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(NOAH) NOAH WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.143 ~ 30TH SEPTEMBER 2021

 With the Final Four figured out, the N-1 Victory is coming to a head! Who will be the next to challenge for the GHC Heavyweight Championship?

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 With the Final Four figured out, the N-1 Victory is coming to a head! Who will be the next to challenge for the GHC Heavyweight Championship?

NEWS

N-1 VICTORY: Four finalists from each block revealed 

After a highly charged night at Korakuen Hall on the 26th September, the four finalists who will be fighting it out for the league championship, (with the winner going on to challenge Naomichi Marufuji for the GHC Heavyweight in Osaka), were revealed to be Kaito Kiyomiya (Block A), Kenoh (Block B), Katsuhiko Nakajima (Block C) and Masakatsu Funaki (Block D). Kiyomiya had advanced by a time limit draw with Keiji Mutoh that had given him that precious point just ahead of Mutoh which made him block winner, Kenoh had beaten Masaaki Mochizuki and as he was the winner of the match had gone on to finals night (he had also been helped by Daiki Inaba dealing with Kendo Kashin), Katsuhiko Nakajima got the result he wanted when Masato Tanaka was defeated by Kotaro Suzuki and he himself defeated Kazushi Sakuraba, and Masakatsu Funaki had felled the mountain which was Kazuyuki Fujita. All four faced off in the ring, Kenoh yelling at Kiyomiya.

The semi finals at Korakuen Hall on the 3rd October will be;

  • Kenoh vs Kaito Kiyomiya
  • Katsuhiko Nakajima vs Masakatsu Funaki

*The two winners from each match will fight in the finals on the same night.

Nakajima has said he is looking forward to the match with Funaki, but has warned that is going to be “a tense and brutal one, which will finish in one go” and says that he hopes for a Kongoh vs Kongoh final. Like Kenoh (who has gone so far to post himself as the winner of 2021’s league in a list of league winners), he says he will be the only one. Kaito Kiyomiya and Masakatsu Funaki haven’t said much, but Kenoh has started up his usual rant about Kaito Kiyomiya running along the track that the company have set for him, and since his current rage seems to be directed towards the “Legends” era in NOAH (namely anyone over 50) he says that Kiyomiya has come to the N-1 from defeating a bunch of old people and is now riding an “electric wheelchair from the old people’s home to NOAH”.

EVENT RECAPS & POST MATCH PROMOS

Event recap: N-1 Victory Night 5 (26th September Korakuen Hall)

Post match interviews: N-1 Victory Night 5 (26th September Korakuen Hall)

ELSEWHERE IN NOAH

– With infection rates falling in Japan, a semblance of the old days returned to NOAH when Naomichi Marufuji went out to Osaka to do some promotion. One of the places he stopped off at was the Harada family butchers. He said that both Akio Harada (Daisuke’s older brother) and their mother followed him on Twitter, but the younger Harada did not. Naturally, Daisuke Harada made no comment.

– Takashi Sugiura has been posting suggestive looking food. This means he has had to behave himself at some point in the day.

– Fans have said that since Kaito Kiyomiya did not defeat Keiji Mutoh, their battles are “to be continued”.

– Kendo Kashin is still stalking Kenoh over the NOAH retirement home, even going so far as to show him a logo he had created. Kenoh looked like he couldn’t quite believe him, before leaving yelling loudly about Kashin checking into a nursing home.

– A new camera will be introduced at the next NOAH show at Korakuen Hall on the 3rd October.

– Kotaro Suzuki has announced he will be reopening Bar Jin with some restrictions lifted.

– Naomichi Marufuji was trolled by Takashi Sugiura when he asked fans to send him pictures of anywhere called “Marufuji” (same spelling in either Japanese or Western characters) they found. Sugiura sent a picture of Kaito Kiyomiya pulling a face next to a sign. Marufuji said he didn’t want to be that kind of adult

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

(Full October schedule)

Sunday, October 3rd: N-1 VICTORY 2021 Finals Night

Korakuen Hall, Tokyo

Start time: 11.30 am JST

Broadcast: ABEMA & WrestleUniverse

Tuesday, October 5th: Seiki Yoshioka debut anniversary (13 years)

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. The new ABEMA will launch at midday on the 1st October, and while no one will be charged for the month, new subscribers will get until January 2022 free of charge. Make sure you sign up on the first of the month to take advantage.

