DDT “RYOGOKU PETER PAN 2016 ~MOST HOT SUMMER IN THE WORLD~” Preview

August 25, 2016

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DDT “RYOGOKU PETER PAN 2016 ~MOST HOT SUMMER IN THE WORLD~”, 28/08/2016
Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan

0. King Of Dark Title – 6:30 Man Is Now A 1:30 Family: Chikara (c), Mitsuo Momota & Nobuhiro Shimatani Vs Tomomitsu Matsunaga, Hoshitango & Rekka
0. Tokyo Joshi Pro Offer Match: Miyu Yamashita, Yuka Sakazaki & Akane Miura Vs Syoko Nakajima, Hyper Misao & Yuu
1. DNA FIGHTS ~BATTLE OF LAST SUMMER~: Kazusada Higuchi & Daiki Shimomura Vs Kouki Iwasaki & Mizuki Watase
2. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title – Battle Royal: Joey Ryan (c) Vs Reika Saiki Vs Toru Owashi Vs Keisuke Ishii Vs Saki Akai Vs Kazuki Hirata Vs Cherry Vs Guanchulo Vs Mad Paulie Vs KENSO Vs Gota Ihashi Vs Jun Kasai Vs Yoshihiko
3. KUDO Comeback ~YELLOW DRAGON COME BACK!!~: KUDO & Masahiro Takanashi Vs Akito & Yasu Urano
4. NωA Road To DDT Fes 2016 ~ Sasadango Teaches The Way To Survive Showbiz: Makoto Oishi, Shunma Katsumata, MAO & Super Sasadango Machine Vs Antonio Honda, Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi, Lady Beard & Gorgeous Matsuno
5. AJPW World Jr. Heavyweight Title: Hikaru Sato (c) Vs Soma Takao
6. DDT Extreme Title – Watase Contra Watase: LiLiCo (c) Vs Danshoku Dino
7. Special 6-Man Tag Team Match: Sanshiro Takagi, Shiro Koshinaka & NOSAWA Rongai Vs Great Kabuki, Yukio Sakaguchi & Kota Umeda
8. Special Tag Match: Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo Vs Dick Togo & Mike Bailey
9. KO-D Tag Team Titles – Uchikomi! Presents: Ken Ohka & KAI (c) Vs HARASHIMA & Yuko Miyamoto
10. KO-D Openweight Title – Good Com Asset Presents: Konosuke Takeshita (c) Vs Shuji Ishikawa

Bloody right it’s been a hot summer. DDT is back in Sumo Hall for the ninth time in the the company’s existence. It is also the eighth “PETER PAN” show and the seventh “PETER PAN” held in this building. Throughout 2016 DDT was focused on the rivalry between Happy Motels and DAMNATION. The main event and the road leading to it reflects this as the youngest ever KO-D Openweight Champion takes on The Big Dawg~! of DAMNATION. The KO-D Tag Team Titles are on the line in a match where Bad Communication is fatal. The Wrestling Master teams up with a Speedball to fight a charismatic protege and a young man who feels robbed of his future. A samurai steps in when a planned foreign exchange with Funk University was cancelled. Title matches, idols, injury comebacks and plenty more are also planned for DDT’s biggest show of the summer.

0. King Of Dark Title – 6:30 Man Is Now A 1:30 Family: Chikara (c), Mitsuo Momota & Nobuhiro Shimatani Vs Tomomitsu Matsunaga, Hoshitango & Rekka

The day starts off with the King Of Dark Championship, DDT’s “Misfortune Title” that punishes the champion by forcing them to only wrestle in dark matches until they win. The title currently belongs to Chikara. No, not that one. I mean the grandson of Rikidozan and the person who finds more joy out of Chopping people than anyone else in the world. It’s all he’s good at and that’s me being veeeerrrrrrrrrry generous. Sadly for Chikara his first match in Sumo Hall involves defending this championship at 1:30pm. An upside to this is his father Mitsuo Momota wants to help him out. The three times Momota has wrestled in the building for All Japan have all been in the opening match so it’s fitting he gets to do it again this time with his son.

0. Tokyo Joshi Pro Offer Match: Miyu Yamashita, Yuka Sakazaki & Akane Miura Vs Syoko Nakajima, Hyper Misao & Yuu

Tokyo Joshi Pro is still going along four years into its existence. This year they introduced their first championship, the TOKYO Princess Of Princess Title. The first and only champion is Miyu Yamashita who won the belt when the promotion held its first Korakuen Hall show in January. She hasn’t been impossible to defeat but her wins come when they count. Her big challenge coming up is Yuu. This woman debuted at the Korakuan show and has been undefeated ever since. Her experience level in Judo helped her progress quicker than most if not all of the other girls who have wrestled for the promotion since its inception. This match here will give a little preview of their title match in September. Also keep an eye on Hyper Misao. She’s a super hero but this year has resorted to cheating and fighting dirty to win her matches.

1. DNA FIGHTS ~BATTLE OF LAST SUMMER~: Kazusada Higuchi & Daiki Shimomura Vs Kouki Iwasaki & Mizuki Watase

DDT’s development brand opens up the show proper. The match sees a step down for Kazusada Higuchi. He won the Right To Challenge Battle Royal in March but lost his the KO-D Title match a month later. Since then he’s been up and down the card teaming with other wrestlers who have similar sumo backgrounds. In DNA he is still unbeatable and is the early favourite for the DNA Grand Prix scheduled for October. Daiki Shimomura had a bad debut in March, getting injured and missing three months of ring time. He has some catching up to do but we at least found out during Beer Garden week that he can do a Shinsuke Nakamura impression. Maybe that can rub off on him. Kouki Iwasaki found some success in the DNA team that won the KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles and he’s developing into a competent wrestler. Meanwhile Mizuki Watase found love and the dangers that comes with it. But that’s another story for another part of this preview.

2. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title – Battle Royal: Joey Ryan (c) Vs Reika Saiki Vs Toru Owashi Vs Keisuke Ishii Vs Saki Akai Vs Kazuki Hirata Vs Cherry Vs Guanchulo Vs Mad Paulie Vs KENSO Vs Gota Ihashi Vs Jun Kasai Vs Yoshihiko

If you notice the Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title now has a tan that’s because it spent the summer travelling across the United States, mainly California. Joey Ryan left Japan as the champion back in June and since then the belt has had quite an adventure, capturing a lot of attention along the way. Let’s look at what the list of champions during this period: a WWE Hall Of Famer, half of the Lucha Underground roster, Spider-Man, the Beyond Wrestling fanbase, Joey Ryan’s fiance, their pet cat, Vince McMahon’s star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame, three entrants from this year’s WWE Cruiserweight Classic, a man with a box of cereal for a head and comedian Ron Funches. And this does not include all of the wrestlers who have previously held championships in WWE, TNA, ROH, ECW, EVOLVE, SHIMMER, PWG, CZW, PROGRESS and God knows where else. Sadly it’s time for the belt to come home to Japan where Joey Ryan is expected to defend it in the usual Battle Royal. It’s fitting for this championship that I treat its return to Japan as a chance to calm the gimmick down.

Anyway the usual cast of misfits fill up the match. KENSO who exists to annoy me has spent all summer fighting Sanshiro Takagi for a spot on this show, Mad Paulie is one of DAMNATION’s “pets”, the “Muscle Idol” Reika Saiki is this year’s eye candy and Jun Kasai is back after causing havoc at DDT’s last visit to Sumo Hall.

3. KUDO Comeback ~YELLOW DRAGON COME BACK!!~: KUDO & Masahiro Takanashi Vs Akito & Yasu Urano

KUDO finally makes his return after a bad injury to his right ACL discovered in September 2015 put him out of action. While he was gone Shuten-dōji added Kota Umeda to take his place. Masa Takanashi also changed his ring name to Masahiro Takanashi because he felt it was time to start a new chapter of his career. KUDO’s first match back is against familiar opponents. Smile Squash and Shuten-dōji wrestle against each other often so he should feel at home here.

4. NωA Road To DDT Fes 2016 ~ Sasadango Teaches The Way To Survive Showbiz: Makoto Oishi, Shunma Katsumata, MAO & Super Sasadango Machine Vs Antonio Honda, Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi, Lady Beard & Gorgeous Matsuno

DDT is working with a music festival in November and to capitalise on the event they created New Wrestling Aidoru (Idol) or NωA for short. Makoto Oishi, Shunma Katsumata and MAO were selected for the wrestling idol group and quickly recorded their first record “Never Give Up☆I LOVE YOU”. Their goal is to be good enough for a spot on the music festival but the only way they will qualify is if they get over 50,000 followers on Twitter. They thought things were going well when they forced Dick Togo to join NωA but it only took a few hours for him to graduate from the group. Some good news happened though. Masked wrestler, marketing genius and PowerPoint extraordinaire Super Sasadango Machine offered to be their manager. His latest idea is to pit NωA against another team of wrestling idols and singers. Antonio Honda and Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi were both members of a band called DPG (Dramatic Perfect Group), pro wrestling is just a side project for Lady Beard outside of his music career and Gorgeous Matsuno is an old crooner. Expect musical numbers.

5. AJPW World Jr. Heavyweight Title: Hikaru Sato (c) Vs Soma Takao

When Team Dream Futures decided to split up in May all three members went their separate ways. Two of them have struggled and since gone to do very different things. Shigehiro Irie is currently on an excursion in America to develop as both a wrestler and a grown up. Keisuke Ishii formed Fantastic Memories with Danshoku Dino hoping to recapture their success back when they were part of Belt Hunter X Hunter. The one who avoided the post-Drift slump is Soma Takao. He has beaten both of his former teammates in singles matches and has an impressive win-loss record throughout DDT. With this success came an opportunity to get what he wants most: the AJPW World Jr. Heavyweight Title. The challenge was sent to All Japan and it was accepted. After all, the champion has some history with the challenger.

Hikaru Sato has done well for himself since leaving DDT in 2014. A short stay in Union Pro saw him dominate as a big fish in a small pond. Then he went on to All Japan where he is a regular contender in the Jr. Heavyweight division. He won the Jr. Title in June and is going into Sumo Hall for his second defence but there is more to this than just a title match. In February 2011 Takao beat Sato in a No DQ Hair Vs Hair Match and shaved him bald in the middle of the ring. Soma thinks history gives him the edge over Sato. The champion is happy to wrestle at Sumo Hall for DDT again. He has fond memories of the first “PETER PAN” from 2009. Even though he wrestled in the dark match, Sato remembers being excited because everyone worked so hard to put the show together. He is reminded of that everytime he wrestles in Sumo Hall.

One last thing. Soma Takao is 7-0 at “PETER PAN” shows. Slowly but surely this is approaching an Undertaker at WrestleMania level of winning streak.

