NOAH News: Upcoming Title Match, Remembering Misawa, More
Lots of NOAH news this morning:
For the June 13 event at Osaka Prefectural Gym #2, the promotion has designated the event as “Mitsuharu Misawa Memorial Night”. This will be the 2nd anniversary of Misawa’s death-he died in the ring from injuries suffered in his match on June 13, 2009 after taking a hard bump from a Sickle Of Death by opponent Akitoshi Saito. This caused a medical episode and Misawa lost consciousness in the ring and died very shortly afterwards. There will be a flower stand in the building where fans can leave flowers and a picture of Misawa will be installed inside the arena. There also likely will be a special tribute to Misawa (I’m thinking a moment of silence and perhaps a 10 gong/bell salute) at 10:10 PM JST, about the time Misawa was pronounced dead. Hard to believe it’s already been 2 years since that fateful day…but one thing still has not changed through all the struggles the promotion has dealt with since-Mitsuharu Misawa, Always In Our Hearts!
GHC Jr. Heavyweight Champion Kotaro Suzuki vs. Roderick Strong for the title has been added to 6/26 at Korakuen. This makes 3 matches set for the June tour-ender, the other matches set so far are Kensuke Sasaki vs. Bison Smith and Takuma Sano & Yoshihiro Takayama vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru & KENTA.
The full 6/11 & 6/13 cards have been announced:
6/11 (Differ Ariake-tour opener):
Akira Taue vs. Yoshinari Ogawa
Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Genba Hirayanagi vs. Taiji Ishimori & Atsushi Aoki
Akitoshi Saito & Masao Inoue vs. Kensuke Sasaki & Katsuhiko Nakajima
Kotaro Suzuki & Ricky Marvin vs. Roderick Strong & Bobby Fish
Mohammed Yone vs. KENTA
Takashi Sugiura, Bison Smith & Shuhei Tnaiguchi vs. Yoshihiro Takayama, Takuma Sano & Jun Akiyama
Takeshi Morishima vs. Go Shiozaki. The winner will get the next shot at GHC Heavyweight Champion Takashi Sugiura
6/13 (Osaka Prefectural Gym #2):
Shuhei Taniguchi vs. Bobby Fish
Ricky Marvin vs. Roderick Strong
Takeshi Morishima & Yutaka Yoshie vs. Mohammed Yone & Masao Inoue
Yoshihiro Takayama, Takuma Sano & Akira Taue vs. KEnsuke Sasaki, Katsuhiko Nakajima & Kento Miyahara
Takashi Sugiura, Taiji Ishimori & Atsushi Aoki vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru, KENTA & Genba Hirayanagi
Mitsuharu Misawa Memorial Matches:
Akitoshi Saito vs. Kotaro Suzuki
Jun Akiyama vs. Yoshinari Ogawa
Go Shiozaki vs. Bison Smith
Also officfially announced today was the 5th G+ Jr. Heavyweight Tag League, sponsored once again by NOAH’s primary TV partner, the Japanese cable network G+. The basic details that were announced today:
The tournament will run 7/16-7/28 and conclude on 7/30.
The planned participation this year is 10 teams, none announced yet.
The teams will be divided into 2 blocks.
All matches will be held under GHC Title Match rules aka usual tournament format: 30 minute time limit, 2 points for win, 1 point for time limit draw, 0 points for everything else.
The winning team will receive the G+ Trophy from Nippon Television Network Corporation (NTV) and 1 million yen. And presumably a GHC Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Title shot unless Yoshinobu Kanemaru & KENTA win as they’re the current champs.