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(NOAH) NOAH WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.142 ~ 23RD SEPTEMBER 2021

With the N-1 Victory going strong, all four blocks are shaping up for their final bouts. Hisame goes over the tournament and all the other NOAH News that popped up recently!

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With the N-1 Victory going strong, all four blocks are shaping up for their final bouts. Hisame goes over the tournament and all the other NOAH News that popped up recently!

NEWS

N-1 VICTORY 

Block A

Kaito Kiyomiya – 4

Kaito Kiyomiya shed the young boy look and went for something darker, debuting a new somber look for his first match in the league. Gone was the blonde hair, gone was the green and the white; he came out with his hair brown, and his clothes dark. Fans asked if he was joining STINGER? Despite his gothic appearance he managed to overcome Manabu Soya and Takashi Sugiura, bringing him to four points and putting him at the top of the table. However, Kiyomiya’s next challenge is Keiji Mutoh, the so far insurmountable wall. With Mutoh’s calling him “low risk” and brushing him off that he will simply defeat him and go on to the playoffs, Kiyomiya has hit the dojo to train like never before.

Keiji Mutoh – 3

With a draw against Takashi Sugiura and a win against Manabu Soya (who he still says is a “big dumb tree to the brain”), Keiji Mutoh is the highest second scorer in the block. His next match will take place on the 26th September at Korakuen Hall vs Kaito Kiyomiya. Mutoh’s last two tactics have been to act the feeble old man, which has been successful so far, but will it work again against Kiyomiya? It should also be noted that Mutoh’s last two matches have not ended in pinfall – Takashi Sugiura was a draw, and Manabu Soya was a submission.

Takashi Sugiura – 1 (out)

Sadly, Takashi Sugiura (despite being a double champion) has not been successful in the league this year, and looks to have finished when losing to Kaito Kiyomiya. He and Manabu Soya will have their final league match, and a chance to pick up some points at least. Disappointment hasn’t stopped Sugi being Sugi however as he has been trolling Soya (even at 2am) about the GET WILD tag team that Soya was in with Takao Omori (who was once in NOAH), and calling him an “Octopus” (rather than the term that Marufuji once used for Sugiura, in this case Sugi means someone big and clumsy…kind of like a big old tree…). Unsurprisingly, Manabu Soya has not responded.

Manabu Soya – 0 (out)

Poor Manabu Soya has ended the league with no wins and bottom last; Keiji Mutoh worked on his knees to make him submit, and he fell to Kaito Kiyomiya in his first match. It may well be that with Takashi Sugiura goading him on Twitter, and neither of them having much to do in the N-1 (for now at least), he makes a challenge for one of those belts that Sugi has.

Block B

Masaaki Mochizuki – 4

Masaaki Mochizuki is riding high, although part of the journey up did mean that he crossed paths with Kendo Kashin. Describing the match as one he had never done before (not least because of Kashin’s antics, but more because Kashin doesn’t seem to have any technique), he overcame Kashin in exactly the same way Kashin defeated Kenoh, by sneak win. Mochizuki’s next match will be a kick war with Kenoh that will take place at Korakuen Hall on the 26th September; if Mochizuki wins he will have three wins and eight points, if Kenoh wins then he gets the four.

Kenoh – 2

Kenoh has had an interesting N-1 VICTORY to say the least. Defeated in his first match by Kendo Kashin (who has been stalking his good friend “Daisuke” over the creation of a NOAH nursing home which he thinks should be funded by Kongoh), and then defeating Daiki Inaba, who he has labeled a “lost child” but who impressed him enough for Kenoh to say was starting to look good in NOAH, he is currently second in the block table.

Kendo Kashin – 2

Kendo Kashin defeated Kenoh to pick up two points, but then was defeated by Masaaki Mochizuki to remain on two. Kashin’s final match of the league comes against poor innocent polite Daiki Inaba, but it may not be over for Kashin completely as if Masaaki Mochizuki defeats Kenoh and goes to eight, and he himself defeats Inaba, he will go to four which means Kenoh finishes on 3. With Kashin’s past antics of bringing ladders as a distraction, locking Mochi in somewhere and attempting to throw him off the balcony, and his mask trick with Kenoh, Inaba is going to need all his wits about him.

Daiki Inaba – 0 (out)

The youngest of the block gave it his all, but has come up empty handed so far with losses to Kenoh and Masaaki Mochizuki. His final match of the series and the chance to at least finish with some points (if not his dignity) comes in the form of a showdown with Kendo Kashin.

