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Wrestle-1 Tour 2018 Cherry Blossom Results & Review (4/18/2018)



Hello and welcome to another Wrestle-1 Show with the Cherry Blossom tour. I was gonna do the one previous to this, but with too much having to cover and not much happening on that show, figured we would go right to this show where we have the return of Shotaro Ashino along with three title matches today, so definitely a stacked card and let’s…dive right in.


Tag Team Match
Shotaro Ashino & Yusuke Kodama vs. Joji Otani & Masayuki Mitomi

Review: Ashino has returned to Wrestle-1 after losing his championship to Manabu Soya as he looks to build up more momentum before seeking his revenge on Manabu. This was actually a really solid match with both Joji and Masayuki working really well together here as a tag team while Ashino and Yusuke doing the same thing here and giving her great chemistry which is a great way to start off the show. Ashino, even without the title is still as aggressive as ever as he was taking out his frustrations on the opposing team here. Lots of exciting back and forth action, but Ashino would get the victory with his Ankle Lock on Masayuki and would walk away soon as the bell rings.

Recommended: Solid match, check it out.


Eight Man Tag Team Match
FUJITA, Kaz Hayashi, MAZADA & Ryuji Hijikata vs. Ganseki Tanaka, Jun Tonsho, Shunsuke Sayama & Tsugutaka Sato

Review: We get a eight man tag with the veterans taking on the future up and comers, but we got FUJITA and MAZADA on this team and not with NOSAWA while he has a tag match later on tonight, weird. Jun Sonsho looks just so skinny here like he’s not even a hundred pounds soaking wet. But I feel like I had to put it out there and say, his attire looks a little similar to one of Natio’s old ones even though his shorts are a solid red, but I think it’s the boots that remind me.

Anyway, this match wasn’t bad either as all eight of them would showcase the right amount of time they needed to do while still being a short and entertaining match here. Not a whole lot to talk about this match since it’s an exhibition as FUJITA hits the SAYONARA on Jun for the win here.

Recommended: Give it a look if interested.


Tag Team Match
ASUKA & Hiroe Nagahama vs. Hana Kimura & Natsumi Maki

Review: Up next we have our women’s tag match with Hana teaming up with Natsumi Maki who are called Actwres Girl’Z as they take on two people from Pro Wrestling WAVE, Hiroe and possibly one of my favorites in that promotions, ASUKA. ASUKA is nineteen years old and is a transgendered person (MtF), but she doesn’t let that stop her from doing the thing she does and that’s to wrestle, and she’s also really good at it as she reminds me of a young Jushin Liger with how she moves in the ring. This girl has a fantastic future if she keeps working hard and not let what people say affect her. ASUKA and Hana going back and forth with the Big Boot was a joy to see and makes me wanna see them in one on one action soon and I hope we see that because that’ll definitely be a great match to see.

Only con was we didn’t see Hiroe really in this match at all since it was mostly ASUKA fighting both Hana and Natsumi, who are great by the way and not that I mind seeing more ASUKA, but also wanted to see what Hiroe could do also. ASUKA would get the win over Hana with a Chokeslam and I have a good feeling that Wrestle-1 will give us this one on one match soon. While I don’t have this service, but Pro Wrestling WAVE does have a network if you’re interested in what they got or if you’re a fan of ASUKA, go to to find out info about their service along with their shows and roster.

Recommended: Solid match, great women and teasing a future match.


WRESTLE-1 Result Title Match
Jiro ‘Ikemen’ Kuroshio (c) vs. Seigo Tachibana

Review: Our first title match of the night and of course it’s my kawaii man, Jiro defending his Result Championship in his first defense again someone that has pinned him in a previous tour, Seigo as he looks to pin him once more and this time to claim the Result Championship. This match was just entertaining as the majority of it was just commentary and you know what? I had no issue with that since Jiro is charismatic and funny, and the crowd just loved it, so what more could you want? My main problem with Jiro is his selling can sometimes be off since he either sells really well or just hardly sells at all and it can be a little bit annoying at times, but he’s still very enjoyable. We do get some wrestling in the match and some dirty tactics by Seigo due to being part of Enfant Terribles obviously, but his tricks would hardly work out for him and even got bitch slapped by Jiro’s jacket and that was funny.

Ten minutes into the match, Seigo would hit Jiro in the head with a kendo stick and would proceed to roll him up, but Jiro would reverse it to roll him up as well which is calls the Ikemen Flash and he retains the Result Championship. I now kinda wanna see Jiro take on Shingo Tagaki for the Open the Owari Gate Championship since that will be funny and great to see.

