Missed out on a few stories that happened earlier this month. So let’s catch up.
MIKAMI announced he will become a freelancer with his last match as a DDT affiliated wrestler taking place on 19th July. MIKAMI has been with DDT since the very beginning, wrestling on the first DDT show all the way back in 1997. He hopes his new status will help him nurture new young wrestlers in his hometown of Shimane as well as try new things. He pointed out his recent tag team match with Shuji Ishikawa, Daisuke Sekimoto and Yuji Okabayashi as something he would like to do again. MIKAMI will still be wrestling in DDT from time to time and will be at “RYOGOKU PETER PAN 2015” in August.
The management rights of the Hard Hit sub-brand has been transferred from DDT to Hikaru Sato. Previously Sato has been part of Hard Hit as a producer but the box office was managed by DDT itself. Now Sato is pretty much in full control of everything. DDT is still fully cooperating with Hard Hit and there is no change to the staff and talent they will provide for future shows. Sato describes the change as him finally being able to buy the home he has been renting for years. Hard Hit’s first show as an independent brand will be in Yokohama on 27th June.
Over in Vietnam Dick Togo is launching New Vietnam Pro Wrestling, the country’s first pro wrestling organisation. Togo along with Mitsuhiro Yoshida set up a wrestling school in the country last year. Togo wants the school to train people from all over the world. The first set of shows will take place at the end of August. Michael Nakazawa, Daisuke Sasaki, Hoshitango and Yusuke Kubo are the wrestlers announced so far.