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NOAH WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.180~ 19TH JULY 2022

NOAH had a busy week-ish! News champions! Vacated belts! Gifts being passed along. It’s a fresh voyage for NOAH!

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Kenoh becomes the 40th GHC Heavyweight Champion, second reign to usher in a NOAH for the younger wrestlers. 

Following a feud which involved arguments over squats, Lion push ups, push ups and then Kenoh doing karaoke (which he said he wouldn’t when Kojima mentioned it), Kenoh won the GHC Heavyweight Championship in 28 minutes and 17 seconds following the Moonsault Double Knee Attack. Kojima took so many PFS during the match, that the next day when taking a bath he wondered if he had broken ribs.

Kenoh’s first title reign was about taking NOAH back to The Budokan, his second title reign is about changing the dynamics in NOAH. Kenoh had stated throughout the build to the title match that he was going to create a new NOAH, and one where reliance was not put on the veterans, but rather the young people in NOAH (even Kaito Kiyomiya) who would finally get their say.

HAYATA defends, dangerous new challenger emerges

Despite matches ending in a kick to the head by Seiki Yoshioka (even in matches that Yoshioka wasn’t in), HAYATA defended the GHC Junior Heavyweight. Yoshioka had said an interview that he would end the match by “Critical Strike”, but ironically it was HAYATA who ended the match that way with The Headache. No reconciliation with STINGER in sight, Yoshioka slunk off backstage, vowing to get stronger and climb up again. HAYATA’S next challenger came to the ring when HAYATA was still lying on the mat.

It was Shuji Kondo, who fans said was HAYATA’S “most dangerous challenger so far”. Kondo is far more heavily built than any of HAYATA’S other challengers, and stronger too. They are not total strangers, having met before at Naomichi Marufuji’s “Flight”. Kondo did not mince his words, asking HAYATA if he knew the significance of his coming to stand in the ring, but then again, HAYATA didn’t speak, did he? He reminded HAYATA of the fact that he was once a GHC Junior Heavyweight Champion (September 2012) and he wanted that belt back.

HAYATA snatched the mic from Kondo and swore he would defeat him and raise the value of the belt. Backstage, Kondo said he was surprised that HAYATA could and did speak, while HAYATA (not looking into the camera but from side to side) said that he was happy that others had come from other promotions for the belt, but it would be himself who would defend and raise the value. Title match has been set for 5th August at Korakuen Hall.

GHC Heavyweight Tag Titles vacated and won by The Sugiura Army’s Hideki Suzuki and “eccentric partner” Timothy Thatcher

Due to what NOAH called “various circumstances” surrounding Michael Elgin, NOAH announced that the GHC Heavyweight Tag Titles would be vacated, and Yoshiki Inamura would join Masa Kitamiya to fight for them. THE TOUGH were back together, but it was to be an unhappy reunion as Yoshiki Inamura was choked out by Hideki Suzuki leading to a match stop and the titles going to The Sugiura Army. Masa Kitamiya was furious and left screaming in rage, backstage he walked off angrily telling Inamura to “Get the hell out of my way!”. They will be teaming together again (albeit with the presence of Shuhei Taniguchi) on the 22nd July. It’s going to be interesting to see how it goes.

In the winners interview afterwards, Hideki Suzuki said he was not looking to the future, he was looking like he had always done, at the present. But regarding the future, the GHC Heavyweight and the GHC National beckoned.

STINGER & PERROS, Eita tells Chris Ridgeway to stay away for longer

Perros Del Mal De Japon got their revenge on Yoshinari Ogawa, for Ogawa abusing the “gift” that NOSAWA Rongai had tried to barter the GHC Junior Heavyweight tags in Shizuoka with, and throwing the white powder in the bag in Kotaro’s face. STINGER (and Kaito Kiyomiya) teamed up to beat on Kotaro, with Ogawa throwing so much powder that Kotaro was caked in it and looked like an elderly Geisha. Perros Del Mal De Japon got their revenge at The Nippon Budokan by keeping Yuya Susumu out of the ring, and torturing Yoshinari Ogawa. Backstage, Eita told Chris Ridgeway (whose surname he claimed not to remember until Kotaro reminded him) to stay in England for a while and not to rush back. It gave them more time to beat up Ogawa. Nothing has been announced regarding Ridgeway’s return as of yet.

