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Mitchell’s Talking Smack Report! (5/8/21)

BOOYAKA BOOYAKA! Talking Smack!

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Time to TALKETH the Smack!

We’re ever closer to WrestleMania Backlash, and things are getting heated! What bit of Talking Smack will the Mysterios and Sonya Deville have to say?

 

Kayla Braxton welcomes us back to the show!

Heyman tells her he doesn’t want to talk about something until he’s ready so just do the intro already. Way to ruin it, Paul. “HOLLA HOLLA HOLLA!” Welcome back to Talking Smack, “throwback” edition. That’s why Kayla’s hair is curled, she hasn’t had it like this since she was a kid. Did Heyman know that’s what SmackDown was? Well his hair sure hasn’t changed. Kayla apologizes for Heyman’s rant, he’s still salty about how SmackDown ended in a way it hasn’t ended in a long time. Cesaro got the jump on Roman Reigns, isn’t he amazing? He deserves his opportunity at #WrestleManiaBacklash against Roman for the Universal Championship. She offers Heyman his chance to speak but he doesn’t take it so she says, “Congratulations, Cesaro! You go get ’em!”

Heyman asks if Kayla finds her bias to be sycophantism. Oh HER bias? Well she’s supposed to be the objective host but she’s not. She’s supposed to carry all the credibility while Heyman gets to have the “Tainted viewpoint” as the “villain.” Well yes that is him every single week. She brings on the incredible roster to the show- That’s the problem! She looks at them as incredible, he looks at them as credible because he uses proper grammar as a legend of 34 years. He only shows his bias to the Reigns-ing, Defending, Undisputed, Uncontroverted, Universal Heavyweight Champion of the World, Roman Reigns. And when it comes to that bias, that doesn’t make Heyman wrong.

Well we’ll watch back what happened on SmackDown because there is no bias here. Jimmy Uso returned but it wasn’t as warm a reunion as hoped. Cesaro goes after Roman, Jey goes after Cesaro, Cesaro goes after Jey, Jimmy goes after Cesaro, Cesaro stands tall. Is this all a sneak peek of what happens at Backlash? Heyman still doesn’t want to talk so maybe at the end of the show. But also next week’s SmackDown, Tamina & Natalya get another shot at the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, she feels there’s a strong chance we’ll have NEW champions. And since she’s basically talking to herself, let’s just move to our first guest! Ladies and gentlemen, it is the #1 contenders to the SmackDown Tag Team Championships!

Rey & Dominik Mysterio join Talking Smack!

Heyman shakes Rey’s hand and then Dom’s, and Kayla congratulates Dom for beating Dolph Ziggler. Rey was supposed to have the match but Ziggler talked trash, and Dom showed him to shut up. Satisfying, right? Yeah, Ziggler had it coming. Rey was a little surprised Dom wanted to step up but he’s also proud that Dom got the job done. Was Rey offended at what Ziggler said? How Dom doesn’t belong and is just a legacy who is only Rey’s kid. Ate his words, didn’t he? Dom is 24 years old, so he’s no kid. Rey is proud of Dom’s accomplishments in just a short time. And they’re so close to history, the first father-son tag team to be champions. That would be up there with the biggest things Rey’s done in his 30 year career.

One week away, surely they’re preparing. Ziggler & Roode are still strong competitors, and Rey feels the pressure because he wants this dream to become reality. Sharing the ring with Dom has been special, but to have this chance at history, that’s unbelievable. There’s stress and good pain, and it’ll all feel better at Backlash. Kayla says Throwback SmackDown should’ve given us some classic “Lil’ bitty Dom” with Rey and Eddie Guerrero. Did Dom ever imagine then he’d be in a team with his dad? No, not at all. This is an honor, and Dom is just glad that he doesn’t have bleached hair. Kayla says he should’ve brought it back. Dom says he’s looking forward to Backlash.

Does Heyman have any advice for their tag title opportunity? Oh well thanks for framing what he was going to say in parameters that he is not going to follow. Heyman looks to Rey and Dom and says only a fool would bet against them. Those who bet against Rey early in his career were fools, too. Either against Psicosis or Juventud Guerrara, it didn’t matter who, when people bet against Rey, he proved them wrong. And it boils down to a simple formula: take on Ziggler & Roode; if you lose, then you simply continue the quest; if you win, you return here as champions. One way or another, there’s eight days left, and the best of luck to them. Rey thanks Kayla and Heyman for their time, and up next will be the boss lady, Sonya Deville!

