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 With the N-1 Victory tournament on the horizon, Hisame shows us how the landscape looks before we find a number one contender for the GHC Heavyweight Championship!



 With the N-1 Victory tournament on the horizon, Hisame shows us how the landscape looks before we find a number one contender for the GHC Heavyweight Championship!


NOAH return to The Budokan and make history, “The Puroresu Golden Week”

From the moment that NOAH announced that they had a big announcement that would “make every fan happy”, fueled by the NOAH roster themselves who were also making predictions, fans were kept guessing as to what it would be. The announcement was made on the 15th August at Kultz Kawasaki that NOAH would be returning to The Budokan for a super show on the 1st January 2022. Never before in Japanese wrestling has a wrestling promotion run a show at The Budokan, and so this is big news, especially as it heralds a new tradition of the week of New Year shows by NOAH, New Japan and other promotions, similar to WrestleMania week, which has been dubbed “The Puroresu Golden Week”.

NOAH were originally not planning to run The Budokan at New Year. This came about when NOAH’s director, Narihiro Takeda, was looking into booking the venue for next year and the concert promotion company who represent NOAH came back to him and said that they could run The Budokan on New Years Day if they wished. Takeda went to consult with NOAH President, Sanshiro Takagi, who said “Let’s do it”.

Kazunari Murakami out…Kendo Kashin in

Due to a sciatic nerve condition Kazunari Murakami has had to leave the N-1 VICTORY 2021, creating a space in B Block. King Tany declared that he would enter, but his stalker, Kendo Kashin also decided that he would too. Narihiro Takeda sanctioned their match (ignoring their protests that they already had matches at Kultz Kawasaki), and after the traditional scuffle at the press conference, where Kendo Kashin hit Tany with a GHC belt he had stolen from someone (probably not Takashi Sugiura though), they met in a qualifying match on the 15th August. Kashin was up to his usual tricks such as throwing a ladder at Tany when he entered the ring, not letting the ref check him and later using his Perspex plastic sheet spot. Tany may have had size and power on his side, and his Greco Roman may have been used to counter Kashin’s MMA style, but unfortunately his crown may have squeezed his common sense as he actually accepted a handshake from Kashin, although to be fair, Kashin was very insistent. Then, Kashin being Kashin, took the fight outside the ring, backstage and then up to the bleacher seats and they both got counted out. The furious referees (it took two of them) told them both to get back in the ring and the match was restarted. Kashin went for the same tactics, but Tany kept him in the ring, throwing him from corner to corner. Kashin wasn’t finished yet and took the ref out, which meant his getting pinned by Tany’s splash gave him time to kick out as it was delayed. King Tany royally complained about the count. No dancing from the King though, he was riding into battle and not at a court ball. Kashin in true fashion of court jester (although perhaps more cursed Jack-In-The-Box than the Lord of Misrule) stole the win and will be entering B Block in the N-1 Victory.

Kaito Kiyomiya & NOSAWA Rongai

If there is one thing that makes Kaito Kiyomiya lose his temper, then it’s being made to bleed. The incident occurred when Kiyomiya was not only made to bleed by The Great Muta but was humiliated by NOSAWA Rongai. Kiyomiya was meant to get his grudge match at Kultz Kawasaki but this didn’t happen due to the card being changed due to Great Muta having to self isolate. Sulkily (and throwing his coat aside in anger), Kiyomiya had to take on Hajime Ohara, but he wasn’t finished with NOSAWA just yet and appeared at ringside when STINGER (HAYATA & Kaito Kiyomiya) took on Magical Immortality (Naomichi Marufuji) and NOSAWA. In fury and frustration, Kiyomiya attacked NOSAWA almost right away, dropkicking him out of the ring.

