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On These Dates In Wrestling History – October 29th – November 4th

A look back at the past week in wrestling history, including Dusty Rhodes’ Hard Times promo, The Rock’s debut and so much more!



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A look back at the past week in wrestling history, including Dusty Rhodes’ Hard Times promo, The Rock’s debut and more!

Liz returns from getting her time machine fixed to recap the happenings from October 29th to November 4th in professional wrestling history.  Highlights include Dusty Rhodes greatest promo (Hard Times), the debut of Dwayne Johnson, the death of The Fabulous Moolah and so much more!

Born On These Dates:

October 29th

  • 1949 – Paul Orndoff

October 30th

  • 1973 – Adam Joseph Copeland (Edge)
  • 1985 – Karl Kramer (Sean Carr)

October 31st

  • 1964 – Martin Wright (The Boogeyman)
  • 1966 – Koji Kanemoto (Tiger Mask III)

November 1st

  • 1944 –  Raymond Louis (Bobby) Heenan
  • 1971 – Akikazu Maruyama (Kaiser)
  • 1978 – Gabriel Allan Tuft (Tyler Reks)
  • 1980 – Cody Croslin (Tyler Bateman)

November 2nd

  • 1966 – Yoshinari Ogawa
  • 1974 – Sharmell Sullivan-Huffman
  • 1979 – Cliff Compton
  • 1987 – Harvinder Sihra (Samir Singh)

November 3rd

  • 1970 – Dawn Marie Psaltis (Dawn Marie)
  • 1980 –  Jackie Suzanne Gayda-Haas
  • 1987 – Ariane Nicole Andrew (Cameron)
  • 1989 – Manuel Alfonso Andrade Oropeza (Andrade)

November 4th

  • 1973 – Jason Myers (Cody Hawk)

On These Dates in Wrestling History:

October 29th

1985Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling, Dusty Rhodes delivered what would be his most famous promo: the “Hard Times” promo, which spoke to what NWA world champion Ric Flair did when he took Dusty Rhodes out of action.

1988 – The Road Warriors (Hawk & Animal) defeated The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton & Stan Lane) to win the NWA World Tag Team Championship.

1990WWF taped Survivor Series Showdown ‘90 from the Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana. The show aired November 18, just four days before Survivor Series. The show featured singles matches with one member of each of the ten teams competing on the PPV.

  • Sgt. Slaughter defeated Tito Santana.
  • Rick Martel defeated Marty Jannetty.
  • Earthquake defeated Big Boss Man.
  • Bret Hart defeated The Honky Tonk Man.
  • The Texas Tornado defeated Smash by disqualification to retain the WWF Intercontinental Championship.

1995WCW presented Halloween Havoc  from the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan.  The show featured the in-ring debut of The Giant. In a previously taped match on t.he roof of Cobo Hall, Hulk Hogan defeated The Giant in a monster truck Sumo match. The two would come to blows and Hogan knocked The Giant off the roof, supposedly plunging to his death. However, he returned for a match at the PPV completely unscathed from a five story fall.

2000 – Another Halloween Havoc from Nevada. It was voted as the worst show of the year by Wrestling Observer. The PPV also pretty much signaled the end of the Russo era at WCW. This would be the final Halloween Havoc.

2012 – Hulk Hogan and Bubba the Love Sponge settle their lawsuit over a leaked tape that had Hogan and Bubba’s wife at the time Heather Clem.

2013WWE 2K14, the first WWE game to be released under the 2K banner, is released in North America.

2014 Lucha Underground debuted on The El Rey Network.

October 30th

1969 – Antonio Inoki & Michiaki defeat Buddy Austin & Mr. Atomic to win the vacated JWA All-Asian Tag Team Championship. This would be Inoki’s last title reign in JWA.

1990 – In a match filmed but never aired, The Rockers (Shawn Michaels & Marty Jannetty) defeated The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart) 2-1 in a best of three falls match to win the WWF Tag Team Championship. Neidhart was on his way out of the company at the time of the match, but just a short time after reached a new deal with the company. The Rockers defended on the house shows, but the titles would return to the Hart Foundation. The Rockers would never win the championship before being broken up a year later.

2007 – Solofa Fatu, Jr., (Rikishi/Junior Fatu) leaves TNA just six weeks after making his debut due to a financial dispute.

2007 – Mark Henry defeated Big Daddy V, Kane, and The Great Khali in a “Monster Mash” battle royal at an ECW taping. The bout was voted by Wrestling Observer Newsletter readers as the sixth worst of 2007.

