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Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (8/12/21)

Supernova 11 VS Subculture’s Skater-Rocker!

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Who takes the first step towards challenging Tyler Bate?

While Tyler Bate & Trent Seven go for the NXT UK Tag Team Championships, a Heritage Cup Contender Tournament begins! Will Scottish Supernova or Welsh Rocker-Skater come out on top?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Flash Morgan Webster w/ Subculture VS Wolfgang; Wolfgang wins.
  • Nina Samuels VS Amale; Amale wins.
  • NXT UK Heritage Cup Contenders Tournament: Noam Dar VS Mark Andrews; Dar wins and advances to the next round.

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Flash Morgan Webster VS Wolfgang!

The Modfather isn’t in this year’s Heritage Cup tournament, but he was in last year’s. So then, can he help #MAndrews scout the Last King of Scotland before ever having to face him in the brackets? Or will Wolfgang return FMW’s slap with interest?

The bell rings and FMW moves around. Wolfgang corners him but FMW gets away. They reset, BT Sports Studio rallies, and FMW dodges to SLAP Wolfie! Wolfgang laughs it off this time as FMW grins, and the two go again. FMW gets around, waistlocks, Wolfgang throws him and has the arm. FMW kips up, wrenches, and SLAPS again! This time Wolfgang is mad. FMW bails out and Wolfgang says he’s running outta luck. Wolfgang cools off as FMW goes around the outside. FMW climbs up while taunting Wolfgang about where he’s been slapping him. Wolfgang and FMW approach, FMW stomps a foot and puts on a headlock!

Wolfgang powers out, FMW gets around again to headlock! Wolfgang back suplexes, blocks the slap, and DECKS FMW! FMW staggers up and Wolfgang cravats. Wolfgang cranks the neck and snapmares to a cover, TWO! Wolfgang keeps on FMW, FMW hits back with body shots, but Wolfgang knees low. Then a cravat TOSS! FMW staggers up and boots Wolfgang away! Wolfgang comes back, FMW goes up and over and V-TRIGGERS! Wolfgang falls out of the ring, FMW pursues, but Wolfgang throws him back into the ring. FMW gets up to PLANCHA into a GUTBUSTER! Wolfgang knew what was coming and how to take advantage!

Wolfgang puts FMW in, FMW starts kicking. FMW throws body shots, Wolfgang KNEES! FMW clutches his ribs, Wolfgang squeezes him with a bearhug! FMW endures, BT Sports Studio rallies up but Wolfgang throws in heavy hands. FMW pulls hair, gets up and throws elbows. Wolfgang just spins FMW around into another bearhug! FMW endures, throws elbows, gets free but Wolfgang KNEES him in the ribs again! And puts on a Cobra Twist! Wolfgang digs his fingers into ribs, then digs knuckles into more ribs! FMW endures, moves around, gets his leg fee and spins to throw forearms! But Wolfgang gets him up to RAM him into a corner! And then runs in, but FMW dodges!

Wolfgang staggers from hitting the buckles, FMW runs in but is put on the apron! FMW slingshots up and over and keeps moving to fire off forearms and CHOPS! Forearm, CHOP, Wolfgang shoves, but FMW dropkicks back! FMW goes up, QUEBRADA! BT Sports Studio fires up as FMW bobs ‘n’ waves and fakes Wolfgang out for a HEADBUTT! FMW reels Wolfgang in?! He underhooks the arms, but Wolfgang back drops free! FMW comes back but into a kitchen sink knee! BASEMENT SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Wolfgang drags FMW up, reels him in but FMW can barely stay up so Wolfgang stands over him in the Gallus Boy crossed arm pose and says, “Gallus Boys on top!”

Wolfgang drags FMW back up, fireman’s carries, FMW throws elbows. FMW waistlocks, Wolfgang elbows him away, but then FMW boots from the corner. FMW goes up and leaps but Wolfgang catches him! Wolfgang pops FMW up, but FMW POISON RANAS!! FMW fires up to V-TRIGGER!! Cover, TWO!?! FMW can’t believe it but he keeps going! FMW climbs up, somersault senton onto knees! FMW staggers away to a corner, comes back, into the WOLFGANG SPEAR! Cover, Wolfgang wins!

Winner: Wolfgang, by pinfall

The Modfather didn’t win, but there was a lot of Wolfgang’s game for the High-Fiving, Stage-Diving Welsh Rocker-Skater to watch. Will Webster’s efforts help Andrews in the long run?

 

Sid Scala speaks.

