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Re: Official Puro Results/Spoilers Discussion Thread (BEWARE OF THE SPOILERS)
Wow this could very well be the death of NOAH. I would imagine even though he hasn't competed in over a year, Kobashi leaving will have the biggest impact with him being the only possible draw left. As well as losing a long time top guy in Akiyama and a guy in Shiozaki, who's in his prime who should have been the ace if circumstances hadn't forced him into that spot before he was ready.
In less than 10 years NOAH went from being the biggest promotion in Japan to now struggling to survive. Obviously there were major factors that were involved, but one can't wonder if the company would be in a stronger position had they been able to really build up their younger talent rather than solely rely on previously established veterans.