“Three Treasures” from Keiji Mutoh

After weeks of preparation (which included reading every book he could, playing computer games with Keiji Mutoh in them, and practicing his moves) Kaito Kiyomiya faced Keiji Mutoh at The Nippon Budokan on the 16th July. This was to be their final singles match, and Kiyomiya knew this was his last chance. Mutoh had said he didn’t want Kiyomiya to put the old man out of his misery, but neither did he want him to be haunted by his ghost, and during the match both gave it their all, Mutoh even pulling out a clunky top rope Hurracanrunna. Kiyomiya worked throughout the match on Mutoh’s knees, and eventually did the unthinkable, he scored his one and only win by submission.

Backstage, Mutoh reflected that since Kiyomiya had defeated him, he was going to give him three gifts (ABEMA called these the “Three Treasures”) which were The Shining Wizard, The Dragon Screw and the The Figure Four. He wanted Kiyomiya to inherit them and take them forward and make them his own. Kiyomiya said that he had learned a lot from Mutoh, far more than he realized, and was seen after The Budokan was over practicing the moves that were now his for the N-1 VICTORY.

Masashi Aoyagi passes away

Masashi Aoyagi, who had been a big part of NOAH for the first fifteen years, passed away in early July. NOAH were affected by the loss, with Kotaro Suzuki and Akitoshi Saito remembering him in particular. Kotaro remembered him as a kind man when he was a trainee, who always had a smile, while Akitoshi Saito, who was Aoyagi’s student, remembered him as a strict but fair teacher. NOAH held the traditional ten bell salute on July 10th in Fujisan Messe, and Akitoshi Saito wore Aoyagi’s obi belt to the ring.

N-1 Victory 2022 announcement

The following were announced for the N-1 VICTORY 2022

A BLOCK

  • Kenoh
  • Kazuyuki Fujita
  • Go Shiozaki
  • Masato Tanaka
  • Masaaki Mochizuki
  • Hideki Suzuki
  • El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Jnr
  • Anthony Greene

 

B BLOCK

  • Masakatsu Funaki
  • Kaito Kiyomiya
  • Katsuhiko Nakajima
  • Takashi Sugiura
  • Masa Kitamiya
  • Satoshi Kojima
  • Timothy Thatcher
  • Jack Morris

Kenoh as the reigning champion will be taking part this year. It has not been common in past years for champions to take part, as neither Kaito Kiyomiya or Naomichi Marufuji did. Kenoh says his biggest rival is Kazuyuki Fujita, who he has never forgiven for taking the GHC National from him.

Jack Morris, a Scottish wrestler, who competes for ICW, will be making his NOAH and N-1 VICTORY 2022 debut.

Yoshiki Inamura’s Fire Festival 2022

Yoshiki Inamura has made up for last years disappointment caused by a leg injury by blazing his way through the Fire Festival. He drew with Masato Tanaka and defeating Hide Kubota, Takafumi and Nagao Sasaki, which puts him at the top of the block. Now only Fuminori Abe remains on Wednesday 27th July. One fan said that Inamura was emotional at the NOAH fans calling his name.

ECW Reunion, NOSAWA wants Sabu

NOAH at the Nippon Budokan was an unlikely place for Masato Tanaka, Rob Van Dam and Super Crazy to reunite in a hardcore match, but that is exactly what happened. NOSAWA Rongai was part of the match, although he was the only one who had never been in ECW (although he probably would have liked to have been). The match, which was as RVD had commented structured like ECW wrestlers knew how, was won by RVD on NOSAWA. After the match NOSAWA (who had come to the ring clutching a Sabu autographed chair) planned to bring in Sabu for another ECW reunion hardcore match. RVD warned him to be careful what he wished for.

YouTube Wars

Kaito Kiyomiya announced on the 18th July, that he was starting his own YouTube channel. He acknowledged that he was not as skilled talker as Kenoh was, but he was planning to do things that he could do with his body. Kenoh naturally started grumbling that Kiyomiya was only starting a YouTube channel as Kiyomiya was jealous of his, (but could he sing what he did on karaoke?), while Naomichi Marufuji wondered if he should start his own. Even Katsuhiko Nakajima got in on the trend by saying that YouTube certainly was popular among NOAH wrestlers.

Naomichi Marufuji’s return

Naomichi Marufuji will return to NOAH on the 5th August, which is NOAH’s birthday. He will return at “Departure 2022” and team with Go Shiozaki and Takashi Sugiura against Satoshi Kojima, Masato Tanaka and Daiki Inaba.

ELSEWHERE IN NOAH

– Haoh still has not made an appearance. I am wondering if he will come back on the technicality that Tadasuke expelled Haoh, he is Yuki Sato.

– Daisuke Harada used sign language to talk to a child with hearing impairment at the NOAH autograph session by signing “Thank you” to them.

