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Mitchell’s WWE Backstage Report! (1/14/20)

The Usos go Backstage!



WWE Backstage 2020

Down since! Day One Ish!

Uce! OH! Jimmy & Jey Uso are back, and now they’re Backstage! What will they have to say about cousin Roman Reigns and the rivalry with King Corbin?


Renee Young runs down the schedule.

Freddie Prinze Jr. heads to Promo School and the Satin Sheet is fresh with new contract news. Plus, the special guests Jimmy & Jey bring the Bloodline backstage! That and more on another episode of WWE Backstage!


A new face joins the panel!

Well, two technically. But special guest, Promo School student and former WWE writer Freddie Prinze Jr. aside, the new panelist superstar is Xavier Woods of the New Day! Woods plugs UpUpDownDown, his personal Twitch channel, and more as he joins Renee, Booker T and Ember Moon. Woods knows Booker things he’s no coming back, but he’s walking around just fine! FPJ recalls meeting with management, first meeting Stephanie McMahon before Vince and was given a great run. The schedule is “more man than I am,” and FPJ had to tag out when fatherhood came calling, but he wouldn’t have traded that time for anything.

Time for #JustTheHighlights!

First on SmackDown: John Morrison made an impact when he parkour collided with Big E to help Miz win! Ramblin’ Rabbit was trying to be a rat and got got for it! Braun Strowman made sure Shinsuke Nakamura #GotTheseHands, but the Monster Among Men is still one step away from that title match. And in a GLORIOUS Return, Robert Roode helped wreck Roman Reigns and the Usos to save King Corbin and Dolph Ziggler.

Then on Raw: Lana lashed out at Liv Morgan with some liquid courage to the face! That also helped Bobby Lashley Spear Rusev and win, but now things are going to get nasty in a Mixed Tag Match! The Man and Empress put down ink on a contract, but then Asuka spat venomous mist into Becky’s face! Becky vows to go down swinging and to take Asuka with her. R-Truth had the biggest misunderstanding yet, and decided to undeclare from the Royal Rumble. That didn’t stop the reigning, defending, undisputed WWE World Champion from giving Truth an F5! Nor did it stop Mojo Rawley taking the WWE 24/7 Championship away. And just as it looked like The Monday Night Messiah would go down in the first-ever Fist Fight, Buddy Murphy would becoming the first disciple!

The panel discusses the week.

On the point of Murphy joining Rollins and his faction, Ember Moon loves it! She is tired of Murphy on a losing streak because of how talented he is in all fields. This is the evolution of Murphy from losing streak to the new ace in Rollins’ faction. Booker likes “the wub,” and Woods thought Kevin Owens going Sonic the Hedgehog off the quarter pipe was insane. Woods couldn’t believe Kevin made the jump! Moon also liked Samoa Joe in that entire segment, such as the blind senton off the stage! FPJ and Booker compared the pipe spot as “Hot Wheels,” but it was more like a bunch of cement mixers or firetrucks that wouldn’t ever make the loop.

Moving to Asuka getting the drop on Becky, and Becky’s fiery promo response, this build is going good to Booker. The mist must’ve been water based, though, because it cleaned up quick. The rivalry as a whole is great, Asuka put herself on the map the moment she was in NXT with her Goldberg-level streak. Becky isn’t just a boss, she’s The Man, and this is going to be explosive in Houston. FPJ loves Asuka, too, because it is so old school it is new again. Asuka has embraced this on a next level thing, using her Japanese to spit fire, and FPJ would love if someone translated. Funaki, where are you?! But the point being, Asuka is a legit obstacle for Becky’s steamroller run. Woods adds that this has finally brought back the dangerous side of Asuka that some may have forgotten since leaving NXT.

Moon as one who faced Asuka, that was one from even before the WWE that Moon knew could hit hard. Asuka was a monster in NXT, she’s finally back to being a monster on Raw. And if Moon could make the decision, it’d be Asuka’s win to steal the show and get the buzz again, as well as help Becky move into a new phase. FPJ says that is a breath of fresh air, too. Also Woods wants Kairi to have the umbrella to shield Asuka. Booker just hopes it doesn’t overshadow whatever he’d be doing.

Renee brings up a quick tweet: VSW aka Champion Myzter calling out Woods because he “almost looks like Pinky from Next Friday.” That gets a great laugh from the panel, and Booker jokes that Woods is glowing like Naomi.


“Welcome! To the Uso! Penitentiary!”

The first tag team to have held both the Raw and SmackDown Tag Team Championships in their careers, Jimmy & Jey are here! Woods gets crunk listening to the theme song! He says hey to his favorite rivals as they get up on set but Jey warns him, “Watch that Achilles tho!” Jimmy and Jey take their seats and high five everyone. Woods is proud that they’re “out here beating cases!” More on that later… Renee wants to know what it’s like to work with their cousin, Roman, again. What you mean, Renee? They came back without missing a beat. And back to Usos VS New Day, they had amazing matches. What were some standout moments? Jimmy stops a high-five to bring up the first tag team Hell in a Cell they did, and Usos beat the hell outta New Day. Woods isn’t as pumped for that moment, he got cuffed and kendo smacked, he still has scars. But it was a big paycheck either way!

