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Mitchell’s Raw Talk Report! (12/14/20)

Ladies and gentlemen: Raw Talk.



WWE Raw Talk

One last Raw Talk before Tables, Ladders and Chairs!

Before TLC, there’s still much to Raw Talk about! What will the Hurt Business, Mandy & Dana, and even Elias and JAXSON RYKER have to say about everything that happened this Monday Night Raw?


Charly Caruso welcomes us back to the show!

No #CharTruth because the WWE 24/7 Champion has left the building, but instead, MVP is the cohost! There’s no nickname here yet, but he suggests “MVP and that chick.” She suggests MVC, “Most Valuable… Champions?” Well that would be members of the Hurt Business, and they still need to work on her journalism skills. But she has been working on them since last time. She studies every night because of him. Well then we’ll see how this goes. She will be on “temporary probation.”

Charly directs things to Raw, and what we just saw with the Ascension Ceremony. We got a preview of sorts tonight. What was MVP’s reaction to Styles having Miz and Morrison? Well any time MVP sees McIntyre encounter misfortune, he takes pleasure in it. Not great pleasure, but a good amount. It was 3v1 for McIntyre, but Charly needs work with math skills. Maybe use Ask Jeeves or even Alexa. Equality in search engines. But does MVP have early predictions based on what we saw? MVP does not like to speculate on things he can’t control. The only thing MVP speculates on is the futures in the Hurt Business. However, he will say that while he isn’t fond of McIntyre, he respects McIntyre as a fighting champion and dangerous individual. Do not look past tonight to predict an outcome.

Another thing MVP didn’t have a hand in was the Bray Wyatt field trip. “That’s just bizarre.” Bray is bizarre, and it’s one of those things MVP still hasn’t figured out yet. No one has. Does Bray need psychiatric help? Yes, definitely. It feels wrong enjoying the mental breakdowns. But people have tried to reach out to Bray and he doesn’t want the help. Bray seems to delight in his own derangement. MVP brings up Baker’s Law, where you can be sent for psychiatric help against your will. The WWE might need to consider that. Someone could’ve gotten hurt, but The Fiend appeared and got after Orton. The game of hide ‘n’ seek, the only ones who won were those not involved.

MVP has known Orton for a long time, he is someone else who might need some hep. So two sick, twisted individuals playing a high stakes game of hide ‘n’ seek, “somebody’s not gonna fare well.” TLC will bring a lot of surprises, that’s for sure. And another surprise will be who Asuka’s new tag partner is now that Lana was sidelined by Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler. Either one of our first two guests could be that substitute!

Dana Brooke and Mandy Rose join Raw Talk!

The #SexyMuscleFriends are together again and it’s great to have Mandy back. She is feeling much better, obviously. Her shoulder issue wasn’t severe, she’s back, and she made a statement. Dana says Mandy definitely helped her out. These two always have each other’s backs, that’s for sure. MVP is intrigued by this combination, and wonders what is possible for their combined talents and upsides. Charly says they have a strong upside. Dana and Mandy were going strong before the respective injuries that kept them from Survivor Series. But the comeback was strong. Nia and Shayna deserved what they got tonight as being such big bullies.

MVP takes exception to that word, “bullies.” Maybe Nia and Shayna were just “overzealous.” Is he defending them? He has no vested interest. Just at times, he and Hurt Business have been called bullies. Sometimes people just get overly aggressive. But they saw what Nia and Shayna have been doing to Lana for weeks. Nine different times, Lana was put through a table. “How jealous can you be after awhile?” MVP says no one could put him through a table nine times. Maybe once but- Has he ran into the Sexy Muscle Friends? That is Asuka’s name for them, after all. And Dana is pretty sure she could put him through a table. He might let her. MVP wants him some Sexy Muscle Friends. But he’ll stop before he gets in trouble.

Charly moves on and says with Lana out, is this a chance for one of them to be Asuka’s partner? Of course. Asuka helped them, including tonight, and they will be their for her if she wants them. Whoever is chosen, the other will cheer them on. MVP suggests rock paper scissors. Dana and Mandy will always be there for the Sexy Muscle Friends. So who makes the decision? Them? Asuka? A WWE management member? MVP asks if that’ll cause some tension. Dana and Mandy say it won’t, and Mandy will give away that they talked with Asuka before Raw Talk. They’ve agreed Asuka’s decision is her decision. So has she chosen? Dana can’t give that away.

