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Mitchell’s WWE Talking Smack Report! (8/7/21)

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Talking Smack is up, and WE! WANT! THE SMOKE!

SmackDown was all fired up, so Talking Smack is no different! Shotzi & Tegan, The Street Profits, and The Boss, Sasha Banks, all on one episode!

 

Kevin Patrick and Matt Camp welcome us back to the show!

“C’mon, folks, get in here!” K-Peezy and… Matt… are both excited to be hosting together after such an exciting SmackDown! It set the table for what promises to be a monumental SummerSlam, two weeks away from today! Allegiant Stadium will have a massive crowd that will be that much more excited now. Kevin asks Matt how Finn Balor is supposed to feel after SmackDown. Yes, he got back at Baron Corbin after Corbin ruined his Universal Championship contract signing, but then Roman Reigns had his say! Matt says Balor’s detour of revenge worked out, he took care of Corbin definitively, then turned his attention right back to the champ.

Balor himself said he’s no longer smiling, he’s after the title. “And if I have to go through John Cena to do it, then that’s what I’m willing to do!” Balor just needed a time and a place, but the Universal Champion, Head of the Table, the Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns told Balor to keep his name out of his mouth. In other words, if Balor starts talking about Roman behind his back, there’s gonna be a problem. Matt says there was actual respect here, though maybe he’s also giving Roman too much credit. There were definitely mind games and Balor had enough of them.

However, he forgot about the Usos! The Bloodline mugged Balor, and it ended with a guillotine hold, taking Balor’s night from great to sour. Kevin agrees, a roller coaster of a night for Finn Balor, on a roller coaster night for SmackDown.

But moving on to another headline, #ItisOn! Seth Rollins has been a real “pest” for Edge but SummerSlam will finally see them have it out! Seven years in the making if you were to ask Edge, Rollins has pulled out a lot from the Hall of Famer’s playbook, this was inevitable. And then, The EST and The Boss had some words for each other, and will once again collide for the SmackDown Women’s Championship. It was fallout from last week, and now it is official! Matt can’t wait to see it happen, this one feels meaner and more personal. But also, great to see the Street Profits back as Montez Ford is 100% again.

Just good to see them teaming together period, as it had been two months since Ford had suffered the injury to his ribs. Matt watched the Profits, from Ford to Dawkins, as the highlight reel shows, they have an intensity. They’ve always been able to have fun and connect with the fans, but they’ve been able to bring out an intensity and urgency. An impressive win with their first match back in a match of former SmackDown Tag Team Champions. The Profits want their opportunity at the titles, but of course it’ll be against the winners of The Usos VS The Mysterios at SummerSlam. But getting to see Ford’s From the Heavens splash never gets old, so great to see it again. And speaking of the Profits, they’re on stand-by with Kayla Braxton!

Kayla thanks the guys in studio but Ford is excited and wants to start this. Kayla works her tail off, so tonight, they’ll do something different. The Profits are back in the buildin’, y’all see how he’s feelin’, so Ford takes the mic. Tonight on Friday Night SmackDown, they’re back, featuring the hard working, the charismatic, legendary and outspoken Kayla Braxton! So Kayla, how do you feel about (mic over to Dawkins) the Street Profits (mic back to Ford) returning? She couldn’t be more excited! She was as excited as the jampacked Amalie Arena in Tampa Bay. Everyone is pumped that the Profits are back and that they got a big win over the Dirty Dawgs.

Oh yes, those Dirty Dawgs. They got cleaned up a little bit. But tonight, on Talking Smack, it’s about the celebration! So, what are the four words that they wake up and live by? That they breathe by, go into the world with and tackle the day with, tackle the day, tackle the next day, and the next day, the next year, the next decade, the next millennium…! What are those four words that carry them to the horizon? The words that carry them every single week after every single week, to Talking Smack? Wait, is this for Dawkins or Kayla? It’s for you, Kayla. Oh! “We Want the Smoke!” Yup! Alright, back to the studio!

Well Matt can vouch for Kayla, she wants the smoke, and of course so do the Street Profits. The Profits are locked in and ready to bring it to the rest of the SmackDown Tag Division. Kevin agrees, and looks forward to it all. A big episode with big guests: the newest tag team to hit SmackDown, Shotzi Blackheart and Tegan Nox, as well as The Boss, Sasha Banks! All that and more, after the break.