Renee likes the rap battle between Usos and New Day, but again Woods isn’t so pumped for that one. Wonder why? It was fun, though. Backstage shares highlights, such as the Hell in a Cell beating. Where are the New Day highlights beating Usos? That aside, Woods speaks to the chemistry between all five men. They were all on the same wavelength immediately and making tag team magic. That was a win for everyone. And it wasn’t even supposed to run that long, but it was magic. After that roll, fans were on board, because even Booker knows, tag team wrestling was legit back in the day. That magic was great. Big ups to the Nasty Boys for Harlem Heat.

Moon admits she was glued to the TV watching those matches. The one-upping just kept going, and they even went, “What do we do now?” And that’s when each team went, “I’ll do all yo stuff, you do all my stuff!” And in the end, it is about the titles. Booker & Stevie Ray, 10-time tag champs, but he’s confident the New Day and Usos will both get there some day. But what most of all stood out to Booker given the Houston history? Booker remembers sitting with them and Rikishi, it was already “graduating” time after 8 months, they were that good! Moon came in a baby girl, but now she’s a grown woman. No one knew who they were going to be, but it was Booker who helped mold them. Booker knew they would be the new era of the Samoan bloodline, and he feels like a proud father in his own right.

Renee wants to know how things were introduced for the first time. They were talking names, and then Moon met them at “Christmas Chaos.” Footage is found and Moon can’t believe it! She was an elf, the Usos were in military gear, but the name was still in question. They walk out the curtain, the music hits, and… “C’mon down the aisle… Yin and Yang, along with… Trouble!” Well okay then. Booker says it was because of the Yin Yang Twins, since the Usos are twins. Renee is glad to see that Reality of Wrestling footage still exists. Woods knows Booker was feeling it in that moment, though. The funny thing was, no one knew who was Yin and who was Yang. But “Trouble” became Moon’s name because Booker, the first time Moon snuck down there, “You ain’t nothing but Trouble.” Holding out the name was great, too.

Shifting gears, the Usos being off TV because of a certain public incident, what did the Usos learn about themselves? They both know everyone else knows how rough road life can be. There’s so much put into everything, and things can go out of control, that’s what happened. Booker knows you can lose everything you worked so hard for in an instance. And when you’re at your lowest, the only way to get up is to get back to your roots. Samoan culture is about family and food. If you don’t eat, you’re still gonna eat because it’s disrespectful. Jey remembers a lady being surprised he had a family. There was no way getting around the kids finding the trouble that happened online, so they had to reassess because of that. They need to be accountable but not let those moments define them, either. Booker knows that, too, and is proud of the Usos of keeping it together.

The Usos are ready to stick around, what more will they have to say about everything in the WWE?


Women can (Royal) Rumble, too!

Even before the Women’s Royal Rumble match, women in the WWE were invading the Men’s Royal Rumble match! Chyna in 1999 AND 2000, Beth Phoenix in 2010, Kharma/Awesome Kong in 2012 and Nia Jax last year in 2019! Will we see another shocking female face in this year’s Men’s Rumble?


Wrestling with Your Feelings, with Rachel Bonnetta.

This week is Rachel’s first double session with both Fire & Desire, Sonya Deville & Mandy Rose. Rachel needs clarification, which is Fire and which is Desire? Sonya’s the fire, Mandy’s the desire. Got it. Thought it was the other way around… But a lot of women on the roster think they’re bullies. Bullies? Bullies. Sonya wants to know who! Mandy cools Sonya off, hence why she is fire. Mandy politely asks to know who those women calling them bullies are. Sorry, doctor-patient confidentiality. Sonya defends that they are not bullies, they are the vigilantes of the women’s division. Ember Moon rots her brain away, so Sonya broke her gaming system to free her from it. Wow, she did that? That is definitely bully behavior. Sonya laughs, Rachel laughs, and then Sonya gets mad that Rachel laughed. Just because Sonya laughed at something doesn’t mean Rachel can just join in.

Mandy laughs as Sonya takes Rachel’s notebook. Rachel grabs the book back and Sonya gets mad, saying Rachel hit her. You wanna go? Sonya throws another book then tears up a tissue box. Then she grabs the little statue, but puts it down because it’s actually cool. Rachel says they should leave. Sonya keeps teasing Rachel so Rachel decides she’ll leave! Mandy tries to get Sonya to stop but Sonya chases after Rachel, so Mandy has to chase after Sonya.

The panel discusses Fire & Desire.

