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Mitchell’s Talking Smack Report! (5/22/21)

Talking Smack, Strong Style!



WWE Talking Smack

A king and a champion are here for Talking Smack!

After a furious Fatal 4 Way for the WWE Intercontinental Championship, Apollo Crews is here to celebrate! But will he comment on the assist that helped him?


Kayla Braxton welcomes us back to the show!

Fresh off #WrestleManiaBacklash, we saw new champions emerge, and a rather interesting Friday Night SmackDown. How is Paul Heyman doing? He’s realizing he’s not a morning person. Well she figured as much. He might not even be an afternoon or evening person or any time person. How rude! She apologizes, and just wants a good show. She doesn’t need to apologize to him to have a good show. He’s a living legend! An icon! A national treasure! Today’s great, whether these two get along or not! That’s because of the Special Counsel is right here! He done? Yes.

Kayla wants to start things off with amazing news, because the WWE is returning to event touring in July! It will be July 16th, SmackDown kicking off Money in the Bank weekend! Houston, Fort Worth and Dallas, Texas, get ready! Kayla is sure Heyman is pumped for this, because all he does is yap yap yap here in the ThunderDome, so now he can do that in front of live fans. Oh is that all he does? He’s reduced to “yap yap?” Kayla apologizes again but yes, that’s what he does. Does she find it hard to hide her disdain for him? She doesn’t have an issue hiding it. It’s pretty easy not to hide it. To keep going- Well yes, keep on with the yakkity yak.

Kayla brings up the “Parade of Champions” that Bayley interrupted. Heyman says they’re like an old Jewish married couple going on and on, “bitching and moaning.” Please no, Kayla doesn’t want that image. Why? She just doesn’t want to. But Heyman imagines going to West Palm Beach, play mahjong and shuffleboard, then take a nap. Stop! If Heyman wants to talk so much, let’s talk Seth Rollins and Cesaro as it pertains to Roman Reigns. Heyman says that doesn’t pertain to Roman nor himself, because that is Rollins’ problem with Cesaro and Cesaro’s problem with Rollins. Heyman has no dog in this fight.

But Cesaro made a challenge for a rematch to Roman. Heyman wants to answer that question. “Yak. Yak. Yak. Because that’s all I do! It’s amazing that the Chairman of the Board, Vince McMahon, cherishes my involvement in the WWE so much for some shmuck who just sits here and all he does is yak, yak, yak.” Kayla’s turn. Well, we’re going to have another exciting episode, and we have the King of Strong Style and the WWE Intercontinental Champion, and certainly more on Rollins and Cesaro, whether or not Heyman has a “dog in that fight.”


Shinsuke Nakamura joins Talking Smack!

Heyman teases Kayla over “welcome on him now,” like he has a stain or something, but the King of Strong Style is here, still wearing Baron Corbin’s crown. Kayla says it looks much better on Nakamura than Corbin. Probably because Corbin doesn’t have the luscious locks like Nakamura. Nakamura thanks Kayla, and says that since he is the King of Strong Style, he should have a crown. Nakamura says in Japanese that as a king, he of course needs this crown. He also likes the set, the table and the casters. Heyman says he can translate. Nakamura waits on Heyman then, and Heyman says this will trend on Twitter for the week. Okay then…

Kayla notes that Nakamura had back-to-back matches with Corbin, lost the first and had some help on the second with the guitarist, Rick Boogz. But how has it been wearing the crown? Kayla shares Nakamura’s Instagram posts the last week. Did anyone honk at him with the crown? Nakamura responds in Japanese, and says he loves his cat, and his coffee. Kayla just agrees with everything. Heyman, your translation? Heyman wants Kayla to take this seriously. Heyman says Nakamura is a true king and he congratulates him. All the stuff with Corbin, and Heyman throws Yiddish in here and there so the language barrier might be even stronger now.

