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Mitchell’s Raw Talk Report! (10/26/20)

Raw Talk with Elias!

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After seeing the aftermath of Hell in a Cell and learning much about Survivor Series 2020, The Drifter, The Fella, and the #SexyMuscleFriends are here for some Raw Talk!

 

Charly Caruso and R-Truth welcome us back!

#CharTruth is still here, even after the wild last few days! How is Truth doing? Good, especially after his hands have been full with the title. But he was tired of running and hiding, he was scoping out his competition. But he still had to run. He used to do that. Used to is a rooster from Brewster. Punky Brewster? Um, sure. Charly congratulates Truth retaining the title. But the chase continues, because that’s how the 24/7 487 7/11 I-95 South European Television Championship goes. Everyone wants a title, of course. The WWE World Championship has changed has as Randy Orton becomes the 14-time champion. He’s coming up on Ric Flair! Will he get there? Who knows. But someone Flair isn’t dealing with his The Fiend! He was so scary! Charly and Truth do not want any part of that.

Orton knew the Fiend was there, but he had a choice. Face the Fiend or fight with McIntyre? He chose McIntyre. Lesser of two evils or what? Orton and McIntyre were fighting even as Raw went off the air. But the Fiend will not be left out for long. We’ll see how that plays out with Survivor Series coming up. A lot went into building those teams tonight, such as their guests. Charly knows their first guest has a lot to be happy about, such as his now NUMBER ONE album on iTunes!

Elias joins Raw Talk.

The Drifter revels in being #1, and Charly says it’s wild. They were watching it move up the whole night, and it started Raw as #2 but then shot up! It’s unbelievable. Elias wonders how they feel sitting with the #1 artist in the world. They love it! Truth asks, though. He has a cousin, Pretty Ricky, who has been trying to get signed. Can Elias help him out? Sure! They can talk after. Charly says Elias is great, willing to help out. Most would get egotistical being #1. Elias is on the mountain top, but he figures he can bring others up. How many people have walked with Elias, exactly? Elias isn’t sure the numbers, but to be #1 album in the world, that has to be a billion or something. Wow! Universal Truth, walk with Elias, simple as that.

Charly congratulates Elias on this accomplishment, but she does want to bring up someone who walked with Elias. Keith Lee beat him for a spot on Survivor Series. Elias says Keith cheated because he and Hardy used that music intro as a distraction! Ten out of ten times, if it’s straight up, Elias wins. Truth wants to take what he said back. Keith didn’t cheat. Didn’t Truth see it? Or was he too busy running away from those other guys? Charly wants to make it clear, it probably wasn’t Keith cheating but Hardy getting back at Elias. True, that’s a great point. But Elias is #1 on the charts, and #1 in whooping Hardy’s ass. Hardy hit him first, with a CAR! That is an ongoing investigation. But Elias has a lot going on, #1 in the world is good, though. But the disqualification at HIAC means there was no real winner. No, Elias won. Using a weapon in a match is a DQ, that’s a win!

Charly doesn’t mean to take anything away, but no pinfall or submission, surely this is going to continue. Elias says Hardy distracts him, Elias gets hit by that huge powerbomb, and then Hardy smashes Elias with a guitar. Two nights in a row! How many guitars will be ruined trying to settle this? Charly wants to see them play those, instead. Elias agrees, and Fender sponsors Elias so he’d rather play them. But people interrupt, try to run him over, Truth has to know a little bit about this. Charly says rockstars live wild lives with twists and turns. Elias says there’s a lot of that here. Truth wants to hear both sides of the story. Elias says he calls the album Universal Truth because he speaks the truth, to Truth! That’s a lot of truth going on. Amen.

Charly again congratulates Elias, and asks how to access that. If you don’t know how, living under a rock, get on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, find it, it’s #1 worldwide! Charly says Elias has done a great job promoting the album, and people love it. WWE will walk with Elias but it’s time to move on.

 

Dana Brooke and Mandy Rose join Raw Talk!

The Buff Blondes, the #SexyMuscleFriends, whatever their team name, the “Two Carmellas” are back. Truth, focus, this is Raw. Charly congratulates them on being Team Raw for Survivor Series, but there was a bit of confusion as to who was worthy. Adam Pearce and Pat Buck made it definite by naming them, as well as Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler. Well it makes sense. They’ve been working their butts off, and while they didn’t qualify like Lana did in the Fatal 4, the hard work pays off. It goes to show that their undefeated streak in 2v2 means something. Working butts off? Like glutes? Didn’t you see the Instagram posts? Yes, that was a test, and they passed.

