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NOAH WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.94 ~ 2ND AUGUST 2020

With the establishment of CyberFight; Hisame clarifies the new changes and goes over the lead up for the next few week’s title matches!

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With the establishment of CyberFight; Hisame clarifies the new changes and goes over the lead up for the next few week’s title matches!

NEWS

CYBERFIGHT

“There will be no loss of promotion, or changes in individuality”

On the 27th July 2020, DDT\NOAH President Sanshiro Takagi announced that DDT, NOAH and DDT Foods would be merging on September 1st as a subsidiary of CyberAgent called “CyberFight”.

Now, there has been some misconception as to what this means, with people believing that NOAH and DDT will merge into one company. This is not the truth, with the truth being a lot simpler. NOAH and DDT will continue to run as separate promotions, and the character of neither promotion will change. Due to the Coronavirus both have suffered, and CyberFight will therefore be a closer management structure which will oversee NOAH, DDT and DDT’S division which oversees the running of their bars and restaurants. In short, they want to hire the right people for the right positions and usher in a new period in the management of wrestling. They are also aiming to hold a Tokyo Dome show, but whether the show itself will be joint promotion or single, is yet to be finalized.

In terms of management,  Sanshiro Takagi will stay as President of DDT and NOAH, and will become the President of Cyberfight. Naomichi Marufuji will remain as Vice President of NOAH, with Akihito Nishigaki as the Vice President of DDT. Narihiro Takeda and Takahiro Yamauchi will stay as company directors.

“WHO IS THE LEADER” ~ Atsushi Kotoge wins, but Hajime Ohara still in control

In an effort to end the endless squabbling between Seiki Yoshioka and Atsushi Kotoge, Hajime Ohara suggested that on 1st August they hold a tournament, between just the three of them, to determine once and for all who was the leader of the group. The winner would be the one who got the most wins. However, it didn’t quite turn out that way as they all chalked up one win each. Hajime Ohara then suggested that they hold a three man elimination, which was won by Atsushi Kotoge, which was grudgingly accepted by Seiki Yoshioka. Backstage, Kotoge cut a manic promo, with the one pocket of sanity was his saying they were going to aim for the belts, which Hajime Ohara put in a more sane manner. Kotoge then said that everyone should follow him, including the media. Ohara and Yoshioka left in the deafening silence.

Kotoge naturally made his first appearance on the 2nd August, telling everyone who would listen that he was the leader; this got him bundled out of the ring by Hajime Ohara, imitated by YO-HEY and lariated violently by Go Shiozaki.

EVENT RECAPS & POST MATCH PROMOS

 

ELSEWHERE IN NOAH

~ Should Naomichi Marufuji win the GHC Heavyweight championship from Go Shiozaki, he wants to make a defense against Keiji Mutoh.

Konosuke Takeshita has expressed a desire to face Kaito Kiyomiya, while in Zero-1, Shoki Kitamura wants a singles match with Naomichi Marufuji at Sumo Hall in March 2021.

~ Kaito Kiyomiya is practicing moonsaults in the NOAH dojo. He has said that he won’t use it in the match against Keiji Mutoh, but chances are that he probably will.

~ Shuhei Taniguchi bought homemade spam rice balls backstage for the roster. They were an instant success.

~ Tadasuke got drunk on Instagram and passed out. Shuhei Taniguchi (who Tadasuke has not had much to do with in the past) was a guest, and he and Tadasuke ended up talking about Studio Ghibli. Tadasuke says he doesn’t remember much else aside from Hitoshi Kumano turning up.

~Neither Naomichi Marufuji or Kenoh got a direct win over the champions they are challenging in their pre-matches on the 2nd August; Kenoh knocked out Kinya Okada and Naomichi Marufuji’s team lost when Go Shiozaki did a massive lariat on Atsushi Kotoge.

