DDT “NEVER MIND 2013”, 23/12/2013
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
2,013 Fans – Super No Vacancy Full House
0. Kazuki Hirata 5 Match Trial: Kazuki Hirata finishes the trial with 2 wins and 3 losses.
0a. Tomomitsu Matsunaga defeata Kazuki Hirata with a Crab Hold (1:44).
0b. Kazuki Hirata defeated Gota Ihashi with the Sliding Kick (1:26).
0c. Guanchulo defeated Kazuki Hirata with a Sunset Flip (1:06).
0d. Kazuki Hirata defeated Choun Shiryu with the Ruth (1:46).
0e. Jun Kasai defeated Kazuki Hirata with the Barbed Wire Bat Assisted Pearl Harbour Splash (4:13).
1. Keisuke Ishii, Shigehiro Irie & Soma Takao defeated MIKAMI, Masa Takanashi & Akito when Irie pinned Akito with the Flying Sausage (8:15).
2. Big Single Match Year End Drinking Party: Hikaru Sato defeated Michael Nakazawa with the Ultimate Venom Arm (4:39).
3. KUDO, Yasu Urano & Saki Akai defeated Antonio Honda, Daisuke Sasaki & GAMI when KUDO pinned Sasaki with the Diving Double Knee Drop (11:59).
4. Big Single Match Year End Drinking Party: Kota Ibushi defeated DJ Nira with a Front Necklock (9:48).
5. Big Single Match Year End Drinking Party: Konosuke Takeshita defeated Tetsuya Endo with a German Suplex (10:47).
6. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles: Danshoku Dino, Makoto Oishi & Aja Kong defeated Sanshiro Takagi, Toru Owashi & Akebono (c) when Dino pinned Takagi with the Danshoku Driver (12:30).
*Sanshiro Takagi, Toru Owashi & Akebono fail in V3. The Homo-sapiens become the 7th KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Champions!
7. KO-D Openweight Title & Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title: HARASHIMA (c) defeated Yukio Sakaguchi (c) with the Somato (16:34).
*V4 for HARASHIMA. HARASHIMA becomes the 978th Iron Man Champion.
After a brief detour, HARASHIMA is once again a DDT Triple Crown Champion! He defeated the person I believed had the best chance of winning the KO-D Openweight Title from him and in the process won back the Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title. On paper, HARASHIMA Vs Yukio Sakaguchi looked to be as hard hitting as they come. Plenty of kicks and knee strikes were on offer along with some Triangle Chokes and Sleeper Holds, the move Sakaguchi used to beat HARASHIMA the last time they were in the ring together. This time HARASHIMA was able to escape the hold and strike back with the ever reliable Somato. Sakaguchi kicked out but HARASHIMA quickly replied with another Somato to put him down for good. The champion told Sakaguchi they just had a thrilling match and it was so fun for him. “Thanks a bunch!” They hugged and shook hands afterwards.
Danshoku Dino and Makoto Oishi have finally gotten their KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles back, this time with Aja Kong along for the ride. Kong was more than suitable for the job, matching strength for strength with Toru Owashi in an impromptu sumo bout. She was about to do the same with Akebono until Danshoku Dino got involved and chased after the AJPW Triple Crown champion. Dino eventually got what he wanted, delivering a big old Lip Lock to Akebono. Kong did the same to Sanshiro Takagi, stunning him enough for Dino to deliver the Danshoku Driver and win the titles. Dino called his new team the Homo-sapiens. Kong thought she didn’t have to team with them anymore but decided to stay.
Tetsuya Endo ends the year on a low note by losing to his fellow generational opponent Konosuke Takeshita in one of three highlighted singles matches held throughout the show. Endo cried out how useless he was, it’s no good if he doesn’t win and it’s no good if he’s not strong. He is upset he lost to a high school student and swore he will beat Takeshita someday. Takeshita recognised the judges who voted him the Tokyo Sports Rookie of the Year and said “It was not wrong to choose Takeshita.”
DJ Nira tried to trick Kota Ibushi before their match by sending out Gota Ihashi in his place. And in his clothes. Nira then launched the ambush, yelling “Take that, a present from me!” Ibushi simply moved out of the way and then proceeded to dominate the match. Nira had some glimpses of a comeback but at the end quickly submitted to a Front Necklock.
Saki Akai came out dressed as a sexy Santa and her partners KUDO and Yasu Urano were her reindeer. GAMI took her temporary role in the Monster Army seriously and was there to toughen up Akai. She and Antonio Honda were in tune with each other, both giving out Bionic Elbows to KUDO and Urano. But in a Christmas miracle, Akai leapt onto both of them from the tope rope. Urano cut off Daisuke Sasaki and gave him a Frankensteiner, leaving him right on target for KUDO’s Diving Double Knee Drop for the three count. Akai thanked KUDO and Urano in a backstage interview for supporting her because she still feels nervous in the ring. Her goal for next year is to win the Iron Man Championship.
Hikaru Sato found the perfect piece of clothing to battle Michael Nakazawa and the pair of shorts he uses to fuel the Ultimate Venom Arm. Sato brought out a school swimsuit and used it to do his own Ultimate Venom Arm to pin Nakazawa. After the match Nakazawa asked Sato to team with him again as they would be invincible with their shorts and swimsuits. Sato ignored him.
Team Dream Futures reflected over their performance throughout 2013. Shigehiro Irie became KO-D Champion and recorded more defences in a single title reign than anyone else in the belt’s history. Keisuke Ishii charged into All Japan to sort out an old grudge with the promotion he has held ever since he trained in their dojo. He now hopes to play a central role in “cheerful wrestling” for DDT. Soma Takao meanwhile was obsessed with talking about the colour red.
Kazuki Hirata ran through a gauntlet of wrestlers in a pre-show trial to prove he is not a “boring shit” wrestler. He had a bad start losing to Tomomitsu Matsunaga but bounced back by beating Gota Ihashi. Guanchulo stopped him from winning two in a row yet Hirata avoided two straight defeats by pinning Choun-Shiryu. His last opponent was a big surprise, the “Crazy Monkey” Jun Kasai! Even worse, he was armed with a barbed wire baseball bat which he used to great effect. Hirata ended the series with a losing record of two victories and three defeats. Afterwards Kasai said he was supposed to be spending quality time with his family for the holidays before DDT contacted him to appear. He told Hirata that Takagi was just treating him like a toy and he himself had just beaten him up for fun. He wished him luck to become better and hoped to fight him again in DDT when he improves.
A Homoiro Clover Z Vs Up Up Girls challenge is set for 19th February in Shinjuku FACE. The aim of the event is to show both the beauty of wrestling and the beauty of idols.