But speaking of Lana and the qualifier, it’s shocking that she took the fifth and final spot. Hey, she won the match, she earned it. But the team has to be on the same page. Whatever this is with Lana, Nia and Shayna, they need to put that away. Nia and Shayna, too, for that matter. They’re WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions but still argue and all that. And they were arguing with Dana and Mandy, saying Mandy and Dana were joining them on the team, not the other way around. They are all a team now, and Lana “stealing” the win from Natty and then stealing a win in the Fatal 4, she really needs to step things up. So does it seem like Lana is just worrying more about herself and not Raw’s? That could be, but they hope note.

That goes for Nia and Shayna, too, that they need to want to work together. They always butt heads, it seems. This is a strong team, obviously, given Nia and Shayna, and then them. This is their passion, they want to succeed and are going to shine in this opportunity. Truth asks, “First time, shame on you. Second time, shame on me. Third time’s the charm.” Wait, Truth has the first and second times swapped. But whatever! How many times is Lana going through the table?! Lana was rather emotional the one time, she must be a mess now. She didn’t deserve this time. That’s Dana’s point! This team isn’t working together at all. Well they have a month before Survivor Series, so what do they need to do? Strategize, unite, and put this aside, whatever it is. Raw has had wins in Survivor Series, but specifically for Dana and Nia, they always seem to survive. Maybe that happens again.

Truth suggests a huddle, a pow-wow. Exactly. Lana might want to do a TikTok but maybe they can get her to focus. Charly asks them that being a successful team, Nia and Shayna being champions, will they be able to coexist with those titles out there? Dana is confident she can. This is the task at hand. There’s short term goals and long term goals. The short term is Survivor Series, then the titles are next. That’s a great way to think about that. Truth would’ve put it that way, too. But maybe mix it up? Yes, that’s true. Charly says they love having these two on, and maybe next time, they’ll have the gold! That’s the plan!

 

Sheamus joins Raw Talk!

The Fella is still sore from his fight with Matt Riddle, and hydrating with plain water. Sheamus feels like he was in a car crash, but he got through the other side and is now on Team Raw. It was well earned, but not easy. He, AJ Styles and Keith Lee will be joined by two others, but how is he feeling just knowing those two? Ever since Sheamus came to the WWE, he’s always made it about Sheamy. He does like that Keith and Styles are buffers for him, because it doesn’t matter who SmackDown has, he’ll be the sole survivor. He’s been here since 2009, he wanted to be Intercontinental Champion on SmackDown, but it seems the “powers that be” didn’t want him becoming the most decorated superstar in WWE history. Now he’s on Raw, doing what he does best: getting into wars with people and winning. Survivor Series won’t be any different.

So he wants to use Survivor Series to propel himself to being the most decorated superstar ever? Only if someone gives him that IC title. But as he’s said, since he came back, people have been asking for “Too Many Limes,” so he promises that when he becomes the first ever ULTIMATE Grand Slam champion, that music will be the only thing playing over every single speaker intercom in the building. That’s who Sheamy is. Truth likes that. Charly brings up Matt Riddle and the tension between them. Was there any doubt that Sheamus would capture that win? Never. The whole world just saw how tough Riddle is. Riddle’s a bro with flip flops and all that. Not sure how hygienic that is with bare feet. People are putting foot powder all over after he’s done.

But Sheamus knows Riddle is tough, and he loves bringing out that other side of others. Big E, Kofi, Jeff Hardy, Matt Riddle, that’s what he does. Win, lose, what matters is the battle. That’s what it’s been since day one. Tough as nails! So Survivor Series, that will be here before we know it and Sheamus will have his work cut out for him alongside Styles and Keith. Charly thanks Sheamus for being here. Sheamus wants to bring up Charly’s weird shirt being two colors like that, it’s throwing him off. Well that’s it for Raw Talk, see you next week!


