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Mitchell’s NJPW WTL x BOSJ Results & Report! (12/5/21)

BOSJ, Round 9!

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NJPW WTL X BOSJ 2021

Will the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion finally take over?

We’re entering the Best of the Super Juniors homestretch, but El Desperado still isn’t in the lead! Will he get closer to that with a win over Bushi?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Best of the Super Juniors 28: DOUKI VS Taiji Ishimori; Ishimori wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 28: YOH VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Yoh wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 28: Ryusuke Taguchi VS El Phantasmo; ELP wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 28: Robbie Eagles VS SHO; Eagles wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 28: Hiromu Takahashi VS Master Wato; Hiromu wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 28: BUSHI VS El Desperado; Desperado wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current BOSJ 28 standings!

SHO: 6-2, 12 points
El Desperado: 4-3-1, 9 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 4-3-1, 9 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 4-4, 8 points
Ryusuke Taguchi: 4-4, 8 points
Robbie Eagles: 4-4, 8 points
El Phantasmo: 4-4, 8 points
Bushi: 4-4, 8 points
Taiji Ishimori: 4-4, 8 points
YOH: 4-4, 8 points
Master Wato: 3-5, 6 points
Douki: 2-6, 4 points [ELIMINATED]

 

Best of the Super Juniors 28: DOUKI VS Taiji Ishimori!

Japones Del Mal is not in the running, but he can be a spoiler for everyone he faces next! Will Bone Soldier Reborn be the first run Douki ruins?

The bell rings and Taiji goes right at Douki with a low kick! Taiji whips, Douki reverses, Douki hurdles and rolls back but Taiji throws him down, only for Douki kip up and arm-drag Taiji away. Douki blocks the haymaker to knuckle lock, CHOP, go up and up and FLYING ARM-DRAG! Taiji bails out, Douki slingshots to the apron but Taiji disrupts the asai moonsault! Fans cheer the exchange, and Taiji drags Douki up to whip him into railing. Taiji wraps Douki’s arm around railing and pulls! The ref reprimands, Taiji hammerlocks the arm to POST Douki’s shoulder! While the ref checks on Douki, Taiji goes to the blue corner and unties the buckle pad. The Bullet Club special comes into play!

A ring count starts, Douki slowly gets up and stands at 10 of 20. Douki gets in at 11 but Taiji is right on him. Taiji wrenches the arm, hammerlocks, and RAMS Douki into the bare buckles! Douki writhes, the ref reprimands, but Taiji covers, ONE! Fans cheer but Taiji traps an arm to pull on the other. Douki endures as Taiji moves the arm around, then Taiji SNAPS it back! Douki writhes and clutches his shoulder but Taiji looms over him. Taiji slaps Douki around, brings him up, but Douki throws body shots and CHOPS! Taiji CLUBS Douki, drags him up and scoops, but Douki slips off to roll-up! TWO and Taiji BOOTS Douki! Taiji runs but into a dropkick!

Both men are down and fans rally up. Taiji goes to a corner, Douki goes to the other. Douki runs in to clothesline, then he runs, only for Taiji to dodge. Douki wheelbarrows and arm-drags, then dodges to springboard back elbow! Fans fire up as Douki runs and he DOUBLE STOMPS Taiji down! Cover, TWO! Douki drags Taiji up, hooks him up, but Taiji resists the Gory Especial. Douki spins Taiji around, knees him low then whips, but Taiji handsprings to NEURALIZER! Both men are down again and fans rally back up. Taiji and Douki go to opposite corners again, and this time Taiji runs corner to corner.

Taiji blocks boots, puts Douki in the ropes to ENZIGURI and SLIDING GERMAN! Cover, TWO! Taiji drags Douki up, and POSTS him in the bare corner! Taiji then drags Douki back to wrench the bad arm, ELBOW BREAKER! Taiji runs, but Douki blocks the boot to hook Taiji up! Gory Especial, DOTON NO JUTSU! Cover, TWO! Taiji rushes in but into the ITALIAN STRETCH #32! Taiji endures, fans rally up, and Taiji reaches out to ropebreak! Douki lets go, goes to the apron, and takes aim. Slingshot, but no Daybreak! Taiji powers Douki up and around to CIPHER- NO! Douki turns that into a wheelbarrow! But Taiji fights the full nelson and switches, but Douki elbows him away.

Douki goes to run but Taiji reels him in. Douki breaks free, mule kicks and ENZIGURIS! Both men are down again and fans rally back up. Douki goes back to the apron, slingshot, DAYBREAK! Cover, TWO! Taiji survives but Douki fires up! Fans rally up more and Douki brings Taiji into the wheelbarrow. Taiji arm-drags then FUJIWARA! BONE LOCK!! Douki endures, crawls, but Taiji rolls Douki away from ropes! Taiji facelocks but Douki slips out and rolls him up, TWO! ITALIAN STRETCH #32! Taiji fights up but Douki pulls harder on the hold! Fans rally, Taiji starts to fade, but he fights back up. Douki rolls him from ropes but Taiji drags Douki up!

Douki fights Bloody Cross to torture rack, but Taiji slips out of the swinging slam! Taiji tilt-o-whirls for the takedown! BONE LOCK!! Douki crawls, Taiji rolls him from ropes and pulls way back! Douki taps, Taiji wins!

Winner: Taiji Ishimori, by submission (gains 2 points; Douki earns 0)

The Bone Solder is still alive in the BOSJ! Will he still have a chance to reach the finals this year?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 28: YOH VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru!

Direct Drive broke even by getting a huge win over the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion! But will the Heel Master get revenge on El Desperado’s behalf? Or will Yoh continue this incredible comeback run?

Yoh makes his entrance and Kanemaru attacks! Kanemaru kicks and CLUBS Yoh against the railing, the ref reprimands but Kanemaru whips Yoh into railing! The bell rings to get this on record as Kanemaru stomps Yoh down. Kanemaru drags Yoh up to CLUB him on the neck, then whips him towards more railing. But Yoh grabs the post to swing himself into the ring! Kanemaru hurries to the apron, Yoh dropkicks him down! Yoh then PLANCHAS! Direct hit and fans fire up with Yoh! Yoh stomps Kanemaru now, then drags him up to put in the ring. Fans cheer as Yoh continues to stomp Kanemaru. Yoh drags Kanemaru up to forearm, whip, pass and drop toehold!

Yoh adds the basement dropkick, covers, TWO! Yoh drags Kanemaru back up, CLUBS him on the neck now, and fans rally up. Yoh snapmares to chinlock but Kanemaru endures. Kanemaru fights up, pries at the hold, but Yoh squeezes tighter. Kanemaru powers up but can’t power out as Yoh holds tight! Yoh grinds the hold, Kanemaru fights up and throws body shots. Kanemaru gets the leg for a SHINBREAKER! He holds on to CLUB the leg, then dropkick it out! Yoh writhes but Kanemaru stomps Yoh. Kanemaru gets the leg, drags Yoh around and YANKS the leg. Kanemaru gets the leg again to drop elbows on the knee and then trap it in a toehold.

Yoh endures, fights back with a chinlock but Kanemaru twists the foot. The fans rally, Yoh drives elbowsinto Kanemaru but Kanemaru pulls on the foot more. Yoh drags himself and Kanemaru over to the ropebreak! Kanemaru lets go at 4, then stomps the leg. Yoh goes to the apron but Kanemaru still drops a knee on the bad knee! Kanemaru baseball slide dropkicks Yoh to the floor! Fans rally up while Kanemaru watches Yoh. The ring count starts but Kanemaru goes out to CLUB Yoh’s leg! Kanemaru wraps the leg around railing and BOOTS the railing to jam the leg! Yoh falls over but Kanemaru just SMASHES the knee into the floor!

