Current Cards For October

September 30, 2011

Asakusa ROX Supermulti Court

1. The Lightning Monster & Hiroshi Fukuda Vs Asakusa Kid & Shigehiro Irie
2. KUDO & Keisuke Ishii Vs HARASHIMA & Yasu Urano

This is a charity event taking place in an area affected by the earthquakes from earlier this year. The actual location for the free show is a football field. Instead of wrestling inside a ring, the matches will take place on a large mat instead. But knowing DDT, the action will surely spill out around the premises. The Lightning Monster and Asakusa Kid are two wrestlers from a micro indy promotion called Hana Wrestling.

DDT “NON-FIX 10.5”, 05/10/2011
Shin-Kiba 1st RING

1. Michael Nakazawa Vs DJ Nira, Masa Takanashi & Danshoku Dino (w/ Kota Ibushi)
2. Poison JULIE Sawada Vs Rion Mizuki
3. Yasu Urano & Antonio Honda Vs MIKAMI & Hoshitango
4. Keisuke Ishii & Shigehiro Irie Vs Daisuke Sasaki & Kazuki Hirata
5. Special Guest Referee: HARASHIMA Vs Darkside HERO! (Referee: Darkside HERO!)
6. KUDO & Makoto Oishi Vs Hikaru Sato & Takao Soma

Hikaru Sato is getting straight to work after winning the DDT48 General Election. He and KUDO face off in a Tag Team Main Event in the lead up to their KO-D Openweight Title match at the end of October. KUDO teams with his Homoiro Clover Z teammate Makoto Oishi in what will be Oishi’s first match as a full time DDT wrestler. Takao Soma will be at Sato’s side, the two earning each other’s respect over the last year.

Somehow HARASHIMA has gotten into a situation where his opponent will also the referee. Darkside HERO! has the advantage of bending the rules however it suits him. Will HERO! make an appearance so soon after losing to HARASHIMA?

Sapporo Teisen Hall

1. Poison JULIE Sawada & Antonio Honda Vs Yasu Urano & DJ Nira
2. Sanshiro Takagi & Hiroki Vs Michael Nakazawa & Chiharu
3. Hikaru Sato Vs Masa Takanashi
4. HARASHIMA & Daisuke Sasaki Vs Tomoya Adachi & Takao Soma
5. KUDO & MIKAMI Vs Sanshiro Takagi & Munenori Sawa
6. KO-D Tag Team Title Decision Match: Danshoku Dino & Makoto Oishi Vs Keisuke Ishii & Shigehiro Irie

Two matches have been changed due to Sato now becoming the No. 1 Contender. Sato was originally supposed to team with KUDO in the semi-main event. However, Sato has requested not to team with his future opponent on this show. So Sato will instead have a singles match with Masa Takanashi while MIKAMI will now team with KUDO to take on Sanshiro Takagi & Munenori Sawa.

DDT “DDT SPECIAL 2011”, 23/10/2011
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. Hardcore 4 Way: Isami Kodaka Vs Antonio Honda Vs Keisuke Ishii Vs Michael Nakazawa
2. HARASHIMA Vs Ken Ohka
3. Cherry Vs MIKAMI
4. Masa Takanashi Vs DJ Nira
5. Yasu Urano Vs Shuji Ishikawa
6. Danshoku Dino & Makoto Oishi Vs Sanshiro Takagi & Takao Soma
7. KO-D Openweight Title: KUDO (c) Vs Hikaru Sato


DDT48 Election 2011 Results

September 29, 2011

Shinjuku FACE
555 Fans

1. HARASHIMA, Masa Takanashi, Shota & Toru Sugiura defeated Big Morohashi, Hiro Tsumaki, Hiroshi Fukuda & Ryuichi Sekine when HARASHIMA pinned Tsumaki with the Somato (7:50).
2. Keisuke Ishii & Akito defeated Takao Soma & Kazuki Hirata when Ishii pinned Hirata with the Kneel Kick (7:19).

DDT48 Election 2011 Final Standings

1. Hikaru Sato (558 Votes)
2. Kota Ibushi (389 Votes)
3. Danshoku Dino (387 Votes)
4. Yasu Urano (380 Votes)
5. Masa Takanashi (363 Votes)
6. Makoto Oishi (356 Votes)
7. Cherry (335 Votes)
8. HARASHIMA (287 Votes)
9. MIKAMI (252 Votes)
10. Isami Kodaka (248 Votes)
11. Ken Ohka (247 Votes)
12. KUDO (228 Votes)
13. Sanshiro Takagi (197 Votes)
14. DJ Nira (195 Votes)
15. Antonio Honda (182 Votes)
16. Keisuke Ishii (179 Votes)
17. Shuji Ishikawa (176 Votes)
18. Takao Soma (174 Votes)

19. Michael Nakazawa (167 Votes)

20. Mr. #6 (161 Votes)
21. Kenny Omega (159 Votes)
22. Shigehiro Irie (140 Votes)
23. Kazuki Hirata (119 Votes)
24. Akito (107 Votes)
25. Daisuke Sasaki (99 Votes)

There was no doubt about it, Hikaru Sato is the winner of the DDT48 General Election 2011! A landslide victory means that Sato wins the grand prize of ¥1,000,000 and a KO-D Openweight Title shot against KUDO on 23rd October.

