“WHO’S GONNA TOP?” Matches Added, DDT48 Standings, Sawada Injured, Ibushi Returning

August 31, 2010

Two matches have been announced for “Who’s Gonna Top? 2010” set to take place in Korakuen Hall on the 26th September. Our new KO-D Tag Team Champions already have their first defence lined up and it couldn’t be against a tougher team. Disaster BOX are the challengers with HARASHIMA looking to add another title to go along with the KO-D Openweight Title currently around his waist while another Tag Title reign would be just peaches for Toru Owashi. Probably the kind he can wear on his head. However, the odd couple of Shiro Koshinaka & Danshoku Dino were able to defeat two highly regarded teams in the DDT roster to become the champs. A successful first defence here will clear the highest profile challengers off the table for the time being.

The second match will be Muscle Sakai’s final appearance on the main DDT brand, and could there be any better choice than Sanshiro Takagi to be his opponent? With his retirement coming just over a week later, I look forward to seeing Sakai provide a lot of entertainment here before he’s gone for good.

Tokyo Korakuen Hall
1. Muscle Sakai Last DDT Match: Sanshiro Takagi Vs Muscle Sakai
2. KO-D Tag Team Championship: Shiro Koshinaka & Danshoku Dino (c) Vs HARASHIMA & Toru Owashi

As of 29th August 2010, the DDT48 Election standings are as follows:

01. HARASHIMA (117 votes)
02. Danshoku Dino (111 votes)
03. Kota Ibushi (92 votes)
04. MIKAMI (84 votes)
05. Sanshiro Takagi (81 votes)
06. YOSHIHIKO (78 votes)
07. Hikaru Sato (77 votes)
08. Dick Togo (74 votes)
09. Shigehiro Irie    (66 votes)
10. Kenny Omega (60 votes)
11. Yasu Urano (53 votes)
12. Michael Nakazawa    (51 votes)
13. KUDO & Antonio Honda (48 votes)
15. Toru Owashi & Daisuke Sasaki (39 votes)
17. Yukihiro Abe, Shuji Ishikawa & Cherry (33 votes)
20. Takao Soma (32 votes)
21. Keisuke Ishii (30 votes)

The top three have received a huge boost in votes and it’s expected that DDT’s three most known names would be on top. Shigehiro Irie is the most notable drop and languishes in the middle of the pack. It’s becoming clear that the fight for the 18th spot will be the most frantic. A tie for the final spot at the end is starting to look likely.

Turns out Poison Sawada JULIE is injured. He’s gone into hibernation after receiving elbow surgery. No more rattling snake magic for a while then.

Kota Ibushi will make his return for the Campsite Pro Wrestling show on 12th September. So far only he and Sanshiro Takagi have been announced to compete.


Omega Vs Devitt Confirmed For NJPW Main Event!

August 30, 2010

In a battle that could be more epic than an X Vs Sigma showdown, Kenny Omega will be representing DDT on the 3rd September when he challenges Prince Devitt for the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Title in the main event of New Japan’s Kotetsu Yamamoto Memorial Show. Omega called out Devitt right after beating the Irishman’s tag team partner Ryusuke Taguchi at the most recent DDT Korakuen Hall show. Devitt accepted his challenge and it didn’t take long for the NJPW office to confirm the match.

Tokyo Korakuen Hall

7. IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Title: Prince Devitt (c) Vs Kenny Omega

Edit: The news is all about Omega today as he took part in SMASH.7 over at Shinjuku FACE. He defeated SMASH’s own resident Canadian, Mentallo with the Croyt’s Wrath.


August 29, 2010

Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. Keisuke Ishii, Shigehiro Irie & Akito defeated Rion Mizuki, Takao Soma & Kazuki Hirata when Ishii pinned Hirata with the Kneel Kick (8:05).
2. Toru Owashi Presents GM Election Battle Royal: Muscle Sakai defeated Toru Owashi, Hikaru Sato, Tomimitsu Matsunaga, Hoshitango, Yukihiro Abe & Michael Nakazawa (17:37).
3. Dick Togo & Antonio Honda defeated KUDO & Yasu Urano when Togo submitted Urano with the Crippler Crossface (15:35).
4. Special Singles Match: Kenny Omega defeated Ryusuke Taguchi with the Croyt’s Wrath (15:12).
5. KO-D Tag Team Title, 3 Way Match: Shiro Koshinaka & Danshoku Dino defeated Sanshiro Takagi & Munenori Sawa (c) and MIKAMI & Tanomusaku Toba when Dino pinned Takagi with the Danshoku Driver (13:55).
*Takagi & Sawa fail in V10. Koshinaka & Dino become the 32nd KO-D Tag Team Champions.
6. KO-D Openweight Title: HARASHIMA (c) defeated Daisuke Sasaki with the Somato (20:42).

The Greatest Title Run Ever ™ has come to an end, :(. I still have to look up the amount of defences they had as I’m certain I’ve added one or two more than they actually had.

After Match #4, Kenny Omega had a staredown with IWGP Jr. Champ Prince Devitt. We all know where this is going.

Muscle Sakai turned out to be the surprise winner of the GM Battle Royal. But with him soon retiring he is unable to take the role. Sakai chose Tsurumi Amon, the afro wearing host of the MUSCLE events, to take the job instead.

The DDT48 Election is now well on its way and we already have an update on the polls. There are still several shows left until the voting ends but so far it looks like Danshoku Dino, HARASHIMA & Shigehiro Irie are guaranteed spots if the trend of voting stays like this. I’m a little surprised at how high Irie is, but I guess the guy has really won over the fans.

