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Mitchell’s Talking Smack Report! (10/10/20)

The Draft is all anyone can talk smack about!



WWE Talking Smack

It’s the Talking Smack Draft Special!

Just because the Draft started on SmackDown and ends on Raw doesn’t mean it can’t continue on Talking Smack! Learn more of who goes where!


Kayla Braxton and Sami Zayn host this 2020 WWE Draft edition of Talking Smack!

Kayla and the undisputed WWE Intercontinental Champion are excited for the WWE Draft and the coming Hell in a Cell PPV. And yes, Kayla has a new cohost. Sami gets the championship framed just right as she introduces him. It’s interesting being on the “same team” now, since she’s always so adversarial with him as a guest. Not that he’s pointing fingers or anything. But that’s all in the past! It feels good to get along. Is the title in the shot? Yes. But big things happened on the first night of the draft. First, one man who was after Sami’s title is now on Monday Night Raw. Oh no~! AJ Styles, the winner of the fraudulent tournament, is gone! Sami feels good about it. Sami wants to say he’ll be missed but he won’t. Good riddance! Kayla will miss Styles.

But someone who joined SmackDown is Seth Rollins, and he might want that title. Well Sami will worry about that when it happens. But yes, that was a jaw-dropper for even Sami. Rollins has been consistently on Raw since 2012. And it was the 2016 Draft that kept him there. It’s surreal to see Rollins with a SmackDown logo. Bayley and Sasha had an eventful Friday with their SmackDown Women’s Championship match, even though it didn’t end well. A disqualification, specifically. But at Hell in a Cell, inside the Cell, it will be the rematch! That’s crazy! Two of the best women who thrive under pressure. Now, Sasha’s been in the Cell, Bayley hasn’t. Then there’s the story of betrayal. They had monumental matches even back in NXT, but this is the biggest of all. Sami is excited as a fan to see this.

To keep rolling with news about the Women’s Division, tonight’s first guEST is the strongEST, the fastEST, the toughEST and all around BEST!

Bianca Belair joins Talking Smack!

The EST was Raw, now she’s SmackDown, and she has red and blue to match it all. Sami welcomes Bianca. Kayla confirms she changed from red lipstick to blue, and Bianca says it was only right. How does it feel to be Team Blue? She’s excited! Sami makes sure she’s closer to the mic. He’s just trying to help as a cohost. She thanks him, he’s very helpful. She is happy, eager and pleased to be on SmackDown. This is a great place for a lot of opportunities, ready to fight whoever is going to be on SmackDown. Eyes on anyone in particular? Bianca would love to face Sasha, who was drafted right before her. Sami would love that match, too. That’d be magic. Bianca is hoping that Charlotte comes back to SmackDown, they have some history as well. And Carmella is coming back, she has something to prove but so does Bianca. Bianca is the new face, she needs to shine, Carmella is trying to take that shine already.

Kayla hopes Bianca gets some gold, she’s been deserving some. Bianca agrees, it’s about time. She is ready. Sami says he is a big fan of her video packages. It is great to find a fellow intellectual. Bianca really is a complete package. Sami loves that SmackDown is the land of opportunity. Yes, it’s a tag line, but it is historically true. Sami feels this is the perfect fit for her. Kayla reads the resume real quick. A) Bianca can dead lift 415 pounds. Can Sami do that? No comment. B) Bianca lasted 33 minutes and eliminated EIGHT competitors in the 2020 Women’s Royal Rumble. That’s gotta be historic, right? They can double check but if not, that’s something Bianca can aim for next time.

The WWE Draft continues on Raw, and that is where the Street Profits, Angelo Dawkins and Bianca’s husband, Montez Ford, are up on the board. Have Bianca and Ford discussed what happens if the Draft splits them up? Of course. Ford is a tag team champion, they love to spend time together and work out together, but tonight is about her. She got drafted to SmackDown, she’s ready to go. It’ll work itself out. Sami doesn’t want to overstep but he has this feeling. Relationships are great, but is there a part of her hoping the Profits stay on Raw so she can create a name for herself by herself? That is true, she can stand on her own. But at the same time, if they’re together, it’s great. It works either way. Good to know.

Kayla says this is now the B-E-S-T episode thanks to her. Kayla is excited to have Bianca on SmackDown. She had nothing to do with the pick but it’s still great. Bianca thanks them for having her, they’re great. Sami is genuinely looking forward to Bianca’s development. Kayla’s outro was a bit much, though. Not that he’s trying to criticize. Kayla gives Bianca another outro, and maybe she can replace Sami. She can dead lift him, that’s for sure.

As Bianca leaves, Sami keeps getting on Kayla’s case about that outro. He doesn’t get the B-E-S-T but she says it was an obvious play on Bianca’s nickname, The EST. Sami thinks Bianca left just on how awkward that was. Kayla says he’s not making this any easier. He says it’s her fault! But moving on, it’s Mr. Money in the Bank, Otis, and his best pal, Tucker!

Heavy Machinery joins Talking Smack!