 

Talking Smack returns to talk the SmackDown Tag Team Divisions.

We know now that The Usos will defend their titles against the Mysterios. With that, Dominik Mysterio took on Jey Uso 1v1, but it didn’t quite work out well. There have been questions about where the Usos are, “Are they on the same page?” They are now, obviously, but on top of that, Rey is trying to impart wisdom to Dom the better part of a year. They did win the Bumpy Half Year Award for Best Tag Team, but Matt’s thinking, the Mysterios are drifting in different directions, and as Rey said, they don’t have momentum for the title match. Kevin says a big key would be son listening to father. Dom jokingly said he got this and that he didn’t need Rey’s help, but in a way, he still does.

Matt says they tried to stay on the same page, Rey tried to help Dom anyhow, it didn’t work out, and if he were the Usos, this is great going into their match! As for Dom and Rey, Matt figures they can go back home in San Diego and figure out what is going on here. He has no idea if they can fix this in two weeks because the Usos are better than ever. Kevin agrees there and shifts to the Women’s Tag Division, while Natalya is recovering from her leg injury, Tamina is going it alone. She took on Tegan Nox 1v1, and Tegan won with a little help from Shotzi.

Matt says it was a bit like with Balor being alone. Tamina didn’t have back-up, though she still seemed to have it in the bag. However, a tank ringside does help things. Matt isn’t taking anything away from Tegan, she’s greatly talented, and hasn’t lost since moving to SmackDown. But then, y’know, Shotzi’s in the tank ringside, Tamina’s a tough opponent for anyone, and well, it’s alright to have friends. Kevin agrees, and clearly Shotzi & Tegan are hungry for that title match, but we’ll have to wait and see.

And as the replay gets to it, Matt points out that Nerf missile was just a few inches from being a disqualification. Luckily it went more left than right, and it was enough of a distraction for Tegan to win. And then, the tank was their way out. Kevin saw them and the crowd smiling, but now we’ll see them here with Kayla in Tampa.

Kayla is here with #Shotzi&Nox and she congratulates Nox on the win. Shotzi applauds as Kayla asks how Tegan is feeling. Tegan says her chin is still sore, but the win feels great. The only thing that would make this feel even better is the tag team gold! Kayla was about to bring those up herself, as these two have been on a roll! Shotzi reminds us they’re undefeated, and Kayla continues to say they’ve already beaten the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions twice! That has to mean they have momentum going towards the titles, right? Shotzi says, “Oh, yes! And Tamina’s a beast, so I applaud Tegan.” And of course she applauds.

Kayla notes they do have such a cool entrance with Shotzi’s tank. Do they let anyone else drive it? No way! But they’d let Kayla ride with them. That’s it. Okay, but there’s no qualifications someone could have that’d make them worthy? Shotzi says if you have a good vibe, maybe. Bad vibes get kicked out of the way. Tegan says Shotzi hasn’t even let Tegan drive it, which she says is actually fair. Tegan’s from the UK, they drive on the other side of the road, she understands. Shotzi defends that she’s down to let Tegan drive, but yeah, maybe they need to take it to a more open area so no one gets run over and they don’t hit buildings. Tegan says she can practice with cones on the ground.

Kayla congratulates these two on their roll, and asks if they have a message for the Women’s Tag Team Champions. “Haha, we won again~!” But in seriousness, they’re still undefeated, they’re gonna keep it that way, and they’re gonna take it all the way to the titles! Kayla asks for a Shotzi howl, but Shotzi suggests Kayla join in. Oh, okay… Count down to it. One. Two. Three. A great group howl, and back to studio!

Kevin can howl, apparently, and Matt says his voice just isn’t there for it. But a lot of the now, Tegan & Shotzi are confident they’ll be the next champions. As soon as Natty is ready, we all know where Tegan & Shotzi are going. Kevin agrees, and speaking of tag teams, we’ve still gotta talk about Sasha Banks betraying Bianca Belair after their tag match, all to get at the title. The Boss will be here, after the break.

 

Talking Smack returns to talk grudge matches!

