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(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.24 ~ 24TH FEBRUARY 2019

With Eddie Edwards returning to NOAH, the Giant Baba Memorial and possible repairs to the IMPACT partnership; Hisame covers quite a bit this week!

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With Eddie Edwards returning to NOAH, the Giant Baba Memorial and possible repairs to the IMPACT partnership; Hisame covers quite a bit this week!

CURRENT TOUR RECAP
“Navigation for The Progress”

The 24th February will be the last time many will see the green ring in Korakuen outside of the Misawa memorial show in June (planned to take place in Tokyo and Osaka).

Minoru Tanaka said that his second request would be to headline “Great Voyage in Yokohama” on the 10th March in the GHC Junior Heavyweight title match.

Daisuke Harada has said nothing and is probably waiting to see how this turns out, Kaito Kiyomiya is naturally too polite to say anything (when by rights it should be himself, as champion, who says yes or no), and so it falls to Naomichi Marufuji, who is not too impressed with the idea.

After their tag match at Korakuen on the 24th, Minoru Tanaka wouldn’t shake hands and left the ring. He and Harada had a vicious fight.

The mysterious “Wrestler X” who was replacing the injured Atsushi Kotoge, turned out to be none other than NOAH born and former GHC Heavyweight Champion, Eddie Edwards, who was wearing the Misawa green.

Fans called “welcome back”, and some tweeted “welcome home”.

To see him meant a lot to the people of Tokorozawa, as rural crowds outside of the Tokyo and Osaka metropolitan areas, don’t often get surprises like this. After their match, Edwards and Kitamiya shook hands, and promised a good match for Korakuen.

You can’t blame Edwards for looking fatigued, poor guy had a long haul flight out to Japan from the USA, and then from the airport, probably a drive out to Tokorozawa.

At Korakuen Hall, the fans were cheering loudly, and green and white paper tape was thrown for him, and after an intense battle, he and Kitamiya shook hands at the end.

Takashi Sugiura’s team did not do too well again in their final pre-match before the elimination fight with The Hooligans, but Yoshiki Inamura displayed a lot of spirit, something he would carry over to Korakuen Hall too.

The elimination match on the 24th had the audience on the edge of their seats, as there was to be two outcomes; if The Hooligans lost, they disbanded, but if they won, then Sugiura entered their unit and was their slave. Fortunately, Sugiura didn’t find himself washing Taniguchi’s back, polishing Nagai’s bald head (idea courtesy of Yuji Hino who had other less savory ideas), doing his laundry, licking KAZMA SAKAMOTO’S boots and carrying Cody’s bags as his team against all the odds, prevailed.

Inamura gave a good fight, and Inoue was said to be the star of the match with Saito sacrificing himself to get the elimination, and it came down to Sugiura vs KAZMA. Sugiura won with the Olympic Slam.

Afterwards KAZMA challenged Sugiura to a match at “Great Voyage in Yokohama”.

After being tortured by Naomichi Marufuji in Tokorozawa, (Boku Pro said you could hear Kiyomiya’s screams around the hall), Kiyomiya went off to a fan event. Marufuji saw the picture of him smiling fans and said darkly, “”You smile, even after I have attacked your left arm. There will be more…more….”

On the 24th February at Korakuen Hall, Marufuji used a chicken wing on Kiyomiya. This is unusual for Marufuji, but I think that since he’s discovered that his body is “older than I thought”, he’s going to be using more submission techniques now.

Kiyomiya managed to get the Chicken Wing Facelock on him, but it was all to no avail, with Marufuji making him tap out with a key lock submission hold.

Afterwards, with a cold smile on his face, Marufuji bent down and held the ice pack down on Kiyomiya’s arm.

Yoshinari Ogawa and Kotaro Suzuki seemed to be falling apart in Tokorozawa as they got into an argument after Ogawa screamed at Suzuki, “why aren’t you helping me?”, and had to be held back by their teammates. However, they worked magnificently together at Korakuen Hall on the 24th and captured the GHC Junior Tag belts from The Backbreakers.

The split in their unit didn’t come from them, it came from HAYATA, who attacked YO-HEY and then Ogawa, and then reunited with the other two members of RATELS who had also come out. Speculation had been made earlier in the evening when Tadasuke was seen talking to YO-HEY during their match, and then lingering at the side of the ring before leaving, that we might see another RATELS exodus.

Tadasuke and HAYATA have challenged for the belts (as per Daisuke Harada’s request in the ring).

YO-HEY appears to be in a state of shock.

50 Funky Powers took on Katsuhiko Nakajima and Go Shiozaki for their first defense of the GHC Heavyweight Tag Titles. It was harsh match with no quarter given as all four laid into each other with kicks, chops and stiff punches (at both Quiet Storm, who I think might have been slightly dazed by it, and Yone, got kicked in the head by Nakajima).

After the match, Eddie Edwards and Masa Kitamiya came to the ring to challenge for the GHC Heavyweight Tag Titles. Edwards greeting the crowd and saying he had returned home to do this.

Nakajima warned them ominously, “Never take your eyes off us”.

All the belts will be defended on March 10th at “Great Voyage in Yokohama”.

Full recap: Tokorozawa Citizen Gymnasium
Full recap: Korakuen Hall

NEWS

CONTRACTS
With a new company now owning NOAH, each wrestler has had to renew their contact with the company. Details are sketchy as to who has and who hasn’t (and I am expecting some to not), but it can be said with a degree of certainty that Quiet Storm, Naomichi Marufuji, Junta Miyawaki, Yoshiki Inamura and Kinya Okada have.

