Burlesque Tokyo Match, HARASHIMA And Naya Fight Over No. 1 Contendership, Arai Vs Kong

January 31, 2023

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “TJPW CITY CIRCUIT WINTER ~OSAKA PERFORMANCE~”, 04/02/2022
Osaka Azalea Taisho Hall

1. Suzume Vs Wakana Uehara
2. Kaya Toribami Vs HIMAWARI
3. Mizuki Vs Raku
4. Yuki Kamifuku, Mahiro Kiryu & Haruna Neko Vs Hikari Noa, Nao Kakuta & Yoshiko Hasegawa
5. Rika Tatsumi & Miu Watanabe Vs Yuki Aino & Pom Harajuku
6. Miyu Yamashita, Maki Itoh & Moka Miyamoto Vs Shoko Nakajima, Hyper Misao & Arisu Endo

One week before the Max Heart Tournament final takes place, 121000000 and Kyoraku Kyomei will give us a preview of what to expect when they all take part in a 6-Woman Tag.

Mizuki has been quietly running through the entire Tokyo Joshi Pro undercard in singles matches lately. Next is Raku’s turn to try and stop her momentum.

Yoshiko Hasegawa is popping up in Tokyo Joshi Pro again.

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “THE 3RD “FUTARI WA PRINCESS” MAX HEART TOURNAMENT”, 11/02/2023
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. “Futari wa Princess” Max Heart Tournament – Final: Miyu Yamashita & Maki Itoh Vs Shoko Nakajima & Hyper Misao

And here is the big finale to the tournament. Can Miyu Yamashita finally break her tournament curse? Will Maki Itoh add the Max Heart Tournament with the Tokyo Princess Cup in her trophy case? Or will Shoko Nakajima & Hyper Misao prove that nothing beats the combination of kaiju and superhero!

DDT “DDT YOKOHAMA UNLIMITED VOL. 1”, 11/02/2023
Osaka Azalea Taisho Hall

1. D GENERATIONS CUP – A Block: Yuya Koroku (0) Vs Ilusion (0)
2. D GENERATIONS CUP – B Block: Keigo Nakamura (2) Vs Toi Kojima (0)
3. D GENERATIONS CUP – B Block: Yuki Ishida (0) Vs Takeshi Masada (0)
4. Special Tag Match: Yuji Hino & Makoto Oishi Vs HARASHIMA & Yukio Naya

The KO-D Openweight Title scene has been shaken up in the aftermath of this past weekend. Yuji Hino is now the champion and has two wrestlers fighting over who should face him for the title at “JUDGEMENT 2023”. Before that gets settled those two potential challengers have to team up against Hino & Makoto Oishi.

DDT “ROJO PRO WRESTLING IN BURLESQUE TOKYO ~KO-D TAG TEAM BATTLE ON THE STREET! SHUNMAO VS BONNO DAI SHACHO!~”, 23/02/2023
Burlesque Tokyo

1. KO-D Tag Team Titles – Falls Count Anywhere Match: MAO & Shunma Katsumata (c) Vs Sanshiro Takagi & Fuminori Abe

It’s like something out of Sega’s Yakuza series. The KO-D Tag Team Titles are being put on the line in a Falls Count Anywhere match because two teams of crazy wrestlers. Where is it taking place? At the glitzy and glamoruous Burlesque Tokyo club in Roppongi! The idea from Sanshiro Takagi & Fuminori Abe brings back memories of Takagi’s adventures with Munenori Sawa when they were the champions. ShunMao are up for the challenge.

GANBARE☆PRO “ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD 2023”, 25/02/2023
Takashimadaira Ward Community Center

1. Spirit Of Ganbare World Openweight Title: Mizuki Watase (c) Vs Shinichiro Tominaga

Mizuki Watase is aiming to defend the Spirit Of Ganbare Title twice in February. His next title defence is against Towa Iwasaki in BURST on the 19th. Should he win that match then his singles bout against Shinichiro Tominaga on the 25th will also have the title on the line. Even if Watase loses the title to Iwasaki, he will be facing Tominaga on the 25th no matter what.

DDT “INTO THE FIGHT 2023”, 26/02/2023
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. D GENERATIONS CUP – Final: Winner Of A Block Vs Winner Of B Block
2. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles: Tetsuya Endo, Kotaro Suzuki & Yusuke Okada (c) Vs Shinya Aoki, Yuki Ueno & Super Sasadango Machine
3. KO-D Tag Team Titles: MAO & Shunma Katsumata (c) Vs X & X
4. KO-D Openweight Title Next Challenger Decision Match: HARASHIMA Vs Yukio Naya

The No. 1 Contender for the KO-D Title will either be HARASHIMA or Yukio Naya. HARASHIMA wants to be the one who challenges for the championship in the main event of DDT’s 26th Anniversary show. Naya has become a stronger wrestler thanks to Hino so it will mean so much to him if he can beat Hino for the KO-D Title.

Whoever leaves Roppongi as the KO-D Tag Champions will have to defend the belts at this show three days later.

Three wrestlers who have very little in common are joining up to challenge BURNING for the KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles. The one thread that connects Shinya Aoki, Yuki Ueno & Super Sasadango Machine is they all do regular radio appearances outside of wrestling. Sasadango convinced DDT to give the three of them a title shot because they can all promote it on the radio in the lead up to the show.

DDT “HANAMI PRO WRESTLING 2023”, 12/03/2023
Saitama Tokorozawa Aviation Memorial Park Outdoor Stage

1. Yuki “Sexy” Iino Produce Match: X Vs X
2. Kazuki Hirata Produce Match: X Vs X
3. Tetsuya Endo Produce Match: X Vs X

Some of the wrestlers will get to book their own matches at DDT’s outdoor show in Saitama next month.

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “GRAND PRINCESS ’23”, 18/03/2023
Ariake Coliseum

1. Special Single Match: Aja Kong Vs Yuki Arai
2. Princess Of Princess Title: Yuka Sakazaki (c) Vs Mizuki

The second match announced for “GRAND PRINCESS ’23” is a real doozy. Yuki Arai gets a second shot against Aja Kong but this time she will be on her own. Their first match against each other was a tag match that took place five months into Arai’s wrestling career. It was so long ago in Arai’s mind that she will no rewatch the match because she is a different wrestler now. She thinks her head has gotten harder so she is not scared of being hit by Kong’s steel cans again.