 

Sonya Deville joins Talking Smack!

Kayla is happy to have her back, and Heyman says it’s all the better just for seeing her. Well he says that to everyone. Heyman tries to get Kayla to stop embarrassing him in front of Sonya. Kayla is pretty sure it wouldn’t matter. Oh, what, she’s not a chubby chaser? Not into Jewish men? Something else not her type? Umm… Let’s move on. Sonya tells Kayla she can tell Heyman if she wants. No, it shouldn’t have to be told. But yes, moving on. Throwback SmackDown, Sonya had a cool opportunity to hang out with Teddy Long. That was great stuff, Teddy has great energy, he’s fun, they got to dance and make decisions.

Kayla wants to get into it, and not to disrespect her, but when she says “they” got to make decisions, she has to bring up how we’ve seen Sonya on Raw lately, and it seems like it’s Sonya making decisions. These aren’t Kayla’s words, but maybe Sonya was manipulating Teddy. No, everyone is mistaking Sonya’s passion as going behind someone’s back. That’s not this at all. She’s passionate about this job. She said she was a different person, that she’d work her butt off in whatever capacity she can. If others take that the wrong way, that’s on them. She’s trying to make SmackDown AND Raw the best they can possibly be for all superstars.

So this isn’t a power trip? She and Adam Pearce seem to be butting heads, not on the same page, Sonya’s doing things without him. There seems to be a smugness to it. No, when you’re an official like her and Pearce, sometimes a decision needs to be made and so she has to make that decision on her own. Pearce does the same, there’s nothing to it. She does her job, Pearce does his, as far as she can tell. Kayla says Heyman seems to be squirming, why is that? Heyman says Kayla is so diplomatic. He turns to Sonya and says she is a mixed martial artist! Now she wears suits, which she looks magnificent in, but c’mon. They drag the nostalgia act out that’s been dead for nine years, and yet Sonya’s so nice about it, even though Teddy walked all over her.

And then Pearce, he tries to shout her down. If Pearce raised his voice to Heyman, Heyman’s from New York and he’s whoop that ass! Sonya could beat the asses of 75% of the MALE roster, let alone an executive like Pearce. Where’s the female empowerment? Time for Sonya to stop being nice, it doesn’t suit her. Time to draw the line in the sand and show people show she really is! Heyman knows who that is, so it’s time for Sonya to step up, step over Pearce and whoever else, and take over. End of lecture, because Heyman cares about Sonya. Kayla tells Sonya that she should think that one over. Sonya shakes Heyman’s hand, pats it, and tells him, “I’m not the girl you think I am anymore.” Is that her rejecting Heyman’s advice?

 

Kevin Owens joins Talking Smack!

The Prizefighter likes the virtual KO thing in the air. Kayla wants to say a belated Happy Birthday to Kevin, and everyone surely wanted to wish him that. Yeah, he got dumped on his head by Chad Gable, that was rough. A little rough, right, Heyman? But still great, he woke up to his wonderful wife and kids, they had cake for him, he came here to do what he loves for a living, and now he’s on Talking Smack. Heyman wants Kevin to be careful, the table is glass. No, it’s not. It’s clear, but it’s not actual glass. But anyway, another great birthday he had that sticks in his mind was a few years ago. WWE was on the road, Kevin was riding with Sami Zayn, go figure. Complicated history.

But there was also Big Cass, and a fourth guy. They were in South Dakota, and there was spare time in the day. They didn’t usually travel, those four. The fourth guy was a special addition. They got to see Mount Rushmore, and some bears. Heyman can’t believe Kevin tolerated a prick like Sami. Well this fourth person Kevin is talking about is someone who could tolerate a prick like Sami because he tolerates one like Heyman. It was ROMAN REIGNS. So they had great fun on Kevin’s birthday, and Kevin would never do that with Roman now. Because people change.

Another thing Kevin remembers fondly wasn’t on his birthday, but the first week he was on the road with the WWE. It was 2015, Kevin was on Raw, he beat John Cena, but he was still NXT Champion and had a good thing going. But Heyman knows what tends to happen when someone rather unknown shows up. Is that rhetorical? No, just answer him. Heyman knows what he thought when he saw Kevin beat Cena. Kevin says that there was animosity, he didn’t have friends. Consequences of his actions, stuff like that. So Kevin was alone, beating Cena rubbed some people the wrong way, new kid dropping a top guy. Kevin had been doing this for however many years but can’t get a break, all that stuff.

