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Yoshiki Inamura vs Kazusada Higuchi

At a sold out Club Citta, Yoshiki Inamura and Kazusada Higuchi had their own pre match before the CyberFight Tag. Higuchi has tended to distance himself from his partners, refusing to work together with them, and concentrating on winning the match. The clash between two former sumo at Club Citta on the 30th May, was everything fans hoped it would be. Even going so far as to hope the ring and/or the building fell down. It didn’t go quite that far, and ended in a time out draw after the two fought Sumo style. I’m sure I don’t need to talk about the crash impact after the initial charge. Backstage, Inamura used Sumo phrases to describe the bout, and termed that the end of this and the start of the match on the 12th June, was the period when two Sumo wrestlers are given water between matches.

Junta Miyawaki leaves for Mexico

Junta Miyawaki wrestled his farewell match at Club Citta on 30th May against his senior and friend, Kaito Kiyomiya. In a match that fans are saying was Miyawaki’s best, Kiyomiya won however, by pinning him with the Tiger Suplex Hold. Afterwards, Kiyomiya said on the mic that he should always come at that level, and he would be waiting for him to return in a big way to the NOAH that Kiyomiya will become.

Prior to this, Miyawaki had also done a live Twitter Space, which wasn’t so civil. Everything had been going fine, Miyawaki was answering questions, and revealing that he had been taught some Spanish by Xtreme Tiger and El Hijo De Dr Wagner Jnr. Then in the last few minutes, some of the NOAH Junior Regulars arrived. Chatterbox YO-HEY, sensible Haoh and Atsushi Kotoge, who must have stopped off at a bar en route while walking his dog, as he sounded drunk. NOAH could not get Kotoge and YO-HEY off the air and so, with Miyawaki answering their questions politely (including Kotoge warning him about “weird powder” and telling him not to show his wallet to anyone who wants to see it), the stream overran by twenty minutes which held up Yoshiki Inamura’s talk which was coming next, and so NOAH forcibly terminated the stream.

Kenoh vs Daisuke Sasaki match development

The moment Kongoh entered the ring at Club Citta, they were attacked by Damnation. Kenoh who was furious at the very sight of Daisuke Sasaki, MJ Paul and KANON felt he had to yell at the from the top of the stairs, was made even more angry during the match when he was attacked with chairs. Sasaki not only won the match, which for Kenoh was humiliating enough (Sasaki made Hi69 tap to the Mystica Cross Face Lock), but worse was to come. While Kenoh was fighting with KANON after the match, he said he felt a shock go down his back. Sasaki had zapped him with the stun gun. This wasn’t going to be the last time that Kenoh was to experience this however.

At the CyberFight press conference on the 2nd June, Kenoh declared that since Sasaki relied on using weapons, probably because he was scared of the power of a true wrestler like Kenoh who wrestles full time and not just at a school fete, the match at CyberFight Festival would be a no DQ hardcore match. Sasaki had also not turned up to the press conference, but Kenoh wasn’t the imposing figure that he imagined Sasaki was scared of, when Sasaki crashed his live broadcast of The Kenoh Channel, and attacked him with the stun gun.

Sasaki later played mind games with Kenoh, by threatening to turn up at NOAH’s event in Niigata (he said that Yamato had called a taxi), but in the event of things he didn’t. Kenoh is now calling DDT a promotion that does stage wrestling, and has vowed to destroy both them and Sanshiro Takagi.

Shinjiro Otani Aid

To assist Shinjiro Otani with his medical costs, ZERO-1 held a benefit show on the 4th June, which NOAH wrestlers took part in. The junior match ended in chaos with a melee brawl between Daisuke Harada, Kinya Okada, Junya Matsunaga and Takumi Baba. Yoshiki Inamura and Kaito Kiyomiya defeated Shoki Kitamura and Tsugutaka Sato, with Kitamura saying he wants to get stronger and come back to NOAH. Kongoh also participated, with Kenoh yelling loudly at Koji Kanemoto after a team of old men (including Kenoh’s nightmare, Kendo Kashin) defeated Kongoh.

Takashi Sugiura, lost the ZERO-1 World Heavyweight to Masato Tanaka. This was not the ideal title match that either had wanted to ever be in such a situation, but in the circumstances, fans knew there would only be one outcome, and it was for the best. Backstage, Sugiura said that it wasn’t just Otani’s injury that he felt guilty for, but also the stress it was putting on Otani’s family. Anything that could be done to help Otani, he would do. After the event, NOAH wrestlers assisted in collecting donations.

