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News From Cook’s Corner 6.6.22: Everyone Is Injured



Hi, hello & welcome to News From Cook’s Corner! I’m Steve Cook, back at you because there’s a ton of stuff going on in the wrestling world. Also because I forgot there was a Premium Live Event this weekend and didn’t break down the gambling picks. These things happen when the WWE programming I’ve been watching lately has been Madison Square Garden shows from 1985. I’d be far more prepared to talk Hulk Hogan vs. Don Muraco than anything on WWE television in 2022.

We’ll try to do that a little bit later in the column, but first we’ll run through some AEW drama & a new addition to WWE’s front office that’s a bit old hat.

Weekend of MJF

Double or Nothing weekend ended up being all about Maxwell Jacob Friedman. MJF no-showed a meet & greet that was part of AEW’s fan festival, which led to all sorts of speculation. Fightful told us he bought a plane ticket to Newark, which led to even more speculation. AEW pulled their social media plugs of the MJF vs. Wardlow match at Double or Nothing, only to put it back up several hours before the show. AEW never announced anything regarding MJF’s status, and Tony Khan refused to comment at what could politely be described as a “media scrum” after Double or Nothing. Most of the things I would call that particular fiasco can’t be printed here, as this is a family-friendly column.

Needless to say, MJF indeed showed up for Double or Nothing and lost to Wardlow in a glorified squash match. He went out on a stretcher after taking ten powerbombs, which many thought would lead to MJF taking some time off and returning at a later date. That later date ended up being Wednesday night’s Dynamite episode. MJF returned there and acknowledged his pain (no neck brace or anything, but it’s 2022), then launched into a diatribe against AEW, Tony Khan, the fans, the “ex-WWE guys” & almost anybody else with a pulse. His microphone was finally cut once he called Khan the worst thing you could call a wrestling fan, and CM Punk wandered out there during the commercial while MJF ran away. Punk was not able to chase him for reasons we’ll get into later.

Here’s what I wrote about MJF three weeks ago when all this hullabaloo about him wanting a new contract without an extension was starting to catch fire:

MJF is always working.

That’s the thing old heads like me love about him. This kid is always working that gimmick. He’s always the biggest asshole on the planet, except on Long Island, where he’s still an asshole but accepted by his peers. I like that about him, but at the same time I realize that nothing he puts out there is legitimate. People wonder why wrestling news sources always get things wrong, and the reason is much simpler than they think: Wrestlers lie. Especially wrestlers as good at their job as MJF.

So I hate to be the bearer of bad news to my fellow IWC folks that think they have super insider knowledge, but the man is always working an angle. As long as they’re ok with being used by him, it’ll be ok.

As of press time, I see no reason to change my stance on this story. There’s nothing that’s happened that makes me believe that this whole situation is anything other than a work. And just so I’m clear: the fact that I’m 100% convinced it’s a work doesn’t mean I didn’t find MJF’s rant to be compelling television. Even if some of the material was eyeroll-inducing, I must admit it was in character. Most wrestlers shouldn’t go out there touting that they’re the second-biggest minute-by-minute draw in the company (Imagine Miro doing that instead of talking about how he’s going to find God & murder him), but that’s exactly the sort of thing MJF’s character would brag about.

I don’t doubt the idea that MJF wants more money. I don’t doubt the idea that he’s frustrated with Tony Khan or other members of AEW management, if we’re to believe that there are other members of AEW management. Heck, maybe the guy even bought a plane ticket to further the work. What I do doubt is the idea of MJF being stupid enough to walk out on AEW and kill his bargaining power for his upcoming free agency period.

One can question just who MJF is working here. The fans? The news reporters? Tony Khan? I wouldn’t be shocked if it was all of the above. Maybe Tony’s in on it, but is he all the way in on it? Something to ponder.

Yes, there was a report from Wade Keller that WWE would still be very interested in MJF regardless of how he leaves AEW. No doubt about that. But let’s be honest: MJF’s going to make more money from WWE if he’s got multiple bidders. Something tells me that Impact & MLW wouldn’t strike the same fear in Vince as that AEW checkbook would. If you’re going to make the most money you can, you’re going to keep all of your options open.

MJF will certainly be a big part of AEW’s summer programming in some form or fashion. Unfortunately, one of his top rivals won’t be.

Summer of Pu-whoops

The main event of AEW’s Double or Nothing event saw CM Punk win the AEW Championship from Adam Page. Immediately, talk of a third Summer of Punk began. Some disputed the usage of the term since the first two involved Punk winning a title and threatening to leave with it, while he showed no indication of leaving with this one.

As it turned out, he kinda did. Punk broke his foot on Wednesday night’s Dynamite episode, where he competed in a six-man tag team match and seemed a bit off throughout. Fans are speculating the injury happened when he dove into the crowd during his entrance. I mean, people have been waiting for CM Punk to turn heel on the fans again, right? He’d clearly be justified in this instance. Those darn fans broke his foot!