Anyway, Kevin stops at a Waffle House, guess who was there? Someone who needed Pepto-Bismol after? No, it was Jimmy & Jey Uso, along with Naomi and Tamina. Kevin was new, he didn’t know anyone, and they were at a full table anyway. He nods, sits on his own, eats his eggs ‘n’ toast, it was nice. He goes to pay, the others head out, and the cashier says they already paid for Kevin. Kevin remembers like it was yesterday, what a wonderful gesture. And that is where people change. Because now, Jey would… How to put it? Is it brainwashed? Manipulated. Yes, thanks, Kayla! She deserves more credit for doing this show when someone tries to take the spotlight away.

But yes, Jey being manipulated into the ass he is now, Jimmy doesn’t want to be like that. The Head of the Table’s reach is obviously something to reckon with, but people change. Kevin’s changed, too. He’s alone a lot but he has friends. There’s something else that changed: When Kevin was Universal Champion the first time, he didn’t enjoy it at all. He was so obsessed with being the best possible champion, trying to make things better, trying to make the show better because he represented the brand. He was so obsessed, he couldn’t enjoy any of it. But this is where he’s changed. Because when he becomes champion again, he’ll enjoy every second of it.

And Kevin is telling Heyman now, if Cesaro doesn’t win, if someone else doesn’t win, it will be Kevin. Don’t make the mistake to think Kevin is gone, because he’s not going anywhere. Questions? Nope. Kevin takes a few more spins in his chair as Kayla says Heyman will have his time after the break. Kevin shouts, “BREAKING NEWS!! HEYMAN’S GOT SOMETHING TO SAY!”

 

Talking Smack returns once more.

Kayla says before giving Heyman the floor, a quick recap from SmackDown. We saw Roman, Heyman and Jey give a “ten bell salute” because we know Daniel Bryan is banished from the brand. Jimmy returned, but things only got complicated from there. And SmackDown ended with Cesaro laying out The Bloodline. Cesaro is going to challenge Roman at Backlash, and there is dysfunction between the Usos. Roman could still retain, but the “house divided” might fall. Heyman, your thoughts. Heyman scowls at Kayla, but then he stares at the camera. He adjusts his pocket square, scowls a little more, takes off the ear piece, and puts it away. Talking Smack history has been made! Heyman is SPEECHLESS!


My Thoughts:

What a great episode! I noticed some interesting new production choices, like seeing Sonya on “standby” and the other guests walking up. It’s alright, makes it feel more like an extension of SmackDown. The Mysterios had a decent segment, but I do like that Kayla wanted some more throwback to the Mysterio-Guerrero story that involved Dom. I honestly feel like WWE dropped the ball with that just after the Mysterios finished their feud with Rollins and were moving on to Corbin. Where was Dom learning from his “other father” in Eddie by using film? It would’ve been a great plug for the WWE Network, or Peacock now, and also taking that rather odd angle and making it into something really special for Dom’s character.

Heyman not knowing Sonya is homosexual, not heterosexual, is a rather interesting running gag. Is it just to say he’s too old to “get it?” Like a weird poke at Vince McMahon being too old and out of touch? Anyway, I do like his advice to Sonya about taking over by any means necessary, and then her saying she isn’t like that. Things can still happen that pits Sonya against Pearce, either through a classic Survivor Series “Team Sonya VS Team Pearce,” or just straight up her and Pearce in a co-ed match. Kevin had a great segment bringing up the past to bring it into continuity, and I actually think Heyman NOT saying anything to end the show is genius. Between Cesaro, Jimmy Uso and Kevin, Heyman is stressing out and that implies this is the most vulnerable Roman’s reign has been.


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(NOAH) NOAH NEWSLETTER VOL.194 ~ 12TH MARCH 2023

Pre-matches, retirements and cross promotion challenges! NOAH keeps things interesting going into Spring!

