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NOAH “The New Year” (01.01.2023) (Wrestling Review)


The New Year

Toyko, Japan

Jan. 1st, 2023


Singles Match
Yasutaka Yano vs. Taishi Ozawa

Quick 5 minute match to kick the show off. Technical but not to the point of becoming slow. 

3 / 5

Six Man Tag Team Match
Daiki Inaba, Masa Kitamiya & Yoshiki Inamura vs. Funky Express (Akitoshi Saito & Mohammed Yone) & Shuhei Taniguchi

The Muso is a great looking finisher here. Fun match here really. It had a good pacing with it with a lot of hard hitting moves. 

3.5 / 5

Six Man Tag Team Match
Alejandro, Dante Leon & Ninja Mack vs. Kongo (Hi69, Shuji Kondo & Tadasuke)

A fun 6 man tag with two different styles. We got strong style vs lucha here and it worked well. A lot of big spots and hard hits that showed off well here. 

3.5 / 5

Six Man Tag Team Match
Atsushi Kotoge, El Hijo del Dr. Wagner Jr. & Seiki Yoshioka vs. M3K (Masaaki Mochizuki, Mochizuki Jr. & Susumu Mochizuki)

A slower match with a story built around interference. Not bad at all but the slower pace here made it feel a bit more lackluster. 

2.5 / 5

Eight Man Tag Team Match
Sugiura-gun (Kazuyuki Fujita, Kendo Kashin & NOSAWA Rongai) & Hiroshi Hase vs. Kongo (Hajime Ohara, Katsuhiko Nakajima, Manabu Soya & Masakatsu Funaki)

A slow start to this but once it got going it all was strong style goodness. Funaki looks fantastic and has some brutal looking kicks. The brief story with trying to get Liger back in too was good. 

3 / 5

Singles Match
Timothy Thatcher (w/Hideki Suzuki) vs. Jack Morris

A really good strong hitting match. Different styles but commentary sold both guys as if they are the biggest deals in all of wrestling. Thatcher here looks like gold as a big strong style technical monster. 

3.75 / 5

GHC Junior Heavyweight Title Match
AMAKUSA (c) vs. Junta Miyawaki

An okay match with some good moves but just didn’t do much for me. 

2.75 / 5

GHC Tag Team Title Match
Satoshi Kojima & Takashi Sugiura (c) vs. KENTA & Naomichi Marufuji

A bit long in parts but a great tag match. Kenta was great here and it had some good team spots. 

3 / 5

GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Title Match
Kzy & YO-HEY (c) vs. Eita & Yoshinari Ogawa

The comedy bit and the slow parts here sort of took the match down a little. However the final stretch were the action got going was great and there were a lot of good moves throughout here. 

3.5 / 5

GHC Heavyweight Title Match
Kaito Kiyomiya (c) vs. Kenoh

This was a very hard hitting and hard fought title match. The spot off the top rope to the apron looked insane to do and had to hurt. A lot of big moments and close calls here that had the crowd into this a lot. 

4.5 / 5

Singles Match
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Great Muta

A fun dream match send off here. WWE letting Nakamura come do this for Muta was fantastic. The match itself was good but clearly Muta has some age to him so it was a slower more grapple match at times. The big spots were fun and the final moment worked great. 

3.5 / 5

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