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(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.51 ~ 8TH SEPTEMBER 2019

Hisame brings us some Pro Wrestling NOAH N-1 Victory updates now that we’re  only a few days away from learning who makes it to the finals!

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N-1 VICTORY RECAP 
NOAH are wrapping up N-1 VICTORY with four consecutive dates, which will finish with the semi finals at Korakuen Hall which will take place on the 9th September, and therefore will be reported on next week. The four dates in this latter stage of the tournament have (and will) take place in the metropolitan Kanto\Kansai areas (Yokohama, Tokyo, Osaka).

The card was changed on the first night as Chris Ridgeway fell ill and was therefore withdrawn from the event (he was back in Yokohama though, and says he is feeling better and starting to put weight back on by eating a little more).

The card change meant that Tadasuke was drafted in to taking on Kinya Okada (which he called “refreshing” after so long fighting STINGER), leaving the other three to fight their enemies. HAYATA got the win over Atsushi Kotoge, and then YO-HEY got into the ring holding both the IPW and the GHC Junior heavyweight belts. YO-HEY had more sense to hand Harada’s belt to him than to mess around with it (Harada gave him his famous glare), but HAYATA was a different matter, and once again he was parading round with it, and then pretending to give it back before withdrawing it. He did much the same in Yokohama a few nights later, even going to far as to have it over his shoulder while raising HAYATA’S arm for the win.

It is only a matter of time before HAYATA gets irritated with this behavior.

Shuhei Taniguchi when outside the ring and fighting Naomichi Marufuji, stretched out his arms into a “T” shape. Marufuji (kind of like the fans) looked baffled as to why this was (is it a “T” for “Taniguchi” or else his Wyvern pose?), and even referee Shu Nishinaga seeing that something was going on outside the ring asked, “is everything all right?”

Go Shiozaki and Takashi Sugiura clashed in a tag match, with Shiozaki said to be laying into his opponents with chops that were louder and harsher than before. I would expect their epic battle at Korakuen Hall on the 9th to be beyond their usual, and surpass “The Golden Era” they evoke when they wrestle.

Kenoh won his N-1 VICTORY match against El Hijo de Dr Wagner Jnr. His next N-1 VICTORY match will be the highly anticipated one against Katsuhiko Nakajima on the 9th.

NOAH live streamed the 7th September show from Yokohama Radiant Halls on the 7th September. There were a few teething problems (a spell of buffering, and a screen freeze), but these problems happened early on and did not recur again in the show. Demand is growing both among fans (and some Japanese media outlets) for there either to be more live shows, or a streaming service to start.

It was at Yokohama Radiant Halls that another element was added to the RATELS vs STINGER feud.

The junior “company dogs” from The Sugiura Army entered the fray when after their match, Yoshinari Ogawa offered the dreaded handshake to NOSAWA Rongai. NOSAWA looked at his outstretched hand, and then after shoving a protesting Hajime Ohara out of the way, shook it. However, NOSAWA can be just as devious as Ogawa (albeit more in a thug like way) and then low dropkicked him, before hitting him with the Shining Wizard.

Ohara took care of Atsushi Kotoge and Kotaro Suzuki.

NOSAWA then got on the microphone and told the fallen Ogawa that he and Ohara were challenging for the titles.

Indignant at this, Tadasuke and Daisuke Harada stormed into the ring. Tadasuke took the microphone and told NOSAWA that if anyone was going to challenge “asshole”, it was going to be them. NOSAWA after telling Tadasuke he was a pest, “a blonde asshole pig” and Daisuke Harada a “mini gorilla”, he said that he would be happy to grant them a number one contenders match.

Tadasuke pointed out that such a stipulation could only be granted by the company or by the champions, and he was neither, “asshole”. After this a fight broke out, which was broken up by YO-HEY & HAYATA.

In Fukushima, NOSAWA & Ohara sat at the back of the venue at a table watching RATELS vs Stinger. Yoshinari Ogawa was not amused when NOSAWA decided to get in the ring, and although I don’t know what was said or exactly what happened (this is why a streaming service is so badly needed), things looked to have gotten rough with only RATELS being left in the ring afterwards.

As for Daisuke Harada and Atsushi Kotoge; Harada has maintained that he doesn’t want this title match with Kotoge as Kotoge has “no presence”. He posted a picture to his Twitter after the match on the 8th, which looked like it was something out of the male equivalent of “Mean Girls” with a post that basically said that Kotoge came back to the Juniors as he couldn’t take being a heavyweight, but he couldn’t take being a junior either.

Kenoh’s jealousy of Kaito Kiyomiya continued in a Kongoh vs Kiyomiya, Shuhei Taniguchi and Alex Hammerstone match, where he shoved Kiyomiya after he held the belt up to him. Kiyomiya rebounded and got in his face, with the referee separating them. Kenoh made a point of making a beeline at Kiyomiya when he could, which is something Kiyomiya reciprocated – one time knocking him off the apron, and Kenoh threw a tantrum.

The big story of this match however, was Alexander Hammerstone and Masa Kitamiya, who went to war before their match in Fukushima, and ending with Hammerstone holding up his belt to him. Their match in Fukushima did not disappoint, with one fan commenting that this was Kitamiya’s break out match. It was hard fought with Kitamiya having to use two Saito Suplexes to put Hammerstone away for the win.

