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News From Cook’s Corner 3.29.21: Approved By Peacock S & P

A slightly quieter week lends to an interesting assortment of topics from Steve Cook! Come check out his newsstand!



Hi, hello & welcome to News From Cook’s Corner! I’m Steve Cook, and it just feels like the days are getting busier and busier. Baseball starts back up this week, and I’ll be back working at the ballpark with a smaller clientele. Business is picking way up at my other job because people are leaving the house now, and I still have to somehow find time to do everything I do here on the Interweb.

It’s getting tougher, but I press on because you the people demand it. If it wasn’t for me, where would you get your witty weekly wrestling news report? Nobody does them anymore. Now it’s all about the YouTubing & Twitching and other stuff that I’ll probably start doing after y’all move on to the next thing.

Yeah, I’m a little behind the times. Works for wrestling, doesn’t it?

Peacock removing content

In news that shouldn’t exactly be shocking to anyone, Peacock is actually going through WWE Network content and taking out certain things that won’t pass standards & practices. Two instances noted by various news outlets were Roddy Piper’s half-blackface gimmick at WrestleMania VI & Vince McMahon using the N word at the 2005 Survivor Series. There’s also some episodes of Raw that haven’t been uploaded as of yet, but I can imagine those late 90s Raws are going to have a ton of things taken off.

I can see the issues some will have with this. There will be those that whine & cry about censorship. You know who those people are, or you are in fact those people. Then there are those who are anal completionists. I fall into this category.

(Should I use the phrase “anal completionists”? Probably not, it sounds a little funny, but it’s the best phrase I can think of to describe people that feel the need to watch everything once they get into a show or genre.)

From a historical perspective, it’d be best to have these shows complete so we know what was going on at the time. A full picture is the best way to look at these things. But if you’re Peacock, or any multimedia company trying to bring in the widest net of people to your service, why wouldn’t you get rid of stuff that’s obviously offensive? In the case of the two confirmed instances, they were bad ideas back when they took place & would be bad ideas now. I’ve never bought into the idea that racism was ok “back in the day”, and 1990 & 2005 were well past the time of Amos n’ Andy.

Could the scrubbing of history go to far? Sure, that’s definitely possible. But that’s the risk you run when you sell your video library to a corporation. As long as Vince McMahon has that money, he won’t give a hoot about what Peacock uploads or doesn’t upload. And neither would most of us, to be honest.

Last Week’s Hall of Fame Announcements

The 2020-21 WWE Hall of Fame class keeps getting bigger, and last week saw two rather large men get the nod. Neither are much of a surprise, though I’m sure they’d be pretty far from induction in any Hall of Fame that writers of these columns or readers of these columns would vote for.

Kane: Certainly deserving from a kayfabe perspective, and from the idea that most people that have worked for WWE are big fans of the Big Red Machine. Kane was never really my cup of tea, but the dude was around for a long time and had a pretty sizeable fan following. Can’t really knock it, though if I was WWE I would try to keep from honoring politicians while they’re still in office. Seems a bit shady to me.

The Great Khali: This one got a reaction. Khali doesn’t exactly have a lengthy list of WWE accomplishments & probably has never had a match that was any higher than two snowflakes. Easy to overlook these things when you consider that Khali is from India, and it’s an important market to WWE. Seems like a good dude too. I know Jeff Small was smiling when he heard the news, and isn’t that what matters?

Rob Van Dam: This one’s not official via WWE yet, but has been confirmed by the holy trinity of Fightful, Dave Meltzer & Paul Heyman. RVD was one of the coolest characters of the late 1990s & 2000s, and was arguably the most over performer during the infamous WCW-ECW Invasion of 2001. He won a collection of championships during his time with WWE, and is still one of the most well-remembered wrestlers of that era. Quite ahead of his time too, as his wrestling style & his feelings towards certain substances would indicate.

There had been a report that Daniel Bryan was listed as a 2021 Hall of Famer on Peacock’s WWE Network, but that seems to have been an error. It would be a bit strange to induct the man into the Hall of Fame just before he challenged for the Universal Championship at WrestleMania.

New ThunderDome Home

As expected, WWE announced that their ThunderDome would be moving to the Yuengling Center in Tampa this Thursday. The venue’s website revealed that this would be going through August 3. I’m sure WWE hopes that provides enough time for things to get close enough to normal that a touring schedule can be made, and arenas will be filled with starved wrestling fans.

Who will all be super excited for the first match, then will get bored within an hour or so while us fans at home bitch & moan about the crowd not being loud enough. I’d like to think that annoying topic will go away, but I know it won’t because fans love telling fans how to fan.

I don’t really have much to add about the Yuengling Center other than Yuengling is a quality beverage. I liked it even more before they jacked the price up around here.

