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(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.21 ~ 3RD FEBRUARY 2019

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With Navigation for Future winding down and Marufuji returning from injury, Hisame brings us a stacked NOAH Newsletter this week!

CURRENT TOUR RECAP

During the first match of the final night of “Navigation for Future 2019”, Masao Inoue appeared at ringside in plain clothes, and immediately was attack by The Hooligans. Inoue later said his reason for being there was to stop them doing their usual tricks, but something more would come of this later in the evening.

The match itself saw Kenoh team with two bright green rookies, Yoshiki Inamura and Kinya Okada, and of course only went about six minutes.

YO-HEY & HAYATA reunited in the second match. I think that HAYATA went to leave, but YO-HEY stopped him and held out his hand, which HAYATA looked at and then took, they embraced, and then HAYATA shook hands with both Yoshinari Ogawa and Kotaro Suzuki before leaving with them.

YO-HEY posted later on Twitter, “Welcome home wife”.

Daisuke Harada has made no comment about RATELS now being over, but Tadasuke has said he was shocked by it, and from now on, he will be thinking of himself.

The Backbreakers defended the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag titles against Kouki Iwasaki and Keisuke Ishii. They were challenged backstage by Kotaro Suzuki and Yoshinari Ogawa (Suzuki and Kumano got into a fight after Kumano basically told them to “beat it”, which was broken up by their tag team partners).

Title match has been set for the 24th February at Korakuen Hall.

Naomichi Marufuji returned from injury looking happier and healthier (not the perpetually exhausted ghost he had become in 2018) to a curtain of red and orange streamers. He said was fine after the match with no problems from his arm or his leg.

Atsushi Kotoge appeared to have done away with the pink (he later told fans he loved pink and would not be abandoning it all together) for a golden chrome colored ring attire, and fans called him “The Golden Revolutionary Hero”. Naturally he was manic, and Go Shiozaki had his patient face on. Kotoge had told fans via Twitter that he had a surprise that night, but the nutcases’s new clothes, were not the only surprise he had in store.

So, while Marufuji celebrated his return, Nakajima did too – by smirking and kicking him.

Mohammed Yone had promised he would bring muscle to the ring to prevent The Hooligans from interfering in the GHC Heavyweight Tag Title match, and he bought out Takashi Sugiura, Naomichi Marufuji, Masao Inoue and Akitoshi Saito. Each time The Hooligans tried to interfere, they were fought off outside the ring by what would become known as “The Sugiura Army”.

Fifty Funky Powers were victorious, and Quiet Storm took the title win from Maybach Taniguchi.

Takashi Sugiura got in the ring and challenged The Hooligans to a match. He said that if they lost, they disbanded. KAZMA SAKAMOTO told him they accepted his terms, but he in return must accept his; if they win, he becomes their lackey and he has to wash their clothes, their backs, lick KAZMA’S shoes, and I’m not even going to mention just what Hino said about Sugiura could do for Cody Hall.

Sugiura agreed to their request and chose the team of Masao Inoue, Akitoshi Saito, Yoshiki Inamura and Kinya Okada to face The Hooligans.

Match has been set for the 24th February at Korakuen Hall.

Then Atsushi Kotoge appeared back in the ring, and challenged 50 Funky Powers for the title belts.

While Kotoge might be one gunman short of a posse, even he realized he needed a partner, and after a rambling promo about how he had asked people (including the veterans who he somehow thought were his friends, although he had been in a team that had been fighting against them to overthrow them), he announced he had “found a revolution member from the outside”.

Eddie Edwards appeared on the screen, he said he would “Revolution” with Kotoge for the GHC Heavyweight Tag Titles. Fans are calling their team “The Die Hard Revolution”.

The title match has been set for the 24th February at Korakuen Hall. Eddie Edwards does not seem to be appearing on any of the earlier dates in the tour (which starts on the 11th February), but there is always a possibility that he may stay on for the final two dates of the 2nd and 3rd March (the cards at the time of writing have not been announced). I would imagine that Edwards not appearing in the early part of the tour is due to his IMPACT schedule. It will be interesting to see if “The Die Hard Revolution” reunite for Global Tag League which starts in April. 

Kaito Kiyomiya successfully defended the GHC Heavyweight title against Masa Kitamiya in a grueling hard hitting match which took almost half an hour, in which both of them pulled everything out of every box that they had. Afterwards, like fans knew that he would, Naomichi Marufuji challenged for the GHC Heavyweight title, telling Kiyomiya that “You won the global league that I was supposed to win, and you won the belt that I was supposed to capture.” 

