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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Report! (1/31/18)

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Lacey Evans VS Nikki Cross; Nikki wins.
  • TM61 VS The Ealy Brothers; TM61 wins.
  • WWE United Kingdom Championship #1 Contenders Match: Tyler Bate VS Roderick Strong; Strong wins and will challenge Pete Dunne for the WWE UKC.

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NXT raised the bar again with TakeOver: Philadelphia!

From Dream outlasting the Knockout Artist, to Aleister making Adam Cole #FadetoBlak to the extreme. From Ember Moon outsmarting the Queen of Spades to the Queen of Spades taking her down out of rage. And biggest of all, from Johnny Wrestling coming up short to then be reminded of his painful past. What is the next step for the brand brandishing yellow-and-black?

 

Lacey Evans VS Nikki Cross!

The Lady of NXT takes offense with the various “unladylike” superstars of NXT’s Women’s Division. First on her list is the Crazy Celtic Lass of SAnitY. Will the Model Soldier straighten NXT out one woman at a time?

The bell rings, and Crazy Cross runs Lacey over with a crossbody! She thrashes and punches Lacey, but then they both stand up and Lacey knocks Nikki down with a big roundhouse! Nikki rolls out of the ring, Lacey pursues, but Nikki trips her up and traps her in the apron skirt! Nikki then hammers away with clubbing forearms while the referee tries to stop her.

The referee pulls Nikki off while the fans fire up for the loony lass! She puts Lacey in the ring, Lacey scrambles to a corner but Nikki grabs her hair and pulls on it while sitting on the top rope. The referee reprimands her again, but Lacey takes care of Nikki by yanking her off the buckles and to the mat! Lacey covers, ONE, so she tries again, TWO. Nikki grins while Lacey scowls, and that both confuses and upsets Lacey. Lacey pounces and hammers away, then backs off to compose herself. Nikki gets to a corner, fans boo while Lacey runs in, Lacey hits a wrecking ball bronco buster!

She climbs up and flips her long blonde hair before flipping back, but her moonsault flops as Nikki rolls away! Nikki fires herself up with slaps, and the fans fire up with her. She runs out again and rallies with forearm smashes. She tackles Lacey and hammers away before beating her own chest. Nikki then brings Lacey up, for the swinging fisherman neckbreaker!

Nikki wins! Lacey’s attempts at “cleaning up” the Division are off to a rough start, can she turn it around in the coming weeks?

 

Exclusive backstage interview with Shayna Baszler from TakeOver: Philadelphia.

Though the Queen of Spades lost her NXT Women’s Championship challenge fair and square, she went right after Ember Moon with her Kirafuda Lock. Can she explain why she did what she did? Ember didn’t win, she survived, and barely. Go see Ember in medical and see who’s the winner here. Strong words to follow her actions, is Shayna confident that she’ll get a second shot at the title?

 

Exclusive backstage footage of The Undisputed Era.

While the NXT Tag Team Champions, Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish, retained their titles against the intimidating Authors of Pain, Adam Cole was not so fortunate. He lost his Extreme Rules match with Aleister Black, even after O’Reilly & Fish interfered on his behalf. They felt they had this TakeOver sweep in the bag given how they dealt with AoP. TakeOvers are their stage, but SAnitY ruined that. And now they’ll pay! However, Undisputed Era may want to think before they speak, as SAnitY gets their contractual NXT Tag Team Championship rematch next week! Will things come crumbling down for the trio that vowed to #ShockTheSystem?

 

Exclusive backstage interview with Velveteen Dream.

The Patrick Clark Experience may not have fulfilled his promise of a 30-seconds-or-less knockout victory, but he still won against Kassius Ohno to kick off TakeOver. Does he feel he underestimated Ohno given it took longer than he said? Dream knows what he said, and Ohno knows what Dream said, which is why Ohno knocked Dream’s mouth guard out. But in the end, the NXT Universe knows what his trunks say: Dream Over. Good talk.

 

TM61 VS The Ealy Brothers!

Shane Thorne & Nick Miller make their anticipated return to NXT’s Tag Team Division! Can The Mighty continue to prove that #TheMightyDon’tKneel?

Miller starts against Uriel, as noted by how the tattoo is on Uriel’s left arm. The bell rings and Uriel knees and clubs Miller to a corner. Miller slips out and chops back to put Uriel in TM’s corner. Thorne tags in and TM61 double whips to double chop him down. Then together they hit the standing moonsault and fist drop. Uriel gets out of the ring and regroups with his twin, Gabriel. Gabriel moves to enter but Miller dropkicks him back out. Miller then holds the rope down for Thorne to FLY!