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

THIS WEEK IN NOAH

  • Tuesday 4th August: HAYATA (33)
  • Tuesday 4th August: “DEPARTURE, DAY 1”
  • Wednesday 5th August: “DEPARTURE DAY 2” (the 20th anniversary of NOAH’s first ever show)
  • Wednesday 5th August: Daisuke Harada debut (2006)
  • Saturday 8th August: Akitoshi Saito (55)

BROADCASTS

NOAH’s anniversary shows on the 4th and 5th August from Korakuen Hall will be broadcast live on G+ at 18:30 JST. Depending on your budget, you should consider subscribing to either iSakura or ForJoyTV. With ForJoyTv you can subscribe for a month (or longer), while iSakura will give you the option of a trial subscription for three days, if you just want it for these shows. I don’t know if these shows will be put on WrestleUniverse (although I think it will be likely). Kenta Kobashi will be the special guest commentator for both nights.

 

LINKS

Business integration of DDT and Noah, President Sanshiro Takagi is “aiming to hold Tokyo Dome event” 

“Aiming to be No.1 in the industry, Tokyo Dome event” Integration of DDT and Noah with the new company CyberFight 

How to watch Pro Wrestling Noah

“The size is difference”, Kenoh blasts Go Shiozaki and Katsuhiko Nakajima 

“With this right arm, I am going to beat you” Go Shiozaki to Naomichi Marufuji at the pre match

With thanks to Robert

Picture credit: Tadasuke, ABEMA Times


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Andrew’s TNA iMPACT! Results & Match Ratings: 4.18.2024

Motor City Machine Guns either go out on their backs, or head to Rebellion as champs! Lets see how they finish their current run in TNA!

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No burying the lead here! The Main Event is The System versus Motor City Machine Guns, and it’s the Go Home episode before Rebellion! So we’re guaranteed a damn good tag match, and we should get either new wrinkles, or ways to keep the storylines cooking going into the Pay-per-View.

With all the rumors and innuendo about the Guns being on their way out, I think we all assume that MCMG is losing, but my inner fanboy is still excited.

Ratings:

  • Little Guido w/New FBI vs Hammerstone: Hammerstone wins via Torture Rack – SQUASH
  • LSG vs Joe Hendry: Hendry wins via Standing Ovation – SQUASH
  • Mustafa Ali & GYV vs Cody Deaner, Jake Something & Rhyno: Ali wins via 450 Splash – ** 3/4
  • Rosemary w/Havok vs Jody Threat w/Dani Luna: Rosemary wins via Spear – ***
  • Motor City Machine Guns (Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley) vs The System (Eddie Edwards & Brian Myers) w/Alisha Edwards: System wins via Roster Cut + Knee Party – *** 1/4

 

Results:

So we kick off the match with Josh coming out to commentary again to watch Hammerstone’s match. They really need a new way to try and keep heat without reusing the same tired gimmick of “ring side seat” to a Squash match.

Little Guido w/New FBI vs Hammerstone

Guido tries to shoot the half, but Hammerstone shrugs him off, lifts him like a child and runs him into a corner, few short shots and then just tosses him across the ring. Hammer gets a little distracted talking smack to Josh and eats a foot, but then tosses Guido with the ole Sack of Shit move and keeps working over Guido.

Hammer shoves Clayton, and provokes him to push him back right in front of the referee. She ejects them, Guido tries to take advantage but when he goes for the pinfall Hammer kicks out immediately and presses Guido out of thing through the ropes. Continues to dog walk Guido, puts the head gear on the ECW Original and then Torture Racks him while staring directly at Josh, and of course picks up the submission victory.

LSG vs Joe Hendry

Hendry cuts a little promo, mentioning the Fat Uncle Phil joke…something about shopping at the TOP Dollar Store. Solid mic work.

LSG is a damn good local talent, he’s been seen in ROH and AEW in the past (perhaps others, but that’s what comes to mind immediately for me), but we all know this is an enhancement match. A few nice chain wrestling spots early, but Hendry uses his power to stop the smaller wrestler, Sack of Shit into Standing Ovation and the match is over quickly.

Mustafa Ali & GYV vs Cody Deaner, Jake Something & Rhyno

Well okay, having Deaner ask the crowd if they wanted a 3v2 or their third member…RHYNO…is pretty much a no brainer in Philly. But at least the gimmick isn’t quite as cringe as I expected.

