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Mitchell’s WWE Backstage Report! (12/17/19)

The Goddess goes Backstage!

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She’s got it! Yeah baby, she’s got it!

Fresh from her return to the ring, Alexa Bliss goes Backstage! What will the Goddess have to say about Team Bliss-Cross’ feud with Fire & Desire and more?

 

Renee Young runs down the schedule!

Not only does Alexa Bliss join the show, but there’s a new round of contract news via the Satin Sheet. Plus, William Shatner is here for a special lesson in Promo School! That and more as WWE Backstage begins!

 

The panel is assembled!

Renee Young and Booker T have Captain Charisma, Christian, and the #Shenom, Ember Moon! Booker T is repping Houston colors, is that a shout out to Harlem Heat coming back? But the subject is TLC and the aftermath.

Here’s Just the Highlights!

The New Day and Revival had a match that was a highlight reel in itself, and lucky number 7 keeps on going! The Miz tortured Bray Wyatt, but Bray liked it. Bray didn’t like Daniel Bryan returning to ruin the fun, though. The women went hardcore in their own TLC match where the Kabuki Warriors retained. And while Baron Corbin screwed Roman Reigns over with help from his court (jesters), the fighting didn’t end there. However, a spear off the balcony did end the night!

But the Raw after had The Man call out The Empress, as there is a score to settle. Lana asked Lashley to ask her to marry her. He said yes, and so did she, but when is the wedding going to be? AJ Styles had a phenomenal plan but it still failed to prevent an RKO outta nowhere! And Seth Rollins proclaims he is a visionary that leads the WWE literally into the next decade!

What does the panel think?

Christian must mention Rusev, Lana and Lashley. Rusev just needs to ask for #OneMoreMachka. Round of applause for that pun. But the real big thing was Bray Wyatt wrestling as his Firefly Fun House persona. There are just layers upon layers with Bray, and Christian loves all the little nuances. The Fiend “talking” to Bray could be something, too, but Bryan returning was also great. Renee can’t get over Bryan looking like he hasn’t aged. Booker also likes the Bray stuff. Booker was there during Three Faces of Foley, and to see Bray be his own fresh take on it, he wants to see where this goes. Ember also likes the layers to Bray, but it is almost like the movie, Split. Renee isn’t sure on the mallet, but the panel likes it.

Ember’s own personal takeaway would be Roman VS Corbin. The ending chaos in the match and after the show was one thing, but the fact Corbin won was a bit of a surprise. Booker doesn’t see why it’s a shock, but Ember wants to finish explaining. Corbin has shown a lot of diversity and such a universally hated Heel. He’s not a Cool Heel, he’s a Boo Heel. Corbin loses in the blow-offs, but this might’ve been the first time he got that solid win. Christian does wonder, though, it being a TLC match, those matches take time off careers. For Christian, there had to be more at stake than just a win or loss. You gotta climb the ladder to take something, even if it’s just cold hard cash. But these two went out, beat each other down, but with a separate Tables match and separate Ladders match, why not just a separate Chairs match? Personal opinion as a TLC innovator, but Booker can see what he means.

Booker’s own personal takeaway was the Kickoff Show. Usually the matches on a Kickoff Show are take it or leave it, but Carrillo VS Almas was something special! Carrillo is going to skyrocket to the moon, but Almas is also something special. These two doing something like that, you’re not sure what you’re seeing but you know stars are being born. Ember adds to that, because Almas started even before WWE. He is not just one of the best luchadors in WWE, he’s one of the best luchadors in the world. Booker agrees, Almas just has pure talent. Almas has been around a long time, and that seems to pass over most people’s heads. From even before his time in NXT, to being NXT Champion, to being a big name on Raw and SmackDown, Ember wants everyone to know just how much he still has to show us.

Seth Rollins “apologized” again.

That is to say, he said “sorry” in advance before he and the Authors of Pain beat down Rey Mysterio over giving Kevin Owens that steel pipe. Rollins claimed it was mercy when he only gave Mysterio a Curb Stomp, but what of this move to go after the WWE United States Championship?

Booker wants to make this quick. He said a month ago and will say it again. Rollins has some dirt on him, has some back-up, and he is in his comfort zone. Booker likes where Rollins is going with this, and it’ll be a great 2020. Christian says passion can be confused with arrogance, but which is it here? What Rollins is saying is that he hasn’t changed, the fans have. The self-proclaimed leader wants us to hear what he’s saying, and he has Akam and Rezar with him, it’s looking great. Ember says this feels a bit rushed. She loves the AOP, but she wanted things to progress at a pace where Rollins could dig even deeper into this trying to lead Raw. But things are moving in the right direction either way.