Block C

Masato Tanaka – 3

A win against Katsuhiko Nakajima gave him two points, but a draw against Kazushi Sakuraba meant that he as tying with him at three points and at the top of the block. Tanaka’s next opponent is Kotaro Suzuki at the event to wrap up the loose ends at Korakuen Hall on the 26th September. To be block champion, Tanaka now needs Kazushi Sakuraba and Katsuhiko Nakajima to either lose or draw.

Kazushi Sakuraba – 3

Winning against Kotaro Suzuki (a junior) and a draw against Masato Tanaka, has put Sakuraba in a position where he needs for his block makes (all except Kotaro) to lose or draw their matches, that way should he win against Katsuhiko Nakajima, he moves on up. Sakuraba said that he finds Nakajima a difficult opponent as he can’t read his emotion as the smirk is always present. Sakuraba will find out that the match is very easy to read as soon as the smile snaps off.

Katsuhiko Nakajima – 2

Katsuhiko Nakajima’s dream of winning the league again this year, isn’t over yet. Masato Tanaka took the much needed points, but defeating Kotaro Suzuki gave some back. Nakajima’s next opponent is Kazushi Sakuraba, whom he needs to defeat. A draw is not good enough, and loss unthinkable.

Kotaro Suzuki – 0 (out)

He might have scored no points in the heavyweight league, but with accolades such as his technique and his power is that of a heavyweight, Kotaro can return to the NOAH Juniors with Junior pride intact. He has taken on ultra hard wrestlers like Masato Tanaka and a very different Katsuhiko Nakajima to when he knew him last, and that in itself is an achievement for the only junior entering a heavyweight league. His final league match comes against Kazushi Sakuraba at Korakuen Hall.

Block D

Kazuyuki Fujita – 4

Powerhouse Kazuyuki Fujita has bulldozed his way through both Masa Kitamiya and Akitoshi Saito and looks to finish the league with eight points. However, he doesn’t have those last two points yet as he has to get past Masakatsu Funaki first, who has been having a successful league experience as him. The last time they fought it was for a title (Real Japan in 2019), and although things have moved on since then, it’s going to make someone’s league or break it.

Masakatsu Funaki – 4

Reflecting on the fact that this could be the last league that he fights, Funaki has taken a methodical approach by concentrating on who is in front of him and taking out both Akitoshi Saito and Masa Kitamiya in the process. His final block match will be against Kazuyuki Fujita, who he knows will be a challenge to overcome. Speaking in an interview recently, Fujita said that in the league he would like to face Katsuhiko Nakajima, and outside of it, Yoshonari Ogawa.

Akitoshi Saito – 0 (out)

Although he was dressed to funk, Akitoshi Saito entered the league as himself. Sadly, he has not had any wins falling to Kazuyuki Fujita and choked out to a referee stop by Masakatsu Funaki. Two losses out of a three match quota means that he may not necessarily finish the league with nothing, as there is one final match to be had against Masa Kitamiya.

Masa Kitamiya – 0 (out)

Unlike his tag partner, Masa Kitamiya’s league has been frustrating to say the least with two losses, although granted one was a referee stop. Interestingly enough, neither Funaki or Fujita have been in his style, whereas Akitoshi Saito is. This will give Kitamiya a definite chance of at least recuperating some of his losses at Korakuen Hall on the 26th September.

OTHER NEWS

WrestleUniverse

Sanshiro Takagi (assisted by Naomichi Marufuji and other high ranking members of the various CyberFight promotion) made a huge announcement as to the upcoming changes to WrestleUniverse, which will take place from early October, in summary;

  • App in the works – The app, which will be released this year, will be Chromecast compatible. There will also be a mobile version.
  • Site changes – The layout will change, but the logo will still be the same. English language option available.
  • Each wrestler will have a profile and a list of matches
  • You will be able to time shift view, watch in English or Japanese and start from the beginning of the event should you have tuned in half way through.
  • Subscriptions will be made easier, and you can tailor it to your own preference. Also now you can subscribe with password and e-mail.
  • Subscriber info – Fee will not change from 900 yen per calendar month.
  • Old subs will end on 26th September. WrestleUniverse are working on a form for old subscribers to re-subscribe. You will not be charged for October as a result, but new members will get until Jan 22 free
  • Content – The old WrestleUniverse will be replaced by the end of October. There are 8,000 videos with 2,000 being migrated at that time. Eventually everything will be updated.
  • Sanshiro Takagi said they want to add Samurai archival NOAH eventually, but NTV is difficult

Sugiura Army produce, “All Dogs Gather”, to return at the end of the year

In what now appears to have become a tradition in NOAH, The Sugiura Army will hold their traditional show at the end of the year at Korakuen Hall on Monday 27th December. It is hoped that another tradition, the costumed battle royal, will be instituted in Yokohama on the December 25th event.

