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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Live Report! (8/21/18)

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After The Bludgeon Brothers used Champion’s Advantage to retain, The New Day get a rematch the SmackDown Tag Team Championships, with NO Disqualifications!

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Jeff Hardy VS Randy Orton; Orton wins, by disqualification.
  • Naomi VS Peyton Royce w/ Billie Kay; Peyton wins.
  • Andrade “Cien” Almas & Zelina Vega VS Rusev & Lana; Rusev & Lana win.
  • SmackDown Tag Team Championships No Disqualifications Match: The Bludgeon Brothers VS The New Day; The New Day win and become the new Smackdown Tag Team Champions.

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The Miz & Maryse head to the ring!

The It Couple returns to SmackDown victorious over Daniel Bryan thanks to brass knuckles Maryse gave to her A-Lister husband. Fans boo because we all know now what he did. Miz and Maryse are strangely somber while fans chant for Bryan. But Miz can’t help but laugh. “So, I was able to close my eyes and really feel that.” He really felt that in a way he never has before. Two nights ago, something happened. Maryse takes his hand and helps him through it. Miz has a family to think about now. It is with a heavy heart and the utmost sadness that Miz, choking back the “tears”, that Miz officially announces his retirement. Fans explode with “YES! YES!” “Of ever facing Daniel Bryan again!”

Yes, yes, yes, Miz closes the eight year saga because he did exactly what he said he would! Miz beat Bryan in front of the sold-out Barclays Center! Don’t get Miz wrong, Bryan gave it his all. Bryan punched and kicked him maybe 100 times, but 100 Bryan punches don’t amount to one Miz punch! Miz has the hardest punch in the WWE! He did what Bryan said and punched him in the face. But when Miz did it, Miz pinned Bryan 1-2-3, in front of his lovely wife and mother of the century and their angel of a daughter. Now, Miz starts a new chapter in his life, where he’ll watch episode 5 of Miz & Mrs! But wait, here comes Daniel Bryan!

Bryan speaks on the stage, calling Miz a “coward!” And he ignores everything Miz says. Miz hides behind Maryse as he says he’s no coward, he’s a winner. But Brooklyn knows better. “You’re a Coward!” Miz knows Bryan will have to live with the face he’ll never be better than Miz and will never get another chance to prove it! Bryan tells Miz to shut up. Miz can parody a retirement and cheat to win, but it’s just another layer in the huge facade that is “The Miz”. The lights, the make-up, all of it. Bryan promised to punch Miz, now he promises to expose The Miz. “And that is the wannabe Hollywood star cosplaying as a professional wrestler.” No one is retiring yet. But Maryse says Bryan might as well retire and become Daniel Bella. Speaking of…

Here comes Brie Bella! And she hits Miz! Bryan takes out Miz, too, and the A-Listers regroup on the outside. The fans are loving Bryan & Bella, because Brie has a pretty good punch, too. But as Bryan was saying, he talked to GM Paige. And at Hell in a Cell, Miz and Bryan are in a match, but not alone. It will be a Mixed Tag, Miz & Maryse VS Bryan & Brie! The A-Listers are furious but the WWE Universe loves it! Which super couple wins when we get this Awesome Mixed Tag Match?

 

Miz & Maryse go in search of Paige.

This is not how stars are treated! But she has nothing to say about Brie & Bryan? Miz & Maryse are the stars of USA Network and the highest rated reality show. Paige is a worse boss than Bryan! Well, Brie still punched him in the face. The match stays, and that will be AWESOME! Talk to the hand.

 

Jeff Hardy VS Randy Orton!

The Charismatic Enigma refuses to be erased by The Viper, and now stands up to render the third-generation superstar OBSOLETE! Will Hardy succeed in redeeming himself? Or will Orton strike him down once and for all?

The bell rings and we begin. Orton powers Hardy to a corner, then throws hands. He stops at 4, but Hardy hits back! Hardy backs Orton down, then kicks away on Orton. He whips but Orton reverses. Orton runs into a boot, but then trips up Whisper in the Wind! Hardy crashes and burns while we go picture in picture. Orton goes out to fetch Hardy, dragging him up to throw him back into steel steps. And again! Orton brings Hardy up and in, then covers. TWO, but Orton keeps his cold-blooded cool. He drags Hardy up and out now, to then bring him to the announce desk. Orton drops Hardy with a back suplex on the desk! Then he drags Hardy around, for another!

Hardy is down while Orton goes back into the ring. Orton shows off by doing jumping jacks, but then goes back out to fetch Hardy again. Orton brings Hardy up, for a third back suplex on the table! He leaves Hardy down and out while refreshing the count. Orton drags Hardy up a fourth time, but puts him in the ring. Cover, TWO! Orton pulls Hardy’s arm to stomp on it! Orton picks Hardy apart with those signature sinister stomps. Cover, TWO, but Orton keeps on Hardy with a chinlock. Hardy endures the squeeze and works his way up. Orton puts more of his weight on Hardy to bring him back down and we go single picture.

Fans rally up and Hardy fights out with elbows. Orton headbutts then whips Hardy corner to corner. Hardy hits back, then boots back. Hardy climbs up again, Whisper in the Wind works this time! Both men are down but fans rally for “Brother Nero!” Hardy hits Orton back with haymakers, then whips. Orton reverses but Hardy runs him over. Hardy atomic drops then takes Orton down for the leg-splitting leg drop. Dropkick added, then Twist of Fate! Orton falls into a drop zone, and Hardy takes of the shirt. Hardy climbs high, but Orton trips him up. Orton grabs Hardy’s hair to pull him back up. Orton goes after the gauge hole again! The referee reprimands Orton but Orton won’t let up. He then drags Hardy out for the DDT, but Hardy stops that. Hardy has Orton down again, and stomps him in the dick!

Winner: Randy Orton, by disqualification

Hardy doesn’t care, he dropkicks Orton out! And then he leaps on him at the announce desk! “DELETE! DELETE!” echoes out as Hardy tosses Orton over the desk and into barriers! Hardy isn’t done yet, but neither is Orton. They brawl, and Orton rocks Hardy with European Uppercuts. But Hardy comes back with big haymakers, and he bounces Orton off a post. Then he throws Orton into the crowd! The brawl continues right in front of the WWE Universe, and the production area. Hardy even splashes down on Orton. Hardy clears a table, clubs Orton hard on the back, and even SMACKS him with a chair!

The assault continues with more chair shots, and Orton ends up on the spare table. Hardy makes sure he stays there as he rains down rights and lefts. He even assaults Orton with a handheld camera! Hardy gets a wicked idea, and he climbs up to the second level. Fans are freaking out as Hardy takes aim… SWANTON BOMB!! Hardy and Orton crash down through the table! Hardy sits up, and laughs! Will he have the last laugh in this war with the Viper?

 

Backstage interview with The Bar.

Cesaro & Sheamus wish to address tonight’s SmackDown Tag Team Championship match. Is it a prediction? No, they’re here to issue a challenge. The winners face them next, but in come The Club! Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows want to be both champions and the Kickoff Panel! Will New Day be hit with mallets? Or will they use pancakes to assault pallets? Abs Anderson and Big Gallows issue a challenge to the champs! And if The Bar takes issue with that, then they can meet the Good Brothers in the ring. Back to Karen in the studio! The Bar accepts the challenge, because they don’t just set the bar, they ARE the bar! Who will prove themselves worthy of being #1 contenders to the tag titles?

 

Naomi VS Peyton Royce w/ Billie Kay!

It’s #GlowTime in Brooklyn, but Naomi is going up against one half of the Iconic Duo. Will Naomi be able to avoid the numbers game? Or is the future truly IIconic?

Billie & Peyton play a guessing game on the way to the ring. Name something overrated, loud, obnoxious and has annoying flashing lights. Peyton knows! It’s Brooklyn! Fans boo but Billie says that’s the answer to “What’s a dumpster fire?” Billie was thinking of something else, wink wink nudge nudge she’s in the ring. Oh, Naomi! Then it’s only fitting Peyton gets to beat Naomi, and prove that neither Naomi or New York is #IIconic. Words aside, Peyton gets ready while we go to break.

SmackDown returns and Peyton has Naomi in headscissors. Naomi pops right out, then blocks Peyton’s kick to spin her around. Naomi swings kicks but Peyton ducks, so Naomi kicks her forward. Then the running split splash! Cover, TWO! Billie and Peyton regroup, but Naomi runs to wreck Peyton with a dropkick. Naomi drags Peyton up and in, but Billie distracts. Peyton hotshots Naomi from behind, then heel kicks her down! Billie says that’s what Naomi gets! Fans boo and jeer but Peyton and Billie taunt Naomi. Naomi gets up at the count of 5, then staggers up at 7. Peyton is on her right away with clubbing forearms and stomps. Cover, TWO, and the IIconics are furious.