The title match has been set for the 10th March in Yokohama (where Daisuke Harada will also defend the GHC Junior against Minoru Tanaka)

FULL RECAP 
POST MATCH PROMOS 

NEWS

NOAH’S NEW OWNERSHIP
On the 29th January, NOAH announced the promotion now had a new parent company (this will be the fourth NOAH have had).

Estbee IT Ltd have sold the company to LIDET Entertainment and as a result, President Masayuki Uchida (along with three other members of staff) have had to resign. Uchida, however, will join LIDET as a special adviser.

LIDET are a company that as well as advertising food and drink, also promote and produce shows (such as Riki Choshu’s “Power Hall” among others, they were also behind the ill fated “GENESIS” which was to be the Takeshi Morishima return show).

President Uchida said, “After Marufuji’s 20th anniversary box office finished, I had progressed to a good point. The younger wrestlers had risen up, and there were good signs seen. Noah decided it was going to the next stage, and I thought it would best to leave it to LIDET, who have ideas that I do not.”

Yosuke Fuwa will replace Uchida as president, and producer Akihiro Takeda (who was once a New Japan executive and contributed greatly to the regeneration of the company a few years ago) has also joined the team.

Their aims are to bring money back to the promotion, increase and promote the big matches and to have it break away from, but not forget its roots, and start again.

Distressingly the iconic green mat will not be used anymore (aside from the Misawa memorial shows in June) after the 10th March show in Yokohama, and the logo will be redone. The owners explain that this is not intended to be disrespectful to Misawa, but the promotion must now come out from under his shadow. Misawa will never be forgotten, and his memory will always be cherished, but NOAH must now “voyage” without him. The term “Giving Up Misawa” has been coined.

They want to make NOAH the number two promotion in Japan within three years. 

“Giving up Misawa, “The Last Voyage” is determined 

“KENTA COME HOME”


KENTA at the NOAH dojo in September 2018 when he came back for “Flight”

Following his match at Royal Rumble 2019, KENTA changed his user name from his WWE persona and back to his real name saying simply, “THANK YOU”. This naturally caused a flurry of excitement on social media, with some people speculating that he had left the company, and others saying that he had simply changed his name back (some wrestlers do use their real names).

It was later said, (although not officially announced), that he had asked for his release from the company. Details are at this point sketchy with some outlets reporting that he was only given his release if he promised to return to Japan and not wrestle for any of the WWEs competitors in America. As of yet it is unknown whether he will return to Japan (and NOAH as is hoped) or stay and freelance in America with IMPACT and\or Ring of Honor, IMPACT of course being affiliated with NOAH, and KENTA having ties to Ring of Honor in his NOAH days. 

Although both KENTA and NOAH have been silent on the subject, KENTA’S 90 day clause runs out just before NOAH start Global Tag League 2019.

No matter what he chooses to do in the future, I would be very surprised if KENTA didn’t make at least one appearance in NOAH now he is once again, free.

COME AT ME YOU BASTARDS (KENOH’S FEBRUARY COLUMN)
Kenoh manages to keep in his hatred about Kaito Kiyomiya on the front cover of “Weekly Pro” to himself (although he was photographed looking at it and looking disgusted), and instead takes a tone about him which is akin to a concerned older brother, his hatred of Marufuji continues, and he has a grudging respect for Sugiura.

He also compares the heavyweights to each item of ingredients in a stew: himself and Sugiura are the oysters, the flavorless cabbage with bulk and not much else are Shiozaki and Nakajima, Kotoge is pepper, Kitamiya, Garlic, and Kiyomiya a photographic fresh chicken breast.

Marufuji does not make Kenoh’s list of ingredients.

STREAMER BAN
NOAH have announced for “environmental reasons” they will be introducing a streamer ban in the future. Streamers may be allowed still at Korakuen Hall, but in some venues, they will not be allowed at all.

Recycling in Japan is done at individual expense, and not by a neighborhood committee or automatically by the city council. While individuals are expected to recycle (and you can find the relevant bins for paper, plastics, tin, which the municipality will empty), businesses have to pay for their own to be taken away and disposed of. While for many businesses in Japan this may be a collection of soda cans drunk by employees, paper and styrofoam, and other normal recyclable waste; NOAH (and other promotions) are faced with how to dispose of a mountain of paper streamers, of which there are enough to coat an entire wrestling ring. You can imagine the pile after an event like Korakuen or Yokohama.

