Japan Trip, Grand Illumination, Max Bump, Takeshita Dream Match

March 29, 2016

Heads up everyone, I’m about to go on holiday to Japan for the next two weeks. Bad news is I won’t be able to update the blog until maybe the 3rd week of April. The good news is I’ll be going to see Saitama Slam at Kasukabe Hall on the 2nd. I’ll hopefully have a good report written up for that show and my experience of it.

DDT “DNA 15”, 01/04/2016
Kitasenju Theatre 1010

1. Guanchulo Vs Rekka
2. Daichi Kazato Vs Nobuhiro Shimatani
3. Kota Umeda & Mizuki Watase Vs Keisuke Ishii & Soma Takao
4. Rainbow Kawamura Vs Antonio Honda
5. Shunma Katsumata Vs Kouki Iwasaki
6. Kazusada Higuchi Vs Mao Inoue

This is Rekka’s first appearance as a full time member of DNA.

Dai Suzuki has gone under surgury to repair a meniscus in his left knee.

Shizuoka Izuguranparu Park

1. Tomomitsu Matsunaga & Gota Ihashi Vs Kazusada Higuchi & Kouki Iwasaki
2. Keisuke Ishii & Soma Takao Vs Akito & Yasu Urano
3. Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata Vs Shunma Katsumata & Guanchulo
4. Danshoku Dino & Makoto Oishi Vs Masa Takanashi & Kota Umeda
5. DDT Extreme Title: Super Sasadango Machine (c) Vs Shigehiro Irie
6. DDT Special 4 Vs Happy Motel Falls Count Anywhere 8-Man Tag Team Match: Sanshiro Takagi, HARASHIMA, Yukio Sakaguchi & Saki Akai Vs Antonio Honda, Konosuke Takeshita, Tetsuya Endo & Hiroshi Fukuda

Shigehiro Irie got the better of Super Sasadango Machine at their last meeting. What does Sasadango have planned to beat him?

DDT “MAX BUMP 2016”, 24/04/2016
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. KO-D Tag Team Titles: Daisuke Sasaki & Shuji Ishikawa (c) Vs Konosuke Takeshita & Tetsuya Endo
2. KO-D Openweight Title: HARASHIMA (c) Vs Kazusada Higuchi

Last May Kazusada Higuchi used a Right To Challenge contract to get a title match. His undefeated streak was ended by the champion HARASHIMA. Now almost a year later Higuchi finds himself in a similar position. He wants to get revenge on HARASHIMA for ending his win streak.

The New Gen Combo were granted a rematch for the KO-D Tag Team Titles.

The current Right To Challenge contract holders are Toru Owashi, Tomomitsu Matsunaga, Danshoku Dino, Antonio Honda and Saki Akai.

Osaka Yodogawa Ward Community Center

1. Twelve New Year’s Eve Dream: Konosuke Takeshita Vs HUB

It’s been a dream for Konosuke Takeshita to wrestle HUB. He’s been a fan of his going well back to his Osaka Pro days as zero.

Other wrestlers expected to compete are Jinsei Shinzaki, Magnitude Kishiwada, Kikutaro, Kuishinbo Kamen, Shuji Ishikawa, Kengo Takai, Shoichi Uchida and Super Sasadango Machine. Dick Togo will also appear.


March 29, 2016


Nagoya Chikusa Small Theatre
183 Fans

1. Hi69 defeated Yukihiro Abe with a Modified Crab Hold (9:06).
2. Kazuaki Mihara & Shinya Ishida defeated Hiroshi Fukuda & SAGAT when Ishida pinned SAGAT with the Delta Drive (8:25).
3. FUMA & Yusuke Kubo defeated Daichi Kazato & Tsutomu Oosugi when FUMA pinned Kazato with the HEAVY METAL ANTHEM (13:46).
4. Naoshi Sano defeated Ryu Gouma with a Vertical Drop Brainbuster onto the Statute Book (6:39).
5. Atsushi Maruyama defeated Ryota Nakatsu with a Cradle (8:28).
6. Isami Kodaka & Takumi Tsukamoto defeated Ryuichi Sekine & Koji Iwamoto when Kodaka pinned Iwamoto with the Zeyyari (17:29).

A round robin tournament will take place in May featuring 10 wrestlers all affiliated with BASARA. The tournament format is two blocks of five wrestlers and the winners of each group face each other in the final.

Koji Iwamoto kicked out of the Diving Double Knee Drop but was immediately put down with the Zeyyari.


