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As I said in my picks, Dominion is the big summer event and we knew most of the important storylines.

Young Bucks, Kenny Omega, Chris Jericho and Hiromu Takahashi, all were challenging for a new chapter. Jericho could make history being the first person to hold IWGP Intercontinental and WWE Intercontinental gold. Omega and Hiromu could finally get over the hump against their respective opponents. The Bucks look to prove they belong in the Heavyweight Tag Division.

With all of this going on, let’s just see how it all played out.

IWGP Junior Tag Title: Suzuki-Gun (El Desperado and Yoshinobu Kanemaru) (c) vs Roppongi 3K (SHO and YOH)

Despy tries to hit SHO with the belt before the bell, but he ducks and SHO and YOH take out both members with stereo Dropkicks and then stereo dives. After a attempting something from the apron, Desperado trips up YOH and both Suzuki-Gun members manage to take advantage of the less experienced wrestlers.

Some moves outside and Roppongi 3k manage to get back in by 17. YOH continues to take punishment before he finally pulls off a big Dragon Screw on Despy and Vertical Suplex on Kanemaru for the hot tag to SHO. SHO hits multiple suplexes before Kanemaru shows up for a double team move, but YOH comes back in to split things off and SHO manages to turn the tide on Desperado again.

SHO counters Kanemaru’s mist attempt, and hits a big Lung Blower on Desperado for a near fall. He then motions for the Shock Arrow, but Desperado counters, pushes SHO into the referee, to bump him hard enough for Kanemaru to use the whiskey bottle to pick up the ‘sneaky style’ pinfall and retain their championships.

Winner: Desperado & Kanemaru via Cradle after Whiskey Bottle

Rating: ** 3/4

 

Taguchi Japan (Juice Robinson and David Finlay) vs. Chaos (Jay White and Yoshi-Hashi)

Jay White starts off quickly with chops and strikes on Juice. Juice counters, he and Finlay hit a couple double team moves and Yoshi-Hashi comes in to get kicked around by Finlay before Jay White helps them get some momentum back.

Nice corner spot when Jay White is seated, Yoshi-Hashi tries to interfere but gets hung up in the Tree of Woe, and Juice hits a big cannonball on both men. A little 4 man chaos as Jay hits a Blade Runner on Finlay, but he’s not the legal man. So a nice left handed punch from Juice, leads to the Pulp Friction, and the pinfall.

Juice is most likely the next challenger for the US Title.

Winner: Juice and Finlay via Pulp Friction

Rating: ** 1/4

 

Chaos (Tomohiro Ishii and Toru Yano) vs. Suzuki-Gun (Minoru Suzuki and Zack Sabre Jr.)

This match had a lot of fun story threads. Ishii and Suzuki have an issue, Ishii also recently took Sabre’s British Heavyweight title and Yano…is Yano.

Suzuki and Ishii do the majority of the work and it’s just a tough guy marathon. Suzuki does much less submission wrestling and they just try to beat the hell out of each other. The amount of disdain they both have for each other comes through in every strike.

Fast forwarding to the finish, we see Yano do his playful trickster thing with removing the turnbuckle pad and trying to hit a low blow. However, Sabre counters it by bringing his knees together to trap Yano’s arm. He turns it into a Grounded Hammerlock Inverted Armbreaker, and Yano submits quickly.

After the match, Ishii and Suzuki keep chasing each other around the arena trying to kill one another.

Winner: Suzuki & Sabre via Grounded Hammerlock Inverted Armbreaker

Rating: *** 1/4

 

NEVER Openweight Triple Threat: Hirooki Goto (c) vs. Michael Elgin vs. Taichi

There’s so much going on in this match, it’s hard to piece out, so I’ll do the highlighted version. Taichi played the heel who kept avoiding contact for a good portion of the match, and utilized Miho as a distraction a little more than he usually does.