2012WWE ’13 is released in North America. It’ was the last WWE video game to be released on the Nintendo Wii and the last to be released by THQ, as the company would file for bankruptcy just three months after its release. Copies of the game were temporarily recalled, but re-released when Take-Two Interactive acquired the WWE game license.

2013 – Chris Jericho launches his own web comedy series, But I’m Chris Jericho. The series starring Jericho is loosely based on his life as an ex-wrestler struggling to make it as an actor.

October 31st

1979 – Giant Baba defeated Harley Race to win the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.

1985 WWF tapes the third episode of Saturday Night’s Main Event  from the Hersheypark Arena in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The show featured the premiere of the “Land of 1000 Dances” music video from The Wrestling Album, plus a Halloween party.

1990 –  The final match ever for Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard as a tag team, whose partnership went back to the days of the Four Horsemen in NWA took place on Saturday Night Main Event.

1998 – Mitsuhara Misawa defeated Kenta Kobashi to win the All Japan Triple Crown Championship for the fourth time.

2000 – Ivory defeated Lita, Jacqueline, and Trish Stratus in a four corners match to win the WWF Womens Championship for the third time.

2005 – Jay Reso, best known to wrestling fans as Christian, leaves WWE after seven years with the company.

November 1st

1949NWA World Heavyweight Champion Orville Brown is injured in an automobile accident. The injury not only cancels an upcoming unification world title match between Brown and Lou Thesz, Brown is forced to retire. The National Wrestling Alliance’s world title held by Brown is forfeited to the National Wrestling Association’s world champion Lou Thesz.

1990 – Jushin “Thunder” Liger defeated Pegasus Kid (a masked Chris Benoit) to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship for the third time.

1997WWF Champion Bret Hart officially signs with WCW.  Hart revealed his contract was for $2.5 million a year  for three years, a lighter schedule, and reasonable creative control. A confidentiality agreement is made to keep mum of Hart’s decision until after Survivor Series in Montreal, but the news gets out anyway. By the time the show airs on November 9, Hart’s departure from the company is a hot topic throughout the show and in the weeks thereafter.

1998ECW presents November to Remember from the Lakefront Arena in New Orleans, Louisiana.

  • Super Nova & The Blue Meanie defeated Danny Doring & Roadkill. Terry Funk was the special timekeeper.
  • Tommy Rogers defeated Tracy Smothers.
  • Spike Dudley defeated Ulf Herman in just five seconds
  • Lance Storm defeated Jerry Lynn. Tammy Lynn Sytch and Mikey Whipwreck were both special referees.
  • Balls Mahoney & Masato Tanaka defeated The Dudley Boyz (Buh Buh Ray Dudley & D-Von Dudley) to win the ECW Tag Team Championship.
  • Jake Roberts & Tommy Dreamer defeated Jack Victory & Justin Credible
  • Rob Van Dam, Sabu, and Taz defeated The Triple Threat (Bam Bam Bigelow, Chris Candido, and Shane Douglas).

1998WWF tapes the debut episode of the short-lived Super Astros from the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. In the show’s featured bout, El Hijo de Santo defeated Super Loco. The show lasted less than a year before being cancelled in September 1999.

2003 – The Briscoes (Jay & Mark) defeat Special K (Izzy & Dixie) to win the Ring of Honor Tag Team Championship.

2004 – La Resistance (Rob Conway & Sylvain Grenier) defeated Edge & Chris Benoit to win the World Tag Team Championship.

2007WWE announces that effective immediately, all violations of the company’s Wellness Policy will be made public. Chris Masters is the first man publicly outed under the new rules; he was suspended for two months the next day.

November 2nd.

2000 –  The WWF Hardcore Championship is introduced on RAW is WAR from Houston, Texas, with Mankind being awarded the title. Mankind would lose the championship for just four weeks later to the Big Boss Man and never win it back.

2002WWF issues a statement that they have settled their wrongful death lawsuit with the Hart family.

World Wrestling Federation Entertainment, Inc. Announces Settlement in Owen Hart Case

STAMFORD, Conn.–Nov. 2, 2000–World Wrestling Federation Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: WWF) announced today that it has agreed to a settlement in a previously disclosed lawsuit filed by the members of the family of Owen Hart, a professional wrestler, whose accidental death occurred while performing under contract with the Company. Under the terms of the agreement, the WWFE will receive a full release from any further liability in the case.