Firstly, the Rated R Superstar was back after the brutal blindside attack from behind by Seth Rollins. Matt says that was unhinged, yet calculated. Rollins knows what he’s doing as he’s taking many valuable pages from Edge’s playbook and doing it all quite well. It certainly feels that Rollins has Edge on his heels as they now go into a SummerSlam showdown. But Kevin says Edge had a great line about Rollins being “Edge Lite.” Matt says it was good and it rattled Rollins, but Rollins rattled Edge right back bringing up Edge’s family. And from costing the title at MITB, the attack last week, and now this match being made, which Matt also points out Rollins was pretty quick to accept, this is all a sign that Rollins is extremely confident, so he can’t wait.

Kevin moves things to how things kicked off: Sasha made an entrance, Bianca showed up right after, and then even Zelina Vega got involved. Bianca and Zelina had their match tonight, and if Zelina had won, she would have her own SmackDown Women’s Championship match down the line. It didn’t go that way as Bianca was in rare form, and now it is a WrestleMania 37 rematch at SummerSlam, Bianca VS Sasha for the SmackDown Women’s Championship, the match where Bianca became champion.

Matt likes that Bianca is taking on everyone. She kept her word in giving Vega her match, but management said, “Hold on, Zelina, if you win tonight, then you get a title match after SummerSlam.” But again, didn’t happen for Vega, but Matt points out that Bianca came out with such confidence and maturity, and almost a veteran savvy. She’s been up and down the road, was in the ring with Sasha, Bayley, Carmella, and got wins on them all, so she told Zelina, “I will face you tonight, and I will beat you tonight,” and that’s what she did. The road is clear to Belair VS Banks II, and as Matt said earlier tonight, this one is gonna be meaner and he’s ready to see it.

Kevin agrees and reminds us that Bianca Belair’s reign is now at 118 days, and you best believe that annoys Sasha! But speaking of The Boss, Kayla has her standing by!

Kayla thanks the guys again and she brings up the official WrestleMania rematch at SummerSlam! What does that mean for her? Ssaha says it means she gets HER rematch, and HER revenge on Bianca. For months, she was at home, healing from that wound from the braid Bianca cheated with! Sasha would never stoop so low! Sasha brings people up, like she did for Bianca. She’s why Bianca won an ESPY, why she has the WWE accolades she has, and why she’s the biggest star the WWE’s seen. Bianca’s the EST but Sasha’s still the B E S T, and it’s time she gets her title back!

Kayla does note Sasha claims Bianca still owes Sasha a thank you, could she elaborate on that? Uh, wouldn’t you say thank someone if they did all that stuff for you? No? Sasha says she gets NO respect but she is the Boss, the standard, the leader, The Conversation, and Bianca needs to realize that. Come SummerSlam, Bianca will not be the EST of the WWE anymore. Sasha is the greatest, the best, so SHE is the E S T of the W W E. “Bye, boo. I’ll see you at SummerSlam.” Kayla thanks Sasha for her time then sends it back to studio.

Kevin notes Sasha says there’s no main event for Bianca without her, but then Sasha was the one who lost. Seems like she’s a bit bitter to him. Matt says that when you are someone like Sasha Banks, you can have that confidence from earning it. She’s one of the greatest superstars in the WWE, male or female, her resumé speaks for itself. And Sasha does not like sharing the spotlight, which is eating away at her. But Bianca, with her 118 days, has become more confident and in a good way. Bianca will do what it takes to keep the spotlight on her, from Rolling Loud to SmackDown to SummerSlam.

Of course, they’ll share the spotlight again, but only one walks away the champion. And again, this is a lot more personal, it’ll be a lot meaner, this isn’t about being friends or tag partners. These two do NOT like each, which makes for an even better match than Mania. Kevin is so pumped because SummerSlam is only getting bigger. Reigns VS Cena, Edge VS Rollins, Belair VS Banks, all two weeks from today. For Matt, Kayla and the crew, Kevin signs off and hopes we have a great weekend.


My Thoughts:

While this was another good episode, with everyone delivering their promos just fine, this will be the last Talking Smack (or Raw Talk for that matter) that I really even bother with. The factors as to why are my personal schedule, my personal health, and (as I also said just last episode) how the format change has stopped it from being as fun to watch. When R-Truth and Matt Riddle get to interact with Kevin “K-Peezy” Patrick again, then maybe I’ll watch. That was the good stuff. The Profits were great but they always are; Tegan & Shotzi are starting to mesh as a team in their promos; and Sasha was exactly Heel Sasha, even with some recycled material from SmackDown.

