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Mitchell’s Raw Talk Report! (5/31/21)

A Phenomenal Raw Talk!

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It’s an all winner’s edition of Raw Talk!

Nikki Cross, Drew McIntyre, AJ Styles & Omos are all here to discuss how it felt to win big on a Monday night!

 

Kevin Patrick welcomes us back to the show!

We’re one step closer to Hell in a Cell, “get in here!” Kevin is honored to be here with R-Truth again, and both are doing well. There’s been a lot of family and friends from Ireland reaching out to him about the Irish accent talk last time. They want Truth to learn “a ting or two.” Well nothing’s going to make up for how Truth lost the WWE 24/7, 48-7, 7/11, I-95 South, European Television Champion, K-Peezy. But we won’t go there. Okay, but has Truth not seen Akira Tozawa anywhere? Akira who? Truth did an English accent, not Irish. Oh. What’s the difference? Whoa, now, Truth! Well, you say to-may-to, Truth says to-mah-to. Let’s call the whole thing off.

But if you were watching Raw, Drew McIntyre defeats Kofi Kingston with an anti-air Claymore! The respect after was the best part for Kevin, though. Truth says you gotta respect that. Both men are great champions. Not the size of the dog in the fight but the size of the fight in the dog, that’s Kofi Kingston. And you gotta respect McIntyre, that was a Clash of the Titans. But all that means McIntyre VS Lashley once again, June 20th, Hell in a Cell! Who you got? Truth did this to Kevin last time, it’s not fair. But Truth has to get Kevin before Kevin gets him. Deja vu! Kevin said Lashley but McIntyre was a guest, like he is tonight, and then Truth sells Kevin out and McIntyre gives Kevin dirty looks. That happened? Yes, so Kevin is staying an impartial journalist. Parcel? Kevin’s in the postal service?

Moving on, Kevin brings up Shayna Baszler losing to Reginald, and why is that? The fire boom? Who knows. But this has been building over time. It is a weird relationship with Shayna, Reggie and Nia Jax. Jax is with Reggie and Shayna don’t like Reggie but they’re a trio. That’s an entanglement. Nia & Shayna are the tag team, and yet it feels like Shayna is the third wheel. Two’s a company, three’s a crowd. Someone’s got to go. Who does Kevin think it’ll be? It should be Reggie, all the spooky stuff is happening. And Shayna “had a little word” with him on The Playground. She’s not messing around. Wow, she did him like that? That was some serious ground ‘n’ pound.

But then the interaction Shayna has with Lily. She ain’t scared! What’s wrong with her? Kevin’s petrified of that thing! Well that’s Shayna, dog. She’s something else, and loves tartar sauce on her fish. Shayna wants to talk with Alexa and Lily, she can do that by herself. Unless Kevin wants to help. No thanks. Oh wait he’s too busy being both a journalist and a postman. But moving on, Nikki Cross wins Charlotte Flair by time expiration, just like she did Rhea Ripley last week! Truth loves Rhea and Charlotte, but a win is a win, Nikki’s on fire! They can’t beat her in two minutes. They need more time. Nikki is red hot!

And not only that, she’s on the show tonight! Her, McIntyre and the Raw Tag Team Champions! Truth likes the first two but he’s wary about Styles & Omos. Well they’re up first, after the break! Oh…

 

AJ Styles & Omos join Raw Talk!

The Raw Tag Team Champions are here. They still have them and are never gonna lose them! A title match on Raw against Elias and Ryker, how do they feel? Fantastic! They’re the champions, how else would they feel? How does Omos feel? Phenomenal. Oh, almost thought he’d say “hungry.” He’s always hungry. Some people stop eating when they get full. Omos stops when he’s tired. Truth means that in a nice way! That’s praise! Styles keeps Omos calm. It’s a compliment. This is what Styles does for DW. DW? He’s R-Truth. No, he’s a Daywalker. What? What’s that mean? Everyone knows what that means. You’re an immortal vampire that can go in the daylight!

