DDT “BLACK OUT PRESENTS KING OF DDT 2016 TOKYO”, 26/06/2016
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
1,691 Fans – Super No Vacancy
0. Dark Match: Guanchulo defeated Rekka with the Yeyos Clutch (4:30).
1. Idol Unit NωA Debut Song!: Sanshiro Takagi, Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata defeated Makoto Oishi, Shunma Katsumata & MAO when Owashi pinned Katsumata with La Magistral Cradle (8:20).
2. King Of DDT 2016 – Semi Final: Shuji Ishikawa defeated Shigehiro Irie with the Running Knee Lift (15:50).
3. King Of DDT 2016 – Semi Final: Tetsuya Endo defeated HARASHIMA with a Cradle Cutback (7:15).
4. 4 Way Tag Team Match: Keisuke Ishii & Kouki Iwasaki defeated Daisuke Sasaki & Mad Paulie, KENSO & Gota Ihashi and Soma Takao & Mizuki Watase when Iwasaki pinned Watase with the Leg Capture Suplex (9:46).
*Kouki Iwasaki wins Mizuki Watase’s Right To Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Contract.
5. Yukio Sakaguchi, Masa Takanashi & Kota Umeda defeated Danshoku Dino, Kazusada Higuchi & Tomomitsu Matsunaga when Sakaguchi pinned Matsunaga with the Right Knee Of God (9:45).
6. Konosuke Takeshita & Antonio Honda defeated Yuko Miyamoto & Yasu Urano when Takeshita pinned Urano with the German Suplex (13:41).
7. King Of DDT 2016 – Final: Shuji Ishikawa defeated Tetsuya Endo with the Giant Slam (23:52).
The Big Dog (no not that one) is this year’s King Of DDT winner! Shuji Ishikawa did his master proud by beating Tetsuya Endo. Now he has a guaranteed spot in the KO-D Openweight Title match main event at “PETER PAN 2016” this August. To get to the final Ishikawa had to beat Shigehiro Irie earlier in the show while Endo defeated HARASHIMA. The two met in the final to continue the feud between Kettaku-chu and Happy Motels. Strength Vs Speed saw Ishikawa Giant Swing Endo into the front row. Ishikawa continued to overwhelm Endo with his size until Endo escaped from the Splash Mountain. Endo hit a Quebrada and Swan Dive Elbow to make things even then locked in a Sleeper Hold. He struggled to lift Ishikawa for the Torture Rack Bomb but eventually did it. He followed up with the Sky Twister Press but Ishikawa kicked out! Ishikawa gave Endo the Fire Thunder but Endo countered the Splash Mountain into a Frankensteiner for a nearfall. Ishikawa regained control and put Endo down with a Knee Lift and a Dragon Suplex. Endo kicked out at one! Ishikawa hit the Splash Mountain. Endo kicked out at two! The crowd were fully behind Endo but it was all for nothing when Ishikawa hit the Giant Slam (Wrist Clutch Angle Slam) and finally got the three count. Ishikawa was given a 1,000,000 yen cash prize from the president of BLACK OUT energy drinks, the sponsor of today’s show. Ishikawa hugged the life out of him. Ishikawa spoke well of both Endo and Irie but was cut off by Daisuke Sasaki. Sasaki bragged about “Adrien” winning the tournament while running down HARASHIMA, Irie and Endo. Especially Endo. He said the KO-D Champion at Sumo Hall will be Daisuke Sasaki…….’s pet, Shuji “Adrien” Ishikawa!
Yuko Miyamoto wasn’t 100% going into his tag team skirmish against Konosuke Takeshita. He had his stomach wrapped in tape. Antonio Honda kept him occupied while Takeshita pinned Yasu Urano with the German Suplex. After the match Takeshita reminded Miyamoto that their KO-D Title match is just one week away. Takeshita wants to make the championship more valuable and beating Miyamoto is one way to do it.
