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NOAH di colosseo 4/11/02 The First Navigation, 2002 taped 1/5/02 Tokyo Differ Ariake
-2hr. Q=Near Perfect

9-Man Battle Royal won by Yoshinobu Kanemaru 7:13

Masao Inoue & Tamon Honda vs. Akira Taue & Makoto Hashi 15:14

Digest of Haruka Eigen & Jun Izumida vs. Mitsuo Momota & Rusher Kimura 10:49, Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. Yasuhiro Suzuki 8:41, & Kishin Kawabata & Mohammed Yone & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi vs. Juventud Guerrera & Matt Murphy & Richard Slinger 17:13

Donovan Morgan & Michael Modest vs. Bison Smith & Bull Schmitt 12:41

Akitoshi Saito & Kentaro Shiga vs. Takashi Sugiura & Takeshi Rikio 12:09

Takuma Sano & Yoshinari Ogawa vs. Mitsuharu Misawa & Naomichi Marufuji 17:35

Takao Omori & Yoshihiro Takayama vs. Daisuke Ikeda & Takeshi Morishima 10:01

Pro-Wrestling NOAH NOAH's Voyage #33 2/16/02 & #34 2/23/02 The First Navigation, 2002 taped 1/6 Tokyo Differ Ariake
-1hr 50min. Q=TV Master

Rusher Kimura & Mitsuo Momota & Yasuhiro Suzuki vs. Haruka Eigen & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi & Kishin Kawabata

Donovan Morgan vs. Matt Murphy

Akira Taue & Makoto Hashi vs. Yoshinari Ogawa & Naomichi Marufuji

Takao Omori & Yoshihiro Takayama vs. Mitsuharu Misawa & Takuma Sano

Mohammad Yone vs. Daisuke Ikeda

Juventud Guerrera vs. Richard Slinger

Michael Modest & Bull Schmitt & Bison Smith vs. Akitoshi Saito & Kentaro Shida & Yoshinobu Kanemaru

Tamon Honda & Masao Inoue & Jun Izumida vs. Takeshi Morishima & Takeshi Rikio & Takashi Sugiura

NOAH di colosseo 4/12/02 Navigate for Evolution 2002 taped 1/12/02 Takamatsu People's Bunka Center
-2hr. Q=Near Perfect

Donovan Morgan & Juventud Guerrera vs. Makoto Hashi & Naomichi Marufuji 16:09

Akitoshi Saito & Kentaro Shiga vs. Kishin Kawabata & Takuma Sano 15:57

Takeshi Morishima & Takeshi Rikio vs. Bison Smith & Bull Schmitt 8:10

Digest of Haruka Eigen & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi vs. Mitsuo Momota & Rusher Kimura, Michael Modest vs. Matt Murphy, Jun Izumida & Masashi Aoyagi vs. Daisuke Ikeda & Mohammed Yone, Scorpio vs. Richard Slinger

Mitsuharu Misawa & Yoshinari Ogawa vs. Jun Akiyama & Yoshinobu Kanemaru 10:53

Akira Taue & Masao Inoue & Tamon Honda vs. Takao Omori & Takashi Sugiura & Yoshihiro Takayama 24:02

NOAH NOAH's voyage #35 3/2/02 & 36 3/9/02 The First Navigation, 2002 taped 1/14/02 Kyoto KBS Hall
-1hr 50min. Q=TV Master

Makoto Hashi vs. Yasuhiro Suzuki 10:23

Haruka Eigen & Kishin Kawabata & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi vs. Mitsuo Momota & Mohammed Yone & Rusher Kimura 13:33

Akitoshi Saito & Jun Akiyama vs. Michael Modest & Scorpio 13:37

Akira Taue & Jun Izumida vs. Mitsuharu Misawa & Naomichi Marufuji 13:25

Kentaro Shiga & Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. Juventud Guerrera & Matt Murphy 12:40

Takuma Sano & Yoshinari Ogawa vs. Donovan Morgan & Richard Slinger 12:11

Masao Inoue & Tamon Honda vs. Bison Smith & Bull Schmitt 12:11

Daisuke Ikeda & Takeshi Morishima & Takeshi Rikio vs. Takao Omori & Takashi Sugiura & Yoshihiro Takayama 15:46

NOAH di colosseo 4/27/02 The First Navigation, 2002 taped 1/20/02 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-2hr. Q=Near Perfect

Donovan Morgan & Michael Modest vs. Richard Slinger & Scorpio 11:40

Kentaro Shiga vs. Takashi Sugiura 8:55

Digest of Kishin Kawabata vs. Yasuhiro Suzuki 4:47, Mitsuo Momota & Rusher Kimura vs. Haruka Eigen & Jun Izumida 9:49, Bison Smith & Bull Schmitt vs. Daisuke Ikeda & Mohammed Yone 9:23, Juventud Guerrera vs. Matt Murphy 6:58

