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Mitchell’s Lucha Underground Results & Report! (10/10/18)

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Lucha Underground Season 4, “Spiders and Skeletons”

On the road to Ultima Lucha 4, Lucha Underground’s fiercest rivals team up to take on their future opponents. Can Fenix and Mil Muertes coexist for a night?

 

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Sacrifice to the Gods: Matanza Cueto VS Taya Mundo; Matanza wins by disqualification, no sacrifice is made.
  • Tornado Tag: Fenix & Mil Muertes VS El Dragon Azteca Jr. & The Mack; Fenix & Muertes win.
  • Famous B w/ The Beautiful Brenda VS Ricky Mundo w/ Rosa the doll; Ricky wins.
  • Reklusa w/ Marty “The Moth” Martinez VS Pentagon Dark; Pentagon wins.

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Taya Mundo returns to the Temple!

And she immediately calls out Antonio Cueto as a “piece of sh*t”, because she’s still pissed over what Matanza Cueto did to the Wedding of the Century. Matanza not only ruined the ceremony, but he battered and beat down the wedding party, the groom and the bride, and worst of all, body slammed Taya through the cake. Of course, there’s also the matter of Johnny Mundo being injured and then both Joey Wrestling and Jack Evans being sacrificed in the weeks after. Antonio walks out to see “The Bride is back.” She’s all better, huh? Healed up? She’s La Wera Loca, and she’s here to fight! She vents about The Monster God’s path of destruction, but tonight, she’ll be the one sacrificing him! Taya demands a match with Matanza, right now!

Fans want to see Taya take on the Monster, and Antonio admits Taya is a woman who knows what she wants. He likes that. But he also knows what he wants, and what he wants… is a SACRIFICE TO THE GODS!! It seems everyone is getting what they want, because here comes Matanza!

Sacrifice to the Gods: Matanza Cueto VS Taya Mundo!

The bell rings but Taya is ready as she rushes Matanza and tackles him to a corner! She hammers away in the corner but Matanza pushes her away. Matanza runs but misses in the corner, and Taya unloads with roundhouse kicks and more foraerms. She stomps a mudhole into the monster and the Believers are strongly behind her. She backs off to the far corner, to run back in with berserker knees! Taya is fired up, but Matanza isn’t fazed! He stands right up, she turns around and gets run over! Matanza stalks Taya then puts her in a corner, to throw her out by her braids! Antoni is amused but Taya boots Matanza back. She boots him again as the Believers rally. She hops up and leaps, but Matanza blocks the DDT with pure power. He lifts her up but she slips around to a sleeper hold!

Taya stays on Matanza like a backpack as she squeezes the air out of him. He shakes her off as she throws forearms, but Matanza is still not fazed. Taya slaps away and even kicks low real quick, then wants a stunner. Matanza denies with a shove but she comes back with a SUPERKICK! Taya gets the stunner! Matanza is down and the Believers fire up for Taya. She drags Matanza into position then climbs up top, for the moonsault! Cover, TWO!! The Monster God is tougher than that, and he runs her over with a boot! Matanza drags Taya up and whips her, into the powerslam lift, but wait! Johnny Mundo is here, and he SUPERKICKS Matanza!

Winner: Matanza Cueto, by disqualification

It’s the first time someone has interfered with a Sacrifice to the Gods match, but Mr. Slam Town wasn’t about to let his new bride be taken away from him. Mundo throws hands on Matanza, then hits the Shining Wizard. He goes back to throwing hands, and hits Moonlight Drive! But that’s not all, Fin Del Mundo on top! Johnny regroups with Taya as Matanza gets up quick. There is no sacrifice tonight, but will Matanza’s blood lust be satisfied soon enough? Or will he instead be taken to Slam Town?

 

Breaking news for Ultima Lucha Cuatro!

Johnny Mundo denied Matanza Cueto his sacrifice tonight, but is now on the chopping block himself! Can the Guru of Greatness defeat The Monster God in their own Sacrifice to the Gods match? Or will all of Slam Town be the next sacrificial lamb?

 

Tornado Tag: Fenix & Mil Muertes VS El Dragon Azteca Jr. & The Mack!

