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Mitchell’s Raw Talk Report! (6/28/21)

Raw Talk is for winners!

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This week has nothing but winners on Raw Talk!

After another big Monday night, Raw Talk has the big winners! Natalya, Tamina, Jaxson Ryker and of course, the Scottish Warrior, Drew McIntyre!

 

Kevin Patrick welcomes us back to the show!

Things were absolutely frantic as Money in the Bank draws closer. Kevin and his old pal, R-Truth, are here, and Truth says he almost had it. He almost had the title back but Tozawa…! Where was Kevin? Kevin helped Truth lose the 24/7 title, but where was he to help win it? Kevin admits he had to turn his phone off, he kept getting tweets about it. When it mattered most, Kevin wasn’t anywhere to be seen. Truth says those people are right. But let’s just move on to the show. Kevin says he’ll do better to be there for Truth, but the footage replays as Gulak pins Tozawa, Truth hits Gulak, but then Tozawa pins Truth. If someone just warned Truth or distracted Tozawa.

Was Kevin in catering? Yeah, white chocolate coated macadamia nuts. Well Kevin was having fun but Tozawa got Truth! Tozawa acting like this is all about him but it ain’t! Tozawa plays nice but he’s getting on Truth’s bad side. Kevin says he can’t go out there and fight someone. Well, maybe he’ll try for Truth’s sake. Apologies again. Truth asks Kevin his name, and Kevin says, “Kevin Patrick, K-Peezy.” Truth wants energy from Kevin. Stop saying you can’t when you can. That’s a good line. Let’s move forward as a team! They’re back!

Moving on, Matt Riddle managed to get himself put into the battle royal at the start of Raw as a proxy for Randy Orton. Randy Orton wasn’t here, so Riddle stepped up. Riddle won the battle royal, Priest takes the Final Flash, and Riddle dedicated the win to Orton. Things aren’t really reciprocated by Randy, though, huh? Truth hasn’t really studied Orton’s emotions behind this, but Truth is happy his dawg, Riddle, did this. Also, Kofi Kingston confronted MVP after last week with Bobby Lashley and Xavier Woods. Poor Xavier, Kofi couldn’t help him. But breaking news from Raw Talk, Kofi said Woods is back next week, and Woods will be back in a non-Hell in a Cell rematch with Bobby Lashley!

Truth likes the replay of Kofi knocking MVP out with the Trouble in Paradise. That’s the quietest we’ve seen MVP in a long time. Another big win was Nikki Cross over Shayna Baszler, with Alexa Bliss making an appearance. Kevin is pretty sure Truth called Alexa “a whack job,” but Truth denies it up and down. He doesn’t call Lexi whacked out, that’s what others say. “Creepy Lexi” was Kevin’s thing. But Nikki “Almost a Super Hero” Cross, what energy and enthusiasm! The intensity! Truth is a fan of Nikki, too. But we’ve got some phenomenal guests, but no AJ Styles, actually. It’ll be Drew McIntyre, Truth’s other dawg, as well as Jaxson Ryker, and the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions! Stick around, the first guests are up after the break!

 

Jaxson Ryker joins Raw Talk!

After replaying footage of Truth talking with Ryker, he hands over the strap, as discussed. Wow, real leather right there. That was popping off Ryker, but it was popping off more on Elias. That was, how did Truth put it? The lasso-toey? Lassoey. Well Truth is more than welcomed to use it now. Really? Alright, but Truth will make sure to bring it back. Truth appreciates this. This will help get Truth’s baby back. More than Kevin’s done for Truth! Well c’mon, now! Truth was within a second of catching Tozawa, he stopped to talk with Ryker. By the way, welcome, Ryker, and congratulations on your win. But is Truth not going to blame Ryker?

No, Mr. Jaxson just gave Truth something he can use. Well don’t use it on Kevin. Truth says this is the guy to talk to right here. Kevin asks Ryker about what happened with Elias. They were in synch, walking with Elias, what happened? Ryker agrees, they were walking together. Then there’s the tag match where Ryker goes for a tag, an opportunity to win the tag titles, but Elias leaves and then says Ryker is unhinged. Elias says Ryker never really wanted to walk with Elias. What does that do? It causes Elias to go unhinged, start digging up Ryker’s past and asks Ryker if he’s ever really been to war. The fact is, Elias doesn’t know what it is to go to battle.

