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Toshiaki Kawada Produce: Holy War Results & Review (4/26/2018)

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This show is a bit different since it doesn’t really follow any promotions and it’s one of those self produced shows by a veteran of the business and this one is the first produced show of AJPW legend, Toshiaki Kawada.

Toshiaki Kawada is known for his work in All Japan Pro Wrestling where he was one of the members of the Four Pillars of Heaven and had legendary battles against guys like Kenta Kobashi and Mitsuharu Misawa. Kawada would stay with the promotion after Misawa left AJPW to form Pro Wrestling NOAH and would stick with the company until 2005 before becoming a Freelancer throughout the rest of his career.

He wrestled his last match in 2010 and while people have considered him retired, he stated that while he is not officially retired, the death of Misawa has tarnished his passion for the sport and made him not wanna continue wrestling. Will he have his final match and proper farewell? I don’t know, but at least we got his first produced show here and looking forward to it, so let’s not waste anymore time and…dive right in.

 

Singles Match
Ikuto Hidaka vs. Junta Miyawaki

Review: This is the only singles match on the card with Ikuto Hidaka from Zero1 taking on NOAH”s Junta Miyawaki. It looks like they don’t come out to entrance music at all and not those streaming issues where they have no music rights, but just no music at all even when you hear the commentary talking, don’t know if the rest of the show will be like that, but kinda weird. I don’t follow Zero1, so I don’t know too much about Ikuto except that he’s a vet with over twenty years of experience in the ring while Junta is considered a young lion with less than a year of experience from him, so a nice little vet vs rookie type match to start us off.

Hidaka would play it smart and work on Junta’s legs throughout the match since it looks like he mostly does strikes and submissions, so good to focus on a specific body part in the match. Junta while a bit green wasn’t too bad either since he does have good ability in the ring and even hit a nice Three Amigos with his last Suplex being a Fisherman with a very nice bridge. The match isn’t terrible at all, but not great either since I see it as more of a learning experience for Junta which is fine with me. Solid match with Ikuto hitting his leg lock he calls Shawn Capture and forces Junta to tap out.

Recommended: Solid match, but up to you if you wanna watch.

 

Tag Team Match
Buffalo & Kuishinbo Kamen vs. Gabai Ji-chan & Masao Inoue

Review: Yeah, it looks like there won’t be no music at all and you just watch them come out to the ring, except for Buffalo and Kuishinbo for some reason as they both came out with music, this is odd. So Gabai Ji-chan is someone who dresses up and acts like an old man when he moves around while also wearing a mask looking like an old man and even has the cane with him in the ring.

Kamen would push Gabai down and get some heat from the crowd, respect your elders. There’s one funny spot that Kamen would take Gabai down with a Snapmare and hits an Elbow Drop and every time he does, Gabai would put his arm on top of him to pin him despite taking the move, it happens about three times and it gave me good laugh. Another spot is Masao would tell Gabai to help him out with a Double Suplex on Buffalo and Gabai would go over to the other side where Buffalo is and then Masao kept guiding him where to go despite him not listening until he eventually does and as they attempt it, Gabai would fall down ‘throwing his back’.

I know I’m writing mostly about Gabai, but he’s in the majority of the match and he’s actually really entertaining despite the match being so slow. He even went to go for an Old School while walking on the ropes with his cane, til Kamen pushed the cane away to knock him down. Both Kamen and Buffalo throw Gabai towards the ropes and proceeds to do his slow walk for a moment til he starts running out of nowhere, Dropkicking both of them to the outside and hitting a Plancha, where did this come from and why is this amazing!? His burst of energy would run out a moment after when he threw his back out while attempting a powerbomb and tags his partner, Masao in. The match picks up a little with Masao going full speed at Kamen until he went to roll Masao up twice and it failed, which eventually made him attempt to roll up the referee with Masao doing the pin for him and the ref kicks out, hitting Kamen in the head. Kamen would attempt to throw the ref at Masao and it eventually backfires with the ref hitting a Superkick on Kamen, leading to Masao to roll him up for the win.

Recommended: Very slow match, but entertaining with great comedy. Worth a view.