Renee thinks that was pretty rude, and hopes Rachel was compensated for that session. Moon is laughing, even after what Sonya did to her Switch. Sonya just doesn’t understand nerd culture.

But to the story involving Fire & Desire on SmackDown, the courtship of Mandy Rose by Otis Dozovic! Is this the WWE’s best modern romance? DO we want to see Otis get the girl? Moon says Otis is the People’s Champion right now. He has charisma, the promo skills, and “dat belly.” The cake stuff was rather wild for Renee. But Woods says that eating all those sweets, you get cavities. And the perfect time to go to the dentist is “Tooth Hurty.” Renee can’t believe he did that joke.

Back to the story, Moon is happy to see Mandy and Sonya are in a story like this, because the two have so much depth outside of just being a tag team and being snobby, Moon wants to see this happen. Will Otis get the girl in time for Valentine’s Friday in February?


The Kansas City Chiefs shout out WWE!

As Thom Abraham tweeted, “Eric Fisher going all Stone Cold on the Texans!” That is to say, beer bath! “And that’s the bottom line, cuz Stone Cold said so!” Renee says “Aw hell yeah!” And it makes for a great segue to the next segment.


It’s time for Promo School!

Renee, Booker, “Yin, Yang and Troooouble” are the judges tonight for the Hollywood leading man and former WWE writer, Freddie Prinze Jr! FPJ is on stage as the genius behind Promo School. It ain’t a claim, but a fact, and there are people here who can attest to that. He taught the promo class, but no one really wanted to show up. Two of them being the Usos, and then eventually The Miz. Miz didn’t understand what FPJ would teach him about acting. Well sure, he may not be Robert Downey Jr, but RDJ don’t care about them like FPJ do. And that’s where it all began!

Renee lets FPJ know how we do this here. He’ll give a promo, they’ll give him a grade from A to F. FPJ has never gotten an F in his life. Booker wants to give some advice, about being relatable. The Usos know FPJ can talk trash out the mouth, but make sure to have it in your face. But also, feel it from the heart. And Moon’s advice isn’t anything FPJ hasn’t heard, since FPJ is a great actor. She still has a soft spot for his Freddy from Scooby-Doo. But while they could introduce his “opponent” tonight, someone else is here who can do a better job. It’s THE NEW DAY! Big E kicks it off with AWWWWW~ WWE Backstaaage~! Don’t you dare be sour! Clap for your Menace on the Mic, your Doctor of Defenestration, your Prince of Promos, and the man that’s gonna slap you up up to take you down down, and FEEL~ the POWER~! This gon be a bloodbath, blood ‘n’ guts! Deader than your acting career, with chalk outlines!

Yes, of course, the opponent is Xavier Woods! #WatchThatAchilles. But Woods is feeling it either way. FPJ starts off. “It figures they’d send you. They know it’s tough.” FPJ has been working against this company, so of course they’d send Woods to shut him up, beat him up and shut him down. But this is a lose-lose situation. Beating FPJ does what? He beat up a 40-year-old retired teen heartthrob from the 90’s. Congrats. You’re no Stephen Amell, but still. And if Woods loses or makes a mistake, he is forever the man who lost to the man from Scooby-Doo. And that is not a loss you ever walk away from, like a Scarlet Letter you rip of and shout “This doesn’t define me!” It is a stain that makes Lady Macbeth blush.

But FPJ is glad they sent him, because he wants Woods to join him! Join FPJ and take all of this over! Woods may look at FPJ like he’s crazy, but he’s not lying. They could take over Backstage! FPJ is more Renee than Renee! Woods is more Moon than Moon! And this could be their show! Who would take it from them? Samoa Joe? He was only here because he was bored and injured. Joe is healthy and busy. And FPJ hears everyone through the camera chanting, “CM Punk!” but that guy works less for WWE than Lesnar does. FPJ is not worried about them. Woods can join FPJ and Woods can cut the quickest promo ever in just one word. Woods is great, but he created something “nothing less than a miracle,” and instead of giving him power, WWE put a leash on UUDD! FPJ can offer Woods the power. Who do you think bought up all the stock? Who who who? Who is crazy enough to pull off as something as insane as this? FPJ is not his enemy but his friend. Just say yes. FPJ offers his hand, but Woods doesn’t take it.

The judges give their grades. Booker says that was a Jedi mind trick to try and spare himself from Woods. That was a C-, though, because it was a risky move. Renee went with B+ for being creative, but also FPJ attacked her. Hey, FPJ gonna talk smack. The Usos both liked that, it was a journey going from good guy to the devil. Jimmy as “lower case” A! Jey says uppercase B! That was some real stuff, but there was a level he kept that he should’ve gone up. Moon says she loved it, but it was a bit long, only because it was the first time anyone tried something like that here. Moon says A-! Booker is disappoint. But now, Woods gives the retaliation!