March 27, 2016


DDT “TENNOJI WRESTLING ZOO! 2016”, 27/03/2016
Osaka Tennoji Ward Community Center
375 Dans – No Vacancy

1. Akito & Yasu Urano defeated Guanchulo & Dai Suzuki when Akito submitted Suzuki with the Scorpion Lock (8:37).
2. Keisuke Ishii, Shigehiro Irie & Soma Takao defeated Sanshiro Takagi, Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata when Takagi pinned Hirata with a Cradle (9:51).
3. Saki Akai & Cherry defeated Antonio Honda & Hiroshi Fukuda with Akai pinned Fukuda with a Diving Body Attack (10:03).
4. Joey Ryan & Candice LeRae defeated Danshoku Dino & Makoto Oishi when LeRae pinned Oishi with the Ball Plex (11:59).
5. HARASHIMA & Tomomitsu Matsunaga defeated Kazusada Higuchi & Kouki Iwasaki when HARASHIMA pinned Iwasaki with the Somato (11:45).
6. MAX Lucha Libre Maximo Title & SPW South East Asian Title – Ironman Match: Daisuke Sasaki (MAX c) (2) Vs Masa Takanashi (SPW c) (2) ended in a Draw (30:00).
6a. Daisuke Sasaki (1) defeated Masa Takanashi (0) with the Vietnam Driver II (12:24).
6b. Daisuke Sasaki (2) defeated Masa Takanashi (0) with the Cross Facelock (18:45).
6c. Masa Takanashi (1) defeated Daisuke Sasaki (2) with a Cradle (22:09).
6d. Masa Takanashi (2) defeated Daisuke Sasaki (2) with a Cradle (28:58).
*V9 for Daisuke Sasaki. V2 for Masa Takanashi.
7. Konosuke Takeshita & Tetsuya Endo defeated Yukio Sakaguchi & Kota Umeda when Takeshita pinned Umeda with the German Suplex (14:29).

Daisuke Sasaki came out at the start of the show to announce he was defending the MAX Lucha Libre Maximo Title against Johnny Gargano. He was told that wasn’t happening and Masa Takanashi is his opponent. Takanashi came out and suggested a double title match with his SPW South East Asia Title also on the line. Sasaki accepted but only if they fought in a 60 minute Ironman match. Amon Tsurumi was worried they wouldn’t be able to fit a 60 minute match into the show but agreed to give it a 30 minute time limit after the crowd reacted positively to the stipulation. Sasaki took the first two falls with two of his finishing holds. But Takanashi scored a point when he countered the NOW OR NEVER into a Cradle. Sasaki tried to increase the lead by getting Takanashi counted out. He gave him a Brainbuster on the floor and also a Super Elbow Drop while Takanashi was sitting on a chair. Takanashi somehow found it in him to Cradle Sasaki again and even the score 2-2. The final minute had both wrestlers trying to roll up and cradle each other for a flash 3 count but the time expired with no winner determined. Both Sasaki and Takanashi had to be helped out to the back but they both yelled “Remember this!” to each other as they left.

HARASHIMA and Kazusada Higuchi had a staredown after Match #5. Tomomitsu Matsunaga stepped in between them to remind HARASHIMA he has a Right To Challenge contract.

The World’s Cutest Tag Team want a rematch with Sasaki & Shuji Ishikawa. Joey Ryan wants another shot at winning the KO-D Tag Team Titles while Candice LeRae just wants to beat the shit out of Sasaki.

Konosuke Takeshita will face HUB in Yodogawa on 22nd May. The match was put together by Yukinori Matsui when during an after show drinking party last December a drunk Takeshita told Matsui he became a pro wrestler so he could meet zero (HUB’s old gimmick). Matsui was moved by the story and wanted to make it happen.


March 27, 2016


Hanshin Racecourse Event Plaza
??? Fans

1. HARASHIMA & Konosuke Takeshita defeated Shigehiro Irie & Soma Takao when HARASHIMA pinned Takao with the Somato (8:25).
2. Saki Akai & Makoto Oishi defeated Cherry & Antonio Honda when Akai pinned Cherry with a Diving Body Attack (9:09).

It was Hanshin Sakura Week at the racecourse so DDT held a small show near the track. Saki Akai was the special Sakura Ambassador for the event but a jealous Cherry stole her tiara. To solve the problem a match was held to determine who deserved to be the ambassador. Akai pinned Cherry in a mixed tag match but Cherry protested that she kicked out at 2. Akai reconciled with her and asked for her to team up together in Osaka later that day. Cherry accepted the offer.


