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Mitchell’s Talking Smack Report! (12/26/20)

It’s a celebratory edition of Talking Smack!



WWE Talking Smack

It’s a Very Merry Talking Smackmas!

The Christmas cheer continues as Talking Smack has the big winners from Friday night! And if you saw SmackDown, you know who they are!


Kayla Braxton welcomes us back to the show!

Merry Christmas and welcome to the last Talking Smack of 2020! Kayla is with her “festive” cohost, Paul Heyman. Is he feeling jolly today? Is that a fat joke? No, she would never. But the final SmackDown of 2020, and if anyone had the best Christmas this year, it’s the NEW Intercontinental Champion, Big E! Kayla applauds on behalf of Heyman, and notes that Big E will be one of the guests tonight. But surely Heyman has words for how SmackDown began. The Universal Championship steel cage match, Roman Reigns VS Kevin Owens. For weeks, Kevin has been beat down for weeks, he is resilient, and Kayla has never seen someone fight “so freakin’ hard” and honestly, if not for Jey Uso, Kevin was going to win.

Heyman says there’s no “If” in WWE, and yet Kayla will praise the man who lost? “In the dog race of life, if you’re not in first place, the view is all the same.” Roman won the cage match and defended the title, hence Kevin lost. And in case you’re wondering if that makes Heyman think Kevin should walk around going, “Does that make Roman Reigns better than me?” The answer is YES. Roman is better as a fighter, as a wrestler, as a husband, father and champion than Kevin could ever hope to be that is why Roman is still the Reigns-ing, defending, undisputed, uncontroverted WWE Universal Heavyweight Champion, YOUR Tribal Chief, the Head of ALL Tables, in all of the WWE and sports entertainment.

Kayla thinks Heyman is leaving something out. The reason Roman is still champion has to do with the handcuffs on Kevin that stuck him to the cage! But surely Heyman will have something to say to the man who beat Jey Uso, our first guest of the night, the leader of the Yes Movement!

Daniel Bryan joins Talking Smack!

Bryan is still pumped up! Kayla congratulates Bryan again on his win and likes having him back on Talking Smack. What a great Christmas! Bryan has his smile, his hair, and Bryan heard about people being better fighters, wrestlers, husbands, fathers, etc. These are things Bryan knows he isn’t the best husband or father, but he tries to be the best he can. But if you’re comparing Bryan to someone else, Heyman, does he think Bryan is a better fighter than Roman? Or a better wrestler than Roman?

Here’s an easier one: who is the better husband and father? Does Heyman think, because Bryan isn’t first place, is focused on first place? Bryan’s “fight” with Jey may not have been for first place. There was an energy surging and Bryan feels it can fill an entire room. Every time Jey hit him and Bryan hit Jey, it felt like a fight. Bryan doesn’t care if he’s first place or not, because he feels alive! That is why he loves wrestling. Not because he’s trying to be first place, but because being in a fight of that quality makes him feel alive. What else do they have for him?

Well Kayla again brings up that Bryan wants to check off winning the Royal Rumble. The one thing Bryan appreciated about his early retirement was that it reminded him that we never know when this will end, so you have to appreciate every moment. And though it’s been a couple years already since he’s returned, he still cherishes the moments. But knowing it could end, there are things he wants to check off. In his 20+ year career, he has never won a battle royal of any kind! And he’s wrestled in crazy places where the other people weren’t very good, no one has heard of, and yet Bryan could never win a battle royal.

“But this might be my last chance, so I am making it a goal of mine to win the Royal Rumble. To win a battle royal. And if that happens, if I win the Royal Rumble, that means I would go to WrestleMania and face whoever is Universal Champion.” Bryan doesn’t lay claim to being better than many. But he’ll say this: “I’m a better fighter than Roman Reigns. And I sure as hell am a better wrestler than Roman Reigns. If I win the Royal Rumble, and face Roman Reigns at WrestleMania, if he’s still the champion, I will beat him for that championship. Here’s another thing: If he’s not champion, somewhere down the line, I’m gonna beat him anyways.”

And he loves Kayla’s Christmas jacket. Thanks! And again, good luck for the Royal Rumble. Bryan wishes everyone a Happy Holidays, his kids had such a great Christmas! Just playing with the wrapping paper was fun!

Charlotte Flair and Asuka join Talking Smack!

The Grand Slam Queen and #EmpressTwoBelts are here. Charlotte says she has the OG Grand Slam because she retired the Diva’s Championship. But it’s great to have them both back on SmackDown and here on Talking Smack now that they’re both Women’s Tag Team Champions. They defended their titles on SmackDown, we’ll be seeing them both back for sure, but how does it feel to be back? Charlotte returns and takes gold immediately. Charlotte says it still hasn’t hit her back. Those six months she was gone, she wanted to be back but she was also so nervous despite having done just about everything. But it just meant Charlotte needed to prove herself again. Kayla says it’s so deserved.

Kayla asks Heyman if he wants to say something, since he’s been so quiet. Heyman watched Raw for them, the only reason why now really. But Charlotte said this was for a friend in need, and Heyman didn’t realize they’re friends. He’s happy for them, though. Asuka confirms they are “tomodachi.” But the question is then, since Kayla didn’t ask it, whose idea was this? Asuka takes full credit for reaching out to Charlotte first. And she basically begged Charlotte, and Charlotte confirms that in return. Heyman excuses the lack of professionalism as Kayla doesn’t understand a word of Japanese, so please translate. Asuka speaks more Japanese and Kayla actually does understand. What Asuka was saying was that she wanted the very best, and the very best is Charlotte.