FPJ re-offers the handshake and Woods plays along. “You think that I’m the kind of guy that needs a guy like you?” Woods’ answer is HELL NO. And because they come from different places. FPJ had a silver spoon in his mouth. He flashes a smile, he gets on the TV and stage, because he’s talented. Woods didn’t get that. He got doors slammed in his face, he got told he is too small, never good enough. But he turned it into two undergraduate degrees, a Masters and “a breath away from a PhD,” all while becoming a 7-time W, W, E, World, Tag, Team, CHAMPION~! And he tore his Achilles, yes, but his brain has made him busier these last 6 months than FPJ in the past 6 YEARS!

So here’s some advice to FPJ so he does better next time: “When Fox calls you up and you pick up, so excited, and they say, ‘Hey, we want you back for another Promo School because you’re the guy that invented it,’ the one thing you need to ask, the one thing you need to say, is, ‘Make sure I don’t go against Xavier Woods.'” Because if he does, Woods won’t be as nice as he was just now. WOO! Booker wants to give Woods an A. But now that the promos are over, even Woods admits FPJ was incredible. Will FPJ be back to teach some more lessons?


The Miz responds to Promo School.

Via his official Twitter, “Bravo. Best Promo School ever. Freddie VS Xavier Woods.”


CM Punk will return to Backstage!

Next week, as part of the homestretch to the Royal Rumble, the Voice of the Voiceless returns to voice his opinion again! What will that opinion be?


The Satin Sheet is back!

Ryan Satin has a new haircut and some New Years new contract news! We can confirm that Elias is still with the WWE for another multi-year deal, so that we can walk with him for the foreseeable future. Plus, the WWE Performance Center has the new recruits in, and Mercedes Martinez is back! And get this: she’ll be in the NXT Women’s Battle Royal this Wednesday! Will Mercedes go from signee to #1 contender in one night?


A new segment debuts: Headbangers!

We have the Usos VS “Team Achilles” with FPJ and Booker T as the officiators. The Usos go up first, but no it isn’t arm-wrestling. The game is one partner puts the card on their forehead, and there will be a name of a WWE superstar on it. The other partner gives clues as to who that person is for their partner to guess. Jey takes the cards and Jimmy will give clues. Ready, go! Oh wait, Jey had the card upside-down. Flip it over, and this is easy: eyebrow. The Rock! Boom! Next: the swagger. Razor Ramon! BOOM! Third: the laugh, “Everybody’s gotta price!” Million Dolalr Man, Ted DeBiase! BOOM! Fourth: dance moves. Papa Rikishi! BOOM! Fifth: pumping the arms. Ultimate Warrior! BOOM! Sixth: the arm gesture. Bret Hart! BOOM! Seventh: Finger guns. Cactus Jack! BOOM! 7 points! While it doesn’t count, they do try to get an eighth superstar in. Jimmy does the Catholic cross then jumps, but Jey thinks it’s RVD. But then realizes it’s Shane McMahon.

Moving on, now it is Team Achilles’ turn. Woods takes the cards to do the guessing. He believes in Moon. First up, “OOOH YEAH~!” Randy Savage! BOOM! Second: Moon struggles but remembers beer bath. Stone Cold. BOOM! How could she forget Stone Cold? Third: “Uhhhh… Pass.” Dude Love. Fourth: “It’s the HOOOO Train~!” Godfather! BOOM! Fifth: Upside-down but “DAMN.” Ron Simmons. Technically right but not perfect. Time’s up! The Usos win! Well twin magic does it again. How good would you have done? That’s all for tonight’s episode, make sure to tune in again next week!



My Thoughts:

Man, this was probably the funniest, most entertaining episode yet! Woods joining the panel was great because of his natural charisma. The Usos and Freddie Prinze Jr. were amazing guests to have, and I did not know FPJ used to be a WWE writer. I loved learning the origins of the Usos down in Reality of Wrestling, everyone was cracking up, including me. FPJ did amazing in Promo School, that was like a story from an alternate universe and it was great. Especially Woods playing off it in his. I definitely would’ve given FPJ an A. And if I was actually giving scores to WWE Backstage, I might give this one the highest score of them all so far. Maybe not as high as an NXT or AEW Dynamite episode, but definitely in the high 8’s.

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More From Japan


After a rare live stop in the UK for HAYATA (which Hisame was present for), she informs us of all the NOAH happenings leading towards the N-1 Victory!





HAYATA defends the GHC Junior against Shuji Kondo in Japan and Chris Ridgeway in England

In a brutal match which combined speed vs strength, and technical ability vs psychological warfare, HAYATA succeeded in defending the title against Shuji Kondo in the main event of DEPARTURE 2022 on the 5th August. It was by no means an easy fight, Kondo possessed the size and the strength that HAYATA did not, and so HAYATA had to find a way round him, which he did by too capitalizing on the element of surprise, which was the strategy that Shuji Kondo was also aiming for. In the end, he won by The Headache after 19 minutes and 3 seconds. Backstage, HAYATA said that since he was fighting Chris Ridgeway on the 7th July, why not make it a title match?

