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Mitchell’s Raw Talk Report! (5/3/21)

Raw Talk will Live Forever!

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Raw Talk has a warrior, a Priest and a Nightmare!

With tonight complicating things, the Raw Women’s Champions here for some Raw Talk! What is Rhea Ripley’s response to the TRIPLE THREAT?

 

Kayla Braxton welcomes us back to the show!

Wait, really? Well yes, Kayla is back instead of Kevin Patrick, and Kayla has missed hosting with R-Truth! Likewise! Kayla feels like he should’ve given the intro because this is his show. Nah, now it’s their show. Truth has had his problems in the past but now it’s their show. Theirs and his baby, the 24/7 Championship. Kayla wants us to know she’s just filling in for Kevin, because congratulations to him and his wife, Meg, they just had a baby! Little baby Maisie Rose Egan, as Kevin posted on his Twitter. Maybe Kevin will bring her to Raw Talk some day, spend time with “Uncle Truth.”

But on to tonight’s Raw and how it ended: Drew McIntyre stood tall ahead of #WrestleManiaBacklash and the Triple Threat for the WWE Championship! Does Truth have any ideas as to who will walk out of there with the title? Truth’s thing is, will we see what we saw tonight happen then? McIntyre stood tall but Lashley and Braun just destroyed each other! And as was announced right as Raw was going off the air, McIntyre VS Lashley happens next week! McIntyre distracted Braun, and if you don’t handle your business, business will handle you! McIntyre was very confident, Kayla can attest to that. There is no doubt in McIntyre’s mind he’ll win the title, and he’ll be here later as a guest. Truth is surprised, and it seems no one gave him the guest list.

Now, let’s also talk about a new popular tag team, as RKBRO is undefeated at 2-0! Truth and Riddle want to be a team, but for now he supports Riddle’s team with Orton. Would he have ever put them together? Nope. It’s crazy cool, like you can’t always trust Randy but you can trust a bro. Somehow, this works. And another team that works is AJ Styles & Omos, they defended their Raw Tag Team Championships their first night back, and against the New Day. Styles & Omos won against one of the best tag teams in WWE history, so how long does Truth think Styles & Omos will reign? For a while. Omos is almost too big to do that. Is that an accidental pun?

But that mountain of a man and the Phenomenal One are working. We’ll have to see how long they can maintain this, because the New Day will never stop. They’re not a joke, they know they rock. New! Day Rocks! And of course, Shayna Baszler & Nia Jax are still WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, they’re still having some problems, but they’re still a force to be reckoned with. Who does Truth think will take those titles off them, if anyone? Truth still has to give it up to Naomi & Lana, though. They just need to be better prepared so stuff like what happened tonight doesn’t happen. Nia & Shayna took forever to get on the same page, but now they have, and that’s why they’re dominant.

There’s plenty of exciting stuff to talk tonight, from McIntyre to Rhea Ripley to Damian Priest! DP! Does Kayla like DP? Umm…

 

Rhea Ripley joins Raw Talk!

The Raw Women’s Champion and her new hairstyle are here, and surely she’s a bit “irked” about being in her own Triple Threat match now. Truth is just hearing this news and feels bad on Rhea’s behalf. Kayla lets Rhea speak on how she feels. Rhea isn’t sure how to feel about this, but she knows that she’s mostly mad about it. “Charlotte seems to work her way into my life at every opportunity. She’s mad because she didn’t get to go to WrestleMania, and I understand that. WrestleMania is the greatest stage of them all, and you want to be there.

“But what Charlotte doesn’t realize is that, and I said it before, there’s a new era of females coming through.” Charlotte doesn’t have to leave, but she has to move over. Rhea is taking her opportunities and taking her stage. Charlotte is salty and that’s why she attacked the referee. Charlotte is mad because she’s not getting what she wants. Kayla asks if maybe, because Sonya Deville is also part of this, has Sonya been a bit reckless? She’s a boss, though. Yes, but she’s the only reason this is happening.

Rhea agrees, “reckless” is the perfect word for it. Sonya isn’t thinking, she’s just acting. Charlotte might be talking to Sonya, slipping her money, something, because Sonya is handing Charlotte everything and Rhea doesn’t agree with that. You put your hands on the ref, that’s not how this works here. You get suspended and fined. Coming back just after a week angers Rhea. Truth says Charlotte did apologize and admit she made a mistake. He isn’t justifying, but he’s just trying to understand that Sonya wanted to make things better for everyone. So you let a thief into your house? No! Well that’s what Charlotte is doing! She’s trying to take things she doesn’t deserve from Rhea!

Kayla agrees, and knows Rhea is a threat to Charlotte being on top. Exactly, Charlotte knows Rhea’s a threat. Truth didn’t see it like that so now he knows. Kayla recaps that Charlotte kept saying Rhea wasn’t the rightful champion, but Truth says Rhea handled her business. Rhea vows to walk in then walk out the champion. It doesn’t matter what Charlotte says, she isn’t walking out with Rhea’s title, it’s not going to happen. Is Rhea worried at all about Asuka, though? Rhea has something to prove, she hasn’t beaten Charlotte, and then there’s the Empress. Truth is surprised Rhea hasn’t beaten Charlotte yet. He’s just asking. The keyword is “yet.” Truth likes that!

