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(NOAH) NOAH WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.153 ~ 19TH DECEMBER 2021

The card for the January 8th crossover has been announced! Budokan is still before that; so how could that effect the NJPW crossover show? Hisame let’s us know!

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NEWS

New Japan vs NOAH, full card and press conference. Katsuhiko Nakajima and Shingo Takagi trade barbs.

New Japan and NOAH announced the full line up for New Japan vs NOAH, which will take place as part of New Japan’s 50th anniversary celebrations on the 8th January at the Yokohama Arena. The event was attended by New Japan’s president, NOAH’s CyberFight director, and current champions Shingo Takagi (IWGP) and Katsuhiko Nakajima (NOAH). After the card was introduced, the two champions did most of the talking, Shingo, who insisted on calling Nakajima “Katchan”, poked fun at his opponents Kongoh saying he thought they would be a Japanese style unit with that name, but instead he found Haoh and Nioh who he said were “being ridiculed”, Tadasuke was like the nail in the proverb that sticks up (and therefore must be hammered down), and their pose would be a hindrance if Manabu Soya was to stand in front. If Shingo thought he was going to wind Nakajima up then sadly he failed; Nakajima said he was going to make the match not NOAH’s or Kongoh’s, but his. He did however tell Shingo that after he mentioned jokingly that perhaps since both units like to wear red, they should have a “loser doesn’t get to wear red match”, that it would be kind of boring. Shingo Takagi and Katsuhiko Nakajima have history, both debuted in the same year, (Nakajima in January 2004 and Shingo in October) and have fought two single matches so far, both of which Nakajima won. Shingo finished the press conference by saying that Nakajima was foolish not fear him as he would teach him all about “fearing Shingo Takagi”.

Card (order is to be announced)

  • Atsushi Kotoge vs Sho
  • El Desperado & Douki vs YO-HEY & Nosawa Rongai – (NOSAWA said that his heart was torn with conflicting emotions as El Desperado and Douki share his background in Mexico)
  • Taiji Ishimori & Gedo vs STINGER (HAYATA & Seiki Yoshioka) – (HAYATA has said he wants to beat Taiji Ishimori’s record for the longest reign and most GHC Junior Heavyweight title defenses. Ishimori was also the person who defeated HAYATA for the GHC Junior the first time he held it)
  • Shingo Takagi, Tetsuya Naito, Sanada, Hiromu Takahashi & BUSHI vs Kongoh (Katsuhiko Nakajima, Kenoh, Manabu Soya, Tadasuke & Aleja)
  • Kazuchika Okada & Hiroshi Tanihashi vs Keiji Mutoh & Kaito Kiyomiya – (Almost a year and a half later, Kaito Kiyomiya gets to “experience The Rainmaker”, with Hiroshi Tanihashi thrown in. He does not care he has to team with Keiji Mutoh)
  • EVIL & Dick Togo vs Go Shiozaki & Masa Kitamiya
  • Taichi, Minoru Suzuki & Taka Michinoku vs The Sugiura Army (Takashi Sugiura, Kazushi Sakuraba & KENTA) – (KENTA is back with The Sugiura Army, who Sugi says he is now part of as he won’t hear of him being part of Bullet Club when he is around. It should also be mentioned that Sugi was part of Suzuki-Gun during the dark era of New Japan owning NOAH)
  • Zack Sabre Jnr & Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs Naomichi Marufuji & Yoshinari Ogawa – (Naomichi Marufuji has called this a “nostalgic card”, as he teams with Yoshinari Ogawa, who was Zack Sabre Junior’s partner/teacher once, against Yoshinobu Kanemaru, who has long since been exiled from NOAH since he was part of Suzuki Gun and was his senior in All Japan, and who also walked out to NOAH, Yoshinobu Kanemaru).
  • Tomohiro Ishii, Hirooki Goto, Yoshi-Hashi, Ryusuke Taguchi & Master Wato vs Daisuke Harada, Hajime Ohara, Daiki Inaba, Yoshiki Inamura & Kinya Okada
  • Kosei Fujita vs Yasutaka Yano
  • Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima & Yuji Nagata vs Funky Express (King Tany, Muhammed Yone & Akitoshi Saito)

Keiji Mutoh vs Go Shiozaki wins Tokyo Sports Awards “Best Bout”

Tokyo Sports announced that Keiji Mutoh vs Go Shiozaki from the Nippon Budokan on February 12th 2021 has been voted the best match. Other NOAH nominations included:

Yoshiki Inamura (best rookie)

Kenoh (best technique)

Katsuhiko Nakajima (Outstanding performance)

Katsuhiko Nakajima vs Kenoh (best bout)

Keiji Mutoh says that next year he wants to aim for the MVP award (he has won this before many times), for Go Shiozaki is his second Tokyo Sports Award.

