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This Day In Wrestling History – December 13th

Today we start almost a 100 years ago, with our first note from 1920.



Junkyard Dog

Today we start almost a 100 years ago, with our first note from 1920. On this date we see multiple notes from 1998, a career changing injury, multiple special events, the beginning of the end for JWA and the birth of JYD!

Born On This Day

  • 1952 – Sylvester Ritter (The Junkyard Dog)
  • 1959 – Jim Barrel (Boris Zhukov)
  • 1974 – Naohiro Hoshikawa
  • 1981 – Hiroki Tanabe (Hi69)
  • 1983 – Kristoffer Travis
  • 1986 – Aaron Frobel (Michael Elgin)

This Day In Wrestling History

1920 – Ed “Strangler” Lewis defeats Joe Stetcher to win the New York version of the World Heavyweight Title.

1940 – Buddy Knox defeats The Great Mephisto to win the Midwest Wrestling Association (Ohio) Light Heavyweight Title in Akron, Ohio.

1952 – Frank Stojack defeats Roger Mackay for the Pacific Coast Junior Heavyweight Title in Roseburg, Oregon, beginning his fifth reign.

1960 – Lee Fields defeats Pancho Villa for the NWA Gulf Coast Heavyweight Title in Pensacola, Florida, starting his third reign.

1961 – In Honolulu, Hawaii, The Masked Executioner defeats Lord James Blears for the NWA Hawaii Heavyweight Title.

1963 – Enrique Torres defeats Rock Hunter for the Central States version of the NWA United States Heavyweight Title in St. Joseph, Missouri.

1966 – The Infernos (Frankie Cain and Rocky Smith) defeat Jose Lothario and Sam Steamboat to win the Florida version of the NWA World Tag Team Title, their third, in Tampa, Florida.

1968 – Dusty Rhodes defeats Tommy Martin for the NWA Central States Heavyweight Title in St. Joseph, Missouri.

1969 – Vicente Febrer defeats Julian Pizarro to win Spain’s Heavyweight Title.

1969 – Tony Borne and Moondog Mayne defeat Beauregard and Roger Kirby for the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Title, beginning their eighth reign.

1971 – Antonio Inoki is fired from the Japan Wrestling Association because of an apparent plan to attempt to take over the promotion. Inoki’s NWA United National Heavyweight Title was vacated as a result. The following year, Inoki would found New Japan Pro Wrestling. Giant Baba would also leave and form All Japan Pro Wrestling the same year, and the JWA closed in 1973.

1972 – Bob Kelly defeats The Spoiler to win his fourth City of Mobile Heavyweight Title in Mobile, Alabama.

1973 – Duke Miller defeats Ken Lucas for the NWA Mississippi Heavyweight Title in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, ending Lucas’ fourth reign.

1975 – Duke Miller defeats Ken Lucas to win the NWA Alabama Heavyweight Title in New Brocton, Alabama. This ended Lucas’ sixth reign and began Miller’s third.

1976 – Don Leo Jonathan defeats John Quinn for the Vancouver version of the NWA Pacific Coast Heavyweight Title in Vancouver, British Columbia, beginning his fifth reign.

1981 – Perro Aguayo defeats Chris Adams to win the WWF Light Heavyweight Title in Mexico City, Mexico, Aguayo’s third title win.

1982 – Mark Romero (later known as Mark Youngblood) defeats Hercules Hernandez for the NWA Central States Television Title in Kansas City, Kansas, beginning Romero’s second reign.

1986 – The Rock ‘n’ Roll RPMs (Mike Davis and Tommy Lane) defeat Jeff Jarrett and Billy Travis to win the AWA Southern Tag Team Title in Memphis, Tennessee. At the same event, Badd Company (Paul Diamond and Pat Tanaka) end the third CWA International Tag Team Title reign of Akio Sato and Tarzan Goto.

1986 – Rip Oliver defeats The Assassin in Portland, Oregon for the NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Title, beginning his 10th reign.

1986 – Dynamite Kid suffers a severe back injury during a tag team match between The British Bulldogs and Don Muraco & Cowboy Bob Orton.Kid was kneed in the back, then took several chair shots to the back. He would be rushed to the hospital to repair two torn lumbar discs. According to Kid, while in the hospital, the WWF sent in Bret Hart to pick up his WWF Tag Team Championship belt. Billington refused. Billington soon checked out of the hospital, but WWF chairman Vince McMahon insisted they drop the titles to the Iron Sheik and Nikolai Volkoff. Billington agreed to drop the titles, but only to the Hart Foundation, which they would do in late January 1987. The injury all but ended the British Bulldogs’ run as a top-tier tag team in the WWF. The duo split up in 1990. Billington would continue to wrestle regularly until 1991, and retired for good in 1996.

1987 – Miguel Perez, Jr. defeated Kareem Mohammed to win the WWC Puerto Rico Heavyweight Title in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

1988 – The AWA held their one, and only, Pay-per-view event, Superclash III, in conjunction with World Class Championship Wrestling and Memphis’ CWA. The financial disaster resulted in many of the participants on the show not seeing a dime of the revenue, basically killing AWA founder Verne Gagne’s working relationships with the other promotions. WCWA and CWA merged soon after the event to form the United States Wrestling Association. AWA and PWOW (though they called it POWW-don’t ask) would fold two years later.