The Mighty are fired up, as is Philadelphia, and Thorne gets Uriel back in before tagging Miller. The fans chant “T M 6 1!” while Miller whips Thorne in for a corner clothesline, then Miller runs in to give one of his own. Miller keeps on Uriel with forearm strikes, but then the referee backs him up. In that opening, the Ealy Brothers pull some Twin Magic! Gabriel is the one that boots Miller down! Thorne protests but the referee can’t tell the difference. Gabriel rocks Miller with a right hand then officially tags Uriel back in. The Ealy Brothers each hit a corner clothesline then Gabriel hits Thorne with a cheap shot. They return to Miller for a double hair-pull mat slam. Cover from the real Gabriel, TWO. The Ealy Brothers are annoyed but Gabriel keeps on Miller with a clubbing forearm. Miller ends up in the Ealy corner but then fights out. He heads for his corner but Gabriel sends him back to the Ealy corner, but Miller still fights out with a big lariat! Tag to Thorne, who rallies on the Ealys! The fans fire up as he gives a running European Uppercut to Gabriel, then dodges Uriel to send him into his brother. Thorne goes corner to corner, and sandwiches both Ealys with a running calf kick!

Thorne keeps moving, BIG cannonball on Uriel! Gabriel returns, but Thorne is ready, he ducks the punch to then hit a saido suplex! Tag to Miller, Miller climbs up, for a BIG Moonsault!

Cover, but Uriel breaks the cover. Thorne dropkicks Uriel right out of the ring, then The Mighty bring Gabriel up for Thunder Valley!!

TM61 win! Miller & Thorne are back and perhaps better than ever, can they make their way to the NXT Tag Team Championships?

 

Backstage interview with TM61.

They won their NXT return, and they both know that fans have learned a lot about them thanks to the biographical video packages. What TM61 now is even more than just TM61, they are once again The Mighty, and like always, The Mighty Don’t Kneel! Can TMDK keep impressing the NXT Universe with every match?

 

Exclusive backstage footage of Tommaso Ciampa after his shocking NXT return.

NXT Paparazzi tries to talk with the “Blackheart” Psycho Killer, asking “Why Ciampa Why?” Ciampa will not reply, but his shirt may say it all. “This is My Moment.” Will Ciampa continue to violently make Gargano’s moments his own?

 

Exclusive backstage interview with Andrade Almas and Zelina Vega after the Royal Rumble.

El Idolo blew up the internet when he made a shocking entry into the Men’s Rumble match. The NXT Champion didn’t win, but how does it feel in this “whirlwind weekend” of theirs? Do you not see who you’re talking to? This is “the real” Andrade Almas. He defended the title and entered the Rumble. And El Idolo says this is only the beginning. Not to mention, where is Johnny Wrestling in all this? Nowhere! If a Rumble surprise was just the beginning, what do Almas & Vega have planned for the Road to Wrestlemania?

 

WWE United Kingdom Championship #1 Contenders Match: Tyler Bate VS Roderick Strong!

The inaugural WWE UK Champion wants a way back to the title after the British Bruiserweight turned him away in their last rematch. Will it be a fellow countryman or a Yank that challenges Pete Dunne at a later date?

The bell rings and the two tie up. Strong gets the arm and wristlock, Tyler rolls and spins to pry himself loose and reverse the lock. Tyler flips Strong then rolls to remain in control of the wrist while fans duel. Tyler stands Strong up and whips, but Strong goes up and over to shove Tyler. Things speed up, Tyler drops Strong with a dropkick, then handsprings and tweezes his mustache. He returns to Strong for the fireman’s carry and right into the airplane spin! Around and around but the flight plan isn’t as long as usual. Strong staggers to a corner, Tyler runs in but Strong puts him on the apron. Tyler throws in a shoulder but Strong catches him into a double underhook, and a backbreaker!

Cover, TWO, but Strong keeps focus as he stomps Tyler. He brings Tyler up and bumps him off a buckle before giving him a sharp chop. Strong keeps on Tyler with more chops, Tyler responds so Strong chops him and gives him another backbreaker! Another cover, TWO! Strong drags Tyler up, and gives him another sharp chop, then a stiff kick. Tyler fights back but gets kicked down, then Strong digs in a knee to Tyler’s chin. The fans duel for both men while Tyler endures the “can opener”. He works up to his feet and fights back with body shots, then a headbutt. Tyler runs and crossbodies but Strong catches him! Strong gives Tyler another backbreaker, then throws him into a corner!

