Now that the tournament is over with and also congrats to Masato Yoshino for winning the King of Gate tournament by defeating YAMATO!
He is now set to fight the current Open the Dream Gate Champion in the main event as we also have the Open the Twin Gate Championship match as well with Kagetora and Yosuke fight Big R and Ben-K, so we got some stuff to look forward to today, so let’s not waste any time and…dive right in.
Six Man Tag Team Match
Don Fujii, K-ness & Shun Skywalker vs. Natural Vibes (Kzy, Susumu Yokosuka & YASSHI)
Review: We get Natural Vibes starting us off as they, of course, do that dance that I’m starting to get addicted to and I will eventually learn how to do it and have a crew to do it with me, or I do it with them when I go to Japan in 2020 if they’re still a unit, whichever comes first. It looks like they’re fighting members of Saito’s team throughout the card as the others will be in singles matches against each other.
I don’t know where this obsession with Brother YASSHI grabbing dicks lately and I mean it’s effective, but also why? He would do it to Shun Skywalker and Kzy would do a Double Axe Handler onto the grabbed area, clever. Kzy would go for the pinfall, but Don Fujii attempts to throw a water bottle again and he hit’s Shun this time as he missed hitting his opponent again. A lot of good combinations between these two teams and tons of quickly paced spots. One little funny spot was Susumu would attempt to drop Shun for a Skywalker and would stop himself so he wouldn’t drop him while it leads to Shun flailing around like a kid til he would eventually get dropped. Shun would attempt a pinfall after a Sunset Flip and as Kzy reversed it, K-ness would kick Kzy down so Shun could get the pinfall and it’s only a two count. Kzy would eventually hit his Running Elbow Smash on Shun to score the pinfall for Natural Vibes.
Recommended: Solid opener with tons of fun spots to keep it entertaining.
Genki Horiguchi vs. Yuki Yoshioka
Review: We get more Natural Vibes with Genki Horiguchi getting involved into the mix to take on Yuki Yoshioka. The two would start off in a Lucha style sequence and it was very crisp with both men being pretty much even with it and it was very fun to see. Yuki is someone who has been very impressive in the ring as he’s quick, can work, and has a good pace for himself. Genki is also someone who knows when to keep up with just about any worker or any style they can do and can be pretty quick for a guy his age as well. The two would go back and forth with their roll-ups as neither of them would get the edge over the other, but Yuki would get a lot closer with it to only get a two count. Yuki would attempt to get another pin over him but would get caught in an Alabama Slam position and gets hit with the Beach Break giving Genki the win.
Recommended: This was a much better match than I anticipated it to be, definitely give it a look as their chemistry was great.
Punch Tominaga vs. Ryo Saito
Review: The last member of Natural Vibes is up as Punch Tominaga takes on our comedic hero, Ryo Saito and hilarity is expected between the two competitors here. Nothing gets Saito more motivated than by having Don slap him in the face.
I was right to say it was going to be a comedy match and it delivered just that here as our first comedic spot was Punch going for his Spear through the ropes and Saito moving out of the way, Saito would attempt to do a move, but would bow and walk over him instead. I don’t know what it is with these two, but the comedy works better with these two together since that is what Punch is mostly used for also, but Saito is better at it than Punch is though. Saito would keep trying to Irish Whip Punch, but he kept holding onto the ropes until he eventually gave up and Punch kicked him. Punch would finally hit his little Headbutt through the ropes a couple of times and kept kicking out of it. Saito would go for a dive and hits Kzy instead of Punch and would get Punch into the ring for Don Fujii to try and slap, but Saito would get slapped instead. Saito did, however, hit a Double Stromp from the top rope and goes to the other side to hit his SaiRyo Rocket on Punch to get the win and end Natural Vibes little streak they had tonight.
Recommended: Very funny and entertaining match, worth a view.
Tag Team Match
MaxiMuM (Jason Lee & Naruki Doi) vs. Tribe Vanguard (BxB Hulk & YAMATO)
Review: With YAMATO losing the final, he gets involved in a tag match with BXB Hulk being his partner taking on someone he fought in the semi-final, Naruki Doi, and his partner Jason Lee.
