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(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.20 ~ 27TH JANUARY 2019

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We’re building up to Kiomiya’s second GHC title defense. Hisame let’s us know how the tour been shaping up for our growing champion.

CURRENT TOUR RECAP

In the GHC Heavyweight pre-match fights, neither Kaito Kiyomiya or Masa Kitamiya (who beat Atsushi Kotoge for the number one contendership) managed to get the win directly over each other. In the final pre-match before the title match on the 1st February, Masa Kitamiya side suplex slammed Kiyomiya, and then pulled his pose over him. Kaito Kiyomiya, (who has been called by Masa Kitamiya, “the good boy honor student”) was more concerned about the insult to the belt, however, and sadly in this feud has not yet retaliated in any other way than, “I will defend the belt”.

The Hooligans and 50 Funky Powers also came to an impasse as well during their pre-matches, with Akitoshi Saito being able to defeat The Hooligans, rather than either Mohammed Yone and Quiet Storm. In their singles matches, Taniguchi got eliminated in five minutes for use of weapons and outside interference, and Yuji Hino defeated Quiet Storm in an epic match (with Storm using moves that he normally does not, such as missile dropkicks). After the match, Hino said that he was concerned about Quiet Storm hanging around with “that idiot who does a strange dance” (funnily enough, Hino does not look like a disco fan), and said that he may create a stipulation whereby Quiet Storm joins The Hooligans if they (50 Funky Powers) lose the title match.

When asked about the problems with The Hooligans interference in the title match, Mohammed Yone said he is seriously thinking about bringing in seconds, which will most likely be Akitoshi Saito and Takashi Sugiura.

Although there hasn’t been a huge build up of their feud, (always hard when the challengers are outside talent with a schedule of their own), the GHC Junior Tag team champions, The Backbreakers (Hajime Ohara & Hitoshi Kumano), will face Keisuki Ishii and Kouki Iwasaki for their first defense of the belts.

Daisuke Harada defended the GHC Junior against YO-HEY (who was wearing new ring wear of black and white, which are Yoshinari Ogawa’s colors), in Osaka on the 26th. In the previous match there had been some concern about HAYATA, who appeared to have injured his leg, and he was helped from the ring by the seconds. He didn’t seem to have any further problems as he came out and knelt in the “neutral” corner.

After the match, Daisuke Harada told YO-HEY that RATELS were four people, and he wanted him to come back. YO-HEY replied that he was “not coming home”, and Harada said that from now on when they met in the ring, he would have no choice but to crush him.

The RATELS situation will no doubt deepen with the return of Yoshinari Ogawa on the 1st February, he has missed most of the latter part of the tour with flu, and so no doubt some things had to be changed\postponed a little, and will pick up again; namely the issue of where HAYATA’S loyalties lie.

When YO-HEY and Kotaro Suzuki had left the ring, Minoru Tanaka challenged for the belt. Tanaka has asked that the match take place in Yokohama, specifically on March 10th at the Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium, but he didn’t give any further details as to why.

Yoshiki Inamura is into his 4th match of his seven series of matches. These are against his seniors, and it gives them a chance to assess him and for him to learn from people that he may not normally face. His last one was against Kenoh on the 26th January.

NEWS

MINORU TANAKA’S 25TH DEBUT ANNIVERSARY

Minoru Tanaka celebrated his 25th anniversary in wrestling on the 23rd January 2019; his actual anniversary is the 24th, but as there is no show on that day, Hi69\NOAH surprised him with some flowers to mark the occasion. You could tell how touched Tanaka was afterwards when he did an interview. The flowers were a genuine surprise.
In his interview Tanaka said that he would be holding a special event to mark it, and would probably hold a press conference to make an announcement. 

KENOH & KOHEI SATO VS THE BULLET YANKEES 
Kenoh teamed with Kohei Sato against “The Bullet Yankees” on the 27th January in Osaka for Zero-One.