Triangle Gate Challenge first and only pre-match

The Triangle Gate one and only pre match took place in Niigata on the 5th June. It started with Yoshinari Ogawa jumping NOSAWA on the ramp and hitting him with the tag belt as Perros Del Mal made their entry. A bloodied up NOSAWA never got to the ring as Kotaro Suzuki was destroyed by a Buzzsaw kick from Seiki Yoshioka and pinned in three minutes and twenty-three seconds. NOSAWA had has revenge later in the evening, when he crashed Yoshinari Ogawa’s tag match. However, it didn’t work well for him as he was attacked both by STINGER and by The NOAH Junior Regulars, who were teaming with Kaito Kiyomiya, who also hates him. Harada, YO-HEY and Kiyomiya (as far as I know) didn’t join STINGER in beating down NOSAWA and Kotaro. Harada has vowed to smash Perros, which caused a backstage brawl to break out when a bloodied up and swearing loudly NOSAWA threw a barrier at him. NOSAWA has vowed that he will deliver Ogawa “the greatest humiliation” during the title match.

In a recent interview regarding the title challenge, Yoshinari Ogawa says that should they win he will nominate Daisuke Harada, Atsushi Kotoge and YO-HEY as their challengers. Regarding the GHC Junior Tag Titles, nothing can be done until Chris Ridgeway returns, and so when he does Ogawa wants to hold a rematch in Ota between himself, Ridgeway, Yuya Susumu and Seiki Yoshioka. He doesn’t think that STINGER need split this time.

Heartbreak Mosh live

Kenoh’s theme music, Heartbreak Mosh, will be performed live by PETA (from The Garlic Boys) at CyberFight Festival. Kenoh called him personally on the Kenoh Channel live feed. Fortunately, this was before Daisuke Sasaki’s intrusion.

Naomichi Marufuji’s absence

Naomichi Marufuji will be absent from NOAH for the foreseeable future due to pain, inflammation and difficulty with flexion in his knee. A hospital investigation revealed the cause to be osteoarthritis. He will have another hospital appointment on the 6th June and will know more from there. He has vowed to return to the ring as soon as possible, but this does mean that he will have to miss CyberFight Festival.

Enter Katsuhiko Nakajima

With Naomichi Marufuji injured, his place has been taken at CyberFight Festival by Katsuhiko Nakajima. Not that anyone asked Nakajima. Nakajima walked in at the CyberFight Festival press conference, smiling evilly,  and told Atsushi Kotoge, that he would be taking Marufuji’s place. He then told Kotoge that he basically thought he was pathetic. He had been reading what Kotoge said about Jun Akiyama, and would he quit living in the past? Nakajima also termed Higuchi as a “washed up sumo”. Tetsuya Endo as a “Suckerfish” and Jun Akiyama as “The Great Gerontocracy” (when these remarks were repeated, Akiyama had no problem with being called this as he only repeated what Higuchi had been called). He then fired Kotoge up by getting into a slap war. After this, he produced a knife from his pocket, a DDT logo on a board from the bag he had been carrying, and stabbed it. Ripping it in half and throwing it on the floor, Nakajima said that he was the knife to DDT, and he would do this over and over again until DDT never wanted to experience NOAH again.

Having dealt with Atsushi Kotoge, Nakajima turned his attention to Yoshiki Inamura, who he faced in a tag match on the 5th June in Niigata. Knocking Inamura around throughout the match (one fan wondered how Inamura had teeth) he pinned him after repeated strikes and then loomed over him after the match.


– Square Enix have announced they will be doing Yoshiki Inamura’s new theme music, to be debuted at CyberFight Festival on the 12th June.

– Kinya Okada, in typical NOAH Born manner, tried to pester his CyberFight opponents, Toui Kojima and Yuya Takashita into coming to the NOAH dojo to do joint practice. They didn’t want to and didn’t see why they should. Okada didn’t take no for an answer, and when they persistently refused his offer, walked off.

– Kenoh has been appointed the Director of Public Relations for the CyberFight Festival. He says that this “proves that Sanshiro Takagi is incompetent”

– Masa Kitamiya calls himself, Michael Elgin and Yoshiki Inamura “THE TOUGH Trio”

– In response to Satoshi Kojima telling Go Shiozaki to look him up on Wikipedia if he wants to know more about him. Shiozaki remarked drily that he didn’t need to.


