Watch "James Storm Calls Out Billy Corgan & Nick Aldis | NWA 2019"...
Published By The National Wrestling Alliance Sep 25, 2019
NWA: The Current NWA National Champion "The Outlaw" James Storm has not been shy about his feelings about the National Wrestling Alliance,
Billy Corgan or the man holding the Ten Pounds of Gold Nick Aldis. In the most recent #TenPoundsOfGold, Billy Corgan addressed the personal issues between himself and James Storm.
The boiling issues have run deep with the president of the NWA and the man holding The NWA National Championship.
James Storm talked about Allysin Kay, Eli Drake and Ricky Starks getting the attention in the National Wrestling Alliance but not him. What will happen in Atlanta on 9/30 & 10/1?
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(NOAH) EVENT RECAP ~ "NOAH THE SPIRIT 2019" NIGHT 2 ( IMESSE YAMANASHI, YAMANASHI, SEPTEMBER 23RD 2019)
Shuhei Taniguchi (who has spent most of the week being trolled by Takashi Sugiura) said he was able to arrive at the venue without being harassed! Speaking of Noah's venue today, it was a little unusual in that it was an entirely open space hall, with the buses and trucks parked just beyond the final row of chairs. I think some fans were surprised by it too.
Kaito Kiyomiya took part in the Noah's Ark fan club pictures today, and said somewhat sadly, that with the time that remains to him to hold the old Noah belt, he wants to show it to as many people as possible.
Today is a public holiday in Japan (Autumnal Equinox Day), and Noah managed an attendance of 240 people.
I am afraid it is one of those times when I don't have too much information on today's show, and in some places haven't been able to offer much except results in some places, and perhaps a line in others.
Many agree, Noah need a streaming service.
Daisuke Harada, Tadasuke & YO-HEY vs Hi69, Junta Miyawaki & Seiya Morohashi
Junta has started using the Monkey Flip, and propelled Tadasuke into the air.
WINNER: Tadasuke with the lariat on Junta Miyawaki (9 minutes, 35 seconds)
The Sugiura Army (Takashi Sugiura & Kinya Okada) vs The Return of The Dark Agents (Akitoshi Saito & Masao Inoue)
"Video! Video! I want to watch the video!"
Masao Inoue is from the prefecture (if not the town), Referee Shu Nishinaga described him as "local hero".
Sugiura vs Inoue started the match off. Sugiura vs Inoue is always funny.
WINNER: Masao Inoue with the lariat on Kinya Okada (11 minutes, 17 seconds)
Atsushi Kotoge vs Sonico
"About to go one on one with the IPW Jr. Heavyweight champion, I’m sure a win over him would put me as a top contender!"
Atsushi Kotoge started the match asking for a handshake.
WINNER: Atsushi Kotoge with the Killswitch (11 minutes, 48 seconds)
GHC JUNIOR HEAVYWEIGHT TAG TITLE MATCH
STINGER (Yoshinari Ogawa & Kotaro Suzuki) vs The Sugiura Army (Hajime Ohara & NOSAWA Rongai)
WINNER: Yoshinari Ogawa via the submission Ultra High School La Mahistral (14 minutes, 13 seconds)
Afterwards, Daisuke Harada and Tadasuke came to the ring after the match to square up with STINGER, they will face them for the titles on 3rd October 2019.
Naomichi Marufuji, Shuhei Taniguchi & Minoru Tanaka vs 50 Funky Powers (Mohammed Yone and Quiet Storm) and Hitoshi Kumano.
WINNER: Shuhei Taniguchi with the diving body press on Hitoshi Kumano (13 minutes, 28 seconds)
Kaito Kiyomiya & AXIZ (Katsuhiko Nakajima & Go Shiozaki) vs Kongoh (Kenoh, Masa Kitamiya & Yoshiki Inamura)
WINNER: Kaito Kiyomiya with the Stretch Plum Face Lock on Yoshiki Inamura (15 minutes, 31 seconds)
WITH THANKS TO: KenKen, NoZomi, Sachan, Momo
PICTURE CREDIT: Noah GHC
NOAH'S NEXT SHOW: Thursday October 3rd, Korakuen Hall
Noah held their first show after the drama and excitement of the finals of N-1 VICTORY at Korakuen Hall, at a small venue in Saitama. The 50 Funky Powers disco ball was spinning as the fans came into the hall.
Naomichi Marufuji groaned there was bad traffic on the way to the venue, with Masao Inoue apparently worried about getting lost (which is a good thing he got there on time as he and Saito had to do pictures for the fan club, during which a fan asked if they could do The Dark Agents Pose. Saito said there wasn't one, and suggested that they point at Inoue).
HAYATA is absent today (and will be absent again on Monday 23rd) as he is suffering influenza. YO-HEY was asked how Wife was by fans. Daisuke Harada had done another Boot Camp session prior to the event starting.
The new IPW Junior Heavyweight champion, Atsushi Kotoge was at the autograph stand.
50 Funky Powers (Mohammed Yone & Quiet Storm) vs Seiya Morohashi & Keisuke Ishii
The lights dimmed, "Boogie Wonderland" played, and Yone came out in his flashing glasses.
Ishii tried to chop Yone. It didn't work.
WINNER: Quiet Storm with the 50cm Lariat on Seiya Morohashi (9 minutes, 21 seconds)
Takashi Sugiura vs Hitoshi Kumano
Hitoshi Kumano managed to fight back against the onslaught his hero gave to him, and Sugiura was surprised at the power of his counter attacks. At one point the fight went outside the ring, and Sugiura slammed Kumano to the floor.
The junior Kumano showed his great strength to the heavyweight Sugiura by putting him in the Argentina Backbreaker.
WINNER: Takashi Sugiura with the Olympic Slam (10 minutes, 43 seconds)
RATELS (Daisuke Harada, Tadasuke & YO-HEY) vs Hi69, Minoru Tanaka & Junta Miyawaki.
Sadly, Tadasuke didn't wear his glasses today...but Junta Miyawaki managed to disrupt his "Oh!" (RATELS were not impressed).
HAYATA is absent today, but RATELS saw the humor in the situation, and after Daisuke Harada did one of his moves, Tadasuke and YO-HEY told him to pose like HAYATA.
Which he did.
Junta Miyawaki managed to throw YO-HEY around (it was like the Misawa vs Marufuji match with Marufuji being thrown high into the air and half across the ring by Misawa using a Monkey Flip), and followed it up with a massive top turnbuckle dropkick, but unfortunately YO-HEY got the pin over him.
Said to be a fun and intense match, which YO-HEY called "payback" against Minoru Tanaka.
WINNER: YO-HEY with the Boston Crab on Junta Miyawaki (10 minutes, 31 seconds)
RATELS did their three man pose at the end, with YO-HEY showing off his Harada Boot Camp muscles (the training session is going to appear in "Weekly Pro", and HAYATA is refusing to take part in it! I am wondering if Harada has had a hand in getting YO-HEY back on track after his lung injury, and this has been turned into a series).
STINGER (Yoshinari Ogawa, Kotaro Suzuki & Atsushi Kotoge) vs The Sugiura Army (Hajime Ohara, NOSAWA Rongai & Kinya Okada)
Hajime Ohara came to the ring with the Sugiura Army towel wrapped around his right wrist, and the Shiba Inu dog cushion clipped to his waist. He later clipped them to the ring poles with the Shiba Inu clips.
NOSAWA offered Kotaro Suzuki a sarcastic handshake, and then a fight broke out (and went out of the ring) as soon as the bell rang.
In the ring Atsushi Kotoge (who is looking slightly manic), got Ohara in his rope hold before Okada got in the ring and did quite well against him. Okada vs Ogawa was a different story, however.
