The old saying “better late than never” comes to mind with the news that KENTA has finally captured the GHC Heavyweight title, prying it away from dominate champ Takeshi Morishima last night. Fans have been clambering for a KENTA title run for years now but NOAH always seemed against it, perhaps because of his small size but with all the recent hard times NOAH have been through lately, they can hardly afford to not give the fans what they want anymore.
It’s also interesting to note that Katsuyori Shibata was in KENTA’s corner for the match. The two ass kickers made up Team Takeover years ago after Shibata left NJPW and now Shibata’s future in NJPW again seems to be in jeopardy, he hasn’t been welcomed back with open arms and now that Kidani has stepped down, Shibata is low on friends, so we could see a Team Takeover reunion in the near future. But this is all just speculation.
Here’s the full results
NOAH “GREAT VOYAGE 2013 IN OSAKA”
Osaka BODYMAKER COLOSSEUM
Maybach Taniguchi Jr. & Genba Hirayanagi defeated Takaku Fuke & Nanyjo Hayato via Maybach Jr. Devil Windmill Suplex Hold on Fuke – 4:14
Ross & Marshall von Erich defeated Lance Bravado & Harlem Bravado via Marshall Iron Claw on Harlem - 6:05
Colt Cabana & Jason Jones defeated Katsuhiko Nakajima & Satoshi Kajiwara via Cabana Special on Kajiwara- 7:25
NOAH vs. NJPW Tag Match: Jushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask defeated Yoshinari Ogawa & Atsushi Kotoge via Liger Brain Buster on Kotoge – 9:08
NOAH vs. NJPW Tag Match: Mohammed Yone & Ryuji Hijikata defeated Yuji Nagata & Takaaki Watanabe via Yone Muscle Buster on Watanabe – 13:10
GHC Jr. Heavyweight Title: Taiji Ishimori defeated Shuji Kondo (c) via Revolution – 13:10
GHC Tag Team Title: Takashi Sugiura & Naomichi Marufuji (c) defeated Yoshihiro Takayama & Maybach Taniguchi via Sugiura Olympic Slam on Maybach – 28:50
GHC Heavyweight Title: KENTA defeated Takeshi Morishima (c) via Game Over – 21:42
~Yuji Nagata seems likely as the next challenge
That wasn’t the only big title news last night. Kenny Omega became a double champion in DDT, retaining his KO-D Openweight Title and claiming the DDT Extreme Title after winning a double title match with Isami Kodaka.
In the weekends AJPW news, Masakatsu Funaki turned back the biggest challenge to his Triple Crown to date; Akebono. Suwama will be the next challenger on 17/3.
Jun Akiyama’s group that left NOAH will debut next month with a 5 match series.
AJPW “EXCITE SERIES 2013″, 23.02.2013
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
AJPW vs. Burning 5 Match Singles Match Series #1: Hiroshi Yamato vs. Atsushi Aoki
AJPW vs. Burning 5 Match Singles Match Series #2: Kaz Hayashi vs. Kotaro Suzuki
AJPW vs. Burning 5 Match Singles Match Series #3: Manabu Soya vs. Go Shiozaki
AJPW vs. Burning 5 Match Singles Match Series #4: Takao Omori vs. Jun Akiyama
AJPW vs. Burning 5 Match Singles Match Series #5 ~ AJPW World Jr. Heavyweight Title: Shuji Kondo (c) vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru
Ric Flair was forced out of his tag match with Keiji Mutoh due to thrombosis in his foot so his son and new AJPW signing Reid Flair took his dads place to face Tatsumu Fujinami & Seiya Sanada. Flair was on the losing end, getting submitted by Sanada but by all accounts he showed good potential.
AJPW “NEW YEAR SHINING SERIES 2013″
Ota Ward Gymnsium
Shuji Kondo & MAZADA defeated SUSHI & Andy Wu via Kondo King Kong Lariat on Wu – 4:43
Masayuki Kono & Masanobu Fuchi defeated Kazushi Miyaoto & Tomoaki Honma via Kono Knee Drop on Miyamoto – 7:40
3 Way Dance: KENSO defeated Kaz Hayashi & Jimmy Yang via Diving Elbow Drop on Yang – 3:15
BJW World Strong Heavyweight Title: Manabu Soya (c) defeated Yoshihito Sasaki via Wild Bomber – 12:31
All Asia Tag Team Title: Hiroshi Yamato & Hikaru Sato defeated Koji Kanemoto & Minoru Tanaka (c) via Yamato Cross Arm German Suplex on Kanemoto- 20:15
Special Six Man Tag Match: Masahiro Chono, Suwama & Joe Doering defeated Takao Omori, Ryota Hama & Yasufumi Nakanoue via Suwama Last Ride on Nakanoue – 9:21
Special Tag Match: Tatsumu Fujinami & Seiya Sanada defeated Keiji Muto & Reid Flair via Sanada THIS IS IT on Flair – 15:31
Triple Crown Title: Masakatsu Funaki (c) defeated Akebono via Head Kick – 11:54