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Mitchell’s Raw Talk Report! (4/19/21)

Raw Talk will Feel the Glow!

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Raw Talk will Live Forever with the Ravishing Glow!

After another big week, Damian Priest, Naomi, Lana and Montel Vontavius Porter will all be joining in for some Raw Talk!

 

Kevin Patrick welcomes us back to the show!

“A night of upsets, deception and surprising allegiance.” We’re heading for WrestleMania Backlash and there’s so much going on! Welcome to the ThunderDome, Kevin and “Antonio Banderas” are here. Well Xavier Woods is learning the guitar so he brought out his new baby girl to give her some love. He didn’t quite inspire Kofi, but Kofi’s had so many matches. It’s like the Viking Raiders said last week, you might lose the match but you never lose the fight. And Elias has something going, so maybe Woods gets after Ryker.

Meanwhile, Drew McIntyre is on a rocky road going after Bobby Lashley at Backlash, but he has to get by T-bar & Mace. Woods has felt the “wrath” of T-Bar 7 Mace, too. You don’t take them lightly. But McIntyre has overcome so many obstacles before, even the whole locker room, but now he has to go after these towering titans. Sheamus then had an open challenge, Humberto Carrillo came out confidently, but got pulverized. Sheamus said last time what eh showed tonight, that he’s scratched and clawed to stay at the top. Carrillo is incredible, but Sheamus has the experience edge. Carrillo felt what Sheamus fights like, and that Brogue is just rough.

Kevin wants to then ask about how Raw ended. Charlotte VS Asuka, Rhea plays a role in how it ended, and Charlotte took her frustrations out on the official. How much of a lack of respect is that? You never put your hands on officials because you’re taking out the part of the match that is the rules, and then things are just chaos. So to do something like that, you’re past anger and rage. Charlotte stomped away on a person not trained for the physicality. Corey Graves speculated the road ahead for Charlotte, but Woods says this makes sense, in her mind. She has had millions of people rally behind her, only to turn on her.

And then she calls the newer stars, the ones making names for themselves, “rats and snakes!” But then she’s the one who does that? Kevin isn’t so sure. But can he get a drumroll please? Of course. Woods gives us the drum roll and Kevin lists tonight’s guests: the Vice President of the Hurt Business; the Archer of Infamy who got another win over The Miz; and the Ravishing Glow, who got a big win over the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions. But that said, we start with Montel Vontavius Porter!

MVP joins Raw Talk!

MVP says Kevin downgraded on cohosts. How’s that? Just an observation. Woods says that he can’t stand MVP but as a grown man, he will see that what MVP has done helping Bobby Lashley get that air of confidence, they are unstoppable. Congratulation, even though Woods doesn’t like it. Well the saying goes, you don’t have to like it but you do have to live with it. MVP is sure Woods learned that from being in the Hurt Lock. Or, no, that was Kofi. Woods says there won’t be time in the ring tonight so there will juts be time talking her. Kevin feels like a third wheel. MVP says Kevin better have questions because he has much better things to do than hang out with “video game boys.”

Kevin goes back to WrestleMania in Raymond James, just 9 days ago. What were MVP’s thoughts on that match? It was all expected that the All Mighty, the Chief Hurt Officer, would walk in champ and walk out champ. MVP told McIntyre he would lose consciousness, his dignity, and the match. But what was it like to be there with fans? Woods intercepts that question by asking what “Chief Hurt Officer” even means. You don’t understand? MVP skips that to have an intelligent conversation. He doesn’t want to explain something obvious to people who don’t have the intellect. Well, Woods almost has his PhD in psychology. Well MVP has a PhD in criminology so there. Just go google it.

Kevin asks about T-Bar & Mace. This is a safe space, tell the world about what’s going on here. For the last time, and MVP will speak slowly: Bobby Lashley is the CHO of the Hurt Business and he recently had the Hurt Business downsize. There is no recruiting, and MVP and Lashley have no idea why T-Bar & Mace are doing this. MVP respects McIntyre, though he doesn’t like him, but he is excited in seeing what T-Bar & Mace are doing to McIntyre. But there is NOTHING the Hurt Business has to do with that. Woods respects that. Does MVP respect T-Bar & Mace and what they’re doing? If those two want to make an impact, not that MVP isn’t speaking for them, but he gets that they are operating under “by any means necessary.”

So things are really rosy for MVP and Lashley right now, huh? McIntyre is coming back for the world title and MVP is poking the beast. MVP laughs and says McIntyre looked angry while he was unconscious. Woods says Kevin is talking to someone with an ego so you can’t really get through. And Lashley has been dominant, so you can’t argue against that. MVP sings Everything’s Coming Up Roses. These aren’t rose-tinted glasses but from MVP’s perspective, yes, things are looking good. Business is going exceptionally well. Kevin thanks MVP and MVP says the pleasure was all Kevin’s. MVP takes his leave and we go to break.

