February 28, 2011

DDT “DOTONBORI STORY 9”, 13/03/2011
Osaka Minami Move On Arena

1. Hikaru Sato & Kazuki Hirata Vs Keisuke Ishii & Akito
2. DJ Nira Vs Hideki Shiota
3. Danshoku Dino & Makoto Oishi Vs Antonio Honda & Michael Nakazawa
4. HARASHIMA, MIKAMI & Daisuke Sasaki Vs Takao Soma, Super Shit Machine & Tomimitsu Matsunaga
5. Yasu Urano Vs KUDO
6. Dick Togo & GENTARO Vs Kota Ibushi & Shigehiro Irie

After losing his hair to Takao Soma yesterday, Hikaru Sato has pledged to start again at the bottom of the ladder and go back to the opening matches.


DDT “INTO THE FIGHT 2011” Results

February 27, 2011

DDT “INTO THE FIGHT 2011”, 27/02/2011
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
1,262 Fans

0. Seiya Morohashi defeated Hoshitango with the New Hair Solution (5:14).
1. Keisuke Ishii & Akito defeated MIKAMI & Rion Mizuki when Ishii submitted Mizuki with a Single Leg Crab Hold (5:27).
2. Antonio Honda & Daisuke Sasaki defeated Michael Nakazawa & Tomimitsu Matsunaga by DQ when Takao Soma interfered (10:14).
3. Kota Ibushi defeated Shigehiro Irie with the Phoenix Splash (8:19).
4. Winner Gets to Choose His Ryogoku Match: Danshoku Dino defeated Tsuyoshi Kikuchi, Tanomusaku Toba, Kazuki Hirata & DJ Nira when Dino submitted Nira with a crab Hold (13:08).
5. No DQ Hair Vs Hair Match: Takao Soma defeated Hikaru Sato with a Schwein onto a metal barrell (14:13).
6. KO-D Tag Team Title: GENTARO & Yasu Urano (c) defeated KUDO & Makoto Oishi when Urano pinned KUDO with the Tombstone Piledriver (14:09).
*V1 for GENTARO & Yasu Urano.
7. KO-D Openweight Title: Dick Togo (c) defeated HARASHIMA with the Modified Crippler Crossface (20:43).
*V1 for Dick Togo.

After defeating Shigehiro Irie in what was described as “a short but insanely good” match, Kota Ibushi nominated himself as the next challenger for the KO-D Openweight Title. He should be facing Dick Togo at the 27th March Korakuen Hall show.

The 27th March show will also feature what has become one of my favourite annual DDT matches in recent years, the Anytime, Anywhere Contention Battle Royal. The match is usually a combination of a Royal Rumble and a Ladder match. There are a number of prizes hanging above the ring, the most important of which is a Money In The Bank style contract that allows the holder to challenge for the KO-D Openweight Title at any show between then and Sumo Hall. Other prizes normally include dates with a female wrestler, a DDT contract or even the role of company CEO. After all of the prizes are gone, the Rumble part of the match continues with the winner of that match receiving a KO-D Title shot. Previous winners of the Money In The Bank contract are Yoshiaki Yago and Ken Ohka, with Ohka giving the contract to Shuji Ishikawa. Nobody has yet to cash it in with any success.

By winning match #4, Danshoku Dino was rewarded a chance to make his own match for the 24th July Sumo Hall event. It’s the bout that we all wanted to see (Right? Anyone?), Danshoku Dino Vs Bob Sapp! The match was fought under Scramble Bunkhouse (Non) Deathmatch rules. Normally Scramble Bunkhouse matches have each wrestler placed at opposite sides of the arena and when the bell rings they have to rush to the ring. Here in DDT, it was done a little differently. Tsuyoshi Kikuchi started out in the ring, Kazuki Hirata was placed in Dick Togo’s dressing room, Tanomusaku Toba was spotted in the car park, DJ Nira was in the Tokyo Dome (!!!) and Dino was at the Metro Station outside Tokyo Dome City. When the match began, Kikuchi spent his time waiting for the opponents to come by running the ropes and taking bumps.

The Shit Heart ♥ Foundation grew in strength when their leader Takao Soma defeated Hikaru Sato in a No DQ Hair Vs Hair match. Despite Takao’s cronies Michael Nakazawa & Tomimitsu Matsunaga being banned from ringside, young Soma scored his biggest win to date over the former KO-D Champion and also got to shave him bald as a result. Afterwards the SHF introduced their newest member of the group, the Super Shit Machine! However, as soon as Super Shit Machine was introduced to the fans he, Soma & Matsunaga attacked Michael Nakazawa and kicked him out of the SHF. Soma called Nakazawa the weak link of the group and his new “weapon” was Michael’s replacement.

After taking the fall in the KO-D Tag Team Title match, KUDO challenged Yasu Urano to a singles match at DDT Dotonbori Story 9 in Osaka on 13th March.

Seiya Morohashi has become the spokesperson for Svenson Inc., a company that creates haircare and hair restoration products. They seem to be good quality as Seiya came out for his dark match against Hoshitango with a full head of hair instead of the large bald spot he used to have.

Ohka OK, Then Not OK

February 26, 2011

Ken Ohka knows how to keep himself busy when it comes to promoting for Union. He showed up at yesterday’s NEVER.5 show at New Japan to sell tickets for the upcoming DDT and Union shows. He approached an NJPW staff member and passionately begged him for New Japan to use some Union wrestlers for their future shows. He also talked to the person about Tsuyoshi Kikuchi’s campaign to enter this year’s Best Of The Super Juniors tournament. Meanwhile, DDT and Union affiliated wrestlers were part of the NEVER show. Kazuki Hirata, Shigehiro Irie and Daisuke Sasaki all lost their matches but Madoka grabbed a win in the semi-main event.

