October 31, 2016


Osaka Higashinari Kumin Hall
285 Fans – No Vacancy

1. Shoichi Uchida & Kouki Iwasaki defeated Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata when Iwasaki submitted Hirata with the Triangle Choke (0:04).
1a. Rematch: Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata defeated Shoichi Uchida & Kouki Iwasaki when Hirata pinned Iwasaki with the One Shot Miracle Cradle (7:15).
2. Danshoku Dino & Keisuke Ishii defeated Saki Akai & Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi when Dino pinned Akai with the Danshoku Driver (7:52).
3. Road To DAIICHI Special Two Major Single Match: Akito defeated Makoto Oishi with the Triangle Scorpion (9:32).
4. Road To DAIICHI Special Two Major Single Match: Soma Takao defeated Masahiro Takanashi with the Gin And Tonic (7:51).
5. Road To DAIICHI Special 6-Man Tag Team Match: Konosuke Takeshita, Antonio Honda & Kuishinbo Kamen defeated Yoshihiro Takayama, Kazusada Higuchi & Guanchulo when Takeshita pinned Guanchulo with a Vertical Drop Brainbuster (12:48).
6. KUDO & Yukio Sakaguchi defeated Tetsuya Endo & Mad Paulie when KUDO pinned Paulie with the Diving Double Knee Drop (12:43).
7. Road To DAIICHI Special Tag Match: Daisuke Sasaki & Shuji Ishikawa defeated HARASHIMA & Yasu Urano when Ishikawa pinned Urano with the Splash Mountain (15:47).

The first skirmish between Shuji Ishikawa and HARASHIMA in the lead up to “OSAKA OCTOPUS 2016” ended in Ishikawa’s favour. He and Daisuke Sasaki got rid of HARASHIMA and overwhelmed Yasu Urano to come out victorious in the main event. Ishikawa tried to be polite and respectful on the microphone but Sasaki Dropkicked him. He then yelled at Ishikawa not to act like a babyface.

Days away from their KO-D Tag Team Titles match, Shuten-dōji got an early victory over DAMNATION when KUDO & Yukio Sakaguchi defeated Tetsuya Endo & Mad Paulie. Both KUDO and Sakaguchi were fascinated by wrestling Mad Paulie. Sakaguchi said it was tiring to fight him because he is so big and heavy. He thinks that means fighting Daisuke Sasaki in the title match will be easier because he is smaller and lighter.

Yoshihiro Takayama & Kazusada Higuchi gave Kuishinbo Kamen a Double Choke Slam. Antonio Honda checked on Kamen afterwards and said he didn’t have a pulse. He needed help quick! Both Takayama and Higuchi carried Kamen away from the ring to get medical aid, abandoning their partner Guanchulo in the process. That gave Honda and Konosuke Takeshita an easy path to victory. It turns out Kamen was faking it to distract Takayama and Higuchi.

Saki Akai and Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi came out for there match dressed in Halloween costumes. Akai was a witch and Hiroshi was the Statue Of Liberty. Unfortunately for Akai she was pinned by Danshoku Dino. Not a good start for her in their build towards the DDT Extreme Title match next month. Dino asked her if she wants to continue her struggle. Akai said she does. Dino stomped on her and said the “Wrestling Mentalist” will treat her ailing heart. After he left Hiroshi tried to cheer Akai up by singing. LiLiCo came out and Dropkicked Hiroshi out of the way. LiLiCo came here just to tell Akai that she and Aja Kong will kill her at “OSAKA OCTOPUS 2016”.

