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The Global Junior League drives the newest tour for Pro Wrestling NOAH! Hisame catches us all up with the proceedings!



The Global Junior League drives the newest tour for Pro Wrestling NOAH! Hisame catches us all up with the proceedings!


NOAH held the first night of Global Junior League on a blustery summer night in Tokyo at Korakuen Hall with the typhoon blowing in. Due to it being a Thursday night (and given the weather also) they didn’t manage a sold out house, but a very full one.

The traditional opening ceremony was held with the participants coming to the ring. Unlike Global Junior Tag League, Stinger (Yoshinari Ogawa & Kotaro Suzuki) actually deigned to attend, and YO-HEY spent his time trying to wind Daisuke Harada up, who gave him a glare in return.

Kotaro Suzuki, as last years winner, did the honor of placing the winners trophy in the middle of where the two blocks were lined up.

NOAH had also held short interviews about the league; Minoru Tanaka said leave it to him, Daisuke Harada said he was going to win by using his head, HAYATA refused to say anything and walked off, YO-HEY babbled something about fighting Stevie Wonder…and Tadasuke probably caused someone to press the gas pedal down and not stop until the next town, when he ran towards the road his fist raised and yelling at no one in particular as a car passed.

Global Junior League 2019 started with some very technical matches; Minoru Tanaka vs Yoshinari Ogawa & Hajime Ohara vs Chris Ridgeway. Although not as technical as the other matches, Daisuke Harada and YO-HEY clashed, with Harada coming away victorious after a bitterly fought match.

Hideki Suzuki had a singles match with Yoshiki Inamura, and while Inamura put up a good fight, he was of course no match for Suzuki.

After the match, Suzuki got on the microphone and challenged Go Shiozaki to a singles match. No pre-matches, no nothing – just one single match. Go Shiozaki later accepted in the evening.

Go Shiozaki vs Hideki Suzuki has been set for July 27th at Kultz Kawasaki.

Earlier in the week, Kenoh had thrown a complete tantrum when he saw that Naomichi Marufuji and Kaito Kiyomiya were on the cover of “Weekly Pro” under the title “The Ark’s True System”, and demanded an interview of his own. So, you can imagine what kind of mood he was. Kenoh squared up to Marufuji the moment he got into the ring (Marufuji said later that Kenoh always knows where he will be, “but don’t get in my way”) and then to Kaito Kiyomiya.

Masaaki Mochizuki was also making an appearance in NOAH in this match, and he and Kenoh had a kick war. The fans wanted more, and Mochizuki seemed to hint that there would be by saying that he was interested in doing more.

AXIZ defeated The Sugiura Army (KAZMA SAKAMOTO & Takashi Sugiura) in a match that was described as pretty much kick, chop and elbow. The match itself had the crowd on the edge of their seats, and was highly charged and emotional. Nakajima got the win, and AXIZ won the heavyweight tag titles back.

AXIZ where challenged afterwards by Kaito Kiyomiya and Shuhei Taniguchi (when they came to the ring to challenge, they kind of looked like they had interrupted AXIZ doing “the lean”, and AXIZ kind of looked as if they had suddenly noticed that they were there. Shuhei Taniguchi spoke first, challenging for the titles, but then Nakajima took the microphone from him and said in his usual sinister fashion (speaking to the belt which was across Kiyomiya’s chest, rather than Kiyomiya), that there was only one way that Kiyomiya and Taniguchi were going to get a title match, and that was to allow him (Nakajima) to challenge for the GHC Heavyweight.

Kiyomiya accepted Nakajima’s terms saying that he had a dream for a new Noah, and that involved having all the heavyweight belts.

Title match has been set for Noah’s July 27th show at Kultz Kawasaki, with the GHC Heavyweight tag belts being defended on the 21st.