This epic saga of life, death and love in the Temple continues to unfold. The Femme Fatale, Catrina, used the love of the Man of 1000 Deaths as means to an end, because she truly loved the Man of 1000 Lives. Catrina got Muertes to lay Fenix to rest so that she could use the Firebird’s life force to restore hers. However, Melissa Santos could not let go of her love for the immortal luchador, and that caused her to ignore the Eagle Heir’s feelings for her. Aerostar could not give up his friend, either, and so the Man of Time and Space violated the laws of nature as he used Catrina’s dark powers to bring Fenix back. But now Fenix is something truly evil, and teams with his rival for the first time ever! Can Azteca and The Mack hope to survive before facing these supernatural forces at UL4?

Of course, in Tornado Tag matches, there are no tags, so all four men start with the bell. That is probably for the best, Fenix and Muertes already have tension between them so tagging would be complicated. But either way, they go right at their respective Ultima Lucha opponents and we have a pair of brawls! Fenix gets an edge on Azteca and Muertes headbutts Mack. Azteca still manages to throw Fenix out while Muertes throws Mack. Muertes and Azteca meet, and the younger Eagle throws hands. He runs but into a Choke Slam! Muertes drags Azteca up and headbutts him. Muertes whips but Azteca dodges to come back with a rolling facebuster! Then the leg drop! Cover, but Fenix breaks it with a mule kick!

Fenix drags Azteca up and whips him, but Azteca reverses. Fenix goes up, up and over, to then wrench and chop Azteca. He goes on the tight rope and jumps around to arm-drag Azteca out! The Believers fire up but The Mack comes in and intercepts Fenix. Things speed up and Mack headscissors Fenix! Mack runs in corner to corner but is put on the apron. Mack smacks Fenix away then climbs up top  to hit a flying arm-drag! He handsprings up and speeds things up, to hit a leg lariat on Fenix! But Muertes returns and confronts Mack. Muertes throws a haymaker but Mack responds, and we have another brawl! Mack gets the edge, runs but runs into a powerslam! Muertes runs to clothesline Mack out. Azteca runs in to huricanrana, but Muertes blocks it with power. Fenix returns and adds a SHORYUKEN and knees to the powerbomb!

Muertes and Fenix stare down, they still don’t get along. But they work together on Mack with kicks and haymakers. Fenix whips Mack to jump kick, then feeds Mack to Muertes’s TKO neckbreaker! The Believers like this double dark duo, but they still don’t really like each other. Muertes drags Azteca up into the electric chair, and Fenix climbs a corner. Fenix aims and leaps, but Azteca victory rolls just as Mack comes in, Fenix gets a stunner! Cover on Muertes, TWO, but Mack gives Muertes a stunner! Azteca runs and gets the alley-oop to missile dropkick both Fenix & Muertes, Mack gives them a DOUBLE STUNNER! Believers fire up for Azteca & Mack, but things keep moving.

Azteca slingshots but Muertes grabs his foot. Azteca mule kicks Muertes, then jumps the sweep to kick him again. Mack builds speed, but Fenix rolls in for cutter on him! Azteca springboards but Fenix gets under, only for Azteca to come back, tilt-o-whirl and fly for the DDTJ! Fenix rolls out, Azteca builds speed and FLIES onto Muertes! Believers are thunders but Fenix springboard swantons onto Azteca and Muertes! Mack stands up, builds speed, and he FLIES onto them all! Believers lose their minds but Muertes puts Azteca in the ring. Fenix climbs up fast, but his swanton misses. Azteca runs out but into a swing. Azteca lands out of it but Fenix heel kicks him! Fenix grabs the groggy Azteca but Azteca kicks back! Azteca runs and hits a BIG huricanrana! Cover, but Muertes punches it apart.

Meurtes drags Azteca up for a powerbomb, then flips him for a lariat! Cover, but Mack manages to slide in and kick it apart. Mack flips the dirty bird and boots Muertes. He runs but into a heavy right! Muertes scoops Mack for a snap saido suplex, covers, TWO! Muertes drags Mack up and he runs, but into a Samoan Drop! Mack kips up and moonsaults! Cover, but Fenix punts it apart! Fenix goes after Mack in the corner to whip him corner to corner. Fenix runs but Mack dodges, that tiger feint heel kick takes out a camera man! Mack punches Fenix and then climbs up top. Fenix follows and fights back. Fenix denies the sweep to springboard up for a SUPER STEINER! Cover, TWO!! Mack keeps his team alive and Fenix is furious.

