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Mitchell’s Raw Talk Report! (2/8/21)

Raw Talk will Live Forever!

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Will this be the biggEST Raw Talk yet?

After making Talking Smack the biggEST episode yet, the Women’s Royal Rumble match winner, Bianca Belair, is here to make Raw Talk even bigger!

 

#CharTruth welcomes us back to the show!

Charly Caruso and R-Truth are here to host our “favorite show” on the WWE Network. Charly asks Truth how he feels coming back from the beach. Well Truth was in the Celebrity Flag Football game, but Doug Flutie gave Truth a little okie-doke. Truth okie-doked right back, he has his baby back for the forty-ninth time. Well Tom Brady got his seventh, so it seems Tampa is the place to be for championships. Super Bowl was poppin’! #LIT. Who did Charly go for? She predicted the Buccaneers, and they did it! Though that was only a little bit easier than seeing what will happen in the WWE. Look at tonight’s main event!

Sheamus was sticking his nose where it doesn’t belong. Sheamus feels slighted, not just by McIntyre but by the WWE making the WWE World Championship match into an Elimination Chamber match! McIntyre takes on five former champions! Sheamus, Jeff Hardy, Randy Orton, AJ Styles and The Miz! #LIT. But who does Charly have here? Well that’s six ultra talented superstars. But just to give motivation, she’ll choose McIntyre. What does Truth think? Does he know something she doesn’t? He knows the Chamber is no joke. People will get hoirt. Not just hurt, hoirt. Well speaking of ultra talented, this woman trains like a beast and it pays off!

Bianca Belair joins Raw Talk!

Charly loves the red sparkles from her lips to her dress to her sneakers! Now that is #LIT. Charly asks how this last week has been for her, and Bianca says it’s wild! Bianca is a grown woman, but ever since winning she feels like a kid again! Kid in a candy shop! M&M’s. Bianca and Truth review how to say it, and Truth says it’s more M’s the more you eat. But now the decision is on Bianca. And right now, we don’t know the real options because while Sasha Banks is SmackDown Women’s Champion, Asuka defends her title against Lacey Evans. Things are complicated, even can relate, but Bianca will weigh her options.

How does she even do that? Well first we see how things go for Asuka and Lacey and then we go from there. Does Bianca have a preference? No, it doesn’t really matter. Truth likes that! Bianca won the Women’s Rumble, that is amazing. She is going to WrestleMania no matter what. Nothing tops that. So she’ll face whoever, take the title and be a champion. Charly says Bianca VS Sasha could put on a show! Truth agrees, it doesn’t really matter. Bianca thinks they should have a poll. Tweet at her with your ideas. This is a big deal, but Truth knows she’s got this. Charly thanks Bianca for her time, loves seeing Bianca in good spirits, and says to go on with her sparkly self. Tell Tez ‘sup for Truth, too!

Damian Priest joins Raw Talk!

Truth is excited to see Priest and Charly asks how he’s feeling. Welcome to Raw and to Raw Talk, for one. Priest says it’s been a crazy couple of weeks. The Rumble debut was amazing, being in the same ring with legends like Kane and Edge, and trading blows, the inner child was excited. Then he’s winning on Raw, hanging out with Bad Bunny, no complaints. Stepping up to the plate and knocking it out of the park! Charly knows everyone pictures what their time in WWE will be like, but no one could’ve guessed Priest beating The Miz with Bad Bunny by his side. Yeah, an actual friend of his, they’re hanging out.

Whoa, he’s friends with Bugs Bunny? No, Truth, he’s friends with Bad Bunny. There’s multiple bunnies. Oh okay, Truth got them confused. So Priest is a long time friend with Bunny, and knows Bunny has been a fan since he was a kid, too. This is a great moment to share, debuting on Raw, no complaints. Charly says he is just getting started and headed to great things. Maybe Bunny will be a tag team partner of Priest’s. Priest says Bunny is so talented, and successful in an industry that he wasn’t really meant to be, just because of his unique style and demeanor. But Bunny found a way. And if he wanted to get into the ring, he’d figure out a way.

Charly says Bunny has Priest’s back, they’re up against Miz and Morrison. Priest says he gets it, Priest’s the new guy and sometimes people don’t like that, so Miz and Morrison are after him for that reason. But Truth likes “DP,” and Priest appreciates that. Priest knows where Miz is coming from but Miz can’t push him around or push around homie Bunny. Bunny’s a man, he can take care of things, but he and Priest are boys so they’ll stick together. Charly likes that. Others might let chips fall where they may but Priest is taking control. That’s what we should all be here for. Truth supports Priest, he can’t let Miz and Morrison push him around.

