DDT “SAITAMA SUPER DDT 2015”, 15/02/2015
Saitama Super Arena – Community Arena
6,500 Fans – Super No Vacancy Full House
0. King Of Dark Title – First Champion Final: Hiroshi Fukuda & Hoshitango defeated Gota Ihashi & DJ Nira when Fukuda pinned Ihashi with a Cradle (6:12)
*Gota Ihashi becomes the first King Of Dark Champion.
0. Dark Match – DNA 6-Man Tag Team Match: Kazusada Higuchi, Tomoya Kawamura & Kouki Iwasaki defeated Ryota Nakatsu, Dai Suzuki & Kota Umeda when Higuchi submitted Umeda with the Canadian Backbreaker (6:40).
1. Akebono Army Vs Yoshihiko Army: Akebono, Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata defeated Yoshihiko, Antonio Honda & Great Kojika when Akebono pinned Honda with the Running Body Press (12:15).
– Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title: Yuuya Kubo defeated Aja Kong (c) (2:31 pm).
*Yuuya Kubo becomes the 1013th champion.
2. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title – Battle Royal: Aja Kong defeated Kubo Yumakoto (c), Yasu Urano, Makoto Oishi, Yasu Urano, Soma Takao, Tomomitsu Matsunaga, Shunma Katsumata, Saki Akai, Bernard Ackah, Yuto Aijima, Hikaru Sato and Zeus (13:44).
2a. Shunma Katsumata eliminated Kubo Yumakoto (c) with the Casadora (2:01).
*Shunma Katsumata becomes the 1014th champion.
2b. Hikaru Sato eliminated Shunma Katsumata (c) with a Half Crab (5:57).
*Hikaru Sato becomes the 1015th champion.
2c. Soma Takao eliminated Hikaru Sato (c) with a Jackknife Pin (7:43).
*Soma Takao becomes the 1016th champion.
2d. Zeus eliminated Bernard Ackah by Ring Out (8:35).
2e. Zeus eliminated Yuto Aijima by Ring Out (8:40).
2f. Zeus eliminated Yasu Urano by Ring Out (8:51).
2g. Zeus eliminated Soma Takao (c) with the Choke Slam (10:09).
*Zeus becomes the 1017th champion.
2h. Tomomitsu Matsunaga eliminated Zeus (c) with a School Boy (10:18).
*Tomomitsu Matsunaga becomes the 1018th champion.
2i. Makoto Oishi eliminated Tomomitsu Matsunaga (c) after a Lariat from Zeus (11:26).
*Makoto Oishi becomes the 1019th champion.
2j. Aja Kong eliminated Makoto Oishi (c) with a Back Drop (12:40).
*Aja Kong becomes the 1,020th champion.
2k. Aja Kong (c) defeated Saki Akai with the Vertical Drop Brainbuster (13:44).
*V1 for Aja Kong.
3. DDT Extreme Title – Teletama Presents Rules Rumble Match: X = Shiori Asahi defeated Akito (c) with a Rope Assisted Pin (10:01)
*Akito fails in V6. Shiori Asahi becomes the 31st DDT Extreme Champion!
4. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles: KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi & Masa Takanashi defeated Gorgeous Matsuno, Brahman Shu & Brahman Kei (c) when Sakaguchi submitted Matsuno with the Cobra Clutch (10:16).
*Gorgeous Matsuno, Brahman Shu & Brahman Kei (c) fail in V3. Shuten-dōji become the 16th KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Champions!
5. Super TLC Match: Sanshiro Takagi & Jun Kasai defeated Keisuke Ishii & Shigehiro Irie, Daisuke Sasaki & Suguru Miytake and MIKAMI & Shuji Ishikawa when Takagi pulled down the bag (12:20).
6. Love Of Memory: Danshoku Dino defeated Michael Nakazawa (w/ Shigeru Matsuzaki) with the Danshoku Destroyer (12:40).
7. Special Single Match: Kazushi Sakuraba defeated Super Sasadango Machine with a Kimura Lock (7:13).
8. KO-D Tag Team Titles: Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi defeated Konosuke Takeshita & Tetsuya Endo (c) when Okabayashi pinned Endo with the Golem Splash (19:51).
*Happy Motels fail in V5. Strong BJ becomes the 51st KO-D Tag Team Champions!
9. KO-D Openweight Title: Kota Ibushi defeated HARASHIMA (c) with the Phoenix Plex (22:44).
*HARASHIMA fails in V8. Kota Ibushi becomes the 49th KO-D Openweight Champion!
DDT made it a day to remember in Saitama Super Arena. Every championship changed hands during the show. That means HARASHIMA has finally been toppled off the mountain. Much like their last meeting for the KO-D Openweight Title six years ago, Kota Ibushi beat HARASHIMA with the Phoenix Plex to become champion. At one point Ibushi dove off of the entrance stage onto HARASHIMA. He later hit HARASHIMA with his own finishing move the Somato! But HARASHIMA kicked out of almost everything Ibushi threw at him, even the Last Ride Power Bomb and Phoenix Splash. The champion fought back with a Headbutt, a Buzzsaw Kick and the Swan Dive Somato but Ibushi caught him and hit the rarely used Phoenix Plex for the victory! The new champion celebrated with a sparkler as the show drew to a close. Ibushi’s first defence is set for Kasukabe Hall on 21st March.
What does it take to demolish Happy Motels? Turns out Strong BJ does the trick. The KO-D Tag Team Champions were taken to the limit and then some. Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi were just too much for Konosuke Takeshita & Tetsuya Endo. The Sky Twister Press from Endo to Okabayashi got a nearfall. Strong BJ recovered and focused on Takeshita, smashing him with Lariats. Takeshita was down for good after the Golem Splash. Amon Tsurumi admitted being frustrated by the result when he congratulated the new champions. He told them their first title defence will be on 29th March. Their opponents? Danshoku Dino & Super Sasadango Machine!