The streamers cannot simply be bundled up and taken to a nearby paper bank and stuffed through the hole, neither can they be put into a recycling bag and left on the curb for the garbage-men. NOAH (and other promotions) have to pay for their disposal. The venue do not clear up either after the shows, this is done by the seconds. Naturally the venue will have its own cleaning staff, who will go in afterwards, but it is up to the promotion to “leave it as they found it” so to speak. You can imagine the cost and the inconvenience of getting the streamers taken away, and sympathize with NOAH as to why they are banning it (for now at least). 

I would imagine an exception will be made for the Misawa memorial shows, and other big events.

NOAH THE THEME MUSIC
NOAH have announced that in April 2019 they will be releasing an album containing wrestler theme music. NOAH have not released an album like this since about 2009. There is no track listing as of yet.

FAN MEETING 2019 IN SHINKIBA
NOAH have announced their annual “Fan Meeting” event which takes place in the spring (February 17th this year); while in 2018 this was pretty much the kids get in the ring and play with the wrestlers, or an exercise class is held for children, Noah have made somewhat of a return to “The Golden Era” (minus the Chanko being served) this year.

All of the roster will take part, except for Go Shiozaki and Naomichi Marufuji, who will be competing in DDT.

There will be a meet and greet with the wrestlers, one of whom will hold a kind of talk show and Q&A.

Professor Nagahama (a trainer exclusive to NOAH who does sports massage) will give the fans a sports massage for 500 yen per time. Fans also can experience being a ring announcer for the day.

Miyaki Wakiko (NOAH’s official photographer, and author of “PHOTOGRAPH THE LIVE”) will give a lecture on the basics of photography, and fans can experience this when NOAH put on two secret matches when they photograph from the apron.

Fan club members will get in free, and have their own photography session with one of the roster (just who gets to do this will be drawn by a lottery, and will only be open to fifty people).

IPW
IPW have announced that they will be broadcast in Fightnet UK every Friday at 9pm starting Friday 8th February. As you know, NOAH have parented with them, and Daisuke Harada is their current Junior Heavyweight champion.

Robyn Goding’s beautiful pictures of YO-HEY, HAYATA, Daisuke Harada and Tadasuke from their participation in IPW can be found here.

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

TOUR TIDBITS
~ Naomichi Marufuji will team with Jinsei Shinzaki (ironically, Kenoh’s trainer) against Masaaki Mochizuki & Shun Skywalker at Giant Baba’s 20 year Memorial.
~ Takashi Sugiura counted the days he had been away from his little dog when he got home from tour, and Tadasuke immediately started playing “Kingdom Hearts”.
~ Naomichi Marufuji took part in the annual Setsubun celebrations.
~ Atsushi Kotoge wandered across the ring with a rolled up bit of streamer on his head. In a fatherly manner, Go Shiozaki removed it and then rearranged Kotoge’s hair.
~ A slight sound error occurred at Korakuen Hall when “Boogie Wonderland” started playing just before the pinfall was counted three.

KING SHAMELESS CORNER
Takashi Sugiura this week took a picture of his dog crapping on puppy training pads and posted it to social media, although he had taken care to cover up what was coming out of the dog with an emoticon…I think you can guess which one.

BROADCASTS
The last night of “Navigation for The Future 2019” will be broadcast on 9th February at 10pm (JST) on Samurai TV
“Great Voyage in Yokohama” on the 10th March will be broadcast by G+ plus on the 16th March on G+ at 8.30pm (JST)

BOOK CORNER
English translation of “Heir to The Ark” (Naomichi Marufuji’s biography) is ongoing.

LINKS
New structure statement, new owner is the LIDET Company, “I want to increase the big match”.
Noah GHC Champion Kaito Kiyomiya, former dorm manager Masa Kitamiya and the V2 match
Noah’s new structure, “We want to create a new face”
President Uchida resigns, and Noah shifts to a new regime, the skill and reputation of the new owner “LIDET” 
Kaito Kiyomiya vs Masa Kitamiya – transcript of the GHC Heavyweight title match signing
Report on Pro-Wrestling Noah’s new system 
GHC Champion Kiyomiya has a fierce fight for more than 29 minutes in his second defense, next challenger is Marufuji!
Kiyomiya’s second defense! Marufuji returns with the challenge, “that is the belt that I was supposed to win”.
Youngest GHC Champion Kaito Kiyomiya’s second defense, “Noah’s face is now me”… Marufuji makes challenge on return.
“Era”, Marufuji’s declaration to recover the belt
Yoshiki Inamura and Kinya Okada interview about their match against The Hooligans 

NOAH FROM THE VAULT
Looking back on Kenoh’s reformation of the ark (translation of article by @purodino)
Kenoh makes some eerily similar remarks about NOAH in March 2018, that the new owners in 2019 will echo.


