DDT “RYOGOKU PETER PAN 2015 ~FROM DDT WITH LOVE~”, 23/08/2015
Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan
6,670 Fans – Super No Vacancy Full House
0. King Of Dark Title: “Hollywood” Stalker Ichikawa defeated Gota Ihashi (c) with a School Boy (5:15).
*D8 for Gota Ihashi.
1. Mao Inoue & Mizuki Watase Debut Match: Yasu Urano, Akito & Ryota Nakatsu defeated Kota Umeda, Mao Inoue & Mizuki Watase defeated when Akito submitted Watase with the Scorpion Lock (10:07).
2. Time Difference Tag Battle Royal: Aja Kong & Makoto Oishi defeated LiLiCo & Suguru Miyatake when Kong pinned Miyatake with the Vertical Drop Brainbuster (16:41).
Order Of Elimination: MIKAMI & Shunma Katsumata, Gorgeous Matsuno & Great Kojika, Hoshitango & Mio Shirai, Tomomitsu Matsunaga & Kouki Iwasaki, Hiroshi Fukuda & Yoshihiko and Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata.
3. DDT Extreme Title – Uchikami! Presents Blindfold Bra Stripping Tiger Trap Death Match: Antonio Honda (c) defeated Masa Takanashi when Honda stripped Takanashi of his bra (15:10).
*V1 for Antonio Honda.
4. Tetsuya Endo Comeback Match: Konosuke Takeshita defeated Tetsuya Endo with the German Suplex (13:32).
5. Genichiro Tenryu Retirement Road Round 15: Genichiro Tenryu, Sanshiro Takagi & Saki Akai defeated Shuji Ishikawa, Kazusada Higuchi & Meiko Satomura when Takagi pinned Higuchi with the Sit Down Himawaro Bomb (13:109.
6. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles: Keisuke Ishii, Shigehiro Irie & Soma Takao (c) defeated Danshoku Dino, Super Sasadango Machine & Ken Ohka when Takao pinned Ohka with the Gin And Tonic (12:35).
*V4 for Team Dream Futures.
7. KO-D Tag Team Titles: Kota Ibushi & Daisuke Sasaki defeated Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi (c) when Ibushi pinned Sekimoto with the Phoenix Splash (21:33).
*Strong BJ fail in V5. The Golden☆Storm Riders become the 52nd KO-D Tag Team Champions!
8. Dramatic Dream Match: Hiroshi Tanahashi defeated HARASHIMA with the High Fly Flow (17:00).
9. KO-D Openweight Title – Good Com Asset Presents: Yukio Sakaguchi defeated KUDO (c) with the Right Knee Of God (21:20).
*KUDO fails in V1. Yukio Sakaguchi becomes the 54th KO-D Openweight Champion!
The biggest DDT show on the calander has come and gone for another year. Sumo Hall was host to the seventh “PETER PAN” supershow, so called because everybody in DDT are adults who refuse to grow up. However long time followers of the company should notice something odd about the attendence. This was the seventh straight Super No Vacancy Full House for “PETER PAN” but DDT only announced a crowd of 6,670 fans in attendance. That is around 2,000-2,500 less than their previous announced attendances in the building. Even weirder is how the show has been advertised as being sold out for weeks until more seats near the entrance (which was a lot bigger this year) were made available days before the show. Either DDT booked less seats in the building this year or maybe they are being more honest about their crowd numbers. DDT will have two shows in Sumo Hall next year on 21st March and 28th August. It will be interesting to see what they draw for both events. Also this was a really long show. The dark match began at 13:45 local time and ended at around 19:00.
The main event was between two good friends turned rivals. KUDO put the KO-D Openweight Title on the line against Yukio Sakaguchi in the battle of Shuten-dōji. Sakaguchi went into the match with his hair, beard and eyebrows dyed gold for the occassion. The third member of the stable Masa Takanashi spent the match standing at a neutral corner, refusing to pick a side. The match was as kick heavy as expected. Sakaguchi kicked out of the Diving Double Knee Drop while KUDO survived the Cobra Clutch. Sakaguchi ran to the ropes for the Penalty Kick but KUDO met him on the rebound with a Backspin Kick. KUDO went for the Diving Double Knee Drop again but Sakaguchi met him with the Flying Knee Strike followed by the Right Knee Of God in the corner for the three count.