Both Kenoh and Takashi Sugiura gave an interview before the match, Sugiura calling himself and Tanaka “two tanned old dads”, and Kenoh naturally being Kenoh saying he was going to take something back to NOAH from “all four people” in the match, Sugiura was an opponent to “beat down” and that it was going to be a match that “will burn into your memory, assholes.”

The match (in which Kenoh kicked Tanaka in the head) was won by the team of Sato and Kenoh. Afterwards, Sato said that he didn’t know whether Kenoh was a friend or an enemy, with Kenoh proposing they do it again, but they face each other again, rather than tag.

NAOMICHI MARUFUJI RETURNS
Naomichi Marufuji will return to action on the 1st of February at Korakuen Hall, teaming with fellow veterans Takashi Sugiura and Akitoshi Saito, against “The Mid Generation” of Go Shiozaki, and Katsuhiko Nakajima, along with Atsushi Kotoge (who seems to be following them around, although no one has actually asked him). Marufuji said “before the face kick, the Shiozaki lariat, the Revolution… I will prevail”

GLOBAL TAG LEAGUE 2019 RETURNS 

HAKATA STARLANE TO CLOSE

Hakata Starlane will close in March 2019. The building needs to undergo essential repairs due to damage to the structure caused by seismic activity, however, due to its construction method and the materials needed being now too expensive, the building will be gutted and demolished.

NOAH will return to the arena for one last time on March 17th.

It was here in June 2009 that Go Shiozaki and Takeshi Rikio fought for the GHC Heavyweight belt after Jun Akiyama had to vacate it due to injury, with Go Shiozaki becoming the GHC Heavyweight Champion for the first time.

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

TOUR TIDBITS
~ Go Shiozaki turned 37 on the 21st January
~ “No matter what ruffian appears, as long as there is a Revolutionary Hero, NOAH is forever…at peace!!” ~ Atsushi Kotoge
~ NOAH  held a flea market in Osaka; YO-HEY managed to sell everything except the air gun that he and HAYATA used to scare away bears when they went hiking in the forest (and got lost) on a visit to YO-HEY’S parents in rural Yabu. He had also loaded it with two pellets.
~ Cody Hall trashed Masao Inoue’s photograph on the NOAH 2019 calendar
~ YO-HEY referring to HAYATA as “my ex-wife”
~ Atsushi Kotoge offered the cloak to Kotaro Suzuki.
~ Tadasuke has said that having the IPW, NOAH GHC Junior and GHC Junior tag belts would be a “triple crown dream”.

KING SHAMELESS CORNER
None, although on an innocent note he did return from tour with gifts for his little dog.

BROADCASTS

Samurai TV will broadcast the final night of “Navigation For The Future 2019” (1st February) on Saturday February 9th (JST).
NOAH talent will also be competing in Shiro Koshinaka’s 40th anniversary event, which will be broadcast on the 5th February at 10pm on SamuraiTV

BOOK CORNER
The English translation of Naomichi Marufuji’s autobiography, “Heir to The Ark“, continues. Go Shiozaki has just debuted, and Jun Akiyama has debuted the “White GHC”, which was NOAH’s shortlived GHC Hardcore belt.

LINKS
Masa Kitamiya declares war on the GHC Heavyweight Champion, Kiyomiya
President Akiyama, and an invasion of the mats of Big Japan and Noah

NOAH FROM THE VAULT
Katsuhiko Nakajima “Our Era” ~ Translated by Dino
Champ Talk: Masa Kitamiya ~ Translated by Dino

Photo credit to Noah GHC & PKDX

 


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Mathew’s AJPW Champion Carnival B Block Results & Review: Part 4

Time for another part of the Champion Carnival B Block with Mathew!

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Time for another part of the Champion Carnival B Block with Mathew!

Last time we were here, we had the majority of the block tied up except for Naoya Nomura still in first place while Joe Doering is officially dead last.

We’ll now talk about the next three shows with five matches in this one instead of six, meaning I’ll be having more matches to cover in the next part.

Who will be advancing in our next series of matches? Let’s find out as we…dive right in.

