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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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Daisuke Harada’s retirement

Daisuke Harada wrestled his last match at Korakuen Hall on the 9th March, bringing a seventeen year career to a close. The match was only a minute, and Harada took no bumps and took no damage to his neck. The last move of his career was Misawa’s Rolling Elbow, although he did set up The Katayama German Suplex. Fortunately, time ran out then and the referee looked as if he had to hold Harada back from continuing. His opponent, Atsushi Kotoge (who he calls his “eternal rival”) had come to the ring highly emotional and had buried his face in the turnbuckle when Harada’s music sounded, he was in tears again when Harada made his speech;

“Are you kidding me, aren’t I the one who wants to cry the most? My pro wrestling life started with you, and I’m really happy that it ended with you. Because of you, I was able to come to NOAH and continue wrestling because you were here, and because of you I was able to wrestle for one last minute. I am really grateful to you. From the day I entered Osaka Pro Wrestling, I was cocky junior, but until today have been indebted to you. Thank you for your help today!” 

Kotoge left soon after, and Harada addressed the crowd thanking everyone and hoping that they would be happy with the match (the fans were just as emotional as Kotoge), he thanked NOAH, the medical team and everyone who came today. There was to be no ten count bell or ceremony (Harada finds them a little gloomy) but he wanted to end his career with a bang. Harada left the ring for the last time, raising the arm of the person he said had saved his life (NOAH’s trainer, Nagahama) and shaking hands with the wrestlers at ringside, which included Hitoshi Kumano, before he disappeared one final time behind the curtains. In the lobby, Harada had been sent flowers from Osaka Pro, HUB, Zeus (they sent flowers in his colors of blue and white), Meiko Satomura, THE LEAVE, GLEAT, DDT, Satoshi Kojima – the list went on. Harada hasn’t decided what he is going to do next, but he has vowed to support NOAH as a fan, and has referred to himself as becoming a “Wrestling Genie”. However, he doesn’t seem to be ready to leave NOAH behind just yet, as he still has one final NOAH Junior Space to do.

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“What to do with Taniguchi?” Takashi Sugiura to “retrain” him

The question of “What to do with Taniguchi” is one that NOAH have wondered periodically over the years, and now the question has arisen again following his six man match when he teamed with Naomichi Marufuji and Masaaki Mochizuki against The Sugiura Army of Takashi Sugiura, Kazuyuki Fujita and Hideki Suzuki. Suzuki had said that he wanted to see Maybach Taniguchi, but instead they got apathetic Shuhei Taniguchi, who ended the match by getting choked out by Takashi Sugiura and the ref called for the bell. After the match Sugiura, stood over Taniguchi, and then left the ring. Marufuji and Mochizuki were a little kinder, Marufuji rolling him out, but they both exchanged knowing glances and Marufuji gave him a weary look as they walked to the back. Takashi Sugiura vented about Taniguchi’s performance, and said he would “retrain him” in their singles match in Yokohama.

All Japan World Heavyweight Tag Challenge accepted

After winning the first pre match against the GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions, Masa Kitamiya and Daiki Inaba, Kenoh and Manabu Soya where confronted in the ring by the All Japan World Heavyweight Tag Champions, Yuma Aoyagi and Naoki Nomura, who (throwing off Managing Director SUWAMA’s threat) accepted the challenge of Kongoh for the belts.  Kenoh said that when Kongoh win them, having already won the GHC Heavyweight Tag Titles, they would unify them into what they had named “GHC World Tag”. Title match will take place on the 21st March at All Japan’s show at the Ota Ward General Gymnasium.

STINGER all out war; Eita bloodied, Ogawa taps

Following the emotion of Harada’s retirement and the frustration of Taniguchi’s performance, STINGER went to war. Eita faced off in a singles match against HAYATA, and Chris Ridgeway and Yoshinari Ogawa fought in the match after. Eita had threatened HAYATA that he would make him feel the same pain he caused him the night he bloodied him up and took the belt back at NOAH Junior Night at Ryogoku Kokukigan, but in the event of things, HAYATA jumped him, bust him open by using the belt on him and then attacked him savagely afterwards. The ref was shoved down by HAYATA three times, and on the fourth shove away, he stopped the match. HAYATA gave Eita the 403 Impact on the belt, and shoved his boot into his face as he held the championship up. Backstage, HAYATA (who ironically was the only person out of STINGER, ex STINGER or whatever the tag with Eita is called), said that he had no intention of teaming with Eita, and that in Yokohama, Ogawa will come to his senses. Eita later posted on Twitter a picture of HAYATA standing over him and asking whether HAYATA was proud of himself (I would imagine he was) and saying that if he thinks that Ogawa is going to “come to his senses”, then that’s what HAYATA needs to do, so “get real”.