Priest goes back to the Rumble debut being such a great moment. As a kid, Priest always loved the Rumble. WrestleMania is WrestleMania, but the Rumble kicks things off. There are surprises, and then the prize of going to Mania. Priest loved attending and now he got to debut in one, what a life! Charly likes that. Priest worked hard, and the beauty of life, he can just look back now. Priest says the way the world work, the hardest worker doesn’t always get the trophy. But when you get that prize after all the work, that’s even sweeter. DP is the real deal! Charly is happy to have Priest on Raw and is honored to “initiate” him into Raw Talk. Priest appreciates it, too, and heads out into the night.

Mustafa Ali and Retribution join Raw Talk!

Mace and T-Bar reinforce the Beacon as he says he wants to talk about a lot of things. But first, can they guess when Ali found out he was a guest for this week’s episode? It as minutes before the show started, thanks to a fan letting him know in a tweet! No one official, the producers or writers or anyone who has been here all day. A fan had to tweet him, and that is how he found out. Mustafa Ali, one of the greatest professionals in the world today, had to find out minutes before.

But also, Ali wants to talk about when just a moment ago, Damian Priest and Bianca Belair are guests, people off camera are watching all happy and smiling. But then when it’s Ali’s turn, that button is at the ready to mute him. Why weren’t they doing that for someone else? Are they afraid that someone with passion and purpose might get a little angry? And there’s also the fact that people keep asking why Ali has yet to win a title in the WWE, realizing that it took four YEARS for the WWE to figure out how to say his name correctly. Truth didn’t have that problem, because Truth’s problem was getting it wrong entirely. He is NOT Mufasa!

But overcoming injustice and opportunities, where are the opportunities for Retribution? Where are the chances for Mace, T-Bar, Slapjack, and Reckoning? Shout out to their girl, Reckoning, they hope she feels better. But the identities have been erased, their abilities have been cuffed and their passions have been drowned, by this place. The glorious WWE that praises only puppets, catchphrases and merchandise. It is just a giant pile of crap! Ali is not really a fan of that. Is Ali bitter? Ali isn’t sure, but he does have talent and passion! What he doesn’t fit is what the demographic wants! The “every day viewer” that needs to relate to Ali doesn’t relate. Ali is fighting an uphill battle, but he continues to fight as a warrior. The same goes for Mace, T-Bar, Slapjack and Reckoning!

But go ahead, boo them and cheer the New Day, who inspire with clapping and chants! Or even twerking! Truth twerks. But that just proves Ali’s point! Someone drops the truth, a language you might not understand, but R-TRUTH just jokes around! Charly says Ali said it himself at one point, Ali is bitter. Ali has taken this energy and focused it on the New Day. AKA the corporate puppets, but sure. Shouldn’t he focus on something else? No, why would he do that? They’re the perfect targets! Well, second to John Cena, but still. “Please buy our shirts! Please buy our cereal!” What parent wants their child eating a cereal called Booty O’s?!

Truth is pretty sure Ali unironically liked Booty O’s at one point. Oh~, there Truth goes again, butting in to be relevant! Mocking smile and thumb’s up. Truth says Ali can’t just come on Raw Talk and make fun of it, of the New Day, and of Truth’s childhood hero, John Cena, like that. Oh so Truth is going to defend them? How about Mace, who had a prestigious background to the point where Ali can’t even mention Mace’s real past. Truth says let Mace talk for himself then! Ali says Mace doesn’t need to, because Ali speaks the truth, and Truth is not the truth! Get it? Beautiful! Truth says Ali is just crying and whining.

Charly says maybe Ali should make more allies rather than bringing others down. Ali says no, he is just speaking reality. Ali thought the New Day would get this struggle. The struggle of Ali, Mace, T-Bar and the others. New Day knocked down the door to opportunity, but shut it right behind them. They hear Ali knocking, but no one is home to answer it. That’s fine. The Retribution will build their own home and they will welcome all. No one will be locked out or denied, because they know how it feels to be left out in the cold. They know how it feels to be left to DIE. And that is the hill they are willing to die on!

