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NOAH WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.187 ~ 29TH SEPTEMBER 2022

Keiji Mutoh continues his Retirement tour and bringing out faces from the past! NOAH has a new champion! Interesting inter-promotional battles on the horizon as well!

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Kaito Kiyomiya is the new GHC Heavyweight Champion, nominates Kazuyuki Fujita as challenger

Following provocation by Kenoh not only saying that he was going to be the one to inherit Keiji Mutoh’s Shining Wizard and the memory of Keiji Mutoh himself (and the outright claim that Kiyomiya would simply forget about Mutoh once Mutoh had retired, which Kiyomiya didn’t even bother responding to), Kenoh went one step further at their last pre match on the 19th September by pulling Keiji Mutoh’s pose, kissing his hand, putting it to Kiyomiya’s lips and then exploding it. Kiyomiya erupted in fury at this, it was far more than any verbal provocation of Kenoh’s, which I guess he has learned to ignore over the years. They fought for the GHC Heavyweight in Nagoya on September 25th, with Kiyomiya emerging victorious following a modified Shining Wizard. As Kenoh left it was like a spell was broken. Kenoh went backstage and muttered about Kiyomiya being the company favorite and in his interview the day after winning the title, Kiyomiya said nothing about Keiji Mutoh. Mutoh as we know had been a focus of both Kiyomiya and Kenoh leading up to the title match.

Back in the ring, Kiyomiya called out his next opponent. Kazuyuki Fujita. Fujita came to the ring, carrying a can of beer which he swigged from. Getting in the ring he circled Kiyomiya and took off his t-shirt. Kiyomiya said that he was expecting a fight, but Fujita did something that no other NOAH wrestler had (or perhaps would) do, and that was to throw himself at Kiyomiya and then make nuzzling motions against his head, while he licked the belt. Kiyomiya pushed him off, and Fujita retaliated by pouring beer over his head.

Kiyomiya screaming that he hated beer was met with Fujita toasting him from the ramp and yelling “Kampaiii” (“cheers”) after a fight had broken out, and Kiyomiya threw him from the ring.

 

Backstage, Kiyomiya said his reason for nominating Kazuyuki Fujita as his challenger was that he had never been defeated for the GHC Heavyweight. Fujita had to give up the belt due to Coronavirus. It has been a recurring theme of most of the GHC Heavyweight champions since Go Shiozaki, that Fujita has been the man to beat in order to cement yourself as champion. Kiyomiya was picking up that torch.

As for Fujita, he played it as if he was a Casanova and had been asked out on a date by warning Kiyomiya that when you experience Fujita, you can never go back because you were never going to be the same. He was going to “make it a night to remember”. He sipped his beer, and licked his lips afterwards.

Title match has been set for NOAH’s return to Ariake on the 30th October.

STINGER lose, NOAH Junior Regulars win, enter Tadasuke (with a chair)

Following a period of brutal attacks on Seiki Yoshioka (by the end of the match he could hardly use one side of his body) and a title challenge where Atsushi Kotoge was bloodied up, The NOAH Junior Regulars emerged victorious and bought the tag titles home to their unit. They had very little time to celebrate their win and put ice on their wounds, when Tadasuke burst in and attacked Atsushi Kotoge with a chair while Hi69 beat up on the already incapacitated Seiki Yoshioka. Tadasuke (wild grin on his face) got on the microphone and made a challenge for the tag titles. Then Tadasuke wiped the blood from Kotoge that had got on his hands on his hair, leaving red streaks in the peroxide. Tadasuke was even waving the bloodied seat of the chair, which had detached during the attack, around backstage.

Title match will be on the 30th October when NOAH return to the Ariake complex.

Takashi Sugiura and Satoshi Kojima, NOAH’s most dysfunctional tag team, win the GHC Heavyweight tag titles

It must be said that with the combined efforts of Satoshi Kojima and Hideki Suzuki, we almost have our Sugi back.

At the press conference/title match signing, Sugi and Kojima appeared dressed in suits and wearing dark glasses. They looked something between The Men In Black and “Dangerous Detectives” (as Tokyo Sports called them  which stems from a Japanese TV show). Hideki Suzuki was on form, not only mistranslating Timothy Thatcher and stating at one point that Thatcher said he came to Japan to “beat you up” and being rude to a journalist for being overfamiliar with his “punk mouth”, the highlight of the press conference was his long close up stare at Sugi, who was trying not to laugh.