DDT “JUDGEMENT 2023 ~LONGEST 5 HOUR SPECIAL IN KORAKUEN HISTORY~”, 21/03/2023
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. International Special Single Match: Samuray Del Sol Vs Yuki Ueno
2. DDT 26th Anniversary Special Single Match: Sanshiro Takagi Vs Konosuke Takeshita
3. KO-D Openweight Title: Yuji Hino (c) Vs Winner Of 26/02 Match

There is no DDT Universal Title involved anymore but the Samuray Del Sol Vs Yuki Ueno match is going ahead.


BASARA “BASARA 209 ~GLITTER~” Results

January 31, 2023

BASARA “BASARA 209 ~GLITTER~”, 31/01/2023
Shin-Kiba 1st RING
??? Fans – Withheld

1. Takato Nakano defeated Lil’ Kraken with the Diving Double Knee Drop (7:38).
2. Jacket 3 Way Match: FUMA and Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi defeated Gouma Ryu with an Arm Lock And Camel Clutch And Sickle Lock Combination (R3 1:29).
3. Masato Kamino & Fuminori Abe defeated KUBITO & Daichi Kazato when Kamino pinned Kazato with the Lariat (11:31).
4. Tsutomu Oosugi & Banana Senga defeated SAGAT & Akiyori Takizawa when Oosugi pinned Takizawa with a Cradle (10:36).
5. Kazusada Higuchi defeated Ryota Nakatsu with the Brain Claw Slam (17:56).
6. IRON FIST Tag Titles: Isami Kodaka & Daiki Shimomura defeated Takumi Tsukamoto & Yasu Urano (c) when Shimomura pinned Urano with the Swanton Bomb (16:40).
*Takumi Tsukamoto & Yasu Urano fails n V1. Sento Minzoku becomes the 8th IRON FIST Tag Champions!

Isami Kodaka lived up to his word and is now the first wrestler in BASARA to hold the Union MAX Title and IRON FIST Tag Titles at the same time! Daiki Shimomura was also excited to win the Tag Titles again for a second time. Aijin Tag came out after the match to challenge Sento Minzoku to a title match. Takato Nakano & Masato Kamino wanted to win the belts back from Takumi Tsukamoto & Yasu Urano but now they will have to fight the new champions instead. Nakano is hoping to win so he can bring the belt with him to the “ALL STAR JR FESTIVAL 2023” on 1st March but Kamino interrupted him before he finished saying it. The new champions accepted and Kodaka decided the match will happen at Oji BASEMENT MONSTAR on 18th February. He also wants to defend the Union MAX Title in the same month so that will likely happen on the 28th in Shin-Kiba 1st RING.

The match between friends and DNA rivals Kazusada Higuchi and Ryota Nakatsu almost ended in a double knockout. Both wrestlers were down for a 9 count after Nakatsu applied a Triangle Choke and Higuchi broke free by countering it with a Power Bomb. Higuchi got the better of Nakatsu in the final exchange and pinned him with the Brain Claw Slam. After the match Higuchi said he and Yuki Ishida are unsure when Naomi Yoshimura will return to action. He asked for Nakatsu’s help and offered him a spot in Harimao. Given their history together Nakatsu was happy to accept after the other members of Sparky gave him their blessing. He also made sure to note he is joining as a new member and not as a replacement for the injured Yoshimura. Higuchi explained in an interview after the show that he wanted to add a presence not from DDT to the unit. He always thought if Harimao was going to add a fourth member it would be Nakatsu.


TOKYO JOSHI PRO “BEYOND THE ORIGINS, INTO THE FUTURE” Results

January 30, 2023

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “BEYOND THE ORIGINS, INTO THE FUTURE”, 30/01/2023
TwinBox AKIHABARA
0 Fans

1. Princess Of The Decade – Round 1 – 2 Count Rules: Miyu Yamashita defeated HIMAWARI with a Middle Kick (2:21).
2. Princess Of The Decade – Round 1 – 2 Count Rules: Suzume defeated Kaya Toribami with the Mikazuki Meteor Shower (2:35).
3. Princess Of The Decade – Round 1 – 2 Count Rules: Hyper Misao Vs Miu Watanabe ended in a Time Limit Draw (5:00).
3a. Rock-Paper-Scissors: Hyper Misao defeated Miu Watanabe when Rock beats Scissors.
4. Princess Of The Decade – Round 2 – 2 Count Rules: Rika Tatsumi defeated Pom Harajuku with the Sliding Hip. (3:03).
5. Princess Of The Decade – Round 2 – 2 Count Rules: Hikari Noa defeated Moka Miyamoto with a Missile Dropkick from a Chair (2:52).
6. Princess Of The Decade – Round 2 – 2 Count Rules: Mahiro Kiryu Vs Maki Itoh ended in a Time Limit Draw (5:00).
6a. Rock-Paper-Scissors: Mahiro Kiryu defeated Maki Itoh when Rock beats Scissors.
7. Princess Of The Decade – Round 2 – 2 Count Rules: Haruna Neko defeated Yuki Aino with a Crucifix Pin (4:06).
8. Princess Of The Decade – Round 2 – 2 Count Rules: Nao Kakuta defeated Arisu Endo with a Wrist-Clutch Complete Shot (2:46).
9. Princess Of The Decade – Round 2 – 2 Count Rules: Miyu Yamashita Vs Raku ended in a Time Limit Draw (5:00).
9a. Rock-Paper-Scissors: Miyu Yamashita defeated Raku when Paper beats Rock.
10. Princess Of The Decade – Round 2 – 2 Count Rules: Shoko Nakajima defeated Suzume with a Rotating Leg Hold (3:12).
11. Princess Of The Decade – Round 2 – 2 Count Rules: Mizuki defeated Hyper Misao with a Casadora (3:04).
12. Princess Of The Decade – Round 3 – 2 Count Rules: Rika Tatsumi defeated Hikari Noa with the Twist Of Fate (2:19).
13. Princess Of The Decade – Round 3 – 2 Count Rules: Mahiro Kiryu defeated Miyu Yamashita with the Houtei Raoyui (0:31).
14. Princess Of The Decade – Round 3 – 2 Count Rules: Shoko Nakajima defeated Haruna Neko with the Northern Lights Suplex (4:01).
15. Princess Of The Decade – Round 3 – 2 Count Rules: Nao Kakuta defeated Mizuki with a Rollover Pin (2:26).
16. Princess Of The Decade – Semi Final – 2 Count Rules: Rika Tatsumi defeated Mahiro Kiryu with the Torso Dragon Sleeper (2:24).
17. Princess Of The Decade – Semi Final – 2 Count Rules: Shoko Nakajima defeated Nao Kakuta with a Crucifix Pin (4:18).
18. Princess Of The Decade – Final – 2 Count Rules: Rika Tatsumi Vs Shoko Nakajima ended in a Time Limit Draw (5:00).
18a. Overtime – 1 Count Rules: Rika Tatsumi defeated Shoko Nakajima with the Sliding Hip (0:36).

