UNION “BEER FIGHT 2011” Card, New DDT Matches

July 29, 2011

UNION “BEER FIGHT 2011 ~ UNION DAY”, 07/08/2011
Shin-Kiba 1st RING

1. Sanshiro Takagi, Shigehiro Irie & Takao Soma Vs Yoshiaki Yago, Kengo Ohka & Madoka
2. Rock & Roll Deathmatch: Big Morohashi Vs A.YAZAWA Vs Hiroya Fukuda
3. Ken Ohka Vs Taichi
4. Shuji Ishikawa Vs Cherry
5. DDT Extreme Title: Isami Kodaka (c) Vs Sexxxy Eddy

Apparently Isami Kodaka wanted to defend the DDT Extreme Title against Cherry in a Sexy Diva Deathmatch but the idea was quickly shot down by Naomi Susan. Instead Kodaka will defend the belt against Canadian sensation (the kind you should have checked by your doctor), Sexxxy Eddy! Doesn’t explain why poor little Cherry now has to fight Shuji Ishikawa. Unless it’s an excuse to dress Shuji up in joshi gear again (*shudders).

Ken Ohka has laid out a challenge to Taichi of New Japan for the show. Ken has promised to unleash his full fighting spirit against Taichi.

Takao Soma is the newest member of the TKG48. His membership number is #38. This will be his first match as part of the group when it battles against their arch rivals the Susan Guard once more.

DDT “DOTONBORI STORY 10”, 21/08/2011
Osaka Minami Move On Arena

1. HARASHIMA Vs Kushinbo Kamen
2. KUDO, Masa Takanashi & Daisuke Sasaki Vs Kota Ibushi, Danshoku Dino & Keisuke Ishii

DDT “MEMORIES OF SUMMER VACATION 2011”, 28/08/2011
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. Minoru Suzuki Vs Hikaru Sato
2. KO-D Tag Team Titles: Masa Takanashi & Daisuke Sekimoto (c) Vs Kota Ibushi & Danshoku Dino
3. KO-D Openweight Title: KUDO (c) Vs Keisuke Ishii

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DDT “NON-FIX 7.29” Results

July 29, 2011

DDT “NON-FIX 7.29”, 29/07/2011
Shin-Kiba 1st RING
197 Fans

1. Makoto Oishi defeated Hoshitango with a Juji-gatame (5:31).
2. Yasu Urano & Daisuke Sasaki defeated Poison Sawada JULIE & Masa Takanashi when Sasaki submitted Sawada with a Cattle Mutilation (8:06).
3. Hikaru Sato, Michael Nakazawa & Kazuki Hirata defeated HARASHIMA, HERO! & Tomimitsu Matsunaga by DQ when Matsunaga attacked the referee (12:24).
4. KUDO & Akito defeated Kenny Omega & Shigehiro Irie when KUDO pinned Irie with the Diving Double Knee Drop (15:24).
5. Danshoku Dino, Antonio Honda & Keisuke Ishii defeated Kota Ibushi, MIKAMI & Takao Soma when Ishii pinned MIKAMI with Kneel Kick (15:36).

It was decided during the show that whoever got the win in the main event would become the No. 1 Contender for the KO-D Openweight Title. Keisuke Ishii pinned MIKAMI in the 6-Man Tag Team bout to earn the title shot. He will face KUDO for the KO-D Championship on 28th August.

Another title match was announced for the 28/8 show. Danshoku Dino & Kota Ibushi will team up to challenge Masa Takanashi & Daisuke Sekimoto for the KO-D Tag Team Titles.

Sanshiro Takagi was in attendence scouting for wrestlers to join his TKG48. He announced that member No. 38 will be revealed at Union’s “BEER FIGHT 2011” event on 7th August.

Kenny Omega has declared war on All Japan! He has announced his new goal is to follow Kota Ibushi and win a Jr. Heavyweight Championship in Japan. Kenny is happy teaming with Kota Ibushi and Michael Nakazawa in DDT. Outside DDT, Kenny wants to go after the AJPW Jr. Heavyweight Title that is currently held by KAI.

Daisuke Sasaki brought a crystal ball into the ring during his Tag Team match. The mysterious crystal ball had a powerful effect on Posion Sawada JULIE, weakening him enough for Sasaki to defeat him. Sawada has challenged Sasaki to a match at the “BEER FIGHT 2011 ~ DDT DAY” show on 13th August.

The Campground Pro Wrestling show will return on 4th September. While last year’s show was supposed to be the last time DDT would go to Yamanashi Natureland Om, the event proves to popular to ignore.


Sato Vs Suzuki, Thank You

July 26, 2011

DDT “MEMORIES OF SUMMER VACATION 2011”, 28/08/2011
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. Minoru Suzuki Vs Hikaru Sato

Events at this weekend’s Ryogoku show has led to a major match set for Korakuen Hall next month. Minoru Suzuki pretty much destroyed Hikaru Sato when they fought each other during the 5 Vs 5 Elimination match. Sato wants to make up for it by challenging Suzuki to a singles match. Even though Sato grew up as a PANCRASE fighter like Suzuki, he now sees himself as a DDT wrestler and he wants to prove he can beat Suzuki one on one.

