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Stardom x Stardom 2018 Results & Review (8/12/2018)

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Welcome back to Stardom coverage and I was pleasantly surprised to see that their most recent show was uploaded fully right away because it usually takes about a couple of weeks for the full shows to come up. Originally I was gonna do the July 29th show that had Kagetsu/Starlight Kid and Mayu/AZM, but with this show being uploaded and it leads to the 5 Star Grand Prix, I figured this would be a better place to start.

We got a stacked card tonight with two title matches and a highly anticipated debut which I will get to when it happens. If you have read my preview of the tournament, I did post a little spoiler of the main event but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth covering since I have no doubt Mayu and Kagetsu delivered. How will this show do? Will it be enough to get people hyped up for the Grand Prix? Why don’t we find out and just…dive right in?

 

Singles Match
Dust vs. Leo Onozaki

Review: We got another gaijin that just started out in Stardom this year and her name is Dust, who is also known as Zoey Skye or Angel Dust in the indy scene and has been wrestling for about eleven years now. She was also trained by JT Lightning and Johnny Gargano, so she seems to have quite the impressive resume along with where she wrestled and being the current Heart of SHIMMER Champion. Her opponent tonight is JAN member, Leo Onozaki or as I like to call her now, the Cutter Girl and yes, I am brought back her Cutter Counter since I feel like it. Let’s see how these two pair off against each other.

I really can’t say if Leo has gotten significantly better as a wrestler since the last time I’ve seen her wrestle, but I can say that her flow has improved and I guess you can say that’s progress. I can’t say much about Dust and how well she did due to her opponent for the match, but she did do her part for being the heel in the match and doing her best to carry her and the match. The match itself though wasn’t terrible, but it was more basic than anything here. Leo would hit two Cutters in the match and she tried to roll Dust up, but Dust would turn it around with her hands on the ropes which the referee kicked to make her let go as Leo used it to roll her up for a two count. Dust would pick Leo up and hits the Backstabber and claims a victory.

Rating: Tony Schiavone

Leo’s Cutter Counter: 2 (I wasn’t lying)

 

Tag Team Gauntlet Match
AZM & Konami vs. Hazuki & Natsu Sumire vs. Starlight Kid & Tam Nakano vs. Hanan & Shiki Shibusawa vs. Kaori Yoneyama & Natsuko Tora

Review: Our only tag match on this show and it’s a gauntlet match where the winner will become number one contenders for the Goddesses of Stardom Championships. We got quite the selection with JAN, Oedo Tai, STARS, Queen’s Quest, and the other team as we got some nice pairings for some good combinations. Which team comes out on top to become the next challenger for the titles?

The first two teams starting this match off are Hanan and Shiki as they take on Queen’s Quest and the winner of that match will advance to fight the next team. The first match for what it was wasn’t too bad at all as Shiki and Hanan worked surprisingly well together in the matchup and had good little offense here, especially Hanan who actually held her own against both Konami and AZM here. Hanan was very impressive with her judo style and how she was tossing them around mostly as I’m glad she keeps on improving and hoping the best for her. Konami would ruin the moment as she flipped Hanan over into an Armbar and made her tap out as Oedo Tai is next. You see Sumire and Hazuki holding Nanangetsu till she accidentally dropped her as Nao Yamaguchi…transformed back into her…wait, so the Oedo pupper and Nao are the same? That’s kinda weird there, but least the puppy is back. They give us another solid short match with Hazuki taking most of the control of the match after QQ tried to attack Oedo Tai before the bell rang and despite a couple of sloppy spots and one botch, it worked for what it was and AZM is just on fire right now and still crazy she’s only fifteen years old. Nao even got involved by hitting a Double Clothesline onto QQ and Sumire doing her grinding Bronco Buster thingy, but it would be Sumire and AZM near the end as they were both on the apron until AZM went back in to kick her out but had to deal with Hazuki first before hitting a Double Stomp off the top rope onto Sumire as Konami pulls her out to eliminate her as Queen’s Quest moves on once again to now fight JAN

Natsuko seems to be rocking some type of new gear here and I gotta say, I like how it looks on her and gives it more color with hopefully a personality mixed with it. Queen’s Quest already took out two teams and they can now attempt to do it a third time as Kaori and Natsuko are taking advantage of their fatigue here and not holding back on what they need to do to try and get the win to advance. Another short bout and makes sense due to the gauntlet but JAN takes Konami out of the picture to leave AZM alone in the ring to do their double teaming on her as they ran right into her and now Kaori hits a Senton off the second rope leading with Natsuko hitting a Frog Splash off the top rope and they eliminate Queen’s Quest with an impressive victory and now must fight STARS members, Tam Nakano and Starlight Kid. This one was rather quick itself and was hoping for it to be short and sweet, but that doesn’t be the case here as this unfortunately turned rather sloppy and a bit of a cluster which is a shame too because the majority of the whole gauntlet was enjoyable and gave it a weak ending to it. JAN missed with little running into their opponents to make them crash into each other and Starlight hits Kaori with a Tilt-a-Whirl DDT to knock her out as Tam hits a knee off the second rope on Natusko, then Starlight does a Standing Moonsault off the ropes, and tops it off with Tam hitting a Running Knee to get the pinfall victory. Tam and Starlight will fight fellow STARS members, Mayu Iwatani and Saki Kashima at a later date for the Goddesses of Stardom Championships and I’m looking forward to it.

