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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Report! (2/28/18)

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Tyler Bate VS Velveteen Dream; Dream wins.
  • Adam Cole w/ The Undisputed Era VS Cezar Bononi; Cole wins.
  • Kairi Sane VS Shayna Baszler; Shayna wins.

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Last week on NXT, it was El Idolo’s title VS Johnny Wrestling’s career.

A rematch from TakeOver: Philadelphia, and Gargano’s last chance against Andrade “Cien” Almas, as Gargano was already 0-3 against him. And just like TakeOver: Philadelphia, Gargano and Almas gave it their all, and even the ladies got involved! Zelina Vega would be run off by Mrs. Wrestling, Candice LeRae, and the battle raged on.
However, just when things looked to be going Gargano’s way, another flashback to TakeOver happened. Tommaso Ciampa appeared to screw Gargano over with one swing of the crutch! Almas took advantage and kept his title. Gargano went 0-4 against the same man, and now has no place in NXT. The fans gave him an ovation of thanks and farewell, and he returned it in kind. Where will Johnny Wrestling go from here? And, will Project Blackheart follow him from the shadows?

 

Tyler Bate VS Velveteen Dream!

The Patrick Clark Experience does not appreciate disrespect, but that is how he felt after not winning more of the NXT End of the Year Awards for 2017. Namely, he called out the prodigy from Mustache Mountain, who won Best Match of 2017. Can Dream and the former WWE United Kingdom Champion put on a contender for NXT’s 2018 awards here tonight?

The fans already duel with the bell. Dream and Bate circle, try to tie up but Dream drops down and slides away, daring Bate to pursue. Bate walks over and Dream goes for his leg. Dream gets a wristlock while fans keep dueling. Bate rolls one way then the other, then pries his way out to put on a wristlock of his own.

Dream tries to find a way out as Bate twists that wrist. Bate whips but Dream reverses and sends Bate to a corner, but Bate goes up then under. They tie up again, Bate slips around to a waistlock and baits Dream with a leg. Dream falls for it and Bate leap frogs over him. Bate slips under again, then rolls Dream up, TWO, Bate dropkicks Dream down and out. Dream throws a tantrum on the outside while Bate adjusts the mustache. Bate waits for dream while we go to break.

NXT returns, and and the fans continue to duel while Dream and Bate spin around at the ropes. Bate gets Dream up against the ropes but Dream reverses to a wristlock and snapmare. Dream covers, ONE, but he keeps on Bate with a suplex. Bate slips out to a waistlock but Dream gets the standing switch. The fans duel, “Mustache Mountain!” “Velveteen!”, while Bate uses ropes to rebound and buck Dream off. Dream slithers back and all the way out, to then slither back in from the side. They tie up again and Bate gets a headlock. Dream powers out and things speed up, Dream runs Bate over with a big back elbow.

Dream stomps and drops knees into Bate’s back. He then scoops and gives Bate a backbreaker. Cover, TWO, and Dream grows annoyed. Dream swivels his hips before dropping an elbow, then toys with Bate. He slaps Bate but Bate just glares at him. Dream scoops and slams Bate for another elbow, cocky cover, TWO. Dream moves right into a camel clutch but fans rally for Bate. Bate endures, so Dream drops elbow after elbow on that back. Dream hops up in a corner and takes aim, before dropping double ax handles. Cover, TWO, but Dream puts Bate right back in the clutch.

Bate endures and the fans rally again. He powers and pries his way up and out of the hold, but Dream kicks him in the back. Bate gets up to throw in a forearm. Dream and Bate go back and forth, Bate unloads a European Uppercut and then a running boot! Dream is in a corner, so Bate runs in for another EuroUpper! Bate sends Dream out of the corner before hopping up, then hits a flying knee. Bate grabs Dream, exploder suplex! Cover, TWO! Bate keeps his focus while Dream flounders to his feet. Bate lifts Dream into the fireman’s carry, and goes around with the airplane spin! He spins and spins, but Dream fights out. Dream wobbles away to a corner, Bate runs in but into a boot. Bate staggers and Dream throws him to ropes, but Bate returns with that rebound lariat!

Cover, TWO! Now Bate grows a bit frustrated, but the fans rally for him. He and Dream slowly get up, Bate brings Dream in. Double underhook but Dream powers out with a body drop! The fans duel while Bate and Dream slowly get to their feet again. Dream throws in a kick but Bate blocks to EuroUpper Dream. Bate runs, but into Dream’s spinebuster!

Dream crawls to a cover, TWO! Both men are down and a ten count begins. The fans rally as Bate and Dream stir. Dream throws a forearm, Bate responds with one of his own. Dream clubs Bate, so Bate hits back again. They both slowly stand up and throw in more shots. Bate gets more EuroUppers to back Dream down, then whips him corner to corner. Dream reverses but Bate tries the up-and-under again, only for the two to bump heads! They both go down and the referee checks on them. Both men are okay to continue, so the fans start up another rally.

Dream finally stirs and gets to the outside. Dream climbs up but Bate dropkicks him! Bate hurries to climb up, but Dream fights back. They brawl up there, but Dream pushes Bate to crotch him up on the top rope. Bate tumbles down and Dream adjusts, then flies for Purple Rain Maker!

