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NOAH WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.155 ~ 2ND JANUARY 2022

If you missed the event coverage, Hisame is here for all of NOAH’s Shining New Year! Can they continue this momentum into the January 8th Wrestle Kingdom show?

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NEWS

Farewell AXIZ, Go Shiozaki fails in GHC Heavyweight challenge

Go Shiozaki made a deal with Katsuhiko Nakajima at the GHC Heavyweight title match signing a few days before the title match. If Shiozaki won the title then AXIZ would reunite, but if he lost (like Nakajima confidently said he would), then he must never again call himself, “I am NOAH”. For the match NOAH ran a beautifully shot video package that came straight out of the Edo era.

For the Nippon Budokan event, Go Shiozaki channeled Mitsuharu Misawa into his costume borrowing the shade and some elements of the design, and yes even almost recreating the footage backstage before the match of Mitsuharu Misawa vs Jun Akiyama for the GHC Heavyweight title in 2001. The sick bump of Kenta Kobashi vs Mitsuharu Misawa was also semi recreated in a match loaded with symbolism which linked NOAH’s past to NOAH’s future.

I don’t need to go into details about how hard fought the match was, but Katsuhiko Nakajima won after 30 minutes and 10 seconds with the Northern Lights Bomb. His “secret trick” he had talked about during the press conference. Shiozaki was taken away by the seconds, his soul gone and his hopes for AXIZ shattered. Nakajima was not bothered by any of this, and Kenoh led Kongoh out to the ring soon after who stood in military precision as the microphone was passed between Kenoh and Nakajima. Kenoh ranting against New Japan, and Nakajima saying that 2022 was “the start of the change of order in Japanese professional wrestling. This is the start of the Reiwa pro wrestling revolution”. Backstage he addressed Go Shiozaki, telling him to back to his “out of date” life, spoke about New Japan telling their fans he was going to destroy it (and them), and spoke of his opponents on the 8th. He had no interest in Takagi Shingo as he had been there and done that, beaten him twice before and so it held no value to him. Tetsuya Naito, who Nakajima has never beaten, is a different matter however.

No challenger for the GHC Heavyweight has come forward as yet.

HAYATA retains, but STINGER on the rocks? 

HAYATA retained the GHC Junior Heavyweight against his teacher Yoshinari Ogawa at the Nippon Budokan. HAYATA pinned Ogawa via a reversal of The Headache after 20 minutes and 54 seconds. Ogawa could not forgive the knowledge that HAYATA had beaten him and proved that he was not the final challenger, and neither could he bear the growing realization that he had created a monster and one that knew him so well. HAYATA attempted a handshake (rare for him) but Ogawa threw the GHC Junior Heavyweight tag belt at him, and shaking his head he left the ring. HAYATA stood for a few moments awkwardly, and left after gathering up all the belts. Kotaro Suzuki echoed fan feelings when he said he didn’t know how they were going to work together when the title match comes up on the fourth, and YO-HEY asked on social media if the “strained” tag team were okay. However, how can anyone be sure that this isn’t just an Ogawa mind game?

M’S alliance still Heavyweight tag champions, Keiji Mutoh wants “red belt” but no belts for Masato Tanaka

Naomichi Marufuji and Keiji Mutoh retained the GHC Heavyweight Tag titles against fellow M’s alliance unit members, Masaaki Mochizuki and Masato Tanaka. The match ended when Mochizuki was made to tap out after constant attacks on his knee and a Keiji Mutoh Figure Four. Mutoh said he had been trying particularly hard as he wanted to demonstrate his own judo background to Olympic athlete and Judoka, Aaron Wolf, who was on guest commentary. Masato Tanaka, who had fought Takashi Sugiura earlier in the day for the ZERO1 World Heavyweight, had sadly come away empty handed from Korakuen Hall. Takashi Sugiura has been challenged by Takuya Sugawara.

Keiji Mutoh has also stated that he would like to be GHC National Champion for his sixtieth birthday in December 2022.

KENTA comes home

KENTA made his long awaited return to NOAH after seven years (NOAH fans do not really count Hideo Itami at “Flight”). A comical moment occurred when he got in the ring as Takashi Sugiura made a fuss about him not wearing the Sugiura Army t-shirt that he had given to him. KENTA took off his FANG jersey to reveal he was wearing it in a “You happy now moment?”.