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(NOAH) NOAH WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.186 ~ 18TH SEPTEMBER 2022

Hisame sorts through some of the larger points as NOAH slowly comes into the Fall season!

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Kenoh, Kiyomiya & The Shining Wizard

At the time of writing, the two pre matches between Kenoh and Kaito Kiyomiya are even, both has one win over the other. Kiyomiya defeated Kenoh at Korakuen Hall on the 15th using a variation of The Shining Wizard, with Kenoh (who swore he would never lose to that move again), using Keiji Mutoh’s version of The Shining Wizard to defeat Kiyomiya. Prior to doing it, Kenoh had even gone as far to pull Mutoh’s pose and he did it again while leaning over Kiyomiya. Kenoh stated backstage that he didn’t believe that after Mutoh had retired that Kiyomiya would continue using the move, so therefore he, Kenoh, would use it and cherish both the technique and Keiji Mutoh. If you thought Kiyomiya was made mad enough by Kenoh patting him on the head, wait until they clash again at Yokohama Radiant Hall on the 19th.

YO-HEY & HAYATA

In the past you got the impression that HAYATA didn’t really care about his opponents, they were just there to be beaten and for him to move on after beating, this time the feeling is very different. Compared to all of HAYATA’S other title defenses so far, this has been the most personal (anything involving YO-HEY is always more personal than anyone else), the most bitter and the most savage. Whilst HAYATA seems to want to keep YO-HEY in mint condition for the title match, as neither Yoshinari Ogawa, Chris Ridgeway or himself seem to want to concentrate on breaking down his knees or damaging his arm (unlike poor Seiki Yoshioka, who is getting the brunt of all three, Ridgeway even tearing off his bandages and attacking the bone), YO-HEY has taken to attacking HAYATA after matches. Both matches so far have been inconclusive and neither has the win over the other, but at Korakuen on the first night YO-HEY dropkicked HAYATA in the face, at the second he gave him the GAMEN-G. YO-HEY has described this as a “switch being turned on” in him, and says he has a strategy for the title match. HAYATA naturally has said nothing, which is odd considering how vocal he has been in the title challenges before.

Taka & Satoshi

Satoshi Kojima and Takashi Sugiura have made a functional dysfunctional tag team. Their first pre match against Hideki Suzuki and Timothy Thatcher contained a misfire when Sugiura caught Kojima by accident and they had a spat. The second time, Sugiura was made to tap out by Timothy Thatcher in a match that reminded me of the Galleria fight between the T-800 and T-1000 in Terminator 2. Kojima came to the ring, Suzuki got in it and then Kojima took everyone out and closed the show on the microphone. Sugi started complaining that not only had Kojima arrived too late to help, but his theme music had started playing. Kojima said it wasn’t deliberate, Sugi didn’t believe him. The handshake where Kojima offers his palm and Sugi his finger (not the finger) seems to have become their thing, and Kojima will face off against Timothy Thatcher in a singles match on the 19th in Yokohama. Thatcher has sworn revenge for what happened at Korakuen.

NOAH’s New Debut

NOAH’s 16th NOAH Born, Taishi Ozawa, made his debut at Korakuen Hall on the 15th September. Weighing in at 87kg and with a height of 181cm (which is marginally smaller than Yoshiki Inamura and Shuhei Taniguchi at 182cm), he has naturally gone into the heavyweight division. His first match lasted 6 minutes and 31 seconds, and got him praise from the fans and wrestlers alike. After the match, Yoshiki Inamura praised him and said he wants him to grow stronger and make his body bigger. Personally, I can see Ozawa becoming one of NOAH’s ultra-heavyweights, but this may mean he has to give up doing dropkicks, which you don’t see too much of amongst NOAH’s heavyweights. NOAH celebrated this debut by broadcasting messages from support from fans on the screen, the President of The Leave presented him with flowers and special commemorative face masks were given at the door.

NOAH & Dragon Gate Joint Event

NOAH held a press conference on the 9th September to discuss the NOAH and DragonGate joint event which will be held on the 11th November at Korakuen Hall. Sadly Daisuke Harada does not think his neck will be in good enough condition for him to take part, so he has nominated himself as “Event Ambassador”. Cards announced so far are Seiki Yoshioka vs YAMATO (who said that local idiot Kzy agreed to this nonsense, and that if he liked festivals so much he should do a solo strip show, but getting back to Yoshioka, he was going to pay) and Mochizuki Junior, Ryu Fuda & Madoka Kikuta vs Kai Fujimura, Yasutaka Yano & Yoshiki Inamura. This latter match sets two sets of rookies against each other, and NOAH and DragonGate’s resident hosses.