The majority of the line-up was in attendance for the results read out. Those absent due to other commitments were Kenny Omega, Tsuyoshi Kikuchi, Gorgeous Matsuno, Yoshiaki Yago, Kengo Ohka, Tanomusaku Toba and Mr. #6. The hosts for the night were DDT General Manager Tsurumi Amon, Haruo Murata from Dramatic Fantasia and Mita Sayako from Occupation Of The Indies (Carlos was too busy hibernating). They began to introduce the top 18 wrestlers, starting from number 17. Each finalist commented on their placing. Shuji Ishikawa wanted a match against Yasu Urano, Keisuke Ishii said he will do better next year, Antonio Honda thought he was going to win it all, DJ Nira never had a speech prepared, Sanshiro Takagi was impressed with how creative the wrestlers were with their promotional campaigns this year, KUDO wasn’t too upset that the KO-D Champion could only finish 12th, Ken Ohka was very happy to finish 11th, Isami Kodaka was looking forward to competing at the show, MIKAMI thought finishing 10th was less embarrassing than finishing 11th or higher, HARASHIMA was frustrated that he didn’t win and Cherry was greatful for the fans that voted for her.

Makoto Oishi began crying with happiness when it was announced he finished in 6th place. Filled with emotion, Oishi asked Takagi if he could become a full time DDT wrestler. Takagi thought about it and said “Sure. Today, Makoto Oishi is a member of DDT!”

With the top 5 yet to be announced, the hosts turned their attention to the bottom of the table. Only the top 18 could compete at the October Korakuen Hall event, and they had not mentioned who lucky #18 was. After revealing some of the wrestlers who failed to qualify, it was finally revealed that Takao Soma took the 18th and final spot. Takao simply smiled and said “Thank you” before sitting back down.

And so came the top 5. Masa Takanshi thanked Emi Sakura and Yamada Man Pondo for helping him throughout the election, Yasu Urano wanted to accept Shuji’s challenge from earlier, although it has not yet been confirmed, Danshoku Dino said he was looking forward to the future, Kota Ibushi was disappointed he missed out in first place and Hikaru Sato talked about how much he has achieved in his career over the last two years. KUDO and Sato then had a staredown to hype up the main event.

Tsurumi Amon then announced his next big project. A 16-Man Rock, Paper, Scissors tournament will also take place at the 23rd October show. The winner of that tournament will take on the winner of KUDO Vs Sato in a KO-D Title match on 6th November in Osaka.

DDT At Tokyo Gurentai Show

September 28, 2011

Tokyo Gurentai “TOKYO LOVEII ~ANOTHER CHANCE~”, 28/09/2011
Shinjuku FACE
390 Fans

3. X-LAW International Title: El Samurai (c) defeated Hikaru Sato with the Chickenwing Armlock (6:37).
*V1 for El Samurai.
5. Bird Rebirth ~ KO-D Great Adventure: KUDO defeated Chicken Boy with the Diving Double Knee Drop (7:26).
7. Tokyo World Heavyweight Title: Sanshiro Takagi defeated NOSAWA Rongai (c) with the Sit Down Himawari Bomb (18:09).
*NOSAWA fails in V1. Sanshiro Takagi becomes the 2nd Tokyo World Heavyweight Champion!

Right, let’s see if I can do this without resorting to any taxi related jokes…

After his little incident in February, NOSAWA Rongai was forced to take an absence from wrestling. He returned in June for Minoru Suzuki’s charity event and since then has been slowly trying to get back in everyone’s good graces. Today saw NOSAWA get back in the driver’s seat (damn it!) and gather together his Tokyo Gurentai chums to promote their next show. DDT and Union had some involvement at the event. Hikaru Sato lost to El Samurai in a match for the X-LAW International Title, a Mexican belt previously held by NOSAWA back in 2010. KUDO dispatched of the Chicken Boy faster than the cab ride that brought him to the arena (sorry). Finally, Sanshiro Takagi defeated NOSAWA himself in the main event for the Tokyo World Heavyweight Title in what was said to be a fare fight (sorry again). After the match, Takagi brought back memories of NOSAWA first working for DDT 14 years ago, only to get interrupted by KIKUZAWA who wanted a shot at the belt.

