(NOAH CHRONOLOGY) Kaito Kiyomiya ~ GHC Heavyweight Championship

Won: from Takashi Sugiura, 16th December 2018 at "Great Voyage in Yokohama Vol.2"
Number of title reigns: 0
Number of defenses: 2
Total number of days held:

1. Kenoh
2. Masa Kitamiya
3. Naomichi Marufuji


VS Kenoh

After Kaito Kiyomiya defeated Takashi Sugiura, he was immediately challenged by Kenoh.
Kenoh told him that absolutely nothing of what he had just done made an impact on him whatsoever. Kiyomiya (very politely as ever) told him that he wasn't the same person that Kenoh had faced in January 2018, this time, it was going to be very different.

Title match has been arranged for the 6th January at Korakuen Hall (event will be broadcast live).

The two of them had their first clash at "NOAHFul Gift" 2018, which is Noah's Christmas show. It was meant to be a "random drawing", and while the inclusion of the rookie Kinya Okada (who stole the show might have been random), no one actually believed that Kenoh vs Kiyomiya was. The ref had to separate them at the beginning, and then at the end. There might have been a short build to this match, but they carried it off to perfection. The again, Kenoh vs Kiyomiya, never needs a long build, a match and a pre-match is sufficient to build up tension between them, the fans always screaming for it to happen, and this is only their second title match.

Throughout the whole (short) pre-match lead up, Kenoh swung between a concerned older brother, worried that the young 22 year old Kiyomiya was not ready to carry the weight of the company being the GHC Heavyweight Champion and that it would make things difficult for him in later life, a teacher (he said he would show Kiyomiya how it was done to have a good match and carry a company during a match), and a schoolyard bully who would beat him up for his milk money.
Unfortunately, Kiyomiya could not compete with the force of nature that was Kenoh, and once again came off as sounding very polite, although he did manage a long lingering glare at him.

Kiyomiya may not have been ready for their first GHC Heavyweight clash in January 2017, and perhaps only partially ready for their next one when they fought for the number one contendership later that year, but he was ready this time, and the match bought the house down. Kiyomiya had learned how to dodge Kenoh's attacks, he also knew when to lull him into a false sense of security, he took bumps off of the apron, and did a spectacular somersault over the iron railing and into Kenoh (who he was lucky he caught him as he almost overshot and went smack into the wooden bleachers). They fought tooth and nail, and when they were worn down, they fought down to bone, and ground that to dust. They fought until neither could stand.
It was Kaito Kiyomiya, this "green boy", whom Kenoh had dismissed him as in January 2018, who got the win via the Tiger Suplex, and retained the title.
Later, Kiyomiya would say in interviews that he owed everything to Kenoh, had it not been for his defeat by him, then he may never have come this far.

Atsushi Kotoge & Masa Kitamiya

After Kiyomiya had made his speech about being Noah's face in 2019, Noah's resident lunatic, Atsushi Kotoge came out wearing his cloak with the high collar (the orange one had been befouled earlier in the evening when Minoru Tanaka had used it to buff Hi69's ass), and in typical style (part head trauma, part needs his Ritalin), Kotoge made his challenge for the GHC by proposing that "we make a revolution together".
Then the much saner Masa Kitamiya appeared and said that the GHC did not need a comedy wrestler, and made his challenge. He also warned Kiyomiya that he wasn't going to worship him, and he refused to be a "shrine carrier".
Kiyomiya, as ever polite, didn't make any comment, and both of them left the ring awaiting his decision. Kiyomiya later said he left it to the company to sort the situation out, and Noah arranged a number one contenders match for the 20th January, the winner will face Kaito Kiyomiya for the title on the 1st February...which incidentally is the day when Naomichi Marufuji returns from injury.

vs Masa Kitamiya

Masa Kitamiya defeated Atsushi Kotoge in the number one contendership match on the 20th January. Kaito Kiyomiya watched from ringside, the belt over his shoulder and not on the table in front of him which is as per usual.
After getting rid of Kotoge (who at one point tried to lock him in somewhere), Kitamiya told Kiyomiya that;

Until now you have had a wonderful path as champion, but I will end that on February 1st.
Kiyomiya: I will defend this belt!