Videos were aired throughout the show about Sanshiro Takagi trying to contact Hyota Echizenya. Takagi wants the entertainer to produce the opening video for “OSAKA OCTOPUS 2016” but he had no idea how to get in touch with him. Searching his name in Google brought up a trivia fact from 2004 that Echizenya is often seen cycling around Shinjuku. That’s odd, DDT’s office is in Shinjuku but Takagi has never seen Mr. Echizenya cycling in the area. The videos showed Takagi looking around completely unaware of the times Mr. Echizenya passes him by until he finally recognises him in the middle of a crosswalk. Takagi was able to recognise him because Mr. Echizenya’s long coat had a full size kotatsu table attached to it. Takagi tried to convince him to come to the show but he was scared off when the traffic lights changed and traffic came towards them. Back at the show Mr. Echizenya appeared at ringside but Takagi again scared him off. Takagi caught him backstage and successfully convinced him to produce the video.

DNA rookie Yuki Ueno announced he will wrestle in his home prefecture of Osaka for the first time at “OSAKA OCTOPUS 2016”. Another new trainee will also make his debut at the show. Naomi Yoshimura is 21 years old and from Hirano City, Osaka. He as a background in judo.

Shigehiro Irie greeted the audience at the beginning of the show. He gave the same speech from Korakuen Hall last weekend about his time spent wrestling in America and his return to the DDT ring on 4th December.


October 30, 2016


Yokohama Radiant Hall
198 Fans

1. Madoka & Sean Guinness defeated Tatsuhiko Yoshino & Koji Iwamoto when Guinness pinned Yoshino with a Rolling Cradle (10:09).
2. Get Lost In Life – Lawyer Or Priest: Fuminori Abe defeated Gouma Ryu and Masamune when Abe pinned Gouma with the Sujata (11:15).
3. IRON FIST TAG TOURNAMENT – Semi Final: FUMA & Yusuke Kubo defeated Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi & SAGAT when Kubo pinned SAGAT with the Goro Suplex (11:23).
4. IRON FIST TAG TOURNAMENT – Semi Final: defeated Ryuichi Sekine & Ryota Nakatsu when Tsukamoto pinned Sekine with the Tiger Suplex (12:21).
5. Ikuto Hidaka defeated Daichi Kazato with the Stray High Kick (12:41).
6. IRON FIST TAG TOURNAMENT – Final: Isami Kodaka & Takumi Tsukamoto defeated FUMA & Yusuke Kubo when Kodaka pinned FUMA with the Isamuashi Zan (23:07).

The final rounds of the IRON FIST TAG TOURNAMENT were the focus for today. IRON PRIEST defeated Hiroshi du Soleil in the first semi-final. Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi & SAGAT apologised for losing the match. Hiroshi said SAGAT would take time off to rest and will return at next month’s Tavern Wrestling show. This was news to SAGAT. In the other semi-final Isami Kodaka & Takumi Tsukamoto defeated Cavalry. In the final Kodaka & Tsukamoto won to become the first winners of the IRON FIST TAG TOURNAMENT! They were given a giant golden fist trophy as their prize. Kodaka looked at the trophy and admitted it was probably a stupid decision to have this thing made. He then brought up the upcoming BASARA show in Korakuen Hall on 25th December. Every day he is anxious over that show but he is putting forth all his effort to get a sell out crowd. One idea he has is to be a champion. So he and Tsukamoto are challenging Ikuto Hidaka & Hayato Jr. Fujita to an NWA International Lightweight Tag Team Titles match!

Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi interrupted the victory celebrations so he could confront Kodaka. Hiroshi brought up him beating Kodaka to win Heaven Summit ~Itadaki~ back in June. Since then Hiroshi has been undefeated in BASARA singles matches and is currently on a 12 match streak without being pinned or submitted. He thinks that makes him deserving of being a champion. He demanded a championship match. Kodaka didn’t understand until Hiroshi jogged his memory. Kodaka then remembered he still has the Union MAX Championship kept in storage next to the front door of his house! The belt was originally retired on the same night as Union Pro’s final show. They both agreed to revive the championship and have a match to determine the new champion on Christmas Day!


