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Dragon Gate King of Gate Results & Review: A&B Blocks Part 2

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We are back with Dragon Gate as we continue talking about the King of Gate Tournament.

The last time I covered the first part of it, I only had three matches in the four shows that aired with two of them not airing at all, so it was disappointing to give people enough to read and for that I’m sorry for that. However, we have four shows that were aired on this one with about two not airing meaning I’ll have plenty of content to talk about this time around for my respective blocks.

So let’s get to it and…dive right in.

 

5/19/2018

King Of Gate 2018 Block B Match
Big R Shimizu vs. Jason Lee

Review: This is the first time I’ll be seeing Jason Lee in a singles match since I saw him in the WWE Cruiserweight Classic and now I wanna see how much actual progress he’s made since he’s been doing fantastic in his run with Dragon Gate so far, way better than I expected him to.

His first match in B Block is against Big R, who lost in his first match, so he wants to get a win here to have points on the scoreboard. I gotta admit that this match went way better than I expected it to be compared to the last B Block match I had, Jason Lee just worked nicely with Big R in this match as his quickness was able to match Big R’s strength to get some impressive chemistry in the bout. Big R went for his Shot-put Slam, but Jason Lee would reverse it to try and get the upset, but it wasn’t enough. Jason did also hit a pretty nice Cutter catching Big R when he attempted to do a Splash off the top rope. After ten minutes, Jason’s quickness wouldn’t work here as Big R hits the Shot-put Slam this time to get his first win in the tournament.

Recommended: Very solid match, definitely worth a view.

 

King Of Gate 2018 Block A Match
Ben-K vs. Kzy

Review: Kzy is looking to avenge his loss to YAMATO as he looks to take on Ben-K who already had one win in his name after defeating Shun Skywalker. A victory here would definitely put him back in the race, while for Ben, it would give him the early lead. I love Natural Vibes entrance the more I see it and the unit is definitely growing on me with each match I see them in.

I believe this match is just as good as the Kzy and YAMATO match since both played their strengths beautifully here with one of our future stars and one known as the gatekeeper of Dragon Gate who is coming on his own with his faction. Not only Ben-K can be a powerhouse, but he shows a lot of his technical ability in his matches too to make him a bit unique while Kzy is more cunning with his speed and tricks to try and roll his opponent up if the opening is given to him. I’ve been noticing that they’ve been protecting the Ben-K Bomb lately as you don’t see him hit it every time he makes an attempt here and I think it might lead to a big payoff in the future for him when the occasion would happen.

The last few minutes is when it started to get intense since neither of these two men would give up and wanna try to get the win fast before the time would run out. Ben-K would do a deadly Shoulder Tackle to send him flying and even hits a Spear to try and put Kzy away, but he kicked out of it. Kzy would also pull out some tricks with the La Magistrals, sick DDT, and a Frogsplash to try and get the win, but now Ben-K kicks out of it all. Kzy would take the big guy down and first hit a Swanton Bomb off the top, and then go over to hit a Frog Splash as he goes for the cover, Ben-K kicks out and the bell rings which gives us a draw. This was probably the best way to do it so it would protect both of these men without really hurting them with a pinfall loss, but now Kzy is gonna have to win his next two matches or he won’t make it. Both get a point.

Recommended: Fantastic match, highly recommended.

 

– So the next two shows are not aired while the last three are aired. On the May 20th show which I only had B Block, Jason Lee picked up his first win by defeating BxB Hulk. On the next show which happened on May 23rd, for A Block Shun Skywalker would defeat Yasushi Kanda by Count-out and on B Block, BxB Hulk got his first win by defeated Genki Horiguchi while considered being mathematically eliminated since there’s four matches for each person and lost his first two.

 

5/25/2018

King Of Gate 2018 Block B Match
Genki Horiguchi vs. Jason Lee

Review: This one is their third match each where a win here would give one a better chance of winning their block while the other one could be mathematically eliminated, so let’s see who wants it more out of these two right here. One thing I see Jason Lee do in his matches that I absolutely love is when he’s going back and forth with someone, he would randomly sit down in a meditating position to throw his opponent off guard and when they try to pick him up from behind, he does the Arm Drag,

I just find it both comical and creative at the same time. Another spot they did was that Jason would treat Genki’s hair like an arm wringer, twisting it around til he would flip him over and thought it was pretty funny to see. Rest of the match was standard, but not in a bad way since they both hit some really good spots in the match like Jason hitting a Cutter off the top, but Genki still kicking out of it. Jason Lee would pick up his second win with a German Suplex Hold, giving him two more points as he now has one more match where if he wins. his chances of advancing are looking good for him and I kinda hope so.