Does it ever drive Nakamura nuts that we might see King Nakamura VS Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns? Nakamura says it’s always on his mind. Does Heyman promise? Yes! They shake hands, and says Nakamura’s kingdom is in good hands. Heyman will send Nakamura’s regards to Roman Reigns. Nakamura appreciates that. Kayla is happy this went well, and thanks Nakamura for his time. And she doubts Heyman understands what happened at all. Maybe someone can translate before next Friday. Heyman says that was the most articulate and well-spoken guest on this show! If Heyman were to hold a promo class, that Kayla would not want to be part of…

Is she just purposefully lobbing softballs to him? Maybe. But after another break, we’ll have the Intercontinental Champion and his Commander!


Apollo Crews and Azeez join Talking Smack!

Apollo kisses the belt as he places it, and asks dear Kayla how she is doing. Not that it really matters, because all that matters is how he feels! And he’s a bit tired. He hasn’t partied like that for a very long time. Azeez knows what he means. But STILL WWE Intercontinental Champion! Go ahead and ask him things. Kayla can see he’s very excited, how satisfying was it to win that tough Fatal 4 Way? The odds were not with him, but he still walked out champion. Yes, the odds were stacked against him, but he beat everyone’s favorites! And this title is still his! Apollo agrees that was tough, but he’s a warrior built for those moments.

You put Apollo in a situation like that and he finds a way to come out on top! This is his title! Next question. Kayla then asks what everyone wants to know. What everyone wants to know is that Apollo is STILL WWE Intercontinental Champion! But we can’t deflect or deny. Well, side note before this question. SOON, live audiences will get to see THEIR Intercontinental Champion in person! That is the moment we’ve all be waiting for! Okay, now Kayla can talk. Kayla wants to know about the “very obvious distraction,” a certain figure that appeared, in one Aleister Black. Aleister’s return to the ring, as it were, caused a distraction. Was this a plan Apollo had created with Aleister?

Apollo has no idea what she means. He doesn’t know Aleister that well, and this footage, he’s not sure, he has some champagne in his eyes so he isn’t sure what’s happening. Apollo uses his scarf to dab his eyes. Oh, he sees himself smiling and still being champion. Can Heyman talk to this? If this were Kayla, and she means no disrespect, but she wouldn’t have as much satisfaction if she didn’t win this on her own. How can she say she means no disrespect and then disrespect him? She can’t do that. But there are many camera angles. Azeez steps forward and scares Heyman, but Apollo says it is alright. Apollo is the champion, Heyman is a good person who wouldn’t harm Apollo.

Kayla says if they don’t like what she’s saying, take it out on Heyman. No, don’t do that. Heyman wishes to speak to Apollo. It may not seem respectful but this is respectful. Apollo understands. Azeez, it’s alright. Heyman says that this thing with Aleister Black… BS. Apollo likes that! Heyman says that he’s envious, really. He’s been reaching out to Aleister for weeks, he has had ideas for him, and yet Aleister ghosted him. Disappeared, poof! But then suddenly- Kayla scoffs and Heyman tells her that she shouldn’t be so hyper sexualized right now, especially in front of Apollo. Apollo says that’s alright. But Heyman says Aleister must be in his back pocket.

Apollo says he has nothing to admit there. Aleister didn’t talk to Heyman, maybe his phone broke. Apollo can only speak for himself and the title. Heyman does have a point, this was a tough match. Big E hit the Big Ending, Apollo blacked out. When he came to, he was having his hand raised. Okay, Apollo has to go, he has an appointment and has to feed his dogs. Azeez, fire up the jet. Apollo likes Heyman, he’s very good. See you around! Azeez pats Heyman on the shoulder, and follows Apollo out. Kayla thanks Apollo for his time and says that when we return, Heyman will get his chance to do what he does best, and yap yap yap. Oh stop flirting. Heyman wishes that was this was.


Talking Smack returns once more.