October 29, 2016


Yokohama Radiant Hall
202 Fans – No Vacancy

1. Nonoko defeated Azusa Takigawa with the Boinmaker (7:30).
2. Muscle Idol Vs Back Bancho First Confrontation!: Reika Saiki & Nodoka-oneesan defeated Akane Miura & Maho Kurone when Saiki submitted Kurone with the Tower Bridge (9:07).
3. 3 Way Match: Mil Clown defeated Syoko Nakajima and Hyper Misao when Clown pinned Misao with the Mil Clutch α (5:35).
4. Marika Kobashi High School Exam Send-Off Match: Miyu Yamashita defeated Marika Kobashi with the Attitude Adjustment (11:30).
5. TOKYO Princess Of Princess Title: Yuu (c) defeated Rika Tatsumi with the Katahajime (15:15).
*V1 for Yuu.

Yuu’s first defence of the TOKYO Princess Of Princess Title was successful but proved to be more of a challenge than she thought. Rika Tatsumi had only begun to win matches consistently in the last couple of months, leading to her getting a crack at the title. However she came prepared with her own focus on submissions to combat Yuu’s judo ability. While Tatsumi threw some Hip Attacks to knock back Yuu, she also targeted her leg with Dropkicks and Dragon Screws so she could apply an effective Figure Four Leg Lock. Yuu resisted this and applied the Katahajime for the submission victory. Yuu said she was really happy with the match because it brings her one step closer to defending the title on 4th January, the one year anniversary of her debut match.

Miyu Yamashita defeated Marika Kobashi in Kobashi’s final match for the time being. Kobashi will now prepare for her high school entry exams. Yamashita said she originally thought Kobashi was too young when she first began training due to how tough it is. However she was proven wrong and she is happy to be part of Kobashi’s send off. She then advised Kobashi to concentrate on her exams because they are terribly hard. Kobashi hopes to return if she passes the exams.

There’s been a theme running through all of the DDT family throughout 2016 and it is marriage. A lot of wrestlers and staff members have been getting married or at least engaged this year. Azusa Takigawa has noticed this and also noticed the wrestlers who have gotten married have also become stronger as a result. She interrupted the opening speeches so she could plead with the Genral Manager Tetsuya Koda to drop the “No relationships” rule from Tokyo Joshi Pro. Takigawa wants to go out matchmaking so she can find a husband, get married and become stronger! Koda told her now wasn’t the time to talk about this. Later when Takigawa had her match with Nonoko, Takigawa was put in a Scorpion Deathlock. Instead of reaching for the ropes Takigawa instead reached for a microphone so she could again plead to Koda to drop the “no relationships” rule while she was in the Scorpion Deathlock! After the match Nonoko was impressed by Takigawa’s passion. Not for wrestling but for finding a husband. Nonoko said she was a teenager until just recently (yeah right!) and she never imagined wanting to go matchmaking at Takigawa’s age. She wants to help Takigawa and offered to team with her in the ring. Takigawa accepted, together they will find the truth of love!

Itoh Maki from the idol group LinQ announced she will be wrestling for DDT on 11th December and after that will debut for Tokyo Joshi on 4th January. She is thrilled by her plans to do both idol work and wrestling. She also said she has great respect for Danshoku Dino. It was then revealed that Maki’s opponent on 4th January will by Miyu Yamashita. According to Yamashita she has been keeping a close eye on Maki’s training ever since it began back in July. She noticed Maki has been working very hard so she is happy to be her first opponent in Tokyo Joshi. She asked Maki to come at her at full force when they wrestle.

The literal doll faced ring announcer and “World’s First Animated Idol Chick” Minami Momochi recently revealed she will be graduating from Tokyo Joshi Pro on 4th January next year. She said over the last three and a half years she watched Tokyo Joshi and their wrestlers grow. She feels now is the time for herself to move on if she too wants to advance.


October 29, 2016


Tokyo Komazawa Olympic Park
??? Fans

1. Tokyo Joshi Pro Offer Match: Miyu Yamashita & Rika Tatsumi defeated Syoko Nakajima & Maho Kurone when Tatsumi submitted Kurone with the Dragon Sleeper (9:50).
2. NωA Vs DDT Ramen & Ebisuko Allies: Makoto Oishi & MAO defeated Akito & Gota Ihashi when MAO pinned Ihashi with the Never Give Up☆Guillotine Drop (10:01).

