DDT “RYOGOKU PETER PAN 2015” Preview

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DDT “RYOGOKU PETER PAN 2015 ~FROM DDT WITH LOVE~”, 23/08/2015
Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan

0. King Of Dark Title: Gota Ihashi (c) Vs “Hollywood” Stalker Ichikawa
1. Mao Inoue & Mizuki Watase Debut Match: Yasu Urano, Akito & Ryota Nakatsu defeated Kota Umeda, Mao Inoue & Mizuki Watase
2. Time Difference Tag Battle Royal: Aja Kong & Makoto Oishi Vs LiLiCo & Suguru Miyatake Vs Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata Vs MIKAMI & Shunma Katsumata Vs Gorgeous Matsuno & Great Kojika Vs Tomomitsu Matsunaga & Kouki Iwasaki Vs Hiroshi Fukuda & Yoshihiko Vs Hoshitango & Mio Shirai
3. DDT Extreme Title – Uchikami! Presents: Antonio Honda (c) Vs Masa Takanashi
4. Tetsuya Endo Comeback Match: Konosuke Takeshita Vs Tetsuya Endo
5. Genichiro Tenryu Retirement Road Round 15: Genichiro Tenryu, Sanshiro Takagi & Saki Akai Vs Shuji Ishikawa, Kazusada Higuchi & Meiko Satomura
6. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles: Keisuke Ishii, Shigehiro Irie & Soma Takao (c) Vs Danshoku Dino, Super Sasadango Machine & Ken Ohka
7. KO-D Tag Team Titles: Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi (c) Vs Kota Ibushi & Daisuke Sasaki
8. Dramatic Dream Match: HARASHIMA Vs Hiroshi Tanahashi
9. KO-D Openweight Title – Good Com Asset Presents: KUDO (c) Vs Yukio Sakaguchi

In just a few short days DDT will be in Sumo Hall for the seventh annual “PETER PAN” extravaganza! You’d think the area would be sick of pro wrestling after last week but ticket sales suggest otherwise. The show is almost entirely sold out and DDT had to open up extra seats next to the stage to meet demand. The big stories surrounding the show are a dream match between a once in a lifetime talent and the indie world’s strongest warrior, a battle between two brothers in arms over DDT’s greatest prize, two Storm Riders attempting to take gold from some strong style golems, a trio of lifelong companions getting the band back together in search of glory, a grumpy old sumo’s short stay during his journey to retirement, the return of a future main eventer in the making, a day in the limelight for one of DDT’s longest serving wrestlers and some new blood making their debut.

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0. King Of Dark Title: Gota Ihashi (c) Vs “Hollywood” Stalker Ichikawa

But before we get to all that we have to get through the pre-show. Created back in February, the King Of Dark Title has been an albatross for some of the worst and unluckiest wrestlers in DDT. Those who hold the championship are banished to wrestle in dark matches until they win. Still, it’s more valuable than the King Of The Mountain TitleGota Ihashi has been the face of the championship for it’s short history, racking up a total of 18 defeats/defences during his two reigns. Ihashi has done everything he could to get rid of the belt but every plan has ended in failure. His embarrassment continues when he goes against one of the most legendary losers in pro wrestling, “Hollywood” Stalker Ichikawa! Ihashi is confident in his ability to win but he should underestimate Stalker at his peril! I’m pretty sure Stalker has won more matches than Ihashi ever did.

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1. Mao Inoue & Mizuki Watase Debut Match: Yasu Urano, Akito & Ryota Nakatsu defeated Kota Umeda, Mao Inoue & Mizuki Watase

The opener features the debut of two new wrestlers. Mao Inoue is an 18 year old Youtube wrestler from Miyagi who was scouted by Sanshiro Takagi. Mizuki Watase is a 24 year old comedian from Nagano and is most known for his work in Tenori Tiger. They were both surprised to learn their debut match is taking place so soon in Sumo Hall. They will be placed in the ring with DNA wrestlers Ryota Nakatsu and Kota Umeda as well as veterans Yasu Urano & Akito. Akito’s inclusion here is pretty disappointing to be honest. He was on fire with his DDT Extreme Title run throughout the year. Him in the opening match centred around the rookies is a step down. However DDT has a knack for discovering talented new wrestlers lately. The DNA shows have been proof of that and Nakatsu is one of the stand outs. Akito might be just the guy needed to help break in the rookies.