Dream wins! He’s particular about how the referee raises his hand, but he probably doesn’t mind how much that win took. Can the Experience find his way to the top with another name checked off his list?

 

Paul Ellering & The Authors of Pain speak.

Akam & Rezar “became immortalized” in last year’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. This year, there are a lot of teams with “stars in their eyes”, but the AoP will use this as a road back to the NXT Tag Team Championships. Undisputed Era’s Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish, Rezar vows he and Akam will go to extremes to get those titles back, including making all the other teams suffer. Akam adds that “War is Our Peace”. Will any team put against them stand a chance of surviving?

 

NXT shares exclusive footage.

It was with a heavy heart that General Manager, William Regal, had to give Johnny Gargano his termination papers. Regal and Gargano signed it, releasing Gargano from NXT. Gargano would be allowed to finish his prior engagements under the developmental brand, but after that, he would have to leave. The referee who called that match owns up to his part in that match. He knows Gargano may not be willing to accept it, but he still apologizes. Gargano still accepts, and signs. What will Gargano do if he’s no longer part of NXT?

 

Adam Cole w/ The Undisputed Era VS Cezar Bononi!

The leader of the trio that loves to #ShockTheSystem goes up against the winner of the NXT Future Star Award 2017. The Brazilian V8 already proved he could also shock everyone with surprise wins, can he get one over the “Panama City Playboy” BAYBAY?

The fans chant for Cole while the bell rings. He wants Bononi to take it easy while he gets himself a mic. “Just relax for a minute.” Ladies and gentlemen, look at who he’s up against. This is the NXT 2017 Future Star of the Year. Cole says that’s a big deal, so give him a round of applause. The fans do applaud, but Cezar seems to think Cole is being sarcastic. Cole wants Cezar to listen. The Future Star belongs within The Undisputed Era. O’Reilly and Fish hop up and toss Cezar an Undisputed Era shirt. Cezar looks at it while Cole and reDRagon, and even the fans, encourage him to accept. When he doesn’t, Cole decks him with a right hand!

Cole stomps a mudhole into Cezar, then high-fives O’Reilly & Fish, “BAYBAY!” But then Cezar boots Cole down and decks each of reDRagon! He uses Cole as a weapon on Fish, then covers, ONE. Cezar fires up, then scoops and Michinoku Drivers Cole down!

TWO! He was close to another upset, but he’ll keep going. Fish distracts Cezar, then O’Reilly does, but only long enough for Cole to stand up. Cezar turns around into a SUPERKICK!

Cole isn’t done with Cezar yet. The fans cheer Cole on as he takes aim, then runs for a Shining Wizard to the back of Cezar’s head!

Cole wins! Then he stomps on Cezar to make it clear that “only the best and only the Undisputed” thrive in NXT now. Cezar may be the future, but how long with the present Era exist?

 

NXT revisits the Mae Young Classic Finals.

It was the Pirate Princess and the Queen of Spades, who both blazed trails through their respective brackets. Kairi’s charisma and Shayna’s sheer brutality have impacted the NXT Women’s Division. But Shayna made the biggest impact when she got the drop on Kairi with a merciless sleeper hold her first day in NXT.

Shayna would continue to intimidate, bully, and brutalize the roster. Dakota Kai, Aliyah, and NXT Women’s Champion, Ember Moon, were among her victims. Shayna says she will either make you #TapNapOrSnap, but that didn’t scare of Kairi. The MYC winner returned to remind Shayna why she won, but now they’re going to have another go. Who will come out the winner in this epic rematch?

 

Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins present a special edition of Street Knowledge.

For this special edition, the Street Profits decide to interview people on the street on who they think will win this year’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. However, who do they end up interviewing? Each other! “Pete from Alabama” chooses Street Profits. “Darnel Washington” chooses Street Profits. Therefore, it is clear that Street Profits is always the answer. Will they have the answers for their opponents to then earn a tag title opportunity?

 

Kairi Sane VS Shayna Baszler!

The Pirate Princess VS the Queen of Spades ended the Mae Young Classic, but clearly that was only the beginning of their feud. Not only is this match to settle a grudge, but it could also determine who next challenges for gold! Will Kairi set sail and weigh anchor? Or will Shayna put Kairi to sleep to tie the series up at 1-1?

The bell rings and the two circle. Shayna pie-faces Kairi a couple times, but Kairi fires back with furious forearms! Kairi backs Shayna Down, but Shayna shoves her away. Shayna ducks the back hand but Kairi ducks the punch. Shayna runs Kairi over with a shoulder, things speed up, and Shayna gets a takedown. She puts on a facelock but Kairi slips out to her own.

The fans cheer for Kairi as Shayna slips out and around to a headlock. Kairi tries to power out but Shayna holds on tightly. Kairi fights out with body shots, then shoves Shayna into buckles. She runs back in but Shayna puts her on the apron. Shayna swings but Kairi ducks under to shoulder back in. Kairi climbs and takes aim, but Shayna gets under her jump. They speed up again, Kairi slides into a takedown, high stack cover. TWO but Kairi gets moving again, only for Shayna to boot down her sliding forearm from the mat!

