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NOAH WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.165 ~ 25TH MARCH 2022

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It’s been an eventful week in NOAH.

“I AM NOAH!” Kazuyuki Fujita retains against Masato Tanaka, challenged by Go Shiozaki

Following an epic stare down at the title match signing, which ended with Masato Tanaka snapping Fujita’s glasses and walking off after just over 33 minutes, Kazuyuki Fujita defended the GHC Heavyweight in a brutal match on the 21st March in Fukoka. Go Shiozaki defeated the returning Katsuhiko Nakajima on the 23rd, and following an epic cry of “I AM NOAH”, he called Fujita to the ring to challenge him.

Fujita’s response was what fans are now saying is standard when being challenged for the title, with “I’m NOAH“. Fujita bowed and left the ring. The title match has been set for the final night at Sumo Hall, the 30th April. Kendo Kashin, however, believes a sinister force is at work behind the scenes that is influencing Fujita’s unusual behavior.

The Shampoo Incident

After an incident in which eternal enemies, Daisuke Harada and Yoshinari Ogawa clashed in Kumamoto and Ogawa made belt motions, both fans (and Eita) believed that Ogawa was going to challenge for the GHC Junior Heavyweight.

Ogawa came to the ring in Fukuoka carrying a box, which he emptied to reveal was full of water bottles. He waited impatiently on the ring apron, motioning for Eita to hurry up and get in, as Eita was stalling for time and posing for pictures. When he did eventually get in the ring, the match was thrown out after 9 minutes as Eita hit Ogawa with the belt. With Ogawa down and dazed, Eita turned his focus to HAYATA. After being beaten up by Eita and Super Crazy, they dumped HAYATA in a chair and proceeded to humiliate him, not only by pouring water on him but also by giving him an an impromptu shampoo session.

One fan commented that he wondered whether they were using Dove! Afterwards, they forced HAYATA to the cameras, before throwing him aside and walking off laughing. Backstage Eita again lamented he had no challenger.

He did not have to wait for long.

HAYATA is quiet for several reasons, naturally (and painfully) shy he uses this to his advantage by incorporating a character who does his talking in the ring. HAYATA’S revenge came when like a dark shadow rising out of the floor, he attacked Eita from behind getting the match he was having with YO-HEY thrown out. Fans were a little disappointed, as was YO-HEY who had seen the advantage winning would bring, but he has other things to think about now. The ref was thrown aside, and bloodied by the GHC Junior belt, Eita was thrown in the ring. HAYATA’S beat down continued until both Perros Del Mal had come in to rescue Eita, and STINGER also came in. Yuya Susumu taking HAYATA’S arm and pulling him away as if to say that enough was enough.

HAYATA then challenged for the belt in the usual manner saying simply “Next, me”. The title match has been set for the NOAH Junior night at Sumo Hall on the 29th April.

Eita got another taste of HAYATA’S silent vengeance in their first pre match on the 24th March at Korakuen Hall. No messing around on entering, and wearing a bandage over the wound, Eita entered scowling. The match escalated into a melee brawl when Yoshinari Ogawa threw a bottle of water at Kotaro Suzuki, and then HAYATA pinned Eita with the devastating Headache in only one minute and forty-four seconds. After posing briefly with the belt and draping it over Eita, STINGER returned to the shadows. Eita later commented on social media that it had not been a good week.

Kongoh and the “Red Belts”

Kongoh made a double title challenge at Korakuen Hall on the 24th March when The Kongoh Juniors (Tadasuke and Hajime Ohara) challenged for the GHC Junior tag titles, and Kenoh and Katsuhiko Nakajima challenged for the GHC Heavyweight tag titles. Ironically, both matches had ended in submissions with Atsushi Kotoge tapping out, and the referee stopping the match when Kenoh choked out Takashi Sugiura.

By the skin of their teeth, the team of YO-HEY and Atsushi Kotoge had defended the tag titles against Perros Del Mal de Japon (NOSAWA Rongai and Kotaro Suzuki) in Fukuoka, and where challenged by The Kongoh Juniors. Tadasuke demanded the title match for NOAH’s next show, which will be the 3rd April in Gunma. Apparently the belt also spoke to him too…

With Hideki Suzuki in the main event, it fell to Takashi Sugiura to accept the challenge of the Kongoh heavyweights. In traditional style, Kenoh gave vent to his feelings about “old men” in NOAH carrying all the belts and how he does not find that entertaining in any way shape or form. Kongoh where here to stop that, and they were going to take the belts from them. “They” being Kenoh and Katsuhiko Nakajima.

