The Cruiserweight Champion takes on his enemies with The Stamina Monster by his side! Can Alexander and Tozawa together shut both Gulak and Gallagher up?
- Buddy Murphy VS Gran Metalik; Murphy wins.
- Mustafa Ali VS Michael Thompson; Ali wins.
- Cedric Alexander & Akira Tozawa VS Drew Gulak & Jack Gallagher; Gulak & Gallagher win.
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Drake Maverick sets the scene for tonight’s 205 Live!
The King of the Ropes takes on the Cruiserweight Juggernaut for the first time in 1v1 action. Gran Metalik bested one of the Body Guys in Tony Nese, but can he do it again against Buddy Murphy? Or will Buddy Murphy build momentum towards returning home to Melbourne for Super Show Down and his Cruiserweight Championship match?
Then, a tag team main event sees the Philly Fury and his ally in the Ungentle Gentleman take on the Soul and the Stamina of 205 Live. Drew Gulak and Jack Gallagher go up against Cedric Alexander and Akira Tozawa as Gulak continues to pursue his own title match. Alexander remains undefeated after a main event match with TJP. However, Gulak and Gallagher would again attack, and put Alexander in the GuLOCK. Can Alexander get payback with Tozawa’s help? Or will Gulak actually prove himself worthy with a win tonight? For that matter, what happens if Tozawa or Gallagher make great impressions on the WWE Universe and Maverick tonight?
Buddy Murphy VS Gran Metalik!
The countdown is on for when the Juggernaut becomes the hometown hero against Cedric Alexander. Murphy has his chance at the Cruiserweight Championship, but he must first see if he can gain points for his team against the Lucha House Party. The King of the Ropes is on a roll, will he get the Body Guy sweep?
Just as last week, the tag team partners must stay backstage so that there won’t be any hijinks like before. Therefore, Metalik and Murphy are truly 1v1 as the bell rings. Murphy and Metalik circle as Lafayette chant “Lucha! Lucha!” Murphy gets a waistlock but Metalik the standing switch, only for Murphy to standing switch again. Metalik slips out of the back suplex but Murphy gets a headlock takeover. Fans duel as Metalik headscissors and Murphy pops out. Metalik knocks Murphy over for the cover, ONE. Murphy returns the favor and covers, ONE. The two stand off and fans like the evenly matched action. Murphy kicks but Metalik spins him around. Metalik waistlocks but Murphy elbows out again. Things speed up and Murphy misses Metalik as he handsprings. Metalik hits a huricanrana and a dropkick!
Murphy bails out and Metalik builds speed. Metalik slides but Murphy ducks under to then rock him with a right! Murphy throws Metalik into barriers, then all the way to the far side barriers. The 10 count begins so Murphy puts Metalik back in. He takes too long trash talking and Metalik wrecks him with a dropkick. Metalik jumps over the swipe, then mule kicks. Metalik climbs, SUPER ASAI! Direct hit takes out Murphy, but Metalik is slow to getting up. Metalik puts Murphy back in then covers, TWO! Metalik keeps on Murphy but Murphy blocks teh fireman’s carry. Murphy throws elbows, then puts Metalik on teh apron. He throws Metalik’s face right into the post! Metalik slumps to the floor, but Murphy doesn’t leave him out. Murphy puts Metalik in then covers, ONE. Murphy kicks Metalik right across the back!
Fans chant “Juggernaut! Juggernaut!” as Murphy puts a chinlock on. Metalik endures, working to get back up. Murphy hooks the mask, then wrenches harder. Metalik gets up but Murphy forces him back down. Murphy puts his weight on Metalik but Metalik refuses to quit. Metalik stands up again and fans slowly build to a rally. Metalik powers Murphy to a corner but Murphy holds on. He tries again, but Murphy still holds on. Metalik goes for another buckle bump but Murphy slings him into the buckles instead. Murphy throws strong right hands, then drags Metalik up to the top rope. Murphy climbs up but Metalik fights back. Metalik chops Murphy, bumps his head off buckles, then adjusts, for a SUPER Sunset Bomb!
But Metalik can’t make the cover, he’s too sore. However, Metalik drags himself up to swing kick Murphy away. Metalik springboards for the crossbody! Then he boots Murphy away, for the Sling-Dog! Metalik chops Murphy again, then whips. Murphy reverses but Metalik hits the springboard back elbow! Cover, TWO! Metalik grows frustrated but he keeps on Murphy. He fireman’s carry but Murphy fights out. Murphy shoves but gets a SUPERKICK! Metalik moonsaults, then goes back up top, only for Murphy to trip him up! Murphy climbs up and has Metalik. Metalik fights back and sends Murphy down. Metalik stands, but has to land on his feet. He walks the ropes, into a powerbomb! Cover, TWO into a spinning sit-out bomb! Cover, TWO!! Murphy can’t believe that Metalik survives, but is just as exhausted now.
Murphy stands to throw a hand, but Metalik chops back. Metalik goes to chop again but Murphy gives his strike fest. But Metalik avoids the knee to SUPERKICK! Then fireman’s carry, but Murphy slips out to boot! Murphy runs, into a BIG clothesline! Metalik fireman’s carry, Metalik Driver! Cover, TWO!? Now Murphy shocks Metalik by surviving! Metalik drags himself back up and stomps on Murphy. Fans build to a rally as Murphy throws Metalik to the apron. Metalik springboards back in, but is caught. He fights out with elbows, but Murphy blocks the kick. Murphy flips Metalik, Metalik lansd on his feet, but his knee jams. Yet Metalik still backhands Murphy! Murphy staggers but still knee triggers Metalik! Murphy drags Metalik up, pumphandle, Murphy’s Law! Cover, Murphy wins!
Winner: Buddy Murphy, by pinfall
The Juggernaut outlasts the King of the Ropes and gains major momentum towards Melbourne! Will Murphy’s homecoming be his crowning moment?
“I’ve said it before, and I’m gonna say it again! You can’t stop the unstoppable.” The bigger, faster, stronger Cruiserweight got this victory, but this is just a small step forward towards Super Show Down, where he becomes the NEW Cruiserweight Champion! Murphy has all the confidence in the world, but will he grab the title he’s worked so hard to have?
Cedric Alexander talks with Mustafa Ali backstage.
The Soul is glad to see the Heart of 205 Live is back, things haven’t been the same without him. Ali was losing his mind on the sidelines, but he’s sure he’s fine and is ready to be back in the ring. Although, Ali does wish he was tagging with Alexander to take on Gulak & Gallagher in the main event. Alexander doesn’t wnat Ali to worry about that, just get back to where you need to be. Alexander is just fine with Tozawa, who is just as fired up not three feet away.
Tozawa pumps himself up, then looks over at Ali, and gives a smile and a wave. Ali and Alexander wave back. Tozawa returns to being intense, so Ali is confident he’ll work as a tag partner. Alexander and Tozawa trade “AH! AH!” Who will Ali meet in his return match? Will the Soul and Stamina work well together against the brains and brutality of Gulak and Gallagher?
Mustafa Ali VS Michael Thompson!
The Beacon of Light is back, but he gave us all quite a scare a little over a month ago, when he had a match with Hideo Itami. Ali was not only suffering from extreme exhaustion, but the Innovator of the GTS showed no mercy when he went off on Ali. Ali has since been recovering, but now he’s 100%! Will the Heart of 205 Live get back on track towards the title?