Takao Omori & Yoshihiro Takayama vs. Akira Taue & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi 13:14

GHC Tag Team Title No#1 Contendership Match: Takeshi Morishima & Takeshi Rikio vs. Masao Inoue & Tamon Honda 16:09

Eight Man Tag Team Elimination Match: Mitsuharu Misawa & Naomichi Marufuji & Takuma Sano & Yoshinari Ogawa vs. Akitoshi Saito & Jun Akiyama & Makoto Hashi & Yoshinobu Kanemaru 27:14

NOAH di colosseo 6/10/02 Navigate for Evolution 2002 taped 2/2/02 Tokyo Differ Ariake
-2hr. Q=Near Perfect

Mitsuharu Misawa & Takuma Sano vs. Akitoshi Saito & Kentaro Shiga 17:04

KENTA vs. Kotaro Suzuki 8:22

Scorpio & Michael Modest & Donovan Morgan vs. Tamon Honda & Masao Inoue & Makoto Hashi 18:05

Akira Taue vs. Jun Izumida 11:07

Yoshinari Ogawa vs. Naomichi Marufuji 14:28

Jun Akiyama vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru 9:43

Takeshi Morishima & Takeshi Rikio & Daisuke Ikeda vs. Takao Omori & Yoshihiro Takayama & Takashi Sugiura 12:22

NOAH NOAH's Voyage #37 3/16/02 & #38 3/23/02 Navigate for Evolution 2002 taped 2/3/02 Tokyo Messe Akishima
-1hr 50min. Q=TV Master

3/16/02

KENTA vs. Ray Gordy 3:20 of 8:13

Scorpio & Richard Slinger vs. Juventud Guerrera & Super Star Steve 8:48 of 14:06

Akira Taue & Jun Izumida vs. Daisuke Ikeda & Mohammed Yone 10:23 of 11:16

Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Takashi Seguira 8:10

Jun Akiyama & Akitoshi Saito vs. Kentaro Shiga & Yoshinobu Kanemaru 18:57. ***

3/23/02

Rusher Kimura & Kotaro Suzuki vs. Haruka Eigen & Kishin Kawabata 6:05 of 11:21

Yoshinari Ogawa & Takuma Sano vs. Tamon Honda & Masao Inoue 14:29 of 17:49

Takeshi Morishima & Takeshi Rikio vs. Michael Modest & Donovan Morgan 13:02

Takao Omori vs. Makoto Hashi 10:05

Naomichi Marufuji vs. Yoshihiro Takayama 4:54

NOAH di colosseo 6/10/02 Navigate for Evolution 2002 taped 2/10/02 Hyogo Kobe World Kinen Hall
-2hr. Q=Near Perfect

Yoshihiro Takayama vs. Makoto Hashi 7:55

Michael Modest & Donovan Morgan vs. Akira Taue & Kishin Kawabata 11:53

Daisuke Ikeda vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru 13:33

Scorpio & Juventud Guerrera vs. Naomichi Marufuji & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi 15:47

Takeshi Morishima & Takeshi Rikio vs. Takao Omori & Takashi Sugiura 10:08

Mitsuharu Misawa & Yoshinari Ogawa & Takuma Sano vs. Jun Akiyama & Akitoshi Saito & Kentaro Shiga 21:21

NOAH STV Special 4/6/02 Navigate for Evolution 2002 Final taped 2/17/02 Tokyo Nippon Budokan
-2hr 55min. Q=Ex. 1 DVD

Tsuyoshi Kikuchi & Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. Jushin Thunder Liger & Wataru Inoue 17:38

KENTA & Kotaro Suzuki vs. Mohammed Yone & Ray Gordy 10:23

Masashi Aoyagi & Mitsuo Momota & Rusher Kimura vs. Haruka Eigen & Jun Izumida & Kishin Kawabata 13:18

Daisuke Ikeda & Takashi Sugiura vs. Donovan Morgan & Michael Modest 10:10

Takuma Sano & Yoshinari Ogawa vs. Richard Slinger & Scorpio 9:31

Akira Taue & Masao Inoue & Tamon Honda vs. Akitoshi Saito & Kentaro Shiga & Makoto Hashi 20:14

GHC Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Naomichi Marufuji vs. Juventud Guerrera 24:57

GHC Tag Title Match: Takao Omori & Yoshihiro Takayama vs. Takeshi Morishima & Takeshi Rikio 16:01

