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(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.53 ~ 22ND SEPTEMBER 2019

N-1 Victory finalized on Monday! Hisame brings us the tournament updates and any and all fallout through the week! 

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N-1 Victory finalized on Monday! Hisame brings us the tournament updates and any and all fallout through the week!

NOAH THIS WEEK…
NOAH held the final night of “N-1 VICTORY” at The Edion Arena 1st Stadium Osaka, with 2597 in attendance. While the arena might not have been fully at capacity, the crowd was enthusiastic right from the first bell, and by the end of the event NOAH announced that the “NOAH GHC” hashtag was trending.

Unusually for NOAH they announced they were having some dark matches before the show had began, in which Tadasuke appeared in aviator shades and leather jacket…

The event will be televised on Monday 23rd September on G+

A Golden Era NOAH wrestler, and one not often seen these days in NOAH, Takeshi Rikio, was in attendance.

After the dark matches had finished he announced the beginning of the event, and bought Takeshi Sugiura and Kenoh to the ring to announce the main event stipulation. Rikio’s imposing presence was probably for the best, as Kenoh and Sugiura stood and glared at each other and looked like they wanted to start the match there and then.

Rhyno made his first appearance in NOAH, and defeated Masa Kitamiya with the gore in six minutes. In his post match interview, Rhyno swore that he would take down everyone in the NOAH locker room one by one.

Despite his strong man training, Yoshiki Inamura was taken down by Kazuyuki Fujita in three minutes and 44 seconds via referee stop following punches to the face and the modified camel clutch.

Fujita will be making a second appearance in NOAH when he teams with Takashi Sugiura at Korakuen Hall on October 3rd against Hitoshi Kumano and Shuhei Taniguchi.

Atsushi Kotoge (along with pink hair, which he says is the first time he has put a color in it) took on Daisuke Harada for the IPW Junior Heavyweight title, and to defeat him (after a hard fought match in which the bruising Harada inflicted around Kotoge’s neck match his new hair color), used a finisher he had used against him once before to win matches, the “OverKillSwitch” in 16 minutes and 34 seconds.

Kotoge was a little dazed after the match (headbutting Harada probably didn’t help), and gave a somewhat rambling promo. He basically said he was happy to win the belt, but not under the circumstances that he and Harada now deeply hated each other. He was a lot happier the next day (even though he was doing promotion, tired, and being trolled by Takashi Sugiura), but was certainly much happier by the time NOAH’s next event in Saitama on Saturday 21st came round.

Kazushi Sakuraba teamed with The Sugiura Army (Hajime Ohara and NOSAWA Rongai) against Yoshinari Ogawa, Kotaro Suzuki and Chris Ridgeway (STINGER). It was said to be very technical especially between Ogawa, Ridgeway and Sakuraba.

In an amusing side note, Sakuraba is still refusing to wear the “Company Dog” Sugiura Army t-shirt, although apparently he does have one.

Takashi Sugiura sold one to him on discount.

At the first event after Osaka on the 21st in Saitama, the usual brawl broke out between The Sugiura Army & STINGER, with NOSAWA starting it by offering a sarcastic handshake to Suzuki. Although STINGER said nothing about it, I can imagine that in Kayfabe terms at least they aren’t too pleased about people preferring to remain at the merchandise stand with RATELS, rather than return to their seats and watch their match…

YO-HEY & HAYATA fought over HAYATA’S GHC Junior Heavyweight championship in a fast paced match, which was said to be a mixture of both technical and high flying, but without too much emphasis on one. HAYATA (who had painted half of his face as a skull like his old Dove Pro days against YO-HEY), got the win after seventeen minutes with the Headache.

After the match, YO-HEY asked HAYATA for a rematch at Sumo Hall. HAYATA thought about it for a few seconds, said “Next…Sumo Hall” and left the interview.

Unfortunately HAYATA has had to miss NOAH’s next two shows (21st and 23rd September) with influenza, and while fans asked YO-HEY how “Wife” was, YO-HEY himself was not as playful about the match with HAYATA like he was in Osaka, calling him “HAYATA” and not “wife”, and rarely for him, using bad language.

It will be interesting to see the relationship between them when HAYATA does return.

Kaito Kiyomiya teamed with the veterans Keiji Mutoh and Jun Akiyama against Naomichi Marufuji, Masaaki Mochizuki and Shuhei Taniguchi.

Fans said that this match belonged to Shuhei Taniguchi as he stood out this evening.

Kaito Kiyomiya said that he had learned a lot from the two vets he teamed with (Akiyama declined Mutoh’s suggestion to challenge for the GHC Heavyweight by saying he was too old at fifty).

Naomichi Marufuji, however, said that he had found his “aim” in this match.

Takashi Sugiura and Kenoh had an epic main event\N-1 Finals match, despite their agreement that their match would eclipse all others on the card (especially that of Mutoh and Akiyama), both knew that they had to win. The match was hard fought, the sweat flying off of them when they got into an exchange, and Kenoh finding a way out of the dreaded neck choke, which originally cost him the title, but he was determined that it would not cost him the match. Everything that Sugiura served to Kenoh, he threw it back at him.

After 28 minutes, 40 seconds with the spectacular Rolling Diving Footstamp, Kenoh picked up his first win over Takashi Sugiura and his (and the) ever first N-1 Victory Win, and with it the right to go to Sumo Hall and challenge Kaito Kiyomiya.

After the match, Kenoh’s younger blonde brother came to the ring, and said that at Sumo Hall he would show a new view.

Kenoh told him he felt the same way, but Kenoh’s view was different, he would show him his own (and not what the company wanted), and he would shine this ring “like a diamond”.