It’s been ten years to the day where Tokyo Joshi Pro held their first exhibition show in TwinBox AKIHABARA. A one night tournament on PPV featuring 19 of TJPW’s regular roster was put together to celebrate the 10th anniversary. Due to the small venue and large amount of matches on the schedule, every match had a 5 minute time limit. The matches that went to a time limit draw in the first three rounds used Rock-Paper-Scissors as a tiebreaker. The rules led to some unlikely upsets like Mahiro Kiryu eliminating both Maki Itoh and Miyu Yamashita. There was also Haruna Neko scoring a rare singles win when she beat Yuki Aino. The semi final and final got rid of the games and instead used 1 Count Pinfalls for any tiebreakers. That only came into effect for the final where Rika Tatsumi pinned Shoko Nakajima, avenging her loss to her on yesterday’s show. In her victory speech, Tatsumi said the history of Tokyo Joshi Pro will continue so please keep your eyes on them!


TOKYO JOSHI PRO “THE 3RD “FUTARI WA PRINCESS” MAX HEART TOURNAMENT” Results

January 29, 2023

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “THE 3RD “FUTARI WA PRINCESS” MAX HEART TOURNAMENT”, 29/01/2023
Saitama Kasukabe Fureai Cube
251 Fans – No Vacancy

1. Mahiro Kiryu defeated HIMAWARI with the Spinebuster (6:50).
2. Mizuki defeated Wakana Uehara with the Face Lock (9:07).
3. 3 Way Match: Raku defeated Yuki Aino and Haruna Neko when Raku pinned Neko with the Doctor Yellow (7:17).
4. Yuki Arai, Suzume & Arisu Endo defeated Hikari Noa, Nao Kakuta & Kaya Toribami when Suzume pinned Toribami with the Ring A Bell (12:44).
5. “Futari wa Princess” Max Heart Tournament – Semi-Final: Miyu Yamashita & Maki Itoh defeated Moka Miyamoto & Juria Nagano when Itoh submitted Nagano with the Itoh Punish (14:34).
6. “Futari wa Princess” Max Heart Tournament – Semi-Final: Shoko Nakajima & Hyper Misao defeated Rika Tatsumi & Miu Watanabe when Nakajima pinned Tatsumi with the Diving Senton (16:55).

The semi-finals of the Max Heart Tournament was the focus of today’s show. In the main event last year’s winners Daydream were taken out of the tournament by Kyoraku Kyomei! It accomplished the goal Shoko Nakajima & Hyper Misao set out to achieve which was getting revenge for losing to Daydream in last year’s tournament. It could have gone the other way if Nakajima couldn’t have gutted through a leg injury that became a target for Rika Tatsumi to focus on. Misao played her part by facing off against Miu Watanabe and saving her partner from the Daydream Eternity. Nakajima recovered enough to hit Watanabe with a Topé Suicida and pin Tasumi with the Diving Senton. Backstage Tatsumi said she is treating the result as a point of reflection because she wants to follow her dreams and Watanabe has another dream she wants to chase. Watanabe told her she will still be daydreaming while she does that.

The other semi final had 121000000 advance at the expense of Karate Tag. It was a spirited effort from Moka Miyamoto & Juria Nagano. They both trapped Miyu Yamashita & Maki Itoh in submission holds then Miyamoto used the Zero Fighter Kick on Yamashita to get her out of the way. Nagano switched to using Karate kicks on Itoh but Itoh dodged the Senpukyaku, fired back with a Headbutt and locked in the Itoh Punish for the victory. Nagano said afterwards she gave 100% and was at the limit of what she could do. Karate Tag lost today but she wants to continue working with Miyamoto so they can become a stronger team. Miyamoto agrees that they have grown a lot as a team in the tournament.

At the end of the show 121000000 entered the ring to confront Kyoraku Kyomei. Nakajima told them that today she learned Hero + Kaiju equals an unbeatable combination! Misao asked if Yamashita & Itoh have the guts to fight a hero and a monster? Itoh’s response was to ask the audience who the cutest in the world is but Misao cut her off. Kyoraku Kyomei won the main event so they should be the ones giving the show closing speech. After 121000000 left the ring, Nakajima told the fans she lost her championship last year but she didn’t lose today because she has a superhero next to her. Misao in return said she trusts Nakajima more than anyone else and Kyoraku Kyomei will win the Max Heart Tournament on 11th February!

Pom Harajuku was unable to be on the show today. Her tag match was turned into a 3 Way Match with the remaining competitors.