Kenta Kobashi Return Match: Mitsuharu Misawa & Kenta Kobashi vs. Jun Akiyama & Yuji Nagata 26:49. Kobashi returned from a 13 month absence due to multipe knee surgeries, reforming his classic team with Misawa. You'd think Misawa might want to handle most of the duties here, if for no other reason than as president he knows he needs to protect Kobashi for the company to have a chance to succeed, but no, Misawa was more than willing to cede almost the entire match to Kobashi. It was an excellent match, and Kobashi was the standout as usual to the point that it was the others who held the match back. They did the expected stiff, intense match, with some measure of ill will. There was more heat for Akiyama vs. Kobashi, but I felt Kobashi vs. Nagata was a bit better, as it had more intensity and their styles seemed to play into each other better (this was striking Kobashi rather than head drop Kobashi). That said, I think Akiyama stepped it up beyond his usual big match level the most, and this was certainly one of his most effective performances of the era. Misawa started, but as soon as Kobashi tagged in, Akiyama looked to test his knees but Kobashi retreated to the ropes. This built to the key early spot where Kobashi proved his knees were okay by popping up after Akiyama's Dragon screw and flooring him with a shoulderblock. Akiyama leg tripped Kobashi and went into an STF and Nagata kicked Kobashi's knee out to set up the Nagata lock, but since they couldn't ignore the knee, they generally tried to avoid abusing the knee too badly. Generally, they'd exchanging stiff shots until someone countered into a big move. Misawa finally made his presence felt when the match picked up at 18:30, and he was certainly working on another level, but on the other hand it helps to know you only have to work a few minutes. The stretch run was loads of fun, and overall the match was one of the highlights of 2002. However, there was a price, as Kobashi's knees ultimately weren't ready yet, and he was shelved for another 5 months. ****

NOAH di colosseo 7/1/02 Encountering Navigation taped 3/14/02 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-2hr. Q=Near Perfect

Jun Akiyama & Makoto Hashi vs. Naomichi Marufuji & Yoshinari Ogawa 17:12

Daisuke Ikeda & Mohammed Yone vs. Kotaro Suzuki & Tamon Honda 15:24

Kentaro Shiga vs. Jun Izumida 10:56

Mitsuharu Misawa & Takuma Sano vs. Donovan Morgan & Michael Modest 11:22

Scorpio vs. Takeshi Rikio 7:34

Vader vs. Takeshi Morishima 5:15

Akira Taue & Masao Inoue & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi vs. Takao Omori & Takashi Sugiura & Yoshihiro Takayama 14:17

NOAH Kakutogi Hour The Ring 3/28/02 Encountering Navigation taped 3/14/02 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
& NOAH Puroresu Special 4/14/02 Kodo Fuyuki Retirement taped 4/14/02 Tokyo Differ Ariake
-1hr 50min. Q=Near Perfect

3/14/02

Jun Akiyama & Makoto Hashi vs. Yoshinari Ogawa & Naomichi Marufuji 17:12

Scorpio vs. Takeshi Rikio 7:34

Vader vs. Takeshi Morishima 5:15

Akira Taue & Masao Inoue & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi vs. Takao Omori & Yoshihiro Takayama & Takashi Sugiura 14:17

4/14/02

AJPW 5/14/90 Tokyo Taiikukan: Yoshiaki Yatsu & Samson Fuyuki vs. Tiger Mask & Toshiaki Kawada

4/7/02 Tokyo Ariake Coliseum: Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Kodo Fuyuki

Kodo Fuyuki Retirement Match: Mitsuharu Misawa & Kodo Fuyuki & Yoshinari Ogawa vs. Akira Taue & Masao Inoue & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi 16:41

NOAH di colosseo 7/8/02 Encountering Navigation taped 3/17/02 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-2hr. Q=Near Perfect

Mitsuo Momota vs. Haruka Eigen 8:19

Akitoshi Saito & Makoto Hashi vs. KENTA & Takuma Sano 14:51

Akira Taue & Jun Izumida & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi vs. Bison Smith & Donovan Morgan & Michael Modest 14:29

Kentaro Shiga & Tamon Honda vs. Jun Akiyama & Yoshinobu Kanemaru 13:08

Scorpio vs. Takeshi Morishima 6:58

Takeshi Rikio vs. Vader 7:20

Mitsuharu Misawa & Naomichi Marufuji & Yoshinari Ogawa vs. Takao Omori & Takashi Sugiura & Yoshihiro Takayama 20:04

NOAH NOAH's Voyage #40 4/2/02 Encountering Navigation 2002 taped 3/24/02 Kyoto KBS Hall
-1hr 55min. Q=Ex

Haruka Eigen & Jun Izumida & Kishin Kawabata vs. Kotaro Suzuki & Mitsuo Momota & Rusher Kimura 10:33

Akitoshi Saito & Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. KENTA & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi 14:14

Mohammed Yone & Takeshi Rikio vs. Richard Slinger & Superstar Steve 12:38

Akira Taue & Masao Inoue vs. Daisuke Ikeda & Takashi Sugiura 14:36

Takeshi Morishima vs. Bison Smith 7:02

Takao Omori & Yoshihiro Takayama vs. Kentaro Shiga & Tamon Honda 16:21

Jun Akiyama vs. Makoto Hashi 14:33

Mitsuharu Misawa & Naomichi Marufuji & Takuma Sano & Yoshinari Ogawa vs. Donovan Morgan & Michael Modest & Scorpio & Vader 10:43

