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Mitchell’s Raw Talk Report! (6/7/21)

Champions and challengers all over Raw Talk!



WWE Raw Talk

It’s an ALL MIGHTY edition of Raw Talk tonight!

After a rowdy Monday night, champions and challengers alike are here on Raw Talk! How is the ALL MIGHTY Lashley feeling this close to Hell in a Cell?


Kevin Patrick welcomes us back to the show!

He hopes we “spare a few thoughts” for Shayna Baszler after that truly twisted end to Monday Night Raw. But we’re just a little under two weeks from Hell in a Cell. R-Truth is feeling great, but Shayna has some problems on her head. Truth is still missing his baby, the WWE 24/7 Championship. He can’t get over it. Every week he doesn’t have it, he’s going to bring it up. His baby is not here, but please, K-Peezy, continue. Kevin again apologizes. And Truth wants Kevin to introduce him. Why doesn’t Kevin go something like, “Kevin Patrick here with the former WWE 24/7 Champion, R-Truth,” huh? Well, Kevin’s not going to bring that up on his own.

Anyway, Shayna is hurting on herself. Do tell. Lily is after her. That’s being haunted, though, it’s different. Kevin cost Truth his title. Yeah but Truth is being haunted by Akira Tozawa. No, that’s more stalking or obsession. Shayna is being haunted. Kevin does want to see how this plays out, though. Shayna disrespected Alexa Bliss and Lily, stomped on the doll. Sometimes you have to know better. For one, never just call someone stupid. Alexa got mad, Shayna got mad, and then Shayna stomped Lily and things took a dark turn.

But Kofi Kingston had a great match with Matt Riddle. Truth likes both guys, so that was tough. Kevin brings up last time, when they talked about Riddle doing the RKO and getting it wrong, and here it was. Riddle tried, failed, Kofi wins. Riddle thinks Orton will be upset, and maybe Orton is, since he saw it with his own two eyes. Riddle still tries his own move, Bro Derek, but too little too late. Seeing stars, Riddle is now. And one more big thing, McIntyre’s next opportunity is his last! If he doesn’t defeat Bobby Lashley, he cannot challenge for the world title again until someone else beats Lashley. Who Kevin got? No, don’t do this to him again, Truth. Truth is just asking!

Kevin defends he is an impartial journalist who is also a mailman. Kevin points out how he used Truth’s joke from last week here, before Truth could do it. Truth says no one likes spoilers, K-Peezy. True. But McIntyre also scared Lashley’s ladies with the claymore sword through the table. They were all screaming, MVP was all mad, and D-Bo Lashley was mad, too. Truth says there’s old stuff between them, but McIntyre showed us something. Truth is fired up, and Kevin gives a rundown of the guests. Lashley, MVP and the ladies will all be here, along with Raw Women’s Champion, Rhea Ripley, and the new #1 contenders to the Raw Tag Team Championships, the Viking Raiders!

Lashley is here tonight? Yes. Why didn’t Kevin say something before the show went on? Truth would’ve been more careful with what he said! This is a big night tonight, let’s get it!


The Viking Raiders join Raw Talk!

Erik & Ivar are here, and Kevin congratulates them on their massive win in tonight’s tag team battle royal. Ivar says they’re feeling great, Truth says they look great. The way things turned out, how strategic. Erik says there’s no secret. These two have been a tag team for years and years. Erik knows what Ivar’s thinking, Ivar knows what Erik’s thinking, and when one moves, the other moves. They know how to play off each other’s strengths and cover each other’s weaknesses, because they are a team. When people come together who are not full-time teams, it’s hard for them to compete. Truth says they’re like twins! Ivar says he’s definitely the better looking one.

Kevin brings up what this means to have this coming Raw Tag Team Championship match. It is very exciting. It has been a long, hard road but they’re on all cylinders and are excited to have this match they earned. They’re a well-oiled machine. Truth isn’t saying they’re like machines or robots, but they’re big guys. Well, they have been called machines before in the past. They’re like cement mixers, the ones that make the house sturdy. They like that. Kevin asks what their thoughts are on Styles & Omos. Styles & Omos seem to disrespect the Viking Raiders earlier tonight. Ivar & Erik wanted to have a turkey feast, but Omos already had the turkey legs.