Event recap: NOAH Sanctuary (Club Citta, Monday 30th May)

Post match interviews: NOAH Sanctuary (Club Citta, Monday 30th May)

Event recap: Sunny Voyage 2022 (Sunday 5th June, Aore Nagaoka, Niigata)



(June schedule)


Tuesday, June 7th (Korakuen Hall, Tokyo)

Starts: 18:30 JST

Broadcast: ABEMA

Wednesday, June 8th (Korakuen Hall, Tokyo)

Starts: 18:30 JST

Broadcast: ABEMA


Sunday, June 12th (Saitama Super Arena, Saitama)

Starts: 14:00 JST

Broadcast: WrestleUniverse

(Keiji Mutoh will be making a special announcement)

Monday, June 13th

In Memory Of Our Misawa

This will not have a WrestleUniverse or ABEMA broadcast, although we will see parts on YouTube.

Please note this is a fan event and will not have any matches.

Note about broadcasts

Unless you are living in Japan or have a VPN you know is compatible with ABEMA, please do not subscribe to the service. For fans living outside of Japan, a subscription to WrestleUniverse would be better as they show more NOAH shows than ABEMA, and usually the events get uploaded very quickly. ABEMA broadcasts are only in Japanese, you can only watch them live, and this is the only NOAH they show. They do not broadcast old shows as these belong to Samurai TV.


Takashi Sugiura’s backstage comments (Shinjiro Otani aid)


Donmai-Donmai (Mitsuharu Misawa’s diary)

GIF taken from WrestleUniverse, NOAH’s Official YouTube & The Kenoh Channel

Picture credit: NOSAWA Rongai

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After a rare live stop in the UK for HAYATA (which Hisame was present for), she informs us of all the NOAH happenings leading towards the N-1 Victory!





HAYATA defends the GHC Junior against Shuji Kondo in Japan and Chris Ridgeway in England

In a brutal match which combined speed vs strength, and technical ability vs psychological warfare, HAYATA succeeded in defending the title against Shuji Kondo in the main event of DEPARTURE 2022 on the 5th August. It was by no means an easy fight, Kondo possessed the size and the strength that HAYATA did not, and so HAYATA had to find a way round him, which he did by too capitalizing on the element of surprise, which was the strategy that Shuji Kondo was also aiming for. In the end, he won by The Headache after 19 minutes and 3 seconds. Backstage, HAYATA said that since he was fighting Chris Ridgeway on the 7th July, why not make it a title match?

The second GHC Junior title match (and HAYATA’S 5th defense) took place at The Portland Centre in Nottingham only about (and maybe not even) forty-eight hours after defending against Kondo. WrestleCarnival (the promotion hosting the title match), followed NOAH’s traditions by playing the theme music for the title and showing the gallery of champions. For the newer fans, each belt, even the newer GHC National, have their own title music. Ridgeway vs HAYATA was STINGER vs STINGER with the atmosphere of the venue changing radically to a NOAH show. The match was a vicious technical fight, with very much Yoshinari Ogawa psychology (not just submissions, but amazing reversals i.e. Ridgeway catching HAYATA mid flight and turning the move into an ankle lock), which was very much Match Of The Year quality. HAYATA succeeded in defending the title with The Headache. Afterwards, they shook hands.

You will be able to view the match on WrestleUniverse in due course.

Yoshiki Inamura Fire Festival

Yoshiki Inamura’s summer peaked when finishing the highest in his block, he went on to the Fire Festival 2022 finals against Daisuke Sekimoto. Sekimoto has been both a tag partner and a rival of Inamura, and so this was Inamura’s chance to both show him how much he has grown and also overcome a senior. Sadly, Inamura was not successful in his attempt.

The GHC Junior Tag Championship: A tale of a stolen belt, duct tape and a sneak win

While HAYATA was defending his belt against Shuji Kondo and then heading off to face Chris Ridgeway, Yoshinari Ogawa had his own championship problems, as Eita is still parading around with the GHC Junior Tag belt. Eita is even going to far as to proclaim himself as the GHC Junior Tag Champion, have official pictures taken with the belt, and say all his singles matches in DragonGate were championship matches. No wonder at DEPARTURE 2022, Yoshinari Ogawa came out looking grim and holding a chair which he swung at Perros Del Mal De Japon. Kotaro Suzuki, who was at ringside seconding, was taped to the corner post by Yuya Susumu and Kai Fujimura, as Ogawa chased Eita around over the belt.

