It’s become obvious over the last coupld weeks that between work and the holidays I’m really burned out and can’t keep up with the site like I should be able to, therefore after I update the December schedule following this post I’m taking a brief hiatus from updating the site and posting news/results. I plan to resume updating the site this coming weekend (definitely for Saturday’s major NOAH event) although between now & the end of the year my work schedule is going to be problematic at times.
Apologies in advance for the inconvenience and thanks for understanding.
NOAH has been putting the final touches on Saturday’s GREAT VOYAGE 2013 in TOKYO Vol. 2-Akira Taue Retirement Event this weekend, including setting what looks to be the final card. It’s now as follows (in order):
Super Crazy vs. Pesadiya
Mohammed Yone & Atsushi Kotoge vs. Daisuke Harada & Hitoshi Kumano
Yoshihiro Takayama & Hajime Ohara (Independent/Freelancer) vs. Kensuke Sasaki & Mitsuhiro Kitamiya
Maybach Taniguchi vs. Katsuyori Shibata (Independent/Freelancer)
Akira Taue Retirement Match: Akira Taue, Takeshi Morishima, Takashi Sugiura & Genba Hirayanagi vs. Genichiro Tenryu (Tenryu Project), Tatsumi Fujinami (Dradition) Masao Inoue (Independent/Freelancer) & Kentaro Shiga (Independent/Freelancer)
GHC Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Champions Jushin Liger & Tiger Mask 4 (New Japan) vs. Yoshinari Ogawa & Zack Saber Jr. for the titles
GHC Jr. Heavyweight Champion Taiji Ishimori vs. Tatsuhito Takaiwa for the title
GHC Heavyweight Tag Team Champions Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls vs. Naomichi Marufuji & Katsuhiko Nakajima for the titles
GHC Heayvweight Champion KENTA vs. Yuji Nagata (New Japan) for the title
NOAH announced today that fellow puro legend & former NOAH star Kenta Kobashi will be in attendance at the event. Fellow longtime veteran Toshiaki Kawada is also rumored to be attending.
Takaiwa was a late replacement in the title match for the “injured” Davey Richards. The original report was he suffered a neck injury but other stuff I’ve read elsewhere suggests it could be-emphasis on could be-he’s all but on his way to WWE (he’s done with Ring Of Honor too).
Shibata will be making his first appearance in NOAH in over 7 years (last time was September 2006)
If KENTA retains the GHC Heavyweight Title he will set the new record for most successful defenses in a calendar year (9)
New Japan kicked off the annual World Tag League this past weekend, results from the first 5 events:
Saturday at Korakuen:
They claimed 2150 paid (super full bill stop/a Full House).
Tiger Mask 4 & Jushin Liger beat Sho Tanaka & Yohei Komatsu in 4:51. TM 4 pinned Komatsu.
TAKA Michinoku, Davey Boy Smith Jr. & Lance Archer beat KUSHIDA, Strong Man & Manabu Nakanishi in 8:36. TAKA pinned KUSHIDA.
Yuji Nagata beat Takashi Iizuka in 6:23 by DQ.
Doc Gallows (Luke Gallows) & Karl Anderson beat BUSHI & Kota Ibushi in 4:56. Gallows pinned Ibushi.
Jado, Yujiro Takahashi & Toru Yano beat Taichi, Shelton X Benjamin & Minoru Suzuki in 10:26. Takahashi pinned Taichi after Tokyo Pimps.
World Tag League:
Bad Luck Fale & Prince Devitt beat Tomoaki Honma (Independent/Freelancer) & Makabe in 10:11. Fale pinned Honma.
Tomohiro Ishii & Shinsuke Nakamura beat Captain New Japan & Hiroshi Tanahashi in 13:12. Ishii pinned Captain after a vertical drop brainbuster.
Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima beat Jax Dane & Rob Conway in 10:36. Kojima pinned Conway after a lariat.
YOSHI-HASHI & Kazuchika Okada beat La Sombra & Tetsuya Naito in 14:04. Okada pinned Sombra after Rainmaker.
Sunday at Kyoto KBS Hall:
They claimed 1200 paid (super full bill stop/a Full House).
Taichi & TAKA Michinoku beat Yohei Komatsu & Sho Tanaka in 8:01. Taichi beat Tanaka with a Taichi-type Gedo Clutch.