Kenoh and Kiyomiya kicked off the first of their pre-matches in Saitama on Saturday 21st September, however it was Kiyomiya who got the win via submission on Yoshiki Inamura (Kenoh called it “a strange stretch”).

Kiyomiya’s new submission hold looks like that at first he is going for the Tiger Suplex, but then he locks in his move which (while still unnamed) he said was inspired by Mitsuharu Misawa’s chin lock and Toshiaki Kawada’s stretch plum.

He says he has a new one for Sumo Hall…

EVENT RECAPS AND POST MATCH PROMOS
N-1 VICTORY final night ~ 16th September 2019, Edion Osaka 1st Arena
Post match promos ~ N-1 VICTORY final night
“NOAH THE SPIRIT” Night 1 ~ 21st September 2019, Espowar Isanuma, Saitama
Post match promos ~ “NOAH THE SPIRIT” 21st September 2019

NEWS

NOAH announced that they would be streaming the GHC Heavyweight match singing between Kaito Kiyomiya and Kenoh on the 20th September live on their YouTube channel.

They also announced that there would be a big announcement.

Naomichi Marufuji vs Great Muta
Before Kenoh and Kaito Kiyomiya came out, Naomichi Marufuji and The Great Muta took the stage. Naomichi Marufuji announced that he and The Great Muta would have a singles match at Sumo Hall on 2nd November. Keiji Mutoh, who said he was there as an agent for the Great Muta, said that The Great Muta was honored to be appearing in NOAH, he had appeared in many promotions, but in hell there was no distinction between promotions.

He also said that Great Muta wanted to see Marufuji bleed. Marufuji said that he would ask Keiji Mutoh to ask Great Muta not to do that.

GHC Heavyweight belt changed
After Marufuji\Muta and before Kiyomiya\Kenoh, NOAH’s President Takeda announced that the old GHC Heavyweight belt (which will be 20 years old next year), will be renewed with a new belt created that will be presented to the winner of Kenoh and Kiyomiya at Sumo Hall on November 2nd.

The belt has been designed by the same designer, Reggie Parks, who did the original.

Kenta Kobashi let everyone into a little secret about the belt.

It’s not actually the one that Misawa was wearing when he defeated Yoshihiro Takayama at Differ Ariake in April 2001. What happened was that three months later when Jun Akiyama won it in July 2001 from Misawa, someone (Kobashi thinks it was probably Makoto Hashi), polished it with an abrasive chemical which destroyed the gleam, and so Misawa had to order a new one.

The fact of the matter is is that a lot of promotions are redoing their belts, partly because they are old (although in some cases a lot older than the GHC Heavyweight), and also because their rosters are now being filled with the young as the generations turn over and the veterans take a quieter role. The fact is that the young want their own belts, and their own memories to link to the promotions past.

The new belt is not intended as a burial of Misawa or his memory, the title will still be “The GHC Heavyweight”, and in a nod to Misawa and NOAH’s roots, the inside of the belt, the part that will be closest to the skin, is green.

GHC Heavyweight match signing, Kenoh vs Kaito Kiyomiya
Kaito Kiyomiya and Kenoh (looking like twins) came out and took their places. President Takeda sat between them long enough to get them to sign for the match, and then left them to it.

Kenoh started off by saying how the GHC front had been very uninspired since Kiyomiya became the champion, and he will rectify it when he becomes champion at Sumo Hall.

Asked about the new belt, Kiyomiya said he would connect the old to the new with it, while Kenoh said that all the new belt meant was something that LIDET wanted to give to Kiyomiya, but he wouldn’t let that happen.

Kenoh’s baiting of Kiyomiya failed to get a response, until he made one of his usual swings in emotion about Kiyomiya and spoke of him being “22 years old and with a pure heart” soon after his coming back from expedition, and said looking at him now he had been “warped” by LIDET, and how, he, Kenoh would draw the old Kiyomiya out (a prime example of Kenoh’s see-saw feelings about Kiyomiya which hover between deep jealousy and touching concern).

Kiyomiya made one of the rare occasions when he verbally responds to Kenoh by telling him that he was tired of him watching over him like he was his mother!.

Afterwards, they stood around the new belt for photo opportunities, and glared at each other.

THIS WEEK IN NOAH
Monday 23rd September: IMesse Yamanashi (bell sounds 5pm)
Thursday 26th September: Naomichi Marufuji’s 40th birthday
Sunday 29th September: “Meeting for Muscles”, Saitama

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

*This chronology will only be maintained for NOAH wrestlers.

BROADCASTS
Monday, September 16th: Osaka Edion Arena 1st Stadium ~ Monday 23rd September, G+
Monday, October 3rd: Korakuen Hall (“Premium Prelude”) ~ Tuesday 8th October, G+
Sunday, October 20th: Korakuen Hall (“Premium Prelude”)  ~ Saturday 26th October, Samurai TV

LINKS
Kenoh defeats Sugiura and wins “N-1”. 2nd November GHC Championship Challenge at Sumo Hall
“Come At Me You Bastards” ~ Kenoh’s live talk and photo event
Atsushi Kotoge gives cheers to sluggish Jubilo Iwata, High School Soccer
Kenoh was super fighting elite
Marufuji vs Muta, first showdown 2nd November Sumo Hall
The match signing for Kenoh and Kiyomiya on the 2nd November at Sumo Hall, Beast Fujita and Sugiura unite

PICTURE CREDITS: Noah GHC
GIF CREDITS: Samurai TV


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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!

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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

 

Results:

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!

 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?

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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!

Ratings:

  • 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 – ****

 

Results:

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!

Standings:

  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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