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NOAH Differ Ariake SP The First Navig. '08 Opening Battle 1/6/08
-3 1/2hr. Q=Perfect

Kentaro Shiga & Kishin Kawabata vs. Junji Izumida & Genba Hirayanagi

Tamon Honda & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi vs. Takuma Sano & Akihiko Ito

Doug Williams & Nigel McGuinness vs. Akira Taue & Masao Inoue

Yoshinari Ogawa & Kotaro Suzuki vs. KENTA & Taiji Ishimori

Akitoshi Saito & Bison Smith vs. Jun Akiyama & Shuhei Taniguchi

Atsushi Aoki Flash 10 Match Series #2: Atsushi Aoki vs. Davey Richards

GHC Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. Rocky Romero

Takeshi Morishima & Naomichi Marufuji & Mohammed Yone vs. Mitsuhawa Misawa & Go Shiozaki & Ippei Ota

NOAH Korakuen Hall SP The First Navig. '08 Final Battle 1/20/08
-3hr 25min. Q=Perfect

Mohammed Yone & Ippei Ota vs. Taiji Ishimori & Akihiko Ito

Kishin Kawabata & Kentaro Shiga vs. Junji Izumida & Mitsuo Momota

Takuma Sano & Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. Tamon Honda & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi

Doug Williams & Yoshinari Ogawa & Masao Inoue vs. Bison Smith & Rocky Romero & Davey Richards

KENTA & Akitoshi Saito vs. Yoshihiro Takayama & Atsushi Aoki

Kensuke Sasaki vs. Shuhei Taniguchi

ROH World Title Match: Nigel McGuinness vs. Go Shiozaki

Akira Taue Debut 20th Anniversary Commemorative Match: Akira Taue & Jun Akiyama & Takeshi Morishima vs. Mitsuharu Misawa & Kotaro Suzuki & Naomichi Marufuji

Kensuke Office Battle Station 2/17/08 ~Take The Dream Vol. 3~ taped 2/11/08 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-2hr. Q=Perfect

Seiya Sanada vs. Kento Miyahara

Takeshi Minaminno vs. Takashi Okita

Boso Boy Raito & Magnitude Kishiwada & Kikutaru vs. Catfish Man 1-3

Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. Ryuji Yamagata

Kensuke Sasaki & Genichiro Tenryu & Yoshihiro Takayama & Minoru Suzuki vs. Toshiaki Kawada & Shinjiro Otani & Akitoshi Saito & Yutaka Yoshie 30:08

NOAH Korakuen Hall SP The Second Navig. '08 Opening Battle 2/15/08
-3hr 30min. Q=Perfect

Mohammed Yone & Taiji Ishimori vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Junji Izumida

Akira Taue & Tamon Honda & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi vs. Akitoshi Saito & Masao Inoue & Akihiko Ito

Global Hardcore Crown: Kishin Kawabata vs. Mitsuo Momota

Naomichi Marufuji & Takashi Suguira & Go Shiozaki vs. Takuma Sano & Yoshihiro Takayama & Ippei Ota

Atsushi Aoki Flash 10 Match Series #3: KENTA vs. Atsushi Aoki

Shuhei Taniguchi Push Forward 10 Match Series #2: Takeshi Morishima vs. Shuhei Taniguchi

Jun Akiyama & Kentaro Shiga vs. Chris Hero & Claudio Castagnoli

Mark Briscoe & Jay Briscoe & Doug Williams vs. Mitsuharu Misawa & Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Kotaro Suzuki

NOAH Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan SP The Second Navig. '08 2/21/08 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan 2
-3hr 30min. Q=Perfect

Kishin Kawabata & Gemba Hirayanagi vs. Kotaro Suzuki & Ippei Ota

Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Kentaro Shiga vs. Mohammed Yone & Akihiko Ito

Takuma Sano & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi vs. Masao Inoue & Mitsuo Momota

Doug Williams & Claudio Castagnoli vs. Akira Taue & Junji Izumida

Mark Briscoe & Jay Briscoe & Chris Hero vs. KENTA & Akitoshi Saito & Taiji Ishimori

Mitsuharu Misawa & Yoshinari Ogawa vs. Jun Akiyama & Atsushi Aoki

Naomichi Marufuji & Takeshi Morishima & Takashi Suguira vs. Kenta Kobashi & Tamon Honda & Shuhei Taniguchi 34:52. If there's one wrestler in Japan who commands the respect and EFFORT of all the fellow wrestlers, it's Kobashi. The man has endured everything, hell he's practically come back from the dead. If anyone has the right to be a zombie wrestler, it's him, but he's returned with one thing intact, his work ethic. And it's that undying thirst to have great matches that makes it impossible for anyone to justify dogging it when Kobashi is out there busting it. Kobashi set the tone right away, laying into Sugiura, and the effort never wavered despite the considerable length of the match. NOAH has to give Kobashi a partner who can at least bump to allow the opposition to run an offense and chew up some time though. Kobashi never wants to stay on the apron, especially if he has stiff like Honda & Taniguchi behind him. And since no one cares about these guys, the match was entirely about Kobashi. Even when Honda & Taniguchi were in, the opposition was staring Kobashi down, having words with him. Marufuji did the KENTA ignore your actual opponent to charge the corner and give the guy you are interested in a cheap shot, and Morishima took time out to maul Kobashi on the outside. Not surprisingly, the match was best when it was Kobashi vs. Sugiura, as these two brutes just ripped into each other, leaving their chests a glowing red. Sugiura was really in his comfort zone in these exchanges, but some of the stuff against Honda was pretty bad, especially Honda countering Sugiura's charge with the worlds lamest "spear", or rather ducking down and letting Sugi run into his shoulder. The match was mostly chops, of course, but Marufuji did an interesting powerbomb off the top to set up his pole shift finisher. What was different is he stopped Taniguchi from doing a flying move, so Taniguchi had his back to the crowd and Marufuji jumped backwards off the middle rope. Kobashi wasn't awesome and has even chopped a lot better in the past, but everyone was thrilled to see him, to work with him, to have him back. What Kobashi has that the others don't is passion and desire, and these are things that always translate. Someone who knows nothing about wrestling probably can't even come up with a rudimentary explanation of why something is good or bad, but they can always sense when someone really cares. ***1/2

