Thursday, March 21, 2019
Select Match Reviews: New Ark
Matches from NOAH Great Voyage in Yokohama
1.GHC Jr Tag Titles: Kotaro,Ogawa(c) vs Ratel's ***1/4
2.GHC Junior Title: Harada(c) vs Tanaka ***3/4
3.GHC Tag Titles: Go,Nakajima(c) vs Edwards,Masa ***3/4
4.GHC Heavyweight Title: Kaito(c) vs Marufuji ****1/4
If you missed it, NOAH is in the middle of a major shift. The owners, the logo, hell...even the legendary green mat is gone. As sad as this might be, as long as the quality remains I am willing to give them a shot. So, let's take a look.
The visual changes look pretty nice, for what it's worth.
Our first pull was fairly good. The champs looked very strong here, and I could see a long run happening.
We move on with the Junior Heavyweight strap being defended against the ageless, Minoru Tanaka, next. Both worked hard, with Harada looking good in defeat. Great match and I look forward to a rematch.
The semi was great as well. Edwards and Masa make a fun team, but NakaGo is just better. The callbacks were well done, too. I hope Eddie continues to work more NOAH shows in the future, and I'd love to see the company have a stronger relationship with Impact like they were starting to under old management.
We close things out here with a fantastic main event. Kaito is one of the best champs in the game right now. He is one hell of a worker and just gets better with each high profile match. He still has that underdog look and can sell perfectly which is an added bonus. I actually thought the title might change hands here since Marufuji said he is retiring soon and wants one last run, but I'm glad they kept it on Kaito. This one is required viewing for sure.
The changes of NOAH are still hard to fully accept, but this was one hell of an entertaining experience. Give the new NOAH a chance.