DDT “ROAD TO RYOGOKU 2014”, 20/07/2014
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
1,950 – Super No Vacancy Full House
1. Yasu Urano & GENTARO defeated MIKAMI & Tomomitsu Matsunaga when Urano submitted MIKAMI with a Headlock (8:59).
2. Special Single Match: Isami Kodaka defeated Akito with a Figure Four Arm Lock (10:38).
3. Special 6-Man Tag Team Match – Lucha Libre Rules: Sanshiro Takagi, Taiji Ishimori & Toru Owashi defeated Shuji Ishikawa, Daisuke Sasaki & Gota Ihashi when Ishimori pinned Ihashi with the 450 Splash (10:10).
4. Danshoku Dino, Makoto Oishi, Super Sasadango & DJ Nira defeated Michael Nakazawa, Kazuki Hirata, Hoshitango & Shunma Katsumata when Machine pinned Katsumata with the Vertical Drop Lehman Shock (11:00).
5. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles – 3 Way Match: KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi & Masa Takanashi defeated Antonio Honda, Konosuke Takeshita & Tetsuya Endo (c) and Keisuke Ishii, Shigehiro Irie & Soma Takao when Takanashi pinned Endo with the Takatonic (11:30).
*Happy Motel fail in V1. Shuten-dōji becomes the 12th KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Champions!
6. KO-D Openweight Title: HARASHIMA (c) Vs Kenny Omega ended in a Double Knockout (19:27).
*V2 for HARASHIMA. Kenny Omega cashed in his Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Contract.
In one month’s time DDT returns to Sumo Hall for its biggest show of the year but after today’s show the main event has been altered. Kenny Omega cashed in his Right To Challenge Contract today and faced HARASHIMA for the KO-D Championship. Sumo Hall main eventer Isami Kodaka was at the timekeeper’s table to see who he will soon fight for the title. Both champion and challenger destroyed each other and at one point HARASHIMA delivered the Reverse Frankensteiner from the apron to the floor! Omega later came close to victory with the Croyt’s Wrath. The two then traded Somatos and Jumping Knee Strikes until they were both knocked out. Yukinori Matsui counted both of them out and ruled the match a draw.
The draw officially counts as a successful defence for HARASHIMA and Amon Tsurumi declared the Sumo Hall main event will be HARASHIMA Vs Isama Kodaka for the KO-D Title. However, HARASHIMA wasn’t satisfied with the result and wanted another match with Kenny. Kodaka stepped in and said he wanted to face both HARASHIMA and Omega. Everybody came to the conclusion that the Sumo Hall main event will now be a 3 Way match for the title. HARASHIMA Vs Isami Kodaka Vs Kenny Omega!
At the end of the show Sanshiro Takagi invited the entire roster into the ring and announced tickets for Sumo Hall were selling out. Takagi got everybody in the ring to chant “Sell! Sell! Sell!” The fans joined in but Takagi interrupted them and said they should be chanting “Buy! Buy! Buy!”
Happy Motel’s reign as KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Champions was short lived, which is a running theme for this title’s entire existence. The belts were on the line in a 3 Way Trios match with no tag rules in effect. Happy Motel, Team Dream Futures and Shuten-dōji went at it until Masa Takanashi countered Tetsuya Endo’s Torture Bomb into the Takatonic for the three count. Since Drift were not involved with the result, Tsurumi decided that they will get the next title shot at Sumo Hall.
Before Match #4 began, Danshoku Dino asked if he was going to defend the DDT Extreme Title at Sumo Hall. He got no answer and treated today’s 8-Man Tag bout as a throwaway match. Super Sasadango Machine got the pin and was happy to challenge Dino to a title match. He set up a powerpoint presentation to explain his challenge but Dino interrupted and said he will not fight him. Instead he wants to fight Muscle Sakai! Amon Tsurumi told Dino that Sakai is retired and currently working at his family’s business in Niigata. Machine left the ring and Sakai’s music suddenly played over the speakers. Suddenly Sakai appeared! He was crying with joy and said that even though he retired, he secretly visited Korakuen Hall in disguise every month to watch DDT. He accepted Dino’s challenge and it was made official by Tsurumi.
Since Kota Ibushi’s 10th Anniversary Match no longer involved Kota Ibushi, the 6-Man Tag Team bout was changed into a Lucha Libre Rules match. Taiji Ishimori got into the spirit of things with Sanshiro Takagi & Toru Owashi. Ishimori afterwards said he enjoyed wrestling with them.
GENTARO was very disappointed by MIKAMI for tapping out to a Headlock in their tag team match. He questioned if MIKAMI was not motivated anymore and was insulted because he himself went through a lot in order to wrestle again. Even if GENTARO is not the wrestler he used to be he still wrestles because it makes him happy. Yasu Urano told GENTARO to ignore MIKAMI. He said they won the match and shouldn’t have to worry about MIKAMI’s decline. GENTARO slapped Urano and said he isn’t like MIKAMI. “MIKAMI is a guy, dude!” As a result of this, GENTARO & MIKAMI will face Yasu Urano & Akito at Sumo Hall.
There were some announcements regarding DDT’s plans for the near future. The big one of course was their goal of going to the Saitama Super Arena next year. Sanshiro Takagi announced that DDT will be in the Saitama Super Arena Community Arena on 15th February, 2015. The Community Arena is a smaller section within the Super Arena territory but Takagi believes it is big enough to draw 5,000 fans. He also wants DDT to hold two major shows every year. The plan is for February and August to be when the major shows will take place.
The annual DDT48 General Election will now be replaced with a new election based on the different stables in DDT. For now it is called the DDT Dramatic General Election. It will take place from 31st August to 28th September.
Kota Ibushi apologised for being unable to compete on the show. He promised to be crazier than ever when he returns to “perfect condition”. He will have a singles match at Sumo Hall but his opponent is currently to be decided.
KUDO, Danshoku Dino and DJ Nira are the latest DDT wrestlers to get gender swapped characters for the Ring☆Dream online card game. DDT will also be collaborating with the Powerpuff Girls TV show for a t-shirt that will be available at Sumo Hall.