NOAH Great Voyage In Yokohama Vol 2.
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Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium – Tokyo, Japan
Masa Kitamiya vs. Takashi Iizuka1/2
Just skip this. 6 minutes of nothing. Iizuka jumped Masa during his entrance. Masa tried. This was not good in the slightest. Masa won with a Saito suplex which just looked like a standard back suplex.
Masa def. Takashi Iizuka
Kaito Kiyomiya vs. Minoru Suzuki***1/4
This was actually good and a lot better than I expected. Easily Kiyomiya’s best outing ever. It won’t ever not get depressing seeing Suzuki work a dead NOAH crowd. He’s meant to be one of the biggest heels but he has to tell the audience to clap to his theme. I just want him back where he belongs. This was a shoot numerous times. Kaito looked good with dropkicks and misc. but Suzuki turned this into a shoot with brutal knees on the outside and some of the stiffest palm strikes you’ll ever see. Kaito locked on a Boston Crab for three minutes. The crowd didn’t react as they knew Suzuki wasn’t tapping. In the end Suzuki won with the Gotch-style piledriver.
Minoru Suzuki def. Kaito Kiyomiya
GHC Junior Tag Team Championship: Jado & Gedo (c) vs. Kenoh & Hajime Ohara***1/4
Another good match! Not a good as the Jado & Gedo vs. Momo match but still this was highly enjoyable. I should say this was highly enjoyable before we got to the last three minutes then the match turned to crap. The world class tag team of Kenoh/Ohara took control early, working over their opposition. Kenoh unleashed some vicious kicks. Gedo took a tilt-a-whirl back breaker like a champion. Gedo is so incredibly good it always amazes how great he still is. This crowd didn’t care about Gedo or Jado or the match in general basically. They popped at some things but for the most part they were sitting on their hands. Gedo with a superkick. Kenoh turned it up with a foot stomp and a pele kick. Jado runs wild with lariats. Double stomp/back suplex combo from Kenoh and Ohara. This is the crap part: the ref takes a bump, Gedo low blows Kenoh, Jado makes Kenoh tap out to a face-lock.
Jado & Gedo def. Kenoh & Hajime Ohara to retain
GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship: Atsushi Kotoge (c) vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru***
This was just an acceptable match. Nothing offensive until the finishing stretch but other than that it was fine. I hesitate to call it good, it was a finely worked match with some neat high spots but the interference just killed it for me. I probably would have this match higher and write more about it but the interference just annoyed me too much. The thing that annoyed me most was that it was the exact same as the previous match. Ref bump, low blow? Like what the heck. This time though the lord and savior TAICHI ran down and tried to assist Kanemaru but Harada took care of Taichi, allowing Kotoge to retain the belt with the kill-switch.
Atsushi Kotoge def. Yoshinobu Kanemaru to retain
Go Shiozaki vs. Katsuyori Shibata***3/4
This was freaking great and you could tell these guys were holding back A LOT. I cannot wait for the eventual re-match as this was a 16 minute fight and I cannot wait for the next fight between these two athletes. So the match started off a little funky with grapple frick but that lasted all of 30 seconds then the chops and forearms started. Holy moly guacamole lemon squeezy, I think Go Shiozaki has the best chop in wrestling. His chops here were without a doubt the best chops I’ve seen all year besides the Fortune Dream III main event which also featured Go Shiozaki. Go landed a dropkick to Shibata who was seated in the front row meaning Go leaped over the barricade to deliver said dropkick. Shibata caught Go mid-air with a European uppercut which was killer. Go was so fired up, this was the best Shiozaki performance all year. The strikes were unreal holy cow! THIS IS GREAT. Corner dropkick from Shibata which results in Go bleeding from the mouth. They trade suplexes back and forth. Go-arm lariat followed by the Go-Crusher. Dropkick from Go. Sleeper suplex from Shibata, Kobashi was on commentary and called it a sleeper suplex which popped me. In the end Shibata wins with the PK.
Katsuyori Shibata def. Go Shiozaki
GHC Tag Team Championship Match: Naomichi Marufuji & Toru Yano (c) vs. Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma***1/4
This was surprisingly pretty good basically due to Marufuji awesomeness. He’s fresh off an unsuccessful IWGP Heavyweight Championship challenge and could of easily phoned it in, but no, he was the star of the match and put on a great performance. You don’t need to be a good wrestler to have a good match with Marufuji. You just have to be able to take all of his strikes. Crowd was into the match early on because of Marufuji. They didn’t give one shit about GBH. At one point Makabe did his corner punches to silence from the audience. Makabe really hates Yano. He didn’t put up with any of his nonsense. Makabe used a German suplex hold. Marufuji kicked the life out of Makabe. Everyone got their stuff in, Yano seemed very out of place though. Marufuji chopped the HELL out of Honma. Honma used a brutal brain buster on Marufuji. Kokeshi device from GBH which was shortly followed up by a fire thunder driver which Honma calls the Kokeshi spike. But the champs retain when Marufuji hit Honma with the Shiranui.
Naomichi Marufuji & Toru Yano def. Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma to retain
GHC Heavyweight Championship: Takashi Sugiura (c) vs. Katsuhiko Nakajima***3/4
Let me say this before anything else. This was another great Sugiura title match and one of the best matches of the month. Now, the biggest gripe from this for me was the length. For the first 15 minutes it just dragged and dragged, this match went over 30 minutes which we’ve come to expect with NOAH title matches. This one even more than the Masa Kitamiya match felt way too long. That being said it was still very good with tons of great moments. Intensity was shown by both men throughout the fight and a fight is exactly what this was. Nakajima landed a high kick real early on which stunned Sugiura. In one of the best spots of the year Sugiura gave Nakajima a belly to belly overhead suplex on the ramp. Then things slowed down and dragged for a long time. Nakajima came back with a missile dropkick and some Yakuza kicks. Sugiura also hit some big Yakuza’s. Superplex from the GHC Champ. The forearms Mr. Sugiura started dishing out were savage. Dropkick followed by a PK from Nakajima. This match had two of the worst ‘ONE’ kickout spots I’ve ever seen, the crowd didn’t care. Brainbuster but Sugiura kicked out to no reaction, Sugiura hit a better brainbuster afterwards. Olympic slam for a near-fall. Shoot headbutt followed by a missile kick to the back of the head from Nakajima. AWESOME dead lift German suplex hold followed by yet another brainbuster from Nakajima to win the GHC Heavyweight Championship. Congratulations to Mr. Nakajima! This is a moment he’s wanted since he was 16 running around with Kensuke Sasaki.
Katsuhiko Nakajima def. Takashi Sugiura to win the GHC Heavyweight Championship
NOAH GREAT VOYAGE IN YOKOHAMA VOL. 2
Very Good - 7.5/10
This was one of the best NOAH shows in recent memory and nothing was bad except for the Iizuka singles match and the two opening matches which weren't bad but were just nothing. NOAH follows up this show with the Global League tour. It's the weakest Global League ever and will not produce match quality like years prior especially in the A block. In any case congratulations to Katsuhiko Nakajima. Maybe they were off by about two-three years but at least he finally has the championship now. Thank you for reading.