Rating System:

  • 0 Stars: Dave Meltzer
  • 1 Star: Vince Russo
  • 2 Stars: Tony Schiavone
  • 3 Stars: Eric Bischoff
  • 4 Stars: Bruce Prichard
  • 5 Stars: Jim Cornette

 

4/15/2019
Champion Carnival B Block Match
Sam Adonis vs. Takashi Yoshida

Review: Our first match for this show and article is Sam Adonis taking on Takashi Yoshida. Both men are not in a so great position, so neither one of them can fully afford a loss as of right now. If one of them does win though, they’ll be in a position that they really can’t lose their last set of matches going forward. Which one of these two will have that honor.

That moment when Takashi was the better one of a singles match…what is life anymore? Anyway, it’s not a typo when I write this since he did perform a lot better than Sam did in this match and I wasn’t expecting anything spectacular either but was enough for how they work. The first half of the much was rather slow as it was more taunting and trying to overpower the other but it just wasn’t exciting or anything to keep people interested. Later on, they would be fighting outside of the ring when Sam failed to hit Yoshida with a chair and brought Sam back in the ring for Yoshida to hit an elbow drop for a two count. Sam would eventually put Yoshida in a Cattle Mutilation for a Yoshida to have his foot on the rope. Sam would go for the chair again as the referee would grab it as the two would tug until the referee let’s go, having the chair hit Sam when he pulled back as it leads to Yoshida hitting the Kong Lariat to get the victory.

Rating: Tony Schiavone and a half

 

Champion Carnival B Block Match
Naoya Nomura vs. Yoshitatsu

Review: Our next match is Naoya Nomura taking on Yoshitatsu. Nomura is currently tied with Takashi Yoshida when it comes to the both of them having six points but Nomura is still in a great position that if he can win his next two matches, he’ll be able to knock down most of his competition and still be in first place. Yoshi would need to beat him right here for the other competitors to have a better chance of winning. Will Nomura stay in first place or does Yoshitatsu ruin it?

I’m living in a world where Yoshitatsu has had the best matches on my block, first with Suwama and now against Naoya Nomura. I don’t know what’s going on here or who slipped what into my drink but I need to see this part of Yoshitatsu more often. Nomura did just as well in the match too as the both of them would deliver a great match in the ring with Nomura still shining a lot in these past couples of months, but Yoshitatsu doing as well here is a big surprise for me. Nice technical wrestling, random bursts of energy when they would go at it, and just a nice story for that little cherry on top.

After Yoshi delivered a DDT to Nomura onto the ring apron, they would slowly get back into the ring and it looked like Yoshi had him right where he wanted him as he would attempt to go for the Koji Clutch, but Nomura would hold his ground and hits him with a Spear and rolled him up for a two count. Nomura would attempt to go for another Spear as Yoshi would knee him in the face and the both of them would be down as the crowd cheered for them. When they would get up, they would hit each other with a series of German Suplexes until Nomura would be the one to hit the final German Suplex as the two were down again. Nomura made it to the top rope to attempt the Splash but Yoshi puts his knees up before he could land and not applies the Koji Clutch this time around. Nomura was unable to tap as Yoshi pinned him for a two count. Yoshi was able to get up and attempts to hit the Codebreaker of Jericho as Nomura caught him to push him off as he hits a forearm and then a Brainbuster. Nomura would get to the top rope once again as he hits the Splash for a two count and would pick him up for the Death Valley Driver to secure the pinfall victory and his position on top. Great match and a great showing by both of these men.

Rating: Bruce Prichard

 

4/16/2019
Champion Carnival B Block Match
Joe Doering vs. Takashi Yoshida

Review: Our first match on this show is Joe Doering taking on Takashi Yoshida. Joe is currently in last place with one win and three losses, so he really needs to start winning from now on or he’ll be eliminated after this one. Takashi only has a couple more opponents left, so he’s in a not so hot zone either and would need to win his last three or his chances will be slim to none. Will Joe get a chance to bounce back or will Takashi get him eliminated?

