This review of NJPW: 46th Anniversary Show will be as broadcast by AXS TV.
Therefore, all images are courtesy of AXS TV.
- Tetsuya Naito VS Taichi w/ Miho Abe; Naito wins.
- Kazuchika Okada VS Will Ospreay; Okada wins.
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AXS TV and NJPW review what led to tonight’s matches.
The IWGP Heavyweight Champion, Kazuchika Okada, has successfully defended his title ten times, and closes in on the record set by Hiroshi Tanahashi. However, knowing his ally, Will Ospreay, wants to show the power of Junior Heavyweights, he has accepted this Champion VS Champion challenge! Will the leader of Chaos humble the Aerial Assassin?
Meanwhile, Suzuki-Gun’s Taichi takes aim at the leader of Los Ingobernables de Japon, Tetsuya Naito. The World’s Sliest Wrestler wants after the Uncontrollable Charisma over the goading to enter the Heavyweight Division. Naito might eat his words now that Taichi is coming for him, but will he still be Tranquilo through it all?
Tetsuya Naito VS Taichi w/ Miho Abe!
Accompanied by his manager, Suzuki-Gun’s sly performer prepares to make El Ingobernable pay for provoking him. Will Taichi be singing his own praises after tonight? Or will he fall flat during his performance?
But Taichi doesn’t wait for the bell, he blindsides Naito with his microphone stand!
However, the referee didn’t see a thing because he was busy with Miho and other Suzuki-Gun members on the apron. Taichi tosses his mic away to then pursue Naito on the outside. He brings Naito up the walkway, and he rakes the eyes before throwing Naito into guard rails. The bell finally rings, and Taichi brings Naito back to the red corner ramp, going for a powerbomb. Naito blocks so Taichi gives him knees to the head, and then completes the powerbomb!
Taichi leaves Naito for dead on the ramp, and the referee checks on Naito while Taichi returns to the ring. Naito stirs as the 20 count begins. Taichi mocks the Tranquilo while Naito crawls. The count gets halfway before Naito starts getting up on his feet and hurrying to the ring. It gets past 15, Naito manages to beat it at 19! Taichi grins as he rolls over to Naito to further mock his mannerisms. Taichi stands and laughs, then takes his time bringing Naito over for a cocky cover. TWO, but Taichi still laughs. He toys with Naito, then pulls off his hoodie to hit him with it. Taichi taunts Naito, Naito throws a chop, but it doesn’t do a thing. Naito keeps trying, but Taichi is still unaffected. Taichi hits Naito with a spinning back kick, then grins as Naito staggers.
Taichi again rakes the eyes, then takes his time to brush off his shoulders. He takes aim at Naito from across the way as Naito crawls to a corner. Taichi runs in, but into Naito’s boots! Naito boots Taichi away again, then runs out, and gets Taichi into the dragon sleeper and neckbreaker. Naito keeps moving and dropkicks Taichi in the back of the head. Taichi rolls out of the ring while Naito still recovers from the powerbomb. Fans cheer for Naito, but Miho comes over to check on Taichi. Naito rolls out of the ring and fetches Taichi, to then whip him hard into rails. Naito keeps going, throwing Taichi into more rails. Taichi writhes but Naito keeps going, and gets a third whip into the rails! The camera crew moves aside as Naito brings Taichi up in to the ring.
Naito stomps Taichi, then drags him up to put him in a corner. He stomps away more, then spits on Taichi before stomping him again. Naito drags Taichi up and whips him corner to corner, then runs in. He catches Taichi’s boots, and spins him sideways, for a draping dragon sleeper neckbreaker! Naito rolls Taichi over for his own cocky cover, TWO. El Ingobernable is back in the fight while we go to break.
NJPW on AXS returns to see Naito still stomp Taichi. Naito brings Taichi up and gives him a hard back elbow. Taichi ends up in a corner, Naito runs in from the side for the jump kick. Naito lands on the apron, but Taichi immediately swing kicks him down! Naito hits the apron edge then tumbles to the floor. The referee checks on Naito and sees he’s okay to continue. Taichi takes a moment before going out to fetch Naito. He brings Naito up and whips him into railings in return for earlier. He puts Naito back in the ring, then gives him a killer buzzsaw kick. Taichi uses another cocky cover, TWO! Taichi rips off his pants! Now he’s serious. Naito stirs, and Taichi prepares another kick. Naito blocks it, atomic drop, and then runs the ropes for a tornado DDT!
Fans rally for Naito as he slowly stands up. Naito goes over to Taichi in a corner, and hoists him to the top rope. He climbs up to join Taichi, and hits the SUPER Steiner! Cover, TWO! Naito calls for the end, and drags Taichi back up. He wrenches the arm but Taichi counters with a big back suplex! Taichi gets up and waits for Naito. Naito stands on wobbly legs, Taichi clubs him from behind with a clothesline. Naito staggers and rebounds off the ropes, Taichi runs him over with an ax bomber! Cover, TWO, but Taichi keeps going, bringing Naito up for the Taichi-shiki Last Ride!
