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“Turning crisis into an opportunity” – card change and new champion crowned, as Kazuyuki Fujita contracts COVID and has to return the belt

NOAH announced on the 27th April that due to Kazuyuki Fujita testing positive for Coronavirus, the belt was to be vacated. At the press conference held, Director Takeda and Go Shiozaki met with the press to announce that Shiozaki would still fight in the main event for the vacated title, but his opponent had not been decided on yet. Kaito Kiyomiya wasn’t going to wait for their decision if he could help it, and he appeared before them to put his name forward. Takeda (knowing that he was dealing with a stubborn NOAH Born) told him that he couldn’t decide on the spot, this issue needed a consultation with the company, and therefore there was nothing to be done, Kiyomiya would have to wait. Kiyomiya was insistent that he did not want to, and ended up being escorted out. Takeda said he would give his decision soon. Kiyomiya spent the next two days sulking and even contemplating a poll on Twitter that would force the company to do what he wanted. He need not have worried, as NOAH came to the right decision, and he was put in the title match to fight Go Shiozaki for the vacant title. Kiyomiya had been scheduled to be in the semi main with the mystery “X”, but this was changed to Yoshiki Inamura and Kinya Okada.

Despite his giving it his all and fighting for his generation (Shiozaki, although in a grey area when it comes to eras and generations, is a senior as far as Kiyomiya is concerned), Kiyomiya was unsuccessful again in capturing the belt and Go Shiozaki ushered in his fifth title reign, and second time on winning the belt after it had been vacated. Shiozaki now holds the record for the most title reigns in NOAH. I will discuss his next challenger in due course.

X = Satoshi Kojima

After a lot of speculation, the mystery of the “biggest mystery partner of all time”, was finally revealed. New Japan’s Satoshi Kojima came out wearing a NOAH t-shirt, to team with Naomichi Marufuji against Kinya Okada and Yoshiki Inamura. Kojima praised Okada and Inamura, saying that he could not believe that they were not even five years into their careers, and expressed some embarrassment at being called “the biggest mystery partner of all time”. Kojima explained that his participation in NOAH was not just a one off, he was going to do something that would be an “unforgettable event” in his pro wrestling life. That something was to challenge for the GHC Heavyweight title, which was won by Go Shiozaki that evening. Kojima’s challenge was very simple, and almost HAYATA like, in that he simply said he was the next challenger.

Shiozaki made no response, but the belt up. Backstage, he remembered fighting Kojima and the force of his lariats. Tokyo Sports are already calling this, “Strong Arm vs Hard Arm” with the title match being set for CyberFight Festival on the 12th June. Kojima will do some NOAH dates beforehand, including a pre match with Go Shiozaki and a singles match with both Kinya Okada and Yoshiki Inamura.

STINGER take all the junior belts

With Yoshinari Ogawa and Chris Ridgeway taking the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag belts in an utterly brutal match on the 29th April, which left YO-HEY and Atsushi Kotoge nowhere to run and hide, and which ended with a worn down Kotoge tapping to Ridgeway, and HAYATA defeating Eita for the GHC Junior on the same night, STINGER now hold all the junior belts and ended Ryogoku Kokugikan just as Yuya Susumu had predicted, “At the centre of NOAH”.

Yoshinari Ogawa was enthusiastic with teaming with Chris Ridgeway, saying that he was a partner he felt far more on the same wavelength he did than with HAYATA, and he was so enthusiastic after winning the belts he said he wanted to defend them both in England and in Japan. He also echoed HAYATA (who had spoken more than just two or three words) backstage when he said that they would take on any challenger from anywhere. HAYATA had lapsed back into not speaking, and made no comment when asked a question. No one has challenged at the time of writing for the GHC Junior.

All hell broke loose on the 30th when freed from the pressures of their own night at Ryogoku and title matches, STINGER went to all out war with Perros Del Mal De Japon. Texano Junior had bought his Bullrope with him and this was used to beat Seiki Yoshioka, Yuya Susumu and choke Yoshinari Ogawa. STINGER had their revenge by doing back on Eita.

The match itself only lasted about nine minutes, and ended in a no contest as HAYATA kicked Eita in the crotch. Fights, melee brawls, the two teams yelling at each other continued afterwards. The referee just gave up and left, it was that chaotic. It ended with NOSAWA Rongai challenging for the GHC Junior Tag belts on behalf of Super Crazy and Texano Jnr. NOAH are yet to announce a date.

As for Yuya Susumu and Seiki Yoshioka, Yoshioka unfortunately lost his match against Extreme Tiger, while Yuya Susumu drew with Kotaro Suzuki in what was meant to settle their grudge. It did not, and Kotaro left angry and kicking the iron barrier. Which he almost got caught on. Backstage he wondered if he was the one who needed further training.