6. DDT Extreme Title – Watase Contra Watase: LiLiCo (c) Vs Danshoku Dino

Love’s precious, isn’t it? Who would have guessed when LiLiCo found a few DNA wrestlers to be her bodyguard earlier this year she would hit it off with one of them. Mizuki Watase and LiLiCo fell in love and became an item. They sought inspiration from Titanic to help LiLiCo win the DDT Extreme Title and since then the power of their love has kept the title in their possession. But now comes a man who is a big threat to LiLiCo. Not just for her championship but for her boyfriend too! Danshoku Dino is the No. 1 Contender and he thinks Watase is only in a relationship with LiLiCo to hide the fact that he’s gay. To prove it the match will be Watase Contra Watase, the winner gets Watase, the loser can never touch him again! If that’s not enough Watase is freely allowed to get involved in the match. So he can prove his love with LiLiCo is real by helping her win… Or he can prove Dino is right by helping him win? Is Dino’s claims about Watase true? Is Watase’s romance with LiLiCo nothing more than a sham? Is this a better love story than the Overwatch shipping of Pharah and Mercy I found on NeoGAF? We’ll soon find out.

7. Special 6-Man Tag Team Match: Sanshiro Takagi, Shiro Koshinaka & NOSAWA Rongai Vs Great Kabuki, Yukio Sakaguchi & Kota Umeda

Well this match fell apart. It was all supposed to be about Terry Funk. Unfortunately a hernia prevented ol’ Funker from travelling to Japan and he had to cancel his appearance. Shiro Koshinaka is bring brought in on short notice to be his replacement. Koshinaka has history in DDT by being a former KO-D Tag Team Champion with Danshoku Dino under the team name Butt Samurai. Koshinaka gets to be in the ring again with his old Heisei Ishingun stablemate The Great Kabuki. He says he is also looking forward to wrestling Yukio Sakaguchi for the first time.

8. Special Tag Match: Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo Vs Dick Togo & Mike Bailey

There is one man I can point to as the centrepiece of DDT’s storylines this year and that man is Daisuke Sasaki. He played a role in many of the main event angles that have gone on and developed into a dangerous competitor in the process. And to think it all began with a crush. 2016 began with Sasaki all alone. The Golden☆Storm Riders had to break up when Kota Ibushi quit DDT and Suguru Miyatake blew out his shoulder. It was around this time that Candice LeRae had her first tour with DDT and Sasaki was instantly smitten with her. Like a lovesick puppy Sasaki proposed to her several times, mostly to be his tag team partner but it eventually became an offer of marriage. LeRae’s rejection left him feeling devastated but the real shock came when news of LeRae’s engagement to Johnny Gargano reached Japan. This is where you can pinpoint Sasaki’s tragic origin story if he was a supervillain. Sasaki snapped and went into a jealous rage, constantly demanding to fight Gargano at DDT shows even though Gargano was never going to get booked. He also wanted tag team title shots despite having no tag partner. Eventually Sasaki solved his problems by getting a pet dog and it is a very big dog. When “Adrian” was introduced it turned out to be Shuji Ishikawa in a giant mascot dog outfit. While the imagery of a big dog beating up wrestlers is funny (and it was) the new team were no joke and they quickly became tag team champions. Sasaki grew a mean streak and got his hands on a Right To Challenge Anytime Anywhere Contract. He used it to win the KO-D Title from HARASHIMA in April and became king of the DDT world until Konosuke Takeshita knocked him off his perch. Sasaki got a small measure of revenge though when he convinced Takeshita’s best friend to switch sides.

Tetsuya Endo saw himself as the bridesmaid of Happy Motels. This time last year he returned from an injury to face his best friend and tag team partner Takeshita at Sumo Hall. Endo lost that match but no matter, most wrestlers lose their first bout back from injury. He and his buddy soon became the KO-D Tag Team Champions and everything was great until Sasaki & Ishikawa came along. Sasaki made Takeshita pass out to the Cross Facelock at the 19th Anniversary Show but no matter, they were caught unprepared and they could get their rematch a month later. Sasaki made Takeshita pass out again in the but no matter, now Endo can chase after Sasaki’s KO-D Title. Takeshita gets the title shot first and goes on to finally beat Sasaki, becoming the youngest KO-D Champion ever. No matter, Endo got a Right To Challenge Contract around the same time. He cashes in for a fair and square title match against his best friend to prove who is truly better. Takeshita won. That’s when Endo cracks and has enough of being in his friend’s shadow. Seeing an opportunity, Sasaki crashes Takeshita’s post-match victory speech and offers Endo to join his new unit DAMNATION. Endo shocked everyone when he pushed his best friend aside and accepted the DAMNATION T-shirt! Since then Endo has found new success by embracing his dark side. Can there be anybody out there to stop DAMNATION? How about somebody from Sasaki’s past?

Four years ago Dick Togo called time on his legendary career. After saying his goodbyes in Japan he spent his final 12 months wrestling around South America in countries like Chile and Bolivia. They were his second homes and he wanted to help establish their wrestling scenes. Fast forward to 2016 and Togo is back in Japan with a burning desire to return to the ring. He still has plenty left in him and he wants to fight the new generation of wrestlers that have appeared during his absence. Everybody was happy to have him back. Everybody that is except for Sasaki. Togo’s protege was pissed off that this old man is back on the scene when it should be known to everyone that the student has surpassed his master. A welcoming hug became a low blow. Sasaki made his intentions known, he is better than Togo and will prove it. Endo also thinks that Togo should stay out of DAMNATION’s way. Togo disagrees and wants to put both of these punks back in their place. But he needs help. Togo demanded a tag team match but foolishly did so without having anyone to back him up. Luckily there was a new Canadian sensation brought in to save the day.

