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Mitchell’s Raw Talk Report! (12/21/20)

The Queen is on Raw Talk!

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WOOOO~! It’s a royal edition of Raw Talk!

Ricochet, the NEW Raw Tag Team Champions, and the newest Women’s Grand Slam Champion, Charlotte Flair, are all ready for to talk about what we just saw on Monday Night Raw!

 

#CharTruth welcomes us back to the show!

Charly Caruso and R-Truth are back and the madness from TLC spilled over, but that’s what they like to see. Truth agrees, but was expecting Charly to name-drop 24/7. Well she’ll get to his time tonight in a minute after proper introductions. Can she get a small engraving on one of the side plates here? Maybe. They’ll talk with the people next week. The people are a little busy tonight. Well make it Charly’s Christmas gift to her. That was a test and she passed, boom!

But as things ended on Raw, Sheamus Brogues Keith at the end of their match! And it was very intentional. The animosity had been building all night, and not even winning stopped it. That is a big problem. Who is at fault? Who can say? Truth should know how men get heated and fight things out. Women like a good cry. Agreed, men are different. But one thing Charly respects about this is men get upset and they take it to each other, and then they’re fine. Remember McIntyre and Sheamus brawling out over the accidental Brogue?

Right, but even some guys are different from others. Some guys take it, shrug it off, some have to come back and do something. So they get butthurt? Truth isn’t sure about that, but he knows some guys are emotional. So either Keith or Sheamus feels some kind of way about the other. Charly asks how Truth thinks The Fiend felt about being set on fire. Hot, and not in a good way. That was horrific! Why would Orton do that? Fiend didn’t get put out or anything. But then we saw Alexa Bliss appear on a swing. So creepy! And she taunted Orton in a way making us think this isn’t the last of The Fiend. And Alexa wasn’t even sad! She knows something we don’t!

Truth thinks The Fiend is Alexa’s dad. That’s a creepy family right there. Charly isn’t sure about that, but she is just giving us speculation. The point is, The Fiend could be coming back sooner rather than later. Orton is the only person who is willing to go that far against The Fiend, but let us move on to our first guest. Someone else who is trying to take on something all by himself, in his fight against Retribution.

Ricochet joins Raw Talk!

The One and Only has been fighting Mustafa Ali and Retribution, but it seems to be a losing battle. What does he think of this “struggle” against them? “At the end of the day, I want to get up here and tell you guys so badly that it’s just another bump in the road,” but honestly, he is pissed! Ricochet is upset that every time he fights, no matter how hard, he ends up in pain. Charly knows he doesn’t want to join Retribution, but should he change his course of action? Truth says it’d be better than an ass whooping. If you’d asked him two weeks, or even just one week ago, he would’ve confidently said no.

But now? Now, the more Ricochet sits and thinks, maybe that is the problem. He has to sit and think on what it is in himself that he continues to fail. He was US Champion for only a couple weeks, he could barely slow Brock Lesnar down, he couldn’t overcome the Hurt Business, and now he’s struggling against Retribution. Something has to change, but he doesn’t know what that is yet. Well if you can’t beat them, join them. That’s what they say. But not what Ricochet says, right? Truth believes in Richard O’Shea! Ricochet believes in himself. He has to stare himself in the mirror and come up with a game plan. Ricochet wants to believe that himself, but he’s emotional as he says something’s gotta change. Ricochet wants to figure it out, it’s on its way, but if Ricochet stays the same, he’ll end up the same away again every week.

Truth says it’s better to stay in the light than in the dark. There’s creepy stuff in the dark. Charly translates and says there is potential. Ricochet doesn’t agree with Retribution, but what if he gave it a chance and he changes them? Has he thought about it even just a little? Ricochet doesn’t want to. He doesn’t want to be part of Retribution in any way. However, he just can’t continue being the one people step over to further their own careers. Charly understands that. “So if that means trying something a little different, who knows?” Charly respects Ricochet keeping an open mind, but she hopes this doesn’t ruin his holiday. It is Christmas, so please enjoy your time with family and friends. Stay in the light!

The Hurt Business joins Raw Talk!