 

– We get out segment next with Naomichi Marufuji taking on Toshiaki Kawada in the ring and it’s not exactly what you think since I first thought it was going to be a match too, but this is instead a talk battle between the two men where they pretty much discuss various topics to each other for the duration of the thing which is a half hour. The bad side of this is that there’s no subtitles in here, so I have no idea what they talk about, but I do have some key points that was discussed thanks to Puroresuspirit.net

~ One with Kawada and his victory in the Champion Carnival, and Marufuji now heading to the finals of the very same tournament this year.
~ Then Marufuji’s days in the dojo, as he celebrates his 20th anniversary as a pro-wrestler this year and his time in the All Japan dojo in the late 1990’s.
~ Marufuji offered Kawada to compete at his 20th Anniversary show on September 1, as Kawada has not officially retired yet, but Kawada did not directly accept or deny the offer.
~ Kawada announced that the second show will be held on July 8 at the Shinkiba 1stRING.
~ Kawada, Marufuji, Tamon Honda, and Kyohei Wada (in the ring) took part in an honoring ceremony for Motoko Baba before the start of the show. While the rest of the wrestlers competing today stood around ringside.

 

Tag Team Match
Jun Kasai & Tomoya Hirata vs. Isami Kodaka & Yuko Miyamoto

Review: Well back to no music again as both teams didn’t come out to anything. We got one team with Jun and Tomoya from the promotions FREEDOMS as they take on BASARA’s Isami Kodaka and 666’s Yuko Miyamoto who are also known as Yankee Two Kenju.

Soon as the bell rings, the two would brawl to the outside of the ring with one of them fighting into the crowd until Kodaka would jump off the top of the bleachers landing on Jun Kasai. I don’t know exactly what happened, but next time I see Jun and Kodaka, their foreheads are busted open so I don’t know when or how it happened and must’ve been when the camera didn’t catch them. Aside from that, I felt like the match was very average with quality in the ring and I’m sure it would’ve been a bit better if it was a Death Match since that is what FREEDOMS is known for, but what’re you gonna do? The match ends with Yuko hitting the Fire Thunder on Tomoya to give him and Isami the win.

Recommended: This one is honestly kinda skippable.

 

Tag Team Match
Hideki Suzuki & Takatoshi Matsumoto vs. Minoru Tanaka & Mitsuya Nagai

Review: We have one half of the GHC Junior Tag Champions, Minoru Tanaka teaming up with DRADITION’s Mitsuya Nagai to take on Takatoshi Matsumoto and BJW Strong World Heavyweight Champion, Hideki Suzuki.

Tanaka and Matsumoto would start us off with Matsumoto pretty much rolling around the ring to try and corner Minoru for a submission grapple, but it just wouldn’t work and even got himself stuck one time while rolling, so not sure if that was on purpose or not since the crowd was laughing a little. Gonna be honest that I wasn’t too impressed with Hideki in this match since it felt like he really didn’t do anything in the match and when he did, it was with Nagai and the two just didn’t really click well together in the ring which is a shame really. Minoru Tanaka was the highlight of this match since he just out performed everyone else in that ring and if you haven’t seen this guy work, definitely recommended to see since he’s one of NOAH’s better juniors. The match also had nothing really special to talk about as it was slow and sometimes a bit sloppy, but still not horrible either. Magai would make Matsumoto tap out with Stretch Plum submission as he would wrench the hold about a good three times before making him finally tap out for the win.

Recommended: Skippable for me, but still not bad either. So up to you if you wanna watch it.

 

Six Man Tag Team Match
Go Shiozaki, Kaito Kiyomiya & Kazusada Higuchi vs. Shiro Koshinaka, Tamon Honda & Yoshiaki Fujiwara

Review: Here we are as we now have our main event with NOAH’s GHC Tag Team Champion Go Shiozaki teaming up with his tag partner, Kaito Kiyomiya, and DDT’s Kazusada Higuchi as they take on three legends in their craft, Yoshiaki Fujiwara, Shiro Koshinaka, and Shiozaki’s mentor, Tamon Honda.

Say what you will about Fujiwara and Shiro being in their 50’s-60’s, they still move pretty well for themselves despite Fujiwara looking a bit frail at points. Kaito just impresses me more and more when I see him and I feel like he could be a big player in NOAH next to Nakajima once he finds more of his groove in the ring after returning from injury.