Kenny Gets AJPW Jr. Title Shot, KO-D Tag Title Match In Sapporo

September 27, 2011

Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan

AJPW World Jr. Heavyweight Title: KAI (c) Vs Kenny Omega

Just like in the Best Of The Super Jr. tournament back in June, Kenny Omega came so close to winning the 2011 AJPW Jr. Heavyweight League. Omega finished second place in Block A behind the AJPW Jr. Heavyweight Champion and eventual tournament winner, KAI. Omega defeated KAI, BUSHI and BLACK BUSHI but what cost him were losses to Kaz Hayashi and MINORU. Hikaru Sato was also in the tournament but could only finish fifth in Block B, beating Jimmy Yang and MAZADA but losing to Hiroshi Yamato, Koji Kanemoto and Shuji Kondo.

Luckily for Omega, he was the only person in the tournament to beat KAI and for that he has been granted a title shot. He will face KAI for the belt at Sumo Hall on 23rd October.

Sapporo Teisen Hall

1. Poison JULIE Sawada & Antonio Honda Vs Yasu Urano & DJ Nira
2. Sanshiro Takagi & Hiroki Vs Michael Nakazawa & Chiharu
3. MIKAMI Vs Masa Takanashi
4. HARASHIMA & Daisuke Sasaki Vs Tomoya Adachi & Takao Soma
5. KUDO & Hikaru Sato Vs Sanshiro Takagi & Munenori Sawa
6. KO-D Tag Team Title Decision Match: Danshoku Dino & Makoto Oishi Vs Keisuke Ishii & Shigehiro Irie

The vacant KO-D Tag Team Titles will be on the line in the main event. Tsurumi Amon thinks the rivalry between Shigehiro Irie and Keisuke Ishii will translate into one well-oiled machine of a tag team. Irie briefly held the KO-D Tag belts with Munenori Sawa back in June while Ishii is coming off of a failed KO-D Openweight Title challenge.

Speaking of Munenori Sawa, this will be one of his last shows in DDT before his retirement. Best to enjoy his team with Sanshiro Takagi while we still can. Meanwhile Takagi will be working double duty by wrestling in the semi-main as well as what I think is a mixed tag match.

DDT “NON-FIX 11.13”, 13/11/2011
Shin-Kiba 1st RING

Hard Hit “ATLANTIS”, 13/11/2011
Shin-Kiba 1st RING

Shin-Kiba 1st RING

A Shin-Kiba 1st RING tripleshot is set for 13th November. DDT will hold a show, Hard Hit returns for its first event since April 2010 and Cherry will get to produce her fifth Fantasy Illusion.


September 26, 2011

Yamanashi Natureland Om
124 Fans

1. Kazuki Hirata defeated Hiroshi Fukuda with the Super Sliding Kick (5:49).
2. 4 Way: HARASHIMA & KUDO defeated Sanshiro Takagi & Munenori Sawa, Hikaru Sato & Michael Nakazawa and Isami Kodaka & Ken Ohka when KUDO pinned Nakazawa with the Diving Double Knee Drop from a tree (57:36).

Full report to come soon for the yearly DDT trip to the campsite. Kota Ibushi played a big part in the match, being introduced as the Vice President of DDT Campsite Pro Wrestling. He also attacked everyone with fireworks. Survival Tobita also showed up looking for an excuse to play with fire.


September 25, 2011

Tokyo Korakuen Hall
1,623 Fans

1. Hiro Tsumaki defeated Kazuki Hirata with the Savate Kick (5:45).
2. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title: Gorgeous Matsuno (c) Vs YOSHIHIKO ended in a Double Countout (5:45).
3. 3 Way: Madoka & Hiro Tonai defeated Akito & Toru Sugiura and Ryuichi Sekine & Daisuke Sasaki when Madoka pinned Sugiura with the Ranhei (5:27).
4. Michael Nakazawa & Tomomitsu Matsunaga defeated Cherry & Batten Tamagawa when Nakazawa pinned Tamagawa with the Combine (6:37).
5. Yasu Urano defeated Isami Kodaka with the Tombstone Piledriver (9:30).
6. DDT Group #1 Weird Faction Decision Rumble: Mr. #6 defeated Big Morohashi by Ring Out (9:47).
Order Of Elimination: Poison JULIE Sawada, DJ Nira, Mitsuhiro Yoshida, Shota, Hoshitango, Tanomusaku Toba, Rion Mizuki, HERO!, BENTEN, Big Morohashi.
7. Masa Takanashi defeated Takao Soma with an Inside Cradle (5:14).
8. Tsuyoshi Kikuchi defeated Antonio Honda with a Samson Clutch (6:48).
9. Danshoku Dino & Makoto Oishi defeated El Generico & Hiroshi Fukuda when Dino pinned Fukuda with a Cradle Cutback (9:33).
10. Keisuke Ishii Vs Shigehiro Irie ended in a Time Limit Draw (10:00).
11. DDT Vs Union: Shuji Ishikawa, Sanshiro Takagi & Kengo Ohka defeated KUDO, HARASHIMA & MIKAMI when Ishikawa pinned MIKAMI with the Splash Mountain (18:09).