NEVER.5, 24/02/2011
Shin-Kiba 1st RING
350 Fans

1. Hiromu Takahashi defeated Kazuki Hirata with the Fisherman’s Suplex (6:48).
3. Tomoaki Honma defeated Shigehiro Irie with a Crab Hold (9:37).
4. Ryusuke Taguchi defeated Daisuke Sasaki with the Dodon (13:28).
6. Madoka defeated Taichi with a Crucific Hold (9:44).

That isn’t all that Ohka has been up to. He acts as Yoshiaki Yago’s spokesman in SMASH, speaking for him outside of the shows and standing at ringside during his matches. In the lead up to SMASH.14, TAJIRI asked Yago to help him out in dealing with the Triple Tails joshi group of Kana, Mio Shirai & Io Shirai in a 2 On 3 Handicap match. Ohka got himself involved to make it an even Six-Person Tag. Well, that turned out to be a mistake as Ohka lost the match for his team after Kana kicked him full force in the unmentionables and rolled him up for the pin.

SMASH.14, 25/02/2011
Shinjuku FACE
600 Fans

Kana, Mio Shirai & Io Shirai defeated TAJIRI, Yoshiaki Yago & Ken Ohka when Kana pinned Ohka with an Inside Cradle (8:47).

Tomorrow’s Card Plus Cruiser’s Game Update

February 26, 2011

DDT “INTO THE FIGHT 2011”, 27/02/2011
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. Keisuke Ishii & Akito Vs MIKAMI & Rion Mizuki
2. Antonio Honda & Daisuke Sasaki Vs Michael Nakazawa & Tomimitsu Matsunaga
3. Kota Ibushi Vs Shigehiro Irie
4. ??? Battle Royal: DJ Nira, Tanomusaku Toba, Tsuyoshi Kikuchi, Danshoku Dino and Kazuki Hirata included so far.
5. No DQ Hair Vs Hair Match: Hikaru Sato Vs Takao Soma
6. KO-D Tag Team Title: GENTARO & Yasu Urano Vs KUDO & Makoto Oishi
7. KO-D Openweight Title: Dick Togo (c) Vs HARASHIMA

Due to GENTARO & Yasu Urano recently becoming the KO-D Tag Team Champions, their match against KUDO & Makoto Oishi has been upgraded into a title defence.

CRUISER’S GAME, 06/03/2011
Shin-Kiba 1st Ring

1. Battle Pink Ryota Vs Super Mask Man
2. El Samurai Vs Natsuki☆Taiyo
3. Tsuyoshi Kikuchi Vs Tanomusaku Toba
4. KUDO, Yuki Sato & Madoka Vs Makoto Oishi, Tsutomu Oosugi & Hercules Senga
5. HERO! & Marines Mask Vs Darkside HERO! & Cosmo ☆ Soldier
6. The Great Sasuke & MIKAMI Vs Dick Togo & TAKA Michinoku

This isn’t the first time HERO! and Darkside HERO! will fight against each other. They were on opposide sides in a Tag match during last year’s DISASTER-BOX show during Beer Garden week. HARASHIMA was HERO! but I don’t know who played the Darkside version in that match.

Cosmo ☆ Soldier is said to come from Super ☆ China Pro Wrestling. Could it be Choun-Shiryu under another gimmick? We’ll see.

Dick Togo Chikara Bound

February 24, 2011

The current KO-D Openweight Champion is part of the latest team revealed to compete in this year’s Chikara King Of Trios tournament. Dick Togo will be forming Team Michinoku Pro with two of the promotion’s other famous stars, The Great Sasuke & Jinsei Shinzaki for the weekend of April 15th, 16th & 17th in Viking Hall The ECW Arena The XPW Arena The New Alhambra Arena The “Hey Let’s Just Call It ‘The Arena'” Arena The Asylum Arena, Philadelphia. Being arguably the highest profile team announced so far, you can bet this trio will be favourites to go all the way to the final, if not win the whole thing.

Dramatic Fantasia: Now With More Union!

February 22, 2011

Starting this Thursday on Samurai! TV, DDT’s weekly television show Dramatic Fantasia will start dedicating one episode a month to the Union sub-brand. With Union growing as a promotion in its own right and planning to hold more shows than ever this year there was still the problem of how fans would get to see footage of the recent events. Dramatic Fantasia has dedicated episodes to Union in the past but they were few and far between and were mainly done so we could see Shuji Ishikawa’s run as the KO-D Openweight Champion. Now the problem has been solved with the upcoming episode showing matches from the 3rd February Shinjuku FACE event main evented by the match between Ishikawa and Tsuyoshi Kikuchi. The Union episodes of Dramatic Fantasia will feature a special guest for commentary ever episode with the current queen of boing boing, Yuzuki Aikawa being the first guest.

Awww, Ain’t That Sweet

February 21, 2011

A cute little story that took place during Valentine’s Day last week. The custom in Japan on Valentine’s Day is for women to give gifts such as chocolate to men. The girls from Ice Ribbon took part and all gave out Valentine’s Day chocolates to some of their favourite male wrestlers. Among the recipients of the chocolates were HARASHIMA who got a present from Riho, and Ken Ohka who got a gift from Hikari Minami. Let’s see if the men will return the favour on 14th March, aka White Day.