DDT “ROAD TO SAITAMA SUPER ARENA 7” Results

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DDT “ROAD TO SAITAMA SUPER ARENA 7”, 02/11/2014
Saitama Industrial Technology Centre
337 Fans – Super No Vacancy

1. 3 Way Match: MIKAMI defeated Masa Takanashi and Daisuke Sasaki when MIKAMI pinned both Takanashi and Sasaki with a School Boy (8:35).
2. Akito defeated Gota Ihashi with a Modified Armbar (6:56).
3. Antonio Honda defeated DJ Nira when Honda was too heavy for Nira to roll over (11:18).
4. KUDO & Yukio Sakaguchi defeated Kota Ibushi & Shunma Katsumata when Sakaguchi pinned Katsumata with the PK (9:47).
5. Danshoku Dino, Makoto Oishi & Shiori Asahi defeated Sanshiro Takagi, Kazuki Hirata & Saki Akai when Oishi pinned Hirata after the Cactus Flower (9:24).
6. HARASHIMA & Yasu Urano defeated Soma Takao & Tomomitsu Matsunaga when Urano pinned Takao with a Sunset Flip (11:21).
7. KO-D Tag Team Titles: Konosuke Takeshita & Tetsuya Endo (c) defeated Keisuke Ishii & Shigehiro Irie when Takeshita pinned Ishii with the German Suplex (32:44).
*V2 for Happy Motel.

The show began with a tribute to Koichiro Kimura, who passed away at 44 years old on 28th October. Kimura was a part of DDT from the very beginning, both as himself and also as the intergalactic indie sleaze (and possibly Jewish) phenomenon Super Uchu Power. He was a DDT regular in one form or another until 2006 and he made sporadic appearances for the company until 2008. Kimura was a 3 time KO-D Openweight Champion (once as himself and twice as Uchu) and a 2 time KO-D Tag Team Champion with MIKAMI (both times as Uchu). MIKAMI held a portrait of Kimura while a moment of silence was held.

The main event was a chance for the new generation of DDT to make a statement. Happy Motel and Team Dream Futures fought for over half an hour with the KO-D Tag Team Titles on the line. Konosuke Takeshita pinned Keisuke Ishii with the German Suplex to mark their 2nd defence of the titles. An exhausted Takeshita and Tetsuya Endo said Ishii and Shigehiro Irie were both truly strong wrestlers. However, Ishii yelled that he will not lose to Takeshita and had to be pulled back by Irie. When Ishii & Irie left, Takeshita said the four of them will continue to make DDT interesting. They were then suddenly challenged by Makoto Oishi and his not so mystery partner Shiori Asahi! They will face Happy Motel for the titles at Korakuen Hall on 30th November.

The No. 1 Contender for the KO-D Title did not leave a good impression in the semi-main event. Soma Takao got to be in the ring with HARASHIMA but he wound up getting pinned by Yasu Urano when the Gin And Tonic was countered into a Sunset Flip. Urano rubbed it in afterwards by pointing out the runner up of the Rock, Paper, Scissors tournament defeated the winner of the tournament in a proper wrestling match. Urano declared himself as the No. 1 Contender but Amon Tsurumi and even HARASHIMA objected. HARASHIMA defended Takao by suggesting he might have been kind of nervous today. Urano then asked for a singles match with Soma to determine who gets the title shot. Tsurumi agreed and booked the match for Osaka on 15th November. Urano then tried to sneak away with the KO-D Title but HARASHIMA caught him.

The mystery partner of Danshoku Dino & Makoto Oishi turned out to be Oishi’s old partner Shiori Asahi! Dino didn’t even wait for the match to announce it, he just casually said Asahi was on his team at the beginning of the show. He and Oishi still made a big deal out of his ring introduction when he came out for the match and it became a running joke for the show. Sanshiro Takagi brought out a fire extinguisher for Kazuki Hirata’s big entrance but it was also used to spray their opponents. Oishi & Asahi brought back their patented Cactus Flower finisher to win the match. Afterwards Asahi said the experience felt like Hell and he was against the idea of wrestling today. Still, he now has a championship match to look forward to.

Antonio Honda beat DJ Nira thanks to a botched Backslide Pin. Nira attempted the move but he was too weak to do it properly. The result was Honda rolling on top of Nira and Nira submitting from the weight pressing down on him.

After getting a rare pinfall victory at the Tokyo Ramen Show during the week, Gota Ihashi asked for his match against Akito to be for the DDT Extreme Title. Tsurumi rejected the idea but Ihashi ignored him and tried to bring a ladder into the match. The plan backfired when everytime Ihashi climbed the ladder, Akito either pulled him off or tipped over the ladder. Ihashi soon successfully made it to the top but when he leapt off it, Akito moved out of the way and locked on an arm submission for the victory. After the match MIKAMI approached Akito asking for a title shot. MIKAMI was the first ever Extreme Champion and the perfect challenger for Akito to beat in order to make the title his own. The match will take place in Sendai on 23rd November which just so happens to be the 5th anniversary of Akito’s pro wrestling debut.

A special 6-Man Tag Team match is booked for 30th November Korakuen show. T2Hide takes on Gorgeous Matsuno and the Brahman Brothers!

The card for DNA 1 on 28th November was revealed. There will be four singles matches featuring the rookie wrestlers. The winners will then team together in an 8-Man Tag Team match against a team of guest wrestlers to be announced. The single matches are Kazusada Higuchi Vs Kota Umeda, Shun Miyatake Vs Koju Iwasaki, Shunma Katsumata Vs Dai Suzuki and Tomoya Kawamura Vs Ryota Nakatsu.

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