Ganbare Goodness, Yokohama Twilight, Meet Ibushi’s Friend

February 28, 2013

Nanhai Ichigaya Memorial Clinic

1. Yumehito Imanari Vs Osamu Namiguchi
2. Ken Ohka Vs Brian Cannon

Behold… another Goddamn DDT spin off! Ganbare☆Wrestling is the creation of Ken Ohka, the eternal Union young lion. After forcing himself out of his longtime home for suffering defeat in a Loser Leaves Town match, Ohka eventually found money to start his own wrestling company. He promoted Ganbare’s debut pre-event at the Shin-Kiba 1st RING parking lot today but was interrupted by Brian Cannon, formerly known as Dingo from Osaka Pro. Cannon confronted Ohka and told him he disgraced his hero Jushin Liger at Korakuen Hall years ago (they had a match once, it’s wasn’t great). Cannon took out a mannequin head wearing a Liger mask and attacked a photographer with it before getting into a scuffle with Ohka. Cannon demanded a match for the Ganbare show and told Ohka he wouldn’t get away with disgracing his hero.

Another match signed is part time wrestler and Golden Rendezvouz managar Yumehito Imanari versus Osamu Namiguchi, a failed trainee from Zero1.

Ohka has also gotten Batten Tamagawa involved with Ganpuro. Tamagawa will use the name Ganbare Tamagawa whenever he wrestles for Ohka’s brand.

DDT “YOKOHAMA TWILIGHT 2013”, 10/03/2013
Yokohama Radiant Hall

1. Antonio Honda, Daisuke Sasaki & Hoshitango Vs MIKAMI, Makoto Oishi & X
2. Hikaru Sato & Tomomitsu Matsunaga Vs Yukio Sakaguchi & Akito
3. Yuji Hino Vs Tetsuya Endo
4. Michael Nakazawa Soaring Stock Market Research: Danshoku Dino & Michael Nakazawa Vs Toru Owashi & DJ Nira
5. Teach Me What I Am Missing: Sanshiro Takagi Vs Keisuke Ishii
6. Masa Takanashi Vs Konosuke Takeshita
7. 3 Way Tag Team Match: Shigehiro Irie & Takao Soma Vs Yasu Urano & KUDO Vs Kota Ibushi & Gota Ihashi

Will Keisuke Ishii ever find that missing element to improve himself? Sanshiro Takagi is the one who is constantly telling him who to look for. Maybe Ishii can beat the answer out of Takagi himself.

DDT “JUDGEMENT 2013”, 20/03/2013
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

0. Dark Match: Daichi Kazato & Gorgeous Matsuno Vs Gota Ihashi & Tetsuya Endo
1. Kazuki Hirata Comeback Match: KUDO Vs Kazuki Hirata
2. Kizaemon Saiga Wrestling Debut: Kota Ibushi & Kizaemon Saiga Vs Yasu Urano & FUMA
3. High School Career Will Challenge The Legend!: Tatsumi Fujinami Vs Konosuke Takeshita
4. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles: Antonio Honda, Daisuke Sasaki & Yuji Hino (c) Vs Danshoku Dino, Makoto Oishi & Gabaiji-chan
5. Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Contract Battle Royal: Sanshiro Takagi Vs MIKAMI Vs Masa Takanashi Vs Michael Nakazawa Vs Tomomitsu Matsunaga Vs Keisuke Ishii Vs Takao Soma Vs Toru Owashi Vs Hikaru Sato Vs Yukio Sakaguchi Vs Akito Vs DJ Nira Vs Hiroshi Fukuda
6. KO-D Openweight Title: Kenny Omega (c) Vs Shigehiro Irie

Kickboxer Kizaemon Saiga is 24 years old and was born in Osaka. He is 168cm high, weighs 68kg and is affiliated with the MAD MAX GYM. Claims to have competed in 400 karate bouts and won 350 of them. Previously fought in K-1, Krush and most recently competed at a shoot boxing tournament held in Korakuen Hall on 22nd February. Saiga is friends with Kota Ibushi and was invited to wrestle a match in DDT by Kota.