NOAH Nippon Budokan SP The Second Navig. '08 Final Battle 3/2/08 Tokyo
-4hr 10min. Q=Perfect. 2 DVDs

Gemba Hirayanagi vs. Akihiko Ito

Kishin Kawabata & Kentaro Shiga vs. Tsuyoshi Kikuchi & Mitsuo Momota

Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Shuhei Taniguchi vs. Mohammed Yone & Ippei Ota

Akira Taue & Junji Izumida vs. Chris Hero & Claudio Castagnoli

Yoshinari Ogawa & Kotaro Suzuki vs. Doug Williams & Taiji Ishimori

Jun Akiyama & Takeshi Rikio vs. Akitoshi Saito & Masao Inoue

Kenta Kobashi & KENTA & Tamon Honda vs. Yoshihiro Takayama & Takuma Sano & Atsushi Aoki 29:36. Another quality Kobashi chopfest, though not as good as the 2/23/08 main event. The good news is Kobashi had a partner in KENTA who could pick up the slack. The bad news is instead of 3 high quality opponents there were none. I have to say that Takayama was as good as he ever gets here though, he was somehow even seeming kind of mobile and flexible, and the dynamic of Kobashi & KENTA gunning for him rather than everyone gunning for Kobashi made for a more balanced match. They did a nice job of utilizing Takayama for brief segments, which kept the heat and anticipation on these pairings, both of which were good. When Kobashi finally was able to keep Takayama in long enough to soften him up with chops, he tagged KENTA right away to give the little guy a chance, but KENTA was mainly manhandled by Takayama today. All this was good stuff, the problem is the only other good pairing was KENTA vs. Aoki. Aoki ran around a lot, usually to no avail as he had to do all the selling for his side. Honda was pretty useless, and Sano tried but was too erratic. Kobashi & Takayama went at it on the ramp well after Aoki went to sleep, finally being restrained by seemingly the rest of the NOAH roster. ***

GHC Tag Title Match: Naomichi Marufuji & Takashi Suguira vs. Mark Briscoe & Jay Briscoe 29:47

GHC Heavyweight Title Match: Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Takeshi Morishima 20:22

Kensuke Office Battle Station 4/5/08 ~Take The Dream Vol. 4~ taped 3/28/08 Hakata Starlanes
-2hr. Q=Perfect

Yoshikawa to Saitama, Tobidase All Country!! ~The 1st Hakata Compilation~: Catfish Man & Catfish Man vs. Kikutaro & Mt. Aso

Hard Times!! Hakata Yamakasa Soul Pouring: Kento Miyahara vs. Ryota Chikuzen

Young Volcano Explosion: Ryuji Yamaguchi & Takashi Okita vs. Takeshi Minamino & Yuto Aijima

Dash The Volcano Road Vol. 1: Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. Magnitude Kishiwada

Kensuke Sasaki & Jun Akiyama vs. Minoru Suzuki & Yoshihiro Takayama

NOAH Korakuen Hall SP Global Tag Leaguesen '08 Opening Battle 3/29/08
-3hr 30min. Q=Perfect

Ryuji Yamaguchi vs.Akihiko Ito

Akira Taue & Ricky Marvin & Shuhei Taniguchi vs. Masao Inoue & Junji Izumida & Ippei Ota

Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Bryan Danielson & Atsushi Aoki vs. KENTA & Taiji Ishimori & Genba Hirayanagi

Naomichi Marufuji & Takashi Sugiura vs. Kishin Kawabata & Kentaro Shiga

Yoshihiro Takayama & Takuma Sano vs. Tamon Honda & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi

Mitsuharu Misawa & Yoshinari Ogawa & Kotaro Suzuki vs. Bison Smith & Akitoshi Saito & Bobby Fish

Global Tag League '08: Kensuke Sasaki & Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. D-Lo Brown & Buchanan 22:23

Global Tag League '08: Jun Akiyama & Takeshi Rikio vs. Takeshi Morishima & Mohammed Yone 19:55

NOAH Hiroshima Green Arena SP Global Tag Leaguesen '08 4/12/08
-3hr 25min. Q=Perfect

Mushiking Terry vs. Ryuji Yamaguchi

Kishin Kawabata & Kentaro Shiga & Masashi Aoyagi vs. Masao Inoue & Mitsuo Momota & Ippei Ota

Mohammed Yone & Taiji Ishimori & Shuhei Taniguchi vs. Akitoshi Saito & Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Yuto Aijima

Takeshi Morishima & Atsushi Aoki & Akihiko Ito vs. Bison Smith & Bryan Danielson & Ricky Marvin

Kenta Kobashi & KENTA & Tamon Honda vs. D-Lo Brown & Buchanan & Bobby Fish

Global Tag League: Akira Taue & Go Shiosaki vs. Yoshihiro Takayama & Takuma Sano 21:43