KUDO was stunned by the result but accepted defeat and wrapped the belt around Sakaguchi’s waist. After the two hugged each other Sakaguchi was handed the giant cheque of 2 million yen from Good Com Assets. All of Shuten-dōji agreed to literally split the cheque three ways and share it with each other. Sakaguchi spoke on the mic and said he lived a life well worn. Today he arrived at this wonderful ring after wrestling for three years. He said he achieved his dream ambition of winning the KO-D Title and he did so on the big stage along with his “big brother” KUDO. Sakaguchi said tomorrow will be the beginning of his second chapter and he challenged anyone to take the belt from him. The show ended with all three approaching a shrine placed by the ring entrance. Sakaguchi stood in the shrine and was lifted up by the DDT wrestlers. He was paraded around ringside to celebrate his championship victory before reuniting with KUDO & Takanashi for a toast that involved banging a festival drum and drinking sake.
Hiroshi Tanahashi defeated HARASHIMA in the Dramatic Dream Match between two aces. HARASHIMA had the crowd support in his favour but Tanahashi took control by targeting his opponent’s left knee. The crowd booed but Tanahashi ignored it to focus on the match. However he did take time to play the air guitar while working the knee for more heel heat. HARASHIMA turned the tables when he sent Tanahashi into the turnbuckles with the John Woo Dropkick. Foot Stomps and a Superplex couldn’t put the New Japan superstar away and he regained control with the Dragon Screw followed by a Texas Cloverleaf. HARASHIMA fought back with a High Kick but his Somato attempt was countered into the Sling Blade. HARASHIMA eventually hit the Somato but was in too much pain to get the pin in time. He went for the Swan Dive Somato but Tanahashi avoided it. HARASHIMA hit a stiff punch out of desperation but Tanahashi gave him the Dharma Suplex and won with the the High Fly Flow. After the match HARASHIMA offered to shake hands but Tanahashi refused. Tanahashi recently said in a podcast that he hates shaking hands after a match and he doesn’t understand why some wrestlers do it immediately after a heated fight. Tanahashi vented his frustrations in the post-match interview.
Finally one of the strongest teams in Japan was defeated to bring the KO-D Tag Team Titles back to DDT. The Golden☆Storm Riders beat Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi when Kota Ibushi pinned Sekimoto for the first time in his career. Ibushi & Daisuke Sasaki had some help with a trolley at ringside to wheel the champions down the entrance ramp to the ringside floor. Sasaki did a high risk dive off the top rope to a seated Okabayashi at ringside. The champions powered their way into control and German Suplexed Sasaki into oblivion. The Riders came back when Sasaki lifted up Sasaki in the Electric Chair position on the ring apron. Ibushi jumped onto the top rope behind them, grabbed Sekimoto and German Suplexed him into the ring! Sasaki wiped out Okabayashi with a Suicide Dive allowing Ibushi to pin Sekimoto with the Phoenix Splash.
Ken Ohka is the most important part of the Gunma Wrestle Dream Factory, at least according to Super Sasadango Machine’s PowerPoint presentation. The presentations is title “How Ken Ohka is the 6-Man Tag Team Champion” and it contained a secret Sasadango discovered about Ohka. Aparrantly on 8th April, 1977 Ohka’s parents visited Tokyo to watch Antonio Inoki fight Muhammad Ali. That was also the night when Ken Ohka was conceived which means Inoki’s fighting spirit is indirectly tied to Ohka’s genes! Illustrations of Ohka doing Inoki’s grounded leg kicks were shown on the screen. The plan was fot Ohka to cut down Team Drift with the Leg Kicks then shove their faces into Danshoku Dino’s backside. The parasites in Dino’s rear end will fill the victim’s nasal cavity and render him light headed, allowing Sasadango to finish the job. The plan didn’t work as intended. Team Drift weren’t going to lose the KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles when they were debuting new outfits. Soma Takao was hit with Ohka’s Leg Kicks, Dino’s Danshoku Driver and then Sasadango’s Vertical Drop Lehmann Shock but he was saved by his partners from getting pinned. Ohka went for the Spear Of Flame but Keisuke Ishii stopped him dead with the Kneel Kick. Takao then hit the Gin And Tonic to score a successful title defence and remain undefeated in “PETER PAN”. After the match Dino, Sasadango & Ohka regrouped and decided on a new permanent unit name. Taking inspiration on Ohka’s growth from young lion to champion they chose the name #OhkaEmpire (#大家帝国). They asked for a title rematch to take place at Korakuen Hall on 27th September but Ishii refused and the champs walked out.
