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Mitchell’s Raw Talk Report! (4/26/21)

Raw Talk is All Mighty!



WWE Raw Talk

Raw Talk has some powerful guests!

Sonya Deville, Matt Riddle and the All Mighty Bobby Lashley are all here for some Raw Talk about how tonight went down!


Kevin Patrick welcomes us back to the show!

What a chaotic and exciting Raw! Charlotte Flair’s suspension is already over, Braun Strowman is heading for a WWE Championship opportunity at #WrestleManiaBacklash, and biggest news of all, R-Truth is back hosting Raw Talk! Truth and #KPeezy are back at it! But where has Truth been? That’s neither here nor there. But they’re friends, Kevin wants to know. Truth was waiting at the stadium for WrestleMania 37. Did he go to the wrong one? Well no one told him the switched it to the right one. Don’t laugh at him, Kevin. Well, which one did Truth go to? The one for the baseball team or the football team?

Oh, it’s so funny for you! Truth missed Mania! And weeks of this show! But you act like it’s his fault?! Laugh it up, K Peezy. Mary had a little lamb, and Truth still has his baby. Kevin got the same emails as Truth, though. Well where did he go? Raymond James, where Mania was. Where did Truth go? Tropicana? He had it on his itinerary. Didn’t Kevin get the affidavit? Kevin contains his laughter for Truth’s sake and gets to business. Things were chaotic, but it ended with Strowman securing a spot at WrestleMania Backlash and in the WWE Championship match. He beat Drew? Yep. But T-Bar & Mace got involved, and even MVP had his say. Why are they all up in the mix?

Kevin asks if there’s something going on where people have it out for McIntyre. Well McIntyre had sore ribs. Yeah, Kevin would feel rough after that, too. But now, Bobby Lashley is in a Triple Threat against McIntyre AND Strowman, in just two weeks! He’s got his hands full! Looks good, very dapper, and is dangerous, but still, that’s a lot even for him. And Miz & Morrison had their hands full with Damian Priest, #DP! Priest and the New Day were a great team. Woods was a great cohost in Truth’s absence, by the way. Why’s Kevin gotta keep bringing up the past? Sorry… But Elias, Ryker, Miz & Morrison got tomatoes thrown at them. What? To-mah-toes. To-MAY-toes, bro!

But Priest, Woods & Kofi got a big win, too, with a clutch cradle. They had fun with that. To wrap things up, and to get Truth caught up, Charlotte Flair physically assaulted referee Eddie Orengo, was suspended and fined by Adam Pearce, but then Sonya Deville brings her back just a week later! All behind Pearce’s back! Trouble in Paradise! Who suspended Charlotte? Pearce. Whoa, sni-zap! Sonya made an executive decision, becoming a big boss. They have Sonya on the show so they can hear all about it! What a blockbuster episode! Not just Sonya, but Matt Riddle who won alongside Randy Orton of all people, and of course THE WWE Champion, “D-Bo” Bobby Lashley, all with Truth back at the desk!


Matt Riddle joins Raw Talk!

Truth jams out with The Bro, who could not feel any better! Truth is excited, Riddle defends that the emails are wrong. Riddle had to get his scooter and hurry to Raymond James. Someone is against these two fun loving bro stallions that could maybe team one day. #TrueBros! But the seed was planted, we’ll see if it blossoms one day. But first, #RKBRO! Truth is all there for it! Last week, Riddle beat Orton in the center of the ring. Say it again! Riddle beat Orton in the center of the ring! Riddle knew the RKO was coming, turned him and was a bit torn, but he got a win! YAH~!

But then Orton took the week to sit on it, tweeted that he liked #RKBRO, but he is a viper so maybe it was a trap. K Pizzle was there to see it happen. Wait is it Pizzle or Peezy? Well, Riddle goes Pizzle but Truth goes Peezy. Point being, but when they talked, Riddle thought he was getting a confrontation. He was down to fight, but when Orton said RKBRO was cool and already made tag team plans, Riddle was touched! Orton is actually one of the greatest guys and knows how to warm a bro’s heart. This is just the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Truth is happy for Riddle, RKBRO is dope! Truth is rooting for them. And this seed is like a bamboo seed. It might take years to sprout, but it will be strong when it grows!