Cover, TWO, and Strong grows frustrated. He keeps Tyler down while we go to break.

NXT returns, and Strong brings Tyler up in a chinlock. Tyler fights back and gets free, but Strong hooks an arm and bends Tyler back in a modified Bow ‘n’ Arrow lock!

Tyler endures the stretch, even as Strong gets the chin into it! Strong bends Tyler as deep as he can but fans build to a rally that gives Tyler new life. He slips out, and though Tyler is on his knees, they brawl with stiff shots back and forth. Tyler gives Strong a jawbreaker, but Strong responds with a sharp chop. Bop up, BANG out!

The fans applaud while both men sit down. They then build to a rally as both men stand up. Tyler gives EuroUpper after EuroUpper, then whips but Strong reverses, only for Tyler to run Strong over with a boot! Strong flounders to a corner, Tyler runs in corner to corner, big EuroUpper. They go corner to corner but Strong reverses again. Tyler stops him in place, gives him an enziguri then hops up for a flying knee strike! Delayed German Suplex with bridge, TWO! Now Tyler grows frustrated, but the fans keep dueling with chants. The two men stand up again, Strong blocks the exploder suplex and rocks Tyler with elbows. Strong swings at Tyler again but Tyler catches him in that exploder suplex!

Tyler kip-up to Shooting Star press! Cover, TWO! Tyler gets back up while Strong crawls. He gets to a corner and climbs up, but Strong goes after him. Strong climbs up, but Tyler resists and fights back. Strong falls down, Tyler adjusts, but Strong yanks him off for the cradling backbreaker!

Cover, TWO! But Strong doesn’t slow down, he drags Tyler back up, double underhook but Tyler reverses the bomb into a huricanrana, then rocks Strong with the rolling kick! Strong rests against ropes, boots Tyler back then enziguris him, too. He swings but Tyler ducks and rebounds, but Strong counters the lariat into the full-nelson lift, but Tyler counters that with a crucifix pin! TWO, Strong jumps for the knee but Tyler evades, to then hit the rebound lariat!

Cover, TWO and a half! Tyler cannot believe it, but the fans know “This is Awesome!” They cheer for “NXT! NXT!” as the two men slowly stir. Tyler gets himself up while fans return to declaring “This is Awesome!” He brings Strong up, but his bad back slows him down. Tyler tries the double underhook but his back won’t allow it. Strong trips Tyler up and attempts to roll him for the submission! Tyler twists and flips Strong over, unique cover, TWO! Jumping knee from Strong rocks Tyler, then he gives another in the form of a corner Shining Wizard! Strong shows no signs of slowing as he lifts Tyler for the running mat slam! Philly fires up as Strong fires up! He brings Tyler back up, for a massive End of Heartache!!

Strong wins!! The AMERICAN shall challenge for the United Kingdom Championship! Can he break the Bruiserweight and make major WWE history?!

 

My Thoughts:

What a great post-TakeOver NXT! Especially since it felt like NXT figured out how to do this without the recap dragging on. Great post-TakeOver interview promos with both winners and losers, and each one did great to build character and story. As for tonight’s action, all three matches were solid quality and went up with each one, as a match card should. The opening match of Lacey VS Nikki was good, but I actually feel a little bad that Lacey didn’t win to give her “Make NXT Proper Again” some validity; it’s hard to take a Heel with a mission serious when their fail out of the starting gate. Maybe she and Nikki will have more matches and Lacey wins out in the end, but it seems an odd choice to already make this a case of “wrestler establishes a goal, yet never reaches it.” However, TM61 returning to win against the physically impressive Ealy Twins is great, and the fans are already back in love with The Mighty. We know the NXT Tag Team Championships are already back on the line next week, so perhaps if reDRagon finds a way to turn away SAnitY, TM61 can spring right up into contention on the way to ‘Mania. Then we got an amazing main event of Bate VS Strong, with an even more amazing surprise that Strong wins! Gargano was already the first American to challenge Pete Dunne, but Strong is a great choice to be the second. Dunne VS Strong will be just as great, if not better than this match tonight. However, I still don’t see an American winning the UK Championship this early into the title’s short history. The crossover is great, though, just like featuring Bate and Strong in the Cruiserweight Championship tournament, and it’s good signs of further integrating the UK Division into regularly scheduled WWE programming.

