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NOAH WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.171 ~ 8TH MAY 2022

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Its been another eventful week in NOAH.

Perros Del Mal De Japon leave NOAH

After himself, Kotaro Suzuki and Eita won the Triangle Gate Tag Championships on Thursday 5th May, NOSAWA Rongai announced backstage at DragonGate that his contract with NOAH had expired, and he thanked them for everything. Soon after this NOAH removed his profile and that of Eita, Kotaro Suzuki, Super Crazy and even Texano Jnr from the NOAH roster page and took down all their merchandise, as if to further hammer home the fact, they all released a new “Correlation Chart” of all units, title holders and their challengers, nowhere was Perros Del Mal mentioned. Rumors have been flying around as to who will be the new booker, with some gossip saying it will be Kendo Kashin, but nothing has been said for certain as to who (or whom) may take over or probably already has as NOSAWA would have let NOAH know weeks ago that he wasn’t staying on. Kotaro Suzuki’s leaving is a shame because this leaves unresolved issues behind with Yuya Susumu and Yoshinari Ogawa, but hopefully he will be back someday soon.

STINGER vs STINGER

Plans were naturally changed with the departure of Perros Del Mal De Japon, and so the challenge to the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Belts held by Yoshinari Ogawa and Chris Ridgeway, came not from Texano Jnr and Super Crazy, but from within STINGER themselves. At Korakuen Hall on Wednesday May 4th, Yuya Susumu and Seiki Yoshioka knocked down Ridgeway and Ogawa (HAYATA watched from the corner) and then stood over them with the belts. Yuya Susumu told his fallen comrades that they lost the belts through no fault of their own (note, Seiki Yoshioka was injured) and as there was no rule that the same unit could not challenge, they were coming to take them back. Then he and Yoshioka left with HAYATA. Backstage, the three were attacked by an irate Chris Ridgeway and Yoshinari Ogawa, who left them on the floor. Susumu and Yoshioka struck again the next day after the three man tag of Yoshinari Ogawa, Simon Gotch and Chris Ridgeway with Yoshioka kicking Ogawa in the head and making him crumple to the mat. The pair vowed they would wear them down like this.

HAYATA is stuck in the middle of this situation. It’s true Ogawa did kind of force him to take sides, but HAYATA did originally choose to leave with his old friends. Things will be revealed hopefully on as to where he stands on the 19th May when HAYATA teams with Chris Ridgeway and Yoshinari Ogawa, against Seiki Yoshioka, Yuya Susumu and Kai Fujimura (Yoshioka and Susumu are confidently saying that HAYATA will be on their side). HAYATA, however, has other problems.

Xtreme Tiger challenges for the GHC Junior Heavyweight

Xtreme Tiger challenged HAYATA for the title at Korakuen Hall on the 5th May, by standing on the turnbuckles after the match and staring at him, making belt motions. HAYATA turned around and got in the ring holding up the belt. Xtreme Tiger said that the “prey” was HAYATA and the target was the belt, which he would take back to Tijuana. HAYATA surprisingly commented (backstage and alone, if things were not odd enough) and said he would defend the belt anytime and anywhere.

Ninja Mack to return in July on a exclusive contract 

Ninja Mack will return to NOAH throughout 2022 and 2023 on a one year exclusive contract as foreign talent. This will not affect any domestic bookings or any other bookings abroad, but what this does mean is that he can only work Japan for NOAH. Naomichi Marufuji said that Ninja Mack will return to NOAH in July, and he hopes to see him with a belt before long. He also considers him part of the NOAH family, which is a high accolade.

King Tany abdicates, will become Shuhei Taniguchi again

Funky Express dismal record of wins and achievements finally caught up with the unit when they were destroyed by Kongoh’s Katsuhiko Nakajima and HI69 at Korakuen Hall on the 5th May. Wrestling fans know that when two wrestlers of the same unit/team stay in the ring to talk after the match, then something is going to happen. In this case it was King Tany and Mohammed Yone who were having words, and Yone left first. Backstage, Tany thanked Yone for everything, and said he was quitting Funky Express and King Tany, and going back to his old name. Yone bore no ill will, but it remains to be seen what will happen between himself and Akitoshi Saito.