`It has always been our intention to settle this case and we tried to do what we felt was in the best interest for all those involved, particularly for the family of Owen Hart,” said Linda McMahon, CEO.

As a result of the settlement, the WWFE will take a charge of $7 million which is net of its insurance recoveries and will retain the right to pursue contribution and indemnity from the companies that manufactured and sold the equipment involved in the accident. The charge will be recorded in selling, general and administrative expenses for the quarter ended October 27, 2000.

2006 – During a $1,000,000 Tough Enough competition, two of the contestants took on Kurt Angle in a shoot-style wrestling match. After quickly disposing of Chris Nawrocki, Daniel Puder volunteered. Puder put Angle in a keylock and was in danger of submitting Angle (or worse, breaking his arm), when the referee fast-counted Puder’s shoulders down, though one of them appeared to be up.

2009 – Harry Smith (aka David Hart Smith) and Chris Mordetzky (aka Chris Masters) were suspended after they were found to be in violation of the WWE’s wellness policy. They’re the first performers to be publicly named in violation of the policy following a change in the policy instituted just a day earlier that anyone caught would be publicly identified. Smith was suspended for a month, while Mordetzky was suspended for two months following a second violation. Chris would subsequently be released.

November 3rd

1997 – Perry Saturn in his WCW television in-ring debut defeated Disco Inferno to win the WCW World Television Championship.

1998 –  Jesse “The Body” Ventura, running as an Independent candidate, is elected the thirty-eighth Governor of Minnesota.

1998 – Mankind defeated Ken Shamrock to retain the WWF Hardcore Championship.

2001 – WWF presented Rebellion  from the Manchester Evening News Arena in Manchester, England.

  • In a dark match, Billy and Chuck (Billy Gunn & Chuck Palumbo) defeated Lance Storm & Justin Credible.
  • Edge defeated Christian in a steel cage match to retain the WWF Intercontinental Championship.
  • Scotty 2 Hotty defeated The Hurricane.
  • The Big Show defeated Diamond Dallas Page.
  • The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray and D-Von) defeated The APA (Faarooq and Bradshaw) & The Hardy Boyz (Matt and Jeff) in a Triangle match to retain the WCW World Tag Team Championship.
  • William Regal defeated Tajiri.
  • Chris Jericho defeated Kurt Angle to retain the WCW Championship.
  • Torrie Wilson and Lita defeated Stacy Keibler and Mighty Molly. Trish Stratus was the special guest referee.
  • Stone Cold Steve Austin defeated The Rock to retain the WWF Championship.

2003 – Hiroyoshi Tenzan defeated Yoshihiro Takayama to win the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.

2008 –  Chris Jericho defeated Batista in a steel cage match to win the WWF World Heavyweight Championship.

2014 –  WWE announces the WWE Network in the United Kingdom is delayed indefinitely less than a half hour before it was set to launch.  The Network finally launched on January 19, 2015 in the UK and Ireland, just in time for the Royal Rumble.

November 4th

1982 – Greg Valentine defeated Wahoo McDaniel to win the NWA United States Championship.

1988They Live is released in theaters. The movie, directed by John Carpenter, is Roddy Piper’s first starring role in a featured film. Piper plays John Nada, an unemployed drifter who discovers after putting on a pair of sunglasses, he is surrounded by aliens manipulating the world around them to their benefit through subliminal advertising. The movie has gone on to become a cult classic among fans and critics alike.

1996 – Dwayne Johnson makes his WWF debut as third-generation wrestler Rocky Maivia. He runs in following a Goldust versus Stalker match as members of both Survivor Series teams get involved in a post-match melee.

1996 – On the same episode as above one of the most controversial moments ever took place. Brian Pillman, recovering from an ankle injury at the hands of Stone Cold Steve Austin, was to be interviewed by Kevin Kelly at his home in Walton, Kentucky, about 20 miles southwest of Cincinnati. In the early moments of the interview, Brian, his wife Melanie, and Kelly were informed that Stone Cold Steve Austin was heading to Pillman’s home. Pillman, as it turned out, was ready for him just in case. In his words, “when Austin 3:16 meets Pillman 9mm Gun, I’m gonna blow his ass straight to hell!” Brian was indeed brandishing a legit 9mm gun. The segment continued, and since it was aired live, there was no chance to edit cursing. Both Pillman and the WWF were forced to issue on-air apologies for the incident later in the week under threat that they would be cancelled by USA Network.

2002 – Dave Batista makes his RAW debut with an 85-second victory over Justin Credible.