Too polite to interfere in the match, although the referee did order him off the apron once, Kiyomiya lurked outside the ring waiting for NOSAWA and attacking him every time he could. Yoshinari Ogawa attempted to cool the young man’s temper, once by holding him by the hair to let HAYATA attack NOSAWA, and another time a little more gently. At the end of the match, Kiyomiya got into the ring and very politely checked on HAYATA (who had gotten mist blown in his face) and then went to attack NOSAWA. A singles match has since been made (Kiyomiya, a highly stubborn NOAH born, finally gets his own way) for 3rd September in Yokohama, but NOSAWA says he can see no value in a singles with Kiyomiya, unless of course his win means he gets to enter the N-1 VICTORY in Kiyomiya’s place…

YO-HEY & Nioh return

NOAH announced that YO-HEY would return from having Coronavirus on the 28th August, and Nioh a little later (although he too was advertised for the 28th) in early September. Nioh has a slight cough still and NOAH have taken the precaution of keeping him off the card. Nioh hasn’t said anything about his return although Haoh has said that Nioh must be feeling frustrated. YO-HEY seems his usual chirpy self though, but has not posted any pictures online.

Takashi Sugiura, double champion

Takashi Sugiura made history on the 15th August by defeating Masato Tanaka for the ZERO1 World Heavyweight and becoming a double champion, as he already holds the GHC National belt. After an utterly brutal match, in a moment of supreme sportsmanship and grace, Masato Tanaka took both belts from the referee and handed them to Sugiura himself. After the match Sugiura spoke on the microphone and told Tanaka that they were The Bullet Yankees, and one day would reunite. So far no challenger has come forward for either of the belts; ZERO1 have held an emergency meeting and the NOAH heavyweights are gearing up for the N-1 Victory which starts in September. This doesn’t however completely rule out some heavyweights who are not in the league (Mohammed Yone, King Tany namely) and of course the NOAH Juniors, although I can’t see anyone other than perhaps Tadasuke (who has a heavyweight strength, loves fighting heavyweights and is usually wild) and perhaps Daisuke Harada at a push, challenging.

Junta Miyawaki enters ZERO1’s Tenkaichi Junior Heavyweight Tournament.

On Friday the 20th August, Junta Miyawaki was training at NOAH’s dojo when on getting up he did a double take and noticed a small box had been left on the ring apron. Opening it he found he a crystal ball inside, which signified he had been chosen to enter the Tenkaichi Junior Heavyweight Tournament. His first match will take place on the 24th August when he takes on Takumi Baba.


Event recap: Kawasaki Go! (15th August 2021, Culttz Kawasaki)

Post match interviews: Kawasaki Go! (15th August 2021, Culttz Kawasaki)


– Daisuke Harada and Atsushi Kotoge returned to NOAH on the 15th August following having to self isolate, Harada got the win over enemies Kotaro Suzuki and Ikuto Hidaka and completely failed to see that Kotoge was sad he did not. Harada has a tendency to do this, and it usually leads to people turning on him eventually.

– Momo No Seishun are not the only team with cracks appearing, unusually for them HAYATA and Yoshinari Ogawa did not come to the ring together at Culttz Kawasaki, but instead made separate entrances. It will be interesting to see what happens when the rescheduled HAYATA, Ogawa & Kiyomiya vs Great Muta, NOSAWA Rongai & Magical Immortality match takes place on the 29th August as Ogawa seems to be drifting away from STINGER and towards Great Muta/Keiji Mutoh, his own generation.

– Naomichi Marufuji was on the cover of “Weekly Pro” due to the Budokan on New Years Day announcement. Kenoh naturally is never pleased with anyone being on the cover, being convinced that he should be perpetually on it, and even went as far as to post a picture saying that as the 1st January falls on his birthday, then HE should be on the cover. So Naomichi Marufuji changed the graphics did just this, and Kenoh even retweeted it.

– Tadasuke is still winding Daisuke Harada about the meaning of “Dokan”. Harada told him loudly that was what he was going to beat him with.

– Daisuke Harada’s older brother said he would be free on New Year’s Day to come to The Budokan. So Harada told him he knew how to ride the train doesn’t he? Response was yes, but there was ticket fees for both the show and the train….Harada says he doesn’t have a brother!

– Tadasuke says he can’t tell the difference between Yuya Susumu and Seiki Yoshioka, so Yoshioka simply calls him “the tanned blonde with the sunglasses”, which kind of makes Tadasuke sound like Claudia Schiffer.