Rating: Eric Bischoff

 

Singles Match
Jungle Kyona vs. Utami Hayashishita

Review: This is probably one of the highest anticipated debuts that I’ve heard about in quite some time in Japan. Around July 5th, Utami has taken her pro wrestling test to show she has graduated and is ready to compete in Stardom, and she appears to have passed the test in about four months which is quite fast and very impressive. Her debut is set for this one and has a match against Jungle Kyona which is pretty big for someone for just a debut match and have been hearing a lot of buzz about her before this took place and had to find out some info on her. Utami is nineteen years old and turns out she was a reality TV star from a show about her family called “Tsuukai! Big Daddy” which starred her father, Kiyoshi Hayashishita and was interested in wrestling since middle school, so this was something she wanted to do and had the support from her family to do this. Hearing about her and seeing her test videos along with an interview, this definitely got me interested to see how it plays out.

Before I talk about the match itself, let me take this time to talk about Utami and how I feel about her overall performance here due to this being her first match and I gotta say this, Utami is a star. I know you may think I’m crazy for saying this about someone during their debut in wrestling but there’s something about her when I saw her in the ring and how she was wrestling in this match. She had the look of a professional wrestler, she sold when she needed to sell with the moves she took, her arsenal has a nice variety of strength and technical, she was crisp in the ring, and she has that certain charisma that gets the fans to support her and being a reality star helped since she was welcomed with open arms right away. I was fully expecting this to be a six-minute showcase match with the veteran going over the rookie, but I am thankfully glad that’s not the case here since this was back and forth between the both of these women here to give us a great match. Utami had Kyona in a Chokehold and it looked like she was about to pass out or tap out but she was able to get to the ropes in time before that seems to be the case here. Jungle slammed Utami down and it looked like she was about to go for her Jungle Bomb but Utami would hold onto her foot to make her not get her all the way up as the bell rings meaning the match passed its time limit of fifteen minutes!

I was really surprised the match ended in a draw and again was expecting a squash match and I’m glad they didn’t go that way, otherwise, I don’t think the match would’ve been that impactful. The fans would give the both of them a loud ovation and the president of Stardom, Rossy Ogawa congratulated Utami on her debut and he told her that he had one spot open for the Five Star Grand Prix and he would like her to be a part of it. Talk about a huge opportunity here since she just had one match and is now already part of the biggest tournament in the company. I don’t know how she’ll do, but something to take advantage of for sure. Utami is definitely someone you would even see on Sendai Girls roster and would probably be their top champion just like how she will be in Stardom if she keeps it up.

Rating: Eric Bischoff and a half

 

Wonder of Stardom Title Match
Momo Watanabe (c) vs. Saki Kashima

Review: This is Saki’s first ever singles title match since her return to the company a few months ago and her first title match is against current Wonder of Stardom Champion, Momo Watanabe. Momo has been stepping up a lot lately ever since she defeated Io for the belt in May and has been defending it three times so far with some impressive defenses with her most notable one being against Hazuki a couple weeks ago. This will mark as Momo’s fourth defense and Saki is gonna be no pushover and this is exactly what I needed to see to see her real progression with singles matches since most of them have all been tag team matches. Can Momo add defense number four or will Saki be a double champ?

Momo is definitely picking up shades of her former mentor, Io Shirai just by showing no respect to her opponent to even bother giving Saki and handshake and rushes over to her to kick her down right away soon as the bell rings to really show that aggressive side to her. I wanted to see more singles action with Saki Kashima and that is exactly what I got here with her to see how she would do and she still proves that she hasn’t lost a step in her five year period absence and has finally shown us that not only is she here to stay this time, but can be a key player in the promotion to be considered one of their top girls. The two had great chemistry in the ring and had that intensity that I like seeing in these matches since they both had something to prove here tonight and they definitely did. Saki had Momo on the ropes for quite a while and had some very close calls throughout the match like how she would hit her Killswitch to knock out Momo and just kicked out very weakly to show that she almost lost her title right there. Momo would hit her Package Driver only for Saki to try and roll her up but Momo rolls back into position to hit another one while hurting her own knee in the process, but Momo fights through the pain to pick Saki up for a Tequila Sunrise but picks her up again to hit it again to double tap as Momo retains the title once again.