Fenix drags Mack up on the apron but Mack rocks him with a right. Mack goes to buckle bump but Fenix blocks to then enziguri Mack. Fenix jump, jumps and double stomps Mack to the apron! Azteca slowly returns, but so does Muertes. Muertes runs but Azteca dodges, sending Muertes into the post. Azteca enziguris Muertes back, then springboards into a shoulder tackle! Muertes drags Azteca up while Fenix climbs. Fenix missile dropkicks Mack away, then Muertes SPEARS Mack. Fenix tackles Azteca to a corner, then puts him on the top rope. He chops Azteca and folds him up for the Muscle Buster. Muertes has Mack up, too, and together, this deadly undead duo drop their opponents w/ the Spinning Muscle Buster and Flat Liner!! Double cover, Fenix & Muertes win!

Winners: Fenix & Mil Muertes, by pinfall

They still don’t like each other, but the Believers know “That was Awesome!” Will both Fenix and Muertes keep their Ultima Lucha undefeated streaks against Azteca and The Mack? Or will Azteca win their 2 outta 3 falls while Mack kills death in their Death Match?

 

Famous B returns and is 100%!

Six weeks ago, he presided over the most beautiful wedding of all time. But both he and the Beautiful Brenda were brutalized by that Monster, Matanza. Famous B was helpless, and saw his life flash before his eyes. And in that moment, he knew he would never be that vulnerable again. He rehabbed his leg better than anyone ever and is back in fighting condition. Best of all, Famous B signed an “exclusive contract” with himself! He’s coming out of retirement to fight! But Ricky Mundo comes out to tell B to shut up. Fans boo Ricky but Ricky thinks he’s going to beat some sense into B. The Believers are on B’s side, and we have a match!

Famous B w/ The Beautiful Brenda VS Ricky Mundo w/ Rosa the doll!

Ricky takes a moment to set Rosa down in the corner, then sucker punches Famous B! He drags B up and bumps him off buckles. Fans boo and jeer as Ricky throws hands on B in the corner. Ricky chokes B with his tie then tosses him around by it! Brenda is panicking as Ricky keeps knocking B around. Ricky chokes B, and then wrenches the neck while hooking the face. But B powers up and gets to his feet. He elbows Ricky back and hits an enziguri! B stands up but Ricky runs him right over with a clothesline. Ricky drags B up for a very stiff neckbreaker. Cover, Ricky wins!

Winner: Ricky Mundo, by pinfall

The Believers boo the freaky Ricky, but Ricky takes the mic again. “I heard those cowards, Johnny Mundo and Taya, already left the building. That’s too bad, because I really wanted to say this to their face.” IT WAS RICKY, JOHNNY! It was Ricky all along! He released Matanza at the wedding, because for years he was treated like a nobody. But now Ricky is the somebody who ruined their perfect day. As long as Taya is in the picture, Johnny will never respect Ricky. Ricky officially challenges Taya. If anyone’s wondering what will happen at Ultima Lucha, just watch this. Ricky turns his attention to B and Brenda. He grabs Brenda and puts her in a crossface across Famous B! Fans boo and jeer but that won’t stop Ricky. Ricky finally lets Brenda go and goes back to Rosa. Will Ricky regret ever coming back to the Temple?

 

Reklusa w/ Marty “The Moth” Martinez VS Pentagon Dark!

Before the “Creepy Bastard” defends his Lucha Underground championship against the Breaker of Bones, his new and equally crazy girlfriend looks to soften the challenger up. Will the Black Widow be able to poison the man with no fear? Or will Pentagon make sure Marty loses his girlfriend before he loses his title?