Yoh clutches his knee and Kanemaru leaves him behind as the ring count starts again. The count is 10 of 20 before Yoh gets up. Yoh hobbles in at 12, Kanemaru has the leg to trip Yoh and turn him for a HALF CRAB! Yoh endures, powers out, reaches out, crawls his way over, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Kanemaru lets go in frustration, and he stomps Yoh’s leg again. Kanemaru kicks Yoh, then stomps the leg. Yoh CHOPS back, but Kanemaru kicks the leg out! Yoh writhes, Kanemaru kicks at Yoh again. Kanemaru throws a haymaker but Yoh comes back with a forearm. Kanemaru kicks the leg again, runs, but Yoh blocks the boot! Kanemaru rakes the eyes!

Kanemaru whips but Yoh FLYING FOREARMS back! Both men are down and fans rally up. Kanemaru rolls to a corner, Yoh drags himself up. Yoh runs in and back elbows, then wrenches an arm, only for Kanemaru to duck the clothesline. Kanemaru waistlocks, Yoh switches, but Kanemaru elbows free. Kanemaru runs, but Yoh handsprings to dodge! But the bad leg slows him down! Yoh still dodges the clothesline to NECKBREAKER! Yoh gets Kanemaru back up, FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, Yoh stands and brings Kanemaru around. Yoh full nelsons but Kanemaru breaks free, only to end up in a waistlock.

Kanemaru holds off the lift, mule kicks the leg, but Yoh EuroUppers. Yoh runs, Kanemaru dodges and runs, tilt-o-whirl, but Yoh shoves Kanemaru away. Kanemaru ducks the superkick and dropkicks Yoh’s leg out again! Fans rally but Kanemaru gets the FIGURE FOUR! Yoh endures as Kanemaru puts as much pressure as he can on the hold! Fans rally as Yoh reaches out. Yoh pries at the hold but Kanemaru applies more pressure. Yoh moves around, crawls over, but Kanemaru drags him away from ropes! Kanemaru pulls on Yoh’s foot but Yoh keeps reaching and crawling! ROPEBREAK! Kanemaru lets go at 4, drags Yoh back up, and scoops for BRITISH FALL! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally up but Kanemaru drags Yoh around to crotch lift for a FACEBUSTER! High stack, TWO! Yoh is still in this but Kanemaru goes up the corner! Kanemaru waits for Yoh to stand, DEEP- NO! Yoh gets around, but Kanemaru denies the O’Conner Roll. Tilt-o-whirl DDT! Yoh staggers, dodges, and SUPERKICKS! Both men are down and fans fire up! Fans rally as both men stir. Yoh gets up and fires himself up! Yoh drags Kanemaru up, underhooks the arms, but Kanemaru blocks and slips out to victory roll! TWO and Yoh sits on the cover, TWO! Kanemaru has the victory roll back, TWO! Dropkick to the leg!

Kanemaru gets the legs and steps through, but Yoh rolls him back into the FIVE STAR CLUTCH! YOH WINS!!

Winner: Yoh, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Kanemaru earns 0)

Another shocker for Direct Drive! Is Yoh going to propel himself to the top with this momentum?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 28: Ryusuke Taguchi VS El Phantasmo!

The Funky Weapon lost to the Ticking Timebomb while The Headbanga asserted Bullet Club dominance over the Murder Machine. But now, Taguchi and ELP meet again after their IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship rivalry. Will Taguchi win and expose “that” in ELP’s boot? Or will his pursuit of the truth cost him the match?

Taguchi does a jump off the corner and then holds his right foot. ELP already knows he’s just mocking his “not” loaded boot. ELP holds his sunglasses out to a fan, but then makes him reach. ELP says too bad, and then gives the glasses to Milano Collection AT. ELP then says this is a clean match, there’s nothing in his boot. The bell rings, fans rally and the two dance around to the clapping. They get the fans to rally a bit more, and it’s starting to look like a 2D fighter with how these two are approaching. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but ELP gets around to waistlock. Taguchi pries the hold open and wrenches to wristlock. ELP rolls, kips up and wrenches back.

Taguchi rolls, kips but falls. Taguchi keeps trying but he can’t quite get up. The ref helps Taguchi kip up and Taguchi wrenches! ELP gets away and tells the ref he can’t help Taguchi! “No! No! Bad referee.” ELP is saying Taguchi is cheating but Taguchi gives the ref a thumbs up. ELP and Taguchi reset, fans rally up, and ELP gets them on the “E! L P!” rhythm. ELP gets around to waistlock then headlock Taguchi. Taguchi powers out, things speed up, Taguchi keeps ELP moving, but then ELP whips Taguchi to turn the tables. ELP keeps Taguchi moving with the bypass and drop down but Taguchi seems to be slowing down. Fans rally and they keep going!

Taguchi trips over ELP and ELP covers, TWO! ELP shows off with jumping jacks and fans rally back up. ELP drags Taguchi up, ROCKS him with a right, then another. Taguchi ends up in a corner, ELP whips but Taguchi reverses. ELP goes up and over, rolls back, and cartwheels to show off more. ELP even handstands and jumps out of the ring to strut about. ELP then slingshots back into the ring to do drop steps and a Quebrada! ELP poses and fans applaud. ELP takes a bow, then he dares Taguchi to show his athleticism. ELP whips Taguchi corner to corner, Taguchi goes up and over and rolls and cartwheels, then shows off his dance moves.

Taguchi then rolls out to dance around ringside as fans rally, then Taguchi gets back in to hop up, but then hop down. Fans cheer as Taguchi strikes a pose. ELP asks, “You guys think that’s good? Sugoi, huh? BOO!” ELP shoves Taguchi so Taguchi shoves back. ELP pushes a shoulder, so Taguchi pushes back. ELP pats Taguchi on the face and Taguchi pretends like it hurt. Taguchi gives ELP a bit of a pec check, so ELP “kicks” Taguchi in the shins. Not quite Freshly Squeezed but Taguchi says something and ELP asks for a translation. Taguchi is simply saying ELP kicked him. ELP returns the pec check, and some slaps.

Taguchi wants to purple nurple but ELP slaps the hands away and stomps the foot! Taguchi clutches his foot, surely “that” is in ELP’s boot after all! Taguchi has wobbly legs, but ELP BITES Taguchi’s hand! Knuckle lock, CHOP, and ELP goes up and up and jumps around to then leap and PURPLE NURPLE! Then DOUBLE! The ref reprimands, ELP lets off and argues with the ref. ELP swings but Taguchi blocks the chop! Taguchi knuckle locks, he goes up and up, then tightrope walks! Fans rally as he goes slowly and carefully, but ELP says he’s got him. Fans rally up more, Taguchi tries the jump trick but ends up crotching himself!

ELP shoves Taguchi down and out, and Taguchi is stiff as a board! ELP goes out to fetch Taguchi but he isn’t even sure if Taguchi is okay. ELP drags Taguchi up and into the ring, then struts around on the apron as fans rally up. ELP has them change to the “E! L P!” rhythm again before he slingshots, only for Taguchi to slowly roll away. So ELP handstands and walks for the SENTON! Cover, TWO! ELP drags Taguchi up, wrenches and wristlocks, then shouts for Taguchi to tap out. Taguchi fights up, throws body shots, then runs, ducks and dodges, but ELP avoids the hip attack! Taguchi crashes and burns! ELP drags Taguchi back up, wrenches and wristlocks again, then hammerlocks.

Taguchi steps through the ropes, then back in to have ELP’s arm wrapped around ropes! Taguchi hip attacks the arm! Taguchi runs, into an atomic drop! But ELP holds that foot, “that” is a bit double-edged. Taguchi HIP ATTACKS ELP down! Fans fire up as Taguchi hip attacks ELP against the ropes, then again! Then slide for the APRON HIP! Taguchi aims as fans rally up, and Taguchi springboards for the MISSILE HIP! Cover, TWO! Taguchi drags ELP up, snap suplexes, Uno Amigo! Then Dos Amigos! THREE AMIGOS! Cover, TWO! Taguchi calls upon the powers of Strong Style! “OHYA~!” Taguchi runs in, but ELP rolls him up! TWO! ELP rakes Taguchi’s eyes!