Peyton bumps Naomi off buckles, then brings her up to grind her boot into Naomi’s chin. Peyton backs off at 4, then drags Naomi out. She clubs away more, then drives a knee into Naomi’s back. Peyton pulls and thrashes Naomi around in a chinlock. Fans rally and Naomi powers up. Naomi arm-drags Peyton off, then ducks int eh corner. She kicks Peyton’s leg, then tees off with more kicks! Peyton staggers but Naomi rallies. Springboard kick! Cover, TWO! Naomi goes in a corner but Peyton puts her on the apron. Naomi gives her another kick, then takes Billie down with a bulldog to a post! Peyton puts Naomi into a post, then drags her in for a Perfect Plex! Cover, Peyton wins!

Winner: Peyton Royce, by pinfall

The Venus Flytrap wins thanks to her Femme Fatale BFF, and the two celebrate all the way to the back. Will this lead to an #IIconic title shot in the near future?

 

The New Day are patched up.

Big E’s ribs are questionable. He usually likes smoked with greens on the side. No, his ribs. Oh pretty bad actually. But it’s fine, Kofi Kingston knows they’re still in Brooklyn baby~! They started their record-breaking reign here! It’s the birthplace of Francesca 1.0. And it will be where they become the Five Time W! W! E, tag team champions~! High five! Big E, no, rib sauce. Oh, sorry. But yeah, it’s time! Will Kofi & Woods use their speed formation to overcome the brutality of Harper & Rowan?

 

Becky Lynch heads to the ring!

The SmackDown Women’s Championship was within her grasp as she had Carmella in the Disarm-Her. But then Charlotte Flair hit her with Natural Selection, and it was all torn away. Becky looked to put friendship over titles, but then she attacked Charlotte without remorse! “I deserve to be standing here as the Woman’s Champion.” And that means Charlotte deserved her beating. Summerslam wasn’t supposed to be about Brock Lesnar, Roman Reigns, Samoa Joe, AJ Styles, Seth Rollins, Ronda Rousey, and certainly not about Charlotte. No, it was meant to be about Becky! Becky was supposed to have her time! Becky earned her title, and was over Charlotte being added. “Because finally, it was my opportunity to silence the critics that said I was just Charlotte’s friend.”

Becky imagined herself raising that title, being her own woman, that she put SmackDown’s Women’s Division on the map as top woman! Fans act like they’re with her, but were they really? Fans say “YES! YES!” Becky doesn’t believe them. There was no #GiveBeckyaChance. There was no boycott. And when Charlotte stole that match, fans got up and cheered. Were the fans really that upset? And when anyone asks “Who is the greatest superstar of all time?” they don’t choose Becky. Becky has become an afterthought. No, Becky doesn’t care about this generation of “all talk and no actions.” She has had enough of opinions, and she decided to take action.

That referee counting three was someone counting her out of a trance. Becky saw so clearly in that moment, that her “best friend” was just holding her back. Charlotte stole Becky’s moment for the last time. Becky decided to raise Charlotte’s hand, only to rip her head off! This was Becky’s turn, not because anyone else says so, but because she says so! Becky’s the best, “and there’s not a woman on this roster or anyone in this arena or watching at home that can tell me different.” But speaking of, here comes Charlotte! Charlotte and Becky stare down and fight with words, but Charlotte rushes the ring and they fight with fists! Charlotte gets Becky down with hammer firsts, but Bekcy turns it around! The two stand back up and then tumble out of the ring!

Becky has Charlotte against the stairs, but then tries to retreat. Charlotte gives chase but referees come out as they get back in the ring. Becky boots Charlotte but the brawl only gets worse. Paige brings out reinforcements in the form of the SmackDown Women’s Division. Absolution hold Becky while Asuka and the IIconics grab Charlotte. Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” and they get loose! The other women pull them apart again, but Becky gets Charlotte down! The roster tries a third time to keep the peace, but Brooklyn is on Becky’s side in this fight. Charlotte SPEARS Becky out of the ring! Charlotte even shoves her other friends away to JUMP onto Becky! Becky and Charlotte have to be dragged apart to stop the fighting, while we go to break.

 

Andrade “Cien” Almas & Zelina Vega VS Rusev & Lana!

It’s a rematch from the Summerslam Kickoff as El Idolo & La Muneca are “amused” to beat Mr. & Mrs. Machka again. Rusev & Lana have lost every single time but now it’s time to show the WWE Universe it’s #AllAboutAlmas. Will Almas & Vega continue their sweep? Or will it finally be time for the Bulgarian Brute & Ravishing Russian to CRUSH!?

The bell rings and we start with the men just like Summerslam. Almas shoves then chops Rusev, but Rusev clobbers Almas. Rusev drops elbows, then stomps. Almas gives a jawbreaker, then kicks and elbows away in a corner. Almas backs off at 4, then goes back for more. He whips Rusev but Rusev reverses. Rusev runs into an elbow, then Almas goes for the inverted tornado. Rusev denies it, but ends up in the draping armbar! Almas lets go at 4, then springboards but into a roundhouse! Rusev tags Lana, and now Vega has to come in. Lana uses Almas as a step stool to then clobber Vega! Vega rolls out, but Lana roars “CRUSH!” Rusev joins in and the fans sing for Rusev Day while we go picture in picture.

Lana dares Vega to get back in, but Vega wants her to stay back. Vega goes in and circles with Lana, but Lana puts her in a corner for shoulders to the stomach. Vega denies the whip and hits a roaring elbow, then whips Lana in. Lana counters with a headscissor ax kick! Lana then gives Vega a ravishing bulldog! Cover, TWO! Vega scrambles away but Lana pursues. They’re on the apron, but Vega sweeps the legs! Vega throws Lana down, then pulls her back in a chinlock before stomping her down. Vega brags as she puts Lana back in. Cover, TWO, so she wraps Lana in a chinlock. Lana endures and works to get up. She stands, but Vega hops on as a backpack. We go single picture as Lana backs Vega into buckles. Lana gets free, but Vega gives her a jump kick!

Vega has Lana on the ropes, then hits a swing around into a draping chinlock! She lets go at 4, then gives Lana a facebuster. Cover, TWO! Vega grows frustrated, but she keeps on Lana with clubbing forearms. She runs, and gets Lana in a crucifix. Lana stays standing as she reaches for Rusev, but Vega shifts to a sunset flip. Lana sits on it, TWO to the Sunset. ONE, and Vega throws Lana down by her hair. Vega soaks in the heat as she runs in at Lana. Lana boots Vega then SLAPS Almas! Lana crawls for her corner but Vega clamps on. Vega drags Lana back but is pushed away. Hot tag to Rusev!

Rusev rallies on Almas! He gives a big shoulder tackle then a flying spin kick! Fans fire up with “Rusev Day! Rusev Day” as Rusev runs. His kick misses, but Almas’ boot feint to elbow hits! Rusev is down, Almas runs for CIEN KNEES! Cover, TWO!? Almas can’t believe that Rusev survives! He drags Rusev back up, hammerlock, but Rusev pops out. Rusev back suplexes but Almas slips out, only for Rusev to clothesline him out. Vega comes in and gets in Rusev’s face, but it’s Lana who SPEARS Vega down! Almas has a chair, but Aiden English snags it away!  Rusev then MACHKA kicks! Time to CRUSH! Accolade!! Almas taps, Rusev & Lana win!

Winners: Rusev & Lana, Rusev by submission

They finally get one over El Idolo and his manager! And it was thanks to English. English always has his friends’ backs, will this help get the entire Rusev Day team back on track?

 

Shinsuke Nakamura speaks.

The King of Strong Style knows that the Statue of Liberty is about “give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses”, and Nakamura believes he’s a hero to America! Or rather, the United States of Nakamerica. Who will step up to the United States Champion in the coming weeks?

 

Renee Young interviews AJ Styles on the stage.

The Phenomenal One is still WWE Champion, but only after Samoa Joe pushed him so far, he snapped. Styles beat Joe down with fists and chairs, but that wasn’t how either man wanted to end the match. What happened at Summerslam? Styles has a hard time getting the words out, but he finally says, “Summerslam didn’t end the way I wanted it to. But I don’t regret what I did to Samoa Joe.” Styles lost and he’s not proud of how he acted. But Joe crossed a line that real men don’t cross. Styles broke his promise, but makes a new promise to the WWE Universe that he vows to not break. “The next time Samoa Joe mentions my family, I’m gonna rip his heart out.” But here comes Joe from behind! COQUINA CLUTCH!

