The DDT Dramatic General Election is back for another year. Fans who buy merchandise at shows can vote for their favorites out of a pool of 56 wrestlers and those who finish in the top 22 will be booked for the 25th October card in Korakuen Hall (Those ranked 23-26 will be in the dark match). The winner of the election gets a KO-D Openweight Title shot on the 28th November show at Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium #1. The runner-up gets a title shot on 25th October. If the KO-D Champion finishes first or second then he will get to choose his challenger for that date’s title bout. Voting begins on the 28th August Tavern Wrestling show at Shin-kiba 1st RING and ends at Union’s 4th October Korakuan show. Every show from DDT, Union, Tokyo Joshi Pro and Ganbare☆Wrestling during that period are eligible for votes to be cast. The results will be announced on 7th October.
The full list of candidates are as follows:
Kota Ibushi, Isami Kodaka, HARASHIMA, Keisuke Ishii, Danshoku Dino, Saki Akai, Cherry, Soma Takao, Akito, KUDO, Kazuki Hirata, Yasu Urano, Antonio Honda, Konosuke Takeshita, Masa Takanashi, Makoto Oishi, Yukio Sakaguchi, Super Sasadango Machine, Tetsuya Endo, Daisuke Sasaki, Shigehiro Irie, Shunma Katsumata, Toru Owashi, Tomomitsu Matsunaga, Hoshitango, Georgeous Matsuno, Suguru Miyatake, Kazusada Higuchi, Ryota Nakatsu, Kota Umeda, Kouki Iwasaki, Dai Suzuki, Gota Ihashi, Yoshihiko, Seiya Morohashi, FUMA, Daichi Kazato, Hiroshi Fukuda, Mitomi Masayuki, SAGAT, Yusuke Kubo, Ladybeard, Daichi, Miyu Yamashita, Syoko Nakajima, Nonoko, Yuka Sakazaki, Rika Tatsumi, Erin, Akane Miura, Hyper Misao, MIZUHO, Ai Shimizu, KANNA, Yukihiro Abe and Ken Ohka.
Sanshiro Takagi and Shuji Ishikawa both declined to participate. DJ Nira was also invited but DDT received no response from him. Ryu Gouma also declined his entry but he has been appointed into the election’s management commitee instead.
There is also an election for the units, the winners of which will get to book their own event later this year. The units are:
1. Smile Squash: HARASHIMA, Yasu Urano & Akito
2. Shuten-dōji: KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi & Masa Takanashi
3. Team Drift: Keisuke Ishii, Shigehiro Irie & Soma Takao
4. Golden☆Storm Riders: Kota Ibushi, Daisuke Sasaki & Suguru Miyatake
5. Happy Motels: Antonio Honda, Konosuke Takeshita, Tetsuya Endo & Hiroshi Fukuda
6. T2Hide: Sanshiro Takagi, Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata
7. KAT-TOO: Makoto Oishi & Shunma Katsumata