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.
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.
— We Are Stardom (@we_are_stardom) June 13, 2018
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.
— We Are Stardom (@we_are_stardom) June 15, 2018
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.
— We Are Stardom (@we_are_stardom) June 15, 2018
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
AJPW Dream Power Series 2019 Results & Review (3/19/2019)
Mathew shows us some power! AJPW puts together a card that could rival anything all year. Does it live up to the expectations?
Mathew shows us some power! AJPW puts together a card that could rival anything all year. Does it live up to the expectations?
Welcome back to AJPW! We’re gonna talk about the last big show before this year’s Champions Carnival coming up in early April as we have a few title matches in this show that I couldn’t resist wanting to cover it.
We got some dealing with revenge along with one trying to make history. How’s this year’s Champions Carnival gonna shape up?
Let’s find out as we…dive right in.
- 0 Stars: Dave Meltzer
- 1 Star: Vince Russo
- 2 Stars: Tony Schiavone
- 3 Stars: Eric Bischoff
- 4 Stars: Bruce Prichard
- 5 Stars: Jim Cornette
Six Man Tag Team Match
Atsuki Aoyagi, Danji Tamura, & Hokuto Omori vs. Evolution (Atsushi Aoki, Hikaru Sato, & Yusuke Okada)
Review: Our opening contest is a six-man tag team match with our young lions, Atsuki Aoyagi, Danji Tamura, and Hokuto Omori taking on three members of Evolution, Atsushi Aoki, Hikaru Sato, and Yusuke Okada. Going up against three people from the junior division is a fair start to have them all fight each other in this tag bout and a better view of how the young guys are doing. Will Evolution school the young boys or will they somehow get one of the biggest wins in their starting careers?
As I’ve said, this match is mostly to showcase our future talent as they fight the vets of the game in the junior division. I do gotta admit that these three have definitely improved in the ring as they’re shaping up to be some of All Japan’s finest students. Evolution held off on their own and I’m glad they were their opponents for this match since they’re very easy to work with. Another thing I loved about the match is that they had a good amount of time instead of just being less than five minutes like how most matches will do. Yusuke and Hokuto are in the ring now and Yusuke would hit him with a Brainbuster for a two count and would quickly apply a Boston Crab onto him and Hokuto struggles to get to the ropes and once he does, Yusuke pulled him back in and would lock it in more as he would tap out to give Evolution the victory in a solid match.
Rating: Tony Schiavone and a half
Six Man Tag Team Match
Jun Akiyama, TAJIRI, & Ultimo Dragon vs. Black Menso-Re, Masanobu Fuchi, & Takao Omori
Review: We got another six-man tag team match here as Jun Akiyama, TAJIRI, and Ultimo Dragon will be taking on Black Menso-Re, Masanobu Fuchi, and Takao Omori. It’s been quite a while since we’ve seen Ultimo Dragon wrestling in All Japan, so I’ll never complain to see him in the ring. This is another match with the vets and Manso-Re for being a punching bag as it’ll most likely be a comedy style match. Which one of them will win?
Menso-Re starting with Ultimo Dragon as he wanted him first, but TAJIRI would slap Menso before the bell would ring and we would kick it off right now. They would do a little bit before Jun and Takao get tagged in, but we all care about TAJIRI and Fuchi getting tagged in now as Fuchi would try to get his hands on him. TAJIRI would be the sneaky heel with leaving the ring to sit with the crowd so he could avoid contact in the match. TAJIRI would get back in the ring only to tag in Ultimo as the crowd would just boo TAJIRI. Fuchi would do his antics with the punch to the forehead as the crowd eats it up but everything would backfire on Fuchi as he would miss a Dropkick to make the crowd boo Ultimo which is a shocker. Ultimo would kick Fuchi and attempt an Asai DDT but Fuchi would turn it around to a Backslide as Ultimo would kick out. Both TAJIRI and Jun would both make Fuchi miss a Dropkick and taunt him right after to make the crowd boo them. Ultimo would get Fuchi in the La Magistral and he gets the win for his team in a rather entertaining match.