“Speedball” Mike Bailey has only been wrestling in Japan for a month but he is quickly winning over fans with his rapid strikes and agility. So we currently have a Canadian wrestler making waves in DDT in short time? Sounds familiar. Sounds doubly familiar actually. Anyway, Bailey was picked as Togo’s partner and he could not be more excited to wrestle with such a legend. While he holds no grudge with DAMNATION you can be sure Sasaki & Endo aren’t going to let him steal their spotlight. Sparks will fly in this one.

9. KO-D Tag Team Titles – Uchikomi! Presents: Ken Ohka & KAI (c) Vs HARASHIMA & Yuko Miyamoto

Mandatory listening for this part of the preview.

I see this as two pairs of brothers from other mothers fighting over the KO-D Tag Team Titles. Ken Ohka had a stressful year over in his home base Ganbare☆Wrestling. He had been betrayed so often that it must felt crushing to him. Thankfully a kindred spirit came along and they caught on like a house on fire. KAI from Wrestle-1 offered to help his problems. They wrestled in identical vests and jeans which in pro wrestling terms is the closest bond two people could ever make. They also like B’z which is another thing a lot of Japanese wrestler seem to bond over. So they named their team Bad Comi after the song “Bad Communication” (Did the song above end? Keep playing it) After their one match together they somehow convinced DDT to give them a title shot. An injury scare put their chances in doubt but they surprised everyone by winning the belts from DAMNATION.

Their challengers are HARASHIMA & Yuko Miyamoto, together known as Smile Yankee. The two originally tagged together for the 2015 New Year’s Eve tournament and they reached the final. A few more appearances in the summer convinced them to team more. Miyamoto even decided to join Smile Squash for the upcoming DDT Dramatic General Election. Much like their opponents, Smile Yankee have a habit of wearing identical gear during their matches. They swap between HARASHIMA’s gear and Miyamoto’s gear. Ohka doesn’t care that Yankee Smile has only ever lost once, Bad Comi are the hottest tag team in the world!

10. KO-D Openweight Title – Good Com Asset Presents: Konosuke Takeshita (c) Vs Shuji Ishikawa

This makes up the other part of the Happy Motels Vs DAMNATION feud. Since his debut at 17 years old, Konosuke Takeshita was first labelled as DDT’s Rookie Supernova and later simply “The Future”. It only took four years for him to reach the top and become the KO-D Openweight Champion, the youngest wrestler to ever do so. Losing over and over to Daisuke Sasaki in the tag team division was a tough hurdle to overcome but in May he finally did it. Since then he defended the belt against a veteran outsider (Yuko Miyamoto), a former KO-D Champion with one last golden opportunity to get the belt (Toru Owashi) and his best friend (Tetsuya Endo). Now he has to fight The Big Dog.

Forget the part about Shuji Ishikawa being Daisuke Sasaki’s “pet”. This is still a big lad and former champion who smashed through the King Of DDT tournament to get this title match. Takeshita does have a 4 minute victory over Ishikawa that happened in May but don’t expect the same thing to happen here. Ishikawa has been wrestling in several different companies this year and has taken Chops, Lariats and German Suplexes from the best of them. He also has previous experience wrestling in the main event of “PETER PAN” when he headlined the 2011 show. Takeshita thinks he can summon the fighting spirit necessary for such a special show. Ishikawa doesn’t care, he’ll just crush that spirit while providing a great match for the crowd. Then when he wins the title he will hug Sasaki in the ring to celebrate.


BASARA “VAJRA 17 ~NOBLE FIGURE DANCING~” Results

August 21, 2016

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BASARA “VAJRA 17 ~NOBLE FIGURE DANCING~”, 20/08/2016
Yokohama Radiant Hall
202 Fans – No Vacancy

1. Ryuichi Sekine & Koji Iwamoto defeated Takuya Nomura & Fuminori Abe when Sekine submitted Nomura with the Let’s Combine (10:43).
2. Toba Troubleshooting Theatre: Tanomusaku Toba defeated Ryu Gouma by Ring Out (4:37).
3. Isami Kodaka defeated Daichi Kazato with the Diving Double Knee Drop (12:43).
4. Hardcore Tag Match: Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi & Shinya Ishida defeated Takumi Tsukamoto & SAGAT when Hiroshi pinned SAGAT with the Perfect Plex (15:50).
5. Masashi Takeda defeated Ryota Nakatsu with the Megaraba-Raba Raba (12:12).
6. Yokohama Shopping Street 6-Man Tag Team Titles: Abdullah Kobayashi, Masaya Takahashi & Takayuki Ueki (c) defeated FUMA, Madoka & Yusuke Kubo when Kobayashi pinned Kubo with the Diving Bakachinga Elbow (17:27).
*V1 for Abdullah Kobayashi, Masaya Takahashi & Takayuki Ueki.

The chairman of the Yokohama Shopping Street Federation that sponsors the Yokohama Shopping Street 6-Man Tag Team Titles was pleased with the main event. He described it as pure pro wrestling at its very best, which is very good. FUMA said Abdullah Kobayashi’s bald head reminds him of Rob Halford from Judas Priest and Piet Sielck from Iron Savior. Kobayashi didn’t know who they were and asked if they are Japanese. FUMA then apologised to the fans for IRON PRIEST’s failure to win the titles. He said IRON PRIEST will impregnate the pro wrestling world with heavy metal. “Thorns and chains to the soft heart! KEEP ON ROCKIN’ Heavy Metal Anthem! We are IRON PRIEST!”