OOOH YEAH~! Otis and Tucky say it’s time for lunch. Sami wants Tucker to give him some space. It’s spreading the love, Sami. Pure love. Kayla says it’s wild that these guys have been on Talking Smack plenty of times. Is it weird seeing Sami as the cohost? It’s definitely a surprise, Spicy Pepper Kayla. Who talks like this? What human talks like this? This is the enigma, the love machine! Okay, if you say so. It works since he’s dating Mandy Rose somehow. If Sami needs translation, Tucky can translate Otis to English. Any snacks in the lunchbox this time? Did, but he ate them all already. He doesn’t like to talk on an empty stomach. Now it’s just secure documents.

Sami is reminded when they offered him a 40 pound HAM as a gift! And he DROPPED it! Sami’s VEGAN! Well they didn’t know that! What even is a vegan? Sami couldn’t give that ham to his non-vegan friend(s)? Speaking of the holidays, Tucky’s showing off the new hoss wear, “I’m Dreaming of a WIDE Christmas.” Bygones are bygones, moving on. Kayla brings up SmackDown’s news that Miz wants a continuance in his “bogus” lawsuit. Very litigious, that Miz. This is being drawn out, but Otis was ready to rock ‘n’ roll! Miz is just playing games because he has no leg to stand on. But he’s just after the bank account. The juice! Sami doesn’t want to start on the Miz, either.



Right here on Talking Smack, the WWE Draft picks CONTINUE!! Right now?! Yes! The first pick from Raw: HUMBERTO CARRILLO! A great looking guy, for sure. SmackDown takes: BUDDY MURPHY! Seth Rollins’ former disciple is following him, just like the Mysterio Family is! Oh sweet irony! Raw takes: DREW GULAK! The Philly Fury is gone, Sami says good riddance again. SmackDown takes: KALISTO! But not the rest of the Lucha House Party? And to close out this surprise fifth round, Raw takes: TUCKER?! Heavy Machinery just got broken up, too?! Sami is laughing too hard, but he does point out how Otis worried about this on SmackDown! Kayla wants to be sure this is real. Apparently, it is. Big brother Tucky is being taken away! What is with teams being broken up lately? Is this Miz’s newest move?! He took Mandy, he wants the MITB briefcase and maybe now he took Tucky from Otis?

This was four years of brotherhood and more. They’ve been together traveling, eating and staying in hotels. Kayla wants Sami to stop being himself for a moment so Tucker and Otis can get through this. Tucker says maybe Sami can’t understand because he has no friends that’d go to the end of the world for him. Tucker and Otis would, but now they won’t see each other each week. But they’re both still WWE Superstars, they both know what to do in that 20 by 20, and we’ll see what Tucker can do as one man. What goes around what comes around like a carousel. They’re not done, but they will be apart. Sami admits, this will be great opportunities as singles wrestlers for both men. What a couple of weeks, though. Kayla wishes them both the best as they head out.

Sami hopes he wasn’t insensitive. Kayla doesn’t think he should stick around because of who their last guests are. Sami apologizes, and wants Tucker to finally shine on his own. People forget about Tucky because of Otis’ charisma and antics. Tucker is smarter and faster than people realize, so he’ll have great opportunities. Just seems funny how this happened. But now, the NINE-TIME W, W, E, Tag, Team, CHAMPIONS~, the NEW DAY!

The New Day joins Talking Smack!

Woods wants his seat back! Move, Sami! What seat? This isn’t Woods’ seat. He’s the cohost, they’re the guests. Well whatever. Sami has a foot rest, but Woods doesn’t do that as a cohost. Fine, fine, the cohost will stand. Kofi and Woods put their SmackDown Tag Team Championships on the desk but Sami moves his Intercontinental Championship over so they don’t touch. Oh, is that the replica Sami took home with him? Oho, Woods got jokes, huh? Sami would normally rip into them but he knows things have been rough. Kayla thanks the New Day for coming and says she will miss Woods so much. Woods shakes her hand because he’ll miss her, too. He apologizes that Sami is his replacement.

Sami says they should stop and have some decorum. Let them have their moment, Sami! Sami, your hands are disgustingly dry, get some lotion. Kayla holds hands with Kofi and Big E in the meantime. Moisturize, Sami. And have some courtesy. But to SmackDown. It started with high spirits because they were reunited, but then it came down because it is the end of an ear. Big E stays behind on SmackDown while Kofi and Woods go to Raw, but congratulations on becoming seven time SmackDown Tag Team Champions! Yes, seven SmackDown, two Raw, nine total. Sami says Kayla saved it. Because she’s a good human, Sami. But Kofi and Woods to Raw. How are they feeling?

Big E is clearly still a bit emotional. Well they’ve been together for over six years. This is a genuine moment. Big E is supposed to be the goofy one, having fun, but lately it’s just been sad stuff. Stop the sad stuff. But yes, it’s hard to put into words how much the last six years have meant to them all. And now it’s put on pause or whatever, it just hurts. It can be cliché to say these are his brothers, but when he saw them both back, he was moved! They hadn’t been together in person since January, and haven’t wrestled together since October! A year! Kofi doesn’t have much time left, y’know? GOTEE! Big E still has the jokes, even in the saddest of times! Kofi doesn’t want to be “lingering.” If he’s here after another 10 years, something’s wrong.

