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(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.33~ 6TH MAY 2019

A little delayed, but still filled with all the Pro Wreslting NOAH goodness. Hisame gives us all the previous week’s NOAH information we love!

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CURRENT TOUR RECAP
NOAH held the last three dates of “Global Tag League 2019” in Yokohama on the 29th and 30th April, with the final night being on the 4th May, and an event “Navigation to a New Era” to celebrate the new Reiwa era on the 2nd May.

It had been a grueling tour with two injuries, and four consecutive days in a row, with a day off and then a day on. Not surprisingly when they returned home after the event on the 30th April, their Twitters went dead (aside from Masa Kitamiya who had slept on the bus, couldn’t sleep afterwards, and ate a double helping of a rice and curry dish at 4am).

Happily, NOAH managed to sell out both nights in Yokohama, the event in Fuji Messe, and had the greatest crowd at Korakuen Hall (sold out too), with the best crowd they had ever had since 2015.

True to his new persona, Naomichi Marufuji took to winding up Kenoh (by holding the ropes open for him, and also pretending not to see him when Kenoh decided to menace him by holding his fist in his face), but saved most of it for Daisuke Harada on the 30th April.

Marufuji and Harada decided that they were both going to climb on the same turnbuckle to do Tadasuke’s pose and they got into a tussle (which made them look like Sideshow Bob and Sideshow Cecil fighting over the bunk-bed), and later in the match, Harada refused to tag in Marufuji. Harada tagged in HAYATA, who (not being bothered by such pettiness), tagged in Marufuji. However, Harada wasn’t finished being childish, and wouldn’t let Marufuji join in with the RATELS handshake at the end of the match and kept turning his back on him, or else kicking him away. Eventually Harada threw him out of the ring, and Marufuji (after slapping the apron in an anger), went over to where the belts where, and lightly touched the IPW Junior Heavyweight title.

Later RATELS had to find another way back to the locker room, as Marufuji had decided to stand in the doorway to one of the exits.

Naturally, with YO-HEY being injured in Yokohama (see the entry below), whatever was meant to happen between RATELS and Stinger at Korakuen Hall didn’t, with Atsushi Kotoge taking YO-HEY’s place in the subsequent card change. A nice set up was made for Global Junior Tag League though, with Tadasuke pinning Yoshinari Ogawa.

Hideki Suzuki and NOSAWA Rongai (“The Sugiura Army”) took on Naomichi Marufuji and Junta Miyawaki at the final night of Global Tag League at Korakuen Hall. Although Miyawaki lost (albeit to some very near falls), he said he wants a singles match with Hideki Suzuki.

Suzuki, however, is far more interested in facing Naomichi Marufuji, or as he put it, someone with a belt.

Kenoh’s simmering resentment and jealously finally boiled over in Yokohama on the 30th April when Kaito Kiyomiya was counted out by Masao Inoue clinging on to him and preventing him from getting in the ring, meaning that Kaioh were knocked out of Global Tag League 2019. The Dark Agents actually did better than anyone expected in the league, especially compared to previous years.

Kenoh grabbed Kiyomiya’s hair and screamed at him before getting on the microphone and screaming at him that “tonight, we are done” among other paranoid ramblings about Kiyomiya only speaking words that the company had told him, and that he wasn’t going to do that, no he was not going to be “the company dog” to bark, wag and fetch when the company demanded. Then, in true Kenoh fashion, he finished his tantrum by throwing the microphone at Kiyomiya before stalking off.

Kiyomiya (although he had said they were never friends and probably wouldn’t be, looked upset) and said that the words he spoke were his own and told Kenoh not to be “silly”, and if Kenoh wanted to fight him, instead of stand by him and create a new NOAH, then so be it.

On the 2nd May in Fuji Messe, after the match with THE TOUGH, Kenoh seemingly formed an alliance with them when the three of them stood staring at each other, and Kenoh backed off still staring and pointing his fingers, backstage he hinted at a possible alliance.

At the final night of Global Tag League, this was confirmed when Kenoh announced the formation of a new unit called “Kongō” (the name means “Diamond”), and called out the wrestlers who were dissatisfied with the new company. Yoshiki Inamura (who is only joining as he cannot be separated from Masa Kitamiya at the moment just like Kaito Kiyomiya was with Go Shiozaki this time last year), and the aforementioned Masa Kitamiya were already in the ring, but Atsushi Kotoge came out. Kotoge’s participation is a little bizarre considering that he has joined with Mitsutya Nagai as “The Revolutionary Cloak Heroes”, but this could be the meaning of his vague “Revolution”. Kotoge, however, says he will do things his own way.