Though I have to ask, and maybe it was just me, but was Matt Camp saying run-on sentence after run-on sentence?  It was so hard to keep up with what he was saying because he just kept going. Is there a prompter he reads off of? If yes, did the person keep throwing the lines out too fast? And if not, was he just having a hard time focusing? And either way, I feel like he recycled the most material of anyone tonight. I’m sure the guy’s great on The Bump, but there was just something off with his dialogue here.


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(NOAH) NOAH WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.182 ~ 8TH AUGUST 2022

After a rare live stop in the UK for HAYATA (which Hisame was present for), she informs us of all the NOAH happenings leading towards the N-1 Victory!

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HAYATA defends the GHC Junior against Shuji Kondo in Japan and Chris Ridgeway in England

In a brutal match which combined speed vs strength, and technical ability vs psychological warfare, HAYATA succeeded in defending the title against Shuji Kondo in the main event of DEPARTURE 2022 on the 5th August. It was by no means an easy fight, Kondo possessed the size and the strength that HAYATA did not, and so HAYATA had to find a way round him, which he did by too capitalizing on the element of surprise, which was the strategy that Shuji Kondo was also aiming for. In the end, he won by The Headache after 19 minutes and 3 seconds. Backstage, HAYATA said that since he was fighting Chris Ridgeway on the 7th July, why not make it a title match?

The second GHC Junior title match (and HAYATA’S 5th defense) took place at The Portland Centre in Nottingham only about (and maybe not even) forty-eight hours after defending against Kondo. WrestleCarnival (the promotion hosting the title match), followed NOAH’s traditions by playing the theme music for the title and showing the gallery of champions. For the newer fans, each belt, even the newer GHC National, have their own title music. Ridgeway vs HAYATA was STINGER vs STINGER with the atmosphere of the venue changing radically to a NOAH show. The match was a vicious technical fight, with very much Yoshinari Ogawa psychology (not just submissions, but amazing reversals i.e. Ridgeway catching HAYATA mid flight and turning the move into an ankle lock), which was very much Match Of The Year quality. HAYATA succeeded in defending the title with The Headache. Afterwards, they shook hands.

You will be able to view the match on WrestleUniverse in due course.

Yoshiki Inamura Fire Festival

Yoshiki Inamura’s summer peaked when finishing the highest in his block, he went on to the Fire Festival 2022 finals against Daisuke Sekimoto. Sekimoto has been both a tag partner and a rival of Inamura, and so this was Inamura’s chance to both show him how much he has grown and also overcome a senior. Sadly, Inamura was not successful in his attempt.

The GHC Junior Tag Championship: A tale of a stolen belt, duct tape and a sneak win

While HAYATA was defending his belt against Shuji Kondo and then heading off to face Chris Ridgeway, Yoshinari Ogawa had his own championship problems, as Eita is still parading around with the GHC Junior Tag belt. Eita is even going to far as to proclaim himself as the GHC Junior Tag Champion, have official pictures taken with the belt, and say all his singles matches in DragonGate were championship matches. No wonder at DEPARTURE 2022, Yoshinari Ogawa came out looking grim and holding a chair which he swung at Perros Del Mal De Japon. Kotaro Suzuki, who was at ringside seconding, was taped to the corner post by Yuya Susumu and Kai Fujimura, as Ogawa chased Eita around over the belt.

Kotaro was later freed from his duct tape prison, and used as a missile by NOSAWA Rongai, as he still had his arms taped down. The match was “won” by young Kai Fujimura, who Ogawa threw over NOSAWA, after he dodged thanks to Eita showboating with the belt, and who had hit NOSAWA in the face. Ogawa once again was not successful in getting his tag belt back, as after a tug-of-war over it, Eita ran off.