Takashi would attempt a test of strength on Joe and it seems like a bad idea because Joe is bigger than him and I was proven right when Joe just not only won the test of strength but was unable to be knocked down when Takashi tried to shoulder tackle him. A bit surprising to see Joe pretty much throw Takashi around like a rag doll for about more than half of the match and then again, Joe needs to be more aggressive here if he wants to even stay in the race. Takashi would finally get some offense in after distracting Joe when he begged him to stop, gave him a couple of throat thrusts, even lifted him up for a Brainbuster, and ended it with an Elbow Drop off the top rope for a two count. Takashi would start to knock him down with a couple of Lariats until the giant fell onto his knees and he would go for the Cyber Bomb but Joe flipped him over and hits a Lariat for a two count. Joe went for another one as Takashi ducked and Joe would hit him with a Diving Body Press and would get the pinfall victory to stay in the game a little bit longer!

Rating: Tony Schiavone and three quarters

 

Champion Carnival B Block Match
Daichi Hashimoto vs. Suwama

Review: Our main event for this show is Suwama taking on Daichi Hashimoto. It’s been a few days since we’ve seen Daichi in any Carnival matches, so it’s good to see him getting another match right here. Both of these men could use a win but Suwama needs it a little bit more since he has three more matches after this one while Daichi has four more. Will Suwama jump to second place or will that belong to Daichi?

Man, Daichi sure is a screamer, huh? He just screams a lot in this match and I hate to see how he is in the bedroom. Joking aside, while the wrestling aspect of the match was solid, the story of the match was told much better here at the end of things as Suwama was able to send Daichi to his limit in this match. Suwama would pretty much control a big majority of the match here while Daichi would try as hard as he can to fight back, but Suwama doesn’t give him a fighting chance to do so here. Daichi does have a lot to prove due to being the son of Shinya Hashimoto, who was the longest reigning IWGP Heavyweight Champion until Kazuchika Okada broke that record, but still left a big legacy behind and Daichi wants to do his father proud.

There were a couple of times where you would see a spark of hope in Daichi’s eyes while he took the Lariats, Belly-to-Belly Suplexes, chops, German Suplexes, Daichi would just keep finding a way to still fight whenever he could. Daichi was able to stop Suwama for a short period once he would catch him for a Falcon Arrow as it gives him time to recuperate. Daichi would hit a Shining Wizard into the corner and be able to land a couple of kicks in but Suwama would just meet him with a Lariat to knock him done once again. Suwama would hit the Backdrop and Daichi would kick out of it and while he went for a second one, Daichi would shift himself to land a Crossbody to get him down again. Daichi would hit Suwama in the back of the head with a Shining Wizard and it looks like he’s going to win as he charges in to hit another one, but Suwama hits another Lariat to ruin his momentum once again. Suwama throws him around with a couple of German Suplexes and another Lariat or two, even a Dropkick for good measure before Suwama hits the Backdrop Driver with a bridge as Suwama puts Daichi away. A valiant effort by Daichi here and great underdog type performance to get him over even in defeat.

Rating: Bruce Prichard

 

4/17/2018
Champion Carnival B Block Match
Jake Lee vs. Takashi Yoshida

Review: Our first and final match for this set of matches is Jake Lee taking on Takashi Yoshida. Takashi has one more match after this one as he only has three wins and three losses, so he would need to win this match right here or he will be mathematically eliminated from the tournament. Jake still has a chance to rack up some points but he would need to win here so he could take out someone and ruin his chances from winning. Will Jake win and eliminate Takashi or does Takashi take it?

There’s the Yoshida we all remember showing his shades of R.E.D here with the heel tactics in this match since he’s gonna want to pull off all the stops he can get if he wants to win here since he cannot afford another loss at all. Takashi would give him a few throat thrusts and rip up some of his wrist tape to choke Jake a little bit here. Jake was able to give Yoshida one of his better matches here compared to the last two he had which were rather lackluster. Both were able to match each other with Jake getting someone bigger to work with.