Kayla knows there’s a few more things to discuss. For one, a big tag match between The Street Profits and The Usos. This will be the Usos’ first tag match together in over a year, and they’re ready to prove themselves to everyone, including The Tribal Chief, “whom Paul, might seem not pleased with this happening.” Heyman doesn’t have to be pleased, it’s Roman who has to be pleased, because Jey is the Right Hand Man. That’s what Kayla was saying. Well she didn’t word it that way, because she was all “Talking Smack yak yak yak.” Heyman gives concise points and derogatories, which he never gets because Kayla just goes yak yak yak.

But moving on, there’s only a few minutes left. The big tag match, but Kayla was saying that Roman isn’t pleased. Jimmy is pulling Jey’s attention away from the most important thing, which is Roman, and he won’t let the Usos make history together. Jey’s been making history as #MainEventJey, the Right Hand Man! Record ratings because at the helm of the main event, the thing the whole show leads to, it is Jey Uso! Jey is a singles superstar who is reducing himself to the tag team commodity with his brother, who has yet to fall in line! But Jimmy will, sooner rather than later. He has to. He will have to acknowledge Roman Reigns.

There is a lot of family drama going on at this very moment because of Jimmy Uso being so independent and rebellious that he thinks he can stand up to Roman Reigns. What has happened to everyone who has stood up against Roman? Heyman ran it down at the start of SmackDown: no one stays standing. What do we call WrestleMania? The Grandest Stage of Them All, the Showcase of the Immortals. And what happened? One immortal exploited WrestleMania 37 for his own benefit and showcased his own immortality and gave you THE WrestleMania Moment of the DECADE, and it’s only 2021.

“The most declaratively dominant pinfall in the history of WrestleMania main events was one immortal’s showcase when Edge and Daniel Bryan were stacked on top of each other and pinned as if it wasn’t a Triple Threat but a Handicap match by your Universal Champion, Roman Reigns. This is who is the single biggest attraction, in not just SmackDown, not just Raw, not just NXT, but in all of WWE and all of sports entertainment today.” Heyman will paraphrase Kayla in saying he could yak yak yak all day long, but that doesn’t make him wrong. Is anyone really on Roman’s tier today? We saw Bobby Lashley get pinned by Kofi Kingston on Raw!

Well, Heyman watched highlights on his phone because he doesn’t watch Raw. It doesn’t compare to SmackDown. And why is that? Because SmackDown benefits from the graces of the presence of your Tribal Chief, the most preeminent champion in WWE, the true GOAT, Greatest of All Time, the End All Be All and the one who will defend his title against anyone who wants to step up and see what he can do to them at Hell in a Cell, the Reigns-ing, Defending, Undisputed, Uncontroverted, WWE Universal Heavyweight Champion, Roman…! Reigns…! With that, Talking Smack signs off.

My Thoughts:

A very good Talking Smack, Heyman’s banter with Kayla was great as always. Heyman’s promo to end the night was great, too, and really adds weight to Roman VS Jimmy at Hell in a Cell happening. I’m pretty sure Heyman doesn’t really know what Nakamura said in Japanese, not that I had a better idea. A little surprised we didn’t get Boogz here, makes me wonder what they’re planning with how he did Nakamura’s entrance music. But Nakamura VS Roman would be a very good match. Apollo has great charisma, and I like how he was dancing around the issue of Aleister Black showing up at the end of the title match. I’m sure Aleister was there more to attack Big E rather than help Apollo. Not sure who’s next for Apollo, but he’ll make it a good build either way.

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News From Cook’s Corner 11.22.21: Happy Eggsgiving

A few shows, some big news, and some more releases. This week had everything! For better or worse… – and Cook gives you the lowdown!



Hi, hello & welcome to News From Cook’s Corner! This is the week where we think about all of the things we’re thankful for. So I might actually do a Fave Five this week, considering the annual Thanksgiving column was the inspiration for the gimmick anyway! Gonna be a pretty busy week though, so we’ll see how that goes.

Before you gorge yourself on turkey, here’s the latest going on in the rasslin world…

More WWE Releases!

There’s a pretty good chance that this will become a regular section of the ol’ column. Eighty wrestlers have been released by WWE during 2021, with one (Samoa Joe. Remember him?) being rehired. Let’s put this in perspective for a minute, as looking at the numbers can explain a lot of what’s going on here.