March 27, 2016


Shinjuku FACE
600 Fans – Super No Vacancy

1. Tomomitsu Matsunaga & Gota Ihashi defeated Sanshiro Takagi & Toru Owashi when Ihashi pinned Takagi with a School Boy (8:05).
2. Shigehiro Irie & Soma Takao defeated Super Sasadango Machine & Mizuki Watase when Irie pinned Machine with the Flying Sausage (10:45).
3. Konosuke Takeshita & Tetsuya Endo defeated Hoshitango & Guanchulo when Takeshita pinned Guanchulo with a Texas Cloverhold (9:39).
4. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles: Kazusada Higuchi, Shunma Katsumata & Kouki Iwasaki (c) defeated Yukio Sakaguchi, Masa Takanashi & Kota Umeda when Katsumata pinned Umeda with the Nebula Storm (14:14).
*V1 for Higuchi-gumi.
5. Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Battle Royal: Saki Akai, Danshoku Dino, amd Antonio Honda all won Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Contracts (11:25).
5a. Saki Akai eliminated Makoto Oishi by Ring Out (3:50).
*Saki Akai wins a Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Contract.
5b. Danshoku Dino eliminated Keisuke Ishii with a Lip Lock (6:10).
*Danshoku Dino wins a Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Contract.
5c. Hiroshi Fukuda eliminated Yasu Urano by Ring Out (8:24).
5d. Akito eliminated Hiroshi Fukuda by Ring Out (8:24).
5e. Antonio Honda defeated Kazuki Hirata with a Crucifix Pin (11:25).
*Antonio Honda wins a Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Contract.
6. KO-D Tag Team Titles: Daisuke Sasaki (c) & Shuji Ishikawa defeated Joey Ryan & Candice LeRae when Sasaki pinned LeRae with the Vietnam Driver II (18:11).
*V1 for Daisuke Sasaki & Shuji Ishikawa.
7. KO-D Openweight Title: HARASHIMA (c) defeated Ken Ohka with the Somato (16:11).
*V1 for HARASHIMA. Ken Ohka cashes in his Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Contract.

Ken Ohka made several appearances throughout the show before the main event. Each time he demanded HARASHIMA to come out so they could begin their KO-D Openweight Title match. But whenever HARASHIMA appeared Ohka backtracked and instead claimed he was out to get advice from the other wrestlers in the ring. The match finally happened in the main event as originally scheduled. Ohka hit the Spear Of Flame but only got a two count. He surprised HARASHIMA with a Dragon Suplex but another Spear was avoided and HARASHIMA hit the Somato to win. The champion didn’t expect Ohka to be so driven to win and was impressed by how strong he has gotten. Ohka cried and thanked HARASHIMA before leaving.

Kazusada Higuchi was invited to the ring to set up HARASHIMA’s next title match on 24th April. Higuchi said he’s been disciplining himself ever since HARASHIMA handed him his first loss in Sapporo last year. He said he has youth on his side and that is what will make him win.

Love is over! Daisuke Sasaki had to put his feelings for Candice LeRae aside as the two duked over the KO-D Tag Team Titles along with Shuji Ishikawa and Joey Ryan. At one point the canvas was covered in candy and gave Sasaki the Ball Plex onto them. But it all fell apart for the challengers when Ishikawa gave LeRae the Fire Thunder onto the candy. Sasaki was in tears and told LeRae “I’m sorry, I love you!” before hitting a Super Kick. He then gave her the Vietnam Driver II for the victory. After the match Sasaki thought it was a good time to propose to LeRae one more time but he was turned down as usual. Sasaki wouldn’t take no for an answer and tried to leave the ring with LeRae over his shoulders. The New Gen Combo came to the rescue and then challenged the champions to a rematch. Sasaki instead demanded a match with LeRae and Johnny Gargano! Amon Tsurumi said there was no chance of it happening so the New Gen Combo are now the No. 1 Contenders.

Three more Right To Challenge contracts are now in play. A Battle Royal was held with a contract given to whoever could score an elimination by pinfall or submission. Saki Akai, Danshoku Dino and Antonio Honda won the remaining contracts. Kazuki Hirata once again failed to get one. At least he still has Aja Kong.

Team DNA just barely got out of Shinjuku FACE with the KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles still in their grips. Shunma Katsumata caught Kota Umeda with a cradle but the two teams continued fighting after the bell rang. When they were kept apart Katsumata said their win wasn’t a fluke, it instead proved they can’t be stopped. Their goal as champions is to beat all of the senior wrestlers in DDT.

KENSO interfered in the opening match to again ask Sanshiro Takagi if he could join DDT permanently. Gota Ihashi got involved and got in a fight with KENSO. A missed Big Boot hitting Takagi allowed Ihashi to win the match via a roll up. KENSO ignored that and went back to asking about joining DDT. He will not give up because it his his dream to join DDT and wrestle for its amazing fans. Takagi said no. He instead brought out Taiwanese wrestler Rekka and asked him to join DDT and DNA. KENSO said he wanted to join more than Rekka but he was again told no. Takagi revealed he’s been in contact with New Taiwan Pro Wrestling and was impressed with Rekka’s hard work. DDT will hold its first show in Taiwan this November and DDT hopes Rekka will become a star in time for the show. KENSO yet again tried to get Takagi’s attention so a decision was made to have KENSO Vs Rekka in Saitama on 2nd April.

In a preview of their DDT Extreme Title match next week, Shigehiro Irie pinned Super Sasadango Machine. Sasadango didn’t even realise Irie was his next opponent until after the match. But he might have learned a few clues towards what Irie’s weaknesses are.