NOAH di colosseo 7/15/02 Encountering Navigation taped 3/25/02 Okayama Budokan
-2hr. Q=Near Perfect

Vader & Scorpio & Michael Modest & Donovan Morgan vs. Takeshi Morishima & Takeshi Rikio & Daisuke Ikeda & Takashi Sugiura 9:08

Superstar Steve vs. Kotaro Suzuki 12:21

Richard Slinger & Bison Smith vs. Masashi Aoyagi & Kishin Kawabata 11:44

Kentaro Shiga vs. Mohammed Yone 11:07

Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Makoto Hashi vs. Tsuyoshi Kikuchi & KENTA 14:27

Takao Omori & Yoshihiro Takayama vs. Akira Taue & Masao Inoue 11:51

Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Tamon Honda 5:36

Jun Akiyama & Akitoshi Saito vs. Yoshinari Ogawa & Takuma Sano 11:58

NOAH di colosseo 5/6/02 Encountering Navigation taped 4/6/02 Nagoya Aichi-ken Taiikukan
-2hr. Q=Near Perfect

Jun Akiyama vs. Kentaro Shiga 7:42

Daisuke Ikeda vs. Jun Izumida 9:35

Akitoshi Saito & Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. Takao Omori & Takashi Sugiura 12:36

Akira Taue & Tamon Honda & Masao Inoue vs. Mitsuharu Misawa & Yoshinari Ogawa & KENTA 20:13

Yoshihiro Takayama vs. Takuma Sano 6:11

GHC Tag Title Match: Takeshi Morishima & Takeshi Rikio vs. Vader & Scorpio 19:34

Pro-Wrestling NOAH on G+ Encountering Navigation 4/7/02 Tokyo Ariake Colisseum
-2hr 50min. Q=TV Master. 2 DVDs

GHC Heavykyu Senshuken Jiki Chosensha Ketteisen: Akira Taue vs. Takao Omori. Basic hard hitting match. Short and faster paced with Omori being very aggressive. Good back and forth action. Taue did a lariat suicida. ***

GHC Tag Senshukenjiai: Takeshi Morishima & Takeshi Rikio vs. Manabu Nakanishi & Yutaka Yoshie. Stiff brawl. Nakanishi was at his most brutal, hitting harder than I can remember him laying in to Tenzan. The whole match was striking though, and there wasn't much technique or diversity to it so it became tedious. Of course, that it went on for like 25 minutes was also played a big part in the monotony. This is the only style Yoshie can do. Well, he's still not any good, but at least his weaknesses aren't too apparent. Morishima got a bloody nose. The NJ team had negative charisma, but the fans were behind Wild II, so in this case it didn't matter much. **1/4

GHC Heavykyu Senshukenjiai: Jun Akiyama vs. Yoshinari Ogawa. Ogawa wrestled with fire and energy that he's never shown before (or at least not in many many years). Exciting fast paced match with all kinds of nice sequences and counters. Opened with a great quick sequence that culminated with Ogawa ducking a lariat and planting Akiyama with a DDT. The problem with this match, I mean beyond giving an "honored" heavyweight title to a career junior heavyweight jobber, is Ogawa was so outclassed that Akiyama nearly took him out in 4 minutes. I realize Ogawa is the underdog that survives on his counters, but I can't imagine many people are going to want to drop $50 or more to see a champion that's lucky to last 5 minutes with the real top heavyweights. Granted Ogawa turned the 2nd exploder that would have put him out into a small package for the startling mega upset win, but how many times is that going to work? Just look at how many wins Ogawa has in his career against the real stars for the answer. There was a huge reaction to the finish this time because everyone was so surprised, but in Ogawa's defense he did get big reactions after the shock wore off. Exciting match, but NOAH big shows are pretty much one long supposedly excellent main event and this went just 4:19. **1/2

Kentaro Shiga vs. Akitoshi Saito. Style clash. Saito wasn't as stiff with the wirey Shiga. Fans weren't into ths at all. Never came together and was barely adequate. *1/2

Daisuke Ikeda & Mohammad Yone vs. Yoshihiro Takayama & Takashi Sugiura. These guys didn't work that well together. Sugiura had to sell since he's the young one, but that's not exactly his forte. He did throw everyone around early, but that's his only offense right now. Takayama came in after a little while and made short work of the opposition. *3/4

