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Mitchell’s WWE Backstage Report! (11/26/19)

Triple H gives another exclusive interview!

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It’s all about The Game, and how you play it!

After perhaps the biggest week and the biggest four-day weekend in WWE History, Triple H speaks on NXT standing tall over Raw and SmackDown!

 

Renee Young runs down the schedule!

After a whirlwind week for the WWE, they need to cover this! “Seth Freakin’ Rollins” is freakin’ back! Triple H talks NXT’s breakout month, and Stone Cold talking to Taker was a huge hit! That and more as Paige, Christian and Samoa Joe join Renee and Booker for another week of Backstage!

 

Just the Highlights!

Survivor Series went Triple Threat for the first time ever, adding NXT to the mix, but that wasn’t all! The Fiend brutalized and beat down Daniel Bryan. The Beast survived a double 619 and double splashes to keep his world title. The NXT Championship was on a WWE PPV for the first time in an epic, and Adam Cole BAYBAY still reigns. The rest of the Undisputed Era did what they could but it would be Roderick Strong holding it down against AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura. The NXT Women got the better of Raw and SmackDown, as did their champion, Shayna Baszler! But Becky Lynch would have the last laugh as she dropped The Man’s Leg on Baszler through a table!

The Raw Aftermath was raw in itself, as Seth Rollins would call out and talk down to everyone on the roster. He claims it’s from a good place, but he only ended up on the receiving end of a STUNNER! Rusev got arrested, Rey reigns after all, but the Authors of Pain took Kevin Owens out for Rollins. What a week!

But is Seth’s turn and new direction exciting?

Paige has been harsh but she’s loving seeing this Seth back again. Rollins was on fire from start to finish and Paige wants to see what’s next. Booker talked about getting down and dirty. Making fans happy is one thing, but fans can be fickle. What Rollins is doing now, being who he is no matter what, that’s great to him, too. It may not be a new Rollins, it may be an old Rollins, but it’s a good Rollins. Joe agrees, this is the best possible Rollins. This is what will allow Rollins to express his feelings, and it is exciting. Rollins will be more genuine now. Christian doesn’t want to be like the rest, but he does agree, they can all benefit from being who they are. Rollins was trying to be what he thought people wanted him to be. This is what Rollins needs to be, and that’s great.

Renee knows Rollins is a great wrestler, this is going to be star-making. Booker says Rollins’ stories should be a novel, he’s that good. Rollins is only getting better from here, and the AoP can be his buffer, like Booker said before, too. AoP stepping up is great, hopefully they run with it. Joe says that there is just so much great talent, it is hard to squeeze everyone in, even on a three hour show. But Akam and Rezar are hungry, talented, and have just been waiting to do this. To the chagrin of fans and the other superstars, the AoP getting behind Seth is huge, and just the tip of the iceberg. Renee also wants to bring up Kevin becoming the top good guy now. Christian says Kevin is fearless when he speaks, which helps him connect. That chip on Kevin’s shoulder and his want to be in the mix is going to only make this better.

Booker knows Kevin was seen as “Least Likely to Succeed” but Kevin carved his own path outside of the WWE. Fans love Kevin, he is great on a mic, great in a ring. If Booker was building a team, he’d go to Kevin every time.

Rey Mysterio reigns once again!

Joe is not surprised that Mysterio is United States Champion again. Mysterio is one of the most popular talents in WWE of all time, and whenever Mysterio holds gold, it is compelling stuff fans can get behind. Add in his son, Dominic, and it just gets better. And speaking of Dominic, his part in Survivor Series, that gave Paige chills. A double 619 to double splash! Family wrestling together is special. Or it can be awkward. But this was the Mysterio Family, it’s a great moment! Christian says Mysterio is truly a living legend. Everyone in the WWE would love to have a match with Mysterio, and now we can get those dream matches! Booker knows the biggest winner in this is Dominic, getting to break in and follow his father like this. Then Lesnar, his newest run, he’s doing something admittedly amazing. D1 NCAA champion, UFC champion, but now the ultimate WWE superstar! He’s been on a run against big names, he’s “poifect!”