The dysfunctional team won the titles in Nagoya on the 25th September, and despite their falling out during the match, Sugi actually gave Kojima a proper handshake. Then they went back to squabbling backstage over Kojima talking on the mic when it was Sugi who got the win. No challengers have come forward as of yet.

HAYATA retains the GHC Junior, Ninja Mack makes his long awaited challenge

It had been an emotional match for YO-HEY, and for fans. Cutting out the aerial techniques that had characterized their earlier matches, both he and HAYATA demonstrated how much they had both evolved by concentrating on a more NOAH based ground attack with submissions. YO-HEY might have failed in the challenge, but he had at least gotten one win over HAYATA in the pre-match. He knew the title match would be different and he would need to level up, and afterwards he reflected and said he would start from rock bottom in order to make his next challenge. What fans had noticed that while things had changed between them, some things were the same, such as YO-HEY coloring his hair, his tongue (and even his boxer shorts) purple, which is HAYATA’s color, and HAYATA not speaking as much as he has done in previous title challenges, as he is content to let YO-HEY talk. After the match, Ninja Mack came to challenge. HAYATA accepted by saying, that he was “finally interested in the belt” and acknowledging him as challenger. Title match will of course be on the 30th October. But HAYATA is not immediately going into a fallout match with Ninja Mack at NOAH’s next event on the 30th, but is having a tag match against YO-HEY.

Keiji Mutoh’s Retirement Road

Keiji Mutoh has been very busy.

– 23rd September: Great Muta appears in AEW

The Great Muta made a surprise appearance in AEW to rescue Sting, who had been tied to a chair by Darby Allen. Muta came to the ring, advanced on Sting and then turned and spat green mist into the face of Allen and then reunited with Sting. Keiji Mutoh announced that Sting would attend Muta’s retirement on the 22nd in Yokohama, but has not said in what capacity, although it is assumed that they will tag. Regarding any further appearances in America, Mutoh said he didn’t think it was likely, but did warn that The Great Muta may pop up somewhere as you never knew where he would turn up next.

– 25th September: Keiji Mutoh Retirement Road: Love Forever 2

Keiji Mutoh teamed with his junior Kazuyuki Fujita to take on Mutoh’s classmate, Masakatsu Funaki and Katsuhiko Nakajima, who Mutoh has known since he was a boy, and still calls affectionately “Katsuhiko”. Nakajima said he was going to break up this class reunion, and while Mutoh did get kicked (Nakajima smirked and said it was fun when Mutoh later complained his leg still hurt) but it was Fujita who got the worst of it. During the match, Nakajima pulled out Mutoh’s Space Rolling Elbow. Mutoh was initially not pleased, but then he became very happy to see it and said that he thought that “Katsuhiko” did it because he had some small measure of feeling for him. I think had Nakajima been a more acrobatic wrestler, Mutoh might have handed it to him. Mutoh won the match with The Shining Wizard, pinning Nakajima. This was Mutoh’s farewell to Nagoya, his classmate, his junior and Nakajima.

– 26th September: Hiroshi Tanahashi comes to the press conference and a tag match is announced

Hiroshi Tanahashi presented 38 roses to Mutoh when he came to the press conference. Each rose symbolizes a year of Mutoh’s career. Mutoh joked that he should have laid them at his feet, as had happened in boxing recently. Tanahashi said he wasn’t good at ad-libbing, and then introduced himself as “one of the greatest New Japan talents in the past one hundred years”. During the press conference, a tag match was announced. New Japan’s Hiroshi Tanahashi, Togi Makabe and Honma Tomoaki will team together against the team of Naomichi Marufuji, Keiji Mutoh and Keiji Mutoh. This will take place on the 30th October. Mutoh has not given up hope of appearing one final time in the New Japan ring.

– 16th October: A new match is announced

NOAH announced that due to fan demand, Keiji Mutoh will be appearing in Fukuoka. He will tag with Ninja Mack and Satoshi Kojima against Naomichi Marufuji, HAYATA and Jack Morris. Satoshi Kojima is of course connected to Mutoh through All Japan and New Japan, Naomichi Marufuji has wanted a match against Mutoh (he will be tagging with him as we know on the 30th October) and HAYATA has been a big fan of Mutoh for a while, as he has influenced a lot of his style and persona. HAYATA thinks of himself and The Great Muta as “The Phantom Team”. Muta doesn’t like to speak and HAYATA said, neither does he.