Truth and Styles have known each other 20 years, and Truth looks the exact same. So does Styles! No, he doesn’t. He’s got a beard. Yes, you do, Alan! Whoa, whoa, whoa, don’t use his first name! Truth says he can because he was defending himself. Omos asks Truth, “What’s his name?” AJ Styles. Much better. Styles asks if Truth likes garlic, and Truth says, “Hell no, you know I don’t like garlic.” See! Daywalker! Who doesn’t like garlic? Even Kevin likes garlic. Does Truth get burned eating garlic? A little. But let’s talk about the Raw Tag Team Championships. Kevin wants people to note that Omos is standing because when he sat in one of the chairs, he actually got bigger. So in order to fit him in the screen, he’s standing.

But Kevin asks Styles how it feels to work with Omos. Well ask Omos yourself. But Kevin wants to note how Styles has climbed every mountain, he’s been at the top of the WWE. And Omos is a mountain of a man. What’s being in a team like? It’s the best! Who wouldn’t want to be Omos’ tag partner? Every time Omos gets in the ring, anything he touches, he destroys! Omos loves it, too. It sure looks like he does. Truth loves that Omos loves it. The mountain of a man is learning a lot from one of the greatest to ever do it. Really? Yes, he is. But who works for who here? This is a partnership, Truth. And they’re on top of the division. There’s still a division? Well, yeah, there’s the New Day-

Kevin’s really starting there? Well yeah, they were the team Styles & Omos beat for the titles. But are they even a team anymore? Kofi Kingston was in a wonderful #1 contender’s match, and Woods has had great singles matches with Riddle and Orton. They’re not tagging together. For now! So they don’t matter then. They’re not a tag team in the way of Styles & Omos. Truth says the New Day IS still a tag team, to the highest order of matterstivity! Omos has Truth slow down and says New Day is not a team right now. But who else? Mace & T-Bar. Could they take the fight to you two? Naaaah! They’re mean, but they’ve had only a few matches.

But they’re big boys. Yes, Omos is “Monstorious,” aka a high level monster, but those guys are good. Omos wants Truth to slow down with the made-up words and names. Kevin asks about the Viking Raiders. Styles would love to see those guys in action. They could give the champs a run for their money. Styles likes competition, he’s ready for those guys. Who else? RKBRO. Oh…! Now that’s a match right there! Omos says they don’t stand a chance, though. Styles is a legend. The legend of all legends! But Orton is a legend killer. But there’s also Colossus Omos! He’s a mountain of a man! Colossus is a shrimp. What?

How did Truth say it earlier? Monstorious? Monster’s Inc? What? Even Kevin has to ask Truth what he’s going on about. Truth did a DNA test and says he’s related to the fish that drowned cuz it ran out of air. Styles is thinking Truth’s been spending time with Matt Riddle, if you know what he means. Truth says that’s his dog! But do the champs have a message for their future opponents? “We are the Raw Tag Team Champions for a reason? And we will not be beat, we won’t get beat.” You really think RKBRO has a chance? Has anyone come even close to knocking Omos over? Nope! ZERO.

But this is Randy Orton and Matt Riddle! You think they’re gonna hit an RKO on Omos? Truth says there’s always a chance. Styles has been around long enough to know anything can happen. Kevin says Orton has to be able to get up there, though. Omos agrees with that. Fist bump. Look how big his hands are! Omos knew he liked Kevin more than Truth. Kevin respects the champs, give it up one time for them. Kevin and Truth thank them for their time, and Styles and Omos say bye to “DW.”

 

Nikki Cross joins Raw Talk!

Everyone’s fired up and Nikki does her dance! Kevin says what a wild couple of weeks! Rhea last week, Charlotte tonight! Nikki asks Truth to pinch her, he does, and she says, “Ow! Just kidding.” But what a fortnight, as they might say in Scotland. She beat the Raw Women’s Champion, Rhea Ripley. Then tonight, the THIRTEEN TIME Women’s Champion, Charlotte Flair! Tell ’em! Here’s the thing: It felt so good, so amazing, to wipe that smirk off Charlotte’s face! She was saying Nikki can’t, Nikki can’t. “Nikki Cross can do whatever she sets her mind to!” And she showed us that! Truth is fired up for Nikki! Kevin wants to be a journalist here for a second.

