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Raw Talk will be mighty!

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WWE Raw Talk

The All Mighty United States Champion is on Raw Talk!

Raw Talk (almost) always has the WWE 24/7 Champion, but now it has the WWE United States Champion! Bobby Lashley is here, along with MVP!

 

R-Truth and Sarah Schreiber welcome us back to the show!

Usually it’s Charly Caruso and #CharTruth, but Sarah is substituting in with the “ever-entertaining, talented, FORTY-SIX time 24/7 Champion!” Sarah asks permission to pet the title and he allows it. But if they’re not CharTruth, then they have to be something else. Truth Saram? Like serum but… not. But whatever their combo, they’re hear to talk some truth. Truth says Charly is visiting her mom for Thanksgiving. Right… We’re just a little past that, but anyway, on to tonight’s Raw!

Firstly, did Truth expect the Legend Killer, Randy Orton, to fight a legend in The Game? And what else did we see? A FIREBALL was fired from Alexa Bliss! Truth watches back the footage, Orton was talking trash to HHH but then Alexa Bliss returns and shoots the fireball right at him. It seems when he didn’t set her on fire, she decided to set him on fire! She’s starting to creep Truth out. Sarah says it does make sense, though, when Alexa has lost it all. She lost the Firefly Fun House because of Orton, she lost The Fiend because of Orton, and has nothing left to lose. Truth agrees with that, but why the fireball? Why!? And it has all but blinded Orton right there. Is he okay? Do we hope he is or isn’t? HHH just confronted Orton for being awful, but then this happens. This is getting hot quite literally.

But other major news from Raw was that the WWE World Champion, Drew McIntyre, has tested positive for COVID, is quarantining, but still accepted Goldberg’s challenge for the title! That’s going to be good! Truth is going with McIntyre, but he knows Goldberg is Goldberg. McIntyre is a fighter, though! A Scottish Warrior, sword and all! Excalibur or what? Um… Well, a thrilling and terrifying night overall, but we need to get to our first guest, the Lethal Lothario!

Angel Garza joins Raw Talk!

Garza has a question for Sarah first. “Why are you so lonely?” Is she lonely? She has Truth here. And hello, don’t just blow past Truth! Garza tunes all that out and says he’s brought something for Sarah: a rose. Well, she knows he’s offered a rose to a lot of different ladies, and even once before to her. Yes, and she left him hanging. Also, Truth is putting gummy worms all over Garza as a reminder of the Bogeyman spooking him on Legend’s Night. Sarah accepts the rose, and then asks Garza how he feels about having lost the WWE 24/7 Championship to Truth. Who? Garza only sees Sarah.

Truth keeps trying to get Garza to acknowledge the gummy worms, and Sarah asks if Garza isn’t disheartened by the loss. Garza says he’s only focused on Sarah. They can look at each other in the eyes and- Well, last week, Garza was trying to flirt with some of the legendary ladies, such as Torrie Wilson. Garza denies that but Truth points out how Garza also thought he had a chance at Card B and Ariana Grande, but then Bogeyman and Truth had the last laugh. Garza only acknowledges the gummy worms in offering them to Sarah, and she politely declines. Is he not discouraged at all after last week? Just a little. But when Garza sees Sarah, everything else is gone.

Well while Garza is romantic and sweet, cute even- Truth points out she’s letting the flower droop. Garza throws the gummy worms away and Sarah is sensing tension between him and Truth. Are there any refs around? Truth says Garza is mad that he didn’t get Cardi, he got the Bogey. Sarah asks if Garza was expecting the Bogeyman and Truth says nope, he was hoping for Cardi B! Garza gets mad at Truth and wants him to lose so he can be alone with Sarah. Whoa, did he forget what show it was? Maybe Garza should go. Well there was no chair over on the other side! Right, sorry.

Sarah wants to ask Garza about his expectations in 2021. Apparently he wants a woman but he can’t get one, he’s too much of a player! Garza says 2021 is HIS year. For…? You’ll see. Truth says that’s not likely. Now have more gummy worms. Sarah, stay away from him, he’s a player! Moving on, someone else irresistible is the Irresistible Force!

Nia Jax joins Raw Talk!

