DDT “DNA 19”, 06/08/2016
Saitama Kasukabe Hall
1. Daiki Shimomura defeated Nobuhiro Shimatani with the Asai DDT (7:39).
2. Character Wrestler King Final: Gota Ihashi defeated Rainbow Kawamura with a Body Press (9:18).
3. Keisuke Ishii & Kazuki Hirata defeated MAO & Rekka when Ishii pinned MAO with the Kneel Kick (10:58).
4. Kengo Mashimo defeated Mizuki Watase with the Mudo (14:06).
5. Mike Bailey & Kouki Iwasaki defeated Shunma Katsumata & Guanchulo when Iwasaki pinned Guanchulo with the Leg Capture Suplex (10:44).
6. Kazusada Higuchi defeated Kota Umeda with the Goten (17:19).
DNA will hold the first ever DNA Grand Prix this October to determine who is truly the strongest wrestler in the brand. It is a five day round robin tournament taking place between 17th October to 21st October in Shinjuku FACE. There will be two blocks with five wrestlers each. The winners of both blocks will meet in the finals and the prize is a one way ticket to New York! The DNA-GP will also allow something that is usually a big no no in pro wrestling. Fans attending the shows will be encouraged to film the matches on their phones. All DNA is asking in return is for the videos to be posted online with the hashtag #DNA_GP.
Kazusada Higuchi has to be the favourite going into the DNA-GP after beating Kota Umeda in the main event. Higuchi said that even though Umeda defeated KENSO last month, he is still not strong enough to be the DNA ace. That claim goes to Higuchi.
Mike Bailey continues to win over fans both in the audience and in the locker room during his stay in Japan. Bailey was confirmed as a participant in the DNA-GP, which is odd since the prize involves visiting a country he is supposedly banned from entering for the time being. Kouki Iwasaki wants to win the DNA-GP so he can go warrior training while living out the American Dream.
Kengo Mashimo wasn’t impressed by his opponent Mizuki Watase. He told Watase several times throughout the match that he is weak but it was all to bring out Watase’s competitive spirit. Mashimo even said his heart feels broken after fighting such an average wrestler.
Daiki Shimomura and Nobuhiro Shimatani both debuted on the same night but a shoulder injury meant Shimomura had to take time off for three months while Shimatani still wrestled. So it was quite an upset for Shimomura to beat Shimatani in the opening match despite having less experience in the ring. Shimomura said he wanted to win the match so much he had to find his hidden strengths. Shimatani meanwhile wants to quickly avenge his defeat.