EVENT RECAPS AND POST MATCH INTERVIEWS

MAN CRUSH 2021

Korakuen Hall (Tuesday 7th December 2021) Post match interviews

Kira Messe Numazu (Sunday December 12th 2021) Event recap Post match interviews

Kenoh hasn’t been ranting like he normally does when he has anything to do with Kaito Kiyomiya. There seems to be a quiet sympathy on Kenoh’s part for Kiyomiya’s struggle this year, and a quiet relief at the fact that Kiyomiya is now evolving on his own and doing what he wants. Kenoh has previously said in the past about Kiyomiya doing what the company has told him, and now he wants to experience what has changed and how much he has grown. In the last match, they got into a fight after the match, which ended with Kiyomiya knocking Kenoh to the mat and standing with a snarl over him.

HAYATA and Yoshinari Ogawa clashed in a tag match, which was won by King Tani. HAYATA co-ordinated doing The Headache with him, which made it look like he was getting the win. At the same time Kiyomiya and Kenoh were fighting, Go Shiozaki and Katsuhiko Nakajima were fighting too, outside the ring. Nakajima held the belt up to Shiozaki with an eerie grin and later wrote on Twitter that this belt was something that Shiozaki would never obtain.

ELSEWHERE IN NOAH

– Naomichi Marufuji’s exhibition boxing match went full time of two rounds and one minute. Marufuji said he found the training physically different to wrestling, and so it was a new experience for him.

– Masa Kitamiya and Takashi Sugiura made a rare tag at Kira Messe Numazu, after which Masa Kitamiya said he had called Sugi a “playful old man” at the beginning of the year, but after tagging with him he realized how awesome he was. Fans would like them to team again, and Kitamiya hinted that it may just happen.

– An old lady came to the traditional end of year fan event, which NOAH hold in the last venue they visit outside of Tokyo, and she was wearing an old Naomichi Marufuji armband from “The Golden Era”. Marufuji was stunned to see it, as he had last worn it when probably in his mid twenties.

– Seiki Yoshioka made his first appearance on “NOAH The Home”.

– Katsuhiko Nakajima told Funky Kaito (the composer of NOAH’s theme music at The Budokan), to answer “Yes or No” to a question, this is something he hasn’t done since AXIZ.

– A version of the poster for the Nippon Budokan showing Kaito Kiyomiya, Go Shiozaki, Katsuhiko Nakajima, Kenoh and HAYATA wearing Hakama pants, caused comments such as “I’M GOING TO DIE” and “WHAT IS THIS?”

– Takashi Sugiura has hinted at a collaboration between KENTA’S T-shirt brand REVERSAL and The Sugiura Army.

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

  • GHC Heavyweight Champion: Katsuhiko Nakajima
    Challenger: Go Shiozaki – ABEMA presents NOAH “THE NEW YEAR” 2022 (Nippon Budokan, Saturday January 1st)
  • GHC Junior Champion: HAYATA
    Challenger: Yoshinari Ogawa – ABEMA presents NOAH “THE NEW YEAR” 2022 (Nippon Budokan, Saturday January 1st)
  • GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: The M’s alliance (Naomichi Marufuji and Keiji Mutoh)
    Challengers: The M’s alliance (Masato Tanaka and Masaaki Mochizuki) – ABEMA presents NOAH “THE NEW YEAR” 2022 (Nippon Budokan, Saturday January 1st)
  • GHC Junior Tag Champions: STINGER (HAYATA and Yoshinari Ogawa)
    Challengers: A number one contenders match between Perros Del Mal De Japon (YO-HEY and Kotaro Suzuki) and Momo No Seishun (Atsushi Kotoge and Daisuke Harada) will be held on December 25th at Yokohama Radiant Halls.
  • GHC National Champion: Kenoh
    Challenger: Kaito Kiyomiya – ABEMA presents NOAH “THE NEW YEAR” 2022 (Nippon Budokan, Saturday January 1st)

