KENTA bids farewell to Pro Wrestling NOAH



By Andrew Kessler

Here's a breakdown of the May 17 Kenta farewell to Pro Wrestling Noah show at Korakuen hall.  The show was completely sold out in advance although the seats didn't really fill in until the third match or so.
1. Mitsuhiro Kitamiya beat Hitoshi Kumano in about 7 minutes via submission to a type of shoulder lock.  Fine opener with the crowd hoping for but not getting a Kumano upset win.  **
2. Daisuke Ikeda (subbing for Yoshinari Ogawa who missed the show) beat Hajime Ohara in about 7 minutes after doing the Daniel Bryan "yes" chant and then hitting a lariat.  He chanted "yes" about 4 times while pointing both fingers up to the sky but nobody in the crowd did it with him.  Last minute was good.  ** 1/4
3. Quiet Storm pinned Daisuke Harada in a 3-way match that also included Zack Sabre Jr. in about 12 minutes after a good looking lariat.  Haste and Harada looked good and Storm was also in the ring.  ** 1/2
4. Mikey Nicholls & Shane Haste beat Taiji Ishimori & Atsushi Kotoge in about 12 minutes.  Ishimori was pinned after a double-team spike DDT type of move which I believe they call the Tank Buster.  Very good match.  *** 1/4
5. Takeshi Morishima, Maybach Taniguchi & Kenou beat Masato Tanaka, Yoshihiro Takayama & Genba Hirayanagi when Morishima pinned Hirayanagi after a backdrop in just under 15 minutes.  Very entertaining at times, and weak in a few spots. ***
6. Naomichi Marufuji & Kenta beat Takashi Sugiura & Katsuhiko Nakajima in Kenta's final match with NOAH when Kenta pinned Nakajima in about 29 minutes after a Go 2 Sleep.  Fantastic, hard-hitting match.  Kenta went out with a bang.  No post-match speech but he waved goodbye and bowed to all 4 sides of the ring while the place want crazy.  Definitely worth seeing. **** 1/2
7. Yuji Nagata beat Mohamed Yone with his Back Suplex Hold in about 26 minutes to retain the GHC Heavyweight belt.  Another fantastic match with the crowd going crazy and popping for every near fall during the last 10 minutes.  **** 1/4
After the main event, while Nagata did his awesome dance, Marufuji came out and challenged him for the belt and he accepted.
Kenta was doing commentary during the final match.  After the show ended and many fans left and they were taking the ring down, the crowd went wild chanting Kenta's name and he got back in the ring for one final round of bows.
The last 2 matches were excellent and worth going out of your way to see.  The 2 prior matches were good as well.  Great show.
Andrew "southern_style" Kessler

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