  • Chavo Guerrero, Hector Guerrero, and Mando Guerrero defeat Cactus Jack & The Rock ‘n Roll RPM’s (Mike Davis & Tommy Lane).
  • Eric Embry defeated Jeff Jarrett to win the World Class World Light Heavyweight Championship.
  • Jimmy Valiant defeated Wayne Bloom in just 24 seconds.
  • Iceman King Parsons defeated Brickhouse Brown to retain the World Class Texas Heavyweight Championship.
  • Badd Company (Pat Tanaka & Paul Diamond) & Madusa Miceli defeat The Top Guns (Derrick Dukes & Ricky Rice) & Wendi Richter.
  • Greg Gagne defeated Ronnie Garvin by countout to win the AWA World Television Championship. (Side nugget: Garvin was the television champion coming in, but he had signed a deal with the WWF and he refused to job clean to Gagne on the way out, so the AWA made up a story about how the title was held up and the title could be won on a countout.)
  • Pali defeated Bambi, Brandi Mae,Laurie Lynn, Luna Vachon, Malibu, Nina, Peggy Lee Leather, and Pocahontas in a $10,000 Street Fight Lingerie Battle Royal. Participants could be eliminated by being thrown over the top rope or by being stripped to their bra and panties.
  • Sgt. Slaughter defeated Col. DeBeers in a Boot Camp match.
  • The Samoan Swat Team (Fatu & Samu) defeat Michael Hayes & Steve Cox to retain the World Class World Tag Team Championship.
  • Wahoo McDaniel defeated Manny Fernandez in an Indian Strap match.
  • Jerry Lawler defeated Kerry Von Erich via referee stoppage (excessive blood loss by Von Erich) to unify the AWA and WCWA World Heavyweight Championships. Side nugget: the match probably shouldn’t have happened. The WWF allegedly went to the Illinois State Athletic Commission and pointed out an old rule that stated amputees could not compete in championship bouts–Kerry lost his foot once, but it was not common knowledge. However, the Commission would not investigate the claim until the next day, so the WWF dropped it. In another interesting twist, Von Erich bladed himself in the bicep before the match began.
  • The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express (Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson) versus The Stud Stable (Jimmy Golden & Robert Fuller) fought to a double countout.

1988 – Stan Hansen & Terry Gordy defeat Genichiro Tenryu & Toshiaki Kawada in the finals of All Japan’s Real World Tag League to win the vacant All Japan World Tag Team Title.

1989 – The Colossal Connection (Andre the Giant & Haku) defeated Demolition (Ax & Smash) to win the WWF Tag Team Championship. The championship would be Andre’s last in his long career.

1989 – The NWA held the seventh annual Starrcade at The Omni in Atlanta, Georgia. In a surprising move, the decision was made to throw out the usual “supercard” format, and instead go with a pair of round robin tournaments, calling the show “Future Shock: Night Of The Iron Men”. All of the matches had a 15 minute time limit, with no titles on the line.

1992 – Gran Hamada defeats Black Power II in a tournament final for the vacant UWA World Junior Light Heavyweight Title in Mexico City, Mexico, beginning his third reign. The title was vacated in January 1992 when champion Perro Aguayo left the UWA for CMLL.

1992 – Bat Yoshinaga and Tomoko Watanabe defeat Takako Inoue and Mariko Yoshida to win the All Japan Women’s Pro Wrestling Tag Team Title in Tokyo, Japan.

1993 – Alundra Blayze defeated Heidi Lee Morgan in the finals of a tournament to win the vacated WWF Womens Championship. The WWF Women’s Championship, laying dormant since February 1990, would be held by Blayze for 539 of the next 730 days (three title reigns in all; her first lasted 342 days) before famously junking the belt on Nitro less than a week after her release in December 1995.

1994 – Shinjiro Ohtani defeats Norio Honaga in Osaka, Japan for the UWA Welterweight Title.

1995 – WWF Women’s Championship is deactivated. The title’s deactivation came when its champion Alundra Blayze—and the entire women’s division—was let go by the WWF due to cost-cutting measures. The decision comes just two days after Aja Kong legitimately broke the nose of Chapparita Asari during a match on Monday Night RAW. Just five days later, Alundra returned to WCW where as Madusa, she dumped the WWF Women’s Championship belt in a garbage bin.

1996 – Stevie Richards and The Blue Meanie to win the Pro Wrestling eXpress Tag Team Title in North Versailles, Pennsylvania.

1997 – Timber defeats C.W. Anderson for the NWA 2000 American Heritage Heavyweight Title in Hope Mills, North Carolina.

1997 – La Ley defeats Jerry Estrada in Caguas, Puerto Rico, to win the WWC Junior Heavyweight Title.

1997 – Canadian Destroyer defeats Gene Austin for the Southern Michigan Championship Wrestling Heavyweight Championship in Michigan Center, Michigan.