Saturday, 28th August: Naomichi Marufuji celebrates 23 years in Pro Wrestling

Saturday, August 28th: NOAH the SPIRIT 2021 Masa Kitamiya 10th Anniversary Event*

Takaoka Ecourt, Toyama

Starts: 17:00 JST

Viewing: WrestleUniverse (broadcast on 31st August)

*His debut was on September 25th, but NOAH have bought the event forward by a month due to the N-1 Victory starting in September.

Sunday, August 29th: PREMIUM SUMMER DREAM 2021

Ishikawa Industrial Exhibition Hall No. 3, Ishikawa

Starts: 16:00 JST

Viewing: WrestleUniverse (broadcast on 1st September)


“The top wrestlers, the young people and the trainees are united” – Naomichi Marufuji discusses the decision for the 2022’s New Years Day Nippon Budokan event

“Fucking asshole fans have given me the best birthday present” – Kenoh on the New Years Day 2022 Nippon Budokan event

“On New Years Day go to The Budokan instead of the first New Year’s shrine visit” – Keiji Mutoh talks the 2022 New Year’s Day Budokan event

NOAH is the first to hold a “New Year’s Day Nippon Budokan” show in the history of puroresu! The director reveals a miracle thanks to the “collapse of tradition”…

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Picture credit: Naomichi Marufuji

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N-1 Victory winner Katsuhiko Nakajima had his Heavyweight Championship match against Marufuji. Who won? What other challengers stepped up to the champions? Hisame has all the answers!




N-1 Victory winner Katsuhiko Nakajima had his Heavyweight Championship match against Marufuji. Who won? What other challengers stepped up to the champions? Hisame has all the answers!


“I am NOAH!” Katsuhiko Nakajima is the new GHC Heavyweight Champion

The mid generation in NOAH are starting to make waves over their seniors in a manner that before they had never made any progress in; Go Shiozaki finally overcame Naomichi Marufuji in a singles match, and next it was Katsuhiko Nakajima’s turn. Nakajima beat Naomichi Marufuji for the GHC Heavyweight title on the 10th October in Osaka. Nakajima, who had won the N-1 and won the championship, barely had time to pause as his next challenger appeared, Masato Tanaka. Nakajima had been speaking of his appetite, “devouring, devouring and devouring” but still being hungry.

Tanaka told him that Nakajima had not “devoured me” yet and challenged him for the belt. The title match has been set for the 30th October in Fukuoka, which is Nakajima’s hometown. After Tanaka had gone, Nakajima told the crowd, “The era is moving. I have finally taken the GHC Heavyweight! I AM NOAH”*

The first pre-match between Tanaka and Nakajima was a tag which saw Masaaki Mochizuki team with Nakajima against Tanaka and Takashi Sugiura on the 17th October in Kawasaki. Mochizuki of course had challenged Takashi Sugiura for the GHC National. Tanaka scored the first round in the pre title battles by pinning Nakajima with the Sliding D. Tanaka closed out the show, addressing Nakajima with “I am going to devour you deliciously, and tear the belt from your waist!””

*This phrase is more attributed to Go Shiozaki, but it was Katsuhiko Nakajima who said it first. Nakajima used it against Minoru Suzuki during the Suzuki Army invasion.

 Eita & NOSAWA Rongai become the new GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Champions

The GHC Junior Tag Belts (which are just as chaotic as the division that holds them), changed hands in a short match on the 10th October in Osaka when Perros De Mal Del Japon’s Eita & NOSAWA Rongai defeated Hajime Ohara and Atsushi Kotoge in only four minutes and four seconds. Kotoge and Ohara were completely overwhelmed by the underhand tricks of their opponents, which included double teaming, face stamping and NOSAWA using apron interference. Afterwards, Eita spoke on the microphone;

“We are the new champions! You are below trash, we don’t need your applause! Kotoge, Ohara, they were boring today”

Backstage, NOSAWA said they weren’t interested in defending the belts against any of NOAH, and told Eita to bring someone from Dragon Gate.