Recommended: If you want good laughs and nice wrestling, definitely check it out as it’s harmless fun.


Six Man Tag Team Match
Andy Wu, Takanori Ito & Jay Freddie vs. Masayuki Kono, NOSAWA Rongai & Shuji Kondo

Review: Another vet/NEW ERA match here and still confused why NOSAWA didn’t have his partners in this match, but oh well. Andy Wu just gets abused throughout most of the match here, specially with NOSAWA attempting to rip his mask off of him and he actually did get close a few times since it almost ripped in half before he was stopped. The match was average with really nothing to talk much about as Shuji Konda would hit the King Kong Lariat on Jay Freddie to secure the win. After the match, Shuji Konda would give the NEW ERA an ultimatum to either split up for good or remain as they are, but Andy Wu said that they’ll never die and refuse to split, but it appears Konda didn’t like that answer. Curious to see where it’ll go.

Recommended: Match is kinda skippable, but up to you.


WRESTLE-1 Cruiserweight Title Match
Seiki Yoshioka (c) vs. Alejandro

Review: This match I was definitely looking forward to after seeing how well Alejandro has been doing throughout the entire Cruiser Fes Tournament and gets to take on Seiki Yoshioka who I am a fan of on the roster, and it’s finally for the Cruiserweight Championship as Seiki looks to have a fourth successful title defense here while Alejandro has been building up quite the momentum during the tour before this match, so let’s see how it plays out. The match would start slow after Alejandro had a little offense in the beginning as Seiki would just toy with him during the majority of the match, slapping him around, kicking him down, pretty much not taking him seriously at all. But Alejandro would turn it around to get some momentum in the match and would even hit a Canadian Destroyer, but Seiki kicked out and I still hate when people kick out of that move and just treat it as a sequences more than an actual finisher now, sad really. It would finally start picking up a lot better in the last five minutes with nice back and forth action and some close calls thinking that this match could go either way, but Seiki would put Alejandro away with a Shining Wizard and end it with his SK, and still WRESTLE-1 Cruiserweight Champion. While the match wasn’t fantastic, I thought it was really solid for what it was and I hope they get a rematch to try and top this encounter since both guys are really good. No new challengers stepped up to the plate to try and take the title from Seiki.

Recommended: Worth a view, really solid match.


WRESTLE-1 Tag Team Title Match
Koji Doi & Kumagoro (c) vs. AKIRA & Manabu Soya

Review: We have NEW ERA defending the Tag titles against AKIRA and the new WRESTLE-1 Champion, Manabu after they made their claim to go for the titles and still promising AKIRA that they would still have this match despite defeating Ashino at a previous show. This is my first time paying full attention to Kumagoro and I gotta say that he’s not bad at all since he can work and can definitely see him going for the WRESTLE-1 Championship this year against Manabu.

I think it’s crazy that AKIRA is 52 years old and he moves around like he’s twenty years young since he gets great height for when he does his Dropkicks or Spinning Heel Kicks, and is just agile aside from those two things and all I gotta say is good for him. Manabu unfortunately didn’t do too much in this match and it was a shame, but I guess they wanted the champ to not do too much and let AKIRA do most of the match since it’s more his thing along with them strengthening their bond together since AKIRA was the one that helped motivate Manabu to fix himself. The tag mtatch was solid since everyone has done well with some nice spots despite the few little nit picks I had with the match with slow pacing and what appeared to be a botched ending. AKIRA hits his Musasabi Press on Koji Doi and it was a good way to end the match too, but it looked like Kumagoro broke it!

I think even though from where the angle was that he didn’t even touch him, so they decide to do it again and this time they get the win and we have new champions. After the match, Kumagoro would attack his own partner and signaled that he is leaving NEW ERA as he now joins Ashino and Enfants Terribles while Ashino states that he wants the tag titles and picks his new member as his partner.

Recommended: Solid tag match, worth a view.


Overall: It wasn’t a terrible show, but it wasn’t great either since while most of the matches were solid, nothing really to write home about or say which matches stood out as amazing compared to their previous show I did which was much better.

Favorite Match: Jiro ‘Ikemen’ Kuroshio vs. Seigo Tachibana

Least Favorite Match: Andy Wu, Takanori Ito & Jay Freddie vs. Masayuki Kono, NOSAWA Rongai & Shuji Kondo

Score: 7/10

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Leading into March we learn of two fun produce shows and the lead in for Keiji Mutoh’s first GHC Heavyweight title defense! Read along with Hisame’s Emerald education!