Raw Talk returns and Kevin discusses MVP talking down to Woods. Woods says MVP obviously came in with no intention of listening to the other side so there was nothing they could do but let MVP talk. Wait, Adam Pearce walks in? And discusses something with them quietly. Woods is surprised, “A hundo?!” This is about Charlotte Flair’s actions for assaulting the official! Woods says it so we can hear: Charlotte Flair has been suspended indefinitely, with a $100,000 fine! That’s a LOT of money. They thank Pearce for that breaking news, and they repeat that Charlotte has been suspended indefinitely for what she did to the referee.

WWE is clearly making an example of Charlotte after she tried to make an example of the ref. Kevin asks what “indefinitely” means and how long that translates to. Pearce is the one to decide that. That little surprise is leaving us all reeling, so Raw Talk takes another break before getting back to their guests. ONE, HUNDRED, THOUSAND.

 

Naomi & Lana join Raw Talk!

The Ravishing Glow is here and they are feeling it! The beat about to drop so bring it! Don’t take a bump now. BOOM! Kevin admits he just can’t. How are they feeling? Great! Well they look great, they are coordinated like a real team! That is what Woods loves! Naomi says Lana picked these out but yeah they’re great. What a great win over the women’s tag team champions. Would they have gotten it done without Dana & Mandy, though? Of course! This isn’t the first times they’ve pinned the champs. This also isn’t the first time they got screwed over. What goes around come around.

Lana reminds us that Reggie ruined their tag title match, and where Nia is already bigger and Shayna is already more technical, Reggie was an even further unfair advantage. But they were contenders before, they’ll be contenders again. A win is a win and they’ll take it. So they deserve another shot? Of course! They are ready to be Women’s Tag Team Champions. Woods knows what this is about. Lana & Naomi are ready to be future… Well of course future. But… Let’s get this together, hold on. They are your future women’s tag team CHAMPIONS~!

Woods likes that. They slid into the #1 spot after pinning the champs, but Woods also loves that they’re proving they’re more than just “sports entertainers.” Y’all have been crushing it on the TikTok! And that has helped them mesh together, work together, get the chemistry going. Do they feel that bond has been created in and out of the ring? Absolutely. Dance brings people together, so these two have formed a bond through dancing and TikTok dancing. The New Day have always been inspirational because they have fun and kick ass. They can do it all, from TikTok to dance to fight, and becoming the future Women’s Tag Team champions!

Naomi says people underestimate them because they see the dancing, the fun, and just feel they can’t be serious, or don’t take them serious. Naomi disagrees, she’s been there, and trust her that she can get serious. Ready to snatch people bald. Yes, dancers have more body control. They might just moonwalk up out of here. But over 20,000 were dancing at Mania, so what did that feel like? Being out on stage was emotional because they missed the fans. Lana realized this is nothing without fans. You can keep going, but it’s not the same. The fans are everything and they do what they do for the connection with the fans. There’s nothing like it!

Kevin brings up, having seen it shared on social media, all the work Lana has put in to have her moment alongside Naomi. They want to be future champions, but have they had that moment where they thought, “This is me, I can do this.” Lana says yes, she personally dealt with people doubting her just because she wasn’t wrestling for 20 years before the WWE. But she was putting in 40 hours a week getting in shape at just 10 years old. Dancers have discipline, work ethic, perseverance when you’re told, “You’re too fat, you’re not pretty enough,” this and that. But it’s instilled in them, that discipline and resiliency and adaptability. Why not even create WWE TikTok Championships? Kevin wants to know what TikTok is. Woods says he’ll explain after the show.

Woods has one quick question before they go. There was a moment months ago where Woods and Naomi hadn’t seen each other in so long and finally got to talk. This tag team with Lana, getting the fans back, what is the journey back like? It gave Naomi a new perspective, and made her much more appreciative of being here and being around and staying positive. A lot of the time, things don’t go the way you want, but you’re blessed to still be here. Naomi working with Lana is special, too. That entrance at Mania was difference because they were side-by-side. Just focus on moving forward.

Lana says what Naomi has taught her is self-confidence. And if you don’t believe in yourself, have someone who will tell you to believe in yourself. Inspirational! The future champions head out as we go back to break!

 

Damian Priest joins Raw Talk!

