NOAH - The Reborn
THE ARK TAKES OFF
In January 1999, All Japan founder and promoter Giant Baba died, leaving the company in the hands of his widow Motoko Baba as owner and Misawa as president. However, disheartened with Motoko Baba's proposed direction for the company, Misawa departed the promotion on May 28, 2000 to form a new promotion called Pro Wrestling Noah. All but two native stars (Masanobu Fuchi and Toshiaki Kawada) and two gaijin (Stan Hansen and Maunakea Mossman) followed Misawa. The promotion's name alludes to the Biblical story of Noah, in which the people and animals in the ark survive the flood and make a new beginning in the world, a story which was seen as a parallel to the wrestlers' departure from All Japan. Noah's promotional symbol, an ark with a dove holding an olive branch, refers to this.
Pro Wrestling Noah is essentially a continuation of All Japan's promotional system in the 1990s, with a slight leeway to allow wrestlers from other promotions to compete, which is something that Giant Baba had forbid. Noah also features a strong junior heavyweight division, which was something that All Japan had been relatively lacking in the 1990s due to lack of pushes for the younger stars (such as Yoshinobu Kanemaru, Kenta and Naomichi Marufuji, who quickly became Noah's junior aces).
The Wrestling Observer named Noah as the best promotion in 2004 and 2005, as well as having the best weekly television show in 2003.
A spinoff league called Pro Wrestling Sem was launched in 2006. Similar to New Japan Pro Wrestling's "Young Lions" system, it will function as a training facility for rookies, with Naomichi Marufuji and Kenta acting as trainers. Pro Wrestling Sem is also a reference to the Biblical story of Noah, with Sem being Noah's eldest son.
NAVIGATING THROUGH BAD TIDES
On June 13, 2009, Misawa teamed with Go Shiozaki against Akitoshi Saito and Bison Smith at Hiroshima Green Arena. After taking a belly to back suplex from Saito, Misawa lost consciousness and was taken to a hospital. He was pronounced dead in the hospital at 10:10 p.m. JST due to spinal damage. On June 27, 2009, Akira Taue was named as Misawa's successor, taking over as President of Pro Wrestling Noah. Also in 2009, Noah lost their weekly television show on Nippon TV.
The promotion celebrated its 10th anniversary in summer 2010. They had a series of special events planned to commemorate the milestone. However, in March 2012, it was revealed that Noah management had ties to a Yakuza crime syndicate, which resulted in the promotion demoting General Manager Ryu Nakata and Counselor Haruka Eigen and enforcing new anti-Yakuza protocols; Noah also lost its TV show as part of the fallout.
On December 3, 2012, Noah released Kenta Kobashi from his contract, reportedly leading to Atsushi Aoki, Go Shiozaki, Jun Akiyama, Kotaro Suzuki and Yoshinobu Kanemaru all announcing that they were not going to re-sign with the promotion after their own contracts expired in January 2013. On December 19, Noah confirmed that the five men had indeed refused to re-sign with the promotion and would be wrestling their final matches for the promotion on December 23 and 24. The following month, all five men joined All Japan. Kobashi returned to wrestle his retirement match in a Noah ring on May 11, 2013, at Final Burning in Budokan.
On May 12 at Noah's "New Chapter" show held at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Akira Taue announced his retirement from in-ring competition to focus on his duties as the Chairman of the promotion and his retirement match would take place on December 7, 2013 at the Ariake Coliseum. On April 30, 2014, Noah's arguably biggest star and ace KENTA announced his resignation from the promotion to sign with WWE.
In early 2015, NJPW wrestler Jado took over as the new head booker of Noah. On April 21, one of Noah's bigger stars, Takeshi Morishima, was forced to retire from professional wrestling due to issues with his blood. On December 24, 2015, Noah announced the signing of freelancer Katsuhiko Nakajima. Four days later, Noah announced the departures of Mikey Nicholls, Shane Haste and Takeshi Morishima, following their contracts with the promotion expiring at the end of the year.