Speaking of Super Sasadango Machine, he had a big time entrance coming out in a white costume to the song “Lonely Days”. He was ready for his big moment… a PowerPoint presentation. Today’s topic was “How To Eliminate The Disparity Problem In The World Of Professional Wrestling”. When he was done Kazushi Sakuraba was there waiting for him. Sasadango tried to beat him with a banana peel. It didn’t work. He tried to beat him with the Lehman Shock three times. It didn’t work. A montage with narration took place during the match. That also didn’t work. Sasadango just couldn’t figure Sakuraba out and that became his downfall.
Although Michael Nakazawa has already moved to Singapore he had one problem he needed to settle back in Japan. He wants his wife to come join him in his new life. So he got singer Shigeru Matsuzaki to be in his corner for the match against Danshoku Dino. Matsuzaki stopped Nakazawa from using a chair late in the match. After all, cheating to win isn’t going to help him get his wife back. Dino thanked Matsuzaki by kissing him. Dino later gave Nakazawa a goodbye kiss before ending the match with the Danshoku Destroyer. Nakazawa was dispondent after the match. He asked Dino what is a pro wrestler because he doesn’t know. Dino admitted he doesn’t know for sure but a pro wrestler should love wrestling. Nakazawa said he loves wrestling but he still does not have his wife with him so he will be going back to Singapore alone. Matsuzaki returned and began to sing. All of a sudden Michael’s wife Keiko appeared wearing a wedding dress! The two embraced. All together now. Awwwwwww!
Unfortunately the stinger at the end of the show was Keiko telling Michael backstage that she still didn’t want to go to Singapore. She then ditched him. All together now. Awwwwwww…
The Super TLC match had Sanshiro Takagi immediately thrown into a castle of chairs. He was also put through a table by Shigehiro Irie’s Flying Sausage. Shuji Ishikawa wiped out Keisuke Ishii with the Fire Thunder through a table. MIKAMI made good use of the largest ladder but was also one of its victims. Jun Kasai put Suguru Miyatake through a bunch of tables with the Pearl Harbour Splash. This left Takagi as the last man standing and he was able to grab down the bag to win. The prize Crazy & President won is a Street Wrestling match scheduled for 15th April in Izuguranparu Park. It will be the largest outdoor area DDT has ever wrestled in. With this victory Sanshiro Takagi got to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his wrestling debut early. His 20th anniversary is tomorrow.
The KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Title Match quickly turned into an arena wide brawl. Shuten-dōji were prepared for the champions’ shenanigans and isolated Gorgeous Matsuno from the Brahman Brothers. KUDO hit the Diving Double Knee Drop and Yukio Sakaguchi then submitted Matsuno with the Cobra Clutch.
The rules for the DDT Extreme Title match changed every 90 seconds. It started off normal, then grappling was prohibited, then it became a 2 Count match, then it was Give Up Only and finally a No Rope Escape when the match reached its finish. Akito got a taste of his own medicine when Shiori Asahi used the ropes to add leverage to his pin. Asahi is now your “X = treme” Champion!
The first Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title change of the day took place before the Battle Royal even took place. Champion Aja Kong was ambushed and pinned in the hallway by the cameraman following her down to ringside! The cameraman fled down to the ring and found himself face to face with Yasu Urano to start the Battle Royal. He actually did alright, throwing Urano across the ring with a Spinning Headscissors. But his bizarre fairytale was cut short when Shunma Katsumata eliminated him to win the belt. The title was then passed around from Katsumata to Hikaru Sato to Soma Takao. Zeus was a force to be reckoned with and he eliminated 4 men on route to winning the title. Tomomitsu Matsunaga and Makoto Oishi were able to eliminate Zeus but down came Aja Kong to get her belt back. The match came down to Kong and Saki Akai. The model tried a Diving Body Press but Kong responded with a Back Drop and the Uraken. Akai somehow kicked out but was then put away with the Brainbuster. Kong then got revenge on the cameraman by knocking him out with the Uraken on the stage.
The HIRATA GO! glasses are an unexpected hit at the merch stands and were sold out. Hirata kept a few spare ones to give to Akebono and Toru Owashi but they rejected them. Hirata then tried to dance but Antonio Honda attacked him every time. Team captains Akebono and Yoshihiko went at it as promised while everyone else battled and danced over Hirata’s glasses. While Honda was too busy dancing to realise what was going on behind him, Akebono and his team triple teamed him and then squashed him for the victory. Hirata got his glasses back and finally got to dance for everyone. Afterwards Owashi wondered if the team should continue under the name AT Hide. Meanwhile the Great Kojika was amazed at how large Akebono is in person.
Kazusada Higuchi continues his winning streak by submitting Kota Umeda with the Canadian Backbreaker in the DNA dark match. Higuchi hopes when the next big show comes around he will be on the main card.
Gota Ihashi has the unfortunate pleasure of becoming the first ever King Of Dark Champion. He is now banished to doing the dark matches until he wins one. Ihashi tried to convince himself it’s a good thing, even calling it the KO-D Title because it has the same initials as DDT’s top belt. He eventually accepted his fate and said no matter what he will win his next dark match and pass the title over to the loser.
DDT will run Sumo Hall twice in 2016. The shows will be on 21st March and 28th August. The Beer Garden series in Shin-kiba 1st RING returns for 9 shows from 1st August to 9th August. This year’s DDT General Election will include wrestlers from Ganbare☆Wrestling and Tokyo Joshi Pro.