Woods rocks out to the theme and so does Priest. Woods hasn’t heard this with headphones and now that he’s got the ear piece, that bass is kicking! Kevin says it’s awesome to have Priest here after his awesome win over Miz tonight. But not awesome: that cheap champagne. Priest does interrupt Miz’s “moment,” and then tasted their champagne. It was just trash. Anyone who followed Priest back in NXT knows he’s a champagne guy, but that was just not good. And Miz & Maryse can’t get the good stuff? C’mon. Only the finest of “cham-pag-nas.”

But does Priest realize that he got in between the It Couple? Maryse threw down the challenge, Miz was reluctant, and then Priest beats Miz in front of Maryse! He might be causing a divide between them. Well, after last week, Maryse helped Miz get one over on Priest, perhaps because Miz is lacking a little something. And then this week, Priest proved it. Bring Maryse along, this is just what Priest does. If they’ve got beef at home, that’s on them. He didn’t start it, but he’ll finish it. Woods jokes, is Priest a homewrecker?

Kevin asks Woods how impressed he was to see Priest & Bad Bunny win at WrestleMania. That was crazy! It blows Woods’ mind. They talked before that it’s wild to have Bunny here at all, and then they debut on the main roster and get into all this, what has this feeling been like? Especially with WrestleMania and now Priest’s path. Priest knows Woods can relate to this. You can be successful and achieve things and it’s awesome, especially when it’ syour dreams. Now do that with your friend, and how you can feed off each other’s energy and have a blast. THat’s Priest & Bunny and that was great at Mania. They ha dfun, ha da great entrance, they won! It’s everything you want in the business!

The only thing missing, and Woods has his guitar now… What’s up? Wasn’t he gonna play PRiest out or something? Well Woods has to learn the tabs and stuff. Priest thinks they should form a band. Woods would do that! What does Priest play? Oh he’s the front man, bruh. Nice! Well, they’ll have to have different pieces, a little bit for everyone. That can even be the band name, “A Little Bit for Everybody.” They’ll work on it. Kevin admits he’d never even be able to do what the superstars do, so how impressive was Bunny’s dedication? Miz even admitted to it.

Priest says Bunny wasn’t even supposed to be successful in music, the way he went about it. He was told to dress a certain way, speak a certain way, sound a certain way, but it still didn’t work so he just figured, “Why am I doing this? I’ll do things my way.” At least he’d have fun. And then boom, he’s hitting it big. Wrestling was another dream of Bunny’s, because every since he was a kid, he saw it. He thought it was unachievable, but then he’s given this chance and he works hard to get his dream. And he put in the work! Priest watched Bunny get lumped up and even bloody during training, but also get up and say, “Let’s go again.” That’s what you don’t see and probably couldn’t get. So Priest was so happy when Bunny shocked the world! That was awesome. And when it’s one of your friends, it’s even better.

Woods wants everyone to understand Priest’s journey. How long has he been wrestling? 17 years. So having this worldwide experience, from the indies to NXT to Raw and Bunny, beating Miz, what is next? All this knowledge and experience, what does Priest do next? Moments. Moments people talk about the next day, week, year. Things that withstand the test of time. #LiveForever. He’s not a vampire. People get that confused but he’ snot. Priest just wants his name to live forever, do things that are meaningful and people are happy to have witnessed and they pass down the stories. And he wants the titles, the main events, everything else. Maybe he won’t get all of it but it’ll be one hell of a ride trying. Oh, and the celebrations.

Kevin says Priest sure left his mark on Miz. He is top class, and thanks Priest for his time. And on behalf of “Antonio Banderas,” aka Xavier Woods, and the classy crew, take it easy and see you again soon! Woods gets in an “OoOoOoh~!” before the show ends.


My Thoughts:

This was a very fun episode of Raw Talk, especially with Pearce making a surprise appearance to give us the kayfabe news of Charlotte’s “suspension” and “fine.” I feel like the “indefinitely” part is so they can keep her out of #WrestleManiaBacklash and have her go after the champion on the road to Money in the Bank in June. It’s a bit of a shame because I literally said in my Raw article that I thought we were getting a Raw Women’s Championship Triple Threat but I guess not. They uncomplicate things by just removing Charlotte, so now it’s just Rhea VS Asuka, unless Charlotte defies the suspension. That’d be pretty cool, actually.

MVP had a good segment, where he keeps up the mystery of his connection to Mace & T-Bar, and he sure tries to get at Woods just because Woods questioned the nickname, “Chief Hurt Officer.” If we ever get New Day going against just MVP & Lashley, as in Kofi getting another chance at the world title, I feel like there should be an intellectual showdown between Woods and MVP. Lana & Naomi had a good segment, though they said a lot of what Lana said in the past and what everyone already understands about having fans live in attendance.