Logan Paul at WrestleMania

I’m going to be that guy y’all make fun of. The guy that doesn’t have any idea who a major celebrity is that everybody else apparently knows about for some reason or another. Those that were barely familiar with Bad Bunny were met with ridicule, and not knowing who this guy is will garner me even more mockery than those people got.

Especially since Logan Paul is apparently a world famous boxer, as well as a YouTube star. As a fight fan that watches a lot of things on YouTube, I should probably know who he is. Nope, don’t have the slightest idea. I’m just not big into “YouTube stars”…the stuff I watch on the service largely involves people that were famous for something else. Is that so weird?

In any event, Logan Paul is a huge superstar, and he will be appearing on this week’s SmackDown as part of a Sami Zayn segment. Sami & Logan have been interacting on the Twitter, and this will apparently lead to something at WrestleMania. Even if I don’t know anything about Logan Paul, and am not looking him up for the purposes of this column because that would kill the bit, I can tell you that this is a good thing for WWE.


Because people younger than me know who Logan Paul is. His boxing PPVs have done huge business. Heck, Money Mayweather’s looking into getting into business with the guy because he sees the dollar signs. We also know that WWE needs to do whatever they can to appeal to the younger audience, and not worry about the old people like me. Us olds will scratch our heads for a few minutes and move on to the next thing.

The youngsters just might actually turn on SmackDown to see this guy. Whether it works or not, you can’t fault WWE for actually trying to draw a younger demographic with their usage of Logan Paul & the Bad Bunny. And you can’t knock WWE if they decide to put a title on Logan Paul, as he does have combat experience.

ROH talk? Sure, why not.

Last weekend was a little light on the major event front, but Ring of Honor presented an Anniversary Show on Friday night. Did it present anything that interests us?

(Listen, I know that this promotion isn’t getting much buzz these days. Work with me here, I review the weekly TV for 411 and need to keep myself interested.)

Tracy Williams won two titles! 

Big night for Hot Sauce. Tracy won the Television Championship in a match against Kenny King, and teamed with Rhett Titus to win the Tag Team Championship from King & Bestia del Ring. Dedicated ROH fans will notice that Dragon Lee wasn’t in either match, so there’s the excuse for La Faccion Ignoberable.

They apparently blamed Amy Rose for their shortcomings, as she was superkicked out of her managerial role. Probably because the booker watched the New Japan Cup and saw the Bea Priestly angle. Not all was lost for LFI, as Rush retained his title against Jay Lethal.

New faction?

The Anniversary build was all about the Foundation and LFI, but they have a new group of folks to worry about now. Brody King led Homicide, Tony Deppen & Chris Dickinson in a beat down on both groups at the end of the show. I have no idea what any of these people have in common, but that might be part of the idea. Probably a common cause of bringing violence back to ROH, which was hinted at in a random vignette on TV.

The women are back!

Maria Kanellis-Bennett announced that the ROH Women’s Championship Tournament would be happening in Summer 2021. This set up an angle with The Allure & Quinn McKay, which will set up a match with Angelina Love & McKay for qualification into the tournament.

I know a number of ROH viewers will be excited to see Quinn in action. Something about that bowtie really does it for people. I dunno, reminds me too much of Mr. Bob Backlund. However, I can’t help but be skeptical of ROH attempting to do a women’s division based on all of the previous attempts leading to nothing. It’s tough not to think it’s largely happening because of Kelly Klein’s lawsuit.

It’s definitely something we have to wait & see about before buying into. Hey, I’d like to buy whatever Mandy Leon is selling. We’ve just been bitten too many times.

And unfortunately not by Mandy Le-oh hold on this is 2021 I can’t end these things with sexual come-ons. Get it together, man!

Blade Braxton

We close with some sad news about a long time IWC mainstay. Blade Braxton, one of the fine folks behind the WrestleCrap website, passed away over the weekend. He did a long-running podcast with RD Reynolds & brought a lot of laughs to thousands of followers & listeners. Braxton also wrestled in the indies as The Midnight Rose & was in a number of horror films.

I haven’t really kept up to date with WrestleCrap in recent years, but it was one of my favorite websites way back in the day when I was discovering the whole Internet wrestling scene. It definitely paved the way for things like Botchamania and the goofy Botched column I do for 411mania. I certainly want to send my condolences to RD, Jed Shaffer and the rest of the WrestleCrap family.

That’s all I got this week, thanks for reading & keep your stick on the ice.


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





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.


– 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 Recap

Post match interviews


  • 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)



(December 2022 schedule)

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


“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


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


“Donmai, Donmai” – Mitsuharu Misawa’s diary

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





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.”


“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.


– 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 recapPost match interviews



(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)


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 


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

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


“Donmai, Donmai” – Mitsuharu Misawa’s diary

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