Jake starts with Zack Gibson and throws him around. Jake goes for the tag and Deaner asks the crowd who Jake should tag, and the crowd picks Rhyno. Rhyno Whips Gibson into a corner, Drake actually softens the impact, allowing Gibson to fire back, tag out, but Rhyno levels both GYV members and then even knocks Ali off the apron. Rhyno tries to call to the crowd to tag in Deaner and that goes over like a fart in church. He tags him in anyway, and the crowd is kinda dead and doing whatever it wants after the obvious ECW chants when Rhyno tagged in.

GYV take a couple lumps but they of course start to work over Deaner and capture some momentum. Solid tandem work from GYV, they cut off Deaner from making a tag and goad Jake a little to cause the ref to block off the babyfaces so the heels can take a few shortcuts. Cody eventually makes the tag to Rhyno, hot tag, he tries to set up the Gore but the GYV manage to stop him in his tracks and hit an Enzuigiri to daze the Man Beast, he falls to his corner and Jake tags himself in. Jake literally runs them all over, tags in Cody and Launches him from the Top Rope into Zack Gibson. Ali makes the save and Jake tries to get his hands on Ali, but the GYV keep throwing themselves at him, literally. The triple team finally gets the best of Jake, they hit 3 Dives and then post Jake, so they gather around Cody like hyenas.

They forgot about Rhyno, he’s set up for a Gore, he Gores Drake, Gibson and Ali take out Rhyno, but then Cody starts to fight back. Ali stops Deaner’s offense with an Avalanche Sunset Bomb, then hits his 450 Splash. Jake barely misses being able to break up the pin.

Rosemary w/Havok vs Jody Threat w/Dani Luna

Jody tries to start quickly with Shoulder Tackles, Lariats and Scoop Slams, and it does seem somewhat effective. Rosemary is having trouble finding offense against the intensity, but she keeps kicking out. Shotgun Dropkick finally gives Rosemary an opening, she goes into full mount and rains down strikes. Rosemary shoves Jody into a corner and Bites her in the corner. Jody tries to fight out, they go across and Rosemary catches her with the legs and puts her in the Upside Down. Splash in the corner from Rosemary, Exploder Suplex and Jody is eating a lot of offense.

Rosemary looks like she’s caught after she gets tripped up into the ropes and Jody goes for her Rope Knee into the German, but Rosemary dodges. Rosemary hits her own suplex and pulls out a beautiful Last Chancery! I haven’t seen her do that in a long time. Jody manages to fight to the ropes, Rosemary is a little slow to capitalize and eats a Pump Kick. Rosemary goes flying into the ropes, Jody hits the Double Knees into the German this time for 2, and they trade a few haymakers after that. Jody folds Rosemary with a low Lariat, Zombie rise spot a few times, Jody goes for a pinfall and Rosemary kicks out.

Havok jumps up on the apron, Dani meets her and they decide to step down, but the distraction was enough. Jody turns around and eats a Spear. Rosemary wins!

Motor City Machine Guns (Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley) vs The System (Eddie Edwards & Brian Myers) w/Alisha Edwards

Eddie and Shelley start off, and its a very simple slow start. Mostly an early stalemate, the typical Japanese style the TNA seem to love to employ. Starters tag out, but then Shelley with the blind tag, Sabin Baseball Slides out, picks Eddie’s ankle and sends his face bouncing off the apron, while Shelley sneaks up being Myers and they hit a tandem move before we cut to commercial. Off of the commercial it looks like Eddie and Myers regained control. But a nice Jawbreaker from Shelley sends Eddie falling back into the MCMG corner. Dragon Screws to both legs from Sabin and Shelley, and we get the Dragon Screw dissection spot for the Guns.