Joe chokes Styles out on the ground, then lets him go so he can speak. Joe makes the camera stay on him as he says “Oh~ Wendyyyy~!” There are a lot of promises being made. Styles promised to come home and tuck in the kids, but “daddy’s already gone night-night!” Joe doesn’t care what’s honorable, he only cares about what’s effective. Will he get another go at the title? Will he take that title for his own?

 

Paige quickly prepares for the worst.

Not only does she want medics on standby for the upcoming main event, but she makes sure they get Styles taken care of right away. Then she is visited by Carmella. It’s about time Paige earns her paycheck. Hey did Carmella do something different? Her hair? Her shoes? No, it’s her weight. She lost ten pounds of gold on Sunday. Don’t #Titleshame, Paige! Everyone knows Carmella is getting a rematch, and it better be 1v1. Not if R-Truth has anything to say about it! What? Carmella has been ducking him for weeks now. The running stops, and he’s getting his title match. Tell her, Paige. No, Truth, that was for the Women’s Division specifically. Please move aside. “You got lucky this time.”

Paige and Carmella go back to talking rematch. It will happen next week. Yes, that’s what the Princess wanted to hear. She moonwalks out of frame, but apparently Truth is still in her way. Truth, stop, put Carmella down! But she’s what’s up.

 

SmackDown Tag Team Championships No Disqualifications Match: The Bludgeon Brothers VS The New Day!

Xavier Woods & Big E stood against doom and gloom Sunday night, but it went to a point where the powerhouse of positivity would damage his ribs. Now New Day shifts to speed formation as Kofi Kingston joins the fight. Will that and the No DQ format be enough to finally stop the duo of devastation that is Harper & Rowan?

The bell rings and it fires off! This is tornado style even because there’s no disqualifications over illegal participation. Harper goes after Kofi while Rowan has Woods. Kofi hits back and chops back but Harper uppercuts. Harper suplexes Kofi but Kofi lands on his feet. Kofi kicks Harper, then Woods dropkicks Harper over the desk! The New Day have control, but Rowan changes that as he tosses Woods. Kofi hops on Rowan, but gets thrown off. Harper throws the arm chair at Kofi! It’s a demolition derby while we go to break!

SmackDown returns as Rowan has Kofi in the corner. Harper keeps on Woods on the outside, and he grinds Woods’ head into the apron. Rowan brings Kofi up for a headbutt, but Woods kicks back on Harper! Woods chops and kicks but gets a palm strike. Harper brings Woods over but Woods slips out to then hit the roaring elbow! And a drop toehold to send Harper into the desk! Rowan whips but Kofi counters with the kicks. Kofi dumps Rowan out to then penalty kick him down! Fans fire up as Harper goes into the ring. Woods and Kofi search under the ring, and go for broke as they bring out a ladder! They put the ladder in the ring, but Rowan grabs them both. Harper DIVES! The Bludgeon Brothers take Kofi & Woods out at the same time!

Harper & Rowan search under the ring and bring out chairs. They put the chairs in the ring, then drag The New Day up and in. Rowan bounces Kofi off the desk while Harper whips Woods into steel steps. Harper stands on Woods, then clears out the announce team. Rowan puts Kofi on the apron for clubbing forearms, and Harper adds on. Rowan boots Kofi while Harper goes back to Woods for stomps. Harper drags Kofi out but fans rally up for New Day. Harper helps Rowan hit Kofi with a splash, then Rowan feeds Kofi to Harper’s boot! Things go back in the ring, cover, TWO! Kofi survives, but that just means he and Woods suffer more. But Woods enziguris Rowan back! But Rowan runs Woods over!

Harper aims at Kofi with a chair, but Kofi kicks it into his head. Then a tornado DDT onto the chair! Cover, but Rowan drags him out. Rowan boots Kofi down, then narrowly dodges Woods to run him over! Harper and Rowan regroup, then coordinate what more to do to The New Day. They go back out, and start peeling parts of the ring apart. They drag Woods over to the exposed LED edge, for the facebuster toss! Woods hits bare LED board, but that’s not all. Harper sets up a couple chairs, and then sets the ladder across them. He and Rowan drag Woods up, and everyone anticipates what’s coming. But here comes Kofi! He flies in, but he gets caught into the DOUBLE CRUCIFIX CHOKE SLAM! Cover, TWO!? Kofi survives?!

Fans are losing their minds but also cheering Kofi on for such superhuman toughness. The Bludgeon Brothers work on a new idea, and Rowan fetches a table! Harper sets it up but Woods grabs Rowan’s foot. Rowan kicks him away, but Kofi slumps out of the ring. Rowan goes to fetch Kofi, and Harper joins him. They drag Kofi back up for headbutts against a post! Now they grab the hammers! Harper slaps Rowan to fire him up, but then Rowan misses and goes into barriers! He blasts the timekeeper’s area apart! Harper SUPERKICKS Woods.

Harper checks on Rowan, but then has to hurry. He puts Woods in, but fans rally up. Harper drags Woods up near the table, but Kofi uses a Bludgeon hammer to stop him! Trouble in Paradise! Woods goes up while Kofi puts Harper on the table. Woods walks the tightrope, LIMIT BREAKER!! Cover, New Day wins!!

Winners: The New Day, Woods pinning; NEW SmackDown Tag Team Champions

They are the FIVE TIME W! W! E, Tag Team Champions~!! Big E returns to celebrate with Kofi & Woods! Positivity and perseverance overcome the bludgeoning, how long will they take this new tag title reign?

 


 

My Thoughts:

SmackDown really did give us a great “Special Edition”. Miz mocking Bryan with his fake retirement speech was Heel gold, but then it was actually pretty great to have Brie show up and get her shots in. This Mixed Tag is gonna be pretty fun, and could be a sign of Brie facing someone at Evolution the same as how Nikki is said to face Ronda. Hardy VS Orton was great, especially with the finish and post-match beating. Hardy gets back at Orton for the most part, but if the Hell in a Cell Match is reserved for bigger, they need at least a Falls Count Anywhere to settle this.

Naomi VS Peyton is a decent match, I think they need more familiarity. But Peyton getting the win is good for the IIconics should we get the Women’s Tag, and even just in the Women’s Division. Then while Becky did great with her motivation, it was clear there was the Vince influence that Becky had to be the Heel and get mad at fans. The fans aren’t going to hate Becky given they understand her frustrations, so it should’ve been a Face Tweener VS Face, and Charlotte could counter Becky’s complaints with the fact a Triple Threat is everyone for themselves. At the very least, Becky shouldn’t take the typical Heel route of blaming fans when we have nothing to do with it.

Great to see Rusev & Lana win thanks to English this time. That was a fun Mixed Tag but this feud doesn’t seem over quite yet. The Club VS The Bar next week is going to be really fun and they consider it a #1 Contender’s match, but I wouldn’t mind if both teams got a shot to really up the ante for Hell in a Cell. New Day win, as they should have at Summerslam, but it seems this was done because Rowan has bicep concerns. Rowan sadly always seems to be the Wyatt Family member getting hurt, hopefully this injury won’t be as bad as some in the past. New Day VS Bar VS Club will be an amazing possibility, but I’m just going to go with New Day VS The Bar for the usual Faces VS Heels.

My Score: 8.5/10


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(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.5 ~ 12TH OCTOBER 2018

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CURRENT TOUR RECAP
As Noah head towards the end of the year, Autumn Navigation began on October 7th in Gunma. I am afraid I don’t have too much information about the first two shows.

Naomichi Marufuji’s feud (not so much Akitoshi Saito’s) with Mitsuya Nagai and “The Hooligans” began in earnest. Marufuji came out with a weary expression like he had to deal with something that was tiresome (and to him it is, as he says that The Hooligans are not worthy of the title shot, although he’s had to begrudgingly give them one), and this match was to prove just to be that as Nagai came out to “second”.

“Second” in this case being another word for “interfere”, which he did by pulling the referee out of the ring when Marufuji went for the pin on Taniguchi. While the ref and Nagai argued, Cody Hall used the distraction to creep into the ring and ambush Marufuji with “The Hooligan” bomb, meaning that Taniguchi got the win when the ref got back in the ring.