February 28, 2013


Shin-Kiba 1st RING
266 Fans – Super No Vacancy

KO-D Openweight Title – Last Man Standing Falls Count Anywhere Match: Kenny Omega (c) defeated Michael Nakazawa with the One-Winged Angel (35:59).
*V3 for Kenny Omega.

Michael Nakazawa was in serious mode when he took on Kenny Omega for the KO-D Championship at today’s special one match show in Shin-Kiba 1st RING. Stakes were raised when Kenny added a Falls Count Anywhere rule to the Last Man Standing stipulation. Kenny wanted to make sure his friend was going to take this match seriously. He asked Michael if he wanted to wear his nurse’s outfit with the leather whip included. Michael refused. Kenny then offered Michael a bottle of lotion but that was also rejected. Kenny then took a swig of the bottle and sprayed Michael in the face with a mist of lotion. Michael attacked Kenny out of anger and the match began.

Throughout the 35 minute war, Kenny pinned Nakazawa with the Reverse Frankensteiner, the Croyt’s Wrath and a Doctor Bomb. Nakazawa was able to pin the champion after a Spear through the ropes, crashing into a table set up at ringside. He also got a pinfall after a few chairshots over the head, which Nakazawa apologised for as he struck Kenny over the head with them. However, the end finally came when Omega pinned Nakazawa with the One-Winged Angel followed by the complete 10 count from the referee. Shigehiro Irie came out to confront the champion he will face at Korakuen Hall on 20th March but the two settled their brief meeting with a handshake.

Kenny told the audience to all stand up and cheer for Michael. He was super happy to defend the title against his friend in an amazing match. Michael thanked Kenny and the fans, said today was painful but he did his best. They both hugged and Kenny left with his final words “This is really Michael Nakazawa. This is real DDT Pro Wrestling.”

Some announcements were made be Tsurumi Amon at the beginning of the show. Yuji Hino will face Tetsuya Endo at the 10th March show in Yokohama. The Monster Army will defend the KO-D 6-Man Tag Titles against Danshoku Dino, Makoto Oishi & Gabaiji-chan on the 20th March show.

Teenage rookie sensation Konosuke Takeshita will be returning to high school in April to continue his senior year and will not be able to continue wrestling for the time being. He will appear on every DDT show in March for his last couple of matches for now. His two scheduled matches so far are against Masa Takanashi on 10/3 and Tatsumi Fujinami on 20/3.

A good friend of Kota Ibushi will make his pro wrestling debut on 20/3. Kizaemon Saiga is a pro kickboxer who has competed in K-1 and Krush. He became friends with Ibushi when they both modelled for a manga series called Karate Shoukoushi Kohinata Minoru back in 2009. Saiga’s will be tagging with Ibushi for his debut to take on Yasu Urano and FUMA.

Last Man Standing, Nazo Fukumen, Masayuki Car Accident, Tokyo Women’s Wrestling 2nd Preview

February 25, 2013

Shin-Kiba 1st RING

KO-D Openweight Title – Last Man Standing Match: Kenny Omega (c) Vs Michael Nakazawa

The friendship between Kenny Omega and Michael Nakazawa has turned sour over the KO-D Championship. Omega offered Nakazawa the title shot in the hopes to show the world that his buddy can be a serious wrestler. Nakazawa accepted but kept to his sleazy ways, low blowing Kenny and embarrassing him at Korakuen Hall. Then yesterday at Shin-Kiba 1st RING, Nakazawa went through a gauntlet of 7 wrestlers to prepare himself. He lost to every single one of them. Then Kenny low blowed him partly for payback but also to try and convince Nakazawa to take their title match seriously. He’ll have to because this one match show on Thursday will be fought under Last Man Standing rules. DDT will be using the rule where you have to pin your opponent for the three count before the referee can begin counting to ten.