Ogawa and Ridgeway had a match that Ogawa had both predicted would be different from HAYATA vs Eita (he doesn’t give Eita much credit in using his brain, while he did admit he has to work hard when it’s Ridgeway) and would be “technique vs technician”. Ridgeway called it “master vs pupil” and demonstrated that Ogawa’s teaching had taught him not only how to attack, but also how to deceive and like a latter day Charlemagne, how to make everything around you into your army. Ridgeway won the match by doing something that very few people have done; he made Ogawa tap. The war between STINGER has just gone up another notch.

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Kaito Kiyomiya’s woes continued when he lost the first pre match to Jake Lee. However, that being said, Kiyomiya was not the person pinned, it was Atsushi Kotoge. Jake Lee had been making comments about Kiyomiya’s somewhat worried demeanor ever since he came to NOAH, back then it was he looked so glum he would probably scare little children, and now it had developed into making exaggerated smiles on his face using two fingers to prop up his mouth (in the manner of “turn that frown, upside down”) and then motioning at Kiyomiya to do this. Kiyomiya wore a faint smile, but Jake even took it one step further, and rearranged Kiyomiya’s lips and cheeks into a grin when he did a rope break. After the match, Jake took the mic and told Kiyomiya that “Kiyomiya, for you, that (GHC Heavyweight) is a bit of a burden I guess. Boo, applause, whatever. Come and see the 19th March, I’ll change NOAH”.

AMAKUSA retains

AMAKUSA retained the GHC Junior Heavyweight title against Hi69. Hi69 let loose in the match, and he looked as if he was wild eyed and drunk on revenge. Fans said that this was one of the best matches that they had seen out of him for a while, although he does tend to be very good in singles matches, especially title ones with a backstory as in depth as the one against AMAKUSA. No challenger has come forward yet, but AMAKUSA has promised that he will “guide this junior treasure to the heavens”


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– Naomichi Marufuji had a Twitter conversation with Satoshi Kojima about a lost phone. He said he had lost his phone once and “everyone was searching for it”. From Kojima’s reaction that suggested that he was there and remembered this, I wonder if “everyone” was the roster at one point.

– Katsuhiko Nakajima held his 35th birthday fan event, “Team Katsu” on the 12th March. The event included photos of Nakajima in his two most favorite ring-wear (his current red one and his wolf skin), homemade Chanko, autographs, a chat with Nakajima and fans could even wear one of the costumes if they won a competition. A lot of reviews contained the phrases “when I came around” or “when I regained consciousness”, which refer to Nakajima’s presence.

– Keiji Mutoh took part in Japan’s version of “Are you smarter than a 5th grader?” It turned out that he wasn’t and went home without the money he hoped to use for his retirement. He says that next time he goes on the show, he will bring Riki Choshu.

– Lanzelot, Super Crazy’s nephew, made his NOAH debut on the 9th March at Korakuen Hall.

– Kenoh said he doesn’t remember the name of Naoki Nomura, as his presence was insignificant.

– Tadasuke wrist flicked Kinya Okada away when he got into the ring. Not that Okada was in his way or had any intention of being in the Kongoh pose.


  • GHC Heavyweight Champion: Kaito Kiyomiya
    Challenger: Jake Lee, Great Voyage in Yokohama, Yokohama Budokan, 19th March
  • GHC Junior Champion: AMAKUSA
    Challenger: None at the time of writing
  • GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: Masa Kitamiya and Daiki Inaba
    Challengers: Kongoh (Kenoh and Manabu Soya), Great Voyage in Yokohama, Yokohama Budokan, 19th March
  • GHC Junior Tag Champions: Yoshinari Ogawa & Eita
    Challengers: HAYATA & Chris Ridgeway, Great Voyage in Yokohama, Yokohama Budokan, 19th March
  • GHC National Champion: El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Jnr
    Challenger: None at the time of writing



Date: Tuesday, March 14th

Venue: Yokohama Radiant Hall

Start time: 18:00 JST

Broadcast: WrestleUniverse (you must be a subscriber to view)

Yoshiki Inamura will be having the singles match against Kento Miyahara on this day at Shinjuku Face. The All Japan event starts half an hour after NOAH’s does, and while Masa Kitamiya is on the card he is in the second match, so I guess there is plenty of time for him to get to Shinjuku.