Les Mexicanas challenged for the belts the day after winning them

Les Mexicana’s (Rene Dupree and El Hijo De Dr Wagner Jnr) took back the tag belts they had to vacate due to the Coronavirus pandemic, by defeating Hideki Suzuki and Takashi Sugiura on the 4th May at Korakuen Hall. Hideki Suzuki knew they won fair and square and so congratulated them on their win. Takashi Sugiura I think was relieved to be out of the spotlight for now (he has not even posted on social media since Shinjiro Otani’s accident) and like his partner shook hands with new champions. They were challenged the next by the new tag team of Masa Kitamiya and Michael Elgin. This happened at NOAH’s last event, Thursday May 5th, after Masa Kitamiya made El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Jnr tap to the Prison Lock.

NOAH Junior Twitter Spaces

With the success of the Twitter Space used by the NOAH Junior Regulars, Daisuke Harada sent out feelers to fans asking them if they wanted them to do another one. Fan response was so positive that the NOAH Junior Regulars will hold another one on the 10th May at 8pm JST.

EVENT RECAPS AND POST MATCH INTERVIEWS

Dream on 2022

Korakuen Hall, Wednesday 4th May 2022

Event recap

Post match interviews

Korakuen Hall, Thursday 5th May 2022

Event recap

Post match interviews

ELSEWHERE IN NOAH

– In his latest column, Kenoh said that he wants a singles match with a stipulation against Sanshiro Takagi. The stipulation is that if Kenoh loses (which he says he won’t) then he stops using the name “Kenoh”, but if Sanshiro Takagi loses then he is banished from wrestling. Kenoh says this is not a retirement match as Takagi cannot be considered a wrestler.

– Mohammed Yone said that King Tany’s wife did indeed divorce him!

– HAYATA is being far more vocal than usual recently, but yet went back to hiding behind the GHC Junior Heavyweight when STINGER posed for a (ultra rare) group picture.

– The Spanish word “Cabron” has entered NOAH via the Luchadores, with Tadasuke and Masa Kitamiya picking it up.

– Satoshi Kojima has highly praised Yoshiki Inamura following their singles match, saying that he feels that Inamura will become a person of importance in supporting wrestling in the future. He cannot believe that both himself and Kinya Okada are at the stage they are at and don’t even have a long career so far.

– Simon Gotch and Kaito Kiyomiya are developing a rivalry, with Kiyomiya saying that Gotch has awakened his Canadian training and all the things he did not think would transfer well to a Japanese ring, he can do on him. It also seems that Gotch is affiliated with STINGER. As well as Kaito Kiyomiya, Gotch’s sights remain on Masakatsu Funaki.

– Fujita “Jr” Hayato has returned to the Michinoku Pro ring. In an interview done in January 2022, he spoke of his desire to face his old enemy Kenoh. Kenoh backed this up. Nothing has been announced as of yet, but now that Hayato is back there is a possibility of this happening.

– Playful Old Man Machine No1 and Playful Old Man Machine No2, where warned by Kenoh to never ever ever darken the ring when Kongoh are in it ever ever again. Kongoh are aiming for the top, and do not have time for this foolishness…which involved swapping places, ambushing Kongoh and trying to throw them off the Korakuen Hall balcony.

– Satoshi Kojima won the first round of the GHC Heavyweight pre matches by pinning Go Shiozaki. Shiozaki has made no comment, but Kojima says that his spirit and his heart are in his heyday, even if his body is not. One day he would like to face Mutoh in a singles match.

– YO-HEY, Ninja Mack and Naomichi Marufuji semi imitated the Kongoh pose at Ninja Mack’s last match in NOAH before he returns in July. Kenoh of course started yelling loudly at them.

