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NOAH WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.176 ~ 13TH JUNE 2022

A new GHC Heavyweight Champion is crowned, history is made and drama from the CyberFight Festival! Hisame has all the NOAH News!

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Satoshi Kojima becomes the new GHC Heavyweight Champion

Satoshi Kojima not only defeated Go Shiozaki in the final pre match on the 8th June at the second night at Korakuen Hall, which was humiliating enough, but ended his fifth record breaking title reign at CyberFight Festival on the 12th. Exhausted but happy, and thanking Shiozaki for the match, Kojima’s party was crashed by Kenoh who had come to challenge for the title. Kenoh immediately launched into a rant, telling Kojima that NOAH was not the place for people from New Japan (himself, Keiji Mutoh and Kazuyuki Fujita) to come and take cushy jobs. Kojima, not impressed by Kenoh’s tone told him to speak to his elders a little more politely, but he would take his challenge, partly because he did not like his tone and also because he had never encountered Kenoh before. Title match has been set for the Nippon Budokan on the 16th July.

Keiji Mutoh announces his retirement

Keiji Mutoh’s last NOAH match in Ota Ward on May 21st started with high hopes as he felt his condition has improved, and ended with disappointment as he started feeling pain again. Hobbling to the steps and looking at what was going on in the ring, it was obvious in Mutoh’s eyes what reality was dawning on him. Backstage he said he would be making an announcement, and NOAH said he would be making it at CyberFight Festival on the 12th June. NOAH seemed eager to deflect what everyone knew (i.e. he would be retiring) by running a video where members of the NOAH roster (plus Jushin Lyger) speculated on what it could be i.e. going abroad, starting a new promotion etc.

Mutoh made the much expected announcement that he would be retiring next spring, after his 60th birthday. Between now and then he would have only five more matches. Naomichi Marufuji, who is currently injured himself due to knee issues, has sworn he will be in one of those matches. Backstage, Mutoh elaborated on his condition. Between Ota Ward and now he had seen his doctor, who had warned him that his hip was becoming as bad as his knees had been, and he was facing a hip replacement if he went on and a hip replacement meant he would never wrestle again. Mutoh said the decision to retire was his doctors, and not his own, but he knew that he had no choice in the matter. As for surgery, he would sort that out after his retirement. Speaking of his retirement, had he made any plans for a show yet? Mutoh said he hadn’t given it much thought but he knew there was a lot to think about, especially regarding who he would invite, as some of those people were overseas. NOAH are yet to announce Mutoh’s final five match schedule. Mutoh had once called Pro Wrestling a race that has no finish line, but now he understood that the finish line was in sight.

What about The Great Muta? Mutoh couldn’t say whether or not he would appear again before the gates of The Underworld close for the last time.

Rob Van Dam to return to NOAH in July, challenged by NOSAWA Rongai to a hardcore match

Rob Van Dam reunited with old rival Yoshinari Ogawa (they never teamed together during their All Japan years) and HAYATA to take on Kaito Kiyomiya, YO-HEY and Daisuke Harada. The match was won by Van Dam, who did the frog splash on Daisuke Harada. For YO-HEY the match was a young mans dream come true, while Kaito Kiyomiya lamented that he did not have much of a chance to fight Van Dam.

Backstage, Van Dam announced that he was planning to come back to NOAH, when NOSAWA Rongai (who was not on the card that night) crashed his interview and challenged him to a hardcore match at the Nippon Budokan in July, which he would be bringing his “friends” to. Van Dam accepted, and found that he didn’t have to look for a partner, as Masato Tanaka has nominated himself.

NOAH vs DDT does not go as planned

Sadly, the NOAH vs DDT match of Jun Akiyama, Tetsuya Endo and Kazusada Higuchi vs Katsuhiko Nakajima, Atsushi Kotoge and Yoshiki Inamura did not go as planned when Endo suffered a concussion following a strike from Katsuhiko Nakajima and the match was stopped. Akiyama was not happy with Nakajima and could be seen in the ring having serious words with him. Nakajima’s face was blank. Matters are still up in the air as to what will happen. Fortunately, Endo has suffered no lasting problems although he will miss a little time, but unfortunately, Nakajima has gone silent on social media which has made fans worry as to how he is. What will happen next (if anything) is up in the air.

Kenoh vs Daisuke Sasaki

After their elaborate ring entries (Kenoh entered looking as if he was on fire and singing along in usual aggressive loud shouty manner with The Garlic Boys who were performing live, while Daisuke Sasaki had an army of ghouls and zombies) Kenoh and Sasaki got down to the promised hardcore match. Despite being NOAH’s most grumpy man, Kenoh does have a sense of humor, especially when the Samurai helmet was put on his head, and the blow up doll was thrown into the ring, all to distract him from being hit with a chair. The match saw table shots, the stun gun (which Kenoh had sarcastically been saying he was craving a shot of), chairs, a ladder, and in usual DDT style a coffin dragged out from under the ring, filled with thumb tacks by Sasaki, who then found himself slammed on it. The match finished with Kenoh getting the win via a massive PFS from the top of the ladder.

Backstage, Kenoh it seemed finally understood the essence of DDT as he was unexpectedly complimentary of them. I think because he finally realized that they were not trying to be anything other than themselves and were doing their own thing and not trying to be anyone else. Daisuke Sasaki however, pinned his loss on the fact he went in representing DDT and of course, Sanshiro Takagi.

Open The Triangle Gate from Perros Del Mal De Japon to STINGER to The NOAH Junior Regulars and back again? 