2015WWE Champion Seth Rollins is injured during a no-disqualification match against Kane. The injury came late in the match when his right knee buckled during a sunset flip powerbomb. The injury was a pretty severe one: torn ACL, torn MCL, torn medical meniscus. With a recovery time of six to nine months, Rollins vacates the WWE World Heavyweight Championship the next day, with a new champion to be crowned in a tournament final at Survivor Series.

Died On These Dates:

November 1st

  • 1985– Richard McGraw
  • 2012 – Robert Bradley James (Brad Armstrong)

November 2nd

  • 2007 – Mary Lillian Ellison (The Fabulous Moolah)

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Kenoh, Kiyomiya & The Shining Wizard

At the time of writing, the two pre matches between Kenoh and Kaito Kiyomiya are even, both has one win over the other. Kiyomiya defeated Kenoh at Korakuen Hall on the 15th using a variation of The Shining Wizard, with Kenoh (who swore he would never lose to that move again), using Keiji Mutoh’s version of The Shining Wizard to defeat Kiyomiya. Prior to doing it, Kenoh had even gone as far to pull Mutoh’s pose and he did it again while leaning over Kiyomiya. Kenoh stated backstage that he didn’t believe that after Mutoh had retired that Kiyomiya would continue using the move, so therefore he, Kenoh, would use it and cherish both the technique and Keiji Mutoh. If you thought Kiyomiya was made mad enough by Kenoh patting him on the head, wait until they clash again at Yokohama Radiant Hall on the 19th.


In the past you got the impression that HAYATA didn’t really care about his opponents, they were just there to be beaten and for him to move on after beating, this time the feeling is very different. Compared to all of HAYATA’S other title defenses so far, this has been the most personal (anything involving YO-HEY is always more personal than anyone else), the most bitter and the most savage. Whilst HAYATA seems to want to keep YO-HEY in mint condition for the title match, as neither Yoshinari Ogawa, Chris Ridgeway or himself seem to want to concentrate on breaking down his knees or damaging his arm (unlike poor Seiki Yoshioka, who is getting the brunt of all three, Ridgeway even tearing off his bandages and attacking the bone), YO-HEY has taken to attacking HAYATA after matches. Both matches so far have been inconclusive and neither has the win over the other, but at Korakuen on the first night YO-HEY dropkicked HAYATA in the face, at the second he gave him the GAMEN-G. YO-HEY has described this as a “switch being turned on” in him, and says he has a strategy for the title match. HAYATA naturally has said nothing, which is odd considering how vocal he has been in the title challenges before.

Taka & Satoshi

Satoshi Kojima and Takashi Sugiura have made a functional dysfunctional tag team. Their first pre match against Hideki Suzuki and Timothy Thatcher contained a misfire when Sugiura caught Kojima by accident and they had a spat. The second time, Sugiura was made to tap out by Timothy Thatcher in a match that reminded me of the Galleria fight between the T-800 and T-1000 in Terminator 2. Kojima came to the ring, Suzuki got in it and then Kojima took everyone out and closed the show on the microphone. Sugi started complaining that not only had Kojima arrived too late to help, but his theme music had started playing. Kojima said it wasn’t deliberate, Sugi didn’t believe him. The handshake where Kojima offers his palm and Sugi his finger (not the finger) seems to have become their thing, and Kojima will face off against Timothy Thatcher in a singles match on the 19th in Yokohama. Thatcher has sworn revenge for what happened at Korakuen.

NOAH’s New Debut

NOAH’s 16th NOAH Born, Taishi Ozawa, made his debut at Korakuen Hall on the 15th September. Weighing in at 87kg and with a height of 181cm (which is marginally smaller than Yoshiki Inamura and Shuhei Taniguchi at 182cm), he has naturally gone into the heavyweight division. His first match lasted 6 minutes and 31 seconds, and got him praise from the fans and wrestlers alike. After the match, Yoshiki Inamura praised him and said he wants him to grow stronger and make his body bigger. Personally, I can see Ozawa becoming one of NOAH’s ultra-heavyweights, but this may mean he has to give up doing dropkicks, which you don’t see too much of amongst NOAH’s heavyweights. NOAH celebrated this debut by broadcasting messages from support from fans on the screen, the President of The Leave presented him with flowers and special commemorative face masks were given at the door.