Whoa~, whoa~! What journalist? Kevin just wants to point out, there were two minute time limit matches. What about a six minute? Eight minute? Truth says not to let Kevin bring her down. Kevin’s just curious! Nikki will say back, “Last week, I beat Rhea Ripley, she’s the Raw Women’s Champion. That makes her the best.” Charlotte Flair is challenging Rhea at HIAC, that makes her the second best. #1 contender, second overall. But wait, wait, wait. So if Nikki beat Rhea AND Charlotte two weeks in a row, isn’t she the SUPERBEST?! Nikki just invented a new word! So it doesn’t matter if it’s two, four, six, 20, 30, SIXTY MINUTES IRON WOMAN MATCH, Nikki is ready!

In fact, why not Nikki? She can do it! She will prove it each and every time! You cannot keep Nikki Cross down, and she WILL be Raw Women’s Champion! Truth is calling it here first! You feel that? You just witnessed that! Kevin isn’t the best at math but he agrees, taking down the top two, you get #Superbest. Nikki’s been preparing for this her entire life! She has live her life for this! She’s ready! Kev, Kevin, whatever. Try “K-Peezy.” Okay, K-Peezy, R-Truth. She’s ready. Charlotte won 13 titles, Nikki’s been traveling all over the world. She wrestled, trained, and wants to be the best. She wants to be Raw Women’s Champion.

Nikki’s been here and there, been a WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion twice, the first team to win them twice, so she know what it takes. HIAC, Nikki will watch closely and carefully, because she’s earned the right to face whoever is champion at the end of it. She’s tasted success, she wants more cuz it tastes good! Charlotte got what she deserved. Nikki admits to being “spicy” but Charlotte deserved it. Charlotte’s a 13 time, she looked down on Nikki, and then look what happened! Nikki beat Charlotte! AND Rhea last week! Kevin loves the energy. Truth says Charlotte is tall so she was just looking down literally. Is he saying Nikki’s short? No! But he’s just saying, there’s a height difference.

Kevin wants Nikki to do one last thing: teach Truth a proper Scottish accent. She’ll go with the Scottish National Anthem. Kevin knows what she means, McIntyre knows what she means! Wait, really? Okay, listen closely. “If I could walk 500 miles then I would walk 500 more! OHHH~ HEY~!” Truth likes that! Nikki is a fired up Scottish firecracker, but we’ll be moving to the Scottish Warrior after the break!

 

Drew McIntyre joins Raw Talk!

Kevin congratulates McIntyre on winning another chance at Bobby Lashley and the title, and on that awesome match with Kofi Kingston. McIntyre thanks them, and notes Nikki Cross singing about 500 miles. He doesn’t feel like he could walk any miles right now after that match. There’s the shiner on his eyebrow. That’s the least of his worries. Kofi is something else. They’ve known each other since FCW, and then they fought over the WWE Intercontinental Championship. McIntyre knows Kofi’s evolved, is an incredible competitor, and McIntyre feels lucky to have won. But he earned the rematch with Lashley.

Kevin asks Truth about the optics: Lashley is drinking and partying with the ladies, but here’s a determined McIntyre. Is Lashley taking his eye off the ball? Is this McIntyre’s last chance to take the title from Lashley? After all, he’s had other opportunities. McIntyre agrees with that last point. Truth says Lashley’s definitely sleeping on McIntyre. McIntyre says Lashley has the gravy train going, but all he wants is one more 1v1 match. McIntyre knows that Lashley knows that McIntyre can win. Between WrestleMania 37, Backlash and other singles matches, Lashley’s been ducking him. There’s no ducking him now. The match is happening at HIAC, McIntyre is making his last shot count. Lashley better drop the ladies and get serious.

McIntyre drops the mic, and Truth says this is a whole different mind set! Kevin says this is wild. McIntyre is fighting, Lashley is partying. McIntyre is on some whole different mind path! McIntyre just up and left them talking to each other. Lashley is enjoying himself, which is fine because he’s champion, but look at McIntyre. This ain’t no simple hiccup or speed bump. In less than three weeks, we’ll see it and Kevin can’t wait for it! Kevin knows the fans can’t, either! So on behalf of Truth, Kevin thanks us for tuning in and hopes to see us next week.


My Thoughts:

This was probably one of the better Raw Talks, especially as of late. For one, I like that Styles finally pointed out how Truth seems ageless, and I like that he’s joking Truth is a vampire. I also like that Styles looks forward to facing the Viking Raiders. Styles was in ROH for a time, Erik & Ivar were War Machine in ROH at the same time, I’d love to see those guys face off in WWE. Nikki had great energy but she always does, and her shouting about a 60 Minute Iron Woman Match, I hope we get one of those of Nikki and the Raw Women’s Champion just to make a point. And also it’d get good ratings and help fill the three hours Raw has.