Masakatsu Funaki retains, wants “Power Fighter” for his next challenge

Masakatsu Funaki praised Simon Gotch for their title match on the 30th April, not only for the fight he put up, but also for pulling out moves against he that took him off guard and reawakening his passion for fighting foreign wrestlers. For his next challenger he wants a “Power Fighter” and preferably a foreign one as he has been inspired by opponents who have both different styles and different power in their bodies.

 Nioh loses both hair and name

An emotional Haoh cut Nioh’s hair after Nioh lost their match at Ryogoku on the 29th April. The match took sixteen minutes, and by the end of it, Nioh was once again HI69. Nioh sat in the chair bought into the ring, his arms folded and eyes shut. Traditionally, this is done when a Sumo retires as his topknot is symbolically cut off and his name retired before he takes a new one to start a new life.

Fittingly, this had overtones of a warrior defeated in battle, and Nioh looked as if he was waiting for Haoh to slice his head off. Haoh hesitated before cutting off Nioh’s ponytail and then showing it to the crowd, but there was nothing to be done, they both had to go through with this. HI69 however could not endure the head shaving, it was too humiliating, and he left. HI69 has made no comment, although Tadasuke has called him “Kongoh’s HI69”, but Haoh says he will never forget Nioh, even though he is now fully “Haoh of The NOAH Juniors”, and will carry his name with him wherever he goes.

 Z-Brats win, H.Y.O challenges Harada to a singles

After a week where the NOAH Junior Regulars got their own back on Z-Brats by invading their match at Korakuen Hall on the on the 25th April (Alejandro said innocently that they only went to talk but Z-Brats caused a fight), the 29th April turned out to be a pretty frustrating evening for The NOAH Junior Regulars as not only did they lose the tag belts, and have STINGER (of all people) close out the show, they also lost a closely fought match with the invaders after Alejandro was hit by a chair, and Shun Skywalker took his time in delivering his finisher and got the pin. Fans were clamoring to see Daisuke Harada vs Shun Skywalker considering the friction the two had in the match, but H.Y.O has said he will do it as he has defeated Junta Miyawaki and Alejandro so far. If Daisuke Harada can defeat him, then it ends here. Match has been set for 14th May.

 Les Mexicana’s come for their vacated belts

El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Jnr announced that their team name would represent their dual nationalities of Mexican and Canadian, when after Hideki Suzuki and Takashi Sugiura defended the GHC Heavyweight Tag Titles against Kongoh (Kenoh and Katsuhiko Nakajima), he and Rene Dupree came and challenged them. Dupree and Wagner had lost the belts during the Coronavirus epidemic, and as Dupree pointed out, they were never actually beaten for them. It was only right therefore that they came for them back. Hideki Suzuki accepted the challenge, which has been set for the 4th May at Korakuen Hall.

Perros Del Mal in DragonGate, challenge made for the Triangle Gate Tag

On April 25th, another NOAH/DragonGate interaction took place, when three masked men appeared after GOLD CLASS (Kaito Ishida, Naruki Doi, Kota Minoura and Minourita) where complaining that no one had come forward to challenge them for the titles. The three masked men, after a fight had broken out, one of them had given The Blue Destiny to Minourita after softening him up with elbows, revealed themselves to be Perros Del Mal De Japon’s Kotaro Suzuki, NOSWA Rongai and Eita. Eita, who had just invaded his own promotion. Eita made the challenge, which was accepted by Ishida with the warning that he was a marked man. So far GOLD CLASS have made no retaliation.

Title match will take place in on May 5th in Aichi.

Kenoh invades DDT

It has become a yearly tradition that Kenoh will barge into DDT (the company he refuses to even acknowledge in his weekly columns) and complain about CyberFight Festival, which he likens to a school wrestling event. Usually demanding a singles match with Sanshiro Takagi. Takagi was not around when Kenoh barged in on DAMNATION and began his usual rant, asking the fans if they were applauding because “a real wrestler has arrived?”. Daisuke Sasaki told Kenoh that wouldn’t he prefer to face him? “The highest wrestler, instead of a third rate opponent?” Kenoh growled he would beat him and then left the venue. Sanshiro Takagi later commented on Kenoh’s behavior. He was not going to dwell on it or even comment on it, NOAH had sorted the match out and that was all there was to say.

 Keiji Mutoh returns

Keiji Mutoh announced he would return to NOAH at the Ota show on the 21st May. Mutoh was absent from NOAH during late winter due to a left hip lip injury.


NOAH Junior Night – ABEMA presents MAJESTIC 2022 (Ryogoku Kokugikan, 29th April 2022)

Event recap

Post match interviews

WrestleUniverse presents MAJESTIC 2022 (Ryogoku Kokugikan, 30th April 2022)

Event recap

Post match interviews


– Kenoh was seen to smile embarrassed in the ring as he and Katsuhiko Nakajima messed up their entry, He later got back into character and yelled at Takashi Sugiura.