Priest had the best segment, which makes sense since he was third. His motivation is the same whether he’s Face or Heel, but saying it in a Face way makes his mission to #LiveForever more relatable. Also I do like that he acknowledged the confusion about his gimmick being vampire. I wonder if Priest gets to be Sheamus’ first real opponent for the US Championship. That is going to be an awesome match from some big, strong strikers/brawlers.


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(NOAH) NOAH WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.186 ~ 18TH SEPTEMBER 2022

Hisame sorts through some of the larger points as NOAH slowly comes into the Fall season!

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Kenoh, Kiyomiya & The Shining Wizard

At the time of writing, the two pre matches between Kenoh and Kaito Kiyomiya are even, both has one win over the other. Kiyomiya defeated Kenoh at Korakuen Hall on the 15th using a variation of The Shining Wizard, with Kenoh (who swore he would never lose to that move again), using Keiji Mutoh’s version of The Shining Wizard to defeat Kiyomiya. Prior to doing it, Kenoh had even gone as far to pull Mutoh’s pose and he did it again while leaning over Kiyomiya. Kenoh stated backstage that he didn’t believe that after Mutoh had retired that Kiyomiya would continue using the move, so therefore he, Kenoh, would use it and cherish both the technique and Keiji Mutoh. If you thought Kiyomiya was made mad enough by Kenoh patting him on the head, wait until they clash again at Yokohama Radiant Hall on the 19th.

YO-HEY & HAYATA

In the past you got the impression that HAYATA didn’t really care about his opponents, they were just there to be beaten and for him to move on after beating, this time the feeling is very different. Compared to all of HAYATA’S other title defenses so far, this has been the most personal (anything involving YO-HEY is always more personal than anyone else), the most bitter and the most savage. Whilst HAYATA seems to want to keep YO-HEY in mint condition for the title match, as neither Yoshinari Ogawa, Chris Ridgeway or himself seem to want to concentrate on breaking down his knees or damaging his arm (unlike poor Seiki Yoshioka, who is getting the brunt of all three, Ridgeway even tearing off his bandages and attacking the bone), YO-HEY has taken to attacking HAYATA after matches. Both matches so far have been inconclusive and neither has the win over the other, but at Korakuen on the first night YO-HEY dropkicked HAYATA in the face, at the second he gave him the GAMEN-G. YO-HEY has described this as a “switch being turned on” in him, and says he has a strategy for the title match. HAYATA naturally has said nothing, which is odd considering how vocal he has been in the title challenges before.

Taka & Satoshi

Satoshi Kojima and Takashi Sugiura have made a functional dysfunctional tag team. Their first pre match against Hideki Suzuki and Timothy Thatcher contained a misfire when Sugiura caught Kojima by accident and they had a spat. The second time, Sugiura was made to tap out by Timothy Thatcher in a match that reminded me of the Galleria fight between the T-800 and T-1000 in Terminator 2. Kojima came to the ring, Suzuki got in it and then Kojima took everyone out and closed the show on the microphone. Sugi started complaining that not only had Kojima arrived too late to help, but his theme music had started playing. Kojima said it wasn’t deliberate, Sugi didn’t believe him. The handshake where Kojima offers his palm and Sugi his finger (not the finger) seems to have become their thing, and Kojima will face off against Timothy Thatcher in a singles match on the 19th in Yokohama. Thatcher has sworn revenge for what happened at Korakuen.

NOAH’s New Debut

NOAH’s 16th NOAH Born, Taishi Ozawa, made his debut at Korakuen Hall on the 15th September. Weighing in at 87kg and with a height of 181cm (which is marginally smaller than Yoshiki Inamura and Shuhei Taniguchi at 182cm), he has naturally gone into the heavyweight division. His first match lasted 6 minutes and 31 seconds, and got him praise from the fans and wrestlers alike. After the match, Yoshiki Inamura praised him and said he wants him to grow stronger and make his body bigger. Personally, I can see Ozawa becoming one of NOAH’s ultra-heavyweights, but this may mean he has to give up doing dropkicks, which you don’t see too much of amongst NOAH’s heavyweights. NOAH celebrated this debut by broadcasting messages from support from fans on the screen, the President of The Leave presented him with flowers and special commemorative face masks were given at the door.

NOAH & Dragon Gate Joint Event

NOAH held a press conference on the 9th September to discuss the NOAH and DragonGate joint event which will be held on the 11th November at Korakuen Hall. Sadly Daisuke Harada does not think his neck will be in good enough condition for him to take part, so he has nominated himself as “Event Ambassador”. Cards announced so far are Seiki Yoshioka vs YAMATO (who said that local idiot Kzy agreed to this nonsense, and that if he liked festivals so much he should do a solo strip show, but getting back to Yoshioka, he was going to pay) and Mochizuki Junior, Ryu Fuda & Madoka Kikuta vs Kai Fujimura, Yasutaka Yano & Yoshiki Inamura. This latter match sets two sets of rookies against each other, and NOAH and DragonGate’s resident hosses.