ELP tunes up the band, but Taguchi blocks and rolls ELP! TWO, Taguchi backslides! TWO! Taguchi small packages, TWO and ELP has the package! TWO and it’s back to Taguchi! ROLLING PACKAGE! They end up breaking, and both men stagger around dizzily. ELP wants a timeout! Taguchi says no, but his enziguri whiffs! ELP drags Taguchi up, straitjacket torture rack, SWINGING- No, wait, that just makes ELP dizzier. ELP falls out of the ring, Taguchi gets in the ropes to stay in. ELP gets back and Taguchi is stuck? ELP tunes up, but Taguchi drops to avoid Sudden Death! ELP crotches himself on ropes and Taguchi covers! TWO, and ELP low blows as he kicks out!

ELP drags himself to the apron and dry heaves from getting hit low. ELP claims he needs to clean up but Taguchi grabs him. The ref is looking to see if ELP actually barfed, and ELP fakes Taguchi out to mule kick low! ELP wrenches the wristlock, Taguchi taps!! ELP WINS!

Winner: El Phantasmo, by submission (gains 2 points; Taguchi earns 0)

ELP used trickery, but the record book is going to show that Taguchi tapped out to a simple wristlock! Will this ensure the Headbanga is the Best of the Super Juniors?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 28: Robbie Eagles VS SHO!

All of Chaos was betrayed when High Voltage joined the House of Torture. Will the Sniper of the Skies get his own revenge on the Murder Machine? Or will he be just another victim of Sho’s dark side?

The bell rings and Sho offers “Robbie-chan” a handshake. Robbie isn’t trusting that at all, so Sho tries a Too Sweet. Eagles kicks that, so Sho goes to ropes. The ref has Eagles stay back, but Eagles chases Sho around the ring. Sho stays near the ropes so Eagles has to stay back. Eagles dodges the sucker punch! Eagles wrenches Sho to a wristlock but Sho wrenches back, only for Eagles to roll and wrench Sho. Sho drops, trips Eagles and has the leg to then get the arm. Sho wrenches, Eagles uses ropes to flip through and wrench back! Eagles hammerlocks and fans cheer, but Sho hammerlocks back. Eagles reaches back to headlock and hit the takeover. Sho pulls hair, the ref reprimands.

Sho kicks around, gets the headscissor, but Eagles moves around to headstand and pop free. Eagles steps through but Sho kicks him away. Sho goes to ropes again but Eagles storms over. Sho rakes Eagles’ eyes! The ref counts, Sho stops at 4, and Eagles drops back. Sho stands on Eagles against the ropes, the ref counts, and Sho stops at 4. Sho brings Eagles up but Eagles blocks the whip. Sho rakes eyes! Sho whips, Eagles reverses to go up and around but Sho blocks the arm-drag. Sho whips, Eagles ducks and dodges but Sho blocks the rana! Sho brings Eagles up but Eagles pops off to back elbow. Eagles goes up to FLYING RANA! Sho gets up, into a WHEEL KICK!

Eagles kips up and Sho scrambles! Fans rally as Eagles builds speed, but Eagles fakes Sho out. Eagles runs and DIVES, but Sho makes a Young Lion take the hit! Sho then kicks Eagles and whips him into railing! Sho laughs at the Young Lion’s pain while he gets Eagles up and chokes him with his own bandana! Eagles throws elbows but can’t get free. The ref sees this and counts, Sho lets go at 4. Sho drags Eagles up, puts him in the ring, and stomps Eagles down. Sho brings Eagles up, bumps him off buckle then stomps away. Sho digs his boots in, the ref reprimands and counts, but Sho lets off at 4. Eagles CHOPS Sho, and chops again, and again!

Eagles throws forearms and ROCKS Sho, but Sho rakes Eagles’ eyes! Sho shoves Eagles down then storms around. Eagles flounders, Sho gets the wrist and twists! Sho even bends the fingers! The ref counts, Sho lets go to bring Eagles up and around. Sho suplexes but Eagles blocks. Eagles suplexes but Sho blocks to bend the fingers! The ref counts, Sho CLUBS Eagles’ hand, then brings Eagles up for a suplex. Eagles slips out to rolling kick the leg, and BLINDSIDE CLOTHESLINE! Sho bails out, fans fire up and Eagles builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit and they both crash into railing! Eagles checks on Milano Collection and he’s okay, so Eagles fires up.

Sho drags himself away but Eagles follows. Sho wants mercy but Eagles CHOPS him instead. The ring count climbs, Eagles drags Sho up and into the ring. Fans fire up as Eagles aims, springboards, and dropkicks the legs out! Eagles runs to PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up with Eagles and he runs corner to corner to DOUBLE KNEE! Sho BOOTS back but Eagles 619’s the legs out! Eagles then goes corner to corner again, METEORA! Cover, TWO! Eagles drags Sho by a leg, Sho wants mercy and Eagles says this IS mercy. But Sho grabs Eagles’ bandana! Eagles gives Sho a spinning toehold! Eagles rolls Sho, hooks him up, but Sho pushes Eagles at the ref!

Sho runs in, Eagles saves the ref to ROUNDHOUSE, SUPERKICK and PELE Sho down! Fans fire up, Eagles drags Sho around, cravat but Sho shoves him away. Eagles goes to the apron, springboards in, but Sho again shoves the ref at him! Eagles pushes the ref aside, but Sho SPEARS him down! Sho drags Eagles up, reels him in and double pump handles, but Eagles slips out of Shock Arrow! So Sho drags him down to SNAKE BITE! Eagles stays on his feet as fans rally, and he moves around to the ROPEBREAK! Sho lets go at 4 and Eagles flops down. Fans fire up as Eagles sputters but Sho twists the wrist again. Sho wrenches, kicks, kicks and KICKS away on Eagles’ chest!

Eagles falls over but Sho shakes his head. Sho drags Eagles up to kick, KICK and SUPER- NO! Eagles blocks to CHOP and hook, TURBO BACKPACK! Cover, TWO!! Eagles rolls to SUPERKICK Sho back down! Eagles goes up top and 450 FLOPS! Sho avoids the splash just in time and fans rally up as Eagles stirs. Sho runs in to PENALTY KICK the arm! Sho then has the arm for a KIMURA! Eagles moves around, waistlocks, but Sho switches. Eagles mule kicks the leg, cravats, SHIRA- NO! Sho shoves Eagles into the ref! Then GERMAN SUPLEXES Eagles down! Sho crawls his way to his corner, and he gets the wrench! Fans rally up as Eagles rises, but Sho takes aim.

Eagles ducks the wrench to dropkick Sho’s legs out! Fans fire up and Eagles has the wrench! The ref sees the wrench and wants Eagles to drop it. Eagles wants to use it but the ref stops him! So Sho reels Eagles in! Eagles blocks the low blow to SHIRA- NO, Sho slips out and elbows. Sho waistlocks but Eagles victory rolls! TWO, but Eagles schoolboys with bridge, TWO! Step through, RON MILLER SPECIAL!! Sho endures, flails, reaches out, but Eagles drags him away! Fans fire up as Eagles puts more pressure! Sho taps, Eagles wins!!

Winner: Robbie Eagles, by submission (gains 2 points; Sho earns 0)

Now that is a shocker! The Murder Machine’s lead is slipping, will he end up not making it to the finals? As for Eagles, is this win going to help him fly higher than ever?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 28: Hiromu Takahashi VS Master Wato!

Both Ticking Timebomb and Way of the Grandmaster won last round, but while one is so close to the top, the other is on the bubble. Will Hiromu pop that bubble for Wato? Or will his plans for the back-to-back tournament finals blow up in his face?