Taichi attempted to form alliances, but they both hate him. Elgin hit a big Tope con Hilo on both Goto and Taichi. Towards the end, Taichi slides in, hits Elgin and Goto with the microphone stand and starts cackling like an anime villain. The crowd erupts, while most are laughing I think they’re chanting ” Go Home Taichi”.

Taichi his a Superkick for 2, attempts a Gedo Clutch, but by that point Elgin is up and hits a Buckle Bomb. Then he throws Taichi into Goto, to finish the match by Elgin Bombing Taichi.

Winner: Elgin via Elgin Bomb

Rating: *** 1/4

 

IWGP Heavyweight Tag Championship: Los Ingobernables de Japon (SANADA and EVIL) (c) vs. The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson)

Match was paced quickly, and that helped and hurt it at the same time. Matt and Nick sold a back and foot injury through most of the match, but that fell apart a little towards the end.

Most of each teams signature moves were hit, SANADA was never able to hit Skull End or his Moonsault and EVIL never managed to hit Everything is Evil. So LIJ weren’t hurt at all in the loss, but the super hero resolve and a fairly bad sell on the Magic Killer just to increase the suspense made the finish feel flat to me.

Yes there was a lot of action, so it was entertaining, but it felt more like an older Young Bucks match when people would complain they had no psychology and were all about spots. Let’s hope that their first reign as Heavyweight Tag Champs have more well rounded matches.

Winner: Young Bucks via More Bang for Your Buck

Rating: ****

 

Hiroshi Tanahashi, Jushin Thunder Liger and Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Bullet Club (Cody, Hangman Page and Marty Scurll)

Early mind games with different Bullet Club members calling out a member of the legend team that wasn’t legal. But when it got down to it, it was an entertaining match. Tanahashi didn’t do much in fairness, but Mysterio put on a clinic to prove he’s healthy and Liger even managed to get in some decent offense.

Biggest spot of the night was probably Mysterio hitting the double 619 on Page and Scurll, but the Cody train just doesn’t seem to be slowing down at all. Cody landing Crossroads on Liger, just continues to solidify him as a force in wrestling.

Winner: Bullet Club via Cody hitting Crossroads

Rating: *** 1/2

 

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: Will Ospreay (c) vs. Hiromu Takahashi

Starts off with a flurry, Hiromu with the release German into the corner and attempts the Apron Sunset Bomb. Ospreay blocks that and takes a page out of Hiromu’s book by running up the apron, for a full sprint running flip dive off the entrance ramp.

Ospreay goes for a more methodical approach, a Grounded Hammerlock Inverted Armbar, while leaning back keeps Hiromu on the ground. Then we see Ospreay being more aggressive and deliberate, until Hiromu finally starts stringing some offense together.

Lots of quick erratic movements, a big Pop-up Power Bomb gets Hiromu a near fall, leading into a corner chop spot and Ospreay curses at Hiromu. Pip Pip Cheerio, leads into a few attempts and counters at offense. Hiromu goes to the outside and Ospreay hits a Space Flying Tiger Drop.

Oscutter attempts number one, gets caught by Hiromu for a big German Suplex to break the flow of offense. We get the building up strikes back and forth spot, before the pace accelerates and there is a lot of transition and counter wrestling. Suplexes countered, Enzuigiris, but Ospreay catches Hiromu with two big Reverseranas, goes for Stormbreaker, but Hiromu counters with a Code Red.

Match moves to the apron and we get some back and forth strikes before Ospreay superplexes him outside in into the Burning Star Press. A Corkscrew Shoot Star press from Ospreay gets a near fall. Ospreay goes for Stormbreaker one more time, Hiromu counters it into a Canadian Destroyer and tries to tap him out with his Triangle Choke.

Ospreay powers out by twisting and driving Hiromu’s head into the mat, like a Triangle Driver or something. Ospreay goes for another Oscutter, but Hiromu finally gets the Sunset Bomb, into the Dynamite Plunger for 2.