WINNER: Kotaro Suzuki with the Tiger Driver on Hajime Ohara (10 minutes, 58 seconds)
YO-HEY had apparently vanished, but Daisuke Harada and Tadasuke stayed on after the merchandise signing session (which everyone stampeded for) to watch the match as they will face the winners of the tag title match.
AXIZ (Katsuhiko Nakajima & Go Shiozaki) vs The Return of The Dark Agents (Akitoshi Saito & Masao Inoue)
Masao Inoue was kind enough to let Akitoshi Saito start the match against Katsuhiko Nakajima. However, Inoue couldn't avoid them forever, and when he did get in the ring he tried to give Nakajima his own version of the infamous soccer kicks.
It didn't go down well, and Inoue wound up regretting it as he got to experience the real thing. Then Go Shiozaki chopped him and he screamed, "STOP!"
Afterwards, Inoue screamed "WAIT" and fell on the floor, making the referee pause the match. Again, stalling tactics did not make any difference.
Said to be a very fun match with MASAOWORLD being on top form.
WINNER: Katsuhiko Nakajima with the vertical spike on Masao Inoue (14 minutes, 49 seconds)
Victorious, Nakajima walked around the ring doing his pose, with Shiozaki wandering off to the entryway to wait for him where they both did the pose with the belts.
Kaito Kiyomiya, Shuhei Taniguchi & Naomichi Marufuji vs Kongoh (Kenoh, Masa Kitamiya & Yoshiki Inamura)
Marufuji stepped back to watch Kiyomiya and Kenoh face up, and Kenoh was announced as the "N-1 Victory" winner.
Match started with Kiyomiya and Kenoh.
Even though Muta\Mutoh was not in the match (and will not be back in Noah until Sumo Hall), Marufuji took the opportunity to mimic him, which was not appreciated by Kenoh who kicked him. He also did Muta's elbow drop.
WINNER: Kaito Kiyomiya via Strech Plum type facelock on Yoshiki Inamura (16 minutes and 46 seconds)
Kiyomiya's new move (a "strange stretch" according to Kenoh), which makes it look like he is going for the Tiger Suplex, he says has been inspired by Mitsuharu Misawa's face lock, and Toshiaki Kawada's stretch plum. Marufuji weighed in with some advice and said that he had experienced both and knew the pain involved. However, as it wasn't possible for Kiyomiya to do the same, he should go and speak with Kawada at his Ramen house.
After the match Kiyomiya (sadly) gave a generic promo, thanking everyone for coming today, saying he would defend the belt at Sumo Hall, and show a new view.
WITH THANKS TO: Makai, Abeshin, Shishi Kazu, Sachan, Kochira Takeda, Kanita-Metal,
PICTURE CREDIT: NOAH GHC
NOAH'S NEXT EVENT: Monday 23rd September
"The number of empty chairs in the arena, the vacant seats in the stand...I heard people talking from my seat. But, when the main event started people were sucked into the match and cheered. I was thankful and impressed to see the current Noah at the first stadium.
It was a lot of fun!! Thank you very much!!
If Kenoh has The Budokan, then Daisuke Harada has the Edion Osaka Arena 1st stadium.
Latter 2019 and early 2020 seem to be the era of Noah gradually easing back into the stadium era, and while they haven't quite reached The Budokan yet, they took their first step towards it by running the final night of N-1 VICTORY at Edion Osaka Arena 1st Stadium. The mat had a new yellow trim design (I think we are going to see this for big match venues).
The event was not sold out, it was estimated to be two thirds filled, but Noah managed to attract a lot of new fans to the event (which in a nice nod to Noah's past was lit green in the opening). By the end of the evening Noah announced that for the first time in a long time, the Noah GHC hashtag was trending.
Takeshi Rikio (a wrestler from Noah's "Golden Era" who walked out of All Japan with Misawa) made an ultra rare appearance in Noah. Rikio retired in November 2011 due to both neck injuries and liver enzymes (caused by his sumo career) and after working for Noah as the GHC Commissioner (a role he reprised this evening) he left wrestling and ran a Ramen restaurant. During the interval he made his third appearance in Noah (he had been signing autographs, and had appeared earlier to open the show), alongside Kenta Kobashi to announce that both (the 6th and 7th GHC Heavyweight champions) would do special commentary for the second part of the show.
Unusually for Noah, they started the show with a couple of dark matches (in the past these were jokingly called "old man matches" as they used to feature old veterans ((who Marufuji once joked wanted to be home before dark)), and young rookies.
The event will be televised on Monday 23rd September on G+
Match 1 (Dark Match)
The Sugiura Army (KAZMA SAKAMOTO & Kinya Okada) vs Hitoshi Kumano & Junta Miyawaki.
Usual bumbling antics from MASAO WORLD, and Hitoshi Kumano has dyed his hair red.
WINNER: KAZMA SAKAMOTO with the Pop Up Powerbomb on Junta Miyawaki (5 minutes, 30 seconds)
Match 2 (Dark Match)
The Return of The Dark Agents (Akitoshi Saito & Masao Inoue), Tadasuke & Sonico vs 50 Funky Powers (Mohammed Yone & Quiet Storm), Hi69 & Minoru Tanaka.
For a reason that no one knows (but I am sure that if you listened closely you could hear RATELS laughing), Tadasuke came out wearing aviator shades....
WINNER: Quiet Storm with the Funky Buster Powerbomb on Sonico (6 minutes, 21 seconds)
At the end of the match 50 Funky Powers pulled their pose, with Minoru Tanaka doing a kind of lopsided windmill, and Hi69 standing with arms spread out to his sides.
Takeshi Rikio came to the ring, and announced that the event would now begin properly. He also bought a glowering Kenoh and Takashi Sugiura to the ring to announce the N-1 VICTORY final match for later. From the way they were standing and glaring at each other with Rikio looming between them, it looked like any moment he was going to scruff them by the back of the t-shirts and separate them.
Masa Kitamiya vs Rhyno
From the moment the bell went they charged at each other, and the building shifted slightly on its foundations.
The building moved even further when Rhyno went for the Gore at the end.
WINNER: Rhyno with Gore (6 minutes, 43 seconds)
Afterwards Rhyno cut a promo basically saying that he wasn't finished with Noah yet - he was going to take down everyone in the locker room.
Yoshiki Inamura vs Kazuyuki Fujita
Fujita set the tone for the match by completely ignoring Inamura's entrance. Inamura put up a good fight, but he could not prevail against "The Beast"
WINNER: Kazuyuki Fujita via referee stop after three punches to the face and the Modified Camel Clutch (3 minutes, 44 seconds)
A lot of fans would like to see Fujita do more in Noah (and for this match to have gone on for longer), as having one match against a guy who is still a rookie, and not coming back makes him look like he is running away.
Katsuhiko Nakajima & El Hijo de Dr Wagner Jnr vs Go Shiozaki & Alex Hammerstone.
AXIZ shook hands before the match and they bumped their tag belts together, but despite these pleasantries they tore into each other when the time came, with Nakajima doing his smug rope lean on Shiozaki, and Shiozaki chopping Nakajima.
WINNER: Go Shiozaki with the Gowan Lariat on El Hijo de Dr Wagner Junior (12 minutes, 24 seconds)
IPW Junior Heavyweight Title
Daisuke Harada (c) vs Atsushi Kotoge
"The Peach Youth showdown"
Atsushi Kotoge dyed his hair pink for the match, and the bruising that Harada inflicted on his neck soon turned a deep red to match it. The former tag team partners reached the point where they hate each other, and it looks like that at one point in the match, Kotoge headbutted Harada (but I don't think he drew blood or it was one of the more harsh ones that required staples).