Ryker won’t take away from what Elias has done. Elias has great talent, is a great fighter, and he gave it his all. But like Ryker told everyone a week ago, when they were bound, there was no running, hiding, or leaving Ryker ringside. There was just a fight. Yes, but the break-up has clearly affected Ryker. How is he doing? Ryker says he’s good, actually. Wow, really? Do they think he’s not? No, not at all. If Ryker’s good, even after being as tight as he was with Elias, “y’all was dawgs, man!” Ryker feels no remorse for what he did to Elias because Elias deserved it all. Elias was the one who turned on Ryker.

Ryker learned in the Marine Corps is that you stick close to those you trust. Ryker cannot and will not trust Elias anymore. Where do you stand? Ryker stands alone. Maybe he needs that. Maybe Elias held Ryker back. Time to move on and do what he is destined to do. Truth likes that. Trust is everything. You trust the man sitting by your side in battle. Kevin asks what Elias is to Ryker now: an enemy, a foe, a man he doesn’t trust. Respect, maybe. Elias has always done his own thing and always been tough, you can’t take that from him. But he can’t even get through his song.

So what’s next for Ryker? Ryker’s proven that Elias is the beginning of Ryker’s ascent to the top. Ryker has goals here in the WWE. And looking back, he is thankful Elias didn’t tag him in that night because it opened his eyes. Ryker can do this on his own. He doesn’t need Elias, never have and never will. So what’s next for Jaxson Ryker? Championships. Oh, then he might need his strap back. No, no, Truth can hold onto that, it’s his lassoey. Kevin thanks Ryker for his time, and is pretty sure Elias lit a fire inside Ryker. Truth will be rooting Ryker on. But speaking of championships, WWE Women’s Tag champs are up next!

 

Natalya & Tamina join Raw Talk!

First of all, Natty wants to give Truth a proper introduction. They do their own secret handshake which involves cheek kisses and cat paws. Truth’s the best. Does Truth have something like that with Tamina? Tamina moves over but then leaves Truth hanging as she says, “Anyway…” Tamina says, “How you doing, Kiki?” Oh, Kiki, huh? Kevin kinda likes that more than K-Peezy. But tonight, a great win alongside Charlotte Flair. They took on Rhea, Mandy & Dana. Mandy & Dana disrespected the champs, what is that relationship like? Because Mandy & Dana have a title shot coming down the road, right?

Yes, and these two are happy that Mandy & Dana finally decided to step up and care about wrestling. Mandy & Dana cheap shot’d the champs, Tamina was especially mad. Truth accidentally talks over Tamina and she gets upset, she lost her train of thought. Truth just says Tamina always seems mad, then he does a Matt Riddle and zips his lip. Tamina says she’s not always mad. It’s just that there are disrespectful people, like Mandy & Dana. That is the problem here: disrespect. Truth should learn to be careful, too. Natty says Mandy & Dana got their cheap shots in, but that was something Natty loved! It means Mandy & Dana care about this now!

They’ve said it before, they’ll say it again: Statement makers; bone breakers; title takers. They’re champions! The gold is more than just bling or a championship! These are passports to every single corner of the WWE, and they want everyone to step up. Finally, someone decided to do so! Sounds like there is respect on their part, then. Just a little. Truth says “a tad.” But this isn’t just Mandy & Dana, it’s everyone else. The eyes of the competitors have changed since these two became champions. Natty’s also said before, gold cures everything. Asuka looks at Natty different, Nikki Cross looks at her different, Mandy, Dana, Nia, Shayna, every other woman in the WWE wants this.

Is there a team these two are desperate to take on? Desperate isn’t the word, Natty is happy the others want these. Natty & Tamina want them to step up! Asuka and Nikki can team up and bring it. Current NXT Women’s Champions, Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell, can come bring it! They want to go to NXT! If Bayley can go find someone and stop feeling sorry for herself to step up. Truth likes this energy! Kevin asks how these titles have changed Natty & Tamina. They realized how strong they are. They thought about what they’ve been through together, but they have learned so much about themselves, and about fighting back and building respect and standing up for what they believe in! Doormats get walked on, and they will not let that happen!