However, before the match begins, Hideo Itami makes his presence known. He walks out, a big smile on his face, and he tells “Mustafa-san” in Japanese, and then in English, that he came to watch Ali’s return because “I missed you.” Ali wants Itami to say hello face to face. Itami hopes Ali feels better, and “wishes” him good luck. Ali is furious now, and as the bell rings, he ducks Thompson and gives him a sharp chop! Ali chops and whips but Thompson reverses, only for Ali to dodge and dropkick! Thompson gets to a corner while Ali glares at Itami. Ali chops Thompson as if he were Itami, then whips him corner to corner. Thompson reverses and runs in but Ali goes up and over. Ali slips out and roundhouses Thompson back, then slingshots in for the X-Factor!
Ali glares at Itami, daring him to get a closer look at this match. But Itami doesn’t, and Ali gets yanked into buckles! Thompson reels Ali in, but Ali slips out of the back suplex to SUPERKICK! Then Ali springboards for the tornado DDT! ?Thompson flounders into a drop zone, and Ali makes sure Itami watches this. Maverick is watching this backstage, too, as Ali climbs up. Ali hits the 0-5-4! Cover, Ali wins!
Winner: Mustafa Ali, by pinfall
Ali keeps his eyes locked on Itami, even as Itami laughs and “applauds”. Itami may not want to get in the ring with Ali, but Ali is chomping at the bit for their rematch. When and where will Maverick give Ali what he wants?
Drake Maverick meets with Drew Gulak and Jack Gallagher.
The GM is excited for tonight’s main event, but hopes things don’t fall into chaos as they tend to with them. Gulak answered Alexander’s challenge, there was just… Well nevermind what that was. Tonight’s priority is to win an inspirational moral victory for THE Brian Kendrick, who is again sidelined because of an injury from Akira Tozawa. Gallagher believes that any chaos happening on 205 Live is more because Maverick is “preoccupied” with the Authors of Pain. Maverick says AoP does not get in the way of 205 or vice versa. Though he could arrange a meeting between G&G and AoP if they want. No, that’s just fine. Gulak wishes to put things behind them, and wants to build a positive working relationship once he’s Cruiserweight Champion. Gulak & Gallagher take their leave, but will they take the win tonight?
Noam Dar speaks.
The Scottish Supernova wants Lio Rush to know that he understands. Dar was once the “young hotshot” of 205 Live, which is why Lio feels so confident as the “23 year old piece of gold”. But Dar was here at 22, so if Lio wants to see what the hype is about, just meet him in the ring, “dafty”.
Lio Rush responds.
The Man of the Hour hopes Dar learned something from Akira Tozawa. “Keep the Man of the Hour’s name out of your mouth.” There is a difference between the two of them. Dar hit his peak, but as seen on Raw last night, Lio has big things ahead of him. Only now does Dar want to step to Lio Rush? Bad move, because next week, the Supernova will #FeelTheRush. The youngest, fastest and cockiest stars in the WWE Universe will shine, but which one will shine the brightest?
Cedric Alexander & Akira Tozawa VS Drew Gulak & Jack Gallagher!
The Ungentlemanly Alliance promised #NoTitleNoPeace when they wrecked one of Akira Tozawa’s matches not too long ago. But then when Tozawa got his revenge on the Man with a Plan, Kendrick ended up injured and out of action. Now only Gulak and Gallagher remain standing, will Alexander and Tozawa finish them off so the champ can focus on his Super Show Down challenger?
The bell rings and Gulak starts against Alexander. This is the match up both have wanted, and some fans chant “Drew 0 5 Live!” in support of Gulak’s continuing campaign. Gulak taunts Alexander as they circle. They tie up and trade waistlocks. Alexander throws Gulak down but Gulak spins it around to a wristlock. Alexander spins back to mule kick. Gulak narrowly avoids the Lumbar Check and gets to his corner. Gallagher tags in and Gulak takes his time obeying the rules. Gallagher stays near his corner but then circles with Alexander. He gets a wristlock, but Alexander reverses back and into a hammerlock. Alexander shifts to a headlock and takeover. He denies Gallagher the headscissors, but Gallagher works his way up and out.
Gallagher tortures the wrist and fingers, but Alexander rolls and handsprings. Alexander headscissors and dropkicks Gallagher down, then dares Gulak to do something. Alexander brings Gallagher over and tags to Tozawa. Tozawa chops Gallagher, then Alexander chops Gallagher. Tozawa chops Gallagher agian, Alexander fakes the chop, and then they both jab! Gallagher staggers about, but manages to tag Gulak. Gulak runs in, but into the jab! Fans fire up with Tozawa as he whips Gulak. Gulak sunset flips but Tozawa rolls through to Penalty Kick and screaming senton! Cover, ONE! Tozawa keeps his cool as he stomps Gulak. Gulak hits back with body shtos and knees. Gulak whips but Tozawa speeds things up, tilt-o-whirl into the Octopus Stretch! Tozawa shouts “AH! AH!” while wrenching, but Gulak still gets to ropes for the ropebreak.
Tozawa lets Gulak go, and Gulak scurries to ropes on the other side. Gulak asks for mercy, but Tozawa just gives him kicks. Tozawa puts on a headlock, but Gulak powers out while Gallagher tags in. Gallagher and Gulak both miss, but they catch Tozawa’s crossbody for a double slam. Gualk drops an elbow while Gallagher bends Tozawa in the Skyder Stretch. Fans rally up for Tozawa as he wriggles to ropes and gets the ropebraek. Gallagher lets go, to then stomp Tozawa. Cover, ONE, but Gallagher keeps on Tozawa with an armlock. Gulak wants Gallagher to punish Tozawa, and he does with those knees. Tag to Gulak and they mug Tozawa. Fans rally and duel while Gulak taunts Alexander. Gulak tags Gallagher back in, and they continue to mug Tozawa.
Tozawa fights back with body shots to Gallagher, but Gallagher rocks him with a European Uppercut. Cover, but Tozawa uses the ropes to break it. Gallagher brings Tozawa up for more knees, then whips. He gives Tozawa a knee in the corner, then tags Gulak back in. Gulak takes aim and boots Tozawa in the corner. Cover, TWO! Gulak drags Tozawa back up and holds him in a light sleeper hold while Gallagher tags in. Gallagher throws more body shots, then stays between Tozawa and Alexander. He grinds his foot into Tozawa, then cheap shots Alexander! Alexander gets in but the referee keeps him away, so Tozawa suffers even more mugging! Gulak tags in again, and he brings Tozawa up. Tozawa keeps fighting, but Gulak wrenches his arm into the rolling Russian leg sweep, deadlift to powerbomb! Cover, TWO!
Tozawa’s resilience annoys Gulak, but Alexander rallies the fans up. Gulak drags Tozawa up but TOzawa resists the bomb. Gulak tries again, but Tozawa slips out to a DDT! The referee checks on Gulak, but both men are okay to continue. They both crawl for their corners, hot tags to Gallagher and Alexander! Alexander rallies on Gallagher, blocking a kick to give that stiff back elbow! Alexander runs, handspring to Neuralizer enziguri! Cover, TWO! But that doesn’t slow Alexander down, he watches Gallagher stand up. He lifts, but Gallagher counters to a headlock takeover cover. TWO and Alexander makes it his cover, TWO! Gallagher runs into the Spanish Fly!! Cover, but Gulak breaks it!
Gulak grins at Alexander while Alexander glares daggers. Alexander is distracted, misses Gallagher but still boots him away. Alexander springboards but Gallagher gets under. Gulak creeps back in but Alexander immediately gets rid of him. Gallagher hits the Gentleman Dropkick! Cover, but Tozawa breaks it! Gallagher throws Tozawa out, then goes back to Alexander. Gulak tags in, and the two work together on the champ. Gallagher runs, and they hit Alexander with a high-low, clothesline and leg sweep! Cover, TWO!! Alexander survives the combination attack and fans rally up again. Gulak taunts Alexander, then tags Gallagher back in. They drag Alexander back up, but Alexander resists the double suplex. They get him up but he slips out! Alexander boots Gallagher, tag to Tozawa!
