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PRO WRESTLING NOWA-Rikioh Takeshi Retirement Ceremony
PLANET EARTH-7 BILLION PEOPLE-SUPER~DUPER NO VACANCY
1.Taiji Ishimori vs. Masahiro Takanashi
A quick, enjoyable opener.....but.......they just had to have leg work in there, didn't they? They knew they'd no sell it and they knew.......it doesn't matter. It's a 4 minute match anyway.....
2.Ross Von Erich & Marshall Von Erich vs TDMK (Mikey Nicholls & Shane Haste)
Much better than I expected. TDMK's selling of Von Erich's Elbows reminded me of Jumbo's selling of Kikuchi's Elbows, which tells you how great of a job they did of making the Von Erichs look good. The transitions in which TDMK regained control were simple double teams which made you think that the experience factor actually means something.
And the finish is SICK. Don't make the mistake of fast forwarding through this.
3. Kensuke Sasaki & Katsuhiko Nakajima vs Akira Taue & Genba
Crowd no sells Genba.
Crowd no sells Nakajima.
Crowd no sells KENSKE.
Crowd throws streamers for Taue.
I love the crowd.
It's a nice little comedy match that doesn't go long. Worth checking out.
4.Mohammed Yone vs Yoshiaki Fujiwara
Fujiwara's head is hard. And I mean hard.
5.Atsushi Kotoge vs Kota Ibushi
Exactly what I wanted this to be. Fun junior action with absolutely no overkill.
Spotty, but not in a bad way.
6.MAYBACH Taniguchi vs Tajiri
Tajiri plays the heel outsider role….and does it very well.
Liked the post match stuff as well, Genba's all like stop stomping him!
And then he's like screw it and starts stomping Tajiri as well. Gotta love Genba.
Better than what I had expected.
7.Naomichi Marufuji vs KENTA
Pretty good untill KENTA counters Marufuji's plancha with a knee.
The injured one, to be exact. Then he does double stomps and all that crazy shit even though Marufuji worked on his leg. Not good.
KENTA goes for the Sitout Powerbomb and his left leg gives out modifying the move. Me likes.
Then the leg selling stops mattering. It's all about doing stuff that looks cool.
I will say that Marufuji's counters to the Go 2 Sleep were great, and he was responsible for the majority of the good stuff in this. Slowing down has done wonders for him this year.
I found myself greatly enjoying it after I gave up the "sell the injured leg" thing, but objectively speaking this is in no way great.
**3/4 Add as much stars ad you'd like if you don't care about selling.
8.Kotaro Suzuki & Atsushi Aoki vs Ricky Marvin & Super Crazy-GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships
So. Much. Fun. Oh, how much did they put into those 15 or what minutes……unreal.
I think the limited time actually helped them as there isn't a second wasted in this match.
They "got it". They got the GHC Heavyweight 30+ minute not broken down Misawa feel in a 15 minute tag.
That's when you know it's special.
9.Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs Christopher Daniels-GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship
It was pretty mediocre apart from Daniels doing the best taunt ever. Then they kicked out of finishers. AT 1.
And then came the flat finish.
10. Jun Akiyama & Akitoshi Saito vs Samoa Joe & Magnus-GHC Heavyweight Tag Team Championships
Poor Magnus, crowd didn't react to anything he did, lol.
Joe got himself a single streamer thrown…..that's…..something at least.
Good with a rushed ending.
11.Takeshi Morishima vs Go Shiozaki-GHC Heavyweight Championship
Meh. Boring for the most part untill the finishing stretch. Oh, this has shitty leg work as well.
Not nearly as shitty as the KENTA-Marufuji match though.
The Rikioh retirement ceremony itself was really cool. I, for one, really liked him.
Overall: NOAH's best show this year, no doubt about it. Apart from the junior tag nothing really hits the very good-great range but I found it to be really enjoyable as a whole show.
I'd give it 7.5/10 in entertainment value as the main event didn't live up to my already not very high expectations, the Kanemaru-Daniels nonsense, and everyone being obsessed with bad legwork....but I really enjoyed it.
A true bond of trust between a master and a pet must be deeper than the Sea of Japan and longer than Choshu's mullet
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