Without much of an introduction, the new Raw Tag Team Champions join the show. They are dapper, with the titles, and gold ties. All intentional and calculated. And to business. They aren’t going to speed bump, or speed pass, things. Truth’s making their IQ’s drop already. Benjamin wants to point out that earlier tonight, while taking their victory lap, the party was crashed. They didn’t appreciate that, Truth. Truth asks what they mean. Oh right the photo… A certain someone brought “the dumb dumb train” with him. Truth says that wasn’t him. Are you sure? The hair, the 24/7 Championship, and all his “uninvited guests.” Truth still denies being part of that. He feels like he’s in a time warp or Groundhog Day. Well they weren’t champions last time. Truth congratulates them joining the champions club.

Charly says Truth shows up whenever, he did it to the kickoff show yesterday. But the Hurt Business has a lot going on so speak on that. 2020 has been a shaky year for many, but Alexander is feeling great right now! He’s got the titles! But what’s funny, someone else was on the show just moments ago, who could’ve been sitting with gold on his shoulder. Ricochet decided he wants to “live in the light.” He can live in the light, they will live in the penthouse and in style! Truth likes that. Is there a complimentary name to the Age of Alexander? Truth says it’s Cedric the Entertainer! No, Cedric Alexander. Graham Bell! Truth heard about him in history class.

Alexander politely corrects Charly. This is no longer the Age of Alexander, Cedric has moved past that. This is PRIME Alexander. When you are prime, you are excellent, and Alexander has been excellent in every sense of the word. Tell him if he’s wrong. But she can’t. It does not get better than Alexander! Benjamin says that ever since Cedric joined the Hurt Business, he has done nothing but get better and better each week. He is primed for titles, primetime and being the biggest star in WWE ever! Charly thanks them for their time, and wishes them a very happy holiday. Put those on the Christmas trees. Benjamin makes sure Truth gets the name right from now on.

But speaking of names, a name not easily forgotten, and a first time appearance on Raw Talk! It is THE QUEEN!

Charlotte Flair joins Raw Talk!

One half of the NEW Women’s Tag Team Champions is here, and Charly welcomes her back to Raw. And congrats on just within 24 hours, becoming a champion again. Entering Raw a champion is just normal for her. Truth also says there’s a guy with the same last name. Oh, c’mon, Truth. Why do you think she keeps winning? It’s in her blood. WOO~! Oh right, Charlotte’s Dad. That was a test. She passed. Oh, okay. But how is Charlotte feeling? It really hasn’t hit her yet. After going home, she’ll let it sink in that TLC and Raw have happened and this is what she’s been missing for six months.

What was it like being away for six months and seeing things moving forward? “That’s the hardest part. Everything was moving on without me.” She thought Raw needed the Queen, but they didn’t really because Asuka was carrying things. But that motivated Charlotte to get back, and she had the chance to be a tag partner. That’s legit. Six months off, Charlotte hasn’t missed a beat. She had plenty of potato salad and mac ‘n’ cheese, though. So what is it like to be tag partners with Asuka? They’ve been so complimentary, and they’re both so talented, so what’s it like reigning alongside her?

Well Charlotte’s never gotten a chance to say this. But when she first faced Asuka and ended the longest win streak, that cemented Charlotte’s own legacy. Asuka had nothing to prove but Charlotte had everything. What it takes to stay on top, Charlotte can’t help but respect that. Asuka is still shoulder to shoulder with her. Charlotte normally doesn’t play well with others, but if she’s going to team with anyone, it she should be with a warrior like Asuka. Charly says that’s interesting, because seeing those two together, it’s like, “Does it get any better?” In pure talent, two of the most decorated women in the WWE. Is there anyone on the roster that are worthy opponents?

Well on commentary, Charlotte was saying Nia and Shayna get in the groove, then see Dana and Mandy improve, it’s great. Dana was Charlotte’s protégé at one point, and so it’s great to see her growing. The others improving motivates Charlotte to get better. The others are always on the grind. Charly agrees with that. It’s great to see how far the Women’s Division has come over the last few years. But now Charlotte comes back, makes a statement, and it’s a bit of a surprise. Charlotte seems immune to ring rust. Charlotte did doubt for just a moment, because coming back at a PPV, is she going to be that Charlotte? Can she be “that B” again?