The second GHC Junior title match (and HAYATA’S 5th defense) took place at The Portland Centre in Nottingham only about (and maybe not even) forty-eight hours after defending against Kondo. WrestleCarnival (the promotion hosting the title match), followed NOAH’s traditions by playing the theme music for the title and showing the gallery of champions. For the newer fans, each belt, even the newer GHC National, have their own title music. Ridgeway vs HAYATA was STINGER vs STINGER with the atmosphere of the venue changing radically to a NOAH show. The match was a vicious technical fight, with very much Yoshinari Ogawa psychology (not just submissions, but amazing reversals i.e. Ridgeway catching HAYATA mid flight and turning the move into an ankle lock), which was very much Match Of The Year quality. HAYATA succeeded in defending the title with The Headache. Afterwards, they shook hands.

You will be able to view the match on WrestleUniverse in due course.

Yoshiki Inamura Fire Festival

Yoshiki Inamura’s summer peaked when finishing the highest in his block, he went on to the Fire Festival 2022 finals against Daisuke Sekimoto. Sekimoto has been both a tag partner and a rival of Inamura, and so this was Inamura’s chance to both show him how much he has grown and also overcome a senior. Sadly, Inamura was not successful in his attempt.

The GHC Junior Tag Championship: A tale of a stolen belt, duct tape and a sneak win

While HAYATA was defending his belt against Shuji Kondo and then heading off to face Chris Ridgeway, Yoshinari Ogawa had his own championship problems, as Eita is still parading around with the GHC Junior Tag belt. Eita is even going to far as to proclaim himself as the GHC Junior Tag Champion, have official pictures taken with the belt, and say all his singles matches in DragonGate were championship matches. No wonder at DEPARTURE 2022, Yoshinari Ogawa came out looking grim and holding a chair which he swung at Perros Del Mal De Japon. Kotaro Suzuki, who was at ringside seconding, was taped to the corner post by Yuya Susumu and Kai Fujimura, as Ogawa chased Eita around over the belt.

Kotaro was later freed from his duct tape prison, and used as a missile by NOSAWA Rongai, as he still had his arms taped down. The match was “won” by young Kai Fujimura, who Ogawa threw over NOSAWA, after he dodged thanks to Eita showboating with the belt, and who had hit NOSAWA in the face. Ogawa once again was not successful in getting his tag belt back, as after a tug-of-war over it, Eita ran off.

N-1 Victory 2022 change: Timothy Thatcher out, Kinya Okada in

Due to Visa issues, Timothy Thatcher was announced by Naomichi Marufuji, to have pulled out of the N-1 VICTORY 2022. Marufuji admitted that there were seniors to take his place, himself included if he so wished (he didn’t because of just coming back from a knee operation), but he wanted to see NOAH’s younger generation take that slot, and therefore a match was arranged between Kinya Okada and Yoshiki Inamura at DEPARTURE on Friday 5th August. If anyone was going to have that slot, Kinya Okada vowed it would be him. He and Yoshiki Inamura were the same age and contemporaries, both from the same class and the same generation of NOAH, but whereas Inamura seemed to have all the advantages – Fire Festival, title matches, and even main evening, Okada (whose career had suffered from a couple of early injuries), was in the opening match and losing constantly. This was his chance to catch up and fought like never before, and overcame his friend/rival. Kinya Okada will therefore enter this years N-1 VICTORY 2022 in Timothy Thatcher’s place (B Block). His first match will be on August 11th against Masakatsu Funaki.

Hiroshi Hase to take part in Mutoh’s retirement road?

As Governor of Ishikawa Prefecture, Hiroshi Hase usually makes an appearance when NOAH are in town. Normally his participation involves opening the show, presenting a gift to the winner of the main event (etc), but on the 31st July he not only chopped Kendo Kashin, and chugged beer with Kazuyuki Fujita, and made Keiji Mutoh a tourism ambassador for the region (Naomichi Marufuji fulfils the same role for Saitama), he also said he would like to take part in Keiji Mutoh’s retirement road, although at first he didn’t think he would be able to as he didn’t think the people of the prefecture would approve. Hase, who has been retired since 2018, admitted he needed to get back in the ring and do some training. NOAH have announced nothing as of yet.

Kenoh names his new move, “Enrin”

Kenoh has named his double knee attack moonsault, “Enrin”, which basically means flaming circle. He says that flames are a good look for him. The name was chosen following a public poll on Kenoh’s twitter

Kenoh WBC?

Following an appearance by El Hijo Del Santo in NOAH and Kenoh as usual squaring up to him, (plus a very funny shoving spot behind Tadasuke as he talked to the camera), it appeared that El Hijo Del Santo issued a challenge to Kenoh, over his belt. Kenoh said that had never heard any belt by that name, except in boxing, but would be happy to take him on, anytime and anywhere.

