DDT “DNA 24 ~ DNA GRAND PRIX 2016”, 19/10/2016
1. DNA Grand Prix – A Block: Rekka (2) defeated Yuki Ueno (0) with a Modified Facebuster (7:37).
2. DNA Grand Prix – B Block: Ryota Nakatsu (6) defeated Nobuhiro Shimatani (0) with a Extreme Foot Camel Clutch (2:59).
3. DNA Grand Prix – B Block: Daiki Shimomura (2) defeated Mizuki Watase (2) with the Kasadora (5:45).
4. DNA Grand Prix – A Block: Kouki Iwasaki (4) defeated Royce Isaacs (2) with a Triangle Choke (6:54).
5. DDT Offer Match: Konosuke Takeshita & Antonio Honda defeated Akito & Yasu Urano when Honda submitted Urano with the Octopus Hold (11:17).
6. DNA Grand Prix – A Block: Kazusada Higuchi (6) defeated MAO (4) with the Modified Canadian Backbreaker (13:05).
7. DNA Grand Prix – B Block: Guanchulo (4) defeated Mike Bailey (4) with the Seijo Scratch (15:07).
A Block Standings
1. Kazusada Higuchi (6)
2. Kouki Iwasaki (4)
-. MAO (4)
4. Royce Isaacs (2)
-. Rekka (2)
6. Yuki Ueno (0)
B Block Standings
1. Ryota Nakatsu (6)
2. Guanchulo (4)
-. Mike Bailey (4)
4. Mizuki Watase (2)
-. Daiki Shimomura (2)
6. Nobuhiro Shimatani (0)
The first two upsets in the DNA Grand Prix happened on Day 3 of the tournament. Guanchulo survived Mike Bailey’s kick heavy offence including a running Penalty Kick along one of the bar counters outside of the ring. Late in the match Guanchulo blocked the Shooting Star Press with his knees. That stunned Bailey long enough to be pinned and suffer his first loss in his block. Bailey kicked a chair away in frustration as he walked back to the locker room. He blamed the referee for giving a slow count outside the ring, allowing Guanchulo the chance to come back before the 20 count. Guanchulo said his body is still in tatters after his match with Ryota Nakatsu on Day 1. He also said he fought for the name that is written on his wrist tape. That name is Shunma Katsumata.
Kazusada Higuchi currently looks unstoppable in A Block. His third win in a row came over MAO who was also undefeated until today. Higuchi jumped MAO during his entrance and tried to beat him with a countout but MAO entered the ring in time. Higuchi countered MAO’s Screw Kick with a Lariat and then bent him backwards in half with the Canadian Backbreaker to win. MAO thought Higuchi’s pre-match attack was strange. Higuchi meanwhile is already thinking of the prize trip to New York. Maybe he’ll go visit Madison Square Garden…
Kouki Iwasaki was caught carrying a foreign object in his tights before his match with Royce Isaacs began. But that was part of his plan because when Yukinori Matsui took the object and turned to remove it from the ring Iwasaki charged an unsuspecting Isaacs. Iwasaki soon locked in the Triangle Choke. Isaacs used his strength to Power Bomb a few times but Iwasaki refused to let go of the hold until Isaacs tapped out. Iwasaki said DNA is his ring and he’s not going to lose to a guy who came from somewhere else.
The other upset was Daiki Shimomura beating Mizuki Watase. He countered Watase’s Back Drop into a Kasadora roll up to score his first win in B Block. Shimomura felt he barely won the match but a win is a win.
Ryota Nakatsu made quick work of Nobuhiro Shimatani to increase his lead in B Block. It’s becoming apparent that there is bad blood forming between Nakatsu and the DNA wrestlers. Shimatani threw his DNA shirt at Nakatsu when the match begun but Nakatsu survived the opening flurry and applied an Ankle Lock. Nakatsu continued to target Shimatani’s leg and then put him in his version of the Camel Clutch to win just shy of three minutes.
The show began with Rekka entering the ring in a new red mask. He took it off for his match with Yuki Ueno. Rekka attacked Ueno with Chops until a high Dropkick fended him off. Rekka hit a Dropkick of his own to block Ueno’s Missile Dropkick. He lifted Ueno up for a Back Drop then dropped him down for a sit out Facebuster for the three count. That was Rekka’s first win in A Block but he’s still not happy with his weak performance so far.
Suguru Miyatake and Dai Suzuki had a warm up session in the ring again before they show. During the session they accidentally confessed to gambling 60,000 yen on horse racing the day before.