– In typical Sugiura Army chaos, they came out and stood in the wrong corner when seconding Hideki Suzuki, which meant they were supporting THE TOUGH. Hideki Suzuki asked them if they were enemies now.

– Naomichi Marufuji was offered a pen where if you tip it, the clothes on the woman fade away. He decided he did not need it.

– Tadasuke debuted a new costume at The Nippon Budokan, revealing his long pants could be torn off like stripper pants. It’s apt he did it when he was in the ring with YO-HEY, which is probably his revenge for having to sit and wait for The GinGin Boys to finish their entry.

– New Japan’s Kazuchika Okada used Mitsuharu Misawa’s Emerald Flowsion against Jeff Cobb in their G1 match.

– Chris Ridgeway and HAYATA will have a singles match at WrestleCarnival in Nottingham, United Kingdom, on August 7th. Chris Ridgeway is the current Pure Champion, and Yoshinari Ogawa has always wanted a title match with Chris in the UK. HAYATA will later face Dean Allmark when he appears later in the week for PROGRESS wrestling in the north of England.

– Dante Leon made his NOAH debut at the NOAH Budokan. An exciting wrestler who combines both mat and aerial wrestling, fans cannot wait to see him against the NOAH Juniors.

– Kaito Kiyomiya came to the press conference dressed so formally to announce his YouTube channel, that fans thought that he was going to announce his marriage.

EVENT RECAPS AND POST MATCH INTERVIEWS

SUNNY VOYAGE 2022

YAMAGATA BIG WING, YAMAGATA – SUNDAY, JULY 3RD

Event recap 

Post match interviews

FUJISAN MESSE, SHIZUOKA – SUNDAY, JULY 10TH

Event recap

Post match interviews

ABEMA PRESENTS DESTIONATION 2022 – NIPPON BUDOKAN, TOKYO

Event recap

Post match interviews

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

THIS WEEK IN NOAH

(July 2022 schedule)

STAR NAVIGATION 2022

  • Thursday, July 21st

Venue: Korakuen Hall, Tokyo

Time: 18:30 JST

Broadcast: ABEMA

– The event will be put on WrestleUniverse after it finishes.

  • Friday, July 22nd

Venue: Korakuen Hall, Tokyo

Time: 18:30 JST

Broadcast: WrestleUniverse (Live)

*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.

OTHER EVENTS

  • July 9th: Road to Nippon Budokan special autograph session
  • July 23rd & July 24th: Fan Meeting 2022 
  • Sunday, July 24th: Hajime Ohara (38)
  • Sunday, July 24th: Go Shiozaki debut anniversary (18)

LINKS

“One And The Same” Kaito Kiyomiya releases a devilish flash elbow to defeat Mutoh

Professional wrestler Kaito Kiyomiya talks about his thoughts on the battle with Keiji Mutoh, who will retire next spring

Fan Event Recap: Road to Nippon Budokan special autograph session

Yoshiki Inamura’s Injury Story (Part 1) 

Yoshiki Inamura’s Injury Story (Part 2)

“The future cannot really been seen, unless we create a new shine by ourselves”. Kojima, the impact of “Waiting”, the past…interview with Kenoh ahead of The Nippon Budokan

“NOAH’s Great Talent” Yoshiki Inamura to shoot to the top by taking the title at the ZERO-1 Fire Festival

GHC Junior Challenge – Interview with Seiki Yoshioka, keyword is “Critical Strike”, the ultimate finish for The Budokan semi

Reasons for Kaito Kiyomiya’s “Perfect Imitation” facing Keiji Mutoh on Retirement Road

Budokan GHC Junior Championship Match signing: Yoshioka openly announces KO, HAYATA “Can See How To Win”

NOAH’s Budokan GHC Pre Match Press Conference: Kenoh’s “Green Tie” declaration of recapture of treasure, “NOAH Now Is Me”, Kojima’s rivalry with the G1 opening round

The sudden change to the tag champion decisive match, Suzuki burns “Only the results matter”, explosive stand off with THE TOUGH

Ninja Mack, who has come to Japan for the first time in two months, is looking to challenge for a title. Press conference with Dante Leon for the first time

RVD “Show True Hardcore Fight”, Tanaka “Budokan like ECW Arena”, magnificent former ECW duo meet

“Toward a NOAH for young wrestlers to speak” Kenoh declares his statement of belief, N-1 VICTORY and Fujita humiliation

Kiyomiya announces opening of a YouTube channel, the press conference itself becomes a “Hidden Camera”

 

BOOK CORNER/OLD ARTICLE TRANSLATIONS

Donmai-Donmai (Mitsuharu Misawa’s diary)

 

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(NOAH) NOAH WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.186 ~ 18TH SEPTEMBER 2022

Hisame sorts through some of the larger points as NOAH slowly comes into the Fall season!