“Thunder Storm” played over the speakers to mark the one time appearance of Genichiro Tenryu in DDT! Saki Akai wore a new all white costume to mark the occasion while Meiko Satomura tried her best to keep Tenryu and Shuji Ishikawa from going at it before the bell. Tenryu punched her in the face. He did it again to counter a Short Range Lariat. Satomura got some measure of revenge with a few Low Kicks. She had a much easier time in the ring with Akai. Tenryu did more of his punches but this time to Kazusada Higuchi. The match broke down with all six fighting in the ring until Sanshiro Takagi slammed Higuchi with the Spiccoli Driver and then joined Tenryu in giving Higuchi a Lariat Sandwich. One Sit Down Himawari Bomb later and it was all over.
Tetsuya Endo is back and Konosuke Takeshita got new wrestling gear to celebrate. They also had a match together. Both men wanted to steal the show and went full blast. Endo was surely trying to make up for lost time. He went for the Sky Twister Press but missed, allowing Takeshita to hit a Lariat and then the German Suplex to win. This was Takeshita’s first win in a “PETER PAN” show as well as in Sumo Hall.
I write up a paragraph about how today could be Antonio Honda’s time in the spotlight. Then Honda picks a wacky stipulation for his DDT Extreme Title defence involving bras, blindfolds and a gigantic claw trap. I really should have seen this coming. Honda wanted a match based on fear and decided a Blindfold Bra Stripping Tiger Trap Death Match was most suitable. Both himself and Masa Takanashi had to wear a blindfold and a bra. Meanwhile a large tiger trap was placed in the ring for them to avoid. The match could be won by usual means or by stripping the opponent of his bra. Late in the match, Honda found a mic and told the audience to give him their bras so he could power up just like how Goku can gather energy from other living beings! Cameraman Norikazu Fujioka answered the call and took his shirt off to reveal his bra. Honda said needed more. Suddenly Michael Nakazawa appears wearing a bra! Nakazawa said he took a flight from Singapore this morning to be at the show and he wants to help his friend Honda. Honda was given the bras and he wrapped them around his fist. He climbed the ropes and delivered the Diving Fist Drop… right into the tiger trap! Takanashi got his hands on Honda and tried to capitalise with the Takatonic but he himself then stepped onto the tiger trap! Honda ripped off Takanashi’s bra and was declared the winner! Takanashi had to drag along the tiger trap stuck to his leg as he walked backstage.
LiLiCo made her official pro wrestling debut despite winning the Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title at last year’s “PETER PAN” show. She was in a Tag Team Battle Royal with Suguru Miyatake as her partner and wore an eye-catching black outfit with wings and face paint over her eyes. She & Miyatake were one of the final two teams along with Aja Kong & Makoto Oishi. Kong was holding the Iron Man Title LiLiCo wanted but Kong was too powerful for both her and Miyatake. Kong pinned Miyatake but after the match raised LiLiCo’s hand as a show of respect. LiLiCo snuck behind Kong and School Boyed her to try and win the Iron Man Title but Kong kicked out. Kong angrily told LiLiCo “Welcome to professional wrestling!” and challenged LiLiCo to try and take the belt from her anytime, anyplace.
Mao Inoue & Mizuki Watase both made their debuts in the opening match. Inoue wore black and purple camouflage shorts while Watase’s ring gear was in black and gold. They were put through the grind by Yasu Urano, Akito & Ryota Nakatsu. Akito even dared them to do their best Dropkicks on him. The rookies showed some spirit but Akito put an end to it when he tapped out Watase with the Scorpion Lock.
“Hollywood” Stalker Ichikawa didn’t understand the rules of the King Of Dark Championship and before the match began said he will win the title. Gota Ihashi convinced the ref to do fast counts but it backfired when Ichikawa pinned him and got a fast three count. Afterwards Ichikawa was confused because he wasn’t given the championship for winning the match. Ihashi tried to retire the belt but Amon Tsurumi refused to let it happen. Stalker demanded to have the belt. Tsurumi told him to go back to Kobe.
Kota Ibushi will release his autobiography on 28th October. There will be two versions available: “The Strongest Edition” and “The Most Mad Edition”.
Two guest names were announced for “OSAKA OCTOPUS 2015” on 28th November. Comedians RG and Ryota Yamasato will both wrestle at the show. Yamasato was sitting by the commentary table during the announcement and he was surprised to learn he will be wrestling.
Muscle Sakai will film DDT’s second movie “DDT Liberal Arts Pro Wrestling” later this year. The first movie “DDT Wrestling Cannonball 2014” was released on DVD today and available at the show.
This was already announced back in February but as a reminder DDT will hold two shows in Sumo Hall next year. The dates are 21st March and 28th August. A Falls Count Anywhere Street Wrestling Treasure Hunt match was confirmed for the 21st March show.