DDT “ROAD TO RYOGOKU 2016 IN SAPPORO ~DRAMATIC DREAM CLOCK TOWER~” Results

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DDT “ROAD TO RYOGOKU 2016 IN SAPPORO ~DRAMATIC DREAM CLOCK TOWER~”, 08/05/2016
AXES Sapporo
810 fans – Super No Vacancy Full House

1. Sanshiro Takagi, Toru Owasho & Kazuki Hirata defeated Danshoku Dino, Makoto Oishi & Tomoya when Hirata pinned Oishi with the One Shot Miracle Cradle (12:33).
*One of Danshoku Dino’s Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Contracts is transferred over to Makoto Oishi. Kazuki Hirata wins Makoto Oishi’s Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Contract.
2. Ryuichi Sekine & Kotaro Yoshida defeated Tetsuya Endo & Hiroshi Fukuda when Sekine submitted Fukuda with the Combine (9:03).
3. Kouki Iwasaki & Shunma Katsumata defeated Kazusada Higuchi & Guanchulo when Iwasaki pinned Guanchulo with the Leg Capture Suplex (8:43).
4. SPW South East Asia Title: Masa Takanashi (c) defeated Antonio Honda with the Takatonic (9:45).
*V3 for Masa Takanashi.
5. Hokkaido Big Way! Sapporo Specialty Single Match: Konosuke Takeshita defeated Shuji Ishikawa with the German Suplex (4:17).
6. Team Drift Goodbye Series: HARASHIMA, Akito & Yasu Urano defeated Keisuke Ishii, Shigehiro Irie & Soma Takao when Akito pinned Takao with the Hanamasa (14:28).
7. KO-D Openweight Title: Daisuke Sasaki (c) defeated Yukio Sakaguchi with the Vietnam Driver II (18:30).
*V1 for Daisuke Sasaki. Yukio Sakaguchi cashes in his Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Contract.

As first title defences go, Yukio Sakaguchi is one of the tougher ones. He used up his Right To Challenge Contract for a fair crack at Daisuke Sasaki. The KO-D Openweight Champion tried to match Sakaguchi kick for kick at the beginning but that was not a good idea. Sakaguchi continued to lay in his kicks while screaming “Champion, come on!” Sasaki gained control by catching a kick on the ring apron and Dragon Screwing the challenger onto the ropes. Sasaki continued to use his ring awareness to turn the tables whenever he could, avoiding the PK from the apron and returning fire with a Tope Suicida. He then wore out Sakaguchi with a Sleeper Hold and placed him on a chair. Sasaki went back into the ring and hit the Super Diving Elbow to the outside! Back in the ring Sasaki countered the Right Knee Of God with a Dropkick. A flash Hurricanrana got a two count but Sakaguchi caught Sasaki unaware with another Right Knee Of God afterwards. Sasaki kicked out and ducked a Middle Kick, causing Yukinori Matsui to get hit instead. Sasaki capitalised by kicked Sakaguchi below the belt. Sakaguchi still had some fight left in him despite the low blow but Sasaki kept hitting big moves until he finally put him away with the Vietnam Driver II.

With a successful defence Sasaki called himself the strongest but refused to take part in the next mandatory title match at Korakuen Hall on 29th May. He eventually agreed but demanded his challenger to be Kazuki Hirata. Instead Konosuke Takeshita came out. Takeshita is the No. 1 contender because he pinned Sasaki in Yamagata a few days ago and on this show defeated Shuji Ishikawa in under 5 minutes. Takeshita said he has a two title match losing streak against Sasaki but he has all of Happy Motels there to support him. Sasaki called Takeshita “Bamboo-chan”, told a story about them getting drunk together one time and called himself the strongest, charismatic two crown king.

Takeshita’s quick victory over Ishikawa came as a surprise to everyone. They immediately charged each other and went for Brainbusters, Back Drops and Lariats. Ishikawa hit the Running Knee Lift for a nearfall. He went for the Splash Mountain but Takeshita escaped. Ishikawa blocked a German Suplex and tried the Fire Thunder but Takeshita again avoided a big move. He knocked the giant down with a Lariat and then picked the big dog up into the Deadlift German Suplex for the three count. Ishikawa protested that he wasn’t pinned but the referee rejected his claims. Ishikawa ranted about the loss to journalists afterwards, saying it was impossible that he would lose to Takeshita in 4 minutes.

After previously defending his SPW South East Asia Title in an Ironman Match with Sasaki, Masa Takanashi got to have another title defence in DDT. This time he took on Antonio Honda. The challenger constantly tried to do a Scorpion Death Drop and eventually hit the move. But Takanashi rolled out of the way from the Diving Fist Drop and grabbed the win with the Takatonic. Takanashi said afterwards he was ready to go drinking with the rest of Shuten-dōji after Sakaguchi wins the title in the main event. Honda was disappointed he lost because he was hoping to visit Malaysia. Takanashi’s next title defence will be in Kuala Lumpur against CIMA!

There was a tag team match pitting Kazusada Higuchi against his two fellow KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Champions. Higuchi feels he needs to depend on Kouki Iwasaki & Shunma Katsumata when they defend the titles against Team Drift later this month so he teamed with Guanchulo to fight them here. Iwasaki & Katsumata were victorious and came out of the match feeling more united than ever.

The show opened with Danshoku Dino & Makoto Oishi greeting the crowd. Dino announced that he was not going to cash in one of his two Right To Challenge Contracts. Instead he wanted to improve his win-loss record with Oishi in tag team matches. Oishi began arguing with Dino but denied that there was any tension between them. To prove it Oishi asked Dino to give him possession of one of his contracts. Dino was surprised by the request but agreed to give him one. Oishi then lost the contract to Kazuki Hirata in the first match. Hirata spent the match being ignored by his partners and he was begging for a chance to get in the ring. Sanshiro Takagi finally relented and it paid off with Hirata avoiding the Miracle Ecstasy during the dance sequence and pinning Oishi with the One Shot Miracle Cradle. Oishi begged Dino to give him his remaining contract after the match but Dino gave him the Danshoku Driver instead.

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