GLOBAL2Days

In addition to the NOAH & DragonGate joint event, the day before NOAH will hold the first day of the two days at Korakuen Hall they have called “GLOBAL2Days”. Night 1 will be a NOAH show only, with all the titles put on the line. No cards yet have been announced for this.

NOSAWA vs Katsuhiko Nakajima?

NOSAWA Rongai declared that he wanted a singles match with “little bitch” Katsuhiko Nakajima, after Nakajima (tongue stuck out at the side of his mouth) gave him a round of soccer ball kicks. Hideki Suzuki said something along the lines of that while he thought NOSAWA was dead following this, NOSAWA probably was going to be dead after this. At the time of writing nothing has been announced yet, and Nakajima said it was “fun”.

Yuya Susumu

Due to cervical neck sprain, Yuya Susumu will miss about four events (which includes the past two Korakuen Hall events and probably the N-Innovation and one more event after that)

ELSEWHERE IN NOAH

– Kenoh apparently has a sense of humor similar to Mitsuharu Misawa’s i.e. blue. His column was once him yelling about his enemies, now he is making innuendos about how anatomy reacts to gravure models.

– Chris Ridgeway says that he has plans to not only get the GHC Junior Heavyweight, he also wants to bring the GHC National to the juniors.

– Katsuhiko Nakajima has likened the Nagoya Keiji Mutoh Retirement Road match as being like a reunion as it involves Mutoh’s classmate Masakatsu Funaki and their junior, Kazuyuki Fujita, and says he is going to destroy that atmosphere. He has also warned Mutoh to be careful in Nagoya, as he may not reach the Tokyo Dome.

– The children at NOAH’s most recent fan event (Tokyo Verdy) were fascinated by Kaito Kiyomiya and Masa Kitamiya’s muscles, despite the fact that they got pulled over by them at the tug of war. They let the children win the first time, but were pretty merciless the next time.

– Hideki Suzuki burst in wielding a pipe chair when Satoshi Kojima and Takashi Sugiura were talking backstage and threatened to throw it at someone. Sugi suggested he throw it at Kojima, Kojima, (had he been a New Yorker), basically said, “Hey, I’m talkin’ here!”

– Junta Miyawaki will challenge Tromba for the ASPW Openweight Championship on Saturday November 5th in Guadalajara.

– Jack Morris interrupted The Shutter Chance…I don’t think anyone in NOAH has ever done that before.

– Yoshiki Inamura’s reaction to Disco was to stand with his arms crossed and glare at Mohammed Yone. Yone did not forget this insult.

– NOAH have taken part in a team gaming event, which sees Kongoh (who sat apart from everyone else) join in. YO-HEY and Yoshiki Inamura seem to have formed a guild. STINGER, naturally, are not taking part.

EVENT RECAPS AND POST MATCH PROMOS

– STAR NAVIGATION 2022 (THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 15TH, KORAKUEN HALL)

Event recap

Post match interviews

– STAR NAVIGATION 2022 (FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 16TH, KORAKUEN HALL)

Event recap

Post match interviews

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

  • GHC Heavyweight Champion: Kenoh
    Challenger: Kaito Kiyomiya, [Muto Retirement Road] GRAND SHIP 2022 in NAGOYA PRO-WRESTLING LOVE FOREVER.2 ~OUT BREAK~ Sunday September 25th, Dolphin Arena (Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium)
  • GHC Junior Champion: HAYATA
    Challenger: YO-HEY, [Muto Retirement Road] GRAND SHIP 2022 in NAGOYA PRO-WRESTLING LOVE FOREVER.2 ~OUT BREAK~ Sunday September 25th, Dolphin Arena (Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium)
  • GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: The Sugiura Army (Hideki Suzuki & Timothy Thatcher)
    Challengers: KojiSugi (Satoshi Kojima & Takashi Sugiura), [Muto Retirement Road] GRAND SHIP 2022 in NAGOYA PRO-WRESTLING LOVE FOREVER.2 ~OUT BREAK~ Sunday September 25th, Dolphin Arena (Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium)
  • GHC Junior Tag Champions: STINGER (Chris Ridgeway & Yoshinari Ogawa)
    Challengers: The NOAH Junior Regulars (Atsushi Kotoge & Seiki Yoshioka), [Muto Retirement Road] GRAND SHIP 2022 in NAGOYA PRO-WRESTLING LOVE FOREVER.2 ~OUT BREAK~ Sunday September 25th, Dolphin Arena (Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium)
  • GHC National Champion: Masakatsu Funaki
    Challenger: Masa Kitamiya, SUNNY VOYAGE 2022 – Friday September 30th (Bandaijima Multi-Purpose Square Ogama)

