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NOAHFul Gift
NOAHFul Gift is a time when all story-lines and feuds are put aside, and NOAH come together to have fun on their last event of 2018. This year’s event will feature the usual flea market, where the wrestlers personally sell their old ring wear (last year Kenoh put one of his red sparkly robes up for sale at a mammoth price), a few comedy matches via lottery (RATELS went one on one and left Harada hanging over the turnbuckle last year) and of course the traditional costumed battle royale will return. Kaito Kiyomiya did not participate last year, but apparently he’s been out shopping for his this year, and Cody Hall has been asking about what he should come as via Twitter poll.

Due to injury, Naomichi Marufuji will not be competing, although he will be at the flea market. He and HAYATA will be posing for photographs with fans.

“The Christmas Gift Bag” will also be on sale containing the Noah 2019 calendar, three t-shirts and other goodies.

Kaito Kiyomiya’s Car Crash
Last year when he was on exertion in Canada, Kaito Kiyomiya was travelling with other wrestlers from an event to another one, their schedule was harsh and they had all fallen asleep in the back of the car. The driver, also exhausted, fell asleep behind the wheel.

Kiyomia says he woke up to screaming car brakes and the car spinning, and he yelled out “Shit”, he then had a random thought that “Oh, I need to learn English better, because I do not wish to die like this!”

Fortunately, the car came to rest in some bushes.

After this Kiyomiya decided that he would live life to the fullest and not be afraid of anything.

Waruhiko – Katsuhiko Nakajima

(“Waru” in Japanese means “evil”, and “Waruhiko” is sometimes a nickname fans give him, although in NOAH , and among fans, he is known as “Kat-chan” (pretty much everyone has a nickname)

NOAH finished off their final show of 2018 at “Great Voyage in Yokohama Vol.2” all belts were on the line, and all belts changed, there were some goodbyes too as well as some alliances being formed.

Inamura and Okada tagged against Mizuki Watase & Lin Dong-Xuan. Inamura said was to be a little more confident than Okada. Wataste was drafted in due to Chang Yu-Feng suffering an injury.

Junta Miyawaki has still to get his first win (there is only one event left of the year, hopefully he can get it then), he also debuted a new move.

Kenoh and Kota Umeda got into a kick war which left the audience wanting to see more , Kazusada Higuchi and Masa Kitamiya collided with each other.

Doug Williams faced Yoshinari Ogawa for (what will most likely be) his final match in NOAH after announcing his retirement in October 2018. He hasn’t been in or part of NOAH since March 2009. Those in the audience who can remember the days when NOAH was young, were nostalgic for this match, as it was reminiscent of NOAH in “The Golden Era” in The Budokan. This was the highlight of the first half of the show, but while the match was good, it seemed to take a lot out of them both, especially Ogawa.
When Williams was asked for a comment afterwards, he said that Ogawa attacked his knee, knowing he had been suffering with problems, and this was “Classic Ogawa”.

The Backbreakers (with Hitoshi Kumano sporting a nasty black eye, which his opponents targeted) took the GHC Junior Heavyweight tag belts from Hi69 & Minoru Tanaka. This is the first time Hitoshi Kumano has had a belt in NOAH, but the second time Hajime Ohara has held the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag (he held it with Kenoh previously, before Kenoh started shrieking that he was going into the heavyweight division).

After the match, they were challenged by Seiya Morohashi. Morohashi had originally been bypassed in his challenge for the titles as he did not have a partner, but today he had found one; young Junta Miyawaki, whom he had teamed with in Global Junior Tag League. Ohara said they have no track record to make a challenge, but he wasn’t going to dismiss their challenge outright, he would do an “evaluation match first”. Miyawaki said he would do whatever it takes.

Daisuke Harada took the GHC Junior back from Kotaro Suzuki in a hard fought match, he was fighting for both the belt, the honor of the NOAH juniors (whom Suzuki had derided as “weak”, even the freelancers), and to keep RATELS together.

He got back the belt with the Katayama German Suplex, and while RATELS let out a sigh of relief that they would live to drink in Osaka\Tokyo until the early hours of the morning again…YO-HEY turned on Harada and joined with Yoshinari Ogawa and Kotaro Suzuki. He declared a challenge for the GHC Junior Heavyweight, which will take place on January 26th in Osaka (Osaka is kind of the traditional place that RATELS usually have their title matches in). Prior to that, Harada will also take on Yoshinari Ogawa in a singles match on the 20th January, which should be interesting as both Ogawa and Harada are very skilled technical wrestlers (and in Ogawa’s case even the twenty year veteran, Naomichi Marufuji, STILL comes to him for advice on technique).