Global Tag League: Kensuke Sasaki & Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. Mitsuharu Misawa & Yoshinari Ogawa 18:46

Global Tag League: Naomichi Marufuji & Takashi Sugiura vs. Jun Akiyama & Takeshi Rikio 23:06

NOAH Nippon Budokan SP The Second Navig. '08 Final Battle 4/27/08 Tokyo
-4hr. Q=Perfect

Akihiko Ito & Genba Hirayanagi vs. Okita Takashi & Kento Miyahara

Kishin Kawabata & Kentaro Shiga & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi vs. Masao Inoue & Junji Izumida & Mitsuo Momota

Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Taiji Ishimori vs. Bryan Danielson & Atsushi Aoki

Akira Taue & Kotaro Suzuki & Ricky Marvin vs. D-Lo Brown & Buchanan & Bobby Fish

Kenta Kobashi & KENTA & Tamon Honda vs. Yoshihiro Takayama & Takuma Sano & Go Shiosaki 22:13

Global Tag League: Takeshi Morishima & Mohammed Yone vs. Naomichi Marufuji &
Takashi Sugiura 24:47

Global Tag League: Kensuke Sasaki & Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. Jun Akiyama & Takeshi Rikio 22:17

Global Tag League: Mitsuharu Misawa & Yoshinari Ogawa vs. Bison Smith & Akitoshi Saito 17:16

SEM Battle Station 5/5/08 12th Pro-Wrestling SEM taped 4/30/08 Tokyo Differ Ariake
-2hr. Q=Perfect

Daichi Kakimoto vs. Kento Miyahara

Manabu Hara vs. Gemba Hirayanagi

Kazushi Miyamoto vs. Ippei Ota

KENTA & Taiji Ishimori vs. Bear Fukuda & Takeshi Minaminno

Katsuhiko Nakajima & Takeshi Okita vs. Naomichi Marufuji & Atsushi Aoki 19:58

NOAH Korakuen Hall SP Northern Navig. '08 Opening Battle 5/15/08
-3hr 30min. Q=Perfect

Junji Izumida vs. Mitsuo Momota

Magnitude Kishiwada & Raptor vs. Yoshinobu Kanemura & Ippei Ota

Kotaro Suzuki vs. Taiji Ishimori

Takeshi Morishima & Mohammed Yone vs. Takumo Sano & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi

Mitsuharu Misawa, Yoshinari Ogawa & Ricky Marvin vs. Akira Taue, Masao Inoue & Kishin Kawabata

Bison Smith, Akitoshi Saito & Gemba Hirayanagi vs. Naomichi Marufuji, Takashi Suguira & Akihito Ito

Atsushi Aoki Flash 10 Match Series #4: Bryan Danielson vs. Atsushi Aoki 18:10

ROH World Title 3 Way Match: Nigel McGuinness vs. KENTA vs. BJ Whitmer 13:09

Jun Akiyama & Takeshi Rikio & Kentaro Shiga vs. Kenta Kobashi & Shuhei Taniguchi & Tamon Honda 27:07

NOAH Sendai Sun Plaza SP Northern Navig. '08 5/24/08 Sendai Sun Plaza Hall
-3hr 30min. Q=Perfect

Kentaro Shiga & Masaji Aoyagi vs. Tamon Honda & Mitsuo Momota

Kotaro Suzuki & Ricky Marvin vs. Yoshinobu Kanemura & Gemba Hirayanagi

Nigel McGuinness vs. Junji Izumida

Takeshi Morishima & Mohammed Yone vs. Takashi Suguira & Ippei Ota

Mitsuharu Misawa, & Yoshinoari Ogawa & Taiji Ishimori vs. Bryan Danielson & Raptor & BJ Whitmer

Bison Smith & Akitoshi Saito vs. Akira Taue & Masao Inoue

Jun Akiyama & Takeshi Rikio & Atsushi Aoki vs. Yoshihiro Takayama & Takuma Sano & Akihito Ito 25:57

Kenta Kobashi & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi Debut 20th Anniversary Special Commemorative Match #3: KENTA & Naomichi Marufuji vs. Kenta Kobashi & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi 28:07

NOAH Hokkaido Sataeero SP Northern Navigation '08 Final 6/1/08 Hokkaido-ken Sogo Taiiku Center
-4hr. Q=Perfect

Tsuyoshi Kikuchi vs. Genba Hirayanagi

Kentaro Shiga & Masashi Aoyagi & Junji Izumida vs. Masao Inoue & Mitsuo Momota & Ippei Ota

Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Atsushi Aoki vs. Brain Danielson & Raptor

Mitsuharu Misawa & Akira Taue & Yoshinari Ogawa vs. Bison Smith & BJ Whitmer & Nigel McGuinness

Yoshihiro Takayama & Takashi Sugiura & Takuma Sano vs. Kenta Kobashi & Tamon Honda & Akihiko Ito

Jun Akiyama vs. Naomichi Marufuji

Takeshi Rikio vs. Akitoshi Saito

Takeshi Morishima vs. Mohammed Yone

Kensuke Office 7/5/08 Take The Dream Vol. 5 taped 6/13/08 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan 2
-2hr. Q=Perfect

Saitama Yoshikawa Object, Tobidase All Country!! ~Osaka Compilation~: TAKA Michinoku & Kikutaro vs. Catfish Man #1 & Catfish Man #2

SAVE THE OFFICE CRISIS: Tatsutoshi Goto & Michiyoshi Ohara vs. Takeshi Minamino & Takashi Okita