Unlike the Kongoh Juniors, Kenoh could be patient and in any case, he wasn’t going to pass up a title match at Sumo Hall. For Katsuhiko Nakajima, this might not be the GHC belt he wanted, but it was a championship belt. Stating repeatedly before the match with Go Shiozaki that he had no interest in fighting him, Nakajima was forced to taste bitter fruit afterwards when he found himself walking Shiozaki’s path in losing a belt and returning from injury. Nakajima’s path is different from the one Shiozaki took back to the GHC, but it is certain that their paths will cross over NOAH’s highest belt sooner or later.

Z-Brats invade NOAH, challenge to the NOAH Junior Regulars

Somehow a match between The NOAH Junior Regulars and Perros Del Mal De Japon had started off peacefully. All was going well, Daisuke Harada was about to destroy his opponent, when three masked and hooded men stormed the ring and attacked him, Alejandro and Junta Miyawaki.

Standing over Harada, the leader with his boot on Harada’s face, they revealed themselves to be the DragonGate Z-Brat unit of Shun Skywalker, KENTo and H.Y.O. Further complicating the issue of their presence in NOAH is the fact that the current GHC Junior Heavyweight Champion, Eita, was formerly a member of the R.E.D unit, which they had kicked him out of. Eita was not the reason why they were here, although KENTo said he couldn’t believe that he of all people was the champion, they where here because they had heard the NOAH Juniors where holding an event at Sumo Hall and they had come to prevent them from “polluting the ring” there. Backstage, taking off their masks and giggling, they elaborated. The N-Innovation (no one knew what that was) should be the Z-Innovation,  0 points for Eita being the junior champion, they knew who Harada and Alejando where…but who was Miyawaki? Oh right, he was the one with no presence and was therefore no one to be afraid of. This last point rankled with Miyawaki, as H.Y.O will appear in a singles match with him on the 8th April. The invaders where granted their match by an angry Daisuke Harada, who used the expletive statement “We will show you the awesomeness of the NOAH Juniors, mutherfuckers.”

Masakatsu Funaki vs Hideki Suzuki, LINE and Manabu Soya? 

Hideki Suzuki was defeated by Masakatsu Funaki in 8 minutes and 14 seconds, Funaki retaining the GHC National. GHC National matches, probably because all the title holders have had a background in MMA in some shape or form, has come to be characterized by swift short matches, mainly involving mat wrestling. What made this match different though was what happened after it as Funaki gave one of his characteristic speeches on the microphone, which for him means he can let off a little steam by a little humor. After the match today he handed the microphone to Kenoh, who handed the microphone to a bemused Tadasuke. Tadasuke asked for Funaki’s support in the upcoming junior title match, which Funaki readily gave and then Funaki said that Tadasuke had asked for his phone number…as curious as this sounds, Kenoh elaborated on this later and explained that Tadasuke hadn’t been asking for Funaki’s number, but had been asking him to join Kongoh’s LINE chat group. LINE is a Japanese social media platform, and as Funaki is unfamiliar with such things, he thought Tadasuke wanted his number. Kenoh says he will enroll Funaki on it when Kongoh win the two sets of tag belts.

Regarding Funaki’s next challenger, no one has come forward yet. Funaki had mentioned backstage that pretty much everyone in Kongoh was challenging for a belt. There where no junior belts for Nioh to challenge for, and either Funaki forgot that the GHC National was created as a belt that anyone could challenge for, or else he didn’t think he would want to, and so he focused on Manabu Soya asking him when and if he was going to chase a belt?

Soya was non committal and no challenge was made, Funaki said maybe a chance would come or maybe it wouldn’t. Soya is as Go Shiozaki summed up, someone who betrays no emotions, and so Funaki may be challenged when he least expects it.

Fukuda’s retirement

Referee Akihiko Fukuda will referee his last match on the 3rd April in Gunma. Part of the walkout from All Japan with Mitsuharu Misawa in 2000, he has been with NOAH throughout all the ups and downs of the past twenty-two years. He is retiring from refereeing, but not from NOAH. Fukuda will remain with the promotion as a backstage agent.

