DDT “DNA 26 ~ DNA GRAND PRIX 2016 FINAL ROUND”, 21/10/2016
1. DNA Grand Prix – A Block: Royce Isaacs (6) defeated Yuki Ueno (0) with the Zenith (6:47).
2. DNA Grand Prix – B Block: Daiki Shimomura (4) defeated Nobuhiro Shimatani (0) with the Asai DDT (5:37).
3. DNA Grand Prix – A Block: MAO (6) defeated Rekka (2) with the Chile Driver (8:59).
4. DNA Grand Prix – B Block: Mizuki Watase (4) defeated Guanchulo (6) with a Cradle Crush (10:18).
5. DNA Grand Prix – B Block: Mike Bailey (8) defeated Ryota Nakatsu (8) with the Toryochagi (10:24).
6. DNA Grand Prix – A Block: Kazusada Higuchi (10) defeated Kouki Iwasaki (6) with the Doctor Bomb (9:27).
7. DDT Offer Match: Konosuke Takeshita & Trans-Am ★ Hiroshi defeated Soma Takao & Makoto Oishi when Takeshita pinned Oishi with the German Suplex (9:39).
8. DNA Grand Prix – Final: Mike Bailey defeated Kazusada Higuchi with the Shooting Star Double Knee Drop (12:48).
A Block Standings
1. Kazusada Higuchi (10)
2. Kouki Iwasaki (6)
-. Royce Isaacs (6)
-. MAO (6)
5. Rekka (2)
6. Yuki Ueno (0)
B Block Standings
1. Mike Bailey (8)
-. Ryota Nakatsu (8)
3. Guanchulo (6)
4. Daiki Shimomura (4)
-. Mizuki Watase (4)
6. Nobuhiro Shimatani (0)
“Speedball” Mike Bailey is the DNA Grand Prix winner! The final came down to him and Kazusada Higuchi with a one way flight to New York on the line. After five days straight of tough matches both of them still gave it all that they had to win. Bailey used his Middle Kicks, Tornado Kicks and Shooting Star Knee Drops to cut down his opponent. But Higuchi’s size and power kept him standing to deliver some big drop moves. However Higuchi took one kick too many and finally fell allowing Bailey to hit the Shooting Star Double Knee Drop. Finally the unbeaten big man was defeated! Bailey said he was proud to be a part of the first ever DNA-GP and the match he just had with Higuchi will forever be in his chest. When asked what his next goal is Bailey said he wants to win all the championships in DDT. He also wants revenge on DAMNATION! Bailey was given the prize plane ticket to New York but surprisingly he turned it down. He said he doesn’t need the ticket and it should go to someone who needs it more than him. He then pointed to Higuchi. Higuchi said he was frustrated to see a samurai like Bailey offer him mercy. However their match taught him that there is a big world out there and there is a lot he needs to learn before he can chase after the KO-D Openweight Title again. So he accepted the ticket.
There were five wrestlers who were still in the running going into the final day. In A Block Higuchi was undefeated and only had Kouki Iwasaki left standing in his way. But if Iwasaki could beat him then he would sneak into the final because of the Direct Confrontation tiebreaker rule. Over in B Block Ryota Nakatsu was in a similar situation with Mike Bailey. However Guanchulo was also bringing up the rear and certain results could have led to a 3 Way tie finish. In the end Higuchi beat Iwasaki to finish his A Block run on top and undefeated. Iwasaki locked in the Triangle Choke as hard as he could and held on after a few Power Bombs but Higuchi dramatically Spiral Bombed his way out of it. Iwasaki had a little fight left afterwards but the Doctor Bomb put him away.
Bailey’s road to the final led him to Ryota Nakatsu. The BASARA wrestler was a last minute entrant into the Grand Prix but he blew through the competition. However Bailey was the one to finally stop him after a kick heavy battle. Bailey escaped from an Ankle Lock and hit a Sliding Tornado Kick for the three count. Although they were now tied with 8 points each, this win meant Bailey went through to the final. Nakatsu was knocked silly by the kick and didn’t know he lost when he came to.
But what about Guanchulo? He had a slim chance of reaching the final but that went away after a loss to Mizuki Watase. Guanchulo’s Seijo Scratch was blocked by Watase who put all his weight down to get a pin of his own. While Watase is disappointed to not make the final he now wants to avenge his defeat to Nakatsu. When Nakatsu found out about this he invited Watase to challenge him either in BASARA or Tavern Wrestling. Maybe they can have a street fight, the crowd would like that.
Both MAO and Rekka are coming out of the tournament thinking how they can improve. MAO was able to beat Rekka with the Chile Driver, a finisher that is earning MAO more wins. He is now going back to being an idol for NωA. Rekka says with only one win out of five matches he really needs to work harder and harder.
The two generation rivals Daiki Shimomura and Nobuhiro Shimatani got to clash again. Shimomura finally got to hit the Asai DDT and continues to be unbeaten against Shimatani. Unfortunately this meant Shimatani ended the tournament with zero wins. He mentioned he hurt his neck on the second day and also at one point wrestled with numbness in his right hand. His bad record reduced him to tears in the post-match interview.
Throughout the Grand Prix, Royve Isaacs made his entrance wearing a mink scarf around his neck. The scarf somehow bit his and Yukinori Matsui’s fingers when he took it off. Yuki Ueno may have lost the match and finished with zero points but the rookie is looking at the bright side. He obtained so much experience in five days, moreso than other newcomers could ever get. Isaacs said he hopes to come back to DNA and even make it to DDT.