Jushin Thunder Liger & Minoru Tanaka vs. Tsuyoshi Kikuchi & Yoshinobu Kanemaru. Liger vs. Kikuchi with Kikuchi in his prime would have been awesome, but obviously Kikuchi has been far beyond gone for ages. This wasn't the big letdown that it could have been though because Liger is so damn smart. Liger & Tanaka kept Kikuchi away from all the situations that would make him come off as a 50-year-old. Kikuchi's counters are in slow motion, but he can still fight with intensity. Since Kikuchi was the one that got beat up, Kanemaru was able to make the hot tag and carry his team offensively. Match was always heated, but the fans really got into the match at this point. Liger didn't sell that much for Kanemaru, who just isn't on the level and everyone knows it. Since the outsiders Liger & Tanaka were uncharacteristly dickish, the fans were really into it when they did indeed sell. Kanemaru ripped Liger's mask. Liger is so much more intelligent than the any of the NOAH wrestlers these days, and that's how he had the best match even without particularly good opposition. Easily the most heated and intense match of the night. After the match, there was a big brawl between the NJ & NOAH juniors. ***1/4

GHC Junior Heavykyu Senshukenjiai: Naomichi Marufuji vs. Makoto Hashi. Marufuji had blown his knee out against Scorpio a few weeks earlier, but he seemed like his usual self for almost the entire match. Hashi did a reverse DDT on the apron. What made this much deadlier than if he did it in the ring is that there was no apron under Marufuji's shoulder and Hashi went down to the floor to "dislocate" it. Hashi followed with a headbutt off the apron to the shoulder, but Marufuji started selling his knee injury. At the time I thought he wanted to change the focus, but perhaps this is where it started bothering him? In any case, Hashi controlled much of the match, which didn't help the quality. He's something like Tenzan minus the size and stiffness. Just after 18 minutes Marufuji's knee just gave out. I mean, it was like his healing potion wore off and he was back to not being able to put any weight on it so he just collapsed. No one seemed to know what to do. Marufuji obviously couldn't continue, but he was supposed to win the match, so in the end Hashi got the win but not the title. **3/4

Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Kodo Fuyuki. Fuyuki had that much less stamina than normal due to his health problems, so Misawa wringed his arm for a few minutes. After 4-5 incredibly dull minutes it was pretty good with a bunch of "big" moves. Fuyuki used a chair in the ring, setting it up in between the top/middle rope and whipping Misawa into it. He put Misawa on a table outside the ring and Kanemura put Misawa through it with a diving body press. Match had no story or drama and the selling was nothing special. Misawa tried harder since it was about the end of the line for his buddy Fuyuki. **1/2

NOAH di colosseo 8/26/02 Encountering Navigation taped 5/9/02 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-2hr. Q=Near Perfect

GHC Junior Heavyweight Title Tournament First Round Match: Makoto Hashi vs. Juventud Guerrera 13:17

Richard Slinger & Scorpio vs. Ray Gordy & Takuma Sano 15:09

Donovan Morgan & Michael Modest vs. Mohammed Yone & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi 13:46

Takeshi Morishima & Takeshi Rikio vs. Daisuke Ikeda & Takashi Sugiura 13:29

Vader vs. Kentaro Shiga 5:58

Akira Taue & KENTA vs. Mitsuharu Misawa & Yoshinari Ogawa 13:30

Jun Akiyama & Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. Takao Omori & Yoshihiro Takayama 2:47

NOAH NOAH's voyage 6/17/02 Navigation With Breeze 2002 taped 5/11/02 Tokyo Differ Ariake
-1hr 55min. Q=Near Perfect

Takuma Sano & KENTA vs. Michael Modest & Juventud Guerrera 13:34

Takeshi Rikio vs. Mohammed Yone 12:21

Takeshi Morishima vs. Donovan Morgan 7:29

GHC Junior Heavyweight Title Tournament Round 1: Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. Ray Gordy 15:34

Akira Taue & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi vs. Yoshihiro Takayama & Takashi Sugiura 13:09

Vader & Scorpio vs. Takao Omori & Tamon Honda 12:06

Yoshinari Ogawa & Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Jun Akiyama & Makoto Hashi 5:54

NOAH Navigation with Breeze, 2002 Commercial Tape
-2hr. Q=Master

5/6/02 Sendai Miyagi-ken Sports Center, GHC Tag Title Match: Takeshi Morishima & Takeshi Rikio vs. Jun Akiyama & Akitoshi Saito 22:35

5/26/02 Sapporo Media Park Spica, 5th GHC Junior Heavyweight Champion Decision Tournament Final: Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. KENTA 16:01

5/9/02 Tokyo Korakuen Hall: Jun Akiyama & Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. Takao Omori & Yoshihiro Takayama. Digest