Rating: Tony Schiavone and a quarter
Tag Team Match
NEXTREAM (Yoshitatsu & Yumi Aoyagi) vs. Sweeper (Jake Lee & Ryouji Sai)
Review: Our next match here is a tag team match as NEXTREAM members, Yoshitatsu and Yuma Aoyagi will be taking on members of Sweeper, Jake Lee and Ryouji Sai. Since Naoya is no longer Yumi’s partner, he’s gonna be paired off with Yoshitatsu this time around. Since all four of them are in the Champions Carnival, a win for either of them would give them some momentum leading to the tournament. Which one of these two teams will win and what will be the future payoff?
It seems like Yoshitatsu has a little gripe with Jake Lee in this match as he seems to be disgruntled when he was in the ring with him, especially when Jake would just best him during the first sequence with the chaining. Ryouji and Yuma are in the ring now and Ryouji with a series of kicks in the match and have him in a submission before Yoshi would break the hold and just stared at Jake again. Yuma is really growing out on his own as an individual and you can see that when he’s not partner with Naoya. Yuma would have Jake in a Headlock but Jake would attempt a Backdrop Driver as Yuma flipped it into a Crossbody as Jake kicked out at two. Once Jake kicked out, Yuma would try to turn the pin into a European Clutch as Jake kicked out at 2 as even the referee was shocked by this. Yuma would run into him as Jake kneed him in the face and hits him with a Backdrop Driver as he pinned Yuma for the victory.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter
Six Man Tag Team Match
Atsushi Maruyama, KAI, & Zeus vs. Bomber (Dylan James & Joe Doering,) & Francisco Akira
Review: We have another six-man tag team match taking place as Atsushi Maruyama, KAI, and Zeus team up to take on Dylan James, Joe Doering, and Francisco Akira. KAI recently failed at Dragon Gate to win the Open the Twin Gate Championships, so he could at least try to win for his team but I think Zeus has a lot on his plate when it comes to their opponent since Dylan James and Joe Doering are a strong team to beat and wants to try and look powerful leading into the Carnival. Which one of these two teams will win the match?
Zeus and Dylan would charge at each other right away to test their strengths with also some chops and a test of strength as the two appear to be evenly matched, which is no surprised. KAI gets tagged in and he calls Joe to get tagged in since he wants to fight him as Dylan honors that request and lets Joe have a turn on the fun. Joe would start to make him regret that decision as he had the upper hand on him at first but KAI would hit a few Dropkicks on him but Joe still wouldn’t go down as he tackled him and went for an Elbow Drop before KAI moved and quickly tagged in Atsushi. The juniors get a turn on the fun as Francisco showed more of his impressive ability. One problem I had with the match was that the last few minutes are incredibly sloppy with Atsushi missing most of his kicks to Joe in the corner, Francisco slipping on his Moonsault to the outside, which he thankfully caught himself and redid it again. The finish would be with Joe hitting Atsushi with the Powerbomb and it looked like he got knocked out as he took the pinfall despite his shoulder being kinda up, so it looked botched but the referee still has a job to do as Joe just left the ring and walked to the back possibly frustrated.
Rating: Eric Bischoff
World Junior Heavyweight Title Match
Koji Iwamoto (c) vs. Kotaro Suzuki
Review: Our first title match of the show is Koji Iwamoto defending his Junior Heavyweight Championship against Kotaro Suzuki. The two fought each other in the A Block of the Junior Battle of Glory Tournament where Kotaro defeated Koji in the match but would eventually fail to win as Koji would actually be the one to win it all. Koji decided to defend the title against Kotaro since it was only fair due to him winning the match and wants to avenge that loss. Will Koji be able to retain his title again or will Kotaro get the upper hand on him again?
Kotaro showed no mercy to the champion as fought him to the outside and Slingshots him into the turnbuckle post and DDT’s him face first into the mat as you hear the loud thud and damage has been done to Koji. Kotaro has beaten Koji before so he knows what he has to do to try and defeat him again as he worked on Koji’s neck a bit during the match and gets the heat from the crowd. I know Kotaro is a Freelancer and is mostly at NOAH right now due to being a champion there, I hope he does stick around a little bit longer since I feel like the division could really use him as he’s a very talented individual. Koji would try to outrun him after he dodged him to the outside and it appeared as if Kotaro would botch but he quickly caught himself and dived to the outside to land on Koji, getting the better of him again.