Shayna kicks at Kairi from both front and back, then holds her head for knee strike after knee strike. Shayna gives a running knee and Kairi rolls all the way to the other end. Cover, TWO, but Shayna keeps her cool as she lets her hair down. She stalks Kairi while we go to break.

NXT returns, and Shayna has Kairi grounded with a keylock. The fans rally for Kairi as she endures, but Shayna brings her around to fall back and yank on the shoulder. Kairi flounders to the ropes for safety, but Shayna just chokes her against them instead. Shayna drags Kairi up to whip into a corner, then running knee. Shayna gut wrenches Kairi, then kicks her stiff in the back. Cover, TWO, but Shayna doesn’t let up. She brings that arm back into a double wristlock while fans duel.

Kairi screams as she endures the torture, but then rolls Shayna! TWO, and Shayna kicks Kairi while she’s down. Kairi kicks back then dodges to let that knee strike hit buckles. Kairi fights back with double hand chops, putting Shayna in a corner. She brings Shayna back out, but Shayna breaks free to give back strikes of her own. Shayna runs but Kairi runs perpendicular for the Interceptor Spear!

Both women go down but the fans fire up. Shayna gets to a corner while Kairi clutches her back. Kairi makes her way over, roaring before marching the plank. She fires up more, then goes corner to corner for the Sliding D forearm! Then she climbs up, takes aim, Flying D forearm! Cover, TWO, and Kairi can’t believe it. The fans rally as she calls for a finish. She goes to lift Shayna but Shayna clubs her down. Shayna suplexes but Kairi resists to back hand! Shayna goes down, and Kairi climbs up again. Kairi reaches the top, only for Shayna to roundhouse rock her! Shayna drags Kairi up and out with a suplex, to then sit Kairi down for the Kirafuda!

Kairi taps!! Shayna wins and gets even for the MYC match! And she’s all smiles about it, too.

She also reminds Kairi that she told her this is how it’d go. Then she goes over to the announce table to tell them something.

“Ember Moon wanted to call me out?” Ember called Shayna “a coward”? Well now Shayna calls Ember out. But Shayna knows Ember is the real coward here, so Ember will refuse to get in the ring with Shayna again. Ember knows going up against Shayna means she either loses her title, or loses a limb! With that, Shayna takes her leave, what will she leave with should Ember actually accept this challenge?

 

Zelina Vega & Andrade “Cien” Almas are here!

And they’re both very pleased with themselves as El Idolo is still El Campeon de NXT. “Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the greatest champion in NXT history!” Or as Vega thinks of him, “Mr. Four And O!” The fans boo and jeer instead. The fans all thought Johnny was gonna win. Johnny thought Johnny was gonna win. Johnny even brought his family, friends and wife to watch him win, only for them to all watch him lose.

And not just once, not just twice, not even three times! Four times Johnny lost to Almas. What is that called in baseball? “A clean sweep.” Almas’ fans, which he does have, chant “Clean Sweep! Woop Woop!” Johnny talked about earning respect? Who cares about respect? Almas earned money, fame, power! “And unlike most women”, Vega doesn’t feed off her man’s success, she helps create it! That is why Almas IS the NXT Champion!

Almas speaks now, saying Gargano wanted to be champion. He came at Almas again, and again, and again, and again! And lost. Gargano found out like everyone else in NXT did: “I am El Idolo!” Gargano talked about becoming “Johnny Wrestling” again, but Almas made him “Johnny Jobless”! Vega wonders, if the fans think Gargano is “Johnny Wrestling”, what does that make Almas? He is called the NXT CHAMPION! Almas raises the belt high to rub it in everyone’s faces.

Almas & Vega go to take their leave, but a certain Embodiment of the End appears!

Aleister Black emerges from the bowels of the arena. Almas & Vega are confused and concerned as to why Aleister is making his way out. Aleister enters the ring, mic in hand, and stares down the champion. But before the Dutch Destroyer can speak his mind, a certain Beast of Belfast makes his presence known!

SAnitY’s Killian Dain also emerges from the depths, and he stares right at Aleister. Big Damo also spies Almas, but enters the ring with Aleister. Aleister is ready for a fight, and Damo roars, “You’re in my PATH!!” The fight breaks out! Damo and Aleister brawl haymaker for haymaker while Almas & Vega look on in fright. Aleister ducks to fire off forearms, then kicks. Vega is actually amused to see contenders wearing themselves out over the title prospect. Aleister swings a heel kick but Damo ducks and runs to come back with the Divide body check!

Vega shrugs it off and has Almas do the same, manager and champion finally leave. Damo lets them go as he finishes his thought, “Not anymore.” Has Damo cleared the way for his own NXT Championship hunt? Or will Aleister rise up to make Damo and El Idolo #FadeToBlack?