MVP points out the wording, meaning they know but they can’t share it here. That’s not exactly what that means. Charly would love to keep pressing, but the music plays to give the “Sexy Muscle Friends” their exit. MVP would rather trade them for Charly. Well from good-looking guests to good(?) sounding guests…

Elias and Jaxson Ryker join Raw Talk!

The Drifter and his new bouncer join MVP and Charly, and MVP says he is a fan of Elias’. He has the album, Universal Truth. But he just defends that the previous guests were far more appealing. Elias says that’s alright, MVP is a fan so he’ll accept that. Elias skyrocketed in the charts, and he has a lot of new upgrades thanks to that iTunes money. Does he prefer to write in the morning, evening or whenever? MVP asks Charly what kind of question is that? Elias says it is whenever creativity strikes him. When it does, he has to write. And Ryker was obviously inspired by Elias. Isn’t this his stunt double? Charly does see a resemblance.

Elias doesn’t want them thinking small with this. MVP and Charly have been good to Elias, the music world has been good to Elias, but in the ring, Elias was treated like a horse’s ass. No, Elias is the horse’s head. And Ryker sees that! Ryker walks with Elias down the right path. Just ask him yourself. So then, Charly will asks what Ryker’s role is with Elias. Ryker made that clear tonight. Elias has been disrespected, attacked, interrupted. Ryker makes sure that never happens again. And do not interrupt him, either. Sorry, Charly just wanted to point out Truth got in the ring… Ryker says he was once lost, but now he’s found because Elias sung Amazing Grace. Ryker has been reborn by the music, and now he walks with Elias.

Elias says it is no secret his music changes people. But Charly wants to bring up the interruption from Truth. But then we saw what happened right after. Ryker took care of business and sent a message to anyone else. So no stunt double work? Call him whatever you want, Elias has Ryker by his side and they’re headed to the promised land. Where is that? Can they find it on Google? Is it in the form of a platinum plaque? Elias likes the sound of that. He has not seen the promised land, but MVP put it out there. Elias has been having visions since getting electrified. They hit him out of nowhere and he sees his purpose, who is there and who goes with him. So that literal electrifying experience unlocked an epiphany. Baptized in lightning.

That needs to be a song! Yes, Elias is inspired. He needs pen and paper! Charly excuses Elias so he can do just that, and we’ll see him again when he has the new track. But now, MVP is excited to have this guest! “We have saved the best for last!”

Bobby Lashley joins Raw Talk!

It is the All Mighty, the #CHO, Chief Hurt Officer, the WWE United States Champion, and MVP’s friend, brother and business associate! What a great introduction. How is Lashley doing? Fantastic. So how does he feel about MVP being a cohost? MVP is a man of many talents, so he will make this show rated number one. But also because the Hurt Business is here together. Yes, it is. Charly will let MVP take this conversation. No, what about those journalistic training? Okay, then. What about Matt Riddle?

Lashley says Riddle is disrespectful! When Lashley and MVP came up, they had respect. Riddle keeps calling people out. And calling Lashley out, that is a bad business decision. Do what everyone else does: take their steps up from the bottom. The US Champion is at the top! But Riddle is successful. Does Charly play chess? No, but she does play backgammon. Well MVP says that when others play checkers, he’s playing chess. If you’re very good at what you do strategically, you give up the queen to secure a checkmate. Oh so queen’s gambit? Didn’t she say she doesn’t play chess? No, but she watched that series, The Queen’s Gambit. Very good series.

Well MVP’s point is you give up the queen to secure the win. So everyone knows MVP knows what he’s doing. Riddle has made a bad move, and those who came before him know what happens when you take on Lashley. Just as Apollo Crews, Ricochet, R-Truth and many others. But will this continue to go in that direction? Who can stop it? There are a lot of people looking to do that. And there are those who play the lottery, and lose time and time again. But there has to be a winner. But there’s always more losers than winners. And another thing, Lashley doesn’t go home and do nothing. He keeps preparing. Some win the championship and celebrate. The Hurt Business hasn’t even celebrated the US Championship win yet. No time, because they’re always on the grind. Lashley keeps leaving everyone behind.