DDT “SWEET DREAMS! 2023” Results

January 29, 2023

DDT “SWEET DREAMS! 2023”, 29/01/2023
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
777 Fans – Super No Vacancy Full House

0. Dark Match – Bonno Dai Shacho Presents No Fee Rumble: Fuminori Abe defeated Sanshiro Takagi with a School Boy (12:29).
Order Of Elimination: Mori Haruomi, Tsutenkakuka, Honagi Takemoto, Tezuka awesome Ichiro, Ariji Akinori, Shinya, Shosaku Inoue, “Mother’s Child” Mazakon Kid, Macho Gallows, Dopyu♡McIntyre, Dick Zlater, Thick And Hard Kankuro Hoshino, BRA-VO, Kaijin Mukuro 696, Hen China, Big Bear, Crusher Inoba, ASHUKA, Tadaki Toronomi, Great-CO-Khan, Kim Yocchan, Tiger Mask V (Self-Proclaimed), Gundan Hitori, Fuck Takeda, Great-GO-Khan, Takuma Joshiba, Fat Kobashi and Sanshiro Takagi.
0. Dark Match – 4 Way Tag Match: MJ Paul & KANON defeated Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata, Antonio Honda & Akito and Yuya Koroku & Yuki Ishida when KANON submitted Honda with the Cobra Twist (7:11).
1. D GENERATIONS CUP – A Block: Hideki Okatani (2) defeated Kazuma Sumi (0) with the Double Arm Suplex (5:22).
2. D GENERATIONS CUP – B Block: Keigo Nakamura (2) defeated Takeshi Masada (0) with a Modified Crucifix Pin (7:10).
3. Special 6-Man Tag Match: Shinya Aoki, Yuki Ueno & Toi Kojima defeated Thanomsak Toba, Yukio Sakaguchi & Hikaru Machida when Aoki submitted Toba with a Modified Ground Cobra Twist (8:20).
4. Special 6-Man Tag Match: HARASHIMA, Chris Brookes & Yukio Naya defeated Naruki Doi, Jun Akiyama & Soma Takao when HARASHIMA pinned Takao with the Somato (10:02).
5. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles: Tetsuya Endo, Kotaro Suzuki & Yusuke Okada (c) defeated Yuki “Sexy” Iino, Danshoku “Dandy” Dieno & Koju “Shining Ball” Takeda when Endo pinned Dieno with the Burning Star Press (12:08).
*V1 for BURNING.
6. KO-D Tag Team Titles: MAO & Shunma Katsumata (c) defeated Makoto Oishi & Shiori Asahi when Katsumata pinned Oishi after the Oretachi no Mad Max (14:59).
*V1 for ShunMao.
7. KO-D Openweight Title: Yuji Hino defeated Kazusada Higuchi (c) with the Fuckin’ BOMB (26:27).
*Kazusada Higuchi fails in V6. Yuji Hino becomes the 80th KO-D Openweight Champion!

A Block

1. Hideki Okatani (2)
2. Yuya Koroku (0)
-. Ilusion (0)
-. Kazuma Sumi (0)

B Block

1. Keigo Nakamura (2)
2. Toi Kojima (0)
-. Yuki Ishida (0)
-. Takeshi Masada (0)

For the first time in over a decade Yuji Hino is the KO-D Openweight Champion! All month long Hino and Kazusada Higuchi have been chopping each other back and forth in their matches with neither wrestler backing off. Other moves were used in this match but the chop battles continued here. It’s been claimed by DDT that 220 chops were thrown in total between them today! Someone eventually had to break and it happened to Higuchi in the end. Hino got the upper hand with one more barrage of Chops and hit the Fuckin’ BOMB to become a two time KO-D Champion! After the match Hino said he was always confident he would win the KO-D Title no matter who the champion was but winning today’s match has made him more happier than he thought he would be. That’s because Higuchi was stronger than he imagined. He wants to do the match again and the two wrestlers paid respect to each other.

Higuchi left ringside while Hino told Hisaya Imabayashi he does not care who his first challenger will be on 21st March as long. His only preference is he wants the opponent to be a big guy because if it’s a small guy Hino is worried he would kill him. Yukio Naya entered the ring and said his wrestling life did a 180 since meeting Hino. He wants to beat Hino for the championship and become the strongest wrestler in DDT! However HARASHIMA then entered the ring and said he wants to fight for the KO-D Title on 21st March because it is DDT’s 26th anniversary. He’s not a big guy like Hino wants but he will prove he is still the centre of DDT! Hino couldn’t decide who to choose so Imabayashi booked Naya against HARASHIMA in a No. 1 Contender’s match on 26th February. Hino accepted the conditions and said if DDT can bolster their heavyweight division and mix it in with everything else that they do, it can become the number one wrestling promotion in Japan!

It was a show of two halves for Ω. Hino was able to win the KO-D Title but Makoto Oishi & Shiori Asahi couldn’t live up to their task of winning the KO-D Tag Team Titles. Instead the masters lost out to their students. They did the Cactus Flower to Shunma Katsumata but MAO broke the pin. Oishi & Asahi then tried to do an Avalance Cactus Flower but MAO cut them off again and later hit the Cannonball 450 on Oishi. The champions followed up by giving Oishi the Oretachi no Mad Max for the victory. After the match Oishi & Asahi congratulated ShunMao and wrapped the tag belts around their waists.

Imabayashi then told ShunMao their next title defence will be at Korakuen Hall on 26th February. Sanshiro Takagi & Fuminori Abe came out and challenged them for the belts. But before Imabayashi confirmed the match, Takagi told him it won’t be taking place in Korakuen on the 26th. Instead it will be a Falls Count Anywhere match happening three days earlier inside a Roppongi burlesque club! ShunMao Vs Bonno Dai Shacho for the tag titles will be at Burlesque Tokyo on 23rd February! Whichever team wins the match will have to defend the titles in Korakuen three days later.

The KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles match briefly turned into a Handicap Match thanks to some Pheromones trickery. They wanted Tetsuya Endo to join their side and Danshoku Dieno used the Lip Lock to convince him. Endo turned into Tetsuya “Hercules” Endo and he turned on Yusuke Okada, throwing his poor partner into the usual Pheromones attacks. Kotaro Suzuki tried to snap Endo back to normal and had to do something desperate. He gave him the Lip Lock! Endo recovered, realised he wasn’t wrestling in his tights anymore and pinned Dieno with the Burning Star Press.

