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Mitchell’s Raw Talk Report! (11/30/20)

Raw Talk is back, fella!

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The One and Only Raw Talk has #FlexAppeal!

That’s because Ricochet, Dana Brooke and even Sheamus are here to share their feelings from Monday Night Raw!

 

#CharTruth welcome us back to the show!

Charly Caruso and R-Truth are happy to be back as the “duo you know, the duo you love.” Truth feels great, and is already colored like Christmas with red and green. He’s giving off the “impressionation” of Christmas. Happy Holla-days. And he also matches the WWE 24/7 Championship. Charly says for the season, make the title look like a reef with tinsel. Tinsel? It’s “metalistic.” Like in the mouth? No, not forks and spoons, those are utensils. No, he meant the thing in his throats. No those are tonsils. Oh okay. But onto titles.

Speaking of titles, we saw The Miz try to stir things up with Sheamus and McIntyre over the world title. McIntyre gets hit with a Phenomenal Forearm from Styles to set up a cash-in attempt ahead of their TLC title match, as we also saw take form tonight. But things fell apart with Miz and Styles, things didn’t go their way, and the cash-in was thwarted. Miz wants to be world champion, but he’d end up facing Styles instead. Miz will buddy up with anyone that will get him what he wants. “What a tangled web we weave.”

Another weaving of webs… Mustafa Ali as Retribution’s leader tried to get- Oh wait, Charly is out of order. We’re talking about The Fiend, and how Randy Orton figured out Alexa Bliss is now the center of the manipulation. Fiend shows up when Alexa is threatened, and Orton gives her over to him. Fiend needs Alexa to have a lot of his power, but Orton is playing with fire. Yes, that is true. Not literally. Truth doesn’t play with fire, doesn’t mess with The Fiend’s stuff. But moving on, or rather back to the topic of McIntyre, Miz and so on, the first guest is here!

Sheamus joins Raw Talk!

The Fella has his hat and jacket back, keeping himself warm. He got thrown over the wall, but managed to make his way to his “favorite show of the week.” Truth and Sheamus secret handshake, they were practicing. They each passed the other’s test. Charly says tonight’s been busy. Sheamus was on MizTV, how did it feel? Well, Sheamus isn’t sure if there’s a show low enough to compare. What show was that that got cancelled? Maury? No, Maury would be better. Truth says they cancelled Bonanza. That was a great show. But before Sheamus’ time. Before Truth’s time, too. Isn’t he 65?

But anyway, Sheamus got hit in the head, he’s still here. Again, first time teaming with McIntyre, what an honor. Miz and Morrison tried to stir things up. Charly wants to get to that, how they were saying Sheamus was teaming with McIntyre for less than genuine reasons. Sheamus says he and McIntyre have been mates for eons. McIntyre’s family was so close to him, and vice-versa. There’s no jealousy. McIntyre is the guy, everyone wants to be close to him, it’s everyone else who is jealous of their 20+ year friendship. Their first time meeting was Irish Whip Wrestling, a talent exchange with BCW. They hit it off right away in their first match. They then drank a lot of Guinness together and the rest is history. Scots and Irish and all that. Truth remembers but he forgets what he remembers.

Charly talks to that origin story, that it’s wild to think they’re here 20 years later in the WWE. Yeah, they both wanted to be in the WWE, that was their goal. They’d record matches, watch tape, pushed each other, got tryouts in ’06 and ’07. They’ve been driven to be part of the top company, the cream of the crop. Truth gets that. People say something is wrong with Truth, but he just has intensity! They wanted it, they got it, they’ve got it going on! Sheamus asks if Truth wants to have the mic. No, Truth is just putting commentary to what’s in Sheamus’ mind. Truth is right, though. This is where they wanted to be, here they are, and in the main event together.

Will tonight be a Guinness night? Of course it is! Tuesdays are their weekend! Well they earned it here tonight. Everyone was getting in on that match, and Sheamus’ side won. Yeah a full-on melee. McIntyre persevered and is still champion. McIntyre will stay that way for a long time. Let’s get more guests on this show. Until then, Sheamus says thanks and good night! Sheamus is “outie 500” and in comes another winner from tonight!

Dana Brooke joins Raw Talk!

The Flex Appeal is happy to be back again and Charly says they talked before in catering but that was before her match. How did it feel? It was the best! We saw what Reckoning did to Dana, so Dana sent a message back! Exactly, that’s what Charly was getting at earlier. Dana got to slap Mustafa Ali! Well Dana couldn’t find Reckoning so she needed to show them all she’ snot messing around.