But as Pentagon makes his entrance, Reklusa leaps on him from the corner! And she throws furious hands even as the bell rings. She puts him in the ring and stomps away. She throws more hands as the fans rally for Pentagon. Reklusa pushes Pentagon out to then bring him around the corner. She rakes her fingers into his eyes, then gives him a swift knee to the head. Reklusa picks Pentagon up to bowl him into chairs. He sits up and she runs in for a cannonball! But he catches that, into an apron powerbomb! Pentagon has control as fans chant “Cero Miedo!” Pentagon kicks Reklusa in the leg then puts her in the ring. He drags her up and puts her against the ropes. He hushes the crowd, so they can hear his CHOP!

Reklusa crawls to a corner, and Pentagon runs in. He intercepts her boot with a kick, then whips her corner to corner. She reverses but runs into his SUPERKICK! Pentagon tosses Reklusa out of the ring, then follows. He brings her up and around to bowl her through chairs now! Strike! Pentagon drags Reklusa back up and over, then kicks her leg again! She crawls but he stalks behind to kick her again. Reklusa rolls and writhes but Pentagon keeps on her with a framed poster! How’s that for an autograph? Pentagon brings Reklusa up again and SUPERKICKS her down. He then hurries up the bleachers to cheer with the fans. Pentagon puts Reklusa back in the ring, then takes aim from a corner to kick her leg again!

Pentagon has Reklusa in the corner and whips her corner to corner. He runs into her boot and she hops up. He catches her on the shoulders but she spins for the huricanrana. Pentagon rolls out and she dropkicks him further down. Reklusa climbs up top and leaps for a FLYING huricanrana! Believers respect Reklusa’s ability as she runs into the ring to run out and DIVE for a tornado DDT! Reklusa takes off the wristbands and puts Pentagon back in. Cover, TWO! Reklusa keeps her cool, but maybe because she’s too crazy to be frustrated. Pentagon runs and slingblades her down! He then aims, and hits another SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Reklusa’s tougher than that, but Pentagon keeps his cool.

Believers rally up as Pentagon drags Reklusa back up. He whips her to a corner but she drop toeholds him into buckles. She runs and tilt-o-whirls around and around for a DDT! Both of them are down but the Believers love it. Reklusa covers, TWO! She kicks Pentagon again and again, then mocks the Cero Miedo with double dirty birds. She runs, but into a half nelson and pumphandle, driver! Cover, TWO!? Reklusa survives again?! Believers lose their minds but Pentagon keeps his focus. He puts her in the package, lifts but she slips out to shove him. She boots him, then hurries to a corner. Reklusa aims but Pentagon swing kicks her off the top! Pentagon goes to the apron to join her, brings her up and wants the package! He hits the package piledriver on the apron!

Believers lose their minds again as Pentagon puts Reklusa in. Cover, TWO!? The previous time was crazy, but this is just insane! Pentagon is shocked and argues with the ref, but Reklusa kicks dangerously low. She hits a Canadian Destroyer! Cover, TWO!! Now Reklusa can’t believe it. She again mocks Cero Miedo, but fans know “This is Awesome!” Pentagon hits a backstabber, then gives a proper Cero Miedo, before hitting a running Package Driver! Cover, Pentagon wins!

Winner: Pentagon Dark, by pinfall

The Black Widow crossed with Brown Recluse has been defeated, but that’s not enough for Pentagon. He turns her over, puts her in the Dark Armbar, and… He shows mercy? Pentagon brings something out from underneath the ring. It’s a bag! Not just any bag, that’s Vampiro’s bag of thumbtacks! Pentagon pours them all out, and then brings Reklusa up. But Marty runs in with a bat wrapped in barbed wire! And he SMACKS Pentagon in it! Reklusa is saved, but Marty then jabs the bat right in Pentagon’s face!! The Believers duel as Marty continues to beat Pentagon down. Marty’s own hand bleeds but that only makes him more determined. He grinds the wires into Pentagon’s mask and face to tear both fabric and flesh!

