The Ring General has one last match in NXT UK!
Walter has dominated this brand since day one, but now he is moving on to the USA! Will he win his farewell fight in NXT UK?
- NXT UK Tag Team Championship Contender’s Eliminator Tournament: Jack Starz & Dave Mastiff VS Die Familie; Starz & Mastiff win and advance to the finals.
- Amale VS Stevie Turner; Amale wins.
- Walter VS Nathan Frazer; Walter wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
NXT UK Tag Team Championship Contender’s Eliminator Tournament: Jack Starz & Dave Mastiff VS Die Familie!
The friendship of speed and strength is growing stronger, but that isn’t enough for the brothers in arms of Teoman & Rohan Raja. Will Ashton Smith & Oliver Carter be preparing for a duo not unlike themselves? Or will the evil eye see a future with The Babo and his clan heading for gold?
The teams sort out and Starz starts against Raja. They circle, fans rally up, and the two tie up. Starz gets a leg, Raja blocks him and pries him off for a throw! Starz lands on his feet and Raja is fired up, but the two circle again. They tie up, Raja powers Starz to a corner, but Starz pushes off the buckle to get Raja back. Starz facelocks, Raja powers up to throw him again, but Starz again lands on his feet! Teoman talks some trash but Starz focuses on Raja. They tie up, Raja waistlocks but Starz resists the lift. Starz pries the hold open, rolls to get the leg but Raja stays up. Raja drags Starz back up but Starz fights him on the gut wrench.
Starz cartwheels through and gets the arm! Fans cheer as Starz grinds the shoulder, but Raja fights up. Starz wrenches and YANKS the arm, and again, then he shoots in to get the leg. Starz has Raja down in a head ‘n’ arm, but Raja rolls it to a cover, TWO! Starz shifts his grip to a headlock but Raja powers up and out. Starz goes up and over in the corner and dropkicks! And again! And then he gut wrench suplexes Raja! Cover, TWO! Raja scrambles away to ropes so Starz tags in Mastiff! Teoman says Raja can bring him down, and the two tie up. Raja headlocks. Mastiff powers out and Raja rams shoulders, but Mastiff doesn’t budge!
Mastiff dares Raja to try again so Raja runs, and they RAM shoulders again! Teoman tags in now, but Mastiff runs them both over! Mastiff bumps Teoman off buckles, tags Starz in, and Starz rams his shoulder into Teoman. Starz snapmares then runs to basement EuroUpper! Cover, ONE! Starz CLUBS Teoman, has him on the ropes, tags Mastiff back in, and Mastiff drags Teoman out to scoop and SLAM! Tag back to Starz and Mastiff SENTONS, for Starz to slingshot SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Starz brings Teoman over, tags Mastiff back in, and they mug Teoman in the corner. Mastiff hoists Teoman up, tags Starz in.
Teoman fights, only to get the FLYING SHOULDER SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Starz throws body shots, whips Teoman to ropes, but Teoman holds ropes and Dempsey even gets Teoman out before Starz can rush over. The ref and Mastiff shout at Dempsey, but this distracts them from seeing Raja help Teoman trap Starz in the apron skirt! They mug Starz right behind the ref’s back! Raja CLOBBERS Starz out of the skirt, then Teoman puts Starz in the ring. Teoman goes up the corner, Starz stands up, Teoman missile dropkicks him down! Cover, TWO! Teoman clamps on a facelock, drags Starz up to CLUB him down, then bumps him off buckles.
Raja tags in, stomps a mudhole on Starz, but lets off as the ref counts. Raja grabs at the leg, drags Starz out to stomp him down, then whips him back into the corner. Tag to Teoman and he whips Raja in for a big SPLASH! Raja feeds Starz to a LARIAT! Teoman covers, TWO! Teoman seethes as he clamps onto Starz’s arm and has as grounded cording hold. Starz endures, Teoman digs his claws into Starz’s ribs. Fans rally up as Starz endures, and Starz gets up, only for Teoman to CLUB the arm! Raja tags in, Die Familie mugs Starz, and Raja wrenches to CLUB the arm. Fans rally up but Raja CLUBS Starz’s arm, then CHOP BLOCKS a leg! Cover, TWO!
Raja pushes Starz around, gets him up, and has him against ropes to throw forearms. Starz hits back with body shots and EuroUppers! Starz hits Teoman, hits Raja, DECKS Teoman then ROCKS Raja! Fans rally but Raja keeps Starz down with a facelock. Raja brings Starz up, throws him out, and Starz slides, but he escapes Teoman’s apron skirt trick! Starz DECKS Teoman, shoulders into Raja and slingshots over to hot tag Mastiff! Fans fire up for the Bomber as he rallies on Die Familie! Mastiff dodges Raja to CROSSBODY! Raja staggers up into a back drop! Teoman runs in but is sent right back out! Raja kicks Mastiff low, reels him in, but he’s too big to suplex!