Social media wants Christian in the Hall of Fame!

Booker T takes credit for starting that going. There’s a lot of time before WrestleMania, will it happen for Captain Charisma?

 

Backstage has A Moment of Bliss!

The 5-time Women’s Champion and the second-ever Triple Crown Champion, here’s Alexa Bliss! The Goddess joins Renee and Ember, and Renee hopes the double goddess combo can keep things from going too crazy. No promises from Alexa. But Alexa and her entire family have always been WWE fans, for multiple generations. Grandma Bliss wanted to marry Dusty Rhodes, Auntie Bliss wanted to marry Stone Cold, and her cousins pretend they were the Hardy Boys. Empty pool smackdowns scared Alexa, but she’s the one in the ring now.

Ember also speaks to her goddess BFF’s origin story. Alexa’s athletic background led her to not wanting to adult yet. Her bodybuilding coach mentioned a WWE casting call, aka a Diva Search. Alexa signed up, made an audition video by paying some random person $100 to film her in the gym, in a bikini. Cue up the footage! Look at those bangs. Look at that strut! Alexa can’t believe that still exists. But it got her in the door, didn’t it? She didn’t even think it’d work, but she did get a call to go to LA, she was among 50 finalists. #HumbleBrag. But then with that, there were all these actresses and models, and Alexa already felt like she lost. She went in, recognized Triple H, fangirl’d, and between her personality and knowledge of the business and love of the WWE, it got her another call that she had cleared to the next round.

Round two was a 30 day in-ring tryout in LA, but a week later, she was told she wasn’t going to that next round. Alexa’s dreams were crushed, but then revived as another call came in saying she was just immediately signed on athletic talent alone. Rocket strapped and here we are. FCW was her first stop, that became NXT, and her first real mentor was Charlotte Flair. The one person in the locker room had her back, and Shaul Guerrero had her back “backstage.” With those two behind her, Alexa learned so much about the WWE culture and community. Their guidance has helped Alexa all these years. Even if it was a bad match, Charlotte gave her encouragement.

Speaking of those who have Alexa’s back, Ember brings up Nikki Cross. A new on-screen bestie, but how does that work? For that matter, the origin story of this team was that the two were pitching ideas together. Nikki had so many ideas to give Vince, and as soon as Nikki was done with her turn, Alexa took her turn pitching ideas. Even if they weren’t in the title picture, they wanted to work together because there was something there. Alexa did want the manipulation story, but then it turned into the swerve of no swerve, this oddball duo worked out and it’s so much fun. They travel together, work on matches together, Nikki’s first title was with Alexa, and it’s going so well. Renee says it is a lot of fun watching them work together.

On a more serious note, Alexa’s work to change body image issues. Why is it important for her to go public with her own stories of eating disorders and body image issues? Alexa kept it secret for about a decade. She didn’t want judgment or pity, just nothing. But when she remembered being in the hospital, people would visit her. WWE superstars visit fans, and then soccer players visited her. But Alexa felt that no one knew what she was going through. Mental illnesses, battles of the mind, are so hard to fight. Alexa wanted to be the one to say, “I’ve gone through this, it doesn’t have to define and control you.” And ever since then, any appearance or just walking down the street, people-both men and women-have voiced their appreciation for her being brave enough to share. Renee also commends Alexa for that courage. The Goddess is going to stick around, mostly because Ember wants her to.

But speaking of special guests, William Shatner is still going to take us to Promo School! Now can you dig that? Right after the break. Hmm…

 

William Shatner is live!

Renee still loves Shatner “singing” WWE theme songs. But the man, the myth, the captain of the USS Enterprise, Shatner is here! He’s honored to be invited but Renee says he’s welcomed any time. He can even be a co-host. Now, now, let’s not get carried away. Well okay. But who talked Shatner into that album? Probably Vince. He wouldn’t have done that normally. Booyaka booyaka! Shatner and Renee share in some French, but Christian says his excuse is being from Toronto.

Christian asks which is the more “rabid fanbase”: wrestling or Star Trek? Good question. Shatner says the fans of the WWE are passionate, maybe even nuts. Trekkies are equally nuts, but with less aggression and more focus. Therefore, the Trekkies win. Except against Booyaka. But where did Shatner’s love of wrestling start? Being born in Montreal, growing up with no TV, he’d hear stories about wrestlers at the Montreal Forum. He surely saw them a few times, because he saw the “Silver Age,” at the very beginning. Those great Quebec wrestlers, Gorgeous George and Lou Thesz, and then eventually Pat Patterson. Then came being asked to do some publicity, he met Jerry “The King” Lawler, and had to throw Jerry out. That revived his love! Footage shows that moment from 1/9/95, Monday Night Raw! Hammerlock and shove, then a monkey flip! And of course, Bret Hart raised his hand, another great Canadian wrestler.