Old Friends & New Return to NOAH

NOAH made a massive announcement regarding the two nights at Sumo Hall in April. Now that travel is less restricted, the following will be returning; Rene Dupree, El Hijo De Dr Wagner Junior, Dragon Bane and Alpha Wolf. Also coming to NOAH for the first time would be Ninja Mack, confirmed to be participating in a Lucha three way at Sumo Hall with Dragon Bane and Alpha Wolf.

When talking about a foreign wrestler he wanted to bring over, Daisuke Harada said he couldn’t say much, but it would be someone who “made everybody happy”. Fans had guessed it would be Chris Ridgeway, and this was confirmed on the 23rd March. Ridgeway says he will be fighting as part of STINGER.

NOAH had some further announcements, although these were not made via video presentation. Don Fuji would be participating at Sumo Hall, teaming with Masaaki Mochizuki. Slex, who was last in NOAH in 2013 will be returning as will Extreme Tiger, who was in NOAH in 2010. NOSAWA (who said he was going to announce it as he is in a bad mood) announced that Texano Jnr will be the new member of Perros Del Mal De Japon. Texano Jnr was/is an original member of Perros Del Mal, alongside Super Crazy.

Note: Alpha Wolf, NOAH fans knew as “El Hijo de Canis Lupus”, and playfully shortened his name to “Cani”, which ironically meant “Crab” in Japanese.

Daisuke Harada’s training camp

When discussing Sumo Hall, Harada mentioned that he wanted to create a special training camp which would harness the “power of nature”. Japan with it’s mountains, seas, and varying terrain of the tropical warm south and the cold snowy north (snow remains in some parts until May), is ideal to do this in. Harada did not say whether this would be just NOAH Junior Regulars or not, but he did hint that foreign wrestlers where welcome to join in if they wanted.

EVENT RECAPS AND POST MATCH INTERVIEWS

“JUST FINE 2022!”

Sunday March 20th, Kumamoto

Event recap

Post match interviews

Wednesday March 23rd, Korakuen Hall

Event recap

Post match interviews

Thursday March 24th, Korakuen Hall

Event recap

Post match interviews

“GREAT VOYAGE 2022 in FUKUOKA”

Event recap

Post match interviews

ELSEWHERE IN NOAH

– Daiki Inaba has now joined NOAH as an official roster member.

– Following his singles match with Yasutaka Yano, Naomichi Marufuji said he has very high hopes for him as a NOAH Junior. Marufuji had to force him into a handshake.

– Yuya Susumu has announced that he is leaving FREEDOMS. Fans expect that he will sign full time with NOAH.

– Kendo Kashin seems to be making a point of scuffling with King Tany before matches, usually by dragging him out of the locker room and to ringside.

– Kazushi Sakuraba’s seconding stint did not go well. He was scolded for not holding open the ropes for Hideki Suzuki, and a comical picture was taken backstage of him being berated by Suzuki and Takashi Sugiura. It was comical though when Sugi handed his three belts to him, and Suzuki his one too.

– Akitoshi Saito said on commentary that he thought that deep down, there is still friendship somewhere between Shiozaki and Nakajima. Fans echo this by saying they feel Shiozaki is not only challenging Fujita for himself, but also to avenge Nakajima.

– Naomichi Marufuji wore a red Hayabusa mask to the ring at Kumamoto as he had promised. Fans said “The falcon has returned”. Marufuji said afterwards he felt his “older brother” (non biological, and non sibling student but more in the way of an elder who he was close to), was watching him from heaven.

– Due to earthquake damage to the venue, NOAH will be cancelling their Fukushima date in May.

