It’s the latest big NOAH show, held at the Korakuen Hall, with Nakajima/Edwards for GHC Title in the main event. Lets hope for some good stuff.
Match 1 – Akitoshi Saito, Seiya Morohashi & Yoshinari Ogawa vs. Back Breakers (Hajime Ohara & Hitoshi Kumano) & Masao Inoue
This was an alright opener, nothing that exciting. Stuff between the younger Juniors was pretty fun, but then there was quite a bit of stuff between the older veterans which included a couple of comedy bits and wasn’t all that enjoyable, but Saito and Inoue aren’t exactly the best of wrestlers anyway (especially these days) so you can’t expect much there. Feel like it should have been a little shorter too for an opener other than that it was fine i guess.
Winners: Back Breakers/Inoue (via Argentine Backbreaker) **1/2
Match 2 – Masa Kitamiya & Mohammed Yone vs. RATEL’S (Daisuke Harada & Tadasuke)
Decent little tag match. Ratel’s control most of it isolating Kitamiya and taking Yone off the apron. Kitamiya and Yone get back into things though and get the win after Yone hits a muscle buster.
Winner: Yone/Kitamiya (via Muscle Buster) **3/4
Match 3 – Cody Hall vs. Quiet Storm
Well this was ok. Cody gets some control which was a little boring and then the finish felt a bit abrupt with Quiet storm suddenly winning from a sliding lariat. Looked like Cody might have been hurt but who knows. Match was just kind of there, not all that interesting.
Winner: Quiet Storm (via sliding lariat) **1/4
Match 4 – Kenou vs. LEONA
Decent 5 minute outing. Leona tries to come at Kenou before the bell rings but he is quickly thwarted an gets beaten up, until he tries to get the win a few cradles which also doesn’t work before Kenou finally takes him out with a soccer kick, lifts Leona’s head up before the 3 count and gives him a diving foot stomp for good measure. LEONA really didn’t stand much of a chance.
Winner: Kenou (via diving foot stomp) **3/4
Match 5 – GHC Jr. Tag Title Match: XX (Hi69 & Taiji Ishimori) (c) vs. RATEL’S (HAYATA & YO-HEY)
Very solid Jr. tag title match. had some really nice exchanges and moves especially between Ishimori and YO-HEY who seem to be in the bulk of the atch. XX do get some control but it gets very back and forth from then on. In the end YO-HEY manages to catch Hi69 with a cradle that 69 tries to reverse but get put right back into it for the 3 count, making RATEL’s the new champs.
Winners: RATEL’S (via crucifix cradle) ***1/2
Match 6 – GHC tag title match: Maybach Taniguchi & Naomichi Marufuji (c) vs. Atsushi Kotoge & Go Shiozaki
Really good match between these teams. Maybach/Marufuji get control of Kotoge early on and really punish him before he and Shiozaki get back into things and it becomes full on back and forth contest full of fun action that includes a few nice double team moves. Of course Marufuji and Go pain each others chests purple with a lovely chop battle too. In the end hough after some close nearfalls, Kotoge gets the win with a second Killswitch on Maybach. Making Kotoge and Go the new tag team champions which Kotoge’s first belt as a heavyweight.
Winner: Kotoge/Shiozaki (via Killswitch) ****
Main event – GHC Title Match: Eddie Edwards vs. Katsuhiko Nakajima (c)
Great main event to end the show. Lots of enjoyable back and forth action to digest here including some big moves/bumps and some stiff strikes be dished out. Feel like the match could have gone at a slightly brisker pace but it certainly didn’t take away from my enjoyment of it. They both really went at it and in the end Edwards picks up the win making him the first Gaijin ever to win the GHC belt. Well deserved too. Some real good stuff here.
Winner: Eddie Edwards (via Die Hard flowsion) ****1/4
So the first half of the show was very meh but the 3 title matches delivered especially the last two, so I guess that’s all that matters. Crowd were a little mild which hurt things a bit but attendance wasn’t the best which NOAH has been really sturggling with unfortunately. Anyway title matches are worth checking out, leave the rest behind.
-So at the moment I’m working on watching most of the GHC heavyweight title bouts there have ever been, so look out for that at some point.