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(NOAH) NOAH NEWSLETTER VOL.188 ~ 13TH OCTOBER 2022

NOAH wrestlers show their respects for Antonio Inoki, and of course all of the championship scene updates!

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Antonio Inoki passes away

Antonio Inoki passed away from heart failure on the 1st October aged 79. Coming from Baba’s All Japan, Inoki had nothing to do with Noah, but they marked his passing nonetheless with a memorial ceremony. New Japan wrestlers Keiji Mutoh (Inoki used to call The Three Musketeers “The Three Idiots”), Kazuyuki Fujita (who had been to pay his respects to Inoki following his passing and came away in years) and Masakatsu Funaki, stood in the ring as the bell rang and Mutoh held the picture of Inoki. The roster stood around the ring. Kendo Kashin it seemed had a lot to do with Inoki in his final few months of life, recalling an incident where he stubbed his toe and while this would have been minor if not trivial in a healthy person, for Inoki who had such frail skin, it was like a major injury. Noah Director Narihiro Takeda, who also came from New Japan, had his own tribute. When fans filed out of Korakuen that evening he played “Six Travelers”. A musical theme that was used at “World of Pro Wrestling” and was associated with Inoki. Takeda said that Noah will play this at every venue until the end of the month.

 Kenta Kobashi was the only Giant Baba student to visit Antonio Inoki’s wake. Inoki had met Kobashi about once or twice (they never met in the ring), and said that he could sense Baba’s genes in him. Kobashi said he went as Baba’s student and also because Inoki was a grand senior. With Inoki’s passing, the early generation of Puroresu comes to a close.

Kenoh and Katsuhiko Nakajima challenge for the GHC Heavyweight Tag Titles

Kenoh and Katsuhiko Nakajima challenged for the GHC Heavyweight Tag Titles at Korakuen Hall on October 7th. Nakajima delivered the challenge as Sugiura lay decimated on the mat. Draping both the belts over them, Nakajima told “Taka and Satoshi”, that they were just two old men playing at being actors, and the tag belts were going to grow old with them. There have been no titles matches as of yet, but the title match has been set for Ariake Stadium on the 30th October.

Masakatsu Funaki is challenged by Kazushi Sakuraba, stipulations made by Funaki

Masakatsu Funaki defended the GHC National against Masa Kitamiya on the 30th September, and was jumped by a very familiar looking masked man afterwards, who turned out to be Kazuyuki Sakuraba. Funaki had intended to do the match on the 30th October under normal wrestling rules, but a pre match with Sakuraba at Korakuen Hall convinced him otherwise and he decided to make a stipulation whereby the match could only be won by either knock out, total knock out or submission. Pinfalls did not apply.

 A taster is coming up involving Hideki Suzuki and Kenoh on the 16th October:

– Winning is by KO, TKO or submission only with no pinfall. No referee stops as long as you can stand.

– Match will be stopped by three strikes in leaving the ringside area, eye rakes, use of belt, biting & breaking opponents submissions.

 Kaito Kiyomiya vs The Beast

Kaito Kiyomiya and Kazuyuki Fujita had one pre-match, which was won by Kazuyuki Fujita power-bombing Yoshiki Inamura for the win. Kiyomiya had unwittingly sent Fujita into beast mode by slapping him when on the ropes, which caused a grin to spread over Fujita’s face. At the end of the match, he pulled Kiyomiya up by his hair and wildly embraced him again, nuzzling like a wild animal. This match which took place on the 7th October at Korakuen, so far remains their one and only pre match.

 Keiji Mutoh in Fukuoka

With fans demanding his appearance, Keiji Mutoh will appear in the ring rather than on commentary or doing autographs when Noah come to Fukuoka on the 16th October. Mutoh will team with Satoshi Kojima and Ninja Mack to take on Naomichi Marufuji, HAYATA and Jack Morris. Marufuji loves to work with Jack Morris, whether it be tag or against, and was even seen once to be gently pushing him towards the ring. For HAYATA, who has called Great Muta and himself “The Phantom Tag” (and “he doesn’t like to speak and neither do I”), Keiji Mutoh has been a big influence on him.

Kaito Kiyomiya makes a tag for DragonGate x Noah in November

On 6th October, Kaito Kiyomiya came to DragonGate to make a tag between himself and Yuki Yoshioka against Kenoh and Kota Minoura. Minoura tried to attack Kiyomiya and was given a taste of The Shining Wizard in return.

