DDT “SAITAMA SUPER DDT 2015” Preview

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DDT “SAITAMA SUPER DDT 2015”, 15/02/2015
Saitama Super Arena – Community Arena

0. King Of Dark Title – First Champion Final: Gota Ihashi & DJ Nira Vs Hiroshi Fukuda & Hoshitango
*Loser becomes champion.
0. Dark Match – DNA 6-Man Tag Team Match: Kazusada Higuchi, Tomoya Kawamura & Kouki Iwasaki Vs Ryota Nakatsu, Dai Suzuki & Kota Umeda
1. Akebono Army Vs Yoshihiko Army: Akebono, Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata Vs Yoshihiko, Antonio Honda & Great Kojika
2. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title – Battle Royal: Aja Kong (c) Vs Yasu Urano Vs Makoto Oishi Vs Soma Takao Vs Tomomitsu Matsunaga Vs Shunma Katsumata Vs Saki Akai Vs Bernard Ackah Vs Yuto Aijima Vs Hikaru Sato Vs Zeus
3. DDT Extreme Title – Teletama Presents Rules Rumble Match: Akito (c) Vs X
*X is Shiori Asahi.
4. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles: Gorgeous Matsuno, Brahman Shu & Brahman Kei (c) Vs KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi & Masa Takanashi
5. Super TLC Match: Sanshiro Takagi & Jun Kasai Vs Keisuke Ishii & Shigehiro Irie Vs Daisuke Sasaki & Suguru Miytake Vs MIKAMI & Shuji Ishikawa
6. Love Of Memory: Danshoku Dino Vs Michael Nakazawa (w/ Shigeru Matsuzaki)
7. Special Single Match: Super Sasadango Machine Vs Kazushi Sakuraba
8. KO-D Tag Team Titles: Konosuke Takeshita & Tetsuya Endo (c) Vs Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi
9. KO-D Openweight Title: HARASHIMA (c) Vs Kota Ibushi

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First it was Sumo Hall then it was the Budokan and now DDT steps foot into Saitama Super Arena! Woah, woah, woah, hold your horses. This isn’t the full venue being used like back when Pride FC ran the place. DDT will be in the Community Hub section of the venue with an expected capacity of between 5,000 and 6,000 people. As you can see above, the hub looks emptier than Global Force Wrestling headquarters. Still, it’s been a big project for DDT to run the venue and they’ve put together a strong card in an attempt to make it a success.

0. King Of Dark Title – First Champion Final: Gota Ihashi & DJ Nira Vs Hiroshi Fukuda & Hoshitango

DDT General Manager Amon Tsurumi has proudly created a brand new championship and is eager to crown its first champion at Saitama Super Arena. However the King Of Dark Championship is quite weird in a lot of ways. It has been described as a “Misfortune Title” that is only to be defended in pre-show dark matches. The “champion” is forced to wrestle exclusively in dark matches until he wins a match and transfers the belt over to his defeated opponent. Nobody is sure why Amon came up with this idea but he is set on having it. Gota Ihashi, DJ Nira, Hiroshi Fukuda and Hoshitango are the guinea pigs fighting to avoid the same fate as every single WWE Intercontinental Champion from the last 5 years. Whoever takes the fall becomes the first champion.

0. Dark Match – DNA 6-Man Tag Team Match: Kazusada Higuchi, Tomoya Kawamura & Kouki Iwasaki Vs Ryota Nakatsu, Dai Suzuki & Kota Umeda

The DNA students have been gaining experience since their debuts last November but this will be their biggest stage yet. Amon Tsurumi has high hopes the six wrestlers will show what DNA is all about.

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1. Akebono Army Vs Yoshihiko Army: Akebono, Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata Vs Yoshihiko, Antonio Honda & Great Kojika

It wouldn’t be a big combat sporting event in Saitama Super Arena without a freakshow fight. If a match featuring a champion sumo wrestler, a faux lucha heavyweight who used to sumo, a guy who thinks he’s Magnum TOKYO, a blow up doll who did sumo once, a 72 year old man who did sumo before anybody reading this was born and Antonio Honda isn’t that freakshow then I don’t know what is. According to Honda, Yoshihiko is a legendary “naughty sumo” in the Netherlands and its sumo name was Chinpaku (as best as I can tell it refers to something lewd). Kazuki Hirata is the odd one out. His obsession with the “Tokyo GO!” dance has mutated and taken form in the shape of HIRATA GO glasses. Whoever wears the glasses gains an overwhelming desire to dance while “Tokyo GO!” suddenly plays in the background. Toru Owashi is praying that not a single pair of replica glasses will be sold at the merch stand.

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2. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title – Battle Royal: Aja Kong (c) Vs Yasu Urano Vs Makoto Oishi Vs Soma Takao Vs Tomomitsu Matsunaga Vs Shunma Katsumata Vs Saki Akai Vs Bernard Ackah Vs Yuto Aijima Vs Hikaru Sato Vs Zeus

Aja Kong is the latest in the long line of outsiders who have taken the Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title hostage. She has challenged anyone to try and take the title away from her. Saki Akai has a grudge to settle with Kong. The Iron Man Title was Saki’s first wrestling championship and Kong took it from her almost immediately after she won it. Since then Akai has made it her goal to win it back at the Battle Royal. There are a few other people to keep an eye on. Hikaru Sato returns to DDT and is full of confidence after winning an MMA fight in Saitama Super Arena on New Year’s Eve. Kickboxer and failed bodyguard Bernard Ackah is trying his best to adapt into pro wrestling. Also Osaka powerhouse Zeus is here for some reason.

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3. DDT Extreme Title – Teletama Presents Rules Rumble Match: Akito (c) Vs X
*X is Shiori Asahi.

