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I just posted about watching N-1 Victory in the general thread.

I wouldn't go so far as to say it's better than New Japan, but it's great!

For the last few years, as with most people I assume, the only Japanese promotion I've watched regularly was NJPW, every other promotion I've only checked out sporadically with a show here and there. But if NOAH is always as good as this, I definitely will follow regularly again. I even want to check out that super-long Fujita/Shiozaki match, that people have been plugging.

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If anybody ends up with links to new Sugiura-gun matches (that is the name of the stable, right? With the corgi shirt?) could you post them here or in the 2020 matches thread please? Thanks. Also anything with Nakajima being a dick to people.

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Block A: Go Shiozaki vs. Kaito Kiyomiya
Block A: Masaaki Mochizuki  vs. Masa Kitamiya
Block A: Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Manabu Soya

 Block B: Naomichi Marufuji vs. Katsuhiko Nakajima
 Block B: Takashi Sugiura vs. Kenoh
 Block B: Shuhei Taniguchi vs. Yoshiki Inamura

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On 9/26/2020 at 8:27 PM, Curt McGirt said:

DEAN is always posting NOAH matches in the 2020 thread. I'll watch if something catches my eye (especially anything involving Fujita who seems to have gained a second life as a total cock of a heel) but I tend to skip ahead because of the opening matwork that never goes anywhere. 

Thanks for the heads up.

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On 9/27/2020 at 10:30 PM, The Z said:

I just posted about watching N-1 Victory in the general thread.

 

 

On 9/28/2020 at 4:18 AM, Curt McGirt said:

 Also anything with Nakajima being a dick to people.

I had the opportunity to watch the afternoon show from the 23rd and I really enjoyed it a lot. In particular, I thought that Katsuhiko Nakajima vs Shuhei Taniguchi was a flat-out great pro wrestling match. Nakajima was such a nasty violent prick, but Taniguchi just kept gutting it out... it wasn't until the announcers said something about "Maybach" that I even realised who Tanaguchi is. Damn, that dude has come a long way since last I saw him!

I went back to look at Z's post, and was pleased to see that he recommended that match too.

I also got a huge kick out of seeing my old Osaka Pro buddies Harada and Kotoge in the six-man opener, though I'm not sure how I feel about Kotoge's new biker gimmick. 

I have to say, I didn't really notice a lot of "early mat work leading nowhere" on this show.

The worst thing about it, for me, was that I simply cannot buy into Kenoh as an unstoppable killing machine. There's a whole trend in Japanese pop culture of weenie and/or effeminate pretty boy being portrayed that way. It can work OK in pro wrestling (like, for example, with Ibushi right now). And I can easily buy into smaller or less powerful-looking guys beating big monsters if it's worked well... but ... I understand Kenoh is way above  Yoshiki Inamura in the pecking order, but the young guy easily has 50 or 60 pounds on him. Kenoh just laughing off Inamura's offense then knocking him unconscious absolutely did not work for me. 

I'm hoping I'll get the chance to watch more NOAH and AJPW this year... but I barely have time to keep up with New Japan and AEW...

 

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I've enjoyed most of KENOH's work as a NOAH main eventer, but yeah he'd probably work best bullying and being the perpetual heel ace of a junior division--only NOAH hasn't ever had much strength or focus, there. (Since KENTA and Marafuji, anyway.) Of course, this is exemplary of a modern trend in wresting. Size and style aside, if a wrestler is good enough, people want to see them as a heavyweight, because heavyweight has become shorthand for uppercard.

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On 10/2/2020 at 8:16 AM, gordi said:

I had the opportunity to watch the afternoon show from the 23rd and I really enjoyed it a lot. In particular, I thought that Katsuhiko Nakajima vs Shuhei Taniguchi was a flat-out great pro wrestling match. Nakajima was such a nasty violent prick, but Taniguchi just kept gutting it out... it wasn't until the announcers said something about "Maybach" that I even realised who Tanaguchi is. Damn, that dude has come a long way since last I saw him!

I went back to look at Z's post, and was pleased to see that he recommended that match too.

That was honestly probably my favorite tournament match, but I thought I might be alone in this. Really glad you enjoyed it as well!

Day 5 (9/26) was probably the most skippable show of the tournament so far, with only the main event (Shiozaki/Kitamiya) really worth watching.

All the big three matches in today's final tournament show (KENOH/Sugiura, Nakajima/Marufuji and Shiozaki/Kiyomiya) were really good again, but once again I would go with the Nakajima match as my favorite of the day.

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Very happy Nakajima made it to the finals, I hope he takes the whole thing.

Can I also just say that I really enjoy this smaller tournament format with only six competitors per block. I love the G1 Climax, have watched all the shows so far and plan to watch all the remaining shows, but 19 tournament shows can be "a bit" overwhelming. If this one was 19 days as well, I don't think I would have checked it out at all.

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