 

My Thoughts:

This NXT was full of surprises, for me at least. I didn’t think Dream VS Bate was happening this soon, and I didn’t think Dream was going to win. Bate’s been on a losing trend in NXT so I thought this would be a great opportunity for him to get a win. Instead, Dream wins and bolsters his own record. Though, I do hope there’s a rematch, this match was good and could be even better if it happens at TakeOver: New Orleans. The AoP and Ellering have a great promo to set up the beginning of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, where they have a rematch with TM61, aka last year’s finals. It feels a bit soon for such a match, but perhaps it will be used to propel TM61 as a shoe-in for the finals and the win to then challenge reDRagon for the tag titles.

I clearly missed the announcement for some of the other NXT End of the Year Awards, so it was good of them to let us know Cezar Bononi won something via his match with Adam Cole. It was also an interesting move for them to even momentarily offer Cezar a spot. Though it was pretty clear from Cezar’s reluctance and Cole quickly punching him that it wasn’t going to happen (*cough* Where’s Donovan Dijak? *cough*) but there is ground that Cole needed reDRagon to help him defeat the tall and imposing Cezar. Perhaps there will be consequences to them essentially ganging up on him, and that can lead to something for Cole at TakeOver.

Another surprise came in that MYC rematch. I thought that was going to go for a lot longer, so it was a shock for Shayna to lock Kairi in the Kirafuda and finish it right there. Shayna calls out Ember, and I almost expected Ember to come out and get the drop on her like Kairi did before. A TakeOver: Philadelphia rematch for TakeOver: New Orleans would be good, but if Kairi’s involved in the story at all, why not have her included in the match? Then the closing was a nice surprise, it’s rare that contenders come out and only fight each other. Almas & Vega acting above all this might come back to haunt them in their own triple threat where Damo AND Aleister are able to get at him, and then it’s anyone’s match at that point.

My Score: 8.5/10


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NOAH WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.187 ~ 29TH SEPTEMBER 2022

Keiji Mutoh continues his Retirement tour and bringing out faces from the past! NOAH has a new champion! Interesting inter-promotional battles on the horizon as well!

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Kaito Kiyomiya is the new GHC Heavyweight Champion, nominates Kazuyuki Fujita as challenger

Following provocation by Kenoh not only saying that he was going to be the one to inherit Keiji Mutoh’s Shining Wizard and the memory of Keiji Mutoh himself (and the outright claim that Kiyomiya would simply forget about Mutoh once Mutoh had retired, which Kiyomiya didn’t even bother responding to), Kenoh went one step further at their last pre match on the 19th September by pulling Keiji Mutoh’s pose, kissing his hand, putting it to Kiyomiya’s lips and then exploding it. Kiyomiya erupted in fury at this, it was far more than any verbal provocation of Kenoh’s, which I guess he has learned to ignore over the years. They fought for the GHC Heavyweight in Nagoya on September 25th, with Kiyomiya emerging victorious following a modified Shining Wizard. As Kenoh left it was like a spell was broken. Kenoh went backstage and muttered about Kiyomiya being the company favorite and in his interview the day after winning the title, Kiyomiya said nothing about Keiji Mutoh. Mutoh as we know had been a focus of both Kiyomiya and Kenoh leading up to the title match.

Back in the ring, Kiyomiya called out his next opponent. Kazuyuki Fujita. Fujita came to the ring, carrying a can of beer which he swigged from. Getting in the ring he circled Kiyomiya and took off his t-shirt. Kiyomiya said that he was expecting a fight, but Fujita did something that no other NOAH wrestler had (or perhaps would) do, and that was to throw himself at Kiyomiya and then make nuzzling motions against his head, while he licked the belt. Kiyomiya pushed him off, and Fujita retaliated by pouring beer over his head.

Kiyomiya screaming that he hated beer was met with Fujita toasting him from the ramp and yelling “Kampaiii” (“cheers”) after a fight had broken out, and Kiyomiya threw him from the ring.

 

Backstage, Kiyomiya said his reason for nominating Kazuyuki Fujita as his challenger was that he had never been defeated for the GHC Heavyweight. Fujita had to give up the belt due to Coronavirus. It has been a recurring theme of most of the GHC Heavyweight champions since Go Shiozaki, that Fujita has been the man to beat in order to cement yourself as champion. Kiyomiya was picking up that torch.

As for Fujita, he played it as if he was a Casanova and had been asked out on a date by warning Kiyomiya that when you experience Fujita, you can never go back because you were never going to be the same. He was going to “make it a night to remember”. He sipped his beer, and licked his lips afterwards.

Title match has been set for NOAH’s return to Ariake on the 30th October.

STINGER lose, NOAH Junior Regulars win, enter Tadasuke (with a chair)

Following a period of brutal attacks on Seiki Yoshioka (by the end of the match he could hardly use one side of his body) and a title challenge where Atsushi Kotoge was bloodied up, The NOAH Junior Regulars emerged victorious and bought the tag titles home to their unit. They had very little time to celebrate their win and put ice on their wounds, when Tadasuke burst in and attacked Atsushi Kotoge with a chair while Hi69 beat up on the already incapacitated Seiki Yoshioka. Tadasuke (wild grin on his face) got on the microphone and made a challenge for the tag titles. Then Tadasuke wiped the blood from Kotoge that had got on his hands on his hair, leaving red streaks in the peroxide. Tadasuke was even waving the bloodied seat of the chair, which had detached during the attack, around backstage.