Naomichi Marufuji and Katsuhiko Nakajima head overseas

Naomichi Marufuji and Katsuhiko Nakajima will appear for Evolution Pro Wrestling in New York for their anniversary show on November 12th. Marufuji’s match is yet to be announced, but Nakajima will take on Josh Alexander. Alexander has said he wonders how Nakajima is going to kick after he snaps his ankle. They will also appear at King of Indies in San Francisco on November 19th.

NOSAWA vs Katsuhiko Nakajima (and Kenoh)

After being beaten up by Katsuhiko Nakajima who gave him some pretty stiff soccerball kicks outside the ring at Korakuen Hall recently, (although he would tell you that Nakajima tried to beat him up), NOSAWA Rongai has been on a quest to face Nakajima in a match. Then he threw in Kenoh, so it could be himself and Eita versus Kongoh. Hideki Suzuki told him that he was probably going to die, but NOSAWA has taken no notice and kept on with his demand. His demand has not been met because rather than facing Nakajima and Kenoh, NOAH have booked him against rookies Yasutaka Yano and Kai Fujimura. NOSAWA thinks he is having to go through some kind of trial.

ELSEWHERE IN NOAH

– Hideki Suzuki has hinted that perhaps Takashi Sugiura might like to get back online.

– Yoshiki Inamura and YO-HEY continued their guild, despite the fact that YO-HEY said someone attacked and burned their castle down. A picture was taken of YO-HEY and Inamura playing the game, with YO-HEY seated cross legged on Inamura, who was doing a bridge in the ring. We have seen Inamura used as a weight, but is he now used as furniture?

– NOAH’s Director, Narihiro Takeda, wrote on a NOAH Note that he would like for Darby Allin to come to NOAH one day.

– Tadasuke got a match thrown out by ripping off Alejandro’s mask. Tadasuke did not care, and did not even respond when Alejandro asked if he wanted a mask for himself?

– Daiki Inaba had his long awaited singles match with Katsuhiko Nakajima, but failed to revenge himself for Nakajima’s behavior in W-1. Nakajima even went for the cocky pin by grinning and leaning on Inaba.

– There was usual chaos at the NOAH Junior Space sessions as Daisuke Harada is not there to take control. Atsushi Kotoge seems to be the main culprit, forgetting to invite Seiki Yoshioka in and at one time even failing to press record.

– It’s probably best that Daiki Inaba, who apparently likes to be in the nip backstage, was not present when NOAH was at Differ. It was bad enough that Sugi used to wander around naked…

– Mitsuharu Misawa wrote in a diary entry for 2006 about filming an advert for THE LEAVE, and having to sing first thing in the morning while they were filming. Probably due to the fact that he had a problem with his throat anyway, was a heavy smoker and had taken “so many chops and kicks” to it in his career, he said he sounded very hoarse.

EVENT RECAPS AND POST MATCH PROMOS

SUNNY VOYAGE – September 19th 

Event recap

Post match promos

N-INNOVATION – September 21st 

Event recap

Post match promos

GRAND SHIP 2022 IN NAGOYA/KEIJI MUTOH RETIREMENT ROAD – September 25th

Event recap

Post match promos

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

  • GHC Heavyweight Champion: Kaito Kiyomiya
    Challenger: Kazuyuki Fujita, [Muto Retirement Road] ABEMA presents Ariake Gaisen-THE RETURN-PRO-WRESTLING LOVE FOREVER . 3 ~TRIUMPH~ Sunday 30th October, Ariake Arena, Tokyo
  • GHC Junior Champion: HAYATA
    Challenger: Ninja Mack, [Muto Retirement Road] ABEMA presents Ariake Gaisen-THE RETURN-PRO-WRESTLING LOVE FOREVER . 3 ~TRIUMPH~ Sunday 30th October, Ariake Arena, Tokyo
  • GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: KojiSugi (Satoshi Kojima & Takashi Sugiura)
    Challengers: TBA
  • GHC Junior Tag Champions: The NOAH Junior Regulars (Atsushi Kotoge & Seiki Yoshioka)
    Challengers: Kongoh Juniors (Tadasuke & Hi69), [Muto Retirement Road] ABEMA presents Ariake Gaisen-THE RETURN-PRO-WRESTLING LOVE FOREVER . 3 ~TRIUMPH~ Sunday 30th October, Ariake Arena, Tokyo
  • 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

(October 2022 schedule)

– Friday, October 7th

STAR NAVIGATION 2022 – Korakuen Hall, Tokyo

Time: 18:30 JST

Broadcast: WrestleUniverse/ABEMA (live)

– Saturday, October 8th

STAR NAVIGATION 2022 – 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.

BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIES

Wednesday, 5th October: Keiji Mutoh debut anniversary (38)

Wednesday, 5th October: Seiki Yoshioka debut anniversary (14)

LINKS

“I want to protect this belt for the rest of my life”, new GHC champion Kiyomiya holds morning press conference to establish a new NOAH landscape

Mutoh’s Retirement Road, tag match against Tanahashi in round three: “I want to grab the secret of secrets”, Tanahashi presents 38 roses

Great Muta teaming up with Sting for last match? “Agent” Mutoh’s opinion 

“I wonder if I can transmit more” YO-HEY aims to revitalize the junior ark with his first championship

AEW Shock! Great Muta appears in America! Rescues Sting and shake of hands

“Follow Me You Bastards” – Kenoh’s Weekly Pro Column

GHC Junior Match Signing: YO-HEY “Last Chance, I don’t think as my ex partner now”, HAYATA “I don’t feel anything”

“Taka & Satoshi” reveal a “dangerous detective” look, mischievous Suzuki is a reckless interpreter, the GHC tag signing ceremony is thrown into chaos by bizarre question and answer between the two teams

 A “Comrade” and an “Older Brother”, Masakatsu Funaki talks about his thoughts on Mutoh’s retirement, “I want to kick him mercilessly”

BOOK CORNER

“Donmai, Donmai” – Mitsuharu Misawa’s diary

With thanks to: Metal NOAH

GIF taken from WrestleUniverse & NOAH Official YouTube

Picture credit: YO-HEY & NOAH.co.jp


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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

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(NOAH) NOAH NEWSLETTER VOL.190 ~ 6TH NOVEMBER 2022

Mutoh’s retirement tour continues, Shinsuke Nakamura’s video challenge is official, and a former Junior returns under a new name! Hisame enlightens us all!

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Shinsuke Nakamura vs Great Muta announced

NOAH announced during the Ariake Arena event on October 30th, that The Great Muta would be appearing at their New Year’s Day event on January 1st at The Nippon Budokan, with his surprise opponent being Shinsuke Nakamura, who is currently overseas in WWE. As Nakamura said himself, he has had matches with Keiji Mutoh, but this will be his first and last time with Great Muta.

NOAH had shortlisted Shinsuke Nakamura as a possible opponent for either Keiji Mutoh or Great Muta somewhere along the line, and had to be very persistent in their request, which paid off in the end.

NOSAWA’S final battle

NOSAWA has been preparing for his retirement by wrapping up loose ends; namely by his own produce, “Tokyo Dream Final: The Last Festival”, that will take place at Korakuen Hall on the 20th December and finishing things with STINGER, namely Yoshinari Ogawa. This will not take place at the produce in December. NOSAWA says for the final battle, which will take place on the November 23rd show main event at the Yoyogi National Stadium he will bring Kotaro Suzuki and Ikuto Hidaka as seconds. The final battle will be a somewhat one sided match of NOSAWA Rongai, Eita and Super Crazy against Yoshinari Ogawa, Yasutaka Yano and Kai Fujimura. Unfortunately for Ogawa he is currently the only person left in STINGER with any substantial experience, as HAYATA and Yuya Susumu are injured (both NOSAWA and Yoshinari Ogawa have seemingly forgotten about Susumu, which probably won’t sit well with him when he returns), and Chris Ridgeway has now returned to England for the time being, but that said, Ogawa and Yano were very successful against Perros the last time they fought them.

Kiyomiya retains, Thatcher challenges

Kaito Kiyomiya made a desperate effort to win against Kazuyuki Fujita after a match which saw him try and wear Fujita down only for Fujita to bounce back, and which Kiyomiya had to win by taking Fujita by surprise. After the match, Timothy Thatcher came to the ring and challenged for the GHC Heavyweight title.