But Reklusa has an idea and goes looking. She brings out a big can of gasoline?! She brings it over and Marty presents a lighter! Reklusa pours the gasoline all over Pentagon, and then Marty jabs the bat into Pentagon’s face again. The fans call them “You Sick F*cks!” but that only encourages them. Marty ignites the lighter, but blows it out. He could’ve easily burned the Breaker of Bones tonight, but wants to save the best for last at Ultima Lucha Cuatro. In a match with no fear and no rules, will Pentagon be able to reclaim his gold? Or will Marty make sure the end of the season is also the end of Cero Miedo?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A pretty wild episode of Lucha Underground. Great to see Taya and Johnny Mundo back in the Temple, and it was done pretty well. Taya looked great against Matanaz, but obviously she was going to lose if Johnny didn’t attack. Johnny VS Matanza is going to be a great match with that Sacrifice stipulation. I’m assuming Mundo wins to be the first person to end that streak, but it’s going to take a superhuman effort to do it. Then Ricky “Mundo” Mantel wants to have a match with Taya. There’s a chance Ricky wins that, but not without Rosa somehow showing she’s more than just a creepy looking doll. In fact, Ricky really could go from jobber to top Heel with just this match. Technically Marty would be top Heel because he’s also champion, but some fans like Marty. It didn’t sound like anyone likes Ricky.

The tornado tag team match was great, it had all the story and great spots expected from those four. And it makes sense for Fenix & Muertes to win, they’ve both been really strong through their entire Lucha Underground careers. It also ups the underdog factors for Azteca and The Mack. Azteca has to defeat Fenix twice when beating him once is hard enough, and The Mack is in a match with no rules against Muertes, one of the biggest and strongest men in the Temple. There’s a way both Azteca and Mack could win, but I feel like only one will. Pentagon VS Reklusa was great, and it really establishes her strongly in the ranks. Vampiro and Pentagon went to extremes in their Cero Miedo match back in Season 1, I’m thinking that will look tame compared to this year.

My Score: 8.6/10

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The Chairshot Match Of The Year Final Match Pool

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How did the last week of voting pan out for Second Chance and November? Only one way to find out. Take a look at our 12 MOTY matches and let’s see where Andrew’s 5 votes are going.






Last week was our final vote to round out the 12 matches in the Match of the Year pool.  Since we love Top 5s here, the idea will be for everyone to whittle the 12, down to their 5 favorite, and then we get our final 5 to vote on.

Let’s see what matches we have in our MOTY Pool:

  • January – NXT Takeover Philly NXT Championship: Johnny Gargano vs Andrade Almas(c)
  • February – New Beginning in Osaka IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Kazuchika Okada(c) vs SANADA
  • March – NJPW Strong Style Evolved: Golden Lovers vs Young Bucks
  • April – NXT Takeover NOLA NXT Championship: Andrade Almas(c) vs Aleister Black
  • May – WWE Backlash Intercontinental Championship: Seth Rollins(c) vs The Miz
  • June – NJPW Dominion IWGP Heavyweight Championship 2 out of 3 Falls: Kazuchika Okada(c) vs Kenny Omega
  • July – G1 Climax 28: Hirooki Goto vs Tomohiro Ishii
  • August – G1 Climax 28 Finals: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Kota Ibushi
  • September – All In NWA Championship Match: Cody vs Nick Aldis(c)
  • October – Evolution SmackDown Women’s Title Last Woman Standing Match: Becky Lynch(c) vs Charlotte
  • November – NXT Takeover WarGames II NXT Championship Match: Velveteen Dream vs Tommaso Ciampa (c)
  • December/Second Chance – Impact Wrestling Redemption World Championship Triple Threat: Fenix vs Austin Aries (c) vs Pentagon Jr

Now as you can see, the overall list has some decent balance. Five from New Japan and WWE, along with 2 outlier matches. So it’s not heavily tipped one way or the other.

For the rest of this article I’ll just list out my 5 picks from this list, and then we can get to everyone’s votes.

 

5. NXT Takeover WarGames II NXT Championship: Tommaso Ciampa (c) vs Velveteen Dream

This makes my Top 5 from our MOTY pool because this was just a good combination of all things wrestling. Solid wrestling, homages, callbacks, high suspense moments, big crowd reactions…just everything. Sure it might not have been a work rate master piece, but there’s more to wrestling than work rate.

 

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

This was almost a given since it already won Tokyo Sports Best Bout, which marks the fifth year in a row Okada was involved in the Best Bout, and the first time since Kenta Kobashi and Mitsuharu Misawa that the same pairing won back to back. Though it wasn’t the best of their four matches in my opinion, you can’t overlook the storyline ramifications.

