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

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WWE Talking Smack

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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News From Cook’s Corner 11.22.21: Happy Eggsgiving

A few shows, some big news, and some more releases. This week had everything! For better or worse… – and Cook gives you the lowdown!

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Hi, hello & welcome to News From Cook’s Corner! This is the week where we think about all of the things we’re thankful for. So I might actually do a Fave Five this week, considering the annual Thanksgiving column was the inspiration for the gimmick anyway! Gonna be a pretty busy week though, so we’ll see how that goes.

Before you gorge yourself on turkey, here’s the latest going on in the rasslin world…

More WWE Releases!

There’s a pretty good chance that this will become a regular section of the ol’ column. Eighty wrestlers have been released by WWE during 2021, with one (Samoa Joe. Remember him?) being rehired. Let’s put this in perspective for a minute, as looking at the numbers can explain a lot of what’s going on here.

Raw currently has forty-three wrestlers. SmackDown has thirty-six. NXT has forty-one male wrestlers & twenty-one female wrestlers. NXT UK has forty-three wrestlers. Wikipedia lists four wrestlers under 205 Live, six wrestlers as free agents, then twenty-two wrestlers as Performance Center trainees. If I had to guess, Wikipedia doesn’t have a complete list of Performance Center trainees, so we really have no idea how many people are still hiding there. I seem to recall Nick Khan talking about signing a bunch of people when he was doing that media tour around SummerSlam.

The point I’m trying to make is that WWE has a ton of people under contract and really doesn’t have that many spots. Most of those people listed under Raw & SmackDown haven’t done much of anything in quite some time. The NXT & NXT UK rosters are freaking immense, and NXT is where a lot of the recent cuts have come from. There are going to be more people coming in, therefore there will be more cuts. It’s just best to accept this now instead of getting all sad & depressed every time it happens over the next few months or however long we have before Nick Khan engineers a sale. Don’t spin this as me being happy about people getting canned, I’m just saying “it is what it is”.

So who was it this time?

A few of them were connected to the previous releases. John Morrison would be the longest tenured wrestler of this batch, considering his wife (known as Franky Monet on NXT & Taya Valkyrie elsewhere) was part of the last crop of releases this wasn’t as big of a surprise as one may think. Kind of a dick move from WWE since they’d just moved from California to Florida to facilitate her training at the Performance Center. Other people will have to learn from these events. Johnny has been more entertaining during his stints outside of WWE than he has been in WWE, so I think he’ll do just fine.

Remember when B-Fab was released and everybody thought it was kind of random to get rid of one of Hit Row’s members right after they debuted on SmackDown? Now they’re all gone. Isaiah “Swerve” Scott had been a featured act in NXT and was a top star in the indies before signing with WWE. Ashante thee Adnois was fairly new but had potential, and then there’s Top Dolla. This seems to come down to Top Dolla rubbing people the wrong way, including burying colleagues on social media & complaining to management about B-Fab’s dismissal.

It’s easy to understand why Top Dolla might have gotten a big head & thought his opinions mattered. He was featured on the Most Wanted Treasures show before ever appearing on NXT, so he was obviously a favorite of Paul Levesque’s. He also became the featured member of Hit Row upon their arrival on SmackDown, as his 6’5 330 pound frame played better with main roster decision makers than Swerve Scott’s lack of size. Dude moves pretty well for his size too, so there’s some potential there. Apparently he didn’t show enough potential to make up for whatever headaches he was causing, and the other two guys didn’t have enough appeal without him.

It’s tough, because I like it when people cause trouble backstage & stand up for themselves. Gives me more to write about here. However, I can’t recommend such things in today’s WWE. They’re looking for excuses to fire anybody. Oh, and I also wouldn’t recommend talking smack about the competition’s executive vice presidents like Top Dolla did either. Maybe it’ll impress Tony Khan, who knows.

Tegan Nox’s NXT tenure had more ups & downs than anybody else’s, I’d figure. Whenever she was about to get a push, she tore her knee up. They kept her around though, and finally moved her up to the main roster in July. She was placed in a team with Shotzi and they beat the Women’s Tag Team Champions multiple times, but never got a title shot. Then they got split in the draft, and Nox never even made an appearance on Raw. I don’t have any clue what happened other than somebody wasn’t impressed with Nox for some reason. Seemed like a solid talent to me, but I’m just a dork with a column.

