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Mitchell’s Talking Smack Report! (4/17/21)

So much gold this Talking Smack!



WWE Talking Smack

It’s a championship edition of Talking Smack!

The SmackDown Women’s, SmackDown Tag Team AND WWE Intercontinental Champions are all here for a post-WrESTleMania Talking Smack!


Kayla Braxton welcomes us back to the show!

The first episode since the electric two-night WrestleMania, and it will be very special! Gold was flying everywhere, switching hands, so this is a CHAMPION’S EDITION Talking Smack! In case you forgot, Kayla and Paul Heyman are here. But he just keeps staring rather than speaking. He should be in a great mood. He is in a fantastic mood! Well fantastic. We have a lot of champions here today, such as the SmackDown Tag Team Champions who retained their titles, Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode, the NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion in Bianca Belair, and the NEW Intercontinental Champion, Apollo Crews. Kayla wants Heyman to be nice, and he gets offended. He is a national treasure and a legend, yet she’s telling him how to behave.

She laughs at “national treasure,” he points it out, and he points out how she didn’t catch “legend.” But he asks her about the new WWE opening reel. Heyman spotted Freddie Blassie in there, who is dead. He spotted Hulk Hogan slamming Andre the Giant, who is dead. Why is Heyman not in there somewhere? He’s had iconic WWE moments. WrestleMania 30, The Streak is conquered, and Heyman does his shocked face. Why is that not on the thing? Must be a good reason. Why isn’t Roman Reigns pinning Edge AND Daniel Bryan in THE WrestleMania 37 main event, defending his Universal Championship, not on that opening reel? But Kayla wants to make this all about Heyman staring. Because it’s uncomfortable.

Well what he’s staring at is this hair in her nose. There’s no hair. Heyman will take a pic. She blocks him with a hand, he says she’s doing the “Talk to the Hand,” and she welcomes their first guests, the Dirty Dawgs!

Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode join Talking Smack!

Roode points out there’s something in Kayla’s nose. She doesn’t want them encouraging Heyman. Heyman congratulates the champions, Ziggler says they should be congratulated more. Kayla says she was going to, before Roode made that comment. She welcomes them to the show and congratulates them more. Ziggler says it has been a long time for some people, but they’re just here to say something real quick. The Street Profits kept saying it was “takeback season,” but now they can take their asses to the back of the line! Tell them where they’re going, Roode! To bed. Well, they went to bed, but they didn’t sleep. But until next week, they’re heading out. It’s been a pleasure!

Well alright… There’s certainly more to come out of their next guest. Heyman tells Kayla if she wants to go to the Dirty Dawgs’ after party, she can go. He carries this show anyway!


Bianca Belair joins Talking Smack!

We return with the EST, the NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion, and Kayla says she’s been on Talking Smack more than just about anyone else, but finally it is as a champion! Has it set in yet? It is still setting in. Being in that moment with Sasha Banks, where she got a bit emotional, then she got to celebrate with her family and husband, and then eventually watched the match back, and now getting side plates, it is setting in slowly with every step. It is still surreal but it is SO real! Her celebrating on SmackDown was great, but while she did tell Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins they wear gold in this house, she surely saw Ziggler & Roode still with the tag titles.

Bianca knows The Profits plan on getting those back, and they will get them back. Bianca showed respect to Sasha before and after winning, but how does she plan on elevating her title? Bianca will always respect Sasha because they made history together, and that was the one she wanted to face. But now that Bianca has the title, she’ll be a fighting champion to prove over and over she’s the EST and that she never doesn’t run from competition but craves it. She learned from Heyman the last time they talked, is that every week is your audition. Never stop, and she’ll never stop! Sasha can get her rematch right away to prove this was not a fluke but this was supposed to happen.

Kayla says Bianca is a champion, she has a target on her back, but there are more contenders than just Sasha. If Bianca could fantasy book, so to say, who would she face? Bianca heard Bayley talking, they can circle back to that. But Bianca has beaten Bayley, has beaten Sasha, and would love to pin the other two Four Horsewomen to prove she is the forefront of this new generation. That’s pretty tempting, huh? Kayla would love to let Bianca keep going but clearly Heyman is being very polite in waiting. It’s not just politeness, it’s respect and admiration. Heyman has nothing but respect and admiration for her.