USING LIFEBOATS TO SURVIVE
On June 13, 2016, freelancer Go Shiozaki officially re-signed with Noah, three and a half years after his resignation from the promotion.
On November 1, 2016, it was announced that Noah had been sold to IT development company Estbee, Co, Ltd. As a result, former All Japan president Masayuki Uchida took over as the new Noah president. On November 7, Estbee officially changed its name to "Noah Global Entertainment kabushiki gaisha". On December 27, Noah announced the relocating of its offices from Ariake, Tokyo to Misakichō, Tokyo due to Differ Ariake's scheduled closing in June 2018. At the end of 2016, NJPW pulled all of its wrestlers, including the entire Suzuki-gun stable, from Noah with reports stating that the relationship between the two promotions had turned "extremely sour". Having lost the NJPW relationship, Noah's attendance numbers went down by 29% during the first four months of 2017. On February 7, 2017, Noah announced a business alliance with American promotion Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), which was extended in July, after TNA had been renamed Global Force Wrestling (GFW). In March 2017, Noah formed another partnership with Canadian promotion Border City Wrestling (BCW).
GHC Heavyweight Championship:
(1st reign, 0 successful defenses)
GHC Tag Team Championship:
Atsushi Kotoge & Go Shiozaki
(1st reign, 0 successful defenses)
GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship:
(3rd reign, 1 successful defense)
GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship
RATEL'S (HAYATA & YO-HEY)
(1st reign, 0 successful defenses)
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PRO WRESTLING NOAH - Great Voyage in Yokohama 2017 Vol.2
October 1st, 2017
Yokohama Dockyard Garden, Tokyo
1,000 Attendance (SOLD OUT)
Broadcasting: Youtube (Asia) 0.04 (33,330 viewers)
Commentary: Daisuke Sugaya & Kentaro Hirakawa
Final Rating: 62
Last edited by BREdit : 10-30-2017 at 10:33 PM.
October 1st, 2017 after the Great Voyage in Yokohama Vol. 2 show, Naomichi Marufuji is coming backstage holding his GHC Heavyweight Championship with sweat all over his body, a big light comes over him, it's the camera man and the interviewer start asking him questions about the main event match that he just won, he thanks the loyal Pro Wrestling NOAH fans that attented the show and are still with the company through all this difficult times in the last few years, he puts Eddie Edwards over saying that he embodied a lot of NOAH's fighting spirit and had a hell of a fight, but Marufuji himself is the truly expression of NOAH's finest values of heart and honor so he'll show everybody that he can still be the face of the company despite the rising of new stars. The camera and the lights are turned off as Marufuji still breathing hard to recover himself, he walks through the hall and sees an open door with some noises coming from the room, as he gets closer the voices become clearer and a familiar one stands out...is this really it?
IT'S KENTA KOBASHI!!!
As Marufuji enters the room he encouters puroresu legend Kenta Kobashi, accompanied by his manager, Akira Taue and Masayuki Uchida (Estbee, Co, Ltd. designated NOAH president), what could this mean? Uchida says that he is glad that Marufuji regained the GHC Heavyweight Championship and that since he is the champion he should be the first to know about the new changes which will be: 1) Masayuki Uchida is stepping down from his Pro Wrestling NOAH presidency position, and 2) The office wanted someone that had more knowledge of the Pro Wrestling business and could also draw attention from the people and the media, so the new president would be...KENTA KOBASHI!!!. Marufuji gets this big news with a smile in his face, he thanks Mr. Uchida for the work in the last year and congratulates Kobashi for the new position, they both bowl and thanked him back.
