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Mitchell’s Raw Talk Report! (5/17/21)

Raw Talk faces Backlash!



WWE Raw Talk

Statement makers, bone breakers, title takers, Raw Talkers?

Monday Night Raw handled the WrestleMania Backlash aftermath, but we’re still getting some Raw Talk from the NEW WWE Women’s Tag Champions!


Kevin Patrick welcomes us back to the show!

Just 24 hours after a gripping #WrestleManiaBacklash, we saw all the aftermath play out on Raw! Kevin has to start on a somber note as R-Truth is without his 24/7 Championship. Kevin apologizes for his part in what happened. Truth was doing just fine, K-Peezy. Well Kevin is a journalist, but he never intended his interview to result in Truth losing the title. Whose side is he on, anyway? He’s on Truth’s side! Kevin apologizes but Truth asks him if he understands what it’s like to be 24/7 48-7 Champion. He doesn’t. Truth doesn’t get sleep! He’s been fine, holding that belt for a long time, and then K-Peezy asks him about whatever! It wasn’t the right time!

This business is all about timing! And Kevin cost Truth because it wasn’t the right time, wanting to talk about what? Just some stuff… To think that pesky little Tozawa was hiding upstairs. Truth looks tired. He is. But he has to stay awake, watch his own back, sides and front. Kevin wishes Truth could feel the remorse he feels right now. Truth’s been here with Kevin since Kevin started here, and he feels bad. Truth says he’s trying not to be too hard on Kevin, but the title is his baby. Kevin promises that he will do everything he can to help get that belt back. He means it. This hurts Kevin, too. Truth says let’s just start the show. Aw man…

Well that said, maybe the show will get Truth in a better mood. Tonight on Raw, we saw Kofi Kingston have quite the night! Kofi beats Randy Orton 1v1, answers an open challenge that turned out to not be for the WWE World Championship, but Kofi still beats Lashley 1v1! There was some help, but a win is a win. And similarly, Charlotte Flair lost to Asuka, but with Rhea Ripley ringside. And the beef between Damian Priest and John Morrison has been laid to rest in another Lumberjack match. Kevin feels bad, he can’t keep going with Truth looking at him like that. No, keep going, you were doing fine. That was good and has Truth up to date now. Alright…

Morrison dedicated his match tonight to The Miz, who because of the unforeseen circumstances of zombies at Backlash, could not be here tonight. As for Raw Talk, our guests are the New Day, Kofi & Xavier, as well as Angel Garza and the NEW WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, Tamina & Natalya! Kevin is very excited, Truth is getting back in a good mood, and we’ll be back with the Queen of Harts & Daughter of Superfly after the break!


Tamina & Natalya join Raw Talk!

Friday night was historic as Natty & Tamina took the titles off Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler! What an emotional night! Kevin was holding back tears. Natty & Tamina are still processing this, too. Whether you love them or hate them, everyone respects them. Spotlight on Tamina! 4008 days and she finally did it! Statement makers, bone breakers, and truly title takers! Great stuff! They were on Talking Smack, they were so fired up talking to Kayla Braxton and Paul Heyman, what was that like given the history within both their families? What was it like with everyone contacting them? Was Truth emotional? Kevin again apologizes for the 24/7 title loss.

But Natty & Tamina say Truth is their ride or die. Not to brag, but might as well, right? They do come from two of the greatest, most prestigious wrestling dynasties ever, the Samoans and the Harts! And thinking about TJ Wilson, aka Tyson Kidd… Truth is so pumped up to hear about TJ! Tamina says he needs to calm down, she’s the tag partner here. But he is just assisting them. Like an alley oop. Well yes, but TJ showed Natty a picture of Yokozuna and Owen Hart, and they were tag team champions. Natty looked back to that picture on the way to this win. Tamina representing her family, Natty representing hers, destiny is always chasing. And when you finally fulfill your destiny, some people go their whole lives without doing that, but they did it!