Myers gets sick of things, tries to get involved, but Simultaneous Figure Fours from the MCMG makes The System look silly. Alisha does the classic “push the rope forward” gimmick to assist Eddie in breaking the hold. She keeps chirping at Shelley until she finally grabs his foot. Shelley doesn’t take kindly, tries to grab her by the hair but she gets away, Shelley eats a strike and falls back to the ropes so Lish can just throttle him with the rope, Sabin walks over and acts like he’s going to PK her and the look of disgust on her face is hilarious, like “how dare he threaten to kick her”. Would I be mad is Masha decides to team with Lish and they win the Knockouts Tag titles? No, because the Knockouts Tags are trash. But I still prefer Lish as valet/manager.

Shelley starts fighting back after another commercial break, Eddie tries to cut him off, but Sabin clocks Eddie and Shelley manages to make the tag and Sabin comes in. Lights up both System members, Kick off Tornado DDT, into a Running Gamengiri. Eddie tries to counter but Shelley assists, tandem strikes, Double Baseball Slide into the classic MCMG spot 5 Hole Dive! Keeping up with the classics Shelley stacks the System members on each other and hit the Missile Dropkick/Flatliner spot. As the Guns are rolling, Sabin accidentally catches Sabin with his foot and The System take control! They hit their pieces of the System Overload spot, but Sabin kicks out. Roster Cut attempt from Myers, but Shelley is back. High Speed Dirt, Machine Gun Sandwich, but Lish grabs Shelley’s foot when they’re setting up Skull and Bones. Shelley gets dropped on the turnbuckle and thrown out, Sabin eats the Roster Cut followed up with Boston Knee Party and System retains!

Its a little weird to have had the two commercial cuts and the fact there’s still Nic Nemeth to follow. So it feels a little flat, I hope this wasn’t their swan song match, because it was nice to see some classic spots, but it was entirely too abbreviated. 

Nemeth comes out, goes into the crowd and finds a kid with a kendo stick and borrows a beer from someone, so he does a bit of a Sandman tribute. Moose cuts off his promo basically immediately. He throws out the “can’t beat the system” line again, and Nic rolls with the punches well. Moose uses a few cute analogies about Nic having a failure laden past, but Nemeth bites back and its really damn good. He says he can see it in Moose’s eyes that he thinks he’s getting in the ring with Dolph Ziggler, but no, there is no more old Dolph Ziggler, just the new Nic Nemeth. And Moose’s cool seems to be slightly shaken after those words. Good promo.

Overall Score: 6.5/10

So this was okay, if it didn’t end as strongly as it did, I would’ve rated this much lower. Two squash matches in the beginning, reusing the Josh comes out to the announce table to watch trope is boring, hell even Clayton’s shove to Hammerstone was super lame looking. The Deaner match was luke warm at best, but things picked up around the Rosemary match.

Lets also not overlook the segments with ASH & Xia, Jonathan Gresham’s whole deal and EY having to return to the violence/sickness/world class maniac, whatever you want to call it, were all great building blocks. This definitely wasn’t what I would call a strong Go Home, but it didn’t hurt things for Rebellion. The whole injury of Cardona was addressed, which honestly sounded weird since Jordynne basically said she was expecting them to have a backup plan so she has a backup plan. I don’t really like how that video package came across.

But who knows, all I know is, this wasn’t an awful episode, it just wasn’t really strong either.  Here’s to hoping Rebellion Saturday is still strong.


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Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (4/18/24)

Time to Man Up!

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Will the Ivy League MVP earn a title shot?

The NEW ROH World Champion, Mark Briscoe, is here to step onto the Proving Ground with one of Maria Kanellis’ baby boys, Griff Garrison! Will Griff make Maria proud? Or will he reach for the sky?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Bryan Keith VS Aaron Solo; wins.
  • The Infantry VS The Iron Savages w/Jacked Jameson; win(s).
  • The Dark Order VS ???
  • Six Woman Tag: Diamante, Leila Grey & Taya Valkyrie VS Kiera Hogan, Leyla Hirsch & Trish Adora; win.
  • Lady Frost VS Marti Belle; wins.
  • Beast Mortos VS Nick Comoroto; wins.
  • Abadon VS Allysin Kay; wins.
  • ROH World Championship Proving Ground Match: Mark Briscoe VS Griff Garrison w/ Cole Karter & Maria Kanellis; wins and
  • Lee Johnson VS JD Drake; wins.

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