Koji would finally be able to get a comeback as he hits an STO onto the ring apron to knock Koji down and most of the time, he would try to hit the Koko no Geijutsu but Kotaro would hold his ground to make sure he wouldn’t hit it but Koji would be able to deliver a German Suplex and a Dragon Suplex. Kotaro would land a few punches before Koji tried to hit the move again, but Kotaro would hold his ground again and kick his leg out to work on his neck before landing Gory Bomb Special and tops it off with the La Magistral for the pin and Koji would kick out various times whenever Koji would try to roll out of it and was so close to having a new champion. Koji would just use this time to hit a couple of STO’s in a row to weaken him down a bit. Koji would go for it again but he catches him for a Back Suplex to save himself a bit. Kotaro would now hit not one but two Excaliburs onto him to try and end it as Koji would somehow kick out of it again. It all came down to his as Koji would attempt the Koko no Geijutsu again as Kotaro would stop himself to pin him for a two count and they both would spin around as Koji would hit it this him but he picked him up to hit the Koko no Geijutsu properly this time and pins him to retain the title! After the match, various people from the junior division would come out and it looks like they all want a shot at the Junior Heavyweight Championship but Koji would have to pick one of them to be his opponent. It does look like, however, that Koji doesn’t have a clear opponent right now as he left the ring but I guess we’ll see soon.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and three quarters
World Tag Team Title Match
Strong BJ (Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi) (c) vs. Violence Giant (Shuji Ishikawa & Suwama)
Review: Our next title match for this show is Strong BJ defending their titles against the team that they defeated them for, The Violence Giant. Strong BJ defeated them on January 13th to win the titles and after they retain their titles on the February 24 show, Violence Giant requested a rematch to bring the titles back home on their turf this time instead of the BJW show. If it’s anything like their previous match, it’s sure to be hard hitting and a not miss. Will Strong BJ remain on top or will Violence Giant bring the belts back home?
Shuji and Daisuke would be the ones to start off our match here with an incredible display of power as the two were unable to budge and they would tag in their respective partners. Suwama and Yuji were both also very hard-hitting as they would now fight outside of the ring as these two teams are making it personal. Strong BJ has been doing great work during this rivalry with the Violence Giant and they would even give Suwama a big beatdown but the former ace would even try his best to fight them off, even when he was on the corner and would kick Yuji to show his fighting spirit. Suwama would hit a Dropkick to save himself for a little bit and would tag in Shuji for the hot tag and Shuji does indeed come in hot with his Lariats, knees, anything he can throw along with the kitchen sink.
Yuji would brawl with Shuji to deliver some chops while Shuji would give him a couple of forearms and a headbutt to try and daze him but Yuji is pumped up and slams him down with a few Lariats. Once Yuji would hit another Lariat to Shuji, he would kick out at one that time around before getting hit with another one with a two count. What’s it gonna take to take Shuji down for good? Yuji would get to the top rope to hit the Splash and it looks like this could be it but Suwama would break the pinfall to save his partner. Strong BJ would have them up for the Torture Racks but they would get down for Suwama to hit a Back Suplex while Shuji hits a Dragon Suplex. Shuji is alone with Yuji again and would hit another Dragon Suplex and a Running Knee to get him out for another two count, he was so close! Shuji would pick Yuji up real quick for the Fire Thunder and goes for the pin as Daisuke breaks the pinfall this time around as Suwama would get Daisuke out of the ring. Shuji knew what he had to do to try and end it as he hits the Giants Slam and pins Yuji to win back the titles! Hell of a match and definitely topped their previous encounter at BJW. I would love to see Violence Giant get a fair and dominating run with this reign, can’t wait to see where this goes now.
