Welcome to “A Year Into The Ark” where I simply fantasy book the next year of Pro Wrestling NOAH going forward ending right before the start of N-1 Victory next year. I won’t do anything crazy like sign someone unrealistic as a matter of fact I won’t sign anyone. I will use freelancers from time to time, and I will use to the partnerships with Dragon Gate, ZERO1, and the other CyberFight organizations. I will only be doing the big events, and focusing on marquee matches or matches worth nothing.
I will start with NOAH THE BEST 2021, assuming that’s where the N-1 Victory winner gets his championship match. Remember this is simple armchair booking, not saying this is what NOAH should do. However it’s a attempt at producing a interesting fantasy booking product.
Fallout From N-1 Victory and Demolition Stage In Fukuoka
The N-1 Victory is the first order of business. The semi finals will be A Block winner, Keiji Muto taking on B Block winner Kenoh. With C Block winner, Kotaro Suzuki battling D Block winner, Masa Kitamiya. Kenoh gets the win over Keiji Muto, and Kotaro Suzuki gets a roll up victory on Masa Kitamiya to punch his ticket to the final. Kotaro Suzuki is the GHC Junior Heavyweight Champion, as in this timeline he defeated HAYATA. Then in the finals it’s a heated battle between Kotaro Suzuki and Kenoh. Both men giving their all, but in the end Kotaro Suzuki defeats Kenoh in a shocker. Kotaro Suzuki reminds everyone one of the reasons he came back to NOAH was to challenge Naomichi Marufuji for a singles belt. Which ties into Marufuji claiming this reign would be for him.
That takes us to Demolition Stage in Fukuoka. On this card we have Takashi Sugiura make a successful defense of the National Championship against Manabu Soya. Soya earned a shot by beating him in N-1 Victory. Masa Kitamiya and Kaito Kiyomiya overcome the GHC Heavyweight Tag Team Championship challenge of Masato Tanaka and Masaaki Mochizuki. Then afterwards a challenge is made by Momo No Seishun Tag(Atsushi Kotoge and Daisuke Harada) stating they were encouraged by the victory of Kotaro Suzuki. Claiming NOAH THE BEST would be a night of the juniors.
Junior Chaos and Undercard Feuds
Seiki Yoshioka and Yuya Susumu retain the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships against Ikuto Hidaka and NOSAWA Rongai. However, NOSAWA pleaded to let Perros Del Mal De Japon’s strongest combination challenge. That’s when the champions are blindsided by Eita and YO-HEY, and a beatdown is put on STINGER. The final title match of the show has Kotaro Suzuki defending against Yuko Miyamoto of the M’s Alliance. Getting a victory before telling Marufuji he will stake his claim as the greatest star in NOAH’s history. He will do that by standing with both the GHC Junior and GHC Heavyweight Championships. That’s the title scene heading into NOAH THE BEST.
We have a few undercard feuds going on as HAYATA tortures Junta Miyawaki beating him multiple times. King Tany continues to grow his ego culminating in a small fight between him and Saito. Then Katsuhiko Nakajima pokes fun at Kinya Okada asking him why he aspires to be like Nakajima when he doesn’t produce results.
NOAH THE BEST RESULTS
In a opener we have Katsuhiko Nakajima get the win for himself, Kenoh, Manabu Soya, Haoh, and Nioh. Winning against Kinya Okada, Akitoshi Saito, King Tany, Yone, and Masao. With Nakajima pinning Kinya. Telling Kinya that if he doesn’t even think Kinya can beat him and Soya if he found a tag partner. Junta Miyawaki gets close, but ultimately fails in a singles match with HAYATA. Of course there is other undercard stuff, but the title matches are the important things here. Takashi Sugiura retains the GHC National Championship against Hajime Ohara. Before being challenged by Daiki Inaba. Masa Kitamiya and Kaito Kiyomiya barely escape Momo No Seishun tag to keep their heavyweight tag team belts. Before Keiji Muto and Yoshinari Ogawa throw out the challenge for Nippon Budokan.
Eita and YO-HEY bring more junior gold to Perros Del Mal De Japon after a decisive victory over Yuya Susumu and Seiki Yoshioka. Making them GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions in the process. Then in the main event of course Naomichi Marufuji defends the GHC Heavyweight Championship against GHC Junior Heavyweight Champion and N-1 Victory winner, Kotaro Suzuki. Kotaro comes dangerously close a few times, but ultimately Marufuji retains the gold. However that’s not it for both men on this show.
Post Match Aftermath
As Junta Miyawaki rushes to the ring and tells Kotaro Suzuki. He knows he has no right to challenge for the GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship after losing tonight. However, he wants to take a chance and challenge Kotaro for the belt at Nippon Budokan. Which Suzuki waves off, but Marufuji encourages him to accept. Then Kenoh hits the ring and makes his challenge for Nippon Budokan. Telling Naomichi Marufuji that he was a three count away from having this very title match. So let him challenge anyway, and Marufuji agrees.
Many title matches were set up, but next time we will see the outcome of Nippon Budokan and everything that happens along the way.