Kotaro was later freed from his duct tape prison, and used as a missile by NOSAWA Rongai, as he still had his arms taped down. The match was “won” by young Kai Fujimura, who Ogawa threw over NOSAWA, after he dodged thanks to Eita showboating with the belt, and who had hit NOSAWA in the face. Ogawa once again was not successful in getting his tag belt back, as after a tug-of-war over it, Eita ran off.

N-1 Victory 2022 change: Timothy Thatcher out, Kinya Okada in

Due to Visa issues, Timothy Thatcher was announced by Naomichi Marufuji, to have pulled out of the N-1 VICTORY 2022. Marufuji admitted that there were seniors to take his place, himself included if he so wished (he didn’t because of just coming back from a knee operation), but he wanted to see NOAH’s younger generation take that slot, and therefore a match was arranged between Kinya Okada and Yoshiki Inamura at DEPARTURE on Friday 5th August. If anyone was going to have that slot, Kinya Okada vowed it would be him. He and Yoshiki Inamura were the same age and contemporaries, both from the same class and the same generation of NOAH, but whereas Inamura seemed to have all the advantages – Fire Festival, title matches, and even main evening, Okada (whose career had suffered from a couple of early injuries), was in the opening match and losing constantly. This was his chance to catch up and fought like never before, and overcame his friend/rival. Kinya Okada will therefore enter this years N-1 VICTORY 2022 in Timothy Thatcher’s place (B Block). His first match will be on August 11th against Masakatsu Funaki.

Hiroshi Hase to take part in Mutoh’s retirement road?

As Governor of Ishikawa Prefecture, Hiroshi Hase usually makes an appearance when NOAH are in town. Normally his participation involves opening the show, presenting a gift to the winner of the main event (etc), but on the 31st July he not only chopped Kendo Kashin, and chugged beer with Kazuyuki Fujita, and made Keiji Mutoh a tourism ambassador for the region (Naomichi Marufuji fulfils the same role for Saitama), he also said he would like to take part in Keiji Mutoh’s retirement road, although at first he didn’t think he would be able to as he didn’t think the people of the prefecture would approve. Hase, who has been retired since 2018, admitted he needed to get back in the ring and do some training. NOAH have announced nothing as of yet.

Kenoh names his new move, “Enrin”

Kenoh has named his double knee attack moonsault, “Enrin”, which basically means flaming circle. He says that flames are a good look for him. The name was chosen following a public poll on Kenoh’s twitter

Kenoh WBC?

Following an appearance by El Hijo Del Santo in NOAH and Kenoh as usual squaring up to him, (plus a very funny shoving spot behind Tadasuke as he talked to the camera), it appeared that El Hijo Del Santo issued a challenge to Kenoh, over his belt. Kenoh said that had never heard any belt by that name, except in boxing, but would be happy to take him on, anytime and anywhere.

Naomichi Marufuji returns, dates in America

Naomichi Marufuji made his return to NOAH at DEPARTURE 2022, teaming with Go Shiozaki and Takashi Sugiura against Daiki Inaba, Masato Tanaka and Satoshi Kojima. The match (despite it’s N-1 fight between Sugiura, Shiozaki, Tanaka and Kojima), was won by Go Shiozaki. On the 28th August, he will go to New York to face Eddie Kingston at House of Glory Wrestling. There will also be a further date in America in November for  King of The Indies 2022.

Tadasuke injured

Tadasuke has been injured with nasal bone fractures, and will therefore miss (probably) the next three NOAH shows, which includes Osaka and Hiroshima, places very special to him.

“Camel Kobayashi”

KENTA revealed in his autobiography, “Footsteps”, that his ring name was very almost “Camel Kobayashi”. This was because he was teased by his seniors as they thought he looked like a camel, and it was Naomichi Marufuji, who suggested the name! KENTA says that it was because of this nickname that Satoru Asako defeated him with the Camel Clutch, although this was not a move he usually did.


– Mohammed Yone described Funky Express as “this little old man army”. Saito told him that most definitely did not describe him. They might be aging. He wasn’t.

– Eita apparently said he was the “GHC Junior” champion by mistake once

– Shuhei Taniguchi actually trusted a Kendo Kashin handshake. Think about that for a moment.