– Kazuyuki Fujita will return to NOAH on the 21st May, he will face Kinya Okada in the opening match.

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)

All cards for CyberFestival 2022 will be announced on the 10th May live on NOAH’s official YouTube at 12pm JST.

N-Innovation

Saturday, May 14th

Venue: Yokohama Radiant Hall

Broadcast: WrestleUniverse (17:30 JST)

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NOAH WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.178 ~ 28TH JUNE 2022

New challengers, reunited friendships and the usual Junior division shenanigans! Hisame brings all the NOAH updates!

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Hideki Suzuki & Timothy Thatcher challenge for the GHC Heavyweight Tag Titles

Masa Kitamiya had been saying for a long time that he and Michael Elgin, where looking for strong challengers, but lamented that none had come forward yet. The challengers they had been looking for came forward following Timothy Thatcher making Masa Kitamiya tap in Yokohama on the 24th June, and Hideki Suzuki challenged for the belts on their behalf. The title match will take place on the 16th July at the Nippon Budokan.

Go Shiozaki and Shuhei Taniguchi, reunited?

Following their singles match in Yokohama this past week, a fire seems to have been lit between Shuhei Taniguchi and Go Shiozaki. The match was never originally meant to happen, but the card was changed at the last moment. During the match, Taniguchi (the monster is yet to awaken fully), fought Shiozaki in a way that convinced Shiozaki that Taniguchi had finally returned. No doubt Taniguchi’s seniors were pleased too as Taniguchi was even throwing lariats. After the match, Shiozaki hinted about tagging with Taniguchi again and they will do this on NOAH’s next event on July 2nd.

Kenoh, Kojima, the time out draw and 1000 squats

Kenoh and Satoshi Kojima came to a time out draw in Yokohama, and then Kojima’s sense of humor and Kenoh’s hidden one (he’s kind of like Toshiaki Kawada in this) came to the fore when Kojima tried to close out the show. Kenoh snatched the mic and told him this wasn’t New Japan and those who didn’t win, don’t close out the show. The mention of New Japan, made Kojima tell Kenoh to run off home and do 1000 squats. After a few minutes of snatching the mic between them and bickering “You go home!”, “No, you go home!” , Kenoh stalked backstage and did squats very loudly. Yokohama is a small venue and so anything loud (such as the NOAH Juniors fighting) can be heard by the audience, and Kenoh knew this and so everyone could hear him doing squats and counting loudly. Kojima went backstage and confronted Kenoh. Kojima acknowledged that he couldn’t beat Kenoh in a verbal argument, and they got into a physical fight.

Then it went slightly off the rails again, when Kenoh pulled out the platform truck that held the folding chairs, to which Kojima told him that if he broke any equipment, then he would have to pay for it. Kenoh said he didn’t care, Kojima said he knew he did…Kenoh was a “cheap bastard”. Kenoh stamped off, telling Kojima to go back to New Japan.

Sickness bug hits NOAH

A sickness bug hit NOAH over the N-Innovation and Yokohama Radiant Hall events when Daisuke Harada (for whom it is very unusual to be ill) and Alejandro came down with fevers, and Rene Dupree came down with gastroenteritis. The result of this was that Daisuke Harada was replaced by Xtreme Tiger (see below for more), Shuhei Taniguchi moved from the opener to the singles with Go Shiozaki and Atsushi Kotoge and Satoshi Kojima filled in. Kojima happily took part in working the N-INNOVATION and the opening match at that, he even appeared without the GHC Heavyweight Championship. Kojima had a fight with Shuji Kondo, which was a continuation of a long dormant rivalry, while Atsushi Kotoge (who took part in the heavyweight Yokohama Night) and Kinya Okada managed to bruise the neck of Akitoshi Saito so much that he even put it on his official Twitter.

Seiki Yoshioka, Yuya Susumu & HAYATA

The Hiroshima Boys have fallen apart in a spectacular fashion.

