Pro Wrestling NOAH “GREAT VOYAGE 2013 in Tokyo vol.2 ~ Akira Taue’s Retirement Memorial Show”, 12/7/2013 [Sat] 17:00 @ Ariake Colosseum in Tokyo
6,500 Spectators (on NOAH’s site) listed as 8,500 (on another)
(1) The Best of Crazy Dynasty: Super Crazy vs. Pesadilla
◆Winner: Crazy (8:39) with the Sorpressa.
(2) BRAVE vs Fresh Combi Tag Match: Mohammed Yone & Atsushi Kotoge vs. Daisuke Harada & Hitoshi Kumano
◆Winner: Kotoge (8:20) following a Running Knee to Kumano.
(3) NO MERCY vs DIAMOND RING Tag Match: Yoshihiro Takayama & Hajime Ohara [Free] vs. Kensuke Sasaki & Mitsuhiro Kitamiya
◆Winner: Ohara (8:56) with the Muy Bien on Kitamiya.
(4) Special Single Match: Maybach Taniguchi vs. Katsuyori Shibata [Free]
◆Winner: Shibata (4:44) via foul, Maybach assaulted the referee.
~ The match was restarted.
◆Winner: Shibata (4:13) with a Sleeper Hold, which led to the referee stopping the match.
~ Shibata removed Maybach’s mask during the match revealing Taniguchi’s face in the ring for the first time in over a year.
(5) Akira Taue’s Retirement Commemorative Match “Taue’s Final Big Volcanic Eruption”: Akira Taue, Takeshi Morishima, Takashi Sugiura & Genba Hirayanagi vs. Genichiro Tenryu [Tenryu Project], Tastsumi Fujinami [DRADITION], Masao Inoue [Free] & Kentaro Shiga [Free]
◆Winner: Taue (10:40) following the Ore ga Taue (I am Taue/Backdrop Lift Chokeslam) on Inoue.
~ Akira Taue’s Retirement Ceremony.
~ The Four Devas, Four Heavenly Kings (AJPW’s superstars of the 90’s), Kawada, Taue, Kobashi, and Misawa (pciture) all together as a part of Taue’s send-off.
(6) GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Championship Match: [18th Champions] Jushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask IV (both NJPW) vs. [Challengers] Yoshinari Ogawa & Zack Sabre Jr.
◆Winner: Ogawa (13:43) with a Jacknife Hold on Liger.
~ The Champions fall on their 5th title defense. Ogawa and Sabre become the 19th GHC Jr. Tag Champions.
~ Despite any controversy of Ogawa not appearing for the lead-in press conference yesterday. Ogawa did not spend too much time in the ring, but once he did his known craftiness captured his fellow veteran in a pinhold. Sabre showed his skill in being able to withstand the NJPW veteran team.
(7) GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship Match: [26th Champion] Taiji Ishimori vs. [Challenger] Tatsuhito Takaiwa
◆Winner: Ishimori (12:32) following the Revolucion.
~ 9th successful title defense.
(8) GHC Tag Championship Match: [29th Champions] “TMDK” Mikey Nicholls & Shane Haste vs. [Challengers] “BRAVE” Naomichi Marufuji & Katsuhiko Nakajima
◆Winner: Haste (17:59) following the Thunder Valley on Nakajima.
~ 3rd successful title defense.
(9) GHC Heavyweight Championship Match: [19th Champion] KENTA vs. [Challenger/GLOBAL LEAGUE 2013 Winner] Yuji Nagata (NJPW)
◆Winner: KENTA (28:46) following the go 2 sleep.
~ 9th successful title defense.
~ KENTA finally managed to put Nagata away in singles competition and claimed the record for most defenses in a years time.
~ Takeshi Morishima challenged KENTA for the belt. Of course KENTA broke Morishima’s record, so this match could be fitting in many ways.
~ The title match was made official for the next Korakuen Hall show, rather than in Osaka later in the month. This event will be following WRESTLE KINGDOM 8 which takes place the night before.
"New Year Navig.2014", 1/5/2014 [Sun] 12:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(-) GHC Heavyweight Championship Match: [19th Champion] KENTA vs. [Challenger] Takeshi Morishima
~ 10th title defense.