A video message was shown to BURNING after the match. It was from Super Sasadango Machine and he has put together an impromptu unit to challenge for the KO-D 6-Man Tag Titles. The unit is himself, Shinya Aoki and Yuki Ueno! He explains that even though it looks like the three of them have nothing in common, they are all radio personalities outside of wrestling. Therefore they can use their upcoming radio appearances to promote the title match on 26th February. Back in the arena Ueno & Aoki entered the ring and asked BURNING for the title shot face to face. Endo was more concerned about trying to cover himself with the title belts so he accepted.

Future opponents HARASHIMA and Yukio Naya were on the same team earlier in the show. They along with Chris Brookes beat the trio of Naruki Doi, Jun Akiyama & Soma Takao. What happened backstage afterwards was a little more noteworthy. Doi was hyping up his DDT Universal Title defence against KANON on 18th February when KANON & MJ Paul ambushed him! Kazuki Hirata came to the rescue only to also get beaten up by DAMNATION T.A. KANON threatened to win the title and take it with him to Hollywood. He & Paul then ran off when Toru Owashi arrived on the scene.

A potential new team could be in the making coming out of Match #3. Yukio Sakaguchi & Hikaru Machida worked well together against Aoki. It should have put their team on track towards winning the match but Aoki caught Thanomsak Toba in a Cobra Twist and rolled him onto his shoulders to escape with a win. Backstage Machida said he and Sakaguchi both come from martial arts so he wants to learn from him while he is still being taught how to wrestle by Toba. Sakaguchi is gets the idea but believes Machida has a long way to go before they can become a tag team together. Meanwhile Aoki asked Toi Kojima if his monthly salary has gone up since they last met. Kojima said it hasn’t but thinks it will double when he wins the D GENERATIONS CUP. Aoki joked that if you double zero you still get zero.

Speaking of the D GENERATIONS CUP it began today with two block matches. Keigo Nakamura gets an early lead in the B Block by beating Takeshi Masada. He kicked out of a Perfect Driver, dodged a Triangle Kick and caught Masada in a Crucifix Pin for the three count. Masada thought this would be a fresh start for him but he just lost his opening group match due to underestimating Nakamura. Meanwhile Nakamura is ecstatic!

The A Block opening match had Hideki Okatani going off to a strong start. He withstood Kazuma Sumi’s quick attacks, cut him off with a Running Neckbreaker and pinned him with the Double Arm Suplex. Okatani is letting his ring work do the talking because all he told reporters afterwards is to keep watching him. Sumi admitted he felt the gap in ability and experience with the most experienced young wrestler in the tournament.

The pre show matches probably had more people involved than the entire main card put together! DAMNATION T.A won a 4 Way Tag Match. Hirata took a beating when he got caught between Yuya Koroku and Yuki Ishida but he eventually knocked both of them out with Tegatana strikes to their necks. Akito’s leg work led to a ring of Leg Holds forming around Antonio Honda in the middle of the ring. KANON wanted nothing to do with the Gongitsune joke and he made Honda submit to the Cobra Twist.

Then there was the No Fee Rumble. Oh boy this was something. Takagi and Abe invited accepted a whole bunch of amateur pro wrestlers to enter a Royal Rumble style match. Due to safety reasons entrants would be eliminated if they were knocked out of the ring no matter if it was over the top rope or not. Among the competitors were tribute acts for Asuka, Tiger Mask, Great-O-Khan and Kenta Kobashi. There was also a child, a Super Sentai and 2AW wrestler Takuma Joshiba. Takagi and Abe complained about his entry because Joshiba is an actual pro wrestler. A bunch of participants were all eliminated at the same time when a group attempt to skin the cat failed in spectacular fashion. Abe was the last man standing after he pinned Takagi with a roll up. Takagi liked Great-CO-Khan in particular and thinks he can become the next Chinsuke Nakamura.

Yuki Ueno will get to face Samuray Del Sol at “JUDGEMENT 2023” on 21st March after all. The match was announced during the show.


GANBARE☆PRO “GANBARE☆PRO WRESTLING PLAYERS ASSOCIATION PERFORMANCE” Results

January 28, 2023

GANBARE☆PRO “GANBARE☆PRO WRESTLING PLAYERS ASSOCIATION PERFORMANCE”, 28/01/2023
Tokyo Oji BASEMENT MON☆STAR
92 Fans – No Vacancy

1. 1st Young Ganbare Cup: Yumehito Imanari (4) defeated Yuki Kanzaki (2) with a Sasori-Gatame (9:37).
2. 1st Young Ganbare Cup: Kentaro Hachisu (5) Vs Munetatsu Nakamura (1) ended in a Double Countout (7:16).
3. Moeka Haruhi & Itsuki Aoki defeated Yuna Manase & YuuRI when Aoki pinned YuuRI with the Frog Splash (11:23).
4. 1st Young Ganbare Cup – Final: Yumehito Imanari defeated Kentaro Hachisu with a Cross Armbreaker (8:54).
5. Oji Specialty GanPro Style Survival 8-Man Tag Match: Keisuke Ishii, Shota, Shinichiro Tominaga & Hartley Jackson (3) defeated Mizuki Watase, Ken Ohka, Shuichiro Katsumura & Soma Takao (2).
5a. Shota & Shinichiro Tominaga defeated Mizuki Watase & Shuichiro Katsumura when Shota eliminated Katsumura by Ring Out (9:28).
5b. Shota & Shinichiro Tominaga defeated Mizuki Watase & Soma Takao whn Shota pinned Takao with a Samson Clutch (8:56).
5c. Mizuki Watase & Ken Ohka defeated Shota & Shinichiro Tominaga when Watase pinned Shota with a Diving Foot Stomp (5:51).
5d. Mizuki Watase & Ken Ohka defeated Shinichiro Tominaga & Hartley Jackson when Ohka eliminated Jackson by Ring Out (8:26).
5e. Keisuke Ishii & Shinichiro Tominaga defeated Mizuki Watase & Ken Ohka when Tominaga pinned Ohka with the Moonsault Press (13:39).