Hiromu’s page for Wato in his guide book reminds Wato of his brutal loss to Sho and his failed World Tag League run with Hiroyoshi Tenzan. The bell rings and fans rally as the two circle. They approach, Wato tests the waters with a kick but Hiromu avoids it. They tie up, Hiromu powers Wato to ropes and the ref calls for the break. Hiromu lets off slowly, but Wato avoids the chop to kick Hiromu! Wato CHOPS Hiromu, KICKS him agains tropes, then whips Hiromu to ropes. Hiromu reverses. hurdles, Wato leaps, and things keep moving. Hiromu follows Wato to RANA, but Wato handsprings through. Hiromu avoids the Penalty Kick, waistlocks, but Wato switches.

Hiromu elbows free, whips and corner clotheslines, then runs, but into the back elbow, uppercut and sobat! Fans cheer Wato and rally up as Wato stalks Hiromu. Hiromu sits up, Wato KICKS him! And KICKS! And KICKS! Hiromu eggs him on so Wato KICKS again! Wato runs but into a boot! Hiromu hops up to HANGING HEADSCISSOR! The ref counts, Hiromu lets go at 4 to drag Wato out and RAM him into railing! Hiromu brings Wato around and whips him at the post! Wato swings around the post to get in the ring! Hiromu gets on the apron, Wato dropkicks him down! Fans fire up as Wato aims, PLANCHA but Hiromu gets clear! Hiromu then whips Wato into railing!

Wato falls on the floor, Hiromu drags Wato up and brings him around to snap suplex to the floor! A ring count starts, Hiromu drags Wato up at 6 of 20 and puts him on the apron at 8. Hiromu hooks Wato’s arm sin the ropes and fans rally up. Hiromu gets space to run in and DRIVE-BY DROPKICK! Hiromu drags Wato around, has the legs, for a ROPE GUILLOTINE! Wato clutches his throat, Hiromu drags him to a cover, TWO! Wato is still in this and fans rally up. Hiromu drags Wato up, but Wato CHOPS! Wato forearms, Hiromu DECKS him! Hiromu drags Wato up to scoop and SLAM! Hiromu gets the legs again, ties them up, and hits a Texas Cloverleaf LEG DDT!

Wato writhes, Hiromu gets the leg for a toehold, then a modified ARMBAR! Wato endures this unique submission, he reaches out for ropes, but Hiromu pulls him back in! Wato still fights so Hiromu rolls him to a cover, TWO! Fans cheer and rally up as Hiromu drags Wato up. Hiromu CHOPS Wato, CHOPS again, then whips. Wato blocks by holding ropes, so Hiromu CHOPS him again. Hiromu whips, Wato holds ropes and boots back. Wato BOOTS again, then runs in to RANA Hiromu down! Hiromu bails out, fans rally up and Wato builds speed to TORNILLO! Direct hit and fans fire up while both men are down on the outside.

The ring count starts, Wato crawls over to Hiromu at 5 of 20, drags him up at 10, and then puts him in at 12. Fans rally as Wato aims from the apron. Wato springboards for the FLYING UPPERCUT! Wato fiers up and fans rally as he waits on Hiromu. Hiromu rises, Wato KICKS him from all sides! SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Wato drags Hiromu up, wrenches, hooks Hiromu up, but Hiromu fights the Mouse Trap, so Wato makes it an OCTOPUS! Hiromu endures, Wato brings him from ropes, MOUSE- NO! Hiromu fireman’s carries, but Wato slips out. Wato runs in but Hiromu dodges to corner clothesline! Snapmare and basement dropkick!

Fans rally up, Hiromu gets up and drags Wato up. Hiromu fireman’s carries but Wato fights. Hiromu throws Wato, Wato lands on his feet to knee low. Hiromu catches Wato’s clothesline to swing him around and jump, D! Wato is caught in the triangle hold and Hiromu squeezes tight! Fans rally as Wato endures, moves around, rolls, but Hiromu rolls Wato away from ropes! Wato high stacks, dead lifts, but Hiromu lets go to ROLLING ELBOW! Hiromu runs but Wato BOOTS! Wato runs but Hiromu LARIATS! Hiromu runs but Wato boots the lariat away to ROUNDHOUSE! Hiromu goes down and fans fire up with Wato!

Wato drags Hiromu up, wrenches and hooks him up, MOUSE TRAP DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Hiromu escapes but Wato goes to the corner. Wato climbs, but Hiromu rolls away. So Wato goes for the COUP DE GRACE instead!! Cover, TWO!! Hiromu ends up in another drop zone, Wato goes up top! R P P FLOPS!! Hiromu and Wato are both down and fans rally back up. They are in opposite corners, but Hiromu drags himself up. Wato also rises, runs in, but avoids the overhead suplex! Wato goes up but Hiromu drags him down with a waistlock but Wato switches. Wato avoids the elbow to kick, kick, sobat and KICK!

Hiromu mule kicks, front kicks, but Wato ducks the superkick to SUPERKICK! Hiromu HIGH ANGLE GERMAN! Bridging cover, TWO!! Hiromu survives but fans fire up again! Wato gets up, and he waints on Hiromu to get up. Hiromu guards but Wato kicks him in the back! Hiromu catches the kick to the front, but Wato ducks the clothesline. Hiromu SUPERKICKS! Hiromu roars, runs, but Wato slips around to tilt-o-whirl, only for Hiromu to block! DYNAMITE PLUNGER! Fans fire up while both men are down. Hiromu sits up, grits his teeth, and he drags Wato back up. Wato fights the suplex, wrenches, SCREW HIGH- NO, HIROMU-CHAN BOMBER!

But Wato roars and rises! Hiromu ducks a kick to GERMAN SUPLEX! Hiromu roars, fans fire up and Wato flounders. Hiromu runs, but into a snap cradle! TWO!! Hiromu escapes, Wato CHOPS! Hiromu staggers into a SLAP! And then another! Hiromu SLAPS back! Wato kicks but misses, Hiromu suplexes, VICTORY ROYALE! Cover, TWO! Wato survives, fans fire up, and Hiromu slaps himself to get back up. Hiromu drags Wato up, dragon sleeper, but Wato slips out of the suplex to tilt-o-whirl roll-up. Hiromu rolls through, HIROMU-CHAN BOMBER!! Hiromu fires up and fans are thunderous as he gets Wato up. Dragon sleeper, inverted suplex, TIMEBOMB II!! Cover, Hiromu wins!

Winner: Hiromu Takahashi, by pinfall (gains 2 points, Wato earns 0)

The bubble has burst and Wato’s run is done! But will Hiromu be able to stay afloat until the end?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 28: BUSHI VS El Desperado!

The Black Mask has built back up to break even at 4-4, and he’s just behind the Rogue Luchador. Will Bushi get a huge win over the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion? Or will Desperado start establishing that he IS the Best of the Super Juniors?

Bushi attacks during Desperado’s introduction! He stomps away, the bell rings, and Bushi kicks Desperado around. Desperado gets up, they start throwing forearms back and forth! Fans fire up as they go faster, then Bushi ROCKS Desperado. Bushi talks trash but Desperado rakes the eyes! Desperado whips, Bushi RANAS! Desperado bails out, Bushi runs but Desperado ducks the baseball slide to RAM Bushi into railing! Desperado then DECKS Bushi as payback for how this started. Desperado stomps Bushi, also as payback. Desperado looks around and brings out some chairs from under the ring! Desperado brings one over but Red Shoes stops him.

Desperado pushes Red Shoes aside but Bushi dropkicks the chair into Desperado! Desperado clutches his ribs, Bushi stomps him down. Bushi drags Desperado up and whips him into railing! Desperado falls back, Bushi brings him around to CLUB him on the neck. Bushi RAMS Desperado into the apron, then stalks him as Desperado goes around the way. Bushi stomps Desperado, puts him in the ring, stomps him over and over, then takes off his shirt to CHOKE him! The ref counts, Bushi lets go to then cravat and NECKBREAKER! Cover, ONE!! Bushi keeps cool while fans rally up. Bushi drags Desperado up, brings him around, hangs him out to dry on the ropes then CLUBS him.