We get YAMATO and Jason starting it off and starts off with some nice chain wrestling and YAMATO could go for a kick but stops once Jason is in his little meditating stance. YAMATO doesn’t know what to do at first and slaps his head, seeing him sitting still, so he goes to pick him up from behind and gets caught in an Arm Drag. In fact, Jason and YAMATO are in the majority of the match while Hulk and Doi would get a few moments in the match to work with the others, but I felt like it was mostly about these two here and I hope it leads to a future singles match between the two.
It would be amazing as their chemistry is great. Jason would get the upper hand with most of the match when he hits those fast kicks on his body and would hit the La Magistral to try and get the pinfall over YAMATO but he kicked out at two and it would eventually bite him as YAMATO hits the Galleria for the win. Please give me Jason Lee vs. YAMATO asap since this match made me want to see it happen.
Recommended: Worth at least a viewing.
Eight Man Tag Team Match
ANTIAS (Eita, Shingo Takagi, Takashi Yoshida & Yasushi Kanda) vs. Over Generation (Dragon Kid, Gamma, Kaito Ishida & Mondai Ryu)
Review: The same match as the last show except that they both have another member added to make it an eight-man tag as ANTIAS added Yasushi Kanda while Over Generation added Mondai Ryu. Over Generation were doing their usual thing with the crowd until ANTIAS came out to cut them off to do a promo of their own and then it lead to ANTIAS brawling with Over Generation on the outside as the match begins.
Once everyone is back in the ring, Eita and Dragon Kid would start it off with some decent back and forth and ends with Dragon hitting a Head Scissor as Takashi would Uppercut Dragon and then Gamma would come in to try and overpower the guy, but does once he hits a Lariat and Kaito helps Dropkick Takashi as now him and Shingo start to go, but gets knocked down quick. The four would start beating down Kaito until Mondai would try to make the save but he would also pay the price for it as he takes the assault now. Shingo would start to attempt ripping his mask off, but Mondai was able to fight it off until later on as Eita would rip a good chunk of it off until Gamma helped make the save for more damage to be done to his mask. This would, however, give Mondai some needed momentum as he lands some moves on them to get Dragon Kid tagged in as he starts exploding with energy and even hits Shingo with a 619 while Gamma would deal with Takashi and Yasushi in the ring, wrapping his legs around Yasushi’s head as he had an arm around Takashi so he could flip the both of them over. Dragon Kid would attempt to put Aita away for the win, but Shingo would attack Dragon from behind and gets caught with the Trace Kick, giving ANTIAS the win.
After the match, Dragon Kid would challenge Eita to a match and even puts his Open the Brave Gate Championship on the line as Eita accepts the challenge, but we have no release date for it yet and I really hope they have a better match this time compared to their last one on one encounter at the King of Gate Tournament.
Recommended: Fun match, give it a view as you might like it.
Open The Twin Gate Title Match
Big Ben (Ben-K & Big R Shimizu) (c) vs. Tribe Vanguard (Kagetora & Yosuke ♡ Santa Maria)
Review: One of our first of the two title matches as Kagetora and Yosuke have earned a Twin Gate Championship during this tour and would have the match here tonight. With Yosuke getting the surprise victory over Big R the day before, it gave them that needed momentum to think they have a chance to take the gold away from them, so let’s see if it pays off. The match was amazing with all four of these guys stepping up to the mat with them all equally doing everything they needed to do to give us a quality match.
Kagetora was on fire with how quick he was in the ring with his combos like how he did a Springboard Dropkick to Big R and would quickly follow it up with a Cruiser Kick, but wasn’t enough to put Big R away. I loved how they didn’t treat this match as a comedy or anything since they sometimes do when Yosuke is involved, but I’m glad it wasn’t the case here as he also shined in this match and the chemistry he has with Ben-K is great. What I loved the most about this match is the tag team combos they would produce after a reversal like how Ben-K would try to go for his Ben-K Bomb only for Yosuke to reverse it and Kagetora would be quick to give Ben a Running Enziguri right away without giving him time to catch himself in there. Yosuke would attempt to go for the Neraiuchi again on Big R shades of last time they fought, but it didn’t work this time and Yosuke would eat a Spear after that, but another kick out to keep the match going. The last five minutes are starting to get exploding with Kagetora hitting the Gurumakakari on Ben and it looks like Tribe Vanguard is going to win it, but Big R would break the pinfall just in time. Big R goes for the Shot-put Slam on Yosuke, but he reverses it into the Neraiuchi and it looks like it could be it, but Big R kicks out this time! Big R throws Yosuke into the air and Ben-K catches him into a deadly Spear and he’s not done yet as he finally hits his Ben-K Bomb and gets the three count, still champions!