THIS WEEK IN NOAH

(Full December schedule)

Monday December 20th: Akitoshi Saito debut anniversary (31 years)

Wednesday December 22nd: YO-HEY debut anniversary (13 years)

Thursday December 23rd: Manabu Soya (37)

Thursday December 23rd: Takashi Sugiura debut anniversary (21 years)

Friday December 24th: Kotaro Suzuki debut anniversary (20 years)

Friday December 24th: Shuhei Taniguchi debut anniversary (16 years)

Saturday December 25th 2021 – Yokohama Radiant Hall, Kanagawa

Start time: 17:30 JST

Broadcast: WrestleUniverse

LINKS

Aiming for “NOAH’s Tag=Mutoh & Marufuji”, 2022 Year Round Defense. Interview with “The Genius Tag” towards the New Year’s Day Budokan

“The last one is me” – Katsuhiko Nakajima (1st January, Road to the Nippon Budokan Championship Match)

Kenoh: “Opening the door to a new dream” (Road to the 1st January Nippon Budokan fight)

“I am really grateful to Mr Kinoshita for creating such an opportunity” – Naomichi Marufuji’s exhibition match with TKO Takayuki Kinoshita

Yoshinari Ogawa, “I went because there are no other challengers” (1st January 2022, Nippon Budokan)

“On New Years Day 2022, I will set up in the coolest way”: Interview with Narihiro Takeda, former pro wrestling NOAH representative and current CyberFight director

“Follow me you bastards” Kenoh’s weekly column (7th December 2021)

Displaying “NOAH’s Strength” to New Japan as the focal point, Gowan Shiozaki’s resurrection supported by Kobashi!

GIF taken from NOAH GHC Official Twitter

Picture credits: Puroresu Today, NOAH GHC


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NOAH WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.173 ~ 22ND MAY 2022

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Junta Miyawaki to go on excursion

Following his defeat by Yoshiki Inamura (who is junior to him) Junta Miyawaki declared in typical NOAH Born style that he had decided to go on excursion to Mexico. NOAH hadn’t agreed to anything, his seniors had not discussed it, but he did not care. Following this defeat he felt that he needed to go away and get tougher. He said he would come back when the time was right, and NOAH, his seniors and the fans felt so. NOAH agreed to Miyawaki’s request and he will depart for Mexico after his farewell match against Kaito Kiyomiya on the 30th May.

Open the Dog gate: Perros Del Mal De Japon make their surprise return to NOAH

Our story starts at the press conference on the 18th May, when Yoshinari Ogawa and Chris Ridgeway made the stipulation that whoever lost the title match would leave STINGER. This was emotional enough for fans, especially as HAYATA was caught in the middle and forced to choose sides. Initially, he shook hands with Yuya Susumu that he would be on their side, but at the end of the match turned on his old friends and protected Yoshinari Ogawa from a Seiki Yoshioka buzzsaw kick. HAYATA does not feature in what is to happen, and as we shall see, this situation of sides is no longer relevant. However, I chose to mention it here as I will not have the opportunity to do so later.

The title match came and the two sides had a ferocious war which made fans wonder would this match be settled by pinfall, because even though Seiki Yoshioka ended it with a limp and needed Yuya Susumu to help him up, it wasn’t going to end by submission. Would it be a time out? A referee stop? HAYATA interfering? No. It was none of those things. It was a situation that no one at all could have predicted or seen coming.

Perros Del Mal De Japon (NOSAWA Rongai, Eita and Kotaro Suzuki) stormed into the ring wearing masks, and throwing an Uber Eats bag in (which is apparently NOSAWA’S second job!) to beat down on Yoshinari Ogawa.

