Tournaments, Tournaments Everywhere! Kakimoto Signs With Union

August 20, 2014

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0. THE NEXT CONTENDERS 1 Day Tournament – Round 1: Kenta Hattori Vs Ryouya Akiba
0. THE NEXT CONTENDERS 1 Day Tournament – Round 1: Kenji Takeshima Vs Hiroshi Kobayashi
0. THE NEXT CONTENDERS 1 Day Tournament – Round 1: Kotaro Nasu Vs Ryuichi Sekine
0. THE NEXT CONTENDERS 1 Day Tournament – Round 1: Koji Iwamoto Vs Baisen Tagai
1. Yukio Kubota Vs Ayumu Honda
2. Michael Nakazawa Vs Shingo Suzuki
3. Kaori Yoneyama Vs Emi Tomimatsu
4. Ryo Kawamura & Shibata Vs Shuichiro Katsumura & Toshihisa Shinomiya
5. THE NEXT CONTENDERS 1 Day Tournament – Semi Final: Winner Of Dark Match 1 Vs Winner Of Dark Match 2
6. THE NEXT CONTENDERS 1 Day Tournament – Semi Final: Winner Of Dark Match 3 Vs Winner Of Dark Match 4
7. Atsushi Aoki Vs Takatoshi Matsumoto
8. Tomomitsu Matsunaga Vs Hideki Suzuki
9. Hikaru Sato & HARASHIMA Vs Kotaro Suzuki & Chongwen Ito
10. THE NEXT CONTENDERS 1 Day Tournament – Final: Winner Of Semi Final 1 Vs Winner Of Semi Final 2

Some of the newcomers are Ryouya Akiba from Guts World, Baisen Tagai from Nishiguchi Pro Wrestling, Honda Ayumu from K-DOJO and Shingo Suzuki from ALLIANCE.

Hiroyo Matsumoto has pulled out of the show due to injury. Kaori Yoneyama takes her place and faces Emi Tomimatsu from Paraestra Matsudo.

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1. KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi & Masa Takanashi Vs Michael Nakazawa, Tomomitsu Matsunaga & Gota Ihashi
2. 3 Way Match: Antonio Honda Vs Daisuke Sasaki Vs MIKAMI
3. HARASHIMA & Yasu Urano Vs Toru Owashi & DJ Nira
4. Infomercial Match: Sanshiro Takagi, Kazuki Hirata & Saki Akai Vs Danshoku Dino, Makoto Oishi & Ito Maki
5. KO-D Openweight Title Challenger Tournament – Semi Final: Tetsuya Endo Vs Konosuke Takeshita
6. KO-D Openweight Title Challenger Tournament – Semi Final: Keisuke Ishii Vs Akito
7. KO-D Tag Team Titles: Kota Ibushi & Kenny Omega (c) Vs Shigehiro Irie & Soma Takao

With “RYOGOKU PETER PAN 2014” in the bag it is time to look ahead for DDT’s future. A mini tournament for DDT’s young wrestlers is going ahead to determine the No. 1 Contender for the KO-D Openweight Title. The semi finals take place in Kasukabe Hall when Tetsuya Endo faces Konosuke Takeshita and Keisuke Ishii faces Akito. The two winners will take part in the final on 31st August in Shinjuku. The KO-D Title match will happen in Osaka on 13th September.

Ishii counts himself as the favourite. He is unbeaten against both Akito and Endo in singles matches. He has never faced Takeshita one on one. Regardless, Ishii is so confident he will win that he wonders why there is even a tournament to determine the next title challenger when it should be him. Takeshita felt he learned a lot from wrestling Hiroshi Tanahashi. He hopes to win the tournament so he can have the title match with HARASHIMA in front of his home town Osaka crowd.

HARASHIMA’s comments coming out of the Sumo Hall main event are about what you’d expect to hear from him. His opponents were strong, he was glad he was able to win and he wants to be the defending champion again at next year’s show.

For now the Golden☆Lovers’ main priority is to keep the KO-D Tag Team Titles around their waists. Kenny Omega said he has no choice but to win at any cost to keep his title with Kota Ibushi. They defend the belts against two thirds of the KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Champions. The Drift duo of Shigehiro Irie & Soma Takao challenged the Golden☆Lovers and it was accepted. With Ishii in the tournament and this title match happening soon, Drift are aiming to add the KO-D Openweight and Tag Team Titles to their collection. Kenny says he and Ibushi are an S-Rank team. Irie’s response is he and Takao are an A-Ranked team, then he got confused and corrected himself, calling him and Takao a T-Ranked team instead.