High stack cover, TWO! Fans are thunderous for Naito, but Taichi is up first. He drags Naito up, and goes to shovel him up onto his shoulders, but Naito hops off the back end to hit Taichi with the Reverse-Rana! Both men are down, and the referee checks on them. They’re both okay to continue, so Miho and Taka Michinoku work to coach Taichi back into things. Naito stirs first, followed by Taichi, and Taichi dropkicks Naito’s legs out. Taichi goes for his Taichi Clutch but Naito slips out the back end. Naito goes for the German Suplex but Taichi blocks and counters with an enziguri! Taichi brings Naito up but Naito suddenly springs the German Suplex on him! Naito brings Taichi back up, for Gloria, the hammerlock sit-out slam!
Cover, TWO! But Naito just fires up, and brings Taichi up a third time. He arm wrenches, tilt-o-whirls, but Taichi throws him off. Taichi blocks Naito’s kick, and shoves the referee aside so he won’t see the low blow kick! Taichi Clutch cover, TWO!! He can’t believe it, and even Gedo, who created the move under his name, seems a bit surprised. Fans rally for both men as they slowly stand. Taichi prepares his kick again, but Naito evades to hit a rolling kick! Both men go down again, but Taichi gets to his blue corner, and his mic stand. Naito slowly stands up, and Taka covers for Taichi again, but Naito sees the mic stand attack coming! He dodges it, to then enziguri Taichi!
Naito takes the mic stand, but now the referee sees. The referee won’t let Naito use the item, so Naito shoves the referee into Taka! Taka goes down hard, and Naito prepares to use the mic stand, but Taichi catches him with another enziguri! Taichi runs in, but Naito pops him up for a low blow in return! Naito picks up the mic stand again, and takes aim, to WHAP Taichi in the head with it!
The microphone breaks off the stand, and then Naito breaks the stand. The referee comes to while Naito brings Taichi up, for Destino!
Cover, Naito wins!
Winner: Naito, by pinfall
Though he is victorious, Naito is not respectful, as he spits on the downed Taichi. Now that he’s in the Heavyweight Division, will the World’s Sliest Wrestler be able to keep up with the world’s most Tranquilo wrestler?
Kazuchika Okada VS Will Ospreay!
It’s Chaos VS Chaos and Champion VS Champion as the IWGP Heavyweight and IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champions fight to see who is both the best within their faction, and best within all of NJPW! Will the Aerial Assassin come through on his word and do what others haven’t? Or will the Rainmaker continue to overcome all who step to him in the ring?
To Ospreay’s surprise, fans sing, “Ospreay~, Ospreay Ospreay Ospreay~! Ospreay~! Ospreay~!” Okada is actually rather amused by it. That aside, both men finish preparations and shake hands, and the match begins.
Okada and Ospreay rush forward but then stop, already having a stand-off. They stare down, then circle and tie up. Okada gets the waistlock but Ospreay the standing switch. Ospreay gets the waistlock takedown and floats over to the facelock. Okada rolls but Ospreay keeps the hold, so Okada rolls again to slip out and get the hammerlock. Okada snaps back to tweak Ospreay’s arm, then they both stand up. Ospreay works his way out of the hold and reverses it onto Okada. Okada works to do the same, with a roll and handspring to the wristlock. Ospreay brings Okada to a knee to reverse the wristlock back, and fans applaud. Okada rolls, gets the ankle pick, then goes after Ospreay’s leg. Ospreay pushes back with a forearm, but Okada still wrenches the knee and ankle.
Ospreay uses his free leg to pry Okada off and goes for the cross armbreaker, but Okada sits up to slip into a waistlock. Okada shifts to a leg, and puts Ospreay’s legs in the figure four knot. He grabs Ospreay’s arms, and flips over into Cattle Mutilation!
Ospreay endures and rolls, but Okada holds on to his arms. They stand up, Ospreay reverses the arm wrench, then hammerlock to headlock. Okada powers out, shoving Ospreay to a corner, but Ospreay comes back. Ospreay goes for an ankle pick takedown but Okada sits on it to cover, ONE into Ospreay’s sunset cover, ONE into Okada’s jackknife attempt but Ospreay turns that back into a sunset! TWO, Okada cradles Ospreay, TWO into Ospreay’s crucifix, TWO! Both men stand up and keep going while fans applaud, Okada wants another jackknife cover. TWO into a bridge out and spin around for the backslide, TWO! Fans really fire up now as Okada slips out of the ring. Ospreay grins at how close he was, and fans are chanting for him now. Okada catches his breath before returning, and fans build to a rally.
They circle in the ring again, tie up, and push each other with shoulders. Okada uses that to roll Ospreay into the double finger grip. Ospreay tries to use power but Okada brings him back in. Ospreay tries one more time, and gets around, but Okada just uses that to spin all the way through to return to the grip. Okada wrenches the hands harder, but Ospreay wants it one more time. They turn, Ospreay flips Okada but Okada lands on his feet and pushes Ospreay down. Ospreay bridges to deny a cover, so Okada sweeps the leg. ONE, but Ospreay goes back to bridging. Okada tries again, ONE but Ospreay is right back up. Okada uses his weight to bring Ospreay down, but TWO and Ospreay gets the bridge back. Ospreay sees Okada wanting to try again, and uses that to monkey flip Okada up and over.