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2. Time Difference Tag Battle Royal: Aja Kong & Makoto Oishi Vs LiLiCo & Suguru Miyatake Vs Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata Vs MIKAMI & Shunma Katsumata Vs Gorgeous Matsuno & Great Kojika Vs Tomomitsu Matsunaga & Kouki Iwasaki Vs Hiroshi Fukuda & Yoshihiko Vs Hoshitango & Mio Shirai

Usually the Battle Royal match in these shows are for the Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title. However this year is a little bit different. We’re getting a Tag Team Battle Royal and all of the attention is on the official pro wrestling debut of LiLiCo. The half Swedish, half Japanese celebrity was a guest on last year’s show and she ended up winning the Iron Man Title. This time she’s back to give pro wrestling a proper go. She picked Suguru Miyatake as her partner after he impressed her with his physique. Unfortunately for LiLiCo, the current Iron Man champion Aja Kong demanded to be in the match and is forcing Makoto Oishi to team with her. Kong is setting her sights on LiLiCo and looking to end her wrestling career before it even begins.

The rest of the field is made up of DDT regulars and a few guests. MIKAMI left DDT a few months ago to become a freelancer but he returns to team with the promising rookie Shunma Katsumata. Tomomitsu Matsunaga & Kouki Iwasaki recently formed Pigging 2015 with Gota Ihashi much to the annoyance of everyone else. Gorgeous Matsuno & The Great Kojika are here to be the classy old gentlemen who puts the young whipper-snappers in their place. Kazuki Hirata wants to dance while Toru Owashi has to tolerate him. Hiroshi Fukuda combines his American sports entertainment style with the power of Yoshihiko to form a force of unbelievable strength. Last but not least Hoshitango & Mio Shirai make up the team of random character selects from a custom Fire Pro Wrestling save. Shirai will be retiring on 20th September and said she is happy to be in a crazy DDT battle royal one last time.

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3. DDT Extreme Title – Uchikami! Presents: Antonio Honda (c) Vs Masa Takanashi

Antonio Honda has had quite the career in DDT. He’s been a Cuban manager with Tourette’s, an Italian drug lord, a Hawaiian Ricky Steamboat knock off and a kleptomaniac soldier. He introduced Hulk Hogan Gymnastics to the world and just recently had the honour of fighting an invisible Mel Gibson. But the spotlight has never really been on him for long. There was that one night at the end of 2010 when he became the Interim KO-D Openweight Champion but that was short lived. Honda accepts that he is approaching his twilight years in the ring but he’s not giving up just yet. Every dog has his day and Honda could get his inside Sumo Hall. An upset victory over Akito in July earned Honda the DDT Extreme Title. Unfortunately since then his feel good story has been interrupted by Masa Takanashi. Honda lost a few non-title matches to Takanashi, who later became the No. 1 Contender for the Extreme Title.

Takanashi remembers when he fought Danshoku Dino for the Extreme Title at the very first “RYOGOKU PETER PAN” back in 2009. He lost then but he intends to win the belt this time. Honda is keeping the stipulation for the match a secret until the day of the show. All he will say is the match will use fear as a theme and it is inspired by a previous match the two had together. Honda says the rules scare even himself and he must overcome that fear to defend his title.

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4. Tetsuya Endo Comeback Match: Konosuke Takeshita Vs Tetsuya Endo

Tetsuya Endo has been out of action for four months when he broke his third metatarsal in his left foot. For his return, Endo will face his Happy Motels tag team partner Konosuke Takeshita in a battle between two of DDT’s future main eventers. Endo is believes this match is as important to him as a championship match and he will treat it as such. He’s been working backstage and at ringside during DDT’s shows while he recovered and has seen in person the improvement in Takeshita’s Dropkick. Takeshita said he will go full force from the beginning and he thinks this match will be fighting against the two main events for the best bout of the show.

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5. Genichiro Tenryu Retirement Road Round 15: Genichiro Tenryu, Sanshiro Takagi & Saki Akai Vs Shuji Ishikawa, Kazusada Higuchi & Meiko Satomura

The legendary Genichiro Tenryu will wrestle in DDT for the first and only time this Sunday. This won’t be the weirdest thing he’s ever done in wrestling, that would be dressing up as HG in HUSTLE. Tenryu sent in some words about the other wrestlers in his match. He noted Sanshiro Takagi’s dexterity and how nothing ever worries him. He is quite pleased to team with Saki Akai and knows her father’s history in boxing. Akai is hoping she will inherit Tenryu’s patented Goo Punch. That is a lot better for her than the original idea of Tenryu Vs Akai in a singles match. Tenryu calls Shuji Ishikawa a natural wrestler and acknowledges the physical fitness of his fellow sumo Kazusada Higuchi. Due to their sumo backgrounds Higuchi has a few similar qualities with Tenryu and some of Higuchi’s movements does remind me of Tenryu. Higuchi admits he is nervous to be in the same ring as Tenryu but he wants Tenryu to fight him with all of his body and soul. Meanwhile Akai is preparing for Meiko Satomura and remembers when they fought last November. Satomura submitted her with a Sleeper Hold and she’s been frustrated over the results ever since.

