NOAH "GO! GO! SHIODOME"
review by Kevin Wilson
Date: August 1st, 2008
Whenever I have to do reviews quickly, I always do short little events. Like this one! Its not a complete waste of a card though, as we get a rare 2008 Kobashi sighting. The other two matches showcase the younger wrestlers. This event is different as it is done outdoors, so it provides a different atmosphere. Here is the full card:
- Davey Richards vs. Ippei Ota
Let's get started!
Davey Richards vs. Ippei Ota
Match Thoughts: Nothing offensive but really not very good. Ota isn't the most impressive of the dojo graduates and Richards is good but not near the level to carry this to an entertaining match. My main problem is that there was nothing at all resembling structure to the match. Richards won with a powerbomb, but nothing during the match had built up to that point. Ota had a few hope spots but nothing convincing, and some of the transitions were questionable at best. For an opener it was acceptable as Ota is still honing his craft, but for a three match card I wish they had paired them a little bit better as these two didn't have any chemistry. Score: 4.0
Genba Hirayanagi vs. Taiji Ishimori
Match Thoughts: Better then the last match, as Hirayanagi looked pretty good heeling it up and Ishimori hit all his spots. It was a safe bet that Ishimori was going to win, but Hirayanagi had some good close calls and at times it felt like he might pull off the upset. It was far from perfect though, they seemed to stop and restart quite a few times and there was never a "beat down" period as they just took turns being in control until Ishimori hit the better move and picked up the pin. Still, it was a solid match, just utterly void of substance. Score: 5.5
Jun Akiyama and Atsushi Aoki vs. Kenta Kobashi and Akihiko Ito
Stomps by Aoki and he applies a sleeperhold. Kobashi struggles to his feet and gets into the ropes, chops by Aoki but Kobashi just looks at him and knocks him down with one chop. Aoki gets back up but he eats a few more chops. Kobashi picks up Aoki and chops him in the before tagging in Ito. Ito chops Aoki in the corner, but Kobashi stops him to show him how. They take turns for a moment, wristlock by Ito, Irish whip, and Ito delivers a knee to the stomach. Cover, but it gets a two count. Stomps to the back by Ito, snapmare, and he runs over to elbow Akiyama before kicking Aoki. Ito throws Aoki out of the ring where Kobashi greets him and nails the Burning Sword. Kobashi brings Aoki to the other side of the ring and does the move there as well so that the fans don't feel left out. Kobashi then slides Aoki back into the ring and joins him, cover, but it gets a two count. Kobashi applies a reverse chinlock to Aoki and he chops Aoki in the nose. Kobashi throws Aoki into the apron and chops him in the back, he then puts him up onto the top turnbuckle before pulling him down and chopping him in the chest, sending him to the mat. Cover, but Aoki kicks out. Kobashi puts Aoki into a crab hold but Aoki makes it to the ropes. Kobashi throws Aoki into the corner and chops him in the chest before tagging in Ito. Irish whip by Ito from the corner and he hits a running elbow, but when he goes off the ropes he goes too close to Akiyama who pulls him out of the ring. Akiyama goes to join Ito outside but Ito quickly slides back in the ring and then dropkicks Akiyama as he gets on the apron. Ito puts Aoki in a front facelock but lets go so he can elbow him in the face. Aoki returns fire, he goes off the ropes but Ito catches him with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for a two count. Ito picks up Aoki but Aoki hits a quick backdrop suplex. Akiyama grabs Ito's foot from outside the ring and pulls him out to the floor so he can slam him to the mat, while in the ring Kobashi chops on Aoki. They then take turns beating their respective young team mates while staring at each other until Kobashi backs off and Akiyama slides Ito back in the ring. Cover by Aoki but it gets a two count.
