Spoilers: Who Left Tokyo with the GHC Heavyweight Title?

Suzuki Minoru defeated Naomichi Marufuji at NOAH Great Voyage 2015 in Tokyo on March 15th in front of 6,300 fans. 

Photo: Purolove

Suzukigun made a clean sweep of the GHC titles at the event. KES retained the GHC tag titles against TMDK, Taichi (ew!) is the new GHC Jr. Heavyweight champion dethroning Atsushi Kotoge, and finally TAKA Michinoku and El Desperado are the new Jr.  Tag champs. 

Thanks to Purolove for the live results

The Adventures of Minoru Suzuki: The Mecha Mummy

You know what pro wrestling needs? A mechanical mummy with rocket fists. Oh wait, there already is one. But you know what I’d really like to see? A mechanical mummy with rocket fists AND a mecha drill wrestle Minoru Suzuki. Hold on, that’s already happened! Twice!

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The first match was at a Ultimo Dragon Fiesta show all the way back in June, 2006. Mecha Mummy vs. Minoru Suzuki. How or why Minoru Suzuki ended up in a match with a mechanical mummy I’d love to know. Please tell me if you know the background to this. From Suzuki’s expression at the start of the match, it looks like he was wondering the same thing.

My favourite part of the match is at the start with Suzuki completely no-selling Mecha Mummy’s mecha-attacks, which include a rocket fist, and in the end some kind of Ghostbusters style proton back with what looks like a giant toaster attached to it.


As wacky and great that match was, the 2009 rematch in DDT is on a whole other level. It starts with Suzuki, in street clothes, asking for a match against Takayama. DDT General Manager Amon grants the match for a future show. Meanwhile, Mecha Mummy suddenly appears next to Suzuki. Amon mentions this to Suzuki, who looks at Mecha Mummy and says, “This? Nobody cares about this! I want Takayama!” Mecha Mummy then begins attacking Suzuki. Now, you might expect Suzuki and Mecha Mummy to head to the ring for an impromptu match. Well, it almost does, but they take a very unexpected turn when Mecha Mummy flies to Brazil with Minoru Suzuki hitching a ride on his back. Then we do get the impromptu match, broadcast “Live from Brazil.” Again, without spoiling anything too much, some of the highlights include Suzuki and Mecha Mummy taking a short fishing break during the match. Suzuki pausing the match in order to protect a single flower growing by the river. A very brief game of badminton. And a Benny Hill-esque chase scene. My favourite part is the explosive ending to the match, but make sure you watch ALL the way to the end. Things get…interesting.

Big thanks to Bonski who recommended these matches in a recent episode of the J-Shoot podcast, which you can listen to here.

As much as I love violent, serious Minoru Suzuki, comedy Suzuki is the best thing. Another great comedy match with Suzuki is one I wrote about here. It’s got a rocket bicycle, and one of the best Suzuki entrances ever. That’s all you need to know.


I don’t know what ever happened to the former DDT Iron Man Heavymetalweight champion, but I do hope he/it returns with the Mecha Drill someday.


J-Shoot Podcast Episode 18: Pretend Villain

  • Hey, puropals! Listen to J-Shoot at these strong styling places: iTunesPodOmatic, and Stitcher. Maybe leave a nice review while you’re at it, eh?


  • This week, Bonski reveals his true identity, we come up with codenames for our favourite puroresu videos uploader, we review New Japan Cup 2015 and give our predictions for the finals on March 15th, we cover some recent Dragon Gate shows and talk about Uhaa Nation’s incredibly emotional graduation. And lots more, including the amazing Grocery Store Deathmatch recommended by Bonski.


  • Understanding my penchant for comedy matches, Bonski suggested I check out Suzuki Minoru vs. MechaMummy, and the rematch. I’m going to watch them this week and then we’ll discuss on the next show. If you haven’t seen them either, check ’em out!