The Assistant NXT UK GM says that in two weeks, Joe Coffey VS Rampage Brown III will finally happen! And the only way to prove which man is the toughest in NXT UK, the only way to win is by submission or knockout! Will the Iron King stand atop his kingdom? Or will he be beaten down by the Rampage?

 

NXT UK Media interviews Subculture’s Mark Andrews and Dani Luna.

As we just saw, Flash fell short against Wolfgang. Have they had a chance to talk to him? No, not yet but Andrews says, “Even though he came up short, he put a hell of a shift in.” Wolfgang is a big, big man and FMW gave him a run for his money. Dani says FMW gave Wolfgang a run for his money, too. Wait, Isla Dawn is creeping around in the back and now Dani notices. Is she…? Well, just ignore her. But then Dawn reaches out for Dani’s hair and Dani tells her to leave it alone. Dawn creeps away now, will she give Dani the creeps in a match soon enough?

 

NXT UK Media catches up with Moustache Mountain.

Trent Seven speaks to the virtues of “facial myofascial release” as Tyler Bate uses a muscle massager on his cheek, and the Big Strong Boy sees what he means. The media asks the guys their thoughts on the coming NXT UK Tag Team Championship match with Pretty Deadly. Seven says it’s “A long time coming, that’s what it is.” Moustache Mountain is back, the title match is set, “and how can you call yourselves the NXT UK Tag Team Champions if you haven’t wrestled Moustache Mountain?” Bate says Seven’s on a winstreak, Bate’s on one himself, time to complete the NXT UK Triple Crown and an overall NXT Grand Slam, while getting Trent to his first NXT UK belt.

Seven realizes it will be, and says it will be. Moustache Mountain fist bumps and gets back to training, will Pretty Deadly be in for a big strong finale to their reign?

 

Sid Scala has NXT UK Media follow him.

Jinny and Joseph Conners are already waiting in his office and he thanks them for coming to discuss the coming match. In two weeks, Jinny will have a rematch with Aoife Valkyrie, but this time it will be a No Disqualification match. Jinny tells the “smart little boy” that she will look forward to destroying Aoife, and thanks him for this news. But there’s one more detail, and it involves Conners. He will be locked inside a cage at ringside. Now Jinny is mad and the “stupid, STUPID boy!” As Jinny storms off, Conners tells Sid that this won’t change the outcome. Maybe, but will Jinny VS Valkyrie II at least end fair and square?

 

Nina Samuels VS Amale!

The Leading Lady and the French Hope have been clashing backstage, and that’s not in regards to their fashion senses. Every woman wants to step to the Final Boss, but a line has to form. Who will cut the other off and be that much closer to a showdown with Meiko Satomura?

The bell rings and the two rush each other! Nina kicks, RAMS Amale to a corner, then RAMS her shoulder in! The ref counts, Nina lets off but kicks again, then THROWS Amale by her hair! Nina drags Amale up by her hair to THROW her again! Snapmare, but Amale dodges the leg drop to come back and LARIAT! Amale rains down furious fists, then tops it off with a forearm. Amale whips Nina to a corner then runs in to clothesline! And then a BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Amale drags Nina up to a cravat and cranks the neck. Nina endures, Amale snapmares and has a cover, TWO! Amale must’ve seen Wolfgang do that!

Nina fights up, throws body shots, spins through and bridges to then victory roll Amale, TWO! Amale comes up to KNEE low and snapmare again. Nina avoids the elbow drop to NECK SNAPPER! Cover, TWO! Nina keeps her composure then she kicks Amale around. Amale gets to ropes, Nina digs her boots in, but the ref counts. Nina lets off, stalks Amale to a corner and brings her out. Nina talks trash, whips but Amale reverses. Nina goes up and NIGHTSHADES to a springboard DOUBLE KNEE! Nina digs Amale into the ropes! The ref counts, Nina lets off then argues with the ref, before she whips Amale corner to corner hard!

Amale dodges as Nina runs in to stomp a mudhole! Amale then runs side to side to BOOT WASH! Amale fisherman’s for a SCREW! Cover, TWO!! Nina survives and Amale is losing her cool. Amale kicks at Nina, but Nina small packages, TWO! Amale throws knees, throws forearms, but Nina throws body shots. Amale throws forearms, runs, but Nina scoops and tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKERS! Then gut wrenches for another BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Nina is starting to lose her cool but she keeps herself focused. Nina gets Amale at the ropes, brings her up and pulls her back into a Motorcycle Stretch! The ref counts, Nina stops and 3 and runs in, but Amale dodges the dropkick!