NOSAWA wants Shuji Kondo

NOSAWA has been on the usual frenetic course these past few weeks. First of all he declared he wanted a match against Kenoh and Katsuhiko Nakajima, but they both ignored him. Kenoh was busy with the GHC Heavyweight at the time and then the two of them became involved with the GHC Heavyweight Tag Belts. NOSAWA seeing he was getting nowhere as as Perros are a man down (I am afraid I do not know what has happened to Kotaro Suzuki except that he is not on any October cards), has decided to try and lure Shuji Kondo away from Kongoh. Kondo was not interested and threw the t-shirr that Perros had gifted him back at their feet. NOSAWA doesn’t look to be giving up any time soon, stating that Kondo is wasted in Kongoh.

M’s alliance is back…kind of

Speaking of frenetic activity, Kendo Kashin has restarted the M’s alliance. The fact that his names do not start with an M doesn’t bother him, and he has recruited Masato Tanaka and Masaaki Mochizuki into this new tag. Naomichi Marufuji complained, and after doing the M’s alliance pose with Kashin, got thrown into some metal ringside barriers. Kashin then challenged the GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions, Satoshi Kojima and Takashi Sugiura for the belts. Not realizing the belts had been challenged for. Sugiura intimated they may honor that challenge.

ELSEWHERE IN NOAH

– Very sadly it does not look as if Hitoshi Kumano will be returning to Noah. He stated in a recent appearance on Naomichi Marufuji’s drinking challenge, that he was now working for his wife’s fathers business. His profile has also been removed from the Noah roster page on the official site.

– Kaito Kiyomiya, a stubborn Noah Born, was not to be outdone by Yoshiki Inamura and carried the winners Niigata rice bale on his shoulders to the back himself.

– Kendo Kashin told Satoshi Kojima he was a cheapskate who took home grilled meat from Yakiniku restaurants. Kashin said that Suwama was even worse, as apparently he took home the raw meat.

– Mitsuharu Misawa wrote in “Donmai Donmai” that Takashi Sugiura’s blog (and “limited to Sugiura only”) was “sex stories”. Fortunately he did not elaborate.

– Katsuhiko Nakajima and Manabu Soya forgot to do the Kongoh pose, leaving Kenoh standing in the ring. Nakajima was on the apron and Soya had jumped off and had to roll back in when the two realized Kenoh was still in the ring.

– Kenoh had a grumble in a recent column about Kiyomiya going blonde and suggested that since he was copying Keiji Mutoh, he might like to copy him in other ways such as “As it’s Mutoh’s inheritance, an open waistcoat and mustache would be good. However, thin eyebrows are definitely not a good idea.”

– Nothing has been announced for a new name for Transformed Shining Wizard, I think Kiyomiya may just keep it as that.

– Kenta Kobashi did not get a free copy of KENTA’S autobiography from KENTA, it was sent to him by a fan. No doubt he will see Jun Akiyama’s influence in the pages when KENTA tells sarcastic stories.

– Yoshiki Inamura threw Hideki Suzuki out of the ring, over the top rope, by his hair.

EVENT RECAPS AND POST MATCH PROMOS

  • STAR NAVIGATION 2022 (SEPTEMBER 30TH ANDAIJIMA MULTI-PURPOSE SQUARE OGAMA, NIIGATA)

Event recap

Post match interviews

  • STAR NAVIGATION 2022 (OCTOBER 7TH, KORAKUEN HALL TOKYO)

Event recap

Post match interviews

  • STAR NAVIGATION 2022 (OCTOBER 8TH, KORAKUEN HALL TOKYO)

Event recap

Post match interviews

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: Kongoh (Kenoh and Katsuhiko Nakajima), [Muto Retirement Road] ABEMA presents Ariake Gaisen-THE RETURN-PRO-WRESTLING LOVE FOREVER . 3 ~TRIUMPH~ Sunday 30th October, Ariake Arena, Tokyo
  • 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: Kazushi Sakuraba, [Muto Retirement Road] ABEMA presents Ariake Gaisen-THE RETURN-PRO-WRESTLING LOVE FOREVER . 3 ~TRIUMPH~ Sunday 30th October, Ariake Arena, Tokyo