McIntyre’s segment was good on how he cut it short himself. And I like the detail pointed out, where McIntyre is working hard to get to the top but Lashley is relaxing at the top. It is classic Rocky movie storytelling, but I really wonder if WWE will use that so that McIntyre becomes a three-time world champion in time for the return to touring. Either way, this blow-off is going to be an awesome match, and I really hope Kofi gets next.


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(NOAH) NOAH NEWSLETTER VOL.192 ~ 30TH NOVEMBER 2022

NOAH ends November with some big announcements! Returns, new debuts and surprising challenges!

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Masa Kitamiya challenges Masato Tanaka

Following the tag match against Masato Tanaka and Shoki Kitamura in ZERO-ONE on the 20th November, Masa Kitamiya challenged Masato Tanaka for the ZERO-ONE World Heavyweight. Kitamiya said he wanted the belt for two reasons – one was because Masato Tanaka had the belt, and secondly because he felt that his eleventh year in wrestling had been a sad one. The match will take place at Korakuen Hall on the 1st January, the same day that NOAH at the Nippon Budokan, so Kitamiya will be wrestling two matches that day with ZERO-ONE taking place before NOAH. Kitamiya is determined to enter The Nippon Budokan as champion.

Akitoshi Saito remembers Bison Smith

Akitoshi Saito made a touching tribute to his old partner on the anniversary of his passing, by winning the match with the Iron Claw slam. Backstage he remembered “the blue eyed samurai” by recalling their last conversation, and saying that he felt Bison was with him and had given his approval for Saito to team with Yone.

Perros Del Mal De Japon Farewell

Perros Del Mal De Japon made their final appearance as a unit in Yoyogi on November 23rd. They were accompanied to the ring by Kotaro Suzuki (who may not be appearing in NOAH following The Tokyo Gurentai produce due to his contract expiring) and Ikuto Hidaka. Neither of them got involved too much in the match.

Yoshinari Ogawa came to the ring with a Singapore cane slung over his shoulder, while his partners also brandished weapons, Kai Fujimura had a baseball bat and Yasutaka Yano carried a trash can. The match was as you would expect; the first time everyone got counted out, the second time ended in a count out when the young boys got Perros counted out (Ogawa had left in disgust by this time) and when he came back, the match lasted 11 minutes and 36 seconds, and ended when NOSAWA decided to assault the referee. Ogawa took everyone out with a trash can lid before leaving. He had also managed to hit Kotaro on the head earlier, but concentrated his attack on NOSAWA and Eita. When Ogawa had gone, Perros bade farewell to each other, but their war with Ogawa wasn’t over as both Eita and NOSAWA will have singles match with him. NOSAWA’S match will be on the 14th in Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima, while Eita’s will be on the 23rd at the N-INNOVATION. Kotaro Suzuki was a little irritated that he didn’t get a singles match, which NOSAWA completely ignored, but he will have a singles match himself against Eita on the 20th.

MaruKen reunite to challenge for the GHC Heavyweight Tag Titles

Naomichi Marufuji pinned Takashi Sugiura in Yoyogi and therefore won the right to challenge the tag champions. With Masakatsu Funaki and Masaaki Mochizuki hanging over the ropes offering their hands as partners, Marufuji announced to the uproar of the crowd and the disbelief of Takashi Sugiura (whose reaction was akin to “Who? Are you fucking kidding me?”) that he would be challenging with KENTA. Backstage, Marufuji was not too sure that KENTA would accept the offer, but he did and the match has been set for the Nippon Budokan on New Year’s Day.

To explain for the newer fans, during their NOAH Junior days, KENTA and Marufuji were in a much beloved junior tag team known as MaruKen, they hold the record for the longest title reign as a junior team and they also broke down the rules for juniors fighting heavyweights as Misawa allowed them to challenge for the GHC Heavyweight Tag Titles. As a team they never had a falling out that led to their split, they just drifted apart as Marufuji noted in “Heir To The Ark” and went to do their own things and over time they became rivals. Now they reunite as heavyweights.

