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Mitchell’s Raw Talk Report! (5/3/21)

Raw Talk will Live Forever!



WWE Raw Talk

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 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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