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Stardom Rebirth Day 1 Results & Review (4/14/2018)

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After Stardom having a successful tour with tons of great matches and memorable moments, we kick off the next tour titled ‘Rebirth’.

Since we found out that there will be a match between Io Shirai, Kagetsu, and Mayu Iwatani to determine draft picks for their respected factions which is coming up on the show after this. For this show we will see some new faces and a title match as our main event. So let’s not waste any time here and let’s…dive right in.

 

Three Way Match
Hanan vs. Leo Onozaki vs. Nao Yamaguchi

Review: Our first match is a three way between the Future of Stardom division as all three of these women look to possibly get a win here to gain some momentum. The match is about only three minutes as it was pretty standard for them with some sloppy spots since they do need some work still. Hanan got the win when she rolled up Nao Yamaguchi.

Recommended: The match is just okay.

 

Singles Match
Candy Floss vs. Shiki Shibusawa

Review: This will be Candy Floss’ debut in Stardom as she is known to be a Freelancer from the UK wrestling scene as she looks to take on Shiki to impress Stardom, and I wish her luck. The match starts with a hug from Candy and when she goes for another one, it leads to a weak School Boy and then Candy Floss is just messing with her with the mind game like hugs and taunting her on the floor. I don’t fully understand Candy’s gimmick just yet, but I do however think she’s fairly decent in the ring and think she could do some good there if she’s gonna be around for a while after the Cinderella Tournament coming up soon. Shiki is slowly improving as well and could be one of the top in the Future division if she keeps it up. Five minutes later, Candy Floss would win her Stardom debut with a Triangle Choke to make Shiki tap out.

Recommended: The match was fun for what it was and Candy isn’t too bad.

 

Six Man Tag Team Match
Bea Priestley, Chardonnay & Martina vs. Hana Kimura, Kagetsu & Natsu Sumire

Review: Aside from Hana Kimura, Kagetsu and Natsu both suffered a loss from the Exploding Death Match, so they’re obviously not in the right mindset right now and they would need to get back into the game if they want Oedo Tai to come back strong. We first have Chardonnay making her return to Stardom as she looks to stick around a bit longer to make a name for herself in Japan as she teams up with both Bea and Martina, who is also making her Stardom debut from Ireland and has been wrestling for about five years now, so let’s see what she can bring to the promotion. This is my first time seeing both Chardonnay and Martina and so far I gotta say that they both actually did pretty impressive here in this tag team match. Chardonnay has the look and ability, but I don’t know if she’ll stick around more since she is in the Cinderella Tournament as well, but I don’t know her status after that and I hope she sticks around more this time around. Martina did fine for her first time in the promotion and even pulled a Kagetsu by spitting beer in her face, but Kagetsu would get revenge on her later on in the match, don’t take her shit. The match was pretty solid for what it was and Bea did a little bit better this time around and she can keep going from here. Bea would hit the Curb Stomp on Sumire to get the win and this stomp wasn’t too good this time.

Recommended: Fun match, should be worth a view for Oedo Tai and Chardonnay.

 

Six Man Tag Team Match
Kaori Yoneyama, Konami & Ruaka vs. Natsumi, Jungle Kyona & Natsuko Tora

Review: A little odd that Kaori isn’t part of Team Jungle since that’s where she normally is, but I guess it’s so the rookies get a spot in the tag match to make it fair since each team has two vets and a rookie. Jungle Kyona is looking to prove her worth again after suffering a loss from Viper in a great match for the SWA Championship. The match was standard with Kyona, Natsuko, and Konami doing most of the work in this match while Ruaka and Natsui are using this as a learning experience while doing some decent work. Jungle would get the win over Ruaka with hitting her Jungle Splash off the top rope.

Recommended: Decent match, watch it if you wish to.

 

Six Man Tag Team Match
Mayu Iwatani, Saki Kashima & Starlight Kid vs. AZM, HZK & Momo Watanabe

Review: We have another Stardom Army vs. Queen’s Quest six man tag match here as Queen’s Quest are confident going into this bout since they don’t see Starlight Kid and Saki as a threat while they think Mayu is vulnerable due to losing her chance at regaining the World of Stardom Championship over Toni Storm, which was a great match by the way and worth a watch if you haven’t seen it. AZM and Starlight Kid start the match off and they start to get intense right away with their sequences back and forth to make you wanna see them eventually have another rematch for that Future of Stardom Championship, AZM would eventually get the upper hand and tag Momo in for Queen’s Quest to start going back and forth on Starlight to generate heat in the match. Starlight has shown that she can work with some of the best and this is why she’s the champion right now, but same with AZM who is a future champ. Saki is starting to find more of her groove after returning from her injury and if she keeps this up, then she’ll definitely have a bright future ahead of her this time. HZK and Mayu are obviously the better performers out of the six as they control the match when in the ring to help out the others, and it was a really fun match. Starlight and AZM would also end the match as AZM got pinned by Starlight with her Rounding Frog Splash after Mayu hitting AZM with a Superkick, followed by Saki hitting the Killswitch.