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1. UWA World Tag Team Titles: MEN’S Teioh & Hiroshi Fukuda (c) Vs Isami Kodaka & FUMA
2. Union Fly To Everywhere World Title: Ladybeard (c) Vs Mio Shirai
3. Union MAX Title: Hikaru Sato (c) Vs Shuji Ishikawa

Former DDT wrestler Daichi Kakimoto is now with Union. Kakimoto wrestled in DDT from 2003 to 2008 when a cervical spine injury forced him into retirement. He returned to wrestling in 2012 and made sporadic appearances since then. He now wants to wrestle on a regular basis and signed with Union. He chose Union for two reasons. The first is Kakimoto being inspired by how much Shuji Ishikawa and Isami Kodaka have grown the last couple of years. The other reason is Union’s schedule is easy enough for his body and non-wrestling career to handle. Kakimoto also wants to re-debut under as a masked wrestler and will use a new ring name to represent how he is starting again from scratch. He hopes fans will not reveal his identity or update his Wikipedia page when he appears under the mask.


DDT “RYOGOKU PETER PAN 2014 ~MAYBE SUMMER WILL CHANGE MY LIFE~” Results

August 17, 2014

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DDT “RYOGOKU PETER PAN 2014 ~MAYBE SUMMER WILL CHANGE MY LIFE~”, 17/08/2014
Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan
9,100 Fans – Super No Vacancy Full House

0. Dark Match – Tokyo Women’s Wrestling Offer Match: Miyu Yamashita, Chikage Kiba & KANNA defeated Shoko Nakajima, Yuka Sakazaki & Erin when Yamashita pinned Erin with the Crash Rabbit Heat (8:52).
0. Dark Match – DDT Vs Union: Hoshitango, Rion Mizuki, Gota Ihashi & Shunma Katsumata defeated Daichi Kazato, SAGAT, Mitomi Masayuki & Tomoya Kawamura when Hoshitango pinned SAGAT with the Midnight Buenos Aires (7:44).
1. MIKAMI & GENTARO defeated Yasu Urano & Akito when MIKAMI pinned Urano with the Deep “M” Impact (11:07).
2. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title – Battle Royal: DJ Nira eliminated Akihiro (c) and Yoshihiko with a Combined German Suplex (11:04).
*DJ Nira becomes the 1,007th champion.
2a. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title – Battle Royal: Gorgeous Matsuno defeated DJ Nira (c) with a Small Package (16:56).
Other Participants: Akihiro (c), Daisuke Sasaki, Tomomitsu Matsunaga, Kazuki Hirata, Tetsuya Endo, Toru Owashi, Shiro Koshinaka, Nonoko, Ai Shimizu, FUMA, Kizaemon Saiga and Yoshihiko.
*Gorgeous Matsuno becomes the 1,008th champion.
- Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title: LiLiCo defeated Goregeous Matsuno (2:42 pm).
*LiLiCo becomes the 1,009th Iron Man Champion.
3. Saki Akai, Makoto Oishi & Ladybeard defeated Aja Kong, Antonio Honda & Hiroshi Fukuda when Oishi pinned Fukuda with the Miracle Ecstasy (11:43).
4. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles: Keisuke Ishii, Shigehiro Irie & Soma Takao defeated KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi & Masa Takanashi (c) when Takao pinned Takanashi with the Gin And Tonic (10:57).
*Shuten-dōji fails in V1. Team Dream Futures become the 13th KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Champions!
5. DDT Extreme Title – Important Something Timed Blast Death Match: Danshoku Dino (c) defeated Muscle Sakai with a School Boy (11:05).
*V1 for Danshoku Dino.
6. Street Wrestling Match: Sanshiro Takagi & Jun Kasai defeated Minoru Suzuki & Michael Nakazawa when Kasai pinned Nakazawa with the Pearl Harbour Splash from a ladder (23:25).
7. Special Single Match: Kota Ibushi defeated Shuji Kondo with the Phoenix Splash (18:39).
8. Special Single Match: Hiroshi Tanahashi defeated Konosuke Takeshita with the High Fly Flow (15:09).
9. KO-D Openweight Title – 3 Way Match: HARASHIMA (c) defeated Kenny Omega and Isami Kodaka (24:56).
9a. HARASHIMA eliminated Kenny Omega with the Somato (17:52)
9b. HARASHIMA eliminated Isami Kodaka with the Swan Dive Somato (24:56).
*V3 for HARASHIMA.

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DDT earned a Super No Vacancy Full House crowd at Sumo Hall for this year’s big “PETER PAN” show. The show lasted just under 5 hours with eleven matches in total. DDT announced they will return to Sumo Hall on 23rd August 2015.