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Daisuke Harada’s retirement

Daisuke Harada wrestled his last match at Korakuen Hall on the 9th March, bringing a seventeen year career to a close. The match was only a minute, and Harada took no bumps and took no damage to his neck. The last move of his career was Misawa’s Rolling Elbow, although he did set up The Katayama German Suplex. Fortunately, time ran out then and the referee looked as if he had to hold Harada back from continuing. His opponent, Atsushi Kotoge (who he calls his “eternal rival”) had come to the ring highly emotional and had buried his face in the turnbuckle when Harada’s music sounded, he was in tears again when Harada made his speech;

“Are you kidding me, aren’t I the one who wants to cry the most? My pro wrestling life started with you, and I’m really happy that it ended with you. Because of you, I was able to come to NOAH and continue wrestling because you were here, and because of you I was able to wrestle for one last minute. I am really grateful to you. From the day I entered Osaka Pro Wrestling, I was cocky junior, but until today have been indebted to you. Thank you for your help today!” 

Kotoge left soon after, and Harada addressed the crowd thanking everyone and hoping that they would be happy with the match (the fans were just as emotional as Kotoge), he thanked NOAH, the medical team and everyone who came today. There was to be no ten count bell or ceremony (Harada finds them a little gloomy) but he wanted to end his career with a bang. Harada left the ring for the last time, raising the arm of the person he said had saved his life (NOAH’s trainer, Nagahama) and shaking hands with the wrestlers at ringside, which included Hitoshi Kumano, before he disappeared one final time behind the curtains. In the lobby, Harada had been sent flowers from Osaka Pro, HUB, Zeus (they sent flowers in his colors of blue and white), Meiko Satomura, THE LEAVE, GLEAT, DDT, Satoshi Kojima – the list went on. Harada hasn’t decided what he is going to do next, but he has vowed to support NOAH as a fan, and has referred to himself as becoming a “Wrestling Genie”. However, he doesn’t seem to be ready to leave NOAH behind just yet, as he still has one final NOAH Junior Space to do.

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“What to do with Taniguchi?” Takashi Sugiura to “retrain” him

The question of “What to do with Taniguchi” is one that NOAH have wondered periodically over the years, and now the question has arisen again following his six man match when he teamed with Naomichi Marufuji and Masaaki Mochizuki against The Sugiura Army of Takashi Sugiura, Kazuyuki Fujita and Hideki Suzuki. Suzuki had said that he wanted to see Maybach Taniguchi, but instead they got apathetic Shuhei Taniguchi, who ended the match by getting choked out by Takashi Sugiura and the ref called for the bell. After the match Sugiura, stood over Taniguchi, and then left the ring. Marufuji and Mochizuki were a little kinder, Marufuji rolling him out, but they both exchanged knowing glances and Marufuji gave him a weary look as they walked to the back. Takashi Sugiura vented about Taniguchi’s performance, and said he would “retrain him” in their singles match in Yokohama.

All Japan World Heavyweight Tag Challenge accepted

After winning the first pre match against the GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions, Masa Kitamiya and Daiki Inaba, Kenoh and Manabu Soya where confronted in the ring by the All Japan World Heavyweight Tag Champions, Yuma Aoyagi and Naoki Nomura, who (throwing off Managing Director SUWAMA’s threat) accepted the challenge of Kongoh for the belts.  Kenoh said that when Kongoh win them, having already won the GHC Heavyweight Tag Titles, they would unify them into what they had named “GHC World Tag”. Title match will take place on the 21st March at All Japan’s show at the Ota Ward General Gymnasium.

STINGER all out war; Eita bloodied, Ogawa taps

Following the emotion of Harada’s retirement and the frustration of Taniguchi’s performance, STINGER went to war. Eita faced off in a singles match against HAYATA, and Chris Ridgeway and Yoshinari Ogawa fought in the match after. Eita had threatened HAYATA that he would make him feel the same pain he caused him the night he bloodied him up and took the belt back at NOAH Junior Night at Ryogoku Kokukigan, but in the event of things, HAYATA jumped him, bust him open by using the belt on him and then attacked him savagely afterwards. The ref was shoved down by HAYATA three times, and on the fourth shove away, he stopped the match. HAYATA gave Eita the 403 Impact on the belt, and shoved his boot into his face as he held the championship up. Backstage, HAYATA (who ironically was the only person out of STINGER, ex STINGER or whatever the tag with Eita is called), said that he had no intention of teaming with Eita, and that in Yokohama, Ogawa will come to his senses. Eita later posted on Twitter a picture of HAYATA standing over him and asking whether HAYATA was proud of himself (I would imagine he was) and saying that if he thinks that Ogawa is going to “come to his senses”, then that’s what HAYATA needs to do, so “get real”.