Bushi goes to the corner to dropkick Desperado down! Fans rally up, Bushi drags Desperado through the ropes, but Desperado denies the DDT and shoves Bushi down! Desperado then runs and DIVES! Direct hit and they both hit railing! Both men are down and fans fire up! Desperado rises as fans rally, and he goes back to where he left the chairs. Desperado puts one chair on Bushi’s leg, then has the other chair. CON-CHAIR-TO to Bushi’s leg! Red Shoes reprimands but the damage is already done! Desperado drags Bushi up and puts him in the ring. Desperado kicks railing in frustration while he talks some trash on Bushi.

Desperado then gets in the ring, taunts Bushi, then gets the leg to YANK it! Desperado stands on the knee, Bushi pulls at Desprado’s mask but Desperado RAKES his eye! Desperado SPLASHES the leg! Cover, TWO! Bushi rolls away, Desperado drags him into a chinlock. Bushi endures, fans rally up, and Bushi fights up. Desperado squeezes as tight as he can and even twists on the chinlock! Bushi keeps fighting, reaches out, but Desperado rakes eyes! Bushi still gets the ropebreak! Red Shoes counts, Desperado lets off but STRADDLE ATTACKS the leg! Fans rally as Bushi writhes and clutches his knee. Desperado tells them to hush, then he drags Bushi up.

Bushi CHOPS, and CHOPS, and CHOPS! Desperado kicks the bad leg out! Bushi writhes again but Desperado gets the legs tied up for a BUTTERFLY DEATHLOCK! Bushi endures as Desperado moves around and applies pressure. Bushi sits up to dig his head into Desperado’s chest, but Desperado puts even more pressure on the stretch! Bushi throws forearms in return! Desperado “falls” to apply pressure, then he shifts to a traditional Deathlock so he can taunt Bushi while reclining. Bushi endures, reaches, crawls, but he CHOPS Desperado. So Desperado sits up for the Butterfly! Bushi crawls, ROPEBREAK! Desperado lets go, and “Oops!” drops knees on Bushi’s knee.

Desperado drags Bushi up, whips him corner to corner, but Bushi can’t even run on the bad leg! Desperado taunts Bushi but fans rally up. Bushi drags himself up in the corner, Desperado runs in but Bushi puts him on the apron. Desperado kicks Bushi’s bad leg through the ropes! Desperado drags Bushi to the apron but Bushi BOOTS Desperado into the railing! Fans fire up as Bushi aims and slingshots, FLYING RANA! Fans fire up as both men are down, and Bushi fires up as he stands! Bushi gets in the ring, manages to build speed and DIVES! Direct hit and Desperado hits railing! Both men are down again and fans rally back up.

The ring count starts and Bushi sits up at 10 of 20. Bushi stands at 12, hobbles over at 14 and brings Desperado up to put him in at 17! Fans fire up as Bushi climbs the corner. Missile dropkick! But no Bushirooni, his knee hurts too much. Bushi drags Desperado up, blocks the elbow and spins him for a DDT! Cover, TWO! Bushi drags Desperado up, reels him in, but his bad leg stops him from using the Destroyer! Desperado shoves Bushi away, rolls him up, STRETCH MUFFLER! Bushi scrambles, ROPEBREAK! Desperado thrashes the leg but lets go at 4. Desperado stomps the knee! Bushi writhes an clutches his leg again, but Desperado drags him back up.

Desperado has the leg, but Bushi CLUBS away to stop the shinbreaker. Desperado keeps Bushi from running, SHIN BREAKER, to GROUND DRAGON SCREW! STRETCH MUFFLER! Bushi endures, fans rally up, Desperado thrashes the leg more! Bushi crawls, reaches out, but Desperado drags him away! Desperado gets an arm, NUMERO DOS!! Bushi endures, reaches and crawls with his one free arm, but Desperado pulls back harder! Bushi refuses to give up here, and he gets the ROPEBREAK! Desperado lets go in frustration, but then drags Bushi away from ropes. Desperado goes up top for a FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Fans rally up, Desperado gets up, then gets Bushi.

Bushi fights Guitarra, Desperado ducks the enziguri and prevents the heel kick with a STRETCH MUFFLER! Bushi rolls to make it a cradle! TWO, Bushi dodges the clothesline to shove Desperado. Desperado holds ropes but Bushi blocks the boot! Bushi puts the leg in the rope, dropkick to the leg, then DRAPING BACKSTABBER! Desperado is down but fans fire up as Bushi goes to the apron. Bushi drags Desperado up and through the ropes, APRON DDT! Desperado is stuck in the ropes but Bushi gets in to pull him into a cover, TWO! Fans fire up again while both men are down. Bushi drags himself to a corner and climbs up. Desperado stands, Bushi leaps, but Desperado gets under!

Bushi’s leg jams, Desperado dropkicks the leg out! Fans still rally as both men are still down. Desperado stands and drags Bushi up. Bushi fires a forearm! Desperado forearms back! Bushi forearms, Desperado forearms back. Fans rally as they go back and forth, faster and faster! Bushi ROCKS Desperado, but Desperado PALM STRIKES! Desperado then spins Bushi around, GUITARRA- NO, Bushi slips out! Desperado elbows Bushi, runs but Bushi boots! Bushi runs, Desperado elbows him! Desperado fakes Bushi out and SPINE- NO! Bushi fights that off, spins Desperado around, FISHER- NO, Desperado slips out to kick the bad leg!

Despereado says too bad, but he runs into a DROPKICK! Both men are down and fans fire up again! Bushi gets up and roars! Bushi gets Desperado up, CANADIAN DESTROYER! Cover, TWO!! Desperado survives and both men are down again. Fans rally up as Bushi rolls his way to a corner. Desperado goes to the other, Bushi runs in, but Desperado blocks the Code Breaker to a SPINEBUSTER! Roll and gut wrench, GUITARRA DEL ANGEL! Cover, TWO!! Bushi survives and Desperado is furious! Desperado gets Bushi up, underhooks, but no Pinche! Bushi wrenches out, enziguri misses but the heel kick hits! Backslide, Desperado rolls through to LOCO MONO!!

Desperado reels Bush in, PINCHE LOCO!! Cover, Desperado wins!

Winner: El Desperado, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Bushi earns 0)

The Black Mask falls to the Rogue Luchador! Is Bushi now on the outside looking in on the finals? Desperado doesn’t wait long to get the mic, either, saying, “”I said before the Best of the Super Juniors, I would go into every match with a main event title match approach. But if my opponent doesn’t feel that strongly about it, I can’t carry it all on my own. Thanks for the effort, Bushi. With that, I was pushed to win this main event.”

Desperado continues to say that there’s a lot of talk, but no one is running away with this tournament. Who knows who’ll be in the finals. But Desperado knows he will show hat it means to be Junior Heavyweight Champion. “I will be in the final, and I will win it.” Desperado leaves it at that, but will he be the one determining his own future?

 

Here are the NEW BOSJ 28 standings!

SHO: 6-3, 12 points
El Desperado: 5-3-1, 11 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 5-3-1, 11 points
El Phantasmo: 5-4, 10 points
Robbie Eagles: 5-4, 10 points
Taiji Ishimori: 5-4, 10 points
YOH: 5-4, 10 points
Bushi: 4-5, 8 points
Ryusuke Taguchi: 4-5, 8 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 4-5, 8 points
Master Wato: 3-6, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Douki: 2-7, 4 points [ELIMINATED]


My Thoughts:

Another great round for BOSJ, and honestly, we could probably consider the 4-5 block as eliminated, too. Yoh getting the win over Kanemaru was a great shocker, and Taguchi VS ELP was very funny stuff. Eagles winning over Sho was another surprise, but again, Sho had a loss to give because he’s that far ahead. Wato had another great match against Hiromu, but not quite on the level of the match he had with Desperado. Hiromu and Desperado staying tied makes me want to see the Triple Threat finals happen, just as I said last round.