Young Ganbare Cup Standings

1. Kentaro Hachisu (5)
2. Yumehito Imanari (4)
3. Yuki Kanzaki (2)
4. Munetatsu Nakamura (1)

The last Ganbare☆Pro show of the day was headlined with a Survival 8-Man Tag Match. Shota got a little measure of revenge for Soma Takao beating him on today’s first show by eliminating him in this match. Mizuki Watase rallied his team into the lead and Ken Ohka played his part by getting the biggest road block Hartley Jackson out of the way. But it was Shinichiro Tominaga who came out on top by pinning Ohka with the Moonsault Press for the final result. After the match Tominaga said he is still feeling in a new year’s mood and feels boosted for that reason. He challenged Watase to a Spirit Of Ganbare Title match. Watase accepted but explained he already agreed to defend the title against Towa Iwasaki at a BURST show on 19th February. Michiyoshi Mishima decided that a singles match between Watase and Tominaga will take place in GanPro on the 25th. If Watase is still the champion then it will be a title match.

The current situation between Shota and Soma Takao was talked about by both of them in separate post-match interviews. With the Spirit Of Ganbare World Tag Team Titles coming soon Shota would like ROMANCE DAWN to fight for the new prizes. However he also wants to show everyone what he learned in America by himself. He gets to do that by fighting against Takao and he wants to continue doing that. Takao also wants ROMANCE DAWN to win the tag titles and understands the team is not breaking up. But he needs Shota to calm his feelings and settle down otherwise something bad will eventually happen whenever they team up again.

Nobody in the Young Ganbare Cup was able to win all three of their matches so a final took place between the top two ranked wrestlers Kentaro Hachisu and Yumehito Imanari. Earlier in the day Hachisu had beaten Imanari so when the match began Imanari immediately went for the kill by doing a Tiger Driver for a nearfall. Hachisu fought his way back into a stronger position until Imanari used his own Lou Thesz Press and applied a Cross Armbreaker to make Hachisu submit. Imanari began to cry when he was given the trophy and 30,000 yen cash prize for winning the Young Ganbare Cup. He told everyone when he became a pro wrestler he didn’t have time to be young and his twenties are filled with regretful memories. He praised the other three wrestlers in the tournament and thanked them all for taking part. He never had anyone to eat chanko with so he invited them all to the Snake Pit Japan dojo so they can together all enjoy chanko made with the sauce directly passed down from New Japan!

Hachisu had a chance of winning the tournament outright in his last league match. If he had beaten Munetatsu Nakamura it would have been three wins out of three and he would automatically become the Young Ganbare Cup champion. Nakamura was determined not to let it happen. He was already motivated not to lose and before the match Imanari gave him some words of encouragement. The two ended up fighting outside the ring. They were right next to the ring apron so the referee couldn’t see Imanari crouched on the floor wrapping the two wrestlers’ legs together with tape. It caused both Hachisu and Nakamura to be counted out and led to the Imanari Vs Hachisu rematch happening later in the show to determine who won the tournament. Nakamura was upset to have the match end like that and wants to have a singles bout against Imanari sometime in the near future to make up for it.

Imanari’s last gasp path to the final started with him beating Yuki Kanzaki in the opener. Kanzaki started off well but couldn’t lock in the Camel Clutch that won him his earlier match in the day. Imanari blocked a Frog Splash with his knees and got a nearfall with a Lariat. Imanari then applied a Sasori-Gatame to make Kanzaki give up. Kanzaki was disappointed in the result but promised not to give up pro wrestling. He is still aiming to reach the top.


GANBARE☆PRO “SHUICHIRO KATSUMURA PRODUCE” Results

January 28, 2023

GANBARE☆PRO “SHUICHIRO KATSUMURA PRODUCE”, 28/01/2023
Tokyo Oji BASEMENT MON☆STAR
79 Fans

1. 3-Man Grappling Match: Shuichiro Katsumura (2) defeated Munetatsu Nakamura, HARUKAZE & HARASHIMA (0).
1a. Shuichiro Katsumura defeated Munetatsu Nakamura with an Arm And Knee Cross Hold (3:23).
1b. Shuichiro Katsumura defeated HARUKAZE with a Cross Heel Hold (2:48).
1c. Shuichiro Katsumura Vs HARASHIMA ended in a Time Limit Draw (5:00).
2. GanPro Specialty! Mixed 6-Man Tag Match: Yumehito Imanari, Shinichiro Tominaga & Moeka Haruhi defeated Ken Ohka, Maori Kawashima & YuuRI when Haruhi submitted YuuRI with the 79.5MHz (10:09).
3. Special Single Match ~Baptism Of GanPro~: Takuya Wada defeated Hong Kong International Policeman with a Sleeper Hold (0:26).
3a. Rematch: Takuya Wada defeated Hong Kong International Policeman with a Crossface Lock (7:09).
4. Special 6-Man Tag Match: HARASHIMA, Mizuki Watase & Keisuke Ishii defeated Shuichiro Katsumura, Tsuyoshi Okada & Tyson Maeguchi when HARASHIMA pinned Okada with the Somato (16:08).

The second show of today’s Ganbare☆Pro tripleshot was all put together by Shuichiro Katsumura. It was a tiring event for him because he ended up wrestling in four matches of some sort. In the main event he did what he could with the energy he had left. He did well enough to put HARASHIMA in the Ninja Choke but that got broken up. Tsuyoshi Okada tagged in but found himself on the receiving end of the entire opposition’s attacks. It ended with HARASHIMA pinning Okada with the Somato. Katsumura said there are still eleven months left in the year so his goal is to have singles matches against HARASHIMA, Mizuki Watase & Keisuke Ishii by the end this year! He also said backstage he wants to produce three more GanPro shows this year so the stage is set for his goal to be completed.

The GanPro debut of former Pancrase fighter Takuya Wada was an odd one. His opponent was revealed to be Hong Kong International Policeman (Choun-Shiryu). Wada did not know who he was. When Policeman began introducing himself to everyone, Wada quickly put him in a Sleeper Hold and won the match in under 30 seconds. The match restarted and this time Policeman bribed the referee with 20,000 yen to tilt the match in his favour. America International Policeman (Shota) then walked to the ring with Wada’s phone and threatened to destroy it. Wada pleaded at him to stop and agreed to let Hong Kong Policeman bind his hands together with a wire. However Wada waited for an opening and attacked both his opponent and the referee despite having his hands tied together. He found a way to put Hong Kong Policeman in a Crossface and Policeman gave up. Wada thought his first GanPro experience was amazing and he’d be happy to come back here again.