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Kenoh, Kiyomiya & The Shining Wizard

At the time of writing, the two pre matches between Kenoh and Kaito Kiyomiya are even, both has one win over the other. Kiyomiya defeated Kenoh at Korakuen Hall on the 15th using a variation of The Shining Wizard, with Kenoh (who swore he would never lose to that move again), using Keiji Mutoh’s version of The Shining Wizard to defeat Kiyomiya. Prior to doing it, Kenoh had even gone as far to pull Mutoh’s pose and he did it again while leaning over Kiyomiya. Kenoh stated backstage that he didn’t believe that after Mutoh had retired that Kiyomiya would continue using the move, so therefore he, Kenoh, would use it and cherish both the technique and Keiji Mutoh. If you thought Kiyomiya was made mad enough by Kenoh patting him on the head, wait until they clash again at Yokohama Radiant Hall on the 19th.

YO-HEY & HAYATA

In the past you got the impression that HAYATA didn’t really care about his opponents, they were just there to be beaten and for him to move on after beating, this time the feeling is very different. Compared to all of HAYATA’S other title defenses so far, this has been the most personal (anything involving YO-HEY is always more personal than anyone else), the most bitter and the most savage. Whilst HAYATA seems to want to keep YO-HEY in mint condition for the title match, as neither Yoshinari Ogawa, Chris Ridgeway or himself seem to want to concentrate on breaking down his knees or damaging his arm (unlike poor Seiki Yoshioka, who is getting the brunt of all three, Ridgeway even tearing off his bandages and attacking the bone), YO-HEY has taken to attacking HAYATA after matches. Both matches so far have been inconclusive and neither has the win over the other, but at Korakuen on the first night YO-HEY dropkicked HAYATA in the face, at the second he gave him the GAMEN-G. YO-HEY has described this as a “switch being turned on” in him, and says he has a strategy for the title match. HAYATA naturally has said nothing, which is odd considering how vocal he has been in the title challenges before.

Taka & Satoshi

Satoshi Kojima and Takashi Sugiura have made a functional dysfunctional tag team. Their first pre match against Hideki Suzuki and Timothy Thatcher contained a misfire when Sugiura caught Kojima by accident and they had a spat. The second time, Sugiura was made to tap out by Timothy Thatcher in a match that reminded me of the Galleria fight between the T-800 and T-1000 in Terminator 2. Kojima came to the ring, Suzuki got in it and then Kojima took everyone out and closed the show on the microphone. Sugi started complaining that not only had Kojima arrived too late to help, but his theme music had started playing. Kojima said it wasn’t deliberate, Sugi didn’t believe him. The handshake where Kojima offers his palm and Sugi his finger (not the finger) seems to have become their thing, and Kojima will face off against Timothy Thatcher in a singles match on the 19th in Yokohama. Thatcher has sworn revenge for what happened at Korakuen.

NOAH’s New Debut

NOAH’s 16th NOAH Born, Taishi Ozawa, made his debut at Korakuen Hall on the 15th September. Weighing in at 87kg and with a height of 181cm (which is marginally smaller than Yoshiki Inamura and Shuhei Taniguchi at 182cm), he has naturally gone into the heavyweight division. His first match lasted 6 minutes and 31 seconds, and got him praise from the fans and wrestlers alike. After the match, Yoshiki Inamura praised him and said he wants him to grow stronger and make his body bigger. Personally, I can see Ozawa becoming one of NOAH’s ultra-heavyweights, but this may mean he has to give up doing dropkicks, which you don’t see too much of amongst NOAH’s heavyweights. NOAH celebrated this debut by broadcasting messages from support from fans on the screen, the President of The Leave presented him with flowers and special commemorative face masks were given at the door.

NOAH & Dragon Gate Joint Event

NOAH held a press conference on the 9th September to discuss the NOAH and DragonGate joint event which will be held on the 11th November at Korakuen Hall. Sadly Daisuke Harada does not think his neck will be in good enough condition for him to take part, so he has nominated himself as “Event Ambassador”. Cards announced so far are Seiki Yoshioka vs YAMATO (who said that local idiot Kzy agreed to this nonsense, and that if he liked festivals so much he should do a solo strip show, but getting back to Yoshioka, he was going to pay) and Mochizuki Junior, Ryu Fuda & Madoka Kikuta vs Kai Fujimura, Yasutaka Yano & Yoshiki Inamura. This latter match sets two sets of rookies against each other, and NOAH and DragonGate’s resident hosses.