Aoki tags in Akiyama, Akiyama picks up Ito and bodyslams him to the mat. Crab hold by Akiyama, but Ito makes it to the ropes after a moment. Akiyama tags in Aoki, Aoki picks up Ito and elbows him in the back. Another elbow by Aoki but Ito returns fire. Irish whip by Aoki and he delivers a hiptoss. Aoki applies a single leg crab hold but Ito crawls to the ropes and forces a break. Akiyama comes in the ring, double Irish whip to Ito and they hit double elbows. Akiyama picks up Ito and body slams him to the mat. Akiyama picks him up again and delivers a second one, cover, but it gets two. Ito gets close to making the tag but Akiyama runs over and boots Kobashi in the face before tagging in Aoki. Ito tries to fight them both off but doesn't succeed, as Aoki hits Ito with a vertical suplex for a two count. Aoki picks up Ito and tags in Akiyama, chops in the corner by Akiyama, but Ito fights him off. Ito goes off the ropes and avoids a Akiyama boot before hitting a lariat. Ito finally tags in Kobashi and Kobashi chops Akiyama in the corner before hitting his rapid fire chops. Aoki finally comes in to help but Kobashi knocks him back. Elbow by Akiyama onto Kobashi but Kobashi chops him in the neck and then puts him draping over the top rope so he can chop him some more. Kobashi picks up Akiyama and goes for a half nelson suplex, but Akiyama blocks it. Chop to the neck by Kobashi and he goes for it again, but Aoki grabs Akiyama's hand from the apron. Ito runs in and dropkicks Aoki off the apron, but Akiyama elbows Kobashi. Irish whip by Akiyama to the corner but Kobashi kicks him when he charges in. Kobashi sits on the top turnbuckle but Akiyama runs over and hits an exploder for a two count. Akiyama goes off the ropes and hits Kobashi with a running knee, cover, but again it gets two. Akiyama applies the grounded front facelock, but Ito breaks it up. Ito goes off the ropes but Akiyama hits him with a boot.
Kobashi comes up from behind and puts Akiyama in the sleeperhold, Akiyama reaches for the ropes but Kobashi grabs his arm and nails the sleeper suplex! Kobashi gets up first but Akiyama hits a jumping knee and tags in Aoki. Aoki picks up Kobashi and dropkicks him in the knee, he then delivers a dragon screw leg whip. Dropkick to the leg by Aoki, he picks up Kobashi and goes for another dragon screw, but Kobashi blocks it and drops him with a half nelson suplex. Kobashi tags in Ito, who comes up to the top turnbuckle and hits a missile dropkick onto Aoki. Cover by Ito but it gets a two count. Ito picks up Aoki but Aoki gets out of the hold. Aoki goes off the ropes and attempts a sunset flip, but Ito rolls through it and delivers a dropkick. Kobashi runs in to knock Akiyama off the apron, Ito goes up to the top turnbuckle and hits a diving body press for a two count. Ito picks up Aoki and delivers a double arm suplex hold, but again it gets two. Meanwhile, Akiyama DDTs Kobashi outside the ring, rendering him useless. In the ring, Ito goes for another body press but Aoki moves out of the way, and Akiyama runs in the ring to hit him with a running knee. Both wrestlers hit running strikes in the corner to Ito, Aoki sits up on the top turnbuckle while Akiyama hands Ito to him, and Aoki delivers an avalanche powerbomb. Cover, but Kobashi breaks it up. Akiyama stomps on Kobashi and they roll out of the ring, while Aoki picks up Ito and hits a Northern Lights Suplex. Ito rolls through it though and connects with a death valley bomb. Cover by Ito but Akiyama breaks it up. Akiyama and Kobashi trade blows and Akiyama hits him with an exploder, but Kobashi jumps back to his feet and hits a lariat. They roll to the apron while Aoki hits Ito with a German suplex hold for a two count. Running knee by Aoki in the corner and he nails Ito with the Assault Point for the three count! Your winners: Jun Akiyama and Atsushi Aoki
Match Thoughts: My initial reaction was "damn this match was long," but I guess when you only have a three match card they can't all be short. The match had its moments as Kobashi and Akiyama were fun interacting with each other and with the young guys, but there was a lot of dead time and a good 10 minutes could have been cut out of it. Aoki looked really good here, he is still my favorite NOAH dojo graduate right now as he is really crisp and seems to understand a bit about structuring a match. It was good to see Kobashi again, but except for a few of his altercations with Akiyama there wasn't anything special about the match. Score: 6.0
review completed 12/9/08