Alexander hip tosses Gulak out but goes out with him! Tozawa hits Gallagher with the missile dropkick! Fans fire up with Tozawa as he whips Gallagher. He back kicks, swings, slips under and rolling roundhouses! Gallagher bails out but Tozawa builds speed, to DIVE! The Tozawa Torpedo hits! Tozawa puts Gallagher back in, then climbs up top. Fans echo “AH! AH!” and Tozawa leaps for the SUPER Senton! But Gulak drags Gallagher out of harm’s way!
Alexander tackles Gulak but Gallagher clobbers him. Gallagher rocks Alexander with the EuroUpper, then Gulak adds a stiff chop. Gulak throws Alexander at a post and he goes flying! Gallagher hits Tozawa with the Gentleman’s Headbutt! Then tag to Gulak, for the GuLOCK! Fans duel as Gualk says this is for a #Better205Live! Tozawa taps, Gulak & Gallagher win!
Winners: Jack Gallagher & Drew Gulak, Gulak by submission
The cruel winter has come back as Gallagher & Gulak use shrewd tactics and ruthless aggression to get the better of a former and the current Cruiserweight Champions. Alexander vows to make this a war Gulak won’t win, but has the #AgeofAlexander already come to an end?
Backstage interview with Drake Maverick.
After seeing that main event, has he anything to say? Maverick must congratulate the winners, and knows what must happen. Gulak is undeniable as a contender, and clearly Alexander wants after him, too. Therefore, next week, we will get our Cruiserweight Championship match of Alexander VS Gulak. Will this war come to an end already? Who moves on to meet Murphy in Melbourne?
This was a rather packed episode right here for only being under 50 minutes. Maverick returns to give us the rundown, so that meant there were no surprises that he’d spoil. This segment has clearly become just a way to fill time while switching ring decor from SmackDown’s to 205’s, which is smart but also a bit silly. However, I do appreciate that Maverick’s story on Raw is being used here as grounds for the Heel talent to question Maverick’s focus. I wonder if there will come a point where it really does start to become a problem. Or at the least, he starts using Akam & Rezar as his muscle like he implied to do with Gulak & Gallagher. Unfortunately, that would lead to one side being buried over the other, so maybe he shouldn’t.
I like the Dar and Lio promos, and their match next week is going to be great. I feel like Lio wins this first-time-ever so that he stays undefeated, but I could see them having a series and Dar gets at least one win so he can rub it in. Ali’s return was great, because they used his squash of Michael Thompson (who wore a spade with the letter J on it so his real name must be based on that) as a way for Itami to taunt Ali from a distance. Ali VS Itami has to happen again, and I really hope it is a true #1 contender’s match. If Ali comes out that the winner to give us another amazing rematch, I would hope Ali gets the win from there. Other than Alexander, Ali has been the strongest Face, so why delay him any longer?
Metalik VS Murphy was great, another match that took a moment to get going, but it got the fans into it by the end. Naturally Murphy wins for both keeping the Body Guys from looking weak against just one third of the Lucha House Party, as well as for Murphy’s singles strength since he’s going to face the champion at Super Show Down. The main event tag match was another great match, 205 Live main events have been consistent in that. It works that Tozawa takes the fall at Gulak’s hands, and now we get Alexander VS Gulak for the title. Again, it would be shocking if Gulak wins, and that’s a good thing. In Melbourne, Murphy will be Face just on hometown appeal, so it’s fine if it’s Heel VS Heel from American perspectives.
At the same time, Murphy probably won’t win, I still expect him and Nese to be part of the (potential) tag team title scene. Therefore, I expect the champion to retain at Super Show Down, whether it’s Alexander or Gulak. Gulak getting to be that champion and then facing Ali would be so great for their rivalry from last year, bringing things full circle in a way. I also like Ali wanting to tag with Alexander, the Cruiserweight Division should at least allow its superstars to fluidly go between the singles and tag titles since there aren’t that many of them right now, and aren’t competing for Raw or SmackDown tag titles. The Heart & Soul would be an unstoppable team given their combined ability and popularity.
My Score: 8.2/10
(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.5 ~ 12TH OCTOBER 2018
CURRENT TOUR RECAP
As Noah head towards the end of the year, Autumn Navigation began on October 7th in Gunma. I am afraid I don’t have too much information about the first two shows.
Naomichi Marufuji’s feud (not so much Akitoshi Saito’s) with Mitsuya Nagai and “The Hooligans” began in earnest. Marufuji came out with a weary expression like he had to deal with something that was tiresome (and to him it is, as he says that The Hooligans are not worthy of the title shot, although he’s had to begrudgingly give them one), and this match was to prove just to be that as Nagai came out to “second”.
“Second” in this case being another word for “interfere”, which he did by pulling the referee out of the ring when Marufuji went for the pin on Taniguchi. While the ref and Nagai argued, Cody Hall used the distraction to creep into the ring and ambush Marufuji with “The Hooligan” bomb, meaning that Taniguchi got the win when the ref got back in the ring.
Afterwards The Hooligans stood over Marufuji, Cody Hall & Taniguchi holding the heavyweight tag belts, and Taniguchi with his foot on him.
Marufuji said afterwards that he was irritated before, but he’s angry now, and he’s had enough. This wasn’t enough, however, to stop The Hooligans from running over them again on the 11th October.
Noah have started the pre-matches for Global League; on the 11th October, Masa Kitamiya and Katsuhiko Nakajima faced off against each other after a long while. Nakajima, as ever, smirking when kicking someone, this time his tag partner.
NOAH MERCHANDISE AVAILABLE IN EUROPE & USA
IPW have announced that they have become the official merchandise vendor for Noah for Europe, and I understand they also deliver to the USA. I am afraid for any other country, you would need to check directly with them. Shop can be accessed via the link above.
“COME AT ME YOU BASTARDS”
Kenoh’s column this week is thought to be generally not too interesting (aside from maybe the end about appearing in a quiz show), but he does give some interesting insights into life in Noah and how wrestlers branching out into other programs beyond wrestling, can help a product.
Speaking of Kenoh, I read a very sweet story in an interview earlier this week.
When Kenoh was a tiny infant (about two or three), he used to stand at the window of the Nippon Kempo watching them practice until his mother removed him. Even when it snowed, he would stand at the window.
His mother later asked if he could see inside, and then enrolled him in the school.
NAOMICHI MARUFUJI VS HIKARU SHIDA
For her tenth anniversary in wrestling, Hikaru Shida challenged Naomichi Marufuji to a rematch. They had last clashed on April 17th, and she had been knocked out within a few minutes (108 seconds to be precise). This time she managed to last eighteen minutes with him. He took knee attacks, and she took chops.
Marufuji won with the high knee, and said afterwards that “the match was fun, and with so much potential, I want you to be the top girl”.”.
WINTER NAVIGATION 2018 & EARLY DATES FOR JANUARY 2019
Noah have announced the dates for “Winter Navigation 2018”, plus “Great Voyage in Yokohama Vol.2” and “NOAHFul Gift in Differ”.
They have also announced dates for January 2019.
Last year NOAHFUL Gift was held in ShinKiba, this year it will be being held at Korakuen Hall. Although Noah have announced no plans for the format as of yet, it will most likely feature the flea market in which Noah sell their old ring wear to fans (in the old days they would also serve Dojo chanko) and the usual battle royal and comedy matches.
Genba Hirayanagi threatened to appear last year in some gnarly old pants when he heard there was a flea-market. Sugiura said no one would want them, and Marufuji told him that it was “called obstruction of business”.