Recommended: It was a nice match that should get at least one view.

 

King Of Gate 2018 Block A Match
Ben-K vs. Yasushi Kanda

Review: Up next is Ben-K taking Yasushi and despite his last match ending in a draw against Kzy, if he wins here then his chances of winning his block would increase quite a bit since the only one that has a chance of beating him would be YAMATO.

Kanda would start to attack Ben right away soon as the bell rings and it looks like he’s trying to go for another count out victory like how he did with YAMATO, but Ben would still get back in the ring in time to save himself. My problem with the match is how slowly paced it was compared to his other matches and usually I don’t mind it if it tells a good story, but this one sadly didn’t so much since it was just nothing interesting in it at all. I like how they built up the Ben-K Bomb again in the match with having Kanda just reverse it so that we don’t see it in here just yet. Kanda would try to rely on the countout again by making Ben-K go to the outside where he will attempt a Double Underhook Piledrive, but Ben would not give him that chance and then hits a vicious Spear on the outside, which gives him enough time to have Ben go back in the ring for a count out victory. Ben now has five points which makes him be in the lead with only one match left against YAMATO, so if YAMATO does lose that match against Shun then that would make Ben the winner by default unless Kzy can stack up two more wins and if Ben does lose to YAMATO if he does lose to Shun, but if YAMATO wins that match and beats Ben, then he’ll move on regardless.

Recommended: I thought it was skippable and just slow.

 

5/26/2018

King Of Gate 2018 Block A Match
Shun Skywalker vs. Kzy

Review: So for this match, both of these men need to have a win here in order to stay alive since this is both their third match in the tournament while Kzy have one draw and one loss while Shun has just one win and one loss meaning Shun has a better chance to win if he gets the victory here, but either way there needs to be a winner here.

Shun would attempt to attack Kzy before the bell rings and it doesn’t last long til Kzy starts to get the upper hand on him. I’m starting to like Shun as a performer, but I feel like he needs a change in attire since I feel like what he wear doesn’t scream somebody that looks like he can be a future guy in the company despite having a solid ability. The match had plenty of fast pacing action between the two with some nice reversals and transitions into their moves and styles to add that nice factor into the match. Shun looked like he was going for a Reverserana off the top rope, but he turns it into a Sunset Flip Powerbomb to only get a two count on him. Kzy would start to get a bit serious as he looks to put him away with his Swanton Bomb and then going for the Frogsplash only for Shun to put his knees up to counter it, giving him a chance to go for the win as he rolled Kzy up three times while coming very close with the third attempt to only get a kickout. Kzy would work around it this time to hit a Canadian Destroyer which Shun kicks out of, but Kzy would get right back up to hit his Running Elbow Smash to get the win. Kzy would bow to Shun after the match to show his respect to him and then leaves the ring.

Recommended: I thought it was fun, but not as good as Kzy’s previous matches against YAMATO and Ben-K, but still worth a view.

 

King Of Gate 2018 Block B Match
Big R Shimizu vs. Genki Horiguchi

Review: Another one where this is their third match and the winner of this match can give them a solid position in the standings as Big R has a win and loss and Genki with one win and two losses, but with Big R having one more match while this is Genki’s last one meaning he’s mathematically eliminated regardless, but he could still spoil it for Big R if he wins.

I didn’t really see a whole lot to make this match stand out, but it was still an average match for what it was since their styles made it seem a little bit slow at times. Genki however is one I consider a bit underrated despite how the matches went since he can go in the ring and is enjoyable to watch when I see him, specially with Natural Vibes right now. Genki would attempt a Hurricanrana on Big R until he caught him to go for a Powerbomb, but then that also gets reversed into a DDT which looked nice, but not enough to put him away. Big R would then hit two Powerbombs to try and put him away only to have another kickout. Big R would then go for his Shot-put Slam only to be reversed for a Backslide which gives Genki a win, ending on a 2-2 record.

Recommended: Average match, but up to you if you wanna watch.

 

5/27/2018

King Of Gate 2018 Block A Match
YAMATO vs. Shun Skywalker

Review: YAMATO returns to action for his third match while this is Shun’s final match on the block and is considered eliminated whether he wins or lose at this point, but he still could ruin YAMATO’s chances here at least. If YAMATO does win then it would mean that only him and Ben-K can win the tournament despite Kzy still having one more match, so we gotta see how it plays out.

