NOAH The Second Navigation for February 14, 2017
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Korakuen Hall – Tokyo, Japan
Taiji Ishimori, Hi69 & Rionne Fujiwara vs. HAYATA, YO-HEY & Tadasuke went to a time limit draw***
This was clipped like most of the matches on this card, but was super fun. We probably saw about seven or so minutes of high-speed action. This is building to the Jr. tag decision match between YO-HEY & HAYATA vs. XX (Hi69 & Taiji Ishimori). Rionne and Tadasuke were thrown into this and both were very good, especially Fujiwara. Fujiwara came off like a world beater in this contest, he is the perfect fit for NOAH THE REBORN. His kicks were devastating as well as his suplexes. YO-HEY is full of charisma and super athletic, so happy for these independent dudes getting a shot in a bigger promotion. They are giving 100% effort in every show doesn’t matter if it’s a random show in Osaka or in Korakuen, they are killing it. After watching all these guys on the indies for years, I’m so happy for them. This match went to a 15-minute time limit just as it looked like YO-HEY was going to pin Ishimori.
Atsushi Kotoge def. Daisuke Harada***1/4
The first battle of former tag team partners on this show. Harada stayed true to being a junior and Kotoge chose to rise up the ranks and go heavyweight. Kotoge is very good, but I was tentative of him going heavy. But, he has done nothing but impress me. NOAH as a whole has impressed me the last couple months. Harada is one of my favorite workers, his style and look is what I strive to be as a wrestler. He can get fancy but also busts out his vicious suplexes when needed. He took the fight to Kotoge on the outside showing he has a wild side, giving his former tag team partner a suplex onto a pile of chairs. Kotoge came out on top with the Kill Switch which Harada sold like a million bucks.
Kenoh def. Hajime Ohara ***1/2
Sadly this was a little clipped, but it was still very good from what I saw. I am sad with the result, but the match was fun. Kenoh will be the GHC Heavyweight one day, especially in this new NOAH. He and Nakajima will have a main event feud and it will be special. Ohara focused on the back of Kenoh throughout. Kenoh is a killer, he let loose with his strikes. especially his kicks. In the end, Kenoh took his time to deliver the double foot-stomp to finish his former tag team partner.
Naomichi Marufuji & Hitoshi Kumano def. Takashi Sugiura & Kaito Kiyomiya***1/2
I thought this was a very well put together match. pitting two NOAH veterans against one another with two younger guys tagging along for the ride. Kiyomiya earned Sugiura’s respect and is now his tag partner. Kumano is a bad man and will be the best grumpy old uncle wrestler one day. Sadly, Marufuji did whiff one kick in this bout, but besides that he was on-point. I really love Marufuji, he is one of the best and has been for well over a decade. Kiyomiya impressed with a big deadlift German suplex hold on Marufuji. Marufuji almost committed another homicide in the closing portion of the match where he mucked up Kiyomiya’s face with knees. He finished him off with his trademark Shiranui.
Post-match Keji Mutoh came out and announced he will be on the 3/12 NOAH Yokohama Event teaming with non-other than Naomichi Marufuji. They will be known as the ‘Genius Tag Team’.
Katsuhiko Nakajima & Masa Kitamiya def. Go Shiozaki & Maybach Taniguchi***1/2
Another very good tag match, not as good as some of the Go/Maybach tags from this year but still a very worthy main event. The crowd was red hot for this match and it was well deserved. All the lads in this contest put their bodies on the line. I love how hard they work, NOAH being a workhorse promotion is a complete 180 from this time last year. Go is getting some of his fans back and he is basically a killer now. His chops and lariats are stiffer than ever, I’ve always loved Go so it’s great to see the crowd taking a liking to him again. Maybach is in the best position of his career teaming with Shiozaki. Definitely the best in-ring run of his career, remember those Iizuka matches ? My god they were terrible. Maybach used a great release German suplex in this match. Nakajima does this spot where he kicks you from the back and on the chest one after another ending in a PK, IT’S SO GODDAMN COOL. In the end. the GHC Heavyweight Champion pinned Maybach with his Brainbuster.
NOAH THE SECOND NAVIGATION - FEBRUARY 14, 2017
Pretty Good - 6.5/10
Nothing MOTY quality, but I loved this show. I heard negative things for some reason, but I loved it. Every match that was meant to deliver most certainly delivered. NOAH continues to impress me each time I watch them.