DDT “WHO’S GONNA TOP? ~DDT DRAMATIC GENERAL ELECTION 2016 – THE LAST HOPE SPECIAL~”, 25/09/2016
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
1,695 Fans – Super No Vacancy
0. King Of Dark Title – 6-Man Tag Team Match: Chikara (c), KENSO & Gota Ihashi defeated Guanchulo, Rekka & Nobuhiro Shimatani when Chikara pinned Shimatani with the Sabre Chop (8:50).
*Chikara passes D3. Nobuhiro Shimatani becomes the 18th King Of Dark Champion.
0. Dark Match – Megaton One Match: Mad Polly defeated Hoshitango by Countout (3:53).
1. 4 Way Tag Match: Ken Ohka & Shinichiro Tominaga defeated Shunma Katsumata & MAO, Tomomitsu Matsunaga & Kouki Iwasaki and Keisuke Ishii & Gorgeous Matsuno when Ohka pinned Iwasaki with the Flame Spear (5:02).
2. Akito & Yasu Urano defeated Saki Akai & Cherry when Auto pinned Akai with the Hanamasa (10:40).
3. Original Shuten-dōji Vs T2Hide: KUDO, Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi defeated Toru Owashi, Soma Takao & Kazuki Hirata when KUDO pinned Hirata with the Diving Double Knee Drop (9:33).
4. Get The Name Recognition! Groom Decision Special 5 Way Match: Danshoku Dino defeated Mizuki Watase, Makoto Oishi, Super Sasadango Machine and Bernard Ackah when Dino grabbed the Marriage Report (7:36).
5. Special 6-Man Tag Team Match: Sanshiro Takagi, Yoshihiro Takayama & Dick Togo defeated Konosuke Takeshita, Antonio Honda & Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi when Takayama pinned Honda with the Everest German Suplex (14:04).
-. Exhibition Match: Akito Vs Yuki Ueno ended in a Time Limit Draw (2:00).
6. KO-D Tag Team Titles: HARASHIMA & Yuko Miyamoto (c) defeated Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo when HARASHIMA pinned Sasaki with the Somato (15:47).
*V1 for Smile Yankee.
7. KO-D Openweight Title: Shuji Ishikawa (c) defeated Kazusada Higuchi with the Giant Slam (23:00).
*V1 for Shuji Ishikawa.
On his 41st birthday, Shuji Ishikawa went head to head with Kazusada Higuchi in his first KO-D Openweight Title defence. They immediately charged each other with Lariats and Shoulder Blocks to start the match. Ishikawa was knocked out of the ring and Higuchi surprised everyone by doing a Plancha onto the champion. They traded chops back and forth around the ring before continuing the exchange back inside. Ishikawa targeted Higuchi’s neck by applying a modified Camel Clutch over the ropes. Higuchi avoided a Brainbuster and lifted Ishikawa up for an Oklahoma Stampede. More Lariats were thrown followed bt an exchange of German Suplexes and Back Drops. That left both wrestlers out on the mat. Higuchi got up first and did a Choke Slam for a nearfall. Ishikawa applied an Iron Claw. Higuchi was unaffected by it so Ishikawa Headbutted him while he was in the hold, forcing Higuchi to reach for a rope break. Higuchi replied to another Headbutt by hitting Ishikawa with a Jumping Knee. He then hit the Goten but took too long to pin Ishikawa so he only got a two count. Ishikawa turned the tables with the Fire Thunder Driver. He followed with a volley of Running Knee Lifts but couldn’t lift Higuchi up for the Giant Slam. Higuchi countered the move into the Doctor Bomb but Ishikawa kicked out at 2.9! Higuchi Headbutted Ishikawa to the ropes but was stopped in his tracks with more Knee Lifts. This time Ishikawa successfully performed the Giant Slam and that was enough to put Higuchi away. After the match Ishikawa told Higuchi to eat more rice and practice harder if he wants to be the champion. Ishikawa was about to thank the fans for coming when Daisuke Sasaki kicked him aside and grabbed the mic. Sasaki called Higuchi a B Class Wrestler who should go back to sumo. Higuchi gave Sasaki the middle finger as he walked away from the ring. Ishikawa’s next title defence will be against the DDT Dramatic General Election runner-up on 23rd October, then the winner of the election on 4th December. Ishikawa was about to thank everyone again when Sasaki again interrupted him so the rest of DAMNATION could wish him a happy birthday.