GLOBAL2Days

In addition to the NOAH & DragonGate joint event, the day before NOAH will hold the first day of the two days at Korakuen Hall they have called “GLOBAL2Days”. Night 1 will be a NOAH show only, with all the titles put on the line. No cards yet have been announced for this.

NOSAWA vs Katsuhiko Nakajima?

NOSAWA Rongai declared that he wanted a singles match with “little bitch” Katsuhiko Nakajima, after Nakajima (tongue stuck out at the side of his mouth) gave him a round of soccer ball kicks. Hideki Suzuki said something along the lines of that while he thought NOSAWA was dead following this, NOSAWA probably was going to be dead after this. At the time of writing nothing has been announced yet, and Nakajima said it was “fun”.

Yuya Susumu

Due to cervical neck sprain, Yuya Susumu will miss about four events (which includes the past two Korakuen Hall events and probably the N-Innovation and one more event after that)

ELSEWHERE IN NOAH

– Kenoh apparently has a sense of humor similar to Mitsuharu Misawa’s i.e. blue. His column was once him yelling about his enemies, now he is making innuendos about how anatomy reacts to gravure models.

– Chris Ridgeway says that he has plans to not only get the GHC Junior Heavyweight, he also wants to bring the GHC National to the juniors.

– Katsuhiko Nakajima has likened the Nagoya Keiji Mutoh Retirement Road match as being like a reunion as it involves Mutoh’s classmate Masakatsu Funaki and their junior, Kazuyuki Fujita, and says he is going to destroy that atmosphere. He has also warned Mutoh to be careful in Nagoya, as he may not reach the Tokyo Dome.

– The children at NOAH’s most recent fan event (Tokyo Verdy) were fascinated by Kaito Kiyomiya and Masa Kitamiya’s muscles, despite the fact that they got pulled over by them at the tug of war. They let the children win the first time, but were pretty merciless the next time.

– Hideki Suzuki burst in wielding a pipe chair when Satoshi Kojima and Takashi Sugiura were talking backstage and threatened to throw it at someone. Sugi suggested he throw it at Kojima, Kojima, (had he been a New Yorker), basically said, “Hey, I’m talkin’ here!”

– Junta Miyawaki will challenge Tromba for the ASPW Openweight Championship on Saturday November 5th in Guadalajara.

– Jack Morris interrupted The Shutter Chance…I don’t think anyone in NOAH has ever done that before.

– Yoshiki Inamura’s reaction to Disco was to stand with his arms crossed and glare at Mohammed Yone. Yone did not forget this insult.

– NOAH have taken part in a team gaming event, which sees Kongoh (who sat apart from everyone else) join in. YO-HEY and Yoshiki Inamura seem to have formed a guild. STINGER, naturally, are not taking part.

EVENT RECAPS AND POST MATCH PROMOS

– STAR NAVIGATION 2022 (THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 15TH, KORAKUEN HALL)

Event recap

Post match interviews

– STAR NAVIGATION 2022 (FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 16TH, KORAKUEN HALL)

Event recap

Post match interviews

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

  • GHC Heavyweight Champion: Kenoh
    Challenger: Kaito Kiyomiya, [Muto Retirement Road] GRAND SHIP 2022 in NAGOYA PRO-WRESTLING LOVE FOREVER.2 ~OUT BREAK~ Sunday September 25th, Dolphin Arena (Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium)
  • GHC Junior Champion: HAYATA
    Challenger: YO-HEY, [Muto Retirement Road] GRAND SHIP 2022 in NAGOYA PRO-WRESTLING LOVE FOREVER.2 ~OUT BREAK~ Sunday September 25th, Dolphin Arena (Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium)
  • GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: The Sugiura Army (Hideki Suzuki & Timothy Thatcher)
    Challengers: KojiSugi (Satoshi Kojima & Takashi Sugiura), [Muto Retirement Road] GRAND SHIP 2022 in NAGOYA PRO-WRESTLING LOVE FOREVER.2 ~OUT BREAK~ Sunday September 25th, Dolphin Arena (Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium)
  • GHC Junior Tag Champions: STINGER (Chris Ridgeway & Yoshinari Ogawa)
    Challengers: The NOAH Junior Regulars (Atsushi Kotoge & Seiki Yoshioka), [Muto Retirement Road] GRAND SHIP 2022 in NAGOYA PRO-WRESTLING LOVE FOREVER.2 ~OUT BREAK~ Sunday September 25th, Dolphin Arena (Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium)
  • GHC National Champion: Masakatsu Funaki
    Challenger: Masa Kitamiya, SUNNY VOYAGE 2022 – Friday September 30th (Bandaijima Multi-Purpose Square Ogama)