Shun would get the early lead over YAMATO as he would get him to the outside so he can jump off the top turnbuckle to dive onto him on the outside, and then he would have him in the ring to do a Springboard Splash, but only for a two count. YAMATO would then use his veteran experience to out wrestle Shun in the match with stiff Dropkicks and just other various strikes mostly. Later on in the match, YAMATO would go for a Frankensteiner only for it to be reversed by Shun to deliver one on his own and the back and forth between that looked solid. Shun would then take off his glove to smack the taste out of YAMATO’s mouth and you can hear that slap too, but YAMATO would apply the Crossface which he calls CBV to make Shun tap out and YAMATO is now alive to fight Ben-K to decide the winner of A Block.

Recommended: Short and solid match, give it one view at least.

 

King Of Gate 2018 Block B Match
Big R Shimizu vs. BxB Hulk

Review: We FINALLY have a match with BxB Hulk that we get to see live since his other matches weren’t aired at all. Despite the match happening, both of them are considered eliminated since both have only one win and two losses to make this their final match on the block while Jason Lee and Takashi Yoshida lead the block and have one more match together to see who will advance, so this is pretty much to see who will have three losses in their record.

The match started a bit slow again with some mat wrestling and a bit of chaining until they both went to the outside after Big R hits a mean Shoulder Tackle that caused Hulk to spin a little before he landed outside, Big R would also then hit his Splash from off the apron to the outside and that looked painful to see. You get some decent back and forth in this match, but again nothing memorable in the match since it felt pretty standard most of the time. Big R would get a huge pop near the end as he started to make his comeback and even hits his Shot-put Slam on Hulk, but Big R wouldn’t cover him in time and it lead to Hulk kicking out at two. Big R would attempt it two more times, but Hulk would reverse each one, and gave him a combination of various kicks despite some of them missing, but he hits his Superkick which he calls First Flash and would get the win.

Recommended: Average match, so up to you.

 

This is pretty much it for the block since I found out that on the last two days of block matches will NOT be aired as the next show that’ll be aired is when we have our Semi Final matches between the four block winners and it actually infuriates me and all for 1500 fucking yen a month. I don’t mind keeping the service after this since when they do the bigger shows, they actually do deliver, but when it comes to the tournament shows like this, I probably won’t cover something like this again due to half of them not airing on the network.

Anyway, on the May 29th show, YAMATO defeated Ben-K to be the winner of A Block and Takashi Yoshida defeated Jason Lee to win B Block. During the May 30th show, Kzy defeated Yasishi Kanda in a match that didn’t matter since YAMATO still has the lead with six points.

 

Overall:  A Block definitely delivered except for Kanda, but the rest of them did very well and gave us quality matches. B Block was underwhelming and to me the one that stood out the most was Jason Lee and this made me hope he wins the block, but I don’t think he will unfortunately. King of Gate as a whole has been underwhelming as well due to half the shows not airing and questionable outcomes in the four blocks with normally relying on count outs, especially in Andrew’s C and D Blocks. I will talk about the winners of all four blocks in the next coverage since the Semi Finals will be aired next. And again, I would like to thank Andrew for helping me out at least despite the network not going in our favor.

Favorite Match: Kzy vs. Ben-K

Least Favorite Match: Ben-K vs. Yashushi Kanda

Score: 7/10

 

A Block Standings:
YAMATO (3-1) (6 Points)
Ben-K (2-1-1) (5 Points)
Kzy (2-1-1) (5 Points)
Yasushi Kanda (1-2) (2 Points)
Shun Skywalker (1-3) (2 Points)

B Block Standings:
Takashi Yoshida (3-1) (6 Points)
Jason Lee (2-2) (4 Points)
Genki Horiguchi (2-2) (4 Points)
BxB Hulk (2-2) (4 Points)
Big R Shimizu (1-3) (2 Points)

See you all for the Semi Final.


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PRO -WRESTLING NOAH WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.34~ 12TH MAY 2019

We’re in between events for NOAH! Hisame brings us updates, need to know information, and of course RATEL’S stuff!

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CURRENT TOUR RECAP
The new owners of NOAH seem to have done away with NOAH giving names to their interim tours, and these will now be known as “NOAH The SPIRIT”.