Afterwards The Hooligans stood over Marufuji, Cody Hall & Taniguchi holding the heavyweight tag belts, and Taniguchi with his foot on him.

Marufuji said afterwards that he was irritated before, but he’s angry now, and he’s had enough. This wasn’t enough, however, to stop The Hooligans from running over them again on the 11th October.

Noah have started the pre-matches for Global League; on the 11th October, Masa Kitamiya and Katsuhiko Nakajima faced off against each other after a long while. Nakajima, as ever, smirking when kicking someone, this time his tag partner.

NEWS

NOAH MERCHANDISE AVAILABLE IN EUROPE & USA
IPW have announced that they have become the official merchandise vendor for Noah for Europe, and I understand they also deliver to the USA. I am afraid for any other country, you would need to check directly with them. Shop can be accessed via the link above.

“COME AT ME YOU BASTARDS”
Kenoh’s column this week is thought to be generally not too interesting (aside from maybe the end about appearing in a quiz show), but he does give some interesting insights into life in Noah and how wrestlers branching out into other programs beyond wrestling, can help a product.

Speaking of Kenoh, I read a very sweet story in an interview earlier this week.

When Kenoh was a tiny infant (about two or three), he used to stand at the window of the Nippon Kempo watching them practice until his mother removed him. Even when it snowed, he would stand at the window.

His mother later asked if he could see inside, and then enrolled him in the school.

NAOMICHI MARUFUJI VS HIKARU SHIDA
For her tenth anniversary in wrestling, Hikaru Shida challenged Naomichi Marufuji to a rematch. They had last clashed on April 17th, and she had been knocked out within a few minutes (108 seconds to be precise). This time she managed to last eighteen minutes with him. He took knee attacks, and she took chops.

Marufuji won with the high knee, and said afterwards that “the match was fun, and with so much potential, I want you to be the top girl”.”.

WINTER NAVIGATION 2018 & EARLY DATES FOR JANUARY 2019
Noah have announced the dates for “Winter Navigation 2018”, plus “Great Voyage in Yokohama Vol.2” and “NOAHFul Gift in Differ”.

They have also announced dates for January 2019.

Last year NOAHFUL Gift was held in ShinKiba, this year it will be being held at Korakuen Hall. Although Noah have announced no plans for the format as of yet, it will most likely feature the flea market in which Noah sell their old ring wear to fans (in the old days they would also serve Dojo chanko) and the usual battle royal and comedy matches.

Genba Hirayanagi threatened to appear last year in some gnarly old pants when he heard there was a flea-market. Sugiura said no one would want them, and Marufuji told him that it was “called obstruction of business”.

Thankfully Genba’s questionable taste in clothes is not a recurring feature, but Akitoshi Saito in cosplay is. In past years we have seen a lounge singer (complete with frilled cuffs, cummerbund and a velvet suit), and a pigtailed joshi. 2017 saw him in a video which was played in installments throughout the evening flanked by Moose in a Burger King hat, Eddie Edwards in a Santa hat (both were trying not to laugh), and Saito in various stages of undress whilst wearing a wig and make-up.

During the Battle Royale last year, everyone dressed up; well, almost everyone, as Kenoh appeared in an old karate outfit, and HAYATA came as himself in DOVE Pro. Other highlights included Takashi Sugiura being labelled a “vulgar and tasteless Santa” by Tokyo Sports, Hi69 was a “Panda” (his costume was purple tights and Panda face-paint, and according to Hajime Ohara he had gone out and bought his costume the night before, leading Sugi to point, laugh and say “that’s not a Panda, that’s a monster), Hajime Ohara as Kiki from “Kiki’s Delivery Service” complete with satchel full of bakery goods, a Jiji on his shoulder, black wig with a bow and a broom, Hitoshi Kumano as a bear, Daisuke Harada as HAYATA (which HAYATA did not appreciate and glared at him afterwards) and of course the inevitable Mr. Koto (Atsushi Kotoge).

Needless to say its a fun show, and if you are going to be in Tokyo over Christmas\New Year, I not only envy you, I also highly recommend you go and see it. All grudges, rivalries and title matches are put aside, and the roster relax and have fun.

OUTSIDE PARTICIPATION
Naomichi Marufuji and Hi69 will miss Noah’s event on the 18th November as they will be participating in Ryuku Dragon Pro in Okinawa

Kenoh will be appearing for KAIENTAI DOJO on Sunday October 28th, he will team with Tank Nagai against Yuri Asakawa & Kengo Mashimo.

Junta Miyawaki will make his second appearance for YOUNGDOMS (FREEDOMS sub brand) on the 5th November, he will team with Shunsuke Sayama vs Toru Sugiura and SUSUMU

GHC BELT NEWS

Current champions

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

The GHC Heavyweight Championship currently has no challenger as Global League will begin in late October to determine the number one contender.

Daisuke Harada and Atsushi Kotoge will clash over the GHC Junior Championship on October 30th at Korakuen Hall (match signing to be held the same day)

Naomichi Marufuji & Akitoshi Saito will defend the GHC Heavyweight Tag Championship against “The Hooligans” (Maybach Taniguchi and Cody Hall) on Sunday October 14th in Kobe.

The GHC Junior Tag Championship has not been challenged for yet.

TOUR TIDBITS

  • Naomichi Marufuji was involved in a minor car accident this week when someone reversed into him, he is fine fortunately.
  • Noah released Halloween Revolutionary cloaks for kids which were sold on the 11th October, with the Revolutionary Hero on hand to sign them. Atsushi Kotoge has said that the manufacturing cost is too high to make them for adults.
  • Takashi Sugiura gave a defense match interview, in it he said he wants to be the first reigning champion in history to win Global League, and if that happens he will nominate his own opponent, which will be Masato Tanaka. They have fought against each other in the past, but they have never had a title match over a single belt.
  • Mitsuya Nagai called a lady in the crowd “you old bag” because she was mouthing off to him.
  • Mohammed Yone’s disco ball for his entry has become a thing
  • People would like to see Atsushi Kotoge and Kaito Kiyomiya tag together and challenge for the belts
  • HAYATA has a new online diary, “HAYATAbot”, I am afraid that to access it requires a paid subscription
  • Kenoh will finally get his wish for a singles match with Naomichi Marufuji on the 8th November at Korakuen Hall for Global League 2018.
  • Like Hi69 does, Atsushi Kotoge did a short question time with fans on Twitter, highlights included; Kotoge saying he doesn’t drink at home, and Go Shiozaki asking what the capes were made of to which, Kotoge said playfully, “asshole, I’ll go and look”. He never actually answered Shiozaki’s question.
  • Kenoh’s friend, Masahiro-san (whom Kenoh has blocked, and who Masahiro-san calls “that asshole who blocked me”), posted a few candid pictures of when he stayed at Kenoh’s home for the night on Twitter. Masahiro-san usually deletes them a few minutes after posting, but they were there long enough to ascertain Kenoh bought tourist fodder Union Jack boxer shorts when he visited London for Frontline Pro Wrestling.
  • Hajime Ohara is holding exercise classes in Kawasaki which are open to adults of every age and sex. The classes will be simple exercises in how to build, tone and maintain muscles and how to exercises with a water bottle.

KING SHAMLESS’S CORNER
None this week, he’s managed to behave himself.

EVENT RECAPS
7TH OCTOBER 2018, NEW SUNPIA TAKASAKI, GUNMA
11TH OCTOBER 2018, OYAMA CITY CULTURAL CENTER SMALL HALL, OYAMA, TOCHIGI

LINKS
English language translation of Naomichi Marufuji’s biography, “Heir to The Ark”
Takashi Sugiura’s sixth defense interview
Akira Taue loved the “Talk Battle” with Toshiaki Kawada
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Mitchell’s NJPW AXS TV Results: Destruction in Hiroshima 2018!

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AXS moves on in its NJPW coverage by bringing us Destruction in Hiroshima! Does the Best Bout Machine hold on to his title against the Stone Pitbull?

 

This coverage of Destruction in Hiroshima will be as broadcast by AXS TV.

Gifs can be found at http://frentique.tumblr.com/

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma VS Kazuchika Okada, Yoshi-Hashi & Jay White; Tanahashi, Makabe & Honma win.
  • IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Kenny Omega VS Tomohiro Ishii; Omega wins and retains the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.

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NJPW and AXS set the scene!

