Go Shiozaki & Shuhei Taniguchi vs Naomichi Marufuji & Atsushi Aoki (NOAH 27/03/11)
Not to take anything away from Taniguchi and Aoki who strated the match, but the real fun begins once Marufuji (clearly on a good mood) was tagged in, and requested to face Shiozaki! Shiozaki attemps several chops but Marufuji either gets out of the way or blocks them. The same way, Marufuji attempts several dropkicks and Shiozaki avoids them! The crowd is really into these two. How could you not be? Marufuji is such an amazing athlete and so is Shiozaki and they’re clearly having fun with these back and forth attack games.
Next between these two is some mat wrestling where Shiozaki attempts an armbreaker that Marufuji counters with a leg hook. They quickly seperate, and Taniguchi tags himself. I already miss Shiozaki lol. And apparently Marufuji does too, because he quickly tags Aoki!
P.S: The girl who keeps yelling “Marufuji” every 5 seconds is highly annoying!
Next is some interesting tag team action between Shiozaki & Taniguchi. One can’t help but wonder why some good talent like this has been so screwed by bad booking, especially on Shiozaki’s case. *sigh*
Marufuji still wants a piece of Shiozaki and finally tags himself in! He does a good job of superkicking Go, but gets a huge Lariat for all his trouble! Again, we can witness some great tag action between Shiozaki & Taniguchi, eventually leading to Taniguchi locking Aoki on a sleeper hold then German suplexing him, while Shiozki plays the watchdog who prevents Marufuji from getting in the ring to save his team partner!
Very fun match essentially for how comfortable Shiozaki & Marufuji are with each other, and how fun, albeit short, their interactions are.
Sadly, on the 16th of April, Marufuji suffered an injury that will sideline him for who knows how long. Such a talented guy he is, and the one who has done it all in all three major promotions. The hardest working man out there!
Shiozaki is still lost in the shuffle of bad booking that NOAH is going through these last years. He has a shot at the GHC Hvwgt Title, if he can beat Morishima first. Hopefully they’ll get some sense into that company and rebuild him better, seeing that he’s supposed to be the “ace” of NOAH.