Yoshida would try to go after his legs for a little bit to hopefully try and get him to tap out later on and Yoshida would mostly just cut him down with his throat thrusts, which he does quite well and then again, he should since he does them more than Kenny Omega does V-Triggers. Takashi would apply the Figure Four on him now as he would try to make him tap out but he would get to the ropes before he could tap. Yoshida would attempt the Cyber Bomb as Jake would flip him over to save himself some time. Yoshida would go for the Kong Lariat as Jake would knee him in the chest and rolls him down to hit the PK as Yoshida kicked out at two. Jake goes for the Backdrop as Takashi fights out of it and gets him off to attempt another Lariat as Jake knees him in the chest twice to knock him down for a two count. Jake would apply the Boston Crab as Takashi would go for the ropes until Jake dragged him in the middle, turning it into a Single Leg Crab as he used his free arm to grab Yoshida’s arm to wrench it back into a weird Bow and Arrow type submission it looks like, I could be wrong as Yoshida would give up to give Jake the victory while Yoshida is eliminated.

Rating: Eric Bischoff and a half

 

Overall: I was able to get two four-star matches in this one, so I’m happy with that happening. Solid nights for this set as we already have one elimination while the rest are up in the air as of right now until the next series of matches. Looking forward to what happens next.

Favorite Match: Naoya Nomura vs. Yoshitatsu

Least Favorite Match: Sam Adonis vs. Takashi Yoshida

Score: 7.5/10

Current Standings:
Naoya Nomura: (4-2) (8 Points)
Suwama: (3-2) (6 Points)
Jake Lee: (3-2) (6 Points)
Takashi Yoshida: (3-4) (6 Points) (Eliminated)
Yoshitatsu: (2-2) (4 Points)
Daichi Hashimoto: (2-2) (4 Points)
Joel Redman: (2-3) (4 Points)
Sam Adonis: (2-3) (4 Points)
Joe Doering: (2-3) (4 Points)


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Andrew’s AJPW Champion Carnival 2019 A Block Ratings & Analysis: Part 4

A Block and Andrew bring out Part 4! Top 3 competitors are only separated by 2 points. How does the Champion Carnival start to take shape?

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A Block and Andrew bring out Part 4! Top 3 competitors are only separated by 2 points. How does the Champion Carnival start to take shape?

Welcome to Part 4 of the Champion Carnival A Block! Shuji, Zeus and Ryoji are currently in the drivers seat, but with Okabayashi with only 2 matches completed…he could be a big spoiler.

This will cover matches on 4/15 – 4/16 – 4/17.

 

Ratings:

  • Dylan James vs Yuma Aoyagi: Dylan wins via Chokeslam @5:00 – **
  • Zeus vs Atsushi Aoki: Zeus wins via Jackhammer @10:45 – *** 1/4
  • Yuji Okabayashi vs Gianni Valletta: Valletta wins via Chainwrapped Double Axehandle @9:05 – ***
  • Yuma Aoyagi vs Atsushi Aoki:Aoki wins via Rolling Cradle @10:00 – *** 1/2
  • Atsushi Aoki vs Ryoji Sai: Aoki wins via Rolling Cradle @8:35 – *** 1/4
  • Shuji Ishikawa vs Gianni Valletta: Valletta wins via Chainwrapped Double Axehandle @5:05 – *1/2
  • Kento Miyahara vs Yuma Aoyagi: Miyahara wins via Shutdown Suplex Hold @17:55 – ****

 

Analysis:

So…yeah…I got nothing. Yuma and Dylan was fine, but even with Yuma trying to get a jump at the bell, this was never overly competitive. Yuma got one shot with a Japanese Leg Clutch pin attempt, but it was never really close. So nothing bad, just nothing much.

Aoki is once again outmatched in size. Not so much height this time, but Zeus is a former bodybuilder and Aoki is a Junior Heavyweight, so the math isn’t hard here. Zeus easily overpowers Aoki for most of the match until Aoki gets annoyed. Three or four of Aoki’s chops get returned by one of Zeus’ and Aoki drops. So he fires up, stomps on Zeus’ foot and DDTs him. Aoki has decent flurries of offense, usually branching off of stepping on Zeus’ foot. Only messy moment was a Crucifix Pin attempt that Aoki looked like he double clutched on so that made it odd, but it wasn’t totally messed up. Solid match and Zeus had to pull out the Jackhammer, which he seemed like he was avoiding all match until he started getting annoyed with Aoki’s resiliency. We end 4/15 with a big WASSHOI!