5/26/02

Takao Omori vs. Yoshihiro Takayama

GHC Heavyweight Title Match: Yoshinari Ogawa vs. Akira Taue 15:05. The GHC Heavyweight Title never had any real credibility until Kobashi's record setting reign, and it's Ogawa's run of underlong wholly unsatisfying flash pin victories that really robbed any feeling of specialness from what should have been a prestigious new championship. This was a truly feeble heavyweight title match. It was worked as though they were going 30 minutes, and then just ended with a few lame small package reversals in half that time. They never did anything to make this come across as a big match, and Ogawa never did anything I believed would do any real damage to Taue. Taue looked good, but you felt as though he was holding back so as to not break Ogawa in half. He did his standard moves, but either didn't have time to get into his big move offense or figured having Ogawa survive them would kill the credibility of the moves. Ogawa did his standard by the numbers stuff, showing nothing beyond his soft hitting eye gouging 80's WWF offense. As a midcard house show match, this would have been pretty good, but as something that's supposed to be the equivalent of a Triple Crown match, it was, at best, a marginally adequate prequel to the 2nd half of the match that never actually took place. *1/2

NOAH NOAH's voyage 6/14/02 NAVIGATION taped 6/2/02 Tokyo Differ Ariake
-1hr 55min. Q=TV Master

Akira Taue & Rusher Kimura & Mitsuo Momota vs. Haruka Eigen & Jun Izumida & Masashi Aoyagi

Masao Inoue & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi vs. Tamon Honda vs. Kishin Kawabata

Takuma Sano vs. Kotaro Suzuki

Takeshi Rikio vs. KENTA

Takeshi Morishima vs. Makoto Hashi

Yoshinari Ogawa & Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Daisuke Ikeda & Mohammad Yone

Jun Akiyama & Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. Takao Omori & Takashi Sugiura

NOAH di colosseo 9/16/02 Accomplish Our 2nd Navigation taped 7/11/02 Akita Municipal Gymnasium
-2hr. Q=Near Perfect

Takeshi Morishima vs. Takuma Sano 30:00

Kenta Kobashi & Masao Inoue vs. Richard Slinger & Superstar Steve 13:25

Akira Taue & Tamon Honda vs. Bison Smith & Yoshihiro Takayama 11:32

Takashi Sugiura vs. Makoto Hashi 13:11

Donovan Morgan & Vader vs. Jun Akiyama & Kotaro Suzuki 8:08

Jun Izumida & Takeshi Rikio & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi vs. KENTA & Mitsuharu Misawa & Yoshinari Ogawa 14:33

NOAH NOAH's voyage 7/19/02 Accomplish Our 2nd Navigation taped 7/14/02 Niigata Shi Taiikukan
-1hr 55min. Q=Near Perfect

Kenta Kobashi & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi vs. Scorpio & Richard Slinger 20:36

Vader vs. Bison Smith 4:59

Daisuke Ikeda & Mohammed Yone vs. Yoshihiro Takayama & Takashi Sugiura 16:12

Jun Akiyama & Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. Akira Taue & KENTA 18:22

Yoshinari Ogawa & Mitsuharu Misawa & Takuma Sano vs. Takeshi Morishima & Takeshi Rikio & Makoto Hashi 28:44

NOAH di colosseo 10/14/02 Accomplish Our 2nd Navigation taped 7/19/02 Fukuchiyama Park Gymnasium
-2hr. Q=Near Perfect

Kenta Kobashi & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi & KENTA vs. Tamon Honda & Masao Inoue & Makoto Hashi 25:46

Daisuke Ikeda & Kishin Kawabata vs. Yoshinari Ogawa & Kotaro Suzuki 18:33

Vader vs. Mohammed Yone 1:38

Jun Akiyama & Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. Akira Taue & Takashi Sugiura 10:55

Mitsuharu Misawa & Takuma Sano vs. Takeshi Morishima & Takeshi Rikio 19:48

NOAH Yoyogi SP Accomplish Our 2nd Navigation Final 7/26/02 Tokyo Yoyogi National Stadium 2nd Gym
-2hr 45min. Q=Near Perfect

Rusher Kimura & Mitsuo Momota vs. Haruka Eigen & Masashi Aoyagi 7:31

Tamon Honda & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi vs. Richard Slinger & Superstar Steve 9:13

Takeshi Morishima & Daisuke Ikeda vs. Yoshihiro Takayama & Bison Smith 15:34

Vader & Scorpio vs. Michael Modest & Donovan Morgan 8:34

Takuma Sano & KENTA vs. Jun Akiyama & Kotaro Suzuki 16:52

Jun Izumida vs. Mohammed Yone 9:10

Satoru Asako Retirement Match: Mitsuharu Misawa & Kenta Kobashi & Satoru Asako vs. Akira Taue & Masao Inoue & Makoto Hashi 25:42

GHC Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. Takashi Sugiura 17:08

GHC Heavyweight Title Match: Yoshinari Ogawa vs. Takeshi Rikio 17:54

NOAH di colosseo 1/13/03
-2hr. Q=TV Master

4/14/02 Tokyo Differ Ariake

KENTA vs. Kotaro Suzuki

Takuma Sano & Takashi Sugiura vs. Daisuke Ikeda & Mohammed Yone

Jun Akiyama & Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Makoto Hashi vs. Takao Omori & Tamon Honda & Jun Izumida