Title match will be on the 30th October when NOAH return to the Ariake complex.

Takashi Sugiura and Satoshi Kojima, NOAH’s most dysfunctional tag team, win the GHC Heavyweight tag titles

It must be said that with the combined efforts of Satoshi Kojima and Hideki Suzuki, we almost have our Sugi back.

At the press conference/title match signing, Sugi and Kojima appeared dressed in suits and wearing dark glasses. They looked something between The Men In Black and “Dangerous Detectives” (as Tokyo Sports called them  which stems from a Japanese TV show). Hideki Suzuki was on form, not only mistranslating Timothy Thatcher and stating at one point that Thatcher said he came to Japan to “beat you up” and being rude to a journalist for being overfamiliar with his “punk mouth”, the highlight of the press conference was his long close up stare at Sugi, who was trying not to laugh.

The dysfunctional team won the titles in Nagoya on the 25th September, and despite their falling out during the match, Sugi actually gave Kojima a proper handshake. Then they went back to squabbling backstage over Kojima talking on the mic when it was Sugi who got the win. No challengers have come forward as of yet.

HAYATA retains the GHC Junior, Ninja Mack makes his long awaited challenge

It had been an emotional match for YO-HEY, and for fans. Cutting out the aerial techniques that had characterized their earlier matches, both he and HAYATA demonstrated how much they had both evolved by concentrating on a more NOAH based ground attack with submissions. YO-HEY might have failed in the challenge, but he had at least gotten one win over HAYATA in the pre-match. He knew the title match would be different and he would need to level up, and afterwards he reflected and said he would start from rock bottom in order to make his next challenge. What fans had noticed that while things had changed between them, some things were the same, such as YO-HEY coloring his hair, his tongue (and even his boxer shorts) purple, which is HAYATA’s color, and HAYATA not speaking as much as he has done in previous title challenges, as he is content to let YO-HEY talk. After the match, Ninja Mack came to challenge. HAYATA accepted by saying, that he was “finally interested in the belt” and acknowledging him as challenger. Title match will of course be on the 30th October. But HAYATA is not immediately going into a fallout match with Ninja Mack at NOAH’s next event on the 30th, but is having a tag match against YO-HEY.

Keiji Mutoh’s Retirement Road

Keiji Mutoh has been very busy.

– 23rd September: Great Muta appears in AEW

The Great Muta made a surprise appearance in AEW to rescue Sting, who had been tied to a chair by Darby Allen. Muta came to the ring, advanced on Sting and then turned and spat green mist into the face of Allen and then reunited with Sting. Keiji Mutoh announced that Sting would attend Muta’s retirement on the 22nd in Yokohama, but has not said in what capacity, although it is assumed that they will tag. Regarding any further appearances in America, Mutoh said he didn’t think it was likely, but did warn that The Great Muta may pop up somewhere as you never knew where he would turn up next.

– 25th September: Keiji Mutoh Retirement Road: Love Forever 2

Keiji Mutoh teamed with his junior Kazuyuki Fujita to take on Mutoh’s classmate, Masakatsu Funaki and Katsuhiko Nakajima, who Mutoh has known since he was a boy, and still calls affectionately “Katsuhiko”. Nakajima said he was going to break up this class reunion, and while Mutoh did get kicked (Nakajima smirked and said it was fun when Mutoh later complained his leg still hurt) but it was Fujita who got the worst of it. During the match, Nakajima pulled out Mutoh’s Space Rolling Elbow. Mutoh was initially not pleased, but then he became very happy to see it and said that he thought that “Katsuhiko” did it because he had some small measure of feeling for him. I think had Nakajima been a more acrobatic wrestler, Mutoh might have handed it to him. Mutoh won the match with The Shining Wizard, pinning Nakajima. This was Mutoh’s farewell to Nagoya, his classmate, his junior and Nakajima.

– 26th September: Hiroshi Tanahashi comes to the press conference and a tag match is announced

Hiroshi Tanahashi presented 38 roses to Mutoh when he came to the press conference. Each rose symbolizes a year of Mutoh’s career. Mutoh joked that he should have laid them at his feet, as had happened in boxing recently. Tanahashi said he wasn’t good at ad-libbing, and then introduced himself as “one of the greatest New Japan talents in the past one hundred years”. During the press conference, a tag match was announced. New Japan’s Hiroshi Tanahashi, Togi Makabe and Honma Tomoaki will team together against the team of Naomichi Marufuji, Keiji Mutoh and Keiji Mutoh. This will take place on the 30th October. Mutoh has not given up hope of appearing one final time in the New Japan ring.

– 16th October: A new match is announced

NOAH announced that due to fan demand, Keiji Mutoh will be appearing in Fukuoka. He will tag with Ninja Mack and Satoshi Kojima against Naomichi Marufuji, HAYATA and Jack Morris. Satoshi Kojima is of course connected to Mutoh through All Japan and New Japan, Naomichi Marufuji has wanted a match against Mutoh (he will be tagging with him as we know on the 30th October) and HAYATA has been a big fan of Mutoh for a while, as he has influenced a lot of his style and persona. HAYATA thinks of himself and The Great Muta as “The Phantom Team”. Muta doesn’t like to speak and HAYATA said, neither does he.