HAYATA will also face YO-HEY on one on the 20th January at Hakata Stalene.


After the match, Daisuke Harada (weapon in hand), tried to find YO-HEY backstage, but was subdued by HAYATA and Tadasuke. YO-HEY gave a somewhat somber interview, but although he said he wasn’t going to play the fool anymore, and was going to show Harada a more serious YO-HEY, he still referred to himself in the third person.

Katsuhiko Nakajima and Go Shiozaki faced Maybach Taniguchi and Yuji Hino to defend the GHC Heavyweight Tag championship against them. Shiozaki got hit in the face with the belt, and bled everywhere, his face was caked in it and when he was chopped, the mist from his mouth was red (a little girl in the crowd when he fell down near her outside the ring, was quite upset by it).

The Hooligans hit their opponents with any weapons they could find, Nagai yelled commands, and Cody Hall even used the electronic equipment in front of President Uchida, and handed it to his comrades.

However, “The Mid Generation” weren’t without allies…even if he was a lunatic in a cape, who came speeding towards the ring at top speed, and like Poochy from “The Simpsons” got taken care of very quickly.

The referee was down, Taniguchi got his Sasumara pole out, and Cody Hall got into the ring to assist… then Yuji Hino picked up Go Shiozaki, who is 6ft and weighs 253 pounds, and slammed him as if he were a ragdoll. The Hooligans then took their first belts.

Due to the nature of how the belts were lost, “The Mid Generation” have been granted a rematch on the 1st January at NOAH’s first show of 2019.

After the match, 50 Funky Powers came to the ring, Hino was once again sarcastic saying “Quiet Storm, my old friend…” and then saying something along the lines of, “you should have kept in touch”. Later Nagai called him “child sized”

Takashi Sugiura defended the GHC Heavyweight Championship against young twenty-two year old Kaito Kiyomiya whom he had dismissed as being of no consequence (and whom Kenoh would take care of for him). Kiyomiya wouldn’t stay down, despite the fact that Sugiura had vowed to knock him down, but in the end the boy made history and became the youngest ever GHC Heavyweight Champion in GHC History.

On Kiyomiya winning the GHC Heavyweight championship, Kenoh (scowling as ever), came to the ring and in a reverse of last year, challenged him for the belt. To Kenoh this match had been entirely unimpressive and challenged him for the belt. Kiyomiya (polite as ever) said that he wasn’t the same person as he was in January 2018, and this match was going to be very different from the last time.

The title challenge will be held on the 6th January 2019 at Korakuen Hall.

Kaito Kiyomiya has broken five Noah\GHC records
~ Youngest GHC Heavyweight Champion (beaten Naomichi Marufuji’s record, he was 25)
~ Youngest GHC Heavyweight tag champion
~ Youngest person to win Global Junior League & Global Tag League
~ Shortest time from debut to win a title (he has broken Go Shiozaki’s record of four years)

Please click this link for full event report

You can read a chronological recap of the ups and the downs of Pro-Wrestling Noah’s 2018 here


  • GHC Heavyweight Champion: Kaito Kiyomiya
  • GHC Junior Champion: Daisuke Harada 
  • GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: Yuji Hino & Maybach Taniguchi (“The Hooligans”)
  • GHC Junior Tag Champions: Hitoshi Kumano & Hajime Ohara (“The Backbreakers”)

    ~ Noah have an ex trainee working as ring crew. He had to quit training due to injury.
    ~ Minoru Tanaka will celebrate 25 years in wrestling in 2019
    ~ Katsuhiko Nakajima has a new sinister t-shirt out 
    ~ Since turning on RATELS, YO-HEY has removed them from his social media
    ~ Toshiaki Kawada’s “Holy War Vol.4” will be back in February 2019 
    ~ YO-HEY has celebrated ten years in wrestling on the 22nd December
     ~ Junta Miyawaki is appearing in YOUNGDOMS
    ~ Cody Hall has a black and white t-shirt design, which can be found through Pro Wrestling Tees
    ~ MUSCLE GRILL held their Christmas Party with Hi69 and Naomichi Marufuji in attendance, Hi69 did karaoke, while Marufuji accompanied him on some kind of tambourine. Over at Yoneya, Daisuke Harada who was acting as one day manager as Marufuji couldn’t physically (it involves a lot of standing up and walking around), dressed as Santa and poured beer for people (naturally, he did it perfectly)
    This is going to be awkward…. 

