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Great Voyage (2018) was a professional wrestling event promoted by Pro Wrestling NOAH (NOAH) annually since 2000 it's the longest and the biggest PPV in NOAH. NOAH until now produced in 2018 two events under the Great Voyage name; Great Voyage in Yokohama on March 11, the Great Voyage in Niigata on April 29 and the Great Voyage in Voyage vol.2 on December 16.

The first event included four matches contested for NOAH's championships, that featured three title changes. The main event was a GHC Heavyweight Championship match between the champion Kenoh and the challenger and his partner Takashi Sugiura. The second event included two matches contested for NOAH's championships, that featured one title change. The main event was a GHC Heavyweight Championship match between the champion Takashi Sugiura and the challenger Atsushi Kotoge. The third event will include four matches contested for NOAH's championships. The main event featured a GHC Heavyweight Championship match between the champion Takashi Sugiura and the challenger and his partner Kaito Kiyomiya. The third event included four matches contested for NOAH's championships, that featured four title changes.

BackgroundEdit

StorylinesEdit

Great Voyage in YokohamaEdit

The Great Voyage 2018 featured professional wrestling matches that involved different wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds and storylines. Wrestlers portrayed villains, heroes, or less distinguishable characters in the scripted events that built tension and culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches.

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The GHC Heavyweight Champion Kenoh who was set to make his third title defense against his partner Takashi Sugiura

The Great Voyage 2018 in Yokohama was main evented by Kenoh making his third defense of the GHC Heavyweight Championship against his partner Takashi Sugiura. On February 2, Kenoh defeated Yuko Miyamoto to make his second title defense of the GHC Heavyweight Championship. Takashi Sugiura who is Kenoh's only ally was at ringside for the match and congratulated him for his defense. Afterwards challenged him into a title match. Later that day, the match was announced to be the main event of the Great Voyage in Yokohama. On February 16 both lost to Atsushi Kotoge and Naomichi Marufuji, with Kotoge pinning Sugiura. Kenoh questioned if Sugiura was a worthy challenger. This led Suguira demanding a 10-minute match against Kenoh in which the match ended in a time limit draw.

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The GHC Heavyweight Champion Kenoh and challenger and partner Takashi Sugiura in a confrontation before their title match

On December 23, 2016 Kenoh stated that he was tired of being labeled a junior class wrestler when he knew he could compete with the likes of Katsuhiko Nakajima, Naomichi Marufuji, and even Sugiura on a singles level. In January 2017 Kenoh moved to the heavyweight division and formed a short partnership with Masa Kitamiya and the two even won the GHC Tag Team Championship. Their partnership ended when Kenoh turned on Kitamiya to form a partnership with Sugiura. This led Kenoh and Sugiura defeating Kitamiya and Muhammad Yone at last years Great Voyage in Yokohama. They would quickly lose the titles to Marufuji and Maybach Taniguchi. In mid 2017, Kenoh focused more on the singles competition after Sugiura was sidelined with an arrhythmia. After this, Kenoh would win the Global League (with Sugiura on commentary) and later defeated Eddie Edwards to win the GHC Heavyweight Championship. The two already faced before with Sugiura coming out victorious. This marks the second singles encounter between the two after a year.

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Daisuke Harada the reigning GHC Junior Heavyweight Champion with the title belt.

In the GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship Daisuke Harada was set to defend his title against his RATEL'S stablemate HAYATA. On January 27, 2018 after Harada defeated Hajime Ohara to make his third successful title defense of the GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship he was confronted and challenged to a title match by Hitoshi Kumano and his RATEL'S stablemate HAYATA. On February 2 HAYATA defeated Kumano to become the 1º contender for the title. The title match was announced later that same day.

RATEL'S were formed in February 2017 by Harada, HAYATA, YO-HEY and Tadasuke. HAYATA would then win the GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship defeating Hajime Ohara and lost it to Taiji Ishimori. Harada then defeated Ishimori to bring back the title to RATEL'S. After this HAYATA focused on teaming with YO-HEY and the two even won the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship defeating Ishimori and Hi69. They lose the titles back to them and HAYATA focused on singles competition.

