-esque type Mohican, and most alarmingly he appeared to have shaved his eyebrows. I'm not sure whether this was deliberate, or because he lost a bet or because he was pranked.
Then Tadasuke appeared with his new peroxided hair, fortunately, he didn't offer his hand to Inamura. Who if he did, really shouldn't have shaken it.
Good match between a heavyweight, and a junior who is very much like a heavyweight, especially in that league. The crowd very much behind Inamura, who it is very hard at times to believe is only nine months into his career.
WINNER: Tadasuke with the 2 Pac (7 minutes and 55 seconds)
At the end of the match, Tadasuke pointed at Inamura's (lack of eyebrows).
Global Junior Tag League
The Sugiura Army (Hajime Ohara & NOSAWA Rongai) vs Hitoshi Kumano & Chris Ridgeway.
Hitoshi Kumano and Chris Ridgeway (Kumano again holding the ropes open) entered to Ridgeway's "Paint It Black" (which I am sure the Rolling Stones fan, Junta Miyawaki appreciated). This is Chris Ridgeway's debut in Noah.
I'm not sure what NOSAWA did when his name was called....
These two teams are new tags, and so no one was sure quite what to expect.
Crowd chanting for Ohara first of all when he and Ridgeway locked up, this soon changed when the crowd saw that Ridgeway could torture Ohara just as well as he could. The old Backbreakers later locked up, with Kumano hitting Ohara with a huge resounding lariat.
Nosawa taunted Ridgeway, and when he and Ohara double teamed Kumano on the ringpost, the commentators said they were a "typical combination". He later also pulled the bottom rope away from Kumano when Ohara had him in a hold.
Crowd got right behind Ridgeway when he entered the ring for the second time, especially when they saw how hard he could kick...they were on fire when he reversed the Muy Bien.
WINNER: Chris Ridgeway with the ankle lock on Hajime Ohara (9 minutes and 33 seconds)
Global Junior Tag League
Minoru Tanaka & Hi69 vs Junta Miyawaki & Seiya Morohashi.
Fight got going straight away, and Junta Miyawaki had a baptism of fire - he got two firsts, put through a table by Hi69 doing the Stuka Splash to outside the ring, and he got his first, long awaited and long anticipated win (the commentators commented on the fact that he was only 21, and had debuted a little over a year ago).
Throughout the whole match, Miyawaki (Morohashi pretty much stayed out of the way and left him to it), gave it his all - even when he was hit with a stiff fist (which the audio picked up) by Minoru Tanaka. Noah really teased his win, with Hi69 getting two close pins, and Miyawaki kicking out at the last moment, and Morohashi saving the pin at the last moment.
Korakuen was rising to fever pitch, especially when Morohashi lariated Hi69 and Miyawaki got the pin.
WINNER: Junta Miyawaki with the Jackknife pin (12 minutes and 21 seconds)
Korakuen went mad for Junta Miyawaki getting his first win, people even got up out of their seats and applauded.
Miyawaki himself had a Kiyomiya spaz out, throwing himself around the ring, grabbing the shirt of Senior Referee Nishinaga to make sure it was the three and then hugging Morohashi.
Tanaka and Hi69, however, weren't so impressed. Tanaka grabbed his belt and stalked off.
Kenta Kobashi came out (crowd chanted "Kobashi! Kobashi!") in the interval to do a short interview about the GHC Heavyweight and other things, while backstage interviews took place. Kobashi also announced he would be the special commentator for the maon event that evening.
Kaito Kiyomiya appeared with startling blonde hair, which looks a lot like Kenoh's and kind of clashed with his green t-shirt making him look slightly washed out. His trash talking was also typically polite.
Global Junior Tag League
Stinger (Yoshinari Ogawa & Kotaro Suzuki) vs RATELS (HAYATA & YO-HEY).
The long awaited tag of YO-HEY & HAYATA (who seemed to have removed the eyeliner he was wearing at the team presentation earlier) saved the crowd further emotion by coming out to HAYATA'S Judas Priest "Painkiller" theme, and not "Africa", which was for the best as they were ambushed by "Stinger" (I don't think the crowd could have taken "Africa" being ruined). Stinger isolated YO-HEY from HAYATA for the best part of ten minutes, you can guess where they attacked on him. Ogawa did not need his inbuilt sonar which detects weak spots for this. HAYATA watched anxiously, but didn't get involved unless he needed to. Ref spent a few periodic moments asking how YO-HEY was, but he managed to do one of his famous dropkicks, and then tagged "Wife" in.