Rating: Bruce Prichard and a half
— 全日本プロレス/alljapan (@alljapan_pw) March 14, 2019
Triple Crown Championship
Kento Miyahara (c) vs. Naoya Nomura
Review: This is our third title match and the main event of the show as we have Kento Miyahara defending his Triple Crown Championship against former NEXTREAM member, Naoya Nomura. On the February 24th show, Naoya Nomura would defeat Dylan James in a singles match and Kento Miyahara would have his second successful title defense against Suwama. After Kento would defeat Suwama, Naoya would come in to make the challenge to his stablemate and announce his departure from the NEXTREAM group in the process, leading him to also vacate the All Asia Tag Team Championship with Yuma Aoyagi. Kento is now 30 years old and while it’s his third title defense in this run, this will be his first time defending it while no longer in his twenties. If Kento can defeat Naoya, he’ll be the champion leading into the Champions Carnival and won’t defend the title until the tournament is over. Will Kento be able to retain it once again or does Naoya pull the surprise victory?
Kento came in here with a plan since he knew what he was gonna do to Naoya once he challenged him to this match, he didn’t wanna go easy on him despite being former teammates but he wants to see how badly Naoya wants the spotlight on him. They were fairly matched during the lock-up part of the match and they would start to fight outside for a little bit as Naoya would get Kento down as he taunts him when he got back in the ring. Naoya would hit him with a big forearm before going onto the apron to jump and Kento catches him with a knee and has him right where he wants him now. This is where Kento would just attack him with a few Headbutts as Naoya would try to deliver one to him but Kento gives him multiple ones as a counterattack and this is why you don’t mess with the champion.
Naoya would eventually make a comeback after being kicked around by Kento as he quickly got up to charge at him with a shoulder tackle and you can hear that too. He would hit a few more along with another forearm to the face as he goes for the Brainbuster but Kento would struggle to make sure he didn’t hit it and has Naoya over the ropes but wait, Naoya grabbed his leg to pull him over as he attempted a Death Valley Driver onto the apron as Kento jumped off to hit a Blackout. The two would be on the turnbuckle and Naoya gets behind him to attempt a German Suplex as Kento struggles, but Naoya would slam Kento’s head on the post and gets off the turnbuckle to hit the German Suplex as both men are down. Naoya would go to the top rope to hit the first Splash as Kento kicked out but Naoya would quickly get up again to hit one more as Kento still kicked out.
Kento would eventually hit him with a Blackout at full force and hits him with a German Suplex for another two count. Kento looks like he’s going for the Shutdown German Suplex Hold as Naoya would kick his knee out and hit him with a Spear and the two are down again. Kento would hit another Blackout on the back of his head and tries the German Suplex Hold once again as Naoya would still kick out at two as Kento is starting to get concerned with what he has to do now. Kento tried the Shutdown German Suplex Hold again as Naoya broke out of it and picked him up Fisherman style and dropped him on his head and picked him up for the Death Valley Driver as Kento fought him off but Naoya would hit him with a flurry of forearms to daze him and hits the Spear with the roll-up as Kento kicked out at two again! Naoya picked him back up but Kento would go back to delivering the Blackouts and it looks like Naoya is all out of fight as Kento finally hits the Shutdown German Suplex Hold to get the pinfall victory and his third successful title defense. Great match and a very impressive showing to Naoya but Kento is just still better than him right now. Kento will now officially be the Triple Crown Champion leading into the Champions Carnival. Three defenses down, eight more to go.
Rating: Bruce Prichard and a quarter
Overall: I thought it was a very solid show from top to bottom but the last three title matches were what sold it to me. I would highly recommend that you look out for those matches if you can find them online or subscribe to the streaming service and if you’re not already subscribed, what the hell is wrong with you? Get on that!
Favorite Match: Strong BJ (Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi) vs. Violence Giant (Shuji Ishikawa & Suwama)
Least Favorite Match: Jun Akiyama, TAJIRI, & Ultimo Dragon vs. Black Menso-Re, Masanobu Fuchi, & Takao Omori
(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.27 ~ 17TH MARCH 2019
Coming off their first live streaming event on YouTube – Hisame brings us all the things we need to know about NOAH!
Coming off their first live streaming event on YouTube – Hisame brings us all the things we need to know about NOAH!
CURRENT TOUR RECAP
On March 16th, NOAH kicked off “Spring Navigation 2019” by visiting Matsuyama, Ehime, Shikoku.