UNION “MARCH OF THE UNION 2013”, 10/03/2013
Yokohama Radiant Hall

1. Hiroshi Fukuda & Jun Kasai Vs Nazo Fukumen A & Nazo Fukumen B

Two mysteriously masked people have invaded Union. The anonymous man and woman are both being referred to as Nazo Fukumen. They kidnapped Jun Kasai and held him hostage at the end of “GOOD FORTUNE DEMONS 2013”. Their demand was to get booked in Union. Naomi Susan apparently recognises who they are and gave in to their demands without any resistance. The Nazo Fukumen are going to face Kasai and Hiroshi Fukuda in a tag team match.

Kengo Ohka, Madoka, Kaori Yoneyama & Gabaiji-chan will also appear on the show. Yoneyama is currently busy designing the brand new championship to be introduced into Union soon. Mitomi Masayuki was supposed to make his Union debut but that has been put off after he fractured his left ankle in a car accident. He will be out of action for at least the entire month of March.

DDT “JUDGEMENT 2013”, 20/03/2013
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Contract Battle Royal:
2. KO-D Openweight Title: Kenny Omega (c) Vs Shigehiro Irie

Shigehiro Irie won the tournament yesterday to earn this title shot. While a possible rematch with Kenny Omega looks likely, the wrestling world can take a strange twist and have Michael Nakazawa win the KO-D Title and defend it against Irie instead.

Shibuya Deseo

Miyu Yamashita, KANNA & Chikage Kiba return for their second Tokyo Women’s Wrestling preview event.


February 24, 2013


HARD HIT “YOUTH”, 24/02/2013
Shin-Kiba 1st RING
439 Fans – Super No Vacancy Full House

1. Yasu Kubota (1D/0E0/P) defeated FUMA (0D/1E/0P) with a Cross Kneebar (1:43).
2. Hidetaka Monma (1D/0E/0P) defeated Kotaro Nasu (0D/2E/0P) with a Triangle Choke (4:44).
3. ISAO (0D/1E/0P) defeated Kyosuke Sasaki (1D/1E/0P) on points (10:00).
4. Kamen Shooter Super Rider (0D/1E/0P) defeated NOSAWA Rongai (2D/0E/0P) with an Octopus Hold (2:16).
5. Asaki Honda Retirement Match: Yukio Sakaguchi (0D/1E/0P) Vs Asaki Honda (0D/1E/0P) ended in a draw on points (10:00).
5a. Yukio Sakaguchi defeated Asaki Honda by Knockout with a Flying Knee (1:02).
6. Masayuki Kono (0D/0E/0P) defeated Hayato Mashita (0D/2E/0P) with a Cross Armlock (2:55).
7. Hikaru Sato (0D/0E/0P) defeated Yuji Sakuragi (0D/0E/0P) by Disqualification after an illegal closed strike to the face (0:38).

Hiromitsu Kanehara appeared to announce his retirement match at “U-SPIRITS Again” in Korakuen Hall on 9th March. The UWF Theme played during his entrance. He came to the show today and saw how UWF had evolved and wished both Hikaru Sato and Yuji Sakuragi to do their best in the main event.

Unfortunately the main event suffered a premature end before it ever got the chance to get going. When Sato dove in to grab Sakuragi’s leg, he took a punch to the face that fractured his nose. Even though the punch was unintentional, the referee called a foul on Sakuragi for the use of a closed fist and disqualified him. Sakuragi apologised to both Sato and the fans in attendance for the disappointing end to the match. Sato thanked the fighters who debuted as well as those who ended their Hard Hit careers today. He also apologised to the fans.

Masayuki Kono’s first trip to Hard Hit was quick and easy. The All Japan wrestler was dominant over Hayato Mashita and got the submission win in just under three minutes.