Lots of sloppy offense from Ospreay at this point, Crescent Kick doesn’t hit right, Spinng Heel Kick barely makes contact, and Hiromu manages to counter the Stormbreaker one more time. Hiromu hits his Time Bomb after a Butterfly Piledriver, and a few other moves and, defeats Ospreay!

Winner: Hiromu via Time Bomb

Rating: **** 1/2

 

IWGP Intercontinental Title : Tetsuya Naito (c) vs. Chris Jericho

Wow, Jericho jumps Naito before the bell, hits him with tripods, barricades, anything that isn’t tied down. Hell even a Japanese Table breaks for Jericho. Also it must be noted that Jericho comes out looking like Clockwork Orange. Nice call back to his finger flip off spot, but this time he takes a video camera. Jericho DDTs Naito on another table, but it refuses to break.

Eventually Jericho slides in Naito for the match to start, Naito fights back a little, but Jericho maintains all of the advantage. Even hits a nice Lionsault, for another near fall.

Jericho manhandles Naito from pillar to post, until the classic Naito spit spot, gives him a small opening. The leg sweep, Wrecking Ball Dropkick leads to a Rude Awakening on the apron and Naito is finally showing signs of life.

He begins choking Jericho with parts of his suit outfit, and the crowd boos him pretty thoroughly. Maybe Naito is popular, everywhere except Osaka. Naito takes a piece of the broken table and beats Jericho over the head with it multiple times, to more boos.

Naito hits a big Piledriver onto the table from earlier, that still doesn’t break, moves back to the ring and Jericho takes a Dropkick to the back of his neck. Jericho blocks a top turnbuckle Frankensteiner and drops down into the Walls of Jericho. At this point it sounds like the crowd finally comes around to Naito.

At this point it seems to go a lot of one for one with Jericho really pushing to win with the Walls of Jericho, but Naito doesn’t tap. Scary moment when Naito goes for a running Destino, but Jericho loses his balance and then saves it to look more like a side slam cover.

Few more strikes and then they do the Destino spot correctly. But too lose to the ropes. Naito goes for a flying forearm, but Jericho catches him with a Codebreaker. Naito lands Gloria, goes for a Destino again, but Jericho slips away, and pushes Red Shoes. Low blow and Codebreaker, equals Jericho is the new IWGP Intercontinental Champion.

A little sloppy and slow at points, so their chemistry wasn’t fantastic. But, it was a brutal and entertaining match.

Jericho continues beating on Naito and EVIL shows up for the save. So I’m guessing the first official Jericho defense may be EVIL.

Winner: Jericho via Codebreaker

Rating: **** 1/4

 

IWGP Heavyweight Championship 2 out of 3 Falls: Kazuchika Okada (c) vs. Kenny Omega

Okay, outline version for this match, since too long, too much going on and hard to look away to type.

  • Okada and Omega go to the outside, Okada goes for his crossbody, but V-Trigger counters right into his ribs.
    Omega top rope Dragon Suplex, Okada countered into Tombstone on Apron
    Rainmaker pose, turned into Dragon Suplex, then Rise of the Terminator
    Okada sits down in a sunset flip position and picks up the surprise first fall.
  • Double stomp from Kenny on table
    Okada teases backdrop through table
    Omega teases Dragon Suplex through table
    Reverserana on the outside from Kenny to Okada
    One Winged Angel wins Kenny fall 2
  • Callback to second match, Omega gets thrown into ropes, Omega collapses and Okada lands on his back after attempting a Dropkick.
    Omega hits a Styles Clash
    Ibushi tells Kenny to go for a Phoenix Splash, it misses.
    Okada couldn’t pull of the tombstone, goes for a Rainmaker, and another callback as Okada crumbles after barely making contact
    So many attempts at Rainmakers, both were exhausted a really fast One Winged Angel sets the stage for one more V-Trigger and one final One Winged Angel.