My Score: 8.9/10


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NOAH WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.187 ~ 29TH SEPTEMBER 2022

Keiji Mutoh continues his Retirement tour and bringing out faces from the past! NOAH has a new champion! Interesting inter-promotional battles on the horizon as well!

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Kaito Kiyomiya is the new GHC Heavyweight Champion, nominates Kazuyuki Fujita as challenger

Following provocation by Kenoh not only saying that he was going to be the one to inherit Keiji Mutoh’s Shining Wizard and the memory of Keiji Mutoh himself (and the outright claim that Kiyomiya would simply forget about Mutoh once Mutoh had retired, which Kiyomiya didn’t even bother responding to), Kenoh went one step further at their last pre match on the 19th September by pulling Keiji Mutoh’s pose, kissing his hand, putting it to Kiyomiya’s lips and then exploding it. Kiyomiya erupted in fury at this, it was far more than any verbal provocation of Kenoh’s, which I guess he has learned to ignore over the years. They fought for the GHC Heavyweight in Nagoya on September 25th, with Kiyomiya emerging victorious following a modified Shining Wizard. As Kenoh left it was like a spell was broken. Kenoh went backstage and muttered about Kiyomiya being the company favorite and in his interview the day after winning the title, Kiyomiya said nothing about Keiji Mutoh. Mutoh as we know had been a focus of both Kiyomiya and Kenoh leading up to the title match.

Back in the ring, Kiyomiya called out his next opponent. Kazuyuki Fujita. Fujita came to the ring, carrying a can of beer which he swigged from. Getting in the ring he circled Kiyomiya and took off his t-shirt. Kiyomiya said that he was expecting a fight, but Fujita did something that no other NOAH wrestler had (or perhaps would) do, and that was to throw himself at Kiyomiya and then make nuzzling motions against his head, while he licked the belt. Kiyomiya pushed him off, and Fujita retaliated by pouring beer over his head.

Kiyomiya screaming that he hated beer was met with Fujita toasting him from the ramp and yelling “Kampaiii” (“cheers”) after a fight had broken out, and Kiyomiya threw him from the ring.

 

Backstage, Kiyomiya said his reason for nominating Kazuyuki Fujita as his challenger was that he had never been defeated for the GHC Heavyweight. Fujita had to give up the belt due to Coronavirus. It has been a recurring theme of most of the GHC Heavyweight champions since Go Shiozaki, that Fujita has been the man to beat in order to cement yourself as champion. Kiyomiya was picking up that torch.

As for Fujita, he played it as if he was a Casanova and had been asked out on a date by warning Kiyomiya that when you experience Fujita, you can never go back because you were never going to be the same. He was going to “make it a night to remember”. He sipped his beer, and licked his lips afterwards.

Title match has been set for NOAH’s return to Ariake on the 30th October.

STINGER lose, NOAH Junior Regulars win, enter Tadasuke (with a chair)

Following a period of brutal attacks on Seiki Yoshioka (by the end of the match he could hardly use one side of his body) and a title challenge where Atsushi Kotoge was bloodied up, The NOAH Junior Regulars emerged victorious and bought the tag titles home to their unit. They had very little time to celebrate their win and put ice on their wounds, when Tadasuke burst in and attacked Atsushi Kotoge with a chair while Hi69 beat up on the already incapacitated Seiki Yoshioka. Tadasuke (wild grin on his face) got on the microphone and made a challenge for the tag titles. Then Tadasuke wiped the blood from Kotoge that had got on his hands on his hair, leaving red streaks in the peroxide. Tadasuke was even waving the bloodied seat of the chair, which had detached during the attack, around backstage.

Title match will be on the 30th October when NOAH return to the Ariake complex.

Takashi Sugiura and Satoshi Kojima, NOAH’s most dysfunctional tag team, win the GHC Heavyweight tag titles

It must be said that with the combined efforts of Satoshi Kojima and Hideki Suzuki, we almost have our Sugi back.

At the press conference/title match signing, Sugi and Kojima appeared dressed in suits and wearing dark glasses. They looked something between The Men In Black and “Dangerous Detectives” (as Tokyo Sports called them  which stems from a Japanese TV show). Hideki Suzuki was on form, not only mistranslating Timothy Thatcher and stating at one point that Thatcher said he came to Japan to “beat you up” and being rude to a journalist for being overfamiliar with his “punk mouth”, the highlight of the press conference was his long close up stare at Sugi, who was trying not to laugh.

The dysfunctional team won the titles in Nagoya on the 25th September, and despite their falling out during the match, Sugi actually gave Kojima a proper handshake. Then they went back to squabbling backstage over Kojima talking on the mic when it was Sugi who got the win. No challengers have come forward as of yet.

HAYATA retains the GHC Junior, Ninja Mack makes his long awaited challenge

It had been an emotional match for YO-HEY, and for fans. Cutting out the aerial techniques that had characterized their earlier matches, both he and HAYATA demonstrated how much they had both evolved by concentrating on a more NOAH based ground attack with submissions. YO-HEY might have failed in the challenge, but he had at least gotten one win over HAYATA in the pre-match. He knew the title match would be different and he would need to level up, and afterwards he reflected and said he would start from rock bottom in order to make his next challenge. What fans had noticed that while things had changed between them, some things were the same, such as YO-HEY coloring his hair, his tongue (and even his boxer shorts) purple, which is HAYATA’s color, and HAYATA not speaking as much as he has done in previous title challenges, as he is content to let YO-HEY talk. After the match, Ninja Mack came to challenge. HAYATA accepted by saying, that he was “finally interested in the belt” and acknowledging him as challenger. Title match will of course be on the 30th October. But HAYATA is not immediately going into a fallout match with Ninja Mack at NOAH’s next event on the 30th, but is having a tag match against YO-HEY.

Keiji Mutoh’s Retirement Road

Keiji Mutoh has been very busy.

– 23rd September: Great Muta appears in AEW

The Great Muta made a surprise appearance in AEW to rescue Sting, who had been tied to a chair by Darby Allen. Muta came to the ring, advanced on Sting and then turned and spat green mist into the face of Allen and then reunited with Sting. Keiji Mutoh announced that Sting would attend Muta’s retirement on the 22nd in Yokohama, but has not said in what capacity, although it is assumed that they will tag. Regarding any further appearances in America, Mutoh said he didn’t think it was likely, but did warn that The Great Muta may pop up somewhere as you never knew where he would turn up next.

– 25th September: Keiji Mutoh Retirement Road: Love Forever 2

Keiji Mutoh teamed with his junior Kazuyuki Fujita to take on Mutoh’s classmate, Masakatsu Funaki and Katsuhiko Nakajima, who Mutoh has known since he was a boy, and still calls affectionately “Katsuhiko”. Nakajima said he was going to break up this class reunion, and while Mutoh did get kicked (Nakajima smirked and said it was fun when Mutoh later complained his leg still hurt) but it was Fujita who got the worst of it. During the match, Nakajima pulled out Mutoh’s Space Rolling Elbow. Mutoh was initially not pleased, but then he became very happy to see it and said that he thought that “Katsuhiko” did it because he had some small measure of feeling for him. I think had Nakajima been a more acrobatic wrestler, Mutoh might have handed it to him. Mutoh won the match with The Shining Wizard, pinning Nakajima. This was Mutoh’s farewell to Nagoya, his classmate, his junior and Nakajima.

– 26th September: Hiroshi Tanahashi comes to the press conference and a tag match is announced

Hiroshi Tanahashi presented 38 roses to Mutoh when he came to the press conference. Each rose symbolizes a year of Mutoh’s career. Mutoh joked that he should have laid them at his feet, as had happened in boxing recently. Tanahashi said he wasn’t good at ad-libbing, and then introduced himself as “one of the greatest New Japan talents in the past one hundred years”. During the press conference, a tag match was announced. New Japan’s Hiroshi Tanahashi, Togi Makabe and Honma Tomoaki will team together against the team of Naomichi Marufuji, Keiji Mutoh and Keiji Mutoh. This will take place on the 30th October. Mutoh has not given up hope of appearing one final time in the New Japan ring.