Styles said he doesn’t know anything about Vikings, and then called Erik & Ivar “wannabes.” Kevin saw the switch flip, Erik’s mood changed. Erik says that the talk of strategy earlier, this is Styles showing he is one of the greatest competitors of our generation. He is phenomenal, and he has a literal giant with him. On paper, they’re unstoppable. Truth says that so far in reality, they are unstoppable. Erik says that if those two weren’t worried, then they wouldn’t have been playing mind games and getting the Raiders to react. Truth sees what he means! Erik knows Styles & Omos are trying to provoke them and perhaps even disqualify them.

Erik & Ivar know this game, they’ve been around for a long time. They know when someone’s scared. Is Omos scared? He’s a mountain of a man. But maybe you should just use deodorant and use electricity and stuff. This microphone is electric, isn’t it? Nah, dog, that’s Bluetooth. We’re on a budget. But that’s the thing. Styles wants to disrespect Erik & Ivar out of the ring, to try and get them to do something that’d lose their opportunity. They’ll save this for the ring, and take it to the champs in the ring.

Kevin asks the Raiders what about their heritage and what Styles was saying that set them off. Truth knows these boys like to eat. Ivar agrees, you don’t mess with a man’s food. Amen! And you don’t mess with a Viking’s turkey leg. Truth wouldn’t. He wouldn’t touch any of their legs. Turkey, chicken, nuggets, none of it. What? This is Truth. He speaks gold. That’s true. But again, congratulations! Their opportunity is coming, Truth wishes them luck. They’re his dawgs now! But from tag titles to the Raw Women’s Championship, the Nightmare is up next.


Rhea Ripley joins Raw Talk!

Truth says she’s his favorite, and she likes being back, but Kevin picks up on her frustrations. And it makes sense, given what we saw with her and Charlotte Flair tonight. The title match is coming, but there’s also Nikki Cross. What has her boiling up right now? Rhea says it’s mostly Charlotte. It’s funny how Charlotte said she was the professional in all this, but we saw she wasn’t professional at all. Charlotte started everything, provoked Rhea, and the “spoiled little brat” just had to have her way and prove her point. That’s what upsets Rhea. You punch Rhea in the face, you get her wrath.

Then who really won here? They were a tag team but Charlotte goes after her first, and then Nikki and Asuka celebrate. Did anything come of this? Truth says “Don’t Trust Anybody.” Rhea knew she couldn’t trust Charlotte, but for her to stoop this low… Rhea should’ve known better. Nikki and Asuka are just doing them, and Rhea doesn’t blame them. She respects those two. But Charlotte… Charlotte’s playing a different game. She is trying to get under Rhea’s skin, but Rhea lives rent free in Charlotte’s head. Truth’s known Charlotte a long time, and while she’s good people, you gotta watch her in the ring.

Kevin knows Rhea is still “the new kid” here, despite being champion, but did she expect this from someone as tenured as Charlotte? Someone who is already 13-time champion? Rhea wishes she could say she did, but she’s been in the ring with Charlotte many times already. This is on Rhea for not watching Charlotte. So when Rhea goes home, getting ready for HIAC, is she taking this on board? Oh, yeah. HIAC sounds like Rhea’s playground. Boom! Truth likes that Rhea learned. Head on a swivel. Charlotte can get two faced. Smile one time, bite you on the next. Exactly.

So who is Truth picking? Since he does this to Kevin all the time. Rhea sits up to hear this, and Truth diplomatically says that he picks the one who wants it most. He loves both of them, and likes that Rhea was willing to give Charlotte a chance. But now that the title is on the line, give no one nothing. No chance, no grace, nothing. Everyone wants it, you can’t trust anyone. Whoever is hungriest, they win. Kevin likes that. Truth is the man who wants his baby back. And Kevin is the man who messed him up! Truth says Kevin needs a cement mixer for his house. Kevin wishes Rhea luck and thanks her for her time. Rhea thanks them, and both Truth and Kevin are fired up to see her match.


MVP, Bobby Lashley and the ladies join Raw Talk!

Montel Vontavius Porter and the All Mighty World Champion sit while their five female associates stand behind them and Truth. Kevin thanks them for joining the show. MVP wants Kevin to address the ladies directly, and Kevin apologizes for the omission. Truth asks if Kevin knew they’d be bringing this many people with them. This is a small set. Where’s the champagne? They have bottles on ice waiting, so once they’re done gracing this show with their presence, the champ has something lined up. They will pop those bottles and celebrate. Let’s hustle this up. Truth tells Kevin to get to asking.

