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Friday, July 8, 2005

NOAH Tokyo Dome thoughts 2005
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Alright,it's about 10 days away now and I'm going to post some thoughts on NOAH's "Destiny" show at the Tokyo Dome on July 18th. Now, keep in mind I have not seen a NOAH show in a year (the last Destiny show at the Tokyo Dome, headlined by Akiyama/Kobashi) So I may not have a great knowledge of some of the characters on this show. Let's look at the card..

1. Takashi Sugiura, SUWA & Masashi Aoyagi vs. Tsuyoshi Kikuchi, Mitsuo Momota & Katsuhiko Nakajima

Only 2 people in this match I don't care to see, and hopefully they aren't in the ring long, Aoyagi and Momota. Other than that, this should be a fun little opening match.

2. Mohammed Yone & Takeshi Morishima vs. Tamon Honda & Go Shiosaki

I love Morishima, he's such a bad ass. I haven't had the chance to see Shiosaki in action yet, but I've heard good things, so this should be a fun, but likely short match.

3. Akira Taue, Takuma Sano, Jun Izumida & Haruka Eigen vs. Akitoshi Saito, Shiro Koshinaka, Masao Inoue & Kishin Kawabata

This is likely the match that gets tossed onto the card to give everyone something to do. I feel like the only guy on earth who likes Akitoshi Saito. If Sano and Taue are on their game then this could be mildly watchable, but this likely isn't a candidate for Match Of The Night.

4. Mushiking Terry Debut Match: Mushiking Terry vs. Black Mask

Mushiking Terry, I believe is either Ricky Marvin or Kotaro Suzuki, and Black Mask is either Ricky Marvin, Low Ki, or Kotaro Suzuki, haha. But if it's Marvin vs Suzuki then expect a fun fucking spotfest. Man, I love Ricky Marvin, hehe.

5. GHC Jr. Heavyweight Title: Yoshinobu Kanemaru (c) vs. KENTA

KENTA must go over here!! It's been far too long and he's the only credible junior left on NOAH's roster to NOT hold the belt. It's been years in the making, but the fact they made it this long without giving him the belt is a good thing, now... if it doesn't happen I'll be shocked, and confused as there's really no one else to drop the belt to. But either way this match should be fun to watch, but it might not have the same amount of heat as last year's Jr title match with Liger the outsider defending the belt.

6. GHC Tag Team Title: Minoru Suzuki & Naomichi Marufuji (c) vs. Jun Akiyama & Makoto Hashi

I don't think Hashi is impressive enough for me to expect a title change here. Akiyama and Marufuji should be a very fun exchange. Plus I don't see Marufuji and Suzuki as transitional champions, let alone to drop them to a team like Hashi and Akiyama.

7. GHC Heavyweight Title: Takeshi Rikio (c) vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi

A lot of people hate Rikio's title reign, and I personally don't mind it. I am really looking forward to this, but yet again this is likely going to make Tanahashi and NJPW look really bad if they don't go over. Because this will be the... third? man to challenge for the GHC Title from New Japan to lose. Not a good sign for New Japan, and that's really the only factor that makes me unsure of who is going to go over here.

8. Yoshinari Ogawa vs. Genichiro Tenryu

Blah. I hope Tenryu kills him within 3 minutes. I don't want to jump on the bandwagon of hating Ogawa, and I don't hate him because he's Misawa's coffee boy. I hate him because his offense is fucking abysmal. The punches make me cringe especially. I hope they keep this short and I don't particularly care that it's on after the GHC Title match.

9. Kenta Kobashi vs. Kensuke Sasaki

STIFF!! That is exactly what this will be and I will love every minute of it. This really is one of the few dream matches left in Japan right now, and this one should deliver. I hope this reaches 30 minutes at least. This will bring the workrate, if the main event fails to deliver in that department.

10. Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Toshiaki Kawada

Ah, the matchup five years in the making. Kawada comes from All Japan to avenge Misawa leaving All Japan to die in 2000. The heat for this match will blow anything else away. I'm hyped to see this just to hear the crowd as these two try to take each other's heads off. The crowd will be absolutely insane for this match. But as far as workrate goes, both of these men I imagine are well into their 40's and probably cannot deliver the same match they did a decade ago. But it might not even need to rely on what happens in the ring, what will matter is WHY they do it.

That's my thoughts for this show coming up. I should have the show within 4 weeks for review.

Posted by Jeremy at 9:06 PM EDT

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