So are they still knocking on New Day’s door? Or are they leaving New Day alone to build their own home? Charly, that doesn’t make any sense. But it’s based on how Ali phrased it… Truth asks about the real estate deal on that. Ali says he’ll just go back to talking to the New Day. Congrats on the win tonight, Kofi. Kofi has been hearing Ali, but say something back. Say it with your chest! Oh wait, Kofi doesn’t have a chest. New Day likes jokes, like clowns. Retribution can make jokes, but no one else in the industry has been through what Ali has been through. Everyone will understand Retribution’s pain, and everyone else who has ever felt denied for how they look and what their names are.

What a great way to end the show! No? Well Ali will sign off for everyone. This has been a glorious Raw Talk, all thanks to Mustafa Ali! Play the music, get happy like you did for the people you liked! Clap for them! New! Day Sucks! Truth says we shouldn’t have Retribution back anymore. Charly does thank Ali for his time and says we’ll see everyone again next time.


My Thoughts:

A very good Raw Talk, though I expected the Bianca section to be as short as it was. As someone who watches just as much of WWE as I do, there wasn’t going to be another way for Bianca to reword what she’s said since winning the Rumble. But her sparkles from head to toe really were great. Damian Priest was really good, and I didn’t realize he and Bunny knew each other before, but it just all makes sense now. I don’t think the two would have had chemistry if they were just thrown together because WWE wanted to use Bad Bunny while hyping up Priest. Ali had the best segment, of course, and that’s why he closed the show. Ali calling New Day out as puppets, and name dropping Cena, Ali is going hard as a Heel and I like that. I definitely look forward to another tag match of Retribution VS New Day.


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(NOAH) NOAH NEWSLETTER VOL.192 ~ 30TH NOVEMBER 2022

NOAH ends November with some big announcements! Returns, new debuts and surprising challenges!

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Masa Kitamiya challenges Masato Tanaka

Following the tag match against Masato Tanaka and Shoki Kitamura in ZERO-ONE on the 20th November, Masa Kitamiya challenged Masato Tanaka for the ZERO-ONE World Heavyweight. Kitamiya said he wanted the belt for two reasons – one was because Masato Tanaka had the belt, and secondly because he felt that his eleventh year in wrestling had been a sad one. The match will take place at Korakuen Hall on the 1st January, the same day that NOAH at the Nippon Budokan, so Kitamiya will be wrestling two matches that day with ZERO-ONE taking place before NOAH. Kitamiya is determined to enter The Nippon Budokan as champion.

Akitoshi Saito remembers Bison Smith

Akitoshi Saito made a touching tribute to his old partner on the anniversary of his passing, by winning the match with the Iron Claw slam. Backstage he remembered “the blue eyed samurai” by recalling their last conversation, and saying that he felt Bison was with him and had given his approval for Saito to team with Yone.

Perros Del Mal De Japon Farewell

Perros Del Mal De Japon made their final appearance as a unit in Yoyogi on November 23rd. They were accompanied to the ring by Kotaro Suzuki (who may not be appearing in NOAH following The Tokyo Gurentai produce due to his contract expiring) and Ikuto Hidaka. Neither of them got involved too much in the match.

Yoshinari Ogawa came to the ring with a Singapore cane slung over his shoulder, while his partners also brandished weapons, Kai Fujimura had a baseball bat and Yasutaka Yano carried a trash can. The match was as you would expect; the first time everyone got counted out, the second time ended in a count out when the young boys got Perros counted out (Ogawa had left in disgust by this time) and when he came back, the match lasted 11 minutes and 36 seconds, and ended when NOSAWA decided to assault the referee. Ogawa took everyone out with a trash can lid before leaving. He had also managed to hit Kotaro on the head earlier, but concentrated his attack on NOSAWA and Eita. When Ogawa had gone, Perros bade farewell to each other, but their war with Ogawa wasn’t over as both Eita and NOSAWA will have singles match with him. NOSAWA’S match will be on the 14th in Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima, while Eita’s will be on the 23rd at the N-INNOVATION. Kotaro Suzuki was a little irritated that he didn’t get a singles match, which NOSAWA completely ignored, but he will have a singles match himself against Eita on the 20th.

MaruKen reunite to challenge for the GHC Heavyweight Tag Titles

Naomichi Marufuji pinned Takashi Sugiura in Yoyogi and therefore won the right to challenge the tag champions. With Masakatsu Funaki and Masaaki Mochizuki hanging over the ropes offering their hands as partners, Marufuji announced to the uproar of the crowd and the disbelief of Takashi Sugiura (whose reaction was akin to “Who? Are you fucking kidding me?”) that he would be challenging with KENTA. Backstage, Marufuji was not too sure that KENTA would accept the offer, but he did and the match has been set for the Nippon Budokan on New Year’s Day.