Naomichi Marufuji returns, dates in America

Naomichi Marufuji made his return to NOAH at DEPARTURE 2022, teaming with Go Shiozaki and Takashi Sugiura against Daiki Inaba, Masato Tanaka and Satoshi Kojima. The match (despite it’s N-1 fight between Sugiura, Shiozaki, Tanaka and Kojima), was won by Go Shiozaki. On the 28th August, he will go to New York to face Eddie Kingston at House of Glory Wrestling. There will also be a further date in America in November for  King of The Indies 2022.

Tadasuke injured

Tadasuke has been injured with nasal bone fractures, and will therefore miss (probably) the next three NOAH shows, which includes Osaka and Hiroshima, places very special to him.

“Camel Kobayashi”

KENTA revealed in his autobiography, “Footsteps”, that his ring name was very almost “Camel Kobayashi”. This was because he was teased by his seniors as they thought he looked like a camel, and it was Naomichi Marufuji, who suggested the name! KENTA says that it was because of this nickname that Satoru Asako defeated him with the Camel Clutch, although this was not a move he usually did.


– Mohammed Yone described Funky Express as “this little old man army”. Saito told him that most definitely did not describe him. They might be aging. He wasn’t.

– Eita apparently said he was the “GHC Junior” champion by mistake once

– Shuhei Taniguchi actually trusted a Kendo Kashin handshake. Think about that for a moment.

– Naomichi Marufuji said that after drinking with Mitsuharu Misawa, they were both so drunk they each paid the taxi driver, so he got two fares. Takashi Sugiura said that Kinya Okada and Daisuke Harada, both have a tendency to wander off when drunk.

– When Kenoh was looking for a name for his moonsault, Naomichi Marufuji suggested “New double knee attack moonsault”. Kenoh didn’t even bother to respond.

– When Kaito Kiyomiya was teaming with El Hijo Del Santo and Ultimo Dragon, he and Alejandro did a double over the top rope somersault. This is not a usual Kiyomiya move, and he said he was inspired by his seniors.

– A TikTok account craze has swept NOAH. Pretty much everyone except STINGER and Kongoh it appears have created an account.

– Tadasuke’s camera corner was interrupted by a scuffle in the background between Kenoh, Kaito Kiyomiya, El Hijo Del Santo, Ultimo Dragon and Alejandro.

– Kaito Kiyomiya has a new feature on his YouTube channel, “Kiyo’s Kitchen” (I get the impression that “Kiyo” is his nickname within NOAH).


  • Midsummer Clash 2022 (Ishikawa Industrial Exhibition Hall No.3, Sunday July 31st)

Event recap

Post match interviews

  • Sunny Voyage 2022 (Act City Hamamatsu, Saturday July 30th)

Event recap

Post match interviews

  • DEPARTURE 2002 (Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Friday 5th August)

Event recap

Post match interviews




(August 2022 schedule)

NOAH will hold the press conference for the N-1 VICTORY 2022 at 4pm JST on Wednesday 10th August. This will be live and free to view as it will be streamed on YouTube.

  • N-1 VICTORY 2022

Thursday, August 11th

Start time: 16:00 JST

Venue: Yokohama Budokan

Broadcast: ABEMA (Live)WrestleUniverse (Live, English commentary)

Saturday, August 13th

Start time: 17:30 JST

Venue: EDION Arena Osaka 2nd Stadium

Broadcast: WrestleUniverse (Live)

Notes about broadcasts

– WrestleUniverse will have English commentary for all nights.

Unless you are living in Japan or have a VPN you know is compatible with ABEMA, please do not subscribe to the service. For fans living outside of Japan, a subscription to WrestleUniverse would be better as they show more NOAH shows than ABEMA, and usually the events get uploaded very quickly. ABEMA broadcasts are only in Japanese, you can only watch them live, and this is the only NOAH they show. They do not broadcast old shows as these belong to Samurai TV.


Saturday, August 13th: HAYATA – PROGRESS Wrestling (Sheffield)

Sunday, August 14th: HAYATA – PROGRESS Wrestling (Newcastle)

I am informed that PROGRESS have their own streaming service, but I am unsure as to whether the matches will be put on WrestleUniverse.


Wednesday, August 10th: Yasutaka Yano (22)

Friday, August 12th: Junta Miyawaki debut anniversary (5)


“Take it from me in the truest sense of the word”, Mutoh teaches Kiyomiya “The Mutoh Finishing Method” directly

Will Naomichi Marufuji never go bankrupt? When I asked the wrestlers about NOAH and the legendary heavy drinkers, there was surprising episodes….

