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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Talk Report! (7/5/21)

The One and Only Raw Talk!

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The Nightmare returns to Raw Talk!

Money in the Bank draws ever closer, and Raw Talk has the Raw Women’s Champion, the One and Only, and tonight’s main event winners, the NEW~ DAY~!

 

Kevin Patrick welcomes us back to the show!

Just two weeks left before Money in the Bank, an intense and exhilarating Raw wrapped up, “get in here!” R-Truth is here, too, and he says he would be doing a lot better if he had just caught “that Decepticon,” Akira Tozawa. Foiled again! Kevin saw what happened, right? It’s a conspiracy! Tozawa has Truth’s baby and puts it up and down! This is Kevin’s fault! Really? Still? Truth says Tozawa shouldn’t have even been out there in the first place! Yes, the disrespect of Tozawa, getting in the middle of the tag match. That’s just antagonizing Truth right there! How did he even kick out? Truth can’t believe Kevin is blaming him now.

Has Kevin ever done that before? No. Then Kevin can’t talk about how easy or hard a roll-up is! Kevin admits Truth is right, and he apologizes. It ain’t easy bein’ cheesy! Well it was still great seeing Truth back in the ring since, what? 19- No, wait. Truth asks Kevin whose side he’s on, and Kevin was just saying it was great. Yeah, well, Truth’s last regular match was in March. Of this year? Well, either way, they’ve got great guests, such as The New Day coming off that big main event win over the Hurt Business, MVP and the All Mighty Lashley. MVP did want this match, maybe he’s regretting it now. Truth guarantees MVP is regretting it.

Kevin hasn’t been hit with a Trouble in Paradise, right? No, not even once. It hurts. Right on the kisser! MVP doesn’t even know where he is now. Truth likes the New Day getting the best of Lashley, but the championship match is still coming at MITB. Fort Worth, Texas! Live crowds! Who does Kevin have? Kevin says he has to be impartial. Yeah, sure, big words for Kevin. But who? Kevin mutters  “Lashley.” Truth can’t believe that, and says he’s gonna tell Kofi that when the New Day is here. No, don’t! That aside, Matt Riddle won over AJ Styles with some help from his buddies, the Viking Raiders. Did Kevin expect anything less?

Well, Riddle is trying to win Randy Orton over, and rather desperately so. Orton wasn’t here again, but the Raiders were. Riddle still found a way, but the big news is that next week, Styles will face Ivar while Omos takes on Erik in Omos’ first singles match ever! And then, the week after, when Raw is in Fort Worth, the Raw Tag Team Championships will be defended! Truth says being in front of the crowd is going to be the best part. Then, Drew McIntyre defeats Jinder Mahal in a match, and Truth again says, “Did you expect anything else?” It’s McIntyre! But then Mahal takes McIntyre’s sword!

McIntyre knows what Truth is going through now, because that sword is like McIntyre’s baby. That’s thievery! Truth might have to help McIntyre get through this. The cheek of those boys! Smiling ear to ear, too. But a big show with phenomenal guests, even though Styles isn’t here tonight. The One and Only, the Raw Women’s Champion and the 11-TIME tag team champions, the New Day! New, Day Rocks!

 

Rhea Ripley joins Raw Talk!

The Nightmare has her title, no offense Truth. But Rhea is good and Truth is upset with Kevin. Rhea says this got awkward. Truth says Kevin doesn’t know better. But how is she feeling, really? Real good. She can’t complain, she got after Charlotte with a crutch. Kevin knows Rhea walked out with a crutch but that was just her using Charlotte’s tricks against her. Exactly. And it’s oh so fun for Rhea. It really is, honestly. Rhea’s living rent free in Charlotte’s head. Charlotte wakes up, she can’t help but think about Rhea. Truth likes that. Rhea says it’s on Charlotte’s face. Kevin’s sure Charlotte would say that’s not the case, as the impartial journalist.

Truth again apologizes for Kevin, but Kevin says Charlotte is a legend. Rhea really thinks she’s in Charlotte’s head? Yeah, she just said that. But Rhea has yet to beat Charlotte. He’s just pointing out facts. Truth, you gonna let Kevin disrespect her? No, he’s not. Kevin, c’mon, you gotta do better. Kevin’s just doing his job. But Rhea’s right here. She’s the champ right here. What has Kevin done? Other than help Truth lose his! Right! So he’s done nothing. That’s fair… But then what’s Rhea’s plan now? MITB, the title, Charlotte’s coming. They ask this every time. Rhea isn’t sure how many times she has to say this to get it through Kevin’s thick skull, and Truth says, “A lot.”