A full report on the Sumo Hall show is now posted. Several matches are already available to be watched if you know where to look. The last couple of days has been the busiest this site has been in its short life, so thank you very much to everyone who has been reading. If you’ve just discovered this place recently, I hope you stick around and enjoy what DDT and Union has to offer over in the future.


DDT “RYOGOKU PETER PAN 2011” Results

July 24, 2011

DDT “RYOGOKU PETER PAN 2011”, 24/07/2011
Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan
8,660 Fans

0. Big China Unified Nakahara Tag Team Titles: Sanshiro Takagi & Munenori Sawa defeated The Great Sasuke & Ricky Fuji (c) when Takagi pinned Sasuke with the Sitdown Hirawari Bomb into a bath full of rubber ducks (21:03).
*Great Sasuke & Ricky Fuji fail in V1. Sanshiro Takagi & Munenori Sawa become the 21st Champions!
1. Dramatic Next Generation Fight: Keisuke Ishii defeated Shigehiro Irie with two Kneel Kicks (9:25).
2. Battle Royal – Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title: Antonio Honda defeated Daisuke Sasaki (c) with the Octopus Hold (21:46).
Other Participants: Tsuyoshi Kikuchi, Yuzuki Aikawa, Cherry, Riki Sensyu, Emi Sakura, Tanomusaku Toba, Gorgeous Matsuno, DJ Nira, Hoshitango, Daisuke Sasaki, Rion Mizuki, Makoto Oishi, Mr. #6 and YOSHIHIKO.
*Antonio Honda becomes the 870th champion.
2a. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title: Gorgeous Matsuno defeated Antonio Honda (c) with a School Boy (4:00 pm).
*Gorgeous Matsuno becomes the 871st champion.
3. Special Singles Match: MIKAMI defeated Poison Sawada JULIE with the Volcano Bomb (8:59).
4. 4 Way – KO-D Tag Team Titles: Daisuke Sekimoto & Masa Takanashi defeated HARASHIMA & HERO! (c), GENTARO & Yasu Urano and Kenny Omega & Michael Nakazawa (23:31).
4a. Kenny Omega & Michael Nakazawa eliminated GENTARO & Yasu Urano when Omega pinned Urano with the Croyt’s Wrath (13:15).
4b. Daisuke Sekimoto & Masa Takanashi eliminated Kenny Omega & Michael Nakazawa when Sekimoto pinned Nakzawa with the German Suplex (16:37).
4c. Daisuke Sekimoto & Masa Takanashi eliminated HARASHIMA & HERO! when Takanashi pinned HERO! with the Avalanche Taka Tonic (23:21).
*HARASHIMA & HERO! fail in V2. Daisuke Sekimoto & Masa Takanashi become the 38th KO-D Tag Team Champions!
5. Summer Night Fever In NAGOYA – 5 Vs 5 Elimination: Sanshiro Takagi, Hikaru Sato, Takao Soma, Kazuki Hirata & Akito defeated Yoshiaki Yago, Tomomitsu Matsunaga, Super Shit Machine, Kengo Ohka & Minoru Suzuki (24:20).
5a. Yoshiaki Yago eliminated Akito with the Cobra Twist (4:43).
5b. Kazuki Hirata eliminated Super Shit Machine with a Horizontal Cradle (7:10).
5c. Tomomitsu Matsunaga eliminated Kazuki Hirata with a Back Drop (7:46).
5d. Hikaru Sato eliminated Yoshiaki Yago by Ring Out (12:40).
5e. Minoru Suzuki eliminated Hikaru Sato with the Gotch-Style Piledriver (14:36).
5f. Sanshiro Takagi and Minoru Suzuki were eliminated by a Double Ring Out (18:20).
5g. Takao Soma eliminated Kengo Ohka by Ring Out (20:13).
5h. Takao Soma eliminated Tomomitsu Matsunaga with the Diving Guillotine Drop (24:20).
6. IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Title: Kota Ibushi (c) defeated Prince Devitt with the Phoneix Splash (13:50).
*V1 for Ibushi.
7. Special Singles Match: Danshoku Dino defeated Bob Sapp with the Gaydo Clutch (3R 2:58).
8. KO-D Openweight Title: KUDO defeated Shuji Ishikawa (c) with three Diving Double Knee Drops (27:24).
*Shuji Ishikawa fails in V3. KUDO becomes the 37th KO-D Openweight Champion!

A Super No Vacancy crowd at Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan watched KUDO fight with all of his heart and strength as he defeated Shuji Ishikawa to become the new KO-D Openweight Champion! Both men were left battered and bruised after an intense main event that went on for nearly half an hour. Shuji threw everything he had at KUDO. The Fire Thunder Driver, the Splash Mountain, a Giant Tiger Suplex, even the Kitchen Sink (you lot remember that’s what the Running Knee Strike to the gut is called in some places, right?) but he couldn’t keep KUDO down. KUDO meanwhile sent his strike heavy offence into overdrive, raining down kicks and punches to Shuji late into the match to send him reeling. KUDO had to hit the Diving Double Knee Drop three times in a row to finally beat Ishikawa and become champion. The entire DDT roster came out to congratulate KUDO after the match. KUDO thanked all of his fans and friends for supporting him and he would defend the belt against everybody. He then approached Sanshiro Takagi and told him ” Mr. Takagi, 10 years ago DDT picked me up. Thank you.”