LINKS

“The Supernova of Japanese wrestling” faces the N-1 with a new look. Has he finally escaped from the long tunnel? 

NOAH from The Vault

“Leave it to you” interview with Mitsuharu Misawa & Go Shiozaki (2009)

Picture credit: Takashi Sugiura


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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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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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(NOAH) NOAH WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.149 ~ 15TH NOVEMBER 2021

We see a Dream Team make a bid for gold and sights are set on the Budokan main event! Hisame let’s us know about all the NOAH current events!

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NEWS

Kenoh & Katsuhiko: GHC and National double championship match

Kenoh defeated Masaaki Mochizuki for the GHC National at the Yokohama Budokan on Saturday 13th November. Before anyone could announce a challenge, Kenoh spoke on the microphone to announce he had other plans. One of Kenoh’s long cherished dreams is to be a double champion, namely the GHC National Champion and the GHC Heavyweight Champion at the same time. Whenever he has the National (and this is his second title reign, which is ironic as he said he wasn’t interested in it once), he always challenges the GHC Heavyweight Champion to a title vs title match. The fact that the champion was his unit member, Katsuhiko Nakajima, didn’t bother him and he challenged, bluntly saying he wanted to be the GHC Heavyweight Champion at the Nippon Budokan and he was therefore challenging Katsuhiko Nakajima to a belt vs belt match. Nakajima, looking like a wolf who has spied some new tasty prey, came to the ring and said he had no objection to Kenoh’s challenge and would do it. Later when Kenoh was cutting a promo backstage, Nakajima appeared and the two held up their belts glaring at each other. Nakajima smiled eerily and said, “I am looking forward to it, Kenoh”.

Title match has been set for 28th November at the Yoyogi National Stadium No 2 Gymnasium.

Aleja out, Tadasuke in; HAYATA’S next challenger

HAYATA retained the GHC Junior Heavyweight against Aleja at the Yokohama Budokan, and was challenged after the match by Tadasuke. Despite the loss of his Aleja (“Aleja Aleja”) Tadasuke said he was on a roll that night after defeating YO-HEY earlier on, and took the chance when there was a gap for a new challenger. HAYATA and Tadasuke have a long history together before RATELS; teaming together in Osaka Pro, teaming together in Dove. For both this is going to be a very different challenge, HAYATA is not the HAYATA that Tadasuke knew, and for HAYATA this is probably the first challenger he’s had out of the challengers so far (Tadasuke is number seven) who can wrestle like a heavyweight.

Title match has been set for Aichi / Nagoya Congress Center Event Hall, Sunday, December 5th 2021.

Marufuji’s dream, and Kiyomiya’s nightmare; M’s alliance win the GHC Heavyweight Tag Titles

Puroresu once again was witness to a generational struggle between veterans and younger generations of wrestlers, when Naomichi Marufuji and Keiji Mutoh defeated Kaito Kiyomiya and Masa Kitamiya for the tag titles. For Naomichi Marufuji this is a boyhood dream to team with Keiji Mutoh (and a chance to remind his juniors that they are nit going to come him) and for Keiji Mutoh this means that he gets a Grand Slam tag record and does not have to finish the year without wearing a belt. For Kaito Kiyomiya, this was again a nightmare as his nemesis Keiji Mutoh was once again triumphant, although it was not Kiyomiya who Mutoh had pinned. No challengers have come forward as of yet.

