There was a shift on one of NOAH units/teams today. ANMU is officially no more as Kotaro Suzuki & Atsushi Aoki have decided to join Jun Akiyama & Akitoshi Saito as apart of the Akiyama-gun (Akiyama Army).
Akiyama said he would like for NOAH to return to the feeling to when they first started the promotion. To have the same momentum that they carried when the split from AJPW happened a new beginning began. Kotaro & Aoki agreed with what Akiyama had to say and they chose to join with him.
Go Shiozaki was not with Kotaro & Aoki when they made the decision, so it is unclear if he is joining Akiyama or not.
The current teams/units are as follows.
Akiyama, Saito, Kotaro, Aoki, (Shiozaki?)
Marufuji, Sugiura, Yone, Marvin, Ishimori
[NO MERCY – NMC]
KENTA, Takayama, Kanemaru, Hirayanagi, Taniguchi
Kobashi, Morishima, Taue, Ogawa
It was announced over the weekend that Takeshi Morishima and Katsuhiko Nakajima will be teaming for the Global Tag League 2012. The current reigning GHC Heavy and GHC Junior Champions are no strangers to one another and both are looking to carry their championship status all the way through the tournament.
Morishima with the power and size and Nakajima with the speed and skill will surely make them one of the more rounded teams in the tournament.
Nakajima was asked if he was looking to jump up to Heavyweight status with being included in the tournament, and he said he is looking to elevate the Junior Heavyweight belt at this time. It is the goal for Nakajima to eventually jump up to a heavyweight, but right now he fits within the framework of the Junior scene.
There is also much thought going into one of the other announced teams of ZERO1’s Shinjiro Otani and a yet to be announced partner. The early speculation is that it will be Daichi Hashimoto, but nothing has been set in stone as of yet.
For full info on the upcoming tag league, be sure to check the post up on the site.
Morishima’s next title match has been announced as he will be going up against Maybach Taniguchi on May 9th.
NOAH “The Navig. in May 2012”, 5/9/2012 [Wed] 18:30 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
GHC Heavyweight Championship Match: [Champion] Takeshi Morishima vs. [Challenger] Maybach Taniguchi
~ 2nd Title Defense.
Taniguchi attacked Morishima following his first defense against Marufuji on March 18th. Shuhei Taniguchi has found himself some new confidence and determination since transforming into the masked Maybach. Though some say KENTA is purely pulling the strings for him, and it should be interesting to see how he will handle himself against a champion caliber wrestler one on one.
Ross & Marshall Von Erich, who have been training in NOAH for last few months, will be heading back to the states in April to make their official debuts for WLW on April 20th. They sons of Kevin Von Erich will be in the USA until June when they are scheduled to return to Pro Wrestling NOAH and make their debuts soon following there.