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Stardom Sapporo Queen’s Fes Results & Review (6/3/2018)

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We’re back with Stardom as Oedo Tai are set to defend their Goddesses of Stardom Championships and we also get the Future of Stardom Championship match as well in a highly anticipated match up. We have a rather stacked card for this show so it’s sure to be a good one,.

So let us…dive right in.

 

Three Way Match
Leo Onozaki vs. Shiki Shibusawa vs. Tam Nakano

Review: Our show starts off with a three-way match between two STARS members, Tam Nakano and Shiki Shibusawa and JAN’s Leo Onozaki. I wonder how many cutters Leo will do throughout the match, gonna take all bets for this one.

The match is incredibly short and uneventful and it’s a shame because you actually can tell a great story in under ten minutes, but this was the exact opposite of that, unfortunately. Tam and Shiki would do a double Dropkick to Leo once she was on the mat, but it was just very poorly timed as was a lot of moves in the match. Leo would hit two cutters this time with one of them being a double cutter to the both of them and it’s kinda progress except that she doesn’t do much outside of that except for punches and a poorly executed Scoop Slam. In less than five minutes, Tam would pin Leo after hitting a Roundhouse Kick to her head to win the match.

Recommended: Skippable

Leo’s Cutter Count: 2 (Yes, I’m actually adding this from now on.)

 

Future Of Stardom Title Match
Starlight Kid (c) vs. AZM

Review: We get out first title match early with Starlight Kid defending her championship against AZM in the highly anticipated rematch. The last time they fought was on April 1st where Starlight would get the win in about five minutes and since then AZM has been trying to get back into the title picture because she feels like that title belongs to her and not Starlight. We would always see them facing off in tag matches throughout the tours and both of them have been back and forth with the victories and have gotten better each time they paired off in the ring, so this one should have a better payoff.

Starlight would offer her hand to AZM for a sign of respect, but AZM would kick her hand away since she doesn’t need her respect since she just wants her title. The match started off with the two of them slapping each other in the face til Starlight ducked one of them to slap her twice and they both would grab onto their heads until the referee told them to break it up. They would then do some chain wrestling with them reversing each other to show that they’re evenly matched in the ring until AZM went to the outside to catch her breath as Starlight went to go look for her, but AZM would give her a sneak attack by Dropkicking her from behind to make her go out the ring. AZM would start to attack her outside and would try to throw her towards the turnbuckle post, but Starlight would reverse it to try and throw her into it, but they keep reeling each other in to reverse it to throw the other in their, but no like as Starlight breaks it up to punch her instead and then AZM Scoop Slams her down. Eventually, they would get back in the ring as Starlight Double Stomps her taped up back and does the Camel Clutch to work out on her back some more till she broke the hold and AZM would get revenge and beat her down and Dropkick her back by the ropes.

Starlight would attempt the 619 as she misses but would catch her with the second attempt through the bottom room despite one foot missing it and does a Standing Moonsault for good measure. Starlight would keep on working her back with submissions and strikes to make sure she would get her down for a three count to make her get weaker whenever she did more of her impact moves. The two would do a Dropkick to each other back and forth until Starlight was caught to catch her with a second one in time before AZM could do it back to her and she would catch her with her Rounding Frog Splash and it looks like this could be it, but AZM kicks out at two just in time. Getting frustrated, Starlight would do her variation of the Walls of Jericho until she could slip out of it and Starlight would attempt another Moonsault for her to miss as AZM gets enough energy to hit her Jumping Crossbody and once she hits it, the bell would ring meaning the fifteen minute time limit expired and the match is now a draw, and Starlight is still the Future of Stardom Champion. Will these two clash again? Most definitely.

Recommended: Very good match, worth a viewing.