Winner: Kenny Omega 2-1 via One Winged Angel

Rating: ***** 3/4

 

Analysis:

So the main event definitely delivered, but with a 2 minute intervals between falls, it did hurt the flow of the match. Due to the starting and stopping between matches, it’s hard to say it matched or surpassed previous epics. Still a tremendous match, but a shade worse than the first two matches. This signified the culmination of everything Omega has gone through, and the appeal Omega brings to the Western market makes things very interesting.

Some classic Japanese wrestling fans may not like that most of the NJPW champions are gaijins, but the show was still good and it’s hard to find fault in the finishes.

Even Kenny Omega’s press conference after the show talked about expanding more worldwide and that Okada was more of a local hero. Also declared that he, Ibushi, and the Bucks are now the Golden Elite.

Dominion was a very good show, even if the ratings weren’t off the chart, each match brought a different level of entertainment.


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(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.35~ 19TH MAY 2019

Hisame brings us updates on all our NOAH favourites! RATEL’S, AXIZ and Kongoh! Also a nice update on YO-HEY’s unique state of mind.

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Hisame brings us updates on all our NOAH favourites! RATEL’S, AXIZ and Kongoh! Also a nice update on YO-HEY’s unique state of mind.

CURRENT TOUR RECAP
“Under blue skies” NOAH held an event on the 18th May, which was only two events, and was held for their new sponsors, and 500 people on the roof of the Sekichu store in Saitama.

Sekichu are a hardware store who seem to specialize in home cleaning products, they also seem to have some kind of association with both All Japan and DDT too, and Jun Akiyama was there on the day wrapped against the spring cold in a Sekichu jacket.

The day was “non canon” and featured only ten wrestlers (plus the injured Naomichi Marufuji who was on commentary and gave autographs), everything was lighthearted with Go Shiozaki wearing a Sekichu company logo box on his head, and Taniguchi apologizing for knocking down a company display (which he was thrown into by Shiozaki). At the end of the event the fans got the chance to pose with the wrestlers, and it seems that the mascots did the same, and AXIZ also leaned on Hitoshi Kumano and almost squished him.

On seeing Daisuke Harada posing with one, IPW’S Ben Basden said “@IPWUK do you really want this representing your company? Fly him over to England already, he clearly has nothing better to do.”

The next day, the 19th in Gunma, was when the real events of the show happened, especially on the junior front involving RATELS and their enemies Stinger.

YO-HEY had said that he would be making an announcement in Gunma, and he stepped into the ring to do it after the match (which Stinger had lost via a lariat from Tadasuke on Junta Miyawaki). YO-HEY told Yoshinari Ogawa and Kotaro Suzuki that for Global Junior Tag League, he would indeed be teaming with HAYATA and going for the third consecutive win, but he would be doing this as a member of Stinger. Getting the win in any league, equals a challenge for the belt, but while normally this would mean either another team and another team alone getting it, in this situation it would mean the belt would be half Stingers, and half RATELS. Ogawa didn’t like this, and he and Kotaro attacked YO-HEY, stamping on his chest after Ogawa had knocked him down with an elbow.

HAYATA ran to the ring and threw himself over YO-HEY to protect him, and as he was pulled off of him, Daisuke Harada and Tadasuke ran in for the assist, the four of them did their tandem kick and threw Stinger out of the ring.

Afterwards, RATELS helped YO-HEY up.

Daisuke Harada asked the crowd what YO-HEY was? Was he RATELS? Or was he Stinger?

The crowd had no hesitation in unanimously saying that he was RATELS.

YO-HEY removed his Stinger t-shirt, and the four of them did their handshake, before Tadasuke carried a grinning YO-HEY from the ring on his back (I think YO-HEY’S lungs were probably a little overworked after the exertion), and Harada welcomed him home…although he did say that despite the fact that the four of them were going to start again from scratch, YO-HEY should not think that he was going to go easy on him.

YO-HEY later posted on Twitter that RATELS had forgiven him for his betrayal, and were kind.

“I’m home”.