My Score: 8.5/10


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Joe’s CMLL Results & Review (9/17/2018)

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CMLL Arena Puebla Show Monday

El Asturiano and Black Tiger vs Espiritu Maligno and Fuerza Chicana

Maligno and Asturiano start out the match exchanging arm drags. Maligno is bare foot so Asturiano while having him in a hold bites his feet. Not very hygienical. Tiger and Chicana make their way in trading holds. Tags are made briefly and they pick up the pace but Chicana and Tiger come back in soon after to continue the faster pace. Maligno misses a splash and Tiger gets him in a surfboard stretch for the submission, then Asturiano pins Chicana with a hurricanrana pin combo. First Fall: El Asturiano pins Fuerza Chicana with a hurricanrana.

Black Tiger hits a monkey flip on Maligno to start the round and then hits a pose. Asturiano and Chicana are in to follow. He ends up feigning a dive to the outside. Maligno and Chicana start to get heat on the other team by double teaming both guys when they get the chance. Malingo hits a baseball slide to Asturiano in the corner and then they get both of them in submissions. Some elaborate stretches. Second Fall: Espiritu Maligno submits El Asturiano with a submission hold.

Third round starts with Asturiano being double teamed. Maligno hits a drop kick on him sending him out bringing in Black Tiger to get doubled. All four are in the ring now exchanging chops. Maligno gets Asturiano in a Gory Guerrero special into a pinning combination for the pin. The Chicana gets Black Tiger in a single leg boston crab for the win. Third Fall: Fuerza Chicana submits Black Tiger with a single leg boston crab.

Winners: Espiritu Maligno and Fuerza Chicana

Oro Jr, Super Astro Jr, and Tigre Rojo Jr vs King Rocker Jr, El Malayo, and King Jaguar

King Jaguar and Oro Jr start off with some chain wrestling, exchanging holds. They meet a stale mate and King Rocker come in and continue to exchange holds and chain wrestle. Tigre Rojo and Malayo come in and pick up the pace. Malayo gets Rojo in the corner to get an advantage on him, but it doesn’t work out. Oro Jr and Rojo hit a combo neck breaker on Malayo. Super Astro hits him with a dive for a pin. Tigre Rojo gets King Jaguar in an arm bar for the first fall. First Fall: Tigre Rojo Jr submits King Jaguar with an arm bar.

King Rocker starts the second fall with Oro jr and Oro gets him to the outside and then hits a pose. Astro comes in there next with Malayo. Astro gets him to the outside and then feigns a dive and hits an elaborate pose. After that Rojo and Jaguar come in and he too gets Jaguar to the outside and feigns a dive. Finally Rocker and Malayo are working over Tigre Rojo. Once they dispose of him they start to triple team Astro Jr. Jaguar hits a big baseball slide dive on Astro. Oro Jr gets hit with a basement drop kick to the hit by King Rocker for the second fall. Second Fall: King Rocker pins Oro Jr with a basement drop kick.

Oro and Rocker start out in the third round. This becomes a triple team attack soon. It doesn’t last for long and Oro Jr, Astro, and Rojo go for dives but they get dodged and then it becomes a brawl. They exchange spots and go for pins that get broken up. Astro hits a top rope headbutt on Malayo and pins him. Oro hits a power slam on Rocker and then Tigre and him do a double team move where Rojo flips Oro onto Rocker for the pin. Third Fall: Oro pins Rocker while being flipped by Tigre Rojo.

Winners: Oro Jr, Super Astro Jr, and Tigre Rojo Jr

Guerrero Maya, Fuego, and Stigma vs El Sagrado, Misterioso, and Tiger

Interesting note, the Arena Puebla is called Temple of Pain in translation. They should do Lucha Underground out of here. Maya and Misterioso start out in the match, and as they exchange holds and perform some mat wrestling, I’d like to point out how hype Fuego’s entrance is. After they go to a stale mate Sagrado and Stigma come in. They don’t last long and Fuego and Tiger get in there and pick up the pace.

Tiger irish whips Fuego into his corner and this causes his teammates to come in and triple team Fuego for a moment. Fuego’s teammates come in to confront. Fuego makes a come back and gets Tiger to the outside and then a brawl breaks out on the outside. After that Maya starts to get triple teamed. Misterioso hits a weak drop kick bringing Maya to the outside then hits a pose, but Fuego rolls him up. First Fall: Fuego rolls up Misterioso.

The second round is started with Stigma getting triple teamed. After they dispose of Stigma to the outside, Maya comes in to try his hand but the numbers are too much. El Sagrado hits an elbow drop for the second fall. Second Fall: El Sagrado hits an elbow drop on Guerrero Maya for the pin.