Kenny Omega continues his reign as the newest IWGP Heavyweight Champion after his epic 2 Out of 3 Falls match Kazuchika Okada. He has bested some of the best, such as The American Nightmare, Cody, at the G1 Special in San Francisco, and six straight victories in this year’s G1 Climax tournament. However, things were changed when The Stone Pitbull looked to play spoiler. Tomohiro Ishii was no longer in contention for the G1 Climax 28 Finals, but he was more concerned about evening the score from the IWGP United States Championship tournament. Ishii defeated Omega in a toughly contested match, and that would ultimately cost Omega his spot in the G1 Climax finals. That victory has earned Ishii his shot tonight in Hiroshima, but will he be able to repeat his upset performance? Or will the Best Bout Machine break the tie and retain the title?

 

Six Man Tag: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma VS Kazuchika Okada, Yoshi-Hashi & Jay White!

There is much tension within the Chaos trio as the Switchblade has made it clear he wants to take control of the faction away from The Rainmaker. Can White and Okada get along, with the Head Hunter stuck in the middle, against The Ace, the Uncaged Gorilla and the “Innovator of Lighttube Death Matches”?

NJPW and AXS jump into this match as it is in progress. White tags in off Okada and chops away on Honma. He whips him corner to corner then chops Honma off his feet. White taunts Honma then brings him up, but Honma chops back. White elbows Honma’s neck and tries to suplex, but Honma blocks. Honma goes to suplex White but White reverses and chops him to a corner. White runs in but into a boot, and Honma runs out for a leaping shoulder tackle! Fans fire up for Honma as he crawls for his corner. Hot tag to Makabe, who runs White over with a shoulder then barrels into Okada. Yoshi-Hashi slips in to kick and run, but into a powerslam! Hashi exits while Makabe corner clotheslines White. Makabe climbs up to throw hands but White slips out underneath. White tags Okada in so he can get away.

Okada comes in but Makabe is on him with big forearms. Makabe whips Okada corner to corner then hits a corner clothesline. Makabe climbs up and gives corner punches, all the way to 10. He goes to Northern Lights but Okada fights it off. Okada runs but into a big lariat! Cover, TWO! Makabe brings Okada up but Okada resists, countering with a back drop. Okada runs in corner to corner for the clothesline, then hits a DDT! Cover, TWO! Okada drags Makabe up and wants the gut wrench but Makabe fights it. Makabe and Okada both club each other, but Okada gets the edge. Okada runs but ducks one clothesline to get the other! Both men are down, and fans rally up. Hot tag to Tanahashi!

The Ace hits Hashi and White, then focuses on Okada. Tanahahsi runs, but into the gut wrench! He turns it around to hit the swinging neckbreaker! He keeps moving as Okada stands, to bring him down with the slingblade! Cover, but Hashi breaks it. Makabe tosses Hashi out and Tanahashi gets moving again. Tanahashi climbs up but Okada dropkicks him! Okada drags Tanahashi off the top rope, still wanting the Tombstone. Tanahashi slips off to rock Okada with a palm strike! Tanahashi runs but into a dropkick! Fans rally up and Okada tags in Hashi. Hashi runs and hits the blockbuster! He hits Makabe and Honma then runs back at Tanahsahi for the chop in the corner. But White wants him to use a chair now? Hashi refuses, and Tanahashi hits White! Tanahashi gets Hashi in the dragon screw!

Honma hits Okada and then Makabe comes in. They and Tanahashi rally on Yoshi-Hashi with a corner dropkick, and feed to the double clothesline sandwich! Honma drops the headbutt! Tanahashi heads up top but White dumps him down! Makabe and White exit and get into a fight with White while Yoshi-Hashi gets up. Hashi runs but into a full nelson. He denies the dragon suplex, but Tanahashi wants the straitjacket. Okada runs in to save Hashi, and then Hashi runs. Tanahashi boots Yoshi-Hashi away, then elbows Okada. Yoshi-Hashi still comes back to grab Tanahashi, and Okada runs in. Tanahashi ducks, Okada’s boot goes into Yoshi-Hashi! Tanahshi small packages while Makabe trips Okada, Tanahashi’s team wins!

Winners: Tanahashi, Makabe & Honma, Hiroshi Tanahashi pinning

Taguchi Japan makes it a victory against Chaos! And Chaos’s trio isn’t in a good move over it. Yoshi-Hashi won’t let Okada console him, and White gets in Okada’s face about the loss, too. With his faction so against him here, does Okada have a chance of keeping control? And what of his shot at Tanahashi’s IWGP Heavyweight Championship Wrestle Kingdom match contract?

Backstage interviews.

Jay White can’t understand why Chaos follows Okada. Okada ended up kicking Yoshi-Hashi square in the face and cost the team that match. The two of them were in there with that “old man” Tanahashi, but couldn’t do what White did by himself during the G1 Climax. White says it is Okada’s fault. Okada boots his friend Yoshi-Hashi in the face, for what? Is Okada angry that White beat him? Is Okada taking his anger out on Chaos? Okada shouldn’t bully someone who was on his side this whole time like that. The rest of Chaos should look at that and realize who they’re following. Clearly the Switchblade sees circumstances his own way, but will he be able to manipulate the rest of Chaos into seeing it the same way?

 

IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Kenny Omega VS Tomohiro Ishii!

The Cleaner won against the Stone Pitbull to become the inaugural IWGP United States Champion, but the Pitbull won to be the first loss on the Cleaner’s G1 Climax 28 record. Now they will have a tiebreaker with the title on the line! Who will win the third match in this hard-hitting trilogy?

The introductions are made, Red Shoes shows Ishii the belt, and we begin! Fans are immediately thunderous for both men and Omega makes sure Ishii hears it. Ishii steps closer to Omega, and Omega backs up until he ends up in his corner. Ishii takes a step back, and Omega comes out for a furious tie-up! They push each other back and forth, and end up breaking. The fans applaud as Omega and Ishii go again. Omega gets a headlock and grinds Ishii to the mat. Ishii gets back up and pries at the hold. Omega holds on, so Ishii powers out. Omega and Ishii collide but neither man backs down. Ishii dares Omega to go again, and Omega does, and they collide again. Again, neither man backs down, so Ishii dares Omega to try a third time. Omega looks to go, but he instead rakes Ishii’s eyes.

Omega rakes Ishii’s eyes again, then runs, to collide shoulders. Ishii staggers back but rebounds to run Omega over! Ishii runs and things speed up, but Ishii holds ropes to fake out Omega. Omega still boots Ishii, then runs. He dodges Ishii but Ishii dodges back. Omega boots Ishii’s lariat down, but Ishii blocks the V-Trigger. Ishii runs into a drop toehold, Omega runs but Ishii evades the dropkick! Fans fire up as we have a stand-off. Ishii and Omega grind foreheads, then start shoving. Omega throws a forearm, but Ishii comes back with one. Omega gives another forearm, but Ishii comes back with another. They go back and forth, forearm for forearm, until Omega kicks low. Omega wants the DDT but Ishii slips out to throw another forearm. Omega retaliates with a forearm, and we’re back to forearm for forearm!

Ishii hits, Omega hits, repeat, until Omega kicks Ishii again, and gets the DDT! Ishii crawls to ropes and Red Shoes checks on him. Omega brings Ishii up to kick him in the back, then sits him up for another kick. He brings Ishii all the way up and turns him, for the neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Omega drags Ishii around for a rear mount and chinlock. Ishii endures, even as Omega shifts to a half came clutch. Ishii seems to just egg Omega on, so Omega puts him down to stomp him out. Omega grimaces as he drops double ax handles on Ishii. Ishii sits up so Omega kicks and clubs him. Omega brings Ishii over to bump him off buckles, but Ishii just fires up! Omega throws more forearms, then bumps Ishii on buckles again. Ishii continues to come back, so Omega bumps him off another buckle.

Omega stands on Ishii’s back to choke him in the ropes. Red Shoes counts and Omega lets up at 4. Omega brings Ishii up to throw more forearms, then whips corner to corner. He runs in and hits a big back elbow. He keeps moving but runs into Ishii’s powerslam! Ishii has evened things with Omega while we go to break.

NJPW on AXS returns as Ishii and Omega stand. Ishii chops Omega at the ropes again and again, then throws forearms into the mix. Forearm, chop, repeat, then Ishii whips. Omega reverses and fireman’s carry, “You Can’t Escape!” Rolling senton is a bit rough because Ishii is no light man, but Omega still gets up to moonsault! Ishii rolls out of the way so the moonsault flops! Both Omega and Ishii stand up slowly, but Ishii gets running, only to run into Omega’s huricanrana! Ishii rolls out of the ring but Omega takes aim. The Terminator Drums begin and Omega rises. Omega builds speed, to FLY! Direct hit and down goes Ishii! Omega brings Ishii up and into the ring, then slides in to build speed, Kotaro Krusher!