Yuya Susumu attempted a reconciliation at the N-Innovation, but both before the match and after it, Seiki Yoshioka (who won the match) refused to shake hands. First time he attacked, the second time he just left the ring. Susumu (who I get the impression knows what both Yoshioka and HAYATA are like and how to handle them best) said that he would wait for Yoshioka to return, as he knew that he would eventually. This wasn’t Yoshioka’s last appearance of the evening, as when HAYATA defeated Hajime Ohara, in a match that HAYATA found Ohara had studied for, Yoshioka came to challenge for the GHC Junior. HAYATA, believing that he and Yoshioka were still friends, said he would be happy to put the belt on the line against him and went for a handshake. Yoshioka treated him the same way he had treated Susumu, with a swift kick.

Backstage, Yoshioka elaborated on his decision to leave STINGER. He had done this in order to challenge HAYATA. It was unavoidable, if he wanted to go to the top of the NOAH Juniors, then that road led through HAYATA. Title match has been set for the 16th July at the Nippon Budokan.

Open The TriangleGate update & GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Challenge

As ever in the NOAH Juniors, things can get a little complicated.

To explain from the beginning. With Daisuke Harada falling ill with a fever and being unable to compete, DragonGate GM Ryo Saito advised that the Open The TriangleGate would be vacated and Perros Del Mal De Japon (NOSAWA Rongai, Eita and Kotaro Suzuki) would face the NOAH Junior Regulars (Atsushi Kotoge, YO-HEY and Xtreme Tiger) for them. Perros won and once again became the champions. That same night, Yoshinari Ogawa crashed their backstage promo, and slapped Kotaro in the face. Ogawa was beaten down by all three and thrown in the ring, where Eita challenged Ogawa and Chris Ridgeway for the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag titles (Nippon Budokan, 16th July). Chris Ridgeway says that they will defend their titles and take their Open The Triangle Gate titles.

Despite Perros show of unity, and Eita challenging for the GHC Junior Tag titles with Kotaro Suzuki as his partner, there are cracks appearing in Perros. In particular between NOSAWA and Kotaro, as once again NOSAWA interrupted him backstage and treated him as if he did not know how to act like a heel (Kotaro has been winding up the NOAH Juniors since his debut, which he went straight back to when he returned to NOAH) and mocked him for sounding like a babyface. Kotaro did not turn up in Dragon Gate the next day (Ryu Saito asked where he was), but he did for the title defense against Natural Vibes. Following this, NOSAWA nominated YAMATO to be the next challenger. YAMATO will come to NOAH to challenge for the belts on the 21st July alongside DragonKid and Kagetora.

Haoh leaves NOAH…and vanishes 

Haoh lost the very first “Loser Leaves NOAH” match against Tadasuke and left NOAH. He has deleted his main Twitter account, but not that of his masked character, and has seemingly vanished. As far as I know he has not been booked anywhere else. Tadasuke is elated at Haoh’s departure saying he had no choice in kicking him out, but then again he didn’t care; Haoh stole his friends name and his hair, and had left Kongoh on his own accord. Tadasuke quipped that now Haoh wouldn’t have to see his face.

Fan Meeting 2022: Let’s enjoy the N-1 100 times

To promote the N-1, NOAH will be holding events in Nagoya, Sendai, Osaka and Hiroshima over the 23rd and 24th July. Kenoh, Katsuhiko Nakajima, Kaito Kiyomiya and Go Shiozaki will be taking part each partner alternating between talk shows and lotteries on one date and autographs and photo sessions on the other.

ELSEWHERE IN NOAH

– El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Junior defeated Manabu Soya, and then declared war on the rest of Kongoh who he said he would take out one by one.

– Naomichi Marufuji joked on Twitter that since he cannot drink currently, he will offer the prize money for the drinking challenge to the host who could out drink everyone and that he was looking for a powerful wrestler to host his YouTube show.

