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Mitchell’s Talking Smack Report! (12/5/20)

Talking Smack is gonna be a Riott!

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Talking Smack is #UNTOUCHABLE this week!

With SmackDown heating up, the UNTOUCHABLE Carmella, WWE Intercontinental Champion, Sami Zayn, and even the Riott Squad are here to talk some smack!

 

Kayla Braxton welcomes us back to the show!

With TLC just a couple weeks ago, and so much that happened on Friday, there’s a lot to talk about! And of course, Kayla is with the Special Counsel to the “Reigns-ing, Defending, Undisputed-” Heyman cuts her off there, and she asks what’s wrong this time. Teach her your ways. She didn’t do anything wrong. He just wants to apologize for what happened on SmackDown with her in the ring with Roman Reigns. It was wrong to put her in a situation she shouldn’t have as a journalist. She is there to do a job, and she was smack dab, no pun intended, in the middle of a very tense and volatile situation. Heyman apologizes on behalf of Roman for the actions of Kevin Owens.

Kevin is the one who put her in that situation, and it was the most unprofessional act Heyman has seen on SmackDown in a long, long time. That is why Kevin should never be our Universal Heavyweight Champion. Obviously Mama Owens did not raise a gentleman. Roman Reigns, the Tribal Chief, Head of the Table, #TheBestoftheBest, our Universal Champion, is a gentleman. They always talk about his father, Sika, but Roman’s mother raised him to be a gentleman. Mama Owens clearly raised Kevin to be a “sexist and a savage.” So Heyman apologizes to Kayla for that humiliating moment. Roman apologizes to her, and Heyman assures her that as long as Roman is Tribal Chief, a moment like that will never happen again.

Well, Kayla isn’t sure what to say to that… How about, “Thank you, Mr. Heyman, that was a lovely apology. Your mother must’ve raised you to be a gentleman, too.” And then they’d shake hands and they’d go on to business. Well then thanks for advocating- Nope. He doesn’t advocate. He counsels. Well okay then. This is already off the rails, so things will just get worse before they get better, so we go with the first-ever, two-time Ms. Money in the Bank!

Carmella joins Talking Smack!

But she’s untouchable, so no handshakes. Heyman apologizes. He’s doing that a lot. She isn’t apologizing. But she wants Kayla to remember there are more things. She was a WWE 24/7 Champion, a WrestleMania Battle Royal winner, and all sorts of champions. Kayla apologizes for that. There was a lot of back and forth going on. Well that sounds like her problem. But Kayla brings up how Carmella being a former SmackDown Women’s Champion, she is getting another shot at the title at TLC against Sasha Banks. Congratulations on that, how does it feel after just returning? Is Kayla surprised? This is Carmella, the untouchable, the fabulous. She took some time off but she’s right where she was meant to be.

Kayla knows Heyman’s been busy with the Roman, Jey, Kevin issue, but what is his opinion of the heated back and forth between Sasha and Carmella? Kayla quotes Mella by saying she joined the WWE on a whim and it all came to her so easily. Mella will finish that off. “Poor Sasha. Imagine what it’s like to have one goal your entire life. Her only goal in life was to get to the WWE.” But Mella was a cheerleader in the NFL and the NBA, traveling the world! Then she just decided to try the WWE, and is better than Sasha. Mella feels sorry for Sasha. It must be sad. And can someone get Heyman a napkin? He’s drooling. Kayla notes this is of course because Carmella calls herself the “eye candy, every man’s desire.”

But Kayla still wants Heyman’s opinion on the statements Carmella made doing this just because as opposed to someone like Roman who joined the family tradition. Heyman looks at things differently. What he is blown away by is Carmella’s passion, how she feels for the champion because of how much better she is than the champion and how easier it will be for her than it is for the champion. And that it IS unfair that there is a line of WWE superstars that don’t equal in talent to her. She has compassion for those people! “Ladies and gentlemen, this show started off with an apology, and should continue with an apology.” Kayla should apologize to Carmella for not realizing how wonderful and compassionate she is.

Mella says she herself is so amazing. Sasha says Asuka is one of the best ever, but Mella beat Asuka twice. Mella beat Charlotte, and Sasha’s never done that! Mella’s one reign is longer than all of Sasha’s put together! And Mella does feel sorry for Sasha. Kayla isn’t sure this is genuine. But Kayla does know Mella is a formidable competitor, talented and beautiful. Headed into TLC, if she comes out the new champion, how will her new reign be better and different than her first? Mella says she was the most entertaining, fabulous and amazing SmackDown Women’s Champion ever! Name someone who was more entertaining. You can’t, because no one is better than her. She is the E in WWE. Got that, toots?

Okay, before she goes, Kayla asks Mella that she does have respect for Sasha, right? Of course! Sasha is a trailblazer. She’s one of the Four Horsewomen, it’s one of the things people keep going on and on about. Mella will not take anything away from Sasha. Sasha put in the effort. But Mella is just better. Kayla says Sasha is a future Hall of Famer, Mella says she herself is one, too. Then how is she going to handle the Boss. She just will. Then thank you for your time and good luck at TLC. Mella says thanks but she doesn’t need it. Heyman lets out a sigh of relief and is happy Mella finally left. But Kayla is happy to have the next guests to bring some energy and excitement to the show!

