(NOAH CHRONOLOGY) The Backbreakers ~ GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Championship
Number of title reigns: 0 (Hitoshi Kumano) 2 (Hajime Ohara)
Number of defenses: 2
Lost: Yoshinari Ogawa & Kotaro Suzuki, 24th February 2018, "Navigation for The Progress", Korakuen Hall.
Total number of days held: 70
1. Junta Miyawaki & Seiya Morohashi (evaluation only)
2. Keisuke Ishii & Kouki Iwasaki
3. Kotaro Suzuki & Yoshinari Ogawa
VS. Junta Miyawaki & Seiya Morohashi
After The Backbreakers won the belts from Hi69 and Minoru Tanaka, they were challenged by Seiya Morohashi, together with his young rookie partner, Junta Miyawaki (who is yet to get his first win).
Kumano: Finally we have a belt and a team that has challenged, but we are only looking at the top!
Ohara: Hmm. It is not good that people who have never won should challenge. I would like to do an evaluation match.
Miyawaki: I will do whatever it is, whether it is an evaluation match or not!
The match was held at Korakuen Hall on the 6th December 2019. Junta Miyawaki showed how much he had bloomed by being able to wrestle fluidly against Hajime Ohara, which impressed the crowd to see how much the Noah born junior heavyweight was developing. However, Junta failed to get his first win, and despite the stellar match that was put on, fell to Hitoshi Kumano's "Bear Bottom".
Hajime Ohara said afterwards there would be no title match, and that he was pleased with Miyawaki's progress, and hoped that he would be putting on a belt in 2019.
VS. Keisuke Ishii & Kouki Iwasaki
In one of their early matches, Hajime Ohara was struck in the face by a kick from Keisuke Ishii which caused a couple of days of blurred vision which worried him. However, this resolved quickly with rest. After it happened, Hitoshi Kumano confronted Ishii and Iwasaki and told them that they would see them at Korakuen when Ohara would be well. Ohara has not missed any time due to this incident.
After the match (which was won by Kumano with the Argentine Backbreaker), Ohara told Ishii and Iwasaki that this day was just the beginning. The two vowed in the post match promo to return to Noah and try to capture the belts again.
Suzuki immediately set the tone for what this feud would be by basically telling The Backbreakers if that they thought the match they just had was a hard fight, they hadn't seen anything yet.
Kumano responded by basically telling him to get lost.
Suzuki and Kumano (its rare for Ogawa and Ohara to get into fights outside the ring, although it does happen), then got into a scuffle, which was broken up by their more level headed tag partners. While screaming at each other, Suzuki challenged for the belts, and was told by Kumano (who is just as foul mouthed as Kenoh and Kitamiya), to "Go fuck yourself, asshole!".
Once Ogawa and Suzuki had gone, Ohara accepted their challenge.
Match has been set for the 24th February at Korakuen Hall.
Due to Kotaro Suzuki's outside commitments, (Suzuki is a freelancer), Ogawa was left pretty much to hold the fort against The Backbreakers, which he did with the help of YO-HEY & HAYATA, plus throwing a table at Hitoshi Kumano, who was knocked out even before he had the chance to take his t-shirt off. Afterwards, Ogawa posed with the belts.
Cracks appeared seemingly between Ogawa and Suzuki at Tokorozawa on the 22nd, when they seemed to get into an argument and had to be separated by their teammates, but their camaraderie at Korakuen Hall on the 24th was said to be amazing.
Hitoshi Kumano got praise with fans feeling that this was his breakout match, and he was now ready for a singles match. Despite the skill of Ohara and despite the strength of Kumano (who had taken a major step forward by the huge achievement of making Ogawa tap out at Tokorozawa), they lost their first belts as a team.
NEXT CHAMPIONS: Kotaro Suzuki & Yoshinari Ogawa