Takagi then had an announcement to make. DDT will be celebrating its 15th Anniversary next year and Takagi wanted to celebrate it in a big way. So he announced that DDT’s 15th Anniversary show will be held in the Nippon Budokan! The show is happening thanks to funding from the Nippon Broadcasting System radio network, who will be sponsoring the event.

Danshoku Dino scored the biggest win of his career when he defeated “The Beast” Bob Sapp in the semi-main event. Things looked bleak for Dino in the first round, fought under “Bob Rules”. He was quickly given a yellow card for grabbing Sapp’s groin and was thrown around ringside like a rag doll. Round 2 was completely different since “Gay Rules” were now in effect. Dino had a lot of fun trying to molest Sapp, who was so distraught by what was going on he tried to hide behind referee Kyohei Wada in order to get away from his opponent. Sapp must have been so thankful when that round ended as the third round returned to his ruleset. Dino was nearly defeated by KO twice in this round but he recovered to pull down Sapp’s shorts. He then kissed him, gave him a Danshoku Driver and kissed him again. Sapp was so overwhelemed he was brought down to his hands and knees. Dino then saw his chance and he rolled over the big man with with the Gaydo Clutch to win the match! It was such a big deal that the Pride FC “Victory” song began playing in the background. Afterwards Dino asked Sapp on the mic if he was gay. Sapp denied he was gay. Tsurumi Amon replied by saying he was gay. Keisuke Ishii then entered the ring to say he was gay. Kyohei Wada then said he was gay. One by one, DDT wrestlers spread around the audience all stood up and said they were gay, leading to the entire audience to hold up their hands and say they were all gay. Feeling emotionally touched by such a wonderful moment, Bob Sapp took the mic and said “I am gay”. All at once, everybody then replied with “Go right ahead!” Sapp realised he was tricked by everyone into saying he was gay and he stormed out of the ring.

The IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship match between Kota Ibushi and Prince Devitt was just as much of a sprint as their previous matches against each other. Ibushi made sure Devitt would not return to New Japan with their title and won an exciting match with the Phoenix Splash.

The DDT General Election will return for a second year with the election period taking place between 21st August and 25th September. 48 wrestlers who are either employed or affiliated with DDT will plead for the fans’ votes. At the end of the election, the top 18 contestants will all participate at a special DDT show held in Korakuen Hall later this year. The actual winner of the election will recieve a KO-D Openweight Title shot at that event as well as a cash prize. Danshoku Dino was last year’s winner.

The 5 Vs 5 Elimination match became a bit too chaotic when it came down to the final two men. Akito was the first one to bite the dust when he submitted to Yoshiaki Yago’s Cobra Twist. Kazuki Hirata stunned everyone when he eliminated Super Shit Machine with a flash pin but he was then immediately dealt with by Tomimitsu Matsunaga and Kengo Ohka. Hikaru Sato got rid of Yago but was demolished by Minoru Suzuki. Sanshiro Takagi sacrificed himself to eliminate Suzuki by causing a Double Ring Out, leaving Takao Soma to battle with Matsunaga & Ohka. Soma was able to eliminate Ohka by Ring Out with a Missile Dropkick, but then the rest of the Susan Shit Heart Superstars interfered. Referee Kiso Daisuke was then knocked out cold. Kyohei Wada came to the rescue wearing a DDT referee shirt and became the man in charge, ordering everyone except Soma and Matsunaga to leave the ring. Matsunaga was mad at Wada and started insulting him, so Wada slapped the taste out of his mouth and tried to throw him over the top rope! Soma stopped him as he wanted to beat his former ally in a convincing manner. It took a couple of Elbow Smashes and Schweins but Soma was finally able to win the match with the Diving Guillotine Drop. Here’s an interesting fact, ever since his debut at the first Ryogoku show Takao Soma has been undefeated at all three DDT Sumo Hall shows.

Hikaru Sato Vs Minoru Suzuki was announced for DDT’s 28/8 Korakuen Hall show. Sanshiro Takagi also challenged Suzuki to a match but wants it to take place at DDT’s 15th Anniversary show next year.

Masa Takanashi & Daisuke Sekimoto are your new KO-D Tag Team Champions! The 4-Way over the belts was action packed as four very different teams battled it out to become the best team in DDT. Kenny Omega & Michael Nakazawa eliminated GENTARO & Yasu Urano 13 minutes into the match when they both pinned Urano after the Croyt’s Wrath. Sekimoto then got rid of them with a devastating German Suplex on Nakazawa. HERO! used all of his uncharacteristic dirty tactics on Sekimoto to steal the victory but Yukinori Matsui eventually caught him in the act when HERO! grabbed the ropes for leverage when pinning Takanashi. Soon HERO! and Takanashi were both on the top turnbuckle trying to Superplex each other. Sekimoto tried to interrupt but HARASHIMA stopped him with a Reverse Frankensteiner. Sekimoto rolled back onto his feet and immediately German Suplexed HARASHIMA before collapsing. This left Takanashi and HERO! as the only active wrestlers left in the match. Takanashi won the exchange up top and hit an Avalanche Taka Tonic to pin HERO! and win the belts! Fifteen months ago Daisuke Sekimoto and Masa Takanashi fought in what was called a “Miracle Match” by fans. Now they rule the DDT Tag Team division as KO-D Tag Team Champions!