Kento Decisive Trial Match: Minoru Suzuki vs. Kento Miyahara

Dash The Volcano Road: KENTA vs. Katsuhiko Nakajima

Take The Dream in OSAKA: Kensuke Sasaki vs. Naomichi Marufuji

NOAH Yokohama Bunka Taiikukan SP GREAT VOYAGE '08 in Yokohama 6/14/08
-3hr 30min. Q=Perfect

Junji Izumida & Taiji Ishimori vs. Takashi Okita & Kento Miyahara

Kishin Kawabata & Kentaro Shiga & Masao Inoue vs. Tamon Honda & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi & Mitsuo Momota

Akira Taue & Mohammed Yone vs. Akitoshi Saito & Kazuyuki Miyamoto

Naomichi Marufuji & Kotaro Suzuki vs. Mitsuharu Misawa & Ippei Ota

Atsushi Aoki Flash 10 Match Series #5: Yoshinari Ogawa vs. Atsushi Aoki

Jun Akiyama & Takeshi Rikio & Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. Yoshihiro Takayama & Takuma Sano & Genba Hirayanagi

Kenta Kobashi & KENTA vs. Kensuke Sasaki & Katsuhiko Nakajima 30:00

GHC Heavyweight Title Match: Takeshi Morishima vs. Takashi Sugiura 25:01

NOAH Korakuen Hall SP Summer Navig. '08 Opening Battle 6/29/08
-3hr 30min. Q=Perfect

Mohammed Yone vs. Ippei Ota

Takuma Sano & Mitsuo Momota vs. Junji Izumida & Kentaro Shiga

Naomichi Marufuji & Takashi Sugiura vs. Buchanan & Keith Walker

Mitsuharu Misawa & Yoshinari Ogawa vs. Akira Taue & Kishin Kawabata

Akitoshi Saito & Bison Smith & Masao Inoue vs. Kenta Kobashi & Tamon Honda & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi 25:54

Takeshi Morishima & Akihiko Ito vs. Jun Akiyama & Takeshi Rikio

2/3 Falls Match: Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Davey Richards & Atsushi Aoki & Genba Hirayanagi vs. KENTA & Taiji Ishimori & Kotaro Suzuki & Ricky Marvin 17:24, 4:07, 10:56

NOAH di Colosseo #330 9/1/08 taped 7/13/08 & 7/18/08
-2hr. Q=Perfect

7/13/08 Hakata Starlanes, GHC Junior Tag Title Match: KENTA & Taiji Ishimori vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Kotaro Suzuki 31:13

7/18/08 Tokyo Nippon Budokan

Special Singles Match: Kensuke Sasaki vs. KENTA 22:23

GHC Heavyweight Title Match: Takeshi Morishima vs. Takeshi Rikio 13:24

NOAH Nippon Budokan SP Summer Navig. '08 Final Battle 7/18/08 Tokyo
-4hr. Q=Perfect

Junji Izumida & Genba Hirayanagi vs. Masao Inoue & Mitsuo Momota

Kishin Kawabata & Kentaro Shiga vs. Takuma Sano & Ippei Ota

Akira Taue & Yoshinari Ogawa & Kotaro Suzuki vs. Tamon Honda & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi & Akihiko Ito

Akitoshi Saito & Mohammed Yone & Ricky Marvin vs. Jun Akiyama & Atsushi Aoki & Davey Richards

Mitsuharu Misawa & Naomichi Marufuji & Takashi Sugiura vs. Kenta Kobashi & Yoshihiro Takayama & Katsuhiko Nakajima 17:46

Special Singles Match: Kensuke Sasaki vs. KENTA 22:23. KENTA took a heavyweight beating in this ultra stiff match against the many time champion. Sasaki totally dominated early, press slamming KENTA to the floor and repeatedly smashing him into the guard rail. Kensuke was really tossing KENTA around, and seemed determined to make short work of him. KENTA will never back down from anyone, and made a big push with his wicked kicks to get his teeth into the match. This early portion was tremendous, but the match flagged as they weren't able to maintain the intensity once they deviated from the obvious pattern of just blasting away at each other without holding anything back. It picked up late when they returned to sheer brutality with a series of wicked lariats from KENTA until he finally knocked Kensuke off his feet. Although the fans were into the match throughout, they never really bought that KENTA had a chance to win, so his go 2 sleep and even using Sasaki's own Northern Lights bomb on him didn't get awesome reactions. All in all, the match was competitive enough though, and another successful attempt from KENTA at mixing it up with the big boys. ***3/4

GHC Jr. Heavyweight Title Match: Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. Taiji Ishimori 15:33

GHC Heavyweight Title Match: Takeshi Morishima vs. Takeshi Rikio 13:24

Kensuke Office 8/24/08 SEMex. in Korakuen Hall ~Take The Dream Vol. 6~ taped 8/17/08 Tokyo
-2hr. Q=Perfect

SEMex Opening Match: KAGETORA vs.Genba Hirayanagi 9:40

Saitama Yoshikawa Object ~Kuishinbo Banzai~: Kuishinbo Kamen & Catfish Man vs. Akira Taue & Kikutaro 8:49

Lucha Mania in KORAKUEN: Naomichi Marufuji & Taiji Ishimori & Ippei Ota vs. Ultimo Dragon & Takeshi Minamino & Amigo Suzuki 17:40

Kensuke Office vs. NOAH 4 vs. 4 Survival Tag Match: Kensuke Sasaki & Katsuhiko Nakajima & Takashi Okita & Kento Miyahara vs. Kenta Kobashi & KENTA & Atsushi Aoki & Akihiko Ito 55:30

