Irie Makes Weight (Sort Of)

March 31, 2012

DDT “APRIL FOOL 2012”, 01/04/2012
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

0. Dark Match: Shota Vs Gota Ihashi
1. Tetsuya Endo Debut Match: Hiroshi Fukuda & Akito Vs Keisuke Ishii & Tetsuya Endo
2. Takao Soma & Genba Hirayanagi Vs Hikaru Sato & Michael Nakazawa
3. Nico Valentine Vs Antonio Honda
4. Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Contract Battle Royal: HARASHIMA Vs KUDO Vs Makoto Oishi Vs Masa Takanashi Vs Daisuke Sasaki Vs Keisuke Ishii Vs Yasu Urano Vs Yuji Hino Vs Keita Yano Vs Tomomitsu Matsunaga Vs Hoshitango Vs DJ Nira Vs Masao Inoue
*Five contracts are on the line.
5. AJPW Jr. Heavyweight Title: Kenny Omega (c) Vs Shigehiro Irie
6. KO-D Openweight Title: Danshoku Dino (c) Vs Sanshiro Takagi

DDT held a weigh in for Shigehiro Irie that would decide whether or not he would qualify for an AJPW Jr. Heavyweight Title shot against Kenny Omega on Sunday. The weigh in was open to the wrestling media to avoid any suspicious results. However, when it was time for Irie to step on the scales he weighed in at 107kg! He was weighed again and the result was the same. They weighed him one more time and this time he came in at 101kg. I don’t know how Irie suddenly dropped 6kg but he is now officially eligable for the title shot.

Irie said he was happy to finally qualify for the title shot. Omega said that he wants the match to show the future of DDT. He thinks Irie will become the ace of DDT in the future but he is not the ace right now. When a reporter asked Irie how he lost all of the weight, Irie said he didn’t eat any rice for weeks. When asked if he is worried about losing strength due to the weight loss, Irie simply said “I’m happy.” Kenny was then asked to compare Irie with his previous challenger Shuji Kondo. Kenny said they are completely different. He will fight fair with Irie because DDT is family.


School Entrance Ceremony, Iron Man Tag Match

March 31, 2012

UNION “SCHOOL ENTRANCE CEREMONY 2012”, 08/04/2012
Shin-Kiba 1st RING

0. Union League Experiment: Madoka Vs X
1. If Cherry Loses, Her Age Becomes Public – Continued: Cherry Vs GAMI
2. Kengo Ohka & Mio Shirai Vs Choun-Shiryu & Princess Makoto
3. El Hijo del Goro & Goro Jr. Vs New Sanshiro Takagi & Taichi Kazato
4. Hiroshi Fukuda Vs Rion Mizuki (w/ Rumi Kazama)
5. DDT Extreme Title Next Challenger Survival Match: Isami Kodaka Vs Shuji Ishikawa Vs Ken Ohka Vs Big Rude Vs Shigehiro Irie Vs Cao Zhang

Union has come up with a convoluted way to decide their first challenger for the new DDT Extreme Champion, Yuko Miyamoto. Six wrestlers will be randomly split into three teams. The three teams will then face each other in a 3 Way Tag Team match. The winning pair will then have to face each other to decide who will face Yuko Miyamoto for the title on 4th May.

Indie sleaze legend Goro Tsurumi will attend the show. He is also bringing two of his previously unknown sons to compete. Not much is known about them other than the countries they are from. El Hijo del Goro is from Mexico. Goro Jr. is Japanese but has spent the last few years living in Europe. An interesting note for those who don’t know, DDT General Manager Tsurumi Amon is Goro’s nephew. That explains Amon’s hairstyle and single fighting glove for anyone who wanted to know why he looked like that.

Disaster for Hiroshi Fukuda. First he gets dropped by his precious mentor Rumi Kazama for his lack of success in the ring. Now Rumi has sided with pretty boy Rion Mizuki for his upcoming rematch with Fukuda.

Match #2 will be Princess Makoto’s first match in Union as a wrestler. All of her previous appearances were as a valet to Choun-Shiryu & Cao Zhang.