A quick tangent: Who Wore it Better?

Christian had a suit and turtleneck, Gronk had a suit and turtleneck. Who looked better? Fans are currently TIED! Renee gives her vote to Christian, and the others marvel in the parallels. Who leads this fashion race by the end of the show?

 

Triple H talks to Renee and Joe!

The COO and the man behind NXT has had an exciting month with NXT. NXT winning Survivor Series is huge, but the build was incredible. Four wins out of seven, but the moment NXT walked into SmackDown on that Friday after Crown Jewel, Adam Cole beating Daniel Bryan, that was just the beginning of “the most monumental months” ever. NXT injected excitement into the other shows and added a new layer. NXT is now equivalent to Raw and SmackDown, it is the true third brand. Joe brings up Cole and Rhea Ripley, what was the concern for their stamina and health? Everyone on NXT had that put on them, stepping into something out of nowhere, and you don’t know until it happens. It isn’t about place on the card, it’s just about the individuals. They literally couldn’t name Survivor Series teams because of WarGames! But everyone delivered above and beyond, Cole is the NXT Iron-Man while Rhea is the Iron-Woman.

Are there going to be regular mixing-it-up moments?

Coming out of Survivor Series, the first time, HHH says it will be business as usual for now. Raw and SmackDown will do their stories, as will NXT. Everyone has proven themselves, but those times when all three collide, that will be even more special.

Keith Lee was truly impressive!

He stood toe-to-toe with Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns, getting the props from the Big Dog. Lee is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime talent, doing almost anything, even at that super heavyweight frame. Coming out of WarGames to still have a performance like that at Survivor Series, earning all that respect, that was special. It doesn’t matter how you look at it, for Roman to look Lee in the eye and give him the fist bump, that was big.

What of Dakota Kai’s turn?

It went great! HHH and Joe both know there is always something special to keep something a secret and then have it happen. Someone always acts like they know, but then it happens and it was shocking, “you could feel it.” When you can genuinely surprise fans, and Dakota’s sudden snap, the moment reaches a new level. Those moments are rare in this business, and HHH is thrilled for Dakota to have this moment and opportunity. There are big things in store for NXT, and HHH has been loving WWE Backstage. What more big things happen as the Winter rolls on?

 

Backstage presents: Wrestling with Your Feelings, with Rachel Bonnetta.

Seth Rollins visited the resident psychiatrist of FS1 before, now it’s the NXT Champion’s turn. Adam Cole walks into Rachel’s audience, and she has notes that he is “quick to anger.” Where does his anger issues come from? From being the most underappreciated person on the planet! He’s the best, everyone knows it! Say it! She does not. There is a volume they use in this room, so please match it. Cole is the NXT Champion “of the world.” It’s so cool to walk around the best brand in the WWE and being the “the king of it.”

Rachel asks if Adam Cole ever considered changing his name to be more intimidating. He reminds her of her tax man, so actually, he’s already pretty menacing since people hate paying taxes. The name can stay. Cole says he has the “sweetest name on the planet.” Being Jeff Jones BAYBAY wouldn’t be as cool. Actually it isn’t so bad, he’d be the new Double J. Colonel Sanders BAYBAY would be dumb, though. No, she’d be okay with it. But anyway, Adam Cole BAYBAY is scary enough.

Rachel wants Cole to look at himself in the mirror. He looks at himself all the time. No, the metaphor. Nevermind. Their time is up. Cole wants to try and figure her out. No, these sessions are for her to figure him out… Well they’ll get there some day. She has a lunch break, so if he could just go… Right, okay. But Cole vows to figure her out! Volume…!

 

The panel talks NXT’s MVPs!

Joe says Adam Cole was the MVP. He went through WarGames and through tables, then still puts on “arguably one of the best matches with Pete Dunne.” Cole shined in the spotlight, baybay. Booker goes with Baszler. She may be down in NXT- Whoa, Book. We don’t say “down” in NXT anymore, they’re not below Raw or SmackDown. Right, sorry, over in NXT. She works hard, dominates NXT and then dominates Raw and SmackDown, she should’ve been in the spotlight sooner. Booker also wants to talk how the internet loves Shayna 2-Time!

