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Sunday, July 11, 2004

NOAH DEPARTURE Tokyo Dome Results

NOAH claimed an attendance of 58,000. Interesting since ticket sales for the show 3 days ago was only up to 20,000….

1. Mitsuo Momota defeated Haruka Eigen in 8:03 with a reverse cradle. Ok, So this one went a little longer than expected.

2. Tamon Honda, Jun Izumida, & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi defeated Masao Inoue, Kishin Kawabata, & Masaji Aoyagi in 10:58 when Izumida pinned Kawabata after the Mukado Domu.

3. Michael Modest & Donovan Morgan defeated Kotaro Suzuki & Ricky Marvin in 11:55 when Morgan used his "Day After Tomorrow" finisher on Marvin for the win. After the match, Modest & Morgan challenged whoever won the GHC Jr. Tag Titles later on in the show.

4. Scorpio & Richard Slinger defeated Akitoshi Saito & Makoto Hashi in 16:44 when Slinger used his "Chattanooga Choo-Choo" on Hashi for the win.

5. Akira Taue & Naoki Sano defeated Daisuke Ikeda & Mohammed Yone in 10:49 when Sano used an avalanche-style (off the ropes) Northern Lights Suplex hold on Yone for the win.

6. GHC Jr. Tag Titles Match: Naomichi Marufuji & KENTA defeated Kendo Ka Shin & Takashi Sugiura in 22:26 when Marufuji used a top-rope shiranui on Sugiura for the win. As expected, KaShin was his old useless self and even heeled his own partner, Sugiura.

7. GHC Jr. Title match: Yoshinobu Kanemaru defeated Jushin Liger in 17:36 two brainbusters.

8. IWGP Tag Titles Match: Yoshihiro Takayama & Minoru Suzuki defeated Takeshi Rikio & Takeshi Morishima in 12:55 when Takayama used his Everest German Suplex Hold on Morishima for the win. This was said to be a very one-sided match in favor of the champions.

9. GHC Tag Titles Match: Mitsuharu Misawa & Yoshinari Ogawa defeated Keiji Mutoh & Taiyo Kea in 21:46 when Misawa used two Emerald Frosions on Kea for the win.

10. GHC Title Match: Kenta Kobashi defeated Jun Akiyama in 35:34 with the Burning Hammer.

So the question on everybody’s mind now is who the heck is gonna beat Kobashi for the GHC Title??? This was NOT the way NOAH should have ended their first Dome show. Misawa put over Kawada in their first and only Dome meeting in ’98 after years of Kawada chasing that big singles victory. I don’t see the point of having Kobashi retain the title here. Unless Misawa is looking to win back the title then drop it to Akiyama, which is no where near what everyone wanted to see here TONIGHT. It wouldn’t be much of a big deal if this was the Budokan, but this was the TOKYO DOME! I guess this kinda serves Akiyama right too for totally looking past Kobashi and targeting to also win the Triple Crown from Kawada in October. It’ll be interesting to see where the title picture goes from here, and it’s almost a sure bet NOAH won’t be running the Dome again anytime soon.
Hopefully the tape of the show will be out soon so I can get a first hand look of the whole show.

Credit: Strong Style Spirit and Puroresu Power



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