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Pro-Wrestling NOAH NOAH'S ARK #1 8/12/00 DEPARTURE ~freedom and belief~ taped 8/5 Tokyo DIFFER Ariake
-1hr 55min. Q=TV Master

Makoto Hashi vs. Takeshi Morishima. The fans were into this since it was the 1st match in the history of the company. Hashi seemed more fiery and charasmatic than before. These guys don't have many moves, but their stuff looked fine and their energy and desire kept it interteresting. *1/2

Haruka Eigen & Jun Izumida & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi vs. Rusher Kimura & Mitsuo Momota & Takeshi Rikio

Kentaro Shiga & Naomichi Marufuji vs. Masao Inoue & Yoshinobu Kanemaru. Good actiion. Everyone hit their spots. Marufuji stood out the most since all things were about equal between him, Shiga, & Kanemaru, but he has the flashiest spots of the three. **3/4

Takao Omori & Yoshihiro Takayama & Satoru Asako vs. Yoshinari Ogawa & Masahito Kakihara & Daisuke Ikeda. This match went on forever without any real focus. It was exciting and heated when Kakihara was in. Ikeda did a good job as well, and the match was way better when Asako was in for his team. Takayama was put over more than when he was in All Japan, and seemed to be the star of the match due to the size difference being emphasized, but still he was only passable in the ring. Good impact on the strikes, but as a whole the match seemed to be the same thing over and over without any story or change in the dynamics. **1/2

2/3 Falls: Kenta Kobashi & Jun Akiyama vs. Mitsuharu Misawa & Akira Taue. It was obvious that Kobashi came back too soon, as always, since he could hardly move. He was still one of the standouts of the match though because he's so stiff and precise with his strikes. This match was all about Akiyama though. He got a shockingly quick win over Misawa when he did a DDT, but held onto Misawa for a front neck lock. Prior to this, a half nelson German suplex was about the only move that Misawa had taken. Misawa was "unconscious" for a minute or two between falls, but as soon as the second fall started he beat on both opponents with his elbows and took control. Akiyama took the brunt of the punishment for his team in the 2nd fall, partly because he was getting put over enough and partly because it wasn't a good idea for Kobashi to log too much ring time. Everyone expected Misawa's team to win the 2nd fall, plus there wasn't any big climax to it, so Akiyama pinning Taue to make it two straight was something of a let down even though it helped him a lot. After the match, Kobashi asked for a handshake so Akiyama obliged then raised Kobashi's hand, only to launch a surprise attack with a backdrop. This got something of a mixed reaction, but more people seemed happy. ***1/2

AJPW & NOAH Mitsuharu Misawa ~Green Ark~ DVD Box Set
-17hr 35min. Q=Perfect. 12 DVDs

Disk One AJPW:

4/22/83: Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Shiro Koshinaka

8/26/84 Tiger Mask II (debut): Tiger Mask vs. La Fiera

6/21/85: Tiger Mask vs. Kuniaki Kobayashi

11/27/85: Tiger Mask vs. Dynamite Kid

3/13/86: Tiger Mask vs. Riki Choshu

6/1/86: Tiger Mask vs. Genichiro Tenryu

3/9/88: Tiger Mask vs. Jumbo Tsuruta

5/14/90: Tiger Mask II & Toshiaki Kawada vs. Yoshikai Yatsu & Samson Fuyuki. Tiger unmasks

6/8/90: Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Jumbo Tsuruta

Disc Two:

7/24/91: Mitsuharu Misawa & Tosihaki Kawada vs. Terry Gordy & Steve Williams

9/4/91: Mitsuharu Misawa & Toshiaki Kawada vs. Jumbo Tsuruta & Akira Taue

8/22/92: Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Stan Hansen

10/21/92: Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Toshiaki Kawada

3/5/94: Mitsuharu Misawa & Kenta Kobashi vs. Giant Baba & Stan Hansen

Disc Three:

6/3/94: Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Toshiaki Kawada

7/28/94: Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Steve Williams

4/15/95: Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Akira Taue

12/9/95: Mitsuharu Misawa & Kenta Kobashi vs. Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue

10/21/97: Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Kenta Kobashi

Disc Four:

1/26/98: Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Jun Akiyama

5/1/98: Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Toshiaki Kawada

10/31/98: Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Kenta Kobashi

5/2/99: Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Vader

8/25/99: Mitsuharu Misawa & Yoshinari Ogawa vs. Takao Omori & Yoshihiro Takayama

Disc Five NOAH:

8/5/00: Mitsuharu Misawa & Akira Taue vs. Kenta Kobashi & Jun Akiyama

12/23/00: Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Vader

1/13/01: Mitsuharu Misawa & Yoshinari Ogawa vs. Shinya Hashimoto & Alexander Otsuka

4/15/01: Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Yoshihiro Takayama

4/7/02: Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Kodo Fuyuki

1/10/03: Mitsuharu Misawa & Masahiro Chono vs. Kenta Kobashi & Akira Taue

1/10/04: Mitsuharu Misawa & Yoshinari Ogawa vs. Yuji Nagata & Hiroshi Tanahashi

Disc Six:

7/10/04: Mitsuharu Misawa & Yoshinari Ogawa vs. Keiji Mutoh & Taiyo Kea

1/8/05: Mitsuharu Misawa & Takeshi Rikio vs. Genichiro Tenryu & Shiro Koshinaka

7/18/05: Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Toshiaki Kawada

12/10/06: Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Naomichi Marufuji

11/3/07: Mitsuharu Misawa vs. KENTA

5/6/09: Mitsuharu Misawa & Go Shiosaki vs. Kensuke Sasaki & Takeshi Morishima

6/4/09: Mitsuharu Misawa & Yoshinari Ogawa & Masao Inoue vs. Bison Smith & Akitoshi Saito & Bobby Fish

Pro-Wrestling NOAH NOAH'S ARK #2 8/19/00 DEPARTURE ~freedom and belief~ taped 8/6 Tokyo DIFFER Ariake
-1hr 55min. Q=TV Master

Satoru Asako vs. Kenta Kobayashi. Kobayashi is a good athlete, but undersized (about the same as Marufuji). He wasn't competitive, of course. It was fine for what it was since Asako is good and it had some action. 4:03 shown

Haruka Eigen & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi & Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. Rusher Kimura & Mitsuo Momota & Makoto Hashi. 5:22 shown

Takeshi Rikio & Naomichi Marufuji vs. Masao Inoue & Takeshi Morishima. Rikio's strikes aren't that good. Marufuji was the only one that showed anything. Not very good at all. 8:35 shown

Takao Omori & Yoshihiro Takayama vs. Akira Taue & Jun Izumida. Dull, plodding match. It got more interesting after the 13 minute mark, but by that time it was almost over. These guys don't have many moves and are too big and clumsy to be able to do basic holds or sequences with each other well. *1/2

Mitsuharu Misawa & Yoshinari Ogawa vs. Kentaro Shiga & Daisuke Ikeda. Ikeda was the only one that was really into it. Of course, Misawa is still good enough to be a standout of the match without seeming particularly interested in it. This match eventually got quite good, but it took so long for that to happen that you'd practically written it off as mediocre. ***

Kenta Kobashi vs. Jun Akiyama 24:25. A very good match in spite of Kobashi's health because they have the talent and familiarity with one another, but at the same time a disappointing one given who was involved. It was a toned down match that was lacking the usual energy and intensity. It typically lacked psychology, but also their great work and hot moves. Akiyama tried to take the match to Kobashi since Kobashi couldn't move much, but it was Kobashi who was winning the first half. The match didn't turn until Akiyama resorted to attacking the knee. This was only a minor story though, as they waited so long it was time to move on to throwing some big suplexes. They were pretty stiff, struggled well for the spots, and eventually used the expected high impact moves. This match was more submission oriented than any of their AJ matches, but that wasn't a good thing because it was hard to buy most of the moves they used as finishers, especially given the way Kobashi & Akiyama have blown through moves the past few years. That said, the fans were into all the near falls and submissions, so I can't really say it didn't work as a whole, just that I had no reason to believe in them. The only submission I believed in was Akiyama's front neck lock, which turned out to be the finish. This was a good decision because obviously beating Misawa & Kobashi with it on back to back days really goes a long way toward establishing a finisher. My issue is that what little focus the match contained was centered around Kobashi's knee, so I should have been able to believe in knee submissions, but in spite of all these knee attacks Akiyama has launched on Misawa & Kobashi, he's never beaten them or anyone else with a knee submission.There was a skirmish after the match where Kanemaru took out some of the seconds that were standing up for Kobashi then walked off with Akiyama. ***1/2