After he and Kenoh had yelled at each other from the ring and apron, Kaito Kiyomiya, started an alliance with Maybach Taniguchi, who had now “rebooted” himself as he said he would on the 2nd May, and had gone back to his old name and persona of “Shuhei Taniguchi”.

Fans have cautioned Kiyomiya not to trust him, as (somewhat like Kenoh), Taniguchi has betrayed pretty much every partner he has ever had…but for now Taniguchi seems to be pretty faithful, warning Kongō that he is going to show them “what a company slave can do”. 

Masa Kitamiya (who fell to Taniguchi’s new submission of a chicken wing camel clutch), said that between them, it isn’t over….

AXIZ & The Sugiura army clashed twice, first in Yokohama on the 29th April in a vicious match, which started with Takashi Sugiura standing and staring at them and not moving a muscle (Kaioh had the sense to back off when they saw him do it at the start of their match). 

The two teams met in the finals of Global Tag League, whereby Sugiura made Nakajima tap out to the ankle lock. AXIZ it seemed, had been hoping to get rid of such a team like “The Sugiura Army” quickly, except now they found they were going to be facing them in the finals.

Takashi Sugiura said that he was now going after two belts, the GHC Heavyweight Tag and the GHC Heavyweight single. No formal challenge has been made yet for the GHC Heavyweight single.

Yoshiki Inamura picked up his first win by using the “Oklahoma Stampede” (which was a move used by Dr Death Steve Williams) over Masao Inoue.

At the final night of Global Tag League, Inamura had a singles match against Yuji Hino, who praised him after the match.

Sadly, there has been no announcement of when Kinya Okada will return to the ring.

The Backbreakers ended their tag team in Yokohama on the 30th, with Hajime Ohara later joining The Sugiura Army after the event in Fuji Messe on the 2nd May (he wishes to become dominant in the Junior League, and he feels that Takashi Sugiura is the best person to learn this from), and Hitoshi Kumano looking towards the singles league. Kumano said he wanted to thank Ohara for all the experience he had gained by tagging with him, so aside from the singles match they had on the 2nd, there seems to be no further bad blood between them.

EVENT RECAPS
Yokohama 29th April 2019
Post match promos ~ 29th April 2019

Full show of 30th April in Yokohama
Yokohama 30th April 2019
Post match promos ~ 30th April 2019

“Navigation to a New Era” ~ May 2nd 2019
Post match promos ~ “Navigation to a New Era”

Final night of Global Tag League 2019 
Post match promos ~ Global Tag League 2019

NEWS

“NOAH THE SPIRIT 2019”

NOAH has a small tour in between the end of “Global Tag League 2019” ending, and “Global Junior League 2019” starting.

Saturday 11th May 2019 (17:00): Okazakishi Tatsumigaoka Hall, Aichi
Sunday 12th May 2019 (15:00): Esuporu Iseuma, Saitama
Sunday 19th May 2019 (17:30): YAMADA Green Dome, Maebashi Sub Event Arena

GLOBAL JUNIOR TAG LEAGUE
Global Junior Tag League will run the following dates:

Tuesday May 28th 2019, Korakuen Hall, Tokyo – 18.30
Thursday May 30th 2019, Hiroshima Industry West Hall Exhibition Hall, Hiroshima – 18.30
Friday May 31st 2019, Yonago Convention Centre BIG SHIP – 18.30
Saturday June 1st 2019, Osaka World Hall – 17.00
Sunday June 2nd 2019, Act City Hamamatsu, Shizuoka – 18.00
Saturday June 8th 2019, Yokohama Radiant Hall – 17.30
Sunday June 9th 2019, Tokyo Korakuen Hall – 11.30 (Mitsuharu Misawa memorial)
Thursday June 13th 2019, Osaka Edion Arena – 18.30 (Mitsuharu Misawa memorial)

In a long awaited happening, it has been announced that Chris Ridgeway will participate in this years league, teaming with Hitoshi Kumano. He says that it has long been a life goal to wrestle in Japan, and also for Pro Wrestling NOAH. Ridgeway is of course no stranger to NOAH, albeit in the UK and not in Japan, having wrestled Kenoh for Frontline’s opening night, and Daisuke Harada in the IPW Junior Heavyweight Tournament.