HAYATA retains against Daisuke Harada, NOSAWA Rongai challenges and builds a house of cards

HAYATA retained the GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship against Daisuke Harada in Osaka on the 10th October. He did the unthinkable and made Harada do something that HAYATA would never have done in the past, and that Harada has probably never done since he was a rookie, and that was to tap out. After the match, HAYATA was surrounded by Perros Del Mal De Japon like they were a pack of jackals, who made him choose a challenger. NOSAWA was at the forefront, and is probably the person that STINGER hate the most, and so HAYATA nominated him and breaking his record of not speaking for about ten months to say, “Next…NOSAWA Rongai”. NOSAWA’s face fell as everyone in the juniors knew that HAYATA was rapidly being seen as the ultimate champion, and no one was going to let him back out of it. The title match was arranged for the 30th October in Fukuoka.

NOSAWA said he would accept HAYATA’S nomination on one condition; he chose the pre-match, he chose where it was going to be and he chose the people. So what did he choose on the 17th October? A match between himself, Yoshinari Ogawa & Naomichi Marufuji at Club Citta who would take on HAYATA, YO-HEY and Kaito Kiyomiya. It must have seemed a good way to wind Ogawa and HAYATA up, but in reality it turned around to bite NOSAWA hard and fell around him like a house of cards when Ogawa defected practically to STINGER, YO-HEY tried to somehow stay true to the team he was in (although he and HAYATA were ignoring each other practically) and NOSAWA used him to take HAYATA’S springing elbow, and Kaito Kiyomiya joined the fray as he is allied with HAYATA and Ogawa in their hatred of NOSAWA. After HAYATA got the win by kicking NOSAWA in the crotch, the three of them beat up on NOSAWA, Kiyomiya smiling as sadistically as his teammates. You can be sure that unconscious and with his tongue lolling out of his mouth as he was, NOSAWA is going to be out for revenge against all three of them.

Masaaki Mochizuki challenges for the GHC National

While Kendo Kashin attempted to throw Masakatsu Funaki off of the balcony in Osaka on the 10th October, Masaaki Mochizuki who had defeated Takashi Sugiura with the True & Strong High Kick, challenged him for the GHC National title. Mochizuki had always wanted to have a singles match with Sugiura, took the chance as under NOAH rules if you beat the champion then you can challenge the champion. Sugiura accepted the challenge, and it has been set for the 28th October in Kumamoto. Their first pre match took place on the 17th October at Club Citta, Kawasaki. Unfortunately neither Sugiura nor Mochizuki won the match, and neither got the pin over the other, as it was won by Masato Tanaka over Katsuhiko Nakajima.

Kenoh & Haoh go to Dragon Gate

Kenoh and Haoh invaded Dragon Gate who were holding a show in Kyoto to challenge the tag champions (Susumu Yokosuka and KING Shimizu). Haoh said “It seems that the next challenger is not decided, that is why we came all the way to Kyoto. What are you going to do? Do it or not?” Haoh took off his t-shirt and charged, he was taken out and he and Kenoh were told that the champions were not going to run from them and to come dressed to fight in Osaka on the 3rd November.


“Grand Square in Osaka” – 10th October 2021

Event recap Post match interviews

“Go to the Demolition Stage” – 15th October 2021

Event recap Post match interviews

“NOAH Sanctuary” – 17th October 2021

Event recap


– Kinya Okada debuted new ring wear in Osaka on the 10th October. True to Okada’s Showa era style, his ringwear reflected this in a simple pattern of black and grey.

– Keiji Mutoh said to Kazushi Sakuraba that they should do “Double Impact” during their tag match against Kenoh and Kaito Kiyomiya on the 10th October. Sakuraba thought he meant the Van Dam film, but no Mutoh was referring to the “Doomsday Device” (which is known in Japan as “Double Impact”). During the match, Sakuraba did the lifting while Mutoh went to jump off of the top turnbuckle. Kenoh fortunately saved Mutoh a scolding from his doctor by knocking him down.

