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Stardom Sapporo Queen’s Fes Results & Review (6/3/2018)

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We’re back with Stardom as Oedo Tai are set to defend their Goddesses of Stardom Championships and we also get the Future of Stardom Championship match as well in a highly anticipated match up. We have a rather stacked card for this show so it’s sure to be a good one,.

So let us…dive right in.

 

Three Way Match
Leo Onozaki vs. Shiki Shibusawa vs. Tam Nakano

Review: Our show starts off with a three-way match between two STARS members, Tam Nakano and Shiki Shibusawa and JAN’s Leo Onozaki. I wonder how many cutters Leo will do throughout the match, gonna take all bets for this one.

The match is incredibly short and uneventful and it’s a shame because you actually can tell a great story in under ten minutes, but this was the exact opposite of that, unfortunately. Tam and Shiki would do a double Dropkick to Leo once she was on the mat, but it was just very poorly timed as was a lot of moves in the match. Leo would hit two cutters this time with one of them being a double cutter to the both of them and it’s kinda progress except that she doesn’t do much outside of that except for punches and a poorly executed Scoop Slam. In less than five minutes, Tam would pin Leo after hitting a Roundhouse Kick to her head to win the match.

Recommended: Skippable

Leo’s Cutter Count: 2 (Yes, I’m actually adding this from now on.)

 

Future Of Stardom Title Match
Starlight Kid (c) vs. AZM

Review: We get out first title match early with Starlight Kid defending her championship against AZM in the highly anticipated rematch. The last time they fought was on April 1st where Starlight would get the win in about five minutes and since then AZM has been trying to get back into the title picture because she feels like that title belongs to her and not Starlight. We would always see them facing off in tag matches throughout the tours and both of them have been back and forth with the victories and have gotten better each time they paired off in the ring, so this one should have a better payoff.

Starlight would offer her hand to AZM for a sign of respect, but AZM would kick her hand away since she doesn’t need her respect since she just wants her title. The match started off with the two of them slapping each other in the face til Starlight ducked one of them to slap her twice and they both would grab onto their heads until the referee told them to break it up. They would then do some chain wrestling with them reversing each other to show that they’re evenly matched in the ring until AZM went to the outside to catch her breath as Starlight went to go look for her, but AZM would give her a sneak attack by Dropkicking her from behind to make her go out the ring. AZM would start to attack her outside and would try to throw her towards the turnbuckle post, but Starlight would reverse it to try and throw her into it, but they keep reeling each other in to reverse it to throw the other in their, but no like as Starlight breaks it up to punch her instead and then AZM Scoop Slams her down. Eventually, they would get back in the ring as Starlight Double Stomps her taped up back and does the Camel Clutch to work out on her back some more till she broke the hold and AZM would get revenge and beat her down and Dropkick her back by the ropes.

Starlight would attempt the 619 as she misses but would catch her with the second attempt through the bottom room despite one foot missing it and does a Standing Moonsault for good measure. Starlight would keep on working her back with submissions and strikes to make sure she would get her down for a three count to make her get weaker whenever she did more of her impact moves. The two would do a Dropkick to each other back and forth until Starlight was caught to catch her with a second one in time before AZM could do it back to her and she would catch her with her Rounding Frog Splash and it looks like this could be it, but AZM kicks out at two just in time. Getting frustrated, Starlight would do her variation of the Walls of Jericho until she could slip out of it and Starlight would attempt another Moonsault for her to miss as AZM gets enough energy to hit her Jumping Crossbody and once she hits it, the bell would ring meaning the fifteen minute time limit expired and the match is now a draw, and Starlight is still the Future of Stardom Champion. Will these two clash again? Most definitely.

Recommended: Very good match, worth a viewing.