Naomichi Marufuji, “I want to stand again as one of NOAH’s pillars” – press conference on the eve of his return for the first tine in two months

GHC Junior match signing ceremony: “I will create NOAH Junior’s brand”, Kondo declares comeback for the first time in none and a half years, HAYATA brands him as a “guy from the past”

Interview with El Hijo Del Santo towards NOAH War, Ultimo says about Kenoh, “I won’t let him lay a finger”


Takashi Sugiura

Jack Morris

Masato Tanaka

Hideki Suzuki

Anthony Greene

Masa Kitamiya

Masaaki Mochizuki

Kazuyuki Fujita

Satoshi Kojima


“Donmai, Donmai” – Mitsuharu Misawa’s diary

Akira Taue complains of someone snoring, he thinks it was probably Yoshinari Ogawa, but Mitsuharu Misawa admits it may also have been him.

PICTURE CREDITS: House of Glory (Naomichi Marufuji & Eddie Kingston), myself (HAYATA)

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With only a few weeks before the N-1 Victory tournament kicks off, NOAH is setting the stage and the Juniors are forever causing trouble!





Seiki Yoshioka joins the NOAH Junior Regulars

Following a singles match with Daisuke Harada at “STAR NAVIGATION 2022” (July 21st, Korakuen Hall), Seiki Yoshioka took Harada up on his offer to join the NOAH Junior Regulars. Yoshioka explained his decision as he had tried to get the GHC Junior Heavyweight belt by himself and had failed, so now he was going to try getting it working in tandem with people he had never teamed with before.

When it came to meet his new teammates, not everyone was initially happy with Daisuke Harada’s decision. Alejandro had no issue with it, Atsushi Kotoge put the past behind them and shook hands, but YO-HEY was a little more cautious, and naturally the same went for Seiki Yoshioka.

To set the scene for newer fans, Yoshioka and YO-HEY were in a unit called FULL THROTTLE together, which fell apart when Yoshioka kicked YO-HEY in the head and turned on the unit saying that expressions such as “Perron” (YO-HEY) and “Mui Bien” (Hajime Ohara) weren’t going to get him to the top of the NOAH Juniors and after kicking Hajime Ohara down, he joined with his old friends in STINGER. Since then, he and YO-HEY have been enemies. YO-HEY later said that Harada had made a decision, and basically he would abide by it and see how it went. The ice was broken a little at the NOAH Junior Twitter Space, and again the next day at their second one (NOAH seemed intent on replaying the first interview), but being in the ring and tagging together is the real show your true intentions as far as the NOAH Juniors go, and this is precisely what is going to happen on the 29th July when YO-HEY, Seiki Yoshioka and Daisuke Harada team together against STINGER. Yuya Susumu is not impressed by Yoshioka’s decision, asking if this is the path he chose on leaving them?

STINGER vs Perros Del Mal; A Tale of Two Tag Belts

Since Eita stole Yoshinari Ogawa’s tag belt, Ogawa has been on a long and fruitless quest to get it back. He almost succeeded at Korakuen Hall on the 22nd July, when he snatched the belt and went backstage during the match (leading to an unintentional but typical slightly funny moment of Yuya Susumu having to be the responsible one and sort things out), but PERROS chased him and grabbed the belt back. In the ring, Yoshinari Ogawa was taped to the ropes and forced to watch young Kai Fujimura forced to submit. HAYATA saved Ogawa from being beaten down by running into the ring and making PERROS scatter. Backstage, another fight broke out when Ogawa threw a plastic water bottle at PERROS and attempted to get the belt back. Eita declared it was his, and ran off with NOSAWA, as he clutched the belt to him. In fury, Ogawa threw a steel barrier. Fortunately, the other tag belt is safely in Chris Ridgeway’s possession. Eita warned him not to come back too quickly, he’s having too much fun beating up Ogawa.

“Not Misawa or Mutoh”

Kaito Kiyomiya says that despite the “Three Sacred Treasures” (as the Japanese sports press have named Keiji Mutoh’s gifts of The Shining Wizard. The Figure Four and The Dragon Screw), Kiyomiya at the moment has no intention of using them. He is grateful to Mutoh, but during the N-1 he wants to win as himself and find a move that is uniquely his. Kiyomiya believes that this final task from Keiji Mutoh, is Mutoh’s final gift to him.

Shuji Kondo’s mind games

Shuji Kondo declared that he would defeat HAYATA by using mind games. However, after their last pre match at Korakuen Hall on the 22nd July where Kondo had basically side stepped HAYATA, no sold him and then was not where HAYATA had anticipated he would be, HAYATA played his own mind games by offering Kondo a handshake and then attacking him, dodging Kondo he slid out of the ring and growled on the mic, “To be continued, August 8th, Korakuen Hall”.

N-1 VICTORY battlelines drawn up

The heavyweights are gearing up for the N-1 VICTORY, which means they go slightly wild like their junior counterparts.

Katsuhiko Nakajima says this will be his summer, and has already sparked with Kaito Kiyomiya, defeating him and throwing him from the ring at the last Korakuen.

