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N-1 Victory finalized on Monday! Hisame brings us the tournament updates and any and all fallout through the week! 



N-1 Victory finalized on Monday! Hisame brings us the tournament updates and any and all fallout through the week!

NOAH held the final night of “N-1 VICTORY” at The Edion Arena 1st Stadium Osaka, with 2597 in attendance. While the arena might not have been fully at capacity, the crowd was enthusiastic right from the first bell, and by the end of the event NOAH announced that the “NOAH GHC” hashtag was trending.

Unusually for NOAH they announced they were having some dark matches before the show had began, in which Tadasuke appeared in aviator shades and leather jacket…

The event will be televised on Monday 23rd September on G+

A Golden Era NOAH wrestler, and one not often seen these days in NOAH, Takeshi Rikio, was in attendance.

After the dark matches had finished he announced the beginning of the event, and bought Takeshi Sugiura and Kenoh to the ring to announce the main event stipulation. Rikio’s imposing presence was probably for the best, as Kenoh and Sugiura stood and glared at each other and looked like they wanted to start the match there and then.

Rhyno made his first appearance in NOAH, and defeated Masa Kitamiya with the gore in six minutes. In his post match interview, Rhyno swore that he would take down everyone in the NOAH locker room one by one.

Despite his strong man training, Yoshiki Inamura was taken down by Kazuyuki Fujita in three minutes and 44 seconds via referee stop following punches to the face and the modified camel clutch.

Fujita will be making a second appearance in NOAH when he teams with Takashi Sugiura at Korakuen Hall on October 3rd against Hitoshi Kumano and Shuhei Taniguchi.

Atsushi Kotoge (along with pink hair, which he says is the first time he has put a color in it) took on Daisuke Harada for the IPW Junior Heavyweight title, and to defeat him (after a hard fought match in which the bruising Harada inflicted around Kotoge’s neck match his new hair color), used a finisher he had used against him once before to win matches, the “OverKillSwitch” in 16 minutes and 34 seconds.

Kotoge was a little dazed after the match (headbutting Harada probably didn’t help), and gave a somewhat rambling promo. He basically said he was happy to win the belt, but not under the circumstances that he and Harada now deeply hated each other. He was a lot happier the next day (even though he was doing promotion, tired, and being trolled by Takashi Sugiura), but was certainly much happier by the time NOAH’s next event in Saitama on Saturday 21st came round.

Kazushi Sakuraba teamed with The Sugiura Army (Hajime Ohara and NOSAWA Rongai) against Yoshinari Ogawa, Kotaro Suzuki and Chris Ridgeway (STINGER). It was said to be very technical especially between Ogawa, Ridgeway and Sakuraba.

In an amusing side note, Sakuraba is still refusing to wear the “Company Dog” Sugiura Army t-shirt, although apparently he does have one.

Takashi Sugiura sold one to him on discount.

At the first event after Osaka on the 21st in Saitama, the usual brawl broke out between The Sugiura Army & STINGER, with NOSAWA starting it by offering a sarcastic handshake to Suzuki. Although STINGER said nothing about it, I can imagine that in Kayfabe terms at least they aren’t too pleased about people preferring to remain at the merchandise stand with RATELS, rather than return to their seats and watch their match…

YO-HEY & HAYATA fought over HAYATA’S GHC Junior Heavyweight championship in a fast paced match, which was said to be a mixture of both technical and high flying, but without too much emphasis on one. HAYATA (who had painted half of his face as a skull like his old Dove Pro days against YO-HEY), got the win after seventeen minutes with the Headache.

After the match, YO-HEY asked HAYATA for a rematch at Sumo Hall. HAYATA thought about it for a few seconds, said “Next…Sumo Hall” and left the interview.

Unfortunately HAYATA has had to miss NOAH’s next two shows (21st and 23rd September) with influenza, and while fans asked YO-HEY how “Wife” was, YO-HEY himself was not as playful about the match with HAYATA like he was in Osaka, calling him “HAYATA” and not “wife”, and rarely for him, using bad language.

