Pro Wrestling NOAH Winter Navigation Final (22/12/17) Review

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It’s NOAH’s last big show of 2017 and one I’ve been most hyped for, was meant to watch it live but circumstances changed that. I still managed to stay unspoiled though, so lets see how it went. Lets go Kenoh!

Match 1 – Go Shiozaki, Masao Inoue & Yoshinari Ogawa vs. Akitoshi Saito, Great Kabuki & Shiro Koshinaka

So this is Great Kabuki’s final match which is fair, considering his age and how limited e became in ring, honestly I’ve seen hardly any of his matches, so I should really delve into them some time, anyway he certainly is a legend of biz.
Match itself was fine enough, obviously there wasn’t much to expect but I think they worked it well enough with the limitations, always fun seeing Shiro throws his hips about and Kabuki gotta mist someone’s face one last time allowing Saito to hit the Sickle of Death and get the pinfall.
Winners: Kabuki’s team (via Sickle of Death) **3/4

-Post-Match Kabuki gets a lovely little ceremony ending with him leaving with his nun-chucks left in the ring.

Match 2 – Back Breakers (Hajime Ohara & Hitoshi Kumano) vs. Seiya Morohashi & Tadasuke

Pretty fun little match, delivered some solid back and forth action and kept a good pace. Nothing more to say really.
Winners: Back Breakers (via Argentine Backbreaker) **3/4

Match 3 – Cody Hall & Sheldon Jean vs. Katsuhiko Nakajima & Masa Kitamiya

Another fun tag match, Cody and Sheldon have control from the outset, but that quickly gets turned around and Kitamiya gets the win in a very sudden manner. So short match but it had some solid stuff.
Winners: Kitamiya/Nakajima (via Spear) **3/4

Match 4 – XX (Hi69 & Taiji Ishimori) & Atsushi Kotoge vs. LEONA, Mitsuya Nagai & Yuko Miyamoto

Decent match-up. They start out with a bit of crowd brawling before getting into the ring. Really enjoyed the stuff between Miyamoto and Ishimori, that was the main highlight of the match and I would happily watch them in a singles, which could potentially happen since they have a bit of an exchange after the match. Rest of the match was serviceable enough with LEONA of course taking the fall…because LEONA.
Winners: XX/Kotoge (via diving splash) **3/4

Match 5 – GHC Jr. Title match: RATEL’S (HAYATA & YO-HEY) (c) vs. Gurukun Mask & Shuri Joe

This was good. Mask and Joe get some control at the start and once that’s out the way things pick up and we get some nice constant back and forth junior action. Very solid work from all involved, not very familiar with Mask and Joe but they certainly did well, in the end though RATEL’s manage to successfully defend.
Winners: RATEL’S (via Gamen G) ***1/2

Match 6 – GHC Tag Title Match: Mohammed Yone & Quiet Storm (c) vs. Maybach Taniguchi & Naomichi Marufuji

Final tag match of the event and it was very solid, certainly an improvement over the previous match they had. Had a much better flow and energy which makes sense since the titles are on the line this time. Mayback and Marufuji get some control in the beginning, then it turns more back and forth as is standard. At the end though Marufuji accidentally takes out Maybach with a knee and Maybach retaliates taking out Marufuji, costing him the match, so it looks like that team has fallen apart. All in all some good stuff.
Winners: Yone/Storm (via Funky Buster Bomb) ***1/2

Match 7 – Moose vs. Takashi Sugiura

Well this was great, guys went straight for it from the get go and delivered a highly enjoyable sprint, could have happily watched this go for a few more minutes, but they used their time to well and really put in the effort. Nice one.
Winner: Sugiura (via Olympic slam) ***3/4

Match 8 – GHC Jr. Title Match: Daisuke Harada (c) vs. Minoru Tanaka

Great jr. title match between these two, had some really good action to enjoy including some mightily stiff kicks from Tanaka. He gets a little bit of control working Harada’s arm, but it’s mostly back and forth with some good pacing and nearfalls as well as some smooth as hell sequences. Harada successfully defends, but what an effort from Tanaka.as  continues to show that he’s still barely lost a step at age 45.
Winner: Harada (via Katayama German Suplex hold) ****1/4

Main Event – GHC Title Match: Kenoh vs. Eddie Edwards (c)

Yay he did it! Kenou got the big one! for someone I hadn’t really watched much prior to this year, seeing him get on my radar and rise up to the top has been great and the exact right move NOAH needed to make though Edwards has had a nice little run with it. Match itself was really good, had a lot of nice action to enjoy including some stiff as heck chops and kicks. Edwards got the tiniest bit of control in the beginning, but other than that it was a very even match with both guys working hard to get the win. Wouldn’t say it was outstanding but still a great way to top off Kenoh’s rise in NOAH.
Winner: Kenoh (diving foot stomp) ****

-Post-match Kaito Kiyomiya returns from his excursion to challenge Kenoh.

Overall I thought this was a good show, the main matches delivered nicely and the undercard though nothing special was also all in enjoyable. I think my favourite match was Harada/Tanaka but Main event wasn’t far off. Noah the Reborn has been heading in some good directions lately and I cannot wait to see how they do in 2018, hopefully things will continue to be on the up.

Sayonara

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