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Stardom Shining Stars Day 2 Results & Review (6/9/2018)

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Welcome back to Stardom and despite the previous showing being Sapporo Fes, this is still part of the Shining Stars tour.

Technically, this is day two leading to Io’s retirement and this one we surprisingly have the World of Stardom Championship on the line here, so this should be an interesting bout along with having a stacked show today, so let’s just…dive right in.

 

Singles Match
Leo Onozaki vs. Shiki Shibusawa

Review: Last time I covered Stardom, I decided to make a little game with Leo Onozaki with her cutter as I write down how many times she’ll do the move in her matches since she can either do a bunch of them or a few while still not doing a whole lot outside of that and she only did two in her last match, so lets see if she beats that when she fights Shiki. This match really doesn’t have a whole lot to talk about since it was pretty much chaining, dropkicks, cutters, and bulldogs, oh my! But that’s really it and another thing Leo did was what looked like a Rolling Armbar, but she rolled her up a pin first and once Shiki kicked out, Leo would apply the submission. Shiki would hit her Missle Dropkick a couple minutes after that to get the win.

Recommended: Skippable

Leo’s Cutter Counter: 2

 

Singles Match
Hanan vs. Natsuko Tora

Review: Oh hey, Hanan’s back as it’s been a while since we last saw her compete in a match here as she takes on Natsuko Tora, so let’s see how she fairs up. It looked like they were about to shake hands here and Hanan decides to kick Tora in the midsection and starts showing her aggressive side by going all out right away. I think she’s showed the most offense out of the rest of the younger Joshi wrestlers as she was able to do some submission hols, STO’s, and even almost get an upset victory with her roll-up, but Tora would still kick out of it and while Hanan showed a valiant effort, she would get caught in a Spinebuster and Natsuko would hit a Splash off the ropes to score the victory over Hanan. Nice try, kid and I hope to see more progression out of you soon.

Recommended: It was average, so this one is all up to you.

 

Three Way Tag Team Match
Deonna Purrazzo & Zoe Lucas vs. Jungle Kyona & Kaori Yoneyama vs. Hazuki & Natsu Sumire

Review: We got a three-way tag match this time involving two units such as JAN and Oedo Tai, and we also got Deonna and Zoe teaming up for this one. Natsu said the last time she and Hazuki teamed up, it was the greatest match in pro wrestling history and I for one believe them, why would you ever question them in the first place? Morons and also the Oedo pupper is there so automatically eight stars…suck it, Dave.

Deonna, Hazuki, and Kaori started the match off and it was going pretty well since they all had nice little counters like Hazuki jumping over Kaori as Deonna caught her for a German and would escape it to roll Deonna up but Kaori would roll Hazuki up once Deonna kicked out and all three of them stood up for a stalemate and once they tagged their partners in, it started to become a bit of a cluster fuck. I mean it when I say that the majority of the match was pretty much all over the place from time to time. Zoe did better in this match than her previous matches here and that’s not really saying much though. Natsu and Hazuki did team up pretty well as well as JAN as they would hit their tag team stuff when they needed to. Jungle looked like she was about to take out Hazuki for the win but she was able to roll out the ring in time with Deonna to sneak up behind Jungle to hit a German Suplex for a two count. Kaori and Jungle would kick down Deonna and Zoe and they attempted a charge in on one of them, but Zoe ducked causing Kaori and Jungle to hit each other instead. Hazuki would hit a Codebreaker on Zoe to go for a pin, but the pin gets broken up as Natsu would whip Deonna to get her back outside while Hazuki hits a poor Michinoku Driver and the Atomic Bombs Away to give Oedo Tai the win.

Recommended: It was an average match but had cool spots and Natsu says it’ll be the greatest match ever and I will still believe her

 

Eight Man Tag Team Match
Mayu Iwatani, Saki Kashima, Starlight Kid & Tam Nakano vs. AZM, Io Shirai, Konami & Momo Watanabe

Review: This will be the last time Io Shirai would be teaming up with her fellow Queen’s Quest members as she has two shows left with Stardom as one of them is their traditional gauntlet and her final one is a surprise we’ll get to when I cover it soon. This will also be the last time she’ll be fighting STARS in a tag team match either and wants her last night with Queen’s Quest to count because Io is trusting them with her faction with Momo now the leader of it.

AZM and Starlight start it off as they have a little score to settle due to a draw at the previous show and I don’t mind since I love their work together since they’re two of the best in that division. I love how they do their Lucha style beginning with doing arm drags and jumping over each other, but AZM would offer her hand to Starlight and would attack her which signals Queen’s Quest to run out and attacked STARS from the ring apron and then they all team up on Starlight ending with Io hitting a Running Dropkick to the turnbuckle. Momo gets tagged in next and starts to work on Starlight for a moment until she tagged Io in as she starts attacking Starlight and does her Moonsault landing on her knees on top of Starlight and then tags in Konami and delivers a stiff kick to the face and goes to attack some more, but Starlight would reverse her and hits a Standing Moonsault which gives her enough time to tag in Saki.