Sarah asks how Nia is doing and Nia says she’s doing well. Nia and Shayna had a good win but Nia seemed upset she didn’t get the win herself. No, that’s not it. It isn’t? No, it isn’t. Nia isn’t sure what Sarah and Truth are getting at, but just because their hair is that high doesn’t mean they can look down on Nia. Nia doesn’t mind if it was her or Shayna who got the win, it was that they got the win. It was just a bit surprising. Sarah brings up the Royal Rumble is coming, and that is every superstar for themselves. Are they preparing for that as a team? Nia thinks Sarah has some horns under that hair, she is definitely starting something.

Truth says Sarah is asking legit questions and Nia agrees, it is every woman for themselves. Nia has a good history in the Rumble matches, and Truth should remember that. Remember what happened when she went after him? Truth says Nia apologized, but she doesn’t remember that. She never apologizes. So she and Shayna are on the same team, same path, et cetera? They were so dominate- ARE dominate! The hair gel is getting to Sarah. Rumble season is everyone for themselves, tonight threw Nia off balance, but they’re a team. They’ve come a long way from when they started as a team. Shayna did great last week all alone, even though she lost. But as a team, they won.

But this is the Royal Rumble! They’re gonna be tight? Would Truth trust Nia at the Rumble? HELL NO. Well, Shayna and Nia were tag team champions, are they still after those belts? Wow, Sarah is coming out hot! Nia and Shayna always have eyes on the prize, but when it comes to the Rumble, when one of them wins, they’re going to WrestleMania! And Truth, be careful, you might not make it to the Rumble. Truth says he’ll be too worried about his baby. But would Nia and Shayna work together in the Rumble for a moment? We’ll wait and see. Uh oh, that means they will fight. Friendship is DONE. Shut up, Truth!

Well, Mandy and Dana have been very resilient to the animosity. What did Nia think about Shayna’s loss? It seemed like Shayna didn’t care about winning, she just wanted to kill. If Shayna turns it on, she could take out most of the other women. Not all, but most. Shayna has that killer instinct, brought it tonight. She might’ve been down on the mat a little too long last week, but that’s not the point. If she brings it, it’s done. Sarah thanks Nia for her time, Nia insists she never apologized to Truth, even now, and Nia heads off. And lastly, the Hurt Business is here!

MVP and Bobby Lashley joins Raw Talk!

MVP says they’ve got this on lock and Truth agrees. It was a busy night tonight but tonight, the Hurt Business was winning. MVP says it is business as usual. MVP points out the spot on his suit, that is Matt Riddle’s “DNA swatch,” his blood. Riddle’s people will get the dry cleaning bill. Send it to Batman because Matt’s the Riddler. MVP doesn’t care to understand what Truth is talking about. But the United States Champion isn’t losing any time soon. Lashley could even add the 24/7 Championship if he wanted to. MVP references Truth’s usual confusion by saying Lashley could use “Nelson from the Simpsons” on Truth to get it, too.

Speaking of that, Truth wants to talk with them. What Lashley did to Riddle, the Hurt Lock, that’s the exit ramp. A full nelson submission victory and Lashley wins. Luckily the ref was paying attention this time. Yes, the last time it happened, the ref missed it. MVP says the ref messed up that time, and doesn’t want anyone defending it. Just because he’s a WWE referee, he’s above reproach? Lashley speaks up to say that he beat up a real fighter. Riddle didn’t win back then, and he didn’t win against MVP tonight. Not really! MVP says Riddle can win a match but he still lost the fight. So congrats, bro, you won by DQ!

Was MVP shocked by that challenge? No, Riddle is an idiot! Nothing Riddle does surprises MVP. MVP says Riddle and Truth are the same, they’re both “idiot savants.” Truth takes that as a compliment. But Riddle has been a thorn in the side of the Hurt Business since coming to Raw, and clearly Hurt Business isn’t investing in Riddle’s ideas. Lashley says Riddle is more a roach. Hurt Business has big plans for 2021 so they’re not wasting time with Riddle and the Bronuts and whatever other nonsense he comes up with. Truth says Lashley could probably chow down and put away a lot of Bronuts, though.

