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  • #16
    Got the Sigiura and Marufuji match to cast to my TV and watched. Definitely worth a look. Not as good as his tilt at the Triple Crown belt but still decent.

    Also worth noting it's the biggest and hottest crowd I've seen for one of their shows lately.

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    • #17
      Hideo Itami is wrestling a date for NOAH in August.

      So, speculation is that this is a start of a "working agreement" with the company. I see this like when Finn (while he was injured) went to his old promotion and showed up. In that case, it has lead to further dialog between the companies.

      We'll see, but the fact that NOAH's getting KENTA back for a show is massive.


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      • #18
        What a bizarre time in wrestling. Imagine thinking 5 years ago that WWE would not only sign guys like Chris Hero and KENTA but loan them out to work other promotions.

        I used to be a big KENTA fan but he hasn't impressed me in quite a while. Nice get for NOAH for the name value though, and makes me interested in seeing what else might come of it.

        Funny, I swear they just had a relationship with TNA recently too. How does NOAH, of all places, keep making these inroads in the US?

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        • #19
          I imagine he'll still pop a gate though, unless the time away has killed his appeal over there. Seems unlikely, and they were doing way bigger numbers when he left than they have been since.

          I think he's picked back up a bit the times I saw in the last few months. He had a decent enough run before the injuries in NXT but coming back from them, it was like they'd moved on to other people and didn't really know what to do with him anymore. But 205 seems to have seen things fall into place.

          Either way, seems like decent enough business sense to get him back in for a spot if you can. Plus if he does turn up and do something that really is top notch it does change the conversation around him and how he's being used for good, doesn't it?

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          • #20
            The card for that show was announced, and there's a lot of participation from other companies and freelancers:

            - Mohammad Yone & Junta Miyawaki vs. Mitsuo Momota & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi (freelancer)
            - Akitoshi Saito, Masao Inoue (freelancer), & Hikaru Kawabata (freelancer) vs. Takuma Sano, Tamon Honda, & Shiro Koshinaka (All freelancers)
            - Quiet Storm & Tadasuke vs. Takao Omori (All Japan) & Cody Hall
            - HAYATA & YO-HEY vs. Shuji Kondo & Kaz Hayashi (both Wrestle-1)
            - Minoru Tanaka, Hi69, & Kotaro Suzuki (freelancer) vs. Hajime Ohara, Hitoshi Kumano, & Seiya Morohashi
            - Katsuhiko Nakajima, Masa Kitamiya, & Taiyo Kea (freelancer) vs. Go Shiozaki, Kaito Kiyomiya, & Yoshinari Ogawa
            - Kenoh, Atsushi Kotoge, & Maybach Taniguchi vs. HARASHIMA, Sanshiro Takagi, & Danshoku Dino (all DDT)
            - Takashi Sugiura & Daisuke Harada vs. Jun Akiyama & Atsushi Aoki (both All Japan)
            - Naomichi Marufuji vs. Hideo Itami (WWE)

            The main event should be good, looking forward to seeing how Itami fares in his return to Noah.

            Another pretty historic moment is that this is the first time Akiyama, Suzuki and Aoki have worked a Noah show since leaving the company at the end of 2012. Marufuji said that he expected to have more exchanges / interactions with All Japan from here on out.
            Last edited by Degenerate; 06-26-2018, 10:43 PM.

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            • #21
              It's definitely intriguing, this idea of there being a coming together between Noah and AJPW, given the history. Is it just me that gets to think of the possibility of the 'Ark' coming home and them pooling their resources? I know it's got to be hugely unlikely but surely fun to think of nonetheless.

              "The worst moron is the one too stupid to realise they're a moron."

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              • #22
                NOAH and AJPW coming back together has been talked about for a long time but it never really seems to get close to happening. Anything could happen though, you never know!

                The '92 Rumble! The Brain's Finest Hour!

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                • #23
                  The article I read with this announcement made it sound like Marufuji was more hopeful than Jun Akiyama about their futures together, in the sense that Marufuji made it sound like there would be a lot more involvement while Akiyama specifically mentioned that it would mostly be during bigger shows. In any case, collaboration between these companies can only help them given their status right now. And it's awesome for the fans, too. I'm looking forward to seeing more Noah guys mix it up with All Japan.

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                  • #24
                    Maybe it'll work more on NOAH cards while AJPW try and preserve more of a separate identity - and the build they have had lately - on their own shows? I dunno, just thinking out loud really.

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                    • #25
                      Can't say I know much about them, but I heard that the Jr Tag League was won by HAYATA and YO-HEY for the second year running?

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                      • #26
                        I hear that NOAH have generated a bit of buzz by announcing a pretty stacked a-block for the Global League in the last week or so?

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                        • #27
                          I haven't heard much about NOAH for a long time, but I honestly don't pay much attention to them.

                          I checked out the participants of the Global League and it looks pretty decent:

                          A Block

                          - Naomichi Marufuji
                          - Akitoshi Saito
                          - Quiet Storm
                          - Katsuhiko Nakajima
                          - Kenoh (last year's Global League winner)
                          - Masa Kitamiya
                          - Mitsuya Nagai
                          - Kohei Sato (From Zero1)

                          B Block

                          - Takashi Sugiura
                          - Mohammed Yone
                          - Go Shiozaki
                          - Atsushi Kotoge
                          - Kaito Kiyomiya
                          - Maybach Taniguchi
                          - Cody Hall
                          - Kazusada Higuchi (from DDT)

                          I don't see how the A Block is stacked, though. To me both blocks look pretty even, at least with the names that I've seen before. But then again I've only watched NOAH maybe once or twice in the past couple of years so I don't know how their roster stacks up in 2018.

                          If anyone follows NOAH a bit, I'd love to know if the tournament is worth following.

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                          • #28
                            The comments I had seen were in a specific NOAH area of the 'net and referred to the company's three aces - Marufuji, Nakajima, Kenoh, I think they mean - all in the same block.

                            But maybe it's like preaching to the converted and it only makes buzz amongst the people who already watch it.

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                            • #29
                              Yeah, I would say Block A looks stronger on paper, at least in terms of guys with sizeable pushes. Don't think I've watched enough to say if it's worth watching or not, but probably worth cherry picking a few matches.

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                              • #30
                                If nothing else I guess you could treat it as a round Robin between the three of them, and then just check out anything else that seems relevant on top.

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