WINNER: Atsushi Kotoge with the OverkillSwitch (16 minutes, 34 seconds)
Tadasuke, who was seconding Harada, had to carry him on his back from the ring (this is why they call him "Okasan", as the physically strongest of all four of them, he has carried all of them on his back at one time or another).
Atsushi Kotoge said about Harada that they hated each other, and he didn't regret coming back to the juniors as everything was now working out. The days of their tagging were over.
STINGER (Yoshinari Ogawa, Kotaro Suzuki & Chris Ridgeway) vs The Sugiura Army (Hajime Ohara & NOSAWA Rongai) and Kazushi Sakuraba.
Very technical between Sakuraba and Ogawa and Sakuraba and Ridgeway (Ridgeway says he wants a round two).
Sakuraba refused to wear the dog t-shirt, but he does have one apparently, Takashi Sugira says he gave him one on discount! Someone (and I think it was probably Hajime Ohara) clipped both the "Company Dog" towel and the "Company Dog" cushion to the iron ring poles with the Shiba Inu clips.
WINNER: Kazushi Sakuraba with the Sakuraba Lock on Chris Ridgeway (6 minutes, 57 seconds)
Afterwards NOSAWA got into the ring, and Ogawa started screaming at him about the tag title challenge (it's rare for Ogawa to yell).
GHC Junior Heavyweight Title
HAYATA (c) vs YO-HEY
HAYATA painted half his face a skull like in the Dove Pro days.
A fan commented that because HAYATA doesn't speak much, so what you get in the ring is huge. The key to HAYATA is his facial expressions, and what happened in the ring today was a testament to the strength of the bond between himself and YO-HEY. It was said to have been a very good much, fast, technical but not dominated too much by high flying maneuvers.
YO-HEY has new theme music....
WINNER: HAYATA with the Headache (17 minutes, 25 seconds)
At the end of the match, HAYATA helped YO-HEY out of the ring, and they walked together (HAYATA supporting YO-HEY with an arm around his waist while YO-HEY had an arm around his neck) back up the ramp, HAYATA deposited YO-HEY on the floor before turning back to the crowd and raised the belt.
In the interview area, (before HAYATA vanished which he did as soon as possible), YO-HEY told him something like "I know you are happy and your heart is bursting with joy, and I know you don't like to be interviewed, but we are a couple".
He also asked for a rematch at Sumo Hall.
HAYATA thought for a moment, and then said "Next....Sumo Hall".
And then walked off.
Keiji Mutoh, Jun Akiyama & Kaito Kiyomiya vs Naomichi Marufuji, Masaaki Mochizuki & Shuhei Taniguchi.
"Akiyama who I have known since I was a trainee. Mutoh I have been watching since I was a fan. Champ Kiyomiya. My heart is dancing, there is no reason for it not to. It was fun. Thank you very much. Well, my target is ... "
Kaito Kiyomiya held the belt up to Naomichi Marufuji, who grinned.
Later in the match Marufuji chopped Keiji Mutoh (please bare in mind that it is "Respect for the Aged Day" in Japan) and...apparently he also blew water at him too.
WINNER: Kaito Kiyomiya with the Tiger Suplex on Shuhei Taniguchi (22 minutes, 25 seconds)
Despite the loss, fans said it was Taniguchi who this match belonged to, especially the intereactions with Jun Akiyama.
Kaito Kiyomiya says he learned a lot today.
N-1 VICTORY FINAL
Takashi Sugiura vs Kenoh
At the start of the match they stood staring at each other and not moving. This is something that Kenoh had learned from Sugiura. If Sugiura stands still before a match just staring, it means he is going to mess you up.
The whole match was brutal (kicks, running knees, unforgiving elbows), but apparently the sweat rose like mist when they went into trading blows in rapid succession.
Kenoh escaped from the dreaded neck lock by kicking Sugiura in the head, he also kicked out of the Olympic Slam. He also managed to reverse the ankle lock by twisting round and kicking Sugiura in the stomach. For everything that Sugiura bought, Kenoh found a way around and out of it.
WINNER: Kenoh with the Rolling Diving Footstamp (28 minutes, 40 seconds)
"The Emerald Prince, and The Burning Red Diamond"
After Kenoh's win, Kaito Kiyomiya came to the ring.
He told Kenoh that he saw a new scene in Sumo Hall on November 2nd.
Kenoh said, "funny I see it too" and then started yelling at Kiyomiya that he would show him a new scenery at Sumo Hall and shine this ring "like a diamond".
After Kiyomiya had left the ring, Kenoh spoke again on the microphone asking the crowd who they wanted to see at the new renovated Budokan?
They responded "Noah".
Then it was time for him to pose as yellow streamers fell from the roof on to the ring where Kenoh was standing with the winners trophy, he took the smaller one (he gets to keep that one), and on his way back up the ramp, he did his fist pose at the top as sparkling pyro went off.
"I won the N-1. I was finally able to defeat Sugiura, like I have been saying I would.
With this momentum, on November 2nd at Sumo Hall, I will take the belt from Kiyomiya"
NOAH'S NEXT SHOW: Saturday 21st September
WITH THANKS TO: R-岡田, Maiko Shimauma, Lynn, Abeshin, Burning K, Susie Creamcheese, DAI, KO-HEY, Yama,
PICTURE CREDIT: Atsushi Kotoge, PKDX, Noah GHC, Tadasuke, Boku Pro
"It's not dramatic, but Noah is changing steadily"
Typhoon Faxai rolled into Japan late on the night of the 8th September 2019, and the worst typhoon in 25 years bought chaos to Tokyo when the city awoke and got ready to go to work on a Monday morning. Rain and high winds bought chaos to travel with the trains not running, and the roads full of traffic. The problems were such that even the Lawson ticket machines stopped working, leading Noah to upgrade some seats.
However, fans were not to be put off, (the trains might have improved, the weather might have been better, but the traffic was still dire), and 1,103 people came to the show - even some old fans who either hadn't been to Noah since the Misawa Memorial show in June, and some even longer than that. No matter whether they were new fans, old fans, regular fans or any other fans, everyone agreed that Noah was amazing today.
In the interval (big shows are the traditional signs for announcing this), Noah announced that they were running two shows in early January 2020 at Korakuen Hall, on the 4th and 5th January. This would bring them on one night in direct competition with New Japan up at the Dome, the other show would be on the same day, but Noah would be having theirs at 11.30 and New Japan at 3pm. Noah's President Takeda spoke on this to Boku Pro, saying ""2020 will be a competitive year for Noah, so I want to start with a drastic new challenge. I decided to take on the challenge because I thought that it would produce a good synergistic effect for the industry. "
Today's event will be broadcast on Samurai TV on the 15th September.
50 Funky Powers (Mohammed Yone & Quiet Storm) vs Sonico & Hitoshi Kumano
Although he did not get the win today, Hitoshi Kumano put his apprenticeship in Kumaxiz to good use and reflected that being a second in the N-1 for the heavyweights, has taught him how to bring down larger wrestlers.
WINNER: Mohammed Yone with the Funky Buster Bomb on Sonico (3 minutes, 59 seconds)
The Return of The Dark Agents (Akitoshi Saito & Masao Inoue) vs The Tough (Masa Kitamiya & Yoshiki Inamura)
Fans talked about Yoshiki Inamura's growth as a wrestler (and he himself said that he is continuing rapidly in this for the match in Osaka), unintentionally one fan took a picture which captured a red streamer getting caught in his mohawk...the bell rang, and The Tough beat up on an old man who suffers the double affliction of gout, and being stalked by Takashi Sugiura (who posted during the last tour that he had heard Inoue in the bathroom stall making loud rude noises with no shame for lots of people being around)
WINNER: Yoshiki Inamura with the Oklahoma Stampede (6 minutes, 59 seconds)
STINGER (Yoshinari Ogawa, Kotaro Suzuki, Atsushi Kotoge & Chris Ridgeway) vs RATELS (HAYATA, Daisuke Harada, Tadasuke & YO-HEY)
Today's match was the last pre-match between Atsushi Kotoge and Daisuke Harada ahead of the IPW Junior Heavyweight championship in Osaka on the 16th, and the last opportunity YO-HEY had to wind HAYATA up before their own.