Rhea says she is not telling anyone the plan. Who knows who is watching? Kevin mutters that Charlotte isn’t watching. How does he know that? Well she’s the Queen. She’s probably off doing royal things. But she has a TV, right? What royal things would she be doing? Kevin’s just talking down on himself and the show, saying Charlotte doesn’t care. Truth likes that! Is Kevin that much of an idiot? Rhea is the smart one. Truth says Rhea isn’t showing her hands. You ever play Uno? Or Spades? Or Go Fish? LOSER! YAHTZEE! GOTTEE! Well there aren’t cards in Yahtzee… Rhea wants Truth to smack Kevin one.

Kevin apologizes for the direction of this. The champ has to be shown respect, so he wishes her luck. His wish means nothing to her. She’ll walk into MITB and then defeat Charlotte. That’s all we need to know. Did he not see what she did to the crutch earlier? Broke it in half. Kevin promises to watch MITB. Rhea might teach him a lesson. Kevin thanks Rhea for her time, and she heads off. Kevin composes himself and apologizes to Truth as Raw Talk goes to break.

 

Ricochet joins Raw Talk!

Truth is fired up to see him and Ricochet wants to point out he heard all the talk about Truth not getting his baby back. You don’t know what it’s like in the ring, Kevin. Truth thanks Ricochet for defending his side of things. See that, K-Peezy? Richard O’Shea himself is saying this. No, Truth, it’s Ricochet. One word. But yeah, he gets it. Isn’t that what Truth said, though? Well, it was certainly tough for Ricochet with Miz hovering around again. Oh, that’s funny. But we’ve seen it, Miz ‘n’ Morrison will brag about defeating Ricochet, but they didn’t defeat anyone. Morrison gets back in the ring, Miz blocks Ricochet, and if that hadn’t happened, who knows what the outcome would’ve been?

Truth says he knows: Richie O’Shea on top! What does Kevin say to that? Ricochet also admires Truth’s watch, it is a really good watch. All that money from Money in the Bank, Ricochet might get himself one. How many MITB’s has Ricochet been in? This will be his second one. Ricochet’s first one was a bit of a surprise at the end in the form of Brock Lesnar, who certainly had his way with Mustafa Ali. Hopefully that won’t happen this year. Kevin says Ricochet’s been lighting it up in the ring, creating quite the highlight reel. Ricochet is clearly ready for this.

Next week, Ricochet has a Falls Count Anywhere rematch with Morrison, and he’s excited about that! Miz can try to stop him but they can go anywhere in the entire ThunderDome! That suits Ricochet’s style, for sure. He is one of the most innovative people in this business, and Morrison is right there with him. That’s the combo you want in that match. Morrison is a little water logged, Ricochet will wring him dry. Truth likes that! And then Truth asks Kevin who he’s got. Kevin says it is going to be Ricochet. Sure Miz is manipulative, he’ll have something, but Falls Count Anywhere, gotta go with Ricochet.

Ricochet points out Miz has a bad leg, he can’t climb the ladder for Morrison or anything. He’ll be no problem at MITB. Ricochet will even use Miz’s wheelchair as a battering ram. Truth says that’s the attitude Ricochet needs to have. Kevin asks if there’s anyone Ricochet is worried about, but Ricochet says we’ve seen all these guys before. They’ve all be former champions on some level, everyone is a threat. But none of that can stop Ricochet. He will win this by any means necessary and get the contract. Boom!

Kevin has to say it, though. Fans are back in Texas, how excited is he? Ricochet knows everyone will say something like this, but a live crowd and their energy, it’s just something you can’t duplicate. Someone like Ricochet, they feed off the energy. The ThunderDome has been awesome, but to have an audience to really be in front of, that’s something you can’t fake. Everyone is waiting to come back, it will be a party. Kevin thanks Ricochet for his time, and here come the New Day a bit early! They want to say hey to Ricochet before he leaves, and Ricochet says they did great tonight. The New Day tag in as we go to one more break.

 

Raw Talk returns with the New Day!

“New! Day Rocks! New! Day Rocks!” Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods, put respect on the name! Kofi said Woods would be back and he is back! Woods is sore from the match, but Kevin asks if that is a sign of things to come. K-Peezy asking these questions, of course it’s a sign! It’s a preview! A spoiler alert! What did Kofi say last week? Bobby Lashley is like Sub-Zero with ice on the ground: he slippin’! Truth says Kevin chose Bobby! Well Kevin’s a rookie, give him a pass. Kevin also said “Zavier” not “EX-avier.” It has an X, so it has to be an X. But Kev’s learning, he’s getting there. Wet behind the ears and all that. But a taste of things to come for sure tonight.