Jax Dane & Rob Conway beat Tomoaki Honma & Yuji Nagata in 7:27. Conway pinned Honma.
Bad Luck Fale & Prince Devitt beat BUSHI & Makabe in 7:56. Fale pinned BUSHI.
KUSHIDA, Jushin Liger, Tiger Mask 4, La Sombra & Tetsuya Naito beat Jado, Gedo, YOSHI-HASHI, Yujiro Takahashi & Kazuchika Okada in 12:48. Sombra pinned Gedo.
World Tag League:
Block A: Strong Man & Manabu Nakanishi beat Captain New Japan & Hiroshi Tanahashi in 9:05. Nakanishi pinned Captain.
Tomohiro Ishii & Shinsuke Nakamura beat Davey Boy Smith Jr. & Lance Archer in 13:02. Nakamura pinned Smith after Boma Ye.
Doc Gallows & Karl Anderson beat Takashi Iizuka & Toru Yano in 9:56. Gallows pinned Iizuka.
Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan beat Shelton X Benjamin & Minoru Suzuki in 12:38. Tenzan pinned Benjamin.
Monday at Iwade Municipal Gym:
They claimed 1000 paid.
Taichi & TAKA Michinoku beat Sho Tanaka & Yohei Komatsu in 6:53. TAKA pinned Komatsu.
Jax Dane & Rob Conway beat Captain New Japan & Jushin Liger in 8:14. Conway pinned Captain.
Doc Gallows & Karl Anderson beat BUSHI & KUSHIDA in 6:57. Gallows pinned BUSHI.
Tiger Mask 4, Yuji Nagata, Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan beat Gedo, Yujiro Takahashi, Takashi Iizuka & Toru Yano in 10:19. Tenzan beat Gedo with Anaconda Vise.
La Sombra, Hiroshi Tanahashi & Tetsuya Naito beat Jado, Tomohiro Ishii & Shinsuke Nakamura in 12:49. Naito pinned Jado after Stardust Press.
World Tag League:
Bad Luck Fale & Prince Devitt beat Strong Man & Manabu Nakanishi in 7:38. Devitt pinned Man.
Davey Boy Smith Jr. & Lance Archer beat Tomoaki Honma & Makabe in 11:09. Smith pinned Honma after Killer Bomb.
Block B: Shelton X Benjamin & Minoru Suzuki beat YOSHI-HASHI & Kazuchika Okada in 11:37. Suzuki pinned YOSHI-HASHI after a Gotch-style piledriver.
Tuesday at Osaka:
They claimed 800 paid (full house/sellout).
BUSHI beat Sho Tanaka in 6:04.
KUSHIDA, Strong Man & Manabu Nakanishi beat TAKA Michinoku, Davey Boy Smith Jr. & Lance Archer in 9:10. KUSHIDA pinned TAKA.
Jax Dane & Rob Conway beat Jado & Gedo in 9:25. Conway pinned Gedo.
Tiger Mask 4, Jushin Liger & Yuji Nagata beat Taichi, TAKA Michinoku & Minoru Suzuki in 10:48. Nagata pinned Taichi.
Tomohiro Ishii, Takashi Iizuka, Toru Yano & Shinsuke Nakamura beat Captain New Japan, Tomoaki Honma, Makabe & Hiroshi Tanahashi in 13:42. Yano pinned Captain after Red Fog.
World Tag League:
Block A: Bad Luck Fale & Prince Devitt beat Yujiro Takahashi & Masato Tanaka in 8:58. Fale pinned Takahashi.
Doc Gallows & Karl Anderson beat YOSHI-HASHI & Kazuchika Okada in 11:09. Gallows pinned YOSHI-HASHI.
Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan beat La Sombra & Tetsuya Naito in 12:49. Kojima pinned Sombra after a lariat.
Today at Tokushima Municipal Gym:
They claimed 900 paid.
Jado beat Yohei Komatsu in 6:59.
Tiger Mask 4, Jushin Liger & Yuji Nagata beat BUSHI, Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan in 8:53. Nagata pinned BUSHI.
World Tag League:
Yujiro Takahashi & Masato Tanaka beat Strong Man & Manabu Nakanishi in 9:13. Takahashi pinned Nakanishi after Tokyo Pimps.