Renee and Christian compliment Shatner’s form, it was “quite good.” Quite good? That was great! Did Shatner train for that? No, that’s just how you get jobs in Hollywood. But Shatner’s The Unexplained is getting a new season, Backstage gives us a preview.

“But how could a seemingly harmless destination like an amusement park really be thought of as cursed? That’s what we’re trying to find out.”

A haunted amusement park?! There are all sorts of weird mysteries, like Jerry sailing out of the ring. But Season 1 was just 8 shows, and the network execs saw them, and wanted TWENTY MORE! Unheard of! Fridays in February, be ready to solve some mysteries with Shatner. Christian just solved the mystery of Jerry flying out of the ring: Shatner whooped him! Those guns! “When touched, I flex.” But Shatner isn’t done, there’s going to be a special twist to Promo School.

 

Promo School Special Edition!

Normally it is the celebrity guest that is tested, but Shatner joins the panel of judges, to judge a Shatner impression contest! Really? That even surprised Shatner. So now Acting School pits the former NXT Women’s Champion and self-proclaimed super nerd, EMBER MOON! Ember takes a moment to focus, before being Shatner Hamlet. “To be. Or not to be. That, is, your question you’ll have to answer if, you step into the ring, with me. You want to mess with this captain?” Mic drop and… dead lift of a “boulder!” She hits the Gorn! “And you’ll get… the rock.” Shatner thought that was wonderful. She has a future ahead of her. Not quite sure where, but she has a future.

Next up, the Captain that Totally Reeks of Awesomeness, CHRISTIAN! He is wearing a big jacket and has a stool for his act. Christian would like some quick advice. Stand up straight, take in a deep breath, and project with your voice. Christian begins with, “Christian. Christian. At last, you are on, your, own.” He has the red sweater! He’s Shatner “singing” WWE theme songs! Firefly Fun House? “If, you’re feeling gloomy today. Come on, throw your cares away. We’re really glad, that your’e our friend, and this. Is a friendship, that’ll never, ever, end.” Pretty good.

But now, here comes the grades! Shatner’s grade weighs strongest. Booker says Christian won, Alexa says Ember won. Renee says Christian, Shatner says CHRISTIAN! Ember should’ve gone 52 minutes, like in the Rumble. But Christian committed to the bit of Shatner Bray Wyatt singing. Who will be singing “Money money money~! MONEY~!” after the coming contract signing reports?

 

The Satin Sheet returns!

Sexy Ryan Satin is back, too, and what news does he have on contracts? As Kofi Kingston reported himself on the New Day Feel the Power podcast, Kofi’s five-year deal is real! As is all of the New Day! Big E and Xavier Woods will be sticking with Kofi and are all equal members with equal pay. Great news for the WWE and fans as the New Day is an amazing team still killing it match after match. But another team that inked contracts are The Street Profits! The Curse of Greatness have their own multi-year extensions, which is no surprise as Dawkins and Ford are popular with fans. Raise those Solo cups!

The panel congratulates the extensions, but Booker speaks from personal experience that he’s never wanted the same deal as someone else, he wants to get paid what he deserves. But this keeps the tag team division strong on both shows, with the New Day being a powerful cornerstone and the Profits being part of the future. And Christian also agrees with Booker, he wants that money.

 

Wondering what Paige is up to?

She was on Corey Graves’ podcast, After the Bell, and the Glampire with no filter decided to shoot from the hip. “I don’t understand why we don’t have another All Girls’ Pay-Per-View. We had that one-off deal, like, what the hell was that about?” That is to say, where is Evolution 2? That should be a new tradition! Wasn’t that the point of the Women’s (R)Evolution? If not, F off, it’s just talk. Don’t talk about it, stop holding the women back, there are so many women who deserve opportunities so actually give them that!

It’s time for the Backstage MAIN EVENT!

A new segment, obviously, but Paige brought up a good point. There were others talking about the real Women’s (R)Evolution, such as Becky Lynch and Charlotte, as the Women’s Division doesn’t feel as hot or buzzworthy as around WrestleMania. Naturally, we turn to the double goddess combo for thoughts. Ember 100% agrees with them all! Since Mania, WWE has really only featured four to five superstars but WWE has a “plethora” of them! It is annoying to see these hardworking women who want to entertain aren’t getting even on TV. Alexa adds that while women got to main event two PPV’s in a row, and even WrestleMania, but there still needs to be more overall.