Naomichi Marufuji and Katsuhiko Nakajima head overseas

Naomichi Marufuji and Katsuhiko Nakajima will appear for Evolution Pro Wrestling in New York for their anniversary show on November 12th. Marufuji’s match is yet to be announced, but Nakajima will take on Josh Alexander. Alexander has said he wonders how Nakajima is going to kick after he snaps his ankle. They will also appear at King of Indies in San Francisco on November 19th.

NOSAWA vs Katsuhiko Nakajima (and Kenoh)

After being beaten up by Katsuhiko Nakajima who gave him some pretty stiff soccerball kicks outside the ring at Korakuen Hall recently, (although he would tell you that Nakajima tried to beat him up), NOSAWA Rongai has been on a quest to face Nakajima in a match. Then he threw in Kenoh, so it could be himself and Eita versus Kongoh. Hideki Suzuki told him that he was probably going to die, but NOSAWA has taken no notice and kept on with his demand. His demand has not been met because rather than facing Nakajima and Kenoh, NOAH have booked him against rookies Yasutaka Yano and Kai Fujimura. NOSAWA thinks he is having to go through some kind of trial.

ELSEWHERE IN NOAH

– Hideki Suzuki has hinted that perhaps Takashi Sugiura might like to get back online.

– Yoshiki Inamura and YO-HEY continued their guild, despite the fact that YO-HEY said someone attacked and burned their castle down. A picture was taken of YO-HEY and Inamura playing the game, with YO-HEY seated cross legged on Inamura, who was doing a bridge in the ring. We have seen Inamura used as a weight, but is he now used as furniture?

– NOAH’s Director, Narihiro Takeda, wrote on a NOAH Note that he would like for Darby Allin to come to NOAH one day.

– Tadasuke got a match thrown out by ripping off Alejandro’s mask. Tadasuke did not care, and did not even respond when Alejandro asked if he wanted a mask for himself?

– Daiki Inaba had his long awaited singles match with Katsuhiko Nakajima, but failed to revenge himself for Nakajima’s behavior in W-1. Nakajima even went for the cocky pin by grinning and leaning on Inaba.

– There was usual chaos at the NOAH Junior Space sessions as Daisuke Harada is not there to take control. Atsushi Kotoge seems to be the main culprit, forgetting to invite Seiki Yoshioka in and at one time even failing to press record.

– It’s probably best that Daiki Inaba, who apparently likes to be in the nip backstage, was not present when NOAH was at Differ. It was bad enough that Sugi used to wander around naked…

– Mitsuharu Misawa wrote in a diary entry for 2006 about filming an advert for THE LEAVE, and having to sing first thing in the morning while they were filming. Probably due to the fact that he had a problem with his throat anyway, was a heavy smoker and had taken “so many chops and kicks” to it in his career, he said he sounded very hoarse.

EVENT RECAPS AND POST MATCH PROMOS

SUNNY VOYAGE – September 19th 

Event recap

Post match promos

N-INNOVATION – September 21st 

Event recap

Post match promos

GRAND SHIP 2022 IN NAGOYA/KEIJI MUTOH RETIREMENT ROAD – September 25th

Event recap

Post match promos

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

  • GHC Heavyweight Champion: Kaito Kiyomiya
    Challenger: Kazuyuki Fujita, [Muto Retirement Road] ABEMA presents Ariake Gaisen-THE RETURN-PRO-WRESTLING LOVE FOREVER . 3 ~TRIUMPH~ Sunday 30th October, Ariake Arena, Tokyo
  • GHC Junior Champion: HAYATA
    Challenger: Ninja Mack, [Muto Retirement Road] ABEMA presents Ariake Gaisen-THE RETURN-PRO-WRESTLING LOVE FOREVER . 3 ~TRIUMPH~ Sunday 30th October, Ariake Arena, Tokyo
  • GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: KojiSugi (Satoshi Kojima & Takashi Sugiura)
    Challengers: TBA
  • GHC Junior Tag Champions: The NOAH Junior Regulars (Atsushi Kotoge & Seiki Yoshioka)
    Challengers: Kongoh Juniors (Tadasuke & Hi69), [Muto Retirement Road] ABEMA presents Ariake Gaisen-THE RETURN-PRO-WRESTLING LOVE FOREVER . 3 ~TRIUMPH~ Sunday 30th October, Ariake Arena, Tokyo
  • GHC National Champion: Masakatsu Funaki
    Challenger: Masa Kitamiya, SUNNY VOYAGE 2022 – Friday September 30th (Bandaijima Multi-Purpose Square Ogama)

(This event will not be broadcast live, but hopefully this match will be shown via Instagram)

THIS WEEK IN NOAH

(October 2022 schedule)

– Friday, October 7th

STAR NAVIGATION 2022 – Korakuen Hall, Tokyo

Time: 18:30 JST

Broadcast: WrestleUniverse/ABEMA (live)

– Saturday, October 8th

STAR NAVIGATION 2022 – Korakuen Hall, Tokyo

Time: 18:30 JST

Broadcast: WrestleUniverse (live)

Note about broadcasts

Unless you are living in Japan or have a VPN you know is compatible with ABEMA, please do not subscribe to the service. For fans living outside of Japan, a subscription to WrestleUniverse would be better as they show more NOAH shows than ABEMA, and usually the events get uploaded very quickly. ABEMA broadcasts are only in Japanese, you can only watch them live, and this is the only NOAH they show. They do not broadcast old shows as these belong to Samurai TV.

BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIES

Wednesday, 5th October: Keiji Mutoh debut anniversary (38)

Wednesday, 5th October: Seiki Yoshioka debut anniversary (14)

LINKS

“I want to protect this belt for the rest of my life”, new GHC champion Kiyomiya holds morning press conference to establish a new NOAH landscape

Mutoh’s Retirement Road, tag match against Tanahashi in round three: “I want to grab the secret of secrets”, Tanahashi presents 38 roses

Great Muta teaming up with Sting for last match? “Agent” Mutoh’s opinion 

“I wonder if I can transmit more” YO-HEY aims to revitalize the junior ark with his first championship

AEW Shock! Great Muta appears in America! Rescues Sting and shake of hands

“Follow Me You Bastards” – Kenoh’s Weekly Pro Column

GHC Junior Match Signing: YO-HEY “Last Chance, I don’t think as my ex partner now”, HAYATA “I don’t feel anything”

“Taka & Satoshi” reveal a “dangerous detective” look, mischievous Suzuki is a reckless interpreter, the GHC tag signing ceremony is thrown into chaos by bizarre question and answer between the two teams

 A “Comrade” and an “Older Brother”, Masakatsu Funaki talks about his thoughts on Mutoh’s retirement, “I want to kick him mercilessly”

BOOK CORNER

“Donmai, Donmai” – Mitsuharu Misawa’s diary

With thanks to: Metal NOAH

GIF taken from WrestleUniverse & NOAH Official YouTube

Picture credit: YO-HEY & NOAH.co.jp


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Bound for Glory is 8 days away, but Victory Road just happened. What kind of show do we get with some fallout and penultimate hype?

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Victory Road just happened, but Bound for Glory is like 8 nights away? You know I forgot that it was such a quick turn around. That makes tonight weird, since there’s some fallout, but then there’s gonna be a lot of table setting for Bound for Glory.

This episode could be awful. The last week or so haven’t exactly set the world afire, so I’m curious if the highlight really is just gonna be the Monster’s Ball with Masha and Allie Katch.

*insert joke about possibly gagging and balls and Swinger’s Dungeon*

Ratings:

  • Bullet Club (Ace Austin & Chris Bey w/Juice Robinson) vs Trey Miguel & Laredo Kid: Bullet Club win via Finesse & Fold – **
  • IMPACT Digital Media Championship: Brian Myers (c) vs Crazzy Steve: Myers retains via Roster Cut – ** 1/2
  • Delirious vs Black Taurus: Black Taurus wins via Destination Hellhole – ** 1/4
  • PCO & Vincent vs Rich Swann & Heath: Rich wins via Phoenix Splash – ** 1/4
  • Pick Your Poison: Monster’s Ball Match: Masha Slamovich vs Allie Katch: Masha wins via Russian Death Device – *** 1/2

Results:

Bullet Club (Ace Austin & Chris Bey w/Juice Robinson) vs Trey Miguel & Laredo Kid

I don’t think I could care less about this match if I tried. Trey and Laredo are worthless. Laredo has eaten so many terrible losses and Trey is just bad. If the BC Juniors don’t win…I will really question the booking.

My biggest takeaway early is the commentary tries to put over Trey “turning heads”. No he doesn’t, he is legitimately hard to watch and everything that Will Ospreay did wrong in his early career; is basically Trey, but with less personality. Oh did you expect play by play? They isolate Laredo, decent tandem attacks, when Trey comes in it’s bad offense typical Cruiser garbage with laughable facials and body language.

Just typical crap with Trey. Were there some cool high spots? Sure. Do I care? NOPE.

IMPACT Digital Media Championship: Brian Myers (c) vs Crazzy Steve

Steve starts with some of his quirky mat wrestling, Arm Wringers into Drop Toe Holds and face biting. It shocked Myers early, but he takes a small shortcut and starts trying to slow down the psycho from Decay. Steve bounces off the ropes and Myers does his sliding trip move before commercial.

Back from commercial, Snapmare from Steve and the neck twister into some corner offense of Hip Attacks and Sentons for 2. Myers dodges King Kill 33, lands a few pot shots, Implant DDT for 2. Into the corner, face bite, Upside Down, after the rope break Myers grabs the referee to block Steve. Eye Poke, Roster Cut, AND STILL…

Simple, but entertaining. Plus it continues Myers’ arrogant, full of himself for absolutely no reason persona. Oh and he offers up an Open Challenge for Bound for Glory. Maybe Bobby Fish? Someone new? Could be interesting. 