Raw currently has forty-three wrestlers. SmackDown has thirty-six. NXT has forty-one male wrestlers & twenty-one female wrestlers. NXT UK has forty-three wrestlers. Wikipedia lists four wrestlers under 205 Live, six wrestlers as free agents, then twenty-two wrestlers as Performance Center trainees. If I had to guess, Wikipedia doesn’t have a complete list of Performance Center trainees, so we really have no idea how many people are still hiding there. I seem to recall Nick Khan talking about signing a bunch of people when he was doing that media tour around SummerSlam.

The point I’m trying to make is that WWE has a ton of people under contract and really doesn’t have that many spots. Most of those people listed under Raw & SmackDown haven’t done much of anything in quite some time. The NXT & NXT UK rosters are freaking immense, and NXT is where a lot of the recent cuts have come from. There are going to be more people coming in, therefore there will be more cuts. It’s just best to accept this now instead of getting all sad & depressed every time it happens over the next few months or however long we have before Nick Khan engineers a sale. Don’t spin this as me being happy about people getting canned, I’m just saying “it is what it is”.

So who was it this time?

A few of them were connected to the previous releases. John Morrison would be the longest tenured wrestler of this batch, considering his wife (known as Franky Monet on NXT & Taya Valkyrie elsewhere) was part of the last crop of releases this wasn’t as big of a surprise as one may think. Kind of a dick move from WWE since they’d just moved from California to Florida to facilitate her training at the Performance Center. Other people will have to learn from these events. Johnny has been more entertaining during his stints outside of WWE than he has been in WWE, so I think he’ll do just fine.

Remember when B-Fab was released and everybody thought it was kind of random to get rid of one of Hit Row’s members right after they debuted on SmackDown? Now they’re all gone. Isaiah “Swerve” Scott had been a featured act in NXT and was a top star in the indies before signing with WWE. Ashante thee Adnois was fairly new but had potential, and then there’s Top Dolla. This seems to come down to Top Dolla rubbing people the wrong way, including burying colleagues on social media & complaining to management about B-Fab’s dismissal.

It’s easy to understand why Top Dolla might have gotten a big head & thought his opinions mattered. He was featured on the Most Wanted Treasures show before ever appearing on NXT, so he was obviously a favorite of Paul Levesque’s. He also became the featured member of Hit Row upon their arrival on SmackDown, as his 6’5 330 pound frame played better with main roster decision makers than Swerve Scott’s lack of size. Dude moves pretty well for his size too, so there’s some potential there. Apparently he didn’t show enough potential to make up for whatever headaches he was causing, and the other two guys didn’t have enough appeal without him.

It’s tough, because I like it when people cause trouble backstage & stand up for themselves. Gives me more to write about here. However, I can’t recommend such things in today’s WWE. They’re looking for excuses to fire anybody. Oh, and I also wouldn’t recommend talking smack about the competition’s executive vice presidents like Top Dolla did either. Maybe it’ll impress Tony Khan, who knows.

Tegan Nox’s NXT tenure had more ups & downs than anybody else’s, I’d figure. Whenever she was about to get a push, she tore her knee up. They kept her around though, and finally moved her up to the main roster in July. She was placed in a team with Shotzi and they beat the Women’s Tag Team Champions multiple times, but never got a title shot. Then they got split in the draft, and Nox never even made an appearance on Raw. I don’t have any clue what happened other than somebody wasn’t impressed with Nox for some reason. Seemed like a solid talent to me, but I’m just a dork with a column.

Drake Maverick was released back in April 2020, but was kept around to work the NXT Cruiserweight Championship Tournament and ended up getting his job back due to popular appeal. Of course, he didn’t do a damn thing of note before getting released again, but I think we expected that. Got an extra year & a half of paychecks though, so there’s that. Seems like a nice bloke, he’ll land on his feet.

