If you’ve lost track of the Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title’s tour of America, here’s the list of champions since it left Japan up until 25th June. Joey Ryan, Rey Mysterio Jr., Ryan again (Rey fell asleep), Chuck Taylor (won it in a proper wrestling match), Scott Hall (won Rock-Paper-Scissors for the right to pin Chuck), Colt Cabana (officially with the dreaded Trapezius Nerve Hold), Ryan once more, Kikutaro (shitty weight spotter), Laura James (via seduction), Bunny (Laura’s pet cat), Ryan Nemeth (bribed the cat), Taya Valkyrie, John Morrison and now as of 25th June Ricochet. Title changes have been happening daily and videos are uploaded to Joey Ryan’s Twitter account and Youtube page. There are certainly more to come.
DDT “DNA 18”, 01/07/2016
Kitasenju Theatre 1010
1. Rekka Vs Nobuhiro Shimatani
2. Guanchulo Vs Masa Takanashi
3. There Is Heart In Your Character! Let This Be Assessed! This Is Not A Special Single Match: Rainbow Kawamura Vs Kikutaro
4. Kazusada Higuchi & Daiki Shimomura Vs Shunma Katsumata & Kouki Iwasaki
5. Kota Umeda Vs KENSO
6. MAO & Mizuki Watase Vs Konosuke Takeshita & Tetsuya Endo
Rainbow Kawamura is approaching four months under his current colorful gimmick. He will be assessed by Kikutaro who has been doing weird shit in wrestling for the last 17 years.
BASARA “VAJRA 15 ~50 HUMAN YEARS~”, 03/07/2016
Chikusa Culture Small Theater
1. Daichi Kazato Vs Kazuhiro Tamura
2. Best Phantom Consultation!: Ryu Gouma Vs Kodaka = Pale One
3. Michio Kageyama, Makoto Hasuka & hi69 Vs Ryuichi Sekine, Ryota Nakatsu & Koji Iwamoto
4. Tsukasaga Army Vs Kotetsu Gundan: Takumi Tsukamoto & SAGAT Vs FUMA & Yusuke Kubo
5. Isami Kodaka & Masamune Vs Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi & Shinya Ishida
Michio Kageyama and Makoto Hasuka are both from Daiwa Entertainment Pro Wrestling.
DDT “SUPER STAR LANE 2016”, 03/07/2016
Hakata Star Lane
1. Miyu Yamashita Triumph Match!: Miyu Yamashita & Syoko Nakajima Vs Saki Akai & Yuka Sakazaki
2. Sanshiro Takagi, Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata Vs Danshoku Dino, Shigehiro Irie & Yuto Aijima
3. HARASHIMA, Soma Takao & Azul Dragon Vs Yukio Sakaguchi, Masa Takanashi & Kota Umeda
4. Hakata Specialty Special! Wonderful! Survival! 4 Way Match: Tetsuya Endo Vs Keisuke Ishii Vs Kazusada Higuchi Vs Mad Paulie
5. DDT Extreme Title – Stockholm Style Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Death Match: LiLiCo (c) (w/ Mizuki Watase) Vs Makoto Oishi (w/ Batten Burabura)
6. Dick Togo Active Duty Comeback! Special Tag Match: Dick Togo & Antonio Honda Vs Yasu Urano & Guanchulo
7. KO-D Tag Team Titles: Daisuke Sasaki & Shuji Ishikawa (c) Vs Ken Ohka & KAI
8. KO-D Openweight Title: Konosuke Takeshita (c) Vs Yuko Miyamoto
*Yuko Miyamoto will cash in his Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Contract.
Once Yuko Miyamoto gets his title shot there will be two remaining Right To Challenge contracts in play. Toru Owashi and Kouki Iwasaki currently have them. Owashi has impressively kept hold of his ever since he earned it back in March. He’s just waiting for the right time to use it.
LiLiCo and Mizuki Watase have been training hard for the Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Death Match. And by training hard I mean making out in the DDT dojo.
TAVERN WRESTLING “DON’T THE HANGOVER 2016”, 06/07/2016
Shin-Kiba 1st RING
1. Tokyo Joshi Pro Offer Match: Miyu Yamashita & Azusa Takigawa Vs Yuka Sakazaki & Yuu
2. Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi Vs Makoto Oishi
3. Obi-chan Close Call! 3 Way Match: Antonio Honda Vs Shunma Katsumata Vs Obihiro Sayaka
4. Drop Kick Vs Ebisuko Tavern Entire Surface Of Strife Extra Chapter!: Isami Kodaka & Tetsuya Endo Vs Kazusada Higuchi & Kouki Iwasaki
5. New Beijing Vs Cavalry Special Tag Match: Somato & Yasuura No (w/ Cao Zhang) Vs Ryuichi Sekine & Ryota Nakatsu
Side note, I keep resisting myself from typing Calvary whenever I have to type out Cavalry.
TOKYO JOSHI PRO “KASUKABE LOVE RIN”, 09/07/2016
Saitama Kasukabe Hall
1. Reika Saiki & Azusa Takigawa Vs Syoko Nakajima & KANNA
2. Tokyo Princess Cup – Round 1A: Nonoko Vs Akane Miura
3. Tokyo Princess Cup – Round 1B: Yuka Sakazaki Vs Marika Kobashi
4. Tokyo Princess Cup – Round 1C: Yuu Vs Nodoka Onee-san
5. Tokyo Princess Cup – Round 1D: Miyu Yamashita Vs Hyper Misao
Opponents have now become tag partners in the opener. Reika Saiki faced Azusa Takigawa in her Tokyo Joshi debut.
DDT “ROAD TO RYOGOKU 2016”, 17/07/2016
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
1. Dick Togo Return Second Leg! Special Tag Match: Dick Togo & Yasu Urano Vs Kazusada Higuchi & Kouki Iwasaki
2. Shigehiro Irie Send-off Match: Shigehiro Irie & Yukio Sakaguchi Vs HARASHIMA & Keisuke Ishii
Shigehiro Irie’s final DDT match for now involves his closest allies and rivals. He’s teaming with Yukio Sakaguchi because they rarely if not ever wrestled together on the same side. He’s fighting HARASHIMA because he ultimately wants to surpass him. Keisuke Ishii is also there because of their close ties together in Team Drift. They were champions together but now go their separate ways.
As one of the few remaining Right To Challenge holders, Kouki Iwasaki is in a dangerous position going up against a fresh out of retirement Dick Togo.
DDT “PETER PAN 2016 ~MOST HOT SUMMER IN THE WORLD~”, 28/08/2016
Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan
1. Special 6-Man Tag Team Match: Terry Funk, Sanshiro Takagi & NOSAWA Rongai Vs Great Kabuki, Yukio Sakaguchi & Kota Umeda
2. KO-D Openweight Title: Konosuke Takeshita (c) Vs Shuji Ishikawa
Shuji Ishikawa’s spot in the main event is guaranteed. However the KO-D Champion could change between now and then. Konosuke Takeshita has other title defences to worry about including any possible Right To Challenge cash ins.
Dick Togo and Reika Saiki are scheduled to wrestle on the show. Shigehiro Irie will not due to his excursion to America.