So what are Dana’s opinions about Retribution? Well Reckoning’s tough, but this was unfinished business. Reckoning ruined Dana’s Survivor Series opportunity, so she ruined Reckoning’s Monday. Charly says Truth keeps instigating things. Truth makes sure not to say anything when someone is around. They’re good, though. But if you ask for something, you might get it.

Charly brings up Survivor Series. It’s gone now, she and Mandy Rose missed out for different reasons, but is Dana still shaken about not being able to compete? Yes, she is still upset by that. Dana has worked so hard for any opportunity, she wants to show us what she’s capable of, and what Reckoning did was not necessary. Dana is showing she’ snot someone to mess with. Dana’s gotten sharper, crisper. and now she’s on to bigger and better. She wants the women’s tag team titles! But is Dana worried that she is now a target? “Haters are my motivators!” Truth agrees. If you don’t have haters, you ain’t doing something. Truth and Charly like that. Quote of the night!

Dana says Nia and Shayna had it out for her and Mandy, and then they injured Mandy. Mandy is recovering, she is still positive, and she will be back soon enough. Dana settled a score, she and Mandy have their eyes on the prize. #SexyMuscleFriends, aka the Blonde Bombshells, the Buff Blondes, bring on the names! Asuka’s is the best, though. Truth wants to be a Sexy Muscle Friend? No, he’s fine with what he has. But he asks if catering had good potato salad. She’s a muscle friend, she doesn’t have potato salad. But she had a cookie. It was her birthday! Dana is keeping her girlish figure. She could just have a slice. You don’t slice potato salad, Truth. Well happy birthday, Dana! Go on and celebrate!

But someone else who had to deal with Retribution tonight, it’s the One and Only!

Ricochet joins Raw Talk!

Charly says Retribution is a pain in the ass for a lot of people. Ricochet agrees. Truth asks how many superheroes Ricochet knows. “Personally, none.” Seriously? Well, they’re fictional. Dude, you’re disappointing the kids. Well back to business, Retribution being a thorn in his side and Dana’s, among many. Retribution tried to recruit him and he wants nothing to do with it. Ricochet says they’re all going about things the wrong way. Ali wants change but they’re not doing anything good to create change, it’s just chaos. Chaos won’t create change, as we’ve seen in the history of WWE. Well said.

So then with that match, Ricochet won- no, wait, he lost to Slapjack. Sorry for getting that mixed up. So how does it feel like losing to those he doesn’t really like? Well it’s even more than that. It was how they did it. Ali talking about it taking many to make change, but Ali sees that Ricochet is making change in his own way. Ricochet was going to win so Ali had to change that. So Ricochet feels he’s creating change? Yes. And Ali sees that, feels upset about that, “he’s in his feelings.” So what is Ricochet changing? It’s that Ricochet shows wins and losses don’t matter, you need to put your all on the line. Even in front of a digital audience, you give that audience the best showing you can. Having “friends” helps, but Ali and Cedric Alexander were friends and look what happened?

Ricochet knows Ali is upset, and everyone in Retribution feels underappreciated and misused. There were times when Ricochet felt that way. Everyone feels that way at some point. But lashing out will only make more chaos and pain. You have to put your head down, push forward and be better. Charly says Ricochet takes pride in sticking to his convictions. Ricochet understands the feelings of wanting to “stick it to the man” or whatever Ali is really up to. But that won’t get anything done. There’s more than one way to skin a cat. Though no one really skins cats. It’s just a saying. Charly says Truth is all over the place. Ricochet says that’s okay. Does Truth have a friendship with the Fiend? Or is it just no beef?

But Ricochet keeps focus on saying Ali is upset, Alexander is upset. Ricochet sticks to his beliefs and his message. If he goes back on those, what does anything he say mean anymore? “Be your own cheerleader. Roll by yourself.” A one man island, even. If that’s what Ricochet has to do to get his message out to the people, then okay. Charly is sure there are many who feel the same way towards Retribution, it can’t be hard to find allies if he really has to. Yes, but Ricochet will just focus on himself and Ali for now. Charly thanks Ricochet for his time, and hopes Ricochet isn’t alone for much longer. And with that, #CharTruth is signing off!


My Thoughts:

A pretty good Raw Talk that went very fast. This was definitely live, Charly didn’t realize the order of things until the footage was playing. Sheamus had a good segment to build upon what we got for Raw, but there wasn’t much else to it. Dana had a good segment, as did Ricochet. I hope with Charly bringing up that Ricochet could find allies in those who also dislike Retribution, it goes with what I was thinking after Raw that Ricochet, Dana and someone else could team up to take them on at some point.


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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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