Maya starts the fall getting triple teamed but made a come back by hitting everyone with a tilt-a-Whirl back breaker. After that Stigma and Fuego came and hit middle rope dives. They all start to exchange spots now, one at a time. Fuego hits his matrix bridge spot and then hits a dive. Stigma hits a big hurricanrana on Misterioso. Tiger and Stigma start to exchange chops.

Eventually Tiger hits a big power bomb. Fuego hits a big victory roll on Misterioso and the ref takes forever to go for the count and Sagrado breaks it up. Misterioso hits a reverse power slam and Fuego breaks up the pin and then he hits a big dive. Stigma hits a pinning combination on on Sagrado and Maya hits a spring board, shoulder block on Tiger for the win. Third Fall: Guerrero Maya hits a shoulder block on Tiger for the win.

Winners: Guerrero Maya, Fuego, and Stigma

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Joe’s AAA Results & Review (9/21/2018)

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AAA Twitch Tapings 9/21

Mini Psycho Clown and Mascarita Sagrada vs Cocoa Armarillo and Espectrito

So we have an unannounced mini match so I’ll do my best. Mini Clown hits a dive on Cocoa to start. They’re brawling on the outside. Mini Psycho Clown is the AAA mini’s championship. Mini Psycho is being double teamed. Mini Clown starts to make his come back getting Espectrito out of there while running wild on Cocoa. After Espectrito breaks up a pin they’re back to doubling Mini Psycho Clown. Cocoa goes for a poetry in motion type move and misses. Mascarita goes to the top and hits a hurricanrana on Espectrito. Mini Psycho Clown is actually pretty impressive. He hits a springboard dive to the outside on Cocoa. Mascarita gets Espectrito in a victory roll for the win. Mascarita Sagrada pins Espectrito with a victory roll for the win.

Winners: Mini Psycho Clown and Mascarita Sagrada.

Keyra, Lady Maravilla, and Starfire vs Faby Apache, La Hiedra, and Lady Shani

Keyra starts with La Hiedra and Keyra starts off quick hitting a moonsault for a pin that Shani broke up. Shani drags her around the ring into a pinning combination that’s broken up by Lady Maravilla. Maravilla goes for a top rope arm drag which Shani blocks. She gets her in the corner and then hits a boot to the corner. Shani goes for a pin but Maravilla slips out, then gets Shani against the ropes and hits a drop kick. Attempting another move, she’s blocked by Apache who hits her with a big shot. Starfire hits an arm drag on Apache from the top. Apache counters the next move with a drop toe hold then a leg drop. Crowd is very much behind Apache.

Keyra gets Apache out of there, then they triple team La Hiedra until she rolls out leaving Shani in there. They hit a double spine buster on her and then starfire hits double knees from the top. Shani reverses a move and hits a back stabber. La Hiedra hits a stunner on Maravilla and Hiedra, Shani, and Apache are left in the ring. Shani calls out to Keyra to face her. Keyra obliges. Shani hits a northern lights suplex which is broken up at 2 by Maravilla. Starfire gets in with Hiedra and hits a fisherman suplex but Apache breaks in up. She gets starfire in a pinning combination. Keyra breaks it up.

Keyra hits a front faced tiger driver on Apache but it’s broken up. Starfire and Maravilla hit dives on Shani and Hiedra taking them out leaving Keyra and Apache in the ring. Keyra gets the advantage with a drop kick to the corner. Apache reverses her next move in a torture rack but Keyra reverses that into a pinning combination for the victory. Keyra pins Faby Apache with a roll up.

Keyra grabs the mic after the match. She challenges Apache for the title. Starfire then does the same. Faby accepts and the match is set up for October 28th. On the official card there will be a surprise female in that match. Konnan said he’s talking to a bunch of women. My guess is Scarlett Bordeaux. My speculation.

Winners: Keyra, Lady Maravilla, and Starfire

Emperador Azteca, Demus, and Ciclon Ramierz vs Aerostar, Argenis, and Nino Hamburguesa

As always I will call Nino Hamburguesa Hamburger Boy. It’s easier that way. I just hope I’ll be able to keep up with this match. Match starts with Aerostar and Argenis hitting huge dives and Hamburger boy hits a big shoulder block on Demus. Hamburger boy goes for a dive but Demus isn’t having it. Aerostar then hits a hurricanrana on him. Aerostar focuses on Azteca next and hits a big arm drag and then they stare each other down. Azteca reverses him, then hits a hurricanrana of his own. After a few sequences Azteca hits a step up enziguri on Aerostar and then dives over the ref onto Aerostar to the outside. This brings in Ramierz and Argenis. Ramierz goes for a spot which he messes up. In typically 2018 fashion they repeat the spot and he succeeds. Crowd notices of course.