Shiro did plenty of strikes in the match and can show a bit of his quickness in the match and Fujiwara still applying his submissions to people pretty well for himself. I did enjoy the exchanges between Go and Honda in the match since it did have that mentor and student type of feeling when they shared the ring together and seeing how much Go Shiozaki has learned over the years and eventually, Go would just start getting momentum over his mentor and hits his Gowan Lariat to pin him in the middle of the ring, the younger generation goes over the vets to show that the future is looking bright for Japanese wrestling with these three and many others.

After the match, Shiozaki and Honda would show respect to one another in the ring to end the show. Kawada and the people that have participated would enter the ring as Kawada thanks everyone for coming out and will see them again for the next show on July 8th as they all take a picture together as the fans go home happy.

Recommended: It was a pretty solid match for what it was, worth a view.

 

Overall: Was this a great show? No, but it wasn’t terrible either and I like to think it was at least a success since the building was crowded and the fan had a good time, we’re also getting a second show in July so I think it tells you how it went. Despite none of the matches being great or memorable, it was all about them having a good time at least and can’t really knock them for that. Can’t wait to see what he books next time.

Favorite Match: Buffalo & Kuishinbo Kamen vs. Gabai Ji-chan & Masao Inoue

Least Favorite Match: Jun Kasai & Tomoya Hirata vs. Isami Kodaka & Yuko Miyamoto

Score: 6.5/10


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(NOAH) NOAH NEWSLETTER VOL.192 ~ 30TH NOVEMBER 2022

NOAH ends November with some big announcements! Returns, new debuts and surprising challenges!

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Masa Kitamiya challenges Masato Tanaka

Following the tag match against Masato Tanaka and Shoki Kitamura in ZERO-ONE on the 20th November, Masa Kitamiya challenged Masato Tanaka for the ZERO-ONE World Heavyweight. Kitamiya said he wanted the belt for two reasons – one was because Masato Tanaka had the belt, and secondly because he felt that his eleventh year in wrestling had been a sad one. The match will take place at Korakuen Hall on the 1st January, the same day that NOAH at the Nippon Budokan, so Kitamiya will be wrestling two matches that day with ZERO-ONE taking place before NOAH. Kitamiya is determined to enter The Nippon Budokan as champion.

Akitoshi Saito remembers Bison Smith

Akitoshi Saito made a touching tribute to his old partner on the anniversary of his passing, by winning the match with the Iron Claw slam. Backstage he remembered “the blue eyed samurai” by recalling their last conversation, and saying that he felt Bison was with him and had given his approval for Saito to team with Yone.

Perros Del Mal De Japon Farewell

Perros Del Mal De Japon made their final appearance as a unit in Yoyogi on November 23rd. They were accompanied to the ring by Kotaro Suzuki (who may not be appearing in NOAH following The Tokyo Gurentai produce due to his contract expiring) and Ikuto Hidaka. Neither of them got involved too much in the match.

Yoshinari Ogawa came to the ring with a Singapore cane slung over his shoulder, while his partners also brandished weapons, Kai Fujimura had a baseball bat and Yasutaka Yano carried a trash can. The match was as you would expect; the first time everyone got counted out, the second time ended in a count out when the young boys got Perros counted out (Ogawa had left in disgust by this time) and when he came back, the match lasted 11 minutes and 36 seconds, and ended when NOSAWA decided to assault the referee. Ogawa took everyone out with a trash can lid before leaving. He had also managed to hit Kotaro on the head earlier, but concentrated his attack on NOSAWA and Eita. When Ogawa had gone, Perros bade farewell to each other, but their war with Ogawa wasn’t over as both Eita and NOSAWA will have singles match with him. NOSAWA’S match will be on the 14th in Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima, while Eita’s will be on the 23rd at the N-INNOVATION. Kotaro Suzuki was a little irritated that he didn’t get a singles match, which NOSAWA completely ignored, but he will have a singles match himself against Eita on the 20th.

MaruKen reunite to challenge for the GHC Heavyweight Tag Titles

Naomichi Marufuji pinned Takashi Sugiura in Yoyogi and therefore won the right to challenge the tag champions. With Masakatsu Funaki and Masaaki Mochizuki hanging over the ropes offering their hands as partners, Marufuji announced to the uproar of the crowd and the disbelief of Takashi Sugiura (whose reaction was akin to “Who? Are you fucking kidding me?”) that he would be challenging with KENTA. Backstage, Marufuji was not too sure that KENTA would accept the offer, but he did and the match has been set for the Nippon Budokan on New Year’s Day.