Truth is again pumped up but Tamina wants him to stop, he’s too loud. Sorry… But how was the weekend, taking it all in? Tamina feels very grateful and blessed. They had so many people, so many fans reaching out, thanking them, congratulating them. Truth says he was part of that. Is eh Tamina? No he’s Truth. Then stop talking when she’s talking. Natty thinks Tamina’s about to put Truth in a headlock. But as she was saying, she is so grateful to the WWE Universe. This was amazing, truly. Everything they’ve worked hard for, this is it. You go and never stop after your dreams. Does Truth understand? Yes, he feels the same! Understand that, Kevin!

Natty says that it is so great to see it come full circle. It was a great feeling knowing their work paid off. Kevin says that is beautiful, but they’ve got targets on their back. They retained, but they were on Alexa’s Playground. That was weird. Just being there felt strange. Stranger danger! Alexa smelled like mothballs. Is that Lily or what? It got weirder and weirder, but the champs had to stay focused. All Alexa wanted to talk about was gross stuff. She was weird, smelled weird, Lily looks weird, all so weird. Alexa is… She’s just creepy now. And she was watching their title match. That pyro stuff was weird, too.

And don’t get Natty started on Reggie! If Reggie slides into Tamina’s DM’s again, yikes! He is hollering HARD right now. Damn, Reggie! Tamina has a screenshot but Reggie says she is lying and used an app or something. Reggie ain’t shy, he’s sneaky! Reggie wants to DM her and act inappropriate, as Nia’s guy? What the heck? And he got involved in the match, he’s a snake! Truth says this is some entanglement stuff. It’s almost as weird as Alexa. Natty wants normal to be back. Harts are normal! Samoans are normal! The titles aren’t weird, they’re great, and we all look forward to seeing them continue on. Tell Reggie that Truth said sup. Y’know what you can tell Reggie? Whoa, now THAT is vulgar.


Angel Garza joins Raw Talk!

The suave, arrogant Lethal Lothario is dapper again, and he knows it. Did Truth see what Garza’s been doing to Drew Gulak? What’s he got against Gulak? Garza says that ever since he was a kid, his father and uncle and grandfather always taught him to be a man of his word. He promised the first time, he’d shove the rose right up Gulak’s you know where. Where? He wants to know? Garza whispers it. Whoa, you can’t say that on air. Exactly. That rose ain’t gonna grow no more. Why’d he do that? Because he promised to! But why? Gulak seems like a nice guy. No he’s not. Well what did Gulak do to him? He got in Garza’s way.

Kevin says there’s been a switch in Garza. He’s more aggressive. That bell rings, and Garza turns it on. Garza says one day he was on a bed of roses, looked himself in the mirror, and said that he was handsome, but he hadn’t achieved his goals. So he needed more passion, more aggression, more everything. And that is why when the bell rings, you see a new Garza. And if he says he’s gonna shove a rose somewhere, he’ll do it. A man of his word. Is Truth a man of his word? Yes. Has he promised something before? Well he doesn’t want to put anything out there but…

So what is next for Garza? Gold! Shoving roses, nothing is gonna stop him. He is laser focused, and we will see big things for the new Garza! Want some roses? No thanks… In that case, Garza heads out, will he get at the gold he wants?


The New Day join Raw Talk!

Today is a good day! The Power of Positivity holds it down! You see what Kofi did? Kofi gets on the table to do some moves, then carefully climbs back down. Today was a good day at work. Kevin can’t believe it! Pinning Orton, then pinning Lashley! Kofi be putting in work! Real dap dap! No underneath! Lashley put Truth in the Nelson from Simpsons, but not Kofi! Kofi watched tape of Truth getting put in the Hurt Lock, so Kofi knew what not to do. Thanks, Truth. Truth took the Nelson so that Kofi could deliver the victory! Kofi scouts everything. They stand on the shoulders of giants to see further ahead. Truth doesn’t know Jay-Z, huh?

Kevin says Kofi pinned some serious veterans in Lashley and Orton. Kofi’s done big things before but it’s only been about 30 minutes since it happened. He doesn’t know where this ranks in his career, but Kofi just pinned the WWE World Champion. Woods and Truth want to hear that again! KOFI KINGSTON, JUST PINNED, the WWE WORLD CHAMPION~! Tell Kofi this: since Lashley has become champion, how many have pinned him? ONE! ONE!! KOFI! Kofi just pinned the WWE World Champion! When you stay ready, you never have to get ready! Then when the time comes, you can capitalize, like the alphabet! Uppercase! Capital letters!