Thankfully Genba’s questionable taste in clothes is not a recurring feature, but Akitoshi Saito in cosplay is. In past years we have seen a lounge singer (complete with frilled cuffs, cummerbund and a velvet suit), and a pigtailed joshi. 2017 saw him in a video which was played in installments throughout the evening flanked by Moose in a Burger King hat, Eddie Edwards in a Santa hat (both were trying not to laugh), and Saito in various stages of undress whilst wearing a wig and make-up.
During the Battle Royale last year, everyone dressed up; well, almost everyone, as Kenoh appeared in an old karate outfit, and HAYATA came as himself in DOVE Pro. Other highlights included Takashi Sugiura being labelled a “vulgar and tasteless Santa” by Tokyo Sports, Hi69 was a “Panda” (his costume was purple tights and Panda face-paint, and according to Hajime Ohara he had gone out and bought his costume the night before, leading Sugi to point, laugh and say “that’s not a Panda, that’s a monster), Hajime Ohara as Kiki from “Kiki’s Delivery Service” complete with satchel full of bakery goods, a Jiji on his shoulder, black wig with a bow and a broom, Hitoshi Kumano as a bear, Daisuke Harada as HAYATA (which HAYATA did not appreciate and glared at him afterwards) and of course the inevitable Mr. Koto (Atsushi Kotoge).
Needless to say its a fun show, and if you are going to be in Tokyo over Christmas\New Year, I not only envy you, I also highly recommend you go and see it. All grudges, rivalries and title matches are put aside, and the roster relax and have fun.
Naomichi Marufuji and Hi69 will miss Noah’s event on the 18th November as they will be participating in Ryuku Dragon Pro in Okinawa
Kenoh will be appearing for KAIENTAI DOJO on Sunday October 28th, he will team with Tank Nagai against Yuri Asakawa & Kengo Mashimo.
Junta Miyawaki will make his second appearance for YOUNGDOMS (FREEDOMS sub brand) on the 5th November, he will team with Shunsuke Sayama vs Toru Sugiura and SUSUMU
GHC BELT NEWS
- 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
The GHC Heavyweight Championship currently has no challenger as Global League will begin in late October to determine the number one contender.
Daisuke Harada and Atsushi Kotoge will clash over the GHC Junior Championship on October 30th at Korakuen Hall (match signing to be held the same day)
Naomichi Marufuji & Akitoshi Saito will defend the GHC Heavyweight Tag Championship against “The Hooligans” (Maybach Taniguchi and Cody Hall) on Sunday October 14th in Kobe.
The GHC Junior Tag Championship has not been challenged for yet.
- Naomichi Marufuji was involved in a minor car accident this week when someone reversed into him, he is fine fortunately.
- Noah released Halloween Revolutionary cloaks for kids which were sold on the 11th October, with the Revolutionary Hero on hand to sign them. Atsushi Kotoge has said that the manufacturing cost is too high to make them for adults.
- Takashi Sugiura gave a defense match interview, in it he said he wants to be the first reigning champion in history to win Global League, and if that happens he will nominate his own opponent, which will be Masato Tanaka. They have fought against each other in the past, but they have never had a title match over a single belt.
- Mitsuya Nagai called a lady in the crowd “you old bag” because she was mouthing off to him.
- Mohammed Yone’s disco ball for his entry has become a thing
- People would like to see Atsushi Kotoge and Kaito Kiyomiya tag together and challenge for the belts
- HAYATA has a new online diary, “HAYATAbot”, I am afraid that to access it requires a paid subscription
- Kenoh will finally get his wish for a singles match with Naomichi Marufuji on the 8th November at Korakuen Hall for Global League 2018.
- Like Hi69 does, Atsushi Kotoge did a short question time with fans on Twitter, highlights included; Kotoge saying he doesn’t drink at home, and Go Shiozaki asking what the capes were made of to which, Kotoge said playfully, “asshole, I’ll go and look”. He never actually answered Shiozaki’s question.
- Kenoh’s friend, Masahiro-san (whom Kenoh has blocked, and who Masahiro-san calls “that asshole who blocked me”), posted a few candid pictures of when he stayed at Kenoh’s home for the night on Twitter. Masahiro-san usually deletes them a few minutes after posting, but they were there long enough to ascertain Kenoh bought tourist fodder Union Jack boxer shorts when he visited London for Frontline Pro Wrestling.
- Hajime Ohara is holding exercise classes in Kawasaki which are open to adults of every age and sex. The classes will be simple exercises in how to build, tone and maintain muscles and how to exercises with a water bottle.
KING SHAMLESS’S CORNER
None this week, he’s managed to behave himself.
English language translation of Naomichi Marufuji’s biography, “Heir to The Ark”
Takashi Sugiura’s sixth defense interview
Akira Taue loved the “Talk Battle” with Toshiaki Kawada
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Mitchell’s NJPW AXS TV Results: Destruction in Hiroshima 2018!
AXS moves on in its NJPW coverage by bringing us Destruction in Hiroshima! Does the Best Bout Machine hold on to his title against the Stone Pitbull?
This coverage of Destruction in Hiroshima will be as broadcast by AXS TV.
Gifs can be found at http://frentique.tumblr.com/
- Six Man Tag: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma VS Kazuchika Okada, Yoshi-Hashi & Jay White; Tanahashi, Makabe & Honma win.
- IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Kenny Omega VS Tomohiro Ishii; Omega wins and retains the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.
PLAY BY PLAY
NJPW and AXS set the scene!
Kenny Omega continues his reign as the newest IWGP Heavyweight Champion after his epic 2 Out of 3 Falls match Kazuchika Okada. He has bested some of the best, such as The American Nightmare, Cody, at the G1 Special in San Francisco, and six straight victories in this year’s G1 Climax tournament. However, things were changed when The Stone Pitbull looked to play spoiler. Tomohiro Ishii was no longer in contention for the G1 Climax 28 Finals, but he was more concerned about evening the score from the IWGP United States Championship tournament. Ishii defeated Omega in a toughly contested match, and that would ultimately cost Omega his spot in the G1 Climax finals. That victory has earned Ishii his shot tonight in Hiroshima, but will he be able to repeat his upset performance? Or will the Best Bout Machine break the tie and retain the title?
Six Man Tag: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma VS Kazuchika Okada, Yoshi-Hashi & Jay White!
There is much tension within the Chaos trio as the Switchblade has made it clear he wants to take control of the faction away from The Rainmaker. Can White and Okada get along, with the Head Hunter stuck in the middle, against The Ace, the Uncaged Gorilla and the “Innovator of Lighttube Death Matches”?
NJPW and AXS jump into this match as it is in progress. White tags in off Okada and chops away on Honma. He whips him corner to corner then chops Honma off his feet. White taunts Honma then brings him up, but Honma chops back. White elbows Honma’s neck and tries to suplex, but Honma blocks. Honma goes to suplex White but White reverses and chops him to a corner. White runs in but into a boot, and Honma runs out for a leaping shoulder tackle! Fans fire up for Honma as he crawls for his corner. Hot tag to Makabe, who runs White over with a shoulder then barrels into Okada. Yoshi-Hashi slips in to kick and run, but into a powerslam! Hashi exits while Makabe corner clotheslines White. Makabe climbs up to throw hands but White slips out underneath. White tags Okada in so he can get away.
Okada comes in but Makabe is on him with big forearms. Makabe whips Okada corner to corner then hits a corner clothesline. Makabe climbs up and gives corner punches, all the way to 10. He goes to Northern Lights but Okada fights it off. Okada runs but into a big lariat! Cover, TWO! Makabe brings Okada up but Okada resists, countering with a back drop. Okada runs in corner to corner for the clothesline, then hits a DDT! Cover, TWO! Okada drags Makabe up and wants the gut wrench but Makabe fights it. Makabe and Okada both club each other, but Okada gets the edge. Okada runs but ducks one clothesline to get the other! Both men are down, and fans rally up. Hot tag to Tanahashi!