The Riott Squad joins Talking Smack!

Liv Morgan and Ruby Riott are happy to be here and Heyman feels like he’s at a rave. Kayla wants to point out how great the Squad always looks with their coordinated attire, and wants to start coordinating with them. That’d be great! Heyman should, too! Like power suits. Maybe just color coordinate. Heyman can use a necklace or tie. Same fabrics is the main thing.

Kayla wants to talk with Liv about how proud we all are for #LivForever to be on the WWE Network to great response. Liv almost has this speechless moment. It’s so great to have and experience something like this, with the support that she has. It’s one thing to have people comment on your work, but to comment on your life is so different. It’s overwhelming but great and Liv is grateful.

Kayla knows there was the frenemy moment with Ruby, but this is the real deal. What is it to be with your best friend? It’s amazing! That documentary finally shows the world what Ruby’s seen in Liv all along. The journey she was on and is still on. The documentary didn’t come to a climax, if you will, because there’s still so much more. The Squad still has so much more to give, and that means being WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions. It’s about time! You deserve it! Wait, Billie Kay walks in? She says hey, squeezes in between Liv and Ruby, and tells “Mr. Riott Squads. Ms. Riott Squads?” Anyway, head shot, and resume. Ah, yes. Billie could offer guidance as a former Women’s Tag Team Champion.

Yes, that’s true, it’s right there. But is Liv thinking what Ruby is thinking? Pretty sure. How about they see her next week. In the ring. With a partner of her choosing. If she can find one. To give them guidance, she needs to show them what the resume looks like in action. Well, Billie is juggling other opportunities. She is in high demand right now. Well if she could squeeze them into her schedule, that’d be nice. “You gotta be joking me!” Billie is not happy and she leaves. Nice to see you, Billie! Bye! Ruby and Liv are ready for that match. That voice makes Ruby twitch.

Kayla says the Squad is such a joy, and congratulates them on everything they’ve done so far. She is on their team as far as getting those titles. Liv and Ruby thank Kayla for that and head out. Heyman says the favorite part about them is that they’re in synch. But without much fanfare, the WWE Intercontinental Championship is here!

Sami Zayn joins Talking Smack!

Sami says Kayla’s game is slacking because she leans on Heyman now. Is the title in the shot? A little dirty but oh well. Sami and Heyman shake hands but Sami’s hand is not 100%. Blame Big E for this. And no apology! Kayla gives a sarcastic “Aw” and Sami says a decent person would apologize. Heyman is world class decent. If Heyman is saying he would apologize, does that not say something about Big E’s personality that he doesn’t apologize for bruising Sami’s hand? Heyman carefully shakes Sami’s hand and apologizes on behalf of Big E and SmackDown.

Sami is important to the brand as a “champion of the people.” People around the world look to Sami to represent them, lift their heads and their spirits and say “Yes You Can.” This is on Big E! Be ashamed, Big E! Well maybe we’ll hear from Big E later. Normally Sami and Kayla go back and forth, but Kayla wants to focus on the positive. Like his title reign! Yes, but the title as a whole, and the man who represented it, and what that special Six Man Tag tonight- Er, last night. AMATEUR HOUR! They need Sami back! But go ahead, Kayla. Yes, that was special, because it honored Pat Patterson. Pat meant so much to so many, especially Sami. Sami apologizes for being snippy, he appreciates this moment.

Heyman surely knows this, Patterson would sing Sami’s praises in the most humbly way because of how genuinely he believed in Sami, at a time when Sami was still making his name in NXT. Patterson was the first to really, really push for Sami, all the way to Vince himself. That was just professionally. Personally, there is so much more to say about the “love of life” Patterson had. Patterson knew how to live. Patterson was a snow bird, south for the winter. They’d talk about food and cities and so much. Sami and Patterson had so much in common, and Sami admired that love of life. Patterson knew how to live.

And Patterson being the first ever Intercontinental Champion, Sami having the title now is an even greater moment. Seeing the original belt on display was wonderful, too, and Sami is proud to represent this title and Patterson’s memory at this time. Kayla knows Sami will continue to defend, retain and be the UNDISPUTED Intercontinental Champion. No matter how he does it, it will be a lengthy reign for sure. What is that supposed to mean? Heyman says he doesn’t know, he barely pays attention to her. But Heyman apologizes that this is what Sami had to deal with.


My Thoughts:

This was a pretty good episode. Heyman apologizing for the wrong things was a great part of his character in the overall story of Roman Reigns becoming Tribal Chief. Mella is doing very well being very snooty. This is an interesting angle to come at Sasha VS Mella from, but I do think it is working. There’s a chance the women’s title match gets a stipulation but it might not with only so much build and heat going into this. A Ladder match would be best, to reference how Mella is the first Ms. MITB winner. Riott Squad had a good segment to plug Liv Forever, and Billie joining in was an interesting move. I feel like the only woman Billie could team with right now is Tamina, who isn’t doing anything right now. And then Sami had a good segment to honor Pat Patterson, while still getting his little jabs in at Kayla. Good character work while still giving us shoot comments about a truly great man.


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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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