Due to the short time (and shows) between Ariake Arena on the 30th October and the title match on the 10th November, there has only been one pre-match, which was won by Timothy Thatcher over Kaito Kiyomiya via the dreaded Fujiwara Armbar on 3rd November. As Thatcher pointed out, and as Kiyomiya well knows, he is undefeated in NOAH.

AMAKUSA

A mysterious masked man made an appearance in NOAH at The Ariake Arena on the 30th October, to rescue Seiki Yoshioka and Atsushi Kotoge from an attack made by The Kongoh Juniors, following the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag match. The masked man unmasked himself, revealing himself to be Haoh who had both a new look and new move-set.

The man said his name was AMAKUSA, and he was going to go to the top of NOAH, which started by crushing Tadasuke. It has since been discovered (credit Metal NOAH), that the reason why Haoh seemingly vanished, was that he had joined Junta Miyawaki in Mexico, which also explains the new techniques he is using.

Funky Express challenge for the GHC Heavyweight Tag Belts

With Masao Inoue not returning to NOAH for the time being and Shuhei Taniguchi leaving the unit, Funky Express has been Mohammed Yone and Akitoshi Saito. A few weeks ago, Saito revealed that NOAH alumnae, Tamon Honda, had gifted him the use of his finisher, “The Dead End”. Yone said with that, they could go to the top, and so after Takashi Sugiura and Satoshi Kojima had defeated Kongoh’s Kenoh and Katsuhiko Nakajima, they came and challenged for the belts.

At the press conference on the 1st November, it became apparent that the real competition was between Takashi Sugiura and Akitoshi Saito, while Satoshi Kojima said his battle with Mohammed Yone would be over the name “Satoshi”, which happens to be Yone’s real first name. At the only pre match between them on the 3rd November, Saito and Sugiura kept fighting even after the bell had rung.

From Kongoh to Kongoh

Not to lose the chance of their team holding gold, the Kongoh Junior’s Hajime Ohara and Shuji Kondo challenged The NOAH Junior Regulars (Seiki Yoshioka and Atsushi Kotoge) for the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Belts, after Tadasuke and HI69 had failed in their attempt. As this is the NOAH Junior Regulars, things got rough and this of course was broken up by AMAKUSA. During the press conference/match signing that followed, Shuji Kondo threw the champions a bone and what he called a “test” for his quaking pupil, Hajime Ohara. Kondo told them that if they wanted to defeat them, then they should attack Ohara’s legs as they were in very bad condition. The champions didn’t take them up on this, as they didn’t know whether Kondo was leading them on or not, but in any event they lost their one and only pre match (Kondo via King Kong Lariat), which led Kondo to say they should have listened to him. Title match will take place at the big all titles defended night at Korakuen Hall on the 10th November.

HAYATA injured, Ninja Mack new GHC Junior Heavyweight Champion, Dante Leon challenges

Unfortunately the GHC Junior Heavyweight title match between HAYATA and Ninja Mack at the Ariake Arena on the 30th October did not go as planned, as HAYATA suffered an injury during the match which led to Ninja Mack being awarded the title as HAYATA could not continue. NOAH later announced that HAYATA’S injury was a dislocated fracture of the left elbow joint, which means the dislocation occurred the same time as the fracture. Chris Ridgeway said that his elbow was popped back in in “real time” by the paramedics and that HAYATA was “one tough motherfucker”.

Dante Leon had said earlier in the evening that he would be challenging the winner of HAYATA and Ninja Mack, and so it was to his old rival that he made the challenge. As Ninja Mack warned him at the press conference/match signing that followed he was “the favorite” and that if anyone was going to be bringing the belt back to their native Texas, it was going to be him. The only pre match they had was inconclusive as Xtreme Tiger pinned YO-HEY, but it didn’t stop them fighting after the match.

Masakatsu Funaki retained, a challenger of a different style steps forward

The fight with the fifteen year story, and refereed by the man who had refereed their match back then (Yuji Shimada), was over in three minutes and nineteen seconds, when Funaki used the Ninja Choke, which Kazushi Sakuraba had warned against. Funaki was challenged backstage by El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Jnr. Funaki noted that Wagner Jnr had lots of advantages over him, from being much younger, to being much bigger (Funaki joked that he may have an accident should Wagner Jnr dive on him) and of course being a Luchadore, which Funaki had no experience in. Wagner Jnr said he has had tag success in NOAH, but now he is looking towards the singles gold. The match will take place on the night when all the GHC titles will be defended, the 10th November at Korakuen Hall.