Both men are down and covering each other, TWO as they both get shoulders up. They relax but that returns to the double cover, TWO as they go the other direction. They relax to a third double cover, TWO as they both bridge!
Fans applaud this great exchange. The two roll to their feet. Okada shovels Ospreay over with a double wrist body drop, but Ospreay lands on his feet. Ospreay runs but ducks Okada’s attack to swing a kick, Okada ducks that and goes for the wristlock swing out! Ospreay ducks again, then springboards back, but Okada gets clear. It’s another stand off, and the fans applaud again while we go to break.
NJPW on AXS returns, and the fans cheer as the two champions circle again. They tie up, Okada pushes Ospreay to ropes, and the break is clean, but Ospreay dares Okada to hit him. Okada reels back and Ospreay braces for it, but Okada just pats Ospreay’s shoulders, so Ospreay immediately slaps Okada! Ospreay kicks but Okada blocks, so Ospreay hits a forearm then stomps Okada’s foot. Ospreay shoves Okada down, then runs. Okada gets up, things speed up and Ospreay front flips over Okada. Ospreay turns around but Okada side-steps, Ospreay hits a headscissors on the rebound! Okada rolls out of the ring and Ospreay builds speed, but Ospreay handsprings when he sees Okada move. Okada slips in as Ospreay hits the superhero landing, to then dropkick him out of it! Ospreay ends up all the way in the corner while fans applaud.
Ospreay is down so Okada takes his time to catch his breath. Okada walks over and goes to the outside. He brings Ospreay out to join him, to then scoop slam him on the ground! Okada walks around the corner while Ospreay drags himself up to his feet. But then Okada rockets in from around the other side, and boots Ospreay off his feet!
Referee Red Shoes comes out to check on Ospreay while ordering they bring this back in the ring. Okada slips into the ring to leave Ospreay to the mercy of the 20 count. Ospreay doesn’t stir until 10, and is slow to getting up. The count reaches 16, he beats it at 17. Okada goes over to Ospreay and stands on him. Ospreay keeps pushing him away while fans chant for “Ospreay! Ospreay!” He stands up and hits Okada back with body shots then forearms. Okada kicks low, DDT drives Ospreay down! Cover, TWO, but Okada keeps his cool. Okada has Red Shoes check on Ospreay and his neck. Ospreay is still okay to continue, so Okada brings him up for a neckbreaker. Cover, TWO, but Okada keeps on him with a straitjacket stretch.
Fans cheer Ospreay on but Okada drives his knee into Ospreay’s back. Ospreay uses his legs to get the ropebreak, and Okada backs off. Okada stands over Ospreay, wanting him to get up. Ospreay gets up and headbutts Okada’s stomach, then throws forearms to back him down. Ospreay whips and ducks under Okada’s running chop, but Okada blocks the kick to spin Ospreay around into a boot. Okada whips but Ospreay handsprings, and enziguris! Both men are down but fans are fired up. Okada and Ospreay slowly stand up, Ospreay blocks, kicks and jawbreakers, then roundhouses Okada in the chest. Ospreay runs into the corner for a European Uppercut, then sits Okada down before running out and in for the hesitation dropkick! Okada rolls out of the corner while fans chant for Ospreay. Ospreay goes to the apron, springboards, and clotheslines Okada down.
Ospreay realizes he has an opening, so he poses a moment, then grabs Okada in the dragon sleeper. He lifts Okada but Okada knees out. Okada whips but Ospreay holds ropes to deny Okada’s dropkick, then hit back with one of his own. Standing shooting star, TWO! Fans keep cheering while Ospreay stands up. Okada stirs, but Ospreay takes aim. Okada dodges the Robinson Special, then boots Ospreay out of a corner. Ospreay mule kicks back, then runs, but into the flapjack! Both men are down again, but fans are rallying. Ospreay gets to a corner, Okada comes over and puts him on the top, but Ospreay kicks him away. Ospreay climbs down and runs out, but Okada picks him up and puts him back on the top rope. Okada dropkicks Ospreay down!
Ospreay tumbles to the floor while Okada rests in the ring. Okada exits the ring to fetch Ospreay, then whips him at railings. He runs in and boots Ospreay over the railings! Okada rallies the fans as he gets space. He runs back at Ospreay, but Ospreay uses the railings to launch for a flying forearm!
Ospreay gets back in the ring, builds speed and FLIES!