Bad weather did little to dampen NωA’s excitement for this outdoor show. They performed their second single “Going My Way!!! ~You Are Not Alone~” to a live audience for the first time. Shunma Katsumata wrote the lyrics, MAO composed the music and Makoto Oishi planned the choreography. When the performance was over Oishi & MAO took part in a Falls Count Anywhere match against Akito & Gota Ihashi. Before the match began Ihashi asked Oishi why was he acting like an idol when he is old enough to be MAO’s uncle? He then made up some new lyrics making fun of NωA. That sparked a fight that went into the crowd before returning to the mat area. MAO hit his leap frog Never Give Up☆Guillotine Drop on Ihashi for the three count. NωA ended the show with an encore of “Going My Way!!! ~You Are Not Alone~”.

A day before Rika Tatsumi challenges for the TOKYO Princess Of Princess Title she scored a submission victory over the scary rookie Maho Kurone. Tatsumi appealed to the crowd to come see her win Tokyo Joshi Pro’s championship in Yokohama tomorrow.

Sasadango Ill, Kawamura Injured, Shin Ganbare Created

October 26, 2016

My best wishes go out to Super Sasadango Machine for a healthy recovery. He was taken off last Sunday’s Korakuen Hall show with poor health as the reason. A few days later DDT announced that a check up in a hospital found out he is suffering from a mild heart disease. His physician said rest is necessary and he will not be able to wrestle again until further notice. Some of the card changes as the result of this can be seen below.

Yokohama Radiant Hall

1. IRON FIST TAG TOURNAMENT – Semi Final: Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi & SAGAT Vs FUMA & Yusuke Kubo
2. IRON FIST TAG TOURNAMENT – Semi Final: Ryuichi Sekine & Ryota Nakatsu Vs Isami Kodaka & Takumi Tsukamoto
3. Get Lost In Life – Lawyer Or Priest: Gouma Ryu Vs Masamune Vs Fuminori Abe
4. Madoka & Sean Guinness Vs Tatsuhiko Yoshino & Koji Iwamoto
5. Ikuto Hidaka Vs Daichi Kazato
6. IRON FIST TAG TOURNAMENT – Final: Winners Of Semi Final 1 vs Winners Of Semi Final 2

Tomoya Kawamura suffered a right dislocated shoulder during last weekend’s Tokyo Joshi Pro shows. There is no time set yet for his return. Tatsuhiko Yoshino takes his place on this Saturday’s Yokohama show.

Osaka Higashinari Kumin Hall

1. Toru Owashi & Kazuki Hirata Vs Shoichi Uchida & Kouki Iwasaki
2. Danshoku Dino & Keisuke Ishii Vs Saki Akai & Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi
3. Tetsuya Endo & Mad Polly Vs KUDO & Yukio Sakaguchi
4. Road To DAIICHI Special Two Major Single Match: Akito Vs Makoto Oishi
5. Road To DAIICHI Special Two Major Single Match: Soma Takao Vs Masahiro Takanashi
6. Road To DAIICHI Special 6-Man Tag Team Match: Konosuke Takeshita, Antonio Honda & Kuishinbo Kamen Vs Yoshihiro Takayama, Kazusada Higuchi & Guanchulo
7. Road To DAIICHI Special Tag Match: Daisuke Sasaki & Shuji Ishikawa Vs HARASHIMA & Yasu Urano

Shuji Ishikawa Vs HARASHIMA as the next big programme means the DAMNATION Vs Smile Squash rivalry continues.

