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Kenta Kobashi Produce: Fortune Dream 5 Results & Review (6/11/2018)

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We have another self-produced show here as last time we did this, we covered Kawada’s Holy War, with a second set for July.

But let’s set our focus on this one, involving arguably the greatest wrestler of all time, Kenta Kobashi. For those that actually don’t know of Kenta Kobashi, he started his career in 1988 at AJPW and would be with the company until 200 when he jumped ship with Misawa to join his company called Pro Wrestling NOAH.

He would stay with NOAH until his retirement in 2013 and has one of the greatest careers in not just in Japan, but in the history of wrestling with having memorable reigns, feuds, and coming back after a long battle with cancer, the guy is a legend and should be considered as such. After his retirement, he has been doing self-produced shows once a year called Fortune Dream and today marks as his fifth show ever since his retirement and they’re normally considered great shows as it attracts a lot of people. He’s given us a great card tonight and let’s not waste any more time and just…dive right in.

 

Singles Match
Kazumi Kikuta vs. Kotaro Suzuki

Review: First bout is a singles match between Kotaro Suzuki and BJW’s Kazumi Kikuta. Kotaro is a Freelancer who mostly worked for NOAH in his career with sixteen years of experience while Kazumi has had about three years under his belt, but being in the ring with a vet could help him out a lot and especially if he gets the win over him. The match was simple and yet effective since it was mostly strikes and chain wrestling not that there’s anything wrong with it at all. Kotaro would mostly use his strikes on his abdomen and they do work since it helped him be weak at times also. The match is about eight minutes and Kazumi goes for a Lariat but Kotaro ducks it and hits his Tiger Driver for the win.

Recommended: The match is fairly decent, if you like simple stuff then this is for you.

 

– There was a talk battle between Kenta Kobashi and Masahiro Chono that lasted about twenty minutes and unfortunately I couldn’t find out any info on what was said during the talk battle, but I know one of the topics was one of their battles for the GHC Heavyweight Championship.

 

Three Way Match
Hiroyo Matsumoto vs. Io Shirai vs. Meiko Satomura

Review: One of the first big matches booked for the show as we have OZ Academy vs. Stardom vs. Sendai Girls with all three of the biggest stars in their respective promotions and is also one of Io’s last matches before her departure, so it’s gonna be a special one for her and another thing to top this all of is that her sister, Mio Shirai is also apart of the match as the special guest referee. I don’t know the full story, but Io and Mio have been rumored to have some issues with each other and it’s good to see that those are resolved now and they can share the ring one last time. Believe it or not, Mio was also a wrestler at the time for those that don’t know and she was actually pretty good despite being retired now.

Io and Hiroyo would start it off with a test of strength and would invite Meiko to be apart of it, but she instead decides to kick the both of them and just attack the two. You can see Io playing it a bit safe to avoid getting injured before her WWE physical, but that’s perfectly understandable and she still does the majority of her moveset. She would hit Hiroyo with a Frankensteiner for a two count and would do her signature backflip to get away from them and leads to a Dropkick to the outside and she’s not done here as she does a Suicide Dive to the both of them. Io would get Meiko back in the ring for a Missle Dropkick and a Crossface till she had to break it up in which Meiko would start delivering her stiff kicks to Io so she could knock her down and does a cartwheel towards her and landed on her knees directly onto her back. Hiroyo would get back in the ring to try and beat Meiko down, but it backfires with Meiko kicking her into the corner and would proceed to kick her down while Mio would try and break it up to only get pushed down and her sister would strike back at Meiko. Io then goes for a Springboard to only get caught by Hiroyo for a Powerbomb and would do it one more time on top of Meiko as they both kick out.

Hiroyo would get the upper hand over Meiko after a series of punches back and forth and would attempt a German Suplex only for Io to get in and do a Sunset Flip over Hiroyo as she hits her German in the Process. Io goes for her running knees to the corner onto Meki and then hits her Double Underhook Facebuster before hitting her Diving Moonsault Press and looks like this could be it, but Hiroyo picked Io up from behind to hit her Backdrop and Meiki hits Hiroyo with her Death Valley Bomb and Scorpion Rising to go for the finish, but Io breaks it up just in time. All three women are down but Io would get up to hit her Diving Moonsault Press onto Hiroyo and go for the pin, but Meiko pulled her off to hit her Death Valley Bomb and the bell rings meaning the time limit has passed and is now a draw. This was a fantastic match and a great display of how Puroresu Joshi’s wrestling is all about, the only big con was the time limit finish being rather predictable and wish they went with an actual winner since a loss wouldn’t hurt them. After the match, all three of them would shake hands and hug it out and then Io would hug her sister, Mio and pose with her one last time.