*This event will not be broadcast live, but hopefully this match will be shown via Instagram

THIS WEEK IN NOAH

(September 2022 schedule)

  • Monday, September 19th

SUNNY VOYAGE 2022 – Yokohama Radiant Hall, Yokohama

Time: 17:30 JST

Broadcast: WrestleUniverse (Live)

  • Tuesday, September 20th

Title match signing (GHC Heavyweight Tag, GHC Junior Heavyweight)

Live on NOAH’s Official YouTube at 17:00 JST

  • Wednesday, September 21st

N INNOVATION – Shinjuku FACE, Tokyo

Time: 18:30 JST

Broadcast: WrestleUniverse (Live)

  • Sunday, September 25th

GRAND SHIP 2022 in NAGOYA/PRO WRESTLING LOVE FOREVER IN NAGOYA – OUTBREAK (Keiji Mutoh Retirement Road)

Start: 16:00 JST

Broadcast: WrestleUniverse (Live)

LINKS

Keiji Mutoh talks freely, “PPV at Retirement Match”, “Cut Ties” for O-Khan

Long awaited one on one fight with Katsuhiko Nakajima. Will Daiki Inaba’s obsession with Katsuhiko Nakajima be fulfilled?

“I don’t have the sense for a name! (laughs”) The secret story of the birth of the Shining Wizard variation & recruitment of technique name!

“Finish it all at once” GHC Junior Tag Team Champion Chris Ridgeway Interview, complete belt and league domination, ambition of GHC National Challenge

Kaito Kiyomiya receives reinforcement from the kick world, if he fails to take the GHC in the Kenoh match, “I can’t go to the top anymore”

“After the N-1!, the 15th & 16th Korakuen are two consecutive events, the next big match is 25th September Nagoya (Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium). Focusing on developments for the four major GHC fights, a new battle begins

NOAH collaborates with Tokyo Verdy! Naomichi Marufuji, “I want to put up a ring at Ajinomoto Stadium and have a match”

“I’ll let you challenge my GHC Heavyweight” GHC Champion Kenoh nominates himself for Keiji Mutoh’s Retirement Match, Next Year on 21st February At Tokyo Dome

Fan event recap: Tokyo Verdy

Junior Brand Event: YO-HEY and Kotoge introduce the highlights of the 21st September Shinjuku N-Innovation Competition

GHC Heavyweight signing ceremony: Kenoh “A beautiful story, I’m gonna break it down and I’m gonna draw it”, Kiyomiya prepares for “Last Chance”

“I want to become white ash” Keiji Mutoh’s retirement stage will be 21st February at The Tokyo Dome, “Pubic Persuasion” Chono will also go to his retirement match

Funky Kato is dazed about Keiji Mutoh’s retirement, the final opponent is “Not Okada”

“I’m using it, so it’s my technique!” with Mutoh finisher at full power, Kaito Kiyomiya defeats Kenoh towards the culmination of their five year story

Katsuhiko Nakajima and the 25th September Nagoya match with Keiji Mutoh, who will retire at The Dome next year

OLD INTERVIEWS

“Dandyism?”, it’s not like that”

Interesting interview with Mitsuharu Misawa from circa February 2002, in which he discusses Kodo Fuyuki’s retirement, friendship, NOAH, All Japan, his childhood and his juniors.

BOOK CORNER

“Donmai, Donmai” – Mitsuharu Misawa’s diary

GIF taken from WrestleUniverse & NOAH Official YouTube


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(NOAH) NOAH WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.185 ~ 7TH SEPTEMBER 2022

N-1 Victory gives us a new challenger for the GHC Heavyweight title! A New Tag Team forms! Injuries and Junior division craziness! Hisame brings you all the NOAH nuggies!

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Kaito Kiyomiya wins N-1 VICTORY

Kaito Kiyomiya overcame Hideki Suzuki to win his first N-1 VICTORY. Hideki Suzuki had terrified him, as he remembered how it was the last time they fought soon after Kiyomiya had returned from excursion. Kiyomiya had said in the press conference in response to Suzuki’s “he’s obsessed with Mutoh” that he wouldn’t use any of Mutoh’s moves in the match, but this was indeed how he won it. With his win, Kiyomiya could now challenge Kenoh for the GHC Heavyweight title.