Ohka Desires Title, Sasaki Desires Candice, Sasadango Desires Not Losing

March 24, 2016

Shinjuku FACE

1. Sanshiro Takagi & Toru Owashi Vs Tomomitsu Matsunaga & Gota Ihashi
2. Super Sasadango Machine & Mizuki Watase Vs Shigehiro Irie & Soma Takao
3. Konosuke Takeshita & Tetsuya Endo Vs Hoshitango & Guanchulo
4. Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Battle Royal: Danshoku Dino Vs Keisuke Ishii Vs Saki Akai Vs Antonio Honda Vs Makoto Oishi Vs Kazuki Hirata Vs Yasu Urano Vs Akito Vs Hiroshi Fukuda
5. KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Titles: Kazusada Higuchi, Shunma Katsumata & Kouki Iwasaki (c) Vs Yukio Sakaguchi, Masa Takanashi & Kota Umeda
6. KO-D Tag Team Titles: Daisuke Sasaki (c) & Shuji Ishikawa Vs Joey Ryan & Candice LeRae
7. KO-D Openweight Title: HARASHIMA (c) Vs Ken Ohka
*Ken Ohka will cash in in Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Contract.

The first Right To Challenge Contract is already being cashed in. Ken Ohka is wasting no time and wants to fight HARASHIMA for the KO-D Openweight Title this Saturday. Ohka is not giving HARASHIMA any time to recover from Sumo Hall while he himself got through the show without a scratch. He knows HARASHIMA isn’t 100% and probably has an injured knee or foot from his match with Isami Kodaka. He has all the respect in the world for the champion and they have a strong bond after their match with Hiroshi Tanahashi & Yohei Komatsu last year. But his desire to win the KO-D Title again is even stronger.

Daisuke Sasaki nominated The World’s Cutest Tag Team as the No. 1 Contenders for the KO-D Tag Team Titles. He wants revenge on Candice LeRae for turning down his marriage proposal just to get engaged to someone else afterwards. Sasaki admits he’s thinking with his crotch instead of his head. He even wants to fight LeRae’s fiancée Johnny Gargano! Amon Tsurumi is allowing the title match to happen due to Sasaki’s insistence but did point out the former champions Konosuke Takeshita & Tetsuya Endo also want a title rematch.

Turns out there is one more Right To Challenge Contract up for grabs.

In an odd turn of events Super Sasadango Machine wanted to vacate the DDT Extreme Title and reward it to Antonio Honda. Tsurumi asked why and he said he wanted to give the belt to Honda as a lifetime achievement award. His request was refused so he asked if he could lend the belt to Honda instead. When that was turned down he admitted he didn’t want to defend the title until the 20th Anniversary show in Saitama Super Arena next year. Then he admitted he would rather give the belt to Honda instead of losing it to him.

DDT “TENNOJI WRESTLING ZOO! 2016”, 27/03/2016
Osaka Tennoji Ward Community Center

1. Danshoku Dino & Makoto Oishi Vs Joey Ryan & Candice LeRae
2. Konosuke Takeshita & Tetsuya Endo Vs Yukio Sakaguchi & Kota Umeda
3. Satoshi New War Broke Out! Special Singles Match: Daisuke Sasaki Vs Masa Takanashi

Danshoku Dino and Joey Ryan are in the same ring together for the first time since that match at “OSAKA OCTOPUS 2015”.

Nagoya Chikusa Small Theatre

1. Ryu Gouma Vs Naoshi Sano
2. Hi69 Vs Yukihiro Abe
3. Ryota Nakatsu Vs Atsushi Maruyama
4. Hiroshi Fukuda & SAGAT Vs Kazuaki Mihara & Shinya Ishida
5. FUMA & Yusuke Kubo Vs Daichi Kazato & Tsutomu Oosugi
6. Isami Kodaka & Takumi Tsukamoto Vs Ryuichi Sekine & Koji Iwamoto

Who let Naoshi Sano in here?


1. World’s Strongest Phantom Rumble ~Bracken Of The Living Dead~: J-Soul Pandita III IV Vs Dr. Kirico Vs Potato Head Sera Vs Hong Kong International Police Man Vs Hong Kong Domestic Police Man Vs Hong Kong International Women’s Police Man Vs Atsushi Maruyama Vs Choun-Shiryu
2. Special Tag Match: Shuichiro Katsumura & Shinichiro Tominaga Vs Shibata & Mitomi Masayuki
3. Special Dream Match: Yumehito Imanari Vs Viper
4. Ganpuro Vs Tomodachi-gun: Ken Ohka, Shota & Shinichiro Tominaga Vs Minoru Fujita, Madoka & Yukihiro Abe

Yumehito Imanari’s original opponent Bambi had to pull out due to poor health. Ganbare☆Wrestling struck a deal with Stardom to bring in Scottish wrestler Viper to replace Bambi. Imanari is thrilled with the decision.

DDT “DNA 15”, 01/04/2016
Kitasenju Theatre 1010

1. Kota Umeda & Mizuki Watase Vs Keisuke Ishii & Soma Takao
2. Rainbow Kawamura Vs Antonio Honda
3. Shunma Katsumata Vs Kouki Iwasaki
4. Kazusada Higuchi Vs Mao Inoue

Mao Inoue is being thrown into the deep end so soon after his return from injury.