Riddle is excited to get the Raw Tag Team Championships, have their reign, and make it RKBRO all day! Kevin likes that! Riddle says Kevin is a good cohost and Kevin thanks him. But that mix-up is fine. New guys get info better than the veterans. Kevin says he got a limo to get to Mania. Really? What about Truth’s? What are Truth and Riddle doing wrong? Kevin didn’t ask for one, they just sent him one. Limousine riding, jet flying Kevin Peezy? That’s not right! Riddle says it’s been a little too long since Truth was here, but this has been a blast. Riddle and Randall as a duo, Cedric & Shelton were strong, but Orton was always reaching out.

So does this make them friends? Have coffee and stuff/ That might be too much. One day at a time, so Riddle said he got that. They can Facetime and stuff a few times a day instead so they can mesh. Maybe get the families together, get in there and marinate the relationship, nurture it! They can help RKBRO grow into a full grown stallion dripping in gold! Truth and Riddle are fired up for #RKBRO4LIFE! But Raw Talk’s gotta take a break, so Riddle chants us to commercial, “R K BRO! R K BRO!”


Sonya Deville joins Raw Talk!

Kevin again recaps the situation for the audience: Charlotte assaults a referee and is both suspended and fined, only for Sonya to bring her back. Sonya is happy to be on Raw Talk, but she feels misunderstood. She is calling things straight down the middle, no bias towards or against anyone on either Raw or SmackDown. She thought Pearce was being unfair towards Charlotte because he didn’t hear her side of things and then made a dramatic decision. So she didn’t need to consult with Pearce? Well, it’s really complicated. Truth agrees, this gets complicated. There was a last minute thing, Sonya had to make the decision, and so she did. She doesn’t always have to consult with Pearce, like how he doesn’t always consult with her. So Sonya will step up and do what she must.

Truth feels that, but isn’t Pearce the senior official? Sonya did make a good decision, but Kevin say sit’s a bit of undermining. Sonya doesn’t see it that way, and neither does Truth. Sonya had a split second decision to do something and followed her gut. Truth can’t fault her for that. She’s only human, but she was trying to help someone out. Sonya agrees, Charlotte is only human, she made a simple mistake. Charlotte is a top star, why would you want her gone? That’s just not smart to Sonya. Then why was Eddie Orengo apologizing? Well everyone got an apology, it almost made Sonya dizzy. It was all nice, kumbaya, water under the bridge.

Well one person who wasn’t feeling kumbaya was Mandy Rose, who was basically fed to an angry, hungry Charlotte, and that was Sonya’s choice. Why Mandy? Well Mandy’s tough, skilled, Charlotte needed someone like that to face. And it has nothing to do with Sonya’s history with Mandy? Not at all. Charlotte and Sonya aren’t being devious, are they? No! Dana and Mandy were both there, Mandy looked ready to fight, so the decision was easy. In fact, this was the most intense Mandy looked in the ring, and not to toot her own horn, but Sonya brings the best out of Mandy no matter what. That is a good point, because it was a good match. Perception is reality, but you’re welcome.

Truth double checks: there’s nothing devious? No! She doesn’t want bad things for anyone anywhere. She said this is a different Sonya. She won’t play the games she did, she wants to go forward, not backwards. She’s doing what’s right and fair, and maybe Pearce saw it a different way, but Sonya is a boss doing what’s best for the brands. Truth again can’t fault her with that, and Kevin has to admit that is good. They both look forward to what Sonya is going to do in the future now that she’s on Raw.


Bobby Lashley & MVP join Raw Talk!

The All Mighty WWE World Champion, as well as Montel Vontavius Porter, sit with Truth and Kevin, and Kevin asks Lashley directly about Braun injecting himself into the title match. It was supposed to be 1v1 with McIntyre, but now it’s a Triple Threat. Lashley says this is so disrespectful, but at least Kevin pointed it out. They came here because they were told to, but didn’t they all explain this earlier tonight? Truth defends that he’s been gone, got sent to the wrong arenas and all that. K Peezy has his ideas, Truth has nothing to do with this, because Lashley might have his hands full, but he’s the man!