This got the match thrown out, and NOAH declared it to be not a valid defense. NOSAWA, Eita and Kotaro are currently the Triangle Gate Tag Champions in Dragon Gate (it’s a trios championship, which you would probably never see in NOAH), and they had come to nominate  STINGER as the challengers. After a reunion in the ring between STINGER, backstage Ogawa said that since Chris Ridgeway is returning to Europe for now (and it goes unsaid that HAYATA is concentrating on the GHC Junior), he, Yoshioka and Susumu would accept the challenge. This has been set for a NOAH show on the 7th June at Korakuen Hall. Ogawa did hint that STINGER vs STINGER was not over, but for now they needed to concentrate on this returned enemy.

 As far as anyone knew, NOSAWA and Perros had indeed left NOAH. NOSAWA had announced he had chosen not to renew his contract, and NOAH had removed all of Perros (including Texano Junior and Super Crazy) from the roster page and all of their merchandise too. Yuya Susumu contributed to this by saying that “Perros were gone”. NOSAWA gave his reason for returning (if indeed he ever had left and if indeed his contract ever had expired, which was doubtful) due to the fact that seeing Ogawa and HAYATA acting like babyfaces and enjoying a nice Yakinuku meal and drinking alcohol was more than he could bear.

HAYATA defends, more solo action

HAYATA defended the GHC Junior against Xtreme Tiger at Ota Ward Gymnasium on the 21st May. Xtreme Tiger was a new challenger for HAYATA in more ways than one as he hadn’t really wrestled much foreign talent in his last title reigns and a luchadore was a new experience for him. He had to combine the aerial with the technical. HAYATA is slowly breaking out of his shell, and announced in the ring and backstage, that he would accept any challengers no matter who they where, were they where from, in what ring and what promotion.

New GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions Crowned

Michael Elgin and Masa Kitamiya defeated Les Mexicana’s, Rene Dupree and El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Jnr in Ota Ward. Masahiro Chono (who has known Dupree since he was a little boy, as he is friends with his father, Emil), has suggested to Dupree that he should start looking into the singles league.

Keiji Mutoh’s return

Keiji Mutoh was optimistic regarding his return at the press conference on the 18th May, half joking that he would steal Satoshi Kojima’s thunder by pinning Go Shiozaki, and joking that he would steal his title challenge. Mutoh did acknowledge that his condition was never going to heal, but he had been training diligently to see how much pressure he could apply. During the match at Ota Ward Gymnasium, he was a lot more spritely than anyone had seen him for a long time, but towards the end he began to flag. After the match he sat on the steps and looked wistfully at the guys in the ring, who were all different ages and different stages in their careers.

Backstage, he announced sadly that he had experienced pain when doing moves and was bitterly disappointed. So disappointed, he did not want to talk about it. He left promising he would make an announcement. NOAH have reported that he will do just this at CyberFight Festival on the 12th June.

Shuhei Taniguchi

Now that he’s shed all the trappings of King Tany (the crown, the shades, the boa, the cigar and the chain) Shuhei Taniguchi has gone back to the start and came out in the somber colors of a trainee to have a match against Mohammed Yone in Ota Ward. Taniguchi beat Yone, and picked up his most significant win in a long while. Taniguchi says he is now aiming for the top. Something his seniors are relieved to hear no doubt as this silliness they did not approve of is over, and he will have a big match not only at CyberFestival, but will face an unknown opponent on the 8th June.

NOAH come to the United Kingdom

UK based promotion, Wrestle Carnival, have announced that some NOAH talent will be coming to their first anniversary show on August 7th in Nottingham. Further details to be announced.

EVENT RECAPS AND POST MATCH INTERVIEWS

Dream on 2022

Thursday 19th May, Yokohama Radiant Hall

– Event recap

– Post match interviews

Dream on 2022 Final

Saturday May 21st, Ota Ward Gymnasium

– Event recap

– Post match interviews

ELSEWHERE IN NOAH

– Satoshi Kojima says that his favorite theme song is Kenoh’s

– Kazuyuki Fujita has gone back to the start since having to vacate the GHC Heavyweight. He arrived at the Ota Ward venue at 8am and helped put up the ring, had an opening match with Kinya Okada, and stayed to take the ring down too. After this he drank what he claimed was “Melon Soda” (which has kind of become the unofficial drink of NOAH), which Tokyo Sports later revealed was in fact beer when they looked in the trash. Fujita was inspired by fighting Okada to help the younger wrestlers to understand what wrestling was, rather than just what it looks like. I get the impression that given Fujita’s earlier comments about a training camp, plus his talk of “opportunity” a good way to wind down his career would be to teach the next generation, which NOAH will give him the opportunity to do.