Saitama Kasukabe Hall

1. Hyper Misao Vs Yuu
2. KANNA & Yuka Sakizaki Vs Azusa Takigawa & Marika Kobashi
3. Nonoko Vs Nodoka-oneesan
4. Ai Shimizu Tokyo Joshi Pro Graduation Match: Ai Shimizu & Syoko Nakajima Vs Miyu Yamashita & Rika Tatsumi
5. Iron Mask Girl Legend ~ Farewell Saki Akamiya: Saki Akamiya Vs Poison Miura (w/ Poison Sawada JULIE)

Ai Shimizu gets to have her graduation match with the TOKYO Princess Of Princess Champion.

Oyama Municipal Cultural Center

1. Hardcore Match: Isami Kodaka & Takumi Tsukamoto Vs FUMA & Yusuke Kubo

This will be BASARA’s first Hardcore Match.

DDT “MAX BUMP 2016”, 24/04/2016
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. KO-D Openweight Title: HARASHIMA (c) Vs Kazusada Higuchi

No matter who the KO-D Champion is they will defend the title against Kazusada Higuchi on this show.

LiLiCo will appear on the show looking for revenge on Saki Akai.


March 21, 2016


DDT “JUDGEMENT 2016 ~DDT 19th ANNIVERSARY~”, 21/03/2016
Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan
6,938 Fans – No Vacancy

0. King Of Dark Title: DJ Nira & Dai Suzuki defeated Seiya Morohashi (c) & Hoshitango when Nira pinned Morohashi with the Ravioli (3:31).
*D1 for Seiya Morohashi.
0. Tokyo Joshi Pro Offer Battle Royal: Yuka Sakazaki defeated Syoko Nakajima with the Osaekomi Backslide (8:37).
Order Of Elimination: Poison Miura, Yuu, Hyper Misao, Nodoka-onesan, Ai Shimizu and Rika Tatsumi, Marika Kobashi, Nonoko, Azusa Takigawa, KANNA, Miyu Yamashita.
0. DNA Offer Match – Mao Inoue Comeback: Shunma Katsumata, Guanchulo & Mao Inoue defeated Kouki Iwasaki, Rainbow Kawamura & Nobuhiro Shimatani when Katsumata pinned Shimatani with the Lightning Spiral (6:53).
0. Pro Wrestling BASARA Offer Match: FUMA, Yusuke Kubo & SAGAT defeated Takumi Tsukamoto, Daichi Kazato & Ryu Gouma when FUMA pinned Kazato with the HEAVY METAL ANTHEM (5:28).
1. Ryogoku First Appearance! Next KO-D Openweight Title Challenger Decision And Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Battle Royal: Kazusada Higuchi defeated Soma Takao with the Goten (16:53).
1a. Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Blue: Ken Ohka (6:26).
1b. Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Yellow: Tomomitsu Matsunaga (8:27).
1c. Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Red: Toru Owashi (10:43).
1d. Right To Date Aja Kong: Kazuki Hirata (13:19).
Order Of Elimination: Gorgeous Matsuno, Cherry, Ryuichi Sekine, Masa Takanshi, Yoshihiko, Ryota Nakatsu.
2. 3 Way Tag Match: Keisuke Ishii & Shigehiro Irie defeated Joey Ryan & Candice LeRae and Akito & Yasu Urano when Irie pinned Akito with the Beast Bomber (9:57).
3. Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title – Special 6-Man Tag Team Match: LiLiCo (c), Kota Umeda & Mizuki Watase defeated Saki Akai, Makoto Oishi & Lady Beard when LiLiCo submitted Oishi with a Manjigatame (9:38).
*V1 for LiLiCo.
4. Special Tag Match: Tatsumi Fujinami & LEONA defeated Antonio Honda & Hiroshi Fukuda when Fujinami submitted Fukuda with the Dragon Sleeper (12:10).
5. DDT Extreme Title – Ultimate Royal Barbed Wire PowerPoint No Power Blast PWF Rules: Super Sasadango Machine defeated Kendo Kashin (c) with a Cross Armbreaker Crush (7:07).
*Kendo Kashin fails in V4. Super Sasadango Machine becomes the 35th DDT Extreme Champion!
6. Kota Ibushi Comeback & Ibushi Wrestling Institute 1st Leg – East & West Toward The Front Over The Entire Surface Falls Count Anywhere Weapon Treasure Hunt Match: Kota Ibushi & Gota Ihashi defeated Sanshiro Takagi & Jun Kasai and KENSO & Michael Nakazawa when Ibushi pinned Nakazawa with the Phoenix Splash (23:12).
7. Dramatic Dream Match: Minoru Suzuki defeated Yukio Sakaguchi by TKO with the Sleeper Hold (16:15).
8. Dramatic Dream Match: Akebono defeated Danshoku Dino with the Danshoku Yokozuna Impact (10:20).
9. KO-D Tag Team Titles – Uchicomi! Presents: Daisuke Sasaki & Shuji Ishikawa defeated Konosuke Takeshita & Tetsuya Endo (c) when Sasaki submitted Takeshita with La Mistica Cross Facelock (17:22).
*New Generation Combination fails in V2. Daisuke Sasaki & Shuji Ishikawa become the 54th KO-D Tag Team Champions!
10. KO-D Openweight Title – Good Com Asset Presents: HARASHIMA defeated Isami Kodaka (c) with the Swan Dive Somato (18:15).
*Isami Kodaka fails in V4. HARASHIMA becomes the 56th KO-D Openweight Champion!


