(NOAH) Shiozaki's answer to that ten years, to have a match that Misawa would approve of.

Tokyo Sports
12th June 2019

Noah's strong armed GHC tag champion, Go Shiozaki (37), vowed on the 11th June to show his growth over ten years to the late Mitsuharu Misawa.

At the Edion Arena Osaka 2nd Stadium om the 13th, Katsuhiko Nakajima (36) and himself will make their second defense of the GHC Heavyweight Tag titles against Takashi Sugiura (49) and KAZMA SAKAMOTO (36). The memorial event, which will take place on the anniversary of Misawa's death, indicates a guideline for the newborn Noah.

As he talked, Shiozaki, who is on the verge of the match said plainly, "I was next to Misawa in that last match. That fact will remain forever.  That is why in the milestone of the tenth year, there must be an answer, and that is to have a match that Misawa would approve over. Then I can go to a new era".

At Hiroshima on June 13th 2009, Shiozaki teamed with Misawa to challenge Akitoshi Saito and Bison Smith (deceased) for the GHC Heavyweight tag titles. However, Misawa had an accident during the match.
Go Shiozaki first put on the GHC Heavyweight title at Hakata Stalene the next day, the 14th, in deep grief. The first time champion cried in front of Misawa's portrait as he put on the belt.
"From that time I feel strong that I have come to this point receiving Misawa's thoughts, even now he exists in my heart. Now we are the new Noah, and it is my turn to clearly show this to Misawa."

From February, Noah's parent company is LIDET Entertainment Inc, and they have launched new innovations. Shiozaki also has a strong feeling to, "build a new Noah on the foundations that Misawa built, and not forget it. With our strength we will become Japan's number one, and we will become the world's best group."

Additionally, there was a loss to the challengers Takashi Sugiura and KAZMA SAKAMOTO in the finals of the Global Tag League championships in May, but "from that day on, my understanding with partner has deepened. There is not an element of defeat."
His confidence has further been raised by the first single victory over Naomichi Marufuji (39) at the memorial event at Korakuen Hall on the 9th.

"On that day, the belt that Misawa and I could not put on, is now here. I will put on the belt, and stand in the main event on the anniversary. I feel it is my destiny. I cannot afford to let it go."

The strong arms are prepared to swing to reach the sky.

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