Leading into March we learn of two fun produce shows and the lead in for Keiji Mutoh’s first GHC Heavyweight title defense! Read along with Hisame’s Emerald education!


“CyberFight Festival 2021”

On the 26th February CyberFight held a surprise press conference, which was broadcast on both the NOAH and the DDT YouTube channels. The purpose oft the conference was to announce that on the 6th June 2021, they would be holding an event they hope will become an annual one each year, at the Saitama Super Arena, which is one of the largest in Japan. The event will feature all the promotions that CyberFight manage (NOAH, DDT, Tokyo Joshi Pro & Ganbare ☆ Pro Wrestling), and will have the major titles defended, plus inter-promotional matches. CyberFight president, Sanshiro Takagi, said that it would be up to individual promotions as to whether they wanted to bring in anyone from outside from another promotion.

The one person who wasn’t excited, or even remotely happy by this news, was naturally and unsurprisingly, Kenoh. Rather than start angrily growling on social media, Kenoh’s reaction to the news when announced on NOAH’s official Twitter was, “….”. Naomichi Marufuji tried to explain to Kenoh that all this was was a festival of wrestling, not a merger or anything else. Kenoh made no response, and has only resurfaced on social media to say grumpily he was at a RISE SHOW.

Katsuhiko Nakajima, however, has taken a different approach by saying, “What is this?”. It should be noted that this was said in the manner of a shark finding wounded prey.


Simulacrum Mask

Kendo Kashin was up to his usual tricks, by first of all attacking Kenoh after his match in Sendai on the 21st, by storming the ring dressed as a pirate wearing a Jason hockey mask over a Lion mask, and claiming he was Takashi Sugiura, and then intruding into the ring in Gunma after Kenoh’s match, dressed all in white and with a Lucha style mask. He was beaten down by Kongoh (not Katsuhiko Nakajima, who had walked off and didn’t look back), before Masa Kitamiya threw him out of the ring. Backstage, the mysterious masked man, claimed he was Kazushi Sakuraba and had been sent to do this by Takashi Sugiura. No one was fooled, least of all Kenoh, and Takashi Sugiura said he was weary.

Although Kenoh entered looking around him at Korakuen Hall, he need not have worried, the only strange masked man in the match was Kendo Kashin, who nonetheless tried to blindside him. Kashin was up to usual tricks in the match, kicking Kenoh in the groin, and winding him so badly that they ended up fighting in the lift. Kenoh kept the doors open just long enough for the assembled journalists to take pictures.

 Junta Miyawaki’s return, challenges for GHC Junior Tag Titles

Following the six man tag (STINGER vs Momo No Seishun and Kinya Okada) on the 24th February at Korakuen Hall, and after the usual fight between the assembled Juniors, it took Junta Miyawaki to get in the ring and separate his warring seniors, after which when another fight broke out, he took out all of STINGER by repeated dropkicks. There was a quick consultation in the ring between all three of Momo No Seishun, which ended with Daisuke Harada challenging STINGER for the tag belts on behalf of himself and Junta Miyawaki. Title match has been set for 21st March at Korakuen Hall, but Miyawaki will make his return to the ring on Saturday March 6th at the FULL THROTTLE produce.

Backstage, naturally STINGER made no comment, Miyawaki had plenty to say, and in a loud voice, yelling he would be the “center of the NOAH juniors” and that “I WANT TO GET A BELT”

 Kaito Kiyomiya vs Keiji Mutoh, the first pre match

The first pre-match between Kaito Kiyomiya and Keiji Mutoh ended in frustration for them both, with Mutoh getting the win over Daiki Inaba. Mutoh after the match compared Kiyomiya again to a “low risk” Mahjong move, and said he wanted him to grow faster. Kaito Kiyomiya has made no comment, but he has been seen undertaking MMA training with Kazushi Sakuraba.


Post Match Interviews: “STEP FORWARD 2021” ~ Sendai PIT (February 21st)

Event recap: “STEP FORWARD 2021” ~ Maebashi Sub Event Arena, Gunma (February 23rd)

Post Match Interviews: “STEP FORWARD 2021” ~ Maebashi Sub Event Arena, Gunma (February 23rd)

Event recap: “STEP FORWARD 2021” ~ Korakuen Hall (February 24th)

Post Match Interviews: “STEP FORWARD 2021” ~ Korakuen Hall (February 24th)


~ NOSAWA Rongai and Tadasuke had a stand off over sunglasses, after which NOSAWA started stalking Tadasuke to ringside, as he thought that with blonde hair and shades, Tadasuke has been stealing his look.