In fact, go to Lashley’s Instagram and watch those training videos. No one in the WWE or even on the planet trains like him. So the New Day doesn’t even- Lashley and MVP laugh. Of course the New Day doesn’t cut it. The New Day are fun to watch. Lashley’s kids like watching The New Day. But when you talk about business, beating people up, that’s what Lashley does. There is no question about that. But there are many ways to go about business. Charly doesn’t want to be at odds with MVP. They’re not. She’s doing a great job. Then what can they expect at TLC? Well MVP made a deal: They would take care of Retribution, then they would collect. The bill is due at TLC. They’re getting the Raw Tag Team Championships. And then, the Hurt Business will have multiple gold, and you cannot dispute their dominance.

So the deal, the repayment for fighting Retribution, is dependent on The New Day losing. The higher ups in the WWE can’t do that. No, but that’ll happen because of the higher ups in the Hurt Business. So MVP is confident Benjamin and Alexander will win? Absolutely! You don’t become 10-time tag team champions without being great, but the New Day has not faced anything like the Hurt Business. Alexander and Benjamin have gelled and are now the best tag team in the WWE. They’ll prove that at TLC. Big statements, but backed by MVP’s analysis. Charly thanks Lashley for his time, thanks MVP for being a great cohost, and says they’ll see us again next time!

My Thoughts:

A pretty good Raw Talk, but I am surprised there was no R-Truth. I suppose they’re at least trying to kayfabe him out of the position, since the 24/7 Championship is his priority. Honestly, Raw Talk should’ve had a case where someone went after Truth for the title to take up the last bit of an episode. Maybe when Truth returns, it’ll happen. But MVP was a good cohost and we got pretty good promos out of the guests. Sexy Muscle Friends are definitely the top two choices for Asuka’s new tag partner at TLC, and there’s plenty of story that can be done with them. “Baptized by Lightning” definitely sounds like a great title for a song, but his and Ryker’s promos were a little recycled from Raw.

Lashley and MVP together had a good segment, though MVP admittedly took the majority of the talking. He is the better talker, though, so that just makes sense. No word on a US Championship match here but I expect the announcement in time for TLC on Sunday.

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





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

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

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

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

Yoshiki Inamura Fire Festival

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kenoh names his new move, “Enrin”

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

Kenoh WBC?

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

Naomichi Marufuji returns, dates in America

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

Tadasuke injured

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

“Camel Kobayashi”

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Event recap

Post match interviews

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

Event recap

Post match interviews

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

Event recap

Post match interviews




(August 2022 schedule)

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

  • N-1 VICTORY 2022

Thursday, August 11th

Start time: 16:00 JST

Venue: Yokohama Budokan

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

Saturday, August 13th

Start time: 17:30 JST

Venue: EDION Arena Osaka 2nd Stadium

Broadcast: WrestleUniverse (Live)

Notes about broadcasts

– WrestleUniverse will have English commentary for all nights.

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


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

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

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


Wednesday, August 10th: Yasutaka Yano (22)

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


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

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

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

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

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


Takashi Sugiura

Jack Morris

Masato Tanaka

Hideki Suzuki

Anthony Greene

Masa Kitamiya

Masaaki Mochizuki

Kazuyuki Fujita

Satoshi Kojima


“Donmai, Donmai” – Mitsuharu Misawa’s diary

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

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

GIF taken from WrestleUniverse

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





Seiki Yoshioka joins the NOAH Junior Regulars

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

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

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

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

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

“Not Misawa or Mutoh”

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

Shuji Kondo’s mind games

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

N-1 VICTORY battlelines drawn up

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

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

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

Go Shiozaki is aiming for Satoshi Kojima

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Event recap

Post match interviews

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

Event recap

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(August 2022 schedule)


Saturday, July 30th

Venue: Act City Hamamatsu, Shizuoka

Start: 18:00 JST

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


Sunday, July 31st

Venue: Ishikawa Industrial Exhibition Hall No. 3, Ishikawa

Start: 16:00

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

  • DEPARTURE 2022

Friday, August 5th

Start time: 18:30 JST

Venue: Korakuen Hall

Broadcast: WrestleUniverse (Live)

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


A man named Kaito Kiyomiya

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

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

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

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

Fan Meeting 2022 – Saturday 23rd July

Fan Meeting 2022 – Sunday 24th July

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

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


El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Junior

Masakatsu Funaki


“DONMAI, DONMAI” – Mitsuharu Misawa’s diary

27th January 2006 added

With thanks to: Metal NOAH

GIF taken from WrestleUniverse

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