N-1 Victory 2022 change: Timothy Thatcher out, Kinya Okada in

Due to Visa issues, Timothy Thatcher was announced by Naomichi Marufuji, to have pulled out of the N-1 VICTORY 2022. Marufuji admitted that there were seniors to take his place, himself included if he so wished (he didn’t because of just coming back from a knee operation), but he wanted to see NOAH’s younger generation take that slot, and therefore a match was arranged between Kinya Okada and Yoshiki Inamura at DEPARTURE on Friday 5th August. If anyone was going to have that slot, Kinya Okada vowed it would be him. He and Yoshiki Inamura were the same age and contemporaries, both from the same class and the same generation of NOAH, but whereas Inamura seemed to have all the advantages – Fire Festival, title matches, and even main evening, Okada (whose career had suffered from a couple of early injuries), was in the opening match and losing constantly. This was his chance to catch up and fought like never before, and overcame his friend/rival. Kinya Okada will therefore enter this years N-1 VICTORY 2022 in Timothy Thatcher’s place (B Block). His first match will be on August 11th against Masakatsu Funaki.

Hiroshi Hase to take part in Mutoh’s retirement road?

As Governor of Ishikawa Prefecture, Hiroshi Hase usually makes an appearance when NOAH are in town. Normally his participation involves opening the show, presenting a gift to the winner of the main event (etc), but on the 31st July he not only chopped Kendo Kashin, and chugged beer with Kazuyuki Fujita, and made Keiji Mutoh a tourism ambassador for the region (Naomichi Marufuji fulfils the same role for Saitama), he also said he would like to take part in Keiji Mutoh’s retirement road, although at first he didn’t think he would be able to as he didn’t think the people of the prefecture would approve. Hase, who has been retired since 2018, admitted he needed to get back in the ring and do some training. NOAH have announced nothing as of yet.

Kenoh names his new move, “Enrin”

Kenoh has named his double knee attack moonsault, “Enrin”, which basically means flaming circle. He says that flames are a good look for him. The name was chosen following a public poll on Kenoh’s twitter

Kenoh WBC?

Following an appearance by El Hijo Del Santo in NOAH and Kenoh as usual squaring up to him, (plus a very funny shoving spot behind Tadasuke as he talked to the camera), it appeared that El Hijo Del Santo issued a challenge to Kenoh, over his belt. Kenoh said that had never heard any belt by that name, except in boxing, but would be happy to take him on, anytime and anywhere.

Naomichi Marufuji returns, dates in America

Naomichi Marufuji made his return to NOAH at DEPARTURE 2022, teaming with Go Shiozaki and Takashi Sugiura against Daiki Inaba, Masato Tanaka and Satoshi Kojima. The match (despite it’s N-1 fight between Sugiura, Shiozaki, Tanaka and Kojima), was won by Go Shiozaki. On the 28th August, he will go to New York to face Eddie Kingston at House of Glory Wrestling. There will also be a further date in America in November for  King of The Indies 2022.

Tadasuke injured

Tadasuke has been injured with nasal bone fractures, and will therefore miss (probably) the next three NOAH shows, which includes Osaka and Hiroshima, places very special to him.

“Camel Kobayashi”

KENTA revealed in his autobiography, “Footsteps”, that his ring name was very almost “Camel Kobayashi”. This was because he was teased by his seniors as they thought he looked like a camel, and it was Naomichi Marufuji, who suggested the name! KENTA says that it was because of this nickname that Satoru Asako defeated him with the Camel Clutch, although this was not a move he usually did.

ELSEWHERE IN NOAH

– Mohammed Yone described Funky Express as “this little old man army”. Saito told him that most definitely did not describe him. They might be aging. He wasn’t.

– Eita apparently said he was the “GHC Junior” champion by mistake once

– Shuhei Taniguchi actually trusted a Kendo Kashin handshake. Think about that for a moment.

– Naomichi Marufuji said that after drinking with Mitsuharu Misawa, they were both so drunk they each paid the taxi driver, so he got two fares. Takashi Sugiura said that Kinya Okada and Daisuke Harada, both have a tendency to wander off when drunk.

– When Kenoh was looking for a name for his moonsault, Naomichi Marufuji suggested “New double knee attack moonsault”. Kenoh didn’t even bother to respond.

– When Kaito Kiyomiya was teaming with El Hijo Del Santo and Ultimo Dragon, he and Alejandro did a double over the top rope somersault. This is not a usual Kiyomiya move, and he said he was inspired by his seniors.

– A TikTok account craze has swept NOAH. Pretty much everyone except STINGER and Kongoh it appears have created an account.

