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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 WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.186 ~ 18TH SEPTEMBER 2022

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

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Kenoh, Kiyomiya & The Shining Wizard

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

YO-HEY & HAYATA

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

Taka & Satoshi

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

NOAH’s New Debut

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

NOAH & Dragon Gate Joint Event

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

GLOBAL2Days

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

NOSAWA vs Katsuhiko Nakajima?

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

Yuya Susumu

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

ELSEWHERE IN NOAH

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EVENT RECAPS AND POST MATCH PROMOS

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

Event recap

Post match interviews

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

Event recap

Post match interviews

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

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

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

THIS WEEK IN NOAH

(September 2022 schedule)

  • Monday, September 19th

SUNNY VOYAGE 2022 – Yokohama Radiant Hall, Yokohama

Time: 17:30 JST

Broadcast: WrestleUniverse (Live)

  • Tuesday, September 20th

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

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

  • Wednesday, September 21st

N INNOVATION – Shinjuku FACE, Tokyo

Time: 18:30 JST

Broadcast: WrestleUniverse (Live)

  • Sunday, September 25th

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

Start: 16:00 JST

Broadcast: WrestleUniverse (Live)

LINKS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fan event recap: Tokyo Verdy

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

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

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

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

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

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

OLD INTERVIEWS

“Dandyism?”, it’s not like that”

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

BOOK CORNER

“Donmai, Donmai” – Mitsuharu Misawa’s diary

GIF taken from WrestleUniverse & NOAH Official YouTube


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

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

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Kaito Kiyomiya wins N-1 VICTORY

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

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

HAYATA nominates his next challenger, YO-HEY

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

STINGER victorious, new challengers emerge

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

Satoshi Kojima and Takashi Sugiura

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

Masa Kitamiya

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

Kenoh vs The Makai Alliance

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

DragonGate

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

NOAH’s new debut

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

Go Shiozaki injured

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

ELSEWHERE IN NOAH

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

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

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

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

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

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

EVENT RECAPS AND POST MATCH PROMOS

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

Event recap

Post Match Interviews

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

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

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

 THIS WEEK IN NOAH

(September 2022 schedule)

– Wednesday 15th September

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

LINKS

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

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

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

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

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

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

ALL JAPAN YOSHINARI OGAWA ARTICLES FROM 1986

An Unknown Trainee 

Yoshinari Ogawa’s Volume 

BOOK CORNER

“Donmai, Donmai” – Mitsuharu Misawa’s diary

With thanks to: Metal-NOAH

GIF taken from WrestleUniverse & Seiki Yoshioka’s TikTok


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