NOAH Korakuen Hall SP Shiny Navig. '08 Opening Battle ~2nd NTV Cup Contest Jr. Tag League Match~ 8/23/08 Tokyo
-3hr 30min. Q=Perfect

NTV Cup Jr. Heavyweight Tag League Match: Atsushi Aoki & Akihiko Ito vs. Naomichi Marufuji & Kento Miyahara 14:28

NTV Cup Jr. Heavyweight Tag League Match: Katsuhiko Nakajima & Kota Ibushi vs. Ricky Marvin & Eddie Edwards 14:09

NTV Cup Jr. Heavyweight Tag League Match: KENTA & Taiji Ishimori vs. Bryan Danielson & Davey Richards 12:31

NTV Cup Jr. Heavyweight Tag League Match: Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Kotaro Suzuki vs. Jay Briscoe & Mark Briscoe 30:00

Akira Taue & Kishin Kawabata vs. Takuma Sano & Makoto Hashi 13:38

Akitoshi Saito & Takashi Sugiura & Masao Inoue vs. Mitsuharu Misawa & Yoshinari Ogawa & Junji Izumida 21:50

Takeshi Morishima & Mohammed Yone vs. Kensuke Sasaki & Takashi Okita 8:31

Jun Akiyama & Takeshi Rikio & Kentaro Shiga vs. Kenta Kobashi & Tamon Honda & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi 18:51

NOAH Nippon Budokan SP Shiny Navig. '08 Final Battle ~2nd NTV Cup Contest Jr. Tag League Match~ 9/6/08 Tokyo
-4hr. Q=Perfect

Ricky Marvin & Eddie Edwards vs. Akihiko Ito & Ippei Ota 8:08

Junji Izumida & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi & Makoto Hashi vs. Kishin Kawabata & Kentaro Shiga & Genba Hirayanagi 7:47

NTV Cup Jr. Heavyweight Tag League Match: Bryan Danielson & Davey Richards vs. Naomichi Marufuji & Kento Miyahara 9:40

Kenta Kobashi & Tamon Honda vs. Akitoshi Saito & Masao Inoue 13:38

Mitsuharu Misawa & Yoshinari Ogawa & Takashi Sugiura vs. Jun Akiyama & Takeshi Rikio & Atsushi Aoki 12:44

Akira Taue & Mohammed Yone vs. Yoshihiro Takayama & Takuma Sano 10:32

NTV Cup Jr. Heavyweight Tag League Match: Jay Briscoe & Mark Briscoe vs.Katsuhiko Nakajima & Kota Ibushi 16:01

NTV Cup Jr. Heavyweight Tag League Match: KENTA & Taiji Ishimori vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Kotaro Suzuki 19:59

NTV Cup Jr. Heavyweight Tag League Deciding Match: KENTA & Taiji Ishimori vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Kotaro Suzuki 12:32

GHC Heavyweight Title Match: Takeshi Morishima vs. Kensuke Sasaki 22:02. They did Morishima's all action sprint, which was much better for Morishima than Sasaki. Morishima did all his junior style moves - suicida, handspring body attack, missile kick, moonsault, etc. - and generally looked quite impressive. Sasaki also gave a big effort, but with striking stripped from the match to keep the pace up, he was out of his element. Sasaki has improved his arsenal of moves quite a bit from what he did when he was dominating NJPW in the late '90's, but they are best used in moderation as he's relying way more on effort than coordination. He couldn't do that here because he was left with nothing else but an endless stream of lariats. The match had no real direction or build, it was pretty much just two big men wrestling like little men, exchanging holds as they sprinted from start to finish. It started really well with both coming at each other fast and hard until simultaneous lariats resulted in a double knockdown. Apart from that double sell spot, they rarely slowed down. Morishima got his Hashimoto bloody nose, I think from the way Sasaki held and released his face doing a reverse neckbreaker on the outside. They teased Sasaki powerbombing Morishima off the apron, but Morishima sat on his chest instead and hit a DDT on the outside. The fans were really into it, and you wanted to see Morishima win because he was pretty clearly outwrestling Sasaki, and logically Sasaki has no business beating him at his own game. But, of course, it's NOAH so Kensuke finally got the title run he should have had around 3 years earlier. ***1/2

NOAH Battle Station Battle of the Best taped 9/14/08 Tokyo Differ Ariake
-2hr. Q=Perfect

Tyler Black vs. Austin Aries

Kazushi Miyamoto vs. Eddie Edwards

El Generico vs. Taiji Ishimori

The Briscoes vs. Davey Richards & Takeshi Morishima

GHC Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. Bryan Danielson 4:01 of 20:40. Danielson is exactly the sort of wrestle you can't boil down to the highspots. Considering they obviously worked really well together and it was spectacular with Kanemaru breaking out most of his best offense, I'd guess it was an excellent match that was one of Kanemaru's best, but the editing also didn't give any indication of there being the type of quality Danielson delivers beyond the spots, so who knows?

