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Andrew’s NWA Empowerrr Results & Match Ratings: 8.28.2021

Mickie James put this all into motion, and NWA made it happen! But, how was the execution? 3 title matches should make for a hell of a show!

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So with a spoonful of gimmick and a spoonful of spite, Mickie James spear headed this idea for an all women’s pay-per-view. The NWA decided to back it in a package with NWA 73, and now let’s see what we got.

We’ve got some inter-promotional stuff with AEW, AAA and Impact represented. Melina’s trying to prove herself against IMPACT’s Virtuosa, Layla Hirsch fights the uphill battle against the Brickhouse Kamille and the NWA Women’s Tag Tournament finals are all tonight!

Three big title matches, a number one contender’s battle royal and who knows what else is in store. Did Mickie call in any favors from friends? Who might show up?

Let’s check it out!

Ratings:

  • Kylie Rae vs Chik Tormenta vs Diamante: Diamante wins via Code Red – * ¾
  • Semi-Finals for NWA Women’s Tag Titles: Hell on Heels (Renee Michelle & Sahara 7) vs The Hex (Allysin Kay & Marti Belle): Hex wins via HEXecution – ** ¾
  • Semi-Finals for NWA Women’s Tag Titles: The Freebabes vs Red Velvet & Kilynn King: Kilynn King wins via Kingdom Falls – *** ¼
  • Impact Knockouts Championship: Deonna Purrazzo (c) vs Melina: Deonna retains via Orienteering with Napalm Death – *** ¾  
  • Finals for NWA Women’s Tag Team Championship: Red Velvet & Kilynn King vs The Hex (Allysin Kay & Marti Belle): The Hex win via AK-47/Running Boot Tandem – *** ¼TITLE CHANGE!!!
  • NWA World Women’s Championship: Kamille (c) vs Legit Layla Hirsch: Kamille retains via Spear – ****
  • 10 Woman Women’s Invitational: Chelsea Green wins via Unprettier – ***

 

Results:

To kick off the Mickie James comes out with what sounded like a bullet pointed sales pitch, but she got taken by the moment and when the crowd fed into the appreciation, it was nice to see Mickie pivot and just be very honest. Velvet Sky on commentary was choked up for a while afterward. It’s kinda nice to hear the real emotions.

Kylie Rae vs Chik Tormenta vs Diamante

NWA versus Triple A vs AEW is how the show kicks off the wrestling tonight! After a triple Grecco Roman Knucklelock, we see a slightly delayed Double Superkick to send Tormenta to the outside, and then we see some Arm Drags of different flavors, but the timing seems suspect. This opening volley is really staggered and not fluid at all. Diamante can’t even pull off a Sattelite Russian Leg Sweep on Tormenta without a small hiccup.

Things finally seem to smooth out when Kylie grabs Diamante into a Samoan Drop, but Tormenta German Suplexes Kylie. Then we also get a Tower of Doom spot, where Tormenta holds on and goes for the pinfall on Diamante. This match started to pick up rhythm a little, but Kylie was late to a backslide attempt spot on Tormenta so that looked a little awkward.

Kylie hits the Kylie Special on Diamante, causing Diamante to powder, Tormenta is perched on the top rope, takes entirely too long, Kylie dodges. Kylie transitions a Crucifix into Smile to the Finish; but Diamante throws a weapon into the ring to distract the referee, takes out Kylie and then Code Red on Tormenta, and AEW wins.

Hell on Heels (Renee Michelle & Sahara 7) vs The Hex (Allysin Kay & Marti Belle)

The early on Hockey Fight goes the ways of Hell on Heels, until Allysin comes back in and evens things out. When people get back to corners, Marti and Allysin use frequent tags just to continuously stomp on Renee. Sahara 7 finally breaks things up and Renee pops out angry.

After the Heels get the tag, a nice tandem Rocket Launcher style move into Renee Superkicking Marti’s teeth through her head. Either the Heels are always scrappy or the palpable anger leads to thinking there might be a small level of stiff strikes.

Jesus, this definitely felt like more of a fight than choreographed wrestling we’ve become accustomed to lately. Even if some moves weren’t hit clean, the tension was there and the blind side aspect of some of the strikes helped to keep this match flowing. Yes it wasn’t really pretty, even though all the competitors are, it was heavily effective.