He takes out Okada with the Sasuke Special! Fans fire up while Ospreay gets Okada up and into the ring. Ospreay fires himself up and brings Okada up in the dragon sleeper. He lifts Okada up for the Bloody Sunday! Cover, TWO, and a close one. Ospreay grits his teeth while getting to a corner. Okada slowly stands, Ospreay takes aim, Robinson Special! He calls for it, springboards, but the OsCutter is blocked into a cobra clutch! Ospreay fades, but then gets a second wind to arm-drag Okada. Okada ends up in a corner, Ospreay runs in, but Okada pops him up into Alabama Slam position, to hit the reverse neckbreaker! But Okada is too tired to make a cover, so he instead gets up and gets back to a corner. Ospreay sits up, Okada knocks him back down with a running EuroUpper! Cover, TWO!
Fans are thunderous but Okada keeps his cool. He brings Ospreay back up but Ospreay unleashes a strike fest! Ospreay then chops away Okada’s clothesline and hook kicks him in the head! Ospreay runs, but into Okada’s dropkick! Okada is in control while we go to break.
NJPW on AXS returns as Okada gets to a corner. Okada climbs up and jumps for a big elbow drop! He then hits his Rainmaker pose, calling for his namesake move. Okada drags Ospreay up but Ospreay fights it off, so Okada rocks him with a right forearm. Ospreay staggers, Okada rocks him again. Okada gives Ospreay a third and Ospreay falls to the mat. Red Shoes checks on Ospreay, Ospreay is okay to continue, and fans continue to cheer for him. Okada takes his time catching his breath, and even toys with Ospreay. Ospreay fires up from the taunting kicks, but Okada keeps them up. Ospreay gets up and gives Okada a forearm, so Okada gives one back. They throw more forearms back and forth and even speed up until they’re hitting each other at the same time.
Okada gets the edge, Ospreay staggers, but then Ospreay slips around to the full nelson. Ospreay goes to heel kick but Okada ducks and retaliates with a EuroUpper. Okada runs but into Ospreay’s flip kick and enziguri! Okada staggers but boots Ospreay again. He runs again, but into Ospreay’s Spanish Fly!
Cover, TWO! But Ospreay grabs the arm, and drags Okada up. With wild eyes glaring a hole in Okada, Ospreay clubs him with a clothesline, a bit like a Rainmaker! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay can’t believe it, but he keeps focus as he climbs up top. He stands up and focuses, for the inverted 450!
It hits, Ospreay covers, TWO! And again, Ospreay can’t believe it. Fans chant for Ospreay as he grits his teeth and glares at Okada again. Ospreay rallies the fans, prepares his elbow, Off with His Head! He drags Okada up, runs and springboards, but Okada again denies the OsCutter to lift Ospreay up into a Tombstone piledriver!
But Okada won’t end it there. He drags Ospreay up, swings him out, Rainmake– No, Ospreay flips through into a sit-out powerbomb!
Cover, TWO!? Ospreay is red hot with frustration, but he gets to a corner to take aim again. Okada slowly stirs, Ospreay unloads kicks and springboards for the OsCutter, but Okada dropkicks it out of the sky! Okada pulls Ospreay up, German Suplex and bridge! TWO! Both men are down from exhaustion, but fans are still rallying for Ospreay. Okada stands first, and brings Ospreay up again. He clotheslines Ospreay once, then brings him up again, for another. Okada isn’t done there, he brings Ospreay up, swings him out, but Ospreay dodges to handspring again! Only to get caught for the spinning Tombstone! Okada brings Ospreay up, for THE Rainmaker!
Cover, Okada wins!
Winner: Okada, by pinfall
Two of the best in NJPW, but it is still the IWGP Heavyweight Champion who stands tall. Fans still chant for Ospreay, and though it takes everything he has right now, Ospreay stands up. Okada offers Ospreay a handshake, but Ospreay goes in for the hug.
There is much adoration and respect between Chaos’ top champions as Ospreay also bows to his leader. Ospreay heads to the back while Red Shoes hands Okada his championship belt. With the great showing the Aerial Assassin gave against the Rainmaker, will he one day face him again for the title?
Meanwhile, Okada speaks. “I wanna say three things.” First, Ospreay really is amazing. He loves Ospreay as a wrestler, and also like a little brother. Second, he thanks the fans for supporting NJPW for 46 years. “Year 47 starts tomorrow.” He brings up Tanahashi, but no. Naito? No, not him either. Kenny Omega? No, done that already. But you can count on Okada! Third, there isn’t a third. Gedo isn’t in the ring right now, but today, on this 46th Anniversary, Okada wishes to end their partnership. Huh!? “Of course I’m joking, dumbass!” Gedo is relieved as Okada vows they’ll be together for the 47th, 48th, 49th, 50th, and so on! Gedo & Okada will still make it rain! For the 47th, 48th, 49th, 50th and forever!! While he vows to make it rain forever, will Okada be the IWGP Heavyweight Champion forever?