It will be interesting to see the relationship between them when HAYATA does return.

Kaito Kiyomiya teamed with the veterans Keiji Mutoh and Jun Akiyama against Naomichi Marufuji, Masaaki Mochizuki and Shuhei Taniguchi.

Fans said that this match belonged to Shuhei Taniguchi as he stood out this evening.

Kaito Kiyomiya said that he had learned a lot from the two vets he teamed with (Akiyama declined Mutoh’s suggestion to challenge for the GHC Heavyweight by saying he was too old at fifty).

Naomichi Marufuji, however, said that he had found his “aim” in this match.

Takashi Sugiura and Kenoh had an epic main event\N-1 Finals match, despite their agreement that their match would eclipse all others on the card (especially that of Mutoh and Akiyama), both knew that they had to win. The match was hard fought, the sweat flying off of them when they got into an exchange, and Kenoh finding a way out of the dreaded neck choke, which originally cost him the title, but he was determined that it would not cost him the match. Everything that Sugiura served to Kenoh, he threw it back at him.

After 28 minutes, 40 seconds with the spectacular Rolling Diving Footstamp, Kenoh picked up his first win over Takashi Sugiura and his (and the) ever first N-1 Victory Win, and with it the right to go to Sumo Hall and challenge Kaito Kiyomiya.

After the match, Kenoh’s younger blonde brother came to the ring, and said that at Sumo Hall he would show a new view.

Kenoh told him he felt the same way, but Kenoh’s view was different, he would show him his own (and not what the company wanted), and he would shine this ring “like a diamond”.

Kenoh and Kiyomiya kicked off the first of their pre-matches in Saitama on Saturday 21st September, however it was Kiyomiya who got the win via submission on Yoshiki Inamura (Kenoh called it “a strange stretch”).

Kiyomiya’s new submission hold looks like that at first he is going for the Tiger Suplex, but then he locks in his move which (while still unnamed) he said was inspired by Mitsuharu Misawa’s chin lock and Toshiaki Kawada’s stretch plum.

He says he has a new one for Sumo Hall…

N-1 VICTORY final night ~ 16th September 2019, Edion Osaka 1st Arena
Post match promos ~ N-1 VICTORY final night
“NOAH THE SPIRIT” Night 1 ~ 21st September 2019, Espowar Isanuma, Saitama
Post match promos ~ “NOAH THE SPIRIT” 21st September 2019


NOAH announced that they would be streaming the GHC Heavyweight match singing between Kaito Kiyomiya and Kenoh on the 20th September live on their YouTube channel.

They also announced that there would be a big announcement.

Naomichi Marufuji vs Great Muta
Before Kenoh and Kaito Kiyomiya came out, Naomichi Marufuji and The Great Muta took the stage. Naomichi Marufuji announced that he and The Great Muta would have a singles match at Sumo Hall on 2nd November. Keiji Mutoh, who said he was there as an agent for the Great Muta, said that The Great Muta was honored to be appearing in NOAH, he had appeared in many promotions, but in hell there was no distinction between promotions.

He also said that Great Muta wanted to see Marufuji bleed. Marufuji said that he would ask Keiji Mutoh to ask Great Muta not to do that.

GHC Heavyweight belt changed
After Marufuji\Muta and before Kiyomiya\Kenoh, NOAH’s President Takeda announced that the old GHC Heavyweight belt (which will be 20 years old next year), will be renewed with a new belt created that will be presented to the winner of Kenoh and Kiyomiya at Sumo Hall on November 2nd.

The belt has been designed by the same designer, Reggie Parks, who did the original.

Kenta Kobashi let everyone into a little secret about the belt.

It’s not actually the one that Misawa was wearing when he defeated Yoshihiro Takayama at Differ Ariake in April 2001. What happened was that three months later when Jun Akiyama won it in July 2001 from Misawa, someone (Kobashi thinks it was probably Makoto Hashi), polished it with an abrasive chemical which destroyed the gleam, and so Misawa had to order a new one.