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

  • GHC Heavyweight Champion: Kazuyuki Fujita
    Challenger: Go Shiozaki, “MAJESTIC 2022”, Sumo Hall, Saturday 30th April
  • GHC Junior Champion: Eita
    Challenger: HAYATA, “MAJESTIC 2022 – N-Innovation”, Sumo Hall, Friday 29th April
  • GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: The Sugiura Army (Takashi Sugiura & Hideki Suzuki)
    Challengers: Kongoh (Kenoh and Katsuhiko Nakajima), “MAJESTIC 2022”, Sumo Hall, Saturday 30th April
  • GHC Junior Tag Champions: The NOAH Junior Regulars (Atsushi Kotoge & YO-HEY)
    Challengers: Kongoh Juniors (Tadasuke & Hajime Ohara), REAL OVERTURE 2022, G Messe Gunma, Sunday April 3rd
  • GHC National Champion: Masakatsu Funaki
    No challenger as of yet

THIS WEEK IN NOAH

(April schedule)

Sunday March 27th: Kenta Kobashi (55)

Tuesday March 29th: Kai Fujimura (27)

LINKS

Donmai! Donmai!” Mitsuharu Misawa’s diary, which gives a fascinating insight into NOAH’s “Golden Era”.

With thanks to: Metal-NOAH

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(NOAH) NOAH NEWSLETTER VOL.192 ~ 30TH NOVEMBER 2022

NOAH ends November with some big announcements! Returns, new debuts and surprising challenges!

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Masa Kitamiya challenges Masato Tanaka

Following the tag match against Masato Tanaka and Shoki Kitamura in ZERO-ONE on the 20th November, Masa Kitamiya challenged Masato Tanaka for the ZERO-ONE World Heavyweight. Kitamiya said he wanted the belt for two reasons – one was because Masato Tanaka had the belt, and secondly because he felt that his eleventh year in wrestling had been a sad one. The match will take place at Korakuen Hall on the 1st January, the same day that NOAH at the Nippon Budokan, so Kitamiya will be wrestling two matches that day with ZERO-ONE taking place before NOAH. Kitamiya is determined to enter The Nippon Budokan as champion.

Akitoshi Saito remembers Bison Smith

Akitoshi Saito made a touching tribute to his old partner on the anniversary of his passing, by winning the match with the Iron Claw slam. Backstage he remembered “the blue eyed samurai” by recalling their last conversation, and saying that he felt Bison was with him and had given his approval for Saito to team with Yone.

Perros Del Mal De Japon Farewell

Perros Del Mal De Japon made their final appearance as a unit in Yoyogi on November 23rd. They were accompanied to the ring by Kotaro Suzuki (who may not be appearing in NOAH following The Tokyo Gurentai produce due to his contract expiring) and Ikuto Hidaka. Neither of them got involved too much in the match.

Yoshinari Ogawa came to the ring with a Singapore cane slung over his shoulder, while his partners also brandished weapons, Kai Fujimura had a baseball bat and Yasutaka Yano carried a trash can. The match was as you would expect; the first time everyone got counted out, the second time ended in a count out when the young boys got Perros counted out (Ogawa had left in disgust by this time) and when he came back, the match lasted 11 minutes and 36 seconds, and ended when NOSAWA decided to assault the referee. Ogawa took everyone out with a trash can lid before leaving. He had also managed to hit Kotaro on the head earlier, but concentrated his attack on NOSAWA and Eita. When Ogawa had gone, Perros bade farewell to each other, but their war with Ogawa wasn’t over as both Eita and NOSAWA will have singles match with him. NOSAWA’S match will be on the 14th in Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima, while Eita’s will be on the 23rd at the N-INNOVATION. Kotaro Suzuki was a little irritated that he didn’t get a singles match, which NOSAWA completely ignored, but he will have a singles match himself against Eita on the 20th.

MaruKen reunite to challenge for the GHC Heavyweight Tag Titles

Naomichi Marufuji pinned Takashi Sugiura in Yoyogi and therefore won the right to challenge the tag champions. With Masakatsu Funaki and Masaaki Mochizuki hanging over the ropes offering their hands as partners, Marufuji announced to the uproar of the crowd and the disbelief of Takashi Sugiura (whose reaction was akin to “Who? Are you fucking kidding me?”) that he would be challenging with KENTA. Backstage, Marufuji was not too sure that KENTA would accept the offer, but he did and the match has been set for the Nippon Budokan on New Year’s Day.

To explain for the newer fans, during their NOAH Junior days, KENTA and Marufuji were in a much beloved junior tag team known as MaruKen, they hold the record for the longest title reign as a junior team and they also broke down the rules for juniors fighting heavyweights as Misawa allowed them to challenge for the GHC Heavyweight Tag Titles. As a team they never had a falling out that led to their split, they just drifted apart as Marufuji noted in “Heir To The Ark” and went to do their own things and over time they became rivals. Now they reunite as heavyweights.