– Kai Fujimura made the mistake of trying to attack Yoshinari Ogawa the moment the bell rang. I need not elaborate on the outcome.

– YO-HEY says he is growing a beard.

– Takashi Sugiura will be back in ZERO1 on the 18th July when The Bullet Yankees reunite, to take on Koji Kanemoto & Tatsuhito Takaiwa.

– Katsuhiko Nakajima has posted a video of himself having his hair curled with the comment that he would be returning to something that “has been a year since then”.

– Seiki Yoshioka has returned to his pre STINGER ring clothes.

– Naomichi Marufuji is aiming to return to the ring in August.

– Yoshiki Inamura had a rough N-Innovation evening. First of all he had to very gently remove a chair from an angry Kaito Kiyomiya who was going to use it on Shuji Kondo, had to move fans for a move that Eita didn’t do in order to confuse YO-HEY, and was then used as a weapon by NOSAWA Rongai.

EVENT RECAPS & POST MATCH INTERVIEWS

  • N-Innovation – Thursday 23rd June 2022, Shinjuku FACE, Tokyo

Event recap

Post match interviews

  • Sunny Voyage 2022 – Friday 24th June, Yokohama Radiant Hall

Event recap

Post match interviews

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

  • GHC Heavyweight Champion: Satoshi Kojima
    Challenger: Kenoh, “ABEMA presents DESTINATION 2022”, Nippon Budokan, 16th July
  • GHC Junior Champion: HAYATA
    Challenger: Seiki Yoshioka, “ABEMA presents DESTINATION 2022”, Nippon Budokan, 16th July
  • GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: Masa Kitamiya & Michael Elgin
    Challengers: Hideki Suzuki & Timothy Thatcher, “ABEMA presents DESTINATION 2022”, Nippon Budokan, 16th July
  • GHC Junior Tag Champions: STINGER (Chris Ridgeway & Yoshinari Ogawa)
    Challengers: Eita & Kotaro Suzuki, “ABEMA presents DESTINATION 2022”, Nippon Budokan, 16th July
  • GHC National Champion: Masakatsu Funaki
    Challenger: TBA

THIS WEEK IN NOAH

(July 2022 schedule)

  • Saturday, July 2nd

Venue: Fukushima Big Palette, Fukushima

Time: 18:00 JST

Broadcast: WrestleUniverse (VOD)

  • Sunday, July 3rd

Venue: Yamagata Big Wing, Yamagata

Time: 17:00 JST

Broadcast: WrestleUniverse (VOD)

LINKS

Kaito Kiyomiya “Pro Wrestling Love” inheritance, Keiji Mutoh’s fight “Shaping the love I received”

The day before The Loser Leaves NOAH match, Tadasuke “I can’t quit, because I haven’t been a singles champion”. Haoh “Still dreaming”

“Rebellious Mui-Bien” Ohara can afford leeway, to HAYATA “Overturn everything” – GHC Junior Championship signing ceremony

BOOK CORNER

Donmai-Donmai (Mitsuharu Misawa’s diary)

– Mitsuharu Misawa said that Kotaro Suzuki and Go Shiozaki were a pair of nerds, and no matter how many times they asked him, the answer was “nope”, he would never be going on their “tour” of Akihabara.

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NOAH WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.177 ~ 21st JUNE 2022

Satoshi Kojima pre-matches with Kenoh kick off! Keiji Mutoh announces his retirement tour! NOAH has a lot of interesting moving pieces at the moment…

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Keiji Mutoh’s retirement

Keiji Mutoh gave further information on his retirement at the press conference NOAH held on the 17th June in Tokyo. The dates will be as follows, however please note with the amount of people asking for a match with Mutoh (Hiroshi Tanahashi is one of them), Mutoh admits that there may be more dates than the ones announced. Whether or not Mutoh will be able to carry them all out, depends on his physical condition and the opinion of his doctor.