Recommended: Definitely give it a watch, great match.

 

Tag Team Match
Koki Kitahara & Mitsuya Nagai vs. Naomichi Marufuji & Super Tiger

Review: We now have a tag match involving the veterans of the business with Koki and Mitsuya taking on Marufuji and Super Tiger, yes we have Super Tigers also instead of only Tiger Mask and Black Tigers. This is a special match for another reason too as this is not only Koki Kitahara’s 30th anniversary as a wrestler, but this is also considered his retirement match at the same time, so this is a big one for him. The match while nothing special, it’s still a really solid match with Koki and Mitsuya doing heel tactics in the match and trying to rip off Tiger’s mask, Koki even did a Slice Bread in the match and while not perfect, it’s still impressive. The match is about seventeen minutes and Super Tiger gets the win with the Buzzsaw Kick on Koki to end his thirty-year career.

After the match, they would hold a retirement ceremony for Koki as he would thank everyone for all of the support throughout the years and has had a great career. The original Tiger Mask would even come out to present one of his masks in a sealed case for him as everyone takes a picture with Koki and had the ten bell salute for him. Thank you, Koki Kitahara for your career as we’ll never forget you.

Recommended: Solid match, worth a watch.

 

Six Man Tag Team Match
Go Shiozaki, Yuji Hino & Zeus vs. Akitoshi Saito, Katsuhiko Nakajima & Kohei Sato

Review: Something like this when you first glance at it and say this should be the main event, but it isn’t and I will get to that at the actual main event, but this is still a huge six-man tag match between all of them as on one side we got Zeus, Yuji Hino, and Go Shiozaki to take on Akitoshi Saito, Katsuhiko Nakajima, and Kohei Sato. Kohei and Yuji started off the match and of course you got Hino playing too cool with that swagger of his to not care much and then his teammates would get the others into the corners to chop all three of them and then the other team would flip it around to start kicking them and then they’ll brawl to the outside. Hino and Kohei aren’t done with each other as they go over to the commentary booth where Kenta Kobashi and Daisuke Sekimoto are sitting as the two would chop each other right in front of them before bowing to the two out of respect. Akitoshi would then hit Go with a Piledriver on the outside of the ring while Hino and Kohei would get back in the ring now and Hino starts to chop him some more before tagging Zeus in so he could do the same thing before tagging in Go just so they could chop this guys chest, and then Hino gets tagged back in to do it some more and would even accidentally chop Zeus when Kohei ducked and tagged Nakajima in as he starts kicking Hino down.

Nakajima would hit a Missle Dropkick and gets a two count until Hino attempts a chop but Nakajima ducks to kick him in the chest and this would happen quite a few times with Hino starting to put his hands behind his back for Nakajima to kick him, but then Nakajima would mock him to have Hino chop hi which he ducks all of them as the fans boo Nakajima for it, but Hino would laugh it off and slap him in the back of the neck and tag Zeus in who starts to show off his power with his own chops, even do the Kobashi style chops in homage to Kobashi and then does a Gorilla Press Slam to gain momentum, but Nakajima would knock him down as the two tag in Go and Akitoshi. They would start getting stiff with each other with the punches until Go hits his own set of Kobashi style chops to him, but would then get knocked down as Akitoshi, Nakajima, and Kohei would start to give him stiff kicks as payback for all of the chops they’ve done to them and there was a lot of chops. Eventually, the two would start going at it more while the others are outside fight as Go hits his Gowan Lariat for the win.

Recommended: Great tag match, worth a watch.

 

 

Tag Team Match
Ayato Yoshida & Kaito Kiyomiya vs. Takuya Nomura & Toru Sugiura

Review: As I said in the last match, the six-man tag or even the retirement match on paper could’ve been your closing matches for this show as one was a retirement match got Kako and the other one was just a match containing some of Japan’s best, but Kobashi has picked these four men to be the main event because he believes that these men are the future of Japanese wrestling and he wants to give them this chance to show that to the world and I love Kobashi for thinking this as I believe this is a smart move, so now let’s see if those four can deliver with the main event spotlight shining on them. We have Toru and Ayato starting the match off with some chain wrestling and the two seem to be pretty even despite Ayato getting the early advantage be doing a Dragon Screw to Toru’s leg while down on the mat and the crowd applauds them as they both get up quick. Kaito would get tagged in now and would start to strike Toru til he got slammed down, but Kaito got back up to knock him down so he could tag in Takuya as the two locked up till they got to the ropes and Kaito would slap Takuya which he replies with some stiff kicks.

