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Mitchell’s Raw Talk Report! (3/15/21)

Raw Talk is once again AWESOME!

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Raw Talk is pulling into the Fastlane!

With so much going into the PPV, the Guru of Greatness, Hollywood A-Lister, Scottish Warrior AND #SexyMuscleFriends are here to talk what we saw on Monday Night Raw!

 

Kevin Patrick welcomes us back!

Fastlane is right around the corner and Monday Night Raw certainly whet the appetite! New tag champions, Bobby Lashley is ready for his WrestleMania opponent, and look who has his baby back! R-Truth is once again WWE 24/7 Champion! Truth and K-Peezy may not have a duo name yet, but boom! They get to share this moment together! How did he manage it? Well, y’know, Bad Bunny and him negotiated stuff, waa waa waa, Truth gave Bad Bunny the Stone Cold Championship, Bunny gave him back the 24/7 Championship. Truth takes another chug of Steveweiser, and he’s celebrating. Kevin says that’s not fair, where’s one for him? Oh, Kevin drink-drinks? Well, he doesn’t wanna say it, but he is Irish.

Well then let’s celebrate together! Just in time for 3:16! Truth will give Kevin this one. Well Kevin doesn’t want to take it if it’s his last one. Nah, Truth can get more later. Alright, well, they’ll cheers at the end of the show. Deal. But what a night! Electric inside the ThunderDome as Lashley beats Sheamus. But from start to finish, it was a busy night for Lashley. If you want a tough match, go against Sheamus. Sheamus hits hard. Yeah, Truth says Lashley is something, too, that was Clash of the Titans tonight. How was that? That was definitely what it was. Kevin is psychic! But Kevin also reminds us that it will be Lashley VS McIntyre at WrestleMania! That’s big!

Truth’s reaction to this news? Truth likes them both, but he doesn’t like Lashley as much because of that time he put Truth in “Nelson from the Simpsons.” But McIntyre is Truth’s guy, he’s a fighter, but Lashley is “Deebo’s cousin’s nephew.” Lashley hurts people. But it’ll be about who wants it more! Who does Kevin think? Kevin never bets against McIntyre, but Lashley having a laugh? No chance. It’s Lashley over McIntyre to Kevin. Just don’t tell McIntyre later when he’s a guest. Oh he is? And then McIntyre is going against Sheamus at Fastlane. If McIntyre makes it to Mania, he’s still in for a fight.

But then, new tag team champions in the New Day! ELEVEN times! Wow, elevem! Elevem? Yes, elevem. Let’s cheer now! Cheers to Austin! A quick swig and Truth’s reaction is, “New! Day Rocks!” New Day are Truth’s boys. They don’t back down from no one. And then there was Asuka’s return, and she beat up Shayna. Truth says was it necessary for Asuka to go that far? Kevin says that’s just fair for getting a tooth kicked out. Yeah, sure, but a bare buckle… Well okay, you kick my dog, I kick your cat, all that. And Kevin congratulates Truth on the 24/7 Championship win, but does Truth even know how many reigns he’s had? Truth has to take a second.

Truth is pretty sure it’s 49 or 50. He’ll double check with his people but that’s his guess. Kevin says he’s even more than that! Truth is a FIFTY-ONE time 24/7 Champion! Seriously!? Give it up to Truth and 51 reigns! But from one super superstar to some more, we have quite the line up! First up are the AWESOME A-Lister and Guru of Greatness!

The Miz & John Morrison join Raw Talk!

Truth digs Morrison’s hair. And Truth knows Miz is having a bad day. Morrison heard Truth call Kevin “Danica Patrick” at some point. Kevin hopes Truth remembers his name more. We’ll get there. Kevin asks how Miz is doing and Miz says his chest hurts, his body hurts. And after facing McIntyre tonight, facing Bobby Lashley twice in one night then again when he’s not 100%, how is Miz the bad guy? Miz sees himself as the good guy, the underdog. Shouldn’t we cheer Miz and say he is deserving of another title shot? It should at least be a Triple Threat, Lashley VS McIntyre VS Miz. Miz creates rating! Kevin says Miz was cheating, though. Cheating? What cheating?

