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Saturday, December 25, 2004

Full Great Voyage card announced!

The full card for NOAH's first big show of the year has been announced and it looks good as always. Kenta Kobashi puts the GHC Heavyweight title on the line against Pancrase/NJPW star Minoru Suzuki in what could be a very interesting encounter, as Suzuki is a mat based grappler and will probably keep Kobashi locked to the mat for the most part. Suzuki was actually one of the people I thought that would stand a good chance of beating Kobashi, but I don't see it happening now.
Genichiro Tenryu makes his first appearance in the green NOAH ring as he teams with Shiro Koshinaka to take on Mitsuharu Misawa & Takeshi Rikioh. Rikioh has a lot of momentum going into this match as he scored a huge pinfall victory over Kobashi awhile back during the NOAH 2-day tag tournament. Whether or not he'll get the rub here from Tenryu remains to be seen. It should still be a very good match though, and I expect alot of crowd heat for the Misawa/Tenryu interaction.
Yoshinobu Kanemaru will put his GHC Jr. Title on the line against Tatsuhito Takaiwa of Zero-One Max. Takaiwa beat Kanemaru for the title several years ago, and this could be Kanemaru's revenge match. Takaiwa is going into the match with a tag victory over Kanemaru & Makoto Hashi when he pinned Hashi at the Zero-One Max Korakuen Hall show a few days back, and he also just recently dropped the Zero-One Max Jr. Title to Super Crazy recently. Is this a sign that Takaiwa will beat Kanemaru, and give Zero-One Max a much needed mainstream rub? Or is it just to protect ZOM by not having their Jr. champion lose to the champ of a rival promotion?
Another big match on the card is the in ring return of Takeshi Morishima as he teams with his good buddy Naomichi Marufuji against Jun Akiyama & Makoto Hashi of STERNESS. Morishima has been out on injury for several months now, but he's been looked to as being better then his WILD II team mate Takeshi Rikioh and will probably feud with him should he win the GHC Title off Kobashi like everyone suspects. But I do wonder if his injury will effect his performance in anyway.
Another fun match I'm really looking forward to is the big six-man Jr. tag match. Interesting to see Muhammed Yone in it, I hope they give him a big push now that his long time partner Daisuke Ikeda is going off to become a freelancer.

NOAH "GREAT VOYAGE 2005", 1/8/05 (NTV)
Tokyo Nippon Budokan

1. Mitsuo Momota VS Haruka Eigen
2. Akitoshi Saito, Masao Inoue & Takashi Sugiura VS Jun Izumida, Tsuyoshi Kikuchi & Kishin Kawabata
3. Yoshinari Ogawa, SUWA & Ricky Marvin VS Mohammed Yone, KENTA & Kotaro Suzuki
4. Akira Taue & Takuma Sano VS Tamon Honda & Go Shiosaki
5. Takeshi Morishima Return Match: Takeshi Morishima & Naomichi Marufuji VS Jun Akiyama & Makoto Hashi
6. GHC Jr. Heavyweight Title: Yoshinobu Kanemaru VS Tatsuhito Takaiwa
7. Mitsuharu Misawa & Takeshi Rikio VS Genichiro Tenryu & Shiro Koshinaka
8. GHC Heavyweight Title: Kenta Kobashi VS Minoru Suzuki



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