Departure 2020 was an professional wrestling event promoted by Pro Wrestling Noah (Noah). The two shows took place on August 4 and 5, 2020, in Tokyo, Japan at the Korakuen Hall. This was the tenth event under the Departure name.
The event aired on CyberAgent's streaming service Wrestle Universe. Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the event had some restrictions in attendance, after the Japanese Government lifted the State of Emergency.
The first night of the show was main evented by Katsuhiko Nakajima defending the GHC National Championship against Kenoh, while the second night of the event was main evented by Go Shiozaki defending the GHC Heavyweight Championship against Naomichi Marufuji.
Production[edit | edit source]
Background[edit | edit source]
Following the 2000 All Japan Pro Wrestling mass exodus, Mitsuharu Misawa left All Japan Pro Wrestling and formed his own promotion Pro Wrestling NOAH. Afterwards, Noah began annually the Departure event, to symbolize the anniversary of the promotion. The event will air through CyberAgent's internet streaming service Wrestle Universe.
Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic[edit | edit source]
On March 30, 2020, it was initially announced that some 2020 Global Tag League shows of the tournament, while the April 15 show would be held behind closed doors, being streamed on DDT Universe, due to restrictions made by the Japanese government regarding the 2019-20 coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic but it was later announced that the entire tournament would be held behind closed doors and the shows would be streamed on the DDT Universe under NOAH TV name. On April 22, the first show of the NOAH THE SPIRIT 2020 tour was held in an empty TV studio broadcast live on AbemaTV, and the rest of the shows would be canceled including ALL OUT ATTACK 2020 tour. On May 9, NOAH and their sister promotion, DDT started to promote shows at an empty TV studio being broadcast on AbemaTV under NOAH TV name. On July 18, Noah returned to held events with a limited number of fans in attendance at the Korakuen Hall.
Storylines[edit | edit source]
Departure (2020) featured professional wrestling matches that involved different wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds and storylines. Wrestlers portray villains, heroes, or less distinguishable characters in the scripted events that build tension and culminate in a wrestling match or series of matches.
The first night of the show was main evented by Katsuhiko Nakajima defending the GHC National Championship against Kenoh. On July 19, KONGOH faced Go Shiozaki, Katsuhiko Nakajima, Kaito Kiyomiya, Shuhei Taniguchi, Atsushi Kotoge and Hajime Ohara in a ten-man tag team match. Afterwards, Nakajima confronted Kenoh and dare him to challenge for his title. Kenoh asking him if he was only nominating him because no one else had come forward, showing his disinterest. Kenoh ended up changing his mind and challenged him to a match for his title.
The second night of the event was main evented by Go Shiozaki defending the GHC Heavyweight Championship against Naomichi Marufuji. On July 18, Go Shiozaki and Kaito Kiyomiya faced Naomichi Marufuji and Keiji Mutoh. Marufuji scored a direct victory for his team with Marufuji pinning Shiozaki for the win. Afterwards, Marufuji proposed himself as the next challenger for his title.
Results[edit | edit source]
Night 1[edit | edit source]
|1||Masa Kitamiya defeated Akitoshi Saito||Singles match||9:14|
|2||HAYATA and Kinya Okada defeated KONGOH (Haoh and Nioh)||Tag team match||10:32|
|3||Shuhei Taniguchi and Muhammad Yone defeated KONGOH (Manabu Soya and Yoshiki Inamura)||Tag team match||13:30|
|4||Daisuke Harada, Tadasuke and YO-HEY defeated Full Throttle (Hajime Ohara, Seiki Yoshioka and Atsushi Kotoge)||Six-man tag team match||14:55|
|5||Naomichi Marufuji, Takashi Sugiura and Yoshinari Ogawa defeated Go Shiozaki, Kaito Kiyomiya and Kotaro Suzuki||Six-man tag team match||27:45|
|6||Kenoh defeated Katsuhiko Nakajima (c) by KO||Singles match for the GHC National Championship||24:45|
Night 2[edit | edit source]
|1||Katsuhiko Nakajima, Muhammad Yone and Kinya Okada defeated Akitoshi Saito, Masao Inoue, and Seiya Morohashi||Six-man tag team match||12:51|
|2||Kaito Kiyomiya, Shuhei Taniguchi and Daiki Inaba defeated Full Throttle (Hajime Ohara, Seiki Yoshioka and Atsushi Kotoge)||Six-man tag team match||13:33|
|3||Stinger (Kotaro Suzuki, HAYATA and Yoshinari Ogawa) defeated Daisuke Harada, Tadasuke and YO-HEY||Six-man tag team match||12:29|
|4||Sugiura-gun (Takashi Sugiura, Kazushi Sakuraba, Kendo Kashin, Hideki Suzuki, Nosawa Rongai and Kaz Hayashi) defeated KONGOH (Kenoh, Masa Kitamiya, Manabu Soya, Yoshiki Inamura, Haoh and Nioh)||Twelve-man tag team match||19:58|
|5||Go Shiozaki (c) defeated Naomichi Marufuji||Singles match for the GHC Heavyweight Championship||30:56|