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Kenta Kobashi Produce: Fortune Dream 5 Results & Review (6/11/2018)

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We have another self-produced show here as last time we did this, we covered Kawada’s Holy War, with a second set for July.

But let’s set our focus on this one, involving arguably the greatest wrestler of all time, Kenta Kobashi. For those that actually don’t know of Kenta Kobashi, he started his career in 1988 at AJPW and would be with the company until 200 when he jumped ship with Misawa to join his company called Pro Wrestling NOAH.

He would stay with NOAH until his retirement in 2013 and has one of the greatest careers in not just in Japan, but in the history of wrestling with having memorable reigns, feuds, and coming back after a long battle with cancer, the guy is a legend and should be considered as such. After his retirement, he has been doing self-produced shows once a year called Fortune Dream and today marks as his fifth show ever since his retirement and they’re normally considered great shows as it attracts a lot of people. He’s given us a great card tonight and let’s not waste any more time and just…dive right in.

 

Singles Match
Kazumi Kikuta vs. Kotaro Suzuki

Review: First bout is a singles match between Kotaro Suzuki and BJW’s Kazumi Kikuta. Kotaro is a Freelancer who mostly worked for NOAH in his career with sixteen years of experience while Kazumi has had about three years under his belt, but being in the ring with a vet could help him out a lot and especially if he gets the win over him. The match was simple and yet effective since it was mostly strikes and chain wrestling not that there’s anything wrong with it at all. Kotaro would mostly use his strikes on his abdomen and they do work since it helped him be weak at times also. The match is about eight minutes and Kazumi goes for a Lariat but Kotaro ducks it and hits his Tiger Driver for the win.

Recommended: The match is fairly decent, if you like simple stuff then this is for you.

 

– There was a talk battle between Kenta Kobashi and Masahiro Chono that lasted about twenty minutes and unfortunately I couldn’t find out any info on what was said during the talk battle, but I know one of the topics was one of their battles for the GHC Heavyweight Championship.

 

Three Way Match
Hiroyo Matsumoto vs. Io Shirai vs. Meiko Satomura

Review: One of the first big matches booked for the show as we have OZ Academy vs. Stardom vs. Sendai Girls with all three of the biggest stars in their respective promotions and is also one of Io’s last matches before her departure, so it’s gonna be a special one for her and another thing to top this all of is that her sister, Mio Shirai is also apart of the match as the special guest referee. I don’t know the full story, but Io and Mio have been rumored to have some issues with each other and it’s good to see that those are resolved now and they can share the ring one last time. Believe it or not, Mio was also a wrestler at the time for those that don’t know and she was actually pretty good despite being retired now.

Io and Hiroyo would start it off with a test of strength and would invite Meiko to be apart of it, but she instead decides to kick the both of them and just attack the two. You can see Io playing it a bit safe to avoid getting injured before her WWE physical, but that’s perfectly understandable and she still does the majority of her moveset. She would hit Hiroyo with a Frankensteiner for a two count and would do her signature backflip to get away from them and leads to a Dropkick to the outside and she’s not done here as she does a Suicide Dive to the both of them. Io would get Meiko back in the ring for a Missle Dropkick and a Crossface till she had to break it up in which Meiko would start delivering her stiff kicks to Io so she could knock her down and does a cartwheel towards her and landed on her knees directly onto her back. Hiroyo would get back in the ring to try and beat Meiko down, but it backfires with Meiko kicking her into the corner and would proceed to kick her down while Mio would try and break it up to only get pushed down and her sister would strike back at Meiko. Io then goes for a Springboard to only get caught by Hiroyo for a Powerbomb and would do it one more time on top of Meiko as they both kick out.

Hiroyo would get the upper hand over Meiko after a series of punches back and forth and would attempt a German Suplex only for Io to get in and do a Sunset Flip over Hiroyo as she hits her German in the Process. Io goes for her running knees to the corner onto Meki and then hits her Double Underhook Facebuster before hitting her Diving Moonsault Press and looks like this could be it, but Hiroyo picked Io up from behind to hit her Backdrop and Meiki hits Hiroyo with her Death Valley Bomb and Scorpion Rising to go for the finish, but Io breaks it up just in time. All three women are down but Io would get up to hit her Diving Moonsault Press onto Hiroyo and go for the pin, but Meiko pulled her off to hit her Death Valley Bomb and the bell rings meaning the time limit has passed and is now a draw. This was a fantastic match and a great display of how Puroresu Joshi’s wrestling is all about, the only big con was the time limit finish being rather predictable and wish they went with an actual winner since a loss wouldn’t hurt them. After the match, all three of them would shake hands and hug it out and then Io would hug her sister, Mio and pose with her one last time.