Drake Maverick was released back in April 2020, but was kept around to work the NXT Cruiserweight Championship Tournament and ended up getting his job back due to popular appeal. Of course, he didn’t do a damn thing of note before getting released again, but I think we expected that. Got an extra year & a half of paychecks though, so there’s that. Seems like a nice bloke, he’ll land on his feet.

Shane Thorne disappeared from television once Retribution split up. He did a couple of dark matches recently with a Outback Jack-style Aussie gimmick, but nothing came of it. One would expect him to re-form the TMDK tag team with Mikey Nicholls at the earliest possible opportunity.

Jaxson Ryker was the final name of the list, and was another one that hadn’t done anything notable in awhile. He did outlast his fellow Forgotten Sons in the company, but did not outlast his tag team partner after that group split, Elias. Ryker got some heat back in 2020 when he tweeted political views that his boss agreed with, but it turns out that was the most attention he ever got while working for WWE. How bout that.

We’ll be back with more releases soon enough, I’m guessing. Again, we’re not celebrating these things, but we’re not going to act shocked either. As people have told me, it’s the wrestling “business”.

Did anything interesting happen at Survivor Series?

Becky Lynch beat Charlotte Flair by holding the ropes on a roll-up. In fairness, Charlotte tried to do it first. Also in fairness, it was the same referee that Charlotte took issue with and beat up back in April, so she probably should have seen it coming. Who says WWE doesn’t do long-term storytelling? Prior to the show, Fightful reported the match order, which had this as the main event and everything else in the reverse of which it happened. It’s a good thing Fightful got some egg on their face, as this sure wouldn’t have worked as the finish of the event.

Seth Rollins was the sole survivor in the Men’s Survivor Series Elimination Match, because he needed the win. Of note here was Austin Theory having a pretty long run in the match, Kevin Owens walking out on his team like he was Bad News Brown, and Drew McIntyre & Bobby Lashley doing a double countout spot because they didn’t need to lose.

Omos won the Rock 25th Anniversary battle royal, eliminating twelve people in the process. My takeaway from the match was they were trying to make Omos a star. Then I realized the the match was for Pizza Hut pizza, like how kids read books in school so they can win the Book It contest and get a class pizza party, I guess. I’m confused. How does The Rock feel about Pizza Hut? Never mind, one of the few things worse than political conversation is pizza conversation. If we go down this road we have to talk about pineapples and various cities’ styles of pizza, and I just don’t care about all that.

RK-Bro beat the Usos, and I think I’m the only person that doesn’t go completely crazy whenever Randy Orton does an RKO. We know he’s going to do it in a weird spot. It’s been a thing for like a decade now. Maybe I’m just jealous of these people that are able to react like they saw something for the first time evry time. In any event, Randy Orton has now wrestled more WWE PPV matches than anybody in the history of the universe.

Bianca Belair was the sole survivor of the Women’s Survivor Series Elimination Match. I thought the crowd was a little harsh, but it was a pretty sloppy piece of business & the booking was hella questionable. At least Bianca got to win.

Roman Reigns beat Big E to become the Universal Ultra Mega Champion of the Galaxy. Dude needs a few more nicknames so I’m trying to help him out. Big E got to do a big things, but we all knew what was going down here. Seems to hurt the drama factor to me. I may be wrong though, saw a bunch of people online calling it the best thing they ever saw. So what do I know?

The Rock didn’t show up. Apparently I was supposed to expect him to? People sure seemed mad about it.

The big tease for Monday night? Oh, this is one for the books. Vince McMahon got a Cleopatra Egg from The Rock, apparently part of his Netflix movie. Allegedly worth $100 million. Somebody stole it. All the WWE Superstars get to go to Raw tomorrow night so Adam Pearce can question them about it. If this doesn’t equal a record rating, I don’t know what will.

To answer my question of whether or not anything interesting happened at Survivor Series…I’d lean towards no, but it wasn’t an awful show or anything.

Kenny off of TripleMania Regia?