Lashley and MVP get up and get in Truth’s face. Truth just wants an apology for Lashley putting him in the nelson like 100 times! One little apology won’t hurt the Hurt Business! Just one. MVP says Lashley won’t punch Truth in the mouth yet, and the show will end here. MVP wants Truth to apologize, and Truth apologizes. Sarah just has one more question. The Hurt Business has the United States and Raw Tag Team Championships, what does MVP have his eyes on? MVP says the US title IS their gold. Truth speaks up again and MVP gets mad!

MVP asks Truth what he just said and Sarah does her best to remain calm. Lashley pulls MVP away and they spare Truth. Truth says this is why they can’t have Hurt Business back! Sarah does her best to smooth everything over, and thanks us for tuning in to this week’s Raw Talk.


My Thoughts:

A fairly good episode of Raw Talk, and perhaps more than just McIntyre had to quarantine because of his positive test. Charly Caruso being the primary interviewer for Raw and therefore being frequently in close proximity, it’d make sense she would quarantine as a precaution. Sarah Schreiber did alright, though I would’ve thought Kayla got the nod to fill in since she hosts Talking Smack. But again, Sarah did alright, her part at the end could’ve been a bit more flustered but we can kayfabe that as her being more professional and able to handle a stressful situation.

Going into this, I thought Garza should’ve closed so he and Truth could end Raw Talk on a 24/7 Championship match. But starting it off with Garza was fine. Garza tuning out Truth until he just couldn’t hold back his frustration was a good way of doing his segment, and this will definitely lead to another 24/7 Championship “match” at some point, which I think will be a bit of fun. Nia had a decent segment, mostly her trying to stir up trouble with Sarah, but her passive aggressive comments toward Shayna were a good detail. Hurt Business had a good segment because of how angry they got with Truth, as Charly has always been warning Truth about. I hope Charly gets to point that out to Truth when she returns.

And while MVP said Lashley having the US title was enough for him, I really do think MVP should become 24/7 Champion to get at Truth, but then also it’s a great set-up where MVP has the other members as bodyguards so that he can hold onto the belt for a long time, and perhaps set a record in length of reign. That won’t be so hard, as Rob Gronkowski was the longest reigning at a recognized 57 days, aka two months. So MVP could have Hurt Business protecting him for two or three months, set the record, then he loses on like the 60th night to Truth or another star that’s their rival.


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News From Cook’s Corner 12.6.21: The Kids Are All Right

Cook’s news has a grab bag of interesting topics! New faces in weird places, an NXT major event and more!

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Hi, hello & welcome to News From Cook’s Corner! I’m Steve Cook, and I can’t believe we’re approaching the end of 2021. It just seems like yesterday we were talking about how 2020 was the worst year ever and were excited to see it coming to an end. I haven’t seen that sentiment as much about 2021, but I think that’s because time moves so quickly that we don’t have the opportunity to take these things into account.

Has 2021 been good or bad? I have no idea! It’s been a year, as far as I can tell.

As for this past week in the world of wrestling…it was a week! Just glancing over the week’s news gives me the feeling that nothing happens when people aren’t getting released. Uncle Dave spent most of his time talking about who should make his hall of fame. Heck, the main thing to rock Wrestling Twitter last week was a casting decision for the NXT WarGames pre-show panel. I had no idea people still watched those things, especially on an NFL Sunday where there were a number of exciting finishes. I did catch the last bit of it though, and from what I saw I don’t think we have to worry about the future of wrestling journalism being corrupted.

I’m trying to work up some kind of take on the whole thing, because I know people love it when I go off on other Internet wrestling journalists/personalities for perceived grievances or for being hypocritical sycophants. Unfortunately, I don’t really know any of these people, and as far as I know they haven’t said any shit about me or my friends. So I’ve got nothing, other than my opinion that Denise Salcedo is more visually appealing than David Bixenspan. I know! It’s a hot take, but I went there!

Let’s look at what happened at NXT WarGames, a show I was interested in more than Broncos vs. Chiefs. Looks like I was right on that one.