– Tadasuke has sworn that the Kongoh Juniors will make a comeback. This was said after wading into a mass brawl between STINGER and Perros De Mal Del Japon on the 15th October.

– Manabu Soya is showing a growing frustration with his lack of wins and apparently Kongoh. Snatching his arm away from the ref recently, and walking off when his team got the win.

– Unsurprisingly, after wrestling the equivalent of four matches in one day in a short space of time, YO-HEY ended up with a black eye.

– Kenoh and Kaito Kiyomiya found that they had a lot in common after their tag together in Osaka on the 10th. Teaming together against Keiji Mutoh and Kazushi Sakuraba, Kenoh said “Kiyomiya and I defeated those guys…” and then after a moment of silence, glared at Kiyomiya and walked off.

– YO-HEY made a cryptic comment following a brief moment of almost doing a tandem move with HAYATA and then doing one with NOSAWA, which NOSAWA ruined by shoving YO-HEY in the way of HAYATA’S handspring elbow, “I wanted to work together.” Was he referring to NOSAWA or to HAYATA?

– Junta Miyawaki scored a huge win in the elimination match of the 15th October when he pinned Ikuto Hidaka. Miyawaki’s second win came on 17th October when he pinned Kinya Okada.


  • GHC Heavyweight Champion: Katsuhiko Nakajima
    Challenger: Masato Tanaka, (“LEC Cleanup! presents DEMOLITION STAGE 2021 in FUKUOKA”, Fukuoka International Centre, October 30th.)
  • GHC Junior Champion: HAYATA
    Challenger: NOSAWA Rongai, (“LEC Cleanup! presents DEMOLITION STAGE 2021 in FUKUOKA”, Fukuoka International Centre, October 30th.)
  • GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: Masa Kitamiya & Kaito Kiyomiya
    Challengers: TBA
  • GHC Junior Tag Champions: Perros De Mal Del Japon (NOSAWA Rongai & Eita)
    Challengers: TBA
  • GHC National Champion: Takashi Sugiura
    Challenger: Masaaki Mochizuki, (“Go on to the DEMOLITION STAGE 2021”, Kumamoto Castle Hall Civic Hall, Thursday October 28th)


(Full October schedule)

Monday, October 18th: Atsushi Kotoge (36)

Monday, October 18th: Shuhei Taniguchi (45)

Friday, October 22nd: Haoh debut anniversary (16 years)

Sunday, October 24th: Go on to the DEMOLITION STAGE 2021

Aore Nagaoka

Start time: 17:00 JST

Broadcast: WrestleUniverse


“Come at me you bastards!” Kenoh’s Weekly Pro Column

“I want to hide a secret word that only Wrestling fans can understand” – Funky Kato creates a theme song for NOAH’s “New Year at The Budokan”

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The N-1 Victory has concluded! We have a number one contender for Marufuji’s GHC Heavyweight Championship and much more! Hisame gives us all the emerald updates!




The N-1 Victory has concluded! We have a number one contender for Marufuji’s GHC Heavyweight Championship and much more! Hisame gives us all the emerald updates!


N-1 VICTORY 2021: Katsuhiko Nakajima vs Naomichi Marufuji

The final four of Katsuhiko Nakajima, Kenoh, Kaito Kiyomiya and Masakatsu Funaki, faced each other to fight to be the winner of the N-1 VICTORY 2021 on the night of the 3rd October at Korakuen Hall.

Kenoh had said he wanted to see for himself this new Kaito Kiyomiya, and he got a full first taste when Kiyomiya flew across the ring at him, not even waiting for the bell it seemed, and attacked. Kiyomiya went for the quick pins to try and catch Kenoh off guard, but after a fierce fight in which Kenoh had to figure out this stranger, it was Kenoh who walked away the victor. A furious Kaito Kiyomiya angrily stalked off (after slamming his fists against the ring, shaking the iron barrier in rage and pulling the curtains apart angrily), backstage he refused to be filmed.