She means it! She put so much pressure on her to not slip or regress. She wanted to be where Asuka and the others were, and even after main-eventing, and now becoming a Grand Slam Champion, which yes she will put herself over on that. The NXT Women’s, WWE Diva’s, WWE Women’s, Raw Women’s, SmackDown Women’s, Women’s Tag. Charlotte is the ONLY woman to have had everything, the true, ultimate grand slam! And yet, she was nervous again in new gear, back after time off. When you  never lose those butterflies, you can make the people go, “Damn! Now I remember why that is Charlotte Flair.”

Charly and Truth say she has not lost a beat. Performance Center to ThunderDome, the Queen is still the Queen. Congrats on being #TheWoman. And that’s all for Raw Talk, see you next Monday!


My Thoughts:

A very good Raw Talk, but with very little down time between guests. Ricochet had a good segment, but perhaps it circled around the same concept a little too much. I do appreciate that he is given a chance to voice how the losses are getting to his character. I feel like he could’ve brought up how it’s all because of numbers, but perhaps that’d be him making excuses and Ricochet doesn’t like doing that. I feel what needs to change is that he gets teammates. Cedric Alexander may have betrayed him and Apollo Crews may been drafted to SmackDown (not that they’re using Apollo for anything right now over there), but Ricochet could still make new friends and have new allies. Truth seemed to go back and forth on things, though, suggesting joining is better than getting whooped, but then switching to saying Ricochet can’t give up.

Alexander and Benjamin had a good segment, hyping up the new nickname of “PRIME(D) Alexander.” The only other thing that came out of it, though, was that they want Truth to not get the names wrong anymore. Charlotte had a good segment all to herself, and I am starting to think Charlotte is very insistent on not swearing. She only just said “that B” and in matches where she’s gotten frustrated, she’s only ever gone “DANG IT!” That’s actually really adorable. And it’s great to hear from her directly that she still has those nerves and embraces them because it makes her better. I’m thinking she and Asuka will be tag champs together for a long time, just because WWE needs to once again put more into the Women’s Tag Division like they were over the summer for Bayley and Sasha.


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NOAH WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.178 ~ 28TH JUNE 2022

New challengers, reunited friendships and the usual Junior division shenanigans! Hisame brings all the NOAH updates!

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Hideki Suzuki & Timothy Thatcher challenge for the GHC Heavyweight Tag Titles

Masa Kitamiya had been saying for a long time that he and Michael Elgin, where looking for strong challengers, but lamented that none had come forward yet. The challengers they had been looking for came forward following Timothy Thatcher making Masa Kitamiya tap in Yokohama on the 24th June, and Hideki Suzuki challenged for the belts on their behalf. The title match will take place on the 16th July at the Nippon Budokan.

Go Shiozaki and Shuhei Taniguchi, reunited?

Following their singles match in Yokohama this past week, a fire seems to have been lit between Shuhei Taniguchi and Go Shiozaki. The match was never originally meant to happen, but the card was changed at the last moment. During the match, Taniguchi (the monster is yet to awaken fully), fought Shiozaki in a way that convinced Shiozaki that Taniguchi had finally returned. No doubt Taniguchi’s seniors were pleased too as Taniguchi was even throwing lariats. After the match, Shiozaki hinted about tagging with Taniguchi again and they will do this on NOAH’s next event on July 2nd.

Kenoh, Kojima, the time out draw and 1000 squats

Kenoh and Satoshi Kojima came to a time out draw in Yokohama, and then Kojima’s sense of humor and Kenoh’s hidden one (he’s kind of like Toshiaki Kawada in this) came to the fore when Kojima tried to close out the show. Kenoh snatched the mic and told him this wasn’t New Japan and those who didn’t win, don’t close out the show. The mention of New Japan, made Kojima tell Kenoh to run off home and do 1000 squats. After a few minutes of snatching the mic between them and bickering “You go home!”, “No, you go home!” , Kenoh stalked backstage and did squats very loudly. Yokohama is a small venue and so anything loud (such as the NOAH Juniors fighting) can be heard by the audience, and Kenoh knew this and so everyone could hear him doing squats and counting loudly. Kojima went backstage and confronted Kenoh. Kojima acknowledged that he couldn’t beat Kenoh in a verbal argument, and they got into a physical fight.