There was never any question of Naomichi Marufuji and Takashi Sugiura leaving, with Sugiura stating that he is going to finish his wrestling life in NOAH.

NOAH & IMPACT

Eddie Edwards said in a recent interview (“Unorthodox in the USA: The Real Reason Behind A Revolution With Kotoge“), that NOAH and IMPACT were rebuilding their relationship. I think that both companies dealing with internal issues in 2018 was a big part of the reason that they had to let it slide for much of the year; NOAH of course having a cash flow problem, and IMPACT dealing with legal issues and then a jump to a different TV channel. However, with Eddie Edwards back in NOAH, and his challenge for Masa Kitamiya for the GHC Heavyweight Tag Titles, we could see once again NOAH and IMPACT appear on each others shows. Edwards has said that for the younger athletes, this especially good.

Giant Baba Memorial
Naomichi Marufuji teamed with Jinsei Shinzaka at the Giant Baba Memorial show on the 19th February.

Naomichi Marufuji has been called “Baba’s last pupil” as he joined the All Japan dojo on March 7th 1998 and was therefore the youngest and newest trainee.

KENTA, however, never knew Giant Baba, Baba having passed away in January 1999 and KENTA joining the dojo later during the year, so he never knew him (neither did Takeshi Rikio or Takashi Sugiura, Rikio joining in August 1999 and Sugiura in 2000).

The tag match with Jinsei Shinzaki against Shun Skywalker and Masaaki Mochizuki more than made up for Marufuji’s disappointing match against Tetsuya Endo in DDT that had taken place previously.

Afterwards he and Jinsei Shinzaki sat and discussed old times in All Japan in the post match interview, with Shinzaki recalling he had told young Marufuji to eat more.

Marufuji saying something to the affect that there wasn’t that much food allotted in the dojo as Hashi ordered sparingly, and Kentaro Shiga (who was thin as a railing any way, and didn’t put on weight until after a knee injury), didn’t let people have too much. Marufuji did say that he hoped that Kentaro Shiga would have been there today.

I am afraid I don’t have any information on Shiga after 2011.

KENTA
WWE have officially confirmed the release of KENTA, and despite the speculation, there has been nothing (and there won’t be anything for ninety days) confirming any part of his future.

As far as NOAH goes, I doubt that he will sign with the promotion again, but it wouldn’t surprise me if he at least made a few appearances as a Freelancer.

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

  • GHC Heavyweight Champion: Kaito Kiyomiya
  • GHC Junior Champion & IPW Champion: Daisuke Harada
  • GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: AXIZ (Go Shiozaki and Katsuhiko Nakajima)
  • GHC Junior Tag Champions: Kotaro Suzuki & Yoshinari Ogawa

TOUR TIDBITS
~ YO-HEY & HAYATA got drunk on Jack Daniels, and YO-HEY was hungover when manning the autograph booth in Tokorozawa.
~ NOAH handed out blue glowsticks for 50 Funky Powers entry in Korakuen Hall
~ Kenoh called into Toshiaki Kawada’s restaurant, Kawada asked him how the journey back to the Budokan was going, and Kenoh replied that it was “closed for repairs”.
~ Mohammed Yone turned 43 on the 23rd February, a flower display was arranged for him in the Tokorozawa venue lobby, complete with blue balloons which is the 50 Funky Powers color.
~ Junta Miyawaki seems to be developing a new move (I think its a submission), he has also been noted to have really bulked up (not surprising given the amount he eats).
~ Hiroshi Yamato said he wants to fight as a NOAH Jnr from now on.
~ Kenta Kobashi came to Korakuen Hall on the 24th February, he looked very sad as he looked on the green ring, knowing it was soon to be replaced. While there he did an interview with Go Shiozaki for a magazine interview.

KING SHAMELESS CORNER
He’s been good; Masao Inoue did better than expected so he probably feels he can’t photograph him at the urinal, and perhaps his dog is now house-trained?

BROADCASTS
NOAH’s Korakuen Hall show of the 24th February will be broadcast on Samurai at 10pm (JST) on Samurai TV on the 2nd March at 11pm.

BOOK CORNER
The ongoing translation of Naomichi Marufuji’s “Heir To The Ark” can be found here

GREEN GUIDES
I have written some “Green Guides” to NOAH about restaurants owned (or in the case of Naomichi Marufuji managed by) NOAH wrestlers for those visiting Tokyo, who might like to go when on a visit. I have included maps, addresses, contact details, menu (where available), links, payment info etc.

I plan to add Toshiaki Kawada (although technically not a NOAH wrestler, but NOAH affiliated), Takeshi Rikio and Takuma Sano, but for now here are:

Muscle Grill (Naomichi Marufuji)
Steak Izakaya (Akira Taue)
Yoneya (Mohammed Yone)

LINKS
Masao Inoue interview ahead of clash with The Hooligans
Baba’s Last Pupil: Naomichi Marufuji’s fierce presence in battle
Naomichi Marufuji and Jinsei Shinzaki’s Post Match Promo
Noah GHC Heavyweight Championship (article by Hikaru Inoue)

NOAH FROM THE VAULT (articles translated by Purodino)
Kenoh “Self” confessions

Picture credit: Noah GHC, Boku Pro.


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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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