The fact of the matter is is that a lot of promotions are redoing their belts, partly because they are old (although in some cases a lot older than the GHC Heavyweight), and also because their rosters are now being filled with the young as the generations turn over and the veterans take a quieter role. The fact is that the young want their own belts, and their own memories to link to the promotions past.

The new belt is not intended as a burial of Misawa or his memory, the title will still be “The GHC Heavyweight”, and in a nod to Misawa and NOAH’s roots, the inside of the belt, the part that will be closest to the skin, is green.

GHC Heavyweight match signing, Kenoh vs Kaito Kiyomiya
Kaito Kiyomiya and Kenoh (looking like twins) came out and took their places. President Takeda sat between them long enough to get them to sign for the match, and then left them to it.

Kenoh started off by saying how the GHC front had been very uninspired since Kiyomiya became the champion, and he will rectify it when he becomes champion at Sumo Hall.

Asked about the new belt, Kiyomiya said he would connect the old to the new with it, while Kenoh said that all the new belt meant was something that LIDET wanted to give to Kiyomiya, but he wouldn’t let that happen.

Kenoh’s baiting of Kiyomiya failed to get a response, until he made one of his usual swings in emotion about Kiyomiya and spoke of him being “22 years old and with a pure heart” soon after his coming back from expedition, and said looking at him now he had been “warped” by LIDET, and how, he, Kenoh would draw the old Kiyomiya out (a prime example of Kenoh’s see-saw feelings about Kiyomiya which hover between deep jealousy and touching concern).

Kiyomiya made one of the rare occasions when he verbally responds to Kenoh by telling him that he was tired of him watching over him like he was his mother!.

Afterwards, they stood around the new belt for photo opportunities, and glared at each other.

Monday 23rd September: IMesse Yamanashi (bell sounds 5pm)
Thursday 26th September: Naomichi Marufuji’s 40th birthday
Sunday 29th September: “Meeting for Muscles”, Saitama


*This chronology will only be maintained for NOAH wrestlers.

Monday, September 16th: Osaka Edion Arena 1st Stadium ~ Monday 23rd September, G+
Monday, October 3rd: Korakuen Hall (“Premium Prelude”) ~ Tuesday 8th October, G+
Sunday, October 20th: Korakuen Hall (“Premium Prelude”)  ~ Saturday 26th October, Samurai TV

Kenoh defeats Sugiura and wins “N-1”. 2nd November GHC Championship Challenge at Sumo Hall
“Come At Me You Bastards” ~ Kenoh’s live talk and photo event
Atsushi Kotoge gives cheers to sluggish Jubilo Iwata, High School Soccer
Kenoh was super fighting elite
Marufuji vs Muta, first showdown 2nd November Sumo Hall
The match signing for Kenoh and Kiyomiya on the 2nd November at Sumo Hall, Beast Fujita and Sugiura unite


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(NOAH) NOAH NEWSLETTER VOL.196 ~ 29th March 2023

An injury to a major a player in NOAH causes a little concern! New challengers arise for the champions!





Kongoh vs GLG

Sparks flew between Kongoh, the Kongoh Juniors and Tadasuke and GLG (“Good Looking Guys”) during NOAH’s Tohoku tour. Hi69, who appears to be the mouthpiece of the Kongoh Juniors (when Shuji Kondo is not around to terrify them), swore revenge on Tadasuke for his defection, and Kenoh who had branded GLG “a bunch of rando’s” proposed a best out of three falls for one night, and then a Captains Fall (he nominated Hi69 as the captain) for the final night. Kongoh might have won the Best out of Three falls match, but they were humiliated on the last night of tour, when GLG won over Kongoh, with Jake Lee pinning Hi69. Kongoh are also at war with GLG as Katsuhiko Nakajima is challenging Jake Lee for the GHC Heavyweight. Both had their brutal interactions, but neither got the win over the other. Nakajima told Jake, that “It’s amazing that you won the GHC Heavyweight not long after coming to NOAH. BUT! I will take the helm. Anyway, I’m changing this situation. That is all.”

