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




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.


– 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.


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

Post match interviews

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

Event recap

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

Event recap

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

Event recap



(June schedule)


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

Starts: 16:00 JST

Broadcast: WrestleUniverse


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


Donmai-Donmai (Mitsuharu Misawa’s diary)

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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)

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

Event recap

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

Event recap

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(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)

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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

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

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(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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