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The big main event was a 3 Way Elimination match for the KO-D Openweight Championship. HARASHIMA pinned both Kenny Omega and Isami Kodaka to successfully defend the title. The first elimination happened when Kodaka countered Omega’s One-Winged Angel into a Victory Roll. HARASHIMA stopped the pin by hitting the Somato on Kodaka, then he hit Omega with the Somato for the pin. Kodaka used the Somato against HARASHIMA for a close nearfall but the champion fired back with a Vertical Drop Brainbuster and the Swan Dive Somato to put him away. HARASHIMA complimented his opponents for their strong performances but considered himself the strongest for winning. He now looks forward to his next challenger, the winner of the young generation tournament taking place later this month. The show ended with the roster celebrating as foam rained down onto the ring.

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Two years ago Konosuke Takeshita had his debut match in Sumo Hall against El Generico. Last year Takeshita celebrated his first year in the business by facing Katsuhiko Nakajima. This year he was graced with the presence of New Japan star Hiroshi Tanahashi for the semi-main event. Takeshita took a page out of Generico’s book and tried to hit the Brainbustaaaaahhhhh!!!!! But Tanahashi was able to avoid it and eventually hit the High Fly Flow for the victory.

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The return of Kota Ibushi saw him in the ring with Shuji Kondo for the first time since the “ALL TOGETHER” charity show from 2011. Kondo hit the King Kong Lariat several times until Ibushi unleashed a few of his own. Ibushi finally won with the Phoenix Splash and the two hugged each other after the match. In the post-match interview Kondo said Ibushi should move up to Heavyweight class. Ibushi said he wants to evolve and he will practice more and more. He called this a successful comeback.

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The craziest specatacle of the day was the Tag Team Street Fight between Sanshiro Takagi & Jun Kasai against the combination of hybrid fighter and pervert, Minoru Suzuki & Michael Nakazawa. A castle of chairs was set up inside the ring even though the match began outside the arena. The fight quickly dragged itself into a bathroom before finally making its way towards ringside. Suzuki attacked Takagi with a giant poster and they brawled amongst the crowd. They reappeared cycling down to the ring on Takagi’s custom battle cycle. Takagi would eventually crash into the chair castle. Suzuki’s attempt to use the bicycle backfired when he accidentaly ran over Nakazawa. Another attempt at teamwork backfired when Nakazawa accidentely gave Suzuki the Ultimate Venom Arm. Suzuki no sold it and he gave his partner the Gotch-Style Piledriver. Kasai then hit the Pearl Harbour Splash from the top of a ladder onto Nakazawa.

DDT announced they will be making their own movie called Wrestling Cannonball. Starring a mixture of DDT wrestlers and being directed by Muscle Sakai, the movie is set for release next February. Sakai has asked Suzuki and Kasai to feature in the film.

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The DDT Extreme Title match was probably the most bizarre thing to ever happen in Sumo Hall and with six DDT shows at the arena in the bag that’s saying something. The challenger Muscle Sakai produced a Powerpoint presentation to explain how the match was set up. For some reason the main rule was if the match lasted 10 minutes then comedy actor Ryota Yamazato, who was brought in as a guest, would be blown up with no questions asked. Not trusting Danshoku Dino to win in under 10 minutes, Yamazato attacked him backstage and took his place in the match, even stealing Dino’s wrestling gear to wear. The match began but instead of wrestling, Sakai and Yamazato took part in a quiz instead until Sakai attacked the actor. Dino came to the rescue and the advertised match finally went ahead. But time ran out and security dragged Yamazato out of the arena to face his destiny. Dino and Sakai continued to fight as time slowed down and we got to hear their inner monologues. That ended when Dino pinned Sakai with a School Boy. Meanwhile outside the building the security blew up Yamazato with Anus Dynamite and a tribute for him appeared on the screen. Thus ends one of the weirdest paragraphs I have ever typed out.

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The streak continues! Soma Takao is still undefeated in “PETER PAN” after he and his Team Dream Futures partners won the KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles. Takao also changed his colours from red to blue so he, Keisuke Ishii & Shigehiro Irie would be more colour coordinated with the Powerpuff Girls. After losing the All Asia Tag Team Titles on Saturday, Ishii & Irie quickly bounced back with this title win. Former champions Shuten-dōji demanded lots and lots of alcohol to get over their title loss.

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The Cute Connection of Saki Akai, Makoto Oishi & Ladybeard defeated the random team of Aja Kong, Antonio Honda & Hiroshi Fukuda. After the match Oishi celebrated with the Up Up Girls, who performed their song “Chopper☆Chopper”. They also shot t-shirts into the crowd.

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There were three Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title changes in the Battle Royal. The champion Akihiro was in the ring with Yoshihiko and together they were almost unstoppable. DJ Nira brought their reign of terror to an end and pinned Akihiro to win the belt. Nira went on to the final two but in the end fell to Gorgeous Matsuno. Singer LiLiCo awarded Matsuno the belt after the match but Nira suddenly knocked out the new champ with a Rocket Punch before fainting. Encouraged by the audience chanting her name, LiLiCo pinned Matsuno to become the new champion.

