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DING DONG, HELLO~! It’s another Talking Smack!

Bayley already talked some trash to Bianca Belair on SmackDown, but now she’s here for Talking Smack! Plus, Rey & Dominik Mysterio!

 

Kayla Braxton welcomes us back to the show!

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Summer to Kayla. Because we’re getting big news on SummerSlam! Paul Heyman doesn’t get the jazz hands. Does she do this when she’s really excited? Kayla knows we had a big SmackDown, but she is super pumped about the SummerSlam announcement. Heyman still doesn’t get the dance routine she’s doing. Whatever. But the news is that SummerSlam will be August 21st, a Saturday! Tickets available Friday, June 18th, but where will it be? You have to watch the Belmont Stakes pre-race show on June 5th. Why? Why can’t we be told that now? Because Kayla doesn’t know that information. She knows! No she doesn’t. She does! Tell us! Be a gossip!

Where does Kayla think it’ll be? Give a spoiler, like Heyman does. Well where does HE think? He knows but he won’t give it. Did she watch Raw? Did he? No! Why would he watch Raw? He watches highlights and just goes, “Not better than Roman Reigns.” Well, on to SmackDown then. Heyman teases Kayla about “Summer~” and jazz hands again, but she says she didn’t do it like that. Is this a youth thing? TikTok? He’s not on TikTok, he’s an adult with serious business to do. He wants to get to business about SmackDown. Okay, then!

Kayla notes that the six-time tag team champions, The Usos, were back in action together, they had a “credible” victory, even though it was their first time teaming together in over a year, and it was against The Street Profits. The Usos have their eyes set on the SmackDown Tag Team Championships, which are still held by Rey & Dominik Mysterio. How does Heyman feel about that? Heyman is very impressed. The Usos are THE tag team of this generation. Not to take away anything from the Profits, they are not second tier. They are a team that simply retired as Raw Tag Team Champions to then move right over to being SmackDown Tag Team Champions, until they were honestly ripped off by Bobby Roode & Dolph Ziggler.

So we are not talking about a tag team other than a very, very, very all-time great team in the Profits, who were handedly defeated by the Bloodline, the Usos. It was a credible victory. Kayla agrees here but now wants Heyman’s opinion on Seth Rollins. Rollins attacks Cesaro, angry that he’s being overlooked, so what is his- er, are Heyman’s thoughts? Heyman gets on Kayla about her grammar, and she tells him to not play grammar police today. Oh he’ll be the grammar police. Does she want him to bring out the handcuffs? Is she flirting with him? No, that’s something he never has to worry about. So she doesn’t like bigger guys?

Kayla says she’s looking forward to talking to their guests today. They have Bayley and the SmackDown Tag Team Champions, Rey & Dominik Mysterio! Ding Dong, HELLO~!

 

Bayley joins Talking Smack!

The longest reigning SmackDown Women’s Champion ever says hello to Heyman and figures Kayla is obsessed with her, which is why she’s on this show so much. Kayla says she has nothing to do with booking guests on this show so it’s not her that’s obsessed. But Kayla likes Bayley’s shirt. Thanks! You can get DING DONG HELLO! on the WWE Shop website, whatever it’s called. Kayla, go get yourself one. Will it be an autographed one? If Kayla buys it, sure. Heyman says that’s proof that Kayla is obsessed. Kayla says she just needs some new rags to clean things. WHOA~! Kayla says she’s joking, she’ll wear it with pride. Is Bianca in her ear?

Heyman says Kayla shouldn’t rebel against her “Bayley envy.” Bayley will make that the next shirt and then sign it, for $20! Kayla says all jokes aside, or perhaps more jokes, since Bayley always has the giggles on SmackDown, laughing and taunting Bianca. What does Bayley find so funny? Seriously? Is Kayla in fifth grade? A case of the giggles? Yeah, sure, Bayley had giggle berries for breakfast. What’s funny is Bianca thinking she’s such a big deal, but she’s not. She went into the ring, faced Carmella, who is a two-time Ms. Money in the Bank, a WrestleMania Battle Royal winner, and SmackDown Women’s Champion, and therefore way more accomplished than Bianca.

