DDT “SAITAMA SLAM SPECIAL! 2015 ~TELETAMA BROADCASTING 1ST ANNIVERSARY~”, 21/03/2015
Saitama Kasukabe Hall
1,344 Fans – Super No Vacancy Full House
0. Dark Match: Kazusada Higuchi & Kouki Iwasaki defeated Ryota Nakatsu & Kota Umeda when Higuchi submitted Umeda with the Canadian Backbreaker (8:17).
1. Yasu Urano & Akito defeated Tomoya & Shunma Katsumata when Akito pinned Katsumata with the Kinniku Big Move (10:01).
2. Danshoku Dino & Makoto Oishi defeated Daisuke Sasaki & Suguru Miyatake when Dino pinned Miyatake with the Gotch-Style Danshoku Driver (12:37).
3. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title – Do It Or Die! – Special Single Match: Aja Kong (c) defeated Saki Akai with the Vertical Drop Brainbuster (7:13).
*V? for Aja Kong.
4. Teletama Presents 8-Man Tag Team Elimination Infomercial Match: Antonio Honda, Konosuke Takeshita, Tomomitsu Matsunaga & DJ Nira defeated Sanshiro Takagi, Toru Owashi, Kazuki Hirata & MIKAMI (11:36).
4a. DJ Nira eliminated MIKAMI by Ring Out (5:06).
4b. DJ Nira was eliminated by Ring Out (6:04).
4c. Kazuki Hirata eliminated Tomomitsu Matsunaga by Ring Out (6:16).
4d. Konosuke Takeshita eliminated Toru Owashi by Ring Out (9:00).
4e. Konosuke Takeshita eliminated Sanshiro Takagi by Ring Out (9:04).
4f. Konosuke Takeshita eliminated Kazuki Hirata with the Touchdown (11:36).
5. Eat Or Be Eaten! – Special Single Match: HARASHIMA defeated Tetsuya Endo with the Somato (16:30).
6. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles: KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi & Masa Takanashi defeated Keisuke Ishii, Shigehiro Irie & Soma Takao (c) when Takanashi pinned Takao with the Takatonic (14:22).
*Team Dream Futures fails in V1. Shuten-dōji becomes the 18th KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Champions!
7. KO-D Openweight Title: Kota Ibushi (c) defeated Yoshihiko with the Phoenix Splash (18:56).
*V1 for Kota Ibushi.
DDT returned to Kasukabe Hall to celebrate their one year anniversary of running shows in the venue. The main event was a rematch of one of DDT’s most infamous KO-D Openweight Title matches in recent memory. Kota Ibushi defended his championship against Yoshihiko in their first singles match since 2009. The challenger had been very aggressive to Ibushi in the build up to the match. Here it refused to shake hands before the match began. It also wrestled in a T-shirt which makes me wonder if Yoshihiko was in bad shape today. Yoshihiko did what it could to Ibushi. Piledrivers, Dangerous Back Drops, Brainbusters, Dragon Suplexes. It even countered Ibushi’s Phoenix Plex into a Hurricanrana! All this did was build up Ibushi’s meter and the champion unleashed a devastating top rope Power Bomb Driver followed by the Swan Dive German Suplex! Ibushi then hit the Phoenix Splash and it was the end for Yoshihiko’s title chances. Both fighters were wiped out after the match but Ibushi grabbed Yoshihiko’s hand and showed his respect. Ibushi was told his next defence will be on 29th April against the winner of the Battle Royal section of the Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere match. He also has an IWGP Heavyweight Title match against AJ Styles before then. Ibushi said he hopes to defend his title and that the next time he is in Saitama he will be a double champion!
What is up with the KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles? The list of short title reigns continue after Team Drift lost the belts back to Shuten-dōji in their first defence. Shigehiro Irie asked for a rematch. Masa Takanashi said no but KUDO & Yukio Sakaguchi said yes, so another match is on the way.
An 8-Man Tag Team Elimination Match was sponsored by Television Saitama Co., Ltd, or Teletama for short. DJ Nira got a taste of success when he eliminated MIKAMI with a Rocket Punch that sent MIKAMI out of the ring. However Nira eliminated himself seconds later when he somehow slipped while climbing to the top rope and fell to the floor. Konosuke Takeshita and Antonio Honda both wore headgear in the shape of Teletama’s mascot and together danced to Teletama’s theme song to power up and win the match. Their prize is they will soon get to produce a video of themselves singing the theme song for Teletama.
I guess due to legal reasons DDT censors the name of Kazuki Hirata’s theme song in its show report. It is instead written as “●O●●O ●O!” while the Battle-News website writes it as “T●KY●,G●!”
Saki Akai is starting to show some growth in her wrestling career. In her pre-match video she admitted she was originally only going to wrestle for one year but has since become determined to regain the Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title from Aja Kong. And she wants to do it as a DDT wrestler rather than as a guest celebrity. Unfortunately she still has a lot of work to do as Kong was still too much of a challenge for her to overcome. Kong complained about a lack of strong challengers to fight until Gota Ihashi suddenly ambushed her with his King Of Dark Title belt. Akai surprisingly defended Kong and stopped Ihashi with a High Kick. Kong knocked out Ihashi with the Uraken and despite being annoyed by what just happened, thanked Akai for helping. Kong then granted Akai a future rematch for the Iron Man Title.
Danshoku Dino is continuing his latest mission: to turn every town he visits into a “Gay Town”! It begun with Fukushima and today Saitama was his target. Sugaru Miyatake wanted to stop him but couldn’t after falling foul to the Gotch-Style Danshoku Driver.
The DDT Extreme Champion was not in attendance but he did leave a message for Akito about their title match next week. X wants to wrestle in a Total Count Match. It is a ten minute Ironman match and a point is scored for every second you pin your opponent. If there is a tie at the end then it will be sudden death with one more point needed to win.
Kazusada Higuchi & Kouki Iwasaki both qualify for the Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Battle Royal on 29th March.
A Road Wrestling match will be held in Izuguranparu Park, Saitama on 15th April. The match is Sanshiro Takagi & Jun Kasai Vs Gota Ihashi & Suguru Miyatake Vs Danshoku Dino & Saki Akai Vs Kota Ibushi & Daisuke Sasaki.