The second night of “Global Junior League” took place on the 29th June in Shimada, with NOAH managing another full house. RATELS members Tadasuke (who became manic) and HAYATA got wins in the league (HAYATA over Kumano, and Tadasuke over Miyawaki), while Daisuke Harada and YO-HEY faced off against Stinger in a tag match. Stinger attacked Harada’s knee relentlessly, so much so RATELS lost the match via count out, and Harada had to be carried from the ring by Kinya Okada (which caused some concerns with fans, but in the event of things, Harada was fine). While Harada was being seen to by the others in RATELS and the referee, Yoshinari Ogawa decided he was going to steal Harada’s IPW belt.

Not too much should be read into this however, as Ogawa has a habit of doing this, usually to people he’s fighting with, and then usually to wind them up. He gave the belt to a reporter to be given back to Harada in the post match promo afterwards.

Chris Ridgeway defeated Hi69 and advanced in Global Junior League. In his post match promo he said that he wanted to face both the champions (i.e. Minoru Tanaka and Daisuke Harada), but in the case of Harada, he wanted to take the IPW belt back home.

The first clash between The Sugiura Army and Kongoh was explosive with Sugiura defeating them via an Olympic Slam, and Kenoh doing the fist pose when pinning down both Sugiura and Ohara.

Sugiura told Kongoh after the match that the two sides were at war. Kenoh swore at Sugiura in his post match promo, and Sugiura said that he was going to drive them so far into a corner that they would have no chance but to disband. He would then turn them into the castrated fang-less dogs of The Sugiura Army (in his tweet about it he put “WOOF”).

Global Junior League Night 1 ~ Korakuen Hall  (Post match promos)
Global Junior League Night 2 ~ Shimada City Sports Center Sub Arena (Post match promos)


NOAH have announced that from July 1st they are banning streamers from everywhere but Korakuen Hall. Fans didn’t take much notice the last time, but NOAH seem a little more insistent this time. One fan said about the streamers that “they are made and thrown with love”.


  • GHC Heavyweight Champion: Kaito Kiyomiya
  • GHC Junior Champion: Minoru Tanaka
  • GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: AXIZ (Go Shiozaki & Katsuhiko Nakajima)
  • GHC Junior Tag Champions: Stinger (Kotaro Suzuki & Yoshinari Ogawa)

~ Naomichi Marufuji decided to prank Kaito Kiyomiya by lifting up the strap of the belt which lay over Kiyomiya’s shoulder and down his back. Kiyomiya turned around and batted his hand away!
~ Go Shiozaki and Shuhei Taniguchi trashed the merchandise table in Shimada (where Kotaro Suzuki was sitting), when the fight went outside of the ring.
~ Kotaro Suzuki is still asking for a singles match with Naomichi Marufuji.
~ HAYATA chose to face the wall rather than watch Tadasuke acting like a crazy person during their post match promo.
~ Naomichi Marufuji and NOSAWA Rongai took the train to Shimada. No one wanted to sit next to NOSAWA with people preferring to stand rather than take the three empty seats (which later increased to six), until Marufuji took pity on him.
~ Junta Miyawaki has debuted new ring wear, and has his first merchandise out (which he was very touched that people bought).
~ Tadasuke refused to shake hands with HAYATA.
~ Kinya Okada has now his own theme music.
~ Naomichi Marufuji remains searching for a partner, Chris Ridgeway and Junta Miyawaki, (who has been told by Takashi Sugiura that he is not to join Kongoh), have volunteered.
~ YO-HEY shared a text from HAYATA asking whether he wanted to train or play basketball or table tennis, YO-HEY said “Wife is busy”. We never found out what YO-HEY chose though.
~ Quiet Storm appears to be working on a new move (a splash)

The opening night of Global Junior League from Korakuen Hall will air on Samurai TV on Friday, July 5th at 3pm JST

Minoru Tanaka’s 25th anniversary will air on Sunday, July 14th via Niconico (only available via payment with a Japanese credit card I am afraid)

It is hoped that NOAH will stream the Kultz Kawasaki show, or else it will be broadcast at a later date (if not shown live).