Yukio Sakaguchi was the final opponent for Asaki Honda since he was retiring on this show. When the fight ended in a draw, Honda told Sato that it was not a convincing result for someone who is about to retire. The fight was restarted per Honda’s request, this time with no time limit so a definitive winner would be decided. It only took a minute for Sakaguchi to knockout Honda with a Flying Knee. During the retirement ceremony, Honda gave Sakaguchi his T-shirt while Sakaguchi gave Honda his dojo towel.

Kamen Shooter Super Rider told NOSAWA Rongai they have been around since the beginning of DDT (Rider is Koichiro Kimura, aka Super Uchu Rider who was part of the DDT roster up until 2006). Rider would like to face NOSAWA again in a more orthodox wrestling match over in Real Japan Pro Wrestling.


February 24, 2013

Shin-Kiba 1st RING
359 Fans – Super No Vacancy

1. Yuji Hino, Daisuke Sasaki & Hoshitango defeated Yukio Sakaguchi, Akito & Tetsuya Endo when Sasaki pinned Endo with an Inside Cradle (11:35).
2. KO-D Openweight Title Challenger Tournament – Semi Final: Makoto Oishi defeated KUDO with a Kneebar (13:23).
3. KO-D Openweight Title Challenger Tournament – Semi Final: Shigehiro Irie defeated Yasu Urano with a Lariat (11:40).
4. NAKAZAWA 7 Match: MIKAMI, Danshoku Dino, Masa Takanashi, Takao Soma, DJ Nira & Hikaru Sato defeated Michael Nakazawa.
4a. MIKAMI defeated Michael Nakazawa with the Swanton Bom (1:32).
4b. Masa Takanashi defeated Michael Nakazawa after the Danshoku Driver from Danshoku Dino (2:24).
4c. Danshoku Dino defeated Michael Nakazawa with an Armlock (2:38).
4d. DJ Nira defeated Michael Nakazawa with a Low Altitude Huracanrana (4:27).
4e. Takao Soma defeated Michael Nakazawa with the Boma Ye (5:51).
4f. Hikaru Sato defeated Michael Nakazawa by Referee Stoppage with an Ankle Hold (10:45).
5. Kota Ibushi & Gota Ihashi defeated Sanshiro Takagi & Toru Owashi when Ihashi pinned Takagi with an Inside Cradle (11:35).
6. Teach Me What I Am Missing: Tomoaki Honma defeated Keisuke Ishii with the Kokeshi (12:53).
7. DDT Extreme Title – Fan’s Choice: Kenny Omega (c) Vs Seiya Morohashi
7a. Bodybuilding Match: Kenny Omega defeated Seiya Morohashi by Audience Decision.
7b. One Count Match: Seiya Morohashi defeated Kenny Omega with a Cradle Cutback (5:41).
7c. ABC Match: Kenny Omega defeated Seiya Morohashi with the Croyt’s Wrath (10:45).
*V1 for Kenny Omega.
8. KO-D Openweight Title Challenger Tournament – Final: Shigehiro Irie defeated Makoto Oishi with the Vertical Drop Back Flip (13:19).

As the winner of the MAGP Award tournament, Shigehiro Irie was given the grand prize of a KO-D Openweight Title shot on 20/3 and also 2000 yen. Irie correctly identified the cash prize in English this time. But he already knew how to say “two thousand,” so it’s hard to tell if his English is improving.

The DDT Extreme Title match was fought as a Best 2-out-of-3 match with each fall having a different stipulation chosen by a fan vote leading up to the show. The first round was a bodybuilding contest which Kenny won by audience vote. The second round was a match was a One Count match where you only have to pin your opponent for one second. Morohashi won by countering a Cradle from Omega. The final fall was an ABC Match where you can only win with a move beginning with the letter A, B or C. Omega won with the Croyt’s Wrath.

Michael Nakazawa approached Kenny after the match offering an apology for the sneak attack on him last week. This is despite the fact that Nakazawa did the same thing to Hikaru Sato after the NAKAZAWA 7 match earlier in the show. Kenny responded by kicking Nakazawa between the legs and yelled “Show me your guts! Show me your spirit!”