One fan described this match as "teamwork and tempo", with bodies flying everywhere.
WINNER: Daisuke Harada with the Katayama German Suplex on Atsushi Kotoge (10 minutes, 11 seconds)
After the mass brawl between The Sugiura Army (NOSAWA Rongai & Hajime Ohara), RATELS and STINGER at the end of the match, Noah management finally put their foot down to bring about an end to the squabbling between STINGER, The Sugiura Army & RATELS over the belts, by announcing online that as they challenged first then The Sugiura Army (NOSAWA Rongai and Hajime Ohara) could challenge for the GHC Junior Tag titles on the 23rd September. RATELS (Daisuke Harada & Tadasuke) will challenge the winners on the 3rd October at Korakuen Hall.
Harada told Kotoge when Stinger were leaving, that just because he had come back from the Heavyweights, he shouldn't think that he could beat the Noah juniors.
Kotoge said that he regrets the loss, and he feels shameful, but he has no choice but to grit his teeth and bear it.
YO-HEY also addressed HAYATA. He had a big grin on his face while he spoke. I am afraid I don't know what he said. Then he cut some kind of manic promo backstage about "the couples confrontation" being "dignified".
Naomichi Marufuji vs Alex Hammerstone
Naomichi Marufuji said that he knew that win or lose,it would make no difference whatsoever to his standing in the league, but he was going to bring the wrestling that he was known for to this much anticipated match.
Hammerstone basically threw him about the ring, and at one point did the Burning Hammer on the ring apron.
WINNER: Alex Hammerstone with The Pendulum Nightmare (12 minutes, 35 seconds)
At the end of this beat down, Alex Hammerstone stood over his fallen opponent, and laughed.
Naomichi Marufuji, (who finished the league with 0 points), gave him the finger from the floor. He later wrote that as he will be 40 this month he could no longer give 100%, he needed to now give 120%.
Kaito Kiyomiya, Minoru Tanaka, Hi69, Junta Miyawaki & Seiya Morohashi vs The Sugiura Army (Hajime Ohara, NOSAWA Rongai & Kinya Okada) & El Hijo de Dr Wagner Jnr.
One fan remarked that there was a color clash between the two teams, The Sugiura Army looked somber in black, while their opponents were more colorful.
Kinya Okada and Kaito Kiyomiya squared up...and later in the match Okakin (whose fans seem to being referred to among themselves as "Okakists") found himself trapped with Hi69 and Minoru Tanaka holding his arms out to the side, while Junta Miyawaki climbed on his shoulders.
WINNER: KAZMA SAKAMOTO with the Pop up Powerbomb on Junta Miyawaki (9 minutes, 49 seconds)
Kenoh vs Katsuhiko Nakajima
Kenoh and Katsuhiko Nakajima did what everyone knew they would - when Takashi Sugiura and Go Shiozaki fight, its elbows and punches, with Kenoh and Nakajima, its increasingly stiff kicks.
The match started in the usual way, them both squaring up to each other (Nakajima looking smug, Kenoh scowling and muttering under his breath), until the referee separated them.
The match was said to be so stiff that some fans were in tears.
WINNER: Kenoh via referee stop following right high kick (15 minutes, 3 seconds)
After the match, both Kenoh and Nakajima sat and looked at each other, then Kenoh left the ring. Nakajima was able to speak on the microphone to tell Kenoh, "I don't like you, but go to the final." (Nakajima means that he wants Kenoh to do it for the younger generation of Noah)
Later he said, that it was the end of his summer.
RATELS were photographed watching from the balcony. Interestingly, Harada stood with HAYATA, and YO-HEY with Tadasuke, the two balcony areas separating "The Blonde Couple".
Shuhei Taniguchi vs Masaaki Mochizuki
With Kenoh's win putting him at an unreachable six points, Shuhei Taniguchi knew before his match that winning wouldn't get him into the N-1 VICTORY Finals, but as he was Noah born, he had another mission to fulfil and beating his opponent would serve a purpose, and that was to defeat DragonGate's Masaaki Mochizuki and stop "an outsider" from getting into the finals.
WINNER: Shuhei Taniguchi with the Wyvern Catch (10 minutes, 39 seconds)
Takashi Sugiura vs Go Shiozaki
"Gotch once said, “The wrestler's heyday is 35 to 45 years old”, but Takashi Sugiura is 49 years old, when is your heyday? Is it still ahead?"
For those of us not at the arena, we had a pro wrestling photographer called NAPPONxxx who took the most amazing (and brutally raw pictures of this match), and you can imagine just how brutal it was from looking at them. The pictures showed just how much Sugiura was chopped by Shiozaki to bust his chest open (you can imagine just how hard these must have been as it took him about three or four shots), the skin folding at Shiozaki's neck as Sugiura's knee connected with his lower chin and shoulder, and the brutality of this beyond "Golden Era" match that they put on on. Naomichi Marufuji once spoke about a match between himself and Sugiura that "only we can do", the same can be said about Sugiura and Shiozaki too.
They pulled out everything for this match, Shiozaki even at one point dropkicking Sugiura off the top of a turnbuckle.
WINNER: Takashi Sugiura with the Olympic Slam (23 minutes, 10 seconds)
After the match, Kenoh came storming to the ring to face his opponent. Grabbing the microphone even he had to recognize the 49 year old Sugiura's stamina, strength and resilience, but he said that if this was allowed to triumph then Noah would not progress, and he would defeat him on the 16th and become the number one heavyweight.
Sugiura responded by saying that he was going to win all four matches, and he wasn't going to lose to Kenoh.
NOAH'S NEXT SHOW: Monday September 16th, Osaka Edion 1st Stadium, Osaka
WITH THANKS TO: Tobi, Metal Noah, Abeshin, FarFlower, NAPP0Nxxx, Shu Nishinaga, Yohei, Teddy106, Yamashiro, Jonbei, Osamu Kawada
PICTURE CREDIT: Tadasuke, Noah GHC, PXDX, Atsushi Kotoge
GIF CREDIT: Republic News
(After the match Shu Nishinaga found a packet of curry crisps and said that he was amazed he had found any, the prefecture seemed to be running out of them, the reason? The flavor and the brand are a favorite of the Noah wrestlers, who had practically eaten all of them!)
(NOAH) EVENT RECAP ~ N-1 VICTORY, NIGHT 10 (FUKUSHIMA NATIONAL SPORTS MEMORIAL GYMNASIUM, 8TH SEPTEMBER 2019)
Noah returned to the Fukushima National Sports Memorial Gymnasium today for the final show before they return to Korakuen Hall tomorrow to decide who will go on to face each other in the finals on the 16th September at Osaka Edion Arena. The last time Noah where here, Atsushi Kotoge sustained the injury to his arm in February 2019 following "The Revolutionary Cloak Splash".
In a nice touch, the banners today were hung in square alcoves, giving the appearance of them being on monitors, as Go Shiozaki was on autograph duty, and STINGER the Noah's Ark fanclub.
I am afraid that on some matches I have only been able to present results, on others I have only had information relating to what happened after, and some only a few snippets about what happened in it. A lot of fans are of the opinion now that a streaming service is long overdue.