The Ace hits Hashi and White, then focuses on Okada. Tanahahsi runs, but into the gut wrench! He turns it around to hit the swinging neckbreaker! He keeps moving as Okada stands, to bring him down with the slingblade! Cover, but Hashi breaks it. Makabe tosses Hashi out and Tanahashi gets moving again. Tanahashi climbs up but Okada dropkicks him! Okada drags Tanahashi off the top rope, still wanting the Tombstone. Tanahashi slips off to rock Okada with a palm strike! Tanahashi runs but into a dropkick! Fans rally up and Okada tags in Hashi. Hashi runs and hits the blockbuster! He hits Makabe and Honma then runs back at Tanahsahi for the chop in the corner. But White wants him to use a chair now? Hashi refuses, and Tanahashi hits White! Tanahashi gets Hashi in the dragon screw!
Honma hits Okada and then Makabe comes in. They and Tanahashi rally on Yoshi-Hashi with a corner dropkick, and feed to the double clothesline sandwich! Honma drops the headbutt! Tanahashi heads up top but White dumps him down! Makabe and White exit and get into a fight with White while Yoshi-Hashi gets up. Hashi runs but into a full nelson. He denies the dragon suplex, but Tanahashi wants the straitjacket. Okada runs in to save Hashi, and then Hashi runs. Tanahashi boots Yoshi-Hashi away, then elbows Okada. Yoshi-Hashi still comes back to grab Tanahashi, and Okada runs in. Tanahashi ducks, Okada’s boot goes into Yoshi-Hashi! Tanahshi small packages while Makabe trips Okada, Tanahashi’s team wins!
Winners: Tanahashi, Makabe & Honma, Hiroshi Tanahashi pinning
Taguchi Japan makes it a victory against Chaos! And Chaos’s trio isn’t in a good move over it. Yoshi-Hashi won’t let Okada console him, and White gets in Okada’s face about the loss, too. With his faction so against him here, does Okada have a chance of keeping control? And what of his shot at Tanahashi’s IWGP Heavyweight Championship Wrestle Kingdom match contract?
Jay White can’t understand why Chaos follows Okada. Okada ended up kicking Yoshi-Hashi square in the face and cost the team that match. The two of them were in there with that “old man” Tanahashi, but couldn’t do what White did by himself during the G1 Climax. White says it is Okada’s fault. Okada boots his friend Yoshi-Hashi in the face, for what? Is Okada angry that White beat him? Is Okada taking his anger out on Chaos? Okada shouldn’t bully someone who was on his side this whole time like that. The rest of Chaos should look at that and realize who they’re following. Clearly the Switchblade sees circumstances his own way, but will he be able to manipulate the rest of Chaos into seeing it the same way?
IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Kenny Omega VS Tomohiro Ishii!
The Cleaner won against the Stone Pitbull to become the inaugural IWGP United States Champion, but the Pitbull won to be the first loss on the Cleaner’s G1 Climax 28 record. Now they will have a tiebreaker with the title on the line! Who will win the third match in this hard-hitting trilogy?
The introductions are made, Red Shoes shows Ishii the belt, and we begin! Fans are immediately thunderous for both men and Omega makes sure Ishii hears it. Ishii steps closer to Omega, and Omega backs up until he ends up in his corner. Ishii takes a step back, and Omega comes out for a furious tie-up! They push each other back and forth, and end up breaking. The fans applaud as Omega and Ishii go again. Omega gets a headlock and grinds Ishii to the mat. Ishii gets back up and pries at the hold. Omega holds on, so Ishii powers out. Omega and Ishii collide but neither man backs down. Ishii dares Omega to go again, and Omega does, and they collide again. Again, neither man backs down, so Ishii dares Omega to try a third time. Omega looks to go, but he instead rakes Ishii’s eyes.
Omega rakes Ishii’s eyes again, then runs, to collide shoulders. Ishii staggers back but rebounds to run Omega over! Ishii runs and things speed up, but Ishii holds ropes to fake out Omega. Omega still boots Ishii, then runs. He dodges Ishii but Ishii dodges back. Omega boots Ishii’s lariat down, but Ishii blocks the V-Trigger. Ishii runs into a drop toehold, Omega runs but Ishii evades the dropkick! Fans fire up as we have a stand-off. Ishii and Omega grind foreheads, then start shoving. Omega throws a forearm, but Ishii comes back with one. Omega gives another forearm, but Ishii comes back with another. They go back and forth, forearm for forearm, until Omega kicks low. Omega wants the DDT but Ishii slips out to throw another forearm. Omega retaliates with a forearm, and we’re back to forearm for forearm!
Ishii hits, Omega hits, repeat, until Omega kicks Ishii again, and gets the DDT! Ishii crawls to ropes and Red Shoes checks on him. Omega brings Ishii up to kick him in the back, then sits him up for another kick. He brings Ishii all the way up and turns him, for the neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Omega drags Ishii around for a rear mount and chinlock. Ishii endures, even as Omega shifts to a half came clutch. Ishii seems to just egg Omega on, so Omega puts him down to stomp him out. Omega grimaces as he drops double ax handles on Ishii. Ishii sits up so Omega kicks and clubs him. Omega brings Ishii over to bump him off buckles, but Ishii just fires up! Omega throws more forearms, then bumps Ishii on buckles again. Ishii continues to come back, so Omega bumps him off another buckle.
Omega stands on Ishii’s back to choke him in the ropes. Red Shoes counts and Omega lets up at 4. Omega brings Ishii up to throw more forearms, then whips corner to corner. He runs in and hits a big back elbow. He keeps moving but runs into Ishii’s powerslam! Ishii has evened things with Omega while we go to break.
NJPW on AXS returns as Ishii and Omega stand. Ishii chops Omega at the ropes again and again, then throws forearms into the mix. Forearm, chop, repeat, then Ishii whips. Omega reverses and fireman’s carry, “You Can’t Escape!” Rolling senton is a bit rough because Ishii is no light man, but Omega still gets up to moonsault! Ishii rolls out of the way so the moonsault flops! Both Omega and Ishii stand up slowly, but Ishii gets running, only to run into Omega’s huricanrana! Ishii rolls out of the ring but Omega takes aim. The Terminator Drums begin and Omega rises. Omega builds speed, to FLY! Direct hit and down goes Ishii! Omega brings Ishii up and into the ring, then slides in to build speed, Kotaro Krusher!
But Omega doesn’t go for a cover, he locks and loads, but Ishii gets right up in that finger gun. Ishii fires forearms off, then runs, but into a boot! He’s right back up and he clotheslines Omega out of the ring! Ishii pursues and drags Omega up, to whip him into railing. Ishii chops Omega around the ringside area, and even against a post. Omega chops back, and now they brawl. Ishii forearms, Omega chops, Ishii chops, Omega chops again. They continue to trade sharp, echoing chops, but then Omega decides to clear an announcer table. Ishii stops Omega and whips him at railing, but Omega stops himself. Omega mule kicks Ishii then goes to springboard off the rails, but Ishii catches him into an electric chair! Ishii then tries to fold Omega, perhaps steal One Winged Angel, but Omega fights out.
Omega clubs Ishii on the back, brings him over, but it’s Ishii who snap suplexes Omega to the floor! Both men are down, but Red Shoes is letting them fight. Ishii gets Omega up and into the ring, but Omega dropkicks him back out. Omega takes aim again, builds speed and hits a wrecking ball dropkick! Ishii is sent into railing, but Omega keeps on him. Omega dumps him over onto that cleared desk, then continues where he left off. He clubs away on Ishii, even throwing monitors on him, before going back in the ring. Omega aims from a corner, springboards himself, and hits a DOUBLE STOMP! Omega cracks the table with Ishii’s body while Ishii clutches his chest. Red Shoes checks on both men but they’re somehow okay to continue.