AMAKUSA challenges Dante Leon

AMAKUSA made a silent challenge to Dante Leon for the GHC Junior Heavyweight following their match in Yoyogi. The way the match went gave fans the impression that Alejandro might be the one to challenge, but in the end it was Amakusa who pointed silently at the belt. Title challenge will main event the N-Innovation on the 23rd December.

Kenoh & Kaito Kiyomiya

Kaito Kiyomiya overcame Kenoh in their second pre match, and taking the microphone he stood over him and said that Kenoh had just been overcome by the guy who he was saying “was just trying his best”, and what did that say about Kenoh? Kiyomiya told him it meant he “was all mouth”. Their next pre match is on the 14th December.

Darby Allin

It has been announced that the team of Great Muta, Sting and Darby Allin will team together at Great Muta’s final match on the 22nd January at the Yokohama Arena. Allin had been tagging with Sting when Muta materialized on the 23rd September to save Sting from Buddy Matthews. There has been no mention as to who will be their opponents, but it is thought that Matthews may be involved as he has a score to settle.

YO-HEY & Kzy challenge for the GHC Junior Tag Titles

Tag championships can be volatile belts and tend to suffer more backwards and forwards than singles belts do at times. This was the story when Atsushi Kotoge and Seiji Yoshioka managed to take the belts back from The Kongoh Juniors in Yoyogi. This was the Kongoh Junior’s first defense, and Hajime Ohara and Shuji Kondo, had only held the belts for thirteen days. Following their title win, the next threat came from their own unit, as YO-HEY challenged for the belts with DragonGate’s Kzy as his partner.

“I’m in a disappointing situation with no results to speak of at all. To overcome this situation, I want the belt. With the belt in hand, I can reach even higher heights. I want to do this, so please let me challenge for the tag belt next”.

Title match will take place on the 23rd December at the N-Innovation.

Yoshiki Inamura fails to capture his first singles belt, but succeeds in other ways

Yoshiki Inamura failed to win his first singles gold when El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Junior used his experience (the part which he and Inamura were not well matched in, and I doubt Wagner Jnr has ever had anyone throw him around after catching him following a dive) to retain the gold. Inamura had wanted to win this belt to usher in his own era of NOAH, which would be separate to Kiyomiya’s (yet I think would also rival his, as Inamura would kind of be more the leader of the younger generation, which Kiyomiya knows is rising up to threaten him), and he would stand next to him and not below him as champion. Inamura might have failed in his attempt to win his first singles belt, but as Tokyo Sports said, he most definitely gave birth to his era.

ELSEWHERE IN NOAH

– Shuhei Taniguchi had his best match in a long time when he and Hideki Suzuki fought to a referee stop in Yoyogi. Fans want to see a round two.

– For some reason the wrestling promotions (and not the MMA companies) were told to come to Antonio Inoki’s memorial on the 24th November at 11am instead of 1pm, someone said this could be a prank that Inoki had set up. Prank or not, in something practically unheard of NOAH (Kenoh, Yoshiki Inamura, Satoshi Kojima, Kaito Kiyomiya, Katsuhiko Nakajima and Takashi Sugiura), New Japan and All Japan, plus some staff members, went to have something eat and drink and all sat down and talked for two hours. Inoki’s final wake will be held on March 7th at Ryogoku Kokugikan, what form this will take has not been announced, but it will be a fan event. In Shinto, the deceased are mourned and funeral services are held for forty-nine days following death, the final day is a day of celebration and farewells, when the mourning period is over and the deceased can finally leave earth and cross to the afterlife. It has been said that Inoki will be sharing a beer with Giant Baba.

– Takashi Sugiura’s pants stayed on when he met up with Kenta Kobashi and had some drinks…which is more than can be said about when he visited Akira Taue’s restaurant, and got drunk with Go Shiozaki.

– Kazuyuki Fujita said in his Weekly Pro yearbook profile, that he liked drinking highballs on the Shinkansen.