~ Naomichi Marufuji has finally bought the Ghost Busters themed Reebok that he wanted.

~ Following Kazushi Sakuraba’s ankle kick and submission, the “Calf Slicer”, Takashi Sugiura said he asked Sakuraba to explain it, which he did, in detail, when they were both in the shower. Sakuraba asked why he asked then, Sugiura said he was the one who chose to tell him.

~ 5’4 Haoh was almost sent flying over the ropes by the GEKITOZ from Yoshiki Inamura

~ Katsuhiko Nakajima thought that Go Shiozaki losing the GHC Heavyweight was very funny.

~ YO-HEY has compared the NOAH Juniors to the “Warring States Period

~ “Kongoh” are enjoyable company, except for Kenoh.” NOSAWA Rongai

~ Atsushi Kotoge was thrown a major shade by Go Shiozaki, who in Gunma shook hands with Daisuke Harada as he said he thought he was the champion, then when Harada pointed out it was Kotoge who was challenging for the singles, Shiozaki looked as if to say, “Really? Him?” and then joking refused to shake hands with him.

~ Mohammed Yone says he has made a new a costume for Shuhei Taniguchi, which will make him “Dazzle”.

~ In usual style, Takashi Sugiura wished Masato Tanaka happy birthday, and then asked when The Bullet Yankees are getting back together.

~ NOAH’s official photographer has been taking pictures of the roster set against a spring woodland background or else in a springtime Tokyo. It looks like some new pictures may be coming out.


  • GHC Heavyweight Champion: Keiji Mutoh
    Challenger: Kaito Kiyomiya (14th March, “Great Voyage in Fukuoka 2021”)
  • GHC Junior Champion: Seiki Yoshioka
    Challenger: Atsushi Kotoge (14th March, “Great Voyage in Fukuoka 2021”)
  • GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: The Sugiura Army (Takashi Sugiura and Kazushi Sakuraba)
    Challengers: The Aggression (7th March 2021, “Great Voyage in Yokohama”)
  • GHC Junior Tag Champions: STINGER (Yoshinari Ogawa & HAYATA)
    Challengers: Momo No Seishun (Daisuke Harada & Junta Miyawaki) (21st March, “NOAH THE INFINITY 2021”)
  •  GHC National Champion: Kenoh
    Challenger: Kendo Kashin (7th March 2021, “Great Voyage in Yokohama”)


Tuesday, 2nd March: Kenoh debut anniversary (2nd March)

Friday, 3rd March: Naomichi Marufuji, as tourist ambassador of Saitama, will be making another appearance on the “Love Saitama” YouTube channel.

Saturday, 6th March: Masao Inoue (51)

Saturday, 6th March: FULL THROTTLE Produce (Starts 17:30 JST)

Sunday, 7th March: “Great Voyage 2021 in Yokohama” (16:00 JST)


*Please note, unless stated it is a free stream, you must be a subscriber to WRESTLEUNIVERSE to view events. Subscription is free for first month, then 900 yen per calendar month. You can sign up from anywhere in the world.

Both events will be broadcast via WRESTLEUNIVERSE.

  • NOAH have not yet announced whether the FULL THROTTLE  it will be live or whether it will be broadcast at a later date, only that it will be VOD.
  • Great Voyage 2021 in Yokohama” will be broadcast live, and with English commentary. If you are not a subscriber to WRESTLEUNIVERSE, you can purchase the event through FITE TV for $19.00. This will also have English commentary, but you cannot purchase this if you live in Japan.


Affiliated promotions to have all-star matches on the 6.6. at the Saitama Super Arena

Kazushi Sakuraba continues to evolve, victory following submission from calf kick



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Following up the historic Mutoh victory, another champion in NOAH has a storied challenger making their life miserable. Hisame breaks down what else is going on during this Mutoh title reign!




Following up the historic Mutoh victory, another champion in NOAH has a storied challenger making their life miserable. Hisame breaks down what else is going on during this Mutoh title reign!


Kenoh attacked by “Sugiura”

Fans in Sendai on the 21st February were looking forward to seeing “Kenohara” (the former team of Kenoh and Hajime Ohara from their NOAH Junior days), fight in a ultra rare singles match. The match only lasted seven minutes however, and just after Kenoh had got the pin, a masked man (dressed almost like a pirate, and wearing a black Jason hockey mask on top of a lion mask) rushed into the ring and attacked him with a crutch. Later, the masked man was to give his name as “Sugiura” and said he had been sent to do this “on behalf of Kashin”.