Omega mocks Ishii while he makes his own way back to the ring. He’ll leave Ishii to the mercy of the 20 count as Red Shoes starts. Fans rally for Ishii, and he stirs at 8. Ishii drags himself over the railing at 10, but still crawls. The count passes 15, then 17, but Ishii’s in at 19! Omega says he’ll finish this, as he brings Ishii up. Aoi Shoudou brainbuster! Ishii rolls to ropes for safety, but Omega still says BANG! Ishii avoids the V-Trigger but Omega fights the waistlock. Omega swings but ends up in a saido suplex! Both men are down but fans are rallying up. Ishii sits up but Omega follows. Ishii chops Omega in a corner, and chops and chops! Omega chops back but Ishii doesn’t flinch. Ishii chops and Omega is again in the corner.
Ishii is chopping high on the chest, almost getting the throat! Red Shoes reprimands Ishii, so he stops that. Ishii whips Omega but Omega reverses. Ishii still barrels out to blast Omega to the corner with his shoulder! He brings Omega up, powerbomb lift, and the BIG powerbomb! High stack cover, TWO!! Omega survives but Ishii runs. Omega dodges the sliding lariat, then chops Ishii. Ishii felt that one, but he still comes back. Omega boots Ishii to a corner, then runs in. Ishii dodges but runs into a boot. Omega’s up but Ishii hits him with a forearm. Ishii and Omega brawl as Ishii climbs. Omega kicks but Ishii forearms. Omega gets more kicks in, then brings Ishii up for a slap! He stomps Ishii down, but Ishii grits his teeth as he comes back up. Ishii headbutts outta nowhere!
Omega is dazed but Ishii climbs up to join him. Ishii wants it, and gets the SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Omega survives, but Ishii is not deterred. Ishii waits for Omega to stand, then runs, but omega ducks to get the German Suplex! Ishii’s right back up to give Omega a German Suplex! Omega stands up, but he’s a bit wobbly. Ishii clubs him in the back, then German Suplexes again! Omega lands on his feet! V-Trigger outta nowhere! Both men are down, but fans are fired up again. Red Shoes checks on them as they stir. Omega sits up first, then stands. He brings Ishii up but intercepts him with a forearm. Omega throws more forearms, and Ishii kneels. Omega keeps going, but now Ishii grows stronger! Ishii takes a forearm, gives a forearm, but runs into a roaring elbow. Ishii swings but ends up in a Snap Dragon Suplex!
Omega stands, runs, V-Trigger! Ishii rebounds to his feet, and Omega lifts in the electric chair. Ishii fights out and gets the dragon sleeper, but Omega counters into a brainbuster! Cover, TWO!! Ishii survives while we go to break.
NJPW on AXS returns as Omega stands up. He sits Ishii up, for a point blank V-Trigger! Then another! Omega grins as he keeps Ishii up, but then Ishii falls over before Omega can get the third. Omega drags Ishii up, holds him in place, and gives that next V-Trigger. Ishii crawls to a corner as Omega backs away. Omega runs in to V-Trigger Ishii in the back of the head! Omega drags Ishii up and onto the top rope, then climbs up to join him. He has Ishii in the full nelson, but Ishii resists. Omega clubs away on his back with palm strikes, but Ishii headbutts backwards! Omega staggers away and Ishii turns around, but into a chop. Now Omega double underhooks on the top rope, but Ishii still resists. Ishii sends Omega back down, but Omega jumps to V-Trigger!
Omega climbs back up, turns around, and brings Ishii up in a fireman’s carry. Ishii fights again, and stands, for a SUPER STEINER!! How rare for Ishii to fly like that! Omega crawls away but Ishii runs in corner to corner for a big clothesline. Ishii keeps going but runs into boots. Omega boots again but gets a headbutt for it! Ishii fires up and declares that belt is his! He sits Omega up, copies the finger gun, and runs in for a a V-Trigger?! Ishii keeps going to run him over with a lariat! Cover, TWO!! The Pitbull hasn’t put the champion away just yet! Ishii drags Omega up, suplex, but Omega slips out. Ishii headbutts, then runs, but into a leaping lariat! Omega drags Ishii up fast, into the Electric Chair, but Ishii slips out to suplex. Omega slips out, REVERSE-RANA!
Both men are down again but fans are loving it. They rally up for both men while Red Shoes checks on them. Ishii drags himself up on the ropes, but Omega crawls to the far side. They both stand and stagger over to each other. Omega throws a forearm, Ishii gives one back. Again these two go back and forth. Omega wobbles but still comes back. Ishii finally feels some of those hits, and Omega gives him a swift palm strike. Ishii fires off forearms from both sides, but Omega again palm strikes! Omega ducks the enziguri, and gets the Snap Dragon! To V-Trigger! Cover, TWO!! Omega refuses to stop, and he brings Ishii up again. Electric chair, the fold, but Ishii fights with elbows. So Omega pops him into the Croyt’s Wrath German Suplex!
Omega aims, runs, V-Trigger! But Ishii comes back with a lariat outta nowhere!! Fans are reaching a fever pitch as these two keep going. Ishii sits Omega up, runs, and hits the sliding lariat! Cover, TWO!! Omega still lives and Ishii can’t believe it! Ishii still has more to give, though, and runs, but into another V-Trigger. Omega runs but into another lariat. Ishii runs and Omega follows, but Ishii just stops and gives him another lariat! Ishii drags Omega up, but Omega gut wrenches for a quick piledriver! Cover, TWO!! Ishii survives and Hiroshima is thunderous again! Omega slowly stands, and he brings Ishii up again. He stands Ishii up against ropes, pulls down the knee pad, and runs, for a BIG V-Trigger! Omega tumbles out of the ring but gets back in, for another V-Trigger!! Cover, ONE?! The insanity!
Ishii is floundering, and Omega gives him another V-Trigger! Yet Ishii still enziguris Omega! Ishii blocks the next V-Trigger, but then Omega comes back with another. Omega double underhooks for the butterfly driver! Cover, TWO!? Ishii’s head really must be stone to endure all this. Omega takes a moment to catch his breath as the fans build to a rally. He runs again, and hits another V-Trigger! Then the electric chair, ONE WINGED ANGEL! Cover, Omega wins!
Winner: Kenny Omega, by pinfall; still IWGP Heavyweight Champion
Finally Omega finishes Ishii! Omega retains in his second defense, and settles the score with the Stone Pitbull. We’ll return with the celebration and more after the break.
NJPW on AXS returns and Omega stands back up to have his hand raised. Kota Ibushi joins him in the ring and puts the belt on Omega. Ishii flounders his way out, needing the help of the Young Lions to make his exit. Omega looks to him with a nod, showing that Ishii certainly has Omega’s respect. When and where will the Pitbull be back for another shot at the title?
As for Omega, he takes to the mic. In Japanese, Omega says that “Ishii-san, it feels like we still have unfinished business.” But what else? When Omega became champion, he thought it meant he was the strongest. That he’s the best, THE greatest in the world. But the truth is a bit different. The truth is, Kota Ibushi is the reason Omega is the best. Omega told Ibushi back at Osaka-Jo Hall, that “whenever or wherever, I’ll be ready.” Ibushi takes the mic now, and tells Kenny that they’ll make good on their promise.
Yes, they made a promise. That no matter where, no matter when, “The Golden Lovers will keep fighting with the same heart and emotion.” Being the Golden Lovers means more to them than just belts. But this is all for now, so thank you for being here. As always, but in Golden Trigger style, “Good Bye, MWAH, and Good Night, BANG!” What promise do the Golden Lovers mean? When and where will they make good on it?
