It’s NOAH’s big show in Yokohama headlined by Marufuji/Edwards for the GHC Title, lets see how it goes.
Match 1 – Junta Miyawaki, Masao Inoue & Tadasuke vs. Ashley Istria, Seiya Morohashi & Yoshinari Ogawa
Fine opening match to get things going, had a fair amount of decent action with Istria picking up the win using a cross armbreaker.
Winners: Istria’s team (via cross armbreaker) **3/4
Match 2 – Daisuke Ikeda & Kenou vs. Marshall von Erich & Ross von Erich
This was ok i guess, seemed a bit of a waste for Kenou who didn’t do much. Von Erich’s were a bit fumbly at times one of them even messing up a standing shooting star, Ikeda also seemed to not have much energy but then he is getting old. In the end Von Erich’s get the win, though the finish felt a bit flat with the grounded Von Erich claw. odd match-up that wasn’t the best.
Winners: Von Erichs (via Von Erich Claw) **1/4
Match 3 – GFW Impact World Heavyweight Title Match: Eli Drake (c) vs. Cody Hall
Bit of a throw-away title match really, lasting all of 5 minutes. It was decent enough what they did though, keeping it very back and forth but certainly doesn’t make the title seem like it means much and I’m still not a fan of Drake.
Winner: Eli Drake (via Gravy Train) **1/2
Match 4 – Hajime Ohara & Ultimo Ninja vs. Garza Jr. & Hi69
Good match with some really nice exchanges. The wrestlers we mostly paired off with their promotion counterparts so Ninja mainly interacted with Garza and Ohara with Hi69. They delivered some fun action all in all and kept a nice pace.
Winners: Garza/Hi69 (via Missile dropkick) ***1/4
Match 5 – Hitoshi Kumano vs. Minoru Tanaka
Solid match-up. Tanaka works on Kumano’s arm a little and makes him tap with a Minoru special. Kumano still gives it a good go though displaying some of his toughness and strength but in the end the veteran got him.
Winner: Tanaka (via Minoru Special) ***1/4
Match 6 – Akitoshi Saito, Maybach Taniguchi & Shiro Koshinaka vs. LEONA, Mitsuya Nagai & Tatsumi Fujinami
Decent match, there’s not much to expect from most of these veterans these days but they did well enough always fun seeing Koshinaka still managing to throw his hip attacks even at 59 years old. LEONA being the only young guy in the match ends up eating the fall, taking Maybach bomb Zwei that looked pretty shite tbh.
Winners: Maybach’s team (via Maybach Bomb Zwei) **3/4
Match 7 – Katsuhiko Nakajima & Masa Kitamiya vs. Moose & Yuji Okabayashi
Yuji & Moose together may seem like a bit of an odd team but this was a fun match-up overall. They kept the action flowing, had some fun exchanges and it was just very enjoyable.
Winners: Yuji/Moose (via Golem Splash) ***1/2
Match 8 – GHC Junior title Match: RATEL’S (HAYATA & YO-HEY) (c) vs. New Wrestling Aidoru (MAO & Shunma Katsumata)
Solid Junior tag match, they Kept it back and forth with the action staying constant. Not all that familiar with MAO and Shunma but they did good aside maybe lacking precision t a couple of points. Speaking of lacking precision Yo-Hey hits his Bambo Dragonfly to get the win, but once again lands on his opponents legs with it, which seems to be common occurrence, so he should really work a way around that. Anyway good match but nothing special.
Winners: RATEL’s (Bamboo Dragonfly) ***1/4
Match 9 – GHC Jr. Title Match: Taiji Ishimori (c) vs. Daisuke Harada
Great little Jr title match. Another one that was very back and forth with a nice a mount of damn good action that was kept nice and concise. Always a big fan of these two and they delivered wonderfully with Harada managing to win the title of Ishimori.
Winner: Daisuke Harada (via Katayama German suplex hold) ****
Match 10 – GHC Tag Team Title Match: Atsushi Kotoge & Go Shiozaki (c) vs. Funky Powers (Mohammed Yone & Quiet Storm)
This was very good. Funky Powers control a lot of, working well as a team and managing to isolate their opponents. Kotoge & Go still fight hard to stay in things though and full come back at the end leading to a great little finish stretch with some good nearfalls before Yone & Storm hit their Funky Buster Bomb (Musclebuster/sit-out bomb combo) to pick up the tag belts.
Winners: Funky Powers (via Funky Buster Bomb) ***3/4
Main Event – GHC Title Match: Eddie Edwards (c) vs. Naomichi Marufuji
Great main event, don’t think the pacing was the best though, they took a bit too much time with some things and didn’t feel much of the drama. There’s still a good amount to enjoy here though, they kept it back and forth and there’s this one crazy spot where they drag the guardrail towards the apron, Marufuji gets crotched on it and then Edwards slams into the side of his face with a top suicida. Definitely look like it hurt, though Marufuji does get his revenge with a piledriver on the apron. Anyway it was a great effort with Edwards managing to retain in his first defence. Just think it was missing something to make it truly standout
Winner: Edwards (via Die Hard Flowsion) ****
Overall I thought this was a solid enough show, first few matches were a little weak, but the show picks up and I certainly think the last few matches are worth checking out, though nothing must-see. Good stuff all in all.