1998 – WWF presented In Your House 26: Rock Bottom from the General Motors Place in Vancouver, British Columbia. 17,677 were in attendance, with 287,000 homes watching on PPV. Goldust defeated Jeff Jarrett by disqualification in a striptease match. As Jarrett lost, Debra (Jarrett’s manager) had to do a striptease. It ended up being just that: a tease, as Blue Blazer ended it before Debra took off her bra.

1998 – Rob Van Dam and Sabu defeat The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray and D-Von Dudley) to win the ECW Tag Team Title in Tokyo, Japan, ending the Dudley’s fifth reign.

1998 – Olimpico defeats Halcon Negro, Jr. to win the CMLL Welterweight Title in Mexico City, Mexico.

1998 – Cima Nobunaga defeats Dr. Cerebro for the IWRG Intercontinental Welterweight Title in Naucalpan, Mexico.

1998 – The Wrecking Crew (Big Q and Billy D) defeat Krazy KC and Knightmare to win the Empire Wrestling Federation Tag Team Title in San Jacinto, California, their second title win.

1999 – The Outsiders (Scott Hall & Kevin Nash) defeat Bret Hart & Goldberg to win the WCW World Tag Team Championship.

2002 – Ultimo Guerrero defeats Shocker for the CMLL Light Heavyweight Title in Mexico City, Mexico.

2002 – Dark Ninja defeats Bruiser to win the NWA Hawaii Hardcore Title in Waikiki, Hawaii.

2002 -Sting defeats champion Lex Luger and Malice (who Sting pinned to win the match) in a three way bout in Zurich, Switzerland to win the World Wrestling All-Stars World Heavyweight Title.

2003 – Dan Maff defeats champion Jerry Lawler and Shane Douglas in a three way bout to win the Jersey All Pro Wrestling Heavyweight Title in Rahway, New Jersey.

2003 – Jerrelle Clark defeats champion Roderick Strong, Justice and Naphtali in a four-way match to win the NWA Florida X Division Title in St. Petersburg, Florida.

2003 – Sinn wins the NWA Bluegrass Heavyweight Title from Chance Prophet in Paintsville, Kentucky. At the same show, The Redneck Express (Chris Vega and The Rebel) defeat Vinnie Viagra and Billy Maverick win their second NWA Bluegrass Tag Team Title.

2005 – Batista and Rey Mysterio defeat MNM (Joey Mercury and Johnny Nitro) for the WWE Tag Team Title in Springfield, Massachusetts.

2005 – Brian Jennings and Kimera defeat Matt Stryker and Tack to win the Heartland Wrestling Association Tag Team Title in Cincinnati, Ohio.

2006 – World Wrestling Entertainment announced this afternoon that they have “come to terms” on releasing Amy Zidian, who managed Jimmy Wang Yang in recent weeks on Smackdown.

2008 – John Morrison and The Miz won the WWE Tag Team championship in Hamilton, Ontario.

2009 – WWE presented the first TLC: Tables, Ladders, and Chairs  PPV from the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. 15,226 were in attendance, with 228,000 homes watching on PPV. That’s up from 193,000 homes from the event that replaced it, Armageddon in 2008.

  • In a preshow dark match, R-Truth defeated CM Punk.
  • Christian defeated Shelton Benjamin in a ladder match to retain the ECW Championship.
  • Drew McIntyre defeated John Morrison to win the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
  • Michelle McCool defeated Mickie James to retain the WWE Women’s Championship.
  • Sheamus defeated John Cena in a tables match to win the WWE Championship.
  • The Undertaker defeated Batista in a chairs match to retain the World Heavyweight Championship.
  • Randy Orton defeated Kofi Kingston.
  • D-Generation X (Shawn Michaels & Triple H) defeated Jeri-Show (Chris Jericho & The Big Show) in a tables, ladders, and chairs match to win the WWE Unified Tag Team Championship.

2010 – WWE presented the 2010 Slammy Awards on a special edition of RAW from New Orleans, Louisiana.

  • Shocker of the Year: The Nexus take out Mr. McMahon
  • “Despicable Me” Award (most disgusting moment): CM Punk sings “Happy Birthday” to Rey Mysterio’s daughter
  • Guest Star Shining: Pee Wee Herman vs. The Miz
  • Holy $H!+ Move: John Cena’s AA from the top of a car through the stage
  • “Oh Snap!” Meltdown: Edge destroys the RAW GM’s computer
  • Knucklehead Moment: Lay-Cool gets beaten by Mae Young
  • Diva of the Year: Michelle McCool
  • Moment of the Year: Undertaker retires Shawn Michaels
  • Superstar of the Year: John Cena

2015 – WWE presented Tables, Ladders, and Chairs from the TDGarden in Boston, Massachusetts.