– Naomichi Marufuji said that after drinking with Mitsuharu Misawa, they were both so drunk they each paid the taxi driver, so he got two fares. Takashi Sugiura said that Kinya Okada and Daisuke Harada, both have a tendency to wander off when drunk.

– When Kenoh was looking for a name for his moonsault, Naomichi Marufuji suggested “New double knee attack moonsault”. Kenoh didn’t even bother to respond.

– When Kaito Kiyomiya was teaming with El Hijo Del Santo and Ultimo Dragon, he and Alejandro did a double over the top rope somersault. This is not a usual Kiyomiya move, and he said he was inspired by his seniors.

– A TikTok account craze has swept NOAH. Pretty much everyone except STINGER and Kongoh it appears have created an account.

– Tadasuke’s camera corner was interrupted by a scuffle in the background between Kenoh, Kaito Kiyomiya, El Hijo Del Santo, Ultimo Dragon and Alejandro.

– Kaito Kiyomiya has a new feature on his YouTube channel, “Kiyo’s Kitchen” (I get the impression that “Kiyo” is his nickname within NOAH).


  • Midsummer Clash 2022 (Ishikawa Industrial Exhibition Hall No.3, Sunday July 31st)

Event recap

Post match interviews

  • Sunny Voyage 2022 (Act City Hamamatsu, Saturday July 30th)

Event recap

Post match interviews

  • DEPARTURE 2002 (Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Friday 5th August)

Event recap

Post match interviews




(August 2022 schedule)

NOAH will hold the press conference for the N-1 VICTORY 2022 at 4pm JST on Wednesday 10th August. This will be live and free to view as it will be streamed on YouTube.

  • N-1 VICTORY 2022

Thursday, August 11th

Start time: 16:00 JST

Venue: Yokohama Budokan

Broadcast: ABEMA (Live)WrestleUniverse (Live, English commentary)

Saturday, August 13th

Start time: 17:30 JST

Venue: EDION Arena Osaka 2nd Stadium

Broadcast: WrestleUniverse (Live)

Notes about broadcasts

– WrestleUniverse will have English commentary for all nights.

Unless you are living in Japan or have a VPN you know is compatible with ABEMA, please do not subscribe to the service. For fans living outside of Japan, a subscription to WrestleUniverse would be better as they show more NOAH shows than ABEMA, and usually the events get uploaded very quickly. ABEMA broadcasts are only in Japanese, you can only watch them live, and this is the only NOAH they show. They do not broadcast old shows as these belong to Samurai TV.


Saturday, August 13th: HAYATA – PROGRESS Wrestling (Sheffield)

Sunday, August 14th: HAYATA – PROGRESS Wrestling (Newcastle)

I am informed that PROGRESS have their own streaming service, but I am unsure as to whether the matches will be put on WrestleUniverse.


Wednesday, August 10th: Yasutaka Yano (22)

Friday, August 12th: Junta Miyawaki debut anniversary (5)


“Take it from me in the truest sense of the word”, Mutoh teaches Kiyomiya “The Mutoh Finishing Method” directly

Will Naomichi Marufuji never go bankrupt? When I asked the wrestlers about NOAH and the legendary heavy drinkers, there was surprising episodes….

Naomichi Marufuji, “I want to stand again as one of NOAH’s pillars” – press conference on the eve of his return for the first tine in two months

GHC Junior match signing ceremony: “I will create NOAH Junior’s brand”, Kondo declares comeback for the first time in none and a half years, HAYATA brands him as a “guy from the past”

Interview with El Hijo Del Santo towards NOAH War, Ultimo says about Kenoh, “I won’t let him lay a finger”


Takashi Sugiura

Jack Morris

Masato Tanaka

Hideki Suzuki

Anthony Greene

Masa Kitamiya

Masaaki Mochizuki

Kazuyuki Fujita

Satoshi Kojima


“Donmai, Donmai” – Mitsuharu Misawa’s diary

Akira Taue complains of someone snoring, he thinks it was probably Yoshinari Ogawa, but Mitsuharu Misawa admits it may also have been him.

PICTURE CREDITS: House of Glory (Naomichi Marufuji & Eddie Kingston), myself (HAYATA)

GIF taken from WrestleUniverse

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With only a few weeks before the N-1 Victory tournament kicks off, NOAH is setting the stage and the Juniors are forever causing trouble!