Recommended: Definitely give it a watch, great match.

 

Tag Team Match
Koki Kitahara & Mitsuya Nagai vs. Naomichi Marufuji & Super Tiger

Review: We now have a tag match involving the veterans of the business with Koki and Mitsuya taking on Marufuji and Super Tiger, yes we have Super Tigers also instead of only Tiger Mask and Black Tigers. This is a special match for another reason too as this is not only Koki Kitahara’s 30th anniversary as a wrestler, but this is also considered his retirement match at the same time, so this is a big one for him. The match while nothing special, it’s still a really solid match with Koki and Mitsuya doing heel tactics in the match and trying to rip off Tiger’s mask, Koki even did a Slice Bread in the match and while not perfect, it’s still impressive. The match is about seventeen minutes and Super Tiger gets the win with the Buzzsaw Kick on Koki to end his thirty-year career.

After the match, they would hold a retirement ceremony for Koki as he would thank everyone for all of the support throughout the years and has had a great career. The original Tiger Mask would even come out to present one of his masks in a sealed case for him as everyone takes a picture with Koki and had the ten bell salute for him. Thank you, Koki Kitahara for your career as we’ll never forget you.

Recommended: Solid match, worth a watch.

 

Six Man Tag Team Match
Go Shiozaki, Yuji Hino & Zeus vs. Akitoshi Saito, Katsuhiko Nakajima & Kohei Sato

Review: Something like this when you first glance at it and say this should be the main event, but it isn’t and I will get to that at the actual main event, but this is still a huge six-man tag match between all of them as on one side we got Zeus, Yuji Hino, and Go Shiozaki to take on Akitoshi Saito, Katsuhiko Nakajima, and Kohei Sato. Kohei and Yuji started off the match and of course you got Hino playing too cool with that swagger of his to not care much and then his teammates would get the others into the corners to chop all three of them and then the other team would flip it around to start kicking them and then they’ll brawl to the outside. Hino and Kohei aren’t done with each other as they go over to the commentary booth where Kenta Kobashi and Daisuke Sekimoto are sitting as the two would chop each other right in front of them before bowing to the two out of respect. Akitoshi would then hit Go with a Piledriver on the outside of the ring while Hino and Kohei would get back in the ring now and Hino starts to chop him some more before tagging Zeus in so he could do the same thing before tagging in Go just so they could chop this guys chest, and then Hino gets tagged back in to do it some more and would even accidentally chop Zeus when Kohei ducked and tagged Nakajima in as he starts kicking Hino down.

Nakajima would hit a Missle Dropkick and gets a two count until Hino attempts a chop but Nakajima ducks to kick him in the chest and this would happen quite a few times with Hino starting to put his hands behind his back for Nakajima to kick him, but then Nakajima would mock him to have Hino chop hi which he ducks all of them as the fans boo Nakajima for it, but Hino would laugh it off and slap him in the back of the neck and tag Zeus in who starts to show off his power with his own chops, even do the Kobashi style chops in homage to Kobashi and then does a Gorilla Press Slam to gain momentum, but Nakajima would knock him down as the two tag in Go and Akitoshi. They would start getting stiff with each other with the punches until Go hits his own set of Kobashi style chops to him, but would then get knocked down as Akitoshi, Nakajima, and Kohei would start to give him stiff kicks as payback for all of the chops they’ve done to them and there was a lot of chops. Eventually, the two would start going at it more while the others are outside fight as Go hits his Gowan Lariat for the win.

Recommended: Great tag match, worth a watch.

 

 

Tag Team Match
Ayato Yoshida & Kaito Kiyomiya vs. Takuya Nomura & Toru Sugiura

Review: As I said in the last match, the six-man tag or even the retirement match on paper could’ve been your closing matches for this show as one was a retirement match got Kako and the other one was just a match containing some of Japan’s best, but Kobashi has picked these four men to be the main event because he believes that these men are the future of Japanese wrestling and he wants to give them this chance to show that to the world and I love Kobashi for thinking this as I believe this is a smart move, so now let’s see if those four can deliver with the main event spotlight shining on them. We have Toru and Ayato starting the match off with some chain wrestling and the two seem to be pretty even despite Ayato getting the early advantage be doing a Dragon Screw to Toru’s leg while down on the mat and the crowd applauds them as they both get up quick. Kaito would get tagged in now and would start to strike Toru til he got slammed down, but Kaito got back up to knock him down so he could tag in Takuya as the two locked up till they got to the ropes and Kaito would slap Takuya which he replies with some stiff kicks.