  • In a preshow match, Sasha Banks defeated Becky Lynch by submission.
  • The New Day (Kofi Kingston & Big E) defeated The Lucha Dragons (Kalisto & Sin Cara) and The Usos (Jimmy & Jey Uso) in a three-team ladder match to retain the WWE Tag Team Championship.
  • Rusev defeated Ryback by submission.
  • Alberto Del Rio defeated Jack Swagger in a chairs match to retain the WWE United States Championship.
  • The Wyatt Family (Braun Stowman, Bray Wyatt, Erick Rowan, and Luke Harper) defeated the ECW Originals (Tommy Dreamer, Rhyno, and the Dudley Boyz) 4-1 in an elimination tables match.
  • Dean Ambrose defeated Kevin Owens to win the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
  • Charlotte defeated Paige to retain the WWE Divas Championship.
  • Sheamus defeated Roman Reigns in a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match to retain the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

Died On This Day

  • 1993 – Larry Cameron

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AXIZ reunite

Go Shiozaki lost in his return match at MAJESTIC (4th May at Ryogoku Kokugikan) to Katsuhiko Nakajima’s Vertical Spike. While he was lying on the mat, with a worried Kaito Kiyomiya and Yoshiki Inamura looking on, Katsuhiko Nakajima got on the mic and said, “What is this, Go Shiozaki? This awkward state? Is this “I AM NOAH?” Where did that strong Go Shiozaki go? Shall we do it again? Stand up!”, Everyone, including Shiozaki, thought that Nakajima wanted to fight him again and so Shiozaki used Nakajima to pull himself up. Nakajima had his usual devilish smile on, and grabbed Shiozaki by the hair as if he was going to strike him.

What he actually did was offer him his hand, which Shiozaki took, and to the wild screaming of the crowd, AXIZ reformed and the two would not let go of each other.

Kenoh was outraged and demanded to know what was going on. Manabu Soya later left the ring shaking his head. Backstage, Nakajima confirmed that yes, AXIZ were back and the reason why he had left was because (and this sounds familiar) Kenoh didn’t need him, Kongoh didn’t need him, and he didn’t need them. Kenoh growled that he would destroy anyone who got in his way and that included All Japan, All Japan’s Suwama, Dragon Gate (probably the whole roster) and Katsuhiko Nakajima. Kenoh remarked that usually Kongoh didn’t punish people who left (he probably doesn’t mean the chaotic juniors), but it seems that he himself will have another singles match with Nakajima on the 31st May at Shinjuku FACE. Kenoh has also branded AXIZ as a “thief and traitor duo” and has warned elderly AXIZ fans not to make any bank transfers. He has also claimed that while he was injured, Go Shiozaki is a “salary thief” for doing nothing for NOAH during that time, and not even updating his Twitter.

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N-1 VICTORY 2023 Announced

NOAH have announced that the N-1 VICTORY 2023 will make a return in August 2023, and as is tradition, will have the final night held in Osaka in early September. No names have been announced as of yet, but the league will head up for a couple of dates in Sapporo, Hokkaido (NOAH have not been to Hokkaido since before the pandemic when they would traditionally share a ring with Big Japan and then get drunk together over a lost weekend). No names have been announced as of yet.

Masakatsu Funaki challenges Josh Barnett 

Following his victory over Shinya Aoki at MAJESTIC, Masakatsu Funaki challenged Josh Barnett, who was sitting at ringside to a match. Barnett accepted, but NOAH are yet to state the date when the match will take place. Funaki also seems to be hinting that his career is now winding down, and he wants to tie up any loose ends; such as the Aoki match and the challenge to Barnett, who he has never faced before, but seems to have always wanted to. Mutoh told Funaki to keep going until he is sixty, but Funaki, who makes no pretense about the fact that he is approaching his mid fifties, seems to think that this is unlikely.

Eita alone, Daga joins “the new STINGER”. HAYATA not welcome either. 

During the STINGER vs I guess the last of Perros Del Mal De Japon, Eita and Daga, Eita caught Daga with the Imperial Uno, which meant that Yoshinari Ogawa could capitalize, and he went to pin Eita. However, Ogawa broke the pin and got to his feet slowly, dragging Eita up by his hair. He looked across the ring to Daga, and Daga turned on Eita. Eita, now utterly alone, was beaten up after the match, and no one at all came out to help him as there is now no one left. Backstage, Eita on all fours, said that from now on he would be trusting no one and didn’t believe in friends (NOSAWA posted “…..” to this) and demanded a singles match with both Ogawa and Daga. As for STINGER, Chris Ridgeway said that from now on he, Daga and Ogawa were the new STINGER. Daga gave no reason for his turning on his old friend, STINGER rarely give reasons anyway, and Ogawa said that HAYATA and Eita were no longer considered “friends”. Eita will get his singles matches on the 14th May at Korakuen Hall, and with Daga on the 21st in Kobe. Fans are wondering if Eita and HAYATA will team up, but HAYATA seems to be more preoccupied with the GHC Junior at the moment.