Katsuhiko Nakajima inherits Choshu-ism
Shiozaki & Nakajima endure Sugiura’s onslaught to recapture the GHC tag
Katsuhiko Nakajima gives a childcare lecture in Kashiwa, Chiba

Global Junior Tag League Mini Interviews
Shuhei Taniguchi
Junta Miyawaki
Katsuhiko Nakajima

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Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn: Get Your Popcorn

Chris King is back as he runs down why he believes Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn at WrestleMania is a potential show-stealer.



Chris King is back as he runs down why he believes Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn at WrestleMania is a potential show-stealer.

Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn are simply incredible performers and storytellers in the ring. Every time they are on the opposite side of each other they create magic. I did a little history lesson on their almost twenty-year rivalry, going back to their days in Ring of Honor and PWG where it all began. Heel Owens to me is a stone-cold killer, he’s out for one purpose to be the best. Zayn has found out the hard way what happens when you get in his way.

Poor Zayn didn’t learn his lesson and dropped his guard in NXT when KO made his in-ring debut at NXT TakeOver: R Evolution. Owens utterly destroyed his so-called best friend and hit a vicious Pop-up Powerbomb onto the apron. KO then went on to defeat Zayn two months to the day of his debut at NXT TakeOver: Rival to capture the NXT Championship. Owens beat the living shit out of Zayn that night, to the point where the officials have to physically stop the match.

Zayn once again came rushing back for another chance to best his bitter rival but was demolished yet again. Dammit Sami just stay down and live to fight another day. This time Samoa Joe had to stop KO from causing more carnage to Zayn. We would not see the former NXT champ until months later at the 2016 Royal Rumble, where he would cost Owens the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

The two bitter rivals would fight again during the ladder match at WrestleMania 32 for the Intercontinental Championship, where Zayn would cost Owens the title. At the 2016 Payback pay-per-view, they would do battle again, Zayn would lose yet again. Zayn and Owens would square off one final time at Battleground in another hellacious battle, except this time Zayn finally got his comeuppance after two Helluva Kicks.

Over the past few years, Zayn and Owens have been on the same page, and shockingly enough the same team. The two best friends would come full circle again after Zayn returned to Friday Night SmackDown because of the pandemic. Zayn has been spurting all of this nonsense about this huge conspiracy going on around him for months now. Owens has been unsuccessfully challenging for the Universal Championship but ran into his friend backstage.

A few weeks ago, Zayn attacked his rival, for being paranoid I guess was his excuse. Owens however didn’t care and goaded him into a match at this year’s Mania. Owens and Zayn are about to create history and fulfill a lifelong dream of having a match on the Grandest Stage of Them All. I can only imagine how incredible this. the moment will be for those two, and the WWE Universe is honored and privileged to be able to experience it.

I’m very thankful that WrestleMania is two nights now because these two wouldn’t be given the appropriate amount of time if they were crammed into a seven-hour event. Please just give Owens and Zayn fifteen to twenty minutes, and let them create magic in the ring.

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Cook’s WrestleMania 37 Night Two Gambling Picks

After delivering (and standing?) his Takeover and WrestleMania Night 1 picks, Steve Cook is back with Night 2. For (sports) entertainment purposes only!



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After delivering (and standing?) his Takeover and WrestleMania Night 1 picks, Steve Cook is back with Night 2. For (sports) entertainment purposes only!

Welcome back to the gambling picks!

If you missed Night 1, go ahead and click here!

I’m not going to lie to you guys, I’m already a bit peeved at WWE.

Why? Because they rendered part of my Night 1 pick column useless when they made Sasha vs. Bianca the main event after saying Drew vs. Bobby was! Like, what the hell man? At least I’m pretty confident they won’t change the main event of Night 2, so let’s make some picks for entertainment purposes only!

Kevin Owens (-350) vs. Sami Zayn (+225)

Independent wrestling fans would have never seen all this coming a decade or so ago. Kevin Owens as a babyface? Sami Zayn as a heel, without a mask? A YouTube personality as part of the build while Steve Corino agents away & Colt Cabana chills with the Super Smash Brothers? I’d have a hard time explaining all this to 10 Years Ago Me.

