Katsumata Pulls Out Of DNA Grand Prix, Nakatsu Takes His Place

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Unfortunately Shunma Katsumata’s fractured right elbow will not recover in time for the DNA Grand Prix so he has to pull out of the tournament. He went for a diagnosis yesterday and found out he needs a few more weeks of recovery time. Ryota Nakatsu formerly of DNA and now with BASARA has been brought in to take Katsumata’s spot. The updated match listings are as follows:

DDT “DNA 22 ~ DNA GRAND PRIX 2016”, 17/10/2016
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1. DNA Grand Prix – B Block: Mizuki Watase Vs Nobuhiro Shimatani
2. DNA Grand Prix – B Block: Mike Bailey Vs Daiki Shimomura
3. DNA Grand Prix – B Block: Ryota Nakatsu Vs Guanchulo
4. DNA Grand Prix – A Block: Rekka Vs Royce Isaacs
5. DNA Grand Prix – A Block: Kouki Iwasaki Vs MAO
6. DNA Grand Prix – A Block: Kazusada Higuchi Vs Yuki Ueno

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DDT “DNA 23 ~ DNA GRAND PRIX 2016”, 18/10/2016
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1. DNA Grand Prix – B Block: Mizuki Watase Vs Mike Bailey
2. DNA Grand Prix – B Block: Guanchulo Vs Nobuhiro Shimatani
3. DNA Grand Prix – B Block: Ryota Nakatsu Vs Daiki Shimomura
4. DNA Grand Prix – A Block: MAO Vs Yuki Ueno
5. DNA Grand Prix – A Block: Kouki Iwasaki Vs Rekka
6. DNA Grand Prix – A Block: Kazusada Higuchi Vs Royce Isaacs

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DDT “DNA 24 ~ DNA GRAND PRIX 2016”, 19/10/2016
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1. DNA Grand Prix – B Block: Mizuki Watase Vs Daiki Shimomura
2. DNA Grand Prix – B Block: Guanchulo Vs Mike Bailey
3. DNA Grand Prix – B Block: Ryota Nakatsu Vs Nobuhiro Shimatani
4. DNA Grand Prix – A Block: Rekka Vs Yuki Ueno
5. DNA Grand Prix – A Block: Kouki Iwasaki Vs Royce Isaacs
6. DNA Grand Prix – A Block: Kazusada Higuchi Vs MAO

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DDT “DNA 25 ~ DNA GRAND PRIX 2016”, 20/10/2016
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1. DNA Grand Prix – B Block: Nobuhiro Shimatani Vs Mike Bailey
2. DNA Grand Prix – B Block: Gaunchulo Vs Daiki Shimomura
3. DNA Grand Prix – B Block: Ryota Nakatsu Vs Mizuki Watase
4. DNA Grand Prix – A Block: MAO Vs Roye Isaacs
5. DNA Grand Prix – A Block: Kouki Iwasaki Vs Yuki Ueno
6. DNA Grand Prix – A Block: Kazusada Higuchi Vs Rekka

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DDT “DNA 26 ~ DNA GRAND PRIX 2016 FINAL WAR”, 21/10/2016
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1. DNA Grand Prix – B Block: Daiki Shimomura Vs Nobuhiro Shimatani
2. DNA Grand Prix – B Block: Guanchulo Vs Mizuki Watase
3. DNA Grand Prix – B Block: Ryota Nakatsu Vs Mike Bailey
4. DNA Grand Prix – A Block: Yuki Ueno Vs Royce Isaacs
5. DNA Grand Prix – A Block: MAO Vs Rekka
6. DNA Grand Prix – A Block: Kazusada Higuchi Vs Kouki Iwasaki
7. DNA Grand Prix – Final: Winner Of A Block Vs Winner Of B Block

A majority of the line-up appeared for a press conference and gave some comments. Kazusada Higuchi wants to win so he can show off his power. He thinks the Grand Prix is urging everyone in DNA to become serious. He also welcomes Nakatsu into the tournament. Kouki Iwasaki is determined to beat Higuchi when their A Block match happens on the final night. MAO wants to do his best not just for himself but also for Katsumata now that he is out of the tournament. He also feels confident that his new Chile Driver finisher will ruin his opponent’s chances to win the A Block. Yuki Ueno is ready to go through his first five days of matches. He requested to wear the standard plain rookie wrestling gear for his debut instead of choosing his own design like many of the other DNA wrestlers have done. Both Rekka and Royce Isaacs were not at the press conference.

Over in B Block, Guanchulo thinks he is the most energetic out of the four foreign wrestlers entering the Grand Prix. Daiki Shimomura wants to bring in and lead a new era for DNA. Nobuhiro Shimatani doesn’t want to lose to Shimomura. Mike Bailey is counting on his experience from wrestling in both North America and Europe to win. Meanwhile Mizuki Watase is motivated by his own experience from wrestling legends. He’s been told by some that he has a good Dropkick so he is looking forward to Dropkicking everyone in the face. Finally, Nakatsu isn’t impressed by DNA’s current state. Ever since he left two of their stars have gotten injured. He is going into the Grand Prix as a dirty character aiming to win for both BASARA and Cavalry.

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