– Tadasuke’s camera corner was interrupted by a scuffle in the background between Kenoh, Kaito Kiyomiya, El Hijo Del Santo, Ultimo Dragon and Alejandro.

– Kaito Kiyomiya has a new feature on his YouTube channel, “Kiyo’s Kitchen” (I get the impression that “Kiyo” is his nickname within NOAH).

EVENT RECAPS AND POST MATCH INTERVIEWS

  • Midsummer Clash 2022 (Ishikawa Industrial Exhibition Hall No.3, Sunday July 31st)

Event recap

Post match interviews

  • Sunny Voyage 2022 (Act City Hamamatsu, Saturday July 30th)

Event recap

Post match interviews

  • DEPARTURE 2002 (Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Friday 5th August)

Event recap

Post match interviews

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

 

THIS WEEK IN NOAH

(August 2022 schedule)

NOAH will hold the press conference for the N-1 VICTORY 2022 at 4pm JST on Wednesday 10th August. This will be live and free to view as it will be streamed on YouTube.

  • N-1 VICTORY 2022

Thursday, August 11th

Start time: 16:00 JST

Venue: Yokohama Budokan

Broadcast: ABEMA (Live)WrestleUniverse (Live, English commentary)

Saturday, August 13th

Start time: 17:30 JST

Venue: EDION Arena Osaka 2nd Stadium

Broadcast: WrestleUniverse (Live)

Notes about broadcasts

– WrestleUniverse will have English commentary for all nights.

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.

HAYATA UK APPEARANCES

Saturday, August 13th: HAYATA – PROGRESS Wrestling (Sheffield)

Sunday, August 14th: HAYATA – PROGRESS Wrestling (Newcastle)

I am informed that PROGRESS have their own streaming service, but I am unsure as to whether the matches will be put on WrestleUniverse.

BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES 

Wednesday, August 10th: Yasutaka Yano (22)

Friday, August 12th: Junta Miyawaki debut anniversary (5)

LINKS

“Take it from me in the truest sense of the word”, Mutoh teaches Kiyomiya “The Mutoh Finishing Method” directly

Will Naomichi Marufuji never go bankrupt? When I asked the wrestlers about NOAH and the legendary heavy drinkers, there was surprising episodes….

Naomichi Marufuji, “I want to stand again as one of NOAH’s pillars” – press conference on the eve of his return for the first tine in two months

GHC Junior match signing ceremony: “I will create NOAH Junior’s brand”, Kondo declares comeback for the first time in none and a half years, HAYATA brands him as a “guy from the past”

Interview with El Hijo Del Santo towards NOAH War, Ultimo says about Kenoh, “I won’t let him lay a finger”

AKITOSHI SAITO’S N-1 EVALUATION

Takashi Sugiura

Jack Morris

Masato Tanaka

Hideki Suzuki

Anthony Greene

Masa Kitamiya

Masaaki Mochizuki

Kazuyuki Fujita

Satoshi Kojima

BOOK CORNER

“Donmai, Donmai” – Mitsuharu Misawa’s diary

Akira Taue complains of someone snoring, he thinks it was probably Yoshinari Ogawa, but Mitsuharu Misawa admits it may also have been him.

PICTURE CREDITS: House of Glory (Naomichi Marufuji & Eddie Kingston), myself (HAYATA)

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NOAH WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.181 ~ 29TH JULY 2022

With only a few weeks before the N-1 Victory tournament kicks off, NOAH is setting the stage and the Juniors are forever causing trouble!

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Seiki Yoshioka joins the NOAH Junior Regulars

Following a singles match with Daisuke Harada at “STAR NAVIGATION 2022” (July 21st, Korakuen Hall), Seiki Yoshioka took Harada up on his offer to join the NOAH Junior Regulars. Yoshioka explained his decision as he had tried to get the GHC Junior Heavyweight belt by himself and had failed, so now he was going to try getting it working in tandem with people he had never teamed with before.

When it came to meet his new teammates, not everyone was initially happy with Daisuke Harada’s decision. Alejandro had no issue with it, Atsushi Kotoge put the past behind them and shook hands, but YO-HEY was a little more cautious, and naturally the same went for Seiki Yoshioka.