THIS WEEK IN NOAH

–  Friday, October 14th

SUNNY VOYAGE 2022 – Kumamoto Castle Hall Civic Hall

Time: 18:30 JST

Broadcast: WrestleUniverse (from 18:00 JST on 17th October)

 – Saturday, October 15th

SUNNY VOYAGE 2022 – Sun Arena Sendai

Time: 17:00 JST

Broadcast: WrestleUniverse (at a later date)

 – Sunday, October 16th

ABEMA presents DEMOLITION STAGE 2022 in FUKUOKA – Fukuoka International Centre

Time: 15:00 JST

Broadcast: ABEMA (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.

 LINKS

Akitoshi’s Tsurezuregusa

Daiki Inaba towards the Pro Wrestling Noah Kumamoto Event

Wrestling Showmaker: Narihiro Takeda

The Kyushu Tour Opens, October 14th is Hometown Kumamoto Event – Note by Seiki Yoshioka

“I wanted you to say “Idiot” Keiji Mutoh mourns Inoki at his retirement event in February next year

Moving towards the return to the holy land of Ariake on October 30th, introducing the highlights of the Korakuen Hall events on October 7th and 8th

Frog DX Series – Mighty Warrior! I asked a pro wrestler the secret to his strength!

 WEEKLY PRO ARTICLES

“Follow Me You Bastards” – Kenoh’s column (13th September 2022)

Mitsuharu Misawa Post Match Comments (13th January 2001, Noah vs ZERO-1)

Now or Never – interview with Kaito Kiyomiya

BOOK CORNER

“Donmai, Donmai” – Mitsuharu Misawa’s diary

 With thanks to: Metal-Noah

GIF credit: WrestleUniverse

Picture credit: Tokyo Sports (Kenta Kobashi), Weekly Pro (Kazushi Sakuraba and Masakatsu Funaki)


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

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

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Masa Kitamiya challenges Masato Tanaka

Following the tag match against Masato Tanaka and Shoki Kitamura in ZERO-ONE on the 20th November, Masa Kitamiya challenged Masato Tanaka for the ZERO-ONE World Heavyweight. Kitamiya said he wanted the belt for two reasons – one was because Masato Tanaka had the belt, and secondly because he felt that his eleventh year in wrestling had been a sad one. The match will take place at Korakuen Hall on the 1st January, the same day that NOAH at the Nippon Budokan, so Kitamiya will be wrestling two matches that day with ZERO-ONE taking place before NOAH. Kitamiya is determined to enter The Nippon Budokan as champion.

Akitoshi Saito remembers Bison Smith

Akitoshi Saito made a touching tribute to his old partner on the anniversary of his passing, by winning the match with the Iron Claw slam. Backstage he remembered “the blue eyed samurai” by recalling their last conversation, and saying that he felt Bison was with him and had given his approval for Saito to team with Yone.

Perros Del Mal De Japon Farewell

Perros Del Mal De Japon made their final appearance as a unit in Yoyogi on November 23rd. They were accompanied to the ring by Kotaro Suzuki (who may not be appearing in NOAH following The Tokyo Gurentai produce due to his contract expiring) and Ikuto Hidaka. Neither of them got involved too much in the match.

Yoshinari Ogawa came to the ring with a Singapore cane slung over his shoulder, while his partners also brandished weapons, Kai Fujimura had a baseball bat and Yasutaka Yano carried a trash can. The match was as you would expect; the first time everyone got counted out, the second time ended in a count out when the young boys got Perros counted out (Ogawa had left in disgust by this time) and when he came back, the match lasted 11 minutes and 36 seconds, and ended when NOSAWA decided to assault the referee. Ogawa took everyone out with a trash can lid before leaving. He had also managed to hit Kotaro on the head earlier, but concentrated his attack on NOSAWA and Eita. When Ogawa had gone, Perros bade farewell to each other, but their war with Ogawa wasn’t over as both Eita and NOSAWA will have singles match with him. NOSAWA’S match will be on the 14th in Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima, while Eita’s will be on the 23rd at the N-INNOVATION. Kotaro Suzuki was a little irritated that he didn’t get a singles match, which NOSAWA completely ignored, but he will have a singles match himself against Eita on the 20th.