To explain for the newer fans, during their NOAH Junior days, KENTA and Marufuji were in a much beloved junior tag team known as MaruKen, they hold the record for the longest title reign as a junior team and they also broke down the rules for juniors fighting heavyweights as Misawa allowed them to challenge for the GHC Heavyweight Tag Titles. As a team they never had a falling out that led to their split, they just drifted apart as Marufuji noted in “Heir To The Ark” and went to do their own things and over time they became rivals. Now they reunite as heavyweights.

AMAKUSA challenges Dante Leon

AMAKUSA made a silent challenge to Dante Leon for the GHC Junior Heavyweight following their match in Yoyogi. The way the match went gave fans the impression that Alejandro might be the one to challenge, but in the end it was Amakusa who pointed silently at the belt. Title challenge will main event the N-Innovation on the 23rd December.

Kenoh & Kaito Kiyomiya

Kaito Kiyomiya overcame Kenoh in their second pre match, and taking the microphone he stood over him and said that Kenoh had just been overcome by the guy who he was saying “was just trying his best”, and what did that say about Kenoh? Kiyomiya told him it meant he “was all mouth”. Their next pre match is on the 14th December.

Darby Allin

It has been announced that the team of Great Muta, Sting and Darby Allin will team together at Great Muta’s final match on the 22nd January at the Yokohama Arena. Allin had been tagging with Sting when Muta materialized on the 23rd September to save Sting from Buddy Matthews. There has been no mention as to who will be their opponents, but it is thought that Matthews may be involved as he has a score to settle.

YO-HEY & Kzy challenge for the GHC Junior Tag Titles

Tag championships can be volatile belts and tend to suffer more backwards and forwards than singles belts do at times. This was the story when Atsushi Kotoge and Seiji Yoshioka managed to take the belts back from The Kongoh Juniors in Yoyogi. This was the Kongoh Junior’s first defense, and Hajime Ohara and Shuji Kondo, had only held the belts for thirteen days. Following their title win, the next threat came from their own unit, as YO-HEY challenged for the belts with DragonGate’s Kzy as his partner.

“I’m in a disappointing situation with no results to speak of at all. To overcome this situation, I want the belt. With the belt in hand, I can reach even higher heights. I want to do this, so please let me challenge for the tag belt next”.

Title match will take place on the 23rd December at the N-Innovation.

Yoshiki Inamura fails to capture his first singles belt, but succeeds in other ways

Yoshiki Inamura failed to win his first singles gold when El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Junior used his experience (the part which he and Inamura were not well matched in, and I doubt Wagner Jnr has ever had anyone throw him around after catching him following a dive) to retain the gold. Inamura had wanted to win this belt to usher in his own era of NOAH, which would be separate to Kiyomiya’s (yet I think would also rival his, as Inamura would kind of be more the leader of the younger generation, which Kiyomiya knows is rising up to threaten him), and he would stand next to him and not below him as champion. Inamura might have failed in his attempt to win his first singles belt, but as Tokyo Sports said, he most definitely gave birth to his era.

ELSEWHERE IN NOAH

– Shuhei Taniguchi had his best match in a long time when he and Hideki Suzuki fought to a referee stop in Yoyogi. Fans want to see a round two.

– For some reason the wrestling promotions (and not the MMA companies) were told to come to Antonio Inoki’s memorial on the 24th November at 11am instead of 1pm, someone said this could be a prank that Inoki had set up. Prank or not, in something practically unheard of NOAH (Kenoh, Yoshiki Inamura, Satoshi Kojima, Kaito Kiyomiya, Katsuhiko Nakajima and Takashi Sugiura), New Japan and All Japan, plus some staff members, went to have something eat and drink and all sat down and talked for two hours. Inoki’s final wake will be held on March 7th at Ryogoku Kokugikan, what form this will take has not been announced, but it will be a fan event. In Shinto, the deceased are mourned and funeral services are held for forty-nine days following death, the final day is a day of celebration and farewells, when the mourning period is over and the deceased can finally leave earth and cross to the afterlife. It has been said that Inoki will be sharing a beer with Giant Baba.

