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NOAH Great Voyage 2005 Results And News *SPOILERS*
NOAH ran one of it's bigger shows in Budokan, Tokyo this weekend. We have some comments on the results + some updates about the company's plans for the future.

NOAH managed to sell all 16,700 tickets for this show, which was expected, since there always is a good interest for decent title matches in that area. By the way… NJPW's claim for 46,000 people at their dome show is now considered to be pure BS. The Wrestling Observer said it was more like 25,000 and not even half of those people paid for their tickets. Yes, they were giving away tickets for free in desperation. Running wrestling shows on those prestigious arenas is economical suicide nowadays. Anyway, here are the results for Great Voyage 2005:

1. Haruka Eigen beat Mitsuo Momota (7:48) with a side cradle.
2. Akitoshi Saito, Masao Inoue & Takashi Sugiura beat Jun Izumida, Tsuyoshi Kikuchi & Kishin Kawabata (14:51) when Inoue used an Argentine backbreaker on Kawabata.
3. Yoshinari Ogawa, SUWA & Ricky Marvin beat Mohammed Yone, KENTA & Kotaro Suzuki (6:59) when SUWA used the FFF on Suzuki.
4. Akira Taue & Takuma Sano beat Tamon Honda & Go Shiosaki (13:10) when Sano used a northern lights bomb on Shiosaki.
5. Takeshi Morishima Return Match: Takeshi Morishima & Naomichi Marufuji beat Jun Akiyama & Makoto Hashi (12:18) when Morishima used a backdrop on Hashi.
6. GHC Jr. Heavyweight Title: Yoshinobu Kanemaru (c) beat Tatsuhito Takaiwa (18:21) with an avalanche-style brainbuster (4th defense).
7. Mitsuharu Misawa & Takeshi Rikio beat Genichiro Tenryu & Shiro Koshinaka (15:53) when Rikio used the Muso on Koshinaka.
8. GHC Heavyweight Title: Kenta Kobashi (c) beat Minoru Suzuki (25:22) with a Burning lariat (13th defense).

(Credit to Green Destiny @ Puroresufan.com for the information.)

Kobashis victory over Suzuki from NJPW was expected, but was sufficient to be a successful main event mostly because of Kobashi's tremendous drawing power. He seems invincible these days and the remaining challengers are getting fewer and fewer now that he has held the title for 22 months. The match should be ok, but the styles are indeed very different. Kobashi is a high-impact wrestler from the traditional heavyweight-style in AJPW, while Suzuki is a far lighter submission-oriented former shootfighter.

The biggest upset of the show was when Takeshi Rikio scored a pinfall victory over Koshinaka. Koshinaka is a free-lancer who hasn’t been pinned in over a year, so this definitely gives Rikio that extra push that he needs. After the match, Rikio challenged Kobashi for a title match. Kobashi accepted it and said that Rikio would be a worthy challenger. Kobashi beat Rikio in a title match 10 months ago, but he has improved recently and even managed to get a pinfall over Kobashi during a tag team match in December. Is Rikio the new guy that NOAH needs to push to the main event? Maybe. Mitsuharu Misawa was very impressed with Tenryu’s performance, despite his age. There could be a singles match with Tenryu (who normally don’t compete with them) against one of the top names in NOAH soon, presumably Jun Akiyama.

Kanemaru defended his GHC Junior Title against Takaiwa (from a smaller promotion called Zero-One). This was expected, but I bet it was a high quality match (given Kanemaru’s excellent shape recently). Morishima managed to get the pinfall in his return match. He has been out since July because of a painful knee injury. I’d say that Morishima has a bright future ahead of him if he can keep away from further injuries. The rest of the card looks solid, but I’m a little bit disappointed by the fact that match no 3 only lasted for 7 minutes.

And now, some sensational news...
Pro Wrestling NOAH:s president Mitsuharu Misawa discussed the future for his company recently. Misawa said that he intends to run a show at either the gigantic Tokyo Dome (65,000+ seats) or the Saitama Super Arena (45,000+ seats) during 2005. Misawa also said that it has not been possible to have match with his former arch-enemy Toshiaki Kawada since they sided for different companies in 2000, but that things have changed. This is amazing will we get a return match between Misawa and Kawada this year!? Their feud during the 90s is widely considered to be the best series of matches ever by many puroresu enthusiasts.

2005-Jan-11 10:55 pm by perkoff

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