The atmosphere was said to be one of excitement, which had been carried over from “Great Voyage in Yokohama 2019” which happened on the 10th March.
Following his appearance in Yokohama with KAZMA, NOSAWA teamed with Takashi Sugiura in Matsuyama. Sugiura later posted on Twitter that he “trusted” NOSAWA, but this was probably a typo as he later said that he didn’t at all.
And so much for gratitude, Masao Inoue and Sugiura have returned to their minor (and comedic) feud, with Inoue bumbling around and using the usual tricks to try and win, until Sugiura obliterated him.
Naomichi Marufuji wound up Kenoh by saying that he was an “obedient Kenoh” these days (because he does what Kiyomiya says), adding on the suffix “kun” (which signifies in this case that a senior is addressing a junior) for good measure.
Kenoh said that it was their first match together since Marufuji had been injured, and he was looking forward to kicking him. Hard.
In the ring, the fight went to the outside (even to the merchandise table) and Kenoh no sold Marufuji’s “Kawada Kicks”.
Afterwards, Marufuji said that Kenoh must be very fond of him to want to fight him so much, and he wasn’t even in Global Tag League.
In a first for NOAH (since streaming services became all the rage so to speak), they announced that their final show at Hakata Stalene on the 17th March 2019, was going to be streamed live via their YouTube channel. It was worldwide, free of charge, and despite NOAH having to shut off the audio for any songs they didn’t have the rights to, it was a success. The image was flawless, the sound was perfect, the transmission was good (although I had to shut down my machine twice as I was watching it through my PS4, and it kept losing connection, but that is nothing to do with the service).
Hakata Stalene is going to be demolished; the building is now crumbling due to age and damage caused by seismic activity over the years, and it is going to be too expensive to repair due to its 1970s construction methods. Many promotions in Japan have held one final show here.
I have been asked many times if this means that NOAH are going to make this a regular thing. The answer is, I don’t know; but I get the feeling that this is them killing two birds with one stone, broadcasting a big event for them and seeing what response they get (about 2.1K people tuned in worldwide).
Hi69 has challenged Kotaro Suzuki to a title match for the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team titles. Suzuki initially agreed to the match, looked at Hi69 and said that he would “have to check the weight”.
Expect Kotaro Suzuki to demand a public weighing.
Katsuhiko Nakajima faced off against old tag team partner, Masa Kitamiya, and had a policy of eliminating him from his young teammates (Junta Miyawaki, Yoshiki Inamura and Kinya Okada), by throwing him into the crowd, hitting him with a chair and attacking him at the merchandise table.
Naomichi Marufuji and Yoshinari Ogawa had a rare singles match, which was very technical, and although Marufuji won, he said he was exhausted by it. Everything he tried, Ogawa was one step ahead and he said he couldn’t pull out any moves from any drawers, not even a fraction. Marufuji, however, wasn’t completely at Ogawa’s mercy; Ogawa came away with a chopped red chest.
Takashi Sugiura and Go Shiozaki put on a “Golden Era” match of just two guys beating up on each other. Their match was so stiff, at one point Shiozaki was briefly knocked out, and the ref had to perform a concussion test on him. Shiozaki could walk from the ring fortunately, but managed to slip a bit on the small steps. He later posted on Twitter about how Hakata Stalene was special to him, and made no mention of any concussion or injury, so I guess he is fine.
Kenoh and Kaito Kiyomiya debuted their new tag team, their new pose, and their new tandem move. When Kenoh came out, he stepped to the side and Kiyomiya came through the curtains, they then shook hands and went to the ring.
Their new move consists of Kiyomiya slamming the opponent with Kenoh doing the diving footstomp afterwards.
“COME AT ME YOU BASTARDS”
Kenoh’s new column compares the Japanese closure of the country for about 220 to NOAH’s policy of isolation, and how it can be a good thing in allowing homegrown talent to grow without having to rely on or being dictated to by any outside source.
CODY HALL LEAVES NOAH
Although NOAH are yet to confirm anything officially, it looks very much like Cody Hall has left NOAH and is now advertising his availability for events in the US and Europe, and has not appeared on any upcoming cards. He says that he would like to return to the promotion someday.