The first match of the event was a series of grappling bouts between Katsumura and three opponents. Everyone involved took part wearing their own grappling gear of some sort. Katsumura was able to submit both Munetatsu Nakamura and HARUKAZE in his first two matches. The third was against an unannounced opponent and it was revealed to be HARASHIMA! Their match went to a five minute draw with both of them fighting over Heel Hooks in the final moments.


GANBARE☆PRO “TRANSPORTER 2023” Results

January 28, 2023

GANBARE☆PRO “TRANSPORTER 2023”, 28/01/2023
Tokyo Oji BASEMENT MON☆STAR
75 Fans

1. 1st Young Ganbare Cup: Yuki Kanzaki (2) defeated Munetatsu Nakamura (0) with a Camel Clutch (7:45).
2. 1st Young Ganbare Cup: Kentaro Hachisu (4) defeated Yumehito Imanari (2) with the Lou Thesz Press (12:10).
3. Yuna Manase defeated Yoshiko Hasegawa with the Suzuki Dynamic (7:20).
4. GanPro Specialty! Mixed 6-Man Tag Match: Soma Takao, Shinichiro Tominaga & HARUKAZE defeated Keisuke Ishii, Shota & YuuRI when Takao pinned Shota with the Reverse Gory Special Bomb (12:14).
5. Mizuki Watase & Tyson Maeguchi defeated Ken Ohka & Thanomsak Toba when Watase pinned Toba with the Elbow Butt (17:21).

Young Ganbare Cup Standings

1. Kentaro Hachisu (4)
2. Yumehito Imanari (2)
-. Yuki Kanzaki (2)
4. Munetatsu Nakamura (0)

A Ganbare☆Pro tripleheader took place in Oji BASEMENT MON☆STAR today. The fans were treated to a “GanPro Unlimited” experience according to Mizuki Watase. In the main event Watase wore similar kickboxing gear as his tag partner Tyson Maeguchi. A promise was made by Maeguchi to beat Ken Ohka into a bloody mess. He couldn’t quite do that but Watase hit harder than Thanomsak Toba could to get the win. At the end of the show Watase explained the main event was a hot match because everyone involved is hot.

The Young Ganbare Cup would be decided by the end of the day. This first show was the halfway point of the tournament. Kentaro Hachisu won his second match in a row by beating Yumehito Imanari. It was the power of Hachisu’s chest hair that was the difference maker. When he hit the Lou Thesz Press, the chest hair was too heavy for Imanari to kick out of. The result means Hachisu is one more win away from outright becoming the tournament champion.

The other match from the tournament was between two young wrestlers both searching for their first win. While the moves were basic, the action was heated. Yuki Kanzaki got the better of Munetatsu Nakamura in the end. He dealt big damage with a Fisherman Suplex and then submitted Nakamura with a Modified Camel Clutch. Kanzaki said Nakamura is really good and he has to do his best not to let the GanPro rookie overtake him.


No Fee Rumble Entries, Ganpro February Tripleshot, DDT In USA Updates

January 27, 2023

DDT “SWEET DREAMS! 2023”, 29/01/2023
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

0. Dark Match – Bonno Dai Shacho Presents No Fee Rumble: Sanshiro Takagi Vs Fuminori Abe Vs ASHUKA Vs Ariji Akinori Vs Shosaku Inoue Vs Kaijin Mukuro 696 Vs Kim Yocchan Vs Crusher Inoba Vs Great-CO-Khan Vs Great-GO-Khan Vs Gundan Hitori Vs Shinya Vs Tsutenkakuka Vs Dick Zlater Vs Tezuka awesome Ichiro Vs Dopyu♡McIntyre Vs Tadaki Toronomi Vs “Great Mother” Mazakon Kid Vs Big Bear Vs Fuck Takeda Vs Thick And Hard Kankuro Hoshino Vs BRA-VO Vs Hen China Vs Macho Gallows Vs Mori Haruomi Vs X
0. Dark Match – 4 Way Tag Match: Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata Vs MJ Paul & KANON Vs Antonio Honda & Akito Vs Yuya Koroku & Yuki Ishida
1. D GENERATIONS CUP – A Block: Hideki Okatani Vs Kazuma Sumi
2. D GENERATIONS CUP – B Block: Keigo Nakamura Vs Takeshi Masada
3. Special 6-Man Tag Match: Shinya Aoki, Yuki Ueno & Toi Kojima Vs Thanomsak Toba, Yukio Sakaguchi & Hikaru Machida
4. Special 6-Man Tag Match: Naruki Doi, Jun Akiyama & Soma Takao Vs HARASHIMA, Chris Brookes & Yukio Naya
5. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles: Tetsuya Endo, Kotaro Suzuki & Yusuke Okada (c) Vs Yuki “Sexy” Iino, Danshoku “Dandy” Dieno & Koju “Shining Ball” Takeda
6. KO-D Tag Team Titles: MAO & Shunma Katsumata (c) Vs Makoto Oishi & Shiori Asahi
7. KO-D Openweight Title: Kazusada Higuchi (c) Vs Yuji Hino

The D GENERATIONS CUP begins on Sunday. All eight participants took part in a press conference during the week to give their views on the tournament. Hideki Okatani is confident he will win because he has the most in-ring experience out of everyone involved. Yuya Koroku thinks he has grown both physically and skillfully over the last year. He’s been waiting for a tournament like this to happen so he can show off his growth. Kazuma Sumi says with only three months of pro experience he has nothing to lose. Ilusion wants to leave an impression on fans who only know him from DDTeeeen!! and see what he can do beyond that brand. Keigo Nakamura has spent his preparation drinking raw eggs, eating bugs and breaking roof tiles all for his Twitter account. He also tried drinking an entire bottle of cola without burping but failed. Toi Kojima wants to level up and grab the opportunity to go to Hollywood. Yuki Ishida promised to do his best to take everybody down. Takeshi Masada thinks he let everyone down after he failed to beat Sanshiro Takagi and couldn’t earn his place on the USA shows. He is not concerned with the tournament’s goal of finding the strongest young wrestler in DDT. He is only focused on making it to Hollywood.