Seiya Morohashi vs Kinya Okada
WINNER: Seiya Morohashi with the Boston Crab (7 minutes, 35 seconds)
Hajime Ohara & El Hijo de Dr Wagner Jnr vs Hi69 & Sonico
Said to be a very good exchange between El Hijo de Dr Wagner Jnr and Sonico. At one point in the match, Hajime Ohara and El Hijo de Wagner Jnr pulled a pose on the ropes with Sonico, which was very reminiscent of Ohara's days tagging with Kenoh in Kenohara.
WINNER: Hajime Ohara with the Mui Bien on Sonico (9 minutes, 42 seconds).
Naomichi Marufuji & 50 Funky Powers (Mohammed Yone & Quiet Storm) vs The Return of The Dark Agents (Akitoshi Saito & Masao Inoue) & Junta Miyawaki.
Naomichi Marufuji and Junta Miyawaki started the match off. Miyawaki noted to also be extensively taped on his shoulder and lower arm.
Despite the fact that he didn't win (and he came very close to beating Quiet Storm), he was said to be "shining" today.
WINNER: Quiet Storm with the 50cm Lariat on Junta Miyawaki (13 minutes, 14 seconds)
STINGER (Yoshinari Ogawa, Kotaro Suzuki, Atsushi Kotoge & Chris Ridgeway) vs RATELS (HAYATA, Daisuke Harada, Tadasuke & YO-HEY)
Hajime Ohara and NOSAWA Rongai sat at a table at the back of the hall and watched the match, they have a personal stake in it, now that all three groups are at each other.
WINNER: Tadasuke with the 2PAC on Atsushi Kotoge (12 minutes, 55 seconds)
After the match, NOSAWA got into the ring and began bating everyone again, in specific Suzuki. Naturally, after what happened yesterday, Ogawa wasn't too pleased to see him. I am not sure of what was said, but if a fight didn't break out, things certainly got rough (shoving etc), and it looked like RATELS were the last people left in the ring.
Tadasuke got on the mic and did another shrieking manic promo with his fist raised and RATELS joining in (HAYATA crammed himself into the corner).
On the way back, YO-HEY did his strange umbrella\walking stick pose for a fan photograph.
The Sugiura Army (Takashi Sugiura & KAZMA SAKAMOTO) vs Kongoh (Kenoh & Yoshiki Inamura)
WINNER: Kenoh with the diving footstamp on KAZMA (9 minutes, 31 seconds)
Kaito Kiyomiya, Shuhei Taniguchi & Minoru Tanaka vs Kumaxiz (Katsuhiko Nakajima, Go Shiozaki, Hitoshi Kumano)
WINNER: Kaito Kiyomiya with the Tiger Suplex on Hitoshi Kumano (15 minutes, 59 seconds)
Masa Kitamiya vs Alex Hammerstone
Main event was said to have the atmosphere of a title match (and while all of this was going on, Kenoh was photographed in short black pants, barefoot and bare chested, sitting on the wooden bleachers watching).
WINNER: Masa Kitamiya with the Saito Suplex* (17 minutes, 12 seconds)
*It took him two to put Hammerstone away
NOAH'S NEXT SHOW: 9th September 2019, Korakuen Hall
WITH THANKS TO: Sachan, Signal, nj45, Dragon, Ura Chamu,
PICTURE CREDIT: Noah GHC
Noah live streamed their show today to much excitement for those both in the arena and watching all over the world at home. There were a couple of teething problems in the stream at the beginning, one where it was buffering, and another with a time delay, but both problems were rectified quickly and (without any of the dreaded lag) the stream proceeded smoothly.
Chris Ridgeway vs Sonico
"BritWres meets Lucha"
Handshake before the match, which turned ugly as in true STINGER style, Ridgeway started kicking Sonico, and then was told off by the referee as the bell hadn't even rung and he was attacking his legs.
Ridgeway went to remove Sonico's boot (like he did Harada) to get submission moves in, which bought a cheer from the crowd as they knew what was coming, as this has kind of become his trademark. During the match, Ridgeway managed to put the ankle lock on Sonico on the top turnbuckle.
Short opening match in which Ridgeway managed to keep Sonico grounded. Unusually for him he kept a t-shirt on to wrestle in, which is probably due to being ill recently.
WINNER: Chris Ridgeway via ankle lock submission (6 minutes, 36 seconds)
The Return of The Dark Agents (Akitoshi Saito & Masao Inoue) vs KAZMA SAKAMOTO & El Hijo de Doctor Wagner Jnr
Everything was going okay until Akitoshi Saito tagged Masao Inoue in, as he got kicked between the legs by KAZMA, slapped, El Hijo de Dr Wagner Jnr beat him up, and then both he and KAZMA punched him between them in the corner. Poor old man with gout later got chopped.
Naturally, Akitoshi Saito was far more dominant, and both inside and outside the ring was shouting instructions to Inoue.
WINNER: El Hijo de Doctor Wagner Jnr with the moonsault on Masao Inoue (7 minutes, 4 seconds)
Minoru Tanaka, Hi69, Junta Miyawaki & Seiya Morohashi vs RATELS (HAYATA, Daisuke Harada, Tadasuke & YO-HEY)
The crowd grew louder with the entry of RATELS...but there were lots of "Junta" calls too, and Minoru Tanaka towel flicked YO-HEY when he was standing on the turnbuckle during entry.
Match started with HAYATA vs Minoru Tanaka (Tanaka lost the GHC Junior Heavyweight to HAYATA, so he has a score to settle).
A lot of high spots in the match - Hi69's moonsault from the second rope onto Tadasuke in the crowd, Daisuke Harada with a diving footstamp from the top turnbuckle, and HAYATA almost knocked Miyawaki out with an Enziguri.
I think RATELS felt refreshed in this match as they weren't fighting STINGER, and Tadasuke spoke yesterday about how good it felt to have a break from it.
WINNER: Tadasuke with the OutKast on Seiya Morohashi (14 minutes, 17 seconds)
After the match, the referee was handed the belts, and YO-HEY took the GHC Junior. HAYATA tried to get it back, but YO-HEY refused - even insisting on having it over his shoulder while their hands were raised and making HAYATA raise his.
Tadasuke left early, leaving them to argue about it.
STINGER (Yoshinari Ogawa, Kotaro Suzuki & Atsushi Kotoge) vs The Sugiura Army (Hajime Ohara, NOSAWA Rongai & Kinya Okada)
Lots of cheers for Kinya Okada when he faced off against Kotaro Suzuki. Okada seems to have learned new techniques, using an impressive slam on Atsushi Kotoge (which he has probably learned from Sugiura). Fast paced match.
Kotoge has started to look a lot happier, and seems to be slowly becoming more animated again.
WINNER: Atsushi Kotoge with the diving body press on Kinya Okada (8 minutes, 9 seconds)
After the match Yoshinari Ogawa offered NOSAWA Rongai a handshake.
NOSAWA shoved Hajime Ohara aside (almost like Harada and Tadasuke) and then went to shake Ogawa's hand. He took it after some hesitation as the crowd screamed as they thought NOSAWA had joined STINGER and ditched The Sugiura Army, but then NOSAWA knocked him down and a brawl broke out. NOSAWA (breathing heavily) got on the mic and challenged for the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag belts.
Tadasuke (with Daisuke Harada) stormed the ring and then challenged for the titles. NOSAWA said that they could have a number one contenders match (and also something about Tadasuke already being champion), and a fight broke out which was broken up by YO-HEY & HAYATA. Then Tadasuke cut a crazy promo, which ended with him basically saying that it was his time now, and doing his fist pump thing.
YO-HEY joined in (but comically ducked when Tadasuke came round to his side of the ring).