Shane Thorne disappeared from television once Retribution split up. He did a couple of dark matches recently with a Outback Jack-style Aussie gimmick, but nothing came of it. One would expect him to re-form the TMDK tag team with Mikey Nicholls at the earliest possible opportunity.

Jaxson Ryker was the final name of the list, and was another one that hadn’t done anything notable in awhile. He did outlast his fellow Forgotten Sons in the company, but did not outlast his tag team partner after that group split, Elias. Ryker got some heat back in 2020 when he tweeted political views that his boss agreed with, but it turns out that was the most attention he ever got while working for WWE. How bout that.

We’ll be back with more releases soon enough, I’m guessing. Again, we’re not celebrating these things, but we’re not going to act shocked either. As people have told me, it’s the wrestling “business”.

Did anything interesting happen at Survivor Series?

Becky Lynch beat Charlotte Flair by holding the ropes on a roll-up. In fairness, Charlotte tried to do it first. Also in fairness, it was the same referee that Charlotte took issue with and beat up back in April, so she probably should have seen it coming. Who says WWE doesn’t do long-term storytelling? Prior to the show, Fightful reported the match order, which had this as the main event and everything else in the reverse of which it happened. It’s a good thing Fightful got some egg on their face, as this sure wouldn’t have worked as the finish of the event.

Seth Rollins was the sole survivor in the Men’s Survivor Series Elimination Match, because he needed the win. Of note here was Austin Theory having a pretty long run in the match, Kevin Owens walking out on his team like he was Bad News Brown, and Drew McIntyre & Bobby Lashley doing a double countout spot because they didn’t need to lose.

Omos won the Rock 25th Anniversary battle royal, eliminating twelve people in the process. My takeaway from the match was they were trying to make Omos a star. Then I realized the the match was for Pizza Hut pizza, like how kids read books in school so they can win the Book It contest and get a class pizza party, I guess. I’m confused. How does The Rock feel about Pizza Hut? Never mind, one of the few things worse than political conversation is pizza conversation. If we go down this road we have to talk about pineapples and various cities’ styles of pizza, and I just don’t care about all that.

RK-Bro beat the Usos, and I think I’m the only person that doesn’t go completely crazy whenever Randy Orton does an RKO. We know he’s going to do it in a weird spot. It’s been a thing for like a decade now. Maybe I’m just jealous of these people that are able to react like they saw something for the first time evry time. In any event, Randy Orton has now wrestled more WWE PPV matches than anybody in the history of the universe.

Bianca Belair was the sole survivor of the Women’s Survivor Series Elimination Match. I thought the crowd was a little harsh, but it was a pretty sloppy piece of business & the booking was hella questionable. At least Bianca got to win.

Roman Reigns beat Big E to become the Universal Ultra Mega Champion of the Galaxy. Dude needs a few more nicknames so I’m trying to help him out. Big E got to do a big things, but we all knew what was going down here. Seems to hurt the drama factor to me. I may be wrong though, saw a bunch of people online calling it the best thing they ever saw. So what do I know?

The Rock didn’t show up. Apparently I was supposed to expect him to? People sure seemed mad about it.

The big tease for Monday night? Oh, this is one for the books. Vince McMahon got a Cleopatra Egg from The Rock, apparently part of his Netflix movie. Allegedly worth $100 million. Somebody stole it. All the WWE Superstars get to go to Raw tomorrow night so Adam Pearce can question them about it. If this doesn’t equal a record rating, I don’t know what will.

To answer my question of whether or not anything interesting happened at Survivor Series…I’d lean towards no, but it wasn’t an awful show or anything.

Kenny off of TripleMania Regia?

Kenny Omega might have lost his AEW & Impact Championships fairly recently, but he still has the AAA Megachampionship to his name. Omega was scheduled to defend that title against El Hijo del Vikingo at the upcoming TripleMania Regia event in Monterrey, but Dave Meltzer reports that the champion will be pulling out of the event due to upcoming surgeries.