Alexa and Nikki had their time with the tag titles, but the tag division is not being used to its full potential. Alexa would love to share the spotlight, “we’re only as good as the amount of women we have carrying this evolution.” Focusing on a handful is not enough. Renee turns to Booker on who should step up to help this situation. Booker has felt this even in his career and watching other men, wondering, “Why isn’t this guy doing this? Why isn’t that guy doing that?” He’s never been the one stuck because he’d do something, break a rule or two, “grab the brass ring.” He’d forget what he was told and capture his own moments. But in the same way, the women just need those opportunities.

Renee asks Christian if it has to do with the absence of Ronda Rousey in anyway. Christian agrees that is a factor. She was a huge star that got eyes on, regardless of gender. Ronda proved she was a student of the game and did great things, but her absence leaves a spot open for someone to step up. Ember says that Ronda being gone doesn’t mean there isn’t a Women’s Division to use. There are so many, from Sarah Logan to the IIconics, to Liv Morgan who is returning. Dana Brooke is always working hard. So many people are reaching for those brass rings, but they need a platform. We need Evolution 2 to show all of that talent, and it proved the first time in 2018 it is possible. It was the hottest show of the year! The women deserve a continued opportunity. Even Survivor Series helped with getting NXT in.

The milestones also add to this, such as the first match in Saudi Arabia. Alexa Bliss was one part of another first-ever in the Middle East with Sasha Banks. What was that moment of change like? “It was incredible, because it shows that this Women’s Evolution didn’t start with a single person, it started with all of us.” It isn’t local, it’s global, and such performances were incredible. Natalya and Lacey Evans had a great match, including historic, and we’re making moves! Let’s hope things keep moving in the right direction!

 

Backstage on Christmas Eve will be a special gift!

It’ll be the WWE Year End Awards Show! Tune in to see who wins what!

 

Time for Social Media SmackDown!

Get ready to get crushed, nerds! Huge Jackman’s Illegitimate Son, Big Kim Hays, “never saw the appeal” of Ember Moon. “Her mic skills are bad and her in-ring skills are sloppy.” Ember takes the mic to say she is appalled at the audacity for someone to say that! She has worked for 14 years, gone around the world, and yet this “stupid grown man-baby keyboard warrior” thinks he can tell her how to do her job?! She is out here living a dream! She is out here supporting her family! Ember wants him to know this, he should just kiss her cast.

But Alexa has one coming up. Sniper Riffle 123 What? thinks “Alexa Bliss sucks. She’s awful. She’s not a wrestler, she’s just a pretty face.” Well “pretty face” is a compliment. But to the rest of that, most people thinks she doesn’t deserve to be here, she didn’t pay her dues. Um, she trained her entire life as a gymnast, track star, kickboxer, softball player, cheerleader, all for multiple national titles, is one of the youngest people to get a pro card in bodybuilding, spent 40 hours a week in the gym, training hard as possible. She respects everyone’s backgrounds, but fans don’t think she deserves to be here because she wasn’t wrestling in some backyard? In front of dozens? She was wrestling in front of thousands giving up on a typical childhood so she could be here. A pretty face got her in the door, her work ethic kicked it down. No one can take that from her!

Renee adds that this guy must not have seen that audition tape earlier tonight. Plus, that gift of gab! But that’s all for now! Booyaka booyaka Bliss 1 9! Get ready for the holidays!

 


 

My Thoughts:

A fun episode here, with Shatner being a great surprise guest star. I feel like Shatner didn’t know to complete Booker’s catchphrase, which was hilarious because Booker just had to stand there smiling until camera break. The Shatner themed Promo School was good stuff, I am glad Christian went Shatner “singing” with his, though he could’ve chosen something with more to say. I would’ve loved Christian Shatner covering Baron Corbin’s or The Miz’s. But then we wouldn’t have gotten Christian as Mr. Rogers.

I didn’t realize Ember and Alexa were such good pals in reality, so it was good to also see some chemistry from them. It was also great to hear the origin story of Alexa in the WWE and teaming with Nikki. Also that audition tape, yowza! Bringing up After the Bell and Paige’s comments about not getting Evolution 2019 and the following discussion, I am all with them on that. I get things were pretty crammed for Fall both this year and last year, but maybe Clash of Champions can disappear and let that be Evolution’s time slot. WWE hasn’t taken enough time to get the women’s tag divisions and midcard going, but they should! It would be something that helps WWE get back up in the eyes of the total fandom, which is something WWE badly needs with AEW hitting hard week after week in all areas. But it’s still Vince at the top, so we can only hope.


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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

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Picture credit: Kaito Kiyomiya, Weekly Pro


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