At “Great Voyage in Yokohama 2019”, Mitsuya Nagai (having basically been told by 50 Funky Powers that he couldn’t dance or pose with them, despite his funky green flashing glasses), said that he was looking for a tag partner that would shake things up for Global Tag League 2019.
Atsushi Kotoge came to the ring clutching a Paisley patterned cape. Nagai (taking a small break from yelling at a woman to shut up), looked as if to say, “please, not you…anyone but you”. Kotoge, however, wouldn’t be deterred from what he now sees as his mission to put justice into the heart of Nagai and wrapped the cape around him.
Backstage, Nagai said that he said that he never said that he would team with him, and that this cape looked like it was used by robbers (and threw in a few expletives). Kotoge told him that robbers were people the police came to arrest, not heroes such as themselves, whom First Graders looked up to and so could Nagai watch his language?
Nagai later posted on Twitter wondering about a team name, Kotoge of course bounced up and suggested “The Revolutionary Cloak Army”.
Nagai is yet to comment.
- GHC Heavyweight Champion: Kaito Kiyomiya
- GHC Junior Champion: Minoru Tanaka
- GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: AXIZ (Go Shiozaki and Katsuhiko Nakajima)
- GHC Junior Tag Champions: Kotaro Suzuki & Yoshinari Ogawa
~ In Matsuyama when the roster come out to sign autographs. Some junior high kids, who couldn’t afford merchandise, asked YO-HEY & Yoshinari Ogawa if they could sign autographs for them, all they had was some paper. Autograph rules are that the wrestlers are only meant to sign merchandise, but Ogawa overruled this (he is the most senior man in the company and no one is going to argue with him), and said, “lets do it”.
~ Daisuke Harada made a beeline for Kaito Kiyomiya during their match in Matsuyama, Ehime. Kiyomiya brushed it off in the interview afterwards, basically saying that he had better things to think about than being attacked by the NOAH juniors.
~ Being injured and unable to travel too much meant that like everyone else outside of Fukuoka, Atsushi Kotoge watched the event at Hakata Stalene at home.
~ Maybach Taniguchi is still in “monster mode” and attacked the referee after a match.
~ NOAH have filmed their two yearly adverts for long time sponsor, “The Leave”.
~ Although Kenoh and Kiyomiya are teaming, both have acknowledged they are not, and probably will not be friends. Kiyomiya says he will have to keep an eye on Kenoh, and Kenoh has said, he will be aiming for the belt (as will Takashi Sugiura who stated that no matter how NOAH may have changed, his wanting the belt hadn’t, in a separate interview)
~ Was Kenoh crying when Kiyomiya called him to the ring at “Great Voyage in Yokohama?”
~ The merchandise truck broke down en route to Hakata Stalene, and had to be rescued by the wrestlers bus, hence the autograph signings before the event had to be rearranged.
~ Takashi Sugiura came home to find his dog had moved into his space on the couch when he is away. Lets not talk about the pictures he took of his dog doing its business when he walked him.
~ The GHC Heavyweight champions, AXIZ (Go Shiozaki and Katsuhiko Nakajima) and the GHC Junior GHC Champion, Minoru Tanaka, had a kind of group hug, in which Shiozaki lent so hard on Nakajima he almost knocked him over.
~ Kensuke Sasaki and Akira Hokuto came to Hakata Stalene for NOAH’s farewell match there.
G+ will broadcast the 17th April show on April 20th
They will also show the 28th May Korakuen Hall show live
Venue guide: Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium
Roster birthday list
“Kenoh and I will stand at the top and change the setting” ~ Interview with Kaito Kiyomiya
Kaito Kiyomiya resolves to “lead with strong feelings”
Kaito Kiyomiya defends against genius Marufuji, declares a united front with Kenoh
“Echoes across the industry”: Minoru Tanaka’s first GHC Junior Championship
Katsuhiko Nakajima & Go Shiozaki’s first defense “Going Forward”
Kaito Kiyomiya breaks Marufuji in 3rd championship defense, decoration of the promotions new ship
Picture credits: Takashi Sugiura, Noah GHC, PKDX
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