Ring intruder at Korakuen Hall

At NOAH’s Korakuen Hall event on the 29th April, a young woman intruded into the ring at the start of Kaito Kiyomiya, Sean Legacy & AMAKUSA vs Kongoh, and started imploring Kiyomiya to “show us a stronger NOAH” because he was “the savior of NOAH”. She was gently expelled from the ring by Referee Nishinaga, Kiyomiya and the young rookie, Taishi Ozawa. No further information has come from NOAH or any news outlets as to who this young woman was or what the consequence of her intrusion was, and it is rare in Japanese wrestling that a fan should intrude into the ring, but NOAH took the precaution to check bags at their fan event and MAJESTIC, and extra wrestlers were seen at ringside, which fans said felt like security. The very real threat was that she could have had a knife. New Japan’s Toru Yano has also spoken out about fan behavior. He didn’t mention fan invasion specifically, but more wrestlers being harassed by fans when at baggage claim at airports, at convenience stores etc. Kenoh kind of saved the situation by telling Kiyomiya that if he was stronger, then strange people wouldn’t do things like this!

Shinjiro Otani

At an event held on the 6th May to help with his hospital bills, Shinjiro Otani made an appearance. Takashi Sugiura bought him some flowers and Otani thanked him for not giving up wrestling due to the injury that Otani sustained during the title match. He also warned Sugiura, that he would see him in the ring again. Sugiura said he was waiting for that day.

Voodoo Murders vs Kongoh

SUWAMA broke into NOAH’s event at Korakuen Hall on the 29th April and gave Kenoh, a massive Last Ride powerbomb. Shrieking that he was going to take the All Japan World Heavyweight Tag back to where it belonged, i.e. All Japan, he was prepared to come and have a match in NOAH (with Kono his partner) to retrieve them. There then followed a comical scene involving the infamous lifts, where a quaking old man appeared and was told by Suwama to hold the doors. The match has been set for NOAH’s Kobe event on the 21st May. The event will not be broadcast live, but I would imagine this match will be through NOAH’s official Instagram. Suwama got further revenge on Kenoh at All Japan’s show on the 7th when Kongoh and Voodoo Murders had a pre match. Kenoh was given another powerbomb, shoved into a body bag and Voodoo Murders posed with their boots on him, before carrying him backstage on their shoulders. Half in and half out of the bag and dumped on the floor, Suwama told him that now he was in hell, those titles were theirs.


GHC Heavyweight

In a match that saw Naomichi Marufuji pull out old moves (Shiranui and Shiranui Pole Shift, plus a rope bounce that he hasn’t used for a while) and moves that he has worked on, Jake Lee retained the GHC Heavyweight at MAJESTIC. However, no challenger came forward, and fans were expecting to see Go Shiozaki come out. Jake thanked Marufuji and ran down what he had felt in his past title defenses; Kiyomiya was the future, Nakajima the strength and Marufuji the history. Jake wondered what was next and predicted that on the 14th May at Korakuen Hall, things would start to happen. Jake’s match then is himself teaming with Good Looking Guys (including YO-HEY and Tadasuke) against two NOAH Juniors (Seiki Yoshioka and Atsushi Kotoge) against Kaito Kiyomiya and Takashi Sugiura. Fans think that it will be Sugiura who challenges.

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GHC Junior Heavyweight

HAYATA was forced into doing some light comedy, when at the title match signing/press conference, Ninja Mack told him that he didn’t want him to be injured in their title match, and handed him a gift of bandages and athletic tape. HAYATA tried to keep a straight face. However, Ninja Mack found nothing to laugh about when HAYATA beat him and went to hand him his presents back. Apparently, HAYATA kept the bandages, as he only tried to give back the athletic tape. Ninja Mack knocked them to the floor and walked off. The GHC Junior Heavyweight is the only one with a challenger out of all the championships at the time of writing, as HAYATA has nominated Dante Leon as opponent. Dante Leon took the belt from Ninja Mack, but HAYATA feels he has to defeat everyone who held it while he was injured. Dante says he is coming back to take his belt back. Pre matches will take place, with the title match on the 17th June in Nagoya.

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El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Jnr continues to cement himself as one of the greatest GHC National Champions, by defeating Hideki Suzuki at MAJESTIC to retain in an epic match. Suzuki was even booed as he knocked Wagner Jnr down with a punch early on after Wagner Jnr had yelled “Arriba Mexico!”. Suzuki didn’t look as if he was too bothered, and fought most of the match with a cool hard expression. El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Jnr isn’t on any cards for the rest of May 2023, so it looks as if the title will probably be challenged for some time in June.

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GHC Heavyweight Tag

Monster Taniguchi, which his seniors try so hard to awaken, sat dormant at the match signing as Saxon Huxley overturned the table, (which Takashi Sugiura, no stranger to trashing tables during press conferences, helped put back), but then turned his own over with a roar and made off with the tag belts. Sugi very politely helped the staff put the tables back. The team of Sugiura and Taniguchi gave very close to retaining, but they lost the belts when Saxon Huxley pinned Taniguchi with the Hanging Neck Bombs. The new champions celebrated by yelling loudly into the camera, and Huxley repeatedly head-butting his belt. Two new tags arose that night at MAJESTIC; AXIZ, and a new team of Masato Tanaka and Kazuyuki Fujita.