Nina ends up seated in the ropes, Amale hits a DRAPING BACKBREAKER! Amale gets Nina up, Nina fights the Complete Shot to swing, into Amale’s NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Amale is furious as she gets Nina for the HEARTBREAKER!! Cover, Amale wins!

Winner: Amale, by pinfall

The French Hope might still have hope yet! If she can take the spotlight from the Leading Lady, can she take the starring role in a title rematch with the Best in the World?

 

NXT UK takes a closer look at Walter VS Dragunov II.

Ilja says, “We had this match the whole world was talking about. Everybody was talking about the violence, everybody was talking about the brutality we had in this match. Everybody celebrated Walter, but nobody talks about how you mentally suffer if you go in with all the belief you have in your body… And you do just not succeed.” Dragunov admits his very, very dark phase. Walter became a nightmare for him. Nightmares can come back, and his did. Walter did it again. “There’s just nothing left inside of me. I had respect for Walter, but it’s gone.” But now Dragunov is ready to become Walter’s nightmare.

The chance is at TakeOver 36. Dragunov knows he has doubt but he different now. His will to win is burning like a fire, and his instinct to take Walter down once and for all is cold as ice! Will this cold-blooded fury be enough to finally take the title away from the Ring General? We’ll see in 10 days!

 

NXT UK shares footage from two weeks ago, after Moustache Mountain VS Symbiosis.

NXT UK reporters started to ask Symbiosis something, but Eddie Dennis stopped them to ask, “What’s wrong with you? Do you realize what these two have just been through?” But then Saxon Huxley comes storming in, going on about “Better luck next time! Better luck next time!” Dennis asks Huxley if he’s talking to them, but Huxley just stares him down. BETTER LUCK NEXT TIME! Dennis shoves Huxley, Huxley just storms off saying it over and over again. Will next time be against the Divine Beast of the Astral Plane?

 

Meiko Satomura speaks.

“Next week, Stevie Turner challenges me for my NXT UK Women’s Championship. I asked for everyone from NXT UK to step up, and Stevie did. Stevie is a good young competitor, but she has a lot to learn about respect.” Stevie says no one can prepare themselves “for someone this, far, ahead.” But Meiko says she will teach Stevie all about respect. Next week, she will. And it will be a very painful lesson. Stevie says she’s the future of NXT UK and she’s going right to the top. Even so, will the Final Boss make sure “the future” waits its turn?

 

NXT UK Media catches up with Pretty Deadly.

Sam Stoker & Lewis Howley thank the media for following them to the WWE Warehouse. They’re surrounded by history! Howley finds HHH’s old sledge! And Stoker says that next week, Pretty Deadly cements themselves as NXT UK’s best tag team champion in WWE history. They’ll soon have an entire PD warehouse with plagues, signed  photos and of course statues of Pretty Deadly. Wonderful! But first, they need to make room. Out with the old. Like Moustache Mountain. Many consider them as the best team to offer, but after next week, they’ll just be the best tag team Pretty Deadly’s beaten. They step on the Bate and Seven WWE 2K20 cards, but can they step over Moustache Mountain?

 

NXT UK Heritage Cup Contenders Tournament: Noam Dar VS Mark Andrews w/ Dani Luna!

As the Big Strong Boy said himself, he’s got tag titles on the horizon, but he still looks forward to defending the cup. As such, this tournament begins! And being that it is for the Heritage Cup, it will be under British Round Rules! Will the Scottish Supernova put his money where his mouth is? Or will Andrews be high-fiving, stage-diving, skateboarding and springboarding all the way to the top?

Dar complains, someone forgot to tell Sha Samuels to be here. That aside, the bell rings and round one begins. Dar and Andrews circle, feel it out, and tie up. Dar throws Andrews down with a leg sweep and he talks trash, “No skateboards in here.” BT Sports Studio rallies as the two go again, and Andrews gets around to waistlock. Dar reaches back, switches, then throws Andrews down to get a facelock. Andrews slips out to wrench an arm to a wristlock! Andrews wrenches again but Dar ends up on ropes. The ref calls for the break, Dar shoves Andrews then eggs him on. Andrews rushes in but Dar gets away, swaggering about.

Andrews keeps cool as he resets and ties up with Dar. Dar wrenches, wristlocks, Andrews rolls and handsprings to dropkick! Dar flounders and Andrews kips up! Andrews dusts his shoulder and taunts Dar. Dar tells Andrews to back up then stands up. They go again, Andrews gets a headlock, throws Dar over but Dar endures. Dar fights up, powers up but Andrews grinds the headlock. Dar endures as we’re under a minute, but Dar powers out this time, only for Andrews to run him over! Things speed up but Dar trips Andrews up! Dar ties up the legs, modified Queen Angelito, then he just grinds forearms into Andrews’ face. The ref reprimands, Dar lets off and Dar KICKS Andrews’ legs!