Feet are tricky, but a brief Google search tells me that it typically takes two months to recover from a broken foot. Should this hold true, Punk could very well be back in time for All Out on Labor Day Weekend. The date and site haven’t been announced yet, but one assumes that somewhere in the Chicagoland area will be the site. AEW has most of their other big events there.

I, for one, have no problem with AEW having an Interim World Champion. UFC’s been doing it for years now, and it solves the problem of having to vacate the championship every few weeks. The only problem is the way AEW presented the situation on Friday night’s Rampage episode. Punk said that he had wanted to vacate the championship, but Tony Khan said that he believed in him. Which would lead one to believe that Punk was still the champion, except that Chris Jericho kept saying that Punk had relinquished the championship. Excalibur then tried to explain things during the main event of the show, while announcing matches for the next episode of Dynamite and calling the match. People were more confused when Rampage ended than they were when Punk teased his promo on social media before the show.

I also think the idea of an interim championship would go over a lot better if AEW hadn’t debuted the concept with the TNT Championship when Cody Rhodes couldn’t wrestle for two weeks. That title scene has been a clusterjerk ever since.

Here’s the tweet explaining the AEW Interim World Championship Eliminator Series:

For those of you that have been complaining about AEW not doing as much pure sports build as some of their people promised back in 2019, the Jon Moxley ranking situation is about as “pure sports” as it gets. Moxley was ranked fourth earlier this week, but wound up at #1 after Friday’s Rampage episode. Those of you that watch college football see this happen every year with the CFP rankings. Somehow certain schools with name value always end up a spot or two higher at the end. Those of you that watch college basketball are familiar with the NCAA Tournament and some of the ridiculous seeding decisions there.

Yes, it’s dumb, but so are sports. PURE SPORTS BUILD!

Anyway, we wish CM Punk a speedy recovery and hope the fate of the TNT Championship doesn’t be-fall the AEW Championship as well. Fortunately, AEW has plenty of title belts to focus on if things go awry. Speaking of champions they could be focusing on if they wished…

Thunder Rosa Unhappy?

Thunder Rosa New

WhatCulture reported that AEW Women’s World Champion Thunder Rosa is unhappy with her current lot in AEW. A lack of TV time seems to be the main culprit, along with the company’s lack of attention to her auctioning off her Double or Nothing ring gear to benefit familes affected by the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, which is close to Rosa’s home. PWInsider let us know that Rosa was pulled from Dynamite this week due to being sick, while Fightful said she was only booked for a backstage segment anyway.

As somebody that watches the show, it would be tough to blame Thunder Rosa for being frustrated or confused. Maybe she shouldn’t be surprised. Remember when Rosa defeated Dr. Britt Baker D.M.D. in that street fight last year, then Dr. Baker got all the TV time and attention afterward? Now for the second time, Thunder gets the win and gets ignored afterward. In AEW’s defense, there have reportedly been some health issues keeping Rosa from wrestling as often as one might like. It’s tough to argue that Thunder Rosa hasn’t been treated as a third wheel at best behind Baker & Jade Cargill.

The main thing to take away here: Reports that people were unhappy in AEW used to be a rarity. Remember how crazy people went when Brian Cage expressed discontent? Now these things seem to be popping up more often. This was always going to happen as time passed by for a litany of reasons. A larger roster gives people fewer opportunities. Addition of talent from other places takes time away from talent that established themselves in AEW. While this point doesn’t especially apply to Thunder’s situation, am I the only one that’s noticed that AEW television seems to feature almost as many folks from Wednesday Night War-era NXT as people that were regularly on Dynamite then? Who won the war?

People are bound to get frustrated. A locker room that once was able to keep Brodie Lee’s health situation a secret from everybody on the outside is now singing like canaries to wrestling news reporters. We’re not to the point where people are sending show formats to websites, but it’s getting there.

Other AEW Injury News?

Fightful reported on Sunday that Bryan Danielson was unable to make a meet & greet in New Bedford, Massachusetts this weekend. Fans were told that Danielson was injured and unable to fly to the event. There has been no word on what exactly the injury is yet, so I can’t delve into this topic further. Danielson was conspicuous by his absence on AEW television this week after Double or Nothing, where he took part in an Anarchy in the Arena match that was either tremendously entertaining or the worst thing one’s ever seen depending on who you ask. If Danielson hurt himself during the thing, I’m leaning towards the latter. Apparently Bryan will miss one to two weeks, so hopefully he’ll be good to go for whatever he’s doing at the Forbidden Door show.

TNT Champion Scorpio Sky strained a muscle in his leg during his match with Dante Martin on Friday’s Rampage episode. Adam Cole & Jeff Hardy both missed Wednesday’s Dynamite episode due to injury. If you’re an AEW wrestler, odds are pretty good you have some sort of injury right now. You might be injured and not even know it!

Cats Have Nine Lives. Jeff Jarrett > Cats

Jeff Jarrett has always had a lot of different things going on in his life. Perhaps no more so than recently, as the brother’s got a podcast, he’s running a minor league baseball team, and now he’s back with WWE as the Senior Vice President of Live Events.