Omega makes this simple: “I am pro-wrestling.” He’s the face of pro-wrestling. He thought that meant he was the best by far, but he’s heard what Hiroshi Tanahashi had to say about his own ideology. Omega thought Tanahashi meant all of NJPW. Ishii is different than Tanahashi, Okada is different than Tanahashi, Tetsuya Naito is different than Tanahashis. They’re all different, and special in their own way.
In fact, the only thing wrong in NJPW is Tanahashi’s “old guard attitude” and close-minded heart. Tanahashi got lucky in the A Block. Omega was so close to using that mic to dare Tanahashi to have their title match here instead of at Wrestle Kingdom. But until then, good bye and good night, BANG! Though the Ace and the Cleaner are still months away from their WK13 match, things are already growing personal! Will Tanahashi be able to hold onto his contract briefcase? Will Omega be able to hold onto the IWGP Heavyweight Championship? Or will one of them lose their prize before Wrestle Kingdom ever arrives?
A really great night here for NJPW. With AXS airing Fighting Spirit Unleashed before this, there was a lot of this that was clear, but it was still great to watch. Chaos continues to fracture, and Jay White makes stronger moves towards taking control away from Okada. Of course, from FSU, we know he’s also after the IWGP Heavyweight Championship match contract. Perhaps White’s greed will be his downfall, but things could easily go his way and we suddenly have The Switchblade leading Chaos while aiming at Omega’s title. And it is still Omega’s title after that amazing match with Ishii. Their G1 Climax match was itself very physical, but match did great to build on that. FSU gave us a hint that the Golden Lovers’ promise was to battle 1v1 for the title, and we might still get that down the road, but the wait will be worth it.
My Score: 8.7/10
(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.4 ~ 5TH OCTOBER 2018
CURRENT TOUR RECAP
Noah have had excellent attendances recently, bad weather, transport difficulties and a weekday show, have not kept people away. Korakuen might not have been sold out for the final, but it was a damn good result for a Thursday night with the majority of people making a mad dash across Tokyo to get there after work.
Hopefully, the fans dedication to seeing Noah and their willingness to battle through Typhoon weather (the event on the 30th September was fast tracked because of it and fans were warned that the show might be cancelled half way through due to the weather), rush hour traffic on a weekday and face resultant travel difficulties, will make the network consider just what they are missing.
Naomichi Marufuji missed the last two nights of Global Junior League as he was appearing in WRESTLE-1 and then Kansai Pro, but he was back for the 4th October.
The GHC Heavyweight match signing took place on September 29th 2018 at Yokohama Radiant Halls. Nakajima appeared with the usual smirk, and refused to answer any questions and when prompted to speak, sat with an eerie grin on his face like he found the whole thing very funny. Takashi Sugiura (who arrived wearing the tired expression like that of a father that has been called too many times to the Principals office over the misbehavior of his son), told him and everyone else that the smile would be wiped off Nakajima’s face when he got repeated elbows in it on the 4th October. That evening the veterans were obliterated by the “young people” as Yokohama went wild, Nakajima’s comment on the match was, “Oh, that was fun”.
The clash on the 30th September, however, was very different. The battle damaged endoskeleton inside Takashi Sugiura rebooted itself, and Nakajima caught a beating (seriously, half the time Sugi looked like he was going to put him over his knee). In a very short match Sugiura caught Nakajima with the Olympic Slam, the ref counted three, and Sugiura continued battering on him until the ref pulled him off, and he stood with his foot on him as Nakajima had done to him, before Nakajima was carried off on the back of the Revolutionary Hero who was watching at ringside. Sugiura later said that Nakajima was like a fly who “fled when I tried to crush him”, and vowed to crush him at Korakuen Hall.
On the 4th October, evidently learning nothing from the 30th September, Katsuhiko Nakajima came strolling out to the ring, big smirk on his face, sinister new ring robe with faux wolfskin and sinister black pants, boots and kneepads. As soon as the bell rang, he lay down on the floor, resting his head on his hands and with his elbow bent, looking as if he were posing for a suncream or speedos advert.
Sugiura was not impressed.
It was a brutal match with kicks, elbows, slaps and slams (Sugiura did the turnbuckle brainbuster and held it for twenty seconds), and at one point Masa Kitamiya got involved which earned loud boos from the crowd, especially as Nakajima was using a wooden bar to choke Sugiura with. Eventually, Sugiura seized the chance for the ankle lock, and even bit into Nakajima’s boot.
It was too much for Nakajima, and he tapped out.
Afterwards most of the competitors for Global League got into the ring, (aside from the veterans that was, and those who were seconding Nakajima and the two who are coming in from outside promotions), and started yelling at each other and pointing fingers. Nagai got on the microphone first and said that the Hooligans were gunning for the GHC Heavyweight too, Kiyomiya told them that they would have to go past him first (Sugiura later said in an interview that he doesn’t consider Kiyomiya a challenge, as he couldn’t get past Kenoh to qualify for the number one contendership, so that’s one down for him), and Sugiura told them all to keep their pants on, the league starts on the 30th October, and so “all you youngsters, you had better start practicing”.
Naomichi Marufuji said he was going to finish this nonsense of The Hooligans on the 4th October, being too tired to deal with a “bald octopus and his worthless friends”, so he made this picture of them asking them to turn up to the event like this (Marufuji seems to share Sugiura’s obsession with bald people, and told Nagai to either grow hair down to his shoulders or get a wig if he wanted a title shot).
Nagai is not impressed by being called “a bald Octopus” and vowed to make Marufuji “regret the words you spewed”.
On the 4th October, Naomichi Marufuji & 50 Funky Powers clashed with The Hooligans, who were more interested in attacking Marufuji than they were Saito, and he took the brunt of things in the match. Afterwards, The Hooligans (Cody Hall and Maybach Taniguchi holding up the belts) stood over them and unfurled their Hooligans flag.
Marufuji has to now give them a title shot, (although he says he is only doing it to crush them), and the two teams will meet in Kobe on the 14th October, before that Naomichi Marufuji and Maybach Taniguchi will have a rare singles match on the 7th October, with Akitoshi Saito facing Cody Hall.
Daisuke Harada faced off against his nemesis, Kotaro Suzuki on the 29th September in a very tense match, which ended with Kotaro Suzuki with the win. He stood over the fallen Daisuke Harada and said that he was going to “shine up that rusty belt” (I think he may also have called him a “Class A War Criminal”, which seems a little extreme).
YO-HEY (watched by Kotaro Suzuki and Yoshinari Ogawa) faced Ikuto Hidaka for the semi-finals. YO-HEY seemed to have picked up a knock the knee during the match, (which Hidaka exploited), but he held on in there and refused to quit. The clock ticked away, near falls followed near falls, and then Hidaka locked in the Shinken Capture.
YO-HEY refused to quit.
The clock ran out and YO-HEY was awarded the win, which meant that he now had two jobs; to win Global Junior League and more importantly, to defend the honor of the Noah juniors against Kotaro Suzuki.
The showdown came on the 4th October, between the man who was not Noah born, but yet had the majority of the crowd behind him seeing him as representing Noah, and the man who is Noah born, but yet walked out of Noah, and therefore isn’t considered to be Noah anymore. The match was harsh with a lot of near falls which kept the crowd on the edge of their seats, but Kotaro Suzuki prevailed, and won Global Junior League 2018.
RATELS were at ringside and attended to YO-HEY, when he was rolled out of the ring, YO-HEY could be seen putting his palms together to bow and apologizing to Daisuke Harada.
After the match Kotaro Suzuki challenged Daisuke Harada. He later said he didn’t want the belt, but he had a plan for it, and he was bringing excitement to a division whose guys were bored and stuck in a rut.