We saw this match finish off the ascent of Kenny Omega, as well as, send Kazuchika Okada into some goofy balloon loving spiral. Love or hate the Elite, this story had a lot of attention and was told pretty damn well.

 

3. All In NWA Championship: Cody vs Nick Aldis (c)

In a similar vein to the Okada/Omega match, this had a lot of story significance. Cody challenging for all of the World Championships he could was one, him trying to be the first second generation wrestler to capture the NWA Championship was another and of course, the emotions tied with Dusty was the one most of us cared about.

As I said when I reviewed All In, this match was a love letter to his father. Yes it was a very old school southern style match. Obvious blade jobs, a goofy possible knock out for the DDP pop, Brandi putting herself in the way of a move to protect her husband, this was all love. It was a match I think most old school fans would enjoy, and unless you really need flips or work rate, this match evoked some emotion out of most watchers.

This is wrestling.

 

2. NXT Takeover Philly NXT Championship: Johnny Gargano vs Andrade Almas (c)

An early contender that still holds up nicely. This was the first match since Sami Zayn vs Shinsuke Nakamura to really just blow me away. They both turned it up, the double knees into the post looked brutal and the whole thing was a great culmination of Andrade’s character.

It was after this match, most of us were sold that he figured it out and would be huge. Now we just have to hope Vince sees it too.

 

1. G1 Climax 28 Finals: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Kota Ibushi

It’s not often we get a match where one of the competitors considers the other one God. Ibushi and Tanahashi have immense respect for each other, and they also have an undeniable chemistry. Ibushi gets a lot labels as a “flippy shit” wrestler, but he sells wonderfully and knows how to tell a story in the ring.

On top of Ibushi’s athletic prowess and overall wrestling ability, we couple that with Tanahashi’s masterful pacing and his own artistic way of building a match…this was just poetry in motion. It definitely helps this is my personal number 1 match all year, so of course I was ecstatic that it made The Chairshot MOTY pool. Beautiful match.

 

Thoughts:

If you didn’t partake much in the match votes leading up to this pool, now’s you’re chance to make your voice heard. Vote for your Top 5, and then we can have the final vote starting next week, for our second Chairshot MOTY. Our first ever vote went to, NJPW Dominion IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Kenny Omega vs Kazuchika Okada (c).

Will New Japan end up winning this year also?






What are your Top 5 out of these 12? Let us know on social media @theCHAIRSHOTcom and always remember to use the hashtag #UseYourHead!

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(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.14 ~ 14TH DECEMBER 2018

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The endless well of NOAH knowledge, Hisame, bring us updates and news leading up to NOAH’s final show of the year, Great Voyage in Yokohama Vol.2.

 

NEWS

TOKYO SPORTS PURORESU AWARDS 2018
Tokyo Sports announced their nominations for their annual end of year awards. NOAH have not been included since 2016 when Katsuhiko Nakajima won “The Fighting Spirit Award” and Naomichi Marufuji won “Best Bout”.

Although Takashi Sugiura was a runner up nominee in “Outstanding Performance”, this went to Naomichi Marufuji (who has won “Best Bout” in 2006, 2008 and 2016, “Outstanding Performance” in 2006, “Best Tag Team” (with KENTA) in 2003, and “Newcomer Award” in 1999). 

Kaito Kiyomiya has won his first award for “Fighting Spirit”.

Kaito Kiyomiya, being Kiyomiya, at first couldn’t believe it. He thought he had either been nominated for “Best Newcomer”, despite having debuted three years ago, or that someone was joking.

YO-HEY IN IPW
IPW have announced that YO-HEY is the second NOAH wrestler to compete in their Junior Heavyweight Championship Tournament on Tuesday 15th January 2019 in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom.
Tickets can be bought here

YO-HEY said when RATELS were due to come over in 2018 that he was excited as this would be his first time in England, and he wanted to meet Mr. Bean.

Yes. I guess a man described as a “childish buffoon who brings various unusual schemes and contrivances to everyday tasks” would get on very well with YO-HEY.

Expect another two NOAH names to (hopefully) be announced.

POWER HALL 2018
NOAH wrestlers have been announced for “Power Hall Year End Special” on December 28th.