– Yoshiki Inamura and Kaito Kiyomiya summon Alejandro 

EVENT RECAPS AND POST MATCH PROMOS

NOAH THE BEST 2022 – WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 23RD, NATIONAL YOYOGI STADIUM 2ND GYMNASIUM

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Post match interviews

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

  • GHC Heavyweight Champion: Kaito Kiyomiya
    Challenger: Kenoh, ABEMA presents NOAH “THE NEW YEAR” 2023 (Saturday January 1st, Nippon Budokan)
  • GHC Junior Champion: Dante Leon
    Challenger: AMAKUSA, N Innovation (Friday December 23rd, Shinjuku Face)
  • GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: KojiSugi (Satoshi Kojima & Takashi Sugiura)
    Challengers: MaruKen (Naomichi Marufuji and KENTA), ABEMA presents NOAH “THE NEW YEAR” 2023 (Saturday January 1st, Nippon Budokan)
  • GHC Junior Tag Champions: The NOAH Junior Regulars (Atsushi Kotoge & Seiki Yoshioka)
    Challengers: YO-HEY & Kzy, N Innovation (Friday December 23rd, Shinjuku Face)
  • GHC National Champion: El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Jnr 
    Challenger: TBA, NOAH the BEST 2022 (Wednesday November 23rd National Yoyogi Stadium 2nd Gymnasium)

 

THIS WEEK IN NOAH

(December 2022 schedule)

Wednesday, December 7th: Kinya Okada debut anniversary (4 years)

ARTICLES

“Inside of me there is a “good” Keiji Mutoh and a “bad” Keiji Mutoh” – enthusiasm and conflict for Keiji Mutoh’s last run

“It was a sad eleventh year…” momentum to seize the belt in the Zero-One New Year’s Day title match

“We can make it a connection”, Kondo is “Marmalade brother?!” – Interview with Hajime Ohara just before the Junior Tag Defense match

GHC Junior Tag Match Signing: Ohara “Thigh Raise & Anya Words”. Yoshioka emphasizes that, “If I lose, hit rock bottom”

GHC National Match Signing: Japan-Mexico same generation clash: Wagner Jnr “Create A New History”, Inamura “Create A New NOAH”

“Take the belt and stand in the same position as Kiyomiya!” – Interview with Yoshiki Inamura before his challenge for the GHC National Championship 

Recapture for the first time in two weeks with “Baggio Spirit”, Interview with Atsushi Kotoge and Seiki Yoshioka ahead of the Yoyogi Junior Tag Match

WEEKLY PRO ARTICLES & INTERVIEWS

Coach points out! What is the current situation of young people as seen by Ogawa through the “Mauritius Cup?”

BOOK CORNER

“Donmai, Donmai” – Mitsuharu Misawa’s diary

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(NOAH) NOAH NEWSLETTER VOL.191 ~ 18TH NOVEMBER 2022

NOAH coverage still going strong! A few title changes and defenses keeps things interesting heading toward the end of the year!

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Kongoh Juniors finally win gold, Atsushi Kotoge demands a rematch

Shuji Kondo and his perpetually terrified partner, Hajime Ohara, ended a long losing streak for the Kongoh Juniors and finally won a title for their unit, when Seiki Yoshioka tapped to Hajime Ohara’s Muy Bien. Ohara’s reward from Kondo was to be kicked in the head repeatedly. When Ohara did get to his feet, Atsushi Kotoge was asking for a rematch, something the champions later granted, although Ohara did initially shove the belt in Kotoge’s face and tell him to beat it. The titles will be defended on the 23rd November at the National Yoyogi Stadium 2nd Gymnasium. There will be no pre match.

Dante Leon wins his first Noah title, the GHC Junior

In a match which was half American style and half Noah style, Dante Leon beat Ninja Mack for the GHC Junior, and won his first title in Noah. Unfortunately, due to HAYATA’S injury Ninja Mack’s reign was not as it should have been, so I would imagine that at some point in the future he will be given a longer run. No challenger has come forward as of yet to challenge Dante Leon.

Funky fail, but respect earned

Funky Express lost their challenge for the GHC Heavyweight Tag titles when Takashi Sugiura choked Akitoshi Saito out and the referee stopped the match. It was a heartbreaking loss for the challengers who were visibly moved. They have may have lost in their attempt, but in the eyes of fans, they gained something far more important, respect. Long seen as a comedy unit who worked the openers, Disco Dancing, Funkiness, King Tany, discussions of a giant belt made for four (funded by Masao Inoue’s piggybank according to Aki), things have changed with the departure of members and Saito and Yone managed to turn themselves into credible challengers.