Dar blows a kiss to Dani but she ignores it as he snapmares Andrews. Under 30 seconds as Andrews wrenches back, ELBOW BREAKER, and then another wrench to ELBOW BREAKER! Another wrench, Andrews wrangles Dar down and we’re at 10 seconds. Dar moves around, gets up, Andrews wrenches but time is up! Dar gives a shove but leaves it at that.

Dar: 0; Andrews: 0

Both men get their water at the corner and are ready for round two. The two circle again, Dar calls for test of strength but toys with Andrews at the same time. They knuckle lock, go shoulder to shoulder, and Dar starts to bend Andrews back. Dar hooks Andrews’ feet, covers, but Andrews kips up! Andrews turns things around but Dar kicks and feints to KICK and KICK! Andrews goes down, Dar hurries to cover, TWO! Andrews gets space, Dani coaches him up, and Dar again “flirts” with her. Andrews throws body shots but Dar KICKS him down again. And then KICKS him in the back! Dar gets Andrews on the ropes but Andrews shoulders back! Dar snapmares Andrews into the ropes!

Dar drags Andrews to a cover, TWO! Andrews grits his teeth but Dar is after the arm. Knuckle lock and stomp! Dar drags Andrews around by the other arm to stomp again! And then a leg! Dar winks at Dani, stomps Andrews’ leg, then paces. Andrews swings but misses and Dar KICKS him in the side. We’re at the last minute of the round as both men go out of the ring. Dar gets Andrews up and a ring count starts, Dar RAMS Andrews into barriers. Dani tells Dar to get this back in the ring. The ring count is 6, Dar puts Andrews in and KICKS him! Dar throws Andrews down, covers, TWO! Dar is growing frustrated as he drags Andrews up again.

Dar whips, Andrews goes up and under and around to arm-drag! Back down to 10 seconds again as more arm-drags fly! Andrews runs, cartwheels, dropkicks Dar out of the ring, and that’s the round!

Dar: 0; Andrews: 0

Was Dar saved by the bell? Not if you asked him. But he does get back in, both men catch their breath, and it’s round three! They tie up, Dar gets a leg but Andrews spins and sunset flips, TWO! Andrews runs in but Dar puts him on the apron. Andrews shoulders in, slingshots up and over to sunset flip but Dar holds ropes. Andrews avoids a stomp and then avoids a kick! Dar hits buckles and hobbles, but he dodges Andrews as he runs in again. Andrews goes up the corner, mule kicks Dar, then adjusts, only for Dar to PENALTY KICK the legs out! Andrews hits the mat and clutches his foot! Dar moves around, but here come… Teoman and Rohan Raja?!

The Babo and his “brother” watch and Dar taunts them. Dar gets Andrews up to back suplex! Cover, TWO! Dar “flirts” with Dani more but Andrews waistlocks! Dar switches, Andrews wheelbarrows and STOMP 182! Both men are catching their breath and Dani coaches Andrews. Andrews reels Dar in for a NORTHERN LIGHTS, then floats to- Dar kicks Andrews in the leg to stop the moonsault! But Andrews steps up and over again to suplex. Dar blocks and reverses, STUNDOG MILLIONAIRE! We’re under a minute as Dar bails out, but Andrews DIVES! Direct hit into barriers and Andrews gets Dar in! Andrews aims from the apron, springboards, but Dar dodges!

Andrews hobbles, Dar runs in but Andrews slides to PELE INTO CHAMPANGE SUPER KNEEBAR! Andrew taps, Dar gets a fall!

Dar: 1; Andrews: 0

But Dar won’t let go and the ref counts. Dar lets off, using the leeway to his advantage. Teoman then signals to Raja and they leave. Have they seen enough already?

Round four begins and Dar rushes in! Andrews dodges, Dar hits buckles, Andrews ROCKS and CHOPS Dar on repeat! Dar ends up in a corner, Andrews whips him but Dar reverses. Andrews stops himself, elbows Dar away then goes up. Andrews jumps over the kick, catches the next and puts it on the rope to 619 the leg! And then ENZIGURIS and DRAGON SCREWS! Dar falls and writhes as Andrews gets in. Dani rallies for Andrews, he dropkicks Dar’s leg out! BT Sports Studio rallies as Andrews gets a leg. Dar fights, kicks but Andrews keeps trying. Dar wants Andrews’ leg but Andrews turns him more! Dar BOOTS Andrews away and is free of the partial Boston Crab.

