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Sarpraicone: Atsushi Aoki’s Top 5 Matches

Puroresu, and wrestling in general lost a great wrestler earlier this week. Mathew Sarpraicone gives us some highlight matches of his career. RIP Atsushi Aoki. 

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Puroresu, and wrestling in general lost a great wrestler earlier this week. Mathew Sarpraicone gives us some highlight matches of his career. RIP Atsushi Aoki.

I originally had something else in mind but due to what happened earlier in the week, I thought it would be appropriate to talk about him.

On June 3rd, AJPW wrestler and now former World Junior Heavyweight Champion, Atsushi Aoki has passed away due to a motorcycle accident, he was only 41-years-old.

It’s a real tragedy to hear about someone you’ve been currently following pass away, especially when he just wrestled the night before and recently won the title a couple of weeks ago on top of that.

So I would like to talk about my top five matches in his career as he’s had a memorable thirteen years in the business and I’m not gonna waste any more time and just get right into it.

 

5. Atsushi Aoki vs. Koji Iwamoto (AJPW Super Power Series 2019 5/20/2019)

His last singles match before his tragic death as he fought the current AJPW World Junior Heavyweight Champion, Koji Iwamoto for the championship and the two would just have a clinic of a match. Aoki was coming in hot from his matches at the Champion Carnival and was fighting someone who would be considered a future ace of that division while Aoki still held onto that title. They had another great match last year but I thought this was the one that was the better of the two. Aoki would defeat Koji to win his fourth World Junior Heavyweight Championship and now it would also be considered his last one as well. Aoki really has shown in 2019 how much of a reliable guy he is and how good he was in the ring for someone at his age. Solid fifteen-minute match and a proper conclusion for it at the same time to top off his last big match.

 

4. Atsushi Aoki & KENTA vs. Roderick Strong & Eddie Edwards (NOAH Autumn Navigation 2010 10/30/2010)

This was the finals of the Nippon TV Cup Junior Heavyweight Tag League as Atsushi Aoki teamed up with the legendary KENTA to take on two familiar people, Eddie Edwards, and Roderick Strong. This was when we started to see Aoki shine like a star in the junior heavyweight division in his professional career and teaming up with one of the best NOAH had to offer along with a younger Roderick and Eddie just made a great junior tag match. A lot of stiff shots, athletic ability, the last few minutes where they would really bring it home. When Aoki and KENTA won the tournament at the end of it all, I believe this was when more people were starting to buy into Aoki after being in the business in five years. This match would show that he’s got a bright future ahead of him and years later, he definitely did.

 

3. Atsushi Aoki & Kotaro Suzuki vs. Naomichi Marufuji & Taiji Ishimori (NOAH The Navigation in June 2012 6/13/2012)

This one was another classic junior tag match for NOAH as this was during their 3rd annual Mitsuharu Misawa Memorial Show and had the GHC Junior Tag Team Championships on the line with Aoki and Kotaro defending again current NJPW star, Taiji Ishimori and one of the all-time greats in Japan. Naomichi Marufuji. Thirty minutes of great wrestling and seeing Marufuji and Kotaro having an amazing sequence at the beginning of the match, you knew what you were going to be in for. Taiji was the star of this match-up and most of them were as well as all four of them did a great job entertaining the crowd in what was considered a mediocre show. Aoki and Suzuki were able to retain the titles to prove why they were the best junior tag team NOAH had to offer and it was the right call in the grand scheme of things. Very enjoyable match and definitely worth the half hour of your time.

 

2. Atsushi Aoki vs. Ultimo Dragon (AJPW Super Power Series 2014 5/29/2014)

This was a big moment for Atsushi as this would be the beginning of his rise as a singles competitor in All Japan Pro Wrestling. Out of a mediocre show, this was one of the silver linings of it all as he would fight the AJPW World Junior Heavyweight Champion and one of the greatest of all time, Ultimo Dragon as the two would fight for the championship. I like this one mostly for the fact that this was his step as a future junior ace and to do that, he would have to take the belt away from the legend. It might not be the greatest match of all time for some people but I enjoyed it for what it would lead to in the long run. Aoki would defeat Ultimo to win his first singles title in his wrestling career and he would hold the title for 302 days with five successful title defenses as this was the first step of being their ace of the junior heavyweight division. Solid match and a great story that leads to more for the winner of the match and I’m sure it’s something that he’ll never forget.

 

Before I get to the number one match, here are the honorable mentions that I really enjoyed but didn’t make the cut for the final five.