No one was fooled as to who this masked intruder was. He didn’t have either the height or the cyborg like physique of Takashi Sugiura, and Sugiura himself later said that he was an “old man” who wasn’t fooling around; that was Kashin. Kenoh said later (after a strange spell of not flying into a verbal meltdown), that whoever it was would pay, but after experience of fighting with Sugiura many times, he knew it wasn’t him. Suspicions were further aroused, when it was revealed that Kashin had worn exactly the same outfit (minus the Lion mask) in 2017.

Kashin had promised Kenoh that the title match would be a “clean fight” with no ring intrusions (he’s a NOAH junior, he has to promise these things) and no “seconds interfering”, but he never promised anything in the build leading up to the title match. With no one to restrain him, like they normally would in matches, expect to see Kashin on the loose. I just hope he knows what Kenoh is going to do to him in the title match.

Junta Miyawaki returns to training

Junta Miyawaki returned to training this week, after being hospitalized for an emergency appendectomy. He has returned to the dojo to train, but his return to the ring has not yet been announced.


“STEP FORWARD 2021” (21st February, Sendai PIT, Sendai)


~ Following a conversation about calf kicks (which Sakuraba turned into “scarf kicks” and joked his neck was cold), Katsuhiko Nakajima said he preferred kicking people in the face.

~ Daisuke Nakamura (who so far has only appeared once for The Sugiura Army), won his match at the MMA event “DEEP100” and announced himself as “Daisuke Nakamura of Pro Wrestling NOAH’s Sugiura Army!”, while wearing one of the Sugiura Army t-shirts. Tadasuke had said at the produce, he wanted to have a singles match with him.

~ Tadasuke and NOSAWA, had a stand off which ended with them both removing their sunglasses very slowly and at the same time. After the match (it was a tag between Tadasuke and Masa Kitamiya, and Takashi Sugiura and NOSAWA Rongai), NOSAWA left with his thoughtful face on. Which usually means trouble.

~ Katsuhiko Nakajima thought that Go Shiozaki losing the GHC Heavyweight title to Keiji Mutoh was the funniest thing ever, and made fun of him for it. After the match he indicated that he had no interest in it, and turned his attention back to the GHC Heavyweight tag challenge, hinting that the champions had something to hide by not doing a pre-match with THE AGGRESSION (he never mentioned Kongoh), together.

~ Even Takashi Sugiura admits that The Sugiura Army is chaos, and therefore he makes no effort to try and control it.



 Tuesday 23rd February: Mohammed Yone (45)

Tuesday 23rd February: “STEP FORWARD 2021”: YAMADA Green Dome Maebashi Sub-event area, Gunma (17:30 JST)

Wednesday 24th February: “STEP FORWARD 2021”: Korakuen Hall (18:00 JST)

Friday 25th February: Kenta Kobashi celebrates 33 years in Pro Wrestling


Please note, unless stated, you must be a subscriber to WRESTLEUNIVERSE to view events. Subscription is free for first month, then 900 yen per calendar month. You can sign up from anywhere in the world.

  • NOAH’s show at Sendai PIT on the 21st February, will be broadcast on WRESTLEUNIVERSE on Wednesday 24th.
  • NOAH’s show on the 23rd February in Gunma, will be broadcast on WRESTLEUNIVRSE on Friday 26th.
  • NOAH’s show at Korakuen Hall on the 24th February will be broadcast on ABEMA. However, it does not currently say whether this will be a free worldwide broadcast or not. Should it not be, I do not recommend that you try and watch it via a VPN, unless you know it works with ABEMA and you already subscribe to the service. VPN can be notoriously hit and miss with the service, with some working for some people, and not for some others.


Daily Battle Award ~ Go Shiozaki’s first MVP & Best Match of The Year

Keiji Mutoh’s GHC Win commemoration, exploring the story of Mitsuharu Misawa

Jun Akiyama candidly talks leaving NOAH eight years ago. Naomichi Marufuji, “This was an aspect of life, rather than pro wrestling”

“It’s not good to expect too much”…”There is an opportunity to enjoy him if you can find it…” Jun Akiyama & Naomichi Marufuji’s discussion about Shuhei Taniguchi

“The tag of freestyle and Greco is the strongest”, the unconfirmed relationship of the 50 year old tag champions, Takashi Sugiura and Kazushi Sakuraba

Picture credit: NOAH GHC Twitter 

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