Masa Kitamiya and Kaito Kiyomiya will be in “Timeless Masterpeice” (main event) teaming with Riki Chosu & Tatsumi Fujinami (Kitamiya) and NOSAWA and Kasai (Kiyomiya)

Katsuhiko Nakajima will be in a four man tag and renew his rivalry with Takuya Nomura in “Ultimate Collision”

Heisei Ishingun will reunite (Akitoshi Saito and AKIRA)

HAKATA STALENE CLOSED FOR REPAIRS
Hakata Stalene has been closed for renovation until March 2019. There is some concern that when it reopens it will not be used for puro, which will be not only disaster for the local residents, but promotions who come to the area too.

YO-HEY & HAYATA OUTSIDE PARTICIPATION
YO-HEY & HAYATA will be appearing in Kushinbo Kamen’s New Year Produce on the 28th December, and they recorded this video message.
Question: how can someone covering their face by a hood, STILL look SO PHOTOGENIC?

 

CURRENT TOUR RECAP
NOAH wrapped up a short (compared to the frenetic pace of last year) “Winter Navigation 2018”. Sadly due to the snowy weather rolling into the provinces (and I think as one fan said, not having a streaming service which severely impacts as people don’t sometimes know what is going on), attendances have not been good with only one night in five being sold out.

Go Shiozaki and Katsuhiko Nakajima announced that they have split from “The Super New Generation Army” and stand as a team called “The Mid Generation” as they both debuted in 2004; so despite being part of the “Golden Era”, they stand now in the era between the vets and the younger heavyweights. This makes more sense for both of them, Shiozaki in particular who was in a grey area being too old for the younger heavyweights and too young for the veterans.

I think this was probably always NOAH’s intention to have them break away from the others at some point, especially now Kiyomiya is not so dependent on Shiozaki and needs less input. The GHC Heavyweight tag championships that Shiozaki has held recently have been for him to get other people (Kotoge & Kiyomiya) over in the heavyweight division, so this is one is for him to enjoy with a partner who certainly needs no favors.

Although the two are far too green to be involved in any storylines (as much as NOAH has them) or heated feuds, Kinya Okada and Yoshiki Inamura are slowly building into a feud, with Inamura refusing to shake hands with Okada the second time he lost to him and leaving the ring. Looking at the size of them, these two are going to be ultra heavyweights one day. 

Due to injury, Chinese athlete, Chang Yufeng, has been pulled from the NOAH cards and is working ringside duties. This means that Lin Dong-Xuan has had his first singles matches and faced Tadasuke on the 9th in the resulting card shake-up.

None of the champions or their challengers have managed to directly get the win over each other in any of the pre-matches.

Yuji Hino made a definite impact (a Kotoge shaped impact) when Shiozaki and Nakajima clashed with himself and Taniguchi in their one and only pre-match by giving him “The Fucking Bomb”. Hino (whom Nakajima has called The Hooligans “pet pig”) has not been in NOAH due to his schedule since the 9th December. Nakajima says he will “silence his noisy oinking” at “Great Voyage in Yokohama Vol.2”

Hino then went on to insult most of The Hooligans (aside from KAZMA SAKAMOTO and Mitsuya Nagai). He’s probably not going to take well to being called names either.

Kotaro Suzuki said something to the effect that Daisuke Harada walked in and took the seat he had left empty. Harada said this untrue as he came here from Osaka Pro, and that no one wants his damn seat anyway, they all have their own. Harada said he cannot afford to lose in Yokohama, after all, much more is on the line than just the belt.
Suzuki’s last comment before the title match is that people should cheer for Harada (who he called “truly my puppet”) because he was going to crush him and take everything from him.

Hajime Ohara hinted that there is a mini generational war going on among the juniors with Minoru Tanaka and Hi69 having the tag belts, and Kotaro Suzuki having the GHC Junior. There was tension between The Backbreakers and the GHC Junior Tag Champions at the match signing with Kumano and Tanaka squaring up. 

Minoru Tanaka likened the title match in Yokohama to be like a barbecue with butter falling into the fire, and told Hajime Ohara on the last night that he was the “burnt scum” of it when Ohara sarcastically told him to enjoy the taste of his barbecue.