What I love about this match is that it’s simple and I don’t mean that in a negative way or anything like that at all, what I mean is that they didn’t need to do anything involving flips, flashy moves, big moves in the beginning, or anything crazy like that since you just had four people in the ring working a regular match and just telling us a story in the ring and showing us that old school puro style of wrestling that we all know and love as these four just match it so well. The only time you see a Crossbody was when Toru would do it to Ayato as a desperation move so he could tag in Takuya to get the hot tag. Also, the interactions between Takuya and Ayato is great with their combination of strikes and reversals with Ayato looking like he was going to do a Hip Toss and would knee him in the face instead and Takuya would deliver a Roundhouse to the head and the crowd cheers once more. The final spots involved Kaito and Toru with Toru hitting a beautiful Spinebuster and they knew when to hit the bigger moves in the match to sell the story of the match more, Toru went for a Moonsault off the top and misses as Kaito would hit a Jackhammer for a two count, but he’s not done as he now goes for a German Suplex Hold for another two count. Kaito is now all fired up and looks to put Toru away, but Toru tries so hard to fight off the Tiger Suplex hold, but it doesn’t work as Kaito hits it for the three count.

After the match, Kenta Kobashi and the people involved in the show would get in the ring for some group photos as Kenta thanked everyone for coming out here to support the show as he looks forward to producing Fortune Dream 6 next year.

Recommended: Fantastic match, worth a watch involving the future of puroresu.

 

Overall: The show was fantastic from top to bottom as I look forward to seeing these shows once a year since Kenta would always give us something special for us to see and they all delivered in the match. I can’t wait till next year to see what he has in store for us.

Favorite Match: TIE Ayato Yoshida & Kaito Kiyomiya vs. Takuya Nomura & Toru Sugiura and Hiroyo Matsumoto vs. Io Shirai vs. Meiko Satomura

Least Favorite Match: Kazumi Kikuta vs. Kotaro Suzuki

Score: 9/10


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Andrew’s Stardom 5 Star Grand Prix Red Stars Ratings & Review: Day 7 & 8

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We get another combined article because of the way Stardom likes to stagger matches in this tournament.

Day 7 actually didn’t have any Blue Star matches at all, so now the articles will be titled a little differently. I need that Rick and Morty clip about getting your shit together and direct it at Stardom booking. Oh wait, I can!

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So with that established, I guess we should look at the matches to come. Tam is eliminated but still has 3 matches to go. So she can go from a measly 2 to a respectable 8 if she can put a few wins together. Utami and Rachael however are still very much in the thick of things, and even face one another on Day 8.

Let’s find if anyone else gets eliminated, or if we continue to have the top half stay alive.

 

Day 7

Rachael Ellering vs Tam Nakano

Rachael’s promo is fake and over enthusiastic, whereas Tam’s was realistic and a little bubbleheaded. So it’s really hard for me to ever connect to Ellering’s promos, cause she’s not convincing and her matches thus far have been…umm…shall we say, sub par. So sadly Tam seems to be in the plucky underdog role this year and always getting close with not much of a pay off. So let’s she if she picks up a win to play spoiler, or continues to come up short.

I have no clue what it is about most of Rachael’s matches, but they are hard to watch. Rachael’s Pump Kick that she over uses never looks impactful, she doesn’t take or sell offense well, and it’s just a schlog. This match was no different.

Tam’s kicks are usually crisp, but they hit awkwardly and slowly. Tam even went for a bottom rope assisted Back Body Drop, but Rachael’s foot cause the middle rope and it just looked sloppy. Tam still sold her back, while Rachael focused it, so that was good.

We also see a decent barrage at the end of the match with some false finish rollups, Rachael’s Bossman Slam and then Ellering finally finishes this with the Fallaway Powerbomb.