SAGAT was focused on beating Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi in the Hardcore Tag Match but it was not meant to be. Hiroshi stopped the Goregrind with a Spinebuster onto a Ladder. The Perfect Plex afterwards was the end for SAGAT. Hiroshi rubbed in his victory by saying how fun it is to wrestle in a variety of matches. He then challenged SAGAT to a singles match on 30th August. However Takumi Tsukamoto stepped in and demanded to be in the match too. It was decided that a 3 Way Match will take place instead.


DDT Dramatic General Election 2016

August 19, 2016

As soon as “RYOGOKU PETER PAN 2016” is over and done with DDT will move onto the annual DDT Dramatic General Election. This is the 7th year the competition is happening in some form, originally called the DDT48 General Election when it first took place in 2010. 41 wrestlers from DDT plus a few guests will spend all of September campaigning for votes from fans to earn a spot on the 23rd October Korakuen Hall show. Everyone who finished in the Top 20 will qualify for the main show while those who finish between #21 to #24 will be put in the dark match. The prize for 2nd Place is 300,000 yen plus a KO-D Openweight Title shot on the October show. The grand prize for the election winner is 1,000,000 yen and a main event KO-D Title match at Osaka Edion Arena #1 in December. If the KO-D Champion finishes in either first or second place then he will get to choose his challenger for that title match.

This year the field is only open to the DDT, DNA and BOYZ brands. Last year’s winner Isami Kodaka and his BASARA brand have declined to participate this year. Although they are part of the DDT Family, they now treat DDT as rivals and want to distance themselves to focus on their own projects. Tokyo Joshi Pro is also not involved but no reason has been given for their exclusion. Sadly the limited field also means Hiroshi Tanahashi is not following up on his promise last year to enter the competition. Don’t know if a deal fell through or if it was just a joke I took seriously.

The full list of candidates are as follows:

HARASHIMA, Danshoku Dino, Cherry, Masahiro Takanashi, Keisuke Ishii, Daisuke Sasaki, Makoto Oishi, Saki Akai, Soma Takao, Akito, Super Sasadango Machine, Antonio Honda, Yukio Sakaguchi, Kazuki Hirata, Yasu Urano, Shunma Katsumata, Tetsuya Endo, Konosuke Takeshita, Kota Umeda, Toru Owashi, Kazusada Higuchi, KUDO, Mad Paulie, Hoshitango, Gorgeous Matsuno, Gota Ihashi, Kouki Iwasaki, MAO, Mizuki Watase, Guanchulo, Rekka, Rainbow Kawamura, Daiki Shimomura, Nobuhiro Shimatani, Lady Beard, Yoshihiko, KENSO, KAI, Yuko Miyamoto, Chikara and Ken Ohka.

There is also a unit election with 9 groups competing against each other, the winners will get to book their own event later this year. The units are:

1. Smile Squash: HARASHIMA, Yasu Urano, Akito & Yuko Miyamoto
2. Shuten-dōji: KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi, Masahiro Takanashi & Kota Umeda
3. Happy Motels: Konosuke Takeshita, Antonio Honda & Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi
4. T2Hide: Sanshiro Takagi, Toru Owashi, Kazuki Hirata, Chikara, Soma Takao, Kazusada Higuchi, Guanchulo, Rekka, Mizuki Watase, Daiki Shimomura & Nobuhiro Shimatani
5. DAMNATION: Daisuke Sasaki, Shuji Ishikawa, Tetsuya Endo & Mad Paulie
6. NωA: Makoto Oishi, Shunma Katsumata & MAO
7. Fantastic Memories: Danshoku Dino & Keisuke Ishii
8. Pigging 2016: Tomomitsu Matsunaga, Gota Ihashi & Kouki Iwasaki
9. Bad Comi: Ken Ohka & KAI

Voting begins at “RYOGOKU PETER PAN 2016” on 28th August and ends on the 25th September Korakuen Hall show. The results will be announced in Shinjuku on 29th September. Fans will receive one voting ballot per show ticket as well as one ballot for every 3,000 yen spent at the merchandise tables and online store.


IRON PRIEST Wants To Make Shopping Titles Heavy Metal, Joshi Cards, Street Wrestling Series

August 17, 2016

BASARA “VAJRA 17 ~NOBLE FIGURE DANCING~”, 20/08/2016
Shin-Kiba 1st RING

1. Isami Kodaka Vs Daichi Kazato
2. Ryuichi Sekine & Koji Iwamoto Vs Takuya Nomura & Fuminori Abe
3. Toba Troubleshooting Theatre: Ryu Gouma Vs Tanomusaku Toba
4. Ryota Nakatsu Vs Masashi Takeda
5. Hardcore Tag Match: Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi & Shinya Ishida Vs Takumi Tsukamoto & SAGAT
6. Yokohama Shopping Street 6-Man Tag Team Titles: FUMA, Madoka & Yusuke Kubo Vs Abdullah Kobayashi, Masaya Takahashi & Takayuki Ueki

FUMA thinks his Big Japan opponents are not heavy metal enough to deserve the Yokohama Shopping Street 6-Man Tag Team Titles so IRON PRIEST wants the belts to be on the line. FUMA wants to win the title because Yokohama is in the Kanagawa Prefecture. FUMA is from the Kanagawa Prefecture which means Kanagawa has been heavy metal ever since he was born!

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “KITAZAWA LOVE RIN”, 31/08/2016
Kitazawa Town Hall

1. KANNA Vs Miyu Yamashita

KANNA gets one more chance to beat Miyu Yamashita before she graduates from Tokyo Joshi Pro.