8/2/02 Fairfield, CA

Mitsuharu Misawa & Yoshinari Ogawa vs. Doug Williams & Vinny Massaro

Takao Omori & Maxx Justice vs. Michael Modest & Donovan Morgan

8/29/02 Nagano: Kentaro Shiga vs. Osamu Nishimura

NOAH GREAT VOYAGE '02 Commercial Tape 9/23/02 Tokyo Nippon Budokan
-1hr 55min. Q=Near Perfect

GHC Heavyweight Title Match: Yoshihiro Takayama vs. Mitsuharu Misawa 23:50. Probably the best singles match of Takayama's career. The main difference here isn't Misawa plugging him in and carrying through the requisite big title match, though that's certainly the case, but that Takayama shockingly mostly puts the effort into executing his own offense. That should be a given, but while Takayama is, at times, as amazingly uncoordinated and indifferent to any semblance of crispness and precision as ever, for once he, for the most part, holds up his end competently. They don't really do anything you wouldn't expect, but that's okay, as this is a new match, and a stiff match mixing Misawa's stiff athletic offense and Takayama's wannabe shooting gives as good a representation of both wrestlers abilities without putting either in a position to take moves they aren't as likely to make look good. Takayama tries to suck Misawa into a striking war since he's the big bad shooter and is coming off his career making destruction at the hands of Don Frye at PRIDE 21 6/23/02. Takayama actually manages some faster and more impactful kicks, so it thankfully comes off credibly. Misawa is able to turn things around when he incorporates his athleticism into his striking, but Takayama counters a diving elbow with a knee to the gut and does the sloppiest takedown into what I guess passes for a triangle armbar ever. Takayama is able to beat Misawa up in standup most of the time and to show an advantage on the mat with a few shoot submissions, but ultimately Misawa beats him at his own game, landing some particularly brutal mount elbows before knocking him out with the patented running elbow. ***1/2

GHC Tag Title Match: Takeshi Morishima & Takeshi Rikio vs. Jun Akiyama & Akitoshi Saito 22:47

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Title Match: Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi vs. El Samurai & Masayuki Naruse 14:33

Kenta Kobashi vs. Mohammed Yone 11:47

NOAH NOAH's voyage #46 10/10/02 Navigation, Against the Current taped 10/4/02 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-1hr 55min. Q=Near Perfect

Maxx Justice & Scorpio vs. Michael Modest & Richard Slinger 14:13

KENTA & Makoto Hashi & Takashi Sugiura vs. Kotaro Suzuki & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi & Yoshinobu Kanemaru 20:12

Takuma Sano & Yoshinari Ogawa vs. Daisuke Ikeda & Donovan Morgan 15:51

Kenta Kobashi & Kentaro Shiga & Masashi Aoyagi vs. Superstar Steve & Takeshi Morishima & Takeshi Rikio 22:38

Masao Inoue & Tamon Honda vs. Akira Taue & Jun Izumida 14:30

Akitoshi Saito & Jun Akiyama vs. Mitsuharu Misawa & Mohammed Yone 14:19

NOAH di colosseo 11/18/02 taped 10/19/02 & 9/5/02
-2hr. Q=TV Master

10/19/02 Nagoya Aichi-ken Taiikukan

GHC Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. Tsuyoshi Kikuchi 16:53

GHC Tag Title Match: Jun Akiyama & Akitoshi Saito vs. Kenta Kobashi & Kentaro Shiga 31:11

9/5/02 Tokyo Korakuen Hall, Captain's Fall Elimination Match: Jun Akiyama (c) & Akitoshi Saito & Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Makoto Hashi vs. Kenta Kobashi (c) & Kentaro Shiga & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi & KENTA 25:36 of 50:11

NOAH Tokushima Shiritsu Taiikukan SP Navigation, Against the Current 10/12/02
-3hr 15min. Q=Ex. 2 DVDs

Haruka Eigen vs. Mitsuo Momota 8:27

Daisuke Ikeda & Masashi Aoyagi vs. Kotaro Suzuki & Richard Slinger 12:28

Donovan Morgan & Michael Modest vs. Akira Taue & Kishin Kawabata 11:07

Akitoshi Saito vs. IZU 9:26

Takeshi Morishima & Takeshi Rikio vs. Maxx Justice & Scorpio 14:42

Masao Inoue & Tamon Honda vs. Jun Akiyama & Makoto Hashi 18:13

Mitsuharu Misawa & Takuma Sano & Yoshinari Ogawa vs. Kenta Kobashi & Kentaro Shiga & Superstar Steve 30:56