Shuhei Taniguchi & Takashi Sugiura’s title challenge

Shuhei Taniguchi introduced his new tandem move with Takashi Sugiura during the Tohoku tour. Except, he didn’t tell Sugiura that he was going to use him as a weapon to chokeslam him onto his opponents. Tokyo Sports have named this move, “The Sugi Bomb”. This move came after Taniguchi lost to Masa Kitamiya, and Sugi basically told him to shape up as there wasn’t any time left. Taniguchi since then has gone slightly off the rails, and even accidentally dissed Sugi by not shaking his hand as he was too elated.

STINGER fall apart, YO-HEY and Tadasuke challenge

Yoshinari Ogawa and HAYATA managed to stay together until the third night of tour, when HAYATA accidentally caught Yoshinari Ogawa in the face with a kick when Tadasuke ducked, meaning that YO-HEY got the win and the right to challenge. After the match, YO-HEY and Tadasuke held the tag belt above Ogawa, and officially became the next challengers. YO-HEY likened the Ogawa and Eita relationship as a “mushy daytime drama” which he was sick of. He also said that getting the tag belts would prove the reason why he left The NOAH Junior Regulars and why Tadasuke left Kongoh. Meanwhile in the ring, HAYATA and Ogawa got into a fight, which led to HAYATA saying that he wasn’t going to tag with Ogawa the next day, or team with him in any form, and that NOAH had better change the card. Looking at the matches booked for the run up to the 16th in Sendai, HAYATA and Ogawa have nothing to do with each other, and as Chris Ridgeway is not currently in Japan, this leaves the field open for Eita who said that he was on Ogawa’s side and was all he had left. Title match has been set for ABEMA presents GREEN JOURNEY 2023 in SENDAI on 16th April at the Xebio Arena Sendai.

AMAKUSA retains, HAYATA challenges

AMAKUSA was successful in his title defense against Lanzelot on March 26th at the Aomori Mutusu Maeda Arena, and was challenged by HAYATA afterwards. Neither are people of very many words. HAYATA’S challenge was simply that he had come to take his belt back, and therefore, he was asking to be the next challenger. AMAKUSA used his catchphrase of something being a stupid question and said he had been waiting for HAYATA to come, and how he had been waiting for “a duel” and, “I would like to ask for a fight that will lead me and the NOAH Junior’s greatest treasure to the highest heaven.”

Title match has been set for ABEMA presents GREEN JOURNEY 2023 in SENDAI on 16th April at the Xebio Arena Sendai.

El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Jnr, Jack Morris and the GHC National

E Hijo Del Dr Wagner Jnr was initially a little hurt by Jack Morris’s challenge to him and his subsequent vicious attacks on him during the pre matches, as he considered him to be a friend, and they had both discussed getting the tag belts together some day. Both have sworn to destroy the other, with Jack saying he won’t just destroy El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Jnr, he was going to humiliate him as well.

Kaito Kiyomiya concussed, trip to America cancelled

Kaito Kiyomiya had planned to accompany Keiji Mutoh (and Yoshiki Inamura) to Keiji Mutoh’s WWE Hall of Fame induction in Los Angeles, but unfortunately, he was concussed following a Wagner Bomb from El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Jnr on the last night of tour. For a while after taking the move he lay motionless, leading NOAH’s trainer to get in the ring. He was helped out and taken to the back with the fans applauding him. The good sign was that he was walking, but sadly a concussion meant that he had to be in contact for the next couple of days with NOAH’s medical team, which meant no long haul flights. Kiyomiya has made no comment as he is not in a state to be on social media, which he hasn’t been on since losing to Jake Lee, while Keiji Mutoh said there will be other chances and Kiyomiya should concentrate on getting better. NOAH’s director, Narihiro Takeda is a little irritated with Kiyomiya for not being able to take this chance, while Yoshiki Inamura looked a little upset that Kiyomiya wasn’t able to come to America.