GLOBAL2Days

In addition to the NOAH & DragonGate joint event, the day before NOAH will hold the first day of the two days at Korakuen Hall they have called “GLOBAL2Days”. Night 1 will be a NOAH show only, with all the titles put on the line. No cards yet have been announced for this.

NOSAWA vs Katsuhiko Nakajima?

NOSAWA Rongai declared that he wanted a singles match with “little bitch” Katsuhiko Nakajima, after Nakajima (tongue stuck out at the side of his mouth) gave him a round of soccer ball kicks. Hideki Suzuki said something along the lines of that while he thought NOSAWA was dead following this, NOSAWA probably was going to be dead after this. At the time of writing nothing has been announced yet, and Nakajima said it was “fun”.

Yuya Susumu

Due to cervical neck sprain, Yuya Susumu will miss about four events (which includes the past two Korakuen Hall events and probably the N-Innovation and one more event after that)

ELSEWHERE IN NOAH

– Kenoh apparently has a sense of humor similar to Mitsuharu Misawa’s i.e. blue. His column was once him yelling about his enemies, now he is making innuendos about how anatomy reacts to gravure models.

– Chris Ridgeway says that he has plans to not only get the GHC Junior Heavyweight, he also wants to bring the GHC National to the juniors.

– Katsuhiko Nakajima has likened the Nagoya Keiji Mutoh Retirement Road match as being like a reunion as it involves Mutoh’s classmate Masakatsu Funaki and their junior, Kazuyuki Fujita, and says he is going to destroy that atmosphere. He has also warned Mutoh to be careful in Nagoya, as he may not reach the Tokyo Dome.

– The children at NOAH’s most recent fan event (Tokyo Verdy) were fascinated by Kaito Kiyomiya and Masa Kitamiya’s muscles, despite the fact that they got pulled over by them at the tug of war. They let the children win the first time, but were pretty merciless the next time.

– Hideki Suzuki burst in wielding a pipe chair when Satoshi Kojima and Takashi Sugiura were talking backstage and threatened to throw it at someone. Sugi suggested he throw it at Kojima, Kojima, (had he been a New Yorker), basically said, “Hey, I’m talkin’ here!”

– Junta Miyawaki will challenge Tromba for the ASPW Openweight Championship on Saturday November 5th in Guadalajara.

– Jack Morris interrupted The Shutter Chance…I don’t think anyone in NOAH has ever done that before.

– Yoshiki Inamura’s reaction to Disco was to stand with his arms crossed and glare at Mohammed Yone. Yone did not forget this insult.

– NOAH have taken part in a team gaming event, which sees Kongoh (who sat apart from everyone else) join in. YO-HEY and Yoshiki Inamura seem to have formed a guild. STINGER, naturally, are not taking part.

EVENT RECAPS AND POST MATCH PROMOS

– STAR NAVIGATION 2022 (THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 15TH, KORAKUEN HALL)

Event recap

Post match interviews

– STAR NAVIGATION 2022 (FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 16TH, KORAKUEN HALL)

Event recap

Post match interviews

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

  • GHC Heavyweight Champion: Kenoh
    Challenger: Kaito Kiyomiya, [Muto Retirement Road] GRAND SHIP 2022 in NAGOYA PRO-WRESTLING LOVE FOREVER.2 ~OUT BREAK~ Sunday September 25th, Dolphin Arena (Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium)
  • GHC Junior Champion: HAYATA
    Challenger: YO-HEY, [Muto Retirement Road] GRAND SHIP 2022 in NAGOYA PRO-WRESTLING LOVE FOREVER.2 ~OUT BREAK~ Sunday September 25th, Dolphin Arena (Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium)
  • GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: The Sugiura Army (Hideki Suzuki & Timothy Thatcher)
    Challengers: KojiSugi (Satoshi Kojima & Takashi Sugiura), [Muto Retirement Road] GRAND SHIP 2022 in NAGOYA PRO-WRESTLING LOVE FOREVER.2 ~OUT BREAK~ Sunday September 25th, Dolphin Arena (Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium)
  • GHC Junior Tag Champions: STINGER (Chris Ridgeway & Yoshinari Ogawa)
    Challengers: The NOAH Junior Regulars (Atsushi Kotoge & Seiki Yoshioka), [Muto Retirement Road] GRAND SHIP 2022 in NAGOYA PRO-WRESTLING LOVE FOREVER.2 ~OUT BREAK~ Sunday September 25th, Dolphin Arena (Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium)
  • GHC National Champion: Masakatsu Funaki
    Challenger: Masa Kitamiya, SUNNY VOYAGE 2022 – Friday September 30th (Bandaijima Multi-Purpose Square Ogama)