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The GHC Tag Team Champions 50 Funky Powers (Muhammad Yone and Quiet Storm) who were set make their second title defense against The Aggression (Masa Kitamiya and Katsuhiko Nakajima)

In the GHC Tag Team Championship 50 Funky Powers (Muhammad Yone and Quiet Storm) were set to defend their titles against The Aggression (Masa Kitamiya and Katsuhiko Nakajima). On February 2, 2018 after 50 Funky Powers defeated Maybach Taniguchi and Mitsuya Nagai to make their first title defense, they're challenged by The Aggression into a title match. The two teams faced before during the 2016 Global Tag League where Yone and Storm were victorious.

Another title match includes XX (Hi69 and Taiji Ishimori) defending the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship against Yoshinari Ogawa and Minoru Tanaka. On January 27, 2018 after XX defeated RATEL'S (HAYATA and YO-HEY) to win the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship for the second time, they were challenged by Yoshinari Ogawa and Minoru Tanaka into a title match. Their match was announced on February 2.

Great Voyage in NiigataEdit

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The GHC Heavyweight Champion Takashi Sugiura who was set to make his first title defense against Atsushi Kotoge

The Great Voyage 2018 in Yokohama was main evented by Takashi Sugiura making his first defense of the GHC Heavyweight Championship against Atsushi Kotoge. On February 16 Kotoge and Naomichi Marufuji defeated Sugiura and Kenoh in a tag team match, with Kotoge pinning Sugiura. On March 11 at Great Voyage in Yokohama, Sugiura defeated his partner Kenoh to win the GHC Heavyweight Championship for the record breaking the fourth time. After the match, Kotoge challenged Suguira into a title match and procceed to attack him. On March 31 during the Global Tag League, Kotoge and Marufuji faced Kenoh and Sugiura for a second time, with Kotoge pinning again Sugiura. The title match was made official on April 18.

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The GHC Tag Team Champions The Aggression (Masa Kitamiya and Katsuhiko Nakajima) who were set make their first title defense against Go Shiozaki and Kaito Kiyomiya)

In the GHC Tag Team Championship The Aggression (Masa Kitamiya and Katsuhiko Nakajima) were set make their first title defense against Go Shiozaki and Kaito Kiyomiya). From March until April, Kiyomiya and Shiozaki took part of the Global Tag League, finishing the tournament with three wins, one loss and three draws, advancing to the finals. During the tournament, Kiyomiya and Shiozaki defeated Kitamiya and Nakajima in a non-title match. In the finals, Kiyomiya and Shiozaki defeated Kenoh and Takashi Sugiura to win the tournament. After the match, Kitamiya and Nakajima and confronted Shiozaki and Kiyomiya before the title match. The title match was made official on April 18.

Great Voyage in Yokohama Vol. 2Edit

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The GHC Heavyweight Champion Takashi Sugiura who was set to make his seventh title defense against Kaito Kiyomiya

The Great Voyage 2018 in Yokohama will be main evented by Takashi Sugiura making his seventh defense of the GHC Heavyweight Championship against Kaito Kiyomiya. On November 25, Kiyomiya defeated Katsuhiko Nakajima in the finals to win the 2018 Global League and earn a shot at the GHC Heavyweight Championship. On December 7, Kiyomiya faced off in a tag team match, where Kiyomiya teamed with Daisuke Harada and Sugiura with Kotaro Suzuki. Sugiura would score a direct pinfall Kiyomiya to get the win for his team.

On January 7 2017, Kiyomiya and Sugiura made an alliance, but Kioymiya went on a learning excursion on North America. He would return in December and almost a year later on January 6 after Kiyomiya unsuccessfully challenged Kenoh for the GHC Heavyweight Championship, Sugiura turned on him ending their alliance.