To explain for the newer fans, during their NOAH Junior days, KENTA and Marufuji were in a much beloved junior tag team known as MaruKen, they hold the record for the longest title reign as a junior team and they also broke down the rules for juniors fighting heavyweights as Misawa allowed them to challenge for the GHC Heavyweight Tag Titles. As a team they never had a falling out that led to their split, they just drifted apart as Marufuji noted in “Heir To The Ark” and went to do their own things and over time they became rivals. Now they reunite as heavyweights.

AMAKUSA challenges Dante Leon

AMAKUSA made a silent challenge to Dante Leon for the GHC Junior Heavyweight following their match in Yoyogi. The way the match went gave fans the impression that Alejandro might be the one to challenge, but in the end it was Amakusa who pointed silently at the belt. Title challenge will main event the N-Innovation on the 23rd December.

Kenoh & Kaito Kiyomiya

Kaito Kiyomiya overcame Kenoh in their second pre match, and taking the microphone he stood over him and said that Kenoh had just been overcome by the guy who he was saying “was just trying his best”, and what did that say about Kenoh? Kiyomiya told him it meant he “was all mouth”. Their next pre match is on the 14th December.

Darby Allin

It has been announced that the team of Great Muta, Sting and Darby Allin will team together at Great Muta’s final match on the 22nd January at the Yokohama Arena. Allin had been tagging with Sting when Muta materialized on the 23rd September to save Sting from Buddy Matthews. There has been no mention as to who will be their opponents, but it is thought that Matthews may be involved as he has a score to settle.

YO-HEY & Kzy challenge for the GHC Junior Tag Titles

Tag championships can be volatile belts and tend to suffer more backwards and forwards than singles belts do at times. This was the story when Atsushi Kotoge and Seiji Yoshioka managed to take the belts back from The Kongoh Juniors in Yoyogi. This was the Kongoh Junior’s first defense, and Hajime Ohara and Shuji Kondo, had only held the belts for thirteen days. Following their title win, the next threat came from their own unit, as YO-HEY challenged for the belts with DragonGate’s Kzy as his partner.

“I’m in a disappointing situation with no results to speak of at all. To overcome this situation, I want the belt. With the belt in hand, I can reach even higher heights. I want to do this, so please let me challenge for the tag belt next”.

Title match will take place on the 23rd December at the N-Innovation.

Yoshiki Inamura fails to capture his first singles belt, but succeeds in other ways

Yoshiki Inamura failed to win his first singles gold when El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Junior used his experience (the part which he and Inamura were not well matched in, and I doubt Wagner Jnr has ever had anyone throw him around after catching him following a dive) to retain the gold. Inamura had wanted to win this belt to usher in his own era of NOAH, which would be separate to Kiyomiya’s (yet I think would also rival his, as Inamura would kind of be more the leader of the younger generation, which Kiyomiya knows is rising up to threaten him), and he would stand next to him and not below him as champion. Inamura might have failed in his attempt to win his first singles belt, but as Tokyo Sports said, he most definitely gave birth to his era.

ELSEWHERE IN NOAH

– Shuhei Taniguchi had his best match in a long time when he and Hideki Suzuki fought to a referee stop in Yoyogi. Fans want to see a round two.

– For some reason the wrestling promotions (and not the MMA companies) were told to come to Antonio Inoki’s memorial on the 24th November at 11am instead of 1pm, someone said this could be a prank that Inoki had set up. Prank or not, in something practically unheard of NOAH (Kenoh, Yoshiki Inamura, Satoshi Kojima, Kaito Kiyomiya, Katsuhiko Nakajima and Takashi Sugiura), New Japan and All Japan, plus some staff members, went to have something eat and drink and all sat down and talked for two hours. Inoki’s final wake will be held on March 7th at Ryogoku Kokugikan, what form this will take has not been announced, but it will be a fan event. In Shinto, the deceased are mourned and funeral services are held for forty-nine days following death, the final day is a day of celebration and farewells, when the mourning period is over and the deceased can finally leave earth and cross to the afterlife. It has been said that Inoki will be sharing a beer with Giant Baba.

– Takashi Sugiura’s pants stayed on when he met up with Kenta Kobashi and had some drinks…which is more than can be said about when he visited Akira Taue’s restaurant, and got drunk with Go Shiozaki.

– Kazuyuki Fujita said in his Weekly Pro yearbook profile, that he liked drinking highballs on the Shinkansen.