What I love about this match is that it’s simple and I don’t mean that in a negative way or anything like that at all, what I mean is that they didn’t need to do anything involving flips, flashy moves, big moves in the beginning, or anything crazy like that since you just had four people in the ring working a regular match and just telling us a story in the ring and showing us that old school puro style of wrestling that we all know and love as these four just match it so well. The only time you see a Crossbody was when Toru would do it to Ayato as a desperation move so he could tag in Takuya to get the hot tag. Also, the interactions between Takuya and Ayato is great with their combination of strikes and reversals with Ayato looking like he was going to do a Hip Toss and would knee him in the face instead and Takuya would deliver a Roundhouse to the head and the crowd cheers once more. The final spots involved Kaito and Toru with Toru hitting a beautiful Spinebuster and they knew when to hit the bigger moves in the match to sell the story of the match more, Toru went for a Moonsault off the top and misses as Kaito would hit a Jackhammer for a two count, but he’s not done as he now goes for a German Suplex Hold for another two count. Kaito is now all fired up and looks to put Toru away, but Toru tries so hard to fight off the Tiger Suplex hold, but it doesn’t work as Kaito hits it for the three count.

After the match, Kenta Kobashi and the people involved in the show would get in the ring for some group photos as Kenta thanked everyone for coming out here to support the show as he looks forward to producing Fortune Dream 6 next year.

Recommended: Fantastic match, worth a watch involving the future of puroresu.

 

Overall: The show was fantastic from top to bottom as I look forward to seeing these shows once a year since Kenta would always give us something special for us to see and they all delivered in the match. I can’t wait till next year to see what he has in store for us.

Favorite Match: TIE Ayato Yoshida & Kaito Kiyomiya vs. Takuya Nomura & Toru Sugiura and Hiroyo Matsumoto vs. Io Shirai vs. Meiko Satomura

Least Favorite Match: Kazumi Kikuta vs. Kotaro Suzuki

Score: 9/10


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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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(NOAH) NOAH NEWSLETTER VOL.190 ~ 6TH NOVEMBER 2022

Mutoh’s retirement tour continues, Shinsuke Nakamura’s video challenge is official, and a former Junior returns under a new name! Hisame enlightens us all!

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Shinsuke Nakamura vs Great Muta announced

NOAH announced during the Ariake Arena event on October 30th, that The Great Muta would be appearing at their New Year’s Day event on January 1st at The Nippon Budokan, with his surprise opponent being Shinsuke Nakamura, who is currently overseas in WWE. As Nakamura said himself, he has had matches with Keiji Mutoh, but this will be his first and last time with Great Muta.

NOAH had shortlisted Shinsuke Nakamura as a possible opponent for either Keiji Mutoh or Great Muta somewhere along the line, and had to be very persistent in their request, which paid off in the end.

NOSAWA’S final battle

NOSAWA has been preparing for his retirement by wrapping up loose ends; namely by his own produce, “Tokyo Dream Final: The Last Festival”, that will take place at Korakuen Hall on the 20th December and finishing things with STINGER, namely Yoshinari Ogawa. This will not take place at the produce in December. NOSAWA says for the final battle, which will take place on the November 23rd show main event at the Yoyogi National Stadium he will bring Kotaro Suzuki and Ikuto Hidaka as seconds. The final battle will be a somewhat one sided match of NOSAWA Rongai, Eita and Super Crazy against Yoshinari Ogawa, Yasutaka Yano and Kai Fujimura. Unfortunately for Ogawa he is currently the only person left in STINGER with any substantial experience, as HAYATA and Yuya Susumu are injured (both NOSAWA and Yoshinari Ogawa have seemingly forgotten about Susumu, which probably won’t sit well with him when he returns), and Chris Ridgeway has now returned to England for the time being, but that said, Ogawa and Yano were very successful against Perros the last time they fought them.