Pro-Wrestling NOAH NOAH'S ark #4 9/9/00 DEPARTURE ~freedom and belief~ taped 8/19 Tokyo Differ Ariake
-1hr 55min. Q=TV Master

Mitsuharu Misawa & Yoshinari Ogawa vs. Akira Taue & Jun Izumida, Jun Akiyama & Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. Kenta Kobashi & Takeshi Rikio, Yoshihiro Takayama vs. Kentaro Shiga, Satoru Asako vs. Takeshi Morishima, etc.

Pro-Wrestling NOAH NOAH'S ark #5 9/23/00 DEPARTURE ~freedom and belief~ taped 8/19/00 Tokyo Differ Ariake
-1hr 55min. Q=TV Master

Daisuke Ikeda vs. Naomichi Marufuji

Haruka Eigen & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi & Masao Inoue vs. Rusher Kimura & Mitsuo Momota & Makoto Hashi

Pro-Wrestling NOAH NOAH'S ark #6 9/30/00 EXCEEDING OUR DREAMS 2000 taped 9/15 Tokyo Differ Ariake
-1hr 55min. Q=TV Master

Kentaro Shiga vs. Kenta Kobayashi

Pro-Wrestling NOAH NOAH'S ark #7 10/7/00 EXCEEDING OUR DREAMS 2000 taped 9/15 Tokyo Differ Ariake
-1hr 55min. Q=TV Master

Rusher Kimura & Mitsuo Momota & Naomichi Marufuji vs. Haruka Eigen & Takeshi Morishima & Makoto Hashi

Mitsuharu Misawa & Yoshinari Ogawa vs. Akira Taue & Masao Inoue

Kenta Kobashi & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi & Takeshi Rikio vs. Jun Akiyama & Yoshihiro Takayama & Yoshinobu Kanemaru

Daisuke Ikeda vs. Satoru Asako

Takao Omori vs. Jun Izumida

Pro-Wrestling NOAH LIVE SPECIAL EXCEEDING OUR DREAMS 2000 9/16/00 Tokyo Differ Ariake
-2hr 55min. Q=TV Master. 2 DVDs

Jun Akiyama & Yoshihiro Takayama vs. Kenta Kobashi & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi, Mitsuharu Misawa & Yoshinari Ogawa vs. Takao Omori & Satoru Asako, Akira Taue vs. Daisuke Ikeda, etc.

Pro-Wrestling NOAH NOAH'S ark #8 10/14/00 NAVIGATION taped 10/7 Tokyo Differ Ariake
-1hr 55min. Q=TV Master

Vader vs. Takeshi Morishima. Vader's NOAH debut.

Naomichi Marufuji & Kenta Kobayashi vs. Scorpio & Richard Slinger

Rusher Kimura & Mitsuo Momota & Makoto Hashi vs. Haruka Eigen & Tamon Honda & Satoru Asako

Kenta Kobashi & Takeshi Rikio vs. Jun Akiyama & Yoshinobu Kanemaru

Pro-Wrestling NOAH NOAH'S ark #9 10/21/00 NAVIGATION taped 10/7 Tokyo Differ Ariake
-1hr 55min. Q=TV Master

Takao Omori vs. Kentaro Shiga

Yoshihiro Takayama vs. Tsuyoshi Kikuchi

Mitsuharu Misawa & Yoshinari Ogawa & Daisuke Ikeda vs. Akira Taue & Jun Izumida & Masao Inoue

Pro-Wrestling NOAH NOAH'S ark #10 10/28/00 NAVIGATION taped 10/8 Kanagawa Yokohama Bunka Taiikukan
-1hr 55min. Q=TV Master

Satoru Asako vs. Makoto Hashi 11:25. Hashi is a tweener who has been slotted in the junior division, perhaps because it's thin perhaps because he's young. He doesn't exactly fit the mold of a junior and 's a bit deliberate, but Asako is a solid veteran who can carry him. Watchable but certainly not memorable. **