MVP says this is the situation and it’s very simple: Lashley is THE All Mighty WWE Champion. We’ve seen that McIntyre can’t defeat Lashley. Braun has been beaten by Lashley, too. Neither man can do this 1v1, but there seems to be someone in the decision making process that thought it’d be a good idea to let Braun into the match so that together, Braun and McIntyre could take Lashley out to settle things themselves. There is some “nefarious plan” going on, but how do you conduct business in regards to the WWE Champion without consulting the champion? Just saying.

Kevin asks what Lashley thought about the main event. He just noticed all the mistakes. A lot of holes in both men’s games, Lashley has beaten both of those men anyway, so he just wanted to see if the other could figure things out. Both men did, and that was very interesting. Lashley is now coming around to the idea of the Triple Threat. At first, it felt like a cheap way to get the title off Lashley because one opponent beats the other. But now, Lashley looks forward to beating both men at the same time. Watching the holes in their defenses, all these simple things, it’s going to be a lot of fun! Truth says that’s badass.

MVP says everyone brings up Lashley’s size, strength, athleticism, ferocity, all that, but no one every really thinks about his fight IQ. Does Truth know what that means? Nope. Then here’s an example: Floyd Mayweather, arguably the greatest boxer of all time. When you step into the ring and take on his fight IQ, he’s using the first round just to feel things out. Then when it’s all said and done, he’s figured out your strengths and weaknesses, how he can cut you down. Lashley’s fight IQ is amazing. he’s always in the gym, always watching game tape. He doesn’t just beat you up on sheer strength, but on strategy.

Lashley went from beginning to end, and saw that McIntyre has a little attention span. One little thing happens in their match at WrestleMania 37, McIntyre loses focus and boom, Hurt Lock. Every single time Lashley and MVP moved at ringside, McIntyre looked over. Lashley even just leaned forward and McIntyre looked at him when Braun was in the ring. Truth admits he has a bad attention span, too. But McIntyre is that easy to beat because of that. Kevin is surprised Lashley would say this when McIntyre is surely still in the building and watching this right now. Is that so? MVP asks McIntyre if he’s watching right now. Is he happy that he doesn’t have to take Lashley on alone?

Lashley says they saw McIntyre’s whole game plan against Braun, and there are so many holes! MVP is surprised there’s no holes in McIntyre’s neck from the Hurt Lock at Mania. But McIntyre and Braun teaming together is the only way. If that happens, kudos to them! If they somehow find that way to win, then Lashley will just get a rematch against only one anyway. He can get McIntyre first, then take care of Braun. MVP says Lashley is the All Mighty, and he will walk into Backlash champion and walk out as champion. Then before they go, how would MVP define the All Mighty Era so far? #BlackExcellence. Truth likes that. Kevin thanks the Hurt Business for their time, and signs off for the week!

My Thoughts:

A pretty good episode, and how great to have Truth back! I like that with Truth, you can kayfabe any absence as his usual goofy absentmindedness. The energy was off the charts with Truth and Riddle in the opening segment, though it didn’t add too much new other than Riddle being a goofball about how #RKBRO can work out. As I said for the Raw article, I hope Riddle and Orton continue on to face AJ Styles & Omos for a showdown of makeshift teams.

Sonya had a good segment to put her new role on Raw in perspective, and I’m sure she’ll be continuing things with Pearce on both Raw and SmackDown, week after week. A part of me hopes this doesn’t turn out to be how WWE will revert themselves back to having GM’s on Raw and SmackDown. It’s just a new way for WWE to keep themselves in a time loop without having titles “unify” then “split.”

Lashley & MVP had a good segment, too, and it’s interesting that Lashley is turning around on the Triple Threat so soon. I feel like Raw might be dabbling with making Lashley the parallel to Roman Reigns on SmackDown. Head of a faction with a manager that can talk up a storm, beating big names in a Triple Threat, Spear and a submission in their arsenal. Other than getting rid of Cedric & Shelton as his henchmen, Lashley really is like Roman, just a self-made man as opposed to someone inheriting a legacy. I almost want these two to have the top titles all the way to Survivor Series and their Champion VS Champion format.

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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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With thanks to: Metal-NOAH

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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

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

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