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The show opened properly with GENTARO’s first match in DDT in over two years. He and MIKAMI triumphed over Yasu Urano & Akito. MIKAMI thanked GENTARO for giving him motivation to continue wrestling.

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DDT beat Union in an 8-Man Tag Team bout presented as one of the dark matches held before the show.

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Tokyo Women’s Wrestling presented the first match of the day. Miyu Yamashita pinned Erin with the Crash Rabbit Heat to win the match for her team. While they were happy to perform in the dark match, all of the girls involved hoped they will grow enough to perform on the main card at next year’s Sumo Hall show.


DDT “RYOGOKU PETER PAN 2014” Preview

August 16, 2014

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DDT “RYOGOKU PETER PAN 2014 ~MAYBE SUMMER WILL CHANGE MY LIFE~”, 17/08/2014
Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan

0. Dark Match – DDT Vs Union: Daichi Kazato, SAGAT, Mitomi Masayuki & Tomoya Kawamura Vs Hoshitango, Rion Mizuki, Gota Ihashi & Shunma Katsumata
0. Dark Match – Tokyo Women’s Wrestling Offer Match: Miyu Yamashita, Chikage Kiba & KANNA Vs Shoko Nakajima, Yuka Sakazaki & Erin
1. Yasu Urano & Akito Vs MIKAMI & GENTARO
2. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title – Battle Royal: Akihiro (c) Vs Daisuke Sasaki Vs Tomomitsu Matsunaga Vs Kazuki Hirata Vs Tetsuya Endo Vs Gorgeous Matsuno Vs Toru Owashi Vs DJ Nira Vs Shiro Koshinaka Vs Nonoko Vs Ai Shimizu Vs FUMA Vs Kizaemon Saiga Vs Yoshihiko
3. Saki Akai, Makoto Oishi & Ladybeard Vs Aja Kong, Antonio Honda & Hiroshi Fukuda
4. Street Wrestling Match: Sanshiro Takagi & Jun Kasai Vs Minoru Suzuki & Michael Nakazawa
5. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles: KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi & Masa Takanashi (c) Vs Keisuke Ishii, Shigehiro Irie & Soma Takao
6. DDT Extreme Title – Important Something Timed Blast Death Match: Danshoku Dino (c) Vs Muscle Sakai
7. Special Single Match: Kota Ibushi Vs Shuji Kondo
8. Special Single Match: Konosuke Takeshita Vs Hiroshi Tanahashi
9. KO-D Openweight Title – 3 Way Match: HARASHIMA (c) Vs Kenny Omega Vs Isami Kodaka

Here we are again back at Sumo Hall for another “RYOGOKU PETER PAN”. Last year DDT ran two shows in the building over two days. This year they are back to doing just one but they also now have a date inside a modified Saitama Super Arena to look forward to in February. This Sunday’s show is already reported to be sold out and no walk up tickets will be available on the day. The show will air on Samurai TV! at 10pm local time that night. Highlights this year include a 3 Way main event, puroresu’s biggest active superstar facing a rookie phenom, the return of the Golden Star and the possibility of seeing the most serious wrestler this side of Lance Storm fighting inside a Ryogoku restroom.

0. Dark Match – DDT Vs Union: Daichi Kazato, SAGAT, Mitomi Masayuki & Tomoya Kawamura Vs Hoshitango, Rion Mizuki, Gota Ihashi & Shunma Katsumata

The first dark match is a DDT Vs Union affair with a mixture of low carders, part timers and rookies involved.

0. Dark Match – Tokyo Women’s Wrestling Offer Match: Miyu Yamashita, Chikage Kiba & KANNA Vs Shoko Nakajima, Yuka Sakazaki & Erin

After a stalled beginning in 2012 and some baby steps taken in 2013, Tokyo Women’s Wrestling became a lot more active in 2014. With a roster of nine women all in training they now regularly hold shows in small idol stages around Tokyo. Six of the girls get to perform inside Sumo Hall for a dark match. Out of the six, Miyu Yamashita and Chikage Kiba are the standouts. The queen bee of the promotion Nonoko will be part of the Battle Royal on the main card.

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1. Yasu Urano & Akito Vs MIKAMI & GENTARO

The show opens properly with two members of Smile Squash facing against two DDT veterans. Akito levelled up a lot this year by getting a KO-D Openweight Title shot in April and establishing the Triangle Scorpion has his submission finisher of choice. Yasu Urano also had a KO-D Title match (the same day as Akito thanks to a Right To Challenge Contract) and held the Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title a bunch of times. MIKAMI had a bad year and seems to be in the twilight years of his career. His recent poor form brought in GENTARO to slap some enthusiasm into him. GENTARO returned to the ring this year after health problems took him out of action for 21 months. Depsite being a shell of his former self, GENTARO still wrestles for the love of it and wants MIKAMI to have the same attitude.