Heyman says it isn’t just the opponents she has to beat. It is the expectations for herself she has to defeat. She has to rise above those, because now that she is champion, it is on her to carve out her own legacy. This could be the run that takes her to MITB, Backlash, SummerSlam and Survivor Series, or this could be a career that goes down in history that no one can ever deny! The greatest career, not just male or female, Black, White, Asian, Hispanic, or even human and Martian! This is a CHAMPION! But the problem is, again, now you are, as Kayla pointed out astutely and surprisingly, Bianca has a target on her back.

Sasha will not let go of her grudge. Bianca has everything Sasha’s life revolves around. Imagine what you’d do if someone took that from you. Just the mere thought brings up anger, but that is Sasha 24/7. And in Natalya, Tamina, Nia Jax, Shayna Baszler, Bayley and even those on Raw who might come over to SmackDown because Bianca was victorious in a WrestleMania main event. This is Bianca’s time. It could be a short time or for all time, but the EST should understand what she’s up against, and defy the odds. Have a better tomorrow than today and so on.

Heyman wants her to come back here every bit more the legend she is dESTined to be! She is already so far beyond than any rookie she’s seen, and it is an honor for him to sit next to her. She thanks him for that, Kayla thanks Bianca for her time, and Bianca takes her mic like a real champion! But there’s still one more champion left, after the break!


Apollo Crews and Commander Azeez join Talking Smack!

The NEW WWE Intercontinental Champion says it is a new day! He woke up champion because it isn’t a dream! Take a picture of this moment in time! Not Heyman, though. Apollo tells Azeez he can stand down so Heyman can get his picture. Big smiles! Heyman will make sure to post it online, so long as Azeez allows it. Apollo allows it, Heyman can put it on Instagram or Twitter, whatever the kids are using these days. Kayla says it is Champion’s Edition so they had to have Apollo here after winning the title at WrestleMania. Apollo’s had prior attempts against Big E, it didn’t work out then but it- Hey, why the negativity? This is a positive moment!

What does he have here? The Intercontinental Championship. He says they don’t need to worry about the past. What matters is what he has now. He is presently the Intercontinental Champion so we talk about that now, not before. Kayla is doing her due diligence but alright. She notes Commander Azeez is by Apollo’s side now, but what can he tell us about Azeez? Apollo makes it clear, the Nigerian Drum Fight had no rules, no disqualifications, and it is not Apollo’s fault Big E didn’t plan ahead. Azeez lets out a shout of salute and it startles Heyman a little. Azeez got kicked out of the Nigerian Elite Guard for not following the rules. But lucky for Azeez, Apollo hates rules and loves aggression! So Commander Azeez is here now, “SIR!” Heyman gets startled again.

Kayla starts to ask Apollo as the new Intercontinental Champion- Wait, say that again. The new Intercontinental Champion. Apollo smiles as she says that. So as such, what is next for Apollo? How does he plan to reign? First, he has to continue celebrating! Nigeria had many parades! Even the Nigerian President wants to meet Apollo! What’s next as champion? Anything! More challengers! It doesn’t matter who they are! Let us not get one thing wrong! Understand: Apollo doesn’t care who, he will fight them and defend this title with his life! Hear him! Kayla and Heyman hear him, and Heyman hears the congressional subcommittee going on with her.

Heyman now turns to talk with Apollo, and Heyman is nervous around Azeez. Heyman said this to Bianca about Sasha coming back for the title. So Big E is coming back for this title. Azeez gets mad, but Heyman says he doesn’t like Big E either. New Day, old day, yesterday, Heyman doesn’t like any day Big E is involved with. But Big E is a tough man with a legit gripe. Big E wants the title back. The question to Apollo will be a little different than his talk with Bianca: When Big E comes calling, what the hell is Apollo gonna do about it? Well they know each other, and many might not know but Heyman gave Apollo his first big opportunity, and Apollo won the US Championship on Raw. Heyman says the honor was all his.

