Its Noah the Reborn’s Global League Final as Go Shiozaki takes on Kenou, lets see how it goes!
Match 1 – Back Breakers (Hajime Ohara & Hitoshi Kumano) vs. LEONA & Yoshinari Ogawa
Decent enough opener, they keep things simple, Back Breakers get a bit of control and LEONA eats the loss as you’d expect. Nothing more to say really.
Winners: Back Breakers (via argentine Backbreaker) **1/2
Match 2 – Akitoshi Saito & Masao Inoue vs. Cody Hall & Sheldon Jean
This was alright, Inoue starts the match and things are pretty dull since he’s quite a limited worker, but they pick-up slightly once the tag is made to Saito but not by much. It’s ok, just easily skippable undercard filler.
Winners: Saito/Inoue (via Sickle Death) **1/2
Match 3 – Atsushi Kotoge & Taiji Ishimori vs. RATEL’S (HAYATA & YO-HEY)
Solid little match-up, delivered a nice slice of fun action. Ishimori was on top form as usual and was the main highlight of the match, good stuff from everyone else though still, can’t really go wrong with these 4 in a match currently.
Winners: Ishimori/Kotoge (via 450 splash) ***
Match 4 – Minoru Tanaka vs. Hi69
Decent match but I found it to be a little underwhelming, Hi69 gets control early on, but his control stuff isn’t all that interesting, things improve once Tanaka gets back into things and there’s is some good action, but never fully kicked it up a gear, still not bad though.
Winner: Minoru Tanaka (via Minoru Special) **3/4
Match 5 – Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. Masa Kitamiya vs. Masato Tanaka vs. Takashi Sugiura
Four way matches are incredibly rare in Japan, so it’s always nice to see one pop-up, this was a fun match too. Was interesting seeing Suguira and Tanaka work together a little (Suguira hits a sweet Sliding D) and then properly go at it towards the end. Kitamiya gets the win, which is nice for him considering the big players he was in there with, guys been doing well for himself this year though. This was good stuff.
Winner: Kitamiya (via Saito Suplex) ***1/4
Match 6 – Mohammed Yone & Quiet Storm vs. Maybach Taniguchi & Naomichi Marufuji
This was pretty solid, nothing too exciting though. Seemed to mainly suffer from some dead air and don’t think it had much energy to it. The match picks up a bit in it’s final few minutes though and overall its a decent effort with Mayback and Marufuji picking up the win over the tag champs which I guess should put them in line for a tag title match.
Winners: Maybach/Maurfuji (via Maybach Bomb Zwei) ***
Match 7 – GHC Jr. Title Match: Tadasuke vs. Daisuke Harada (c)
Two Ratell stablemates squaring off in a really good Jr Title match.Hhad a couple mad moments and some nice sequences. Harada Starts working Tadsukes arm early on, but it gets dropped once Tadasuke gains control. I think the match does lose a bit of momentum with Tadasuke’s control, but they pick things up nicely and have a good little finishing stretch with Harada successfully retaining.
Winner: Harada (via Katayama German Suplex Hold) ***3/4
Match 8 – Global League 2017 Final Match: Go Shiozaki vs. Kenou
Great final match with lots of stiff chops and kicks included. Go gets some control early on, but once that’s out the way it becomes one big back and forth affair with some really good action to enjoy and the crowd really starting to get into it by the end.
Kenou winning was definitely the right choice, I know may are in agreement that he is probably the next top guy NOAH has been needing, the crowd were firmly behind him here and were loudly receptive to him winning. He’s definitely been impressive this year and I do hope he beats Edwards for the title next month. All in all a very enjoyable match.
Winner: Kenou (via diving double stomp) ****
So obviously the shows main focus was on the Global League final, which delivered nicely and the Jr Title match was very good too. The rest of the show was fine enough but certainly skippable, so I’d only recommend the last two matches really. Certainly looking forward to their big show next month, should potentially be a hoot.