Ogawa and Ridgeway had a match that Ogawa had both predicted would be different from HAYATA vs Eita (he doesn’t give Eita much credit in using his brain, while he did admit he has to work hard when it’s Ridgeway) and would be “technique vs technician”. Ridgeway called it “master vs pupil” and demonstrated that Ogawa’s teaching had taught him not only how to attack, but also how to deceive and like a latter day Charlemagne, how to make everything around you into your army. Ridgeway won the match by doing something that very few people have done; he made Ogawa tap. The war between STINGER has just gone up another notch.

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Kaito Kiyomiya loses the first pre-match against Jake Lee

Kaito Kiyomiya’s woes continued when he lost the first pre match to Jake Lee. However, that being said, Kiyomiya was not the person pinned, it was Atsushi Kotoge. Jake Lee had been making comments about Kiyomiya’s somewhat worried demeanor ever since he came to NOAH, back then it was he looked so glum he would probably scare little children, and now it had developed into making exaggerated smiles on his face using two fingers to prop up his mouth (in the manner of “turn that frown, upside down”) and then motioning at Kiyomiya to do this. Kiyomiya wore a faint smile, but Jake even took it one step further, and rearranged Kiyomiya’s lips and cheeks into a grin when he did a rope break. After the match, Jake took the mic and told Kiyomiya that “Kiyomiya, for you, that (GHC Heavyweight) is a bit of a burden I guess. Boo, applause, whatever. Come and see the 19th March, I’ll change NOAH”.

AMAKUSA retains

AMAKUSA retained the GHC Junior Heavyweight title against Hi69. Hi69 let loose in the match, and he looked as if he was wild eyed and drunk on revenge. Fans said that this was one of the best matches that they had seen out of him for a while, although he does tend to be very good in singles matches, especially title ones with a backstory as in depth as the one against AMAKUSA. No challenger has come forward yet, but AMAKUSA has promised that he will “guide this junior treasure to the heavens”

EVENT RECAPS & POST MATCH INTERVIEWS

Star Navigation 2023 (Thursday March 9th, Korakuen Hall)

Post match interviews (Thursday March 9th, Korakuen Hall)

ELSEWHERE IN NOAH

– Naomichi Marufuji had a Twitter conversation with Satoshi Kojima about a lost phone. He said he had lost his phone once and “everyone was searching for it”. From Kojima’s reaction that suggested that he was there and remembered this, I wonder if “everyone” was the roster at one point.

– Katsuhiko Nakajima held his 35th birthday fan event, “Team Katsu” on the 12th March. The event included photos of Nakajima in his two most favorite ring-wear (his current red one and his wolf skin), homemade Chanko, autographs, a chat with Nakajima and fans could even wear one of the costumes if they won a competition. A lot of reviews contained the phrases “when I came around” or “when I regained consciousness”, which refer to Nakajima’s presence.

– Keiji Mutoh took part in Japan’s version of “Are you smarter than a 5th grader?” It turned out that he wasn’t and went home without the money he hoped to use for his retirement. He says that next time he goes on the show, he will bring Riki Choshu.

– Lanzelot, Super Crazy’s nephew, made his NOAH debut on the 9th March at Korakuen Hall.

– Kenoh said he doesn’t remember the name of Naoki Nomura, as his presence was insignificant.

– Tadasuke wrist flicked Kinya Okada away when he got into the ring. Not that Okada was in his way or had any intention of being in the Kongoh pose.

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

  • GHC Heavyweight Champion: Kaito Kiyomiya
    Challenger: Jake Lee, Great Voyage in Yokohama, Yokohama Budokan, 19th March
  • GHC Junior Champion: AMAKUSA
    Challenger: None at the time of writing
  • GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: Masa Kitamiya and Daiki Inaba
    Challengers: Kongoh (Kenoh and Manabu Soya), Great Voyage in Yokohama, Yokohama Budokan, 19th March
  • GHC Junior Tag Champions: Yoshinari Ogawa & Eita
    Challengers: HAYATA & Chris Ridgeway, Great Voyage in Yokohama, Yokohama Budokan, 19th March
  • GHC National Champion: El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Jnr
    Challenger: None at the time of writing

THIS WEEK IN NOAH

SUNNY VOYAGE 2023

Date: Tuesday, March 14th

Venue: Yokohama Radiant Hall

Start time: 18:00 JST

Broadcast: WrestleUniverse (you must be a subscriber to view)

Yoshiki Inamura will be having the singles match against Kento Miyahara on this day at Shinjuku Face. The All Japan event starts half an hour after NOAH’s does, and while Masa Kitamiya is on the card he is in the second match, so I guess there is plenty of time for him to get to Shinjuku.