*This event will not be broadcast live, but hopefully this match will be shown via Instagram

THIS WEEK IN NOAH

(September 2022 schedule)

  • Monday, September 19th

SUNNY VOYAGE 2022 – Yokohama Radiant Hall, Yokohama

Time: 17:30 JST

Broadcast: WrestleUniverse (Live)

  • Tuesday, September 20th

Title match signing (GHC Heavyweight Tag, GHC Junior Heavyweight)

Live on NOAH’s Official YouTube at 17:00 JST

  • Wednesday, September 21st

N INNOVATION – Shinjuku FACE, Tokyo

Time: 18:30 JST

Broadcast: WrestleUniverse (Live)

  • Sunday, September 25th

GRAND SHIP 2022 in NAGOYA/PRO WRESTLING LOVE FOREVER IN NAGOYA – OUTBREAK (Keiji Mutoh Retirement Road)

Start: 16:00 JST

Broadcast: WrestleUniverse (Live)

LINKS

Keiji Mutoh talks freely, “PPV at Retirement Match”, “Cut Ties” for O-Khan

Long awaited one on one fight with Katsuhiko Nakajima. Will Daiki Inaba’s obsession with Katsuhiko Nakajima be fulfilled?

“I don’t have the sense for a name! (laughs”) The secret story of the birth of the Shining Wizard variation & recruitment of technique name!

“Finish it all at once” GHC Junior Tag Team Champion Chris Ridgeway Interview, complete belt and league domination, ambition of GHC National Challenge

Kaito Kiyomiya receives reinforcement from the kick world, if he fails to take the GHC in the Kenoh match, “I can’t go to the top anymore”

“After the N-1!, the 15th & 16th Korakuen are two consecutive events, the next big match is 25th September Nagoya (Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium). Focusing on developments for the four major GHC fights, a new battle begins

NOAH collaborates with Tokyo Verdy! Naomichi Marufuji, “I want to put up a ring at Ajinomoto Stadium and have a match”

“I’ll let you challenge my GHC Heavyweight” GHC Champion Kenoh nominates himself for Keiji Mutoh’s Retirement Match, Next Year on 21st February At Tokyo Dome

Fan event recap: Tokyo Verdy

Junior Brand Event: YO-HEY and Kotoge introduce the highlights of the 21st September Shinjuku N-Innovation Competition

GHC Heavyweight signing ceremony: Kenoh “A beautiful story, I’m gonna break it down and I’m gonna draw it”, Kiyomiya prepares for “Last Chance”

“I want to become white ash” Keiji Mutoh’s retirement stage will be 21st February at The Tokyo Dome, “Pubic Persuasion” Chono will also go to his retirement match

Funky Kato is dazed about Keiji Mutoh’s retirement, the final opponent is “Not Okada”

“I’m using it, so it’s my technique!” with Mutoh finisher at full power, Kaito Kiyomiya defeats Kenoh towards the culmination of their five year story

Katsuhiko Nakajima and the 25th September Nagoya match with Keiji Mutoh, who will retire at The Dome next year

OLD INTERVIEWS

“Dandyism?”, it’s not like that”

Interesting interview with Mitsuharu Misawa from circa February 2002, in which he discusses Kodo Fuyuki’s retirement, friendship, NOAH, All Japan, his childhood and his juniors.

BOOK CORNER

“Donmai, Donmai” – Mitsuharu Misawa’s diary

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(NOAH) NOAH WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.185 ~ 7TH SEPTEMBER 2022

N-1 Victory gives us a new challenger for the GHC Heavyweight title! A New Tag Team forms! Injuries and Junior division craziness! Hisame brings you all the NOAH nuggies!

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Kaito Kiyomiya wins N-1 VICTORY

Kaito Kiyomiya overcame Hideki Suzuki to win his first N-1 VICTORY. Hideki Suzuki had terrified him, as he remembered how it was the last time they fought soon after Kiyomiya had returned from excursion. Kiyomiya had said in the press conference in response to Suzuki’s “he’s obsessed with Mutoh” that he wouldn’t use any of Mutoh’s moves in the match, but this was indeed how he won it. With his win, Kiyomiya could now challenge Kenoh for the GHC Heavyweight title.