GANBARE☆WRESTLING “SMILE BOMB 2016”, 02/09/2016
Saitama Wrestle Fighter Museum

1. Abe-chan And Director Imanari: Yukihiro Abe Vs Yumehito Imanari

Shiori Asahi will be at the show.

DDT “HOME CENTER STREET WRESTLING SERIES OPENER”, 09/09/2016
Saitama Sekichu Kumagai Kojima Shop

Falls Count Anywhere 4 Way Tag Match: Konosuke Takeshita & Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi Vs HARASHIMA & Yasu Urano Vs Keisuke Ishii & MAO Vs Sanshiro Takagi & Kazuki Hirata

Once Sumo Hall is out of the way DDT is heading back to the streets for a series of Falls Count Anywhere matches.

DDT “HOME CENTER STREET WRESTLING SERIES SECOND LEG”, 17/09/2016
Toyama Super Center Shemaiah Tateyama Shop

Falls Count Anywhere 4 Way Match: Ken Ohka Vs HARASHIMA Vs Sanshiro Takagi Vs Shunma Katsumata

A trip to Toyama means Ken Ohka gets to tag along in his hometown.

TOKYO JOSHI PRO “SHINJUKU LOVE RIN”, 22/09/2016
Shunjuku FACE

1. TOKYO Princess Of Princess Title: Miyu Yamashita (c) Vs Yuu

Yuu gets her TOKYO Princess Of Princess Title shot for winning the Tokyo Princess Cup.

KANNA will graduate from Tokyo Joshi on this show. She wants to move on from wrestling and become a pro rapper.

Saki Akai & Ai Shimizu will be at the show for KANNA’s graduation.

GANBARE☆WRESTLING “BAD COMMUNICATION 2016”, 02/10/2016
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. Forget The Same K: Shinichiro Tominaga Vs Shiori Asahi

The first match for Ganbare☆Wrestling’s first ever Korakuen Hall show has Shinichiro Tominaga going back to his K-DOJO past.

Minoru Fujita will be on the show.


GANBARE☆WRESTLING “SUNNY DAY SUNDAY 2016” Results

August 16, 2016

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GANBARE☆WRESTLING “SUNNY DAY SUNDAY 2016”, 14/08/2016
Tokyo Itabashi Green Hall
157 Fans – No Vacancy

1. Regain The Smile Of Abe-chan!!: Yukihiro Abe defeated Rainbow Kawamura with the Endless Eight (9:54).
2. Rikidozan III Vs Veteran Mystery: Mars Spector defeated Chikara with the Cross Armbreaker (4:59).
3. World Of Professional Wrestling Strongest Animal Playoff: “Kotori” defeated J-Soul Pandita III IV with the Bird Ridge (7:45).
4. Rebound Queen Cherry Tree Runway Vs Transformation And Goddesses: Shinichiro Tominaga & Ai Shimizu defeated Yumehito Imanari & Emi Sakura when Tominaga pinned Imanari with the JK (7:45).
5. Special 6-Man Tag Team Match: Osamu Namiguchi, Shibata & GENTARO defeated Ken Ohka, Shota & Mitomi Masayuki when Namiguchi pinned Shota with the Lanaila-X (16:45).

GENTARO surprised everyone in Ganbare☆Wrestling by joining forces with Osamu Namiguchi. GENTARO was working with Ganpuro as an official wrestling counselor for the roster but now he is helping Namiguchi prove his superiority over the company. They along with Shibata were able to do that in the 6-Man Tag main event. Shibata trapped his former Enjo-gun partner Mitomi Masayuki in a Cross Armbreaker while GENTARO did the same to Ken Ohka. That gave Namiguchi all the time in the world beat Shota with the Lanakila-X. Namiguchi added insult to injury by stepping on both Ohka and Imanari to celebrate while Shibata filmed it with his GoPro camera. Namiguchi then kicked Ohka while calling him a disposable wrestler who is only getting a KO-D Tag Team Title shot at Sumo Hall because of KAI. He said he might show up at Ganpuro’s Korakuen Hall show so he can see the company in its final days and tell them “Thank you for the good memories!” Namiguchi had crawled up from the bottom sipping mud to become a pro wrestler. He’s been kicked and beaten but guys like him, GENTARO and Shibata all know how it feels to be a pro wrestler unlike the people in Ganpuro who try to hog the glory. When they left, Ohka got back to his feet and was upset by the accusations. Ohka likes pro wrestling and he supports pro wrestling. Ganpuro is his wrestling life and he has precious support from guys like Shota, Masayuki and Shinichiro Tominaga to back him up. On 2nd October at Korakuen Hall Ohka will crush Namiguchi because Ganbare☆Wrestling is a major sport!

Ai Shimizu received a warm applause for her first match since getting married to DDT announcer Mic Inoue. Yumehito Imanari congratulated her before their tag match but then used his speech as an excuse to to flirt with Emi Sakura. She was left insulted by his lines and began the attack to start the match. Sakura then took pause to congratulate Shimizu before going back to attacking Imanari who wouldn’t take her seriously. Imanari was left to regret his behavior when Sakura was able to put him in a Romero Special. Shinichiro Tominaga later finished the job with a Reverse DDT and the JK. Sakura said she was mortified by Imanari’s behavior but he did show some ability out there. Imanari proclaimed his love for her and thinks them getting married would be the best news in pro wrestling. Shimizu was impressed at how fast men seem to fall for Sakura and she should be happy. Sakura was just annoyed by the whole thing.

Ohka approached Tominaga after his match to announce his opponent at Korakuen Hall. Tominaga will face Shiori Asahi from K-DOJO! Tominaga has a brief history with Asahi going back to his college wrestling club days. Five years later he now has a chance to see how he’s grown in comparison.