Union scores one over DDT in the main event. Shuji Ishikawa, Sanshiro Takagi & Kengo Ohka were able to put their differences aside to defeat the Caps Lock team of KUDO, HARASHIMA & MIKAMI.

Tsurumi Amon has been very impressed with the growth of Keisuke Ishii and Shigehiro Irie over the last year. Their time limit draw on this show was enough to give Amon an idea. Ishii and Irie will team together in Sapporo on 10th October to face Danshoku Dino & Makoto Oishi in a match for the vacant KO-D Tag Team Championships.

A Shin-Kiba 1st RING tripleshot was announced for 13th November. DDT, Hard Hit and Fantasy Illusion (a joshi event produced by Cherry) are the brands that will each host a show.

The latest DDT48 General Election 2011 standings were announced. Live voting at the shows have now ended but there are a few days left for fans to post in their votes.

1. Hikaru Sato (318 Votes)
2. Kota Ibushi (221 Votes)
3. Cherry (219 Votes)
4. Danshoku Dino (194 Votes)
5. Masa Takanashi (173 Votes)
6. HARASHIMA (159 Votes)
7. Yasu Urano (156 Votes)
8. Makoto Oishi (153 Votes)
9. Ken Ohka (144 Votes)
10. MIKAMI (131 Votes)
11. Isami Kodaka (122 Votes)
12. KUDO (120 Votes)
13. Antonio Honda (114 Votes)
14. Takao Soma (110 Votes)
15. Sanshiro Takagi (105 Votes)
16. Keisuke Ishii (92 Votes)
17. Shigehiro Irie (86 Votes)
18. Kenny Omega (77 Votes)
– Shuji Ishikawa (77 Votes)
20. Mr. #6 (72 Votes)
21. DJ Nira (69 Votes)

It’s safe to say Hikaru Sato has won. The more interesting story will be who brings up the rear at #18 and possibly #19 depending on Kota Ibushi’s health come October. Kenny Omega and Shuji Ishikawa are tied 18th and are only a few votes ahead of Mr. #6 and DJ Nira, of all people. The extra votes that come in over the next week will be vital for those competitors.

DDT48 Finale Card

September 24, 2011

Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. DDT No. 1 Strange Rumble: Poison JULIE Sawada Vs Hoshitango Vs HERO! Vs DJ Nira Vs Mr. #6 Vs BENTEN Vs Mitsuhiro Yoshida Vs Rion Mizuki Vs Tanomusaku Toba Vs Big Morohashi Vs Shota
2. Antonio Honda Vs Tsuyoshi Kikuchi
3. Michael Nakazawa & Tomomitsu Matsunaga Vs Cherry & Batten Tamagawa
4. 3 Way: Akito & Toru Sugiura Vs Madoka & Hiro Tonai Vs Ryuichi Sekine & Daisuke Sasaki
5. Takao Soma Vs Masa Takanashi
6. Gorgeous Matsuno Vs YOSHIHIKO
7. Kazuki Hirata Vs Hiro Tsumaki
8. Isami Kodaka Vs Yasu Urano
9. Keisuke Ishii Vs Shigehiro Irie
10. Danshoku Dino & Makoto Oishi Vs El Generico & Hiroshi Fukuda
11. DDT Vs Union: KUDO, HARASHIMA & MIKAMI Vs Shuji Ishikawa, Sanshiro Takagi & Kengo Ohka

This event is the final day of voting in the DDT48 General Election 2011. This show is designed to give the contestants one last chance to win over the fans and hopefully get their votes. Every match except the main event will have a 10 minute time limit. A few names are missing from the card. Kota Ibushi is currently injured but still eligable for votes while Hikaru Sato and Kenny Omega will be busy wrestling in the final night of the AJPW Jr. Heavyweight League. I’m not sure where Ken Ohka, Yoshiaki Yago and Chou-un Shiryu will be on the night. I might have accidentaly left them out of the Battle Royal. But we do get El Generico taking part in the semi-main event.

Looking at the most recent standings, Hikaru Sato is in a comfortable lead with Kota Ibushu, Danshoku Dino and HARASHIMA trailing him by some distance. The real drama will be the fight for 18th place, as that is the cutoff for who will get to wrestle at Korakuen Hall on 23rd October. If Ibushi does not recover in time, then whoever finished in 19th place will also qualify to make up for Ibushi’s in-ring absence. The results of the election will be announced on the 29th September over at Shinjuku FACE.

Shinjuku FACE