Raquel Gonzalez, Io Shirai, Cora Jade & Kay Lee Ray beat Toxic Attraction & Dakota Kai in the Women’s War Games Match

First of all, credit to all the women involved, because they put it all out there and did the best they could. The only issue was a little bit of booking getting in the way. There’s a reason why War Games is almost always worked with the heels having the advantage. Unless Toxic Attraction & Dakota Kai aren’t heels, which I thought they were, but the match layout had the effect of having them get sympathy for most of it. Also some awkward moments where the heels got the advantage even whilst outnumbered. However, there was more than enough to make up for the weird psychology. Lots of weapons, Cora Jade losing her mind and doing a swanton off the top of a cage through a table, good times.

And I’ll probably get some crap for it, but I still don’t like the whole “pinfalls in WarGames” thing. I know it’s been a thing here in NXT, but give me “Submit or Surrender” any day of the week. In any event, it was nice to see the young girls do a good job here and shove it in the face of those that didn’t think they could pull off a WarGames match. Give the kids a chance, I say.

Imperium defended the NXT Tag Team Championship against Kyle O’Reilly & Von Wagner

Fabian Aichner likes to jump around, doesn’t he? I thought this was a pretty solid match, which did one thing much better than most of the NXT Tag Team Championship matches I’ve seen over the years. Imperium eventually hit their finisher after everybody did a bunch of stuff. One finisher ended it. Didn’t need to do five Imperial Bombs to get it done on one of these shows. I can dig that.

Then in a shocking surprise, KOR actually got the better of Von in the attempted post-match beatdown. We expected Wagner to drum the poor boy out, but that’ll have to wait for another day. O’Reilly also threw up some Undisputed Era sign language, just the thing to get people talking.

Cameron Grimes beat Duke Hudson in a hair vs. hair match

NXT’s crowds certainly have their rough moments, but I do appreciate their knowledge of mid-90s WWF Superstars leading to a “Duke the Dumpster” chant. The more I noticed the tell-tale signs of male pattern baldness on Hudson, I had a feeling where this was going. He got the ol’ weedwhacker haircut too, which is much worse than the clean shave. Match was ok, just killing time until the haircut.

Roderick Strong retained the Cruiserweight Championship against Joe Gacy

Roderick did the best he could with this one. Frankly, I would have been ok with Gacy becoming an All Inclusive champion, but that would have been a division-killing move more than anything else. 205 Live does seem to still be a thing for some reason, so that doesn’t seem imminent. I’m sure Gacy will find something to do, as we liberal scum always have some hopeless cause to fight for.

Kyle challenged Von to a cage match on Tuesday, because cage matches are the thing in WWE these days. Big E vs. Kevin Owens on Monday, this on Tuesday, all kinds of house show ones apparently. Not sure what the deal is there.

Team 2.0 defeated Team Black & Gold in the Men’s War Games Match

The young boys pretty much had to win this one in order to be taken seriously, and that’s exactly what they did. Proper WarGames psychology with the heels continually getting the advantage. You got Gargano & Ciampa doing their old tag team spots one last time. LA Knight showed more fire than usual. The youngsters were fine, but Bron Breakker easily stood out amongst the pack. We thought that Bron might get the win over Gargano, but Bron getting the win over Ciampa was the smarter move, to further set up the eventual title change. Lots of crazy spots, weapons randomly brought into the ring. I’d say it stood up well against previous iterations of the WarGames match.

I know that my general opinions on NXT fly in the face of most folks’ on the Internet. They’re upset that the super indy is no more. At some point, however, one must move on. Or at least try to give the new thing a chance. I will say that the wrestlers on this particular show put on a good effort, and I was especially impressed with the folks that people told me weren’t ready for a WarGames match.

The one downside of NXT 2.0 that I can’t deny? You’ll get some dumb shit like this:

Fortunately I was in the bathroom when this happened live. So my best advice to you would be to drink a lot of water so you’ll be in the restroom during commercials.

Who Was Where?

With all these companies releasing people lately, it’s only natural to expect names to show up different places than you might expect. When possible, I’ll try to update you on these matters so you know who to expect in what places.

AEW: Matt Taven & Jonathan Gresham were backstage at the AEW tapings in Duluth, GA this week. Both men are under ROH contract until the end of the year and currently have other things going on, but it wouldn’t be shocking if Tony Khan was interested in bringing either in based off of their working ability. Gresham is from the Atlanta area, while Taven was in town for the NWA’s Hard Times 2 event, which featured some other interesting names in a different place than usual.