Ospreay assures everyone this match wasn’t about him showing disrespect to Okada. He just wanted to prove a point that a Junior Heavyweight can still hang with the Heavyweights. He knows he came so close, but that in itself an accomplishment. Ospreay thanks Okada for the lesson. As for Okada, he still feels Ospreay is an incredible wrestler. It’s why he’s the IWGP Jr. Champion. Appearing in the Anniversary Show is a rare privilege, and “competing against each other on such a big stage” will be a great memory for them both. It will definitely be a match fans remember for quite some time. How long will it be before we see Okada VS Ospreay II?
A great bit of NJPW action right here. Taichi VS Naito was a solid opener, and showed that while Taichi had people ringside to cheat for him, Naito was confident enough to do it alone. Naito wins because he’s been on a great roll as of late, and Taichi still has plenty of Heavyweight Division matches to make a good record for himself. At the same time, this feud can continue given how Suzuki-Gun and Los Ingobernables de Japon are in a bit of a faction war over various titles. I was surprised there were no post-match interviews for them, but perhaps Naito’s spit spoke for itself. The main event was a spectacular showing of two great champions, and Ospreay definitely shows that a Junior can hang with a Heavyweight. Okada wins because he’s Okada, and will roll right into the next title defense to challenge Tanahashi’s historic streak.
My Score: 8.5/10
(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.31~ 21ST APRIL 2019
With the Global Tag League in full effect, Hisame brings us those weekly NOAH updates! Read up on one of the best Japanese promotions that tends to fly under the radar!
With the Global Tag League in full effect, Hisame brings us those weekly NOAH updates! Read up on one of the best Japanese promotions that tends to fly under the radar!
CURRENT TOUR RECAP
NOAH’s first show back on the mainland was held on a midweek night, and while the attendance was not good (819), the show was intense and the fans that did not go were lamenting that they were prevented from going due to it being a midweek night, and therefore, a work night.
Due to Quiet Storm sustaining a concussion after receiving a kick to the head from Kenoh in Sapporo, NOAH have changed their cards (no date has been given for a return of either himself or Kimya Okada yet), and 50 Funky Powers have so far been deducted four points, as per the rules of Global Tag League which counts a team being unable to compete as an automatic loss and a win for the other team (hence the reason why The Tough have two points), and Rocky Kawamura was drafted in to compete at Korakuen Hall. His gimmick is Rocky (the character from the films), and Mohammed
Yone took his name from Mohammed Ali, so you had two boxing fans together.
Yone laughed afterwards and said that he himself might try coming to the ring in boxing gloves.
True to his word, NOSAWA Rongai bought a “friend” to Korakuen Hall.
The “friend” turned out to be Hideki Suzuki who had a match in 2018 in NOAH against Naomichi Marufuji and Atsushi Kotoge (he teamed with Jay Bradley), but wasn’t seen at all again until 2019.
Suzuki got in the ring and asked for a tag match against Marufuji (Suzuki will team with NOSAWA), as he was at ringside (and all of the heavyweights are tied up in Global Tag League), Marufuji, after telling Suzuki that he should build his own gang, said “lets just have a match” and nominated Junta Miyawaki to be his partner. Miyawaki told NOSAWA that he was going to get the victory over him.
Match has been set for the last night of Global Tag League on May 4th.
When asked why he was here, Hideki said he was “job hunting” and hadn’t been employed since the beginning of the year. He later admitted that he was here for himself.
As if the Korakuen Hall crowd weren’t wound up enough, there was a HUGE upset for AXIZ when Masao Inoue (whom the crowd had been cheering on), got the sneak win over Katsuhiko Nakajima.
After the match, Inoue and Saito went to imitate AXIZ’S pose, but at the last moment Saito walked away leaving Inoue to crash to the floor.
The crowd laughed.
Saito laughed louder.
Nakajima, however, didn’t find anything amusing and said that Masao Inoue has borrowed something big, and he will be coming to take it back.
Whatever it is that is going on between Stinger and Daisuke Harada took another turn at Korakuen Hall.
Yoshinari Ogawa offered his hand to Daisuke Harada again, and Harada went to take it, but Tadasuke objected. Harada shoved him aside, and Tadasuke fell against the ropes with a look of surprise. Ogawa tried again, but this time YO-HEY came between them. After that, Harada looked at his hand and just left the ring.
AXIZ were not the only team to have a bad night at Korakuen Hall, their rivals in KAIOH did too.
Takashi Sugiura (complete with stitches after the headbutts from Atsushi Kotoge in Sapporo) stood still and staring at his two former protegees as they entered the ring.
They probably knew that it was a very very bad sign. This match was not about “The Sugiura Army” beating KAIOH, this was about Takashi Sugiura beating down two upstarts, and although they put him through hell, he prevailed with the headlock choke on Kaito Kiyomiya. After the match he got on the microphone and told Kiyomiya that he wouldn’t push the issue now as it was Global Tag League, but he wanted Kiyomiya to remember, that he would be coming for the title.
NOAH held their next event on Sunday 21st April at a new venue (which had been a former fish market) in springtime Niigata. Attendance was a full house of 865.
Naturally, being an event by the Shinano River, a fight went outside and to the riverside, and Marufuji almost threw YO-HEY in. Tadasuke thought it would have been funny, but YO-HEY said that the next time NOAH come to the venue, he is going to bring goggles and a flotation device for Marufuji.