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(NOAH) NOAH NEWSLETTER VOL.193 ~ 5TH MARCH 2023

After the retirement of NOSAWA and Keiji Mutoh, it seems someone else is being forced to retire for health concerns! Hisame brings us all of the Emerald Updates!

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Daisuke Harada announces retirement

NOAH held a press conference/title match signing on the 2nd March, in which Daisuke Harada announced that due to the neck injury that has seen him away from the ring since August 2022, he would be retiring. The decision sadly was come to when investigations in August revealed that Harada was in danger of developing what is known as spinal cord compression (cervical atlantoaxial subluxation), which can cause paralysis, respiratory failure and even death. Harada had no symptoms at all and was still training as much as he could (and with the usual weights he used), although for three months he had to wear a neck brace. Sadly, nothing did any good, and the issue failed to resolve. The specialist called Harada and NOAH’s trainer into his clinic and told them the sad news, Harada would have to retire. Unsurprisingly after an emotional press conference in which Harada announced he would wrestle his final match on Thursday 9th March at Korakuen Hall against his oldest friend and eternal rival, Atsushi Kotoge, he went home and couldn’t stop crying. The other two juniors at the press conference, Hi69 and AMAKUSA, were both visibly moved. Hi69 in particular never attempted to hide the fact and AMAKUSA was lost for words when asked about Harada’s news.

Harada’s final match will be a one minute exhibition match, with the doctor at ringside. The match needs to be short in duration as very sadly now, Harada cannot take any further bumps, so don’t be expecting any top turnbuckle Katayama German Suplexes. Harada himself said he is disappointed to have to retire, but preserving his life is more important. Very sadly he will not be staying on in NOAH, although he was offered the position of a coach or backstage agent. Harada says he had to decline as he knew that it would be hard for him to watch the NOAH Juniors and not be able to join in, but he won’t be abandoning them entirely, he will be watching as a fan. However, President Zeus of the new Osaka Pro, has wondered if Harada might like to come and do some guest commentary, and it is known that (unofficially) Harada did want to make an appearance there, but what Harada will do after retirement remains to be seen.

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Kenoh’s fifteen year anniversary

“Maybe every five years; debut as a newcomer, ten years to be fully fledged, 15 years is your mid career, twenty years to be a veteran, and thirty years a legend. There is such an image in pro wrestling.”

Kenoh’s chronology of a pro wrestler.

Kenoh celebrated fifteen years in Pro Wrestling on March 2nd. His goal for his fifteenth anniversary was to celebrate it as GHC Heavyweight Champion, which sadly he was not able to do. As is customary for a “mid career” anniversary, Kenoh will be holding his own show, which will take place in his hometown of Tokushima, Shikoku (aka “this fucking countryside”) on 24th June. No card has been announced as of yet, and Kenoh has hinted he will give details on his YouTube channel. But when asked about the handshake with his Michinoku Pro rival, Hayato “Jnr” Fujita, who has been calling for a match with Kenoh, Kenoh said coyly that he is “still waiting to hear from him about that”

Kitamiya no show, enter Inamura

Following on from the friction between the Kensuke Office boys (Katsuhiko Nakajima, Kento Miyahara and Masa Kitamiya), Miyahara demanded that Masa Kitamiya come to All Japan’s event on the 27th February, dressed in a suit and apologize formally to him for not greeting him. Kensuke Office was very strict on this, and his former “errand boy” broke the rules. It may be best that Miyahara doesn’t know what Kitamiya was saying about him on commentary. Anyway, the 27th came and Masa Kitamiya did not show up.