Akita Selion Plaza, Friday March 24th 

Iwate Morioka Gymnasium, Saturday March 25th

Aomori Mutsu Maeda Arena, Sunday March 26th

Aomori Hachinoe Yutori 1st floor multi-purpose large hall, Monday March 27th

Post match interviews

Akita Selion Plaza, Friday March 24th 

Iwate Morioka Gymnasium, Saturday March 25th

Aomori Mutsu Maeda Arena, Sunday March 26th

Aomori Hachinoe Yutori 1st floor multi-purpose large hall, Monday March 27th



– Because Akita Selion is a small venue in the provinces (Japanese countryside), the comments booth was a curtained off area in the main hall. Everyone heard Kenoh shrieking as they left.

– Akitoshi Saito was observed by Naomichi Marufuji to be eating frozen broccoli that he had bought from a convenience store when the bus made a stop. Marufuji asked him if he should be eating it like that, to which Saito said he didn’t see the problem. Marufuji summed up the card the next day as “young guys fighting, title match pre matches and a fight with frozen broccoli.”

– As the Tohoku tour took place outside of the big cities there were no restaurants around the hotel area or the venue, so people very much stayed in their rooms. Naomichi Marufuji did an increasingly drunken Instagram live with Mohammed Yone and Masa Kitamiya, which involved Kitamiya belching and Yone pulling gangsta signs, and then the three of them running their phones at the same time so each was live from the same room and whistling and humming at the same time. The last night showed a very drunk Takashi Sugiura.

– With YO-HEY defected and Daisuke Harada gone, Atsushi Kotoge hinted at the creation of a new unit with Seiki Yoshioka and Alejandro.

– The Iwate fans helped to clean up the arena by packing away chairs on to pallet trolleys.

– Yasutaka Yano debuted a new costume, officially ending the first part of his career. Naomichi Marufuji hinted that he wanted him to think a little more about what he did and start joining in the title race.

– When he was in Dove, fans used to comment on how much they loved YO-HEY’S aftershave. Fans commented on this in the same way this past week in Tohoku.

–  Yoshiki Inamura photographed some squirrels whilst in Los Angeles.


  • GHC Heavyweight Champion: Jake Lee
    Challenger: Katsuhiko Nakajima, ABEMA presents GREEN JOURNEY 2023 in SENDAI (Xebio Arena Sendai, Sunday April 16th)
  • GHC Junior Champion: AMAKUSA
    Challenger: HAYATA, ABEMA presents GREEN JOURNEY 2023 in SENDAI (Xebio Arena Sendai, Sunday April 16th)
  • GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: Masa Kitamiya and Daiki Inaba
    Challengers: Shuhei Taniguchi & Takashi Sugiura, ABEMA presents GREEN JOURNEY 2023 in SENDAI (Xebio Arena Sendai, Sunday April 16th)
  • GHC Junior Tag Champions: Yoshinari Ogawa & Eita
    Challengers: Good Looking Guys (YO-HEY & Tadasuke), ABEMA presents GREEN JOURNEY 2023 in SENDAI (Xebio Arena Sendai, Sunday April 16th)
  • GHC National Champion: El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Jnr
    Challenger: Jack Morris, ABEMA presents GREEN JOURNEY 2023 in SENDAI (Xebio Arena Sendai, Sunday April 16th)


4th April: Xtreme Tiger birthday (1981)

Kenoh and Shuji Kondo will be heading to Dragon Gate to challenge Natural Vibez (Big Boss Shimizu and Kzy) for the Open The Twin Gate tag championship on April 1st. NOAH themselves don’t have any events until April 8th. April schedule can be found here.


Interview with Kenoh, a professional wrestler from Tokushima, who will hold an event to commemorate the 15th anniversary of his debut at the Tokugin Tomony Arena

“If it ends suddenly in one go, it doesn’t matter how the match goes”, new GHC Heavyweight Champion Jake Lee talks about the challenger, Katsuhiko Nakajima


“Donmai, Donmai” – Mitsuharu Misawa’s diary

(This latest entry was by far the most embarrassing thing I have ever had to do at work) 

Picture credits: Weekly Pro, PKDX and Tokyo Sports.

