Tournaments, Tournaments Everywhere! Kakimoto Signs With Union

HARD HIT “~G-GENERATION~”, 23/08/2014
Shin-Kiba 1st RING

0. THE NEXT CONTENDERS 1 Day Tournament – Round 1: Kenta Hattori Vs Ryouya Akiba
0. THE NEXT CONTENDERS 1 Day Tournament – Round 1: Kenji Takeshima Vs Hiroshi Kobayashi
0. THE NEXT CONTENDERS 1 Day Tournament – Round 1: Kotaro Nasu Vs Ryuichi Sekine
0. THE NEXT CONTENDERS 1 Day Tournament – Round 1: Koji Iwamoto Vs Baisen Tagai
1. Yukio Kubota Vs Ayumu Honda
2. Michael Nakazawa Vs Shingo Suzuki
3. Kaori Yoneyama Vs Emi Tomimatsu
4. Ryo Kawamura & Shibata Vs Shuichiro Katsumura & Toshihisa Shinomiya
5. THE NEXT CONTENDERS 1 Day Tournament – Semi Final: Winner Of Dark Match 1 Vs Winner Of Dark Match 2
6. THE NEXT CONTENDERS 1 Day Tournament – Semi Final: Winner Of Dark Match 3 Vs Winner Of Dark Match 4
7. Atsushi Aoki Vs Takatoshi Matsumoto
8. Tomomitsu Matsunaga Vs Hideki Suzuki
9. Hikaru Sato & HARASHIMA Vs Kotaro Suzuki & Chongwen Ito
10. THE NEXT CONTENDERS 1 Day Tournament – Final: Winner Of Semi Final 1 Vs Winner Of Semi Final 2

Some of the newcomers are Ryouya Akiba from Guts World, Baisen Tagai from Nishiguchi Pro Wrestling, Honda Ayumu from K-DOJO and Shingo Suzuki from ALLIANCE.

Hiroyo Matsumoto has pulled out of the show due to injury. Kaori Yoneyama takes her place and faces Emi Tomimatsu from Paraestra Matsudo.

DDT “ROAD TO SAITAMA SUPER ARENA 6”, 24/08/2014
Saitama Kasukabe Hall

1. KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi & Masa Takanashi Vs Michael Nakazawa, Tomomitsu Matsunaga & Gota Ihashi
2. 3 Way Match: Antonio Honda Vs Daisuke Sasaki Vs MIKAMI
3. HARASHIMA & Yasu Urano Vs Toru Owashi & DJ Nira
4. Infomercial Match: Sanshiro Takagi, Kazuki Hirata & Saki Akai Vs Danshoku Dino, Makoto Oishi & Ito Maki
5. KO-D Openweight Title Challenger Tournament – Semi Final: Tetsuya Endo Vs Konosuke Takeshita
6. KO-D Openweight Title Challenger Tournament – Semi Final: Keisuke Ishii Vs Akito
7. KO-D Tag Team Titles: Kota Ibushi & Kenny Omega (c) Vs Shigehiro Irie & Soma Takao

With “RYOGOKU PETER PAN 2014” in the bag it is time to look ahead for DDT’s future. A mini tournament for DDT’s young wrestlers is going ahead to determine the No. 1 Contender for the KO-D Openweight Title. The semi finals take place in Kasukabe Hall when Tetsuya Endo faces Konosuke Takeshita and Keisuke Ishii faces Akito. The two winners will take part in the final on 31st August in Shinjuku. The KO-D Title match will happen in Osaka on 13th September.

Ishii counts himself as the favourite. He is unbeaten against both Akito and Endo in singles matches. He has never faced Takeshita one on one. Regardless, Ishii is so confident he will win that he wonders why there is even a tournament to determine the next title challenger when it should be him. Takeshita felt he learned a lot from wrestling Hiroshi Tanahashi. He hopes to win the tournament so he can have the title match with HARASHIMA in front of his home town Osaka crowd.

HARASHIMA’s comments coming out of the Sumo Hall main event are about what you’d expect to hear from him. His opponents were strong, he was glad he was able to win and he wants to be the defending champion again at next year’s show.

For now the Golden☆Lovers’ main priority is to keep the KO-D Tag Team Titles around their waists. Kenny Omega said he has no choice but to win at any cost to keep his title with Kota Ibushi. They defend the belts against two thirds of the KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Champions. The Drift duo of Shigehiro Irie & Soma Takao challenged the Golden☆Lovers and it was accepted. With Ishii in the tournament and this title match happening soon, Drift are aiming to add the KO-D Openweight and Tag Team Titles to their collection. Kenny says he and Ibushi are an S-Rank team. Irie’s response is he and Takao are an A-Ranked team, then he got confused and corrected himself, calling him and Takao a T-Ranked team instead.

UNION “UNION SUMMER FESTIVAL 2014”, 31/08/2014
Shinjuku FACE

1. UWA World Tag Team Titles: MEN’S Teioh & Hiroshi Fukuda (c) Vs Isami Kodaka & FUMA
2. Union Fly To Everywhere World Title: Ladybeard (c) Vs Mio Shirai
3. Union MAX Title: Hikaru Sato (c) Vs Shuji Ishikawa

Former DDT wrestler Daichi Kakimoto is now with Union. Kakimoto wrestled in DDT from 2003 to 2008 when a cervical spine injury forced him into retirement. He returned to wrestling in 2012 and made sporadic appearances since then. He now wants to wrestle on a regular basis and signed with Union. He chose Union for two reasons. The first is Kakimoto being inspired by how much Shuji Ishikawa and Isami Kodaka have grown the last couple of years. The other reason is Union’s schedule is easy enough for his body and non-wrestling career to handle. Kakimoto also wants to re-debut under as a masked wrestler and will use a new ring name to represent how he is starting again from scratch. He hopes fans will not reveal his identity or update his Wikipedia page when he appears under the mask.

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