But, whenever someone throws down for NOAH, Yoshiki Inamura will answer the call, and that is exactly what happened. Inamura came to the ring and told Miyahara (loudly) that time had moved on and the new generation of NOAH wasn’t just Kitamiya, it was himself, Yoshiki Inamura and if Miyahara wanted a fight then Inamura would give him one. Miyahara (calling Masa Kitamiya by his real name “Mitsuhiro”) said that Kitamiya didn’t show up because he was scared, and therefore he had sent Inamura in his place. Inamura said he came of his own accord. Miyahara kind of liked this, and said that Inamura sure did know who to attack in All Japan and as he had come here on his own accord, he would give him a match. But, he had his own stipulation, Masa Kitamiya comes with him as a second. Miyahara had earlier said that Kitamiya had grown conceited and needed to be taken down a few pegs. The match has been set for March 14th in Shinjuku. Miyahara said sarcastically after their confrontation that this could turn into “NOAH vs Miyahara”, although probably he basically wants revenge on Katsuhiko Nakajima and Masa Kitamiya above all.

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ELSEWHERE IN NOAH

– Kaito Kiyomiya revealed in a recent interview that his post title match treat is to go out and basically eat whatever he wants. He listed ramen, hamburgers and candy, which he would stuff himself with to the point of “not being able to move”.

– Since his retirement, Keiji Mutoh is feeling a lot better and his injury has gotten a lot better. He ran into Tomoaki Honma in a local gym, and then said he fled quickly from him when he heard that Honma had been cheering for him until he was hoarse at his retirement match.

– Kenoh says that he and Manabu Soya will no longer he challenging for the All Japan World Tag Titles thanks to President Suwama bursting in and attacking one of the champions with a chair and demanding that the Voodoo Murders come before Kongoh. Suwama said Kenoh was “talking stupid”

– Junta Miyawai has returned to Mexico following his loss at the Mutoh retirement show. He says he will swallow down that bitter pill and return stronger.

– Naomichi Marufuji and the now retired NOSAWA Rongai made one of their annual road trips to Shizuoka to attend a physiotherapy treatment clinic. Marufuji posted a picture to his Instagram with an arrow pointing to NOSAWA saying, “Retired, but still in need of maintenance”. NOSAWA at that time was photographed smoking and looking out of the window following their traditional stop over meal of eel.

– Satoshi Kojima has left NOAH for the time being. Takashi Sugiura demanded to know if “our love was just a contract” and then likened himself to being “Koji’s gigolo” in that case.

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

  • GHC Heavyweight Champion: Kaito Kiyomiya
    Challenger: Jake Lee, Great Voyage in Yokohama, Yokohama Budokan, 19th March
  • GHC Junior Champion: AMAKUSA
    Challenger: Hi69, Star Navigation 2023, Korakuen Hall, 9th March
  • GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: Masa Kitamiya and Daiki Inaba
    Challengers: Kongoh (Kenoh and Manabu Soya), Great Voyage in Yokohama, Yokohama Budokan, 19th March
  • GHC Junior Tag Champions: Yoshinari Ogawa & Eita
    Challengers: HAYATA & Chris Ridgeway, Great Voyage in Yokohama, Yokohama Budokan, 19th March
  • GHC National Champion: El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Jnr
    Challenger: TBA

THIS WEEK IN NOAH

Thursday 9th March

STAR NAVIGATION 2023

Start time: 18:30 JST

ABEMA (free, but no replays in viewing. Overseas fans please do not subscribe to ABEMA, WrestleUniverse is a far better investment)

WrestleUniverse (subscribers only, English commentary)

ARTICLES

“I’ll take the belt and let him rest” Jake Lee to Kiyomiya, the GHC champion who lost to Okada

Pro Wrestler Kaito Kiyomiya, “I even got a tomaro funamori on my birthday” (laughs) – the gap between strength and pure face is cute. Showing episodes of bonds with fans.

Kaito Kiyomiya, who lost against Okadam reveals his intentions! Change in social media that was full of slander.

GHC Junior match signing ceremony: AMAKUSA’S tears at Harada’s retirement reveal determination to “reach a new peak”, Hi69 declares realization of “two great desires”

“You are talking stupid”, SUWAMA about Kenoh’s declaration of a break, the tyrant boasts of Mutoh-ism

Kenoh declares a break with All Japan, “All Japan’s business doesn’t go up because Managing Director Suwama does things like this”

NOAH FROM THE VAULT

Transcript of NOAH’s very first press conference (July 2000)

“Donmai, Donmai” – Mitsuharu Misawa’s diary

With thanks to: Metal-NOAH

Image credits: NOAH.co.jp, BBM Sports, Pro Wrestling DX, Naomichi Marufuji


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