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NOAH WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.175 ~ 5TH JUNE 2022

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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.

ELSEWHERE IN NOAH

– 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 RECAPS & POST MATCH INTERVIEWS

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)

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

THIS WEEK IN NOAH

(June schedule)

STAR NAVIGATION 2022

Tuesday, June 7th (Korakuen Hall, Tokyo)

Starts: 18:30 JST

Broadcast: ABEMA

Wednesday, June 8th (Korakuen Hall, Tokyo)

Starts: 18:30 JST

Broadcast: ABEMA

CYBERFIGHT FESTIVAL 2022

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.

LINKS

Takashi Sugiura’s backstage comments (Shinjiro Otani aid)

BOOK CORNER

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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(NOAH) NOAH NEWSLETTER VOL.192 ~ 30TH NOVEMBER 2022

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

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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.

ELSEWHERE IN NOAH

– 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 RECAPS AND POST MATCH PROMOS

NOAH THE BEST 2022 – WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 23RD, NATIONAL YOYOGI STADIUM 2ND GYMNASIUM

Event Recap

Post match interviews

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

  • 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)

 

THIS WEEK IN NOAH

(December 2022 schedule)

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

ARTICLES

“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

WEEKLY PRO ARTICLES & INTERVIEWS

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

BOOK CORNER

“Donmai, Donmai” – Mitsuharu Misawa’s diary

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(NOAH) NOAH NEWSLETTER VOL.191 ~ 18TH NOVEMBER 2022

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

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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.”

Kenoh

“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.

ELSEWHERE IN NOAH

– 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 RECAPS AND POST MATCH PROMOS

– GLOBAL2DAYS WRESTLE UNIVERSE PRESENTS GLOBAL HONORED CROWN (Thursday November 10th, Korakuen Hall)

Event recapPost match interviews

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

THIS WEEK IN NOAH

(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)

ARTICLES

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 

WEEKLY PRO ARTICLES & INTERVIEWS

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

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

BOOK CORNER

“Donmai, Donmai” – Mitsuharu Misawa’s diary

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


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