Morrison asks if Kevin is using his real voice. He is, he’s from Dublin. So a big Sheamus fan, huh? Big Sheamus fan over here~! Kevin tries to put on a Chicago accent but Miz says it’s not very good. Isn’t Sheamus from Belfast, though? No, he’s from Dublin. That was a test, Kevin passed. Truth asks what Miz and Morrison have against Bad Bunny. Yeah, why did they have to do that to him? Truth traded titles with Bunny, he’s a good dude. Morrison takes this one by saying Bunny is just giving stuff away, but he doesn’t respect the business. Bunny didn’t make Truth earn that belt. Bunny shows up like it’s a playhouse.

Truth asks what Morrison means by “earning” the title. Truth has worked hard for this. But now it’s a consolation prize! Miz asks, “Who gives titles away?” You give candy away on Halloween! TO KIDS! You don’t do that with titles! If Bunny respects the business, then he should’ve shook everyone’s hand and shut his mouth. You don’t step to Miz, step to Morrison. Win Grammys, sell records, but you get in the ring, you will get hurt. Bunny earned his Grammy, just like Truth should’ve earned the title. Morrison says Bunny has respect for everyone else except the people in WWE. Miz respects what Bunny has done in his music career, and has done big things outside of the WWE. But he can go do those things. Don’t step into Miz’s ring thinking you will make a difference.

Truth says Bunny did make a difference but Morrison says he did not. Truth says it’s about being the change in someone else’s life that you wish he was in Truth’s. Kevin asks Miz if he was waiting for a moment to strike. Morrison says Bunny pitied Truth. Truth says like it or not, he’s got it. Now if you’re bad, get off the set. No, Miz waited all night for this. Do they think he was being all excited for this?! Talking to Truth and some new guy! Truth says Miz shouldn’t talk about K-Peezy like that! Miz says tonight’s episode is being watched because of Miz and Morrison! They can’t even be sure Kevin is using his real voice! Kevin “from Chicago,” ladies and gentlemen!

Miz and Morrison leave, Kevin and Truth say they’re running scared. What disrespect! Truth has his title. It doesn’t matter how you skin the cat, just that the cat gets skinned! But hopefully our next duo of guests show more respect. Truth wants Kevin to step up as the host. Kevin cues up a quick salute to Stone Cold for 3:16 Day, and 25 years of Steve Austin! Moving on, we get the #SexyMuscleFriends!

Dana Brooke & Mandy Rose join Raw Talk!

Coming off a big win against Lana & Naomi, these two are here feeling great. Kevin makes sure they know his name is Kevin, not “some guy.” And he’s not from Chicago, he’s actually from Dublin. They trust him. Ignore Miz & Morrison, they were just angry. These two promise to keep things light. Kevin asks them about how Truth was trying to get them to have a beer before their match. Dana says she has never had a beer in her life. A little drink ain’t gonna hurt. Not before a match. They got a good win, Dana was focused. They can celebrate, just not beer.

Kevin says tonight’s win was really good, and seeing Dana taunt Nia, what was going on there? Dana wants the Women’s Tag Team Championships. They have worked so hard for this off camera, endless hours. They’re in the ring as often as they can, and Mandy says it’s time for a change. Look at these two. Are they not a perfect team? Do they not look like champions? But it’s also what’s inside that matters, and they have what it takes there. A lot of people can relate to endless hours of effort for opportunities yet not getting it yet.

Kevin calls back to how they were facing Shayna & Nia and then they injured Mandy’s hand. Any plans for payback? Of course! And look what Shayna did to Asuka and her tooth a few weeks ago! Shayna & Nia are more liabilities than anything! They hurt people, and have fun doing it! So then if the titles are taken at Fastlane? Would these two go after Sasha Banks & Bianca Belair? Of course! It isn’t about Nia & Shayna, it’s about the titles! Anything can change. But who would they prefer? Nia & Shayna because of payback. Those two deserve it. There is revenge to be served, and it’s about time. Kevin and Truth like how personal this is getting. Time to whoop some ass!