NOAH The Home (Season 4)

Whilst looking through glossy magazines (fortunately not the type that you see on the NOAH bus), and modelling NOAH merchandise, Junta Miyawaki and Yasutaka Yano announced the return of the NOAH dojo shows. These will take place on the 24th and the 25th September and will be streamed via NOAH’s official YouTube channel. All donations made through Super Chat will go towards maintaining the dojo and the dormitories. In addition, NOAH have also promised a “further evolution” in terms of delivery.

EVENT RECAPS & POST MATCH PROMOS

N-1 VICTORY 2021: Night 2 (18th September 2021, NOAH Special Arena) (Post match interviews)

N-1 VICTORY 2021: Night 3 (19th September 2021, NOAH Special Arena) (Post match interviews)

N-1 VICTORY 2021: Night 4 (20th September 2021, NOAH Special Arena) (Post match interviews)

ELSEWHERE IN NOAH

– Kendo Kashin turned up unexpectedly and scared Kenoh (who has never recovered from his last conflict with Kashin), whose habitual look of terror on seeing him appeared. Kashin had popped up to tell Kenoh that he had been thinking very carefully about the name given to the NOAH retirement home, and he had decided that it should contain the fact that it was sponsored by Kongoh. Kenoh (not amused), said that it was a stupid name and one paid for by NOAH would be better.

– Manabu Soya not only dyed his hair and beard red for the N-1, he also wore red contact lenses.

– Fans have called Daisuke Harada vs HAYATA, “Dokan vs Silence”. “Dokan” of course meaning the sound of an explosion. Daisuke Harada is apparently still upset about HAYATA throwing his IPW belt in the bin.

– Kendo Kashin says he will be bringing the Olympic Flame that Kazushi Sakuraba bought to Aomori to Korakuen Hall.

– Kenoh says that he was planning to leak the news about the WrestleUniverse upgrades as he bought the information, but the news was broken before he had the chance to. He’s not angry about it, it just proves that he was right.

– Now that there is prize money, Kazuyuki Fujita is feeling a lot more enthusiastic about competing in the N-1.

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

  • GHC Heavyweight Champion: Naomichi Marufuji
    Challenger: Winner of the N-1 VICTORY 2021, (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

THIS WEEK IN NOAH

Saturday 25th September: Masa Kitamiya debut anniversary (10 years, 2011)

Sunday 26th September: Naomichi Marufuji birthday (42)

Sunday 26th September: N-1 VICTORY 2021: Night 5 (18:00 JST, ABEMA)

* Broadcast note

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 were the show will be put eventually.

LINKS

Series of interviews with Katsuhiko Nakajima

“Masa Kitamiya is still one of the cute juniors” 

“I simply want to aim for the N-1 consecutive championship”

“Kazushi Sakuraba has a high IQ for professional wrestling”

“NOAH has NOAH’s good points, New Japan has New Japan’s. It is the fans who compare them” 

With thanks to Metal-NOAH, Abeshin and DDT/TJPW English update

GIF taken from WrestleUniverse & NOAH official YouTube

Picture credit: Tokyo Sports


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(NOAH) NOAH WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.145 ~ 17TH OCTOBER 2021

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!

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NEWS

“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.

EVENT RECAPS & POST MATCH PROMOS

“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

ELSEWHERE IN NOAH

– 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.

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

  • 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)

THIS WEEK IN NOAH

(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

LINKS

“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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(NOAH) NOAH WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.144 ~ 7TH OCTOBER 2021

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!

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NEWS

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 RECAPS & POST MATCH PROMOS

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)

ELSEWHERE IN NOAH

– 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.

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

  • 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

 

THIS WEEK IN NOAH

(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.

LINKS

“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

GIF taken from WrestleUniverse

Picture credit (badges) NOAH GHC

 


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