Truth likes that. He doesn’t want them being walked on, either. Natty says Kevin’s kinda like Katie Couric. Anymore questions? No, he just enjoys their company. Natty and Truth say good-bye with the same secret “handshake,” which Tamina doesn’t really get. Tamina signals fist bump to Kiki, though. She heads out first, Natty says she’ll go keep up with her. And after the break, the Scottish Warrior will be here!

 

Drew McIntyre joins Raw Talk!

He graces us with his presence and Truth is excited. McIntyre is a man of his word, did what he promised, and how did he get it done? Well McIntyre said a lot of things, but the point of it was that he’d fight his way back into the Men’s MITB, and that’s what he did. He did mess with Kevin a bit with that long story, but the job is done and McIntyre will let them know a bit more. To be honest, McIntyre is still beat up from HIAC, and from last week’s 1v1 with Riddle. Mentally or physically? Both! McIntyre’s last year, let alone last week, he’s been very consistent. Roughly 14 PPV’s in a row, one way or another over the WWE World Champion for 18 months, wrestling a high level match every week on Raw.

It’s non-stop, and he’s proud of every opportunity, but this was the first time he’s heard that it’s okay to let his foot off the gas. Sonya Deville and Adam Pearce said that, social media said that, people pointed out that sometimes some superstars take some time away from TV, have some “Me time” and all that. That’s not how McIntyre does this. This place is a constant for him. Like him or hate him, he doesn’t care. He’s here to win titles, set examples, and now he’s going to win MITB and win the title again. Kevin agrees with all that, as does Truth, and it means a lot for McIntyre to stick around and do this show, too.

MITB already looks incredible with who is already in, and the briefcase is so valuable. The holder could go anywhere with it over the course of a year. McIntyre knows that. Here’s the thing: there is a lot of quality in that match already. The past 14 months, top of the mountain, this could be his last chance to reach the top of the mountain on any brand. McIntyre says he has to win. Is this the biggest hill yet? Even after all he’s been through? This may not be WrestleMania but after everything McIntyre’s been through recently-

Well, not just recently. McIntyre says it’s been like this forever for him. It’s all the work he’s put in to reach the top. Especially in tonight’s Triple Threat, winning to be a representative, and all the time, in the back of his mind, McIntyre just thought about getting to the live fans to hold up the title, and then it was taken from him at the last second. It’s been a love-hate relationship with MITB. He hates it in one way because not too long ago, it gifted the title right to The Miz, who then gifted it right to Lashley. But at the same time, it might be McIntyre’s last chance at the top of the mountain. McIntyre vows to find a way to win because he has to. He’s going against the best in the entire world, will get the job done, because he has to.

Kevin says McIntyre’s stood tall during the entire pandemic wrestling era. He’s been an absolute monster throughout it all, in a good way, yet he is back in front of adoring fans on July 18th. Is he looking forward to that? He can’t wait. McIntyre really can’t. They’re saying it a lot in the WWE but it’s true, the WWE lost the fans, the WWE Universe. For the number one superstar in such an interactive industry, it’s hard. You watch other sports, from baseball to American football to basketball to soccer/football, the crowd might make a difference, but it is so much more so in wrestling. The fans are part of the show, they might as well be on a roster page.

Yes, WWE adapted to the situation to make the best possible product so that fans still have an escape, but McIntyre can’t wait to get back to normal. He can’t wait to have fans in the building, cheering, booing, whatever, so long as they bring passion. That is what McIntyre is dying to have back. Truth likes McIntyre is still fired up. McIntyre feels it, too. He’s been here quite a few times already, he feels like another cohost. Truth and Kevin says McIntyre gave it his all, so no more questions. McIntyre has one: Who will win the Euros? Kevin’s siding with Cesaro on this one and saying Switzerland. Cesaro will celebrate big time, too, so Kevin looks forward to that.

Who did McIntyre pick after Scotland fell out? Sorry to bring that up. Well it’s France, so McIntyre’s choosing Switzerland, too! Truth goes with them, but Kevin says he doesn’t have a Scooby-Doo clue what’s going on. McIntyre asks MITB ladder match predictions, and Kevin of course says McIntyre. Good one, Drew, you got him with that one. McIntyre says one of these days, he’s taking Kevin’s spot on this show. Just kidding! Kevin says someone can order him a taxi, then. But that’s all for McIntyre and the show! McIntyre and Truth shake hands before McIntyre heads out, and Truth gives the “lassoey” a whirl. Careful, Truth! Kevin signs off for Raw Talk and hopes to see us again next week.