– Shuji Kondo won the match for the Kongoh Juniors, and was furious that he had to win it and not them. Tadasuke has suggested calling him again (with the gift of Patisserie) to prove him wrong as he is tired of lectures. Hajime Ohara was terrified by Kondo’s ominous “remember your trainee era”…

– Kenoh, of all people, complained about Simon Gotch’s profanity in their singles match! In an evening when everyone seemed to be swearing at each other, Gotch gave Kenoh two fingers, and Tadasuke (who Kenoh says knows more about “native” swearing) gave Gotch two and was spat at twice. Kenoh and Tadasuke were spiteful in victory, Kenoh offering his hand and then withdrawing it to clap sarcastically. Backstage he praised Gotch though, before talking about himself. Gotch signed autographs with “Fuck Kongoh”.

– HAYATA was teased in the interview STINGER (Ogawa, himself and Ridgeway) did with Weekly Pro. Ogawa said HAYATA liked to talk, and would be doing most of the talking. They also said his mic work sounded like Kenoh’s! Joking aside, HAYATA acknowledged that to be the Ace of the division he needed to overcome his reserved character and he would be taking it step by step.

– Daisuke Sasaki said that the Kenoh channel was “laughable”.

– There will be no Mitsuharu Misawa 2022 June memorial shows.

– Regarding the TriangleGate challenge, Eita said he is aiming for “that guy”. You know, the “guy with the perm and black hair”.

– The UberEats bag that NOSAWA Rongai bought with him, has become a celebrity. Akitoshi Saito commented that “UberEats delivery men are not usually this aggressive” when Perros were attacking Yoshinari Ogawa, and NOSAWA claims that because Ogawa trashed the bag, he will be losing his job with them! Kotaro also added that Ogawa “stamped on the masks, too”.

– The mystery X who will be appearing at CyberFestival, will be revealed in a six man tag on the 7th June.

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

THIS WEEK IN NOAH

(May schedule)

 NOAH Sanctuary

Monday, May 30th

Venue: NOAH Special Arena (Club Citta, Kawasaki)

Broadcast: WrestleUniverse

June schedule

LINKS

Dupree, “This belt is the fruit of fifteen years in Japan”, Elgin “Show the aspect of the tag” – GHC Tag Match signing ceremony

“A culmination of twenty-four years to become a true champion” Xtreme Tiger towards the fight with HAYATA (GHC Junior Championship signing ceremony)

Donmai-Donmai

Mitsuharu Misawa’s diary entry for December 2nd 2005 is now complete.

 With thanks to: Metal-NOAH

GIF credit: WrestleUniverse


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NOAH WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.172 ~ 15TH MAY 2022

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CYBERFESTIVAL 2022 Press Conference: DDT hunting Naomichi Marufuji, Kenoh’s “flaming kick”

CyberAgent held a press conference on the 10th May to announce the full card for this years joint festival, which will take place on June 12th. Not all of the NOAH roster will be taking part, with pretty much all of Kongoh, bar Kenoh, conspicuous by their absence.

The NOAH card is as follows

NOAH vs DDT: Kinya Okada & Kai Fujimura vs Toui Kojima & Yuya Takashika

NOAH 10 man tag: Takashi Sugiura, Kazuyuki Fujita, Masa Kitamiya, Daiki Inaba & Shuhei Taniguchi vs Michael Elgin, El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Junior, Rene Dupree, Simon Gotch & X

Rob Van Dam, HAYATA & Yoshinari Ogawa vs Kaito Kiyomiya, Daisuke Harada & YO-HEY

NOAH vs DDT: Tetsuya Endo, Jun Akiyama & Kazusada Higuchi vs Naomichi Marufuji, Atsushi Kotoge & Yoshiki Inamura

NOAH vs DDT, Special Battle: Kenoh vs Daisuke Sasaki

GHC Heavyweight Championship: Go Shiozaki vs Satoshi Kojima

The mystery wrestler X (most likely foreign talent) will be revealed when NOAH are at Korakuen Hall on June 7th.