Mastiff fireman’s carries for a ROLLING SENTON! Mastiff steadies himself, Teoman gets in, DROP-TON! Mastiff’s shotgun dropkick sends Teoman flying while Mastiff falls onto Raja! Cover, but the ref is busy with Teoman! And Dempsey trips Starz off the apron! Fans boo, Teoman fights the fireman’s carry. Gallus shows up to get at Dempsey! Fans fire up for Joe Coffey, Mark Coffey and Wolfgang, and Teoman hurries out to reinforce Dempsey! But Mastiff GERMAN SUPLEXES Raja! Bridging cover, Mastiff & Starz win!!
Winners: Jack Starz & Dave Mastiff, by pinfall (advance to the finals)
And then all hell breaks loose on the outside! Gallus gets at Die Familie and fans are loving it! Referees and security hurry out to stop it but fans want to “Let Them Fight! Let Them Fight!” As for Starz & Mastiff, will they be ready for the Hottest Tag Team Under the Sun in the #1 contenders match?
Jinny is backstage.
The Fierce Fashionista heads to the commentary booth, because she wants a close-up look at tonight’s women’s match. Will she like what she sees as the Fourth Dimensional Stevie Turner takes on the French Hope, Amale?
The NXT UK Championship match is coming!
In two weeks, Ilja Dragunov defends his title against Jordan Devlin! Both men have said their piece, but will the Czar shut down The Irish Ace and show him just how he defeated Walter?
Amale VS Stevie Turner!
After WWE’s first French born female superstar opened up about her journey, she had a change of heart and inspired many fans. But the Fourth Dimensional Fighter made the mistake of thinking Amale lost that fire and ferocity inside. Will Amale make sure Stevie hope she takes it easy on her? Or will Stevie prove Jinny’s point that spilling your heart out gets you nowhere?
The bell rings, Stevie rushes in but Amale dodges the boot to fire forearms! Amale throws hands, whips Stevie but Stevie reverses to forearm back. Stevie whips but Amale runs her over! Amale corner clotheslines, but Stevie blocks the bulldog! Stevie kicks back, but Amale ROCKS Stevie and she bails out. Amale swipes at Stevie on the apron and dares her to get in. Stevie says Amale’s nuts, but Stevie gets on the apron and kicks back. Stevie BOOTS Amale to the ropes, but then Amale dodges to BULLDOG! Fans fire up as Amale runs side to side. Stevie dodges the boot wash, she blocks the boot, but we watch Jinny too long to see Stevie set Amale up, DRAPING NECKBREAKER!
Stevie stomps Amale, rains down forearms, but Amale gets her guard up. Stevie covers, ONE! Stevie clamps onto an arm and she grinds Amale’s shoulder. Amale fights up, throws body shots, but Stevie knees low and CLUBS her on the back. KNEE LIFT! Cover, TWO! Stevie sits Amale up to clamp claws onto the shoulders! Stevie then steps over to get a top wristlock. Fans rally as Amale endures, but Stevie pulls hair. The ref reprimands, Amale fights up, and throws heavy body shots! Stevie kicks low, BOOTS Amale, then BOOT WASHES her on the ropes! Stevie covers, TWO! Fans fire up for Amale but Stevie grows frustrated.
Jinny says she’s not that impressed, mostly because Stevie’s outfit is bad. Amale fights Stevie’s clinch, elbows her from the corner, then runs and dodges to LARIAT! Amale starts rallying, but Stevie kicks low. Stevie whips, Amale reverses and scoops for a SLAM! Amale runs in to SHOTGUN Stevie down! And then BOOT WASH! Amale drags Stevie back up, reels her in, HOPEBREAKER! High stack, Amale wins!
Winner: Amale, by pinfall
A fiery win for the French Hope, but Jinny says someone needs to crush Amale’s hope. Will the Spoiled Princess look to be that someone? Or will Amale fight her way back up towards a title opportunity?
Sid Scala is visited by Pretty Deadly.
They don’t care about the #1 contenders tag tournament, though that is a problem. But they’re here to talk about what Sam Gradwell’s been up to. Gradwell called Lewis Howley “a stupid,” he called Sam Stoker “a stupid,” and that they’re both yogurts. They’re not having it! They’re smart boys! Howley got a C in math, he’s not stupid. So sack him, fine him, DISCIPLINE! How about this? Pretty Deadly VS Gradwell and a partner of his choosing? Oh, them against a man with no friends? It’s basically a handicap match already. Deal! #YesBoy, an easy win. Pretty Deadly heads out, and Sid says a C is “alright.” But will this be a case where variables come back to bite the dandy highwaymen?
NXT UK looks closely at Noam Dar VS A-Kid.