  •  Atsushi Aoki vs. Seiki Yoshioka (AJPW Excite Series 2019 2/7/2019)
  •  Atsushi Aoki vs. KENTA (NOAH 10th Anniversary New Navigation 2010 8/22/2010)
  •  Atsushi Aoki vs. Kento Miyahara (AJPW Champion Carnival 4/4/2019)
  •  Atsushi Aoki & Kota Ibushi vs. KENTA & Taiji Ishimori (NOAH Summer Navigation 2009 (7/12/2009)
  •  Atsushi Aoki & Hikaru Sato vs. Isami Kodaka & Yuko Miyamoto (AJPW Giant Series 2015 10/23/2015)

 

1. Atsushi Aoki & Jun Akiyama vs. Daisuke Harada & Takashi Sugiura (NOAH Naomichi Marufuji 20th Anniversary Show, Flight 9/1/2018)

What else can I really say about this one except for the story, great wrestling, and just the history behind this match was enough to make me wanna fall in love with it. On January 26th, 2013, both Jun and Aoki would leave Pro Wrestling NOAH as they would jump ship to join All Japan Pro Wrestling, leaving Daisuke and Takashi to stay in NOAH as they would try to help revive their promotion. Both Aoki and Daisuke were able to become the aces of their respective junior divisions while Jun and Takashi were able to help carry their companies into newer heights and away from their dark ages, but there was still a lot of bad blood that needed to be let out and how would you do that? Beat the ever loving crap out of each other. All four of these men did not hold back on each other and that was the way it should be to help sell the emotion of the match and pretty much what exactly they bottled up just for this moment over the past five years. Best part about it was that there was no winner as it ended in a time limit draw of thirty-minutes and it was the right call to do since it didn’t really need a clear winner, but more of they needed it to express their feelings in that ring and that’s one of the great things about professional wrestling since you just express those emotions to create art in a match like this. My favorite match involving him and just so much was told in the time frame that they used as it was all worth it. Part of me wished that Jun and Aoki has one short run in NOAH to fight Takashi and Daisuke in singles action, but I’m content with what we got at the end of the day.

I hope you all enjoyed this little countdown as I’m sure there were better matches on here that he has had in his career, but these were ones that I personally enjoyed. If you’re not familiar with him and wanna watch some of his stuff, then you’re in luck as someone on Twitter has made a google drive with just matches involving Aoki and I’ll even post a link so you all could watch other stuff that involved Zack Sabre Jr, Shuji Kondo, Bryan Danielson. Jun Akiyama, and just a few others but these are some to look out for. You can find more of his current stuff on AJPW TV if you subscribe to their streaming service and it’s well worth your time and money. Atsushi has had a wonderful career for the past thirteen years and while his time with us has been taken away so soon, he has left us with his art in that squared circle. Thank you, Atsushi Aoki, and may you rest in peace.

Thanks to @KENTAsleep for putting together this Google Drive Collection:


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NOAH WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.173 ~ 22ND MAY 2022

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Junta Miyawaki to go on excursion

Following his defeat by Yoshiki Inamura (who is junior to him) Junta Miyawaki declared in typical NOAH Born style that he had decided to go on excursion to Mexico. NOAH hadn’t agreed to anything, his seniors had not discussed it, but he did not care. Following this defeat he felt that he needed to go away and get tougher. He said he would come back when the time was right, and NOAH, his seniors and the fans felt so. NOAH agreed to Miyawaki’s request and he will depart for Mexico after his farewell match against Kaito Kiyomiya on the 30th May.

Open the Dog gate: Perros Del Mal De Japon make their surprise return to NOAH

Our story starts at the press conference on the 18th May, when Yoshinari Ogawa and Chris Ridgeway made the stipulation that whoever lost the title match would leave STINGER. This was emotional enough for fans, especially as HAYATA was caught in the middle and forced to choose sides. Initially, he shook hands with Yuya Susumu that he would be on their side, but at the end of the match turned on his old friends and protected Yoshinari Ogawa from a Seiki Yoshioka buzzsaw kick. HAYATA does not feature in what is to happen, and as we shall see, this situation of sides is no longer relevant. However, I chose to mention it here as I will not have the opportunity to do so later.

The title match came and the two sides had a ferocious war which made fans wonder would this match be settled by pinfall, because even though Seiki Yoshioka ended it with a limp and needed Yuya Susumu to help him up, it wasn’t going to end by submission. Would it be a time out? A referee stop? HAYATA interfering? No. It was none of those things. It was a situation that no one at all could have predicted or seen coming.