Dream Tag Match: Kota Ibushi & KENTA vs. Katsuhiko Nakajima & Naomichi Marufuji 30:00 + 5:00. I had high hopes for this one, and it didn't come close to meeting them. It was so obvious they were going long because they simply weren't that into the first 20 minutes, not trying much or showing a lot of intensity beyond the striking exchanges. Due to this, the crowd never got that into it. The match sort of took off after 20, but even then it was kind of reserved and tame, lacking explosion and inspiration. They did parity early with Marufuji & Ibushi making each other miss, but it was a bit slow and the timing wasn't quite there. KENTA & Nakajima were blasting away with kicks, and later Ibushi showed he could kick with Nakajima, but there should also have been a lot of quality in the first 20 minutes beyond the striking. Nakajima is very consistent. KENTA gave a good but by no means outstanding performance. Ibushi is easily the most spectacular wrestler in the match, but most of his stuff seemed choreographed rather than spontaneous. Marufuji dramatically underachieved. He wasn't really off, but his heart didn't seem into it and he really wasn't adding anything to the match. ***1/4

Kensuke Sasaki vs. Roderick Strong 12:20. Strong never presented any threat to Kensuke. Sasaki just mauled him, and although Strong obviously couldn't strike with him, he didn't change it up or offer any real alternative. Thus, Strong spent most of the match flailing his arms everytime Sasaki chopped him, and making other such corny overdone reactions. Sasaki tried, but it was just an enhancement match. *3/4

ROH World Title Match: Nigel McGuinness vs. Jimmy Jacobs 21:02. Jacobs showed he could hang with McGuinness technically then chose to heel it up. He refused to follow McGuinness into the corner for his headstand, and wound up landing a low blow at the end of that sequence that led to him controlling the majority of the match. Jacobs showed some nice diverse offense, and seemed too good to be resorting to pulling a chain out of his tights. McGuinness sold well, but ultimately didn't do much before scoring a rather unconvincing victory. **1/2

NOAH Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan SP GREAT VOYAGE '08 in Osaka 9/27/08 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan
-4hr. Q=Perfect

Akihiko Ito vs. Takashi Okita 7:27

Masao Inoue & Genba Hirayanagi vs. Mitsuo Momota & Masashi Aoyagi 12:33

Yoshihiro Takayama & Takuma Sano & Takashi Sugiura vs. Mitsuharu Misawa & Yoshinari Ogawa & Atsushi Aoki 16:20

Jun Akiyama & Takeshi Rikio vs. Akira Taue & Akitoshi Saito 11:55

Takeshi Morishima vs. Katsuhiko Nakajima 9:05

Special 2/3 Falls Match: KENTA & Taiji Ishimori vs. Naomichi Marufuji & Ricky Marvin 9:53, 9:16, 13:27

GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Title Match: Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Kotaro Suzuki vs. Yujiro & Tetsuya Naito 21:18

GHC Heavyweight Title Match: Kensuke Sasaki vs. Mohammed Yone 16:58

NOAH Korakuen Hall SP Autumn Navig. '08 Opening Battle 10/5/08 Tokyo
-3hr 25min. Q=Perfect

Takuma Sano & Kishin Kawabata & Kentaro Shiga vs. Tamon Honda & Junji Izumida & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi 11:43

Akira Taue & Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Kotaro Suzuki vs. Doug Williams & Bryan Danielson & Superstar Steve 14:59

Nigel McGuinness vs. Masao Inoue 15:24

KENTA & Taiji Ishimori vs. Naomichi Marufuji & Ippei Ota 13:43

Mitsuharu Misawa & Yoshinari Ogawa & Ricky Marvin vs. Mohammed Yone & Takashi Sugiura & Genba Hirayanagi 18:17

Atsushi Aoki Flash 10 Match Series #6: Kaz Hayashi vs. Atsushi Aoki 18:03

Akitoshi Saito & Bison Smith vs. Takeshi Morishima & Makoto Hashi 11:35

Jun Akiyama & Takeshi Rikio & Akihiko Ito vs. Kensuke Sasaki & Katsuhiko Nakajima & Takashi Okita 25:21

NOAH di colosseo #341 11/17/08 Autumn Navig. '08
-2hr. Q=Perfect

10/13/08 Hiroshima Green Arena, GHC Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Brian Danielson vs. KENTA 23:48 of 33:21. Dramatic, well structured title match with KENTA dominating forever, just blasting Danielson with his kicks and stomping a mudhole in him until Danielson's ribs were injured and he was busted open hardway. They mostly did KENTA's match, especially in the first half, with Danielson instilling some story points and placing more emphasis on focused attacks and selling. Danielson finally hit a swandive plancha, but it hurt his bad ribs too much, and KENTA quickly regained the offensive dropping him on the guard rail and following with a diving footstomp to the floor. For the longest time, it appeared Danielson was going to get punted back to America empty handed. Finally, he stopped an avalanche style brainbuster and pushed KENTA, causing him to slip off and injure his knee getting it tied up in the ropes. When KENTA's injury proved the equalizer, allowing Danielson to finally sustain an offensive, you thought it was going to be the traditional, champ gets the worst of it but winds up escaping with the belt. KENTA weathered the knee moves though, and scooped Danielson up after for the go 2 sleep after countering the cattle mutilation, leading to a big double sell spot. From here, it was anyone's match, and they did a good job of keeping the pace under control to show both were physically ready to lose, but simply not willing to quit. Their 12/2/06 match was a little better, a far more thoughtful match, and one that was out of the ordinary, but this was also very strong match with both men near the top of their game. ****

10/25/08 Tokyo Nippon Budokan, GHC & PWF Junior Heavyweight Double Title Match: KENTA vs. Naomichi Marufuji 60:00. Great match.