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GHC Junior Tag

YO-HEY and Tadasuke (Good Looking Guys Unit) defended the GHC Junior Tag against Alpha Wolf and DragonBane at Korakuen Hall on the 29th April. The lucha brothers came very close to taking the titles, but YO-HEY saved the team by pinning DragonBane. No challengers have come forward, but it does seem likely that they will be challenged by the people that YO-HEY dumped to join GLG; Atsushi Kotoge and Seiki Yoshioka at Korakuen Hall on the 14th May, which is NOAH’s next event. However, Kotoge and Yoshioka may not be the most stable team, as Yoshioka did catch him with a kick accidentally.



(Saturday April 29th, Korakuen Hall, Tokyo) 

Event recap

Post match interviews


(Thursday 4th May, Ryogoku Kokugikan)

Event recap

Post match interviews

NOAH Fan Event Recap


– Atsushi Kotoge posted a picture of himself when he came to NOAH eleven years ago. He says he is “slightly embarrassed” about seeing himself back then.

– Mohammed Yone and Super Crazy almost left via the wrong gate at MAJESTIC. The trainee standing there tried to tell them, but they seemed insistent, eventually he had to almost stand in their way before they realized.

– Xtreme Tiger returned to the NOAH ring following his concussion

– Most people down the old man VIPER tonic, Masato Tanaka opened it, poured it down his throat and chugged it.

– Keiji Mutoh told Kazushi Sakuraba that he should fight a bear on PPV. Sakuraba said no, he would be killed, and suggested that Mutoh do it. Mutoh said he was an old man who was enjoying retirement by sitting at home and watching historical dramas on NHK.

– Ray Escorpion made his NOAH debut, which involved heel tactics and stalking Dralistico.

– Jake Lee regretted his choice of costume, i.e. his gloves and cape, at the NOAH Fan Event. He said he felt like he needed an icepack under his armpits.

– Eita hid under the ring to jump Yoshinari Ogawa at Korakuen Hall on April 29th. When he crawled out he stretched and yawned, meaning that he fell asleep under there!

– Alejandro was sitting at the commentary table when it got trashed by the Luchadores at MAJESTIC.


  • GHC Heavyweight Champion: Jake Lee
    Challenger: TBA
  • GHC Junior Champion: HAYATA
    Challenger: Dante Leon, GREEN JOURNEY 2023 in NAGOYA (Nagoya International Conference Center Event Hall – Saturday, June 17th)
  • GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: REAL (Saxon Huxley & Timothy Thatcher)
    Challengers: TBA
  • GHC Junior Tag Champions: Good Looking Guys (YO-HEY & Tadasuke)
    Challengers: TBA
  • GHC National Champion: El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Jnr
    Challenger: TBA


(May 2023 schedule)


Date: Sunday May 14th

Venue: Korakuen Hall, Tokyo

Start times: Doors 17:30 JST, Bell 18:30 JST

Broadcast: ABEMA

Birthdays & anniversaries

May 8th 1961: Akira Taue birthday (62)

May 13th 2000: Jumbo Tsuruta memorial (23)


For the overseas fan a subscription to WrestleUniverse is recommended instead of a subscription to ABEMA. You can only watch ABEMA shows live (you cannot watch replays should you miss the show), but these always get uploaded to WrestleUniverse a few minutes after the broadcast finishes. I do not recommend that overseas fans subscribe to ABEMA due to the time consuming and expensive issues around finding a VPN that is compatible with their firewall, and ABEMA do not broadcast any other NOAH shows aside from the live broadcasts, they do not show much exclusive content and they do not show vintage or older events.


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Donmai, Donmai” – Mitsuharu Misawa’s diary….he’s being obscene!

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Picture credits: NOAH.co.jp

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“I made you all wait”, Go Shiozaki announces his return

Go Shiozaki made a surprise appearance at NOAH’s Sendai event on the 16th April, and announced that he would return to the ring at “MAJESTIC” at Ryogoku Kokugikan on Thursday May 4th. In an interview done soon afterwards, Shiozaki said that of course his goal was to “get my belt back as soon as possible” and naturally, his target is the current champion, Jake Lee. He is very excited about NOAH now with the influx of foreign wrestlers, and of course, Jake Lee whom he knew from being in All Japan. Shiozaki’s return match will be against Kongoh’s Kenoh, Katsuhiko Nakajima and Manabu Soya. Shiozaki says he will not only be fighting against his opponents, but also the younger generation of NOAH, who he says are “a threat”. NOAH’s generational wheel continues turning.

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Junta Miyawaki returns from Mexico

Junta Miyawaki announced (bilingually as he also announced this in Mexican), that he would be returning from Ultimo Dragon’s training camp, and would make his first match back at Korakuen Hall at STAR NAVIGATION on the 29th April. His opponent will be HI69, who has been on a roll recently. Before he left, Junta Miyawaki said that he would “sip muddy water”, (which basically means to hit rock bottom and crawl you way back up), before he returned to NOAH. HI69 was unimpressed with this statement, saying that Junta had no idea what he was talking about, but he would soon make him realize it.

Women’s matches

NOAH continue to book women’s matches on their bigger shows. Sendai saw Maya Yukihi and Sumire Natsu fight in a singles match, and afterwards mention was made (even fleetingly) of a woman’s GHC championship. The next women’s match will be a four way at “MAJESTIC” on the 4th May between

Maya Yukihisa & SAKI vs Sumire Natsu & Ryo Mizunami.