But Omega doesn’t go for a cover, he locks and loads, but Ishii gets right up in that finger gun. Ishii fires forearms off, then runs, but into a boot! He’s right back up and he clotheslines Omega out of the ring! Ishii pursues and drags Omega up, to whip him into railing. Ishii chops Omega around the ringside area, and even against a post. Omega chops back, and now they brawl. Ishii forearms, Omega chops, Ishii chops, Omega chops again. They continue to trade sharp, echoing chops, but then Omega decides to clear an announcer table. Ishii stops Omega and whips him at railing, but Omega stops himself. Omega mule kicks Ishii then goes to springboard off the rails, but Ishii catches him into an electric chair! Ishii then tries to fold Omega, perhaps steal One Winged Angel, but Omega fights out.

Omega clubs Ishii on the back, brings him over, but it’s Ishii who snap suplexes Omega to the floor! Both men are down, but Red Shoes is letting them fight. Ishii gets Omega up and into the ring, but Omega dropkicks him back out. Omega takes aim again, builds speed and hits a wrecking ball dropkick! Ishii is sent into railing, but Omega keeps on him. Omega dumps him over onto that cleared desk, then continues where he left off. He clubs away on Ishii, even throwing monitors on him, before going back in the ring. Omega aims from a corner, springboards himself, and hits a DOUBLE STOMP! Omega cracks the table with Ishii’s body while Ishii clutches his chest. Red Shoes checks on both men but they’re somehow okay to continue.

Omega mocks Ishii while he makes his own way back to the ring. He’ll leave Ishii to the mercy of the 20 count as Red Shoes starts. Fans rally for Ishii, and he stirs at 8. Ishii drags himself over the railing at 10, but still crawls. The count passes 15, then 17, but Ishii’s in at 19! Omega says he’ll finish this, as he brings Ishii up. Aoi Shoudou brainbuster! Ishii rolls to ropes for safety, but Omega still says BANG! Ishii avoids the V-Trigger but Omega fights the waistlock. Omega swings but ends up in a saido suplex! Both men are down but fans are rallying up. Ishii sits up but Omega follows. Ishii chops Omega in a corner, and chops and chops! Omega chops back but Ishii doesn’t flinch. Ishii chops and Omega is again in the corner.

Ishii is chopping high on the chest, almost getting the throat! Red Shoes reprimands Ishii, so he stops that. Ishii whips Omega but Omega reverses. Ishii still barrels out to blast Omega to the corner with his shoulder! He brings Omega up, powerbomb lift, and the BIG powerbomb! High stack cover, TWO!! Omega survives but Ishii runs. Omega dodges the sliding lariat, then chops Ishii. Ishii felt that one, but he still comes back. Omega boots Ishii to a corner, then runs in. Ishii dodges but runs into a boot. Omega’s up but Ishii hits him with a forearm. Ishii and Omega brawl as Ishii climbs. Omega kicks but Ishii forearms. Omega gets more kicks in, then brings Ishii up for a slap! He stomps Ishii down, but Ishii grits his teeth as he comes back up. Ishii headbutts outta nowhere!

Omega is dazed but Ishii climbs up to join him. Ishii wants it, and gets the SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Omega survives, but Ishii is not deterred. Ishii waits for Omega to stand, then runs, but omega ducks to get the German Suplex! Ishii’s right back up to give Omega a German Suplex! Omega stands up, but he’s a bit wobbly. Ishii clubs him in the back, then German Suplexes again! Omega lands on his feet! V-Trigger outta nowhere! Both men are down, but fans are fired up again. Red Shoes checks on them as they stir. Omega sits up first, then stands. He brings Ishii up but intercepts him with a forearm. Omega throws more forearms, and Ishii kneels. Omega keeps going, but now Ishii grows stronger! Ishii takes a forearm, gives a forearm, but runs into a roaring elbow. Ishii swings but ends up in a Snap Dragon Suplex!

Omega stands, runs, V-Trigger! Ishii rebounds to his feet, and Omega lifts in the electric chair. Ishii fights out and gets the dragon sleeper, but Omega counters into a brainbuster! Cover, TWO!! Ishii survives while we go to break.

NJPW on AXS returns as Omega stands up. He sits Ishii up, for a point blank V-Trigger! Then another! Omega grins as he keeps Ishii up, but then Ishii falls over before Omega can get the third. Omega drags Ishii up, holds him in place, and gives that next V-Trigger. Ishii crawls to a corner as Omega backs away. Omega runs in to V-Trigger Ishii in the back of the head! Omega drags Ishii up and onto the top rope, then climbs up to join him. He has Ishii in the full nelson, but Ishii resists. Omega clubs away on his back with palm strikes, but Ishii headbutts backwards! Omega staggers away and Ishii turns around, but into a chop. Now Omega double underhooks on the top rope, but Ishii still resists. Ishii sends Omega back down, but Omega jumps to V-Trigger!

Omega climbs back up, turns around, and brings Ishii up in a fireman’s carry. Ishii fights again, and stands, for a SUPER STEINER!! How rare for Ishii to fly like that! Omega crawls away but Ishii runs in corner to corner for a big clothesline. Ishii keeps going but runs into boots. Omega boots again but gets a headbutt for it! Ishii fires up and declares that belt is his! He sits Omega up, copies the finger gun, and runs in for a a V-Trigger?! Ishii keeps going to run him over with a lariat! Cover, TWO!! The Pitbull hasn’t put the champion away just yet! Ishii drags Omega up, suplex, but Omega slips out. Ishii headbutts, then runs, but into a leaping lariat! Omega drags Ishii up fast, into the Electric Chair, but Ishii slips out to suplex. Omega slips out, REVERSE-RANA!

Both men are down again but fans are loving it. They rally up for both men while Red Shoes checks on them. Ishii drags himself up on the ropes, but Omega crawls to the far side. They both stand and stagger over to each other. Omega throws a forearm, Ishii gives one back. Again these two go back and forth. Omega wobbles but still comes back. Ishii finally feels some of those hits, and Omega gives him a swift palm strike. Ishii fires off forearms from both sides, but Omega again palm strikes! Omega ducks the enziguri, and gets the Snap Dragon! To V-Trigger! Cover, TWO!! Omega refuses to stop, and he brings Ishii up again. Electric chair, the fold, but Ishii fights with elbows. So Omega pops him into the Croyt’s Wrath German Suplex!

Omega aims, runs, V-Trigger! But Ishii comes back with a lariat outta nowhere!! Fans are reaching a fever pitch as these two keep going. Ishii sits Omega up, runs, and hits the sliding lariat! Cover, TWO!! Omega still lives and Ishii can’t believe it! Ishii still has more to give, though, and runs, but into another V-Trigger. Omega runs but into another lariat. Ishii runs and Omega follows, but Ishii just stops and gives him another lariat! Ishii drags Omega up, but Omega gut wrenches for a quick piledriver! Cover, TWO!! Ishii survives and Hiroshima is thunderous again! Omega slowly stands, and he brings Ishii up again. He stands Ishii up against ropes, pulls down the knee pad, and runs, for a BIG V-Trigger! Omega tumbles out of the ring but gets back in, for another V-Trigger!! Cover, ONE?! The insanity!

Ishii is floundering, and Omega gives him another V-Trigger! Yet Ishii still enziguris Omega! Ishii blocks the next V-Trigger, but then Omega comes back with another. Omega double underhooks for the butterfly driver! Cover, TWO!? Ishii’s head really must be stone to endure all this. Omega takes a moment to catch his breath as the fans build to a rally. He runs again, and hits another V-Trigger! Then the electric chair, ONE WINGED ANGEL! Cover, Omega wins!

Winner: Kenny Omega, by pinfall; still IWGP Heavyweight Champion

Finally Omega finishes Ishii! Omega retains in his second defense, and settles the score with the Stone Pitbull. We’ll return with the celebration and more after the break.

NJPW on AXS returns and Omega stands back up to have his hand raised. Kota Ibushi joins him in the ring and puts the belt on Omega. Ishii flounders his way out, needing the help of the Young Lions to make his exit. Omega looks to him with a nod, showing that Ishii certainly has Omega’s respect. When and where will the Pitbull be back for another shot at the title?