Recommended: Definitely a fun match to watch.

 

Wonder Of Stardom Title Match
Io Shirai (c) vs. Mary Apache

Review: This was a nice surprise to see as Mary Apache would be apart of this tour too it seems and she starts it off with fighting one of her students, Io Shirai and it seems to be for the Wonder of Stardom Championship, definitely didn’t expect that, but I ain’t complaining about it. Much like the World of Stardom Championship, Io is looking to break the record for number of title defenses with this title as she already defended it seven times as she looks to make it number eight while the current record is held by Satana Garrett who has defended it nine times, can she do it? We will find out. Mary might look like a big woman, but she can move for her age and it shows that she still hasn’t missed a step for the long career she’s had in Mexico. The two just work well, they knew when to do certain things, rest spots, the whole thing. It looked like Mary hurt her arm when Io went for the Asai Moonsault to the outside and looked like she caught her wrong, but she would still keep going to tough it out and even get an advantage over Io a few times. Mary would call for the Michinoku Driver on Io, but she would reverse it into a Spinning Heel Kick and then an Axe Kick, you can hear the sound of it and it looked painful. Io would kick out of that to still be in the mix before getting hit with the Michinoku Driver this time, but still finds a way to kick out of that one. Mary would attempt to put her away when Io ran into a Torture Rack, but when she spun her around, Io would counter for a Sunset Flip and pin her for the victory. After the match, the two would hug it out in a sign of respect as Io now needs to defend it two more times to break the record as Kagetsu is next in line it seems.

Recommended: Very good match, worth a watch.

 

Overall: The show itself was average, but nothing terrible either as the second half was better compared to the bottom half and our next show will be the draft to see which wrestlers go to which faction and it should be a good one.

Favorite Match: Io Shirai vs. Mary Apache

Least Favorite Match: Hanan vs. Leo Onozaki vs. Nao Yamaguchi

Score: 6.5/10

See you all at the next Stardom show which is the draft.


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(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.23 ~ 16TH FEBRUARY 2019

In an odd twist of fate, Marufuji is placed in a familiar, yet flipped position going into his GHC title challenge next month. Hisame let’s us know how the NOAH build is going!

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In an odd twist of fate, Marufuji is placed in a familiar, yet flipped position going into his GHC title challenge next month. Hisame let’s us know how the NOAH build is going!

CURRENT TOUR RECAP
Navigation for The Progress

Kaito Kiyomiya and Naomichi Marufuji continued their feud over the GHC Heavyweight title. Kiyomiya managed to knock Marufuji out of the ring with a dropkick, but was left wondering as to whether Marufuji played it up deliberately. He also turned his back on him when Kiyomiya was in the ring and was announced.

Marufuji, now that he can’t do aerial attacks (and finally realizing that his body is older than he thought), has turned to more vicious tactics, and decided to work on Kiyomiya’s left arm. In Kiyomiya’s post match promo, he told him that he was going to take him apart bit by bit, and next it would be his legs.

Kiyomiya has vowed that he will find “the Genius’ weakness” before “my body breaks down”. 

It has been pointed out to Marufuji that he is in the same position that Mitsuharu Misawa was when he himself was GHC Heavyweight Champion; the senior is challenging the junior.

Mitsuharu Misawa challenges the then GHC Heavyweight Champion, Naomichi Marufuji, a young man in his twenties and of the next generation of heavyweight NOAH wrestlers

Atsushi Kotoge became injured at NOAH’s show in Fukushima on the 11th February, which has put a spanner in the works of the GHC Heavyweight Tag title match with Eddie Edwards, taking on 50 Funky Powers.

Kotoge had gone for the “Revolutionary Cloak Splash” from the top rope, but managed to damage his arm on landing. Fans noticed that he was in a lot of pain, and he was checked out in the ring. NOAH removed him from the subsequent show, and later announced that he had dislocated his elbow and suffered a further fracture to the arm.