NOAH Nippon Budokan SP Autumn Navig. '08 Final Battle 10/25/08 Tokyo
-4hr. Q=Perfect. 2 DVDs

Tsuyoshi Kikuchi vs. Genba Hirayanagi 6:17

Tamon Honda & Masao Inoue Junji Izumida vs. Kentaro Shiga & Kishin Kawabata & Ippei Ota 10:00

Mohammed Yone & Akihiko Ito vs. Takashi Okita & Kento Miyahara 4:44

Yoshinari Ogawa & Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Kotaro Suzuki vs. Doug Williams & Bryan Danielson & Atsushi Aoki 4:36

Yoshihiro Takayama & Takuma Sano vs. Akira Taue & Makoto Hashi 10:30

Takeshi Morishima & Takashi Sugiura vs. Nigel McGuinness & Superstar Steve 6:56

Kensuke Sasaki & Katsuhiko Nakajima & Kota Ibushi vs. Mitsuharu Misawa & Taiji Ishimori & Ricky Marvin 16:13. A really nice showcase for the outsiders NOAH doesn't use as well as they could with Nakajima totally stealing the show and Ibushi having his moments. They pretty much stuck to three pairings. Sasaki vs. Misawa didn't happen much and didn't look good when it did since Misawa seemed to only be able to throw elbows and couldn't really bend at the waste. Nakajima vs. Marvin was the best pairing as they really developed the counters in all aspects, standing, running, striking, etc. Their sequences were by far the most difficult, so I could live with two uncharacteristic mistimings. Ibushi vs. Ishimori was the spectacular pairing, though that mostly came from Kota, including missing a moonsault but following with a standing shooting star press then a moonsault off the 2nd. My favorite spot was Nakajima turning the superstar elbow into a German suplex. I also liked the spot where Ishimori held Ibushi as if he were going to do apply a camel clutch and Marvin windsprinted the ramp and dropkicked him through the ropes. The match wasn't long or developed enough to be the standout it might have been, but it was generally good fun. ***1/4

GHC Tag Title Match: Akitoshi Saito & Bison Smith vs. Jun Akiyama & Takeshi Rikio 13:39

GHC & PWF Junior Heavyweight Double Title Match: KENTA vs. Naomichi Marufuji 60:00. Match of the decade great match.

SEM Battle Station 11/24/08 SEM #20 taped 11/6/08 Tokyo Differ Ariake
-2hr. Q=Perfect

Kikutaro vs. Antonio Honda

HARASHIMA & Madoka vs. Taiji Ishimori & Akihiko Ito

Kotaro Suzuki & Genba Hirayanagi vs. Takashi Okita & Kento Miyahara

KENTA vs. Takeshi Minamino

Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. Atsushi Aoki

NOAH Korakuen Hall SP Winter Navigation '08 Opening 11/14/08 Tokyo
-3 1/2hr. Q=Perfect. 2 DVDs

Mauritius Cup: Kento Miyahara vs. Takashi Okita

Kentaro Shiga & Kishin Kawabata vs. Mohammed Yone & Genba Hirayanagi

Makoto Hashi & Junji Izumida vs. Doug Williams & Ippei Ota

KENTA & Taiji Ishimori & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi vs. Naomichi Marufuji & Kotaro Suzuki & Eddie Edwards

Takuma Sano & Takashi Sugiura vs. Tamon Honda & Masao Inoue

Mitsuharu Misawa & Yoshinari Ogawa & Ricky Marvin vs. Jun Akiyama & Takeshi Rikio & Akihiko Ito

Atsushi Aoki Shining Magic 10 Match Series 7th: Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. Atsushi Aoki

Akira Taue & Takeshi Morishima vs. Buchanan & Keith Walker

Akitoshi Saito & Bison Smith vs. Kensuke Sasaki & Katsuhiko Nakajima

NOAH di colosseo 12/22/08 Winter Navigation '08
-2hr. Q=Perfect

11/14/08 Tokyo, Mauritius Cup: Kento Miyahara vs. Takashi Okita

11/27/08 Sendai, PWF Junior Title Match: Naomichi Marufuji vs. Tsuyoshi Kikuchi

11/28/08 Niigata

GHC Junior Heavyweight Title Match: KENTA vs. Eddie Edwards

GHC Tag Title Match: Akitoshi Saito & Bison Smith vs. Akira Taue & Takeshi Morishima

NOAH Nippon Budokan SP Winter Navigation '08 Final 12/7/08 Tokyo
-3hr 55min. Q=Perfect

Atsushi Aoki vs. Akihiko Ito 14:08

Akira Taue & Yoshinari Ogawa vs. Tamon Honda & Takashi Sugiura 11:54

Takeshi Rikio & Naomichi Marufuji & Mohammed Yone vs. Yoshihiro Takayama & Takuma Sano & Ricky Marvin 16:01

Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Katsuhiko Nakajima 9:15. Misawa wasn't very generous to juniors in his prime despite arguably being as successful a conversion as there ever was, so one would expect lazy fat old Misawa to do a boring little squash, but it must have been Christmas for Nakajima. For a 9 minute match, this was about as giving as Misawa could possibly be. Sure, it's likely that it was simply a whole lot easier for Misawa to stand there and take Nakajima's powerful strikes than to be bothered charging at him with a running elbow, but this was a hell of a lot more competitive and motivated than Misawa's abortion of a title defense against Marufuji on 9/29/07, even if it was only 1/3 of the length, and was actually successful at elevating Nakajima. Nakajima took full control early when he stopped Misawa's rolling senton off the apron with a stiff kick to the throat, and proceeded to blast away for the majority of the match, throwing in some suplexes. Nakajima's offense was sharp as ever, and Misawa certainly had the bulk to withstand the big blows. There wasn't much of a transition to the finish, as Misawa pretty much just went right to the big emerald flowsion to get it over with, but you can't have everything. Obviously it wasn't the match they could have done if Misawa was a few years younger and they wanted to go all out like Sasaki vs. KENTA 7/18/08, but this was one of Misawa's last really positive singles performances. **3/4