Marufuji’s response was basically, “bring them for yourself”.
Fact is, that if NOAH go back there in the summer or autumn, someone will most likely go in (probably Kotoge in his cape).
Daisuke Harada made the first defense ever of the IPW Junior Heavyweight title against Hitoshi Kumano. While I don’t have too much details on the match itself, one fan did liken it to a fight that one of the Four Pillars would have put on. It was that intense.
Harada said that he wants his next challenger to be British, and said it would be interesting to see if anyone came over to NOAH. He also said that with Global Junior Tag League starting, he was equally interested to see if a team would enter.
When asked about the handshake with Ogawa, Harada walked away.
Yoshinari Ogawa had said that you could see how the situation was developing, as Kotaro Suzuki added, “If the leader’s heart is swayed, then the team is over”
Kaioh were almost beaten in Global Tag League by The Inferno. That was until Kiyomiya changed the tide of the match, and got the pin via the Tiger Suplex on Maybach Taniguchi.
So far Kenoh has not managed to get a single win at Global Tag League. Once the league is over, and especially if Kaioh do not win the titles, then his resentment is going to erupt.
As of the time of writing, The Sugiura Army lead the scoreboard with eight points.
Fortune Dream6 & “TAKAYAMANIA EMPIRE 2”
On the 17th April at Korakuen Hall, Kenta Kobashi announced that Fortune Dream6 would return on June 10th. NOAH participation was announced as Go Shiozaki and Yoshiki Inamura vs Yuji Okabayashi & Kazusada Higuchi. Addtionally, Masa Kitamiya will team with Yuya Aoki against Shoki Kitamura & Towa Iwasaki.
Yoshihiro Takayama has announced via his official blog, that “TAKAYAMANIA EMPIRE 2” will be held on Monday, August 26 2019 at Korakuen Hall.
Card to be announced.
Although Takayama cannot be at the show (although he wants to find a way to be there), there is good news on the horizon as he says that his condition is improving gradually and he can now feel the soles of his feet.
- GHC Heavyweight Champion: Kaito Kiyomiya
- GHC Junior Champion: Minoru Tanaka
- GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: AXIZ (Go Shiozaki and Katsuhiko Nakajima)
- GHC Junior Tag Champions: Stinger (Kotaro Suzuki & Yoshinari Ogawa)
~ Although he cannot wrestle due to concussion, Kinya Okada has been seen at ringside doing his usual duties. Poor boy looks sad, like he did when he was unable to debut due to injury.
~ Minoru Tanaka was hungover at the Niigata event. Said he hoped it would help his hangover. It didn’t.
~ Each time Atsushi Kotoge went to do the “Revolutionary Hero” pose, Marufuji smacked his arm down (Yoshiki Inamura in Niigata was a little more game)
~ Takashi Sugiura said there are to be no further entries into the “Sugiura Army”, he also doesn’t like NOSAWA being put at the center of the group in the official photographs for the new “Sugiura Army” t-shirts.
~ I don’t want to know exactly what a “YO-HEY Teriyaki McBurger” is
~ Takashi Sugiura’s most infamous dog video this week was him on his lap, and chewing the cord of his tracksuit pants.
The 4th May Global Tag League finals will be broadcast at 10pm JST on Samurai TV
The 28th May show will be broadcast live at 6.30pm JST on G+ (its the first night of Global Tag League)
PICTURE CREDITS: NOAH GHC, PKDX, Daisuke Harada
CMLL’s Review & Results (4/21/2019)
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I did not watch Puebla this week because they did not upload it for whatever reason. I did not watch CMLL Tuesday because I was busy this week…. but here are the results.
Arena Mexico Tuesday
Principe Diamante and Robin defeated Apocalipsis and Inquisidor
Pegasso, Star Jr, and Stigma defeated Akuma, Espanto, and Espiritu Negro
Dark Magic, Kawato San, and Polvora defeated Blue Panther, Fuego, and Guerrero Maya Jr
Templario defeated Flyer in a lightning match.
Euforia, Gran Guerrero, and Hechicero defeated Soberano, Stuka, and Valiente
Mr. Niebla, Negro Casas, and Ultimo Guerrero defeated Caristico, Mistico, and Titan
Arena Mexico Friday
Halcon Suriano Jr and Arkalis vs Grako and El Coyote
Suriano and Coyote start the match out and they engage and start to grapple. Grako and Arkalis come in next and continue to grapple. They go back and forth then go to the outside to fight briefly. Suriano does a cross body on Grako and Coyote but they catch him and throw him into Arkalis. Coyote gets Suriano in a submission and Grako pins Arkalis with a sit out power bomb. First Fall: Grako pins Arkalis with a sit out power bomb.