KUDO joined the rest of Shuten-dōji after they won Match #5. They celebrated with a toast. When Yukio Sakaguchi found out he will be in a match with Terry Funk in Sumo Hall this August he had nothing to say. Kota Umeda also tried to keep it cool. He never saw Funk wrestle live but thinks he himself is a suitable choice to wrestle against the legend. Sakaguchi just said he’ll kill him.
Among the chaos in the 4 Way Tag Match, Kouki Iwasaki came out on top for his team with Keisuke Ishii. He also won one of the three active Right To Challenge Contracts. He previously held one back in April but did not hold it for long. He said he will consult with Ishii over when he should cash it in and will keep a close eye on Takeshita Vs Miyamoto next month. He also said it is a great honour to wrestle Dick Togo on the same show.
Endo’s road to the final included a major victory over HARASHIMA. He went in hard from the start, hitting HARASHIMA with a No Touch Dive out of the ring. HARASHIMA picked his spots and cut off Endo during some high risk moments. Endo in turn avoided the Somato and cradled HARASHIMA for a pin. HARASHIMA reversed it but Endo cut him off and pinned him for the surprise three count. HARASHIMA couldn’t believe what happened and admitted he panicked a little. He knows that the only way he can main event Sumo Hall now this summer is to win a Right To Challenge Contract.
In the first King Of DDT semi-final, Irie focused on trying to choke out Ishikawa with the Tazmission. He even at one point gave Ishikawa the Fire Thunder! However Knee Lifts after Knee Lifts took their toll On Irie. He kept kicking out but Ishikawa hit one too many and that was it. Irie was devastated by the loss.
The show kicked off with the debut performance of NωA the wrestling idol group formed by Makoto Oishi, Shunma Katsumata & Mao Inoue. As part of this project Inoue introduced himself with a new ring name, MAO. They were ready to perform their first song called “Never Give Up☆I LOVE YOU” when Kazuki Hirata interrupted. He didn’t want to hear their noisy singing. He wants to dance instead and he will fight them for it! As the match between T2Hide and NωA went on “Never Give Up☆I LOVE YOU” played over the sound system and it turned into a dance battle! When it ended Toru Owashi grabbed Katsumata and put him in La Magistral Cradle for the three count. After the match Owashi said he had an important announcement to make. Everyone thought it was going to be his plan to cash in his Right To Challenge Contract. Instead it was a reveal of the musical acts appearing on the “DDT FES 2016” show this November. Sanshiro Takagi warned NωA that their spot on the show was under threat. He challenged them to launch an official Twitter account and gain 50,000 followers if they want to keep their spot.
Guanchulo used an Arm Clutch School Boy called the Yeyos Clutch to pin Rekka in the dark match.
The Muscle Idol Reika Saiki will make her DDT debut at “PETER PAN 2016”. She recently wrestled for Tokyo Joshi Pro. Saiki said she is honoured to wrestle on the big stage and she will do her best on the day to show her full muscle power.
A new match was made for “PETER PAN 2016” and boy is it a doozy. It will be Sanshiro Takagi, Terry Funk & NOSAWA Rongai Vs The Great Kabuki, Yukio Sakaguchi & Kota Umeda!
Dick Togo’s second return match with DDT takes place on the 17th July Korakuen show. He teams with Yasu Urano to take on Kazusada Higuchi & Kouki Iwasaki.
KUDO appeared and showed off the new Ebisuko Tavern T-shirt available exclusively in the restaurant. He said he is on track to recover from his ACL injury but only wants to come back to the ring when he is in perfect condition.
Akito is currently out of action with a broken rib. He is scheduled to return on the 9th July.
DDT ring announcer Rikiya Shindo announced he is transferring over to BASARA.
DDT is teaming up with EVERLAST for a T-shirt collaboration. They are also working with BODY MAKER to release DDT “Dramatic Exercise Series” branded training gear and exercise equipment. There will be HARASHIMA and Saki Akai sauna suits, HARASHIMA push up rollers, an Akai exercise pole, a KUDO power slider and Kazuki Hirata power wrist ball.