MaruKen reunite to challenge for the GHC Heavyweight Tag Titles

Naomichi Marufuji pinned Takashi Sugiura in Yoyogi and therefore won the right to challenge the tag champions. With Masakatsu Funaki and Masaaki Mochizuki hanging over the ropes offering their hands as partners, Marufuji announced to the uproar of the crowd and the disbelief of Takashi Sugiura (whose reaction was akin to “Who? Are you fucking kidding me?”) that he would be challenging with KENTA. Backstage, Marufuji was not too sure that KENTA would accept the offer, but he did and the match has been set for the Nippon Budokan on New Year’s Day.

To explain for the newer fans, during their NOAH Junior days, KENTA and Marufuji were in a much beloved junior tag team known as MaruKen, they hold the record for the longest title reign as a junior team and they also broke down the rules for juniors fighting heavyweights as Misawa allowed them to challenge for the GHC Heavyweight Tag Titles. As a team they never had a falling out that led to their split, they just drifted apart as Marufuji noted in “Heir To The Ark” and went to do their own things and over time they became rivals. Now they reunite as heavyweights.

AMAKUSA challenges Dante Leon

AMAKUSA made a silent challenge to Dante Leon for the GHC Junior Heavyweight following their match in Yoyogi. The way the match went gave fans the impression that Alejandro might be the one to challenge, but in the end it was Amakusa who pointed silently at the belt. Title challenge will main event the N-Innovation on the 23rd December.

Kenoh & Kaito Kiyomiya

Kaito Kiyomiya overcame Kenoh in their second pre match, and taking the microphone he stood over him and said that Kenoh had just been overcome by the guy who he was saying “was just trying his best”, and what did that say about Kenoh? Kiyomiya told him it meant he “was all mouth”. Their next pre match is on the 14th December.

Darby Allin

It has been announced that the team of Great Muta, Sting and Darby Allin will team together at Great Muta’s final match on the 22nd January at the Yokohama Arena. Allin had been tagging with Sting when Muta materialized on the 23rd September to save Sting from Buddy Matthews. There has been no mention as to who will be their opponents, but it is thought that Matthews may be involved as he has a score to settle.

YO-HEY & Kzy challenge for the GHC Junior Tag Titles

Tag championships can be volatile belts and tend to suffer more backwards and forwards than singles belts do at times. This was the story when Atsushi Kotoge and Seiji Yoshioka managed to take the belts back from The Kongoh Juniors in Yoyogi. This was the Kongoh Junior’s first defense, and Hajime Ohara and Shuji Kondo, had only held the belts for thirteen days. Following their title win, the next threat came from their own unit, as YO-HEY challenged for the belts with DragonGate’s Kzy as his partner.

“I’m in a disappointing situation with no results to speak of at all. To overcome this situation, I want the belt. With the belt in hand, I can reach even higher heights. I want to do this, so please let me challenge for the tag belt next”.

Title match will take place on the 23rd December at the N-Innovation.

Yoshiki Inamura fails to capture his first singles belt, but succeeds in other ways

Yoshiki Inamura failed to win his first singles gold when El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Junior used his experience (the part which he and Inamura were not well matched in, and I doubt Wagner Jnr has ever had anyone throw him around after catching him following a dive) to retain the gold. Inamura had wanted to win this belt to usher in his own era of NOAH, which would be separate to Kiyomiya’s (yet I think would also rival his, as Inamura would kind of be more the leader of the younger generation, which Kiyomiya knows is rising up to threaten him), and he would stand next to him and not below him as champion. Inamura might have failed in his attempt to win his first singles belt, but as Tokyo Sports said, he most definitely gave birth to his era.

ELSEWHERE IN NOAH

– Shuhei Taniguchi had his best match in a long time when he and Hideki Suzuki fought to a referee stop in Yoyogi. Fans want to see a round two.

– For some reason the wrestling promotions (and not the MMA companies) were told to come to Antonio Inoki’s memorial on the 24th November at 11am instead of 1pm, someone said this could be a prank that Inoki had set up. Prank or not, in something practically unheard of NOAH (Kenoh, Yoshiki Inamura, Satoshi Kojima, Kaito Kiyomiya, Katsuhiko Nakajima and Takashi Sugiura), New Japan and All Japan, plus some staff members, went to have something eat and drink and all sat down and talked for two hours. Inoki’s final wake will be held on March 7th at Ryogoku Kokugikan, what form this will take has not been announced, but it will be a fan event. In Shinto, the deceased are mourned and funeral services are held for forty-nine days following death, the final day is a day of celebration and farewells, when the mourning period is over and the deceased can finally leave earth and cross to the afterlife. It has been said that Inoki will be sharing a beer with Giant Baba.