Grako works over Suriano on the ramp way. As the round goes on Arkalis and Suriano continue to get worked over. Suriano gets caught on a cross body again but Arkalis moonsaults into the pile. Suriano the gets flipped into the air by Grako but hits a quick hurricanrana for the pin. Arkalis hits a blue thunder bomb on Coyote as well for the pin. Second Fall: Arkalis pins Coyote with a blue thunder bomb.
Arkalis and Grako go back and forth but Arkalis has the advantage. Arkalis hits a shotgun drop kick on Coyote then poses. Suriano comes in and uses his quickness to get the advantage. Coyote hits a sunset flip on Arkalis then flips him up and Grako hits a drop kick. Suriano then hits a hurricanrana off of the top on Grako and Arkalis hits a swanton bomb for the pin but it gets broken up. Suriano goes for the triple moonsault in the corner on Grako but Grako gets the feet up on the last one and then hits an elbow drop off of the top for the pin. Coyote hits a double armed suplex off of the top on Arkalis followed by a senton. Third Fall: Coyote pins Arkalis with a double armed suplex off of the top rope followed by a senton.
Winners: Grako and Coyote
Tae Honma, Princesa Sugehit, and Kaho Kobayashi vs Dalys, Amapola, and Reyna Isis
They all are itching to fight each other during the introductions. Sugehit and Isis start the match out and they engage and grapple some. They go back and forth some and Sugehit gets the advantage briefly until Isis hits a drop kick in the corner. Honma enters with Amapola and Honma gets the advantage but Amapola hits a spear to get the edge. Honma dodges a corner attack and Amapola falls to the outside. Dalys enters next with Kaho and quickly Dalys uses her strength to fight her off. Kaho hits a missile drop kick off of the top and then a shining wizard to the outside followed by a dive through the middle rope. Sugehit then gets Amapola in an arm bar for the fall. First Fall: Sugehit submits Amapola with an arm bar.
Dalys gets a hold of Sugehit to start this round. Honma then gets teamed up on next. Isis hits a drop kick to Kaho’s privates I suppose. Amapola hits a face buster on Kaho for the pin. Isis hits a Vader bomb on Sugehit for the pin. Second Fall: Reyna Isis pins Sugehit with a Vader bomb.
Honma and Kaho get teamed on to start this round. Sugehit dodges a team up attack which leads to Kaho hitting a missile drop kick. Isis catches Sugehit with a code breaker and Kaho slaps her ass to break up the pin. Amapola hits a blue thunder bomb on Kaho but Honma breaks it up. Honma hits a DDT on Amapola and Dalys breaks it up. Honma catches Dalys in a flying arm bar but Dalys fights out and hits a sit out power bomb for the pin. Isis goes to dive on Sugehit off of the apron but Sugehit kicks her. Kaho makes Dalys and Amapola hit each other until Amapola spears Kaho and then she’s had it and keeps attacking her when the ref instructs her to get off she continues. So Kaho wins by DQ. Third Fall: Kaho Kobayashi wins via DQ.
Winners: Tae Honma, Princesa Sugehit, and Kaho Kobayashi
(Match Relampago) Rey Cometa vs Kawato San
Kawato and Cometa begin the match aggressively grappling with each other. Cometa gets Kawato to the outside and then hits a dive through the middle rope. Back in the ring Kawato hits a drop kick. Kawato kicks Cometa to the outside and then he hits a dive over the top rope. Cometa hits a sit out power bomb on Kawato back in the ring for a two count. Cometa then hits a 450 for the win in 4 minutes. Rey Cometa pins Kawato with a 450.
Winner: Rey Cometa
Caristico, Angel de Oro, and Atlantis Jr vs Sanson, Rey Bucanero, and Hijo Del Villano III
Atlantis Jr and Hijo Del Villano III start out going back and forth really quickly. Sanson and Angel come in next and they grapple for a bit but then Caristico enters with Bucnaero. Bucanero attacks Oro and Atlantis Jr and then they team on Caristico. They team up on Angel next and take him out and then work over Atlantis Jr. Sanson holds Caristico and Bucanero hits a whisper in the wind for the pin. First Fall: Sanson pins Caristico after Bucanero hits a whisper in the wind.
Villano III works over Caristico to start the round. It evolves in the rudos teaming on the technicos once again. Caristico hits a handspring elbow attack to make a come back and then hits a hurricanrana on Sanson. Oro hits a hurricanrana on Villano III to the outside and Atlantis hits a missile drop kick on Bucanero to the outside. Oro then hits a golden moonsault and Atlantis Jr hits a dive through the middle rope. Caristico then gets Sanson in the Fujiwara arm bar for the fall. Second Fall: Caristico submits Sanson with a Fujiwara arm bar.
Atlantis starts out fast getting the edge on everybody. Oro then uses his quickness to get the advantage on everybody as well. Caristico comes in on fire as well. All three, Caristico, Oro, and Atlantis hit dives through the middle rope. Sanson hits a swinging slam on Caristico but Atlantis breaks up the pin. Atlantis tries to get Villano in a torture rack but it’s unsuccessful. Caristico hits a splash to the outside on Sanson. Atlantis then finally gets Villano III in the torture rack. Third Fall: Atlantis Jr submits Villano with a torture rack.