AMAKUSA challenges Dante Leon

AMAKUSA made a silent challenge to Dante Leon for the GHC Junior Heavyweight following their match in Yoyogi. The way the match went gave fans the impression that Alejandro might be the one to challenge, but in the end it was Amakusa who pointed silently at the belt. Title challenge will main event the N-Innovation on the 23rd December.

Kenoh & Kaito Kiyomiya

Kaito Kiyomiya overcame Kenoh in their second pre match, and taking the microphone he stood over him and said that Kenoh had just been overcome by the guy who he was saying “was just trying his best”, and what did that say about Kenoh? Kiyomiya told him it meant he “was all mouth”. Their next pre match is on the 14th December.

Darby Allin

It has been announced that the team of Great Muta, Sting and Darby Allin will team together at Great Muta’s final match on the 22nd January at the Yokohama Arena. Allin had been tagging with Sting when Muta materialized on the 23rd September to save Sting from Buddy Matthews. There has been no mention as to who will be their opponents, but it is thought that Matthews may be involved as he has a score to settle.

YO-HEY & Kzy challenge for the GHC Junior Tag Titles

Tag championships can be volatile belts and tend to suffer more backwards and forwards than singles belts do at times. This was the story when Atsushi Kotoge and Seiji Yoshioka managed to take the belts back from The Kongoh Juniors in Yoyogi. This was the Kongoh Junior’s first defense, and Hajime Ohara and Shuji Kondo, had only held the belts for thirteen days. Following their title win, the next threat came from their own unit, as YO-HEY challenged for the belts with DragonGate’s Kzy as his partner.

“I’m in a disappointing situation with no results to speak of at all. To overcome this situation, I want the belt. With the belt in hand, I can reach even higher heights. I want to do this, so please let me challenge for the tag belt next”.

Title match will take place on the 23rd December at the N-Innovation.

Yoshiki Inamura fails to capture his first singles belt, but succeeds in other ways

Yoshiki Inamura failed to win his first singles gold when El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Junior used his experience (the part which he and Inamura were not well matched in, and I doubt Wagner Jnr has ever had anyone throw him around after catching him following a dive) to retain the gold. Inamura had wanted to win this belt to usher in his own era of NOAH, which would be separate to Kiyomiya’s (yet I think would also rival his, as Inamura would kind of be more the leader of the younger generation, which Kiyomiya knows is rising up to threaten him), and he would stand next to him and not below him as champion. Inamura might have failed in his attempt to win his first singles belt, but as Tokyo Sports said, he most definitely gave birth to his era.

ELSEWHERE IN NOAH

– Shuhei Taniguchi had his best match in a long time when he and Hideki Suzuki fought to a referee stop in Yoyogi. Fans want to see a round two.

– For some reason the wrestling promotions (and not the MMA companies) were told to come to Antonio Inoki’s memorial on the 24th November at 11am instead of 1pm, someone said this could be a prank that Inoki had set up. Prank or not, in something practically unheard of NOAH (Kenoh, Yoshiki Inamura, Satoshi Kojima, Kaito Kiyomiya, Katsuhiko Nakajima and Takashi Sugiura), New Japan and All Japan, plus some staff members, went to have something eat and drink and all sat down and talked for two hours. Inoki’s final wake will be held on March 7th at Ryogoku Kokugikan, what form this will take has not been announced, but it will be a fan event. In Shinto, the deceased are mourned and funeral services are held for forty-nine days following death, the final day is a day of celebration and farewells, when the mourning period is over and the deceased can finally leave earth and cross to the afterlife. It has been said that Inoki will be sharing a beer with Giant Baba.

– Takashi Sugiura’s pants stayed on when he met up with Kenta Kobashi and had some drinks…which is more than can be said about when he visited Akira Taue’s restaurant, and got drunk with Go Shiozaki.

– Kazuyuki Fujita said in his Weekly Pro yearbook profile, that he liked drinking highballs on the Shinkansen.