UNION “SPRING UNION DRAGONS!”, 15/04/2012
Nagoya Telepia Hall

1. Hardcore Match: Isami Kodaka Vs Konaka = Pale One
2. Iron Man Tag Team Match: Shuji Ishikawa & Shigehiro Irie Vs Ken Ohka & Kengo Ohka

For the first time in its history, Union will be holding a 60 minute Iron Man Tag Team match. On one side you have BIG “G” BANG, a team that has been unstoppable since its formation. On the other side you have Team Ohka, who have only just recently began teaming together and even scored an upset victory in their first match as a duo. It was Ken Ohka’s idea to have the Iron Man match. Ishikawa doesn’t think it will be a close battle. In fact, Shuji thinks he and Shigehiro Irie can win the match 60-0. He then said they can get in contact with Guinness and set a world record for the highest score ever set in an Iron Man match.


Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Explained

March 30, 2012

DDT “APRIL FOOL 2012”, 01/04/2012
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

0. Dark Match: Shota Vs Gota Ihashi
1. Tetsuya Endo Debut Match: Hiroshi Fukuda & Akito Vs Keisuke Ishii & Tetsuya Endo
2. Takao Soma & Genba Hirayanagi Vs Hikaru Sato & Michael Nakazawa
3. Nico Valentine Vs Antonio Honda
4. Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Contract Battle Royal: HARASHIMA Vs KUDO Vs Makoto Oishi Vs Masa Takanashi Vs Daisuke Sasaki Vs Keisuke Ishii Vs Yasu Urano Vs Yuji Hino Vs Keita Yano Vs Tomomitsu Matsunaga Vs Hoshitango Vs DJ Nira Vs Masao Inoue
*Five contracts are on the line.
5. AJPW Jr. Heavyweight Title: Kenny Omega (c) Vs Shigehiro Irie
*Only on the condition that Irie weighs less than 105kg on the day of the match.
6. KO-D Openweight Title: Danshoku Dino (c) Vs Sanshiro Takagi

Tsurumi Amon today held a press conference to explain the rules for the Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Contract Battle Royal. There is also some new information on what prizes are on offer. The rules are as follows:

– It is a Royal Rumble match with the bonus of having five seperate envelopes hanging above the ring. Inside each envelope is a contract. The first competitor to grab hold of an envelope will win the prized contract kept inside. Nobody knows which envelope contains which contract.

– The winner of the Battle Royal itself will earn a KO-D Openweight Title shot to be held on May 4th in Korakuen Hall. When a competitor wins a contract he takes no further part in the match.

– Elimination occurs by pinfall, submission, disqualification and being thrown over the top rope and having both feet the floor outside.

– A competitor only gains possession of the contract when the taking of the envelope is approved and confirmed by Tsurumi Amon. The General Manager’s decision is final.

– There are four different prizes on offer with a total of five contracts on the line.

1. “Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere”: The contract holder gets to challenge for the KO-D Openweight Title at any DDT event at any time until the 15th Anniversary show in Budokan Hall on 18th August. Two of these contracts will be on the line.

2. “Right To Challenge Tag Anytime, Anywhere”: The contract holder and a partner of his choice gets to challenge for the KO-D Tag Team Title at any DDT show, at any time until the 15th Anniversary show in Budokan Hall on 18th August.

3. “Performance Rights Anytime, Anywhere”: The contract holder gets to set up his own DDT show at anytime in any location. Of course, the holder is obligated to pay a fee to DDT based on box office earnings. There is no deadline in place for when the contract expires.

4. “Ken Ohka Anytime, Anywhere”: The contract holder can choose to become the next Ken Ohka at anytime. Being Ken Ohka will involve the person becoming a shop manager for DDT and hanging out with female wrestlers while having ulterior motives.

As you can see, there are many prizes on offer. Tsurumi Amon explained that he wants to give the DDT roster as many chances as possible to get involved in the Budokan Hall show.