NOAH & Dragon Gate Joint Event

NOAH held a press conference on the 9th September to discuss the NOAH and DragonGate joint event which will be held on the 11th November at Korakuen Hall. Sadly Daisuke Harada does not think his neck will be in good enough condition for him to take part, so he has nominated himself as “Event Ambassador”. Cards announced so far are Seiki Yoshioka vs YAMATO (who said that local idiot Kzy agreed to this nonsense, and that if he liked festivals so much he should do a solo strip show, but getting back to Yoshioka, he was going to pay) and Mochizuki Junior, Ryu Fuda & Madoka Kikuta vs Kai Fujimura, Yasutaka Yano & Yoshiki Inamura. This latter match sets two sets of rookies against each other, and NOAH and DragonGate’s resident hosses.


In addition to the NOAH & DragonGate joint event, the day before NOAH will hold the first day of the two days at Korakuen Hall they have called “GLOBAL2Days”. Night 1 will be a NOAH show only, with all the titles put on the line. No cards yet have been announced for this.

NOSAWA vs Katsuhiko Nakajima?

NOSAWA Rongai declared that he wanted a singles match with “little bitch” Katsuhiko Nakajima, after Nakajima (tongue stuck out at the side of his mouth) gave him a round of soccer ball kicks. Hideki Suzuki said something along the lines of that while he thought NOSAWA was dead following this, NOSAWA probably was going to be dead after this. At the time of writing nothing has been announced yet, and Nakajima said it was “fun”.

Yuya Susumu

Due to cervical neck sprain, Yuya Susumu will miss about four events (which includes the past two Korakuen Hall events and probably the N-Innovation and one more event after that)


– Kenoh apparently has a sense of humor similar to Mitsuharu Misawa’s i.e. blue. His column was once him yelling about his enemies, now he is making innuendos about how anatomy reacts to gravure models.

– Chris Ridgeway says that he has plans to not only get the GHC Junior Heavyweight, he also wants to bring the GHC National to the juniors.

– Katsuhiko Nakajima has likened the Nagoya Keiji Mutoh Retirement Road match as being like a reunion as it involves Mutoh’s classmate Masakatsu Funaki and their junior, Kazuyuki Fujita, and says he is going to destroy that atmosphere. He has also warned Mutoh to be careful in Nagoya, as he may not reach the Tokyo Dome.

– The children at NOAH’s most recent fan event (Tokyo Verdy) were fascinated by Kaito Kiyomiya and Masa Kitamiya’s muscles, despite the fact that they got pulled over by them at the tug of war. They let the children win the first time, but were pretty merciless the next time.

– Hideki Suzuki burst in wielding a pipe chair when Satoshi Kojima and Takashi Sugiura were talking backstage and threatened to throw it at someone. Sugi suggested he throw it at Kojima, Kojima, (had he been a New Yorker), basically said, “Hey, I’m talkin’ here!”

– Junta Miyawaki will challenge Tromba for the ASPW Openweight Championship on Saturday November 5th in Guadalajara.

– Jack Morris interrupted The Shutter Chance…I don’t think anyone in NOAH has ever done that before.

– Yoshiki Inamura’s reaction to Disco was to stand with his arms crossed and glare at Mohammed Yone. Yone did not forget this insult.

– NOAH have taken part in a team gaming event, which sees Kongoh (who sat apart from everyone else) join in. YO-HEY and Yoshiki Inamura seem to have formed a guild. STINGER, naturally, are not taking part.



Event recap

Post match interviews


Event recap

Post match interviews


  • GHC Heavyweight Champion: Kenoh
    Challenger: Kaito Kiyomiya, [Muto Retirement Road] GRAND SHIP 2022 in NAGOYA PRO-WRESTLING LOVE FOREVER.2 ~OUT BREAK~ Sunday September 25th, Dolphin Arena (Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium)
  • GHC Junior Champion: HAYATA
    Challenger: YO-HEY, [Muto Retirement Road] GRAND SHIP 2022 in NAGOYA PRO-WRESTLING LOVE FOREVER.2 ~OUT BREAK~ Sunday September 25th, Dolphin Arena (Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium)
  • GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: The Sugiura Army (Hideki Suzuki & Timothy Thatcher)
    Challengers: KojiSugi (Satoshi Kojima & Takashi Sugiura), [Muto Retirement Road] GRAND SHIP 2022 in NAGOYA PRO-WRESTLING LOVE FOREVER.2 ~OUT BREAK~ Sunday September 25th, Dolphin Arena (Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium)
  • GHC Junior Tag Champions: STINGER (Chris Ridgeway & Yoshinari Ogawa)
    Challengers: The NOAH Junior Regulars (Atsushi Kotoge & Seiki Yoshioka), [Muto Retirement Road] GRAND SHIP 2022 in NAGOYA PRO-WRESTLING LOVE FOREVER.2 ~OUT BREAK~ Sunday September 25th, Dolphin Arena (Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium)
  • GHC National Champion: Masakatsu Funaki
    Challenger: Masa Kitamiya, SUNNY VOYAGE 2022 – Friday September 30th (Bandaijima Multi-Purpose Square Ogama)