Winner: Ellering via Fallaway Powerbomb

Rating: * 1/2

 

Kagetsu vs Kimber Lee

Kimber always has this oddly endearing way of cutting a promo. She talks fairly slowly (the way people do when you’re speaking a language people might not understand), which I find ridiculous, but she says all the correct babyface things. Kagetsu however has a skull mask on her head, pops up into frame and just starts talking casually about things. She just wants to end the match, eat some good food and head to Osaka. It’s casually dismissive of Kimber, but not cruel, perfect tweener kind of temperature.

Kagetsu takes the early advantage and does the cocky heel thing by throwing Kimber to the outside. Hazuki and Sumire get in a few cheap shots before rolling her back in. Kagetsu takes a drink of water and then we get her water spit/mist spot. Which I’m still not sure why that isn’t a disqualification, but I like it, so I’m not questioning it.

After the initial cockiness, Kimber takes advantage of Kagetsu taking her foot of the gas and puts together some offense. A few well placed kicks and suplexes lead to the Swanton Bomb attempt, but Kimber misses. After a little more struggle, Kagetsu eventually hits a Chokeslam and then enough of the Oedo Coaster to get the pinfall.

Not Kagetsu’s best work, but it was a fairly short match and Kimber isn’t positioned as a threat in this tournament.

Winner: Kagetsu via Oedo Coaster

Rating: *** 1/4

 

Day 8

Kimber Lee vs Tam Nakano

The opening promos are pretty low energy for both women. Kimber talks about being eliminated but fighting for herself and Tam tries her best to psych herself up. The lack of points is effecting both of these women. Who will get the ball moving to end on a high note?

Not a bad match, just fairly short. Given that all of the Grand Prix matches have a 15 minute time limit, even the longer ones are a little short. Both women utilize a fair amount of kicks and flexibility in their offense, so the mirror aspect was on full display.

Kimber does her split spot, Tam goes for a Buzzsaw Kick, but Kimber blocks it and tries to sweep the leg, but Tam does a split and they both start throwing forearms from the split position. Kimber hits a kick combination first, which drops Tam but only for two. In her opening promo Tam put some emphasis on not wanting to lose to kicks, since those are kinda her thing.

Maintaining advantage, Kimber goes to the top rope but Tam shows some fight. Eventually hitting the Avalanche Snapmare and going up for her Diving Idol Knee, for only a near fall. After a few more close calls, Kimber catches Tam coming off the ropes for a Brain Buster, pulls her to a corner and lands the Swanton Bomb for the pinfall.

Valiant efforts in all her matches, but Tam really can’t catch a break.

Winner: Kimber via Swanton Bomb

Rating: ** 1/4

 

Rachael Ellering vs Utami Hayayshishita

Well, ya know I’m usually overly disinterested in whatever Rachael’s been doing, but this match was a little different. She basically got to play the heel since she was being very tough on Utami and showing some personality while arguing with the referee. So when it comes down to Rachael’s involvement, it wasn’t the thing that brought the match down, for a change.

However, after the initial burst from Rachael and the playing up a few strikes on the outside, the match never kick it into another gear. It basically was treading water for the last half. Signature moves were hit, Utami landed her Sleeper Hold takeover into the Coquina Clutch, but Rachael got out of it. I’m guess the high point was supposed to be Rachael hitting a Superplex, but nothing felt important, desperate or impressive.

The match ends just as Utami cinches in an Inside Cradle, but the time expires. All of the draws in this tournament are a little off putting.

Winner: Time Limit Draw

Rating: ***

 

Red Stars Standings:

Kagetsu 4-1-1 (9 Points)
Rachael Ellering 4-1-1 (9 Points)
Jungle Kyona 3-1-2 (8 Points)
Utami Hayashishita 3-1-2 (8 Points)
Konami 3-3 (6 Points) – Eliminated
Kimber Lee 2-4 (4 Points) – Eliminated
Tam Nakano 1-5 (2 Points) – Eliminated
Natsuko Tora 1-5 (2 Points) – Eliminated

 

Thoughts:

You know Stardom, you know what happens when you make Tam look good but don’t give her wins? Nothing happens, it’s actually decent story telling and could set up for a big upset of Kagetsu on the Finals day. So as much as the fan in me hates watching Tam come up short (Naito fans around the world know that feel), her determination and the storyline wrinkles could pay off later.

As for the two days…meh? Nothing stood out and these really just felt like matches to set up for the final swerve. These kind of days happen in all tournaments, it just hit really hard in these four matches. I just really really hope Rachael doesn’t win Red Stars.