Then it went slightly off the rails again, when Kenoh pulled out the platform truck that held the folding chairs, to which Kojima told him that if he broke any equipment, then he would have to pay for it. Kenoh said he didn’t care, Kojima said he knew he did…Kenoh was a “cheap bastard”. Kenoh stamped off, telling Kojima to go back to New Japan.

Sickness bug hits NOAH

A sickness bug hit NOAH over the N-Innovation and Yokohama Radiant Hall events when Daisuke Harada (for whom it is very unusual to be ill) and Alejandro came down with fevers, and Rene Dupree came down with gastroenteritis. The result of this was that Daisuke Harada was replaced by Xtreme Tiger (see below for more), Shuhei Taniguchi moved from the opener to the singles with Go Shiozaki and Atsushi Kotoge and Satoshi Kojima filled in. Kojima happily took part in working the N-INNOVATION and the opening match at that, he even appeared without the GHC Heavyweight Championship. Kojima had a fight with Shuji Kondo, which was a continuation of a long dormant rivalry, while Atsushi Kotoge (who took part in the heavyweight Yokohama Night) and Kinya Okada managed to bruise the neck of Akitoshi Saito so much that he even put it on his official Twitter.

Seiki Yoshioka, Yuya Susumu & HAYATA

The Hiroshima Boys have fallen apart in a spectacular fashion.

Yuya Susumu attempted a reconciliation at the N-Innovation, but both before the match and after it, Seiki Yoshioka (who won the match) refused to shake hands. First time he attacked, the second time he just left the ring. Susumu (who I get the impression knows what both Yoshioka and HAYATA are like and how to handle them best) said that he would wait for Yoshioka to return, as he knew that he would eventually. This wasn’t Yoshioka’s last appearance of the evening, as when HAYATA defeated Hajime Ohara, in a match that HAYATA found Ohara had studied for, Yoshioka came to challenge for the GHC Junior. HAYATA, believing that he and Yoshioka were still friends, said he would be happy to put the belt on the line against him and went for a handshake. Yoshioka treated him the same way he had treated Susumu, with a swift kick.

Backstage, Yoshioka elaborated on his decision to leave STINGER. He had done this in order to challenge HAYATA. It was unavoidable, if he wanted to go to the top of the NOAH Juniors, then that road led through HAYATA. Title match has been set for the 16th July at the Nippon Budokan.

Open The TriangleGate update & GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Challenge

As ever in the NOAH Juniors, things can get a little complicated.

To explain from the beginning. With Daisuke Harada falling ill with a fever and being unable to compete, DragonGate GM Ryo Saito advised that the Open The TriangleGate would be vacated and Perros Del Mal De Japon (NOSAWA Rongai, Eita and Kotaro Suzuki) would face the NOAH Junior Regulars (Atsushi Kotoge, YO-HEY and Xtreme Tiger) for them. Perros won and once again became the champions. That same night, Yoshinari Ogawa crashed their backstage promo, and slapped Kotaro in the face. Ogawa was beaten down by all three and thrown in the ring, where Eita challenged Ogawa and Chris Ridgeway for the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag titles (Nippon Budokan, 16th July). Chris Ridgeway says that they will defend their titles and take their Open The Triangle Gate titles.

Despite Perros show of unity, and Eita challenging for the GHC Junior Tag titles with Kotaro Suzuki as his partner, there are cracks appearing in Perros. In particular between NOSAWA and Kotaro, as once again NOSAWA interrupted him backstage and treated him as if he did not know how to act like a heel (Kotaro has been winding up the NOAH Juniors since his debut, which he went straight back to when he returned to NOAH) and mocked him for sounding like a babyface. Kotaro did not turn up in Dragon Gate the next day (Ryu Saito asked where he was), but he did for the title defense against Natural Vibes. Following this, NOSAWA nominated YAMATO to be the next challenger. YAMATO will come to NOAH to challenge for the belts on the 21st July alongside DragonKid and Kagetora.

Haoh leaves NOAH…and vanishes 

Haoh lost the very first “Loser Leaves NOAH” match against Tadasuke and left NOAH. He has deleted his main Twitter account, but not that of his masked character, and has seemingly vanished. As far as I know he has not been booked anywhere else. Tadasuke is elated at Haoh’s departure saying he had no choice in kicking him out, but then again he didn’t care; Haoh stole his friends name and his hair, and had left Kongoh on his own accord. Tadasuke quipped that now Haoh wouldn’t have to see his face.