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Daisuke Harada announces retirement

NOAH held a press conference/title match signing on the 2nd March, in which Daisuke Harada announced that due to the neck injury that has seen him away from the ring since August 2022, he would be retiring. The decision sadly was come to when investigations in August revealed that Harada was in danger of developing what is known as spinal cord compression (cervical atlantoaxial subluxation), which can cause paralysis, respiratory failure and even death. Harada had no symptoms at all and was still training as much as he could (and with the usual weights he used), although for three months he had to wear a neck brace. Sadly, nothing did any good, and the issue failed to resolve. The specialist called Harada and NOAH’s trainer into his clinic and told them the sad news, Harada would have to retire. Unsurprisingly after an emotional press conference in which Harada announced he would wrestle his final match on Thursday 9th March at Korakuen Hall against his oldest friend and eternal rival, Atsushi Kotoge, he went home and couldn’t stop crying. The other two juniors at the press conference, Hi69 and AMAKUSA, were both visibly moved. Hi69 in particular never attempted to hide the fact and AMAKUSA was lost for words when asked about Harada’s news.

Harada’s final match will be a one minute exhibition match, with the doctor at ringside. The match needs to be short in duration as very sadly now, Harada cannot take any further bumps, so don’t be expecting any top turnbuckle Katayama German Suplexes. Harada himself said he is disappointed to have to retire, but preserving his life is more important. Very sadly he will not be staying on in NOAH, although he was offered the position of a coach or backstage agent. Harada says he had to decline as he knew that it would be hard for him to watch the NOAH Juniors and not be able to join in, but he won’t be abandoning them entirely, he will be watching as a fan. However, President Zeus of the new Osaka Pro, has wondered if Harada might like to come and do some guest commentary, and it is known that (unofficially) Harada did want to make an appearance there, but what Harada will do after retirement remains to be seen.

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Kenoh’s fifteen year anniversary

“Maybe every five years; debut as a newcomer, ten years to be fully fledged, 15 years is your mid career, twenty years to be a veteran, and thirty years a legend. There is such an image in pro wrestling.”

Kenoh’s chronology of a pro wrestler.

Kenoh celebrated fifteen years in Pro Wrestling on March 2nd. His goal for his fifteenth anniversary was to celebrate it as GHC Heavyweight Champion, which sadly he was not able to do. As is customary for a “mid career” anniversary, Kenoh will be holding his own show, which will take place in his hometown of Tokushima, Shikoku (aka “this fucking countryside”) on 24th June. No card has been announced as of yet, and Kenoh has hinted he will give details on his YouTube channel. But when asked about the handshake with his Michinoku Pro rival, Hayato “Jnr” Fujita, who has been calling for a match with Kenoh, Kenoh said coyly that he is “still waiting to hear from him about that”

Kitamiya no show, enter Inamura

Following on from the friction between the Kensuke Office boys (Katsuhiko Nakajima, Kento Miyahara and Masa Kitamiya), Miyahara demanded that Masa Kitamiya come to All Japan’s event on the 27th February, dressed in a suit and apologize formally to him for not greeting him. Kensuke Office was very strict on this, and his former “errand boy” broke the rules. It may be best that Miyahara doesn’t know what Kitamiya was saying about him on commentary. Anyway, the 27th came and Masa Kitamiya did not show up.