How do they think the Hurt Business is feeling right now? Uh, horrible. Kofi would feel bad if he was MVP. MVP was talking about, “I’m not cleared to compete, sorry~. Not cleared~!” Sounds like Mickey Mouse but that’s how MVP sounds to Kofi. And then, how is it MVP is able to compete tonight? And then he thought Lashley would save him? MVP coming to a tag team match with the greatest tag team of all time, limping down and thinking he’s not gonna get hurt? Woods shakes his head. What is MVP doing? He’s the veteran, with a sound mind! What happened? Lashley gonna take care of him? He ain’t All Mighty anymore, is he? Just “Bobby Lashley,” or even “Bob Lashley,” but soon might just be “Bob!” #JustBob slippin’!

Kevin says MVP is the leader, the spokesperson, who requested the match. Woods says if Lashley and MVP failed to understand what the New Day has been putting down for six years and counting, then something is wrong with them. They talk about being so smart and so great, but not enough to not challenge THE greatest tag team of ALL TIME, to a tag match! Woods and Kofi are very good solo, but together, they are on a different level! Outside of the stratosphere! Hey, Trish! Outside the ThunderDome, in space.

But how you gonna take on the best team ever, after you kicked out your great tag team in Cedric & Shelton out of your Hurt Business and now you have just a two man business? That’s not a business! That’s a mom ‘n’ pop shop! A start-up! How you gonna bring a start-up to face the franchise? How? What you doing? It makes no sense. But Kevin says Kofi won’t have Woods at MITB. What? Hold on, K-Peezy, wet behind the ears, but Woods is always with Kofi. People talking the same about Big E over on SmackDown alone. He’s always with them and they’re always with him, in their hearts! They feel his power! See? What did Kofi say? “Feel the power,” that’s Big E’s line! Big E is with them!

Kevin says Woods won’t physically be there, the match has to be 1v1. Woods says Kofi has been WWE World Champion before, he shouldn’t be nervous or worried just because Woods may or may not be there. Kofi has been on the top of the mountain before, he can get there again. Woods points out the staff telling Kofi not to get on the table like last time because they left marks and bent stuff. DoN’t GeT oN tHe TaBlE~! The New Day and the WWE are going to be back in front of a live audience, those people can give them the money to get a new table! Truth defends the table, we can’t have anyone breaking it, it’ll come out of his check.

What? Truth’s been wrestling for how long? Isn’t he rich? Not enough for this table. Well it is a nice table. Glass from New Zealand. Or the Louvre in Paris. Oh, wow~! But before the New Day goes, obviously they’re buzzing for fans to be back. Of course! The New Day feels the fans through the camera. Zoom in, zoom in. “We feel you. Put your hand on the screen.” Computer, phone, TV, whatever you’re watching on. Feel it. Do you feel it? They are gonna feel you in person soon. Feel the power. And when you see them live and in person at Money in the Bank, you’ll feel it even more. Trust them on that. Then you’ll feel it again at SummerSlam! And the Valentine’s Day Massacre.

Actually, NXT TakeOver: In Your House, NXT Great American Bash, you’ll feel all of it! Truth says he feels it! Do you have footage of WrestleMania 37 where there were also people? Give us that, that is how exciting it’ll be. That was a taste, but now they’re here for the whole pie! They will consume the people! Uh, okay… What kind of pie, though? Lemon cream? Apple? Cherry? Woods wants to clean his plate! They want ALL the pies! Peach cobbler, too! Whatever you got! BRING IT. NOM NOM. And y’know what Kofi’s gonna get? “A FAT DUUUUB!” TWO-TIME WORLD CHAMPION! Kevin, have you been practicing them hips? Are his hips better?

TWO-TIME! W! W! E! WORLD! HEAVY! WEIGHT! CHAMPIOOON~! Might even get the tag titles, too! Hey, get the camera back on them! Kevin says they have to go! No, they wanna make this a long episode! Check Woods’ Undisputed Era shorts! Kofi vows the New Day will consume every last one of us! Eat you up! They’re hungry! Starving! Starving for the people! And now we’ll see ’em gobble you up! Kevin tries to get the show to stop, and plugs MITB coming in just under two weeks. Truth wants the New Day to calm down a bit, but the show’s over anyway.


My Thoughts:

This was a very good Raw Talk, it did a good job carrying things over from Raw. Rhea got a bit more attitude tonight but she does need to start showing some actual personality if she’s to stay champion. She still recycled some things, but the “I’m not sharing my plans here” tactic is very logical. Ricochet was good, he got to have just a bit of swagger despite the loss tonight. Falls Count Anywhere of him and Morrison is an awesome way for Raw and WWE to say good-bye to the ThunderDome, as next Monday is the last night in there. The New Day of course had amazing energy, they always do, but especially after their win and with the build to both MITB and the live audience. Fans going nuts is the one thing that makes me want Kofi to win at MITB, even though I feel like Lashley still retains.


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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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