Recommended: Great match, please watch it.
Open The Dream Gate Title Match
Masaaki Mochizuki (c) vs. Masato Yoshino
Review: Here we are with our main event of the evening as Masaaki defends his Open the Dream Gate Championship against this year’s King of Gate winner, Masato Yoshino. Masato was apart of D Block as he would win that to advance to the top four where he fought Takashi Yoshida first and defeated him to move onto the final to take on YAMATO and yesterday, Masato would defeat him to win the tournament to get this chance. Mochizuki has had five successful championship defenses and has held the title for 265 days after defeating YAMATO back in September. Now can Masato finish off strong and take the title with him to complete the journey and become a four-time champion or will Mochizuki retain for the sixth time and ruin Masato’s momentum? Well, let’s find out right now and see how this tournament actually concludes.
The two would start by shaking hands as a sign of respect for the two competitors and would begin by doing some chain wrestling for a moment and then a lucha style sequence which ended with Masato hitting a dropkick when Mochizuki would attempt to jump over him before rolling to the outside. Masato would then make an attempt to do a Suicide Dive but would get caught with a Roundhouse Kick as Mochizuki goes back in to work on him. Mochizuki would then work on Masato’s leg to limit his movement in the ring and would even deliver stiff kicks to it instead of chopping Masato back when he was trying to do a chop battle with him, but Masato would block his kick and slam him down by him arm as he now has the advantage to work on his arm. I like how this is starting off to be ground-based with a mixture of impactful strikes at the same time knowing when to pick it up when it needs to, but now Mochizuki would also slap the back of his neck a few times to try and wind him down a little which worked since whenever Masato would try to strike him back, he would fall over eventually which Mochizuki used it as his advantage. Masato would attempt to go for a Head Scissor to try and take Mochizuki down, but got caught during the middle of it with Mochizuki applying the Ankle Lock on him to try and make Masato tap, but he would try to get to the ropes which caused Mochizuki to let go and turn him around so he could knee him in the face, but he’s not done as he went for a strike as Masato ducked and hits the Sling Blade for a two count.
Things would start to get quick and intense as Masato would do his Head Scissor Takedown only for Mochizuki to get up quick to deliver a kick to the chest, and Masato would do it for the second time as well as Mochizuki kicking him again, but as Masato would go for it the third time, he would get caught into a Dragon Suplex for another two count. The two would slowly get up on their knees and stare each other down, hitting each other back and forth to show that these two won’t quit in this match here. Mochizuki would hit his Saikyou High Kick to knock him down and goes for the cover but kicks out at two. Masato hits his takedown once again and was able to apply his Sol Naciente to try and make him tap out and it almost worked once Mochizuki fell down to the mat, but he would find a way to break out of it and kick him a few times until Masato hits a poorly botched Torbellino Crucifix and would get the win as we have a new champion! This match was going really well and was getting into it, but I felt like Masato should’ve made Mochizuki tap out to make the win much more memorable than a botch Crucifix. Mochizuki, you’ve had a hell of a run as champion and shows you still got it for your age, thank you for a fun reign and congrats to Masato.
Recommended: Even with the sloppy ending, still well worth the watch.
After the match, Masato would grab the microphone to put Mochizuki over in a way to show respect to the former champion which is a very class act by Masato to do so since he does deserve a lot of credit. Mochizuki would then do the same thing to him by saying a few things about him before leaving the ring so the spotlight can be on the new champion. Masato would keep on talking until Shingo Tagaki would come out to ruin the celebration as he states that he will be his first challenger for the Open the Dream Gate Championship which Masato would accept, but no official date for the match just yet. The other members of MaxiMuM would come into the ring and celebrate with their fellow member to end the show. Congrats again to Masato and I hope he has a successful reign.
Overall: From top to bottom, this was a very solid show and can’t really recall a bad match on here while the rest was entertaining at most. The tournament is all over with finally as we can now focus on actual shows which we all know and love.