Kitamiya has now had all four league matches with two wins and two losses.

Probably the best way to describe the N-1 VICTORY match of Naomichi Marufuji vs Takashi Sugiura was to say they beat the blue hell out of each other. Afterwards, Sugiura wondered how many knees he had taken, but he emerged the victor after making Marufuji tap out of the dreaded front neck choke hold. Distressingly, Marufuji’s shoulder is once again taped, and he is starting to look swollen again, so perhaps it is for the best that he has been booked to (so far) not win any of his league matches.

Takashi Sugiura’s next N-1 VICTORY match is against Go Shiozaki in the epic showdown on the 9th September at Korakuen Hall. I would expect this match to go beyond anything we have seen before. As for Naomichi Marufuji, his last match is against Alex Hammerstone on the same night. Despite the fact that he cannot win the league, Marufuji says he will try his best. Hammerstone posted on Twitter that he would send him home “with ZERO POINTS” .

EVENT RECAPS AND POST MATCH PROMOS
Tsukuba Capio, Ibaraki ~ 6th September 2019 (Post match promos)
Yokohama Radiant Halls, Yokohama ~ 7th September 2019 (Post match promos)
Fukushima National Sports Memorial Stadium, Fukushima ~ 8th September 2019

NEWS

MUSCLE FEAST
In his capacity as tourist ambassador to his hometown, Naomichi Marufuji (in association with a committee called the “Muscle Feast Executive Committee”) have created a crowd funded event for the area, which will feature a four match card from NOAH, and various other activities during the day. The event has received enough contributions to meet its quota.

SUPERNOVA, THE REVOLUTIONARY TRAVELER AND THE LAST WYVERN
Pro Wrestling NOAH have announced that the nicknames of Kaito Kiyomiya, Atsushi Kotoge and Shuhei Taniguchi have now been changed. Whereas Kiyomiya was formerly “The Green Hope”, Taniguchi “Break Out” (although this was more of a Maybach Taniguchi thing) and Atsushi Kotoge the manic “Revolutionary Cloak Hero”, they are now “Supernova” (Kiyomiya), “The Last Wyvern” (Taniguchi) and “The Revolutionary Traveler”.

Atsushi Kotoge has not really explained his name (although it does seem to fit his jump back to the juniors and to a new group), and Taniguchi has said nothing on his either. Interestingly, the Wyvern is said to be a bipedal dragon (it stands on two feet), and it cannot be trusted.

Kaito Kiyomiya is the only one of the three who has explained his name change. He says that a Supernova is an event that explodes and scatters stars, which is what he wants to be in the ring.

MATCH SIGNING

YO-HEY and HAYATA will have the match signing for the GHC Junior Heavyweight match in the spiritual home of RATELS (only Daisuke Harada is native to the city) on the 15th September.
Nothing has been arranged for any other titles with the GHC Junior Tag still undecided, the GHC Heavyweight yet to be announced, and the heavyweights concentrating on the N-1 to be challenging for the GHC Heavyweight Tag (although it would not surprise me if The Tough challenged for it).
Daisuke Harada’s IPW Junior Heavyweight is of course being challenged for by Atsushi Kotoge, but this is IPW’S sphere (and Ben Basden is still after both the title and Harada).
NAOMICHI MARUFUJI’S BIRTHDAY
Naomichi Marufuji (much to his shock, although Ricky Fuji has told him its not the end of the world), will turn 40 on the 26th September.
NOAH have announced they will be holding a small fan birthday party for him on the evening of the 28th. The venue has not yet been announced, but my guess it will either be Yoneya (Mohammed Yone’s restaurant), or more likely “Yamada Maru”(his own restaurant which was formerly known as “Muscle Grill”).

THIS WEEK IN NOAH
Monday 9th September ~ Korakuen Hall (N-1 VICTORY semi finals)

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

  • GHC Heavyweight Champion: Kaito Kiyomiya
  • GHC Junior Champion: HAYATA
  • GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: AXIZ (Go Shiozaki & Katsuhiko Nakajima)
  • GHC Junior Tag Champions: STINGER (Kotaro Suzuki & Yoshinari Ogawa)

BROADCASTS
Monday, September 9th: Korakuen Hall, Tokyo  ~ Sunday 15th September, Samurai TV
Monday, September 16th: Osaka Edion Arena 1st Stadium ~ Monday 23rd September, G+
Monday, October 3rd: Korakuen Hall (“Premium Prelude”) ~ Tuesday 8th October, G+

LINKS
Yokohama Radiant Halls, Yokohama (7th September 2019) ~ YouTube*
“G-1 CLIMAX” and “CHAMPION CARNIVAL”, I want to bring it to the same level as these two”: N-1 VICTORY Kenoh interview
A Block Leader Go Shiozaki “The championship match will be with Nakajima”
B Block Leader Mochizuki “Marufuji is in my sights”

*I am unsure as to how long the show will remain in its entirety on the official NOAH YouTube channel. If it is not there when you click the link, you will be able to find the separate matches there.

PICTURE CREDITS: Noah GHC, Daisuke Harada
GIF CREDITS: Noah GHC


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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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