“NOSAWA. NOSAWA who lost to me in Kumamoto”

Yoshinari Ogawa’s revenge on the humiliation that Eita had poured him on (literally) was brutal when in a match that ended with Eita using a chair on him which had the match thrown out, he left NOSAWA hanging over the ropes and Eita on the mat after a submission move, he walked off with the GHC Junior Tag Titles. Backstage, NOSAWA was talking about how he and Eita were not going to defend the belts in NOAH when Yasutaka Yano returned them to them. Yano, handing the belt to NOSAWA and shoving Eita’s into his chest, told “NOSAWA. NOSAWA, who lost to me in Kumamoto” that he and Yoshinari Ogawa were teaming up to challenge for the belts. Because Yano is NOAH Born and therefore cannot sustain being rude for long (being stubborn is another matter), when NOSAWA told him to repeat himself as due to his old age he didn’t quite catch it, Yano very politely did and got knocked to the floor, beaten down, covered with water, his shirt ripped and his pants pulled down by Eita on the way out and told by NOSAWA that if Ogawa wanted a title match then he would give one to himself and HAYATA, not this “little boy”. BUT, if Yano really did want a match, then he would give him one, a two on one match which would be Ogawa and Yano vs NOSAWA. The handicap match will take place on Tuesday November 23rd in Niigata, with the title match taking place on the 28th November.

WrestleUniverse uploads

WrestleUniverse will upload Samurai TV NOAH content from 2019. So far they are not uploading anything classic from NOAH’s “Golden Era”, but the fact that NOAH are able to do this is a good start.

Nippon Budokan announcements

NOAH will make two further announcements regarding the Nippon Budokan event at their shows on the 28th November and the 5th December. So far we have had special guest commentators, Funky Kaito doing the theme music and an ABEMA special broadcast.

EVENT RECAPS & POST MATCH PROMOS

GO ON THE DEMOLITION STATE 2021 (November 10th, Korakuen Hall)

Event recap

Post match interviews

DEMOLITION STAGE 2021 IN YOKOHAMA (November 13th, Yokohama Budokan)

Event recap

Post match interviews 

ELSEWHERE IN NOAH

– Tadasuke wondered if the ringside camera was broken as when he went to watch the WrestleUniverse Yokohama Budokan event, he saw only himself talking at it and not to it. Tadasuke didn’t explain however the invisible crowd he was pushing through when making his way to the ring though.

– An eight man tag match will see Naomichi Marufuji and Takashi Sugiura team with Funky Express (Mohammed Yone and King Tani), Marufuji asked “Gisu” (Sugi) if they were going to be funky. Sugi said yes, so funky that Tani would have no choice but to quit. Sugi had also wondered that Tani was ever the serious soldier from the JSDF.

– “Yoneya”, Mohammed Yone’s restaurant, celebrated ten years in business this past week. Sadly someone stole some of the flowers given to mark the occasion. Yone wondered about such people in the world.

– Daisuke Harada turned 35 on the 13th November. However, he had two complaints; the first was to NOAH GHC for posting a picture of him being photobombed by his older brother, to which he said to them to never ever use that picture ever again and the second complaint was that despite the fact that he and Atsushi Kotoge had arrived at the venue and left the venue at the same time, Kotoge hadn’t even given him a present. Knowing Kotoge he had probably forgotten it was Harada’s birthday.

– Kendo Kashin was thrown off a ledge by King Tani in Yokohama, but no help was forthcoming from either Takashi Sugiura or Kazushi Sakuraba who were more annoyed about losing the match, and then tried to exit the arena only to have to turn around and go back as they were going the wrong way.

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

(November schedule)

Wednesday, November 17th: Kinya Okada (29)

Thursday, November 18th: Yoshiki Inamura (29)

LINKS

“I would like to chase a record breaking match”, Mutoh announced the second double tag in history of the Big Three conquest – The GHC Tag signing ceremony

GHC National Match Signing: Mochizuki is calm, Kenoh declares “Stop the middle aged” and declares a Kongoh monopoly on single titles

“It’s all Kashin’s fault” – with all ways blocked at home and in the ring, King Tani to get rid of his anger in Yokohama

“A wonderful card for me to check comparison” Yoshiki Inamura return interview


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