Daisuke Harada maintained his distance from his crazy partner.
HAYATA hid in the corner, and kept his head down and away from the camera.
Kotaro Suzuki is not going to forgive or forget NOSAWA attacking Ogawa.
Kumaxiz (Katsuhiko Nakajima, Go Shiozaki & Hitoshi Kumano) vs 50 Funky Powers (Mohammed Yone & Quiet Storm) & Rocky Kawamura.
Mohammed Yone came to the ring with flashing glasses that lit up into a heart shape, and his tag partner (Quiet Storm) was subjected to the kick-chop sandwich of AXIZ.
Crowd with a heavy groan when Rocky Kawamura punched Hitoshi Kumano, and the resulting smack that his boxing gloves made when he did, soon afterwards Nakajima gave the boxer the soccer ball kicks, ending with a running kick to the face. Katsuhiko Nakajima very dominant in this match
WINNER: Katsuhiko Nakajima with the Vertical Spike on Rocky Kawamura (10 minutes, 50 seconds)
Kaito Kiyomiya, Shuhei Taniguchi & Alexander Hammerstone vs Kongoh (Kenoh, Masa Kitamiya & Yoshiki Inamura)
Kenoh decided to shove Kiyomiya when he got into the ring and held the belt up to him, but the match however started with Kitamiya vs Hammerstone. Shortly after Inamura and Taniguchi faced off (Inamura is almost as tall as him), both sides stormed the ring, with Kenoh making a beeline for Kiyomiya with the brawl going outside the ring, naturally in this match, Kenoh's sole concern was beating up Kiyomiya.
Taniguchi and Inamura beat the hell out of each other, and Kiyomiya once tagged in took the opportunity to knock Kenoh off the apron. Kenoh could be seen outside the ring looking furious.
Later, when they were both in the ring together, Kenoh went to knock Hammerstone off of the apron and found that he couldn't...which led to Hammerstone getting in the ring to confront him, and Kenoh disposing of him by pulling down the top rope. This left both Kiyomiya and Kenoh in the ring together as the others were knocked to the outside.
Crowd went nuts when they went into a punch flurry.
This match was very much a story of battle of the big thicc boys (and what seems like the start of Kitamiya vs Hammerstone and Inamura vs Taniguchi especially), and the continuation of Kenoh's jealousy towards Kiyomiya.
WINNER: Alex Hammerstone with the Pendulum Nightmare on Yoshiki Inamura (16 minutes, 40 seconds)
After the match Hammerstone and Kitamiya made it clear that this wasn't over, with Hammerstone holding up the belt to him.
Naomichi Marufuji vs Takashi Sugiura
Nothing at all was held back in this match, Marufuji chopped the hell out of Sugiura in the early stages, with Sugiura pulling no punches of his own, and at one point spearing Marufuji through the ropes and off the apron (Marufuji's shoulder is again heavily taped, and it was worrying to see him get up clutching it).
The best way to describe this match was brutal, and there was nothing in it that was not - it was a flurry of knees, elbows, kicks, chops, punches and slams. Maybe the best way to sum it up is by a comment that Marufuji made when he challenged Takashi Sugiura for the title in 2018, in it being "a match that only we can do".
WINNER: Takashi Sugiura with the front lock neck choke via submission (21 minutes, 38 seconds)
After the match Takashi Sugiura cut a short promo thanking Marufuji and thanking everyone for coming to Yokohama Radiant Halls today.
As for Marufuji, he said that the tickets were sold out, there was a live stream on YouTube, but Takashi Sugiura was too strong, and he could not win.
You can view the show retrospectively via Noah's Official YouTube channel (please consider subscribing). I am afraid that I don't know how long the show in its entirety will be kept up before Noah chop it into separate matches, but you should be able find these on the official channel if the link is now defunct.
NOAH'S NEXT SHOW: Sunday 8th September 2019, Fukushima National Sports Memorial Gymnasium
WITH THANKS TO: Metal Noah, Abeshin, Kei
PICTURE\GIF CREDIT: Noah GHC
After their long tour in Japan's warm south, Noah started the final few dates of the inaugural N-1 VICTORY in Tsukuba, Ibaraki (which is only an hour and a half to and from Tokyo, so a lot of them traveled via public transport or in a shared car) which is the metropolitan area of Japan, the area (Yokohama, Fukushima, Tokyo) which will host the final few nights.
The card today was changed as Chris Ridgeway has fallen ill, and so Tadasuke stepped out of RATELS and into the opening match. Daisuke Harada commented that they were a man down, but it was still RATELS vs STINGER.
I am afraid that I don't have much information on some of today's event, so it is a little scattered in some places I have only been able to give a retrospective comment, in other something which happened after the match, and while in other matches just the result.
Tadasuke vs Kinya Okada
Tadasuke commented about this match (although it was an easy win for him), that it was refreshing to face someone else after so long fighting STINGER.
WINNER: Tadasuke with the lariat (7 minutes, 39 seconds)
Tadasuke took out a rookie heavyweight with his lariat which should give you an indication of how strong he is; a rookie yes, but this is still a heavyweight he took down with it.
The Return of The Dark Agents (Akitoshi Saito & Masao Inoue) vs THE TOUGH\KONGOH (Masa Kitamiya & Yoshiki Inamura)
The Tough took down Masao Inoue by attacking his old gouty legs, then Masa Kitamiya put him in the Prison Lock.
WINNER: Masa Kitamiya with the Prison Lock (10 minutes, 59 seconds)
Minoru Tanaka & Junta Miyawaki vs Hi69 & Sonico
Fans commented on Sonico's t-shirt as it matched his mask and red contact lensed eyes, and when he pulled it over his head it briefly matched his mask. There also appears to be a rivalry developing with Junta Miyawaki.
WINNER: Minoru Tanaka with the Arm Criss-Cross on Sonico (10 minutes, 36 seconds)
STINGER (Yoshinari Ogawa, Kotaro Suzuki & Atsushi Kotoge) vs RATELS (HAYATA, Daisuke Harada & YO-HEY)
WINNER: HAYATA with the Cross Fix on Atsushi Kotoge (14 minutes, 9 seconds)
After the match, YO-HEY got into the ring holding both the IPW Junior Heavyweight (Daisuke Harada's belt) and the GHC Junior Heavyweight (HAYATA'S). Harada gave him his "shark smells blood" look, which YO-HEY knew meant he had to give it to him or else Harada would hurt him, but HAYATA is a different story and after wearing it over his shoulder (and doing the usual messing around by handing it him and then withdrawing it), YO-HEY finally handed it back.
They will have their match signing on the 15th September.
Kaito Kiyomiya, Shuhei Taniguchi & Alex Hammerstone vs Naomichi Marufuji & 50 Funky Powers (Mohammed Yone & Quiet Storm)
At the start of the match Alex Hammerstone and Naomichi Marufuji (who is taped on his shoulder and back), squared up to each other.
Outside the ring, when Marufuji faced off with Shuhei Taniguchi, Taniguchi stretched out his arms and made a "T". Fans are not quite sure what this means, either it is a "T" for Taniguchi OR its the pose he has chosen for his new nickname "The Last Wyvern" (a Wyvern being a dragon that stands on two legs).
Marufuji kind of stared like he couldn't really work out what just what Taniguchi was doing, while referee Nishinaga was heard to ask "What's wrong?".
WINNER: Kaito Kiyomiya with the Tiger Suplex on Quiet Storm (14 minutes, 22 seconds)
Kumaxis (Katsuhiko Nakajima, Go Shiozaki & Hitoshi Kumano) vs The Sugiura Army (Takashi Sugiura, KAZMA SAKAMOTO & Hajme Ohara)
Go Shiozaki laid into Takashi Sugiura before their highly anticipated match in the closing stages of N-1 VICTORY on the 9th September at Korakuen). The chops that Shiozaki threw today were said to be louder and harder than usual.