So the 4/16 matches of A Block start with the living crap basket himself, Gianni Valletta. Now I give him some points, the crowd started chanting for Okabayashi so he went to the outside and whipped his chain against the guardrail as a scare tactic. As for the match it was a brawl. Some time outside went back and forth, but the turning point was when the referee tried to stop Valletta from biting Okabayashi in the corner, and Okabayashi kicked him away, bumping the referee. So a low blow, followed the the chain that we should all know Valletta carries, and that equals the first win for that moron. It’s a good upset, done in a way that keeps Okabayashi looking strong. But any points for Valletta will leave a bad taste in my mouth.

Finally, Aoki gets someone that’s closer to his size and style.Yuma got a few wins so far, but Aoki finally has a believable match up. This doesn’t disappoint. More Junior Heavyweight style, but Aoki kept focusing on Yuma’s arm since he has a multitude of Arm submissions in his arsenal. Yuma nearly pulls off End Game, but Aoki gets to the rope. After some back and forth, Yuma has Aoki reeling, goes to meet him in the corner, and Aoki does that Forward Roll Cradle for a surprise pinfall. Not a surprise that Aoki finally won, surprise since Yuma had most of the momentum at that point.

The first of 3 matches for 4/17, sees Aoki with another winnable match up. Sai has a height advantage, but is not a particularly impressive physique, so the pace is actually fairly quick. Lots back and forth moments, even though Aoki was mostly fighting from beneath. The crowd always gets behind Aoki, so it’s great to hear them pop hard for him. In a very similar way to his first victory, as soon as the match looks to be in Sai’s favor, Aoki manages a rolling cradle for a surprise victory.

Well I think we’re noticing a theme with Valletta’s matches. They are usually started before the bell, involve outside shenanigans, and sloppy wrestling. Since he won this one, it followed suit with the Okabayashi match, with ref bump, low blow, chain. However, the general wrestling was just significantly worse. Shuji being a top contender for the Block, this really hurts. Could come back to bite him since Valletta would’ve been one of those matches you check off as a win ahead of time.

Aoyagi is the last remaining member of Nextream, but Miyahara being the champion…everyone’s going to want to step it up. Aoyagi took his sweet time stepping it up though. Kento manhandled him and Yuma looked outclassed for a while. Yuma caught Miyahara in End Game, and that was the closest he was to really winning the match. Yuma managed to pull off his triple German Suplexes, but nothing really looked to point in Yuma’s favor. He showed some fighting spirit, but Kento just outclassed him. Good match, but only one real hold your breath moment to suspend disbelief.

 

Overall Score: 7/10

Good couple of days! Honestly the only reason these upsets don’t rank higher is because they seem like hollow upsets. By that I mean Valletta getting a few wins is just a tool to keep the standing closer, but he’s got no chance in hell at winning this block.

As for A Block in general, we didn’t really get a monumental shift. Zeus moved into first, Shuji is 1 point behind, Dylan James and Kento are 2 points behind. At this point, Aoyagi is eliminated because he only has 1 match left and Valletta is eliminated because Zeus beat Valletta, so even if Valletta were to win out…Zeus holds a tie breaker.

Everyone else is technically still alive, but Aoki is most likely dead in the water. Anyway! The next part should start making the finish a little clearer as we slowly get through the tournament.

Current Standings:
Zeus (4-2) – 8 Points
Shuji Ishikawa (3-2-1) – 7 Points
Dylan James (3-2) – 6 Points
Kento Miyahara (3-2) – 6 Points
Ryoji Sai (2-2-1) – 5 Point
Yuji Okabayashi (2-1) – 4 Points
Yuma Aoyagi (2-5) – 4 Points
Gianni Valletta (2-4) – 4 Points
Atsushi Aoki (2-3) – 4 Points

 


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