Funaki’s warning comes true, El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Jnr becomes the GHC National Champion

When El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Jnr, Masakatsu Funaki had foreboding about the challenge. Kazushi Sakuraba he could handle as Sakuraba was known to him, it was also the case with his previous challengers as while he may not have known Simon Gotch prior to the match, he was aware that Gotch was of a similar skillset. El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Junior was not. Funaki spoke of other difficulties too aside from him being a luchadore in that he also outweighed him and was younger than him too. All these factors combined on the night with Wagner Jnr’s ability, for the title to change hands. Wagner Jnr was laying out the Mexican flag in the ring to add the belt to it, when his next challenger, Yoshiki Inamura appeared at ringside. Inamura got straight to the point, saying he was here to challenge. El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Jnr accepted, and the two will fight on the 23rd November at the National Yoyogi Stadium 2nd Gymnasium.

Yoshiki Inamura gave a small interview about his challenge, and he touched on the subject of Kaito Kiyomiya. Inamura stated that although Kiyomiya is younger than him, he is still his senior, which has been a factor in Inamura wanting a singles belt too. Inamura says this will be “standing next to Kiyomiya, not beneath him”.

Kaito Kiyomiya retains against Thatcher, Kenoh back again

In a match that was to atone for the title match against Kazuyuki Fujita, (which I don’t think Kiyomiya was very happy with), he faced a trial by fire when the GHC Heavyweight was defended against Timothy Thatcher. In his previous title reign, when he was being challenged by Naomichi Marufuji, Marufuji had told him that he was going to take him apart bit by bit, which was what Thatcher did. Kiyomiya had to get the win on momentum by dropping a few Transformed Shining Wizards, because everything he did Thatcher reversed into the dreaded armbar. Kenoh had been on commentary and as soon as he saw the result, removed his headset, and came down to the ring to challenge.

“Hey, Kiyomiya, you did your best in today’s title match too. Just! You “just” tried your best. Even elementary school students can “just” do their best. So, what are you left with today? What can you create? What can Noah create? On January 1st at the Nippon Budokan, The Great Muta vs Shinsuke Nakamura has taken the subject from the champion, and what are you doing? Working hard? You can’t win with just that! Muta vs Shinsuke Nakamura…who can win in terms of the subject…Brock Lesnar, Dwayne Johnson…The Rock. No, it’s The Rock and me, Kenoh! Well, I know that I’m no match for Rock, but I have that kind of will! I will save Noah from danger. It’s not Muta vs Nakamura. I will challenge you for your belt, and I’ll take away the topic!”

Kiyomiya responded,

“Maybe, I am just trying my best. But what will you create? I will create a new Noah! So you and I, let’s fight for real! I don’t want to lose anything on social media or by transmission, so please, fight all out against me.”

Kenoh

“January 1st, Nippon Budokan, you are not the one who will surpass Muta vs Shinsuke Nakamura. I will exceed by myself, and the one who will take this belt is me, Kenoh!”

*Title match has been set for The Nippon Budokan on the 1st January 2023.

The first pre match took place at the Noah/Dragon Gate event the next day. The main event was not as wild as the rest of the show had been, but it did culminate in Kiyomiya being pinned by Kenoh, and a picture of that moment appearing on the front cover of “Weekly Pro”.

Noah vs Dragon Gate

Aside from the main event as mentioned above, the event saw;
– NOSAWA Rongai getting pinged by plastic
– Satoshi Kojima as the mystery opponent of Hollywood Stalker Ichikawa. Kojima said the match was for HAYATA, who he hopes gets well soon and returns to Noah.
– Kenoh describing partner Kouta Minoura as “cute”. Which is probably the first time Kenoh has ever described anyone ever as that.
– H.Y.O said he wants a singles match with Ninja Mack. Otherwise he was not impressed with Noah overall.
– Shun Skywalker finally snap when teaming with Tadasuke. In usual frenetic style, Tadasuke tried to get Shun to do his corner camera spot, and ended up dragging him over. Things steadily went downhill from there.
– YAMATO beat Seiki Yoshioka, but was full of praise for him.
– YO-HEY danced with Natural Vibes on entry, and although dancing cannot have been easy in that heavy coat, he loved it. Daisuke Harada says he is obsessed and cannot stop watching!