WINNER: Go Shiozaki with the Gowan Lariat on Hajime Ohara (19 minutes)
Kenoh vs El Hijo de Dr Wagner Jnr
I think that El Hijo de Dr Wagner Jnr tried to moonsault on to Kenoh three times, but none of them worked (I think he either drew his knees up or rolled out of the way). The match itself was pretty spectacular apparently, and Kenoh more than held his own against someone who both outsized and outweighed him, and who isn't the same style as him. Kenoh had posted on Twitter previously that losing was not an option.
WINNER: Kenoh with the diving footstamp (14 minutes, 2 seconds)
Afterwards Kenoh started screaming into the microphone, I am afraid I don't know what he said.
NOAH'S NEXT SHOW: Saturday 7th September 2019, LIVE from Yokohama Radiant Halls
WITH THANKS TO: Naoki, Suigetsu, Takeda Kōichirō
PICTURE CREDIT: PKDK, Noah GHC
Pro Wrestling Noah returned to Korakuen Hall today to kick off the second part of N-1 VICTORY. Sadly the venue was not sold out with only 835 in attendance, but those who did come were on their feet and enthusiastic since the start.
Personally, I would rather see a small excited crowd, than a small bored one.
Noah also announced that they would be live streaming the show via their YouTube channel, which had about 17,871 people worldwide tune in. Naturally, some of the theme music had to be muted as a result as Noah do not own the rights. However, the technology they use does have a slight lag at times, but on the whole the broadcast went well.
Previous to all of this, NOSAWA Rongai had announced that he would be bringing another "friend" to Korakuen Hall today, which he termed as "The Last Successor", and Noah also had an announcement to make during the interval about a future participant, although this was not announced prior to the event.
Naomichi Marufuji (who celebrated his 21st anniversary in pro-wrestling with a small party at Yamada Maru ((the former "Muscle Grill", which I believe he now owns)), which included Takashi Sugiura (and I like to think KENTA, although I doubt it), was on autograph duty.
Alex Hammerstone took charge of the Noah's Ark fanclub pictures.
50 Funky Powers & Sonico vs The Return of The Dark Agents (Akitoshi Saito & Masao Inoue) & Junta Miyawaki.
Lots of calls from the audience for Junta Miyawaki (and Sonico too), when they both locked up.
Energetic opening match with fast paced exchanges between Miyawaki and Sonico, which the crowd got behind. This is something that I think people would like to see more of.
WINNER: Sonico with the Swanton Bomb on Junta Miyawaki (8 minutes, 57 seconds)
At the end of the match, Mohammed Yone (with characteristic kindness), stopped Sonico from exiting the ring after the match and told him to go and stand on the opposite turnbuckle to celebrate his win.
Yoshiki Inamura vs Kinya Okada
Battle of the big thicc beefy boys, which was dominated by the far more experienced and advanced Inamura. Sadly, Okada's career has been blighted due to injury which prevented him from debuting at the same time as Inamura, and then he had another spell which put him behind further.
The match was short, but the crowd were screaming at the end when Inamura had Okada in the Boston Crab.
WINNER: Yoshiki Inamura with the Boston Crab (3 minutes, 49 seconds)
Okada rolled out of the ring.
Inamura stood and watched him, hands on hips.
Then NOSAWA Rongai appeared and got into the ring. He had bought with him "The Last Successor", Kazuyuki Fujita, and he challenged Inamura to a singles match with him at Osaka.
Inamura's response was to first yell into the microphone (he did that afterwards as well) and then attacked Fujita. A fight broke out (with the crowd chanting for Inamura "Ina-kun...Ina-kun"), and which NOSAWA had to break up), which was a nice little taster of the match to come.
This will be a very good experience for Inamura, who says he realizes this is a big chance for him.
STINGER (Yoshinari Ogawa, Kotaro Suzuki, Atsushi Kotoge & Chris Ridgeway) vs RATELS (HAYATA, Daisuke Harada, Tadasuke & YO-HEY)
RATELS came out first, and the got jumped by STINGER who did not wait for their own entrance. Kotoge attacking Harada (who hadn't even taken his jacket off). In the end it was Ogawa who helped Harada off with his jacket.
By flinging it into the crowd.
Tadasuke got into the ring like a manic whirlwind, knocking STINGER off the apron twice, and YO-HEY joined in with his fist pose on the apron (Harada was on the floor, HAYATA just watched).
Fast paced match, which made you quite understand why people in the countryside said that it was near impossible to take pictures. The crowd screamed when HAYATA did a massive over the top rope somersault.
Harada and Kotoge managed to roll back into the ring on the count of seventeen (everyone was outside the ring), and Harada got the pin.
WINNER: Daisuke Harada with the deformation pin on Atsushi Kotoge (9 minutes, 18 seconds)
The fight wasn't over, as Harada and Kotoge continued to go at it with the ref getting knocked down in the process, and then Kotoge angrily standing over him to protest the decision.
Harada told him to get lost.
Interestingly, Tadasuke didn't stay with the rest of RATELS to celebrate the win, and YO-HEY got into the ring with the GHC Junior Heavyweight on his shoulder.
HAYATA did a double take as he started parading around with it, and then asked for the belt back.
YO-HEY handed it over.
HAYATA was hesitant to take it, despite YO-HEY'S pleadings, but he did.
YO-HEY then tried to kick him.
YO-HEY made it look like it was all a jest, HAYATA didn't quite believe him.
YO-HEY is probably THE ONLY person who can irritate HAYATA. Many have tried. All have failed.
Thing is, they know each other too well.
Katsuhiko Nakajima, Hi69, Hitoshi Kumano & Minoru Tanaka vs The Sugiura Army (Takashi Sugiura, KAZMA SAKAMOTO & Hajime Ohara) & El Hijo de Dr Wagner Jnr.
As music is not allowed, this makes a good substitute for "When Love Comes To Town"
Katsuhiko Nakajima and El Hijo de Dr Wagner Junior started the match. El Hijo making the mistake of offering his hand to, and then than shaking hands with Nakajima (who kicked him in the stomach).
The former Backbreakers (Hajime Ohara and Hitoshi Kumano) faced off, and Kumano still has a little blue in his hair left over from the Atsushi Aoki memorial show earlier this month.
Kick and chop battle between Takashi Sugiura and Katsuhiko Nakajima.
KAZMA SAKAMOTO did "the scream", which was imitated by both Takashi Sugiura and Hajime Ohara (I think this may be the first time that I know of that Ohara has done it).
Big applause for El Hijo de Dr Wagner Junior during the match, especially the moonsault at the end.
WINNER: El Hijo de Dr Wagner Junior with the Moonsault Press on Hi69 (11 minutes, 38 seconds)
The Sugiura Army then posed together to celebrate their win.
I guess El Hijo de Dr Wagner Jnr is now a member, as he was wearing a "Company Dog" t-shirt.
"Gore! Gore! Gore!"
During the intermission, Noah made an announcement.
A video package played announcing that IMPACT'S Rhyno would be appearing in Noah at the Edion Arena 1st Stadium Osaka event on 16th September.
Further match details are to be announced.
During the intermission, RATELS, squabble over (for now) appeared at the merchandise table.
Kaito Kiyomiya & Alex Hammerstone vs Naomichi Marufuji & Shuhei Taniguchi.
Shuhei Taniguchi had warned Naomichi Marufuji yesterday that they would celebrate his 21st anniversary by taking on "the championship team", and he should take care he does not fall behind. Any feelings of comradeship were short lived, as at the beginning of the match, Taniguchi shoved Marufuji aside to start with Kiyomiya.
