(NOAH CHRONOLOGY) Stinger (Yoshinari Ogawa & Kotaro Suzuki) ~ GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Championship
Number of title reigns: Yoshinari Ogawa (4) Kotaro Suzuki (4)
Number of defenses: 2
Total number of days held:
1. HAYATA & Tadasuke
2. Hi69 & Minoru Tanaka
3. Global Junior Tag League 2019
4. YO-HEY & HAYATA
Vs Tadasuke & HAYATA
HAYATA had originally ditched RATELS (now Daisuke Harada & Tadasuke) for YO-HEY, Yoshinari Ogawa & Kotaro Suzuki, but at the end of this match, he turned back to RATELS by kicking YO-HEY in the face (YO-HEY apparently made a "aaaa" sound) and Kotaro Suzuki, before rejoining with his old friends.
Daisuke Harada (who had taken care of hated rival, Yoshinari Ogawa), got on the microphone and made the challenge on behalf of Tadasuke & HAYATA.
Match has been set for the 10th February at Korakuen Hall.
It is well known that HAYATA (despite having done hardcore matches in the past), has a somewhat low pain threshold when it comes to submission moves, and Ogawa (who can instantly detect these things as he's got some kind if natural sonar which means he instantly knows a weak spot) made it worse by removing one of his shoes (HAYATA wears trainers), and locking in a submission that way.
The match lasted only 11 minutes and 36 seconds.
Vs Hi69 & Minoru Tanaka
At Noah's last ever event at Hakata Stalene; Hi69 challenged Kotaro Suzuki for the tag belts. Kotaro Suzuki told him that the challenge was reasonable, but he would have to check the weight limit. Suzuki is referring to the fact that Hi69 is a lot more thicker in build than the other juniors.
In the post match interview, Hi69 said that he was 2 kgs over the weight limit for the juniors (ideally they should be at 100kgs), but had no worries about making weight. He did, however, want to be told before the scales came out (and preferably the day before).
Despite having athletic tape thrown at him by Yoshinari Ogawa (who commented not so politely on his weight), Hi69 (except when he fell off the wagon so to speak and confessed that he had eaten grilled meat), worked diligently to lose weight. Match was set for Korakuen Hall on Friday 29th March 2019, which was the final night of "Spring Navigation 2019").
At the start of the match Hi69 walked round the ring, and pulled out a table from under it. Later he would set it up and with Seiya Morohashi (who had come out to second his friends) watching, leaped from the top turnbuckle and put Kotaro Suzuki through it. Sadly, it was not enough for them to win the match, and Minoru Tanaka fell to Kotaro's "Requiem".
After the match, Kotaro Suzuki challenged Minoru Tanaka for the GHC Junior Heavyweight.
GLOBAL JUNIOR LEAGUE 2019
Yoshinari Ogawa nominated Kotaro Suzuki to talk for them both during the league, and Suzuki stated that they planned to win the league as it would mean that they wouldn't have to defend the belts. Not because they couldn't be bothered, but because they felt contempt for the other Noah juniors. However, much to their horror, things did not turn out as they wished.
At the beginning of the league when the teams traditionally come out to the ring, Stinger refused to attend with the others. Their opponents for the first night were YO-HEY (who had defected back to RATELS after announcing he would be teaming with HAYATA for the league, which didn't impress Stinger at all), and of course HAYATA. Despite the two teams pitching into each other, and YO-HEY (who had just returned from a collapsed lung) diving on Kotaro Suzuki from outside the ring via somersault from the top turnbuckle, nothing was resolved between the two teams, as the match went to a count out.
The finals in Osaka on June 13th came down to Stinger vs their first night opponents, and former stable mates, YO-HEY & HAYATA.
VS YO-HEY & HAYATA
There was a lot on the line for both teams on the night of the 13th June.
YO-HEY & HAYATA wanted their third consecutive win in Global Junior Tag League (and therefore breaking the record held by Taiji Ishimori & KENTA), and while the 13th was an important night for Noah (the 10th year of Misawa's death), it was especially so for Stinger, both of whom had known Misawa.
The match was hard fought, with both teams pulling everything out of every drawer that they had in an attempt to win the league championship (with YO-HEY using the rarely seen Bamboo Dragonfly). The match ended on a poignant note, with Yoshinari Ogawa getting the win with the Tiger Driver 91.
HAYATA & YO-HEY might not have gotten their wish, but Stinger did - there was to be no automatic challengers to the belts.
As they stood in the ring after their victory, Ogawa spoke on the microphone and addressed the crowd asking everyone to "please never forget, that there was once a wrestler called Mitsuharu Misawa".
Misawa's three forever - interview with Yoshinari Ogawa and Kotaro Suzuki
Tadasuke & HAYATA mini interview