Larry Csonka used to tell us that Jarrett was the smartest man in pro wrestling. I thought Kevin Nash was in the running, but the more time passes, the more Larry’s statement seems to be accurate. Jarrett comes off as an intelligent person on his podcast and has tons of experience promoting various events. WWE could definitely use some help promoting its live events. I didn’t know about the last two events they held in Cincinnati until the day of the show, which isn’t ideal for planning purposes.

Jarrett also knows how to make the right friends, as he’s become the latest to use the ol’ Conrad Thompson podcast push to get a job with a major company. Hey Conrad, if you need a washed-up IWC personality to break down a very specific subset of the 2000s scene, I’m your huckleberry.

Hell in a Cell Breakdown

Just because I forgot there was a WWE Premium Live Event doesn’t mean I won’t give a brief recap for you folks! There was one big story that broke just before this show that became a thing, and we’ll definitely get to that.

Bianca Belair retained the Raw Women’s Championship over Becky Lynch & Asuka

Tough for these three to have a bad match with each other. Belair continues to improve her game every time I see her, and she had two experienced hands to work with here. It was your standard high-end triple threat match with the usual spots, so if that isn’t your kind of thing this won’t be your kind of thing. Clever finish though, with Lynch hitting the Manhandle Slam on Asuka, Bianca tossing her out of the ring so she could pin Asuka. Sets up Belair vs. Lynch again…I could see that feud wrapping up at SummerSlam, which would make sense as they first met at 2021’s SummerSlam.

Bobby Lashley defeated Omos & MVP by making MVP submit

We saw Lashley make a belt motion after this match, and then he held up a replica WWE Championship that somone in the audience gave him. I guess time will tell on that one. Match was decent enough, Omos kinda looks like he could be something someday. He did Braun Strowman’s running choo-choo move on the outside to drive Lashley through the barricade, but it wasn’t quite the same without the train noises.

Kevin Owens beat Ezekiel

Owens still seems convinced that Ezekiel is Elias. I’m not sure how he arrived at this conclusion, but he beat whoever he wrestled. Pretty basic stuff here, nothing special but nothing awful either.

The Judgment Day defeated Finn Balor, Liv Morgan & AJ Styles

I didn’t see the betting odds for this show, but I would assume the trio of Edge, Damian Priest & Rhea Ripley were among the bigger favorites. Still early in the life of this heel faction, need them to keep winning. AJ got busted open towards the end of the match and didn’t play a role in the outcome. A younger me would comment positively on Rhea switching her ring attire from pants to trunks, the older me knows he probably shouldn’t go too far down that road. Bianca also wore trunks tonight, so maybe it’s just really humid in Chicago.

Madcap Moss beat Happy Corbin in a street fight

I must say that Madcap stood out a lot more when he was wearing suspenders. Now he’s just wearing generic black trunks and looks like a Create-A-Wrestler before you make any changes to it. Madcap won by doing the Pillmanize the guy’s neck with the ring steps gimmick, which probably would have been a nearfall in other street fights I’ve seen lately. That’s not a knock against this one, quite the opposite!

Theory defended the United States Championship against Mustafa Ali

There were probably some out there that thought that Ali would get the big moment in his hometown after his journey through the muck that’s been his past couple of years. Most of us knew better. Theory is somebody WWE actually sees something in. It’s tough to blame them, kid’s got a good look, solid skills in the ring and a reasonable amount of charisma so far. Feels like he’s still growing into his character, once he does that he should be golden. Ali? Well, when it comes to him and his lot in WWE, it’s like the man once said: It is what it is. I could have worked up some discontent over Ali’s treatment since his return if I didn’t see it coming. He’s a smart guy, I’m sure he saw it coming too. The house always wins.

Cody Rodes defeated Seth Rollins inside Hell in a Cell

So the big news story heading into this one involved Cody tearing his pec a couple of days before the show. That type of injury usually puts somebody out for an elongated period of time, but Cody was still going to go through with the match for the love of the business or some such thing. I’m not going to post a picture of Cody’s injury here, as I’d like for people to be able to read this column and keep their lunch in their stomach at the same time. There’s a thin line between toughness & stupidity, and this veered well past stupidity. They did a lot of stuff, I’m sure some people liked it, and I’m also sure Cody added more time to his layoff. But hey, he got to do a Pedigree and hit a guy with a sledgehammer, so he pretty much lived his dream here.

Rollins wearing polka dots for this one was appreciated. Unfortunately, since he lost to a guy with one pec, I can no longer use the word “Freakin'” as part of his name. Bucky “Freakin'” Dent and other athletes with that word (or a version of it) in their name earned it by winning something. Sorry, Seth, dem’s the rules.

My final verdict? Women’s opener was very good. Main event wasn’t my cup of tea but might be yours if you’re into weird stuff like it. Rest was a show and it was there.

Thanks for reading! I’ll be back soon enough with something or other. Until then, keep your stick on the ice.

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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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