– Takashi Sugiura’s pants stayed on when he met up with Kenta Kobashi and had some drinks…which is more than can be said about when he visited Akira Taue’s restaurant, and got drunk with Go Shiozaki.

– Kazuyuki Fujita said in his Weekly Pro yearbook profile, that he liked drinking highballs on the Shinkansen.

– Yoshiki Inamura and Kaito Kiyomiya summon Alejandro 

EVENT RECAPS AND POST MATCH PROMOS

NOAH THE BEST 2022 – WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 23RD, NATIONAL YOYOGI STADIUM 2ND GYMNASIUM

Event Recap

Post match interviews

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

  • GHC Heavyweight Champion: Kaito Kiyomiya
    Challenger: Kenoh, ABEMA presents NOAH “THE NEW YEAR” 2023 (Saturday January 1st, Nippon Budokan)
  • GHC Junior Champion: Dante Leon
    Challenger: AMAKUSA, N Innovation (Friday December 23rd, Shinjuku Face)
  • GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: KojiSugi (Satoshi Kojima & Takashi Sugiura)
    Challengers: MaruKen (Naomichi Marufuji and KENTA), ABEMA presents NOAH “THE NEW YEAR” 2023 (Saturday January 1st, Nippon Budokan)
  • GHC Junior Tag Champions: The NOAH Junior Regulars (Atsushi Kotoge & Seiki Yoshioka)
    Challengers: YO-HEY & Kzy, N Innovation (Friday December 23rd, Shinjuku Face)
  • GHC National Champion: El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Jnr 
    Challenger: TBA, NOAH the BEST 2022 (Wednesday November 23rd National Yoyogi Stadium 2nd Gymnasium)

 

THIS WEEK IN NOAH

(December 2022 schedule)

Wednesday, December 7th: Kinya Okada debut anniversary (4 years)

ARTICLES

“Inside of me there is a “good” Keiji Mutoh and a “bad” Keiji Mutoh” – enthusiasm and conflict for Keiji Mutoh’s last run

“It was a sad eleventh year…” momentum to seize the belt in the Zero-One New Year’s Day title match

“We can make it a connection”, Kondo is “Marmalade brother?!” – Interview with Hajime Ohara just before the Junior Tag Defense match

GHC Junior Tag Match Signing: Ohara “Thigh Raise & Anya Words”. Yoshioka emphasizes that, “If I lose, hit rock bottom”

GHC National Match Signing: Japan-Mexico same generation clash: Wagner Jnr “Create A New History”, Inamura “Create A New NOAH”

“Take the belt and stand in the same position as Kiyomiya!” – Interview with Yoshiki Inamura before his challenge for the GHC National Championship 

Recapture for the first time in two weeks with “Baggio Spirit”, Interview with Atsushi Kotoge and Seiki Yoshioka ahead of the Yoyogi Junior Tag Match

WEEKLY PRO ARTICLES & INTERVIEWS

Coach points out! What is the current situation of young people as seen by Ogawa through the “Mauritius Cup?”

BOOK CORNER

“Donmai, Donmai” – Mitsuharu Misawa’s diary

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(NOAH) NOAH NEWSLETTER VOL.191 ~ 18TH NOVEMBER 2022

NOAH coverage still going strong! A few title changes and defenses keeps things interesting heading toward the end of the year!

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Kongoh Juniors finally win gold, Atsushi Kotoge demands a rematch

Shuji Kondo and his perpetually terrified partner, Hajime Ohara, ended a long losing streak for the Kongoh Juniors and finally won a title for their unit, when Seiki Yoshioka tapped to Hajime Ohara’s Muy Bien. Ohara’s reward from Kondo was to be kicked in the head repeatedly. When Ohara did get to his feet, Atsushi Kotoge was asking for a rematch, something the champions later granted, although Ohara did initially shove the belt in Kotoge’s face and tell him to beat it. The titles will be defended on the 23rd November at the National Yoyogi Stadium 2nd Gymnasium. There will be no pre match.

Dante Leon wins his first Noah title, the GHC Junior

In a match which was half American style and half Noah style, Dante Leon beat Ninja Mack for the GHC Junior, and won his first title in Noah. Unfortunately, due to HAYATA’S injury Ninja Mack’s reign was not as it should have been, so I would imagine that at some point in the future he will be given a longer run. No challenger has come forward as of yet to challenge Dante Leon.