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Mathew’s Stardom 5 Star Grand Prix Blue Stars Results & Review: Day 8

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So tomorrow is the last day of the Five Star Grand Prix where we will have our final four matches and the final match on the same day but we got two matches left to cover before we go to the final day.

This show is for people that didn’t have their six matches before the final day and we’re using this to make sure they’re all caught up to speed and we can see who has a chance to make it and who doesn’t. I know it says day 8 in my headline but I had no matches on the seventh day, so I decided to just skip it and go where I have my actual matches. So who wins these two matches?

Let’s find out and…dive right in.

 

Grand Prix Blue Stars Match
Kelly Klein vs. Natsu Sumire

Review: It’s pretty clear that Sumire is pretty much eliminated and even if she does win this match and her last one, the fact that Mayu would hold the tiebreaker over her if she lost today and won tomorrow, but would still be out if Momo won on the final day since she’d have nine points while Sumire would still have eight if she won both and wouldn’t matter, but she has been one of the highlights of this tournament due to her personality flourishing a lot more here and the fans loving her more and more. Sumire in her pre-match interview seems to be more focused on her bust size and even talked about the supplements she’s been taking for a couple weeks now and is disappointed that there’s been no change in her results just yet and hopes to provide progress updates. Kelly is her opponent tonight and if Kelly does win here, she’ll be in the top spot of the standings and would have a strong chance of winning. Can Kelly win again or will Sumire ruin it for her?

Once again, Sumire made the match fun when it was needed due to it not being the best bout in the tournament here but they did work with what they got, even if it was as pretty standard as they come. Kelly did an okay job in the match as well and probably my least favorite outing of her in the Grand Prix and she just wanted to dominate Sumire. Sumire was mostly doing her antics that you would see in her matches with the false handshakes, cradling them up when they least expect it, and just whipping them. It looked like Kelly was going to go for the win here and when she ran the ropes, Kagetsu kicked her in the back to stun her long enough for Sumire to grab the Oedo Tai sign so she could hit Kelly with it, but Kelly moved out of the way causing the sign to bounce off the ropes and hit Sumire instead in which it gets turned around for Kelly to hit the Fireman’s Carry Slam for the victory and she’s now in first place.

Rating: Tony Schiavone

 

Grand Prix Blue Stars Match
Hazuki vs. Mayu Iwatani

Review: A win here is very crucial for Mayu Iwatani if she wants to tie it up with Kelly, otherwise she would be eliminated from the tournament and her opponent, Hazuki would take the top spot with nine points and potentially win the whole thing if things work out in her favor. The last time the both of them fought one on one was around February during the ROH Women of Honor tournament and Mayu would come out the winner of that match and Mayu wants to beat her again to show she’s on a whole different level now. Who will take the top spot of the standings, Mayu or Hazuki?

Hazuki is in my top 5 wrestlers of Stardom right now and this match here with Mayu just solidified my statement for this claim. This whole tournament, she has been one of the most consistent wrestlers in her matches with her sequences being on point, her moves are crisp, and how to handle a match lately has been outstanding that she should be under peoples radar. Hazuki right away was being aggressive with Mayu before the bell even rang when she attacked her from behind and kept rolling her up which failed, but she kept on the attack by throwing her around into chairs on the outside and even destroyed Mayu’s arm during the whole match and not holding back on her, I love this side of Hazuki.

This match is one of my favorites in my block next to Hazuki/Momo still being my favorite one, but this one was still pretty damn close with their chemistry in the ring together gave us a special match and it’s not even their last one for their block. They told a great story in the ring, executed everything almost flawlessly, seeing a more aggressive side of Hazuki in her previous two matches, and Mayu selling it all to make it look more dangerous than it probably is, but they were just on point with everything together. Hazuki was pulling out all the stops with having her in the Crossface, working on her arm, stiff Dropkicks and a Codebreaker, but it still wasn’t enough to take Mayu out as she hits the Dragon Suplex Hold and gets the victory to tie first place with Kelly Klein. After the match, she told the crowd that she was now in first place and hopes the crowd will still support her as she looks to win it all at the final.

Rating: Bruce Prichard

 

Overall: Can’t really give it a fair assessment due to only having two matches with one being average and the other one being great, but the average of it was solid enough. I’m glad to see that all three of my picks are in the top 4 of potential winners and excited for the last day since it’s stacked.