– 16th October: A new match is announced

NOAH announced that due to fan demand, Keiji Mutoh will be appearing in Fukuoka. He will tag with Ninja Mack and Satoshi Kojima against Naomichi Marufuji, HAYATA and Jack Morris. Satoshi Kojima is of course connected to Mutoh through All Japan and New Japan, Naomichi Marufuji has wanted a match against Mutoh (he will be tagging with him as we know on the 30th October) and HAYATA has been a big fan of Mutoh for a while, as he has influenced a lot of his style and persona. HAYATA thinks of himself and The Great Muta as “The Phantom Team”. Muta doesn’t like to speak and HAYATA said, neither does he.

Naomichi Marufuji and Katsuhiko Nakajima head overseas

Naomichi Marufuji and Katsuhiko Nakajima will appear for Evolution Pro Wrestling in New York for their anniversary show on November 12th. Marufuji’s match is yet to be announced, but Nakajima will take on Josh Alexander. Alexander has said he wonders how Nakajima is going to kick after he snaps his ankle. They will also appear at King of Indies in San Francisco on November 19th.

NOSAWA vs Katsuhiko Nakajima (and Kenoh)

After being beaten up by Katsuhiko Nakajima who gave him some pretty stiff soccerball kicks outside the ring at Korakuen Hall recently, (although he would tell you that Nakajima tried to beat him up), NOSAWA Rongai has been on a quest to face Nakajima in a match. Then he threw in Kenoh, so it could be himself and Eita versus Kongoh. Hideki Suzuki told him that he was probably going to die, but NOSAWA has taken no notice and kept on with his demand. His demand has not been met because rather than facing Nakajima and Kenoh, NOAH have booked him against rookies Yasutaka Yano and Kai Fujimura. NOSAWA thinks he is having to go through some kind of trial.

ELSEWHERE IN NOAH

– Hideki Suzuki has hinted that perhaps Takashi Sugiura might like to get back online.

– Yoshiki Inamura and YO-HEY continued their guild, despite the fact that YO-HEY said someone attacked and burned their castle down. A picture was taken of YO-HEY and Inamura playing the game, with YO-HEY seated cross legged on Inamura, who was doing a bridge in the ring. We have seen Inamura used as a weight, but is he now used as furniture?

– NOAH’s Director, Narihiro Takeda, wrote on a NOAH Note that he would like for Darby Allin to come to NOAH one day.

– Tadasuke got a match thrown out by ripping off Alejandro’s mask. Tadasuke did not care, and did not even respond when Alejandro asked if he wanted a mask for himself?

– Daiki Inaba had his long awaited singles match with Katsuhiko Nakajima, but failed to revenge himself for Nakajima’s behavior in W-1. Nakajima even went for the cocky pin by grinning and leaning on Inaba.

– There was usual chaos at the NOAH Junior Space sessions as Daisuke Harada is not there to take control. Atsushi Kotoge seems to be the main culprit, forgetting to invite Seiki Yoshioka in and at one time even failing to press record.

– It’s probably best that Daiki Inaba, who apparently likes to be in the nip backstage, was not present when NOAH was at Differ. It was bad enough that Sugi used to wander around naked…

– Mitsuharu Misawa wrote in a diary entry for 2006 about filming an advert for THE LEAVE, and having to sing first thing in the morning while they were filming. Probably due to the fact that he had a problem with his throat anyway, was a heavy smoker and had taken “so many chops and kicks” to it in his career, he said he sounded very hoarse.

EVENT RECAPS AND POST MATCH PROMOS

SUNNY VOYAGE – September 19th 

Event recap

Post match promos

N-INNOVATION – September 21st 

Event recap

Post match promos

GRAND SHIP 2022 IN NAGOYA/KEIJI MUTOH RETIREMENT ROAD – September 25th

Event recap

Post match promos

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

  • GHC Heavyweight Champion: Kaito Kiyomiya
    Challenger: Kazuyuki Fujita, [Muto Retirement Road] ABEMA presents Ariake Gaisen-THE RETURN-PRO-WRESTLING LOVE FOREVER . 3 ~TRIUMPH~ Sunday 30th October, Ariake Arena, Tokyo
  • GHC Junior Champion: HAYATA
    Challenger: Ninja Mack, [Muto Retirement Road] ABEMA presents Ariake Gaisen-THE RETURN-PRO-WRESTLING LOVE FOREVER . 3 ~TRIUMPH~ Sunday 30th October, Ariake Arena, Tokyo
  • GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: KojiSugi (Satoshi Kojima & Takashi Sugiura)
    Challengers: TBA
  • GHC Junior Tag Champions: The NOAH Junior Regulars (Atsushi Kotoge & Seiki Yoshioka)
    Challengers: Kongoh Juniors (Tadasuke & Hi69), [Muto Retirement Road] ABEMA presents Ariake Gaisen-THE RETURN-PRO-WRESTLING LOVE FOREVER . 3 ~TRIUMPH~ Sunday 30th October, Ariake Arena, Tokyo
  • GHC National Champion: Masakatsu Funaki
    Challenger: Masa Kitamiya, SUNNY VOYAGE 2022 – Friday September 30th (Bandaijima Multi-Purpose Square Ogama)

(This event will not be broadcast live, but hopefully this match will be shown via Instagram)

THIS WEEK IN NOAH

(October 2022 schedule)

– Friday, October 7th

STAR NAVIGATION 2022 – Korakuen Hall, Tokyo

Time: 18:30 JST

Broadcast: WrestleUniverse/ABEMA (live)

– Saturday, October 8th

STAR NAVIGATION 2022 – Korakuen Hall, Tokyo

Time: 18:30 JST

Broadcast: WrestleUniverse (live)

Note about broadcasts

Unless you are living in Japan or have a VPN you know is compatible with ABEMA, please do not subscribe to the service. For fans living outside of Japan, a subscription to WrestleUniverse would be better as they show more NOAH shows than ABEMA, and usually the events get uploaded very quickly. ABEMA broadcasts are only in Japanese, you can only watch them live, and this is the only NOAH they show. They do not broadcast old shows as these belong to Samurai TV.

BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIES

Wednesday, 5th October: Keiji Mutoh debut anniversary (38)

Wednesday, 5th October: Seiki Yoshioka debut anniversary (14)

LINKS

“I want to protect this belt for the rest of my life”, new GHC champion Kiyomiya holds morning press conference to establish a new NOAH landscape

Mutoh’s Retirement Road, tag match against Tanahashi in round three: “I want to grab the secret of secrets”, Tanahashi presents 38 roses

Great Muta teaming up with Sting for last match? “Agent” Mutoh’s opinion 

“I wonder if I can transmit more” YO-HEY aims to revitalize the junior ark with his first championship

AEW Shock! Great Muta appears in America! Rescues Sting and shake of hands

“Follow Me You Bastards” – Kenoh’s Weekly Pro Column

GHC Junior Match Signing: YO-HEY “Last Chance, I don’t think as my ex partner now”, HAYATA “I don’t feel anything”

“Taka & Satoshi” reveal a “dangerous detective” look, mischievous Suzuki is a reckless interpreter, the GHC tag signing ceremony is thrown into chaos by bizarre question and answer between the two teams

 A “Comrade” and an “Older Brother”, Masakatsu Funaki talks about his thoughts on Mutoh’s retirement, “I want to kick him mercilessly”

BOOK CORNER

“Donmai, Donmai” – Mitsuharu Misawa’s diary

With thanks to: Metal NOAH

GIF taken from WrestleUniverse & NOAH Official YouTube

Picture credit: YO-HEY & NOAH.co.jp


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Andrew’s IMPACT Wrestling Results & Match Ratings: 9.29.2022

Bound for Glory is 8 days away, but Victory Road just happened. What kind of show do we get with some fallout and penultimate hype?

