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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.59

Kenta Kobashi





Misawa vs Mutoh


Did anyone overseas see this show? I have no idea why they didn't put Akiyama over after a 16 month Kobashi title run. They took all the heat off of the 4/25 Kobashi/Takayama GHC title match by announcing the Kobashi/Akiyama Tokyo Dome match before Kobashi/Takayama had occured. Misawa has removed himself from the title picture and with Akiyama not winning who do they go to now?
What are NOAH's long term plans?

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Results - NOAH 7/10 Tokyo Dome (DEPARTURE 2004)
07/10/04-08:20

NOAH ran their first ever Tokyo Dome show on July 10th, claiming a laughable 58,000. Three days before the show, the amount of tickets sold were around 20,000. Do the math. Results:

- Harley Race appeared as a special guest.

1. Mitsuo Momota defeated Haruka Eigen in 8 minutes, 3 seconds. All the comedy trademark spots done including Eigen spitting in the crowd, the Giant Swing with 20 rotations, etc.

2. Tamon Honda, Jun Izumida, & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi defeated Masao Inoue, Kishin Kawabata, & Masaji Aoyagi in 10 minutes, 58 seconds when Izumida pinned Kawabata after a flying body press and a headbutt.

3. Michael Modest & Donovan Morgan defeated Kotaro Suzuki & Ricky Marvin in 11 minutes, 55 seconds when Morgan used his "Day After Tomorrow" finisher on Marvin for the win. After the match, Modest & Morgan challenged whoever won the GHC Jr. Tag Titles later on in the show.

4. Scorpio & Richard Slinger defeated Akitoshi Saito & Makoto Hashi in 16 minutes, 44 seconds when Slinger used his "Chattanooga Choo-Choo" on Hashi for the win.

5. Akira Taue & Naoki Sano defeated Daisuke Ikeda & Mohammed Yone in 10 minutes, 49 seconds when Sano used an avalanche-style (off the ropes) Northern Lights Suplex hold on Yone for the win. Finish saw Ikeda trying his "Mr. Big Bomber" and Yone trying his "Muscle Buster" finisher and the veteran team countered back with foot stomps from the corner post and Sano with the Northern Lights Bomb/DDT off the ropes for the win.

- Rusher Kimura had a retirement ceremony via video letter (with him talking, saying good-bye, etc. spliced in with career highlights). He debuted in 1965 and his last match was on 3/1/03 at Nippon Budokan (the show with Misawa vs. Kobashi).

6. GHC Jr. Tag Titles Match: Naomichi Marufuji & KENTA defeated Kendo Ka Shin & Takashi Sugiura in 22 minutes, 26 seconds when Marufuji used a top-rope shiranui on Sugiura for the win. Ka Shin was Ka Shin and he did some heelish spots with his own partner, Sugiura, including a spot for a near count-out. The babyfaces showed a lot of fire and got over big.

7. GHC Jr. Title match: Yoshinobu Kanemaru defeated Jushin Liger in 17 minutes, 36 seconds with a brainbuster after a rush of moonsaults. Kanemaru asked for a return match after the win. Liger considered it.

8. IWGP Tag Titles Match: Yoshihiro Takayama & Minoru Suzuki defeated Takeshi Rikio & Takeshi Morishima in 12 minutes, 55 seconds when Takayama used his Everest German (Suplex) Hold on Morishima for the win. Suzuki was Suzuki, doing his shoot-work on Rikio including arm locks. All media outlets in Japan considered the heels win "overwhelming" and a one-sided match. After the match, Takayama said he was looking forward to stronger opponents.

9. GHC Tag Titles Match: Mitsuharu Misawa & Yoshinari Ogawa defeated Keiji Mutoh & Taiyo Kea in 21 minutes, 46 seconds when Misawa used two Emerald Flowsions on Kea for the win.

10. GHC Title Match: Kenta Kobashi defeated Jun Akiyama in 35 minutes, 34 seconds with the Burning Hammer.


(edited by NickBockwinkelFan on 11.7.04 1509)

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Haven't seen the show yet, but the Tokyo Dome is HYOOGE! I always make a point to see vids of wrestling shows at that venue, because it's so magnificent, with the sea of humanity, and the ring, right in the middle. I'm getting the one with Chono and Hulk Hogan (PLEASE don't ask me why, one of my brothers digs Chono's glasses), so I'll see how well fossils (kidding) still draw.



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I have the Hogan vs Chono match from the October 13, 2003 Tokyo Dome show on a Best of Chono comp tape I got recently (http://www.goldenboytapes.com/tapeb-225.html) and the match is great! The place is jammed and they are going nuts when Chono comes down, but when the fire up Hendrix and Hogan comes out the place really goes wild. Best moment is Chono stretching out Hogan with not one, but TWO STFs. Hogan's knees haven't bent that far since wrestling Verne Gagne and the look on his face is hilarious ("I can't believe I flew all the way over here to get twisted like a pretzel"). They do a similar match to the Hogan/Rock Mania match.




(edited by NickBockwinkelFan on 13.7.04 0325)

"Well, you can't involve friendship with business. It has to be one or the other. It's either business or friendship, or hit the bricks!"
--Life Lessons from "The Tao of Bobby the Brain Heenan" Uncensored 2000 preview


"As long as the check don't bounce, I guess he's okay with it!"
--Former All Pro Giants LB Harry Carson on Bill Parcells joining the hated rival Dallas Cowboys

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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.00
    Originally posted by NickBockwinkelFan
    I have the Hogan vs Chono match from the October 13, 2003 Tokyo Dome show on a Best of Chono comp tape I got recently (http://www.goldenboytapes.com/tapeb-225.html) and the match is great! The place is jammed and they are going nuts when Chono comes down, but when the fire up Hendrix and Hogan comes out the place really goes wild. Best moment is Chono stretching out Hogan with not one, but TWO STFs. Hogan's knees haven't bent that far since wrestling Verne Gagne and the look on his face is hilarious ("I can't believe I flew all the way over here to get twisted like a pretzel").


That's something to look forward to, all right. Thanks a lot.



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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.88
I don't follow NOAH too closely anymore, but this sounds like a fun enough card. As for Kobashi's win, perhaps they're planning on bringing in some big names from other federations for him to defend against? Who knows. Anyway, this:

    Originally posted by NickBockwinkelFan
    NOAH ran their first ever Tokyo Dome show on July 10th, claiming a laughable 58,000. Three days before the show, the amount of tickets sold were around 20,000. Do the math.



is actually quite possible. Japanese shows do huge walk-up business. I went to a Zero-One show at Sumo Hall, and I swear that 70% of the crowd bought their tickets that day. The only shows that seem to sell out way in advance are for MMA events, Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye and maybe a few big Dome shows, but most Dome shows still do huge walk-up business. Of course, it could be true. I guess we'll know for sure when somebody finally sees the tape.



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