  • No NJPW World recommendations this week. Usually if it’s a busy New Japan week with shows (NJ Cup), we just recommend checking them out. But I do suggest you check out the NJPW World SHORT x SHORT series which I’ve been covering here. They’re pretty fantastic.

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  • Zach’s got some pretty neat new rewards up on Patreon, including Shinsuke Nakamura iPhone cases, and Nakamura/Okada stickers. Check ‘em out!



  • As always, you can follow me on twitter here, and Bonski here, and PWN Radio here.


  • You can also shoot us questions and comments at jshootpodcast@gmail.com, or use the hashtag #jshootqs on Twitter.


  • Don’t forget, Be the Wind! And Take the Dream!

Getting to “NOAH” Pro Wrestling NOAH

A few things you should NOAH’bout Pro Wrestling NOAH, a quick and dirty look at its history, and why now is a good time to board the ark.

Get it? NOAH’bout?

Nailed it.

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NJPW Road to The New Beginning, January 30, Tokorozawa City Gym: Results

1. Alex Shelley vs. Jay White
Jay White is all right! Alex Shelly defeated White with a move that most likely has a name which I will find out shortly.
UPDATE: It’s called the Air Raid Crash. There’s a super annoying yelling guy in the crowd whom I hope Alex Shelley Air Raids too!

2. Yohei Komatsu vs. Kyle O’Reilly
Komatsu had a cool moment where he started firing up after O’Reilly kicks and made a comeback. I love how hot the crowd gets for Komatsu. He’s a young lion! He shouldn’t be so great! O’Reilly’s strikes are fantastic. He pinned Komatsu with a bridging something. I’m not good at moves names tonight. Oh, it was a bridging fisherman driver. Pretty sick too!

3. Mascara Dorada & KUSHIDA vs. Young Bucks
Very excited about the pairing of Dorada and KUSHIDA. “Come on, Rey Mysterio! Get up!” by one of the Bucks is very funny, if not a little racist. KUSHIDA did a very Devitt Pele kick. Dorada is awesome. Very fast and crisp. Can’t wait to see more of him in the future. The Young Bucks pinned Dorada with a non-450 Meltzer Driver, or the Indy Taker. Fun stuff.

4. Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima & Jushin Liger vs. Manabu Nakanishi & Tiger Mask & Captain New Japan
Nakanishi and Tenzan in the same match. I don’t know if I have the patience.
Funny moment where Tiger Mask and Nakanishi convinced the Captain to go for a diving head it. He missed. Tenzan submitted the Captain with the Anaconda Vice. Not awful. About as good as it could have been.

5. Yuji Nagata & Togi Makabe & Tetsuya Naito & Tomoaki Honma vs. Shinsuke Nakamura & Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano & Yoshi-Hashi
Great Ishii/Makabe interaction, obviously. Nakamura and Nagata had a few good moments. Nakamura took a Nagata overhead belly to belly very awkwardly.
Nagata pinned YOSHI-HASHI with his bridging back drop. It was only a matter of time. Poor YOSHI.

6. Kazuchika Okada & Gedo vs. Bad Luck Fale & Yujiro Takahashi
Decent match. The finish when Takahashi pinned Gedo with Miami Shine while Fale was keeping Okada busy on the outside.

7. Hiroshi Tanahashi & Hirooki Goto & Katsuyori Shibata & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows & Tama Tonga & Kenny Omega
A funny moment when Taguchi tried his hip (arse) attack on Gallows who no sold it. Taguchi did his dance and pose while Gallows waited for him to turn around and walk into a throat thrust. Kenny Omega and Tanahashi had a short spot together that makes me really excited about a future Heavyweight division run for Omega. They did the exact same thing as they did in match 5 where everyone takes everyone out. It’s a fun spot, but twice on the same card is a little repetitive.
Tanahashi made a statement by hitting the Styles Clash on Tonga, followed by the High Fly Flow for the win.