There are many impressive tag teams in the Women’s Division now, as we saw on SmackDown. Is there a specific team out there that they are concerned about? It isn’t one team, but Charlotte is just impressed by many teams. Mandy Rose and Dana Brooke, the #SexyMuscleFriends of Asuka’s, and then Nia and Shayna, everyone’s come a long way. Asuka and Charlotte have both been SmackDown Women’s Champion, they’ve both faced Sasha Banks and Bayley many times, and then seeing Bianca Belair again, and even Carmella, it was all great. But the champs know they’ll be a hard team to beat. Kayla can’t wait to see it, congratulates them again and thanks them for being here. Wait, what is their tag team name? They come up with Queens of Tomorrow, and it’s a hit!

Big E joins Talking Smack!

“The Powerhouse of Positivity” and the NEW Intercontinental Champion shimmies and shakes his way on set and Heyman says he cannot physically dance so he apologizes. Kayla is so happy to see Big E with the belt, and he still has confetti on his shoulders. Keep it, though, it’s nice. Heyman shakes Big E’s hand and congratulates him. Big E appreciates that, and he says he still had those words Heyman told him last time. Big E said it was all very meaningful. There was a man signaling him. “Tommy” was doing something and Big E doesn’t understand. Oh, maybe it means propping the belt up.

It has been some time since he’s had the title himself. Seven years, 2013, was when he was last Intercontinental Champion. And again Big E thanks Heyman for those words he said. Many times in life, you know something, but it has to be said to you by someone else, especially someone of Heyman’s stature, that it hits home. Big E appreciates that. Sometimes you do need to be reminded of what you have. Heyman says Big E has always had it. But this is a business. You can have “it,” be here, do all the work, always show up, yet never get the ball.

We’ve seen time and time again those who have ability and do it all, but never get this shot. They become the “What ifs,” and Big E doesn’t want that to be him. Big E doesn’t want to leave and people go, “Oh, what could’ve been with that guy? He had some ability, but they didn’t do much with him, he complained, he didn’t take charge.” Big E doesn’t want to be the untapped potential of the WWE. Kayla understands and says there must be such validation. This year was so crazy, but perhaps the wildest of all was The New Day being split apart. Now Big E has the belt, is smooching and cradling it, that going solo was the right decision.

Big E says it wasn’t a decision, the WWE split them up! What did he decide? Well, the powers that be decided. Well, Kofi Kingston still become world champion with the New Day by his side, but hey. They were given lemons, they made lemonade that was good. It was not their decision, but that is this business. You take what you’re given, run with it, and sometimes take what you aren’t given and still figure it out. By no means, this is not the “I made it!” moment. The work begins now. Big E must prove he is worthy of this and more. That is what he is here for. Then is there sentimental value with that title? It was his first singles title on the main roster, after all.

Well yes, but it was his first year on main roster, and he knew he had the ability. If you haven’t advanced in seven years, then you need to do something else. Big E made those steps to be even more worthy, ready and better at everything of this job. Heyman hopes Big E is done with the “false humility.” What’s he talking about? Heyman sits up to give Big E another talk. Heyman appreciates the introspection. It’s rather humble, speaks to how Big E was raised as a gentleman. That gentlemanly nature has afforded Big E the opportunity to do a lot of press, media and charity events.

But there comes a time whether or not Big E takes the opportunity when it is given to him. Big E takes the opportunity, as he started to say, but then he backed off to show his humility and respect for the process. But Heyman sees the process this way: Big E said this is the first step, but towards what? Heyman knows the answer, and that Big E is too humble to say it because it punks Heyman out. Heyman says it for him, it’s the first step towards Roman, the Universal Championship, and becoming THE absolute number one attraction in WWE today. Heyman gets that. Big E should feel that way and is right to feel that way.

Two weeks ago, Heyman said Big E would be a singles champion, that he should go t hat way, and that Sami Zayn was a great first step. And then what did he do? Big E mowed Sami down and took the title. Now Big E will learn how much deep down he loves being a singles champion all over again. Then he’ll say that while this title is beautiful, it is not the Universal title. That is where Big E wants to be. The WrestleMania main event, the Universal Championship, but here’s how Heyman sees it. Big E is big box office, a magnificent athlete, and Heyman would love to see Big E in the ring with Roman Reigns.

At the start of 2020, if Roman looked at Big E and asked Heyman his opinion, Heyman would’ve said, “Just a tag team wrestler. Best one on the planet, but still just a tag team wrestler.” Can’t say that now. The first step in Big E’s journey, he is on his way. 2021 is around the corner, and when it comes to Heyman’s evaluation, it’s a new YEAR, yes it is. They shake hands, we relive the celebration with confetti, and that’s all for the last Talking Smack of 2020! See you in the new year!

My Thoughts:

A very good Talking Smack to close out the year. Now, much of Charlotte’s part tonight was recycled from Raw Talk, and I feel like they lean too into Asuka speaking mostly Japanese and at the very least pretending people understand. But I do like that the newest tag nickname for them is The Queens of Tomorrow, and that’s pretty good honestly. I just feel like them saying there are many teams in the women’s division right now, when the match itself was Asuka & Charlotte, a thrown together team, facing two other thrown together teams in Sasha-Bianca and BayMella! Riott Squad is the last real team standing, even if #SexyMuscleFriends are doing well right now.

Bryan had great energy and I like that he basically got in Heyman’s face about coming after Roman Reigns. It would be quite the year for Bryan to win the Royal Rumble match and add that to his great career. Of course, it would be for Big E, too. Big E and Heyman had another good segment together, and it really puts Big E’s return to singles action in a great perspective. Big E mentioned without giving names how wrestlers have come and gone in WWE and for whatever reason didn’t stick. Big E is definitely doing what he said in making sure he never leaves anything to question. He has the size, ability, charisma and dedication, he definitely should get a long reign with the Intercontinental Championship. If anything, a Champion VS Champion story should be part of Big E’s reign.

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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

Post match interviews



(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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