Kenny Omega might have lost his AEW & Impact Championships fairly recently, but he still has the AAA Megachampionship to his name. Omega was scheduled to defend that title against El Hijo del Vikingo at the upcoming TripleMania Regia event in Monterrey, but Dave Meltzer reports that the champion will be pulling out of the event due to upcoming surgeries.

Yep, surgeries. Kenny has a torn labrum, an abdominal hernia, a bad knee, and a septum issue as well. He’s been working through the pain for awhile now, and is expected to be out at least through February. Seriously though, if anybody deserves some time off it’s Kenny Omega. Dude has put the work in, whether you like him or not. It’ll also give him some added time to focus on the AEW video games division.

New Japan & NOAH Working Together

Last week in this column, I wondered why New Japan was holding three different Wrestle Kingdom events, including one in Yokohama on January 8 that didn’t have a fun IWGP Heavyweight Championship match announced for it yet. Turns out that the January 8 show will be a cross-promotional effort also involving Pro Wrestling NOAH. New Japan is reportedly planning on running a number of cross-promotional events in 2021 as part of celebrating the company’s 50th anniversary. DDT, All Japan & Dragon Gate have apparently talked with NJPW about participating.

These reports indicate to me that NJPW isn’t exactly bullish on the idea of borders being opened up anytime soon. It’s good news for Japanese wrestling fans though, and will help New Japan fill some cards. It’ll be fun to see Keiji Mutoh back in a New Japan ring, won’t it?

Well, that’s all we have time for this week. Thanks for reading, and until next time, keep your stick on the ice.


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(NOAH) NOAH WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.150 ~ 21ST NOVEMBER 2021

With their own big Budokan event coming up, and the huge crossover news, Hisame tells us all about the events in Pro Wrestling NOAH!

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With their own big Budokan event coming up, and the huge crossover news, Hisame tells us all about the events in Pro Wrestling NOAH!

NEWS

New Japan vs NOAH

On November 18th NOAH and New Japan both announced that they would be making a press conference on both of their respective YouTube channels on Saturday 20th November. Kaito Kiyomiya fueled further speculation by posting a picture of himself holding a picture of Kazuchika Okada, which had appeared on the front of Weekly Pro in June 2020, and captioning it “The Future”. At the press conference on the 20th, New Japan announced that as part of their 50th anniversary celebrations, they would be holding a joint Wrestle Kingdom show on January 8th 2022 at the Yokohama Arena. No mention was made of either side about the disaster of the “Suzuki Gun” era when Bushiroad owned NOAH, which indicates that both companies want to wipe the slate clean for the sake of the future. NOAH are not the company they were in 2015 and New Japan too have undergone a lot of changes.

The press conference was attended by Kaito Kiyomiya (ironically the only person in the room who was part of the fight against the Suzuki Army) and Hiroshi Tanahashi. A VTR was shown of three New Japan wrestlers (Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kazuchika Okada and current champion, Takagi Shingo) and three NOAH wrestlers (Kaito Kiyomiya, Keiji Mutoh and current champion, Katsuhiko Nakajima). Shingo said he had two names in mind, Naomichi Marufuji and Katsuhiko Nakajima, Nakajima whom he debuted the same year as and had lost to twice in the past, so “it’s time for some revenge”. Nakajima said he had no idea who their champion was, and Okada said he had no idea who was even in NOAH, and that if Kiyomiya really had wanted “to experience the Rainmaker”, he should have been more persistent. After Kiyomiya and Tanahashi had their say to the press with Kiyomiya vowing to make New Japan regret competing against NOAH, and Tanahashi saying he wanted to fight the one who represented NOAH the most, the two squared up before leaving the stage. Kiyomiya says that his original goal was Okada, but now he has a new focus, Tanahashi. No card has been announced as of yet, but KENTA has posted a picture of himself as GHC Heavyweight champion saying “See you there”

“The biggest announcement in history ever made”

For the New Year’s day event at The Nippon Budokan, NOAH have said they have five to make, with number four being what they are calling “the biggest in history”. This will be announced at this Tuesday. Kenoh says that the fifth announcement will be him walking out of The Budokan as a double champion.