Sure, Bianca won, but we all know who Bianca really is deep down. Bianca doesn’t feel good about how she won at Backlash and it’s eating her inside that she couldn’t beat Bayley fairly. Bianca cheated, watch the footage. You can’t use foreign objects. Bianca used her hair whip at Mania, WATISH. Sorry for spitting. It isn’t foreign, it is Bianca’s hair and attached to her. Yeah, but Bayley doesn’t use, uh… Kayla mockingly says, “Her arms? It’s kinda the same thing.” Then why doesn’t Kayla get in the ring with Bianca? See what that feels like! Bayley wouldn’t put it past Bianca that she braided a steel pipe into that ponytail! You don’t know! But the way it bends…

Heyman cues up Kayla’s retort, and Kayla says it’s possible something’s in there. Thank you! DING DONG, HELLO~! Then is there any chance, with all due respect as the longest reigning women’s champion- Say something else. There’s more to Bayley than just that. Well, Bayley has a personality. Oh wow~! Heyman wants to tell Bayley something, and it’s fine that this is on camera. Bayley has a great “um.” Kayla’s words, not his. A great um? What? Kayla says Heyman is just making fun of her.

But does Bayley perhaps some pent up bitterness or frustration towards Bianca? Bianca had her moment at WrestleMania, and Heyman adds that Bianca has a better um than Bayley, too. Bayley does admit Bianca had a Mania moment, but does Bayley have to keep saying this? She’s had multiple Mania moments! She retained the Raw Women’s Championship in an ELIMINATION Fatal 4 Way! She lasted longer than anyone else! She retained her SmackDown Women’s Championship in a Fatal 5 Way! So no, Bayley isn’t jealous or bitter or whatever. She’s just mad that Bianca thinks she can go around here, acting like she’s better than everyone else just for what she has done.

Bayley isn’t doing that! She doesn’t parade around all “I’m on mah own~” and all that in her theme song, blah blah blah. Kayla kinda hopes she will. Cut that part out! Can’t, this is live. Kayla says they joke because they’re friends. Bayley can’t believe it. They are? Yes, and Bayley is amazing and will one day be champion again. Bayley agrees, and it’ll be when she gets her rematch with “the cheater masquerading around as a champion, Bianca Belair.” Or as Michael Cole said on SmackDown, “Bellanca.” Bayley laughs at Cole, he is NOT the EST of announcing.

Kayla thanks Bayley for her time, Heyman thanks Bayley from bringing her um to the show, and Bayley says, “You’re um welcome!” And after the break, the first-ever father-son tag team champions will be here! Heyman asks if Kayla knows why the Mysterios are losing next week. Because of “Um…”

 

Rey & Dominik join Talking Smack!

Heyman congratulates them on retaining the titles, and Kayla says it wasn’t easy. Rey was attacked backstage, does he know the extent of the damage? He was clutching his side and saying it was his ribs on SmackDown. Rey was in a moment of prayer before his match and sure enough, someone got behind him and dropped him. Whoever it was can do whatever they want to him, but they won’t stop Rey or Dom. Dominik did what he had to do, but how did he feel not having his dad out there with him? The only thing going through his head was that Rey stepped up when Dom was down at Backlash, so it was his turn to do the same. That’s the Mysterio family way.

Rey says he didn’t anything less. Dom thanks him for that. Kayla says this was their first successful defense since making history. But as we saw at the end of SmackDown, another team came out and have eyes on the titles. They face the Usos next week, titles on the line, how do they feel about that? Rey told Dom when they became champion that they now have huge targets on their backs. Clearly, Dom has proven to Rey 1000% that he can step up. The Usos are stepping up, they’re not backing down, the Mysterios are excited for this.

Kayla wants Heyman to join in here, given the literal relationship between the Usos and the man Heyman works for. Oh yes, he works very closely with the Tribal Chief, the Usos happen to be related. The last time the Mysterios were here, Heyman told them to come back either as champions or just not as champions. So it’d be foolish of him to play into the narrative and say something like, “You proved your critics wrong.” There surely weren’t any critics out there doubting them. Anyone who is is blatantly wrong. The Mysterios proved themselves, their fans and their family right.

Look at the SmackDown Tag Division: Roode & Ziggler, the previous champions; The Street Profits, a team that have defined this generation; and the Usos, reunited and coming for the title. If The Usos are on the same page, listening to their Tribal Chief, then the Mysterios have a real headache on their hands. But they will always have that headache, because everyone they’ll be facing with the titles on the line are all worthy challengers. That makes these two the most worthy tag team champions in the WWE.

So Heyman will say what he’s said before. They’re facing the Usos next week. The Mysterios are invited to Talking Smack whenever they want. Rey is a legend. Dom is proving himself just as good at this age as Rey was, and Heyman knows because he was there to see Rey at that age. So if the Usos win, the Mysterios return as former champions and will have to explain themselves. If the Mysterios win, they’ll return as a team that successfully defended their titles. Heyman is not going to say something like “I wish you luck because you’re gonna need it,” but he will say to these two gentlemen, he wishes them luck and looks forward to seeing them again. Kayla’s turn. “Follow that.” She can’t.