Dana says if you look at Shayna & Nia, they’re a mountain. Dana & Mandy have been climbing, they might get knocked down, but they won’t stop until they overcome the mountain. Dana wants all the girls out there being told they can’t, that you can! Hurt, insulted, injured, don’t let that stop you. Mandy notes her chair is going down and Dana jokes it’s like she’s deflating. Mandy says she needs to go up. But her point is, there are haters who see just two pretty blondes. Which yes, being called pretty is flattering. But what happened to beautiful women being strong, talented, intelligent, etc? Look at Trish Stratus, honestly. That was a role model because she is a bombshell that delivered!

Kevin wants to point something out: they’re a team! They have chemistry! As for Nia & Shayna, they’re letting Reginald get between them! What is that? Mandy hasn’t seen chemistry in Nia & Shayna ever, and Dana notes how they were after each other for a long time. But for Dana and Mandy, they talk the same, act the same, have similar backgrounds, they’re two peas in a pod. Then what would a Mania moment mean tot hem? All the hard work, together as a team, what’d it mean? It’d mean the world. They both have yet to hold titles, and though those aren’t everything, having the moments is key. Moments are what you remember, title or not. But the titles would make it all the sweeter, and those belts would be lookin’ fine on these two! Brilliant!

Kevin thanks them for their time and and Truth high-fives them. Mandy & Dana head out, and Kevin wishes them luck. But from a pair of contenders to the contender to THE WWE Championship, it’s the Scottish Warrior!

Drew McIntyre joins Raw Talk!

McIntyre is on the Road to WrestleMania, but he’ll have to survive Sheamus on Sunday. McIntyre welcomes Kevin to the WWE and Kevin thanks him for that. Kevin notes how Miz is all “broken up.” McIntyre saw Miz’s part. If only they’d run into each other. But how is McIntyre feeling, physically and emotionally? Seeing Sheamus and Lashley was great, that was an absolute performance. Lashley talked trash, tried to make McIntyre look like an idiot, but McIntyre hit him with a Claymore. McIntyre promises, if he hits that at Mania, it’s done. Was that because of the cheap shot earlier tonight? More or less.

McIntyre is trying to be calm about things, he is going to Mania, but this all started with Elimination Chamber. McIntyre surprised himself making it through five other former world champions, winning the big one, and then Lashley struck, Miz pounced, and then Lashley beats Miz. But McIntyre has his match, he’s good. Lashley earned his spot, that McIntyre won’t argue. Even if there was some chicanery. But McIntyre promises he and Lashley will put on a hell of a fight. Truth likes that, that’s why he’s betting on McIntyre, and even Kevin likes how McIntyre put that. Truth knows McIntyre will bring the heat, and then tries to get Kevin to say he was picking Lashley.

Kevin doesn’t like being on the spot. McIntyre says, “As a fellow Celt…” Fellow Celt? Truth says Kevin oughta hand over his kilt. McIntyre thought Kevin was on Team Sheamus. Kevin says that what he said was that he couldn’t bet against Lashley is all. But that’s fine, because they’re fitting to get down. McIntyre knows he can’t overlook Sheamus, he promised they’d go to war. In a normal match, if you can call what that was “normal,” they beat the hell out of each other. Then in No Disqualifications, they did even worse, McIntyre still feels that one. Fastlane, Sheamus wants to take McIntyre out, and Lashley is ready to do the same. They’re all beating the crap out of each other.

Does it hurt inside, though, given the former friendship? McIntyre’s wife even considered Sheamus a friend. Oh yeah, it hurts. The families got along, they each spent time at each other’s homes. They met 20 years ago, McIntyre was 19 and Sheamus was 47 or so, and McIntyre missed a flight so he had to stay with Sheamus for a few days. They realized they both had the same goals, they helped each other. McIntyre got Sheamus going in the ring, Sheamus got McIntyre building up muscle, they got signed and went to America together, each became FCW Heavyweight Champions. The night McIntyre won the WWE Intercontinental Championship, Sheamus won the World Heavyweight Championship (Big Gold).