The interim tours between Global Tag League and Global Junior Tag League starting will run for three dates only – the 11th & 12th May and then the the final date on May 19th in Gunma.

NOAH are currently in the grip of an injury bug (three people out, please see below for updates\news), so the cards were changed accordingly with Keisuke Ishii and Kouki Iwasaki being drafted in.  

RATELS and Stinger (without YO-HEY) faced off again, with Tadasuke getting his second win over The Stinger team, this time over Kotaro Suzuki on the 12th by reversing The Endless Waltz into The Pac. Tadasuke, being Tadasuke, became manic saying that he “can’t control myself” and posting the crazy face icon.

In a more sedate tone, Yoshinari Ogawa tried the handshake again with Daisuke Harada on the 12th May event. I am afraid that I don’t know whether Harada took it or ignored it.

Due to his title challenge for the GHC Heavyweight title (9th June) and for the GHC Heavyweight Tag titles (13th June), Takashi Sugiura is now feuding with three people – AXIZ (Go Shiozaki and Katsuhiko Nakajima) and Kaito Kiyomiya. Sugiura and Shiozaki beat the hell out of each other on the 11th May, and there was an equally intense match against Katsuhiko Nakajima on the 12th. Neither the challenger or the champions, however, got the direct win over each other. 

Regarding the title challenges, Sugiura said he is blessed as a wrestler to have them, and even more so that these will take place at the Mitsuharu Misawa memorial shows at Korakuen Hall and Osaka.

Much to their dismay, Kongoh (the new unit of Kenoh, Masa Kitamiya, Yoshiki Inamura and Atsushi Kotoge) lost their debut match on the 11th against Kaito Kiyomiya, Minoru Tanaka and Hi69. Kenoh and Kiyomiya made a beeline for each other, with Kenoh sticking his fist in Kiyomiya’s face (they didn’t roll around fighting in the streamers like two kids fighting in the playground this time).

Takashi Sugiura (intent on winding Kenoh up online, although aside from calling him a “thoughtlessly stupid old man”, Kenoh seems to be ignoring him now), said that their loss was due to having a comedy wrestler (Kotoge was pinned by Kaito Kiyomiya with the Tiger Driver).
Kotoge, however, had other issues other than Kongoh.

His former tag team partner in “The Revolutionary Cloak Heroes”, Mitsuya Nagai, was furious that Kotoge had apparently ditched him for his new crew, and vowed revenge in their singles match which fans had named, “The Revolutionary Showdown”. Making small children cry, Nagai threw Kotoge into the crowd using both the “robber cloak” that Kotoge had given him and the chain that Kotoge had tried to remove from him. Kotoge was given the beat down of a lifetime.

Nagai says he “feels relieved” he doesn’t have to wear the cloak again. 

Kongoh debuted their tandem move on the 12th May, whereby Kitamiya (with the assist from Inamura) slam their opponent from the top turnbuckle, with Kenoh following up with the Diving Footstamp for the win.

After the match, Kenoh got on the microphone and started yelling about not being a “yes-man” to LIDET.

Normally, he would point to their banner, but he found that there wasn’t one in the arena today, and Kenoh being Kenoh (half paranoid, mostly angry), decided that they hadn’t put it up deliberately due to his angry ranting at it.

EVENT RECAPS
Saturday May 11th 2019, Ryumioka Kaikan, Ozaki City
Sunday May 12th 2019: Esupowaru Isanuma, Saitama

Post match promos: Ryumioka Kaikan, Ozaki City

NEWS

COME AT ME YOU BASTARDS (Kenoh’s column)Although the interview was done after KAIOH’S loss at Global Tag League, and Kenoh’s subsequent screaming fit at Kiyomiya leading to the dissolution of their team, Kenoh was actually quite restrained, and not spewing fire against the “22 year old 3 year career boy” as he termed him. Kenoh’s column veered between sounding like a concerned older brother, recounting happier times with him, and a dose of paranoia and anger towards LIDET.

YO-HEY UPDATE
YO-HEY was discharged from the hospital earlier in the week, and told that he must work on building up his strength, and not rush back to work. Various NOAH wrestlers (and others) had visited him in the hospital, with YO-HEY giving them hospital department names (Jiro Ikemen was from proctology and Atsushi Kotoge from mental health). The majority of wrestlers who visited played with the iron grabbing claw that YO-HEY had used to reach for things as he was bed bound with a tube in his lung, and most of the time YO-HEY found himself being pinched with it.