Tomoaki Honma & Makabe beat Captain New Japan & Hiroshi Tanahashi in 10:16. Makabe pinned Captain after a King Kong kneedrop.
Block B: Jax Dane & Rob Conway beat Toru Yano & Takashi Iizuka in 8:02 by DQ (Iizuka DQ’d). 2 points for the winners.
Tomohiro Ishii & Shinsuke Nakamura beat Taichi & Minoru Suzuki in 12:43. Nakamura pinned Taichi after Boma Ye.
Bad Luck Fale, Doc Gallows, Karl Anderson & Prince Devitt beat TAKA Michinoku, Shelton X Benjamin, Davey Boy Smith Jr. & Lance Archer in 8:46. Anderson pinned TAKA after Gun Stun.
KUSHIDA, La Sombra & Tetsuya Naito beat Gedo, YOSHI-HASHI & Kazuchika Okada in 14:08. Naito pinned Gedo after Stardust Press.
NOAH continued their current tour today, results from Fukushima:
They claimed 500 paid (super full house/overflow).
Hajime Ohara (Independent/Freelancer) beat Mitsuhiro Kitamiya in 10:06.
Zack Saber Jr. & Yoshinari Ogawa beat Hitoshi Kumano & Daisuke Harada in 15:02. Saber pinned Kumano.
Taiji Ishimori beat Pesadiya in 8:57.
Pesadiya won an 8 man battle royal in 10:02, last eliminating Hitoshi Kumano.
Maybach Taniguchi beat Super Crazy in 10:09.
Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls beat Mohammed Yone & Katsuhiko Nakajima in 13:31. Nicholls pinned Nakajima after Mikey Bomb.
Genba Hirayanagi, Takashi Sugiura & KENTA beat Atsushi Kotoge, Takeshi Morishima & Naomichi Marufuji in 24:10. KENTA pinned Kotoge after GO 2 SLEEP.
All-Japan continued their current tour today, results from Kyoto KBS Hall:
They claimed 452 paid.
Masao Inoue (Independent/Freelancer), Yoshinobu Kanemaru & MAsanobu Fuchi vs. Takao Soma, Keisuke Ishii & Shigehiro Irie (DDT) went to a 20 minute time limit draw.
Takao Omori & Jun Akiyama beat Atsushi Aoki & Kotaro Suzuki in 12:20. Omori pinned Suzuki after Ax Bomber.
Joe Doering beat Bambi Killer in 5:43.
KENSO beat Kento Miyahara (Independent/Freelancer) in 11:23.
Go Shiozaki beat D-Lo Brown in 16:14.
SUSHI & Suwama beat Hikaru Sato (DDT) & Akebono. Match time not available. Suwama pinned Sato after Last Ride.
NOAH began the year-ending Winter Navigation 2013 tour today, results from Korakuen:
They claimed 1200 paid.
Mitsuhiro Kitamiya beat Hitoshi Kumano in 6:43.
Daisuke Harada beat Pesadiya in 9:28.
Atsushi Kotoge & Takeshi Morishima beat Hajime Ohara (Independent/Freelancer) & Genba Hirayanagi in 10:45. Kotoge pinned Hirayanagi after Kill Switch.
Super Crazy beat Yoshinari Ogawa in 7:20.
Maybach Taniguchi beat Mohammed Yone in 10:35.
Jushin Liger (New Japan) beat Zack Saber Jr. in 11:46.
Tatsuhito Takaiwa (Independent/Freelancer), Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls beat Taiji Ishimori, Katsuhiko Nakajima & Naomichi Marufuji in 15:52. Takaiwa pinned Ishimori after Death Valley Bomb.
Daisuke Sekimoto (Big Japan) & Yuji Nagata (New Japan) beat Takashi Sugiura & KENTA in 25:37. Nagata pinned KENTA with a backdrop hold.
SportsNavi reports the planned GHC Jr. Heavyweight Title match on NOAH’s major 12/7 event is now off. Davey Richards was scheduled to challenge Taiji Ishimori for the title but has suffered a head injury in a WWE NXT event recently and doctors say he can’t travel to Japan as a result. This could be a WWE storyline thing since there are rampant rumors Richards & occasional NOAH participant Eddie Edwards are WWE-bound and got tryouts recently. Richards is also off Korakuen on 11/27. Updated cards TBA.