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  1. A very subdued NOAH main event, which makes this cool immediately in my book. I prefer these guys working smart exchanges over some head droppy macho ass bullshit. Ogawa as usual gets some unusual and cool exchanges out of Misawa. I also really like that Misawa was tagging with IZU~ here. He and Sano just potatoed each other a lot and it was really fun. Izu seemed to be riding high in the end, uncorking his awesome diving headbutt and fending off Sanos comeback attempts only to fall to a basic armbar.
  2. Unexpectedly stiff, fun undercard action. Hashi and Izu try to crack eachothers skull in the opening and Hashi gets bloodied hardway. This leads to your signature Hashi underdog performance with Taue Baba chopping his cut. Inoue, as usual, was pretty much useless in helping Hashi here, so Hashi has to tough it in the finish against Izu who dishes out some big bombs. This kind of stuff is what made NOAH great.
  3. This is a GHC heavyweight title opening round match and it's really good big guy pro-wres. Izumida isn't exactly Takayama's size, but he's brave enough to go toe-to-toe with Takayama. Not every match needs to be worked as a 30 minute match with a ton of head drops and nearfalls and they prove that here. They go under 10 minutes, but they hit each other with some brutal face kicks and big knees to the chest. Takayama sub 10 minute maches in Noah are great and Izu joins Shiga in the list of underrated Noah wrestlers.
  4. Izumida comes out wearing in a Hashimoto cosplay and it's clear this match is going to rule and that I should watch more Izumida since I only remember he does Headbutts. KENTA has a really cool control segment, with all of his good looking striking and kicking combinations, where they constantly tease standard pro wrestling transitions but KENTA always does that extra move to remain in control. KENTA uses those small Kawada'esque kicks and hurts his foot because of how strong Izumida's head is! Izumida proceeds to just destroy KENTA because he's small and that's how the circle of life works. The only problem is that in doing so outside of the ring he starts beating up wrestlers ringside and by the time it's time to get back into the ring the count's already at 18, and KENTA's baseball slides manage to keep him outside. As if you need any more proof how much of a cooler setting peak NOAH is than the sterile star factory of 90s All Japan. ***