As for Omega, he takes to the mic. In Japanese, Omega says that “Ishii-san, it feels like we still have unfinished business.” But what else? When Omega became champion, he thought it meant he was the strongest. That he’s the best, THE greatest in the world. But the truth is a bit different. The truth is, Kota Ibushi is the reason Omega is the best. Omega told Ibushi back at Osaka-Jo Hall, that “whenever or wherever, I’ll be ready.” Ibushi takes the mic now, and tells Kenny that they’ll make good on their promise.

Yes, they made a promise. That no matter where, no matter when, “The Golden Lovers will keep fighting with the same heart and emotion.” Being the Golden Lovers means more to them than just belts. But this is all for now, so thank you for being here. As always, but in Golden Trigger style, “Good Bye, MWAH, and Good Night, BANG!” What promise do the Golden Lovers mean? When and where will they make good on it?

Backstage interviews.

Omega makes this simple: “I am pro-wrestling.” He’s the face of pro-wrestling. He thought that meant he was the best by far, but he’s heard what Hiroshi Tanahashi had to say about his own ideology. Omega thought Tanahashi meant all of NJPW. Ishii is different than Tanahashi, Okada is different than Tanahashi, Tetsuya Naito is different than Tanahashis. They’re all different, and special in their own way.

In fact, the only thing wrong in NJPW is Tanahashi’s “old guard attitude” and close-minded heart. Tanahashi got lucky in the A Block. Omega was so close to using that mic to dare Tanahashi to have their title match here instead of at Wrestle Kingdom. But until then, good bye and good night, BANG! Though the Ace and the Cleaner are still months away from their WK13 match, things are already growing personal! Will Tanahashi be able to hold onto his contract briefcase? Will Omega be able to hold onto the IWGP Heavyweight Championship? Or will one of them lose their prize before Wrestle Kingdom ever arrives?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A really great night here for NJPW. With AXS airing Fighting Spirit Unleashed before this, there was a lot of this that was clear, but it was still great to watch. Chaos continues to fracture, and Jay White makes stronger moves towards taking control away from Okada. Of course, from FSU, we know he’s also after the IWGP Heavyweight Championship match contract. Perhaps White’s greed will be his downfall, but things could easily go his way and we suddenly have The Switchblade leading Chaos while aiming at Omega’s title. And it is still Omega’s title after that amazing match with Ishii.  Their G1 Climax match was itself very physical, but match did great to build on that. FSU gave us a hint that the Golden Lovers’ promise was to battle 1v1 for the title, and we might still get that down the road, but the wait will be worth it.

My Score: 8.7/10


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(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.4 ~ 5TH OCTOBER 2018

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Noah have had excellent attendances recently, bad weather, transport difficulties and a weekday show, have not kept people away. Korakuen might not have been sold out for the final, but it was a damn good result for a Thursday night with the majority of people making a mad dash across Tokyo to get there after work.
Hopefully, the fans dedication to seeing Noah and their willingness to battle through Typhoon weather (the event on the 30th September was fast tracked because of it and fans were warned that the show might be cancelled half way through due to the weather), rush hour traffic on a weekday and face resultant travel difficulties, will make the network consider just what they are missing.

Naomichi Marufuji missed the last two nights of Global Junior League as he was appearing in WRESTLE-1 and then Kansai Pro, but he was back for the 4th October.

The GHC Heavyweight match signing took place on September 29th 2018 at Yokohama Radiant Halls. Nakajima appeared with the usual smirk, and refused to answer any questions and when prompted to speak, sat with an eerie grin on his face like he found the whole thing very funny. Takashi Sugiura (who arrived wearing the tired expression like that of a father that has been called too many times to the Principals office over the misbehavior of his son), told him and everyone else that the smile would be wiped off Nakajima’s face when he got repeated elbows in it on the 4th October. That evening the veterans were obliterated by the “young people” as Yokohama went wild, Nakajima’s comment on the match was, “Oh, that was fun”.

The clash on the 30th September, however, was very different. The battle damaged endoskeleton inside Takashi Sugiura rebooted itself, and Nakajima caught a beating (seriously, half the time Sugi looked like he was going to put him over his knee). In a very short match Sugiura caught Nakajima with the Olympic Slam, the ref counted three, and Sugiura continued battering on him until the ref pulled him off, and he stood with his foot on him as Nakajima had done to him, before Nakajima was carried off on the back of the Revolutionary Hero who was watching at ringside. Sugiura later said that Nakajima was like a fly who “fled when I tried to crush him”, and vowed to crush him at Korakuen Hall.

On the 4th October, evidently learning nothing from the 30th September, Katsuhiko Nakajima came strolling out to the ring, big smirk on his face, sinister new ring robe with faux wolfskin and sinister black pants, boots and kneepads. As soon as the bell rang, he lay down on the floor, resting his head on his hands and with his elbow bent, looking as if he were posing for a suncream or speedos advert.

Sugiura was not impressed.

It was a brutal match with kicks, elbows, slaps and slams (Sugiura did the turnbuckle brainbuster and held it for twenty seconds), and at one point Masa Kitamiya got involved which earned loud boos from the crowd, especially as Nakajima was using a wooden bar to choke Sugiura with. Eventually, Sugiura seized the chance for the ankle lock, and even bit into Nakajima’s boot.

It was too much for Nakajima, and he tapped out.

Afterwards most of the competitors for Global League got into the ring, (aside from the veterans that was, and those who were seconding Nakajima and the two who are coming in from outside promotions), and started yelling at each other and pointing fingers. Nagai got on the microphone first and said that the Hooligans were gunning for the GHC Heavyweight too, Kiyomiya told them that they would have to go past him first (Sugiura later said in an interview that he doesn’t consider Kiyomiya a challenge, as he couldn’t get past Kenoh to qualify for the number one contendership, so that’s one down for him), and Sugiura told them all to keep their pants on, the league starts on the 30th October, and so “all you youngsters, you had better start practicing”.

Naomichi Marufuji said he was going to finish this nonsense of The Hooligans on the 4th October, being too tired to deal with a “bald octopus and his worthless friends”, so he made this picture of them asking them to turn up to the event like this (Marufuji seems to share Sugiura’s obsession with bald people, and told Nagai to either grow hair down to his shoulders or get a wig if he wanted a title shot).

Nagai is not impressed by being called “a bald Octopus” and vowed to make Marufuji “regret the words you spewed”.

On the 4th October, Naomichi Marufuji & 50 Funky Powers clashed with The Hooligans, who were more interested in attacking Marufuji than they were Saito, and he took the brunt of things in the match. Afterwards, The Hooligans (Cody Hall and Maybach Taniguchi holding up the belts) stood over them and unfurled their Hooligans flag.

Marufuji has to now give them a title shot, (although he says he is only doing it to crush them), and the two teams will meet in Kobe on the 14th October, before that Naomichi Marufuji and Maybach Taniguchi will have a rare singles match on the 7th October, with Akitoshi Saito facing Cody Hall.

Daisuke Harada faced off against his nemesis, Kotaro Suzuki on the 29th September in a very tense match, which ended with Kotaro Suzuki with the win. He stood over the fallen Daisuke Harada and said that he was going to “shine up that rusty belt” (I think he may also have called him a “Class A War Criminal”, which seems a little extreme).
YO-HEY (watched by Kotaro Suzuki and Yoshinari Ogawa) faced Ikuto Hidaka for the semi-finals. YO-HEY seemed to have picked up a knock the knee during the match, (which Hidaka exploited), but he held on in there and refused to quit. The clock ticked away, near falls followed near falls, and then Hidaka locked in the Shinken Capture.
YO-HEY refused to quit.

The clock ran out and YO-HEY was awarded the win, which meant that he now had two jobs; to win Global Junior League and more importantly, to defend the honor of the Noah juniors against Kotaro Suzuki.

The showdown came on the 4th October, between the man who was not Noah born, but yet had the majority of the crowd behind him seeing him as representing Noah, and the man who is Noah born, but yet walked out of Noah, and therefore isn’t considered to be Noah anymore. The match was harsh with a lot of near falls which kept the crowd on the edge of their seats, but Kotaro Suzuki prevailed, and won Global Junior League 2018.

RATELS were at ringside and attended to YO-HEY, when he was rolled out of the ring, YO-HEY could be seen putting his palms together to bow and apologizing to Daisuke Harada.

After the match Kotaro Suzuki challenged Daisuke Harada. He later said he didn’t want the belt, but he had a plan for it, and he was bringing excitement to a division whose guys were bored and stuck in a rut.

All poor YO-HEY could say was “I’m sorry…I’m sorry”.