Perros Del Mal De Japon (NOSAWA Rongai, Eita and Kotaro Suzuki) stormed into the ring wearing masks, and throwing an Uber Eats bag in (which is apparently NOSAWA’S second job!) to beat down on Yoshinari Ogawa.

This got the match thrown out, and NOAH declared it to be not a valid defense. NOSAWA, Eita and Kotaro are currently the Triangle Gate Tag Champions in Dragon Gate (it’s a trios championship, which you would probably never see in NOAH), and they had come to nominate  STINGER as the challengers. After a reunion in the ring between STINGER, backstage Ogawa said that since Chris Ridgeway is returning to Europe for now (and it goes unsaid that HAYATA is concentrating on the GHC Junior), he, Yoshioka and Susumu would accept the challenge. This has been set for a NOAH show on the 7th June at Korakuen Hall. Ogawa did hint that STINGER vs STINGER was not over, but for now they needed to concentrate on this returned enemy.

 As far as anyone knew, NOSAWA and Perros had indeed left NOAH. NOSAWA had announced he had chosen not to renew his contract, and NOAH had removed all of Perros (including Texano Junior and Super Crazy) from the roster page and all of their merchandise too. Yuya Susumu contributed to this by saying that “Perros were gone”. NOSAWA gave his reason for returning (if indeed he ever had left and if indeed his contract ever had expired, which was doubtful) due to the fact that seeing Ogawa and HAYATA acting like babyfaces and enjoying a nice Yakinuku meal and drinking alcohol was more than he could bear.

HAYATA defends, more solo action

HAYATA defended the GHC Junior against Xtreme Tiger at Ota Ward Gymnasium on the 21st May. Xtreme Tiger was a new challenger for HAYATA in more ways than one as he hadn’t really wrestled much foreign talent in his last title reigns and a luchadore was a new experience for him. He had to combine the aerial with the technical. HAYATA is slowly breaking out of his shell, and announced in the ring and backstage, that he would accept any challengers no matter who they where, were they where from, in what ring and what promotion.

New GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions Crowned

Michael Elgin and Masa Kitamiya defeated Les Mexicana’s, Rene Dupree and El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Jnr in Ota Ward. Masahiro Chono (who has known Dupree since he was a little boy, as he is friends with his father, Emil), has suggested to Dupree that he should start looking into the singles league.

Keiji Mutoh’s return

Keiji Mutoh was optimistic regarding his return at the press conference on the 18th May, half joking that he would steal Satoshi Kojima’s thunder by pinning Go Shiozaki, and joking that he would steal his title challenge. Mutoh did acknowledge that his condition was never going to heal, but he had been training diligently to see how much pressure he could apply. During the match at Ota Ward Gymnasium, he was a lot more spritely than anyone had seen him for a long time, but towards the end he began to flag. After the match he sat on the steps and looked wistfully at the guys in the ring, who were all different ages and different stages in their careers.

Backstage, he announced sadly that he had experienced pain when doing moves and was bitterly disappointed. So disappointed, he did not want to talk about it. He left promising he would make an announcement. NOAH have reported that he will do just this at CyberFight Festival on the 12th June.

Shuhei Taniguchi

Now that he’s shed all the trappings of King Tany (the crown, the shades, the boa, the cigar and the chain) Shuhei Taniguchi has gone back to the start and came out in the somber colors of a trainee to have a match against Mohammed Yone in Ota Ward. Taniguchi beat Yone, and picked up his most significant win in a long while. Taniguchi says he is now aiming for the top. Something his seniors are relieved to hear no doubt as this silliness they did not approve of is over, and he will have a big match not only at CyberFestival, but will face an unknown opponent on the 8th June.

NOAH come to the United Kingdom

UK based promotion, Wrestle Carnival, have announced that some NOAH talent will be coming to their first anniversary show on August 7th in Nottingham. Further details to be announced.

EVENT RECAPS AND POST MATCH INTERVIEWS

Dream on 2022

Thursday 19th May, Yokohama Radiant Hall

– Event recap

– Post match interviews

Dream on 2022 Final

Saturday May 21st, Ota Ward Gymnasium

– Event recap

– Post match interviews

ELSEWHERE IN NOAH

– Satoshi Kojima says that his favorite theme song is Kenoh’s

– Kazuyuki Fujita has gone back to the start since having to vacate the GHC Heavyweight. He arrived at the Ota Ward venue at 8am and helped put up the ring, had an opening match with Kinya Okada, and stayed to take the ring down too. After this he drank what he claimed was “Melon Soda” (which has kind of become the unofficial drink of NOAH), which Tokyo Sports later revealed was in fact beer when they looked in the trash. Fujita was inspired by fighting Okada to help the younger wrestlers to understand what wrestling was, rather than just what it looks like. I get the impression that given Fujita’s earlier comments about a training camp, plus his talk of “opportunity” a good way to wind down his career would be to teach the next generation, which NOAH will give him the opportunity to do.