Tsuyoshi Kikuchi & Kenta Kobayashi vs. Masao Inoue & Yoshinobu Kanemaru 15:16. Kobayashi is spectacular - on pure athleticism at this early stage in his career - when spotted. Kikuchi is by far the smartest wrestler in the match, but physically lacking the energy and punishment absorbing ability of his prime it's tough for him to carry a match beyond a mid level of quality. If pure necessity hadn't been the cause of him learning to wrestle intelligently, he might have been one of the all time greats rather than a guy that killed himself for a couple tremendous years. Kanemaru is the best all around wrestler of the four at this point, but it's often enfuriating to watch him because he'll just sit back and let the bore Inoue carry the match. To make things more frustrating, when he does tag in he's liable to kill time rather than sparking the action. **1/2

Kenta Kobashi & Takao Omori vs. Jun Akiyama & Yoshihiro Takayama 23:29. Kobashi had surprisingly pinned Akiyama in tag a few weeks earlier, so Akiyama was out for justice. He flattened Kobashi with a backdrop off the opening lock up, setting the vengeful tone. No Fear battled each other like bitter rivals. They are proof the Japanese fans will react as long as your enthusiasm is readily apparent. Everyone wrestled as if it were a grudge match, but by failing to tell a story the heat slowly waned until they started using their signature moves. Unfortunately, the match was marred by a stupid "entertainment" finish where a completely unprovoked Omori turned on Kobashi, laying him out with his lariat, to propel his regular partner Takayama to an upset German suplex victory. No Fear continued crushing the orange after the match with Akiyama fending off the ring boys until Akira Taue made the save, setting up his singles match with Takayama on 12/23. ***1/2

Pro-Wrestling NOAH NOAH'S ark #11 11/4/00 NAVIGATION taped 10/8 Kanagawa Yokohama Bunka Taiikukan
-1hr 55min. Q=TV Master

Rusher Kimura & Mitsuo Momota & Takeshi Morishima vs. Haruka Eigen & Tamon Honda & Jun Izumida

Kentaro Shiga vs. Daisuke Ikeda

Akira Taue vs. Takeshi Rikio

Mitsuharu Misawa & Yoshinari Ogawa & Naomichi Marufuji vs. Vader & Scorpio & Richard Slinger

Pro-Wrestling NOAH NOAH's ark #12 11/11/00 NAVIGATION taped 10/20 Iwate Kenei Taiikukan
-1hr 55min. Q=TV Master

Tsuyoshi Kikuchi vs. Takeshi Morishima

Rusher Kimura & Mitsuo Momota & Daisuke Ikeda vs. Haruka Eigen & Tamon Honda & Jun Izumida

Mitsuharu Misawa & Kenta Kobashi & Akira Taue vs. Jun Akiyama & Takao Omori & Yoshihiro Takayama

Pro-Wrestling NOAH NOAH's ark #13 11/18/00 NAVIGATION taped 10/20 Iwate Kenei Taiikukan
-1hr 55min. Q=TV Master

Masao Inoue & Satoru Asako vs. Naomichi Marufuji & Kenta Kobayashi

Kentaro Shiga & Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. Scorpio & Masashi Aoyagi

Yoshinari Ogawa vs. Richard Slinger

Vader vs. Takeshi Riko

Pro-Wrestling NOAH NOAH's ark #14 11/25/00 NAVIGATION in November taped 11/4 Tokyo Differ Ariake
-1hr 55min. Q=TV Master

Naomichi Marufuji vs. Makoto Hashi

Takeshi Rikio Single Go-ban Shobu: Kenta Kobashi vs. Takeshi Rikio

Mitsuharu Misawa & Yoshinari Ogawa & Daisuke Ikeda vs. Jun Akiyama & Takao Omori & Yoshihiro Takayama

PPV Samurai! Special NOAH 11/26/00 NOAH's Voyage Navigation in November ~Final~ taped 11/16 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-1hr 55min. Q=TV Master

Mitsuo Momota Debut 30th Anniversary Memorial Match: Mitsuo Momota vs. Kenta Kobayashi

Jun Akiyama vs. Makoto Hashi

Rusher Kimura & Kentaro Shiga & Takeshi Morishima vs. Haruka Eigen & Jun Izumida & Yoshinobu Kanemaru