But, whenever someone throws down for NOAH, Yoshiki Inamura will answer the call, and that is exactly what happened. Inamura came to the ring and told Miyahara (loudly) that time had moved on and the new generation of NOAH wasn’t just Kitamiya, it was himself, Yoshiki Inamura and if Miyahara wanted a fight then Inamura would give him one. Miyahara (calling Masa Kitamiya by his real name “Mitsuhiro”) said that Kitamiya didn’t show up because he was scared, and therefore he had sent Inamura in his place. Inamura said he came of his own accord. Miyahara kind of liked this, and said that Inamura sure did know who to attack in All Japan and as he had come here on his own accord, he would give him a match. But, he had his own stipulation, Masa Kitamiya comes with him as a second. Miyahara had earlier said that Kitamiya had grown conceited and needed to be taken down a few pegs. The match has been set for March 14th in Shinjuku. Miyahara said sarcastically after their confrontation that this could turn into “NOAH vs Miyahara”, although probably he basically wants revenge on Katsuhiko Nakajima and Masa Kitamiya above all.

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Inamura makes a sudden appearance, and requests a match against Miyahara. One on one match in Shinjuku on 14th March decided.


– Kaito Kiyomiya revealed in a recent interview that his post title match treat is to go out and basically eat whatever he wants. He listed ramen, hamburgers and candy, which he would stuff himself with to the point of “not being able to move”.

– Since his retirement, Keiji Mutoh is feeling a lot better and his injury has gotten a lot better. He ran into Tomoaki Honma in a local gym, and then said he fled quickly from him when he heard that Honma had been cheering for him until he was hoarse at his retirement match.

– Kenoh says that he and Manabu Soya will no longer he challenging for the All Japan World Tag Titles thanks to President Suwama bursting in and attacking one of the champions with a chair and demanding that the Voodoo Murders come before Kongoh. Suwama said Kenoh was “talking stupid”

– Junta Miyawai has returned to Mexico following his loss at the Mutoh retirement show. He says he will swallow down that bitter pill and return stronger.

– Naomichi Marufuji and the now retired NOSAWA Rongai made one of their annual road trips to Shizuoka to attend a physiotherapy treatment clinic. Marufuji posted a picture to his Instagram with an arrow pointing to NOSAWA saying, “Retired, but still in need of maintenance”. NOSAWA at that time was photographed smoking and looking out of the window following their traditional stop over meal of eel.

– Satoshi Kojima has left NOAH for the time being. Takashi Sugiura demanded to know if “our love was just a contract” and then likened himself to being “Koji’s gigolo” in that case.


  • GHC Heavyweight Champion: Kaito Kiyomiya
    Challenger: Jake Lee, Great Voyage in Yokohama, Yokohama Budokan, 19th March
  • GHC Junior Champion: AMAKUSA
    Challenger: Hi69, Star Navigation 2023, Korakuen Hall, 9th March
  • GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: Masa Kitamiya and Daiki Inaba
    Challengers: Kongoh (Kenoh and Manabu Soya), Great Voyage in Yokohama, Yokohama Budokan, 19th March
  • GHC Junior Tag Champions: Yoshinari Ogawa & Eita
    Challengers: HAYATA & Chris Ridgeway, Great Voyage in Yokohama, Yokohama Budokan, 19th March
  • GHC National Champion: El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Jnr
    Challenger: TBA


Thursday 9th March


Start time: 18:30 JST

ABEMA (free, but no replays in viewing. Overseas fans please do not subscribe to ABEMA, WrestleUniverse is a far better investment)

WrestleUniverse (subscribers only, English commentary)


“I’ll take the belt and let him rest” Jake Lee to Kiyomiya, the GHC champion who lost to Okada

Pro Wrestler Kaito Kiyomiya, “I even got a tomaro funamori on my birthday” (laughs) – the gap between strength and pure face is cute. Showing episodes of bonds with fans.

Kaito Kiyomiya, who lost against Okadam reveals his intentions! Change in social media that was full of slander.

GHC Junior match signing ceremony: AMAKUSA’S tears at Harada’s retirement reveal determination to “reach a new peak”, Hi69 declares realization of “two great desires”

“You are talking stupid”, SUWAMA about Kenoh’s declaration of a break, the tyrant boasts of Mutoh-ism

Kenoh declares a break with All Japan, “All Japan’s business doesn’t go up because Managing Director Suwama does things like this”


Transcript of NOAH’s very first press conference (July 2000)

“Donmai, Donmai” – Mitsuharu Misawa’s diary

With thanks to: Metal-NOAH

Image credits:, BBM Sports, Pro Wrestling DX, Naomichi Marufuji

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