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2. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title – Battle Royal: Akihiro (c) Vs Daisuke Sasaki Vs Tomomitsu Matsunaga Vs Kazuki Hirata Vs Tetsuya Endo Vs Gorgeous Matsuno Vs Toru Owashi Vs DJ Nira Vs Shiro Koshinaka Vs Nonoko Vs Ai Shimizu Vs FUMA Vs Kizaemon Saiga Vs Yoshihiko

The Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title was almost put out to pasture this year when it approached a major milestone. Sanshiro Takagi became the 999th champion but out of greed wanted to retire the championship before it could crown a 1,000th champion. The creator of the championship Poison Sawada returned to DDT and did everything he could to keep the belt active and prevent Takagi from sealing it away. Everything from convincing him that the belt was actually a map for secret Aztec treasure to controlling other wrestlers with S-Cells to fight on his behalf. The conflict finally ended when the actual title belt pinned Takagi and became the 1,000th champion. Since then it went around Jun Akiyama’s waist and enjoyed a brief trip to All Japan before winding up in possession of Akihiro, another blow up doll. Now the belt will be up for grabs in a Battle Royal with Shiro Koshinaka and Kizaemon Saiga among the guest entries. What will happen if Akihiro and Yoshihiko are the only two left in the ring? Reality might glitch out the same way a Nintendo 64 wrestling game does when you play an AKI Man Vs THQ Man match.

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3. Saki Akai, Makoto Oishi & Ladybeard Vs Aja Kong, Antonio Honda & Hiroshi Fukuda

This is an odd mix of personalities. Saki Akai made her pro wrestling debut at last year’s “RYOGOKU PETER PAN” and has made several appearances for DDT since then, wearing as much red as Eva Marie. Makoto Oishi took part in a bunch of Idol Lumberjack Death Matches just so he could hang out with his favourite popstars. Ladybeard is a cross dressing gaijin heavy metal singer and part time wrestler who is currently dominating Union’s women’s division. Those three have bonded over how cute they are and they’re calling themselves the Cute Connection. Then on the other team you have joshi monster Aja Kong, Happy Motel founder Antonio Honda and the most patriotic American in Japan Hiroshi Fukuda.

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4. Street Wrestling Match: Sanshiro Takagi & Jun Kasai Vs Minoru Suzuki & Michael Nakazawa

So some of you may have been watching the G1 Climax this year and thought “Gee, that Minoru Suzuki fella is pretty great. I wonder what he will be up to after this?” Well he’s going to be brawling around Sumo Hall with Sanshiro Takagi, Jun Kasai and Michael Nakazawa, that’s what he is up to next. In a parody of John Cena Vs The Rock, DDT booked Takagi Vs Suzuki as their Once In A Lifetime match two years ago. The rivalry came back to life at the beginning of this year when Nakazawa used Suzuki as his secret weapon to beat Takagi in a Weapons Rumble match. Sensing the advantages of staying with Suzuki and being more desperate for attention than an indie wrestler with a Twitter account, Nakazawa asked to be coached by him so he could become a hybrid fighter. It took a couple of months but Suzuki finally agreed and put Nakazawa through a hellish training program. Nakazawa came out of it learning the Hybrid Venom Arm Sleeper and has been winning matches with the move left, right and centre since then. Takagi needed to find someone to team with and found just the man crazy enough to fight Suzuki, Jun Kasai! Not only that but they constructed a special combat bicycle to use against the hybrid fighters. With the teams set, DDT decided to bump up the annual Street Wrestling dark match into the main card for such a heated rivalry.

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5. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles: KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi & Masa Takanashi (c) Vs Keisuke Ishii, Shigehiro Irie & Soma Takao