Daisuke Ikeda & Naomichi Marufuji vs. Masashi Aoyagi & Akitoshi Saito

Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Takeshi Rikio

Kenta Kobashi & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi vs. Akira Taue & Masao Inoue

Vader & Scorpio & Richard Slinger vs. Takao Omori & Yoshihiro Takayama & Satoru Asako

Pro-Wrestling NOAH NOAH's ark #15 12/2/00 NAVIGATION in November taped 11/4 Tokyo Differ Ariake
-1hr 55min. Q=TV Master

Satoru Asako vs. Scorpio

Rusher Kimura & Mitsuo Momota & Takeshi Morishima vs. Haruka Eigen & Tamon Honda & Masao Inoue

Kenta Kobashi & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi vs. Kentaro Shiga & Yoshinobu Kanemaru

Akira Taue & Jun Izumida vs. Vader & Richard Slinger

Pro-Wrestling NOAH NOAH's ark #16 12/9/00 The Final Navigation 2000 taped 12/2 Tokyo Differ Ariake
-1hr 55min. Q=TV Master

Tamon Honda & Masao Inoue vs. Richard Slinger & Makoto Hashi

Yoshinari Ogawa & Naomichi Marufuji vs. Takao Omori & Yoshihiro Takayama

Kenta Kobashi & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi & Takeshi Rikio & Kenta Kobayashi vs. Jun Akiyama & Kentaro Shiga & Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Takeshi Morishima

Pro-Wrestling NOAH NOAH's ark #17 12/16/00 The Final Navigation 2000 taped 12/2 Tokyo Differ Ariake
-1hr 55min. Q=TV Master

Rusher Kimura & Mitsuo Momota vs. Haruka Eigen & Jun Izumida

Akira Taue vs. Satoru Asako

Mitsuharu Misawa & Daisuke Ikeda vs. Vader & Scorpio

Pro-Wrestling NOAH NOAH's ark #18 12/23/00 The Final Navigation 2000 taped 12/2 Tokyo Differ Ariake
-1hr 55min. Q=TV Master

Naomichi Marufuji vs. Akitoshi Saito

Akira Taue & Jun Izumida vs. Takao Omori & Yoshihiro Takayama

Kenta Kobashi & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi & Kenta Kobayashi vs. Jun Akiyama & Kentaro Shiga & Yoshinobu Kanemaru

Mitsuharu Misawa & Yoshinari Ogawa vs. Vader & Scorpio

PPV Samurai! Special NOAH 12/24/00 NOAH's Voyage #2 GREAT VOYAGE taped 12/23 Tokyo Ariake Coliseum
-2hr 55min. Q=TV Master

Kentaro Shiga & Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Takeshi Morishima vs. Masao Inoue & Takeshi Rikio & Takashi Suguira 14:17. Rikio & Morishima took it to each other hard right off the bat, exciting the fans with their intensity. Unfortunately, the energy level decreased after this surprisingly interesting opening, largely due to dull as can be Inoue. For the most part though, the others had better move sets than Rikio & Morishima, which while not maintaining the urgency at least kept it from becoming a bore. Sugiura popped the crowd with a Greco-Roman throw into an arm breaker, but otherwise didn't show too much. He was the one wrestler that didn't have to though, as the fans react everytime he gets a waistlock: his teases and counters all work. Other than Inoue, everyone made some contributions, kept pace up pretty well, and executed fine. Kanemaru used the guardrail for a springboard stomp to the back. 14:16 ***

WEW Tag Senshukenjiai: Tamon Honda & Naomichi Marufuji vs. Kodo Fuyuki & Tetsuhiro Kuroda 13:13. The FMW team took this as a big match since it was for their belts even though it was in the lower middle of the card. Kuroda didn't mind helping Marufuji look good even though he's a junior. Kuroda was very active today, able to keep up with Marufuji although obviously not on his level as a worker. Marufuji did enough good moves to go around. I liked when he turned a windsprint lariat on the ramp into a Frankensteiner. Fuyuki worked surprisingly hard, but does everything in such an exaggerated fashion he drains the drama. He's the equivalent of an actor giving their theater performance on film. There was a lame headbutt battle between Honda and Fuyuki, but annoying portions like that can be ignored when everyone is working hard to make it look like a big match. Although they were very energetic and kept the pace up, they didn't forget to struggle for the big moves to make them important. Fuyuki & Kuroda won the titles. 13:10 **3/4