The Freebabes vs Red Velvet & Kilynn King

So the Freebabes are Jazzy Yang (Jimmy Wang Yang’s daughter), Miranda Gordy (Terry Gordy’s daughter) and Hollyhood Haley J (daughter of Amazing Maria). Kinda interesting to see a whole unit of second generation women’s wrestlers.

Red Velvet starts things off with some quick attacks and her “stirring it up” taunt. King comes in and the more exciting action is the Hoss battle. Cause much like her father, Miranda is a thick enforcer, so King’s height is neutralized a little bit. King does pop me when she hits the Pump handle Power Slam (The Meltdown from Wrath in WCW). It was a good show of power from King since she did it to Gordy, but Miranda kicked out of the tandem attack afterward and asserted her power.

Hollyhood distracted from the outside and did a great job as the annoying little cute manager style of heel. But this was a really solid match. Great tandem moves, easy logic and tag team psychology of trying to keep Red Velvet isolated. Velvet managed to roll toward King, she got grabbed, spin kick to free herself from Gordy and then we get King back in. Yang takes Velvet out of the ring, runs back to the corner to try and take advantage of the numbers advantage; but King counters, then hits Kingdom Falls on Yang for the win.

Gail Kim comes out and immediately hits the self-deprecating angle to the promo saying “talking wasn’t always my thing”, which yeah…Gail is a great wrestler but her promos were always kinda sus. Taryn Terrell and some back up comes down to basically tell Gail she can leave since NWA is Taryn’s place. Taryn and her little crew are about to beat down Gail, but Awesome Kong hits the ring! Her and Gail stare each other down, but then Kong backs up Gail and kills Taryn’s crew.

Gail runs off Taryn, Kong stalks Gail behind her and tells Gail to get back in and grabs the microphone from her. She pokes fun with the “I’m not much for words”, and then shows more of the personality we all know from shoot interviews. They have a really sweet moment, Kong says something like if she’d get off the couch for anyone, and it’s Gail. She does say she’s done, but I think she meant with what she had to say not retiring. Gail and Kong active together would be awesome though.

Impact Knockouts Championship: Deonna Purrazzo (c) vs Melina

Melina comes out in a golden outfit and veil, they even have some paparazzi come out for the lower budget MnM entrance. Deonna comes out and she’s in black and leopard print. It’s a little funny that I’ve seen some people make jokes about both being able to the tell the two apart, and they wear very similar outfits.

The early scrap is very even. Melina hits a quick Thesz Press, focuses mostly on strikes and bounces Deonna’s head off the turnbuckles. It isn’t really until Melina goes to the top rope and jumps, where Deonna catches her and hits a nice Jacknife Powerbomb counter. Deonna sets the pace and starts torquing the arms of Melina and focusing body parts. Melina tries to kick back while in the corner, but Deonna catches the foot and gives her an icy glare and drops the ankle over her shoulder. Deonna hits the “WOO” and goes for a Figure Four, but Melina gets to the ropes. Spinning Toe Hold from Deonna keeps the focus and the old school references going, but Melina manages to roll her up to force Deonna to break the submission.

After posting herself, Melina fires up, Deonna finds her way back in, but Melina is incensed. Double Knees across the middle ropes in the corner from Melina, matchbook cover, and nearly a 3, but only nearly. Melina goes for the Irish Whip, Deonna stops it, Russian Leg Sweep, roll through and then Deonna’s sadistic side is there. No Fujiwara…Tequila Sunrise!

Melina hits a Roundhouse Kick, Deonna Pumpkick, but Melina can’t pull of the Last Call. Then her knee gives out on her as she tries to run the ropes and Deonna attacks the injury. The referee stays on Melina trying to see if she’ll quit or have to be saved from herself, but Melina won’t let the referee call for the bell. Melina fights through, it gets a little rough at times while she sells and tries to fight. Almost catches Deonna after Moonlight Drive but she can’t cover immediately so only a near fall.

Primal Scream attempt, Deonna counters, Fujiwara, then Melina fights to the ropes, Venus de Milo…and Melina keeps fighting so Deonna grabs the bad leg, pulls back on the while keeping the arm barred, and Melina is forced to submit.

MadUSA comes out for commentary during the Finals of the NWA Women’s Tag tournament.

Red Velvet & Kilynn King vs The Hex (Allysin Kay & Marti Belle)

King and Kay have their power battle very similarly to how King and Gordy did. Kay lost the power fight pretty quickly and then she was beat on for most of the match. King showed off her power and Velvet showed off great agility and athleticism. Kay almost pulls back a comeback, but Red Velvet counters the Piledriver attempt with a Bell Clap…but with her thighs, transitioned into a Stunner, but then she hits the ropes and gets caught by Allysin in a Spinebuster.