Only a few wrestlers appeared and spoke. Kaito Kiyomiya (stepping away from his feud with Simon Gotch) spoke for his team but more for himself, when he said how excited he was to face Rob Van Dam, and he would make his name eponymous with this match. As for his opponents, this may be the first time that HAYATA has met Van Dam, but he and Yoshinari Ogawa know each other very well from Ogawa’s All Japan days where they had matches from 1994 – 1997. Ogawa even beat him to retain the AJPW Junior Heavyweight.

By far the most dramatic encounter of the evening was Kenoh and Daisuke Sasaki. Sasaki appeared in shades, nonchalantly drinking beer, while Kenoh came stamping dressed to fight and looking angrier than usual, carrying a bag. After yelling at Sasaki for drinking beer, categorically stating that he hated Sanshiro Takagi, and producing a pile of Weekly Pro magazines of which he demonstrated that no NOAH advertising was on the back of (plus slamming his fist down and making a huge crashing sound), Kenoh decided to attack Sasaki. A brawl on the stage led to a PFS from one of the tables, and then Kenoh set his leg on fire and kicked Sasaki in the head before leaving.

Jun Akiyama attempted to unify his team of Tetsuya Endo and Kazusada Higuchi against Naomichi Marufuji, who he said they all needed to work together to defeat. If they didn’t work together, the only person they would pin would be Atsushi Kotoge. A win is a win perhaps, but Naomichi Marufuji was to be preferred. Kazusada Higuchi was not really interested in doing things other than in his own way, which did not please Akiyama, but did Marufuji, who said their “victory was assured” if his opponents couldn’t work together, and that he had confidence in his team.  Later following some further provocation by Akiyama on Twitter, Marufuji commented that Kotoge was being attacked, but Inamura was being ignored. He didn’t know why, but what he did know was that he was looking forward to the match.

HAYATA in the middle, Xtreme Tiger, YO-HEY on the periphery 

HAYATA found himself in the middle of the STINGER squabble once again when Yuya Susumu (who didn’t look as if he was going to take “no” for an answer) confronted HAYATA backstage at the N Innovation on the 14th May, and basically asked him whose side he was going to be on? Susumu held out his hand, which HAYATA, after a moment of consideration, shook. As a result the card of the 19th (the last pre match before the title match on the 21st May) has been changed from HAYATA teaming with Chris Ridgeway and Yoshinari Ogawa, to him teaming with his old friends, Yuya Susumu and Seiki Yoshioka, both who seem confident that HAYATA is on their side. “Ogawa magic” as NOAH fans call Ogawa’s ability to get inside people’s heads, is a powerful thing, and under Ogawa’s influence HAYATA betrayed old friend YO-HEY (who seems to be having a lot of matches against HAYATA recently), so this highly nervous match for fans, might not be as solid as his old Hiroshima friends think.

Xtreme Tiger had his first pre match against HAYATA on the 14th May, and HAYATA found that he was going to have to come up with new strategies as Xtreme Tiger is unlike anyone he has had challenge him so far and was able to outwrestle him. Xtreme Tiger may not have pinned him (he pinned Kai Fujimura who seems to be filling in for the injured Yasutaka Yano), but he sent a message after the match that he was most definitely next.

STINGER vs STINGER

The question of HAYATA’S allegiance aside, the feud between the two sides took another turn in Yokohama as on the 14th Chris Ridgeway defeated Seiki Yoshika in a singles match, Yoshioka brushed off this defeat by tapping his head and saying that he needed to be more thorough. HAYATA stayed away as a (limping) Yoshioka came out to second Yuya Susumu in his tag match against Yoshinari Ogawa. Ogawa played all sorts of tricks to wind Yoshioka up, including goading him to get on to the apron, and then complaining to the ref when he did. The match was won by Kaito Kiyomiya defeating Simon Gotch. Afterwards, Chris Ridgeway got in the ring to try and pry Yuya Susumu off of Ogawa, he was kicked twice in the head by Seiki Yoshika.

After that, the two members of STINGER (former members perhaps as Tokyo Sports thinks they may have split) stood over the fallen champions and made belt motions. Backstage, Susumu said that they where STINGER, as in himself, Yoshioka and HAYATA. He also wondered why their opponents hadn’t “shown anything yet…”. Fans know from experience that the longer Yoshinari Ogawa is quiet, the worse his revenge will be.