KEIJI MUTOH FINAL COUNTDOWN SERIES

  • July 16th 2022, Nippon Budokan
  • September 25th 2022, Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium
  • October 30th 2022, Ariake Arena, Tokyo
  • January 22nd 2023, Yokohama Arena (Great Muta Final “Bye-Bye”)

*Date and venue of final match is to be announced

While Kenoh has sworn revenge on The Great Muta before the gates of The Underworld close for the last time (and I wonder if we will see Naomichi Marufuji’s demonic incarnation, Magical Immortality, one last time here as Marufuji has said he hopes to be involved in a match in some way), Kaito Kiyomiya is a more pressing concern.

Kiyomiya will have his final singles match, and final chance to best Mutoh on July 16th at The Nippon Budokan. Mutoh wants Kiyomiya to wrap everything up here, and not go throughout his career being “haunted by the ghost of Keiji Mutoh”. Mutoh also does not want Kiyomiya to hold back, and used the Samurai term “assistant” and said that there was no way he was going to let Kiyomiya be his.

Regarding his final match and therefore his retirement event, Mutoh hasn’t arranged anything although he said that getting everyone together would be difficult as all his friends and students are spread out over not just various promotions, but also the world. There is also no “same generation” for him, He also seemed more in favor of having a smaller venue for the event (Club Citta was mentioned), although NOAH’s director Narihiro Takeda said they were looking at a “Dome class” venue.

Note

The term “assistant” refers to the one who takes the head off the Samurai who is committing Seppuku in order to end his sufferings. There is no equivalent in English and “Executioner” is far too a clumsy word, “Mercy Killing” could be used, but it lacks the true significance, anyhow Kiyomiya did not understand what he meant. Fans said it was very generational.

Seiki Yoshioka & Yuya Susumu fall out – even further than before

Following their falling out at Korakuen Hall on the 8th June, Seiki Yoshioka entered the match in Kobe on the 19th June dressed in his former ring-wear. Yuya Susumu offered a handshake both before the match and after the match, to which Yoshioka refused. Violently.

After the match (which was won by Susumu making Kai Fujimura tap), Susumu said that Yoshioka needed him, as in he needed Susumu next to him, and if he didn’t understand that now he certainly would at the N-Innovation singles match on the 23rd June.

HAYATA looks to next challenger, Hajime Ohara’s “mock exam”

HAYATA got a quick win over Hajime Ohara in Kobe on the 19th by reversing the Mui Bien and pinning him in under five minutes. HAYATA brushed off Ohara’s challenge saying that he was looking to the next challenger, and interestingly he mentioned Ninja Mack (amongst “foreign wrestlers” and “champion class from other promotions”), Ohara (ever the student) said this was simply a “mock exam” which gave him time to reflect and this next challenger that HAYATA was speaking about, would be coming looking for him (Ohara) as he would be the one wearing the belt.

NOAH Junior press conference

The NOAH Juniors will hold their own press conference on the 22nd June on NOAH’s official YouTube the day before the N-Innovation at Shinjuku FACE. Broadcast begins at 19:00 JST. Expect the kindling to be lit before the bonfire as the event itself will feature the Open The TriangleGate championship match (Eita has already claimed credit for the event being almost sold out), The Loser Leaves NOAH match between Haoh and Tadasuke, HAYATA vs Hajime Ohara for the GHC Junior Heavyweight, and of course the ongoing STINGER saga of Seiki Yoshioka vs Yuya Susumu.

Masakatsu Funaki retains the GHC National, “Power Fighter” wanted for next opponent

Masakatsu Funaki retained the GHC National against Masato Tanaka in their first “normal” singles match (the last was a hardcore blast) via referee stop when he choked him out. No challenger came forward, and still has not at the time of writing, but Funaki said he wants someone like a “power fighter”, preferably foreign given the amount of foreign talent coming to NOAH recently, as he wants to see how well this transfers to wrestling.