Favorite Match: Ben-K & Big R Shimizu vs. Kagetora & Yosuke ♡ Santa Maria
Least Favorite Match: Genki Horiguchi vs. Yuki Yoshioka (If I really had to pick one)
Mathew’s Top 10 Joshi Wrestlers (Excluding Stardom)
Did your favorite non-Stardom wrestler make the cut? Check out Mathew’s Top 10 and find out!
Did your favorite non-Stardom wrestler make the cut? Check out Mathew’s Top 10 and find out!
I’ve wanted to do this one for a while and I’m gonna use this time to get to it.
You normally see me cover Stardom along with a few shows in the Joshi scene from time to time, but this countdown list is going to focus on the wrestlers that aren’t apart of the Stardom roster. Let’s be honest, if I did add Stardom on this list then that would be almost half and that’s not fair since there are so many talented Japanese women from various promotions and they deserve recognition.
I’m also going by active members instead of all-time to keep up with the current scene, so let’s get right to it as I talk about my Top 10 Joshi wrestlers.
10. ASUKA (Freelancer)
– No, not that Asuka, this is a different ASUKA. ASUKA was able to make history in the short amount of time she’s been around professional wrestling in her three-year career and it’s still going. Asuka was originally from Pro Wrestling WAVE until the end of 2018. She was the first transgender wrestler to main event their biggest show and also the first transgender wrestler to win their biggest title, the Regina Di WAVE Championship. She’s only twenty-years-old and has so much to offer as she represents her community while having the agility of a young Jushin Liger. I only knew her around 2017 but that was when she was also coming out of her shell in the wrestling world and what a big impact she has left so far. She definitely is someone worth keeping an eye on.
9. Takumi Iroha (Marvelous)
– Twenty-six years old and only six years in the wrestling business, Takumi really is something else. She comes from the Marvelous promotion and is considered their top star in the promotion and for good reasons too since she’s just dynamite. Amazing how she started in Stardom and years later, she would make a better name for herself wrestling in various promotions and winning different titles as well. She recently won SEAdLINNNG’s top title, the Beyond the Sea Championship when she defeated the first champion and owner of the promotion, Nanae Takashi. A very talented woman with some fantastic strikes to top it off as she’s someone you would wanna book for your promotion for a couple of shows.
8. Tsukasa Fujimoto (Ice Ribbon)
– The ace of Ice Ribbon and the only one to hold their top title, the ICExInfinity Championship for a total of six times and has had some incredible reigns as the champion. Thirty-five years old and wrestling for only ten years as she was trained by some of the best people like Nanae Takahashi, Manami Toyota, and Emi Sakura. Hardly sloppy in the ring, can work with most styles, these are great qualities to look for in a wrestler in general and Tsukasa is no exception to that.
7. Hikaru Shida (OZ Academy/AEW)
– While she is now considered AEW, she still left an impact in the Japanese scene and is also considered OZ Academy for the time being, so she counts to being on here. This ten-year veteran made sure the world knew who she was when she just performed globally, not bad from someone who started in Ice Ribbon back in 2008. She won major titles from Ice Ribbon, WAVE, OZ Academy, RCW, and Sendai Girls. She was also the one that got knocked out by Naomichi Marufuji on one of her produced shows in 2017 in under two minutes but she wanted a rematch a year later and while she lost, she took her punishment like a champion and still give the fans a great show on her 10th anniversary. Now that she has joined AEW, the fans overseas are sure to get something special with her around as she could be the top star of that division.
6. Hiroyo Matsumoto (Freelancer)
– Otherwise known as the Lady Destroyer and she might be the best Freelancer in the Joshi scene. She’s wrestled in almost every promotion for Joshi wrestling, became more noticed when she recently joined WWE’s Mae Young Classic in 2018 where she lasted until the second round. Hiroyo is strong, fast, technically sound in the ring, and has had many great matches in all of the promotions she’s worked for and you knew you were going to get your money worth since she was that talented. She may not look like much but believe me when I say that she’s an absolute monster and can just wreck you if she wanted to. Surprised nobody has snatched her up for an exclusive contract because she would be the top star in an instant, but I think she enjoys going to various promotions and performing on a high level that she definitely does make do with what she has, so nothing wrong with that.