Kotoge himself said that he had felt a shooting pain in his arm, and he couldn’t move it at all.

With Kotoge’s injury and subsequent card change, “The Mid Generation” (Go Shiozaki and Katsuhiko Nakajima),took on the champions. They obliterated them with Nakajima choking out Quiet Storm with a sleeper, and then laughing about it afterwards.

Although NOAH have not yet announced what will become of the title challenge, and whether Eddie Edwards will team with someone else or postpone his appearance until Kotoge is better (this may not be until the late summer, and Kotoge will most likely miss Global League 2019), but it may be likely that “The Mid Generation” will receive a title shot.

Katsuhiko Nakajima later posted ….

Three of the Dark Agents (Takashi Sugiura, Masao Inoue and Akitoshi Saito) have reunited to take down The Hooligans, however, they have not been very successful in their efforts with The Hooligans defeating them twice so far. Takashi Sugiura has already started making jokes about Masao Inoue, lumping him together with having experience akin to the rookies in the group, Kinya Okada and Yoshiki Inamura. Should Sugiura be unfortunate enough to join The Hooligans, his job will be as their lackey; KAZMA SAKAMOTO says he will have to carry Cody’s bags, lick his boots, clean their toilets, do Nagai’s laundry and wash Maybach Taniguchi’s back.

YO-HEY was said to be looking a lot happier at “the wife” (HAYATA) returning “home”, and while really the only thing that has happened on this tour between himself and HAYATA and the former friends in RATELS, is Daisuke Harada and Tadasuke appearing in the ring and demanding to know what HAYATA thought he was doing.

Their new teammate, Yoshinari Ogawa (backed by YO-HEY & HAYATA, as Kotaro Suzuki is currently absent), continued the fight with The Backbreakers (Hajime Ohara and Hitoshi Kumano) over the current GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag titles. Ogawa (in a supreme Golden Era move) threw a table at Hitoshi Kumano, and the team of The Backbreakers and Yoshiki Inamura were wiped out completely, with Ogawa posing with the belts at the end.

Yoshiki Inamura continued his “Seven Match Series”, this time against Masa Kitamiya.

NOAH have so far done very well this tour with both of their two opening dates being sold out.

NEWS

“COME AT ME YOU BASTARDS” (Kenoh’s column in “Weekly Pro”)
Kenoh visited the new NOAH offices and spoke of a variety of different things ranging from how nice the NOAH staff look now (even Mr. Okada looks smart now, despite “those fucking glasses”), the new company and how they should ask him for advice, the validation of his own opinion on “Leaving Misawa”, and Marufuji vs Kiyomiya.
Continuing his concerned older brother theme when it comes to Kiyomiya, and his hope that Marufuji will beat Kiyomiya for the belt for two reasons; the first being Kenoh wants to challenge, and the second that he seems to intimate that the longer Kiyomiya has it, the worse damage it is doing him, and the more Kenoh of all people seems to worry.

Kenoh’s other idea is that he will second Marufuji on the night (so to be first in line to challenge him), but I doubt that Marufuji is going to allow him to do that.

FAREWELL HAKATA STALENE
NOAH will return to the venue for the last time ever on March 17th, as the building is going to be torn down. Although the full card hasn’t been announced, Naomichi Marufuji will take on Yoshinari Ogawa (this will be their first singles match in 14 years) and Go Shiozaki and Takashi Sugiura will put on a “Golden Era Match” (as they always do when they collide in big matches).

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

TOUR TIDBITS

~ Katsuhiko Nakajima decided to wind up Kenoh by sticking his leg in his fist when Kenoh entered the ring and knelt to do his ring introduction.
~ Yoshinari Ogawa denied ever being part of Special 4.
~ NOAH returned to Shinyousei Twenty-One Hall, which has the infamous staircase named “The Demon Staircase of Hell” due to the fact that it is two flights, and means that due to there being no underground parking at the venue for the truck, the equipment has to be carried up and down it, across a courtyard and through the lobby.
~ Minoru Tanaka says his first wish has been granted (i.e. for a title match at Yokohama), but his second one is still outstanding, he won’t say what it is though.
~ Both Daisuke Harada and Tadasuke have hinted at possible moves to the heavyweight division. Tadasuke when he fought Kenoh and Masa Kitamiya and said something “sparked” in him, and Daisuke Harada pointing to the GHC Heavyweight and declaring it was his “final goal”.
~ Mohammed Yone got beaten up in front of a group of old ladies (one was his mother) by Katsuhiko Nakajima.
~ Hitoshi Yamato did his usual singing entry, and incorporated the lyrics that Naomichi Marufuji couldn’t have dried seaweed. Marufuji had a priceless look on his face. 
~ Cody Hall took a picture of Atsushi Kotoge who was sitting drinking coffee near a window; Kotoge came out as a big pink blob.