*This event will not be broadcast live, but hopefully this match will be shown via Instagram

THIS WEEK IN NOAH

(September 2022 schedule)

  • Monday, September 19th

SUNNY VOYAGE 2022 – Yokohama Radiant Hall, Yokohama

Time: 17:30 JST

Broadcast: WrestleUniverse (Live)

  • Tuesday, September 20th

Title match signing (GHC Heavyweight Tag, GHC Junior Heavyweight)

Live on NOAH’s Official YouTube at 17:00 JST

  • Wednesday, September 21st

N INNOVATION – Shinjuku FACE, Tokyo

Time: 18:30 JST

Broadcast: WrestleUniverse (Live)

  • Sunday, September 25th

GRAND SHIP 2022 in NAGOYA/PRO WRESTLING LOVE FOREVER IN NAGOYA – OUTBREAK (Keiji Mutoh Retirement Road)

Start: 16:00 JST

Broadcast: WrestleUniverse (Live)

LINKS

Keiji Mutoh talks freely, “PPV at Retirement Match”, “Cut Ties” for O-Khan

Long awaited one on one fight with Katsuhiko Nakajima. Will Daiki Inaba’s obsession with Katsuhiko Nakajima be fulfilled?

“I don’t have the sense for a name! (laughs”) The secret story of the birth of the Shining Wizard variation & recruitment of technique name!

“Finish it all at once” GHC Junior Tag Team Champion Chris Ridgeway Interview, complete belt and league domination, ambition of GHC National Challenge

Kaito Kiyomiya receives reinforcement from the kick world, if he fails to take the GHC in the Kenoh match, “I can’t go to the top anymore”

“After the N-1!, the 15th & 16th Korakuen are two consecutive events, the next big match is 25th September Nagoya (Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium). Focusing on developments for the four major GHC fights, a new battle begins

NOAH collaborates with Tokyo Verdy! Naomichi Marufuji, “I want to put up a ring at Ajinomoto Stadium and have a match”

“I’ll let you challenge my GHC Heavyweight” GHC Champion Kenoh nominates himself for Keiji Mutoh’s Retirement Match, Next Year on 21st February At Tokyo Dome

Fan event recap: Tokyo Verdy

Junior Brand Event: YO-HEY and Kotoge introduce the highlights of the 21st September Shinjuku N-Innovation Competition

GHC Heavyweight signing ceremony: Kenoh “A beautiful story, I’m gonna break it down and I’m gonna draw it”, Kiyomiya prepares for “Last Chance”

“I want to become white ash” Keiji Mutoh’s retirement stage will be 21st February at The Tokyo Dome, “Pubic Persuasion” Chono will also go to his retirement match

Funky Kato is dazed about Keiji Mutoh’s retirement, the final opponent is “Not Okada”

“I’m using it, so it’s my technique!” with Mutoh finisher at full power, Kaito Kiyomiya defeats Kenoh towards the culmination of their five year story

Katsuhiko Nakajima and the 25th September Nagoya match with Keiji Mutoh, who will retire at The Dome next year

OLD INTERVIEWS

“Dandyism?”, it’s not like that”

Interesting interview with Mitsuharu Misawa from circa February 2002, in which he discusses Kodo Fuyuki’s retirement, friendship, NOAH, All Japan, his childhood and his juniors.

BOOK CORNER

“Donmai, Donmai” – Mitsuharu Misawa’s diary

GIF taken from WrestleUniverse & NOAH Official YouTube


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(NOAH) NOAH WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.185 ~ 7TH SEPTEMBER 2022

N-1 Victory gives us a new challenger for the GHC Heavyweight title! A New Tag Team forms! Injuries and Junior division craziness! Hisame brings you all the NOAH nuggies!

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Kaito Kiyomiya wins N-1 VICTORY

Kaito Kiyomiya overcame Hideki Suzuki to win his first N-1 VICTORY. Hideki Suzuki had terrified him, as he remembered how it was the last time they fought soon after Kiyomiya had returned from excursion. Kiyomiya had said in the press conference in response to Suzuki’s “he’s obsessed with Mutoh” that he wouldn’t use any of Mutoh’s moves in the match, but this was indeed how he won it. With his win, Kiyomiya could now challenge Kenoh for the GHC Heavyweight title.