Perros Del Mal De Japon came back to NOAH at Ota Ward on the 21st May and immediately made a nuisance of themselves charging into the STINGER vs STINGER title match and getting it thrown out. Perros nominated STINGER as their challengers, and found they had bitten off more than they could chew when STINGER (Yoshinari Ogawa, Yoshinari Ogawa and Seiki Yoshioka) took the belts from them on the 7th June. Ogawa had said in an interview that if they won, they would nominate The NOAH Junior Regulars (YO-HEY, Daisuke Harada & Atsushi Kotoge) as their challengers. Ogawa didn’t have to wait to nominate them, as they nominated themselves, and the title match was set for the following night on Wednesday 8th June. The belts changed hands once again when Daisuke Harada pinned Yoshioka, and the NOAH Junior Regulars were challenged by Perros Del Mal De Japon. Match will take place on the 23rd June at Shinjuku Face at the N-INNOVATION.

Seiki Yoshioka and Yuya Susumu fall out

While The NOAH Junior Regulars were celebrating their win (YO-HEY in particular, as this was a dream come true), STINGER where having an argument as Seiki Yoshioka was furious with Yuya Susumu. Prior to the match, Susumu had said that since Yoshioka had gotten them the belts, he would be the one to defend them. During the match he had accidentally hit Yoshioka, and this had led to the win. Checking on Yoshioka after the match meant that he was shoved away, Ogawa was shoved away and HAYATA, who was at ringside and stood in front of Yoshioka, was also shoved away. Both Ogawa and HAYATA have stayed out of this, knowing that this is an argument between Susumu and Yoshioka.

Backstage, Yoshioka said he was leaving STINGER, while Susumu said that if he did that then he would never forgive him. They had tagged for years, had he thought about that? Later, he posted that they were STINGER, and Yoshioka would come round as soon as he calmed down. They will have a tag versus each other on the 19th June and then a singles at the N-INNOVATION on the 23rd.

Hajime Ohara challenges HAYATA for the GHC Junior Heavyweight

Hajime Ohara has challenged HAYATA for the GHC Junior Heavyweight. He made his challenge on the 8th June at Korakuen Hall with the title match set for the N-INNOVATION on 23rd June. HAYATA scoffed at Ohara’s challenging him, saying the match would be an “easy victory” with “no losing factor” and he was looking ahead to the next challenger.

Loser leaves NOAH

Fed up with Haoh humiliating HI69, Tadasuke attacked him so savagely with kicks and stamps that the referee stopped the match on the 7th June. Standing over Haoh, Tadasuke spoke on the microphone and challenged him to a match with a stipulation. Tadasuke was not going to be putting his hair on the line (god forbid), but he was going to put his employment with NOAH on it. At the N-INNOVATION on the 23rd June, someone will be leaving NOAH.

Masato Tanaka challenges Masakatsu Funaki

Masato Tanaka made Masakatsu Funaki tap on the 7th June, and thereby won the right to challenge for the GHC National Title. Match has been set for the 19th June. Tanaka says this will be their first normal singles match, the last one they did was a hardcore blast.

Timothy Thatcher is X

Timothy Thatcher was revealed to be the mysterious X who would be teaming with “NOAH International” as Rene Dupree called them (himself, Michael Elgin, Simon Gotch, Timothy Thatcher and El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Junior). In his backstage promo following the revelation at Korakuen Hall, Rene Dupree took the chance to take a small dig at their former employers by saying, “He’s coming from a long far away land, where he wasn’t give the right opportunities.” So far in NOAH, he has gotten the win over Shuhei Taniguchi in a singles.

ELSEWHERE IN NOAH

– Masakatsu Funaki was the one who did the standard Kenoh match bicycle spot, when he came cycling down the ramp looking a little wobbly (I think Funaki is more used to motorbikes than peddle bikes), to collide with Daisuke Sasaki, who Manabu Soya was holding. Unfortunately, he collided with Manabu Soya instead.

– Simon Gotch saw Yoshiki Inamura’s new costume and asked him if he was Razor Ramon HG?

– Kinya Okada won the spicy noodles challenge, he is now the second person in NOAH to have finished them.

– Akitoshi Saito has decided to continue on with Funky Express.

– STINGER entered to the lights turned off in the arena on the 7th June. Yoshinari Ogawa complained to the ref. Ironic that this should happen to STINGER, NOAH’s most reclusive unit.

– Yoshiki Inamura debuted new music at CyberFight Festival.

– Rene Dupree considers himself the most handsome member of The Sugiura Army.

EVENT RECAPS & POST MATCH INTERVIEWS

  • Sunny Voyage 2022 (Sunday June 4th, Niigata/Aore Nagaoka)

Post match interviews

  • Star Navigation 2022 (Korakuen Hall Night 1, Tuesday 7th June)

Event recap

Post match interviews

  • Star Navigation 2022 (Korakuen Hall Night 2, Wednesday 8th June)

Event recap

Post match interviews

  • CyberFight Festival (Saitama Super Arena, 12th June 2022)

Event recap

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

THIS WEEK IN NOAH

(June schedule)

BACK IN THE KOBE! – LIVE 2022 –

Sunday, June 19th (Kobe Sanbo Hall, Hyogo)

Starts: 16:00 JST

Broadcast: WrestleUniverse

LINKS

In Memory Of Our Misawa

“Show NOAH’s Fight at CyberFight Festival where Pro Wrestling is condensed”

“I want to protect the GHC after fully drawing out the strength of Satoshi Kojima” Go Shiozaki’s confidence for the GHC Championship, but “My lariat is not yet enough”

Costume research – Yoshiki Inamura

What was the real intension of approaching DDT for a joint practice? Interview with NOAH’s Kinya Okada and Kai Fujimura

BOOK CORNER

Donmai-Donmai (Mitsuharu Misawa’s diary)

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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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