October 2nd 2017, Pro Wrestling NOAH calls a press conference, the rumors had spread in the last 24 hours and lots of media show up for the event,
Tokyo Sports, Puroresu Spirit and others are anxious to see what are the big revelations that demanded this event, and they were not going to be disappointed. Former NOAH president and Estbee's representative Mr. Masayuki Uchida speaks to the crowded room telling the reporters that he is indeed stepping back from his position, and announces the new presidente of Pro Wrestling NOAH...KOBASHI-SAN!!! The cameras go flashing as Kenta Kobashi enters the room and sits by the table, he states that he is extremely happy to be back to NOAH and that he thought he owed the honor of being the company's president to his late best friend Mitsuharu Misawa. Kobashi goes on and says that he wants to guide NOAH and japanese pro wrestling as a whole to the success levels it used to have in the past "Bring Glory Back" he shouted. He said that he will not be alone in this process and presents the other two members of what he called the "Pro Wrestling NOAH Triumvirate".
Akira Taue and Jun Akiyama
Akira Taue is coming back to the office after being the president of the company from 2009 to 2016, he announced himself as the new Vice-President of Daily Operations he will be responding to Kobashi-san, but also working with him having the same level of responsibility and power for the decisions made in the company. Jun Akiyama returns to Pro Wrestling NOAH to be the Vice-President of Talent Relations, he has been serving as All Japan Pro Wrestling's CEO since 2014, during his interview time Jun Akiyama stated that "Pro Wrestling NOAH and All Japan Pro Wrestling will have a constructive working relationship towards building both companies to higher grounds". He also announced that both companies will be working with companies from Japan and from other countries in a cooperative manner to strengthen the pro wrestling community around the world. A reporter asked Akiyama about the relationship that the company will have with the market leaders New Japan Pro Wrestling, Akiyama responded "New Japan Pro Wrestling has an inspirational success story that we would like to follow, with our own practices, but our relationship with them will be a non-agressive concomitant competition". Kobashi opened his microphone again and called for three new people, which he referenced "Pro Wrestling NOAH's Consultation Committee"
Go Shiozaki, Naomichi Marufuji and Takeshi Morishima
One half of the current GHC Tag Team Champions, Go Shiozaki and the GHC Heavyweight Champion Naomichi Marufuji are among the two most experienced, respect and outstanding talents in the active roster, they will have the company of Takeshi Morishima who had a successful in ring career in Pro Wrestling NOAH, and now will be serving as a consultant and also as Colour Commentator. The three will be the locker room leaders and will be part of this new chain of command that will be ruling Pro Wrestling NOAH from now on.
To finish the press conference, Kenta Kobashi said that during this month of October and the following month of November, the 2017 edition of the NOAH Global League tour will take place, 16 competitors will be divided in two blocks in a round-robin tournament, the winners of each block will face off in a final match for the trophy and a future shot at the GHC Heavyweight Championship, the competitors and the dates will be announced shortly, so stay tuned!
NOAH GLOBAL LEAGUE 2017
October 5th, 2017 after the big announcements in the last few days, one more press conference is called by the new Pro Wrestling NOAH management, this time the president Kenta Kobashi is going to announce the participants of the 2017 edition of the NOAH Global League. This will be the 8th edition of the tournament where the winner gets a future title shot for the GHC Heavyweight Championship, however if the winner is the current champion (Naomichi Marufuji in this case) he can challenge for any other championship in the company. 16 competitors will be divided in two blocks of 8 wrestlers each, the tournament will follow a round-robin style, in which the winner of each block will face off in a big final match, all matches will have a time limit of 30 minutes, except for the final which will be contested in a no time limit match, so there must be a winner! Inside the blocks each win is worth two points, draws are worth one point for both wrestlers and a loss it's 0. All set, let's meet the competitors...
Pro Wrestling NOAH Veteran...
Representing Impact Wrestling...The (F'n) Machine...
GHC Tag Team Champion...
Representing Real Desperado's...
Representing Pro Wrestling Zero-1..
Bousou Tetsu Kamen...
GHC Heavyweight Champion...
Representing Big Japan Pro Wrestling...
Kliq Kid...Second generation Bad Guy...
Representing Big Japan Pro Wrestling...
The Genius of the Kick...