So are they saying Kofi will be a TWO-TIME… Say it like you mean it, now. Kofi doesn’t like counting chickens before they hatch, and somehow this seat got lower before Kofi got out here so Kofi’s gonna raise it back up! Kofi is feeling on top of the mountain! Truth is smiling ear to ear as Kofi says you never know when you get your shot. When you step up to the plate, you Babe Ruth it! SMACK! HOMER! Woods tracks the ball. BRR! BRR! BRR! Car alarm, cuz it’s in the parking lot! The Maserati! You gotta pop out the stadium to get it! Who’s car got hit? Doesn’t matter, it’s not Kofi’s!

Woods says Kofi’s BEEN doing this! He’s beaten multiple legends since he’s been here! This isn’t something Kofi just figured out how to do! He’s been rolling! Crushing! Night after night after night! How many people does he have to face? Five? Six? Seven eight nine ten!? He’ll do it all, and that is why he will stand on top of the world! Get on the table! Do your dance! BAH BAH BAH! Kofi will be champion again! Why are they playing the New Day off? They’re online! On their own thing! They can keep going! What time do we have to kill!? Kofi wants BUCKETS! Ice buckets! Ice that shoulder.

Kofi knows he got hit by a Mack truck, but he survived! The adrenaline will eventually wear off, he’ll be in pain, but tonight, right now, Kofi feeling it! Where’s the camera? Right here? Kofi gets right up in it and says he just pinned THE WWE World Champion! UGH! Showing off them hips! And soon, he shall be the NEW~, W! W! E! WORLD! HEAVY! WEIGHT! CHAMPIOOOON~! Truth says they are going too far! No such thing, Truth! Didn’t Truth used to hit people with lead pipes?! You thought they forgot!? Truth and Miz put the whole roster on notice once! Truth changes the subject with “NEW! DAY ROCKS! NEW! DAY ROCKS!”

The music plays them off again, the New Day are fired up! Kevin says we all love them, and that’s it for the week, even as Kofi says they’ll go tot he snowcaps of the mountain! Kofi works overtime! What?! He’s off the clock, still working! He might go to a 24 hour gym or something! To quote Booker T, Kofi is feeling GOODT! Don’t cut away! What’s happening? Is the show over? Sky cam? KOFI KINGSTON! PINNED! THE WWE! WORLD CHAMPION! LET’S GO!!

My Thoughts:

What a great episode, and mostly for the New Day’s segment. They always have great energy, Truth adds to that, and it was just amazing and hilarious the entire last portion of the show. I love that the show tried to cut away, the New Day kept going, kept the show going, until it was apparently the absolute barrier of time they’re allowed. Woods had a good point shouting in there about them not needing to go away when it’s the WWE Network and Peacock, it’s online, there’s no other show they have to get to. Especially since with the Peacock, it is an independent stream from the WWE “channel” they offer. I’m sure we’re getting Lashley VS Kofi for the title between now and Hell in the Cell, but I have a feeling all this hype will be for naught as Lashley probably isn’t losing to Kofi.

Garza’s was quick, but it was concise and got the bare bones that this is “a new” Garza that will be more aggressive. To be fair, he was pretty aggressive when it was him, Andrade Almas and Zelina Vega, but then he had his period right after that trio broke up and he took things easy. This isn’t so much “a new” Garza as a return to that Garza, which is good. He might be on the outside looking in on titles for a minute, though. I wouldn’t mind seeing if Garza could bring the fight to Sheamus, the same as Ricochet and Garza’s own cousin, Humberto Carrillo, have.

Natty and Tamina had a nice segment, Natty sure said “weird” a lot with talking about Alexa, and I like that they’re suddenly throwing out that Reggie is trying to get at Tamina. It does work for his character, as it seemed like he was with Carmella (as a sommelier) but trying to get with Sasha Banks (as a sommelier). And now that he’s with Nia (as boyfriend it seems), he’s looking to change things up again. This could be the exit strategy for Shayna, Nia and Reggie so that everyone can go for their own interests. I still want to see Reggie on 205 Live, flipping and flying around with some of the best over there.

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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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