ResultsEdit

Great Voyage in YokohamaEdit

# Matches Stipulations Times
1 LEONA defeated Jyunta Miyawaki Singles match 5:15
2 RATEL'S (Tadasuke and YO-HEY) defeated Back Breakers (Hitoshi Kumano and Hajime Ohara) Tag Team match 8:58
3 Cody Hall and Kazma Sakamoto defeated Masao Inoue and Ryota Nakatsu Tag Team match 7:47
4 Maybach Taniguchi and Mitsuya Nagai defeated KENSO and Jay Bradley Tag Team match 9:34
5 Atsushi Kotoge and Naomichi Marufuji defeated Heisei Ishin-gun (Akitoshi Saito and Shiro Koshinaka) Tag Team match 11:01
6 Go Shiozaki defeated Kaito Kiyomiya Singles match 12:47
7 Yoshinari Ogawa and Minoru Tanaka defeated XX (Taiji Ishimori and Hi69) (c) Tag Team match for the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship 13:46
8 Daisuke Harada (c) defeated HAYATA Singles match for the GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship 17:29
9 The Aggression (Masa Kitamiya and Katsuhiko Nakajima) defeated 50 Funky Powers (Muhammad Yone and Quiet Storm) (c) Tag Team match for the GHC Tag Team Championship 20:16
10 Takashi Sugiura defeated Kenoh (c) Singles match for the GHC Heavyweight Championship 27:36
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • Videoicon – refers to the video of that match

Great Voyage in NiigataEdit

# Matches Stipulations Times
1 Maybach Taniguchi defeated Jyunta Miyawaki Singles match 2:20
2 RATEL'S (Tadasuke and YO-HEY) defeated Yoshinari Ogawa and Hajime Ohara) Tag Team match 12:20
3 Naomichi Marufuji, Muhammad Yone and Quiet Storm defeated Akitoshi Saito, Masao Inoue and Hitoshi Kumano Six-man tag team match 11:31
4 KENSO defeated Mitsuya Nagai Singles match 9:31
5 Kenoh defeated Cody Hall Singles match 9:31
6 Cody Hall defeated Kaito Kiyomiya Singles match 8:45
7 RATEL'S (Daisuke Harada and Tadasuke) defeated Hi69 and Minoru Tanaka Tag Team match 15:02
8 Go Shiozaki and Kaito Kiyomiya defeated The Aggression (Masa Kitamiya and Katsuhiko Nakajima) (c) Tag Team match for the GHC Tag Team Championship 23:15
9 Takashi Sugiura (c) defeated Atsushi Kotoge Singles match for the GHC Heavyweight Championship 23:07
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • Videoicon – refers to the video of that match

Great Voyage in Yokohama vol.2Edit

# Matches Stipulations Times
1 Lin Dong Xuan and Mizuki Watase defeated Yoshiki Inamura and Kinya Okada Tag Team match 8:38
2 Muhammad Yone, Quiet Storm, Shiro Koshinaka and Akitoshi Saito defeated Mitsuya Nagai, Kazma Sakamoto, Cody Hall and Masao Inoue Eight-man tag team match 5:22
3 RATEL'S (HAYATA, YO-HEY and Tadasuke) defeated Junta Miyawaki, Seiya Morohashi, Koji Kanemoto Six-man tag team match 10:11
4 Atsushi Kotoge, Kenoh and Masa Kitamiya defeated Kazuaki Higuchi, Kota Umeda and Nobuhiro Shimatani Six-man tag team match 11:06
5 Doug Williams defeated Yoshinari Ogawa Singles match 11:58
6 Back Breakers (Hajime Ohara and Hitoshi Kumano) defeated Hi69 and Minoru Tanaka (c) Tag Team match for the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship 17:41
7 Daisuke Harada defeated Kotaro Suzuki (c) Singles match for the GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship; had Harada lost, RATEL'S would have been forced to disband 16:41
8 Hooligans (Maybach Taniguchi and Yuji Hino) defeated Go Shiozaki and Katsuhiko Nakajima (c) Tag Team match for the GHC Tag Team Championship 18:18
9 Kaito Kiyomiya defeated Takashi Sugiura (c) Singles match for the GHC Heavyweight Championship 33:00
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • Videoicon – refers to the video of that match
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