Shiori Asahi doesn’t get it. He’s been wrestling in DDT for a few months but each and every time he is advertised as X, a mystery “to be confirmed” wrestler. The problem is he’s not exactly a name to get excited about. Even worse is somebody always spoils the surprise so the DDT crew have to convince the audience to pretend they’re not expecting him. It’s gone to such lengths that Asahi is now getting the kind of pops for his entrance that Roman Reigns would kill for. Meanwhile Akito is quietly going through an impressive run with the DDT Extreme Title. He’s been able to showcase his technical abilities in matches that are more down to Earth than usual. But this match will be a rapid change of pace for him as it is a Rules Rumble. The rules of the match will change every 90 seconds. It could start out as a No Rope Break match then change into Falls Count Anywhere for example. The winner will also get a hamper of Saino-kuni Black Pig meat from the show’s sponsor Teletama.

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4. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles: Gorgeous Matsuno, Brahman Shu & Brahman Kei (c) Vs KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi & Masa Takanashi

It’s a surprise just how successful Gorgeous Matsuno and the Brahman Brothers have been as a trio so far. The reigning KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Champions have so far beaten T2Hide and the Golden☆Storm Riders. Next up to challenge them is Shuten-dōji. Nobody has been able to figure out how to survive the chaos Brahman Shu & Brahman Kei bring to their matches. The black India Ink they use to blind opponents has often been the key object of their success. KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi & Masa Takanashi would rather pour their alcohol into their mouths but they may need to give the Brahmans a taste of their own medicine in order to win.

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5. Super TLC Match: Sanshiro Takagi & Jun Kasai Vs Keisuke Ishii & Shigehiro Irie Vs Daisuke Sasaki & Suguru Miytake Vs MIKAMI & Shuji Ishikawa

10 tables, 3 ladders, 100 chairs. This is going to hurt. A bag containing a “luxury prize” will hang over the ring for the wrestlers to fight over. Sanshiro Takagi & Jun Kasai form the team Crazy & President. They also have a Combat Bicycle to give them an edge over the opposition. The Golden☆Storm Riders are split over the rules. Daisuke Sasaki wants to win by any means but Suguru Miyatake thinks the match sounds cruel and horribly violent. Miyatake hopes the Riders will win through intelligence, mental and physical strength and also the power of science. MIKAMI will be in his element with the three ladders. Two of the ladders are 2m high and the third is 3m high. He expects his partner Shuji Ishikawa to put a lot of people through tables. Expect a big pyramid of chairs to be built somewhere in the building.

6. Love Of Memory: Danshoku Dino Vs Michael Nakazawa (w/ Shigeru Matsuzaki)

No Michael, no cry! This is it for Michael Nakazawa in DDT. He has now moved to Singapore but will return to Japan for one more match with singer and actor Shigeru Matsuzaki in his corner. His opponent Danshoku Dino is returning after a hernia kept him out of action for three months. Dino thinks Matsuzaki is gay so he wonders whose side he is really on.

7. Special Single Match: Super Sasadango Machine Vs Kazushi Sakuraba

Once In A Lunchtime! Super Sasadango Machine has a golden opportunity to face a legendary MMA fighter who has fought classic battles inside Saitama Super Arena. Sasadango has studied Kazushi Sakuraba and according to his most recent calculation he has a 25% chance of winning. More preparation is needed and you can be sure he will explain it to everyone with a PowerPoint presentation before the match.

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8. KO-D Tag Team Titles: Konosuke Takeshita & Tetsuya Endo (c) Vs Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi

Now we get the the two matches we should all be hyped for. If you haven’t seen the 6-Man Tag main event from the last Korakuen show, go look it up now. Konosuke Takeshita & Tetsuya Endo are the flag bearers for DDT’s new generation and became the tag team to beat when they won the KO-D Tag Team Titles from the Golden Lovers. What better challenge for them than one of the best tag teams on the Japanese indie circuit, Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi? The challengers have the size and experience advantages but don’t underestimate the strength of the champions. Endo is capable of doing the Torture Bomb on people their size while Takeshita came close to giving Sekimoto the Deadlift German Suplex in Korakuen. Can the Future of DDT peform their greatest feat yet or will the two golems of Big Japan Strong Style demolish Happy Motels?

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9. KO-D Openweight Title: HARASHIMA (c) Vs Kota Ibushi

The two biggest stars in DDT collide again five and a half years after their previous one on one match. Back when DDT ran Sumo Hall in 2009 for the first time, HARASHIMA defended the KO-D Openweight Title against Kota Ibushi. It is only fitting that the same match headlines DDT’s first show in Saitama Super Arena. Ibushi won the last match but a lot has changed since then. While Ibushi has won over fans around the world and splitting time between DDT and New Japan, HARASHIMA stayed put and became the most dominant KO-D Champion in the company’s history. Much like how John Cena is the top wrestler in WWE, HARASHIMA is the same in DDT. The two have only wrestled three singles matches against each other in their entire careers (22/10/06, 30/12/07 and 23/08/09) and HARASHIMA has the better record with two wins over Ibushi.

While the two have a respectful rivalry with each other, Ibushi has unexpectedly gotten under HARASHIMA’s skin during the build up to the big match. Oddly enough he did it by simply playing Rock Paper Scissors when HARASHIMA offered him a handshake Scissors beats Paper, after all. A few shows later HARASHIMA attempted the same trick but Ibushi was one step ahead and changed to Rock. The normally calm and cheerful HARASHIMA began to show a few cracks. He doesn’t like being made a fool of. But there is one move he has that can beat Rock, Paper and Scissors. The Somato! He hits that enough times on Ibushi and he’ll be able to smile again with the KO-D Title over his shoulder.

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