Delirious vs Black Taurus

Delirious is between gibberish and Stone Cold early on while they’re just trading shots. Delirious twists the Nose Ring…in the mask…and Taurus sells it momentarily before stomping the foot and decking him. This is just a weird match. I mean we all know Delirious is weird, but he’s not all comedy; and Taurus is supposed to be legit-ish.

Admittedly, with the exception of Victory Road, it has been years since I’ve watched a Delirious match. So the level of ridiculousness has hit Toru Yano levels, especially after the 10 count Leg Drops. Taurus powders, comes back in, Shoulder Tackle, Blackhole Backbreaker into a Samoan Drop. As soon as Taurus looks in charge, Delirious throws together a combo, eats a Headbutt and then Destination Hellhole.

Sheesh okay after 2 interview segments we get to Honor No More’s victory celebration segment. Just a lot of talking and inaction, so this just goes to feed that weird feeling I had coming into the show because of the timing. Eddie does the usual thing where hates on PCO and accuses him of being the weak link, which is a smart story angle since the fans tend to like PCO’s gimmick and this makes him more sympathetic to casual observers. 

Oh good Taven is talking nowWait did I just say that? DAMN YOU IMPACT! Made me like Matt Taven. Maria stirs the pot a little saying that Eddie is a better wrestler than Josh and Moose…by the implications. 

Thank God, Josh Alexander finally breaks up the segment with…more talking. Okay never mind. Jesus since the end of the Delirious match it was like 15 minutes before Josh finally charged the ring and threw down a bit with Honor No More. Rich Swann and Heath make a bit of the babyface save for Josh, but the numbers are still on Honor No More’s side. Oh MCMG come down in a tracksuit and dress clothes! Someone wasn’t ready to be doing a run in.

PCO & Vincent vs Rich Swann & Heath

Well isn’t that convenient that four of the men in the donnybrook were supposed to be in a match anyway.

Rich uses his quickness to try and stay ahead of PCO, but PCO cuts him off in the corner into the Corner Hung Codebreaker, then the leaned against the ropes Leg Drop thing. Vincent throws together a T-Bone Suplex into a Flatliner and keeps the vibes flowing on Rich Swann.

PCO clears out Heath, but PCO’s hand gets stuck in the ropes. Vincent eats a flip kick and the Phoenix Splash while PCO and Heath are brawling on the outside after the rope issue with PCO.

Pick Your Poison: Monster’s Ball Match: Masha Slamovich vs Allie Katch

Haymakers and Headbutts start things off as they both hit the ropes and lay out one another with dual clotheslines. Trash can lid duel, Masha gets first contact, but Allie blocks and returns 3 shots. German Suplex from Masha into whipping her with a chain, some choking and then general pulling with the chain in Katch’s mouth or around her eyes. Katch claws at Masha’s eyes to try and get some space.

Headbutts and Biting from Masha as Allie tries to power out of a Bow and Arrow. More chain choking…I’m not sure if this is a wrestling match or BDSM prep at the moment. Ahh Masha needs more Cowbell but Allie cuts her off with a trash can lid. Allie tries a Piledriver through a door, but Masha turns it into an Air Raid Crash into the opposite corner.

Commercial break, and Allie is getting choked again. Spots get a little redundant, slams, chokes, and blood. OHHH – it’s a “Use the Door” chant. I thought it was – nah – I won’t say what I thought it was. Chairshot from Masha misses, but a Snap Suplex from Masha onto the chair gets some usefulness. Straight Right to the gut and an Axe Kick allows Masha to hit the Death Valley Driver onto the propped up chair. Masha goes back to biting after it was only 2. Allie cuts off Masha going to the top, Superplex onto the trash can lid, into a Death Valley Driver through the door – but Masha kicks out.

Allie tries a Piledriver on the apron a few times, but Masha blocks. Masha tries for the Release German to the floor but Allie holds on. Dazed strikes, bites and then a Russian Leg Sweep through the table lays both out for a short time. Masha grabs a black bag, it’s gotta be tacks for Monster’s Ball. Masha eats a few tacks for good show, picks up Allie but Allie fights. Piledriver into the tacks from Allie, only 2. Allie opens a trash can, and empties a bunch of cut up soda cans. Hits Masha with the can, Masha fires, Spinning Heel Kick and then Russian Death Device into the pile of tacks and cans.

Overall Score: 6.25/10

The main event was pretty good, maybe even a little better than I gave it credit for; I’m just sick of seeing some crazy hardcore match so often from Impact. It feels like its weekly, and that’s too damn much. Trey is terrible, and that’s a hill I’m willing to die on. He sells poorly, he doesn’t tell a story with his wrestling and he looks like an idiot pretending to be something he isn’t; and that’s talented.

Myers is fine with his classic delusional heel style, Delirious gave a bit of a rub to Taurus so I’m guessing he’s probably next up in the X Division. But a straight 15 minutes of interviews and talking is just too damn much especially when the surrounding wrestling isn’t very good or hearty enough to help people tolerate talking time.

I do however love Joe Hendry. So…yeah. There’s always some quirky gimmicks that just resonate well with me, and this is gorgeous.

All in all, decent enough; though next week could be a real banger of a Go Home.


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