Funky fail, but respect earned

Funky Express lost their challenge for the GHC Heavyweight Tag titles when Takashi Sugiura choked Akitoshi Saito out and the referee stopped the match. It was a heartbreaking loss for the challengers who were visibly moved. They have may have lost in their attempt, but in the eyes of fans, they gained something far more important, respect. Long seen as a comedy unit who worked the openers, Disco Dancing, Funkiness, King Tany, discussions of a giant belt made for four (funded by Masao Inoue’s piggybank according to Aki), things have changed with the departure of members and Saito and Yone managed to turn themselves into credible challengers.

Funaki’s warning comes true, El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Jnr becomes the GHC National Champion

When El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Jnr, Masakatsu Funaki had foreboding about the challenge. Kazushi Sakuraba he could handle as Sakuraba was known to him, it was also the case with his previous challengers as while he may not have known Simon Gotch prior to the match, he was aware that Gotch was of a similar skillset. El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Junior was not. Funaki spoke of other difficulties too aside from him being a luchadore in that he also outweighed him and was younger than him too. All these factors combined on the night with Wagner Jnr’s ability, for the title to change hands. Wagner Jnr was laying out the Mexican flag in the ring to add the belt to it, when his next challenger, Yoshiki Inamura appeared at ringside. Inamura got straight to the point, saying he was here to challenge. El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Jnr accepted, and the two will fight on the 23rd November at the National Yoyogi Stadium 2nd Gymnasium.

Yoshiki Inamura gave a small interview about his challenge, and he touched on the subject of Kaito Kiyomiya. Inamura stated that although Kiyomiya is younger than him, he is still his senior, which has been a factor in Inamura wanting a singles belt too. Inamura says this will be “standing next to Kiyomiya, not beneath him”.

Kaito Kiyomiya retains against Thatcher, Kenoh back again

In a match that was to atone for the title match against Kazuyuki Fujita, (which I don’t think Kiyomiya was very happy with), he faced a trial by fire when the GHC Heavyweight was defended against Timothy Thatcher. In his previous title reign, when he was being challenged by Naomichi Marufuji, Marufuji had told him that he was going to take him apart bit by bit, which was what Thatcher did. Kiyomiya had to get the win on momentum by dropping a few Transformed Shining Wizards, because everything he did Thatcher reversed into the dreaded armbar. Kenoh had been on commentary and as soon as he saw the result, removed his headset, and came down to the ring to challenge.

“Hey, Kiyomiya, you did your best in today’s title match too. Just! You “just” tried your best. Even elementary school students can “just” do their best. So, what are you left with today? What can you create? What can Noah create? On January 1st at the Nippon Budokan, The Great Muta vs Shinsuke Nakamura has taken the subject from the champion, and what are you doing? Working hard? You can’t win with just that! Muta vs Shinsuke Nakamura…who can win in terms of the subject…Brock Lesnar, Dwayne Johnson…The Rock. No, it’s The Rock and me, Kenoh! Well, I know that I’m no match for Rock, but I have that kind of will! I will save Noah from danger. It’s not Muta vs Nakamura. I will challenge you for your belt, and I’ll take away the topic!”

Kiyomiya responded,

“Maybe, I am just trying my best. But what will you create? I will create a new Noah! So you and I, let’s fight for real! I don’t want to lose anything on social media or by transmission, so please, fight all out against me.”

Kenoh

“January 1st, Nippon Budokan, you are not the one who will surpass Muta vs Shinsuke Nakamura. I will exceed by myself, and the one who will take this belt is me, Kenoh!”

*Title match has been set for The Nippon Budokan on the 1st January 2023.

The first pre match took place at the Noah/Dragon Gate event the next day. The main event was not as wild as the rest of the show had been, but it did culminate in Kiyomiya being pinned by Kenoh, and a picture of that moment appearing on the front cover of “Weekly Pro”.

Noah vs Dragon Gate

Aside from the main event as mentioned above, the event saw;
– NOSAWA Rongai getting pinged by plastic
– Satoshi Kojima as the mystery opponent of Hollywood Stalker Ichikawa. Kojima said the match was for HAYATA, who he hopes gets well soon and returns to Noah.
– Kenoh describing partner Kouta Minoura as “cute”. Which is probably the first time Kenoh has ever described anyone ever as that.
– H.Y.O said he wants a singles match with Ninja Mack. Otherwise he was not impressed with Noah overall.
– Shun Skywalker finally snap when teaming with Tadasuke. In usual frenetic style, Tadasuke tried to get Shun to do his corner camera spot, and ended up dragging him over. Things steadily went downhill from there.
– YAMATO beat Seiki Yoshioka, but was full of praise for him.
– YO-HEY danced with Natural Vibes on entry, and although dancing cannot have been easy in that heavy coat, he loved it. Daisuke Harada says he is obsessed and cannot stop watching!

