Pro Wrestling Noah
FoundedJune 16, 2000
StyleRoyal Road with Ark[1]
HeadquartersShinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
Founder(s)Mitsuharu Misawa
SisterPro Wrestling Sem
DDT Pro-Wrestling
Tokyo Joshi Pro Wrestling
Split fromAll Japan Pro Wrestling
WebsiteOfficial website

Pro Wrestling Noah (プロレスリング・ノア, Puroresuringu Noa) (stylised as Pro Wrestling NOAH) is a Japanese professional wrestling promotion, founded in 2000 by former All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW) wrestler Mitsuharu Misawa after he had led a mass exodus in which 24 of AJPW's 26 contracted wrestlers left the promotion to form Noah.

Noah held its first shows in August 2000, and established the Global Honored Crown as the in-house governing body for its collection of championships. Throughout its 23-year history, Noah has had working relationships with New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW), All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW), Ring of Honor (ROH), TNA (Formerly Impact Wrestling), Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide (AAA), All Elite Wrestling (AEW), and Big Japan Pro Wrestling (BJW). In January 2020, the company was purchased by CyberAgent, parent company of DDT Pro-Wrestling, with DDT's executives taking over Noah's operations and Noah's content appearing on DDT's streaming service Wrestle Universe.[2]


Noah under Misawa (2000–2009)

In January 1999, AJPW founder and promoter Giant Baba died, leaving the company in the hands of his widow Motoko Baba as owner and Misawa as president. However, disheartened with Motoko Baba's proposed direction for the company, Misawa departed the promotion on May 28, 2000 to form a new promotion called Pro Wrestling Noah. All but two native stars (Masanobu Fuchi and Toshiaki Kawada) and eight gaijin (Maunakea Mossman, Johnny Smith, George Hines, Mike Barton, Jim Steele, Mike Rotunda, Stan Hansen and "Dr. Death" Steve Williams) followed Misawa. The promotion's name alludes to the Biblical story of Noah, in which the people and animals in the ark survive the flood and make a new beginning in the world, a story which was seen as a parallel to the wrestlers' departure from AJPW. Noah's original logo, an ark with a dove holding an olive branch, referred to this.

Pro Wrestling Noah is essentially a continuation of AJPW's promotional system in the 1990s, with a slight leeway to allow wrestlers from other promotions to compete, which is something that Giant Baba had forbid. Noah also features a strong junior heavyweight division, which was something that AJPW had been relatively lacking in the 1990s due to lack of pushes for the younger stars (such as Yoshinobu Kanemaru, Kenta and Naomichi Marufuji, who quickly became Noah's junior aces).

October 12, 2007 Baseball Magazine Sha, the publisher of Puroresu Shukan released Noah trading cards.[3]

Mitsuharu Misawa and Go Shiozaki

The Wrestling Observer named Noah as the best promotion in 2004 and 2005, as well as having the best weekly television show in 2003.

On June 13, 2009, Misawa teamed with Go Shiozaki against Akitoshi Saito and Bison Smith at Hiroshima Green Arena. After taking a belly to back suplex from Saito, Misawa lost consciousness and was taken to a hospital. He was pronounced dead in the hospital at 10:10 p.m. JST due to spinal damage.[4][5][6] On June 27, 2009, Akira Taue was named as Misawa's successor, taking over as President of Pro Wrestling Noah. Also in 2009, Noah lost their weekly television show on Nippon TV.

Noah after Misawa (2009–present)

In March 2012, it was revealed that Noah management had ties to a yakuza crime syndicate, which resulted in the promotion demoting General Manager Ryu Nakata and Counselor Haruka Eigen and enforcing new anti-yakuza protocols; Noah also lost its TV show as part of the fallout.[7]

On December 3, 2012, Noah released Kenta Kobashi from his contract, reportedly leading to Atsushi Aoki, Go Shiozaki, Jun Akiyama, Kotaro Suzuki and Yoshinobu Kanemaru all announcing that they were not going to re-sign with the promotion after their own contracts expired in January 2013.[8][9] On December 19, Noah confirmed that the five men had indeed refused to re-sign with the promotion and would be wrestling their final matches for the promotion on December 23 and 24.[10] The following month, all five men joined AJPW.[11] Kobashi returned to wrestle his retirement match in a Noah ring on May 11, 2013, at Final Burning in Budokan.[12][13]

On May 12 at Noah's "New Chapter" show held at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Akira Taue announced the signings of Daisuke Harada, Mikey Nicholls and Shane Haste of The Mighty Don't Kneel (TMDK) as full-time members of the promotion.[14] Taue also announced his retirement from in-ring competition to focus on his duties as the Chairman of the promotion and his retirement match would take place on December 7, 2013 at the Ariake Coliseum.[15] On April 30, 2014, Noah's arguably biggest star and ace Kenta announced his resignation from the promotion to sign with WWE.[16][17][18]

In early 2015, NJPW wrestler Jado took over as the new head booker of Noah.[19] On April 21, one of Noah's bigger stars, Takeshi Morishima, was forced to retire from professional wrestling due to issues with his blood.[20][21] On December 24, 2015, Noah announced the signing of freelancer Katsuhiko Nakajima.[22] Four days later, Noah announced the departures of Mikey Nicholls, Shane Haste and Takeshi Morishima, following their contracts with the promotion expiring at the end of the year.[23] On June 13, 2016, freelancer Go Shiozaki officially re-signed with Noah, three and a half years after his resignation from the promotion.[24]