– Shuji Kondo won the match for the Kongoh Juniors, and was furious that he had to win it and not them. Tadasuke has suggested calling him again (with the gift of Patisserie) to prove him wrong as he is tired of lectures. Hajime Ohara was terrified by Kondo’s ominous “remember your trainee era”…

– Kenoh, of all people, complained about Simon Gotch’s profanity in their singles match! In an evening when everyone seemed to be swearing at each other, Gotch gave Kenoh two fingers, and Tadasuke (who Kenoh says knows more about “native” swearing) gave Gotch two and was spat at twice. Kenoh and Tadasuke were spiteful in victory, Kenoh offering his hand and then withdrawing it to clap sarcastically. Backstage he praised Gotch though, before talking about himself. Gotch signed autographs with “Fuck Kongoh”.

– HAYATA was teased in the interview STINGER (Ogawa, himself and Ridgeway) did with Weekly Pro. Ogawa said HAYATA liked to talk, and would be doing most of the talking. They also said his mic work sounded like Kenoh’s! Joking aside, HAYATA acknowledged that to be the Ace of the division he needed to overcome his reserved character and he would be taking it step by step.

– Daisuke Sasaki said that the Kenoh channel was “laughable”.

– There will be no Mitsuharu Misawa 2022 June memorial shows.

– Regarding the TriangleGate challenge, Eita said he is aiming for “that guy”. You know, the “guy with the perm and black hair”.

– The UberEats bag that NOSAWA Rongai bought with him, has become a celebrity. Akitoshi Saito commented that “UberEats delivery men are not usually this aggressive” when Perros were attacking Yoshinari Ogawa, and NOSAWA claims that because Ogawa trashed the bag, he will be losing his job with them! Kotaro also added that Ogawa “stamped on the masks, too”.

– The mystery X who will be appearing at CyberFestival, will be revealed in a six man tag on the 7th June.

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

THIS WEEK IN NOAH

(May schedule)

 NOAH Sanctuary

Monday, May 30th

Venue: NOAH Special Arena (Club Citta, Kawasaki)

Broadcast: WrestleUniverse

June schedule

LINKS

Dupree, “This belt is the fruit of fifteen years in Japan”, Elgin “Show the aspect of the tag” – GHC Tag Match signing ceremony

“A culmination of twenty-four years to become a true champion” Xtreme Tiger towards the fight with HAYATA (GHC Junior Championship signing ceremony)

Donmai-Donmai

Mitsuharu Misawa’s diary entry for December 2nd 2005 is now complete.

 With thanks to: Metal-NOAH

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NOAH WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.172 ~ 15TH MAY 2022

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CYBERFESTIVAL 2022 Press Conference: DDT hunting Naomichi Marufuji, Kenoh’s “flaming kick”

CyberAgent held a press conference on the 10th May to announce the full card for this years joint festival, which will take place on June 12th. Not all of the NOAH roster will be taking part, with pretty much all of Kongoh, bar Kenoh, conspicuous by their absence.

The NOAH card is as follows

NOAH vs DDT: Kinya Okada & Kai Fujimura vs Toui Kojima & Yuya Takashika

NOAH 10 man tag: Takashi Sugiura, Kazuyuki Fujita, Masa Kitamiya, Daiki Inaba & Shuhei Taniguchi vs Michael Elgin, El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Junior, Rene Dupree, Simon Gotch & X

Rob Van Dam, HAYATA & Yoshinari Ogawa vs Kaito Kiyomiya, Daisuke Harada & YO-HEY

NOAH vs DDT: Tetsuya Endo, Jun Akiyama & Kazusada Higuchi vs Naomichi Marufuji, Atsushi Kotoge & Yoshiki Inamura

NOAH vs DDT, Special Battle: Kenoh vs Daisuke Sasaki

GHC Heavyweight Championship: Go Shiozaki vs Satoshi Kojima

The mystery wrestler X (most likely foreign talent) will be revealed when NOAH are at Korakuen Hall on June 7th.