In the opening match Yukihiro Abe was given a chance to have some fun after spending months as an angst ridden sidekick to Minoru Fujita. He came out wearing a Haruhi Suzumiya costume to fit in with his opponent Rainbow Kawamura. However the match became less friendly when both wrestlers pulled each other’s wigs off and threw them at each other. Abe applied a Sleeper Hold but Kawamura pulled out an adult manga to distract him and escape. There was more nonsense with Abe getting stripped down to his blue striped underwear as the match progressed. Kawamura sprayed him in the face with disinfectant but during a scramble of pinning holds Abe got the three count with a Backslide he calls the Endless Eight. Thankfully this Endless Eight only lasts three seconds. After the match Abe told everyone that cosplaying and being a transvestite are two different things. He was also in a rush because he wanted to go to Comiket and buy a fanzine from his favourite writer.


DDT “BEER GARDEN FIGHT 2016 ~DDT DAY~” Results

August 13, 2016

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DDT “BEER GARDEN FIGHT 2016 ~DDT DAY~”, 13/08/2016
Shinjuku FACE
600 Fans – Super No Vacancy Full House

1. Makoto Oishi, Shunma Katsumata & MAO defeated Antonio Honda, Masahiro Takanashi & Kazuki Hirata when Oishi pinned Hirata with the Jikiden Tornado Clutch (10:31).
2. Kota Umeda & Mizuki Watase defeated Tomomitsu Matsunaga & Gota Ihashi when Umeda pinned Ihashi with a Right High Kick (6:20).
3. Daisuke Sasaki defeated Kouki Iwasaki with a Diving Elbow Drop (7:03).
4. Falls Count Anywhere Scramble Bunkhouse 6-Man Tag Team Match: Ken Ohka, KAI & Sanshiro Takagi defeated Yuko Miyamoto, Akito & Yasu Urano when KAI pinned Urano with a Gannosuke Clutch (9:48).
5. New Ghost Story Numabukuro Death Match: Danshoku Dino & Super Sasadango Machine Vs Toru Owashi & Guanchulo ended in a No Contest because “You’re Next!” (20:48).
6. Dick Togo & Mike Bailey defeated Tetsuya Endo & Mad Paulie when Bailey pinned Endo with the Shooting Star Double Knee Drop (13:57).
7. Beer Garden Specialty Guest Lottery 6-Man Tag Team Match: Konosuke Takeshita, HARASHIMA & Yukio Sakaguchi defeated Shuji Ishikawa, Keisuke Ishii & Kazusada Higuchi when HARASHIMA pinned Ishii with the Somato (14:51).

Last call for orders, today was the finale of Beer Garden 2016 and the last DDT show before “RYOGOKU PETER PAN 2016” takes place in two weeks time. The main event is a tradition for Beer Garden finales, a 6-Man Tag Team match with both teams being decided by a fan lottery. Konosuke Takeshita, Shuji Ishikawa, HARASHIMA, Yukio Sakaguchi, Keisuke Ishii and Kazusada Higuchi were the wrestlers taking part. Six randomly chosen fans got to pick a name out of a box to set up the teams. In the end we got Takeshita, HARASHIMA & Sakaguchi Vs Ishikawa, Ishii & Higuchi as the match. HARASHIMA won the match for his team but afterwards there was a tense staredown between Takeshita and Ishikawa.

Dick Togo & Mike Bailey teamed up for the first time ever to prepare for their match with DAMNATION at Sumo Hall. They got to get in the ring with Tatsuya Endo but he also had Mad Paulie looking over him. Togo was determined to give Endo the Pedigree but Daisuke Sasaki ran in to try and stop him. Togo caught Sasaki in the Crippler Crossface. That left Bailey to hit the Shooting Star Double Knee Drop on Endo for the win. Togo then gave Sasaki the Pedigree and Diving Senton. He and Bailey told Sasaki & Endo they will be waiting for them at Sumo Hall.

Yuko Miyamoto has decided to join Smile Squash for the DDT Dramatic General Election! Miyamoto is teaming with HARASHIMA as Yankee Smile so he feels that being part of the unit for the election makes sense. His first match as a member of Smile Squash was turned into a Falls Count Anywhere Scramble Bunkhouse Match because of Ken Ohka & KAI’s demands. Their friend Shota left a bamboo sword in the ring for everyone to fight over. KAI’s garbage wrestling inspiration continued when he used the Gannosuke Clutch to pin Yasu Urano. KAI told Miyamoto he is determined to keep the KO-D Tag Team Titles and provoked him into attacking Shota with the bamboo sword.

After Match #3 Kouki Iwasaki was approached by Tomomitsu Matsunaga and Gota Ihashi. They asked him if he wanted to reform Pigging with them. Iwasaki declined because he wants to continue wrestling by himself. However Iwasaki reappeared during the Election announcements clearly regretting his decision. He changed his mind and accepted their offer to bring Pigging back to life.

Some other announcements were made about the Dramatic Election. Sanshiro Takagi announced that Soma Takao was the newest member of T2Hide… Also Kazusada Higuchi… And Chikara… Oh and Guanchulo, Rekka, Mizuki Watase, Daiki Shimomura and Nobuhiro Shimatani. So now T2Hide consists of 11 members. Ken Ohka protested his absence from the election but was told it is only open to DDT, DNA and BOYZ this year save for a few exceptions. KAI said he was forming a two man unit and wanted Ohka on his side, so Ohka was accepted into the competition. Their unit is called Bad Comi, short for Bad Communication.