YO-HEY wants to make it clear that he is not returning to RATELS, he will be teaming with HAYATA as a member of Stinger, while HAYATA will remain with RATELS. He says he will address the situation on the May 19th in Gunma. He won’t be wrestling though. YO-HEY, however, did acknowledge that for Global Junior Tag league he wanted to reunite with HAYATA, if only for that event in the future.

Interestingly, there has been no mention of Stinger ever visiting him, while RATELS did (Tadasuke taunted him with cigarettes), but ultimately this may mean nothing.

NAOMICHI MARUFUJI INJURED
NOAH announced at the start of “NOAH the SPIRIT 2019” that Naomichi Marufuji would miss the tour with a lower lumbar back hernia. So, while everyone went off with NOAH, Marufuji was left bored at home in Tokyo (no wrestling and no socializing). He was unable to sleep for the first two nights due to pain, but considered it his body adjusting to the condition when he was finally able to snatch a few hours. I think this injury is probably a left over from his manic year in 2018, although he has taken it easier this year, not appearing in any other promotions, and not participating in Global Tag League. Naturally, he got defensive when asked to take it easy and not rush back.

Although he is undergoing treatment, he has said that he will be back for the big match on the 28th May at Korakuen Hall where he will team with Jinsei Shinzaki and Daisuke Harada against Kenoh (who was Jinsei Shinzaki’s student), Masa Kitamiya and Atsushi Kotoge. The worrying thing is that even if he is not ready to come back, he will for this match, no matter the cost, and most likely the singles match with Go Shiozaki at the Misawa Memorial show on the 9th.

Given that Daisuke Harada and Marufuji can be childish when tagging together (like doing things to wind each other up like wanting to use the same turnbuckle to stand on during an entrance, not tagging each other in, and Harada not letting Marufuji join in with RATELS handshake, and then Marufuji refusing to let them leave by a certain exit), plus Kenoh’s hatred of Marufuji – Shinzaki may well find himself playing the adult. 

Marufuji has also hinted (normally at 1.30am JST) that he is looking for a tag partner…

CURRENT CHAMPIONS


One of NOAH’s new trainees on the tour bus

TOUR TIDBITS
~ Fans were greeted in Saitama by 50 Funky Powers disco ball spinning
~ Yoshinari Ogawa gave RATELS the finger
~ Apparently Kenoh & HAYATA sang an anime theme (translated into “Southern Country Boy”) for Tadasuke, who was planning to sing it on a show “Matsuko Deluxe”, but it was never aired.
~ Kinya Okada (whose nickname is apparently “Chunky”), is working towards his return, although no date has been given as of yet. Takashi Sugiura took a picture of him looking glum on the bus and said he was growing tired of looking at his “steep face”.
~ Two new trainees have been seen at ringside, naturally, we will not know the name of these boys until they debut (and of course, if they debut).
~ Kenoh said that when he used to second Jinsei Shinzaki, he would chant a sutra from Shikoku (his home island, and a sacred place for pilgrimages), that the monks would chant for protection on their travels.

BROADCASTS
The first night of Global Junior League will be broadcast live on G+ on May 28th 2019 at 6.30pm JST.

The 9th June show (the Misawa Memorial from Korakuen Hall, Tokyo and the second to last night of Global Junior Tag League) will be broadcast by G+ on Thursday 13th at 8pm JST.

LINKS
Reiwa’s Pro Wrestlers: Kaito Kiyomiya
Takashi Sugiura to challenge for the title on Misawa Memorial night in JuneTakashi Sugiura’s double GHC challenge at the two Misawa Memorial eventsDouble challenge for the GHC titles, Sugiura’s peak at 49 years old“NOAH The Spirit 2019” autograph scheduleAkitoshi Saito & Masao Inoue “Moving Centre” with a resurrection of The Dark Agents

PICTURE CREDITS: Noah GHC, PKDX, Tadasuke
Newsletter written by Hisame


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(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.33~ 6TH MAY 2019

A little delayed, but still filled with all the Pro Wreslting NOAH goodness. Hisame gives us all the previous week’s NOAH information we love!

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CURRENT TOUR RECAP
NOAH held the last three dates of “Global Tag League 2019” in Yokohama on the 29th and 30th April, with the final night being on the 4th May, and an event “Navigation to a New Era” to celebrate the new Reiwa era on the 2nd May.