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New champions, All Japan interactions, new debuts and Joshi in NOAH! NOAH is heating up in 2023!





YO-HEY & Tadasuke join GLG

During Kongoh vs The NOAH Junior Regulars at Great Voyage in Yokohama 2023 on the 19th March, Tadasuke inadvertently knocked down Shuji Kondo, which allowed Atsushi Kotoge to get the win over him (Tadasuke). The NOAH Juniors left the ring, which left Kondo and the others, Hajime Ohara and Hi69 advancing menacingly on Tadasuke. Kondo it is well known does not like him, Hi69 has a simmering jealousy, and Ohara will do whatever Kondo does. YO-HEY ran in to save Tadasuke, and just when it looked as if Tadasuke would be welcomed by the NOAH Junior Regulars, YO-HEY was seen whispering something to him, and the two took out Kotoge, Seiki Yoshioka and Alejandro. Backstage, while Kotoge et al wondered what had happened, YO-HEY said “No Comment”. Fans were hopeful of a RATELS reunion (Daisuke Harada had been signing autographs), but YO-HEY and Tadasuke came out in the main event as members of GLG (Jake Lee’s “Good Looking Guys” unit).

Saxon Huxley debuts in NOAH

The 203cm Saxon Huxley (which makes him taller than even Jake Lee at 192cm), made his NOAH debut at “Great Voyage in Yokohama”. Very reminiscent of Bruiser Brody, his first match was fittingly a match teaming with Hideki Suzuki and against Yoshiki Inamura and Mohammed Yone. Huxley won the match and backstage said that he didn’t come to Japan to look at the Cherry blossoms, he came here to fight!

The problem with Shuhei Taniguchi, Takashi Sugiura takes a hand

Shuhei Taniguchi emerged from his slumber and the monster reawakened against Takashi Sugiura in a match in Yokohama (“Great Voyage”) where Taniguchi had one of the best matches of his in a long time. He won via repeated soccer ball kicks to the head, which made a nasty thudding sound. Backstage, Takashi Sugiura urged him to seize this chance, Taniguchi asked him for another match, but Sugi told him he had to seize the opportunity by himself. Later (and with Sugiura looking on, hands behind his back and standing in the background in teacher mode), Taniguchi challenged Daiki Inaba and Masa Kitamiya for the GHC Heavyweight Tag titles they had just retained against Kongoh. Masa Kitamiya grimly told Taniguchi that he would accept their challenge, but he would “teach him” when to “leave NOAH forever” and that there was no future for him. Title match will take place on April 16th in Sendai.

Jack Morris challenges for the GHC National

The Yokohama Budokan has always been good to Jack Morris, he made his NOAH debut there (which he won) and on the 19th, he defeated El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Jnr and therefore won the opportunity to challenge for the GHC National. Morris picked up the belt and silently held it over El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Jnr, who was lying spread out on the mat. Title match has been set for April 16th in Sendai.

SUWAMA, Kenoh, Soya & All Japan

Following Kenoh’s labelling All Japan as a “pigsty” (I am trying to imagine how that would have gone down in the Baba era) and walking out of the press conference saying that the whole venue chosen for it was like an old fashioned mayoral meeting in Tokyo with the close press of bodies, Kenoh and Manabu Soya succeeded in winning the All Japan World Heavyweight titles on the 21st March. I have never seen Kenoh so happy on winning a title, the GHC has history, but not as long a history as All Japan, the promotion it flowed from and I think despite his disparaging, Kenoh was overcome to be holding the belts that the legends of All Japan once did. Suwama got in the ring after their victory to challenge for the titles on behalf of Voodoo Murders, Kenoh basically told him to beat it. He wanted nothing to do with him, he was insulted by his not turning up to Great Voyage in Yokohama, where Kenoh had prepared a special seat for him at ringside, and their next challenge (and probably any subsequent challenges) would take place in NOAH as he told everyone pointedly in the ring and then backstage, along with more jumping and cheering with Soya. No challengers have come forward yet, but Kenoh looks to be adding to his collection of belts as on the 1st April when he and Shuji Kondo will challenge DragonGate’s Natural Vibez (Big Boss Shimizu and Kzy) for the Open the Twin Gate Championship. Media outlets are wondering whether Kenoh will once again attempt to unify the GHC and All Japan belts.