Only a few wrestlers appeared and spoke. Kaito Kiyomiya (stepping away from his feud with Simon Gotch) spoke for his team but more for himself, when he said how excited he was to face Rob Van Dam, and he would make his name eponymous with this match. As for his opponents, this may be the first time that HAYATA has met Van Dam, but he and Yoshinari Ogawa know each other very well from Ogawa’s All Japan days where they had matches from 1994 – 1997. Ogawa even beat him to retain the AJPW Junior Heavyweight.

By far the most dramatic encounter of the evening was Kenoh and Daisuke Sasaki. Sasaki appeared in shades, nonchalantly drinking beer, while Kenoh came stamping dressed to fight and looking angrier than usual, carrying a bag. After yelling at Sasaki for drinking beer, categorically stating that he hated Sanshiro Takagi, and producing a pile of Weekly Pro magazines of which he demonstrated that no NOAH advertising was on the back of (plus slamming his fist down and making a huge crashing sound), Kenoh decided to attack Sasaki. A brawl on the stage led to a PFS from one of the tables, and then Kenoh set his leg on fire and kicked Sasaki in the head before leaving.

Jun Akiyama attempted to unify his team of Tetsuya Endo and Kazusada Higuchi against Naomichi Marufuji, who he said they all needed to work together to defeat. If they didn’t work together, the only person they would pin would be Atsushi Kotoge. A win is a win perhaps, but Naomichi Marufuji was to be preferred. Kazusada Higuchi was not really interested in doing things other than in his own way, which did not please Akiyama, but did Marufuji, who said their “victory was assured” if his opponents couldn’t work together, and that he had confidence in his team.  Later following some further provocation by Akiyama on Twitter, Marufuji commented that Kotoge was being attacked, but Inamura was being ignored. He didn’t know why, but what he did know was that he was looking forward to the match.

HAYATA in the middle, Xtreme Tiger, YO-HEY on the periphery 

HAYATA found himself in the middle of the STINGER squabble once again when Yuya Susumu (who didn’t look as if he was going to take “no” for an answer) confronted HAYATA backstage at the N Innovation on the 14th May, and basically asked him whose side he was going to be on? Susumu held out his hand, which HAYATA, after a moment of consideration, shook. As a result the card of the 19th (the last pre match before the title match on the 21st May) has been changed from HAYATA teaming with Chris Ridgeway and Yoshinari Ogawa, to him teaming with his old friends, Yuya Susumu and Seiki Yoshioka, both who seem confident that HAYATA is on their side. “Ogawa magic” as NOAH fans call Ogawa’s ability to get inside people’s heads, is a powerful thing, and under Ogawa’s influence HAYATA betrayed old friend YO-HEY (who seems to be having a lot of matches against HAYATA recently), so this highly nervous match for fans, might not be as solid as his old Hiroshima friends think.

Xtreme Tiger had his first pre match against HAYATA on the 14th May, and HAYATA found that he was going to have to come up with new strategies as Xtreme Tiger is unlike anyone he has had challenge him so far and was able to outwrestle him. Xtreme Tiger may not have pinned him (he pinned Kai Fujimura who seems to be filling in for the injured Yasutaka Yano), but he sent a message after the match that he was most definitely next.

STINGER vs STINGER

The question of HAYATA’S allegiance aside, the feud between the two sides took another turn in Yokohama as on the 14th Chris Ridgeway defeated Seiki Yoshika in a singles match, Yoshioka brushed off this defeat by tapping his head and saying that he needed to be more thorough. HAYATA stayed away as a (limping) Yoshioka came out to second Yuya Susumu in his tag match against Yoshinari Ogawa. Ogawa played all sorts of tricks to wind Yoshioka up, including goading him to get on to the apron, and then complaining to the ref when he did. The match was won by Kaito Kiyomiya defeating Simon Gotch. Afterwards, Chris Ridgeway got in the ring to try and pry Yuya Susumu off of Ogawa, he was kicked twice in the head by Seiki Yoshika.

After that, the two members of STINGER (former members perhaps as Tokyo Sports thinks they may have split) stood over the fallen champions and made belt motions. Backstage, Susumu said that they where STINGER, as in himself, Yoshioka and HAYATA. He also wondered why their opponents hadn’t “shown anything yet…”. Fans know from experience that the longer Yoshinari Ogawa is quiet, the worse his revenge will be.