It had been a grueling tour with two injuries, and four consecutive days in a row, with a day off and then a day on. Not surprisingly when they returned home after the event on the 30th April, their Twitters went dead (aside from Masa Kitamiya who had slept on the bus, couldn’t sleep afterwards, and ate a double helping of a rice and curry dish at 4am).

Happily, NOAH managed to sell out both nights in Yokohama, the event in Fuji Messe, and had the greatest crowd at Korakuen Hall (sold out too), with the best crowd they had ever had since 2015.

True to his new persona, Naomichi Marufuji took to winding up Kenoh (by holding the ropes open for him, and also pretending not to see him when Kenoh decided to menace him by holding his fist in his face), but saved most of it for Daisuke Harada on the 30th April.

Marufuji and Harada decided that they were both going to climb on the same turnbuckle to do Tadasuke’s pose and they got into a tussle (which made them look like Sideshow Bob and Sideshow Cecil fighting over the bunk-bed), and later in the match, Harada refused to tag in Marufuji. Harada tagged in HAYATA, who (not being bothered by such pettiness), tagged in Marufuji. However, Harada wasn’t finished being childish, and wouldn’t let Marufuji join in with the RATELS handshake at the end of the match and kept turning his back on him, or else kicking him away. Eventually Harada threw him out of the ring, and Marufuji (after slapping the apron in an anger), went over to where the belts where, and lightly touched the IPW Junior Heavyweight title.

Later RATELS had to find another way back to the locker room, as Marufuji had decided to stand in the doorway to one of the exits.

Naturally, with YO-HEY being injured in Yokohama (see the entry below), whatever was meant to happen between RATELS and Stinger at Korakuen Hall didn’t, with Atsushi Kotoge taking YO-HEY’s place in the subsequent card change. A nice set up was made for Global Junior Tag League though, with Tadasuke pinning Yoshinari Ogawa.

Hideki Suzuki and NOSAWA Rongai (“The Sugiura Army”) took on Naomichi Marufuji and Junta Miyawaki at the final night of Global Tag League at Korakuen Hall. Although Miyawaki lost (albeit to some very near falls), he said he wants a singles match with Hideki Suzuki.

Suzuki, however, is far more interested in facing Naomichi Marufuji, or as he put it, someone with a belt.

Kenoh’s simmering resentment and jealously finally boiled over in Yokohama on the 30th April when Kaito Kiyomiya was counted out by Masao Inoue clinging on to him and preventing him from getting in the ring, meaning that Kaioh were knocked out of Global Tag League 2019. The Dark Agents actually did better than anyone expected in the league, especially compared to previous years.

Kenoh grabbed Kiyomiya’s hair and screamed at him before getting on the microphone and screaming at him that “tonight, we are done” among other paranoid ramblings about Kiyomiya only speaking words that the company had told him, and that he wasn’t going to do that, no he was not going to be “the company dog” to bark, wag and fetch when the company demanded. Then, in true Kenoh fashion, he finished his tantrum by throwing the microphone at Kiyomiya before stalking off.

Kiyomiya (although he had said they were never friends and probably wouldn’t be, looked upset) and said that the words he spoke were his own and told Kenoh not to be “silly”, and if Kenoh wanted to fight him, instead of stand by him and create a new NOAH, then so be it.

On the 2nd May in Fuji Messe, after the match with THE TOUGH, Kenoh seemingly formed an alliance with them when the three of them stood staring at each other, and Kenoh backed off still staring and pointing his fingers, backstage he hinted at a possible alliance.

At the final night of Global Tag League, this was confirmed when Kenoh announced the formation of a new unit called “Kongō” (the name means “Diamond”), and called out the wrestlers who were dissatisfied with the new company. Yoshiki Inamura (who is only joining as he cannot be separated from Masa Kitamiya at the moment just like Kaito Kiyomiya was with Go Shiozaki this time last year), and the aforementioned Masa Kitamiya were already in the ring, but Atsushi Kotoge came out. Kotoge’s participation is a little bizarre considering that he has joined with Mitsutya Nagai as “The Revolutionary Cloak Heroes”, but this could be the meaning of his vague “Revolution”. Kotoge, however, says he will do things his own way.

After he and Kenoh had yelled at each other from the ring and apron, Kaito Kiyomiya, started an alliance with Maybach Taniguchi, who had now “rebooted” himself as he said he would on the 2nd May, and had gone back to his old name and persona of “Shuhei Taniguchi”.