Match #3 saw two of DDT’s all time greats go toe-to-toe. MIKAMI did not waste anytime and dived onto Poison Sawada JULIE during his entrance into the ring. Sawada used his Snake Magic to good effect until MIKAMI channelled his own magic to give his opponent a taste of his own medicine. MIKAMI almost won with a 450 Splash but as he had Sawada pinned, he was suddenly blinded with Posion Mist. Sawada rolled him over in a cradle but only got a nearfall. MIKAMI brought his ladder into play and both men fought on top of it. That ended badly for Sawada as he was knocked to the canvas, allowing MIKAMI to hit the Volcano Bomb from the top of the ladder to win. Both wrestlers shook hands after the match.

The Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title Battle Royal was as loony as you would expect it to be. The most recent title change before this match took place a three days before the show during a press conference. Champion Antonio Honda tried to demonstrate his affections for busty joshi idol Yuzuki Aikawa only to get knocked out by the feisty lass with a kick to the chest. Daisuke Sasaki stepped in to calm her down only to get kicked into the chest as well. Sasaki fell on top of Honda and Yukinori Matsui counted the pinfall, meaning Sasaki was now the champion heading into the match. The Battle Royal saw plenty of crazy moments but Mr. #6 was the star of the match. His highlights included hitting an entire line of opponents with a Shining Wizard, out Sumo-ing Hoshitango out of the ring and revealing his inner Warsman by submitting DJ Nira with the Palo Special. Antonio Honda won the match and won back his title by submitting Sasaki with the Octopus Hold. But the 24/7 rule struck again as it always does when Gorgeous Matsuno snuck up to Honda on the ramp and gave him a School Boy to leave Sumo Hall as champion!

The young rivalry between Keisuke Ishii and Shigehiro Irie properly opened the show. Irie used his size and weight advantage as best as he could but Irie held on and even had the strength to give his rival a German Suplex. It took him two Kneel Kicks to knock the big man down and out but Ishii proved he was the better man on the night.

The Anal Blast opening ceremony took place with Michael Nakazawa assuming the position. Dick Togo was the special guest detonator and he came out dressed in Cuban military clothing and a Che Guevara shirt. He tried to set off the dynamite with his gun but kept on missing his target. So he suddenly brought out a bazooka and yelled “Adiós, Michael!” His shot was right on target, the show officialy began and Nakazawa is now unable to sit down for a month.

The pre-show match for the Big China Unified Nakahara Tag Team Titles began outside the arena. Sanshiro Takagi & Munenori Sawa came out armed with paddles and an inflatable raft while Ricky Fuji brought along a guitar and The Great Sasuke appeared with wings attached to his arms. The match travelled into building and over to the merch table manned by former Union wrestler DT-YUTA. They were about to bring the fight over to an area marked “AUTHORIZED PERSONNEL ONLY” but Kyohei Wada stopped them from going any further. Goro Tsurumi then made his annual cameo appearance dressed as a chef. The match then went to ringside where Sawa and Sasuke both got on bicycles and crashed into each other while Takagi splashed Fuji through a table. The tour of destruction then went into the dressing room where the wrestlers bumped into the Great Sasuke’s rock band, The Crazy Crew. After a performance of “You Give Love A Bad Name” by everyone in attendence, the wrestlers brawled into the bath area. Takagi finally ended the match by Power Bomb Sasuke into a bath filled with floating rubber ducks and pinning him. Takagi & Sawa are now your new Big China Tag Team Champions!


DDT “RYOGOKU PETER PAN 2011” Preview

July 23, 2011

DDT “RYOGOKU PETER PAN 2011”, 24/07/2011
Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan

0. Big China Unified Nakahara Tag Team Titles: The Great Sasuke & Ricky Fuji (c) Vs Sanshiro Takagi & Munenori Sawa (Referee: Kyohei Wada)
1. Dramatic Next Generation Fight: Keisuke Ishii Vs Shigehiro Irie
2. Battle Royal – Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title: Antonio Honda (c) Vs Tsuyoshi Kikuchi vs Yuzuki Aikawa Vs Cherry Vs Riki Sensyu Vs Emi Sakura Vs Tanomusaku Toba Vs Gorgeous Matsuno Vs DJ Nira Vs Hoshitango Vs Daisuke Sasaki Vs Rion Mizuki Vs Makoto Oishi Vs Mr. #6 Vs YOSHIHIKO
3. Special Singles Match: MIKAMI Vs Poison Sawada JULIE
4. 4 Way – KO-D Tag Team Titles: HARASHIMA & HERO! (c) Vs GENTARO & Yasu Urano Vs Kenny Omega & Michael Nakazawa Vs Daisuke Sekimoto & Masa Takanashi
5. Summer Night Fever – 5 Vs 5 Elimination: Sanshiro Takagi, Hikaru Sato, Takao Soma, Kazuki Hirata & Akito Vs Yoshiaki Yago, Tomomitsu Matsunaga, Super Shit Machine, Kengo Ohka & Minoru Suzuki
6. IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Title: Kota Ibushi (c) Vs Prince Devitt
7. Special Singles Match: Danshoku Dino Vs Bob Sapp
8. KO-D Openweight Title: Shuji Ishikawa (c) Vs KUDO

For the third year in a row, DDT embarks on a big adventure with the Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan, aka Sumo Hall as its final destination. The original show from 2009 was a big risk for the company but became a big success due to Japanese fans being intrigued that a small wrestling promotion was holding a show in such a large and well known building. The return show one year later was just as much as a success and cemented itself as DDT’s premier event for the year. The Sumo Hall show is now one of the more feel good shows on the puroresu calendar, mixing the usual DDT brand of sports entertainment with a major title match main event and appearances by wrestlers from all over the puroresu scene, from big name stars to indy sleaze veterens.