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6. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles: Keisuke Ishii, Shigehiro Irie & Soma Takao (c) Vs Danshoku Dino, Super Sasadango Machine & Ken Ohka

Last year Team Dream Futures were the challengers, this year they are the champions. Team Drift currently have the most successful KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Title run in the belts’ history with three successful defences (it’s a hot potato championship). Facing them is a trio reunited by the power of friendship. Danshoku Dino, Super Sasadango Machine and Ken Ohka consider each other close friends from the same generation of DDT wrestlers. However Ohka has been missing from this group for years. He’s been busy forming a new identity as the leader of Ganbare☆Wrestling. Ohka even did the unthinkable and very briefly became the KO-D Openweight Champion back in June. It took some convincing but Ohka is back in DDT as a new man. Together with Dino & Sasadango they are the Gamba Wrestle Dream Factory.

Happy reunions aside the challengers have a big challenge ahead of them. Team Drift are one of the longest running stables in DDT. Also Soma Takao is still undefeated at “PETER PAN” with a 6-0 record. Tensions flared at the press conference when Keisuke Ishii gave a lot of praise to Dino and Sasadango but gave Ohka a backhanded compliment. Ohka took offence and dared Ishii to slap him. He did. Ohka then dared Takao to slap him. He did. Ohka then dared Shigehiro Irie to hit him. Irie sent him reeling with a headbutt. The challengers left to get Ohka some treatment but he returned and dared Irie to headbutt him again! Irie did so and Ohka was left in tears from the pain.

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7. KO-D Tag Team Titles: Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi (c) Vs Kota Ibushi & Daisuke Sasaki

The unfortunately named Strong BJ have been unstoppable in DDT ever since they won the KO-D Tag Team Titles in Saitama Super Arena back in February. It seems like there is no one in DDT capable of beating Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi. Right now it seems like DDT’s last hope of ever reclaiming the belts lie with Kota Ibushi & Daisuke Sasaki. However Ibushi is no doubt tired after the G1 Climax and Sasaki has had no luck with trying to beat Okabayashi in the meantime. The flash Hurricanrana Sasaki has used to great effect all year did not work on Big Japan’s golem. He is still confident that himself & Ibushi are the strongest team on Earth and will take down the champs. He gave himself & Ibushi a 65% chance of winning. Okabayashi’s response is he & Sekimoto will crush the challengers with 120% of their strength. While Sasaki and Okabayashi are arguing over percentages, Sekimoto was probably just thinking “Not this shit again” to himself.

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8. Dramatic Dream Match: HARASHIMA Vs Hiroshi Tanahashi

It’s not closing out the show but this is the marquee match. The ace of DDT versus the ace of New Japan. Or if you want to be cynical, the John Cena of DDT versus the John Cena of New Japan. Either way “___WinsLOL” can apply to either result. But why be negative about this? We’re going to get a great match. HARASHIMA has been on top of his game this year and if anyone deserves a shot against this year’s G1 winner, it’s him. Hiroshi Tanahashi previously wrestled in DDT at last year’s “PETER PAN” against Konosuke Takeshita. He sent a message to DDT saying HARASHIMA is a refreshing challenger and he expects HARASHIMA to bring his A-game. HARASHIMA called Tanahashi “the most delicious opponent” now that he is coming into the show as the G1 winner.

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9. KO-D Openweight Title – Good Com Asset Presents: KUDO (c) Vs Yukio Sakaguchi

The semi-main event has the most attention but the main event is the most dramatic match on this card. To sweeten the deal a 2 million yen cash prize will be awarded to the winner courtesy of the match’s sponsor Good Com Asset. The KO-D Openweight Title is also on the line between two wrestlers who consider each other as brothers. They share a bond over fine liquor but the high tension of main eventing DDT’s biggest show of the year nearly split them apart. KUDO has been champion for most of the summer and did not flinch when Yukio Sakaguchi won the King Of DDT tournament to earn this title shot. However a series of defeats created a rift between the two and KUDO started to question whether or not Sakaguchi deserved to have the title shot. Sakaguchi himself had doubts and at one point even requested to be removed from the match! However fortunes turned around and Sakaguchi found his way back to a winning streak. Sakaguchi regained his confidence and warned KUDO that he was coming for him and the title! Their friendship was still frosty as they fought each other in tag matches up until the end of Beer Garden week. The two were full of mutual respect for each other and fist bumped to signal a recovery of their friendship. With all of the bad blood out now of the way there is nothing stopping them from going all out to prove who is more deserving to be champion. KUDO calls this match a clash of souls and promises to drink the most delicious alcohol in his life when he wins.

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