Then it was down to business and that business was fighting a wall called Masa Kitamiya, who KENTA had known as a junior, the unknown Daiki Inaba and the person of interest to him, Yoshiki Inamura. Takashi Sugiura had warned his young opponents to not spare KENTA and to try to destroy him and this is exactly what Yoshiki Inamura did more than anyone. Inamura attacked KENTA at every chance he got, inside the ring or out of it. Inamura became so intrusive that the referee, KENTA and even Takashi Sugiura scolded him. KENTA eventually won the match by defeating Yoshiki Inamura with the Go To Sleep and then praised him afterwards in much the same manner as Jun Akiyama. Recognizing Inamura’s own cockiness in his own young self (KENTA was never as polite as Inamura, probably because Jun Akiyama’s sarcasm rubbed off on him), saying that with Inamura “that big guy” in NOAH, then the promotion had a bright future. Asked if he would be back in NOAH, KENTA gave a vague answer saying maybe he would or then again maybe he wouldn’t, but perhaps it was good not to know.

Kenoh vs Kaito Kiyomiya, “The Red Champion” retains

Kaito Kiyomiya’s 2022 did not get off to the start he would have liked, when he failed in his attempt to take the GHC National from Kenoh. He can take solace though that while the match did not end in pin fall, it went to referee stop when Kenoh cracked Kiyomiya in the head with one of his devastating kicks. After this, Kenoh stood over Kiyomiya and shoved it in his face. Far from his usual verbal attack on Kiyomiya, Kenoh was somewhat restrained compared to previously and quite complimentary. He admitted that the match had been good, and that Kiyomiya had a “good soul”.

NOAH announce two more Budokan events of 2022 and 2023

NOAH announced that they will be running the Nippon Budokan again in July 2022 and returning for New Year in 2023. Kenoh is delighted with this news as it means two further chances at his dream of entering and leaving as champion, preferably GHC Heavyweight Champion. Next year NOAH aim to attract 10,000 people or more.

EVENT RECAPS AND POST MATCH INTERVIEWS

“All Dogs Gather 3!” The Sugiura Army Produce – 27th December 2021, Korakuen Hall

Post match interviews 

ABEMA Presents “NOAH THE NEW YEAR 2022” – 1st January 2022, Nippon Budokan

Event recap Post match interviews

ELSEWHERE IN NOAH

– Takashi Sugiura’s New Year calligraphy contained the usual phallic references.

– Masato Tanaka has found a new rival in Kazuyuki Fujita.

– KENTA said that Takashi Sugiura was an “old man” when it came to using social media, and asked him to stop bugging him. If he didn’t, he would get Hirooki Goto involved. Sugi behaved himself then.

– NOSAWA Rongai stated to Ultimo Dragon that he would “always” do a hair vs mask match after trying to rip off Ultimo’s mask

– Funky Express are again hinting  at challenging for a belt or belts, and are once again discussing having a belt that fits all four of them.

– NOAH held an end of year fan event in Tokyo on New Year’s Eve. Always inventive in times of crisis, the tin can telephone was a great success.

– Haoh’s New Year calligraphy stated “to have my own words”…

– Daisuke Harada’s dislike of the heavyweights came out when he spoke about the N-Innovation, saying basically that he didn’t like how everything was centered around them.

– Takashi Sugiura kept interrupting KENTA to show him Kaito Kiyomiya in his “young man’s Kimono” as Kiyomiya had come to the match in a red Hakama jacket.

– Naomichi Marufuji and Hajime Ohara have sworn revenge against Masao Inoue for losing them the last match of the year. They went off together plot their two on one match against him.

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

THIS WEEK IN NOAH

(Full January schedule)

Tuesday, January 4th: NEW SUNRISE 2022

Start time: 18:30 JST

Broadcast: ABEMA, WrestleUniverse

*English commentary available on WrestleUniverse

Wednesday, January 5th: REBOOT 2022

Start time: 3pm JST

Broadcast: WrestleUniverse

Wednesday, January 5th: Seiki Yoshioka (34)

Wednesday, January 5th: Katsuhiko Nakajima debut anniversary (18)

Thursday, January 6th: THE LEAVE presents N Innovation U-CUP

Start time: 18:00 JST

Broadcast: WrestleUniverse

Friday, January 7th: THE LEAVE presents N Innovation U-CUP

Start time: 18:00 JST

Broadcast: WrestleUniverse

Saturday, January 8th: New Japan vs NOAH

Start time: 5pm JST

Broadcast: ABEMA

– You will need to purchase the PPV from ABEMA TV as it will not be shown on either New Japan World or WrestleUniverse until a week after the original broadcast. The event will be broadcast from 5pm JST, and will cost you about $34. You can watch this from the 8th January to the 21st. I do advise that you read more about the viewing fee at the link above as ABEMA are advising that this is calculated to current exchange rates.

LINKS

Challenging New Japan from an “equal” standpoint, Director Narihiro Takeda talks about his approach

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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)

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

 With thanks to: Metal-NOAH

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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)

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