Winners: Caristico, Angel de Oro, and Atlantis Jr
(Tag Team Tournament) Mistico and Cuatrero, Volador Jr and Ultimo Guerrero, Rush and Vangellys, El Terrible and Niebla Roja, Atlantis and Negro Casas, El Valiente and Gran Guerrero, Hechicero and Stuka Jr, and Templario and El Audaz
So we have the battle royal to decide the order. Hechicero gets thrown over first. Cuatrero is out next. Templario gets eliminated next. Casas goes out next. Vangellys dodges and Ultimo Guerrero falls out. Terrible gets punched off of the apron next. Vangellys and Gran Guerrero win the battle royal.
Hechicero and Stuka vs Mistico and Cuatrero
Hechicero and Mistico start to engage and grapple. Cuatrero and Stuka come in and they go back and forth. The match breaks down and there’s a ton of back and forth action. Mistico gets crotched on the barricade. Cuatrero hits a dive on Hechicero. Back in the ring Cuatrero and Hechicero trade offense. Mistico gets the Fujiwara arm bar on Hechicero and Cuatrero pins Stuka with a crucifix power bomb. Cuatrero pins Stuka with a crucifix power bomb.
Winners: Mistico and Cuatrero
El Audaz and Templario vs Atlantis and Negro Casas
Audaz and Templario have matching gear. Templario and Casas trade offense. Audaz and Templario do some double team offense on Atlantis. They do some offense on Negro Casas as well. Atlantis hits back breakers on each. Atlantis and Casas roll up Audaz and Templario for the win. Matching gear for such a short match. Atlantis and Casas roll up Audaz and Templario.
Winners: Atlantis and Negro Casas
Volador Jr and Ultimo Guerrero vs El Terrible and Niebla Roja
They start the match brawling. Some brawling takes place on the outside as well. Match is a straight up brawl. Volador hits a hurricanrana on Terrible and then a dive over the top rope. Roja gets the rock the boat submission on Volador but Terrible punches Roja. Then Volador and Ultimo school boy Roja and Terrible for the win. Same finish. Volador and Ultimo pin Roja and Terrible with school boys.
Winners: Volador Jr and Ultimo Guerrero
El Valiente and Gran Guerrero vs Rush and Vangellys
Rush and Valiente go at it and Valiente kicks Rush’s legs out. Gran and Vangellys strike back and forth. Gran drop kicks Vangellys off of the apron. Gran holds Rush in place and Valiente goes for a dive but Rush moves and Valiente hits Gran. Rush hits the shotgun drop kick in the corner on Valiente for the win. Vangellys hits a weak spear on Gran for a pin but the match was over by then. Just getting our stuff in. Rush pins Valiente with a corner drop kick.
Winners: Rush and Vangellys
Mistico and Cuatrero vs Atlantis and Negro Casas
Cuatrero and Atlantis brawl on the outside. Casas and Mistico strike each other in the middle of the ring. Atlantis flips Cuatrero to the outside and then back breakers Mistico. Mistico lands on his feet after a moonsault attempt on Negro. Mistico kicks Casas legs out and then gets him in a pinning combo. Cuatrero then submits Atlantis in an inverted bear hug. Cuatrero submits Atlantis with an inverted bear hug.
Winners: Mistico and Cuatrero
Volador Jr and Ultimo Guerrero vs Rush and Vangellys
Rush and Vangellys jump Volador and Ultimo and they lay them out brawling. There’s a lot of brawling tonight. Last week was more wrestling based. Vangellys did the big swing in the ring on Volador but fell over and Volador couldn’t contain his laughter. Ultimo hits a double clothesline for a come back. Ultimo hits a face buster suplex off of the top on Vangellys but Rush drop kicked the ref. Volador and Ultimo win via DQ.
Winners: Volador and Ultimo Guerrero
Mistico and Cuatrero vs Volador and Ultimo Guerrero
Mistico starts hot hitting a hurricanrana on Volador. Mistico and Cuatrero then hit dives over the top rope onto Ultimo and Volador. Mistico and Volador brawl on the ramp and Mistico hits a dive off of the stage. Back at ring side Cuatrero hits a flip dive on Volador and Mistico hits a golden moonsault on Ultimo. Back in the ring Ultimo hits a face buster suplex off of the top on Mistico for a two count. Ultimo then hits a power bomb off of the top rope on Mistico and he kicks out again. On the top rope Mistico hits a hurricanrana for a two count. Cuatrero catches Volador and hits a suplex for a two count. Volador hits a back stabber for a close two count. Volador hits Mistico with a Canadian destroyer for the pin. Ultimo Guerrero hits a reverse suplex on Cuatrero off of the top rope for the win. Ultimo Guerrero pins Cuatrero with a reverse suplex off of the top rope.
Winners: Volador and Ultimo Guerrero
Volador and Ultimo Guerrero will face Titan and Cavernario next Friday in the finals of the Tag Team Tournament
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