Woods says it is sad, but what people need to understand is that New Day is a brotherhood. Regardless of the Draft, they’re still a team. Now the bright side is, you get New Day on Mondays AND Fridays! The titles have to be defended, but how does that work? SmackDown titles on Raw? Well the titles went with the champions this time. How long as Sami worked here? And now he’s trying to use logic? C’mon, Sami! Sami admits that’s true, he’s the host but standing. Weren’t there like 19 Intercontinental Champions just last week? Ha ha. Let’s focus on the New Day. Real talk, Sami loves the New Day, he respects them. To say one thing, they’ve been this since 2014. Six years! The WWE does a LOT of content in even one year. Somehow New Day kept it fresh all the time. Sami is really a little sad to see this break up for a moment.

But Big E has had a ton of singles momentum! He won that amazingly brutal Falls Count Anywhere match! People keep wanting Big E to turn a corner, get serious and all that. You know what scared Sami about that match? What impressed him the most? Big E was telling the ref to get out of the way! Sami saw something in Big E that he hadn’t seen before from all the fun! There’s a monster inside Big E. But what does the monster want? Uh oh… There is another title on the desk… Hey, don’t come on Sami’s show and threaten his title. Kayla says it was six years ago on SmackDown that the New Day debuted. And with the Fox season premiere, SmackDown will give them their Farewell Six Man Tag against Sheamus, Cesaro and Nakamura. Everyone might get emotional watching that. It’s all good.

But now there’s a lot of opportunity. Now they can dominate both brands. That is their goal, they’re kinda greedy. Tag titles! Intercontinental title! Women’s title? They want it all! Cruiserweight even if that’s possible! But the New Day will be alright. Kayla thanks them for being on Talking Smack, and thanks us for tuning in! Get ready for more WWE Draft with Raw this Monday!

My Thoughts:

A really good Talking Smack, and Kayla might be right, with Bianca this become the B-E-S-T episode so far. It was natural for Bianca to talk about the dynamic of her and the Street Profits, but it’s pretty clear the Profits are coming to SmackDown. Between her and Montez Ford being a married couple and WWE doesn’t have couples on opposite brands, and with New Day going to Raw with the SmackDown titles, there’s going to be an unofficial trade.

And I like that during the New Day’s segment, Sami brought up how that would work. Raw superstars that still need to defend the SmackDown titles, are the New Day just going to float between the brands? I’m hoping they do that with both teams for just a few weeks and then everyone involved goes, “We should do something about this,” and then boom, double or unified tag championship match. It’ll probably be at Survivor Series since that’s meant to be about brand warfare. If not, make it no later than Royal Rumble. Granted, double/unification title matches are usually a WrestleMania thing, but they can NOT stretch this out that far.

The fifth round of the draft happening here was fine, the WWE really should take advantage of all their outlets to do this stuff. I’m just surprised to see some of the picks that happened. Carrillo staying on Raw but Murphy going to SmackDown is fine. Murphy has to be part of the story with Rollins and the Mysterios, so it just makes sense. Gulak was almost obviously going to Raw since he was part of the 24/7 Championship matches the last couple of weeks. The 24/7 Championship, much like the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships, ended up just a Raw/USA Network exclusive division, so anyone involved with that will end up on Raw.

But the surprises, to some disappointment, were Kalisto and Tucker. Yes, Kalisto and the rest of Lucha House Party were breaking up, but it shouldn’t be the Draft that causes the separation. There should’ve been a definitive moment of LHP breaking up, and then Kalisto can be drafted separate of Lince Dorado and Gran Metalik. Heavy Machinery being split up by this was also a bit bunk, even though they did a great job of accusing Miz of playing more games. Obviously Vince wants Otis to be solo, why else would he be Mr. MITB in the first place? But if anything else is telling us that the tag division is downsizing and both titles will be on one team, it’s the breaking up of teams.

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NOAH ends November with some big announcements! Returns, new debuts and surprising challenges!





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.


– 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 Recap

Post match interviews


  • 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)



(December 2022 schedule)

Wednesday, December 7th: Kinya Okada debut anniversary (4 years)


“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


Coach points out! What is the current situation of young people as seen by Ogawa through the “Mauritius Cup?”


“Donmai, Donmai” – Mitsuharu Misawa’s diary

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With thanks to: Metal-NOAH

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NOAH coverage still going strong! A few title changes and defenses keeps things interesting heading toward the end of the year!





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.”


“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.


– 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 recapPost match interviews



(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)


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 


Hiroshi Tanahashi’s Dragon Note – Tanahashi discusses Keiji Mutoh’s retirement

“Follow Me You Bastards” – Kenoh’s column (4th October 2022)


“Donmai, Donmai” – Mitsuharu Misawa’s diary

GIF taken from WrestleUniverse
Picture credit: Kaito Kiyomiya, Weekly Pro

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