Kenoh (looking half amused and a bit proud of Kiyomiya), came to the ring and silently raised the GHC Heavyweight. Backstage, he was not as quiet, saying that Kiyomiya was “a handsome wrestler with a cool face”, but he wasn’t happy with Kiyomiya’s somewhat dazed promo and branding him the “Useless N-1 Champion”.

HAYATA nominates his next challenger, YO-HEY

YO-HEY had been saying for the past few weeks that he was going to be aiming at HAYATA. The expected title challenge didn’t happen earlier as the last time YO-HEY and HAYATA were in the ring together, Perros Del Mal De Japon ruined any chances. HAYATA took matters into his own hands following the match in Osaka on the September 3rd. The way YO-HEY was nominated was done in a way that could only be done between the two of them, with HAYATA walking in on the NOAH Junior Regulars while they were in the comments booth, and nominating YO-HEY then and there.

STINGER victorious, new challengers emerge

STINGER ground Perros Del Mal De Japon practically into the ground in the title match in Osaka, Eita getting the brunt of the attack. Chris Ridgeway at one point taking off Eita’s kneepad and grinding his knuckles into the bone. It was no wonder that by the end of the match, Eita was walking with a noticeable limp. As Perros Del Mal slunk away to lick their wounds, STINGER were faced with their new challengers, Atsushi Kotoge and Seiki Yoshioka of The NOAH Junior Regulars. Kotoge got about half of a sentence out about challenging for the belts, taking them back, teaming with Yoshioka, when STINGER had had enough of him/them, and hit them both in the face with their belts and then walked off making dismissive motions. Despite this, their challenge has been accepted.

Satoshi Kojima and Takashi Sugiura

Understandably subdued at the moment and not himself, Takashi Sugiura came out of his shell a bit when he and Satoshi Kojima teamed together in Osaka on 3rd September. At first their partnership was stormy, a missed spot which involved an opponent ducking and a mistimed spot resulted in an argument and Sugiura deliberately breaking a pin, which meant that fans suspected a rivalry. However, backstage Satoshi Kojima had a different idea, how about the two of them team up? Sugi wasn’t too sure, but Kojima persuaded him saying that they were both the same age (Sugiura is four months older) and it was hard to find someone as contemporary as Sugiura now. Sugiura said he would give it a go, and much to fans surprise, the two have challenged for the GHC Heavyweight Tag Titles.

Masa Kitamiya

With the N-1 over and Masakatsu Funaki saying that he wanted to put the belt up against the three people he lost against, Masa Kitamiya, Kaito Kiyomiya & Satoshi Kojima, fans were the most interested in seeing Kitamiya challenge. Following a tag match in Osaka, Kitamiya and Funaki got into a rare melee brawl after the match, which involved Kitamiya slamming him and Katsuhiko Nakajima having to throw Kitamiya from the ring. Backstage, Kitamiya announced his challenge and the title match has been set a little later the others (I think due to Funaki’s schedule) for the 30th September.

Kenoh vs The Makai Alliance

The short lived Makai Alliance of NOSAWA Rongai, The-Great-O-Khan and The Great Muta (I say short as Muta turned on O-Khan and gave him the Green Mist at the end) took on the might of Kongoh. Tadasuke was the target for the three demons, while Kenoh battered O-Khan with his bamboo sword (O-Khan posted pictures of the welts later) and while attempting a fireball, got a lick of flame from Great Muta. Sadly, Kenoh did not set himself on fire in the match and do any flaming kicks. Manabu Soya was given the red mist. Following Muta’s betrayal, O-Khan has vowed revenge and while he was crawling backstage and then rolling around on the floor, Muta hinted that perhaps he might be turning up in New Japan, or perhaps America?

DragonGate

Following NOAH’s Osaka event, The NOAH Junior Regulars (YO-HEY, Atsushi Kotoge, Alejandro and Seiki Yoshioka) turned up at DragonGate’s event and saved Natural Vibes from Z-BRATS. Kzy couldn’t quite believe it and asked what they were doing there, to which a joint performance (or “festival”) was suggested. Seiki Yoshioka wanted to fight YAMATO, while Alejandro wanted to team with “the skillful, crazy and cool” DragonKid. Nothing more has been said about the date, the venue or the card, but expect announcements in the coming weeks.

NOAH’s new debut

NOAH have announced that a trainee will graduate from the dojo on the 15th September. Taishi Ozawa is twenty-five years old, has a background in gymnastics, and comes from Shizuoka. He will be the first debut since Yasutaka Yano in about two years. His first NOAH match will be against Yoshiki Inamura, following this he is expected to join the heavyweight division.