Taniguchi also refused to tag him in at one point.
Kaito Kiyomiya took the time to greet a small child on his way to the ring, while inside of it, Hammerstone and Marufuji squared up.
Kiyomiya got into the ring and held up the GHC Heavyweight to both Taniguchi and Marufuji. There were a lot of alternating and intermingling "Marufuji" and "Kaito" calls.
Marufuji and Hammerstone faced off ahead of their N-1 match (the ever curious Marufuji said at the N-1 press conference that he was only interested in wrestling the gaijin wrestlers), and he got his wish here - Hammerstone threw him around the ring after mocking the "Marufuji" chants.
Hammerstone not only no sold the infamous chops, he knocked Marufuji down in return. The Shiranui was met by Hammerstone picking him up and putting him on the turnbuckle.
WINNER: Alex Hammerstone with the Pendulum Nightmare on Shuhei Taniguchi (16 minutes, 2 seconds)
After the match, the champions posed with their belts.
Kenoh vs Masaaki Mochizuki
*Hisame's Match of The Year 2019*
Lets get one thing straight.
All they were going to do in this match pretty much was have a stiff kick competition, which got going as soon as the bell rang (at one point I thought Kenoh had been genuinely knocked out). Neither held back at all from anything, and the crowd volume rose in pitch with each kick, punch and anything else in between.
Crowd was on Kenoh's side pretty much, as he might not be a Noah born, and like Mochizuki come from elsewhere, but he is part of the home team.
Utterly brilliant stiff as hell match.
WINNER: Masaaki Mochizuki with the Triangular Kick (16 minutes, 53 seconds)
GO Shiozaki vs Masa Kitamiya
Masa Saito homed in on Go Shiozaki's heavily taped elbows and shoulder (which appeared to be giving him some pain at the start of the match). One of his knees is also heavily taped, and I did think that he had picked up an injury at one point, but he seemed to come through the match fine.
Hitoshi Kumano came out to second him.
It is very rare to see Shiozaki pull up the crash mats from outside the ring and expose the floor, (but this is a league), and in the event of things it was Kitamiya who drove his knees into it.
This match was brute force, full of chops, kicks, elbows and slams (perhaps the most technical thing you got was Masa Kitamiya's "Prison Lock" submission". This was not a technical match, this was a test of endurance and strength.
The crowd were on fire.
WINNER: Go Shiozaki with the Gowan Lariat (25 minutes, 23 seconds)
After the match Go Shiozaki cut an emotional promo thanking everyone for coming today. He also said that this is Noah, and at the center of it was Go Shiozaki,
NOAH'S NEXT SHOW: Friday September 6th
WITH THANKS TO: Metal Noah, Abeshin
GIF CREDIT: Noah GHC
Before Noah chop it up, you may be able to catch the full event here from their official YouTube channel
(NOAH) EVENT RECAP ~ N-1 VICTORY, NIGHT 5 (TAKAMATSU SYMBOL TOWER EXHIBITION HALL, 24TH AUGUST 2019)
Noah had a long drive (about seven hours) from Kumamoto to Takamatsu, Shikoku, where unsurprisingly most of the roster (save Takashi Sugiura, who couldn't sleep, and Atsushi Kotoge who photographed a cute dog), fell asleep. It's not surprising given how grueling and intense this short tour has been. After today's show its a short 2 -3 hours drive to Osaka (Mohammed Yone is sad as it means he can't eat udon noodles), and from there back to Tokyo, and for the majority of the roster (except those appearing in TAKAYAMANIA on Monday), it is three days off until N-1 resumes again on the 29th.
Neither of the Shikoku boys (Junta Miyawaki who's hometown Takamatsu is, and Kenoh, who is from a town about an hour away, Tokushima aka "this fucking countryside"), appeared in the fan events today, with Takashi Sugiura on autograph duty, and Kaito Kiyomiya and HAYATA appearing for the fan club pictures. Kiyomiya looked a lot more relaxed than HAYATA.
Hi69 & Junta Miyawaki vs NOSAWA Rongai & Kinya Okada
WINNER: Junta Miyawaki with the Arm Criss-Cross on Kinya Okada (11 minutes, 35 seconds)
Go Shiozaki, Akitoshi Saito & Hitoshi Kumano vs 50 Funky Powers (Mohammed Yone & Quiet Storm) & Masao Inoue.
Handshake between Dark Agents, but this didn't stop Inoue getting the worst of his opponents (Shiozaki even chopped him when he fell in a heap in the corner), but MASAO WORLD managed to fight back...for a bit...with the wind up punch.
WINNER: Go Shiozaki with the short range Gowan lariat on Masao Inoue (10 minutes, 43 seconds)
STINGER (Yoshinari Ogawa, Kotaro Suzuki, Atsushi Kotoge & Chris Ridgeway) vs RATELS (HAYATA, Daisuke Harada, Tadasuke & YO-HEY)
"Collecting shoes every night"
Another blurry fast paced match (a YO-HEY dive over the top rop), and Daisuke Harada getting his revenge on Chris Ridgeway by torturing his ankle outside the ring this time.
However, later in the match, Ridgeway got hold of a chair again and battered Harada with it, and for the third night in a row Harada had his boot removed and his ankle tortured (and Ridgeway swinging the chair at Harada caused the match to be restarted).
There is only so far that Harada can be pushed, and he threw one of his tantrums (although he didn't throw anything or kick anything this time), and started battering Ridgeway with the chair, and then later trapped him under it while he sat on it.
The match was restarted three times:
1. Mass brawl with the two legal men, Atsushi Kotoge & Tadasuke getting counted out (1 minute, 25 seconds)
2. Chris Ridgeway hit Daisuke Harada with a chair (1 minute, 16 seconds)
3. Chris Ridgeway hit Daisuke Harada with a chair (12 minutes, 7 seconds)
The Sugiura Army (Takashi Sugiura & Hajime Ohara) & El Hijo de Dr Wagner Jnr vs Kongoh (Kenoh, Masa Kitamiya & Yoshiki Inamura)
El Hijo de Dr Wagner Jnr took the fight to Kongoh, knocking Kenoh off of the top turnbuckle with what appeared to be a roundhouse kick, and squaring off with Masa Kitamiya.
WINNER: Takashi Sugiura with the Olympic Slam on Yoshiki Inamura (14 minutes, 55 seconds)
Afterwards when his team posed for the win, Sugiura stood with his mouthguard looking like a cigar. Like. A. Boss.
Kaito Kiyomiya & Alex Hammerstone vs Naomichi Marufuji & Minoru Tanaka
"The team of champions, Kiyomiya and Hammerstone"
Hammerstone got chopped by Marufuji, while Kiyomiya was tortured by Minoru Tanaka (who it looks like did his Fireball splash too). I think there was also some kind of test of strength between Marufuji and Hammerstone. Sadly, I don't have too many details on this match.
WINNER: Kaito Kiyomiya with the Tiger Suplex on Minoru Tanaka (13 minutes, 6 seconds)
Katsuhiko Nakajima vs Shuhei Taniguchi
Nakajima had spent most of the past week winding Taniguchi up, and he did this also in the match by doing his usual grin and the rope choke where he poses for pictures for fans.
Taniguchi, however, swore that he would not lose, and kicked out the Vertical Spike at 2. I don't really have too many details on the match itself, but fans are saying that it was intense.
WINNER: Time out draw
NEXT NOAH EVENT: 25th August, Osaka Edion Arena 2
WITH THANKS TO: Peke Poko, Ehime Yosuke, Nodapooh
PICTURE CREDIT: Noah GHC