DDT “DDT FES 2016”, 06/11/2016
Shin-Kiba Studio Coast

1. Yasu Urano, Keisuke Ishii & Kikutaro Vs KUDO, Masahiro Takanashi & Yoshihiko
2. BLACK OUT Presents Tag Match: LiLiCo & Gorgeous Matsuno Vs Guanchulo & Cherry
3. Yoshihiro Takayama, Kazuki Hirata & Kouki Iwasaki (w/ Up Up Girls) Vs Makoto Oishi, Shunma Katsumata & MAO
4. Rock ‘N’ Roll Death Match: Antonio Honda Vs Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi
5. Kamereo-gun Vs Macho 29-gun: Toru Owashi, Saki Akai & Nobuhiro Shimatani Vs Seiya Morohashi, Reika Saiki & Lady Beard
6. DISH//Danshoku Trials Pilgrimage: Danshoku Dino & Mizuki Watase Vs Soma Takao & Akito (w/ DISH)
7. Shin-Kiba STUDIO COAST Whole Surface Street Wrestling: Sanshiro Takagi, Kota Ibushi, Kazusada Higuchi & Gota Ihashi Vs Daisuke Sasaki, Shuji Ishikawa, Tetsuya Endo & Mad Polly
8. Special Tag Match: HARASHIMA & Yukio Sakaguchi Vs Konosuke Takeshita & Shigehiro Irie

Gorgeous Matsuno replaces Super Sasadango Machine in the BLACK OUT tag match.


1. Shin Ganbare☆Wrestling Raising An Army: Ken Ohka & Yumehito Imanari Vs Osamu Namiguchi & X

The folks at Ganbare☆Wrestling had some time to relax after their successful Korakuen Hall debut but now a familiar threat has returned in new clothing. Osamu Namiguchi suddenly announced this week he is creating his own pro wrestling group called Shin Ganbare☆Wrestling (シン・ガンバレ☆プロレス)! The use of Shin (シン) in this name does not mean “new”, it means “thin” as in “Thin Godzilla” from the new kaiju movie. Namiguchi thinks Ganpuro is fake like Hollywood’s Godzilla but Shin Ganpuro will be pure just like “Thin Godzilla”. Shin Ganpuro’s debut will take place on 12th November in Tokyo BASEMENT MON☆STAR at the same time as the normal Ganpuro’s scheduled show. It will only consist of one match and Namiguchi challenged Ken Ohka & Yumehito Imanari to a tag team match. Namiguchi has a mystery partner for the occasion. Ohka accepted and the match will also technically be the main event of the normal Ganpuro show.


1. Yukio Sakaguchi Vs JOKER
2. Yoshihiro Takayama & Kazusada Higuchi Vs Soma Takao & Akito
3. Mask de Nitori Debut: Mask de Nitori & Rekka Vs Masahiro Takanashi & Senkuma
4. Showtimes Offer Match: KUDO & Yoshihiko Vs Yasu Urano & Lady Beard
5. N-Sleep Use Sleep Prevention Death Match: Antonio Honda Vs Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi
6. Yui Offer Match: Danshoku Dino, Makoto Oishi & Keisuke Ishii Vs Sanshiro Takagi, Kazuki Hirata & Saki Akai (w/ Takuya)
7. DDT Taiwan’s First Foray Anniversary Special Tag Match: HARASHIMA & Konosuke Takeshita Vs Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo

Sasadango’s absence has changed a few matches on the Taiwan show. Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi takes his place in the Sleep Prevention Death Match. That has the knock on effect of reshuffling other parts of the undercard.

DDT “GOD BLESS DDT 2016”, 23/11/2016
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. DDT Extreme Title: Danshoku Dino (c) Vs Saki Akai

Saki Akai won the annual Rock Paper Scissors tournament to earn her title shot.

Osaka Edion Arena #1

1. Yuni Debut Match: Yuni Vs X
2. Special Tag Match: Masakatsu Funaki & Yukio Sakaguchi Vs Yoshihiro Takayama & Kazusada Higuchi
3. KO-D Openweight Title: Shuji Ishikawa (c) Vs HARASHIMA

Other names signed to appear are Kota Ibushi, Aja Kong, LiLiCo, Kuishinbo Kamen and Kikutaro. Also Sanshiro Takagi is trying to get performer Hyota Echizenya to show up.