But Apollo asks Heyman a question back. In fact, Apollo will ask Big E this, too. “Do I look like I am scared of you? If you think for one second, that I’m going to run away from you or that I’m scared of you, you are a FOOL!” Big E does not have what it takes to take what Apollo has. And don’t worry about Azeez. Azeez is only here to pull Apollo off Big E. At WrestleMania, they went to war, and Apollo took a part of Big E’s soul. Apollo fully intends on keeping it. Understand his words. And now to continue the celebration~! Azeez! SIR! Fire up the jet! They’re heading out! Kayla, Heyman, you go ahead and keep those pics, post them everywhere! See you around! Let’s go!

Heyman finally breathes easy and then scolds Kayla for pissing their guests off. Kayla is pretty sure it’s not her. There’s still more Talking Smack to come, after one more break!


Talking Smack returns and Kayla gives the floor to Heyman.

Heyman is still Special Counsel to the Universal Champion, so Kayla will let him talk. Heyman says he was thinking during the commercial, “how every single champion that came out here has to be envious of Roman Reigns. Because Roman Reigns was THE main event at WrestleMania for the fifth time. And if you think back to some of the greatest battles in WrestleMania history, some of the greatest moments in WrestleMania history, is there a moment now more iconic, is there a champion defense more definitive, is there a performance that is more dominant, than Roman Reigns taking former World Heavyweight Champion and Hall of Famer, Edge, dragging him on top of former WrestleMania main-eventer and multi-time World Heavyweight Champion, Daniel Bryan, stacking them, and pinning them both?”

Heyman asks if you’ve eve seen anything like that at the conclusion of a WrestleMania. We’re talking about a champion with no peers, no equals, and no precedent for someone this dominant in WWE! A superstar of superstars, way above everyone else. This isn’t just hyperbole Heyman gives us. He IS the End All Be All, the Sun of the WWE Universe. WWE is Roman Reigns, and that isn’t going to change any time soon. Think about the ENORMITY of the visual of the stacked pin! And do you really think that’ll change? That there’s someone man enough to change that? Look at what Roman does to everyone around him!

Did you ever think there was life after Lesnar for Heyman? Did you ever think Jey Uso could be the singles star main eventer Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal winner? This isn’t just the Era of Roman. This is something so great, head and shoulders above everybody else, you will tell your grandkids about this time in WWE. We are now in season TWO of Roman’s dominance. Season one’s finale was Roman stacking Edge and Bryan, and they will do everything they can to make season two better.

“Because the main event, 50-some-odd weeks from right now, of next year’s WrestleMania, will feature the greatest box office attraction in WWE history. The single most dominant sports entertainer you’ve ever seen in your life. The Reigns-ing, Defending, Undisputed, Uncontroverted, WWE Universal Heavyweight Champion, then, now and forever, including next year’s WrestleMania, Roman… Reigns. And I assure you, that’s not just a prediction. That… is a Tribal Chief guaranteed spoiler.” And with that, Talking Smack signs off.

My Thoughts:

A very good Talking Smack, and I actually like that Ziggler & Roode didn’t want to stick around long because they wanted to celebrate. But stuff like that is why Talking Smack should still be put on for Fridays, not Saturday mornings. Put it on right after SmackDown, let 205 Live be after this, and chances are, Peacock will still suck at uploading the episode to the on demand section like it did this morning. But at least no one would have to pretend, “Oh this is Saturday, so how do we kayfabe us being in the same outfits or just not having done anything since ‘last night’?” WWE still acts like the audience isn’t bright enough to see through that.

Bianca’s segment was good, though she herself always seems to have a hard time accepting that she’s accomplished so much for being so confident in herself. Heyman had great promos here and with Apollo, and Apollo had a great promo himself. I like how Apollo flipped the switch from deadly serious to very celebratory, that just fits so perfectly to me. And Heyman of course had a great promo in reference to the one champion that didn’t show up on Talking Smack, and he does make some good points. You hardly ever see a Triple Threat ending like that, where Roman called his shot the Friday before and did it just like that in the match, even if he did have help.

But I hope that at some point, someone points out that Heyman is calling Roman the “End All Be All,” but now Rollins is doing that, too. That needs to be part of the story that makes those two butt heads, and neither even has to turn. If there was ever a time WWE could do a Heel VS Heel and it’d be a smash hit, it’s Seth Drippin’ Rollins VS Tribal Chief Roman Reigns.

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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

GIF credit: WrestleUniverse

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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