*This event will not be broadcast live, but hopefully this match will be shown via Instagram


(September 2022 schedule)

  • Monday, September 19th

SUNNY VOYAGE 2022 – Yokohama Radiant Hall, Yokohama

Time: 17:30 JST

Broadcast: WrestleUniverse (Live)

  • Tuesday, September 20th

Title match signing (GHC Heavyweight Tag, GHC Junior Heavyweight)

Live on NOAH’s Official YouTube at 17:00 JST

  • Wednesday, September 21st

N INNOVATION – Shinjuku FACE, Tokyo

Time: 18:30 JST

Broadcast: WrestleUniverse (Live)

  • Sunday, September 25th


Start: 16:00 JST

Broadcast: WrestleUniverse (Live)


Keiji Mutoh talks freely, “PPV at Retirement Match”, “Cut Ties” for O-Khan

Long awaited one on one fight with Katsuhiko Nakajima. Will Daiki Inaba’s obsession with Katsuhiko Nakajima be fulfilled?

“I don’t have the sense for a name! (laughs”) The secret story of the birth of the Shining Wizard variation & recruitment of technique name!

“Finish it all at once” GHC Junior Tag Team Champion Chris Ridgeway Interview, complete belt and league domination, ambition of GHC National Challenge

Kaito Kiyomiya receives reinforcement from the kick world, if he fails to take the GHC in the Kenoh match, “I can’t go to the top anymore”

“After the N-1!, the 15th & 16th Korakuen are two consecutive events, the next big match is 25th September Nagoya (Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium). Focusing on developments for the four major GHC fights, a new battle begins

NOAH collaborates with Tokyo Verdy! Naomichi Marufuji, “I want to put up a ring at Ajinomoto Stadium and have a match”

“I’ll let you challenge my GHC Heavyweight” GHC Champion Kenoh nominates himself for Keiji Mutoh’s Retirement Match, Next Year on 21st February At Tokyo Dome

Fan event recap: Tokyo Verdy

Junior Brand Event: YO-HEY and Kotoge introduce the highlights of the 21st September Shinjuku N-Innovation Competition

GHC Heavyweight signing ceremony: Kenoh “A beautiful story, I’m gonna break it down and I’m gonna draw it”, Kiyomiya prepares for “Last Chance”

“I want to become white ash” Keiji Mutoh’s retirement stage will be 21st February at The Tokyo Dome, “Pubic Persuasion” Chono will also go to his retirement match

Funky Kato is dazed about Keiji Mutoh’s retirement, the final opponent is “Not Okada”

“I’m using it, so it’s my technique!” with Mutoh finisher at full power, Kaito Kiyomiya defeats Kenoh towards the culmination of their five year story

Katsuhiko Nakajima and the 25th September Nagoya match with Keiji Mutoh, who will retire at The Dome next year


“Dandyism?”, it’s not like that”

Interesting interview with Mitsuharu Misawa from circa February 2002, in which he discusses Kodo Fuyuki’s retirement, friendship, NOAH, All Japan, his childhood and his juniors.


“Donmai, Donmai” – Mitsuharu Misawa’s diary

GIF taken from WrestleUniverse & NOAH Official YouTube

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N-1 Victory gives us a new challenger for the GHC Heavyweight title! A New Tag Team forms! Injuries and Junior division craziness! Hisame brings you all the NOAH nuggies!





Kaito Kiyomiya wins N-1 VICTORY

Kaito Kiyomiya overcame Hideki Suzuki to win his first N-1 VICTORY. Hideki Suzuki had terrified him, as he remembered how it was the last time they fought soon after Kiyomiya had returned from excursion. Kiyomiya had said in the press conference in response to Suzuki’s “he’s obsessed with Mutoh” that he wouldn’t use any of Mutoh’s moves in the match, but this was indeed how he won it. With his win, Kiyomiya could now challenge Kenoh for the GHC Heavyweight title.