My Thoughts:

This was a pretty good episode, but went a bit faster than I thought. For one, not a lot of time in between guests for Truth and Charly to talk, but WWE always seems so adamant in sticking to a time constraint when it should be more loose about this stuff. Raw Talk and the returning Talking Smack will never be as great as original Talking Smack if they’re so strict about this stuff. Elias was alright, but he stuck to the same things for his motivations against Hardy. No tease of a battle of the bands? C’mon, Elias. Dana and Mandy were good, but it felt like it was mostly Dana talking for the #SexyMuscleFriends. They did do a great job framing the women’s team for Raw, though. I wouldn’t mind seeing at least one segment where the five sit down, with the intention of just talking it out and not fighting. Obviously it can devolve into fighting, but it should start out calm, much like a talk show or contract signing segment.

Sheamus had a good segment, and I like that he wasn’t really Heel or Face about his run in the WWE. He loves to fight, he can bring the fight, he and Riddle definitely did that and he even gave Riddle some respect that even commentary pretends like there isn’t. I was hoping Raw Talk would give Sheamus time to talk about his Survivor Series partners, and even theorize who is going to join them. Sheamus has been around 11 years, he has to have an idea of who would make for good tag partners. We didn’t see Strowman at all, so maybe he’s in? Plus, the physical man power of Sheamus, Strowman and Keith, that’s an incredible team.

And as Sheamus brought up, he really has done just about everything in the WWE. Three-time WWE Champion, as in the title of the company. Three-time World Heavyweight (Big Gold Belt) Champion, two-time US Champion. He and Cesaro as The Bar were five-time tag team champions, four of which were on Raw, putting them in the same club of having held both Raw and SmackDown titles as The New Day (and now Street Profits). He was King Sheamus back in 2010, he was the Royal Rumble winner in 2012, and was Mr. Money in the Bank 2015, who successfully cashed in at that.

He’s even a four-time Slammy Award winner, two of which were serious (Breakout Star in 2009 and Greatest Feat of Strength 2012), and two of which were more like Razzies (Wrestler Most in Need of Make-Up 2010 and Outstanding Achievement for Resembling a Muppet 2011). But if Sheamus were to be traded back to SmackDown, and he were to beat Sami Zayn (or whoever will have it) to finally get that Intercontinental Championship, that’d be amazing for Sheamus to be THE most decorated superstar ever. Not Cena or The Rock, who aren’t even Grand Slam Champions (Cena is missing IC, Rock is missing US, and neither were KOTR), but Sheamus. Only Edge would have more: both the WWE and Big Gold Belt world championships, the IC and the US (though the US was apparently still the WCW title at the time?), all the tag titles available at the time, as well as KOTR 2001, two-time Mr. MITB and a Royal Rumble win, on top of his 2012 Hall of Fame induction. And y’know what? I think Sheamus deserves it.


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(NOAH) NOAH WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.182 ~ 8TH AUGUST 2022

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!

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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.

ELSEWHERE IN NOAH

– 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).

EVENT RECAPS AND POST MATCH INTERVIEWS

  • 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

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

 

THIS WEEK IN NOAH

(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.

HAYATA UK APPEARANCES

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.

BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES 

Wednesday, August 10th: Yasutaka Yano (22)

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

LINKS

“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”

AKITOSHI SAITO’S N-1 EVALUATION

Takashi Sugiura

Jack Morris

Masato Tanaka

Hideki Suzuki

Anthony Greene

Masa Kitamiya

Masaaki Mochizuki

Kazuyuki Fujita

Satoshi Kojima

BOOK CORNER

“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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NOAH WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.181 ~ 29TH JULY 2022

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!

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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.

OPEN THE TRIANGLEGATE Update

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.

ELSEWHERE 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.

EVENT RECAPS AND POST MATCH INTERVIEWS

  • 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

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

THIS WEEK IN NOAH

(August 2022 schedule)

  • SUNNY VOYAGE 2022

Saturday, July 30th

Venue: Act City Hamamatsu, Shizuoka

Start: 18:00 JST

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

  • MIDSUMMER CLASH 2022

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.

LINKS

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

AKITOSHI SAITO’S N-1 EVALUATION

El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Junior

Masakatsu Funaki

BOOK CORNER

“DONMAI, DONMAI” – Mitsuharu Misawa’s diary

27th January 2006 added

With thanks to: Metal NOAH

GIF taken from WrestleUniverse


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