Kenoh (looking half amused and a bit proud of Kiyomiya), came to the ring and silently raised the GHC Heavyweight. Backstage, he was not as quiet, saying that Kiyomiya was “a handsome wrestler with a cool face”, but he wasn’t happy with Kiyomiya’s somewhat dazed promo and branding him the “Useless N-1 Champion”.

HAYATA nominates his next challenger, YO-HEY

YO-HEY had been saying for the past few weeks that he was going to be aiming at HAYATA. The expected title challenge didn’t happen earlier as the last time YO-HEY and HAYATA were in the ring together, Perros Del Mal De Japon ruined any chances. HAYATA took matters into his own hands following the match in Osaka on the September 3rd. The way YO-HEY was nominated was done in a way that could only be done between the two of them, with HAYATA walking in on the NOAH Junior Regulars while they were in the comments booth, and nominating YO-HEY then and there.

STINGER victorious, new challengers emerge

STINGER ground Perros Del Mal De Japon practically into the ground in the title match in Osaka, Eita getting the brunt of the attack. Chris Ridgeway at one point taking off Eita’s kneepad and grinding his knuckles into the bone. It was no wonder that by the end of the match, Eita was walking with a noticeable limp. As Perros Del Mal slunk away to lick their wounds, STINGER were faced with their new challengers, Atsushi Kotoge and Seiki Yoshioka of The NOAH Junior Regulars. Kotoge got about half of a sentence out about challenging for the belts, taking them back, teaming with Yoshioka, when STINGER had had enough of him/them, and hit them both in the face with their belts and then walked off making dismissive motions. Despite this, their challenge has been accepted.

Satoshi Kojima and Takashi Sugiura

Understandably subdued at the moment and not himself, Takashi Sugiura came out of his shell a bit when he and Satoshi Kojima teamed together in Osaka on 3rd September. At first their partnership was stormy, a missed spot which involved an opponent ducking and a mistimed spot resulted in an argument and Sugiura deliberately breaking a pin, which meant that fans suspected a rivalry. However, backstage Satoshi Kojima had a different idea, how about the two of them team up? Sugi wasn’t too sure, but Kojima persuaded him saying that they were both the same age (Sugiura is four months older) and it was hard to find someone as contemporary as Sugiura now. Sugiura said he would give it a go, and much to fans surprise, the two have challenged for the GHC Heavyweight Tag Titles.

Masa Kitamiya

With the N-1 over and Masakatsu Funaki saying that he wanted to put the belt up against the three people he lost against, Masa Kitamiya, Kaito Kiyomiya & Satoshi Kojima, fans were the most interested in seeing Kitamiya challenge. Following a tag match in Osaka, Kitamiya and Funaki got into a rare melee brawl after the match, which involved Kitamiya slamming him and Katsuhiko Nakajima having to throw Kitamiya from the ring. Backstage, Kitamiya announced his challenge and the title match has been set a little later the others (I think due to Funaki’s schedule) for the 30th September.

Kenoh vs The Makai Alliance

The short lived Makai Alliance of NOSAWA Rongai, The-Great-O-Khan and The Great Muta (I say short as Muta turned on O-Khan and gave him the Green Mist at the end) took on the might of Kongoh. Tadasuke was the target for the three demons, while Kenoh battered O-Khan with his bamboo sword (O-Khan posted pictures of the welts later) and while attempting a fireball, got a lick of flame from Great Muta. Sadly, Kenoh did not set himself on fire in the match and do any flaming kicks. Manabu Soya was given the red mist. Following Muta’s betrayal, O-Khan has vowed revenge and while he was crawling backstage and then rolling around on the floor, Muta hinted that perhaps he might be turning up in New Japan, or perhaps America?

DragonGate

Following NOAH’s Osaka event, The NOAH Junior Regulars (YO-HEY, Atsushi Kotoge, Alejandro and Seiki Yoshioka) turned up at DragonGate’s event and saved Natural Vibes from Z-BRATS. Kzy couldn’t quite believe it and asked what they were doing there, to which a joint performance (or “festival”) was suggested. Seiki Yoshioka wanted to fight YAMATO, while Alejandro wanted to team with “the skillful, crazy and cool” DragonKid. Nothing more has been said about the date, the venue or the card, but expect announcements in the coming weeks.

NOAH’s new debut

NOAH have announced that a trainee will graduate from the dojo on the 15th September. Taishi Ozawa is twenty-five years old, has a background in gymnastics, and comes from Shizuoka. He will be the first debut since Yasutaka Yano in about two years. His first NOAH match will be against Yoshiki Inamura, following this he is expected to join the heavyweight division.