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Victory Road just happened, but Bound for Glory is like 8 nights away? You know I forgot that it was such a quick turn around. That makes tonight weird, since there’s some fallout, but then there’s gonna be a lot of table setting for Bound for Glory.

This episode could be awful. The last week or so haven’t exactly set the world afire, so I’m curious if the highlight really is just gonna be the Monster’s Ball with Masha and Allie Katch.

*insert joke about possibly gagging and balls and Swinger’s Dungeon*

Ratings:

  • Bullet Club (Ace Austin & Chris Bey w/Juice Robinson) vs Trey Miguel & Laredo Kid: Bullet Club win via Finesse & Fold – **
  • IMPACT Digital Media Championship: Brian Myers (c) vs Crazzy Steve: Myers retains via Roster Cut – ** 1/2
  • Delirious vs Black Taurus: Black Taurus wins via Destination Hellhole – ** 1/4
  • PCO & Vincent vs Rich Swann & Heath: Rich wins via Phoenix Splash – ** 1/4
  • Pick Your Poison: Monster’s Ball Match: Masha Slamovich vs Allie Katch: Masha wins via Russian Death Device – *** 1/2

Results:

Bullet Club (Ace Austin & Chris Bey w/Juice Robinson) vs Trey Miguel & Laredo Kid

I don’t think I could care less about this match if I tried. Trey and Laredo are worthless. Laredo has eaten so many terrible losses and Trey is just bad. If the BC Juniors don’t win…I will really question the booking.

My biggest takeaway early is the commentary tries to put over Trey “turning heads”. No he doesn’t, he is legitimately hard to watch and everything that Will Ospreay did wrong in his early career; is basically Trey, but with less personality. Oh did you expect play by play? They isolate Laredo, decent tandem attacks, when Trey comes in it’s bad offense typical Cruiser garbage with laughable facials and body language.

Just typical crap with Trey. Were there some cool high spots? Sure. Do I care? NOPE.

IMPACT Digital Media Championship: Brian Myers (c) vs Crazzy Steve

Steve starts with some of his quirky mat wrestling, Arm Wringers into Drop Toe Holds and face biting. It shocked Myers early, but he takes a small shortcut and starts trying to slow down the psycho from Decay. Steve bounces off the ropes and Myers does his sliding trip move before commercial.

Back from commercial, Snapmare from Steve and the neck twister into some corner offense of Hip Attacks and Sentons for 2. Myers dodges King Kill 33, lands a few pot shots, Implant DDT for 2. Into the corner, face bite, Upside Down, after the rope break Myers grabs the referee to block Steve. Eye Poke, Roster Cut, AND STILL…

Simple, but entertaining. Plus it continues Myers’ arrogant, full of himself for absolutely no reason persona. Oh and he offers up an Open Challenge for Bound for Glory. Maybe Bobby Fish? Someone new? Could be interesting. 

Delirious vs Black Taurus

Delirious is between gibberish and Stone Cold early on while they’re just trading shots. Delirious twists the Nose Ring…in the mask…and Taurus sells it momentarily before stomping the foot and decking him. This is just a weird match. I mean we all know Delirious is weird, but he’s not all comedy; and Taurus is supposed to be legit-ish.

Admittedly, with the exception of Victory Road, it has been years since I’ve watched a Delirious match. So the level of ridiculousness has hit Toru Yano levels, especially after the 10 count Leg Drops. Taurus powders, comes back in, Shoulder Tackle, Blackhole Backbreaker into a Samoan Drop. As soon as Taurus looks in charge, Delirious throws together a combo, eats a Headbutt and then Destination Hellhole.

Sheesh okay after 2 interview segments we get to Honor No More’s victory celebration segment. Just a lot of talking and inaction, so this just goes to feed that weird feeling I had coming into the show because of the timing. Eddie does the usual thing where hates on PCO and accuses him of being the weak link, which is a smart story angle since the fans tend to like PCO’s gimmick and this makes him more sympathetic to casual observers. 

Oh good Taven is talking nowWait did I just say that? DAMN YOU IMPACT! Made me like Matt Taven. Maria stirs the pot a little saying that Eddie is a better wrestler than Josh and Moose…by the implications. 

Thank God, Josh Alexander finally breaks up the segment with…more talking. Okay never mind. Jesus since the end of the Delirious match it was like 15 minutes before Josh finally charged the ring and threw down a bit with Honor No More. Rich Swann and Heath make a bit of the babyface save for Josh, but the numbers are still on Honor No More’s side. Oh MCMG come down in a tracksuit and dress clothes! Someone wasn’t ready to be doing a run in.

PCO & Vincent vs Rich Swann & Heath

Well isn’t that convenient that four of the men in the donnybrook were supposed to be in a match anyway.

Rich uses his quickness to try and stay ahead of PCO, but PCO cuts him off in the corner into the Corner Hung Codebreaker, then the leaned against the ropes Leg Drop thing. Vincent throws together a T-Bone Suplex into a Flatliner and keeps the vibes flowing on Rich Swann.

PCO clears out Heath, but PCO’s hand gets stuck in the ropes. Vincent eats a flip kick and the Phoenix Splash while PCO and Heath are brawling on the outside after the rope issue with PCO.

Pick Your Poison: Monster’s Ball Match: Masha Slamovich vs Allie Katch

Haymakers and Headbutts start things off as they both hit the ropes and lay out one another with dual clotheslines. Trash can lid duel, Masha gets first contact, but Allie blocks and returns 3 shots. German Suplex from Masha into whipping her with a chain, some choking and then general pulling with the chain in Katch’s mouth or around her eyes. Katch claws at Masha’s eyes to try and get some space.

Headbutts and Biting from Masha as Allie tries to power out of a Bow and Arrow. More chain choking…I’m not sure if this is a wrestling match or BDSM prep at the moment. Ahh Masha needs more Cowbell but Allie cuts her off with a trash can lid. Allie tries a Piledriver through a door, but Masha turns it into an Air Raid Crash into the opposite corner.

Commercial break, and Allie is getting choked again. Spots get a little redundant, slams, chokes, and blood. OHHH – it’s a “Use the Door” chant. I thought it was – nah – I won’t say what I thought it was. Chairshot from Masha misses, but a Snap Suplex from Masha onto the chair gets some usefulness. Straight Right to the gut and an Axe Kick allows Masha to hit the Death Valley Driver onto the propped up chair. Masha goes back to biting after it was only 2. Allie cuts off Masha going to the top, Superplex onto the trash can lid, into a Death Valley Driver through the door – but Masha kicks out.

Allie tries a Piledriver on the apron a few times, but Masha blocks. Masha tries for the Release German to the floor but Allie holds on. Dazed strikes, bites and then a Russian Leg Sweep through the table lays both out for a short time. Masha grabs a black bag, it’s gotta be tacks for Monster’s Ball. Masha eats a few tacks for good show, picks up Allie but Allie fights. Piledriver into the tacks from Allie, only 2. Allie opens a trash can, and empties a bunch of cut up soda cans. Hits Masha with the can, Masha fires, Spinning Heel Kick and then Russian Death Device into the pile of tacks and cans.

Overall Score: 6.25/10

The main event was pretty good, maybe even a little better than I gave it credit for; I’m just sick of seeing some crazy hardcore match so often from Impact. It feels like its weekly, and that’s too damn much. Trey is terrible, and that’s a hill I’m willing to die on. He sells poorly, he doesn’t tell a story with his wrestling and he looks like an idiot pretending to be something he isn’t; and that’s talented.

Myers is fine with his classic delusional heel style, Delirious gave a bit of a rub to Taurus so I’m guessing he’s probably next up in the X Division. But a straight 15 minutes of interviews and talking is just too damn much especially when the surrounding wrestling isn’t very good or hearty enough to help people tolerate talking time.

I do however love Joe Hendry. So…yeah. There’s always some quirky gimmicks that just resonate well with me, and this is gorgeous.

All in all, decent enough; though next week could be a real banger of a Go Home.


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