He’s been good, but expect him to try and shock Tokyo Sports before the year is out.

Samurai TV will broadcast the first night of “Navigation For The Future 2019” LIVE on the 6th January. 


The translation into English of “Heir to The Ark” (Naomichi Marufuji’s biography), has reached Chapter 3 “Departure: The decision to board The Ark and being crowned GHC Junior”. Chapters 1, 2 and 3 are now complete. I have also bought Noah’s photobook, “PHOTO THE LIVE”


Doug Williams post match promo
Noah from The Vault: KENTA shares a memory of Ryu Nakata
“Birth of the youngest champion in the history of the GHC Heavyweight – interview with Kaito Kiyomiya
GHC Heavyweight Champion, 22 year old Kaito Kiyomiya is the youngest in history, “I will defend the belt for one year”
Marufuji surpassed! Kiyomiya is the youngest GHC Champion in history at 22 years old
Kaito Kiyomiya is the youngest GHC Champion at 22 years old, Marufuji’s record beaten by four years! Noah’s “New Face” declared

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Andrew’s AJPW Champion Carnival Results & Match Ratings: 4.11.2021

Day 3 of the Champion Carnival had video on demand issues, so it wasn’t uploaded until the 12th. Hopefully Day 3 continues the positive momentum the first two days have already created!



Day 3 of the Champion Carnival had video on demand issues, so it wasn’t uploaded until the 12th. Hopefully Day 3 continues the positive momentum the first two days have already created!

Hard to say I wasn’t a little annoyed the VOD took so long to post, but better late than never; especially when the next event isn’t until the 17th.

Anyway though! Zeus looks to topple the current Triple Crown champion and continue his undefeated Carnival streak and Ashino has to do something to get off the bubble; but Kento is a big ask. We could be looking at a quick favorite to win as well as the walking dead.

Let’s hope nothing too drastic happens! Check it out!

Match Ratings:

  • Jake Lee vs Koji Doi: Jake wins via D4C @8:10 – **
  • Shuji Ishikawa vs Yuma Aoyagi: Ishikawa wins via Single Leg Cradle @11:13 – ***
  • Kento Miyahara vs Shotaro Ashino: Ashino wins via Grapevine Ankle Lock @12:11 – *** ½
  • Zeus vs Suwama: Zeus wins via Jackhammer @19:52 – *** ¾



Jake Lee vs Koji Doi

Total Eclipse inner faction fighting! Since Jake is the leader, he starts off in typical heel leader fashion telling Koji to lie down and eat the pin. Koji lies down; Jake drapes himself in a cocky cover, so Koji goes for the crucifix at the 2 count. Jake snaps up and he looks shocked that Koji went against an order, but then we get to a match.

Koji does a solid job keeping Jake off balance with power attacks, Shoulder Tackles and an interesting Football Tackle with the lift and slam. Jake eats a decent amount of offense, including a few short arm Lariats, before he starts stabilizing with Knee Lifts and Yakuza Kicks.

Lucky for Jake, even though Koji countered the D4C once, after Giant Killing, Koji wasn’t countering anything. Jake hits D4C and gets his second win of the tournament! Not a flashy match honestly felt a little silly at points with how quiet and echoed the arena made the match feel. Hopefully the setting doesn’t continue to plague the atmosphere of the matches.

Shuji Ishikawa vs Yuma Aoyagi

Now this was decent, though the hollow quiet atmosphere of venue is really detracting from the matches. Yuma was trying to find openings, but Shuji continued to run him over and abuse him with power early. And it was during these slower spots, the deafening silence of the venue made for weird watching.

Even though Shuji hit a Scoop Slam into the corner of the arpon, multiple Tsunamis and a flashing Scoop Fire/Thunder Driver, Yuma stayed resilient. Yuma nearly made the bigger man tap in End Game, but Shuji was able to find the ropes. Yuma hits an O’Connor Roll into the Japanese Leg Clutch, Shuji manages to get out of that, goes for a Tsunami, Yuma slides and tries to scoop Shuji for a Roll-Up, but at two Shuji manages to reverse the Roll-Up, grab a single leg and keep Yuma down for a three count!

Even though I have yet to be convinced by Yuma, the fact he got a finish that still made him look strong while putting up a good fight against a decorated opponent like Ishikawa; that says a lot about his potential rise on the card.