Kenoh (looking half amused and a bit proud of Kiyomiya), came to the ring and silently raised the GHC Heavyweight. Backstage, he was not as quiet, saying that Kiyomiya was “a handsome wrestler with a cool face”, but he wasn’t happy with Kiyomiya’s somewhat dazed promo and branding him the “Useless N-1 Champion”.

HAYATA nominates his next challenger, YO-HEY

YO-HEY had been saying for the past few weeks that he was going to be aiming at HAYATA. The expected title challenge didn’t happen earlier as the last time YO-HEY and HAYATA were in the ring together, Perros Del Mal De Japon ruined any chances. HAYATA took matters into his own hands following the match in Osaka on the September 3rd. The way YO-HEY was nominated was done in a way that could only be done between the two of them, with HAYATA walking in on the NOAH Junior Regulars while they were in the comments booth, and nominating YO-HEY then and there.

STINGER victorious, new challengers emerge

STINGER ground Perros Del Mal De Japon practically into the ground in the title match in Osaka, Eita getting the brunt of the attack. Chris Ridgeway at one point taking off Eita’s kneepad and grinding his knuckles into the bone. It was no wonder that by the end of the match, Eita was walking with a noticeable limp. As Perros Del Mal slunk away to lick their wounds, STINGER were faced with their new challengers, Atsushi Kotoge and Seiki Yoshioka of The NOAH Junior Regulars. Kotoge got about half of a sentence out about challenging for the belts, taking them back, teaming with Yoshioka, when STINGER had had enough of him/them, and hit them both in the face with their belts and then walked off making dismissive motions. Despite this, their challenge has been accepted.

Satoshi Kojima and Takashi Sugiura

Understandably subdued at the moment and not himself, Takashi Sugiura came out of his shell a bit when he and Satoshi Kojima teamed together in Osaka on 3rd September. At first their partnership was stormy, a missed spot which involved an opponent ducking and a mistimed spot resulted in an argument and Sugiura deliberately breaking a pin, which meant that fans suspected a rivalry. However, backstage Satoshi Kojima had a different idea, how about the two of them team up? Sugi wasn’t too sure, but Kojima persuaded him saying that they were both the same age (Sugiura is four months older) and it was hard to find someone as contemporary as Sugiura now. Sugiura said he would give it a go, and much to fans surprise, the two have challenged for the GHC Heavyweight Tag Titles.

Masa Kitamiya

With the N-1 over and Masakatsu Funaki saying that he wanted to put the belt up against the three people he lost against, Masa Kitamiya, Kaito Kiyomiya & Satoshi Kojima, fans were the most interested in seeing Kitamiya challenge. Following a tag match in Osaka, Kitamiya and Funaki got into a rare melee brawl after the match, which involved Kitamiya slamming him and Katsuhiko Nakajima having to throw Kitamiya from the ring. Backstage, Kitamiya announced his challenge and the title match has been set a little later the others (I think due to Funaki’s schedule) for the 30th September.

Kenoh vs The Makai Alliance

The short lived Makai Alliance of NOSAWA Rongai, The-Great-O-Khan and The Great Muta (I say short as Muta turned on O-Khan and gave him the Green Mist at the end) took on the might of Kongoh. Tadasuke was the target for the three demons, while Kenoh battered O-Khan with his bamboo sword (O-Khan posted pictures of the welts later) and while attempting a fireball, got a lick of flame from Great Muta. Sadly, Kenoh did not set himself on fire in the match and do any flaming kicks. Manabu Soya was given the red mist. Following Muta’s betrayal, O-Khan has vowed revenge and while he was crawling backstage and then rolling around on the floor, Muta hinted that perhaps he might be turning up in New Japan, or perhaps America?

DragonGate

Following NOAH’s Osaka event, The NOAH Junior Regulars (YO-HEY, Atsushi Kotoge, Alejandro and Seiki Yoshioka) turned up at DragonGate’s event and saved Natural Vibes from Z-BRATS. Kzy couldn’t quite believe it and asked what they were doing there, to which a joint performance (or “festival”) was suggested. Seiki Yoshioka wanted to fight YAMATO, while Alejandro wanted to team with “the skillful, crazy and cool” DragonKid. Nothing more has been said about the date, the venue or the card, but expect announcements in the coming weeks.

NOAH’s new debut

NOAH have announced that a trainee will graduate from the dojo on the 15th September. Taishi Ozawa is twenty-five years old, has a background in gymnastics, and comes from Shizuoka. He will be the first debut since Yasutaka Yano in about two years. His first NOAH match will be against Yoshiki Inamura, following this he is expected to join the heavyweight division.

