KENTA is over with a dozen of school fangirls, and that's it. Of course, this is an obvious exaggeration, but you got my point. Unless NOAH's touring plans are high school gyms and kindergardens, this is bad idea.
And he is also over with all the male fans and happens to be one of the true NOAH guys built from the ground up that happens to be incredibly over. Considering his last two GHC Heavyweight title matches drawed, I guess it would be save to say he isn't just over with a small portion of the audience.
Well, you'd be surprised, because Japs aren't buying into "Juniors over Hewikis" stuff. Shima's already lost a ton of his drawing abilities since his Wild II and post-ROH days, imagine what happens if a midget called KENTA defeats him for the big one. Sheeeit, even Jun Akiyama lost some of his mojo after Ogawa embarrassed him.
Totally different. Ogawa is a shrimp that beat Akiyama in 5 minutes in some of the most retarded booking ever. KENTA is one....wait...The
most over guy in the company with credible wins over the longest reigning GHC Champion ever and won a entire tournament to earn this shot again. Considering people have no issue with "the midget" known as Suguira or "McLacky" Okada being top heavyweights, I don't think we will have a problem.
There's a reason why Liger or Kanemoto never went out there (major titles), it's just too risky. "Being over" is a very tricky thing. NOAH is playing with fire, IMO, it could be Marufuji 2006 case all over again, but NOAH was hot back then at least.
There are also forever juniors and juniors that can become heavyweights. Liger, Kanemoto, Marvin, Suzuki, Aoki, and a BUNCH of others come to mind when I think of that. However, KENTA isn't one of them. He has had some of the best matches against Heavyweights and has looked entirely believable facing some of their champions(Akiyama in 2009 comes to mind). Heck, he damn near made Kawada in his first match back in NOAH. As long as he is willing to put in the effort to convert and keeps the crowd behind him every step of the way, I don't see why not. I'll even go to say KENTA/Sugiura from 2011 was one of the best heavyweight matches in freaking years in NOAH.