The Spanish Sensation says, “It feels so good to be back to this title that made me. When I won the Heritage Cup, that changed my life completely.” The Scottish Supernova says, “It’s all about honor and respect for you. But this match for me, is not about respect. It’s about revenge. You robbed me of being the first-ever Heritage Cup Champion.” AK may have been the first to win it, but he was also the first to lose it. AK admits that losing the cup was the lowest point for him, but Dar learns from mistakes. He doesn’t think AK can. AK felt like he couldn’t perform at the level he can. It was a tough time in his career.
Dar mocks that AK doesn’t know what to be without the cup. AK says if he loses here, he might not be able to come back again. Dar says AK thinks he’s lost now. Dar’s golden foot will send him to another dimension and AK will be lost in a void of nothingness. Then he’ll realize it’s over for him. AK says the Heritage Cup represents AK, and he’ll make sure that next week AK represents the cup once again. The showdown is coming, will AK make history as the first two-time Heritage Cup winner? Or will Dar extend the growing legacy of his reign?
Backstage interview with Amale.
A big win for her tonight, how is she feeling? She feels great. She felt so free. She didn’t think talking about her story would make such a difference. Jinny walks in to sarcastically congratulate Amale. But that victory doesn’t take away how Amale is still “a weak, fragile-” Amale SHOVES Jinny before she can finish her insult! Amale dares Jinny to back up those words, and securities have to keep them apart! Jinny throws a tantrum as she says Amale is nothing, but will Amale prove to Jinny who’s really weak and fragile?
Walter VS Nathan Frazer!
This is it! Der Ring General will be joining his troops in Imperium in NXT full time, meaning he is saying farewell for now to NXT UK. He dominated this brand since first showing up in Blackpool, will he be victorious in his sign-off here in London? Or will the British Prodigy score the biggest win of his career?
The bell rings and Frazer is nervous and fans sing, “Walter’s gonna kill~ you!” Frazer and Walter circle, Frazer ends up cornered but he slips away. They circle again, tie up, and Walter headlocks to TOSS Frazer! Walter eggs Frazer on and fans chant, “WAL~TER! WAL~TER!” Frazer gets up, circles with Walter, feels out the grapple, and tie up. Walter puts Frazer in the corner, smothers him, but lets off, and Frazer narrowly avoids the chop! Walter waits on Frazer to get up, and Frazer keeps his space as they circle again. They tie up, Walter knuckle locks and wrenches an arm, to then lift and SLAM Frazer down!
Walter keeps on the arm, but Frazer works his way up. Frazer rolls but Walter wrangles him back down. Fans rally, Frazer fights up and rolls, handsprings and breaks free to dropkick! Walter staggers, Frazer leaps to get a facelock! But Walter powers up to put Frazer on the apron! The ref counts, Walter lets off and pats Frazer on the head. Frazer SLAPS Walter! Then slingshots in to fire off forearms and KICKS! Walter knees low, puts Frazer in the corner, but Frazer elbows back! Frazer LEAPS, into Walter’s arms! He puts Frazer on the top rope to CHOP! And then Walter STANDS on Frazer! The ref counts, Walter lets off and Frazer flops to the floor!
Fans chant for “WAL~TER!” as Frazer flounders up. Frazer gets in, throws body shots, but Walter CLUBS him down! Walter stomps, Frazer throws body shots and CHOPS! But Walter scoops and SLAMS Frazer again! Walter drags Frazer back up, scoops him, but Frazer fights free to dragon sleeper. Walter slips around, throws Frazer away, but Frazer runs and QUEBRADAS, but Walter gets clear to get the SLEEPER! Frazer pries the hold open, ELBOW BREEKAR! Frazer fires off KICKS on the leg, then forearms. Frazer runs, ROCKS Walter with a forearm, and then runs again. Frazer ducks and comes back with another FLYING FOREARM!
Walter wobbles, but he still hurdles Frazer and BOOTS him down! Frazer sits up in a daze as fans rally up for Walter. Walter looms over Frazer as fans sing the Imperium theme. Walter has the arms for a motorcycle stretch but Frazer endures. Fans rally, Frazer fights, even as Walter’s knee digs into his back. Frazer fights up, Walter wrangles him back down. Frazer flips, kangaroo kicks, but gets run over! Walter drags Frazer around, NECK TWIST! Walter then sits Frazer up to CHOP him back down! Fans want that “One More Time!” but Walter clamps on the chinlock. Frazer endures, even as Walter traps an arm.
Walter leans his weight on the hold, but Frazer fights up. Fans rally, he throws body shots, but Walter ROCKS him with a EuroUpper! Walter drags Frazer back up, talks some trash, but Frazer CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! And KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! Walter CHOPS Frazer off his feet! Then reels him in, for a WALTER- RANA! Frazer counters, covers, TWO!! Frazer is right up, but Walter CHOPS him back down! Walter has to sit down, his own leg bothering him. Frazer crawls to ropes, but Walter stalks up behind him. Walter has Frazer bent against ropes to CLUB him! The ref reprimands, but Walter CLUBS Frazer again!