Kento Miyahara vs Shotaro Ashino

Ashino is in the unenviable position of last place after two days. With a 0-2 record, he really REALLY needs this…and he of course has Kento as his roadblock. They’ve traded wins in the past, and come off as rivals who don’t really like one another.

The match starts quick with Ashino shooting the half, grabbing a leg and searching for the Ankle Lock early. Kento fights out, but Kento is surprised and Ashino stays on him. Ashino pulls Kento to the ring post and wraps Kento’s left leg against the post a few times. Kento fires and Snake Eyes lands Ashino into the corner of the apron.  This gives Kento plenty of time to walk off the early ankle damage and play into his cocky arrogance, all while messing with the referee and his opponent.

Whenever Ashino managed to get back in the ring, he was greeted by Blackouts to the front and back of his head. It wasn’t really until Kento went for the Shutdown Suplex, that Ashino hit a second wind. Both men trade German Suplexes, Ashino continues with a Deadlift Overhead suplex and he starts building momentum back.

He teases a German from the apron to the floor, but Kento blocks, fights off and Piledrives Ashino instead. Kento fires off Blackouts as Ashino once again barely beats the count out, but after landing his ninth Blackout of the fight, Ashino grabs the left leg, rolls through and goes for the Ankle Lock. Kento tries to fight off, but Ashino refuses to let go, readjusting, rolling through, pulling Kento back into the center away from the ropes; eventually dropping down into the Grapevine. Kento has no other option but to submit!

Ashino finally gets on the board, and Kento joins him in the 1-2 portion of the standings! I wonder how much the ankle will play into the rest of Kento’s carnival.

Zeus vs Suwama

Last year during Zeus’ carnival winning run, he had a match with Suwama which resulted in Suwama sustaining an arm injury. Thanks to this knowledge, and the sting of a failed challenge when Suwama recovered, Zeus came out attacking the arm and trying to replicate some of his success from last year.

The beauty in Zeus’ arm attacks, is not only were the Key Lock and Arm Bars effective to play on the old injury, they also inhibited Suwama from executing the Last Ride Powerbomb. Zeus’ attack really did great, as well as giving him the power advantage against someone who can usually match him in that department. Zeus lifted out of Boston Crabs, met Suwama head on with Biceps Explosions and even broke out the Frog Splash a few times.

In a nice reference, Suwama was able to fight out of the Arm Trap Facelock this time, but Zeus had too much of an advantage. Zeus peppered in Chokeslams, Lariats, another Frog Splash and eventually ended the match with an impactful Jackhammer. This was a solid struggle throughout, injured only by the awkward venue setting.

Who will be the first person to hang a Carnival loss on Zeus since 2019?

Overall Score: 6.75/10

While there wasn’t really a lot to complain about in terms of action, I really hated the venue. With the Japanese crowd rules of not being able to scream and having to just clap or stomp, it was very noticeably irritating in this event.  Slower moments felt empty and stupid, almost back to the empty Quarantine times, which definitely impact smaller events and smaller companies.

Aside from that, we got a lot of really great finishes. Ashino finally getting on the scoreboard AND over Kento is great. Zeus continuing his streak from last year, Jake well…doing Jake things and Shuji looking strong as a current title holder should. Otani and Sato were missed a little today, but let’s check out the standings!


  1. Zeus: 3-0 – (6 Points)
  2. Shuji Ishikawa: 2-1 – (4 Points)
  3. Jake Lee: 2-1 – (4 Points)
  4. Shinjiro Otani: 1-1 – (2 Points)
  5. Kohei Sato: 1-1 – (2 Points)
  6. Shotaro Ashino: 1-2 – (2 Points)
  7. Kento Miyahara: 1-2 – (2 Points)
  8. Suwama: 1-2 – (2 Points)
  9. Koji Doi: 1-2 – (2 Points)
  10. Yuma Aoyagi: 1-2 – (2 Points)

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Andrew’s AJPW Champion Carnival Results & Match Ratings: 4.10.2021

Day 2 of my fill in stint covering the AJPW Champion Carnival! Can Suwama get in the winner’s column? Can the Ace Kento get on the board? Does anyone pull away so early?



Day 2 of my fill in stint covering the AJPW Champion Carnival! Can Suwama get in the winner’s column? Can the Ace Kento get on the board? Does anyone pull away so early?

Given the fact the incumbent champion lost his first round, the ace lost and there were a few main event players that picked up hard fought wins but don’t have an easy day today, this should be interesting. What kind of tournament are we looking at?