Dar gets up to KICK Andrews in the chest! Dar tries another kick, Andrews blocks it, but Dar elbows him on the top of his head! Dar boots then runs in but Andrews dodges. Dar ducks a kick, and catches the enziguri! But Andrews uses the ankle lock to get a victory roll! ANDREWS gets a fall!

Dar: 1; Andrews: 1

We’re all tied up and in the penultimate round! Dar and Andrews get their bad legs moving as the clock begins. Dar dodges a dropkick, Andrews dodges a stomp and rolls Dar up, TWO! Andrews slides to the waistlock but Dar pries free to give kicks from below. But the bad leg! Dar hesitates, Andrews gets the legs to sit on the victory roll, TWO! Andrews ROCKS Dar and Dar rebounds to ROCK Andrews! Another forearm, Andrews fires off hands from all sides then reels Dar in. Dar wrenches free but Andrews avoids the sweep to KICK and KICK and KICK Dar’s bad leg. Dar blocks with his bad leg but that’s double-edged! Andrews 619’s but into an ANKLE LOCK!

But Andrews rolls to throw Dar then comes back. Dar blocks the leg, shifts grip and BACK ELBOWS! Cover, TWO! Dar and Andrews are down as BT Sports Studio says, “This is Awesome!” Dar gets to a corner, has pinkies out and takes aim at Andrews. Andrews rises up slowly, Dar runs in, but Andrews GAMANGIRIS! Then reels Dar in for a SIT OUT URENAGE! Andrews hurries as we’re at the last minute! Dar gets up and KICKS Andrews’ legs out! Andrews hits the mat again and Dani rallies up for him. Dar still flirts with Dani but she tells him to come get her then. Andrews stalks up behind Dar but Dar mule kicks the bad leg! Dar aims from a corner, NOVA ROLLA! Cover, Dar wins!!

Winner: Noam Dar, by pinfall (advances to the next round)

With 22 seconds to spare in the fifth, Mr. Supernova 11 is moving on to the second round of his second Heritage Cup Tournament. He is determined to prove he is Mr. British Rounds, but who will he have to face in the semifinals to do it?


My Thoughts:

Another great episode for NXT UK, quite a lot set up for a few weeks from now. Coffey VS Rampage III and Aoife VS Jinny with Conners in a cage are going to make for some great, gritty grudge matches. I can’t be sure which way Coffey VS Rampage III goes but I would think Aoife wins to even things up with Jinny. We got good promos from both Moustache Mountain and Pretty Deadly to hype up next week’s tag title match. I said last week when this match was announced that I was leaning towards Moustache Mountain, for the reasons Bate said: Bate would be a UK Triple Crown and overall NXT Grand Slam, and Seven deserves to be one of the first superstars to have held NXT and NXT UK Tag Team Championships in his career.

Meiko and Stevie have a great little vignette and it makes sense Stevie gets the next title match. That’s going to be fun but Meiko will win. Dawn creeping up on Dani, I guess Dawn’s vignette last time was about her being done with Millie McKenzie rather than wanting more of her. Luna VS Dawn is going to be a good one, whenever it happens. FMW VS Wolfgang was a great opener, the constant slaps were a great reference back to last week, and it makes sense for Wolfgang to win to have momentum going into the Heritage Cup Tournament. Dragunov had another good promo to hype up the already incredibly exciting UK Championship match, and we got a good interaction between Huxley and Symbiosis.

Nina VS Amale was a very good match for how aggressive it was, and it was a bit of a surprise Amale won. But in a way, it fits Amale’s story of wanting the UK Women’s Division to shuffle around and freshen up already. Then the Heritage Cup Tournament was off to a great start with Dar VS Andrews. NXT UK is nailing making British Rounds matches a lot of fun to watch, and so is Dar himself. Teoman and Raja appearing was a curious detail, perhaps setting up “The Family” VS Subculture for a really good tag feud. Dar winning also makes sense in that he was in last year’s tournament, lost to A-Kid as A-Kid was on his way to winning the cup, and so perhaps now Dar is a shoe-in to win this year’s tournament.

I do hope Dar and Kenny Williams meet in the next round. No offense to Oliver Carter, but there is so much story to Dar and Williams meeting again, from when they were pals to when Dar turned on Williams. Williams is now a Heel just like Dar, and I’d love if their match was centered around, “Who can out Chancer the other?” while creating a new bond of heelish respect. Mostly because I’m still interested in a quartet of Dar, Williams, Sha Samuels and Jordan Devlin as just the most concentrated collection of ego and rowdy attitude in the WWE in a long time.

My Score: 8.4/10


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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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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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