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No love lost, Masa Kitamiya & Kento Miyahara

Furious that Masa Kitamiya was ignoring his demands for a three man tag in All Japan and irritated even more over Kitamiya’s not greeting him as his senior, Kento Miyahara appeared in NOAH to confront his unrepentant junior following Kitamiya & Inaba’s successful tag defense against Kongoh. Miyahara, who danced his way to the ring, told an unimpressed “Mitsuhiro Kitamiya” that he was getting way ahead of himself (he said it was by one hundred years) calling himself “Masa” and that he had come to finally get an answer out of him about the match. Kitamiya told him that there was no benefit, but since Miyahara had come all the way down here just to shame his junior for not responding, then fine, he would fight him. There was no love lost in Ota Ward, at least not on Masa Kitamiya’s part, and while Miyahara might have had a change of heart after the match, Kitamiya didn’t. The match itself was won by Yoshiki Inamura (against whom Ryo Inoue in particular has sworn revenge and says he will win the All Japan tag league to do it) and was followed by Miyahara speaking on the microphone to Kitamiya. He told him that with the “Masa” name Kitamiya had no choice but to go to the top of NOAH and having seen for himself how he was now, he was no longer “Mitsuhiro Kitamiya”, which was hard for him to say, and he could stop worrying about him. Kitamiya (who hates both of his older brothers/sibling students) told him that he wanted nothing more to do with him, he hated him then and he hated him now. Miyahara, however, seemed to think that they would meet in the ring again although Kitamiya made it very clear that it was unlikely.

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STINGER war, outcast Eita

To the surprise of no one, Yoshinari Ogawa (and Eita) did not attend the match signing. Chris Ridgeway and HAYATA did, and while Ridgeway did most of the talking, HAYATA was vocal enough to state that losing the pre matches could be an Ogawa trick. He also likened him to an “Amanojaku” (天邪鬼, lit “Heavenly evil spirit”) which is a demon in Japanese folklore, which urges people to wicked deeds by preying on their darkest desires. HAYATA’S description is apt, because the demon is tricky and never does what anyone expects as their nature is contrary. There was no way to try and outmaneuver such a demon with tricks, so HAYATA said there was no strategy other than to destroy him. In the title match, Ogawa stole the win and then appealed for peace between himself, HAYATA and Ridgeway. HAYATA shook hands, Ridgeway was a little apprehensive and when it came time to leave the ring, hung back without shaking hands, despite the fact that both Ogawa and HAYATA where urging him to come walk with them.

What about Eita?

Eita and Ogawa got into a shoving match when Ogawa shook hands with HAYATA, which ended with Ogawa slapping Eita, who thought that like his squabbles with NOSAWA, it would blow over in a matter of seconds. What he forgets is that Ogawa forgives when he wants.

It was hard not to feel sorry for Eita as he did look so alone when he left the ring, gathering up his belt sadly and slinking backstage with hunched shoulders and holding the side of his face. Like Eita said, STINGER are a notoriously silent group, two don’t have social media, the third doesn’t use his much, and it is only Eita who talks online. Eita’s last post was sad, he said he still believed in Ogawa…after all, they were the GHC Junior tag champions. So far, no one has come to challenge for the belts.

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Lanzelot challenges AMAKUSA

Lanzelot challenged AMAKUSA for the GHC Junior title following his (Lanzelot’s) win over him at the Yokohama Budokan. Title match will take place in Aomori on March 26th. This will be broadcast at a later date.

Joshi matches announced on a NOAH show

NOAH continue to test the water in putting on Joshi matches, this time outside of a special show (i.e. Great Muta and Keiji Mutoh’s retirement) by putting on a women’s match for the first time ever on an official NOAH show. Nothing as of yet has been announced regarding a women’s division or a GHC Women’s Championship, but it would not surprise me if an announcement was made on the 16th April following Maya Yukihi vs Sumire Natsu.

