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NOAH WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.173 ~ 22ND MAY 2022

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Junta Miyawaki to go on excursion

Following his defeat by Yoshiki Inamura (who is junior to him) Junta Miyawaki declared in typical NOAH Born style that he had decided to go on excursion to Mexico. NOAH hadn’t agreed to anything, his seniors had not discussed it, but he did not care. Following this defeat he felt that he needed to go away and get tougher. He said he would come back when the time was right, and NOAH, his seniors and the fans felt so. NOAH agreed to Miyawaki’s request and he will depart for Mexico after his farewell match against Kaito Kiyomiya on the 30th May.

Open the Dog gate: Perros Del Mal De Japon make their surprise return to NOAH

Our story starts at the press conference on the 18th May, when Yoshinari Ogawa and Chris Ridgeway made the stipulation that whoever lost the title match would leave STINGER. This was emotional enough for fans, especially as HAYATA was caught in the middle and forced to choose sides. Initially, he shook hands with Yuya Susumu that he would be on their side, but at the end of the match turned on his old friends and protected Yoshinari Ogawa from a Seiki Yoshioka buzzsaw kick. HAYATA does not feature in what is to happen, and as we shall see, this situation of sides is no longer relevant. However, I chose to mention it here as I will not have the opportunity to do so later.

The title match came and the two sides had a ferocious war which made fans wonder would this match be settled by pinfall, because even though Seiki Yoshioka ended it with a limp and needed Yuya Susumu to help him up, it wasn’t going to end by submission. Would it be a time out? A referee stop? HAYATA interfering? No. It was none of those things. It was a situation that no one at all could have predicted or seen coming.

Perros Del Mal De Japon (NOSAWA Rongai, Eita and Kotaro Suzuki) stormed into the ring wearing masks, and throwing an Uber Eats bag in (which is apparently NOSAWA’S second job!) to beat down on Yoshinari Ogawa.

This got the match thrown out, and NOAH declared it to be not a valid defense. NOSAWA, Eita and Kotaro are currently the Triangle Gate Tag Champions in Dragon Gate (it’s a trios championship, which you would probably never see in NOAH), and they had come to nominate  STINGER as the challengers. After a reunion in the ring between STINGER, backstage Ogawa said that since Chris Ridgeway is returning to Europe for now (and it goes unsaid that HAYATA is concentrating on the GHC Junior), he, Yoshioka and Susumu would accept the challenge. This has been set for a NOAH show on the 7th June at Korakuen Hall. Ogawa did hint that STINGER vs STINGER was not over, but for now they needed to concentrate on this returned enemy.

 As far as anyone knew, NOSAWA and Perros had indeed left NOAH. NOSAWA had announced he had chosen not to renew his contract, and NOAH had removed all of Perros (including Texano Junior and Super Crazy) from the roster page and all of their merchandise too. Yuya Susumu contributed to this by saying that “Perros were gone”. NOSAWA gave his reason for returning (if indeed he ever had left and if indeed his contract ever had expired, which was doubtful) due to the fact that seeing Ogawa and HAYATA acting like babyfaces and enjoying a nice Yakinuku meal and drinking alcohol was more than he could bear.

HAYATA defends, more solo action

HAYATA defended the GHC Junior against Xtreme Tiger at Ota Ward Gymnasium on the 21st May. Xtreme Tiger was a new challenger for HAYATA in more ways than one as he hadn’t really wrestled much foreign talent in his last title reigns and a luchadore was a new experience for him. He had to combine the aerial with the technical. HAYATA is slowly breaking out of his shell, and announced in the ring and backstage, that he would accept any challengers no matter who they where, were they where from, in what ring and what promotion.

New GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions Crowned

Michael Elgin and Masa Kitamiya defeated Les Mexicana’s, Rene Dupree and El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Jnr in Ota Ward. Masahiro Chono (who has known Dupree since he was a little boy, as he is friends with his father, Emil), has suggested to Dupree that he should start looking into the singles league.

Keiji Mutoh’s return

Keiji Mutoh was optimistic regarding his return at the press conference on the 18th May, half joking that he would steal Satoshi Kojima’s thunder by pinning Go Shiozaki, and joking that he would steal his title challenge. Mutoh did acknowledge that his condition was never going to heal, but he had been training diligently to see how much pressure he could apply. During the match at Ota Ward Gymnasium, he was a lot more spritely than anyone had seen him for a long time, but towards the end he began to flag. After the match he sat on the steps and looked wistfully at the guys in the ring, who were all different ages and different stages in their careers.