Argenis hits a pop up cutter for a two count. Ramierz gets to the top and hits a big move on Argenis which Aerostar breaks up the count. Aerostar walks the ropes while Ramierz is stuck in the corner for a back stabber. Demus comes in to relieve Ramierz before Aerostar could go for the pin. Demus rips off Aerostars shirt and bites his.. nipples. Aerostar makes a come back hitting an elaborate head scissors, and then goes for a springboard attack but Demus moves. Demus hits a huge jay driller and Hamburger Boy stops the count late but the ref slowed it down before three. Hamburger boy gets the better of Demus which brings Azteca in. He uses his speed to his advantage and hits a code breaker on Hamburger boy in the corner.

Argenis comes in and gets both Azteca and Demus in the corner. Hamburger boy then hits a rolling senton on them. They go for another but they rolled out of the ring. Aerostar then hit a big dive on Demus while Argenis hit a moonsault to the outside on Azteca. Ramierz runs at Hamburger boy and he back drops him to the outside onto everyone. Then Hamburger boy does a middle rope senton on everyone. After the chaos Ramierz is let in the ring with Argenis. Argenis hits a pentagon driver for a close two count. He goes up to the top after but Ramierz is up to follow him and hits a flipping head scissors from the top for the win. Ciclon Ramierz pins Argenis with a top rope flipping head scissors.

Winners: Emperador Azteca, Demus, and Ciclon Ramierz

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(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.2 ~ 21ST SEPTEMBER 2018

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NOAH finished up their mammoth five day in a row event (14th September to the 18th September), fortunately no-one was injured, but both Hajime Ohara (neck) and Hi69 (knee) seem to be carrying injuries.

After losing the GHC Heavyweight Tag Title challenge against Naomichi Marufuji and Akitoshi Saito, Kaito Kiyomiya intimated that he would be interested in challenging for them again, but with another partner (i.e. Go Shiozaki). Shiozaki was seen watching Kaito Kiyomiya in the tag match against 50 Funky Powers in Hakata Stalene. Later in the tour he mentioned on Twitter about “shutting them up” and their GHC Heavyweight Tag Challenge

.Speaking of Go Shiozaki there was a very sweet moment that took place in Hakata, involving both himself and Atsushi Kotoge. When they made their entrance in their match against The Hooligans (Cody Hall and Maybach Taniguchi), a little boy could be seen dressed in a homemade “Revolutionary Cloak”. When Kotoge appeared the little boy and the little girl next to him (most probably his sister), did the revolutionary fist pumps (to the delight of Kotoge who joined in), and when he had gone, Shiozaki noticed, did it for half a second, and then went bright red (Shiozaki gets very shy when he has to do physical comedy, he also has a tendency to start giggling as well when others do it).
During the match, the brawl went into the crowd, and a little girl was upset by it and started crying. Go Shiozaki, gave her a hug to comfort her, and once back in the ring got The Hooligans in the corner, pointed to her and said “this is for you”, and proceeded to chop them.

Despite his claim to “bring the revolution to Hakata, and defeat the villains!”, Atsushi Kotoge took the Zwei Bomb from Taniguchi.

Naomichi Marufuji is still not accepting the challenge of The Hooligans, and gave a somewhat bad tempered promo in Ehime saying they were “a fool, a baldie” and “even though I am an asshole with a lack of sleep, I am going to crush you all. Come and line up with your heads bowed. I am not going to accept your challenge! I’m not in the mood!” Marufuji is still being obsessively hated by Kenoh, and he certainly has taken it from him on this tour, but the person the five days really belongs to, is Katsuhiko Nakajima, who utterly obliterated Takashi Sugiura and did the cocky pin on him. I don’t think anyone has ever at any time or anywhere ever done this…

Nakajima, being Nakajima, wasn’t finished there as he draped the belt over him, and then threw Sugiura out of the ring. When Sugiura had recovered and scraped himself off of the floor, Nakajima had gotten the microphone, and standing on the turnbuckle he told him that he would continue to plague him like he did today, he would plague him again tomorrow and the day after that and forever afterwards.