– Takashi Sugiura’s pants stayed on when he met up with Kenta Kobashi and had some drinks…which is more than can be said about when he visited Akira Taue’s restaurant, and got drunk with Go Shiozaki.

– Kazuyuki Fujita said in his Weekly Pro yearbook profile, that he liked drinking highballs on the Shinkansen.

– Yoshiki Inamura and Kaito Kiyomiya summon Alejandro 

EVENT RECAPS AND POST MATCH PROMOS

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

Event Recap

Post match interviews

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

  • GHC Heavyweight Champion: Kaito Kiyomiya
    Challenger: Kenoh, ABEMA presents NOAH “THE NEW YEAR” 2023 (Saturday January 1st, Nippon Budokan)
  • GHC Junior Champion: Dante Leon
    Challenger: AMAKUSA, N Innovation (Friday December 23rd, Shinjuku Face)
  • GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: KojiSugi (Satoshi Kojima & Takashi Sugiura)
    Challengers: MaruKen (Naomichi Marufuji and KENTA), ABEMA presents NOAH “THE NEW YEAR” 2023 (Saturday January 1st, Nippon Budokan)
  • GHC Junior Tag Champions: The NOAH Junior Regulars (Atsushi Kotoge & Seiki Yoshioka)
    Challengers: YO-HEY & Kzy, N Innovation (Friday December 23rd, Shinjuku Face)
  • GHC National Champion: El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Jnr 
    Challenger: TBA, NOAH the BEST 2022 (Wednesday November 23rd National Yoyogi Stadium 2nd Gymnasium)

 

THIS WEEK IN NOAH

(December 2022 schedule)

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

ARTICLES

“Inside of me there is a “good” Keiji Mutoh and a “bad” Keiji Mutoh” – enthusiasm and conflict for Keiji Mutoh’s last run

“It was a sad eleventh year…” momentum to seize the belt in the Zero-One New Year’s Day title match

“We can make it a connection”, Kondo is “Marmalade brother?!” – Interview with Hajime Ohara just before the Junior Tag Defense match

GHC Junior Tag Match Signing: Ohara “Thigh Raise & Anya Words”. Yoshioka emphasizes that, “If I lose, hit rock bottom”

GHC National Match Signing: Japan-Mexico same generation clash: Wagner Jnr “Create A New History”, Inamura “Create A New NOAH”

“Take the belt and stand in the same position as Kiyomiya!” – Interview with Yoshiki Inamura before his challenge for the GHC National Championship 

Recapture for the first time in two weeks with “Baggio Spirit”, Interview with Atsushi Kotoge and Seiki Yoshioka ahead of the Yoyogi Junior Tag Match

WEEKLY PRO ARTICLES & INTERVIEWS

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

BOOK CORNER

“Donmai, Donmai” – Mitsuharu Misawa’s diary

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With thanks to: Metal-NOAH


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

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

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Kongoh Juniors finally win gold, Atsushi Kotoge demands a rematch

Shuji Kondo and his perpetually terrified partner, Hajime Ohara, ended a long losing streak for the Kongoh Juniors and finally won a title for their unit, when Seiki Yoshioka tapped to Hajime Ohara’s Muy Bien. Ohara’s reward from Kondo was to be kicked in the head repeatedly. When Ohara did get to his feet, Atsushi Kotoge was asking for a rematch, something the champions later granted, although Ohara did initially shove the belt in Kotoge’s face and tell him to beat it. The titles will be defended on the 23rd November at the National Yoyogi Stadium 2nd Gymnasium. There will be no pre match.

Dante Leon wins his first Noah title, the GHC Junior

In a match which was half American style and half Noah style, Dante Leon beat Ninja Mack for the GHC Junior, and won his first title in Noah. Unfortunately, due to HAYATA’S injury Ninja Mack’s reign was not as it should have been, so I would imagine that at some point in the future he will be given a longer run. No challenger has come forward as of yet to challenge Dante Leon.