DDT Universe Coming Soon!

October 24, 2016



DDT is the latest wrestling company to set up a video on-demand service. DDT Universe will be available on computers, phones and tablets from January 2017. The service gives subscribers unlimited access to shows from DDT, DNA, BASARA, Tokyo Joshi Pro, Ganbare☆Wrestling and other spin-offs such as Street Wrestling matches. The intention is to have all the shows from Korakuen Hall and Sumo Hall throughout the year be aired live on the service. Monthly subscriptions cost 900 yen which at the time of writing is about €7.95/$8.65/£7.05 per month.

So far so good but there’s a few things we don’t know about yet. DDT has been around for almost 20 years so they have a lot of matches and shows in their archives. The website trailer did show clips of old DDT gimmicks like Super Uchu Power and HERO! as well as early footage of Sanshiro Takagi. Music is already dubbed over with in-house songs on the official DVDs so I assume that is also how the website will handle entrances. Region locking shouldn’t be a problem. The price is in line with the other services out there and when you combine all the brands together the DDT family there should be a lot of new videos added every month. And if wrestling isn’t enough there are plans to do reality style shows for some of the DDT roster. No mention of compatibility with devices such as Chromecast which would be a bit of a downer. Still given how little of the spin offs make tape it’s great to see this service get set up.

DDT “DDT SPECIAL 2016” Results

October 23, 2016


DDT “DDT SPECIAL 2016”, 23/10/2016
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
1,563 Fans – No Vacancy
DDT Dramatic General Election Ranking In Parentheses

0. Dark Match: Yuko Miyamoto (#24) & Mad Paulie (#25) defeated Mizuki Watase (#26) & Rekka (#27) when Paulie pinned Watase with the Paulie Buster (6:34).
1. Makoto Oishi (#17) & MAO (#21) defeated Kazuki Hirata (#14) & Toru Owashi (#21) when Oishi pinned Hirata with a School Boy (7:13).
2. DDT Special Great Single Match: Cherry (#20) defeated Saki Akai (#9) with the Cherryton Bomb (7:29).
3. Soma Takao (#8) & Akito (#11) defeated Keisuke Ishii (#13) & Yasu Urano (#19) when Takao pinned Urano with the Gin And Tonic (8:47).
4. KUDO (#8) & Yukio Sakaguchi (#15) defeated Antonio Honda (#12) & Kazusada Higuchi (#23) when KUDO pinned Honda with the Diving Double Knee Drop (10:30).
5. DDT Special Great Single Match: Konosuke Takeshita (#6) defeated Ken Ohka (#16) with the German Suplex (8:43).
6. DDT Special Great Single Match: Daisuke Sasaki (#3) defeated Masahiro Takanashi (#4) with the Vietnam Driver II (12:22).
7. DDT Special Great Single Match: HARASHIMA (#1) defeated Tetsuya Endo (#5) with the Somato (16:33).
8. KO-D Openweight Title: Shuji Ishikawa (c) defeated Danshoku Dino (#2) with the Giant Slam (21:27).
*V2 for Shuji Ishikawa.

Dramatic Dream Rock-Paper-Scissors 2016

1. Qualifying Round: Cherry defeated Yasu Urano with Rock.
2. Round 1: Cherry defeated Makoto Oishi with Rock.
3. Round 1: Yukio Sakaguchi defeated Ken Ohka with Scissors.
4. Round 1: Keisuke Ishii defeated Kazuki Hirata with Paper.
5. Round 1: Shunma Katsumata defeated Antonio Honda with Scissors.
6. Round 1: Saki Akai defeated Akito with Scissors
7. Round 1: Soma Takao defeated KUDO with Scissors.
8. Round 1: Konosuke Takeshita defeated Tetsuya Endo with Paper.
9. Round 1: Daisuke Sasaki defeated Masahiro Takanashi with Scissors.
10. Round 2: Cherry defeated Yukio Sakaguchi with Scissors.
11. Round 2: Shunma Katsumata defeated Keisuke Ishii with Rock.
12. Round 2: Saki Akai defeated Soma Takao with Paper.
13. Round 2: Daisuke Sasaki defeated Konosuke Takeshita with Paper.
14. Semi Final: Shunma Katsumata defeated Cherry with Scissors.
15. Semi Final: Saki Akai defeated Daisuke Sasaki with Paper.
16. Final: Saki Akai defeated Shunma Katsumata with Paper.