Fan Meeting 2022: Let’s enjoy the N-1 100 times

To promote the N-1, NOAH will be holding events in Nagoya, Sendai, Osaka and Hiroshima over the 23rd and 24th July. Kenoh, Katsuhiko Nakajima, Kaito Kiyomiya and Go Shiozaki will be taking part each partner alternating between talk shows and lotteries on one date and autographs and photo sessions on the other.

ELSEWHERE IN NOAH

– El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Junior defeated Manabu Soya, and then declared war on the rest of Kongoh who he said he would take out one by one.

– Naomichi Marufuji joked on Twitter that since he cannot drink currently, he will offer the prize money for the drinking challenge to the host who could out drink everyone and that he was looking for a powerful wrestler to host his YouTube show.

– Kai Fujimura made the mistake of trying to attack Yoshinari Ogawa the moment the bell rang. I need not elaborate on the outcome.

– YO-HEY says he is growing a beard.

– Takashi Sugiura will be back in ZERO1 on the 18th July when The Bullet Yankees reunite, to take on Koji Kanemoto & Tatsuhito Takaiwa.

– Katsuhiko Nakajima has posted a video of himself having his hair curled with the comment that he would be returning to something that “has been a year since then”.

– Seiki Yoshioka has returned to his pre STINGER ring clothes.

– Naomichi Marufuji is aiming to return to the ring in August.

– Yoshiki Inamura had a rough N-Innovation evening. First of all he had to very gently remove a chair from an angry Kaito Kiyomiya who was going to use it on Shuji Kondo, had to move fans for a move that Eita didn’t do in order to confuse YO-HEY, and was then used as a weapon by NOSAWA Rongai.

EVENT RECAPS & POST MATCH INTERVIEWS

  • N-Innovation – Thursday 23rd June 2022, Shinjuku FACE, Tokyo

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Post match interviews

  • Sunny Voyage 2022 – Friday 24th June, Yokohama Radiant Hall

Event recap

Post match interviews

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

  • GHC Heavyweight Champion: Satoshi Kojima
    Challenger: Kenoh, “ABEMA presents DESTINATION 2022”, Nippon Budokan, 16th July
  • GHC Junior Champion: HAYATA
    Challenger: Seiki Yoshioka, “ABEMA presents DESTINATION 2022”, Nippon Budokan, 16th July
  • GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: Masa Kitamiya & Michael Elgin
    Challengers: Hideki Suzuki & Timothy Thatcher, “ABEMA presents DESTINATION 2022”, Nippon Budokan, 16th July
  • GHC Junior Tag Champions: STINGER (Chris Ridgeway & Yoshinari Ogawa)
    Challengers: Eita & Kotaro Suzuki, “ABEMA presents DESTINATION 2022”, Nippon Budokan, 16th July
  • GHC National Champion: Masakatsu Funaki
    Challenger: TBA

THIS WEEK IN NOAH

(July 2022 schedule)

  • Saturday, July 2nd

Venue: Fukushima Big Palette, Fukushima

Time: 18:00 JST

Broadcast: WrestleUniverse (VOD)

  • Sunday, July 3rd

Venue: Yamagata Big Wing, Yamagata

Time: 17:00 JST

Broadcast: WrestleUniverse (VOD)

LINKS

Kaito Kiyomiya “Pro Wrestling Love” inheritance, Keiji Mutoh’s fight “Shaping the love I received”

The day before The Loser Leaves NOAH match, Tadasuke “I can’t quit, because I haven’t been a singles champion”. Haoh “Still dreaming”

“Rebellious Mui-Bien” Ohara can afford leeway, to HAYATA “Overturn everything” – GHC Junior Championship signing ceremony

BOOK CORNER

Donmai-Donmai (Mitsuharu Misawa’s diary)

– Mitsuharu Misawa said that Kotaro Suzuki and Go Shiozaki were a pair of nerds, and no matter how many times they asked him, the answer was “nope”, he would never be going on their “tour” of Akihabara.

With thanks to: Metal NOAH

GIF taken from WrestleUniverse. 


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