 

Tag Team Match
Jungle Kyona & Natsuko Tora vs. Hazuki & Natsu Sumire

Review: Oh hey, Nao Yamaguchi is back from her concussion and I see she is still Oedo Tai’s adorable puppy. Hazuki and Sumire are talking about how they’re gonna beat the fatties (Natsuko and Jungle) while they have so much fruit to spare as Nao keeps trying to take one, but she eventually gets fed by the two. Sumire and Hazuki don’t care much about the match as they were seen sitting by their corner of the ring eating their pineapple while ignoring the referee until he decides to tell them no so the match could start.

We have Sumire and Kyona starting us off finally. Kyona would Shoulder Block her a couple of times until Sumire goes to the corner to eat her fruit again, but as Jungle rushes towards her, Sumire would duck and feed her a couple to distract her (sharing is caring) to attempt a roll-up, but Kyona kicks out. Nao would try to help them out by dragging Natsuko and Kyona outside of the ring when they got knocked down, but they would double team her and I believe this is animal abuse and they need to stop it. The match was entertaining since they had that good comedy bit, in the beginning, to get the people entertained and then the second half of the match delivered with some intensity from Kyona. Hazuki and Sumire would try to Double Suplex her and it would backfire causing Kyona to Suplex the both of them. Natsuko would then Spear Hazuki to try and get the win, but Hazuki weakly kicks out of it while Sumire and Jungle are outside of the ring fighting. Hazuki would hit the Falcon Arrow to knock her down and then hits the Atomic Bombs Away to pick up the win for Oedo Tai.

Recommended: For the return of Nao Yamaguchi and an entertaining match, yes.

 

Six Man Tag Team Match
Deonna Purrazzo, Toni Storm & Zoe Lucas vs. Io Shirai, Konami & Momo Watanabe

Review: Our next match is a six-man tag match with the return of our World of Stardom Champion, Toni Storm as she leads her team with Deonna Purrazzo and Zoe Lucas to take on Queen’s Quest members, Io Shirai, Konami, and Wonder of Stardom Champion, Mono Watanabe. In the pre-match interview, Zoe would be excited saying Toni and Deonna would come back for her and they look at her confused as to why she’s so hyper, but Zoe would do it again which makes the other two leave the area to do their match, why are Toni’s pre-match interviews always so awkward? This is also the first match since she made her official announcement of departing from the company and she wants to show she’ll still end up on top for the remainder of her time in the company.

We had Momo and Deonna starting it off as they went back and forth till they made the tag with Konami and Zoe this time and the same thing will happen until Toni and Io were in the ring together and it looked like Io was getting the advantage for a while until Toni sucker punched Io after a handshake to get the heat over her. Eventually Momo would be in for the hot tag as she was mostly working on Zoe Lucas for the duration of the tag and would go for the Tequila Sunrise which Zoe broke out of and would send Momo to the corner for her, Deonna, and Toni to all get a move in on her to try and knock her down, then they would try to do a Triple Suplex to their opponents which Queen’s Quest tries to reverse out of, but Toni and the others would actually land the Suplex onto all three of them and not enough to put them away. Queen’s Quest would get back some momentum with applying their submission holds onto all three of them to weaken them up with Toni and Deonna rolling to the outside and Konami hits a Roundhouse Kick on Zoe to knock her out for a moment. Io then would hit her Diving Moonsault Press onto Zoe for another good measure before giving Momo time by attacking Toni which Momo uses this opening to hit the Tequila Sunrise on Zoe to get the win for Queen’s Quest.

Recommended: Solid six-man tag match, worth a viewing.

 

Goddesses Of Stardom Title Match
Hana Kimura & Kagetsu (c) vs. Mayu Iwatani & Saki Kashima

Review: A couple of weeks ago, STARS and Oedo Tai fought each other in a Two out of Three Falls Match and since Mayu and Saki were to get the pins and win for their team, we have this match here for the Goddesses of Stardom Championship against Kagetsu and Hana Kimura. Usually Oedo Tai would do or say something silly in their pre-match interviews, but this time Kagetsu and Hana didn’t say a single word as they nodded to each other, shook hand, and hugged before going over to the ring and there actually is a reason for that which I will get to at the end of the match here.