– Yoshiki Inamura and Kaito Kiyomiya summon Alejandro 

EVENT RECAPS AND POST MATCH PROMOS

NOAH THE BEST 2022 – WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 23RD, NATIONAL YOYOGI STADIUM 2ND GYMNASIUM

Event Recap

Post match interviews

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

  • GHC Heavyweight Champion: Kaito Kiyomiya
    Challenger: Kenoh, ABEMA presents NOAH “THE NEW YEAR” 2023 (Saturday January 1st, Nippon Budokan)
  • GHC Junior Champion: Dante Leon
    Challenger: AMAKUSA, N Innovation (Friday December 23rd, Shinjuku Face)
  • GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: KojiSugi (Satoshi Kojima & Takashi Sugiura)
    Challengers: MaruKen (Naomichi Marufuji and KENTA), ABEMA presents NOAH “THE NEW YEAR” 2023 (Saturday January 1st, Nippon Budokan)
  • GHC Junior Tag Champions: The NOAH Junior Regulars (Atsushi Kotoge & Seiki Yoshioka)
    Challengers: YO-HEY & Kzy, N Innovation (Friday December 23rd, Shinjuku Face)
  • GHC National Champion: El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Jnr 
    Challenger: TBA, NOAH the BEST 2022 (Wednesday November 23rd National Yoyogi Stadium 2nd Gymnasium)

 

THIS WEEK IN NOAH

(December 2022 schedule)

Wednesday, December 7th: Kinya Okada debut anniversary (4 years)

ARTICLES

“Inside of me there is a “good” Keiji Mutoh and a “bad” Keiji Mutoh” – enthusiasm and conflict for Keiji Mutoh’s last run

“It was a sad eleventh year…” momentum to seize the belt in the Zero-One New Year’s Day title match

“We can make it a connection”, Kondo is “Marmalade brother?!” – Interview with Hajime Ohara just before the Junior Tag Defense match

GHC Junior Tag Match Signing: Ohara “Thigh Raise & Anya Words”. Yoshioka emphasizes that, “If I lose, hit rock bottom”

GHC National Match Signing: Japan-Mexico same generation clash: Wagner Jnr “Create A New History”, Inamura “Create A New NOAH”

“Take the belt and stand in the same position as Kiyomiya!” – Interview with Yoshiki Inamura before his challenge for the GHC National Championship 

Recapture for the first time in two weeks with “Baggio Spirit”, Interview with Atsushi Kotoge and Seiki Yoshioka ahead of the Yoyogi Junior Tag Match

WEEKLY PRO ARTICLES & INTERVIEWS

Coach points out! What is the current situation of young people as seen by Ogawa through the “Mauritius Cup?”

BOOK CORNER

“Donmai, Donmai” – Mitsuharu Misawa’s diary

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(NOAH) NOAH NEWSLETTER VOL.191 ~ 18TH NOVEMBER 2022

NOAH coverage still going strong! A few title changes and defenses keeps things interesting heading toward the end of the year!

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Kongoh Juniors finally win gold, Atsushi Kotoge demands a rematch

Shuji Kondo and his perpetually terrified partner, Hajime Ohara, ended a long losing streak for the Kongoh Juniors and finally won a title for their unit, when Seiki Yoshioka tapped to Hajime Ohara’s Muy Bien. Ohara’s reward from Kondo was to be kicked in the head repeatedly. When Ohara did get to his feet, Atsushi Kotoge was asking for a rematch, something the champions later granted, although Ohara did initially shove the belt in Kotoge’s face and tell him to beat it. The titles will be defended on the 23rd November at the National Yoyogi Stadium 2nd Gymnasium. There will be no pre match.

Dante Leon wins his first Noah title, the GHC Junior

In a match which was half American style and half Noah style, Dante Leon beat Ninja Mack for the GHC Junior, and won his first title in Noah. Unfortunately, due to HAYATA’S injury Ninja Mack’s reign was not as it should have been, so I would imagine that at some point in the future he will be given a longer run. No challenger has come forward as of yet to challenge Dante Leon.