YO-HEY'S scar was visible from where the tube into his lung had been put in. There was some concern about YO-HEY and how he would cope (or how his lung would cope) on his return, but he seemed fine, although HAYATA had to help him out of the ring afterwards, and he leant on him during the post match promo. YO-HEY did an insane somersault from the top turnbuckle to Kotaro Suzuki, who was in the crowd, this was after a Gamen G off the apron and into the barriers.
The match ended with both teams outside the ring, each getting pulled out and each stopping the other from getting in.
YO-HEY scrambled in, but it was too late. Afterwards HAYATA helped YO-HEY out of the ring.
WINNER: None. Match went to a double count out (19 minutes and 51 seconds)
Naomichi Marufuji, Jinsei Shinzaki & Daisuke Harada vs Kongoh (Kenoh, Masa Kitamiya & Atsushi Kotoge)
This is Jinsei Shinzaki's Noah debut. While this may be the first time for him in a Noah ring, he was good friends with Misawa in the All Japan era, and attended his funeral.
For those who don't know, he is Kenoh's teacher. Kenoh went somewhat Star Wars when he said that he was looking forward to showing Shinzaki how strong he was now (which reminded me of "when we last met, I was but the student, now I am the master"), and he called it nostalgic as he remembered how it had been when he was Shinzaki's second - the entry, the music, everything (I wonder if he chanted sutra for him).
Shinzaki's entry was spectacular, and while I don't know him from Michinoku Pro, I do remember him from FMW, so I can understand Kenoh's nostalgia (you could also tell from the softening of his features that he was deep in thought remembering it). However, he did not have the Lotus Sutra on him (FYI, the monks put these on themselves as it rendered them invisible to evil. The best example of this is the "Tale of Hoichi The Earless").
Masa Kitamiya appeared in new ring wear (red and white, and still modeled on Masa Saito's), while Kotoge (also in red, which suited him), looked like a suave vampire somehow in his high necked cape which was half off of the shoulder. Kotoge was a lot calmer today, and not in one of his hyper manic moods.
Naomichi Marufuji (another cause of worry as fans were concerned that he returned to early) returned from injury to a rapturous welcome. He and Daisuke Harada entered together...and immediately started behaving childishly. Harada didn't let him in the ring as he went to jump the ropes like Marufuji, Marufuji told him to move, Harada (equally stubborn) wouldn't. Harada also refused to shake hands.
As soon as Marufuji got in the ring, Kenoh squared up to him...so Marufuji ran to Shinzaki and hid behind him as Kenoh came over and peeked round him.
Shinzaki is apparently the only one in this match (bar Kitamiya) who is capable of acting like an adult.
Marufuji wound Kenoh up by grabbing his leg when he went to kick him, and putting it gently on the floor.
Kenoh was not impressed.
He later tagged Harada by by a Misawa type tag (Misawa was infamous for tagging his partner in when he felt he had had enough).
Harada was not impressed.
Marufuji also decided to attack Inamura (who was seconding Kongoh) when the fight went outside the ring.
Daisuke Harada was as brilliant as ever, especially with his interactions with Marufuji and Kotoge (Kotoge was his tag partner during their junior days). This was a tough match for him in a way, being the only junior among a match predominantly with heavyweights, and he did get the brunt of it at times (that is when Kenoh wasn't fighting\being wound up by Marufuji).
Then aside from Marufuji vs Kenoh, came the moment that the fans had been waiting for, Kenoh vs Jinsei Shinzaki.
Jinsei Shinzaki is a man of fifty-two years old, but yet he moves like a man of twenty-five years old and went toe to toe with the younger heavyweights, even doing his famous ropewalk on Masa Kitamiya (the commentators said "look at Kenoh" when the camera showed him watching).
Kenoh's attitude to Shinzaki was entirely different to what he usually shows to seniors. He looked focused when he saw him, and didn't have the usual scowl on his face. He didn't hesitate to kick him though, and Shinzaki belted him in the face a few times during their kick\slap war exchange.