Noah Tryouts

Katsuhiko Nakajima and Naomichi Marufuji (alongside Xtreme Tiger) have appeared in both New York and San Francisco for Pro Wrestling Revolution and King of The Indies 2022. They stopped over in San Jose, California, to hold tryouts. Two lucky wrestlers were chosen, who will now come to Japan and train in the dojo and appear in Noah. Marufuji said they were very overcome, and he saw tears. I am afraid I do not have the names of the winners.

ELSEWHERE IN NOAH

– Kenoh will appear at the Yokohama Corsairs game on the 19th November to fire a t-shirt gun (bazooka).

– Kaito Kiyomiya has posted some, shall we say, steamy pictures on his Instagram. One involved him bare-chested and toweling his hair, the other one was being naked save for a necklace while sitting in a bath. Fortunately, he did not reveal all, but the picture was certainly close to being south of the border.
– Yoshiki Inamura celebrated his 30th birthday on the 18th November. Work never stopped during the day as he was giving interviews on his upcoming title challenge, but in the evening he was taken to the Ribera Steakhouse, and given a green jacket.
– Kaito Kiyomiya had an audition for Ninja Warrior.
– During the title match, Dante Leon stole ring announcer G-Man’s chair from under him. G-Man got his revenge by posting a picture of Leon sitting and watching TV, his back to the camera and completely unaware, as G-Man’s hand advanced on him threateningly.
– Satoshi Kojima said their team name was now “Takajima” because he had given “Satoshi” to Mohammed Yone. Sugi said it was kind of hard to pronounce.
– Kaito Kiyomiya has parted with the “Supernova” nickname and gotten new theme music, “REGENERATION” and is now “Galaxy View”.

EVENT RECAPS AND POST MATCH PROMOS

– GLOBAL2DAYS WRESTLE UNIVERSE PRESENTS GLOBAL HONORED CROWN (Thursday November 10th, Korakuen Hall)

Event recapPost match interviews

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

THIS WEEK IN NOAH

(Full November schedule)

NOAH the BEST 2022

Date: Wednesday, November 23rd
Venue: National Yoyogi Stadium 2nd Gymnasium
Start time: Doors open 13:30 JST, event starts 15:00 JST
Broadcast: WrestleUniverse (English commentary available)

Birthdays & Anniversaries

Saturday 19th November: HI69 debut anniversary (22)
Friday 25th November: AMAKUSA (37)

ARTICLES

Title match removal of Supernova, champion Kaito Kiyomiya declaration of change and resolution! 
Noah/DragonGate: Press conference for the youngsters match: Inamura declares “Overwhelming”, Mochizuki Jnr “Absolutely Win The Fight”
Noah/DragonGate: GM Saito “Help Me!” in a “1 vs 5” crisis. NOSAWA & Horiguchi already declare betrayal 
Noah/DragonGate: Tadasuke & Shun burst into the press conference, attacking AMAKUSA & Fujiwara
Noah/DragonGate: Kenoh cuts Yuki Yoshioka in half, calling him a “Pathetic champion, carried by the company”
THE TOUGH comment on their ZERO-1 Participation
Noah/DragonGate: Realization of Noah and DragonGate Champions at the joint show…Kenoh completely demolishes Kiyomiya with a strong pre-emptive strike towards the New Year’s Day Budokan
Noah/DragonGate: Satoshi Kojima backstage comments – “Get Well Soon HAYATA” 
Noah/DragonGate: GM Saito is in trouble, break up with friends & unreasonable rap request…victory for rare trio of KZY & YO-HEY
Noah/DragonGate: YAMATO comments on Seiki Yoshioka
G-MANS Note Vol 2: In charge of Pro Wrestling Noah’s English YouTube & English Announcement 

WEEKLY PRO ARTICLES & INTERVIEWS

Hiroshi Tanahashi’s Dragon Note – Tanahashi discusses Keiji Mutoh’s retirement

“Follow Me You Bastards” – Kenoh’s column (4th October 2022)

BOOK CORNER

“Donmai, Donmai” – Mitsuharu Misawa’s diary

GIF taken from WrestleUniverse
Picture credit: Kaito Kiyomiya, Weekly Pro


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