Great Muta appearance & Keiji Mutoh passes his “test”. 

Keiji Mutoh noted that 2022 was over for him, but it wasn’t for Great Muta who will be returning to New Japan on the 20th November. The Great Muta made his appearance on the 26th October when he appeared in the ring to spit green mist at The Great O-Khan. Backstage, he announced that he would team with Toru Yano and Kazuchika Okada. As for Keiji Mutoh, Hiroshi Tanahashi announced after the tag match at Ariake Arena, that Mutoh had passed the test he had asked Tanahashi to put him through, and he was inviting him to come to a big match in New Japan for one last time. In his “Dragon Note” column in “Weekly Pro”, Tanahashi described his duty towards Mutoh as one of “Filial piety of a child towards a parent”.

Further New Japan and NOAH conflict

Following Keiji Mutoh’s retirement road match at Ariake Arena, Keiji Mutoh and Hiroshi Tanahashi sat on the ramp together and discussed how impressed they were by Yoshiki Inamura, who was fighting Togi Makabe. Makabe had dismissed Inamura prior to the match, but Inamura had vowed that he wasn’t going to leave without knowing who he was. After the match, Makabe vowed further interaction with Inamura, saying that either he came to New Japan or he would come to NOAH and beat him up, either way, NOAH needed to make something between them happen. In the match Mutoh fighting Tanahashi, Inamura and Makabe, left Naomichi Marufuji and Tomoaki Honma. Honma has vowed revenge on Naomichi Marufuji for the chopping he got, which busted him open, while Marufuji huffed at some footage of Honma that the move he was doing was one he did when he was a trainee.

Katsuhiko Nakajima and Naomichi Marufuji to go overseas

Katsuhiko Nakajima and Naomichi Marufuji will be appearing in San Francisco for King of Indies 2022. There will also be a dojo assessment with one person chosen to participate in NOAH.

NOAH vs Dragon Gate

Because HAYATA has been injured, the card for NOAH vs Dragon Gate on the 11th November, has been changed slightly. Yoshinari Ogawa has been removed from the card, with Dante Leon and Atsushi Kotoge taking his and HAYATA’S place teaming with Yosuke Santa Maria (who will probably be chasing Atsushi Kotoge around) against UT, Jason Lee and Strong Machine J. Stalker Ichikawa has also been added to the card, and he will face a mystery opponent. Fans are speculating this could be Junta Miyawaki, Daisuke Harada or even Yoshinari Ogawa. Whoever it is, Ichikawa will no doubt be annihilated in very short time.

Go Shiozaki

Go Shiozaki made an appearance at the Ariake Arena event and led the crowd (who could now cheer) in “I AM NOAH”…”WE ARE NOAH!”. He hasn’t given a date for his return, but he and NOAH are saying that it will be very soon.

 ELSEWHERE IN NOAH

– At the fan event in Shizuoka, Naomichi Marufuji was teasing Daiki Inaba, who unlike himself and Masa Kitamiya, grinned and stood with his hands by his side rather than pose.

– When STINGER failed to come to the ring on time, NOSAWA and Super Crazy went on a hunt for them. This involved looking under the ring and even under the steel barriers.  NOSAWA then decided to count them out.

– El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Jnr was the only roster member to dress up for Halloween, by wearing a pumpkin colored mask complete with stalk. Hideki Suzuki told the referee to check the stalk…

– Keiji Mutoh joked that he found Hiroshi Tanahashi’s look too flashy! He also let Honma hug him once, but then batted him away when he tried again. Honma kind of chased him around the ring with Mutoh telling him to go away!