Since the tournament is 1 block, each person gets 9 matches, similar to the G1. So using G1 logic, 2 losses puts you on the bubble of being out, and 3 losses is basically death with the exception of weird breakers or fun rock/paper/scissors situations.

So for everyone’s sake, let’s hope we end up at mostly parity to continue to keep everyone alive for most of this single block tournament!


  • Yuma Aoyagi vs Shotaro Ashino: Aoyagi wins via End Game @9:22 – ** ¾
  • Kohei Sato vs Koji Doi: Doi wins via Murder Lariat @4:52 – * ½
  • Shuj Ishikawa vs Zeus: Zeus wins via Arm Trap Facelock @10:41 – *** ½
  • Shinjiro Otani vs Kento Miyahara: Kento wins via Blackout @13:23 – *** ¾
  • Jake Lee vs Suwama: Suwama wins via Last Ride Powerbomb @18:23 – ****



Yuma Aoyagi vs Shotaro Ashino

So very similarly to the match against Otani, Aoyagi starts slow. The match begins with a handshake, then he gets driven to the ropes, Ashino slides under his legs during the break to trip him up and starts working over the leg. An early Stretch Muffler indicates that Ashino is most likely aiming to win with the Ankle Lock.

Aoyagi was on the move and constantly clawing for an opening. A few strikes and early knockdown give Aoyagi hope as he goes for End Game, but Ashino powers up and slams him into the corner. Ashino controls most of the tempo until we get a German Suplex trade off spot. Aoyagi ends up taking the worst of it, and Ashino goes for the Ankle Lock.

While in the Ankle Lock, Aoyagi tries to roll through 3 times, but Ashino moves with the roll and holds the move in place. Right before Aoyagi looks like he’s going to tap, he adjusts, grabs Ashino’s head for the Small Package; Ashino manages to kick out. But before Ashino can really re-orient himself, Aoyagi slaps on the full version of End Game. Ashino tries to fight through, but succumbs.

Ashino with two big losses almost writes him out already. Hopefully he makes a small run to suspend disbelief for a little bit and this isn’t his swan song from AJPW.

Kohei Sato vs Koji Doi

Doi comes out of a loss to a major player, Shuji Ishikawa, of current AJPW and Sato avenged his loss to the current Triple Crown Champion Suwama. So at face value, one should think this is a perfect time for Sato to gather some momentum to make sure he gets another shot at the title.

Contrary to logic, this match was interesting. Doi starts off with a quick flurry and picks Sato up into a Torture Rack. Sato eventually fights out and then we get a chop battle, which Sato is notoriously bad at and throws some of the lamest looking chops. Granted, even though he was losing the chops, apparently a well-placed Forearm rocked Doi enough to have Doi selling the forearm for nearly the rest of the match.

Referee Nikkan Lee gets up to seven before Doi starts responding enough to be on the receiving end of a Soccer Ball Kick from Sato. Sato senses the match is over, picks Doi up real cocky for a Brainbuster, but it gets countered into a Brainbuster of Doi’s own! A short range lariat rocks Sato afterward and then off the ropes for Murder Lariat! Sato is stacked up, Doi covers and Doi gets the win!

Well we look to be in an interesting starting spot so far. Who would’ve figured Koji Doi would have more points than Shotaro Ashino…ever. Also for clarity, the low rating is because the match was so abrupt. It wasn’t inherently bad, just not really anything to sink teeth into beyond an upset win.

Shuj Ishikawa vs Zeus

There is history with these two, most notable in my head is during Zeus’ only Triple Crown championship reign, Shuji was his first and only defense. So Zeus looks to continue momentum this year, possibly running back the undefeated record of last year; while Shuji is trying to protect his position and title as Gaora TV champion.

This goes the way most of their previous meetings have, where Shuji tries to overpower Zeus. Because even though Zeus is a bodybuilder, he’s a bit on the short side (5’10”). So with Shuji standing about 6 inches taller and not being of a slight build, Shuji loves to buckle Zeus and play the power struggle. Tests of Strength, Shoulder Tackles, Lariat battles, it’s all great power wrestler spots.

Shuji does however start to catch Zeus. So after a chagrining Lariat into the corner, the middle rope Mushroom Stomp and a few Tsunamis; it looks like Shuji is setting up to win with a Fire/Thunder Driver – but Zeus slips out the back! Zeus locks in the Arm Trap Facelock, and Shuji is dead to rights. Stuck in the middle, twisted about in the move, it only takes a few moments before Shuji is forced to tap and Zeus moves on with 4 points!