Go Shiozaki injured

Go Shiozaki was injured in the match in Osaka, and was helped backstage by the trainees and officials, an ice pack on his arm. NOAH have not announced the extent of the injury yet or for how long Shiozaki will be absent only that he is pending further investigations.

ELSEWHERE IN NOAH

– Seiki Yoshioka has done a weight challenge which involved other wrestlers sitting on him while he does push ups; Alejandro was the easiest because he’s the smallest and lightest, Daiki Inaba was doable, Go Shiozaki giggled and fell off and Yoshiki Inamura squashed him flat.

– Stallion Rogers and Anthony Greene left NOAH to return to the USA. Anthony Greene was very emotional, stating how much he was going to miss Japan and how he looked upon The Ark, as home.

– Kenoh says he doesn’t care about O-Khan, his goal is another New Japan wrestler. He doesn’t say who though.

– Daiki Inaba has a singles match with Katsuhiko Nakajima coming up, this will be his chance to avenge himself for the W-1 championship belt.

– We mercifully never found out just where Kendo Kashin had vanished to after the match.

– Kaito Kiyomiya has taken up surfing in his new channel videos, while Kenoh informed us all that “The Beast” is not simply a name for Kazuyuki Fujita to scare his opponents with, which Kenoh found out when kicking him in the thigh.

EVENT RECAPS AND POST MATCH PROMOS

– N-1 VICTORY 2022 GRAND FINAL & GREAT MUTA OSAKA FINAL (Edion Arena Osaka First Stadium, Saturday September 3rd)

Event recap

Post Match Interviews

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

  • GHC Heavyweight Champion: Kenoh
    Challenger: Kaito Kiyomiya, [Muto Retirement Road] GRAND SHIP 2022 in NAGOYA PRO-WRESTLING LOVE FOREVER.2 ~OUT BREAK~ Sunday September 25th, Dolphin Arena (Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium)
  • GHC Junior Champion: HAYATA
    Challenger: YO-HEY, [Muto Retirement Road] GRAND SHIP 2022 in NAGOYA PRO-WRESTLING LOVE FOREVER.2 ~OUT BREAK~ Sunday September 25th, Dolphin Arena (Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium)
  • GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: The Sugiura Army (Hideki Suzuki & Timothy Thatcher)
    Challengers: KojiSugi (Satoshi Kojima & Takashi Sugiura), [Muto Retirement Road] GRAND SHIP 2022 in NAGOYA PRO-WRESTLING LOVE FOREVER.2 ~OUT BREAK~ Sunday September 25th, Dolphin Arena (Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium)
  • GHC Junior Tag Champions: STINGER (Chris Ridgeway & Yoshinari Ogawa)
    Challengers: The NOAH Junior Regulars (Atsushi Kotoge & Seiki Yoshioka), [Muto Retirement Road] GRAND SHIP 2022 in NAGOYA PRO-WRESTLING LOVE FOREVER.2 ~OUT BREAK~ Sunday September 25th, Dolphin Arena (Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium)
  • GHC National Champion: Masakatsu Funaki
    Challenger: Masa Kitamiya, SUNNY VOYAGE 2022 – Friday September 30th (Bandaijima Multi-Purpose Square Ogama)

* This event will not be broadcast live, but hopefully this match will be shown via Instagram

 THIS WEEK IN NOAH

(September 2022 schedule)

– Wednesday 15th September

NOAH will hold a press conference/match signing live on their official YouTube at 5pm JST. Keiji Mutoh will give further details about his retirement road plans, while the title matches are expected to be signed for.

LINKS

Muta & O-Khan make a shocking agreement, with the offering of “Makai Cake” at the historic alliance talks

Dragon Bane and Alpha Wolf both declare victory in Osaka for the Lucha Brothers showdown

Ahead of The Muta & O-Khan battle, holding a bamboo sword Kenoh does a furious interview, not giving up on GHC Heavyweight counter-attack

Suzuki “Best fight in the world”, “Win or die”, “No more chances” – Kiyomiya also has his back to the wall, press conference just before the N-1 championship match

GHC Champion Kenoh Makai Empire Alliance “Purification”, declares “Compulsory Elementary School Education For O-Khan”

Moving away from mentor Keiji Mutoh as champion! Kaito Kiyomiya submits “Graduation Thesis” by swearing to win the N-1 for the first time

ALL JAPAN YOSHINARI OGAWA ARTICLES FROM 1986

An Unknown Trainee 

Yoshinari Ogawa’s Volume 

BOOK CORNER

“Donmai, Donmai” – Mitsuharu Misawa’s diary

With thanks to: Metal-NOAH

GIF taken from WrestleUniverse & Seiki Yoshioka’s TikTok


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