Funky fail, but respect earned

Funky Express lost their challenge for the GHC Heavyweight Tag titles when Takashi Sugiura choked Akitoshi Saito out and the referee stopped the match. It was a heartbreaking loss for the challengers who were visibly moved. They have may have lost in their attempt, but in the eyes of fans, they gained something far more important, respect. Long seen as a comedy unit who worked the openers, Disco Dancing, Funkiness, King Tany, discussions of a giant belt made for four (funded by Masao Inoue’s piggybank according to Aki), things have changed with the departure of members and Saito and Yone managed to turn themselves into credible challengers.

Funaki’s warning comes true, El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Jnr becomes the GHC National Champion

When El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Jnr, Masakatsu Funaki had foreboding about the challenge. Kazushi Sakuraba he could handle as Sakuraba was known to him, it was also the case with his previous challengers as while he may not have known Simon Gotch prior to the match, he was aware that Gotch was of a similar skillset. El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Junior was not. Funaki spoke of other difficulties too aside from him being a luchadore in that he also outweighed him and was younger than him too. All these factors combined on the night with Wagner Jnr’s ability, for the title to change hands. Wagner Jnr was laying out the Mexican flag in the ring to add the belt to it, when his next challenger, Yoshiki Inamura appeared at ringside. Inamura got straight to the point, saying he was here to challenge. El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Jnr accepted, and the two will fight on the 23rd November at the National Yoyogi Stadium 2nd Gymnasium.

Yoshiki Inamura gave a small interview about his challenge, and he touched on the subject of Kaito Kiyomiya. Inamura stated that although Kiyomiya is younger than him, he is still his senior, which has been a factor in Inamura wanting a singles belt too. Inamura says this will be “standing next to Kiyomiya, not beneath him”.

Kaito Kiyomiya retains against Thatcher, Kenoh back again

In a match that was to atone for the title match against Kazuyuki Fujita, (which I don’t think Kiyomiya was very happy with), he faced a trial by fire when the GHC Heavyweight was defended against Timothy Thatcher. In his previous title reign, when he was being challenged by Naomichi Marufuji, Marufuji had told him that he was going to take him apart bit by bit, which was what Thatcher did. Kiyomiya had to get the win on momentum by dropping a few Transformed Shining Wizards, because everything he did Thatcher reversed into the dreaded armbar. Kenoh had been on commentary and as soon as he saw the result, removed his headset, and came down to the ring to challenge.

“Hey, Kiyomiya, you did your best in today’s title match too. Just! You “just” tried your best. Even elementary school students can “just” do their best. So, what are you left with today? What can you create? What can Noah create? On January 1st at the Nippon Budokan, The Great Muta vs Shinsuke Nakamura has taken the subject from the champion, and what are you doing? Working hard? You can’t win with just that! Muta vs Shinsuke Nakamura…who can win in terms of the subject…Brock Lesnar, Dwayne Johnson…The Rock. No, it’s The Rock and me, Kenoh! Well, I know that I’m no match for Rock, but I have that kind of will! I will save Noah from danger. It’s not Muta vs Nakamura. I will challenge you for your belt, and I’ll take away the topic!”

Kiyomiya responded,

“Maybe, I am just trying my best. But what will you create? I will create a new Noah! So you and I, let’s fight for real! I don’t want to lose anything on social media or by transmission, so please, fight all out against me.”

Kenoh

“January 1st, Nippon Budokan, you are not the one who will surpass Muta vs Shinsuke Nakamura. I will exceed by myself, and the one who will take this belt is me, Kenoh!”

*Title match has been set for The Nippon Budokan on the 1st January 2023.

The first pre match took place at the Noah/Dragon Gate event the next day. The main event was not as wild as the rest of the show had been, but it did culminate in Kiyomiya being pinned by Kenoh, and a picture of that moment appearing on the front cover of “Weekly Pro”.

Noah vs Dragon Gate

Aside from the main event as mentioned above, the event saw;
– NOSAWA Rongai getting pinged by plastic
– Satoshi Kojima as the mystery opponent of Hollywood Stalker Ichikawa. Kojima said the match was for HAYATA, who he hopes gets well soon and returns to Noah.
– Kenoh describing partner Kouta Minoura as “cute”. Which is probably the first time Kenoh has ever described anyone ever as that.
– H.Y.O said he wants a singles match with Ninja Mack. Otherwise he was not impressed with Noah overall.
– Shun Skywalker finally snap when teaming with Tadasuke. In usual frenetic style, Tadasuke tried to get Shun to do his corner camera spot, and ended up dragging him over. Things steadily went downhill from there.
– YAMATO beat Seiki Yoshioka, but was full of praise for him.
– YO-HEY danced with Natural Vibes on entry, and although dancing cannot have been easy in that heavy coat, he loved it. Daisuke Harada says he is obsessed and cannot stop watching!