Xtreme Tiger concussed & Luchadore’s trash the commentary table

Very sadly Xtreme Tiger sustained (probably) a concussion during the match in Sendai and was stretchered from the ring. Fortunately, he could still move as he was seen to be sitting up and sliding himself on to the stretcher. The remaining Luchadores (Doralistico, Dragon Bane, Alpha Wolf, Alejandro & Lanzelot) decided to continue the match, and as they are NOAH Juniors, didn’t bother to tell the ref. They just carried on and during this, Dragon Bane trashed the commentary table by moonsaulting through it. Then everyone else joined in, fighting in the wreckage. Akitoshi Saito (who had been sitting at the table) was seen looking on blankly. Later he made the comment that the table was not made of a material that was meant to be broken.

Yasutaka Yano and Kinya Okada taken off the Sendai card at the last moment

Yasutaka Yano and Kinya Okada were announced to have been taken off the Sendai card at the last moment, meaning that Anthony Green and Akitoshi Saito (who wrestled by taking his shirt off and in his normal clothes) had to fill in for them. NOAH have not announced the issue (illness, injury, etc) but fans think that they may have gone to Mexico for training, albeit why this should be so sudden is a mystery.

Title news 

GHC Heavyweight

Jake Lee retains, Naomichi Marufuji challenges

Jake Lee retained the GHC Heavyweight against Katsuhiko Nakajima, and was challenged that same night by Naomichi Marufuji. The nautical references continued, as Marufuji said that Jake’s steering was making him “seasick” and used a term that he says he came up with before he made his challenge, by saying that “Even if it is rotten, it is Marufuji” (the full saying is “Even if it is rotten, it is still a sea bream”, which basically is like saying “white cat, black cat, as long as it catches mice, then it is a good cat” i.e. quality is quality). Title match has been made for “MAJESTIC” on the 4th May.

The two pre matches have taken place at shows not broadcasted live, Hamamatsu (which was put on WrestleUniverse on the 25th April) and Kyoto KBS Hall (which will be streamed on WrestleUniverse on the 26th April from 18:00 JST). Neither the champion or the challenger scored the direct win over the other, but Jake was seen to hold the belt over Naomichi Marufuji as he, Jake, stood on the turnbuckle and held it even higher.

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GHC Heavyweight Tag

Masa Kitamiya and Daiki Inaba lost the GHC Heavyweight Tag Championship to Takashi Sugiura and Shuhei Taniguchi in Sendai. Shuhei Taniguchi, much to his seniors delight, got the win but there was no chance to celebrate for very long as a new fearsome tag team, who were part of a new unit (and therefore a new power in the heavyweights) appeared on the scene to challenge. Hideki Suzuki announced that himself, Timothy Thatcher and Saxon Huxley, were breaking away from The Sugiura Army, which he said was “over” (fans have long felt that the unit simply fizzled out) and the three of them were breaking away on their own.

Suzuki challenged for the GHC Heavyweight Tag belts on behalf of his partners, whom both came across as having chemistry akin to an old school American tag team (Saxon I know is from England, but you know the vibe I am talking about). Backstage, Hideki Suzuki said their new unit was called “Real”. In their first pre match in Hamamatsu, Suzuki refused to shake hands with Takashi Sugiura and Sugiura was defeated by Saxon Huxley. The next night in Kyoto, Sugiura defeated Huxley, which was Huxley’s first NOAH loss, with the Olympic Slam and labelled himself as “Beastmaster”. There was also some slight friction appearing between Takashi Sugiura and Shuhei Taniguchi, as Taniguchi did the same “I heard you lost today?” kind of comment back to Sugiura, and once again refused to shake hands with him when Sugiura offered and just walked off when Sugi asked, “Did you win?”.

GHC National

In an epic match, El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Jnr defended the GHC National against Jack Morris, and the two of them shook hands afterwards and patched up their friendship. Backstage, Hideki Suzuki appeared in the comments booth when Wagner Jnr was in it, clapping sarcastically and saying that he was coming for his belt. Suzuki also made a very poetic comment about the challenge.

“Because Wagner Jnr is the sun of Mexico, I will take him deep into the ocean. We will sink together, and only I will rise”

Their two pre matches so far have been inconclusive as they head towards the title match at “MAJESTIC” on the 4th May at Ryogoku Kokugikan.

GHC Junior

AMAKUSA did not do well in the pre matches against HAYATA, and HAYATA ran him into the ground in the title match in Sendai, winning in thirteen minutes and four seconds. In order to forestall anyone who thought they were going to challenge, he was picking up where he left off, and his next challenger would be Ninja Mack. Ninja Mack had challenged HAYATA in late 2022 for the belt, but he had won it when HAYATA was injured, and the belt was awarded to him. To HAYATA, he needed to defeat Ninja Mack first before dealing with anyone else. The two pre matches have not gone well for HAYATA, although Ninja Mack hasn’t got the win over him directly, he has still gotten the win for his team at one point, even if one of the matches was won by someone else, which for him counts as a victory over HAYATA.