– Yoshiki Inamura and Kaito Kiyomiya summon Alejandro 

EVENT RECAPS AND POST MATCH PROMOS

NOAH THE BEST 2022 – WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 23RD, NATIONAL YOYOGI STADIUM 2ND GYMNASIUM

Event Recap

Post match interviews

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

  • GHC Heavyweight Champion: Kaito Kiyomiya
    Challenger: Kenoh, ABEMA presents NOAH “THE NEW YEAR” 2023 (Saturday January 1st, Nippon Budokan)
  • GHC Junior Champion: Dante Leon
    Challenger: AMAKUSA, N Innovation (Friday December 23rd, Shinjuku Face)
  • GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: KojiSugi (Satoshi Kojima & Takashi Sugiura)
    Challengers: MaruKen (Naomichi Marufuji and KENTA), ABEMA presents NOAH “THE NEW YEAR” 2023 (Saturday January 1st, Nippon Budokan)
  • GHC Junior Tag Champions: The NOAH Junior Regulars (Atsushi Kotoge & Seiki Yoshioka)
    Challengers: YO-HEY & Kzy, N Innovation (Friday December 23rd, Shinjuku Face)
  • GHC National Champion: El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Jnr 
    Challenger: TBA, NOAH the BEST 2022 (Wednesday November 23rd National Yoyogi Stadium 2nd Gymnasium)

 

THIS WEEK IN NOAH

(December 2022 schedule)

Wednesday, December 7th: Kinya Okada debut anniversary (4 years)

ARTICLES

“Inside of me there is a “good” Keiji Mutoh and a “bad” Keiji Mutoh” – enthusiasm and conflict for Keiji Mutoh’s last run

“It was a sad eleventh year…” momentum to seize the belt in the Zero-One New Year’s Day title match

“We can make it a connection”, Kondo is “Marmalade brother?!” – Interview with Hajime Ohara just before the Junior Tag Defense match

GHC Junior Tag Match Signing: Ohara “Thigh Raise & Anya Words”. Yoshioka emphasizes that, “If I lose, hit rock bottom”

GHC National Match Signing: Japan-Mexico same generation clash: Wagner Jnr “Create A New History”, Inamura “Create A New NOAH”

“Take the belt and stand in the same position as Kiyomiya!” – Interview with Yoshiki Inamura before his challenge for the GHC National Championship 

Recapture for the first time in two weeks with “Baggio Spirit”, Interview with Atsushi Kotoge and Seiki Yoshioka ahead of the Yoyogi Junior Tag Match

WEEKLY PRO ARTICLES & INTERVIEWS

Coach points out! What is the current situation of young people as seen by Ogawa through the “Mauritius Cup?”

BOOK CORNER

“Donmai, Donmai” – Mitsuharu Misawa’s diary

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With thanks to: Metal-NOAH


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(NOAH) NOAH NEWSLETTER VOL.191 ~ 18TH NOVEMBER 2022

NOAH coverage still going strong! A few title changes and defenses keeps things interesting heading toward the end of the year!

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Kongoh Juniors finally win gold, Atsushi Kotoge demands a rematch

Shuji Kondo and his perpetually terrified partner, Hajime Ohara, ended a long losing streak for the Kongoh Juniors and finally won a title for their unit, when Seiki Yoshioka tapped to Hajime Ohara’s Muy Bien. Ohara’s reward from Kondo was to be kicked in the head repeatedly. When Ohara did get to his feet, Atsushi Kotoge was asking for a rematch, something the champions later granted, although Ohara did initially shove the belt in Kotoge’s face and tell him to beat it. The titles will be defended on the 23rd November at the National Yoyogi Stadium 2nd Gymnasium. There will be no pre match.

Dante Leon wins his first Noah title, the GHC Junior

In a match which was half American style and half Noah style, Dante Leon beat Ninja Mack for the GHC Junior, and won his first title in Noah. Unfortunately, due to HAYATA’S injury Ninja Mack’s reign was not as it should have been, so I would imagine that at some point in the future he will be given a longer run. No challenger has come forward as of yet to challenge Dante Leon.

Funky fail, but respect earned

Funky Express lost their challenge for the GHC Heavyweight Tag titles when Takashi Sugiura choked Akitoshi Saito out and the referee stopped the match. It was a heartbreaking loss for the challengers who were visibly moved. They have may have lost in their attempt, but in the eyes of fans, they gained something far more important, respect. Long seen as a comedy unit who worked the openers, Disco Dancing, Funkiness, King Tany, discussions of a giant belt made for four (funded by Masao Inoue’s piggybank according to Aki), things have changed with the departure of members and Saito and Yone managed to turn themselves into credible challengers.