5. Miyu Yamashita (Tokyo Joshi Pro-Wrestling)
– The star of TJP and for good reasons. She only has about five years of experience with only a background in karate, but she was able to hold the TOKYO Princess of Princess Championship two times for a grand total of 746 days and during those times that she was a champion, she’s had great title defenses on top of it to make her a worthy champion of that company. She was also the SHINE Champion when she went to a title or title match during WrestleMania weekend. She’s like the Shotaro Ashino of TJP. just great in the ring and while not many follow the promotion, people would mostly keep an eye on her from how talented she is. I really hope she gets future opportunities to fight other people from various promotions soon because she would have a lot of dream matches built up that you’d be crazy not to do any of them. Great talent and somebody please get her some special bookings on the double, she’s worth your time!
4. Chihiro Hashimoto (Sendai Girls)
– Meiko Satomura’s prized pupil in Sendai Girls and that woman is Chihiro Hashimoto. If you look at her at first glance, you would think she would be a powerhouse but she’s also very technical in the ring. Chihiro has been wrestling for three years also and Meiko went full speed for Chihiro to make her the top star of her promotion and even be known as one of the best of the next generation of Joshi wrestlers. A four-time Sendai Girls World Champion with a combination of 777 days and each title defense would always leave you satisfied and wanting more of her at the end of things. With very little years under her belt, there’s plenty of room for her to grow in the upcoming years of her career and she might be another one that’ll be considered an all-time great when she does decide to hang it up. Powerful and wrestling-sound, Chihiro has the tools and can back it up at the same time and she’s just getting started.
3. Sareee (World Woman Pro-Wrestling Diana)
– I’m gonna level with you on this one, I’m fairly new to her despite being in the wrestling business for eight years, meaning she wrestled since she was fifteen-years-old, but I was able to become a fan of her the moment I saw her. She’s currently wrestling for World Woman Pro-Wrestling Diana and was known as an underdog of sorta. For about a year now, she was able to have big moments in her career when she defeated Aja Kong to become the promotion’s World Champion for the second time, defeating Meiko Satomura clean during a Sendai Girls show in an amazing match, and was able to defeat Chihiro in a title for title match to win the Sendai Girls World Championship, making her a double crown champion with two of the biggest belts in the Joshi scene. A lot of the veterans like Meiko and Nanae are high on Sareee and have faith in her being another won to be the future of professional wrestling as a whole. She has a lot more to prove and plenty of time to do it as this is now her time to shine from here on out.
2. Arisa Nakajima (SEAdLINNNG)
– Aside from Nanae Takashi, I believe Arisa Nakajima is one of the best that SEAdLINNNG has to offer. Arisa is both intense and physical in the ring and while not many have seen a lot of her matches, she always left a big impression on people that have watched her matches and gave them something memorable. While most will be known for their stiff kicks in the ring, she’s more known for her elbows and they’re just as deadly as any stiff kick that you see in most matches these days. Made her career in JWP and is now looking to stand out in her new home and hopefully a future Beyond the Sea Champion when the time is right. Killer instinct and a veteran in the business with thirteen years of experience, she’s someone that will amaze you in that ring.
Before I get to my final one, here’s a small list of honorable mentions down below.
– Nanae Takahashi (SEAdLINNNG)
– Emi Sakura (Gatoh Move)
– Mika Iwata (Sendai Girls)
– DASH Chisako (Sendai Girls)
– Aja Kong (OZ Academy)
– Yuka Sakazaki (Tokyo Joshi Pro-Wrestling)
– Riho (Gatoh Move)
– Yuu (Freelancer)
– Mayumi Ozaki (OZ Academy)
– Saori Anou (Actwres girl’Z)
– Miyako Matsumoto (Ice Ribbon)
1. Meiko Satomura (Sendai Girls)
– I think it’s obvious that she would be at the top of the list for everything she has done throughout her career and still performs at such a high level. The creator of Sendai Girls, Meiko Satomura would go down in the history books as one of the greatest females and wrestlers in general of all time with her incredible wrestling ability and her contributions to the business as a whole. She was also the first female to win DDT’s top title, the KO-D Openweight Championship but that reign didn’t last long, unfortunately. She’s held big titles in her own promotion, Stardom, AAAW, and in Fight Club Pro. Meiko has been wrestling for almost twenty-five years and she still wrestles as if she’s half her age while also being lethal at the same time. She made a big impact in Japan, the United States, and just globally as a whole that she’s earned every accomplishment that she has received. My favorite Joshi wrestler and one of my all-time favorites. If you haven’t seen her before, then something is wrong with you.