All poor YO-HEY could say was “I’m sorry…I’m sorry”.
Junta Miyawaki is still without his first win, but the day is coming nearer, Noah are teasing a lot of near falls though.
Both Kouki Iwasaki (who faced Kenoh on the 4th October, and wants to do again) and Hiroshi Yamato (WRESTLE-1) say that they would like to further participate in Noah. Iwasaki says he wants to face Kenoh again and “knock him down”.
The wins of Takashi Sugiura and Kotaro Suzuki are the best outcomes for Noah.
The Junior division needs a proper heel, and while you could say they have Yoshinari Ogawa, Ogawa due to his age, status backstage in the company as the oldest active veteran (who is always referred to as “Mr. Ogawa” and treated with the highest respect), cannot enter a feud where his opponent runs him down, although he can go to toe to with the youngsters in the ring. Ogawa’s main role is as a teacher, and the rookies who come from the dojo, always pass through him; and Kotaro Suzuki therefore fulfills the role as someone who is a “things were better in my day” heel, allied in some way with Ogawa (whose mouthpiece and whipping boy he can be), and who doesn’t need to be treated with the same respect as Ogawa is. The fans accept Ogawa as “ratboy”, it is inconceivable that he would enter a feud with the normal back and forth banter.
As for Takashi Sugiura, most of the Super New Generation Army (barring Kaito Kiyomiya, who isn’t ready) have challenged him, as has Naomichi Marufuji. Global League resets this and now everyone battles for it, along with the new blood of The Hooligans and the two outside competitors. Takashi Sugiura has said that if he wins the league then he will chose his own challenger, and it will probably be someone from outside Noah.
Global League this year can be best summed up as “Global League 2018: Sugi’s Gonna Kill Ya”, but before that its on to Autumn Navigation.
Koji Kanemoto will appear for Noah on the 14th October 2018, he will team with Minoru Tanaka and Hi69 vs RATELS (YO-HEY, HAYATA and Tadasuke)
Global League participants and dates
As excited as people are about Global League 2018, there is some disappointment as fans did hope to see Jay Bradley or Masato Tanaka.
Tuesday, October 30th – Korakuen Hall (18.30) ~ FIRST NIGHT
Thursday, November 8th – Korakuen Hall (18.30)
Sunday, November 11th – Matsuyama City Community Centre (17.00)
Wednesday, November 14th – Takamatsu Symbol Tower Exhibition Hall, (18.30)
Friday, November 16th – World Pavilion, Osaka (19.00)
Saturday, November 17th – Edion Arena, Osaka (18.30)
Sunday, November 18th – Kyoto, KBS Hall (3pm)
Wednesday, November 21st – Aizuwakamatsu City Cultural Centre, Fukushima (18.30)
Thursday, November 22nd – Miyagi, Sendai (18.30)
Friday, November 23rd – Yokohama Radiant Halls, Kanegawa (17.30)
Sunday, November 25th – Korakuen Hall, Tokyo (18.00) ~ FINALS
Holy War Vol.3
Akira Taue was Toshiaki Kawada’s next guest for his “Talk Battle” at Holy War Vol.3 (Kawada says that Vol.4 will either be this year or next year, with the two youngest on Noah’s roster hoping that they will be on it again).
I think Kawada had hoped that Akira Taue would talk about his struggle of being Noah’s president, but I don’t think that Taue wanted to re-live the trauma by going through it again. For the record, Taue has only ever told tidbits about it, he’s never done a sit down interview about it. The role turned him into an old frail man overnight.
The “Talk Battle” was very funny and very moving; they talked about Mitsuharu Misawa and how Taue was the one who invited Kawada to Noah (not Misawa), Taue’s sumo days (which the fans wanted to hear more about), Taue called Kawada “a bullying mother in law” when he was being difficult and Kawada asked Taue to please stop smoking and cut down his drinking – Taue said he wasn’t doing either, and no doubt 99% of the roster stubbed their cigarettes out when they heard Kawada say that. They told some funny stories, like the time when All Japan took the dojo to the seaside for summer training and Taue (known for his aversion to training) turned up without running shoes and with sandals because to his mind, “sandals are for the beach”.
At the end of the event they played a medley of Jumbo Tsuruta’s, Mitsuharu Misawa’s and Kobashi’s theme music (they found the first two very emotional).
GHC BELT NEWS
- 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
Either the winner of Global League 2018 (or a challenger that Takashi Sugiura appoints should he win the league) will be determined on the 25th November
Daisuke Harada will defend the GHC Junior Heavyweight belt against Kotaro Suzuki on the 30th October
Naomichi Marufuji and Akitoshi Saito will defend the GHC Heavyweight Tag Titles against Cody Hall & Maybach Taniguchi in Kobe on the 14th October
The GHC Junior Tag Championship has not been challenged for yet, although the boys from Zero One (Ikuto Hidaka and Takuya Sugawara) have hinted that they may challenge.
- Takashi Sugiura seemed in a very good mood after the title match, joking about why someone would want to beat up an old man.
- Tadasuke made Yoshiki Inamura to do his entry with him. Inamura wasn’t quite confident enough to do the headbanging and air guitar part though (HAYATA is on record saying it is embarrassing)
- Atsushi Kotoge had dinner with “father and son” (Go Shiozaki and Kaito Kiyomiya)
- Mitsuya Nagai came through the heavy door at Yokohama Radiant Halls to make his entry, and it slammed shut on Maybach Taniguchi behind him.
- Katsuhiko Nakajima kicked Mohammed Yone’s afro, and laughed.
- KAZMA SAKAMOTO called Marufuji’s picture of Nagai, Hall and Maybach “A Masterpeice”.
- Daisuke Harada addressed the crowd on the 30th September and thanked them for coming out in spite of the inclement weather, HAYATA, who was in the ring with him, said “Same”. Considering Harada’s address to the crowd in this manner, and his promotional work on radio shows and for tours, it would not surprise me if one day he took over Go Shiozaki’s role as Head of the Noah Wrestlers Association.
- Naomichi Marufuji says that he is fighting Kenoh on many fronts (Kenoh said in his last column about Marufuji’s perceived political maneuvering, Marufuji said all he had done was fight to defend Noah)
- Minoru Tanaka says that as a child he was “good at playing building blocks”
- YO-HEY actually gave a coherent promo on October 1st, except when the wheels fell off at the end and he started talking about snowball fights
- Naomichi Marufuji has been appointed “Tourist Ambassador to Konosu City, Saitama” on a two year term
- Minoru Tanaka underwent emergency surgery due to a septic thumb
- Kikutaro got scruffed by referee Shu Nishanaga (KENTA had him thrown out of SEM once); speaking of Kikutaro he proclaimed himself “The Ace of SEM” (SEM was disbanded in 2015), and I don’t want to know why he was squeezing Atsushi Kotoge’s balls.
- SPECIAL 4 (Hi69, Minoru Tanaka, Yoshinari Ogawa and Seiya Morohashi) now come out to “Ultra Soul”
- Hajime Ohara has proposed a “Team Kawasaki” with Ikuto Hideki (and possibly Hiroshi Yamato)
- Mitsuya Nagai says that when Marufuji becomes bald he will put him in “The Bald Octopus Club”
- Noah are calling some of the Global League tag matches “Voyage for Global League”.
KING SHAMELESS’ CORNER
Takashi Sugiura abstained from drinking alcohol for a week before the title match in case of head injury and\or concussion, but after the match and subsequent examination at the hospital he was given the all clear, and he went out to dinner afterwards and drunk alcohol. Having had a day of having to behave himself pretty much, he told Tokyo Sports (who call him “King Shameless”), that he had a wet dream when he woke up the next morning. I don’t want to know any more.
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