All childishness was put aside, however, when Harada and Marufuji (along with Shinzaki) worked together for the win.
Then everyone went back to fighting, Harada threw Kotoge out of the ring (this is Kotoge's second loss for Kongoh), Marufuji squared up to Kitamiya (who swore at him when Marufuji sarcastically tried to shake hands), and while outside the ring Shinzaki spoke to a very reverent looking Kenoh (who looked kind of like Kiyomiya does when faced with seniors).
Kenoh whispered something about Michinoku Pro, and then screamed afterwards about LIDET Entertainment, Marufuji, and how Kongoh would change the face of Noah.
Threw the microphone down and stormed off.
Marufuji picked it up, tapped it to see if it worked (it didn't and the audience screamed with laughter...twice). Harada, however managed to make it work, but it wouldn't for Marufuji!
Afterwards, Marufuji went to shake hands with Harada, practically chased him round the ring, and then Harada threw him out. It seemed however, that they patched up their quarrel as Marufuji could be seen playfully chasing after him to catch up when they were going down the stairs, to smack him on the head.
They also seemed to have patched things up during the after match interview.
WINNER: Daisuke Harada with the Katayama German Suplex on Atsushi Kotoge (24 minutes and 5 seconds)
The Sugiura Army (Takashi Sugiura, NOSAWA & Hideki Suzuki) vs AXIZ (Go Shiozaki & Katsuhiko Nakajima) & Kaito Kiyomiya.
For Takashi Sugiura this was a three man pre-match, facing AXIZ (who he and KAZMA will face for the GHC Heavyweight titles) and Kaito Kiyomiya (who he will face for the GHC Heavyweight title).
At one point, the fight went into the crowd with Nakajima kicking Sugi on the wooden benches and smirking. Nakajima pretty much had a smirk all the time, ducking Sugiura's punches and kicking him - that was until Sugiura caught him with a knee, and battered him with elbows.
Kaito Kiyomiya had his own entrance, while Nakajima stood and smirked at Sugiura. Kiyomiya got in the ring and squared up to Sugiura (who just stood and stared, not moving. This is a bad sign as it means he's going to fuck you up, even more than usual that is.)
Shiozaki's arms looked stuff with wrappings under his athletic supports, and his shoulder was again taped.
Hideki Suzuki (who has been after Kiyomiya since being in Noah in early 2018), finally got his wish to face Kaito Kiyomiya in the ring, but his priorities would shift by the end of the match towards Shiozaki, especially when they had the chop match (much to Kenta Kobashi's delight), and he is probably one of the few who can stand up to Shiozaki's lariat and is able to manhandle him.
When Suzuki did face Kiyomiya, he drew on his Big Japan experience of dealing with upstart kids, close to Kiyomiya's age.
WINNER: Kaito Kiyomiya with the Tiger Suplex on KAZMA SAKAMOTO (21 minutes and 36 seconds)
After the match, Suzuki and Shiozaki kept fighting. Suzuki grabbed a chair, but Shiozaki snatched it, opened it and sat on it and Suzuki belted him in the face.
Afterwards, the three champions stood in the ring. Sugiura stalked to the back ignoring Kiyomiya who was on the microphone, as Suzuki got on the microphone and challenged Shiozaki. Shiozaki basically told him "any time, anywhere".
Kiyomiya got back on the microphone, and it sounded like he called Sugi "old man" at one point. He also spoke of how he would defend the belt.
The champions then posed in and outside the ring, with Kiyomiya afterwards meeting the fans and going round at ringside. Nakajima stood posing, and Shiozaki walked around with the belt. He also bowed to Kobashi, who beamed and looked proud (Shiozaki is the only son left at home currently).
The commentators rounded off the program by discussing the Mitsuharu Misawa memorial shows and the titles being defended at them (and the camera showing the hall emptying showed how dented the railings were!).
PICTURE CREDIT: Noah GHC, PKDX, Naomichi Marufuji
GIF CREDIT: Noah GHC
WITH THANKS TO: Metal Noah, Abeshin, Akari Purej, Shinya, Pinkie Pie, Dai, Kubo
(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