BJW/UNION “BIG JAPAN X UNION MAY OR MAY NOT BE AT WAR” Results

March 29, 2012

BJW/UNION “BIG JAPAN X UNION MAY OR MAY NOT BE AT WAR”, 29/03/2012
Shinjuku FACE
329 Fans – No Vacancy

1. Cherry & Great Kojika defeated Mio Shirai & Takumi Tsukamoto when Cherry pinned Shirai with the Cherryton Bomb (8:11).
2. Give Courage To Men Suffering From Battle: Jaki Numazawa defeated Big Rude by making him say “Propia” (5:55).
3. Sanshiro Takagi Battle Royal: Big Buddy Sanshiro Takagi (Yuji Okabayashi) defeated Sanshiro Takagi X (Batten Tamagawa) with the Golem Splash (9:16)
Other Participants: Sanshiro Takagi, New Sanshiro Takagi, Secret Sanshiro Takagi (Mototsugu Shimizu) and Love Sanshiro Takagi (Abdullah Kobayashi).
4. Daisuke Sekimoto defeated Hiroshi Fukuda with a Crab Hold (6:57).
5. Hardcore Tag Team Match: Ken Ohka & Kengo Ohka defeated Ryuji Ito & Kankuro Hoshino when Ken Ohka pinned Hoshino with the Spear Of The Flame onto a Ladder (12:22).
6. Shuji Ishikawa & Shigehiro Irie defeated Yoshihito Sasaki & Shinobu when Ishikawa pinned Shinobu with the Splash Mountain (12:17).
7. DDT Extreme Title – Fluorescent Lighttubes Death Match: Yuko Miyamoto defeated Isami Kodaka (c) with the Swivel Fire Thunder (15:12).
*Isami Kodaka fails in V2. Yuko Miyamoto becomes the 18th DDT Extreme Champion!

Union and Big Japan Wrestling may or may not be at war with each other but their relationship has gotten to the point where a DDT championship is now in the hands of Big Japan. Yuko Miyamoto defeated his long time friend Isami Kodaka to win the DDT Extreme Championship in the main event of Union and BJW’s cross-promoted show in Shinjuku FACE. Both men fought in a Fluorescent Lighttubes Death Match, the first time such a match took place in the building. There were no hard feelings after the match, after all Miyamoto & Kodaka currently hold the BJW Tag Team Championship together. In fact, after the match Miyamoto kept on saying how much fun he had at the show and he asked Naomi Susan if Union and Big Japan could hold more joint shows in the future. Susan spoke to Big Japan rep Eiji Tosaka after the show and admitted she was frustrated to see Union lose a championship to Big Japan. However, she also thought the joint show was an interesting experiment.

BIG “G” BANG built some momentum going into their seperate championship bouts next month by defeating a tag team that featured the winner of Big Japan’s recent Ikkitousen tournament. Shuji Ishikawa & Shigehiro Irie continued their winning ways with a victory over Yoshihito Sasaki & Shinobu, a team that lives by the tagline “Good Friends, Better Enemies.” The action did not stop at the end when the bell rang and a brawl broke out between the two sides.

Look at the result for Match #5. Yes, you read that right. Ken Ohka won a Hardcore match against Big Japan death match wrestlers! It all happened when Kankuro Hoshino placed Ohka on top of a ladder and climbed up top for the Diving Senton. Ohka rolled out of the way and after Hoshino landed on top of the ladder, Ohka hit his patented Spear Of The Flame to get the three count. Ken now thinks that he and Kengo Ohka make for a natural tag team together.

If you think that Sanshiro Takagi does not appear in Union enough then the Sanshiro Takagi Battle Royal is just the match for you! There were not enough Sanshiro Takagi taking part in the Sanshiro Takagi Battle Royal, so one more Sanshiro Takagi was added to the line up. Big Buddy Sanshiro Takagi (Yuji Okabayashi) was the last Takagi standing, defeating the original Sanshiro Takagi and four other dopplegangers. The Secret Sanshiro Takagi was Mototsugu Shimizu. The Secret in that name stood for Secret Base, Shimizu’s home promotion.

Big Rude and Jaki Numazawa fought each other in an I Quit Match with a difference. Rather than forcing the opponent to say “I quit”, the aim of the match was for each wrestler to force his opponent to say their own sponsor’s name. Both Big Rude and Numazawa are spokesmen for seperate products and have sponsorships from the companies when they wrestle. Big Rude is sponsored by Svenson, a company that specialises in hair restoration products. Numazawa meanwhile is sponsored by Propia, who make shampoo, make up and, I’m not making this up, fake facial hair. Numazawa won the match when he placed Rude in a Camel Clutch and forced him to shout “Propia!”