NWA: The aforementioned Hard Times 2 saw a couple of interesting debuts for the company. Dirty Dango, formerly known as Fandango, appeared after the tag team championship match, forming a team with none other than JTG. Seems like an awfully random teaming, but I’m sure they worked together at some point during their tenure with WWE. It seemed like they were both there forever.

Matt Cardona also made his debut with the company, he’ll be targeting the NWA World Championship. I said the other night that Impact Wrestling should put their title on Cardona to try & make themselves more relevant, and the same definitely holds true for the NWA. Cardona easily has more buzz than anybody else working NWA shows right now. Heck, his positive buzz might cancel out some of the negative buzz surrounding other people on that roster.

AAA: A couple of familiar names returned to AAA at their TripleMania Regia event, neither coming as much of a surprise. Taya Valkyrie sent in a video declaring her intention to challenge Deonna Purrazzo, current holder of the Reina de Reinas Championship. Makes sense, as Deonna was the last woman to wrestle Taya before her ill-fated stint with WWE NXT. Taya has spent most of her career working for AAA and didn’t leave on bad terms, so her return was always just a matter of time.

A name less familiar to most of you but one I remember from back in the day also returned, as Cibernetico made his first appearance with AAA since 2015. He was one of the company’s top stars during the 1990s & 2000s, and has had several stints with the company. He usually seems to leave due to some sort of an issue with Konnan, and has returned to re-establish his issue with Konnan. Lots of people have issues with Konnan, what can I say? If you’re old like me, you might remember Cibernetico’s brief stint with the WWF as part of an AAA invasion deal that helped fill out the card for the 1997 Royal Rumble in San Antonio.

Jeff Hardy Sent Home

PWInsider reported that Jeff Hardy was sent home by WWE after Saturday’s live event in Edinburg, TX. He was working a six-man tag team match with Drew McIntyre & Xavier Woods against The Bloodline. Apparently Hardy spent most of the match selling in a more sluggish way than usual, and after tagging out he went into the crowd, not returning for the post-match celebration.

Naturally, given Jeff’s history people are going to be alarmed whenever reports like this come out. Hopefully things will end up all right.

AEW Had A Release

I almost forgot, we had another AEW release made public this week. Big Swole’s contract expired at the end of November, and she asked not to renew it. Swole hadn’t wrestled for AEW since a Dark taping on September 11, and hadn’t been on TNT since October 14, 2020. Her highest-profile feud was with Dr. Britt Baker D.M.D, and Swole even defeated Dr. Baker in the infamous Tooth & Nail match.

Swole is married to Cedric Alexander, who’s still under WWE contract. That used to be a pretty good way to get hired over there, but not so much these days.

Welp, that’s all we have time for this week! Thanks for reading, and until next time, keep your stick on the ice.


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(NOAH) NOAH WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.151 ~ 1ST DECEMBER 2021

With the hype of Budokan and the NJPW crossover show…someone will be coming back to NOAH before the 8th of January!

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With the hype of Budokan and the NJPW crossover show…someone will be coming back to NOAH before the 8th of January!

NEWS

KENTA comes home

NOAH announced that the Nippon Budokan announcement that they would be making on the 28th November in Yoyogi would be “the biggest in history”. Fans were all wondering what it would be, but I don’t think anyone foresaw this. NOAH ran a video which started with a familiar looking figure walking to where the old site of Differ Ariake used to be. He reminisced about how he had left seven years ago, and when he had no luck in America, he returned but he couldn’t go in…there was only one person who it could be. KENTA was coming home for the Nippon Budokan. Not as he was the last time when he came back for “FLIGHT”, but as himself. He would remain a freelancer of course and continue appearing in New Japan, but as now New Japan and NOAH have mended their bridges, it was going to be easier. People wept in the arena, and they wept at home. KENTA even trended on Twitter.

No opponent has been announced for KENTA as of yet, and fans are hoping that as Kenoh has always wanted to face him in a singles match and that title needs to be challenged for, he and Kenoh will face off at The Budokan. Don’t get too much of your hopes up though, Kaito Kiyomiya has hinted that he may challenge.