Both Katsuhiko Nakajima and Masakatsu Funaki had said they were looking forward to their singles match. Nakajima had said it would be short, and while it wasn’t as short as he perhaps thought, (it was 8 minutes, 38 seconds), it was a brutal with a long hangtime on the vertical spike for the win by Katsuhiko Nakajima, meaning that the finals were now Kenoh vs Nakajima, the Kongoh showdown that Nakajima had wanted. When the main event started, you could feel the air being sucked out of Korakuen with expectation as the two of them faced up in the ring prior to the match. There was a handshake, and then it was on. Kicks, vicious slap war, chokes, they bought them out to wear each other down. There was a moment of comedy however when Kenoh did his own “Shutter Chance” on Nakajima, but the night was not to be his past defeating Kiyomiya, it belonged to Katsuhiko Nakajima who won with the Diamond Bomb after 20 minutes. Wrapping himself around the trophy for the second year in a row, Nakajima spoke on the mic and caused Marufuji to leave the commentary booth and come down to the ring.

“I won it this year too! Naomichi Marufuji, after winning the harsh league called the N-1, at last I have come to you. I am not going to finish there. On the 10th October, I am going to take Naomichi Marufuji’s belt in Osaka. Please polish it for then.”

Marufuji  congratulated him on his win, and said;

“I will shatter the confidence, the motivation & the chance to succeed that you gained by winning the league. I am going to break you into small pieces. I will break you so much you won’t even understand the meaning of winning the league. It’s victory or defeat, Katsuhiko”

The title match will take place on the 10th October in Osaka, but the match signing will take place on the 8th October at 17:00 JST on NOAH’s official YouTube (also expected will be the signing of the GHC  Junior Heavyweight and the “Special Tag in Osaka” between Keiji Mutoh and Kazushi Sakuraba vs Kenoh and Kaito Kiyomiya).

Eita humiliates Atsushi Kotoge

Pre-matches during the N-1 haven’t been easy for the juniors as NOAH held some events as empty arena  and attended matches have tended to be N-1 cards only. The pre-matches GHC Junior Heavyweight tag title challenge between Perros Del Mal De Japon (NOSAWA and Eita) and Atsushi Kotoge and Hajime Ohara haven’t happened too often as a result due to that, and Eita’s outside schedule. With only two NOAH junior matches on the card at finals night at Korakuen, Eita obliterated Kotoge in the first and last one. Eita’s tactics included hiding under the ring and emerging the other side to jump his opponent, attacking Kotoge when Kotoge broke the cardinal rule of never ever shaking hands with another NOAH Junior, and even throwing him over the barrier.

Eita’s true humiliation (as Kotoge described it) came at the end of the match when Eita poured water on Kotoge and then left, knocking him with his knee as he did. Backstage, Eita threw even more oil on a division that is ready to erupt at any moment at the slightest provocation, by proclaiming that he was the NOAH Juniors.

Daisuke Harada vs HAYATA

Daisuke Harada and HAYATA clashed in their final pre-match at Korakuen Hall on the 3rd October, and again it was inconclusive and for Daisuke Harada at least (HAYATA is usually emotionless) it was frustrating as the first match ended in a double pin when both HAYATA and Harada had their shoulders down and therefore pinned each other, and when Harada demanded a one on one fight with HAYATA, HAYATA simply left after a few seconds. The title match will take place in Osaka (Daisuke Harada’s hometown and a significant place for HAYATA) on the 10th October.

NOAH Halloween

While there hasn’t been a NOAH Halloween show announced, NOAH are releasing Halloween themed merchandise. Sadly the badges will only be venue only, but fans will be able to purchase a towel, a t-shirt and keyrings with these designs via the online NOAH shop from 22.00 JST on the 10th October. Overseas fans please use a carrier like WhiteRabbit as NOAH cannot deliver internationally. Unsurprisingly HAYATA the pirate and YO-HEY the jester have proved very popular subjects for fan art…but the question must be asked, why those two together in particular been released as designs?