Favorite Match: Hazuki vs. Mayu Iwatani

Score: 6/10

Blue Stars Standings:
Mayu Iwatani: 4-2 (8 Points)
Kelly Klein: 4-2 (8 Points)
Momo Watanabe: 3-2-1 (7 Points)
Hazuki: 3-2-1 (7 Points)
Nicole Savoy: 3-3 (6 Points)
Jamie Hayter: 2-4 (4 Points)
Saki Kashima: 2-4 (2 Points)
Natsu Sumire: 2-4 (4 Points)

Now that we have our final standings before the final show tomorrow, we see that our top 4 people that could still win this are Mayu Iwatani, Kelly Klein, Momo Watanabe, and Hazuki. We’re gonna break down the final card for tomorrow and see who has a real chance and how can it be done.

  • Mayu Iwatani vs. Momo Watanabe
  • Hazuki vs. Natsu Sumire
  • Kelly Klein vs. Nicole Savoy
  • Saki Kashima vs. Jamie Hayter

Here is how these four can win.

Mayu Iwatani: Defeat Momo Watanabe and Nicole Savoy defeats Kelly Klein.

Momo Watanabe: Defeat Mayu Iwatani and Nicole Savoy defeats Kelly Klein.

Kelly Klein: Defeat Nicole Savoy

Hazuki: Defeat Nicole Savoy, Momo Watanabe defeats Mayu Iwatani, and Nicole Savoy defeats Kelly Klein

If Momo and Hazuki do win their matches and Kelly loses, these two will be in a tie and it’ll be interesting to see who gets the final spot since they did tie it up in their outing, interesting direction if that’s the case.


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(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.2 ~ 21ST SEPTEMBER 2018

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NOAH finished up their mammoth five day in a row event (14th September to the 18th September), fortunately no-one was injured, but both Hajime Ohara (neck) and Hi69 (knee) seem to be carrying injuries.

After losing the GHC Heavyweight Tag Title challenge against Naomichi Marufuji and Akitoshi Saito, Kaito Kiyomiya intimated that he would be interested in challenging for them again, but with another partner (i.e. Go Shiozaki). Shiozaki was seen watching Kaito Kiyomiya in the tag match against 50 Funky Powers in Hakata Stalene. Later in the tour he mentioned on Twitter about “shutting them up” and their GHC Heavyweight Tag Challenge

.Speaking of Go Shiozaki there was a very sweet moment that took place in Hakata, involving both himself and Atsushi Kotoge. When they made their entrance in their match against The Hooligans (Cody Hall and Maybach Taniguchi), a little boy could be seen dressed in a homemade “Revolutionary Cloak”. When Kotoge appeared the little boy and the little girl next to him (most probably his sister), did the revolutionary fist pumps (to the delight of Kotoge who joined in), and when he had gone, Shiozaki noticed, did it for half a second, and then went bright red (Shiozaki gets very shy when he has to do physical comedy, he also has a tendency to start giggling as well when others do it).
During the match, the brawl went into the crowd, and a little girl was upset by it and started crying. Go Shiozaki, gave her a hug to comfort her, and once back in the ring got The Hooligans in the corner, pointed to her and said “this is for you”, and proceeded to chop them.

Despite his claim to “bring the revolution to Hakata, and defeat the villains!”, Atsushi Kotoge took the Zwei Bomb from Taniguchi.

Naomichi Marufuji is still not accepting the challenge of The Hooligans, and gave a somewhat bad tempered promo in Ehime saying they were “a fool, a baldie” and “even though I am an asshole with a lack of sleep, I am going to crush you all. Come and line up with your heads bowed. I am not going to accept your challenge! I’m not in the mood!” Marufuji is still being obsessively hated by Kenoh, and he certainly has taken it from him on this tour, but the person the five days really belongs to, is Katsuhiko Nakajima, who utterly obliterated Takashi Sugiura and did the cocky pin on him. I don’t think anyone has ever at any time or anywhere ever done this…

Nakajima, being Nakajima, wasn’t finished there as he draped the belt over him, and then threw Sugiura out of the ring. When Sugiura had recovered and scraped himself off of the floor, Nakajima had gotten the microphone, and standing on the turnbuckle he told him that he would continue to plague him like he did today, he would plague him again tomorrow and the day after that and forever afterwards.