Kiyomiya retains, Thatcher challenges

Kaito Kiyomiya made a desperate effort to win against Kazuyuki Fujita after a match which saw him try and wear Fujita down only for Fujita to bounce back, and which Kiyomiya had to win by taking Fujita by surprise. After the match, Timothy Thatcher came to the ring and challenged for the GHC Heavyweight title.

Due to the short time (and shows) between Ariake Arena on the 30th October and the title match on the 10th November, there has only been one pre-match, which was won by Timothy Thatcher over Kaito Kiyomiya via the dreaded Fujiwara Armbar on 3rd November. As Thatcher pointed out, and as Kiyomiya well knows, he is undefeated in NOAH.

AMAKUSA

A mysterious masked man made an appearance in NOAH at The Ariake Arena on the 30th October, to rescue Seiki Yoshioka and Atsushi Kotoge from an attack made by The Kongoh Juniors, following the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag match. The masked man unmasked himself, revealing himself to be Haoh who had both a new look and new move-set.

The man said his name was AMAKUSA, and he was going to go to the top of NOAH, which started by crushing Tadasuke. It has since been discovered (credit Metal NOAH), that the reason why Haoh seemingly vanished, was that he had joined Junta Miyawaki in Mexico, which also explains the new techniques he is using.

Funky Express challenge for the GHC Heavyweight Tag Belts

With Masao Inoue not returning to NOAH for the time being and Shuhei Taniguchi leaving the unit, Funky Express has been Mohammed Yone and Akitoshi Saito. A few weeks ago, Saito revealed that NOAH alumnae, Tamon Honda, had gifted him the use of his finisher, “The Dead End”. Yone said with that, they could go to the top, and so after Takashi Sugiura and Satoshi Kojima had defeated Kongoh’s Kenoh and Katsuhiko Nakajima, they came and challenged for the belts.

At the press conference on the 1st November, it became apparent that the real competition was between Takashi Sugiura and Akitoshi Saito, while Satoshi Kojima said his battle with Mohammed Yone would be over the name “Satoshi”, which happens to be Yone’s real first name. At the only pre match between them on the 3rd November, Saito and Sugiura kept fighting even after the bell had rung.

From Kongoh to Kongoh

Not to lose the chance of their team holding gold, the Kongoh Junior’s Hajime Ohara and Shuji Kondo challenged The NOAH Junior Regulars (Seiki Yoshioka and Atsushi Kotoge) for the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Belts, after Tadasuke and HI69 had failed in their attempt. As this is the NOAH Junior Regulars, things got rough and this of course was broken up by AMAKUSA. During the press conference/match signing that followed, Shuji Kondo threw the champions a bone and what he called a “test” for his quaking pupil, Hajime Ohara. Kondo told them that if they wanted to defeat them, then they should attack Ohara’s legs as they were in very bad condition. The champions didn’t take them up on this, as they didn’t know whether Kondo was leading them on or not, but in any event they lost their one and only pre match (Kondo via King Kong Lariat), which led Kondo to say they should have listened to him. Title match will take place at the big all titles defended night at Korakuen Hall on the 10th November.

HAYATA injured, Ninja Mack new GHC Junior Heavyweight Champion, Dante Leon challenges

Unfortunately the GHC Junior Heavyweight title match between HAYATA and Ninja Mack at the Ariake Arena on the 30th October did not go as planned, as HAYATA suffered an injury during the match which led to Ninja Mack being awarded the title as HAYATA could not continue. NOAH later announced that HAYATA’S injury was a dislocated fracture of the left elbow joint, which means the dislocation occurred the same time as the fracture. Chris Ridgeway said that his elbow was popped back in in “real time” by the paramedics and that HAYATA was “one tough motherfucker”.

Dante Leon had said earlier in the evening that he would be challenging the winner of HAYATA and Ninja Mack, and so it was to his old rival that he made the challenge. As Ninja Mack warned him at the press conference/match signing that followed he was “the favorite” and that if anyone was going to be bringing the belt back to their native Texas, it was going to be him. The only pre match they had was inconclusive as Xtreme Tiger pinned YO-HEY, but it didn’t stop them fighting after the match.

Masakatsu Funaki retained, a challenger of a different style steps forward

The fight with the fifteen year story, and refereed by the man who had refereed their match back then (Yuji Shimada), was over in three minutes and nineteen seconds, when Funaki used the Ninja Choke, which Kazushi Sakuraba had warned against. Funaki was challenged backstage by El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Jnr. Funaki noted that Wagner Jnr had lots of advantages over him, from being much younger, to being much bigger (Funaki joked that he may have an accident should Wagner Jnr dive on him) and of course being a Luchadore, which Funaki had no experience in. Wagner Jnr said he has had tag success in NOAH, but now he is looking towards the singles gold. The match will take place on the night when all the GHC titles will be defended, the 10th November at Korakuen Hall.