My hands feel so grimy writing out all of the names entering the No Fee Rumble. Some might sound familiar if you remember DDT’s past ventures with the wrestling club scene. Some are as recent as the time Sanshiro Takagi defended the DDT Extreme Title against a bunch of amateurs in a field. Others were around for the “ALL DOIN” experiment from 2018. Then there are names like Gundan Hitori who I remember seeing in DDT all the way back in 2010! Then there are the parody names on the list. ASHUKA is an Asuka tribute, there’s one person named after Drew McIntyre and another named after Dick Slater. If that’s not enough there are somehow also two wrestlers named after Great-O-Khan entering the match and I think only one of them is meant to be a parody!

GANBARE☆PRO “GRINDHOUSE 2023”, 23/02/2023
Tokyo Oji BASEMENT MON☆STAR

1. Ken Ohka Vs Munetatsu Nakamura

Time for Munetatsu Nakamura to take on the head honcho Ken Ohka for the first time.

GANBARE☆PRO “MOONRISE KINGDOM 2023”, 23/02/2023
Tokyo Oji BASEMENT MON☆STAR

1. Special Tag Match: Shuichiro Katsumura & Shota Vs Keisuke Ishii & Soma Takao

Shota and Soma Takao are on opposite sides of a tag match once more, continuing the growing rivalry between the two former ROMANCE DAWN partners.

GANBARE☆PRO “GANBARE☆PRO WRESTLING PLAYERS ASSOCIATION PERFORMANCE”, 23/02/2023
Tokyo Oji BASEMENT MON☆STAR

1. The Return Of LariPro 2023: Keisuke Ishii Vs X

We’ve had Lariat Pro, Knee Pro, there was a Chop Pro in there somewhere. Keisuke Ishii is determined to make the latest rendition of his Lariat Pro match the best one yet!

DDT “INTO THE FIGHT 2023”, 26/02/2023
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. D GENERATIONS CUP – Final: Winner Of A Block Vs Winner Of B Block
2. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles: Tetsuya Endo, Kotaro Suzuki & Yusuke Okada (c) Vs X, X & X
3. KO-D Tag Team Titles: MAO & Shunma Katsumata (c) Vs X & X

Appearing on the show will be Naruki Doi, Shinya Aoki, Kotaro Suzuki, Fuminori Abe and Hikaru Machida.

DDT “DDT GOES HOLLYWOOD”, 30/03/2023
Ukrainian Cultural Center, Los Angeles, California, USA

16 wrestlers representing DDT will be in Los Angeles for the company’s big return to America. They are Kazusada Higuchi, Jun Akiyama, MAO, Shunma Katsumata, Sanshiro Takagi, Konosuke Takeshita, Tetsuya Endo, Yuki Ueno, Chris Brookes, Saki Akai, KANON, Yuki “Sexy” Iino, Danshoku “Dandy” Dieno, Michael Nakazawa, Yoshihiko and the winner of the D GENERATIONS CUP.

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “TJPW LIVE IN LOS ANGELES”, 31/03/2023
Globe Theatre, Los Angeles, California, USA

No talent announcements yet for the Tokyo Joshi Pro show but expect it to be a similar number to DDT.

DDT/GCW “GCW VS DDT”, 31/03/2023
Ukrainian Cultural Center, Los Angeles, California, USA

Takeshita will not be on this show. ROH appearance maybe?


Princess Of The Decade Brackets

January 25, 2023

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “BEYOND THE ORIGINS, INTO THE FUTURE”, 30/01/2023
TwinBox AKIHABARA

1. Princess Of The Decade – Round 1A – 2 Count Rules: Miyu Yamashita Vs HIMAWARI
2. Princess Of The Decade – Round 1B – 2 Count Rules: Kaya Toribami Vs Suzume
3. Princess Of The Decade – Round 1C – 2 Count Rules: Hyper Misao Vs Miu Watanabe
4. Princess Of The Decade – Round 2A – 2 Count Rules: Pom Harajuku Vs Rika Tatsumi
5. Princess Of The Decade – Round 2B – 2 Count Rules: Hikari Noa Vs Moka Miyamoto
6. Princess Of The Decade – Round 2C – 2 Count Rules: Winner Of Match 1A Vs Raku
7. Princess Of The Decade – Round 2D – 2 Count Rules: Mahiro Kiryu Vs Maki Itoh
8. Princess Of The Decade – Round 2E – 2 Count Rules: Winner Of Match 1B Vs Shoko Nakajima
9. Princess Of The Decade – Round 2F – 2 Count Rules: Yuki Aino Vs Haruna Neko
10. Princess Of The Decade – Round 2G – 2 Count Rules: Winner Of Match 1C Vs Mizuki
11. Princess Of The Decade – Round 2H – 2 Count Rules: Nao Kakuta Vs Arisu Endo
12. Princess Of The Decade – Round 3A – 2 Count Rules: Winner Of Match 2A Vs Winner Of Match 2B
13. Princess Of The Decade – Round 3B – 2 Count Rules: Winner Of Match 2C Vs Winner Of Match 2D
14. Princess Of The Decade – Round 3C – 2 Count Rules: Winner Of Match 2E Vs Winner Of Match 2F
15. Princess Of The Decade – Round 3D – 2 Count Rules: Winner Of Match 2G Vs Winner Of Match 2H
16. Princess Of The Decade – Semi Final – 2 Count Rules: Winner Of Match 3A Vs Winner Of Match 3B
17. Princess Of The Decade – Semi Final – 2 Count Rules: Winner Of Match 3C Vs Winner Of Match 3D
18. Princess Of The Decade – Final – 2 Count Rules: X Vs X

All matches will take place on a mat because the venue is too small to hold a wrestling ring. Every match in the tournament has a 5 minute time limit and 2 Count Pin Rules. If there is a time limit draw in any match during the first three rounds, a game of Rock-Paper-Scissors will be used as the tiebreaker. Time Limit Draws in the semi final and final will go to overtime under 1 Count Pin Rules. The bracket was randomly drawn and the tournament winner will receive a luxurious prize.