To set the scene for newer fans, Yoshioka and YO-HEY were in a unit called FULL THROTTLE together, which fell apart when Yoshioka kicked YO-HEY in the head and turned on the unit saying that expressions such as “Perron” (YO-HEY) and “Mui Bien” (Hajime Ohara) weren’t going to get him to the top of the NOAH Juniors and after kicking Hajime Ohara down, he joined with his old friends in STINGER. Since then, he and YO-HEY have been enemies. YO-HEY later said that Harada had made a decision, and basically he would abide by it and see how it went. The ice was broken a little at the NOAH Junior Twitter Space, and again the next day at their second one (NOAH seemed intent on replaying the first interview), but being in the ring and tagging together is the real show your true intentions as far as the NOAH Juniors go, and this is precisely what is going to happen on the 29th July when YO-HEY, Seiki Yoshioka and Daisuke Harada team together against STINGER. Yuya Susumu is not impressed by Yoshioka’s decision, asking if this is the path he chose on leaving them?

STINGER vs Perros Del Mal; A Tale of Two Tag Belts

Since Eita stole Yoshinari Ogawa’s tag belt, Ogawa has been on a long and fruitless quest to get it back. He almost succeeded at Korakuen Hall on the 22nd July, when he snatched the belt and went backstage during the match (leading to an unintentional but typical slightly funny moment of Yuya Susumu having to be the responsible one and sort things out), but PERROS chased him and grabbed the belt back. In the ring, Yoshinari Ogawa was taped to the ropes and forced to watch young Kai Fujimura forced to submit. HAYATA saved Ogawa from being beaten down by running into the ring and making PERROS scatter. Backstage, another fight broke out when Ogawa threw a plastic water bottle at PERROS and attempted to get the belt back. Eita declared it was his, and ran off with NOSAWA, as he clutched the belt to him. In fury, Ogawa threw a steel barrier. Fortunately, the other tag belt is safely in Chris Ridgeway’s possession. Eita warned him not to come back too quickly, he’s having too much fun beating up Ogawa.

“Not Misawa or Mutoh”

Kaito Kiyomiya says that despite the “Three Sacred Treasures” (as the Japanese sports press have named Keiji Mutoh’s gifts of The Shining Wizard. The Figure Four and The Dragon Screw), Kiyomiya at the moment has no intention of using them. He is grateful to Mutoh, but during the N-1 he wants to win as himself and find a move that is uniquely his. Kiyomiya believes that this final task from Keiji Mutoh, is Mutoh’s final gift to him.

Shuji Kondo’s mind games

Shuji Kondo declared that he would defeat HAYATA by using mind games. However, after their last pre match at Korakuen Hall on the 22nd July where Kondo had basically side stepped HAYATA, no sold him and then was not where HAYATA had anticipated he would be, HAYATA played his own mind games by offering Kondo a handshake and then attacking him, dodging Kondo he slid out of the ring and growled on the mic, “To be continued, August 8th, Korakuen Hall”.

N-1 VICTORY battlelines drawn up

The heavyweights are gearing up for the N-1 VICTORY, which means they go slightly wild like their junior counterparts.

Katsuhiko Nakajima says this will be his summer, and has already sparked with Kaito Kiyomiya, defeating him and throwing him from the ring at the last Korakuen.

Kenoh says he is aiming for Kazuyuki Fujita to avenge his GHC National loss, and of course to rid NOAH of what he terms “the old men”. Kenoh has also renamed the N-1, the K-1 as he believes it will come down to Masakatsu Funaki (GHC National Champion), Katsuhiko Nakajima (the winner of the league the past two years) and himself (the GHC Heavyweight Champion). Kenoh says he will win.

Go Shiozaki is aiming for Satoshi Kojima

Satoshi Kojima is looking to create his own record and be the first person to win a Grand Slam in league matches in New Japan, NOAH and All Japan.

OPEN THE TRIANGLEGATE Update

Perros Del Mal De Japon retained the titles against HIGH END on July 21st, and have been challenged by M3K. This match will take place in Dragon Gate. However, NOSAWA Rongai has challenged YAMATO to a singles match which will take place in NOAH.