0. Big China Unified Nakahara Tag Team Titles: The Great Sasuke & Ricky Fuji (c) Vs Sanshiro Takagi & Munenori Sawa (Referee: Kyohei Wada)

The show will unofficially begin with a Hardcore Tag Team match for the Big China Unified Nakahara Tag Team Titles. The Championship was recently introduced to Union when New Beijing wrestlers Chou-un Shiryu & Cao Zhang won the belts during a tour in China. However, calamity struck when they lost their first defence of the title in Japan against Sanshiro Takagi & Munenori Sawa of the TKG48. Takagi & Sawa were hoping to have a long and eventful title reign similar to their “Greatest Title Reign Ever (c)” from 2009 but it was not to be. The new champs would quickly lose the belts to The Great Sasuke & Ricky Fuji in a match filled with stoppages and restarts from guest referee Kyohei Wada. The rematch is booked for Sumo Hall with Mr. Wada brought back to officiate the bout. Takagi and Sasuke have fought each other before in Sumo Hall, having a crazy match during the 2009 DDT show which led to a giant brawl/party involving the DDT and Michinoku Pro rosters.

After this, the show will officially begin with the Anal Blast opening ceremony. Michael Nakazawa has won an election to take part in the ceremony, his role will be to lie down face first onto the canvas, shove dynamite up his backside and light the fuse. As opening ceremonies go, it’s not exactly Olympic Games quality but it sets the stage up nicely and tells fans that this isn’t your ordinary pro wrestling supershow.

1. Dramatic Next Generation Fight: Keisuke Ishii Vs Shigehiro Irie

The official show opener will feature a fresh rivalry between two of the fastest rising talents under the DDT umbrella. Keisuke Ishii has been heads above the rest of the pack when it comes to DDT’s younger wrestlers. When the Belt Hunter X Hunter group went on hiatus, Ishii wrestled on his own and became the main focus of DDT’s Monthly Young Communication shows. Ishii was even able to produce his own event at Shin-Kiba 1st RING back in March. However, he has been quietly building up a rivalry with the other hot prospect, this one coming from Union. Shigehiro Irie has seen his profile rise since joining Sanshiro Takagi’s TKG48 unit. Over in Union, Irie scored a shocking pinfall victory over Shuji Ishikawa during a tag match in December. He picked up good review after good review for his performances in both DDT and Union, teaming with more experienced TKG48 stablemates like Takagi, Munenori Sawa and Genichiro Tenryu. His biggest win to date took place in May when he defeated Kota Ibushi in the KING of DDT tournament. Irie also briefly held the KO-D Tag Team Titles with Sawa. Recently, Irie has been in matches with Ishii. When their Monthly Young main event from July ended in a time limit draw, the rematch was booked for Sumo Hall. This match will pit two wrestlers with bright futures ahead of them. Which one will get to be the breakout star?

2. Battle Royal – Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title: Antonio Honda (c) Vs Tsuyoshi Kikuchi vs Yuzuki Aikawa Vs Cherry Vs Riki Sensyu Vs Emi Sakura Vs Tanomusaku Toba Vs Gorgeous Matsuno Vs DJ Nira Vs Hoshitango Vs Daisuke Sasaki Vs Rion Mizuki Vs Makoto Oishi Vs Mr. #6 Vs YOSHIHIKO

DDT’s most infamous creation, one which has gained the company a lot of publicity over the years, is the Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title. A belt inspired by the WWF Hardcore Title back when it was defended 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, DDT took the same concept and ran with it further than it has any right to do so. You know the deal by now. Ladders, tables, puppies, baseball bats, curry, trucks, posters, inflatable dolls are among the large list of previous champions. The title became inactive for almost a year when the champ at the time, Masa Takanashi was out of action with a serious injury. It wasn’t until Takanashi announced his return to the ring in May when the Title began switching from person to person like a hot potato again. A 15 person Battle Royal is set with a wide range of contenders going after current champ Antonio Honda. Among the challengers are the Queen of Boing-Boing Yuzuki Aikawa, possibly brain damaged Tsuyoshi Kikuchi, Riki Choshu parody Riki Sensyu, 9 year old masked Luchador Mr. #6, totally the youngest women in the match Cherry, yaoi flavored criminal catcher Rion Mizuki, rubbishly talented Gorgeous Matsuno, Ice Ribbon founder Emi Sakura, kickboxer Tanomusaku Toba, little annoying snot DJ Nira, Argentine sumo wrestler Hoshitango, former Italian 4 Horseman Daisuke Sasaki and last but certainly not least,  blow-up doll wrestling superstar YOSHIHIKO.

