10 months ago
[NOAH News] Pro Wrestling NOAH held a press conference for the upcoming GHC Jr. Heavyweight title match between Taiji Ishimori and AAA’s Fenix on 9.22, as well as they officially announced that TMDK will be defending the GHC Heavyweight Tag belts against NO MERCY’s Takashi Sugiura and Yoshihiro Takayama on 10.5.
Fenix has proven himself as a GHC Jr. contender just here in first real tour of Japan and NOAH and is grateful for the opportunity. Fenix stated that it is his dream to become a GHC Champion and has already shown that he can defeat Ishimori, as he will be carrying in 3 straight wins over the champion heading into the match. At Korakuen though, Fenix said that he plans to remove all the limits and that he will not be afraid to use a “dangerous move” if it comes down to it.
Fenix also mentioned Misawa-san as someone whom he held a lot of respect for and that he has been aiming to incorporate some of Misawa’s maneuvers into his own. Just recently Fenix beat Hitoshi Kumano with a Tiger Driver (9.14) and on the last show at Osaka (9.19) he showed off some strong elbow blows against Ishimori.
Ishimori stated that he is glad that Fenix has so much respect for Misawa and that this will make the title match mean something more. But, that he will prove that he is the rightful GHC Junior champion and prevail over the young AAA champion.
The press on hand also mentioned the upcoming GHC Jr. Tag Championship match coming up on 10.5 in Yokohama. Ishimori said that he is focusing on the title match against Fenix first, but then he plans to stand in front of Liger and Tiger with confidence.
Fenix once again thanked NOAH for letting him compete, especially Marufuji, KENTA, and Ishimori himself. He believes that this upcoming match with Ishimori will be a great match that the fans will not want to miss.
Below is the 9.22 card in full…
Pro Wrestling NOAH “Shiny Navig. 2013 Ark New Chapter ~Unforgettable ProWres~”, 9/22/2013 [Sun] 12:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(1) Daisuke Harada vs. Mitsuhiro Kitamiya [DIAMOND RING]
(2) Maybach Taniguchi vs. Hajime Ohara [Free]
(3) TMDK vs NO MERCY: Mikey Nicholls & Shane Haste vs. Yoshihiro Takayama [Takayama Hall] & Genba Hirayanagi
(4) GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Champinship Prelude NJPW vs NOAH: Jushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask IV vs. Atsushi Kotoge & Hitoshi Kumano
(5) NOAH vs NJPW: Mohammed Yone & Yoshinari Ogawa vs. Yuji Nagata & Takaaki Watanabe
(6) GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship Match: [26th Champion] Taiji Ishimori vs. [Challenger] Fenix (AAA)
~ 7th title defense.
(7) NO MERCY vs BRAVE: KENTA & Takashi Sugiura vs. Naomichi Marufuji & Katsuhiko Nakajima [DIAMOND RING]
NOAH also officially announced that Takashi Sugiura and Yoshihiro Takayama will be facing TMDK for the GHC Heavyweight Tag belts.
Sugiura has been calling for a tag title match for the last few shows and after defeating Haste on 9.19 he has secured the title match that he desired. This will be TMDK’s 2nd defense as champion.
Below is the announced card at this time…
Pro Wrestling NOAH “GREAT VOYAGE 2013 in YOKOHAMA vol. 2”, 10/5/2013 [Sun] 18:00 @ Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium
() Takeshi Morishima’s Return Match: Takeshi Morishima vs. Kensuke Sasaki [DIAMOND RING]
() NOAH vs NJPW Special Tag Match: Naomichi Marufuji & Mohammed Yone vs. Shinsuke Nakamura & YOSHI-HASHI
() GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Championship Match: [18th Champions] Jushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask IV vs. [Challengers] Taiji Ishimori & Atsushi Kotoge
~ 3rd title defense.
() GHC Tag Championship Match: [29th Champions] “TMDK” Mikey Nicholls & Shane Haste vs. [Challengers] Takashi Sugiura & Yoshihiro Takayama
~ 2nd title defense.
() GHC Heavyweight Championship Match: [19th Champion] KENTA vs. [Challenger] Katsuhiko Nakajima
~ 8th title defense.