Kenoh says he is aiming for Kazuyuki Fujita to avenge his GHC National loss, and of course to rid NOAH of what he terms “the old men”. Kenoh has also renamed the N-1, the K-1 as he believes it will come down to Masakatsu Funaki (GHC National Champion), Katsuhiko Nakajima (the winner of the league the past two years) and himself (the GHC Heavyweight Champion). Kenoh says he will win.

Go Shiozaki is aiming for Satoshi Kojima

Satoshi Kojima is looking to create his own record and be the first person to win a Grand Slam in league matches in New Japan, NOAH and All Japan.


Perros Del Mal De Japon retained the titles against HIGH END on July 21st, and have been challenged by M3K. This match will take place in Dragon Gate. However, NOSAWA Rongai has challenged YAMATO to a singles match which will take place in NOAH.


– Mohammed Yone said in a recent interview that before matches, he pumps up his ‘fro by about 10cm

– Pec flexing seems to have become a competition in NOAH as Satoshi Kojima does it with Kenoh and Katsuhiko Nakajima doing it in matches, and Kaito Kiyomiya demonstrating it to the crowd at one of the recent fan events.

– Katsuhiko Nakajima was asked if he where to have a girlfriend among the NOAH roster, who would it be? He said it would be himself.

– NOAH will go back to selling full seating for venues in September

– Fans are wondering when HAYATA is going to start talking like Kenoh!

– NOSAWA asked Masaaki Mochizuki (52), who was dressed in the baggy pants, t-shirts, shades and varsity jackets and floppy blonde hair reminiscent of 90s college boys, if he was a little old to be dressing that way? He added that Ryoto (Mochizuki’s son) didn’t really want to be dressing that way either.

– KENTA wrote in his biography a funny/embarrassing incident that took place in Hakodate when he and Kenta Kobashi were eating with some locals. Kobashi asked KENTA who was his favorite in a local band called “Judy and Mary”, did he like “Judy” or did he like “Mary”. While the locals suppressed their giggles as the band is a four piece and not a duo like Kobashi thought, KENTA (who himself was turning red at Kobashi trying to be hip) saved him further embarrassment and said “Judy”. It is probably better that Kobashi did not ask Jun Akiyama…

Another KENTA story was when he was injured during training for his debut due to an elbow to face by Makoto Hashi. Concerned, Mitsuharu Misawa came over and tilted KENTA’S head up to look. KENTA said he forgot the pain in his nose, as he was more worried about Misawa kissing him.


  • STAR NAVIGATION 2022 (Thursday July 21st, Korakuen Hall)

Event recap

Post match interviews

  • STAR NAVIGATION 2022 (Friday July 22nd, Korakuen Hall)

Event recap

Post match interviews



(August 2022 schedule)


Saturday, July 30th

Venue: Act City Hamamatsu, Shizuoka

Start: 18:00 JST

Broadcast: WrestleUniverse (broadcast on Tuesday 2nd August from 18:00 JST)


Sunday, July 31st

Venue: Ishikawa Industrial Exhibition Hall No. 3, Ishikawa

Start: 16:00

Broadcast: WrestleUniverse (broadcast on Wednesday 3rd August from 18:00 JST)

  • DEPARTURE 2022

Friday, August 5th

Start time: 18:30 JST

Venue: Korakuen Hall

Broadcast: WrestleUniverse (Live)

DEPARTURE celebrates NOAH’s birthday, which means that this year, NOAH will turn twenty two. Each year NOAH reaches this point is a miracle given the turbulent history of the promotion. Mitsuharu Misawa gave NOAH’s first ever show this name as a way of sticking up two fingers to All Japan as he had walked out with three of The Four Pillars, half of the roster, and most of their young talent, referees, office staff and eventually NOAH would even take All Japan’s TV spot.


A man named Kaito Kiyomiya

“Why did you start using “Kinniku Buster” in Pro Wrestling?” Mohammed Yone, “I wanted a special move to say “This is who I am”

Satoshi Kojima swears an early comeback for the N-1, will he exceed Mutoh in The Grand Slam & Three Promotions League Championship? 

Kenoh plans a N-1 Veteran “Spring Clean”, the number one target is Kazuyuki Fujita, the symbol of the old men

Neither Misawa or a copy of Mutoh! Kaito Kiyomiya talks about his N-1 Resolution

Fan Meeting 2022 – Saturday 23rd July

Fan Meeting 2022 – Sunday 24th July

Kaito Kiyomiya, who has inherited Keiji Mutoh’s special moves, will display a “New Kiyomiya at N-1”

From Cirque Du Soleil..the hidden “Real Face” of super unique wrestler Ninja Mack


El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Junior

Masakatsu Funaki


“DONMAI, DONMAI” – Mitsuharu Misawa’s diary

27th January 2006 added

With thanks to: Metal NOAH

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