Funky fail, but respect earned

Funky Express lost their challenge for the GHC Heavyweight Tag titles when Takashi Sugiura choked Akitoshi Saito out and the referee stopped the match. It was a heartbreaking loss for the challengers who were visibly moved. They have may have lost in their attempt, but in the eyes of fans, they gained something far more important, respect. Long seen as a comedy unit who worked the openers, Disco Dancing, Funkiness, King Tany, discussions of a giant belt made for four (funded by Masao Inoue’s piggybank according to Aki), things have changed with the departure of members and Saito and Yone managed to turn themselves into credible challengers.

Funaki’s warning comes true, El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Jnr becomes the GHC National Champion

When El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Jnr, Masakatsu Funaki had foreboding about the challenge. Kazushi Sakuraba he could handle as Sakuraba was known to him, it was also the case with his previous challengers as while he may not have known Simon Gotch prior to the match, he was aware that Gotch was of a similar skillset. El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Junior was not. Funaki spoke of other difficulties too aside from him being a luchadore in that he also outweighed him and was younger than him too. All these factors combined on the night with Wagner Jnr’s ability, for the title to change hands. Wagner Jnr was laying out the Mexican flag in the ring to add the belt to it, when his next challenger, Yoshiki Inamura appeared at ringside. Inamura got straight to the point, saying he was here to challenge. El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Jnr accepted, and the two will fight on the 23rd November at the National Yoyogi Stadium 2nd Gymnasium.

Yoshiki Inamura gave a small interview about his challenge, and he touched on the subject of Kaito Kiyomiya. Inamura stated that although Kiyomiya is younger than him, he is still his senior, which has been a factor in Inamura wanting a singles belt too. Inamura says this will be “standing next to Kiyomiya, not beneath him”.

Kaito Kiyomiya retains against Thatcher, Kenoh back again

In a match that was to atone for the title match against Kazuyuki Fujita, (which I don’t think Kiyomiya was very happy with), he faced a trial by fire when the GHC Heavyweight was defended against Timothy Thatcher. In his previous title reign, when he was being challenged by Naomichi Marufuji, Marufuji had told him that he was going to take him apart bit by bit, which was what Thatcher did. Kiyomiya had to get the win on momentum by dropping a few Transformed Shining Wizards, because everything he did Thatcher reversed into the dreaded armbar. Kenoh had been on commentary and as soon as he saw the result, removed his headset, and came down to the ring to challenge.

“Hey, Kiyomiya, you did your best in today’s title match too. Just! You “just” tried your best. Even elementary school students can “just” do their best. So, what are you left with today? What can you create? What can Noah create? On January 1st at the Nippon Budokan, The Great Muta vs Shinsuke Nakamura has taken the subject from the champion, and what are you doing? Working hard? You can’t win with just that! Muta vs Shinsuke Nakamura…who can win in terms of the subject…Brock Lesnar, Dwayne Johnson…The Rock. No, it’s The Rock and me, Kenoh! Well, I know that I’m no match for Rock, but I have that kind of will! I will save Noah from danger. It’s not Muta vs Nakamura. I will challenge you for your belt, and I’ll take away the topic!”

Kiyomiya responded,

“Maybe, I am just trying my best. But what will you create? I will create a new Noah! So you and I, let’s fight for real! I don’t want to lose anything on social media or by transmission, so please, fight all out against me.”

Kenoh

“January 1st, Nippon Budokan, you are not the one who will surpass Muta vs Shinsuke Nakamura. I will exceed by myself, and the one who will take this belt is me, Kenoh!”

*Title match has been set for The Nippon Budokan on the 1st January 2023.

The first pre match took place at the Noah/Dragon Gate event the next day. The main event was not as wild as the rest of the show had been, but it did culminate in Kiyomiya being pinned by Kenoh, and a picture of that moment appearing on the front cover of “Weekly Pro”.