Funaki’s warning comes true, El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Jnr becomes the GHC National Champion

When El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Jnr, Masakatsu Funaki had foreboding about the challenge. Kazushi Sakuraba he could handle as Sakuraba was known to him, it was also the case with his previous challengers as while he may not have known Simon Gotch prior to the match, he was aware that Gotch was of a similar skillset. El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Junior was not. Funaki spoke of other difficulties too aside from him being a luchadore in that he also outweighed him and was younger than him too. All these factors combined on the night with Wagner Jnr’s ability, for the title to change hands. Wagner Jnr was laying out the Mexican flag in the ring to add the belt to it, when his next challenger, Yoshiki Inamura appeared at ringside. Inamura got straight to the point, saying he was here to challenge. El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Jnr accepted, and the two will fight on the 23rd November at the National Yoyogi Stadium 2nd Gymnasium.

Yoshiki Inamura gave a small interview about his challenge, and he touched on the subject of Kaito Kiyomiya. Inamura stated that although Kiyomiya is younger than him, he is still his senior, which has been a factor in Inamura wanting a singles belt too. Inamura says this will be “standing next to Kiyomiya, not beneath him”.

Kaito Kiyomiya retains against Thatcher, Kenoh back again

In a match that was to atone for the title match against Kazuyuki Fujita, (which I don’t think Kiyomiya was very happy with), he faced a trial by fire when the GHC Heavyweight was defended against Timothy Thatcher. In his previous title reign, when he was being challenged by Naomichi Marufuji, Marufuji had told him that he was going to take him apart bit by bit, which was what Thatcher did. Kiyomiya had to get the win on momentum by dropping a few Transformed Shining Wizards, because everything he did Thatcher reversed into the dreaded armbar. Kenoh had been on commentary and as soon as he saw the result, removed his headset, and came down to the ring to challenge.

“Hey, Kiyomiya, you did your best in today’s title match too. Just! You “just” tried your best. Even elementary school students can “just” do their best. So, what are you left with today? What can you create? What can Noah create? On January 1st at the Nippon Budokan, The Great Muta vs Shinsuke Nakamura has taken the subject from the champion, and what are you doing? Working hard? You can’t win with just that! Muta vs Shinsuke Nakamura…who can win in terms of the subject…Brock Lesnar, Dwayne Johnson…The Rock. No, it’s The Rock and me, Kenoh! Well, I know that I’m no match for Rock, but I have that kind of will! I will save Noah from danger. It’s not Muta vs Nakamura. I will challenge you for your belt, and I’ll take away the topic!”

Kiyomiya responded,

“Maybe, I am just trying my best. But what will you create? I will create a new Noah! So you and I, let’s fight for real! I don’t want to lose anything on social media or by transmission, so please, fight all out against me.”

Kenoh

“January 1st, Nippon Budokan, you are not the one who will surpass Muta vs Shinsuke Nakamura. I will exceed by myself, and the one who will take this belt is me, Kenoh!”

*Title match has been set for The Nippon Budokan on the 1st January 2023.

The first pre match took place at the Noah/Dragon Gate event the next day. The main event was not as wild as the rest of the show had been, but it did culminate in Kiyomiya being pinned by Kenoh, and a picture of that moment appearing on the front cover of “Weekly Pro”.

Noah vs Dragon Gate

Aside from the main event as mentioned above, the event saw;
– NOSAWA Rongai getting pinged by plastic
– Satoshi Kojima as the mystery opponent of Hollywood Stalker Ichikawa. Kojima said the match was for HAYATA, who he hopes gets well soon and returns to Noah.
– Kenoh describing partner Kouta Minoura as “cute”. Which is probably the first time Kenoh has ever described anyone ever as that.
– H.Y.O said he wants a singles match with Ninja Mack. Otherwise he was not impressed with Noah overall.
– Shun Skywalker finally snap when teaming with Tadasuke. In usual frenetic style, Tadasuke tried to get Shun to do his corner camera spot, and ended up dragging him over. Things steadily went downhill from there.
– YAMATO beat Seiki Yoshioka, but was full of praise for him.
– YO-HEY danced with Natural Vibes on entry, and although dancing cannot have been easy in that heavy coat, he loved it. Daisuke Harada says he is obsessed and cannot stop watching!