Not that this would be at the top of the list of things to warn 10 Years Ago Me about. Just saying…this is all wild stuff.

Kevin Owens is the likely winner as Sami gets punked out by his “buddy” Logan Paul. Slight chance Sami pulls the upset, but I doubt it’s worth throwing fake money on.

Randy Orton (+500) vs. The Fiend (-950)

I haven’t had a lot to say about this feud since it started, and that trend continues here. Not for me, and since I won’t be watching live I’ll surely be skipping ahead of this one. Hopefully those who are into this type of thing have fun.

Fiend likely wins, but if you really wanna throw a few bucks on Randy Orton at +500, maybe it’ll pay off.

United States Championship Match
Riddle (-160) vs. Sheamus (+120)

We can certainly question the methods WWE is using to feature Riddle, but it’s clear that they see something in him and want him to be a big deal. Sheamus has had a strong 2021 so far, and will give Riddle a good match and a big win for his first WrestleMania appearance.

I don’t have much else to add here. Should be hard-hitting.

Intercontinental Championship Nigerian Drum Fight
Big E (+120) vs. Apollo Crews (-140)

As we all know, the  “Nigerian Drum Fight” goes back to the early days of the legendary Nigerian pro wrestler Power Uti. If you’re not familiar with Uti, many consider him to be to the Nigerian Wrestling Federation what Undertaker has been to WWE over the years. They have a ton in common, including holding victories in major specialty matches over Mick Foley.

In the original incarnation of the Nigerian Drum Fight, the object of the match was to bash your opponent’s head into a drum in each corner of the ring. The first to hit all four corners in succession won the match. It looks like WWE is shifting the rules somewhat, and are just doing the typical No DQ thing they like to do. I assume that drums will still be legal, but am unsure of the spear.

If the spear is legal, go with Crews. I get the feeling that Big E is in line for the win here, and thus is my pick, especially since he’s the underdog.

Raw Women’s Championship Match
Asuka (+250) vs. Rhea Ripley (-400)

Once upon a time, Asuka was the new star fresh out of NXT looking to make an impact at WrestleMania. She won the Royal Rumble, but ended up losing at WM to Charlotte Flair. It happens. Just ask Rhea, who lost to Charlotte at last year’s WM. The best news for either of these two is that WWE avoided the urge to insert Charlotte in this match, as we know who the betting favorite would be then.

(Well, we think they’ve avoided the urge. Won’t be sure until the bell rings.)

I’m a big Rhea fan and am definitely supporting the Nightmare here. We all know that Asuka’s days as champion are numbered, as she’s seemed like an afterthought for most of her reign. However, there are reasons to believe that Asuka could get it done here. Mostly, the fact that her feud with Charlotte isn’t over yet.

Nah, I gotta stick with Rhea Ripley here. I’m not sure how Vince & the main roster creative folks feel about Rhea, but they probably haven’t had enough time to turn against her yet.

Universal Championship Triple Threat Match
Roman Reigns (+150) vs. Edge (+115) vs. Daniel Bryan (+200)

This is the first WrestleMania main event in a long time where the favorite doesn’t seem super obvious on paper. For one thing, there’s no reason for Roman Reigns to lose the Universal Championship. He’s superb in the role right now and should sit at the head of the table as long as possible.

Then there’s Edge, who against most other champions would be the obvious favorite. He’s making his big comeback complete by main eventing WrestleMania. Having him win only makes sense, and there are plenty of ways to go with it after, whichever side of the fence you want to put him on.

Daniel Bryan is the longest shot in this match, but we all know that’s when he’s at his most dangerous. One last run on top for Bryan wouldn’t be met with many arguments, and you can set whoever you want with him after & it’ll work.

Any of these picks are a winner in my book. I’m going to go with Roman Reigns because it isn’t often you’ll get those kind of odds on him. Usually he’s the heavy favorite, and for good reason. I wouldn’t be surprised by any outcome here, and that’s what makes this match a true main event.

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