Backstage, he announced sadly that he had experienced pain when doing moves and was bitterly disappointed. So disappointed, he did not want to talk about it. He left promising he would make an announcement. NOAH have reported that he will do just this at CyberFight Festival on the 12th June.

Shuhei Taniguchi

Now that he’s shed all the trappings of King Tany (the crown, the shades, the boa, the cigar and the chain) Shuhei Taniguchi has gone back to the start and came out in the somber colors of a trainee to have a match against Mohammed Yone in Ota Ward. Taniguchi beat Yone, and picked up his most significant win in a long while. Taniguchi says he is now aiming for the top. Something his seniors are relieved to hear no doubt as this silliness they did not approve of is over, and he will have a big match not only at CyberFestival, but will face an unknown opponent on the 8th June.

NOAH come to the United Kingdom

UK based promotion, Wrestle Carnival, have announced that some NOAH talent will be coming to their first anniversary show on August 7th in Nottingham. Further details to be announced.

EVENT RECAPS AND POST MATCH INTERVIEWS

Dream on 2022

Thursday 19th May, Yokohama Radiant Hall

– Event recap

– Post match interviews

Dream on 2022 Final

Saturday May 21st, Ota Ward Gymnasium

– Event recap

– Post match interviews

ELSEWHERE IN NOAH

– Satoshi Kojima says that his favorite theme song is Kenoh’s

– Kazuyuki Fujita has gone back to the start since having to vacate the GHC Heavyweight. He arrived at the Ota Ward venue at 8am and helped put up the ring, had an opening match with Kinya Okada, and stayed to take the ring down too. After this he drank what he claimed was “Melon Soda” (which has kind of become the unofficial drink of NOAH), which Tokyo Sports later revealed was in fact beer when they looked in the trash. Fujita was inspired by fighting Okada to help the younger wrestlers to understand what wrestling was, rather than just what it looks like. I get the impression that given Fujita’s earlier comments about a training camp, plus his talk of “opportunity” a good way to wind down his career would be to teach the next generation, which NOAH will give him the opportunity to do.

– Shuji Kondo won the match for the Kongoh Juniors, and was furious that he had to win it and not them. Tadasuke has suggested calling him again (with the gift of Patisserie) to prove him wrong as he is tired of lectures. Hajime Ohara was terrified by Kondo’s ominous “remember your trainee era”…

– Kenoh, of all people, complained about Simon Gotch’s profanity in their singles match! In an evening when everyone seemed to be swearing at each other, Gotch gave Kenoh two fingers, and Tadasuke (who Kenoh says knows more about “native” swearing) gave Gotch two and was spat at twice. Kenoh and Tadasuke were spiteful in victory, Kenoh offering his hand and then withdrawing it to clap sarcastically. Backstage he praised Gotch though, before talking about himself. Gotch signed autographs with “Fuck Kongoh”.

– HAYATA was teased in the interview STINGER (Ogawa, himself and Ridgeway) did with Weekly Pro. Ogawa said HAYATA liked to talk, and would be doing most of the talking. They also said his mic work sounded like Kenoh’s! Joking aside, HAYATA acknowledged that to be the Ace of the division he needed to overcome his reserved character and he would be taking it step by step.

– Daisuke Sasaki said that the Kenoh channel was “laughable”.

– There will be no Mitsuharu Misawa 2022 June memorial shows.

– Regarding the TriangleGate challenge, Eita said he is aiming for “that guy”. You know, the “guy with the perm and black hair”.

– The UberEats bag that NOSAWA Rongai bought with him, has become a celebrity. Akitoshi Saito commented that “UberEats delivery men are not usually this aggressive” when Perros were attacking Yoshinari Ogawa, and NOSAWA claims that because Ogawa trashed the bag, he will be losing his job with them! Kotaro also added that Ogawa “stamped on the masks, too”.

– The mystery X who will be appearing at CyberFestival, will be revealed in a six man tag on the 7th June.

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

THIS WEEK IN NOAH

(May schedule)

 NOAH Sanctuary

Monday, May 30th

Venue: NOAH Special Arena (Club Citta, Kawasaki)

Broadcast: WrestleUniverse

June schedule

LINKS

Dupree, “This belt is the fruit of fifteen years in Japan”, Elgin “Show the aspect of the tag” – GHC Tag Match signing ceremony

“A culmination of twenty-four years to become a true champion” Xtreme Tiger towards the fight with HAYATA (GHC Junior Championship signing ceremony)

Donmai-Donmai

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

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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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