Go Shiozaki injured

Go Shiozaki was injured in the match in Osaka, and was helped backstage by the trainees and officials, an ice pack on his arm. NOAH have not announced the extent of the injury yet or for how long Shiozaki will be absent only that he is pending further investigations.

ELSEWHERE IN NOAH

– Seiki Yoshioka has done a weight challenge which involved other wrestlers sitting on him while he does push ups; Alejandro was the easiest because he’s the smallest and lightest, Daiki Inaba was doable, Go Shiozaki giggled and fell off and Yoshiki Inamura squashed him flat.

– Stallion Rogers and Anthony Greene left NOAH to return to the USA. Anthony Greene was very emotional, stating how much he was going to miss Japan and how he looked upon The Ark, as home.

– Kenoh says he doesn’t care about O-Khan, his goal is another New Japan wrestler. He doesn’t say who though.

– Daiki Inaba has a singles match with Katsuhiko Nakajima coming up, this will be his chance to avenge himself for the W-1 championship belt.

– We mercifully never found out just where Kendo Kashin had vanished to after the match.

– Kaito Kiyomiya has taken up surfing in his new channel videos, while Kenoh informed us all that “The Beast” is not simply a name for Kazuyuki Fujita to scare his opponents with, which Kenoh found out when kicking him in the thigh.

EVENT RECAPS AND POST MATCH PROMOS

– N-1 VICTORY 2022 GRAND FINAL & GREAT MUTA OSAKA FINAL (Edion Arena Osaka First Stadium, Saturday September 3rd)

Event recap

Post Match Interviews

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

  • GHC Heavyweight Champion: Kenoh
    Challenger: Kaito Kiyomiya, [Muto Retirement Road] GRAND SHIP 2022 in NAGOYA PRO-WRESTLING LOVE FOREVER.2 ~OUT BREAK~ Sunday September 25th, Dolphin Arena (Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium)
  • GHC Junior Champion: HAYATA
    Challenger: YO-HEY, [Muto Retirement Road] GRAND SHIP 2022 in NAGOYA PRO-WRESTLING LOVE FOREVER.2 ~OUT BREAK~ Sunday September 25th, Dolphin Arena (Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium)
  • GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: The Sugiura Army (Hideki Suzuki & Timothy Thatcher)
    Challengers: KojiSugi (Satoshi Kojima & Takashi Sugiura), [Muto Retirement Road] GRAND SHIP 2022 in NAGOYA PRO-WRESTLING LOVE FOREVER.2 ~OUT BREAK~ Sunday September 25th, Dolphin Arena (Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium)
  • GHC Junior Tag Champions: STINGER (Chris Ridgeway & Yoshinari Ogawa)
    Challengers: The NOAH Junior Regulars (Atsushi Kotoge & Seiki Yoshioka), [Muto Retirement Road] GRAND SHIP 2022 in NAGOYA PRO-WRESTLING LOVE FOREVER.2 ~OUT BREAK~ Sunday September 25th, Dolphin Arena (Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium)
  • GHC National Champion: Masakatsu Funaki
    Challenger: Masa Kitamiya, SUNNY VOYAGE 2022 – Friday September 30th (Bandaijima Multi-Purpose Square Ogama)

* This event will not be broadcast live, but hopefully this match will be shown via Instagram

 THIS WEEK IN NOAH

(September 2022 schedule)

– Wednesday 15th September

NOAH will hold a press conference/match signing live on their official YouTube at 5pm JST. Keiji Mutoh will give further details about his retirement road plans, while the title matches are expected to be signed for.

LINKS

Muta & O-Khan make a shocking agreement, with the offering of “Makai Cake” at the historic alliance talks

Dragon Bane and Alpha Wolf both declare victory in Osaka for the Lucha Brothers showdown

Ahead of The Muta & O-Khan battle, holding a bamboo sword Kenoh does a furious interview, not giving up on GHC Heavyweight counter-attack

Suzuki “Best fight in the world”, “Win or die”, “No more chances” – Kiyomiya also has his back to the wall, press conference just before the N-1 championship match

GHC Champion Kenoh Makai Empire Alliance “Purification”, declares “Compulsory Elementary School Education For O-Khan”

Moving away from mentor Keiji Mutoh as champion! Kaito Kiyomiya submits “Graduation Thesis” by swearing to win the N-1 for the first time

ALL JAPAN YOSHINARI OGAWA ARTICLES FROM 1986

An Unknown Trainee 

Yoshinari Ogawa’s Volume 

BOOK CORNER

“Donmai, Donmai” – Mitsuharu Misawa’s diary

With thanks to: Metal-NOAH

GIF taken from WrestleUniverse & Seiki Yoshioka’s TikTok


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