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NOAH News: Ishimori Replacement Hinted At By TAKA? (Updated)

In comments & reports today published by both SportsNavi & NOAH’s website following the news of Taiji Ishimori dropping out of the upcoming Jr. Tag League due to injury, K-DOJO owner/head/star TAKA Michinoku has nominated fellow K-DOJO star Taishi Takizawa as a replacement in the league, to team with European star Zack Saber Jr. TAKA noted in his comments that while Takizawa usually competes in K-DOJO as a heavyweight (over 100 kg/220 pounds), he currently is weighing in at 98 kg so that shouldn’t be an issue. NOAH has not made an official announcement in reply to these comments but one is expected soon regarding a replacement, whether it’s Takizawa or someone else.

More as it becomes available.

7/14 UPDATE: Confirmed today-Takizawa is in and is now Zack Saber Jr.’s partner in the league. He will work these shows: 7/18, 7/19, 7/24, 7/28, 7/30.

  1. 07/14/2011 at 11:59 am

    You’re correct on the NEVER part, Takizawa was one of the guys featured on the early events as part of New Japan’s efforts to foster more interpromotional cooperation. They’ll still have their work cut out for them between the top NOAH teams and the other gaijin coming in for the tour. I felt the worst that happened was Ishimori/Saber had to forfeit all their league matches but Saber would still get other matches.

  2. Hugo Costa
    07/14/2011 at 11:37 am

    This announcement was a surprise to me, but it may have its reasons, because NOAH couldn’t risk having to cancel matches. I always saw Takizawa as a Jr. bordering on being a heavyweight and perhaps TAKA saw this Taiji injury as a chance to send Takizawa to wrestle on bigger stages (I believe he wrestled on NEVER once against King Fale), much like Smash did with KUSHIDA before he joined New Japan for good. Nevertheless, best of luck to both Zack and Taishi on their NOAH adventure against some of the best Jr. teams in Japan.

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