My Thoughts:

A very fun episode, and I like Truth was a little salty with Kevin over the 24/7 title stuff. I really hope for MITB to be a moment where Kevin does get involved and then he ends up winning the title in a strange “betrayal” of Truth’s trust. Ryker had a good segment, and I like that they kept continuity between this and Raw. I hope Truth also gets to use that strap in the 24/7 title chase, that’d be amazing stuff. Natty & Tamina had a good segment, I like the interactions with Truth, and it seems Natty is just fine being the talker of the two, and Tamina seems fine with that, too.

I do like that they named The Way, Candice & Indi. If it weren’t for how awful Vince runs the RawDown Women’s Divisions, the WWE Women’s Tag titles would be going to NXT, but NXT having their own titles works best for NXT. If anything, WWE Women’s and NXT Women’s tag titles work the way there are Raw, SmackDown and NXT men’s tag titles. Maybe Survivor Series will see RawDown VS NXT, Natty & Tamina VS The Way. McIntyre also had a good segment to put things in perspective for his character.

And as I’d said during his year long reign, it was about trying to get that moment in front of fans, but things just didn’t work out. Whether or not management cares about fans, the wrestlers care about fans, even in the WWE, and that definitely goes for someone who worked as hard as McIntyre to make it back and make it to the top.


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NOAH WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.187 ~ 29TH SEPTEMBER 2022

Keiji Mutoh continues his Retirement tour and bringing out faces from the past! NOAH has a new champion! Interesting inter-promotional battles on the horizon as well!

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Kaito Kiyomiya is the new GHC Heavyweight Champion, nominates Kazuyuki Fujita as challenger

Following provocation by Kenoh not only saying that he was going to be the one to inherit Keiji Mutoh’s Shining Wizard and the memory of Keiji Mutoh himself (and the outright claim that Kiyomiya would simply forget about Mutoh once Mutoh had retired, which Kiyomiya didn’t even bother responding to), Kenoh went one step further at their last pre match on the 19th September by pulling Keiji Mutoh’s pose, kissing his hand, putting it to Kiyomiya’s lips and then exploding it. Kiyomiya erupted in fury at this, it was far more than any verbal provocation of Kenoh’s, which I guess he has learned to ignore over the years. They fought for the GHC Heavyweight in Nagoya on September 25th, with Kiyomiya emerging victorious following a modified Shining Wizard. As Kenoh left it was like a spell was broken. Kenoh went backstage and muttered about Kiyomiya being the company favorite and in his interview the day after winning the title, Kiyomiya said nothing about Keiji Mutoh. Mutoh as we know had been a focus of both Kiyomiya and Kenoh leading up to the title match.

Back in the ring, Kiyomiya called out his next opponent. Kazuyuki Fujita. Fujita came to the ring, carrying a can of beer which he swigged from. Getting in the ring he circled Kiyomiya and took off his t-shirt. Kiyomiya said that he was expecting a fight, but Fujita did something that no other NOAH wrestler had (or perhaps would) do, and that was to throw himself at Kiyomiya and then make nuzzling motions against his head, while he licked the belt. Kiyomiya pushed him off, and Fujita retaliated by pouring beer over his head.

Kiyomiya screaming that he hated beer was met with Fujita toasting him from the ramp and yelling “Kampaiii” (“cheers”) after a fight had broken out, and Kiyomiya threw him from the ring.

 

Backstage, Kiyomiya said his reason for nominating Kazuyuki Fujita as his challenger was that he had never been defeated for the GHC Heavyweight. Fujita had to give up the belt due to Coronavirus. It has been a recurring theme of most of the GHC Heavyweight champions since Go Shiozaki, that Fujita has been the man to beat in order to cement yourself as champion. Kiyomiya was picking up that torch.

As for Fujita, he played it as if he was a Casanova and had been asked out on a date by warning Kiyomiya that when you experience Fujita, you can never go back because you were never going to be the same. He was going to “make it a night to remember”. He sipped his beer, and licked his lips afterwards.

Title match has been set for NOAH’s return to Ariake on the 30th October.