Katsuhiko’s comeback and the mystery of Kenoh’s Rainmaker

Since the incident with Tetsuya Endo at CyberFight and Jun Akiyama’s scolding afterwards, Katsuhiko Nakajima went dark on social media. He gave no rebuttal to Akiyama’s words, he gave no interviews, and made no mention of it entirely. At Kobe on the 19th, he sent a clear message to not just Akiyama but to everyone, by striking Daiki Inaba in the same way and even posing with his foot on his chest. Afterwards he posted a picture of Kongoh together with the caption, “After all, wrestling is good”.

Kenoh’s first pre match with Satoshi Kojima in the same match, contained an element of mystery when Kenoh did Kazuchika Okada’s Rainmaker pose. When asked about it afterwards, Kenoh said evasively that he would let people imagine for themselves what it meant. Fans wonder whether this means a clash between Kenoh and Okada, or else Kenoh is simply sending a message to Kojima. The first pre match was won by Go Shiozaki who lariated Hi69, not by the champion or his challenger. Backstage, Kenoh vowed to send Kojima back to New Japan.

Yoshiki Inamura to participate in ZERO1’s Fire Festival 2022

After having to leave the 2021 event due to a hip injury, Yoshiki Inamura returns to take part in the 2022 tournament. He will compete in Block B against;

  • Masato Tanaka
  • Takafumi
  • Hide Kubota
  • Nagao Satsuki
  • Fuminori Abe

Inamura’s first match will be against longtime rival, Masato Tanaka, on the 1st July. Tanaka has praised Inamura and said that each time he faces him he is harder and harder to beat. I can see Inamura’s participation being a yearly event.

ELSEWHERE IN NOAH

– Super Crazy will partner with NOSAWA Rongai against Masato Tanaka and Rob Van Dam in the hardcore match at The Nippon Budokan on the 16th July. Aside from NOSAWA, this makes it an ECW reunion.

– Winning the DragonGate Open The TriangleGate titles has meant more to YO-HEY than anyone else, especially being announced as the champion in Kobe, which is DragonGate territory.

– Simon Gotch paid tribute to Kazushi Sakuraba by revealing he was wearing his orange during their singles match. He has also been training at Sakuraba’s Natural9 gym.

– YO-HEY and Atsushi Kotoge appeared on the radio show that Kuniko Yamada and Naomichi Marufuji do. Between YO-HEY and Kuniko, no one could get a word in. As the studio has a glass front and looks out on to a public area, YO-HEY posed for the fans afterwards.

– Naomichi Marufuji has come through his knee operation well, and has been out and about, including getting lost when trying to find somewhere two minutes from the station and wandering half an hour away. NOAH have not given a time for his return to the ring as of yet. Masakatsu Funaki hinted that he may have been his next challenger.

– Although Junta Miyawaki has not posted anything about his time in Mexico so far, he has been pictured looking radiantly happy and also appearing for WLS.

EVENT RECAPS & POST MATCH INTERVIEWS

BACK IN THE KOBE! – LIVE 2022 – (June 19th, Hyogo/Kobe Sambo Hall)

Event recap

Post match interviews

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

THIS WEEK IN NOAH

N-INNOVATION

Thursday, June 23rd (Shinjuku FACE, Tokyo)

Starts: 18:30 JST

Broadcast: WrestleUniverse

SUNNY VOYAGE 2022

Friday, June 24th (Yokohama Radiant Hall)

Starts: 18:00 JST

Broadcast: WrestleUniverse

LINKS

Five Star for the win! RVD promises to return to Japan in July

Satoshi Kojima’s CyberFight backstage promo

Kenoh glares “Kojima’s expiration date” expired, Kojima all smiles “Adding color to Mutoh” – signing ceremony for The Budokan GHC match

How Kenoh took NOAH back to The Budokan

BOOK CORNER

Donmai-Donmai (Mitsuharu Misawa’s diary)

– 2005 is now complete.

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