3. Special Singles Match: MIKAMI Vs Poison Sawada JULIE

A match celebrating two of DDT’s longest serving and most successful wrestlers. MIKAMI has been with DDT since the very first show in 1997 and still doesn’t show much signs of slowing down. Poison Sawada JULIE has been with DDT since 1999. However, has been out of action for almost a year due to an injured elbow. Will his vile snake magic be affected by his lack of ringtime or will he have recovered to full strength in time for his return?

4. 4 Way – KO-D Tag Team Titles: HARASHIMA & HERO! (c) Vs GENTARO & Yasu Urano Vs Kenny Omega & Michael Nakazawa Vs Daisuke Sekimoto & Masa Takanashi

A big clash between four wildly varying teams for the KO-D Tag Team Titles. Current champs HARASHIMA & HERO! have a tough time ahead as they have three pairs of wrestlers to take care of. HARASHIMA has quite a history with his alter ego. He originally debuted as HERO! in 2001 and dropped the gimmick in 2006. HERO! would sporadically appear on certain occassions but it was always HARASHIMA under the mask. That all changed in April when a 4 Way match featuring 5 wrestlers took place. HARASHIMA was left to fight off Antonio Honda, Michael Nakazawa & DJ Nira while Minoru Fujita was being kicked out of the arena for constantly showing up uninvited. When Fujita was finally gone, the match was abruptly cut short when HERO! suddenly appeared to rescue HARASHIMA from a 3-on-1 beatdown. HARASHIMA was confused to see his own alter ego in the flesh. DDT General Manager Tsurumi Amon stepped in to sort out the situation, only to mark out because HERO! is one of his favourite wrestlers. Amon’s solution was to have the two team up and go after the KO-D Tag Titles. The new team got along well but this version of HERO! was not quite right. Instead of fighting fair, HERO! began cheating to win matches.

Their first shot at the titles was against GENTARO & Yasu Urano. The GRANMA duo were the top team in DDT and were able to overcome their latest challenge but only when HARASHIMA caught his partner cheating and got him to stop right before Yasu rolled him over for a flash pin. During the next few months the belts changed hands from GENTARO & Urano to Munenori Sawa & Shigehiro Irie and then surprisingly to Kenny Omega & Michael Nakazawa. Omega and Nakazawa had become good friends during the year and the title win was a big achievement for both of them as a new team. However, the joy was short lived as HARASHIMA & HERO! won the Titles off them at a one match show a few days later.

Meanwhile as all of this was going on, Masa Takanashi made his return to wrestling after missing a year due to an injury to his right knee. Tsurumi Amon created a challenge for Takanashi and Nakazawa with the prize being a spot in the KO-D Tag Title Triple Threat match at Sumo Hall. When the match between the two ended in a draw, Amon decided to give both wrestlers the reward of choosing their own tag partners to compete in the title match. Nakazawa chose Kenny Omega while Takanashi surprised everyone by bringing in Big Japan powerhouse and former KO-D Openweight ChampionDaisuke Sekimoto! This match features the main event of last year’s show as HARASHIMA and Sekimoto will get the chance to face each other once again.

5. Summer Night Fever – 5 Vs 5 Elimination: Sanshiro Takagi, Hikaru Sato, Takao Soma, Kazuki Hirata & Akito Vs Yoshiaki Yago, Tomomitsu Matsunaga, Super Shit Machine, Kengo Ohka & Minoru Suzuki

The formation of a dark alliance leads to this 5 Vs 5 Elimination match. It all began with the creation of the Shit Heart ♥ Foundation in 2010. Hikaru Sato, Tomimitsu Matsunaga & Michael Nakazawa joined forces aiming to become the top heel group in DDT. That didn’t happen the way they expected it to. They were able to win the Sleazy Indy Trios Triple Crown and Sato did become the KO-D Champion during that time, but they weren’t that much of a dominating force. Fresh blood joined the group when Takao Soma turned heel shortly after winning the Young Drama Cup in November. Soma quickly took over the SHF and steered them towards more a heelish attitude. Sato wasn’t too happy with the SHF’s new direction and finally quit the group in disgust. Sato and Soma would then have a feud that lasted until February. The final match between them was a No DQ Hair Vs Hair match, which Soma won thanks to the appearance of the SHF’s newest member, the Super Shit Machine. Nakazawa would then be kicked out of the group, leaving Soma, Matsunaga & Machine as the only members. Soma would go on to more success by winning one of the “Anytime & Anywhere” contracts during the KO-D Title Challenge at DDT’s 14th Anniversary. However, his plan to have his title shot immediatly after Shuji Ishikawa’s win over GENTARO was not enough to steal the title. Matsunaga & Machine were pissed off at Soma failing when he had a golden opportunity to become champion, so they held a mutiny and got rid of their leader. With the Shit Heart ♥ Foundation down to just two members, they began looking elsewhere for allies.