Junta Miyawaki is still without his first win, but the day is coming nearer, Noah are teasing a lot of near falls though.

Both Kouki Iwasaki (who faced Kenoh on the 4th October, and wants to do again) and Hiroshi Yamato (WRESTLE-1) say that they would like to further participate in Noah. Iwasaki says he wants to face Kenoh again and “knock him down”.

The wins of Takashi Sugiura and Kotaro Suzuki are the best outcomes for Noah.

The Junior division needs a proper heel, and while you could say they have Yoshinari Ogawa, Ogawa due to his age, status backstage in the company as the oldest active veteran (who is always referred to as “Mr. Ogawa” and treated with the highest respect), cannot enter a feud where his opponent runs him down, although he can go to toe to with the youngsters in the ring. Ogawa’s main role is as a teacher, and the rookies who come from the dojo, always pass through him; and Kotaro Suzuki therefore fulfills the role as someone who is a “things were better in my day” heel, allied in some way with Ogawa (whose mouthpiece and whipping boy he can be), and who doesn’t need to be treated with the same respect as Ogawa is. The fans accept Ogawa as “ratboy”, it is inconceivable that he would enter a feud with the normal back and forth banter.

As for Takashi Sugiura, most of the Super New Generation Army (barring Kaito Kiyomiya, who isn’t ready) have challenged him, as has Naomichi Marufuji. Global League resets this and now everyone battles for it, along with the new blood of The Hooligans and the two outside competitors. Takashi Sugiura has said that if he wins the league then he will chose his own challenger, and it will probably be someone from outside Noah.

Global League this year can be best summed up as “Global League 2018: Sugi’s Gonna Kill Ya”, but before that its on to Autumn Navigation.

NEWS

Koji Kanemoto will appear for Noah on the 14th October 2018, he will team with Minoru Tanaka and Hi69 vs RATELS (YO-HEY, HAYATA and Tadasuke)

Global League participants and dates

BLOCK A
Naomichi Marufuji
Akitoshi Saito
Quiet Storm
Katsuhiko Nakajima
Kenoh
Masa Kitamiya
Mitsuya Nagai
Kohei Sato

BLOCK B
Takashi Sugiura
Mohammed Yone
Go Shiozaki
Atsushi Kotoge
Kaito Kiyomiya
Maybach Taniguchi
Cody Hall
Kazusada Higuchi

As excited as people are about Global League 2018, there is some disappointment as fans did hope to see Jay Bradley or Masato Tanaka.

Tuesday, October 30th – Korakuen Hall (18.30) ~ FIRST NIGHT
Thursday, November 8th – Korakuen Hall (18.30)
Sunday, November 11th – Matsuyama City Community Centre (17.00)
Wednesday, November 14th – Takamatsu Symbol Tower Exhibition Hall, (18.30)
Friday, November 16th – World Pavilion, Osaka (19.00)
Saturday, November 17th – Edion Arena, Osaka (18.30)
Sunday, November 18th – Kyoto, KBS Hall (3pm)
Wednesday, November 21st – Aizuwakamatsu City Cultural Centre, Fukushima (18.30)
Thursday, November 22nd – Miyagi, Sendai (18.30)
Friday, November 23rd – Yokohama Radiant Halls, Kanegawa (17.30)
Sunday, November 25th – Korakuen Hall, Tokyo (18.00) ~ FINALS

Holy War Vol.3 
Akira Taue was Toshiaki Kawada’s next guest for his “Talk Battle” at Holy War Vol.3 (Kawada says that Vol.4 will either be this year or next year, with the two youngest on Noah’s roster hoping that they will be on it again).

I think Kawada had hoped that Akira Taue would talk about his struggle of being Noah’s president, but I don’t think that Taue wanted to re-live the trauma by going through it again. For the record, Taue has only ever told tidbits about it, he’s never done a sit down interview about it. The role turned him into an old frail man overnight.

The “Talk Battle” was very funny and very moving; they talked about Mitsuharu Misawa and how Taue was the one who invited Kawada to Noah (not Misawa), Taue’s sumo days (which the fans wanted to hear more about), Taue called Kawada “a bullying mother in law” when he was being difficult and Kawada asked Taue to please stop smoking and cut down his drinking – Taue said he wasn’t doing either, and no doubt 99% of the roster stubbed their cigarettes out when they heard Kawada say that. They told some funny stories, like the time when All Japan took the dojo to the seaside for summer training and Taue (known for his aversion to training) turned up without running shoes and with sandals because to his mind, “sandals are for the beach”.

At the end of the event they played a medley of Jumbo Tsuruta’s, Mitsuharu Misawa’s and Kobashi’s theme music (they found the first two very emotional).

GHC BELT NEWS

Current champions

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

Either the winner of Global League 2018 (or a challenger that Takashi Sugiura appoints should he win the league) will be determined on the 25th November

Daisuke Harada will defend the GHC Junior Heavyweight belt against Kotaro Suzuki on the 30th October

Naomichi Marufuji and Akitoshi Saito will defend the GHC Heavyweight Tag Titles against Cody Hall & Maybach Taniguchi in Kobe on the 14th October

The GHC Junior Tag Championship has not been challenged for yet, although the boys from Zero One (Ikuto Hidaka and Takuya Sugawara) have hinted that they may challenge.

TOUR TIDBITS

  • Takashi Sugiura seemed in a very good mood after the title match, joking about why someone would want to beat up an old man.
  • Tadasuke made Yoshiki Inamura to do his entry with him. Inamura wasn’t quite confident enough to do the headbanging and air guitar part though (HAYATA is on record saying it is embarrassing)
  • Atsushi Kotoge had dinner with “father and son” (Go Shiozaki and Kaito Kiyomiya)
  • Mitsuya Nagai came through the heavy door at Yokohama Radiant Halls to make his entry, and it slammed shut on Maybach Taniguchi behind him.
  • Katsuhiko Nakajima kicked Mohammed Yone’s afro, and laughed.
  • KAZMA SAKAMOTO called Marufuji’s picture of Nagai, Hall and Maybach “A Masterpeice”.
  • Daisuke Harada addressed the crowd on the 30th September and thanked them for coming out in spite of the inclement weather, HAYATA, who was in the ring with him, said “Same”. Considering Harada’s address to the crowd in this manner, and his promotional work on radio shows and for tours, it would not surprise me if one day he took over Go Shiozaki’s role as Head of the Noah Wrestlers Association.
  • Naomichi Marufuji says that he is fighting Kenoh on many fronts (Kenoh said in his last column about Marufuji’s perceived political maneuvering, Marufuji said all he had done was fight to defend Noah)
  • Minoru Tanaka says that as a child he was “good at playing building blocks”
  • YO-HEY actually gave a coherent promo on October 1st, except when the wheels fell off at the end and he started talking about snowball fights
  • Naomichi Marufuji has been appointed “Tourist Ambassador to Konosu City, Saitama” on a two year term
  • Minoru Tanaka underwent emergency surgery due to a septic thumb
  • Kikutaro got scruffed by referee Shu Nishanaga (KENTA had him thrown out of SEM once); speaking of Kikutaro he proclaimed himself “The Ace of SEM” (SEM was disbanded in 2015), and I don’t want to know why he was squeezing Atsushi Kotoge’s balls.
  • SPECIAL 4 (Hi69, Minoru Tanaka, Yoshinari Ogawa and Seiya Morohashi) now come out to “Ultra Soul”
  • Hajime Ohara has proposed a “Team Kawasaki” with Ikuto Hideki (and possibly Hiroshi Yamato)
  • Mitsuya Nagai says that when Marufuji becomes bald he will put him in “The Bald Octopus Club”
  • Noah are calling some of the Global League tag matches “Voyage for Global League”.

KING SHAMELESS’ CORNER

Takashi Sugiura abstained from drinking alcohol for a week before the title match in case of head injury and\or concussion, but after the match and subsequent examination at the hospital he was given the all clear, and he went out to dinner afterwards and drunk alcohol. Having had a day of having to behave himself pretty much, he told Tokyo Sports (who call him “King Shameless”), that he had a wet dream when he woke up the next morning. I don’t want to know any more.

EVENT RECAPS
September 29th, Yokohama Radiant Halls: 
September 30th, Ikos Ageo, Saitama
October 4th, Korakuen Hall 
Holy War. Vol 3 

LINKS
Naomichi Marufuji appointed Tourism Ambassador to Konosu City, Saitama 
SEM
Doug Williams has now retired 
“Heir to the Ark”: Naomichi Marufuji’s biography 


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