At the end of the five day tour, having been thoroughly battered by Nakajima, Takashi Sugiura said tiredly he couldn’t keep up and says that he has had no choice but to get better, and rethink his strategy. I can only imagine that Sugiura is playing the spider and the fly…

“Black or white, this is a league.” (Hi69) 

The NOAH Juniors, despite being divided over Junior Global League, are all gunning for Kotaro Suzuki (Hitoshi Kumano says that he is going to “crush the beat so no sound comes out”). Kotaro Suzuki has dismissed even the freelancers amongst the NOAH Juniors as being “weak”.

The biggest build so far is Daisuke Harada vs Kotaro Suzuki, which will take place in Yokohama (Suzuki has already lost to the other “elder” of the Juniors, Hajime Ohara). Daisuke Harada in Kochi, delivered the message to Suzuki that he would beat him down, and then he would “tell you this”…Harada spoke silently to the camera and walked off. Kotaro Suzuki later said that he had no idea what he was saying, but would find out before they faced each other.

Suzuki has made unflattering comments about various NOAH juniors, Hitsohi Kumano is “heavy” and “bulging with fat”, and Tadasuke, due to “too much hair treatment” is “greasy”.

Kotaro Suzuki, known for being just as “slippery” as Tadasuke (maybe even more) has promised something special for his “vision of Korakuen” (he also posted a picture of himself and Yoshinari Ogawa out drinking and said they were “discussing strategy”), well, whatever he has planned, it is probably a lot better than what Tadasuke has promised, he says that he may have to “poison the rice of the winning candidates” if he doesn’t win.

Suzuki and Harada clashed in a tag match on the 18th September on the last day of tour with Harada getting in his face with the belt, and Suzuki playing the innocent after attacking him while standing on the ring apron.

There has been no rift between The Backbreakers, with Hitoshi Kumano defeating Hajime Ohara. Kumano said he had to win, even though Ohara’s neck was very bad.
Part of his reasons for wanting to beat Ohara was due to the comments made by Daisuke Harada when he was aiming for the GHC Junior Heavyweight championship a few months ago, Harada had basically said that Kumano was “below Ohara” or that he was his “subordinate”.

Between RATELS, Daisuke Harada is too busy to comment on Tadasuke beating him, and YO-HEY and HAYATA still appear to be friends (better description might be master and pet).

Junta Miyawaki is still to get his first win, but the boy has earned a lot of accolades with people praising him and saying he was “insanely good” in his matches. NOAH are really teasing his first win with many near pinfalls.  He has also been likened to a young Kenta Kobashi, which means that now in NOAH we have almost the Four Pillars for a new generation with Misawa (Kiyomiya) and Kawada (Kenoh) – now we just need a Taue.

NOAH have had very good attendances out in the provinces for this tour, not all venues have been sold out, but attendances have been very high. The promotion has a policy whereby they travel outside of the metropolitan areas (i.e. Tokyo, Osaka) and the big city areas and bring the show to the “provinces” (i.e. the countryside or the more rural areas on the edge of the suburbs). While this doesn’t always result in a full house (something a lot of people don’t seem to understand and they think its a reflection on NOAH ), what it does do is bring a company who unlike New Japan, All Japan, Big Japan etc doesn’t have a streaming service and\or a TV show, to people who wouldn’t see them otherwise. They have also attracted a lot of new fans too.

Global Junior League Scores (as of 18th September 2018)
YO-HEY: 7
Ikuto Hidaka: 6
Daisuke Harada: 6
Kotaro Suzuki: 6
Hitoshi Kumano: 4
Tadasuke: 4
Hi69: 4
Minoru Tanaka: 4
HAYATA: 3
Hajime Ohara: 2
Seiya Morohashi: 2
Junta Miyawaki: 0

NOAH are back on the 29th September at Radiant Hall, Yokohama, bell sounds at 17.30

NEWS

QUIET STORM CELEBRATES 20 YEARS
Quiet Storm has celebrated his own twenty years in wrestling on the 16th September, he debuted in 1998 (about a month after Naomichi Marufuji did) at roughly the age of seventeen, and while in America had spells with Ring of Honor, PWF and NYWC. Quiet Storm made his debut in his hometown of New York (he’s a Brooklyn boy I think). He came to Japan and trained with KAIENTAI DOJO, but had to return home due to a family situation. Aside from NOAH, his other affiliation is with Osaka Pro. He has been with NOAH since 2014.

His tag team partner, Mohammed Yone, presented him with flowers in the ring.