01. Danshoku Dino (56 votes)
02. HARASHIMA & Shigehiro Irie (54 votes)
04. Sanshiro Takagi (39 votes)
05. Dick Togo, Kota Ibushi & YOSHIHIKO (39 votes)
08. Hikaru Sato (27 votes)
09. Toru Owashi (24 votes)
10. Antonio Honda & Shoichi Uchida (21 votes)
12. MIKAMI & Hideki Shiota (20 votes)
14. Takao Soma (18 votes)
15. Kenny Omega (17 votes)
16. Cherry (15 votes)
17. Yasu Urano & Michael Nakazawa (14 votes)
19. Yukihiro Abe, Norikazu Fujioka & Akito (11 votes)
22. KUDO & Tanomusaku Toba (9 votes)


August 27, 2010

Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. Rion Mizuki, Takao Soma & Kazuki Hirata Vs Keisuke Ishii, Shigehiro Irie & X
2. Dick Togo & Antonio Honda Vs KUDO & Yasu Urano
3. Toru Owashi Presents GM Decision Battle Royal: Toru Owashi Vs Muscle Sakai Vs Hikaru Sato Vs Tomimitsu Matsunaga Vs Hoshitango Vs Yukihiro Abe Vs Michael Nakazawa
4. Special Singles Match: Kenny Omega Vs Ryusuke Taguchi
5. KO-D Tag Team Title, 3 Way Match: Sanshiro Takagi & Munenori Sawa (c) Vs MIKAMI & Tanomusaku Toba Vs Shiro Koshinaka & Danshoku Dino
6. KO-D Openweight Title: HARASHIMA (c) Vs Daisuke Sasaki

Last DDT48 Message, Hikaru Sato In ZERO1

August 25, 2010

The fifth and final video message for the DDT48 Election has been released on DDT’s Ustream channel.


Toru Owashi, Yasu Urano, Shoichi Uchida, Hideki Shiota, Yoshiaki Yago (who deserves to get in just for the guitar solo alone), Kyosuke Sasaki (audio only), DJ Nira (audio and images only) and YOSHIHIKO (announced message).

With that, all 48 candidates have put forth their opening statements and will spend the next month campaigning for the fans votes.

Hikaru Sato will be travelling over to ZERO1 to take part in the annual Tenka-Ichi Jr. Tournament. This will be his second Jr. tournament this year, after a fair showing in All Japan’s Jr. Heavyweight League. The premise of the Tenka-Ichi is based on Dragonball, with each wrestler being given a special sphere to carry down to matches. The match winners take the balls from the losers and eventually the tournament champion has possession of all of them. The grand prize for winning the Tenka-Ichi and collecting all the spheres will be a special wish granted to the winner. Maybe Hikaru’s wish will be to open a maid cafe.


August 24, 2010

DDT “DOTONBORI STORY 7”, 22/08/2010
Osaka Minami Move On Arena
350 Fans – Super No Vacancy Full House

1. MIKAMI & Tanomusaku Toba defeated Akito & Kazuki Hirata when MIKAMI pinned Hirata with the Swanton Bomb (9:34).
2. Hikaru Sato & Keisuke Ishii defeated Toru Owashi & Hideki Shiota when Sato submitted Shiota with a Cross Armbreaker (11:09).
3. Shoichi Uchida defeated Yukihiro Abe with a Jackknife Hold (7:36).
4. Muscle Offer Match: Muscle Sakai & Danshoku Dino Vs Yasu Urano & Norikazu Fujioka ended in a Double DQ (8:30).
5. Sanshiro Takagi & Shigehiro Irie defeated Kenny Omega & Takao Soma when Irie pinned Soma with the Diving Teddy Bear (14:50).
6. Dick Togo & Daisuke Sasaki defeated HARASHIMA & KUDO when Sasaki pinned HARASHIMA with the NOW OR NEVER (16:45).

The main event ended with a huge win for Daisuke Sasaki, pinning the KO-D Openweight champion on route to their title match next week. He unleashed the NOW OR NEVER, which looks like some sort of Small Package, to get the three count and add a lot of momentum to title challenge.

Match #3 had the wrestlers involved fight in cosplay. Yukihiro Abe was dressed as Ryomou Shimei from Ikkitousen. I am not ashamed to say I am a fan of that manga.

Shigehiro Irie’s finisher, the Diving Teddy Bear, is a Banzai Drop. This rookie has been doing very well so far.

Ustream Videos – DDT48 Election, KO-D Tag Title Match @ Sumo Hall

August 23, 2010

The fourth campaign video for the DDT48 Election was posted during the weekend on DDT’s Ustream channel. Around 40 of the candidates have now sent out messages through the videos making their case for earning a spot on the 24th October Korakuen Hall event.

By the way, has anyone noticed that Poison Sawada JULIE isn’t taking part in this? I don’t know if he’s out with an injury.


Michael Nakazawa, 726, Tatsuhiko Yoshino, Yuki Sato, Hiro Tsumaki, Chou-un Shiryu, Akito, GENTARO and Kota Ibushi.

That wasn’t the only thing added to DDT’s Ustream page. The KO-D Tag Team Title match that took place before the Sumo Hall show has been posted in full. So if you have 20 minutes to spare, enjoy watching Sanshiro Takagi & Munenori Sawa brawl with Jun Kasai & Kamui all around the arena.