Noah Tryouts

Katsuhiko Nakajima and Naomichi Marufuji (alongside Xtreme Tiger) have appeared in both New York and San Francisco for Pro Wrestling Revolution and King of The Indies 2022. They stopped over in San Jose, California, to hold tryouts. Two lucky wrestlers were chosen, who will now come to Japan and train in the dojo and appear in Noah. Marufuji said they were very overcome, and he saw tears. I am afraid I do not have the names of the winners.

ELSEWHERE IN NOAH

– Kenoh will appear at the Yokohama Corsairs game on the 19th November to fire a t-shirt gun (bazooka).

– Kaito Kiyomiya has posted some, shall we say, steamy pictures on his Instagram. One involved him bare-chested and toweling his hair, the other one was being naked save for a necklace while sitting in a bath. Fortunately, he did not reveal all, but the picture was certainly close to being south of the border.
– Yoshiki Inamura celebrated his 30th birthday on the 18th November. Work never stopped during the day as he was giving interviews on his upcoming title challenge, but in the evening he was taken to the Ribera Steakhouse, and given a green jacket.
– Kaito Kiyomiya had an audition for Ninja Warrior.
– During the title match, Dante Leon stole ring announcer G-Man’s chair from under him. G-Man got his revenge by posting a picture of Leon sitting and watching TV, his back to the camera and completely unaware, as G-Man’s hand advanced on him threateningly.
– Satoshi Kojima said their team name was now “Takajima” because he had given “Satoshi” to Mohammed Yone. Sugi said it was kind of hard to pronounce.
– Kaito Kiyomiya has parted with the “Supernova” nickname and gotten new theme music, “REGENERATION” and is now “Galaxy View”.

EVENT RECAPS AND POST MATCH PROMOS

– GLOBAL2DAYS WRESTLE UNIVERSE PRESENTS GLOBAL HONORED CROWN (Thursday November 10th, Korakuen Hall)

Event recapPost match interviews

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

THIS WEEK IN NOAH

(Full November schedule)

NOAH the BEST 2022

Date: Wednesday, November 23rd
Venue: National Yoyogi Stadium 2nd Gymnasium
Start time: Doors open 13:30 JST, event starts 15:00 JST
Broadcast: WrestleUniverse (English commentary available)

Birthdays & Anniversaries

Saturday 19th November: HI69 debut anniversary (22)
Friday 25th November: AMAKUSA (37)

ARTICLES

Title match removal of Supernova, champion Kaito Kiyomiya declaration of change and resolution! 
Noah/DragonGate: Press conference for the youngsters match: Inamura declares “Overwhelming”, Mochizuki Jnr “Absolutely Win The Fight”
Noah/DragonGate: GM Saito “Help Me!” in a “1 vs 5” crisis. NOSAWA & Horiguchi already declare betrayal 
Noah/DragonGate: Tadasuke & Shun burst into the press conference, attacking AMAKUSA & Fujiwara
Noah/DragonGate: Kenoh cuts Yuki Yoshioka in half, calling him a “Pathetic champion, carried by the company”
THE TOUGH comment on their ZERO-1 Participation
Noah/DragonGate: Realization of Noah and DragonGate Champions at the joint show…Kenoh completely demolishes Kiyomiya with a strong pre-emptive strike towards the New Year’s Day Budokan
Noah/DragonGate: Satoshi Kojima backstage comments – “Get Well Soon HAYATA” 
Noah/DragonGate: GM Saito is in trouble, break up with friends & unreasonable rap request…victory for rare trio of KZY & YO-HEY
Noah/DragonGate: YAMATO comments on Seiki Yoshioka
G-MANS Note Vol 2: In charge of Pro Wrestling Noah’s English YouTube & English Announcement 

WEEKLY PRO ARTICLES & INTERVIEWS

Hiroshi Tanahashi’s Dragon Note – Tanahashi discusses Keiji Mutoh’s retirement

“Follow Me You Bastards” – Kenoh’s column (4th October 2022)

BOOK CORNER

“Donmai, Donmai” – Mitsuharu Misawa’s diary

GIF taken from WrestleUniverse
Picture credit: Kaito Kiyomiya, Weekly Pro


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