Walter drags Frazer back in, SLEEPER! Frazer flails, fades, fans sing a lullaby, but Frazer arm-drags free! And he avoids Walter’s dropkick! STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO!! Frazer CLUBS away on Walter but Walter wraps the SLEEPER back on! Frazer reaches for ropes, gets the ROPEBREAK, but Walter just slaps his arms down and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Frazer lands on his feet, but Walter BOOTS him down! WALTER- NO! SUNSET BOMB!! Cover, TWO!?! Walter escapes as Frazer almost catches him! Fans are fired up for “NXT! NXT!” Frazer drags himself to ropes, Walter stands up, and Frazer KICKS the leg!
Frazer KICKS the bad leg more and Walter is wobbling! Frazer fires forearms, Walter knee slow, and Walter whips, Frazer slides under to SUPERKICK! And SUPERKICK! Frazer runs, but Walter hurdles! QUEBRADA DDT!! Frazer takes Walter down and Walter bails out! Fans rally as Frazer gets up. Walter checks his leg, Frazer grits his teeth. Frazer DIVES, but is caught! Walter throws Frazer, but Frazer dodges to SUPERKICK! And SHOTGUN dropkick Walter into barriers! Both men are down on the outside but fans rally up! Frazer is in at 4 of 10, Walter hobbles over at 6 and gets in at 8. Frazer KICKS the leg again! And again!
Walter blocks the third kick to DECK Frazer! Frazer gets up at the ropes, Walter staggers over, and yanks him up, but Frazer slips under! CHOP BLOCK! Frazer keeps moving, another CHOP BLOCK! Walter is hobbling, but he hoists Frazer to dump him out. Frazer is on the apron, he GAMANGIRIS back! Frazer springboards, Walter CHOPS him out of the sky! Fans chant for “NXT! NXT!” while both men are down! Walter gets the bad leg moving, he staggers over to drag Frazer up. WALTER- NO! His leg gives out, no bomb! SUPERKICK! Frazer runs in from a corner, CURB STMOP! His mentor, Seth Rollins, would be proud! Frazer goes up, FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!?!
Fans are thunderous as Frazer goes back to the corner again. Frazer goes up top, but Walter gets up to CLUB the legs out! Frazer tumbles down, Walter powers up to WALTER BOMB!! Cover, Walter wins!
Winner: Walter, by pinfall
Frazer pushed Walter to his limits like only few have, but Walter still found a way to win! What a way to say farewell! But he will be on Tuesdays from now on, will we see the Ring General reestablish his dominance in NXT prime?
A great episode, and what a way for Walter to close out his time on this brand. Frazer looked awesome in the match, this was like a title match since beating Walter is a great accomplishment in itself. But Walter gets a great win, he’s got a lot going for him in NXT USA. He could go for the North American title or THE title, and either way I would love if he makes history as the first superstar to have held NXT UK and another singles title. We got a good vignette for A-Kid VS Dar next week, and their match is going to be great. Good promo from Pretty Deadly with Sid, and I can’t wait to see who Gradwell gets as a tag partner. For some reason, I sense Saxon Huxley showing up.
We got a very good tag match to open, and what a surprise that Die Familie lost here. I would’ve thought Gallus would go after them in the finals, but I guess Gallus doesn’t want to let them even get that close to the tag titles. Their Six Man is going to be a great match, and could go either way. As for the tag title contender’s match, Faces VS Faces to then challenge Faces is wild for WWE, I am definitely looking forward to a great final and then an even greater tag title match. I don’t know if the winner of this mini-tournament will take those titles, though, it would be too soon to make Moustache Mountain face that, “What happens now?” story.
And we got a lot of good stuff out of the women’s match tonight. Amale VS Stevie itself was a good match but I wish they wouldn’t cut to Jinny so much. Or find a way to have a tiny window on screen so we can keep an eye on Jinny and Andy Shepherd while still seeing the match. Amale winning was logical, and I liked the brief confrontation with Jinny backstage. Amale VS Jinny is going to be a vicious match, and could really build Amale up as another Face on this brand.
My Score: 8.4/10
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!
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
N-INNOVATION – September 21st
GRAND SHIP 2022 IN NAGOYA/KEIJI MUTOH RETIREMENT ROAD – September 25th
- 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)
- 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
– 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)
“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
With thanks to: Metal NOAH
GIF taken from WrestleUniverse & NOAH Official YouTube
Picture credit: YO-HEY & NOAH.co.jp
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?
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*
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) September 30, 2022
- 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
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 (@IMPACTWRESTLING) September 30, 2022
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.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) September 30, 2022
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 now. Wait 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.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) September 30, 2022
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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