Saki would start to beat down Konami in which AZM tries to help her out, but backfires when they’re both on the mat as Io and Momo come in to help, but Tam and Mayu run in to get them on their knees so Mayu and Saki ran towards them to hit a dropkick on both of them while landing on AZM and Konami, that was a cool spot. Tam gets tagged in now and would do some damage to Konami before tagging Mayu in while Momo gets tagged in as well with Mayu normally one-upping her throughout their time together in the ring until Momo actually gets an opening and hits a Suplex for a two count. This gives Queen’s Quest a chance to attack STARS from the apron again as Momo hits the Somato on Mayu for a two count and that was a close call and would hit another one for another two count, but now tags in Io as Saki gets into the mix now. Saki actually hits the Killswitch and Queen’s Quest broke it up before they could get the three count. Tam and Mayu would hit a Double Dropkick to AZM and Momo and just about everyone is on the outside as Mayu looks to do a Splash off the top rope and it appears as if she landed on her fellow STARS members by accident. Io would get Saki back into the ring as all four members of Queen’s Quest would hit Saki with a Dropkick in stereo and then Momo slams Saki down for good measure as Io hits her Diving Moonsault Press for the pinfall as Queen’s Quest wins it. Io would pose with Queen’s Quest after the match one last time as they ended it on a high note for them, now the rest is up to Momo to lead them.

Recommended: Very good match, worth the watch.

 

World Of Stardom Title Match
Toni Storm (c) vs. Kagetsu

Review: The last time Toni defended her World of Stardom Championship was against Mayu Iwatani on April 1st and I thought for sure there that Mayu would reclaim that title and it looked like I was wrong. In my first Stardom coverage where we had Toni’s team taking on Oedo Tai, I assumed Kagetsu was gonna be the next challenger when she came out with the fake belt to mock and and three months later, the match actually happens with no official announcement that I’ve heard of and I’ll take it since Kagetsu needs her chance to shine now that she lost the Goddesses or Stardom Championships and now has a chance for a solo run in Oedo Tai while the other members go for the rest of the gold and Hana betters herself in Mexico for the next three months. It’s make or break for Kagetsu since she did lose to Io Shirai for the Wonder of Stardom Championship last month and is now hoping to bounce back to try and dethrone Toni Storm.

The two start off with some chain wrestling as they both appear to be going back and forth and first it looked like Toni had control of it, but Kagetsu would reverse it around to come out on top for a moment until Toni would turn it back around as the two break it up. Toni would put Kagetsu in a Headlock and pushes her off to kick her to the outside as she now goes for a Suicide Dive until Kagetsu hits Toni with a chair before she could land and starts to hit her with the chair a few times. Kagetsu would start to pick up the heat as she starts to throw Toni around outside through the chairs while burying her in them as she makes it back into the ring, but Toni does also in a bit until Kagetsu hits a Dropkick off the top rope. They would go back to mat wrestling with both of them trying to go after their arms to make the other tap out as the two don’t seem to be able to make the two tap out and Kagetsu would go for the Michinoku Driver and doesn’t have the strength to pick her up and Toni hits a stiff forearm as the two would go back and forth with strikes as Kagetsu would go for a kick, but Toni ducks and hits a German Suplex.

Kagetsu would go for another kick which Toni would catch before hitting Kagetsu with another German Suplex and it looks like she’s about to charge at her, but Kagetsu catches her for a Samoan Drop and the two are down as the crowd starts to chant for Kagetsu over Toni. Toni would then apply the Guillotine Choke and it looked like Kagetsu is gonna be out for the count, but she would find a way to power out of it and picks her up for a Brainbuster and tops it off with a Michinoku Driver for a two count! Kagetsu would go to the top rope to try and hit the Oedo Coaster, but Toni pushes her off and hits not one but two Suicide Dives to the outside and would get her back in to go for the Powerbomb as Oedo Tai distracts the referee so Kagetsu could spray blue mist into Toni’s eyes to hit two Michinoku Drivers for a two count. For those that don’t know real quick, the blue mist is a sign for the person to fall asleep while the regular green is for vision and I like that the different colors of mist have a different meaning, definitely look at them if you don’t know which ones mean what. Back to the match as Kagetsu would finally hit the Oedo Coaster and Toni would surprisingly kick out, leaving Kagetsu a bit frustrated here and would pick Toni up, but she reverses it with the Strong Zero and that looked painful as Kagetsu would kick out as well. The two would slowly get up as Kagetsu hits a stiff kick to Toni’s head but she is still standing and tells her to bring it on as Kagetsu would deliver at least seven Roundhouse Kicks to her head and would still be conscious until she caught her leg for a submission to try and make Kagetsu tap out until she got to the ropes. Toni would try to put Kagetsu away with another Strong Zero, but Kagetsu would push her into the referee and sprays the red mist into her eyes this time which means burning sensation into her eyes and hits a Death Valley Driver and would top it off with an Oedo Coaster as we have a new World of Stardom Champion!

Kagetsu winning here was a bit of a shocker since I expected Toni to hold it at least till the winner of the 5★Star GP, but I’m more than okay with Kagetsu winning it now as she has definitely earned his opportunity and working so hard to get here over the years. Last year during Kagetsu’s produced show, she actually was considering retirement until Io Shirai would talk her out of it and I’m glad she did otherwise we wouldn’t have this moment right here. Her winning was the right call and I can’t wait to see where this leads and who will be the one to take it from her.

Recommended: Very good match with a nice story in it, watch it.

 

Overall: This was a solid show, but the Oedo Pupper and Kagetsu won…so fuck you and watch it. Joking aside, it was was a decent show and the last two matches are definitely worth watching. We got a new champion and I’m definitely excited to see where this leads for Oedo Tai and Kagetsu.

Favorite Match: Toni Storm vs. Kagetsu

Least Favorite Match: Leo Onozaki vs. Shiki Shibusawa

Score: 7/10


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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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