Rating: Bruce Prichard

 

World of Stardom Title Match
Kagetsu (c) vs. Mayu Iwatani

Review: Our main event tonight is the World of Stardom Championship with our Prime Minister Kagetsu defending the championship against Mayu Iwatani. Funny that last year, Mayu was defending the title against Kagetsu and was able to retain it, and now the roles reversed a year later. On Io’s last day at Stardom, Mayu would pin Kagetsu to win the match and has earned the right to challenge her for the red belt. Mayu has been chasing for the title ever since she had to drop it due to her injury and during her first attempt in April against Toni Storm, she failed to capture the belt and got moved to the back of the line until now for her second chance at redemption. Our Prime Minister, however, won’t be giving up the title so easily after fighting for her first reign for so long and now that she has it, she doesn’t wanna drop it anytime soon. One of the most anticipated matches for the red belt this year since you got two of the best fighting each other for the top spot of the company. Which one is it going to be?

How many times has Kagetsu attempted to murder Mayu whenever they’re in the ring together? Because that is exactly what she tried to do again when they fought outside the ring with Kagetsu wrapping something around Mayu’s neck as she dragged her all the way to the top of the Korakuen Hall and hangs her over the balcony to choke her out and just drops her to make her land on the floor. Our Prime Minister has gone crazy and doesn’t end it there as she kicked her down the stairs making Mayu roll all the way down like something you saw when Hiromu and Taiji fought at the BOSJ. The match told a story between our two top women here fighting for the spot to claim that they’re the top person to lead the company into a brighter future. The two mostly just kick each other and each kick they do to each other gets deadlier and deadlier with them being dazed, knocked down, or laying down in a weird position as if they partied way too hard and woke up in a different country. Both of these women pulled off just about every stop they had to do to try and get the win and none of them worked, for example, Kagetsu hitting three Michinoku Drivers in a row and Mayu kicked out at one but Mayu hits a Dragon Suplex Hold for even Kagetsu to kick out at one herself, showing their fighting spirit in this match to show no quit here. Mayu hits another Dragon Suplex and once Kagetsu rolled back up, she attempted to spray mist in her eyes but Mayu ducked it and Suplexes her once again for another kick out. Kagetsu hits the Oedo Coaster and Mayu kicked out of it that time too and both of them are out of it right here. Kagetsu showed she had more drive here as she would hit another Michinoku Driver, a Death Valley Driver, and tops it off with another Oedo Coaster right on top of her to retain the World of Stardom Championship!

After the match, Kagetsu celebrated in the ring and announced that today was her ten year anniversary as a wrestler and thanks Mayu for being her opponent on this special day and extends her hand for Mayu to shake, but Kagetsu psyches her out and tells Mayu that she failed to win once again and proved that she was the better wrestler. Kagetsu tells her that they’re on opposite blocks for the Five Star Grand Prix and she hopes that Mayu makes it to the top just like Kagetsu plans to for her own block and thinks it would be wise not to face her again. Mayu would talk about how her opportunities at being the champion aren’t over just yet and she vows to win the tournament and going to reclaim that title. Momo came out telling Mayu to shut up and how she retained her title four times now and looks to win the tournament to add the World of Stardom Championship to her career while still holding the Wonder of Stardom Championship. Kagetsu was getting tired of everyone interrupting her and says they need to give the fans what they want and that is an Oedo Tai dance for the fans and once that was over, Kagetsu hands the microphone over to Utami to close the show for them and she does so by saying the line. “Believe now, Shine tomorrow. We Are Stardom”

Rating: Bruce Prichard and a half.

 

Overall: I thought this was a great show with two great title matches, a highly anticipated debut, Nao returning, and a fun tag gauntlet match. This was a fine way to end the show and get the Five Star Grand Prix some hype to make people interested in watching it and I hope you follow me and Andrew once again as we cover this tournament together.

Favorite Match: Kagetsu vs. Mayu Iwatani

Least Favorite Match: Dust vs. Leo Onozaki

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.

ELSEWHERE IN NOAH

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

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

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

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

– Yoshiki Inamura and Kaito Kiyomiya summon Alejandro 

EVENT RECAPS AND POST MATCH PROMOS

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

Event Recap

Post match interviews

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

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

 

THIS WEEK IN NOAH

(December 2022 schedule)

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

ARTICLES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WEEKLY PRO ARTICLES & INTERVIEWS

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

BOOK CORNER

“Donmai, Donmai” – Mitsuharu Misawa’s diary

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

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

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Kongoh Juniors finally win gold, Atsushi Kotoge demands a rematch

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

Dante Leon wins his first Noah title, the GHC Junior

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

Funky fail, but respect earned

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

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

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

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

Kaito Kiyomiya retains against Thatcher, Kenoh back again

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

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

Kiyomiya responded,

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

Kenoh

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

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

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

Noah vs Dragon Gate

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

Noah Tryouts

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

ELSEWHERE IN NOAH

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

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

EVENT RECAPS AND POST MATCH PROMOS

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

Event recapPost match interviews

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

THIS WEEK IN NOAH

(Full November schedule)

NOAH the BEST 2022

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

Birthdays & Anniversaries

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

ARTICLES

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

WEEKLY PRO ARTICLES & INTERVIEWS

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

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

BOOK CORNER

“Donmai, Donmai” – Mitsuharu Misawa’s diary

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


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