– Kai Fujimura was given SLEX’s glasses to wear. Alejandro and Yasutaka Yano where embarrassed. Later Alejandro went to wear the glasses, but was sadly prevented from doing so. Fans want to see a Tadasuke vs SLEX sunglasses match as a result.

– In their separate interviews leading up to NOAH Junior night, the NOAH Junior Regulars talked about their hobbies and each other. Junta Miyawaki likes making curry and playing computer games, Daisuke Harada has no hobbies that he can think of other than enjoying washing his clothes (and yes, he even divides socks, shirts and trousers) and cleaning his home, and everyone agreed that YO-HEY is a chatterbox, who is only silent when he is playing Dragon Quest.

– Yoshinari Ogawa (and Chris Ridgeway) ruined a touching NOAH Junior Regulars moment when YO-HEY was crying after not being able to help Atsushi Kotoge in the title match, when they burst in and Ogawa told them to “get out of the way” and then stuck the belt in Daisuke Harada’s face. Harada retained the same expression until the next day when they had a match against the Lucha Tag (Alpha Wolf, Dragon Bane, Ninja Mac and Extreme Tiger) which lightened the mood. YO-HEY developed a friendly rivalry with Ninja Mack. Daisuke Harada has vowed to smash STINGER’S grip on the titles.

– The Luchadores managed to almost trash the Japanese commentary desk (twice) when Alpha Wolf did a top rope somersault, slid off his opponents and onto to the desk, narrowly avoiding taking the commentator out. No wonder with this, the vicious GHC Junior tag title match and Eita bleeding everywhere while being battered by a demonic looking HAYATA, poor Rina Matsuki was terrified.

– Masa Kitamiya and Michael Elgin have formed a tag team.

– Two masked men calling themselves “Playful Old Man Machine No.1” and “Playful Old Man Machine No.2” dressed as Kazushi Sakuraba and with identical movements when entering the ring, defeated Don Fuji and Masaaki Mochizuki, then one of them hugged Don Fuji afterwards for the longest time (Don Fuji said he shut his eyes in rapture and the world span). Kendo Kashin says he owes the idea of the t-shirts to Kenoh! Kenoh is no doubt of the opinion that The Sugiura Army owe him royalty money, he was convinced that was the case when they used the dog motif which Kenoh claimed came from him when he called Takashi Sugiura a “Company Dog”, complained loss of earnings and threatened legal action. Kashin also said that NOAH may be seeing more of the duo.

– Rob Van Dam will appear for NOAH at CyberFight Festival 2022.



(May schedule)

Wednesday, May 4th

Venue: Korakuen Hall, Tokyo

Broadcast: ABEMA (18:30 JST)

Thursday, May 5th

Venue: Korakuen Hall, Tokyo

Broadcast: WrestleUniverse (18:30 JST)

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 

Sunday 8th May: Akira Taue (61)


 NOAH Junior Week Interviews

Interview with GHC Junior Tag Champions: Atsushi Kotoge & YO-HEY

Interview with Haoh

Interview with Alejandro

Interview with Junta Miyawaki

Interview with Daisuke Harada

Other articles from NOAH Junior Week

“19 Year Card” Ohara. Tadasuke heads to Ryogoku on the 29th April with a view to capturing a belt with Shuji Kondo. Interview with Tadasuke and Hajime Ohara.

“NOAH fans are annoying”, “Irritated with Liger” and “Shoddy Goods” – interview with NOSAWA Rongai ahead of junior Ryogoku

GHC Junior Tag Team Signing Ceremony: Ogawa has full confidence in Ridgeway, YO-HEY “I’m NOAH Junior”

Other articles

Simon Gotch provokes with “Destruction of a Funaki figure” – GHC National signing ceremony

Foreign wrestlers participating in the two nights at Ryogoku have a large press conference; Dupre, Wagner Jnr, Texano Jnr, Extreme Tiger and others comment

The SuperNova of Pro Wrestling, the future of The Ark as created by Kaito Kiyomiya

GIF credit: WrestleUniverse, NOAH Official YouTube & Samurai TV

Pictures: Kenoh vs Daisuke Sasaki credit Pro Wrestling NOAH, Playful Old Man Machine No1 & 2 credit Tokyo Sports, screenshots were taken by me.

With thanks to: Metal-NOAH

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





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.


– 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 Recap

Post match interviews


  • 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)



(December 2022 schedule)

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


“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


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


“Donmai, Donmai” – Mitsuharu Misawa’s diary

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





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.”


“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.


– 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 recapPost match interviews



(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)


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 


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

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


“Donmai, Donmai” – Mitsuharu Misawa’s diary

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

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