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Title Match: Tsuyoshi Kikuchi & Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. KENTA & Takashi Sugiura 23:15

NOAH Kakutogi Hour The Ring 10/31/02 Navigation, Against the Current taped 10/12/02 & 10/17/02
& NOAH Kakutogi Hour The Ring 11/28/02 Navigation, Uprising Spirit Opening taped 11/14/02 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-1hr 45min. Q=Near Perfect

10/12/02 Tokushima Kenritsu Taiikukan, IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Title Match: Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi vs. KENTA & Takashi Sugiura 23:15

10/17/02 Hiroshima Sports Center: Kenta Kobashi & Kentaro Shiga vs. Jun Akiyama & Yoshinobu Kanemaru 16:28

11/14/02

Vader & Scorpio & Bison Smith vs. Jun Akiyama & Akitoshi Saito & Makoto Hashi 9:24

Yoshinari Ogawa & Takuma Sano vs. Mitsuharu Misawa & Jun Izumida 14:51

Kenta Kobashi & Kentaro Shiga vs. Takeshi Rikio & Kishin Kawabata 11:48

NOAH di colosseo 11/11/02 taped 10/19/02 Nagoya Aichi-ken Taiikukan
-1hr 55min. Q=Ex

Mitsuo Momota vs. Haruka Eigen 6:52

KENTA vs. Makoto Hashi 10:47

Donovan Morgan & Michael Modest & Scorpio vs. IZU & Maxx Justice & Richard Slinger 11:20

Takeshi Rikio vs. Superstar Steve 6:58

Masao Inoue & Tamon Honda vs. Kishin Kawabata & Takeshi Morishima 13:52

Kotaro Suzuki & Mitsuharu Misawa & Takuma Sano & Yoshinari Ogawa vs. Akira Taue & Daisuke Ikeda & Masashi Aoyagi & Takashi Sugiura 19:36

IWA Japan 10/1/02 Tokyo Yoyogi National Stadium 2, IWA Tag Title Match: Takashi Uwano & Keizo Matsuda vs. Jun Izumida & Shoichi Ichimiya

NOAH STV 11/24/02 Navigation, Uprising Spirit 2002 taped 11/17/02 Tokyo Differ Ariake
-1hr 55min. Q=Ex

Haruka Eigen & Masashi Aoyagi vs. Mitsuo Momota & Rusher Kimura 9:16

Tamon Honda vs. Takashi Sugiura 11:36

Donovan Morgan & Michael Modest & Scorpio vs. Makoto Hashi & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi & Yoshinobu Kanemaru 14:39

Masao Inoue & Yoshinari Ogawa vs. Jun Izumida & Takeshi Rikio 12:32

Akitoshi Saito & Jun Akiyama vs. Kotaro Suzuki & Mitsuharu Misawa 3:58

Takuma Sano vs. Vader 5:35

Akira Taue & Bison Smith & Daisuke Ikeda vs. KENTA & Kenta Kobashi & Kentaro Shiga 23:23

NOAH Tsukisamu Green Dome SP Navigation, Uprising Spirit 2002 12/1/02 Sapporo
-3hr 15min. Q=Ex. 2 DVDs

Haruka Eigen & Jun Izumida vs. Kishin Kawabata & Mitsuo Momota 10:11

Bison Smith & Donovan Morgan & Michael Modest vs. Akira Taue & Kotaro Suzuki & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi 17:31

Masao Inoue & Tamon Honda & Yoshinari Ogawa vs. Daisuke Ikeda & Masashi Aoyagi & Takashi Sugiura 21:16

Takeshi Morishima vs. Takeshi Rikio 30:00

Kenta Kobashi & Kentaro Shiga vs. Mitsuharu Misawa & Takuma Sano 22:23

GHC Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. KENTA 16:24

GHC Tag Team Title Match: Akitoshi Saito & Jun Akiyama vs. Scorpio & Vader 20:07

NOAH Yokohama Bunka Taiikukan SP Navigation, Uprising Spirit 2002 Final 12/7/02 rebroadcast 6/12/17
-2hr 50min. Q=Perfect. 2 DVDs

Masashi Aoyagi & Mitsuo Momota vs. Haruka Eigen & Kishin Kawabata 8:58

Masao Inoue & Takuma Sano & Tamon Honda vs. Kotaro Suzuki & Takeshi Morishima & Takeshi Rikio 13:51

Akira Taue & Daisuke Ikeda & KENTA & Takashi Sugiura vs. Donovan Morgan & IZU & Michael Modest & Scorpio 11:50

Kenta Kobashi vs.s Bison Smith 8:47

Jun Akiyama vs.s Kentaro Shiga 17:54

Vader vs. Akitoshi Saito 5:53

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Title Match: Tsuyoshi Kikuchi & Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. Gedo & Jado 17:54

GHC Heavyweight Title Match: Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Yoshinari Ogawa 23:26

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