DAMNATION’s other title match did not get them the same result. Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo challenged Smile Yankee for the KO-D Tag Team Titles but ended up on the losing side. Yuko Miyamoto took out Endo’s dive with a Dropkick then gave Sasaki the Fire Thunder. HARASHIMA followed up with the Somato for the victory. Smile Yankee were really positive about their successful defence. They don’t know who they will face next but they hope it is a strong pair of challengers.
The newest DNA rookie Yuki Ueno participated in a two minute exhibition match with Akito during intermission. His proper debut will take place when the DNA Grand Prix begins on 17th October.
Konosuke Takeshita faced off with Yoshihiro Takayama to begin the 6-Man Tag Match. Takeshita’s attempts to work on Takayama’s arm ended in failure when Takayama Hammer Punched him. Takeshita later got the upper hand by Suplexing Takayama. Antonio Honda tried to distract his opponents by talking about “Gon, the Little Fox” and the new Godzilla movie. Takayama Hammer Punched him too. Honda set him up for a Bionic Elbow but was cut off with a Big Boot. Dick Togo gave Honda the Pedigree then Takayama finished him off with the Everest German Suplex. Takeshita was feeling heated after wrestling against Takayama. He doesn’t like Takayama’s attitude and thinks he looks down on the DDT wrestlers. Takeshita’s priority is no longer winning back the KO-D Title. It is now to fight Takayama!
Love was in the air for the 5 Way Ladder Match to determine LiLiCo’s fiancee. Well not love, fame more like it. A marriage report was held over the ring and the wrestlers entered Korakuen Hall to the “Wedding March” and wearing bowties. LiLiCo then appeared to “The Final Countdown” wearing a wedding dress and sat at ringside to watch the match. It begun under Scramble Bunkhouse rules so every wrestler had to stand at different locations around the hall and race to the ring when the bell rang. Mizuki Watase, Bernard Ackah and Makoto Oishi made it to the ring first and argued over who should get the contract. While this was happening Super Sasadango Machine arrived and set up the ladder himself. Both Watase and Oishi teamed up to knock him off the ladder. Danshoku Dino fighting on behalf of Suguru Miyatake was the last to enter and he fought with Ackah. There were constant moments of wrestlers climbing the ladder only to get knocked down. Ackah had the chance to win but he couldn’t grab the contract with his boxing gloves. Watase knocked him off the ladder and climbed up to win back his love. Unfortunately Dino also got up there and put Watase in the Lip Lock. Dino then grabbed the contract. Miyatake now has the right to marry LiLiCo! Watase tried to protest the result but Oishi slammed him with the Miracle Ecstasy, Sasadango dropped him with the Lehmann Shock and Dino drilled him the Danshoku Driver. Dino told him to accept that Miyatake now gets to marry LiLiCo. Except Miyatake doesn’t want to. Miyatake thought there was no chance Dino would win and he only wants to get married if he’s in love. But he has not true love for LiLiCo. He apologised, admitted he doesn’t love her and then ran off like a scared rabbit. Amon Tsurumi blamed Dino for causing this mess and told him it’s now his responsibility to marry LiLiCo! Sanshiro Takagi came out and blamed the situation on Yukinori Matsui for bad officiating! Dino, Tsurumi, Takagi and Matsui then got together and came up with a solution. They will each go find a candidate, bring them to Kasukabe on 8th October and then determine which one will be LiLiCo’s new boyfriend.
Chikara has KENSO to thank for getting rid of the King Of Dark Title. KENSO spent most of the match hitting his opponents with Harite Slaps while yelling “Do not stand out from me!” He became useful when he hit a Diving Elbow Drop on Nobuhiro Shimatani. That gave Chikara the chance to hit the Sabre Chop to win the match and pass the cursed title over to Shimatani.
More musical acts were announced for “DDT FES 2016” in November. Lady Beard was among the acts mentioned. There was then an appearance by an LED Electro group called CTS. They are a trio of DJs who were crazy looking LED helmets and they were also accompanied by SteCase King from Kinnikuman.
Ken Ohka was given time to promote Ganbare☆Wrestling’s first ever Korakuen Hall show on 2nd October. Ohka informed everyone of the stipulation that if the show does not sell out he must retire. A seating chart then appeared on the screen behind him showing many seats were still available. Amon Tsurumi told Ohka that he will definitely retire. Ohka said there is still a week left to sell tickets and the main event is a big once in a lifetime No Rope Barbed Wire Match involving Atsushi Onita.