STINGER lose, NOAH Junior Regulars win, enter Tadasuke (with a chair)

Following a period of brutal attacks on Seiki Yoshioka (by the end of the match he could hardly use one side of his body) and a title challenge where Atsushi Kotoge was bloodied up, The NOAH Junior Regulars emerged victorious and bought the tag titles home to their unit. They had very little time to celebrate their win and put ice on their wounds, when Tadasuke burst in and attacked Atsushi Kotoge with a chair while Hi69 beat up on the already incapacitated Seiki Yoshioka. Tadasuke (wild grin on his face) got on the microphone and made a challenge for the tag titles. Then Tadasuke wiped the blood from Kotoge that had got on his hands on his hair, leaving red streaks in the peroxide. Tadasuke was even waving the bloodied seat of the chair, which had detached during the attack, around backstage.

Title match will be on the 30th October when NOAH return to the Ariake complex.

Takashi Sugiura and Satoshi Kojima, NOAH’s most dysfunctional tag team, win the GHC Heavyweight tag titles

It must be said that with the combined efforts of Satoshi Kojima and Hideki Suzuki, we almost have our Sugi back.

At the press conference/title match signing, Sugi and Kojima appeared dressed in suits and wearing dark glasses. They looked something between The Men In Black and “Dangerous Detectives” (as Tokyo Sports called them  which stems from a Japanese TV show). Hideki Suzuki was on form, not only mistranslating Timothy Thatcher and stating at one point that Thatcher said he came to Japan to “beat you up” and being rude to a journalist for being overfamiliar with his “punk mouth”, the highlight of the press conference was his long close up stare at Sugi, who was trying not to laugh.

The dysfunctional team won the titles in Nagoya on the 25th September, and despite their falling out during the match, Sugi actually gave Kojima a proper handshake. Then they went back to squabbling backstage over Kojima talking on the mic when it was Sugi who got the win. No challengers have come forward as of yet.

HAYATA retains the GHC Junior, Ninja Mack makes his long awaited challenge

It had been an emotional match for YO-HEY, and for fans. Cutting out the aerial techniques that had characterized their earlier matches, both he and HAYATA demonstrated how much they had both evolved by concentrating on a more NOAH based ground attack with submissions. YO-HEY might have failed in the challenge, but he had at least gotten one win over HAYATA in the pre-match. He knew the title match would be different and he would need to level up, and afterwards he reflected and said he would start from rock bottom in order to make his next challenge. What fans had noticed that while things had changed between them, some things were the same, such as YO-HEY coloring his hair, his tongue (and even his boxer shorts) purple, which is HAYATA’s color, and HAYATA not speaking as much as he has done in previous title challenges, as he is content to let YO-HEY talk. After the match, Ninja Mack came to challenge. HAYATA accepted by saying, that he was “finally interested in the belt” and acknowledging him as challenger. Title match will of course be on the 30th October. But HAYATA is not immediately going into a fallout match with Ninja Mack at NOAH’s next event on the 30th, but is having a tag match against YO-HEY.

Keiji Mutoh’s Retirement Road

Keiji Mutoh has been very busy.

– 23rd September: Great Muta appears in AEW

The Great Muta made a surprise appearance in AEW to rescue Sting, who had been tied to a chair by Darby Allen. Muta came to the ring, advanced on Sting and then turned and spat green mist into the face of Allen and then reunited with Sting. Keiji Mutoh announced that Sting would attend Muta’s retirement on the 22nd in Yokohama, but has not said in what capacity, although it is assumed that they will tag. Regarding any further appearances in America, Mutoh said he didn’t think it was likely, but did warn that The Great Muta may pop up somewhere as you never knew where he would turn up next.

– 25th September: Keiji Mutoh Retirement Road: Love Forever 2

Keiji Mutoh teamed with his junior Kazuyuki Fujita to take on Mutoh’s classmate, Masakatsu Funaki and Katsuhiko Nakajima, who Mutoh has known since he was a boy, and still calls affectionately “Katsuhiko”. Nakajima said he was going to break up this class reunion, and while Mutoh did get kicked (Nakajima smirked and said it was fun when Mutoh later complained his leg still hurt) but it was Fujita who got the worst of it. During the match, Nakajima pulled out Mutoh’s Space Rolling Elbow. Mutoh was initially not pleased, but then he became very happy to see it and said that he thought that “Katsuhiko” did it because he had some small measure of feeling for him. I think had Nakajima been a more acrobatic wrestler, Mutoh might have handed it to him. Mutoh won the match with The Shining Wizard, pinning Nakajima. This was Mutoh’s farewell to Nagoya, his classmate, his junior and Nakajima.