Nakajima retains, Go Shiozaki returns

Kenoh’s dream of entering the Nippon Budokan on his birthday as double champion (GHC National and GHC Heavyweight, and therefore being the first in history to have held the two belts at the same time), ended in the same way his first attempt did; a time out draw. After the grueling sixty minute match where they both beat the living hell out of each other, an exhausted Katsuhiko Nakajima got on the microphone and said, “Kenoh…” only for the lights to go off, the arena light up green and music that no one had heard since March start playing. With blonde hair and looking what Naomichi Marufuji described as (or can perhaps best be translated as) trim, Go Shiozaki came to the ring.

Kenoh (who would later complain that Shiozaki stole all the glory) left immediately, meaning that Nakajima was having to confront alone the person he hadn’t spoken about, changed the subject regarding or else completely ignored anything to do with. After screaming “I am NOAH! Has returned!” Shiozaki turned to Nakajima and said that the belt didn’t suit him, and he was challenging him for it. Nakajima dragged himself to his feet and holding the belt up to Shiozaki accepted his challenge, finishing with “I AM NOAH!”

Title match will take place on the 1st January at The Nippon Budokan, with Go Shiozaki making his return at NOAH’s next event on Sunday December 5th in Nagoya when their first pre match starts. Nakajima has vowed that he will destroy Shiozaki.

STINGER regain the GHC Junior Tag Belts, two challengers come forward

In a suitably chaotic tag title match, STINGER succeeded in taking back the championship from NOSAWA Rongai and Eita. Yoshinari Ogawa played them at their own game and got Eita counted out when he had him hung up on the ropes. Afterwards two teams appeared almost immediately (and at the same time) to make their bid to be challengers; Perros Del Mal De Japon’s Kotaro Suzuki and YO-HEY, and Momo No Seishun (Daisuke Harada and Atsushi Kotoge). After some shoving, finger pointing and then STINGER leaving the ring for them to fight it out between them, Daisuke Harada suggested a number one contenders match. This will be held on the 25th December in Yokohama. Backstage, Ogawa said he didn’t think either team were worthy; Kotoge’s current situation of losing didn’t inspire confidence in him as a challenger, and he thought that Momo had other issues which didn’t make them a cohesive team. Kotaro Ogawa called a “lackey” as he was forever walking behind Eita and NOSAWA. Ogawa had nothing to say about YO-HEY, only that he would prefer Eita as his partner, and not Kotaro. Personally, I think Momo no Seishun are probably the team that Ogawa and HAYATA would prefer, as they don’t come with the emotions that YO-HEY and Kotaro do. Despite his feud with Ogawa, Kotaro did have a hard time watching while Ogawa had water dumped on him by Eita, and we all saw how YO-HEY came very close to doing an old tandem move with HAYATA…

Masato Tanaka challenges Takashi Sugiura for the ZERO1 World Heavyweight

With his defeat in a tag match over Takashi Sugiura in Yoyogi, Masato Tanaka challenged for the ZERO1 World Heavyweight title. Tanaka said that he wanted it to be at ZERO1’s first show of the year (1st January 2022), he understood that it would be the day when NOAH was at The Budokan but this is a special date for them, as much as Fire Festival later in the year is. The match will take place in ZERO1 at Korakuen Hall.

Daisuke Harada and Atsushi Kotoge announce the launch of a new NOAH Junior brand, “N Innovation”

At the press conference on the 26th November, a new NOAH Junior brand was launched. The ideal of the event will be to showcase the NOAH Juniors (and other juniors from outside promotions who wish to take part and some heavyweights if they want to join in) in different innovative ways. It will also serve to showcase the younger wrestlers who are having dojo matches. Harada says there is room for it to grow and change as it goes along, but he would like for it to happen three times a month with the first shows taking place in late December when he and Kotoge take on Perros Del Mal De Japon in a number one contenders match for the junior tag titles. Yoshinari Ogawa probably won’t take part as he objects to anything Harada does, and Tadasuke says it’s of no interest to anyone except the boring NOAH Junior regulars.