But as Sheamus’ career went up, McIntyre’s went down, and we know the rest. McIntyre came back, Sheamus supported him, but then things changed where Sheamus stalled. Granted, Sheamus became an accomplished Tag Team Champion, and then one day, Sheamus gets traded to Raw, McIntyre gets the big one, Sheamus gets jealous. Everyone saw Sheamus was being odd. It was all bubbling up because Sheamus kept thinking back to when he was on top and McIntyre was lower on the card. Sheamus wanted McIntyre to do good but not too good, but McIntyre did more than good, and McIntyre was able to stay on top.

Sheamus got on top four times but couldn’t maintain it, and that pissed him off. Jealousy ended a 20 year friendship, it makes McIntyre sick. If Sheamus has just asked, McIntyre would’ve given him a title match, because this is 24/7 to them. Just ask! Do it live on Raw! But all that f- Sorry, bleep that, keep it PG. BLEEP! Well, Truth asked for the title back and Bad Bunny gave it to him. How hard was it for Sheamus to ask McIntyre? McIntyre apologizes for starting to curse, he’s Scottish, it happens. That’s just where he is right now. He’s very passionate because Fastlane, they’ll be tearing Sheamus apart. Kevin and Truth understand.

McIntyre wants his title back, will get it back, and will run through Sheamus. He’s dealing with a 20 year friendship being over, does he look upset? Kevin says he’s understandably upset. Sunday, Fastlane, on both WWE Network and the Peacock, but one last thing. Last year, it was in the WWE Performance Center. This year, finally at Raymond James Stadium. How does that feel? And with fans! Is this what dreams are made of? Yes, this is what it’s been about. McIntyre has had a lot of goals since winning last year, wanted to lead by example into the ThunderDome and so on. McIntyre wanted to keep making it through PPV’s with the title, and then finally get a moment with fans.

There was the blip with Randy Orton but McIntyre learned. It isn’t about fighting to get to the top, but the fight to stay on top. McIntyre vowed to not be taken out during a match, and technically he wasn’t, it was Lashley ambushing him after the Elimination Chamber match. That’s why Lashley has McIntyre’s title, and why McIntyre will do what he must to get it back. McIntyre doesn’t just deserve it, he earned it. Kevin notes that McIntyre used the HURT LOCK to put Miz away. Well McIntyre told Miz that he was going to be made an example, and that’s what happened. Truth says that’s why he’s on Team McIntyre. Kevin apologizes for choosing Lashley, he might run away after this. But he thanks McIntyre for his time and McIntyre thanks them. Don’t miss Fastlane!

Truth and Kevin are buzzing, and one more congrats to becoming WWE 24/7 Champion. Secret handshake! Alright, all the best, tune in for Fastlane!


My Thoughts:

A very good episode for Raw Talk with very good energy for all the guests. Miz and Morrison were able to banter with Truth and “new guy” Kevin very well, and almost too well, I am sure I missed something. Miz trying to spin things onto Bunny like he’s the bad guy is a natural move for a Heel, and it’ll really up things with Bunny and Priest as things move forward. Mandy and Dana had good energy, though Mandy still seems to have a hard time opening up, getting that energy going. She did very good here, perhaps the pressure was off with it just being a talk show format. Mandy and Dana can definitely build back from that time before Shayna hurt Mandy’s hand and “Reckoning” Mia Yim attacked Dana, but I think it’ll be very hard to defeat Nia & Shayna themselves.

The opening segment helping set up McIntyre’s segment with talk of titles and betting odds, it was all really good. McIntyre got some real passion in there, really put things into perspective with the continuity of both men’s WWE careers, and I like that there was a moment he had to calm down and even be censored because he was going that hot. McIntyre is definitely not just giving us kayfabe, his match with Sheamus is going to be a brutal one, as will his match with Lashley. That is going to be great stuff, this Road to WrestleMania will be a lot of fun one way or another. Also, I must’ve lost count, Truth hit 51 reigns? I thought tonight was his 50th but maybe there was one of those nights where it was hot-potatoed around and it was hard to keep up. Congrats, Truth, that is a record that won’t ever be beat.


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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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