 

Tag Team Match
Jungle Kyona & Natsuko Tora vs. Hazuki & Natsu Sumire

Review: Oh hey, Nao Yamaguchi is back from her concussion and I see she is still Oedo Tai’s adorable puppy. Hazuki and Sumire are talking about how they’re gonna beat the fatties (Natsuko and Jungle) while they have so much fruit to spare as Nao keeps trying to take one, but she eventually gets fed by the two. Sumire and Hazuki don’t care much about the match as they were seen sitting by their corner of the ring eating their pineapple while ignoring the referee until he decides to tell them no so the match could start.

We have Sumire and Kyona starting us off finally. Kyona would Shoulder Block her a couple of times until Sumire goes to the corner to eat her fruit again, but as Jungle rushes towards her, Sumire would duck and feed her a couple to distract her (sharing is caring) to attempt a roll-up, but Kyona kicks out. Nao would try to help them out by dragging Natsuko and Kyona outside of the ring when they got knocked down, but they would double team her and I believe this is animal abuse and they need to stop it. The match was entertaining since they had that good comedy bit, in the beginning, to get the people entertained and then the second half of the match delivered with some intensity from Kyona. Hazuki and Sumire would try to Double Suplex her and it would backfire causing Kyona to Suplex the both of them. Natsuko would then Spear Hazuki to try and get the win, but Hazuki weakly kicks out of it while Sumire and Jungle are outside of the ring fighting. Hazuki would hit the Falcon Arrow to knock her down and then hits the Atomic Bombs Away to pick up the win for Oedo Tai.

Recommended: For the return of Nao Yamaguchi and an entertaining match, yes.

 

Six Man Tag Team Match
Deonna Purrazzo, Toni Storm & Zoe Lucas vs. Io Shirai, Konami & Momo Watanabe

Review: Our next match is a six-man tag match with the return of our World of Stardom Champion, Toni Storm as she leads her team with Deonna Purrazzo and Zoe Lucas to take on Queen’s Quest members, Io Shirai, Konami, and Wonder of Stardom Champion, Mono Watanabe. In the pre-match interview, Zoe would be excited saying Toni and Deonna would come back for her and they look at her confused as to why she’s so hyper, but Zoe would do it again which makes the other two leave the area to do their match, why are Toni’s pre-match interviews always so awkward? This is also the first match since she made her official announcement of departing from the company and she wants to show she’ll still end up on top for the remainder of her time in the company.

We had Momo and Deonna starting it off as they went back and forth till they made the tag with Konami and Zoe this time and the same thing will happen until Toni and Io were in the ring together and it looked like Io was getting the advantage for a while until Toni sucker punched Io after a handshake to get the heat over her. Eventually Momo would be in for the hot tag as she was mostly working on Zoe Lucas for the duration of the tag and would go for the Tequila Sunrise which Zoe broke out of and would send Momo to the corner for her, Deonna, and Toni to all get a move in on her to try and knock her down, then they would try to do a Triple Suplex to their opponents which Queen’s Quest tries to reverse out of, but Toni and the others would actually land the Suplex onto all three of them and not enough to put them away. Queen’s Quest would get back some momentum with applying their submission holds onto all three of them to weaken them up with Toni and Deonna rolling to the outside and Konami hits a Roundhouse Kick on Zoe to knock her out for a moment. Io then would hit her Diving Moonsault Press onto Zoe for another good measure before giving Momo time by attacking Toni which Momo uses this opening to hit the Tequila Sunrise on Zoe to get the win for Queen’s Quest.

Recommended: Solid six-man tag match, worth a viewing.

 

Goddesses Of Stardom Title Match
Hana Kimura & Kagetsu (c) vs. Mayu Iwatani & Saki Kashima

Review: A couple of weeks ago, STARS and Oedo Tai fought each other in a Two out of Three Falls Match and since Mayu and Saki were to get the pins and win for their team, we have this match here for the Goddesses of Stardom Championship against Kagetsu and Hana Kimura. Usually Oedo Tai would do or say something silly in their pre-match interviews, but this time Kagetsu and Hana didn’t say a single word as they nodded to each other, shook hand, and hugged before going over to the ring and there actually is a reason for that which I will get to at the end of the match here.