A lot happened at DDT’s 19th Anniversary show. I mean a lot. Three title changes, a mental Falls Count Anywhere match, bare asses, new challengers determined and a few announcements for DDT’s future too. DDT also had an entire seating setup of Sumo Hall available to them instead of having one side blocked off for the entrance stage like in previous years.


In the main event HARASHIMA took the KO-D Openweight Title from Isami Kodaka to become an 8-time KO-D Champion. No amount of Isamuashi Zan kicks and Zeyyari knee strikes could keep the challenger down. Once again the Somato was the difference maker. During an intense back and forth HARASHIMA hit a short range Somato and followed up with a Swan Dive version to put Kodaka away. HARASHIMA said that little difference between him and Kodaka was needed to win and he will keep on winning. He said the scenery around him in Sumo Hall was amazing and when DDT returns in the summer he’ll be ready for whoever is thrown in front of him.

When HARASHIMA’s victory speech was over a message was shown on the video screen. On 20th March, 2017 DDT will hold its 20th Anniversary show in Saitama Super Arena! Previously DDT ran the Community Hub area of the building but this time the show takes place inside the main hall! Sanshiro Takagi said he wants to chase the dream with everyone and the show ended with the ring showered in cherry blossoms raining from the sky.


The KO-D Tag Team Titles changed hands when Daisuke Sasaki & Shuji Ishikawa dethroned the New Generation Combination. The former champions went down fighting though. Ishikawa took out Tetsuya Endo with the Fire Thunder but Konosuke Takeshita never tapped out to Sasaki’s La Mistica Cross Facelock. Instead the referee had to call for the bell when Takeshita went motionless. After the match Sasaki said if the New Gen Combo can hear him then they should know the future is now in his and Ishikawa’s hands. In the post-match interview the former champions said they will go back to the drawing board but they also don’t know what their next step will be. Sasaki was quick to nominated The World’s Cutest Tag Team as the No. 1 Contenders. He still wants revenge on Candice LeRae for rejecting his marriage proposal earlier this year.


We finally got to see what Danshoku Dino wanted to do with the collection of asses he gathered for Akebono. Dino had the turnbuckle pads removed from all corner posts and in their place was the bare asses of the DDT roster! Four corners and three asses per corner meant twelve asses surrounding the ring. However Akebono had his own trick up his sleeve. He put Dino in a Lip Lock then put on a pair of Danshoku tights. He used the power of Danshoku to deliver the Danshoku Yokozuna Impact to Dino and that was the end of that.


Minoru Suzuki didn’t care where he was or what company he is fighting in. It could be DDT or NOAH or some joshi promotion, as long as there was a squared circle to stand in Suzuki was ready for his match. It didn’t matter that his opponent Yukio Sakaguchi is a former KO-D Champion and somebody he never faced before. He was ready regardless. Sakaguchi had the rest of Shuten-dōji in his corner and tried to go hold for hold. His attempts to hit the Right Knee Of God were foiled but he was able to lock on the Modified Cobra Clutch. The big turning point came when Suzuki hit Sakaguchi with a Dropkick. By this point Sakaguchi barely had enough energy to fight off the Sleeper Hold and Gotch-Style Piledriver. But Suzuki was quick to catch him in another Sleeper Hold and choke him out to earn the victory. Suzuki showed good sportsmanship after the match and hugged Sakaguchi. Despite the loss Sakaguchi thinks he has grown stronger because of that match.