Kenoh (looking half amused and a bit proud of Kiyomiya), came to the ring and silently raised the GHC Heavyweight. Backstage, he was not as quiet, saying that Kiyomiya was “a handsome wrestler with a cool face”, but he wasn’t happy with Kiyomiya’s somewhat dazed promo and branding him the “Useless N-1 Champion”.

HAYATA nominates his next challenger, YO-HEY

YO-HEY had been saying for the past few weeks that he was going to be aiming at HAYATA. The expected title challenge didn’t happen earlier as the last time YO-HEY and HAYATA were in the ring together, Perros Del Mal De Japon ruined any chances. HAYATA took matters into his own hands following the match in Osaka on the September 3rd. The way YO-HEY was nominated was done in a way that could only be done between the two of them, with HAYATA walking in on the NOAH Junior Regulars while they were in the comments booth, and nominating YO-HEY then and there.

STINGER victorious, new challengers emerge

STINGER ground Perros Del Mal De Japon practically into the ground in the title match in Osaka, Eita getting the brunt of the attack. Chris Ridgeway at one point taking off Eita’s kneepad and grinding his knuckles into the bone. It was no wonder that by the end of the match, Eita was walking with a noticeable limp. As Perros Del Mal slunk away to lick their wounds, STINGER were faced with their new challengers, Atsushi Kotoge and Seiki Yoshioka of The NOAH Junior Regulars. Kotoge got about half of a sentence out about challenging for the belts, taking them back, teaming with Yoshioka, when STINGER had had enough of him/them, and hit them both in the face with their belts and then walked off making dismissive motions. Despite this, their challenge has been accepted.

Satoshi Kojima and Takashi Sugiura

Understandably subdued at the moment and not himself, Takashi Sugiura came out of his shell a bit when he and Satoshi Kojima teamed together in Osaka on 3rd September. At first their partnership was stormy, a missed spot which involved an opponent ducking and a mistimed spot resulted in an argument and Sugiura deliberately breaking a pin, which meant that fans suspected a rivalry. However, backstage Satoshi Kojima had a different idea, how about the two of them team up? Sugi wasn’t too sure, but Kojima persuaded him saying that they were both the same age (Sugiura is four months older) and it was hard to find someone as contemporary as Sugiura now. Sugiura said he would give it a go, and much to fans surprise, the two have challenged for the GHC Heavyweight Tag Titles.

Masa Kitamiya

With the N-1 over and Masakatsu Funaki saying that he wanted to put the belt up against the three people he lost against, Masa Kitamiya, Kaito Kiyomiya & Satoshi Kojima, fans were the most interested in seeing Kitamiya challenge. Following a tag match in Osaka, Kitamiya and Funaki got into a rare melee brawl after the match, which involved Kitamiya slamming him and Katsuhiko Nakajima having to throw Kitamiya from the ring. Backstage, Kitamiya announced his challenge and the title match has been set a little later the others (I think due to Funaki’s schedule) for the 30th September.

Kenoh vs The Makai Alliance

The short lived Makai Alliance of NOSAWA Rongai, The-Great-O-Khan and The Great Muta (I say short as Muta turned on O-Khan and gave him the Green Mist at the end) took on the might of Kongoh. Tadasuke was the target for the three demons, while Kenoh battered O-Khan with his bamboo sword (O-Khan posted pictures of the welts later) and while attempting a fireball, got a lick of flame from Great Muta. Sadly, Kenoh did not set himself on fire in the match and do any flaming kicks. Manabu Soya was given the red mist. Following Muta’s betrayal, O-Khan has vowed revenge and while he was crawling backstage and then rolling around on the floor, Muta hinted that perhaps he might be turning up in New Japan, or perhaps America?


Following NOAH’s Osaka event, The NOAH Junior Regulars (YO-HEY, Atsushi Kotoge, Alejandro and Seiki Yoshioka) turned up at DragonGate’s event and saved Natural Vibes from Z-BRATS. Kzy couldn’t quite believe it and asked what they were doing there, to which a joint performance (or “festival”) was suggested. Seiki Yoshioka wanted to fight YAMATO, while Alejandro wanted to team with “the skillful, crazy and cool” DragonKid. Nothing more has been said about the date, the venue or the card, but expect announcements in the coming weeks.

NOAH’s new debut

NOAH have announced that a trainee will graduate from the dojo on the 15th September. Taishi Ozawa is twenty-five years old, has a background in gymnastics, and comes from Shizuoka. He will be the first debut since Yasutaka Yano in about two years. His first NOAH match will be against Yoshiki Inamura, following this he is expected to join the heavyweight division.