EVENT RECAPS AND POST MATCH PROMOS

[MUTO RETIREMENT ROAD] ABEMA PRESENTS ARIAKE GAISEN-THE RETURN-PRO-WRESTLING LOVE FOREVER . 3 ~TRIUMPH~ (SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30TH)

Event recap

Post match interviews

 SUNNY VOYAGE 2022, KIRAMESSE NUMAZU (THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3RD)

Event recap

Post match interview

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

  • GHC Heavyweight Champion: Kaito Kiyomiya
    Challenger: Timothy Thatcher, GLOBAL2days WRESTLE UNIVERSE presents Global Honored Crown, Thursday November 10th 2022, Korakuen Hall, Tokyo
  • GHC Junior Champion: Ninja Mack
    Challenger: Dante Leon, GLOBAL2days WRESTLE UNIVERSE presents Global Honored Crown, Thursday November 10th 2022, Korakuen Hall, Tokyo
  • GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: KojiSugi (Satoshi Kojima & Takashi Sugiura)
    Challengers: Funky Express (Mohammed Yone & Akitoshi Saito), GLOBAL2days WRESTLE UNIVERSE presents Global Honored Crown, Thursday November 10th 2022, Korakuen Hall, Tokyo
  • GHC Junior Tag Champions: The NOAH Junior Regulars (Atsushi Kotoge & Seiki Yoshioka)
    Challengers: Kongoh Juniors (Shuji Kondo & Hajime Ohara), GLOBAL2days WRESTLE UNIVERSE presents Global Honored Crown, Thursday November 10th 2022, Korakuen Hall, Tokyo
  • GHC National Champion: Masakatsu Funaki
    Challenger: El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Jnr, GLOBAL2days WRESTLE UNIVERSE presents Global Honored Crown, Thursday November 10th 2022, Korakuen Hall, Tokyo

THIS WEEK IN NOAH

(Full November schedule)

– GLOBAL2days WRESTLE UNIVERSE presents Global Honored Crown

Date: Thursday, November 10th

Venue: Korakuen Hall, Tokyo

Start time: Doors open 17:30 JST, event starts 18:30 JST

Broadcast: WrestleUniverse (live)

– GLOBAL2days WRESTLE UNIVERSE presents Global Honored Crown

Date: Friday, November 11th

Venue: Korakuen Hall, Tokyo

Start time: Doors open 17:30 JST, event starts 18:30 JST

Broadcast: WrestleUniverse (live)

– Sunday 13th November: Daisuke Harada (36)

ARTICLES

“Hey! Shall I train my body from today!?” Riki Choshu names himself in Keiji Mutoh’s Tokyo Dome Retirement Match?

My Name is G-MAN

GHC Junior Tag Match Signing Ceremony: Kondo challenges his partner, Ohara, by exposing his weaknesses? 

GHC Junior Match Signing Ceremony: Ninja emphasizes “I’m the favorite”, Leon emphasizes “Get the belt of my dreams”

GHC National Match Signing Ceremony: Funaki defines “Heterogenous Professional Wrestling”, Wagner Jnr to “Make Achievements” with his first single title

GHC Heavyweight Signing Ceremony: “Undefeated” Thatcher – “Kiyomiya is a pretty boy”, Champion Kiyomiya reveals “Top Awareness”

GHC Tag Match Signing Ceremony: Dangerous Detectives vs Funky…Kojima’s “Satoshi Competition” proposal creates chaos

“Tomorrow is the Ariake Arena Event. Ariake Triumphant Return” – note by Yoshiki Inamura

“Day of Fate” – Note by Kaito Kiyomiya

“HAHAHAHA!” Fujita’s beastly provocation with red viper drink, Kiyomiya is steadfast…

GHC National Match Signing: Funaki “I want to beat myself of 15 years ago”, Sakuraba “Tohoku Number One Deciding Match at the same time”

GHC Heavyweight Tag Signing Ceremony: Sugiura rejects Kojima’s declaration of “Defense until 62 years old”…Nakajima has a view to attack other promotions.

GHC Junior Tag Signing Ceremony: HI69 “Win with the new special move “La Pas”, Tadasuke “any means”

GHC Junior Match Signing: Ninja vehemently refutes HAYATA’S “Aerial Techniques Only”

Retirement Announcement, NOSAWA Rongai looking to switch to “M Leaguer”

Keiji Mutoh speaks about Hiroshi Tanahashi

Great Muta makes a surprise appearance and attacks O-Khan, forms a trio with Okada and Yano on the 20th November Ariake

Akitoshi’s Tsurezuregusa

WEEKLY PRO ARTICLES & INTERVIEWS

Kenta Kobashi Post Match Interview (March 1st 2003, NOAH Navigate For Evolution)

Follow Me You Bastards! Kenoh’s Weekly Pro Column (27th September 2022)

BOOK CORNER

“Donmai, Donmai” – Mitsuharu Misawa’s diary

GIF credit: WrestleUniverse


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