 Jake Lee wins the GHC Heavyweight title

Jake Lee defeated Kaito Kiyomiya following a brutal match where Kiyomiya was worn down but did not have the energy to keep wearing down Jake, which he almost succeeded in doing, at Great Voyage in Yokohama and became the 42nd GHC Heavyweight Champion. He was immediately challenged by Katsuhiko Nakajima, who told him that he would show him what the real NOAH is, and he used the phrase “I’m NOAH”, which made fans wonder if there was a double meaning here as Nakajima started using this in response to Go Shiozaki’s, “I am NOAH”. Jake Lee, after looking stunned, commented that Nakajima was one of the wrestlers he had always wanted to fight. Title match has been set for the 16th April in Sendai.

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Post match interviews

Sunny Voyage 2023 (Tuesday March 14th)

Great Voyage in Yokohama 2023 (Sunday March 19th)

Event recaps

Great Voyage in Yokohama 2023 (Sunday, March 19th)


– Naomichi Marufuji picked a few hairs off of Anthony Green’s chest before chopping him

– Very sadly with the defection of YO-HEY and the retirement of Daisuke Harada, the NOAH Junior Space recorded its last session this past week.

– Naomichi Marufuji posted two short InstaLive videos of himself and a drunk Tadasuke. Who had a white towel over his head for some reason in the first, and then had the grin and the eyes half closed and half open in the second.

– A sports news outlet based in Nigeria, reported that Chris Ridgeway had passed away on March 30th 2021! I mean STINGER might be reclusive, and one fan drawn cartoon depicted HAYATA living inside of Yoshiki Inamura’s tires as it was a dark place to hide, but come on! I doubt the 1,308 fans at the Yokohama Budokan were all having a mass hallucination.

– Eita has now become a freelancer. DragonGate said that with his activities in NOAH and Eita also wanting to expand, that this was the best and easiest option all round.

– Manabu Soya announced himself as the mystery wrestler who would enter Champions Carnival Block B

– Kenta Kobashi will be running Fortune Dream (8) again at Korakuen Hall on the 14th June.

– The Great Muta will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, alongside Keiji Mutoh. Akitoshi Saito wondered whether Muta had a passport.


  • GHC Heavyweight Champion: Jake Lee
    Challenger: Katsuhiko Nakajima, ABEMA presents GREEN JOURNEY 2023 in SENDAI (Xebio Arena Sendai, Sunday April 16th)
  • GHC Junior Champion: AMAKUSA
    Challenger: Lanzelot, SUNNY VOYAGE 2023 (Aomori Mutsu Maeda Arena, Sunday March 26th)
  • GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: Masa Kitamiya and Daiki Inaba
    Challengers: Shuhei Taniguchi & Takashi Sugiura, ABEMA presents GREEN JOURNEY 2023 in SENDAI (Xebio Arena Sendai, Sunday April 16th)
  • GHC Junior Tag Champions: Yoshinari Ogawa & Eita
    Challengers: None at the time of writing
  • GHC National Champion: El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Jnr
    Challenger: Jack Morris, ABEMA presents GREEN JOURNEY 2023 in SENDAI (Xebio Arena Sendai, Sunday April 16th)


– Friday March 24th


Akita Selion Plaza

Starts: 18:30 JST

Broadcast: TBA

– Saturday March 25th


Iwate Morioka Gymnasium

Starts: 17:00

Broadcast: TBA

– Sunday March 26th


Aomori Mutsu Maeda Arena

Starts: 15:00

Broadcast: TBA

– Monday March 27th


Aomori Hachinohe Yutori 1st floor multi-purpose large hall

Starts: 18:30 JST

Broadcast: TBA


  • March 27th: Kenta Kobashi (56)
  • March 29th: Kai Fujimura (28)


“Donmai, Donmai” – Mitsuharu Misawa’s diary

With thanks to: Flame286 & Metal NOAH

Picture credits: Weekly Pro (Kitamiya & Miyahara)

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