Go Shiozaki injured

Go Shiozaki was injured in the match in Osaka, and was helped backstage by the trainees and officials, an ice pack on his arm. NOAH have not announced the extent of the injury yet or for how long Shiozaki will be absent only that he is pending further investigations.


– Seiki Yoshioka has done a weight challenge which involved other wrestlers sitting on him while he does push ups; Alejandro was the easiest because he’s the smallest and lightest, Daiki Inaba was doable, Go Shiozaki giggled and fell off and Yoshiki Inamura squashed him flat.

– Stallion Rogers and Anthony Greene left NOAH to return to the USA. Anthony Greene was very emotional, stating how much he was going to miss Japan and how he looked upon The Ark, as home.

– Kenoh says he doesn’t care about O-Khan, his goal is another New Japan wrestler. He doesn’t say who though.

– Daiki Inaba has a singles match with Katsuhiko Nakajima coming up, this will be his chance to avenge himself for the W-1 championship belt.

– We mercifully never found out just where Kendo Kashin had vanished to after the match.

– Kaito Kiyomiya has taken up surfing in his new channel videos, while Kenoh informed us all that “The Beast” is not simply a name for Kazuyuki Fujita to scare his opponents with, which Kenoh found out when kicking him in the thigh.


– N-1 VICTORY 2022 GRAND FINAL & GREAT MUTA OSAKA FINAL (Edion Arena Osaka First Stadium, Saturday September 3rd)

Event recap

Post Match Interviews


  • GHC Heavyweight Champion: Kenoh
    Challenger: Kaito Kiyomiya, [Muto Retirement Road] GRAND SHIP 2022 in NAGOYA PRO-WRESTLING LOVE FOREVER.2 ~OUT BREAK~ Sunday September 25th, Dolphin Arena (Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium)
  • GHC Junior Champion: HAYATA
    Challenger: YO-HEY, [Muto Retirement Road] GRAND SHIP 2022 in NAGOYA PRO-WRESTLING LOVE FOREVER.2 ~OUT BREAK~ Sunday September 25th, Dolphin Arena (Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium)
  • GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: The Sugiura Army (Hideki Suzuki & Timothy Thatcher)
    Challengers: KojiSugi (Satoshi Kojima & Takashi Sugiura), [Muto Retirement Road] GRAND SHIP 2022 in NAGOYA PRO-WRESTLING LOVE FOREVER.2 ~OUT BREAK~ Sunday September 25th, Dolphin Arena (Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium)
  • GHC Junior Tag Champions: STINGER (Chris Ridgeway & Yoshinari Ogawa)
    Challengers: The NOAH Junior Regulars (Atsushi Kotoge & Seiki Yoshioka), [Muto Retirement Road] GRAND SHIP 2022 in NAGOYA PRO-WRESTLING LOVE FOREVER.2 ~OUT BREAK~ Sunday September 25th, Dolphin Arena (Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium)
  • GHC National Champion: Masakatsu Funaki
    Challenger: Masa Kitamiya, SUNNY VOYAGE 2022 – Friday September 30th (Bandaijima Multi-Purpose Square Ogama)

* This event will not be broadcast live, but hopefully this match will be shown via Instagram


(September 2022 schedule)

– Wednesday 15th September

NOAH will hold a press conference/match signing live on their official YouTube at 5pm JST. Keiji Mutoh will give further details about his retirement road plans, while the title matches are expected to be signed for.


Muta & O-Khan make a shocking agreement, with the offering of “Makai Cake” at the historic alliance talks

Dragon Bane and Alpha Wolf both declare victory in Osaka for the Lucha Brothers showdown

Ahead of The Muta & O-Khan battle, holding a bamboo sword Kenoh does a furious interview, not giving up on GHC Heavyweight counter-attack

Suzuki “Best fight in the world”, “Win or die”, “No more chances” – Kiyomiya also has his back to the wall, press conference just before the N-1 championship match

GHC Champion Kenoh Makai Empire Alliance “Purification”, declares “Compulsory Elementary School Education For O-Khan”

Moving away from mentor Keiji Mutoh as champion! Kaito Kiyomiya submits “Graduation Thesis” by swearing to win the N-1 for the first time


An Unknown Trainee 

Yoshinari Ogawa’s Volume 


“Donmai, Donmai” – Mitsuharu Misawa’s diary

With thanks to: Metal-NOAH

GIF taken from WrestleUniverse & Seiki Yoshioka’s TikTok

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