Rey appreciates the honesty. Usos or some other team, it’ll take a lot to take these titles from them. They made history as father and son, they’re not going to let go that easily. Kayla thanks them and wishes them luck. She feels the Mysterios will retain the titles, but Heyman says he neither gave prediction nor spoiler. Does she know his favorite part of the interview and the Mysterios’ father-son bond? What? “Um!” Okay… Well after another break, we will unfortunately have another segment where Heyman has the floor. Stay tuned or not, Kayla won’t blame you.

 

Talking Smack returns with some news!

In case you missed it on SmackDown, Adam Pearce is giving Kevin Owens a 1v1 match with Apollo Crews, and it will be for the WWE Intercontinental Championship! But what’s special about this is that Commander Azeez will be barred from ringside! This and the SmackDown Tag Team Championships make for a big Friday next week!

Alright, now is the part of the show where Heyman talks. No, this is where we learn where SmackDown is. She doesn’t know where, she knows when: Saturday, August 21st, jazz hands. This is why people on social media, from Twitter to Instagram to Facebook to Friendster to Tinder, are rebelling against Kayla. She’s withholding information from her public. Is she? Yes. Tell them! Saturday, August 21st. Heyman keeps cuing her up with the chance to tell us where, but she says she is not a puppet. But if Heyman wants his time to talk all on his own, his time is running out. Get whatever off your chest off your chest.

He has no implants. He has nothing to get off his chest because he is a happy man serving as Special Counsel to the Tribal Chief, the End All Be All, the sun around which the WWE Universe and Multiverse orbits around. Heyman has nothing to vent about. All Jews just vetch here in the Florida heat, is that it? Kayla just wants to know if he has anything to say about the Usos, Roman, Seth, Cesaro, etcetera. He does want to talk about the Usos. Next week’s main event is something worthy of public attention. “Ladies and gentlemen, for the very first time, two families will collide right on SmackDown, with the tag team titles on the line.

“The very first father-son tag team champions in WWE history. Rey Mysterio, a legend, first ballot hall of famer, the greatest luchador of all time, and his son, a prodigal son. Someone who at 22, 21, however old Dominik is, is tearing it up. A worthy tag team champion standing next to his legendary father. But they’re going against the Usos. Second generation wrestlers.” The first time Heyman met the Usos was the summer of 1989. He was managing the Samoan Swat Team, another part of the Anoa’i Fatu Samoan Dynasty. Samu, son of Afa, and Fatu, aka Rikishi.

Fatu/Rikishi told Heyman to look in the ring. It was 3 PM in the afternoon, and this was after the SST defeated The Road Warriors, the best tag team of their day, until having faced the Samoans with Heyman in their corner. And Heyman looked in the ring and saw these two young men, about 4 years old, grappling in the ring. One took the other and slams him, then climbs up and leaps off it at 4 years old, to splash his own twin brother. Heyman is sure we can tell where this is going. That was the first day Heyman saw Jimmy & Jey Uso.

Then Heyman was on WCW, because he was “relegated to that league at that time.” Heyman said, “Like a bird to air, like a fish to water, a Samoan takes to wrestling.” The Mysterios are great tag team champions but they’re going against two naturals. They’re going against two twins who have this industry, who have wrestling, in their blood. They are the Bloodline. This is what they do. Heyman offers not a prediction nor a spoiler. The Usos need to pledge their allegiance and acknowledge their Tribal Chief before Heyman offers such things. Heyman is intrigued by this match, and so should we fans.

You know who else is intrigued by this match? Someone you shall acknowledge. The same person Heyman acknowledges. The same person Jey Uso acknowledges, and the same person who Heyman assures us Jimmy Uso will acknowledge: The Reigns-ing, Defending, Undisputed, Uncontroverted, WWE Universal Heavyweight Champion and YOUR Tribal Chief- Heyman stops himself from smacking the glass table too hard, as he finishes with “Roman… Reigns.” Will it be the will of the Tribal Chief that his cousins capture gold just as he has?


My Thoughts:

A pretty good Talking Smack here. Heyman’s really active lately with teasing Kayla and such. Bayley had a good segment, a lot of energy and banter with Kayla. Bianca VS Bayley will surely happen at Hell in a Cell, but I wonder if it’ll get so heated between them that it is put in the cell. The Mysterios had a decent segment, Dom just kind of recycling the little bit he said on SmackDown. The bigger thing was Heyman maintaining a strange neutrality in his promo. He was being very diplomatic since they’ll be facing the Usos, who he has to be a bit more biased towards because of their connection to Roman. Heyman’s final promo was great, but again reminds us that Roman could throw a wrench into Jimmy’s plans, keeping all the championship glory for himself.


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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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