KING SHAMELESS CORNER
Takashi Sugiura has posted pictures of either what is coming out of his dog, or what his dog has left behind. On a pleasanter note, he was given gifts by fans after a small gathering at “Muscle Grill”, and said that as he was carrying a big plushie, he probably looked like a “Weird old man” getting on the train.

BROADCASTS
NOAH’s Korakuen Hall show of the 24th February will be broadcast on Samurai at 10pm (JST) on Samurai TV.

BOOK CORNER
The ongoing translation of Naomichi Marufuji’s “Heir To The Ark” can be found here

LINKS
HAYATA (Costume Research)
“Come to Noah” ~ interview with Naomichi Marufuji
The Green Guide to Muscle Grill
Takashi Sugiura mini interview ahead of the match with The Hooligans
Battlemen Recap (Noah, Wednesday February 13th 2019)
Noah’s Arkive Podcast (ITunes)

NOAH FROM THE VAULT (articles translated by Purodino)
YO-HEY “My turning point”


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(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.22 ~ 9TH FEBRUARY 2019

Hisame brings us the NOAH news leading up to the Navigation to The Progress tour and assorted NOAH information.

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Hisame brings us the NOAH news leading up to the Navigation to The Progress tour and assorted NOAH information.

CURRENT TOUR RECAP

Since finishing up “Navigation For The Future 2019”, NOAH will not be active until the 11th February when the next tour, “Navigation for The Progress” starts in Fukushima.

Yoshiki Inamura will continue with his “Seven Match Series” facing Masa Kitamiya.

Naomichi Marufuji and Kaito Kiyomiya will be building up to the GHC Heavyweight title defense on the 10th March in Yokohama, as will Daisuke Harada and Minoru Tanaka over the GHC Junior Heavyweight. This tour will also see a rare match (twice) which will put Marufuji and Harada facing each other in the ring.

Atsushi Kotoge and Eddie Edwards will challenge for the GHC Heavyweight tag tiles on the 24th March at Korakuen Hall. Edwards (due his schedule in IMPACT) will not be appearing in any earlier dates, and at the time of writing as NOAH have not announced the cards for the last two dates of tour (2nd or the 3rd March), so it is unknown as to whether he will be appearing on them.

The Hooligans will face Takashi Sugiura, Masao Inoue, Akitoshi Saito, Yoshiki Inamura and Kinya Okada on the 24th February. The match will be an elimination and comes with stipulations; should The Hooligans win, Sugiura enters and is their lackey, should The Hooligans lose, they have to disband.

The Backbreakers will defend the GHC Junior Heavyweight tag against Kotaro Suzuki (who gets a chance to team with his “older brother”, Naomichi Marufuji, on the 22nd February) and Yoshinari Ogawa on the 24th February.

This will be NOAH’s last tour using the iconic green mat outside of the Misawa memorial shows.

NEWS

DIFFER ARIAKE TORN DOWN
“Next to the venue is the former NOAH office and dojo. You go up the stairs where the commemorative photographs of the wrestlers were held at the inaugural meeting in 2000, you go through the office next to the Differ offices, and then to NOAH’s office. There was once a dojo on this floor where the training equipment and ring was installed.”
(Differ Ariake, “Holy Land of Noah”, looking back in records and memories)

Masa Kitamiya recently retweeted a post a fan had sent him, of the empty lot where the venue, and once the “Holy Land of NOAH” once stood.

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Differ Ariake started life in July 1988 not as NOAH’s home or a sports venue, but as a venue for disco and other music related events, later foreign bands would play here, and it saw a boom during the “Bubble Era” of the 1980s and early 1990s before closing and reopening as a sports venue in 2000.

NOAH moved into the venue soon after Misawa led the exodus from All Japan, and set up their offices and dojo there (their home was not the main stadium, but rather the complex to the left of the picture, the famous staircase can be seen on the main building).

Three generations (arguably from Marufuji’s to Kiyomiya’s) would grow up here until 2016 when the venue changed hands, and NOAH moved out.

NOAH would return to the venue one final time in November 2017 for the last ever Differ Cup. After the event they walked sadly through a place that they once called home. Each corner, each room, each inch must have held some memory for all of them, whether good or bad.