Before Kota Ibushi’s comeback match began a teaser trailer played for DDT’s next movie called Dai Kaiju Mono, directed by Minoru Kawasaki. He is behind such films as Calamari Wrestler, Executive Koala, Kabuto-O Beetle, Everyone But Japan Sinks and Crab Goalkeeper. The Treasure Hunt Match began with Sanshiro Takagi & Jun Kasai carrying a locker and barbed wire board to the ring before everybody walked out of Sumo Hall to the outdoor starting area. When the bell rang there was chaos. Takagi and KENSO went straight for each other, Kasai threw Ibushi into the crowd of people watching them, everybody went over to cardboard cutouts of sumo wrestlers so they could takes pictures then Ibushi kicked Michael Nakazawa down a flight of stairs. Nakazawa was then dragged indoors to a restroom and Ibushi gave him a Piledriver into a toilet! Back in the arena everyone fought throughout the crowd and a giant hammer was brought out. KENSO and Takagi fought in the lobby and eventually found their way down to ringside. They both got on bicycles and cycled around the ring until they crashed into each other. Meanwhile Ibushi did a Moonsault from an entrance onto Nakazawa and Gota Ihashi below. Kasai brought Ibushi over to a table and climbed the top rope. He put Ibushi through the table with the Pearl Harbour Splash but he only got a two count. Back in the ring Takagi got the better of KENSO and wanted to throw him into the locker. He opened the longer and inside was former DDT wrestler Tanomusaku Toba! The kickboxer popped out and attacked whoever got in his way. Ihashi entered the ring with boxing gloves and got immediately knocked out. Ibushi entered with gloves and faired much better. Ihashi was somehow knocked out again during this by Toba and then Ibushi. In fact Ibushi lost track of what was happening and decided to beat up his partner until Toba regained his attention. Toba knocked out Ibushi and decided to leave. KENSO hit a Diving Elbow on Ibushi but his pin was interrupted by Takagi spraying him with a fire extinguisher. Nakazawa tried to clear the ring but was stopped by Kasai and a piece of the broken table. Nakazawa was then thrown into the barbed wire board. Kasai climbed the locker and hit the Pearl Harbour Splash on KENSO but Ibushi stopped the pin. With encouragement from Ibushi, Ihashi hit a Running Body Press onto both Takagi & Kasai outside the ring. Ibushi prevented Nakazawa from doing the Ultimate Venom Arm and knocked him out with a straight right hand punch. Ibushi paid tribute to Hayabusa by doing his pose before climbing the turnbuckles and then hit the match winning Phoenix Splash.


After the match Takagi and Ibushi shared an emotional moment in the ring. Takagi congratulated Ibushi for his return, called him crazy and said he can now do whatever he wants to do. He hopes the Ibushi Wrestling Institute will discover new and interesting ways to do pro wrestling. Ibushi thanked him and said he would like to come back to DDT in the future. He did some backflips for the fans and then left. But KENSO was still there and he wanted to talk to Takagi. He said he came to DDT to chase after Takagi but then discovered DDT is the best and their fans are the best. So he wants to join DDT! Takagi instantly refused and demanded his music to cut off KENSO’s mic. KENSO asked again and Takagi instantly refused again. KENSO asked one more time and this time Kasai stepped in to offer his opinion. Kasai thinks a psychopath like KENSO joining DDT wouldn’t be a bad idea. Takagi thought about it but said no and left the ring to his music while KENSO fainted.


The Ultimate Royal Barbed Wire PowerPoint No Power Blast PWF Rules match began with Super Sasadango Machine doing a PowerPoint presentation on a laptop that was surrounded in barbed wire and rigged to explode in 5 minutes. Thankfully there was no explosion because Sasadango got to explain the rules of the match within the time limit. He was joined by four men wearing Machine masks and he called them the Sasadango Machine Army. During the match a wrestler can pull out one of three Ultimate Royal cards. Doing so would activate Ultimate Royale Mode and the Machine Army will attack their opponent to the music of Chocoball Mukai’s entrance theme. Oh and the cards have a drawing of The Ultimate Warrior on them. Sasadango pulled out a card while Kendo Kashin had him in an Indian Deathlock. Kashin stole the second card and used it to turn the Army against Sasadango. This time they and also Yukinori Matsui wore Kashin masks. Kashin tried to lock in the Cross Armbreaker when Sasadango pulled out the final card. Matsui switched the Kashin mask with a Machine mask and fast counted the pin to make Sasadango the new DDT Extreme Champion!


There was really nothing that Antonio Honda & Hiroshi Fukuda could do to beat Tatsumi Fujinami & LEONA. Even Fukuda singing “Macho Dragon” to distract Fujinami so Honda could sneak attack him didn’t do much in the long run. Fujinami said wrestling in Sumo Hall again for the first time in years made him feel nostalgic. LEONA admitted to being nervous by teaming with his father in such an important building. LEONA was asked in an interview if he would like to wrestle in DDT again in the future and he answered “By all means, please.” Fujinami thinks it will be good experience for him to do it.


LiLiCo now stands triumphant over the Kawaii Connection. She escaped from Makoto Oishi’s Miracle Ecstasy and locked on a Manjigatame after Kota Umeda softened Oishi up with a Back Spin Kick. LiLiCo bragged about her success and credited it to being beautiful and eating good meat because she will forever be a carnivore. Saki Akai snuck up and gave her a School Boy to try and win the Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title but LiLiCo kicked out. Umeda & Mizuki Watase then blocked off Akai from any further attacks. LiLiCo demanded revenge and said she will keep her schedule open for the 24th April Korakuen Hall show.


