NOAH Navigation for the Future 2019 (1/2/19) Review

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Time for more NOAH as Kaito Kiyomiya has his 2nd GHC Title defence against Masa Kitamiya.

Match 1 – Hooligans (Cody Hall, KAZMA SAKAMOTO & Mitsuya Nagai) vs. Kenou, Kinya Okada & Yoshiki Inamura

This has been clipped but it’s not bad, Kenou does well matching up against the hooligans then reluctantly tags in Okada. Him and Imamura do a bit of double teaming but he gets left with SAKAMOTO and despite getting in a few strikes, a thrust kick to the face takes him out for the 3 count.
Winners: Hooligans (via Thrust kick) NR – Clipped

Match 2 – HAYATA, Junta Miyawaki & Seiya Morohashi vs. Kotaro Suzuki, YO-HEY & Yoshinari Ogawa

Another match with half of it clipped, what they show was good though, YO-HEY and HAYATA had some real nice back and forth on the go and you have Junta and Seiya continuing to work pretty well as a team. At the end however Junta ends up on his own and gets ganged up on before Kotaro finishes him off with a Blue Destiny.
Winners: Suzuki/YO-HEY/Ogawa (via Blue Destiny) NR – Clipped

-HAYATA shakes Yo-hey’s hand afterwards, so they friends again?

Match 3 – Hi69 & Minoru Tanaka vs. RATEL’S (Daisuke Harada & Tadasuke)

Third match that has some minutes shaved off. Some real solid action on the go though that stays back and forth through-out and escalates nicely in it’s excitement levels. At the end Hi69 wins with the Stuka Splash.
Winners: Hi69/Tanaka (via Stuka Splash) NR – Clipped

Match 4 – GHC Junior Tag Title Match: Back Breakers (Hajime Ohara & Hitoshi Kumano) (c) vs. Keisuke Ishii & Kouki Iwasaki

This as also been clipped which is unfortunate for a title match, most of it is intact though and is very good stuff.
Ishii and Iwasaki seem more than prepared for the champs as they gain control in the match and even when the Back breakers come back they are the ones getting in most of the offence and a get couple little nearfalls.
By the end though Back Breakers just about manage to find their footing and lock in both their submission finishers on their opponents to make them submit and successfully retain. Very enjoyable,full thing would probably be in the ***1/2 – ***3/4 range. Ishii/Iawasaki made for some real good challengers.
Winners: Back Breakers (via Argentine Backbreaker) NR – Clipped (recommended)

Match 5 – Akitoshi Saito, Naomichi Marufuji & Takashi Sugiura vs. Atsushi Kotoge, Go Shiozaki & Katsuhiko Nakajima

Solid little 6 man that is actually kept in tact, but it is Marufuji’s return match from injury. Right off the bat Kotoge’s team isolate Marufuji and start taking out his knee. It isn’t long though before Sugiura is clearing house and things are evened up. Marufuji/Go then have some nice interaction including them seeing who can colour up each others chest the most with chops.
Saito finally comes in towards the end after barely being in the match and is part of the final two with Kotoge, but he ends up getting caught in an odd pinning clutch which gives Kotoge the victory.
Winners: Kotoge/Shiozaki/Nakajima (via pinning clutch) ***1/4

Match 6 – GHC Tag title Match: 50 Funky Powers (Mohammed Yone & Quiet Storm) vs. Hooligans (Maybach Taniguchi & Yuji Hino) (c)

It would appear that this has had a few minutes cut too, though I didn’t notice til I saw the match time at the end.
Match itself is decent, you’ve obviously got the Hooligans getting involved who take out Yone on the outside leaving Storm on his own.
I guess they cut out some of the control stuff  but  Storm seems to be holding himself pretty well on his own until Yone is recovered.
Just as Funky Powers start building Their momentum though the other hooligans get involved again, attacking them and taking out the ref. Sugiura and Marufuji end up coming down to help though, allowing Funky Powers to actually hit the Funky Buster Bomb and wins the tag belts.
The whole Hooligans stuff was a little tiresome and the rest of it was solid enough but nothing too exciting.
Winners: 50 Funky Powers (via Funky Buster Bomb) ***

-After the match Kotoge comes out and he’s finally found a tag partner….Eddie Edwards!!

Main Event – GHC Title Match: Masa Kitamiya vs. Kaito Kiyomiya (c)

Terrific match. Kiyomiya put in a really great performance throwing nearly everything at Kiyomiya. At first a alot of his offence focuses on Kiyomiya’s leg but when he fails to get the win with his Prison Lock he goes for the more hefty offense and even gets a good near-fall with the Saito suplex.
By the end  he tries to absorb and rise up from Kiyomiya’s offense and manages to kick out of a Tiger suplex but a second tiger suplex finally puts him down for 3 the count. Feel like Kiyomiya needs to change up his finishing sequence a little as it’s been the same for the last few matches and involves two tiger suplexes which is getting a little repetitive.
Other than that I really enjoyed this match, the whole thing flowed very nicely though there are a couple of clipped parts. I don’t think it cuts any action though, just when they are on the outside and need to come in.
I know I really praised Kitamiya but honestly the guy really knows how to carry himself in big matches and really hope he gets a title run down the line. That’s not to discount Kiyomiya though who was also very good here, the leg selling was a little inconsistent but he showed great spirit as per usual.
Winner: Kiyomiya (via Tiger suplex hold) ****1/4

Fairly decent show overall, alot of clipping on the go but also alot of pretty solid action. Main event is definitely worth checking out though at least and I’d recommend the Jr. tag title match too.

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