Yep, surgeries. Kenny has a torn labrum, an abdominal hernia, a bad knee, and a septum issue as well. He’s been working through the pain for awhile now, and is expected to be out at least through February. Seriously though, if anybody deserves some time off it’s Kenny Omega. Dude has put the work in, whether you like him or not. It’ll also give him some added time to focus on the AEW video games division.

New Japan & NOAH Working Together

Last week in this column, I wondered why New Japan was holding three different Wrestle Kingdom events, including one in Yokohama on January 8 that didn’t have a fun IWGP Heavyweight Championship match announced for it yet. Turns out that the January 8 show will be a cross-promotional effort also involving Pro Wrestling NOAH. New Japan is reportedly planning on running a number of cross-promotional events in 2021 as part of celebrating the company’s 50th anniversary. DDT, All Japan & Dragon Gate have apparently talked with NJPW about participating.

These reports indicate to me that NJPW isn’t exactly bullish on the idea of borders being opened up anytime soon. It’s good news for Japanese wrestling fans though, and will help New Japan fill some cards. It’ll be fun to see Keiji Mutoh back in a New Japan ring, won’t it?

Well, that’s all we have time for this week. Thanks for reading, and until next time, keep your stick on the ice.

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With their own big Budokan event coming up, and the huge crossover news, Hisame tells us all about the events in Pro Wrestling NOAH!




With their own big Budokan event coming up, and the huge crossover news, Hisame tells us all about the events in Pro Wrestling NOAH!


New Japan vs NOAH

On November 18th NOAH and New Japan both announced that they would be making a press conference on both of their respective YouTube channels on Saturday 20th November. Kaito Kiyomiya fueled further speculation by posting a picture of himself holding a picture of Kazuchika Okada, which had appeared on the front of Weekly Pro in June 2020, and captioning it “The Future”. At the press conference on the 20th, New Japan announced that as part of their 50th anniversary celebrations, they would be holding a joint Wrestle Kingdom show on January 8th 2022 at the Yokohama Arena. No mention was made of either side about the disaster of the “Suzuki Gun” era when Bushiroad owned NOAH, which indicates that both companies want to wipe the slate clean for the sake of the future. NOAH are not the company they were in 2015 and New Japan too have undergone a lot of changes.

The press conference was attended by Kaito Kiyomiya (ironically the only person in the room who was part of the fight against the Suzuki Army) and Hiroshi Tanahashi. A VTR was shown of three New Japan wrestlers (Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kazuchika Okada and current champion, Takagi Shingo) and three NOAH wrestlers (Kaito Kiyomiya, Keiji Mutoh and current champion, Katsuhiko Nakajima). Shingo said he had two names in mind, Naomichi Marufuji and Katsuhiko Nakajima, Nakajima whom he debuted the same year as and had lost to twice in the past, so “it’s time for some revenge”. Nakajima said he had no idea who their champion was, and Okada said he had no idea who was even in NOAH, and that if Kiyomiya really had wanted “to experience the Rainmaker”, he should have been more persistent. After Kiyomiya and Tanahashi had their say to the press with Kiyomiya vowing to make New Japan regret competing against NOAH, and Tanahashi saying he wanted to fight the one who represented NOAH the most, the two squared up before leaving the stage. Kiyomiya says that his original goal was Okada, but now he has a new focus, Tanahashi. No card has been announced as of yet, but KENTA has posted a picture of himself as GHC Heavyweight champion saying “See you there”

“The biggest announcement in history ever made”

For the New Year’s day event at The Nippon Budokan, NOAH have said they have five to make, with number four being what they are calling “the biggest in history”. This will be announced at this Tuesday. Kenoh says that the fifth announcement will be him walking out of The Budokan as a double champion.

