So this is the last day of NOAH’s Navigation with Breeze tour, which was held in the Korakuen Hall and features the GHC Heavyweight and tag titles on the line. Lets see how it goes.
-They open by paying tribute to Mitsuharu Misawa.
Match 1 – RATEL’S (Daisuke Harada, HAYATA, Tadasuke & YO-HEY) vs. XX (Hi69 & Taiji Ishimori), Seiya Morohashi & Yoshinari Ogawa
Decent little opener to get things started, everyone pretty much got a chance to do their part. Ogawa’s team do get a small bit of control but it’s mainly back and forth with the new Jr. Champ HAYATA getting the win with a moonsault.
Winner: RATEL’s(via moonsault) **3/4
Match 2 – Back Breakers (Hajime Ohara & Hitoshi Kumano) vs. Akitoshi Saito & Masa Kitamiya
Pretty solid match-up. Kept a consistent pace and had some fun exchanges. In the Kitamiya picks up the win with a Saito suplex.
Winner: Kitamiya(via Saito Suplex) ***1/4
Match 3 – Go Shiozaki vs. Kaito Kiyomiya
This was a really good. The youngster Kiyomiya put in a great effort with lots of energy and determination even with his chest getting destroyed by Go’s chops. Go certainly didn’t go easy on him but he tried hard to keep up and stay in the things. In the end though Go gets the win putting Kiyomiya down with a Gowan Lariat. Kiyomiya is definitely impressive and on his way to a bright future if he keeps it up with his passion and spirit. He’s gonna be on an excursion to Canada soon which is sure to help him grow even more. Very enjoyable match.
Winner: Go(via Gowan Lariat) ***3/4
Match 4 – Brian Cage vs. Takashi Suguira
Very solid match between these two. Cage seems to have the upper-hand in the beginning but Suguira manages to hold his own well making for an even and physical match-up that was very entertaining.
Winner: Cage(via Drill Claw) ***1/2
Match 5 – GHC Heavyweight Title No. 1 Contendership match: Kenou vs. Atsushi Kotoge
Another really solid match. Just more straight up good back and forth action, don’t think I was as fully invested as I should have been, but the match was still very enjoyable. Kotoge get the win with a Killswitch making him the new No. 1 contender for whoever wins the main event.
Winner: Kotoge(via Killswitch) ***1/2
Match 6 – GHC Tag Title match: Maybach Taniguchi & Naomichi Marufuji (c) vs. Cody Hall & Randy Reign
This was very good. Cody & Randy have control for a good portion early on but once Marufuji springboards is way to the tag(which was cool) Things get more back and forth and lead to some fun exchanges like Cody and Maybach going back and forth with german suplexes. Good effort from Reigns and Hall I feel like they can be a bit slow at times but they worked well enough here and Marufuji and Maybach lead them along to an enjoyable match, in the end Marufuji and Maybach retain after Maybach hits Randy with a waistlock sit-out slam type move to get the pinfall.
Winners: Maybach/Marufuji(via waistlock sit-out slam) ***1/2
Main event – GHC Heavyweight Title match – Katsuhiko Nakajima (c) vs. Mohammed Yone
Really solid main event. Took me a while to get fully invested in it, but it definitely got heated in the last few minutes with some stiff shots being delivered and the crowd go really into it too. Just another very back and forth match full of good action which seemed to be the trend of this show. In the end Nakajima retains the title after spiking Yone with a brainbuster but Yone definitely had a good go of it and the crowd was certainly behind them. Maybe one day you’ll get it Yone, maybe one day.
Winner: Nakajima(via Brainbuster) ***3/4
This was a very enjoyable show overall. Wouldn’t say that any of the matches were outstanding but they were still mostly very good and packed with lots of solid action. Good stuff.