Thank you all for taking the time out of your day for reading my list. I’m sure there’s quite a few that I’m missing on here but there are just so many talented women in the Japanese wrestling scene that it’s so hard to put them all in as they all deserve praise. If you have time in your day for more, definitely look up all of these women since they’re worth your time.
(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.38 ~ 9TH JUNE 2019
The busy week that was in NOAH! The first Misawa memorial show and thoughts on the KENTA situation!
The busy week that was in NOAH! The first Misawa memorial show and thoughts on the KENTA situation!
CURRENT TOUR RECAP
Global Junior Tag League 2019 held its final two nights before the big finals in Osaka, on the 8th June in Yokohama, and the 9th June in Tokyo (the 9th June being the Mitsuharu Misawa memorial show).
The RATELS seesaw bought Daisuke Harada and Tadasuke down with a bump, while at the other end of the scale rose, bringing YO-HEY & HAYATA up. On the 8th in Yokohama, Tadasuke fell to Hajime Ohara after ten minutes, and Daisuke Harada fell to Yoshinari Ogawa’s sneak schoolboy pin on the 9th. This now means that they are out of the league.
YO-HEY & HAYATA however, on the rising end, won against Hitoshi Kumano & Chris Ridgeway (and eliminating them in the process) and the following night, won against Hi69 & Minoru Tanaka (who despite this loss, have said that they will be challenging for the GHC Junior Heavyweight tag belts). The finals of Global Junior Tag League 2019 in Osaka will be Stinger vs YO-HEY & HAYATA.
The main event of the Yokohama evening was called “The Mitsuharu Misawa Memorial Pre-match” which pitted the veteran team of Naomichi Marufuji, Takashi Sugiura & Shuhei Taniguchi against AXIZ (Go Shiozaki & Katsuhiko Nakajima) & Kaito Kiyomiya.
As Shuhei Taniguchi is going to be Marufuji’s opponent on the 13th in Osaka, there were tensions between the two, although fans did report that there was tension between all the the vets.
During the match, Naomichi Marufuji worked on Go Shiozaki’s shoulder (Shiozaki was to be his opponent for the 9th June), while Shuhei Taniguchi concentrated on everyone else, and Takashi Sugiura against Kaito Kiyomiya in particular. Sugiura managed to destroy him, and later commented that he would be very disappointed if the title match turned out the same way.
NOAH held the first night of the Mitsuharu Misawa memorial show on June 9th (Misawa actually died on the 13th June, when NOAH will be in Osaka) in Tokyo. The memorials are always a moving event with the flower altar arranged for him where fans leave gifts of flowers, his favorite food, drink and even cigarettes, and the traditional ceremony when he is welcomed to the green ring as the GHC Heavyweight Champion while “Spartan X” plays. The event was sold out with even the standing room tickets going quickly.
Naomichi Marufuji had a singles match against Go Shiozaki.
This match was symbolic as Shiozaki has never ever beaten (until now) Marufuji in a singles match, but in a hard fought fight, he managed to get the win over him by a Gowan Lariat\Emerald Fusion combination. Marufuji slunk away to lick his wounds, while Shiozaki spoke in the ring, thanking Marufuji for keeping NOAH alive, and Misawa for creating NOAH. Marufuji, in the post match promo, swore to become “the wall that Misawa was”.
The GHC Heavyweight match started off civilly, with a handshake between the young champion and the veteran challenger, then all gloves were off, and Takashi Sugiura battered him for the best part of the match. Kiyomiya endured everything; the Olympic Slam, vicious elbows, the DDT avalanche, apron suplexed, speared, and that match finisher that has taken out other older, hardened and more experienced challengers, the front neck choke-hold.
The match finished after 33 minutes and 53 seconds, with Kaito Kiyomiya using the Tiger Suplex.