Seiki Yoshioka joins the NOAH Junior Regulars

Following a singles match with Daisuke Harada at “STAR NAVIGATION 2022” (July 21st, Korakuen Hall), Seiki Yoshioka took Harada up on his offer to join the NOAH Junior Regulars. Yoshioka explained his decision as he had tried to get the GHC Junior Heavyweight belt by himself and had failed, so now he was going to try getting it working in tandem with people he had never teamed with before.

When it came to meet his new teammates, not everyone was initially happy with Daisuke Harada’s decision. Alejandro had no issue with it, Atsushi Kotoge put the past behind them and shook hands, but YO-HEY was a little more cautious, and naturally the same went for Seiki Yoshioka.

To set the scene for newer fans, Yoshioka and YO-HEY were in a unit called FULL THROTTLE together, which fell apart when Yoshioka kicked YO-HEY in the head and turned on the unit saying that expressions such as “Perron” (YO-HEY) and “Mui Bien” (Hajime Ohara) weren’t going to get him to the top of the NOAH Juniors and after kicking Hajime Ohara down, he joined with his old friends in STINGER. Since then, he and YO-HEY have been enemies. YO-HEY later said that Harada had made a decision, and basically he would abide by it and see how it went. The ice was broken a little at the NOAH Junior Twitter Space, and again the next day at their second one (NOAH seemed intent on replaying the first interview), but being in the ring and tagging together is the real show your true intentions as far as the NOAH Juniors go, and this is precisely what is going to happen on the 29th July when YO-HEY, Seiki Yoshioka and Daisuke Harada team together against STINGER. Yuya Susumu is not impressed by Yoshioka’s decision, asking if this is the path he chose on leaving them?

STINGER vs Perros Del Mal; A Tale of Two Tag Belts

Since Eita stole Yoshinari Ogawa’s tag belt, Ogawa has been on a long and fruitless quest to get it back. He almost succeeded at Korakuen Hall on the 22nd July, when he snatched the belt and went backstage during the match (leading to an unintentional but typical slightly funny moment of Yuya Susumu having to be the responsible one and sort things out), but PERROS chased him and grabbed the belt back. In the ring, Yoshinari Ogawa was taped to the ropes and forced to watch young Kai Fujimura forced to submit. HAYATA saved Ogawa from being beaten down by running into the ring and making PERROS scatter. Backstage, another fight broke out when Ogawa threw a plastic water bottle at PERROS and attempted to get the belt back. Eita declared it was his, and ran off with NOSAWA, as he clutched the belt to him. In fury, Ogawa threw a steel barrier. Fortunately, the other tag belt is safely in Chris Ridgeway’s possession. Eita warned him not to come back too quickly, he’s having too much fun beating up Ogawa.

“Not Misawa or Mutoh”

Kaito Kiyomiya says that despite the “Three Sacred Treasures” (as the Japanese sports press have named Keiji Mutoh’s gifts of The Shining Wizard. The Figure Four and The Dragon Screw), Kiyomiya at the moment has no intention of using them. He is grateful to Mutoh, but during the N-1 he wants to win as himself and find a move that is uniquely his. Kiyomiya believes that this final task from Keiji Mutoh, is Mutoh’s final gift to him.

Shuji Kondo’s mind games

Shuji Kondo declared that he would defeat HAYATA by using mind games. However, after their last pre match at Korakuen Hall on the 22nd July where Kondo had basically side stepped HAYATA, no sold him and then was not where HAYATA had anticipated he would be, HAYATA played his own mind games by offering Kondo a handshake and then attacking him, dodging Kondo he slid out of the ring and growled on the mic, “To be continued, August 8th, Korakuen Hall”.

N-1 VICTORY battlelines drawn up

The heavyweights are gearing up for the N-1 VICTORY, which means they go slightly wild like their junior counterparts.

Katsuhiko Nakajima says this will be his summer, and has already sparked with Kaito Kiyomiya, defeating him and throwing him from the ring at the last Korakuen.

Kenoh says he is aiming for Kazuyuki Fujita to avenge his GHC National loss, and of course to rid NOAH of what he terms “the old men”. Kenoh has also renamed the N-1, the K-1 as he believes it will come down to Masakatsu Funaki (GHC National Champion), Katsuhiko Nakajima (the winner of the league the past two years) and himself (the GHC Heavyweight Champion). Kenoh says he will win.