On November 1, 2016, it was announced that Noah had been sold to IT development company Estbee, Co, Ltd. As a result, former AJPW president Masayuki Uchida took over as the new Noah president.[25] On November 7, Estbee officially changed its name to "Noah Global Entertainment kabushiki gaisha".[26] On December 27, Noah announced the relocating of its offices from Ariake, Tokyo to Kanda-Misakichō due to Differ Ariake's scheduled closing in June 2018.[27] At the end of 2016, NJPW pulled all of its wrestlers, including the entire Suzuki-gun stable, from Noah with reports stating that the relationship between the two promotions had turned "extremely sour".[28] Having lost the NJPW relationship, Noah's attendance numbers went down by 29% during the first four months of 2017.[29] On February 7, 2017, Noah announced a business alliance with American promotion Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA),[30] which was extended in July, after TNA had been renamed Global Force Wrestling (GFW).[31] In March 2017, Noah formed another partnership with Canadian promotion Border City Wrestling (BCW).[32]

On February 1, 2019, Noah was purchased by Lidet Entertainment, acquiring a 75% stake in the company.[33] This was followed the next month by the first major rebranding in company history. Pro Wrestling Noah not only changed their logo but also replaced the green mat with a white canvas.

On July 26, 2019, Major League Wrestling announced a working agreement with Pro Wrestling Noah, which would include a talent-exchange agreement and content collaboration between the two promotions.[34][35]

On December 5, 2019, it was announced that Noah and the Mexico-based International Wrestling Revolution Group had entered into a talent-sharing partnership.[36]

In January 2020, Noah was acquired by CyberAgent, parent company of DDT Pro Wrestling. DDT's President Sanshiro Takagi was named the President of Pro Wrestling Noah and Naomichi Marufuji the Vice President. Noah's events began airing on DDT's streaming service DDT Universe starting with Noah Global Jr. League 2020 on January 30.[37][38] On July 27, 2020, it was announced Noah and DDT would merge in a new company, CyberFight.[39] Both companies would run as separate brands under the CyberFight banner.

On November 19, 2021 Noah re-established its relationship with NJPW with Noah wrestlers being involved at the third night of NJPW's Wrestle Kingdom 16 event, with a portion of proceeds donated to the Japanese Red Cross.[40]

On December 15, 2023, Noah was announced as one of the founding members of the United Japan Pro-Wrestling alliance, a joint effort to further develop professional wrestling in Japan through promotion and organization, with Seiji Sakaguchi being named as the chairman of the project.[41]


Main article: List of Pro Wrestling Noah personnel


Similar to New Japan Pro-Wrestling's International Wrestling Grand Prix (IWGP), Noah has its own title governing body, the Global Honored Crown (GHC) system.

Current championships

Main article: List of current champions in CyberFight § Noah

Championship Current champion(s) Reign Date won Days
Location Notes Ref.
GHC Heavyweight Championship
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Kaito Kiyomiya 3 May 4, 2024 28 0 Tokyo, Japan Defeated El Hijo de Dr. Wagner Jr. at Noah Wrestle Magic. [42]
GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship
Daga 1 November 4, 2023 210 6 Niigata, Japan Defeated Hayata at Demolition Stage in Niigata. [43]
GHC National Championship
Hayata 1 April 11, 2024 51 0 Fukuoka, Japan Defeated Jack Morris at Star Navigation 2024. [43]
GHC Tag Team Championship
Good Looking Guys
(Jack Morris and Anthony Greene)
1 September 24, 2023 251 8 Nagoya, Japan Defeated Real (Timothy Thatcher and Saxon Huxley) at Grand Ship In Nagoya 2023. [43]
GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship
Good Looking Guys
(Yo-Hey and Tadasuke)
(6, 3)
January 2, 2024 151 6 Tokyo, Japan Defeated Los Golpeadores (Dragón Bane and Alpha Wolf) and Ninja Mack and Alejandro at Noah The New Year 2024. [43]
GHC Hardcore Championship
Shuji Ishikawa 1 May 4, 2024 28 0 Tokyo, Japan Defeated Ninja Mack at Noah Wrestle Magic. [42]


Noah also holds annual tournaments to decide the top wrestler or tag team in the promotion:

Tournament Latest winner(s) Date won
N-1 Victory Go Shiozaki September 3, 2023
Victory Challenge Tag League Kaito Kiyomiya and Ryohei Oiwa March 10, 2024
Global Junior Heavyweight League Daisuke Harada January 30, 2020
Global Junior Heavyweight Tag League Kotaro Suzuki and Yoshinari Ogawa June 13, 2019

List of notable pay-per-views

Main article: List of major Pro Wrestling Noah events

Pro Wrestling Sem

Pro Wrestling Sem

Pro Wrestling Sem was the junior affiliate of Pro Wrestling Noah launched in 2006. Its name came from the biblical figure Sem, the eldest son of Noah. Sem was originally headed by Naomichi Marufuji and Kenta, acting as coaches for the rookie competitors. Mitsuharu Misawa's inspiration for the venture came from the German Westside Xtreme Wrestling promotion, where he wrestled in March 2005. The seats are limited to a few hundred, so that all fans could sit close to the ring. Sem events usually took place in the Differ Ariake in Tokyo. No Sem events have been held since 2015.




See also


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