GHC Junior Tag

Fans knew that Yoshinari Ogawa and Eita were going to fall apart. YO-HEY knew this too, but knew enough about his opponents, to be wary. In the end, a misfire by Eita, who caught Ogawa in the face with a kick, letting Tadasuke get the win, made the team implode. Ogawa might have come to the ring ignoring Eita’s very existence, but by the end of the match the two were brawling and the fight went backstage. After kicking Ogawa in the crotch, Eita announced that the only person he trusted was Daga. Daga will return to NOAH at “MAJESTIC”, with the one person who hasn’t turned on Ogawa (although he was wary of his aligning with Eita), Chris Ridgeway, who is returning to NOAH at Korakuen Hall on Saturday 29th April.

The new GHC Junior Champions, Good Looking Guy’s YO-HEY and Tadasuke, were challenged backstage by Dragon Bane and Alpha Wolf, who told them they were going to be taking the belts back to Mexico. The brothers have run riot on the junior tag champions, defeating them in the pre matches, Alpha Wolf in a singles against Tadasuke. Title match will take place this Saturday at Korakuen Hall.


  • ABEMA presents GREEN JOURNEY 2023 in Sendai (Sunday April 16th)

Event recap

Post match interviews

  • Act City Hamamatsu (Saturday, April 22nd)

Event recap

Post match interviews

  • Kyoto KBS Hall (Sunday, April 23rd)

Event recap

Post match interviews


– Because they were both champions facing their challengers, YO-HEY offered HAYATA a handshake in Kyoto. HAYATA reacted in usual fashion (he refused) but the two were seen to work together…

– Kongoh appeared in a short Kenoh Channel video, where each of them ate one of Shuji Kondo’s financiers and talked about the merch table. Katsuhiko Nakajima very neatly put back a packet of Naomichi Marufuji’s curry, which Kenoh had thrown.

– Although he is no longer appearing in the ring, NOSAWA Rongai was seen watching at the Hamamatsu show. He’s not a member of the audience however, as he seems to be travelling with them – Kenoh said that he was glad Go Shiozaki had returned as he could not “wait to beat the shit” out of him.

– Atsushi Kotoge has revealed his beloved Shiba is called “Chikuwa”. When he left for NOAH’s weekend shows, he told him he was leaving him as watchdog to guard the family.

– Mercedes Monet said she wanted a match with “Marufugi”. “Marufugi” said he wanted one with her too.

– YO-HEY and Yoshiki Inamura will appear on “All-Star Chorus Battle” on May 14th for Fuji TV. The premise of the show is that they will team with five other people, sing the hit songs of the Reiwa era and compete as a chorus for a championship.

– A picture taken by NOAH’s official photographer in Kyoto was captured at precisely the moment that Seiki Yoshioka was diving off the top turnbuckle. The angle of his body made him look as if he was leaping out of the stained glass behind him. Ironically, he seemed to be leaping from the roof of the Ark. Also photographed against The Ark was Yoshiki Inamura, who put a Dove above his head.


  • GHC Heavyweight Champion: Jake Lee
    Challenger: Naomichi Marufuji, ABEMA presents MAJESTIC 2023, Ryogoku Kokugikan, Thursday May 4th
  • GHC Junior Champion: HAYATA
    Challenger: Ninja Mack, ABEMA presents MAJESTIC 2023, Ryogoku Kokugikan, Thursday May 4th
  • GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: Takashi Sugiura & Shuhei Taniguchi
    Challengers: REAL (Saxon Huxley & Timothy Thatcher), ABEMA presents MAJESTIC 2023, Ryogoku Kokugikan, Thursday May 4th
  • GHC Junior Tag Champions: Good Looking Guys (YO-HEY & Tadasuke)
    Challengers: Dragon Bane & Alpha Wolf, STAR NAVIGATION 2023, Korakuen Hall, Saturday April 29th
  • GHC National Champion: El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Jnr
    Challenger: Hideki Suzuki, ABEMA presents MAJESTIC 2023, Ryogoku Kokugikan, Thursday May 4th



Date: Saturday April 29th

Venue: Korakuen Hall

Start time: 18:30 JST (doors open 17:30)

Broadcast: ABEMA (Live)


29th April: Atsushi Kotoge debut anniversary (2005)

29th April: Tadasuke debut anniversary (2007)


For the overseas fan a subscription to WrestleUniverse is recommended instead of a subscription to ABEMA. You can only watch ABEMA shows live (you cannot watch replays should you miss the show), but these always get uploaded to WrestleUniverse a few minutes after the broadcast finishes. I do not recommend that overseas fans subscribe to ABEMA due to the time consuming and expensive issues around finding a VPN that is compatible with their firewall, and ABEMA do not broadcast any other NOAH shows aside from the live broadcasts, they do not show much exclusive content and they do not show vintage or older events.


“Donmai, Donmai” – Mitsuharu Misawa’s diary

With thanks to: Metal-NOAH

Picture credits: NOAH.co.jpPro Wrestling DX

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