Paige changes things up, and goes with Rhea Ripley. Her look, her moves, her attitude and her promos, everything is amazing for such a young superstar. And wouldn’t you know, one of Rhea’s inspirations is Paige’s new boyfriend, Ronnie Radke. Paige loves that, too, because they have the same “don’t give a damn” attitude. Christian takes his turn and goes with Keith Lee! The Limitless One had a great performance at WarGames and can’t say much more than what HHH says. Lee is something new and Christian wants more. Lee beat Rollins and went toe-to-toe with Roman! A loss sometimes does more for you than a win. He got Roman’s respect, and he is now a “Su-Per-Star!”

 

One year ago, The Queen met The Baddest.

When Becky Lynch couldn’t face Rowdy Ronda Rousey, Charlotte Flair was put in her place. Ronda came in at Royal Rumble 2018, and Charlotte just immediately dreamed of having a WrestleMania match with her. With only a few days notice, Charlotte had to prepare for the Baddest Woman on the Planet, to prove who really was the baddest. These two badasses went tooth and nail, strike for strike and grapple for grapple, and both women brought out the other’s best. Charlotte knew Ronda was the baddest, but showed that Charlotte herself is the baddest. The DQ finish was shocking, and so was splintering that kendo stick. The chair vice to the head was also insane, but Ronda got up and proved she was certainly the toughest woman on the planet. Charlotte’s turn into the Mad Queen was great, too, and there are still goosebumps from that moment.

The panel talks about that moment.

Two tailor-made athletes, and Charlotte just “oozes” superstar. From FCW to NXT to Raw and SmackDown, Charlotte was always a star. Ronda transitioning from UFC to WWE was also incredible. Paige has been in the ring with Charlotte, she knows what it’s like to bring out the best. And that was back when Charlotte was still finding herself, so seeing her blossom into The Queen is incredible in its own right. Joe adds that you can’t find two greater pure athletes. A bar was set by that match. Christian agrees with Paige, Ronda stepped into the wrestling world because she is a fan. Ronda committed and became an even bigger woman in fight sports.

What does it feel like to find that chemistry?

Is it that electric? The three wrestlers hesitate a moment, but Joe does say that is exactly what happens. The timing is natural, the sync is even more natural. Timing can’t be taught, sometimes it’s just there. Christian was surprised by Kurt Angle in his first match, he was a natural. Ronda is a natural, and that is why she did so well. They miss Ronda, and she’s welcome to come by Backstage anytime!

Booker has LaVar Arrington!

The three-time Pro Bowler is ready to go to class. But what made him a pro-wrestling fan? Booker did! LaVar wanted to be Booker T. He had the dreads, the muscles, and the same spirit as Booker. Now obviously LaVar went to football, but he still felt the same. LaVar had been to Raw in 2000, was just drafted, got to meet The Rock and other greats that night. Quick quiz: best promo guy in NFL? Deion Sanders. Booker is great, but Primetime is up there. Class is in session after the break!

 

TLC is coming!

And a clever sitcom commercial advertising what will literally be the last WWE PPV of this decade! Who climbs to new heights to end 2019?

 

Promo School is in session!

Renee, Booker, Christian and Paige are the judges, and LaVar Arrington heads on stage. He already looks great and embraces the applause. Is he nervous? Nervous? What’s that? Alright then. LaVar will give his promo, do it how he wants, and will get grades from F- to A+. Quick advice from the panel! Christian likes the look, too, but he wants LaVar to get to the point. Rambling is worse than anything. Paige says the worse thing is no energy. LaVar has energy, he needs to bring it. Booker says LaVar needs to focus on his target, and that is SAMOA JOE!

Joe walks up to LaVar, and LaVar begins. “Here ye, here ye.” That’s what they say when the king comes out to play! LaVar knows Joe’s style and his cadence. It’s all stolen from Book! Booker thinks Joe wins, but LaVar critiques Joe’s “rhymes and bars.” Here’s a rhyme for Joe! “Roses are red, violets are blue. Wherever you see me, I will dawg you!” That’s all you get, Joe!