Great Muta appearance & Keiji Mutoh passes his “test”. 

Keiji Mutoh noted that 2022 was over for him, but it wasn’t for Great Muta who will be returning to New Japan on the 20th November. The Great Muta made his appearance on the 26th October when he appeared in the ring to spit green mist at The Great O-Khan. Backstage, he announced that he would team with Toru Yano and Kazuchika Okada. As for Keiji Mutoh, Hiroshi Tanahashi announced after the tag match at Ariake Arena, that Mutoh had passed the test he had asked Tanahashi to put him through, and he was inviting him to come to a big match in New Japan for one last time. In his “Dragon Note” column in “Weekly Pro”, Tanahashi described his duty towards Mutoh as one of “Filial piety of a child towards a parent”.

Further New Japan and NOAH conflict

Following Keiji Mutoh’s retirement road match at Ariake Arena, Keiji Mutoh and Hiroshi Tanahashi sat on the ramp together and discussed how impressed they were by Yoshiki Inamura, who was fighting Togi Makabe. Makabe had dismissed Inamura prior to the match, but Inamura had vowed that he wasn’t going to leave without knowing who he was. After the match, Makabe vowed further interaction with Inamura, saying that either he came to New Japan or he would come to NOAH and beat him up, either way, NOAH needed to make something between them happen. In the match Mutoh fighting Tanahashi, Inamura and Makabe, left Naomichi Marufuji and Tomoaki Honma. Honma has vowed revenge on Naomichi Marufuji for the chopping he got, which busted him open, while Marufuji huffed at some footage of Honma that the move he was doing was one he did when he was a trainee.

Katsuhiko Nakajima and Naomichi Marufuji to go overseas

Katsuhiko Nakajima and Naomichi Marufuji will be appearing in San Francisco for King of Indies 2022. There will also be a dojo assessment with one person chosen to participate in NOAH.

NOAH vs Dragon Gate

Because HAYATA has been injured, the card for NOAH vs Dragon Gate on the 11th November, has been changed slightly. Yoshinari Ogawa has been removed from the card, with Dante Leon and Atsushi Kotoge taking his and HAYATA’S place teaming with Yosuke Santa Maria (who will probably be chasing Atsushi Kotoge around) against UT, Jason Lee and Strong Machine J. Stalker Ichikawa has also been added to the card, and he will face a mystery opponent. Fans are speculating this could be Junta Miyawaki, Daisuke Harada or even Yoshinari Ogawa. Whoever it is, Ichikawa will no doubt be annihilated in very short time.

Go Shiozaki

Go Shiozaki made an appearance at the Ariake Arena event and led the crowd (who could now cheer) in “I AM NOAH”…”WE ARE NOAH!”. He hasn’t given a date for his return, but he and NOAH are saying that it will be very soon.

 ELSEWHERE IN NOAH

– At the fan event in Shizuoka, Naomichi Marufuji was teasing Daiki Inaba, who unlike himself and Masa Kitamiya, grinned and stood with his hands by his side rather than pose.

– When STINGER failed to come to the ring on time, NOSAWA and Super Crazy went on a hunt for them. This involved looking under the ring and even under the steel barriers.  NOSAWA then decided to count them out.

– El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Jnr was the only roster member to dress up for Halloween, by wearing a pumpkin colored mask complete with stalk. Hideki Suzuki told the referee to check the stalk…

– Keiji Mutoh joked that he found Hiroshi Tanahashi’s look too flashy! He also let Honma hug him once, but then batted him away when he tried again. Honma kind of chased him around the ring with Mutoh telling him to go away!