Noah vs Dragon Gate

Aside from the main event as mentioned above, the event saw;
– NOSAWA Rongai getting pinged by plastic
– Satoshi Kojima as the mystery opponent of Hollywood Stalker Ichikawa. Kojima said the match was for HAYATA, who he hopes gets well soon and returns to Noah.
– Kenoh describing partner Kouta Minoura as “cute”. Which is probably the first time Kenoh has ever described anyone ever as that.
– H.Y.O said he wants a singles match with Ninja Mack. Otherwise he was not impressed with Noah overall.
– Shun Skywalker finally snap when teaming with Tadasuke. In usual frenetic style, Tadasuke tried to get Shun to do his corner camera spot, and ended up dragging him over. Things steadily went downhill from there.
– YAMATO beat Seiki Yoshioka, but was full of praise for him.
– YO-HEY danced with Natural Vibes on entry, and although dancing cannot have been easy in that heavy coat, he loved it. Daisuke Harada says he is obsessed and cannot stop watching!

Noah Tryouts

Katsuhiko Nakajima and Naomichi Marufuji (alongside Xtreme Tiger) have appeared in both New York and San Francisco for Pro Wrestling Revolution and King of The Indies 2022. They stopped over in San Jose, California, to hold tryouts. Two lucky wrestlers were chosen, who will now come to Japan and train in the dojo and appear in Noah. Marufuji said they were very overcome, and he saw tears. I am afraid I do not have the names of the winners.

ELSEWHERE IN NOAH

– Kenoh will appear at the Yokohama Corsairs game on the 19th November to fire a t-shirt gun (bazooka).

– Kaito Kiyomiya has posted some, shall we say, steamy pictures on his Instagram. One involved him bare-chested and toweling his hair, the other one was being naked save for a necklace while sitting in a bath. Fortunately, he did not reveal all, but the picture was certainly close to being south of the border.
– Yoshiki Inamura celebrated his 30th birthday on the 18th November. Work never stopped during the day as he was giving interviews on his upcoming title challenge, but in the evening he was taken to the Ribera Steakhouse, and given a green jacket.
– Kaito Kiyomiya had an audition for Ninja Warrior.
– During the title match, Dante Leon stole ring announcer G-Man’s chair from under him. G-Man got his revenge by posting a picture of Leon sitting and watching TV, his back to the camera and completely unaware, as G-Man’s hand advanced on him threateningly.
– Satoshi Kojima said their team name was now “Takajima” because he had given “Satoshi” to Mohammed Yone. Sugi said it was kind of hard to pronounce.
– Kaito Kiyomiya has parted with the “Supernova” nickname and gotten new theme music, “REGENERATION” and is now “Galaxy View”.

EVENT RECAPS AND POST MATCH PROMOS

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

Event recapPost match interviews

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

THIS WEEK IN NOAH

(Full November schedule)

NOAH the BEST 2022

Date: Wednesday, November 23rd
Venue: National Yoyogi Stadium 2nd Gymnasium
Start time: Doors open 13:30 JST, event starts 15:00 JST
Broadcast: WrestleUniverse (English commentary available)

Birthdays & Anniversaries

Saturday 19th November: HI69 debut anniversary (22)
Friday 25th November: AMAKUSA (37)

ARTICLES

Title match removal of Supernova, champion Kaito Kiyomiya declaration of change and resolution! 
Noah/DragonGate: Press conference for the youngsters match: Inamura declares “Overwhelming”, Mochizuki Jnr “Absolutely Win The Fight”
Noah/DragonGate: GM Saito “Help Me!” in a “1 vs 5” crisis. NOSAWA & Horiguchi already declare betrayal 
Noah/DragonGate: Tadasuke & Shun burst into the press conference, attacking AMAKUSA & Fujiwara
Noah/DragonGate: Kenoh cuts Yuki Yoshioka in half, calling him a “Pathetic champion, carried by the company”
THE TOUGH comment on their ZERO-1 Participation
Noah/DragonGate: Realization of Noah and DragonGate Champions at the joint show…Kenoh completely demolishes Kiyomiya with a strong pre-emptive strike towards the New Year’s Day Budokan
Noah/DragonGate: Satoshi Kojima backstage comments – “Get Well Soon HAYATA” 
Noah/DragonGate: GM Saito is in trouble, break up with friends & unreasonable rap request…victory for rare trio of KZY & YO-HEY
Noah/DragonGate: YAMATO comments on Seiki Yoshioka
G-MANS Note Vol 2: In charge of Pro Wrestling Noah’s English YouTube & English Announcement 

WEEKLY PRO ARTICLES & INTERVIEWS

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

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

BOOK CORNER

“Donmai, Donmai” – Mitsuharu Misawa’s diary

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


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