Go Shiozaki injured

Go Shiozaki was injured in the match in Osaka, and was helped backstage by the trainees and officials, an ice pack on his arm. NOAH have not announced the extent of the injury yet or for how long Shiozaki will be absent only that he is pending further investigations.

ELSEWHERE IN NOAH

– Seiki Yoshioka has done a weight challenge which involved other wrestlers sitting on him while he does push ups; Alejandro was the easiest because he’s the smallest and lightest, Daiki Inaba was doable, Go Shiozaki giggled and fell off and Yoshiki Inamura squashed him flat.

– Stallion Rogers and Anthony Greene left NOAH to return to the USA. Anthony Greene was very emotional, stating how much he was going to miss Japan and how he looked upon The Ark, as home.

– Kenoh says he doesn’t care about O-Khan, his goal is another New Japan wrestler. He doesn’t say who though.

– Daiki Inaba has a singles match with Katsuhiko Nakajima coming up, this will be his chance to avenge himself for the W-1 championship belt.

– We mercifully never found out just where Kendo Kashin had vanished to after the match.

– Kaito Kiyomiya has taken up surfing in his new channel videos, while Kenoh informed us all that “The Beast” is not simply a name for Kazuyuki Fujita to scare his opponents with, which Kenoh found out when kicking him in the thigh.

EVENT RECAPS AND POST MATCH PROMOS

– N-1 VICTORY 2022 GRAND FINAL & GREAT MUTA OSAKA FINAL (Edion Arena Osaka First Stadium, Saturday September 3rd)

Event recap

Post Match Interviews

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

  • GHC Heavyweight Champion: Kenoh
    Challenger: Kaito Kiyomiya, [Muto Retirement Road] GRAND SHIP 2022 in NAGOYA PRO-WRESTLING LOVE FOREVER.2 ~OUT BREAK~ Sunday September 25th, Dolphin Arena (Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium)
  • GHC Junior Champion: HAYATA
    Challenger: YO-HEY, [Muto Retirement Road] GRAND SHIP 2022 in NAGOYA PRO-WRESTLING LOVE FOREVER.2 ~OUT BREAK~ Sunday September 25th, Dolphin Arena (Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium)
  • GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: The Sugiura Army (Hideki Suzuki & Timothy Thatcher)
    Challengers: KojiSugi (Satoshi Kojima & Takashi Sugiura), [Muto Retirement Road] GRAND SHIP 2022 in NAGOYA PRO-WRESTLING LOVE FOREVER.2 ~OUT BREAK~ Sunday September 25th, Dolphin Arena (Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium)
  • GHC Junior Tag Champions: STINGER (Chris Ridgeway & Yoshinari Ogawa)
    Challengers: The NOAH Junior Regulars (Atsushi Kotoge & Seiki Yoshioka), [Muto Retirement Road] GRAND SHIP 2022 in NAGOYA PRO-WRESTLING LOVE FOREVER.2 ~OUT BREAK~ Sunday September 25th, Dolphin Arena (Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium)
  • GHC National Champion: Masakatsu Funaki
    Challenger: Masa Kitamiya, SUNNY VOYAGE 2022 – Friday September 30th (Bandaijima Multi-Purpose Square Ogama)

* This event will not be broadcast live, but hopefully this match will be shown via Instagram

 THIS WEEK IN NOAH

(September 2022 schedule)

– Wednesday 15th September

NOAH will hold a press conference/match signing live on their official YouTube at 5pm JST. Keiji Mutoh will give further details about his retirement road plans, while the title matches are expected to be signed for.

LINKS

Muta & O-Khan make a shocking agreement, with the offering of “Makai Cake” at the historic alliance talks

Dragon Bane and Alpha Wolf both declare victory in Osaka for the Lucha Brothers showdown

Ahead of The Muta & O-Khan battle, holding a bamboo sword Kenoh does a furious interview, not giving up on GHC Heavyweight counter-attack

Suzuki “Best fight in the world”, “Win or die”, “No more chances” – Kiyomiya also has his back to the wall, press conference just before the N-1 championship match

GHC Champion Kenoh Makai Empire Alliance “Purification”, declares “Compulsory Elementary School Education For O-Khan”

Moving away from mentor Keiji Mutoh as champion! Kaito Kiyomiya submits “Graduation Thesis” by swearing to win the N-1 for the first time

ALL JAPAN YOSHINARI OGAWA ARTICLES FROM 1986

An Unknown Trainee 

Yoshinari Ogawa’s Volume 

BOOK CORNER

“Donmai, Donmai” – Mitsuharu Misawa’s diary

With thanks to: Metal-NOAH

GIF taken from WrestleUniverse & Seiki Yoshioka’s TikTok


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