– 26th September: Hiroshi Tanahashi comes to the press conference and a tag match is announced

Hiroshi Tanahashi presented 38 roses to Mutoh when he came to the press conference. Each rose symbolizes a year of Mutoh’s career. Mutoh joked that he should have laid them at his feet, as had happened in boxing recently. Tanahashi said he wasn’t good at ad-libbing, and then introduced himself as “one of the greatest New Japan talents in the past one hundred years”. During the press conference, a tag match was announced. New Japan’s Hiroshi Tanahashi, Togi Makabe and Honma Tomoaki will team together against the team of Naomichi Marufuji, Keiji Mutoh and Keiji Mutoh. This will take place on the 30th October. Mutoh has not given up hope of appearing one final time in the New Japan ring.

– 16th October: A new match is announced

NOAH announced that due to fan demand, Keiji Mutoh will be appearing in Fukuoka. He will tag with Ninja Mack and Satoshi Kojima against Naomichi Marufuji, HAYATA and Jack Morris. Satoshi Kojima is of course connected to Mutoh through All Japan and New Japan, Naomichi Marufuji has wanted a match against Mutoh (he will be tagging with him as we know on the 30th October) and HAYATA has been a big fan of Mutoh for a while, as he has influenced a lot of his style and persona. HAYATA thinks of himself and The Great Muta as “The Phantom Team”. Muta doesn’t like to speak and HAYATA said, neither does he.

Naomichi Marufuji and Katsuhiko Nakajima head overseas

Naomichi Marufuji and Katsuhiko Nakajima will appear for Evolution Pro Wrestling in New York for their anniversary show on November 12th. Marufuji’s match is yet to be announced, but Nakajima will take on Josh Alexander. Alexander has said he wonders how Nakajima is going to kick after he snaps his ankle. They will also appear at King of Indies in San Francisco on November 19th.

NOSAWA vs Katsuhiko Nakajima (and Kenoh)

After being beaten up by Katsuhiko Nakajima who gave him some pretty stiff soccerball kicks outside the ring at Korakuen Hall recently, (although he would tell you that Nakajima tried to beat him up), NOSAWA Rongai has been on a quest to face Nakajima in a match. Then he threw in Kenoh, so it could be himself and Eita versus Kongoh. Hideki Suzuki told him that he was probably going to die, but NOSAWA has taken no notice and kept on with his demand. His demand has not been met because rather than facing Nakajima and Kenoh, NOAH have booked him against rookies Yasutaka Yano and Kai Fujimura. NOSAWA thinks he is having to go through some kind of trial.

ELSEWHERE IN NOAH

– Hideki Suzuki has hinted that perhaps Takashi Sugiura might like to get back online.

– Yoshiki Inamura and YO-HEY continued their guild, despite the fact that YO-HEY said someone attacked and burned their castle down. A picture was taken of YO-HEY and Inamura playing the game, with YO-HEY seated cross legged on Inamura, who was doing a bridge in the ring. We have seen Inamura used as a weight, but is he now used as furniture?

– NOAH’s Director, Narihiro Takeda, wrote on a NOAH Note that he would like for Darby Allin to come to NOAH one day.

– Tadasuke got a match thrown out by ripping off Alejandro’s mask. Tadasuke did not care, and did not even respond when Alejandro asked if he wanted a mask for himself?

– Daiki Inaba had his long awaited singles match with Katsuhiko Nakajima, but failed to revenge himself for Nakajima’s behavior in W-1. Nakajima even went for the cocky pin by grinning and leaning on Inaba.

– There was usual chaos at the NOAH Junior Space sessions as Daisuke Harada is not there to take control. Atsushi Kotoge seems to be the main culprit, forgetting to invite Seiki Yoshioka in and at one time even failing to press record.