But again, Triple Threats are tricky. But Charlotte also knows that very, very well. That’s how Charlotte lost titles, too. Charlotte has beaten Asuka, she’s beaten Rhea, and Rhea will give her that. But it’s been a year, and Rhea’s learned a lot. Charlotte doesn’t know what she’s getting into. That’s why she is getting in here and looking for an easy way out. That’s not to say Asuka IS the easy way out in this match, but that’s what Charlotte is thinking. But none of this is easy. They were tag team champions together, Charlotte knows Asuka very, very well, and that’ll be her target. But if she tries it, Rhea will give it all back to Charlotte.

Kayla and Truth love the confidence, Rhea is deserving to them, so hopefully they have her back as a champion again. Rhea thanks them, and Raw Talk takes a quick break.

 

Damian Priest joins Raw Talk!

Truth is pumped to see Priest again, they do a quick handshake, and Kayla says Priest is on a roll! Priest beat The Miz, he beat John Morrison, it’s been a great few weeks. Since joining Raw, The Miz has been a thorn in Priest’s side. Priest gets it, someone new is getting attention, that makes Miz feel left out, a little jealous, he’s yesterday’s news, all that. But he picks on the wrong person in Priest.

Kayla says Truth’s known Miz a long time, what advice does he have for dealing with Miz? Well just keep going like he has. Priest beat Miz, beat his teammate, Morrison. Priest takes nothing away from either guy. We heard Miz’s accolades and how he measures up to the greats. And Priest agrees! Miz is just as good, and Truth says Miz doesn’t get enough credit. But Priest to roll Miz like that, Miz won’t sit there and take it. Miz is like Alfalfa from the Little Rascals, he’ll get scrappy. But Kayla says Priest clearly shows respect, but it can only go so far. Yes, Priest doesn’t respect the attitude Miz has for him or his friends. But Miz will keep going until someone quits.

Well, Miz better get ready because it isn’t ending here. Kayla admits throwing rotten tomatoes is pretty extreme. Truth laughs, he couldn’t believe those were rotten. But Miz, Morrison and so on, Priest is surely ready to put them in their place before moving on to the next phase. Great aim on the tomatoes, by the way. The Six Man last week, the singles matches, Priest is surely looking forward to moving past them. So what’ll be next? The goals are always the moments, something special. He had a Mania Moment with Bad Bunny, but that was just this year. The days don’t stop, Priest can’t stop, he’ll go for the next moment. This better be the end with Miz, but who knows. And then it’s come what may.

At some point, Priest says he wants to #LiveForever, so that means titles. Kayla is sure he’ll get those titles. The journey will continue, and WWE Chronicle: Damian Priest debuts this Sunday! Priest doesn’t wear emotions on his sleeve, so this gets through to the heart of Priest. He hopes his story inspires someone else to keep going. Priest is an example of someone “not supposed to be here.” Then Kayla and Truth hope he keeps on keeping on! And after another break, we’ll have the Scottish Warrior!

 

Drew McIntyre joins Raw Talk!

Truth is pumped again to se McIntyre, and brings up how he started something at the end of Raw. McIntyre says it wasn’t like Lashley and Braun tripped into his space out there. But he was minding his own business on commentary with a great “at home” experience, and then Braun falls in his lap. McIntyre “tripped’ and gave everyone Claymores. Kayla says it was a great main event, but McIntyre is coming back for his title. Yeah, McIntyre lost his focus, that’s on him, there was a lot of stuff going on. That was his moment, he let himself be distracted, and he vows to never let that happen again. McIntyre will keep focus to get the title back.

WrestleMania Backlash has a Triple Threat, but McIntyre has Lashley 1v1 on Raw next week. Truth says McIntyre took on everyone practically, so he’s ready. McIntyre’s been thinking: “I can’t be angry with Lashley. Lashley’s a competitor, he’s a fighter, he does what has to be done inside that ring. MVP, he’s the one talking all the talk, I’m trying to enjoy myself, he’s running his mouth. Even inserts himself into the coin toss, the puppet master pulling the strings.” Lashley is doing what he does, but McIntyre won’t let MVP distract him again. It will be a war, McIntyre has eyes in the back of his head because maybe Mace, T-Bar and even Braun might show up. He doesn’t know, but we all better tune in! Truth loves that! 24/7 life! McIntyre might as well wear his gear in the streets.