Team Drift came out on top in the 3 Way Tag match. Joey Ryan’s penis got to do the voodoo that you do so well and Candice Lerae delivered a double Ball Plex as part of a Tower Of Doom spot but she was then taken out with a Black Hole Slam from Shigehiro Irie. Akito tried his best to stop Irie but the Beast Bomber put an end to him and the match. The World’s Cutest Tag Team were still happy to wrestle in Sumo Hall and noted that although they didn’t win, they didn’t take the fall either. Keisuke Ishii felt confident about the win and revealed his goal is to now main event Sumo Hall. Irie is also disappointed that he went from headlining Sumo Hall a few years ago to wrestling in an undercard tag bout although he is happy he won with his friend Ishii.


The show began with the first Right To Challenge Rumble to take place inside Sumo Hall. Kazuki Hirata entered at No. 1 hoping to grab a contract before anyone else could but someone was always there do stop him. Ken Ohka easily grabbed the first contract when he headbutted Hirata off of the ladder. Tomomitsu Matsunaga grabbed the second when he spat Lotion Mist at Hirata and he fell. Hirata was able to pull down the third contract when Soma Takao Dropkicked him off the ladder but the contract slipped out of his hands and Toru Owashi picked it up to win possession. One more was left and Hirata fought his heart out to claim it, escaping Kazusada Higuchi’s Canadian Backbreaker to step up the ladder and grab his prize. The Rumble part of the match continued and Higuchi outlasted both Takao and Ryota Nakatsu to win. Higuchi now has a KO-D Title shot on 24th April in Korakuen Hall. The contract holders returned to reveal their prize. Ohka, Matsunaga and Owashi all got Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Contracts as expected. Hirata however got something different. His prize is a date with Aja Kong! She came out wearing HIRATA GO! glasses and she told Hirata they will go out dancing together. Hirata ran away and Kong chased after him. When that was done Ohka announced he will not wait long to cash in his contract. He wants his title match to take place on 26th March in Shinjuku FACE! Matsunaga and Owashi declined to say when they will cash in their contracts.


Sumo Hall got a taste of heavy metal when FUMA’s team won the BASARA match. Although SAGAT is not a part of Kotetsu Gundan he fit in pretty well with his aggressive wrestling style. His GOREGRIND followed by Yusuke Kubo’s Goro Suplex left Daichi Kazato as an easy picking for FUMA’s HEAVY METAL ANTHEM Diving Elbow finisher.


Mao Inoue’s return to action in the DNA match ended with him on the winning team. He wiped out Kouki Iwasaki and Rainbow Kawamura with the Alien Plancha allowing Guanchulo to set up Nobuhiro Shimatani for Shunma Katsumata’s Lightning Spiral.


Poison Sawada JULIE appeared in the Tokyo Joshi Pro Battle Royal with his protege Poison Miura. He tried to eliminate everyone with his snake magic but Hyper Misao stopped him and eliminated Miura. When the match came down to three girls the Fighting Comedians double-teamed Miyu Yamashita to eliminate the TOKYO Princess Of Princess Champion. Yuka Sakazaki then pinned her teammate with a Leg Clutch Backslide to score the biggest win of her career.


DJ Nira won a match in Sumo Hall. This is the first sign of the apocalypse. Seiya Morohashi was pretty lackadaisical with a pin attempt and Nira capitalized by shifting his dead weight on Morohashi’s shoulders.

DDT announced plans of an overseas expansion for later this year. They will hold a show in Taipai, Taiwan this November at the ATT SHOW BOX. The show is being sponsored by Nitori, a brand of furniture stores.

After the dark matches were over Amon Tsurumi and Mita Sayoko announced the winners of this year’s Dramatic Awards.

Best Bout: HARASHIMA & Ken Ohka Vs Hiroshi Tanahashi & Yohei Komatsu (DDT “#OHKAEMPIRE BOX OFFICE ~MUSCLE MATES 2015~”, 17/11/2015)
Best Tag: Danshoku Dino & Super Sasadango Machine
Best Microphone: Minoru Fujita (GANBARE☆WRESTLING “WOW WAR TONIGHT 2015”, 16/05/2015)
Worst Bout: All Japan Hand Sumo Championship Final: Kazunori Huzioka Vs Ryota Yamazato (DDT “#OHKAEMPIRE BOX OFFICE ~MUSCLE MATES 2015~”, 17/11/2015)
Best Sexy: Shigeru Matsuzaki singing “Obsession” (DDT “SAITAMA SUPER DDT 2015”, 15/02/2015)
Best Shot: Ayano Fujiwara for Sanshiro Takagi 20th Anniversary Falls Count Anywhere Match: Sanshiro Takagi & Jun Kasai Vs Kota Ibushi & Suguru Miyatake (DDT “JUDGEMENT 2015”, 29/03/2015)
Best SNS: Sanshiro Takagi
Best Hype Video: HARASHIMA Vs Hiroshi Tanahashi (DDT “RYOGOKU PETER PAN 2015 ~FROM DDT WITH LOVE~”, 23/08/2015)
Best Tonpachi: Kota Ibushi
Best Joshi: Saki Akai
Best Performance: Kazuki Hirata