EVENT RECAPS AND POST MATCH PROMOS

[MUTO RETIREMENT ROAD] ABEMA PRESENTS ARIAKE GAISEN-THE RETURN-PRO-WRESTLING LOVE FOREVER . 3 ~TRIUMPH~ (SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30TH)

Event recap

Post match interviews

 SUNNY VOYAGE 2022, KIRAMESSE NUMAZU (THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3RD)

Event recap

Post match interview

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

  • GHC Heavyweight Champion: Kaito Kiyomiya
    Challenger: Timothy Thatcher, GLOBAL2days WRESTLE UNIVERSE presents Global Honored Crown, Thursday November 10th 2022, Korakuen Hall, Tokyo
  • GHC Junior Champion: Ninja Mack
    Challenger: Dante Leon, GLOBAL2days WRESTLE UNIVERSE presents Global Honored Crown, Thursday November 10th 2022, Korakuen Hall, Tokyo
  • GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: KojiSugi (Satoshi Kojima & Takashi Sugiura)
    Challengers: Funky Express (Mohammed Yone & Akitoshi Saito), GLOBAL2days WRESTLE UNIVERSE presents Global Honored Crown, Thursday November 10th 2022, Korakuen Hall, Tokyo
  • GHC Junior Tag Champions: The NOAH Junior Regulars (Atsushi Kotoge & Seiki Yoshioka)
    Challengers: Kongoh Juniors (Shuji Kondo & Hajime Ohara), GLOBAL2days WRESTLE UNIVERSE presents Global Honored Crown, Thursday November 10th 2022, Korakuen Hall, Tokyo
  • GHC National Champion: Masakatsu Funaki
    Challenger: El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Jnr, GLOBAL2days WRESTLE UNIVERSE presents Global Honored Crown, Thursday November 10th 2022, Korakuen Hall, Tokyo

THIS WEEK IN NOAH

(Full November schedule)

– GLOBAL2days WRESTLE UNIVERSE presents Global Honored Crown

Date: Thursday, November 10th

Venue: Korakuen Hall, Tokyo

Start time: Doors open 17:30 JST, event starts 18:30 JST

Broadcast: WrestleUniverse (live)

– GLOBAL2days WRESTLE UNIVERSE presents Global Honored Crown

Date: Friday, November 11th

Venue: Korakuen Hall, Tokyo

Start time: Doors open 17:30 JST, event starts 18:30 JST

Broadcast: WrestleUniverse (live)

– Sunday 13th November: Daisuke Harada (36)

ARTICLES

“Hey! Shall I train my body from today!?” Riki Choshu names himself in Keiji Mutoh’s Tokyo Dome Retirement Match?

My Name is G-MAN

GHC Junior Tag Match Signing Ceremony: Kondo challenges his partner, Ohara, by exposing his weaknesses? 

GHC Junior Match Signing Ceremony: Ninja emphasizes “I’m the favorite”, Leon emphasizes “Get the belt of my dreams”

GHC National Match Signing Ceremony: Funaki defines “Heterogenous Professional Wrestling”, Wagner Jnr to “Make Achievements” with his first single title

GHC Heavyweight Signing Ceremony: “Undefeated” Thatcher – “Kiyomiya is a pretty boy”, Champion Kiyomiya reveals “Top Awareness”

GHC Tag Match Signing Ceremony: Dangerous Detectives vs Funky…Kojima’s “Satoshi Competition” proposal creates chaos

“Tomorrow is the Ariake Arena Event. Ariake Triumphant Return” – note by Yoshiki Inamura

“Day of Fate” – Note by Kaito Kiyomiya

“HAHAHAHA!” Fujita’s beastly provocation with red viper drink, Kiyomiya is steadfast…

GHC National Match Signing: Funaki “I want to beat myself of 15 years ago”, Sakuraba “Tohoku Number One Deciding Match at the same time”

GHC Heavyweight Tag Signing Ceremony: Sugiura rejects Kojima’s declaration of “Defense until 62 years old”…Nakajima has a view to attack other promotions.

GHC Junior Tag Signing Ceremony: HI69 “Win with the new special move “La Pas”, Tadasuke “any means”

GHC Junior Match Signing: Ninja vehemently refutes HAYATA’S “Aerial Techniques Only”

Retirement Announcement, NOSAWA Rongai looking to switch to “M Leaguer”

Keiji Mutoh speaks about Hiroshi Tanahashi

Great Muta makes a surprise appearance and attacks O-Khan, forms a trio with Okada and Yano on the 20th November Ariake

Akitoshi’s Tsurezuregusa

WEEKLY PRO ARTICLES & INTERVIEWS

Kenta Kobashi Post Match Interview (March 1st 2003, NOAH Navigate For Evolution)

Follow Me You Bastards! Kenoh’s Weekly Pro Column (27th September 2022)

BOOK CORNER

“Donmai, Donmai” – Mitsuharu Misawa’s diary

GIF credit: WrestleUniverse


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