Kayla asks McIntyre’s assessment of Lashley as champion. He’s worked hard, earned the right to be champion, and McIntyre can’t say anything negative. That Claymore tonight was coming, but other than that, it’s really MVP that keeps distracting McIntyre. McIntyre is in for an unknown situation, it could end up a Fatal 4, 5, 10! He’ll get his baby back! Truth gets it! He’s got McIntyre’s back with that. Now between the two, Lashley and Braun, who is more of a threat? McIntyre says they’re equal. Truth says they’re like KitKat, they all look the same. Yes, they’re big, dangerous KitKat bars.

But #WrestleManiaBacklash will be about who can take the most punishment. Who can show the most heart and stay standing, because all three will unleash hell and make it uncomfortable to watch. With that, the last man standing will be champion. Kayla knows McIntyre has something more to share, and he plugs his new book! He managed to slip it in on Raw, but he’ll talk more about it here. “A Chosen Destiny,” available starting tomorrow! Truth is in there because of their first match together. Truth loves it!

McIntyre says a company came to the WWE, and they wanted to tell his story, and McIntyre thought, “Who wants to hear about some kid from Scotland who wrestles for the WWE?” But it isn’t about the wrestling, it’s about his life, his struggles, and how he overcame all that. If he can help people see there is a light at the end of the tunnel, learn from his life lessons, then that’ll be great. This is for all fans, even non-wrestling fans, let him hear what you think about it! It’s crazy, he has a book! He even lets Truth have this copy. Maybe he’ll autograph it. Kayla thanks McIntyre for his time, wishes him luck for Backlash, and he thanks them. With that, Raw Talk signs off, see you next Monday!


My Thoughts:

A very fun episode of Raw Talk, and it seemed to go by very quickly. Rhea was a good first guest, but I feel like they could’ve hit a bit harder on her shared time in NXT with Charlotte, and how a Triple Threat at TakeOver: In Your House was where Charlotte lost her title. Granted, it wasn’t to Rhea, so that doesn’t really help Rhea’s case, but it’s still good evidence towards the Triple Threat not actually making anything easier on Charlotte. Priest’s segment was good, but it didn’t seem like he gave all that much in the way of new material. He said he wants titles, but I feel like he should’ve maybe namedropped what Sheamus did to Humberto Carrillo and Mansoor tonight to spark up a feud.

McIntyre’s segment was good, Truth’s energy with him helped out a bit, and I do like that McIntyre is spinning this as more a problem with MVP than with Lashley. It’s also really great for McIntyre to have an autobiography, he is definitely someone with a story that, whether he is a pro-wrestler or an athlete or some other line of work, coming back from being denied the dream to then completely ace it is a great story for anyone with an even remotely similar story in life to find encouragement in.


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

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

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Kenoh, Kiyomiya & The Shining Wizard

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

YO-HEY & HAYATA

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

Taka & Satoshi

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

NOAH’s New Debut

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

NOAH & Dragon Gate Joint Event

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

GLOBAL2Days

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

NOSAWA vs Katsuhiko Nakajima?

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

Yuya Susumu

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

ELSEWHERE IN NOAH

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EVENT RECAPS AND POST MATCH PROMOS

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

Event recap

Post match interviews

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

Event recap

Post match interviews

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

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

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

THIS WEEK IN NOAH

(September 2022 schedule)

  • Monday, September 19th

SUNNY VOYAGE 2022 – Yokohama Radiant Hall, Yokohama

Time: 17:30 JST

Broadcast: WrestleUniverse (Live)

  • Tuesday, September 20th

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

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

  • Wednesday, September 21st

N INNOVATION – Shinjuku FACE, Tokyo

Time: 18:30 JST

Broadcast: WrestleUniverse (Live)

  • Sunday, September 25th

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

Start: 16:00 JST

Broadcast: WrestleUniverse (Live)

LINKS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fan event recap: Tokyo Verdy

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

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

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

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

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

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

OLD INTERVIEWS

“Dandyism?”, it’s not like that”

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

BOOK CORNER

“Donmai, Donmai” – Mitsuharu Misawa’s diary

GIF taken from WrestleUniverse & NOAH Official YouTube


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

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

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Kaito Kiyomiya wins N-1 VICTORY

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

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

HAYATA nominates his next challenger, YO-HEY

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

STINGER victorious, new challengers emerge

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

Satoshi Kojima and Takashi Sugiura

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

Masa Kitamiya

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

Kenoh vs The Makai Alliance

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

DragonGate

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

NOAH’s new debut

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

Go Shiozaki injured

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

ELSEWHERE IN NOAH

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

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

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

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

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

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

EVENT RECAPS AND POST MATCH PROMOS

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

Event recap

Post Match Interviews

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

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

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

 THIS WEEK IN NOAH

(September 2022 schedule)

– Wednesday 15th September

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

LINKS

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

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

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

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

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

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

ALL JAPAN YOSHINARI OGAWA ARTICLES FROM 1986

An Unknown Trainee 

Yoshinari Ogawa’s Volume 

BOOK CORNER

“Donmai, Donmai” – Mitsuharu Misawa’s diary

With thanks to: Metal-NOAH

GIF taken from WrestleUniverse & Seiki Yoshioka’s TikTok


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