As the runner-up of this year’s DDT Dramatic General Election, Danshoku Dino received a KO-D Openweight Title shot against Shuji Ishikawa. It’s a situation Dino has been in before, earning KO-D Title matches through popularity contests. However each time Dino came up short and today was no different. Dino targeted Ishikawa’s legs by applying Crab Holds and an STF. Ishikawa fired back with Knee Lifts and even added insult to injury by attempting a Danshoku Nightmare to Dino. The champion of course hit his Headbutts but Dino responded with a middle finger and a Headbutt of his own! Dino wore down Ishikawa with the Sliding Lip Lock, hit the Danshoku Driver and rolled him over with the Gay-do Clutch but Ishikawa kicked out! A Rainmaker Lip Lock was countered with an Elbow Strike. The Danshoku Driver was countered into the Fire Thunder. All seemed lost for Dino but he wouldn’t give up and continued to flip off Ishikawa. Sadly a Running Knee Strike and Rainmaker Headbutt took away the last of Dino’s energy and Ishikawa won with the Giant Driver. Ishikawa stood proud of himself for beating DDT’s icon. Dino gave him one more middle finger before collapsing. Ishikawa moved forward to shake Dino’s hand but Daisuke Sasaki kicked him away so he could rub the victory in Dino’s face. HARASHIMA then showed up to congratulate the champion. He said he will face Ishikawa for the title at Osaka Edion Arena #1 in December and he will beat him fair and square! Ishikawa said he will beat HARASHIMA because he is the strongest in pro wrestling. Sasaki interrupted him again to close out the show.


The annual Rock Paper Scissors tournament took place with a DDT Extreme Title shot on the line. Saki Akai was the last woman standing beating out Shunma Katsumata in the final. Akai will face Dino for the belt at the 23rd November Korakuen Hall show. Akai said after that night she will be walking down the runway with the championship belt wrapped around her!


HARASHIMA Vs Tetsuya Endo began with HARASHIMA Dropkicking his opponent out of the ring. However Endo took the opportunity to hide away from HARASHIMA and lure him outside. Endo snuck back into the ring behind HARASHIMA’s back and then dove onto him with a No Touch Topé. Endo stomped on HARASHIMA back in the ring, mockingly calling him “Ace” as he did so. The match went back and forth with Endo cutting off HARASHIMA through Dragon Screws. Endo got a nearfall with the Torture Rack Bomb then went for the Sky Twister Press. HARASHIMA rolled out of the way and countered with the Somato. He was too tired to go for the pin but a second Somato later was enough to put Endo away.


Due to their opportunistic personalities, both Daisuke Sasaki and Masahiro Takanashi were careful not to make any mistakes while wrestling each other. Sasaki forced Takanashi to sit on a chair at ringside so he could go for his Super Diving Elbow but Takanashi cut him off by throwing the chair at him as he climbed the turnbuckles. Sasaki later countered the Takatonic into the Cross Facelock but that itself was countered into a Cradle for a two count. Sasaki pushed Takanashi into the referee and used the distraction to hit the Vietnam Driver II for the three count.


Part of the card had to be reshuffled when Super Sasadango Machine was unable to wrestle due to poor physical condition. Ken Ohka now had to wrestle Konosuke Takeshita. Ohka brought out a barbed wire baseball bat and used it to choke Takeshita. However Ohka was given a taste of his own medicine when Takeshita gave him the Blue Thunder Bomb onto the bat! Ohka kicked out of that but he couldn’t kick out of the German Suplex afterwards. Takeshita thanked Ohka for the match because they both have the same goals. Ohka disagreed and thinks they are on different paths, Ohka only does things the Ganbare way!