Go Shiozaki is aiming for Satoshi Kojima

Satoshi Kojima is looking to create his own record and be the first person to win a Grand Slam in league matches in New Japan, NOAH and All Japan.


Perros Del Mal De Japon retained the titles against HIGH END on July 21st, and have been challenged by M3K. This match will take place in Dragon Gate. However, NOSAWA Rongai has challenged YAMATO to a singles match which will take place in NOAH.


– Mohammed Yone said in a recent interview that before matches, he pumps up his ‘fro by about 10cm

– Pec flexing seems to have become a competition in NOAH as Satoshi Kojima does it with Kenoh and Katsuhiko Nakajima doing it in matches, and Kaito Kiyomiya demonstrating it to the crowd at one of the recent fan events.

– Katsuhiko Nakajima was asked if he where to have a girlfriend among the NOAH roster, who would it be? He said it would be himself.

– NOAH will go back to selling full seating for venues in September

– Fans are wondering when HAYATA is going to start talking like Kenoh!

– NOSAWA asked Masaaki Mochizuki (52), who was dressed in the baggy pants, t-shirts, shades and varsity jackets and floppy blonde hair reminiscent of 90s college boys, if he was a little old to be dressing that way? He added that Ryoto (Mochizuki’s son) didn’t really want to be dressing that way either.

– KENTA wrote in his biography a funny/embarrassing incident that took place in Hakodate when he and Kenta Kobashi were eating with some locals. Kobashi asked KENTA who was his favorite in a local band called “Judy and Mary”, did he like “Judy” or did he like “Mary”. While the locals suppressed their giggles as the band is a four piece and not a duo like Kobashi thought, KENTA (who himself was turning red at Kobashi trying to be hip) saved him further embarrassment and said “Judy”. It is probably better that Kobashi did not ask Jun Akiyama…

Another KENTA story was when he was injured during training for his debut due to an elbow to face by Makoto Hashi. Concerned, Mitsuharu Misawa came over and tilted KENTA’S head up to look. KENTA said he forgot the pain in his nose, as he was more worried about Misawa kissing him.


  • STAR NAVIGATION 2022 (Thursday July 21st, Korakuen Hall)

Event recap

Post match interviews

  • STAR NAVIGATION 2022 (Friday July 22nd, Korakuen Hall)

Event recap

Post match interviews



(August 2022 schedule)


Saturday, July 30th

Venue: Act City Hamamatsu, Shizuoka

Start: 18:00 JST

Broadcast: WrestleUniverse (broadcast on Tuesday 2nd August from 18:00 JST)


Sunday, July 31st

Venue: Ishikawa Industrial Exhibition Hall No. 3, Ishikawa

Start: 16:00

Broadcast: WrestleUniverse (broadcast on Wednesday 3rd August from 18:00 JST)

  • DEPARTURE 2022

Friday, August 5th

Start time: 18:30 JST

Venue: Korakuen Hall

Broadcast: WrestleUniverse (Live)

DEPARTURE celebrates NOAH’s birthday, which means that this year, NOAH will turn twenty two. Each year NOAH reaches this point is a miracle given the turbulent history of the promotion. Mitsuharu Misawa gave NOAH’s first ever show this name as a way of sticking up two fingers to All Japan as he had walked out with three of The Four Pillars, half of the roster, and most of their young talent, referees, office staff and eventually NOAH would even take All Japan’s TV spot.


A man named Kaito Kiyomiya

“Why did you start using “Kinniku Buster” in Pro Wrestling?” Mohammed Yone, “I wanted a special move to say “This is who I am”

Satoshi Kojima swears an early comeback for the N-1, will he exceed Mutoh in The Grand Slam & Three Promotions League Championship? 

Kenoh plans a N-1 Veteran “Spring Clean”, the number one target is Kazuyuki Fujita, the symbol of the old men

Neither Misawa or a copy of Mutoh! Kaito Kiyomiya talks about his N-1 Resolution

Fan Meeting 2022 – Saturday 23rd July

Fan Meeting 2022 – Sunday 24th July

Kaito Kiyomiya, who has inherited Keiji Mutoh’s special moves, will display a “New Kiyomiya at N-1”

From Cirque Du Soleil..the hidden “Real Face” of super unique wrestler Ninja Mack


El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Junior

Masakatsu Funaki


“DONMAI, DONMAI” – Mitsuharu Misawa’s diary

27th January 2006 added

With thanks to: Metal NOAH

GIF taken from WrestleUniverse

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