Neither Masa Kitamiya or Kaito Kiyomiya managed to get the win over each other during their pre-matches, pinfalls were usually taken by or on someone on the opposing team, they never pinned each other directly. What was so disappointing about this feud was that they seemed to have no chemistry together, not when compared to Kenoh vs Kiyomiya. I think Kitamiya is frustrated by it, especially since all Kiyomiya's response to Kitamiya (who calls him a "good boy honor student") , has been "I will defend the belt on the 1st February".

In the last pre-match before Korakuen Hall, the two squared up after the match. Kitamiya side suplexed Kiyomiya, and then posed over him, one foot on his chest.
Kiyomiya's concern was more towards the insult towards the belt, rather than what had just happened to him.

Although they gave everything they had to the title match in Korakuen Hall, and Kiyomiya was victorious, this feud did not have the same spark as did Kiyomiya vs Kenoh (who Kiyomiya works very well with, and is one of the few people he will actually be almost rude to, even if he hasn't gone past glaring at him). I think Kitamiya might have felt a little frustrated over his calling Kiyomiya a "good little honor student" and only getting in return, "I will defend" or, "I will not give up this belt".
Kiyomiya really needs to work on his presence and his promo skills.
The title match however, was Match of The Year worthy.

VS Naomichi Marufuji

After the match with Masa Kitamiya, Naomichi Marufuji (now returned from injury which stopped his competing in the finals of Global League 2018 versus Kaito Kiyomiya) came out to the ring, and challenged for the belt;

"You won the belt that I was supposed to win, by winning Global League, that I was meant to win. Even so, I do not fear your strength. Do you understand why you are champion? I know everything seems okay thanks to the cheers of the fans, but I have confidence that I will win, no matter how many fans are behind you. I did think about listening to your answer, but there is only one. Your answer is only "do it!" 

Unlike Kenoh (who would have gripped the microphone and started swearing), Kiyomiya was as ever polite and said that he thought Marufuji was going to come out and thanked him for his challenge. 

Title match will take place on the 10th March in Yokohama.

As he realized that he couldn't compete with Kiyomiya's youth, (and especially since he came to the realization that his body was "older than I thought" after injury and therefore couldn't really do any of the aerial maneuvers anymore), Marufuji went for a ground based psychological approach in wearing Kiyomiya down in the pre-matches, by attacking first his arm, and warning him in a after match promo (Kiyomiya looked half angry, half terrified) that he was going to "take him apart, bit by bit. Next is is your leg".
Kiyomiya vowed that he would, "find the weakness of the genius" before his body broke down.
Kenoh has also appeared in the mix, saying that in the title match he will support Marufuji, and will second him. Kenoh's reason for this is half care that Kiyomiya loses the belt (both out of jealous revenge and some kind of concern that Kiyomiya is not ready) and that HE wants to be the one to challenge Marufuji first. 

Birth of the youngest champion in the history of the GHC Heavyweight ~ interview with Kaito Kiyomiya
Marufuji surpassed! Kiyomiya is the youngest GHC Champion in history at 22 years old
Kaito Kiyomiya is the youngest GHC Champion at 22 years old, Marufuji's record beaten by four years! Noah's "new face" declared.
GHC Heavyweight Champion, 22 years old Kaito Kiyomiya is the youngest history, "I will defend the belt for one year"
Kaito Kiyomiya: a new scene in the ring with Kenoh
Kenoh to the new champion Kiyomiya, "I will make this easy"
Kenoh's column, "Come At Me You Bastards" (December 2018)
Kenoh's New Years Card
Kenoh vs Kaito Kiyomiya (GHC Heavyweight Match Signing)
Kenoh, "I will take back the belt and rescue that young man from crisis"
Naomichi Marufuji;s return on February 1st
"Whichever comes, I will not lose" ~ Kaito Kiyomiya speaks about Kitamiya and Kotoge
Kaito Kiyomiya's first defense, and Canadian ambition
Post match promos, 6th January 2018
Masa Kitamiya declares war on the GHC Heavyweight Champion, Kiyomiya