If it wasn’t for the existence of the Iron Man Title, then the KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles would be known as the hot potato of DDT. Ever since its creation in 2013 no team has been able to defend the belt more than twice. Shuten-dōji are the current holders, they are a trio who formed over their shared love of alcohol. Their leader KUDO had mixed fortunes during the Spring, winning the KO-D Title in March only to lose it one month later. Yukio Sakaguchi is one of the most dangerous fighters in the roster due to his MMA background. His presence is always a little jarring in DDT but he seems to fit in with the nonsense that goes on around him. Rounding out the team is Masa Takanashi, the little guy with a high tolerance for liquor. Challenging them for the belts is Team Dream Futures. Formed as a united attempt to take over DDT’s main event scene Keisuke Ishii, Shigehiro Irie & Soma Takao are the most tightly knit unit in the company. Irie in particular has seen a lot of success, being a former KO-D Champion and one half of last year’s Ryogoku main event. Also Irie and Ishii held the All Asia Tag Team Titles in All Japan, only losing them today as I type this (bloody wonderful timing there). Meanwhile Soma Takao is doing… I don’t know. He takes a back seat to Ishii & Irie’s plans. With that being said, Takao is currently undefeated at “PETER PAN” shows. Ever since his debut match at the very first “PETER PAN” show in 2009, Takao has had a 5-0 record at DDT’s biggest show of the year (6-0 if you include both of last year’s Sumo Hall shows, Day 1 was not a “PETER PAN” show). While this isn’t on the level of the the most important streak in wrestling today (*cough*R.D. Evans*cough*), it is still a pretty impressive record. He’s probably going to get pinned now that I said it.

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6. DDT Extreme Title – Important Something Timed Blast Death Match: Danshoku Dino (c) Vs Muscle Sakai

The DDT Extreme Title has been associated with Danshoku Dino for a lot of its 8 year existence. Dino is a seven time champion and has come up with plenty of bizarre match stipulations in the past. Dino was given the opportunity to choose his challenger for DDT’s biggest show of the year. He wanted a match with a close friend and one of DDT’s more memorable wrestlers, Muscle Sakai. Despite being retired, Sakai reappeared on the scene last year under the Super Sasadango Machine gimmick. Even when his cover was blown he kept wrestling under the mask. This year he became an expert in using Powerpoint presentations and used his knowledge to create the Lehman Shock, a Wrist Clutch Impaler DDT that depletes 35% of a wrestler’s health points. If used three times in a match it guarantees victory (unless it’s used against HARASHIMA who always wrestles with 110% HP). Now back as himself, Sakai has a powerful move in his arsenal. He also had sex with a cross dresser to prepare for Dino’s hyper homosexual offence. Dino decided that he and Sakai will fight in an Important Something Blast Death Match. A blast of some sort will happen at ringside after the 10 minute mark. Dino admits he was lazy with coming up with the idea. However he and Sakai demand that every person who criticises their idea should apologise to Atsushi Onita and Terry Funk for showing disrespect.

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7. Special Single Match: Kota Ibushi Vs Shuji Kondo

A poorly timed concussion prevented Kota Ibushi from being involved in both this year’s G1 Climax and from celebrating his tenth year in pro wrestling. With Sumo Hall confirmed as the location for his return match, Ibushi picked Shuji Kondo from Wrestle-1 to be his opponent. The two competed together years ago in El Dorado and dragondoor. Ibushi looks up to Kondo and could not be happier to get the match against him. Ibushi confirms that he was given the all clear and isn’t anxious at all to return to the ring.

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8. Special Single Match: Konosuke Takeshita Vs Hiroshi Tanahashi

The Present versus the Future. This is DDT’s big crossover match for the year as their rookie phenomenon Konosuke Takeshita takes on New Japan’s biggest star Hiroshi Tanahashi. Takeshita’s year saw him form a team with Tetsuya Endo and wrestle the Golden Lovers to a 30 minute draw. They also became allies with Antonio Honda and formed a unit called Happy Motel. When this match was announced Takeshita said he wasn’t impressed with Tanahashi’s moniker of being a once in a century talent. Why? Because Takeshita is a one in 200 million million years (including Jurassic era) talent! Oddly enough, Takeshita did not watch any of Tanahashi’s matches during the G1. He did not dare watch a second so he could experience his matches for himself when they both get in the ring.

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9. KO-D Openweight Title – 3 Way Match: HARASHIMA (c) Vs Kenny Omega Vs Isami Kodaka

For the first time a 3 Way match main events DDT’s biggest show of the year. HARASHIMA has been DDT’s John Cena this year, holding the KO-D Openweight Title for most of the last twelve months. He’s been happy to wrestle any challenger and in the end overcame every obstacle in his way with the Somato. When the Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere contracts came into play HARASHIMA defended the belt against all comers. He even had two successful defences back to back on the same day. When Union’s Isami Kodaka was the dark horse winner of the King Of DDT tournament, everyone expected him and HARASHIMA to be the Sumo Hall main event. Then Kenny Omega came in with the final Right To Challenge Contract and fought HARASHIMA to a Double KO stalemate. With two viable contenders available DDT decided to have both of them face the champion at Sumo Hall. Will HARASHIMA win again? Will Kenny climb back to the top of the DDT mountain? Or will Isami bring DDT’s biggest prize back to Union?