It was here in 2000 that NOAH held their inauguration event, “Departure”, which sold out in twenty minutes and for those fans who couldn’t get tickets, monitors were set up in the parking lot. Round about 6pm that evening, Misawa came out to talk to the fans who were waiting in line.

It was here that NOAH had held SEM, and filmed all their Christmas (and otherwise) specials, and in June 2009 after the tragic death of Misawa, 25,000 came to pay their respects.

It is ironic that with NOAH’s new owners changing the promotion and doing away with the iconic green, changing the new logo and laying the memory of Misawa to rest, that the home of NOAH should also disappear, like a final break with the past.

Differ may have now physically gone, NOAH may be changing and heading out to new and unknown waters out of Misawa’s shadow, but the picture taken of a vanished era in NOAH standing on the steps of their new home, their faces young and full of hope for the future, no matter their individual fates and that of the promotion they all turned their faces towards, will always remain part of the landscape, no matter what fills the now vacant lot filled with so many memories, emotions and history.

HOLY WAR
Toshiaki Kawada held his 4th “Holy War” produce. This is the first time that he has not had a “Talk Battle” with a NOAH wrestler (the others being Naomichi Marufuji, Katsuhiko Nakajima and Akira Taue).

Results 

  • Hiroshi Yamato defeated Junta Miyawaki (7 minutes and 1 seconds)
  • Kazushi Miyamoto, Mitsuya Nagai & Shiro Koshinaka defeated Shunsuke Sayama, Tomoya Hirata & Yoshiki Inamura (13 minutes and 59 seconds)
  • Go Shiozaki & Shotaro Ashino defeated Masao Inoue & Tamon Honda (18 minutes and 19 seconds)

IPW
IPW have announced that Fight Network (SKY Channel 192) will start broadcasting an edited version of their shows. This a great way for NOAH fans to catch the roster members when they appear in the UK, especially (at the time of writing) Daisuke Harada, who is the current IPW Junior Heavyweight champion. You can watch the inaugural show (featuring Harada) here

COALITION
Yahoo Japan are hinting that there may be a coalition or an alliance between NOAH, All Japan and W-1. However, it looks as if NOAH’s new owners will be instituting a policy of isolation at the present time and not entering into any partnerships with other promotions, besides the ones they all ready have. Naomichi Marufuji, however, has spoken of the importance of co-operation.

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

TOUR TIDBITS

~ Due to his injury, Naomichi Marufuji had to cancel his one day stint as the manager of “Yoneya” (Mohammed Yone’s restaurant), the rescheduled date took place recently.
~ Hitoshi Kumano celebrated six years in wrestling on February 9th. Ge debuted at Korakuen Hall in 2013 against Atsushi Kotoge
~ Naomichi Marufuji did some clearing out, and found old phonecards with Takashi Rikio during his sumo days on them
~ Takashi Sugiura was given a chocolate gorilla for Valentine’s Day
~ Because the NOAH dojo has no heating or air conditioning, Kiyomiya and Miyawaki trained in tracksuits (the picture Miyawaki took revealed the dojo to have a CD collection and remote controls for the player)
~ YO-HEY celebrated his 31st birthday on February 6th
~ Naomichi Marufuji commented that he doesn’t know what KENTA’S plans are, but he wants him to go somewhere where he can be himself again. Takashi Sugiura came out and basically asked him what his plans were.
~ NOAH will be holding an event called “Navigation TO A NEW ERA” on May 2nd. Further details to be announced.
~ President Fuwa has started a Twitter account 

KING SHAMELESS CORNER
He’s managed to behave himself this week, no pictures of Masao Inoue at the urinal or his dog defecating.

BROADCASTS
“Great Voyage in Yokohama” on the 10th March will be broadcast by G+ plus on the 16th March on G+ at 8.30pm (JST)

Jun Akiyama wrote a book called “Inheriting The Giant Stars” (thanks to GuyOnInternet for telling me about this); the book has been added to my shopping basket and will be purchased and then translated in due course.

If you do know of any NOAH\All Japan related books, by all means, do let me know. My ambition is to one day build up a digital library translated into English for Western fans.

LINKS

The “Green Guide to the History of Pro Wrestling Noah” has been updated 
Eddie Edwards Mini Interview 
Press conference: Naomichi Marufuji vs Tetsuya Endo 
The Last Showa Born Heel: Can Masa Kitamiya be the new era Masa Saito? 
Naomichi Marufuji to challenge Kiyomiya, defense plans after taking the championship 


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