Noah Tryouts

Katsuhiko Nakajima and Naomichi Marufuji (alongside Xtreme Tiger) have appeared in both New York and San Francisco for Pro Wrestling Revolution and King of The Indies 2022. They stopped over in San Jose, California, to hold tryouts. Two lucky wrestlers were chosen, who will now come to Japan and train in the dojo and appear in Noah. Marufuji said they were very overcome, and he saw tears. I am afraid I do not have the names of the winners.

ELSEWHERE IN NOAH

– Kenoh will appear at the Yokohama Corsairs game on the 19th November to fire a t-shirt gun (bazooka).

– Kaito Kiyomiya has posted some, shall we say, steamy pictures on his Instagram. One involved him bare-chested and toweling his hair, the other one was being naked save for a necklace while sitting in a bath. Fortunately, he did not reveal all, but the picture was certainly close to being south of the border.
– Yoshiki Inamura celebrated his 30th birthday on the 18th November. Work never stopped during the day as he was giving interviews on his upcoming title challenge, but in the evening he was taken to the Ribera Steakhouse, and given a green jacket.
– Kaito Kiyomiya had an audition for Ninja Warrior.
– During the title match, Dante Leon stole ring announcer G-Man’s chair from under him. G-Man got his revenge by posting a picture of Leon sitting and watching TV, his back to the camera and completely unaware, as G-Man’s hand advanced on him threateningly.
– Satoshi Kojima said their team name was now “Takajima” because he had given “Satoshi” to Mohammed Yone. Sugi said it was kind of hard to pronounce.
– Kaito Kiyomiya has parted with the “Supernova” nickname and gotten new theme music, “REGENERATION” and is now “Galaxy View”.

EVENT RECAPS AND POST MATCH PROMOS

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CURRENT CHAMPIONS

THIS WEEK IN NOAH

(Full November schedule)

NOAH the BEST 2022

Date: Wednesday, November 23rd
Venue: National Yoyogi Stadium 2nd Gymnasium
Start time: Doors open 13:30 JST, event starts 15:00 JST
Broadcast: WrestleUniverse (English commentary available)

Birthdays & Anniversaries

Saturday 19th November: HI69 debut anniversary (22)
Friday 25th November: AMAKUSA (37)

ARTICLES

Title match removal of Supernova, champion Kaito Kiyomiya declaration of change and resolution! 
Noah/DragonGate: Press conference for the youngsters match: Inamura declares “Overwhelming”, Mochizuki Jnr “Absolutely Win The Fight”
Noah/DragonGate: GM Saito “Help Me!” in a “1 vs 5” crisis. NOSAWA & Horiguchi already declare betrayal 
Noah/DragonGate: Tadasuke & Shun burst into the press conference, attacking AMAKUSA & Fujiwara
Noah/DragonGate: Kenoh cuts Yuki Yoshioka in half, calling him a “Pathetic champion, carried by the company”
THE TOUGH comment on their ZERO-1 Participation
Noah/DragonGate: Realization of Noah and DragonGate Champions at the joint show…Kenoh completely demolishes Kiyomiya with a strong pre-emptive strike towards the New Year’s Day Budokan
Noah/DragonGate: Satoshi Kojima backstage comments – “Get Well Soon HAYATA” 
Noah/DragonGate: GM Saito is in trouble, break up with friends & unreasonable rap request…victory for rare trio of KZY & YO-HEY
Noah/DragonGate: YAMATO comments on Seiki Yoshioka
G-MANS Note Vol 2: In charge of Pro Wrestling Noah’s English YouTube & English Announcement 

WEEKLY PRO ARTICLES & INTERVIEWS

Hiroshi Tanahashi’s Dragon Note – Tanahashi discusses Keiji Mutoh’s retirement

“Follow Me You Bastards” – Kenoh’s column (4th October 2022)

BOOK CORNER

“Donmai, Donmai” – Mitsuharu Misawa’s diary

GIF taken from WrestleUniverse
Picture credit: Kaito Kiyomiya, Weekly Pro


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