Saki and Hana started it off with Hana pandering to the crowd and strutting her stuff while not taking this match fully seriously yet, the two locked up and Hana would have Saki by the ropes as it looked like she was gonna go for a punch but stopped to tease her and backed away. Mayu and Saki would knock Hana and Kagetsu down, they would run to the ropes to attempt a double team move, but the numbers game takes effect when Sumire and Nao pulled the two out as Oedo Tai attack the two outside of the ring, except for Kagetsu who is just hanging out in the ring while they do the work. They would eventually get back in the ring as Hana tags in Kagetsu now and spits water in Saki’s face before attacking her more. Saki would desperately try and strike Kagetsu, but she’s too weak to do enough damage to her as Kagetsu pushes her down and tags Hana back to try and finish it early, but Saki had enough strength to push her away and tag Mayu in for the hot tag as she goes to roll Hana for a two count and while Kagetsu tries to help Hana, Mayu would grab their arms for an arm drag after bouncing off the ropes to make Kagetau go back outside. The hot tag was short lived as Hana delivered a stiff Dropkick to Mayu and caused her to tag back in Saki despite not being fully healed as Hana then tags Kagetsu, but Saki would find the strength to apply the Black Widow on Kagetsu for a short period till it broke off. Saki tagged Mayu back in and would try to put Kagetsu Away, but she gets hit with the Michinoku Driver and she’s not done as Kagetsu goes to the top rope with Hana handing Mayu to her for a Powerbomb and it gets reversed into a Frankensteiner. Hana now Dropkicks Mayu down and hits another kick to her head when she was hanging on the bottom ropes and Mayu made it look deadly with her selling here and she does it so well while not being over the top with it. Hana then tries her own variation of Black Widow onto Mayu to try and make her tap out which she almost does until her foot caught the bottom rope to break the hold. Mayu and Saki would attempt to Double Clothesline Hana, but she ducks and instead of running towards them, she would attack the referee so Oedo Tai could assault the two more, but they would fight them off and when Mayu gets thrown into the turnbuckle, she jumps to the top do to a splash onto all of them. Mayu would go for her Dragon Suplex as Hana fights it off and Kagetsu would attempt to spit the green mist into her eyes, but she hits Hana instead which gives Saki time to hit Kagetsu with the Killswitch and Mayu hits her Dragon Suplex Hold, but Hana kicked out of it! Mayu and Saki both kick her down and Saki would make sure Kagetsu doesn’t go back into the ring while Mayu hits another Dragon Suplex Hold for the win and we have new champions!

After the match, Mayu and Saki would share an emotional moment in the ring as they both thank the fans for their support and said being back in Sapporo was a big deal for them since it’s been a while since the last time they came here. Mayu said it’s been a while since she closed a show and would say the future is shining bright for STARS. Saki Kashima has definitely earned this run since she’s been so impressive ever since she made her return the company over two months ago and it’s like she never lost a step, I hope it leads to more opportunities for her if she sticks around. As for Hana Kimura, this would be her last show with the company until September as she is going to Mexico for her excursion to better herself as a performer and while we’ll all miss her, this could be good for her since she’ll come back better than ever while Kagetsu can now focus on the World of Stardom Championship as she fights Toni Storm for the title on the June 9th show, don’t wanna miss it.

Recommended: Great match, watch it.

 

Overall: Despite the opening bout being the only bad match, this was a great show as the other four matches delivered with quality wrestling and entertainment, now hopefully they can keep this up once Io is gone and I have a good feeling they will.

Favorite Match: Kagetsu & Hana Kimura vs. Mayu Iwatani & Saki Kashima

Least Favorite Match: Leo Onozaki vs. Shiki Shibusawa vs. Tam Nakano

Score: 8/10


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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.

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– 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

GIF taken from WrestleUniverse
Picture credit: Kaito Kiyomiya, Weekly Pro


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