GHC BELT NEWS

Current champions

  • GHC Heavyweight Champion: Takashi Sugiura
  • GHC Junior Champion: Daisuke Harada
  • GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: Naomichi Marufuji & Akitoshi Saito
  • GHC Junior Tag Champions: Minoru Tanaka & Hi69

OTHER NEWS

Atsushi Kotoge will be holding his own fan event, further details to be announced (this is not a produce)

Comedy wrestler Kikutaro (who returned to Japan to have ear surgery), announced that before he leaves for America, he wants to appear in NOAH(he was once a regular in SEM, where he memorably teamed with KENTA, who had him thrown out of the building afterwards, Kikutaro made his way back in though), and a match has been arranged against Atsushi Kotoge for the 4th October at Korakuen Hall. Kotoge has asked Kikutaro whether he wants to join the “Revolutionary Army”. What should be a very funny match, will be broadcast on Samurai on the 11th October (FYI: Fuji TV no longer exists, it is now “ForJoyTV“)

Naomichi Marufuji and Doug Williams will be having what will be their last match ever in IPW on Sunday the 23rd September. Their history was made not in NOAH or even in Japan, but in Europe. You can read about their history in an article I have written, “Farewell Europe

Hajime Ohara, (who quite rightly is called “NOAH’s treasure”), has taken part in more municipal activities in Kawasawki by lecturing the Staff Hygiene Committee about exercise that can be done at the office and at home.

Thanks to Metal-Noah who very kindly sent me a copy of “Heir to The Ark”, Naomichi Marufuji’s biography, English translation has started, and can be found here. This is a work in progress, and I hope to update it daily. The book is ranked #3 on the Japanese book charts. TOUR TIDBITS

  • Tadasuke used a chair on Seiya Morohashi (which is unusual for him).
  • Whilst in Shikoku, a big crab turned up on Hi69’s cigarette packet (its probably HAYATA shape-shifting)
  • The ceiling was so low in Hakata Stalene that people’s feet and heads grazed it.
  • Naomichi Marufuji watched “the youngsters” going off together after NOAH arrived in Kochi, and said “the old man is going to bed”
  • Tadasuke announced to Kotaro Suzuki “Hey, Fool! I am today’s NOAH Junior!” (and Kotaro Suzuki beat him down in ten minutes with the Tiger Driver)
  • Naomichi Marufuji wrapped Yoshiki Inamura in Atsushi Kotoge’s cloak, and forced him to do the “Revolution Pose”, right in front of Kotoge.
  • YO-HEY’S rambling promos include him having all his teeth knocked out (he hasn’t), and likening himself to a 16th century Japanese warlord, a champion stallion racehorse which was put out to stud (don’t ask) and then forgetting what he was talking about. He is still convinced that he will be facing Yoshiki Inamura in the finals of Global Junior League, despite the fact that Inamura isn’t in Global Junior League.
  • Yoshinari Ogawa took Atsushi Kotoge’s cape and used it to wipe his boots, much to Kotoge’s horror.
  • Ehime Pro did an opening exhibition at Noah’s show at TEXPORT Imbari
  • Yoshiki Inamura getting good reviews.
  • Go Shiozaki went to shake hands with Kotoge, but Kotoge drew his hand back, wiped his head and walked off (Shiozaki, notorious for giggling, couldn’t keep a straight face)
  • NOAH have had a crack down on people filming at the event, Atsushi Kotoge said “Heroes obey the rules”.
  • Masao Inoue is holding another bowling event, wrestlers participating will be Atsushi Kotoge, Kaito Kiyomiya and Tadasuke
  • On September 17th, Atsushi Kotoge, Kenoh, Katsuhiko Nakajima and Masa Kitamiya went to a sports bar and spent until the early hours watching classic Four Pillars era All Japan (the match Kotoge photographed on the TV was Mitsuharu Misawa vs Kenta Kobashi on the 21st October 1997. When this match took place, Kotoge and Kenoh would have been 12, Kitamiya 14 and Nakajima 9).
  • Cody Hall and Maybach Taniguchi now have a finisher called “The Hooligans Bomb”.

  • On the long drive back from Tottori to Tokyo, (about nine to eleven hours), Takashi Sugiura photographed Masao Inoue at the urinal (twice), and then predictably, things got even worse when Marufuji filmed Inoue eating an ice cream on the bus, and then pausing to look briefly at a passing woman. Between Marufuji and Sugiura, this turned into Inoue thinking about “licking” women…

Lets just end this newsletter here until next week.


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