At the end of the five day tour, having been thoroughly battered by Nakajima, Takashi Sugiura said tiredly he couldn’t keep up and says that he has had no choice but to get better, and rethink his strategy. I can only imagine that Sugiura is playing the spider and the fly…

“Black or white, this is a league.” (Hi69) 

The NOAH Juniors, despite being divided over Junior Global League, are all gunning for Kotaro Suzuki (Hitoshi Kumano says that he is going to “crush the beat so no sound comes out”). Kotaro Suzuki has dismissed even the freelancers amongst the NOAH Juniors as being “weak”.

The biggest build so far is Daisuke Harada vs Kotaro Suzuki, which will take place in Yokohama (Suzuki has already lost to the other “elder” of the Juniors, Hajime Ohara). Daisuke Harada in Kochi, delivered the message to Suzuki that he would beat him down, and then he would “tell you this”…Harada spoke silently to the camera and walked off. Kotaro Suzuki later said that he had no idea what he was saying, but would find out before they faced each other.

Suzuki has made unflattering comments about various NOAH juniors, Hitsohi Kumano is “heavy” and “bulging with fat”, and Tadasuke, due to “too much hair treatment” is “greasy”.

Kotaro Suzuki, known for being just as “slippery” as Tadasuke (maybe even more) has promised something special for his “vision of Korakuen” (he also posted a picture of himself and Yoshinari Ogawa out drinking and said they were “discussing strategy”), well, whatever he has planned, it is probably a lot better than what Tadasuke has promised, he says that he may have to “poison the rice of the winning candidates” if he doesn’t win.

Suzuki and Harada clashed in a tag match on the 18th September on the last day of tour with Harada getting in his face with the belt, and Suzuki playing the innocent after attacking him while standing on the ring apron.

There has been no rift between The Backbreakers, with Hitoshi Kumano defeating Hajime Ohara. Kumano said he had to win, even though Ohara’s neck was very bad.
Part of his reasons for wanting to beat Ohara was due to the comments made by Daisuke Harada when he was aiming for the GHC Junior Heavyweight championship a few months ago, Harada had basically said that Kumano was “below Ohara” or that he was his “subordinate”.

Between RATELS, Daisuke Harada is too busy to comment on Tadasuke beating him, and YO-HEY and HAYATA still appear to be friends (better description might be master and pet).

Junta Miyawaki is still to get his first win, but the boy has earned a lot of accolades with people praising him and saying he was “insanely good” in his matches. NOAH are really teasing his first win with many near pinfalls.  He has also been likened to a young Kenta Kobashi, which means that now in NOAH we have almost the Four Pillars for a new generation with Misawa (Kiyomiya) and Kawada (Kenoh) – now we just need a Taue.

NOAH have had very good attendances out in the provinces for this tour, not all venues have been sold out, but attendances have been very high. The promotion has a policy whereby they travel outside of the metropolitan areas (i.e. Tokyo, Osaka) and the big city areas and bring the show to the “provinces” (i.e. the countryside or the more rural areas on the edge of the suburbs). While this doesn’t always result in a full house (something a lot of people don’t seem to understand and they think its a reflection on NOAH ), what it does do is bring a company who unlike New Japan, All Japan, Big Japan etc doesn’t have a streaming service and\or a TV show, to people who wouldn’t see them otherwise. They have also attracted a lot of new fans too.

Global Junior League Scores (as of 18th September 2018)
YO-HEY: 7
Ikuto Hidaka: 6
Daisuke Harada: 6
Kotaro Suzuki: 6
Hitoshi Kumano: 4
Tadasuke: 4
Hi69: 4
Minoru Tanaka: 4
HAYATA: 3
Hajime Ohara: 2
Seiya Morohashi: 2
Junta Miyawaki: 0

NOAH are back on the 29th September at Radiant Hall, Yokohama, bell sounds at 17.30

NEWS

QUIET STORM CELEBRATES 20 YEARS
Quiet Storm has celebrated his own twenty years in wrestling on the 16th September, he debuted in 1998 (about a month after Naomichi Marufuji did) at roughly the age of seventeen, and while in America had spells with Ring of Honor, PWF and NYWC. Quiet Storm made his debut in his hometown of New York (he’s a Brooklyn boy I think). He came to Japan and trained with KAIENTAI DOJO, but had to return home due to a family situation. Aside from NOAH, his other affiliation is with Osaka Pro. He has been with NOAH since 2014.

His tag team partner, Mohammed Yone, presented him with flowers in the ring.