Saki and Hana started it off with Hana pandering to the crowd and strutting her stuff while not taking this match fully seriously yet, the two locked up and Hana would have Saki by the ropes as it looked like she was gonna go for a punch but stopped to tease her and backed away. Mayu and Saki would knock Hana and Kagetsu down, they would run to the ropes to attempt a double team move, but the numbers game takes effect when Sumire and Nao pulled the two out as Oedo Tai attack the two outside of the ring, except for Kagetsu who is just hanging out in the ring while they do the work. They would eventually get back in the ring as Hana tags in Kagetsu now and spits water in Saki’s face before attacking her more. Saki would desperately try and strike Kagetsu, but she’s too weak to do enough damage to her as Kagetsu pushes her down and tags Hana back to try and finish it early, but Saki had enough strength to push her away and tag Mayu in for the hot tag as she goes to roll Hana for a two count and while Kagetsu tries to help Hana, Mayu would grab their arms for an arm drag after bouncing off the ropes to make Kagetau go back outside. The hot tag was short lived as Hana delivered a stiff Dropkick to Mayu and caused her to tag back in Saki despite not being fully healed as Hana then tags Kagetsu, but Saki would find the strength to apply the Black Widow on Kagetsu for a short period till it broke off. Saki tagged Mayu back in and would try to put Kagetsu Away, but she gets hit with the Michinoku Driver and she’s not done as Kagetsu goes to the top rope with Hana handing Mayu to her for a Powerbomb and it gets reversed into a Frankensteiner. Hana now Dropkicks Mayu down and hits another kick to her head when she was hanging on the bottom ropes and Mayu made it look deadly with her selling here and she does it so well while not being over the top with it. Hana then tries her own variation of Black Widow onto Mayu to try and make her tap out which she almost does until her foot caught the bottom rope to break the hold. Mayu and Saki would attempt to Double Clothesline Hana, but she ducks and instead of running towards them, she would attack the referee so Oedo Tai could assault the two more, but they would fight them off and when Mayu gets thrown into the turnbuckle, she jumps to the top do to a splash onto all of them. Mayu would go for her Dragon Suplex as Hana fights it off and Kagetsu would attempt to spit the green mist into her eyes, but she hits Hana instead which gives Saki time to hit Kagetsu with the Killswitch and Mayu hits her Dragon Suplex Hold, but Hana kicked out of it! Mayu and Saki both kick her down and Saki would make sure Kagetsu doesn’t go back into the ring while Mayu hits another Dragon Suplex Hold for the win and we have new champions!

After the match, Mayu and Saki would share an emotional moment in the ring as they both thank the fans for their support and said being back in Sapporo was a big deal for them since it’s been a while since the last time they came here. Mayu said it’s been a while since she closed a show and would say the future is shining bright for STARS. Saki Kashima has definitely earned this run since she’s been so impressive ever since she made her return the company over two months ago and it’s like she never lost a step, I hope it leads to more opportunities for her if she sticks around. As for Hana Kimura, this would be her last show with the company until September as she is going to Mexico for her excursion to better herself as a performer and while we’ll all miss her, this could be good for her since she’ll come back better than ever while Kagetsu can now focus on the World of Stardom Championship as she fights Toni Storm for the title on the June 9th show, don’t wanna miss it.

Recommended: Great match, watch it.

 

Overall: Despite the opening bout being the only bad match, this was a great show as the other four matches delivered with quality wrestling and entertainment, now hopefully they can keep this up once Io is gone and I have a good feeling they will.

Favorite Match: Kagetsu & Hana Kimura vs. Mayu Iwatani & Saki Kashima

Least Favorite Match: Leo Onozaki vs. Shiki Shibusawa vs. Tam Nakano

Score: 8/10


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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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