Takashi Sugiura and Kaito Kiyomiya continued to stalemate, with Sugiura telling Kiyomiya that he had better bring his energy to Yokohama. In a post match promo on the 12th he said that he was going to “win a way that he cannot stand up” either by knockout, pin or referee stop.

GHC BELT NEWS

  • GHC Heavyweight Champion: Takashi Sugiura
  • GHC Junior Champion: Kotaro Suzuki
  • GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: Go Shiozaki & Katsuhiko Nakajima
  • GHC Junior Tag Champions: Minoru Tanaka & Hi69

All titles will be challenged for on the 16th December at “Great Voyage in Yokohama Vol.2”

Kaito Kiyomiya will challenge for the GHC Heavyweight
Daisuke Harada will challenge for the GHC Junior
Yuji Hino & Maybach Taniguchi will challenge for the GHC Heavyweight Tag
The Backbreakers (Hajime Ohara & Hitoshi Kumano) will challenge for the GHC Junior Tag

TOUR TIDBITS
~ President Uchida told Katsuhiko Nakajima that “I don’t kick people, and laugh” when discussing teams for Masao Inoue’s bowling tournament
~ Atsushi Kotoge got his cape back that Yoshinari Ogawa threw into the audience at Korakuen Hall
~ YO-HEY had planned to go buffo to use the dojo tanning machine, but unsurprisingly, December is too cold and the dojo doesn’t have much in the way of either heating or air-con, and he apologized for the inconvenience of his not getting naked. Please let that be the end of his story.
~ Atsushi Kotoge started waving The Hooligans flag around (they had left it behind), his cloak also broke and Kumano took a secret picture of him fixing it.
~ Naomichi Marufuji has been able to start very light training. Makoto Hashi (old dojo friend from the AJPW days) has been helping him with physiotherapy (he trained as one when he retired from NOAH), and they talked of old times during the rehabilitation sessions.
~ Everyone in NOAH has a nickname, Kinya Okada’s is apparently “Oka-chan”
~ Atsushi Kotoge was scolded for timekeeping by Go Shiozaki and then Takashi Sugiura for taking too long rushing around the hall
~ This was apparently Tadasuke’s first time in a NOAH  ring against Takashi Sugiura (he showed “amazing power” when he lariated Sugiura according to a fan)
~ Kinya Okada gave a post match interview for his debut, he says he admires everyone, but he has no hero. He wants to be his own wrestler.
~ Hitoshi Kumano has picked up a nasty looking black eye during the last three days of “Winter Navigation 2018”.
~ The top of Kinya Okada’s head and hair vanished on the entry screen into the blue background due to a glitch, making him look like one of the “Coneheads”.
~ Kaito Kiyomiya celebrated his third anniversary in wrestling on the 9th December
~ Masao Inoue told Quiet Storm not to chop him as “it hurts as its cold”.
~ Kaito Kiyomiya really likes tomatoes (says he will be the only person eating them at a buffet, his fridge is full of them, ate them at an interview instead of an apple).
~ Hi69 celebrated his 37th birthday on the 12th December.
~ Katsuhiko Nakajima has had a new t-shirt released…

KING SHAMELESS CORNER
He’s been good this week. Expect that to change after he’s had to behave himself at Yokohama.

BROADCASTS
The event on the 7th December, will be broadcast on the 15th December
The event on the 16th December, will be broadcast on the 22nd December

BOOK CORNER

English translation of Naomichi Marufuji’s biography “Heir to The Ark
(Chapters 1 and 2 are complete, 3 is currently ongoing)

Review of “Anything is possible ~ The Eddie Edwards Story

LINKS
“I have been with Noah for eighteen years, I have worn the belt and carried Noah” ~ mini interview with Takashi Sugiura. 
“I will change the scene with the win on the 16th December” ~ interview with Kaito Kiyomiya 
“I will not be beaten” ~ Kaito Kiyomiya pledges generation change by taking the GHC 
“Come At Me You Bastards” ~ Kenoh’s column (December 2018) 

Image credit ~ NOAH GHC

 

With Yokohama being the last big event; how will the landscape shake up? Let us know on social media @theCHAIRSHOTcom and always remember to use the hashtag #UseYourHead!

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