– It’s probably best that Daiki Inaba, who apparently likes to be in the nip backstage, was not present when NOAH was at Differ. It was bad enough that Sugi used to wander around naked…

– Mitsuharu Misawa wrote in a diary entry for 2006 about filming an advert for THE LEAVE, and having to sing first thing in the morning while they were filming. Probably due to the fact that he had a problem with his throat anyway, was a heavy smoker and had taken “so many chops and kicks” to it in his career, he said he sounded very hoarse.

EVENT RECAPS AND POST MATCH PROMOS

SUNNY VOYAGE – September 19th 

Event recap

Post match promos

N-INNOVATION – September 21st 

Event recap

Post match promos

GRAND SHIP 2022 IN NAGOYA/KEIJI MUTOH RETIREMENT ROAD – September 25th

Event recap

Post match promos

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

  • GHC Heavyweight Champion: Kaito Kiyomiya
    Challenger: Kazuyuki Fujita, [Muto Retirement Road] ABEMA presents Ariake Gaisen-THE RETURN-PRO-WRESTLING LOVE FOREVER . 3 ~TRIUMPH~ Sunday 30th October, Ariake Arena, Tokyo
  • GHC Junior Champion: HAYATA
    Challenger: Ninja Mack, [Muto Retirement Road] ABEMA presents Ariake Gaisen-THE RETURN-PRO-WRESTLING LOVE FOREVER . 3 ~TRIUMPH~ Sunday 30th October, Ariake Arena, Tokyo
  • GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: KojiSugi (Satoshi Kojima & Takashi Sugiura)
    Challengers: TBA
  • GHC Junior Tag Champions: The NOAH Junior Regulars (Atsushi Kotoge & Seiki Yoshioka)
    Challengers: Kongoh Juniors (Tadasuke & Hi69), [Muto Retirement Road] ABEMA presents Ariake Gaisen-THE RETURN-PRO-WRESTLING LOVE FOREVER . 3 ~TRIUMPH~ Sunday 30th October, Ariake Arena, Tokyo
  • 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

(October 2022 schedule)

– Friday, October 7th

STAR NAVIGATION 2022 – Korakuen Hall, Tokyo

Time: 18:30 JST

Broadcast: WrestleUniverse/ABEMA (live)

– Saturday, October 8th

STAR NAVIGATION 2022 – Korakuen Hall, Tokyo

Time: 18:30 JST

Broadcast: WrestleUniverse (live)

Note about broadcasts

Unless you are living in Japan or have a VPN you know is compatible with ABEMA, please do not subscribe to the service. For fans living outside of Japan, a subscription to WrestleUniverse would be better as they show more NOAH shows than ABEMA, and usually the events get uploaded very quickly. ABEMA broadcasts are only in Japanese, you can only watch them live, and this is the only NOAH they show. They do not broadcast old shows as these belong to Samurai TV.

BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIES

Wednesday, 5th October: Keiji Mutoh debut anniversary (38)

Wednesday, 5th October: Seiki Yoshioka debut anniversary (14)

LINKS

“I want to protect this belt for the rest of my life”, new GHC champion Kiyomiya holds morning press conference to establish a new NOAH landscape

Mutoh’s Retirement Road, tag match against Tanahashi in round three: “I want to grab the secret of secrets”, Tanahashi presents 38 roses

Great Muta teaming up with Sting for last match? “Agent” Mutoh’s opinion 

“I wonder if I can transmit more” YO-HEY aims to revitalize the junior ark with his first championship

AEW Shock! Great Muta appears in America! Rescues Sting and shake of hands

“Follow Me You Bastards” – Kenoh’s Weekly Pro Column

GHC Junior Match Signing: YO-HEY “Last Chance, I don’t think as my ex partner now”, HAYATA “I don’t feel anything”

“Taka & Satoshi” reveal a “dangerous detective” look, mischievous Suzuki is a reckless interpreter, the GHC tag signing ceremony is thrown into chaos by bizarre question and answer between the two teams

 A “Comrade” and an “Older Brother”, Masakatsu Funaki talks about his thoughts on Mutoh’s retirement, “I want to kick him mercilessly”

BOOK CORNER

“Donmai, Donmai” – Mitsuharu Misawa’s diary

With thanks to: Metal NOAH

GIF taken from WrestleUniverse & NOAH Official YouTube

Picture credit: YO-HEY & NOAH.co.jp


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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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