Fans have cautioned Kiyomiya not to trust him, as (somewhat like Kenoh), Taniguchi has betrayed pretty much every partner he has ever had…but for now Taniguchi seems to be pretty faithful, warning Kongō that he is going to show them “what a company slave can do”. 

Masa Kitamiya (who fell to Taniguchi’s new submission of a chicken wing camel clutch), said that between them, it isn’t over….

AXIZ & The Sugiura army clashed twice, first in Yokohama on the 29th April in a vicious match, which started with Takashi Sugiura standing and staring at them and not moving a muscle (Kaioh had the sense to back off when they saw him do it at the start of their match). 

The two teams met in the finals of Global Tag League, whereby Sugiura made Nakajima tap out to the ankle lock. AXIZ it seemed, had been hoping to get rid of such a team like “The Sugiura Army” quickly, except now they found they were going to be facing them in the finals.

Takashi Sugiura said that he was now going after two belts, the GHC Heavyweight Tag and the GHC Heavyweight single. No formal challenge has been made yet for the GHC Heavyweight single.

Yoshiki Inamura picked up his first win by using the “Oklahoma Stampede” (which was a move used by Dr Death Steve Williams) over Masao Inoue.

At the final night of Global Tag League, Inamura had a singles match against Yuji Hino, who praised him after the match.

Sadly, there has been no announcement of when Kinya Okada will return to the ring.

The Backbreakers ended their tag team in Yokohama on the 30th, with Hajime Ohara later joining The Sugiura Army after the event in Fuji Messe on the 2nd May (he wishes to become dominant in the Junior League, and he feels that Takashi Sugiura is the best person to learn this from), and Hitoshi Kumano looking towards the singles league. Kumano said he wanted to thank Ohara for all the experience he had gained by tagging with him, so aside from the singles match they had on the 2nd, there seems to be no further bad blood between them.

EVENT RECAPS
Yokohama 29th April 2019
Post match promos ~ 29th April 2019

Full show of 30th April in Yokohama
Yokohama 30th April 2019
Post match promos ~ 30th April 2019

“Navigation to a New Era” ~ May 2nd 2019
Post match promos ~ “Navigation to a New Era”

Final night of Global Tag League 2019 
Post match promos ~ Global Tag League 2019

NEWS

“NOAH THE SPIRIT 2019”

NOAH has a small tour in between the end of “Global Tag League 2019” ending, and “Global Junior League 2019” starting.

Saturday 11th May 2019 (17:00): Okazakishi Tatsumigaoka Hall, Aichi
Sunday 12th May 2019 (15:00): Esuporu Iseuma, Saitama
Sunday 19th May 2019 (17:30): YAMADA Green Dome, Maebashi Sub Event Arena

GLOBAL JUNIOR TAG LEAGUE
Global Junior Tag League will run the following dates:

Tuesday May 28th 2019, Korakuen Hall, Tokyo – 18.30
Thursday May 30th 2019, Hiroshima Industry West Hall Exhibition Hall, Hiroshima – 18.30
Friday May 31st 2019, Yonago Convention Centre BIG SHIP – 18.30
Saturday June 1st 2019, Osaka World Hall – 17.00
Sunday June 2nd 2019, Act City Hamamatsu, Shizuoka – 18.00
Saturday June 8th 2019, Yokohama Radiant Hall – 17.30
Sunday June 9th 2019, Tokyo Korakuen Hall – 11.30 (Mitsuharu Misawa memorial)
Thursday June 13th 2019, Osaka Edion Arena – 18.30 (Mitsuharu Misawa memorial)

In a long awaited happening, it has been announced that Chris Ridgeway will participate in this years league, teaming with Hitoshi Kumano. He says that it has long been a life goal to wrestle in Japan, and also for Pro Wrestling NOAH. Ridgeway is of course no stranger to NOAH, albeit in the UK and not in Japan, having wrestled Kenoh for Frontline’s opening night, and Daisuke Harada in the IPW Junior Heavyweight Tournament.

The teams announced for the tournament are:

Yoshinari Ogawa & Kotaro Suzuki (current champions)
YO-HEY* & HAYATA
Hajime Ohara & NOSAWA Rongai
Hi69 & Minoru Tanaka
Daisuke Harada & Tadasuke
Hitoshi Kumano & Chris Ridgeway
Seiya Morohashi & Junta Miyawaki

YO-HEY & HAYATA 
Sadly on the second night in Yokohama (the 30th), YO-HEY picked up an injury to his left lung. If you watch the match you can see him clutch his lower rib-cage and speak to the ref, ironically this worked out quite well as given Stinger’s heel tactics, it looked as if he was hamming it up while his teammates beat up on the opponents outside the ring.

