NOAH draws closer to their next big show with an interesting Korakuen hall show to help build things up, featuring a three way between Sugiura,Kenou and Kiyomiya as well as a two out of three Falls tag main event between members of RATEL’s.
Match 1 – Cody Hall & LEONA vs. Hajime Ohara & Masao Inoue
Clipped match, Hall basically does a bit of comedy with Inoue before beating him around, Ohara comes in and does some running around then LEONA comes in to have a go at things but ends up submitting to Muy Bien. Stuff was ok.
Winners: Ohara/Inoue (via Muy Bien) NR
Match 2 – Hitoshi Kumano vs. Go Shiozaki
Another clipped match, though apparenlty the full match only lasted about 5 minutes. Seemed pretty fun with Kumano trying hard to target Shiozaki’s back, but it just ends up getting him pissed and he hits a Go Flasher breaks up the pinfall and hits a lariat to really put down Kumano.
Winner: Shiozaki (via Lariat) NR
Match 3 – Akitoshi Saito & Shiro Koshinaka vs. Maybach Taniguchi & Mitsuya Nagai
Clipped match thats decent, has Koshinaka throwing his old butt about a fair bit which is always fun and the most notable thing. Taniguchi ends up getting the win the Maybach Bomb Zwei.
Winners: Taniguchi/Nagai (via Maybach Bomb Zwei) NR
Match 4 – Hi69 vs. Minoru Tanaka vs. Yoshinari Ogawa vs. Taiji Ishimori
They class this as a four way but it’s techincally a tornado tag as Ishimori/Hi 69 and Ogawa/Tanaka are teams that feuding with each otherand have jr. tag Title match at the big Yokohama show. It’s a solid match-up with Tanaka and Ogawa continuing their assault on their opponents’ arm, which they’ve been doing since the start of the feud Ishimori/69 have had a tough time matching-up to the veterans and have lost every match they’ve been involved with them so far, except this time Ishimori managed to get a win for his team with a Mexican Roll, so it’s not all doom and gloom for them. Been enjoying this little feud though.
Winners: Ishimori (via Mexican Roll) ***
-After the match a pissed off Ogawa and Tanaka attack Ishimori and hi69 before taking their leave.
Match 5 – Hideki Suzuki & Jay Bradley vs. Atsushi Kotoge & Naomichi Marufuji
Solid tag match. This is Suzuki’s second match with NOAH (first since 2014) who is a welcome addition, he had a couple of good exchanges with Marufuji and helped his team get some control beating on Kotoge. Bradley has also been intergrating himself well, at the end he almost gets the win on Kotoge but ends up falling victim to a Kido Clutch which keeps him down for a 3 count.
Winners: Kotoge/Marufuji (via Kido Clutch) ***
Match 6 – Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. Quiet Storm
This match lasts two minutes before Nakajima actually knocks out Quiet Storm with a stiff kick to the head which I guess is revenge for Storm hitting him with a stiff lariat right at the start. Pretty fun and interesting outcome for a match that involves one half of the tag title match at the Yokohama Show.
Winner: Nakajima (via Knockout) NR
Match 7 – Masa Kitamiya vs. Mohammed Yone
Second half of the upcoming Yokohama tag title match, this match actually lasts longer though it is a little cut, it’s a good match too. Both guys have a good go at each other leading to some hard lariats and elbows being thrown about, though in the end it’s a muscle Buster that gets Yone the win, making both teams on level pegging.
Winner: Yone (Muscle Buster) ***1/4
Match 8 – Kaito Kiyomiya vs. Takashi Sugiura vs. Kenou
So this is part of the build for Sugiura and Kenou’s GHC Title match and is a very good 3 way. At first Sugiura and Kenou keep trying to discard Kiyomiya from the equation but he’s having none of itand refuses to back down, forcing himself to be a significant part of the match. From there everyone gets some fair interactions from it each other making for some very solid action. At the end Kenou takes out Kiyomiya ddoing a diving foot stomp onto him while he is piled on top of Sugiura. Sugiura manages a frankensteiner on Kenou which unexpectedly gets a 3 count which completely pisses off Kenou. I’ve been enjoying the build for their title match and I’m sure its gonna be pretty fierce.
Winner: Sugiura (via Frankensteiner) ***1/2
Main Event – Two out of three Falls: Daisuke Harada & Tadasuke vs. HAYATA & YO-HEY
The internal Ratels semi-conflict continues building up to Harada vs. HAYATA for the jr.title in Yokohama. This was a really good match with some fun action and nearfalls. Harada goes after HAYATA’s leg quite a bit, so I wonder if that’ll factor into their singles encounter. The match actually ends up being quite the struggle for HAYATA & YO-HEY as despite their efforts they did not manage to get one fall and instead Tadasuke managed to get both the pinfalls using the exact same move in the middle and at the end, so that certainly give the Champ Harada more of the momentum, though it makes me wonder if Tadasuke will decide to be next in line after the Harada/Hayata match. Anyway this was a really enjoyable end and best match on the show.
Winners: Harada/Tadasuke (via OutKast) ***3/4
Solid Korakuen Hall show overall for NOAH the Live nothing outstanding but still had a fair amount of enjoyable stuff and is a good build-up for their big Yokohama show, which I am very much looking forward too. Things are moving along well.
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