Meanwhile over in Union, Sanshiro Takagi decided to switch brands and join DDT’s sub-promotion. His goal was to help Union in providing a more active schedule and also to use Union as the testing ground for his latest project. Taking inspiration from the AKB48 pop group, Takagi formed a super unit that combied stars from around the puro scene with his proteges and other underrated talent. The group was called the TKG48 and its 48 members included Genichiro Tenryu, Tsuyoshi Kikuchi, Atsushi Aoki, Munenori Sawa, Shigehiro Irie, TAKA Michinoku, Ryuji Ito and Yuzuki Aikawa. Things were looking good for Takagi as the TKG48 were winning its matches against the Union Sekigun. Then Yoshiaki Yago showed up to spoil the fun. Yago and Takagi have never really seen eye to eye with each other and Yago saw the TKG48 as a new reason to feud with Takagi again. Yago drafted in Madoka and Kengo Mashimo (known as Kengo Ohka in Union because he looks like Ken Ohka, if Ken was fit and talented) and the trio went to battle against both the TKG48 and the Union Sekigun. As this was going on Yago became smitten with Union boss Naomi Susan. He claimed that the unit were also Naomi’s bodyguards and would now be called the Susan Guard.

The SHF and the Susan Guard announced in June that they joined forces and would now be called the Susan Shit Heart Superstars. They would make their presence felt in by attacking their enemies Sanshiro Takagi, Hikaru Sato and Takao Soma throughout the 3rd July show in Shin-Kiba. Sato and Soma would finally put there differences aside when Sato was willing to forgive Soma for his actions while leading the SHF. The attack by The Superstars just gave them more reason to team up and go after a common enemy. Takagi would join them but would be without his TKG48 comrades. Instead Sato brought in two of DDT’s rookies, Kazuki Hirata and Akito to team with them. Sato’s self-imposed trial of wrestling at the bottom of the card after losing the KO-D Title led to him regularly teaming with and facing against Hirata and Akito. He would become impressed by their performances to the point where he would give them the chance of joining his squad for Sumo Hall.

So everything was ready for the Elimination match. That was until The Superstars had one last trick up their sleeve. Madoka would not be wrestling at the show, so they had to go looking for a replacement. They found just the guy, someone who doesn’t take crap from anyone and someone who Hikaru Sato knows real well… Minoru Suzuki!

6. IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Title: Kota Ibushi (c) Vs Prince Devitt

The “Golden Star” and “Independent Genius” is living through his best year to date as a pro wrestler. But the last 12 months have been a rollercoaster for Kota Ibushi. He had to miss the dream match against Naomichi Marufuji on last year’s show after dislocating his shoulder in the Best Of The Super Jr. final over at New Japan Pro Wrestling. The wrestler he lost the final to was none other than Irish Jr. Heavyweight sensation Prince Devitt. The two would cross paths several more times with the Golden Lovers of Ibushi & Kenny Omega feuding with the Apollo 55 duo of Devitt & Ryusuke Taguchi over the IWGP Jr. Tag Team Titles. The Golden Lovers won the belts and were even able to defend them twice in DDT before losing them back to Apollo 55. Ibushi would also challenge Devitt to an IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Title match at the annual Tokyo Dome in January but suffered defeat after an Avalanche Bloody Sunday. When Apollo 55 won back the IWGP Jr. Tag belts, that seemed to be the end of the rivalry for the time being. The rivaly returned several months later with the 2011 Best Of The Super Jr. tournament. Taguchi would beat Ibushi and Devitt would defeat Omega in their group matches. But in the grand final, Ibushi would finally win the tournament by defeating Taguchi in a highly emotional match. Feeling on top of the world, Ibushi wasted no time and got his IWGP Jr. Title match against Devitt just one week later. This time Ibushi would get the better of Devitt and claim his and arguably DDT’s biggest achievement to date.

Prince Devitt will get his rematch at Sumo Hall as Ibushi’s first challenger. Their previous bouts have been more like sprints than drawn-out ‘epic’ battles. Devitt knows that great matches don’t always have to be over 15 minutes long, but this is the match most fans are looking forward to on this show. Ibushi doesn’t have any horrible injuries to worry about and he would definitly want to make up for missing last year’s show. Plus he wouldn’t want to lose the title just after winning it. This match should be one to remember.

7. Special Singles Match: Danshoku Dino Vs Bob Sapp

The big match for the big show…for better or worse. The first major announcement for this year’s Sumo Hall show was the appearance of “The Beast” Bob Sapp. Hard times have fallen on the poor Sapp. His stardom in Japan has dwindled away and his pro fighting career has become such a dud that he regularly had to beg in the street of Tokyo, pleading that he would “fight for money”. While one person was there to help him, he soon became too busy slapping masked men disguised as charity events for Sapp to rely on. Luckily, he found a poster for this show and realised he could get another chance in the ring. So Sapp travelled over to DDT HQ to plead his case to Sanshiro Takagi & Ken Ohka. They were bewildered by Sapp’s sudden appearance but happy to offer him the chance to redeem himself. Then Ohka accidentaly dumped Sapp’s begging bucket over his head. Sapp became so angry that he threatened that he would destroy DDT on 24th July.