Noah Tryouts

Katsuhiko Nakajima and Naomichi Marufuji (alongside Xtreme Tiger) have appeared in both New York and San Francisco for Pro Wrestling Revolution and King of The Indies 2022. They stopped over in San Jose, California, to hold tryouts. Two lucky wrestlers were chosen, who will now come to Japan and train in the dojo and appear in Noah. Marufuji said they were very overcome, and he saw tears. I am afraid I do not have the names of the winners.

ELSEWHERE IN NOAH

– Kenoh will appear at the Yokohama Corsairs game on the 19th November to fire a t-shirt gun (bazooka).

– Kaito Kiyomiya has posted some, shall we say, steamy pictures on his Instagram. One involved him bare-chested and toweling his hair, the other one was being naked save for a necklace while sitting in a bath. Fortunately, he did not reveal all, but the picture was certainly close to being south of the border.
– Yoshiki Inamura celebrated his 30th birthday on the 18th November. Work never stopped during the day as he was giving interviews on his upcoming title challenge, but in the evening he was taken to the Ribera Steakhouse, and given a green jacket.
– Kaito Kiyomiya had an audition for Ninja Warrior.
– During the title match, Dante Leon stole ring announcer G-Man’s chair from under him. G-Man got his revenge by posting a picture of Leon sitting and watching TV, his back to the camera and completely unaware, as G-Man’s hand advanced on him threateningly.
– Satoshi Kojima said their team name was now “Takajima” because he had given “Satoshi” to Mohammed Yone. Sugi said it was kind of hard to pronounce.
– Kaito Kiyomiya has parted with the “Supernova” nickname and gotten new theme music, “REGENERATION” and is now “Galaxy View”.

EVENT RECAPS AND POST MATCH PROMOS

– GLOBAL2DAYS WRESTLE UNIVERSE PRESENTS GLOBAL HONORED CROWN (Thursday November 10th, Korakuen Hall)

Event recapPost match interviews

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

THIS WEEK IN NOAH

(Full November schedule)

NOAH the BEST 2022

Date: Wednesday, November 23rd
Venue: National Yoyogi Stadium 2nd Gymnasium
Start time: Doors open 13:30 JST, event starts 15:00 JST
Broadcast: WrestleUniverse (English commentary available)

Birthdays & Anniversaries

Saturday 19th November: HI69 debut anniversary (22)
Friday 25th November: AMAKUSA (37)

ARTICLES

Title match removal of Supernova, champion Kaito Kiyomiya declaration of change and resolution! 
Noah/DragonGate: Press conference for the youngsters match: Inamura declares “Overwhelming”, Mochizuki Jnr “Absolutely Win The Fight”
Noah/DragonGate: GM Saito “Help Me!” in a “1 vs 5” crisis. NOSAWA & Horiguchi already declare betrayal 
Noah/DragonGate: Tadasuke & Shun burst into the press conference, attacking AMAKUSA & Fujiwara
Noah/DragonGate: Kenoh cuts Yuki Yoshioka in half, calling him a “Pathetic champion, carried by the company”
THE TOUGH comment on their ZERO-1 Participation
Noah/DragonGate: Realization of Noah and DragonGate Champions at the joint show…Kenoh completely demolishes Kiyomiya with a strong pre-emptive strike towards the New Year’s Day Budokan
Noah/DragonGate: Satoshi Kojima backstage comments – “Get Well Soon HAYATA” 
Noah/DragonGate: GM Saito is in trouble, break up with friends & unreasonable rap request…victory for rare trio of KZY & YO-HEY
Noah/DragonGate: YAMATO comments on Seiki Yoshioka
G-MANS Note Vol 2: In charge of Pro Wrestling Noah’s English YouTube & English Announcement 

WEEKLY PRO ARTICLES & INTERVIEWS

Hiroshi Tanahashi’s Dragon Note – Tanahashi discusses Keiji Mutoh’s retirement

“Follow Me You Bastards” – Kenoh’s column (4th October 2022)

BOOK CORNER

“Donmai, Donmai” – Mitsuharu Misawa’s diary

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Picture credit: Kaito Kiyomiya, Weekly Pro


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