The official show report on DDT’s website says the Great Kojika and Cherry “graced the opening match in the wisdom of age”. I bet Cherry will be offended when she reads that line.


Tomorrow’s Big Japan X Union Card

March 28, 2012

BJW/UNION “BIG JAPAN X UNION MAY OR MAY NOT BE AT WAR”, 29/03/2012
Shinjuku FACE

1. Cherry & Great Kojika Vs Mio Shirai & Takumi Tsukamoto
2. Give Courage To Men Suffering From Battle: Big Rude Vs Jaki Numazawa
3. Sanshiro Takagi Battle Royal: New Sanshiro Takagi Vs Sanshiro Takagi X Vs Secret Sanshiro Takagi Vs Sanshiro Takagi Vs Love Sanshiro Takagi
4. Daisuke Sekimoto Vs Hiroshi Fukuda
5. Hardcore Tag Team Match: Ken Ohka & Kengo Ohka Vs Ryuji Ito & Kankuro Hoshino
6. Shuji Ishikawa & Shigehiro Irie Vs Yoshihito Sasaki & Shinobu
7. DDT Extreme Title – Fluorescent Lighttubes Death Match: Isami Kodaka (c) Vs Yuko Miyamoto


Takashi Dai Concussed, Crying Wolf Get KO-D Rematch

March 27, 2012

DDT “APRIL FOOL 2012”, 01/04/2012
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

0. Dark Match: Shota Vs Gota Ihashi
1. Tetsuya Endo Debut Match: Hiroshi Fukuda & Akito Vs Keisuke Ishii & Tetsuya Endo
2. Takao Soma & Genba Hirayanagi Vs Hikaru Sato & Michael Nakazawa
3. Nico Valentine Vs Antonio Honda
4. Anytime & Anywhere Contract Royal Rumble: HARASHIMA Vs KUDO Vs Makoto Oishi Vs Masa Takanashi Vs Daisuke Sasaki Vs Keisuke Ishii Vs Yasu Urano Vs Yuji Hino Vs Keita Yano Vs Tomomitsu Matsunaga Vs Hoshitango Vs DJ Nira Vs Masao Inoue
*Two Anytime & Anywhere Contracts are on the line.
5. AJPW Jr. Heavyweight Title: Kenny Omega (c) Vs Shigehiro Irie
*Only on the condition that Irie weighs less than 105kg on the day of the match.
6. KO-D Openweight Title: Danshoku Dino (c) Vs Sanshiro Takagi

Takashi Dai suffered a concussion during his debut match on 20th March. While he has recovered, DDT is playing it safe and pulling him from the Korakuen Hall show. The debuting Tetsuya Endo will now be teaming with Keisuke Ishii in the match opener. Ishii is now pulling double duty as he will participate in the Anytime & Anywhere Contract Royal Rumble later that night.

DDT “LUSHAN DRAGON RISING SUPREMECY”, 15/04/2012
Nagoya Telepia Hall

1. KO-D Tag Team Title: Sanshiro Takagi & Takao Soma (c) Vs Yasu Urano & Yuji Hino

Yasu Urano & Yuji Hino get their rematch with the team that beat them to win the KO-D Tag Team Championship just over two weeks ago. Kota Ibushi granted them the title shot while he was the interim General Manager.


Shuji Ishikawa Goes After Death Match Title

March 26, 2012

Union ace Shuji Ishikawa now has an important title match to look forward to, but this one is taking place outside of DDT and Union. The giant will be returning to Big Japan in May to face Abdullah Kobayashi for the BJW Death Match Championship in Yokohama. This will be the second time that Shuji challenges for the belt. He previously lost to Ryuji Ito in a Fluorescent Lighttubes, Glass Board & 49,205 Thumbtacks Death Match back in October 2010. However, Shuji defeated Abdullah Kobayashi one month earlier in the less impressive sounding 261 Fluorescent Lighttubes Death Match to earn that title shot. That match was the most recent singles bout between the two.