After defeating Keisuke IshiiTomoaki Honma said he will tell Ishii what he was missing. But disaster struck when and invisible blow dart shot into his neck and made him faint. Ishii had enough with the constant teasing and challenged Sanshiro Takagi to a match at Yokohama on 10th March.

Michael Nakazawa created the NAKAZAWA 7 match to help prepare for his upcoming KO-D Title shot in four days time. It was pretty much a 6-on-1 Handicap match where a wrestler exits the match after beating Nakazawa. It ended with Hikaru Sato placing Nakazawa in an Ankle Hold but Nakazawa refused to submit. He tried to withstand the pain for as long as he could but Tetsuya Endo threw in a t-shirt to forfeit the match for Nakazawa’s safety. Sato told Nakazawa he was rooting for him against Kenny Omega and Nakazawa’s response, as mentioned above, was to kick Sato in the groin. Nakazawa then yelled he will always be standing and will continue to stand. If I understood him correctly, Nakazawa could be facing Omega in a Last Man Standing match for the KO-D Title.

The Monster Army declared the ring as their battlefield after winning the opening match.

HARASHIMA appeared and apologised to the fans for pulling out of the show due to a mandible fracture.

Sanshiro Takagi & Toru Owashi compared their rivalry to the likes of Stan Hansen & Bruiser Brody or Genichiro Tenryu & Jumbo Tsuruta.

The second Tokyo Women’s Wrestling preview event will take place on 25th March.

Ken Ohka held a press conference inside the building to announce his brand new promotion Ganbare☆Wrestling. Out of the 15,000 yen Ohka stole from Tsurumi Amon found, he still has 10,005 yen to spend. He is planning to hold Ganbare’s first event in Nankai on 6th March.


February 21, 2013

Fukuoka Make Utopia

1. Daisuke Sasaki Vs Tetsuya Endo
2. Masa Takanashi Vs DJ Nira
3. Danshoku Dino & Makoto Oishi Vs MIKAMI & Rion Mizuki
4. Shigehiro Irie Vs Batten Tamagawa
5. Sanshiro Takagi & Toru Owashi Vs Yuto Aijima & Azul Dragon
6. KUDO & Yasu Urano Vs Keisuke Ishii & Takao Soma
7. Kota Ibushi & Gota Ihashi Vs Antonio Honda & Yuji Hino

KUDO and Keisuke Ishii step into the ring for the first time since KUDO was sidelined with the injury caused by Ishii.


February 19, 2013

Shin-Kiba 1st RING

1. NAKAZAWA 7 Match: Michael Nakazawa Vs MIKAMI Vs Danshoku Dino Vs Masa Takanashi Vs Takao Soma Vs DJ Nira Vs Hikaru Sato
2. Yuji Hino, Daisuke Sasaki & Hoshitango Vs Yukio Sakaguchi, Akito & Tetsuya Endo
3. Kota Ibushi & Gota Ihashi Vs Sanshiro Takagi & Toru Owashi
4. Teach Me What I Am Missing: Keisuke Ishii Vs Tomoaki Honma
5. KO-D Openweight Title Challenger Tournament – Semi Final: Makoto Oishi Vs KUDO
6. KO-D Openweight Title Challenger Tournament – Semi Final: Yasu Urano Vs Shigehiro Irie
7. KO-D Openweight Title Challenger Tournament – Final: Winner of Semi Final 1 Vs Winner of Semi Final 2
8. DDT Extreme Title – Fan’s Choice: Kenny Omega (c) Vs Seiya Morohashi

Something is brewing in regards to Michael Nakazawa. Four days before his KO-D Title shot against Kenny Omega, he has set up the NAKAZAWA 7 which at the moment looks like a 7-Way free for all. But knowing how sneaky Michael can be, it may become something very different.