There was no immediate challenger after the match, (although both Kenoh and Naomichi Marufuji had hinted at a challenge), and Kiyomiya had no speech either, simply holding the belt up and pointing to the ceiling.
Elsewhere on the card that evening, Junta Miyawaki got his second win, and the biggest win of his career when he schoolboy pinned NOSAWA Rongai in the league, it was too late for either team to win, but the effects on Miyawaki’s confidence was immense.
It was hoped that KENTA would make his return to NOAH on this night, but instead he appeared at a New Japan show in Osaka, and announced he would be competing in the G1 Climax. NOAH fans are naturally disappointed, as it was hoped that he would come home to NOAH first. Naomichi Marufuji posted on Twitter (without directly naming anyone, but it was obvious who he meant), saying to the effect that on this day of all days, he chose to do this. He wished him luck, and said “don’t get buried”.
Post match promos ~ Hamamatsu City
ATSUSHI AOKI PASSES AWAY
It was announced on June 3rd that All Japan (and NOAH born) wrestler, Atsushi Aoki, had been killed in a motorcycle accident in Tokyo. His bike had failed to take a swerve correctly, and he had crashed into a side wall.
Although he was an All Japan wrestler at the time of his death (plus their junior heavyweight champion, and a trainer in the dojo), Atsushi Aoki had actually started his career in Pro-Wrestling NOAH. A friend of Takashi Sugiura from their days in the JSDF (Japan Special Defense Forces), he had entered the NOAH dojo after an introduction to Naomichi Marufuji in Aomori, and graduated on the same date as Shuhei Taniguchi, December 24th 2005. He stayed with NOAH until 2013 when he walked out to All Japan with his trainer, Jun Akiyama (alongside Yoshinobu Kanemaru, Kenta Kobashi, Go Shiozaki and Kotaro Suzuki) in protest over NOAH’s firing of Kobashi due to injuries. During his time in NOAH he had held the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team championship twice, once with Kotaro Suzuki and once with Naomichi Marufuji. Jun Akiyama called him one of his most talented students who had a remarkable capacity for remembering advice about technique and carrying it out, what you told him after one match, he would remember in another.
After the walk out to All Japan, Aoki would return to NOAH one last time in September 2018 when he faced Takashi Sugiura and Daisuke Harada, while teaming with Jun Akiyama at Naomichi Marufuji’s “Flight”.
He was forty-four years old at the time of his death.
NOAH held a commemoration service for him at Yokohama, with old dojo friend and fellow trainee, an emotional Shuhei Taniguchi holding his picture.
NOAH’S PHOTO EXHIBITION
Pro Wrestling NOAH have announced that another photo exhibition will take place on Saturday September 14th until Monday September 16th at the ROJI Gallery in Osaka. The exhibition will be known as “NOAH the BEST 2019”. There is no word as of yet whether another photo book will be released.
“COME AT ME YOU BASTARDS” ~ Kenoh’s column
Kenoh’s column this week dealt with one of his favorite subjects, not his hatred of Naomichi Marufuji, Takashi Sugiura or his hate\love\older brother relationship with Kaito Kiyomiya, or LIDET, but his beloved car.
“BEYOND MISAWA AND KOBASHI” ~ Interview with Go Shiozaki
Go Shiozaki gave an interview to “Weekly Pro” in which he speaks about AXIZ, Shuhei Taniguchi, Sugiura, the new NOAH and other subjects.
- 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)
~ To hype the Sumo Hall show on the 2nd November (which I will be attending), NOAH have commissioned a truck with artwork advertising the event, to drive around Tokyo on a schedule in June. Fans have been asked to photograph it, hash tag it and put it on Twitter.
~ Takashi Sugiura got home from the event at Korakuen Hall and saw his two dogs play fighting, he took a picture, put it on Twitter and said, “I also lost today, and so did you”.
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.
The 13th June Mitsuharu Misawa memorial show from Osaka, will be shown on the 22nd at 10pm on Samurai TV. This will be the final night of Global Junior Tag League 2019.
Riki Choshu’s Power Hall (featuring Go Shiozaki and Yoshiki Inamura) will be broadcast live on the 26th June on Samurai at 6.30pm
PICTURE CREDITS: YO-HEY, NOAH GHC, PKDK
Newsletter by Hisame