One of the ladies admires Truth’s chain and shirt, and MVP says that sounds like an invitation. Truth politely declines, he doesn’t really party. He just goes down the road back home. Kevin asks if McIntyre disrespected the ladies, and MVP says we all already know he is crass, savage and has no manners. McIntyre isn’t smart, either. “He keeps running into destruction!” Einstein’s definition of insanity is doing the same things over and over again, expecting different results. How many times does McIntyre have to find himself in the Hurt Lock before he realizes he cannot defeat Lashley? And he keeps begging to get whooped again!

Truth isn’t sure about that. McIntyre smashed that table good. But he won’t have the strength to do that inside the Cell. Lashley wants to talk about that. What’d hitting the table do? Nothing. There’s a difference between McIntyre and Lashley. Lashley doesn’t bark like that. ARF, ARF, get at me, dawg! Truth admits that is true. But McIntyre is Truth’s dawg. Then put him on a leash. Unless you want him to end up put down. Truth says if they have a collar and are tame and vaccinated, that won’t happen. Oh, Lashley has a collar for McIntyre: the Hurt Lock. McIntyre’s worn it before, knows all about “The Nelson from Simpsons.”

Kevin brings up that McIntyre did have a point about Lashley never stepping inside the Cell. Truth agrees, that makes this different! What you gotta say about that, B-Lash? What is the difference? Lashley and McIntyre get inside a giant cage, he’ll still beat McIntyre up. Lashley told McIntyre it doesn’t matter, so what does a giant cage matter? Truth says there’s nowhere for McIntyre or Lashley to go. They won’t go anywhere, they didn’t go anywhere at WrestleMania 37, and Lashley put McIntyre to sleep. MVP says that McIntyre told Lashley, “I’ll see you in Hell!” And Lashley responded with, “I’ll beat you there, too.” That’s hard.

Then if he does get past McIntyre, what’s next for Lashley? What’s next for the All Mighty Era? MVP says Lashley will just go after the entire roster! Line ’em up, Lashley will knock ’em down! Lashley says this is what we’re dealing with. Now we need to have some fun! Enjoy the fruits of their labor! Lashley’s put a lot of work in since he came back, now it’s time to relax. Truth says Lashley’s blowing his money. He needs to be saving up. MVP says this is THE champ. Truth’s money and Lashley’s money are different types of money. True, Truth is saving up, his accountant is advising him on things. But Lashley is still blowing his. Well he has an endless supply.

Kevin is sure everyone is going out tonight. Yeah, and Kevin’s not invited. Oh… MVP notices Kevin has a ring. Do you think Kevin’s Mrs. would appreciate him going out with them? True. Kevin promises his wife he isn’t going out anywhere tonight. Kevin’s looking a bit red to them. Kevin says on that note, we love you but we gotta go! Exactly, it’s been lovely but MVP and Lashley and the ladies are heading out! Kevin hopes to see everyone back next week, and wants us to be ready for HIAC!

My Thoughts:

A pretty good Raw Talk tonight. Kevin and Truth continue to have great chemistry, but I think Truth can have chemistry with just about anyone today. Viking Raiders had a good segment, and they had a good point that Styles & Omos were making fun of them because they- well, mostly Styles, feels the Raiders will be their toughest challenge yet. We saw Elias & Ryker show they can divide and conquer Styles & Omos, and if the Raiders do that, there is a chance they can get a win on Styles which is enough to take the titles. I feel like it’s going to be a long time before anyone makes Omos even drop to a knee, but it would be big for Raiders to at least throw him off balance.

Rhea had a decent segment, there was only much she could say when and Charlotte have already hit all the points they can on Raw. I did like Kevin turning the table on Truth, and then Truth answering with that answer. It really could go either way just on Raw only having so many ideas for their Women’s Division right now. And then Lashley, MVP and the ladies were a very good closing segment. Lashley and MVP are solid in their characters, and in those characters being incredibly confident those close to their third PPV title match this year with McIntyre. This could still build towards McIntyre beating Lashley because Lashley is overly confident, but who knows.

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





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.


– 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 Recap

Post match interviews


  • 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)



(December 2022 schedule)

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


“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


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


“Donmai, Donmai” – Mitsuharu Misawa’s diary

GIF credit: WrestleUniverse

With thanks to: Metal-NOAH

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





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.”


“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.


– 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 recapPost match interviews



(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)


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 


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

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


“Donmai, Donmai” – Mitsuharu Misawa’s diary

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

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