The grades are in!

Booker goes with a C-. LaVar was on track, knew where he was going, but then went off track somehow. LaVar got to that point, it just didn’t seem right. When you see it, that’s one thing. But when you feel it, that’s a different thing. Renee gives a C+! She likes LaVar, but she wanted viciousness and personal attacks. Make your target cry! Christian sighs, but still gives a B. Number two overall pick stays in the top ten, but like Booker said, just went off track. But LaVar circling Joe, that was good, real menacing. You should nail Joe on his look, looking like a substitute teacher. Joe admits he’ll never has a fine a turtleneck as Christian did. Paige goes with a B-, the circling wasn’t as good to her, and never turn your back to your opponent. Booker says Paige and Christian are being too soft.

But now Joe gives his response! As Joe looks at LaVar, he sees a multi-time pro-bowler, a man who dominated the NFL and walked away on his terms. LaVar is a man who has been broken, beaten, got back up and pressed forward. LaVar is a man blessed with being unbreakable, but that gift is a curse. Joe is not a career LaVar can walk away from. Joe is a man who LaVar is trapped in the ring with. And before Joe beats him down and puts him to sleep, LaVar’s drawers are gonna match his sweater (brown). That’s a great punchline using the visual. Joe then mocks LaVar for ever thinking he knew Joe’s style. LaVar tries to say that was weak, but the panel loves it all.

 

Fox NFL Thanksgiving Day is coming!

And after the three Thanksgiving Day games are done, The Monster Among Men, Braun Strowman, will be live to present the Most Outstanding Player a special golden WWE Championship belt.

 

Backstage looks at Thanksgivings Past.

1990, Survivor Series, was perhaps the most memorable and bizarre Thanksgivings in WWE History, with the debut of the GOBBLEDY GOOKER!

Paige quickly rubs a little salt in the wound for Renee, she got her #TrampStamp removed! How dare she shame Renee for bettering herself! 16-year-old Renee didn’t know what she was doing. But Real Talk Wrestling throws some shade on Christian’s turtleneck game, “NO ONE could beat The Rock!” In the end, Christian beats Gronk 87-13!

 

The Broken Skull Sessions premiered!

And to start the new podcast off big, Stone Cold Steve Austin had The Undertaker as his guest! The Texas Rattlesnake helped Taker walk down memory lane as they watched footage of Booker T talk some smack. To see this for yourself, go to the WWE Network and find it on demand. Them all wanting him to do the “Taker-rooni,” that went on for like an hour.

The panel tries custom -aroonis.

Christian’s would be the Peep-a-rooni, but he also gives them the Blue Steel! Then, he spins! And blows a kiss. Good B Boy pose. Will there be a Joe-a-rooni? Joe does the pose, then… Backstage goes off the air! Fox, what have you done?!

 


 

My Thoughts:

A really great episode, and Backstage is just getting better. Sadly, no CM Punk, but I’m sure he’ll be back. Perhaps they just didn’t want him and HHH in the same mix given their history. But what we got was great with Joe and Christian both being on the panel for five instead of four. The show as a whole is doing better not being so glaringly back and forth between what is kayfabe and what is shoot. HHH’s interview was pretty indicative of that, where they could talk about NXT in both terms since it is on par with Raw and SmackDown, if not better, in both kayfabe and reality. I liked the skit with Bonnetta and Cole, they’ve both got good comedy chops, and I’m wondering if they’ll ever bring back anyone that’s already been a “patient” of hers. A second session with Cole or Rollins would be great.

I liked the TLC commercial being an 80’s to 90’s style sitcom. They should’ve done a bit more with that, but still really good. LaVar did pretty good in Promo School, I definitely agree he was a C to B range. Needed more connectivity and theme rather than cleverness. Speaking of connectivity, I like that WWE is getting even more into the awarding of title belts to sports teams now that they’re involved with the very sports-connected Fox. If nothing else, it gives a WWE/wrestling fan a reason to watch football on Thanksgiving, assuming they weren’t already. Too bad FS1 had to cut away to a SmackDown encore instead of showing us the Joe-a-rooni.


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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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