So, now Stinger are a man down and both teams stand at four against two, it will be interesting to see if Naomichi Marufuji joins Stinger. After all, he is feuding with Daisuke Harada, Yoshinari Ogawa and Kotaro Suzuki are old friends (and heels), and in NOAH the line between the interaction in matches and units between juniors and heavyweights is one that is often crossed. 

Elsewhere, Kongoh got another win when the four of them (Kenoh, Masa Kitamiya, Atsushi Kotoge and Yoshiki Inamura) defeated the team of Kaito Kiyomiya, Shuehi Taniguchi, Minoru Tanaka and Akitoshi Saito, with Kitamiya evening the score against Taniguchi with the Saito Suplex. Naturally,

Kenoh started screaming afterwards about the usual things.

Katsuhiko Nakajima had another one of his classic beating up on Takashi Sugiura with a smug look on his face pictures taken. Nakajima, unfortunately, has failed to realize that this all spurs Sugiura to revenge, which is usually taken in a brutal way in title matches.

Global Junior Tag League starts on the 28th May 2019 at Korakuen Hall.

EVENT RECAPS
Post match promos – Esupowaru Isanuma, Saitama

18th May 2019 – Sekuchi Ageo Store Event
19th May 2019 – YAMADA Green Dome, Maebashi, Gunma

NEWS

“KONGOH SAUCE”
Two of the NOAH seniors, Naomichi Marufuji and Takashi Sugiura in particular, are baiting Kenoh. As you know Sugiura called the name “Kongoh” tacky, with Kenoh calling him a “stupid old man”.

Marufuji, however, seems to have gone a step further to wind him up, after reading an article in “Puroresu Weekly” and photoshopping a bottle of brown sauce which he labelled as the flavor of Kenoh’s gut.

Kenoh said he was looking forward to kicking Marufuji (who thought he was a funny guy) on his return on the 28th, Marufuji said sarcastically for

Kenoh to be gentle.

BIRTHDAY PARTIES
Takashi Sugiura will celebrate his 50th birthday on May 31st, NOAH had announced plans to have a fan birthday party for him on the 25th, but not given any further details, and the announcement appears to have vanished from the site.

Kaito Kiyomiya will turn 23 on July 17th with Junta Miyawaki turning 22 on June 14th, NOAH will hold a fan party for them on the 13th July, details to be announced.

Naomichi Marufuji will turn 40 this year in September, so no doubt NOAH will also announce a fan party for him.

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

TOUR TIDBITS
~ YO-HEY signed autographs from both himself and his lung.
~ Daisuke Harada has sworn that he will have a main event for a title match
~ Naomichi Marufuji has been bed bound due to his injury, and spent a lot of time (in between Twitter posts and hospital visits) watching Dragonball Z. He said he watched about twenty episodes.
~ Akitoshi Saito was interviewed on his thoughts of Global Junior Tag League, a league which naturally he is not part of. Heavyweights have never been asked their picks and opinions for it before, so it could be a good way for the Juniors & the Heavyweights to go to war, especially as the juniors were not asked for their opinion over Global Tag League.
~ Kaito Kiyomiya said in an interview that when the twelve year old him heard that Mitsuharu Misawa had died, he cried throughout the day.
~ As part of his rehabilitation, YO-HEY says he has been taking walks in the park.

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

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

LINKS
Global Junior Tag League mini interview: Hitoshi Kumano 
Global Junior Tag League mini interview: Hi69 & Minoru Tanaka 
Global Junior Tag League mini interview: Hajime Ohara
Global Junior Tag League mini interview with Akitoshi Saito
Katsuhiko Nakajima interview on the late Silver King
Ten years after Misawa’s death in Hiroshima, champion Kaito Kiyomiya “looks at a new scenery”
Champ talk with Katsuhiko Nakajima 

PICTURE CREDITS: Daisuke Harada, Noah GHC, PKDK, Naomichi Marufuji 
Newsletter written by Hisame


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Post match promos: Ryumioka Kaikan, Ozaki City

NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CURRENT CHAMPIONS


One of NOAH’s new trainees on the tour bus

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

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

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

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

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


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