Daisuke Harada deals with H.Y.O, Z-Brats not off the hook though

Daisuke Harada levelled things with H.Y.O by scoring the NOAH Junior Regulars one and only victory over Z-Brats at Yokohama Radiant Halls on the 14th. Throughout the match H.Y.O had been his usual irritating self by doing things such as rolling out of the ring and sitting on chairs in the audience, fanning himself on the electric fans, and even doing squats. H.Y.O is convinced that despite the result, he won the match, but Harada has hinted that it’s not quite over with Z-Brats yet. As well as Z-Brats, Harada remains focused on holding the next N Innovation at Ryogoku, but he knows there are further issues to overcome, such as attendance. Sadly, the N Innovation was not sold out, with an attendance of 134.

EVENT RECAPS AND POST MATCH INTERVIEWS

N-Innovation (Saturday May 14th 2022, Yokohama Radiant Hall)

Event recap

Post match interviews

ELSEWHERE IN NOAH

– Poor YO-HEY had to wrestle the N Innovation match with partial sight, as he lost a contact lens.

– Following on from the success of the NOAH Junior Regulars Twitter Space talk, Kaito Kiyomiya and Yoshiki Inamura held their own impromptu session.

– Haoh has promised to be more “self assertive”. Speaking into the camera, Tadasuke wondered why on earth he didn’t do or say this in the NOAH Juniors.

– Kenoh tried some very hot noodles over on the “Kenoh Channel” 

– Junta Miyawaki had to tell Alejandro to duck down as he was blocking him when the NOAH Junior Regulars posed for a picture following Harada’s defeat of H.Y.O

– Kenoh says he will be appearing at the Hana Kimura memorial not for himself, but to help her mother make sure that what happened to Hana, never happens to anyone else.

– The referees in Yokohama spent a lot of time picking up after the wrestlers; YO-HEY’S jacket shed fluff, Kaito Kiyomiya’s sheds feathers and Atsushi Kotoge dropped his chain.

– The look on H.Y.O’s face when Daisuke Harada threw his jacket at him!

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

  • GHC Heavyweight Champion: Go Shiozaki
    Challenger: Satoshi Kojima, CyberFight Festival, Sunday June 12th
  • GHC Junior Champion: HAYATA
    Challenger: Xtreme Tiger, “Dream on 2022 Final”, Ota Ward Gymnasium, 21st May 2022
  • GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: Les Mexicanas (Rene Dupree and El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Jnr)
    Challengers: Masa Kitamiya & Michael Elgin, “Dream on 2022 Final”, Ota Ward Gymnasium, 21st May 2022
  • GHC Junior Tag Champions: STINGER (Chris Ridgeway & Yoshinari Ogawa)
    Challengers: STINGER (Seiki Yoshioka & Yuya Susumu), “Dream on 2022 Final”, Ota Ward Gymnasium, 21st May 2022
  • GHC National Champion: Masakatsu Funaki
    Challenger: TBA

THIS WEEK IN NOAH

(May schedule)

Dream on 2022

Thursday, May 19th

Venue: Yokohama Radiant Hall

Broadcast: WrestleUniverse (18:00 JST)

Dream on 2022 (final night)

Saturday, May 21st

Venue: Ota Ward General Gymnasium (Keiji Mutoh returns)

Broadcast: WrestleUniverse & ABEMA (16:00 JST)

(English commentary is available)

Note about broadcasts

Unless you are living in Japan or have a VPN you know is compatible with ABEMA, please do not subscribe to the service. For fans living outside of Japan, a subscription to WrestleUniverse would be better as they show more NOAH shows than ABEMA, and usually the events get uploaded very quickly. ABEMA broadcasts are only in Japanese, you can only watch them live, and this is the only NOAH they show. They do not broadcast old shows as these belong to Samurai TV.

Birthdays & Anniversaries 

Monday 16th May: Hajime Ohara debut anniversary (18)

Tuesday 24th May: Daiki Inaba debut anniversary (9)

Tuesday 24th May: KENTA debut anniversary (22)

LINKS

Redefining the “ability to communicate”, Kenoh’s flaming kick at the press conference is a model for all NOAH wrestlers

“Surpassing the serious Yoshinari Ogawa”, interview with Seiki Yoshioka ahead of the “Stinger Showdown” GHC Junior Tag Battle

“It is inevitable that I will become the GHC Heavyweight Champion” – signing ceremony with champion Shiozaki ahead of the GHC title match at the Saitama Super Arena main event

“Moss does not grow on a rolling stone” – handsome man Yoshinari Ogawa, pro wrestler biography series (article from 2002)

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