New GHC Heavyweight and Tag Team Champions crowned at NOAH’s ‘Destination’ event

Kenoh becomes two-time Heavyweight Champion. Timothy Thatcher wins his first NOAH title.

New GHC Heavyweight and Tag Team Champions crowned at NOAH’s 'Destination' event
Photo Courtesy: Pro Wrestling NOAH

A new GHC Heavyweight Champion was crowned today in the headlining match at NOAH’s Destination event in Tokyo.

An estimated 3,215 fans were in attendance at Budokan Nippon as Kenoh defeated Satoshi Kojima to claim the top title in the promotion. It was a failed first title defense for Kojima, who won the title at the CyberFight Festival last month.

Kenoh won the match in just under half an hour with a moonsault double-knee attack to pin Kojima and become a two-time GHC Heavyweight Champion, having last held the title in 2017.

New GHC Tag Team Champions were guaranteed after the titles were vacated when Michael Elgin was unable to attend the event. His former partner, Masa Kitamiya, teamed with Yoshiki Inamura to take on Hideki Suzuki and Timothy Thatcher for the belts. Suzuki and Thatcher came out on top in just over 20 minutes via referee stoppage, when Suzuki placed Inamura in a sleeper hold.

Timothy Thatcher’s first title reign for NOAH comes just weeks after joining the promotion in June.

Full results (courtesy of Purolove.com)

  • GHC Heavyweight Title: Kenoh defeats Satoshi Kojima (c) (28:17) with a Moonsault Double Knee Attack – title change.
  • GHC Junior Heavyweight Title: HAYATA (c) defeats Seiki Yoshioka (20:45) with the headache – 3rd defense.
  • GHC Tag Team Title, Decision Match: Hideki Suzuki & Timothy Thatcher defeat Masa Kitamiya & Yoshiki Inamura (20:38) by Referee Stop (Suzuki defeated Inamura with a Sleeper Hold) – title change.
  • Pro-Wrestling Love Forever 1 ~The Final Countdown~: Kaito Kiyomiya defeats Keiji Muto (26:28) with a figure-four leglock.
  • Go Shiozaki, Takashi Sugiura & Kazuyuki Fujita defeat Masakatsu Funaki, Katsuhiko Nakajima & Manabu Soya (12:59) after a power bomb from Fujita on Soya.
  • Hardcore Match: Rob Van Dam & Masato Tanaka defeat NOSAWA Rongai & Super Crazy (10:46) after Van Dam’s Five-Star Frog Splash on NOSAWA.
  • Ninja Mack defeats Dante Leon (14:24) with a ninja bomb.
  • Eita & Kotaro Suzuki defeat Yoshinari Ogawa & Yuya Susumu (5:38) after the Numero Uno by Eita on Ogawa.
  • Rene Dupree, Hijo de Dr. Wagner Jr., Simon Gotch, Stallion Rogers & Anthony Greene defeat Kazushi Sakuraba, Masaaki Mochizuki, Shuhei Taniguchi, Daiki Inaba & Kinya Okada (13:29) after the Walkin’ Talkin’ Flying from Greene on Okada.
  • Shuji Kondo, Tadasuke, Hajime Ohara & Hi69 defeat Daisuke Harada, Atsushi Kotoge, YO-HEY & Xtreme Tiger (11:17) after Kondo’s King Kong Lariat on Harada.

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