Event recap: N-1 VICTORY 2021 Finals Night (Sunday October 3rd 2021, Korakuen Hall)

Post Match Interviews: N-1 VICTORY 2021 Finals Night (Sunday October 3rd 2021, Korakuen Hall)


– Naomichi Marufuji says that Kaito Kiyomiya is undergoing training with Yoshinari Ogawa.

– Yuya Susumu has termed his team as “The Hiroshima Boys” in the match on the 15th October in Yokohama. This is himself, Seiki Yoshioka and HAYATA. Not Yoshinari Ogawa. Interestingly, Ogawa has an singles match on that night against Kotaro Suzuki. It’s very rare that Ogawa has singles matches.

– Some brave mosquitos attacked Takashi Sugiura as he sat on a park bench after walking his dogs

– Referee Shu Nishinaga (along with long suffering referee Keigo Yoshino) where travelling in an elevator from an office on the 7th floor of a building when the lift stopped due to the earthquake which hit Tokyo on the 7th October. Both had to navigate a pitch black emergency staircase.

– Kenoh says he climbed Mount Fuji this summer, and did it in four hours.

– Kendo Kashin has decided that Manabu Soya should order a bed for his NOAH care home as he did an advert for nursing beds. Soya told him that if he wanted one, then he should approach the company directly. Akitoshi Saito said he wants a king sized bed with a water mattress.

– Naomichi Marufuji visited Takuma Sano recently at Sano’s restaurant. Sano has the old design of him made a few years ago, when the NOAH roster at the time where characterized as animals.

– Kenoh says that the picture on the front of Weekly Pro this week of himself and Katsuhiko Nakajima after the match was “Kongoh pride”

– HAYATA got into a fight with the gate when attempting to walk off from the match at Korakuen Hall.

– Arch rivals Kaito Kiyomiya and Kenoh not only have to team on the 10th October in Osaka (Kenoh’s reaction was one of shocked fury, while Kiyomiya has made no comment), but also are slated to attend the press conference on the 8th.


  • GHC Heavyweight Champion: Naomichi Marufuji
    Challenger: Katsuhiko Nakajima, (GRAND SQUARE 2021 in OSAKA, Edion Arena Osaka 1st Stadium, October 10th)
  • GHC Junior Champion: HAYATA
    Challenger: Daisuke Harada, (GRAND SQUARE 2021 in OSAKA, Edion Arena Osaka 1st Stadium, October 10th)
  • GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: Masa Kitamiya & Kaito Kiyomiya
    Challengers: TBA
  • GHC Junior Tag Champions: Atsushi Kotoge & Hajime Ohara
    Challengers: Perros De Mal Del Japon (Nosawa RONGAI & Eita), (GRAND SQUARE 2021 in OSAKA, Edion Arena Osaka 1st Stadium, October 10th)
  • GHC National Champion: Takashi Sugiura 
    Challenger: TBA



(Full October schedule)

Sunday, October 10th: GRAND SQUARE 2021 in Osaka

Osaka EDION Arena, 1st Stadium

Start time: 4pm JST

Broadcast: ABEMA & WrestleUniverse

*Broadcast Note

WrestleUniverse will have English commentary.

Hopefully the ABEMA broadcast will be a free and worldwide one, but please note that whether it is or isn’t, if you are outside of Japan you should not subscribe to ABEMA to watch the show as unfortunately you need to be a subscriber to watch replays or to watch the event from the beginning should you be tuning in half way through. Unless you are either in Japan, or have a VPN that you know is compatible with ABEMA, subscribing and the added difficulty of finding a VPN that works is not recommended. A far better investment would be a subscription to WrestleUniverse as at the time of writing, you will not be charged until January 2022.


“I’m the only one!” Kenoh’s law, domination of the N-1 and putting Marufuji on notice for the taking of the GHC

“I wanted to get rid of the glitzy look, and focus on professional wrestling” – the full resurrection of NOAH’s Supernova, Kaito Kiyomiya confesses the true intention of his image renewal

“The Best Fresh Feeling” Naomichi Marufuji aspires to a “same unit confrontation” with Funaki, a request for the 10th October Osaka event

With thanks to: Metal NOAH

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Picture credit (badges) NOAH GHC


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