After Marti gets tagged in, she brings amps up the pace on King, but King tries to lay out Marti. Tags in Velvet, Velvet misses the Frog Splash. Allysin comes back in, attempts HEXecution, but King stops it. Allysin goes for AK-47, King tries to get involved, but Allysin uses Velvet as a weapon. Marti is back in, tandem Running Boot/AK-47, and the NWA team is the victorious!

MadUSA hits the ring to present the belts, and honestly MadUSA was a nice addition to commentary. Helped fill out legitimate color instead of whatever Velvet Skye is supposed to be doing.

NWA World Women’s Championship: Kamille (c) vs Legit Layla Hirsch

This match hit the gas at the right time. Kamille dominated so much of this match. Layla had small flurries where she’d have to throw her entire body at Kamille or catch her, but Kamille never really took too many steps back. Layla hits a Corkscrew Avalanche German Suplex from the corner and that’s when we start to see Layla make some believers. Layla worked over Kamille’s arm for the Cross Arm Breaker, Leap Frogged the first Spear attempt and rattled the champion with V Triggers. Big haymakers, hunting for the arm and even kicking out of the Torture Rack Bomb kept Layla going strong.

Kamille gets dropped to a knee, Layla rushes for a Shotgun Dropkick, but Kamille catches her like a baby and literally just chucks her. Layla lands a little funny, but when she gets up, she gets flattened with a Spear and Kamille retains. Very impressive match and Kamille looked exhausted after the match.

10 Woman Women’s Invitational

Should be noted the only way to eliminate people is Pinfall or Submission.

Chelsea Green and Kiera Hogan start off the Battle Royale style match for number 1 contender for the Kamille’s title. First 30 seconds or so is just both women locked in a collar & elbow tie up, even dropping down with the gator roll as they stay connected. Bianca Carelli is the third entrant, which yes, is Santino Marella’s daughter.

After Carelli hit with a few okay Judo/power moves, we get one of the worst roll up situations I’ve ever seen. Like it was just messy, awful, and lost. Thunder Kitty is next, whose gimmick is apparently that she’s a 100 year old wrestler. Jennacide is next, with Taryn escorting her down. Bianca is the first eliminated by Jennacide, and that’s probably for the best. Bianca is attractive, but she’s greener than goose shit. Lady Frost is sixth. Jennacide eliminates the century old wrestler. Frost decides to not go into the ring, and the camera work decides to shit the bed. There is too much time focused on Frost and not the ring action. Whoever is in control of which camera to go to, sucks. Kiera and Chelsea smartly start to team up on Jennacide. Debbie Malenko is…wait…fu-what? Debbie Malenko?! Jamie Senegal is next up!

The good thing Malenko brought, beyond legitimacy and experience…she got Lady Frost in the ring! Frost hits a beautiful Yang Time, and then Debbie Malenko locks in the STF to get Frost to tap. Malenko puts Chelsea in the Surfboard, but Kiera Hogan pins Debbie while she’s in mid move to eliminate Malenko. Masha Slamovich is next to last. Slamovich hits the Spinning Heel Kick, Chelsea hits a Curb Stomp and Jamie Senegal with a Back Handspring Shining Wizard takes out Jennacide.

Tootie Lynn is the last entry. Masha eliminates Jamie. Another Tower of Doom, which has Slamovich float through on Kiera and eliminates Kiera ( Boo, Boo Wendy, Boo Wendy Testaburger). Tootie counters Masha’s Powerbomb with a Hurricanrana and Slamovich is eliminated! Home town hero versus one of the favorites. Chelsea wins after an Unprettier!

 

Overall Score: 7.75/10

Chelsea Green has a good chance at taking advantage of the weakened Kamille, so that makes the NWA 73 card a little more interesting. As for the show, aside from the God awful mess that was the first match, the rest of the show was a really good night of wrestling. Different styles of matches, a lot of classic wrestling, fun moments with women that wrestling fans know and it wasn’t over burdened with outside talent going over.