DDT Dramatic General Election 2014

August 10, 2014

The DDT Election is back again but this time things are different. The DDT48 General Election is no more and in its place is the DDT Dramatic General Election. The single candidate format is gone and in its place is a Unit Election. There are still 48 wrestlers participating but they will now be seperated into units and teams. The election begins on 31st August and ends on 28th September. No details have been given yet for the contest rules but it is safe to assume it will build up to a Korakuen Hall show later in the year with the card only featuring wrestlers from the highest ranked units. Several groups have already been formed alongside the regular stables. The units so far are:

Smile Squash
HARASHIMA, Yasu Urano & Akito

Shuten-dōji
KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi & Masa Takanashi

Golden☆Storm Riders
Kota Ibushi, Kenny Omega & Daisuke Sasaki

Team Drift
Keisuke Ishii, Shigehiro Irie & Soma Takao

Happy Motel
Antonio Honda, Tetsuya Endo & Konosuke Takeshita

T2Hide
Sanshiro Takagi, Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata

Goja★Mika
MIKAMI & Gorgeous Matsuno

Moratorium’s
Super Sasadango Machine & Shun Miyatake

Otoko-Kata-Shinki
Danshoku Dino, Makoto Oishi & Shunma Katsumata

Pigging
Michael Nakazawa, Tomomitsu Matsunaga & Gota Ihashi

Nira Federation
DJ Nira

The full list of 48 candidates entering the election are:

Danshoku Dino, Isami Kodaka, Kota Ibushi, HARASHIMA, Makoto Oishi, Soma Takao, Kenny Omega, Super Sasadango Machine, Cherry, Yasu Urano, Masa Takanashi, Konosuke Takeshita, KUDO, MIKAMI, Hiroshi Fukuda, Akito, Keisuke Ishii, Antonio Honda, Shigehiro Irie, Daisuke Sasaki, Mio Shirai, Yukio Sakaguchi, Michael Nakazawa, DJ Nira, Yoshihiko, Toru Owashi, Mitomi Masayuki, Shuji Ishikawa, Tetsuya Endo, Tomomitsu Matsunaga, Kazuki Hirata, Gota Ihashi, Hoshitango, Gorgeous Matsuno, Rion Mizuki, Shunma Katsumata, Shun Miyatake, Seiya Morohashi, FUMA, Daichi Kazato, Ryu Gouma, SAGATA, Tomoya Kawamura, Goro Jr., Shibata, Saki Akai, Ladybeard and Sanshiro Takagi


Ganbare In Saitama

August 10, 2014

GANBARE☆WRESTLING “~CHAPTER 2 2ND SEASON~ VOL. 5”, 26/08/2014
Saitama Wrestle Fighter Museum

1. Special Video Director’s Cut Match: Aoi Ishibashi Vs Shibata (Special Referee/Director: (Manami Koda)
2. Special Tag Match: Ken Ohka & Tiger Bed Scene Vs Yuji Kito & Yoshihiro Horaguchi
3. Special Single Match: GENTARO Vs Backstage Thief Man
4. Revenge Match!!: Yumehito Imanari & Chikara Vs Mitomi Masayuki & Tomoya Kawamura

Shinichiro Tominaga will also be in the show for some sort of special participation.

Manami Kanda is now going by the name Manami Koda in Ganbare☆Wrestling. The name is inspired by the Japanese singer Kumi Koda.


Hard Hit Experiments, Saitama Matches, No Ishimori For Ibushi, M.I.O

August 6, 2014

HARD HIT “~G-GENERATION~”, 23/08/2014
Shin-Kiba 1st RING

0. 1 Day Tournament – Round 1: X Vs X
0. 1 Day Tournament – Round 1: X Vs X
0. 1 Day Tournament – Round 1: X Vs X
0. 1 Day Tournament – Round 1: X Vs X
1. Hiroyo Matsumoto Vs X
2. Atsushi Aoki Vs Takatoshi Matsumoto
3. Tomomitsu Matsunaga Vs Hideki Suzuki
4. Ryo Kawamura & Shibata Vs Shuichiro Katsumura & Toshihisa Shinomiya
5. 1 Day Tournament – Semi Final: X Vs X
6. 1 Day Tournament – Semi Final: X Vs X
7. 1 Day Tournament – Final: X Vs X
8. Hikaru Sato & HARASHIMA Vs Kotaro Suzuki & Chongwen Ito

Hard Hit is adding a few experimental matches including two tag team bouts. Also joshi wrestler Hiroyo Matsumoto will be competing on the show in a women’s match.

There will be a one day tournament on the show. Every tournament match will only have a 5 minute time limit except for the final, which gets 10 minutes. The opening round bouts take place as dark matches. The competitors announced so far are Kenta Hattori, Kenji Takeshima, Koji Iwamoto, Kotaro Nasu and Hiroshi Kobayashi.

