DDT has posted the rules for this year’s Dramatic General Election, which begun over the weekend. Even though many units have been formed for the Election, the votes are for the wrestlers themselves. Voting ballots are given to every spectator who attend DDT or Union shows during the month of September. Extra ballots are given for every 3,000 yen spent on merchandise at the shows and from DDT’s online store. Voting ends on 28th September and the results will be announced in Shinjuku FACE on 1st October.
At the end of the Election, the top 20 wrestlers with the most votes will all compete at Korakuen Hall on 26th October. Wrestlers ranked 21 to 24 will compete in a Dark Match. Normally the No. 1 ranked wrestler gets a cash prize and a KO-D Openweight Title match but this year a similar prize will also go to the runner up. The runner up gets a 300,000 yen prize and as a KO-D Title shot at the 26/10 Korakuen event. However, the overall winner gets a million yen and a KO-D Title shot at next year’s Saitama Super Arena show! If the champion (currently HARASHIMA) is in either spot he will get to choose his opponent for the respective show. Also the winner’s unit will get performance rights at Korakuen Hall, which I think means they get to produce their own event in the building at some point in the future.
The full list of 48 candidates entering the election are:
Danshoku Dino, Isami Kodaka, Kota Ibushi, HARASHIMA, Makoto Oishi, Soma Takao, Kenny Omega, Super Sasadango Machine, Cherry, Yasu Urano, Masa Takanashi, Konosuke Takeshita, KUDO, MIKAMI, Akito, Keisuke Ishii, Antonio Honda, Shigehiro Irie, Daisuke Sasaki, Mio Shirai, Yukio Sakaguchi, Michael Nakazawa, DJ Nira, Yoshihiko, Toru Owashi, Mitomi Masayuki, Shuji Ishikawa, Tetsuya Endo, Tomomitsu Matsunaga, Kazuki Hirata, Gota Ihashi, Hoshitango, Gorgeous Matsuno, Rion Mizuki, Shunma Katsumata, Shun Miyatake, Seiya Morohashi, FUMA, Daichi Kazato, Ryu Gouma, SAGATA, Tomoya Kawamura, Goro Jr., Shibata, Saki Akai, Ladybeard, Sanshiro Takagi and Daichi
The units are:
HARASHIMA, Yasu Urano & Akito
KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi & Masa Takanashi
Kota Ibushi, Kenny Omega & Daisuke Sasaki
Keisuke Ishii, Shigehiro Irie & Soma Takao
Antonio Honda, Konosuke Takeshita & Tetsuya Endo
Sanshiro Takagi, Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata
MIKAMI & Gorgeous Matsuno
Super Sasadango Machine & Shun Miyatake
Danshoku Dino, Makoto Oishi & Shunma Katsumata
Michael Nakazawa, Tomomitsu Matsunaga & Gota Ihashi