Marti Belle got to fulfill her promo dream of being the first OFFICIALLY recognized Dominican champion, Melina put on a hell of a match against one of the best wrestlers out there today and Kamille showed vulnerability in a David and Goliath style match that went from paint by numbers to really awesome at just the right point. Also being the long time TNArmy member that I am, Taryn with her new makeshift Dollhouse against Gail was nice, and then Awesome Kong showing up made it better. Hopefully Kong still has a little left in the gas tank, because she got one of the biggest pops all night.

The only real awful parts were the first match and the first like…60% of the Invitational, but the last bit definitely over performed. I went in with tempered expectations and I came out thoroughly entertained. Damn good job Mickie James, Jazz, MadUSA and Gail Kim.


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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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Andrew’s IMPACT Wrestling Results & Match Ratings: 9.29.2022

Bound for Glory is 8 days away, but Victory Road just happened. What kind of show do we get with some fallout and penultimate hype?

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Victory Road just happened, but Bound for Glory is like 8 nights away? You know I forgot that it was such a quick turn around. That makes tonight weird, since there’s some fallout, but then there’s gonna be a lot of table setting for Bound for Glory.

This episode could be awful. The last week or so haven’t exactly set the world afire, so I’m curious if the highlight really is just gonna be the Monster’s Ball with Masha and Allie Katch.

*insert joke about possibly gagging and balls and Swinger’s Dungeon*

Ratings:

  • Bullet Club (Ace Austin & Chris Bey w/Juice Robinson) vs Trey Miguel & Laredo Kid: Bullet Club win via Finesse & Fold – **
  • IMPACT Digital Media Championship: Brian Myers (c) vs Crazzy Steve: Myers retains via Roster Cut – ** 1/2
  • Delirious vs Black Taurus: Black Taurus wins via Destination Hellhole – ** 1/4
  • PCO & Vincent vs Rich Swann & Heath: Rich wins via Phoenix Splash – ** 1/4
  • Pick Your Poison: Monster’s Ball Match: Masha Slamovich vs Allie Katch: Masha wins via Russian Death Device – *** 1/2

Results:

Bullet Club (Ace Austin & Chris Bey w/Juice Robinson) vs Trey Miguel & Laredo Kid

I don’t think I could care less about this match if I tried. Trey and Laredo are worthless. Laredo has eaten so many terrible losses and Trey is just bad. If the BC Juniors don’t win…I will really question the booking.

My biggest takeaway early is the commentary tries to put over Trey “turning heads”. No he doesn’t, he is legitimately hard to watch and everything that Will Ospreay did wrong in his early career; is basically Trey, but with less personality. Oh did you expect play by play? They isolate Laredo, decent tandem attacks, when Trey comes in it’s bad offense typical Cruiser garbage with laughable facials and body language.

Just typical crap with Trey. Were there some cool high spots? Sure. Do I care? NOPE.

IMPACT Digital Media Championship: Brian Myers (c) vs Crazzy Steve

Steve starts with some of his quirky mat wrestling, Arm Wringers into Drop Toe Holds and face biting. It shocked Myers early, but he takes a small shortcut and starts trying to slow down the psycho from Decay. Steve bounces off the ropes and Myers does his sliding trip move before commercial.

Back from commercial, Snapmare from Steve and the neck twister into some corner offense of Hip Attacks and Sentons for 2. Myers dodges King Kill 33, lands a few pot shots, Implant DDT for 2. Into the corner, face bite, Upside Down, after the rope break Myers grabs the referee to block Steve. Eye Poke, Roster Cut, AND STILL…

Simple, but entertaining. Plus it continues Myers’ arrogant, full of himself for absolutely no reason persona. Oh and he offers up an Open Challenge for Bound for Glory. Maybe Bobby Fish? Someone new? Could be interesting. 

Delirious vs Black Taurus

Delirious is between gibberish and Stone Cold early on while they’re just trading shots. Delirious twists the Nose Ring…in the mask…and Taurus sells it momentarily before stomping the foot and decking him. This is just a weird match. I mean we all know Delirious is weird, but he’s not all comedy; and Taurus is supposed to be legit-ish.

Admittedly, with the exception of Victory Road, it has been years since I’ve watched a Delirious match. So the level of ridiculousness has hit Toru Yano levels, especially after the 10 count Leg Drops. Taurus powders, comes back in, Shoulder Tackle, Blackhole Backbreaker into a Samoan Drop. As soon as Taurus looks in charge, Delirious throws together a combo, eats a Headbutt and then Destination Hellhole.