DDT “ROAD TO SAITAMA SUPER ARENA 6”, 24/08/2014
Saitama Kasukabe Hall

1. Infomercial Match: X Vs X
2. KO-D Openweight Title Challenger Tournament – Semi Final: X Vs X
3. KO-D Openweight Title Challenger Tournament – Semi Final: X Vs X
4. KO-D Tag Team Titles: Kota Ibushi & Kenny Omega (c) Vs X & X

Keisuke Ishii, Akito, Tetsuya Endo and Konosuke Takeshita are in the young men tournament to determine the No. 1 Contender for the KO-D Openweight Title.

Ito Maki from the idol group LinQ will be involved with the Infomercial Match. In fact, she is the product the wrestlers will have to promote during the match.

DDT “MEMORIES OF SUMMER VACATION 2014”, 31/08/2014
Shinjuku FACE

1. Kota Ibushi 10th Anniversary Match: Kota Ibushi Vs X
2. KO-D Openweight Title Challenger Tournament – Final: X Vs X

DDT was supposed to have the delayed Kota Ibushi, Taiji Ishimori & Gota Ihashi Vs Sanshiro Takagi, Shuji Ishikawa & Daisuke Sasaki match take place on 31/8. Unfortunately now Ishimori is out of action with a serious knee injury. DDT will come up with a replacement match soon.

UNION, OZ ACADEMY, WAVE, ICE RIBBON “M.I.O”, 11/09/2014
Shinjuku FACE

1. 6-Person Tag Team Death Match: Mio Shirai, Maki Narumiya, Isami Kodaka, Mayumi Ozaki, X, X

Union, Oz Academy, Pro Wrestling WAVE and Ice Ribbon are getting together for a joint event next month. The centrepiece of the show is Mio Shirai who at the beginning of the year signed contracts with each of the four companies. The show is called “M.I.O” which stands for Mission Inn Odate. The main event will be a 6-Person Tag Team Death Match. Shirai will be participating in her first ever Death Match along with Ice Ribbon’s Maki Narumiya. Union’s Isami Kodaka and Oz’s Mayumi Ozaki plus two more wrestlers. The type of Death Match and the teams will be decided on a later date.

When asked why she would compete in a Death Match, Shirai said she’s never done one in the 7 years she’s been wrestling. She’s done unusual matches that involved using weapons and wrestling in costumes but never a Death Match. Suggested matches for the rest of the card are Aja Kong Vs Jaiko Ishikawa, Seiya Morohashi Vs Police, Tsukushi Vs Shuji Ishikawa (!?!?) and Sumire Natsu Vs Tsukushi.

DDT “OSAKA BAY BLUES SPECIAL 2014”, 13/09/2014
Osaka Bodymaker Colosseum #2

1. Kota Ibushi 10th Anniversary Match: Kota Ibushi Vs X
2. KO-D Openweight Title: HARASHIMA (c) Vs Winner Of Challenger Tournament

Another match celebrating Ibushi’s anniversary is planned to make up for his injury absence.


TOKYO WOMEN’S WRESTLING “NATSU DAKARA! SHIN-KIBA!” Results

August 5, 2014

nonoko-pieflyflow

TOKYO WOMEN’S WRESTLING “NATSU DAKARA! SHIN-KIBA!”, 02/08/2014
Shin-Kiba 1st RING
345 Fans – No Vacancy

1. 3 Way Match: Akane Miura defeated Ai Shimizu and Erin when Miura pinned Erin with a Jumping Body Press (8:30).
2. Tokyo Princess Cup – Semi Final: Shoko Nakajima defeated Miyu Yamashita with a Northern Lights Suplex (6:55).
3. Tokyo Princess Cup – Semi Final: Nonoko defeated Yuka Sakazaki with the Dragon Sleeper (8:46).
4. Chikage Kiba defeated KANNA with a Leg Roll Clutch (5:26).
5. Tokyo Princess Cup – Final: Nonoko defeated Shoko Nakajima with the Pie Fly Flow (8:04).

The Tokyo Princess Cup came to an end with the Semi Finals and Final taking place in Shin-Kiba 1st RING. Shoko Nakajima learned how to avoid the Crash Rabbit Heat and got the upset win over Miyu Yamashita. Then Nonoko defeated Yuka Sakazaki in a match where Nonoko was attacked with a super soaker, water balloons and a rubber ring. The crowd backed Nakajima in the final but Nonoko’s size was too much to handle. Nonoko wound up as the winner of the first Tokyo Princess Cup.

Akane Miura won her debut match, pinning Erin in a 3 Way. Miura is looking forward to facing the senior students soon.

The Tokyo Women’s Wrestling dark match at DDT “RYOGOKU PETER PAN 2014” will be Miyu Yamashita, KANNA & Chikage Kiba Vs Shoko Nakajima, Yuka Sakazaki & Erin.


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