It would take quite a man to stand up to “The Beast”. In fact, it would take a man so manly beyond your wildest expectations to stand up and defend DDT against “The Beast”. Cue Danshoku Dino. After winning the opportunity to choose an opponent for Sumo Hall, Dino nominated to take on Sapp and defend DDT’s honour. Sapp wasn’t so convinced and set forth wave upon wave of Assassins for Dino to fight. If Dino could defeat them all, Sapp would treat him as worthy enough to fight. Onward came the Assassins: Jonathan Gresham, Ryan Genesis, Choun-Shiryu, Dragon Chan, Ryoma Lee, Gaylon Summers and Sexxxy Eddy. All eventually fell to Dino. But everytime Dino was about to learn some valuable information about Sapp from an Assassin, the Assassin would be shot in the neck with a poison dart by an unknown sniper. Dino and Sapp would finally meet when Dino wiped out the Assassins. Sapp still wouldn’t take Dino seriously, thinking that the gay man was only a weakling. It was only when Sapp got to see first hand what Dino’s strengths are that he began to show fear. So Sapp’s camp demanded that they decide what the rules of the match should be. A compromise was made, the match would become a 30 round match with the rules switching between “Bob Rules” and “Gay Rules” every round. “Bob Rules” would be similar to MMA with Dino’s more perverted moves being made illegal. “Gay Rules” would be just like normal pro wrestling just with said perverted moves being legal and even encouraged.

Everything is now set. The long awaited battle between Danshoku Dino and Bob Sapp will now begin… Unless Sapp pulls out because he is unhappy about how much he will be paid for showing up. But that’s not going to happen, right?

Right?

8. KO-D Openweight Title: Shuji Ishikawa (c) Vs KUDO

The main event for the coveted KO-D Openweight Title sees Shuji Ishikawa of Union taking on KUDO from DDT. Ishikawa has been the ace of the Union brand since 2007 and has been a 3 time KO-D Champion, the first of which was when he wrestled as the masked Hawaiian God Of War, Koo. Ishikawa and KUDO were the last two wrestlers in the KO-D Openweight Title Challenge Right Fight +alpha Anytime and Anywhere Battle Royal that took place in March. Ishikawa got the better of KUDO on that occassion and he went on the win the KO-D Title from Dick Togo two months later. He has so far been able to defeat GENTARO and Takao Soma in back-to-back title defences.

KUDO has wrestling in DDT since 2001 but he has never held the KO-D Title. He earned this valuable title shot by winning the KING Of DDT tournament that took place in May, defeating Yasu Urano, Hikaru Sato, Kenny Omega along the way and then beating HARASHIMA in the final. After that, the DDT roster gave him an initiation they gave HARASHIMA the year before. They all lined up and hit KUDO with one of their trademark moves, the idea being that they were all transferring their energy into him and he will represent the entire DDT promotion in the match. This time however, Ishikawa interfered and stopped the initiation, delivering a crushing Splash Mounatin to the challenger before telling everyone KUDO has no hope of winning the title back. Will KUDO be able to prove Ishikawa wrong and finally become the top star in DDT or will Ishikawa keep the title and continue Union’s dominance over DDT?


Dino Vs Sapp – The Rules, Nakazawa Wins Election

July 22, 2011

This is unexpected. DDT has announced the stipulations for Danshoku Dino Vs Bob Sapp on this Sunday’s Sumo Hall show. There was a dispute over what the rules for the match would be come the day of the show but a solution was created and both parties have agreed to it.

The match will consist of 30 rounds, all lasting three minutes each. There will be a minute long break seperating every round. The entire fight will alternate between “Bob Rules” and “Gay Rules”. Every odd numbered round will use “Bob Rules” and every even numbered round uses “Gay Rules”. Here are the descriptions for the two rule sets.

“Bob Rules”

The match can end in the following ways:

a. Pinfall.
b. Knockout via 10 second count.
c. When a fighter gives up or his corner throws in the towel.
d. If the referee has determined that a fighter can no longer compete or has lost the will to fight.
e. If a fighter suffers a terrible injury. However the referee or fight doctor has the right to determine whether or not the fighter can continue.

Instep kicks are prohibited. However, knee strikes are allowed on a crouching opponent. Strikes behind the neck, strikes aimed at the kidney, open hand chops and other striking attacks normally found in modern pro wresting are banned. Fighters will be given a warning for using illegal attacks. Fighters can be disqualified after one or two warnings.

Finally, any moves that create sexual excitement for the fighter on offense are banned. Such moves include, but are not limited to, touching your opponent’s crotch, rubbing against your opponent, caressing your own crotch and dry humping.

“Gay Rules”

Exactly the same as pro wrestling but attacks aimed towards the groin region are now legal.

Michael Nakazawa will be in a good mood today because he has been chosen to be part of the Sumo Hall Anal Blast opening ceremony for the third year in a row! He won the election by 15 votes in what was a tight race for the ‘prestigious’ role.

1. Michael Nakazawa (342 Votes)
2. Batten Tamagawa (327 Votes)
3. Tanomusaku Toba (324 Votes)
4. Mammoth Honda (61 Votes)
5. Big Morohashi (50 Votes)

Nakazawa has also been announced for the Kensuke Office Summer Festival taking place between 31st July to 4th August. Nakazawa will be taking part in the Summer Volcano Tag Tournament, forming an unlikely tag team with Jr. Heavyweight ace Katsuhiko Nakajima. Sanshiro Takagi will also show up on the final night of the festival.


First Year Completed

July 22, 2011

Today marks one year since this site was launched. I’m very happy with how it’s gone so far. Let’s continue with it, shall we? The DDT in Ryogoku preview will be posted later tonight.