With Takeshita moved over to fave Ohka, Antonio Honda now had to team with Kazusada Higuchi for his match against Shuten-dōji. Honda stopped the match so he could show off his new ballet skills. He went to see The Nutcracker the night before and has been practicing ever since. As he tried to dance he hit KUDO and Yukio Sakaguchi with Brain Chops. Shuten-dōji got their payback by kicking the hell out of him. They’re now looking forward to winning the KO-D Tag Team Titles in Nagano on 3rd November.


The rivalry between former teammates Soma Takao and Keisuke Ishii is heating up now that the AJPW Jr. Title is involved. Ishii recently became the No. 1 Contender for the championship and he will get his shot in All Japan on 27th November. Ishii thinks their title match is the culmination of their time spent in All Japan over the last three years. Soma got the better of him here with a Thrust Kick. Then he pinned Yasu Urano with the Gin And Tonic while Akito kept Ishii at bay.


I don’t know if you noticed but Saki Akai and Cherry don’t like each other. Cherry refused to shake Akai’s hand before their match and instead attacked her. After some stomping and hair pulling the match properly begun. Cherry won the match but Akai got a little bit of revenge by Dropkicking Cherry out of the ring afterwards.


Toru Owashi took time out of the opening bout to complain that T2Hide weren’t being invited to perform as idols at “DDT FES 2016”. While he complained, NωA took advantage and pinned Kazuki Hirata. When the match was over Makoto Oishi called Sanshiro Takagi into the ring. If NωA wasn’t going to be added to “DDT FES 2016” then he will quit the group! Takagi told him the group was originally set up so they could be a part of the festival. Oishi’s threat showed just how serious he took his role so Takagi agreed to add them to the festival! NωA then performed “Never Give Up☆I LOVE YOU”. They also have a second song in the works.


The last change to the card involved adding Rekka to the dark match. Rekka took Higuchi’s place in the match, teaming with Mizuki Watase against Yuko Miyamoto & Mad Paulie. Miyamoto patted Paulie like a pet when they won the match.


Shigehiro Irie made his first appearance in DDT since his excursion to America back in July. Irie spoke about how he gained experience in USA that he could not have gotten in Japan. He got to wrestle against people who are more his size like Colt Cabana, Chris Hero and Tommy Dreamer. While Irie’s first match back in Japan is set for 6th November at “DDT FES 2016” he won’t go back to regular competition in DDT until the 4th December Osaka show. Also he is looking forward more to seeing his favourite idol group perform at “DDT FES 2016” than he is wrestling. Irie then showed off the English he learned in America. “Nice to meet you. My name is SHIGEHIRO IRIE. From Japan. ……I Love You. I Miss You. I Need You.”

More details to come later but DDT will launch its own video on-demand service next year! DDT Universe will launch on January 2017 and for 900 yen a month subscribers will get access to watch DDT, DNA, BASARA, Tokyo Joshi Pro, Ganbare☆Wrestling and Street Wrestling shows. All Korakuen Hall shows and major events in big buildings will air live on the service. There will also be other content like reality shows featuring the DDT roster.

Yukio Sakaguchi & Masakatsu Funaki Vs Yoshihiro Takayama & Kazusada Higuchi was announced for “OSAKA OCTOPUS 2016” on 4th December.

A secret series of Spring wrestling shows were made public starting with an event in Best Western Rembrandt Hotel Tokyo Machida on 22nd January. The tour will be called the Best Western Lariat Series. Also the YaroZ brand will be brought back for a St. Valentine’s Day show in Shin-Kiba 1st RING.

DDT’s branch of restaurants and bars including the Drop Kick Bar, Ebisuko Tavern and SWANDIVE will now belong to a new parent company called DDT Foods. KUDO was chosen to be the new president of the company.