Daisuke Harada deals with H.Y.O, Z-Brats not off the hook though

Daisuke Harada levelled things with H.Y.O by scoring the NOAH Junior Regulars one and only victory over Z-Brats at Yokohama Radiant Halls on the 14th. Throughout the match H.Y.O had been his usual irritating self by doing things such as rolling out of the ring and sitting on chairs in the audience, fanning himself on the electric fans, and even doing squats. H.Y.O is convinced that despite the result, he won the match, but Harada has hinted that it’s not quite over with Z-Brats yet. As well as Z-Brats, Harada remains focused on holding the next N Innovation at Ryogoku, but he knows there are further issues to overcome, such as attendance. Sadly, the N Innovation was not sold out, with an attendance of 134.

EVENT RECAPS AND POST MATCH INTERVIEWS

N-Innovation (Saturday May 14th 2022, Yokohama Radiant Hall)

Event recap

Post match interviews

ELSEWHERE IN NOAH

– Poor YO-HEY had to wrestle the N Innovation match with partial sight, as he lost a contact lens.

– Following on from the success of the NOAH Junior Regulars Twitter Space talk, Kaito Kiyomiya and Yoshiki Inamura held their own impromptu session.

– Haoh has promised to be more “self assertive”. Speaking into the camera, Tadasuke wondered why on earth he didn’t do or say this in the NOAH Juniors.

– Kenoh tried some very hot noodles over on the “Kenoh Channel” 

– Junta Miyawaki had to tell Alejandro to duck down as he was blocking him when the NOAH Junior Regulars posed for a picture following Harada’s defeat of H.Y.O

– Kenoh says he will be appearing at the Hana Kimura memorial not for himself, but to help her mother make sure that what happened to Hana, never happens to anyone else.

– The referees in Yokohama spent a lot of time picking up after the wrestlers; YO-HEY’S jacket shed fluff, Kaito Kiyomiya’s sheds feathers and Atsushi Kotoge dropped his chain.

– The look on H.Y.O’s face when Daisuke Harada threw his jacket at him!

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

  • GHC Heavyweight Champion: Go Shiozaki
    Challenger: Satoshi Kojima, CyberFight Festival, Sunday June 12th
  • GHC Junior Champion: HAYATA
    Challenger: Xtreme Tiger, “Dream on 2022 Final”, Ota Ward Gymnasium, 21st May 2022
  • GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: Les Mexicanas (Rene Dupree and El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Jnr)
    Challengers: Masa Kitamiya & Michael Elgin, “Dream on 2022 Final”, Ota Ward Gymnasium, 21st May 2022
  • GHC Junior Tag Champions: STINGER (Chris Ridgeway & Yoshinari Ogawa)
    Challengers: STINGER (Seiki Yoshioka & Yuya Susumu), “Dream on 2022 Final”, Ota Ward Gymnasium, 21st May 2022
  • GHC National Champion: Masakatsu Funaki
    Challenger: TBA

THIS WEEK IN NOAH

(May schedule)

Dream on 2022

Thursday, May 19th

Venue: Yokohama Radiant Hall

Broadcast: WrestleUniverse (18:00 JST)

Dream on 2022 (final night)

Saturday, May 21st

Venue: Ota Ward General Gymnasium (Keiji Mutoh returns)

Broadcast: WrestleUniverse & ABEMA (16:00 JST)

(English commentary is available)

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 

Monday 16th May: Hajime Ohara debut anniversary (18)

Tuesday 24th May: Daiki Inaba debut anniversary (9)

Tuesday 24th May: KENTA debut anniversary (22)

LINKS

Redefining the “ability to communicate”, Kenoh’s flaming kick at the press conference is a model for all NOAH wrestlers

“Surpassing the serious Yoshinari Ogawa”, interview with Seiki Yoshioka ahead of the “Stinger Showdown” GHC Junior Tag Battle

“It is inevitable that I will become the GHC Heavyweight Champion” – signing ceremony with champion Shiozaki ahead of the GHC title match at the Saitama Super Arena main event

“Moss does not grow on a rolling stone” – handsome man Yoshinari Ogawa, pro wrestler biography series (article from 2002)

GIF taken from NOAH official YouTube & WrestleUniverse


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