GHC Heavyweight Title Next Challenger Decision Match: Jun Akiyama vs. Takeshi Morishima 8:37

GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Title Match: Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Kotaro Suzuki vs. KENTA & Taiji Ishimori 31:54

GHC Heavyweight Title Match: Kensuke Sasaki vs. Akitoshi Saito 25:27

SEM Battle Station 12/17/08 SEM #21 taped 12/15/08 Tokyo Differ Ariake
-2hr. Q=Perfect

Takeshi Minamino vs. Kikutaro

VolcanoxSEM Tag Tournament 2008 Semifinal: Naomichi Marufuji & Kento Miyahara vs. Atsushi Aoki & Akihiko Ito

VolcanoxSEM Tag Tournament 2008 Semifinal: Kotaro Suzuki & Genba Hirayanagi vs. Katsuhiko Nakajima & Takashi Okita

Shinjitsu Nohashi & Amigo Suzuki vs. Taiji Ishimori & Ippei Ota

VolcanoxSEM Tag Tournament 2008 Final: Katsuhiko Nakajima & Takashi Okita vs. Atsushi Aoki & Akihiko Ito

NOAH di colosseo 2/9/09 Differ Ariake SP The Tournament '08 12/23/08 Tokyo
-2hr. Q=Perfect

THE TOURNAMENT Round 1

Takeshi Rikio vs. Atsushi Aoki

Taiji Ishimori vs. Kishin Kawabata

Jun Akiyama vs. Tamon Honda

Takuma Sano vs. Shuhei Taniguchi

Takashi Suguira vs. Mitsuharu Misawa

Yoshihiro Takayama vs. Makoto Hashi

Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. Katsuhiko Nakajima

Masao Inoue vs. Kentaro Shiga

Akitoshi Saito vs. Kotaro Suzuki

KENTA vs. Akira Taue

Ricky Marvin vs. Mitsuo Momota

Mohammed Yone vs. Akihiko Ito

Yoshinari Ogawa vs. Naomichi Marufuji

Go Shiozaki vs. Takeshi Morishima

Kensuke Sasaki vs. Tsuyoshi Kikuchi

Junji Izumida vs. Kikutaro

Round 2

Takeshi Rikio vs. Taiji Ishimori

Takuma Sano vs. Jun Akiyama

Yoshihiro Takayama vs. Takashi Suguira

Masao Inoue vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru

Akitoshi Saito vs. KENTA

Mohammed Yone vs. Ricky Marvin

Go Shiozaki vs. Yoshinari Ogawa

Kensuke Sasaki vs. Junji Izumida

NOAH Differ Ariake SP The Tournament '08 12/24/08 Tokyo
-3hr. Q=Perfect

The Tournament Round 3: Takuma Sano vs. Takeshi Rikio

The Tournament Round 3: Masao Inoue vs. Yoshihiro Takayama

The Tournament Round 3: Akitoshi Saito vs. Mohammed Yone

The Tournament Round 3: Kensuke Sasaki vs. Go Shiozaki

The Tournament Semifinal: Masao Inoue vs. Takuma Sano

The Tournament Semifinal: Akitoshi Saito vs. Kensuke Sasaki

Age Handicap Battle Royal: Ippei Ota & Katsuhiko Nakajima & Takashi Okita & Kento Miyahara & Yoshinari Ogawa & Jun Akiyama & Takeshi Morishima & Junji Izumida & Kishin Kawabata & Tamon Honda & Takeshi Sugiura & Atsushi Aoki & Akihiko Ito & Shuhei Taniguchi & Kikutaro & Akira Taue & Mitsuharu Misawa & Genba Hirayanagi & Makoto Hashi & Kentaro Shiga & Ricky Marvin & Taiji Ishimori & Yoshinobu Kanemaru & KENTA & Kotaro Suzuki & Mitsuo Momota & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi & Naomichi Marufuji

The Tournament Final: Akitoshi Saito vs. Masao Inoue

NOAH di colosseo 2/23/09
-2hr. Q=Perfect

12/26/08

Takeshi Morishima vs. Go Shiozaki

Naomichi Marufuji vs. Austin Aries

1/11/09 Tokyo

Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Mitsuo Momota & Kotaro Suzuki & Genba Hirayanagi vs. Taiji Ishimori & Ricky Marvin & Akihiko Ito & Ippei Ota

KENTA & Takashi Suguira vs. Akira Taue & Yoshihiro Takayama

Jun Akiyama & Go Shiozaki & Mohammed Yone vs. Kensuke Sasaki & Katsuhiko Nakajima & Yoshinari Ogawa

PWF Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Naomichi Marufuji vs. NOSAWA

NOAH Battle Station 1/23/09 Final Battle 2008 taped 12/27/08
-2hr. Q=Perfect

Claudio Castagnoli vs. Kenny Omega

Four Corner Survival: The Necro Butcher vs. Chris Hero vs. Jerry Lynn vs. Rhett Titus

World Tag Title Match: Kevin Steen & El Generico vs. Jimmy Jacobs & Delirious

New York City Street Fight: Brent Albright & Roderick Strong & Erick Stevens vs. Davey Richards & Eddie Edwards & & Go Shiozaki

International Dream Tag Match: Kensuke Sasaki & Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. Jay Briscoe & Mark Briscoe

#1 Contender Match: Austin Aries vs. Tyler Black

ROH World Title Match: Nigel McGuinness vs. Naomichi Marufuji

Streetfight: Takeshi Morishima vs. Bryan Danielson

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