Perros Del Mal De Japon vs STINGER; No Touch Tag Rules

In a recent interview, Yoshinari Ogawa verified that he never actually intended to challenge for the GHC Junior Heavyweight tag belts with Yasutaka Yano. He had told Yano to return the belts to NOSAWA Rongai and Eita as a way of humiliating them, but Yano had gotten a little carried away. Ogawa says that Yano needs more experience in the ring before he can start challenging for titles. He did feel sorry for him though being attacked and drenched in water. Ogawa stated that if he was going to challenge for the tag titles, then it was going to be with HAYATA and HAYATA only, but he also had a proposal for Eita. Why wasn’t the tag done under the DragonGate No Touch rules? What this basically means is that a tag partner does not have to tag in, he can get legally in the ring once his opponent is at ringside. Perhaps both NOSAWA and Eita should have thought more about accepting, as Ogawa rarely comes up with anything like this that will seemingly benefit his opponents and not himself, without having some kind of plan in mind. Title match will take place on the 28th November, with a handicap match between Ogawa and Yano vs NOSAWA taking place on the 23rd.


– Kaito Kiyomiya endured a bit of teasing online due to appearing at the New Japan vs NOAH press conference in an oversized green jacket. Takashi Sugiura almost echoed Giant Baba when he wondered about the fashions of young people these days.

– Keiji Mutoh says he has an ambition to be GHC National Champion for his 60th birthday.

– Kenoh is convinced that by “this time next week” he will be heading to The Nippon Budokan as both the GHC National and the GHC Heavyweight Champion

– Hirooki Goto said he wanted to fight Takashi Sugiura at Wrestle Kingdom. Sugiura said he wanted anyone but Goto.

– Naomichi Marufuji was at an appearance/talk recently, and said that red used to be his color but he had to change it due to Kongoh, which meant that fans were still using the red penlight color for him. He was kind of irritated that he’d had to change!

– Yoshiki Inamura has resumed prowling Tokyo and photographing dogs and cats.

– Hitoshi Kumano hinted that he will be returning to the ring.

– Money raised from NOAH THE Home has bought some new equipment to the dojo. However, Yoshiki Inamura still seems to be used as weight by Daisuke Harada.


  • GHC Heavyweight Champion: Katsuhiko Nakajima
    Challenger: Kenoh – LEC Cleanup! presents NOAH the BEST 2021, Yoyogi National Stadium Second Gymnasium, Sunday, November 28th
  • GHC Junior Champion: HAYATA
    Challenger: Tadasuke – THE WARROAD 2021 in NAGOYA, Aichi / Nagoya Congress Center Event Hall, Sunday, December 5th 2021
  • GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: The M’s alliance (Naomichi Marufuji and Keiji Mutoh)
    Challengers: TBA
  • GHC Junior Tag Champions: Perros De Mal Del Japon (NOSAWA Rongai & Eita)
    Challengers: STINGER (HAYATA & Yoshinari Ogawa) – LEC Cleanup! presents NOAH the BEST 2021, Yoyogi National Stadium Second Gymnasium, Sunday, November 28th
  • GHC National Champion: Kenoh
    Challenger: Katsuhiko Nakajima – LEC Cleanup! presents NOAH the BEST 2021, Yoyogi National Stadium Second Gymnasium, Sunday, November 28th


(Full November schedule)

Monday, November 22nd: Hitoshi Kumano (30)

Monday, November 22nd: Bison Smith memorial (2011)


Tuesday, November 23rd

Niigata / Bandaijima Multipurpose Plaza Large Kama

Start time: 17:30 JST

Broadcast: TBA

LEC Cleanup! presents NOAH the BEST 2021

Sunday, November 28th

Yoyogi National Stadium Second Gymnasium

Start time: 3pm JST

Broadcast: ABEMA, WrestleUniverse


Guide to New Japan vs NOAH

NOAH vs New Japan: Press conference transcript

“Breaking the impasse in the world with the power of pro wrestling” – fighting against NOAH at the Yokohama Arena Event on January 8th next year

“I will match you” – Yoshinari Ogawa proposes a no touch rule to Eita in GHC Junior Tag Battle

Keiji Mutoh’s three promotion “Grand Slam” achieved. Next year is 60th birthday, New Year ambition is to “aim for the red belt”

With thanks to: Nodapooh

GIFS taken from NOAH Official YouTube

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