Perros Del Mal De Japon vs STINGER; No Touch Tag Rules

In a recent interview, Yoshinari Ogawa verified that he never actually intended to challenge for the GHC Junior Heavyweight tag belts with Yasutaka Yano. He had told Yano to return the belts to NOSAWA Rongai and Eita as a way of humiliating them, but Yano had gotten a little carried away. Ogawa says that Yano needs more experience in the ring before he can start challenging for titles. He did feel sorry for him though being attacked and drenched in water. Ogawa stated that if he was going to challenge for the tag titles, then it was going to be with HAYATA and HAYATA only, but he also had a proposal for Eita. Why wasn’t the tag done under the DragonGate No Touch rules? What this basically means is that a tag partner does not have to tag in, he can get legally in the ring once his opponent is at ringside. Perhaps both NOSAWA and Eita should have thought more about accepting, as Ogawa rarely comes up with anything like this that will seemingly benefit his opponents and not himself, without having some kind of plan in mind. Title match will take place on the 28th November, with a handicap match between Ogawa and Yano vs NOSAWA taking place on the 23rd.

ELSEWHERE IN NOAH

– Kaito Kiyomiya endured a bit of teasing online due to appearing at the New Japan vs NOAH press conference in an oversized green jacket. Takashi Sugiura almost echoed Giant Baba when he wondered about the fashions of young people these days.

– Keiji Mutoh says he has an ambition to be GHC National Champion for his 60th birthday.

– Kenoh is convinced that by “this time next week” he will be heading to The Nippon Budokan as both the GHC National and the GHC Heavyweight Champion

– Hirooki Goto said he wanted to fight Takashi Sugiura at Wrestle Kingdom. Sugiura said he wanted anyone but Goto.

– Naomichi Marufuji was at an appearance/talk recently, and said that red used to be his color but he had to change it due to Kongoh, which meant that fans were still using the red penlight color for him. He was kind of irritated that he’d had to change!

– Yoshiki Inamura has resumed prowling Tokyo and photographing dogs and cats.

– Hitoshi Kumano hinted that he will be returning to the ring.

– Money raised from NOAH THE Home has bought some new equipment to the dojo. However, Yoshiki Inamura still seems to be used as weight by Daisuke Harada.

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

  • GHC Heavyweight Champion: Katsuhiko Nakajima
    Challenger: Kenoh – LEC Cleanup! presents NOAH the BEST 2021, Yoyogi National Stadium Second Gymnasium, Sunday, November 28th
  • GHC Junior Champion: HAYATA
    Challenger: Tadasuke – THE WARROAD 2021 in NAGOYA, Aichi / Nagoya Congress Center Event Hall, Sunday, December 5th 2021
  • GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: The M’s alliance (Naomichi Marufuji and Keiji Mutoh)
    Challengers: TBA
  • GHC Junior Tag Champions: Perros De Mal Del Japon (NOSAWA Rongai & Eita)
    Challengers: STINGER (HAYATA & Yoshinari Ogawa) – LEC Cleanup! presents NOAH the BEST 2021, Yoyogi National Stadium Second Gymnasium, Sunday, November 28th
  • GHC National Champion: Kenoh
    Challenger: Katsuhiko Nakajima – LEC Cleanup! presents NOAH the BEST 2021, Yoyogi National Stadium Second Gymnasium, Sunday, November 28th

THIS WEEK IN NOAH

(Full November schedule)

Monday, November 22nd: Hitoshi Kumano (30)

Monday, November 22nd: Bison Smith memorial (2011)

PREMIUM PRELUDE 2021

Tuesday, November 23rd

Niigata / Bandaijima Multipurpose Plaza Large Kama

Start time: 17:30 JST

Broadcast: TBA

LEC Cleanup! presents NOAH the BEST 2021

Sunday, November 28th

Yoyogi National Stadium Second Gymnasium

Start time: 3pm JST

Broadcast: ABEMA, WrestleUniverse

LINKS

Guide to New Japan vs NOAH

NOAH vs New Japan: Press conference transcript

“Breaking the impasse in the world with the power of pro wrestling” – fighting against NOAH at the Yokohama Arena Event on January 8th next year

“I will match you” – Yoshinari Ogawa proposes a no touch rule to Eita in GHC Junior Tag Battle

Keiji Mutoh’s three promotion “Grand Slam” achieved. Next year is 60th birthday, New Year ambition is to “aim for the red belt”

With thanks to: Nodapooh

GIFS taken from NOAH Official YouTube


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