Sheesh okay after 2 interview segments we get to Honor No More’s victory celebration segment. Just a lot of talking and inaction, so this just goes to feed that weird feeling I had coming into the show because of the timing. Eddie does the usual thing where hates on PCO and accuses him of being the weak link, which is a smart story angle since the fans tend to like PCO’s gimmick and this makes him more sympathetic to casual observers. 

Oh good Taven is talking nowWait did I just say that? DAMN YOU IMPACT! Made me like Matt Taven. Maria stirs the pot a little saying that Eddie is a better wrestler than Josh and Moose…by the implications. 

Thank God, Josh Alexander finally breaks up the segment with…more talking. Okay never mind. Jesus since the end of the Delirious match it was like 15 minutes before Josh finally charged the ring and threw down a bit with Honor No More. Rich Swann and Heath make a bit of the babyface save for Josh, but the numbers are still on Honor No More’s side. Oh MCMG come down in a tracksuit and dress clothes! Someone wasn’t ready to be doing a run in.

PCO & Vincent vs Rich Swann & Heath

Well isn’t that convenient that four of the men in the donnybrook were supposed to be in a match anyway.

Rich uses his quickness to try and stay ahead of PCO, but PCO cuts him off in the corner into the Corner Hung Codebreaker, then the leaned against the ropes Leg Drop thing. Vincent throws together a T-Bone Suplex into a Flatliner and keeps the vibes flowing on Rich Swann.

PCO clears out Heath, but PCO’s hand gets stuck in the ropes. Vincent eats a flip kick and the Phoenix Splash while PCO and Heath are brawling on the outside after the rope issue with PCO.

Pick Your Poison: Monster’s Ball Match: Masha Slamovich vs Allie Katch

Haymakers and Headbutts start things off as they both hit the ropes and lay out one another with dual clotheslines. Trash can lid duel, Masha gets first contact, but Allie blocks and returns 3 shots. German Suplex from Masha into whipping her with a chain, some choking and then general pulling with the chain in Katch’s mouth or around her eyes. Katch claws at Masha’s eyes to try and get some space.

Headbutts and Biting from Masha as Allie tries to power out of a Bow and Arrow. More chain choking…I’m not sure if this is a wrestling match or BDSM prep at the moment. Ahh Masha needs more Cowbell but Allie cuts her off with a trash can lid. Allie tries a Piledriver through a door, but Masha turns it into an Air Raid Crash into the opposite corner.

Commercial break, and Allie is getting choked again. Spots get a little redundant, slams, chokes, and blood. OHHH – it’s a “Use the Door” chant. I thought it was – nah – I won’t say what I thought it was. Chairshot from Masha misses, but a Snap Suplex from Masha onto the chair gets some usefulness. Straight Right to the gut and an Axe Kick allows Masha to hit the Death Valley Driver onto the propped up chair. Masha goes back to biting after it was only 2. Allie cuts off Masha going to the top, Superplex onto the trash can lid, into a Death Valley Driver through the door – but Masha kicks out.

Allie tries a Piledriver on the apron a few times, but Masha blocks. Masha tries for the Release German to the floor but Allie holds on. Dazed strikes, bites and then a Russian Leg Sweep through the table lays both out for a short time. Masha grabs a black bag, it’s gotta be tacks for Monster’s Ball. Masha eats a few tacks for good show, picks up Allie but Allie fights. Piledriver into the tacks from Allie, only 2. Allie opens a trash can, and empties a bunch of cut up soda cans. Hits Masha with the can, Masha fires, Spinning Heel Kick and then Russian Death Device into the pile of tacks and cans.

Overall Score: 6.25/10

The main event was pretty good, maybe even a little better than I gave it credit for; I’m just sick of seeing some crazy hardcore match so often from Impact. It feels like its weekly, and that’s too damn much. Trey is terrible, and that’s a hill I’m willing to die on. He sells poorly, he doesn’t tell a story with his wrestling and he looks like an idiot pretending to be something he isn’t; and that’s talented.

Myers is fine with his classic delusional heel style, Delirious gave a bit of a rub to Taurus so I’m guessing he’s probably next up in the X Division. But a straight 15 minutes of interviews and talking is just too damn much especially when the surrounding wrestling isn’t very good or hearty enough to help people tolerate talking time.

I do however love Joe Hendry. So…yeah. There’s always some quirky gimmicks that just resonate well with me, and this is gorgeous.

All in all, decent enough; though next week could be a real banger of a Go Home.


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