The teams announced for the tournament are:

Yoshinari Ogawa & Kotaro Suzuki (current champions)
YO-HEY* & HAYATA
Hajime Ohara & NOSAWA Rongai
Hi69 & Minoru Tanaka
Daisuke Harada & Tadasuke
Hitoshi Kumano & Chris Ridgeway
Seiya Morohashi & Junta Miyawaki

YO-HEY & HAYATA 
Sadly on the second night in Yokohama (the 30th), YO-HEY picked up an injury to his left lung. If you watch the match you can see him clutch his lower rib-cage and speak to the ref, ironically this worked out quite well as given Stinger’s heel tactics, it looked as if he was hamming it up while his teammates beat up on the opponents outside the ring.

Sadly, this was not a work, and after the match, YO-HEY said that he didn’t feel well and was taken to hospital. Hooked up to various machines (plus a tube in his lung), he was visited in the hospital by various NOAH wrestlers (and other friends like Jiro Ikemen, who YO-HEY said was “the twink from the proctology department”), officials, and his old friends in RATELS. Daisuke Harada and Go Shiozaki played with an iron grappling claw (by making it pinch YO-HEY), one of the trainers bought him erotic books, Tadasuke bought him cigarettes (which he couldn’t smoke),  and on a couple of occasions, people bought him MacDonalds. Interestingly, although YO-HEY seems to have documented most of his visitors (including Atsushi Kotoge who has been the most recent visitor, who YO-HEY said had come to give him a psych evaluation, and the first day YO-HEY has left his hospital room), at the time of writing, Stinger, apparently have not.

Although he was in a lot of pain when the tube was first put into his lungs, the tube has since been removed (which he described as “severe pain” unsurprisingly), YO-HEY appears to be on the mend, although no date has been set for his return.

YO-HEY’S first visitor was HAYATA, which was surprising as both RATELS and Stinger were at war with each other. Following this, YO-HEY said in a tweet and later an interview, that he wanted ti team with HAYATA for the third year in Global Junior League.

“After all, this tag league follows the two consecutive wins with HAYATA. Although I will be with Stinger, and HAYATA with RATELS, I think I want to aim for the third consecutive victory with YO-HEY & HAYATA, my feelings on this are strong…I don’t know what he thinks, or Ogawa and Kotaro from Stinger, and I don’t know what RATELS think either, but if HAYATA is good, I want to go into the tag league with HAYATA and aim for the third win in a row!”

When asked about it, HAYATA just walked off. This isn’t anything to be read into though, this is just HAYATA being HAYATA. YO-HEY later posted about their teaming again with delight, ending the post with “thank you wife”.

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

TOUR TIDBITS
~ Kenoh & Takashi Sugiura had a Twitter war over “Kongoh”
~ Tadasuke celebrated his 14th anniversary in wrestling, while Atsushi Kotoge celebrated his 12th.
~ Mohammed Yone’s afro has reached mighty proportions apparently
~ Naomichi Marufuji (who may have been a little drunk) tweeted about looking for a tag team partner, Takashi Sugiura said that he sounded lonely, so maybe he should join Kongoh…
~ Minoru Tanaka & Hi69 photobombed Kaioh when they pulled their pose with Tanaka pulling a face and Hi69 giggling
~ NOAH’s new boy is still at ringside
~ Katsuhiko Nakajima asked the audience if AXIZ would show them a new “symbol of strength” when they faced Takashi Sugiura, and the audience said “NO!”.
~ Yoshinari Ogawa has been wrestling in three of Japan’s eras, he spent his early career in All Japan during the Showa Era (he entered the dojo very young at only about 16 or 17 years old), NOAH was born during the Heisei era in 2000, and now Japan is in the Reiwa era.
~ Atsushi Kotoge made HAYATA do the “Revolutionary Fist Pose”.

BROADCASTS
The final night of Global Tag League will be broadcast on May 11th at 10pm JST on Samurai TV
The first night of Global Junior League will be broadcast live on G+ on May 28th 2019 at 6.30pm JST.

The 9th June show (the Misawa Memorial from Korakuen Hall, Tokyo and the second to last night of Global Junior Tag League) will be broadcast by G+ on Thursday 13th at 8pm JST.

LINKS
Kenoh formed a new unit “Kongoh”, Kaito Kiyomiya teams with Maybach Shuhei Taniguchi
Sugiura’s team defeat the GHC Tag Champions in the Global Tag League War
Kenoh launches a unit of dissidents “We won’t be obedient to the company”
Takashi Sugiura targets GHC tag and single full of Noah love
GHC Heavyweight champion Kaito Kiyomiya, builds a “Golden Age”
Terminator theme for when Noah live streams mute “When Love Comes To Town” for Takashi Sugiura

GIF OF THE WEEK

PICTURE CREDITS: Noah GHC, PKDX
Newsletter written by Hisame 


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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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