Sadly, this was not a work, and after the match, YO-HEY said that he didn’t feel well and was taken to hospital. Hooked up to various machines (plus a tube in his lung), he was visited in the hospital by various NOAH wrestlers (and other friends like Jiro Ikemen, who YO-HEY said was “the twink from the proctology department”), officials, and his old friends in RATELS. Daisuke Harada and Go Shiozaki played with an iron grappling claw (by making it pinch YO-HEY), one of the trainers bought him erotic books, Tadasuke bought him cigarettes (which he couldn’t smoke),  and on a couple of occasions, people bought him MacDonalds. Interestingly, although YO-HEY seems to have documented most of his visitors (including Atsushi Kotoge who has been the most recent visitor, who YO-HEY said had come to give him a psych evaluation, and the first day YO-HEY has left his hospital room), at the time of writing, Stinger, apparently have not.

Although he was in a lot of pain when the tube was first put into his lungs, the tube has since been removed (which he described as “severe pain” unsurprisingly), YO-HEY appears to be on the mend, although no date has been set for his return.

YO-HEY’S first visitor was HAYATA, which was surprising as both RATELS and Stinger were at war with each other. Following this, YO-HEY said in a tweet and later an interview, that he wanted ti team with HAYATA for the third year in Global Junior League.

“After all, this tag league follows the two consecutive wins with HAYATA. Although I will be with Stinger, and HAYATA with RATELS, I think I want to aim for the third consecutive victory with YO-HEY & HAYATA, my feelings on this are strong…I don’t know what he thinks, or Ogawa and Kotaro from Stinger, and I don’t know what RATELS think either, but if HAYATA is good, I want to go into the tag league with HAYATA and aim for the third win in a row!”

When asked about it, HAYATA just walked off. This isn’t anything to be read into though, this is just HAYATA being HAYATA. YO-HEY later posted about their teaming again with delight, ending the post with “thank you wife”.

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

TOUR TIDBITS
~ Kenoh & Takashi Sugiura had a Twitter war over “Kongoh”
~ Tadasuke celebrated his 14th anniversary in wrestling, while Atsushi Kotoge celebrated his 12th.
~ Mohammed Yone’s afro has reached mighty proportions apparently
~ Naomichi Marufuji (who may have been a little drunk) tweeted about looking for a tag team partner, Takashi Sugiura said that he sounded lonely, so maybe he should join Kongoh…
~ Minoru Tanaka & Hi69 photobombed Kaioh when they pulled their pose with Tanaka pulling a face and Hi69 giggling
~ NOAH’s new boy is still at ringside
~ Katsuhiko Nakajima asked the audience if AXIZ would show them a new “symbol of strength” when they faced Takashi Sugiura, and the audience said “NO!”.
~ Yoshinari Ogawa has been wrestling in three of Japan’s eras, he spent his early career in All Japan during the Showa Era (he entered the dojo very young at only about 16 or 17 years old), NOAH was born during the Heisei era in 2000, and now Japan is in the Reiwa era.
~ Atsushi Kotoge made HAYATA do the “Revolutionary Fist Pose”.

BROADCASTS
The final night of Global Tag League will be broadcast on May 11th at 10pm JST on Samurai TV
The first night of Global Junior League will be broadcast live on G+ on May 28th 2019 at 6.30pm JST.

The 9th June show (the Misawa Memorial from Korakuen Hall, Tokyo and the second to last night of Global Junior Tag League) will be broadcast by G+ on Thursday 13th at 8pm JST.

LINKS
Kenoh formed a new unit “Kongoh”, Kaito Kiyomiya teams with Maybach Shuhei Taniguchi
Sugiura’s team defeat the GHC Tag Champions in the Global Tag League War
Kenoh launches a unit of dissidents “We won’t be obedient to the company”
Takashi Sugiura targets GHC tag and single full of Noah love
GHC Heavyweight champion Kaito Kiyomiya, builds a “Golden Age”
Terminator theme for when Noah live streams mute “When Love Comes To Town” for Takashi Sugiura

GIF OF THE WEEK

PICTURE CREDITS: Noah GHC, PKDX
Newsletter written by Hisame 


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