Yoshinari Ogawa & Daisuke Ikeda vs. Masashi Aoyagi & Akitoshi Saito 7:23. Ikeda is the right opponent for Aoyagi & Saito, but still it wasn't particularly interesting because their striking isn't particularly credible or exciting. Still, even if Saito wasn't in top form, his stuff with Saito was some of the best in recent times. Unfortuantely, Aoyagi is ancient and still does that dated martial arts style with those weak unbelievable movie kicks that hasn't been cool since the days of Lee Gak Soo. Ogawa, who doesn't do any striking worth noting, was out of place here, but stayed out of the way to the point he took the match off. The match convinced me that Ikeda and Saito could have a nice brutal match, but was too short to develop anything with two people much less four. *3/4

Akira Taue vs. Yoshihiro Takayama 9:29. Taue did a good job of structuring this match so it was always interesting without them having to blow all their moves early. Aalthough the pace was quick for these guys, it just ended before it took off and they used their better moves. It didn't have the execution problems I envisioned and there were some good things about it, but it was very unfulfilling with all the teases that were left as that. Usually battles of the big men don't come off because both require someone to bump for them. Takayama is no great bumper, but that's not the problem with him since he's always willing to take a beating. The problem here is he sold for a little while then just beat Taue out of the blue. **

Shinya Hashimoto vs. Takao Omori 6:28. So short. They exchanged blows early, with Hashimoto taking over before long since he's a much better striker. Omori had one run with a few ax bombers and a Dragon suplex, which the crowd went nuts for, but Hashimoto then beat him within 30 seconds. Stiff and intense as you'd expect from Hashimoto with great heat, but there was nothing to the match. *3/4

Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Vader 14:28. Misawa gave a strong performance, the best on the show. He made Vader look monstrous, taking some wicked bumps, particularly on a released German suplex early in the match. Misawa's attack on Vader's surgically repaired arm wasn't tremendous though, and Vader didn't exactly amaze me. With Vader lacking in stamina, they only wrestled a little over 14 minutes, not building the match too well. The quick ending seemed to defeat the purpose of much that was done earlier. ***1/2

Kenta Kobashi vs. Jun Akiyama 35:58. These two aren't exactly known for their storytelling, but this was one of their best efforts in that regard. There may not have been any genius, but it was a long, well laid out slow building match that wasn't nearly as crazy as usual but progressed logically through the moves they did use. That being said, the match lacked a certain inspiration, a spark. It was a really good grueling and brutal match, but it always felt like a long match. There was no real sense of urgency or desperation. On one hand, they did a good job of focusing on a body part and selling enough to put that over, but on the other hand, the selling itself was uninspired and came off more as a series of prolonged dead spots. In spite of Kobashi being on his last leg, the talent and effort was still there in abundance from both wrestlers. There was no reason this couldn't have been a great match other than the style they chose to wrestle went halfway, emphasizing quantity over exuberance. The first important portion saw Kobashi work Akiyama's neck after injuring it with a DDT on the ramp. Akiyama finally came back with a kneecap dropkick, but the knee attack was simply a tease as they traded a half nelson suplex and exploder then Akiyama knocked Kobashi to the floor with a jumping knee to the lariat arm. Akiyama worked the arm with a stomp off the apron and calfbranding armbreaker into the guard rail, but Kobashi countered his second armbreaker with a sleeper suplex. Kobashi's left eye progressively closed from the giant mouse he had under it, and they slowly moved toward the big favorite moves with Kobashi countering an exploder off the apron but still getting caught with one on the hard floor. I felt like the burning hammer finish fit the match, but it would have worked a lot better if Kobashi's neck attack hadn't essentially ended 20 minutes before the finish. ***3/4

Pro-Wrestling NOAH NOAH's ark #19 1/6/01 The Final Navigation 2000 taped 12/15 Niigata Shi Taiikukan
-1hr 55min. Q=TV Master

Tamon Honda vs. Makoto Hashi

Rusher Kimura & Mitsuo Momota & Daisuke Ikeda vs. Haruka Eigen & Mighty Inoue & Satoru Asako

Takeshi Rikio vs. Takeshi Morishima

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