EVENT RECAPS AND POST MATCH INTERVIEWS

Premium Prelude 2021 (Tuesday 23rd November, Niigata/Bandaijima Multipurpose Plaza Large Kama)

Event recap Post match interviews

LEC CLEANUP! Presents NOAH The Best 2021 (Sunday November 28th,  Yoyogi National Stadium Second Gymnasium)

Event recap Post match interviews

ELSEWHERE IN NOAH

– YO-HEY is becoming stronger and developing a nasty streak, not on sadistic HAYATA levels, but a more malicious one than he had before.

– The strongman gym that Yoshiki Inamura attends hinted that they want to see him compete in strong man contests as well as wrestling.

– Mohammed Yone hinted that Funky Express may be challenging for the GHC Heavyweight Tag Titles. Akitoshi Saito said it didn’t matter what team they used, but make a custom belt to go round his waist.

– Naomichi Marufuji fought fountains in a variety show on TBS. One fan parodied it by putting a figure of Marufuji on top of a shower, which Marufuji thought was very funny.

– Most people would flick a bug off of a banana they were eating. Yoshiki Inamura photographed it.

– HAYATA didn’t turn up to the GHC Junior match signing (or for that matter the GHC Junior Heavyweight tag title signing which NO ONE turned up for). Tadasuke said they should just have got a blonde haired mannequin.

– Yasutaka Yano pinned NOSAWA for the second time during a handicap match. After the match, Yoshinari Ogawa was held back by Perros Del Mal as NOSAWA cut chunks out of Yano’s hair. He was eventually chased off by HAYATA who was wielding a chair. Yano (with a new Sugiura type hairstyle) has challenged NOSAWA to a singles match. NOSAWA is yet to respond.

– The winning team of Daiki Inaba, Kaito Kiyomiya, Yoshiki Inamura and Masa Kitamiya were presented with a bale of rice from the heartland of Japan’s rice production, Niigata, after winning the main event there. Yoshiki Inamura hoisted it on to his shoulders and walked around the ring with it, and then walked with it effortlessly to the back.

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

  • GHC Heavyweight Champion: Katsuhiko Nakajima
    Challenger: Go Shiozaki – ABEMA presents NOAH “THE NEW YEAR” 2022 (Nippon Budokan, Saturday January 1st)
  • GHC Junior Champion: HAYATA
    Challenger: Tadasuke – THE WARROAD 2021 in NAGOYA, Aichi / Nagoya Congress Center Event Hall, Sunday, December 5th 2021
  • GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: The M’s alliance (Naomichi Marufuji and Keiji Mutoh)
    Challengers: TBA
  • GHC Junior Tag Champions: STINGER (HAYATA and Yoshinari Ogawa)
    Challengers: A number one contenders match between Perros Del Mal De Japon (YO-HEY and Kotaro Suzuki) and Momo No Seishun (Atsushi Kotoge and Daisuke Harada) will be held on December 25th at Yokohama Radiant Halls.
  • GHC National Champion: Kenoh
    Challenger: TBA

THIS WEEK IN NOAH

(Full December schedule)

THE WARROAD 2021 in NAGOYA

Sunday December 5th 2021 – Nagoya Congress Centre Event Hall, Aichi

Start time: 3pm JST

Broadcast: WrestleUniverseABEMA

Tuesday December 7th: Kinya Okada debut anniversary (3 years)

NOAH’s event on the 5th December will have English commentary on WrestlesUniverse, but you must be a subscriber to view. If you sign up now you will get December free and not be charged until January 2022. You should be able to watch the event through ABEMA, but please note the commentary will be in Japanese only. You will also not be able to watch any replays. I would strongly advise anyone outside of Japan to not sign up to ABEMA due to the issues with a working VPN, a subscription to WrestleUniverse is the far better option.

LINKS

Kenoh’s advance notice of “The Best Kick Fight In The Universe”, Nakajima speaks of commitment to “New Years Day Budokan”

Tadasuke declares “Fight with instincts” to defeat HAYATA, “N Innovation” and advance notice of taking the leading role (GHC Junior Match signing ceremony)

“Didn’t you get kicked out?” Naomichi Marufuji, heading towards the rivalry with New Japan, provoked by Yuji Nagata on Twitter

“New Japan, Eat Shit” Naomichi Marufuji interview

GIF taken from WrestleUniverse and NOAH Official Twitter


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