Another ghost story was on the cards but Super Sasadango Machine was feeling a little tired of the idea. It doesn’t help that Hisaya Imabayashi died in a car crash last year and thus wasn’t able to tell his stories anymore. Danshoku Dino wondered if he ever passed down his stories to someone else so the role could move on to a new generation. Saki Akai came out wearing a yukata. She told everyone they had three minutes to win their match otherwise she will tell her ghost story. Three minutes passed and Akai began to read. “Coin locker baby… Credibility… Infertility… Shaku Umaa… Dick-Godzilla…” She had difficulty trying to read the book. Everyone began to complain until Nobuhiro Shimatani ran in with a shocked look on his face. He told everyone that Imabayashi’s identical twin brother Masaya Imabayashi was coming over! Masaya walked out and said he will tell a ghost story to mourn the first anniversary of his brother’s death.

“Coin Locker Baby”. An unmarried 17 year old woman became pregnant and gave birth but had confidence to raise the child on her own. So she abandoned it in a locker at Gotanda Station. Five years later the woman returned to the coin locker. As she stood in front of it she heard a child cry behind her. The woman asked if the child was lost but he just cried louder and louder. She asked where his father was? He still cried. She then asked about his mother? At that moment the child stopped crying and there was silence. The child looked up and told the woman “It’s you!”

Everyone screamed. Dino told Masaya it was a good story but very similar to the one his brother told in Shin-Kiba last year. Masaya flipped out and pointed at Dino, shouting “You!” and making him faint. He then did it to Sasadango, then Guanchulo, then Toru Owashi but stopped at Akai. He said he entrusted Akai with his powers and wanted her to try them out. She pointed at Yukinori Matsui and yelled “You!” over and over but nothing happened. Masaya did it instead and then did it to Akai. Masaya grabbed a bottle of water and splashed it over the audience while “Wild Thing” played over the sound system. Masaya thanked everyone for coming, left an envelope in the ring and told Sasadango to call him if they ever want to do this again. When he left Shimatani came back out with some horrible news. He announced that Masaya Imabayashi had died in a car crash on the way to Shinjuku FACE. Dino opened the envelope that was left in the ring and it simply read “You’re Next!”


TOKYO JOSHI PRO “BEER GARDEN FIGHT 2016 ~TOKYO JOSHI PRO DAY~” Results

August 13, 2016

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TOKYO JOSHI PRO “BEER GARDEN FIGHT 2016 ~TOKYO JOSHI PRO DAY~”, 13/08/2016
Shinjuku FACE
528 Fans – Super No Vacancy

1. Maho Kuron Debut Match: Maho Kuron defeated Nodoka-oneesan with a Reverse Swing Neckbreaker Drop (6:01).
2. Tokyo Princess Cup – Semi Final: Syoko Nakajima defeated Hyper Misao with the Northern Lights Suplex (7:46).
3. Tokyo Princess Cup – Semi Final: Yuu defeated Akane Miura by TKO with a Katahajime (7:31).
4. Special Rules: Yuka Sakazaki & KANNA defeated Nonoko & Rika Tatsumi when KANNA pinned Nonoko with the 50$ent (12:17).
5. Miyu Yamashita & Marika Kobashi defeated Reika Saiki & Azusa Takigawa when Yamashita pinned Takigawa with the Attitude Adjustment (10:55).
6. Tokyo Princess Cup – Final: Yuu defeated Syoko Nakajima with the Cross Armbreaker (17:12).

The winner of this year’s Tokyo Princess Cup is Yuu! No, not you. Yuu! She’s only been wrestling in Tokyo Joshi Pro for 8 months but in that time Yuu has been undefeated and nobody has been able to match her skill. Akane Miura offered a challenge in the semi-final with her power based offence but Yuu choked her out with the Katahajime to win. In the other semi-final Hyper Misao took on last year’s winner Syoko Nakajima. Misao wanted the match to have a One Count Pinfall rule so she could save her energy for the final. The rule was rejected and Misao was told to continue the match when she pinned Nakajima for one second. Misao’s recent streak of upset wins ended here and Nakajima went on to the final. Yuu kicked out of the Northern Lights Suplex and wore down Nakajima until she tapped from a Cross Armbreaker. Yuu said becoming a pro wrestler is a dream come true but now she has a new dream. She asked Miyu Yamashita for a TOKYO Princess Of Princess Title shot. Yamashita accepted the challenge and set the match for 22nd September.

Yamashita has another target in her sights. She’s interested in fighting Reika Saiki one on one. Saiki herself thinks she has found a rival in Yamashita.

Summer time was the theme of Match #4. Each girl took part in the match while wearing yukatas. They also each brought out a weapon that is related to summer vacations. Rika Tatsumi had a beach volleyball, Yuka Sakazaki had a water ring, Nonoko had a watermelon and KANNA carried a water pistol. After the match KANNA announced she will graduate from Tokyo Joshi on 22nd September. She will have one more match with Miyu Yamashita on 31st August. She also invited Saki Akai and Ai Shimizu to attend her graduation ceremony.

Maho Kuron is the newest wrestler to debut for Tokyo Joshi. She wears a black costume to go along with her name. She has no sports history but wanted to join Tokyo Joshi when she saw their show at last year’s Beer Garden series. Nodoka-oneesan tried to beat her with the Back Flip but Kuron escaped and hit a Swinging Reverse Neckbreaker to win her debut match. Kuron didn’t feel quite happy afterwards but thinks people will enjoy her personality. She said she wants to fight Akane Miura sometime.


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