ELSEWHERE IN NOAH

– Mohammed Yone said in a recent interview that before matches, he pumps up his ‘fro by about 10cm

– Pec flexing seems to have become a competition in NOAH as Satoshi Kojima does it with Kenoh and Katsuhiko Nakajima doing it in matches, and Kaito Kiyomiya demonstrating it to the crowd at one of the recent fan events.

– Katsuhiko Nakajima was asked if he where to have a girlfriend among the NOAH roster, who would it be? He said it would be himself.

– NOAH will go back to selling full seating for venues in September

– Fans are wondering when HAYATA is going to start talking like Kenoh!

– NOSAWA asked Masaaki Mochizuki (52), who was dressed in the baggy pants, t-shirts, shades and varsity jackets and floppy blonde hair reminiscent of 90s college boys, if he was a little old to be dressing that way? He added that Ryoto (Mochizuki’s son) didn’t really want to be dressing that way either.

– KENTA wrote in his biography a funny/embarrassing incident that took place in Hakodate when he and Kenta Kobashi were eating with some locals. Kobashi asked KENTA who was his favorite in a local band called “Judy and Mary”, did he like “Judy” or did he like “Mary”. While the locals suppressed their giggles as the band is a four piece and not a duo like Kobashi thought, KENTA (who himself was turning red at Kobashi trying to be hip) saved him further embarrassment and said “Judy”. It is probably better that Kobashi did not ask Jun Akiyama…

Another KENTA story was when he was injured during training for his debut due to an elbow to face by Makoto Hashi. Concerned, Mitsuharu Misawa came over and tilted KENTA’S head up to look. KENTA said he forgot the pain in his nose, as he was more worried about Misawa kissing him.

EVENT RECAPS AND POST MATCH INTERVIEWS

  • STAR NAVIGATION 2022 (Thursday July 21st, Korakuen Hall)

Event recap

Post match interviews

  • STAR NAVIGATION 2022 (Friday July 22nd, Korakuen Hall)

Event recap

Post match interviews

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

THIS WEEK IN NOAH

(August 2022 schedule)

  • SUNNY VOYAGE 2022

Saturday, July 30th

Venue: Act City Hamamatsu, Shizuoka

Start: 18:00 JST

Broadcast: WrestleUniverse (broadcast on Tuesday 2nd August from 18:00 JST)

  • MIDSUMMER CLASH 2022

Sunday, July 31st

Venue: Ishikawa Industrial Exhibition Hall No. 3, Ishikawa

Start: 16:00

Broadcast: WrestleUniverse (broadcast on Wednesday 3rd August from 18:00 JST)

  • DEPARTURE 2022

Friday, August 5th

Start time: 18:30 JST

Venue: Korakuen Hall

Broadcast: WrestleUniverse (Live)

DEPARTURE celebrates NOAH’s birthday, which means that this year, NOAH will turn twenty two. Each year NOAH reaches this point is a miracle given the turbulent history of the promotion. Mitsuharu Misawa gave NOAH’s first ever show this name as a way of sticking up two fingers to All Japan as he had walked out with three of The Four Pillars, half of the roster, and most of their young talent, referees, office staff and eventually NOAH would even take All Japan’s TV spot.

LINKS

A man named Kaito Kiyomiya

“Why did you start using “Kinniku Buster” in Pro Wrestling?” Mohammed Yone, “I wanted a special move to say “This is who I am”

Satoshi Kojima swears an early comeback for the N-1, will he exceed Mutoh in The Grand Slam & Three Promotions League Championship? 

Kenoh plans a N-1 Veteran “Spring Clean”, the number one target is Kazuyuki Fujita, the symbol of the old men

Neither Misawa or a copy of Mutoh! Kaito Kiyomiya talks about his N-1 Resolution

Fan Meeting 2022 – Saturday 23rd July

Fan Meeting 2022 – Sunday 24th July

Kaito Kiyomiya, who has inherited Keiji Mutoh’s special moves, will display a “New Kiyomiya at N-1”

From Cirque Du Soleil..the hidden “Real Face” of super unique wrestler Ninja Mack

AKITOSHI SAITO’S N-1 EVALUATION

El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Junior

Masakatsu Funaki

BOOK CORNER

“DONMAI, DONMAI” – Mitsuharu Misawa’s diary

27th January 2006 added

With thanks to: Metal NOAH

GIF taken from WrestleUniverse


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