GHC BELT NEWS

Current champions

  • GHC Heavyweight Champion: Takashi Sugiura
  • GHC Junior Champion: Daisuke Harada
  • GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: Naomichi Marufuji & Akitoshi Saito
  • GHC Junior Tag Champions: Minoru Tanaka & Hi69

OTHER NEWS

Atsushi Kotoge will be holding his own fan event, further details to be announced (this is not a produce)

Comedy wrestler Kikutaro (who returned to Japan to have ear surgery), announced that before he leaves for America, he wants to appear in NOAH(he was once a regular in SEM, where he memorably teamed with KENTA, who had him thrown out of the building afterwards, Kikutaro made his way back in though), and a match has been arranged against Atsushi Kotoge for the 4th October at Korakuen Hall. Kotoge has asked Kikutaro whether he wants to join the “Revolutionary Army”. What should be a very funny match, will be broadcast on Samurai on the 11th October (FYI: Fuji TV no longer exists, it is now “ForJoyTV“)

Naomichi Marufuji and Doug Williams will be having what will be their last match ever in IPW on Sunday the 23rd September. Their history was made not in NOAH or even in Japan, but in Europe. You can read about their history in an article I have written, “Farewell Europe

Hajime Ohara, (who quite rightly is called “NOAH’s treasure”), has taken part in more municipal activities in Kawasawki by lecturing the Staff Hygiene Committee about exercise that can be done at the office and at home.

Thanks to Metal-Noah who very kindly sent me a copy of “Heir to The Ark”, Naomichi Marufuji’s biography, English translation has started, and can be found here. This is a work in progress, and I hope to update it daily. The book is ranked #3 on the Japanese book charts. TOUR TIDBITS

  • Tadasuke used a chair on Seiya Morohashi (which is unusual for him).
  • Whilst in Shikoku, a big crab turned up on Hi69’s cigarette packet (its probably HAYATA shape-shifting)
  • The ceiling was so low in Hakata Stalene that people’s feet and heads grazed it.
  • Naomichi Marufuji watched “the youngsters” going off together after NOAH arrived in Kochi, and said “the old man is going to bed”
  • Tadasuke announced to Kotaro Suzuki “Hey, Fool! I am today’s NOAH Junior!” (and Kotaro Suzuki beat him down in ten minutes with the Tiger Driver)
  • Naomichi Marufuji wrapped Yoshiki Inamura in Atsushi Kotoge’s cloak, and forced him to do the “Revolution Pose”, right in front of Kotoge.
  • YO-HEY’S rambling promos include him having all his teeth knocked out (he hasn’t), and likening himself to a 16th century Japanese warlord, a champion stallion racehorse which was put out to stud (don’t ask) and then forgetting what he was talking about. He is still convinced that he will be facing Yoshiki Inamura in the finals of Global Junior League, despite the fact that Inamura isn’t in Global Junior League.
  • Yoshinari Ogawa took Atsushi Kotoge’s cape and used it to wipe his boots, much to Kotoge’s horror.
  • Ehime Pro did an opening exhibition at Noah’s show at TEXPORT Imbari
  • Yoshiki Inamura getting good reviews.
  • Go Shiozaki went to shake hands with Kotoge, but Kotoge drew his hand back, wiped his head and walked off (Shiozaki, notorious for giggling, couldn’t keep a straight face)
  • NOAH have had a crack down on people filming at the event, Atsushi Kotoge said “Heroes obey the rules”.
  • Masao Inoue is holding another bowling event, wrestlers participating will be Atsushi Kotoge, Kaito Kiyomiya and Tadasuke
  • On September 17th, Atsushi Kotoge, Kenoh, Katsuhiko Nakajima and Masa Kitamiya went to a sports bar and spent until the early hours watching classic Four Pillars era All Japan (the match Kotoge photographed on the TV was Mitsuharu Misawa vs Kenta Kobashi on the 21st October 1997. When this match took place, Kotoge and Kenoh would have been 12, Kitamiya 14 and Nakajima 9).
  • Cody Hall and Maybach Taniguchi now have a finisher called “The Hooligans Bomb”.

  • On the long drive back from Tottori to Tokyo, (about nine to eleven hours), Takashi Sugiura photographed Masao Inoue at the urinal (twice), and then predictably, things got even worse when Marufuji filmed Inoue eating an ice cream on the bus, and then pausing to look briefly at a passing woman. Between Marufuji and Sugiura, this turned into Inoue thinking about “licking” women…

Lets just end this newsletter here until next week.


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