Shinjiro Otani vs Kento Miyahara

Dueling boots start the match, which Kento bails after being on the losing end of the exchange. Otani decides to remind him that recovering on the apron isn’t safe, so he charges and lands the Bootwash through the bottom rope sending Kento flying. As the match plays out on the outside, Kento regains his swagger, talks smack to referee Wada and does his “headbutts around the ring” spot.

After rocking Otani, Kento gets cocky, poses back in the ring and the smug Kento from his previous Triple Crown champion days starts making a return. He gives Otani too much space though, charges the corner, and takes a Drop Toe Hold into the bottom turnbuckle, and then Otani revs up the old kicking boot across Kento’s face for a few Bootwashes.

From this point, both men’s stubbornness comes out in spades. Kento gets a little cocky, Otani catches him on the corner, they fight back and Otani refuses to fall before hitting Kento with a Superplex. Then we go into a strike exchange where both are just wailing on one another. Otani manages to rock Kento and then catch him with a Dragon Suplex for a near fall.

Moving quickly, Otani hits Spiral Bomb, but again only two. So he tries a Dragon Suplex again, but Kento fights out. Kento hits a Blackout to the back of Otani’s head, and now they are throwing haymakers. Kento catches Otani with another Blackout, but Otani returns the favor with one of those Hashimoto Overhand Chops that put down Aoyagi yesterday! Otani goes for another, but Kento Blackouts the chop. The clash leaves Otani in more pain, another Blackout and Otani powers out of the pinfall at 1, but is scrambling and stumbling around, unable to find his feet. Kento hits one more point blank Blackout, and picks up his first points of the 2021 Carnival!

Jake Lee vs Suwama

So watching this second tournament match for Jake, I’ve come to realize what I’m referring to him as during this Total Eclipse gimmick. He is very much “Light Yagami” Jake Lee. He’s cackling when he accomplishes something, unbridled frustration and nearly schizophrenic reactions do really scream Death Note crazy Light.

This match was interesting since early on Suwama didn’t really know what to make of Jake, and Jake tried the same stuff he pulled on Ashino, where he was a little awkward, took advantage of situations and tried to bait Suwama into bad spots. The difference is, Suwama is a veteran and Triple Crown champion; so even though Jake got a few early shots, Suwama eventually forced him back into old habits.

Jake was forced to wrestle, hitting interesting flying kick and knee variations, pulled out the old Kitchen Sink and put in a lot more effort than the first match. Suwama managed to stay resilient and push our new Total Eclipse Death Note wielder. This match was built more around Jake coming into his new persona, and yet still not being able to get passed certain old hurdles.

Suwama absorbed a lot, hit some short range lariats, his Double Chop comeback, and the spinning chop. Jake hits the back of the head Giant Killing, attempts D4C, but Suwama blocks. Jake keeps the pressure up, attempts and old Giant Killing/Knee Lift, but Suwama catches the leg, lifts him into a Last Ride, and puts him away!

Suwama finally gets on the bored, and Jake is left stunned and seething. Which plays perfect for Jake to win the Carnival and earn his Suwama shot, and prove his evolution then.


Overall Score: 7.5/10

So this ended a little stronger over all than day 1, but both days so far have been a fun start. The mixture of upsets and oddly abrupt matches are perfect for a tournament even if they don’t rank high. In the larger picture of things it’s nice to see that a competitive match can end in less than 5 minutes without comedy tactics.

Seeing how Jake took the loss to Suwama gives me hope for this anime antagonist character. I’m honestly a little surprised that the whole tournament is knotted up except for Zeus at the 2-0 and Ashino at 0-2. I really did not think Ashino would be the slow kid in the pool right now. But I suppose since he was just betrayed he’s still finding his footing. Like I alluded to before, it would be nice if he’s just getting broken down to be built back up and not just putting people over on his way out.

Now since the only unique records are first and last, the rest of the tournament isn’t hard to figure out, but here are the standings! Solid first 2 days so far!


  1. Zeus: 2-0 – (4 Points)
  2. Shuji Ishikawa: 1-1 – (2 Points)
  3. Shinjiro Otani: 1-1 – (2 Points)
  4. Kohei Sato: 1-1 – (2 Points)
  5. Jake Lee: 1-1 – (2 Points)
  6. Kento Miyahara: 1-1 – (2 Points)
  7. Suwama: 1-1 – (2 Points)
  8. Koji Doi: 1-1 – (2 Points)
  9. Yuma Aoyagi: 1-1 – (2 Points)
  10. Shotaro Ashino: 0-2 – (0 Points)


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